Safety Measures in WordPress: The Importance of Backups

Imagine this: Your first WordPress website, finally up and running. You’ve never felt this accomplished in months. You give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, and so do the people who’ve helped you accomplish the fruit of your labor. You install the plugins you need, and start planning further into your website’s future. It looks bright, and everything’s going swell. Until the unthinkable happens. And your site crashes. You shrug to yourself. You’ve heard of this kind of thing happening, even to the best of people. Heck, you’re sure Mark Zuckerberg and David Karp have had this kind of Continue reading →

5 Simple Tips To Make Your Website Look Good

In general, one thing that most people tend to overlook is today’s demand for functional design and aesthetics. While not all of us may be aware of the extent of just how much it matters, the fact remains that design is a very crucial factor towards success—any kind of success– including your website’s. Yes, your content is an important key towards reeling your audience in, but how your site looks will definitely be a determining factor as well. Here are some basic tips on what you can do to improve your website’s design. Add high-quality images You want to add Continue reading →

What In The World Are Shortcodes, Anyway?

If you’ve noticed, one of WordPress’ rules of thumb is to always, always make things a little easier for everyone– newbies and experienced developers alike. One of the ways they get to achieve this goal is through the use of shortcodes. The WordPress.com Support Page defines them as such: Sounds pretty simple. Now, If you haven’t heard of shortcodes before this article, and you don’t know what they look like, they’re those archaic code-like text wrapped in square brackets. Compared to normal code, which typically looks like this: Shortcodes in general look a little something like this: …and if you’re Continue reading →

5 Reasons Why Whitespace Matters

Basically, whitespace, at its most basic definition, is the space around and between all the elements of a composition that is left unmarked. It’s not just a waste of screen space, as most websites owners think. When used well, whitespaces can actually provide benefits to better promote a product. It is an important key to creating good design and it makes a website better in every way. Although the name whitespace implies that the space is white, it doesn’t always have to be literally white. Whitespace can actually be any color—It can even have a subtle pattern or texture. It’s an area that you don’t want the eye to focus on. Alternatively, Continue reading →

3 Things to Consider Before Diving Into Page Builders

There’s an off-chance you’re here because you’ve heard that PBS is quite possibly one of the quickest shortcuts to site building. While page builders, in general, exist to make things easier, there are still a few things you might want to take into account before diving deeper into this particular realm of WordPress development. Learning WordPress: A Crucial Page Builder Prerequisite This is probably the most obvious item on this list, but still the most important one. Page Builders aren’t quite purchasable on their own, unfortunately. They come in the form of plugins in WordPress, which you’ll need to install and learn Continue reading →

WordPress.com VS WordPress.org

If you’re relatively new to building websites, chances are, you probably aren’t familiar with the great WordPress.com vs WordPress.org debate. You might not have even known that one of the other exists, and the different pros and cons of each one. So what is, pray tell, this great debate between using WordPress.com, and WordPress.org? Is the other one just a cheap rip-off waiting to get sued? Well, no. The debate, in a nutshell, is about which of these two WordPress services is a better fit for the website you’re trying to build. Neither is a rip-off of the other, and Continue reading →

Why WordPress?

One important thing to consider when building your first website– whether you’re a business, a freelancer, or anything and anyone, really– is that not everyone is adept in the language of code and software development. You could be, for instance, a chef who wants to publish his recipes online. You could also be a Fine Arts undergrad who needs a professional-looking portfolio, or a start-up business that needs a site of their own. Whether it’s one or the other or anything in between, the fact remains that while some of us may be familiar with the basics of code, we Continue reading →

How to Create Basic Hero Headers in 3 Easy Steps

When your dream website finally becomes a reality, the first thing you want your audience to know is what your site’s all about. The trick to reel them in is to give them a good but quick summary of your site’s content – and the easiest way to do that is by creating a Hero Header for your page. What are Hero Headers? The purpose of the Hero Header is to visually communicate with your target audience in the fastest and most efficient way possible. You need to grab their attention quickly, in a way that it says: “Hey, this Continue reading →

Easily Add Email Newsletter Signup Forms

Adding an email newsletter sign up form to your site is a great way to grow your website’s following and to keep your website visitors interested in your site or product. And now you can easily add and customize newsletter sign up forms directly in your designs. New in Page Builder Sandwich is the Newsletter Element (check the short gif above). Now you can add a newsletter sign up form for your MailChimp, AWeber or MailPoet newsletter lists directly into your designs. Normally, you’d have to install another plugin, then maybe add a shortcode somewhere, or you’ll have to go through a Continue reading →

How to Create a Website from Scratch for Under $100

If you want create a website from scratch, but you only have a short budget and absolutely zero technical knowhow, then this short guide is for you. This article is meant for absolute beginners who just really want to create a website without all the technicalities and complications. So if you’re a startup business owner who just wants a website for his office to show off to clients, or a foodie who wants to write your restaurant reviews online, or you’re a do-it-yourself guy or gal who just needs a site, then keep reading! I will stray away from as much technical jargon to keep Continue reading →