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With articles written by people who used to be in your shoes, Talking WordPress has been set up to be a repository of helpful hints, tips and tricks along with impartial reviews on themes and plugins to help you get the most out of WordPress. When we say this site is run by people who used to be in your shoes, we mean it! From the outset as total ‘Nubies’ we have spent days trawling WordPress forums and developer sites trying to plug the gaps in our knowledge of what is essentially a very complex software programme. Our pain is your gain.
We aim to highlight the common problems that we have encountered and give you the defacto work arounds and fixes. Along the way we have found some incredible free and paid for services that we rely on heavily for backup, security, fancy jQuery tomfoolery and lots of other things. You’ll find lots of write ups and reviews of these gems as time goes by so why not subscribe to the RSS feed or our twitter account, we guarentee you’ll be amazed at what you didn’t know was out there!
Happy bloggin people,
The Talking WordPress team.
If you’re at all like me, it is extremely stressful to install a new WordPress Theme. I never know when something is going to break or if the theme just won’t look like I want right out from install. Not to mention that if your users are navigating your site and see the theme changing every few minutes, they might assume your site has some kind of a multiple personality disorder.
Theme Test Drive changes that. With a few clicks of a mouse, it is easy to run the site in administrator-only viewing. This means while I get to see the theme in action – using my live data! Users still see the original theme I had installed.
How does this work? It looks complicated at the surface level, but it is really easy. First, install the plugin. (It is available through the plugin manager. Just search for Theme Test Drive.)
I didn’t sleep very well last night. No, it wasn’t because of a barking dog, a crying child, or my WordPress website had been hacked. We had a very rough storm roll through – complete with lightning, thunder, a tornado warning, and more rain that we’ve had in a single night in quite a while.
While laying awake watching the storm, what I usually do so my family can sleep uninterrupted, I got to thinking about where all of our important papers were and how easily we could locate them in the event of a natural disaster. Fortunately, we have a pretty good disaster recovery plan in place. We have two fire safes located in our house – one in our Master Bedroom and one in the basement. Great, I knew where our important papers were.
Then, my mind wandered over to my WordPress websites. I’m currently moving all of my websites to a new, more powerful server, so it’s the perfect time to update my disaster recovery plan for my WordPress websites. I keep a record of all the important information I need to access or move both in an electronic document AND a printed document.
Since I am changing servers, I will need to update certain items on this document, so it’s the perfect time to confirm all the information on the document. I thought I’d share this with you as well.
Using icons is a great way to add a bit of personality to your website while improving usability. One of the most efficient ways to load icons is by using a font.
Font Awesome is an iconic font designed for use with Twitter Bootstrap. The icons have cross-browser support and even support IE7, should you be so unfortunate to be have to support it. There are 220 vector icons in the font and they were designed to be infinitely scalable and compatible with screen readers.
Whether you need to quickly get up to speed with HTML5 or are in search of easy-to-digest resources that you can use to educate your clients about this web technology that’s creating a huge paradigm shift in the web and mobile development ecosystem, this collection of infographics that visualize HTML5 facts and figures will help.
When customizing WordPress there are always those little things you want to change to make it easier to use, such as removing dashboard widgets, setting the default post editor, removing extra options, etc. Many times you end up adding tons of little plugins to make these small changes. Have you ever wished for WordPress to provide a simple settings page for turning things on or off?
The WordPress Helpers plugin was created to be exactly that – the missing settings page for WordPress. It’s part of the PIKLIST Rapid Development Framework and as such requires that you have the PIKLIST plugin installed first. PIKLIST is a powerful, flexible framework for developers who want to focus on tailoring and extending WordPress. It makes it easy to build fields for settings pages, widgets and custom post types with minimal code.
Want to create WordPress pages that don’t show in the navigation bar? Maybe you’re creating a membership site or just want to limit the amount of pages in your menu bar. Here’s how you do it…
First, you’ll need the FREE WordPress plugin called “Exclude Pages.” Once you install and activate that plugin, you’ll find a small check box in your WordPress admin area, like this:
As you can see, including or excluding a page on your WordPress site is as easy as checking or unchecking the “Exclude Pages” checkbox. You can always go back and edit the page to show up in your menu later. Try it out.
The functionality and flexibility that WordPress widgets can add to our blogs and sites is unmatched (imho) by other platforms. Just do a quick search of the WordPress repository for widget, and you’ll find over 1000 plugins that can include a new widget for your blog!
But, regardless of the quantity and quality of WordPress widgets available, every once in a while, we install a WordPress plugin with a widget that doesn’t quite fit the look and feel of our site. Sometimes, (sorry designers), the built-in styling looks just awful.
Then again, there are times when we’d simply like a specific widget to stand out from the rest in our sidebar. This little tutorial will give you a few basic tips on how to
You may recall an article I published back in July entitled Should WordPress.org Host Premium Subscription-Based Plugins?, in which I named and shamed a backup plugin known as CodeGuard. I therefore don’t blame you for being surprised that CodeGuard is the subject of today’s review.
However, I am all for giving second chances, and further to my aforementioned article, the team at CodeGuard worked quickly to make amends for their previous misdemeanor (which in fairness, did seem to have been committed in ignorance, rather than with intent). And as they once did before, they now again offer a free option to WordPress users.
So with bygones being bygones and a forward-facing attitude, today I want to introduce you to what is a rather unique backup service for WordPress.
Whenever I stumble across a new backup plugin, one question always immediately springs to mind: “What does this plugin do that a hundred other backup plugins don’t?”
Why haven’t you heard from that client? You emailed him the last draft a week ago. Why hasn’t he given you a sign-off or feedback yet? You definitely emailed him. Right? Right?!
Many a freelancer designer has known this feeling and has created a system to be able to efficiently submit drafts to clients and receive their approval and comments on that work. To do so, some go about emailing designs, creating email chains that make it easy to lose an email or forget who last contacted who, especially when inboxes are crowded with junk or the emails pile up on each other. Other designers opt to simply upload files to a Dropbox and share them, but this method does little to ensure that the other person has reviewed and approved the submission.
What the freelancer graphic designer needs is an application that will allow them to:
Now there is a plugin that looks to be able to do all of those things and make it easier for graphic designers to run an efficient design business from their WordPress website: Design Approval System.
Employers increasingly consider “WordPress” its own skill set in today’s job market. It’s no longer enough to simply say “I know WordPress.” How do you prepare for WordPress-heavy job interviews? Learn some key bases to cover for the four main types of WordPress positions.
What kind of WordPress job are you looking for? I’ll divide this article into the 4 types I see the most.