Shaped Pixels Blog

Welcome to the Shaped Pixels Blog, where you can find the latest of what is new and to discover helpful tutorials of varying topics to help you build your website when using our themes. On occasions, I will also include various tutorials relating to Design, Troubleshooting, and the basics of using WordPress.

2017 changes

I've decided to update this article posting with regards to the changes that are happening over the next couple of weeks here at Shaped Pixels. As some people maybe aware of plans to redesign this website, I thought I should bring everyone up to date as to what changes are being done and how it will affect you.

custom css editor

Something new is coming to WordPress 4.7 that is due to be released in just over a month from the writing of this article. It's something that is making many people shrug with puzzlement and a question of...why are they doing this? Trust me, it even makes me wonder what is wrong with the priorities of the core WordPress development team. Sure there's going to be several new things in 4.7, but why this...

free themes

As some people may already know, each WordPress theme I design has a free version that is often designated with the added term "Lite" which represents the theme as being free and basic or limited features. The "Lite" versions give the end-user the option of using it for their website, or as a testing stage before purchasing the pro version...or any other premium WordPress themes I offer. 

WordPress without a blog

Something interesting happened today when I was on Twitter. I came across a tweet from WPTavern which posted an article introducing a new plugin that disabled most of the blogging features of WordPress. Technically it doesn't remove them from WordPress, but rather it hides them from the website administrator (you). I read the post and immediately went to download this plugin because I wanted to try it out on a new installation of WordPress. So why does this interest me? Keep reading...

Hide Widget Titles

This is probably one of the most annoying things about WordPress and how the core developers just don't seem to listen to what people want and ask for. I've written a list of blog articles relating to the many things that I (and many others) wish was part of the WordPress core. It's one thing to complain about what is missing, but it's another to come up with a solution to solve the problems -- which is what I will be doing with a series of "How To" tutorials.

Make a WordPress front page

When someone who is new to WordPress, they will discover a lot of interesting things that they were not aware can be done, or even things that cannot be done. But this article is not about what "cannot be done", it's going to focus on a very common problem that many ask a certain question, albeit in different forms, "How can I have my front page not show blog posts?" The answer often eludes many because it's not really on their mind when they first install WordPress.

WordPress theme survey

We would really love it if you could take part in our WordPress Themes Survey. Not only will this survey help us learn more about what you look for in a theme, but it also helps us to improve our themes. This survey is open to everyone, even if you are not a customer of Shaped Pixels. The more people that participate, the better, so please share this link (page) with your web friends so that we can find out what everyone wants in a quality theme.

free to pro upgrade

One of the frustrating things about using free themes from the directory is that upgrading to a pro version means that you will have a 99% chance you will have to make notes of all your customizer settings. How WordPress checks for updates for plugins and themes from the website repository means you need to be aware of a few things, but hopefully I can help with the process with the least amount of work.