Tea & Gift Shoppe

After deciding to quickly move most of their focus to online sales, this project required a quick turn around. A webiste was produced using a simple, warm, elegant design for the new online shop with a fully featured payment gateway and options for shipping as well as local delivery.


Free SSL (HTTPS) Certificates All Around!

Something important to many users is making sure their information is safe. Also a concern for those who own a website is keeping their customers information secure. Especially if there are payment transactions taking place or people are logging into the site. To keep that information safe, you need an SSL certificate for your site. Even if you’re not transmitting sensitive information, Google rankings are improved if your site is using SSL. When you see HTTPS (see photo) that means the site is using an SSL certificate. So to simply state it, HTTPS is the same as SSL.

HTTPS makes sure that the information being sent between the user and the website are encrypted and safely sent so no one else can steal that information while it is being sent. If your website takes payments, you need to be sure it is PCI compliant. One requirement for your site to be PCI compliant is an SSL certificate. It used to be that SSL certificates were expensive. But thanks to Let’s Encrypt, that has all changed.

So starting now, when you host your site with Web Unraveling, a FREE Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate will be installed on your site!

WordPress Emoji Support! How to Disable It.

WordPress + Emoji = No Thank You!WordPress has added support for Emoji. It’s super easy to use. This happens anywhere on a WordPress site. So if you put an emoji in a post or page, WordPress detects it for you and replaces the text or ascii character (text character) with the matching emoji symbol. It’s pretty, easy to use. It comes enabled by default with WordPress, since version 4.2. Unfortunately, when you add any ascii character that matches an emoji, it will be changed to an emoji, no matter where it is on the site or what file it is being produced from. For example, it could happened to characters that are coded into your `header.php`.

Don’t get me wrong. Emoji can be fun and I do like it. Also, WordPress is my content management system (CSM) of choice. But there is currently no option in the admin section to turn this feature off. Not everyone wants to use this feature. For example, what if you have a business that offers services for something very serious. You probably don’t want to have those playful emojis popping up. Well, there is a simple way to remove the emoji feature from your WordPress site and it only requires you to add a few lines of code to one file in your current WordPress theme. Here are the simple instructions.

  1. Open the functions.php file, located in your active WordPress theme folder (/wp-content/themes/your-theme/) in a plain text editor.
  2. Copy the following text and paste it at the bottom of the file. Make sure you post it above the last line that has the characters ?> on it.
  3. Save the file to the server.
  4. Enjoy your emoji free site!