Swiftype Search Plugin for WordPress Review

A lot of people agree on one thing when it comes to the built-in search in WordPress, they all say that it sucks!.

Here’s what Yoast has to say about it:

WordPress default search kinda sucks. It sorts the results by date, newest first and interface wise. It doesn’t have any of the cool things we’re used to when we search in (for instance) Google.

I agree with him. Yoast goes on to talk about how to customize WordPress search by doing a bit of coding and installing a couple of plugins.

But, what if I told you that you can do everything is his article with one plugin?
Yes, only one plugin. One service. Endless possibilities.

The reason why I chose WordPress was because of the ability to be able to customize and make it my own. Now it’s time to customize the search function on the site.

Swiftype is a search engine for websites and mobile applications. They provide a WordPress Plugin that makes It is so easy to implement their service into your website to take advantage of what they offer by charging your site’s built-in search function with a cutting edge search engine that tells you exactly what your readers are looking for and gives them the result that they want to see.

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Russell Brandom from The Verge:

In the early morning hours of October 21st, 2014, Partap Davis lost $3,000. He had gone to sleep just after 2AM. While he slept, an attacker undid every online security protection he set up. By the time he woke up, most of his online life had been compromised: two email accounts, his phone, his Twitter, his two-factor authenticator, and most importantly, his bitcoin wallets.

This is one of the most interesting pieces I read on The Verge for two reasons:

  1. This story remind me of what happened to Naoki Hiroshima aka @N.
  2. The design of the page is really great, the effect on the Headings and the Featured Image, along with the table of content, all contribute to a great reading experience.

If you didn’t read this story yet, I encourage you to do so.

How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera

Yesterday I published an article talking about Why I use Google Chrome, I talked about how it’s able to sync all my date across multiple devices, it’s simple UI, and how Chrome’s extensions help me be more productive and do my work quicker.

But I know a lot of you dislike Chrome for one reason or another, and want to use other browsers like Opera. Well today I have a special extension for you Opera users out there who want to have best of both worlds. Using Opera and being able to install Chrome extensions.

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Why I Use Google Chrome

You might know this already, I’m a big fan of Google Chrome, specially Chrome Dev Channel. since I tried it when it first came out, it always felt fast, simple, clean. It just felt right to use it as my main browser.

But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t use other browsers, I tried them all. Safari, Opera, Mercury, Maxthon, Yandex, Sleipnir. and the new Vivaldi browser. and I do have Firefox Developer Edition as my secondary browser for testing and to stay up-to-date on what Mozilla is doing.

With all of these options, I stuck with Chrome as my main and go to browser on both OS X and iOS, and there’s a good reason for that.

I choose Chrome because of the small things that it offers, things that makes my browsing experience more enjoyable. So read-on to find out Why I Use Google Chrome

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A Website in the Forest

Gary Founder of BuiltWith:

we wanted to see who else and how quickly other companies were visiting newly registered websites and who exactly they were and why they were doing it. We also wanted to see who knew about domains that were much harder to trace.

If you’ve been wondering what happen to a domain name after you purchase, then you must read this article to learn about all the site that visit your newly purchased domain, and all the info they read.

Hider 2 Review The best way to hide files on Mac

We all hide files on Macs and PCs. It could be those important documents, that secret project on AutoCAD that you’re working on. It could be serial numbers or notes you don’t want anyone reading.

At first, you may think you don’t need an app that can hide files for you. Maybe you feel you have nothing to hide. Maybe. However, after using your Mac for a while, you may think differently. We all have something that we keep for ourselves, away from wandering you eyes.

As a Mac user, I prefer to do this in a beautiful manner. I enjoy having the ability to use a beautifully designed app that reflects the beauty of the MacBook and the OS I’m currently using.

If you want to hide files on your Mac, you MUST DO IT IN STYLE and to do that, you will need to use HIDER 2 by the great guys at MacPaw.

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Authy Two Factor Authentication for WordPress Plugin Review

Keeping your site secure is a very important thing to do because you don’t want anyone to just get an access to your site and mess things up for you that you’ve built over the years.

There’s many ways to do that, you can change the permalink to your login page, choose a strong password, delete the default “Admin” user, Password Protect wp-login.php and one of my favorite is to add Two Factor Authentication.

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Twitter Release Official WordPress Plugin

If you are running a WordPress site, then I’m sure that you already know the that the WordPress plugin directory have an entire tag dedicated for Twitter which include a lot of different plugins that gives you endless amount of ways to implement Twitter in your WordPress site, exactly 1680 plugins.

But for whatever reason today, Twitter decided to release an official WordPress Plugin that is pretty much useless to me so far.

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Twilio Acquire Authy Two Factor Authentication Service

In an email sent to its users along with a blog post by The Founder & CEO of Authy, Daniel Palacio announced that Twilio Acquired Authy.

We are excited to let you know that Authy has joined Twilio, the world’s most popular cloud communications platform.

For the people who still don’t know what Authy is, you can say it’s the perfect Two Factor Authentication service that I personally use to protect both my site and my server, while Twilio is a cloud communication service that offer phones, VoIP, and messaging on the web.

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