Site builder

I’ve been building websites since 1994 and really enjoy it. In posts tagged as “Site builder,” I provide tutorials and information to help people creating sites with WordPress or Drupal.
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Toolbar Extras – Make the Admin Toolbar Work for You

Every time I work on a site I am reminded by the absurdity of the default admin menu shortcuts.  For example, the main links back to the dashboard from the front-end are Dashboard, Themes, Widgets, and Menus.  While those links are nice, I go to the Plugins admin page much more often.  In this post, …

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Themify Post Type Builder – The Easy Option for Custom Post Types and Templates

Introduction The Themify Post Type Builder (PTB) is a plugin for creating Custom Post Types (CPTs) and their display templates.  It is easy to work with and has some advanced features.  In this post, I want to do an overview of the features so that you can get a sense of whether it would fit …

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Userback and WordPress – Ways to Use this Feedback Platform

In the video accompanying this post I take a look at the Userback feedback platform, do a walk-through, and show you some ways that you can integrate it into your WordPress website.  I found that though Userback is straightforward and simple, it is pretty powerful, but easy to use.  Userback allows users to draw on, annotate, …

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Crocoblock Suite for Elementor: Custom Post Types & Templates – JetEngine & JetThemeCore

In this article I’m going to take a look at the Crocoblock Suite, especially in relation to dynamic data and creating theme templates. Video Here is a video walk-though of the using JetEngine and JetThemeCore for working with dynamic data.  I also use the JetSearch and JetSmartFilters plugins for search and filter pages.  The process …

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One Click Accessibility Plugin – Easily Add Accessibility Options to Your Site

In this post, I want to look at a free plugin for WordPress that helps to make your website more accessible for people with disabilities.  Website accessibility is important because these days we are living our lives more and more online and we want everyone to be able to participate and use our website.  …

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Custom Post Types and Displaying Dynamic Content – Review of the Options

In this article I want to look at WordPress Custom Post Types (CPTs) and the display of dynamic data. WordPress has had internal support for Custom Post Types since version 3.0, but does not have a built-in way to create them or to display CPT content on the front-end. For a long time, this was …

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Chrome Developer Tools: Features For Developers

In this article I want to look at the Chrome developer tools and some of the ways they can be used for development and for troubleshooting.  These tools have been expanded slowly over time and many people may not be familiar with them.  The developer tools can be a big help when it comes to creating web …

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WordPress Staging and Merging with BlogVault

In this article I want to look at WordPress staging and merging using BlogVault. Staging is important in the process of developing websites. It allows a developer to make changes without putting the production site in jeopardy and without interrupting service, but if you’re making changes on a staging site while the production site is …

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Crocoblock Suite for Elementor – Kava Theme

Video Here is a video overview of the Kava Theme that comes bundled with the Crocoblock suite for Elementor. The theme is shown in more detail in the video, as there is a walk-through, while the article below summarizes the pros and cons, with screenshots. Introduction This post is part of a mini-series looking at …

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Crocoblock Suite for Elementor: Dynamic Data – JetEngine & JetThemeCore

Video Here is a video overview of the Crocoblock suite for Elementor and a walk-through using JetEngine and JetThemeCore for working with dynamic data.  The process is shown in more detail in the video while in the article there are some screenshots taken at important points. Introduction This post is part of a mini-series looking …

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Crocoblock Suite for Elementor – Overview & Installation

Video Here is a video overview of the Crocoblock suite for Elementor and a walk-through of the different installation options.  The screens are shown in more detail in the video while in the article there are just screenshots taken at important points in the process.  There is some information in the article that is not …

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Cost-Effective Security and Backup Option – Review of Jetpack Premium

Who Is This Article For? In this article I review Jetpack Premium, one of the paid Jetpack plans.  The review is for people with a single site who have a small annual budget and who need to have support available. Now, if you have a high traffic site, an ecommerce store, or a membership component, …

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