WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

One of the more confusing aspects of WordPress websites is that there are actually two options available to anyone first embarking on their WordPress journey: WordPress.org and WordPress.com. For a newbie, you’d almost certainly assume they are the same thing, and while they share the same base WordPress Content Management System (CMS) software, their implementation, … Read more

3 WordPress Plugins We Love

With cold winter weather in full swing and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d write about the WordPress plugins that make web developer nerds like us feel warm and fuzzy inside! WordFence Security In our opinion (and we’ve been doing this for 20+ years now), WordFence is the single best method to … Read more

How to Write a Blog Post

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WordPress is our favorite content management system for a whole host of reasons. It works as a fabulous framework for everything from eCommerce to Learning Management and has a solid architecture in place that allows it to be competitive with any stand alone web software for any application you can imagine, while still retaining flexibility … Read more

WordPress Permalinks Basics

Each website page has a specific address, just like a home or business. In website jargon this is called the “url” or uniform resource locator. The technical details of how typing the url into the address bar (or clicking a link) actually brings up the specific webpage can get a bit complicated. On a simple level it involves back and forth communication between the web browser (Chrome, Edge, etc.) and the server, which is where the website is “hosted” which basically just means where all the files, images, and data for the website live. Along the way there is an “address lookup” which involves things like ip addresses, domain names, and DNS records.

How to Schedule Blog Postings in WordPress

As web developers, we’re often working on the most complex features and integrations that WordPress is capable of. From creating custom website themes to building new plugins, or perhaps linking with a complicated third party API to sync data from another system, we usually are working on aspects of WordPress far beyond what most website … Read more

Linking Gravity Forms to WooCommerce Products on your WordPress Website

Two of our favorite plugins for WordPress are the robust and powerful Gravity Forms and the ubiquitous eCommerce plugin WooCommerce.  Gravity Forms is a premium plugin that we like so much that we provide a free license to our clients as part of our WordPress Security and Performance Plan.  WooCommerce is the backbone of any WordPress eCommerce website, and the core software is free and developed/maintained by Automatic, who are the same folks that started and maintain WordPress itself.  Each plugin is wildly popular, and as such there are many add-ons that allow for integration with other software/plugins.  In this post we’re going to explore how you can use the WooCommerce plugin: Gravity Forms Product Add-ons in order to leverage the power of Gravity Forms to build intricate and conditionally based product configurations which link to a WooCommerce product, allowing you to then enjoy all of the eCommerce specific architecture that WooCommerce provides. 

WordPress – Custom Post Types / Custom Fields

Custom Post Type UI and Advanced Custom Fields Pro can combine to provide near limitless possibilities for customizing your WordPress content. Watermelon Web Works is hear to help you utilize these two wonderful plugins to help create and display content on your new or existing WordPress website.

Customer Support Ticket System with WordPress: WSDesk

WordPress is an incredibly powerful and ready to use content management system right out of the box.  What really sets it apart though, is that its code infrastructure creates a basic framework that makes it easy to add additional functionality via plugins.  Add this to the enormous popularity of WordPress, and you create an environment where thousands of brilliant minds are working to create plugins to perform an ever expanding list of functionality for WordPress users.  Event management, learning management systems, forums, and of course eCommerce are just a small sampling of what WordPress is capable of when you pair it with the right combination of these wonderful plugins.  More recently, a growing number of development teams have been working on an exciting new tool:  support ticketing systems built on the WordPress framework.  In our experience the most robust among these is WSDesk.