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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[Action Required] Changes to your Google Maps APIs account

Posted on May 3, 2018

This morning I got an email from Google with the subject "[Action Required] Changes to your Google Maps APIs account", at first I thought it was another GDPR notification and was just about to hit delete when I noticed the name of a website I'm currently working on included in the email. So what does this actually mean? Well up until now if you wanted a Google Map on your website to show you're customers where you business was you ...

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WordPress SEO with SEO by Yoast

Posted on May 3, 2018

One of the most popular Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) plugins for WordPress is Yoast SEO. This plug in makes it easy to set meta data for any given page or post along with a handy traffic light system to guide you through optimising your content. https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/ First you need to install the plugin, if you do not know how to install plugins take a look at this post first. Once installed follow the ...

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The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive

Posted on April 8, 2018

Sometimes when trying to upload an image to your WordPress media library you will get an error that says "The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini", What this means in real terms is that the file is too big for your site. While your first step should be resizing your images sometimes you will need the ability to upload larger files, and while you can upload your files via ftp if your hosting has cpanel you can ...

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Cropping Photos

Posted on April 8, 2018

There are times when you need an image for your website to be a particular size or aspect ratio, for example you might need a long thin image for your header or to use a small section of an image for a product or portrait photo. In this blog post I'm going to explain how to crop out a section of a photo using the free image editing package Gimp - GNU Image manipulation program. Lets say this is your picture... and this is your ...

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Adding WordPress users

Posted on March 2, 2018

By creating individual user accounts for each person who you wish to be able to update you're website you are able to control what they are able to edit. For example while you have full access to your site, you may want your staff the be able to update content, but not change the theme or add plugins. A default WordPress installation has 5 user roles. 1.  Administrator The administrator has full access to the site, can change content ...

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