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General WordPress information, news and tutorials. While our products are solutions for church websites, some of the information we post is useful to WordPress users in general.

HTTPS for WordPress: Auto-enable SSL for Free

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HTTPS for WordPress is critical today. Your WordPress site should always load via https:// instead of http:// because the HTTP protocol is inherently insecure. Installing an SSL certificate to enable HTTPS for WordPress can be costly and overly technical, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ll tell you how to use a free and autosmatic method so that you can easily begin serving WordPress securely.

Let’s cut to the chase. I’ll start by explaining how to auto-enable HTTPS for WordPress in three simple steps. You can keep reading after that to learn why HTTPS/SSL should be used on every site. In a nutshell, it’s a security necessity. WordPress recommends HTTPS and Google is penalizing sites that do not have an SSL certificate. The time to start using HTTPS on WordPress is now.

WordPress Update Error: Failed to write request to temporary file

One of the WordPress plugins I use on two sites had an update. On the first site, it updated fine as always. On this site (which is hosted on a different server), the plugin update failed with an error message that I had not seen until today.

An error occurred while updating Simple Share Buttons Adder: Download failed. Failed to write request to temporary file.

Sometimes WordPress file and permission errors can be tricky but the solution for this was pretty simple.

How to Add a Category with a Comma in WordPress

Most questions we get relate specifically to our themes and plugins but some are broadly related to WordPress. We think it would be a good idea to answer some of those general WordPress questions on our blog from time to time as a resource for the WordPress community.

A question like this came in today.

I don’t seem to be able to create a category with a comma in the title. “Faith, Hope and Love” becomes “Faith” as one category and “Hope and Love” as another.

The original question was related to adding a Sermon Series but we’ve reworded the question to make it applicable to WordPress blog categories. The problem and solution are the same no matter what taxonomy is used.

WordPress Users: Avoid the Theme Lock-in Effect

WordPress Theme Lock-in Effect

How easy will it be for you to switch WordPress themes in the future? Most theme users probably don’t ask themselves this question. Why would you? WordPress lets you switch themes with a few clicks so things should work smoothly. But that’s only the case if your theme was developed following WordPress standards in order to avoid the lock-in effect.

Much has been written for WordPress theme developers in the last couple years on the lock-in effect while hardly anything has been aimed at theme users like you to explain what the lock-in effect is and how to avoid it. I feel this is necessary because there are still many themes built without consideration for your ability to switch in the future.

Eight Things You Should Do After Building Your WordPress Site

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You heard about WordPress and how great it is for building just about any type of website. You picked a great theme to make your site look the way you want and installed a few plugins to make it do the things you need. Finally, you added your content and launched the site. All done, right?

Not so fast.

Give attention to the following essentials before you consider your WordPress site complete. They don’t take much time but are often overlooked.

Using a Real WordPress Cron Job for Increased Reliability

Sometimes it is useful to setup a real cron job to ensure that scheduled WordPress core and plugin maintenance gets done. There are things that happen automatically behind the scenes that keep your site running as expected (publishing scheduled posts, for example). This usually works fine but in some cases tasks may not run reliably. Here’s how to solve that.

WordPress Saves You Money on a Website

A few days ago I was checking up on what some hosted website building services are doing. They’re something like WordPress as far as being “do it yourself” content management systems, but proprietary and hosted by their makers. Some are good solutions. I ran across one that is perhaps good but their marketing strategy was interesting. They had a page detailing all the reasons not to use WordPress, likely because WordPress solutions are significant competition.

I disagreed with much of what was written but one reason in particular stood out — the cost. Their premise was that WordPress is low cost and therefore a low quality solution that should be avoided, lest hidden costs and difficulties arise.

How to Prevent Spam in WordPress

We sell WordPress themes so naturally one question we repeatedly get from customers is…

What can I do about comment spam?

Automated spam is nothing new and since most WordPress sites allow commenting on at least blog posts, they become a target. Fortunately, there are simple measures that can be taken to keep this from becoming a massive problem. What follows is a three-fold approach that myself and others use to cut out nearly all spam with relatively little effort.