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    Greg Vaughan
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    I am still using evolve+ v1.9 in order to retain all my original formatting. However, I’m missing new features and theme improvements by doing so. I’m going to upgrade to the most recent version and try my best to keep my current formatting, but I’m confused about update versions. When I search for evolve+ from the Add Themes manager within WordPress, it shows only version 3.5.0. However your Theme4Press email yesterday says that version 2.6.0 has just been released? Which is the version I need for updating? Is one for Mac and the other for PC? If it is v2.6 for Mac, how do I install it from within WordPress?

    http://www.bbblack.com

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  • Denzel Chia
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    #26784 |

    Hi,

    Download latest Evolve+ 2.6.0 from your account. https://theme4press.com/my-account/
    Use FTP to download a copy of your existing version 1.9 and save as a backup copy.
    Then deactivate and deleted your theme and install Evolve+ 2.6.0 manually.
    https://theme4press.com/docs/theme-installation-update/

    Follow on screen instruction to install required plugins, such as reduxframework and theme4press core plugin.

    Remember to clear server cache or cache plugin’s cache content.
    Remember to clear browser history.

    Your update from 1.9 to 2.6.0 will definitely give you a lot of problems because it a great jump from 1.9

    I will try my best to help you out.

    Do this only when you have the time and don’t freak out.

    Thank you.

    Greg Vaughan
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    #26852 |

    OK Denzel, I’ve made the upgrade and have been able to figure out how to retain most of my previous format settings without freaking out. I do need help on a few however, all on the front page.

    1. How do I change the font size of the front page content button descriptions?
    2. How do I decrease the space between all of the content button elements? I want to decrease the space between the icons and the descriptions and I want to decrease the space between the descriptions and the “learn more” buttons.
    3. How do I decrease the space between the bootstrap slicer image the the content box icons?
    4. How do I vertically center the front page logo on the Title and Tagline?

    http://www.bbblack.com

    Denzel Chia
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    #26867 |

    Hi,

    This is learn more button font size.

    The following will reduce the spacing within content boxes.

    This will bring up your content boxes.

    As for your last question, use the 5th header layout.
    Theme Options -> Header

    Thank you.

    Greg Vaughan
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    #26889 |

    Denzel, we are getting there, but there are still a some issues I need your help on.

    1. You misunderstood #1 in my previous post. I want to control the font size of the content box DESCRIPTION words. You gave me font size for the actual “learn more” buttons.

    2. Regarding question #4, I want the logo to align vertically centered inline with the Title and Tagline (not horizontally centered as in Header 5 as you suggested). As you can see on the current home page, either the logo needs to go up or the Title/Tagline group needs to go down so they will all be inline.

    3. There is too much white space between the Logo/Title/Tagline group (header) and the main menu bar. How do I decrease this space?

    4. And finally, I want to add content (the three most recent blog excerpts) to my front page below the content boxes. How do I do that?

    Thank you so much.

    http://www.bbblack.com

    Denzel Chia
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    #26912 |

    Hi,

    1) Use this for the description.

    2) Use this to bring down the title

    3) Try using Theme Options -> Header -> Header Padding
    decrease the padding bottom.

    If not use the following.

    4) Try using the following shortcode.

    Guide to Creating WordPress XML Sitemaps and Submission

    Xml Sitemaps Guide

    Adding XML sitemap to your site is an important step towards improving your site’s ability to get indexed by search engines. Adding XML sitemaps is an easy task that will only require you a few minutes and you can now monitor how your site will be performing in the search engines. Whenever, I want to know the number of my indexed pages on Google I always use the old trick; typing ‘site’ followed by a colon then the site URL. This allows me to quickly see the index status of my website. In the contrary adding a sitemap allows me to have a detailed report on how the site has been indexed. There are a two prerequisites to adding an XML sitemap to your website, the first is you need to have a Google Webmaster Tools account, Bing webmaster tools account and secondly you need a plugin or a means of generating an XML sitemap.

    What is an XML Sitemap?

    It helps to begin by understanding what an XML sitemap is and why we need to generate it and submit to search engines. A sitemap is a mapped out structure of your website that include all the links to various pages on your site. XML sitemaps guide search engine spiders as they index your website and they showcase your content and eliminate the content you don’t want indexed by search engines.

    In certain cases there may be duplicate content on your site that you don’t want indexed, a sitemap submitted to search engine can guide them not to index the 'noindex' pages. The simple sitemap can be a document that contains all the links in your site. The links can have additional information about each of the pages.

    Sign up on Google and Bing Webmaster Tools

    The first step is to sign up on Google Webmaster tools since you want to submit the sitemap to Google search engine after you have generated it. You should also sign up with Bing webmaster tools in order to submit the XML site map to Bing. To sign up with Google Webmaster Tools go to the Google Webmaster Console and simply use your Gmail account to sign in.

    xml sitemapsGenerating XML Sitemaps

    There are two ways you can generate XML sitemaps in WordPress, you can either choose to auto generate your site map with plugins or you can generate the sitemaps manually. The latter is suitable for small sites but when you are dealing with a large site it is impossible to continually update your sitemap manually. This will not only become tedious work but will waste a significant amount of time.

    Generating XML sitemap manually

    To generate an XML sitemap manually you should go to this site –XML Sitemaps

    XML sitemap generator

    Enter your site URL, change frequency, last modification and priority then generate the sitemap. As earlier said, this approach is only suitable for a site that has few pages. Fir a large site you require a means to auto generated the site maps and there are two most useful WordPress plugins for this task.

    Best XML Sitemap WordPress Plugins

    I would recommend two plugins as the best for generating XML sitemap. These are the best plugins; Yoast SEO plugin and Google XML sitemaps plugin. I prefer the former since it has other SEO features that I tend to use for WordPress on-page optimization. You should avoid installing and activating both plugins since they are likely to generate plugin conflict.

    I will use the Yoast SEO plugin for my demonstration on how to generate and submit an XML sitemap. For the purpose of this tutorial, I previously installed WordPress manually on web host. I will use this demo site to illustrate on how to generate a sitemap and submit it to search engines for indexing.

    Generating XML sitemap with a Plugin

    Generating an XML sitemap with a plugin is very easy since you just need to install the plugin and navigate to the settings; XML sitemaps then generate the sitemap, review it and submit it to search engines.

    Step 1: Install Yoast SEO plugin to Generate Sitemap

    Install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin just like any other plugin. When the plugin is active on your WordPress dashboard menu you will see the link to the settings of Yoast Plugin.

    xaml sitemaps

    Step 2: Generate the XML sitemap

    Under the Yoast SEO menu click on the XML sitemaps menu and enable the sitemap feature. Under the general tab you should now click on the button to view your sitemap which will be automatically generated by the plugin. You can edit the number of maximum entries you want to see in the sitemap, the user sitemap allows you to generate sitemap for authors.

    XML sitemaps

    Post types tab allows you to set how you whether you want different posts types to be indexed. I always leave out the media since I do not want it on my sitemap. Finally, you can exclude posts, categories and tags using the other tabs. After making your preferred sitemap changes, you should save the settings and now submit the sitemap to search engines.

    Step 3: Reviewing the Sitemap

    After you have set up the setting of your sitemap, it is time to now review and see how your sitemap looks. This is important since it allows you to either add or eliminate some of the URLs that you do not want submitted to the search engines. Click on the XML sitemap button under the general tab and you will be redirected to your sitemap in a new tab. It should look something like this:

    Styled-XML-Sitemap

    Submitting XML Sitemaps to Search Engines

    After generating XML sitemap, you should now login to your Google Webmaster tools account or Bing webmaster tools and submit your sitemap for indexing. To submit on Google Webmaster tools, you need to first add the property then test your sitemap before submitting it. You should click on the property that is verified on Google Webmaster tools, then click on add sitemap button to test and add a sitemap.

    google sitemaps

    Conclusion

    We have successfully created an XML sitemap and submitted it to Google Search engines. You too can create a sitemap for your site and begin your journey to better search engine ranking. I hope this tutorial is helpful to you as you create your website’s sitemap. If you would like to share further comments, compliments or ask questions, feel free to leave a comment.

    Thank you.

    Greg Vaughan
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    #26937 |

    Fantastic help, Denzel. Two more questions and I’m done.

    1. How do I reduce the size of the content box buttons?

    2. How do I remove the navigation buttons that were added with the custom code you provided which adds 3 blog excerpt to the home page? I just want the last three blog excerpts to show.

    3. How do I redirect the author links to the “about us” page rather than to an author page with a list of posts? When the author hyperlink is clicked, I want it to navigate to the “about us” page.

    It’s almost done, thanks to your help!

    http://www.bbblack.com
    http://www.bbblack.com/blog

    Denzel Chia
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    #26951 |

    Hi,

    Use these for the button. Adjust accordingly.

    Use this to the hide the home page navigation.

    As for question 3,
    This requires modifications to the theme code.
    Our support do not provide assistance in modifying theme codes.

    You can contact us for customization service via https://theme4press.com/theme-customization-service/

    Thank you

    Greg Vaughan
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    Denzel Chia
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    #27014 |

    You are welcome.

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