WordPress automatically adds a border around all gallery images with inline styles on the page from the gallery shortcode. There are a number of ways to remove the borders, if you decide you want a more subtle look for your website galleries. This tutorial shows you how to remove the borders using CSS for the Twenty Twelve theme and the Genesis Sample theme.
It’s the holiday season, and many small businesses do something special for their clients, customers, marketing, or websites to mark the season. So today I’m sharing some holiday resources to help you with images, fonts, messages, and icons for your small business cards, promotions, and websites, and a falling snow plugin for your website.
A recent project required duplicating an old website built using tables, but using WordPress. Since I use the Genesis framework for WordPress websites as often as possible, I thought my experience would make a great Genesis theme tutorial.
The old website was flush left in the browser window. It had a full height sidebar with the header above the content area and the footer just below the content. The navigation was in the sidebar. I also wanted to make the site mobile responsive, so that the sidebar drops below the content area as usual.
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You can alternate colors for your post and widget titles in your WordPress theme or website. It’s easy with a bit of CSS and the :nth-of-type() pseudo selector. While this may sound a bit difficult, it’s really quite easy.
Use a Four Color Palette for Every Fourth Post and Widget Title
This tutorial starts by using a four color palette to add color to the post titles and widget titles in the WordPress Twenty Twelve theme, so they automatically repeat down the page, regardless of the position of each title or widget. There is also a three color example near the end of the tutorial, if you just want to grab the code.
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This week there are some great finds for your website, including Nice Things Icon Set (actually images) from Smashing Magazine, Permian font family from Permian Typeface, available at FontSquirrel, and the Soliloquy Lite slider WordPress plugin from Thomas Griffin.
Nice Things Icon Set
Smashing Magazine just released a set of 128 icons by Chris Behr, aptly named Nice Things. They are more than icons though, more like small images. Included in the download are three sizes png – 100px, 400px, and 800px – with and without a background. The original source Adobe Illustrator file is also included. Chris’s icons are an eclectic mix of everyday objects, so they can be used for a variety of purposes. My favorites are the little red teapot, the striped neck scarf, and the cafetiere, or French coffee press.
If your website uses WordPress image galleries, you may want to show images at a size larger than thumbnails in the gallery because the default size is rather small. There are several methods to get larger images in your WordPress galleries.
- Method 1 – Edit the Gallery Shortcode in Each Gallery Post
- Method 2 – Filter the Gallery Shortcode in Theme Functions or Theme Plugin Using shortcode_atts Filter
- Method 3 – Edit Thumbnail Size in Media Settings
If you’re trying to blog oftener for your small business, here is some help and inspiration.
“Blogging More Regularly”
You know you should blog more for your business, but it’s easy to let it slide, and soon it’s been weeks or even months since you last blogged. Chris Lema has a great blog to follow with lots of information on WordPress and business and blogging. He’s also an amazing speaker. Chris has a four-part email course to help you blog more regularly.
The default WordPress Recent Posts widget just creates a list of your most recent posts. While there are plugins that you can add that will allow you use images for recent posts, you won’t need them, if you use the Genesis Framework by StudioPress. It comes with the Genesis – Featured Posts widget that can be used in any widget area to add full post content, excerpts with or without featured images, and posts for single categories and sorted with the usual WordPress sort options.
One of my favorite uses of Genesis – Featured Posts widget is to display recent posts or recent posts for a category in the sidebar with a small thumbnail image and only the title. So let’s look at some of the Genesis – Featured Posts widget settings to see what we can do.
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Here are some more finds to help with your small business and your website.
50 Call-to-Action Templates
Hubspot has a set of 50 Calls-To-Action Templates to help you create buttons and graphics for your small business website and marketing materials. All the buttons and graphics can be edited easily in Power Point, and they’ve included step-by-step instructions in the file. The templates range from simple buttons to more complex graphics with five types of calls-to-actions included.
Get 50 Calls-To-Action Templates
Would you like to create metro or flat social media follow icons in the official colors for your WordPress website or blog? Well, you can!
You can use the Simple Social Icons plugin by Natan Rice and StudioPress for this. While there are many plugins and icon sets to add social media follow icons, this one is easy to use on any website; it has fifteen different social media icons, and uses a font icon set so your icons always look crisp at any screen density. The options available in the plugin allow you to easily set colors, size, and border radius. So let’s get started.
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