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/

 

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

WordPress for Business Websites

Business websites with wordpress

Why WordPress? Because it works!

Approximately 12% of all websites on the web are built using WordPress.  It is by far the most common and well known platform ever.  There are over twenty five thousand plugins available for modifying, adding features, changing layouts and appearance with the click of a button.  Contact forms, security settings, online shopping carts, integrations, chat, newsletters, action buttons, sidebar displays and much more…

SEO capability is the true WordPress ‘secret weapon’. Without arguement, WordPress produces sites that index very well.  With comparitively little effort (maybe the 80/20 rule again?) a WordPress site can be fine-tuned to deliver surprising SEO results in a very short time.  Wordpress capabilities in SEO and Content Management make your input the 20% needed to get the 80% results!

To learn more about what WordPress website design can do for you please use our Contact Form

Categories or Tags?

tag

When setting up a new ecommerce website it is easy to get confused about the difference between tags and categories.

Categories are used to display products in their logical groups or divisions.  For example, on a clothing site this might be used to separate types of products like, Tops, Pants, Footwear etc…

Tags are used to cross reference features of an item, in our Clothing example, this could include colours, fabric type, styles etc…

For more help in using tags and categories on your ecommerce website, feel free to open a support request or ask a question in our support forums.

You can also contact us for more tag and category ecommerce support.