Icons for lists and heading pizazz

If the simple bulleted list (first one below) looks too plain add some icons. Several varieties are shown below.

If your page looks dominated by text add some icons to those headers too (see examples further below). Note they are larger.

Strictly speaking these are not graphics. They are characters of a new font. Hence they load fast; can be resized on the fly; and coloured up. Bargain!

  • trucks
  • cars
  • bicycles
  • Brake and clutch
  • Cooling system
  • Fuel system
  • Gearbox
  • Onsite service and repairs
  • Component rebuilds
  • Engine
  • Transmissions
  • List icons
  • List icons
  • in lists
  • in lists

 

The Build Steps

1. decide the layout and
components together.

2. we build to this brief;
configure in detail;
and fill with content.

3. we both check
the site and revise
where required.

See this full list of Font Awesome Icons and this list of code characters for completeness. And more on the types of Font Awesome lists. Other references for coding R2; indent issues; simple explanation of lists;

A blackboard menu that looks so real.

Isn’t this a fabulous blackboard menu? It looks so real. And you can alter the text.
It’s easy for us to repeat – needs only a font, background image and a little bit of styling work.
Ask and we shall make it for you. Not including the squeaky, stand your hair on end, sounds 😉
(Here is an example menu page.) Built for Hainault.com.au
 

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Can a WordPress website be compared to a car automobile? Yes

If your WordPress website was a car how would it behave and what would it cost? How different would the experience of buying and adding options be? Well quite a lot! The differences are big and have large implications.

For starters, you would buy your WordPress car for Free. Yes the standard version you get for free. And its not sloppy for it has been designed, built and tested by a community of programming enthusiasts and experts who volunteer their time. This standard model car will be white but has all the essentials and a bit more. It will get you to your destination quickly, comfortably and safely (that is, create and adjust post and pages of your site).

Standard Car
Standard Car (drawn by Bove)

The standard version does not come with extras you may have seen elsewhere but you are offered these with plugins and add-ons. These add the extra features, or functionality, to your site. For example if you want a car stereo search for those and install the one you like the sound of. The basic version will be free while the hi-fi ones sell for about $50. The suppliers provide a good description and reasonable support for these free add-ons. More support and features for the paid premium versions.

And why are these add-ons offered for free? Because they can. The free version is like a trial version which allows you to test drive their add-on. Once you have learnt and experienced its features you may well decide to upgrade and buy the premium version. This is where the commercial builder recoups its investment. The free version lets their product to become known to many WordPress users. That is the marketing advantage.

Car with extras
Car with plush extras

The material resources used to supply any of these ‘parts’ are very low. No metal, coal or petrol is required. Providing a download supply channel via the internet is cheap. So the free version does not cost much to supply. It does take time, sometime lots, for programmers to design and code the add-on. Hence the materials consumed to make the add-on is negligible. Unlike your real automobile car which has much metal and plastic to make, and petrol to transport.

Here are some automobile parts and their WordPress plugin equivalents.

Trims and coloured exterior = Themes
A car alarm = a security plugin
Turbo charge = a cache plugin
Odometer and log book = visitor statistics
Melodic horn = image slider?
Your son’s car = backups

Can you think of some equivalents?

Maintenance is quite different too. Unlike the costly repairs and maintenance of your car, your WordPress site gets updated for free. If the site is badly damaged (hacked or very old) you will probably need to pay someone to rectify.

I hope you enjoyed this article and learnt how different WordPress is to an automobile.

Now go drive your website safely!

Copyright 27 May 2016, Brett Glossop. All rights reserved. Contact brett@zolid.com.au

Free Blogging Sites Comparison by guest blogger

Best-Blogging-Sites-MattBannerThis is an article so you can decide what blogging site to use. From Matt Banner at onblastblog.

A blog is what happens when you create a direct link between your mind and the internet.

So, what’s our medium for this connection? Blogging sites. Our canvas.

That’s why we’re here today, to show you the best blog sites for your needs, once you decide to start your very own blog.

Do I have one that I like more than the others?

Sure, but variety is the spice of life and you may find yourself leaning toward a different one, and that’s okay.

Which Blog Websites Are Right For Me? [an Infographic]

Read moreFree Blogging Sites Comparison by guest blogger

How to Stop My WordPress Site from being Hacked

lock on a white background. Isolated 3D imageHow do you prevent or lessen the chances of your WP site being hacked? A little effort now can go a long way to preventing a hacker. The biggest solutions are to a) have difficult passwords, b) limit the number of login attempts and c) plug any known security holes in the code.

Before getting into the nitty gritty let us refresh as to why it is so important. Well your site is open to the whole world 24 hours a day and every day of the year. That means any nefarious person, anywhere, can try to hack into your site. Computers and the internet are fast so they can try to hack your site many times in a minute – if allowed to. This is why “Julie1” is not a good choice of password because it can be guessed or on a list.
The nefarious community share their knowledge. So we, on the ‘good side’, must be vigilant, have a rudimentary knowledge and do our part by hardening our own site using standard practices.

Let’s not panic either. With a normal amount of prevention, explained here, your normal site will become well protected. Many are on our side including the WordPress community of developers and users. With a few pieces of prevention your site will no longer be an easy target. Transform your site from a soft sponge to a hard walnut. Read on to find out how.

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Passwords cannot be easy to guess or run of the mill any more – or you risk being hacked by the most basic of routes – the standard dashboard login. Also needed: change the default admin user – Delete the ‘admin’ username once you have your own admin login user. Having a user name that everyone knows means that the hacker is half way to getting in. Use both the user name and password to prevent illegitimate logins.

Limit the number of login attempts. WordPress by default allows an unlimited number of login attempts. By installing a well regarded and hence safe plugin you can limit the number of tries a person can make. After say five tries the person should seek some help or refer to their login notes, shouldn’t they? So why not limit the number of tries and lock them out temporarily? This is what the “WP Limit Login Attempts” and “WP Cerber” plugins do.

They also do a few other things like slowing down the login process and optional human tests. Check out the references to read more. We like WP Cerber slightly more due to its nice interfaces and list of logon attempts. But Limit Login Attempts was more intuitive and simpler – when we last used it. You be the judge, both work well. Both seem to be updated regularly, which is essential for a security plugin.

Those security holes can be plugged by regular updates of WordPress and plugins. You can keep them updated easily via your WP dashboard. You can even set updates to be automatic during the installation of WP. Also, disable or delete any plugins that are not being used or not updated in the last year.

Another aspect that helps is to have a good host. A good host will do their part in preventing your site being hacked. So don’t skimp on hosting.

These solutions are not 100% bullet proof so do take regular backups so you know you can recover your site if required.

See:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-limit-login-attempts/
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-cerber/
https://codex.wordpress.org/Brute_Force_Attacks/  (WordPress.org community technical advice)

If you find them useful do help with a donation. No we are not taking a commission.

Have an enjoyable WordPress experience and be security wise.

How to move a website from Joomla to WordPress.

Are you thinking of moving your website from Joomla to WordPress? Should you do this yourself? We tell you the technique and you can decide.

You’ve probably decided by now that you are going to migrate your Joomla site to WordPress. That is a good decision as WordPress has many many plugins, ease of editing pages and great documentation.

The move can be called a conversion or techos usually call it a migration.

Should I do this myself? How complicated is it? The following notes will allow you to decide for yourself.

Read moreHow to move a website from Joomla to WordPress.