WordPress: Create Sidebars Automatically For Each Category

I’ve been simplifying this site to improve speed times and to attempt to monetize the site better without irritating my readers. There are multiple ways that I’ve monetized the site… here they are from most to least lucrative: Direct sponsorships from partner companies. We work on collective strategies that incorporate everything from webinars to social media shares to promote their events, products, and/or services. Affiliate marketing from an array of affiliate platforms. I scour and

Local: Build a Desktop Database to Develop and Sync Your WordPress Site

If you’ve done a lot of WordPress development, you know that it’s often much more flexible and fast to work on your local desktop or laptop than to always have to worry about connecting remotely. Running a local database server can be quite a pain, though… like setting up MAMP or XAMPP to startup a local web server, accommodate your programming language, and then connect to your database. WordPress is pretty simple from an architecture

Stop Updating Years in Business on Your WordPress Site with this Shortcode

One of the greatest things about WordPress is the flexibility to build out shortcodes. Shortcodes are basically substitution strings that you can insert into your content that renders dynamic content. I’m helping a client this week where they’re taking one of their products and rolling it out into a new domain. The site is hundreds of pages and has been quite an undertaking. As we’ve been working on the hit list of issues, one that

Redirect WordPress in Header

The redirection plugin built for WordPress is a fantastic means of organizing and managing redirects. I use it on this site and have organized my groups of redirects for updated posts, affiliate links, downloads, etc. However, I ran into a unique problem where I have a reverse proxy set up for a client where WordPress is running at a path… but not the root of the site. The primary site is running on IIS in

Blitz: Performance and Load Testing from the Cloud

It’s tough coming up with an analogy for the load put on a web server so here goes. Imagine you’re a web server and your visitors are cans of tomatoes. If you have one or two cans of food, you can carry them pretty easy. Pile a few hundred in your arms and none of the food can get where they need to be. Now, if you could somehow reduce the size of each can,

Randomize Your WordPress Headlines Easily

I was looking for a plugin or some code to shuffle headlines on our home page at DK New Media to have some fun and dress up the home page a bit. The problem was that I have a theme applied that has specific fields for the tag line and description of the site, and I didn’t feel like tearing it apart for this modification. To do this with plugins and theme modifications would require