WordPress Twenty Thirteen Full Width Page

Out of the box, the WordPress 2013 theme doesnt have a full width page template.  Sure if you remove all the widgets, you get a beautiful full screen look, but what if you DO want widget, just not on some pages?

This tutorial will show you how to;

Add a full width page template to your 2013 Child Theme.

Now first of all we start with the requisite rule – Use a child theme!  There is a simple plugin to create this – see  ‘One Click Child Theme’

Now – Presuming you now have your child theme…

  1. Install and activate the plugin – Theme File Duplicator
  2. In the WordPress admin menu, navigate to Appearance > Add Page Template
  3. The default page to copy should be ‘page.php’ – this is correct.
  4. Give the new template a name (eg. Full Width Page)
  5. Name the file full-width-page.php
  6. Click ‘Create New File’

 

Now to modify the full width page file

  1. Navigate to Appearance > Editor
  2. Select the new page template from the list
  3. Delete the content completely
  4. Download this zip folder and extract the contents – Full-width-page.zip
  5. Copy and paste the text contents into the Full Width Page template
  6. Click ‘Update File’

Add CSS code

  1. Navigate to Appearance > Editor
  2. In the CSS ‘Style’ File – add the following (or similar CSS code) to the bottom of the file.

/* ======================= Full Width Page ===============*/

.entry-header-full, .entry-content-full {
margin: 0 auto;
max-width: 1040px;
}

 

Use the new full width template

  • Start a new page
  • Under Page Attributes > Template, select the new Full Width Page template

Happy publishing!

 

 

Create a Child Theme the Easy way

When modifying your WordPress website, it is imperative that you make you modifications on a Child Theme.  For non-gurus like me, there IS an easy way!

How to Create a Child Theme the Easy Way

To copy templates to your new Child Theme, see an example in Adding a Full Width Page to 2013 Theme

 

 

 

Easy demo content – Lorem Ipsum!

This wee plugin is so effective – any time you begin a new site, it can look so bland with just ‘Hello World’ content.  Using ‘Lorem Shortcode’ plugin, you can have easy auto-generated content in paragraphs with one simple shortcode.

There are simple extra parameters that can be added too, and it works well in a sidebar widget.

Get the plugin here http://wordpress.org/plugins/lorem-shortcode/

 

The Best WordPress Forms Plugin Ever!

Wordpress Forms Plugin

Want the easiest, most adaptable and reliable WordPress form plugin ever?  Gravity Forms is it! find out more about the most advanced WordPress contact form plugin.

Forms Plugin for Wordpress

Gravity Forms WordPress plugin is the most advanced forms plugin we have ever used.  The simple ‘drag and drop’ interface makes designing the forms exceptionally simple.  But dont think that this plugin is just simple, all the complex options for the technical bits are there too if you need them. The primary purpose of almost all business websites, is to make contact with potential customers.  It makes sense to ensure the contact process is as smooth and trouble-free as possible doesn’t it?

Ready to purchase? Forms plugin options – Choose Carefully

There are three options for this WordPress forms plugin – the Personal, Business and Developer version.  Choose your version carefully, the personal plugin will support only one site officially, and though this can be used on more than one site, you will need to manually update every subsequent site, which is time consuming.  We would recommend purchasing a pack to cover the sites you need to service, thus ensuring that updates are easy and that you have full support for each of the sites.

Visit Gravity Forms WordPress Plugin Page

 

More features and Info

WordPress Form Plugin –  Form Builder

Quickly build and design your WordPress forms using the form editor. Select your fields, configure your options, and easily embed forms on your WordPress powered site using the built in tools.

Multi-Page Forms

The page break field allows you to break up your form into multiple pages and even show a progress bar that let’s your user know where they are in the process.

Form Settings

Easily configure the title, description, settings and confirmation message using the form settings.

WordPress Form – Limit Number of Entries

You can simply limit how many entries any form will accept and when the limited is exceeded, leave a customised message for the visitors.

Advanced Fields

Advanced fields allow capturing names, addresses and phone numbers to email addresses, website URL’s and even file uploads.

Schedule Forms

Only want a form available for a limited period of time? Set a start and end date to limit form access and display a custom message when the form has expired.

 

 

Standard Fields

Need a text field, paragraph field, drop-downs, checkboxes and some radio buttons? We’ve got you covered. Our standard fields consist of all the major form field types

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Pricing Fields

Gravity Forms makes it’s easy to create order forms. Order forms can incorporate pricing specific fields to allow your users to make selections and generate a total based on product and option selections.

User Generated Content! Squeeze Me? I Love it!

This WordPress Forms plugin isn’t just for entries. It can also create WordPress posts. This allow users to post content from the front end of your site.  That’s right, Allow users to create posts from the WordPress frontend!

Read more about Gravity Forms WordPress Plugin

 

 

WordPress Newsletter Plugin – MailPoet (Formerly WYSIJA)

MailPoet Wysija WordPress Website Newsletters

Meet MailPoet

Managing users and newsletters for your business should be easy!

The WordPress Plugin ‘MailPoet‘ formerly called Wysija (What you send is just awesome!), is a fantastic free WordPress plugin that simply makes sense.  2000 subscribers for free.  The drag and drop editor is so simple and you can automate newsletters to synchronise with your website articles.

We love it, and are sure you will too!

To get MailPoet integrated on your site now – Contact Us!

MailPoet / Wysija – Here is the info!

Create automatic newsletters, post notifications and auto-responders.  Drop your posts, images, social icons in your newsletter. Change fonts and colors on the fly. Manage all your subscribers. 

What you send is just awesome! (WYSIJA) – Now MailPoet

We simply love this plugin, and agree with the developers that WordPress should be easy. Not hard. Forget MailChimp, Aweber, etc. These are the good guys inside your Website!

Check out this list of fantastic features, right inside your WordPress site!

  • Drag & drop visual editor
  • Auto-responders, i.e. “Send email 3 days after someone subscribes”
  • Selection of over 30 themes.
  • Get stats for each newsletter: opens, clicks, unreads, unsubscribes
  • Add a subscription form in your sidebar or pages
  • Your newsletters look the same in Gmail, iPhone, Android, Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.
  • Your WordPress users have their own list
  • Import subscribers from MailChimp, Aweber, etc.
  • One click import from Tribulant, Satollo, Subscribe2, etc.
  • Single or double opt-in, your choice
  • Send with your web host, Gmail or SMTP
  • Segment your lists based on opened, clicked & bounced
  • Unlimited number of lists
  • Sending in free version is limited to 2000 subscribers

WYSIJA / Mail Poet Premium version

 

  • Send to more than 2000 subscribers
  • Stats for individual subscribers (opened, clicked)
  • Total clicks for each link in your newsletter
  • Access to Premium themes
  • Automated bounce handling. Keeps your list clean, avoid being labeled a spammer
  • Unlimited spam score tests with mail-tester.com
  • Improve deliverability with DKIM signature
  • We trigger your email queue, like a real cron job
  • Don’t reinstall. Simply install an additional plugin
  • Priority support

For more about integrating WYSIJA into your site, please use our contact form

Confirm User Registration – WP Plugin

Want to monitor and control users on your WordPress Website?

Confirm User Registration; WordPress Plugin by Ralf Hortt

For a large number of websites over the last few years I have wanted to remain in control of user registration and control who is actually registering on the sites.  Not just for spam control, but for limited access websites and wholesale only eCommerce sites.

confirm user registration1

I have tried several WordPress plugins for user registration control, but found this one to be the most effective, whilst also being very simple.

Installation is instant using the normal WordPress plugin module, and once activated, one extra option is added to the ‘Users’ menu as pictured.

The plugins admin panel is equally logical and straight forward as shown below; simply tick the users you want to approve and hit ‘Authenticate’.  From this panel, you can also delete the user.

Authenticated users receive an email to advise them when they have been approved and until that time, cannot log in to the site.  Message to the user are able to be configured on the settings tab.

confirm user registration

We highly recommend this plugin for any site that requires manual approval of user registrations.

Possible improvements would be to include a ‘Blocked’ list, to leave users registered but disallow registered use; effectively making it impossible for them to re-register.

Overall we give this Plugin a 9 out of 10 rating

If you use this plugin, don’t forget to donate something to the author to encourage it’s maintenence and continuance – http://horttcore.de/

Recent Posts Extended – Remove 'Permalink to'

The ‘Recent Posts Extended’ WordPress Plugin widget by default prepends the words ‘Permalink to’ on every sidebar widget link, effectively diluting SEO strength in the title attribute.

To remove this;

Open – recent-posts-widget-extended/includes/widget-recent-posts-extended.php

Find the below section in two places…

 <a href=”<?php the_permalink(); ?>” title=”<?php printf(esc_attr__(‘Permalink to %s’, ‘rpwe’), the_title_attribute(‘echo=0’)); ?>” rel=”bookmark”>

Remove the words permalink to from both sections as shown below.

 <a href=”<?php the_permalink(); ?>” title=”<?php printf(esc_attr__(‘%s’, ‘rpwe’), the_title_attribute(‘echo=0’)); ?>” rel=”bookmark”>

This will remove the offending wording and SEO irritation 🙂

View more plugin reviews and modifications on our WordPress Plugins page

WordPress Membership Control – S2Member® Plugin

Membership and income plugin - s2member gives fantastic configuration options

Want to make an income from your website? Having effective member only areas, or member priviledges can turn your valuable site into an income generating website.

WordPress Membership Control Plugin? – S2Member® is the answer!

S2Member® is a fantastic membership control plugin for generating income from your WordPress site, but also can be used for security and page visibility within an Intranet or team site.

There is a free version of the plugin, but to get full support and unlimited roles, we recommend purchasing a full one-time license from $69 USD

 

Info from the s2Member® Website

s2Member® Pro is an add-on module for the free version of the s2Member® Framework. s2Member® Pro adds PayPal® Pro integration, PayPal® Pro Form Generators, and Authorize.Net® AIM/ARB integration (also w/ Pro Forms).

In addition, s2Member® Pro includes Google® Checkout integration, ClickBank® integration, advanced User Import/Export tools, Coupon Codes, a Pro Login Widget (plus Profile Summary); and many other enhancements.

With 1000’s of customers, an intelligent open-community, comprehensive documentation, video tutorials, APIs, the s2Member® Codex, KB articles, and over 50,000 forum posts; s2Member® Pro just can’t be beat.

If you want to secure WordPress® content and offer users/members a secure checkout solution that integrates seamlessly with WordPress® Roles/Capabilities, purchase today. It’s like a cash machine. s2Member® Pro puts money back in your pocket with every customer you acquire!

s2Member® Pro Supports All Of These Payment Gateways
PayPal®, PayPal® Pro, Authorize.Net®, Google® Checkout, ClickBank®

See options and pricing on the S2Member Site