WordPress Privacy and Password Protection


Updated: March 27, 2017

wordpress-privacySome parts of your web site may be private. For example you may have a family website that has private content or a small business site might have employee only content.

WordPress offer two page protection features That lets you you restrict access to those web pages. They are:

  • Password Protection and
  • Privacy

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Installing and Configuring Xampp on Windows


Updated: April 4, 2017

xampp-shortcutIf you are developing for the web then having access to your own test sites is essential.

In this tutorial we will look at installing and configuring Xampp for multiple test sites. Continue reading

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WordPress Revisions and Auto Save Features


Updated: February 5, 2017

wordpress-revisions-iconSince WordPress 2.6 WordPress has incorporated two features designed to make editing pages and posts easier and more secure.

These features are designed to allow you to recover from connection errors and editing mistakes.

The features are called Auto save and Revisions. Continue reading

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Editing The WordPress Headers and Footer Files


Updated: April 3, 2017

modify-themeThere are times when you will want to add or remove items from the top of your website (header) or from the bottom of your website (footer).

For example,common requirements for many site owners are:

  • Remove powered by WordPress from each page.
  • Add a copyright notice to the bottom of each page.
  • Remove the site Title and Tagline fro each page.
  • Add Advertising banners to the top of bottom
  • Add newsletter opt-in forms to the top of bottom.

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Creating and Using Child Themes


Updated: February 7, 2017

modify-themeThere are thousands of professional WordPress themes available to choose from, but even with all that choice you often find that you would like to make minor changes to your chosen theme.

Fortunately armed with a little understanding of PHP, CSS and WordPress templates you can easily modify the appearance, and add extra functionality to your theme. Continue reading

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How to Install WordPress on 1and1 UK Hosting


Updated: April 1, 2017

install-wordpress-1and1-iconIn this tutorial we look at installing WordPress on 1and1 (1&1) UK hosting using a scripted install.

However, before you start the install script you need first to decide

  • Your site name
  • Will you use an managed install or a standard install- See Note below.
  • An Admin user name and password
  • Contact email address

Note: Managed installs have an additional cost and they limit what plugins and themes you ca install. However 1and1 take care of any updates. Standard installs are more flexible but you will need to do any updates yourself.

For 1and1 scripted installs are installed in a sub folder of a special folder called clickandbuilds.

The sub folder name is the sitename used in the install. Continue reading

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Understanding and Using WordPress Themes


Updated: October 26, 2016

A Theme is a collection of files that controls the look and feel and layout of your site.

Themes are totally separate from the site content, and can beĀ  changed without affecting the site content

However changing a theme will affect how that content is displayed. Continue reading

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WordPress Stuck In Maintenance Mode


Updated: October 26, 2016

When upgrading WordPress and plugins, WordPress places the site in maintenance mode.

This you will notice if you visit the site you should be greeted with a screen like the one shown below. Continue reading

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Monitoring your Website using Google Webmaster tools and Analytics


Updated: January 5, 2017

google-toolsGoogle provides two tools for monitoring your site.

They are Google analytics and Google webmaster tools.

If you want to see how many visitors are accessing your site, what pages they visit, how long they spend on a page etc then Google Analytics is the Tool to use. Continue reading

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