WordPress 3.8.2 has been released and is an important security update for your website and blog. The WordPess blog highlights a cookie authentication threat and a handful of other bugs and security hardening changes:
If you are new to WordPress, or you are a designer looking to make a living working with WordPress, I would highly recommend that you pick a niche.
Be a Specialist
By specialising in one niche within WordPress, you are in essence showcasing that you are a specialist in this area, particularly if you have a few client examples from within this area.
If a client is looking for WordPress Designer in Google, and they find your website, which specialises in their sector, and shows examples of other companies within their sector, you will have a good chance of being hired.
You could charge a premium because of your understanding and insight into their sector.
There are great marketing and SEO benefits to picking a niche, at a fundamental level; If you talk about one specific topic on your website, then Google will deem you highly relevant; and reward you by sending you visitors, the same applies across your Social Media Marketing.
Hopefully I have convinced you that picking a niche is a good idea, however on designbit.co.uk I do not market to a niche, but I do have a list of sector specific websites at the ready.
This WordPress designer snippet allows you to add a sidebar widget area to your web layout.
Widget areas are typically used for sidebars and footers, but I have seen designers utilise full widget areas for home page layouts, allowing their client a level of content control.
There are fifteen default widgets that come installed with WordPress, all with varying functionality; widgets that show a list of categories, widgets that show a calendar, widgets that show a list of recent posts.
Widget areas can be controlled in the WordPress Dashboard, under the Appearance section, you’ll find a Widgets section – here you can simply drag and drop your widgets into your widget areas.
A great way of creating a connection with your readers is to tell them a little about you in a short author bio at the end of your blog post. This is particularly useful if you have multiple blog authors or want to allow guest posting.
This WordPress designer snippet pulls-in the users bio information and their avatar from their WordPress user account: