Author: Benjamin
Benjamin de Jong writes Smart Internet Applications based on WordPress. He is active on Twitter with several Twitter accounts about WordPress and has a day job at KPN in the Netherlands where he is an IT Consultant.

Hardening WordPress

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Security in WordPress is taken very seriously, but as with any other system there are potential security issues that may arise if some basic security precautions aren’t taken. This article will go through some common forms of vulnerabilities, and the things you can do to help keep your WordPress installation secure.

Posted in Security

WordPress 3.7 – Interesting details on this update

WordPress 3.7 - Basie

Everyone knows that the new version of WordPress, 3.7, contains an automatic update mechanism, a better password complexity indicator, better global support (language) and improved search functionality. But hey! What are better passwords, why do I want improved search functionality, what does better international support for me and what other handy tricks do I have to know? Interesting details on this update;

Posted in Authoring, Choosing WordPress, Newbie Guides

Your WordPress Backup does not work!

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There are lots of backup solutions for WordPress, which is good. WordPress Backups are important and assure you that you won’t loose your valuable content. But what surprises me is that almost no one is talking about restores. A WordPress restore is the real goal for the WordPress backup. You won’t be the first that will find out that not all data is backupped after you had to recover a WordPress backup. That’s why I am writing this article.

Posted in Plugins, Security

How Website Optimization Can Save You From The Google Penguin Update?

Are you doing any website optimization? If you have not, you better do as the next Google Penguin Update is on it’s way. Don’t freak out as this article will explain in detail how you can prepare for the next Google Update (and probably rank better with the correct search engine optimization techniques).

As we all know, the latest Google Penguin update was rolled out recently (22nd May 2013 to be exact). Many websites were affected from the update including some of mine.

I was lucky that I managed to run several test websites prior to the Google update and let me share with you how website optimization can save your website from all the negative things Google Penguin can throw at you.

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Plugin Development 101 – Separating Your Plugin into Multiple Files | Pippins Plugins

In part 3 we discussed the general best practice of separating your plugin out into multiple files. Today we’re going to look at how you actually do that and also go into more depth about why this is a good practice that you should be adopting for all of your plugins once they begin to become even remotely complex.

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Complete Search Engine Optimization (SEO) For Dummies – Reginald Chan

What do you know about search engine optimization or SEO in short? Do you really know what SEO really are and how it can affect you?

I talk about SEO, think about SEO, eat with SEO and bathe with SEO but I am no SEO expert. And if you are looking for a SEO guru, I am not your man. Why?!

Because I am not going to lie to you what I know about search engine optimization techniques and how you can use SEO for your own good. And, this is not a sales thread…not now, not in the future in my books.

If you’re reading this, then good as we are on the same page now. So let’s go with our first lesson (and my first SEO post here) on search engine optimization, shall we?

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The WordPress Coding Standards: The Ternary Operator and Yoda Conditions

In this particular article, I thought we’d take it a bit easier before jumping into the final topic. As such, we’re going to cover two really simple topics (that are often either ignored or overcomplicated).

Specifically, we’re going to talk about the ternary operator and we’re going to talk about Yoda conditions.

When it comes to writing WordPress-based code, the Coding Standards strictly say that we should aim for readability first.

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GenerateWP.com – Useful WordPress Code Generators

Who doesn’t love a good code generator for WordPress? GenerateWP.com should definitely be added to your list of bookmarked resources as the site provides a number of different generators for common tasks such as WP-Config file, sidebars, custom post types, menus, and more. Best of all, the code generated from this website meets the WordPress coding standards. Rami Yushuvaev did a great job with the site. I’m curious to know how many of you have used the code generated by his website in your own projects or do you mostly write your own code from scratch? What other types of WordPress generators would you find useful?

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How to Add Affiliate Links in WordPress with ThirstyAffiliates

We are often asked about affiliate marketing tips for WordPress powered blogs and websites. What is the secret to affiliate marketing success? What is the best affiliate marketing plugin for WordPress? As we have mentioned on our disclosure page that we do make some money at WPBeginner from affiliate links. There is actually no big secret to our affiliate marketing strategy. We only recommend products and services that we use or that we would use. For example, we have recommended Sucuri for WordPress security and monitoring. You can read our article on 5 reasons why we use Sucuri. We have a blueprint page that talks about all the tools/plugins/services that we are using on WPBeginner along with an explanation of why we use them. The only affiliate marketing WordPress plugin that every blogger need is something to manage their affiliate links. In this article, we will show you how to easily manage your affiliate links in WordPress with ThirstyAffiliates.

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A Guide to Choosing a New WordPress Theme

With thousands upon thousands of WordPress themes available online, searching for the right design can be both tiring and time-consuming. It is in your best interests to be patient to ensure you get the correct design.

So what is the correct design? Well, it depends on what you like, what you need, and what you want. Everyone is looking for something different, however many people aren’t sure what to actually look for. Therefore, today I would like to share with you 10 things that you should look for when searching for a suitable WordPress design.

I hope this will aid you in your search for the perfect WordPress theme

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