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  This is the second part demoing all the features that are being added on top of the WPThemeCity code. If you missed Part 1, here it is. At the end of this post, you are going to find links to download the Pandumis theme I used as testing. Once again, by all means, this theme is not a completed product. I downloaded it from themler.com, made very little modifications to it. I changed the header, added the slider code in the header.php file, as described in the blog entry, and fixed the h2 tag. Believe it or not it’s color was white, so as the page’s background color, so Google would have a field day with you since you would be “hiding” Continue Reading…

  It’s time to give you a glimpse on some of the things I’ve been working on. The past week and a half I was really struggling to find a universal solution to implement sticky menus, but I can’t find that universal Javascript and/or CSS solution that would fit in all situations. I am going to try for a few more days and then shelf it for a later date. In the meantime we can keep on using plugins instead, until I implement a solution that would work in all situations. In this first peek of the Quicker Themes plugin I have 10 features to demonstrate, and more demos will be coming your way every other day. I think at this Continue Reading…

  AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages. It is an open source project by Google, and the aim is to speed up websites accessed by mobile devices. As the market share of mobile devices increases year after year, Google has decided that fast loading on mobile devices is extremely important.  A website will not only benefit SEO wise because the pages will be loading faster, but  some say Google will be ranking sites that use this technology higher, which in simple terms, it can be labeled as “stripped” down version of html. I don’t want to waste your time with too many details, because making a WordPress site AMP capable is one plugin activation away. Install and activate AMP and you Continue Reading…

    I had this post prepared yesterday and ready to go but did not publish it because the first 700 words of this post was very negative, and totally trashing the developer’s of Artisteer. My fever was back again yesterday, so I was probably more irritable and combustible than usual. After a good night of sleep, I decided to leave all my strong feelings out, and let you decide how amateurish things are at Artisteer and Themler. Anyway, let me start with the real purpose of this post – Part 1 will be dealing with a common issue found in some paid artx files, and Part 2 will show you how to insert sliders in themes like a pro. Below is the code Continue Reading…

There are plenty of websites where you can find images to use with your themes and websites you create. Some are super expensive, some are not that expensive, some are free but not for commercial purposes, some are free but you need to get permission from the owner or the picture, some require attribution, and some it seems that the way they make money is by unleashing their attorneys demanding ridiculous amounts of money from those who illegally use the images. Really, it seems that their real business is suing people, and not selling pictures. The website that I use to get my images is Pixabay. Their homepage says “Free images and videos you can use anywhere”, and “All images Continue Reading…

  This function was given to me by Malinka, so all the credit and appreciation should be directed towards her… There are numerous plugins that add this functionality to websites, but if you wanted to have the “scroll to top” feature without a plugin follow the directions below: 1 – Place this Javascript code at the bottom of the script/script.js file: /* Back to top script */ jQuery(document).ready(function () { var offset = 200; var duration = 500; jQuery(window).scroll(function () { if (jQuery(this).scrollTop() > offset) { jQuery(‘.back-to-top’).fadeIn(duration); } else { jQuery(‘.back-to-top’).fadeOut(duration); } }); jQuery(‘.back-to-top’).click(function(event) { event.preventDefault(); jQuery(‘html, body’).animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, duration); return false; }); }); /* Back to top script end */   2 – Place the following in Continue Reading…

  This is super cool – I promise ! Some of us prefer changing the default CSS art- prefix. That’s fine. Also some of us, write additional CSS rules in Artisteer to further customize some of the rules. We have a few places to write those custom rules in the export options panel, naming the “Additional CSS”, “WordPress”, “bbpress”, “Admin Page CSS”, and “Woocommerce”. Make sure to always use the art- prefix for those custom rules, because when you instruct Artisteer to change the art- prefix, it will replace all references of this prefix  with the new one. So, if you have many custom CSS rules, all having the default art- prefix, in the future, if you decide to change Continue Reading…

  I’m by all means not a SEO specialist, but even a novice web designer should know that one page websites are horrible as far as SEO is concerned. If you have very little content that fits in one page, you are better off by dividing that content into different pages. That said, we a have  a feature in our themes that we can decide which custom menu to display per page/post. Thus we can have the best of both worlds, a regular website, with blog posts, e-commerce, various other pages, and a page that will act like a one page web site.         Ok, lets start. To create a one page web site we need a few Continue Reading…

  There are several dozens of shortcodes plugins. Some are good, some not so good, and yet, in most cases it seems that they all pretty much do the same things, so choosing the right shortcodes plugin for you is not that important. They all have shortcodes for columns, buttons, tabs, accordions, etc… This notion of all such plugins are the same, changed for me when I discovered the “WP Canvas – Shortcodes” plugin.   It’s free, and besides the usual things, it has additional unique shortcodes, which at least for me, it makes it light years ahead of the competition. Some of the shortcodes not found  in a typical shortcodes plugin are Progress Bars, Pricing Tables, a Countdown Timer, Continue Reading…

  I was put in a situation where I had FTP access to this client’s WordPress site, and I had access to his database too via phpMyAdmin, but not the administrative credentials (username & password) for the site. As long as I had FTP access and a phpMyAdmin it took me a couple of minutes to gain access  to the backsite. At this point I know what you are thinking – “Why don’t you use the WordPress feature where you can recover lost passwords”? I could not use that feature, because I did not have access to the mailbox where WordPress was going to send the information to. I had to resort to the following tactics: 1 – If You don’t have Continue Reading…