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Responsive Theme Free Time Saving Tips

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Hello from Allan at MindVisionMedia.net and I hope this post finds you all well.

Responsive ThemeIf you are using the CyberChimps Responsive Theme free version, there are a few things you need to know that will save you a lot of headache. I get so many users rejected from the forums asking for really simple instruction on where to locate files and perform simple tasks such as changing a font or title size and many other changes that I thought I would write this quickly to help clear up some of the confusion and clarify a few things.

Many around the world are using earlier versions of this great theme and are not familiar with many of the changes that have taken place just in the last few weeks and months. This short post includes some valuable tips for old and new versions.

The 2 major changes that will affect users of older versions who update are,

1. The old home.php file is now called the front-page.php file

2. The style.css file is no longer visible in the dashboard under theme editor, it is now located and accessible on your server at the following path: wp-content>themes>responsive>core>css>style.css.

When it comes to modifying the theme there is more than one method and or option available to you as follows,

1. You can use the built-in custom css panel under Theme Options>CSS Styles to add css code snippets that will over-ride the themes parent style

2. You can set up a child theme and add those modified css codes to the child theme which will over-ride the parent css style

3. Or you can activate Jetpack in your WordPress dashboard and use the Custom CSS feature (can be used for any WordPress Theme modifications, not just the Responsive Theme)

As more Responsive Free users seek help, these simple tips will help make your Responsive Theme journey a little less cumbersome. To know more about how to identify and find the css code snippets you will need to make these style modifications you can watch my video tutorials on How to Edit WordPress with Firefox part #1 and #2, these WordPress video tutorials will give you the power and confidence to make changes without the wasted time and rejection found in the free forums.

As always, use a child theme (watch my video tutorial on Child Themes Update for 2014 on YouTube) or at the very least, make a copy of the files you plan to edit using a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad ++ (not Microsoft Word) so you can always fall back if you break the code or experience a problem.

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Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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WordPress Responsive Theme – Where’s the CSS File? | MindVisionMedia.net

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Responsive Theme updates impact thousands of users, cause broken themes and child themes as core files are changed and hidden from access.

Where's the CSS File?Hi folks, @allanmvm from MindVisionMedia.net here to discuss the recent updates to the #ResponsiveTheme and the many inquiries I am receiving from frustrated and confused users. WordPress Responsive Theme – Where’s the CSS File?

As most of us know, using a child theme is supposed to be a good thing, right? Some would argue but the concept makes sense, work on a copy instead of ruining the original,a common sense approach most can digest.

Typically theme developers make updates to their themes to rectify security vulnerabilities and bug fixes that are needed to enhance or protect users f the theme. CyberChimps however is making changes that are impacting users in a negative way of late. In the last 6 months alone, the Responsive Theme has gone through major changes to core files and recently the main style css file was hidden from access in the themes dashboard theme editor.

Even with a child theme, many discovered a broken site or blog after updating the parent theme. and new users are lost when trying to create a child theme with the latest versions.

In another attempt to assist the many users contacting me about this issue, I have created a short but clear video that sheds some light on the matter. I show where the style css file has been moved to in the latest version, and I also show 2 additional methods of modifying the theme without even creating a child theme at all.

My video tutorials on child themes for the earlier versions still apply if you are using older version 1.9.3 or earlier of which a lot of people are still using believe it or not, especially in other countries.

Check out the short video here:

I hope this short tutorial helps diminish the headaches being felt by many users especially our Newbies (hang in there Newbie, help is on the way)

Visit MindVisionMedia.net to find out more and get help with other issues regarding WordPress Responsive Themes.

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Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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Beginners Guide to E-Business | MindVisionMedia.net

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MVM Beginners Guide to E-Business


Introduction to the process of Electronic Business (Transactions):

In our current technologically driven society, E-Business is primarily the act or art of selling goods or services electronically online. Conducting electronic business falls under the E-Commerce umbrella since it involves electronic sales transactions through your e-business. When you want to do business online or electronically, you need an understanding of the playing field and your options in order to make the most out of your Internet venture.

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Either as a beginner or as an established online entrepreneur who may want to expand or increase your business, information is essential. There are countless opportunities already in motion online and an equal amount that haven’t been discovered yet by you and I. Getting started is much the same, figuring out what you want to do and what kind of business fits you and can satisfy the needs of a growing market. Mindvisionmedia.net strives to help people understand the dynamics of all that is entailed in electronic business or commerce.

There are many things you can do to prepare yourself by following the success of others, using their formula to achieve the same goals and outcome. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel but it doesn’t hurt to try. Good old American ingenuity is what has brought us to the level our society is today. E-Business also involves buying as much as the selling of goods and services. For a business, buying online offers great savings for business supplies and equipment at wholesale prices and the opportunity to re-sell those goods at a markup.

The vast amount of electronic technologies available today help make the E-Business community stronger and more equipped to handle the ever-growing market of eager shoppers online. It doesn’t matter what type e-business you are in, you will need a website through which to conduct that business.

The website is the portal your customers use to reach your goods and services. It’s visual and informative and offers comfort while shopping because you can take your time and do as much research you need without that sales person trying to rush you to buy. A consumer has tons of information at their fingertips making the modern-day shopper wiser and less gullible as before the Internet. Wise shoppers go online so it is important to put your time in and research the market you want to reach for success.

Use the information and resources provided on this site to prepare yourself for the next step.

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Allan Whitney
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MindVisionMedia.net


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Best WordPress Plugin for Revision Removal

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WordPress | Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

Do you have a ton of revisions but don’t know what to do?

Optimize-Data3Not often do I write a review but this caught my eye. You might recall that I briefly mentioned a couple of plugins in a recent post about WordPress Revisions eating up resources in your database. Obviously, the revisions feature is a necessity in a CMS like WordPress or any other. I love the feature and have had to use it on more than one occasion.

There are sites that use it quite frequently and deliberately. But having a setting that allows you to decide for yourself, based on your individual needs, i.e. you are a writer or run an article site or magazine site, etc, or you rarely write anything, would be a great addition the arsenal of WP.

Having used several database management plugins, I have discovered my favorite and just have to let people know more about it. Once you set this thing up, one click gets rid of all the extra revisions that fall outside your parameters in an instant. It even gets rid of transients, spammed items and unused tags as well as keeping a log file.

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For example, I had over 115 revisions on just one page in my site because I was testing out some new plugins and layouts, ah, thats kinda overkill on the revisions I think guys. Anyway, I digress, Back to the story, somewhere in a town in the Netherlands lives and works a man, a web developer, artist and partner in a web development company in Eindhoven called CAGE Web Design, Rolf van Gelder is his name. Rolf created a plugin called “Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions” (current version 2.7.7).

I mean the name of this plugin just screams simplicity and it actually does what it says which deserves credit these days. The setup and settings are easy and give you good refinement on what you want to keep in terms of revisions. I only keep (2) revisions no matter what I am editing!

It keeps the clutter down and a load off my database which is always good with a large site like mine. And as you will see below, it saved a ton of space in my database for MVM. Rolf thought of everything, it even lets you choose the tables and rows in the database you want to exclude or include, he did a really good job, KUDOS Rolf from the States!

Optimize-Data1You saved me a ton of resources on my overloaded database and increased my caching and load time, both front and back while editing. If you haven’t heard of this one, you might want to check it out. Its available through your WordPress Plugin Dashboard,  just search for the name.

The “total savings since first run” in the picture below indicates how much total space this plugin saved out of my database allocated to “revisions”! Twelve and a half MB is a lot for a database so just consider how many revisions you have since you upgraded WordPress, it could be as much as me or even more!

Here is a link to the developers site,
Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

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Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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WordPress 3.8.1 Revisions feature causes Database problems!

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WordPress 3.8.1 Revisions feature causes Database issues!

Hello from Allan at MindVisionMedia.net, I hope this post finds you well.

I love the new WordPress versions, they are full of nice changes and features but I recently started having serious issues with my WordPress website. Load time for everything was beyond forever and most of the time whatever I was trying to accomplish timed out. Logging in was a nightmare, trying to edit a page or post was a nightmare, and dealing with my hosting company over the issues was a nightmare.

In the end here’s what I learned:

WordPress-3-8-1-upgrade-550x349-435x349The new versions (3.8.1) of WordPress have built-in a revisions feature that is great in theory, but in reality, we don’t need a copy being saved every minute and we definitely don’t need our hosting company trying to charge us for more database space because we have reached our quota which is what I had to deal with in my case. I was exceeding my database quota several times a day and as a result, I could not log in or get any work done, extremely frustrating to say the least.

After going around and around with my hosting company who apparently didn’t have a clue when it came to my database, I started doing my own research and discovered that the “revisions” feature is causing problems everywhere. Especially for larger sites or sites with lots of posts or pages such as mine. I then researched some database plugins and settled on 2, “Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions” and also “Revision Removal”, both plugins helped me accomplish my goal of deleting all revisions, setting the max revisions to (2) and optimizing the database after reducing its size to less than half its previous size! If you use WordPress, then you are familiar with these words: “Thank God for plugins”

While researching I found numerous people suffering the same issues with their database and there are tons of Google topics on the subject of reducing the database size because of the “revisions” feature in the latest version of WordPress. I am hopeful that WordPress developers will reduce the capability of the revisions feature and limit the revisions to 3-5 max. It appears that no thought was given to the impact of saving so many revisions on the database and I would expect them to correct this very soon.

We all like having a backup copy of our work and the security of knowing that if something happened like a power failure, we would have a revision to fall back on, but in one case I had 115 revisions to just one page alone! Multiply that times 30-40 pages on a site or blog and you end up with hundreds of revisions eating up your database. With so many great features added to the new version, I can’t figure out why they overlooked this flaw. After a week of headaches and frustration, hours on the phone and support chat with my hosting company and hours of my own trying to research and solve my slow-loading and hanging problem, I am finally back to normal thanks to those 2 plugins.

So for anybody else experiencing slow page load, slow log in, slow page or post editing, check your revisions, if the numbers are high, it could be that the number of revisions you have is slowing down your database and site and could cause you to be dead in the water as far as getting any work done. So far I love everything about the new WordPress except for the “revisions” feature, it is too much (over-kill) so please WordPress Developers, add options or limit the number of revisions that are saved as well as the time between revisions being saved, and add some built-in controls to delete revisions or set how many revisions you want to keep.

We all need to give our feedback to WordPress so they can resolve this issue ASAP so please chime in on this subject and let them know. Thanks!

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Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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CyberChimps changes support for Responsive Free

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cyberchimps-supportCyberChimps changes support for Responsive Free as of February 1st, 2014. Hello everyone, I hope this post finds you well. CyberChimps will no longer be providing pro level support for the Responsive Theme Free version and will limit whatever support they do give. You will need to sign up for a paid monthly support service or upgrade to the Responsive Pro theme which comes with support. This means that users will no longer be able to get help with customization issues regarding CyberChimps Themes, in particular the Responsive Theme formally of ThemeID.

Sites like MindVisionMedia.net and Allan’s YouTube Channel that have filled a niche for support, help and training for WordPress and the Responsive Theme even before the transition from ThemeID are a valuable resource for the web, WordPress and Responsive Theme user communities. Users from all over the world take advantage of the resources and free training available from sites like MindVisionMedia.net and its sister channel (MindVisionMedia Tips) on YouTube .

The Responsive Theme is one of the most downloaded and used free themes among WordPress users today. Finding help with this theme or should I say not finding help with this theme is part of what motivated the creation of this site and the series of training videos it provides. So if you use the FREE Responsive Theme from CyberChimps and need support or help customizing your theme, checkout the free resources at www.mindvisionmedia.net and also the free training videos at MVM on YouTube!

CyberChimps is doing a great job turning the company in to a competitor on the market and they have some great themes. But there still remains a large free theme-user community that needs help and guidance. For those who would like to read the announcement from CyberChimps, click here. It is understandable that a company would need to streamline its resources and focus on profit and making every minute count. This is another opportunity for the open-source community to step up and provide the needed guidance for those who aspire to be a part of this wonderful thing called the Internet.

By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net

 


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Responsive Theme Transparent Pages Tutorial

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Have you ever wanted transparent pages for your Responsive Theme from CyberChimps? Well let me show you how simple it is in this tutorial using some CSS and a little patience. Within minutes you’ll have the look and feel you want with see through pages on top of a background image. Watch this easy WordPress video tutorial now!

Using Firebug to capture some simple code snippets (rule declarations) and the available Custom CSS option in the theme options section, you can tell your site to display alpha transparency. Not many people realize what you can do with the Custom CSS panel inside the theme. It’s almost like having a mini child theme inside the Responsive Theme. Whatever you put in that section, overrides the style sheet on your child theme or parent theme, pretty handy!

You can even download the codes I use that make it very easy to modify your site, just sign up for my Newsletter and gain access to the Members section with exclusive access to downloads and resources!

Sign up here!

By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net

 


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