Adding Social Share Links to your Website Without Affecting Performance

Social share icons, for better or worse, tend to be on most to-do lists when building websites for clients. However, they can be surprisingly difficult to implement in a light-weight fashion. Far too often, social plugins load far too much extraneous javascript, images and CSS, bogging down site speeds.

We’re going to look at a number of ways you can add social sharing links to your website without them having a majorly detrimental effect on your loading times.

On each occasion, we’ll be testing with a new install of WordPress with the default WordPress theme, twentyseventeen pre-installed using the excellent WebPageTest to measure the results. We normally have caching enabled on our server but for the nature of these tests, it has been turned off, to give a more accurate result set.

All three plugins we’re testing are free and available from the WordPress plugin directory.

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Setting up WordPress locally in less than 5 minutes

I’ve tried and tested lots of local WordPress solutions over the years, most notably WAMP, MAMP, and Docker, to name just a few. The thing is, I’m impatient. I’d prefer to spend my time designing and developing rather than fiddling around in the terminal or wondering by a local SQL has become corrupted after a reboot and is no longer recognized (thank you MAMP for that one).

After copious gnashing of teeth and colorful swearing I’ve settled on, what I think, is an absolutely outstanding environment for developing sites locally. And that’s Local by Flywheel.

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Handpicked Holiday Gift ideas for Designers in 2017

It’s coming up to a busy time of year for gift buying so I thought I’d get in early and roundup some great gift ideas for designers. It’s a time when you can finally kick back, fill a glass or two with holiday cheer and pour over some titles, brimming with inspiration.

If you know anyone of a creative mind-set or wish you had some design chops yourself, there will still be some great choices below. We’ve included gifts for book lovers, gifts for him, gifts for her, and perfect Christmas gifts. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Where to get help and support with WordPress

We all need help sometimes. It’s happened to everyone, you’ve just installed or updated a plugin and your site looks nothing like it did before. Some custom code you’ve added to the functions.php file has rendered your site a mess. Whatever could go wrong, did.

Inevitably, panic sets in because you think you’ve broken your site and the first instinct is to look for help. WordPress doesn’t have a helpline to call or a magic button which fixes everything instantly. But there are effective approaches to diagnosing and solving a problem.

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