David McCan

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Custom Post Types and Theme Builders – Part Three Beaver Builder and Beaver Themer

Introduction This post is part three of a series looking at Custom Post Types and theme builders. Most premium page builders now include a theme builder, the ability to create theme templates. However, the theming process, difficulty, and limitations are different for each page builder. The idea of this series is to get a walk-through …

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Custom Post Types and Theme Builders – Part Two Divi 4

Introduction This post is part of a series looking at Custom Post Types and theme builders. In part one I used Custom Post Types UI and Advanced Custom Fields to create a custom post type. The plan in subsequent parts of the series, is to use the theme builder functionality built into popular page builders. …

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Custom Post Types and Theme Builders – Part 1 CPT UI and ACF

Introduction There are several options for creating Custom Post Types (CPTs) and custom fields. The most popular way to do it is with Custom Post Type UI (CPT UI) and Advanced Custom Fields (ACF). There are several reasons why the combination of CPT UI and ACF is the number one choice: CPT UI is free …

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Beaver Builder vs Elementor – Update and Recommendations

Beaver Builder and Elementor are the two most popular and frequently recommended page builders in the WordPress ecosystem.  For years they were locked in a page builder war for the hearts and minds of site builders.  In April 2018 the stats were compelling enough that I called it,  Elementor had won a decisive victory.  The …

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WebARX Full Walkthrough and Review

Introduction WordPress powers more than a third of all websites and is a popular target for hackers.  Hackers begin scanning and probing for vulnerabilities within minutes of a new website going online.  It is essential that your websites be protected.  WebARX is the first plugin I install after installing WordPress.  With a good security plugin …

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WordPress Themes and Plugins with a Lifetime License – The Ultimate List

Last Updated November 18, 2019.  The ultimate list now has more than 100 WordPress themes and plugins with a lifetime license.  A lifetime license can be an incredible value if you use the theme or plugin for several years.  A lifetime license helps you step off of the subscription treadmill.  Some vendors are moving to …

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The Site Builder Guide to WordPress Security

WordPress powers more than a third of all websites and is a popular target for hackers.  Hackers start scanning and probing for vulnerabilities within minutes of a new website going online.  It is essential that your websites be protected.  The first thing I do when after installing WordPress is install a security plugin.  With a …

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10Web – WordPress Hosting with Site Management and Tools

In this post I want to look at 10Web. 10Web is a WordPress provider that offers several services and features.  They are currently running a deal on AppSumo, so I want to provide my take on the deal.  There is a video that accompanies the post that goes into the 10Web platform and shows the screens in …

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The WordPress Fire Drill – Three Tasks 100% of Us Waste Time On

The WordPress Fire Drill Remember when you were in school and there would be the occasional fire drill?  When the alarm went off, everyone would line up and file outside while the Fire Department watched.  Those fire drills served a purpose:  to make sure that we knew what to do in the case of an …

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Gutenberg Block Editor - Avoid the Traps

Gutenberg Block Editor – Avoid the Traps

Introduction In this post I want to look at some gotchas when using Gutenberg, the new WordPress block editor.  The demonstration is very visual and I’m not going to try to capture it all in screenshots.  I recommend watching the video for that.  Here I’ll review and summarize the issues.  To illustrate the issues, …

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Toolbar Extras – Make the Admin Toolbar Work for You

Every time I work on a site I am reminded by the absurdity of the default admin menu shortcuts.  For example, the main links back to the dashboard from the front-end are Dashboard, Themes, Widgets, and Menus.  While those links are nice, I go to the Plugins admin page much more often.  In this post, …

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