WordPress Article Picks 3/14/2022

weekly wordpress articles for march 14 2022

Welcome to this week’s WordPress article picks. I call these “WordPress Article Picks” but some of these picks are more general and could apply to any website. My goal though is to provide useful picks for those building and working with a WordPress website.

Last week, the article pick on customizing admin columns was a bit code-heavy. Here’s an article that shows how to update your admin columns through a pluginOpens in a new tab. – no coding required.

This week’s WordPress articles:

  • Best WordPress Security PluginOpens in a new tab. (Intermediate)
    This article covers why you need to keep your site secure and which WordPress security plugins are the best to harden your website’s security and protect your site from unwanted intrusions. You’ll find reviews (with pricing) for Sucuri, WordFence, Jetpack and All In One WP Security & Firewall.
  • Creative Ways To Ask for Google ReviewsOpens in a new tab. (Beginner)
    As a local business, getting good Google Reviews should be a major part of your marketing strategy. While many customers may have had a great experience buying from or working with you, they probably won’t leave you a 5-star review – unless you give them a little nudge.
  • Pop-Ups: How to Make Them Work for Your Nonprofit WebsiteOpens in a new tab. (Beginner)
    While this article was written for nonprofit websites, it really applies to any website and gives a good overview on when you should pop-ups and general tips on how to use them effectively.
  • How to Create Custom Post Types in WordPressOpens in a new tab. (Advanced)
    Custom post types can be a powerful way to extend WordPress, especially if you have custom data that you need to display differently than the standard posts and pages. This article covers how to create custom post types and how to use them within your WordPress templates and widgets. This is a great place to start if you’re new to custom post types.
  • hCaptcha versus reCaptchaOpens in a new tab. (Intermediate)
    We’ve all used a captcha before when filling out an online form – it could be a simple “Are you human” to picking the correct images. While these can be annoying, they are crucial to keep spam bots from automatically filling out online forms and filling up the site owner’s inbox with junk. The best captcha has been reCaptcha, provided by Google, but now there’s hCaptcha – which can even earn you some cryptocurrency. Might be worth looking into?

Over time, I’ll be adding more guides and resources to the site, so make sure to check out those pages. For example, I just added a link to the Custom Post Type Generator which is a great tool to generate the code for custom post types.

I’ll have more articles for you next week, so I’ll see you then!

Aaron Day

Professionally designing and building websites since 2002, I was an early adopter of WordPress and continue to build engaging WP solutions on a daily basis. I'm the CTO of a web development agency and we manage over 700 WordPress sites - so most of what you'll find here on this site, we've used in practice.

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