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Twenty Eleven Theme and Commenting Feature

Started by Barak Schimp. Last reply by Jeff Long 17 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hi All, I have been running the Twenty Eleven theme on my blog / website and I am having issues turning off the commenting feature. I believe I have all the settings off, but when I create something…Continue

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Started by Matt Comisky. Last reply by Matt Comisky on Saturday. 4 Replies

A newbie to the group. I had a question I was hoping I could get some feedback on. Any recommendations for a theme/child theme for a new site? I have heard a lot about Genesis but I know there are…Continue

Looking for guidance on solving a VaultPress issue

Started by Diane Krause. Last reply by Jeff Long Sep 23. 3 Replies

WordPress Experts --I'm looking for some guidance.We (company) are using VaultPress for backup on our WordPress site. I received a notification this morning that VaultPress is having trouble…Continue

Tags: VaultPress, backup, WordPress

Child Theme

Started by Cy Fukagawa. Last reply by Camden Ross Sep 19. 5 Replies

Aloha gang, I had a question. I made a child theme but then when i activated it, I noticed it looked like my site did about a month ago. (It had different menus and pictures) Does anyone know how to…Continue

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Comment by Ricardo 'ReAsOn' Butler on September 20, 2014 at 5:20pm

QUESTION: Which is better for Surveying? Google Forms or Survey Monkey?

Comment by Kingsley Grant on September 17, 2014 at 1:31pm

Andrea,

Thanks for the article on website backup. I appreciate that.

Comment by Andrea Rose on September 16, 2014 at 9:56am

Chris Wensink, check out wpmudev.org. I think their buddypress and membership tools might be what you are looking for.  

Comment by Andrea Rose on September 16, 2014 at 9:52am

Douglas Bartholomew, short answer. Yes use these signups for your newsletter.

Long answer: You can also disable signups completely or add captcha. You can also integrate the site so that when people signup they also get added to a newsletter automatically or get updates on your podcasts. 

Another tip, you also have comments enabled on almost every page which tends to lead to more spam comments and registrations. 

You may also ask yourself "Why do I have a website?" Are you selling your podcast, a product, a membership, a class, are you an affiliate, do you want to promote something... You have a very cool topic but I'm not sure what I am supposed to do on your site. Think about each page as a way to lead your viewer to where you want them to go. 

P.S. A common spam post is "I just would like to give you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have here on this post. I’ll be returning to your web site for more soon." I see this on many sites. If you get this just delete it. 

P.P.S I might just signup myself since my bucket tomato garden only lasted about 2 weeks

Comment by Andrea Rose on September 16, 2014 at 9:37am

Pastor Michael Jannett, Not sure what your budget is. If you want a rock-solid but expensive platform you could use Infusionsoft. They will customize everything for you and even help set up marketing campaigns, mailers, forms on your site ect... A less expensive/almost free option is to sign up for MailChimp (free) and then if your theme does not already support MailChimp integration get the MailChimp Social Wordpress plugin (less than $10). A totally free plugin that works well but requires a bit more work is Subscribe2. 

Hope that helps!

Comment by Diane Krause on September 16, 2014 at 8:51am

Thanks for the responses on my updates question. We're using Vaultpress for backups, and I confirmed that a backup had been done last night. I completed all the updates this morning and everything seemed to go fine. I appreciate the support!!

Comment by Andrea Rose on September 16, 2014 at 8:43am

Sean, if you really like having a page builder I recommend Elegant Themes (ET). It has a page builder and in all the years I have used ET any problems with updates have been taken care of within a day or two. There is also excellent customer service for those times when you just can't figure make your child theme do what you want it to. 

PS The blog is also a great learning tool for WP

Comment by Andrea Rose on September 16, 2014 at 8:36am

You can always backup your site through epanel and your file manager; however, there are also many great plugins that will assist you with backups if you don't know how to. Below is a great article with 5 really good options. I like to back up to Drop Box personally.  http://www.backupreview.com/5-ways-backup-wordpress-website/

Comment by Camden Ross on September 16, 2014 at 6:18am

Diane,

Since you have BackupBuddy, you should be able to revert easily if something doesn't go right. If it makes you real nervous, then perhaps run a manual backup right before running the upgrade.

For me, the update to 4.0 went smoothly, though in the past, specifically the 3.9 update, I delayed upgrading because I needed to update other parts of my site to be compatible. This helped me realize how nice it is to run a local/development version of my site.

~Cam

Comment by Sean Deminski on September 15, 2014 at 9:15pm
Although I am not a "word press guru" I just recently went through this in updating my sites to 4.0.

I updated the site to WordPress 4.0, and then after-the-fact found out that my theme didn't have all its functionality with the new update. I am hoping that the theme does get updated so it works with 4.0 but in the meantime I'm kind of stuck not being able to use the built-in page builder. (i'm using optimize press btw). I have found that "downgrading" is kind of complicated process.

What I would recommend, and wish I had done, is back-up the site before upgrading the software. (with a product like back-up buddy). In general even if you don't have this issue, it is still a good idea to make sure you or your webmaster is backing up your site. That way even if there are issues that you couldn't've caught before hand, you can still go back to where you were at.
 
 
 

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