Adding Links to Widgets

How Do I Make A Link Inside The Text Widget?

We’re faced with the same issue as the last question, there are no text editing tools inside the Widget area.  We’ll have to use HTML code to create a link for the visitor to click.  Before creating the link, make sure you have the URL of where you want to link to.

The HTML code we are going to use is <a href=”www.coolexample.com”>Text You Want Linked</a>

To break this down, the anchor tag

<a

tells the browser hey, this is the beginning of a link.  The

href=

tells the browser where the link will take a visitor.  Remember to tell the browser to shift gears by adding a closing bracket > after the link and quotes.

The text between the anchor tags, Text You Want Linked, will be the link your visitor sees.   And finally, you need to tell the browser to end the link with a closing anchor tag.

</a>

While this may look complicated, as an example, we could create a link to Google.

Look up movie quotes on <a href=”https://www.google.com/”>Google</a>.

Will give you:

Look up movie quotes on Google.

 

What is a WordPress Theme?

A WordPress theme, or template, is a collection of files that work together to create the layout and design, ie your sidebars, font styles and colors.  The Theme may give images a border or change the font style for a caption on an image.  Your theme changes how your website looks without changing any of the core WordPress code (that is the heart of your website) or any of the information contained within your website.

Where do you get a WordPress Theme?

You can get WordPress themes from the WordPress Theme Directory.  These themes have been inspected and checked for compliance with the WordPress core code.  They are free for downloading.  The directory allows you to search by popular themes and latest themes.  You can also search by layout, features and subject with the feature filter.

WordPress Theme directory.

How do I download a WordPress Theme?

You can download a theme into your own theme directory using the Add New Themes option in the Appearance sub-menu.

  1. Add new WordPress theme.Log into your WordPress dashboard/admin panel
  2. Select Appearance from the left side menu
  3. In the menu that pops up, select Themes
  4. Select Add New
  5. You are now looking at the WordPress theme directory.  Use the search or filter options to find the Theme you want to use
  6. Click the Preview link to preview the Theme’s features or Install Now to upload the theme to your Theme Directory

If you have downloaded a Theme to your computer, you can use the Upload link in the top row to upload a zipped copy of the Theme you want to use.  This will upload the Theme into your directory.

Learn more about Themes at the WordPress Codex.

Ok, you have a Theme, how do you start using it?

  1. WordPress Theme Details, Activate and Live Preview.Log into your WordPress dashboard
  2. From the left sidebar menu, select Appearance then select Themes
  3. From the Themes panel, hover over the Theme thumbnail image for the Theme you want to use.  You can learn more information about the theme by clicking Theme Details.
  4. Continue hovering over the thumbnail to:
    1. Click the Live Preview link to see a live preview of your Theme, using your website content or
    2. Click the Activate button to active the Theme you want to use.

Your Theme selection will become active immediately.

Note:  If the Theme preview is blank, do not activate the new Theme without looking into this issue.  There could be a problem with the Theme’s code and your website may not display properly.

HTTP Error and WordPress

Have you ever receive the incredibly unhelpful HTTP Error while trying to upload an image to your WordPress media library?  If you have and called tech support, was the issue easily solved?

I purchased a new compuHTTP Error and WordPress.ter and imported my browser settings into Chrome.  While working on a new WordPress website, I found the staging site I just created incredibly slow. Then I started getting HTTP Errors when uploading an image no matter the size, .jpg or .png.  Calls to tech support over several days did not resolve the issue, though support truly tried.

During this process I sent an email to my IT specialist at API Technology and he suggested I make the webhost’s website a Trusted Site with Chrome.  I did make this webhost a trusted site and the issue was resolved.  I thought I’d post the info here in case it is helpful to someone else.

Creating a Trusted Site in Chrome

If you need to create a Trusted Site in Chrome, here are the steps:

  1. Click the Chrome Menu icon on the far right of the Address bar (icon of three short horizontal lines).
  2. Click on Settings, scroll to the bottom and click the Show Advanced Settings link.
  3. Click on Change proxy settings (under Network)
  4. Click the Security tab > Trusted Sites icon, then click Sites.
  5. Enter the URL of your Trusted Site, then click Add.
  6. Click Close > OK.

I hope you never come across the HTTP error, but if you do, I hope this helps you out!