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Working with Images on your Website – Part II

This is the second of a two part blogpost that addresses how to ‘work with images for your Website’. The first blogpost talked about sourcing the images and manipulating them in terms of size and adding text as part of the messaging. This second part (originally published in 2015) assumes that you have lots of images that you now want… Read More »Working with Images on your Website – Part II

How to get an email address to match your website URL?

Graphic depicting Adding Email to your Website

This post will address how to set up an email address to match your website address. In summary the steps are as follows: Buy a URL or domain from a hosting provider – in this case I secured one from Blacknight Solutions Buy Hosting in order to publish your site. Set up Email address via your Host. Blacknight will give… Read More »How to get an email address to match your website URL?

Phlox Theme Instructions Part 2 Configuring the Blog

WordPress Phlox and Elementor Banner

This is the second of two articles with video based instructions outlining how elements of this example website has been created using the Phlox Theme. The first article with Video 1 explained how the navigation menu was added and this one will focus on how the blog was configured using 3 short video. Adding Blogposts A few blogposts were created… Read More »Phlox Theme Instructions Part 2 Configuring the Blog

Phlox Theme Instructions Part 1 Adding a Menu

Phlox and Elementor in WordPress

This is a two-part video-based blog that explains how elements of an example WordPress website have been created using the Phlox Theme. This first part of the post explains how the navigation menu was created while the second one will outline how the blog was configured. The Phlox Theme I really like the Phlox Theme. It works great with Elementor… Read More »Phlox Theme Instructions Part 1 Adding a Menu

How to add Google Analytics to your WordPress Site

A blogpost which explains how to set up Google Analytics on your WordPress website, followed by instructions on how to then create and link to your Google Search Console (Webmaster tools) so that you can upload an XML sitemap for your WordPress site – all of which is recommended for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Google Analytics (GA) is a free… Read More »How to add Google Analytics to your WordPress Site

How to add SSL Certificate to Blacknight Hosted Domain?

SSL blog post Featured Image Startup Web Training

If you are wondering how to add an SSL certificate to your existing WordPress website, this post will outline the steps I followed as a Blacknight Hosting customer last weekend for my other website which is now located at HTTPS when it used to be HTTP. The entire process took less than an hour – to include all 3 of… Read More »How to add SSL Certificate to Blacknight Hosted Domain?

Vantage Theme with Site Origins Page Builder – An example Site with Instructions

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I like the Site Origin page builder. It works very nicely with VANTAGE a cool theme by Site Origin. I created an example website for a fictitious Web Design Agency to showcase how the Theme is customised particularly how to create a custom home page. This is my second post on using Site Origin Page Builder. The other one was… Read More »Vantage Theme with Site Origins Page Builder – An example Site with Instructions

Adding Facebook Page Feed and your Twitter Timeline to your WordPress blog (updated 2020)

Embed Twitter and Facebook in WP Sidebar

Would you like to embed your tweets (twitter timeline) in the sidebar of your WordPress blog. This blogpost will provide instructions and also explain how to add a Badge or Button that allows your visitors to Like your Facebook page and see how many people like your facebook business page. See both the Facebook and Twitter widget end result in… Read More »Adding Facebook Page Feed and your Twitter Timeline to your WordPress blog (updated 2020)

How to embed a hyperlink in your WordPress webpage or blogpost? updated for Block (Gutenberg) Editor 2019

Hyperlink for SEO

Links are extremely important for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) – Google and the major search engines attach great significance to pages which are being ‘talked’ about on Social Media and also being linked to by other sites. It also values websites which contain links to other sites thereby providing the reader with additional (optional) sources of information. This blog post… Read More »How to embed a hyperlink in your WordPress webpage or blogpost? updated for Block (Gutenberg) Editor 2019

WordPress Block Editor

Say hello to the New WordPress Editor

WordPress 5.0 was released in December 2018. It introduced a new BLOCK EDITOR for editing content such as pages and posts. It was called Gutenberg while in development. This is going to be my first post using the Block Editor. Say hello to the new WordPress Editor. I have been using WordPress for many years. I think like most people,… Read More »WordPress Block Editor

Google Analytics Academy online training is Excellent

Google Analytics for Beginners

If you are looking to upskill on Google Analytics – free web tool to help you analyze your website traffic – then I can highly recommend the online training programme published by Google Analytics Academy. I completed the Beginners course a few weeks ago and intend to complete the Advanced Google Analytics course soon. Here’s a quick review of the… Read More »Google Analytics Academy online training is Excellent

How to Customise your 404 Error Page?

Error 404 Featured Banner

This blogpost outlines how to create a 404 error page that is customised to your business – that can include links to key pages on your site and a contact form plus much more. The instructions require you to download and activate two plugins: Page Builder by SiteOrigin and SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle Plus 404page- your smart custom 404 error page… Read More »How to Customise your 404 Error Page?

Configuring Contact Form 7 WordPress

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Contact Form 7 is a superb plugin that I highly recommend during my Two and a Half Day Build your Website using WordPress programme. It is a great way to introduce the concepts of Plugins and Shortcodes. This post will provide instructions on how to configure the standard form. Contact Form Example Here is a screen grab of the contact… Read More »Configuring Contact Form 7 WordPress

Instructions to set up ‘Pay with a Tweet’ in WordPress

Quick Hack 7 Pay with a Tweet

This post outlines summary instructions to set up Pay with a Tweet – a cool WordPress plugin that facilitates you to request that a visitor to your site posts a standard tweet in order to download a document (pdf). There is no charge for the document hence the name Pay with a Tweet. It is an alternative to requesting an… Read More »Instructions to set up ‘Pay with a Tweet’ in WordPress

How to embed an individual tweet in a WordPress blog or post?

If you are wondering how you can embed an individual tweet in a WordPress page, post or widget – this article is for you. There are several elements to get right in integrating your Social media within WordPress. These include: displaying social icons linking to your accounts such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook; presenting a share bar; displaying posts from… Read More »How to embed an individual tweet in a WordPress blog or post?

Custom CSS for WordPress – A quick introduction

Custom CSS for WordPress

Welcome to the 3rd article in the series of Quick Hacks for WordPress. Post two addressed HTML and referred to CSS which stands for Cascading Style Sheets. This article will now provide a brief introduction to CSS in order to explain how you can use Custom CSS to make small changes to your WordPress Theme for instance prescribing the colours… Read More »Custom CSS for WordPress – A quick introduction

Common uses of Html for WordPress

The wonderful thing about WordPress is that you don’t need to learn HTML to create a website. But sometimes a little HTML can be useful. This article will outline some very simple html hacks that I regularly use when formatting content within pages and posts – for links, email links and YouTube. What is HTML? Hypertext Markup Language, a standardized… Read More »Common uses of Html for WordPress

Page IDs in WordPress – to find quickly using Firefox and Chrome

Every page and post in WordPress has an ID number. This post provides instructions on how to find your Page or Post IDs in both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. Use of Post or Page ID The ID of a particular post or page may be needed by some plugins. For instance, a Sitemap plugin should allow the… Read More »Page IDs in WordPress – to find quickly using Firefox and Chrome

Letshost.ie FREE hosting for Galway LEO Training

LetsHost Special Offer 3 months free domain and hosting

Eamon Kelly, General Manager of LetsHost.ie is again offering hosting for 3 months FREE to all participants on LEO Galway’s upcoming 2 Day Create a Business Website programmes in 2017 – simply buy or transfer a domain for your business – this offer proved very popular in 2016 with participants. Dates for the WordPress based training, to take place in… Read More »Letshost.ie FREE hosting for Galway LEO Training

Video instructions to secure website url with GIBO

GIBO Video Banner

This blogpost has been written specifically for participants attending the upcoming GIBO workshop to be delivered on behalf of LEO Tipperary. On the day, participants will be shown how to create a FREE website for their business using Blacknight’s Website Builder – an easy to use content management system created for the Getting Irish Business Online Programme. This particular post… Read More »Video instructions to secure website url with GIBO

Into The West Blogger Network (ITWBN) announce WordPress Training

According to its website, Into The West Blogger Network is a network for Bloggers in Ireland to connect, share, learn and network.  Their mission is to grow a network of quality Bloggers within the West of Ireland.   I spotted recently on EventBrite that ITWBN are now working with Michael of Educated Machine to deliver a series of Blogging workshop… Read More »Into The West Blogger Network (ITWBN) announce WordPress Training

Selecting a Theme for your WordPress site

WordPress Themes

The Theme that is selected for a WordPress site determines in large part the look, functionality and overall level of sophistication of your website. I recently delivered a Two Day ‘Create a Website for your Business using WordPress’ programme for the Local Enterprise Office Galway. It was attended by 8 business people who wanted to learn how to use WordPress… Read More »Selecting a Theme for your WordPress site

What is WordPress and why I recommend it?

What is Wordpress by Donncha Hughes

I am often asked: ‘What exactly is WordPress?’ so this blogpost includes a 2 minute video explaining that WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows any small business owner to create their own website with very manageable costs. This post provides my top seven reasons why WordPress.org is the best solution to create your professional website. WordPress has… Read More »What is WordPress and why I recommend it?

How to create Anchor Links within your WordPress page?

Anchor for anchor links

I was writing content for a page for my other website. The page is about Feasibility Studies and needed to be fairly long (almost 1,800 words with several images). It is structured into five distinct but related areas. This is ideal for Anchor Links whereby the reader can see the topic that they want to read and can click on… Read More »How to create Anchor Links within your WordPress page?

What is Disqus and why I recommend it?

Disqus comment system

Disqus (prononuced Discuss) is a fantastic FREE service for WordPress websites to manage comments by visitors. I first used the service on the Tweak Your Biz site which I write for and followed the link to add Disqus to my own wordpress website. I was looking for a solution to the WordPress SPAM problem and now I would recommend Disqus… Read More »What is Disqus and why I recommend it?

How to choose your domain name?

what is your domain

A website URL or domain is your website address. Generally, you will choose either a .ie web address or a .com. The .ie is associated with Ireland while .com is available worldwide. You can of course choose to register both plus others associated with other countries – .co.uk is the United Kingdom. Choosing a domain name for your business is… Read More »How to choose your domain name?

What is Google Authorship?

Google Authorship Donncha Hughes

When you write a blogpost, and Google presents it in a list of results following a search, your Google+ image will appear in the results if Google Authorship is activate. People are then more likely to click on the result and visit your WordPress blogpost. Google Authorship helps with SEO (see this article for more on the issue of rankings).… Read More »What is Google Authorship?