20 Simple Tricks to Secure Your WordPress Website in 2016

 This is a contribution by Ahmad Awais. 
I’ve seen many website owners nagging about the security of WordPress.

The opinion is that an open source script is vulnerable to all sorts of attacks. But that is mostly not true – sometimes it’s the other way around. Or, okay, let’s say that it’s partially true, but even then you shouldn’t blame WordPress.

Why? Because it’s usually your fault that your site got hacked. There are some responsibilities that you have to take care of as a website owner. So the key question is always, what are *you* doing to save your site from being hacked? (more…)

Landing Page Basics You Should Know + a Twist to Get Even 1,000% More Opt-Ins

 This is a contribution by Devesh Sharma on landing page basics you should know. 
Inbound marketing is where it’s at. This means that your website, whether big or small, should concentrate on generating consumer interest in what you have to offer.

And trust me, this is no easy task because website visitors know this is your goal and want something in return for their email addresses, comments, likes and shares, and yes even their money. (more…)

10+ Best Free Minimalist WordPress Themes

Why would you need a free minimalist WordPress theme? Doesn’t minimalist equal overly simplistic? Well, not necessarily. Some themes – and especially the best free minimalist WordPress themes available out there – come with the most beautiful and elegant of designs.

Of course it’s a matter of taste, but I’m not the only one who thinks that the simpler things look, the more they will be appreciated.

If you’re on my side then I bet you’ll love these awesome free minimalist WordPress themes that we selected for you today: (more…)

Transparency Report #15 – How to Lose $3,750 on Single Promotion

Welcome to the 15th edition of our transparency report (for April 2016). This is a series where I share everything happening at CodeinWP and ThemeIsle from a business point of view. Each month, I try to cover the most interesting goings-on, give you my opinions on *things* and share my plans for the next months. Click here to see the previous reports. (more…)

5 Best RSS Feed Plugins for WordPress

“I thought RSS was dead!” – you’re thinking.

Well, yes and no.

Yes – it’s no longer such a popular mechanism used by people to stay updated with their favorite sites … most of that went away with the demise of Google Reader.

And no – because it’s still an active technology, which means that we can use it for a lot of cool things happening behind the scenes on our WordPress sites.

So today, we’re looking into the 5 best RSS feed plugins for WordPress: (more…)

[News] Ninja Forms Vulnerable – Issue Marked “Very High Risk”

As reported by the Wordfence guys, Ninja Forms – a popular form plugin (contact forms, subscription forms, etc.) – is suffering from a number of serious security vulnerabilities.

Put together, those vulnerabilities have been labeled “very high risk,” which in web-security-speak basically means this: (more…)

April 2016 WordPress News – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP

 This is the April 2016 edition of This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP 
It’s the beginning of the month, which makes it the perfect time to talk about everything that happened in WordPress in the last 30 days.

Welcome to another edition of our WordPress monthly news series. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the latest stories from around the WordPress community: (more…)

4 Free JIRA Alternatives That Are Just as Good

JIRA Software is impressive. Let’s be honest here. Atlassian – the company behind it – has not only built a great development and project management tool, but also lined up a whole range of other tools that integrate with the main package (handling things like documentation, help desk, etc.).

But as life has taught me, only bacon comes with no downsides. And there is one huge, elephant-in-the-room downside with JIRA. (more…)

VaultPress vs BlogVault vs BackupBuddy vs CodeGuard vs UpdraftPlus

“What do I need a backup for!? It’s not like anything bad is going to happen to my WordPress blog anyway!” … I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but there’s a whole plethora of bad things that can happen to a WordPress site. And if you’re not prepared – i.e. don’t have a backup – you’re in big trouble. (more…)

The Problem With “Get Pro” Plugin Notifications

 This is a contribution by Sufyan bin Uzayr. 
Quite possibly, the biggest and most obvious factor behind the popularity of WordPress is the fact that you can extend its features and functionality with the help of plugins and themes … all within minutes.

Need to add an eCommerce store to your website? Cool, have no fear! How about a job board or a help desk, right next to your WordPress site? A forum for your readers? Yes, all of that is possible! (more…)