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Advanced Custom Fields and qTranslate-X

23 August 2016 | Website Design, WordPress

One of our favorite plugins when building WordPress sites is the fantastic Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) by Elliot Condon which makes creating, editing and using custom fields within posts extremely easy. For those sites that simultaneously use the popular multilingual plugin qTranslate-X, however, things aren’t as straightforward. There is a plugin in the WordPress repository, ACF qTranslate, which supposedly allows custom fields to work with qTranslate but it hasn’t been updated for a while and appears to be broken when using the latest versions of ACF (v5.4 and higher). Continue reading »

Customizing WordPress Admin Panel: ‘At A Glance’ Widget

24 December 2013 | Website Design, WordPress

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With most sites we build for clients using WordPress, we do a little customization work on the original WordPress admin area.  One area we often customize is the Dashboard’s ‘Right Now’ widget, which since the upgrade to WordPress 3.8 has come to be known as the ‘At a Glance’ widget.

Despite the name change, the ‘At a Glance’ widget displays the same information as it’s predecessor, including the number of posts and pages that have been published on the site.  Quite often you’ll want to include your custom post types amongst this list, hence the need for customization. Continue reading »

Enqueue IE Conditional Stylesheets in WordPress

02 August 2013 | Website Design, WordPress

You’ve enqueued your CSS files the correct way in WordPress, but what about those pesky IE-conditional stylesheets?

In the example that follows, we’ll demonstrate how to load the default FontAwesome stylesheet from the NetDNA CDN and then show you the quick and easy way to load the IE7 version conditionally. Continue reading »

Installing WordPress on Multiple Folders with IIS

08 June 2013 | Website Design, WordPress

We recently were faced with the need to add an online store onto an existing site.  The original site was built with WordPress, however its theme didn’t lend itself well to our WordPress e-commerce plugin of choice: WooCommerce.

To overcome this with minimal fuss, we chose to run another installation of WordPress using a WooCommerce friendly theme in a subfolder of the site (i.e. domain.com/shop/).

When testing this setup on localhost with XAMPP, we didn’t encounter any issues at all — pretty permalinks worked fine with requests to any posts/pages within the /shop folder being recognized correctly. Continue reading »

OpenCart Database Setup Error

22 May 2013 | Hosting Service, Website Design

I must admit, we’re not very familiar with the OpenCart e-commerce system, but recently we had a client reporting that they were unable to set up OpenCart on their hosting account.

Specifically, the error they were reporting occurred at Step 3 of the install which is when you get to enter your database credentials as shown below.

opencart database installation error

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PhuketWebsites.com: Showcasing Websites by Zighead

27 March 2013 | Hosting Service, Website Design

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To give websites designed by Zighead Communications a home of their own, we recently launched PhuketWebsites.com.  This uniquely-styled showcase features a large selection of the websites we’ve created over the years.  Although most (if not all) of these can be found on this website itself, we recommend taking a look at the new site for a fresh new perspective on our work.

And so that its easy to find everything related to our web work in one place, you’ll also find a section on our website hosting plans on the new site.

Have a look and let us know what you think!

Exclude Visits to Your Own Site from Google Analytics

17 May 2012 | Website Design

By default, Google Analytics will track every visit to your website, including your own and those of your company colleagues.  This can lead to bloated statistics, assuming of course you do visit your own website.  There are a number of ways to exclude your own visits and gain a better picture of what’s happening on your site. Continue reading »

Music on Your Website? Just Say “NO”.

30 April 2012 | Website Design

If you’ve worked as a web designer for any length of time, you’ve probably been faced with the following question from a client: “Can I have music on my website?”.

Having been in the business for a number of years now, we’ve had to answer the above question numerous times with an explanation of why having music on your website is a poor choice. To be honest, the process of convincing a client why it isn’t such a great idea has gotten a wee-bit tiresome.  Continue reading »

Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty Website Wins Award

27 April 2012 | Website Design

We’re thrilled to learn that the site we created for Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty has just been awarded “Best Real Estate Agency Website – Thailand” at the International Property Awards! Congratulations to the whole Zighead team for their efforts on the site.  Of course, a huge amount of credit goes to the Hunter Sotheby’s team for managing the site so well since it went ‘live’ back in September 2011.

Built on a WordPress framework, one of the website’s key features is its AJAX-driven search/sort/filter functionality which allows visitors to narrow down their choices with minimal delay.  Variable size image galleries, automatically generated PDF and printable listings, Google maps, videos and virtual tours are just a few of the additional features that have made the site such a success.

This is the second year in a row that a site built by Zighead Communications has been recognized at the International Property Awards. In 2011, Phillips Property received “Highly Commended Real Estate Agency Website – Thailand”.

The Fast, Cheap & Great Conundrum

20 April 2012 | Graphic Design, Website Design

This infographic by Colin Harman has been around quite a while, but because its so well-designed and accurate we thought we’d share it again. And yes folks, it applies equally well to web design as it does to graphic design (or bridge building, for that matter).

Source: Colin Harman

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