Over the years I have received countless requests to customize WordPress. Design and layout, those kinds of things are easy enough. The more complicated projects have requests to connect WordPress with something. Can you send my form to Campaign Monitor or Salesforce? People ask things like can you import and post my tweets and Instagram pics? It seems like I’ve integrated everything from forms to maps, auctions to videos, and back again. About a year ago I became very excited about a service called Zapier.com. Zapier is basically a commercial version of the very popular If This Then That website. […]
About John Pratt
John Pratt is principal WordPress developer at JTPratt Media, where you can find him working on custom themes and plugins for small business and corporate clients.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know by now that social media is more and more of a driving force for marketing online. If you have a website, and you aren’t using social media – you’re missing out on traffic that your competition is snatching up. The clincher is the fact that Google now counts your social media interaction in as much as 30% of your online “authority” score (used to calculate the search rankings for your website). Big brands must get it, because social media use is up more than 600% in Superbowl ads this year. […]
There are more than 75 million websites running WordPress. More than 20,000 people make their living full time with WordPress in some way (designers, developers, consultants). In between the 20,000 and 75 million are a great number of people that maintain their own website with varying degrees of experience (and curiosity). Much like home improvement, web sites have spawned legions of “do it yourselfers” trying things on their own. Today I’m going to show you some intermediate programming techniques for hacking and customizing your own WordPress theme. You would be surprised how many things you can do on your own, […]
Twenty Two percent of active domains on the web use WordPress, that’s near 1 in every 4 websites. WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world because it’s intuitive, easy to use, and you can literally set it up and start building a website in just minutes. Anything that’s popular or mainstream has the potential to be exploited. Since WordPress has the largest footprint, it’s the biggest target for hackers. If you own a WordPress website, you owe it to yourself to learn about basic security and hardening if you value your online presence. Websites serve […]
WordPress 3.5 brings with it some awesome changes, updates, and upgrades. Today we’re going to review and take an in depth dive into everything you can expect to find when you upgrade. We will discuss both technical and non-technical features that may impact you in some way. Before you upgrade to WordPress 3.5 Even though every version of WordPress goes through multiple alpha, beta, and release candidate versions – you could have issues or conflicts when you upgrade. You want to take some preventative measures and precautions before you go ahead and click the “update” link. Backup your files: Download […]