David McCan

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One Click Accessibility Plugin – Easily Add Accessibility Options to Your Site

In this post, I want to look at a free plugin for WordPress that helps to make your website more accessible for people with disabilities.  Website accessibility is important because these days we are living our lives more and more online and we want everyone to be able to participate and use our website.  …

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Custom Post Types and Displaying Dynamic Content – Review of the Options

In this article I want to look at WordPress Custom Post Types (CPTs) and the display of dynamic data. WordPress has had internal support for Custom Post Types since version 3.0, but does not have a built-in way to create them or to display CPT content on the front-end. For a long time, this was …

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The Number One Rule of Website Security

In case you haven’t noticed, the zombie apocalypse is well underway.  Unattended WordPress websites have been taken over by malicious actors who control botnet gangs that suck the life from their visitors and other blogs.  Zombie sites are used for denial of service attacks on other sites, show unwanted advertisements, and attempt to drop virus …

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Chrome Developer Tools: Features For Developers

In this article I want to look at the Chrome developer tools and some of the ways they can be used for development and for troubleshooting.  These tools have been expanded slowly over time and many people may not be familiar with them.  The developer tools can be a big help when it comes to creating web …

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WordPress Staging and Merging with BlogVault

In this article I want to look at WordPress staging and merging using BlogVault. Staging is important in the process of developing websites. It allows a developer to make changes without putting the production site in jeopardy and without interrupting service, but if you’re making changes on a staging site while the production site is …

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Oxygen: What Is It?

Video Here is a video where I answer the question, “what is Oxygen?”  There are some more details shown in the video, while the article below summarizes the pros and cons, with screenshots.  Introduction Oxygen is unique in the WordPress landscape. I see a lot of people asking about it. People wonder if it is …

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Crocoblock Suite for Elementor – Kava Theme

Video Here is a video overview of the Kava Theme that comes bundled with the Crocoblock suite for Elementor. The theme is shown in more detail in the video, as there is a walk-through, while the article below summarizes the pros and cons, with screenshots. Introduction This post is part of a mini-series looking at …

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Crocoblock Suite for Elementor: Dynamic Data – JetEngine & JetThemeCore

Video Here is a video overview of the Crocoblock suite for Elementor and a walk-through using JetEngine and JetThemeCore for working with dynamic data.  The process is shown in more detail in the video while in the article there are some screenshots taken at important points. Introduction This post is part of a mini-series looking …

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Crocoblock Suite for Elementor – Overview & Installation

Video Here is a video overview of the Crocoblock suite for Elementor and a walk-through of the different installation options.  The screens are shown in more detail in the video while in the article there are just screenshots taken at important points in the process.  There is some information in the article that is not …

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Cost-Effective Security and Backup Option – Review of Jetpack Premium

Who Is This Article For? In this article I review Jetpack Premium, one of the paid Jetpack plans.  The review is for people with a single site who have a small annual budget and who need to have support available. Now, if you have a high traffic site, an ecommerce store, or a membership component, …

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Changing Your WordPress Password – Laragon and HeidiSQL

I’ve been using Laragon for a while now for local WordPress development. Recently someone asked for help because they had forgotten their WordPress username or password. I made a short video walkthrough that shows how to change the password using the HeidiSQL program that comes with Laragon.  Below the video are the written out instructions …

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Code Snippets for Easy Site Customizations

Code snippets are small bits of PHP code that you can use to customize your WordPress website.  The Code Snippets plugin is a great convenience for adding snippets. The plugin is available for free from the WordPress plugin directory. It is regularly updated, is widely used, and has good reviews.  I’ve been using it for a …

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