What WordPress theme is that?

July 25th, 2014

Surely, there are times you come across certain websites that are so beautiful that you just want the same theme for your own website. We’ve got folks who’ve bookmarked so many such websites but could never really figure out the theme that was being used.  Honestly, finding the right WordPress theme can be a real challenge. It’s not because the themes aren’t good but there are so many out there that you’re simply spoilt for choice.

Looking through the source code of a website is one way to find the theme of a WordPress website but unfortunately site owners change or modify this for security reasons making it difficult to identify the theme.  Another cool way of finding out the WordPress theme is with the help of the website whatwpthemeisthat. With the help of this tool, you will be able to find the theme of a WordPress website in no time. All you need to do is search for the website and it will give you all the details of the theme including the author, author homepage and the version of the WordPress theme. What makes this tool even special is that it also detects the WordPress plugins that the Website is using. This feature comes handy especially when you want to know the plugins responsible for adding functionality to the website.

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Mind you, there are site owners who use customized or proprietary themes and this tool will not be able to help you in such cases. Else, it’s just aces!

If you know of any other way through which you can identify a WordPress theme, let us know in the comment section below.

Tips to keep your WordPress Website in great shape

July 11th, 2014

When you are powering 1 out of every 5 websites in the world, there is no doubt that you are pretty awesome. We are referring to the most popular Content Management System – WordPress. Ease of use, thousands of available plugins & themes and abundance of online support has contributed to its thumping success. There is no doubt that you can setup your WordPress site in minutes, but maintaining it is a different ball game all together. In this post, we are going to share some ways to ensure that your WordPress site is running in top shape and at all times.

1] Never miss any updates: WordPress is an open source platform hence bugs and security flaws will always be at its tail. Occasional as they may be, updates available for WordPress are a great way to counter any issue and at times to improve the overall experience of using your website dashboard. Avoiding these updates will only leave you exposed to security threats and put all of your hard work at risk of being lost. Similarly, plugins and themes need to be updated to the latest version to avoid creating a gateway for security threats and also to ensure compatibility with the latest WordPress build.

[Note: If your website is on the latest version like 3.9, then your website will automatically update for all minor and maintenance releases.]

2] Delete unwanted Themes: There are a lot of themes out there but eventually you are going to just use one for your website. Though the rest are deactivated, they can still pose a security threat if they are not updated. Also we noticed a strange lag while browsing through all saved themes, which somehow miraculously changed when we got rid of all the unwanted themes on a demo site ;-) . All themes that are not in use must go except for one default theme for backup. You can always reinstall themes whenever you need them so deleting them won’t really pinch. Also look out for themes that are light weight and don’t put stress on your resources.

3] Delete unwanted plugins: Plugins definitely add functionality to your website but at the same time it utilizes resources allotted to your website. In such a situation, you will need to ask yourself a question, can you live without this plugin? If the answer is a yes, throw that plugin out. Also get rid of any deactivated plugins on your website, since if you don’t update them, then you are creating loopholes for any kind of security threat. Don’t fall for the all in one type of plugins where you get loads of functionality. If you are only going to use one or two functions out of the ten, then the rest is of the code is simply waste of resources. You might as well look for plugins that focus on the functions that you are actually going to use.

4] Take backups: There are times while making a few changes or trying to add new features we might end up messing our WordPress website. Sometimes it becomes very difficult to undo these mistakes and that’s when we need to take help of our trusty old backups. They also come in handy when your website has been a victim to a security threat. We recommend regular backups and you can try BackUpWordPress plugin to do that for you. Trust us when we say that this is one thing you just can’t ignore.

5] Enable Caching:  Whenever you load a website, there are files that are saved in the Cache which is in your computer’s hard drive. So whenever you revisit the same website again, the browser uses the files in the cache rather than the server to display the page. This process is called caching and ensures that less system resources are utilized and pages load quicker for all your visitors. You can use WP Fastest Cache WordPress plugin to configure caching for your website with just a few clicks.

Try all of the above recommendations and you will definitely keep your WordPress website in great shape. You will need to keep maintaining your website as much as you can. Even if you have a single page website, login to your dashboard and ensure that every element is updated to the latest version. Remember to treat your website like a baby that continuously needs love and care.

How to backup your complete website

June 26th, 2014

It is rare but there is always a possibility for your website getting hacked if it is not properly secured. There are times that one can mess up some code which could result in the website to crash. For all such times we will need to rely on our trusted backups. But how do you backup you entire website? Let’s take a look.

  1. First, login to your cPanel and click “Backup Wizard”BackUp_Website_SpeedHost
  2. Once in Backup Wizard, click “backup” This will backup all your email accounts, files, and a few other things along your MySQL databases. BackUp_Website_SpeedHost(2)
  3. In the next step it will ask you for a “Full or Partial Backup.” You can choose to go with either one of the two options.

[Note: A full backup will create an archive of all the files and configurations on your website. You can only use this to move your account to another server, or to keep a local copy of your files.]

That’s it; you have successfully backed up your website. These backups should definitely give you a peace of mind. You can setup a calendar to regularly backup up your website so that you have the most up to date data when you most need it.

How to quickly install WordPress Locally using ServerPress

June 20th, 2014

We all know that we can install WordPress on our personal computer for learning or testing purposes. There are quite a lot of popular methods, through which you can setup the local server environment and install WordPress on it. Unfortunately most of these methods are very lengthy and enough to deter you from completing all the steps. Fortunately we found a way to quickly and most importantly, easily install WordPress Locally, using ServerPress.

Now ServerPress is a local server application that is built specifically for developing WordPress, bbPress and BuddyPress websites. It comes with the feature that allows you to install WordPress quicker than any of the conventional methods. It is available for Windows and OSX. You can Grab the installer here, and follow the below instructions.

[Note: You need to install Apache and MySQL in the computer for this application to work]

1] To create a new WordPress project, select Create a new development website.

2] Give a site name, and select the WordPress version you would like to install. In the Site Root section, you will know where the files of your website will be saved, which can also be changed.

3] After you click next, ServerPress will automatically setup everything for you. In the end you just have to create an Admin user for your site.

That’s it. With just three easy steps you have your WordPress site working off your computer, ready for all your experiments. If you want to avoid all the messy ways to setups WordPress on your local drive then this is definitely the way to go.

Do drop a comment below to let us know your experience with this software.

How to keep your blog visitors Engaged

June 13th, 2014

Worked hard on your blog but still can’t find anyone sticking around to read your blog. You probably might be hit by High Bounce rates. It’s not a virus to be scared off but it just means that a large percentage of your visitors fail to engage with more than one page on your blog.

Now, realistically speaking, people are always going to leave your site but how much is too bad? Log in to your Google Analytics dashboard and if you see a bounce rate higher than 60% of your visitors then you are in the red zone. You’re going to need to put some work in to get that bounce rate down. There are a lot of reasons that can contribute to the problem but we are here to help you with the solutions, so let’s begin.

1] Use more multimedia: However good your content maybe, plain text is passé and way too boring. The latest trend is to express your text with more images or maybe even a GIF or a video. This way you are improving the delivery of your content and not boring your visitors away. Experimenting with various forms of media will help you understand which one works better with your visitors and help you determine which one to use again. You could probably try out these images creation tools to help you build some Awesome content.

2] Make content more readable: What happens when you reach a page that has extremely small font size and you find it difficult to read the content? You’re really going to get frustrated and probably exit the page faster than you got there. There are many more factors that contribute to the readability so keep it simple and follow these steps:

  • Keep paragraphs small so that they only have around 5 sentences each.
  • Add bullets whenever possible.
  • Bold keywords to grab attention.
  • Use subheadings to break content into sections and ease of reading.

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3] Add internal links: One simple way to get your blog visitors to stick a little longer is to have them move more around your blog. Add internal links to other related blog posts/pages throughout your blog. It not only helps your readers find more information they like but also help improve your SEO value.

4] Add Related Posts Section in your blog posts: Just like the above point a related posts section will give your visitors more related content to digest. This gives them an opportunity to discover more pages on your blog and in the bargain improving your bounce rate. You could share related posts below the blog post with headings like “You must also read” or “You may also like” to also help your visitors find related content. If you’re on wordpress you’ll find a lot of plugins available to automatically do this for you but you could also try manually adding this to your blog for more effective targeting of related posts.

 

Some of these points may seem way too obvious but believe us when we say, there are way too many blogs online that make the most trivial mistakes and lose out on precious traffic.

Give these solutions a shot, they should definitely help you improve your sites performance but for better results its best suggested that you take a closer look at your site’s analytics data to determine better targeting of issues. Don’t hesitate from experimentation as even the best have failed but found success eventually ;-)