It used to be the case that adding icons to your site – e.g. Twitter, Facebook etc. – required image files. This was quite limiting, as those icons couldn’t be styled to perfectly match your site, other than obviously manipulating them in an editor like Photoshop. Then in 2012, Dave Gandy created Font Awesome – a font of icons that meant developers and users had much more freedom in styling and sizing icons anywhere they liked on their site. And because it’s a font, this also means a lot of flexibility when it comes to design.

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If you’ve ever wanted to make your own WordPress theme, you’ll know after reading through the theme development Codex there’s quite a lot of work involved before you write a single line of your own code, which is quite daunting. Fortunately, there are plenty of nice people on the internet who have created starter themes and frameworks so you can immediately get to grips with being creative!

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For the record, this isn’t a blog post taking a lazy swipe at an entire industry. I honestly believe that Search Engine Optimization, when done properly, will vastly improve your website and its presence. But like many industries that require a laptop and an internet connection, SEO has also been infiltrated by a vast horde of charlatans looking to make some very easy money very quickly.

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If you’ve ever recorded audio, the first thing you will have noticed is that compared to commercial CDs for example, it sounds pretty quiet. No matter what you do with the volume, it just doesn’t come close or worse still, starts clipping (exceeding the audio ceiling of 0dB) and so distorts horribly.

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After countless hours, weeks, months, maybe even years of perfecting a novel, the next and final step for many self-published authors is to upload their Word document to Amazon’s automated eBook conversion service.

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Plugins are a simple way to easily and quickly enhance your site without the need to start delving through lines of code. There are literally thousands available in the WordPress repository (over 36k at time of writing), offering just about every customization you could imagine.

This is a list of the plugins I find essential to most of the sites I build or run, and hopefully you will find them useful too.

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Placing a few extra locks on your site is common sense – you don’t want all that hard work destroyed by some random attack. But it can also seem a little daunting when you first start out with a website, especially if the advice from your Google search tells you to start altering php code.

So here are some simple steps to run through that don’t require any coding, and will very quickly increase the security of your site.

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