How to add a custom colour to text in WordPress and create colour palettes

Have you ever wanted to add a custom colour to text in WordPress but can’t find the colour you want to use in the default palette? Perhaps you’re new to WordPress and don’t know how to add a custom colour. Or perhaps you know how to add a custom colour but don’t know how to … Read moreHow to add a custom colour to text in WordPress and create colour palettes

How to scale and crop an image in WordPress

In the following video, I’m going to show you how to scale and crop an image in WordPress. If you don’t have image editing software to resize an  image, or you’re editing WordPress on the fly, this WordPress trick is for you. Why would you need to scale and crop an image in WordPress? Some … Read moreHow to scale and crop an image in WordPress

How to add a custom image size in WordPress

In this video, I’m going to show you two ways to add a custom image size in WordPress. There are a few reasons why you might want a custom image size: You may want an image that is bigger than the regular medium size, but smaller than the large size You may want your image … Read moreHow to add a custom image size in WordPress

How to add a link to text in WordPress

In the following video, I show you how to add a link to text in WordPress.  But why would you want to add a link to text? What looks better? This: Read my article on 12 Free Online Marketing Tools you can use to promote your new website: https://kazdesignworks.com/12-free-online-marketing-tools-can-use-promote-new-website/ This: Read my article on 12 … Read moreHow to add a link to text in WordPress

Tenth Anniversary Celebrations with 10% off till end January 2018

Today, Kaz Design Works turns ten years old! On December 21st, 2007, I registered the business name, Kaz Design Works—and that’s the day, Kaz Design Works officially came into being. Today, I am happy to be celebrating Kaz Design Works’ tenth anniversary. Over the last 10 years, I am pleased to have helped numerous businesses … Read moreTenth Anniversary Celebrations with 10% off till end January 2018

New WordPress features with 4.9 upgrade

Yesterday, I spent the day upgrading several WordPress websites to the new 4.9 version.

In the latest version, there are several exciting new features that will improve user experience and enhance WordPress websites, so I thought I would share them with you here in a quick blogpost.

When you first upgrade your WordPress website and land back on the Dashboard, you’ll see the new features broken down into 4 sections. There’s no video or accolade to a past musician as in recent major version upgrades, just a cool modern, colourful graphical presentation with brief descriptions (partially shown in the screenshot below).

All together there are 11 new features mentioned, plus one I spotted right after the update. I have not tried them out yet but they sound like they will greatly improve the user experience.

So what are the new features in WordPress 4.9?

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WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7, otherwise known as Vaughan, after Jazz legend Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, was released on December 6, 2016 and includes a brand new theme, built from the ground up, called 2017.

WordPress 4.7 comes with some new features, such as the CSS editor in the customizer that allows the user to see their changes immediately. You can now also add new pages as you create your menu in the customizer.

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What's new in WordPress 4.4

WordPress 4.4, named Clifford after jazz singer Clifford Brown, was released on December 8th and on Friday I did a whole bunch of updates for clients who have purchased my WordPress update and maintenance packages. Everything went smoothly as usual (except for one theme that changed it’s font family), but some plugins had not yet been updated by their respective developers, so these will need doing later.

I was interested to see what’s new with Version 4.4 so I had a quick peek.

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Choosing which template to use on your WordPress website

page attributesOut-of-the-box WordPress themes usually come with 2-3 template options. Generally, the Default Template, Full Width Template and, in some cases, the Home Page Template. You choose your template under Page Attributes to the right of the main Editor window.

Default Template

The Default Template usually comes with a sidebar, often times on the right hand side. The same sidebar is used in the blog archive of your website so it would therefore make sense to use this template on pages where you want to provide your visitors with easy access to your blog articles.

If you don’t have a blog, then this template could be used on any pages where you want to provide additional information, extra navigation, advertising or sign-up form. Everything that is placed in the widgets contained in the sidebar will be the same on any page that uses the Default Template.

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Choose your third party WordPress plugins wisely

WordPress plugins are great. They add extra functionality not available from the out-of-the-box software. However, too many, or the wrong kind of plugins, can slow your site down, cause the page content to jump all over the place as they load, and/or block important content on smaller devices (you know, those social media icons that sit at the side of the page blocking some of the text).

This can be at best frustrating to your visitors or at worst very annoying and may ultimately cause them to leave your website before they learn whether you can help them or not.

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