How to install a WordPress Plugin

WordPress is driven by loyal ambitious wordpress developers who have created plugins to extend its out-of-the-box functionality and in fact,  you can find a plugin for anything. WordPress Plugin Directory contains a great variety of free plugins that anyone can use . And many premium WordPress plugins are available to help you supercharge your site. Using a wordpress plugin is the fastest and easiest way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.

How to install a WordPress Plugin?

For the novice user, it is very easy to install a plugin right from your site dashboard. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.

We can install a wordpress plugin using any of following 3 methods:

  1. Install a free Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
    Wordpress.org has a great collection of  free plugins thanks to loyal wordpress developers community. There are tons of free WordPress plugins available in wordpress Plugin Directory. You can search for a plugin from this directory and install it from your WordPress Admin Panel .  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  2. Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
    This step is ideal if you purchased a premium plugin  from a plugin provider  and downloaded the plugin as a zip file.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  3. Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and install from Admin Panel
    You can also upload the unzipped plugin folder using FTP and later install it from WordPress admin panel. This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a plugin zip file or if upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your files to your server.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)

 

Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option

 

  1. Log into your WordPress administration panel.
  2. From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New

    Install plugin
    Install plugin
  3. In this page you can see a list of featured/popular plugins available in wordpress plugin directory. Locate search box, enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search

    Search
    Search
  4. Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.

    Install
    Install
  5. Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
  6. Now you are done. Note that some plugins need some additional settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and check if your plug requires any additional settings. If so, click on settings link to enter your details. You can also read more details about your plugin by clicking on details link.

    install Plugin
    install Plugin

 

Method 2: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method

 

You can find many premium plugins to enhance your site’s features on internet. Download the plugin as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.

  1. Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
    download plugin
    download plugin

    download plugin
    Save plugin zip file
  2. Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.

    click on upload
    click on upload
  3. Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
    Upload plugin
    Upload plugin
    Select zip file
    Select zip file

    After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.

    Install
    Install
  4. In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
    Activate
  5. Now you are done. Some plugins need to fill more settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and click in settings link to enter your details.

    install Plugin
    install Plugin

 

Method 3: Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and activate from Admin Panel

 

This step involves Extracting plugin files, using a FTP client and FTP user to upload your files to your server.

Extracting Plugin files

Locate your downloaded Plugin file. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder

extract file
extract file
  • Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
  • Right click on the file and select “extract all”
  • Extract files
    Extract files

    Select the location to extract the files to and Click “ok.”

Launch FTP client FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. If you do not have FileZilla, follow  FileZilla installation tutorial to install and  connect to your host.

  • Launch FileZilla and connect to your hosting(Refer this tutorial if you need any help on this). After a successful connection, you can see Local Site displays data from your local machine. and Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory.
  • On the left, i.e. Local Site, locate the directory where you extracted your plugin files.
  • On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it. WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as: wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/. Plugins are in wp-content/plugins directory. Browse through to plugins folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your plugins in their folders.
  • You simply drag plugin’s folder (for e.g. nofollow-for-external-link) from the local machine and drop to plugin folder, and then wait until transfer is complete.Upload plugin folder
  • Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Plugins, you will see all your plugins in place. Find your plugin and activate it.

    activate plugin
    activate plugin

How to create a sortable table in WordPress?

Last week,  I did a wordpress article that does a Speed comparison of Best ThemeForest WordPress Themes.

Initially I collected and compiled my data in a Google drive spreadsheet. Once data was ready, I wanted to present the data in a wordpress post, in a way that reader should be able to sort the data by any column(ascending or descending). So I was in search of a good plugin that can help me do so.

There are couple of good plugins for fancy table display in wordpress posts. But I chose Easy Table Plugin, based on its features as well as user ratings and reviews in wordpress.org site.

At the end of this article, we’ll also have a quick look at Posts Table Pro. This plugin is an interesting alternative to Easy Tables because instead of entering data to your WordPress tables manually, it automatically creates tables listing content already stored on your website.

Easy Table Plugin

easy-table-screenshot

 

Idea behind this plugin is to generate table data using CSV(Comma Seperated Values) format. With simple additions, you table data is ready for display in your wordpress page or  post or even inside a widget. Good thing is this is very simple to use and you don’t need advanced skills to use it.

Let me illustrate this with a simple table example here. Now, if you mouse over any column, a sort icon appears. You can click this icon to sort that column in ascending or descending order. So simple.

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38

 

So let us see how to install this plugin and then how to use it.

Install Easy Table Plugin.

  1. Log into your wordpress admin.
  2. Go to Plugins >> Add New.
  3. In the search box enter ‘Easy Table’ and search.
  4. Select ‘Easy Table’ from search results and click on the link ‘Install Now’.
  5. Go to Plugins >> Installed Plugins. Find Easy Table and activate the plugin.

How to use Easy Table. A full example :

Generate table data using CSV(Comma Separated Values) format.

Table data in CSV format means text that is separated with a comma. You can create a CSV using a text editor such as Notepad, Microsoft Excel and Google Docs. Here we are using Google docs for demo purpose.
Open Google Drive >>Click on Create >> Spreadsheet.

Create CSV
Create CSV

Enter data and and click File, Download as, and then select CSV (current sheet).

easy-table-steps1
Generate table data using CSV(Comma Separated Values)format

Open CSV in Notepad.

Open CSV
Open CSV

Step 2: Embedd CSV data between <table> and </table> tags

Create a new post and embed table data. Actually you can embed csv data in 2 ways.

Method 1: Copy and paste CSV from notepad.

embedded
Embed table data

Look at the table data here. The entire table data is embedded between<table> and </table>.  First row is reserved for table titles(Note: you can also create table with no heading using table parameter.). And you see that next 2 rows in the example are data rows. So simple.

Method 2: Upload CSV file and insert the file path

Easy table
Embed file path

Look at the table data here.  Save and upload the CSV(Comma Separated Values) . Insert the location of your file  between<table> and </table>( See fig above).

The result:

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38

Other Features

You can add additional parameter to this <table> tag and use cell attribute to control other features of table.

Table with initial sort order on load

You can control sort order on load in 2 ways. Add sort=”desc” or sort=”asc” to <table> tag.
Method 1: Using table parameter Table with initial sort order using table parameter. See the table example below. First column is sorted descending on load.

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38
2010 Nissan Micra 4.38

Table with initial sort order
Table with initial sort order

Method 2: Using cell attribute

Initial sort order
Initial sort order

Table with first column descending, second column ascending
For example, the following table on load sort first column descending and then sort second column ascending.

Year Make Model Length
1997 Ford E350 2.34
1998 Maruthy Zen 3.38
2000 Mercury Cougar 2.38
2000 Nissan Micra 4.38
2000 Maruthy Zen 3.38
2000 BMW Micra 4.38

Table with initial sort
Table with initial sort

Disable sort for any column

Look at the table below. Sort for third column is disabled here.

no Item Kg Price
1 Orange 2 100.00
2 Grapes 1 75.25
3 Pinapple 5 130.00
4 Mango 8 250.00

You can do this 2 ways.
Method 1: Add a table parameter  ‘sort=,,false’.

table parameter
table parameter

Method 2: Add a cell attr  ‘sort=false’.

cell attr
disable sort by adding a cell attr

Set index to table

For example see following table with auto index, start from number 2

No.head1 head2 head3
2row1col1 row1col2 row1col3
3row2col1 row2col2 row2col3
4row3col1 row3col2 row3col3
5row4col1 row4col2 row4col3

 

initial sort order
initial Index

In addition to setting auto index to a table, you can give a title to that column and you can set width of that column.

auto index
auto index

Other features

For example see following code shows how to add table parameter to create a table with specific width, style etc.

 Adding table parameter
Adding table parameter

Following code shows how to use attribute in some cells.

attribute in cells
attribute in cells

Posts Table Pro

Alternative table plugin – Create instant WordPress tables with Posts Table Pro

As you can see, Easy Tables is a neat plugin that lets you display static data in a table on your WordPress site. Before we finish, I’ll tell you about another WordPress table plugin that lets you create instant tables without having to enter data manually.
Posts Table Pro works by generating tables of information already stored on your WordPress website. It’s a great alternative to Easy Tables if you want tables that will automatically update with the latest data. Here are some examples of websites that would benefit from this type of WordPress table plugin:
  • Index of blog posts or articles – It doesn’t take long for a WordPress blog to become so big that it’s hard for visitors to find your older posts. No one wants to scroll through multiple pages of posts! Use Posts Table Pro to create a blog post index or article directory, which will automatically update when you add a new post.
  • Document library or knowledge base – If you want to create a WordPress document library then you can create a ‘Documents’ post type and use Posts Table Pro to list your documents in a table view. Your visitors can either download the document directly from the table, or click through to a single page for each document. You can categorize documents and add filters to help customers find the documents they need. 
  • List of events or e-commerce products – Amazingly, Posts Table Pro can list any WordPress post type in a table. This opens the door to many other possible use cases. For example, if you’re using a WordPress events plugin or e-commerce plugin then you can list your events or products in a table layout too. 
The dynamic table plugin is easy to set up and comes with lots of options. There’s a detailed plugin knowledge base to help you configure your WordPress tables in any way you like. 


So we have seen how to use “Easy Table” plugin to create a nice sortable table. Have you created sortable tables using other plugins? Share your experience below.

 

Best WordPress Popup Opt-in Plugins

WordPress has become one of the most popular blogging and business website platforms used on the internet today. Unfortunately, many bloggers make the mistake of failing to build an email list. Email marketing is the 1 way to increase your subscriber count and sell your products or ideas. It is the most direct and personal way you have to reach out to your website visitors. Unfortunately, getting people to give you their email address isn’t easy. This is where popup plugins can help. By catching the attention of visitors to your site and letting them know in a memorable way why they should sign up for your newsletter, opt-in plugins can help you build your email list and raise your subscriber count. In this article, I cover my picks for the best free and low-cost opt-in plugin options for WordPress users.

Clifton’s Lightbox

cliftons light box wp popup plugin
cliftons light box wp popup plugin

Clifton’s Lightbox is a highly rated free WordPress plugin that will help you get more subscribers using a subscription form overlay. Content inside the box includes a customizable title, bulleted list, and a call-to-action for your site’s visitors to give their name and email address. This can be paired with either an image or video of your choosing, including YouTube videos. Currently, the plugin expressly supports GetResponse, Aweber, iContact, and MailChimp, though the developer states it should work with any other email marketing service as well.

[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,https://wordpress.org/plugins/cliftons-lightbox/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-iinsai’]


Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

dreamgrown-scroll-triggered-wp-popup-plugin

This free WordPress plugin displays a fully customizable box once your reader scrolls down the page. The excellent thing about this plugin is that it doesn’t limit you to a subscriber sign up form – you can direct your visitor to like your page on Facebook, use your social bookmarking option, or take any other call-to-action that you choose. The box triggers based on an event that you specify – percentage of scroll, reaching the comments section, or more. This ensures that your visitors are already engaged with your content when they are presented with the call-to-action, increasing the likelihood that they’ll follow through.
[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,https://wordpress.org/plugins/dreamgrow-scroll-triggered-box/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-hrzke2′]


Popup Extension for Newsletter

satillo wp popup plugin screenshot
Satillo wp popup plugin

This free WordPress opt-in plugin was developed by Satollo and is intended to integrate with their Newsletter plugin. The ext of the popup is completely editable, as is the theme. Using various settings, this plugin allows you to control when the popup appears, as well as the theme, size, and border of the popup. The message shown is completely customizable, as is the placement of the subscriber form. Once your visitor enters their information, you can even configure a thank you message to be shown.
[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,http://www.satollo.net/plugins/newsletter/popup-module’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-1kmeq2′]


ITRO Popup Plugin

ITRO popup plugin screenshot
ITRO popup plugin

The ITRO Popup Plugin is a free option for WordPress that allows you to display a pop up message to visitors on your site. This can be anything from a subscriber form to an age validation for adult content. Your message can easily be configured using the WordPress post editor. Unlike other free WordPress plugins, this one offers a range of features, including fade-in and -out animation, automatic centering, automatic countdown for closing the popup, and a settable cookie expiration time. The message can be displayed on specific pages or posts, and every aspect of the popup is customizable. This is one of the most easy-to-use WordPress plugins you’ll find today.
[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,https://wordpress.org/plugins/itro-popup/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-dxbxbe’]


Icegram

Icegram wp popup olugin screenshot
Icegram wp popup olugin

Icegram is another free WordPress plugin that allows you to promote your newsletter in a variety of ways. In addition to the common popup option, you can also choose to display a small box near the bottom of the page, a notification bar across the top of the page, or in a chat box style pop up near the bottom corner. Few popup plugins give you this many options. Additionally, Icegram is compatible with all other WordPress plugins, WordPres themes, and even auto responders. Choose from 20 different themes, as well as a number of animations. You can run unlimited campaigns, display unlimited messages, and even time your messages to display after a certain amount of time has passed. Few free WordPress plugins do so much.
[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,https://wordpress.org/plugins/icegram/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-czz80a’]


wpmudev WordPress PopUp

womudev wp popup plugin screenshot
womudev Popup Plugin

This plugin developed by WPMUDev is available in both a free and paid version. In the free version, you are given a number of options, including displaying a fancy popover style popup to your site visitors. Target your entire network or a specific URL. You can further customize your targeting in a number of ways, including targeting users who are not logged in, etc. This plugin is compatible with any WordPres theme and can also be used on Multisite and BuddyPres pages as well. In the $19 paid version, you can also target your message to visitors from a specific geographic location.
[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-popup/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-amkszu’]


Optin Revolution

Optin Revolution Popup Plugin screenshot
If you’re looking for a newsletter popup plugin that has everything, Optin Revolution could be exactly what you need. The free version provides you with a single unblockable popups that are completely customizable. Compatible with Aweber, Constant Contact, GetResponse, iContact, and Wysija, the free version is easy to configure and use. If you’re looking for a bit more, the professional version adds a number of additional tools including A/B/C/D/E split testing, adding popups solely to certain WordPress categories, posts, or pages, and analytics that allow you to track your conversion rates and statistics. In the paid version, you can choose to add Vimeo, YouTube, Wistia or self-hosted videos to your popups as well.
[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,https://wordpress.org/plugins/optin-revolution/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-9t5rzu’]


Popup Press

PopupPress Popup Plugin screenshot
PopupPress Popup Plugin

This simple popup plugin for WordPress only costs $15, but it lets you display far more than newsletter sign up forms. This plugin is compatible with just about any content, including HTML, banner ads, images, video, audio, PDF files, Iframe content, SlideShare content and more. Whether you need to display a contact form, alert message, work portfolio or even a Google Map, this popup can do it. Few plugins offer the amount of customization that Popup Press does; they bill themselves as “the most complete popups plugin” on WordPress. It’s even shortcodes compatible – something few other plugins offer.
[av_button label=’Read more’ link=’manually,http://popup-press.com/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-7oi056′]


Ninja Popups

plugin-ninjaThe Ninja Popups WordPress plugin costs $18, but gives you the features of a far more expensive newsletter solution. Whether you want to get more subscribers for you newsletter or like you on social media, Ninja Popups can help. By locking your content until your visitors take the action you describe, this plugin converts far more visitors than more traditional popup plugins. With support for mobile devices, even those visitors who are using their tablet or phone to access your site will see your popup. There are many layouts and colors to choose from, or you can customize the popup as you wish. You choose how and when the message displays, and Ninja Popups is fully compatible with most email marketing services and social networks (including Pinterest).
[av_button label=’Purchase Ninja Popups’ link=’manually,http://ninjapopups.net/’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-5tdt4a’]


Subscriber’s Magnet

plugin-subscrIf you’re looking for versatility, this $37 WordPress plugin is what you need. Not only can you promote your newsletter via popup, you can also choose to place opt-in forms into your comment section, in the side bars, or even embed them into blog posts. This plugin is compatible with form auto fillers, including Facebook Connect. Analytics tracking allows you to see how well your message is working. You even have the choice of keeping your popup from displaying until your site visitor attempts to exit the page. One of the biggest benefits of this plugin is that once you’ve paid for your license, you receive free upgrades to newer versions for life.
[av_button label=’Get subscribers magnet’ link=’manually,http://maxblogpress.com/subscribersmagnet/sbmg-trial-3.php’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-3udnii’]


Popup Domination

Popup Domination Popup Plugin screenshot
Popup Domination Popup Plugin

One of the best single-pay WordPress newsletter popup solutions is Popup Domination. At only $47, it’s difficult to find other solutions that will offer you so much for so little. This plugin uses lightbox popups to help you convert visitors into subscribers by allowing you to target your message to specific pages. In addition to being compatible with WordPress, Popup Domination has a stand-alone option that allows it to be used on any other website as well. The plugin supports all mailing list software, and allows you to completely customize every aspect of your popup. Add promotional images, bullets, customize your button text and security notes, and more. Unlike other popups that feel more spammy, these lightbox popups are very professional looking – which is what makes them so successful.
[av_button label=’Get Popup Domination’ link=’manually,http://wordpressluv.com/popupdomination’ link_target=’_blank’ color=’green’ custom_bg=’444444′ custom_font=’ffffff’ size=’medium’ position=’center’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue812′ font=’entypo-fontello’ av_uid=’av-2i5jii’]


[qcld-ilist mode=”one” list_id=”5628″]

Top 15 WordPress Photography Themes

WordPress is not just great for writing, but also for images. More than 19% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress, so its no surprise that somewhere out there, there are some WordPress sites for the creative people.

What is great about WordPress is that it is open source. You can mold the site to your liking. Add some great looking themes, and people wouldn’t notice that you are using WordPress.

Deep Focus: $69

Deep Focus
Deep Focus

Deep Focus is a stylish photography theme from Elegant Themes. You can turn your WordPress blog into a fully functional online photo gallery while still maintain the core features of a blog. The theme comes with a blog and CMS-style homepage; thus making it a great solution for photographers, building online presence.
Read More

Most Essential Wordpress Plugins

9+ Most Essential WordPress Security Plugins

Unless protected, most wordpress blogs are often victims of  DDoS attacks, SQL injection, spam, hackers and other security risks.

As a WordPress website or blog owner, your job is to ensure that your site won’t get hacked and prevent any security risks. Having a secure username and password is a good start; but that is not enough.  Thanks to these 16+ security plugins, your blog will be safer.


WordFence

wordfence plugin reviewWordFence is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress. WordPress scans core files, theme, and plugins against WordPress.org repository version to check for integrity.

The plugin includes a firewall to block common security threats like fake Googlebots, hackers, and botnets.

Premium users can block countries, and schedule scans for specific times at higher frequency.

Get WordFence.


iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

ithemes security reviewiThemes(Better WP Security) is the best option to fix the most common security risks.

It offers some of the best features in securing a WordPresss site. It combines the best features and techniques into a single plugin to secure your site.

Once installed, the plugin scans your site for user agents, bots, hosts, and prevents attackers by prohibiting users with too many invalid login attempts.

The plugin also detects hidden 404 errors in your site that affects SEO and you can easily login to your site with sensible links.

Get iThemes Secuirty plugin


Bulletproof SecurityBulletProof Security plugin review

BulletProof Security is a WordPress security plugin that has been praised for preventing code and SQL injection attacks. It also provides the mans to protect your website against XSS, RFI, CSRF, and Base64 attacks.

Another popular feature of Bulletproof security is that it enables the admin to filter who gets to see the website and who will be greeted by 503 Website Under Maintenance page through IP filtering.

Also, BulletProof Security offers a more convenient way of protecting and updating your site without using an FTP client. It can lock down critical .htaccess files, wp-config.php, etc.

Bulletproof security is completely free with an option to donate.


All in One WP Security and Firewall

All In One WP Security & Firewall plugin reviewThis plugin is among the top 10 WordPress security plugins. This plugin provides user account security, user login security, file system security, database security and the like.

You can also blacklist, enable firewall, prevent brute force login, etc.


Limit Login Attempts 

Limit Login Attempts reviewLimit Login Attempts prevent your blog or website from brute-force attacks in a smart way. The plugin blogs an IP address from making further attempts if it reaches the specified limit.

Download Limit Login Attempts.


Securi Security

securi reviewSecuri is an awesome plugin that checks your blog for malware, spam, blacklisting and other security issues like hidden evil codes, .htaccess hacks, and many more.

Download Securi Security.


Block Bad Queries
BBQ - Block Bad Queries - plugin review

Block Bad Queries is a plugin that protects your website against the malicious URL request. It checks all incoming traffic and quietly blocks bad requests.

Download Block Bad Queries.


NoSpamNX
NoSpamNX review

NoSpamNX automatically adds form-fields to the comment form of your blog that is not visible to human users. If a spambot fills these invisible fields, then the comment is not saved. The owner can then decide whether to block that spambot, or mark it as spam.

Download NoSpamNX.


WP-DBManager

WP-DBManager review
This plugin handles your WordPress database. It lets the owner optimize database, repair it, make a backup, restore, delete the backup, empty the tables, and run optional queries. The plugin also provides support for automatic backup and schedule and database optimization.

Download WP-DBManager.


Final Words

The rule of security is, always have them regardless if you think you don’t need them. Better have all the necessary WordPress security features in your site before a problem occurs than trying to fix the problem as it happens.

8 Best Job Board WordPress Themes

Job boards online is becoming popular day by day. Many employers are now looking into remote workers to do tasks in a faster and efficient manner without the needs to long term contracts, plus the benefits of cheaper wages compared to a local employee.

What is a job board?
A job board is basically a virtual area where there are lists of available jobs. People looking for work can check the board to see the list of available works. The job board contains a job listing on the internet. This is similar to classified ads for jobs.

Why WordPress for Job Boards?
WordPress is an open source Content Management System that can do just about anything. With WordPress plugins, you can turn an ordinary website to a job board in no time. Plugins like WordPress Job Board, along with the WP Job Manager lets you build a job board from scratch by just downloading these free plugins.

Now that you know how awesome a WordPress Job board is, here are some themes that can make a good WordPress Job Board site:

Jobify: $55

Read More

Speed Comparison of Popular ThemeForest WP Themes

ThemeForest is the most favorite and most sought out place for premium wordpress themes.  Most of the themes are created by professional web designers and have high quality design and latest features.

Let us do a speed comparison of  best selling ThemeForest WordPress Themes. What follows is a list of most popular ThemeForest wp themes, sorted by Rank.

We have used 3 tools for this comparison:

A Comparison matrix should help you get an idea of speed performance of these  themes. You can sort the table by any column. Just click on header column to sort the table by that column. Read More

17+ Best Premium WordPress Theme Providers

A search on Google Trends for “WordPress” shows “WordPress Themes” topping the list

There are so many themes and theme providers for WordPress out there that if you have just started using the platform you’ll get lost in confusion. So we’ve decided to compile the best place to get WordPress themes and who are the theme providers.

Another reason we have to do this is that themes WordPress themes nowadays are crafted to fit to almost any screen size or device. If are a beginner, or you haven’t changed your theme for years, then it’s time to upgrade it to a more responsive WordPress theme.

Also, using search engines to look for WordPress themes, is not the best solution. That is why these premium theme providers come into play.

Why use Premium Themes?
With free themes, you can download, and install it to any site you want without limitations. However, free themes have a catch. First is the level of customization. Free themes doesn’t have those template builders or WYSIWYG editors found mostly in premium themes.

Another reason to choose premium themes is that they have a cleaner code with better features. They also come with proper support and documentation to help you just in case something doesn’t work. Free themes don’t have these.

If you are serious about your website and want it to stand out, be unique, and be a cut among the rest, particularly in web design, WordPress premium themes are for you.

So, without further adieu, here we have a collection of the world’s best Premium WordPress theme providers:
Read More

Top 10 Stunning Real Estate WordPress themes for a dazzling real estate website

Want to make a big impact for your real estate website?  Here are 10 superb wordpress real estate themes that are sure to help.

.


  1. Curb- appeal evolved

1-curb-appeal-evolved

Agent Revolution never disappoint whenever they release a word press theme, and curbappeal evolved is no exception. This is an improvement from a previous theme –curb appeal legacy. The home page offers all website visitors the option to search property listings either by price or the property type. It’s also possible to search homes by map.

Features:

  • Responsive.
  • Easy translation to other languages.
  • Ability to automatically update the theme without losing CSS customizations.
  • Relies on the Genesis framework

View it here and if you like it, why not download it here?


  1. Homeland

2-homeland_theme2

This theme offers you two layouts; you can either choose the full width or the boxed style. For real estate firms that are active members in a multiple listing service, homeland theme can be leveraged by dsIdxpress plug-in to embed live real estate listings. It is also retina ready. This means that high resolution images can be loaded without lowering the performance of your website. How cool is that? This feature works on devices that have the retina display feature.

Other features:

  • Ability to customize page templates and post types.
  • 20 Google web fonts.
  • Comments are threaded up to the third level.
  • Unique header background image per page.
  • SEO ready.
  • Ability to self host videos.

Read More

How to create a wordpress blog – Step by Step Guide

How to create a wordpress blog – Step by Step Guide

So whats’s your reason to start a blog?
People create blogs for many reasons. Some people start a blog to teach others about a topic while others start blogging simply to have fun.  Everyone has their own reason.

How to start a blog?

There are many free blogging platforms are available to set up a blog and begin writing within minutes. But if you are using hosted blogging platforms like blogger, tumbler, Facebook etc., you need to under their terms and conditions. A self hosted blog will give you complete control over how your blog site looks and works.

Do you know that is the most popular blogging platform that powers more than 60 million websites  worldwide?

Why WordPress?
WordPress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. WordPress has many features like custom design templates, plugin, automatic spam protection and a strong community to get support. It is very flexible and user-friendly. You can start a on your own host extremely cheaply and get on the way within 20 minutes.


So how do you install it in less than 5 minutes and start blogging?

  1. Sign up for web hosting
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Write your first blog post using the WordPress Editor
  4. Change how your WordPress blog looks using a “theme”
  5. Add functionality to your blog using tools called “plugins”

  • Step 1: Sign up with Hosting

    Sign up for WordPress hosting

    In order to start a wordpress blog website, you need a domain name and a web hosting account. Bluehost is one of the best and most reliable WordPress web hosting providers.

    You will receive a welcome email with control panel login details. Login to your newly created Hosting Account.

  • Step 2: Log into hosting control Panel

    Log into your newly created Hosting Account. Once you are logged in, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see WordPress available for installation right from the control panel. Click on the icon.

    wp-install1
    Click on WordPress
  • Step 3: Click on Install

    install wordpress
    install wordpress

    Then, you’ll be redirected to a page, where you can see more details about WordPress. Click on Install button on top of the page.

  • Step 4: Type in blog settings

    wp-install3Type in your WordPress blog settings. Fill the fields such as the site or the folder of your site to which it will be installed, site name/title, the admin username and password. If you wish the WordPress blog to be the main page of your website, make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is empty. When you are done, click ‘Install’. And you’re basically almost done.

  • Step 5: Visit default WordPress page

    Installation will take less than 1 min. Your new blog is ready to use and you can see the default WordPress page. 
    Go to site home to see default WordPress page.

  • Step 6:Log into Admin


    Down the left-hand side of the Dashboard and on every page you will see your main admin navigation menu. This is where you’ll find all the options to update and configure your site. Pass mouse over each item, then you can see the various choices for that particular menu option.

    • Dashboard – This will display some brief summary about your site.
    • Posts – This is where you can create a new Blog Post. You can also update your Categories and Post Tags.
    • Media – This is where all your uploaded images/files are stored. You can browse /edit / update the files.
    • Pages – This is where you create and maintain all your Pages.
    • Comments – You can manage all your Comments within this section,
    • Appearance – This menu is where you control how your site looks.
    • Plugins – You can add or delete plugins within here as well as activate or deactivate them.
    • Users – This screen lists all the existing users for your site.
    • Tools – This section gives you access to various convenient tools.
    • Settings – This is where your site is configured.

    How to add new post?

    In this post, I’ll highlight essential steps only. So take a look at the detailed post, “How to write a Post in wordpress blog“.

    After log into your site admin, click ‘Posts’ then click ‘Add New’.
    Then you’ll be directed to the writing screen. Enter your post title in the upper field, enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it, select a category, add tags and when you are ready, click ‘Preview’ to see how it looks when readers read your post. Click ‘Publish’ to let the world see your post.

    How to create category

    Click ‘Posts’ >> ‘Categories’. Then you’ll be directed to category page. Here you can see existing categories and option to add new category.
    How to add photos, videos and music to your posts

    Click on the text where you want to add the content and click on the Add Media button in the top left part of the editor. Click on the Select files button in the insert Media pop-up screen. Once you upload the file, fill the attachment settings of the image. Then click the Insert into post button and you will see the image added to your editor window.


    How to customize the Look of your Blog

    In this post, I’ll highlight essential steps only. So take a look at the detailed post, How to install a WordPress Theme the right way.

    You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting Appearance>>themes link. Here, you will see your current theme and all other themes you have currently installed in your server. You can preview and activate any theme from this list.To add another one, simply click on the Install Themes tab.There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes available. On this page you can either search for a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive.

    1. If you are upload a theme follow these steps: click on the Upload link at the top of the page >> click the Choose File button >> select the archive of your theme from your local computer >>Press the Install Now button >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
    2. If you are searching for a free theme follow these steps: Browse through the results >> choose a theme for your site >> click on the Install Now link under it >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.

    Plugins

    In this post, I’ll highlight essential steps only. So take a look at the detailed post, How to install wordpress plugin.

    Many plugins are available to add additional functionality to your Blog. Plugins improve the performance of a website, the search engine optimization, and the overall user experience. For eg. comment spam filter, display related posts, t, add contact form add more SEO features, add eCommerce features, etc. For example comment spam filter, or related posts, they are all plugins.

    Here are some must have plugins:

    • Akismet – To protect you from web spam
    • WordPress SEO by Yoast – To increase your search engine traffic by improving your WordPress SEO.
    • W3 Total Cache – To reduce the download times and increase server performance.
    • Contact Form 7 – To add contact page in you blog
    • Google XML Sitemaps – To generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog.
    • WordPress Related Posts – To display related posts in the footer of your content and increase your readers’ engagement with your posts
    • Digg Digg – To display all social sharing buttons nicely on your blog.

    Other WordPress settings: Simply navigate to the sidebar on the left.

    Dashboard


    Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog. The Dashboard is the information Central. The Dashboard Screen provides an overview of what’s happening with your blog. It shows the number of posts, pages, Categories, and Tags, a list of the recent comments, links to start writing Posts or Pages and provide access to updating WordPress, plugins, and themes.
    Posts – When you click on it you can see all posts from your blog. Here you will get options to edit and delete the existing posts. Under the post menu category you have several links: “Edit”, “Add new”, “Post tags” and “Categories”.
    Media – is the images, video, and files, you upload and use in your blog.
    Page – is another tool to add static content to a WordPress site.
    Comments – you can manage user’s comments here.
    Appearance – Customize the Look of your Blog
    WordPressis highly customizable. You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting themes link. There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes are available. Under Appearance you will see another section called Widgets. Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. For example, if you want to show latest posts, categories and tag cloud, just drag and drop the respective boxes to the sidebar where you want them to appear.

    Users : You can add/manage new and existing users here.
    Settings : Here you can change general configuration of your WordPress blog.

Now that you are familiar with the basic features and functions of WordPress, you can start writing content.

What Are SEO Keywords and Why Are They Useful to Drive Visitors to Your Website

Keywords in SEO are the individual words or phrases that users enter into search engines like Google, or Bing to find what they are looking for. SEO keywords are usually one word, two words, and can even be a phrase.

 

Different business and products have their own set of keywords that are relevant to what they are offering to their audience.  Keywords are a crucial part in SEO, so it is important to be aware of the keywords you are using to your business.

 

Keywords aim for search engine popularity. There are various ways to rank for a specific keyword, and deliver a more targeted traffic.

 

WPBusiness tips shows you the importance of keywords and how you can use them effectively: http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/07/understanding-seo-keywords/

16+ Beautiful Wedding WordPress Themes

16+ Beautiful Wedding WordPress Themes

Weddings are very romantic and colorful events and when you create a wedding website, you definitely want to absorb all that excitement into the site. Good news is, there are beautiful wordpress themes available that are designed specifically for wedding websites. These beautiful themes can sure showcase your photos and wedding videos in a very professional and exquisite way.

Here are some of the best WordPress themes for wedding websites.


Just Married
Price: $45

Just Married is a responsive theme for couples who want to share their wedding adventure online. This theme can work seamlessly across multiple browsers and comes with some great features lie RSVP, image and video lightboxes, auto image re-sizing, and a custom font from Font-face. The theme also comes with ready-to-go page templates for the big day, gift registry, and photo gallery. Read More

Master WordPress Visual Editor With These 14 Tips

When I began using WordPress for my blogs, I find that WordPress’ visual editor or the WYSIWYG editor to be easy to use, that the text editor itself. However, in my years of using the Visual editor it’s starting to slow me down.

If you want to increase your productivity, these lesser known tricks can help you master WordPress Visual Editor and be more productive.

For instance, did you know that there you can use keyboard shortcuts the same as when using a word processing software? And did you know that there is a distraction-free writing mode in WordPress?

Read the rest of the tips here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/14-tips-for-mastering-the-wordpress-visual-editor/

Jobify Review

Best WordPress Job Board Themes – Create a Job Site in Minutes

There were 3.6 million job openings at the end of 2012. About 80% of available jobs are never advertised.

If you are on this page in need of a new way to grab potential candidates, you’ve come to the right place! I am going to show you the best WordPress job themes – both free and premium. I’ve chosen WordPress themes as they have reliable, rich content management tools available to you all time.

Now, Job Board themes must be designed intelligently with a multitude of features, such as apps that enable you to respond to users by mail for new notifications, new job listings, tracking job locations on maps from user’s current location, the ability to process and translate different languages, and many more exciting possibilities. All of these tools will require a powerful content management system – one that is responsive.

This is How a Job Board Website functions:

  • A company submits a job listing with details about the position and their company.
  • A prospective employee visits the site, searches the interactive map, filters the results, and applies for the job of their dreams. (Many times a user profile and a CV or Resume will be a user sign-up requirement)
  • Site administrators can require a subscription or a one-time payment to create a job listing.

Since the WordPress community has endless resources and support for its users (such as user help & reviews, plugins and themes) you won’t get stalled on your path to success. The help you may need is out there!

Below is a collection of best job board themes which are highly customizable to suit your needs. These themes are highly rated and feature the most sales!


Jobify

jobsinafrica

Jobify is a premium, elegant, clean and modern theme with a solid backend, ensuring total integration with WP-Job Manager. You can use Jobify as standalone, customizable theme without the wp-job plugin since it looks professional out of the box. It also features full template support for job listings, as well as maps support. Read More

Improve the Visibility of Your Website with SEO

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the practice of working to improve the position of your website in search engine results. Your goal is to let people discover your website first when looking for a specific item or asking questions related to your blog or business.

 

SEO is an ongoing process and it requires constant attention. It isn’t something that your website doesn’t have, it’s just that there are several factors that determine whether a website is possible to get on high search engine rankings or not.

 

This post will give you a quick overview of SEO, helps you familiarize with the concept of SEO, and what you can do to improve your SEO in your WordPress site.

 

Read the rest of the post here: http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/07/search-engine-optimization-overview-improving-visibility-website-seo/

Best Wordpress Minimal Themes

Top 10 Free Minimalist Themes For WordPress – Fast Loading Too

Of lately, I had been reading a lot about importance of  website speed, not only to avoid user abandonment, but also for search engine rankings.

3 second rule: Statistics and Studies show that nearly 40% of readers abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.

Let’s face it. Most of the new themes, especially commercial themes, are bloated and overloaded with plug ins and give a very poor pagespeed score.

That’s when a minimalist theme makes lot of sense. Because minimalist themes load faster and puts more emphasis on content. They are not bloated and in general,  lavishly uses white space and are visually pleasing to the reader. And they have great typography. A good combination of beautiful fonts and white space can do wonders to any theme.

What follows below are some of the best minimalistic themes and they are still visually pleasing:

 


1. Flat

flat-120-cover

My favorite theme for personal blogs. Flat design is a popular concept and has been a trend in design world lately. From Microsoft’s Metro design, Android Holo design and the latest iOS 7 flat design.

Following this trend, YoArts created a free flat WordPress theme inspired by Flat UI by DesignModo. This theme is minimal, beautiful and charms the reader.

This is Flat theme features:

  • Responsive layout support
  • Retina screen ready
  • Off-canvas sidebar on smaller devices
  • Customize background
  • Customize sidebar color
  • Editor style support
  • Multilingual support ( English and Germany)

See the live demo or download latest version. Read More

How Long Does Building a Website Take

This post from wpshout.com is an inspiration from Brian at Post Status about How Much a Custom WordPress Website should cost. Throughout the post, Brian points out that pricing is hard and a website can truly make the most out of everything depending on the client’s needs.

In this post, the author states not the costs involved in setting up a WordPress site, but the amount of work it takes to complete it.

The author states that a website can take as fast as 2 hours to complete for up to 20 hours. This depends if you just want to setup a blog post, or run an online store.

Read the rest of the post here: http://wpshout.com/long-building-wordpress-site-take/

How Much Should a Custom WordPress Website Cost

If you want to start WordPress but is curious about how each website will cost, poststat.us has provided us a rundown of how much should a WordPress website cost. Based on the author’s experience, who is a consultant, he has build websites or have been a part of website projects that are all on WordPress and have a range in cost from under $1,000 to over $100,000.

The cost usually depends on your needs.

The author also states that a proper estimate will take time, and money. Estimates are expensive because they are time consuming.

If you are looking to hire a consultant, and don’t know what to consider with your WordPress site, this guide will help you.

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.poststat.us/wordpress-website-cost/

How to install a WordPress Theme the right way?

How to install a WordPress Theme the right way?

Themes determine how content is displayed on your WordPress Powered website. They are simply HTML pages with specific PHP embedded code. A theme can be as simple as index.php page, or it might contain additional files linked to Posts, Pages, Archives & a number of included images (Leary, 2010).

WordPress is designed to let you switch themes without changing the underlying content. For the novice user, it is very easy to install a theme right from your site dashboard. WordPress Content Management System uses its powerful graphical interface to help you through the steps of installing a theme.

How to install a WordPress Theme?

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Theme on your WordPress Powered blog.

We can install a wordpress theme using any of following 3 methods:

  • Method 1: Locating Themes interface on your WordPress Site dashboard and then Installing a theme from WordPress Official Theme Directory. This step is ideal if you want to make use of free wordpress themes created by loyal wordpress developers and it is 100% free. This step would the fastest way for you to get started and is very easy to follow.
  • Method 2: Installing a downloaded theme from your local drive using Upload feature. This step is ideal if you downloaded a theme as a zip file from a popular theme provider.
  • Method 3: Installing a downloaded theme traditional way (FTP Upload). This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a theme zip file or if Upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your theme to your server.

A strong and reliable web host can make sure your wordpress blog is available 24/7. BlueHost is a Good one and makes a great choice.


Method 1: Installing a theme from WordPress Official Theme Directory

Free and Beautiful WordPress themes can be located right from your WordPress DashBoard. Let us get started with Locating Themes menu on your WordPress dashboard. Follow steps below.
Steps:

  • Login to your wordpress site, and locate Dashboard. From your sidebar on left side, Click on Appearance.

Dashboard 1

  • Click on Appearance>>Themes. A list appears with all your current installed Themes, if you have any. To add or install a new theme, simply click on add new link. Basically, what we will do here is, search the WordPress Theme Directory for available Themes, select one , install and then Activate the Theme.

New Picture (6)

 

Installing a theme from WordPress Official web directory

Steps:

  • Search and install a Theme from WP Official Theme Directory. This feature lets you search for themes in the WP directory and display them for you to install. The listing is huge with Featured, Popular, Latest themes so you would want to specify type of theme that suits your site for example, if your site is sporty, magazine etc, type “sporty” in the search text box. If you know the theme’s name, type that directly and search.

search

  • Redefine your search by accessing the *feature filter. It lets you put more advanced search criteria on your themes to choose the theme with the best matching criteria. It does so by enabling a search criteria of: Colours, Layout, Features and Subject

search criteria

  • Once you have selected a theme, Click install theme, then wait until the installation is complete. Then continue to Activate your Theme. Note:It will be a good practice to always preview themes before activating them. In case your site is already customized with widgets, plugins, headers, posts or pages, test the theme on your data by previewing it. Some themes may override your settings when activated.

 

install


Method 2: Installing a downloaded theme from your local drive using Upload feature

You can follow this method if you downloaded a theme as a zip file. Many premium theme providers create beautiful themes and let you download the theme as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.

Login to your wordpress site, and locate Dashboard. On the drop down menu, Click on Appearance.

Add New WordPress Theme
“Add New” WordPress Theme Step

Then click on Themes. You will now see Themes page. Click on Add New link

Click on “Upload Themes” . This feature allows you to upload your downloaded theme with .zip extension. After you click upload theme, a window is displayed for uploading the theme.

Upload A WordPress Theme
Upload A WordPress Theme

Click on the “browse” button and select the theme from your computer.

Upload WordPress Theme. Select Zip File
Upload WordPress Theme. Select Zip File

Once you have located your zipped theme, click install now. Wait until installation is complete, Preview your theme and then Activate it. Optional step: Go on to customize the theme, if you would like.

Once you activated your theme, the blog will now reflect the theme design. This completes method 2.

If you looking for elegant and advanced themes, then Elegant themes would be a great place to find best ones.


Method 3: Installing a downloaded theme traditional way (FTP Upload)

There are times when you just don’t have a theme zip file or Upload feature in DashBoard does not work due to server getting timed out. Or sometimes, if you happen to your wordpress blog in a windows hosting plan, you might have issues. In these cases, this method will become handy.

FTP client

Basically, a FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. FTP Clients connect to the hosts by use of internet protocols (File Transfer Protocol) specifically for that purpose. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. FTP is insecure in that it transmits your password in plain text. The good news is that FileZilla supports FTP and SFTP and you can use these secure versions of FTP to transfer your files.

Steps to install a FTP Client(FileZilla – free):

fileZilla1

  • Run and install the software after the download is complete.
  • At the top, there is Host, Username, Password and Port.

Host is your internet company that hosts your blog or website. Some popular Hosting companies are BlueHost, Hostgator, Blue Host and Arvixe . Many Hosts can let you type your domain name instead of the host’s domain.

  • Username & Password. These are login details you use to communicate with the Host via FTP Client. Note: You can set your username and password after logging in to your host control panel.

I’ll use 1and1 FTP Account through the process, which is easy and strikingly similar in almost all the hosts mentioned above.

 

Setting up FTP Password and Username at 1and1 Host:

Steps:

  • Login to your host control panel. Scroll down until you see Hosting

New Picture (2)

  • You will see your username, destination directory and description of the FTP account here. For security reasons, the password will not be displayed in the Control Panel. If you do not remember your password, it will have to be reset by following the next steps.

New Picture (1)

  • Optional: If you have forgotten your password, you will have to reset it. To do so, click the edit button next to the account in question.

ftp cp3

  • Click ok to save your settings. Please take note of the password change as the current password will not be available via the Control Panel in the future.

Steps: Extracting & Uploading Themes via FTP:

The next step will be locating your downloaded Themes. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder.

  • Launch FileZilla, type your domain name in the Host textbox i.e. myblog.com, username and password you created above. Many Hosts enable port 3306 for FTP connections. Type the port although you can still leave this blank. Click “Quick Connect”.
  • After a successful connection, FileZilla opens in 2 split screens, Local & Remote Sites.

Local Site displays data from your local machine.

Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory. You simply drag files across to the Remote Site folder of your choice and drop, and then wait until transfer is complete. You do so and vice versa to your local machine. You can as well delete files.

  • On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it.

WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as:

wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/.

The folders to locate Themes and Plugins are wp-content/themes and wp-content/plugins respectively. Browse through to Themes folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your themes in their folders.

  • Remember that folder you extracted your Themes in your local machine? Yes, now find it through your “local site” in FileZilla. Once you locate it, open to list all folders with the themes. All you need to do is drag a folder at a time, to the Remote site your themes folder, and drop. Do this for all the other folders, and you should have your themes ready for customization.
  • Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Appearance, you will see all your Themes in place. Click on each as you like, and preview all of them.

 

Note: If you had your blog customised already, automatic theme updates will overwrite your theme customizations, i.e. Header texts, Widgets etc. If you will always update your themes manually, go to Site Manager, Put Off “automatic theme updates”.

 Summary:

So there you go…If you are a beginner and want to get started fast, we recommend Method 1. Dont forget to leave your comments below.  Ciao!

For elegant and advanced themes,  Elegant themes would be a great place to find best ones.