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WordPress Lessons

DIY Website | Customize WordPress yourself with these 5 steps

There are a number of DIY website builders available today. We aren’t going to compare different platforms. Instead  we will help you learn how to make your WordPress website your own. With a bit of knowledge, you can customize your WordPress theme and fearlessly manage WordPress updates. If you’re like a lot of our WordPress Intensive workshop students, you’ve come to WordPress from the non-geeky side of the web. In other words, you really don’t

Customize your WordPress theme the right way with Child Themes

WordPress theme customization You’ve searched hour upon hour for the perfect WordPress theme. You find one that is very close if you could only change this or that. The problem is if you make changes directly to the theme files you won’t be able to update the theme without losing all your customizations. The solution to this problem is to create a child theme. “With a child theme, you can update the parent theme (which

What happens if I change my WordPress theme?

Will I lose everything if I change my WordPress theme? No, you won’t lose everything. WordPress has been designed so that themes can be changed. All functionality that is WordPress core or plugin related will remain intact when you change your theme, anything that is theme-specific will be gone. Here’s how it works — What happens to my Page & Post content? One of the beautiful things about WordPress is that your website content is stored in a

Spring cleaning for your WordPress site

If your WordPress website has been around for awhile then we suspect that it’s in need of some Spring cleaning. Is your website a bit slow? Are you updating plugins and themes that you aren’t using? What about all those post revisions in the database? Get out your broom and let’s start cleaning up this mess! Start your website cleanup with these 5 steps Step 1: Backup Always start with a complete backup of your site—you should

How to Create and Style a Call-to-Action Button that Works!

What is a Call-to-Action Button? Call-to-action (CTA) buttons guide visitors where you want to take them on your website. CTA buttons are important website elements because they Grab site visitors’ attention Encourage them to take a specific action Guide your visitors’ journey through your site Influence visitors to click through  Some common examples of CTA buttons are: Start Your Free Trial Subscribe to our Mailing List Register for our Workshop Buy Now or  Add to Cart Request a Quote

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating & Editing WordPress Galleries

One of the most challenging lessons we teach in our WordPress Intensive workshop is the WordPress Galleries module. WordPress comes with gallery functionality built-in. You don’t need a separate gallery plugin. Often WordPress beginners get frustrated with how many clicks it takes to create a default WordPress gallery and they’re concerned that they won’t remember how to do it when they try on their own. In this tutorial, we walk you through each click step-by-step. How do I add a

How to Edit your WordPress site with HTML & CSS

This post will introduce you to tools and techniques to help you make additional styling changes to your WordPress website and give you a sneak peek at our workshop – An Introduction to HTML & CSS for WordPress Users Workshop in Toronto. We created this workshop because many of our workshop participants have asked us to extend their WordPress knowledge. WordPress comes with two ways to edit pages and blog posts, the Visual Editor and the Text Editor. Both

Will updating WordPress break my site?

We understand your hesitation to update your WordPress website. Breaking your website and not knowing how to fix it is a legitimate fear. But not updating really isn’t a good thing. Instead of ignoring updates, you should educate yourself about what can go wrong when you update WordPress and how to fix it. In this post, we answer your questions and provide you with solutions. Why should I update WordPress? How do I know when WordPress

The new way to display Facebook in a WordPress Widget

Say Goodbye to The Facebook Like box As of June 23rd, 2015 the Facebook Like Box, Activity Feed and Facepile (that displays faces of your fans) will be deprecated [source]. This means that your WordPress sidebar widget will disappear. Facebook is migrating all apps to v2.0 of the Graph API with the goal of giving people more control over the information they share with apps. WordPress Plugin developers will likely scramble to update but you don’t need

Website Launchlist | 10 steps to a live WordPress site

Your website is ready to launch, well almost. Here are a few important steps that you may not have thought to do. Before Launching a WordPress website… Clean up the Media library – go through and delete any test images you may have uploaded during the LearnWP WordPress workshop. It’s good to delete any media that you don’t need. Do it now; down the road you’ll wonder why that image was uploaded and you’ll hesitate to delete it.

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