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18 min read Tevya
Tutorials | wordx.press | Sep. 17, 2019

How to Clean a Hacked or Malware-Infected WordPress Website

Video and article. I (in the video) and Randy (in the article) show you how to clean a WordPress website that's infected with the typical malware we tend to see infecting sites the most these days.

How to Clean a Hacked or Malware-Infected WordPress Website

Tutorials | wordx.press | Sep. 17, 2019

Malware can ruin your website. Not only can it insert ads or redirect users to a different site, but it can also get your site blacklisted from search engines and other online services. Fortunately, the malware is usually coded in a file such as within a database, in a plugin, or in a theme that can be deleted easily. In this article, we’ll see how to clean a hacked or infected WordPress website. Read on or watch the video here: Malware Example: Redirect
Here’s an example of a website infected by malware. This type of malware is called a redirect. When the visitor attempts to visit the site they are redirected to a different website that informs them they have spyware, viruses, etc., in an attempt to sell them software that will supposedly clean the malware from their computer. It looks like an official warning from Microsoft or some trustworthy company, but it’s fake.
Here’s the actual site. In this case you just have to visit the URL again, and it’ll let you through to the actual (though infected) website. This particular malware is not a threat to your computer, the site it redirected to is just trying to scare you into installing some malware, under

14 min read Tevya
Tutorials | wordx.press | Feb. 12, 2019

Creating Custom Post Types Layouts in Divi & Interlinking Them with CPT-onomies

Want to cross-link two sets of Custom Post Types? What about build their layouts in Divi? If you're looking for these things, heres a guide on how we accomplished all of that.

Creating Custom Post Types Layouts in Divi & Interlinking Them with CPT-onomies

Tutorials | wordx.press | Feb. 12, 2019

We recently had the law firm of Hepworth Holzer become a WordXpress member. Their site looked and worked great for visitors and SEO. Unfortunately it was a bit of a pain to update content, especially if we wanted to add a new block of content to a page or something. It required first creating a new block for that content in Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin. Then going in and modifying the custom-built-theme’s code to display that new block of content. We recognize that a lot of developers set things up like this, and it’s a great system. We manage a number of WordPress sites that are setup this way. However, it can be difficult for someone else who’s taking over the site, to find and figure out where to add the new code, etc. Adding a new block of content and getting it to look nice can take hours if the theme isn’t well setup or isn’t commented well. In contrast, with a theme or plugin that uses a visual or block-based editor like Divi or Elementor, that same content addition might only take 5 or 10 minutes.
Part 1 – The Why, What, and How of CPT’s
First, let’s look at why, what, and how of Custom Post Types. This will establish the

8 min read Tevya
Business | wordx.press | Jul. 27, 2018

What to Look for in a Good WordPress Hosting Company

Heather outlines the key things people should look for when choosing a hosting company for their WP website.

What to Look for in a Good WordPress Hosting Company

Business | wordx.press | Jul. 27, 2018

Hosting is an essential part of a website. Without it, your website would just be a bunch of code, but not actually be accessible. A hosting company places your website on their server where others can view it. In this article, we talk about some of the top features a good hosting company should have. Website Speed
As we wrote about previously, website speed is very important to your audience. It is so important that it can actually affect your ranking with browsers like Google. According to studies, “visitors leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load.” Three seconds is not a lot of time.
So how does hosting play its part in website speed? When you type in a URL and click enter you are asking the server for information. A good server can relay that information and load the page quickly. If you find your site is loading slowly, this may be a large part of the problem.
Reliability
Reliability is huge. Your website being down means loss of customers and revenue. Look for a hosting company that has an uptime guarantee of 99%. Having a reliable hosting company will give you peace of mind and give your customers access to your site.
Bandwidth & Space
Bandwidth

11 min read Tevya
Business | wordx.press | Mar. 21, 2019

The Biggest Pain Points of WordPress Website Owners & How to Fix Them

In which we discuss the biggest pain points as identified by some recent surveys, and how to deal with them.

The Biggest Pain Points of WordPress Website Owners & How to Fix Them

Business | wordx.press | Mar. 21, 2019

WordPress recently passed the 33% marketshare mark. That means 1 out of every 3 websites is now powered by WordPress! Crazy. It’s by far the most widely used content management system in existence with 60% of all websites where the CMS used is known. It’s a free, open-source CMS that has spawned thousands of businesses, some of whom generate several million dollars per year. Plus, over 55,000 plugins and thousands of themes are available for it, allowing you to build a variety of different websites. Unfortunately, no product is perfect, and WordPress is no different. In this post, we’re going to examine what makes WordPress so popular before diving into a few of the biggest issues individuals and small businesses alike experience while using the CMS. We’ll also go over a few honorable mentions before wrapping up with a few tips on how to avoid these issues. Let’s get into it.
Why WordPress is King
We already went over a few different reasons why WordPress reigns supreme in the land of content management systems:
Open-source.
Wide range of themes and plugins available.
Versatile.
Profitable.
These aspects are why WordPress continues to dominate even with

12 min read Tevya
Plugins | wordx.press | Jul. 25, 2019

What is the Best Pop-Up Plugin for the Divi WordPress Theme?

We review the 3 most popular premium pop-up plugins for Divi WordPress theme. They all use it's visual builder to construct pop-ups and overlays. Which is best? Read to find out.

What is the Best Pop-Up Plugin for the Divi WordPress Theme?

Plugins | wordx.press | Jul. 25, 2019

Popups are a great way to show content on your website. They can display special offers, show information, and lots more based on triggers that you control. There are three popular popup plugins for Divi: Divi Overlays, Divi Popup Builder, and Divi SOS. All three display layouts made with the Divi Builder and all three have a variety of triggers so they know when to display the popup. Which is the best Divi popup plugin? In this article, we’ll compare their features, usability, and performance to help you decide which popup plugin is the best Divi choice for your website.
Note: we do use affiliate links for some of the plugins, but I was not even aware which we had affiliate relationships with, when I wrote this article. So it did not influence the rating.
Divi Pop-Up Plugin Features
Divi Overlays
Divi Overlays adds a custom post type that can be triggered with anything on the page. It includes lots of animations, several triggers, and a cookie.
Features
Custom post type
Editor
Choose pages
Exclude pages
Customize overlay background and font colors
Customize close button
Customizable cookie
Shopping cart in popup
11 animations
3 Triggers
Menu link
Price
Single site – $15.00

5 min read Tevya
Tutorials | wordx.press | May. 22, 2018

Use Font Awesome Icons for Your Website Checkboxes & Radio Buttons

I wrote up this method for using Font Awesome to make your checkboxes and radio buttons look much cooler with Font Awesome.

Use Font Awesome Icons for Your Website Checkboxes & Radio Buttons

Tutorials | wordx.press | May. 22, 2018

I previously posted a guide on how to use the Divi theme’s icon font for making boring checkboxes and radio buttons look much cooler and more “Divi-like.” Almost immediately I had people asking how they could do the same thing with Font Awesome’s font icon. Sorry it’s taken so long, but I finally worked on it and got a version that works to make awesome looking Font Awesome checkboxes and radio buttons. Here are the results: Styling Radio Buttons & Checkboxes in Forms
Do you agree these look way nicer than the default Windows or Mac checkboxes? Here’s the problem: you can not style radio buttons and checkboxes! They are set by the operating system and don’t respond to CSS. So here’s the trick: you hide the ones created by the OS, and replace with your own. So you’ll see in the CSS below that I first hide them, then use the :before pseudo element to insert the Font Awesome icons before the field’s label.
Loading Font Awesome
In order to use Font Awesome icons, you need to load the font on your site. If you’re already using a plugin, theme, or custom code that does this for you, then you can proceed with the CSS and

15 min read Tevya
Business | wordx.press | May. 8, 2019

99designs? Try 800! – Why Getting a Great Logo on 99designs is no Picnic

Tevya reviews his experience with getting a logo as part of a rebranding, on 99designs.

99designs? Try 800! – Why Getting a Great Logo on 99designs is no Picnic

Business | wordx.press | May. 8, 2019

These are the the pitfalls and struggles of getting a logo through 99designs. It’s not all bad, but it’s certainly not the wonderful opportunity that 99designs and many of their proponents trumpet. I just want you to know what you’re getting into, if you go that route. Why We Chose to Rebrand
A few years ago my then-partner Kurt, and I decided to rebrand our little company from FiddlerStudios to Fiddler Online. I’d originally come up with the name “FiddlerStudios” when I was doing freelance print design, video editing, and web design. The “fiddler” part came from “Fiddler on the Roof.” I was named after the main character from that musical, and a “studio” made more sense at the time, due to the variety of work.
That name carried over when we focused entirely on WordPress websites. It quickly became appearant that it was confusing to people though. “Are you a music recording studio?” was the common spoken or unspoken question.
In an attempt to make the name less confusing, Kurt and I agreed we should keep the “fiddler” part to continue the brand recognition we’d built so far, but change

9 min read Tevya
Tutorials | wordx.press | May. 1, 2018

How to Revert a WordPress Multisite to a Single-site

Ever experimented with Multisite, only to realize it was the wrong choice? Here's my step-by-step guide to revert yours back to a single-site.

How to Revert a WordPress Multisite to a Single-site

Tutorials | wordx.press | May. 1, 2018

Originally posted 1 Jan 2014. Updated multiple times since then. Most recently updated with info for editing web.config on Windows Server. Our company website here at WordX.press (previously Fiddler.Online) had been a WordPress Multisite for some time. I decided it wasn’t really serving any good purpose to have it that way, partly because we’d simplified and only had 2 other sites running on the network. The other was a site we’d quit using and updating some time ago, but hadn’t yet removed. So I decided to roll it back to a single-site WordPress install. Here’s how it did it:
1. Backup Everything
I recommend a full cPanel backup to start with. Just go into your cPanel and click the “Backup Wizard” icon. Use the options for a full backup, then download the file when it’s completed. A separate backup of the database is also a good idea. From cPanel just go to phpMyAdmin, select the correct database, then the “Export” tab, and click the “Go” button. It’ll download the export.
NOTE: if you have or purchase BackupBuddy, you can actually use it to do all of this step, by backing up the entire Multisite in one neat

6 min read Tevya
Security | wordx.press | Jun. 28, 2018

This is Why You Need SSL by July 2018 – Google Changes

Heather explains what HTTPS and SSL is, plus what the changes to Chrome are that are coming in July. It covers why that change is important for all website owners, if they have even a basic contact or comment form on their site.

This is Why You Need SSL by July 2018 – Google Changes

Security | wordx.press | Jun. 28, 2018

In February 2018, Google made an announcement regarding SSL certificates, also known as https. This announcement said: For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as “not secure”. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.
What Does This Mean?
Basically, Google is saying that because a connection to a website via HTTPS encryption is more secure, they’ve been gradually marking pages where visitors information is transmitted, as “not secure.” This could be anything from a ecommerce checkout page to just a simple contact form. Starting in July, any form that accepts a user’s data will be marked as “not secure” on Chrome, if it’s not using HTTPS.
The bottom line is that if you have a website with any kind of form on it where visitors submit information (this includes a simple contact form), you’ll need to have an SSL certificate

6 min read Tevya
Tutorials | wordx.press | Jun. 13, 2018

Creating a Simpler Checkout Page in WooCommerce

Here I share the plugins and CSS I used to create a simpler, 2-column checkout page in WooCommerce for a digital product.

Creating a Simpler Checkout Page in WooCommerce

Tutorials | wordx.press | Jun. 13, 2018

When building Starfish Reviews plugin, we initially started with a WooCommerce-based solution for selling and licensing the plugin. I really didn’t like WooCommerce’s over-complicated checkout page. I wanted something simpler and more straightforward. So here’s how I got from complicated, to simple with some nice icons to help visually. While I did it with the Divi theme, most of this should work for any theme. Here is the end result: Changing the Checkout Fields
Add-on WooCommerce MailPoet 3
I wanted to help people signup for our email updates and newsletter as part of purchasing the plugin, so they could get info about new versions and such. So I installed and configured this plugin. It’s fairly straightforward. Just select the lists you want to offer and a few things and it’ll inject the signup checkbox(es) into the checkout form. You may want to use a different plugin based on the newsletter solution you’re using.
Woo Checkout Field Editor Pro
For a digital product, it’s not necessary to capture address, phone number, etc, etc. So I used this plugin to simplify the checkout fields that are available. I used it to turn off the Shipping Fields