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How to Change Footer in WordPress Once you install WordPress

How to Change Footer in WordPress Once you install WordPress, you will notice some filler information in the theme you select. This information can include the designer’s brand. Each theme comes with a default footer text. Designers spend several hours to come up with the themes you find on WordPress. They include some details in the footer to direct traffic to their individual sites or make their brands visible. If you want to personalize your site, it is possible to change footer in WordPress.

You should only remove the footer if you feel it is necessary. It may be illegal to change the footer in WordPress in some themes. Read the license that comes with the theme carefully to determine if there are any restrictions. The information included in the footer may be different for each theme but you will use similar instructions to change it. Here are steps to follow to customize your theme.

Get Backup

Identify a backup that you can use to allow you to edit the files in your theme without risking information loss. There are various plugins that you can use such as BackWPUp. Check the control panel on your web host to find a backup option. Backup allows you to restore the files if a wrong line of code is entered.

Select an Editor

Most people use the WordPress theme editor to change the footer. However, this is not advisable because the editor makes live changes on your site. You cannot undo the changes that are made. This means that if there is an error, it is difficult to correct it.

To avoid this, download the specific file to your computer and select a code editor on the PC. Once the editing is complete, use FTP to upload the file.

Identify Footer Link Location

There are numerous WordPress themes and this may make it difficult to identify the specific location of your footer link. Each footer link is placed in a different location depending on the theme.

Look for files titled credits.php and class-credits.php. You can also check for footer.php and class-main-footer.php. Keyword credits can also be helpful when you are trying to locate the theme files.

Edit File

Once you have located the theme file, you can edit it to change footer in WordPress. Check in the file to find the link text. The text will be surrounded by several php codes. You have to be careful to make sure you do not alter any code. Find the text and change it. Enter a personalized text. Access your WordPress site to check if the change has been effected. The footer text you entered should be visible on your link. If did not work, you can restore the file and make another attempt.

How to create an email form

email formForms are essential components of a website. Each website has at least one form. You can include basic forms that are designed to collect contact information. Websites can also have order entry forms to make it easy for users to make purchases. These forms are important for a business because they offer an effective way for your visitors to communicate with you.

How they work

Web forms also provide a way for businesses to convert the leads they get. Contact forms offer an easy way for businesses to retain the personal details that users provide. You can use them to measure and monitor progress. When a customer visits your site, they fill in their personal information. This allows you to collect and identify the data. You can increase sales by converting the leads you get. Web forms provide you with a streamlined process that allows you to get information promptly and use it discreetly. For an effective web form, you have to include readable, concise, and clear labels.

Building Web Forms

Most customer management software systems usually provide plugin tools that you can use to build contact forms. These systems offer comprehensive instructions on how to install the plugins and personalize the settings to create a customized web form.
Adding a custom built email form to your website is another option. This option gives you the maximum flexibility. See this page on creating a simple HTML form to send email

When you are building a form, you need to remember that more is not always better. You have to reduce the number of fields that you include on the form. This will make it easier for users to fill in the information that you require. Include mandatory fields on the form and leave out optional details. Some of the fields you to use include business name, email address, city, name, website. You can also make the filling process easier by including an email address as the only field on the form.

Adding a Form to your Website

Here are a set of ready to use contact forms.

Find the link to download the form. Follow the instructions in the downloaded file to edit the code and add your own email address to receive the form submissions. Upload the updated form to your website. Test the form. Note that you can customize and add additional fields to the form using a text editor. Test the form once it is complete to determine if it is working as required. Link the form from the main pages of your website.

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How to Auto-forward from One Website to Another

The internet is changing all the time. At one time, you may have a site on one domain then you need to migrate to another different domain entirely. At the same time, you do not wish to lose the readership you had established on the previous domain. This needs you to auto forward from the first website to the new one in order to drive the users who type in the previous domain name to the new site. There are a number of ways in which you can achieve this and in the next few sections, we take a look at how you can redirect on a domain level.

For a start, you can go to your domain registrar and set an auto forward. A typical example of a domain registrar is Godaddy and they have an easy process for doing this. You can use their service to not only automatically redirect your visitors to a different website, but also mask the redirection so your visitors see the same domain name they are used to in the web browsers address bar. In this case, we are looking at how you can achieve the redirection.
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First, you need to log in to your Account manager then click on Launch next to Domain. You will therefore be presented with a list of domain names you own and you can select the one you want to forward. Simply click on Forward then select Forwarding Domains. You can then click Add Forwarding and select either http:// or https:// as your forward to option. Https is the secure version of the usual http and is used to establish a secure connection to a site.

domain forwardingYou should then select the web address where you wish to forward your domain name to. Additionally, you can select the redirect type which can either be temporary or permanent. The permanent redirect will tell user agents such as browsers and search engines that the location has been permanently changed. On the other hand, the temporary response code tells user agents that the location change is just temporary. Finally, you can select your Forward settings which can be either forward only or forward with masking.

Once you have made these changes, click on Add then Save in order for the changes to take effect. Please note that the changes may take 28 to 48 hours to take effect and you will be then able to redirect users who type the previous web address to the new domain automatically.

307 temp redirectThis has the advantage of redirecting users automatically without having to make any major changes to your site. You also get to have the additional option of notifying user agents of the changes and whether they are temporary or permanent. However, you are dependent on your domain registrar in order to make the changes and honestly, the process is quite lengthy and involving. Let us now take a look at an alternative method in which you can achieve the redirection without having to rely on your domain registrar to do it for you.

Supposing your site is hosted on an Apache web server and your web host allows you to override the configurations of your web server using a .htaccess file this is the method you can use. The mod_rewrite apache module in your web server needs to be installed and enabled in order to achieve the redirection.

The .htaccess file is a simple text file which can easily be opened and edited in a text editor such as Notepad. When using notepad, take care not to save the file with a .txt appended to the end. For instance, to redirect from a site such as www.a.com to www.b.com, add the following bit of code to your .htaccess file.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.a\.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.b.com/$1 [R=301,L]

This will cause the server to check the domain name portion of the first URL and send the visitor to the second domain instead. As you can see, we can set whether the redirection is temporary or permanent using the HTTP response codes 301 and 302.

Once you are done creating the .htaccess file, you can upload it to the same directory as the home page of your website. In case there is a .htaccess file already existing there, you can download it and back it up in a safe place then replace it with the new one. It is important that you test your website once you have uploaded it in order to make sure that everything is in good working order.

More on .htaccess

http://www.htaccessredirect.net/

Redirecting a folder to another

How to do 301 redirect

Last but not least, you can use of the html Meta refresh tag in an html file to do the redirection. This is quite simple and only needs a few lines of code to achieve. It works in a variety of situations and can be adapted for any project you are working on.

In conclusion, there are several ways in which you can auto forward from one website to another. The choice you make will depend on a number of factors but in the end you still get the same result. So next time you are faced with the task of redirection on a domain level, you will have what it takes to achieve this.

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