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May 18, 2020

The Top Alternatives To Google Analytics

Our agency has been experimenting with Google Analytics alternatives as solutions to our customers increasing desires to break from the technological behemoth. 84% of websites use Google analytics as their statistical analytics platform for their website. It's a super powerful tool, but there are several cases where you may want to explore alternatives. Google Analytics […]
May 17, 2020

Can't Get Into Your Site? Here's What To Do.

We created this quick guide to help you get back into your WordPress website if you were locked out. We know that there are a lot of other articles online that discuss how best to do this, but we feel that they're lacking in guidance and screenshots. Especially if you're a first-time user of the […]
May 16, 2020

Building A WordPress Website For Your Restaurant

The global pandemic is pushing many restaurant owners to offer online only delivery and service. As an agency, we have seen many many requests on how to implement online ordering into your digital presence. Building a platform in WordPress that will allow customers to order ahead, schedule a pick up time and then pay for […]
May 15, 2020

How To Secure Your WordPress Website

Many website owners are rightfully worried about the security of their WordPress site. There a lot of manual hackers, as well as automated bots that are looking to break into your website, steal valuable user information, and push visitors to pop-up advertising.  This is a guide for a website owner who is looking to increase […]
May 15, 2020

Ensure Text Remains Visible During Webfont Load On WordPress

What Is It? Fonts are often large files that take awhile to load. Some browsers hide text until the font loads, causing a flash of invisible text (FOIT). FOIT is pretty much how it sounds, when the browser sees that a custom font is applied to a text, it waits till the font is downloaded. […]
May 14, 2020

Building A Cross-Website Paywall With WPForms

Introduction In this article, we wanted to show you how to make a quick and dirty paywall using WPForms.  As a design agency, we offer a lot of resources for free. We also have a lot of resources/articles that should be paid, and decided to make a really quick paywall, to use if we ever […]
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May 14, 2020

Moving To Matomo, Google Analytics Biggest Competition

Recently, our agency decided to move our website analytics platform from Google Analytics to an open source solution called Matomo. We chose to do this as we wanted to respect our users privacy, and felt that hosting statistics on our own server was better for both us and them.  We began looking for an open […]
May 13, 2020

How To Efficiently Encode Images On WordPress

What Is It? This audit lists all unoptimized images, with potential savings in kilobytes. Optimizing the images listed will make the page load faster and consume less data. Why Does It Display? Lighthouse collects all the JPEG or BMP images on the page, sets each image's compression level to 85, and then compares the original […]
May 12, 2020

How To Install WordPress On To DigitalOcean With CapRover

In this article we're going to discuss installing WordPress onto a Digital Ocean droplet using a third-party add-on called CarPover. This differs from the default method of installing a WordPress installation from the DigitalOcean marketplace, and has its own pros and cons that we will discuss later. Hosting a WordPress installation on DigitalOcean is a […]
May 11, 2020

How To Install Chatwoot To A DigitalOcean Droplet

Intro Chatwoot is an open source alternative to popular live chat software as a service offerings. Because it's open source, it's free if you install it and host it yourself. You can choose to pay the company $49 to $99 a month for the same features, with managed hosting and support. This article is going […]
May 11, 2020

How To Defer Offscreen Images On Your WordPress Website

What Is It? The Defer Offecreen Images opportunity section of your Lighthouse report lists all offscreen or hidden images in your page along with the potential savings in kilobytes (KB). Consider lazy-loading these images after all critical resources have finished loading to lower Time to Interactive: Why Does It Display? Google will display these suggestions […]
May 10, 2020

Monetize High Performance Cloud Hosting On A Low Budget

This is a short guide for WordPress web designers, developers, and small digital agencies. All too often your clients are on shared hosting, which seriously impacts their paidspeed loading times. As we discussed in this blog a lot, page speed is extremely important because it directly correlates to conversion rate, revenue generated by the website, […]
May 9, 2020

What's The Best Elementor Add On Plugin?

We purchased the 7 most popular Elementor Addon Plugins and tested each of them to find the best solution for you.
May 9, 2020

Avoid An Excessive DOM Size On Your WordPress Website

What Is It? The Document Object Model (DOM) is a cross-platform and language-independent interface that treats an XML or HTML document as a tree structure wherein each node is an object representing a part of the document. The DOM represents a document with a logical tree. The more elements (headings, links, sections, paragraphs...) you have […]
May 8, 2020

How To Avoid Multiple Page Redirects On Your WordPress Site

What Is It? Redirects slow down your page load speed. When a browser requests a resource that has been redirected, the server usually returns an HTTP response like this: The browser must then make another HTTP request at the new location to retrieve the resource. This additional trip across the network can delay the loading […]
May 8, 2020

The Free Alternative to LiveChat & Intercom

Existing live chat services do live chat really well, but they also cost a pretty penny. We set out to find a free & powerful alternative to existing live chat services. Many times, there are some stunning open source alternatives that are free, and offer more features than paid services. For live chat, there's an […]
May 7, 2020

Do's And Don'ts Of An Architecture Website

We generated an architecture website checklist just for you. Over the past couple of months, the Isotropic team has been hard at work identifying and analysing hundreds of websites across the industries we serve. Our findings have been pretty helpful in isolating the industry-specific do's and don'ts of websites and web presences. Over the next […]
May 6, 2020

How To Fix "Avoid Chaining Critical Requests" On Your WordPress Site

What Is It? Critical request chains are a series of dependent network requests important for page rendering. The more prominent the length of the chains and the bigger the download sizes, the more critical the effect on page load execution. Browsers typically parse HTML utilizing a streaming parser—resources are found inside the markup before they […]
May 6, 2020

Implementing Infinite Scroll On The Default Elementor Posts Widget

As unfortunate as it is, Elementor doesn't provide any support for Ajax infinite loading. We've been requesting this feature for awhile, so it doesn't look like they'll be adding in anytime soon. Luckily for you, it's a pretty easy thing to implement with a free and super simple third party plugin. In this blog post […]
May 5, 2020

How To Keep An Elementor Sticky Element In Its Column

A common issue with Elementor is being unable to keep sticky elements in their column. The typical default behavior is for the sticky element to remain sticky for the entire page scroll - this behavior is not (usually) wanted because the element will end up in the footer of the website. Usually, you want these […]
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