A holiday gift has now provided Austin Themes with a new level of video editing capabilities – A digital license for Adobe Premier Elements. I can now offer more video editing features, better effects, and more appealing advertisement videos.
Many fields and professions have very specific needs in terms of labeling and disclosures on your website. In any well-planned website launch, you need to consider what elements you need to add to your site to satisfy your particular legal requirements.
Obviously, from a non-legal perspective, this can seem very daunting. But, all you need to do is look for the standard that applies to your industry – then take it step-by-step, analyzing your website for the necessary changes.
Just a few Examples:
2. Adding a privacy notice in areas where it’s needed (EU, etc)
3. medical (HIPAA) website labeling and website security
4. FDA and FCC regulations
5. Real Estate disclosures
Many more industries have very specific requirements for what you put on the website, much like any traditional print design. If you have any doubts, consult a legal professional for more info
Announcing a new feature for Austin Themes – my website design questionnaire is now live to help narrow down your website needs. By answering a series of questions, I can pin-point a custom website solution that will meet or exceed all of your website requirements. Try out the website questionnaire now, and you can have a custom proposal within 24 hours!
This is a question any insightful budding website owner will have to ask themselves. With a myriad of styles out in the wildly artistic web, the decision comes with the double-edged sword of a range of creative web design styles coupled with the overwhelming nature of trying to find an example and style to match and promote your business.
Let Austin Themes help select a visual style for your website, then create your new web presence based on a few questions.
Although the terms may differ in some areas, I’ve worked with websites in the following styles:
- Musician websites
- Medical websites (Non-HIPAA)
- Video Sites
- Very traditional business websites
- multi-column Blog Websites
- One-Page websites with a Header, Sidebar, and Main content area
- Single-Pane websites with simple website menus
In the interest of finding the best option for a prospective WordPress website owner, I feel it’s only fair to cover free WordPress themes in addition to touting Austin Themes’ web design services. There are dozens of great websites out there, so it’s a only a matter of fine-tuning your expectations and finding a great theme that meets or exceeds them.
- WordPress.org – It has to be said that WordPress.org’s own theme repository (IE, the themes accessible through your wordpress site’s theme search feature) is probably the best source. Not only are the themes guaranteed to be free (even if they’re lite versions of premium themes), but they actually maintain a fairly rigorous approval process for public themes.
- SMthemes.com – a great resource for free themes from a diverse collection of authors. High-quality free wordpress themes that seem to be well picked for freebies.
- NewWPthemes.com – another high-quality index of free wordpress themes, designed for a variety of industries and uses.
- WPlocker.com – a good resource for free quality themes, with an emphasis on modernist responsive themes.
If we’re honest, sometimes we all get a little complacent on the security front. Even the most security-conscious WordPress user re-uses a password, or occasionally writes it down on a note attached to the monitor.
Unfortunately, this latest round of WordPress hacking incidents shows us that the dark world of hackers still exists, and it’s always best to play it safe in terms of securing your WordPress site. Below are 5 easy tips for tightening up your WordPress website security
1. Change your Database Prefix
A wordpress website combines a database and files to create a rich, interactive experience. However, this leaves the site vulnerable to database hacking techniques. Use a plugin like the website defender wordpress security plugin to change this default, usually reducing comment spam and foiling a variety of attack types.
2. Remove or rename the default “admin” username (not the admin user!)
The recent WP hacking attacks have shown that the default username “admin” adds a lot of risk of your site being hacked. It’s recommended that you A) create a new username and select “administrator” in that menu, B) logout then log back in as the new username, C) go to ‘users’ then delete the “admin” account.
NOTE : Always keep one administrator-level user on your site at all time, or you’ll lose access to the site’s back-end administration menu.
3. Use strong passwords
Instead of easily-guessable passwords like “guest”, “password”, “password123″, use either a brief sentence with punctuation, or a string of random text and numbers (including an unusual character like ‘&’,'%’,'!’ if possible)
4. Don’t share usernames
Never give out your username and password unless you can trust a party 100%. It’s easy to create a new username and password for that friend, relative, or client, but it’s much harder to repair a hacked wordpress site.
5.Use a wordpress security plugin to find and patch security holes
There are a myriad of ways to easily patch up your WordPress websites, but one of the easiest is to let a plugin take the hard coding out of it. The same plugin referenced above, the WordPress security plugin by Website Defender automatically seals up a few issues in the code and the database to further reduce your WP site’s risk.
Through a personal experiment, I’ve ramped up efforts in my WP custom post type work. What does this mean for future wordpress development work? To start, it means that virtually anything from products to portfolio entries to video galleries can be added alongside the “posts” and “pages” menus in WordPress, and will be treated as their own new content type. Then, the new custom post type can be used in the front-end in almost any form imaginable (within the technical limitations, of course!). Request a bid today, or contact for more info!
After a couple of days worth of lull, I decide to take on a few spur-of-the-moment PHP website development challenges. In this case, what began as a color thumbnail generator written from scratch has evolved into a full-fledged HTML5 / PHP / jQuery random color generators.
- Numerous features powered by Query parameters (“http://www.atwebsitedesign.com/colorgenerator/index.php?bg=white&lastcolor=555555″, for instance)
- Most actions update a unique URL you can share with friends to let them see the great color scheme you’ve found over social networks, etc
- Add new randomly generated color tiles
- copy-and-paste hex color code output (more output formats to come!)
- HTML5 (standards compliant)
- The unique share URL imports your custom color scheme, clicked colors, and last color so you won’t be starting from scratch if you hit refresh.
To View It:
Click the big “View Demonstration” button to the right (or, if you can’t see it, click the article’s title until it’s just this article.)
Ever try to access your wordpress admin panel, and it just pops up with a horrifying blank screen? The solution may be even simpler than you think. In most cases, if you can still access the site, but your admin area is blank, it’s the file “functions.php” in your theme. Even one blank space after the final “?>” at the end of your theme will cause the WordPress admin menu to be blank. Solution: Use an FTP program or your hosting company’s file manager access to remove any trailing spaces.
If you’ve verified that there are no spaces either after or before the “” of your functions.php, and/or the website itself is not displaying on the front end, then you’ll probably want to contact either a developer or your hosting company to find out if it’s a malicious attack or just a coding error somewhere within the website.