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How to: Create Your First Business Website With WordPress

How to: Create Your First Business Website With WordPress

3rd October 2014

If you’re setting up a new business and money is tight, this article is for you. I’m going to go over how to set up a simple brochure style business website using WordPress with only the cost of a domain name and web hosting to fork out for. I’ve chosen WordPress, which is a content management…

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The Importance of Permalinks

The Importance of Permalinks

11th July 2014

This is just a quick piece, written off the back of an assessment I did earlier in the week of someone’s current WordPress setup. One of the points I made was to do with permalinks, which are the permanent URLs to your posts. When you first set up your WordPress website, the default format of…

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WordPress 3.9: Setting Image Crop Positions

17th April 2014

Of all the improvements to existing WordPress functionality in the latest core update (3.9) there was one that caught my eye – the ability to set image crop positions. By default thumbnails crop center both horizontally and vertically, which means that if you upload a portrait and it crops square the head gets cut clean…

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How to: Embed Shortcodes in a WordPress Theme

11th January 2013

If you’ve been using WordPress for a while, you will have come across shortcodes. They’re used to run certain functions, with a number built into WordPress and numerous others installed with plugins. They look something like this: [shortcode] or [shortcode] [/shortcode] Usually you just copy or type them straight into the content area of your…

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How to: Correctly Include JavaScript Files in WordPress Themes

23rd November 2012

There are quite a few ways to include JavaScript files into a theme, but only one method that is recommended by WordPress. The reason? To ensure maximum compatibility with updates and plugins, and avoid scripts being called multiple times. Following their guidelines, whether you’re handing over to a client, developing for yourself, or putting out a free theme…

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How to: Keep Your WordPress Website Safe

How to: Keep Your WordPress Website Safe

6th November 2012

It’s easy to think your website is immune to malicious attacks and that only big sites with high volumes of traffic are likely to be a target, but this is a naive assumption. Here are 10 tips any webmaster can utilise to help keep their WordPress website safe. 1. Never use the default ‘admin’ username…

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How to: Create a Separate Blog Page in WordPress

10th March 2012

If you’re running WordPress solely as a blog then you can show your latest posts on the home page, or link to specific categories/tags from menus. However, if you’re using WordPress as a CMS for your website then you may want the focus to be on your pages, with a separate tab for your blog….

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How to: Add Tables to WordPress Posts and Pages

4th January 2012

Table layouts in web design may have gone out with the last Ice Age, but there are still plenty of times when it’s necessary to add tabular data within a blog post or page. The WordPress TinyMCE editor, whilst richly featured and easy to use, doesn’t come with any table editing options by default. Here…

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How to: Enable Featured Images in Your WordPress Theme

3rd January 2012

It has always been possible to effectively attach an associated image to an article, either by uploading to the media library and creating a query, creating a custom field or installing a plugin, it’s just been a bit of a pain in the butt and required you to handle all of the cropping yourself. Cries…

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We couldn’t believe our luck when Jo offered to build us our website for free. We were even more astounded when only weeks later we had a great site, purpose build to our needs. We couldn’t have paid for a better site or more fluid an experience of commissioning a website.

Emma Gordon (Centre Manager, Bicester Green)