How to Add a Line Break in Divi Theme

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Divi Theme | How to Get Line BreaksThis was driving me nuts: how to get a line break in the Divi Theme.

The paragraphs were all running together regardless of any of the traditional line break tricks that I was trying.

Copy that is squashed looks horrible, and for me, someone with mild claustrophobia anyway, I start to feel a bit short of breath just reading the website I built for an Acushnet MA Landscaper.

 

I credit my buddy Leo Todd with sharing this tip:  

<br class=”clearfix” />

Toggle from Visual Mode to Text and place the above code where you want the line break to appear.

NOTE: Do NOT toggle back into visual mode, the text may drop out and you will think I gave you bad advice.

 

How to Add a Line Break in Divi Theme

 

Want more Tips on Using the Divi Theme, that post gives you lots of custom CSS and other Divi tips.  This post profiles a Boston Marketing Freelance Professionals website and this one for a local landscaper shows you how to use the Drag and Drop options in Divi.

My New Favorite Thing About WordPress 3.9 – Editing Your WordPress Gallery!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Marion MA Photographer | Anno PhotographyWordPress Galleries are no longer the massive pain in the neck thanks to the WordPress 3.9 update!  You all know how difficult to navigate it was literally just yesterday, but now, WOW!  You can actually see which photos are in your gallery and in the grid view of the order in which they appear.

Other interesting media functions:

  • You don’t have to click the Add Media button to upload an image into a page or post, you can drag from your desktop into the Visual Editor.
  • Editing images: From within the visual editor you have easy access to crop and rotation tools.  You can crop, rotate, resize or link your images directly in the editor.

I haven’t looked at these features yet, but from what I understand WordPress 3.9 also allows you to:

  • Have more flexibility with audio and video,  media clips have playlists.
  • Live widget and header previews: This is actually great, you can add, edit, and rearrange your site’s widgets right in the theme customizer!  You can preview your changes in real time and then only Save when you are satisfied with the look.
  • Header image tool lets you upload, crop, and manage headers while customizing your theme.

Here is a video overview that I created just for you! My video skills don’t land in the Mad category, sorry about that, but I could literally film this all day and it still would need tweaking.

PS They also claim that you can copy and paste easily from Microsoft Word without all of the hidden junk being carried over into your post :)

Thanks WordPress people!

Photo Credits: Anno Photography in Marion MA

 

The Divi Theme | Website for Landscaper

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Landscaper Website Using Divi Theme

I want to share with you another website that I built using the Divi Theme.

The client lives near me in the Northeast, and we are doing this site in the winter, so nice photos of his beautifully mowed lawns weren’t an option, so we went with icons, which I actually love.

The theme is great for lots of reasons, but the Layout Page Builder allows you to drag and drop your text/image boxes and configure pages into columns, add buttons or sidebars very easily.

If you have tried to perfect align images in WordPress then you will know that the page above for Landscaper Services could potentially be really tough to line up, but it was super easy.  I selected how many columns I wanted, then you decide what you want inside of each column.  For this page I used a Text Editor inside of each of my columns (and added images, but you can easily add an image box and have images slide into the screen, or you could add a sidebar widget Contact Form or a Call to Action Button (which I did use several times, you can see an example on Elite Lawn Care’s About Page).  As you can see you can easily rename the Text boxes so you can remember what content is in which field.

My buddy, fellow WordPress Website Designer Leo is going to meet with me later this week to show me how to use all of the built in layouts for Divi.  I am super excited to unlock more features of the theme.

Divi Theme | Drag & Drop Layouts

There was one thing that was really bugging me about the theme: I could not get paragraph breaks to show up with the Divi Layout, but after I updated the theme to the most current version the problem seemed to solve itself. Or try toggling into Text edit and past this code:

 

If you are a landscaper looking for a website or want to know more about the Divi Layout, please get in touch!

Web Design for a Golf Course

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

This has been the most busy I have ever been in my professional career. I think I must have done something special to get on the good side of Google and I showed up in a bunch of searches which led to some great work so far in 2014. I was lucky enough to get two sites from just one new inquiry, Kevin Sullivan, based in Southborough, MA has both a Par 3 Golf Course and he handles real estate in Southborough.

For both sites I used the new WordPress Business Advantage theme from Expand2Web.  I really like this full width image option in the new theme.  Kevin had a few very nice, very large images which I was able to use in a rotating slideshow for the homepage. My buddy Michael Murphy found a weather plugin, called, the Awesome Weather Widget, which we love!  You can customize the colors, set the temp in Fahrenheit or Celsius and you can even include a weather forecast for up to 5 days in the future.

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Website for a Freelance Marketing Professional

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

WordPress Website for a Freelance Marketing Professional

For Freelance Marketing Director Alison Simons’ website we decided to use the Divi Layout from Elegant Themes. Alison’s office is outside of Boston and is happy to meet clients on their boats :) So needless to say she is an extremely popular Outsourced Media Director for many companies.

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Website Using The Business Advantage Theme from Expand2Web

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

As a member of the Expand2Web Experts Group I am eligible to download and use their yet to be released Business Advantage Theme. I have been using it for a bunch of new sites and I wanted to share one with you for the Dump Dolly. The site is still a work in progress, but the general look is set and I figured why not share it with you.

Website for a Trash Can Dumper

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How to Ask a Question About Your WordPress Project

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Let’s be honest, no one knows all of the answers and it is inevitable that at some point you will need to ask for help or advice about your web design project.  I ask a boat load of questions and a lot of people will reach out to me for help, so I appreciate both sides of the issue.

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Tips on Customizing the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Website Design with Divi ThemeI recently got a call from an awesome woman in Austin, Kelly, who wanted to move her WordPress.com blog, The Crush List over to a self hosted site.  She needed to meet a fast turn around time as she wanted it ready to share for South by South West in Austin.

Kelly’s blog is so great, she has a passion for Round Top TX and chronicles all of her favorite shops, eateries, music, art and places to drink.  We worked closely together via Skype to decide on the best way to showcase and because her blog is so photo rich we needed to consider load times and organization.  My friend John Langlois recently introduced me to the Divi layout from Elegant themes and I thought that this was a perfect choice for Kelly.

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What’s New (& Free) with Images for Your Website

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Did you know that Getty announced that you can use images from their site for free? Of course you can’t use them in an Ad or resell them or anything like that, but I know you wouldn’t do it anyway.

The images need to link back to Getty and they automatically include the photographer credit, so you won’t get in trouble.

I wouldn’t use those images on a homepage, but for a blog post, pretty great!

Visit the Getty Search Page and find something that will work for you.

How to Use Getty Images for Free in WordPressIf you hover over the individual imagew you will see a row of options pop up along the bottom of the lightbox. If the image you like is part of the 35 million images available to use as part of the program you will see a </>, click on that and a box will pop up with the needed code. Copy and paste into your blog post.

 

If you don’t want to have a credit attribute on your images the check out Unsplash by Ooomf.  You are free to use those images in any way you like.  I subscribe to their email and every 10 days I get the most beautiful images delivered right to me!  They are very artistic and beautiful and even if you don’t have a place to put them on your site you will enjoy browsing through.

Unsplash

 

 

The web is no longer like the wild west when it comes to using images, so be respectful. You may like this post from Broxnville NY Interior Designer on hunting down the source of images using Google.

Twitter Cards

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Have you started using Twitter Cards yet?  Twitter Cards gives you the flexibility to include summary’s or images with Tweets that have been shared (Twitted) from your website.  This very similar to Facebook status. When you click the Tweet link icon from a post, if your WordPress website has Twitter Cards installed, the link will automatically add a preview with title, summary, and thumbnail of your page content.

Take a look at this example I set up for a client, it really gets your attention doesn’t it!

(4) Twitter

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Talk to a Google Specialist About Your Local Business Listing

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

If the University of Pheonix (aka the Harvard of the Internet) were handing out credits for Google searches done on how to get your Google Local Business Listing set up properly I know that many of you would have earned a PhD.

Not long ago it was pretty easy to get yourself registered with Google Local Business Listings and get yourself into the seven pack.  Now with Google+ things are just confusing.  If you are like me, you would like a real live person to help you out.

Thanks to Mary Bowling I learned that you may actually get a human on the phone, and guess what, they are super helpful.  I suggest you budget 20-30 minutes with them as they are pretty thorough and you invariably will have a few questions.  Mary wrote about this over at LocalU, which is a great blog full of fantastic tips that I suggest you check out.

Get help from a Google Specialist!

Talk to Someone At Google

Search Engine Optimization Factors

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

If you are like me you left the 10th grade and chucked the Periodic Table of Elements safely into the “Not My Thing” bin. Don’t be put off by the format – it is actually perfect for this chart of search engine optimization factors, which is both an art and a science.

Click the image and you will get a larger version.

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I have been doing seo for a long time. The best advice I can share is don’t be a jerk, write great content, share it and don’t try to game the system. It isn’t worth it.

Thanks to Search Engine Land for this really great infographic.

How to Create a Tiled Mosaic with JetPack | Visually Interesting Blog Posts

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

This post is for my Toronto Wedding Planner client Christine March. Her note to me: “Some hints as to how to create a beautiful post would certainly be a priority for me.

How to use Tiled Galleries | WordPress Website Designer Eileen LonerganSince I always tell people that they should answer email questions as a blog post, I figured I would do that for myself and show her how to use the Tiled Galleries feature in the WordPress plugin JetPack.

I know that there are some really cool mosaic apps out there that will create these for you, but I suggest this one because you can still optimize each photo.  So it is probably easier to use an app and just upload one image, but if you are going for SEO juice, the time invested in this method should serve you better in the long run.

If I am wrong, I beg you to tell me, because I like learning and I hear “your wrong” all the time from my children, so I have been desensitized.

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How Have a Great Virtual Meeting!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

When I first began working remotely the thought of meeting with someone over Skype was completely foreign to me.  My first Skype call was with a friend, so it wasn’t like we were meeting for the first time but I remember feeling nervous over how the technology worked and how I looked.

Since then I have had countless meetings that involve video and I have a few tips to share.

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Please Join Me for Free WordPress Classes

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

IWordPress.com| Christina Liggerio Photography (along with another WordPress user Leslie Brown) am teaching two classes on WordPress at the Elizabeth Taber Library and I want to invite you to join in.

The classes are:

  • WordPress.com, Tuesday January 28, 11am (a 101 session on using ALL FREE options for starting a blog, details here)
  • WordPress.org Tuesday February 4, 11am (an overview of building a website based on WordPress using your own hosting plan, details here).

I thought these classes may be a nicer refresher for you or provide a bit of inspiration to start to blog. The first class will be very hands on, Leslie and I will both be there to help you set up, login, etc. The second class will be more informational, yet, Leslie and I will be happy to answer any technical issues or login to your site with you after class.

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How to Set Up a Blog Using WordPress.com

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

I am teaching a class with my friend Leslie at our local library and I thought it may be interesting to share the presentation with you.

I know that most of you are using WordPress.org, but as the popularity of WordPress grows the interest in learning the program is expanding and some people may want to get their feet wet for free and why not!

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Website for a Plumber in Elyria Ohio

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

WordPress Website for a Plumber | Boston Website DesignerWhen Elyria Ohio based plumber & boiler specialist Dan Moss first called me about building a website for his business Absolute Plumbing and Boiler I was a little concerned.  Not because he didn’t sound very nice and smart and pleasant to work with, but people from Ohio don’t generally seek out Spartans when looking for business relationships.  Dan is actually a Florida native, so we both can speak with pride of our football teams this season!

All kidding aside, Dan was great to work with, and I can glean from his attention to detail on the website that he has to be the most superior plumber in Elyria.  We used the SmallBiz Theme for WordPress, which looks great on desktops as well as mobile devices.

If you need a WordPress website or have any questions on using the SmallBiz theme give me a ring.  If you are looking for a great plumber who services clients 24/7 in Elyria Ohio or its surrounding towns, give Dan a call.

 

 

 

 

How To Add the New Google Maps to WordPress

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

Back in July Google began showing a new look for their maps and it was slightly confusing (for me) to figure out how to embed the new map into my WordPress websites.  All I wanted was the old Link icon or the option to customize the iframe box.  I recently was working with the new maps for a Janesville, WI Chiropractor and I wanted to share the steps with you.

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Adding HTML to a Bio Box in a WordPress Website

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Written by: Eileen Lonergan

While working on the ItBlog.SanDisk.com I was frustrated that WordPress kept stripping out HTML from the Author Bio box.  Apparently this is a default feature and regardless of how many of my WordPress tricks I tried I couldn’t get the code to stick.

I found a simple solution with the plugin WP HTML Author Bio.  The plugin let’s you customize the look of your WordPress bio box which I did for the all of the contributing authors on the IT Blog including fellow Spartan Rich Petersen.  If you are interested you could even include rel=author in the box (code <a href=”http://plus.google.com/YourNumberString?rel=author”> Google+ </a>.

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