WordPress Extensions

wordpress logo banner blue image

We often install the Open source (free, and developed by a community of programmers, rather than one, paid, team) Content Management System (CMS), WordPress. WordPress was originally a blogging platform developed by Matt Mullenweg, but, in its short history, the software, which runs on (also Open source) PHP and MySQL, has developed into far more …

Read more

Silicon Dales contributes to WordPress 5.9 update

WordPress 5.9 was released on 25th January 2022. You can see the news statement from WordPress here. What’s Joséphine got to do with it? WordPress names all its release after jazz musicians – this time it’s Joséphine Baker, a jazz singer born in 1906. New theme The new update ships with a new theme: Twenty Twenty-Two. Take …

Read more

The Silicon Dales Guide to Updating WordPress

WordPress is used by 65.2% of websites – even in a sample of the top million websites. It’s popular and it works.

In order to keep up with a changing world, the code powering WordPress is updated on a regular basis. As a result, the plugins, themes and integrations which work with WordPress also update on a regular basis (at least, the good ones do!).

Read more

What Theme? Our Favourite Free WordPress Themes

Free in the GPL means freedom, not free of charge, but also, in the context of this article, it also means free as in it costs you nothing. A lot of people say “free as in beer” – this may or may not mean anything to you, but the WordPress themes in this post are …

Read more

Envato Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday Sale Save 50% on best-selling and trending items. Envato What’s this? Envato is a marketplace for creative assets including WordPress themes and plugins. Read more

How to Use Shortcodes in your WordPress Theme Files

Got a plugin that does something really nifty, and turns out really good results in your WordPress posts and pages? Want to use that shortcode in your theme files, somewhere, outside the loop, and not sure how to do that? This WordPress tutorial will tell you how to get this done. Thankfully, as with so …

Read more