WordPress

Sitelock: Protect Your WordPress Website and Visitors

WordPress security is one of those things that’s often left until it’s too late. About once a quarter I’m asked to help clean up a site that’s been attacked. The attacks happen because WordPress is left without updating and a known security hole is taken advantage of. Or, more often, it’s a poorly developed theme or plugin that’s not been kept up to date. There are tons of different motivations for hacking WordPress, including acquiring the user and commenter’s email addresses, inserting backlinks to cheat search engines, or injecting malware that drives traffic to unseamly

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How to Redirect Users Based on Their Location in WordPress

A few months ago, a multi-location client of mine asked if we could automatically redirect visitors from specific regions to their internal location pages on the site. At first, I didn’t think it was too difficult a request. I thought I could download an IP address to location database and put a few lines of JavaScript into the pages and we’d be done. Well, it’s a lot more difficult than you might think. Here are some of the issues you run into: IP addresses are updated on a continued basis. And free GeoIP databases have

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Marketing Infographics, WordPress

WordPress Maintenance Checklist: The Ultimate List of Tips, Tools, and Best Practices

Just today I was meeting with two of our clients about their WordPress installations. I’m pretty vendor agnostic about content management systems. WordPress’ overall popularity has really helped it since most third-parties will integrate with it, and the themes and plugin ecosystem is as good as you can get. I’ve developed quite a few WordPress plugins, myself, to assist our clients and support the ecosystem. That said, it’s not without its issues, though. Because it’s such a popular content management system, WordPress a primary target of hackers and spammers everywhere. And, because of its ease

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Content Marketing, WordPress

Using WordPress and Gravity Forms to Capture Leads

Utilizing WordPress as your content management system is pretty much the norm nowadays. Many of these sites are beautiful but lack any strategy for capturing inbound marketing leads. Companies publish whitepapers, case studies and use cases in great detail without ever capturing the contact information of the folks who download them. Developing a web site with downloads that can be attained through registration forms is a good inbound marketing strategy. By capturing contact information or perhaps even an opt-in for ongoing email communications – you’re letting the user know that they may be contacted in

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WordPress: How to List Child Pages (My Newest Plugin)

We’ve rebuilt the hierarchy of sites for several of our WordPress clients, and one of the things we attempt to do is organize the information efficiently. To do this, we often want to create a master page and include a menu that automatically lists all of the pages below it. A list of child pages, or subpages. Unfortunately, there’s no inherent function or feature to do this within WordPress, so we developed a WordPress List Subpages shortcode to add to the clients’ theme’s functions.php file. Usage is pretty simple: [listchildpages aclass=”” ifempty=”No child pages”]Here are

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