Tag Archives: WordPress

Quick CMS Comparison [Infographic]

Choosing the right content management system (CMS) for your website – and your budget – is one of the most important decisions in the web development process. To help illustrate the differences, we’ve put together this visual guide examining what makes some of our favorite affordable CMS options unique.

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For security’s sake update WordPress to version 3.8.2

On April 8, 2014 WordPress released a security update to version 3.8.2. The announcement that accompanied the release states “this is an important security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.”

WP 3.8.2 addresses two potentially serious security vulnerabilities, includes three security hardening changes, and addresses nine “other bugs.” Most notably the following security issues are addressed:

  • Potential authentication cookie forgery. CVE-2014-0166. (Very serious vulnerability!)
  • Privilege escalation: prevent contributors from publishing posts. CVE-2014-0165.

  • Pass along additional information when processing pingbacks to help hosts identify potentially abusive requests.

  • Fix a low-impact SQL injection by trusted users.

  • Prevent possible cross-domain scripting through Plupload, the third-party library WordPress uses for uploading files.

Additionally: JetPack – the wordpress.com feature-rich plugin suite – was updated to version 2.9.3 to address similar issues.

If your site is currently operating a WordPress version below 3.8.2 or Jetpack version below 2.9.3, you may be at risk and should consider upgrading as soon as possible. 

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Dashicons Make Your WordPress Dashboard Cooler

What Are Dashicons

On December 1, 2013, WordPress 3.8 – code name “Parker” – was released. One of the highlights of 3.8 was the re-skin of the WordPress admin, officially called the Dashboard. The re-skin got rid of the blue, grey, and gradient interface for a more modern and flat design. Included in the update were Dashicons, an icon font.

An icon font has all the benefits of being text and none of the downsides of being an image. Size, color, and pretty much anything else you can do with CSS can be applied to icon fonts.

There are several ways to use Dashicons inside the Dashboard. For this example I’ll be using a plugin, but you don’t have to. If you’re more of a functions.php person, it will work there too. I’ll also be skipping over the details of customizing WordPress and focus on Dashicon-specific code.

Set Up Base Plugin

I already have the plugin created, uploaded, and activated. You can see the final plugin on Github. For each section, I’ll only be highlighting the relevant code. The code could be included in your own plugin or the functions.php file by using the appropriate hooks and filters.

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NerdCast #73 What’s up with WordPress

NC73-DD-whatsupwordpressIn this episode of the NerdCast we get to go in the weeds of WordPress as Andrew Watson interviews  two of our WordPress experts Sherman Bausch and Richard Aber. This conversation takes a turn for the technical as we talk nuts and bolts, templates, and the latest in WordPress software development.

Host: Ryan Carlson – Tech Evangelist

Guests: Nerdery Developers Andrew Watson, Sherman Bausch, and Richard Aber

Listen Now: Running Time: 0:19:50 / Subscribe on iTunes

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Make your WordPress theme SASSy

Sass and WordPress

BUZZ WORD ALERT!

BUZZ WORD ALERT!

If you haven’t heard the news, SASS is where it’s at. What’s SASS you ask? SASS is a CSS extension language that’s all the rage these days. It allows you to do things with CSS you never thought possible, saving vast amounts of time and resources on your projects.

SASS allows you to utilize functionality that isn’t currently available in standard CSS, such as:

  • Variables
  • Nesting
  • Mixins
  • Partials
  • Inheritance
  • Logic

SASS is just a pre-processor written in Ruby that will compile down directly to CSS files. This means that it is fully compatible with any project you currently have that utilizes CSS. Best of all, you can still use all of your previous CSS knowledge within SASS! Use the SASS functionality as little or as much as you’d like, you can always go back later and add more to it as you learn more. You just can’t lose!

SASS Examples

I should make something clear, SASS and SCSS are two different things, and some folks do have a preference over one of the other. The trouble with this is the terms often gets used interchangeably, when people talk about SASS they could mean either one of the syntaxes. Although I state SASS throughout this article I don’t want you to get confused as the syntax I tend to work with more often is SCSS. Information on the differences between the two can be found here.

Now that we have that out of the way, I’d like to point out this article is specifically about using SASS with WordPress, so I’m not going to go to in-depth with functionality, but I’d like to show you a couple cool things that you can do: Read more

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Nerdery Webinar: Discover How Your Business Can Benefit From WordPress

Why Big Businesses Are Turning To WordPress
If you’ve spent time working in midsize-to-large companies, you’ve no doubt experienced challenges when trying to launch an interactive initiative. In response, Fortune 500 businesses have been turning to WordPress as a flexible, low-cost solution.

In our webinar, Nerdery WordPress Experts Sherman Bausch and Thomas McMahon discuss the benefits of WordPress for individuals and teams within big businesses.

They will cover:
• Why WordPress shines on quick-turnaround projects
• WordPress’s strengths as a group-collaboration tool
• Examples of how large corporations are overcoming technology hurdles with WordPress
• Tips on how to plan and execute your own WordPress initiative

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Nerdery Webinar Q+A: How Your Business Can Benefit from WordPress

WordPress Q and AThis is the Q&A from the Nerdery Webinar that explores the out of the box use cases for WordPress and the unique applications companies are using it for. Hear from presenters Sherman Bausch and Thomas McMahon as we answer the questions we couldn’t get to during the live webinar event. If you attended the webinar this is great supplemental information asked by our live audience. If you’d like to check out the free 1-hour webinar you can check it out at nrdry.com/wordpresswebinar

HostRyan Carlson

Guests: Sherman Bausch & Thomas McMahon, WordPress Developers at The Nerdery

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Running Time: 0:27:12 / Subscribe on iTunes

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NerdCast #42: The Most Popular WordPress Plugins

WordPress PluginsIn this episode of The NerdCast we have Thomas McMahon and Shane Smith, two WordPress developers here at The Nerdery to talk about the plugins they recommend the most and why. Hear about their experiences, when to use a plug-in and when it’s over kill. We discuss WordPress security and how to make sure you’re selecting the right plugins. If you’re a WordPress developer or planning out a WordPress project this is a great conversation for you to follow.

HostRyan Carlson

Guests: Thomas McMahon & Shane Smith, WordPress Developers at The Nerdery

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Running Time: 0:25:52 / Subscribe on iTunes

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NerdCast #35: Co-Presidency at The Nerdery – The TED Talk Edition

NC-MikeD-TEDtalklogo_92_redIn this episode of the NerdCast we interview The Nerdery’s CEO Mike Derheim about the TED Talk he recently presented in Fargo, ND on August 9th. Our discussion covers themes from his TED Talk including employee engagement, building a better team, and dispelling the myth of the entitlement generation. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

The recording of his TED talk is not yet available but will be posted here on the blog soonish. Follow us on Twitter to be notified.

Host: Ryan Carlson

Guests: Mike Derheim, CEO of The Nerdery

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Running Time: 0:25:10 / Subscribe on iTunes

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Using WordPress Multisite to Manage Multiple Store Locations and Optimize Visibility

WordPress multisite

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) on the internet right now and not only does it work great for running a single site, it also works well to run multiple sites through the ease of one WordPress install and admin. So why run one website, when you can run multiple?

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