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Should I build my website from scratch or use WordPress?

Should I build my website from scratch or use WordPress?

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This is a question most startups or business owners are faced with.

Let me tell you a story to answer that question.

Years back, a friend wanted to launch a web platform and reached out to a developer to build the platform.

After paying for the project, six months of waiting, nothing came out of it.

As the WordPress king that we are, she reached out and told us about it.

I told her we can achieve everything she is looking for with WordPress.

Yes, just say your idea, and we will WordPress it

She agreed, and we mapped out the strategies and got to work, less than a month, the platform was ready, she used the same platform to apply for a grant competition, and she came out No.1 and won the top prize.

There is no glory in spending so much in the name of building a tech platform from scratch.

Use available tools and solutions and start growing your business till you get to a point where you necessarily need that custom-built platform.

Waiting to build your platform from scratch will cost you the money you should use to grow the business and waste your time when you can use WordPress and a combination of some plugins to achieve your goals at a lesser cost and shorter time.

Do you have an idea for lunch or looking for a professional to build a result-oriented website solution?

Contact us now.

You need to start and stop waiting.

 

How to automate plugin installation when building a website with WordPress

How to automate plugin installation when building a website with WordPress

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Automate your plugin installation in 3 simple steps

If you are a WordPress designer, one of the things you need to do is automate your processes.

One of the processes to automate is your plugin installation.

You need to have a list of plugins you use regularly when building a website for your clients.

Normally, you should be installing them one after the other when you need to use them.

What if you can bulk import all these plugins once, upload, and install them with one click?

You can do that using this simple hack.

To achieve this, we will use a plugin called WP Core. You can access it from wpcore.com

WP Core helps you take control of your WordPress plugins.

To begin, create an account for free, then you create and manage a collection of the plugins you use on a regular basis.

Then follow this 3 step process.

Build plugin collections

Create a collection and add WordPress plugins you use on a regular basis. Copy the collection key.

Import your collection

Go the brand new WordPress site setup (i.e a setup without any plugin except the default ones that come with WordPress) and install the wpcore plugin from the WordPress repository, activate.
Drop the collection key into the WPCore plugin settings within WordPress, i.e your new WordPress site.

Bulk install the plugins

WPCore will automatically pull in all the plugins from the collection to your site.

And that is it, all the selected plugins will be installed and activated and you would save all the time you could have used to do the manual individual installation.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Why You Must Have A Maintenance Plan For Your Website

Why You Must Have A Maintenance Plan For Your Website

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Having a website maintenance plan is important for the safety and efficiency of your website.

Your website is at risk without a maintenance plan.

 
If you own a website or plan to get one, one of the things you must know is that your website is built using software and like any other software, they require regular updates to keep them running efficiently and readily available and accessible to your audience.
 
And as with all website applications, there is a possibility of cyberattacks in the form of hacking, malware injection, and bugs which can affect the codes on your website and cause it to malfunction.
 
Everyone is affected by this technical occurrence whether you are a big brand or a small brand. And because you are online, you cannot say it won’t happen to me. Banks, government agencies and multi-nationals are being affected. 
 
Websites are being attacked and hacked regularly, and with a proper maintenance plan, your website can be free from attack.
 
One way to ensure you are not affected is to have a maintenance plan that will enable you to perform regular activities like backups, software updates(plugins and themes), security monitoring, fixing of bugs, SEO and many other activities.
 
The process of performing website maintenance can be tasking or technical if not too tech-savvy but it is something you have to do. This is because any slight mistake can alter your website and can make it either inaccessible to your audience or not to conform to Google’s website standards.
You do not want this to happen to you as it is not good for the growth of your business.
 
So what do you have to do?
 
You can either get someone to teach you how to do it or you can outsource it to a professional.
 
One good reason why you must outsource your website maintenance is that it will give you the time to focus on other important activities to grow your business.
 

If you are too busy to handle such a task, you can reach out to us as we have affordable packages that you can take up and we will handle all the technical activities for you.

 

Mastering Digital and Social Media Marketing for Enterprise Profitability

Mastering Digital and Social Media Marketing for Enterprise Profitability

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Marketing your business using digital and social media is no longer an option.

It is a must that as a business owner that you understand who your customers are, where they are are, what they want, and how to reach them and most importantly, retain and keep them.

Another important thing to do in your business is measuring your return on investment.

This is why digital marketing is important to ensure that you bring your services and products to your target audience using the medium that best suits them and then ultimately measure how they interact with your products and services.

With the old or analog method of marketing using things like billboard, flier, TV, radio, newspaper etc, measuring how your advertising is doing and how your audience is interacting with it is not realistic.

This is why you need to implement digital marketing strategies in your business.

Join me this Thursday 24th Oct, as we look at how you can profit in your business using digital and social media marketing.

Details are in the flyer.

2 Ways to Override the New WordPress 5.0 Editor- How I removed the Gutenberg based editor

2 Ways to Override the New WordPress 5.0 Editor- How I removed the Gutenberg based editor

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Return Your WordPress Editor to the previous easy editor

Recently WordPress released a new version,5.0.  Prior to this release, a new plugin called Gutenberg was developed which users were told that once the 5.0 is out, it will automatically come with a different editor.

I have not updated any of my websites or my clients’ websites yet, but today something happened.

Today, I was helping a friend install a theme and after installing the theme, because the new version of WordPress was carrying the new editor and its a bit complex or confusing to use if you have not mastered it.

As usual, I decided to figure out a way to make it easy for him to edit the website contents.

I discovered two plugins that can help anyone facing such issues resolve that.

Before we go further, you must know that it’s not just the editor alone that changed, some other things changed as well.

The list of things that are replaced by Gutenberg includes the RTE/Visual Editor, Plain Text Editor, Custom Fields, Custom Post Status, many others.

How do you use your previous editor for a seamless editing?

Two Ways to Override the Gutenberg based editor using a plugin

  1. Using the Classic Editor Plugin

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new Block Editor (“Gutenberg”).

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Site Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin and will be maintained until at least 2022.

You can download the plugin free here Classic Editor

2.Disable Gutenberg Plugin

As the name implies. It Disables Gutenberg Block Editor and restores the Classic Editor and original Edit Post screen. Provides options to enable specific post types, user roles, and more.

With this plugin, you can achieve the following:

  • Disable Gutenberg completely (all post types)
  • Disable Gutenberg only on specific post types
  • Disable Gutenberg for specific user roles

Download the plugin here  Disable Gutenberg

How the editor looks with Gutenberg 

new editor

How the editor looks now after installing the Uninstall Gutenberg

previous editor

 

Is there any other way you have overcome this issue, share with us in the comment.

 

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Why You need to use SSL Certificate on your website or blog.

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Have you set up SSL on your website?
Now if you do not know what SSL certificate is, let’s look at that first.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security protocol for establishing encrypted links between a web server and a browser in an online communication.

The usage of SSL technology ensures that all data transmitted between the web server and browser remains encrypted.

See the reasons why need to.
There are three main benefits to using HTTPS instead of HTTP to access your blog or website:
 
  • It helps to check that your visitors open the correct website and aren’t being redirected to a malicious site.
  • It helps detect if an attacker tries to change any data sent from Blogger to the visitor.
  • It adds security measures that make it harder for other people to listen to your visitors’ conversations, track their activities, or steal their information.