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.

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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.
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    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.

 

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.
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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.

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  1. Curb- appeal evolved

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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

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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.

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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.

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    Click on WordPress
  • Step 3: Click on Install

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    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.

How to Automatically Create a WordPress Post from a YouTube Video

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If you have a YouTube post and a WordPress blog, isn’t it too tedious and time consuming to create another post, right after you uploaded a YouTube video? What if you can automatically create  a WordPress post as soon as you upload a Video on your YouTube Channel?

 

In this post, we’ll show you how to do that using IFFT (If This Then That). IFFT is a powerful service that helps you automate certain tasks that are based on your specific criteria. Like in this case, if a new video is posted in YouTube then create a WordPress post.

 

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-automatically-create-wordpress-post-from-youtube-video/

Why WordPress?

People often mistake as only a blogging platform like Blogger and Tumblr, however, WordPress is not just a blogging platform. WordPress is not just a blogging platform. It is a that can help you create a simple blog or a website depending on your needs.

WordPress is a flexible platform and can easily adapt to just about anything. This is also the reason has gained so much popularity. Did you know that 22.5% of the websites all over the world is powered by WordPress?

Due to its robust features, WordPress has been used by top brands like Sony, Disney, The New York Times, eBay, and more.

Still not convinced? Read all about it on wpbeginner.com.

What Open Source, and GPL Mean for WordPress Business Users

is a free and open source software; it costs nothing to use and is built collaboratively by volunteers across the world. Most of the time people have some concerns in using free software especially for businesses. Usually if it’s free, people doubt and they might be thinking: “There is a catch, right?”

But no. WordPress is really free. Free to download, install, and you are also free to modify the software itself to better meet  your business’ needs. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t pay money to your site to keep it running. There are also associated costs in running a WordPress site, or any website for that matter.

Here’s a complete explanation on what WordPress really means for your business: <a title="Open-Source, the , and your Business” href=”http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/06/open-source-gpl-business/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/06/open-source-gpl-business/

 

Beginner’s Guide to WP_Query

If you have spend much time around , then there is a good high probability that you have come across the term “WP_Query before. However, if you are totally new to the concept, then let us guide you through it.

WP_Query is a class that has certain properties but it contains a lot of powerful behavior. Some of the things you need to understand about WP_Query is that by default, when you just say new WP_Query, you don’t get much use from it. Rather, you get most of the value from WP_Query from understanding how to initialize it correctly.

If you are interested in learning more about it, here’s a beginner’s guide to WP_Query: http://wpshout.com/getting-know-wp_query/

Quick Guide to Those Writing About WordPress

is one of the most popular CMS in the world that has taken interest not only to blog owners, but companies and enterprises themeselves. As a veteran in the platform, it is easy to forget that there are new users of WordPress everyday. As someone who writes about WordPress for a living, it is frustrating to see errors and mistakes that most newbies are writing about, like the style of the writing and how each content make sense, worthy for anyone to get a good grasp on.

This list a a cheatsheet for newcomers and veterans of WordPress to quickly address some of the most common mistakes we make when writing about WordPress.

Read the rest of the cheatsheet here: http://wptavern.com/quick-reference-guide-for-those-writing-about-wordpress

How to install a WordPress Theme the right way?

How To Install a WordPress Theme

As a beginner,you have probably heard of various free and paid themes available online. You may have tried out a few themes until you’ve found one that meets your needs. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme.

This guide will cover the three different ways you can install a theme. However, before installing a WordPress theme, keep in mind that once you activated a new theme, it will change how your website looks and functions. If you are switching from an existing theme, then you need to do several checks first before changing to a new WordPress theme.

Here are the different ways to install a WordPress theme. Read More

Basic WordPress Security

Is your WordPress secured? If you asked this same question yourself, then you might have a problem with your WordPress security. This guide will help you about WordPress security, what you can do to prevent intrusions and hacks and how far can you protect your WordPress site. This is the most basic, no-nonsense WordPress security tips and tricks, so if you are aiming for a more advanced approach, read this guide about advanced WordPress security. How far you will need WordPress security to go deeper into a more advanced security depends on what kind of site you are running.

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wphub.com/wordpress-security-tips/

Cherry Framework – Free WordPress Framework with 300 Child Templates

Cherry FrameworkCherry Framework is a WordPress framework available in Template Monster. If you have been developing themes for years now, then you know about Template Monster. The framework is released in 2012 and is currently under version 2.3. By using this framework, you’ll have access to more than 300 various themes from Template Monster. The Cherry framework is supposed to be a parent theme with the installed themes or templates acting as a child theme. It is a nifty tool to have in your site because when you are updating the framework or making changes to it, the individual themes won’t be overwritten as it is a standalone theme.

 

Read all about this framework and what it can do to your site here: http://wplift.com/cherry-framework-for-wordpress

Shortcode to Embed Google Trends Graph in Your Pages

Google trends will help you decide what post will be trending and what won’t. Google trends show graphs of how popular a search term is at a particular event. It is useful for your post so you can determine what your readers are actually searching for when looking for your post.

Here is a shortcode to embed Google Trends post in pages.

Here is the short code snippet:

[trends h="450" w="500" q="wpsnipp,wordpress,+wordpress+theme,+wordpress+plugin,+wordpress+snippets" geo="US"]

 

Read the rest of the code here:   http://wpsnipp.com/index.php/functions-php/shortcode-embed-google-trends-graph-in-posts-and-pages/

How to Create a WordPress Plugin

WordPress will be a difficult blogging platform if not for the plugins that alter the look and feel of your website. Almost any tweak can be done using a WordPress plugin from a simple tweak to an overall makeover. Plugins can change how your WordPress blog works.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create your very first WordPress plugin. We’ll start with how to structure your plugins, providing a naming convention for it, cleaning up the code, and documenting and using proper coding standards. We’ll also test and prepare your plugins before we’ll be able to use it.

Read the rest of the tutorial here: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/09/30/how-to-create-a-wordpress-plugin/

WordPress Email Newsletter Leaves MailChimp Trembling in Fear

MaiChimp has always been my favorite email plugin but this new plugin may change the way I look at Mailchimp. This is a professional email newsletter with pretty much everything that you require.

  • Easy set up and configuration
  • Fully customizable templates
  • Template builder
  • Group management
  • improved SMTP
  • shortcodes
  • widget interface and behavior
  • support and usage docs

The plugin comes with a lot of pre-built configurable templates for you to send to your customers. WPMU Dev is a great, configurable plugin that does everything MailChimp does and more. Try it out and see for yourself.

Read the rest of the information here: http://wpmu.org/brilliant-wordpress-email-newsletter-plugin/

Top 10 Directory Themes for WordPress

wordpressdirectorythemeDo you know that an online directory can help you earn revenue? There are many types of directories to choose from. It can be a one-stop site for websites, a travel directory, a social media directory, niche directory, or anything you can think about. Of course, to earn revenues from web directories, it needs to be UI friendly and easy to use. One way to do that is to use themes designed for these kinds of websites.

So, if you want to create a business directory, classified directory, or even a friend directory, here is the place to look for.
Here are the top 10 directory themes for WordPress:
http://skyje.com/wordpress-directory-themes/

How to Remove URL Field Form in WordPress Comments

removeurlfieldSpammers are attracted to WordPress blogs if in your comment section has a URL field in it. Having that field is not necessary to build interesting comments, spammers take advantage of it. If you have auto approval turned on, you might be surprised to ton of nonsense comments either to promote their website, or promote a brand. Getting rid of it is a harsh and tedious job.

If you want to get rid of spam, the cheapest way possible, have a look at this blog which shows how you can remove the URL field from your WordPress comments.

Read the rest of the post here:  http://wpmu.org/remove-wordpress-comments-url/

20 WordPress Plugins Every User Should Have

wordpresspluginsIf you are new and you don’t know what to do with your blog or website, why not install some plugins. There are tons of plugins available in the market that you can structure your entire website even if you don’t have any programming or web design knowledge.

Even seasoned expert can benefit from these plugins either for improving their website or replacing the ones they already have.

My favorites are Akismet, WordPress SEO, Google XML SiteMaps, Backup WordPress, and Broken Link Checker. With these plugins installed, you’ll have better WordPress in terms of usability and SEO.

What’s your pick? Take a look at more plugins here:  https://managewp.com/20-free-plugins-that-every-wordpress-user-should-have

Why Bother Building Your Own WordPress Contact Form

WordPress has just about any plugins you need, from social media, to even building your own simplest contact form with just a few clicks. This massive library of plugins makes you think about not doing it yourself at all.

So, why bother building your own Contact Form when you can do that with a plugin?

This is because plugins for a simple contact form has more than everything you need. Building a simple contact form using a UI is overkills, and the good thing about building your own is that you know what is under the hood; therefore, you won’t worry about being hacked, getting your visitor’s emails compromised, etc.

Here are some reasons why you need to build your own contact form than rely on plugins to do it for you: http://wpmu.org/how-to-build-your-own-wordpress-contact-form-and-why/

Supercharge your Self Hosted WordPress with Jetpack

WordPress basic installation lack features like YouTube embedding, specialized twitter widget, and even stats. If you are in a self-hosted WordPress blog, these features are given to you to the expense of sponsoring the company, Automatic. If you would love to have these features even though you already have WordPress in your website, you can do so in just a few easy steps. Just download the plugin JetPack and WordPress’ Automatic plugin is brought to your website. Just create a WordPress.com account, download and install JetPack plugin into your admin panel, follow your instructions, and your good to go.

Read more about JetPack here: http://wphacks.com/jetpack-supercharge-your-self-hosted-wordpress-site/