Boise State
12 Nov

6 Super High Traffic Websites You’d Never Know Were Run on WordPress

As of November 2013, approximately 20% of websites are powered by WordPress (up from the 14.7% in 2011!). Thanks to its increasing versatility as a content management system, WordPress now powers some of the most popular websites (over 72.4 million websites in total) making it the most popular CMS in the world.  In this post we've selected an eclectic group of six from a number of different industries that are sure to fascinate and possibly amuse you! Plus, we've included their Alexa rankings in the United States for some perspective on how big these WordPress giants really are.

Modern News Publishing

1. TechCrunch

TechCrunch (Alexa traffic ranking in the US: 242) is one of the premier technology news websites, and it's entirely run on WordPress. Not only does it provide valuable information about companies of all sizes across the globe, it rates technology companies and experts in its free database, the CrunchBase, to help keep the public informed about the tech world. TechCrunch Website Powered by WordPress

2. Digital Trends

Digital Trends (Alexa traffic ranking in the US: 913) provides technology news, as well as product and app reviews for the technophile. Their website has an ombre effect, where top-news articles are highlighted in large pictures on the top, featured stories are differentiated by large-font bylines with blurbs separate from their accompanying pictures, and even more linked articles are provided at the bottom. The  use of images and text on this news/reviews site is organized with finesse, and yes, it's all fueled via WordPress. Digital Trends

Go, Team, Go! Major Universities & WordPress

3. Boise State University

WordPress is robust enough to host the university website for Boise State (Alexa traffic ranking in the US: 7,937), consolidating over 200 individually-managed university websites into one enterprise level WordPress site for educators, administrators, students, parents, and fans alike to take part in both their studies and school spirit together. Everything there is to know about the Broncos is on the easily-managed website, which incorporates responsive design for viewing on your phone and tablet, too. Boise State
Perfect coding for small business websites
03 Sep

Building Quality for WordPress Websites, Inside & Out

The quality, craftsmanship, and general working relationship between an agency and its client can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For example, to some clients and agencies, it might be the effectiveness of the finished product (without a care for what's underneath the hood), or it might be the personalized experience they had while working with a great project manager. Perhaps it might even be the perfect color of the headlines... but for the BWD development team, a quality website is built on quality code.

Code? Seriously? I know, it sounds uninteresting. Folks might say "Who cares about the code? I just want the thing to work and look good while doing it!" That's a valid expectation and one that we share, for every project. But the code behind the curtain, the stuff that makes the buttons click and the faders fade, needs to be as top-quality as the final design for a variety of purposes, including user experience, speed, SEO, and much more.

WordPress, Leading By Example.

We build our projects with WordPress, so we're lucky enough to be working with a 10 year old, solid foundation for a while now. Not only is it's administrative panel and content marketing capabilities extremely user friendly, but the code really powering this leading content management system is rock-solid. WordPress even has its own set of coding standards that we proudly follow. But even if you have a great base for a bridge, the stuff on top still counts. So how do developers like us define quality?

[drop-quote text="Did you know that nearly 40% of our new clients have struggled with poor web professionals in the past? With our set of coding standards, we ensure month-past deadlines and utter messes NEVER occur." credit="-- Check out our article, Expert Web Design in New York & Boston for Small & Medium Sized Businesses for more details"]

Coding Standards for BWD Developers

For each project, the BWD development team adheres to a very strict set of standards to ensure that all projects are kept neat and tidy at all times. This creates security and efficiency throughout the process, providing the client with the most value for their budget possible. As different parts of a digital project are handed off to different team members, we know that nothing will fall through the cracks or get left behind thanks to our well defined set of standards. This means that we're constantly on the same page, avoiding and quickly mitigating mistakes whenever possible.

[caption id="attachment_4266" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Perfect coding for small business websites Sometimes a website's code might seem like part of the Matrix to our clients and end users, but clean, well written code is critical to the success of any digital project.[/caption]

What does this mean for the client? We deliver on-time--always--and we usually get it right the first time. It also means that future changes to a project become far less painful, and of course, less costly. Want to add a super-cool new feature, two years after launch? No problem. Everything is well-documented and we can jump in and make the change without having to re-learn and remember what we built oh-so long ago.

08 Jun

We’re at WordCamp Seattle 2013!

WordCamp Seattle 2013Who said Seattle was ever a rainy city?! We're here in the fantastic city of seafood, evergreens, and techies to attend WordCamp Seattle 2013 with some beautiful weather to boot! Our team of three senior staff are really looking forward to some of the exceptional chats and panels setup for this year, including three distinctive tracks for bloggers/community, designers, and developers. Some extra special highlights on our roster for tomorrow include:
  • Responsive Typography for WordPress Themes
  • SEO in WordPress
  • Taking Backgrounds to the Next Level
  • WordPress Coding Done Right: 3 Lightning Talks
  • Caching in WordPress
  • Write or Die
15 May

Custom Integration of WordPress and Tinypass: Our Findings and Tutorials

WordPress and Tinypass Integration After surveying a number of content access systems supporting a paid subscription model, we settled on a service called Tinypass. Tinypass has gathered a great amount of fantastic press most recently when prolific blogger Andrew Sullivan and our friends over at BKLYNR made the switch to start charging for their high quality content--and seeing great results, with some in the six-figure range!--as well. It's no secret that we're the ultimate fans of WordPress as a CMS, so when we saw the company's great WordPress support, we knew that Tinypass would be a perfect fit for our client. Ultimately, Tinypass provides a slick and streamlined solution for sites looking to charge for their content, whether it be on a one-time, per-article basis or for entire site access at a monthly cost, even with options for a free trial month and more. Below is a great tutorial from our lead developer Chase Wiseman on what you'll need for an advanced, custom integration of WordPress and Tinypass. Check out our blog again soon for our further findings on the Tinypass platform from a marketing and product perspective as well.

Tutorial: What You'll Need for a Custom WordPress/Tinypass Integration

Here I'll detail some of the steps I took in order to have WordPress and Tinypass play nicely. If you are only wanting to get Tinypass up and running on your blog quickly, then I recommend that you consider using the official Tinypass WordPress plugin. The plugin has plenty of options and should meet the needs of most standard blogs. While their plugin is suitable in a lot of cases, there are a few distinct areas where it falls short:
  • There doesn't seem to be out of the box support for custom post types or pages.
  • Lack of styling customization - You can't alter the look and feel of the interface too much here.
Head over to their setup tutorial to determine if the plugin has what it takes to meet your needs. Alright, so from here on I'll give some general tips and functions for custom Tinypass integration. This article makes a few assumptions:
  1. You are very familiar and comfortable with WordPress plugin and theme development.
  2. You can take these ideas and bend them to your own needs. This is not a "copy, paste, and save" tutorial.
  3. You already have a registered Tinypass account and have an app ID already set up.
With that in mind, let's roll.
08 May

Security & Internet Safety: Why WordPress is Your Best Choice

Our colleagues over at WP Engine--one of the premier hosting providers for any type of WordPress website--penned an excellent article today about the reasons why WordPress is in fact one of the most secure content management systems out there, supporting 17% of today's internet at 64 million installations and counting! This article was the company's fourth post in an entire series on the history of security of WordPress by Jason Cosper, absolute WordPress expert, leader of WP Engine, and 10 year veteran of systems administration and support. Cosper's stance couldn't be clearer on the subject:
It’s time to clear up the debate once and for all. Despite all the doubts (and some haters), WordPress core is without a doubt one of the most secure platforms you can choose to put a site on.
We couldn't agree more. Recently stories about a large botnet attacking WordPress website with "brute force" techniques took hold of the developers news cycle. We even sent out a major email blast to our clients ensuring that none of their passwords had been changed from their original, complex forms that our teams had set. WordPress is Secure! However, this sensationalist news cycle failed to finally note that sites where owners had set strong passwords, were running the latest version of WordPress core, and were vigilant about security remained untouched.
13 Apr

Protecting your website against CMS hacking

WordPress LogoSince Friday evening technology news outlets have been following a massive brute-force attack against vulnerable WordPress websites, such as those with poor passwords or abandoned versions. In this post we cover a variety of techniques to make sure that your CMS--no matter what type--is always secure from these types of mass attacks. To date, BWD has not had a single client affected by this attack.
25 Jan

Don’t Get Hacked: Update to WordPress 3.5.1 asap!

Yesterday the wonderful people at announced and released a security and bug update to WordPress 3.5. This version is labelled 3.5.1, and we're sure you've already seen the uniquitous yellow label in your admin panel!

Update to WordPress 3.5.1

As always, it's essential that you completely backup your files and databases before performing an update, just in case a plugin goes awry and you receive the fatal "white screen of WordPress death" following the update. This is rare, but there's nothing worse than a dead website meant to have 1000s of hours of work put into it!

The WordPress Logo.Bug Fixes Included in 3.5.1

WordPress contributor Andrew Nacin reported the following bug fixes:
  • Editor: Prevent certain HTML elements from being unexpectedly removed or modified in rare cases.
  • Media: Fix a collection of minor workflow and compatibility issues in the new media manager.
  • Networks: Suggest proper rewrite rules when creating a new network.
  • Prevent scheduled posts from being stripped of certain HTML, such as video embeds, when they are published.
  • Work around some misconfigurations that may have caused some JavaScript in the WordPress admin area to fail.
  • Suppress some warnings that could occur when a plugin misused the database or user APIs.
16 May

4 Reasons to Ditch Microsoft Word and Exclusively Work in WordPress

The WordPress Logo.In today's modern world, Microsoft Word doesn’t hold the same prestige it once did. Ever since the .docx format was adopted, Word files have become inefficient and more difficult to properly output in other formats. Luckily, WordPress (WP) has a great post editing interface with a myriad of different features. In this post, we'll explain why bloggers should use WP exclusively and opt out of using Microsoft Word altogether.