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Adding Signatures to Forms in WordPress

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In this session we discuss adding signatures to forms in WordPress and the different ways in which this can be done. We talk about using the Adobe forms system that allows you to create a PDF file and access these files from the site which are stored in the Adobe account. We also talk about

Troubleshooting Issues in Backup Buddy

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In this session we troubleshoot issues in BackupBuddy and demonstrate how to exclude file and directory defaults. We check the server tools for issues and we suggest updating WordPress, BackupBuddy and all plugins. Rick: Okay so let's go to BackupBuddy. Member: BackupBuddy? Rick: Yeah, that's fine just the Backup or whatever that's fine. Okay so

How to Approach Organizing a Complex Website

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In this session we discuss how to approach organizing a complex website so that users can find information quickly. We discuss the most important use of categories which is to provide structured URLs for search engines. The category names become part of the URL so they should reflect the content that's being displayed and include

Troubleshooting and Solving Responsiveness Issues in Thesis 2.1

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In this session we troubleshoot and solve responsiveness issues in Thesis 2.1 for an image that has absolute height. We use custom CSS for the image container widget and remove the bottom margin to get rid of the height because it’s set automatically and is too tall for the space. We show how to specify

How to Easily Use the Design from One Thesis Website on Others

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In this session we discuss how to easily use the design from one Thesis website on others using two options. You can use the Skin Manager to create a backup which you then export to your computer and then import it to another site. All the settings are brought automatically to that site. If you

How to Create a Real Estate Listing with Custom Post Types and Custom Fields in Thesis 2.1

In this session we show how to create a real estate listing with custom post types and custom fields in Thesis 2.1 using the Types plugin and the BYOB Post Meta Fields Extended Box for Thesis 2.1 which gives you a great deal of control over the post meta. We also recommend watching the video

How to Align the Menu and Header Image in Agility

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In this session we demonstrate how to align the menu and header image in Agility under Layout, Fonts, Sizes and Colors using the column and header system. Member: So in my yeah, you see it's like a header image and the menu and the content and they don't seem to be aligned. Rick: Okay, well

Suggestions for Generating Color Schemes

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In this session we suggest different ways of generating color schemes and the different tools available that will allow a larger range of colors for selection. A few of these suggestions are RGB Color Scale, Thesis ColorScale, HTML Color Picker from w3schools and Adobe Kuler. Member: The first is if it's possible to use the

How to Control the Length of the Excerpt in Thesis 2.1

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In this session we discuss how to control the length of the Excerpt in Thesis 2.1 using the BYOB Custom Excerpt Box for Thesis 2.1. You can use it in place of the regular except in your templates and you can use it inside other boxes like the query box. The BYOB Custom Excerpt Box

Which Search Widget Should I Use?

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In this session we discuss various search widgets and make a few recommendations for search widgets that are easy to customize. The default search widget has the least amount of customization while the Thesis search widget lets you do things like create a button and a place for the text. Both of those and most

How to Adjust Spacing Between the Excerpt and the Read More Button in Thesis 2.1

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In this session we demonstrate how to adjust spacing between the Excerpt and the Read More button in Thesis 2.1 using custom CSS and show three places to remove the margin. Member: I can't see at all any under CSS or anywhere how to manipulate that space. It's in the bottom of the Excerpt and

Help! My Thesis 2.1 Sidebar Drops to the Bottom of the Page

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In this session we show how to fix a Thesis 2.1 sidebar that drops to the bottom of the page. In Custom CSS, we change the width of the custom container, take the image and make it wider so that it matches. We also get rid of bottom margin and change the bottom border to

How to Upgrade to Thesis 1.8.6

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In this session we show how to Upgrade to Thesis 1.8.6. The upgrade is necessary because of a comment problem that doesn't show up on a site using WordPress 4.0. We demonstrate the upgrade process using two ways. One using FTP Client and the other way using the host's control panel and in this case,

The Bullet Proof Safe Way to Upgrade WordPress

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In this session we demonstrate the bullet proof safe way to upgrade WordPress. We show how to backup the site first using BackupBuddy to update files, folders and database. This gives you a mechanism for recovery if a problem occurs. Then we go through the process of upgrading plugins some of which can be done

How to Add Analytics Tracking Scripts to Genesis 2.1

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In this session we talk about where the best place is to add analytics tracking scripts to a Genesis 2.1 site. The site has the Yoast SEO plugin installed. We talk about why we recommend adding the scripts inside the head of Genesis itself as long as Yoast is not doing it because it shouldn't

Troubleshooting Image Alignment in WordPress

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In this session we troubleshoot image alignment in WordPress by setting all images to align none to automatically align them to the left. Member: I had a question for you. On my site, all my images are not lining up for me. They seem to line up better on Firefox and when I try to

How to Right Align a Menu in Thesis 2.1

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In this session we demonstrate how to right align a menu in Thesis 2.1 where we set an explicit width to top nav and when the browser window gets below that width we reset that to 100% wide. Member: Can you please narrow the width of the screen of your browser. Further, further. The menu

How to Set the Number of Posts that are Displayed on the Blog in Thesis 2.1

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In this session we demonstrate how to set the number of posts that are displayed on the blog in Thesis 2.1 from the template settings. We go to the Skin Editor then the Home Template and under WP Loop we set the number of posts to show. Member: As you can see the three excerpts

How Should I Secure my WordPress Website?

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In this session we discuss how to secure WordPress websites. We recommend to use Sucuri because it scans the site for vulnerability.  We also discuss the basics of using strong passwords, the use of virus protection to make sure viruses are not passed from the computer to the website when logging in to the dashboard,

How to Disable Automatic WordPress Updates

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In this session we discuss how to disable the WordPress automatic updates using the The Definitive Guide to Disabling Auto Updates in WordPress. There are a lot ways to adjust automatic background updates but we can disallow the entire automatic updater by adding code to the wp-config file. Member: Just a couple of questions for