WordPress makes it delightfully simple to add advanced features to your site using plugins, but occasionally you might find that a new plugin conflicts with your installed theme or with another plugin, and the results can ruin your site's looks. Fixing such conflicts can be quite a challenge; this tutorial talks you through some techniques for overriding conflicting CSS so you can take back control of the styling for any part of your site.
Support for responsive images has been in WordPress for a while, in the form of viewport-based image selection, but there's another, more versatile way to do responsive images on WordPress: using art direction. This method enables you to design with images whose crop or composition changes at certain breakpoints. Follow this tutorial to discover how to set up a WordPress site for art direction using three progressive examples.
Even if you don't process sensitive information, serving your site via SSL makes you look more credible, protects passwords and improves SEO. And if you have an ecommerce site and want to process credit cards, it's mandatory. Here's how to set up your site to serve via HTTPS, for free.
Even WordPress sites that don't get much traffic attract huge numbers of malicious login attempts. There are a number of different strategies you can use to help protect your site. This WordPress tutorial runs through one simple way to make yourself less visible to hackers.
In some situations, WordPress has too much functionality. This can confuse your clients and put them at risk of breaking their site, so it's a good idea to turn off anything that isn't needed. In this article, seasoned developer Emerson Loustau outlines which features can do the most damage and explains how to remove them to create a simpler, safer interface for your clients.
Keeping HTML classes out of your content is a good idea, because they can make a real mess when it's time to redesign the site. It's possible to generate the HTML you need and insert it into the right place in the post, and then update this function when you redesign the site, thus removing the need to update posts manually. This tutorial shows you how.
Troubleshooting is always easier when you've got a sound mental picture of how something works. This fascinating article demystifies the WordPress stack, so you can make wise choices about your site and keep it performing well.
If your website doesn't load quickly, a good proportion of your visitors won't hang around to use it. This article explains how to use caching plugins to help you get your site into people's screens as fast as possible.
Once you get properly stuck in with WordPress, the intermingling of PHP and HTML can become confusing. Twig is a template that keeps them separate, making your codebase easier to work with.