How to Perform 301 Redirects on WordPress

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You’ve been told by countless SEO guides & Webmaster Tools that if you move a URL you need to use a 301 redirect. But they usually don’t tell you what exactly it is or how to do it. This article will cover the what and how for 301 redirects on WordPress.

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Page Builder Themes

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The days of web design where it was about creating static pages in HTML and CSS are gone. They are being replaced by a series of tools that seek to put web design capabilities into the hands of business owners and those who are not web developers. The market has made it easier for people to design websites through a series of tools, plugins and themes. Even though the access to design has become easier, this does not mean creating effective designs has become easier. Just like knowing how to write does not make you an effective writer. Just like owning a dog does not make you a veterinarian or a dog trainer. Effective web design still takes a series of skills like psychology, design and marketing. Despite that fact, we know business owners need to keep their costs down and it is sometimes a more effective decision based on the business’ stage. This results in a lot of entrepreneurs and small-business owners needing drag-and-drop tools. We have compiled a list of Page Builder Themes that can help make your design efforts easier and more fruitful. We will examine some of the themes along with their advantages and disadvantages. These themes are in no particular order, but I will tell you that our favorite theme is Visual Composer. Themify Themify is used right in the WordPress page editor, so the layout design is very familiar. The other advantage is the ability to design the site in both front-end and back-end. This allows for greater design and functionality, but it can be a bit more confusing. It also requires a lot of server resources — meaning if you are on slower shared hosting like GoDaddy, forget about using the front-end designer. Themify Builder comes with any Themify theme that you purchase.

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Backup WordPress with BackWPup Tutorial

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We all know that we need to backup our website, but the question is always how. This tutorial covers using an excellent and free backup tool, BackWPup. BackWPup also has a paid version if you need additional features (but most people will do just fine with the free version).

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Is a Free, Premium or Custom Web Design Template the Best?

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Web Design templates come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. This is great because you can find a template that fits your exact needs, but it can also be a challenge. Going through thousands of templates and trying to pick the one that will perform the best on your website is no small feat. It can feel like you are in a quest to defeat all of the question monsters to find and rescue the most beautiful design.

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How to Move Your WordPress Website

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I’m a designer and developer, so I move WordPress sites a lot. Of course I also move clients between different hosting companies, between servers, create duplicates of their sites, and more. So I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to test out WordPress migration approaches. Here is a breakdown of how to migrate a site using free tools.

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Recovering from the Hack

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So you were hacked, but the good news is you’ve gotten your site cleaned out. So now what happens? How do you recover from this and move forward?

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Can Your Website Design Handle the Change?

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Leonardo da Vinci captured it best when talking about the work of a designer. He said, “Art is never finished, it is abandoned.” A web designer’s work never truly ends. A web designer is defined by the transience of the web. Their designs become outdated or in need of revision in a year or two. Inconsistent window widths, different browsers, user preferences and screen resolutions are only a few intangibles designers deal with when they publish a piece of work. Over the last few years, designers have become incredibly adept in dealing with these intangibles.

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Why were all my plugins deactivated due to an error?

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You may have recently seen this message on one of your WordPress sites: The plugin xyz has been deactivated due to an error: The plugin does not have a valid header. What does that mean and why did it happen?

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How We Make Sure Clients and Web Designers are on the Same Page

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Good web design is the result of the planning process and discovering the user’s needs, so that, the UI (User Interface) optimizes traffic flow to desired goals and the UX (User Experience) is easy to use and engaging. Web design is most effective when the client and the web designer are on the same page and plan.

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The $3,000 Question: Why are We All Hypocrites About Our Web Design?

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This past weekend I was out with a group of my friends. One of them, who is about to sell his business, turned to me and said, “ I think I am going to retire and start writing.” I knew where he was going with this, but I pretended to be ignorant and stare blankly, then I said, “So you are looking for new hobbies to pursue?” He politely responded, “No. I am going to work like you do.”

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