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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.
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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,Read More
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:
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:
I hope the new site will be better organized, more up-to-date, more informative, and more useful. Let me know what you think.Read More
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:
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SiteGround providesRead More
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,Read More
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.Read More
Google has started rolling out filtering for Google searches from mobile devices.Read More
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 RC1Read More
The Simple History plugin default history period is 60 days. The log includes not only user initiated changes to the website, but all the automated updates to plugins, etc. This can make the log file pretty large.Read More
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 haveRead More
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 includedRead More
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.Read More
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 need help customizing your WordPress site -- talk to us.
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:
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.