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Where's my Webmaster

Where’s my Webmaster?

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

Where's my WebmasterWith technology and all of the do-it-yourself software and resources, many people are designing their own websites, graphics, videos and the like these days. Others rely on professionals to do these tasks because of various reasons. A lack of time is usually the main reason because there is allot to consider, do and maintain, then comes the learning curve and not knowing what or how to accomplish and maintain what is involved with designing a functional website.

There are some things you should watch out for when choosing a webmaster however. I can’t even tell you how many people I have helped with their websites after hiring a webmaster, a site they can’t even access themselves. They have no information on the site, they have no login or password information, they can’t update their site or make changes without contacting the webmaster who often times can’t be found or contacted after they received payment. It sounds crazy but it happens quite a bit to people who aren’t in the know.

Some of the things you should look for in a webmaster are trustworthiness validated by positive references, testimonials or comments, patience and good listening skills which are required to receive and conceive your vision and bring it to fruition. A variety of skills including visual design, web design and or programming, use of the latest tools like WordPress and methods used on the Internet and in graphic element design such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash development tools etc.
The title “webmaster” evokes a lot of stereotypes and bad experiences in some people. There are so many crooks and scammer’s out there that it often makes it difficult for people like me to gain the trust of potential clients.

Your webmaster should be social media savvy so they can incorporate the various social channels into your site and allow you to connect them all in a way that maximizes your publishing and creation outreach to your social network. They must have good communication skills and multiple ways to be contacted (they should not be mysterious, hard to find or difficult to contact.)

They should share everything with you as the process unfolds that pertains to your hosting server, your website or blog, your content and the design/development process. They should have allowed you to sign up for and register your own domain name and hosting package offering you help to complete the process. They should be willing to give you copies of anything that pertains to your website and answer questions willingly. Finally they should be capable of implementing some form of SEO for your site to help promote your web presence to Google and other search engines.

Also, there are many places offering free domain names and free web hosting that attract a lot of people but many don’t realize what they are getting in to. As most of us have heard at one time or another, nothing in life is free and this applies to designing websites, domain names and hosting services as well. Predominantly when they say “free”, there are hidden aspects that catch many off guard. Free domain names usually have hidden fees that show up later and are often owned by someone else, you’re basically just renting the domain name.

Free hosting usually comes with the companies obtrusive ads being placed all over your site in exchange for “free” hosting. There are also limitations on storage, bandwidth and customizations. They use your site or web presence to promote products of their choice to generate profits in exchange for your free hosting account.
The problem with this is that you can’t control the ads or choose which ones show up and you get no profit from any sales either.

Even new WordPress users experience some of this when choosing between independent hosting using WordPress.org as opposed to choosing WordPress.com. WordPress.com is free and makes it very simple to get started, but it has many limitations. WordPress.org on the other hand has no limitations and allows you full control and unlimited options but you must pay for your hosting service separately. In the long run and if you are serious about your WordPress site or Blog, this is the preferred option.

These are just some of the main characteristics and skills to look for in a webmaster and just some of the options to consider when choosing a web host or domain name to ensure that your website or blog will be built and hosted properly and with minimal issue or conflict down the line.

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Allan Whitney
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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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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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WordPress – Still Getting Comments – Here's Why!

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WordPress has established itself as the most popular CMS available today! Used by fortune 500 companies, celebrities, municipalities, major news organizations and the little guy or gal, it offers robust features, versatility and social media integration. But it has it’s vulnerabilities also and one must be diligent to prevent WordPress from becoming a hackers dream.

When it comes to comments, unless you are running a Blog and are willing to moderate and manage the numerous comments and maintain a good level of security against comment spam, you’ll want to disable comments on your pages and posts. This is accomplished easily by going to the Discussion settings  under the Dashboard label of Settings, and de-selecting the first 3 check boxes. Typically this works pretty good, but you may not be done!

screen-optionsIf you do this after the fact, there could be pages and posts in your site or Blog that may have already been created that have comments enabled. This setting located in each individual page or post as you create it, overrides the settings under the Discussion menu.  to see this option as create a new page pr post, click on the screen options tab at the top of the page or post editor and check the box for “Discussion”. This will show options at the bottom of your posts to either allow Comments or not. You can now make sure that comments are turned off for that particular post.

There is a quick way to do this, especially if you have a lot of pages. Click on “Pages” in your Dashboard, this will bring up a list of all of your pages (the same applies to posts), click the top check box above the list next to the word Title to select all, click the bulk actions box and choose Edit from the drop down, then click apply. A new window will open allowing you to select options for the entire page list you selected at once. Disable comment, and Trackbacks and Pingbacks if desired and save your settings. you just disabled comments on all pages you selected with one click.

select-all-postsGo to the next page, select all again and do the same thing until you have disabled all comments on all pages and posts in your list. Now you have absolutely turned off comments and no individual page will override the main settings. Looking good so far, but wait theres more! Few people know or notice, that WordPress, by default enables comments on all of your Media files you upload to WordPress. Thats right, after all we’ve done so far to disable them, there is still a “Back Door” vulnerability in WordPress to receive comments.

Unfortunately, there is no bulk actions option when dealing with media files. Why they didn’t put this ability or option in the newest version I’ll never know. But you will have to manually edit each media file to turn off comments. A tedious task if you have a lot of images. I recently discovered this back door vulnerability and experienced some comment spam on my site. Now I have truly disabled ALL comments on my site for pages, posts and media files and the comments have finally stopped. Of course there are some plugins out there to help but I wanted to make sure they were all turned off myself.

Be aware that when you create a new page (or post) or add new media files, you’ll have to double check to make sure there are no options set to allow comments. there are ways to edit the core files and turn them off from the core, but that is an extreme measure if you are not sure you won’t want comments at a future date. I didn’t haver to go that route and I am happy with the results from doing it the way I described above.

WordPress will never be free of hackers, spammers and the like, so again, if you don’t want to deal with comments because you are just too busy (like me) or you are not running a blog or discussion site, use the methods described to put a stop to it, once and for all, but with the option of turning them back on if you desire later on.

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Allan Whitney
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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
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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.

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Allan Whitney
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MindVisionMedia.net

 


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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

 


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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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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
Owner/Administrator
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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.

By
Allan Whitney
Owner/Administrator
MindVisionMedia.net


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