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Help Yourself!

This page is contains of some useful tips and tricks to help you, “help yourself”.

Hopefully it will save you a lot of time waiting around in the forum for someone else to answer your questions and fix any issues you come across. You will also learn a thing or two in the process, which is always a bonus.

Debugging

We all often come across things from time to time that either, don’t work or just stop working for no apparent reason, like the “The White Screen of Death” – frustrating and annoying!

Here is a useful link to help you debug:
The 10 Most Annoying Things About Using WordPress (and How to Make Them Go Away)

Debug Log

This is a really useful tip I use it all the time:
Using any plain text editor program – Notepad will suffice, create an empty file and name it debug.log. Using your FTP client, place this file inside your wp-content folder.

Again, using FTP, locate your wp-config.php file. Near the bottom of that file copy and paste the following code, just above the /** Absolute path to the WordPress directory. */

// Enable Debug logging to the /wp-content/debug.log file
define('WP_DEBUG_LOG', true);

// Disable display of errors and warnings
define('WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY', false);
@ini_set('display_errors',0);

Now whenever you get an error or something is not working as it should, the errors will be captured in the debug.log file. Copy the error(s) and then use Google to find a solution.

Word Change

Changing words or phrases in your theme can be done with ease using the theme’s .pot file, included with the theme and the PoEdit program.

This solution is advised over altering any theme files. For more information, see this thread here: How to change words in the theme.

If the word/wording you are trying to change/locate (or, even any CODE!) is not in the .pot file, then you can use a search and find programme to locate the word or phrase from within files and folders. I use BBEdit on my Mac (not free). PC users can use a free programme called Agent Ransack

Style Change

I often get asked how to change the background, text links or button colors. This is where you can most definitely help yourself using your browsers developer tools or my own preference, the Firebug addon for Firefox (or Chrome).

This handy tool will help you “inspect” your website, tell you which file to look in and on what line number. If you have never used firebug you will find the following links useful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOOk3T3_nZ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe1nqI4fNRc

More in depth tutorial here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5kVPBGAbtk

There are plenty of other tutorials too. I am sure if you Google it, you might find others.

UPDATE: AppThemes developers have now “fixed” the buttons, background, text link colors by moving their styles to the Appearance->Customizer

Teach yourself new tricks. It’s never too late to learn (unless of course you don’t want to).
http://www.w3schools.com/html/
http://www.w3schools.com/css/
http://www.w3schools.com/php/
etc..

https://codex.wordpress.org/

Setting Up Classipress

Useful links:
https://codex.wordpress.org/Appearance_Menus_Screen
https://docs.appthemes.com/category/classipress/

That’s all for now, I hope you find it useful.

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