How to Install a Reading Progress Bar

How to Install a Reading Progress Bar

In this short video, I show how to create a reading progress bar using a free WordPress Plugin called Reading Progress bar from Jean-Baptiste Audras. This is ideal for websites with blogs or long form content where your readers will see their progress as they scroll down reading. It keeps a custom colored progress bar at the top of the screen just below the URL address bar of the browser and scrolls from left to right as the reader continues to scroll down the page.

Common Questions and Basic Usage of the Yoast SEO Plugin

Common Questions and Basic Usage of the Yoast SEO Plugin

If your website is built using WordPress, you’re probably going to want to get it indexed for Google in the best way possible. Using the Yoast SEO plugin will help you do just that and some more. It’s one of the leading SEO plugins for WordPress websites and widely used. In this video we discuss common questions people have about the plugin as well as best practices.

How to: Install a New WordPress Plugin

How to: Install a New WordPress Plugin

Installing a new plugin for your WordPress site can be done in just a few minutes. You can either upload one from your computer that you’ve downloaded or search the WordPress repository for the plugin you’re looking to install directly to your website.

Follow the instructions in this video to install and activate your new plugin. If you have more questions or need help, be sure to add a comment below or visit our Contact page for support and we’d be happy to help.

NexGen Gallery: Version Downgrading

When WordPress 3.6 came out a few weeks ago, there were a lot of plugins that also made their own coding upgrades. While most were good and seamless one in-particular didn’t fair so well with older versions. Here at Design Theory, we had a few client websites using some older (pre NexGen v2.+) that were working just fine until we updated WordPress to 3.6 and then we either received error messages or the galleries weren’t showing up at all.

Error Messages:

Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 58458112) (tried to allocate 16 bytes) in …/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/pope/lib/class.extensibleobject.php on line 1291


‘Error 404 – page not found’

While the galleries were intact when you log into the Dashboard and view or manage the galleries, the photos and settings all still there, they just weren’t displaying at all or displayed errors on the site. We created the video below to show you how to easily restore your plugin version back to 1.9.13 and get back your gallery views.


  • Visit the NexGen plugin site here, then download either your previous version (prior to your upgrade) or select the 1.9.13.
  • Download and unzip the folder on your computer.
  • Select all the files from the unzipped folder and copy them
  • Navigate to your WordPress site files on your computer (Documents/YourWebsite/WP-Content/Plugins/Nexgen-Gallery)
  • Paste the files into this folder/directory. Yes you must overwrite the existing files
  • Upload that folder (Documents/YourWebsite/WP-Content/Plugins/Nexgen-Gallery) back to your host/server via FTP.

Make Life Easy WP Plugins

If you’re a web designer or blogger, you know that WordPress (WP) has quickly become one of the fastest growing, most popular content management systems (CMS) around.  It’s extremely quick to install as well as easy to navigate and master.  And they are consistently evolving across all platforms with simple-to-use themes as well as free updates and plugins that are only a few clicks away via the dashboard  Most of us WP users and web designers purchase a theme with majority of the bells & whistles we think we’ll need.  But sometimes the theme falls short, you need your website to have certain functionality that you could not have foreseen needing or you need to add functionality at the behest of your client.  So this is where plugins plug in-filling in the gap between wishing and less limitations.

In the last year, I’ve begun having more fun in the dashboard and realize that I’ve been missing out on all the cool plugins that make building/editing a site more efficient as well as functional.  Some are tried and true while others are indeed new.  So here’s my list of my favorite WordPress plugins to date.

All-in-One SEO Pack –  All in One SEO Pack Pro v2.1 improves on the most popular WordPress SEO plugin.  Not only can you set site-wide defaults in WordPress as well as customize the search engine settings for each individual WordPress post, page and custom post type but now you can manage exactly how search engines crawl each page or post.  All in One SEO Pack Pro even gives you complete control over your social meta or OpenGraph meta so you can control what appears on your favorite social media sites.

Custom Link Widget –  A Simple, straight-forward plugin that lets you insert links as the widget. Just insert your link, name it and it will convert it to a hyperlink automatically.

Image Widget – A simple image widget that uses the native WordPress media manager to add image widgets to your site.  It automatically resizes and aligns your image, allows you to link the image and even allows you to override your theme template!

Post Types Order – You can custom order the posts without making any php file changes or publish date resetting.  Simply install plugin, drag & drop.

Widget Logic – This widget gives you extra control field called “Widget logic” that lets you control the pages that the widget will appear on.

Ultimate TinyMCE – A chock full kitchen sink of editorial/functional options.

WP Touch – This plugin reformats your website to a mobile site for easy navigation & shortcuts on Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touchscreen smartphones.

Acurax Social Media Widget – This so ridiculously simple plugin lets you define the icon style & add multiple social media linked icons to your Twitter,Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube,RSS Feed,Linkedin, and Google+.

TweetMeme Retweet Buttonadds a button which easily lets you retweet your blog posts.

So there you have it – just a few ways to make WordPress work better for you.

I’d love to hear your faves – which are some of your favorite plugins?