Help Save Gatsby The French Bulldog

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Today I’m interrupting our usual round-up of WordPress themes to help out a cute little dog named Gatsby. 

Gatsby has severe back problems, is in a lot of pain, and today her loving owner is faced with the difficult decision between euthanasia and a surgery she just can’t afford.  It costs $8000.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help raise funds for the necessary operation.  Please go here to donate - every little bit will help. 

From her owner:

Gatsby has had some issues with her back in the past, a bulging disc between her shoulder blades, but it has become severe and calcified. For the past two days she has been in so much pain that she can’t eat, sleep, or walk, and has become incontinent. We have been given the choice of extremely expensive surgery… Or to put her down. Please help! She’s my whole world.

 

11+ Best WordPress Sports Themes (Football, Soccer, Baseball & More) for 2015

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In this Siteturner roundup, we look at some of the best WordPress sports themes.  If you’re building a website for your sports club or team, a community center, or even a sports blog/magazine, one of these excellent themes will give you an inexpensive head start.

We’re looking at two types of sports-related themes in this article.   Themes developed specifically for teams and clubs are the most common, and will be what many of our readers are looking for.  Any worthwhile club or team theme for WordPress will include features like a points table, fixture and results management, player profiles, and team management.  All of the sports club themes on this list offer those features. Read More

11+ Best Retro & Vintage WordPress Themes for 2015

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Oh boy, it’s another Siteturner roundup!  This time we’re showing off some of the best retro & vintage WordPress themes money can buy.   If you’ve got in mind to give your blog, portfolio, or business an old-timey makeover, you can do it inexpensively with one of these themes.

Obviously, what we’re looking for here is a vintage aesthetic.   The themes on this list all meet that requirement, though their core functionality may vary.  Some are better suited to portfolios; some will work best for blogs. Read More

Fast, Mobile-Ready, and SEO Optimized: 15+ Best Corporate WordPress Themes for 2015

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It’s time for another Siteturner roundup! This time we’re taking a look at a few of the best and fastest corporate WordPress themes (that are mobile-ready and SEO optimized).  If you’re a developer looking for a theme for a client, or a designer looking for inspiration, hopefully you’ll see something you like.

There’s no must-have features for a corporate theme, and the functionality required will vary on a case to case basis.  But there is a corporate web design aesthetic, and that’s what we had in mind when selecting themes for this roundup.  Clean, modern and almost minimalistic design is favored by corporations and businesses.   Businesses want their service, product or message to take center stage, not gimmicks, animations and unnecessary distractions.   Plenty of white space and typography that ensures high-readability is key to a successful corporate design. Read More

WordPress Security: A Boiled-Down Guide to Toughening Up Your Website

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WordPress installations the world over are under constant risk of being compromised by malicious script kiddies, would-be website thieves, insidious spammers, and bored (but technically proficient) douchebags.  This succinct guide to securing WordPress will help you to reduce the potential of hacked-site heartache.

For the sake of brevity, in this guide, we’ve decided against listing every available security plugin and service known to man.  The WordPress commercial market (and open source community) is thriving, and one could spend days humming and hawing over the pros and cons of competing security products.   Rest assured, our recommendations are sound, and this guide is less interested in providing an exhaustive list of options to fuss over than it is in getting the job done. Read More

Create Better Websites: 10 Must-Have Tools for Web Designers (and Developers) in 2015

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New to web design?  In this article, we look at some of the must-have tools for web designers and developers in 2015.  If you’re an intermediate designer, hopefully you’ll still find something on this list that will help you to work better.   If you’re an expert, and already know everything, well, congratulations and good for you. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments where we went wrong.

A skilled person with CSS and HTML know-how could, of course, design and develop a website with little more than Windows Notepad and a web browser.  But that’s no longer necessary, and time is money.  The purpose of the tools on this list is to make your life easier.  Each will help you in building the best modern websites you can build, with cutting-edge techniques, in the fastest, most efficient way possible. Read More

The Disturbing Case of the Cloned Website: Proxy Mirrors and What to Do About Them

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At the beginning of the year, we made a troubling discovery about Siteturner: the site had been cloned in its entirety.  And the clone was showing up in Google’s search results.  At first, the discovery was disturbing.  Then, it was annoying.   Finally, in the end, we just felt a little sad.

Sometime over the 2014 holiday season, someone, somewhere, went to a little bit of trouble to mirror this site with a proxy script, creating an almost flawless Siteturner clone.   Stumbling upon it for the first time, I was confused – slightly shocked – and didn’t immediately understand what I was seeing.  I’ve worked online for nearly twenty years, but until that moment had missed out on this sleazy scraping technique.  A few cursory Google searches turned up little information about it, suggesting that it wasn’t common.

Site content is harvested by scrapping bots and scripts and re-posted elsewhere all the time, and there’s not much to be done when it happens but file DCMA complaints and report it to Google.   But what do you do when your entire website has been neatly copied, and the copy is nearly indistinguishable from the original?  We got to find out. Read More

8 Proven Ways to Increase the Value of Your Website

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Maybe you want a more profitable website.  Maybe you want to sell it, and get as much money as you possibly can.   Maybe you don’t care about money.  You have no intention of selling your website, and your goals are wrapped up in some sort of weird pride and vanity thing.  Whatever your motives, we’ve got a few suggestions that should help you to increase the overall value of your website.

First, a little bit about website value.  The value of any given website is, most often, determined by how much revenue it generates.  Many buyers won’t care about anything but the bottom line.  A profitable site could be falling apart – intensely ugly, incredibly dated, and insanely difficult to use – but it would still sell, because it’s a proven moneymaker. Read More

8+ Best ThemeForest Alternatives for Selling WordPress Themes and Templates

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Frustrated with trying to sell your WordPress themes and products on ThemeForest?  Keep getting rejected? Annoyed by the pricing?  Want a higher cut?  If you’re a designer of WordPress themes and templates, try selling your products on one of these ThemeForest alternatives instead.

For some theme designers, it might seem like Envato’s popular marketplaces are their only option for earning a living online using their WordPress development skills.  Play by the Envato rules, or don’t play at all.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  In this article, we take a look at some alternative marketplaces for selling WordPress themes online. Read More

18 Awesome WordPress Theme Developers You Might Not Know About

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Premium WordPress themes are bigger business than ever, but with the ever-growing presence of ThemeForest and Envato, it’s not hard to overlook some of the talented independent theme shops and WordPress designers/developers out there.  In this article, we take a look at some of the best.

First, a bit about where we’re coming from.  Over the course of the past several months, we’ve been regularly rounding up and presenting what are, in our opinion, the best premium WordPress themes across a variety of niches.   Every thing from the Best Religious WordPress Themes for Churches, to the best  WordPress Nightclub Themes. Read More

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