Website 101

I’ve given this “lesson” many times over the years, so it’s high time I post it here so it’s preserved and readily available. This begins with “the 3 things you need to have for a website” and then takes each of those a couple of steps further. The Basics: 3 things you need for website: […]

100 Best FREE WP Themes (WPMUDev)

Once again, the folks at WPMUDev.org bring us a great resource: they spent many many hours scouring through the WP database of free themes, and identified these 100 best themes. Rather than copy the whole article, or even partial (where do you draw the line?), I’ll simply share with you the list of theme titles. […]

Facebook in WP

Integrating social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) into your website is so important these days, if you want to optimize your SEO (Search Engine optimization)… and this is as true for WP-built websites as any other websites… So here are a couple of recents posts from one of my favorite sources of WP advice, […]

40 Web Designs Blogs to Watch in2015

Elegant Themes, which post so many great advice columns on how to make the most of your WP-Built website, offers this list of 40 web design blogs you should follow: www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/40-web-design-blogs-to-follow-in-2015

WP Themes 101

For my presentation on WP Themes at the Santa Cruz WordPress MeetUp, Wednesday October 22, 2014 Outline: Free vs. premium vs. custom, pros and cons of each What to look for in a theme Where to find themes (and where not to look) Child themes P.S. WP Remote — an awesome plugin for website managers […]

Hide a page or post title

Sometimes you don’t want the title of a page or post to be displayed, but you still want to give it a title. Here’s how, thanks to the great folks (Joe Foley in this case) at WPMUDev.org (premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-hide-page-title-or-post-title-on-a-case-by-case-basis): Create the page or post, with the title you want. Publish it. Look at the code of […]

WordPress.com vs. wordpress.org

And yet again, the bloggers at Elegant Themes offers us important and helpful information about the world of WordPress web design.This article offers many great insights into both wordpress.org and wordpress.com, and how to use each. Since we here at Agora Media Services are all about helping you create your own websites, and since you […]

12 WP books

The folks at Elegant Themes, in addition to creating truly elegant themes, also post lots of great information for WP users; many of them are lists, like “Best WP portfolio plugins,” “Best contact form plugins,” “Best WP tutorial websites,” and so many more. Here’s a new one (8/30/2014) from them, “12 WP books to add […]

Great Overview of Free WP Themes

From the amazing crew of writers and developers at WPMU, comes this new article: “Free WordPress Themes: The Ultimate Guide” by Raelene Wilson and published 16 July, 2014, at premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-wordpress-themes-ultimate-guide/. There are so many free WordPress themes out there it can put your head in a tail spin. So in an effort to help you sift […]

What I’ve learned from a few years of training people on WordPress

This is an initial outline for what I plan to expand as soon as I can… I’ve been working with WordPress since around 2000, and quite actively since 2008 or so. Over the last 5+ years I have not only built dozens of WP websites, but I have also trained dozens of clients on how […]