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3 Powerful CLI Tools to Manage WordPress Sites like A Pro

If you're a professional web developer, installing and configuring WordPress sites must be one of the common tasks you may be doing frequently. The most common way to do it is through a regular graphical interface which includes various installation wizards. Though it may seem very powerful at a glance, they lack the flexibility and speed required to deploy a WordPress site with custom options. Fortunately, there are several powerful command line tools to deploy, configure and manage WordPress powered websites. Almost all of these useful tools allow you to install WordPress with a single command instantly. Whether it's a large scale multisite installation or a typical generic installation, CLI tools lets you deploy any of these configurations rapidly. Let's take a look at these WordPress CLI tools.

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How to Create Timeline Charts On Your Website

Web publishers often need to display data within their content in the form of timeline charts. Natively, none of the content management system supports creation of such charts. Fortunately, there are several libraries and plugins that can be used to make such timeline charts. These charts can be made both in interactive and non-interactive form. I generally prefer a JavaScript based chart library because it is not only easy-to-use but can also be used with almost any kind of website. CMS centric plugin is also a good option if you're using it for powering your site. We're going to look at some of the best timeline chart making tools that can be used by everyone having basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I've tried to include those solutions which can be integrated with any publishing platform with ease.

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4 Powerful Ways to Do Split Testing On Your WordPress Blog

Professional blogs almost always include custom landing pages to attract and convert prospects. And that's where split testing comes into play to get the best possible design and layout for maximum conversions. This popular technique involves creation of more than one landing page and testing how visitors behave and interact on each page. Fortunately, there are several split testing plugins available for WordPress platform. We're going to see some of the select split testing plugins that you may use on your own blog. Some of these plugins not only helps in split testing but also include powerful tools and create and manage custom landing pages. I'd strongly recommend getting familiar with web analytics concepts and terms to take full advantage of these plugins. Let's start split testing on our WordPress site.

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How to Prepare Your WordPress Site for SSL/TLS Certificate Usage

If you're going to integrate eCommerce modules on your website including on site credit card processing, SSL certificate is one of the prerequisites. It may also be used, if you're sharing sensitive information with registered users who may require secure and encrypted connection to access the restricted content. If you're using WordPress for hosting your website, configuring SSL usage is quite simple provided you have the right tools for the same. We'll first take a look at the simple process of installing the certificate on the web server. Thereafter, we'll see how our WordPress site can start using secure and encrypted connection once the certificate is installed. We'll take a look at the most common Apache server SSL configuration. So let's get started and see how we can use SSL certificate on our professional WordPress website.

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5 Powerful LESS and Sass Compilers for Web Developers

Technologies related to web development have evolved at a rapid pace in recent years. Traditionally, we write CSS the good old way which is not only time consuming but also gets unmanageable while developing very large projects. Preprocessing CSS is an ideal way to not only minimize the development time but also an excellent way to maintain, extend and scale a large CSS code base with ease. The two most popular CSS preprocessors used by web developers are LESS and Sass. Today, we're going to take a look at the applications (compilers) used primarily by front-end developers to compile their code right on the desktop. Almost all of these applications not only support these two popular CSS preprocessors but also includes compilers of other popular front-end frameworks and languages out-of-the-box.

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10+ Cool Ways to Add Instagram Pictures To Your Website

Lately, I've seen lot of bloggers looking to integrate their Instagram photos in a nicely formatted way within their blogs and websites. Generally, Instagram photo streams are showcased in sidebars, footers and other areas other than the primary content area. One can either use plugins for the same or can go ahead with JavaScript based widgets that can be used on almost every website. We're going to take a look at both the options. Fortunately, almost all of the available solutions give ample customization options to the users to modify the look and feel of the photo stream to match with their website design. All you need to do is to copy and paste the widget code at the right place within your site design. Let's quickly check out these handy and flexible instagram widgets that can be easily integrated within websites.

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About Rajeev Edmonds

FreshTechTips author - Rajeev EdmondsRajeev Edmonds is a technical editor who loves to explore and test new gadgets and apps. He loves to develop applications both for desktops and web. He also enjoys writing tutorials for new media tools and services. The other two niche blogs that he maintains are MintBlogger and Taste Defined.

He has been developing custom skins for WordPress blogs since 2010. He also shares practical tips to get more out of your electronic gadgets. Read more →

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