Optimizing your WordPress Site: Simple Gradient Background Images and a Transparent PNG with Powerful Results

Here’s a nice trick a lot of web designers use to optimize performances on website elements which would usually implicate the use of a large or wide background image.


The Tradtionnal way for website backgrounds:

If you followed my tutorial on creating a Background image for your website then you may have asked yourself if that image size was a bit huge,while most people can now enjoy faster internet connection,you are right,your site speed is a primordial aspect of your visitor’s experience and will keep them coming and recommending you.

The other/old way was to plant a relatively big background image on the BODY or HTML tag.

The image had to be slightly painted on it’s contour to match… Read The Article


Adding a Background Image to your Twitter Page,The Quick but not Dirty way

I just joined Twitter and came across the design ‘option’ hence the emphasis on non-plural word ‘option’.So I thought I’d use the only customization feature and help people get the best out of it at the same time.

Simple enough I took a full-screen screen grab of the Page and dropped it inside Gimp.

Then really it was just a matter of what I wanted to put and where and do it,using the screenshot as a guide for the placement my elements but images tell a thousand words so here we go:

Screenshot loaded and partly cropped

Adding Simple elements quickly

more elements added tot he background image

Added an under-layer of white before cropping the bottom

After Cropping the… Read The Article


Adding a New Layer of Security to your WordPress Installation using .htaccess IP Restrictions

Peace of mind over your WordPress website’s security can become an obsession when online perpetrators abound so much and brutally force their way in so what to do to make yourself a bit less worried?The simple answer:Making sure you,or a select few are the only person(s) able to log in.

While this is may cause management problems(if not,nightmares) on sites that bolster many users or authors, it is an extremely robust yet simple way to achieve high security clearance on your personal websites.

To resume:

You should do this if:

  1. You ,or only a few are the only users to log
  2. You,or the users that log have a Static IP*

*an IP that does not change over time i.e… Read The Article


WordPress Manual installation From The Ground up

Scenario 1

So you’ve got this web host and it has this neat installer for softwares and you never really bothered to use anything else to install WordPress on your sites or your client’s.

Unfortunately,as your web endeavours and number of domains increased,so has the number of SQL databases and their funky names like wordpr_153, and one day,an urgent (as in minutes urgent) need to find the specific database for a said Domain and make a quick change pops up and you stumble upon the confusing list of database,whether in your Control Panel or inside PHPMyAdmin.

Where to now?

Any good WordPress administrator knows he can retrieve the database name through the config.php file in the WordPress installation inside the… Read The Article


Host File Modification for Web Design

When moving a client’s site from one host to another,whether it be the same or an updated version,any consciencous webmaster should take a few considerations.

  1. His priority should be to minimize the website downtime between DNS changes
  2. Editing a live website might cause temporary problems to visitors or logged users

Luckily,there’s a neat way to accomplish a seamless web host transfer by making changes to a simple file on our computer.
Since the DNS are still pointing to the old host,typing site’s the address in a web browser will take you to the old website/host which is not what we want so we will trick our computer into taking us to the new host.Doing so wil enable us work directly… Read The Article


Who am I

Hi my name is Stéphane,
I am a Digital Artist,Musician and Wordpress addict.I love creating compelling Wordpress themes that are visually tailored to my client's needs or previous HTML designs.Whether you want a Wordpress Blog to match your existing template or simply want a new custom Wordpress Theme just contact me I am meticulous and I love working with serious people with high requirements.


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