While Patchman might not be the newest cape crusader in the Marvel Universe, we do think you will benefit from it’s super powers.
There are volumes that can be written about internet security, however in this brief blog post, I’m going to attempt to cover the basics of keeping your website secure.
“If you build it, they will come.” Adapted from the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams,” this quote has since seen widespread use in a business setting. If you have a WordPress website or are planning to put up one, it means that your website will attract an audience once it’s up and running. At least, that’s every potential website owner’s hope. Is the reality measuring up?
WordPress is no longer just a blogging platform like it was perceived in the past. It serves 24% of all website on the internet, its flexible and is easy to use. WordPress has evolved into a versatile content management system. Now more than ever, you can not only create a blog using the management system, but also create a fully functional website and web applications.
While using WordPress is fun and easy to learn, it can sometimes become downright overwhelming to get to grips with its features and functions, especially for beginners.
However, that shouldn’t be the case because there are tons of resources online for people wanting to learn. If you don’t know how to find the best resources or you are just pushed away by the massive amount of information that can be found online, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of four of our favorite resources that will help you out.
WordPress.TV – wordpress.tv
If you’re the kind of person who’d rather learn new stuff through videos and lectures than reading books, time to visit WordPress.tv. The site is stuffed with comprehensive video lessons and tutorials that would benefit both novices and experienced users. While the videos are relatively short, they have solutions to almost any problem you might be facing. Other experienced users actively upload videos that address other subjects and offer their help and advice pertinent to questions about the topics covered in the video.
WordPress.org – wordpress.org
Looking for themes and plugins to add additional features to your install, then WordPress.org is for you.
This is one of the phenomenal websites that provides lots of information to anyone who is facing difficulty while using WordPress. Under their support tab you will find a link to their forums where beginners and experts alike help each other learn and master the system. If you are stuck with something, this is a great place to ask a question.
Plugins are one of the easiest and fastest way to extend the functionality of your install. Here you will find thousands of plugins that perform nearly every function imaginable. The plugins listings are fully searchable and most plugins have reviews and ratings, as well as screenshots and instructions to allow you to learn as much as possible about the plugin before you download and install it.
The site also has thousands of free themes.
WordPress Codex – codex.wordpress.org
Are you looking to become a top notch WordPress developer? Do you want to succeed with and build a strong business where you earn bucks helping WordPress sites?
If the answer to these questions is ‘YES,’ then taking your skills to the next level must be in your plan.
This site helps you become the exceptional developer that you aspire to be. It’s packed with both basic and technical information that would help anyone develop a site right from scratch. Plus, if you get stuck, some individuals will offer their help through the support section.
Theme Forest – themeforest.net
Themes can be free or premium. A good theme will aid you in quickly building and launching a professional website that stands out from the crowd.
If you’re wondering how to find a quality, premium theme, ThemeForest is one of your best bets. It is one of the largest online theme marketplaces which includes a rather rigorous theme review process. This is to make sure that themes submitted by developers meet certain conditions. You can, therefore, be sure that themes from ThemeForest are high-quality and affordable.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and dive into the world of WordPress. You’ll amaze yourself with what you can create on this fantastic platform.
In my last piece I talked about the ease and simplicity of using PayPal to collect payments on your website. In this piece I’m going to talk about a newcomer to the payment processing game… Stripe.
Stripe (Stripe.com) began in 2010 and was funded by some of the original founders of PayPal. Stripe set out to become the next PayPal, and while PayPal still holds the market share, Stripe is quickly gaining ground.
Even though they are built a bit more for the developer in mind, they do make integrating a payment button in your website. Customers can make payments quickly and easily, without having to have a Stripe account, using a credit card.
You can setup a Stripe account in minutes and you’ll immediately be in “Test mode” where you can create your buttons, develop your software and integrate however you like. They have great tutorials, and if you’re using WordPress there are countless plugins available to work with Stripe. Once you’re ready to go live, a few simple steps to verify your account and your bank account and you’re off and running collecting payments.
Their fee structure is remarkably identical to PayPal, simply 2.9% of each transaction and .30 cents per transaction. They don’t offer any kind of Pro plan with a monthly subscription, however they do ask you to contact sales for Enterprise (aka high-volume) solutions.
They offer some more cutting edge bells as whistles, such as integration with Apple Pay, Alipay and also supporting Bitcoin payments. They work with over 100 global currencies so you can instantly charge your customers in their local currency.
If you’re looking for a slightly more technical solution to accepting payments via PayPal, check out Stripe!