WordPress drag and drop base themes

I'm just after trying 2 alternative methods to the now famous visual composer.

  • LayersWP is a base theme that come with an amazing layout builder. It relies on installed widgets, which give a huge flexibility. This featured is common to the Page builder free plugin, that I reviewed last year. LayersWP is really good to use but one drawback I found is that it does not allow you to place a widget over a column : you have the possibility of using columns over content (text / image ) elements but the functionality seems restricted to this very single element
  • Make from ThemeFoundry free layout builder comes with only three elements : text, gallery and slider. not bad for a start but Page Builder plugin does better.

10 minutes to try a wordpress theme option framework

Professional wordpress themes come with so many features and options that it seems impossible to cover them all : how do they do it ? how can you even think of building your own professionnal theme for wordpress if you have to start working on options before you start to code the layout ? here comes options framework plugins that you integrate in your theme, and we do a quick review comparison of them all

  • reddux framework is distributed  as a plugin that you can integrate in your theme. It comes with a full featured working option set and seems to be the most featured plugin for configuring theme options
  • unyson is a bit more difficult to integrate but it comes with several plugins including a layout composer which is similar to the almost universal visual composer.
  • fluent framework helps you add options not only to wordpress / theme but also to any custom post and  / or taxonomy : useful for adding fields to pages and / or posts
  • Titan framework is very well documented
  • Option Tree
  • Options Framework

Source : http://www.wpsquare.com/wordpress-theme-options-plugins-frameworks/

WordPress Premium themes I’ve used

Having difficulty finding the right codebase for your wordpress design ? fancy trying out premium themes ? check out real live example with this chronological sample of websites I've designed using premium and free wordpress themes. I can't list advantages and drawbacks of them all, the only rule is ... know your stuff, get used to it... and stick to VISUAL COMPOSER for future updates...

and free themes I've used... apart from the twenties series : responsive from cyberchimps for Guilers Auto's website

Removing spam from wordpress gravity form entries

There are many solutions to avoid spam filling your gravity form with unsollicited trash messages. You can use the original gravity forms captcha field  but I would not recommend this basic solution because it requires you to create an account on google's famous recaptcha service. Another drawback of the gravity forms captcha field is that it disables the AJAX option (read on gravityhelp) : if you want to use AJAX option or would like to have you captcha feature hosted on your server, you can use the famous wordpress plugin Really Simple CAPTCHA.

A third solution is to use simple rules on your form like asking the result of a simple mathematic operation like "what does 2+3 make"  and use Min and Max on the number field type. Ok this is for reducing SPAM entries. But once you have caught thousand of bad entries in your form, how do you remove them quickly ?

I encountered the problem with a few thousand of SPAM entries dropped to my favourite contact form in less than an hour. Manual deletion of thousands of messages is easy but tedious when the default 20 entries per page makes you repeat the same operation a few dozen times. Here comes the gform_entry_page_size filter, detailed on gravityforms documentation : simply code the following filter in your thems functions.php file and depending on your server capacity you can substantially increase the number of entries displayed on the messages page, and accelerate the stupid deletion task..

And next time remember to setup antispam strategy..