How to update your WordPress Theme Without Losing Any Customization

How to update your WordPress Theme Without Losing Any Customization

Updating your WordPress theme to the latest version will ensure your theme possesses all the latest features and is up-to-date with security patches. In this article I will show you easy ways to update your WordPress Theme you’ve made customizations without losing any customization. Note: Before making any changes on your site or updating your theme, make sure you back up your site (you can do in your hosting cpanel), so in case something goes wrong you can easily revert it back to normal. Using a child theme While updating your theme automatically is the easiest way to ensure that you get the latest version of your theme with enhanced functions and most importantly security fixes, it is not recommended for you especially if you’re not using a child theme and made all the customization on your parent theme. You shouldn’t tweak their parent theme file by directly customizing the CSS or functions.php files. Because when you update your theme, you’ll lose all the tweaks you made to it. Secondly, automatic updates can even make your site broken.child-theme-items To preserve all the customizations without breaking your site, you can use a child theme. If you’re using a child theme, you can […]

How To Check Your WordPress Theme Against Latest Standards

How To Check Your WordPress Theme Against Latest Standards

The free WordPress theme directory has set standards for all themes submitted. Theme developers who want to submit their themes to the directory must follow those standards. You can test your theme against these standards. In this article, we will show you how to check your WordPress theme against latest standards. As a WordPress administrator, you will want that your WordPress theme will not break when you add a new plugin , you want it also continue working with new WordPress versions and most important you want that theme will not vulnerable for hacks. For that reason WordPress is publishing and updating standard guidelines for developing a WordPress theme. As a theme developer you probably familiar with that and if not you would better read the information found in wordpress.org website, you can find the WordPress theme standard article here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review A simple plugins called Theme Check was developed to do just that. This plugin will go over all themes files and check the code against the latest WordPress theme standards. All you need to do is to select the theme that you want to check and click the check button. You should be aware that all the warning that Theme Check […]

How to Use Different Themes on Different WordPress Pages/Post

How to Use Different Themes on Different WordPress Pages/Post

WordPress allows to create templates for sections, single posts and pages with ease in your theme so you could create a page template or even a specific post template and then style them as you like. But most of us don’t have the design skills enough to code up a template and make it look good as our liking. WordPress is known for its flexibility with themes and you can absolutely use more than one WordPress theme on a site at same or different themes on different pages/posts . It’s possible to assign whatever theme you like to specific pages or posts with a plugin called Multiple Themes. The plugin menu provides detailed instructions on how to use it,  each section on the settings page is explained in full detail so in this article we will try to summarize those settings for you. Note: Make sure that the needed themes are available in WordPress . You can install as many themes as you want, but you can only have one theme activated at a time. You should deactivate any caching plugins like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache because they may display the page older version, and make a full backup […]

How to Add Custom Fonts in WordPress

How to Add Custom Fonts in WordPress

Custom fonts can help you freshen up your theme and stand out your website. In this article, we will show you how to add custom fonts in WordPress.  There’s different ways you can add your custom fonts depending on your theme and where you get the fonts from. Note: As you are picking your fonts, remember that using too many custom fonts will slow down your website. This is why you should select two fonts and use them throughout your design. This will also bring consistency to your design. Install custom font using plugins Here are some recommend plugins you can choose from to install your custom fonts depending on which fonts you choose: Install this plugin when using Typekit fonts Most popular plugin for adding Google’s web fonts to WordPress. Support for web fonts from the Fonts.com web fonts collection out of the box. Upload any font file types (otf and .ttf) and this plugin will embed them into your site using the CSS rule, @font-face Install Google Fonts manually In fact, there are many premium themes that come fully loaded with hundreds of custom fonts. However, loading too many fonts can slow down your website. That’s why we […]

How to Use Your Child Theme

How to Use Your Child Theme

With WordPress platform you can complete control over your websites and easily run them independent. If you have a bit of knowledge of HTMl, CSS and/or PHP, there is nothing you can’t change. This article, we focus on showing you how to use your child theme on another WordPress site, you may also want to refer our guide on How to create a child theme to learn more about child themes. What Are Child Themes From the WordPress back end, a child theme doesn’t behave any differently. You can find and activate it under “Appearance” → “Themes,”  like you would with any other theme. A child theme depends completely on its parent in order to work. Without its parent theme present, it will not do a thing and cannot even be activated. Because a child theme isn’t a standalone entity, but instead modifies or adds to the files of an existing theme. It uses everything present in the parent theme and allows you to make changes and customize your WordPress theme without ever editing the main theme. So you can alter styles, functions, layout, templates… However, without the parent theme being present, none of it will work, and you will […]

How To Change Language Using Loco Translate

How To Change Language Using Loco Translate

Themes that support multi-language is not a automatically translate content function, it is the feature that allows us to write more than one language on the website.  It means that you have to translate the phrase in theme and plugins into many different languages by yourself. Translating using Poedit First of all you will need to download .PO/.pot file editor like Poedit or other. It is possible to use any text editor but it will be so much easier to use Poedit than regular text edit so I strongly recommend to download it. It’s free, works on Mac, Windows and Linux and there is no reason not to use it. Translating using Loco Translate plugin 1. Install and activate the plugin Loco Translate 2. Then from your Dashboard Go to Loco Translate > Manage translation 3. Click the “+ New language” button beside the “Optimizer PRO”. 4. Then on the next screen a Country dropdown list will appear, Select The language you want the texts to be translated. e,g: “Italian” and continue. 5. On next screen all the “English text strings” that are inside the theme will be listed. Select text string from the “Source Text” list and then Add your translated […]

How To Choose The Perfect WordPress Theme

How To Choose The Perfect WordPress Theme

With thousands to choose from, choosing a WordPress theme for your website can feel a little overwhelming. To assist you in choosing the perfect WordPress theme, we present you a list of 9 things you should consider before you make up your mind. 1. Choose a business WordPress theme Whether you are a blogger or an entrepreneur, a WordPress theme is the face of your business. You would need to pick a theme, amongst thousands of paid and unpaid themes, which will best suit your personality and go with your business. You need to choose a WordPress theme align with your business goals, because trying to customize the theme can be a costly headache. 2. Strive for Simplicity “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci The purpose of web design is to help users find information they need and to help site owners achieve their goals at the same time. Look for a theme that has a design layout that helps you support your goal. It needs to look good but without compromising on usability and simplicity. 3. Responsive is Not Optional Anymore A significant number of web traffic is generated from mobile and other handheld devices. Google shows […]

Customize your Admin Area in WordPress

Customize your Admin Area in WordPress

Have you recently started using WordPress for your client’s project and want to further impress your client with your own brand? WordPress admin dashboard is the first page that is shown when you login into the wordpress admin panel. It is an ideal place for your branding where you can put your custom logo, widgets, custom text in as many places as you can without affecting the design of the website. Customize WordPress Login site Adding custom logo to WordPress Dashboard Adding Custom widget and footer to WordPress Dashboard When you develop a website for your client, most of them don’t understand the efforts that you have put into creating a dynamic website, or the 1000 lines of code that you have written to create a custom plugin. All they care about is what they see. Any commercial product would further make it more personal to the client instead of looking general. So why don’t you spend few minutes after completion of a project for your branding and make it feel more unique to the client? Following our guide on this series “Customize your Admin Area in WordPress”, we are not going into the detailed explanation of WordPress core functions, […]

How to Add Dashboard Footer in WordPress

How to Add Dashboard Footer in WordPress

Have you ever want others to know that you designed the specific WordPress theme? The WordPress dashboard is an ideal place for branding where you can put your custom logo in as many places as you can without affecting the design of the website. It’s very useful for branding purpose and may remind your client to come back to you for future work. By default WordPress has an inscription under the footer of admin area screen that you can see when scroll down at the bottom page. However, if you are working for on a client’s project, you might want to change it by your own custom text. WordPress Dashboard footer contains following text by default: This can be changed and you can add some useful links to be displayed in footer. WordPress provides a hook which allows you to this task. Now we can easily modify the WordPress Admin panel footer by using filter hooks and hook into ‘admin_footer_text’. Following our guide on series “Customize your Admin Area in WordPress”, and step How to Add a Custom Logo to WordPress Login Site you could be know how to creat your own plugin as well as basically modify the code. Now to accomplish this trick, all […]

How to Add a Custom Widget to WordPress Dashboard

How to Add a Custom Widget to WordPress Dashboard

In some situations, especially on multi-user blogs, it may be useful to completely remove widgets from the interface. By default, each individual user can turn off any given widget using the Screen Options (this option is located at the top right of your WordPress Dashboard area), but for non-technical users, it might be nicer for them to not see it at all. There are plenty of new themes coming out for WordPress every day, but none of them utilize a feature that remove default widgets or add custom dashboard widgets. In this article, we will show you how easy to remove the default widget, as well as add your own dashboard widget to display any information that you want. Remove default widget in WordPress Dashboard Following our guide on series “Customize your Admin Area in WordPress”, and step How to Add a Custom Logo to WordPress Login Site you could be know how to creat your own plugin as well as basically modify the code. So today we will proceed to customize the components inside the admin page, and firstly, we will show you how to remove default widget in WordPress Dashboard. Open the custom-admin plugin that you have made from the previous tutorial. You simply adding PHP code […]