One Click Update

One Click Update

The one click update is possible. To get to the point of being able to click the update button and wait for the updates to implement successfully means following some good practices for the wellbeing of the website. The one click update is user savvy. No one wants to spend so much time trying to figure out why the best software for a website, WordPress, is so difficult to operate.

It’s a simple solution and it depends on whose advice you follow and how many plugins are installed in the site. How much is too much? This depends on what extra functions you want your site to have. No matter how simple your website is, there’s going to be problems of one sort or another.

There’s an endless division in the world of websites. The tech savvy and the non-tech savvy person. Obviously, the developer who crafts the core WordPress code, or a Theme knows more than the person who doesn’t.

The non-tech savvy person is the user, the one on the receiving end of the work of the tech savvy person. The user is the operator of the website. Technology should simplify the process for the user, instead a website can be bloated with too many plugins.

A Plugin Extends Website Function

When a major version of WordPress is updated some plugins may not work the way they used to. Keep these things in mind if you start to have problems with updates:

Make sure the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress

The WordPress software is the core that runs the website and isn’t the WordPress Theme

The Theme overlays the core software and doesn’t modify the core of WordPress

Sometimes your theme updates and the plugin you thought was compatible stops working

Plugins are packages of code that extend the core functionality of WordPress. The code is PHP, a scripting language used in open source software. This is what the developer uses when they “write” the code. The PHP files have “text,” HTML (hypertext markup language), CSS (cascading style sheets) and JavaScript, a specific code that is separate from the PHP scripting language.

Plugins are specifically coded and written by developers who integrate the code to work within the existing core. Plugins add specific functions to the website.

The WordPress Plugin Repository

There are 44,000+ Plugins in the WordPress Repository. Ideally, plugins should work because they’re all WordPress plugins. The developer built an excellent plugin, but it may not be compatible with your Theme. Why? The plugin wasn’t developed by the same developer that developed the theme. 

Using the Divi Theme as an example with this site, I found some plugins didn’t work well with the Divi Theme. This is not the fault of the plugin or the theme, it’s a fact of human nature. Across the board everyone has this problem. Think about the World Wide Web for a moment and the vast numbers of people interacting with code, there are different developers working on different teams.

Fierce competition exists, and you’ll find one plugin developer criticizing another one. Just because a plugin isn’t in the WordPress Repository doesn’t mean it’s no good. As a front-end user, I cannot fathom the eternal conflict with technology. We’re all using the same software, WordPress.

WordPress Core Updates

WordPress is a good software to use. You can tell by the number of people using it. 28% of websites worldwide run on WordPress. The core software is updated with security fixes regularly. You have to click the update button, it’s not done automatically for you.

In the Dashboard in the Updates section you will see when there is an update needed. If you have the latest version of WordPress you’ll see this message.

This site updates with one click. The customizations and changes made in the Divi Theme are inside the modules and don’t affect the Divi core code or WordPress core code. The one click update will depend on how much modification exists in the site.

The Divi Child Theme

A Divi Child Theme is built from the Divi Framework, specifically styled by a developer and a designer. This is an alternative if you want a ready made website designed with the Divi Theme. Take a look at these gorgeous Child Themes built in the Divi Theme.

You want a Theme built by a reputable developer. It doesn’t take much to find the reputable developers. They’re the ones in business, and they’re good at what they do.

This website is not using a Child Theme, it’s built with the Divi Theme Framework by me, the user.

The Divi Theme has grown in popularity and there are plugins specifically for Divi. Naturally, I’m using those plugins. The social sharing plugin is Monarch, and the Newsletter sign up is Bloom. The most recent plugin installed is the Divi Blog Extended plugin. The blog plugin has a selection of layout designs pre-formatted for the blog page.

So yes, I operate within the Divi ecosphere for now. But I know the developers of the Divi Theme work with developers from all over the world, just as WordPress does.

There will always be updates, revisions, and code collisions. It’s the nature of technology. Once you figure out WordPress, plugins, and themes on the front end, the non-tech user isn’t so non-tech after all. When the update notices arrive, you can smile inwardly  and do the one click update.

And then there is Divi

And then there is Divi

In the beginning… there was a stillness on the horizon, the modules were an idea in the designer’s mind, the ideal placeholder for the information. A text, an image, a blurb, a full width slider, and the family of modules was born into the house of Divi.

The designer went to the developer and said write the code for this please. The developer nodded thoughtfully and the string of code poured from the keyboard. The logic phrases of code, fetched and styled integrating perfectly with WordPress. This is the story of the dawning of the Divi Theme.

Okay, so I’m hopelessly in love with the Divi Theme since it came out in 2013. I switched my website to the Divi theme. I can’t get enough of it and love using it, thanks to the designers and developers of the Elegant Themes team who created the master framework upon which to build a website.

The Divi Theme Changes Everything

I don’t know how to code.  All the effects you see in this website are made through the module. Each module gives you the option to style it. All the code is already built into the module.

The way the website looks and the way it is built isn’t only for the designer and the developer, it’s also for the user.

WordPress is the go-to software for websites today. The software has the flexibility to add in desired features and it has a robust core structure. Everything about building a website with Divi is pleasurable as it should be.

Of course not everyone wants to take the time to figure out how the Divi theme works, they leave that to people of my nature, I will work with the module to see what it does and figure out how to make it shorter, longer, and fit in better with the layout.

Divi has an on page visual builder. You can write directly into the webpage, this helps you put the content into the website in the right place. As you type into the module you can see the changes you make as you are making them.

Clutter

Some websites look cluttered and are a chore to look at. Popups, moving pictures, slide in text boxes distracts the reader.

Clean Interface

If you put the right information in the module it makes for easier reading. Too much content on the page promotes eye fatigue.

The Content

Includes the words, the images and the white space. When these elements are harmonious, the website works.

The Divi frame gives you the opportunity to use it for what you’re sutied for. Now that is service.

The do it yourself has an appeal all of it’s own.

The design for the creative and the visual.

The code brought to perfection to render the exact right look.

The code is built in and you don’t need to know how to code.

Updating the Divi Theme happens with one click of the Update button. Some say this is not possible. I say it is. I do it all the time whenever the Divi Theme is updated. When I press the update button there isn’t a code collision. A code collision happens when there are too many plugins competing against each other.

In truth, the elegance of design is, less is more. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Trends come and go, material design, minimalist design, flat design, three dimensional design, all will in due time live for a while then expire. What doesn’t expire is your style and that is unique to you.

For me the ordinary user, the ability to place the modules, adjust the headings, widen the space, add colors, images, is an avenue of expression on the web.  And now there is Divi…

About the About Page

About the About Page

So, what’s this all about? People want to know.

It’s the page on your website that gives people information about you or the business. We know this. We also know first impressions count as the visitor lands on the Homepage.

Which is more important the Homepage or the About page?

There’s no easy answer it depends on which “expert” you speak to. The answer is common sense. What would you like to know about someone when they are a total stranger? I’m always reminded of the truth of the statement, “Anyone can say anything on the Web.” How do we know it is true? We don’t, we have to find out, if we can get past the popup, the push notification, the cookie policy, or the objection to the use of Adblocker.

Using the Web should be fun and informative. Now it’s an obstacle course to get to where you want to go. The information is buried somewhere within a minimalist opt in to a free signup. This is the new business model, for a while, until the next one comes along.

There’s a good book you should read if you want to get your content read; Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug. How usable is your Website? Technology and Design move fast, style’s change, and new trends develop all the time. What doesn’t change is the way a human being wants to be treated, yes, even on a website.

Endless meetings and discussions go on about what is inside the person’s head as they come to your website. It’s a guessing game. Instead of spending so much time trying to figure out what the visitor is thinking, think about the information you’re presenting to the visitor.

Do they want to sign up for your newsletter before they know what you’re about? Are they comfortable paying you money before they know you are who you say you are?

Online Interaction Overload

Before I can get to the About page I have to land on the Homepage. Unless, the Homepage has everything on it:

  • About
  • Testimonials
  • Portfolio links
  • Newsletter signup
  • Latest workshop signup
  • Book offer

This is interaction overload. The Homepage makes the visitor think too much. One glowing paragraph about you and what you do isn’t enough to build a relationship with a total stranger being introduced to you for the first time.

The About page is where I should find extensive information about you. I am most interested in this because this page introduces you to me. I can start to get to know you.

What do you put on the About Page?

Remember, you must offer your specific, unique services so as not to overstep the boundary and then infringe on someone else’s territory. If you copy then you’re plagiarizing. If you emulate, you adapt the content to fit your style. Your own style.

Return to the simple and find the definition of the context. The word “about” means with reference to, relevant to, and on the subject of. You’re the subject of your website. Even if you have a team of people you still have to tell people what you’re about.

About is the story of the business and how it originated. This story starts to build the relationship with people who might be interested in what you do. The context should clearly explain what you are about, but without selling.

Keep the context related to: who, what, and why.

The About page is the spotlight. Stand firmly in the center. The Internet is the marketplace, the public square. Everyone who gathers in this place can speak to those who want to listen.

Use a current picture. No matter how old or young you look if your picture isn’t what you look like in real time, people will not trust you. In a time when we have megapixel cameras there’s no excuse not to have a current picture of you. If you hide behind an image it’s worse. If there’s a blank avatar image and no photo of you, there’s no connection.

If you put pictures of your family instead of you, the visitor knows it’s family first and they’re second. Of course your family comes first, but you’re still conveying a message that’s not about you.

Don’t use a character picture without your real picture nearby. The icon graphics although they’re cartoonish, they don’t promote realism. When you’re looking for the person behind the website you want the real person.

Your kitty isn’t you…

 

The Visitor

The visitor uses the web and they’re well up on information. Any exaggeration or sales context sets up a barrier between you and the visitor. You don’t know the visitor. If you set up analytics and tracking you know about their use of the site. What you should be concerned about is the context of the information and communicating to the visitor.

When you respect the visitor, this is your chance to build a relationship. When you meet a person face-to-face, there’s nowhere to hide. Online there’s the opportunity to hide, exaggerate, or be untruthful.

Have you ever visited an About page on a website that’s just too good to be true? The person has one too many celebrity pictures or endorsements. They’re so over-the-top, that while they might be well-known, how well do you know them. Instead, you’re shown their value based on the celebrities not on them.

Your About page is the most revealing page in your entire website. Never underestimate the user of the web, they’re smart.

Your Story

The story of how you started what you do is what the visitor is looking for. It is the capture point. Every child listens to the story and continues listening. Your story is the identifying element and brings the context about who you are, what you do, and why you’re doing it. If the visitor identifies with your story they will connect with you.

Every interaction online is person to person. There is a human being on the other end of the keyboard reading what you wrote. I never tire of thinking about that as I write online. I am communicating to someone who wants to know about the About page.

Control WordPress Dashboard

Control WordPress Dashboard

Control WordPress Dashboard

By Joan | WordPress

Congratulations! You’ve arrived in the WordPress Dashboard. Please look around the Dashboard, and you’re in control.

The WordPress Dashboard

The first thing you should do when arriving in the Dashboard is make sure you’re running an up-to-date version of WordPress.  

Update WordPress

If you update WordPress and your website collapses it usually means you’re running a Theme that is not compatible with the latest WordPress update. This is something you want to avoid.

The WordPress Theme

The Theme you’re going to use needs to be uploaded into the dashboard. You upload a .zip Theme file in the Appearance section.

 

You can use any WordPress Theme. This website is using the Divi Theme. A Theme is an essential part of a website and overlays WordPress. The Theme has a specific design and layout and comes readymade. You can build a WordPress website from scratch, but that’s what developers do.

The makers of a WordPress Theme built the theme readymade for use. There are so many choices when it comes to using a Theme that you might find yourself unable to choose one.

You need to know which theme you are going to use before you arrive in your Dashboard. Otherwise you’ll load any theme and then the problems will multiply. If you need help choosing a Theme read about the theme I’m using.

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The Details

Each one of these sections needs to be visited to enable the settings so the website operates the different functions.

All the settings are well explained. Go into each setting and look at the information page. It will make sense because WordPress is intuitive and not difficult to use.

As you go through the various links in the Dashboard you will get to know how the website is organized. This is why WordPress is used for so many websites.

NOTE: these settings are different from your Theme Settings. The Theme overlays the WordPress frame, it sits on top of it but does not disturb the core structure of WordPress.

WordPress Plugins

The functions you can add to enhance your website.

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Your Plugin Philosophy

The WordPress Plugin Repository has 44,000+ plugins.

Don’t rely on people to tell you about a plugin always do the research yourself so you know what the plugin does.

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Theme Specific Plugins

These plugins may not be in the WordPress Repository and can be purchased diretly from th developer.

Using a plugin will depend on what functions you want to add.

Theme Settings

The area where you enable the functions of the theme you’re going to use.

After uploading the .zip file and activating the theme you will need to enable the Theme Options so the theme functions. As mentioned this website is using the Divi Theme. 

Managing your website from the Dashboard puts you in control. You just have to acquaint yourself with all the settings. It is not possible to go through all of the settings in this blog post.

This can be overwhelming. It took me some time to get to know how WordPress, Themes, and Plugins work. There is a learning curve to with websites. No one starts out by knowing how something works before they’ve used it. If you need help with your website contact me.

The People Behind WordPress

The People Behind WordPress

The People Behind WordPress

Joan | Blog

Developers Designers & Users

are the people behind WordPress.

The people behind WordPress are too numerous to name. Since it’s debut in 2003 WordPress has gone on to be the software of choice because of its flexibility and strength at the base of the software.

Approximately 60 million Websites run on WordPress.

The Developer

The creator of the code that runs WordPress.

The Developer

A developer is a unique individual devoted to logic and challenge and knows HTML and PHP. PHP is an acronym for Hypertext Processor. This is a recurring acronym for all web pages. It’s a scripting language used in source software.

PHP files have text, hypertext markup language (HTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS) and JavaScript the programming language invented by Brendan Eich in 1995. All these “languages” are used by the developer to write the code.

The Designer

The creator of the WordPress Theme.

The Designer

The designer plans the form and the workings of something before it’s made or built. A WordPress Theme designer is working with the WordPress frame or shell. The language of computer software design includes HTML and CSS, using the code to produce aesthetic effects. The designer brings out a style that overlays the WordPress core software.

The designer is more than a visual artist. They have the challenge to present the visual structure of the framework of the website. Their vision has to reach into the architect of the layout of the website as well as into the user’s perspective.

The User

This is the all important person. You. Using the combination of the work of the developer and the designer.

Which is the best Theme?

There isn’t one. It’s what appeals to you when you look at the Theme. You’re the judge and the jury. 

At some point you are going to use the site and operate the Theme. You’ll need a foundational knowledge of how the Theme and WordPress works.

Results of using a Theme

  • A unique individual who knows how to use WordpPress
  • You’ll be using a Theme built for the user but you don’t have to be a designer or a developer to use the Theme.

Use the Theme for Users

Who don’t develop or design

Is there such a Theme? Yes.

It’s the Divi Theme…