I love WordPress, but I don’t love everything about it.
I think it’s the best way to build a website for most people, but like any piece of software, it’s not perfect. There are a few things that really chap my hide, and I’d like to air my grievances here.
To be clear, this post is not about complaining, it’s about providing solutions to some common problems. One cool thing about WordPress is that if you don’t like something, you can always contribute your idea for a fix because it’s open source.
Some of these fixes are specific to the way I like to use WordPress, so they might not be a good idea for the core software. So without further adieu [french accent], here we go!
Want to find out how easy it is to translate your WordPress theme into any language? Then read on…
Take 30 seconds and do this little trick on your WordPress site, you’ll get a kick out of it.
- Login to your admin area and go to the edit screen for one of your pages (doesn’t matter which one, just not a new one).
- Scroll down to the Revisions box, and click on any revision
- Scroll down and put the 2 radio buttons like you see in the picture
- Click “Compare Revisions”
I hope that made you smile
We are currently adding Retina support for our WordPress Themes, so I thought I’d share how we did it so you can too.
About High Resolution Displays
Retina and high resolution displays in general are like HD TV, pretty soon everyone will have one. Your website will look really bad on a high-res display if you don’t change a few things. How bad? Zoom in to 200% on your website logo or one of your images, that’s exactly what it looks like on a Retina display (but worse because everything else like text is super crisp in comparison).
How to Retinize Your Theme (without a bunch of coding)
A lot of people have already written about how to retinize your theme with a bunch of custom coding. I’m going to take more of a “for dummies” approach here.
Whether you’re new to WordPress, or an old pro, there’s some hidden gems in WordPress that you might not be aware of.
1. Easily Embed a Tweet
Did you know you can embed a tweet just by pasting the url into your page editor?
To get the status url of a single tweet, go to twitter.com and find the tweet you want to embed. Click on the tweet to expand it, then click the “details” link.
Copy the url in your browser, then paste it into your page/post editor.
I just got a Retina Macbook Pro, and only a few days in it’s clear that this display is the future.
Not just Apple’s display, but ultra high resolution displays in general. It won’t be long before other manufacturers release similar displays, and websites are going to have to adapt quickly.
The problem with the Retina display is similar to that of an HD TV several years ago. Everything that’s Retina compatible is amazingly crisp, but everything that’s not looks even worse than it did before. It’s like watching a non-HD channel on a very good HD TV.
You may have seen a Retina display in the Apple store, or on your iPhone, and maybe you think it looks pretty good. Let me tell you, once you’ve been staring at this thing for a few days, non-Retina screens are almost unreadable. I pop open my old (2008) Macbook Pro and I squint at the blurry text. Even on my iPad 2, which has a fairly hi-res display, the type looks pixelated.
The problem is only going to get worse, because we haven’t yet reached the limits of human vision.
Here’s what needs to change (and quickly) to accomodate our extra pixel friends.
If you need a professional company logo, here’s some advice that is a little controversial.
I’ve designed around 50 logos over the years, including those for my own businesses (some examples are in the image above). I don’t design logos anymore, and I’m not the world’s best logo designer, but I like to think I know what I’m talking about.
When I designed logos, I usually charged around $1,000. (IMO they were worth it, and that’s on the low end of the “professional logo designer” pricing scale)
Here’s my advice to you: if you just started your business, don’t spend $1,000 on a logo.
We’re excited to announce Lux, our best theme yet.
It’s perfect for anyone who wants to show off large image portfolios. We had interior designers and service professionals in mind when we made this theme, but it would work great for almost anyone.
The biggest difference in this theme was our approach to color customization. We get a lot of requests in the support forum for color customization, so we decided to make every single color customizable without writing a single line of code!
With the help of the new WordPress theme customizer, you can now use color pickers to change every color in the theme visually.
It’s also extremely easy to show off images from your projects in cool portfolios and sliders. All you have to do is create a new item and upload your images, there’s no difficult options to figure out.
Did I mention everything in Lux is fully responsive for mobile devices?
There’s lots more cool features, check them out along with the demo below…
If you are a total beginner, and want to learn how to make a website, we just released an awesome checklist for you.
It’s full of great pictures and non-techie information so you can get a WordPress website online fast.
Head over and check it out here.