At our May 2017 Q & A workshop, our WordPress experts answered questions about website performance, web hosting, styling content, setup and configuration, child themes, and plugins.
I joined Eric Malcolm, Andy Melichar, and Randy Walker in helping our members with their WordPress questions.
Before we broke out into small groups, we had a good discussion among our Metro Detroit WordPress members about performance, themes, and identifying the goal for your site.
Here are the top takeaways from the workshop:
- When you’re researching a WordPress theme for your site, contact the developer and ask about performance/speed. Or use online tools like GTMetrix or Pingdom to test a site built with the theme or the theme demo. Don’t wait until site launch to find out your theme is slow.
- Use the free Imsanity plugin to automatically resize huge image uploads. Imsanity also includes a bulk resize feature, ability to configure maximum width, height, and photo quality. Another option for optimizing your images is WP Smush.
- Elementor is a free page builder, released in summer 2016, that has instant drag and drop, real-time page editing, and a clean interface.
- Learn about CSS specificity, how it works, rules, and basic principles.
- Are you new to WordPress and looking for learning resources? I published a post listing five online resources for learning WordPress.
- Hosting plays a part in the speed and performance of your website. Combine hosting with a content delivery network (CDN) for maximum speed. Invest in good hosting.
- Child theming is essential so you don’t break your site when updating purchased/downloaded themes. Here’s info from the WordPress Theme Handbook on how to create a child theme. Note: we talked about the One-Click Child Theme plugin. When I researched the plugin today, I discovered it hasn’t been updated in two years, so it’s not recommended.
- If you’re looking to convert an HTML/static site to WordPress, consider using the Underscores theme for your foundation.
- For anyone looking to learn HTML and CSS, consider the Lynda.com courses: HTML Essentials and CSS Essentials.
- Before making a decision on a form plugin, identify your requirements. Here are 10 questions to ask before choosing a form plugin
Our next meetup is June 10, 2017, Share Your Favorite Plugin. This is a member-driven event, do you have a favorite plugin to share? Hope to see you there!