Best WordPress Backup Solution – Akeeba

I have used Akeeba for years for Joomla and made moving and backup up sites so easy. I started purchasing the Pro version so I could exclude various directories and back up to Amazon Web Services. With the use of a Cron Job my sites were taking care of themselves.

I was so glad to see Akeeba make their backup solution for WordPress. The best part was the way it ran the 3 SQL statements you need for updating the permalinks automatically. Although this was best solution I had used for backing up and moving a WordPress site it didn’t always work. Sometimes it would never finish running the SQL permalink updates and the site wouldn’t complete the move. In addition, the plugin would tell me I had an update available, but when I tried to automatically update it the site was breaking. I would end up with a blank white website.

Well this latest version of Akeeba Backup / Kickstart software is working really well. When ever I have moved a site the Permalinks update works well, and the latest version updates through the plugin manager without a hitch. I would highly recommend this software to anyone. The pro version is totally worth it.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

DIVI Blurb and Button Not Matching Width

Working with a blurb and button below it I was getting the mismatched width at full screen or over 1900 pixels.

The CSS for the button was:

.et_pb_button_alignment_center {
width: 92%;
background: #FFF;
margin: auto !important;
}

I needed to get rid of the margin:auto !important;

The width was set with this CSS.

.et_pb_button_alignment_center {
width: 95%;
background: #FFF;
}

The blurb container was set;

.et_pb_blurb.et_pb_text_align_left .et_pb_blurb_content .et_pb_blurb_container {
text-align: left;
width: 100%;
height: 300px;
background: #FFF;
margin: auto;
}

 

The blurb content was this:

.et_pb_blurb_content {
position: relative;
max-width: 550px;
margin: 0 auto;
text-align: center;
}

Part of the issue is I had the “Advanced tab” and “Main Element” set with a width, but the child-theme stylesheet had different width. I also had the “Additional CSS” in the theme customerize setting the blurb to another width.

DIVI has a lot of options and perhaps too many.  When your working with DIVI try to not set the styles in more than one place.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

 

 

 

Theme cannot be used Gantry Hydrogen WordPress Site

I love blogging in WordPress, but often like Joomla to build sites. I have been playing around with Gantry’s Hydrogen template in Joomla and have been using it to build a new site for myself. My blog is in WordPress and would like the two site to look a like.  Gantry’s Hydrogen is totally free and works for both systems.

I installed it on my new test WordPress site that I had already installed Divi and got some administration error, so I uninstalled it and tried it on a  fresh copy and got the same “Theme cannot be used. For more information, please see the notice in administration.” I knew it wasn’t just Divi being installed on the other site.

If I would have read the install directions on the following page I would have installed the theme properly. Instead I watched the video on the page and it was installing in a Joomla site so I blew it off.  There was a button for “wordpress”.

http://docs.gantry.org/gantry5/basics/installation

  • First install the plugin from the WordPress dashboard plug-ins by searching for “Gantry”. I installed Gantry 5.
  • Then move the theme into the themes folder and activate it.

I hope this helps someone else out there….

 

DIVI Customize Tag Landing Page

Divi’s portfolio modules and projects component make adding the project / portfolio a breeze. I found a short code from Surbma that allowed me to quickly add the project tags to the page. The issue I had is when the user clicked on the tag the projects were displaying as single-column blog style and I wanted the columned style the module displayed.

The page got me in the right direction.

How to Give Your Divi Archive Pages a Masonry Layout

This was so close to what I wanted.

The boxes were not totally lined up so I ended up implementing “Flex” in the CSS to make the boxes fit a little better. I used the following article to guide me.

Don’t Overthink It (Flexbox) Grids

The next issue was being able to build this page like the other pages I had built in the Divi builder. I needed to add back the Yoast Breadcrumbs and this article helped.

How To Add Breadcrumbs To Your WordPress Website

I was hoping to build “child-theme” sub-page and I had trouble coming up with the right Taxonomy.  What I needed was “taxonomy-project-tag.php” or  “taxonomy-project-tag-tag label.php”

” .The following page helped me determine the right taxonomy for page of linked projects by tags.

Taxonomy Templates

 

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

 

 

DIVI drop down vertical submenu

Working on a new WordPress site I really wanted to go deep with DIVI. I got stuck on an issue with the dropdown submenu items. They were horizontal instead of a standard one below the other.

The issue was quickly solved when I created a new menu and made that one the primary.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

Divi – Turn Off Lazy Load On Images

Started a new project with Divi and needed lazy load to not happen on the home page. Looking around I found the following page which got me started.

https://jeffbristow.com/technology/2015/10/28/divi-lazy-loading-images

What I needed to do is go to “wp-content\themes\Divi\includes\builder\scripts\frontend-builder-scripts.js”. On line 3375 I needed to change “Offeset: ‘75%'” to “offset: ‘400%'”.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

WordPress Change Author Name On Blog Posts

I started a blog at work and have other staff contributing. I noticed my display name was my login name. Not really what I wanted. I started by putting in my first and last name like the other contributor did, but it was still my login name as the post author.

The following link lead me to switching the author on the post.

https://www.siteground.com/kb/how_to_change_the_author_of_a_post_in_wordpress/

The option to change author wasn’t present, so I went up top of the screen and selected “screen options”.   “Author” was unchecked. Once checked I could see below where I could switch the author; however, it was still my login name.  The next link got me my final answer.

http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-add-or-change-your-full-name-in-wordpress/

In my actual profile I had to go down to “Display name”. In the dropdown I was able to select the name I wanted with the posts.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

WordPress requesting FTP credentials when trying to update a plugin.

A took over an infected WordPress site. I had Sucuri clean the malware. The hosting was a mess. There were three WordPress installs in this hosting account, but only one was the site. It took a while to figure which one was the live site.

While trying to update core I got the following.

The following article helped me shed some light on the situation.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/640409/can-i-install-update-wordpress-plugins-without-providing-ftp-access

I was going to change the permission, but Sucuri wasn’t finished scrubbing the malware. If I can remember I will post my results.

I hope this helps someone else out there…