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So you have a WordPress website and it’s all built and handed over to the client. You’re done! Hurrah! Wait a minute, you’re not done are you? Chances are that you’ve used some simple tools for uptime monitoring. You know what I mean. The kind of tools that periodically ping your website and report back if the site is still alive. You might even have gone a step further and employed a tool that offers you some sort of visual feedback. It will make sure that the site of yesterday looks like the site of today, and in this way you can be sure that nothing untoward has occurred. But what if you wanted to go a step further? What if you wanted to check all-the-things, and not just make sure that the website is up, but that the website is working. There is a difference! Today we speak to Justin Klemm about Ghost Inspector, which is tool which can do many, many things to make sure that your site is up and working. It’s more options than you can shake a stick and might save you the late night client call, because you knew and fixed things before they even knew about it!
This is about common WordPress mistakes and how to get out of a pickle if things go wrong. With all the plugins, themes and community work in WordPress, it’s often surprising that any of it hangs together, and that WordPress websites even work at all… (even more so since the Gutenberg Project says David!). Yet, despite that, neither of us have really had any issues over the years. How can this be? There’s certainly plenty of scope for things to go wrong on your WordPress website, and to go wrong badly, and that’s the subject of the podcast today. What can go wrong and how might you recover. Check out the podcast…
So on the podcast today we have Joshua Vandercar from Gravity Hopper which is a plug that allows you to have a central dashboard for all your Gravity Forms. Joshua is employed by Rocket Genius, the developers of Gravity Forms, so he knows a thing or two about how it all works! The idea is that you create a standalone install of WordPress is put the Gravity Hopper plugin on there and from that moment on you have a central dashboard from which you can handle all of your forms on all of your websites. With Gravity Hopper you can squirrel those forms away and deploy them with just a few clicks on other sites. In fact the magic goes a little further than that, because it might be that you only want to deploy a collection of commonly used fields and not entire forms? That’s possible too, and so are field groups, sections and so on. There’s a lot more to the plugin than this, so check out the podcast today and see if Gravity Hopper can help you save time and effort with your Gravity Forms.
WordPress themes are crucial, you have to have one, but will they continue to be so in an era of Full Site Editing? We talk on the podcast today about the WordPress themes that we’ve used over the years. Starting out by being beguiled by themes which could do all-the-things, then moving towards theme frameworks and minimal themes which allowed some basic styling, but then got out of the way of our Page Builder so that we could create headers and footers that way. Which themes do we like and what do we think the future holds with themes appearing to be of less importance in WordPress’ future. Are you exploring new themes? Are you a theme developer worried about the direction of travel? Listen to the podcast and let us know your thoughts…
MEET YOUR HOSTS
WordPress web site builder.
I run a web agency in the UK called Picture and Word. We work almost exclusively with WordPress, but have been know to use Drupal and Magento in the past.
I cannot spell the words, thepis, rangotls, or dufmertin.
Lion tamer and liar.
I travel, help people make websites and bang on about Beaver Builder on YouTube. I got a silver badge for swimming aged 11.
The designer in me says there should be more words here.