How to Change Stubborn Design Elements in WordPress with X-Theme

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Sometimes design elements on your Website are STUBBORN. They seemingly don’t want to change no matter what you do. X-Theme makes it easy to introduce custom CSS into your theme, which is what I am going to demonstrate on Kristi’s site. Difficulty: 3/5 (This one depends. In most cases it will be faster for me to make changes like this, but in a pinch you should be able to follow along with the video below).

How to Install WordPress Manually in 2018

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It’s fashionable these days for Web hosts to offer “one-click installations” of WordPress. Unfortunately, these are sometimes problematic in that they introduce third-party scripts that may slow your site down. It’s also much harder to fix something when it inevitably goes wrong if your WordPress installation is managed by your Web host. This is why I always recommend installing WordPress manually. Luckily, once you get the hang of it, it doesn’t take very long. The video below shows you step-by-step how to do it. Difficulty: 2/5 (You need to feel comfortable enough in downloading and using an FTP Client (like Filezilla) along with following along in your hosting control panel, but other than that this is a sitch)

How to Change Contact Form 7 Colors in Cornerstone from X-Theme

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Contact Form 7 and Cornerstone from X-Theme are two of my favorite plug-ins. Contact Form 7 is my go-to contact form solution because it’s so light. This comes at the sacrifice of some customization. Not to fear! This video will show you how you can change the font colors of contact forms using X-Theme. In reality, you can do this with any theme, but X-Theme makes it easy to add custom CSS to the theme, which is what I will show you how to do in the video below: Don’t want to do this yourself? Let me make the changes for you!

How to Check that Google Analytics is Installed Correctly on WordPress

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In this video, I am going to show you how you can get a definitive answer as to whether or not Google Analytics is installed correctly. It seems like there are a billion-and-one ways to install Google Analytics, and this adds some confusion to mix when certain plug-ins aren’t updated or you install Google Analytics in multiple places by accident. By following the steps in this video, you will be able to know for sure if Google Analytics is working.

How to Fix WordPress “Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance” Error

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The “Briefly Unavailable for Scheduled Maintenance” Error in WordPress is common, especially on sites that are currently running slow or are overloaded in their resources. This happens when you try to update a plug-in, theme, or WordPress itself and the process ends prematurely. In the video below, I show you how to fix the error. It’s important that after you fix the error you also check to make sure plug-ins and WordPress itself are installed correctly. You may need to re-install updates or full plug-ins/themes/files. This is unlikely, and in most cases, this fix will be enough to get your site back to working order.

How to Hide the Navigation Menu in X Theme

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Sometimes you don’t want to be able to see the navigation menu on a WordPress page. X-Theme, which is a flexible modern theme that I recommend most of my clients use, makes it easy to hide these elements. This is useful especially if you have a landing-page or are trying to protect sensitive content on a membership site.

PSA: Starting October, Google Will Show Security Warnings On Non-SSL Sites. Is Your Site Safe?

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One of my clients recently forwarded me this startling Email from Google: The following URLs on your site include text input fields (such as < input type="text" > or < input type="email" >) that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, so that you can take action to help protect users’ data. This list is not exhaustive.”GoogleBasically, if your Website has a form that accepts any kind of user information such as Emails or names…even just simple comment forms…your visitors will be served with a “This Website is not Secure” message. That is, unless you install an SSL certificate. Basically, if your Website has a form that accepts any kind of user information such as Emails or names…even just simple comment forms…your visitors will be served with a “This Website is not Secure” message. That is, unless you install an SSL certificate. Google went on … Read More