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Tips & Tricks WordPress

Upgrading to PHP 7

Did you know that the latest PHP family 7 is twice as fast as the default 5.6 that around 50% of websites still use today? Here you can see a detailed benchmark made by Zend where we can see the comparison using the most popular CMS like WordPress.

We highly recommend all our clients to upgrade as soon as possible to the latest PHP7.2 that is already installed in all servers. However, make sure to always download a backup before and make a PHP Version Compatibility Assessment.

If you need help don’t hesitate to contact our support team.

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Announcements General Tips & Tricks

Getting Started with Our Free Website Builder

Internet Solutions Hong Kong Introduces our New Website Builder which aims to make Building awesome websites quick and simple.  Not only is it easy for anyone to use and totally free.

We introduce you to our website builder in this article. a website builder can be a really great way to easily create and manage a website.

What is the ISHK site Builder?

The ISHK site builder is an  HTML5 site builder that lets you easily build and edit a web page grid. We made an interface as simple and intuitive as possible, so it doesn’t take you long to get along with the User Interface.

How do I get started?

The best thing about our page builder, you don’t have to be an ISHK Customer to enjoy using our site builder.

There are two ways you can access our site builder:

  1. If You are an ISHK Customer, You can quickly access our website builder by login into your cPanel and look under software or search for “website builder” within cPanel to enjoy using our site builder.

    website- builder cpanel
    Where the website builder is listed in cPanel
  2. Or you could just visit https://www.internetsolutions.hk/websitebuilder/ by typing it into your browser

Once you are there (at the URL), you will need to create an account using an email of your choice if you not already used the site builder previously, Enter your login email and password.

Building your first page using the website builder?

Assuming you went ahead and logged in using the login form screenshotted above, we can now begin the creation of our first website by clicking the button in the centre of our dashboard labelled “Create one now” or the button within the header navigation labelled  “Createe a new project“.

website builder dashboard
Once logged in, this should be the view of your dashboard

You should be presented with the following overview:

website builder wizard
The website builders starter wizard

The site builders start wizard will present you with over 19 templates.  You have the option of filtering through the templates using its filtering tool.

Found on the left, The filter tool arranges the various templates by colour and categories inclusive of the landing page, blog and portfolio. The filter also holds a button labelled “Start With Blank Page” which is the option to start with a blank page.

We will be building a landing page in this scenario, aimed at prospective users of our website builder. The template will be using in our tutorial is the “Flatty” template hence we will select landing pages from the wizard filter.

Once you have chosen a template of your wanting, Just click the template from the wizard and you should be presented with the following view:

We won’t go deep into the UI but we will provide you with a breakdown of the various options below.

Elements – this subsection contains options to be added to the page you are creating. Sub-divided into components, layout, media, topography, Buttons and forms.

Inspector – inspectors provide the options to modify a selected area or page element within the template being edited depending on the elements and/or page area selected, you will be provided with the options of attributes, background, shadows, padding, margin, text style, border and border roundness.

Pages – page host the option to edit elements of the current page you are working on and the option to add additional pages. options inclusive of editing page name (about.html or index.html), page title, descriptions, page tags (also known as the page keywords). This menu also present you with the option to change the current template or simply erase the template.

Themes – This menu presents you with the option to choose from bootswatch’s popular bootstrap themes which modifies the look of your template in various ways.

Settings – This section of the menu hosts personalizable options to how the page builder works for you.

Code Edtr – This menu gives you a code editor so you can edit the raw code if you can code or require the option.

Global Option Menu

These vital options highlighted in red above are always displayed, no matter the options menu that you or on.

Preview – This gives a preview of the website/page as it would look on the browser/device.

Export – This menu presents the option to download/export you currently work in a zip folder. You can choose to download a single page or you could download the entire website/project.

Publish – this presents the option to publish your current work via FTP to your website/server.

Devices – This changes the view within the editor and the preview to match that of the various common device sizes in use. There are four view and device types, The Mobile, the tablet, the laptop and the desktop.

Save – this button pretty much saves the current edits made to your template if you didn’t enable the auto-save option which can be found under the setting menu.

Lookout for our other website builder tutorials which will go into other aspects of the website builder which we haven’t covered here.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Website Builder NOW! 

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Blogging Tips & Tricks WordPress

How To Fix Redirection To Wpkg.org

In mainland China, since yesterday (26th of April, 2015) some websites with the Facebook login plugin are been redirected to the site wpkg.org. A solution for Windows systems is this:

1. Copy the following line in a txt editor: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

2. Paste it on the search box of your Windows system:

hosts

3. Open it with Notepad.

4. Add the following line at the bottom: 127.0.0.1 wpkg.org

add

 

then save it.

5. Clear your browser’s cache.

That it. Another more way is to just download this file: hosts

then unzip the file and paste it inside the following directory: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

 

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Tips & Tricks

Prepare Your Website for the “Mobile Friendly” Algorithm

  1. Google officially recommends responsive design for your website, more information is here. Be sure that your pages are available from the same URL to all devices.
  2. Test your website for mobile-friendliness using Google’s free tool. You want the green with “Awesome! This page is mobile-friendly” message.
  3. If you don’t have the green bar from Google, you have to change your website soon.
  4. Track positions for mobile rankings. Now you can choose from multiple tools that you can use and track your positions and competitors mobile rankings.

Avoid “Mobile Friendly” Mistakes

  1. Don’t block JavaScript, CSS and image files: the Googlebot needs easy access to your website files.
  2. 404 Mobile Error: Don’t redirect the desktop version of the page to 404 error if it not available for mobile.
  3. Media content: Keep media to be played on every device, which includes video and audio files that are not unplayable on smartphones, for example if they require Flash.
  4. Mobile page speed: Page load is an important user experience factor and you have to optimize the loading process. You can use the Google’s Page Speedtest tool.
  5. Avoid duplicate content: Don’t duplicate content on desktop and mobile versions. (That’s why Google recommends a responsive design solution.) Don’t use different URLs and redirects between the desktop and mobile versions.
  6. Don’t implement the mobile site on a different domain, subdomain, or subdirectory from the desktop site.
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Privacy Security Tips & Tricks WordPress

What To Do If Your WordPress Site Is Hacked

WordPress is an extremely popular web platform, and because of its popularity, it is often the target of hackers looking to “take over” pieces of your site for their own benefit. Hackers like to maximize the effectiveness of their work, so they’ll often target widely installed plugins or themes with known security vulnerabilities. In most cases, your site was not targeted specifically but was hacked because of some vulnerability in a plugin or theme installed on your site.

If your site is hacked, read the following resources to help you get up and running again. Even if your site has not been hacked, many of these articles cover security topics that are helpful for anyone in charge of a WordPress website.