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Salient Theme Benefits

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If you’re building a WordPress site, you’ve probably heard many different terms from plugins to themes to blocks and more.  It can be confusing and if you don’t know what you’re looking at, or even what’s available, it’s hard to compare.  Many people get sucked in to the “niche” themes, where a company says “We build sites for doctors”.  Well, although that sounds great and has some specific features you might need, it’s very limiting and hard to control functions, features, design, layouts, and more that should meet your specific brand.  And, what you might not know, is that ALL of those elements can be added anyways to meet your brand specific needs and long-term strategic goals.

So, there are many themes on the market out there, and I’ve been through a lot and also been convinced that I “need” something myself.  Learn from my mistakes and years of weeding out bad themes and learn what makes a really great WordPress theme.

  1. Page Builder
  2. Flexibility
  3. Strong theme support
  4. Timely updates
  5. Compatibility with latest versions
  6. Theme configuration options
  7. High performance
  8. Responsive & Retina ready
  9. E-commerce ready
  10. Social media integration
  11. Design Templates
  12. Solid Documentation
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Learning a theme does take skill, but Salient provides page layout templates to help you get started.  Included with every site build is also a training period for me to empower clients to make their own changes.  There are simple visual and editing tools to use where you don’t have to pay my Simply Styled Sites team or wait for us to respond when you see something simple as a spelling error.  Just change it yourself. I’m confident you can do it.  But, don’t worry, I’m always here to help.

Why is keeping your WordPress site updated important?

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Performing Updates

Sure, you see the little notification from your WordPress Dashboard or get emails that updates are
available.  Should you automatically do them?  They work fine on my phone and computer…most of the time.   But what about your website where you run your business?  You’ve probably performed updates to plugins many times without fail.  Great!

But, have you ever had weird words in code display at the top! Or, a 500 Internal Server Error?  Or better yet, the dreaded “white screen of death”?

Maintenance and updates might seem easy to do on your own, but can actually be quite risky. WordPress, themes, and plugins generated by third party developers often cause code incompatibility.  If not carefully managed, performing these updates on your own put your site at risk.  Without proper research, sequence, and technical know-how, one can cause the other to break.  Fixing this can be quite expensive and cause unproductive downtime for your business.

So, Now What?!

You can learn more HERE about performing updates to WordPress.  Or, you can let us at Simply Styled Sites handle it for you.  It’s important to know the proper steps to take, and if a site does break, we can follow the troubleshooting steps to get the site running smoothly again.  Have you ever spent HOURS on the phone with your host company, often times speaking with somebody in another country with a strong accent- trying to explain the EXACT steps you took before your site crashed?  This is zero fun.  Using our Maintenance Plan will insure that we’ll perform those necessary updates and keep your site running smoothly- yes, even if it breaks.  By performing backups, updates, checking compatibility and more, our team will take that task off your hands and give you peace of mind.

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WordPress Upgrade 4.7.2 Security Alert

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Learn more about WordPress’s latest security update with 4.7.2 HERE.

To ensure your site always staying up, performing optimally and securely, you might want to consider an ongoing Maintenance Plan with Simply Styled Sites.

We also highly recommend the best hosting platform out there for WordPress sites with WPEngine.  Watch this video to learn more: