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/

 

Ecommerce integration for POLI Payments!

poli

This is a biggie for our e-commerce websites in New Zealand and Australia – POLi is the only direct internet banking solution for websites that I know.

Why use POLi?

Poli polipay direct bank payments for woocommerce.

  • POLi offers very low fees and rates – countering the major problem of profit attrition for Online Stores

  • Tremendous accessibility – use any one of the major banks in New Zealand and Australia

  • Fantastic Merchant Service – This really has been unbelievable, their NZ service team have really given us fantastic support

  • Regularly updated and dedicated plugin.

If you would like help adding POLi to your NZ or AU ecommerce website please us our Ecommerce Enquiry Form

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

Zendesk Support and Zapier

Want more possibilities for integrating your Zendesk online helpdesk with your WordPress website?

Meet Zapier!

Zapier provides a means of pushing data to and from hundreds of different website, SaaS and CMS sources, and included the Zendesk online helpdesk platform and WordPress.

Maintain a consistant knowledge base

Set up Zapier for Zendesk online support, and automatically post new WordPress posts to your Zendesk Knowledge Base forums, Set up multiple ‘Zaps’ to post to different forums depending on the content and/or keywords in your post.

Unlimited options

There is a vast range of options in Zapier and indeed in setting up each individual ‘Zap’. So many different ways to trigger the ‘Zap’, different checks and arguments, to filter and refine the triggering and action taken.

Check it out today at http://zapier.com and try their product free for 14 days.

Free Photo and Graphics Program – GIMP

Ever wished you had an advanced graphics program for editing and manipulating photos?

Many of the common solutions today are too costly for most users including Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw programs.

Hello GIMP! A powerful photo and graphics solution

GIMP is a free and fully featured graphics program that we recommend for our users.

Features include clearcutting photos, photo correction and easy resizing.

Download GIMP here

 

Photo and image modification service

Don’t have time to learn GIMP?  Send us your photos to modify for you!  

Submit your photos on our online helpdesk!

We specialize in getting your photos ‘web-ready’, but can perform many image modification tasks quickly and efficiently.  Enquire now!