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Dealing With Duplicate Content On Your WP Website

Duplicate content is an area of concern for Blogger or WordPress developers. Duplicate content is one of the key factors responsible for not getting more users visits or leads on your website. People keep on wondering and pondering over the reason behind their persistently failing search engine optimization technique, wherein they fail to realize that their content is the main culprit which is works as an anchor to hold them back.

Now you might be contemplating the reasons behind this and some of you might think that UI design plays a strong role wherein there results are a cumulative results of several factors. The logic is very simple as we know that there are bots that crawl the websites, therefore looking at the similar content, they get confused so as to choose which particular page they need to visit. This point is where your content strategy fails, and you are unable to reap benefits from your content.

When we choose WordPress so as to develop our website we do get a lot of perks such optimized theme, a responsive web design, as well as SEO optimized website and several other benefits. Despite all the perks, there is one single factor which needs the utmost attention of a web develop and this is the issues Duplicate content as on this a lot of things depend on.

Therefore, in this blog, we will discuss ways in which we can efficiently tackle the means to avoid this grave issues on which a lot of crucial factors are contingent upon.

Foremost Question: How to identify duplicate content?

There are times when people know that they have accumulated duplicate content on their website, and they somewhere know the reasons behind it as well. However, the main thing is to assure that you have duplicate content on your website which is certainly plagiarism between your pages.

Finding Out Duplicate Content

 Search Operators:

To find the duplicate content, you can make use of some search operators as they prove to be quite useful so as to see duplicate content.

Use the phrase mentioned below to search the URLs that are on your site and comprises of a keyword “My Blog.”

site:mysite.com title:”My blog.”

This is one of the best technique to search duplicate content about that keyword.

Google Search Method:

Another method is by using a search engine, and there you need to type the  URL of your website into the search bar and the check the search results.

Then you need to go through all the results and then find out the pages of your website that are indexed by the search engine. This is one of the ways to check the duplicate links which ideally should not have been present in the search results.

Make use of Tools:

Those who are running a big website that does not include several pages then one can easily practice the aforementioned tricks quite easily. But if you own a WordPress website with a plethora of pages then it would be quite difficult for you to practice the steps mentioned above. For this, you need to automate your task and make use of tools to pick up the duplicate content as it will save your time.

You can also make use of Google Webmaster tools as they are the best choice for this. Make use of Google webmaster tool as this allows you to find pages that have a duplicate title as well as duplicate description and this is certainly not a tough task.

Then you need to go to Search Appearance, and look for HTML improvements present there and click on it. There you will get to see the duplicate description.

Fixing the Duplicate Content Issue

1. One of the easiest and the simplest way to avoid duplicate content is to stop creating them in the first place.

Make sure that you do not create printer friendly pages as they are of no use. As it is one of the reasons why you need to avoid creating them and this will automatically help you cut out the duplicate content.

Do not forget to disable your session ids that are present in the URL. Moreover, if there you have two versions of your website which is the www and non www which are accessible then make sure that you only stick to the only version and then redirect all the other versions of this website. Moreover, do not forget to disable the feature of pagination on your website.

2. Redirecting the Duplicate Content:

This is one of the most used techniques for those who wish to tackle the issue of duplicate content. In this, you need to redirect the traffic from your duplicate page to the original one.

3. Make use of the Canonical Tag:

Another practice that one can follow to remove duplicate content is through a rel=canonical tag. This tag is quite an important tag which is used when you cannot avoid the redundant content. However, you know this through some wrong Url.

When you are going through this kind of scenario, then you need to place this element in some part of your website. This step will help you to take the search engine on that web page which needs to be shown on the list of the search result. You can use the following code snippet as the canonical tag:

<link rel=”canonical” href=”http://myfirstwpsite.com/mypost”>

Use Meta Tags:

Those who wish that the search engine does not get indexed on a  particular page then one can make use of Meta tags. This practice is one of the best practice that you need to do for those who wish that the page needs to be available only for the users wherein it do not get indexed on the page.

<html>

<head>

<title>…</title>

<Meta Name=”Tweets” Content=”noindex, nofollow”>

</head>

Duplicate Content is quite a significant problem for all kinds of WordPress blogs as well as a website. It is one of the biggest obstruction to get fruitful results from your SEO techniques and affects your search engine rankings big time and carves quite a bad impression of your website. This issue is quite bad for the user experience that you render to them. And is one the prime reason why you need to keep a check on the duplicate content every time. Moreover, using unique content is one of the biggest factors that helps you to boost the search engine rankings for your business.

5 Tips To Turbocharge Your WordPress Website’s Performance

WordPress is about to complete 13 years in web development and with so much time comes a lot of commitment. And over these years, we can clearly see that the developers have embarked on a new level of development to render seamless performance. With advancement in this field we now have several tricks that can improve the performance of our WordPress website.

In this blog, I have shared some tried and tested tips that can help a WordPress developer to considerably improve the performance of a website.

1. Make sure to test the Speed of Your Website

Before we straight away jump to the optimization tricks you need to make sure to know the current speed of your WordPress  website , thus the first thing is to test the speed of your website first, as this will help you to see what all improvements you have made after the making the changes.

This is one the best ways to find out gray areas of your website on which you need to work improvement. To test the speed of your website, you can make use of the following tools that can help you to test the performance of your website.

  • Tools.pingdom.com
  • GTMetrix.com
  • Google PageSpeed Insights
  • WebPageTest.org

2.Understand the issues with your  WordPress Pages

Now that you have got data related to your WordPress website performance and speed, the next step is that you need to isolate the problems as per their level of severity.

One of the best thing about this is that it assures you that whether you have a room to use a plugin or not, along with this you can even opt for any other WordPress theme. Apart from this, we have another quite important alternative which is using tools such as Theme-Check, P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler),  Debug Bar, and several others.

For instance, we have the Plugin Performance Profiler that works as an excellent tool that breaks the loading time of your website as per loading of the elements.

3. Invest Wisely in Picking a Reliable Hosting Provider

Another important thing is to choose the best web host for your website so as to form a strong base in order to make your website perform seamlessly on all the devices irrespective of their shape and orientation.

Moreover, you need to remember the fact that every hosting plans will not render you top notch services, more importantly, when you choose to opt for hosting provider at a reasonable rate.

Apart from this, you need to very precisely pick quite a suitable hosting plan that can fit your specific needs of your WordPress website. Following are the plans that one can opt for hosting their website.

  • Dedicated hosting plans
  • Shared hosting plan
  • Managed WP hosting plans
  • Virtual private server (VPS)

4. Keep Your Website Clean

There is a big misconception among the newbie developers that stuffing the website with too much content or component certainly affects the performance of your website. This is the reason your WordPress site might require very less housekeeping so as to continue to make sure that they are performing appropriately.

To do this, it is preferred that one must schedule some of their tasks so as to keep their website well-maintained for instance:

  • Make Use of a Minimalistic Theme
  • Remove Spam Comments
  • Make use of Spam Comments Cleaner
  • WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam
  • Do not store Unwanted Data
  • Stop Spam Comments

5. Enable gZIP compression on Web Server

Whenever we get requests from a user the data on your website, then you need to make a call to your server to render the data that you have requested. This data comprises a style sheet, images,  as well as JavaScript files.

We can obviously not say that the more is the size of the data, the more will be the time consumed in loading that particular website.

More importantly, you need to enable gZIP compression for your web server as this is a great step in reducing the size of the data. We need to make sure that the gZIP which is enabled on the server is certainly a compressed version which gets requested on the webpage or file which is downloaded by the web browser.

This is not it as the browser decompresses the data which is received before we interpret it. Moreover, this is quite an important task that reduces the information transferred, and this drastically reduces the page loading time.

Moreover, this allows you to enable the gZIP compression for your  JavaScript and CSS files as well as images by making use of the following code snippet in your .htaccess file:

## ENABLE GZIP COMPRESSION ##

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript

## ENABLE GZIP COMPRESSION ##

Do You Make These Backup Mistakes?

If you have an online store, you should know how important it is to protect it from any data loss. There are many tools to help you with that, but let’s be honest: you should have special knowledge to use them effectively.

But even if people understand the importance of regular backups and know sad consequences of careless behavior, hardly all store owners spend their time on following best practices in that sphere.

Here is some statistical info that can make you revise your backup strategy:

  • About 70% of online shops suffer from critical data loss once in 5 years;
  • According to Blog.backupify, about 60% of online businesses never recover from such data losses and cease their operations, temporarily or permanently.
  • CloudBackup.uk.com reports that 50% of businesses who created a data recovery program still confess it has weak points while 30% of online businesses don’t have any data recovery plan at all.

Just think about these numbers! Yes, it’s high time to create your backup strategy if you don’t have one or revise the existing plan. The best way here is to learn from the most widespread backup mistakes. So answer the following questions.

Do you know the difference between backup, synchronization and storage?

Backup means data duplication and keeping all your files duplicates safely onsite or offsite. So that you can restore any data you need anytime. The main thing here is to keep data up-to-date which means that if you update anything on your site, your backup should be updated accordingly.

Unlike backup, storage is used for keeping files that are not usually updated. When you store a file and want to update it, the new file rewrites the old one. But when you back up files, you can have multiple versions of one file and restore the version you need. That is the core difference between backup and storage.

Synchronization means keeping the same files in multiple places (like Google Drive, Dropbox, your computer, etc.)

As you see, all these process help you to protect files but their methods differ.

Do you store backup files on your local server?

If your answer is “yes”, think about it once again as you keep all eggs in one basket. This is probably one of the most terrible mistakes you can make with your data. If something goes wrong with your server, both you online and backed up files will be deleted and you have an outside chance to restore them.

Instead you can keep your important data offsite, there are many online backup services available. But make sure to make a careful research and choose the solution which suits you best. Everything needs a personal approach.

Do you control your scheduled backups?

That’s great if you have automated your backup process. But remember to control the scheduled backups as there are many different things that can prevent that process and leave your data not protected as a result.

Do you check your backups?

It’s important to verify your backup data. You can reach your backed up files one day just to discover they can’t be restored. Don’t risk and make sure you have really workable solution that will save you if data loss occurs.

Do you prioritize your backup files?

Modern backup services are able to run multiple backups at a time. That’s very important if you need to create backups on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.

Remember that all the files of your online store should be organized in groups according to their importance. Then you should decide on the frequency of saving these files to your backup service. The more important the file is, the more frequently they should be updated.

Do you keep up with latest backup tendencies?

Even if you makre everything right today, it doesn’t guarantee that tomorrow you’ll still be on top. This means you should keep up with modern backup technologies, methods, tools. For example, there were times when people saved backups on discs but they can be easily broken so nowadays they don’t seem to be a good backup storage.

Final thoughts

Now you understand which way to follow. Create you backup strategy taking in account all the listed tips. You may read that post some time later and answer all the questions again. Good luck in keeping your online store data safe.

About the Author – Kristina pays careful attention to the latest marketing trends while developing detailed strategies for site performance improvement. She is a marketing manager at Amasty, a company that develops professional Magento extensions which make the lives of Magento store owners easier.

WordPress 4.1 Dinah: Features Worth Exploring Rightaway

WordPress hasn’t failed in impressing its customers via fully-featured versions. Talking about the all-new WordPress version 4.1, it won’t be wrong to say that the community has yet again done a brilliant job. Named as “Dinah” in the honor of late Jazz singer Dinah Washington, this WordPress version is available for a manual download and/or update in the WordPress dashboard.

Jotted down is a list of WordPress 4.1 features you’ll find beneficial for your WordPress site/blog:

  • Twenty Fifteen – An all-new default theme

Specially designed to suit the needs of WordPress bloggers, Twenty Fifteen is the default responsive wordpress theme available in WordPress 4.1 ‘Dinah’. Rich in beautiful typography, featured images, custom header, custom menus and a clean design, Twenty Fifteen renders a perfect visual excellent to your WordPress blog/website.

 

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  •  Distraction-free writing

Unlike the previous versions of WordPress, the version 4.1 comes with an innovative Distraction-free writing mode that allows you to type the content(here, I’m referring to the content which you want to showcase on your WordPress blog/site) without putting in a lot of effort. You are free to access ample number of editing tools that allow you to edit your draft quicker.

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  •  Direct Image Editing

If you’re a WordPress user who’s busy playing with images for your site/blog then WordPress 4.1 version will definitely serve godly. With this new WordPress version, you can simply click on an image and start aligning it directly using the inline image editing toolbar.

  •  Vine embeds

In today’s world where social media marketing has become a huge wave, WordPress 4.1 version comes loaded with vine embed feature allowing you to embed videos via their respective URLs.

  •  Plugin Recommendations

As a regular WordPress user, you often tend to get confused on choosing the right plugins for your site/blog. Thanks to the inception of WordPress 4.1 Dinah, you can now receive plugin recommendations just with a simple click. If you view WordPress 4.1′s admin dashboard, you’ll be able to find a ‘Recommended Plugins’ tab, clicking on which you’ll be offered a comprehensive list of plugins you can try for your website/blog. Here, it is interesting for you to note that all the plugin suggestions are based on the plugins that are already installed in your site/blog. Therefore, if you are looking for a plugin that caters a specific purpose, Plugin Recommendations feature can serve as a handy tool.

 

  • Seamless Language support

With WordPress 4.1 Dinah, you can avail the flexibility of choosing your preferred language during installation. Plus, you are even free to switch between multiple language after having installed the new WordPress version. Don’t get surprised! WordPress version 4.1 has been translated for a whopping 40 languages spoken in different parts of the world.

  •  Single button Logout option for every session

Equipped with a new Session UI, WordPress 4.1 version automatically detects multiple active sessions. By clicking the “Log Out Of all Other Sessions’ you’ll be logged out of every session except the ongoing one. This serves as a great sigh of relief under situations wherein you’ve forgotten to log off from a public/shared device such as laptop, a smartphone or a desktop.

WordPress 4.1- Features introduced for developers

  •  Complex queries

If you are a WordPress theme and plugin developer then WordPress version 4.1 is for you. With this update, you can now use nested clues, conditional logic and multiple operators within your date, meta and term queries.

  •  Title tags in WordPress themes

If you are about to develop a WordPress theme, then choosing the version 4.1 will turn to be your best fit simply because it allows you to control the document title without getting clashed with the auto-generated title tags.

  •  Customizer API

WordPress 4.1 also includes a customizer API which allows you to build a full-fledged JavaScript API for customizer. With loads of improvements being made to controls, sections and contextual panels, WordPress 4.1 is definitely easy to work with.

  •  New template tags

The introduction of Twenty Fifteen theme in WordPress 4.1 Dinah has paved way for improvements to the core’s theme API. The two new tags introduced in this latest version of WordPress are: Archive Templates tag and Navigation Template Tag. While the Archive Templates tag serves handy under situations where your WordPress theme doesn’t have dedicated template for data archives, the Navigation templates tags allow you to display a full-fledged navigationsnippet, allowing you to hone your theme’s navigation.

With such scintillating features available with WordPress 4.1 Dinah, who wouldn’t want to install it in their WP site/blog. If you too own one then don’t give a second thought to leveraging WordPress 4.1 features for a fabulous WordPress experience.

Top 3 WordPress e-Commerce Plugins for Any Taste and Budget

Nowadays, market offers a variety of platforms, but there is no doubt that WordPress has become an unconditional leader. Among the large number of opportunities this CMS offers, e-Commerce takes an important place. With all its advantages, it provides a great possibility to create an online shop easily that has all chances to be profitable and successful.

This article is going to describe best WordPress e-Commerce plugins and their main pros together with cons.

#1.) – WooCommerce

The most popular WordPress plugin for e-Commerce, WooCommerce, is regarded as the most increasingly growing shopping cart on modern e-Commerce market. According to Tom Robertshaw’s research, it appears to be the second-popular platform nowadays after Magento. So, what makes WooCommerce so great and widely-used?

Source: WooCommerce 2.0 from WooThemes on Vimeo.

Pros

WooCommerce is absolutely costless and a distinctive feature comparing to many platforms appears to be its universality. The solution can be used by those who only start their business as well as by vendors who are e-Commerce professionals. Thanks to platform’s flexibility any vendor can cope with management.

As WordPress plugin, WooCommerce possesses a killing set of possibilities including CMS features and easy installation process. Thus, enjoy the possibility to keep a blog that will be integrated into your store. Also, you benefit and add an unlimited number of categories and products.

Being free hasn’t made WooCommerce a rigid solution. It can be customized easily and transformed into really exclusive store. The key feature of Woo is a unique variety of awesome templates. Moreover, after you select a theme, adjust CSS color schemes and design experimenting with suggested specific options.

Furthermore, WordPress is widely known for its SEO friendliness, and WooCommerce has come by this feature. Now it is a hand of help for online vendors who try to make their store globally popular. You can get an automated sitemap generation, SE-friendly URLs, meta information and much more.

Cons

But what are the weaknesses of this platform? WooCommerce is the best solution for small and medium businesses, but still not really suitable for large stores. And in case you want to expand your possibilities and functionality, use the chance to get a free or paid extensions that are available on WP marketplace. However, adding many advanced plugins may cost a pretty penny.

Considering updates, WooCommerce can face some changes to the front office that is intrusive and may cause some troubles. Despite that fact, you have to keep under control the updates that can be inconvenient or even more expensive to maintain. Like other open source platform, WooCommerce doesn’t offer an official support, just documentation, forum, and tons of video tutorials.

#2.) – WP e-Commerce

Pros

One of the first plugins for WordPress, WP e-Commerce was a faithful companion for e-merchants who just created their stores. With its ease of use and user-friendly interface online businessmen are not going to face any challenges. Product management put no limits as well as a variety of marketing tools giving a possibility to increase sales and make positive customer experience. In addition to all the benefits, WP e-Commerce offers good SEO options to guarantee high ranking in Google.

Remarkable point is that WP e-Commerce come with many functions that are available on WooCommerce only after extensions installation.

Cons

As every solution, WP e-Commerce has its disadvantages. First of all, there may be bugs that can come down the users. The problem is that even stable versions have some errors. Regarding the support, you can easily solve the issues, however, every ticket needs an extra fee. So, after moving the forums to WordPress.org, it has become an option for those who need personal attention. Also, this solution does not provide a large number of payment gateways (basically only PayPal) that may cause some inconveniences for customers.

#3.) – WP eStore Plugin

Pros

After continuous development of WordPress eStore plugin, the shopping platform has the features to boast and the possibilities to offer. As it is lightweight, you don’t need to worry about any issues considering the page loading speed. This plugin appears to be a perfect solution for selling digital products like music, videos, tickets, subscriptions, etc.

WP eStore is a premium plugin which requires purchasing at the price of $50 and includes an unlimited license for all your sites. In addition, like other WP extensions it boasts with the intuitiveness, and all needed options to set up a store at ease. There is no need to bother about goods security as it is ensured by encrypting the download link.

WordPress eStore demands no annual fee, and all improvements and upgrades will be performed for free.

Cons

WP eStore can be considered as feature-rich solution for running an online store, however, mostly it is suitable for digital retail, but not for other goods. Concerning the support, you may check the forum finding the answers to all your questions, but forget about official support for WP clients.

Thus, all WordPress plugins have become a distinctive platforms that have deserved a popularity among other solutions. They can boast with intuitiveness and unlimited content management possibilities, but still each one has its specific features that suit different businesses. Consider all pros and cons and choose the one that will be your true friend for creating a successful online store.

Natalia Kliashtoforska is a marketing manager at Cart2Cart, an automated shopping cart migration service that allows to move data between WordPress plugins as well as between other 60+ supported solutions.

Custom WordPress Theme – 5 Reasons Why Choosing One is Favorable

Today, WordPress has been powering a dominant portion of the World Wide Web. It has indeed become one of the highly recommended platforms for designing and developing outstanding websites. As an effective Content Management System, WordPress has taken good care of the basic groundwork involved in creating a fine quality website. Backed by an excellent interface for managing users and adding content, WordPress has become the king of CMSs. With a quick access to numerous themes, WordPress users have been able to play with the look and feel of their website/blog. Unlike the ready-made themes, these WordPress fans have opted for custom WordPress themes which come with advanced features and a greater level of customization.

5 Reasons which make custom WordPress theme a favorable choice among WordPress site/blog owners

Reason No.1 –  Easily adjustable
Since WordPress treats content, plugins and theme as individual components, changing one website feature won’t cause issues for other elements. Hence, with a custom WordPress theme, you can easily modify the design of your site, without introducing any key changes into the site’s content and the basic functionality.

Reason No.2 – Great looks come instantly
With WordPress taking care of your content, you’re left with more time for designing and developing the original theme. Using a bespoke WordPress theme allows you to get more out of your design than you’d have ever thought of. The best part of a tailor-made WordPress theme is that you get excellent looks which suit yours as well as the visitor’s preferences.

Reason No.3 – An access to advanced content layout options
A majority of custom WordPress themes come with a set of shortcodes that can be effectively used for creating buttons, interactive content, slides and much more. As a WordPress site owner, you can take full advantage of these advanced content layouts, without the need for learning any hard programming languages.

Reason No.4 – Quick availability of free widgets
Plenty of free widgets available with a custom WordPress template make room for an enhanced site performance. The highly customizable nature of these widgets works best both for the designers as well as the customers. While the designers get to integrate innovative features to their theme, customers can receive an excellent user experience via easy-to-use widgets. Moreover, custom WordPress templates come with several options for placing widgets. You can either choose to place the widgets from header to the website footer as well as the sidebars.

Reason No.5 – High on search engine friendliness
As compared to a ready-made WordPress theme, one that is built separately scores high on the search engine friendliness scale. This serves as an added advantage for WordPress users who’re worried about optimizing their site/blog for the search engines. The All in One SEO Pack plugin available in the WordPress factory makes the content of every WordPress site highly indexable in the search engines, thereby increasing the overall visibility of the website.

With all those solid reasons behind choosing a custom WordPress theme/template, it’s up to you whether you want to remain stuck to your traditional theme or want to upgrade to a brand new, full-featured custom theme/template. I’m sure your urge for creating an online niche would tempt you to install a custom-built theme/template.

Fix WordPress Site’s Security Issues to Give Hackers an Impossibly Hard Time

The rich pleasures of setting up your shopping website on WordPress are known far and abound. Easily the best CMS around, WordPress has been gaining ground from its competitors thick and fast. However, with any Internet property, security is always the chief concern. There are a host of highly skilled, yet maliciously intended coders who are looking for loopholes in the websites to gain a backdoor and spell doom for the site owners. With eCommerce websites, the threats are further elevated.

A website that falls short on the security front is least likely to inspire the users to buy from the website and enter their credit card details. The stakes on eCommerce websites are higher since users are meant to enter the confidential informational bits regarding their bank accounts, and thus, a secure site will give users an assurance that the information they enter is safe with you.

Now, as feature rich as WordPress is, there are always some dangers lurking around, owing to certain loopholes that may have crept in. Below, we throw light on some of the most-recommended measures you can take to augment the security of your WordPress website:

Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

In the web realm, SSL is a famed concept, particularly among those dealing with Internet security technologies. In its bare bones, SSL encrypts your connections and data and makes them incomprehensible for the hackers to break into. Only the authorized users have the key to decrypt the data and read it. The whole communication channel is rendered unreadable for the illegitimate users, and thus, it proves to be very handy to boost the security standards of any website.

Go for a WordPress Theme that Inspires Confidence

There are hordes of WordPress themes out there. Some are premium while others are freely available. Are all good for your website? No. when you are in the process of choosing a theme for your website, you need to be absolutely sure that it is not one of those uploaded by hackers just to gain unauthorized access into the sites. There are many themes that are lying there in some corner of the WordPress repository and contain malware and malicious codes to help the theme builder to gain access to any website that uses the theme. Thus, before you install a theme, be absolutely certain that you read the reviews about it and pay attention to the rating awarded to it. The freely available themes can also be trusted, but when you let loose some cash on buying a premium theme, it further improves your chances of running a safer eCommerce website.

Tailor the .htaccess File

Modifying the .htaccess of your website against the security lapses and threats also comes handy to protect your website against anomalies. Many intruders right away attack on a website’s database by leveraging techniques like SQL injection, via which they can inject manipulative commands in the website. However, you can add some code snippets into your website’s .htaccess file. These snippets basically act as rules for accessing your website and filter the accesses based on IP addresses and URL requests.

Change the Defaults with Admin Logins

The biggest security lapse you can make is keeping the admin username as “admin”. Brute force attacks are the most common forms of security attacks on te Internet. This is the first name that hackers have to guess while attempting to break into your website. With only password left to intercept, you are already making their job half-accomplished.

Keep the Updates Rolling

If you haven’t received the memo yet, WordPress updates’ greatest incentive for your website is bolstered security. If your WordPress website’s update hasn’t seen the light of the day as yet, a danger is just lurking round the corner. It is not just to enhance the site’s performance in terms of its plugins and speed, but the upgrades of themes and plugins also inculcate newer algorithms against the newer attacks and viruses.

It’s not just eCommerce, but security lapses can prove to be nasty burns for any sort of website. So, be wise and start paying attention to the security aspect right from the get go.

Do You Really Need a Content Management System for Your Website?

Creating a website with a good mind and pounding aesthetics is an endeavor much desired. And as the current trend would have it, everyone is leaning towards owning a website that is enviable and capable enough to dethrone the competition (the ‘competition’ may be your business rival or just a geek next door full of technology pretensions, always looking down on you!).

Irrespective of what’s motivating you to have your own website, there are layers of procedures and practices that go into creating one. While there are a ton of websites meandering across the web-verse, not all are built to make a mark. And this is where Content Management Systems come into the fray.

Determining if you really need a CMS?

Before giving in to the mechanics of blogging, let’s ask ourselves three questions:

    • Do I wish to create a website that’s versatile and gives me enough room to innovate?

    • Do I need a system that allows me to update my website on the fly, as and when I wish?

    • Does the long-drawn out process of writing HTML Codes irk me?

If the answers to the above questions are in affirmative, having a CMS for your website is the best way to move to a firm ground from a precariously shaky footing.

And if you are one of those folks looking to make a serious mark, resorting to a Content Management System should spare you the bumpy ride by pulling you over the jagged spots. Building your website on a reliable Content Management System is arguably the best means to prevail over the pulp and ruffle of the blogs-herd on the Internet. World Wide Web is inflating, and it is tossing up a new website every few seconds. Apparently, making your website stand out is not a breeze, but helping it create a constructive impact is. All you need is to have a stirring determination, and realization that a CMS will inject that panache to your endeavor.

Here is When You Need CMS the Most

When you are running a website that requires frequent revisions and updates in regards to its content or addition of pages, having a Content Management System lets you breathe easy.

Some of the examples that can be stated here include:

  • When you are running an eCommerce website

  • When you are running an article-oriented website that needs to be updated with new content multiple times in a month

  • When you are running a news portal

Why All the Fuss around CMS Anyway!

There has been a growing clamor and debate ever since CMS burst onto the scene. Surprising, given the fact that resorting to the old-school way of maintaining a website that dictated updating and uploading every file manually, using those long-winded FTP programs, and knowing what inputs does a server need was an exercise bathing in intricacies – not to mention the huge margin for errors. Every time you needed to rewire or reboot your website, you again had to go through the same inflexible processes. And this is where CMS came to rescue.

Apart from these three examples, there are various other scenarios which necessitate building your website on CMS.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular CMSs we have at our disposal on this date:

WordPress

The biggest advocates of WordPress would make you believe that it is the bethel of Content Management Systems. Whilst there may be a tone of exaggeration to the claim, there is no arguing the value of WordPress as a blogging platform.

Doctoring a feature-packed website with WordPress is hardly a sweat-soaked exercise. There is much to cherish, and little to disregard when it comes to the cluster of WordPress themes, extensions, plugins and widgets. At the same time, there isn’t denying the fact that making a WordPress site that doesn’t have a WordPress character in terms of how it looks to a visitor is challenging. But, damn the imperfections, it still is an incredible CMS.

Joomla

Joomla isn’t far behind either. For creating websites boiled with features of the highest order, Joomla is your ally. An open source platform like WordPress, you can built a website on Joomla and leave the rest to its built-in capabilities. Innovation runs thick in this platform that lets you collaborate several unfathomed attributes with your site and reduce the overall costs associated with running and maintaining a website.

Drupal

Drupal comes with features abound. Bequeathing you a measurable CMS benefits, it is a CMS that leads the charge when it comes to attributes like networking, layouts, media gallery placement, etc. Even those with not so practiced skills in developing or designing a website find crafting a site using Drupal a job much amicable and rewarding.

Magento

Making your eCommerce website exhibit grandeur or injecting more subtle functionalities in it makes for one elementary exercise with Magento. There is no dearth of extensions here as well. The site of add-ons let you inject bonus features which you may have not been introduced to when you took up the job of creating your own website on Magento. An honest and precise approach will pave way for a nod from the aficionados of the Internet verse.

Whatever CMS you choose to go with, extract all the information regarding its license fees and the cost of certain paid themes. Or you can simply work with a theme that is available free of cost.

Weigh Your Ambitions Well

With certain website managers, there is a vulgar stress on features. They are willing to add some extra sophistication to their websites at the expense of its responsiveness and the overall user experience. And there are others who for subtlety. Only to ensure that their website has a reliably excellent compatibility with all devices and browsers they can think of, they bring it down to some anti-state-of-the-art features. Though, there is a better word for it – minimalism.

A CMS would help you create a website with whatever ambitions you have for it. When then intention is to create something that is grand and immersive, with an air of high brow snobbery, you have a truckload of themes and plugins to adorn your site with fanciness. And when all you intend is to create something that stands for ingenuity and exclusivity, a different set of themes and plugins would let you practice that restraint with ease. Any which way it goes, you won’t have to settle for mediocrity.

Top WordPress Design Trends 2014 – Set to Alter the Internet Landscape

Awash in a state-of-the-art technology milieu, WordPress has trafficked unerringly in dominating performance-levels and unforced features. As the competition mounts up at a breakneck speed, the most popular CMS continues to deliver top-gear website development on a solicitous backbone.

With more than 10 years into its existence, WordPress holds some great promises in 2014. We look at some of features – not all of which are newfangled – that will rule the roost this year and make us lean a little more towards custom WordPress design and development.

  • Responsive Web Design: A Luxury You *Must* Afford

It rather has become a prerequisite that your WordPress website design is responsive, in order to drive maximum leverage from the incoming traffic through mobile devices. The trend of finding information on the go is headed north, and unless you deliver on that front, you are missing out on an all-important ingredient in your recipe for a successful website.

One overstated yet overlooked fact is that the user’s attention span is very short. When you adorn your websites with images of barn-burner resolutions, the mobile devices do not respond well to those resolutions, leading to achingly slow loading times. Custom WordPress development is vying to circumvent such issues through avant-garde techniques that would allow website managers to inject gloss in their websites, without compromising on the responsive attribute.

  • Parallax scrolling Will be Mainstream

A top billed concept in Computer Graphics, Parallax scrolling is essentially a procedure that facilitates slower movement of background images as compared to the movement of foreground images. This lends a 2D illusion to your animation and thereby adds awe-inspiring depth to the pages. The WordPress developers are making the most of this feature to add some fireworks to their client’s websites for them to rise above the herd.

  • Scalable Vector Graphics for More Receptive Images

It’s not one of those features that came to life overnight. Rather, the vector graphics have been there from over a decade, but have hit the top gear only lately. And their growing popularity can be owed to the afore-mentioned point about responsiveness of a website.

Affinity for vibrancy and color has always been there, and it’s least likely to take a backseat to anything. SVG works with that realization embedded deep into its structure. The SVG files are reasonably smaller in size as compared to their .JPG and JPEG counterparts, but look equally beguiling. The greater scope to compress these files further helps. And this is where the slower loading times take a backseat. With a more virile design, your website is cardinally suited to mobile devices.

  • Image Sliders for Eloquence

We won’t call it an invasion per se, but last few years have seen the inclusion of sliders in different websites take a huge leap. The reasons are pretty much apparent as the sliders let the site managers send across their website’s voice in a way that nothing else does. The interactive sliders have rebooted the communication style between the website and its visitors. While some use the slider to illustrate the comparisons between the current and the passé, others demonstrate different themes that their website focuses on. Image sliders let a website brim with creative prospects as you can unflinchingly inject some innovation and personalize the site, while being eloquent at the same time.

  • The Improved Social Networking Feeds

A website is poised for growth and expansion when it integrates social media buttons of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, etc on its pages and posts. The most obvious reason is the streamlined communication channel which has an ever-growing number of potential customers at the end of the pike. The latest developments include instant notifications and easy access to the brand updates on its social media page, without you needing to log in to your respective accounts. It is recommended you hire a seasoned WordPress developer who can integrate social networking feeds with your portal’s design. The direct result of this would be increase in the number of your social media followers and subscribers.

  • Images Making Way for Typography

How about a non-traditional take on website design? Have you ever tried pulling your visitor’s attention from the ultra glamorous images to an equally fab looking content? If the answer is in negative, you indeed haven’t branched out and experimented. WordPress offers you type formatting, a unique way in its own right for giving a face to your website’s message. Moving beyond the time-honored traditions and letting the text stand out through clever colors, line spacing, etc. is one of the fresh attributes being increasingly embraced by the WordPress developers and designers off-late.

Overthrowing the archetypal ways to develop and design WordPress Websites, the new trends are more than a coat of paint on the 2014’s WordPress wagon. They instead are a monody and a mission statement.

As Drupal 8 Closes in, What to Expect from it

The blogging mills have been enduring a daily grind ever since “Drupal 8” was heard in the web world. The buzz has been bouncing of the walls for more than a year now, but the much-awaited version of the highly sought-after content management framework refuses to come down the vessel. As the wait lingers on, we throw some light on the Drupal 8 features that are going to aid in improved Drupal web development:

Room for More Fields

Drupal aims to transfigure the way we structure content on our website. Extending the yarn of field types, you will be offered more alternatives when it comes to entering content in different fields.

  • There will be more number of categories that will facilitate adding content to fields like unit’s location, date and time, subscription data, contact numbers, and more.

  • Drupal 8 will enable readers to post their opinions in fields meant only for comments

  • Customization of contact forms will be possible.

Enhanced Content Authoring

The content editing and authoring system in Drupal 8 has undergone a total revamp, owing to the introduction of new editor mechanism

  • Internet security as a serious consideration, configuring WYSIWYG has been made simpler.

  • Refurbished content creation pages with a non-fussy way of saving drafts

Mobile-Compatibility

While no stone is left unturned to add frills to Drupal 8, compatibility issues are also successfully addressed, particularly in respect to the mobile devices. The websites created through Drupal 8 would be highly virile and mobile-ready. It goes without saying that Drupal 8 will also bring to the fore some stunning themes that would be responsive across all devices and browsers.

High-level Coding extensions and Improved Markup through the Use of HTML 5

Drupal 8 will be equipped with most of the effective and pragmatic coding extensions that will empower you to boost website management. HTML5 is going to further improve page markup

  1. Image display will be all devices-ready with better support for Picture element

  2. Inbuilt tools to smoothly enter data in fields that include date and time, e-mail, subscription data, contact numbers, etc.

Fresh Configuration

Drupal 8 will be pre-loaded with file system-based configuration management system. What it does is that it renders ease straightforwardness to the way modifications are brought about to the configurations. What’s more? You would be able to manage version control yourself.

Support for Hypertext Application Language (HAL) and more

Ever envisaged that you could develop mobile applications on any platform while leveraging the data source? Come right in. Now you can with Drupal 8. The futuristic Hypertext Application Language (HAL) will also be executed.

  1. The content can be depicted as JSON or even XML.

  2. Bolstered security as your clients will undergo the procedures of HTTP authentication.

Lesser Modules to Deal With

Irrespective of the platform you are using for whichever technology, one of the common issues faced with Drupal CMS development was that you had to deal with innumerable modules. Their unbridled count only added to the complexity levels. Not anymore as Drupal 8 helps you get rid of the convoluted modules, as is evident from the information specified above. The whole bevy of modules have done nothing but added to the complications and have left programmers bewildered on what to use and what to reject. Now whether you are trying to use more code extensions or edit images, you are provided with better, but lesser number of choices (as you wanted).

Drupal 8 is set to surpass all the previous versions while riding on the powerful waves of change. On its way to setting new benchmarks, Drupal 8 is expected to abound in new-fangled features to ascend over the competition that has always been rising from close quarters. The refinement of development process, the operational ease and efficiency, the user experience – everything is deemed to leap. It hasn’t yet made its way to the web-verse, but the advertised features are compelling enough to believe that it’s going to be graced by a bonafide classic.

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