Tag Archives: Responsive WordPress

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Enigma Theme Customizations

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Greetings from Allan at MindVisionMedia.net, I hope this post finds you all well!

Are you using the Enigma Theme from WebLizar? Are you trying to add additional Social media icons to the

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MVM Theme Modification

MVM Custom WP Theme Modifications

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MVM Custom WP Theme Modifications:

You found a good WP theme for your site but something just isn’t right. You need colors changed, extra white space removed, the font needs to be bigger, that bar at the bottom needs to be a different color.

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WordPress Security

WordPress Security more important than ever!

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Greetings from Allan at MindVisionmedia.net and I hope this post finds you all well!
WordPress SecurityRecent revelations have disclosed that with WordPress reaching record numbers in popularity, the threat of hackers and those who have nothing better to do than infringe and impose on the hard work of others has increased.

Over 75 million websites now use WordPress, that’s pretty impressive for an open-source development project that started out as a tool for Blogger’s!

In a recent article by Imperva, WordPress sites are attacked almost 25% more than any other CMS. Why is that you may be asking, part of the reason is because it is a free tool accessible to not just fortune 500 companies and high-level entertainers, but also to the everyday Joe and Jane who know nothing about websites and may not be Internet savvy enough to know the dangers of starting a website or Blog.

Of course its safe for the most part, but there are hidden dangers lurking just behind all those cute little pictures, graphics and stories on your website or Blog.

Anybody can copy and paste some images or install a plugin to put up a website. But far too many users don’t research or know what the risks are once you open up your life and the life of your visitors and users to the world. Self-proclaimed webmasters often think they have it all down pat, that they don’t need to know anything other than copy and paste, that they don’t need advice or skills beyond that but many have learned the hard way and continue to do so.

According to research, alerts and articles from companies like Imperva and Wordfence, attacks are on the rise partly because of the relaxed, comfort mentality many feel once they set up a website. I am here to tell you there’s more to a WordPress website than having a pretty site with bells and whistles. Not only do you need to know about other skills like HTML, CSS and PHP as well as server-side functions and settings, but having a broad knowledge of security is a must in today’s Internet driven society. Otherwise it’s not a matter of if, but when you will be compromised.

WP experiences 60% more XSS incidents which is a type of security vulnerability which allows attacker’s to inject external client-side code on a website. 48% of all attacks are against retail-type applications, Blogs with many users and login functionality suffer almost 60% of these attacks and more than 60% suffer an SQL attack. Comment spam remains a major thorn in many a side too these days and it can be a nightmare to get rid of if it infects your database and user tables.

What can you do? For one, I used to create passwords that I could remember, but now with so many accounts for this and that, it has become almost impossible for me to remember all of them. Now with experience in matters of site security and helping others with the same, I create passwords that are impossible for me to remember let alone a hacker to figure out, called “strong passwords“.

This helps a great deal but it doesn’t stop there. Changing that strong password periodically helps as well as having good reputable security plugins and themes installed. Old themes and plugins leave cracks in your security so always update right away if the update won’t break your site or have major conflicts with the normal function of your site that is. If so, search for an alternative but know that occasionally it may be best to eliminate that conflicting plugin altogether.

Always research the update to know before hand if a conflict is expected, check the log files and change log of that plugin or theme to see exactly what they changed. In some cases as with the popular Responsive Theme in recent updates, an update can break your site and cause all types of problems. Also, install an SSL certificate if you do a lot of e-commerce or user registration, this will help protect valuable personal information from you and your customers and registered users.

Your web host should be reliable and accessible 24/7 to address issues with security and also provide updates and notices about current threats. They should provide you with information about their efforts to fight such threats openly and in a timely manner. After all, one site can infect an entire server so it is in their best interest to educate and work with their clients to ensure everyone is protected.

And don’t forget, keeping your personal computer safe is part of maintaining a website too, an often overlooked aspect of site security. if your computer is infected and you are uploading files to and from your site, guess what, you’re spreading the infection! Other than that, always keep a recent backup of your site and database in case of the worst scenario.

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Allan Whitney
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Online Shopping

Four Good WordPress E-Commerce Plugins

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

I get a lot of inquiries about which plugin or program to use for WP e-commerce. I have used several myself and installed and set up several for clients as well and there are 4 that really stick out for user friendliness and cost to get started. I would consider all of these to be from simple to moderate in technical detail and ability. Almost anybody can set one of these up in no time depending on how many products you have and the specifics you need for each.

Be sure to check with your hosting company to make sure they have enough WP support to run your e-commerce option. These are all free and offer other features, options and add-ons that you can purchase to enhance your online store and the control features you have.

ecwid-logoThe first is Ecwid, this free plugin offers a handy e-commerce widget that is easy to implement on any page or post through the use of a shortcode.. The set up at Ecwid.com is friendly and easy as well providing more options than one would expect from a free service. Once you have your products created and all of the settings configured, it is just a matter of dragging the Ecwid e-commerce Plugin widget into the sidebar of your choice or add the store to a page of your choice using the provided “shortcodes”.

The free plan includes all standard e-commerce features, and paid plans start at $15 per month and grant you more advanced features such as discount settings and inventory control. Check it out and see if it’s the right e-commerce solution for your WordPress site or Blog.


Online ShoppingNext we have Shopify, get your online retail plan going with this stylish and versatile e-commerce solution. What I like about this one is the ability to customize the look and feel pretty much however you want. I have worked on and seen some pretty nice “looking” online stores using this one.

They offer over 100 templates and even have an iPad Point-of-Sale feature that syncs all of your online and brick and mortar products, inventory, orders etc making it easier for business owners to manage their business.


WooCommerceProbably one of the most known free e-commerce plugins for WordPress  is WooCommerce. This is another option for your online store that offers great themes ($) to help you customize the look and feel of your business.

You get all the basic features including order management, shipping and tax adjustments, customer account area, sales reports, inventory management options, coupon options and a whole lot more. If you are looking for a plugin that is popular, this is it. A quick note to consider though is that not all hosting companies offer full WordPress support which can impact whether or not you can run WooCommerce on your server. Check with your hosting company to see if they support WooCommerce before you get all exited, I have had personal experience getting one all setup and the hosting company couldn’t run it properly.


 

WP ECommerceThe last one is WP e-Commerce. A bit of a trend setter, this e-commerce option was one of the few solutions for WordPress years ago before a lot of the others were developed. Of course this one has everything you need as do most, control over inventory, shipping, discounts, orders, multiple language and currency options, Google Checkout and a lot more, free.

You can buy other features and add-ons to enhance the product but you can definitely get started and go a long way with the free version. These guys were around before all of the options available today so they have had the advantage of finding out what works and what features to provide for those who choose to use this e-commerce option, tried and tested.

So if you are trying to configure an online store or shopping cart, set up an e-commerce site, sell stuff on your blog etc, these 4 WordPress e-commerce options provide enough versatility and comparison to help you make a good decision for your needs. Again just a reminder to check with your hosting company to make sure your choice will work on your current server configuration. Enjoy and happy selling!

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Responsive WordPress Training from MindVisionMedia.net | What People are Saying

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What people are saying about MindVisionMedia.net:

widget-1-2Hello to all and I hope this post finds you well!

After nearly a year of being live, MindVisionMedia.net has provided over 8,800 hours of FREE Responsive WordPress Training to a global community of WordPress beginners and intermediate users, First-Time Web Designers and those just looking to modify their WordPress Theme. MVM has over 102,000 views on YouTube, over 1,000 subscribers and the numbers keep rising.

While honing in on the needs of aspiring web designers and WordPress users, expansion is on the horizon and I hope to continue with my goal of becoming a valued and trusted resource on the Internet for FREE learning materials that empower those who seek to learn and due for self. The Internet offers a wealth of opportunity, and in a time when there are no jobs and no guarantees, hats off to people who try to create one for themselves. My efforts give me great satisfaction when I hear back from my loyal subscribers, followers, students and clients.

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Here’s what some of them had to say:

March 5th, 2014 • WordPress Responsive All in one SEO Pack Plugin I just want to say that your tutorials are the best I have found so far. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. 5 stars for you. Gustavo Berdugo

Feb 27, 2014 • Responsive WordPress Child Themes Tutorial Part #2 Updated Version Scary how good Allan is, I tell you I emailed Allan with an issue I had with my website today and he fixed it. Sounds easy, and he made it seem easy…….. but I had been working on it for 3 days and he worked with me on it for hours. The reason he has 16 thousand views is because Allen is patient with people who he has helped. Once I put it in his hands, he had it done in 2 mins.. Amazing, If you have a website to have built, or issues with a wordpress site. Email him. I cannot give a higher praise. Thanx Allan for getting me out of a Jam!! jm6532

Feb 21, 2014 • WordPress Responsive Theme Basics 2014 Allan. Wow, my friend, you are awesome and you’re saving my *** bigtime. New to wordpress and I’m using the Responsive Pro Theme. Thanks for all the information. Gabby Sabatini

Feb 16, 2014 • WordPress Responsive Theme Transparent Pages I just wanted to say thanks again for all your superb Responsive Theme tutorials Allan, this rgba transparency is AWESOME! Thanks also for making the CSS snippets available to your members 🙂 Safe journeys, Lord Dream

September 5th, 2013 • Wow Thanks …Great stuff, I can jump right in now rather than hunting, guessing & the always popular trial-by-error… appreciate your direct manner, clear explanations, and anticipation of optional edits we may wish to make directly in the code… like test size…Ptah Thothmes

August 18th, 2013 • Allan, I want to publicly thank you for your help. I was becoming extremely frustrated over an issue with WP, widgets, and plugins. I watched several of your videos and several of another’s videos on Responsive themes. After I had attempted everything I had seen on both of your sets of videos to no avail, I tried a “Hail Mary” I sent several emails to both you and this other individual. He referred me to the WP forum, which did not help at all. On the other hand, you personally answered EACH of my emails, and when you saw that I had attempted everything correctly already, you offered to look at my site and fix it for me. THANK YOU for taking the time to help someone you don’t even know. There were no sarcastic or snarky comments, just open, honest caring from one individual to another. Words cannot express the debt of gratitude I have for you. It is nice to meet someone who is truly all about helping his fellow man. Thank you, again. Joe Hair Dr. Joe Hair

Join these folks and many others in appreciation for the wealth of information, step-by-step guides, video tutorials and more provided by Allan at MindVisionMedia.net. Help support me and spread the word about my mission.  If you need Dynamic Responsive WordPress site design, child theme creation (even after you’ve modified the parent theme), child theme modification, graphics, ads, banners, flash animations or any other aspect of web design, contact me for a free quote and analysis of your project. I’m sure I can beat the other guys prices.

Or you can always just buy me lunch too 🙂

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Allan Whitney
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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.

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Allan Whitney
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Responsive Theme Home PHP vs Front-Page PHP

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WordPress Responsive Theme Home PHP vs Front-Page PHP:

Hello all, I hope this post finds you well. In recent months I have received several emails about conflicts using methods I demonstrate on some of my tutorial videos with the old and new theme files. When CyberChimps took over the Responsive Theme from ThemeID, changes to the theme soon followed. One of the changes was the file name change of the home.php file. The newer versions of the theme called it front-page.php instead. this caused some confusion from people watching some of my older tutorials that dealt with the file name home php. You can watch the video below.

I try to make it a habit never to teach or upload a method or tutorial that has not been tested over and over by myself and others as well but to ensure that there were not any issues with the methods I was and still are using in my video tutorials, I decided to test each version of the Responsive Theme with these editing methods. I decided to make this a video tutorial as well so that it could help clear up some of the confusion regarding the  files, home.php and front-page.php.

Both files handle the main page content, the title, sub title, the main content and call to action button, and on the right side the featured content (image, video, etc). the newer file does have some slightly different code in it but that is because the code has been improved and made compliant with new web standards. All of the instructions for the content on the home page of the responsive theme are still there in both files. Any additional, modified or missing code in the new file should just be ignored as edits are made to the file in a child theme or on a copy as they do not apply to the modification being made.

My Full Width Slider Tutorial on YouTube has drawn attention to this issue as some have stated that it doesn’t work on the new file. Please watch the video as I test the methods on 2 versions (very old and very new) and discover that if applied correctly, these methods will allow you to modify your Responsive Theme easily and with satisfaction.

Each file is compared in a side-by-side and the differences and similarities are discussed on video, then 2 versions of the Responsive theme are tested with the methods, version 1.8.9.3 (old) and version 1.9.4.9 (new). the results indicate that the methods do work and are proven and tested on both older and newer versions of the Responsive Theme. these methods not only work on the Responsive Theme from CyberChimps but other WordPress themes as well. Care must be taken when working with any code however whether it be on a child theme, the original file, a copy, etc. Even one character of code left out or added to the equation will break the code and cause problems.

If you are new to dealing with CSS and PHP, please take your time when editing the code, copying and pasting the code, cutting out code (removing), etc. Be sure to work off of a child theme or a copy of the original file as recommended in all of my video tutorials. That way you have a backup copy of your work to fall back on in case you make a mistake or break the code. Visit my Website or YouTube Channel for more information

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2014 WordPress Responsive Video Tutorials

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New 2014 Learning Material:

Hello to all and I hope this post finds you well. This year is going to be full of new powerful tutorials from MindVisionmedia dealing with the Responsive Theme and many others.

There are 5 brand new WordPress Video Tutorials on YouTube right now that will help you enhance your Responsive Theme from CyberChimps to new levels. YT-channel-ThumbThese easy to follow videos are made with the beginner in mind. There are plenty of rushed, fast-paced videos on YouTube already, I try to consider those who are learning web design as well as WordPress.

So far the feedback for the MVM site and YouTube Channel has been great both nationally and internationally. I wish at times I had a full staff to assist me with all of the feedback, questions, comments and suggestions.

This whole thing started out with me just wanting to help others through the frustration of learning WordPress and in particular the Responsive Theme from then ThemeID. Now I have over a thousand followers and over 80,000 views with hundreds of hours of tutorial lessons viewed. It has become more than I expected and the demand is still there for content like this.

To see these new 2014 video tutorial releases and more, visit my YouTube Channel at MindVisionMedia Tips

 


 Coming Soon!

2014ThemeA new video tutorial series on the new 2014 Theme from WordPress. This is a powerful theme that will be sure to please just like its predecessors, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The new 2014 theme is packed with features and is aesthetically superior in my opinion to the previous updates with its magazine style format and layout options. With all of the theme competition out there, this default theme will definitely give the big boys a run for their money, figuratively speaking since the theme is completely free.

I can see their won’t be much that needs to be done for this theme in the way of appearance, they’ve done a good job of that already. The layout options can serve so many genres which makes it a very versatile theme. The test I’ve run on it so far show it to be smooth and robust. Some users may find it hard to modify though because their doesn’t seem to be many options as with some other themes. But once you know how to navigate the themes available options and apply some different methods and plugins, I think everyone will be happy with this version in the end.

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Allan Whitney
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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!

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Allan Whitney
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Responsive Theme Update 1.9.3.5

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Hello all, I hope this post finds you well.

Have you noticed how this once moderately simple theme is getting more and more complicated? Has your Responsive Child Theme stopped working after the update? Have you tried to find information on the latest update and you keep getting bounced around from link to link and page to page? Me too! The Responsive Theme version 1.9.3.5 update has many people scratching their heads.

It reminds me of the old adage, If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

RT-beforeDon’t get me wrong I love this theme, I understand progression and improvement, it is the natural order of things in our world, especially technology. The web is changing and so must the methods used to present content on the web. But really guy’s? The transition form ThemeID to CyberChimps was not a smooth one to begin with. And now the updates are getting very difficult and laborious for folks to understand let alone implement. I have been getting tons of request regarding errors after upgrading and a lack of simple to follow information on the changelog for this new update (1.9.3.5). There appears to be this assumption from the developers perspective, that everyone is an expert in WordPress, PHP, CSS and the use of child themes which is obviously not the case as reflected by the overwhelming request I and others are getting for help.

Upon checking the forum at the WordPress Theme Directory as of July 31st, 2013 , only 9 of 91 support request have been addressed for this theme! The new update is daunting for the beginner and even the moderately capable after they have just now finally got the hang of the previous update which changed specific key file names like home PHP to front-page PHP which threw a lot of people off. Now when you try to see what has changed for the new update by following the “get details” link provided, you get bounced around and have to actually explore the forums and support request to get any idea and the threads are confusing to say the least.

As I stated, I understand change and respect the knowledge and abilities these coders possess, but make that change something everybody can understand and implement, not just coders. When you click on the “1.9.3.5 details” link, it doesn’t take you to the normal simple update details window, instead you are taken to the WordPress Themes Directory page where you get an introduction to the Responsive Theme. Then you have to click on support and start looking for what changes have been made specific to the new update and how it will effect your site. The only thread that says anything about update 1.9.3.5 says something about “child theme not working after update“. When you click on that thread, the person is typically bounced to another forum thread and it states, “they don’t check these forums”. Eventually you find something about child themes and a reference to the CSS “@import used in child themes to call the parent theme CSS as a reference for the standard layout. They suggest changing to a <link> tag to call the external stylesheets.

When you click on that link, you are taken to yet another thread that has one post with a link to another page that finally has information about the update but don’t get exited yet, you get bounced again to GTMetrix for a quick lesson on CSS Rule summaries and page load times. Still no detailed information on the actual update and how it will impact your site with simple instructions on how to transition. As of July 31st, a link is provided for an example of the new updated child theme CSS rule’s use and that link takes you to a blank page. The link to the so-called changelog details at GitHub also takes you to a blank page.

In the beginning I got very little help out of the forums for the Responsive Theme (I won’t get in to the reasons I suspect) and noticed that only certain people received detailed, patient responses from the developers and forum moderators. Thusly I took matters in my own hands and dissected the theme, and started my site (http://www.mindvisionmedia.net) and and my corresponding YouTube channel filled with FREE specific Responsive Theme tutorials to help others get the simple and direct answers to many questions they sought in the forums. The response (no pun intended) has been amazing and I have had hundreds of people from all over the world contacting me for clear, unbiased assistance with the Responsive Theme. I have provided over 120,000 minutes of training and explanation for over 20,000 viewers worldwide since March of this year.

I am not boasting or bragging because those numbers are not that much in the scheme of things, but rather validating this post. Although this theme is still very popular, the developers have taken a lot for granted as it relates to the common man and woman who like this theme and they assume everybody is an expert in WordPress, PHP and CSS. A simple question about font size of changing color is often unanswered or the request is bounced around to many other forums and threads to no avail. Thats where I have come in to the picture, little old me, someone who came from static HTML with no formal WordPress, PHP or CSS coding experience yet I have helped so many people and get the most amazing comments and accolades from my viewers it is unbelievable.

All this to say, for those now faced with the daunting tasks of updating the Responsive Theme once again to version 1.9.3.5 from version 1.9.3.4, be cautious and take your time. The update is recommended, not mandatory. It is always a good idea to update to avoid hackers, security vulnerabilities as well as adding new features but be very careful with this update. Previously updating your theme didn’t effect your child theme modifications most of the time and this was the whole reason for using a child theme in the first place. But update 1.9.3.4 impacted child themes by changing the name of the home PHP file, this update apparently will directly impacts your child theme’s load time and may cause your child theme to stop working according to the support thread mentioned above.

I am currently working on a tutorial that will hopefully take the fear out of the update process for my viewers and those who have put in a lot of work and time on their sites already who may be worried. My time is limited but this update effects me as well so I am doing my best to complete a video addressing some of the update issues that are being discussed. I selected the Responsive Theme as my choice in the beginning and despite less than adequate support, I stayed with it, I have promoted its use hundreds if not thousands of times, given props to the developers and will continue to do so. But for those who need clear, patient, simple direction or answers, can they expect to get it at CyberChimps? Probably not if you are using any of the FREE themes. You’ll have to upgrade or get a support contract for that. But you can get free support and answers to a lot of your questions regarding the responsive theme at MindVisionMedia.net

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Allan Whitney
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MindVisionMedia.net

 


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WordPress Basics – Advice for beginners

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WordPress Basics – Advice for beginners!

New to WordPress? Here’s a bit of friendly advice: Take your Time and be Patient!

If you come from static HTML design, be prepared for a few surprises. Be prepared to learn best practices for backing up files and working with PHP and CSS. To accomplish what was easily accessible in Dreamweaver or another WYSIWYG web program, you’ll have to install and use plugins to accomplish the same thing in WordPress.

file0002062790027If you are totally new to WordPress, just be patient. Haste definitely makes waste when it comes to WP. It can be very exciting designing your first website and seeing your idea come to life on the screen. The tendency is to rush and make changes right away without having the right perspective or a basic understanding of what WordPress is and what building a website consist of. Take a step back and digest each change, think about what the user will need and want, not so much what you want. After all, your visitors will visit your site more than you.

Creating a plan is something I recommend in my video tutorials and on my site, especially for beginners. You’ll want to have an idea of where you want to go with layout and design before you start installing and editing anything. Mistakes and regrets run high for first-timers with WordPress. Doing a little research, taking a look inside the forums and watching some tutorials is a good way to see what you will be getting yourself into with this powerful and popular CMS.

Research the Theme you plan to use because themes and theme options vary widely. Use your plan or vision to search for a good theme that will suit your needs, rather than trying to later modify a theme that doesn’t suit your needs well in terms of layout and functionality. Is the theme child-theme friendly? Is it popular and does it have good feedback from other users? Does it leave room for expansion and adjustments?

There’s no use trying to create a three column layout from a two column layout when there are tons of three column layout themes available to begin with. There are thousands of themes, both free and paid to choose from and most beginners are not aware of this. The WP theme dashboard gives you some really good search criteria when searching the built-in theme depository from within WP.

Forget about design in the beginning (at least the physical part) and concentrate on administration first. Get your WP installation setup correctly and with the right settings and the right tools first. This will allow you to build your site with minimal risks and counter-productive efforts. Research plugins for images, video, social media, e-commerce and backing up your site or blog.

Setting up a secure user name and strong password, adjusting your site for blog or static representation and choosing your discussion settings should be among the first tasks you complete. All of your time and effort will be lost if your site is vulnerable to hackers and there are plenty of hackers looking for vulnerable WordPress websites. Because WP installs all have the same user-name and log-in by default, if you don’t set these options right away, you could leave yourself wide open to hackers, spam and other intrusions.

Research child themes, starter themes and premium themes.

So my word of the day is “patience”, take your time. Do a little research, gather a little insight before you jump in and start deleting and changing code. Research the available themes and pick the one closest to the layout you want to minimize the amount of work you’ll have to do. A little preparation will boost your confidence and save a lot of time and perhaps spare you from a headache or two.

For a good introduction to the Responsive WordPress Theme from ThemeID and CyberChimps, visit my website. There you will find basic information on web design, WordPress, Blogging and Internet Entrepreneurship. I even show you how to make money online with your new website.

The methods, plugins and concepts demonstrated in my tutorials can be applied to other WP themes as well. So even if you are not using the Responsive Theme, you can still learn valuable skills.

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Allan Whitney
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Responsive WordPress Applying a Child Theme and Updating an Old Theme

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Responsive WordPress Applying a Child Theme and Updating an Old Theme:

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Are you new to the Responsive Theme from ThemeID and CyberChimps? Have you already edited or modified your Responsive Parent Theme files without creating a child theme? In this post, I’ll share with you how I updated my already modified Responsive Theme.

When I first got into WordPress, I like many of you was drawn to the Responsive Theme. At the time it was version 1.8.7. I had never heard of child themes before I started editing and modifying the site and theme. By the time I did hear about child themes and understood what their purpose was, it was very late in the game for my site. I made all kinds of modifications to the CSS and home page files including the widgets and there were two updates available for the theme by the time I woke up.

With the nature of my site and venture, my issue began as ignorance and quickly moved to time as the factor for fixing this issue. I wasn’t sure if I had to start over and do all of that work again or if there was a way to transition into the child theme smoothly somehow. For whatever reason I never got the child theme indoctrination every new user should get. So I started changing things and customizing my site as needed based on research and samples on the web.

I came from a static, HTML WYSIWYG environment so I was already familiar with web design but WordPress, with its dynamic capabilities is quite different. More and more the time that was supposed to be dedicated towards updating my own site, was instead going towards helping people with Responsive WordPress and solving problems. The thought of updating and creating a child theme was always on my mind and I was intimidated by the potential for mishap and losing all of my work.

How long will this take I asked myself over and over. My time is spent creating video tutorials and written learning materials for WP and providing Virtual IT for Responsive WordPress beginners. My site can’t be down even one day and if I mess up, I’m screwed I thought to myself. With version 1.9.3.3 now available for the Responsive Theme (vs my old 1.8.7 version) it was imperative that I do something quick. The older a theme is the more vulnerable it is to hackers. Not updating to the latest version puts you at risks so I decided to jump in head first and tackle this neglected chore.

Now I’d like to share what I did and how it turned out.

First I used my local installation of WordPress and the Responsive Theme to compare versions and files. This was very useful to determine what files have been added or changed in the latest version compared to the older version. I found that 7 files were added and one file was changed in the Responsive Theme as follows:

Changed Files:

  • home.php

Added Files:

  • post-meta.php
  • post-meta-page.php
  • post-data.php
  • loop-no-posts.php
  • loop-nav.php
  • loop-header.php
  • front-page.php

Two files directly impacted my situation, the home.php and the new front-page.php files. The previous version used the “home.php” file to handle the main and featured content on the home page. In the new version, the “front-page.php” file now handles the featured content on the home page. The new home.php file tells the page what classes and hooks to load but doesn’t contain the actual featured and main content, CTA Button, Colophon for the footers Copyright and Powered By information anymore as did the old version.

Once I finished identifying the files that would affect my site, I then created a child theme based on my old modified Responsive Parent theme(v1.8.7). I included copies of all of the PHP files I changed and modified in my child theme directory. Next I tested my child theme to make sure it worked and of course, it did 🙂 To be safe, I backed up my entire site before going to the next step.

I then changed the name of the old home.php file to the new name and syntax, front-page.php. I double checked everything and activated the Parent Responsive Theme (1.8.7), then selected the long overdue update. Once the update was complete and I re-assigned my custom menus, I checked my site for issues with the update. As expected, my customizations were gone but everything else looked fine.

Now it was time to apply the child theme to the new version 1.9.3.3. To my surprise (not really) it worked like a charm. All modifications were there although I had to reassign some widgets and content for my sidebars. Now everything is back to the way I had it and my Responsive Theme is updated to the latest version. Now I can follow the best practice of using a child theme and updating the parent theme as needed without worry.

So in summary, the files to be concerned with are the home.php file, the front-page.php file as well as making a copy of the new home.php file for your child theme if you need it. I placed copies of both home and front-page.php in my child theme directory for future edit. That’s it, creating a child theme and then updating your old, old version of your theme can be done without a disaster unfolding. Care must be taken to examine what files you are dealing with respectively and making a backup is important.

The bottom line, if you are late in creating a child theme or you are working on an older theme version and are reluctant to update for fear of loosing all of your work, try this method. With patience and planning, you can get through it without a glitch.

I will be creating a basic video tutorial overview of the process soon so stay tuned.

By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net

 


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Twenty Eleven Theme Tutorial

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Responsive WordPress Twenty Eleven Theme Tutorial:

Hello all, I hope this post finds you well.

2011-screenshotI just finished a Responsive WordPress video tutorial series part#1 and part #2 on editing the Twenty Eleven Theme. I demonstrate some cool tips for this simple but reliable theme. Mostly used for blog’s, this older theme is also useful as a website with features that are great for the beginner and those new to WordPress or who just want a simple blog.

I also show how to add tons of added options and settings to this theme using simple plugins so you can make it look like your own.  Have full control over the colors and essence of your Twenty Eleven site in just a few clicks. Add video and media content to your widgets with ease and express content more dynamically. Make the simple changes to your site or blog without editing the code!

As an added bonus, I show how to create a child theme for Twenty Eleven, activate and use it as well as what specific plugins to use to enhance your blog or site. I have other great tutorials on WordPress and my videos are geared towards the newbie or beginner so you get detailed information that is not rushed like a lot of videos out there. Do visit my channel and site for more great Tips Tools and Tutorials form Allan at MindVisionMedia.net, you won’t be sorry!

Watch WordPress Twenty Eleven Theme Tutorial Part#1 Now:


 By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net

 

 


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WordPress Child Themes Update

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sunday 015Not all Themes Support Child Themes!

Hello all, I hope you are well. I wanted to do a quick post to clear up some questions with regard to child themes. The method(s) used to create a child theme are universal and can be applied to most WordPress themes. The exception is when the theme (parent) doesn’t support child themes. Not all theme developers are child theme friendly and do not put that capability in their design. You have to make sure your theme supports child theme development and support.

There are two things I look for when selecting a theme, whether it is “responsive” and whether it is child theme friendly. These days with so many resources and so much creative inspiration, having a stock WordPress install is almost unheard of. You will want to modify your theme to make it stand out from among the rest. After all, thousands of people have access to the same themes.

The advantages are that all of your modifications to the child theme will be preserved if the parent theme is updated. The work-around is to make copies of the original file before and after to preserve changes and the default code.. I like the fact that I can copy any template file I want to my child theme folder from the parent theme and edit away. Or just copy sections or details that pertain to the changes I want to make. With the exception of the “functions php” file, this file should not be copied over to the child theme directory but rather a new functions php file should be created inside the child theme to interact with the parent functions file.

A quick note: If you find yourself spending a lot of time modifying your theme, you may want to consider searching the themes depository for a theme that better suits your needs. There are thousands of themes available, both free and paid with a multitude of layouts and options for modification. You may be wasting considerable time forcing and trying to fit your content or design idea into a theme rather than fitting the right theme to your content.

I have made several child theme tutorials for YouTube but have recently updated those based on general feedback. My NEW child theme tutorials part #1 and part #2 are available now on YouTube. These updated tutorials are simplified and condensed to provide a simple course to follow for setting up your child theme, activating it and using it. I use the Responsive Theme from ThemeID in this tutorial but you can use any WordPress Theme you want that again, supports child themes.

Follow the links below to watch the new updated child theme tutorials and to download my “simple child theme instruction file” which includes the code you need to set up a child theme along with some simple instructions. I put this simplified child theme file together so you don’t have to be on the Internet to get instruction. You can place it on a flash drive and take it with you. if you have any questions regarding child themes, I’ll be happy to assist, just contact me via my website.

For versions 1.9.3 and earlier!

Watch Child Theme Tutorial Part#1 here:

Download Child Theme Code Here:

By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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Child Themes – You gotta love em!

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Allan-childChild Themes – You gotta love em!

WordPress Child Themes, the nemesis or nightmare of every WordPress beginner and some intermediate and advance users a s well. I know I was intimidated by them when I began working with WordPress. It seemed like a bunch of hard coding or something and I put off exploring and learning about them.

What is a Child Theme? How do I create one? What can I do with it? Do I have to create one? I answer all of these questions in my latest Responsive WordPress Video Tutorial: ” Responsive WordPress Child Themes COMPLETE! Updated Version part 1 and 2 on YouTube now.

This tutorial series on Child Themes covers setting up a child theme and using it within your WordPress Dashboard. See what a child theme does and how it effects your website as well as the benefits and advantages to using one. The Responsive Theme from ThemeID which is child-theme-friendly is used for this demonstration.

The purpose of a child theme is simple, for editing purposes, it allows you to modify the theme files without actually changing the “parent” files of the theme. The Child Theme talks to the browser and tells it to look at it before the parent theme files thus overriding any files in the parent theme folder (directory). This is a good practice because any modifications made to a parent theme will be lost during any update being applied to the theme. So for example if I modify the style CSS  file of the parent theme and then update to the latest version, my modifications will be lost.

If I am using a child theme, my modifications are on the copy not the parent so when I update, only the parent is updated (99% of the time that is) leaving my mod’s in place safe inside the child themes directory. In rare cases a theme may be updated and changed so much in an update that it will require you to make some or all modifications over again. That is why I stress in my tutorials to always make a copy of your CSS or PHP files in a text editor and save them (both the before edit  and after edit copy!) in case of something goes wrong, and we all know about “Murphy’s law”.

If you are unsure about child themes, intimidated by them or need to get one put together quickly and properly, then check out my latest tutorial part 1 and 2.

I also recommend installing “Instant WordPress” on to your computer (PC). This will give you a personal copy of WordPress on your computer (not server) that you can experiment with and learn before going live with plugins or modifications. You can practice on your local installation and only edit the things you are sure of on your live WordPress site located on your server. Developers including myself use this method to try things out first before we start editing the live installation. This prevents you from making mistakes with your live website. Theres nothing worse than someone going to your web address and your site is down or broken.

Once your child theme is up and running you can have way at editing pretty much all the files inside the themes parent folder by making copies of or creating all new files. this is where the power of WordPress is unleashed for those who don’t know. i can’t stress enough to my subscribers that if you are going to be using WordPress, you will have to deal with handling code, not necessarily coding, but handling code. There will be a lot of copying and pasting thats for sure.

Let me know what you think about the tutorial and if it helps. I try to be complete because a lot of the videos I researched when learn were too fast and vague in how the child theme actually works. And yes, thats lil ol me as a child in the picture… 😆

Watch “Child Themes UPDATED” here:

Sign Up to get the Child Theme code and instructions on how to use it here:

By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net

 


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