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07 February 2018

14 Simple Tips & Tricks for WordPress Users

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1. Easy HTML & the Text Widget
You can easily create a widget of text in a sidebar or footer area. And if you tick that box, it will break the paragraphs for you.
But what if you want to do something a little fancier? Maybe a simple link to purchase your eBook. The good news is that the text widget works with HTML. The bad news, not all of us know HTML. So, here’s a workaround. Open a new post or page. Don’t worry, you won’t be publishing it or saving it. Now go in and format the text, add an image, add links, all that good stuff. Remember, as you are doing this, it’s going to fit in a widget area, for instance, a sidebar, and will only be so wide. If you are adding images, keep that in mind. What you end up with might be something like this.

Now that you have formatted it, simply click on the text tab and copy the HTML or what I call the blob of code.



Place the text widget where you want it. In this example, it’s the primary sidebar.

Now if we go and look at our site, we will find a nice little formatted widget, ready to go!

Here’s an extra tip. If you have a lot of images you need to put in various sidebars or widget areas, and don’t want to go through this each time, I highly recommend the Image Widget. 

2. What Homepage?


When you install your theme, you often get a homepage by default. And depending on your theme, it will decide what that page looks like. In a lot of themes, it just defaults to the list of your blog posts, like this homepage:

Or maybe it looks like this.


But what if you have decided you just want a simple homepage. Maybe something like one of your inside pages. You looked at the demo and thought something similar to the content with the sidebar on the right would work. See below on how to do it.
First, create your page.
create-homepage
Create a blog page. Name it, choose blog over on the right-hand side under Template, and save. No content is needed. This will automatically make it your blog index page.
blog-page
front-homepage
Now you are going to do three things:
1.   Pick a static page
2.   Choose your homepage from the Front page drop-down menu.
3.   Choose your blog from the Post page drop-down menu.
Save, and verify.
home-page-set
3. Underscores vs. Underlines
While naming your files, some people tend to use underscores instead of dashes. Something like this:
Wrong Way
http://www.domain.com/sub_folder/file_name.htm
Correct Way
http://www.domain.com/sub-folder/file-name.htm
Your media files would be an example of this as well. In any case, it’s best to keep it to dashes. Why? Because Google looks at underscores as joiners. That means it looks at it as one word. And that sucks for the Google search engines.
4.  Double-space
Adding spaces between lines.

double-space
There are two simple solutions.
1.   Click on your text tab, now delete the space.
double-space-text
Or use the old standard key combination of: shift + return/ enter
5.  Change “Admin,” Username
Are you still using Admin for your username? Or maybe someone else on your site is? In any case, time to get rid of that bugger. You see, anyone can easily find out your username if they know how. But those bots that roam in packs on the internet looking to break into WordPress sites, they are set to try Admin first. So, in reality, you are giving them half of your login by using it.
There are a few steps to doing this, as you cannot change a user admin.
Create a new user name
While you are logged in, add a new username. Make sure that you give it an Administrator Role. You will also need to use a different email, because two users cannot have the same email. You can always change back later.
addnewuser1
Log Out and Log In
Now log out and log in with your new user name. Once you are back in, go into your User list and find that old Admin user.
addnewuser2
Time to get rid of it.  But there is one very important step here. When you click on the delete, this screen will show up. Now since you may have already created various posts and pages while using that Admin user name, you don’t want them to go away. So make sure to tick the box “Attribute all posts and links to ” and this will be your new user name and the one you are logged into now.
addnewuser3
That will do it.
6. The About Page is Important
This isn’t so much a functionality of WordPress, but an important tip. I have had people who either choose not to create an about page or if they do, decide to hide it in the navigation. Make sure it’s prominent! These days visitors to your site want to know who is behind the blog or business. In fact, I know many sites where the About page is the second most frequently visited page.
7. Hide Page Comments
Page options in WordPress.
screen-options-1
A lot of pages in WordPress have Screen Options. This allows you to declutter what shows on that screen. You can hide the stuff you don’t care about or need to see.
For example, on the page when you open the dashboard. Don’t care about WordPress news? Or maybe something else there that just clutters the page for you? You can do the same thing.
screen-options-2
Or on your Post page. As you add plugins, more stuff shows up in each row. Maybe it’s time for some cleanup there as well.
screen-options-3
Just remember, if you can’t find it, before you grab that nearest bottle of booze in frustration, check out your Screen Options.
8. Restrict Registrations
Are you finding a lot of new users showing up in your user page? People who are subscribing to your blog through your RSS? Well, unless you have a plugin that requires this box to be checked, make sure it’s not.
anyone-can-register
9. Full Posts Are Not Meant for Your Blog Page
Have you ever landed on a blog index page, or blog page that has the full posts listed and the page goes on and on? For example, look at this theme demo.

homepage-long

To make your blog page more user-friendly, try placing excerpts or the first several words of the post instead, so people have to click through.
blog-template
single-post
Do you notice something missing? First off, there are not share buttons if you are using them. Likely you don’t have them on your blog page, just on single posts. And where are the comments? What if I want to leave one? As you can see on this screenshot, both are there, resting at home nicely on the single post page.
single-post-mine
You want people to click through from the blog page to the single post page for this very reason.
10. Don’t Have Share Buttons or Open Comments on Pages
I see this all the time: people putting share buttons on the service pages or about page. Or even worse, comments. Those two tools are primarily meant for blog posts. You don’t need them there. Likely no one wants to comment on a static service page. And I doubt very many people will choose to share your about page. In fact, they are just additional distractions and will tend to lead people away from your important content.
contact-2
Can you imagine someone sharing your contact page on Twitter?
“Hey folks, go and look at Bob’s contact page. I think you should contact him.”
Or leave a comment
“Cool contact page you have here. I think I’m going to use it to ask you something. Oh, and by the way, what contact plugin do you use?”
11. Don’t Get All Permalinky
You will be likely setting up your permalinks when you build your page. If you choose to change these down the road, likely all in-bound links will be broken. Sure, you might think that you can do redirects, but on all your pages? Not! So set these in the beginning and live with them. By the way, the most commonly used permalink is Post name.
setting permalink
You can also edit the permalink for posts and pages. Again, same warning. Do this if you want when creating the page or post. If you really have to change it here later, consider doing a redirect.
permalinky
12. Creating a Dead Link in Your Navigation Bar
Have you ever created a navigation bar with the main button acting like more of a header while listing your services below that? For example, here I have services and then links to all the separate services. But when doing it this way, often you find you need to create a Service page. What happens is that you create this page and basically add content to it, explaining these services and links to them. Sometimes that can be okay. But other times it’s just one more click-through for your weary reader.
dead link front
So let’s create a dead link, at least that is what I call it. You will go into your menu and we are going to replace that WordPress Services page.
deadlink main nav
Under Custom Link, put a # in the URL field and then label it services. Note, you will not be able to add it to your menu unless there is something in that URL field.deadlink add custom link
Now delete the WordPress Services page in the menu, and move this custom link to its spot.
dead link with custom link inserted
If we go back to the site, you will see that when we roll over it, it no longer links to a page, but becomes the header for the services listed under it.
But wait! Do you notice that little icon that shows it’s a link still appears when you roll over it. So someone might still try to click on it, only to be frustrated that nothing happens. Ugh! From what I have heard, this is the best practice of doing this. But I take it further.
dead link front end 1
Go back into your menu, open that custom link, and remove the #.
dead link remove hashtag
Now when you go back to the site, and roll over it, no longer is that link icon going to appear.
dead link front end fixed
13. Don’t Muck Up Image Names and Alt Text
If you want your images to play a role in your SEO, make sure you do it right. This is not an in-depth explanation, but rather something to make you aware.
1.   It’s best to name your image file something relevant before uploading it to your media library. As you can see here, the original File name is: iStock_000004659301XSmall.jpg. Not much good there unless someone is searching for that (and that is highly unlikely).
2.   You can add a title, which is important, but it won’t change the file name.
3.   Do include an Alt Text no matter what. Google frowns on empty Alt Text.
Beyond that, what you decide to put in there will depend on several variables. So, you might want to do a little research.
image-titles
14. How Long a Post Should Be?
1.   Up to a limit, longer articles have better chances with Google. But they should still focus on style, structure and quality content.

2.   Google does not like posts or pages that are less than 300 words.
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08 August 2017

Content Management Systems

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What is Content Management System 



So what exactly is a content management system? Well, in terms of web-based content management, it's usually defined as server-side software that is designed to simplify the creation and maintenance of sites. It does this by managing online content, generating web pages, and allowing users to upload and change content without requiring technical expertise. To help illustrate this, let's examine the basic functionality of most CMSs. We'll start with the content itself. Content is typically stored in some type of database.

This allows it to be reused, repurposed, and published wherever needed. The CMS typically has an administration area that allows you to input, upload, or edit your content as needed. In most content management systems, this admin area is accessible through any browser, meaning that instead of having to install client software, you can work on your site anywhere that you have an Internet connection. Now if all that CMS did was to collect content and store it in a database, it wouldn't be that useful. It's what a CMS could do with that content that makes it really valuable.

A CMS will use its internal framework to build a site around your content. This is typically done by creating pages by adding content to a series of templates based on the site's specific needs. Of course, there's a great deal of variation in how different CMSs handle this step. Many of them have pre-built templates that you can use right out of the box, whereas others require you to design much, if not all, of the page structure yourself. Most offer varying degrees of control, allowing you to use pre-built templates and themes if you would like, or allowing you to make your own if you so desire.

It's worth mentioning here that the CMS will also handle adding site navigation and may even be capable of automating the process of building complex internal applications like blogs and message boards. As you can imagine, there's a lot to gain from this approach. Organizing content, building databases, and managing that content are all handled automatically. CMSs also allow experienced designers to dramatically speed up the time required to develop sites. Designers can build complex sites in a fraction of the time it would normally take them, and even allow them to build sites with advanced functionality that might be beyond their normal capabilities.

Another advantage to using CMS is the ability it gives non-technical people to create or update content. This means a designer can use a CMS to build the site and then train the client to maintain and update that site on their own. That sounds great, doesn't it? Of course, a CMS is not right for every site or every situation. Later in this title, we'll focus on both the pros and the cons of content management systems and how to determine if they are the right tool for the job.

Advantages

  1. Easily create websites 
  2. No coding required 
  3. Easily adapt design requirements 
  4. Lots of themes and plugins available 
  5. Version control 

Disadvantages

  1. Formal training required to attain expertise 
  2. Limited functionality or only functionality envisioned by CMS

Common Features

  1. Easy to use 
  2. WYSIWYG Editor 
  3. Templates/ skins/ themes 
  4. Open community & support 
  5. Apps and wizards 
  6. Modularity 
  7. Built in User & groups (ACL/ RBAC)
  8. SEO 
  9. Auditing & logs 

Commonly Used CMS Systems

  1. WordPress
  2. Umbraco 
  3. Drupal 
  4. DotNetNuke
  5. Joomla
  6. Magento
  7. Phpbb
  8. Blogger

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03 June 2017

iPhone 8 to have bezel-less display

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Image result for iphone 8

Rumored iPhone 8 
Apple’s next iPhone will not be similar in display like the previous devices and will sport a 18.5:9 aspect ratio like its competitors .
The new aspect ratio increases the size of a smartphone display while keeping it comfortable to hold and use it with one hand. 
iPhone 8 is rumored to have a bold new design featuring an OLED display without a bezel and the company may also relocate the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone, or be innovative to tuck it under your screen.
Apple will also bring “True Color iPad Pro” screen technology to its smartphones for the first time that uses advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in your environment.
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29 October 2015

OnePlus X, Another flagship killer phone set to be unveiled on October 29th

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OnePlus might be struggling to get its second phone into people's hands, but that hasn't stopped it from pressing ahead with another handset launch. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei had already confirmed that a third phone is on the way, but now we have a date for the grand unveiling: October 29th. A London event for the "OnePlus X" was teased on social media, while a blog post on its Chinese site confirms a companion event in Beijing. Earlier this month a new OnePlus handset was spotted in an FCC filing, revealing a 5.5-inch display and an industrial design that looks like an amalgamation of past and present iPhones. A few other, unexciting specs were confirmed in the process; a 1.9GHz processor and support for LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and FM radios. Further details have reportedly leaked through an Amazon India listing, but we'll let you decide if they're trustworthy.

The first two OnePlus phones have been well-received. For their price, both offer excellent performance and are more than competitive with their respective crop of Android flagships. But the company's invite system and, in the case of the OnePlus 2, some early manufacturing problems have arguably overshadowed both launches. Many fans are still waiting for a OnePlus 2 to arrive on their doorstep, so the company will have to tread carefully when it unveils this third, likely mid-range device in a couple of weeks.
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10 April 2015

Shop directly from Bing image search

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Microsoft Bing just announced new service where users have the option to buy the item from the bing image search. The feature is still in beta, but once you select a photo and scroll down, a list of online retailers where the item can be purchased appear. It also tries to bring related images from other collections like Pinterest, to enhance your image search experience. For online shopping freaks use bing, search for the item checkout the image, buy if you like. Unfortunately it works best in the US as it brings more results from Amazon.com. But if you use keywords like Canada, this can be averted. 
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