Help WordPress 4.0 – WordPress Help

I can not even believe it! After eternal doubts at last I decided to change the subject in Help WordPress and look where I am delighted, because I have been able to solve old problems and, by the way, improve some aspects of the design and functionalities that I have been postponing for no reason beyond my own indecision.

Since that first change radical that supposed version 2.0 of WordPress Help up to Help WordPress 3.0 spent just over 2 years, but is that since then until WordPress Help 4.0 have passed anything less than 3 years, 8 months and 12 days. This issue is out of my hands right?

The truth is that I never decided, although I had some things clear that I wanted:

  • Advanced CSS and HTML but with a simple structure, leaving behind code removers.
  • ] Fully responsive (adaptable to all types of screens) so as not to depend on additional converters.
  • Increase screen width to be able to insert larger images.
  • Clear and beautiful typographies for easy reading
  • A large header area so that it is clear where it is at all times.
  • Compatible with all the new WordPress features so you do not have to resort to entering code "a capon".
  • Not having to to use shortcodes own of the subject.
  • Not to marry with a framework and that then there was no way back in the next design change.
  • Deployable and configurable menus f
  • Clear and minimalist design but with style
  • Sidebar (sorry, I can not live without it)
  • Blog style, no grueling grid designs or dizzying carousels.

It is true that many friends have offered me to do a custom theme but you know I have trouble asking, and I do not like to disturb, so I took advantage of the fact that during the migration had a few days to modify the blog to taste and I started looking for a topic new.

And, look where, why not, I went to one of my favorite designers: Nick Roach by Elegant Themes and I chose a theme that, although a priori was very advanced, with style block manager framework carousels, color schemes, shortcodes templates by porrillo and all those modern things that they like so much but I hate so much. I'm talking about Nexus .

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And what you're seeing is the result. It's a bit modified, but only small things like the height of the header area and some customizations and integrations that I always like to put in.

Of course, nothing of modern virguerías, or carousels, or areas by color categories or sliders . Pure and hard blog style with excerpts on the cover, clear and diaphanous design, typographies Sans serif clean for easy reading, a simple menu bar to access the most popular pages, and a huge logo on the header so you know where you are at all times ( branding is called).

By going through the general review these are the main features of WordPress Help 4.0 :

  • Style Blog and olé!
  • Cover with automatic excerpts unless an extract is defined which must be claimed.
  • HTML5 and advanced CSS although without virguerías, only with the essentials.
  • Responsive total so you can see great on all types of devices (tablets, phones, etc.) .
  • Clear and diaphanous (and large) fonts of Google Fonts
  • Structure of 2 columns (the subject admits e 3 but I prefer that you win the content.)
  • Minimalist color scheme.
  • 840 px useful content width
  • 250 px sidebar useful width.
  • Dynamic sidebars on side and footer (for the moment I have not got anything here)
  • System of ad management sidebar to avoid having to put them " to capon ".
  • abandoned Varnish for cache management from the server, and I have opted for the Falcon Engine of WordFence which looks like it's going fancy.
  • I have dispensed definitely from JetPack using alternatives by various motifs .
  • Author's box well present after articles with the information provided in the profile.
  • ] New system for sharing on social networks Monarch with blocks inline lateral and popup (really nice and practical, as well as configurable)
  • Forums bbPress – finally – updated to the latest version and added dating systems, report and bbcode .
  • Conditional sidebar widgets that adapt as per the blog or the forums.
  • Follow the comments system Disqus [19659055] although I have changed the widget for a better integrated one. I have been tempted to use the native but for the moment it stays.
  • Instant sidebar search which shows results as it is written.
  • System of gamification or " Gaming " (I do not know how heck you can translate this) using Captain Up a way to encourage participation through a widget (over there, to the right) that gives you points and assign karma as you share content or comment on the blog. It's been running for some time now, and you'll see that there's already a rush among readers, but today it's official.
  • And, of course, the essential plugins follow: WordFence (security and cache), All in one SEO pack Simple Tags (tag system enhancements), Google XML Sitemaps Zemanta Related Posts (picture related entries), WP-Postratings (the rating stars), Members (user management), Download Monitor (for the download system), Pagenavi (browsing with numbers ) and WP-Polls (surveys), which continue to accompany me despite the new cute ones that come up but do not improve them.
  • Ah! and I have changed again the notice of the cookies which I have had enough.

And these are some captures for posterity:

As a comparison, this is the graphic evolution WordPress Help:

I hope you enjoy the changes and, as always, if you see something that has happened to me or that you can improve tell us.

NOTICE : this publication is two years ago or plus. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Genesis Framework, is it really that good?

Many of you may already have heard about Genesis Framework and about the benefits that are poured on it. Others, however, will be the first time you read something about it and you will have said: Genesis what?

Well, I'll talk a little about it and explain why it's so fashionable among the great bloggers who use WordPress.

First of all, a fact. If you consult with google trends the google tool that allows us to see the search trends of a certain word or phrase, you will realize the importance that Genesis is taking users. To show an image:

 growth of Genesis

Why has it become so famous?

Apart from all its virtues, which we explain later, much of this fault has been the main ones American bloggers, referring bloggers in this world of WordPress and SEO. Many of these bloggers, such as Darren Rowse, of, have gone on to use it. The opinions of the Genesis Framework are from those who have always tested positive and do not skimp on praise for the advantages it presents when installing it in our WordPress.

Having said that, we go in parts to see what is and what is Genesis.

What is a framework?

To explain it easily, we will say that a framework is the technical part of your site, which will make it work better, go faster … in short, the one that will optimize it to the maximum so that it works as well as possible. We'll call it " father theme "

That framework then has the aesthetic part that will be the " son ​​theme ". We will choose a child theme that suits the aesthetic that we want to give to our website. The changes we want to make on the template of our website will be made on that child theme, not on the framework. In this way, we will avoid touching something that completely ruins our website.

What are the advantages of the Genesis framework?

Among them we will highlight especially its perfect optimization for SEO and its loading speed . A google increasingly likes a site load as fast as possible. This improves the user experience and google every time gives more importance to this point. The SEO section is without doubt the highlight of all those who have tried it.

Also, once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to make modifications to any of the templates that you have chosen. All of them will be likewise responsive, which will make your site ready for both computers and mobile devices.

Also, every time there is an update available for your site you can easily update with a single click without complications.

With Genesis you can use any plugin created for WordPress, but in addition, has its own plugins that will make your life much easier:

 how genesis frawork works – Genesis translations: It allows you to translate the theme into Spanish (or the language of your wordpress) by just activating it. Indispensable.
– Genesis Simple Hooks: If you do not have programming knowledge, this plugin will allow you to add pieces of code, images, texts … in different parts of your web in a very simple way.
– Genesis Simple Social Icons: To add social icons to your website in a very simple way too
– Genesis simple menus: This plugin serves to add menus to your website without complications.

These are just some examples of specific plugins you can find, but there are many more available that will help you to give your site the look you want.

What do I buy and how do I install it?

Installation is just as simple as any another theme wordpress. On the one hand we will need to upload to the "themes" folder of our WordPress the theme padre (or framework). We can buy it directly in the store of the developer Studiopress.

The framework comes with a basic theme by default very simple. The most normal option is to choose to buy the framework along with a theme (a pack framework + theme).

If you opt for this second option, you must upload both the framework and the chosen theme to the themes folder of your website. Then, from your WordPress panel, you must activate the theme you have chosen and that's it, you'll already have the framework working under that theme.

And you, have you already tried Genesis Framwork? What do you think about him?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Let's finish with puffy WordPress themes!

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If you're sick of WordPress themes becoming increasingly complex, becoming huge piles of code, shortcodes, plugins incorporated, and all kinds of blocks, then it's time to start the revolution against the WordPress theme bloat .

And the place to start complaining, and get your label to protest WP Bloat .

It's worth mentioning that in any market of themes you find true wonders, full of elements that make the subject really showy, but is it really necessary? code? do not you realize that if you use a bloated theme you are tied to it for life?

WordPress was born for simplicity, to make web creation and content management easy. So what's the point of using a topic that occupies and consumes more than the CMS itself? do not you think it's crazy to depend on shortcodes and characteristics that cause the simple fact of changing If you want to use shortcodes is better than make your own plugin if you want extra functionality install a plugin, if you want to modify the appearance of a theme edits the CSS.

Today there are issues where nothing is left to chance. The moment you install them your content disappears, you have to configure every aspect of the design and even WordPress from, of course, its huge adjustment panel.

And what's worse, WordPress updates will not return to be the same because when using non-standard functions you should check exhaustively that everything works with the new version, and wait for a new version of the theme, if it exists, something that I have found in a lot of occasions on customer sites

This implies that if tomorrow you want to change the subject you will have to start over from scratch, or worse you will have to delete shortcodes rearrange your content, sometimes even your tag structure and categories.

Seriously, it's a real madness.

So compromise and, whether you're a developer or a user, do not support the bloated themes , promote , bet, install and create themes that use standard functions, with what is necessary for the end user, that does not tie the WordPress user to a specific topic.

If you still have doubts I invite you to see the talk again WordPress vs Frameworks where this issue was extensively discussed.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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WordPress vs Frameworks, did you miss it? Here you have it

 WordPress vs Frameworks

The other day, in a Facebook group of WordPress users emerged the debate on the suitability of use of frameworks in WordPress and of course, as at WordPresseros we go the march was set the party.

So tonight from 22:00 (Peninsular Spain time – GMT + 1) will take place on a Hangout on Google+ and YouTube on WordPress vs. Frameworks where lovers and detractors of the frameworks will debate on this particular, juicy and controversial Subject

The participants in this exciting debate will be Pedro Santos ( @hostfusion ), specialist WordPress trainer and community manager of the hosting company Host-Fusion Ángeles Portillo ( @ zanguanga ), designer, trainer, blogger and specialist in WordPress, Fernando Tellado ( @fernandot ), blogger professional of the social media and expert in WordPress, Teresa Sáez ( @teresaezc ), formadora 2.0, passionate about new technologies and computer science and Daniel Martínez ( @Wakkos ), trainer, web designer and co-founder of the design studio CoolVillage .

In Twitter the hashtag to use is #HangoutON share it and follow it live !, in the Google+ page a chat is enabled during the live which we ask you to use only for questions because this way the video is labeled according to the questions for then facilitate your viewing, you can also interact by Facebo ok or the event page created on Google+ where you must sign up for Google to send you a reminder of the event and where the video will be displayed during the broadcast.

See you tonight!

Did you miss it ?, Here you have it in full …

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Advantages and disadvantages of WordPress "child themes" • WordPress Help

A " child theme " or daughter template, is a way to create modifications of a main theme or " parent " to adapt it to our needs without needing to modify the main theme , as I explained a long time ago of child themes .

And, although everything seems to be advantages, like everything in this world, child themes have their pluses and minuses let's see them.

It may seem that child themes have more advantages than disadvantages, but if you want my opinion it is not so and personally I prefer not to use them, it seems simpler and controlled to make the modifications directly in the subject, documenting them well, and if there are updates, simply reapply them after the same.

But of course, this is my opinion, yours already tells us.

Reasons not to use WordPress • WordPress Help

Although I always think by default how to approach any project with WordPress when I perform Web Consulting not always the final recommendation for a client is to use WordPress, since sometimes it is not the best choice .

There are several reasons why is not always recommended or the best option to use WordPress for a web development and these are some of them in which I would not recommend it to a client who trusts my criteria …

Apart from these specific and particular needs, WordPress almost always contributes so much in terms of positioning, content management and solidity that whenever possible my thinking is " How can I do this with WordPress? . "

Of course, it is possible that you have another opinion and reasons, which we would like to know and comment on.

Load only the minimum WordPress • WordPress Help

With the growth of WordPress there are more and more developers who use it as a basis for their own projects that, ultimately, they are always based on a complete WordPress but they use it to have specific utilities such as user registration, access, taxonomies, etc. Something similar to what it offers Backpress the base they use bbPress or GlotPress .

If it's your case, if you want to have the great advantages of WordPress, but use it with a minimum load level only with the basics to take advantage of its many virtues in a controlled manner, which your framework will enjoy or whatever, there is a constant, contemplated in the file wp-settings.php which you can use.

This constant is called SHORTINIT or "short start", more or less, and in the file ' wp- settings.php 'is defined as follows:

To use this functionality, and load the minimum WordPress, just add the following line to your file wp-config. php :

The minimum of WordPress will be loaded, so that if you want to add features, it will have to be after the initial load, using functions or plugins . Everything very controlled.

Fantastic trick discovered in wp engineer .

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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WooTumblog, input formats, Express App – WordCamp Spain 2010 (Jeffrey Pearce)

Here's the presentation that he did yesterday Jeffrey Pearce of WooThemes in WordCamp Barcelona in which he explained the concept WooTumblog which they are incorporating as a framework in their themes and from which they have published a plugin in the official repository …

5 reasons why you should use WordPress instead of Joomla • WordPress Help

Although with a little delay I take the witness released by David in Not only code to give my counterpart to the exposed reasons of the virtues of Joomla on WordPress . I hope you take it well, by way of small amiable and friendly discussion.

I apologize for the " copy-paste ", which I consider necessary for this small web-controversy ] David, you have put it to me to egg : mrgreen:

The reasons are basically the following:

  1. When you need something more than a blog . With WordPress we are very limited to the structure of a blog. With Joomla we can create any navigation structure for our website.

    Because WordPress works for all types of websites, including blogs . With WordPress a long time ago we are not limited to the structure of a blog, but manages them wonderfully, much better than Joomla. WordPress, in addition, is the best publishing platform for content and it is the templates that define the format, be it blog, magazine, portal etc. There are thousands, only you decide the final aspect.

  2. More and more diverse extensions. Joomla has a extensions catalog broader than WordPress, from virtual stores to ticketing systems. In addition, the professional sector is more focused on Joomla, so if you need some payment at a certain time, it is easier to find it ..

    More and more different plugins. WordPress currently has more than 6,400 plugins compared to just over 3,200 extensions for Joomla. And that despite the veteranity of Joomla and the huge community of users and developers. This effervescence of WordPress is unparalleled and speaks of its very good health compared to the apparent, stalemate of Joomla. Of course, there are WordPress plugins for virtually any need you may have on your website, also in professional and paid options. WordPress has not been a CMS for bloggers for some time, but a professional environment used by the most prestigious sites.

  3. More power. Many people say that WordPress is more than just a blog and that you can create really complex sites. It is true that WordPress is a very powerful tool, but it is much more. For something it must be that Joomla is chosen in multitude of public institutions like system in charge to manage its contents.

    More power . Joomla has long ceased to be a standard, and if you currently see many institutions that still use it to a large extent, it is because a few years ago "it was what it was". Every day there are more and more institutions and customers who are asking for the Joomla to WordPress migration to have a simpler administration, a more powerful publication system and a better management in general. Do you want examples? . Already there are no appreciable differences in terms of power .

  4. More sophisticated template system. The Joomla template system is far more elegant than WordPress. The template is defined in a single file, where you can see the entire XHTML structure of the page and make changes in a very comfortable way. WordPress is a mess of files difficult to understand. Still, the WordPress system is also very powerful. This encourages many companies to develop professional templates for Joomla, which can get us out of a hurry at a certain moment.

    Simpler and more sophisticated theme system . Faced with the "veteran" hodgepodge (said finely) of Joomla, WordPress offers a system of themes where everything is in place, and can quickly identify which part to modify your website by simply retouching the appropriate file (header, footer, sidebar). This intelligent system allows you to have everything under control, properly organize the structure and gives greater versatility . Let's not say the multidisciplinary file " functions.php " or the child themes and frameworks .

  5. Easier to customize . Due to all the above, it is easier to get what you want, therefore will make you more productive in your daily work and you are a professional, you will earn more money.

    Easier to customize . As everything is better structured, everything in its place, the personalizations are simple and allow you to have more control of the changes. You can use files of some themes in others, just changing the CSS styles and classes, which saves time and takes advantage of the work for a client as possible solutions for others. As a professional you will like to have everything under control. I'm afraid that in usability WordPress also wins Joomla .

  6. API object oriented more elegant and powerful . This is an inclusion of mine, I have not been able to remedy it. Many times I have read that Joomla is bad for developers because its API is bad. I believe that the Joomla API is very well resolved and very elegant . It uses well-known programming patterns and is designed to create quite complex extensions. Maybe that's why Joomla extensions are of higher quality than their competitors.

    I've already talked in the second point of how the WordPress plugins API allows enormous versatility. Despite its youth, WordPress has evolved in such a way that currently its possibilities are practically endless, the imagination of the developer is the only limit, but to ask Andres Nieto .

Come on David, no, although I respect your admiration for Joomla when I read your post this summer it seemed to me that it was written a year and a half or two years ago

WordPress is currently far from what you present as arguments in favor of Joomla, and see that I do not want any harm to Joomla (if at all to the management of images, that I hate her deeply), and I am aware that there are other CMS and for have doubts you can even integrate WordPress and Joomla and if not then migrates from Joomla to WordPress .

Today WordPress is king moving away of false myths and it is here for leave, grow and improve, you just have to see the evolution of WordPress versus other CMS . Tomorrow we'll see.

Of course, this post is done with all the love, just as a healthy discussion exercise between passionate CMS

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Template in Spanish – Carrington Blog 2.0

Well, the promised thing is debt, and I have completely translated (buttons included) the wonderful theme Carrington Blog 2.0 that virginity that proposes a whole new way of organizing WordPress themes.

its main features are:

  • Uploading comments via AJAX on post page and cover page
  • Lightbox for galleries
  • Fully compatible with advanced WordPress 2.7 features (nested comments, pagination, avatars, etc.)
  • Configuration page for changing colors, background, etc.
  • … more

Here are the links you're waiting for …



Demo (in Spanish)


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Enjoy it! I'm testing it on my own personal blog.

What you read is an original content of WordPress Help – Resources, themes, plugins and tutorials in Spanish and published Fernando Tellado first here: Template in Spanish – Carrington Blog 2.0