Although here at Create and Code we focus primarily on WordPress there are many alternative publishing solutions out there. One of the most popular is Wix, with over 110 million users in 190 countries around the world. But is Wix a superior solution to WordPress? Well, it depends. I’m going to cover a couple of scenarios where Wix may be the better approach, but each point is lined with caveats so bear them in mind. We’ll be comparing Wix with the self-hosted version of WordPress (.org) as that’s the more popular and widely-used iteration.
We’ve covered the topic of where to get help and support with WordPress nearly a year ago but it’s worthwhile to take a fresh look at the playing field for 2018 and see what options are out there. We’ll cover everything from the support options on WordPress.com to what to do and who to contact if you have a self-hosted version of WordPress.
New year, new you. We’re going to be reviewing ten extensions for the Google Chrome web browser which will hopefully make you more productive, saving you time and money in the process. Extensions are a real strength within modern browsers, giving more features and abilities with one-click and are often superior to built-in functionality. Having too many active can make your browser slower so it’s important also to keep an eye on which ones are enabled and if you notice a deterioration in performance, be prepared to disable it. I’ve tested all of the recommendations below and have been happy with how each of them has operated.
Fontsquirrel has been around for years and is a popular resource for finding high quality (and mostly free) fonts for projects. Their @font-face generator is a brilliant tool which can convert any font into a web-safe format.
We’re all familiar with Google Fonts but sometimes it can be a bit samey. People do tend to reach for the usual staples for their web projects. Open Sans, Roboto, Source Sans, as the most common examples. Not that there is something especially wrong with this, and you can still see on occasion original implementations – but sometimes it would be nice to see a little more variety. Even if applied just for headings, a sharp, distinctive typeface and give your site a design refresh within minutes.
We’re going to look at some underused fonts from Fontsquirrel’s library that, once converted to a web format, would give any site a typographic boost.
All of the fonts included in this list at the time of writing are not available in the Google font library – if this changes in the meantime, let us know in the comments below.
When building a WordPress site, depending on your audience, you may wish to disable comments entirely. There are a number of reasons why. If your client doesn’t have the time to be manually checking the comment it can be a major issue for small firms. Comments can be inappropriate, include spam links or in some cases be even potentially libelous. A growing issue for businesses these days, particularly in Europe.