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 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

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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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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How to fix Page Not Found after WordPress Database Import

You’ve just moved your WordPress website to a new web server but something seems amiss when you click your page and posts links. You backed up all your files and exported your database. You installed WordPress on your new domain, imported the database and uploaded all the files so you know everything is there. But … Read moreHow to fix Page Not Found after WordPress Database Import

Why choose WordPress for your business website

WordPress is an easy-to-use, FREE content management system and is the ideal solution if you want to add a blog to your current website. But WordPress is not just for blogs. It’s a powerful content management tool used by large corporations all over the world. Used worldwide by small home-based businesses and large corporations alike, … Read moreWhy choose WordPress for your business website

Free websites aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Free websites are great for personal use when your budget is limited but they’re not all they’re cracked up to be when it comes to using them for your business.

With free websites, you often don’t own your domain name or web space. As well as causing problems at some point in the future, there are several short term disadvantages you should consider.

  • Often your free website has a web address with an extension like wordpress.com or weebly.com. This not only makes your web address extra long and difficult to remember, it doesn’t sound very professional.
  • Often, without a yourcompanyname.com domain name, you’re more than likely also using a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email address. Does this really create a professional, I’m-in-it-for-the-long-term image for your business?
  • Often with free website hosting, you’re probably advertising other businesses on your website. And you have absolutely no control on what’s being advertised even if they are competitor sites. Does that really make good business sense?
  • If your free website is content managed (you add content and make your own changes), are you able to back up your database file to your desktop computer or to your email? In some cases, the answer is no.
  • If you’ve uploaded images and other media files to your free website, can you access them through a file manager or via FTP? In most cases, the answer is probably no.

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