I’m going heavy on the CSS this week. If you aren’t very familiar with CSS, this is a great week to get the basics. And if you’re a CSS pro already, this first article is definitely my best find this week. I’ve also added the cheat sheet to the resources section so I can refer back to it as needed.
This week’s 5 WordPress topics:
- Default WordPress Generated CSS Cheat Sheet for Beginners (Intermediate)
This cheat sheet breaks down all the built-in classes that WordPress automatically bakes in. They allow you to target specific pages, post types, navigational items, widgets and more so you can apply classes and customize your theme (or child theme) to match your vision. This article also shows had to add your own classes so you can further target the page elements that you need to style. If you’re going to do any styling with your site, you’ll be visiting this page again.
- Beginner’s Guide: How to Use CSS in WordPress for Easy Style Tweaks (Beginner)
If you’re new to CSS, this article is a great intro into what CSS is and how to apply your own styles to your website. After you get done reading this article, you should also read this article, How to Edit CSS in WordPress (Edit, Add, and Customize How Your Site Looks), which will give you a greater understanding and plenty of resources to learn a lot more about CSS. Note: every web designer should have a solid understanding of how to use CSS, and every website owner should have at least a basic understanding.
- WordPress S3 Tutorial: How to Connect WordPress to Amazon S3 Bucket (Intermediate)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers highly scalable cloud hosting with super fast speeds and an unbeatable network. It’s pay as you go, so you can set up a WordPress site today and drop it next week and only pay for that week. They also have a 12-month free tier for their micro instances which is great for a personal site or for playing around. Setting up WordPress with AWS the first time can be a pain in the arse but this article will walk you through the process so you can be up and running quickly. I also shared an article about using Bitnami server images that you may want to check out.
- Best Way To change your Default WordPress Login URL (Intermediate)
With a default WordPress installation, your WordPress login URL will be at /wp-login.php (or just /login – it’ll redirect) but isn’t that a security risk? It can be since every hacker in the world knows where to find the login page. I personally prefer to install a brute force protection plugin so that logging in is as straightforward for my workers and clients as possible, but you may want to change the location of your WordPress login. If that’s the case, this article includes a few methods that you’ll find useful.
- Gravity Forms Review 2022: Is It Worth Your Money? (Beginner)
For a simple contact form on your website, WP Forms or Contact Form 7 will work fine for you. However, if you need extra functionality like multi-step forms, or payment integration, or extra types of form fields or validation, or integration with WooCommerce, you should take a look at Gravity Forms. It’s $59/year but for $259/year, you can use it on unlimited sites.
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