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5 Common Beginner Webmaster Mistakes

Every successful website owner has made many painful and embarrassing mistakes along the path to success. In this post, we look at five of the most common mistakes we see from beginner webmasters and some things you can do to avoid them.

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Martial – A Free Modern Blogging Theme

Martial is a free theme created by ThemeFurnace. The theme’s two-column layout is geared towards bloggers and photographers, but it’s also suitable for a wide variety of other purposes.

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Martial contains a number of great features, such as custom font support, several custom widgets and integration with the WordPress Customizer for easy manipulation of the logo, background, colors and header image. The theme also boasts full support for WooCommerce, allowing users to add a shop to their website with little extra effort.

You can download the free version of Martial from WPLift.

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Caret – A powerful code editor for Chrome

Caret is a code editor inspired by Sublime Text, capable of running completely offline and able to open and save files anywhere on your hard drive. It exists as a Chrome app, which means it can run on any desktop operating system, including Chrome OS.

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Caret has a pretty comprehensive feature set that makes it ideal for small programming tasks. It supports tabbed editing, syntax highlighting for dozens of languages and plenty of advanced features like keyboard shortcuts, multiple cursors and editable configuration files.
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Google Chrome will soon mark HTTP connections as insecure

Google have announced that Chrome 56 (coming in January 2017) will mark websites using plain HTTP connections as insecure and show a security warning.

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The “not secure” indicator will appear next to the address bar on web pages that have input fields for passwords or credit card numbers.

Over subsequent Google Chrome releases, the scope of the browsers HTTP connection warnings will be expanded. Eventually all websites delivered over HTTP will have a security warning – regardless of what data is being transmitted.

Google’s search engine already penalizes websites that do not support SSL. This new penalty is likely to further motivate website owners to make their pages secure or risk damaging their traffic and sales.

Switching to HTTPS has never been easier. Most established content management systems support running over HTTPS with minimal configuration needed. Furthermore, several free providers of SSL certificates have emerged in recent years; most significantly CloudFlare and Let’s Encrypt.

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Baton – Free Business WordPress Theme

Baton is a clean and contemporary WordPress theme designed for business websites, yet suitable for a wide variety of different purposes.

The theme includes an intuitive drag-and-drop homepage layout builder that integrates with the Note plugin to offer live editing of website elements from the front-end.

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Even though the theme is completely free, it still includes many of the features that would once have been considered “premium.” It comes with a number of different sidebar configurations, page layouts, support for popular plugins (JetPack, Yoast SEO, etc.) and of course supports all of WordPress’ core features.

Baton can be taken for a test-run at the developer’s website or downloaded from the official WordPress theme repository.