New Direction and New WPUnite Theme

I’m making a number of changes to the WPUnite offer and website. I’ll be rolling them out the last week in May.

The first thing you might notice is that I’ve developed a new WPUnite Theme which I’m now using on this site. It uses Twenty Sixteeen as a framework and it’s coming together nicely.

It will be available in early June 2016 and it will be FREE…

Here are some features. Continue reading “New Direction and New WPUnite Theme”

How can I improve my WordPress site speed?

Site speed is the delay between a user clicking on a page link and when they see your content on their device. The speed can be affected by many variables; server times, caching, layout, amount of Css and JavaScript required to load on each page, images, redirects, plug-ins, mobile responsiveness to name a few.

In order to determine how your site is performing you should test it after any major changes to your theme or design. An easy test you can use is the Page Speed Test offered by Google, or Pingdom Website Speed Test after typing in your full URL (don’t forget the www), either site will test both the mobile and desktop sites and offer suggestions on what you can change to improve the way your site loads.

Some of the simplest fixes would be to: Continue reading “How can I improve my WordPress site speed?”

Check your site for hacks

Do you want a quick way to check if your site has been hacked?   Just because it doesn’t appear hacked doesn’t mean it hasn’t been.

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It’s important that you check your site regularly to see if it’s been compromised.

See my post here on protecting your site.

Even if your site checks out okay you should still follow the steps mentioned.

If it fails make sure you have a WordPress security plugin to thoroughly check your site.  I’m using Wordfence which did a good job of cleaning up my issues.    If you want a premium solution check out Sucuri.

 

WordPress Tips and Tricks: Line Spacing

Have you found yourself in the middle of creating a post on your WordPress blog when you hit enter to move down a line and all of a sudden you have a double line space instead of a single line space?

WordPress is set up differently than most word processing programs we are used to. The enter key actually tells WordPress that you are starting a whole new paragraph rather than a new line like MS Word or Pages. How do you avoid this frustration when writing?

The easiest way is the keyboard shortcut SHIFT+ENTER when you are at the end of a line, this will let WordPress know that you are simply done with the line and don’t want to create a new paragraph.

What other tips would you like to hear about? Leave a comment below and we will answer them in a future blog post!

Common WordPress Errors: Can’t Reset Admin Password

Does this sound familiar?

You can’t remember your admin password. You’ve tried the lost password link but find no email with reset instructions even after checking your spam folders.

What do you do now?

The easiest solution would be to login to your cPanel and under the Database section click on phpMyAdmin.

  • Select your WordPress database, locate wp_users and click on browse to the right.
  • You’ll see all of your user names listed, find the admin (or whichever one you need to reset), and click Edit.
  • Reset your password by typing in a new password (case-sensitive) into user_pass, choose MD5 from the dropdown menu under Function and click the Go button.

You should now be able to log into your admin account with your new password.

If this doesn’t work for you, the second option would be to access your account through FTP. Before doing this make note of the user ID from the wp_users table above. Once you log into your FTP, find your current theme files, and download the functions.php file.

  • Open the functions.php in notepad, and directly after the first <?php:  insert the code: Wp_set_password(‘NewPassword’,1);
  • New Password should be replaced with the password you are changing it to (case sensitive), and the number should be the user ID from wp_users table.
  • Save the document and upload via FTP.

Try logging into your admin dashboard. If it works, go back to FTP and removed the code and upload the functions.php file without it.

This WordPress error can easily be avoided in the future by adding additional admin users that can go in an reset passwords of other admins. You should never rely on a single login to any site you manage. You may also want to think about a password keeper to store your logins if you go any length of time between using them.