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10 Ways to Save Time Editing with Page Builders like Cornerstone

You can save a lot of time making a high quality website by using a drag-and-drop page builder. Once you’ve chosen the right one for you, the next step is learning how to work with that builder’s features and your own habits to cut down on repetitive behaviors. The page builder I use is Cornerstone. For almost as long as … Read More

How to Improve Your Website’s Usability

It’s easy to take for granted that people visiting your website don’t have the background with your company and website that you do. While you may think it is easy to place an order for something or navigate the services section of your website, first time users could be having a pretty hard time getting to the information they want. … Read More

How to ACTUALLY Get a Google Maps API Key Easily

Page on Google Maps API Key Site

They’ve got all the money in the world and the best and brightest minds from across the globe, and yet somehow Google seems to have no idea how to make things intuitive. If you’re like me, you thought it would be the easiest thing in the world to get a new Google Maps API key, but found yourself on sales … Read More

How to Prevent SSL Warning When Redirecting to Non-SSL

This is just one of those things that’s just so annoying to deal with as a developer. For whatever reason, you have traffic coming to an HTTPS link on your website, even though you don’t have an SSL. “Not a problem,” you say to yourself. “I’ll just redirect it to HTTP!” If only it were that easy. You’ll find if … Read More

Redirection Plugin Not Working for HTML Pages

Today I want to focus on a very simple problem that’s pretty easy to solve. This problem occurs when using the Redirection plugin for WordPress and attempting to redirect .html or .htm pages and having it not work. This could also apply to any instance of a static page ending in .php, .txt, .zip, or whatever else you might have. … Read More

Making Section Mobile-Only with Cornerstone

A question I get asked a lot is how to make a section within Cornerstone display only on mobile devices, or even to display completely different content for mobile devices. Luckily, X Theme and Cornerstone make this significantly easier to do than would be possible with WordPress by itself. There is an entire suite of functionality related exactly to this. … Read More

How to Limit BackWPup Storage Space Usage

While BackWPup might be a decent backup solution for WordPress in the right circumstances, one of its features which seems to be pointlessly difficult to figure out is how to restrict the number of backups it stores and the space they take up. You would think this would be incredibly obvious, but it actually isn’t! Once you know how to … Read More

Using Vector Shape as Layer Mask in Photoshop

If you’ve ever wanted to use a vector shape to mask any of your layers in Photoshop, look no further! It’s incredibly easy and quite useful. The video is pretty self-explanatory, but here are text instructions regardless: Select the layer you wish to mask Hold down ctrl (command on Mac, probably), left-click and hold on the shape, and drag it … Read More

Why Your .htaccess Redirects Never Work in WordPress

For years, I kept making simple .htaccess 301 redirects for old pages on my WordPress sites, and they never seemed to work! It was incredibly frustrating, especially since I would always test out my redirects with an .htaccess checker, and they would always pass. I kept thinking maybe I just didn’t have the required mastery of regular expressions, or possibly I was … Read More

How to Change Default Page Template in X Theme

Today we have a relatively simple task: changing the default page template within X Theme. You can use this to set all your misc. pages to be full width and hide the sidebar, or you could even change the side the sidebar is on. It’s really easy to do, so let’s begin! Setting the Default Page Template Go to X … Read More