Easy WP Guide http://easywpguide.com An easy to follow guide to help you understand the basics of editing your WordPress site Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3 Premium WordPress Themes from ThemeFuse – Get in the Giveaway http://easywpguide.com/2015/02/3-premium-wordpress-themes-themefuse-get-giveaway/ http://easywpguide.com/2015/02/3-premium-wordpress-themes-themefuse-get-giveaway/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 23:20:43 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=14285 Ready for some good news? Our friends over at ThemeFuse.com have decided they’re going to share three premium WordPress themes licenses with our loyal fans. ThemeFuse offers powerful, professionally designed, customized themes to fit any need at all and now's your chance to win one for free!

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This is a sponsored post from ThemeFuse.

UPDATED: Prize winners announced below! Thanks everyone for entering and for supporting Easy WP Guide!

Ready for some good news? Our friends over at ThemeFuse have decided they’re going to share three premium WordPress themes licenses with our loyal fans.

Chances are good you’re already using WordPress as your blog or website platform, but you might not have the right theme for your needs. Maybe you haven’t found one that tickles your fancy, or perhaps you haven’t been able to pony up the cash for a professionally designed theme. With this giveaway, you have no worries. ThemeFuse offers powerful, professionally designed, customized themes to fit any need at all. And you get all that at no cost whatsoever.

Why do you want to win a theme from ThemeFuse anyway?

ThemeFuse has become a name to be reckoned with in the world of WordPress theme design. They build cool sites, with professional design, full functionality and all the bells and whistles you might want. User friendly and easily adapted to your specific needs, these are the themes you need.

On top of that, ThemeFuse has announced they’re partnering with a trusted web hosting company. Sign up for hosting through ThemeFuse, and the company will even foot the bill for your domain name. It’s never been easier to establish a web presence and enjoy a pro theme at the same time. Find out more about this killer offer.

Below, you’ll find just a few of the many professional WordPress templates ThemeFuse has created.

HomeQuest – Real Estate WordPress Theme

This is the ideal WordPress theme for real estate agents, brokers and agencies interested in getting their properties out in front of potential clients.

homequest

The Flavour – Restaurant WordPress Theme

Your only stop if you need a modern restaurant WordPress theme that has all the bells and whistles to push your business forward.

The Flavour

Paradise Cove – WordPress Hotel Theme

Run a B&B or hotel? This is a responsive theme built just for your needs. It’s all inclusive and easily customizable.

Paradise Cove

Philanthropy – Nonprofit WordPress Theme

A responsive nonprofit WordPress theme that has all it takes if you are looking for a website that stands our from the crowd.

Philanthropy

Paws & Claws – Pet WordPress Theme

A Responsive pet WordPress theme that will brighten up your pet clinic website, with its unique illustrations.

Paws & Claws

Beat Heaven – Music WordPress Theme

A responsive music WordPress theme for artists or event planners that want to stand out in front of the competition.

Beat Heaven

We’re giving away 3 vouchers. This is all you need to do to get your name in the running:

  • Add a comment down below. Let us know what you intend to do with your free theme and where it’ll go live.
  • Tweet this: Win a free @ThemeFuse #WordPress Theme from @easywpguide.
  • Like the ThemeFuse Facebook page.

Don’t forget – we’ll be posting the winners in just one week, so stay tuned!

No matter what your needs are, you know ThemeFuse can deliver. Get your name in for your chance to win a free professional WordPress theme.

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Learn WordPress and Digital Marketing with WP Applied http://easywpguide.com/2015/01/learn-wordpress-digital-marketing-wp-applied/ http://easywpguide.com/2015/01/learn-wordpress-digital-marketing-wp-applied/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 06:01:55 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=11522 Recently I had the good fortune to try out an excellent […]

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Recently I had the good fortune to try out an excellent new online training service called WP Applied. WP Applied will not only teach you how to setup your WordPress site, but will also focus on generating leads and sales and offer the full range of digital skills that will help you to grow your business online. WP Applied is operated by Brian Duffy, who is an experienced college instructor. Brian is the Director of Web and Multimedia at Ballsbridge College, Dublin. If you’re interested in rolling up your sleeves and getting some hands on experience in learning how to setup, configure and market your WordPress site (at a generously discounted rate as well!), then read on my friends!

One of the great things I loved about WP Applied is that it steps you through the whole process of setting up and managing a website. It’s not just about setting up WordPress. Obviously that’s a key component, but as well as stepping you through the installation process on a live server, you’re also shown how to get a website up and running as well as adding and updating your content. It doesn’t stop there though, you also learn about driving traffic with Adwords and Facebook, Content Marketing, Email Marketing, eCommerce and Affiliate Marketing, Google Analytics & Webmaster tools and a whole host of other topics. There’s also a free lesson on the WP Applied homepage that you can run through, before you decide to sign up.

What sets WP Applied apart from other WordPress courses is the fact that each member gets their hands dirty with the real tools of the trade: web hosting, WordPress, themes, plugins and all the other services real online business owners use on a daily basis.
— Kevin Muldoon, Blogger, Internet Marketer, WordPress Expert

Where WP Applied stands out from a lot of other online training is that you actually get hands on experience. WP Applied consists of 20 business-focused exercises, each lasting for about 30-40 minutes. As well as the professional videos, each student is setup with their own hosting account so you can actually follow along and perform the tasks outlined in each session. Watching training videos is one thing, but the ability to get hands on experience at the same time is where WP Applied really shines. All the software and services you’ll be using throughout the training are provided for free. These include web hosting, an installation of WordPress, as well as premium themes and plugins valued at over USD$500.

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The next course starts on January 26, 2015 and all lessons are 100% on-demand which means that you can work at your own pace and at a time that’s convenient to yourself. You get full access to all the lessons, free software, your practice website and support services from Brian for 3 months starting from the commencement date.

As mentioned above, Brian is generously offering his excellent training at a discounted rate for Easy WP Guide readers. Normally priced at €299 (approx AUD$445 / USD$364), Brian is generously extending his Early Bird discount rate of €199 (approx AUD$293 / USD$237). Make sure you get in quick though as spaces are limited to 50 people.

Head over to WP Applied to learn more about this great online training and enrol yourself for the January course. The sooner you start learning, the sooner you can put everything into practice!

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Easy WP Guide 3.1 is released http://easywpguide.com/2014/12/easy-wp-guide-3-1-released/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/12/easy-wp-guide-3-1-released/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:46:05 +0000 http://easywpguide.com/?p=10590 It’s that time of the year again. No, I’m n […]

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It’s that time of the year again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas, I’m talking about another WordPress release. WordPress Version 4.1, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, shipped last week. You can download it from WordPress.org or simply update in your WordPress dashboard. With each new version of WordPress, I also update the Easy WP Guide. As usual, this updated version covers all the new features and changes that came with the latest version.

One of the exciting new features that WordPress 4.1 brings along, is a new default theme, Twenty Fifteen. Twenty Fifteen is a blog focused theme, with an emphasis on clarity and readability. It uses Google’s Noto font family which aims to support all the world’s languages, meaning it’s ideal for languages with non-latin alphabets.

Distraction Free Writing has been improved, when editing your content. Now, when Distraction Free Writing is turned on, your menu and side panels fade away, leaving you to focus on what’s important. Your content. When you want to use your tools again, simply move the cursor outside of the Visual Editor and everything returns.

If you’re one of the (roughly) 45% of people who use non-english web content, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s now even easier to change the language in your WordPress Dashboard. You can switch to over forty different languages using the Site Language dropdown on the General Settings page.

With WordPress 4.1, embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a page or post.

The Plugin installer now also provides plugin recommendations. These are based on the plugins that are currently installed.

As with most WordPress updates, there’s also a lot of improvements behind the scenes. Metadata, date, and term queries have been improved, along with improvements in the Customizer API.

Along with all the new features added into this new version of the Guide, I’ve also tweaked a number of chapters to improve the language and make it that bit easier to read. There’s also a few places in the Dashboard where screens have changed ever so slightly, so those screenshots have been updated in the guide as well, to make sure it reflects these changes.

If you haven’t done it already, make sure you click that update button in your Dashboard to get the latest and greatest version of WordPress. As with any site updates though, it’s also wise to perform a site backup first, just in the unlikely event that you encounter some issues.

So, head on over to the download page to download the latest version of the Easy WP Guide, or if you want to get stuck straight into it, read it online. The ePub & Mobipocket versions in the Apple iBookstore, B&N Nook Books Store and the Amazon Kindle store will also get updated, but it’ll take a week of so for those to appear. I’ll update the links to those new mobile optimised versions as they become available.

Happy holidays everyone! Whatever you celebrate at this time of the year, stay safe and have fun!

See you in 2015.

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A New WordPress, A New Guide, A New Site http://easywpguide.com/2014/09/a-new-wordpress-a-new-guide-a-new-site/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/09/a-new-wordpress-a-new-guide-a-new-site/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:45:42 +0000 http://dev.easywpguide.com/?p=4219 Oh hai there! Welcome to the new Easy WP Guide. If you& […]

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Oh hai there! Welcome to the new Easy WP Guide. If you’ve been here before I’m sure the first thing you’ve noticed is the brand-spanking-new website!

A New Site

As much as I loved the old site, it was starting to get a bit tired and dated. It was time for a change! You should find this new site much cleaner and easier to navigate, especially if you’re browsing on your phone or tablet.

I’ve been hard at work over the past few months putting together the new site in addition to updating the guide for WordPress 4.0 which was released recently. Have you updated your site yet? If not, why not?? It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re running the latest version of WordPress. The same goes with your themes and plugins. Using the latest version of WordPress will ensure that you’re using the most secure version available. WordPress is updated regularly, not just to add extra functionality, but to increase the security and also performance of the software. One of the major reasons for sites getting hacked is due to outdated, insecure software.

The core contributors are constantly making sure any bugs or vulnerabilities are patched and secured, quickly. On top of that, they’re always improving and expanding on the various developer API’s and the code that keeps your Dashboard and themes up and running.

A New Guide

The other change you’ll notice, is when you go to download the guide. As of this new version there’ll be a small fee for the brandable (Word Doc) version of the Easy WP Guide.

I love providing the Easy WP Guide to people like you, to help you or your clients learn how to use WordPress but, as you can imagine, running this site costs money. Furthermore, keeping the guide updated for every single version of WordPress takes a considerable amount of time. Given that WordPress has major updates, on average three or so times a year, the time it takes to keep the guide updated as well is significant. So while it was a tough decision to make, I’m sure you can understand the need to recoup some of that cost, and hopefully if the guide is helping build your business, I hope you believe the small fee to be worth it.

For a small (AUD) $7 fee you can distribute the unbranded version to 20 of your clients. That amounts to only 0.35 cents per client. And don’t forget, you can still download the PDF version for free as well as read all the content online!

(If you’re a hosting company or training organisation looking for commercial licensing please get in touch to discuss custom options)

As well as a new makeover for the site, the guide itself has been given a bit of a refresh. This new version has an additional eight pages of goodness added, taking the total up to 140 pages of shiny*, and covers all the updated features for this latest version of WordPress.

A New WordPress

One of the big changes you’ll notice with this latest version of WordPress is the updated Media Library. You now have a couple of different options when browsing your media. As well as the traditional List View which you’re used to, you now have a Grid View. The Grid View shows a really neat thumbnail grid of all your files. The Grid View also employs infinite scrolling, so rather than displaying your images over multiple pages you simply scroll to the bottom of the page and more thumbnails are automatically loaded.

Media Library Grid View

When you embed media into your content, such as a YouTube URL, it will magically turn into an embedded video that you can even play. Pretty sweet eh! There’s also a bunch more sources that you can embed content from. You can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED as well as a few others. Check out all the embeds that WordPress now supports.

The thing that I love most about the new WordPress 4.0 features, by far, are the updates to the Visual Editor. No longer do you have to scroll the page up and down, when going back n’ forth to use your toolbar buttons. The Visual Editor will now expand as you type, to fit your content. On top of that, no matter how tall the Visual Editor becomes, the toolbar buttons will be available at all times by sticking to the top of the page. This makes your editing experience smoother and allows you convenient access to all your favourite toolbar buttons without having to scroll up and down.

Last but not least, it’s now even easier to install your favourite plugins. There’s a new improved search feature and a more visual layout when browsing new plugins. You also get access to lots more information about each of the plugins. You can view the details such as the plugin Version, Author and the date it was Last Updated as well as being able to read the full plugin description, installation notes, view screenshots and read any reviews that have been left. Overall, it’s a much better experience when browsing the 33,000 plugins or so that are now available in the Plugin Directory.

I know, this was a  r e a l l y  long post. If you’ve made it down this far, thanks for sticking with me! You can head on over to the homepage now and grab yourself a copy of the all new Easy WP Guide for WordPress 4.0. Oh, and when you get to the checkout, you now have the option of creating an account. This will make it a little easier for you to re-download the guide if you need to.

What’s your favourite feature in WordPress 4.0? Let me know in the comments below.

* Shiny: A Firefly reference meaning good or valuable; Someone or something that’s cool.

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6 WordPress Free Must-have’s http://easywpguide.com/2014/07/6-wordpress-free-must-haves/ http://easywpguide.com/2014/07/6-wordpress-free-must-haves/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:54:59 +0000 http://dev.easywpguide.com/?p=3800 This is a sponsored post from Deal Fuel. WordPress is t […]

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This is a sponsored post from Deal Fuel.

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Right out of the box, Impact gives you all the tools you need to create dynamic templates for your WordPress Pages & Posts. With the real-time preview, you can watch your templates come to life as you work on them.

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Use Bajigoor versatile theme in 6 portfolio page templates which come with handy features to categorize them and let your potential clients search relevant projects easily.

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Give desirable appearance to your e-stores and Manage products with ease! Get started with your e-commerce website with this Responsive theme and matching template.

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