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Earlier this year, I talked about why I recommend Array Themes. I’m also proud to call myself a partner of theirs.

If you haven’t read the article, that’s okay (I don’t expect people to read everything here). The gist of why I’m such a fan and why I’ve selected them as my theme partner include the following:

– They offer impeccable design for a variety of authors.
– They have beautiful typography.
– They follow the WordPress Coding Standards.
– They sell within their own shop,, and ThemeForest.
– They create themes for almost any niche of blogging.
– They offer exceptional quality in a marketplace crowded by those with products that often fall flat.
– …And more.

Additionally, Array offers a free plugin compatible with their themes that enhances native functionality.

So, if you’ve missed it, that’s why I’m proud to call Array a partner of this site. But that’s not what this post is about.

Instead, I’m excited to share their latest release (and offer you something special for it!).

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You can read plenty of information about the importance of escaping information in WordPress via the Codex. If you’re new to the topic, I highly recommend it.

If you need a refresher, or are looking for a short description for why this is necessary, consider this the working definition:

> For security on the other end of the spectrum, we have escaping. To escape is to take the data you may already have and help secure it prior to rendering it for the end user.

Clear enough, right? And WordPress offers plenty of functions to help with this.

How do we know which one to use, though?

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A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how there’s no such thing as the perfect WordPress host. In the end, it comes down to the requirements of your project that will dictate what host is best for your project.

But what happens when you find yourself placed in this dilemma:

There’s a host that you want to use because of some of the features, but it doesn’t fit the bill for the rest of the project.

Case in point: One of the things that’s popular right now is to have software such as a malware or a virus scanner. And who would fault anyone for wanting that?

I’m a fan of it and it’s something I recommend to most anyone running a web application. In my mind, anything that saves user input of any type should have something like this.

That said, one of the hosts that I often recommend does not have this built-in. So I’ve opted to go with Sucuri Antivirus.

I’m a big fan of the service.

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I recently wrote about developer maturity. Specifically, I said we should not be afraid to use third-party solutions when possible.

This doesn’t mean we should piecemeal every project together. That isn’t development. That’s implementation (but that’s another post).

Anyway, Andy and I just finished up a project which demonstrates this point quite well. Part of the project called for providing a rating of certain criteria.

As such, we used jQuery Raty for laying the foundation of the rating system.

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If you work in web development long enough, odds are you’re going to discover that your strength lies within writing code or designing a site. It’s possible to be good at both – I’ve seen it in rare cases – but it’s more common for someone to be strong in one area or the other.

As easy as frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation, 960gs, and so on have made it for us to build layouts against a grid, it has not – thankfully – removed the need for designers (of course, that was never their intent, anyway).

The reason I bring this up is because years ago, a good friend of a mine – a designer, to be clear – would jokingly say that I was pixel approximate.

And he wasn’t wrong.

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