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Install & Configure Caching

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The last thing I want to talk about in this course on building a Professional Services website is caching. The reason why I left caching to the very end is because that's what you want to do when building your site. You should never have any caching happening on your site while you're working on

WordPress Security Basics

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Now that you know how to keep your Professional Services WordPress website updated, the next thing we are going to do is learn about WordPress security. Really, the most important thing to know about WordPress security is that there are two important tools and if you maintain those tools the chances of you getting hacked

How to Upgrade WordPress on a Site that has been Neglected

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We’ve covered WordPress Backup Basics and how to upgrade Plugins and themes but we haven’t talked about upgrading a WordPress site that hasn’t been updated regularly. Well, I have just such a WordPress site right here. This site is at WordPress 4.6.3. Let’s go to that site and then to WordPress Admin. Now, in this case,

How to Upgrade WordPress Plugins

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The next thing in this Essential Website Administrative Tasks lesson we're going to talk about is upgrading plugins. Plugins are very simple to upgrade. I’m going to go through the process and upgrade some plugins on byobwebsite. Whenever I upgrade plugins and the website especially with big plugins like WishList Member, I do a backup.

WordPress Backup Basics

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Welcome to this 14th and final lesson in our Build a professional website using WordPress and Thesis 2.3. In this lesson we are going to talk about all the administrative things that are necessary in order to be a responsible website owner. There are a handful of things that you want to do but it's

Install & Configure iThemes Security Pro

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When we talked about WordPress Security basics one of the resources I talked about and recommended was iThemes Security Pro. iThemes Security Pro is a paid plugin but I have provided you with a download link for it here. There is your BackupBuddy download and there's your iTheme security download. You won’t get the next

Add Contact Information Using a Text Widget

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We’ve just looked at types of widgets available in WordPress for small business websites. As I just said the text widget is your workhorse widget. It can be used many ways. Here we’re going to create a contact widget using a text widget. And I already have widget text set up for that so let’s

Add a Call to Action Using a Visual Text Widget

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The next most useful kind of text widget for a professional business website is called a visual widget. This is essentially a text widget that has a visual editor like the WordPress editor. In order to use this widget we need to install a plugin. Come over here to Plugins and Add New. And in

Using Blog Related Widgets

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We just added a photo gallery plugin to a widget for our professional services architectural WordPress website. And that brings us to the rest of the widget conversation. For example, what I want to do is put a list of recent posts here. And Thesis has a very nice facility for that and it’s called

Configure the Photo Gallery plugin

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Photo galleries are very useful for small business websites that have pictures that they can show. If you’ve got a lot of pictures then galleries look very impressive. That’s true even if they are not professional images, even if they are just images you took with your phone. So if you have a whole bunch

Add a Testimonial Using a Visual Text Widget

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We’ve just added a Call to Action to the professional WordPress website we’re building using a visual text widget. We’ll follow that up by using the visual text widget again but this time we’re going to use it to create a testimonial widget. Let’s come over here and close this one down and then come

Types of WordPress Widgets

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Now that we’ve gone over what a widget is and how to work with them on your WordPress website let’s take a look at the types of widgets available. WordPress has a couple of different types of widgets built in. I place them into 3 different categories: Blog related widgets Safely ignored widgets Widgets are

Understanding WordPress Widgets

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Good Morning and welcome to lesson 12 in this class on how to build a Professional Website using WordPress and Thesis theme 2.3. In this lesson we are going to work with plugins and widgets. The first question to answer is “what is a widget?”. Well, a widget is a module essentially that adds content

Create the Menus

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The next thing we need to do before styling the header is to create the menu for this Professional Services website we're creating. We’ve created all these pages but we don’t have any menus. When we look at the site as it stands we don’t have a menu here at all. We can’t go look

Inserting Video and Audio into your Pages

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Now that we've talked about how to add images to your WordPress website I want to talk briefly about how to add video and audio to your pages. With the advent of HTML5, it has become much easier for you to add video and audio to your site and generally does not require any kind of

Add Blog Functionality to the Site

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Now that we have reviewed the ways that pages and posts are organized in WordPress, it’s time to add the blog functionality to this Professional Services website. The first aspect of that is just understanding our site architecture. Remember that we've got these four main pages. One main page has three sub pages. Another main

Organizing Content in WordPress

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Now that you understand WordPress as a content management system and the kinds of pages and organization it generates, it’s time to do our own organization. We are going to talk about how we are going to organize our content for a Professional Services website in WordPress and Thesis. WordPress has inherent organization. As we

WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)

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Welcome to Lesson 9, Add Blog Functionality to the Site, in our course how to build a Professional Website in WordPress and Thesis 2.2. Today we are going to add the blog functionality to our website. It's not going to strictly speaking be a blog but I am going to show you how a small