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The Top 10 Underrated WordPress Plug-ins for Designers

Even though the question still rages over which CMS is the best, WordPress has undoubtedly recent times pushed itself to the fore and if popularity is anything to go by, it’s number one. Consequently, since the arrival of WordPress 3.8 two generations ago, many believe that the CMS has positioned itself as the front runner in technological terms too, surpassing Joomla and other alternatives. Why? Well, the level of functionality that WordPress offers can’t be equated and you can bend any site how you see fit, turning the most average website into something spectacular with a few tweaks and plug-ins. Again and again, we’ve seen lists of the best WordPress plug-ins, so being a little different; we thought we’d compile a list of the most underrated web design orientated add-ons. Let’s take a look. Instagram Image Gallery This very simple integration of the Instagram service allows you to add a feed from the social media site to your own. You can then give the plug-in permission to import images from specific users or a specific hashtag and it does the rest. Images can be shown in a slideshow or thumbnail and there are even options to customise the background, colour and...
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Wordpress Plugins That You Must Have!

Wordpress SEO by Yoast! This is an essential plug in! It can be called as important as the Wordpress site itself. The great thing is that this plug is not only easy to download but also extremely easy to use. There is an added bonus also this plug in will work perfectly with just about every Wordpress site that you have. That's great, right? Go ahead try it out here: Yoast's Google Analytics plugin. Simple URLs The understatement of the year would be to call it the greatest Wordpress plugin of all time. Because it is an absolute life saver! It allows you to control and take charge of all the outbound links and helps you stay in complete power. All you have to do is modify a code a little. It will ensure that no authority moves away through the link itself. This must have made a lot of people who own Wordpress sites to smile or sigh in relief. Users would have the opportunity to control the outbound links at the Wordpress backend, just the way these things should be done; in complete discretion and minimum disclosure. Google libraries This application is much like a coup; it is basically...
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An effective insight into setting up a custom home page in WordPress

Although WordPress themes are structured as per the expectations of site owner and clients, yet there are times when a specific set up for the home page might actually turn off the visitors. Like for example, it may not be a great idea to throw your visitors right into the recent posts page and expect them to find their way. It is under such situations that WordPress' custom home page settings come to the rescue. With these easy-to-use settings, it becomes possible for you to define an entirely different front page for your WordPress powered website. Keep on reading this blog as I unleash some impressive details about setting up a custom home page for WordPress sites/blogs. What exactly is a Custom Home Page in WordPress? Whenever you install a responsive theme for the very first time for your site, the custom home page feature will be activated. If you're inclined on changing this custom home page, you can do the same using the “Theme Options” panel available under the “Home Page” options. Here, a selected checkbox represents the activated status of the custom home page. Flexibility to display the front page as “Static Page” or as a “Blog” As an...
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Steps to Deploy a Social, Search Optimized Wordpress Blog

Do you have a blog? Or are you looking for some effective ways to make the content of your blog presented and accessed in the best possible manner? Writing a blog is a perfect and economical way to optimize your website- be it personal or professional. It also allows you to educate, share and convey your thoughts, ideas, and mission to a large number of readers. Blogs more or less have a mainstay of almost every business around the world when it comes to perform online marketing stratagem. The fact that the internet has become so vast and the way it has put online marketing on the cusp of another change, has made businesses realize the need for adding updated  and rich content on their website. And with each passing day they are making best efforts in the form of hiring PSD to Wordpress services, to get a constant stream of traffic to their websites. Well, we'll go through some step by step instructions to guide you how to set up a Wordpress blog which is social and search engine optimized.     1. Register Your Blog With a Domain Name & Host Provider This is the first and foremost step...
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WordPress Functions.php Hacks

We continue the series related to WordPress advanced tips. First in the list was the article related to comment manipulation through SQL queries. Here are various tips related to editing functions.php and functions.php on active theme. Add Jetpack Infinite Scroll Support To Your WordPress Theme Infinite scroll offer a better user experience, probably it was first used on social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Infinite scroll can be an excellent addition to your WordPress blog. Of course, there are pros and cons, but when it is a question of more clicks, visitors tend to leave the website faster. The hack to add infinite scroll through Jetpack is quite simple, you simply need to edit the functions.php of your active WordPress theme: add_theme_support( 'infinite-scroll', array( 'container' => 'content', 'footer' => 'page', ) );   Source: https://www.trickspanda.com/2014/05/add-jetpack-infinite-scroll-support-wordpress-theme/ In addition you might want to take a look at the official article related to Jetpack infinite scroll: https://jetpack.me/support/infinite-scroll/ Delete Long URL Comments Without a doubt sub-pages and long URL's raise the flag for comment SPAM. I know that one of my best online buddies, try to clean-up comment SPAM from long URL, but he does it manually. Here is the trick how to delete...
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Advanced WordPress Comment Management Through SQL

Without a doubt WordPress is the most popular PHP based CMS. Additionally WordPress offer the most popular commenting system, however due to popularity, commenting system is abused by spammers. It is not a secret that WordPress based websites and blogs leave a lot of footprints, that are used by spammers. Actually some of these footprints are integrated into some of the black hat spam applications like ScrapeBox or simply can be used with Google as advanced search operators. There are number of anti-spam extensions that can reduce levels of spam like Akismet, GASP, integrating captcha images, etc... However bulk deleting or deleting comments from particular name, date, URL, etc can be very difficult and I don't think that there is plug-in that can do this job. In this article, I will review some advanced techniques that can assist you with some time consuming tasks – deleting comments directly from database. IMPORTANT! Before you try any of these, please back-up your database, in case something go wrong! Your database may use different prefix, in our example we are using the default “wp_”, replace the prefix to match your database prefix. Delete All SPAM Comment Yes, there is in-build function of WordPress to...
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WP Symposium Premium Social Network Plug-in for WordPress

WP Symposium is a premium plug-in for WordPress that can turn your blog into social network with few clicks. WP Symposium development started in 2010, this premium plug-in offer excellent support and constant updates. As WP Symposium is plug-in for WordPress, system requirements are similar, but this also depends on number of members and traffic, as the nature of social network kind of websites, it is highly probably to experience traffic spikes and many connections to database. WP Symposium Packages The review of WP Symposium will start with plan comparison, there is a free option that offers basic features (core features) like forum, group, member and member profiles are free, for additional features there are 3 different paid plans – Bronze, Silver and Gold – respectively at $39, $99 and $299. Please refer to the following page for more informatio https://www.wpsymposium.com/membership/. I personally would recommend to test the free version before buying some of the premium packages. WP Symposium Installation Installation is very simple, the same as installing any WordPress plug-in. As the developer have stated on the official websites, the steps are two. Though, I would say 3 steps as good practice is to back-up your files and database before...
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BuddyPress Social Network Plug-in for WordPress

BuddyPress is free plug-in for WordPress that will convert your WordPress website/blog into fully fledged social network. BuddyPress is an excellent choice for bloggers that have good knowledge about web development. Even the plug-in is free and open source, there are many things that require some PHP knowledge, WordPress/BuddyPress theme development and extensive understanding of WordPress core. BuddyPress Features BuddyPress out of the box features are: user profiles / extended profiles activity streams user groups private messaging notifications It is easy to extend the features with plug-ins which you can download from BuddyPress Plug-ins page: https://buddypress.org/plugins/. Pay attention on supported version of BuddyPress and WordPress, many plug-ins are outdated and can crash your website. Here is a link to list of recommended plug-ins, but again keep in mind to check version supported and possible conflicts with other plug-ins: https://buddypress.org/extend/recommended-plugins/. Web hosting Requirement As it is build over WordPress core, system requirements are the same, however keep in mind, that for large social network, you will need at least mid-level VPS. How to Install BuddyPress Installing BuddyPress is very easy, the same as you are installing new plug-in for WordPress – navigate to Pluins>Add new and search for “BuddyPress”. Hit “Install” and...
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Contact Form 7 - Flexible Contact Form Plug-in for WordPress

Contact Form 7 for WordPress is one of the most popular multiple contact form plug-ins. It is extremely flexible, easy to integrated with 3rd party plug-ins and it is free. Contact Form 7 plug-in is mature, regularly update and documentation is well written and complete. The plug-in is moderately easy to use and can create very complicated multiple contact forms. In this review, we will give you few tips, how to use it and how to combine Contact Form 7 with other plug-ins. Installation is straight-forward and doesn't differ from installing any other WordPress plug-in. Personally, I would suggest to check the documentation https://contactform7.com/docs/. Process of creating contact forms is traight forward, though non-experienced webmasters or bloggers, might get a bit confused. Contact Form 7 – Form Tags As I mentioned above, this plug-in is very flexible and there are several form tags that you can use out of the box: Text Fields Number Fields Date Field Checkboxes, Radio Buttons and Menus File Uploading and Attachment CAPTCHA Quiz Acceptance Checkbox Submit Button As well as Contact Form 7 can integrate 3rd party plug-ins to customize your form even further. For instance, one of the screenshots, include plug-in called “Contact Form 7...
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Top 5 Themes of Wordpress for News and Magazines

News and magazines offer a worthwhile choice for creating one’s own news or magazine website along with revenue earned from affiliate advertising and marketing. These are considered to be one of the desired WordPress themes, as they do let the individual to take complete care of an excellent post quantity on a particular page, but in a pleasant and organized manner for the guests. Importance of considering WordPress themes These are regarded to be an excellent resolution for both medium and compact type of business establishments, who are interested to publish their very own content materials regularly. WordPress is actually a reputable platform that has been helping the site owners to carry on various activity types like providers, blogs, galleries, portfolios and much more. It also presents various positive aspects to the enterprise owners. Also, one can boost a close dialogue with the consumers and potential prospects and also market the latest events and solutions. Availability of WordPress Themes There are a variety of WordPress Themes that are easily available. Some common among them are news and magazine themes. As they are quite powerful, they are sure to offer plenty of facts and information in an easy way. Also, there are...
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