Development Articles

WordPress Child Themes and Why You Should Use Them

If you or your WordPress developer failed to use a child theme, modifications to your website could disappear when your parent theme gets updated. Such an oversight could cost you hundreds, if not thousands in development dollars, and hours of downtime to correct. Here’s how to avoid that costly mistake.

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Introducing WPSimplifyd WordPress Support & Maintenance Services

For the past 2 years, Oddo Design has been offering WordPress support & maintenance services to small businesses for a low monthly fee. Recently, these services were expanded and rebranded— now called WPSimplifyd. Here a few tips about proper WordPress maintenance and a few notes about WPSimplifyd’s new plans.

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Protecting Your WordPress Website

Recently, I had the pleasure of appearing on The Let’s Talk Tech Show, a podcast hosted by Winnie Anderson. We talked about the vulnerabilities surrounding WordPress (and actually, websites in general), and what you can do to protect your WordPress Website. It’s a great listen! Listen Now!

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5 Mistakes WordPress Developers (and Clients) Make That Drive Me Crazy

One of the reasons I like customizing and maintaining WordPress websites I did not originally design/develop (in addition to creating new Wordpress websites), is that I get to see how other designers and developers work. One of the drawbacks however, is that a simple 1-hour task, can end up taking all day if the website I’m working on is in bad shape. And they usually are.

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Google Now Strongly Encourages Mobile-Friendly Design

Two weeks ago, I received a notice from Google recommending that I “fix mobile usability issues” discovered on one of my very old websites, and that “these pages will not be seen as mobile-friendly by Google Search, and will therefore be displayed and ranked appropriately for smartphone users.”

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Do You Have a Slow Website?

A sluggish website doesn’t just annoy you and your visitors— it can help push your website further down Google’s search results pages too. And the worst part is, you may have no idea it’s happening. Here’s what you can do to diagnose and speed up your website.

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Disaster Prevention and Recovery for Your WordPress Website

Yesterday afternoon I received a frantic call from a client I hadn’t heard from in 6 months. He left a voice message telling me that the website I designed and developed for his client— one that he had been “maintaining”— went down after he updated a few third-party plugins. Let’s take a look at how you can prevent this from happening to your WordPress website, and what I did to bring his website back to life.

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