Features of Our WordPress Hosting+Maintenance Service

As WordPress has become more and more popular (currently powering around 75 million websites), it has also become a high-profile target for hackers. As a WordPress-only hosting company WP Engine is very proactive and aggressive in response to new attacks. We’ve separated our WordPress hosting customers from non-WordPress sites, spreading traffic across multiple servers and increasing overall speed for…

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Gravity Forms Placeholder Text is Too Light

I feel your frustration. You’re trying to streamline your forms a bit by using placeholder text inside the fields instead of having the labels hanging outside, taking up all kinds of space. But you just can’t figure out how to override that light grey text that’s all but impossible to read. With a small bit…

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Creating a semitransparent intro area above page body.

Last night in the Beaver Builders Slack channel (if you’re into BB and Slack, go check it out, great place to hang around), @danfrybort asked me how I built the semitransparent intro area on this page, which is, by the way, a work in progress, so things may change after I publish this post. There are a few different…

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Blowing Smoke: Are HTML sites a better bet than WordPress?

It’s kind of painful to look at that title. But today, a new client of ours forwarded a comment made by his current web developer: [your site is] manually coded using HTML, CSS, Javascript, and JQuery in order to provide the greatest possible visibility to search engines over time. This is because WordPress websites, with…

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Flip position of site title and description in Genesis

You wouldn’t think this would be so hard to find, but it seems nobody has written how to put the site description above the site title in Genesis. Or my google-fu is exceptionally weak today. In any case, it’s actually quite easy, and this is a whole lot safer than mucking about with CSS positioning: You’re…

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Check for mobile and redirect

So today I needed to send users on mobile devices to an external URL. That’s easy enough, but the client needed users headed to a different external URL if they were headed to one particular section of the site. In the code below, I use wp_is_mobile to test the browser; if true, then I check…

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Don’t block me, bro!

I hate it when websites pop up ads – or worse, those survey things – over the top of the content I’m trying to read. Seems like this guy feels the same way. The worst case I’ve seen was with a local funeral home. I was sitting in a meeting with a funeral director client…

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