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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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