How to display WordPress posts in a grid layout

Displaying your posts neatly in grid layout will improve the readability of the content and thus the site performance. Your visitors can navigate easily through information. In this article, we’ll learn how to display posts in a grid layout in the home page of a WordPress website.

3 simple steps to display posts in grid layout.

  1. Install a Post grid plugin.
  2. Set up a Static Homepage
  3. Copy the shortcode and paste it in your home page

Note: You can use same method to create grid layout in any other part of your website. Install post grid plugin add the shortcode to WordPress theme template.

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How to Make Your WordPress URLs SEO Friendly

The url of a page plays and important role in improving your rank on search results page. Search engines and users see the full URL when navigating through search results. URL signal the target audience what the contents of a page is about. When set correctly, it allows your readers to have a clear understanding on what your post is about and also helps visitors find your page faster. In fact, It is better to match your Page URL with Page Title. Adding keyword in URL makes it more user friendly and attractive for users.

By default, wordPress use post IDs instead of a keyword text URL. This is bad for SEO as your links won’t be related to any keyword that you are targeting.

Although WordPress has a built-in support for SEO-friendly structure.

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How to Find Id Of A Category, Post, User, or Comments in WordPress

WordPress assign a unique number to each and every item in the site. For example, the User ID is a unique number generated by the WordPress system to help you to identify each user on a website. Sometimes while installing a new theme or arranging multiple items in your WordPress site, you will need to find a user ID , post ID or category ID.  There are different ways to find the ID.

How to find Category Id in wordpress

From your wordpress admin, Go to Posts » Categories 

Method1:

Move the mouse over the Category title (without clicking) and notice the URL that shows up at the bottom left corner of the browser, as shown in the above screenshot. On the link look for the part tag_ID=a, where ‘a’ is the WordPress category ID.


Method2:

Click on the category name. WordPress will open the category editor page. Look at the browser address bar. You will be able to see the category ID in your browser’s address bar.

Method3:

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Simply move the mouse cursor over the WordPress Category name and right click on it . Select Copy Link Location’ or ‘Copy Link Address’ from the right click menu and paste the URL to a text editor such as notepad

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How to Create custom Template for specific category in WordPress

WordPress categories are very convenient way to group related posts together. Your reader can find posts in a specific category in one page and read pots of their interest . Setting up categories provide a proper site structure. You can assign one or more categories while creating the post. See fig below.

In wordpress  each category has its own page. Add category title to your menu. (Refer How to add navigation menu). Your reader can view all the posts on a certain topic in one place.

Before proceeding let us have a look at creating category page in wordpress. Visit Posts » Categories page. On this page you can Add / Edit WordPress categories. Refer the following image to see how to add/find category slug. We are going to use category slug while creating template.

Click on View link to view category page. When a viewer clicks on a Category link  by default, WordPress shows a page with list of Posts in that particular Category. But you can easily create a custom looking page for different categories on your site.

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How to Add Navigation Menu in WP

How to Add Navigation Menu in WordPress

Since Navigation menu guide your visitors to important sections of your website, it is the most important design element on any page.  

In most wordpress themes, this menu is placed as  a horizontal menu  close to the header. Of course, the menu location can vary depending on your theme and some themes support more than one menu locations.

When you install wordpress, it automatically creates a default Navigation menu. This menu contains a list of your  top-level pages.  It’s generally a bad idea to include a list of  all page titles in menu. Keep your Navigation Short and  List the Most Important Pages First. 

Fortunately wordPress provides a user friendly interface which let you  add and manage any any page  including category and tag archives, posts, pages and custom links. 

  • Step 1:Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
  • Step 2: From the ‘Appearance’ menu on the left-hand side of the Dashboard, select the ‘Menus’ option to bring up the Menu Editor. 
  • Step 3: Create Your Navigation Menu
  • Step 4: Assign Your Menu To The Desired Location
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Avoid email sent from your WordPress site ending up in the user’s spam folder.

Did you know that sometimes monthly newsletters or weekly special offers  from your WordPress site are going to your recipients’junk folders? This is a common problem with emails that are sent from a website via PHP.  Different mailbox providers adopt different techniques to decide when an email is or is not spam.

Why does that happen? How can you stop this from happening?  In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to fix this email issue. Read More

How to Add Custom Menus locations in WordPress Themes

WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism to create your own menus and menu structure. From your wordpress admin panel click on  Appearance >>Menu.

Here you can see existing menus and menu display locations. You can create as many menus as you want. But displaying this menu varies  from theme to theme. This tutorial describes how to add additional menu locations to an existing WordPress theme.  Read More

How To Create A Child Theme in WordPress

A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that produce the graphical interface for a wordpress website. You can find plenty of free or premium themes on internet. A good premium theme providers will aggressively

  • Update their themes with new features and functionality
  • Add more security features or bug Fixes
  • Update any browser compatibility issue
  • Keep up with the latest WordPress enhancements.

Whenever a new version of your WordPress theme is released, WordPress dashboard will notify you to update your theme to the latest version. WordPress experts always recommend you to update yo themes to your theme to latest version.

But when you update your theme, you’ll lose all the tweaks you made to it. How can you update a WordPress Theme without losing customization? WordPress is providing an easy mechanism to solve this issue. It is parent theme child themes combination.

What is a Parent Theme?
A parent theme is a complete theme which includes all of the required WordPress template files. Any theme in your /wp-content/themes/ folder is considered as parent theme.
What is a Child Theme?
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How To Configure Akismet For WordPress Blog

Spam is a huge problem for every website. Spammers love WordPress sites. Spam comments are irritating, and your readers might lose faith in you. Spam comments can negatively impact your search engine rankings. Akismet is one of the best comment spam filtering service that blocks spam in comments automatically. It is free to use and is highly recommended.

In this post, I will share how to configure Akismet For wordPress blog.


  1. Activate Akismet Plugin

    Akismet comes pre-installed with wordpress installation. You need to activate it. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins. Click on Activate link next to Akismet Plugin


  2. Enter API key

    After activating Akismet, it will require an API key. If you already have a key enter and proceed. If you do not have a key, you can get it for FREE. Click on “Get your key”, you will be directed to Akismet’s website. Read More

How do I move WordPress from a sub directory to the root directory

Most website creators using WordPress today to create website. You can easily build and manage your  site with WordPress. When you convert your  your existing business website(.html / .php/ .aspx files)  to wordpress, it’s a good idea to set up a blog and test a new version in a subfolder (example.com/WordPress) so that it does not affect their main domain.  Once completed, you can move the new site over to the root directory for the domain.

This tutorial assumes you have already created, tested your site in a subfolder called “wordpress”. Refer following articles if you need help on how to install wordpress.

  1. How To Install WordPress on the Best WordPress Hosting Providers
  2. How to install a WordPress blog in 1and1?
  3. How To Install WordPress Using Fantastico

Now let us see how to move your site to root.

Step1: Change site URL

  1. Log into your WordPress Admin, go to  Settings -> General.
  2. Change WordPress address (URI) from (example.com/WordPress to example.com)
  3. Change Site Address address (URL) from (example.com/WordPress to example.com)

Step2: Physically move the files from a sub folder to your main folder

Before moving the wordpress files to root, take a backup of your site in root folder. After you have made your backup, it is time to move your WordPress to the primary folder. You can use the cPanel File manager, an FTP program, Shell using SSH, or  HTML editor like DreamWeaver.

Moving Files Using Cpanel

  1. Log into your cPanel  dashboard.
  2. From the main cPanel area, look for the Files category and then click on the File Manager tool.
  3. Once inside the File Manager, you will want to navigate to the folder you have the WordPress site in. (For example, a folder named WordPress.)
  4. You will see a list of all the WordPress files and folders in the right hand panel. Highlight them all and click on the Move File icon from the menu toolbar across the top of the page.
  5. A popup will appear so you can enter the destination folder. Continuing with our WordPress folder example, it should show as public_html/WordPress. Remove the /WordPress from the destination path so that it simply displays as public_html. Click the Move Files button.
  6. This will move the files up to the public_html folder. You should now see the same files as you have in your WordPress folder.
  7. You can now delete the old WordPress folder.

Moving Files Using FTP

Open your FTP program. Select files from “WordPress ” folder.Drag files to root folder.

Your site is ready now.

How to add a Slider to WordPress Website

Having an interactive slideshow on top of a web page let you highlight your site’s important details on your site in a visual manner. Sliders immediately grab your visitors’ attention and allows users to quickly take action. Most websites put slideshow at the top of the page before their main content.

There are many WordPress slider plugins available which allow you to create your own sliders and add them to your home page, landing pages, posts, or any where you want.

Meta Slider


Meta Slider is by far the most popular slider available for WordPress It comes with four jQuery sliders –Nivo Slider (responsive, 16 transition effects, four themes), Coin Slider (four transition effects), Flex Slider 2 (responsive, two transition effects, carousel mode), Responsive Slides (responsive, fade effect only).


Install and activate Meta Slider plugin

Follow this article How to install a WordPress Plugin .
After activating Meta Slider plugin,  you will see new menu item “Meta Slider” on left sidebar. Click on it.

In this page, you can create new slider. Creating a new slider is simple – add new slides, change settings and save.


Putting a Slider on wordpress post/pages

1: Create a post/page by going to Posts/Pages > Add New.
2: At the top of the page content, you will notice a button to add a slider. Click this button and select the slider from the options available (if you have only created one slider, there will only be one option).


How to put the slider on the front page of your website

1: To put the slider on the front page of your website, you will first need to create a page(as mentioned above) for home page. Go to Pages > Add New.
2: Add slider in the new page.
3:Once the page is ready, Go to Settings > Reading in WordPress and set the front page display as “a static page”. From the dropdown, select the newly created “Home” page as your static page.


WordPress has plenty of WordPress slider plugins ready at your disposal. See 8+ Most Popular WordPress Slider Plugin


How to Create a Custom Home Page and a Separate Page for Blog Posts in WordPress

By default, WordPress shows your most recent blog posts on the front page of your site. WordPress comes with built-in support for creating a splash page as the front page(static front page), and a separate page for blog posts.

From your admin panel go to Setttings » Reading. Scroll down to Front page displays option. But before going there, you need to create 2 new pages.

WordPress Custom Home Page and a Separate Blog Page

  • Step1: Create templates (optional. You can skip this step)
    Create different templates for home page and blog post page. Refer this article >> How to use different design/template for different pages in WordPress
  • Step2: Add New Pages – Create a Front Page

    • From your admin left menu, go to Pages >> Add New.
    • Enter title “Home”.
    • Add content you would like to see within the content area of the static front page, or leave it blank if it is a Dynamic front page.
    • Select the Template(home page) in the Page Attributes panel box.(Do this only if you followed step1. Otherwise skip this step. )
    • Publish the Page.
  • Step3: Add New Pages – Create a Blog Page

    • From your admin left menu, go to Pages >> Add New.
    • Enter title “Blog”.
    • Leave content blank .
    • Select the Template (default template) in the Page Attributes panel box.
    • Publish the Page.
  • Step4: Set up Front page and post page displays

    • Go to Administration > Settings > Reading panel.
    • In the drop down menu for Front Page select “Home.”
    • In the drop down menu for Posts page select “Blog” .
    • Save changes.

How to use different design/template for different pages in WordPress

Do you want to have different design / appearance for different pages in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to create and use a custom template for a page in WordPress.

From your wordpress admin, while creating a page you can see a template drop down menu under ‘Page Attributes’ section. Clicking on it will allow you to select the template for that page.
But first you need to create a custom page template and put it under your theme’s directory.

Creating a Custom Page template in WordPress

By default WordPress utilizes a template file called page.php to control the appearance of your pages. You will find it in /wp-content/themes/ directory. Now you need to add a custom page template here. The easiest way to get started is by creating a duplicate of existing page template (ie. page.php) provided by your theme. Rename your file like page-home.php, page-contact.php etc. Now start editing your custom page template file. You can make changes in their layout and appearance. This requires a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP. Once you are done customizing, upload it back to your theme folder using FTP.

How to Split a long WordPress Post into Multiple Pages – post pagination

You wrote a very long post and have some issues with load times on your posts, it is better to split that long WordPress post into multiple pages. Reading long posts can be hectic or boring for users. This can increase the bounce rate of your site. So for better presentation and readability, divide along post into several pages. This also will improve the look and feel of your site and increase the number of page views on your site.

Dividing your posts into two or more pages is simple in WordPress.

split-post

  • In the post editor, click on “Text” tab to switch to “Text” editor mode.
  • Add the following tag wherever you want to split your post.

    <!–nextpage–>

    You can add this tag anywhere you want as many times as you want.

  • Save your post.
  • Now you can see post pagination.split-post2

How to Use WordPress Widgets

WordPress Widgets are independent content blocks designed to provide  specific function. Widget is a simple and easy-to-use way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content  or any widgetized areas of your theme. Widgets enable non-technical users to customize your theme without having to change any code.

There are so many different widgets available. WordPress by default comes with several widgets that can be seen on on the WordPress Administration Appearance > Widgets panel. See a list of Top wordpress sidebars widgets. Note: You can install new ones by searching the WordPress Plugins Directory. See how to install worpress plugin.

How to use Widgets

To use/display widgets, you need to add widget areas into your Theme. Most WordPress themes are widget ready. It would always be a good idea to select a theme that is Widget Ready. If  theme is not widget ready, you can widgetize just about every part of your theme. See how to widgetize your theme.

  1. Go to Appearance > Widgets. Here you can see available widgets and widget ready areas in your theme.

    Widget areas
    Widget areas

    If  theme is not widget ready, you can widgetize just about every part of your theme. See how to widgetize your theme.

  2. Choose a Widget and either drag it to the sidebar where you wish it to appear

    drag widget
    drag widget

    Or click the widget, (select a destination sidebar if your theme has more than one) and click the Add Widget button.

    Add Widget
    Add Widget
  3. Preview the site. You can see the new addition there.
  4. To arrange the Widgets within the sidebar or Widget area, click and drag it into place.

    Drag to re-arrange
    Drag to re-arrange
  5. To customize the Widget features, click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand the Widget’s interface.

    Edit widget options
    Edit widget options
  6. To save the Widget’s customization, click Save.

    Edit widget options
    Edit widget options
  7. To remove the Widget, click  Delete link in the configuration options as show above.

How to add Widget area to your theme

You can widgetize just about every part of your theme. See how to widgetize your theme. Widget can be added to the header, footer, and elsewhere in the WordPress design and structure. There are 2 main parts to  add widget area in your theme:

  1. Register the widget area in functions.php
  2. Insert widget area in the WordPress Theme

#1: Register widget area

Open the functions.php file from the WordPress Theme Editor . Add the following block of code. In this code, we are registering one sidebar. We have given a name(e.g.’Home right sidebar’) to identify them on Widgets screen and  id(e.g.’home_right_1′) is used to call it in theme file to display.

<?php
/**
 * Register our sidebars and widgetized areas.
 *
 */
function wpl_theme_widgets_init() {

	register_sidebar( array(
		'name'          => 'Home right sidebar',
		'id'            => 'home_right_1',
		'before_widget' => '<div>',
		'after_widget'  => '</div>',
		'before_title'  => '<h2 class="rounded">',
		'after_title'   => '</h2>',
	) );

}
add_action( 'widgets_init', 'wpl_theme_widgets_init' );
?>

New widget
New widget

After registering Dynamic Sidebars, New widget area appears in Appearance » Widgets screen. Users can drag and drop widgets into these sidebars.
#2: Insert widget area in the WordPress Theme

You need to  insert the following block of code in your template like sidebar.php /footer.php or any other template file where you want to display the widget.

<div id="home_right_1">
<?php
if(is_active_sidebar('home_right_1')){
dynamic_sidebar('home_right_1');
}
?>
</div>

In this example code, we have used sidebar id(‘home_right_1) to call the sidebar. Change the sidebar id to display another sidebar.

How to create a Custom Post Type? Full guide with steps

WordPress is a great tool for creating functional websites. Most people consider WordPress as just a blogging platform. But the truth is wordpress is an extremely powerful platform to create different types of fully functional websites. Each new release of wordpress includes many features to enhance functionality of your WordPress site. In this article we will explore one such feature called ‘custom post types’ in WordPress. WordPress added this in version 3.0 onwards

What is custom post type? Do I need it?

Basically WordPress is designed to be a blogging platform. When it comes to creating content for your WordPress site, you can write either posts or Pages. By default, WordPress comes with certain post/page writing structure. i.e. your post title in the upper field, post body content in the main post editing box below it, select a category, add tags etc. In some situations, you want to create something different than this.

Examples of Custom Post Types
For example, you have a tech blog where you write IT-related news, events, updates etc. Now you want to add a product review section to your site and you do not mix this with regular blog content. You want to create a separate section for these Reviews. I’m sure  you want to use a different structure and different set of data inside your review post. You can extend the existing WordPress infrastructure and accomplish this using ‘custom Post types’ along with ‘custom fields’.

Custom Post types allow you to create new content sections on your site. It will add a new administration menu, dedicated editing pages, custom taxonomies and many more utilities required for full fledged publishing.

Some other examples are:

  • A food blogger wants to rate recipes book post
  • A music blogger wants add a post to sell music album cds
  • A travel blogger wants to list popular  tourist destinations
  • Many popular WordPress plugins also use custom post types. Some examples are : Countries Plugin, WP e-Commerce Plugin,

examples
examples

Make A Product Review With WordPress: Custom Post Types & Custom Fields

In this article I’ll explain how to create a custom post with an example. Let us see how to create a product review custom post. We’re going to add a new section of our website “Product Reviews” that is dedicated for product reviews. You can implement this using custom post types and custom fields. Please note that you’ll need to be familiar with PHP to adjust code based on your needs.

Step 1: Create a Custom Post Type

The easiest way to create a custom post type in WordPress is by using a plugin called Custom Post Type UI .

  1. Install & Activate Custom Post Type UI plugin. (Refer the article How to install a WordPress Plugin)
  2. Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item in your WordPress admin menu called CPT UI
  3. Go to CPT UI » Add New to create a new custom post type.

    Add new
    Add new
  4. In this page you can see two columns. Custom Post Type UI plugin allows you to create custom post types (On your left) & custom taxonomies (On your right).

    Create custom post type
    Create custom post type
  5.  Create Custom Post Type – On your left, fill out the Post Type Name, Label fields and description. At the bottom you can see 2 links “Advanced Label Options & Advanced Options” . You can leave the default, or you can click on it to set new values.  After filling click on the ‘Create Custom Post Type’ button to add your new custom post type.Now you can see new menu item in your WordPress admin left menu bar (just like posts /pages menu). The label entry will appear in your WordPress admin left menu bar.  (See fig below). In my case I used the text “product reviews”.

    Post type label
    Post type label
  6. Custom  taxonomies – WordPress uses taxonomies to group post together. Two popular wordpress taxonomies are Categories and Tags. When you create a custom post type called product review, even though you can use categories, you may not want to mix this review with regular blog because they are used differently. So it is a good to create custom taxonomies to group custom posts.For example, create a new custom taxonomy called Review categories. Then you can add topic terms like: Computer, TV, Phone, etc. This would allow you and your users to sort reviews by each topic.Custom Post Type UI plugin allows you to create custom taxonomies. Go to CPT UI » Add New. In this page you can see fields to create custom taxonomies (On your right). Enter the fields Taxonomy Name, Label and Attach to Post Type( Note: Since I’m creating this custom taxonomy for custom post type, I selected Product reviews).

    create taxonomy
    create taxonomy

    At the bottom you can see 2 links “Advanced Label Options & Advanced Options” . You can leave the default, or you can click on it to set new values. I just want to mention one option listed there >> hierarchical == false.

    Now You can see new menu item to add Review Categories. Click on it and create new topics.

    Add Review Categories
    Add Review Categories

    create custom taxonomy
    create custom taxonomy
  7. Now your custom post type is ready. From your WordPress admin left menu bar click on your newly created custom post type( In my case I used the text “product reviews”). Here you will see a regular post writing page on WordPress. But when you create a product review, you need to add additional information associated with each product. For e.g. a database of digital cameras for instance might need:
    • Pros
    • Cons
    • Purchase Link
    • Rating

    Rather than adding this info directly to the description of the product, It is wise to create custom fields to hold this info.

Step2: Adding Custom Fields to a Custom Post Type

Since WordPress native custom fields capability is not enough for our need, we are going to use a third-party plugin (read A Guide to WordPress Custom Fields). Here I’m using Advanced Custom Fields plugin. Advanced Custom Fields is a free plugin that let you create different types of custom fields, create them as a group and then assign that group to your custom post types. Many add-ons also available for this plugin. For e.g. if you want to use star rating , use this acf add-on.

  • Download, install and activate Advanced Custom Fields. (Refer the article how to install a plugin)

    Advanced Custom Fields
    Advanced Custom Fields
  • After installing you will see custom fields menu link on left sidebar.

    custom fields
    custom fields

    Here you can create a set of fields(called field group) and then assign this to your custom post types.

    custom fields
    custom fields

    Click on “Custom Fields” and create a field group called “Product Review” . Click “Add Field” to create the fields needed. In this example I’m adding fields like “Pros”, “cons” etc.

  • In the “Location” section, you can assign this field group to your product review custom post type.

    Custom fields
    Custom fields
  • In the “Options” section, you can configure how you want your field group to be displayed. You can also decide which all other default WordPress inputs to be hidden when the field group is displayed.

    Display Options
    Display Options

Create a product review

Now that you created your cusom post and template, we will now see how you can create your custom post:

Post type label
Create new product review

From your wordpress admin left menu Click Product Reviews >> Add Product Review.

Create product review
Create product review

Write and publish a product review. But when you view the post that is just created, WordPress template hierarchy will use default single.php template file. There these custom fields values will not be displayed. So next step: we need to work on a template that includes these custom post types into our site so they display properly. To display these custom posts, you need to either edit default template file or create a custom single post template.

Step3: Create Single Post Templates for Custom Post Type

Let us see how you can create a custom single post template. To display your Custom Post Type you need to create a new file name single-YOURCUSTOMPOSTNAME.php in your theme folder. So let’s say your custom post type is called”Productreview”, then you need to create single-productreview.php to display your single custom post.

Duplicate single.php
Duplicate single.php

Make a copy of the single.php file in your theme directory. Rename it to single-productreview.php. This isn’t something you can do from the wordpress dashboard. You need to copy the file using your hosting control panel or FTP application.

  • Refer this article to see how to FTP it to your theme directory.
  • Refer this article to see how to make a copy of single.php using cpanel.

Now go back to Appearance > Editor in your WordPress dashboard, select your theme, and the single-productreview.php file name in the right sidebar. Here you can add code to display custom fields or customize look and feel.

 

Displaying Custom Fields
To display the Custom Fields, Put the following tag within The Loop. Find where your main WordPress Loop originates.

loop starts
loop starts

Call the wordpress function  get_post_meta().

custom fields
custom fields

Assign the name of the key that you want to appear. For example in my case, I want to display custom field called “pros”.

I hope, by now you understood about custom posts are and custom fields. There  are many plugins available to enhance WordPress posting abilities. I suggest doing your own research and find the best solution to your need.

 

How to create a nice sticky footer bar and get more conversions

Introduction

A sticky footer is a footer that stays below your webpage and it stays there even if the user scrolls down the page. A sticky footer helps create clicks and conversion. You can use this to create more attention to your posts, email optins, or whatever post that you feel will be a great way to earn conversions.

In this post, we’ll show you how to add a sticky footer bar in WordPress. To make things easier, we will be using a WordPress plugin. We will guide you from the plugin setup until you have generated your first sticky footer.
Let’s Get Started

webloggerzstickyfooterbar

First, you’ll need to download and install Webloggerz WP Floating footer bar. We’ve chosen Webloggerz because it is an easy-to-use, fully customizable sticky footer plugin. What is great about this plugin is that you can add your social media profiles to your sticky footer.

Step 1: Activate
Once installed, activate the plugin right away so we can start using it. Once activated, a new menu will appear on the dashboard pane called Floating Bar.

dashboard menu

Step 2: Setup
Click the Floating Bar menu so you can configure the floating bar to your liking. You’ll see a page similar to this:

floatingbar

There are two methods available: manual and automatic. In automatic mode, just enter the category ID of your choice and this plugin will display the posts one at a time.

In manual mode, you can use your HTML skills to add a form, embed a video, add a nifty music player and even embed a website in it.

manualyoutbue

In the example below, we used basic HTML forms to create a signup page and embed a YouTube video in the sticky footer.

manual

stickyfootervideo

The social links section lets you add your social media profiles in the sticky footer. Here’s how it will look like:

sociallinksexample

Step 3: Save and Enjoy!
Once you are satisfied with your sticky footer, click Save to save your changes. To fine tune your sticky footer, you might need to save and view the your progress from time to time. Which means, every change you do will affect the actual website itself. To avoid confusion from your visitors, it’s best to tune your sticky footer in a test site before using it on your live site especially if you’ll be using the manual method.

Here’s what the finished product will look like:

final
What To Expect
Webloggerz Sticky Footer bar is a quick and easy to use sticky footer plugin for your WordPress blog or website. This plugin sits below your page regardless if the visitor scrolls down a page or go to another page.

A sticky footer like this is great for showcasing your featured post, helps in generating clicks for those unpopular posts, or making signups easier for your visitors. Keep the bar as thin and as unobtrusive as possible otherwise, visitors will find in intrusive and annoying than useful. So don’t try to embed a video or add another website in this sticky footer bar even if you can.

Use it for optin forms and expect higher conversion rates. Why not give it a try?

How to Update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes automatically

So, what do you do if you see an update message (“ xx.x is available! Please update now”) in your WordPress Admin Screens? Never ignore that message. There are enormous variety of Scams and other malicious activities circulating around the internet. When wordpress notice a new malicious activity, they add updates to defend against them. WordPress constantly add new features, improvements and release ‘updates’ at regular intervals. Well, not just the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes providers also release ‘updates’ at regular intervals.

Check current site for updates
To check your website for WordPress Core, plugin, or theme updates, log into your wordpress admin and click Dashboard>>Updates.

Updates menu
Updates menu

You can see list of updates there.

updates available
updates available

Note: If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it also will be shown on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List Page. If a WordPress theme update is available, it also will be shown on the theme List Page(Appearance>>Themes). You should always update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes to the latest version to make sure your website is also up-to-date with new features and security updates.

Version 3.7 onwards WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases (For example, it will automatically update itself from WordPress 3.7 to 3.7.1.). But this Auto update is not enabled for major releases like 3.7 to 3.8.

Update/upgrade your WordPress core, themes and plugins easily

Sure, updating can be a pain, but now you are able to update/upgrade your WordPress and plugins to a newer version easily and users never even realize that WordPress has updated. If your site is hosted with a managed WordPress hosting, the host usually takes care of automatic updates. For other users, you can enable automatic updates in 2 different ways.

Method1: Using Advanced Automatic Updates plugin

Method2: Edit your wp-config.php file

  • Login to the Cpanel and then click on the File Manager icon in the Files section.

    click on the File Manager icon
    click on the File Manager icon
  • You’ll see a pop-up window. Select your site and click on GO in order to proceed.

    click Go
    click Go
  • The wp-config.php is the file contained in the root of your WordPress file directory. Click on it and from the top menu choose “Edit”.

    Open file to edit
    Open file to edit
  • Add the following to enable major WordPress Releases updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.
    automatic-update4
    Add the following to enable plugins updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    Plugin update
    Plugin update

    Add the following to enable themes updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    theme update
    theme update
  • Once you’ve finished editing the file click on SAVE CHANGES in the top right hand corner.

 

How to Add a New Post in WordPress

WordPress blog comes with a great visual editor to mixed with images, links, and other html elements. Here is a step-by-step process for writing a new post in WordPress.  Log into your WordPress administration panel(e.g. use URL: http://www.yoursitename.org/wp-admin). From your sidebar on left side, go to Posts > Add New

Add new Post
Add new Post


Now you can see Add New Post screen –  following fig illustrate 6 simple steps to write a post.

Write a Post
Write a Post

  1. Write your title

    Enter a title in the first line of the form. Always choose titles that will interest people and indicate what your article is about.

  2. Write your article

    Start writing your post in the wordpress text editor. The WordPress text editor can be used in 2 forms – the Visual Editor and the HTML Editor.  The visual editor is the default editing mode for WordPress. Click the “text” tab at the top of the text editor box to go to text editor mode and “Visual” tab to go to visual editor mode .

    Visual Tab
    Visual Tab

    Visual editor allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content similar to that of a word processor. Let us see some editing icons contained within the visual editor. Make yourself familiar with the options available. Pass your mouse over the icon and a small tooltip will appear describing the icon and its purpose.

     editing icons
    editing icons

    • Create bold, underlined, italic, strike-through  text: Highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon.

      bold, underlined, italic, strike-through text
      highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon
    • Add, Edit & Remove Links
      To add a link, highlight the text you want to add link and then click on insert/edit  link icon. To edit a link, highlight the link you want to edit  and then click on insert/edit  link icon.

      Click on icon
      Click on icon

      A pop-up box will appear. Enter the fields and click on Add link button.

      Insert link
      Insert link

      To Remove Links, select the link text and click on ‘Remove link’ icon.

      Remove link
      Remove link
    • Lists and Block quotes

      Lists and Blockquotes
      Lists and Blockquotes

      To create ordered list or unordered list, click on icon as shown in figure. Type your fist entry and hitting enter will create another list element.

    • Headings & Paragraph

      Headings
      Headings

      Click on the drop down box labelled “Paragraph.” to view different headings and paragraph formatting

    • To change text color

      text color
      text color
    • Adding images

      Add images
      Add images
    • Text Alignment

      Text Alignment
      Text Alignment
    • Insert More tag
      Instead of displaying entire post on your home page, it is a good idea to extract the first part of your post followed by a “more…” link. This will give visitors a good overview of your content without making them scroll forever and they can read full content by clicking on the ‘ more..’ link.

      more..
      more..

      You can accomplish this by using insert more tag. See the fig below. Insert your cursor in the place where you want to display ‘more..’ link and click on “Insert read More tag” icon.

      insert more tag
      insert more tag
    • Write your posts in HTML – If you’re ready to write your posts in HTML, click on text tab and write your article in the post content area.

    text tab
    text tab
  3. Select Categories

    Now select in which category your article belongs to. Categories tie related posts. Categories help the search engines and readers find related articles on your blog. If you do not see relevant category there, you can add a category by clicking on “Add New Category” link.

    There are two ways to add Categories. They can be added while adding/ editing your Post or they can be added via the Categories menu option.

    categories
    categories
  4. Add Tags.

    Tags are another way to tie related posts. While categories are general, tags are specific.

    tags
    tags
  5. Preview your article.

    Preview
    Preview
  6. Publish your article.

    See the fig above. WordPress offers additional option while publishing a post.

    Publish
    Publish

    Click on the Edit link next to “Visibility: Public”:You can make your post public and make it a sticky on the front page or you can choose to password protect it or make it completely invisible to people that are not logged in to your blog.

    Click on the Edit link next to “Publish immediately“. You can also setup your post to be published in the future. Just set the date/time you want your post to be published.