I recently spent about 3 hours implementing a jquery script to create equal height columns in WordPress. It was a great learning experience, but if you’re more interested in creating equal height columns now, the following turtorial will help. [Read more…]
There are many reasons a WordPress contact form won’t send email to the form email recipient:
- The From email address is not the same as your website domain.
- Your web server does not allow the PHP mail function.
- Your domain is configured to use an external email server.
FYI: I just updated some of my sites that use the Really Simple Share plugin. After updating, I noticed that all the pages had a Google search box at the bottom of every page. I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how it got there. [Read more…]
Most Genesis templates provide the ability to add a WordPress Featured Image to a post and to display the Featured Image on the Blog page. But what if you also want to display a Featured Image on a single post or page? And what if you want to use a Featured image with a size different than the Featured Image used on your blog page? The following tutorial explains how to add a featured image to a genesis post or page. [Read more…]
Until Yesterday, I’ve never had a reason to modify WordPress language files. But yesterday, I installed the Yoast Local SEO plugin on a site and noticed that the company field called Second Phone showed up on the page as Secondary Phone. The client wanted it to say Toll Free. That’s when I began a two hour search trying to figure out how I could modify a language file without hacking the plugin. [Read more…]
I rarely do hosting reviews unless the host is bad. This is my Siteground Hosting Review: Stay Away.
On the surface, Siteground hosting looks good. And they are for most things except one: their FTP service is extremely slow and inconsistent. For example, sometime when I upload a file, it takes a few seconds, as it should. But more often, it takes 30-60 seconds to upload a file. And I’m talking about small files; eg, 656 bytes.
I called them to complain and got the run around and they said there were no problems. But I’ve worked on about 8 sites on Siteground and FTP is always an issue. It is important to note that I NEVER have this slow FTP problem with wp-engine, Bluehost, Hostgator, DreamHost.
This Spring, I published a tutorial on how to add a Retina logo to Genesis templates. Although Retina logos look great, they’re kind of a pain to set up. You have to create multiple logo sizes and write several media queries. I have moved on to a simplified method: SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) logos for Genesis templates. [Read more…]
In the good old days of the internet (eg, 4 years ago), I found the standard shared hosting packages on Hostgator or Bluehost to be more than adequate for client sites and for my OWN website. But in the last two years, shared hosting for CMS systems like Joomla or WordPress has gone from more than adequate to adequate to adequate only at certain times. As a result, I moved my site to WP Engine and I’m very happy with the speed. Both the front and back end runs a LOT faster than any shared hosting I’ve used so far. In fact, it runs as fast as the VPS servers I have worked on. [Read more…]
A couple of months ago, one of my clients started missing important emails from the Contact Form 7 forms on his site. While we worked out how to fix the email problem, I installed the Contact Form DB Plugin. The Contact Form DB Plugin saves all Contact 7 Form Submissions in a unique table in the WordPress database. (The plugin also works with JetPack Contact Form, Fast Secure Contact Form, and Gravity Forms) With the Contact Form DB plugin, you’ll never miss a form submission again due to email or server problems. I highly recommend it. [Read more…]
I recently ran into a problem where the WordPress plugin Contact Form 7 was not sending emails to the site administrator. After several hours of research, I figured out why.
Updated 10-06-15 [Read more…]