Broken CSS

Posted on July 11, 2018

Following this tweet I thought I would collate these examples of how the same code (CSS) can render completely differently on different browsers.  A problem people often face when building a website.  While usually its a case of items not lining up or not quite being the same size, these examples show more extreme cases. This demonstrates how important it is to test your website on multiple devices, if you do not have access to the physical ...

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Turn on post revisions

Posted on July 6, 2018

We all make mistakes, but luckily WordPress has our backs. There is a built in backup system that makes a copy of the page or post every time you hit update allowing you to easily revert to a previous version. 1. In order to access the screen options you'll need to change the screen options so you can see it. To do this click the screen options tab in the top right hand corner of any post or page. 2. Tick the Revisions checkbox, if you ...

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Adding Images with Divi

Posted on June 30, 2018

Divi's image module makes it very easy to add images to your WordPress website. 1 . To add an image to your web page click "insert module" and select "Image" or click the 3 lines icon on an existing Image module. 2. Click "Upload and image" 3.  Upload the image using the standard WordPress interface then click "Set as image"  4.  Click "Save & Exit" to insert the image into your web page. 5. Click update to save ...

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Removing Plugins

Posted on June 27, 2018

Its good practice to remove any plugins (or themes) that you are no longer using, not only does it help secure your site, removing unnecessary bulk can help speed things up. 1. Here you can see a plugin that needs updating, but is not being used.  If you are not planning on using it, you should remove it. It can always be reinstalled later. To delete the plugin click on the "Delete" Link beneath the plugin title 2. A popup will ...

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Updating WordPress

Posted on June 27, 2018

It's really important to make sure you keep WordPress its themes and its plugins up to date, not doing so can result in downtime or even your website being hacked. Updating your site is quick and easy however I would always recommend you back up your site first... Just in case. 1. WordPress will tell you if an update is available by displaying a red dot containing the number of updates available. 2. Click  "Updates" to see the details of ...

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10 Favourite Free WordPress Plugins

Posted on June 16, 2018

Here you will find 10 plugins I use frequently when building sites for clients, or when delivering training. Updraft Plus https://wordpress.org/plugins/updraftplus/ WordPress SEO by Yoast https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/ Akismet https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/ W3 Total Cache https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/ WordFence https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/ Page Links to https...

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GDPR Cookie Consent

Posted on June 2, 2018

Since GDPR came into force a few weeks ago I've noticed a lot of sites are using the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, which appears at the bottom of this site as well as many others. By default the free version of the plugin does not offer any the ability to customise the colours in anyway, for that you need the premium version which offers some additional functionality. If you do not need the extra functions and just want to change the colours ...

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Running WordPress locally with Flywheel

Posted on June 2, 2018

I've been asked on a number of occasions about how people can run WordPress on their local machine, this is handy if you want to develop a site offline or just want to try it out. Normally I'd suggest using MAMP but to be honest if your new to web design and development that can be a little difficult to get your head around. Recently I discovered Local by Flywheel which offers a much simpler set up. 1. To get started head over to https...

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Tracking Contact Form 7 submissions as goals in Google Analytics.

Posted on May 31, 2018

Contact form 7 is one one of the most popular free contact form plugins for WordPress it can add contact forms to your website and send the submissions to an email address of your choice. One frequently asked question is how you get these form submissions to show up in Google Analytics, as this can help you better understand your conversion rates. At this point I'm going to assume Google analytics is already set up on your site and tracking ...

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Twenty Sixteen Child

Posted on May 28, 2018

Twenty Sixteen is a great WordPress theme for beginners, however one slight bugbear is the fact that there is no option to edit the footer in the bottom left corner of the theme. One way to do this is by creating a child theme, this is a copy of some of the files used in the theme that can be edited and wont be replaced by future updates. Below you will find a simple child theme for Twenty Sixteen, to edit the code below in the file footer....

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