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WordPress in Plain English: Plugins and Widgets

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A Plugin is a tiny program that works hand by hand with your WordPress installation by adding more features and functionality.

I like to think of them as little modular accessories that you add seamlessly to your website, adding desired features without getting in the way of the main WordPress installation.  There is a plugin for almost anything you desire your website to have, which is amazing, but some of them haven't been updated in years and can break your website, so its always good to read the reviews of a plugin, when it was last updated and if it supports the WordPress version your website is using.

Widgets are small modules where you can drag and drop content and plugins to.  The default installation of WordPress comes with basic plugins for areas like sidebars and footers, but depending on the theme you choose you might be able to customize more areas on your website. 

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WordPress in Plain English: Child Themes

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WordPress works with themes.  A theme is the one that defines the look, feel and structure of your website, it includes templates of the different type of pages your website can use, the styles of the fonts and colors in which the content will be presented.  It also includes the functionality to it.

A Child Theme is a theme we create based on the main theme, but it allows us to re-write some features and functionality of the original one without modifying its source code.

When we create a Child Theme, we are able to modify selectively, modify the layout, styling and functionality without major consequences in the original code.

It will still follow the guidelines and work as its parent theme, but it will be able to have unique customized features that will help you create a different version of that theme.  For example, you find a theme that you love online but you wished its colors and fonts were different and that the sidebar was on the other side of the screen. This is easily done by creating a Child Theme and re-writing the instructions from the parent theme that specify the colors, fonts and position of that sidebar.

I insist and persist that when working with WordPress you always create a Child Theme and work from there, that way, anytime an update of the parent theme is released, you don't loose your customizations by updating the source files, and will not corrupt the original parent by changing the source code.  Keep the source code as it is, and build your customizations based on it.

ARTICLES FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

 What is a WordPress Child Theme? Pros, Cons, and More

 Child Themes Basics and Creating Child Themes in WordPress

 WordPress Child Themes, Close Up

 What are Parent and Child Themes?

  A Guide To: WordPress Child Themes Development


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Crafting Websites: Inspiration from the best

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We are familiar with inspiration boards and vision boards and I'm a great fan of creating quick ones when starting a new project.  I tend to take pieces from different inspiration sources and put them together as a puzzle to see how they might work and find the potential they can bring to a given project.

I create boards that will show how a specific font will work in a color palette, with certain photography and with solid colors.  How images can be used in great sizes or as thumbnails, and how some functionality can be presented in a way that creates a seamless experience.

Inspiration boards are not only about the visuals we want to add to our new project, they also include diagrams and flow charts on how the experience will be crafted and what are the steps needed to achieve them.  I also include what type of content will be needed for each of these ideas, and how they serve the main goal of this project.

Everything that you include in your website should serve your mission and if its not adding anything, you should just not include it… my guessing is that if you feel that you are adding a feature just because you have to but don't feel how it can help your business, you won't use it right or even update it and create content for it as you should.

ARTICLES FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

  How to create mood boards: 40 expert tips

  Mood Boarding Methods for Web Designers

 How a website is built: Design

 Why Mood Boards Matter

  How To Use Mood Boards For Visual Learning


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Crafting Websites: Get Inspiration from offline sources in addition to online sources

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Another great way of getting inspired is to look outside the online world. Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere, think of typography, photography, color palettes, composition, scale and functionality.

When you're looking for inspiration, you need to see things in a different way and from a different perspective.

Look for close-ups, organic and geometric shapes, learn how a structure works and observe how it can be translated into a different medium and to serve a different purpose. A great example of this is how printed mediums have been translated to the web; magazines, newspapers and later to tablets; books. Another great example is museums creating online exhibitions or virtual tours of galleries, giving their visitors a different way to experiment art and be a part of the exhibitions.

When I start a new project, I tend to look everywhere, from packaging to books, from color palettes in the art world to scientific close ups, even to movies and specific era posters.  These help you build your vision or at least to get a better sense of what are you aiming for and how you can use some of these elements in your website (and your brand) to deliver a strong message.

ARTICLES FOR YOUR INPIRATION

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 Offline Inspiration for Web Designers

 Offline Inspiration: How To Find It and Get The Most Out Of It

  Five (offline!) ways to find inspiration


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