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Decisive Victory in the Page Builder War

Last updated 4/27/2018  A year and a half ago, when Pippin Williams wrote the authoritative review of WordPress page builders, there were several strong contenders. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have seen that the field quickly narrowed to two: Beaver Builder and Elementor. These two giants in the page builder arena have been locked …

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Free Services for Website Building & Optimization

Last Updated November 24, 2018. There are a number of free online services useful for site builders. The four listed below are helpful for checking if DNS changes have been picked up, troubleshooting SSL errors, finding the cause of a site slowdown for speed optimization, and using search engine auto-suggest features to gain insight into …

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Best Web Hosting for Site Builders

Introduction If you need a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a physical machine in a server facility then this article isn’t for you. For a high-level view of hosting considerations, see my previous article. In this article I look at two options for WordPress site hosting: SiteGround and Cloudways. These two options cover most small and medium …

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The Not So Skinny on Custom Templates: Toolset, and Beaver Builder

The WPBuilds Facebook group is a friendly and interesting bunch of site builders. Periodically there is a discussion about plugins for creating the “display template” for Custom Post Types. This is a decision, or hurdle, that everyone using Custom Post Types has to deal with.  Fair warning, if you are reading this then I assume …

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Beaver Themer vs Toolset

When Posts Are Not Enough WordPress core supports custom fields and custom post types, but there is no admin UI for managing them and they are not output for display automatically.  Typically you would need to create PHP theme templates in order to display them on the frontend. Toolset is a suite of plugins that …

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Best WAMP Server for Local WordPress – Laragon is Easy

Everyone doing web development or training up in web technologies needs a local test server.  You know that testing on a live site is risky.  Building websites or evaluating themes and plugins? Yes, you need one too.  Are you interested in WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, or PHP?  If so, and you are running Windows, then you need …

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My Top WP Toolset Suggestions

Last updated August 26, 2017 I recently discovered the WP Builds podcasts.  Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley, the hosts, have interviewed some great guests with a focus on topics relevant to site builders and WordPress professionals. The discussions are informal, entertaining, and you get a good feel for the people and an inside view of their world …

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WordPress Hosting – General Overview

I have been involved in website hosting since 1995.  I’ve worked for organizations and companies who hosted their own sites.  I’ve had clients with Virtual Private Servers (VPS) for site hosting.  I’ve used shared hosting for personal websites, the websites of family members, and for a small non-profit.  From that experience, here are a few …

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WordPress and Drupal Comparison – Deep Dive

WordPress and Drupal are two very popular content management systems that are often compared. The common conclusion to most comparisons is that WordPress is good for blogs or small sites and Drupal is better for big or complicated sites. I believe that conclusion is shallow and that a deeper understanding of the differences is helpful …

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