Posts by: John Saddington, Author at The Media Temple Blog

A Quick (Yet Functional) Intro to Shortcodes in WordPress

Let’s start off with a bit of history, shall we? Shortcodes were first introduced to WordPress in version 2.5 (way back in March of 2008) so they’ve been around for a while. Still, after seven years in WordPress, there’s a bit of confusion about what they are and what they can do.

This functional little primer will help you understand not just what they are, but how and why you should play around with them (even if you’re not a serious developer!).

Refining and Reflecting on Your Personal List of Tools

Time is our most valuable and, unfortunately, most limited resource. Every single day, we fight and scrape to maximize our time in a way that’s beneficial for our…

Enhance Your Blog with This One Plugin

Many non-technical bloggers have a common struggle: A perception of being at a disadvantage in their blog property and the subsequent opportunities missed due to their technical shortcomings….

An Honest Blog Content Strategy

Developing content strategy for any blog can be a challenge, regardless whether it’s for a personal blog or a professional/corporate blog. The problem that I’ve continually seen is…

3 Quick Yet Practical Tips for Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

I’ve been blogging for over 14 years and it would be pretty difficult to guess the number of themes and designs that I’ve cycled through over the years….

Serious eCommerce Plugins

The chance and opportunity to grow a business online has never been better. Low cost solutions to servers, hosting, and web apps of all types have allowed many…

Thinking Small Business with WordPress

Regardless of whether you have a “real” small business or not (or even a medium or large-scale company), it can be incredibly helpful to keep a lean style of…

3 Simple (Yet Effective) Tips for Focusing Your WordPress Writing Efforts

Let’s just say it plainly and candidly, shall we? Writing, and therefore blogging, is hard. Even for those of us that have been writing for awhile, the challenge…