My Googlized Writing Style
Last time it wasn’t hard anymore: Within two days my post about my ‘reset’ because of lacking an ‘inner linking’ and about the ‘right way to be crawled and indexed’ had been processed by Google. Like my revised posts, I had designed it in accordance with the recommendations of YOAST that take into account Google’s […]
Internal Linking — a Reset
It’s a while ago, that I wrote about SEO. That should not be a big deal, I thought at that time. In its templates, bootScore thankfully uses semantic HTML tags by default. Thus, it should be sufficient to submit one’s own sitemap to Google & Co. Enriching the pages themselves with additional keywords should be […]
Pimp Your bootScore
Linking Bootstrap and WordPress to get a responsive design is the task of bootScore, a WP-theme bringing along what the web designer actually does not want to program herself. Instead, she can now rely on an MIT-licensed preliminary work hosted on GitHub. But its ‘standard outfit’ still must be personalized, ‘pimped’ — by the work […]
Data Privacy, DSGVO, and Cookies
Often the website operator is told, that Data protection is complex and has to be organized by experts. But what if she doesn’t have the money for that? If it seems somehow nonsensical to shoot at a sparrow blog with the cannon of a paid team of experts? Then — maybe and with the help […]
Extra Fonts for Specific Cases
bootstrap and bootScore use SCSS variables — as we know. Grouping fonts is done by variables. And we can define two groups. This is sufficient if we want to use only two font families. But if we want to use extra fonts — for example, a special google font in our menus -, we need […]
Discreet References to Previous Posts
In bootScore Toppings, I’ve already offered two slim landing pages: mylap-sp1rp1 and mylap-sp0rp1. Both show the important things first: The blog topic. And the most recent post. One of them additionally puts the most recent Sticky Post in front of the other. But if we nevertheless want to show our readers the one or other […]
A Slimmed-Down Landing Page
Until now, our slimmed-down landing page mylap.php — as a template linked to the WordPress page mylap — still shows the list of all posts. But our favorite reader had ‘prescribed’ us that she wanted to see only the most important on the initial page. And that at a glance. The most important thing in […]
Context-Sensitive Sidebars: Stay Lean
We need sidebars. For this, we have already made room. But we need different sidebars. Presenting the tag cloud makes sense only on the sidebar of the search page. There it can shorten the search in the set of articles. On the other pages, it distracts the reader. Conversely, the other pages need a ‘more’ […]
Throw away, what distracts
My pages are too full, my preferred reader says: She constantly gets something to click on another article. She understands why. I wanted to entice her to read on. Like a real news portal. But my content was not broad enough. I only want to talk about a few core topics. So, kill your darlings […]
Your Specific Landing Page With bootScore
Meanwhile, I have implemented some features of bootScore. And I’ve promptly overloaded my site, as my preferred reader said. Do I need a specific landing page, I asked her back. She answered, that I — as far as she has understood — want to flexibly write about several different core topics. This would end up […]
Masonry Archive With 3 Columns: Less Is More!
A masonry list view is nicer. The original masonry archive from the bs Loop Templates lists the posts in four columns. Four columns with article openings provide a quick, good overview. And yet: without a sidebar, this won’t be a real ‘landing page’. After all, we want to be able to present the latest news […]
A ‘Masonry’ As A Better Lookout
After having exhausted the images issue, it’s time to beautify the list of posts. Up to now we only know the form that bootScore’s index.php generates: a list of stripes, one for each article, the respective Featured Image in the left half, and in the right half the first lines of the article. How boring. […]
bootScore Without Blurred ‘Featured Images’
I have already discussed bootScores blurred images. The problem was easy: In cooperation with WordPress, bootScore embeds images of size ‘medium’ in the post lists. And that even on large screens, where the browsers have to fill much more space than the images could do by themselves. Consequently, the browsers upsize the images that are […]
Topic Clouds & Post Lists: 2 On 1 Stroke!!
There were two things I wanted to see changed in the bootScore theme before venturing into the big interventions. I was told that improved topic clouds and post lists would increase readability and usability. Fortunately, it was easy to get a more fancy tag cloud and an improved list of recent posts showing the featured […]
Less Blurred Featured Images
To get less blurred featured images, I suggested enforcing WordPress to automatically generate also square bootScore-specific thumbnails of size 600x600. The bootScore templates index.php and archive.php should request these images via the command get_the_post_thumbnail(null, 'bsTeaser') instead of asking for the medium size. This would make it less likely that a picture would need to be […]
Your Own Logo and Favicons — bootScore Helps!
No website without pictures or logos! But integrating a logo correctly is often a tricky task. They have to be visible, well-placed, and leave space for the menu. Additionally, they must not bloat or distort the header area. And the way of integrating them into the templates should also allow us to use the favicons […]
A Picture Credit Page? Really?
I don’t buy images. Never. I take my own pictures. Or I use free images released under a Creative Commons License. Or in the ‘public domain’. Some image databases offer their photographs under their own licenses, equivalent to the free licenses, as long as I do not make their images publicly available through another image […]
Larger Picture Squares — A Remedy For Blurred bootScore Images?
Avoiding distorted featured images is possible. We have shown that. However, our method is not yet optimal: if we let WordPress when uploading pictures, also crop the medium-sized thumbnails as squares, we give up what is commonly expected. Maybe other plugins need the ‘medium’ thumbnails in the original aspect ratio after all. So it would […]
Blurred Featured Images In BootScore?
bootScore — the Bootstrap-based WordPress starter theme — can only be designed via CSS, PHP, and JS programming: If you want to fashion your website, you need to program. bootScore integrates Bootstrap technically and leaves the visible details to the programming web designers. And by default, it delivers sometimes blurred featured images. Is it an […]
Fasten Your Fancy Images
In the case of Fancy Images, we show our reader first a tiny image. And on her request — wants to say: click — also a larger version. For implementing this feature, I initially put the URL to the uploaded image in the href-attribute of the fancy link and in the src attribute of the […]
Fancy bitmaps are the one thing, scalable pictures the other. WordPress does not like Scalable Vector Graphics by default: SVGs consist of XML code. If loaded, it can — at least in principle — inject malicious code into the system. Using SVGs in templates, however, is not prevented by WordPress. On HTML level, they can […]
Fancy Boxes for Fancy Images
Large, prominently placed images are eye-catchers. WordPress even has a name for it: Featured Image. The only problem is: Starting every post again and again with a ‘featured image’ is tiring. Even if our reader has already decided on an article, we force her to scroll. It would be better to give her directly what […]
Cut by Cut — Hyphenation & Readability
The smaller the screen, the greater the risk that long words destroy the reading image. Without hyphenation, it becomes choppy or fizzy on smartphones. bootScore-based sites use an embedded Responsive Design. So, an automated hyphenation improves readability and supports bootScore to rearrange the text elements: