Responsive Themes And Avoiding Plugin Conflicts
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00:05 – Responsive themes adjust websites to different screen resolutions
00:46 – We make custom responsive websites at ATLweb.com.
01:57 – Keeping your web designs clean and simple
02:30 – Plugins can conflict with each other so have less plugins
03:25 – We recommend a website healthcheck
04:30 – Pre-built websites are available on VREDirect.com
05:35 – SuperFastVideos.com are now doing illustrated videos
06:30 – Check out training tutorial links below this video
James Schramko here with a website news update.
This topic is responsive. What is responsive? You hear this term a lot. It’s more or less a skin for your WordPress that will adjust when it meets different screen resolutions. Traditionally a responsive theme will work across 4 different web sizes. There’s a tool that you can go along to and check your website to see what it looks like.
When your website hits a different screen size, your website should be viewable by scrolling vertically without having to go horizontally and it will also make the images the right size. You can do this without plugins if you have a responsive theme.
We now have some premade themes that you can choose that are responsive straight out of the box. When you’re choosing custom websites from ATLWeb.com you will actually have to pay extra to get us to code the website to work across all the different screen sizes because a lot of themes are not responsive straight out of the box. Now of course you can install one of the many free plugins that will adapt your website to a mobile phone but the thing is those free plugins have their own themes in many cases. Your website won’t necessarily look the same as it looks on a big screen when it goes to a small screen. So generally you’re going to want a little bit of extra hand coding so that your website works in all different browsers.
How do you know if you need to go to this bother? Have a look at your analytics and it will tell you the percentage of people who use a mobile device. What you will find is that on some blog sites, you got a high mobile usage and then the more commercial you get; you might start to drop down a little bit on the mobile usage. I found a pretty even split between iPads and iPhones across my websites.
Keep your web design simple
Above all you want to make sure that your website regardless of whether it’s for desktop or for a mobile device is clean and simple to navigate. Don’t go overboard on all the flashy stuff. Keep it simple keep your images nice and clear and make it easy for people to know what they’re supposed to do when they’re on your website. And if you do have a local business, be sure to feature that phone number and your address where it’s easy to find because a lot of mobile browsers are simply looking to find out how to call you and where you’re located.
Limit your plugins
While we’re on the topic of plugins, keep in mind that plugin developers make their plugins to work with WordPress but they don’t necessarily make them to work with each other and that’s where you can get some conflicts. It’s a good idea to backup your website using something like BackUp Buddy whenever you make a big plugin change. Ideally you have less plugins. We encourage customers to code things permanently into their site instead of using all these plugins.
When we took over from our previous development contractor to our in-house team, we were shocked at the number of plugins they were using. They were kind of using them like crutches to achieve all of these features. What you really want to do is put in the extra effort and hand code these things whether it’s social icons or integration with opt-in forms. You want to code these in. Now for this reason we’ve had a few requests and we recommend that you do a WordPress health check.That’s where you take a 5 hour pack with our team and what we will do for that is we’ll go and have a look at your site, we’ll check out what plugins you have, how compatible they are with each other and what you should be hand coding into your site instead of having a plugin. We’ll also check the permalink settings. The SEO plugins, the way that the content is loading and we’ll look for any bugs and we’ll see how it looks across different devices. We’ll both recommend significant upgrades for you and then we’ll complete as many as we can within the 5 hour pack.
So go to ATLWeb.com, order a 5 hour pack and ask them to do a complete WordPress health check for both SEO, security and compliance. We’ll make sure that it’s completely up to date and running smoothly. If you need any tips or advice about hosting or moving sites from one site to another, we do all of those things under our 5 hour pack.
Looking for pre-built websites?
If you’re looking to buy a website that’s already been built, say you want to get into a new market or expand your reach within a current market, go and have a look at VREdirect.com. We’ve just upload a brand new batch of websites. We have both WordPress premade sites and we now have some Non-WordPress sites. You may want to pick up one of those websites and then have it converted to WordPress.
If it’s a domain that you like and if it’s got backlinks already to it, it could be much cheaper for you to buy a Non-WordPress existing domain for around $159. That’s less than our SEO package. Then build a website on top of that that you’re happy with. And a lot of people are doing that. We’re constantly loading up new batches. I think we’re up to batch 9 for VREdirect.com. We’re selling a lot of websites there because they’re great value and they give you a head start with that site aging and backlinks. You can still customize it using any of the packages from ATLWeb.com. They work really well together.
In other design news, our SuperFastVideos team at SuperFastVideos.com have been doing some really cool animations.
You may have seen the animation at ReputationManagementAuthority.com and we’re also split testing one on FastWebFormula.com. This is where you supply us an audio track and then we animate it with around 20 custom pictures. They’re handmade for you. They’re not stock images; they’re not made with some cartoon generator. These are original pictures. So you can get around about 20 custom images put to your soundtrack and we’ll animate that for you.
So go along to SuperFastVideos.com have a look at the brand new package there and let us make your soundtrack come to life. These things convert well because they’re original, they’re fresh, and they’re interesting right now.
Two training tutorials we’ve put up this week.
We’ve put a tutorial on how to change the logo using the Genesis theme. We’ve put a tutorial about best practice for responsive themes and a link to the tool that you can use to check your website in the responsive mode. And we’ve also put a link to how to change your GoDaddy name service settings.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this website design news update and I’ll speak to you next week.
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