3 Ways Custom WordPress Themes Waste Your Time and Money

I’ve been hearing a lot recently about custom WordPress themes and how great they are. I don’t use them, and I don’t recommend them to my clients, either. Here’s why. First, let’s define what I mean by a “custom” theme here, because different people mean different things. I’m talking about a scratch-built theme. That’s a […]

Google’s Gonna Getcha (if you Don’t Do This)

A while back I wrote an articled titled What is a Mobile Responsive WordPress Theme and Why Should You Use It? When I wrote it, about 30% of readers visited websites on mobile devices — tablets and smartphones. Today it’s more — lots more. According to Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, those numbers, at least for […]

How to Make WordPress Easier and Stronger: Introducing the Rainmaker Platform

WordPress Building Blocks is all about learning to use WordPress and make the most out of it. Naturally, when you’re using WordPress you also get involved with hosting. Then there are all the other tools and skillsets that go along with creating a website that attracts the audience you want. Things like: Choosing a theme […]

Common WordPress Widgets and Where to Find Them

In discussions with readers and clients recently, I’ve realized there’s a lot of confusion about WordPress widgets — what they are, and even more importantly, where they are. I admit, widgets can be confusing little beasts at times. Here’s some basic information about what a widget is. Read this first, then come on back and […]

Choosing a Color Pallette for your WordPress Site: It’s an Art and a Science

With all the wonderful WordPress themes out there, choosing a color pallette for your site can be very simple — as simple as picking a theme that uses colors you love. “Color pallette” refers to the combination of colors you consistently use on the site. Or, maybe not. Choosing colors for your website is both […]

How to Make your WordPress Site Mobile Responsive

As a website owner, you can’t ignore this segment of potential site visitors. I’m talking mobile. More than 30% of web views happen on phones or tablets instead of traditional computers, and that number is growing. On one of my websites, nearly 20% of visitors view the site on a phone, and another 14% on […]

StudioPress vs Elegant Themes: Which One Should a Newbie Choose?

“I’m new to WordPress. Which is easier for a newbie, a StudioPress theme or an Elegant Themes theme?” Let’s take a look, at the inside workings of both themes. Installing the Theme Installation is straightforward and the same for both. Download your theme Log into your WordPress Dashboard Select Appearance / Themes Click Add new […]

Seven Stunning Magazine-Style WordPress Themes

Magazine-style WordPress themes have a complex homepage layout. Unlike a blogging theme, which usually has one sidebar and a list of your posts, a magazine theme lets you feature groups of posts and pages arranged by category. Magazines and news outlets use magazine themes to give readers a taste of the most important content on […]

Announcing New Ambiance Pro: Minimalist Portfolio Style WordPress Theme

Announcing the release of the Ambiance Pro WordPress theme from StudioPress. Ambience Pro is a stunning portfolio-style theme. The homepage showcases your images and text in a special way. Once your reader gets inside the site, the page welcomes her into your content without distractions. It’s an ideal theme for: Photographers Travel Writers and Bloggers […]