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WordPress Training based Ireland. We offer free business Website by Pinguis Website Design. We provide a comprehensive list of WordPress Tips and server management hints to experienced users and new wordpress users.

We deal with Changing Server Permissions, installing wordpress for the first time and code snippets. How to find the right web host, How to install WordPress, Getting to know the WordPress Dashboard, Creating Content: Posts vs. Pages and when to use each, How to write a WordPress post, Using WordPress themes, How to use WordPress widgets, Using WordPress plugins, How to create custom WordPress menus
Getting Started the Install, and Planning Your Website. The best WordPress Training.

What is WordPress?

WordPress started off as a blogging platform which allowed users to share with the world their passions, hobbies and images. Businesses quickly noticed how easy and straight forward this system was to use and quickly adopted it as their platform of choice on which to build their business website. In the spirit of WordPress we provide free WordPress Training

Why use WordPress?

Why WordPress is a winning solution for your business website:

1) Extremely easy of use – If you can work Microsoft Word or send an email then WordPress will be a breeze to learn.

2) Millions of businesses around the world now use WordPress. With a massive community online assistance is always online with D.I.Y. enthusiasts waiting to help you. Is it the #1 choice of Content Management Systems available today.

3) Safe and secure  WordPress is updated regularly which makes it harder and harder for hackers and bad guys to break into your website.

4) It’s free  and governed by GPL a body, responsible for free open source software – free to download and use with no monthly or yearly costs.

5) It’s highly customisable – With thousands of free templates or Premium WordPress Themes, the choice is yours. With 100’s of thousands of themes to choose from there is the perfect layout and look for you – available free or to buy today.

Planning Your Website

The difference between a disappointing website and a website that becomes the life line of your business? Simple and it all in the planning.

Now lets start we are going to spend some time thinking about our goals and developing the plan.

This phase includes everything from planning our content to creating a budget

Learnables:
  • Defining Your Business Website
  • Content Planning what will be on it
  • Diagram Your Website
  • Have site Budget

What is the purpose of your website.

With WordPress you dont need techanical skills or know-how to use it.

But while WordPress is simple and taken the work out of making a site, the one thing that you still have to do, planning behind your site.

For your site to be an effective business tool, it must reflect the core goals and missions of your company. Whereas many of us start the planning of a site by looking at the available WordPress themes and letting those designs sway our decisions, we really need to be starting from a more strategic point of view and making decisions about themes, plugins etc, based on the bigger picture.

1) What are the values and overall mission of your company?

fundamentally your website must be a reflection of the driving force behind your business. What are you trying to convey? What is it about your business that keeps you motivated to run it every day?

What are the business goals of the company?

Website development to marketing strategy. Get clear on what the specific goals of your company are. Your goals may change over time, so it’s good to review them periodically and make sure your site is still in alignment with your business goals.

Who are your desired clients?

Provide a certain service or make a certain product and do that well. So focus on catering to the customers you really want to attract to ensure you are building a business and client base that will serve its purpose.

What do you want visitors to do at your site – your call to action?

 

Have a Clear, defined serving you and your purpose. The more clear your sense of direction, the better result you will get out of your site.

How to Install WordPress

Your web host may offers a ‘one-click install‘ or similar for WordPress, you may want to choose that.

WordPress while easy to use. Installing it is not for the faint hearted.

2nd:) If Your web host offers a ‘one-click install‘ you may choose that:

  1. Download and unzip the WordPress package if you haven’t already.
  2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
  3. Upload the WordPress files to the desired location on your web server: If you want to install WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (excluding the WordPress directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
  4. If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your web site (e.g. http://example.com/blog/), create the blog directory on your server and upload the contents of the unzipped WordPress package to the directory via FTP.
    Note: If your FTP client has an option to convert file names to lower case, make sure it’s disabled.
  5. Run the WordPress installation script by accessing the URL in a web browser. This should be the URL where you uploaded the WordPress files directly to.
  6. If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/
  7. If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit: http://example.com/blog/

That’s it! WordPress should now be installed.

Any problems give me a call

I also provide a wordpress install service to get you started.

Understanding WordPress and SEO

WordPress Training. Pinguis Website Training, Irish WordPress Experts.

We provide Training in WordPress and seo.

WordPress was at first a blogging platform and later a good content management system but now its a great c.m.s. Ideally suited for business owners and bloggers who are looking to be able to manage and update their own wordpress website, when ever they want.

This website is an example of the level of understanding of WordPress, its a multisite wordpress install. With several sub-domains installed and separate websites on this domain. All websites are on page one in their chosen category for searches. And there is a lot of sub domains to install.

Contact 087 754-7098

How to find the right web host, How to install WordPress, Getting to know the WordPress Dashboard, Creating Content: Posts vs. Pages and when to use each, How to write a WordPress post, Using WordPress themes, How to use WordPress widgets, Using WordPress plugins, How to create custom WordPress menus
Getting Started the Install, and Planning Your Website

More than 25% of website are now designed with WordPress and its free. And more business owners are requesting that they have full access to their own website’s back-end, allowing them to update and change their website when and how they choose.

They wish to add in a new page or blog post, delete a part of a certain page or change the entire theme and look of their website.

Early Content Management Systems (CMS) were hard to use. Even adding in something simple such as a new line of text was hard work. WordPress  to the rescue, its a platform for building and updating websites.

What is WordPress?

WordPress started off as a blogging platform which allowed users to share with the world their passions, hobbies and images. Businesses quickly noticed how easy and straight forward this system was to use and quickly adopted it as their platform of choice on which to build their business website. In the spirit of WordPress we provide free WordPress Training in Kerry and Cork

Why use WordPress?

Why WordPress is a winning solution for your business website:

1) Extremely easy of use – If you can work Microsoft Word or send an email then WordPress will be a breeze to learn.

2) Millions of businesses around the world now use WordPress. With a massive community online assistance is always online with D.I.Y. enthusiasts waiting to help you. Is it the #1 choice of Content Management Systems available today.

3) Safe and secure  WordPress is updated regularly which makes it harder and harder for hackers and bad guys to break into your website.

4) It’s free  and governed by GPL a body, responsible for free open source software – free to download and use with no monthly or yearly costs.

5) It’s highly customisable – With thousands of free templates or Premium WordPress Themes, the choice is yours. With 100’s of thousands of themes to choose from there is the perfect layout and look for you – available free or to buy today.

WordPress Design, Training and SEO

 

� Character Error in WordPress

Different (special) characters showing on all pages and posts even navigation. Lately i have noticed some character showing in my WordPress website design blog. These characters are appearing when the ” , ‘ and space character is used

I have installed some plugins in the hope of speeding up the website. But to my dismay it has not worked and left all these little guys(basically everywhere).

After reading up on solutions i realised that the plugin has changed my wp-config page see below for a sample
In my wp-config there was characters at the start of every line an upside down question mark ¿
This was then translated to � on the front end or my live website.

 
¿// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //

¿/** The name of the database for WordPress */
¿define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here');

¿/** MySQL database username */
¿define('DB_USER', 'username_here');

¿/** MySQL database password */
¿define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here');

Upon reading further i realised it was a character miscoding error.
How to fix character miscoding errors.

Fixing the Character Encoding Mismatch Problem in WordPress

Step 1) Open the ‘wp-config.php’ file in a text editor such as textwrangler or BBEdit even notepad (the wp-config.php file can be found on the directory where you installed WordPress).

locate the wp-config file with wordpress

Where to locate the wp-config file with wordpress

Step 2) Find the following two lines and comment them out:

define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');
define('DB_COLLATE', '');

They should look like the following after you comment them out:

//define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');
//define('DB_COLLATE', '');

Step 3) Now upload the updated ‘wp-config.php’ file to your web server.

htaccess index.html added by Plugin wordpress

This works for any wordpress directory.

If you have a WordPress website and have noticed that some thing has added index.html or a plugin has added it.

Example would be http://pinguisweb.com/about/index.html.

The code below will redirect to http://pinguisweb.com/about/ and drop index.html

try adding

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteRule ^index\.html$ / [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^(.*)/index\.html$ /$1/ [R=301,L]

to your .htaccess file

How to redirect subdirectory to url with htaccess file

 

This will redirect all references to Car-Sales directory to 
the car-sales file. 

RedirectMatch 301 ^/Car-Sales/.*$ http://pinguisweb.com/car-sales/

Debugging WordPress Errors & Issues

Guide to Debugging WordPress Errors & Issues

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WordPress Themes Explained

WordPress Themes Explained

Basically a WordPress Theme is a set of files that work together to produce an interface with an underlying unifying design for a website.

These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software. These files are keep separate from the themes files in folders or directories.

What does the WordPress Theme provide

All of the front end styles of your WordPress site.

  • the overall design or style of your page (header, main content area, sidebar, footer)
  • font styling
  • colors and overall layout
  • widget locations
  • page layouts (the templates)
  • styles for blog posts and blog archives
  • any additional styling effects

WordPress content is stored in a database. When a request is made, the request page is called and transported over the internet. The structure of that content is then formatted(shaped) by the theme and presented to the browser via php and css stylesheets.

 

Dealing with theme from WordPress

Dealing with theme from WordPress themes repository

After logging in on the left sidebar click on Appearance by default themes your installed themes are shown. Click Add New in the top left of the screen.

Add New Themes to WordPress

Add Themes from WordPress.org


 

Click on your selected theme for more information.

Wordpress Options Theme InstallYou can click X to return to themes repository.

Click < to go to your previous theme or > to go to the next theme. This is great to see the theme in Live Preview, meaning you can see a predicated look at the theme. (Better to Activate the theme and check your website. You can always change back later). After you select you theme click Install. Next screen will ask you to Activate the theme.



How to Upload a theme

If you have purchased a theme or downloaded a free one. Go to Appearance >> Themes >> Add New  >> then Click Upload Theme.

Browse to the theme .zip file on you computer and click upload. The time varies depending on internet speed, so be patient

Upload Your Theme in a .zip format

Upload Your Theme in a .zip file

Once the theme is activated and you are happy.


Delete all unused or unwanted theme

To delete a theme. Go to Appearance, click themes and again you will see all you installed themes. Click on the ones you don’t want. Notice Delete in the bottom right of the popup window.

Delete WordPress Themes

I always delete unwanted themes and plugins. Keep your website size down. Lean and mean as they say in Kerry.