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WordPress Plugin Updates the Right Way

Some weeks ago, I received an email about WP Photo Sphere, a WordPress plugin I developed. There was a big problem: updating the plugin broke it on some installations. After some investigation, I discovered that the problem came from the options used by the plugin: these installations hadn’t any default values for the new options I added.

WordPress Plugin Updates

These values were important, so I needed a way to create the default values. But, contrary to what I thought, WordPress doesn’t provide any native way to handle an update process.

That’s why I thought of writing this tutorial. First, we’ll see exactly why we need an update process and why WordPress doesn’t provide such a process. Then I’ll show you how to properly create your own process to update your options.

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9 of the Best WordPress Portfolio Plugins

If you do work online, you absolutely need a portfolio. You can have a ton of cool fonts and all the pop-up plugins you could ever need. But if you can’t display your work to potential clients, you’re missing out. Being able to present your projects in an appealing fashion is an invaluable tool, as it can tell the reader why you’re better than everyone else at what you do.

You have two options for a stunning portfolio. You can either use a portfolio theme or get a portfolio plugin. If you don’t prefer any of the portfolio themes or simply want to use a different one, then a portfolio plugin is for you.

The plugins listed below are 9 of the best WordPress portfolio plugins available, they’re the cream of the crop. They’re packed with useful features and are simple to use. Several of them are free, and all of them will catch the eye of potential clients.

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How to Set, Get and Delete Cookies in WordPress

Unlike most modern web applications, WordPress is stateless. If you’re going to build a web application on top of WordPress, you’re going to need some sort of a system to maintain sessions.

Cookies provide a simple, conventional mechanism to manage certain settings for users who have signed in on the front-end.

In this article, we’ll briefly discuss cookies, why they’re needed in WordPress and how webmasters can benefit from them. We’ll also walk you through the process of setting, getting and deleting cookies.

Let’s get started!

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Easy Landing Pages in WordPress with Long Form Storybuilder

Internet marketing has grown over the years and today, it is considered as one of the most effective ways of increasing your conversions. No matter what type of business you run, if you advertise your product online then you will observe a rapid increase in your sales. The internet bounds no geographical limits, you can reach millions of people online.

All of this has led to people coming up with different ways that ensure the internet marketing does its wonders. A professional marketing approach is to build custom pages in your websites precisely for one thing, product or market. These pages are known as the “Landing Pages”.

So, What Is a Landing Page?

According to Wikipedia:

In online marketing, a landing page, sometimes known as a “lead capture page” or a “lander”, is a single web page that appears in response to clicking on a search engine optimized search result or an online advertisement. The landing page will usually display directed sales copy that is a logical extension of the advertisement, search result or link.

A landing page is more concise, with just enough content to help your customers decide, no distractions, a few testimonials and an optimized number of call to action buttons. After that, there is the art of A/B testing. Landing pages help to improve your site conversions by encouraging more people to subscribe and follow your website. Which means more site traffic and more business for you.

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Creating a “Most-Commented-on Posts” Plugin for WordPress

Fresh content on any site is a good thing. A nice touch is to display your most discussed posts to your website visitors. In the case of WordPress, a widget is the ideal place for this. Users who wouldn’t otherwise know where to go after reading the current post, might check out and hopefully participate in your blog’s most commented posts. Your most commented on posts are commonly also the ones which bring most page views and are the most interesting.

In this tutorial we will create a basic plugin to display most commented on posts in a widget. Although there are lots of plugins available for this purpose, many of them tend to be overwhelming and also don’t support caching. In this article, the plugin we’ll build will be lightweight and will cache the top 10 commented posts for 24 hours.

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How to Add Loading Screen in WordPress Site

Ever wondered how to add a gorgeous loading screen to your WordPress site? You probably had visited a site where there’s a nice loading screen being shown while the site is loading. With WordPress, luckily it is not hard to add one to your site. The plugin comes with some nifty features. For example, you …

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How to Remind Newly Registered Users to Change Their Password

When you create and add a new user account, you need to create a new password to the user account. For this, I usually use a random password generator to create a strong password for the user. Furthermore, there’s an option to send the password to the users. One of the very first things for the …

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How to Prevent Editors from Adding New Categories in WordPress

In a recent project for a client, I needed to prevent non-admin users from adding new categories from the post editor screen. By default, WordPress allows users with admin and editor roles to manage categories and in this tutorial I’ll show you how to prevent editors from adding new categories. For this one specific case, I …

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