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We hope these Posts may be useful for you. If you have any feedback, problems, enhancements, or websites where you have used these -- please leave a comment on the post.

Code Snippets are solutions we have come up with to solve website development problems or ways to add enhanced features and functionality.

Some of the solutions are generic to WordPress (and Gutenberg blocks), but most are pertinent to developers working with Genesis themes and Beaver Builder plugins.

We are sharing these in the hope that what worked for us may help you in your development projects.

if you need individual hands-on coaching we are available to help you with your project on an hourly basis.

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Mix and Match your RSS feeds 1

Mix and Match your RSS feeds

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Ever want to provide your readers with email updates to your website? WordPress’ built in RSS feed functionality provides an easy way to provide the content to email newsletter services like Mailchimp or Mailerlite. But what if you want to create email updates that don’t include all your new posts,

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Online GIF tools for regular and animated GIF images 5

Online GIF tools for regular and animated GIF images

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Online GIF tools for regular and animated GIF images 6I made an animated gif screenshot recording to demonstrate a code snippet, but I wanted to resize the image and make

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When should I NOT use WordPress for a website 8

When should I NOT use WordPress for a website

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click the green switch at the top of the screenshots to compare the WordPress vs the Static HTML versions of the same website

the static version is live at: http://halcyonlearning.com/

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Using the Right Tools Makes All the Difference 9

Using the Right Tools Makes All the Difference

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The Start of a New Website Project

Master Roofing Company  is a family-owned and operated Oakland roofing contractor with nearly 40 years experience of servicing residential and commercial clients in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. They had a Yelp page, but they didn’t

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The Hartsook Letter has evolved to: WordPress-Website-Coach.com 10

The Hartsook Letter has evolved to: WordPress-Website-Coach.com

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I’ve been working on a new website, and rebranding The Hartsook Letter. By the end of July 2017, the Hartsook Letter will forward to:

WordPress-Website-Coach.com

I won’t add any new material to the Hartsook Letter site after this post you’re reading.

The new site includes all the posts from The Hartsook Letter site, but is focused on the following three areas:

  1. Building new websites
  2. Re-launching older websites
  3. WordPress developer resources & coaching

I hope the new site will be better organized, more up-to-date, more informative, and more useful. Let me know what you think.

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WordPress Resources at SiteGround 11

WordPress Resources at SiteGround

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WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites:

Expert WordPress Hosting

SiteGround provides

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How to embed a viewable pdf in a WordPress post 12

How to embed a viewable pdf in a WordPress post

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Normally putting the URL of a pdf on a line by itself doesn’t display the pdf on a Word­Press page, and if you use the add media button and paste the URL for the pdf into the URL field, you get a link that will open the pdf, but the pdf does not display on the page itself,

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Trouble moving your site to Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Plan? - Here are some pointers 13

Trouble moving your site to Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Plan? – Here are some pointers

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Recently a reader raised a question in a comment to a previous post. He was confused about how to move an existing site to Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting. Having done this several dozen times now I’ve developed some “best practices” and work-arounds I can share.

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Google filters out websites that are not mobile-friendly from search results - how to check your site 14

Google filters out websites that are not mobile-friendly from search results – how to check your site

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click to go and check your website

Google has started rolling out filtering for Google searches from mobile devices.

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WordPress 3.9 is almost here 15

WordPress 3.9 is almost here

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Release Candidate RC1 has been deployed.

I’m trying that out on my Hartsook Letter Staging site. Everything looks good so far, I haven’t found my theme or plugins breaking. You can take a look for yourself at https://hartsook.com. (the link will open in a new window so you can compare 3.8.2 and 3.9 if you want to.

Here’s a link to what wordpress.org has to say about 3.9 RC1

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Code Snippets Posts

A bit of PHP to preserve html formatting in standard WordPress excerpts 16

A bit of PHP to preserve html formatting in standard WordPress excerpts

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If you don’t use the Excerpt field in your posts and rely on WordPress to grab the first few dozen words of your post content what you usually find is the excerpt when displayed on the front end (usually in some sort of archive or post grid display) will have

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How to add custom post types to your default RSS feed 17

How to add custom post types to your default RSS feed

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RSS readers are somewhat old school in 2020, but the RSS feed that is part of WordPress is used by email services like Mailchimp and Mailerlite to create automated email updates when you add a new post to your website.

If you have custom post types though, they are not included

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Storing javascript in a metabox.io Custom Field textarea 18

Storing javascript in a metabox.io Custom Field textarea

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For some client projects I needed to embed javascript code in a page (Post). I used a custom field textarea to insert the code when creating the Post. The problem was the default for text fields was to run them through a sanitizer.php to strip out any type of code

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Create a Scrolling Column with trivial CSS 19

Create a Scrolling Column with trivial CSS

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The client wanted to display a list of past events in a scrollable column. This was easy to implement using simple css. The page layout was done with Beaver Builder, but the solution should work for any html container.

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Changing a Submenu to a Mega-menu with Beaver Builder 20

Changing a Submenu to a Mega-menu with Beaver Builder

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Sometimes you want to present a navigation menu as a horizontal “mega-menu” instead of a hierarchal dropdown menu. This is really simple if you are using Beaver Builder. The mega-menu feature is built in, but is unfortunately hidden. You have to know the secret to turn it on.

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Formatting a custom number field to add commas 21

Formatting a custom number field to add commas

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I needed to format a number field (999,999,999), coming from a custom field number-format (no other characters permitted in the number entry field). No “$” no commas or decimal points, etc. to output as a normal currency format.

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Knowledge Sharing: Community-Based LearningHow do you do that?Watch Out!There's a plugin for that...

How Do You Do That?!

WordPress sites are actually a collection of components from different vendors that must all work in harmony to get the functionality and appearance you want. If one is slightly off-key it can cause havoc with the rest of the site. WordPress Website Coach has experience using dozens of these components on many client sites. We know what combinations of parts work well together and which ones are more problematic.

Getting your site to look and work exactly the way you want often requires some customization of these components. We've done that and want to share some of our tips and tricks with you.

For example would you like to know our Seven questions to improve your website design?

If you would like a free consultation regarding your project

please fill out this form

If you need immediate assistance, send me the form because I might not be able to take a phone call or text message at the moment.
But try that as well...
510.842.7438

-- Pieter Hartsook

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We have experience in PHP, MySQL, CSS, and Javascript that underlies your WordPress website.

Sometimes you can find a "purpose-built" theme that exactly meets your functional and stylistic requirements. This can save you a lot of time and cost creating the website for your business. But, be careful...

Most of the highly targeted themes are very difficult to modify outside of the range of settings the theme developer provides. Even something you would think was a simple change might require many hours of custom coding and testing to achieve.

Often times it is more efficient to use a general purpose theme that is well supported and highly configurable that can serve as a basis for almost any set of design and functional requirements. This is the approach we use most of the time...

Our preferred platform is the Genesis Framework for the theme and Beaver Builder plugin to manage the page layout.

It's 2017, every site URL these days should start with https:// instead of http://. There are several reasons for adding that SSL Certificate:

  1. With SSL, your viewer's interactions with your website are encrypted, you may not be collecting credit card info, but forms often have names, addresses, phone number, etc. that nobody wants shared with the guy at the next table at Starbucks.
  2. The encrypted pages from your site actually load faster than the unencrypted ones.
  3. Google will down-rank your SEO if you don't have an SSL cert.
  4. Browsers are increasingly alerting viewers if they are trying to load an "unsecure page". You do not want visitors to your site to wonder if viewing your pages is safe.
  5. If you are doing e-commerce on your site, you will be required to have an SSL Certificate.

There are several levels of SSL Certificates. The lowest level is a "domain-level" certificate. Issuing this certificate can be automated. Basically, a program checks to see if an email address associated with your domain, is also associated with your website hosting account. If it is, you get an SSL cert for your website and you can do e-commerce, your visitors see the Secure lock, and https://  shows up in their browser.

Many web hosting vendors are now providing domain-level SSL Certificates for free with your account, and it takes only a few clicks and a minute or two to set it up. If your hosting vendor doesn't do this, it's time to switch hosting vendors!

Google provides free analytics accounts. While there are other website statistics services, Google Analytics is easy to add to your site and will over time provide you a wealth of information about what visitors find interesting on your site. It will also tell you for example, what percent of your visits come from mobile devices. That's good information to have when you're thinking about a site redesign to make it more mobile-friendly.

Look at the page-source for any one of your pages and search for "UA-" That's the prefix for Google Analytics tracking number for your account. If you see something like UA-12345678-1, that's it. You have Google Analytics installed. Just log in to your Google account to view the website traffic reports.

It all depends... We can build a simple several-page website from scratch in 8-10 hours if you have your content ready to go.

 

  1. What do you want to accomplish with your site? A one-page "brochure" site with your business details and contact information is much easier than an e-commerce or membership site.
  2. How much content (text, images, video, audio, etc.) do you already have? Is it already on a WordPress website, in electronic documents that your can copy and paste, or do you have to create the content from scratch?
  3. Do you already have a design in mind for your site? Do you have a marketing and art department that can provide detailed wireframes for all the pages with specifications for colors, fonts, etc? If not we have visual and User Experience (UX) designers that can meet with you to develop a design for you.
  4. Would you be happy using pre-existing professionally designed layouts for your web pages? That can save loads of time and cost by replacing the stock text and images with your own. Maybe a pre-built coffee shop layout would work just fine for your coffee shop.