July 21, 2015 / WordPress / by Kathy Alice

Moving boxes .. and WordPress sites
Moving boxes .. and WordPress sites
I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. For one thing I’ve moved my residence. There’s no way around it, moving sucks, especially when you lived in one place for seven years. So I guess it was only appropriate to have the challenge of moving a WordPress blog to a new domain for a client soon after my move.

The scenario

These moves can be really dependent on the scenario you are dealing with, for example: who has the domain registered etc., so I’m just going to detail what I did and hopefully it will help others.

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June 23, 2014 / WordPress / by Kathy Alice

WordPress coding can be frustrating
Why don’t my child theme CSS changes work?
You’ve got your new WordPress theme and love it but you want to tweak it to make it yours. Unless it is a premium theme that supports customizations in the WordPress admin, you need to create a child theme to make the modifications. Why use a child theme? Yes, it can be easier to just hack the theme’s files directly, but if you ever update your theme, all your changes will be overwritten and lost. Which sucks, so use a child theme.

I’ve created many child themes. It’s usually a quick and easy process that takes just a few minutes, especially if you are comfortable with the task of creating a directory on your server.

However recently I ran into issues modifying the CSS of a child theme using the Responsive theme as the parent that took me a long time to resolve. I spent hours looking through posts and the WordPress forums and found no answer, so if you are having the same problem with your child theme read on..

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March 11, 2014 / WordPress / by Kathy Alice

Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme
Vibrant Orange Header from Twenty Thirteen
I’m using the latest default WordPress theme, twenty thirteen, for a membership site project that I have been working on.

For this project my needs are simple and so far twenty thirteen has delivered, albeit with some manageable issues.

Turning off comments was a simple one line code change, but implementing excerpts turned into something a little more involved, thanks to some newer underlying functionality that nevertheless complicated the task.

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January 31, 2013 / WordPress / by Kathy Alice

This post was originally published March 6, 2011. In it I published a WordPress ping list and an explanation on what I had done to vet it. However 2 years later I drastically reduced my ping list when I found out that pinging many (and potentially spammy) services might actually hurt your Google rankings.

What is a WordPress Ping List?

Whenever you publish a new post or make edits to your existing ones, WordPress will send a notification (called a ping) to the services on your ping list to let them know about your new or updated post. It’s been a good way to get the word out about your blog.

WordPress out of the box comes set up to notify one service rpc.pingomatic.com, and users can add to the list in the writing settings, as many bloggers have. However there are much better ways to notify Google of your new page or post.

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October 6, 2012 / WordPress / by Kathy Alice

Stacking up to a Hoarder – storage.com
Got infographic? Although the linkbaiting with an infographic tactic has been around for while, it’s popularity shows no sign of abating. Infographics also seem tailor made to share on pinterest, a visual pin up board.

But of course we don’t want sharing limited to pinterest, our ultimate goal is to have other bloggers embed the infographic so that we build backlinks to our site. So that is where creating an embed code box comes in. Just an aside, I’m surprised to see infographics posted without these – putting the onus on me as a blogger to figure out how to embed it in my post. So why not make easy? It might get you a few more links.

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September 24, 2012 / WordPress / by Kathy Alice

I’m starting to dig into improving my WordPress site performance, as it is not where I want to be. On average it takes 3 seconds before it starts rendering and up to 6 or 7 seconds to finish. So I need to improve my WordPress site, so where do I begin? You can start with throwing solutions, such as caching, at the problem, which may or may not help, or you can first diagnose the problem

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