WordPress Black Friday Deals on Hosting, Plugins and Themes

WordPress deals - Themes, Plugins, Hosting

Thanksgiving is a great time to stock up on some new WordPress treats :) Many WordPress shops are discounting their products for a limited time. There are many, many deals out there, but here are the ones I recommend.

Web Hosting

WP Engine

 

5 months free on a pre-prepaid annual plan!

5 months free on a pre-prepaid annual plan!

Rock-solid hosting, security, reliability, one-click staging sites, daily backups…..just a few of the reasons I love WP Engine. If you have a mission-critical business site, paying a little extra for Premium WordPress hosting is absolutely worth it.

The deal: For Cyber Weekend they are offering 30% off your first monthly or annual payment, and 5 months free if you pre-pay for an annual plan!
Coupon code:  cyberwknd

Get This Deal

Expiration: Monday Nov 28th

Bonus: If you are a WordPress developer, or create sites for clients, I recommend looking into their Developer Program, which features automatic migrations, git integration and much more.

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Syncing Content Between WordPress Sites with WP Site Sync

sitesync-fb-1544x630When you are working with a WordPress development or staging site in conjunction with a live site, there are often times when you just want to migrate a couple of blog posts, for example, from staging to live, without re-migrating the whole site.

While there are some tools, like WP Migrate DB (pro), that let you sync databases pretty easily, that can be overkill for some situations, and they tend to be more developer-centric.

Until now there really hasn’t been a good tool for syncing up isolated pieces of content.

Enter: WP Site Sync

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2 Ways To Safely Customize Your WordPress Site Without A Child Theme

2 Ways to Customize WordPress

This year (2016) I gave a talk at WordCamp San Diego as part of the Beginners’ Bootcamp, entitled “Customizing Without Hacking”. It was an introduction to best practices for customizing WordPress without doing anything that will break your site or make it a nightmare to maintain.

Learning from the beginning how to customize the right way will make your future-self’s life much easier:

  • Your changes will be future-proofed to keep each layer of your site update-able: WordPress core, themes, plugins.
  • Using WordPress best practices means that if you are building the site for someone else to maintain, or if you will have someone else helping you in the future, they won’t have be Sherlock Holmes to figure out how the site works.
  • You’ll have confidence and peace of mind when experimenting with your site, knowing that you’re not going to break something beyond your own ability to repair.
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Holiday Discounts on WordPress Learning, Themes, Hosting & Plugins

WordPress deals - Themes, Plugins, Hosting

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the US which means retail craziness. Some of your favorite WordPress theme, plugin and hosting providers are getting in on the action and providing deep discounts that only come around once per year. Most of these will expire at the end of Monday or Tuesday so act right away!

 

WordPress Learning Resources

Learn WordPress - Lynda.com

Lynda.com – Get a free 10 day trial

Lynda.com has some great WordPress video courses from great teachers like Morten Rand-Hendriksen and Carrie Dils, and they are currently offering a free 10 day trial. No coupon code needed, just click through the link:
http://webtrainingwheels.com/recommends/lyndacom/ (aff. link)

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A Few of My Favorite WordPress Plugins

Recommended WordPress Plugins

I gave a small talk on plugins at WordCamp LA recently and was inspired to start compiling a list of my most commonly recommended ones. I’ve also started collecting them as Favorites at my WordPress.org profile but there’s no way to organize them there according to topic or purpose. The list is by no means exhaustive so if you have any requests for recommended plugins of a certain kind, leave a comment and I’ll see about incorporating them into a future edition.

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Here’s what’s on there as of now:

CONTACT FORMS

Formidable (free and premium)
http://wordpress.org/plugins/formidable/
Formidable has both a free and paid version. The free version is one of the better free form builders available. For me, the workflow and interface is easier to work with than other free plugins such as Ninja Forms or Contact Form 7.

Gravity Forms
http://webtrainingwheels.com/recommends/gravity-forms/ (aff. link)
Gravity Form is strictly a premium plugin – there is no free version. I have invested in the Developer license and use it on most sites because it’s so powerful. This is more than just a contact form plugin – it gives you advanced data collection and processing capabilities. There are add-ons to integrate with other services such as PayPal, MailChimp and many others. Developers will find it very customizable via the many hooks and filters provided.

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Put Back What’s Missing in WordPress 3.9 – Advanced Image Options and Text Color Picker

missing-3.9

WordPress 3.9 came out last month and while the post/page editing screen has generally been improved there’s a couple of small features that have been removed. Chances are a lot of folks won’t ever miss them, but some of you will and already are.

The two main things I get complaints about are the missing border and spacing options for images, and the lack of color options for text. 

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