• Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

    So you’ve made the right decision with your website and WordPress is going to take it to the next level. Now you just need to decide on the design. If you don’t have a huge budget for your project, then going with a WordPress theme is the way to go. Most people think of themes as very boring designs that can’t be customized. This is definitely not the case here. There are many theme design companies out there such as Themeforest and 1000’s of beautiful designs to choose from with just the functionality you’re looking for. So how do you choose the right theme for you?

    Here are some things to consider.

    Design

    Think about the overall design that you are looking to achieve. Consider the graphics included in the template. Look for widget placements and unlimited color options. For advanced use, some templates also include the PSD files.

    Responsiveness

    A responsive design will let your website adjust to the user’s screen size. So the site will look good on any device including tablets and mobile phones.

    Current

    The theme you choose should be up to date and compatible with the latest version of WordPress as well as work with the most popular browsers available such as Chrome, Safari and Explorer.

    Support

    There is no doubt that no theme is perfect and updates are often released. Make sure that you choose a theme that offers excellent customer support and makes it easy to update.

    Functionality

    What is it that you expect your site to do? Think about the features that you will need such as a blog, contact forms, slideshows, galleries, customized menus and widgets, shopping and even shortcodes to make editing your content easier.

  • Total Security Scanner

    When it comes to your website’s security, you don’t want to take any chances. But which plugin do you use to keep your site secure? There are many out there and not all of them run the same tasks.

    Total Security is a good plugin for the following:

    • Check your site for exploits (spam inserted into your pages)
    • Check for suspicious files (those not part of the original WordPress or Plugins)

    If you find any suspicious code or files, you must delete those manually or have an expert do it for you if you’re not sure what you’re doing.

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  • Add large files to media manager

    If you want to upload a large file or several files at once into your Media Manger, it isn’t possible to do via the basic WordPress dashboard. That’s where ‘Add From Server‘ plugin comes in. It let’s you insert files into the Media Manager from your server. Once you’ve uploaded the files via an FTP client to your hosting, you can use this plugin to easily copy them over to WordPress.

    Setting are found under Media -> Add From Server. Just select the folder and files to import over.

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  • Clean up your WordPress database and speed up your site

    WP Clean Up cleans up your wordpress database by removing “revision” “draft” “auto draft” “moderated comments” “spam comments” “trash comments” “orphan postmeta” “orphan commentmeta” “orphan relationships” “dashboard transient feed”. It allows you to optimize your WordPress database without phpMyAdmin and thus makes your website load much faster.

    It is very easy to use because it adds a settings page to “Dashboard”-“Settings”-“WP Clean Up” where you can select what you wish to delete and optimize.

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