Customising your Rootspersona Shortcodes

Customising your Rootspersona Shortcodes

If you’ve been researching genealogy and created your own family tree using WordPress, it’s most likely that you used the fantastic plugin called Rootspersona. You can use it both as a data source to create, collate and edit the family tree, or import an existing family tree from other genealogy tools such as Ancestry.

The basic set up and importing of the Gedcom file is fairly self explanatory. What isn’t quite so obvious (and with documentation not readily available), is editing the layout of the profile pages. These are created automatically by the plugin when you import your existing family tree using the Gedcom file importer.

On the settings page you will find a section at the bottom to create your own layout for the pages using the shortcodes detailed below. Each of these has been coded to include the plugins own variable wildcard scripts to automatically insert the details for each person.


Pro Tip – You can use a Tabs plugin or coding and embed the shortcodes for Rootspersona within each tab. This is a neat way to display the persons information in a more user friendly way and shorten the length of the whole page.

Default Shortcode:

[rootsPersona personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' picFile1='{%picfile1%}' /]


[rootsPersonaHeader personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' picFile1='{%picfile1%}' /]


[rootsPersonaBio personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' /]

Family Spouse:

[rootsPersonaFamilyS personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' /]

Family Child:

[rootsPersonaFamilyC personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' /]


[rootsPersonaAncestors personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' /]


[rootsPersonaFacts personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' /]


[rootsPersonaEvidence personId='{%personid%}' batchId='{%batchid%}' /]

Use these shortcodes to customise the order and layout of your Rootspersona profile pages, reordering the display of each individual section of the person’s profile in the Rootspersona family tree plugin for WordPress.

If you’re wondering why use Custom Page Shortcodes in Rootspersona, over and above the default one, here’s a list of the most common use cases for these custom shortcodes for Rootspersona:

  • How to reduce the number of elements displayed in person’s page of Rootspersona
  • How to hide specific elements from the person’s page in Rootspersona
  • How to customise Rootspersona page sections
  • How to create custom shortcodes in Rootspersona
  • How to change the display order of sections in the person’s page of Rootspersona
  • How to remove elements from the person’s page of Rootspersona
  • How to reorder sections of the person’s page in Rootspersona
  • How to customise the default shortcode in Rootspersona
  • How to use the Rootspersona Custom Page Shortcodes section

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Web Design for Australian Art Dealer in Rome, Italy

Web Design for Australian Art Dealer in Rome, Italy

The creatively minded team at Counterweave selected White Rabbit when it came to developing their website, as they expanded and took their incredible collection of Australian art to Rome in Italy. A first in the art world, bringing traditional Australian art and workshops to the galleries and studios of Rome’s exclusive art scene.

This bold move required a similarly bold website, to showcase the stunning artwork and visual treats from Counterweave’s collection of artists. Large responsive banners display the fascinating and engaging artwork, while expansive white backgrounds and simple textual content support the artwork and provide in-depth information about all the other crafts and anima available from Counterweave. Layout and design approaches similar to those adopted by major art galleries.

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With eCommerce integration using Etsy, this website provides an online outlet for this incredible artwork from Aboriginal and contemporary artists, now available in Europe. Items listed in the client’s Etsy store will automatically appear in the websites art catalogues.

Additional integrations provide an online appointment booking system, for other therapeutic and creative services offered by the Counterweave team. This responsive website design offers potential customers and art buyers the perfect way to access these incredible artworks, creative workshops and other “anima” available, from any computer or mobile device.

Art & Craft workshops can also be booked through the website, with a simple calendar view of all the upcoming workshops available, clients can click through for more information and to book themselves a place on any of the workshops listed.

On-going maintenance and updates on the WordPress back-end is carried out by the client themselves as they had previous experience with blogging platforms, so the migration to WordPress was smooth and simple for them.

Check out the website to see some of the incredible Australian artwork available to buy and if in Rome, why not book something a little special like one of their craft workshops to pass the time.

Visit the website at counterweave.com

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Responsive Web Design for Entertainment & Talent Agency

Responsive Web Design for Entertainment & Talent Agency

Meeting at a local Chamber of Commerce event, Matthew (from Comicus Ltd) and I instantly hit it off. With a similar view towards business ethics and the knowledge that he was missing out on vital online traffic and customers, he had a strong desire for his online presence to be improved.

After reviewing his existing WordPress website, which had been designed in a very restrictive way, preventing ease of updating and denying the maximum SEO benefits. I advised on several changes to make on the website, to at least improve it’s current standing.

Following further discussions and the realisation that the current website theme and configuration wasn’t a viable basis to progress, we decided to rebuild the website with the latest version of WordPress and a more current and compatible theme.

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The new responsive website had an immediate impact on the search results and traffic received through the site. Optimised to be search engine friendly, engaging, interactive and accessible, the new Comicus website is far more suited to the needs of today’s internet users and indeed the client.

This online catalogue website of talented celebrities, individuals, bands and dance acts available to hire for events, provides a simple way to search the huge database of entertainers and then book directly through Comicus using the online contact form, or by phone and email. In addition to the vast online catalogue of talent for hire, Comicus offers several related services to their clients; with video production, corporate events, cruise ship entertainment and other relevant business services.

With plans to develop the site further to incorporate video lessons in comedy and an online event booking system, this long-term relationship is just beginning. Further support with social media will also be provided from White Rabbit in the near future.

Check out the website to see all of the famous celebrities, sporting stars and entrepreneurs available to hire, maybe book someone special for your next corporate event or private function.

Visit the website at comicus.co.uk

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Responsive Web Design for Festival Event in Scotland

Responsive Web Design for Festival Event in Scotland

Event websites are so much fun to work on, always interesting and different. Updating each year for the new line-up or theme and seeing how the event develops over time. Keeping the website content and design fresh and individual is of upmost importance, events need to be unique and creative to ensure continued attendance.

This particular music festival is based in Dumfries, Scotland. A very niche musical event in that it’s dedicated entirely to the Ukulele. The organisers who put on an incredible festival each year, insist that every act is of the highest calibre and features the ukulele throughout.

Widely regarded as the largest event of it’s kind in the world, with some 800 or more visitors each year. The Ukulele Festival of Scotland has firmly established it’s place in the calendar of any ukulele player out there.

“White Rabbit was absolutely brilliant, really efficient and approachable. A big thank you for all your hard work and support on the website, and patience when coping with those of us who are technologically challenged! Thank you so much.” Linda Butterworth – Festival Director

With the continued support of White Rabbit, providing a responsive website to host important event information about the festival, an online ticketing and ukulele workshop booking system, social media assistance with creating the accounts and increasing followers. Resulting in a huge social following and attendance for an event of this kind, which is only now in it’s third year (2018).

Some of the particular features of this website design are detailed below:

  • PDF Festival Programme Download

  • Mailing List Integration

  • Call To Action Banner

  • Social Media Integrations

  • Online Box Office

  • Competition Entry Forms

  • SSL Securely Encrypted Website

  • Festival Photo Gallery

  • Browser Notifications

  • Facebook Chatbot

  • Automated Event Announcements

Festival goers and website visitors can open communications over several different platforms and devices. Subscribe to the event’s mailing list, receive browser notification updates from the event website and even engage with the festival’s chatbot via FB Messenger, to find information about the event and receive updates on the festival. Using some of the latest communication technology and methods to schedule updates, interact with festival visitors and maintain interest.

Here’s a great video from Manitoba Hal Brolund, one of the regular performers at the festival:

Check out the website and if you’re in Scotland at the time of the festival, be sure to take a visit to Dumfries for the Ukulele Festival of Scotland.

Visit the website at ukulelefestivalofscotland.co.uk

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WordPress eCommerce Website for Artist’s Merchandise

WordPress eCommerce Website for Artist’s Merchandise

This responsive eCommerce website provides an outlet for a Portugal based artist, to produce and sell merchandise online with their original artwork on it. This fully automated WordPress eCommerce solution, takes orders via the website front-end and automatically passes the order on to the third party merchandise printer which provides complete order fulfilment.

The customer’s order is then printed, packed and shipped direct to their chosen delivery address. Without any need for interaction by the artist, who can happily continue creating amazing art while their eCommerce merchandise website and social media does the marketing and selling for them.

With complete PayPal integration, the total order value is received into the artist’s PayPal account and then the item is purchased from those funds, leaving no margin for error or financial risk to the artist. Best of all there is no need to layout lots of money to order printed stock in advance, all this merchandise is printed-on-demand and can be ordered as singular items or in bulk.

Some of the specific feature of this website design are:

  • WordPress eCommerce

  • Automated Ordering

  • Printed Merchandise

  • Zero-Touch Order Fullfilment

  • Social Media Integration

  • Refer-a-Friend Scheme

  • High Quality Printing

  • Responsive Web Design

  • Various Sizes & Colours

  • Clothing, Household and Stationery

Here’s a little promotional video from the artist:


If you’re a horror, sci-fi, vintage or militaria fan, why not check out the website and what cool merchandise is available from this artist’s eCommerce store.

Visit the website at tony.masero.co.uk/shop

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Understanding your website and what makes it happen

Understanding your website and what makes it happen

If you are looking for a better way of understanding your website, try this…

The infographic below has been designed to give you a better understanding of the components that make up a website, giving you an insight into each of their functions and how it all ties together.


Understanding Your Website


Don’t be in the dark about your website, a better understanding will empower you to not only get the best deals, having an insight will help you when choosing a developer for your own website. See more guidance and advice from White Rabbit in the blog.

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FREE Business Listing Directories – Lead-Gen & Organic SEO

FREE Business Listing Directories – Lead-Gen & Organic SEO

SEO from White Rabbit

Free business listing directories are a great way to quickly gain company exposure, generate some leads and get backlinks, which are themselves a fantastic way to increase traffic to your website. Backlinks also play a big part in your organic SEO and SERP ranking. Reaping the rewards from other’s work to increase their own search engine position, can be passed on to your website, giving your organic SEO a boost and pushing you up the search results.

A quick and easy way to increase exposure gain and some backlinks to your website, is to list your company on free business listing directories, ones that include URL links which allow you to add your own website address.

It’s important only to link from other websites that will be beneficial to your search results position. Take a look at the list below which provides links to some FREE business listing directories, which have good standing with the major search engines.

NB. As several of these sites run on the earnings they gain from sharing data, it may be wise to consider exactly how much personal information you share with them.

A good way to get an idea of how you perform before and after using the links below is this neat tool from MOZ https://moz.com/local/search

..and to check the quality of the domain you are looking to put your link on, you can use something like SEMRush.

FREE Business Listing Directories:

The above listed have been selected as they are regarded highly by Google and other search engines, there are many more FREE business listing directories available, for you to create a free listing for your company. Include a website link to your homepage, with a title and descriptions including your chosen keyword, to ensure you benefit from any organic SEO pass-through from that website.

Here is a link to a huge database of UK business directories, however the data is a little old and some of the links don’t work (still worth going through if you have the time). http://www.paulhoda.co.uk/list-of-all-web-directories-hosted-in-uk/

Website optimisation services available from White Rabbit to optimise your website’s meta title and descriptions, boost your organic SEO, increase website performance in both page loading speed and search result positions.

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Install free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate using cPanel

Install free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate using cPanel

Let's Encrypt on WordPressHow to install free SSL Certificate on websites?

Following the previous website tutorial (Let’s Encrypt on WordPress websites for free SSL/HTTPS), you will have generated a free SSL certificate using the Let’s Encrypt platform and the WP Encrypt plugin. Having completed that tutorial you will be in the possession of the location details for your free SSL certificate files – Usually something like the below…


Once generated, the free SSL certificate must be installed on your web server. You do this through your web hosting control panel (cPanel).

  1. After you have logged in, navigate to the SSL/TLS section and select Manage/Install SSL Certificates (or whatever is similar in your web hosting cPanel display).
  2. Scroll down to the section that let’s you enter a new SSL certificate. Select your domain name from the dropdown list and try the Autofill by Domain button (this may or may not work). If the Autofill works then you should see your new SSL certificate populate the fields below, scroll to the bottom and click the Install Certificate button.
  3. If the Autofill doesn’t work you’ll have to copy the SSL certificate content across manually. Navigate to the File Manager section of your web hosting cPanel. This should open in a new tab and show you the root directory of your website.
  4. Navigate your way to the location of your SSL certificate files (example above), this is usually achieved by clicking on the folder icons. When you are in the correct folder you should see the SSL certificate files listed. In particular you are looking for the fullchain.pem and private.pem files. Open/view each of the files and copy the content to a text editor like notepad.exe (do not use word processing software such as MS Word).
  5. Now that you have the content of the fullchain.pem and private.pem files, you can enter them into your cPanel. Once again navigate to the SSL/TLS section of your web hosting cPanel and select Manage/Install SSL Certificates (or whatever is similar in your web hosting cPanel display). Scroll down to the section that let’s you enter a new SSL certificate. Select your domain name from the dropdown list, this time you will paste the content of the SSL certificate files into the fields provided, as follows…

Certificate: (CRT) = The first section from the fullchain.pem file.

Private Key (KEY) = The entire content of the private.pem file.

Certificate Authority Bundle: (CABUNDLE) = The second section of the fullchain.pem file.

NB. In each field you must include —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– and —–END CERTIFICATE—–.

Check that you have a green tick by the side of each field (signifying that the SSL certificate details are correct), scroll to the bottom and click the Install Certificate button.

Your free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt should now be installed on your web server, to check this open a browser window and enter your website address with https:// at the beginning (i.e. https://consultantsussex.com).

Don’t forget you’ll need to make sure that all your content is being served from a secure address and update your Google Analytics tracking. To find out the easiest ways to do this check out the other website tutorials or contact White Rabbit.

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Let’s Encrypt on WordPress websites for free SSL/HTTPS

Let’s Encrypt on WordPress websites for free SSL/HTTPS

Why do websites need a Green Padlock?

When browsing the internet you will notice that some, if not the vast majority of websites, show a green padlock in the browser address bar. This means any information the user sends to the website server will be encrypted, thus preventing anyone from eavesdropping on the conversation (and pinching any private data that’s shared). If you wish to sell any products or services through your website (eCommerce) then the green padlock is vital.

Let's Encrypt on WordPressHow to get a Green Padlock for a website?

To show a green padlock and ensure that all the browser traffic to your website is encrypted, you’ll need an SSL certificate installed on your web server. The simplest and cheapest way to achieve this is to use the Let’s Encrypt platform to generate your free SSL certificate.

If you’re running your website on a self-hosted WordPress CMS platform, then you’re half way to getting your free SSL certificate already, if your website isn’t on a WordPress platform please contact White Rabbit today and open your website up to the endless possibilities available.

Follow the instructions below to generate a free SSL certificate to help secure WordPress websites and encrypt website traffic using the Let’s Encrypt platform:

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard
  2. Select Plugins from the navigation menu
  3. Click the Add New button
  4. Enter WP Encrypt in the search box
  5. Install and Activate the WP Encrypt plugin
  6. Select Settings>WP Encrypt from the navigation menu
  7. Tick the box to auto renew the certificate
  8. Save the settings
  9. Then click the Register Account button
  10. Then click the Generate Certificate button

Once you have completed all the steps above and allowed each page to load, you will see a message confirming the SSL certificate has been generated and showing you the location of the relevant files. You will need this information to install your Let’s Encrypt certificate in your web hosting cPanel.

Now that you have generated the SSL certificate it will need to be installed on your web server. The procedure for this will differ depending on your web host. Check out the other White Rabbit Website Tutorials to find out how to install your free SSL certificate.

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Easily make your WordPress website more secure

Easily make your WordPress website more secure

Let's Encrypt on WordPressWhy is WordPress security important?

Because of the fact that more than 25% of all websites now being created are built on the WordPress CMS platform, it is fast becoming a target for hackers, DDOS and other malicious attacks.

As a WordPress website owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your website does not have any security flaws which could be exploited by the hackers, to use your website for their unauthorised purposes.

With a fresh install, WordPress has some limited security features built-in which should indeed be enabled and made use of. In addition to these you can use several other security plugins and methods to further protect your WordPress website from unethical attacker.

How to make WordPress websites more secure?

See below a few pointers and ideas from White Rabbit to help you make sure your WordPress website is more secure for free. Closed off to the loopholes and back-doors that hackers use to gain access to your website or even take it down!

  1. Use strong passwords – At least 8 characters, a mix of numbers and letters, at least 1 capital letter and a special character for good measure. If you have to created multiple passwords, try and find a formula that works with just a minor adjustment for each variation.
  2. Keep passwords secret – It may sound obvious but many people fail at this basic step. If you need to give others access to your WordPress dashboard… create a new user for them, this way you can also track changes if you want.
  3. Limit Login Attempts – This can help prevent snoopers from attempting to guess your passwords. You can use a default plugin when you install WordPress or a 3rd party security plugin like the one mentioned below.
  4. Further WordPress security – As touched on above, within the configuration of your WordPress CMS there are a few settings that can be tweaked to improve the general security of your website. Go through the general settings pages and make sure you’ve covered everything you can find that’s relevant.
  5. Additional plugins – Other free security plugins are available for WordPress. A particularly good one is iThemes Security this holds a wealth of security features and tweaks. Another useful free security plugin is WordFence for its Firewall capabilities.
  6. HTTPS & SSL certificates – This will ensure that traffic to and from your website is encrypted. Google also sees the SSL certificate as a ranking factor as well. Follow this link to read a blog post and find out how to get a free green padlock for your WordPress website.
  7. Keep backups – Not so much a security measure, more of a disaster recovery technique, be sure to have a good backup of the files and databases from your website. Keep the backup in a location separate to your web hosting, just in case that goes down.
  8. Tidy Up! – An often overlooked and simple method to help keep your WordPress website secure is to keep the back-end tidy, uninstall unused plugins and removed expired users.

These are just a few WordPress security tips and techniques to help you on your way to securing your WordPress website for free. The main thing to focus on is staying ahead of the hackers. Keep your WordPress installation and plugins up to date, to ensure you have all the latest security features and fixes available and above all be vigilant – if you think something suspicious is going on… check it out!

Let White Rabbit take away the hassle of securing your WordPress website, we’ll make sure all of the above is done and more, to give your website and customer’s data the protection and safety it deserves. Contact White Rabbit today to get your website secured.

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All new White Papers and Tutorials from White Rabbit

All new White Papers and Tutorials from White Rabbit

In this open-source world we now live in, it’s important to continue the propagation and sharing of knowledge. White Rabbit will be releasing a series of White Papers and Tutorials on subjects of interest to our customers and followers, from website security to customer interaction, search engine results, hardware and hosted telephony.

The posts will be aimed at supporting and assisting people to achieve their technical requirements, often with minimal cost or free tools and techniques. The first set can be found on our Tutorials page and are all based around securing your WordPress website for free.

Secure your website for free!

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