Advantages of a WordPress website

Advantages of a WordPress website

In the past I have used FrontPage (Awful!), Dreamweaver 4, Dreamweaver MX, ColdFusion, raw coding CSS, HTML, PHP, PHPBB forums, Joomla and many other web applications and I have now settled with WordPress and here’s the reason why:

WordPress in my opinion is the easiest to set-up and use and it doesn’t take long to learn the features of it even for the most novice user. If you are able to login and navigate to the admin area, you can pretty much use the entire system with relative ease. From a static ‘brochure’ site to a daily blog, most types are easily catered for and some people even go full ecommerce using shop plugins.

Plugins are easy to install and while they can be a pain to set up (in terms of finding where settings are), they are still only a small learning curve away. There are 18,960 plug-ins available so you’re bound to find something of use.
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WordPress set up from vanilla install

This is how we like to set up a WordPress blog from scratch.

1. Install WordPress using Cpanel’s ‘Fantastico’ auto installer. Note down your admin login details!
2. Login to your ‘Dashboard’ and look for any system updates at the top, install the latest core updates if required.
3. Go to the ‘Appearance’/’Themes’ tab – Choose ‘Install Themes’ if you want to search for a new theme.
4. Go to ‘Settings’/ ‘General’ and edit your site name and description, timezone & date format
5. Edit ‘Reading Settings’ to show static page or latest blog post as your landing page.
6. In ‘Settings’/’Discussion’ un-tick ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles’ and set ‘Before a comment appears’ to ‘An administrator must always approve the comment’, in ‘Avatar Display’, select ‘don’t show’ and in ‘Default Avatar’ select ‘blank’
7. In ‘Permalinks’, change to MONTH AND NAME
8. In ‘Posts/Categories’, set categories to ‘site news’ or your own choice.
9. Visit all existing posts and pages (there should be 2) and un-tick ‘allow comments’ – go to ‘screen options’ at the top and tick ‘discussion’ to show the ‘comments options’ at the bottom.

Page order – For example, set your contact page to ‘9’ and consider the other page orders (this option is found on the right hand side of page when in edit page mode)

That’s the basic stuff covered, now edit the theme, add images, posts, pages, widgets etc. Read on for our suggested plug-ins list… Continue reading “WordPress set up from vanilla install”

What’s the difference between http and https?

What is the difference between http and https?

The main difference between http:/// <http://> and https:// is it’s all about keeping you secure    

HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol

The S stands for “Secure”…
If you visit a website or web page, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular ‘unsecured language. In other words, it is possible for someone to” eavesdrop” on your computer’s conversation with the website. If you fill out a form
on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.

This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website!

But if the web address begins with https:// that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure
code that no one can eavesdrop on. You understand why this is so important, right?

If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.

If it doesn’t, You should NEVER enter sensitive information….such as a credit card number.