WordPress 5.5, released on August 11 2020, has introduced a new feature: enabling automatic plugin and theme updates. Automatic minor updates for WordPress Core (for example, from WordPress 5.4 to 5.4.1) have been around since WordPress 3.7, but having this option for plugins and themes is a new feature. Up until now, updating plugins and… Continue Reading WordPress Automatic Plugin and Theme Updates – Should You Use Them?
It’s been a few years since I started using the Genesis Framework by StudioPress for building WordPress sites. But what’s good about Genesis? And should you use it? In this Genesis review, I’ll look at some of the pros — and cons — of using Genesis for building WordPress websites. Pros Genesis is popular According… Continue Reading Genesis Review: Pros and Cons of the Popular WordPress Framework
For me, WordCamp Glasgow 2020 kicked off with meeting Ahmed Khalifa on the train to Glasgow. I hadn’t seen him since Accessibility Scotland last year, so we had a good opportunity for a catch up on the journey. We made it to the venue and could immediately see why it had been described as arty!… Continue Reading WordCamp Glasgow 2020: A Stunning Debut
Following on from my look at Beaver Builder accessibility, I thought it was time to turn my attention to another page builder, Elementor. With now over 4 million active installs on WordPress.org, and over 4,500 5-star reviews, Elementor is an incredibly popular and well-loved page builder. But can it build accessible websites? Elementor’s blog has… Continue Reading Spotlight On Elementor Accessibility – Does It Build Accessible Pages?
Background: 2018, Glasgow Back in September 2018 I attended a WordPress Contributor Day in Glasgow. Contributor Days are events where WordPress users are invited to contribute to the project. A common misconception is that giving something to WordPress means writing code. But there are many other ways to make your mark in the WordPress project.… Continue Reading How To Add Closed Captioning To A Video – And What I Learned
Someone recently asked me about how accessible the Beaver Builder page builder is. Beaver Builder is a very popular page builder for WordPress that lets users drag and drop content – in the form of modules – to assemble their own sites. It’s aimed at both non-technical users and web professionals. Beaver Builder’s team have… Continue Reading Focus On Beaver Builder Accessibility – Is the End Product Accessible?
With the release of WordPress 5.3, it’s time for a new WordPress.org theme. And this time it’s a beauty. I’ve taken a closer look at the Twenty Twenty theme so that you can see if it’s right for your website. Read this article in German: Unter der Lupe: Das WordPress Theme Twenty Twenty Twenty Twenty… Continue Reading A Deep Dive Into The WordPress Twenty Twenty Theme
The hunt for an accessible slider I have to admit this is a strange post for me to write, as I don’t like sliders! So why pen this post? To help others who do use sliders, who might not have factored accessibility into the decision. I will attempt to highlight some of the accessibility problems… Continue Reading Can You Really Make An Accessible Slider For WordPress?
According to W3 Techs WordPress is used by 34.5% of all websites. It’s gained that dominance as it’s free, easy to use, highly customizable and SEO friendly. While WordPress can be installed in minutes, keeping your self-hosted WordPress site running smoothly is an ongoing process. If you’re a pet owner, you know your pet needs… Continue Reading 50+ Regular WordPress Maintenance Tasks For A Healthy Site
Released mid-2016, the Twenty Seventeen theme is still incredibly popular, with over 1 million sites using it. One downside is that it comes with very limited customizations compared to other themes. A while back I reviewed and liked the Advanced Twenty Seventeen plugin, but unfortunately it hasn’t been updated for 2 years, and it looks… Continue Reading How To Big Up Your Theme With Options for Twenty Seventeen