Category: Quick Guides
How to Auto Update the Copyright Year in a WordPress Footer
An out-of-date copyright year in a site’s footer is a common sight, especially early in a new year. It happens because people don’t take advantage of WordPress’s server-side language, PHP, to auto-update the copyright year in WordPress. Instead they’re manually changing it. But it’s a complex and menial task, so it’s easy to put off.
How to Set Up File Downloads for Your Site
I recently found myself hunting for a solution that would allow a visitor to click a button to automatically download a free ebook. If you need to allow your users to download files from a WordPress site, today’s post will help.
How to See What Fonts a Website is Using
If you’ve ever wondered how to see what fonts a website is using, the answer is as simple as opening your browser inspector. Since every bit of a website is interpreted in your browser, if you know how to use your browser inspector properly you can figure out fonts, images, CSS properties, and anything else on the page.
How to Clear Your SiteGround Cache
One reason we love SiteGround is its comprehensive caching solution, SuperCacher. It sits on SiteGround’s own servers so it’s much faster and better tailored to your site than plugin-based solutions like W3 Total Cache, and so if you’re using it you basically don’t need any other WordPress caching solution.
How to Transfer Your Site to SiteGround: Setting Up and Forwarding a New Email
Transferring your site to a new host can be a bit scary if you haven’t done it before. We thought this would be a good time to teach you how to tackle that site transfer yourself! This post is the third in our series about how to transfer your site to SiteGround, our favorite host (check out parts 1 and part 2 – and our review of them, if you haven’t already). Today, we’ll cover how to set up a new email address though your cPanel and transfer incoming emails to your existing email client.
Using the Chrome Inspect Element Tool to examine HTML and CSS for a page
Once you have your development environment set up, and a child theme ready to be filled in, there’s one more handy tool you’ll want to understand before you start making changes to your site. Google’s Chrome Inspect Element feature has become a beloved tool by developers because it allows you to see the code behind any given feature of your site from the front end. If you’re using a theme you didn’t hand code yourself, you’ll need to figure out what classes and ids correspond to which parts of your site before you can start making changes. Here’s how to use Chrome Inspect Element to quickly get the information you need to start designing your site.
How to Clear the Cache of WP Super Cache
Seeing an invalid (old, expired) cached pages is one of the most common and frustrating stumbling blocks for people getting to WordPress development for the first time. Different caching systems have different (or non-existent) options to clear that cache. In this video and guide we explain how the clear the cache if you’re using the WP Super Cache plugin.
Making Your Site Faster with the WP Super Cache Plugin
As developers, one of the first things we always do on a shared host is install a full-page-caching plugin called WP Super Cache. Some shared hosts now offer caching outside of WordPress; SiteGround does. If they do, use that instead of WP Super Cache. It’ll be faster. But if they don’t have a caching layer from the host, using WP Super Cache made by Automattic (makers of WordPress.com) is the way to go.
Why We Love WPBruiser and How to Reduce Spam Submissions on Your Site
One of the most annoying parts of maintaining a WordPress site effectively is dealing with spam submissions. CAPTCHA, a type of challenge-response test that’s used to tell if a user is human, is one of the most common ways of protecting against spam. It’s also one of the most obnoxious for users. We’ve all had experiences on sites where we had to decode unreadable, broken numbers in an image multiple times before we could sign up for a mailing list or submit a question over a contact form. The WPBruiser plugin (formerly Goodbye CAPTCHA) is one of our favorite plugins for dealing spam and boosting the security of your site (this isn’t a sponsored post, so you know we must really love it!).
Why and How to Change Your Meta Title and Meta Description in WordPress using Yoast
If you’re trying to increase traffic to your website and improve your SEO, Yoast SEO for WordPress has quickly become the go-to SEO solution for most WordPress developers. It’s a multifaceted SEO plugin that’s full of features that make optimization easier to keep up with! One of our favorite features is the snippet editor, which gives you the ability to edit your meta title and meta description in WordPress which we’ll cover in this post.