10 June 2017

create a child theme

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Child themes ... it's a thing ... use them!  There are a lot of great articles already out there that explain what a child theme is, why you should use them and how to set one up.  This article on Smashing Magazine By Nick Schäferhoff is my go-to: How To Create And Customize A WordPress Child Theme

NB: Under "When to Use a Child Theme" Nick says "So, should you always build a child theme ... ? No, it really depends." ... I disagree ... I think you should always use a child theme.

As great as Nick's article is though, I thought I'd give you a condensed, step by step process to simplify it even further, for next time.  I do suggest you read up on child themes first so you know what/why you're setting one up, and that article from Smashing Mag is a great place to start.

Once you've got your head around that, here's the cut-down version for quick reference (I'll use the same headings so you can refer back to the original article for more info at any time):

NB: I usually work with offline files, then load them via FTP to the webserver.  Nick has a great suggestion to zip the theme folder then install it like a normal theme via the WordPress Theme menu ... gold!

Set Up A Basic Child Theme

"... a child theme needs three things: its own folder, a style sheet and a functions.php file."

Create a Folder in wp-content/themes

  • It can be called anything, but no spaces - something like "twentyfifteen-child" will work, and so would "myawesomewebsite".

Create a Style Sheet

  • Create a new text file and call it "style.css" (you can use any text editor or you can be fancy and use Dreamweaver ... do not under any circumstances use Word!)
  • Paste the style sheet header as follows:
 Theme Name:   Twenty Fifteen Child Theme
 Description:  A child theme of the Twenty Fifteen default WordPress theme
 Author:       Nick Schäferhoff
 Template:     twentyfifteen
 Version:      1.0.0

Activate Child Theme

  • Skip this step for now!

Create functions.php

  • Same as the Style Sheet, just create a text file and call it "functions.php" (these files are of course created in the theme folder we created earlier "wp-content/themes/myawesomewebsite/functions.php"
  • Copy the following code into the file (yep, that's PHP ... don't worry, you don't need to fully understand PHP to get this going, trust me!):
//* Code goes here

Inherit Parent Styles

  •  DON'T use the @import method ... (this is the one thing I don't like about the article, this is the old way of doing things so in my humble opinion, why mention it at all?!)
  • DO use the wp_enqueue_style() method ... copy this code into your functions.php file (underneath the other bits we just pasted):
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'enqueue_parent_styles' );

function enqueue_parent_styles() {
   wp_enqueue_style( 'parent-style', get_template_directory_uri().'/style.css' );

Upload Theme

  • NB: This is a variation of Nick's "Activate Your Theme" step
  • Zip your Theme folder, eg, "myawesomewebsite"
  • Login to WordPress
  • Click on Themes
  • Click on Add New and upload your zip file
  • NB: The parent theme must already be installed
  • Activate your child theme
Congratulations you've created and installed your child theme ... easy right?!

24 May 2017

two-factor authentication (2FA)

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What is WordPress Two-Factor Authentication?

WordPress two-factor authentication (or WordPress 2-step verification) adds an important extra layer of protection to your WordPress site’s login and admin area by requiring 1) a password and 2) a secondary time-sensitive code to login.

More about WordPress 2FA »

The time-sensitive code is generated via a two-factor authentication app, usually installed on your smartphone. We use Authy, but you can use any 2FA app.

How to setup and use Authy »
(NB: If you are a client of Accurate Expressions, 2FA is most likely already enabled on your site so you can skip that bit at Step 2 of these instructions!)

31 January 2017

URL Redirects

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If you have your domains registered with Crazy Domains, you will need to upgrade to Premium DNS to allow URL Redirects to be set up.  You can do this via the Account Manager.  I believe the cost is $19.95 per domain.

More about Crazy Domain's DNS Hosting here »

Once you're logged into Account Manager:
  1. Click on Domains
  2. Locate the relevant domain name in the Domains List
  3. Click on the double circular arrow icon (Premium DNS) under Addons
  4. Click Add to Cart
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for second domain name
  6. Checkout
If accurate expressions is setting up URL Redirects on your behalf, please notify us once your DNS Hosting has been upgraded.