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

Roundup: 15+ Fast & Responsive Personal Blogging Themes for WordPress 2015

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In this Siteturner round-up, we check out a few of the fastest responsive personal blogging themes for WordPress.  If you’re a blogger/writer, and in the market for a personal WordPress theme that places your content first and provides an excellent user-experience to your readers, one of these premium products might be what you’re looking for.

The themes on this list are simple, straight-forward blogging themes that embrace minimalistic design trends and rely on WordPress’s built-in features for functionality.  Extraneous bells & whistles are chopped out for the sake of UX and speed optimization.  We selected these themes by hand, from premium theme shops that are sometimes overlooked in favor of developers found on the higher-profile ThemeForest marketplace. Read More

11+ Clean & Modern WordPress Business Themes and How They Will Improve Your Company's Website in 2015

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For this article, we’ve gathered up some our favorite clean & modern WordPress business themes.  Let’s take a look at how they can improve and enhance your company’s website in 2015.

Whether you’re starting from scratch, or your plan is to give an existing website a make over, this article ought to give you a few things to think about when choosing a WordPress theme.   Read More

4+ Excellent WordPress Auction Themes to Help You Build an eBay-Style Bidding Wesbite in 2015

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In this post, we check out the best WordPress auction themes.  If you’ve landed on this page from Google, chances are you’ve got it in mind to build an e-Bay style auction site of your own.  You want to save some money by going with a turn-key solution.  Well, listen – one of these themes might help you out.

The requirements for any auction theme are exactly what you’d expect: auction functionality.  There’s a few popular, premium and free WordPress plugins that will do it, but then you’re still left with the potentially tedious and costly task of designing and styling the website.   But if you have the design end already covered, and just need the auction features, feel free to skip the rest of this roundup and check out the following plugins:

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Ultimate Auction Plugin (free) Read More

6+ Excellent Multi-Vendor WordPress Marketplace Themes: Inexpensively Build the Next Etsy, Amazon, eBay or Envato in 2015

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In this article, we look at the best multi-vendor WordPress marketplace themes.  Building a functional online marketplace from scratch can prove costly: if you have an idea for a marketplace website along the lines of Amazon, Etsy, or eBay, one of these premium themes will provide an inexpensive way to test the waters.

The requirements of a multi-vendor marketplace are fairly self-evident.   Sellers need to be able to sign up, build shops and sell their wares; buyers need to be able to buy those wares with ease and confidence.   And perhaps most importantly, site owners will want to be able to monetize those transactions, often by taking a percentage cut. Read More

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