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An Introduction to Responsive Web Design for WordPress

Responding to the Changing Web What is a responsive website? A responsive website is one that adjusts or “responds” to the size of the device screen displaying it and to the orientation of the device. Images, videos, text, etc., will automatically re-size or reposition as necessary. The goal of responsive web design is “to provide an… Read more An Introduction to Responsive Web Design for WordPress

How to create your own Child Theme for WordPress

Customize your WordPress theme the right way with a Child Theme 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… Read more How to create your own Child Theme for WordPress

Supercharge WordPress with Jetpack

When I first looked at Jetpack I didn’t get what all the fuss was about but now I’m a Jetpack convert. Over the years Jetpack has seen a lot of changes and now offers much more. JetPack, by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is a suite of plugins that brings wordpress.com features to your self-hosted… Read more Supercharge WordPress with Jetpack

What to do if WordPress gets stuck in Maintenance

You’ve updated WordPress or just a plugin and uh oh the WordPress maintenance message is stuck! Don’t panic. This is something that is easily fixed. How to remove the WordPress Maintenance Message A .maintenance file is automatically generated by WordPress whenever you update WordPress to newer version or update themes or plugins. Once the update… Read more What to do if WordPress gets stuck in Maintenance

WordPress Hosting | No more hosting nightmares

Choosing a website hosting company isn’t easy. There are many hosting companies with quite a range in both pricing and the service they offer. And it can be such a pain to make the wrong choice and have to move your website. I’ve dealt with many different hosting companies from bad to fair to good.… Read more WordPress Hosting | No more hosting nightmares

Brute Force Attack on my WordPress website

For the past two weeks I’ve been receiving notifications from my web host that my website, dandelionwebdesign.com is under brute force attack! I’m not alone. According to HostGator, “there is an on-going and highly-distributed, global attack on WordPress installations across virtually every web host in existence”. How can we protect our WordPress sites from intruders?… Read more Brute Force Attack on my WordPress website

Is your WordPress site becoming a monster?

If you’ve been blogging for awhile your WordPress database may be turning into a big monster — Post revisions, Transient Options, Comment Meta, Orphaned Terms — stuff you don’t even know exists! I actually like Post Revisions. I write my blog posts directly in WordPress and sometimes I realize that what I wrote previously is actually better… Read more Is your WordPress site becoming a monster?

How to create jump links to page sections in WordPress

Are you wondering how to create jump links to a section of a WordPress page? Linking is a great way to help users navigate through your content. If you have a long page you may wish to create an index at the top of a page or post. You can create jump links with anchor… Read more How to create jump links to page sections in WordPress

Categories and Tags for your WordPress Blog | How to structure your blog

Today I imported a client’s existing WordPress blog content into their new WordPress site and I found a mess of categories and tags. Understanding how to use categories and tags is a challenge for most bloggers. In WordPress, categories and tags are called ‘taxonomies’. The first reason to use taxonomies is to help your site visitors… Read more Categories and Tags for your WordPress Blog | How to structure your blog

Should I update WordPress themes?

New versions of WordPress are released regularly often accompanied by updates to the core default WordPress themes (the themes that come with WordPress such as Twenty Seventeen). Immediately following a new release, clients often ask me if it is safe to update the default WordPress themes. Here’s what you need to know. Why Update the… Read more Should I update WordPress themes?