Once you've selected a WordPress theme, congratulate yourself! You've done the hard part. Now it's time to install the theme! There are 3 ways to do this. Two of them are done within WordPress, and the third method uses FTP (or your webhost's File Manager area). It's fun to explore themes and see how your site will look and behave. You can install lots of themes and test them out. Just remember to backup your site before activating any theme! Only one theme can be active at any given time. … [Read more...] about How Do I Install a WordPress Theme?
UPDATED 6.10.21 My web design and development toolset includes desktop as well as cloud-based applications. I use the tools for brainstorming, thumbnail sketching, design comprehensives, and implementation of code. I'm always open to trying new things. Sometimes, I'll explore a new program, love it, and make the switch. PINTEREST Visual discovery platform I use Pinterest to find, store and categorize images and ideas. It serves as a great reference archive for my designs and … [Read more...] about My Web Design and Development Toolset
Free hosting on WordPress.com is a great choice when you don't want the hassle of maintaining the site yourself. However, there are limitations. If you want the freedom to customize, add plugins, and monetize the site, you could upgrade to a premium account or migrate the site to WordPress.org. Migration You copy the content (text and images) and database from one site to another using a process called “migration”. There are a few basic steps to take when migrating a site from … [Read more...] about Site Migration from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
Why You Create Child Themes Child themes are customized versions of an original (“parent”) theme. If you make changes to the parent theme directly, you risk losing those changes whenever the theme is updated. The key benefit of a child theme is that you retain all of your customizations when the parent theme is updated. I usually create the child theme myself, but there are plugins that will do it for you. Furthermore, if you're using a framework like Genesis, you use child themes in addition … [Read more...] about Why and How You Create WordPress Child Themes
It's easy to clone a WordPress site, once you understand a few basics. If you are a newbie to WordPress, using a plugin is the simplest way to do it. That’s how I started out. The first time I cloned a site, I tried to do it manually. Copying the files was simple and straightforward. But, the database mystified me. I had little knowledge of what it was and no idea how to replicate it, so I ended up using a plugin for the entire site migration (files and database). Gradually, as I researched, … [Read more...] about Manually Clone a WordPress Site in 5 Steps
All websites have a front end and a back end. The front end is what is viewed by visitors, where we see the results of what happens on the back end. The back end is hidden from visitors, and only viewable to those who can either log into the site (as in WordPress and other content-management systems) or have access to the files used for building the site. Login Page In order to login to your WordPress site, you must navigate to the login page. To get to that page, you can usually add /login or … [Read more...] about Logging into WordPress and Viewing the Back End
What the heck is WordPress? WordPress is one of the most popular web applications for content management and blogging available today. There's a lot of hype about WordPress and it's well-deserved. Started in 2003 Began as a blogging platform Has evolved into a full-fledged Content Management System (CMS) Currently the most prominent CMS in the world 74.6 million sites depend on WordPress 50% of these 74.6 million sites on WordPress.com 18% of self-hosted sites use … [Read more...] about WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com: Compare and Choose