Here’s How to Be the Worst WordPress Designer on the Planet (In 8 Steps or Less)

Hey you, bad guy (or gal), this post is for you!

If you want to be the worst WordPress designer on the planet, search no more! This is the only guide you’ll ever need.

Here’s how to achieve your majestic goal in eight steps (or less!): (more…)

The Truth About Content Sliders – Are They Any Good?

I’m sure you’re fairly familiar with content sliders. In short, it’s those things that clients always want on their sites to make them more “dynamic” and “alive.”

And sure, to some extend they do that. After all, sliders introduce movement, and movement means life. But are sliders actually any good? Should we use them on the sites we’re building just because clients ask us to? Should we use it on our own sites? Or maybe they’re just landfill.

Well, let’s find out. (more…)

10 Best Drag-and-Drop WordPress Theme Builders (Or Let’s Make it 14! – UPDATE)

Some of us, quite frankly, don’t know how to code and don’t have the time or resources to learn the skill. But we still want the ability to create a quality website from start to finish, without the need to hire a sub-contractor web developer, don’t we?

Luckily for us, there are solutions out there that can make our lives a lot easier. And as you can see in the headline, I’m talking about drag-and-drop theme builders. Of course, those tools are not always applicable to every project you’re building. But when they are, they will make your work a lot faster. (more…)

How to Enable Author Bio Boxes on WordPress

An author bio is now an accepted trend on the web, especially on multi-author sites. It establishes reputation and trust, which isn’t quite there when all you know is the author’s name. It can also make the reading experience more personal.

But a good bio box should be eye catching and attractive. It doesn’t help to have a bio if no one notices it. So here are the possible ways to make it work:

Enabling author bio with plugins

The easiest way to make and display an author bio is to use a plugin. You may be giving up a bit of control that programming provides, but it is probably the most efficient option nonetheless. Here are three of the best ones: (more…)

This Is How You Get Stunning Content Presentation on a WordPress Site [Codeinwp Roundup 001]

Is it just my impression or do people generally don’t care that much about the so called “content blocks” on their WordPress sites?

Where by “content block,” I mean the main block where the actual article or blog post is visible.

For instance, even if you look at the official theme gallery at WordPress.org, you’ll see that most theme designs are focused primarily around headers, sidebars, and occasional backgrounds. Whereas the content blocks are mostly all Arial 14px, probably with no image styles.

Well, that can’t be right. After all, the content block is where the majority of your visitor’s attention is focused, so we owe it to them in a big way to make those content blocks as stunning (and readable) as possible. (more…)

5 Best AdSense Themes – Optimized WordPress Themes

If you’re reading this article, you most likely want to start earning money from ads on your site through AdSense. Great. The main problem you’re probably having is that you’re not sure where to put ads, and even if you do, your theme may make it troublesome. It would be a lot easier if there was a theme out there optimized for AdSense, so you didn’t have to do all the hard work. You’re in luck, because there are many themes out there that are optimized for AdSense. I’m going to list 5 well-made themes here. (more…)

The 6 Step Process of Designing a WordPress Site From Top to Bottom Quickly (& In a Way That Your Client Will Love)

Some designers hate WordPress.

They say WordPress limits their creativity.

They say it’s not really as easy to use as some think it is, and that clients tend to be very confused when interacting with it.

They say it’s difficult to convert a modern design into a usable theme.

And, here’s the kicker, they are right.

At least partly.

WordPress is not perfect as a web development platform, especially when working with clients. That’s why we need to adapt a certain approach if we want to make them happy (read: so they will pay us). (more…)

15 Best WordPress Review Themes

WordPress is used more and more by businesses to sell their products. One of the main things consumers like to see when they’re looking for products or services are reviews. Nothing makes a consumer feel better than seeing a thorough and informative review on the product they’re looking for. As a business owner or just reviewer using WordPress, you want your site to not only have good content, but to look great too. To help you in your quest for the best review site, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best review themes out there. (more…)

Testimonials … Are You Doing It Right? (as Taught by Sam Lloyd)

Since we started this business back in July 2011, we’ve had the privilege to work with lots of awesome people. Really, lots of them! But there’s one specific story we’d like to share with you today.

A couple of weeks ago, we got contacted by Sam Lloyd of Qualtrics. Sam was actually our very first client.

Like most businesses, we like to receive testimonials, so we asked Sam if he could write us a couple of sentences about his experiences.

But since Sam is a writer, he has a different way of approaching these things. Let’s just say we got waaaay more than we asked for. (more…)

10 wp-config Tweaks to Improve Your WordPress Site

For a sample wp-config.php file to play along with, click here.

Many WordPress users will never open their wp-config.php file, unless they need to enable multisite or debugging. The wp-config file is the blueprint behind how your site functions and is structured. Just like building anything, a little extra planning for your WordPress site makes a big difference in the long run.

We’re going to go over 10 quick edits you can make to your wp-config file to make your site more secure and your life easier.

We’ll cover how to change the default theme, disable the theme and plugin editor, rearrange the directory structure of your site, and more. (more…)