Hosted versus self-hosted WordPress in 2017

For anyone new to using WordPress, the difference between and and all of the details in-between can be quite confusing. With some recent changes at, we thought it would be a good time to revisit this topic and clear up any confusion you might have about where to host your WordPress site.

First, let’s talk about a few of the terms you’ll run into when choosing hosting. When you visit WordPress hosting sites these days, you often see talk of “hosted” and “self-hosted” options. Both options mean that your site will be hosted on a live server, but there is a big difference between the two.

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Summer Giveaway – Win a $100 Ugmonk Gift Card!

We’ve been creating high-quality, finely-crafted WordPress themes for 8 years now, which is no small feat. Along the way, we’ve run into a few people who share our desire to put quality, functionality, and aesthetics first and foremost. Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk is one of those uncompromising individuals. Ugmonk is a lifestyle product business that sells all kinds of beautifully-designed products from clothing to workspace accessories and more.

Win a $100 Ugmonk Gift Card

To celebrate our 8th year running a quality-first WordPress theme shop, we thought we’d partner up with Ugmonk to give away a $100 gift card to a lucky individual! You can use this gift card to purchase anything on the Ugmonk site. Get a new hat, some new summer clothes or some accessories for your desk!

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A few of our favorite Google fonts you may have missed

These days there are a ton of font options to choose from when designing your website. Google Fonts is one of the first place web designers and developers start when looking for the perfect font. The trouble is, there are a ton of fonts to sift through! We’ve put together eight serif, sans-serif and monospace fonts that are a great starting point and also pair well with other fonts.

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Handy CSS tips and tricks for WordPress themes

One of the first things everyone loves to do when they install a WordPress theme is tweak the styles of the theme. Hopefully everyone is using a child theme when they customize their theme, but that’s a post for another day. Today’s post is going to focus on some handy CSS pseudo class tips you can use.

A pseudo-class is a keyword added to CSS selectors that indicates a particular state of the element to be selected. For example :hover will apply a style when the user hovers over the element specified by the selector. But you can also do some other sweet tricks with pseudo selectors.

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Customize Featured Image sizes with a child theme

Sometimes the Featured Image size in an area of your theme doesn’t quite fit the style of your image. Maybe your image is being cropped funny, maybe you want to have shorter images, or maybe you want to remove the crop all together and let your images go commando. Luckily, you can override the Featured Image crops defined in your theme and come up with something that works better for your needs. To do this properly, you’ll need a child theme and a small code snippet. Let’s get started!

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Create a beautiful resume with WordPress and Atomic

Our latest WordPress theme, Atomic, is perfect for a business or portfolio site, but the homepage layout is really versatile and can be used to create all kinds of sites. In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to whip together a beautiful resume site to showcase your skill set to potential clients and employers. Check out our resume demo to see what we’ll be building in this tutorial.


Getting Started

When you first activate Atomic, it will be presented as a blog with your latest posts. This is the default function of a WordPress theme, but we’ll want to use the Homepage template to show various pages on the homepage instead of blog posts.

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Beautiful publishing and eCommerce with Lenscap

Howdy folks! Today we’re thrilled to announce our latest and greatest WordPress theme, Lenscap. Lenscap follows in the footsteps of our popular Paperback and Baseline magazine themes, with some additional features that you can’t find in any other WordPress theme.

Lenscap makes it super easy to create a stunning WordPress-powered magazine and online store with slick content discovery features, gallery and video post styles, smart customization options and WooCommerce support. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the features that make Lenscap shine.

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Baseline by the numbers

Last year I added Wakatime to my workflow to start tracking the time I spent in my code editor, Sublime Text. If you haven’t heard of Wakatime, which you likely haven’t because you probably aren’t a huge data nerd like myself, basically it tracks what you’re doing in your code editor. It tracks the amount of time spend in each file, the amount of time you spend on each project, when you’re working, when you aren’t, etc. This can be helpful for a lot of different reasons.

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