Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Basic Troubleshooting For All Wordpress Error (First Aid)

Wordpress claimed to be the best CMS (Content Management System) around for bloggers, while wordpress is very easy to use, there are still some major wordpress errors that can be frustrating sometimes.

There are some problems facing wordpress users which can easily be solved one step at a time by applying simple troubleshooting. You know when somebody is injured, it is very common for such victim to undergo first-aid before taken to the hospital. Same applies to us (Bloggers)

In this tutorial, I will be showing you guys how to fix some common wordpress errors like “wordpress not sending e-mail issue, Rss error, wordpress keeps logging out problem, and many other major wordpress errors, with this basic troubleshooting tricks.

Let’s get to the lecture room!

🔺Precaution: Make complete backup of your wordpress site before taking any of below steps.

Backup is the first priority for every webmasters as it plays a very vital role in keeping your site running and avoids data losses and security threats.

In case anything goes wrong while you are working in the root server of your site or while you are trying to access your site admin area, backup helps you restore your site very easily.

Basic Troubleshooting For All Wordpress Error (First Aid)

1. Turn On Wordpress Debugging

Debugging is a very wise step to take whenever you discover your wordpress site is malfunctioning or out of order. By enabling debugging, it is much easier to locate any errors within your WordPress site.

Wordpress debugging has this default or let me call it inbuilt logging feature that will register all errors that occurs to a site. Wordpress debugging can always be turned on through wp-config.php file, all you need to do is to add a little script to this file and you will be showed where and what kind or error your site is encountering.

And if you don’t want to get your hands dirty by adding scripts or interrupting your site, there is one tool-site that can do that for you. WPBackitup logging is a tool that helps make a record of every operation that is being performed during the backup and restore processes.

To do this, read how to turn on wordpress debugging and detect hidden error.

2. Disable All Installed Plugin

Plug-in deactivation is a common wordpress troubleshooting tactics used by users, and it has been proved to solve major wordpress error in average cases.

It is the fact that some plugins may obstruct with other plugins or theme and cause your WordPress site not to load correctly. In such case, the common troubleshooting practice applies is to disable all of your WordPress plugins.

Some errors caused by plug-in are liable to be critical in which it may prevent user to access dashboard, but one might be in luck sometimes, if so you can access your wordpress site admin area, you can simply head over to plug-in tab and deactivate all plugin at once.

If this action resolves the issue, then you'll need to enable each plugin individually and test your site until you figure out which particular plugin is causing the problem.

If you can’t access your dashboard, then you will have to make the most out of FTP client such as FileZilla to rename your plugins folder which will disable all of your plug-ins.

3. Revert or Switch To Default Theme

Regardless of the cost of theme, any theme including custom theme could be the cause of problem to your website, theme restoration or switching of theme to default is among the first-aid given to wordpress site for troubleshooting.

To revert to default wordpress theme, all you need to do is go to wordpress dashboard (If you have the access) and head to appearance tab then navigate Theme and click activate.

If you do not have access to WordPress dashboard, you can disable your theme by FTP as well. Once you are connected via FTP with an FTP client such as FileZilla, you then will navigate to your themes folder. Rename your current theme and WordPress will automatically revert to the default theme.

Or you should hook up to your website using an FTP client and then click /wp-content/themes/ folder. Remember to download your active theme as to play safe mode (Backup).

After you’ve successfully downloaded your current theme, then you need to delete all themes except a default WordPress theme like TwentySixteen or Rowling. WordPress will then automatically switch to using the default theme available.

If your theme was the cause of the matter, then you should be able to log in to your WordPress site now.

4. Make Backup And Delete .htaccess File

This is sound crazy right! But it’s worth it. When you exploited all other methods to fix a particular problem, and yet you didn’t get it solved, so why not find out from the root server! The only caution I will like to preach is to always make sure you download the .htaccess before deletion.

A corrupt .htaccess file is reported time and again to be the cause of the internal server error.

First thing you need to do is to connect to your website using an FTP client. Note that, the .htaccess file is situated in your site’s root directory.

Given that it is a hidden file, you may need to force your FTP client to show hidden files. After you have seen it, you need to download the .htaccess file to your computer as a backup, and then delete it from your web server.

Then, you can now attempt to login to your WordPress site and go to Settings » Permalinks page. Click on the Save Changes button to refresh your permalinks and to regenerate a new .htaccess file for your site.

5. Run Website For Malware

Malware infection can also cause a website not to work correctly, running a website for malware can be charmingly help if you apply it appropriately.

There are lots of software and free online tools that can easily help you scan your wordpress site for malware. Tool like Sucuri is one of the best I have used so far.

After you have scanned your site with malware tool, then check back if the problem resolves, it is then obvious that the issue is right from malwares.

Must Read: Important status of website that needs your regular attention.

Let’s round it up

The above shortlisted troubleshooting techniques are obliging wordpress first-aid. After you have followed above steps accurately, and yet, the problem perseveres, then you might want to explore further support.

It is very amazing that wordpress is a large growing community, wordpress support forum is an ideal place to ask for help regarding all wordpress issues.

Wordpress support forum has solved thousands if not millions of questions over the years, which is why I suggest you might want to try posting your questions there.

Let’s rub minds

Now, go ahead and give first-aid to any wordpress error that might be facing your sites, and if there is any issue you think I can help solve personally, my door is always open, just leave a comment and I will surely help if I can.

Monday, 3 July 2017

How To Install Wordpress Plugin For Beginners [3 Fastest Ways]

Wordpress is rated as the world largest CMS platform for starting serious and effective blogging career. On the other hand, wordpress has leveraged its usability by making it easier for user to harness and explore the best out of their platform.

After installing wordpress, there are couples of technical stuffs that you still need to familiar with, especially as a beginner, and one of those technical stuffs is plugin and its installations.

Plugins lets you add new amazing features to your wordpress site such as add a gallery, slideshow, etc. Basically, wordpress plugin allows you to add extra features to your blog aside from default ones.

WordPress has thousands of plugins on its directory and also on third-party sites which will make your blogging life so much easier. You can download premium wordpress plugin from site like GPLDL, Themelord, and CodeCanyon. While you can always get free wordpress plugin from wordpress plugin directory.

It is very easy to install plugin on wordpress if you follow the simple instructions below, there are 3 popular ways of installing wordpress plugin.

  1. Plugin Search Method

  2. Admin Plugin Upload Method

  3. Manual Installation Using FTP Manager

But before we move into the main tutorial, there is one thing you need to understand.

Many wordpress beginner constantly ask questions about why they were unable to install both free and premium plugin to their wordpress site, and also why they can’t find plugin tab on their dashboard.

The straight answer is, plugin installation is restricted to users.

This simply means, if you are using free wordpress platform, such as, you will not be able to use plugin, therefore, you will need to upgrade to self hosted wordpress plan, such as to be eligible for this plugin installation offer.

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Now, let dive straight in to the main tutorial.

The 3 Fastest Ways Of Installing Wordpress Plugin

1. The Plugin Search Option

The search method of installing wordpress plugin is acknowledged as the fastest and the easiest method out of all, in which you can basically install plugin just only by searching the name of the plugin from your wordpress dashboard (only if you know the plugin’s name) and get it installed.

The only hitch of this preference is that, the plugin you are going to search must be in the WordPress plugin directory which is limited to only free plugins that follow GPL and WordPress guidelines.

To make use of the plugin search method: Follow below steps

Step 1

Go to your wordpress dashboard and click on plugin, then hit Add New button – Plugin > Add New

Step 2

Go ahead and type the plugin name in the search box then hit Enter

Then, you will see the list of all related plugins that matched your search, most of the time, it displays exactly what you search on the first page. Then go ahead and click the “Install Now” button and leave the rest.

For example, I searched for “The Event Calendar” plugin in the screenshot below.

After that, wordpress will then automatically download and install the plugin for you. After this, you will see the accomplishment message with a link to activate the plugin. See screenshot below.

Step 3

The final step is to go into the settings panel of the plugin and configure the plugin by applying needed changes. Habitually, many beginners make the mistake of installing plugins without properly configuring them. Whenever you install new plugin, always ensure you configure them properly to get their jam-packed advantages.

2. Admin Plugin Upload Method

There are various ways that can necessitate using this method such as, if your desired plugin is not listed in wordpress directory, may be, because it’s a premium or non-GPL plugin. Any which way, you will need no other option than to upload the plugin .

So how would you do that?

Step 1

The first step you need to take is to get the plugin ready by downloading it from your desired premium wordpress plugin sites like I’ve mentioned earlier.

Note: the plugin must be in Zip format. [.Zip File]. I assumed you know how to unzip any zipped files.

Step 2

Visit your wordpress dashboard and click Plugin > Add New > Upload Plugin.

Step 3

You will be redirected to your computer directory where you will be able to choose plugin file that you have already downloaded. So go ahead and select the plugin file and hit “Install Now” button.

WordPress will then upload the plugin file from your computer and automatically install it. Then you will be taken to a page where you will able to finally activate the plugin just like I’ve explained in the first method. Just go ahead and click “Activate Now

After that, you will have to configure the plugin just to match your need and once you do that, you have successfully install wordpress plugin by using uploading method.

3. Manual Installation Using FTP

Although, this method is not recommendable among newbies as it is a little bit technical compare to those we’ve just mentioned above. But, where there is no alternative, may be, due to one reason or the other which restrict access to make use of your wordpress dashboard, then, that is when FTP method comes in.

This does not require too much steps, all you need to do is to get access to your host via the FTP manager, once you’re connected with the FTP server then drag and drop your zipped plugin file for uploading. Normally, the plugin upload folder is located under wp-content/plugins.

Once uploading the files, you need to visit the WordPress dashboard and click on Plugins tab. Then, you will find your plugin successfully installed.

Keep in mind that, despite activating, you may still need to configure the plugin settings to meet your target.

Let’s round it up

Those are the three easiest steps that will pave your route when attempting to install both free and premium plugin on any wordpress site.

Personally, I always voted for the search method which is listed as first on this list, while other two methods are used occasionally by myself.

Let’s rub minds

Hope this post helped you to install WordPress plugin easily, if there is anything you don’t understand, as usual, do not think twice to beep me up. And also let us know which of these methods you prefer most.

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How To Get Email Notification From Google Whenever Your New Post Is Indexed

Keeping eye on your post crawling and indexation period is one the best SEO practice that every bloggers should invest so much time on, as it will not only help you discover what next you need to target, but also, it will induce you to work more harder.

Now, the rare question is, how even did you know when your posts are being indexed on Google?

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

6 Simple Ways To Drive traffic To Your Blog Using Twitter

It is not unheard, that twitter is a very lucrative platform for content marketers and bloggers to drive tons of traffics to their respective blogs. But, you will have to go beyond the basis of tweeting if you really want to get significant exposure and visibility.

The boring question is: Why is it that other people are killing it on twitter and many other people including you aren’t?

It is actually based on logistics, for instance, there were two different warriors on the war front, but why is it that one always tastes the victory and the other always got defeated?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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Keyword research is an essential part of search engine optimization modus operandi (formula), which can never be detached from all major SEO tasks in digital marketing system.

What really is keyword research?

Keyword research is a nucleus SEO chore that involves in identifying popular words and phrases which people always find in the search engine as a result to know the most ranked ones.

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