How to backup your complete website

July 2nd, 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 😉

5 Awesome Plugins for WordPress Developers

May 30th, 2014

There is no doubt that WordPress is the most loved CMS out there. One of the reasons for its popularity is the availability of thousands of plugins. They just improve the functionality of WordPress ten folds. We have compiled a list of the most popular plugins for all you aspiring WordPress Developers. Check them out right here:

1] Debug Bar: This plugin adds a debug menu to the admin bar that displays cache, total queries, total queried time, and memory usage that will be very useful in the debugging process. This makes it a must have plugin for all WordPress developers. In addition to this if the function WP_DEBUG is enabled then it also helps to track PHP warnings and Notices to make them easier to find.

2] Theme Check: If you’re a WordPress theme developer then this plugin is a must have. It measures your theme against the current WordPress coding standards and best practices. Your theme also needs to be checked for required elements such as licenses, author information and screenshot which this plugin does with ease.

3] User Switching: If you want to swap quickly between multiple user accounts in WordPress then User Switching is the plugin to get. This allows you to quickly move from one user account to the other with the click of a button.  This comes in super handy for test environments where you regularly have to log out and in between different accounts or for administrators who have to switch between multiple accounts.

4] WordPress Beta Tester: This plugin lets you update to the latest Nightly version or the Release Candidate at the click of the button using the built in upgrader. This comes in handy especially when you want to test the compatibility of your plugin or theme with the upcoming WordPress versions.

5] Query Monitor: Query Monitor adds a new toolbar at the WordPress admin bar and shows query data such as HTTP Requests, Ajax Call, Redirects, Hooks, Transients and PHP Errors. This is a very good pick since a lot of the features included in this plugin have not been found with other debugging plugins.

So if you are game to become the next best WordPress theme or plugin developer, don’t forget to give these masterpieces a try.

Do leave a comment below if you have any similar WordPress plugin that you wish to share with us.

How to get more Website visitors from Social networks

May 22nd, 2014

Most of you will agree with us when we say that every website owner loves good traffic. But good traffic does not just come by; there is a lot of hard work involved. Sharing your content to different social media channels can be one of the ways to get traffic moving to your website but what stands between your website and the visitor is the click on your link. So how do you get that visitor to click that link? Let’s find out

Grab Attention: Remember that link you saw somewhere that you HAD to click. How do you think it stood out from the rest on the page? Well that post must have created a great amount of curiosity and excitement in your mind that pushed you to click that link. That’s exactly what your links should do to stand out and literally scream out “CLICK ME” (well, not literally :-) ).

Consider the following two links

  1. “How to build a website”
  2. “Build your website quickly in 5 easy steps”

You will most likely be interested in clicking on the second link.

Be Specific: Building on the first point, you need to make sure that the article that you are posting not only grabs attention but is also precise. Let your visitors know exactly what they are going to get when they click on your link. The title with no direction can often be interpreted as a spam link and you can easily lose out on potential traffic. The whole idea is to tell people what they are clicking even before they make it to your website.

Recycling posts: As per research the average life span of a tweet is approximately 18 minutes and that of a Facebook post is approximately 2 hours. With the new Facebook algorithm, the life span is even less when posting through a fan page. This means that by sharing your content only once, you’re cutting its life short. So how can we tackle this?

The answer to this is to create different social posts leading to the same content and share them on Social Channels. Let’s take this post and create 3 different titles that we can use to promote on Social.

  • “3 sure shot ways to get visitors from Social Networks”
  • “Drive people from Social Networks to your Website”
  • “Smart ways to get people to click on your links on Social Networks”

Depending on how much you typically post, this can be multiple times a day or multiple times a week. After a month you can revisit your old posts and if they are still relevant then you can share them again through different social channels. Don’t worry if people find out that you are sharing old content, what is more important that your visitors enjoy what they read. However don’t overdo this practice.

So there you have it, that’s our recipe for getting visitors from Social Networks to your website. We would love to hear about how you manage to do the same. Drop in a comment below to share your tips.