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New WordPress features with 4.9 upgrade

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Yesterday, I spent the day upgrading several WordPress websites to the new 4.9 version.

In the latest version, there are several exciting new features that will improve user experience and enhance WordPress websites, so I thought I would share them with you here in a quick blogpost.

When you first upgrade your WordPress website and land back on the Dashboard, you’ll see the new features broken down into 4 sections. There’s no video or accolade to a past musician as in recent major version upgrades, just a cool modern, colourful graphical presentation with brief descriptions (partially shown in the screenshot below).

All together there are 11 new features mentioned, plus one I spotted right after the update. I have not tried them out yet but they sound like they will greatly improve the user experience.

So what are the new features in WordPress 4.9?

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WordPress 4.7

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

WordPress 4.7, otherwise known as Vaughan, after Jazz legend Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, was released on December 6, 2016 and includes a brand new theme, built from the ground up, called 2017.

WordPress 4.7 comes with some new features, such as the CSS editor in the customizer that allows the user to see their changes immediately. You can now also add new pages as you create your menu in the customizer. (more…)

What’s new in WordPress 4.4

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

WordPress 4.4, named Clifford after jazz singer Clifford Brown, was released on December 8th and on Friday I did a whole bunch of updates for clients who have purchased my WordPress update and maintenance packages. Everything went smoothly as usual (except for one theme that changed it’s font family), but some plugins had not yet been updated by their respective developers, so these will need doing later.

I was interested to see what’s new with Version 4.4 so I had a quick peek. (more…)

Choosing which template to use on your WordPress website

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

page attributesOut-of-the-box WordPress themes usually come with 2-3 template options. Generally, the Default Template, Full Width Template and, in some cases, the Home Page Template. You choose your template under Page Attributes to the right of the main Editor window.

Default Template

The Default Template usually comes with a sidebar, often times on the right hand side. The same sidebar is used in the blog archive of your website so it would therefore make sense to use this template on pages where you want to provide your visitors with easy access to your blog articles.

If you don’t have a blog, then this template could be used on any pages where you want to provide additional information, extra navigation, advertising or sign-up form. Everything that is placed in the widgets contained in the sidebar will be the same on any page that uses the Default Template. (more…)

Choose your third party WordPress plugins wisely

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

WordPress plugins are great. They add extra functionality not available from the out-of-the-box software. However, too many, or the wrong kind of plugins, can slow your site down, cause the page content to jump all over the place as they load, and/or block important content on smaller devices (you know, those social media icons that sit at the side of the page blocking some of the text).

This can be at best frustrating to your visitors or at worst very annoying and may ultimately cause them to leave your website before they learn whether you can help them or not. (more…)

10 things you can do to help make your WordPress website more secure

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

WordPress is an awesome, easy-to-use content management system used the world over by bloggers, small start-ups and large corporations alike. With millions of individuals and businesses around the globe using the software to power their websites, it is inevitable that those who enjoy creating havoc on the internet target any vulnerable websites they can find (and it’s really not that hard for them to find).

It is therefore important that you take as many precautions as possible to safeguard your WordPress installation from attack.

Below are 10 simple things you, as the website owner, can do to help make your WordPress website more secure. Most can be done directly through your WordPress dashboard and without too much technical know-how. (more…)

How to fix Page Not Found after WordPress Database Import

Monday, December 15th, 2014

You’ve just moved your WordPress website to a new web server but something seems amiss when you click your page and posts links.

You backed up all your files and exported your database. You installed WordPress on your new domain, imported the database and uploaded all the files so you know everything is there. But you keep getting the Page Not Found error on all your links. You can see all your pages and posts in the dashboard, but you can’t view or preview them no matter which method you use.

Don’t panic: there’s a really simple fix.

In the dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks and change to Default and Save.

Go to your homepage and click one of your menu links and you’ll get to the corresponding page or post, but you’ll notice it’s now using page IDs. Not what you want.

So now go back to Dashboard, Settings > Permalinks and change back to your original setting (Post Name for instance) and Save. This time when you go back to your homepage and click a link, you’ll see everything is back as it should be.

Told you it was simple!

12 Days of Christmas with Kaz Design Works from December 25th 2014 to January 5th 2015

Monday, December 1st, 2014

12-Days-of-Christmas12 Days of Christmas with Kaz Design Works from December 25th 2014 to January 5th 2015

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WordPress Twenty Eleven not working on Internet Explorer 9

Monday, October 29th, 2012

So, it seems the latest version of the TwentyEleven WordPress theme is incompatible with Internet Explorer 9. It took me a little while to find the fix – maybe because I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for – but thanks to a closed query on WordPress.org forum, today I found the answer (almost).

At first, I thought it was something I had done when customizing the themes, but couldn’t figure out what. Previous customizations using TwentyEleven were OK, just the last couple I had worked on were not displaying – in fact one I had worked on in the past week was fine. However, two brand new installations that were OK in IE 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, in the Facebook app on my iPad etc., were not displaying in IE 9; they were blank as if they did not load. But when I checked the source code, it was all there. (more…)

4 WordPress Back-up Plug-ins to back-up your entire site

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I was recently talking to a new client whose WordPress installation needed updating. When I mentioned his database needed backing up first, he wasn’t sure how or where to do it or even if his web host provided a way to back up the entire site (something I recommend to anyone who uploads images, videos and other media files).

As many of my clients’ hosted websites use CPanel and back-ups can be done very easily from there, I’ve had no need to install WordPress back-up plug-ins, although of course, I knew they existed, so I offered to look into it for him. I thought I’d share the information here. (more…)