25 Steps Before Launching Your WordPress Website

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Anthony Hortin

There’s a lot to do before making your site available to your live audience. Have you installed caching? Do your contact forms work properly? Are your theme and plugins up-to-date? Regardless of whether you’re just building your own website or you’re developing and supporting websites for numerous clients, it’s a great idea to have a plan to make sure you’ve completed everything.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a checklist of 25 steps that you should undertake before launching any of your websites.

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Updating Your WordPress.org Plugin Readme

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Anthony Hortin

Whenever a major version of WordPress is released, WordPress.org will send a reminder to plugin authors to test their plugins with the latest version, and also to update the Tested up to value. This gives your plugin users some peace of mind that your plugin has been tested and works with the latest version of WordPress. To update this value, you don’t need to release a new version of your plugin, you can simply update the readme.txt file in your latest tagged version.

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The WordPress Customizer – A Developers Guide (Part 2)

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Anthony Hortin
Updated: August 20 2019

In Part 1 of this series, I showed you how to start adding Customizer functionality to your theme (or plugin). As well as showing how to add Panels & Sections, I also walked through the process of creating the individual Settings and UI Controls, sanitizing your data, updating the live preview and retrieving your settings. In Part 2 we’re going to look at creating Customizer Custom Controls.

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The WordPress Customizer – A Developers Guide (Part 1)

Posted in WordPress by
Anthony Hortin
Updated: July 27 2019

If you’ve used WordPress in the last couple of years, you’re no doubt familiar with, or have at least heard of, the Customizer. The WordPress Customizer allows users to modify and configure theme options, whilst also providing them with a live-preview of those changes. The Customizer was built to provide theme developers with a standard interface they could use when providing customisation options within their theme.

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