Creating apps for the Apple Watch

Creating apps for the Apple Watch

Successful entrepreneurs see opportunities before they become mainstream. With Apple about to release the Apple Watch, it will usher in a new market of buyers looking to download Apple Watch apps for their shiny new watches. There will be a lot of money to be made by those who are first to market, so starting now will give you a head start on the competition. How to build apps for the Apple Watch You might be surprised to learn that the Apple Watch doesn’t run apps on the watch itself. The Apple Watch relies on the iPhone, acting more like a smart display for iPhone apps. The Apple Watch really only extends the capabilities and features of existing iPhone apps. So if you want to create Apple Watch applications, you would want to update your existing iPhone apps to work with the Apple Watch or create a new iPhone app altogether. If you have never developed for the iPhone or iPad (or if you never went through the process of hiring a developer- freelancer or in-house), you will want to start by researching and learning what it takes to build a new app for Apple devices to get your feet wet. Instead of immediately diving into the tech, and figuring out how to program applications for the Apple Watch, I highly recommend instead starting with a brainstorming session for your app idea. Solidifying your idea, or couple of solid app ideas, will not only give you the confidence to see the project through to completion, but also allows you to map out what critical concepts you want to learn...
How to figure out what WordPress theme a site is using

How to figure out what WordPress theme a site is using

Clients have asked me in the past how they can style their website like another site in their industry. Although I believe themes like Divi can do a great job transforming into any style you are looking to achieve, some highly specialized themes can be a better choice if they have specific functionalists. So how do we figure out what WordPress theme a site is using? First, we want to make sure the site we are looking to emulate is a WordPress site. You can start by scrolling to the bottom of the site and check the footer section. A lot of WordPress sites will mention WordPress and the theme being used:     Another quick and simple way to check is to add “/wp-login.php” after the domain name. For example, if we were checking www.wordpress.org, we would try www.wordpress.org/wp-login.php If we get a page like this:     Than we know it is a WordPress site. If not, you will most likely get a 404 or other error page. Sometimes a double check is in order. There are plugins for WordPress that allow you to customize the login URL, meaning if a site has such a plugin installed, the /wp-login.php trick will not work and you will be redirected to the homepage or another page. We can use a site like www.builtwith.com to dive even deeper into what technologies a site is using. What is great about BuiltWith is if the site you are looking up is not a WordPress site, you can see what other CMS or web technologies power that site.     You might have...
Essential plugins for your new WordPress site

Essential plugins for your new WordPress site

One of the great things about WordPress is the tons of free and paid plugins available for your website. I like to keep my WordPress sites simple and light, so when I create a new website, I always start with some of the same plugins. This short list of essential plugins is intended to help get you started on the right foot. If you are new to WordPress or do not know what WordPress plugins are, check out this quick overview I wrote here.   Essential plugins for your new WordPress site: Limit Login Attempts This plugin is a little bit older now, but very important from a security stand point. Limit Login Attempts does what it says and limits the number of times a hacker or robot can try guessing your password on your admin login page. If someone gains admin access to your site, they can do whatever they want to your site and lock you out. It is also crucial to pick a hard to guess password and consider keeping a written copy in a safe place if you have a hard time remembering it. https://wordpress.org/plugins/limit-login-attempts WordPress Duplicator This plugin has saved me on more than one occasion. It allows you to make an exact copy (or backup of your WordPress site) including the database. This is important if you ever want to move your site or something goes wrong and need to restore your site. I recommend backing up your site regularly (save the files to your computer) or every time you make a major change to your site. https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator WordPress SEO by Yoast Yoast is well known in...