Website Course Part 2: Advanced WP Techniques

Now that you have your website starting to look like a serious place, it’s time to learn some Advanced Techniques!

Advanced Techniques Include Plugins, Widgets, Home Page control settings etc… This is extremely wide and extensive so we are going to focus on the best and more commonly used Plugins.

Here you have the 12 best Plugins for WordPress:

12 “Best” WordPress Plugins (Free & Paid)

A plugin is a tool that does a specific function, in our case our favourite one is Contact Form 7. It creates a box that you can add into your web where people can put their data and the plugin will send you an email automatically.

1.Let’s see how to install and use a Plugin

Remember Plugins can be an eternal quest so we encourage you to focus on what you want first, then choose the best plugin.

To increase your chances of finding more, let us give you the best 100 plugins for your website. This are not needed unless you were searching for that exact function!

We’ll go over more plugins when we’re more advanced into the course.

What are Widgets?

A widget in WordPress are small designed options that you can add into your Footer, your pages etc… one example would be: Pop Up subscribers.

For sure you know them, they are those ones who appear after 5 seconds to tell you a web has cookies and you have to accept them or that you can subscribe to a newsletter. Maybe even a menu on the right/left side of the page.

What about the Footer?

The footer is that area at the bottom of each website where you can read the copyright, who created the web, what year etc… also of course you can add widgets and put your social media but depending on your theme, Footer might be blocked to change those words.

Example of our Footer

You can just scroll down in your website and find what your Footer says, usually is the name of the designer and unless you paid some money, they will have it blocked for you.

To change this you need to code CSS a bit, this is why we’re going to teach you so you don’t destroy your whole website by doing so.

Let’s summarise this video:

In your WordPress menu Go to ”Appearance” and then click on ”Theme Editor”

You get into the code part of this, so make sure to not touch any except the one we tell you. Find on the right bar the archive for Footer.php

Select all of the Footer code and delete, then paste this one instead.

</section><!-- #content -->

<footer id="colophon" class="site-footer" role="contentinfo">
    <ul class="site-info">
  <li class="cms-info"><a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( '', 'Designers' ) ); ?>"><?php printf( __( 'Created by %s', 'magnus' ), 'Fer Rivero' ); ?></a></li>
        <li class="theme-info"><a href=""><?php printf( __( 'Theme: %1$s by %2$s for %3$s', 'magnus' ), 'Algorithm', 'Fer Rivero', 'Social Media Agency' ); ?></a></li>
    </ul><!-- .site-info -->
</footer><!-- #colophon -->

Add a Pop-up Subscribe Plugin

If you don’t realise what this is, let us explain:

A pop-up banner is something that appears after sometime scrolling around a website, Is that tiny or massive banner that asks you to subscribe to their newsletter. Thanks to the power of WordPress, you can have this too!

For this you will need to create an account on Mailchimp, it’s free and is the best way to use E-mail Marketing and keep all organised with great results.

Once you do it, follow the video and install the right plugin to add a pop-up banner into your website in few minutes!