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Lost Kiwi Online

On my list for a while has been a general personal blog, that I have just finished. Developed in WordPress and a theme with modifications from Envato Elements. 

Approved for Google ads.

This site will not appear in my portfolio, as the intention for this website was to be as clean and simple as I could make it. But thought I would share the theme, plugins and email sign up for it. 

So here I go – I find this to be good reference material for myself as well when starting new sites.

The Theme

The theme I have used is called DaBBa fromEnvato Element. 

Dabba Blog is a minimalist trendy and modern WordPress Theme for Blog and shop. Theme suitable for any kind of blog, personal, travel, fashion, food, photography, publishing, or tutorial blog site The Dabba theme is Gutenberg ready. Gutenberg is a new WordPress editor that will be default WordPress editor in WordPress 5.0. Dabba’s all elements based on Gutenberg.

Included in the package is the Child Theme and yes, you should 100% install the child theme and activate it as your main theme. This will protect you from updates to the main theme, so nothing you modify is over writtern form an update.

You can click the image and it will take you directly to the theme so you can read all the features that it has to offer. 

Disclaimer: The image contains an affiliate link. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use this link to make a purchase. It’s a win for everyone, really.

Once I installed and imported over the demo content, it is really a task of removing content and features you do not need and in some cases, tweaking the code a little, so it does what you are after. If you get a theme that has the features you are looking, main the changes are usually in the styling of your site. So knowing CSS will be a big help. 

I will have a few links at the end of the article for CSS resources.

The plugins I selected

The selection of plugins are important. Take your time and do a bit of research, as if these break your site can break as well.
yoast plugin
Yoast SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin. It handles the technical optimization of your site & assists with optimizing your content. They provide training courses as well for use of the plugin and step by step instructions on setting up this plugin on your site. They provide training courses as well for use of the plugin and step by step instructions on setting up this plugin on your site.

The Wordfence WordPress security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware.

Some type of security plugin is a must have in all WordPress websites, because this cms is so popular there is always attempts to hack this sites

Site Kite by Google

Site Kit is a one-stop solution for WordPress users to use everything Google has to offer to make them successful on the web.

Great plugin to connect all the Google services to your site and forget about adding the code manually or having to install several plugins for the same features.

Sell online with the fully customizable, open source eCommerce platform built for WordPress.

One of the easiest plugins and well documented to get your website sell products.

Once installed, you can decided if you want extra plugins or not, such as WooCommerce Service, WooCommerce Blocks etc etc. It is really up to you and what you what from the plugin. Do some research. 

WooCommerce

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.

Very easy to use plugin to get contact forms, surveys etc up and running on your site. 

There are several of these plugins around and they are all pretty good, so it is really choice of which one you would like to work with

A simple way to get GDPR Cookie Consent as per EU GDPR/Cookie Law regulations.

This is one of the better GDPR plugins I have come across, used with another to get the result I wanted, called WP AutoTerms for the terms and conditions, privacy policy pages etc, then uninstalled AutoTerms once I got what I needed.

Cookie consent

Above are what I feel are the most important plugins for the website. I also included the following, but I do not considered super important.

  • Post Duplicator
  • Call To Action Customizable
  • Jetpack
  • MC4WP: mailchimp for wordpress

Video tutorials on the main plugins

Ok and that is the general make up of the website. Now it is up to me to create the content and make it useful to people and keep the site active. 

The Final Result

Google ads was approved and set to auto display. Included widget from Pinterest. So not an over complicated site. But is want I needed for the job I want it to do. With the theme giving me most of the features I need and a basic layout, I found it worked and the main feature for this site is the content on the blog. 

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