Inserting slider into theme files

Code snippets for my own reference, but might be helpful to others…

Edit the theme’s header.php, bottom of the file, above <div class=”site-content”>


echo do_shortcode(‘[smartslider3 slider=”2″]’);

“2” being the chosen slider.

Make sure you install the slider and create a slideshow first!

In Slideshow dashboard, under “Size” set “Overflow-x” to none to remove double scrollbars.

Posted by Redback Graphics in Technical, Wordpress Tips

Creating a Local Folder for email

IMAP accounts

If you have set up any of your email accounts as IMAP, you will need to periodically remove files from the IMAP account. Files can be moved or copied to a new local folder. Check that emails are accessible from the new folder, then you can safely delete them from IMAP folders. Any files/emails/drafts/archives etc in an IMAP folder remain on the server. Once moved from the IMAP folder they will be removed automatically from the server.

Creating a Local Folder

First check that your Email may already have a “Local Folders” folder (you should see it at the bottom of your email accounts/folders list on the left, when viewing your email). You can add a sub folder to Local Folders, and it will also be a “local folder”.

Instructions for Microsoft Outlook to create a new local folder – follow the same principle in other software, but the navigation items will not be the same.

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook to access your email account.
  2. Select Home > New Items > More Items > Outlook Data File.
  3. Select Outlook Data File (.pst) and select OK.
  4. Type in a name for your Local Folder, choose its location, and hit OK.
  5. Type in a descriptive name for your Local Folder.  This is the name that will appear in your Outlook screen. Select OK.
  6. Your Local Folder should now appear in the side of your Outlook window.
  7. You can now move emails from the IMAP folder to this local folder. Try a couple first to check they are still readable, then you can move large numbers of old emails. You can also check mail on the server via your cpanel to check that it has left the IMAP folder.

Hint for setting up a new email account (POP or IMAP)
It’s often helpful to view the Properties of an existing working Email account before adding a new account. Take note of the existing incoming and outgoing mail servers, but do not change anything in the existing Email account. You can have several accounts, all sending and receiving from the one computer. Once the new Email address has been tested and working, you can set your new Email address as the “Default” Email address, so that all outgoing Emails will be sent from that Email address in future.

Posted by Redback Graphics in Technical

Collapsing Categories in WooCommerce

When Collapsing Categories plugin displays double the product count.
Dashboard, Plugins editor. Edit Collapsing Categories plugin.
In collapscatlist.php line: 639 (can vary depending on version but it will be close to this line)

$theCount=$subCatPostCount2 + $totalCatPostCount;


Problem solvered.

Posted by Redback Graphics in Code hacks
Adding a new product

Adding a new product

Adding a new product

If you are using a Redback Graphics installed website, with shop function installed, add a new product following these steps.

Login to your dashboard.
Briefly: – Add New Product, Add a Product Title, Long description, Short Description, Product Image, choose categories, set a price (if applicable), then Publish.

More detailed instruction:

Choose Add a new (click 1) product (click 2) from your dashboard bar across the top.

Add a product Title (in the Product title field), long description (in the content field below the Product Title, Add Media button and editing icons), a Short Description (at 3) in the content field under “Product Short Description” section down the page (4).


Add a product image from the “Product Image section on the right side of the screen, click “Set product image” (5). Upload a product image, then click the blue button in bottom right corner “Set product image”. For best results, all product images should be the same size, same shape, with adequate blank or neutral coloured background, so that the product images all display clearly and consistently throughout your range of products.

Then select the Categories applicable to your new product (from the right side also, under the “Product Categories” section), or Add a new category if required.

If your product has a price (6) (shops displaying products but not selling do not add a price), add that in the Product Data section, General tab, add Shipping class and weight if applicable in Shipping.

Finally, Publish your new product by clicking the blue “Publish” button on the upper right side of the screen.

Posted by Redback Graphics in Wordpress Tips

Customising the new websites

Customising the new websites

This will be updated as time permits. As always, clients of Redback Graphics can call (any decent hour) or email 24/7 for support. These options are only available in websites installed after October 2018.
Log in to your dashboard and navigate to the relevant section to edit.

1. Updating your site logo
Appearance/Customize/Site Identity. Here you can remove or Change the current logo, and adjust the padding (the space around it).

2. Navigation Menu
Appearance/Customize/Header Colours to change Menu link, background colours, hover colours and also mobile menu colours.
To change the font and size, edit that from Appearance/Customize/Fonts and Typography. A link is provided to Google Fonts where you can choose a font, copy its name (exactly), put that in the font field for Body (page content) Heading and/or Menu. You can choose different fonts for each if you want. You can also change the size of the Menu font here, and if it will be uppercase or not.
To change the position of the navigation (and therefore logo), you can set the position of the Menu to centred, left or right justified, via Customize/Site Layout under Menu layout.

3. Full width feature image to Home page
Appearance/Customize/Homepage Settings. Remove or replace current image under “Static front page: header image.

4. Call to Action buttons on Home page.
Appearance/Customize/Homepage Settings. Under “Primary call-to-action button text”, Edit titles, colours, sizes, padding. Similar settings for “Secondary call-to-action button text” etc.

5. Call to Action buttons in the sidebar and the sidebar position.
Appearance/Customize/Widgets/Sidebar. Add or edit existing buttons here. To change the default sidebar (for any new pages) from left to right (or none), do that from Customize/Site Layout under the Menu layout options. You can also change the position of the sidebar from within any page. Edit the page, scroll down under the content editing window, and choose from the “Sidebar Layout” drop down list.

6. Add, change or delete feature image to interior pages or posts.
To edit a feature image on any page (or post), once logged in to your dashboard, navigate to that page (or post), then edit. Under the content editing section, navigate down to “Page Header Settings”. To activate a new image, click “Activate Extended Header”, then choose from your media library or upload a new image at “Header image (Add or upload)”. Update your page.

7. Hide page title from feature images.
To hide the page title from your feature image, while editing your page, scroll down to “General Settings” under the content editing section, and tick “Hide title”. If you would like a title under the feature image, just add it to the page content, and make it a Heading by choosing “Heading 2” from the editing options available above the content editing section, the “Paragraph” dropdown options. Update your page.

8. Change sidebar side, or remove sidebar.
To change the default sidebar (for any new pages) from left to right (or none), do that from Customize/Site Layout under the Menu layout options. You can also change the position of the sidebar from within any page. Edit the page, scroll down under the content editing section, and choose from the “Sidebar Layout” drop down list. Update your page.

If you get stuck, and you are a client of Redback Graphics, please call or email for assistance.

Posted by Redback Graphics in News, Wordpress Tips

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