Automating Client Processes with Zapier

Zapier is an application service we discovered awhile back, and it has transformed the services we can provide to our clients. We recently used this resource to automate one of our client’s processes, and it’s saving our client over 80 hours per year. Watch this video to see how Zapier works, and how you can use it to automate your clients’ processes and generate recurring income: Our training goes into great detail on how to maximize the lifetime value of your clients, and it includes a complete, step-by-step lesson on how to use Zapier to automate your clients’ processes. We have over 150 courses available in our Training Library, and we believe this is the most comprehensive web design training program on the market today. In addition to showing you how to build beautiful, feature-rich websites, you’ll also learn how to build and manage a successful web design business. You’ll learn our favorite tools and resources that will help you work faster and make more money. Our training comes with lifetime access. Have you used Zapier to help your clients? Are there any other resources you’ve used to make your clients’ work easier? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...

New Zero Spam Plugin Provides Alternative to Akismet

We take WordPress security very seriously here at LearnWebDevelopment.com, and you should, too. Because WordPress is the largest web design platform in the world, it’s also a big target for spammers and hackers. There’s a new anti-spam plugin for WordPress on the market, and based on initial reports, it works unlike any other anti-spam measure currently available. The WordPress Zero Spam plugin has an interesting history, and time will tell how much traction this plugin gains in the marketplace. The origin of this plugin is work done by Mozilla developer David Walsh. Walsh has a popular tech blog that he says received over 8000 spam comments per day, and none of the anti-spam measures available were getting the job done. So Walsh created his own solution, and he used a novel approach. Instead of using a CAPTCHA, which requires users to complete an additional field to comment, or a filter, which requires webmasters to monitor spam comments and check for “false positives” (real comments that are mislabeled as spam), Walsh decided to target spam bots themselves. His solution, which he deployed on his blog, was to use server-side scripting to detect submissions from bots. He created an extra input in his comment form (invisible to users) which will be blank for real comment submissions. Bots, on the other hand, will detect this field and complete it, in an effort to prevent their comments from being rejected for having an empty input. Any comments that include data for this input are automatically rejected. The advantages of this approach are obvious: Your users won’t have to complete CAPTCHAs, and you won’t...

Training Sneak Peek: How to Select and Install WordPress Plugins

Today we’re giving you a sneak peek inside our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build.” This will give you an opportunity to see actual lessons from the training we have available. These previews will each feature an entire lesson from the training, including everything you’ll get when you sign up. We hope this will give you a good idea of how the training can help you in starting and building your own web design business. Today’s sneak-peek lesson is Installing and Activating Plugins. Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. What that means for you is, you can tailor each WordPress website you build to the client’s needs. Plugins make this customization super easy. More importantly, plugins save you a ton of time. This is one of the ways we significantly reduced our development time to just under 100 hours for this entire project. $9,750 for 100 hours of work is a pretty nice income. Let’s see how this works. WordPress offers countless free plugins in each of these categories: – Website Management (including file management, security, site analytics, and site performance). – SEO (or Search Engine Optimization) and Social Media. – Style and Design Tools for professional level sites. – Communication enhancements (such as polls, surveys, blog commenting, email generators, chat clients, forums, events management, newsletters, testimonials, and job boards). – eCommerce (including ad managers, shopping carts, donation tools, affiliate tools, subscription managers, billing and invoicing). and more … This is one lesson of a three-part course explaining everything you’ll need to know about plugins. You’ll learn which ones are essential for every WordPress website and...

Training Sneak Peek: Customizing the Theme with CSS

Today we’re giving you a sneak peek inside our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. This will give you an opportunity to see actual lessons from the training we have available. These previews will each feature an entire lesson from the training, including everything you’ll get when you sign up. We hope this will give you a good idea of how the training can help you in starting and building your own web design business. Once you learn how to customize the theme with CSS, you’ll be able to create unique, visually appealing websites with the look and feel that your clients want. In our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”, it took us just 3 hours and 15 minutes to customize the look and feel of the website. This saved us an estimated 30 hours if we had been doing it the traditional way. Watch how our WordPress Expert makes customizing the theme with CSS easy using WordPress: Our Successful Web Designer membership will teach you everything you need to know to design and develop websites with WordPress. We just released a new feature to the membership: the “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. We will show you how we landed this client. You get all the juicy details of the project including copies of our email exchanges with the client, a look at the proposal and more. Click here to learn more about this breakthrough program. Share your experience with customizing the theme with CSS. Comment below to join in the...

Customizing WordPress Themes

As our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build” progresses, we want you to get in on every detail. Today we will show you a sneak peek of a lesson customizing WordPress. This preview will give you the knowledge to customize your WordPress websites. When you sign up for our training you’ll get the full lesson. We hope this preview will give you a good idea of how the training can help you in starting and building your own web design business. We’re big fans of using third-party themes for WordPress websites. Most of these themes have customization features built-in, which makes it easy to customize them and match your client’s look and feel. In the following video, we cover how to use the Theme Options panel to customize the Mystile theme. Mystile is a free WordPress theme from WooThemes. But even thought it’s free, it includes the same features as their premium themes. We cover the following customizations in this video: Customizing the color scheme Customizing the typography Customizing the layout Customizing footer widget areas Removing WordPress and WooThemes credits from the footer Adding Twitter and Facebook links Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these changes to the WordPress theme: Our Successful Web Designer training will teach you everything you need to know to design and develop websites with WordPress, including our latest feature: the “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. We will show you how we landed this client. You get all the juicy details of the project including copies of our email exchanges with the client, a look at the proposal and...

Easily Add Author Images to Your WordPress Blog Posts

Adding an author image to your WordPress blog post can make a world of difference in how your visitors experience your site. By adding an author image, you’re creating a “connection” with your visitors that you won’t get with a generic or default image. This connection will help to increase the “stickiness” of your site, as your visitors will now feel like they’re interacting with a real person – not just a faceless name. In addition, including an author image will make your visitors more likely to engage and interact on your site, for the same reason. In today’s video, we show you how to use the Easy Author Image plugin to add author images to your posts. You can use this plugin to add author images for as many users as you’d like. And if you have authors who use a Gravatar, no worries. You can leave the author image section blank, and the user’s Gravatar will continue to be displayed. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on using the Easy Author Image plugin: You can turn to our training for everything you’ll need to build and manage a successful WordPress web design business. We’ll show you all the basics for designing and developing with WordPress, plus all sorts of bonus features just like this one. In addition to the WordPress training, you’ll also receive guidance on how to begin, manage, and market your web design business. This is the “missing piece” in most training programs, and having access to this information will help you create a profitable and sustainable web design business. Get lifetime access here. How...

WordPress Customizations Made Easy

One of the things we love most about WordPress is how easy it is to customize. WordPress customizations used on your clients’ sites allow you to create a look and feel that matches their business message and vision. One of the primary methods of customizing a WordPress site is using custom CSS. Coding custom CSS from scratch can be very time consuming, and there’s usually a lot of trial and error involved. This is where the browser debugger comes in. You can use the browser debugger to target preexisting CSS, create WordPress customizations, and preview your changes in real time. All without making any permanent changes to your site. Once you’ve created customizations that are exactly what you want, you can make them permanent by adding them to your custom style.css stylesheet. The following video explains how to use the browser debugger to customize your WordPress sites: Before you add custom CSS to your stylesheet, it’s vitally important to create a child theme. Customizing a child theme, instead of the parent theme, allows your customizations to be preserved when the parent theme is updated. We cover everything you need to know about creating child themes and custom CSS in our training. Click here to learn more. Have you used a browser debugger to create CSS WordPress customizations? Have any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Creating Winning Color Schemes for Your WordPress Websites

Color is one of the most basic elements of design, and creating the right color schemes for your websites can be a big factor in the user experience your visitors will have. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you create great color schemes for your WordPress websites: Key factors When selecting and creating a color scheme, there are a few key factors to consider: 1. Your client’s color scheme. If your client already has a logo and/or marketing materials, you’ll want to use the same colors for their website. This will give your websites a consistent look and feel, which is an important part of branding. 2. The psychology of color. Colors have widely recognized meanings, and the colors you select will help your clients’ visitors receive the message your clients want to deliver. You can review the Entrepreneur.com article Your Brand’s True Colors to learn more about the meanings associated with various colors. If you find that your client has an existing color scheme that doesn’t send the desired message, we recommend that you guide them toward a scheme that’s a better match. An important part of being a Strategic Partner, rather than just a Web Designer, is sharing your expertise when it will benefit your client. 3. Your client’s images. Whenever possible, you should make an effort to have your client’s images match, or at least complement, their color scheme. There may be situations where you start with their color scheme and find matching images, and others where you start with their images and create a matching color scheme. Less is more When creating...

Easily Add an Icon Font to Your WordPress Websites with Genericon’d

You’re probably familiar with icon fonts, even if you’ve never heard of them before. Icon fonts are fonts that include simple graphics that you can use to enhance the content on your websites. Adding an icon font to your WordPress websites can help you in several ways: When used to break up your text, icons make your content an easier and more interesting read By using content-specific icons, you can help your visitors identify and assimilate your content quickly and easily Icons can also be used to draw attention to the content areas you want to emphasize Today’s video shows how to use Genericon’d, a WordPress plugin for the Genericons icon font set. The Genericons set is developed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Watch the video to see how simple it is to add icons to your WordPress sites: This video is just one example of the topics we cover in our training. In addition to learning everything you’ll need to know about designing and developing with WordPress, we’ll teach you how to build and run a profitable web design business, as well. Our WordPress training covers all the basics, plus cutting-edge topics like using icon fonts, responsive design, and a whole lot more. Our marketing training includes topics such as how to find and work with clients, manage projects, outsource tasks, and generate traffic and leads for your websites, just to name a few. Click here for lifetime access. Have you used the Genericon’d plugin on your WordPress sites? Any experiences with icon fonts you’d like to share? Have any questions? Comment below to join...

Chronicles of the WordPress Website Build – Phase 2 Plugins and CSS

Hello, readers! We’re ready to share another chronicle with you of the WordPress website our web designer is building. Sam Hamdy went through the Successful Web Designer training and is using that same training to build this site for an actual client. Let’s see where he is with the project… Last time, I created a Child Theme and thumbnail image in Photoshop. If you missed this chronicle, you can check it out here. It’s still Day 11, and I’m adding the logo to the website. I did this in the Theme Options panel of the WordPress Dashboard, and it was relatively simple. Logo Uploaded to Theme Check out the live version of this step: Once the child theme install was completed, I installed and activated two plugins: Easy Restaurant Menu Manager, and WordPress SEO by Yoast. I followed the instructions in the Successful Web Designer training to complete this step. Installing Easy Restaurant Menu Manager Plugin Plugin Activated I then received a rough outline of the website’s navigation. The current site has 10 top-level links, and we reduced this to 5. This was to follow best practices, and to make it easier for visitors to use. I followed the instructions from the Successful Web Designer training to complete the following steps. I started by creating dummy pages for all pages included in the outline. When I created the first page, a prompt popped up asking if I wanted to change the Permalink structure. I changed the structure so that the links included the page titles, instead of the WordPress default. After creating the dummy pages, I created a navigation...
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