Help, I’ve Been Hacked! How to Troubleshoot and Fix a WordPress Site

Getting hacked is one of the most frustrating experiences you’ll face as a site admin. Unfortunately, even if you have bolstered your site’s defenses, about 30,000 sites are hacked daily and it’s likely your site will fall prey sooner or later. So it’s important you know what to do when that day comes.

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Repairing Corrupted, Broken or Missing Files and Databases in WordPress

Have you found that your WordPress site’s on the fritz and all you can say is “I didn’t do anything, I swear!?” Yet, you see errors that say your files or database are broken, missing or corrupted. Anything from posts and categories sporadically disappearing and reappearing to error messages like: “Warning: require_once(path/to/file.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in…”

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How to Use WordPress Multisite for Different Divisions in a Company Website

WordPress Multisite has many uses. You can use it to create a profitable network of sites which people create themselves, to manage your own sites, to host sites for clients and much more. But something that clients often ask me about is using it to power a network of sites for a company that has separate divisions with discrete identities.

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Real World Websites Using the WordPress REST API in Cool and Unexpected Ways

For most of us, the WordPress REST API feels like something experimental, something we might be developing our skills on or experimenting with. I know there are plenty of developers out there who are playing with the API, testing what it can do and using it to build personal projects and experimental sites.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Editing .htaccess for WordPress Security

The .htaccess file in your WordPress install is a powerful configuration file that you can use to override the settings on your web server to improve your site’s security and performance. Short for “Hypertext Access,” you can edit the file and with the right commands, you can enable/disable extra functionality and features to protect your site from spammers, hackers and other threats.

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How to Safely Change Your Permalink Structure Without Killing Your SERP Rank

Are you feeling stuck with your site’s current permalink structure? Are you terrified of changing it for fear of what Google might think? Fear not. This is a solvable problem. Let’s sort it out. Setting up pretty permalinks is usually one of the first things that happens when a new WordPress website is set up.

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How to Fix the 500 Internal Server Error in WordPress

The 500 Internal Server Error is one of the most common panic-inducing “I’ve broken everything!” catch-all errors in WordPress that can literally mean anything. The most common reasons for WordPress throwing up this error include having a corrupted .htaccess file, exceeding your PHP memory limit, or having improper file permissions, but there could also be other potential causes, such as outgrowing your hosting plan or a known issue with your hosting provider.

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How I Use WordPress Multisite to Host Client Sites

For the past two years, I’ve been running almost all of my client sites on a single Multisite network and I haven’t looked back. Keeping sites up-to-date takes a fraction of the time, I only have one backup schedule to manage, and if I ever need to move my sites, I know it will take a lot less time than it did before when I was running multiple single WordPress installs.

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How to Learn WordPress Inside Out In 7 Websites

So you want to learn WordPress? Whether you’re a noob trying to set up a blog for the first time or a developer with PHP SuperPowers, there’s resource out there for you. To save you time tracking down the right training website for you, we’ve rounded up the best training websites that offer WordPress courses and online classes.

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“I Want a Clean Layout” and Other Things WordPress Developers Are Sick of Hearing

When speaking of groups of people, it can be tempting to fall into a “they all think this way” sort of mentality. That’s how stereotypes are born and if history has taught us anything, it’s that stereotypes are toxic. When I think of developers, I envision a group of people hell-bent on creating awesome things for people to use and enjoy.

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How to Create a Custom Author List Widget in WordPress

For many websites good authors are the most important asset they have. Showcasing them properly can be an important concern and WordPress doesn’t really have anything powerful out-of-the-box. Most of the widgets in the WordPress Plugin Directory are a little basic so I thought it would be a good idea to create something really powerful myself.

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How to Make Your Website More Accessible (and 10 WordPress Sites That Are Leading the Way)

When launching a new website, you’ll likely think about a number of different things when putting it together. But if you’re like many, accessibility isn’t at the top of that list. What is accessibility? According to W3C, web accessibility refers to how easily those with disabilities can use the Internet.

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Creating Translatable WordPress Themes and Plugins: Developers Guide

Last year we featured a series on translating different aspects of WordPress, which focused on internationalizing an existing theme or plugin. In today’s post, we’re going to extend and complement that series with some information for theme and plugins developers, namely how to localize your theme or plugin or it’s ready to translate.

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Persona Non Grata – 10 Years as a WordPress Entrepreneur

This week marks 10 years since I started Edublogs and became one of the earliest WordPress entrepreneurs. Ten years, five offices, six products and about a bazillion WP dramas later… This is my story. I think it’s fair to say that I’ve got issues. Issues with authority, popularity, inclusivity, regular-ways-of-doing-business, independence and, erm, polite society.

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How to Add Google Analytics to Your WordPress Website

It’s important to understand how your audience interacts with your website and the best way to do this is with Google Analytics. Google Analytics not only lets you measures your sales and conversions, but also gives you insights into how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site, and how you can keep them coming back.

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