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WordPress Basics: How Do Visitors Find Content On Your WordPress Blog?

December 7, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

WordPress Basics: How Do Visitors Find Content On Your WordPress Blog?

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When used as a blog, WordPress’s home page shows a reverse chronological (most recent first) list of articles. Readers scroll through the list, clicking on posts they find interesting. But WordPress also has several other ways for users to find posts. Understanding how they work will help you provide a better experience and increase the likelihood that user will stick around to read more posts.

Aside from the home page, the most common way for a user to browse the posts on a WordPress site is the archive page. Different themes display content on the archive page in different ways, but the most common organizing principles are by date, by theme, and occasionally by tag. Archive pages organized by date don’t need much explaining: typically readers click on a month and are taken to a list of posts published in that month, a more compact version of the home page.

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How to Get 73% More Shoppers with Product Videos

October 31, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

How to Get 73% More Shoppers with Product Videos

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Whether you’re using WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify, or any other platform, one thing remains the same: ecommerce design is about the customer. You want to design your online store around the preferences of your shoppers — that’s how to raise conversion rates. And what do shoppers want? They want product videos.

These statistics from HubSpot make a pretty compelling case. Of the people polled…

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Posted in: eCommerce

Firefox and Web Fonts on a CDN

November 27, 2013 5 Comments RSS Feed

Broken Web Fonts on a CDN in Firefox

If you’ve tried loading CDN-based Web fonts while browsing with Firefox, you may have noticed they don’t always load. This is because Firefox implemented the W3C Access Control specification and it causes Firefox to reject requests to cross-domain resources. To correct this issue, we need to tell the machine serving those requests to specifically allow cross-domain usage of the resource. To do that, we need to use the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header, I’ll show you how to do this in the last step.

Here are a few other things you should do as well to make sure things will load correctly. Read more

Posted in: General

I Love Records

April 3, 2013 0 Comments RSS Feed

I Love RecordsHello, I am Will Hough, and I am a vinyl junkie.

I’ve been collecting records on and off (as money allowed) since 1989. I’ve always been a music fan and my tastes are very diverse and picky.

My first record was 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be on Luke Skyywalker Records (before George Lucas sued them for using that name). It’s not the type of music I listen to today, but I’ll never get rid of it because it was my first. I remember trying to be like a DJ and scratching with it on my record player (needless to say, it’s not in the best of shape anymore).

I get excited when I come home and see a box of records at my door. I can’t wait to open each one up and check what color variant one might be or what sort of special packaging may have been created (there is some awesome packaging out there). One example of great packaging is Explosions In The Sky’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, which is a double LP packaged in a quad fold.

Photographic Records FragileExplosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care Read more

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Listing the Contents of a Windows Folder

November 16, 2012 2 Comments RSS Feed

Listing the Contents of a Windows Folder

Have you ever had a lot of files and folders that you want to list or print? I am a music fanatic and I discover and buy new music and put together a list each year. I have a folder with all the bands that I want to print out so I can easily copy and paste in to an html document and place it on my website.

Once I’m in the folder I want to print out I right click on directory window while holding Shift in the white space not selecting ant folders or files, and select ‘Open command window here’


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Simple Page Redirects – 301 Moved Permanently

July 27, 2012 2 Comments RSS Feed

Simple page redirects - 301 Moved Permanently

If you have ever built or managed a website, you know that site file names don’t always stay the same for whatever reason. This is when you need to add “301 Moved Permanently” rules to your .htaccess file.

This does a few things. First and foremost, it redirects your users to the new page on your site and secondly, tells the search engines that the old page no longer exists, and that the new page should replace it.

If you don’t already have one, you will need to create a .htaccess file within your site root.

You can make and edit this file right on your desktop. Depending on the OS you are using it may not let you create a file named .htaccess on your desktop. Simply name it htaccess.txt and then change it to .htaccess after you upload it to your site root.
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How to Fix the WordPress Admin Upgrade Loop

November 15, 2011 5 Comments RSS Feed

How to Fix the WordPress Admin Upgrade Loop
WordPress is typically great about taking care of itself and dealing with upgrades elegantly. However, sometimes it gets stuck in a rut. One common issue we’ve seen is the upgrade loop, which presents you with a page in wp-admin explaining that you need to upgrade your database, and upon clicking the button to do so, you’re looped back to the same page.

It’s important to understand what this is doing. Automattic (the developers of WordPress) knew that they might need to change around the database schema in future versions of WordPress. WordPress has a simple equality check to determine if the database version matches the version specified in the files. If these two versions don’t match, WordPress assumes that the database is out of date and needs to be updated.
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Add Facebook Like Button to Magento Product View

August 14, 2011 20 Comments RSS Feed

Add Facebook Like Button to Magento Product View
It seems that every site you visit has a link to share this article, page or product with your Facebook friends. This tutorial will make it easy for your customers to share your products with their Facebook friends. For this article I will use the Magento default theme as reference, you may need to adjust your code slightly if you use a custom theme.

We will simply add the Facebook like button to your product view page. With your favorite text editor, I like Notepad++ , open /app/design/frontend/base/default/template/catalog/product/view.phtml and around line 50 find the following code:

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<h1><?php echo $_helper->productAttribute($_product, $_product->getName(), 'name') ?></h1><br />

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How to Manually Install a Magento Theme

June 10, 2011 21 Comments RSS Feed

How to Install a Magento Theme
Sooner or later, you will probably want to install a Magento theme other than the default. The good news is, Magento theme installation is quick and easy. This will be accomplished in just 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Download a Theme

There are lots of places to find a good Magento theme. Here are a few places that you could start looking:
www.design4magento.com
www.magento-templates.com
www.rockettheme.com

And of course, thousands of other options can be found with a simple Google search. Now, you’ll probably notice before too long that some templates are Read more

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