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WooCommerce: User Registration Spam

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Here is a quick tip for WordPress web site owners that use WooCommerce. Have you ever noticed that you are receiving dozens of user registrations on your WooCommerce web site?

In the early times, I would dedicate one day a week to cleaning up and deleting the user registration spam accounts. They are easy to spot in a WooCommerce website because the user registration spam accounts are marked as “Subscribers”. Whereas, valid user accounts are marked as “Customers”. Needless to say, I got tired of deleting these user registration spam accounts weekly and decided instead to install a CAPTCHA on the login page.

I have recently upgraded to Sweet Captcha as it is a free plug-in. But I have noticed that iThemes Security is also including a Google Captcha plug-in for users of their Pro version.

Using Sweet Captcha, I have noticed a dramatic decrease in user registration spam. But, either solution mentioned should work great for reducing user registration spam, even if you are just using WordPress and not WooCommerce.


Create a Simple Accordion Slider

One of the greatest challenges facing web site owners is information overload. This cannot always be avoided but can result in a very long web page or a cluttered web page, which can ruin the experience for your visitors.

So we are going to introduce you to the simple accordion slider. Because you know all of the information on your web page is relevant. It just needs to be presented in a fashion that is much more user friendly and appealing to the visitor.
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How-to: Using Your Own Fonts in a Web Site

Do you have a great design idea for web site that uses a very nice looking or special font face?

For Web Designers, this has been a problem because the only way a visitor can view your work of art is if they have the same font installed on their computer. If they don’t your beautiful web design is ruined with a standard looking font face.

Well now you can force your font face styles to be loaded with a web page so the visitor can appreciate your design skills to the fullest. (more…)


Add Custom Backgrounds to any WordPress Theme

First, my apologies for not writing for so long. There has been so much happening and so many cool things out there now.

We especially enjoy finding new features that anyone can implement. Even someone without any coding knowledge what-so-ever.

With the new releases of WordPress, it is now extremely easy to customize the background of your WordPress theme, for self hosted installations.

From your Admin Dashboard, click on the Appearance button on the left and then click Editor.

Locate the file called functions.php in the list on the right and click the file name.

In the editor window, scroll down to the bottom of the file just before the last “?>” and type in the following text:

add_custom_background();

Now click the save button at the bottom of the page.

If you now click on the Appearance button on the left again, you should now see a choice for Backgrounds appear in the list. If you click on this, you will be able to replace the current background with an image or any color you choose.

You can also control the way images repeat and their alignment.

So easy isn’t it?


5 Ways to Make Your Blog Content Better, Cooler and More Linkable

When you visit a blog, what do you look for? Good design, great photos? How about content? Without great content it’s pretty hard to get your readers to make return visits to your blog, even if you have an impeccable design. Luckily, there are some basic things that you can do to make your blog content better and possibly even get more links from readers who like what you’re blogging about. Here are some suggestions:
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Using Self Hosted WordPress at Home

I recently had a project that required an extensive amount of customization to a WordPress Theme. The following article describes how I setup a WordPress blog on my home computer to work through the changes on the theme.

The web site that was to be upgraded was already generating significant traffic. So using the conventional methods for updating a theme on a live site was out of the question. Especially since my changes were going to break something until I had tested them all. So my challenge was, how to setup a hosting service on my home computer with PHP, MySQL and all of the other bits and pieces necessary to run a self-hosted WordPress blog.
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Creating Your own WordPress Plug-in and Widget

Until now, whenever I needed to have something displayed on the sidebar of my WordPress blog, I simply input my HTML code into a Text Widget and added it to the sidebar. This worked fine until I needed something with a bit of intelligence to it.

I labored for a couple of days about this and eventually solved my problem, even with my limited PHP skills.

But what I discovered was that there did not seem to be a ready made, easy to use template for creating a Sidebar Widget or a WordPress plug-in. So I have created this easy to use template for everyone to copy and use as they see fit:
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WordPress: Sticky Posts

Recently, someone posted a question on one of the forums asking if there was a way to make a particular blog post sticky, or always the first post displayed on the home page of the blog.

I know of a way to edit the theme files to add static content, but that is the extent of my knowledge. So I got to thinking, there must be other ways to add static content … and perhaps I had missed something with this “sticky post” issue. So I set out to find some alternative methods for adding static content to a WordPress blog.
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