How to exclude certain posts or pages from your search results

The WordPress search results, by default, contain information from all available posts, pages, and custom post types. In some cases you might feel that you need to exclude certain items from the search results, because you feel that they contain irrelevant or confusing information. Today we’ll take a look at how we can achieve this.
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How to deactivate unused WordPress widgets

We all know and love WordPress widgets, both core and third-party. They give us and our customers the flexibility to “build” specific areas of a website dynamically, displaying anything we choose from an array of available options. This fact was even more important before page builders became prevalent, and may be overshadowed by the coming of Gutenberg, but for the time being, widgets are an integral part of WordPress.

There are times however, that we may need to restrict the selection of available widgets, rather than expand it. Perhaps a widget is irrelevant, or it causes more problems that it solves. Instead of trying to warn or educate your users about potential issues, something they (and you) will ultimately forget, you may opt to completely remove the widgets in question.

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Getting ready for the Gutenberg transition

Gutenberg is right around the corner with a speculated release in the second quarter of 2018, but what is Gutenberg? In short it’s the new editor experience for WordPress. The project aims to give you broader, better, and more consistent control on your content, and later, along the way your entire page layouts. The aim, at least at the beginning is to unify all content elements into what are called blocks. In the current editor experience, text, media items, shortcodes, links, offer quite different experiences when creating and customizing them. The introduction of Gutenberg blocks aims to make things more consistent for users that just want to create content without even knowing what a shortcode is.

If you are interested to learn more about the project (as you should because it will be in a WordPress installation near you pretty soon) you can check out the project’s page here.

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How we do automated quality assurance on more than a hundred WordPress theme demos

Theme quality is something that’s not negotiable here at CSSIgniter. For over five years now we carry the promise of new theme releases month to month for our customers and we focus all of our efforts in maintaining the high quality standard we’ve set for them ever since we began this awesome endeavour. Five years in now and except for quality we’ve now found ourselves to also have to deal with another (a bit spookier) word: quantity. At the moment of this writing, our theme catalogue lists 89 premium and free WordPress themes, not counting the ones on Themeforest or our premium plugins or awesome Elementor landing pages.

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Free Virtual Reality Icon Set

And here we are again with another great free icon pack generously provided by our friends over at freepik.com & flaticon.com

This time the set consists of 50 virtual reality icons available in 3 different variations (Outlines, flat & linecolor). In the zip file you will find SVG & PNG version for all 3 versions, a total of 600 icons ready to be used in any personal or commercial project! (Make sure to credit the original author, that’s not much to ask I guess). Enjoy!

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WordPress CSS Customizer – Using the DevTools and CSS to customize your theme – Practical examples

WordPress themes nowadays are usually packed with appearance options which allow theme users to give a personal note of style to their websites and modify them at their will, without touching a single line of code.

Our themes here at CSSIgniter carry dozens and dozens of color and typography customizer settings and for the vast majority of use cases they are more than enough to completely change a website’s appearance. However, there are still times that we get support tickets requiring help on more involved customizations, and we deal that by providing custom styles for our users’ requests on a case by case scenario.

For a few versions now, the WordPress Customizer comes with a powerful native CSS editor which allows anyone to apply custom CSS styles on their WordPress website. This post is aimed at entry-level website owners who are curious enough to delve a bit more into browser developer tools and how to use them, along with the CSS editor, in order to customizer their WordPress theme beyond its delivered capabilities. Although I assume that basic browser developer tools familiarity exists, I’ll give a quick intro on them below.

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Free User Interface Icon Set

Here’s another great free icon pack generously provided by our friends over at freepik.com & flaticon.com

This time the set consists of 50 user interface icons available in 3 different variations (Outlines, flat & linecolor). In the zip file you will find SVG & PNG version for all 3 versions, a total of 600 icons ready to be used in any personal or commercial project! (Well, just make sure to credit the original author, that’s not much to ask I guess). Enjoy!

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How to add a watermark to your images

If you are a photographer or any other sort of visual artist you are most likely concerned by the fact that your work can be very easily copied from your site and used elsewhere without your permission. This might cost you both directly  if you sell your work online, and indirectly by losing potential clients by not getting proper credit for your work.

Due to the nature websites work it’s very hard to properly protect your work from being copied without permission. One of the most effective ways of preventing people from taking your images are watermarks, these generally make pictures unsuitable to display, especially in commercial settings, but even if someone ends up taking the image, you’ll get proper credit through the watermark. Today we’ll take a look at a plugin that helps you easily add watermarks to any image you upload on your WordPress site.

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