WordPress Archives - Visual Composer Website Builder https://visualcomposer.com Create Your WordPress Website Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:50:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://visualcomposer.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-vcwb-favico-32x32.png WordPress Archives - Visual Composer Website Builder https://visualcomposer.com 32 32 How to Secure Client Sites from Unwanted Changes https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-secure-client-sites-from-unwanted-changes/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-secure-client-sites-from-unwanted-changes/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2022 20:40:12 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=35309 As a web creator, you want to ensure that your client sites stay in shape long after you deliver the project. I have collected my tips that will help you.

The post How to Secure Client Sites from Unwanted Changes appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

As a web creator, you want to ensure that your client sites stay in shape long after you deliver the project.

Whether there is a plan to add the site to your portfolio or reduce the time your spend on maintenance - you want to avoid unwanted changes.

I've been a web designer for 10 years and can surely relate to that. In fact, client changes have always been one of my strongest fears.

It is much preferable to spend your time working on a new exciting project rather than fixing what should not have been broken.

To avoid issues, web developers tend to restrict access to certain parts of the site. Some are suspicious about WordPress since it gives lots of freedom.

But the cherry on top is page builders.

WordPress page builders give enormous flexibility to manipulate layouts - is it the default Gutenberg editor or a power tool like Visual Composer.

As a web creator, you can design anything - as a client, you can break it.

To deal with the hassle, I want to share three things that satisfy my “freelancer” needs and may help your agency to reduce risks and save time.

User role management

To build a decent website, we choose powerful tools with options tailored for professionals rather than beginners.

WordPress page builders allow web creators to design custom headers, footers, post templates and even incorporate custom CSS.

In fact, based on our research, up to 45% of all Visual Composer users love to use custom CSS in their projects.

These are essential things for every web developer but can be harmful in the hands of your clients.

What I love to do is disable advanced features for my clients which results in benefits for all of us.
From the agency's point of view, you are sure that your clients will not interfere with advanced features like post templates or page options.

Manage WordPress page builder features with the Role Manager

As for the client, he/she will receive a simpler interface to manage the content.

We all know that there is a learning curve for every page builder - no matter what ads are telling you.

As a pro, you will get the basics in an hour and become a power user in a week. As a client, you may need days to cover the basics.

Plus, you can always enable features back or use role manager as your onboarding strategy.

The role manager has proven to be a very effective instrument for me and I highly recommend it to all web creators.

WordPress admin panel

Same as for the page builder, your WordPress admin panel could require a facelift.

And by facelift, I mean, it is worth reducing the number of sections available to users other than the Administrator.

To me, the WordPress admin panel has always been bloated when it comes to an average user. You, as a web creator, are in charge of setting the correct permalink structure, managing plugins, working with the Appearance, and so on.

All these options can be hidden from other users to lower the barrier.

While there is no specific favorite on my list, plugins like User Role Editor will do the job.

Last, but not least, sometimes it is worth considering removing the admin bar as well. Just to make things cleaner.

While there is surely a plugin for that, I would go with a simple code snippet to avoid bloating my clients' sites with micro plugins. All you have to do is add this small code snippet:

add_filter( 'show_admin_bar', '__return_false' );

Element and layout locking

Any page you make consists of the layout and content. The content management process is a process when a person interacts with the content to modify it to their liking.

But what if you can modify the layout as well? The border between layout and content disappears and your clients may try to interfere with your layout.

To avoid such a scenario, I use the element lock feature that allows literally locking any element, row, or section of your page to make it accessible only by the admin.

Lock elements and sections with the Element Lock feature

Though, I leave only essential elements that require constant updates open. Things like paragraphs and images are still accessible to the client while styled rows are out of the content management scope.

Just like with the role manager, clients simply don't have access to certain parts of the page. The number of controls is reduced and navigation becomes easier.

To get the most out of it, I lock all elements on the page and then unlock the ones I want clients to edit. Usually, there are more elements to lock than to leave unlocked.

It will require some time, but this is how you can get 100% safe when it comes to handling the project over to your client.

Outro

Does setting up user permissions and locking down elements sound like a lot of work to do?

Yes.

Most likely, you will have to spend several hours configuring settings and locking layouts.
Nevertheless, a web creator spends up to 10 hours weekly fixing bugs (roughly 25% of all your time). And we know - fixing bugs means stealing time from development.

While the user role manager and element lock may not solve all the problems, they can help to reduce the time you spend on unwanted maintenance.

The time that is critical for your agency's growth and success.

As with everything, you will start slower and have to wait for results to come. But, I can promise you one thing - your life get easier.

Discover Website Builder used by Web Professionals to scale their business to success

The post How to Secure Client Sites from Unwanted Changes appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-secure-client-sites-from-unwanted-changes/feed/ 0
Page Builder Performance Under The Hood https://visualcomposer.com/blog/page-builder-performance-under-the-hood/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/page-builder-performance-under-the-hood/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2022 11:43:17 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=34946 Explore page builder performance and learn how Visual Composer "operates". What critical factors affect it and how to improve it on all sides.

The post Page Builder Performance Under The Hood appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

There is always someone talking about WordPress page builders and performance.

It's a hot topic that receives tons of attention. Conference speeches, blog posts, and even Facebook comments - everyone has a story to share.

No wonder, page builders are prioritizing performance as one of the focus areas. Some even share their success in a form you're all familiar with.

“Our page builder just became faster.”

But what does it really mean? Does it apply to everything that the page builder does?

I'm not in the position to talk about all page builders, but I can say a thing or two (probably more) about Visual Composer.

Today, I want to explore how performance “operates” in Visual Composer. What critical factors affect it and share some of the improvements we've implemented recently.

But before we begin…

This topic was born as the result of our internal educational session which means you have a chance to really look under the hood of Visual Composer.

Let's go.

Performance and resources

When talking about performance, it is important to understand where does it come from.

There are three main components (resources) that are “working” with performance.

It is Network, CPU, and RAM.

In addition, it can refer to either client or server sides.

What does it mean?

Whenever you work with the page builder, either your computer or server resources are consumed. The availability of those resources and optimizations on the page builder side will determine how fast (or slow) your experience is.

In the next chapter, I will present (and explain) the performance schema of Visual Composer. I will mark every block with the resources that are used within the process as followed:

  • sNET - server-side network
  • sCPU - server-side CPU
  • sRAM - server-side RAM
  • cNET - client-side network
  • cCPU - client-side CPU
  • cRAM - client-side RAM

Understanding the resources in use makes it easier for web creators to analyze whether the server requires optimization and how to boost the performance.

Visual Composer performance schema

There are three main blocks of performance we can distinguish:

  • Requests
  • User interface
  • Server-side processing

As you can see from the schema, server-side processing mainly relies on server resources. Requests are a mix of both, while the user interface is highly impacted by the client-side.

Visual Composer performance schema

We will look into the details of every block to get a more clear understanding.

Requests

All requests refer to the editor's saving and loading operations. The performance of the operations depends on both - the client and server.

The client needs a good network to perform the operation and the server should be able to process as fast as possible. Here, the main pressure lies on the server CPU.

In other words, shared hosting with a virtual CPU (serving many sites) may get you into trouble.

RAM is used for the PHP processes to store arrays and objects in memory. This means that large content blocks with multiple options enabled will consume a good portion of RAM and will have a significant impact on saving operations.

RAM size of at least 256 is much preferred.

To improve performance for these operations, optimization of data size is needed.

In Visual Composer, we have introduced a binary data format that allows us to send more data in a smaller size. This means that fewer server-side resources are spent on saving and loading.

Not all servers accept binary data. The problem usually occurs with Apache and some clients were not able to save the content because Apache refused to accept binary data.

For that, we have introduced an option to enable alternative base64 encoded saving. The method is slower but can be used by clients who are not able to use binary data.

User interface

All about the user interface is all about the client-side (mostly).

Element actions like, adding, removing, updating, and sorting (drag and drop) are managed by the client's browser.

Therefore, resources on your side are crucial.

Most of the user interface processes are consuming CPU power.

To optimize it, we rely on React and other modern technologies.

It is important to keep the framework up to date and perform regular component updates. In other words, keeping development debt low.

We found that technologies like React hooks can significantly improve the performance of these processes.

There, Visual Composer benefits from things like React hooks.

At the same time, hundreds and hundreds of elements will make operations like drag and drop costly.

Talking about rendering - a good network and CPU is needed. Since you need to load elements, images, CSS, and other assets - your network will experience a good amount of workload.

Loading components refer to how fast the server provides the information and how fast the client receives it. Both client and server network plays a significant role there.

To optimize the process, we are using package bundles in production.

Optimization of these bundles is crucial for Visual Composer.

One of the improvements we have introduced recently is gZip support. gZip allows reducing the size of the bundle up to 5 times which means that things will work 5 times faster.

Of course, your server should be able to operate with gZip which is not always the case and some legacy solutions are needed for some clients.

Server-side processing

Server-side processing refers to how fast your server operates with the data.

The time that is needed for the server to take data from the database and process it.

As you can guess, CPU and RAM play main roles there.

Talking about problems and risks, low memory limits can affect the speed of these operations. To avoid the issues, your server must be well optimized and has a sufficient amount of resources.

Outro

Performance is a tough topic and requires attention at different levels.

From the page builder perspective, this means following the latest technologies and introducing regular improvements.

On the web creator side, it is needed to ensure that your server is ready to work with the technologies offered by the page builder.

With both parties involved, performance issues go off the table.

Discover the Powerful Drag & Drop Website Builder for Web Creators

The post Page Builder Performance Under The Hood appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/page-builder-performance-under-the-hood/feed/ 0
Introducing Visual Composer Font Manager: Change WordPress Fonts Easily (Updated) https://visualcomposer.com/blog/font-manager/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/font-manager/#comments Mon, 24 Jan 2022 10:00:06 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=32789 The Visual Composer Font Manager allows you easily style and change fonts for Visual Composer layouts and the Starter Theme globally.

The post Introducing Visual Composer Font Manager: Change WordPress Fonts Easily (Updated) appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

We all know that changing fonts is important for branding, but it can be challenging and time-consuming. But not anymore! We are happy to announce that you can now easily change fonts on your site with a few clicks of a button.

Font Manager is an addon for Visual Composer premium users. Make sure to update to the latest version to access this feature! It allows you to choose any Google Font and apply it in seconds WITHOUT touching any CSS code. 🙌

You can use Font Manager to change default theme fonts globally (on your whole site at once) and choose from all Google Fonts! This means you can make your posts and pages look like anything you want them to be - clean, modern, elegant... the choices are limitless!

This latest version of Font Manager introduces responsive settings, to apply different font styling for different devices. We would be happy to hear your feedback, to help us improve it and make the next version even better! 🙂

What Features Font Manager Has To Offer?

The Font Manager feature list is constantly growing. We keep improving functionalities, features, and usability regularly. Greatly thanks to our dedicated Premium Visual Composer web creators who provide helpful insights by submitting feature requests on what they wish to see in the addon.

  • Google Fonts. Select from all Google Fonts.
  • Editing options. Get every aspect of your fonts to a T - change the size, style, color, height, spacings, margins, capitalization, and other elements for your typography settings globally.
  • Responsive mode. Define font styles and other attributes for different devices.
  • Smart preview. See how any changes would appear on the page instantly. The improved preview lets you select, view, and edit specific text parts from the preview for easier editing.
  • Dark mode. Just like in TinyMCE editor, toggle between dark and light backgrounds for better accessibility.
  • Menu and submenu. Control all typography settings for your 1st and 2nd level menus.
  • Headings, paragraphs, and blockquotes. Change all fonts from most important to least important text elements and style each one as you wish.
  • Captions. Customize the texts that appear under images.
  • Bullets. Select bullet color and style from circles, squares, and lines.
  • Buttons. Create a button font design that matches the whole feel of your website.
    Link Styling. In addition, you can control link styling for every single text element - choose the color, underline, and hover options for each one.

A sneak peek into future updates are Responsive controls in Font Manager in 3.0. You will be able to define the font size for specific devices.

How to Use Font Manager

You can get the Font Manager addon either by downloading it from the Visual Composer Hub or via the Visual Composer Dashboard - Font Manager section in your WordPress Admin Panel and find the font that best fits your theme.Downloading the Visual Composer Font Manager Addon in WordPress Dashboard

Once you have navigated to the Font Manager, enable it to start the magic!Manage fonts with the Visual Composer Font Manager addon

You can change the font, styling, and size of your headings, paragraphs, and blockquotes. Plus, you have the ability to switch the styling of your links as well (underlining and hover color options).

The Visual Composer Font Manager works with the Visual Composer layouts that you can choose from in the page settings in the frontend editor and Visual Composer Starter theme.

For additional options, you can also change the letter spacing and line height, margins, and capitalization (UPPERCASE, lowercase, or Capitalize) of your selected text sections and even improve page loading speed by including only required language subsets.

To make it easier to find the perfect design for your texts, the Font Manager provides a preview to see how any changes would look on your website. Once that's done, and you have found the right fit, save the changes.

Note: If you disable the Font Manager toggle button before saving and exit the Font Manager, all changes will be lost.

When to Use Font Manager

Choosing the right font for your or your client’s website might be tricky.

It's important to choose a font that matches your product, brand, or personal style because most likely you will be sticking to one or a selected few font styles (good practice) for a while.

The font you choose also affects the readability of your texts, so don't go too over the top when trying to find a unique font and applying styling to it. To help you stay within the guidelines of accessibility, which directly affect the user experience, check your color palettes with this app.

If you are still trying to figure out your style, look for some inspiration from our amazing websites made with Visual Composer.

And once you have found the perfect font and styled it, don't hesitate to share it with other Visual Composer users via our Facebook community.

Finally, a big request!! 

Once you had a chance to play with the new addon, we - the whole team would be extremely happy if you left your feedback below in the comments.

It will help us a lot in improving the Font Manager version 3.0 -- Thank you!! ❤

The post Introducing Visual Composer Font Manager: Change WordPress Fonts Easily (Updated) appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/font-manager/feed/ 3
Visual Composer Layout Builder: Design Fully Custom Layouts In One Place https://visualcomposer.com/blog/visual-composer-layout-builder/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/visual-composer-layout-builder/#comments Mon, 13 Dec 2021 13:04:38 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=33814 The Visual Composer Layout Builder allows you to build custom layouts for posts, pages and archives, and assign them sitewide or override it on a page level, as needed. No relying on default theme design anymore. This means that web creators now have all the design freedom they need — all from one place!

The post Visual Composer Layout Builder: Design Fully Custom Layouts In One Place appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

The past year has introduced a lot of great features for Visual Composer Website Builder. But today, we are happy to announce that the latest update (41.0) brings in a new feature — the Layout Builder. This feature completes the Theme Builder functionality.

From this point on, you can create your own, completely custom layout templates (including headers, footers, and sidebars), and assign them globally, as well as individually for pages, posts, custom post types and archives. No more depending on theme-defined layouts or design. You have full creative control. And to put the cherry on top, you can manage every aspect of your website easily — from one place!

New And Advanced Website Building Experience

With the Theme Builder and Font Manager power-combo, you won't need to integrate other design tools or add custom code. Visual Composer Premium lets you create your website design (from layouts to fonts, and other styling elements) as you please while saving time and money.

Go above and beyond by creating and adjusting page layouts, headers, footers, and sidebars. The Theme Builder addon is available in the Visual Composer Hub.

This Premium feature lets you create unique layout templates for singular pages and posts or archives, by defining the layout type upfront. Once set and done you can apply and replace the theme defined templates globally or for specific pages, such as:

  • 404 Page
  • Search Page
  • Author Page
  • Posts & Pages
  • Post & Shop Archives (WooCommerce)
  • Product Page (WooCommerce)
  • Landing Page (WooCommerce)
  • Docs (Custom Post Type) and more
Visual Composer Theme Builder Settings to replace theme-default templates

This means, that you can create completely custom layouts, without having to depend on the regular theme-defined templates and styling. No more endless searching for themes or adding custom code to fit the design of your site, like you used to do.

The Theme Builder solves this problem and lets you change, not only headers, footers, and sidebars on their own, but the complete layout — all in one. No matter what theme you are using. So you can now choose a basic theme, and customize the templates as you wish.

Added flexibility: Theme Builder lets you define the content area width for Visual Composer layouts in your account settings. As well as manipulate the width, stacking, and other design options for the rows within your layouts. Therefore, you can have your own look and feel for any website or blog. All that through simple drag-and-drop functions.

Build Once, Reuse Everywhere

Imagine that you don't have to create separate layout templates for headers, footers, sidebars, and assign them one by one. Now imagine how much time and effort you would save if you could do all that from one place. Well, stop imagining, because we have made it a reality!

From the moment you start to create a new layout template, you work from within the frontend editor that you're already familiar with. Then, once you're set, you move on to add dynamic content elements, that change dynamically based on any changes an author makes, in the placeholders for your defined content areas, like:

  • Page Title
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Date
  • Excerpt
  • Name (Author)
  • Bio (Author)
  • Photo (Author)
  • Featured Image
Theme Builder dynamic content elements in the Visual Composer Layout Builder

This is how you can start using the new Layout Builder:

  1. Navigate to the Visual Composer settings from your WordPress Admin Dashboard, and select 'Theme Builder'
  2. Click 'Layouts' from the Theme Builder dropdown menu
  3. Click 'Add Layout' and select a 'Singular Layout' or “Archive Layout' 
  4. Create the design of your new layout template by adding content elements
  5. Save and click "Assign Layout to..." in the frontend editor settings
  6. You will be redirected to the Theme Builder Settings
  7. Replace the theme default templates with your created templates
  8. Save changes

In every layout template, it is mandatory to have a content area element added for Singular Layouts and a Post Grid element (with WP Query) for Archive Layouts. This ensures you will have a place for content to be displayed on pages, posts, and archives. This is why the content area and the post grid element come pre-added to the layout, as you create each new template.

Bonus: In the latest Visual Composer release, we have also combined the Archive Builder and Post Template Builder integrated them into one — the Layout Builder.

No More Limitations

The Layout Builder is here to make your life easier. So you don't have to worry about creating a site with having to rely on theme-defined layouts ever again!

More than 70% of our long-term Premium users have requested the option to create custom page and post templates. Now, with the Layout Builder, you can not only design completely unique layouts for customer websites but also reduce the costs, by not having to purchase premium themes. Because you are the creator of your own layouts.

Not only, are you the creator of your own layouts, but now you also have the power to create a full website from header to footer, and everything in between! With the ultimate website building experience that Visual Composer offers, this workflow improvement gives you the flexibility and mobility to design literally anything with just one tool.

Finally, the best thing about this new feature is that it has the potential to improve your website performance tremendously. Since you no longer have to get multi-feature themes, that can oftentimes slow down your website due to having over-saturated code. Much rather, get a minimalistic theme (perfect with the Starter Theme) and completely overwrite it with custom layouts, styling, and more. Letting you lead the show, while all assets (JS, CSS, fonts) are taken care of by Visual Composer.

Now you're all set! Create custom designs. Define fonts. Add content. Start building the websites you've always dreamed of with Visual Composer Layout Builder today!

The post Visual Composer Layout Builder: Design Fully Custom Layouts In One Place appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/visual-composer-layout-builder/feed/ 2
WordPress Gives A Hand: Seven Days Of Giving Back https://visualcomposer.com/blog/wordpress-gives-a-hand/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/wordpress-gives-a-hand/#comments Thu, 09 Dec 2021 16:47:04 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=33854 The WordPress Gives A Hand is a charity movement brought to you by the WordPress community. For the second year in a row Visual Composer and other WordPress businesses will donate up to 20% of all sales to chosen charitable projects and organizations during Christmas, 2021.

The post WordPress Gives A Hand: Seven Days Of Giving Back appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

The WP Gives A Hand event for 2021 has ended and we have made a donation to The Ocean Cleanup. Let’s make a difference together!

The Ocean Cleanup Donation

WPGivesAHand is a WordPress-wide movement where businesses join together to help those in need, during the miraculous season of love and giving back.

The community behind it is motivated by the desire to make a positive impact, by helping those we can. This has led us on an inspiring journey as we have witnessed the event grow from a charity function into a movement, that makes donations across all kinds of charitable projects and organizations around the world for the second year in a row!

If you're making a purchase with these companies, including us, from December 20th to December 26th, 2021 we will donate a portion of every sale towards charity. So come and join!

The Begining Of A Journey To Something Greater

It all started when our team at Visual Composer decided not to stand by and give back in difficult times. However, soon realized that we can make an even bigger difference together with our friends in the WordPress community who share similar visions. Together we formed “WordPress Gives A Hand” — a social cause charity event that has grown into a movement larger than expected!

Social responsibility is not only our priority but also our duty as part of such a powerful community. As a participant, you choose the organization to support with your donation, so that every dollar goes where it’s needed most. It doesn’t matter if you choose to donate one or a hundred percent — every single cent counts! Let’s make this world a better place together!

Even if you choose to not participate, you can help us help others, by spreading the word using the #WPGivesAHand tag. Because even the smallest efforts have the potential to bring great changes. If you don't have an online business, but still want to donate — you can do that directly from the organization’s sites.

Time To Give Back

2021 is been a hard year for everyone - from environmental issues with a huge impact on climate change to riots, and protests due to social inequality. And lastly, the aftermath of the global pandemic left 114 million people in 2020 alone without employment, resulting in them losing housing or even access to enough food. Not to mention other hardships occurring all over the world from year to year.

This year has not been an easy one, but you can take peace in knowing that there are still many great things happening. For example:

  • United Nations declared 2021 the “International Year of Peace and Trust”
  • The development of an HIV vaccine showed 97% effectiveness
  • 77 countries in the world announced bans on plastic bags
  • Reddit investors adopted 3,500 endangered gorillas in 6 days
  • Scientists at Brown University connected a human brain to a computer, allowing people with paralysis to move robotic limbs by simply imagining their movements
  • The world’s first 3-D-printed school made by 14Trees opened in Malawi

And the list goes on. The point is, life is full of ups and downs, but you always have a choice to find something positive even in the worst of times.

That's why various charities we support through the "WordPress Gives A Hand" movement are all different. But they share one thing in common: each is committed to building a better future for everyone. That's why together with our friends, we are supporting charity causes which include Budi Human, SOS Children's Villages, The Islamic Foundation, The Hope Community Village, and UNICEF.

Why The Ocean?

This year, our team at Visual Composer has decided to donate to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization, that is devoted to ridding the world’s oceans of plastic — as are we.

The oceans are a crucial part of our environment, playing an important role in regulating climate and supporting the vastest amount of life on earth.

Around 60% of our oxygen comes from these waters. Which is more than all of the world's rainforests combined. Plus, they absorb carbon dioxide which helps keep things cool down here on Earth.

Unfortunately, that might all change sooner than you think if we don't act now. According to new researches, there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. And, worst of all, 90% of marine species will likely be wiped out, if current fishing practices continue.

That's why this organization aims to remove 90% of floating ocean plastic by 2040. They plan to do this by cleaning up the plastic already floating in the ocean, and by “closing the tap” through river plastic interception. All of the plastic gets recycled afterward - from trash to treasure. That's why we need your help now!

By purchasing any Visual Composer Premium plan during the 7 days from December 20th to December 26th, 2021 — 10% will go towards helping The Ocean Cleanup accomplish its mission towards a better, cleaner, and more sustainable future for everyone! 🌊

The Best Is Yet To Come

"WordPress Gives A Hand" is brought to you by the WordPress community. It wouldn't be possible without our friends — we are thankful to each and every one of you:

Donating has made us realize how lucky we are because there is no greater joy than giving! Plus, it has brought us all closer along the way. 🙂

You can help by spreading the word about the charity and raising awareness throughout the WordPress community, to inspire others to do good!

So join in if you can, purchase the products of the businesses participating in WPGivesAHand, or donate straight to the charity organizations! Also, don't forget to follow our journey, because we feel so strongly about this initiative, that we want to host charitable projects all year round. And remember,

“Those who are happiest, are those who do good for others” ❤

The post WordPress Gives A Hand: Seven Days Of Giving Back appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/wordpress-gives-a-hand/feed/ 1
Launch a Visual Composer Website on Cloudways in 1-Click https://visualcomposer.com/blog/visual-composer-on-cloudways/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/visual-composer-on-cloudways/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2021 08:06:15 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=33093 In this review, we’ll describe the features that converted us to Cloudways, their customizable hosting plans, and what sets them apart from the competition. We’ll also show you how to set up your Visual Composer website on the platform.

The post Launch a Visual Composer Website on Cloudways in 1-Click appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

When it comes to cloud hosting, there’s no dearth of options available in the market - all of which are quick to swear customizable plans, maximum uptime, user-friendliness, and a score of other features they may or may not deliver. With a field growing as fast as web hosting, it takes a little extra oomph to stand out among the competition.

We checked out Cloudways, now a major player in the industry, to see how it lives up to its name. (Spoiler alert: we’re impressed enough to recommend it to all our Visual Composer users, whether you’re an agency or business owner, designer or developer, marketer or freelancer).

Let’s jump right in.

Cloudways Overview

Here’s the basic rundown off the bat: Cloudways offers managed hosting solutions with a spotlight shining bright on ease of use, choice, and performance. Activities like launching a server or application are incredibly simple to execute through 1-click operations, even for those of you who don’t have a degree in computer programming. Users get to choose between cloud providers, style of workflows, and extremely customizable hosting plans. And once you get your website running on Cloudways, the risk of your visitors seeing a 404 page all but vanishes.

In other words, the whole idea behind Cloudways is to leave the headache of server management to it, so you free up time to devote to your work instead.

What Cloudways Have Going For Them

Cloudways combines an excellent mix of features to optimize just about any site’s performance - agency, business, developer, or marketer. While it misses out on domain registration and email accounts, you’re likely to find it makes up for those in other aspects.

Ease of Use

From the get-go, it becomes quite obvious that Cloudways is explicitly designed to be easy to use. Signing up for either a 3-trial or a plan is a fast and simple process, as is creating a dedicated server. An average of ten minutes is all it takes to select the resources you need plus the server location (for best results, choose the one closest to your physical location). Installing an application is a matter of a few clicks on the user panel.

Cloudways hosting one click installation

Cloudways’ 1-click installation for WordPress websites made in Visual Composer is sure to be a major draw - it eases the whole process even for developers. As for the user panel, it has a sleek design that’s easy to navigate, and which lets you monitor your server and applications, manage security settings, scale according to your needs, and more. And then there’s also access to SSH and FTP if you need to execute more complicated tasks on the server.

Master credentials in Cloudways settings

Customer Service and Technical Support

Cloudways offers round-the-clock customer support through its chat option that links you directly with a customer service representative. It took no longer than 5 seconds to reach someone ready to take a question from us. We asked them about the company’s hosting plans, its payment structure, and then some slightly more technical questions about the hosting stack and security.

However, speaking to a person is a more involved process - you first have to fill out a form to request a call.

Security

According to Cloudways, it’s fully encrypted end-to-end and releases regular updates to the firmware and operating system. They also offer free SSL certificates - a must for all our e-commerce and online store operators - and all accounts come with a host of security features including firewalls, bot protection, two-factor authentication, and more.

Advanced Features

As mentioned above a few times, Cloudways uses its 1-Click operation to great effect. We especially liked how easy it was to scale server resources with just a few clicks. This is bound to be a great help whenever you experience an uptick in traffic and need to adjust your resources. Even if you’re only scaling for a week or so, like for Black Friday, their pay-as-you-go system means you’ll only be paying for the resources you consume.

Advanced features in Cloudways settings

We’re also big fans of Cloudways’ server monitoring, which makes it simple for even non-tech savvy users to monitor a number of variables like Idle CPU and incoming traffic, all in easy-to-read graph form. You can surveil RAM, CPU, bandwidth, disk storage, database, and caching services using the relevant monitoring section of the server. What’s more, Cloudways has server monitoring alerts enabled across all servers and accounts, so you remain aware of non-contact with the server before your site visitors do.

Server monitoring in Cloudways settings

Oh, and you can set up automatic backups as often as you like, or manually back up your server with - you guessed it - one click.

Website backup in Cloudways settings

Performance and Speed

Here’s where Cloudways really excels.

If you use their services, the WordPress site you make with Visual Composer will be hosted on probably the fastest WordPress hosting stack out there. Cloudways claims their uptime is 99.99%, and their loading speeds average out to 400 to 600 milliseconds. And that’s about how it worked for us.

Take a look at Visual Composer running on GTMetrix, Pingdom, and PageSpeed Insight here. We chose a Vultr server and tested a VC website on those tools.

Resources that we used

Cloudways Server Configuration
NameSpecification
Cloudways ServerVultr – High Frequency
Datacenter locationSeattle
RAM2GB
SSD Disk64GB
Bandwidth Transfer2TB
Processor1 Core
Operating SystemDebian 9
NGINX1.19
Varnish6.0.7
Apache2.4.25
DatabaseMariaDB 10.1
PHP7.3

GTMetrix Performance Analysis

Cloudways performance on GTMetrix

Performance: 100%
Structure: 96%
LCP: 569ms
TBT: 0ms
CLS: 0

Pingdom Performance Analysis

Cloudways performance on Pingdom

Performance Grade: 87
Page Size: 968.4 KB
Load Time: 295 ms
Requests: 33

PageSpeed Insight Performance Analysis

Cloudways performance on PageSpeed

Overall Grade: 99
FCP: 0.4s
Speed Index: 1.9s
LCP: 0.9s
TTI: 0.4s
TBT: 0ms
CLS: 0

Note: We used Cloudways managed WordPress hosting with dedicated servers and built-in cache plugins.

Part of the reason behind their performance is Cloudways’ partnership with five of the top cloud providers in the industry: Digital Cloud, Vultr, Linode, Google Cloud, and AWS. Plus, you can scale your server as your website grows and receives more traffic - all you have to do is allocate more RAM with 1-click. Those of you who spring for the Cloudways CDN will see further reduced latency as well. Then there’s the optimized stack consisting of Apache, NGINX, MySQL/MariaDB, all of which combine to produce a supersonic hosting environment.

You can read more about how Cloudways drastically improves uptime through one of their clients’ success stories here.

Setting Up Your Visual Composer Site On Cloudways

Setting up on Cloudways is quite an intuitive process - launching your website is just a question of a few clicks. After selecting your cloud provider, you get to configure your server. Cloudways helps in this regard by suggesting a server size that would be able to handle your hosting needs based on your anticipated page view numbers. Or you can straight up specify your specifications in terms of bandwidth, RAM, processors, and storage.

We’ll show you the process of setting up your Visual Composer site on Cloudways, and we’ll also take you through the manual installation if that’s what you prefer.

System Requirement for Visual Composer

Server and WordPress Requirements

  • Recommended PHP 7.2 or higher
  • MySQL version 5.6 or higher (you can also run WordPress on MariaDB 10.0 or higher)
  • HTTPS support (this has become mandatory in terms of good SEO)

Browser Requirements

  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • iOS Safari

Devices Requirements

  • Mobile
  • Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Desktop

Note: Visit the Visual Composer system requirement page for more details.

Launch Visual Composer on Cloudways in 1-Click

Go to the Cloudways partnership page on Visual Composer and click on the Get Started button.

Visual Composer Cloudways bundle landing page

You’ll be redirected toward the Cloudways x Visual Composer page.

Launch Visual Composer on Cloudways landing page

Click Launch Visual Composer Free, fill the signup form and click on the Start Free button.

Create an account on Cloudways

If you already have an account on Cloudways, then you can directly log in.

Log in for Cloudways

After successfully logging in to the Cloudways platform, click on the Add Server button. In the Application and Server Details section, you’ll see an option to select the WordPress application with Visual Composer. Enter the managed app and server names and select the project. This will enable your servers. You can then select the server according to your required size, specification, and location.

You can always scale your server size whenever required. At the bottom, you can see the hourly and monthly rates of the server. Launch the server according to your preferences.

After the server installation, click on the www option to access the application. The application management section will show you all the details related to your application. Go to the admin panel to access your WordPress Visual Composer website with the given URL, username, and password.

Server setup in Cloudways settings

Access details in Cloudways settings

After logging into the WordPress website, you’ll see Visual Composer is already installed on your site.

Access Visual Composer in WordPress admin panel

Launch Visual Composer Manually on WordPress

While there’s no need to install Visual Composer manually given the 1-click process, the manual installation process isn’t too hard either.

  1. Login to your WordPress website and go to WordPress Dashboard
  2. Navigate to the Plugin option
  3. Click on an Add New Plugin button
  4. Search the plugin on the right-side search bar
  5. Install the Visual Composer plugin
  6. Activate it after installation

Install Visual Composer from WordPress plugin repository

Visual Composer activation in WordPress

Once you’re done with that, you can edit your WordPress site pages with Visual Composer. All WordPress sites are equipped with a pre-installed and pre-configured Breeze cache plugin to boost speed and performance. The server is optimized through Varnish.

Why Doesn’t Cloudways Use cPanel?

That Cloudways doesn’t use cPanel might come as a disappointment to some users, but to be honest, we found its control panel to be a cut above. Yes, cPanel is a popular tool for both first-time and professional users. But it’s a clunky tool - a visual mess that’s hard to navigate. Multiple aspects of its functionality are outdated, and the Cloudways control panel easily eclipses those.

For instance, cPanel does not offer in-built server monitoring tools. Instead, cPanel users have to purchase tools like MycPAdmin to secure their servers or download free services such as Munin. Cloudways, on the other hand, offers ready server monitoring. Since this is a fully managed hosting provider service, you don’t have to worry about the hassles of server operation at all.

We’ve also run into our share of speed, functionality, and security issues with cPanel. Its limited usage has often caused hosting lags, particularly if you start to go over their limit. In fact, it’s almost too easy to get kicked off the service if your usage is too high. And the end-user is responsible for installing a firewall, configuring SSL, and actively looking out for malware plugins that target cPanel security. All of these are non-issues for Cloudways whose dedicated resources allow for much faster hosting, and have integrated security at all levels of the platform.

Then there are the automatic backup limitations. While cPanel’s Dedicated Hosting and VPS plans do allow for automatic backups, the same does not hold true for all versions of the hosting service. And users with Reseller or Shared accounts cannot use their cPanel interface to automatically restore a full backup; they instead have to submit tickets to cPanel’s Support department. This is very much in contrast to Cloudways’ more modern control panel – with this, you’re just a few clicks away from setting up automatic backups.

Plus, cPanel is sadly bereft of WP-CLI, which makes it so much easier for WordPress users to accomplish tasks like taking database backups and upgrades and managing numerous WordPress plugins, making it quite the nifty service. Utilizing WP-CLI on cPanel involves a difficult multi-stage installation process first. And it’s entirely possible that WP-CLI does not function with your WordPress install if a theme or plugin is conflicting with the load process. Cloudways, on the other hand, has WP-CLI pre-installed, thus negating the problem of conflicts with themes or other plugins on your site. Cloudways even has additional resources to help you get started, so you can manage WordPress plugins easily using WP-CLI.

For the TL;DR version, Cloudways easily scores above cPanel in terms of visual layout, ease of use, and advanced features.

Customize Your Cloud Hosting Plan

Perhaps what we liked best about Cloudways was the flexibility and choice it offers in terms of cloud hosting servers. They offer you a choice between five of the very best providers: DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud Platform. And it’s quite easy to move from one cloud provider to another, so if you realize down the line that Vultr’s the one for you, you can move to it from any of the others. That said, performance on each cloud doesn’t differ much, thanks to the overlaying Cloudways infrastructure.

Cloudways also offers pay-as-you-go rates, as mentioned earlier. What this means is that there are no restrictions on the number of websites you want to host, or installations, or traffic. You can scale as you like according to your requirements, and you’ll only pay for what you’ve consumed.

Cloudways hosting pricing plans

Cloudways vs the Competition

Cloudways faces some pretty stiff competition in the hosting industry. Managed hosting providers like Kinsta, Siteground and WPEngine offer some excellent services as well and have their fair share of loyal fans. Of course, depending on your requirements and preferences, you might find one of those providers better. But we found Cloudways offers more value and better services for your Visual Composer website.

Hosting poll on Visual Composer Facebook Community

In fact, Cloudways consistently outperforms all three of the providers we mentioned in terms of ease of use, quality of support, and ease of setup, according to G2.com. It offers more choices of hosting providers, much more affordable rates across the board, and better scalability.

We found there are considerable performance gaps between Cloudways and the rest. Kinsta offers less control over your site and servers. Siteground has a reputation for not being able to handle larger websites. On the starter plan, Cloudways offers 1TB of bandwidth, and WPEngine only 50GB. Of course, all these hosting providers have their own competitive edges. But on the whole, we’d recommend Cloudways first to our Visual Composer users.

Verdict

Count us converts. We’re won over by the performance of WordPress and Visual Composer sites on Cloudways, and by how it hands easy to control for web creators to save time and work more efficiently. Their customer service is excellent, and their speed and uptime are unrivaled. Their scaling mantra lets you grow your website as you need, and the server management is a breeze, as is the setup process. If you’re in the market for a hosting provider, you can’t go wrong with this.

The post Launch a Visual Composer Website on Cloudways in 1-Click appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/visual-composer-on-cloudways/feed/ 1
10 Ways to Make Your WordPress Website Spooky for Halloween https://visualcomposer.com/blog/halloween-tutorial-for-wordpress/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/halloween-tutorial-for-wordpress/#respond Tue, 12 Oct 2021 12:53:30 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=33024 Halloween is a great occasion to "dress up" your website with scary designs to increase traffic and sales from Halloween-themed campaigns. This tutorial by Visual Composer lists 10 ways to make your website spooky for Halloween.

The post 10 Ways to Make Your WordPress Website Spooky for Halloween appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

Halloween 2021 is creeping right around the corner. Have you put your WordPress website in a “costume” yet?

People always appreciate when companies get creative with their websites for holidays. Just look at Google for example, and how well they “dress up” for each occasion. Doing so is a good way to drive traffic to your site and higher conversion rates with clever campaigns.

If you don't have anything planned, we got your back! ​​We have already listed all the Visual Composer features, elements, and templates to make your website Halloween-ready once before. But, with these following easy WordPress Halloween website tips, tricks and ideas - your web presence will be the most festive (and bone-chilling) of them all. 👻

Halloween Programming Tutorial for a Button

"Ghost in the Machine" was created by Thinkful Programming Guides. It is an online tech skill learning platform for launching your career faster.

Fortunately, they have also thought about web creators and their busy schedules. So you don't have to worry about creating your own custom elements for spicing up your website this Halloween. Instead, make use of ready-made ones and save yourself some time!

By adding this simple yet creepy addition to your website, your visitors will surely feel haunted for Halloween! Take a look at the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a button. When clicked on - it emits a scary sound and a ghost pops up. Try it out, but be warned - it gets loud!

Scary Button

This scary sound effect is just a few lines of JavaScript and a sprinkle of CSS magic away...

Horror Stories for Web Developers

There are few things more terrifying than the moment you realize your website is a disaster. You sit at the desk, staring down into an abyss of incomprehensible code: tens of thousands of CSS files and JS libraries sprawling across 10k+ rows in JPGs - not only does this site have no coherence but also there seems to be some kind of force encouraging its developers towards ever greater amateurishness...

But wait! It just got worse… Keep reading

Dancing skeletons animation for Visual Composer Halloween tutorial

“Scary to the Core” is a series of horror stories for developers created by PSD2HTML, to make your bones shiver! This will be a great addition to “lure” visitors to your website. Leave the best part of the story on your site - no human can resist not knowing how a story ends...

If horror stories are your thing, here's another good collection of web developer horror stories by OFF THE LIP.

Spooky Animated Text Maker

Fonts can make the whole mood of your site shift. And, it takes so little effort to change them (and it's even easier with Font Manager for Visual Composer Website Builder)!

Create your own spooky animated text with this cool page by Pookatoo. Choose from a variety of fonts, by entering a word or sentence you want into the input box. Then comes the fun part. Choose which animation effect appeals best and use it to spice up your website or social media posts!

Some ideas for a phrase: “Boo! Have a scary good time!”, “Leave your email to get candy!” or use the good old “Choose what you want for this Halloween: Tricks or treats?”.

Animated text animation by Pookatoo

Halloween is a great opportunity to bring out some spooky campaigns. Halloween can also be a perfect occasion for website owners to reap the benefits of holding memorable competitions with festive designs. So make sure you are ready!

Welcome to Zombo.com

This just might be one of the scariest sites on our spooky sites list…

That is because you enter total audio hypnosis with Zombo.com's scary but charming voice.

Hypnotised animation for Halloween

And, if you're thinking of making your own must-see website list this Halloween, be sure to mention this. Zombo.com - where the limit is unknown.

Give Skeleton a CSS3 Laser Effect

This fun element is created by CSS Deck. It can be used as a fun element within your site, to prolong the time spent on your site. Which Google will appreciate, and might even help to boost your content higher on search results.

Lazer skeleton animation by CSS Deck for Halloween tutorial

Only 163 lines of code give you a charming laser bone. Visitors will be intrigued to play around with the interactive content. This laser can be activated by a click of a mouse or by hovering over an element. Plus, you can use all sorts of other parallax effects to heighten the mood and experience for your visitors.

Get Lost with Zoomquilt

Are you interested in keeping your visitors entertained and engaged this holiday season? Send them into a never-ending loop of fun imageries, perfectly fitting with the spooky theme of Halloween.

Looped animation by Zoomquilt for Halloween

The Zoomquilt is an endlessly zooming image that weaves together different fantasy paintings into one seemingly endless shot which takes on the appearance of both stills and live-action with some really cool special effects! Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate, and find out - does the loop ever end!?

Code Snippets For All Things Scary And Fun

If you are looking to use some amazing works of art by fellow designers and developers on your website, CodePen.io is the place for you!

CodePen.io is a place to show off your work, and where developers go when they want to see what other people have built. It's also an excellent way for designers and front-end coders to find inspiration from all of these creative users! Just so you know, all code works done on this platform goes by the name of “pens”.

Ghost animation from CodePen.io

All of the amazing animations, games and other coding wonders are just out of this world. Best of all, they are all completely free and available for anyone to use, just copy the HTML, CSS, or JS snippet onto your website!

A fun way to spice up your site for Halloween is by messing with the UX - make your site content upside down or completely dark, that only lights up when you hover the cursor over it, and so on. This is the only time of the year (with the exception of April 1st) when you can put your evil genius ideas into action. For example, integrate this cool “monster picker”, where there is only a 1 in 81 chance to get any valid combination.

Use these beautiful lines of code to bring your website back to life, and keep your visitors coming back for more.

Scary Pranks with Hacking Simulator

Hacking is serious business, but this site called geek_typer isn't. Now you also can become a hacker, just like in the movies!

Hacking Simulator by Geek_typer

With more than 30 different themes - from NASA and Matrix to Anonymous and many more - you can do some serious pranking and surprise your friends this Halloween! By the way, this is also a cool idea for a website design, especially for the spooky holiday season of October.

Make a Glitch Image Effect in CSS

Do you love this Halloweeny glitch effect by Corbie? Now you can make your own glitching images with some HTML and CSS, all you need is 4 images with different RGB color sliders for each.

Glitching effect animation by Corbie

Also, here is another resource that shares via GitHub how to create haunted glitch images.

Developer Humor Explained

Lastly, let's lighten up the mood with some humor since you are probably creeped out from all the spooky stuff in this article.

It is no surprise that programmers have developed a unique sense of humor. But since not all of us are developers, but other kinds of web creators, like designers, copywriters, or business owners, iDTech.com has these jokes explained for everyone (sorry devs, you're secrets out!).

A good programmer is someone who always looks both ways before crossing a one-way street
Debugging: Removing the needles from the haystack
There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works

After all that scary stuff, share something funny with your visitors, like these jokes for example. Otherwise, they will be too scared to return to your website!

Final Thoughts

As this article shows, website customization is a quick and easy way to give your WordPress site a spooky look for Halloween. In this blog post, we went over how you can transform your WordPress website into something that could scare the socs off even for the toughest of your visitors!

Use my tips, or get inspired and make your own Halloween decorations, and have fun! Remember, there aren't many occasions where we can go all out and play around with our website designs! Your website visitors will definitely appreciate you putting in the effort and bringing out your best, and spookiest ideas to life on your website!

And last but not least, I wish you a Happy Halloween! 🎃

The post 10 Ways to Make Your WordPress Website Spooky for Halloween appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/halloween-tutorial-for-wordpress/feed/ 0
How to Manage WordPress Widgets https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-manage-wordpress-widgets/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-manage-wordpress-widgets/#comments Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:55:42 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=32730 Default and custom WordPress widgets can be managed via the widget editor and Visual Composer Website Builder.

The post How to Manage WordPress Widgets appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

Are you looking to figure out how WordPress widgets work? Most WordPress users are not aware that widgets are the hidden gems of WordPress.

WordPress does a lot of stuff for you, and managing widgets is one of them! But, if you want to take control over your website design it's important to know how they work.

In this blog, we will cover what WordPress widgets are, where they live on your site, and why they are so awesome!

The Purpose of WordPress Widgets

Widgets are tools with different functionalities to help you manage and display content on your site for easy access on the user side. The areas (most typically the sidebar, menu area, or footer) where you can add widgets on your site are defined by your selected WordPress theme.

You can install different third-party widgets via the Plugins section in your WordPress Admin Dashboard or from the WordPress Plugin Directory. You can also check out this guide to free WordPress widgets to see which ones would fit your site best.

There are so many widgets that all serve different purposes, but we can break them down into two categories:

  • Default WordPress widgets, such as archives, calendars, categories, latest comments and posts, social icons and feeds, search bar, video player, and more.
  • Additional widgets that come bundled with themes and plugins, such as contact forms, galleries, weather, location, testimonials, reviews, polls, live chats and so much more.

Some popular widgets that come in handy are:

Note: All of the plugins mentioned above also are integrated into the Visual Composer Website Builder. Which is also compatible with all of the top WordPress plugins and themes.

Adding Widgets to Widget Areas

After installing WordPress widgets you will have them all listed on your WordPress site and ready to use.

This tutorial explains how to navigate your widgets in the new block-based widget editor for WordPress 5.8, as well as in versions before that. Both editors are similar and also offer to manage widgets in the live preview, for easier operating.

In WordPress 5.8

To add widgets to your designated-widget-areas follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Appearance and select Widgets in your WordPress Admin Dashboard;
  2. Select an area where to display widgets (depending on the theme in use - these areas may vary);Block based widget editor in WordPress version 5.8
  3. Click on the + icon either in your selected area or next to Widgets (top left corner of widget editor);
  4. Drag widgets from widget list and drop them in the selected area;
  5. Click Update to save changes.

Note: You can edit, rearrange and remove widgets by simply clicking on them, and selecting from a list of available editing options.

In versions pre WordPress 5.8

To add widgets to your designated-widget-areas follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Appearance and select Widgets in your WordPress Admin Dashboard;
  2. Select area where to display widgets (the right side of the screen);
    Area in WordPress website to add widgets
  3. Drag widgets from the left side to the widgets area;
    List of available WordPress widgets
  4. Save changes.

Note: If you prefer to use the previous widget editor format you can downgrade to an older version manually or by using plugins. While it is possible, we do not recommend using outdated versions, as it subjects your site to vulnerabilities.

Adding WordPress Widgets to a Page

Adding widgets to the sidebar, menu, or footer (for most themes) is a native process for WordPress. But what if you need to add a custom widget to your page content areas (or anywhere else) instead? With the WordPress Widget content element, it is simple:

With Visual Composer, you can add WordPress default and custom widgets in any place of your layout more intuitively.

Also, Visual Composer offers over 500 content elements, designer-made templates, addons, and integrations to create a stunning website that your clients can manage themselves!

With Visual Composer, there is no coding required (for non-tech-savvy users). Yet, it is possible to add custom code, as well as create custom elements via API (Developer-friendly). And, best of all - it helps create SEO-friendly and high-performing websites while saving precious time.

Ending Thoughts

WordPress widgets are a great way to add more functionality to your WordPress site for your visitors to enjoy! 

Widgets can be managed easily from within the WordPress Admin Dashboard, both in the latest versions of WordPress (5.8) and in versions before that.

And even better, you can manage your widgets, layouts, and design of your website more easily with Visual Composer. Which has helped build over 90 000 blogs, portfolios, business sites, and online stores worldwide!

The post How to Manage WordPress Widgets appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-manage-wordpress-widgets/feed/ 1
How to Customize a WordPress Theme (3 ways) https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-customize-a-wordpress-theme/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-customize-a-wordpress-theme/#comments Tue, 14 Sep 2021 08:33:00 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=32700 This article explains how to customize a WordPress theme using the Theme Customiser, Visual Composer, and Theme Editor.

The post How to Customize a WordPress Theme (3 ways) appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

One of the first things you need to do when building a website is to choose a theme.

A theme defines the styling of your entire website. The difference between a theme and a template is that a template controls the layout of a single page, and a theme consists of several different templates.

While choosing a theme with a cool design might be a priority, you should always consider choosing functionality and performance over style. But of course, some themes offer both! 😎

This tutorial will walk you through the step-by-step process of customizing your theme with:

  • Theme Customizer
  • Visual Composer Website Builder
  • Theme Editor (via coding)

So, let's dive right in! 🙂

Get Visual Composer Theme Builder banner

How to Choose a WordPress Theme

Before we get started, you need an appropriate theme that suits your brand and makes your website perform efficiently. The reason you should be wary of what theme you choose is that there are tens of thousands of themes for WordPress out there, and not all of them are optimized.

When selecting your theme, you should have a list of features, a layout preference, and a purpose in mind - are you creating a blog, portfolio, or an online store perhaps?

Although selecting a multi-feature theme might be tempting, it's not worth risking your website performance. Luckily, WordPress allows you to find the perfect starter theme (free versions only) by filtering out the ones which match your selected features:

  1. Go to your WordPress Admin Dashboard;
  2. Navigate to Appearance and select Themes from the dropdown menu;
  3. You will be redirected to your theme library, on the top of the page click Add New;
  4. From the list of tabs, select Feature Filter and apply the features you need.

When choosing your theme, look for these factors:

  • Responsiveness to all devices is a key core web vital.
  • SEO-friendliness helps to rank higher in search engines and increase traffic to your website.
  • Minimalistic design, that means a site is lightweight and will load faster.
  • Accessibility is a big factor in making your website accessible and navigable for all users.

We would recommend choosing these WordPress themes:

  • Visual Composer Starter Theme is a simple yet beautiful theme, perfect for portfolios or online businesses, that is SEO friendly and responsive.
  • Astra is one of the fastest loading multipurpose themes that work great with Yoast and WooCommerce integrations.
  • Kadence WP - a good theme choice for creating not only a beautiful and fast-loading but also an accessible website.

As Pablo Picasso once said: “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. So if you have a website whose design & layout you adore, you can detect the WordPress theme and plugins in use.

Note: In case you want to purchase a premium theme we recommend going to Theme Forest for quality themes.

Customize a WordPress Theme with Theme Customizer

To customize a WordPress theme you can use the theme options available in Theme Customizer. It is a default way on how to make visual changes to your theme by using options from default and a custom list.

Note: Custom options are the options that have been added to your theme via theme author.

To access Theme Customizer:

  1. Access your WordPress Admin Dashboard;
  2. Navigate to Appearance and select Customize from the dropdown menu;
    Access WordPress theme customizer via WordPress admin dashboard
  3. You will be redirected to Theme Customizer where you can make changes;
    Customize your theme via WordPress Theme Customizer
  4. Click Save & Publish to confirm changes.

Note: The customization options (for example, making changes to the background, fonts & style, headers, footers, sidebars, etc.) vary depending on the theme.

Customize a WordPress Theme with Visual Composer

Customizing your WordPress theme with a website builder is the most effective way to do it! Because, not only what you see is what you get, but also it offers a wider variety of customization options for your whole website (including the theme).

Visual Composer is one of the most advanced website builders, as it offers automatic responsiveness to all devices, a clean code resulting in faster loading, and overall greater performance for your website! Nevertheless, the front-end editor is compatible with all of the most popular WordPress themes and plugins, such as Yoast and WooCommerce.

The drag-and-drop interface is intuitive and lets you build your site without any coding or technical knowledge. Also, it’s a great solution, if you want to build websites for your clients that they can manage themselves.

With Visual Composer, you can overwrite any theme by changing the layout and background of your page (if you wish to change the theme’s default settings) as well as apply pre-made templates for faster results. All you have to do is add content to it, and ta-da, your page is ready!

Check out this quick video on how you can get started with Visual Composer:

Keep in mind that the color combinations you choose for your theme have an effect on how your brand is perceived, and raise certain emotions in visitors, so check out this guide to colors and color palettes, beforehand.

Note: Visual Composer Website Builder also offers Theme Integration, so if you are a theme author, check it out!

Discover the Theme Builder and Font Manager Power-Combo and Create Custom Designs With Zero Code

Customize a WordPress Theme with Theme Editor

If you wish to customize a WordPress theme by code, you can use the Theme Editor. To implement changes without affecting the original (parent themes) files, we recommend you use a child theme.

To access the Theme Editor:

  1. Go to your WordPress Admin Dashboard;
  2. Navigate to Appearance and select Theme Editor from the dropdown menu;
  3. From here you can edit your theme's style.css (themes visual appearance) and functions.php (themes features) files;
  4. If you want to add custom CSS you can edit and live preview CSS changes in the built-in CSS Editor.Customizing your WordPress theme via Theme Editor

Note: If you make changes in the original theme file, you run a high risk of losing them after updates (crucial to maintain security) which is yet another reason to use a child theme to implement any changes to your theme’s files.

Conclusions

Now you have all the knowledge to customize your theme in 3 easy ways - with Theme Customizer, Visual Composer Website Builder, and through Theme Editor (by editing the theme’s code directly or by creating a child theme).

And always remember, that less is more. Simple and minimalistic themes are not only trendy, but also sustainable, and perform better because they are lightweight. After all, you are creating a website for visitors to enjoy, not only visually, but functionally!

If you are interested in learning more about Visual Composer and WordPress, you can:

  • Follow our other tutorials
  • Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know about the latest product updates
  • Become a part of our community to share your knowledge and learn about WordPress together with our team of experts & other community members! 🙂

Best of all, you can download a free website builder, with more than 50 content elements and templates today! We are sure that you will love it just as much as 90 000 other fellow composers 🤠  ⬇

The post How to Customize a WordPress Theme (3 ways) appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/how-to-customize-a-wordpress-theme/feed/ 2
How to Create and Install WordPress Multisite https://visualcomposer.com/blog/create-wordpress-multisite/ https://visualcomposer.com/blog/create-wordpress-multisite/#comments Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:10:15 +0000 https://visualcomposer.com/?p=32689 Are you looking for a way to expand your business? If so, then multisite might be the perfect solution. It's an easy-to-use tool that can help with unlimited site management on one WordPress installation!

The post How to Create and Install WordPress Multisite appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>

WordPress is a great platform for managing multiple sites but can be tough to keep up with all your needs. That's why we recommend using the multisite feature! With it, you can create networks of websites that share one dashboard and take care of everything together - making it easier than ever before not to have any problems when managing dozens or even hundreds of different blogs/websites from one place alone.

Take a look at the multisite world!

What is a WordPress Multisite Network?

With a WordPress Multisite network, you can have multiple sites on one installation that all use the same login. You can allow other people to create their own blogs for your domain and customize each website's settings individually.

Who Needs a WordPress Multisite Network?

Just because you manage multiple WordPress websites does not mean that a multisite network is the best option for your business.

There are third-party tools that make it easier to manage multiple WordPress sites from one dashboard. For example, InfiniteWP can help users maintain many different websites without switching back and forth between them all the time.

So who would need a multisite network?

It is recommended to use WordPress Multisite option if you qualify for one of the following cases:

  • A network of websites or blogs for the company
  • A network of websites managed by an agency or developer
  • A SaaS (software as a service) that requires a site network for distribution

A specific example would be a magazine website with different sections managed by different teams that could implement WordPress Multisite to create their individual sites. A business might use multisite for sub-sites of its locations and branches as well, while government websites can manage multiple departments via the multisite feature.

Schools and colleges also utilize this technology to allow students access to creating blogs on school servers easily. All these scenarios highlight examples that would benefit from using WordPress Multisite (WPMS).

What You Need to Get Started with WordPress Multisite

If you already own a WordPress website, then you probably already have everything you need to get started with a multisite. To be absolutely sure, here are the things you need:

  • Hosting: The first thing you should do before beginning to build a multisite network ensures that the server hosting your website can handle it. Shared web hosts might not be best for this type of site because they're usually resource-heavy and will take up memory on any individual domain. So, it's highly recommended starting out by using WordPress hosting providers who are experienced in supporting networks such as Cloudways, Kinsta, WP Engine, or A2 Hosting.
  • Expertise: ​​To add a new post, edit the files or make any other changes, you'll need to be familiar with WordPress's code.
  • Access: You’ll need to edit some WordPress files, so access is required. You can either use the FTP or cPanel methods to upload your changes onto our server from your home computer without any issue whatsoever!

One more thing to consider when activating multisite is whether you want a subdomain or subdirectory for your website, and this will mostly depend on the type of installation.

Choose Your Domain Structure

First, let's find out what a domain name is. A Domain Name System (DNS) is the naming system for assigning name addresses to web servers, and web pages, on the internet. For example google.com or visualcomposer.com.

A subdomain is a domain that is part of the larger domain. For example news.google.com or my.visualcomposer.com.

A subdirectory is any folder that exists beneath a domain. For example google.com/maps/ or visualcomposer.com/features/.

How to install WordPress Multisite

To set up WordPress Multisite you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Install WordPress on your web server. Read a detailed tutorial on how to install WordPress.
  2. Open a wp-config.php file and allocate the very last line:
    /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */
  3. Just above this line, add the following code:
    define( ‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true );
  4. Don’t forget to save your wp-config.php file
  5. Open the WordPress admin panel to install a Multisite network. Go to Tools – Network Setup and select either to use subdomains or directories
  6. Select a title and e-mail address for your network (or leave them as default)
  7. Click the Install button
  8. Modify wp-config.php and .htaccess files (WordPress will display the exact lines of code that needs to be adjusted)

WordPress Multisite Installation

Ending Note

WordPress Multisite is a powerful tool that can help you manage multiple websites with ease. Being in charge of multiple WordPress sites may seem like too much work, but using this tool will make your life easier by streamlining many management tasks from one dashboard.

The post How to Create and Install WordPress Multisite appeared first on Visual Composer Website Builder.

]]>
https://visualcomposer.com/blog/create-wordpress-multisite/feed/ 1