Wordpress and Twitter

I wondered why I didn’t enable auto-sharing to Twitter from WordPress,

Then I remembered, that method only puts the title of your blog entry, plus an embedded link. Unless you have a really informative blog title, I don’t think it works.

Instead, I use IFTTT, but have to remember to either add a picture somewhere in the post or manually shre it through force checking the IFTTT applets.

Stats

Evidently, even my blog is party to the Frozen craze….

Most popular posts so far:

Zombies, Run! — How to use Google Music (Final Edit) 9,433
Home page / Archives 4,672
33 Mistakes of Disney’s FROZEN You Didn’t Notice (And Easter Eggs/Secrets) 2,262
Grive & Fedora — Working 1,807
Building Docker.io on 32-bit arch 1,477
Training Plans on Endomondo 986
Zombies, Run! Building Requirements & Achievements 905
Concatenating Videos 672
Zombies, Run! 2 — Updated 371

Using a WordPress theme? You might want to read this … | Sherry Holub | LinkedIn

As of January 2015, more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites are using WordPress (source). To say it’s a popular choice for a content management system is an understatement. Part of its appeal are the thousands of free and commercial, pre-made themes available for the system. They are an enticing way to publish a website with little or no knowledge of programming required.

It helps to understand the motivation different parties may have in creating a WordPress theme for sale or free download.

Individual programmers are often motivated to create a theme to upload it to a site that sells them at low cost. Much like a stock photo, think of these themes as stock themes. You pay a fee that is a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional to create a custom design and theme, you download it for your website, and the individual programmer gets a small cut of that fee. With free themes, the original programmer usually requires that a link back to them appear on the site, gaining them more internet exposure.

However, there’s also a third, more nefarious reason for creating free themes – to spread malware and other malicious code. That’s right, some unscrupulous individuals will code nasty stuff right into a theme hoping to cash in on the popularity of themes and the ease of installing them, as well as uneducated or uninformed user. So how do you avoid this one? Of course I’d recommend going custom (more on that shortly), but if you’re determined to use a pre-made theme, be careful where you get them. There are several popular sites that sell themes, and WordPress.org has a directory of themes. Those are your best bets but you often have little recourse if you purchase or download a free theme and install it yourself any of these occur:

  • you manage to screw something up on the site
  • your site is hacked
  • your site is flagged by Google for containing malware

 

Using a WordPress theme? You might want to read this … | Sherry Holub | LinkedIn.

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