WordPress MacGyver Returns: Monkeying with WordPress Captions

WordPress captions are really useful, but let’s face the hard truth – the default appearance can be ugly in some layouts. If you’re tired of looking at uninspiring grey boxes, this post is for you. WordPress MacGyver is back, and this time, it’s captional. Before tweaking your captions, the first thing you’ll want to do is save a copy of your CSS (I can’t say this enough – always back up your CSS!). Next,  navigate to Appearance > Editor > Stylesheet. Find the wp-caption classes and you’re … [Read more...]

6 Amazing Comment Plugins for WordPress

Comments on WordPress can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth. However, when used properly, WordPress comments are a fantastic way to engage with your readership. They encourage feedback, allow your readers to connect with each other, and ultimately provide additional reasons for your readers to come back to your site. Comments are powerful. To encourage commenting on your site, you should carefully consider the options that you want your readers to have. What should the comments … [Read more...]

WordPress Comments: Sometimes More Trouble Than They’re Worth

Comments are one of the most important tools that readers have to interact with your site. Using comments on WordPress, they can leave feedback about pages and posts, and start conversations with other readers. But interactivity isn't always a good thing – at least not on certain pages. When designing your WordPress site, you should think carefully about what sort of content should invite commentary. The most important question to ask when establishing comments on your site is: How will … [Read more...]

How to Create an Accessible WordPress Site

Does your website have entrance ramps for wheelchair users, and braille buttons on its elevators? Many users with physical impairments find that the digital world can be just as daunting as the world of bricks and mortar. When designing and creating for the Internet age, it's easy to put yourself in the place of your readers. But it takes all kinds to make a world, so you should create for everyone who might visit your site. In this week's post, we're going to look at some of the basic steps … [Read more...]

Tweaking Your WordPress Theme’s Text – Part 2

Welcome back! Last week, we looked at the basics of text in CSS, and learned about how to choose the best colour for your WordPress theme’s text. In this post, we’ll be looking at fonts, and answering some of the most common questions: What type of font should I use for my website?What's the difference between serif and sans-serif fonts?How large should the text on my website be? Before we begin, we can't say it enough: before experimenting with your CSS, be sure to back up your style sheet. … [Read more...]

Tweaking Your WordPress Theme’s Text – Part 1

Last week, we showed you how to create a child theme in WordPress – the first step in experimenting with your theme and becoming a WordPress MacGyver. This week and next, we’ll look at the basics of tweaking your WordPress theme’s text. After reading these posts, you'll be able to make basic changes to how your website displays text – so that your site will stand apart. But before you begin, a word of warning: it's easy to go too far when making changes to your website text. Think of designing … [Read more...]

Creating a Child Theme in WordPress: The Basics

There are thousands of ready-made WordPress themes that can make your site look gorgeous without a lot of effort. But maybe you want to disable comments on pages, or adjust the colour of the menu. Where to begin? Luckily, you don't need to be a code wizard to play with your WordPress theme. All you need is a basic understanding of CSS and PHP. Over the next few weeks, we'll show you how to become a WordPress MacGyver. You don’t need to be a total expert – you just need a few tools, a little … [Read more...]

Using the Genesis Simple Sidebars Plugin

One of the things I absolutely love about WordPress are the sibebar widgets. They allow you to place all kinds of different content on your WordPress site.  Typically you set up the content for the Sidebar of your theme and the widgets place in them will be displayed on all the pages of your site.  But what if you what to have specific content linked for a specific page.  For example on our demo site, we have a Page called "Bridgewater", on this page we only want specific information to be … [Read more...]

Taking your WordPress Navigation Menu Further

The navigation menu of your site is one of the most important parts of your website. Whether you have one navigation bar or two your WordPress website needs a clean functioning menu. A navigation menu needs to be laid out in such a way that your site visitors can easily navigate through your website quickly without visiting too many nested pages.  We believe "less is more" with menus.  We are using the Genesis Framework with a child theme, but these "basics" should work with any WordPress … [Read more...]

Set up WordPress Navigation Menu – Genesis Framework

I want to outline the basics of setting up the navigation menus for a Genesis Theme on your WordPress site.  After you initially setup your WordPress site it can look a little scarey to say the least.  Your theme will look nothing like that sleek demo example.  Keep in mind there is no data in your site at all, no posts, no pages, no content in the widget areas, nothing!   What I always do is to add some sample data in the form of pages and posts.  This will allow you to set up the navigation … [Read more...]