http://wprocks.com Elegant WordPress Themes by WProcks Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:55:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 http://wprocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/typewprocks5-50x50.png http://wprocks.com 32 32 3494786 How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting Service (2018) http://wprocks.com/best-wordpress-hosting-service/ http://wprocks.com/best-wordpress-hosting-service/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:15:55 +0000 http://wprocks.com/?p=1946 We understand that choosing an excellent WordPress hosting can be difficult. And that’s why we created this helpful guide, to help you avoid potential mistakes and find your dream hosting company. Here are a few Read more…

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We understand that choosing an excellent WordPress hosting can be difficult.
And that’s why we created this helpful guide,

to help you avoid potential mistakes and find your dream hosting company.

Here are a few factors to take into consideration before making your decision.

Speed

Speed is evermore important than it’s been before, gone are the days where a user will wait up to 10 seconds for a webpage to load. Faster internet speeds have made users more accustomed to at the decent loading time. You can use free tools like GTmetrix, Google Speed Tool, Pingdom and others to check the speed of your website. One technical aspect you should try to ensure your hosting provider as is SSD hosting instead of the standard storage device. SSDs are twice as powerful which will give you a slight boost in speed. To further enhance your loading time you can use a free CDN network like Cloudflare and use a cache plug-in if you’re using WordPress.

Any website which wants to rank higher on search engines and also offer highest possible user experience should have maximum page load time of 2 seconds. The page requests send to server from browser should also be minimum and so does the overall size of any single page.

Price:

Of course, another thing to take into consideration is the price and the features in which you will be getting. Below you will find a few of the best hosting sites that we recommend for anyone one wanting the best value for money. In the past, we’ve used well over 30 different web hosting company and I’ve narrowed it down to my top 3 favourites.

Support
Another thing you will want to consider is a type of support they offer.
I would have personally avoided hosting companies that don’t have a live chat to for support related queries. This is because there will be some circumstances where you have a technical server issue related to your site. If this was to happen you will want to be able to get a live chat get your issue resolved there and then instead of waiting up to 48 hours for a reply.

Now, since you’re aware of the factors. The next thing is to finalize the host. But, that doesn’t end the things for you. Now you’ve one more thing to filter out, i.e., the type of plan you wish to opt.

Following types of plans are offered by almost every modern hosting solution provider. I’ve listed them below with their individual details to get you a detailed knowledge of the same.

Our Top 3 Shared Hosting Sites:

This one is the most popular and cheapest available option for anyone. Shared hosting is the option one should choose if he/she isn’t expecting a lot of traffic on the website in starting.

Every website/blog takes time to get started and reach out to a level of traffic which shared one can’t handle. Till then, it will definitely be a better choice to stick with such plan and save a lot of money.

In a shared hosting, single server resources are offered to a lot of users. That clearly means yours and lots of other websites are hosted on a single server.

Of course, you can’t expect better support, speed, and reliability in this plan. But, you can definitely save a lot of money. 

Siteground is a great hosting all round, they have provided the best support out of selected few we’ve tested for shared hosting. The packages are very reasonable to start with, sadly that cannot be said for the renewal price. However, what you can do is cancel your current subscription near the ending of your 12-month contract and the signup to a new contract to take advantage of the free migration service enjoy the same low price.

 

Bluehost is another great hosting provider to consider they are relatively inexpensive and gives you all the bells and whistles. The parent company is the Endurance group which owns many of the top hosting companies like Hostgator and others.

 

 

My third and final recommendation Inmotion hosting the price is slightly more expensive. But for that extra price, you get top-notch support and hosting performance. They are our chosen company we used to host WProcks to the World.

 

If you don’t have to worry about budget and are strictly looking for best-in-class service, then check out plans offered by WPEngine, Media Temple, and Pagely.

Wrap up

So, folks, that’s all from my side! I hope I made every point clearly which helped to get information and a better understanding of different options available to all of us. If there is any confusion or issue, then explain yourself in the discussion section and I’ll come up with a dedicated answer for the same.

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New WordPress Social Networking Themes to try http://wprocks.com/wordpress-social-networking-themes/ http://wprocks.com/wordpress-social-networking-themes/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:42:51 +0000 http://wprocks.com/?p=2850 Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best of WordPress themes in which you can use it to create a social network. To achieve this on WordPress, you would usually use Read more…

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Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best of WordPress themes in which you can use it to create a social network. To achieve this on WordPress, you would usually use the BuddyPress plugin maintained by the WordPress foundation.  Which gives you the ability to allow members to communicate to one another via private messages, group boards and much more. 

Other highlights of to BuddyPress plugin include allowing your members to follow each other to stay connected.  Creating custom profiles, get live notifications of new messages and so on.

Now that we have touched on the core functionalities,

without further ado let’s check out the better social media themes.

One Social is a minimalist community theme suited for most social networks. Due to the simplistic design, it gives you a broad scope to create a uniquely designed site. It’s multilingual allowing you to create a social network in your local language. With social integration for sign-ups and
login, you can grow your community a lot faster. Others have even built their blogging platform with this particular theme with the help of the BuddyPress User Blog pro add-on.

Theme highlights

  • Woocommerce is supported to create a shop to sell to your members.
  • Narrated video documentation.
  • Sitewide search to search through the various components of your website.

Social Learner

Social Learner is a perfect template for anyone that wants to create online course platform similar to Skillshare or Udemy. It comes with lots of useful features such as badges and points to create a gamified experience. Your students Can consume your courses at their own pace as well as checking to see other students also taking that particular course. It creates the perfect environment to encourage peer to peer learning whether via private messages or within the forums.

Theme highlights

  • Unlimited color combination forever perfect color palette.
  • Translation Reading with the support of RTL.
  • One click demo installation

BuddyBoss, as the name suggests, is a theme for anyone just getting started. It comes 100% responsive to give users a seamless viewing experience. If you like a simple, clean design then, this could be the right theme for you.  The code is structured in a way that any developer can step in and create additional functionalities.  

Theme highlights

  • Retain ready to show off your high definition images. 
  • Choose icons from FontAwesome extensive collection. 
  • Translation ready. 

Wrapping up

I hope you enjoyed your visit collection of my recommended WordPress templates.  Let me know in the comment section which temperate new went for and why? 

Didn’t find what you were looking for? check out this roundup

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5 of the Fastest WordPress Themes (compared) http://wprocks.com/fastest-wordpress-themes/ http://wprocks.com/fastest-wordpress-themes/#comments Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:31:44 +0000 http://wprocks.com/?p=3013 Your site speed is even more important than ever before, with faster internet speed there really isn’t any reason to have a slow loading site. Google among other companies has been trying to shake things Read more…

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Your site speed is even more important than ever before, with faster internet speed there really isn’t any reason to have a slow loading site. Google among other companies has been trying to shake things up by rewarding owners with a fast website slight higher ranking.

Because you are already reading this article I don’t think I need to go into more detail of why speed is so important?

Here’s a fun fact:

If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could potentially cost you $2.5 million in lost sales every year. 

– kissmetrics

Now let’s get back to the topic at hand your quest to find the fastest loading WordPress theme right? 

Okay, great.

Again to answer this question we must first look at the components that makes for a fast theme. If you already know this feel free to skip ahead to my curated list 🙂

The coding quilty will have an effect on the overall loading time as the browser will have to try resolved site errors like an undefined code.

The number complex features bundled in on a theme(often seen on these multipurpose templates).

Whether the theme utilizes modern coding standards like PHP7

The above should give you a basic idea of things to look out for when buying your new template.

Now, without further ado,

The fastest WordPress templates. 

If you are looking for a magazine theme that loads super fast, less bloat, the Theme-stop is your one stop shop. They give you over 25 themes and a vase array of extensions to compliment each theme. 

PageSpeed Insight

  • Mobile Speed: 69
  • Desktop Speed: 85
  • Pingdom Score: 91

It is more simple and beautiful, and the latest and greatest theme from the excellent, elegant themes club.it is a very capable theme that is highly configurable by a large number of people .it has a lovely design that successfully couples an impressive set of features. Combined with its easy to use page builder tool, div highlights most users with a stunning visual appearance.it can be easily tweaked and customized for building almost any type of website that you can think of. This includes websites, eCommerce stores, portfolios and blogs. Updates are recent, hence adding, even more, modules that are and can be dragged and dropped into the pages that you are using.

  • PageSpeed Insight
  • Mobile Speed: 92
  • Desktop Speed: 81
  • Pingdom Score: 64

When it comes to sheer speed, Best pretty much lives up to its name. In case you are interested in the fastest WordPress theme out there, Best will live up to your expectations. Of course, the theme is not created for the sole purpose of being incredibly swift, it comes with features like an inbuilt review system and floating navigation menu, and thanks to Google AdSense it has many styling options as well. The reason why it is good to have a theme with such a hard to rival speed is because you can easily meet SEO demands, so your authority will have an initial spike when you create your first website. Best is compatible with all of the latest browsers, and both mobile and tablet devices.

  • Google PageSpeed Insights score: 92

  • Pingdom Tools score: 91

    Suited to anyone looking for a clean and modern design for websites that belongs to them because Schema is a very versatile theme. It integrates well with the WooCommerce plugin although it’s ideally suited to bloggers and news style websites. This means that who has products to sell or anyone creating an online store can benefit from using this theme.

    To increase your chances of ranking well in the search engines, the theme itself has been built to be as SEO-friendly as possible. The achievement is done by not only that the content is clearly identified but also the website loads quickly, so the search engines know how to categories it.

    This is the speed of the default demo.

    • PageSpeed Insight
    • Mobile Speed: 77
    • Desktop Speed: 87
    • Pingdom Score: 84

      SOCIALLYVIRAL

      Similar to NewsMag, SociallyViral has a news magazine feel to it. There is an infinite number of colours to choose from to customize the theme. This theme is also SEO friendly. This theme has higher speeds than NewsMag, though the customization isn’t quite as high.

      There are a few stacks to choose from, including the option to have a shop page. This is a less content heavy theme that loads quicker, so if you are prepared to lose some customization and have faster speeds, this is the right theme to choose.

      PageSpeed Insight

      • Mobile Speed: 77
      • Desktop Speed: 87
      • Pingdom Score: 84

        It is a multipurpose WordPress theme and includes multiple designs that can be applied to the site that you are making but also that’s not all it is packed with all the features you might ever need when making almost any type of website. Practically multiple separate themes designs all included in one package are called stacks.

        They give you more flexibility and control to ensure that your site has an appearance that are unique when compared to other peoples site with the same exact theme. The features of this theme are just amazing they include, customizer tool that allows you to change almost anything on your site that you would like to. The personalizable elements include the header and menu placements, width, sidebar, location, colours, fonts, backgrounds and much more.

        Google Page Speed Insights:

        • Desktop: 85/100
        • Mobile: 75/100
        • Pingdom: Load time: 1.5s

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        5 Great Books For Learning Web Design http://wprocks.com/books-learning-web-design/ http://wprocks.com/books-learning-web-design/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:14:48 +0000 http://wprocks.com/?p=3185 Web design is one of the most fun jobs or hobbies that anyone can have. There are several ways that you can learn to design a website. You can take a class at a local Read more…

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        Web design is one of the most fun jobs or hobbies that anyone can have. There are several ways that you can learn to design a website. You can take a class at a local university or take a class online. It is also something that you can teach yourself if you have the time and self-awareness to dedicate yourself to the process. There are several videos that you can watch online, you can buy books, read blogs, use forums, etc. There are a plethora of opportunities, but one of the best starting points is to buy a book or two, sit down and start reading.

        The amount of books are endless, but below are five of the best books for learning web design.

        HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites

        Written by Jon Duckett, this book covers both HTML and CSS. The book is rather large at almost 500 pages, but is very well laid out and structured in a way that anyway can read from newcomers to those that need a little bit of a refresher. The book gives a very nice introduction of the web, how websites are created, what a programming language is and more specifically what HTML and CSS are.

        The book is organized in a very logical order covering the structure of code and then introduces you to the fundamentals of HTML such as text, lists, links, images, tables, etc. He even dives into Flash and video, which most books do not do at this level. After that he introducers readers to CSS and then walks you through everything else you can do with the use of CSS. HTML 5 is also an added chapter in his latest addition as this is the newest HTML version.

        Every chapter includes specific examples with code that he relates back to the text. He also provides useful references online. The book is up-to-date with vivid images and color. It is an easy read that does not leave you confused. It is also not one of those books that is pure text. He provides you with practical information so that you learn about websites, the design of websites, what works and does not work, what makes a website attractive, SEO analytics and the process of getting your website online.

        In essence it is an all in one book, not just a code learning book. He uses all 500 pages to teach you everything you need to know about HTML, CSS, web design and web development.

        Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide

        Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide is written by Jennifer Niederst Robbins. She is a developer that has been designing web applications since 1993. This book is supposed to be a beginner’s book, but also gives you a look at HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and web graphics. At first glance, it may look extremely technical. For this reason, I recommend tackling this book after you have navigated one of the other ones first. She provides you with a lot of information in about 600 pages. It is also written like a text book, so it may get overwhelming quick for some.

        The book opens with a great section of chapters on how the web works, what a programming language is, which ones are needed for web design, and how it is all put together. The next set of chapters focus on HTML including topics such as text, links, images, tables, and forms. HTML 5 is also discussed in this book because it is the latest version. The next section of chapters focus on CSS and what CSS can do for web design. She teaches you how to use style sheets for text, colors, backgrounds, floating and positioning, transitions, transforms, and animations. Next, she teaches you some basics in JavaScript which is another programming language that is Object Oriented. Last, she covers the basic elements of web graphics.

        This book is definitely not as easy to read and follow as some, but the book does have some exercises and examples to try at the end of each chapter. Then there are tests that you can take for each chapter that allow you to gauge your level of understanding.

        Designing with Web Standards

        This book is written by Jeffery Zeldman and is far from a beginner’s book. He takes his experiences and vision of the World Wide Web and created a book of standards for web design. The first part of the book focuses on what was done in the past and how much code was used to get a site up and running. He does not like the design practices that were used and believes that a lot of websites waste bandwidth.

        The next part of his book provides solutions to these problems. He provides explanations of how to streamline XHTML and CSS with better coding practices and standards. He provides a lot of tips for how to use code that is compatible with multiple browsers without making the code overly cumbersome.

        The book is basically a current-day standard of what is professionally acceptable as a developer of web design.

        Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

        Steve Krug’s book Don’t Make Me Think is exactly what it says, a book focused on the user’s ability to get through your website without having to think. As Steve points out in his book this starts from the home page to navigation and onto content. His goal in this book is to make sure you, as the developer, understand that it is your job to develop a website that is very easy for the user to understand. It should be very obvious and intuitive so that they do not have to think to get through the site.

        The first section of chapters of this book go over the guidelines of usability. This includes what users use the web for, how much users actually read, and why users like mindless choices. The next set of chapters Steve goes over what you need to do to ensure your website is designed to the user’s specification. He also has a chapter about user testing and how important it is. The last set of chapters addresses those outside concerns that you may have no control over and what you can do to regain some control.

        This book is very good for beginners on up to experienced developers because it does not cover anything that is overly confusing. It is the idea and the concept that is the most important aspect that readers should grasp. Everyone that is designing a website needs to understand this. Although there are technical terms, it is a very easy book to understand and a great starting point for new developers.

        CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

        CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions is written by Andy Budd. It is a very well written book that is not necessarily for a fresh beginner, it is for professionals that want to refresh their skills on CSS and web design. The book is designed to help you spice up your web page, not design a new web page.

        With that said, the first chapter is an initial recap of what is needed and required. The book then dives into visual formatting, background images and image replacement. These are tricks to add background images to text boxes and dropdowns. These tricks just give the website a bit more flare. The next set of chapters are focused on link styling, table styling and form styling. This includes underlining links, highlighting links, rollovers, etc. Styling of tables and forms included colors, text, etc. Next, CSS layouts are discussed with floats, scalable layouts, background images, etc. Some of these chapters seem to go a little too fast with the amount of data that needs to be consumed and understood.

        At the end of the book a chapter about identifying bugs and how to fix them is introduced. This seems to be a very influential chapter and is highly important to all developers. Last, the book does provide case studies for readers to enjoy. Real life case studies of web sites that are live. You get to read about their experiences while also seeing what their final product is. Pretty neat.

        Conclusion

        Whether you are just getting started as a new developer or are have been writing web design for a while, all of these books are great. They either provide a nice foundation or a great refresher for what is important in the World Wide Web. There are several other books out there that are just as effective as these. It is up to you to decide how you best learn, what your level of knowledge already is and what type of book you are looking for. Good luck and enjoy learning!

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        Floating Images within the post in WordPress http://wprocks.com/floating-images-within-the-post-in-wordpress-26/ http://wprocks.com/floating-images-within-the-post-in-wordpress-26/#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:05:21 +0000 http://wprocks.com/?p=3734 The text editor that comes with WordPress 2.6 has some interesting things added. When you have images within the content, you can float them inside the post so that the text wraps around the images Read more…

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        The text editor that comes with WordPress 2.6 has some interesting things added.
        When you have images within the content, you can float them inside the post so that the text wraps around the images properly.
        You can align the images to be “left”, “right” or “centered”.

        When you use the text editor to align the images, WordPress adds class=”alignleft”, class=”alignright” or class=”aligncentered” to the ‘img’ tags or its surrouding ‘div’ element, when you choose left, right or center alignment for your images.

        The post looks aligned to the left, right or centered within the WordPress admin area, but when you see the post on your site, it may not look properly aligned. It is because the theme that you are using, may not be aware of those classes added by WordPress.

        How do you make your site’s theme to be aware of these classes?

        You have to add the style definitions for these classes in your current theme’s stylesheet.
        Open your style.css in your Theme Editor [Login to your site and click on Design -> Theme Editor].
        Add the following code to the end of style.css.
        img.alignleft, div.alignleft
        {
        float:left;
        margin:0 0.5em 0.5em 0;
        }
        img.alignright, div.alignright
        {
        float:right;
        margin:0 0 0.5em 0.5em;
        }
        img.aligncenter, div.aligncenter
        {
        text-align:center;
        margin:0 auto;
        }

        How to display the CAPTIONS for the image properly in WordPress 2.6?

        Recently another question popped up in the support forums, asking the above question.
        The Solution to that problem is mentioned at the codex as follows.
        .wp-caption {
        border: 1px solid #ddd;
        text-align: center;
        background-color: #f3f3f3;
        padding-top: 4px;
        margin: 10px;
        /* optional rounded corners for browsers that support it */
        -moz-border-radius: 3px;
        -khtml-border-radius: 3px;
        -webkit-border-radius: 3px;
        border-radius: 3px;
        }
        .wp-caption img {
        margin: 0;
        padding: 0;
        border: 0 none;
        }
        .wp-caption p.wp-caption-text {
        font-size: 11px;
        line-height: 17px;
        padding: 0 4px 5px;
        margin: 0;
        }

        Add this to the end of your theme’s style.css.

        This should normally take care of the image alignments / Captions when using the properties of the text editor in WordPress 2.6 and using one of my themes as your current theme.
        Let me know if this article can be improved.
        Thanks.

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