Hidden Content Options for Your WordPress Website

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As a WordPress website owner, you have the power to control what content is visible to your visitors and search engines. Sometimes, you may want to hide specific pages from search engines and navigation menus, while other times, you may prefer to restrict access to certain pages only to users with custom permissions. Here, we…

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Dawn Theme 4 Column Grid Html

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Here’s how to add 4 responsive columns to add any page without a custom page template using these built-in css classes in the popular Online Store 2.0 Dawn theme for Shopify. Simply end the page and switch to the “text” view and paste this html structure. Note that the “center” class on the individual column…

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Clean Up Data for MailChimp Import

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MailChimp’s sample import file isn’t a bad place to start with getting your contact into your audience. But it can also leave some messy data on your hands. Here are some tips to clean up up your data for MailChimp in Google Sheets before you import as a csv: 1) Get your column names correct.…

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How to Add an Outside User to a Google Domain Registration

Add an outside user to a Google Domain Registration

Although you should be careful about who you add permissions for to control your domain, adding an outside user to your Google domain registration is easy. Here’s how to give a user outside your of your domain or organization access to your DNS settings. Sign in to Google Domains. Select the name of your domain.…

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Add a Full Width Notification Bar in Miva to the Shadows Theme

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How to easily add a full-width notification bar in one of the latest Miva Ready Themes with these quick code snippets placed in your user interface and css. This has been tested and works in the Shadows Ready theme. Go to User Interface > Settings in the admin. Scroll down to Global Header & Footer…

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Workaround to add a notification bar to a Divi theme WordPress site

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Here’s an easy workaround to add a notification bar to your WordPress site with the Divi theme without using a plugin. As a work-around, it doesn’t include tons of options but it’s work-able and you don’t need any plugins. In fact a lot of notification bar plugins won’t work with the Divi theme so this has saved me a few times for clients needed a quick solution.

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Turn off Animations on Mobile in the Divi Theme

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Sometimes animations can be problematic on mobile phones by slowing down the website responses and negatively affecting the user experience. To turn off animations and disable them on mobile devices in the Divi WordPress theme you can use some CSS combined with a media query. You can add the CSS to your theme options inside…

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Quick WPEngine Site Launch Checklist

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Here’s a quick WPE Site Launch checklist for launching WordPress sites for the first time on WPEngine assuming you’ve already done the basics like setting your permalinks, etc. Delete any unused pages and that “Hello World” post Ensure your contact form is working correctly and mailing the right people notifications. Add contact form spam measures.…

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Unleash Powerful Workflow Methods in Divi Builder

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Building and maintaining websites using the Elegant Themes Divi theme gets faster with these power user tips. 1. Use the premade Divi Layouts. 2. Use Right Click to extend section, row module styles throughout pages, sections or rows.  There’s a ton of power hidden in these. 3. Setup Global Sections on your first page build…

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Steps to Prepare for Your Small Business Website

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Ready to get going on your shiny new business website? Excellent! Here are the general steps to prepare for your small business website presence. Note this list assumes you’ve already figured your USP (unique selling proposition) and are now ready to shout it out to the world. Figure out your domain name Create a list…

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Access Your SiteGround Temporary Url

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  Author’s note: The following article is no longer up to date as SiteGround has moved away from using a CPanel. Here where to find the temporary url which is only available during the SiteGround website’s creation process.    You can easily access your WordPress site via the SiteGround temporary url without the DNS propagation…

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Export WooCommerce Customers with Addresses from WordPress for Shopify

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There’s a simple way to export your customer information from WooCommerce without using a plugin including their shipping address and phone number into a csv. This is particularly handy if you’re looking to export WooCommerce customers to import them into Shopify. We’ll get this done using a query in phpMyAdmin on the WordPress database. But…

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Create a Google Account without a Gmail Address

When you have a Google account it unlocks the ability to use their free services for your business like Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Google My Business, Google Search Console, Google Voice and more. Here’s step-by-step instructions on how to set up any email account as your Google account. A lot of people assume…

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Favorite WordPress Plugins

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These plugins do the amazing and make working with WordPress so much more powerful, and flexible. Most are free, some are paid. All are worth your time and donations for the plugin creators. All-in-One WP Migration by ServMask – if you miss using the Blog Vault migration when importing to WPEngine this is your savior. Free…

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Stop Blocking Search Engines from Crawling your WordPress Website

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You may not be getting the most out of your website if you search your brand name and Google comes up with “No information is available for this page.” Google explains why they’re not showing any information. But how can you fix it fast and stop blocking search engines indexing for a WordPress site? Most of…

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Add Animated Divi Menu Underline on Hover


You can easily add an animated divi menu underline beneath each menu in the Divi theme from Elegant Themes with a little custom css added to your WordPress site running the Divi theme. This menu underline effect grows from the center and shows on the desktop menu only. This css style is using the default settings for…

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Getting Started on Time Keeping and Invoices as a Freelancer


Using Google Docs and Sheets for invoices Time Keeping with Google Sheets In order to invoice for your services you need to either have a set price (sometimes called a project price) for your services or an hourly rate. If you’re charging on an hourly basis (sometimes called time and materials) then you’ll need to…

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WP Engine vs. Liquid Web Managed WordPress Hosting

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Considering making the switch away from WP Engine in favor of Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress Hosting? I made a shift with over 30 sites a few months ago and thought I’d share my results, the pros, and the cons with you thus far to help you consider WP Engine vs. Liquid Web. Things you’ll like…

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Modern Creative Holiday Cards


Winter isn’t here yet but yes, it’s coming and so is the season of holiday card giving.  No email, tweet or text can convey the card and thought of  snazzy modern creative holiday cards with a hand-written note.  Here’s 11 examples of choose to from including clean design, eye-catching illustrations, humor and even a Game…

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Easily Manage Consistent Type in Photoshop Mockups


Consistent Type in Photoshop throughout a bunch of design mockups can be a challenge. Here’s a great way to keep your type consistent across your mockups in Photoshop using Adobe’s Creative Cloud libraries via the InVisionApp. Editor’s note: this is no longer available. 🙁

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Online Printers for Greeting Cards and Invitations


Here’s our experience with online printers for high-quality greeting cards and invitations based on selection, cost, ease of use and card quality. What started out as an article to recommend online printers has become a cautionary tale. Bottom line, expect to maybe save some money over a local printer but give yourself plenty of time…

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Override Gravity Forms Field Type to Show Mobile Telephone Keypad


To force a Gravity Forms number field to display the telephone keypad on mobile devices you have to override the field type for a selected field. You can accomplish this by adding the below code to your WordPress child theme functions.php file located in your /wp-content/themes/child-theme folder. Yes it’s true that by default Gravity Forms…

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Find the exact color on a website


It’s easy to find the exact color from a website. It doesn’t matter if it’s a color from an image, a logo, a video or really any part of a website. Here’s how to find that color from any pixel on the page.

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Functions to Improve Divi WordPress Theme


Here are some functions to super charge and improve the Divi WordPress theme. You can add Font Awesome, speed up your site, remove the Projects Custom Post Type and if you’re using Gravity Forms, track form submissions as Google Analytics Events.

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