WordPress 4.7 and the further proliferation of video headers

As of Dec 6th, 2016 WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” is available and in following with WordPress tradition is named for a jazz musician. In this case the team chose vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan:

There is a video introducing the Update made by the WordPress team as well:

Should you update an existing website to WordPress 4.7?

You will probably want to make this update as it is a pretty major one with a lot of cool features including updates to the REST API content endpoints, Custom CSS, user Admin languages, PDF Thumbnails, changes to the editor, starter content for new sites, and more. You can read more here and here.

As with any WordPress core files update you should be testing your theme on a separate server before going live, if you have customized your theme files. There are a lot of things that change under the hood with these and they can play havoc with layouts and other functions.

Word of Warning on Video Headers!

One of the new features in WP 4.7 is the ability to add video clips to your websites header/top of the page. This is the latest thing for all the cool kids. Please please please use this carefully. Video files are huge and will make your site take longer to load especially for anyone on their cell phone. Yes this looks cool but not if it can’t load or eats up their pricey cell phone bandwidth. If you decide that a video header will be helpful to your users then try to get the file to be under 1MB, please.

The cool thing is that the WordPress team took a lot of things into consideration when implementing this. For small screens the video header does not show up by default so mobile users shouldn’t be as affected. It is also only available on the front page by default. They also suggest you have an image matched with the video so that while the video downloads there is something displayed.

If you want to use video headers please read this page.

Go get WordPress 4.7 and see whats new.

Are you ready for mobile visits?

Welcome to 2012, is your Web site ready for mobile devices? If it isnt you are already losing business. You know all that noise about iPhones and Apple being the largest company? The people buying those devices are your customers, and they are coming to your Web site right now. Have you taken a look at what your Web site looks like on an iPhone? Go ahead, take a minute and check it out.

If you are still reading this I bet that your Web site looks the same on an iPhone as it does on a computer. Which means it looks really small and its really hard to navigate and read anything.

You need to get your Web site mobile optimized. The fastest way to do this is by using WordPress with a plugin called WPTouch Pro:Learn more about WPtouch Pro ยป

With WPTouch Pro your worpdress Web site becomes aware when someone visits on an iPhone or any mobile device and displays a mobile optimized version. In my opinion this is going to be the most important thing you do online this year.

If you need help installing and setting up WPTouch Pro feel free to contact me at 602-380-2692 or roger@rogerwilliamsmedia.com.

Have a great day!

Attention Musicians, Artists, Speakers, and Performers get GigPress

Crystal Method In Concert - Gigpress Review

Crystal Method In Concert - Gigpress Review
Crystal Method In Concert - Gigpress Review

While working on my wordpress plugins and tweaking WPTouch, the magic plugin that lets you read this easily on a mobile device, I saw a link to GigPress. Curious I clicked and discovered a super useful way for WordPress owners to post their event details all on their own website:

 

GigPress is a powerful WordPress plugin designed for musicians and other performers. Manage all of your upcoming and past performances right from within the WordPress admin, and display them on your site using simple shortcodes, PHP template tags, or the GigPress widget on your WordPress-powered website.

Here are some Live Examples of GigPress in action. If you need help setting it up let me know.
Here is a slightly more in depth review of GigPress.