Category: Webmaster

Installing and Configuring Xampp on Windows


Updated: February 9, 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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Editing The WordPress Headers and Footer Files


Updated: February 7, 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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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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Understanding URLs -Beginners Guide


Updated: January 6, 2017

Understanding urlsURLs (Uniform resource locators) are everywhere today.

You will find them on business cards, in newspapers, emails and of course on websites. But what exactly is a URL?

URL Definition:

A URL is defined as the absolute address of a web page/resource on the Internet. It is also called the web address.

A URL is composed of four distinct parts although not all parts are
always visible
, and all parts are not always needed. Continue reading

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Beginners Guide to Using FTP to Upload Files


Updated: March 27, 2017

upload filesFTP (File transfer protocol) is used for transferring files between computers.

It is used by webmasters to upload files, images,videos etc to a website.

If you manage a WordPress website then you will use it to upload WordPress themes and plugins from your PC to your web host.

Developers who develop websites locally use it to upload entire websites to a web host.

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Building a WordPress Test Site


Updated: January 5, 2017

Create WordPress testsiteTest sites are useful for a number of reasons. Perhaps you

  • Want to get familiar with WordPress before committing to using it
  • Want to try out a new theme/layout before you make it live.
  • Need to develop a site for a friend or client.
  • etc

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Beginners Guide to The .htaccess File


Updated: May 28, 2016

apche-web-serverThe .htaccess file is a very powerful text control file found on Apache servers, (note: even if they run on windows) that allows control over various components of the web server. Continue reading

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Understanding SEO Meta Tags- Beginners Guide


Updated: February 7, 2017

One of the main elements of on page SEO is creating and editing the web page meta tags.

The Meta tags are located in the header section of a web page and are invisible to the web page visitor.

Because they are invisible to the average site visitor they are often overlooked. Continue reading

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