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How to Split Large XML Files in WordPress using various tools

Discussion on how to split large XML files in WordPress is being shown in this article.

When you buy a WordPress hosting plan from a web host, they have a certain limit up to which you can upload a large file at once. For example, most of the web hosts have WordPress hosting plans where you can upload up to 2 MB file at once.

This is more of a hidden restriction that you will not know unless you upload a large file and face the problem. When you are going to transfer your existing website or blog to WordPress, the existing posts need to be exported to a large XML file. But it may so happen that the size of that XML file crosses the upload file limit that your web host has set universally.

In such scenarios, you need to know how to split large XML files in WordPress.

To illustrate the point better and realistically, let us assume that you have an existing blog in Google’s Blogspot or WordPress.com. These platforms are absolutely free, and hence, some find it ideal to start their blog and then eventually move on to WordPRess.org or other paid platforms. The process of migration from one platform to the other requires exporting an XML file which contains all the posts that you have on your blog. If you blog has too many posts, naturally, the size of the exported XML file will be very large. When you will upload it to your new web server to retrieve those posts, the file will not upload as the bandwidth for upload set by your web host is getting crossed. You can ask your web host increase the limit but in most cases, they will not as it is a universal limit. Therefore, the only way out is to split large XML files in WordPress. After splitting them into smaller files, you need to upload them one by one.

teps To Split Large XML Files In WordPress Automatically For Windows User–
There are two ways to split XML files – one is automatically and the second is manually. The second one is time-consuming but more efficient. But in today’s world, nobody has the time to split a large XML file into small files and adding the required properties for consistency. Therefore, most of the users use free tools available in the market to split large XML files in WordPress effortlessly. There are different tools available for the different operating systems.

If you a Windows user, there is a tool named WordPress WXR File Splitter that will come handy. You have to download the application and run it from your desktop. One you have started the application, you will see a screen as shown below.

You will see that there is a button named Open WXR File. Click on that button and select the XML file where you have stored. The XML file has been exported from your existing blog, and it contains all the posts. Once you select and open the file through the application, it will read the complete file and analyze it to show you some vital information regarding the data inside it. It will show you the header and footer information and the number of posts and pages are there inside it.

What you can do with the application is you can set the limit of the file size according to which the smaller files will be created. Make sure the limit you set is lower than the limit your web host has for uploading the file which is generally 2 MB. Alternatively, you will have the option to set the number of smaller files you want the larger file to split into and accordingly the larger flie will get divided equally. When all the parameters are set, press the Split button for the process of splitting to begin. The files will get stored in the same folder where your the larger XML file.

Steps To Split Large XML Files In WordPress Automatically For Mac Users –
The tools vary according to operating systems, and Mac needs a different software. There is a very similar software named WordPress WXR Split Utility available exclusively for Mac users. It does the same thing of splitting larger XML files into small one. Download the tool and install it and then run it. You have to select the file to split and then mention the file size of the smaller files. You will also be able to select the output folder.

But the limitation of using this tool is that there is a certain limit of how large the XML file can be. If it is more than 1 GB, it would be unable to do it. In such scenario, there is another way out.

You would need to download MainSplit Script file. It is a script file written in python to split any XML large into small ones without any limitation. You need to download mainSplit.py and not mainSplit.txt.
Once you have completed downloading the file, you need to open Terminal Console from Application> Utilities folder and type the following line and press Enter.

~ Admin$ python mainSplit.py

Once this line starts running, it will open a new window named WordPress XML Splitter. All you need to do is click on Browser File button and select the Source file which is the large XML file you intend to split. Then you have to select the output directory where the smaller files should reside by clicking on Browse Directory button. Then press on Start button to initialize the process of splitting.

As you would notice that you have no option to select the file size because, by default, it creates smaller files that have file size below 2 MB which is the default limit of most of the web hosts. You can check out the output folder for the same.

Hope you have understood clearly how to split large XML files in WordPress automatically with available tools in Windows as well as in Mac. If you want, you can ask your web host to upload the large file at once for you. In such scenario, you should speak to their support team about it before buying the hosting plan.

Using AJAX with PHP on Your WordPress Site with Your Own Plugin

Ajax with PHP

In this article we discuss about AJAX with PHP for your WordPress website.

AJAX is a technique for web development that helps the users to develop interactive applications on the website. It provides users with a faster and smoother web experience. It allows the users to make changes or update contents in the webpage without reloading or refreshing the pages. One needs to know various programming languages to work with AJAX.

What is AJAX?

AJAX stands for ‘Asynchronous JavaScript and XML’. As mentioned earlier, it is used to create web applications that are entertaining, ever-changing and interactive. Some of the popular examples of web application developed with the help of AJAX and related technologies are Google Maps, the autocomplete feature on Google’s search, comments, and likes on various social media posts, and many others.

Basics of AJAX

Ajax with the help of various programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and XML develops faster and improved web applications and websites. Apart from these programming languages, for development for web applications, AJAX with PHP and other server-side languages are also being used.

It uses JavaScript for the display of contents, whereas CSS helps in presentation and Document Object Model. It further uses XHTML for content.

In traditional web applications or web pages, information is exchanged with the server synchronously. On the other hand, in the web applications, that has been designed to use AJAX, when an event occurs such as clicking a button or filling a form, JavaScript creates an XMLHTTP request and sends the same to the server in XML format.

The server processes the request creates a response server-side and sends it back to the browser. JavaScript then processes the response and the content on the current display screen get updated. As reloading or refreshing of pages is not required, users will not be aware of transferring any information to the server.

Skills needed to work with AJAX in WordPress

As it is understood from the above discussion, users require the following skills to utilize AJAX properly.
• Knowledge of programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
• Proficiency in server-side languages such as PHP and others
• Basics of XML or JSON

Advantages of AJAX

The various advantages of AJAX are discussed below
• It almost supports all the browser used in the current times
• It involves a faster response time, which means an improved user experience in terms of speed and performance
• Open-source JavaScript libraries such as Prototype, jQuery, etc are available for use
• It reduces the time between the client and the server, therefore the time of both users, as well as the server, is saved
• As the server is not required to process loads of data, it helps in reducing the usage of bandwidth and optimizing the network operation.
• As XMLHTTP request is used for retrieving data, the users can carry out multiple tasks simultaneously.

AJAX in WordPress

AJAX is used at the backend of WordPress, as a result of which, whenever any changes are being made to post or categories, or whenever admin is moderating comments, the updates would be made instantly. AJAX is mostly used with JQuery on WordPress. The process in which WordPress uses AJAX is as follows
• When a request is made, it passes through the ‘admin-ajax.php’ file located in the ‘wp-admin’ folder.
• These requests are required to supply at least a piece of data, also called ‘action’ generally, by using the ’get’ or ‘post’ method.
• This action prompts the code in ‘admin-ajax.php’ file to create two hooks, namely, ‘wp_ajax_my_action’ and ‘wp_ajax_nopriv_my_action’. The ‘my_action’ in these hooks indicates the value of the variable ‘action’ of the ‘get’ or ‘post’ method.
• While the first hook is meant for the actions taken by the logged-in users, the second hook is meant exclusively for the logged-out users.
• The hooked functions should be planned for the graceful degradation, which ensures that even if JavaScript is disabled on browsers, the codes will still work.

Create a WordPress AJAX Plugin

In this section, let us take the example of a basic WordPress AJAX plugin called ‘Post Likes Counter’. This plugin includes the following features:
• It is updated instantly at the frontend
• The logged-in users are allowed to like the posts.
• If the logged-out users try to like the post, an error message will appear on the screen
• This plugin helps in maintaining the total record of the number of ‘likes’ and displays them
Firstly, an empty WordPress plugin is required to be created and activated. To create a plugin, the following steps are needed to be carried out.

Step 1: Select a unique name for the plugin. One can check the plugin repositories to ensure that the proposed name of the plugin is already not in use. Usually, plugin developers select the name of a plugin based on the function it is supposed to perform.

Step 2: In the next step a PHP file is required to create using the selected plugin name. As users who will install this plugin, will be needed to place the PHP file in the WordPress plugin directory ‘wp-content/plugins-‘ for its installation, plugins cannot share the same name for PHP files.

Therefore, the plugin file name should also be unique to avoid conflict with another plugin in the repository. One can use their name or the name of their company in the prefix to create a unique name for the PHP file.

Step 3: It should be noted that the WordPress plugin should contain at least one PHP file along with JavaScript, CSS, languages and image files. If multiple files are present, select a unique name for the directory and a preferred name for the main PHP file.

Place all the plugin files into the directory created and request the plugin users to upload this entire directory to ‘wp-content/plugins/’ directory.

The WordPress installation can be configured to change the standard plugin directory ‘wp-content/plugins/’. Therefore, one must use plugin_dir_path() and plugin_url() dor absolute path and URLs in their PHP code.

Post Template of the Theme

After creating the plugin, one needs to find the ‘single.php’ post template of their theme. It could be found at the root directory of the active theme. It is used when a single post is queried; where one wants to place their ‘Post Like Counter’ plugin. The file should be kept open for editing.

Prepare the Post Template ready for the AJAX call

A link is required to be created so that the users can like posts. If the users enabled JavaScript, they can use the JavaScript files (that will be created later) or else, they can follow the link directly. For this purpose, insert the following code in the ‘single.php’ file. This code can also be added to any of the template parts that the ‘single.php’ file contains.

// The 'likes' meta key value will store the total like count for a specific post, it'll show 0 if it's an empty string
ID, "likes", true);
	$likes = ($likes == "") ? 0 : $likes;
?>

This post has <span id='like_counter'></span> likes<br>

// Linking to the admin-ajax.php file. Nonce check included for extra security. Note the "user_like" class for JS enabled clients.
ID.'&amp;nonce='.$nonce);
	echo '<a class="user_like" data-nonce="' . $nonce . '">ID . '" href="' . $link . '"&gt;Like this Post</a>';
?&gt;

Addressing the Ajax Call without JavaScript

By clicking on the link created in the previous step, one will be forwarded to the ‘admin-ajax.php’ script; however, they will not find any useful result, as the function is not created to run the action. To create the function in the plugin file and add it to the hooks created by WordPress, inset the following code.


&lt;?php // used here only for enabling syntax highlighting. Leave this out if it&#039;s already included in your plugin file.

// define the actions for the two hooks created, first for logged in users and the next for logged out users
add_action(&quot;wp_ajax_my_user_like&quot;, &quot;my_user_like&quot;);
add_action(&quot;wp_ajax_nopriv_my_user_like&quot;, &quot;please_login&quot;);

// define the function to be fired for logged in users
function my_user_like() {
   
   // nonce check for an extra layer of security, the function will exit if it fails
   if ( !wp_verify_nonce( $_REQUEST[&#039;nonce&#039;], &quot;my_user_like_nonce&quot;)) {
      exit(&quot;Woof Woof Woof&quot;);
   }   
   
   // fetch like_count for a post, set it to 0 if it&#039;s empty, increment by 1 when a click is registered 
   $like_count = get_post_meta($_REQUEST[&quot;post_id&quot;], &quot;likes&quot;, true);
   $like_count = ($like_count == ’) ? 0 : $like_count;
   $new_like_count = $like_count + 1;
   
   // Update the value of &#039;likes&#039; meta key for the specified post, creates new meta data for the post if none exists
   $like = update_post_meta($_REQUEST[&quot;post_id&quot;], &quot;likes&quot;, $new_like_count);
   
   // If above action fails, result type is set to &#039;error&#039; and like_count set to old value, if success, updated to new_like_count  
   if($like === false) {
      $result[&#039;type&#039;] = &quot;error&quot;;
      $result[&#039;like_count&#039;] = $like_count;
   }
   else {
      $result[&#039;type&#039;] = &quot;success&quot;;
      $result[&#039;like_count&#039;] = $new_like_count;
   }
   
   // Check if action was fired via Ajax call. If yes, JS code will be triggered, else the user is redirected to the post page
   if(!empty($_SERVER[&#039;HTTP_X_REQUESTED_WITH&#039;]) &amp;&amp; strtolower($_SERVER[&#039;HTTP_X_REQUESTED_WITH&#039;]) == &#039;xmlhttprequest&#039;) {
      $result = json_encode($result);
      echo $result;
   }
   else {
      header(&quot;Location: &quot;.$_SERVER[&quot;HTTP_REFERER&quot;]);
   }

   // don&#039;t forget to end your scripts with a die() function - very important
   die();
}

// define the function to be fired for logged out users
function please_login() {
   echo &quot;You must log in to like&quot;;
   die();
}

If everything works out, when a logged-in user will click on the ‘like this post’ link, the number of likes will be updated automatically. On the other hand, if the JavaScript is disabled, the page will be refreshed displaying the updated counts of the ‘like’.

Adding support for JavaScript

Adding support for JavaScript can make things easier. For using AJAX with PHP on WordPress, one is required to enqueue the jQuery library along with the custom JavaScript file of the plugin. For this purpose, write the following code in the plugin.

 admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' )));        
   
   // enqueue jQuery library and the script you registered above
   wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );
   wp_enqueue_script( 'liker_script' );
}

Next, the Javascript file ‘liker_script.js’ is required to be created, which would further be uploaded in the root folder of the plugin. The following code is used for creating ‘liker_script.js’ file.

jQuery(document).ready( function() {
   jQuery(".user_like").click( function(e) {
      e.preventDefault(); 
      post_id = jQuery(this).attr("data-post_id");
      nonce = jQuery(this).attr("data-nonce");
      jQuery.ajax({
         type : "post",
         dataType : "json",
         url : myAjax.ajaxurl,
         data : {action: "my_user_like", post_id : post_id, nonce: nonce},
         success: function(response) {
            if(response.type == "success") {
               jQuery("#like_counter").html(response.like_count);
            }
            else {
               alert("Your like could not be added");
            }
         }
      });
   });
});

How to implement AJAX in WordPress themes

The following steps will help in implementing AJAX with PHP in the WordPress themes. For instance, let’s assume that our work is to display the categories in a drop-down menu and on clicking on the ‘Parent Category’, the subcategories will appear on another drop-down box. This task will be accomplished with the help of following steps

Step 1: Select ‘categories’ on the left side of the dashboard, and insert the name of the categories in the box appearing on the right-hand side and insert the category slug below. If the parent category is being created, select ‘none’, or if the subcategories are being created select the parent category from the options.

Step 2: In this step, a WordPress template would be created where the AJAX functionality will be implemented. Open a new PHP file and save it. Insert the following code in the page created.


In the above code, ‘Template Name: Implement Ajax’, is the name of the WordPress template and ‘get_header()’ and ‘get_footer()’ functions are used to display the header and footer content of the page.

Firstly, the jQuery library file is needed to be included in the page which will help in adding the AJAX stuff. AJAX with PHP one can either use any JavaScript library or can call AJAX with raw JavaScript. In the following example, the jQuery JavaScript library is used for implementing AJAX.

Step 3: Add the jQuery file in the template and call the ‘wp_dropdown_categories’ function so that the parent categories in the drop-down menu can be retrieved.





#content{width:auto; height:400px; margin:50px;}

<div id="content">


</div>
&lt;?php

Step 4: Insert the jQuery code to get the ID of the main category that is being selected. Send it to the ‘functions.php’ file to get the subcategories under that selected parent category ID. The results can be then sent back to the page without refreshing it.

$(function(){
			$('#main_cat').change(function(){
					var $mainCat=$('#main_cat').val();

					// call ajax
					 $("#sub_cat").empty();
						$.ajax({
							url:"/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php",
							type:'POST',
														data:'action=my_special_action&amp;main_catid=' + $mainCat,

							 success:function(results)
								 {
								//  alert(results);
				$("#sub_cat").removeAttr("disabled");
				$("#sub_cat").append(results);
										}
								   });
						  }
									);
});

In this above code, the code is added at the change event of main categories dropdown with the ID ‘#main_cat’.

var $mainCat=$('#main_cat').val();

.val() function helps in getting selected option value from drop-down and store in the variable ‘$mainCat’.

$("#sub_cat").empty();

The subcategory drop-down ‘#sub_cat’ is required to be vacated, if it contains any previous value, before calling the AJAX.

The following jQuery line will help in calling AJAX jQuery functions. Check the parameters of the AJAX function given in the below section.

url:"bloginfo('wpurl'); ?&gt;/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php",
type:'POST',

To make AJAX work in WordPress, the ‘URL’ parameter is used. Therefore, requests will be sent to ‘admin-ajax.php’ file. Next, the hooks in the ‘functions.php’ file will be called to get the posted data that was sent to the URL: ‘/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php’

To send the values along with the request, the ‘data’ parameter is used. In this example, two arguments with the data parameter are used – action and main_catid.

Step 5: In the ‘functions.php’ file, the following code is used to hook an action.

add_action('wp_ajax_my_special_action', 'my_action_callback');

In this above action, hook has two arguments. In the first argument ‘wp_ajax_my_special_action’ , ‘wp_ajax_ ‘ is the value that is sent along with the data parameter ‘action’. In the second argument ‘my_action_callback’, the data will be processed and the results will be sent back.

This above action hook is for logged in users. For the logged-out users, one can hook the following action

add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_my_special_action', 'my_action_callback');

The final code after adding hooks for both users and call back function is as follows

function implement_ajax() {
if(isset($_POST['main_catid']))
			{
			$categories=  get_categories('child_of='.$_POST['main_catid'].'&amp;hide_empty=0');
			  foreach ($categories as $cat) {
				$option .= 'term_id.'"&gt;';
				$option .= $cat-&gt;cat_name;
				$option .= ' ('.$cat-&gt;category_count.')';
				$option .= '';
			  }

			  echo 'Scegli...'.$option;
			die();
			} // end if
}
add_action('wp_ajax_my_special_ajax_call', 'implement_ajax');
add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_my_special_ajax_call', 'implement_ajax');//for users that are not logged in.

Step 6: In this step, create a new page in the dashboard and assign the template to it. After the page is being loaded in the browser, the first drop-down with parent categories will be loaded in it.

As the second drop-down is empty, select the option in the first drop-down to check, how it works out.

Thus AJAX with PHP can be used on the WordPress site with the help of a newly created plugin.

Secret WordPress On-Site SEO Plugins & Tools for 2020

On-Site SEO Plugins

Yearning for website visitors? Well, everyone who owns a website yearns to have maximum website traffic. On-site SEO in WordPress can help you achieve your goals. The idea of implementing the same can be daunting for beginners and individuals who are not tech-savvy. But the availability of WordPress on-site SEO plugins has resolved this issue for everyone. In this read, you will know about the SEO for WordPress and important on-site plugins along with secret tools. This will help you, directly and indirectly, to set and achieve a target for generating organic traffic on your website.

Understanding SEO in WordPress

Search Engine Optimization is the best practice to rank high in search engines and draw more traffic. It is a strategy used by developers and website owners around the globe. In simple words, it means developing a website with specific rules, formatting, and appropriate keywords.

Whenever there is a search on something related to your website, then SEO optimization will help in displaying your results at the top. This will help you in attracting organic visitors. If the website content is not optimized with it then your site will not appear in search results. Hence, it becomes crucial for all kinds of WordPress website to be SEO-friendly as that helps in maximizing traffic.

Basic On-page SEO Norms

Quality of Content

Engaging, high-quality, and informative content is given preference by search engines for its users. Advanced search engines are using long-form content to rank WordPress websites with plagiarized, promotional, or irrelevant content. For creating ideal content, the following tips will help.

  • Focus on delivering new and updated content
  • Resolve issues and write a blog about them
  • Case studies help in creating blog posts
  • Target long-tail keywords to set up new pages
  • Hire an expert copywriter

Website Speed

Audience and search queries both prefer sites that load fast. In addition to that, it is a crucial ranking factor because faster websites make crawling easy. The overall user-experience is improved when the site is fast and one can also notice a reduction in bounce rates. To improve WordPress website speed you can do the following.

  • Rely on trusted Cache Plugins
  • Execute implementing database caching
  • Introduce your website to a CDN
  • Focus and optimize the image size
  • Evaluate the site performance by testing it

Responsive Design

For higher rankings, it is essential to ensure that every website is compatible with devices like mobile, desktop, tablet, etc. The responsive design can be obtained in the following manner.

  • Carefully select your WP Theme
  • The website must have a convenient look and user-interface on mobile devices
  • Tools like Googles Mobile Test can be used
  • Work and improvise load time on mobile

Meta-description and Meta-title

Meta description and title can prominently increase the chances of the audience clicking on your webpage. It can be improved in the following manner.

  • Install WordPress On-site SEO Plugins
  • Ensure that all the posts and pages have Meta titles of 50-60 character length
  • Add Meta description of about 150 characters length
  • To drag more attraction special characters or emoji can be used

Internal Linking

All webpages of your website should be easy to navigate and must be interlinking. It comes with the following core advantages.

  • Your website audience has better reading options
  • Search engine rank for particular keywords can be improved
  • It becomes relatively easy for search engines to index and crawl your website

Hence, you can take note of the following for improving the internal linking

  • Search and link paragraphs to other posts from your blog post
  • At the bottom show related posts block
  • In sidebar feature the latest post
  • Take help from WordPress On-site SEO plugins to automatically match keywords with URLs

Title-Tags

Search engines can understand your website content with the help of title-tags. Hence, they are crucial for the SEO of your WordPress website. You can optimize it in the following ways.

  • Your website should be structured like a book
  • It is recommended to use only H1 heading style
  • In case you have subchapters then you can use H2 and H3 styles
  • For all the important parts strong elements should be used

User-friendly design

When the user experience is great it offers unimaginably advantages to the SEO. A site should have a design that is easy to navigate, loaded with high-quality content, and clean.

Plugins

For almost everything, the WP platform has a wide range of plugins. In the following section, we have covered some useful programs that will help you in all kinds of tasks for optimization purposes. It is important to note that the entire optimization process is not limited only to the following programs. But, the following programs are some of the best in the industry and can help you improvise in this journey.

Interlinks Manager

Interlinks Manager

This is one of the best WordPress On-site SEO plugins that will help you with interlinking. For effectively interlinking posts on your website, it offers interlinks manager tool. It becomes easy for users to link content suitable for website visitors and for search engines as well. This will contribute effectively in increasing sales and winning more customers.

Table of Content Plus

Table of Content Plus

Every website that has a table of content is highly-prioritized by search engines. This is because it makes it easy for them to understand your content and web layout. This plugin can automatically create an index or table for long-form posts and pages. Users can also create categories across the website along with an entire sitemap.

Shortpixel

Shortpixel

Images can be optimized free of cost with the help of this program. It can compress documents, old pictures, etc. Newly uploaded images can be automatically resized and rescaled with this program. Such optimization contributes to building an effective SEO and hence attracting more clients. Above all, one of the core advantages is that it will improve the loading speed of your site.

Yoast SEO

WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is among the widely used WordPress on-site SEO plugins. It provides you information on your keyword optimization, SEO score, interlinking, duplicate content, meta description & title, and others. Therefore it is also known as a 360-degree plugin. It helps in improvising the rankings so you get more social media visitors and reader engagement is improved.

Secret Tools

The above is the list of must-have and most trending plugins. In this section, you will find secret and interesting tools for leveling up your WP initiatives. Usage of such tools is never considered mandatory in the improvisation of the site. But, that is actually the reason that so many important and advanced tools are often neglected. You can refer to the following and also search for similar other recommended tools.

Answer the Public

Answer the Public

This tool is particularly used to get a complete list of most searched phrases or long-tail keywords. The users can use these insights to create SEO-friendly high-quality content for their audience. Users have to enter a relevant keyword to make the search and the program will display all the related phrases and long-tail keywords.

Small SEO tools

Small SEO tools

The Small SEO tools plugin is one of the most useful WordPress on-site SEO plugins. In a single platform, users can avail of multiple tools related to optimization. For instance, you can create optimized content, images, & documents, manage backlinks, track users, manage passwords, etc. It is offered for free which becomes the best part for any website owner.

Google Keyword Planner

To find the most searched keyword this is another incredible tool. Keyword searches can be performed with Google Keyword planner. All the information including the search volume of your searched word is displayed. To access the tools you inevitably require a Google AdWords account.

Conclusion
By following all the above steps you can definitely make the most of your website. It will help you in having an SEO-optimized site that generates organic traffic because of improved rankings. From the business perspective, this will help you in winning customers and getting an advanced edge over your competitors.

In conclusion, take care that you do not fill up your site with so many plugins that it reduces the loading speed. Research and find what is best and then use it strategically.

Top 30 Google Chrome Extensions for WordPress Bloggers & Web Designers

Google chrome extensions for bloggers
If you are a blogger and love blogging, then you might be writing some fully mature business blogs, and that a good choice. But if you have chosen the development and designing field than the development and designing of a website or a blog may require lots of time and effort. The life-cycle of development and designing includes prototyping, adding content, research phase, designing, resource collection, testing, development, and so on. Without implementing these steps you cannot deliver desired results to your clients. Thus this is a high time where you need a correct tool to enhance your work efficiency and improve your work to more productive.

In this blog, we have highlighted some most popular chrome Google chrome extensions for bloggers, developer and designer. An expert or a beginner can easily install these extensions to their computer to make their blogging, development, and designing related work competent and simpler.

Topmost Google chrome extensions for bloggers are

1. Eye Dropper

Eye Dropper

Eye Dropper extension can be downloaded at free of cost. This extension is specially invented for web developers. They will be able to select any color from the website or they can access colors from the advance color picker option. Even they can select a color from history.

2. WhatFont

What Font

This is another most helpful tool for web designers. With this extension, they can recognize the fonts on website pages. Just they have to hover on a font to inspect. Plus this extension is helpful to find the services that are used for getting Supports Typekit, web fonts, and Google Font API. Plus you will be able to identify the font size and line-height of that particular hovered font.

3. Grammarly

Grammarly

As a blogger and a developer, it is important to concentrate more on grammar and spellings to deliver effective content. By downloading Grammarly on your website you will make sure that you have written content that is easy to read and free of grammar and spelling mistakes. By using this tool you will feel confident and will look lees silly in front of your clients

4. LastPass

LastPass

LastPass is an award winner Google chrome extensions for bloggers in managing passwords. If you have installed LastPass extension on your chrome then you don’t have to remember your passwords of different accounts. You can easily log in to any account in just a single click. If you have dozens of login passwords to maintain then we must say LastPass will be a great choice to go with. Along with managing passwords, this plugin helps to enhance support and online security for browsers, various OS.

5. Colorpeek

Color peek

Those who are afraid and exhausted going via photoshop, pecking, or web inspectors to get the color value they can use Colorpeek. This tool is handy for developers and designers. They can faster share and see the CSS colors. In three different ways, you can share colors i.e. CSS color used on website pages, text selections, and prominent colors in images.

6. PageRuler

Page Ruler

To get fast pixel dimensions- pixels, measure elements, on website pages you can use a PageRuler to draw a ruler. You can get height, weight, and position of it. You can also resize it by dragging the edges. This extension is available in 11 different languages. This is open-source software that is hosted in Gitlab and GitHub. With this tool, you can get perfect contrast color on light and dark website.

7. Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot

This tool helps you to capture a web page. Using this awesome chrome extension you can add blur sensitive information, annotations, comments, and share pictures in a single click after you have taken the snap or screenshots. Because awesome features are in-build in this tool, therefore, it is known as an awesome screenshot. It is supported by 6 different languages. Thus this tool has the highest rate in capturing screen and images on Chrome. It has more than 2 million active users.

8. DomFlags

This tool is handy that helps you to interact with DevTools. To DOM elements you can easily build a keyboard shortcodes. DomFlags are the same as bookmarks that are used to navigate the DOM tree. This tool is helpful for navigating and tracking the essential elements. Some keyboards shortcuts are available for DOM elements that are Option/Alt+Shift+D, Option/Alt+Shift+[1..3], etc. these will make your development work easier and faster.

9. Boom! – Dribbble Enhancement Suite

Dribbble Enhancement Suite

Boom! will make website designer life easier as this tool will help them to create a better user interface. This is a Google chrome extensions for bloggers it is very easy to use and handle. You will get countless scrolling options, better and high-resolution shots in lists, bigger screens, and more.

10. CSS-Shack

CSS-Shack

CSS-Shack is an extension for website and desktop applications. With this tool, you can create a layer style. With CSS-Shack you can easily build buttons, web page mockups, designs, and anything that you want.

11. Read Later Fast

Read Later Fast

Read Later Fast is a chrome extension that implements only one thing but that is all that you need very much. With the help of reading Later Fast, you can save some of the web pages to read when you are offline. You just have to click on the save button to save the pages to read it later. This extension is available in 12 different languages. You can easily deactivate this extension whenever you want.

12. Save to Pocket

Save to Pocket

This is also another most helpful and popular Google Chrome extensions for bloggers that also saves the content for reading offline. You will be able to synchronize the content between all devices. This saves the content, articles, videos or any multimedia content that is present on the web pages. With distraction-free space, every content will be display in a single click. You can read this content from any device from any location. Along with this feature, the Save to the Pocket tool is supported by 15 different languages.

13. Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote Web Clipper

With Evernote Web Clipper tool, in Envernote account you can save the content that you are able to see on website pages. This content will be accessible from any device. It is supported by 24 different languages.

14. Search Google with this image

Search Google with this image

This extension will help you to search for something on Google with the help of images. In simple, you can Google with images rather than Google with text. You can make use of this extension as much as you want. In a single click, you will get the search results.

15. Adblock Pro

Adblock Pro

This is Google chrome extensions for bloggers and developers used to block the ads coming on your web pages. You can also disable popup on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube or on any website that you don’t want to see ads. This extension has more than 60 million active users who have more than 350 million downloads. It is supported by 25 different languages. You can easily protect your privacy by blocking malicious ads like’s cryptocurrency miners, malware, scams, etc. This tool gives more proven results in the form of faster internet ad load time. Thus you will be able to focus more on your work.

16. Nimbus Screenshot

Nimbus Screenshot

If you compare Nimbus screenshot with other screenshot extensions you will find that Nimbus is the best among all because it is very easy and simple to work. With this extension, you can capture half of the page or a full page plus you can add clip note on it. You can even highlight or can blur some content as per your choice. These screenshots will be added to the Google drive. You should give a trial to this.

17. Google URL Shortener

Google URL Shortener

Whenever you copy the link to share with someone else or to mention in a blog, the link seems too long that is never wanted. For example, if someone copied the Google URL shorten and mention in the blog like https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/url-shortener/oodfdmglhbbkkcngodjjagblikmoegpa?hl=en would you like this type of link? We know your answer will be no. Therefore this extension comes into existence that shortens the infinitely long URL into a short URL. Your URL will look like t.ly/6kqx and that’s all. You just have to install this extension on your chrome and visit the page that you want to copy URL. Now just click on Google URL shortcut and you will get the short URL within a second.

18. Google Drive

Google Drive

With Google drive you can write some articles or the blog that is easy to share, publish, store, review, etc. we all used Google drive too but the most difficult point while writing on Google drive is that we are frustrated of adding images to the posts else everything is good. You will find the extension named as WP Write is the powerful tool that allows you to post any type of content directly to WordPress from the chrome or the web.

Some most useful extensions for web developer and designers are
There is no other way to minimize the work which extension does. Therefore we have listed some most important extensions that are must-have tools if you are a developer or a designer.

19. Lorem Ipsum Generator

Lorem Ipsum Generator

This plugin generates some “lorem Ipsum” text means dummy text which is used while developing and designing a page. With this extension, you will be able to use less code which makes your development work easier. Within a click, you will be able to generate suitable lorem ipsum fonts.

20. Pendule

Pendule

Pendule is the best extension that has greater functions for developers and designers. This extension is useful to simplify coding work which includes CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. With this tool, you can easily use visual ruler, crop images, and do some other work. Therefore this extension is considered to be a must-have an extension for your chrome.

21. Web Developer Toolbar

Web Developer Toolbar

This extension was firstly invented for the Firefox but now it is supported with chrome. This extension is useful for forms, images, HTML, CSS, etc. different toolbar buttons will be added to the browsers with the tools used by developers. This extension was updated a few months ago.

22. Web Developer Checklist

Web Developer Checklist

If you are looking for some alternatives that will make sure that your website and its pages are working effectively and are SEO optimized, then web Developer Checklist is for you. This extension will give you a notification if they encounter any problem or an issue on your web pages. Suppose your web pages are missing Meta description then it will notify you to mention Meta descriptions. To just that problem you need to click on extension or you can read in detail by clicking on the link that appears.

23. Code Cola

Code Cola

You can edit the CSS of web pages using the Code Cola extension. Plus it will help you to keep an eye on the source code of your project. This is a Google chrome extensions for bloggers is very handy and easy for editing CSS and to check results immediately.

24. Palette For Chrome

Palette For Chrome

This is a tool used for developers and designers to generate the color palette. While developing and designing any project it is difficult to find the color palette. Thus this extension is helpful that gives you a simple solution to create color as per your website design.

25. Stay Focused

Stay Focusd

To be a productive it is important to keep on tracks how much time you have wasted to do that particular work. Stay Focused extension will help you by notifying you how much time you have wasted on non-productive web pages. if you want to keep the distractive sites away from you such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, etc then you should use this plugin at once.

26. Image Downloader

Image Downloader

The images linked on any web pages will be downloadable if you add this extension to your web browser. With the help of a checkbox or by clicking on the images you will be able to download the images. Width, border, color, and size of images will be customizable.

27. User-Agent Switcher

User-Agent Switcher

For SEO purpose it is important that your website must be visible on different devices and browsers. This extension helps you to check your website responsive feature.

28 .Stylish

Stylish

When you want to redesign or restyle your website at that time you can use Stylish. You can easily modify the color of your website, remove content that are not in need to create a unique and refreshing look.

29 .Check My Links

Check My Links

Whose website content has too many links and are worried about their links they should use check my Links. With this extension you will make sure that no broken link is there on your website. This will enhance the effectiveness of you website.

30. WhatFont

What Font

If you want to identify which fonts your competitors are using then you just have to install WhatFont on your web browser. With a single click you will be able to identify the particular font details.

Conclusion:
All important Google chrome extensions for bloggers are listed above. Hope this will help you.

9 Reasons To Blogs Fail & Want To Know What You Can Do To Fix It?

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Is your blog effective? No? Are you looking for the main reasons to blogs fail?
Do you know the main reason for the failure of the blog can be a various factors that affect rankings? It can be because you might not have updated your blog from a longer time, you are not capable of handling blog or anything else. Most of the blog fails due to the wrong estimate of time investment. Blogging is the most important part of SEO so if you want to reach your goal then you have to create an effective blog to get more profit and audiences.

As per the research, it is found that usually, blogger takes more than 2 hours to create a single blog post whereas some of them take more than 5 hours which is more time that is not an effective way for companies to invest. Externalization is the solution over it, you don’t have to think about promotion, review, or anything. Plus some most important reasons to blogs fails are given below. I hope these tricks will help you out.

So, the top 9 reasons to blogs fail are

1. Absence of Commitment

The absence of commitment is the biggest reasons to blogs fail. Don’t you think it is? You come up with an awesome idea for creating a blog and start creating a blog. But the biggest factor is that you don’t know how much time will be required to create that specific blog. Obviously you can set a blog on your website and it will start running within 5minutes. But many of the people do not think how much it will require creating it.

2. Lack of preparation

Lack of preparation
Anyone can start creating a blog within some minutes. Therefore most of the freebie prefers to start blogging as blogging does not require any technical knowledge to get started. The idea of creating a blog is good as anyone can create a blog very easily plus you can get much profit in the business due to blog.

There is much stuff that you can focus on before blogging. Therefore make sure that you have taken an accurate amount of time to plan a strategy to get maximum profit. To create an effective blog you have to hire someone who is interested in creating a blog. Because with right blogging you can get more audience, money, etc.

3. Plan a blog from highly recommended resources

Before going into the blogging world make sure that you are referring to some awesome and effective resources to know about blogging. In the web world, you will find that there are many resources that you can jump into it but only prefer the most effective and the one which has more ranking on Google. Some blogging guidance will help you from initializing to finalizing phrase of the blog. In the end, you will be able to create a successful blog that will be loved by search engines. If you are starting a blog for getting more profit then you should follow blog guidance.

4. Not considering the future goal

First, know the purpose of your blog. For example, some creates a blog, to showcase the uses of products, some write a blog that updated case studies, and some blog has a story to tell whereas most of the blog is created for email marketing such as constant contactor MailChimp.
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Creating an email marketing factor is the best way to get connected with past customers. Therefore email list is considered an important factor of an effective blog. Getting new customers is the basic goal of every business but maintaining good business relationships with past customers is an essential motto.
Such blogs help you to know how you can make good business relationships and attract maximum customers towards your business.

Email marketing is a process of marketing your blog by subscribing email notifications. Your customers will get started with new information and the new arrival of products. Therefore it is very important to know about your purpose ether you want to create a blog for affiliate income generation, email marketing, lead generation, or anything else. By doing this you will be close to reaching your goal.

5. Failing to create marketing plan

Most of the website owner doesn’t even know what they should expect from that particular blog hence they give up with their blog. Some people just create the blog and integrate it into their website just because they hear from somewhere that blog is good for the business. They create a blog, integrate it and leave it for some days if they are getting traffic or not.

So it is very important to know how a blog can benefit your business. You have to plan in such a way that it will long for your business and give expected results. If you are not taking blogging too seriously then you will face many losses in traffic and potential users.

To make your blog run successful you have to learn more about inbound content marketing strategy. The idea “create it and it will come” will not work unless you have applied proper strategy to your blog.

6. Failed while selecting the correct content type

Do you ever check other’s blog? Have you seen that they have created a blog including different types of content such as text, video, images, pictures, and animation and so on?
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The blog with such type of content gets more traffic and users than the simple text blog. Many tech bloggers will suggest you integrate such type of content on your blog to get maximum profit. This type of blog is also lovable by search engines.

Before selecting the correct content-type make sure to consider these steps.

  • Go back and think on the purpose of creating a blog
  • Which strategy will work on your business?
  • Find out the method to reach maximum users.

Consider an example that you are a photographer or videographer. The maximum opportunity is that people would like to see your recent work. Hence you need to think like targeted visitors and know what actually they want and what you need to grab. So you can create a blog that has some beautiful images of case studies.

Suppose you are selling some product then you can create a blog including images or you can make use of video content to showcase the process of using it. Integrate that bite-sized video clip to your blog. for different products create different videos.

If you have 10 products and showing all details in the single video the potential customers will get confused hence you will lose them. You will miss the chance of convincing them. You can integrate such videos on the homepage plus these kinds of videos can be used in documentation or emails.

In this way, you should realize which type of content will be best suitable for your blog and work according to it.

7. Failed in creating and establishing a content identity for your website or a blog

While creating content do not think that you are writing for thousands of people just consider that you are writing content only for a single reader. You must come across this recommendation many times. Before writing content, makes sure for whom you are writing content. You need to do some research on demographics. You will need to understand what your customers like and dislike. You can get this kind of information in detail from the user profile. After analyzing the reader start writing the content to appeal to them.
Determining your readers can

  • Provide true guidance to the blog.
  • Provide structure to content strategy.
  • Give a voice.

You can even create a profile using paper and pen just you have to think about what you want to express to your reader.

Personapp is also the best to use. This app will be useful for creating countless profiles and projects, list information, miscellaneous fields, assign images and more, even you can export your profile.
There are many other methods to use do this. Analyze each and every method and use according to it. This is also another important reasons to blogs fail.

8. Failed to create unique content

Some writers create content by reusing other’s blog content. Actually this type of content is not technically copied content but it is one type of copied content.

Therefore you should try to examine new ideas to write on the blog. Some time instead of writing post you can also create some unique infographics or podcasts.

9. Fail to showcase their online presence on social media

Social media is most responsible for driving traffic to your website or blog. Plus maximum visitors are active on social media to browse something new on their feeds. So you should start exploring your content on social media too. And if you are aware of the keywords that the users can type to get a specific posts that you are on the correct track. Make sure to add hashtags before keywords. If you have already created your blog then just start sharing on different social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

There is some more reasons to blogs fail. Some of them are listed below

  • Time management
  • Search engine optimization
  • Call to action buttons
  • Writing style
  • Do regular blog posting
  • Research on a blog post
  • Get your friends and families involved
  • Engage your readers
  • ARRRGH advertising
  • Link your blog to relevant blog
  • Love yourself and your blog
  • Think about profit
  • Strategy and micro-goals
  • Working environments

Conclusion:
Your blog is the major source of your brand and the way of promoting your products and services to get more user attention. All important reasons to blogs fail are mentioned above. If you are doing these mistakes while creating a blog try to solve it as soon as possible.

Best Free WordPress Themes For Photographers and Their Websites

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Free WordPress Themes for photographers have been listed here in this article.

In the current flow of social media networks and the virtual platform altogether, the necessity of high quality best free WordPress themes for photographers is obvious.

WordPress theme is not only an effective website creation tool, it is also one of the most famous blogging engine, that’s the reason best free WordPress themes for photographers have a great popularity at present.

As a result of the development of wide range of free WordPress themes for photographers, not only the quality and efficiency of them are appreciated, but also the relevance and affordability. Therefore, free WordPress themes for photographers take advantage over other best WordPress themes, as they are in no way inferior to the other themes, they even supersede them in numerous ways.

Particularly, over the past decades the opportunities for the photographers to present their works to larger audience have increased thanks to the newest technologies and the social media networks, where a photographer is able to express himself in the best way, practising free WordPress themes for photographers. Taking into consideration, that they are one of the most important website creation tools, in this article we’ll present to your attention free WordPress themes, which are among the most convenient for the usage.

1. SKT Full Width

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This one is a full width WordPress theme, with the help of which you are able to create a very flexible website, blog, etc. The effective background is a perfect way to show the content of the photographer’s portfolio in its best appearance. Full width theme comes with a slidebar, which moves up and down based on what you set for your homepage background. Changes, additional information, any amendment are easily customized in SKT Full Width Themes. It’s the latest WordPress theme for free.
Some other features are:

  • Responsive for all browsers and devices
  • Easily change font color anywhere on the site
  • Change slider transition, timings, interval etc.
  • Change font size anywhere on the site

 

2. SKT Panorama

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SKT Panorama is another responsive WordPress theme for photographers. This theme gives you an opportunity to make influence with several images at one. The homepage enables you to present the most 5 outstanding slides. Visually it gives the viewer more information about the platform, where he or she is present at the moment. SEO friendly coding is done on this website. Search and 404 page are also available. All in all, SKT Panorama is one of the easy to use Free Photography WordPress Themes.
Some other features are:

  • Opacity changing options.
  • Portfolio/Gallery display options.
  • Lots of shortcodes available.
  • Color changing options.

 

3. SKT White

skt white

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Another remarkable free WordPress theme for photographers. It’s simple, adaptable and easy to use both for the owner and the visitor. The information and basic tools of the theme are disposed in a convenient way. The theme options are also easy to use. This theme includes several pages with different sections, which can be used by the viewer in accordance with the necessities of the latter. Each visitor is able to prioritize his activities in this theme, choosing on which to concentrate – on the latest post in order to keep up with the given platform, or be informed about the changes in the team he is following, etc. It’s a perfect theme on white, which supports dropdown navigation levels up to 5, popular plugins and Contact Form 7.
Some other features are:

  • Filterable gallery set up
  • More page templates
  • Animated sections management easily using shortcodes
  • Slider images upto 10

 

4. SKT Black

skt black pro

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SKT Black is also a flexible and easy to us, just like the previous one. The structure is like SKT White, enabling the user to edit the theme according to his needs. This perfect theme is compatible with all major browsers, mobiles, etc. Also it uses a very easy to use theme options whereby one can easily set up social icons and other elements with ease and without having any knowledge of programming. It comes with a beautiful parallax slider.
Some other features are:

  • Retina ready and HD ready theme.
  • Default contact form with captcha available.
  • Compatible with latest version of WordPress.
  • Coded with HTML5 & CSS3.

 

5. SKT Photo World

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The next convenient theme, especially for photographers, is SKT Photo World. This theme is one of the effective way for the photographer’s work expression. It’s very adaptable and easy to use.SKT Photo World is suitable for photographers, business, commercial, companies, blogging, portfolio and personal use. One can set his blog or website on top of this perfect theme, which displays primary full width images on the home page slider.
Some other features are:

  • Additional dual sidebar layout available
  • Photo Album feature available
  • SEO Compatibility checked
  • Gallery area available with shortcodes to be used anywhere

 

6. SKT Photo Session

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In case of SKT Photo Session, images help anyone visualize better than just plain text and that is what Photo Session theme does. Therefore it is a convenient theme for photography lovers, portfolio owners, photographers, etc. It supports dropdown levels up to 5 and is extremely easy to use. It is also social media integrated theme and is compatible with latest versions of WordPress. This theme is easy customizeable, looks good on all devices and is responsive.
Some other features are:

  • Color changing theme via theme options
  • Can change opacity as well of the theme
  • Integrated with 50+ social icons
  • Completely widgetized with footer, sidebar all in control

 

7. I am one

i-am-one

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Another convenient free WordPress theme for photographers is I am one. The home page has various sections like about us, statistics, gallery which has beautiful pictures with lightbox. It has 10 sections, including testimonials section, contact section and services section. I Am One is a one page beautiful WordPress theme suitable for single one-page websites. It is best suited for any kind of industry like designers, design firms, business houses, companies, personal profiles, photography, portfolio, etc. The theme has 5 default templates, default parallax slider, social media integration, default gallery and widgets for blog area and other pages. Thus, it is one of the best free WordPress themes for photographers, which is also responsive to view in all devices.
Some other features are:

  • Color changing theme.
  • 100+ Shortcodes.
  • Menu manageable.
  • 5+ page templates.

 

8. Design Agency

design agency

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One more easy to use and responsive free WordPress theme for photographers. SKT Design Agency is a very convenient theme for all those individuals and organizations, who try to make focus on portfolio, works, projects, etc. Homepage with different secions is easily adjustable. Links color can be changed easily, menu can be set easily and 5 levels of drop down are supported. The theme is compatible with WooCommerce plugin and SEO plugins
Some other features are:

  • Portfolio section to showcase your work with links to details of the project
  • Background, text, colors and images can be easily changed
  • Blog area with changeable layouts
  • 8+ page templates

 

9. Parallax Me

Parallax Me

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STK Parallax Me is one of the easiest free WordPress themes for photographers usage, one can make use of this perfect theme without having any knowledge of programming. SKT Parallax Me is an elegantly crafted parallax one page WordPress theme with a nice parallax slider, ability to add upto 10 sections on single one page home. This theme is best suited for companies, business sites, photo bloggers, personal sites, etc.
5 levels of drop down are supported. The theme is compatible with WooCommerce plugin and SEO plugins
Some other features are:

  • Ability to change and select from unlimited colors using color picker
  • Ability to change background of any section
  • Add as many as 20 sections on the homepage
  • Nicely done testimonials area

 

10. CutsNStyle Lite

cuts and style

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CutsNStyle Lite is a simple, effective and flexible one of the free WordPress themes for photographers, which can be used for multiple purposes. It’s a responsive hair salon or some other local business theme, which has a perfect appearance on all devices. This theme is also convenient free tool for the photographers, as it is compatible with NextGen Gallery.
Some other features are:

  • Blog templates available
  • 4 other page templates with sidebar layout available
  • Shortcodes available
  • 580+ font based icon pack available

 

Things to know about HTML to WordPress Conversion

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HTML to WordPress conversion ways and techniques discussed

Due to the ever-changing technology, making websites has become easier than ever. A majority of traditional static HTML website owners are now looking to incorporate modern, flexible content management tools in their websites to make them look more dynamic. CMS has emerged as a game-changer, making adding and editing of content simple without requiring knowledge of designing and coding. This is where WordPress comes in the picture allowing its users to modify and update websites by just using a few clicks.

Why WordPress?

Website building and content management are much more comfortable with content management systems. Despite being simple to use, WordPress is a powerful and multifunctional CMS. There are several plugins available which allow you to add any functionality to make your website meet your requirements. WordPress is favored by Google, which will enable one to generate more traffic towards the site.

If you are a static HTML website owner, then you have come to the right place. This article will shed light on HTML to WordPress Conversion. Programming knowledge is not required to do this. A few simple steps will add or edit all your data, images, SEO optimization, attachments, metadata, etc. Now you can easily migrate all your data to the WordPress site.

HTML WordPress Design

Benefits of using WordPress as compared with HTML:

• WordPress pages are easy to create and manage. One doesn’t need to know coding, editing etc. The user-friendly infographic-based software allows everyone to make changes.
• WordPress offers a wide variety of customizable themes to choose from as per the websites need. It provides both free and paid themes. Items can be used as-is and can also be customized as per the users’ needs and requirements.
• WordPress sites and pages are dynamic meaning they are mobile-friendly.
• WordPress sites are more SEO friendly as well as Google favors it.
• 24/7 trained and professional customer support is available to help users with assistance every step of the way.

Content migration using automated HTML to WordPress conversion

These tools are designed to help users with HTML to WordPress Conversion who are looking for CMS migration in their websites. It enables you to migrate your site using straightforward steps, without requiring any knowledge for coding. However, you must have WordPress installed on your website.

1. HTML to WP Converter

HTML to WordPress converter

2. Theme Matcher

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3. CMS 2 CMS HTML to WP

CMS 2 CMS

4. HTML to WordPress

HTML to WordPress

What elements does HTML to WordPress conversion entail?

The following components will be transferred using this conversion tool in your website:

• Metadata
• SEO URLS
• Attachments
• Images
• SEO tags
• Pages/posts
• 301 redirects

Steps involved in HTML to WordPress conversion:

• The first thing that needs to be done is that the user needs to download the plugin.
• Then upload the plugin into your WordPress and install it.
• The user needs to activate the plugin.
• The user needs to register to use the plugin. If the user is already registered, then log in.
• The user then has to provide the old website’s URL.
• Users can migrate their pages all at once or in whatever particular order they choose.
• There is a tool named Free demo migration which helps user to see the movement before. This provides a preview of how the website will look after migration which can come handy. One can edit or change things that are not up to liking.
• The average migration time of converting a website is usually around 15 minutes. Please note that this time can vary.
• After choosing what content one wants to migrate, one can decide how it looks on the WordPress website. (data mapping option)
• The price of the data migration depends on the volume of the data one chooses to move.
• While migrating from HTML to WordPress, it is important to note that pictures and posts are treated as the same object.

HTML WordPress conversion

The abovementioned steps explain the steps involved in HTML to WordPress conversion. It is a relatively fast and straightforward process. The migration plugin helps users who don’t possess the technical knowledge allowing anyone to edit and migrate any static website in HTML.

Static Websites are a thing of the past now, and the majority of the website owners have migrated theirs to WordPress. It allows users websites to be dynamic and make them visually appealing to the visitors. The migration tool can be tried free of cost, and it also provides an estimate of the migration cost for any website.

CMS will do all the heavy lifting while making a website making the process trouble-free. Using WordPress allows access to a variety of other powerful tools for the site as well.

In order to keep up with the fast-changing and dynamic world that is continuously changing and evolving every single day, it is necessary to stay up to date with the dynamics. If one cannot cope up with these, forward-thinking competitors will run over the ones who are left behind.

There is no shadow of a doubt that the era of HTML websites is over. In web projects, the thing that matters is how these are created and operated. These Content management system platforms allow users to stay on top of their competition by enabling fast, secure, and dynamic methods of creating and editing websites. Website building and content publishing is much easier when using a content management system. Thus, making one’s life easier.

Conclusion

Don’t hesitate and switch over to using a content management system if you are still using HTML for your websites. Now you are aware of what benefits any content management systems can bring to your websites by moving old static HTML websites to WordPress. Your sites will look fresher and will bring in more traffic using the WordPress platform. Website building has never been as easy as it is now.

You have to pick the right tools which enable you to perform your tasks efficiently. WordPress has also eradicated the need for using programmers to build your website. Automation of such processes allows businesses more time to work on other aspects, while their websites look top-notch and perform effectively. Most users view websites on their phones, so sites need to be dynamic nowadays.

Step by Steps to Create a Lifestyle Blog Website with WordPress

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It seems like there are lots of possibilities and work to create a lifestyle blog. Getting started with a blog needs to make some serious decisions that will help to get the desired results to become successful in the web world.

But, if you do some research you will be able to find a proper solution by choosing the best tools and services for you. If you are on the right track no other competitor will be able to stop getting success but this lifestyle blog can be the biggest reason for generating income for a lifetime.

In this post, we will discuss the lifestyle blog and the features it should have, plus we will share with you some initial steps for creating a lifestyle blog on your own.

About Lifestyle Blogging

The word “lifestyle blogging” is a tiny confusing, because it is surrounded by some amazing and high-quality content. Many people can contribute their efforts and time to create lifestyle blogs in different ways. Actually lifestyle blogging is a term that is all about the author’s or writer’s daily life and their interest in living life. Some most highlighted subjects related to lifestyle blogging are mentioned below

  • Minimalism.
  • Fashion and beauty.
  • Baking and cooking food.
  • Family and parenting.
  • Crafting projects.
  • Culture-specific topics and location-specific topics.
  • Travel blog.

These topics are the most trending blog on the web. These topics are most popular among others because the author is able to write about anything they want. Plus it is the easiest way to get your blog to monetize. If you have ever checked the blogger’s interview you will notice that they admire their work and states that they are able to make thousands per month in dollars. But keep in mind that creating a lifestyle blog is not an easy task as it requires contributing your many hours to maintain and creating a website. Success does not come unless you struggled for it.

With WordPress how you can create a lifestyle blog

In 5 easy steps, you can build and start publishing their content on the internet but not each person can create a successful and effective blog to get the desired output. Thus some steps are listed that will help you on some extend to improve your blog for getting success.

Step 1: Select hosting provider and Domain name

You required storing your lifestyle blog on the server so that each and every user can find your blog on web. Plus you need to create a web address so that visitors can visit that link to view your content. With proper hosting plan you can give online presence to your blog. Because you will be using WordPress platform for crating successful blog then we suggest you to go with shared WordPress hosting plan. This plan will benefit you in different ways plus it will help you to maintain your platform.

Less expensive and reasonable WordPress hosting providers are SiteGround and Bluehost.
For domain names you can go with the service provided by your hosting company or it is better to use dedicated domain name like NameCheap.
The main expense you need to do is for hosting and domain name for your website or a blog. For hosting your website on a server you will need at least $4 per month. Or if you are looking to make your blog visible to overall world then you need $10 per year for .com.

Step 2: Install WordPress on Your Server

Once you are done with hosting plan and a domain name, the next step is to install a WordPress on your server. You don’t need to implement this step if you have chosen managed WordPress hosting plan. Because it is possible that WordPress is already installed to your server or you just are one click away for installing WordPress.

In case of you have chosen some other hosting provider company then you can install WordPress manually. Steps to install WordPress are
Visit this link to download WordPress https://wordpress.org/download/
Next step is to go to hosting account to access phpMyAdmin. With this you can easily set the database for your WordPress website. If you don’t want to implement this without the proper guidelines then you can take a help of hosting provider’s support team.

You just have to add a new database in phpMyAdmin by typing a name in specific field and click on create button.
Then on WordPress account go to the User tab and create a new username and password.
Find the file named as wp-config.php and find the code.
define ( ‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name’ );
define( ‘DB_USER’, ‘username’ );
define( ‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password’ );
define ( ‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’ );

After finding this code just changes the username, passwords, name and hostname from the details that are mentioned in phpMyAdmin. And save all the changes.

With the help of FTP client like FileZilla or by using FTP you can upload WordPress files to the server. Once done type the domain name you registered on the browsers. With all this process WordPress will get installed.

Step 3: Select a Blogging Theme

Once done with the step 1 and 2 you will find that your WordPress website is ready to run on web server. Now just you need to create lifestyle blog by selecting a perfect WordPress theme.
WordPress themes are the most important factor that should be considered strictly to create nice appearance for your blog. Some themes offer some unique features that is why you need to choose a theme that is perfect for your niche blog. You will find some free and paid themes are available in the market. Just make a choice as per your blog requirements.

One of the best lifestyle WordPress themes we know is Lifestyle
life style

LifeStyle is a perfect blogging theme that will be best suitable for hot trends, fashion, latest lifestyle, celebrity styles and different events blogging. It is crafted by considering the responsive, retina ready feature, mobile friendly, and different compatibility features that will help you to enhance your blog or a website functionality level as you want. Multiple bloggers can use this theme for their professional plus personal use. LifeStyle WordPress theme comes with the premium cost thus it give you a complete access to detailed documentation and customer support for one year.

Step 4: Activate Key Blogging Plugins

Some plugins are useful tools to enhance your blog performance and a speed that will result in good search engine results. Plus it is responsible to enhance your website functionality to a good extend. Like slider plugins are useful for enhance user experience

Just like WordPress themes, you will find that there are thousands of plugins for enhancing WordPress functionality plus these plugins are available at free cost and a premium cost depending on its functionality.

Step 5: Publish and monetize you Relevant Content

Content is the most important and essential factor of any blog. With high quality content you can start earning. You can start publishing content on WordPress in two different places i.e. posts and pages
Pages are just for static content whereas posts are for dynamic content. Example of pages are homepage, legal disclaimers, about us, contact page and more.

And post means how you are going to publish you content. it depends on the users interest which consist of articles and blog.

To create a lifestyle blog you need posts and page both. You can start monetize your blog once you started publishing content.

You can monetize your WordPress website to get revenue by using these methods
Ads, Affiliate marketing and sponsorships.

Conclusion:
Creating a lifestyle blog has too much work to perform but with the correct information you can create and publish a useful content to make your blog run smooth and generate effective results.

How to Set Up a WordPress Multi Network

Today we are going to shed light on the practical way to set up a WordPress multi network so that you and your network users will be able to easily create and add their WordPress websites on demand.

Creating and running a WordPress multisite is an excellent way to keep multiple sites at one place and manage them easily. Once you master the technique of setting up such a multi network, you will be able to manage the sites of your friends, relatives, family members or even make the money of it by hosting clients’ websites.

Alternatively, online magazines and journals, multi authored blogs and sites, companies and organizations with different locations and branches, governmental and state organizations with their departments and divisions can highly benefit from the philosophy of WordPress multisite. They can easily set up a WordPress multi network and have different sites and blogs managed by each competent person or department, branch or regional representative.
All in all, if you use more than 1 WordPress powered site, a multisite mode is what you may probably need.

Before passing on to the technical part, let’s see what actually a WordPress multisite network is.

What is a WordPress multi network?

WordPress multi network is a network of more than 1 WordPress sites on a single WordPress installation. It means that you need to install WordPress on your server just once and then run as many sites as you may wish. If you really need to run thousands of sites on your multisite, there are certain plugins and tools you can use to host a large number of sites, whenever needed. Basically, it’s a wonderful way to expand the working potential of your site.

What are the basic features of WordPress multisite realm?

  • You can run a network hosting multiple WP sites and blog from a single installation.
  • You can have both subdomains and directories, like http://smith.mysite.com and http://mysite.com/smith.
  • Make your multisite available for other users to create their accounts and run their WP sites and blogs.
  • You (as the Super Admin of the network) will be able to add and install different themes and plugins and make them available to all the other WP sites hosted by your network.
  • As the Super Admin of the network, you can make any kind of changes to all the themes, while the admin of any website is not authorized to make changes to the themes.

Enabling the multisite functionality of WordPress

The good news is that setting up a WordPress multisite is not too complicated and is much the same as a standard WP site installation.

Each WordPress installation comes with multisite availability. Hence, the first thing you need to do is to properly install WordPress. If you already run WordPress, you can easily enable the multisite functionality.

Another important thing to do before enabling the multisite is to take care of the full backup of your site in order to avoid emergencies.

In order to set up a WordPress multi network, you need to connect to your site using cPanel or FTP client and access to wp-config.php file.

Copy the following code and add it to wp-config.php file just before the line That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging:

/* Multisite */
define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true);

Save the file and upload it back to the server.

How to set up a WordPress multi network

Once you have enabled the multisite, it’s high time to proceed with the setup of the multisite network.

Log in to your WP website and head over Tools, Network Setup. This is where you can configure and setup a WordPress multi network.

On the opened screen, you can choose whether you would like sites in your network to use sub domains or sub directories. Choose whichever you need and add the title of your Network, as well as Admin email address in the Network Details section.

On Enabling the Network screen you can find relevant codes, which you need to copy and paste in wp-config.php and htaccess files in your WP root directory by using an FTP client.

Once you are done with updating those files, go back to your WP Dashboard and log in. Now, you can find WordPress Multisite Network menu on top in WP admin bar.

That’s it! You have successfully set up a WordPress multi network.

How to configure the network settings?

Follow the path My Sites at the top, Network Admin, Dashboard. Find the Settings link in the left sidebar to configure settings. On the settings screen you need to provide the network title and admin email address you have stated during the network setup.

Now, pass on to the Registration Settings. Here you can enable registration, user account registration, new site registration by logged in users, registration of both sites and user accounts.

At this point, you will be able to enable Registration Notifications, so that you will be notified by email each time a new site or user is registered in your network.

You can also let the website administrators add new users to their sites, whenever needed. For this, just check the box next to Add New Users.

There are also other useful options catering to Limited Email Registrations and Banned Email Domains. As for the first one, you can limit the site registrations to certain domains. As for the second, you can enter the domains to ban them from site registrations.

Next is the New Site Settings for you to manage the options for the new website creation on your WP network. You can edit the text of Welcome Email, Welcome User Email and First Post.

The next important section to configure when you try to setup a WordPress multi network is Upload Settings. You can control the available site upload space for each registered site, upload file types, as well as maximum upload file size. These limitations will prevent your server from being down or heavy working.

Online magazines and journals, multi-authored blogs and sites, companies and organizations with different locations and branches, governmental and state organizations with their departments and divisions can easily set up a WordPress multi-network and have different sites and blogs managed by each competent person or department, branch or regional representative.

Creating and running a WordPress multisite is an excellent way to keep multiple sites in one place and manage them easily. Once you master the technique of setting it up, you will be able to manage the sites of your friends, relatives, family members or even make the money of it by hosting clients’ websites.

So, what really is a WordPress Multi Network?

If you have more than one WordPress site on a single WordPress installation, then you definitely need a WordPress Multi Network to simplify your work of running as many sites as you wish on one WordPress site. Just add some plugins and tools and you are good to go.

When it comes to enabling this multisite functionality of WordPress, one thing you need to do is install WordPress first, if you haven’t already. Also, take care of the full backup of your site in order to avoid emergencies.

Setting up a WordPress Multi-Network is easy and is much the same as installing a standard WP site. As the website admin, all you have to do is log into your WordPress website, go to tools then Network setup and make the necessary configurations for setting up the network. While there, choose whether you want the sites in your network to use sub-domains or sub-directories and add the title of your network as well as admin email address. Once you have enabled the network screen, copy relevant codes and paste them in wp-config.php and htaccess files in your WordPress root directory by using an FTP client. When complete, go to your dashboard, log in and see the WordPress Multisite Network menu on top in WP admin bar.

When configuring the network settings, follow the path My Sites at the top, Network Admin, Dashboard. Find the Settings link is on the left sidebar to configure settings. On the settings screen, you need to provide the network title and admin email address stated during the network setup. To register, you can choose to enable registration, user account registration, new site registration by logged in users or registration of both sites and user accounts. As the admin, you can also choose to enable registration notifications and be notified by email each time a new site or user is registered in your network.

The next important section when configuring is the Upload space for each registered site. You can control the available site upload space for each registered site, upload file types, as well as maximum upload file size. These limitations will prevent your server from being down or heavy working.

What are the basic features of WordPress multisite realm?

  • You can run a network hosting multiple WP sites and blog from a single installation.
  • You can have both subdomains and directories, like http://smith.mysite.com and http://mysite.com/smith.
  • Other users can create an account on your Multisite and run WP sites and blogs.
  • As the admin, you will add and install different themes and plugins, making them available to all users.
  • As the Super Admin of the network, you can make any kind of changes to all the themes, while the admin of any website is not authorized to make changes to the themes.

How to Test Your WordPress Site for Mobile Usability Problems?

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This article deals with WordPress mobile usability problems.

Mobile users are quite uncertain, impatient, and difficult to target than desktop users. So, business owners must check the mobile usability problems before launching their website officially in the market.

We all know that mobile device penetration has been increasing enormously day-by-day. Some businesses and institutions are being run on mobile applications. I mean, we book a cab and groceries, everything online and through mobile apps nowadays.

In such a case, when the application or a site a user wishes to operate does no work properly, then he or she skips it to find the next best alternative within seconds online.

Therefore, this blog solely focuses on solving the various kinds of mobile usability problems which the business owners should pay attention to while scrolling down below.

These solutions will help gauge further extended and updated functionalities of a website.

The Basic Things Which Are Checked While Running The Website Tests Online Are:

• User Experience
The overall user experience can be checked while you use a mobile device or other tools or techniques mentioned below.

• Interaction
Interactive buttons and CTA or call to action buttons are also checked to see if they are visible and clickable.

• Animation and Other Buttons
If you have used any sort of media or animation on your website, it might be possible that the users from some devices are not able to see or play it. The same can also be detected once the tests are run or the website is run from different devices or operating systems.

• Graphics
Graphics might not be visible or have some issues on a few devices. It could be easily detected by using emulators or mobile devices.

• Text and content of the website
It might be possible that the content of the website is getting cut using a mobile phone. It does happen with some devices when the website is not compatible with those devices. Such mobile usability problems can be solved easily with the test runs.

• Loading time
Nobody likes to wait even a minute for the website to load. Using the fasted speed networks, people expect the website they choose to click to run within a fraction of second. Whereas if that does not happen, the lag drives your targeted audience away to the next best website.

So, the tools and techniques help in retaining the potential users of your website as well.

• No unnecessary advertisements
If you are running a site for your firm, you know the importance of advertisement more than anyone else currently. However, your site should have minimum pop-ups or ads, so it does not annoy the users away.
While you run the website compatibility tests for various mobile devices, it can be detected whether the audience is getting driven away because of such a problem.

• Another Usability
Lastly, running your website links from different devices can be helpful in cross-checking whether every function and page of the website is working or not.

Moving forward, we are going to discuss the various ways in which the usability issues can be detected or checked:

1) Testing Mobile Devices

You need to have different devices and operating systems at hand, like Android and iOS devices. At the moment, majorly, these two operating systems are dominating the market of the mobile industry.
Therefore, once you have some of the latest mobile phones, tablets, phablets, etc. at hand, you can run your WordPress website on them easily.
Things which are regularized and detected through mobile devices would be:
• Whether your website is working fine or not.
• If any error is displayed, specific to the device or not.
• Whether your WordPress website is loading on time or not.
• Whether your website is compatible with the latest operating systems and devices or not.
• Whether the icons, images, and other buttons visible or not across different screens of devices.
• If the users can fill up the contact, feedback, and any forms to get in touch with the website owners or not.

2) Browser Tools To Test The Mobile Website

MultiBrowser

It is one of the easy and fast mobile website emulators available on the browsers. It tackles a lot of mobile usability problems related to cross-browsers user experience. It has different sandboxed browsers wherein you can check from various screens how your website looks like to the reader, and you can also take real-time screenshots for further testing.

Browserling

In comparison to other emulator tools for the browsers to handle the day to day mobile usability problems, this one is creating a buzz amongst the amateur and inexperienced developers. Reason being that it allows developers a real-time experience of live browsers n virtual machines to test the reading of your website on the spot.
It also allows you to resize those browsers along with the resolution to test whether your website is looking the same from different perspectives and angles or not.

Toggling Device Embedded In Google Chrome

Chrome has a utility option for the modern-age developers to toggle between the mobile and browser view. You need to visit your page, click right and find the Inspect option from the menu button.
Therein, at the top left corner of the window, you will find the icon to toggle the device. In fact, to customize further and solve all your current mobile usability problems at hand, click the Responsive dropdown menu on the toolbar.

From the menu, you can choose the options of the latest devices, which are being used a lot currently by internet users. Doing so, you can toggle between the different views of your website and get the overall perspective of all the underlying issues related to user experience without much hassle.

Safari Browser Responsive Mode

If you are using the Safari browser, then it might be your lucky day to test your site’s user interface and experience for iPhone users. You just have to browse to Develop then click Enter Responsive Design Mode.
From then on, you will be given a range of latest iPhone and iPad devices to toggle the site’s view between. It helps you target your premium customers well as the iPhone is a style icon itself.

These Browser In-built Emulators Helpful For Mobile Usability Issues By Identifying:

• Icons/CTAs:

By browsing through different screens on your browser, you can view at once which mobile phone device is not conjuring up the proper layout of the CTA or clickable buttons. By detecting such defaults, you can further adjust the size or re-run the codes.

In the long run, it could save a larger number of sales orders because if the users are not able to find the icons clickable, they will simply move on to the next best option or change their mind to purchase something that you are offering.

• Content/ Database Forms:

Website owners like you are always interested in collecting the data about the customers. It helps to know what do the targeted customers want and how to deliver the same in the best possible way.
Moreover, the potential stakeholders can contact the developer or site owner directly by filling the basic contact information.

So, these emulators and add-ons discussed above are quite helpful in maintaining the point of contact, even if passive, smoother, and build a better and trustable relationship with the customers and clients.

• Speed Check:

Toggling between the screen, owners get to know how much time a particular device is taking to load even with the same bandwidth. This gives a better insight to know that the screen resolution or size might be the problem instead of blaming the internet connection.

3) Mobile Device Emulators

Emulators form a bridge between testing the mobile devices and using the browser emulators to get the perspective virtually of a mobile device’s usability without actually having used it.

iOS Emulator:

There are several iOS emulators available online like: Xcode, Appetize.io, Ripple, TestFlight, etc. Some of these emulators you can simply run on your desktop or some of them require to be downloaded extensively on a browser.
In layman’s terms, these emulators are similar to virtual machines where you can run the mobile phone applications and browsers to get the mobile experience.

Android Emulator:

Emulators like Remix OS Player, Bluestacks, Memu, Nox Player are one of the leading options for the website developers in 2019 to detect the common mobile usability problems.

The Remix OS Player runs the applications that are highly compatible with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow version. Memu runs the applications and other functions on your desktop devices for Android Jellybean and Lollipop compatibility tests.

On the other hand, Genymotion emulators work best for running tests on Android 4.4 to 7.0 version. However, users would need to enable the Visualization Technology from the BIOS and install VirtualBox simultaneously for this emulator to work without any immediate issues.

Basic Advantages Of These Emulators:

• Can work on multiple desktop devices can Mac, Linux, Windows, etc.
• Developers can choose which version of Android or iOS they want to run their application or mobile websites to test the targeted compatibility.

Related article: WordPress plugins for boosting mobile performance.

How to Add a Custom Database Error Page in WordPress

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How to Add Custom Database Error Page in WordPress and why is explained in this article.

After syntax and 404 error, database connection error is the most frequent error you are likely to see on your WordPress site.

There are various reasons for its occurrence and unlike 404 error, you may not know about the web pages showing database connection error unless someone reports you.

As a matter of fact, database connection error can make your entire website down.

The user will down the error page which looks quite ugly and if they happen to see very often, they are likely to stop visiting your website and unsubscribe you.

In such a scenario, it is important to add a custom database error page in WordPress.

It is also important from your side to get a notification every time your website gets down with database connection error so that you can approach your technical team or web host to fix the issue immediately and for the time being, you can run your website from another backup server if you have one.

One of the common reasons for database connectivity error is when you migrate your website from one web server to another.

WordPress interact with MySQL database through the scripting files and once the connection is established and data are fetched, the webpage appears for the users.

If there is any problem, your user will see “Error Establishing a database connection” and the script from the file.

error establishing database connection

Why Should You Add A Custom Database Error Page In WordPress?

There is always a big chance that the script displayed due to database connectivity error could help the attackers to find loopholes.

It is generally not the case but there is a possibility. Therefore, you should never risk it and show a custom database error page where no script or details are displayed.

Furthermore, your normal users will be completely pissed to see an ugly database error page shown by WordPress.

He can unsubscribe your newsletter, notifications and unbookmark you.

Why piss them off when you can show something else to keep them engaged and promise them to comeback soon.

Moreover, every time your custom database error page is used in WordPress, you will be notified and you can take actions immediately. In this article, we will show you how to add a custom database error page in WordPress.

Steps To Add A Custom Database Error Page In WordPress –

If you are wondering how it works, you should know that it works automatically.

In other words, whenever WordPress fails to connect to the database, your custom database page will be displayed automatically.

If your custom database error page is not available, it will show the default ugly one.

Step 1. You have to create a file and name it db-error.php. You have to paste the following code in it.






<title>Database Error</title>

body { padding: 20px; background: red; color: white; font-size: 60px; }



  You got problems.


If you want notification to your email every time this file gets executed on your server which in other words mean that you have database connectivity error on your website, you need to remove the comment symbol about the mail function written above.

custom database error message

Step 2. You have to connect your FTP to your web server and inside wp-content, you have to place the file. That is it and you can customize your custom database error page as per your liking to make it interesting and creative.

Here is another example of lines of code that you can be used instead of the above-mentioned one.




    
        <title>503 Service Temporarily Unavailable</title>
        
            h1, p {
                font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;
                font-size: 24px;
                color: #333;
                }
            p {
                font-size: 14px;
                }
        
    
    
        <h1>Captain, the ship can&rsquo;t take much more of this!</h1>
        <p>Hard workers are currently working on the issue &mdash; Please check back soon!</p>
    

This is how you can show funny messages so that the users do not get users and eliminate you. If you know CSS coding, you should make it more visually appealing so that it means something rather than just unappealing plain white background.

If you see the code, there are three different headers present. The first and second one is 503 server and status response which will ask the users to try back. But the third one Retry-After will show the users after how much time, they should try back.

Tips On How To Add A Custom Database Error Page In WordPress?

1. You should definitely add your brand logo and tagline to make it look good.

2. You can also add URLs of some of the best articles on your other website or some static pages you have on your website that are not dependent on database connectivity. You can also paste the link of your social media channels so that your loyal visitors that check them out to see the updates when it comes live.

3. You can cover up by not displaying it as a database error and say that it is down for some upgrades.

4. If the issue will take some time to resolve, you can forward an email to your subscribers regretting the fact and notifying them when it is likely to come back.

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Lastly, there are various custom database page templates available for free on the internet that are very amusing, interesting and attractive.

Download the best one from them and use the same of your site to amuse your visitors while your site is down due to database connectivity error.

If you have a thriving business and an online presence, then you already know that the website can malfunction from time to time for various reasons. This happens to be the case with WordPress sites as well except that WordPress comes loaded with various tools including custom database error page in WordPress that allow you to instantly hone in on the issue and will even help list out the various measures that you can take, to resolve the same.

That’s why you may want to base your website on a WordPress platform and to that end, do check out some of our themes.

Getting back to the topic, customers are not going to be too happy to see a database error or even a blank page pop up once too often. This is usually an indication that there is something inherently wrong with the theme, and the overall design and that you would have to contact WordPress support and usually, they are quite proactive and will get back to you right away on the same. What’s more, if you do not take immediate action your SERPS rankings are bound to get affected as well. This is why it is vital that you have a custom database error page so that you can inform your customers regarding the issue and let them know when they can expect the content to be listed again.

Setting up a custom database error page in WordPress is not that difficult; you should be able to set it up in minutes. One of the reasons as to why you are facing this issue could be the fact that you had recently migrated to WordPress and that’s the reason why the error page is often coming up. Here’s what you can do to set up a custom error page and even set it up in such a way that you get an instant notification each time your site is down. The good news is that you do not have to code for pages to set up the custom database error page up.

All you have to do is to head over to your website and upload a file named db-error.php to the root of your content folder and that should do the trick. You can also search online for detailed step by step directions but this is essentially the process by which you can set up a custom database error page. Your customers would appreciate the effort that you had taken on their behalf. One tip, you may want to ensure that Google does not index your custom error page otherwise this could well turn out to be the page that customers are directed to. And if you know HTML and CSS you can always design this custom database error page as per your preference. But even if you do not know coding, it should not matter much since you should have been able to set up the error page with ease.

A Guide to or How to Translate a WordPress Theme

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Enabling clients to operate their sites in native languages is an essential aspect of accessibility. It can become significant to translate a WordPress theme if you are developing a site that has users from multiple countries aware of different languages.

We’re not talking about localizing a theme by translating the content on the front-end like posts, pages, etc instead it refers to the theme-related content in the WordPress Admin area such as the theme options, descriptions and of course, the customizer.

The WordPress developers put tremendous efforts and importance on the translation of WordPress Hub. It’s already translated into various foreign languages, which makes it an entirely global content management system. Localising a theme can be significantly beneficial for clients who use the admin area in their regional language, or else a vital part of their admin settings will be displayed in English, while the other parts of the dashboard in their mother tongue.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to locate and translate a translation ready WordPress theme.

Locating a Translation Ready WordPress Theme
WordPress has huge support to develop websites in multiple languages, theme creators may not find it significant to design translation ready themes. If you are looking to setup wordpress website in any other language than English, you need to ensure that the theme you are downloading or buying, is a translation-ready theme.

You’ll find a lot of options if you go to the WordPress theme directory’s tag filter interface, which are the tags theme that developers have added to their themes. When you select the option of “Extended WordPress Options”, tick-mark the box next to translation ready option. If you want to translate a WordPress theme into languages like Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian, check “rtl-language-support” option available under the same “Extended WordPress Options”. Click on the Find Themes button to see the results that match your query. You can further funnel down your search by tick-marking other options in the tag filter.

How to Translate a WordPress Theme

If a developer has already added translation features to a theme, it will get listed under “translation-ready” category, which means you can use that theme to create a multi-language website. Every such theme includes a file with the .POT extension or in some cases, there might be a .po or .mo file that allows you to translate the theme easily.

What are .po, pot and .mo files?
WordPress uses a system known as “gettext” for localisation, translations and internationalisation. In “gettext”, the developers use “gettext calls” for each translatable area of the development, which later gets collected in a .POT file. It means that a .POT file is nothing but a template of translatable sequences in a program.

Later, translators use .POT file to generate a .PO file for the required language. The file name refers to the language. For ex, a Spanish translation file would have a name as sp_SP.po. It’s the file that you’ll translate.

The .mo file is the machine readable format of a .po file, which automatically gets generated from the .po file. This is important in how to translate a WordPress theme

What’s Poedit?
First of all, you need to download and set up Poedit on your desktop as it is a standalone program running. Various translation editor software are also available, but Poedit is well known and recognised across the globe. Irrespective of what software you choose, be sure to use a gettext editor.

Translating using Poedit
You can easily edit .po and .pot files in any of the text editors available on the market. Various Linux based distributions are pre-installed with command line tools to generate .mo files. Since you are a beginner with localisation, using a gettext editor would be much more beneficial to you.

We are using Poedit in this post to translate a theme, which is a gettext editor available for Mac, Windows and Linux. Poedit is extremely easy to use and assist you to convert your theme without sabotaging translation files quickly. The relevant field to look out in here is “language”. You can follow these steps:

  • First of all, download and install Poedit. (For people whose themes have .POT file: they can go to File and choose New catalogue and select the .Pot file.)
  • The moment you open the .POT file, Poedit will show you a dialogue box. It’ll ask you information about the project.

 

Poedit will ask you for “saving preferences” of the translation file at the moment when you start filling in the Catalogue Properties Box. You can write the preferred name followed by a .po extension, which is the default. The file’s name is important. You can save it in two letter language_country code. For ex: for Spanish, you can save the translation as sp_SP.po and English translation for the USA will be saved as en_US. You can find a country and language in the search box available in the catalogue box.

Once you have saved the file in the mentioned format, you are ready to translate your WordPress theme.

Poedit is an incredibly easy interface for beginners. It lists all translatable strings, and you can click on any of it to translate. It showcases three boxes. One for the original string, another one for translation and the last one for the guidelines for translators. As soon as you start translating the string, Poedit will automatically move to the next string. The moment you save your file, it’ll by default compile a .mo version of the archive in the corresponding directory.

After entirely translating your WP theme, use FTP to upload the theme to your WordPress website, and go to admin area to activate the theme.

Not important but highly encouraged step: Setting WordPress to Use Translated Theme!
Do you know if you are using WordPress in default English, you can still force it to use translated files for the theme? Yes, it’s possibly by simply adding the following code to your wp-config.php file:

  • // Replace sp_SP with the preferred language and country code.
  • define (‘WPLANG’, ‘SP_SP’);

 

Wrapping it up
WordPress becomes cooler when we know that lets you clients change the language of the admin area. Just go to the Settings > General dashboard menu, and it will automatically pick the right translation files for the theme.

We hope this post has helped you translating WordPress theme into your native language. If you are a beginner looking to contribute back to the community, the translation is one of the best ways. Various developers appreciate user involvement and who knows you might be the next one to get extra support, PRO add-ons, etc!

Author Bio:
Catherrine Garcia is a passionate blogger and a freelance Web Developer. She along with her group of freelance developers, are experts of creating Websites on CMS.

If you are looking to brand yourself and trying to streamline your marketing in the process, you may want to consider working with a WordPress platform. The fact is that it is easy to translate a WordPress theme and all it takes is a few minutes at most.

You can always check out our translate ready WordPress themes but the great thing about WordPress is its flexibility and the fact that it is now possible to get the theme translated so that you can now tweak your website and market your products and services to key demographics.

Various studies have shown that websites in native languages have a better reach than sites that display the information in English for the simple reason that not everyone understands or even speaks English. And if your main target group happens to be the locals, then it makes sense to streamline the theme on your website along with the content so as to make a larger impact, This should lead to better customer engagement and should also ramp up the numbers, as far as your website is concerned.

Naturally, for better reach and better marketing results, you would need to look up the process on “how to translate a WordPress theme”. And just follow the steps listed or just read on for the same and you should be set. With localized content geared to appeal better to the local audience, and in the native language that they understand – you should net better results.

It all comes down to whether you are willing to go the extra mile by providing your audience with localized content in a language they understand. The good news is that we offer a variety of free and premium themes that are ‘translate ready’, so feel free to check them out. And with WordPress, the process is more or less automated and you would not be require to do any coding but all you have to do is to follow the steps listed below and soon, your website should feature your content in your preferred language.

All you have to do is to head online and search through the various WordPress themes and if it is listed u under “translation ready”, then all you need to do is to install the theme on your website and in a matter of moments; you should have a translation ready site. But in case the theme you’d picked out is just plain and not “translation ready”, then all you need to do is to open up the zip fiolder of the theme in question and access the POT file. The POT file converts the content to PO file and you also need to download and install poedit, as this should help you edit the PO file generated. With Poedit, you should be able to translate your WordPress theme with ease and set your site up in your preferred native language. And this in turn should lead to increased customer engagement and better reach than before.

How to Install XAMPP and WordPress on Windows?

install XAMPP WordPress windows

Install XAMPP and WordPress on Windows

If you have a WordPress website, then you may already know about the security risks which this CMS generally comes with. Among these risks, untested plugins and themes, created by some third party users, are considered to be the most menacing.

Thus, to avoid these threats, which can affect your website severely, you would have to test these themes and plugins on a local environment. This is where XAMPP becomes extremely helpful.

Why XAMPP?

XAMPP is a free-of-cost cross-platform software stack package which has been developed and distributed by Apache Friends. The package contains a MariaDB database, an Apache HTTP server, and some interpreters, which have been made by using the Perl and PHP programming language.

Because of this reason, XAMPP is not only used in WordPress but also on any other web development procedure, which requires a Perl or PHP-enabled web server.

XAMPP is very efficient and will be able to help you to set up any kind of WordPress installs, such as themes and plugins, quite quickly. In addition to this, if you have installed XAMPP on your PC, then you will not face any kind of difficulties while working on your WordPress website.

Another benefit of developing your website with XAMPP is security, as it helps you to work while being offline, which minimizes the risk of your site being exposed to pesky hackers and clients.

Thus, like many others, if you are also thinking to install XAMPP and WordPress on windows localhost in the correct way, then, make sure to check out the whole blog properly.

Installation Process of XAMPP

The installation procedure of XAMPP is quite easy and simple. To complete the whole process, you would have to follow the steps that have been listed below.

Step 1- Download XAMPP

The very first step of installing XAMPP on your PC is to download it. To do this, you would have to visit the official site of Apache Friends and click on the ‘XAMPP for Windows’. The file is somewhat big, around 115 MB, thus, the downloading process might take a minute or two, depending on your network connection.

The same procedure is also viable in the case of using either OSX or Linux. However, you would have to make sure that you are downloading the correct version of XAMPP, which suits your OS.

Step 2- Install XAMPP

After your PC completes the downloading procedure, you would have to run the downloaded file to launch the XAMPP installer. However, if you are using any antivirus software, then you may get a warning. To continue with the installation, you simply need to click on ‘yes’.

install XAMPP

After getting through all the prompts and warnings, a standard installer screen will appear on your computer’s display. Click on the ‘next’ option to go to the next page.

The following screen will come with some components, among which, you would have to choose the ones that you need for your purpose. To install XAMPP and WordPress on windows localhost, you will need only two components, which are PHPMyAdmin and MySQL.

setup xampp

So, check the boxes of these two components and uncheck all the others to proceed on to the next screen by clicking ‘next’.

Now, you would have to select the folder, which you are thinking to use to install XAMPP in. On the following screen, you will receive a prompt, which will ask you to install Bitnami for XAMPP. However, you do not need this application to install and use XAMPP; so, you will have to simply uncheck the box.

After clicking ‘Next’, you will be forwarded to a screen called ‘ready to install’. Now, you will only need to click on the ‘next’ option to finally start installing XAMPP on your PC. The installation process may require a few minutes to complete, and once it finishes, you will need to launch the control panel to start the setup process of XAMPP.

While going through this, you might see a Windows Security Alert after the installation process finishes. To make the XAMPP software work, it is very important to check the option named ‘Private networks, such as mu home or work network’.

Step 3- Launch the Control Panel

Once the installation is done, the control panel of XAMPP will open automatically. However, if you had unchecked the option previously, then you will need to go to the XAMPP folder and open it manually.

The control panel of XAMPP comes with a simple interface, where you will find all the components of the local server. It allows the users to either start or stop the modules as well as helps to gain access to their Logs, Admin area and Config files.

Apart from these, some other buttons, which the control panel features, are:
• Netstat: This option helps to display all the active TCP ports and connection on the PC of the user
• Explorer: It helps the user to gain access of the root folder of XAMPP
• Shell: With this option, you can start the XAMPP software in a CMD or custom command line
• Help: You can talk or connect with the Apache Friends Support Forum with this option
• Services: This option provides all the information about the Windows services under MMC or Microsoft Management Console
• Quit: It is the last option of the control panel and helps you to close the software
The bottom part of the panel is known to display all the actions you have taken as well as the errors that you have made.

Step 4- Run the Modules

The next step, which you need to follow to install XAMPP and WordPress on windows localhost correctly, is to run two modules named MySQL and Apache. You will find both of these modules on the control panel.

start xampp

After clicking on the ‘start’ option, you will see that the status of the components has turned to green. However, you might face a security alert from the Windows while going through this process. To proceed further, you will need to click on ‘Allow Access’.

After running these components, you will see that the admin links have become clickable. After that, you will need to select the ‘Admin’ option under MySQL for proceeding to phpMyAdmin.

Step 5-Test the XAMPP Installation

This is very important for the people who are dealing with XAMPP for the very first time. Taking this test will help you to understand if you have installed and configured the software in the correct way. To do this, you will only need to make a PHP test page and place it in the localhost folder of XAMPP.

If you can access the page through your browser, then you can consider your installation process to be proper and correct.

So, to install XAMPP on your computer you would have to follow these four steps. However, while going through this procedure, you might get a User Access Control, also known as UAC, prompt by the Windows. This can be dealt with quite easily. You only have to make sure not to install the XAMPP file under the ‘Program Files’ directory.

Installation Procedure of WordPress

If you have ever installed WordPress before, then this process might seem like a piece of cake to you. However, if someone is doing it for the first time, then they might feel a bit intimidated. Thus, if you are also new to this context and looking for some help, then, make sure to check out the following steps.

A) Create a Database

database WordPress

Before installing the WordPress software, you will need to create a database. To do this, you would have to go into the Control Panel of XAMPP and click on the ‘Admin’ option under the MySQL section.

After doing this, you will be able to find a brand new browser window, with the interface of phpMyAdmin dashboard, which will open automatically.

On this window, you will find an option named ‘Databases’, which will be situated near the top-left of the page. After clicking it, you will be prompted to make a new database. Once you have entered the desired name, you would only have click on ‘create’ to make a brand new database for the WordPress installation.

B) Download WordPress and Unzip the Zip File

After you have successfully created the database, you can go to the official page of WordPress and download it. After downloading the zip file, keep it in the folder where you had installed XAMPP.

Next, you would have to find the ‘htdocs’ subfolder and create a new folder that will be used for your test website name wptest.

After creating this folder, you will have to extract the zip file of the WordPress, which you had downloaded earlier, into wptest folder.

After that, you need to go to your website’s WP folder and have to find the ‘wp-config-sample.php’ file. Once you have found the file, you would have to rename it as ‘wp-config.php’. After you are done renaming, you have to open the file and start scrolling down until you see:

wp config

Now, you would have to update these codes. Follow the instructions that are listed below:
• Replace the code ‘username_here’ with ‘root’ and remove the ‘password_here’ field
• After that, eliminate the code ‘database_name_here’ and write the name your own database
• Once you are done, you can save the file and close the window

C) Select a Language

The next step to install XAMPP and WordPress on windows localhost is to open your browser and go to http://localhost/wptest/. After entering this URL, you will be forwarded to a page where you would have to select a language. Once you have selected your desired language, you can click on the ‘continue’ option to proceed further.

D) Fill the Database and Website Information

After selecting the language, you would have to fill all the information on the database, which you had created earlier. The fields, which you will need to fill, are ‘User Name’ and ‘Database host’. You will only need to fill the last field named ‘Table Prefix’ if you are thinking to run more than one WordPress installations by using a single database. After completing the required fields, you would have to click on the ‘submit’ option to proceed to the next step, which is filling up the website information.

Just like the previous one, on the screen of website information, you will also be able to find some fields and fill it, such as password, username, email, and site title. After filling up all the fields, you will only need to click on the ‘Install WordPress’ button, to successfully install XAMPP and WordPress on windows localhost.

After installing the software, you can click on the login button for proceeding to the dashboard.
So, these are the steps which you need to follow to install both XAMPP and WordPress on Widows locally.

The whole process of installing both XAMPP and WordPress on your PC locally is quite long and can sound quite intimidating if you are doing this for the first time.

However, if you are patient and follow all the steps, which have been listed below, in the proper way, then it will be quite easy for you.

Nevertheless, if you still think that the process is tough and need some more information on this context, then you may also opt for some YouTube videos.

Related article: Moving WordPress from localhost to live.

How to Reset Your WordPress Website

reset your WordPress website

Before discussing the ways to reset your WordPress website, you need to understand how the entire WordPress works. WordPress is a series of files that generally work together with a database. All the WordPress website related data are stored in the database and after storing you can also fetch those data as per your requirements.

By default, all the WordPress installation is attached to a single database on the web host where all the relevant information such as settings, posts, comments, pages, usernames, and passwords are stored.

Think database as a bookshelf where multiple books are stored and all the books contain particular information and values. The books are known as tables in the database and when you reset all the tables from the database it means you are erasing the entire pages from the book.

However, resetting doesn’t enable you to delete your uploaded or downloaded files but most plug-ins provide you an option to delete those files.

Here some methods to reset your WordPress website.

These will enable you to know about the procedure of resetting the WordPress website.

WordPress Site Reset using Plugins

There are several steps to reset your WordPress website using plugins, the best option to do this task is to use the reset plugin known as ‘WP Reset Plugin’. To perform this task the first you have to install the plugin to your dashboard, fortunately, it will not take huge time to install.

wp reset plugin

After installing you will get access to settings under the ‘tools’ segment where it will enable you to choose the information you want to reset. Before resetting the website create a back up for future references and double-check everything before resetting it.

wp reset plugin interface

This reset plugin enables you to choose the specific element you want to reset like only themes, transients or custom tables.

Delete Transients

Transients help you to speed up your website or enable you to reduce stress from the server resources. Transients mainly act as cache storage for an accurate type of data. Resetting transient deletes all transient data related to the database server including orphaned, expired, and non-expired transient entries. You cannot revert your action and no backup option is available.

Clean Uploads Folder

Manual resetting of WordPress website doesn’t allow you to delete uploaded or downloaded files. So, now you might have a question in your mind that how to delete uploaded files? The answer is simple use the default ‘WP Reset Plugin’ to perform the same task.

This plugin allows you to delete all the media associated entries from the database and all the files in your upload folder including the subfolders. This option has also no revert back provision and no backup option is available.

Reset Theme Options

This is another significant option that allows you to reset all the installed themes including the active theme. However, this option has limitations too; you can only reset those themes that used WordPress theme modification API.

If the developer is using some custom methods to store the theme options then this plugin will not work on that. This option doesn’t enable you to revert the action and there is no backup option available.

Delete Themes

This option enables you to delete all the themes stored in your database including the currently active theme. There is also no revert back option for your action and no backup options too.

Delete Plugins

Delete plugins enables you to delete all the plug-ins available in the database except the default reset plugin. The default reset plugin will remain active after deleting other plugins. The same goes for this option too, there is no revert back your action provision and back up option available.

wp reset tools

Empty or Delete Custom Tables

This option allows you to either delete the entire custom table or remove the contents from the table without affecting the structure. This option also has no provision to revert your action or backup your files.

Delete .htaccess Files

wp reset delete htaccess

.htaccess is a type of configuration file that handles configuration changes on a specific directory basis. This action enables you to delete .htaccess files located in the root folder of your WordPress installation.

But before you take the action just be aware of what you are doing as this action has no backup option available. But if you want to edit the configuration files then you can use another free plug-in that will automatically create a backup for your configuration files.

Reset WordPress Multisite

You may have decided not to reset the entire WordPress multisite network but one multisite needs to be deleted. Now the question is how you can perform the task? The answer is you have two options to perform this task namely complete and database reset.

1. Complete Reset

‘Complete Reset’ option enables you to delete all the media, plug-ins, themes and other uploads and make your subsite work like a new subsite. Before recreating the subsite with the same name you need to delete the previous subsite.

2. Database Reset

WP reset plugin enables you to restore the subsite to its existing state and you have to follow the instructions carefully just like WordPress installation. This method helps you to save your subsite’s files but the media will not be visible in the media library of the subsite after reset.

Try to create a backup before you reset your WordPress website because the default reset plug-in has no option for backup and without backup, you will lose some valuable information.

Reset WordPress website with WP-CLI

If you are a developer then you must be familiar with WP-CLI which is a command-line tool that enables you to reset your WordPress website by using some simple commands. This process helps you to save enough time that you have to spend while resetting manually. You just need to run ‘wp help reset’ to get all the commands and additional help for every command is present in the help interface of WP-CLI.

Another thing you need to consider before doing resetting that it also doesn’t enable you to revert your action.

Reset Your WordPress Website Manually

There are few ways to get back to factory settings of your WordPress website manually but this procedure has few limitations such as you are not allowed to delete any uploaded or downloaded files. Before resetting your WordPress website manually you need to follow a few steps to make the process less complicated.

Locate the WordPress Database

This is the very first step to reset your WordPress website manually where you need to locate your corresponding WordPress database. You will be able to find your WordPress database under the database section.

If you find it difficult then go to the file manager and then try to find ‘wp-config’ file in the root folder of the WordPress site lastly you will get all the information about your database.

Now you know every detail of your WordPress website then head back to the database section and delete the corresponding database.

One point you need to remember, try to note down all the relevant information you retrieved from the file manager section that will help you to perform the second step.

Create a New Database

Now comes the second step, you are already present in the database section of your WordPress website now you just need to create a new database. The database section has the option at the top of the page just click on it and a new dialog box will appear.

When the dialog box appears it will ask you to provide the name, here a question comes in your mind what should be the name? The answer is simple just provide the same name of the deleted database and then click the ‘create database’ option.

Since you didn’t delete the users, so it is still visible on the list. Lastly, you need to scroll down to ‘add users to database’ section and add the original users to the newly created database by simply clicking the ‘add’ option under the same section.

Delete Rest Files from your Website

This is the very next step you need to perform after creating the new database. You just need to access your file manager where you can get the leftover files such as plug-ins, themes, and uploads.

Then go to the ‘wp-content’ directory and check each folder and delete the required files. One significant point you need to remember while performing this step that the theme folder must contain at least one theme that means you cannot delete the entire theme folder.

Reinstall WordPress

This is the last step that you need to perform to reset your website manually. You just need to install a fresh version of WordPress from any virtual app store and complete the installation by providing few details such as site title and user name. Once you are done with installation then you are again able to log in to your dashboard.

As a developer, you may add new themes or plug-ins to your website for testing the site whether it is perfect to publish or not. This is the time when resetting is majorly needed to speed up the entire testing process. But one thing you need to keep in mind is, create a back up for all the relevant data before resetting your website.

Managing WordPress Taxonomies for Better Usability

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Management of WordPress taxonomies and their uses have been discussed here.

WordPress offers a wonderful platform with amazing custom services.

This most popular CMS is used by the majority of users.

For the folks who are interested in creating custom posts, with this article you will be able to understand and deploy custom archive taxonomies.

Whether you want to create a custom taxonomy or you want to customize an existing one, here you will surely get an effective solution.

Taxonomy: A Foreword

The taxonomy refers to a content type in WordPress that is ideal for organizing the content, which possesses some other content type.

The most common taxonomies that most of you probably would be familiar with are Categories and Tags.

It is assumed that you are aware of both categories and tags in WordPress, these two integral taxonomies with hierarchical and non-hierarchical orientation respectively. Hierarchical Taxonomy means that it possesses a hierarchical structure with parent-child relationships and Non-hierarchical Taxonomy doesn’t exhibit any such relationship.

What WordPress does is, it creates an automated archive for each tag, category and custom taxonomy that follows a reverse chronological order and generates a list of associated posts. The site that features posts that are kept well organized with proper tags and categories are comparatively easier to maintain than it is to with custom posts and custom taxonomies.

In WP, the display for each archive is defined in template files, thus while moving towards customization, the very first step is to determine which template file is associated with your target.

How To Create Custom Taxonomies?

There are several ways of creating custom taxonomies, however, the most preferred one is by deploying a suitable plugin. There is no dearth of WP plugins, you can conveniently find an efficient plugin to accomplish the job with a greater proficiency.

However, while implementing any other method, it is recommended to create a new plugin for the cause instead of inserting the appropriate chunk of code to the functions.php file. Because, it will make the method less complex and will offer the added advantage in the future by making the created custom taxonomy easily available.

For creating a plugin, simply add the below mentioned line of code at the top of the text file boasting appropriate code.

/* Plugin name: Custom Taxonomy */

Here is the code snippet for a plugin that has been created to support custom taxonomy, which is named as “fruits”.

_x( 'TastyFruits', 'Taxonomy General Name', 'text_domain' ),
'singular_name' => _x( 'TastyFruit', 'Taxonomy Singular Name', 'text_domain' ),
'menu_name' => __( 'Taxonomy', 'text_domain' ),
'all_Fruits' => __( 'All Fruits', 'text_domain' ),
'parent_Fruit' => __( 'Parent Fruit', 'text_domain' ),
'parent_Fruit_colon' => __( 'Parent Fruit:', 'text_domain' ),
'new_Fruit_name' => __( 'New Fruit name', 'text_domain' ),
'add_new_Fruit' => __( 'Add new Fruit', 'text_domain' ),
'edit_Fruit' => __( 'Edit Fruit', 'text_domain' ),
'update_Fruit' => __( 'Update Fruit', 'text_domain' ),
'separate_Fruits_with_commas' => __( 'Separate Fruits with commas', 'text_domain' ),
'search_Fruits' => __( 'Search Fruits', 'text_domain' ),
'add_or_remove_Fruits' => __( 'Add or remove Fruits', 'text_domain' ),
'choose_from_most_used' => __( 'Choose from the most used Fruits', 'text_domain' ),
'not_found' => __( 'Not Found', 'text_domain' ),
);
$args = array(
'labels' => $labels,
'hierarchical' => false,
'public' => true,
'show_ui' => true,
'show_admin_column' => true,
'show_in_nav_menus' => true,
'show_tagcloud' => false,
);
register_taxonomy( 'tastyfruit', array( 'post' ), $args );

}

add_action( 'init', 'slug_fruits_tax', 0 );

}
?>

How To Customize Taxonomy Archives?

For those who are interested in using WP as a CMS and not just as a blogging tool, they often need to customize the built-in functions of WP, which is easily feasible with custom taxonomies.

By default, the WordPress implements the WP_Query class to automatically fetch the posts for the viewers while considering the page on which they are. However, this query can be tweaked for adding custom post types to tag or category archives, for this what you can do is, integrate the pre_get_posts filter.

Now, let’s see how it works.

The filter helps tweak the query when it is called before any post has been fetched by the WP. You can create arguments (“post” as a regular post and “latest” as a custom post type) to be passed in the WP_Query. By following the below mentioned code.

Code Snippet:

array(
‘post’,
‘latest’
)
);
?>

Here, for passing the changed post_type arguments we will need to implement the class method set(). As this method enables one to alter the arguments while the class has been already created.

Code Snippet:

is_category() && $query->is_main_query() ) {
$query->set( 'post_type',
array(
'post',
'latest'
)
);
}

return $query;

}
?>

By following the aforementioned guide thoroughly, you will be able to efficiently customize desired taxonomies archives in WordPress.

Author Bio :

Sophia Phillips has been working as a professional in WordPress web development company and loves sharing information about leveraging multiple benefits of WordPress in the best possible manner. Currently, she has an impressive count of WordPress -related articles under her name.

Rich Content and Rich Snippets: A Must for Your WordPress Blog

Rich Content and Rich Snippets
It is a fact that not every post will result in lots of traffic nor it will drive expected user attention. Some will say that it cannot be planned according to us because we don’t know what people would like to read at their specific time but it is not at all correct because you will be able to see the patterns while researching.

Suppose your blog has optimized properly as per SEO standards and your blog has been listed on the top of the search engines then also you will notice that your blog is not getting desired traffic as it should be because your blog does not consist of accurate and useful information that will drive user attention.

The content which seems interesting and unique are known as “rich content” and this type of content is sufficient to encourage engagement and attract more user attention. Rich content and rich snippets is important to drive user attention.

What is rich content?

With rich content including any multimedia content, will help you to get wider user experience and makes your website and blog more attractive and interactive. If you have added some static pictures and the text in the article it will not feel overwhelmed but if you add some other media content such as interviews, quotes, surveys, or a video, then your simple article will become rich content.

You must be aware of a fact that people get easily bored with long plain texts and they hate such type of content. Therefore your article and the post should have some features that will entertain your users easily. You should write such content that a reader can accept or disagree with that, add some marked text, integrate with interactive elements to get more views, comments, and likes.

Types of rich content

rich content

1. Blog post

The blog post is not just a combination of text and pictures but also it is a page that consists of some links that will redirect users to other pages. Hence the user can easily comment on it and share their views. Also, good and high rich content will be shared on social media by visitors if they found it interesting this will increase your new followers and visitors. Thus if you do not add any interactive elements on your blog you will face tremendous loss in visitors.

2. Video

If you have still not added videos on your articles then it is high time to start with. Visitors will feel overwhelmed while watching videos on your articles. If you read research paper done by Cisco you will find that 80% of the traffic you can get if you have integrated videos on your blog or a website. Facebook videos are watched by visitors more than 8 billion times. So did you get the clear idea that why video is the most important element when we talk about traffic? Videos actually speak with users, and they feel involved.

3. Audio file or podcast

You will find that most of the muted Facebook videos are also watched. Hence podcasts and audios are also the most important part and convenient than the simple boring text. You concentrate on text when you are reading and when you start listening you are free to do some other work with your eyes and hands. You feel close to the surroundings when you start listing while putting headphones.

4. Animated Infographics

Infographics are also the best way to represent your data. Infographics always seem clear, comprehensible, and intelligible. You can also add some animations to infographics so that when the user scrolls the infographics page they will feel some animations. This is also another element that can be useful for making your content interactive. And this type of content will make your users drive attention to each and every small detail. They will never miss any part of the content.

5. Conversation-type surveys

Conversation-type surveys are also important parts that provide a question to the visitor at a time. As soon as visitors answer the first question they will be asked for the second question. By adding these features visitors will feel like they are doing real conversation with someone. Therefore the type of element is known as conversation-type.
Most of the visitors including me do not like long and useless questionnaires. If a visitor checks the form and if they found it is too lengthy or more than 10 questions they will refuse to answer those questions. Therefore you can start questions and answer sessions by using conversation-type surveys. This process is simple and easier to work with.

Why it is important to add rich content on your blog?

Your blog needs a high rich content to get more user attention and wider audiences. The blog is created to get as much as traffic that you can to gain more readers. Sooner your blog will be converted into monetizing by which you can start getting extra money. A large number of traffic and visitors will be resulting in more blog popularity and bigger in profit. In short good content will result in you into a large income because rich content always attracts more user attention.

These all are the main reason that why you should start integrating some elements on your blog such as animations, videos, images, infographics, podcasts, etc. WordPress has a number of possibilities and countless features that will help you to create rich content.

What do you mean by rich snippets?

Rich Snippets
Do you know what a snippet is? Snippet means a small text that is visible on the list search results inside the website link. Snippet provides a description in brief about your website page so that you make sure that you are landing on the correct page. Suppose if have searched for “latest lipstick shade” on the Google search bar.

When results appear on the search page, the link which consists of a same keyword that you searched will be highlighted to the bold for your good searching experience and more convenience. Most of the users first check whether the keyword is present on the snippet or not. If yes then they will proceed with that link else they will move forward with another link.

Rich content and rich snippets have something similar and that is a short description which consists of some very useful information. It has some extra information including the cost of the product; rating contact details, stock level, and more. In rich content, this information can be added to make it more useful, cooler, and attractive.

Why your blog require rich snippets?

Rich content and rich snippets both are required for attraction. Attention can be gain if the user catches the eye wins. Users’ eyes will feel so pleasant when they view rich snippets are integrated into your blog. Hence this will enhance the chances to visit your website and get the products or services.

And the second reason to have a snippet is for good interaction. Good snippet always results in good search engine ranking. By getting this search engine will identify the reason for your blog and will get results in proper keywords. You will improve the chances of getting high ranks on search engines if your blog is more interactive.
Plugins for rich snippets

Schema

Schema is a rich snippet plugin available for free. It has more than 100,000 active downloads. With this plugin, you can easily add images, ratings, and author to the page to add short descriptions. With new updates, new features come into existence but you need to go with a premium package for extended functionality.

Schema & Structured Data for WP & AMP and Rank Math

This plugin is also the most efficient tool that has more than 33 marking options including service, tech article blog post, and more. You can write about anything that your user wants to see. This plugin is supportive of AMP.
Rank Math plugin has a feature of adding rich snippets along with the features to enhance the SEO of a blog. Plus this tool gives you a lot of options to optimize keywords, support for 404 error page, and more.

Conclusion:
To create a modern, stylish, and creative blog it is essential to have rich content and rich snippets. so start creating your podcast, videos, and other content with high rich snippets plugins.

30+ Acronyms All Web Developers Should Ever Wanted to Know

Acronyms for web developers
If you are a web developer or in a team, you have heard about Acronyms much time. But do you know the actual meaning and purpose of Acronyms for web developers?

Currently, web developers are using acronym frequently such as HTML, CSS or HTTP. However, what about the new ones which are being used widely? 

In this blog, we will talk about everything so you can get the best out of it. 

Acronyms 

It is an abbreviation or shortened form of words. For example, HTTP is an acronym of hypertext markup language. The purpose of doing is to make work a little easier. The Acronyms for web developers is being used to help readers to reach and read the content easily. 

30 Acronyms For Every Web Developer Should Know

1. ACSS

Abbreviation- Atomic Cascading style Sheets developed by Yahoo. 
It is refillable, short predictable class names and single atomic classes that make it easier for you to style directly with HTML. It is has been used to produce atomic classes for web projects. 

2. AMP


Abbreviation- Accelerated mobile pages, developed by Google. 
The purpose of introducing AMP is to reduce the stress of mobile and make it fast. This will restrict how we can use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to better the user experience. Furthermore, this can be used for load exterior resources and route scripts via AMP runtime.

3. ARIA

Abbreviation- Accessible rich internet application, used as WAI-ARIAA. 
ARIA defines the specification of different front-tech methodologies that help web content to make accessible for everyone (disabled people) at each device especially those who access the web content with AT. 

4. API

Abbreviation- Application programming interface, stated by API publishers.
API is a complete set of pre-written codes such as properties, methods, classes, etc. this will help the users to use best practices and write codes. Well, you have numerous APIs available on social media, but most of the sites and social media channels using own APIs for better user experience. 

5. CDN

Integrate WordPress CDN
Abbreviation- content delivery network
The purpose of CDN is to store duplicate content copies in the webserver. It is just another way to deliver content from the server to the user which is near to the location. With this, the performance will become better and reduce server downtimes. 

6. BEM

Abbreviation- block element modifier 
The purpose of introducing BEM is to make writing more readable, easy, and consistent for CSS classes. While using BEM, it is crucial to create classes throughout the content following block-element-modifier syntax. 
Let us go little in detail for BEM.

Block- these are considered to main buttons like Menu, edit, etc. 
Element- it is considered to the functionalities of blocks like alert, danger and success.
Modifier- this is considered to change the design of block such as button size large or small.

7. CMS

CMS
Abbreviation- content management system
CMS is the best platform these days for posting, editing, and modifying the content. This software will allow every user to make his website and arrange the website through multiple digital content and services. 

The most common CMS software is WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Remember it is different from presentational content. Thus, it will make possible to publish content without coding. 

8. CRUD

Abbreviation- Create, read, update and delete.
This has been used in a database management system to define the typical life cycle of data on a dynamic website. Whereas MySQL uses the other four commands such as Insert, select, update, and delete. 

9. CSSOM

Abbreviation- cascading style object model.
CSSOM is a set of API that used for concentrate CSS files on the web page. This is just perfect to signify all CSS styles on the web. CSSOM is also similar to DOM, but it is different. 

10. DOM

Abbreviation- Document object model
DOM is the API for HTML and XML files which are used by a web browser to render those files. It shows a simple document structure as nodes tree. The nodes can be modified, created, and removed easily.

11. CTA

call to action WordPress themes
Abbreviation- call to action.
This most common marketing term used for converting sales into leads. This has been used widely by web designers. It is one of the best acronyms for web developers. It is necessary to use to provoke customers that they should take quick action. 
The CTA is usually linked with banners or brands, ads, etc. to get action.

12. FOSS

Abbreviation- Free open-source software.
It is free software that has no concern with copyrights. It is open-source software that makes sense to modify the source code of the software. This is also known as FLOSS terminology. 

13. ECMAScript

Abbreviation- European computer manufacturer’s association script.
It is JavaScript and Jscript based scripting language syntax is used. The name was given to this tool from the European computer association. 

14. FTU

Abbreviation- first time user.
The first time the user is part of the app adaptation process. With this, you can see how the application works and set user options s language, time, likes and many more. 

15. IIFE

Abbreviation- immediately invoked functions expression
IIFE is the best acronym for web developers that creates a lexical scope. It is a JavaScript design pattern based tool to evaluate and execute codes. The immediately invoked functions are used to create variables and closures. 
This uses the following syntax:
(function(){
//code
}());

16. GUI

GUI
Abbreviation- Graphical user interface, a command driver interface.
GUI is a command-driven interface that allows users to interact with software without knowledge about coding and technical skills such as DOS. In GUI, the special language and code are used to activate special commands and make inputs. 

17. IDE

Abbreviation- Integrated Development Environment
IDE is a software application that provides a proper programming environment to integrate with different tools that are needed for developing and testing. For example interpreter, debugger, compiler, and more. 

18. JSON

Abbreviation- JavaScript Object Notation
JSON is a language that is independent readable data used for exchanging the data. It has a vast collection of names, values, and arrays. This will give similar syntax as JavaScript and this is why it is used as a common data format. 

19. ITCSS

Abbreviation- inverted triangle cascading style sheet
It is a scalable and readable CSS code. This splits the codes as per the importance and specialty. These levels are represented as ITCSS that increases the flat top to the bottom tip. 

20. LAMP

Abbreviation- Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. 
LAMP is a popular web stack for creating vigorous websites. It consists Linux operating system that uses Apache as a web server and MYSQL for database and PHP as python. It is just like WAMP and MAMP.

21. MEAN

Abbreviation- MongoDB, Express.js, Angular, Node.js
It is a proper web stack for creating web applications and web pages. This consists of MongoDB and NoSQL as a database. The Express.js is a web application and Angular.js as a frontend framework and Node JavaScript as a runtime for the operating system.

22. MVC

Abbreviation- Model view controller
The MVC is object-oriented programming that keeps the data logic separate from the UI by grouping the objects into three groups. The model object is used to the data structure, the view objects used for user interface and controller objects are used for task coordination. 

23. OAuth

Abbreviation- open authentication
OAuth is an open protocol and keeps the server secure and highly authorized. It is safe and provides a standardized way. It is a widely used application that enables users to log in to the third-party account safely. For example Facebook, Twitter, and Google. It is just a way to remove the barrier of using applications.

24. LTR/RTL

Abbreviation- Left to right/ right to left
Both these terms are used in internationalization. These are being used for entering the location of the countryside of UI. It also indicates the direction of the text. 
You may have seen that most languages are LTR but you have an option in WordPress to use RTL with rtl.css file. 

25. REGEX

Abbreviation- regular expression
It is yet another common acronyms for web developers. This has been used for matching the character’s combinations with different strings. This makes possible to search character in text format. It is one of the common and popular parts of many programming languages.
For example PHP. JavaScript, Python, Java, etc.

26. OOP

Abbreviation- oriented programing
With OOP the user can create an amazing model that is related to real-based models via using four basics programing. Abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. 

27. REST

Abbreviation- representational state transfer
REST is a set of software design for data transformation between the server and client. By following the REST architecture guidelines you will create APIs.

28. SMACSS

Abbreviation- Scalable and Modular architecture for cascading style sheets
SMACSS allow the CSS writing to modularize CSS code. It is more readable and maintainable. This provides 5 types of style rules such as base, layout, module, state, and theme. 

29. WYSIWYG

Abbreviation- what you see is what you get
It is a type of content editor that allows the user to edit and modify the content. 

30. SCM

Abbreviation- source control Management
It is one of the best acronyms for web developers to manage multiple versions at a single place. It is also known as RCM that always tracks the changes and information loss. 

The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Accessibility

WordPress accessibility

WordPress accessibility explanation and themes

Working as a web developer, especially on WordPress, is extremely rewarding. However, to get rewarded, it is very important for you to make sure that your website loads quickly, follows each and every SEO practices and is very responsive. In addition to these, you would also have to add a creative touch to your website to attract more clients and users.

While designing your website, you should always keep your clients’ goals in your mind to provide them with pleasant working experience. However, when talking about user experience, most of the people tend to forget, or rather neglect, a very important thing, which is the accessibility of the website.

According to numerous reports, almost 50% of all the disabled adults use the internet regularly, and this percentage keeps growing day by day. Because of this reason, accessibility becomes very essential for those web developers who are thinking about providing all of their clients with satisfying user experience.

Thus, if you are feeling curious about WordPress accessibility and are looking for some more information on this context, then, make sure to check out the rest of the blog.

What is Accessibility and Why is It Important?

The term ‘web accessibility’ is used to represent some design techniques, which makes it easy for the people with disabilities to access the numerous features or items of your website. Thus, while trying to make your website accessible, you would have to keep in mind about the numerous types of disorders, such as visual, speech, auditory, cognitive as well as physical. Because of this reason, you would have to design it in such a way that it can adapt to your client’s situations, needs, and preferences. Another aim of web accessibility is to make your website accessible even to those users, who use mobiles and do not have a high-speed internet connection.

In short, web accessibility helps to make the internet a better place for each and every person. However, if you see it from the perspective of a businessman, an accessible site can help you to create a bigger customer base by providing them with top-quality user experience. It can also help you to protect the image of your company or business.

How to Improve your WordPress Accessibility?

According to the WCAG, the contents of a properly accessible WordPress website need to be:

  • Perspicuous: The UI and all the information on the website need to be understandable for everyone.
  • Usable: UI modules and navigation of the site needs to be usable and operable no matter what method or device a person is using.
  • Robust: The contents of the site should be simple so that it can be understood by every user as well as the assistive technologies.

Thus, while improving your WordPress accessibility, make sure to always keep these three things in your mind. If you ignore even one of these principles, then, a large part of the people with disabilities might not be able to access your website correctly.

To follow these principles thoroughly and increase your website’s accessibility, you would have to bring a lot of changes to your website. However, before starting to make those changes, you will need to have a clear idea about your site’s current accessibility. To do this, you can use some free-of-cost tools, which will help you to know about the parts of your website that are already optimized, as well as the ones which require some improvement.

Once you are done with the accessibility testing, you can move on to the next step, which is to bring changes. Listed below are some of the tips, which can help you to make your website accessible to every possible user in the world.

Choose an Accessibility-Ready Theme for the Website

Accessible WordPress themes by SKT check them out.
Improving an already-existing site can prove to be stressful even for the professional. This usually happens because the tools and layout, which you already have, make it tough for you to implement new changes and features.

Because of this reason, the best place to start improving your WordPress accessibility is by opting for an accessibility-ready theme for your site. By choosing an accessibility-ready theme, you will be able to build your site from the base. Doing this will help you to make your website even more user-friendly without raising any complications.

To find your desired accessibility-ready theme, you can go to the WordPress Theme Directory and use the ‘Feature Filter’ option.

accessibility ready themes

After using it, the search result will provide with a lot of free themes which are particularly beneficial for the accessibility of your website. With the ‘Feature Filter’ option, you will also be able to sort the themes by Subject, Layout, and features. However, if you are looking for a specific theme, then you may also use the search bar and type in the keywords.

accessibility ready theme

If you are new to this subject, then you will also be able to identify the accessibility-ready themes by searching for the ‘Accessibility Ready’ phrase in the tags section.

Make Sure That Your Navigation Menus are Responsive

As the name suggests, the navigation menus help the users of your website to use numerous features and functions. Thus, to improve the WordPress accessibility, you would have to make sure that all the navigation menus of your website are functioning in the correct way and are mobile-friendly.

Another thing, which you should do to make your website more accessible, is to position the menu items in a consistent and logical way. This will help the visually impaired users, who usually work on internet through screen-reader software, to find and use the menus in the proper manner.

You can also create some accessible dropdown menus for your WordPress theme to enhance the keyboard accessibility for the larger menus. This can prove to be quite beneficial for the people with mobility impairments, who cannot use a mouse and rather rely upon the keyboard to use the interactive functions of a page. Some of the things, which need to be accessible through the keyboard, are form fields, links, buttons, and menus.

Use Proper ALT Text for the Images of Your Site

The main purpose of the image ALT text is to describe the function as well as the appearance of the images of your website. It was designed to improve the accessibility of the website for the visually impaired people, as the screen reader software generally needs the texts to successfully interpret a picture.

Because of this reason, any of the images, which your website contains, needs to have an alt text, even if you have put in a code to display all of its features. However, the case of the background images is completely different. Thus, to make the assistive technologies avoid these images, you would have to add them by using CSS.

Make the Contents Readable

To increase the accessibility of your page, it is extremely essential to create a readable page. Thus, while composing a blog post, you should always try to keep your sentences short and straightforward. Also, it is better to avoid the abbreviation of a particular name or a term, if you have not explained them anywhere in your content.

Another way, to improve the accessibility of your website, is to use simple words and phrases in your blog. Using difficult words may create confusion among the readers and they may lose the interest of reading your blogs. You should also make sure to use larger fonts to make it easy for the screen readers, as well as the partially visually impaired people, to read and understand it correctly.

Be Careful with Color Contrast

The people, who are suffering from partial or complete color blindness, are generally unable to the words that are highlighted with the orange and red color. Some people may also find it difficult to read the texts on a background with shallow color contrast.

Thus, to avoid this difficulty, you should always use the recommended contrast ratio for the texts and graphics. These are as follows:

  • Use 4:5:1 contrast ratio for the normal texts
  • Opt for 3:1 ratio for the large texts
  • 3:1 contrast ratio is also best for the user interface or UI components as well as the graphics
  • The perfect contrast ratio for the normal texts of level AAA is 7:1 and 4:5:1 for the large texts

Organize the Structure of the Website and Content by Using Headings

Believe it or not, most of the people will usually skim your blog or content, rather than reading the whole thing. Because of this reason, using a perfect heading structure can prove to be extremely beneficial for both you as well as your user.

A good content header will not only help to make the huge text blocks to look more simple and readable for the screen-reader software but also will assist the sighted users to skip the parts which they are less interested in.

Design the Form Fields Properly

Forms are probably one of the most important parts of a website as they are usually used for numerous types of interactions, such as login, register, and contact, on the website. However, while creating the forms for their website, most of the people tend to put the field labels inside the form field to make it look more aesthetically unique.

However, doing this can affect your WordPress accessibility as most of the screen readers will not be able to access the text. Because of this reason, when you are redesigning your website for improving the accessibility, always try to keep things as simple as possible and place the form labels away from the form fields.

Use Captions on the Videos of Your Website

If your website contains any kind of video or audio file, then using captions, descriptions, and transcriptions can help you to increase your website’s accessibility rate. These captions will play an essential role for those users of your website who are suffering from hearing impairment.

However, it may also prove to be helpful for the people who can hear but are not quite familiar with the language or the accent, which have been used in the video. Some people, who want to watch the videos in a public place, will also be able to enjoy it if you have used captions and transcriptions.

Try to Avoid Autoplaying Media

Autoplaying media is known to be extremely bad for users who are dealing with cognitive impairment, as it can make them confused and cause irritation. Also, if the media file comes with audio, then it can interfere with the working process of the screen reader and can affect the user’s overall experience.

Thus, if you have any kind of media elements, which you are thinking to add, you can include it in the plugins. This way, it will not affect WordPress accessibility.

Do Not Use Fancy Fonts and Links

There is no denying that the fancy fonts look extremely gorgeous; however, it can make it harder for the partially visually impaired people to read your contents properly. Thus, most of the people generally use sans serif or serif fonts to increase the website’s accessibility.

Also, you should never use the ‘click here’ text for the links. To make the links more accessible, you would have to use descriptive and pertinent texts, which will help to illustrate the link.

Do Not Use Positive Numbers for Tab index

If you positive numbers for Tab index, then the natural tab order of your website will get messed up. This might startle your keyboard-only clients and users and affect the accessibility of your website. Because of this reason, you should never use positive values for tabindex.

The internet has become a very essential part of our life as most of us generally use it for completing numerous purposes such as socializing and shopping. Thus, to make it a better place, it is extremely essential for everyone to make their websites, including the WordPress sites, accessible to each and every person. So, use the aforementioned tips and take the help of some accessibility testing tools to improve the user-friendliness as well as the reputation of your website.

How to Completely Customize the WordPress Admin Dashboard Interface?

customize WordPress admin interface

The dashboard of your WordPress is the first screen, which you will see when you login into the admin area of your blog. This is where you and the other admins create as well as manage their contents. You can also do some other general works of WordPress with the dashboard, such as adding functionality in the plugins as well as changing the styling of theme.

Completely Customize the WordPress admin dashboard interface

If you are a regular user of WordPress, then you may already know about the importance of the admin dashboard. However, because of its mainstream feel, it does not look attractive at all. Because of this reason, if you do not customize the WordPress admin interface, then it will become very tough for you to impress those clients, who like personal styling.
Thus, if you are also thinking to customize the interface of the dashboard, then here are some of the essential tips that can help you.

Take a Full Backup and Create a Child Theme

Before starting the modification of your WordPress website, you would have to take a full backup of everything. You can do this by using the conventional method or can use some free-of-cost plugins such as BackWPup. Taking a full backup will help you to avoid any kind of complication that might occur while you are modifying the site.

Also, every time you update your WordPress site, the changes, which you had made before, will get erased. Because of this reason, creating a child theme can prove to be extremely helpful. The child theme generally works by keeping track of all the changes, which had been made earlier. Thus, no matter how many changes you make on your website, the previous ones will always be retained.

Thus, before you go and start to customize the WordPress admin interface, do not forget to take a backup of all of your files and create a child theme.

Design a Admin Login Page

The first thing, which you are going to see when you are accessing your website’s dashboard, is the admin login page. Even though being this much important, all the login pages come with the same boring design, logo, and links.

Thus, to create a great first impression to the users of your website, you would have to give the login page a brand new look. To make your job easier, you can also use a customizing application, such as ‘Custom Login Customizer’, which will help you to modify the login page in the proper way by keeping you up-to-date about all the real-time changes that you are making. Thus, you will not have to guess about the future look of your login page.

The first thing, which you need to customize in your login page, is the logo of your website, as nothing else will make your site look more personalized other than it. After adjusting the logo, you can move onto the login page’s background to flourish its overall look.

design admin login page

Once you are done with these two very important things, then you can go ahead and change the borders, dimensions as well as the color and width of the page. You can also change the default color of the text to make the login page look even more unique and sensational.

When you are trying to customize the WordPress admin interface, creating a unique login page should always be the priority as it will define not only your style but also your personality.

Remove Widgets from the Dashboard

If you look at it properly, then you will find a lot of widgets on the dashboard, which are probably not any of your use. Thus, the second step, which can prove to be extremely helpful with the customization procedure, is to remove these irrelevant widgets from your dashboard.

However, unlike the previous step, you will not need any kind of application or plugin to do this. To complete this procedure, you would simply have to go to the dashboard of your website and find a tab named ‘Screen Options’, which is situated at the utmost top right corner of the page.

Once you have found it, you will have to click on it to reveal a panel. This ‘options panel’ will contain some checkboxes, which you have to use to activate or deactivate the widgets.

Once you uncheck the boxes of the widgets, which you do not need, they will be removed from your dashboard in no time. This step will also be viable when you are trying to customize your other WordPress admin pages such as Posts and Post Editors.

Nevertheless, this step will only be able to help you to remove the widgets from only one of your sites. If you are an owner of multiple sites, then you would have to follow the same process separately for all of them.

If you are looking to add even more flexibility to your WordPress website, then you can also create some customized widget with plugins like the ‘free Dashboard Widgets Suite plugin’. Most of these plugins are free of cost and can help you to add some widgets for numerous things, such as error log, system info, RSS feeds, debug log, custom notes, etc.

Get Rid of the Unwanted Dashboard Menus

After removing the widgets, now it is the time for you to eliminate those menu items, which you do not require. To remove the menu options like Settings, Users, Plugins, Tools, and Appearance, you can use the following code:

function wpexplorer_remove_menus() {
	remove_menu_page( 'themes.php' );          // Appearance
	remove_menu_page( 'plugins.php' );         // Plugins
	remove_menu_page( 'users.php' );           // Users
	remove_menu_page( 'tools.php' );           // Tools
	remove_menu_page( 'options-general.php' ); // Settings
}
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'wpexplorer_remove_menus' );
If you are looking to remove only the ‘Widgets’ submenu from the ‘Appearance’ menu, then you can use this code: 
function wpexplorer_adjust_the_wp_menu() {
	$page = remove_submenu_page( 'themes.php', 'widgets.php' );
}
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'wpexplorer_adjust_the_wp_menu', 999 );

However, if you are not looking to edit the functions.php file, then you can also opt for the ‘Admin Menu Editor Plugin’. This application will help you to gain complete control over the menu items of the dashboard. It can also help you to do some other amazing things such as creating custom menus and changing their name or the color of their icon.

Change the Color Scheme of Your Dashboard

The default color schemes of the WordPress pages are quite unvaried and wearisome. Thus, if you want to customize the WordPress admin interface properly and add a burst of colors to it, then you would have to simply go to the option called ‘Profile settings’ and adjust the color scheme. The latest version of WordPress gives you the amazing option to choose from 8 different exquisite color themes.

However, if the colors do not suit your style and personality, then you can also use another plugin named ‘Admin Color Schemes’ for this purpose. This plugin comes with 8 more color patterns which will surely make your website look even more vibrant and beautiful.

Give a New Look to Your Site by Adding Themes

The admin themes, which are provided by WordPress, are not actually what we call or know to be a theme. They are generally plugins, which acts as a theme for the back-end part of the dashboard. However, unlike some other methods, these will not change the functionality of the dashboard, but rather will customize the WordPress admin interface by providing a new and fresh look to it. Here are some of them:

Aquila Admin Theme

aquila admin theme

This theme will not only change the look of your WordPress website but will also help to boost the user-friendliness of it by cleaning up the unnecessary items from the admin area. It will also provide you with some additional options, which can be used to customize the widgets as well as the menu items. Listed below are some of the features of this theme:
• Compatible with WordPress versions 4.0 and on wards
• Comes with completely new dashboard widgets
• Can help to re-design the login page of your website

Kodeo Admin UI

kodeo admin UI

If you are thinking to give your website a sleek and modern look, then you can use Kodeo Admin UI as the main theme. Some of the features of this plugin are:
• It comes with a wide variety of theme options
• It also provides a clean and glossy interface
• Kodeo is completely compatible with WordPress version 4.0 and over
• It works excellently with almost every third-party plugins and popular browsers

Slate Admin Theme

slate admin theme

If you love the black color more than anything and want to create a dark as well as a mystical ambiance for the users of your website, then the Slate admin theme plugin will be the best option for you. Its unpretentious design, as well as the wide array of color schemes, will surely help you to catch the eyes of your users as well as clients.

Flaty Admin Theme

flatty flat admin

As the name suggests, the Flaty theme applies a rather flat yet classy look to your admin dashboard. It also provides you with some other basic functionality, which can be used in various places.

Customizing the dashboard of your WordPress site is very important as it not only helps the site to look better but also adds a rather professional touch to it. Thus, follow the aforementioned tips correctly and give your dearest site a fresh and glorious look.

Related article: Customize WordPress admin dashboard.

Popular 30+ Brands Using WordPress In 2020

There are tons of popular brands across the globe using WordPress in 2020 to communicate with their clients and customers, followers and fans, and generally with the end users of what they produce, advertise, offer or sell.

WordPress CMS is not only a valuable platform for startups or companies working on a limited budget, but also for globally praised and famous, top rated and award winning brands and trademarks, celebrities and partnerships, societies and businesses of all kinds and nature.

As one of the open source environments to work on, WordPress gives so much needed freedom to different corporate and personal presentations and labels to showcase the best image of what they are engaged. Otherwise stated, all of those popular brands using WordPress in 2020 are never subject to any limitations when it comes to using the whole versatility of WordPress to result in the most engaging look and feel of their websites as per their ideas, tastes, necessities and client’s expectations.

And while the advantages of all such popular brands using WordPress in 2020 are endless as compared to others, let’s see which they are.

1. The White House:

The White House lets you stay connected with the latest updates about US President, economy and jobs, national security and immigration policy of the state, etc.

2. Jquery:

Jquery is a Javascript library that is feature packed and cross mobile compatible, highly versatile and used by millions of developers.

3. The New Yorker:

The New Yorker is also one of the popular brands using WordPress in 2018. It’s a famous magazine spreading stories and news across the globe on a weekly basis.

4. BBC America:
One of the US popular television networks, BBC America is a part of BBC Worldwide sharing innovative and cross culture catching programs, episodes and movies.

5. The official Star Wars website:

Get the latest news, interesting facts, events and video materials catering to Star Wars from their official website that is WordPress powered.

6. Sony Music:

One of the long established popular brands using WordPress is 2018 is Sony Music – the world’s second-largest sound record company.

7. MaxCDN:

MaxCDN is one of the famous content provision networks to contribute to your site’s SEO results and the overall performance.

8. MTV News:

A youth music and entertainment TV channel launched in 1981 and keeping its ranking higher over the years.

9. Beyonce:

Who does not know Beyonce? A celebrity American R’n’B style singer, songwriter, dancer and music producer.

10. The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company is another widely known American based mass media and entertainment community that prefers to use WordPress for its digital presence.

11. PlayStation Blog:

The blog of popular home video game console is powered by WordPress as well with regular updates of relevant topics and game updates.

12. SiteMinder:

SiteMinder is also among the popular brands using WordPress in 2018 revolving around hotel and hospitability industry and offering its risk and contact free services.

13. Microsoft News:

News Center website of Microsoft is presented with WordPress based website and invites you to stay up to date with recent news and articles, newly launched features, press tools and more.

14. Marin Software:

One of the leading online advertising companies with productive cross channel operation also prefers WordPress.

15. Boingo:

A far famed company among DAS and Wi Fi providers ensuring people have access to the Internet anywhere.

16. Vivendi:

Vivendi is a French media conglomerate operating in the market of sound recording, broadcasting, production of films and TV programs, as well as engaged in publishing, telecommunications, the development of computer games, etc.

17. Bata:

A shoemaking and shoe selling company having its branches in different countries and regions.

18. AdEspresso:

AdEspresso is a wonderful tool ready to optimize your Facebook advertisements with less time spent and with more tangible results.

19. cPanel Blog:

WordPress users are all well aware of cPanel. It’s a popular web based hosting control panel making the hosting of a website much easier.

20. Toyota:

Toyota Motor Corporation is one of the largest Japanese automotive manufacturing firms and its Brazilian branch uses WordPress on the basis of their website.

21. Quartz:

Quartz represents a pair of Mac OS X technologies forming a part of the Core Graphics framework.

22. Loggly:

Another famous company in the digital sphere engaged in providing log management services, troubleshooting and diagnostics with logs, data analysis and reporting, etc.

23. Usain Bolt:

We are pretty sure you have heard about one of the fastest people on the planet – Usain Bolt. In his official WP authored website, you are going to find the biography and achievements, foundation and team members of this legendary athlete.

24. Wolverine Worldwide:

Wolverine Worldwide is an American footwear manufacturer owning the brand Wolverine Boots and Shoes and having its offices across the globe, from Waltham to London, from Michigan to Hong Kong.

25. Facebook Newsroom:

Find the latest news, recourses, tools, updates and announcements of one of the most influential social media networks named Facebook in Facebook Newsroom.

26. Foliovision:

Foliovision is the home website of a popular and well developed WordPress video plugin you can use for making your website more multimedia friendly and video armed.

27. ExpressJet:

ExpressJet is an industry leading regional airline connecting people, friends and relatives safely.

28. The Rolling Stones:

The official website of a famous English rock band The Rolling Stones is showcased online with the help of WordPress technology.

29. Mozilla blog:

Latest Firefox updates, Mozilla experiments and many other Mozilla related news and community novelties can be found in Mozilla blog.

30. Inside BlackBerry:

It’s the official BlackBerry blog with multiple software solutions, news on new BlackBerry designs and updates, cyber security predictions, smartphones and other products information.

31. Snoop Dogg:

Welcome to the official website of another famous scandalous person known as Snoop Dogg.

32. Skype Blogs:

News, updates, tips, different versions of Skype to download, client stories and much more to be found when reading the blog of Skype.

How to Bulk Upload Files to Media Library WordPress Using FTP

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How to Bulk Upload files to Media Library using FTP

In 2019, everything is touched by technology. Highly laborious or even certain cerebral tasks are now simplified with the help of technology and thus mechanical and tedious tasks are not a vocational preference for many. However, it’s not quite the time for the genie to be out of the bottle as today’s Artificial Intelligence is still in the training period and won’t grant all your wishes in just one click.

One such tedious task which man still has to go through is to bulk upload files to WordPress Media Library at once. It may sound comical but the monotonous and tiresome task of dragging and dropping every single file on the WordPress Dashboard in order to get them into your media library gives a numbing sensation to one’s creativity and productivity.

But there is a quick fix. The use of File Transfer Protocol or FTP for transferring a large number of files to your media library is an easy way to cut short the mechanical task and save your precious time.

The process briefly contains 3 steps –

1. Download FTP software and connect it to your website.
2. Upload the selected files to the Content Upload folder on your WordPress site via FTP
3. Add and use a plugin on WordPress to import the uploaded files into the media library.

Here is a quick step by step guide on How to Bulk Upload Files to WordPress Media Library Using FTP.

So, we begin with-

1. Download FTP software and connect it to your website:

● Download an FTP software program from the web. For example,
FileZilla (Windows, Mac, Linux | Free)
WinSCP (Windows | Free)
Cyberduck (Mac | Free)
(We will be showing the use of FileZilla for the bulk upload process)

● Install the software with the installation wizard.
● Launch the FTP program and follow the procedure given below.
➔ Click on File
➔ Select Site Manager
➔ In the new pop-up box, click on the New Site button on the bottom left panel of the New Entry section. A new site folder will be visible on the top left. Rename it as per your site.
➔ Next, in the General field, fill up your website’s FTP login details as instructed by your WebHost support team or as mentioned in the hosting account documentation.
Fill up the columns of Host, Logon Type, Encryption, Username, Password, and Port as instructed.
➔ Click CONNECT.

You have now installed a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software and have also connected it to your WordPress site server.

Once you are connected, The screen would look like this-

Let’s move towards the next step to Upload files to WordPress Media Library.

2. Upload the selected files to the Content Upload folder on your WordPress site via FTP

Once you have connected to your server, you are ready to transfer files. Follow the instructions below to complete the process-

● On the left, you have the column of Local Site which consists of folders and files from the hard drive of your computer. On the right, is the column of Remote Site, which consists of the folders on your site server.
● Now, the goal is to upload files from the local folders to the Uploads folder (within the Wp-content folder) of the remote site.
● For this, just select the files to be uploaded from the local site and drag and drop them into the target folder in the remote site as shown in the picture below.

The files will be uploaded to the WordPress server using FTP successfully.

(TIP: Compress files using software like Adobe Photoshop to avoid future hassle)

3. Add and use a plugin on WordPress to import the uploaded files into the media library

The files may seem uploaded but they will still not be visible in your media library. That’s where this step comes in handy.
The bulk files you uploaded to WordPress using FTP are certainly uploaded to the server but it is still difficult for WordPress to locate the files. For this reason, you will have to download an additional plugin to your WordPress server and extract the uploaded files, from the server to the media.

For this process follow the steps below:

➔ Go to WordPress.
➔ On the left panel, click on Plugins.
➔ Select Add New.
➔ In the new page that appears, search for a plugin called, “ADD FROM SERVER” in the search box.
➔ Select the plugin from the search results and Install and activate to import files.
➔ Once the plugin is installed, click on Media and then again click on Add from Server.
➔ In the Quick Jumps section, click on Uploads Folder.
➔ Select the folder from the server in which you have uploaded the files.
➔ Select the files you wish to add to your media library. You can select them all at once or just a few selected ones, as per your requirement.
➔ Click on Import.

Voila!
Your attempt to bulk upload files to WordPress Media Library using FTP is finally successful. All of the selected files will be visible in your WordPress Media Library and will be easy access for your future endeavors.

Another way to bulk upload files to WordPress Media Library without FTP is via ZIP.

It is simple. Create a Zip folder of all the files you want to add to your WordPress dashboard. Add the Zip folder to your WordPress server in a regular way. Add a plugin called Upload Media by Zip.
Through this Plugin, you can easily upload all your files at once. Once the Zip folder is on the server, you can extract the files directly on WordPress using this plugin and it will be easily available in your media library.

Now that you’re free from the hassle, enjoy the time saved by doing something creative and productive, like a luxurious man from the future would do who don’t have to worry about mechanical cyber chores as AI is now accustomed to the tedious job.

FTP Clients you can use for WordPress both Mac and Windows.