Website 101

I’ve given this “lesson” many times over the years, so it’s high time I post it here so it’s preserved and readily available. This begins with “the 3 things you need to have for a website” and then takes each of those a couple of steps further. The Basics: 3 things you need for website: Domain name: These tend to cost around $15/year, plus/minus a buck or two. If you want to go the totally free route, then several online web hosting companies offer you free websites with free subdomains. A subdomain is a domain “under” a domain, and appears as … Continue reading

100 Best FREE WP Themes (WPMUDev)

Once again, the folks at bring us a great resource: they spent many many hours scouring through the WP database of free themes, and identified these 100 best themes. Rather than copy the whole article, or even partial (where do you draw the line?), I’ll simply share with you the list of theme titles. I highly recommendc you check out their article, at For each theme, they offer a brief summary, a list of key features, a screenshot, and links to the demo and download pages at So, here’s the opening paragraphs of their article, followed by … Continue reading

Facebook in WP

Integrating social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) into your website is so important these days, if you want to optimize your SEO (Search Engine optimization)… and this is as true for WP-built websites as any other websites… So here are a couple of recents posts from one of my favorite sources of WP advice, Elegant Themes: ddd

WP Themes 101

For my presentation on WP Themes at the Santa Cruz WordPress MeetUp, Wednesday October 22, 2014 Outline: Free vs. premium vs. custom, pros and cons of each What to look for in a theme Where to find themes (and where not to look) Child themes P.S. WP Remote — an awesome plugin for website managers Links to more articles about WP themes Free vs. Premium vs. Custom: Advantages of free themes: FREE! Many more plugins since they’re so widely used Community Support No-cost experimentation Disadvantages of free themes: Not unique Some are poorly coded (check download/update/usage stats) Lack of … Continue reading

Hide a page or post title

Sometimes you don’t want the title of a page or post to be displayed, but you still want to give it a title. Here’s how, thanks to the great folks (Joe Foley in this case) at ( Create the page or post, with the title you want. Publish it. Look at the code of the page, and find the id for the page/post , and the class of the title (graphics from WPMUDev): Now insert the following code into the stylesheet: If it’s a page: .page-id-1826 .entry-title {display: none;} If it’s a post: #post-1773 .entry-title {display: none;} Here’s the … Continue reading vs.

And yet again, the bloggers at Elegant Themes offers us important and helpful information about the world of WordPress web design.This article offers many great insights into both and, and how to use each. Since we here at Agora Media Services are all about helping you create your own websites, and since you usually want your own domain name, we’ve been big fans of installing WP within your own webhosting account, and using as your source for themes, plugins and documentation. However, using is also a great option — especially if you don’t care about a … Continue reading

12 WP books

The folks at Elegant Themes, in addition to creating truly elegant themes, also post lots of great information for WP users; many of them are lists, like “Best WP portfolio plugins,” “Best contact form plugins,” “Best WP tutorial websites,” and so many more. Here’s a new one (8/30/2014) from them, “12 WP books to add to your collection.” The 12 books they list are: WordPress: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald Web Designer’s Guide to WordPress by Jesse Friedman WordPress All-in-One for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson Digging Into WordPress by Jeff Starr and Chris Coyier Professional WordPress Design and Development … Continue reading

Great Overview of Free WP Themes

From the amazing crew of writers and developers at WPMU, comes this new article: “Free WordPress Themes: The Ultimate Guide” by Raelene Wilson and published 16 July, 2014, at There are so many free WordPress themes out there it can put your head in a tail spin. So in an effort to help you sift through the good and the – let’s face it – crap, we’ve put together this ultimate guide to free WordPress themes. This post is your one-stop, all-you-can-eat resource for information about free WordPress Themes. There’s an overwhelming number of free themes available – just search … Continue reading

What I’ve learned from a few years of training people on WordPress

This is an initial outline for what I plan to expand as soon as I can… I’ve been working with WordPress since around 2000, and quite actively since 2008 or so. Over the last 5+ years I have not only built dozens of WP websites, but I have also trained dozens of clients on how to use WP to manage and maintain their own websites. I have also been a guest speaker in John Govsky’s Web Publishing 3 class at Cabrillo College many times, presenting on WordPress. Here are some of the things I’ve learned about training people on WP … Continue reading