Make Tech Easier » WordPress http://www.maketecheasier.com Uncomplicating the complicated, making life easier Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:45:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 How to Fix Foreign Characters Not Showing Up issue In WordPresshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-foreign-characters-in-wordpress-issue/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-foreign-characters-in-wordpress-issue/#respond Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:50:09 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=69374 If you enter foreign character in WordPress, but only see question marks (???) showing up, here is the fix for this issue without losing any data.

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foreign-character-wordpress-thumbIf you have switched web host, or changed the database for your WordPress blog, you might encounter an issue where foreign characters are not showing up properly in your site. Instead of the foreign characters, you will see plenty of question marks (???) in its place. In this article, we will show you how to fix this problem and show proper language without losing any data.

Before going to the causes and solutions to this problem, we need to be clear about character encoding. Words and sentences in any language are made up of characters. These characters are grouped into character sets. Each character is stored in computer memory using a binary code. Using this code, computer can decode the actual character. This binary code is called character encoding.

Different languages use different codes to refer to different characters. The same code in two langauges can mean completely different characters. This is decided by which character encoding is used by the computer.

You may see some of the character sets on W3Schools that are used on the Internet. Head to Wikipedia for the complete set of characte sets.

There can be a few causes that lead to displaying the wrong characters. First of all, you need to make sure that you are using the same character set in your wp-config.php file. Look for the following line and make sure it is not commented out:

define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');

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Second, you need to check if your theme is using the character set that is set in wp-config.php file. Look for the following line in your HTML:

<meta charset="UTF-8" />

And lastly, you need to check that your database content is stored with the same character set encoding that you are using in your wp-config.php file and HTML. If you are using phpMyAdmin to manage your database, you will be able to see the current server collation in General Settings.

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Changing the character set of complete WordPress database is not an easy task and should be done with a lot of care. Here are the steps to convert a database to your character set of choice.

1. First of all, we need to check the current character set of the database. Here’s the SQL query for checking:

SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "character_set_database";

2. If the character set is not what you want, you should take a backup of your database before you proceed further.

3. Run the following SQL query to change the characater set of complete database:

ALTER DATABASE MyDb CHARACTER SET utf8;

Change “MyDB” to the name of your database.

4. Now convert the “wp-posts” table to the character encoding you want:

ALTER TABLE wp_posts CHARACTER SET utf8;

Change the “wp_” if you are using a different prefix.

These steps will remove the question marks or other weird characters and will show proper foreign characters instead. If you have many columns in the WordPress database that are set to custom character set, you will need to change the character set of each column one by one.

Since UTF-8 is the most commonly used character encoding, if your blog uses some other character encoding and you want to change it to UTF-8, you can use the plugin called UTF-8 DB Converter. Although it has not been updated for quite a long time, it will be able to do its task efficiently. Please note that if you have a large database, converting the character set will take a long time.

Tell us about your experience if you are having the same problem.

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Giveaway: 5 Premium ThemeFuse WordPress Theme to be Won! (Contest Closed)http://www.maketecheasier.com/themefuse-wordpress-themes-giveaway/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/themefuse-wordpress-themes-giveaway/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:25:57 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=80297 Our giveaway for the week is premium WordPress themes from Themefuse. Participate now and be one of the 5 winners to win your free themes.

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themefuse-giveaway-logoI am glad to announce that for our giveaway of the week, ThemeFuse will once again sponsor their popular WordPress themes to give away to 5 lucky winners.

We have previously held a giveaway for ThemFuse’s WordPress themes and it was a success. What make this giveaway different from the previous one is that ThemeFuse has added many more fabulous themes to its library. If you are a lucky winner, you will be able to pick any of the theme in their library.

Here are some of the themes in their catalogue:

Conexus – Responsive WordPress Theme

This responsive theme adapts and works well for businesses across a multitude of industries.

conexus

Exquisite Works – Corporate WordPress Theme

If you are in need of a simple and elegant theme that will give your corporate website credibility, look no further.

exquisiteworks

VideoGrid – Video WordPress Theme

This video WordPress theme makes it easier than ever to organize and showcase all of your best clips and films.

videogrid

Creative Juice – Portfolio WordPress Theme

With an incredible portfolio format, this theme makes it possible for agencies and studios to highlight their work.

creativejuice

My Journey – Blog WordPress Theme

Post blogs, photos, and videos from your trips from a desktop or directly from your iPhone using this excellent travel theme.

myjourney

If you are interested in being one of our five lucky winners, entering the giveaway could not be easier. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment below on this post, letting us know how you would use your free theme and why we should pick you.

2. Share the product information with all of your friends using your Twitter account by tweeting: “Win a free copy of @ThemeFuse #WordPress Theme from @maketecheasier http://mte.gs/themefuse-giveaway“. Leave a second comment with the link for an extra entry.

3. Visit the ThemeFuse Facebook page and be sure to click the “Like” button.

Closing date: 9th Sept 2013.

Update: Contest closed.

Winners:

  • Thu Ya
  • Claudia Arcamone
  • vhick
  • I.g.Pradeep
  • Boston Peng

Thanks to Themefuse for the kind sponsorship. If you would like to sponsor a giveaway, do contact us here.

ThemeFuse

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How to Integrate Google Plus Comments to WordPresshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/integrate-google-plus-comments-to-wordpress/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/integrate-google-plus-comments-to-wordpress/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:25:12 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=72453 We have shown you how to Facebook comment system to your WordPress blog, but if you prefer to use Google Plus Comments instead, here are a few ways that you can integrate Google Plus Comments in WordPress.

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google-plus-comments-thumbIf you have been visiting sites hosted on the Blogger platform, you will find that the comment section has been replaced with Google Plus Comment. In WordPress, you can easily add Facebook comment system, but what if you prefer to use Google Plus comment instead? Here is how you can integrate Google Plus Comments to WordPress.

The good thing about Google+ Comments is that people have to login to their Google account before they can comment. Real name and photo will be displayed instead of some bogus name and image. You will also see lesser spam on your blog.

On the other hand, you might see fewer comments as it is unlikely that all your readers have joined Google+. Also, people might not be willing to have their name and face appear in the comments.

In addition to Google Plus comments, this plugin also add Facebook, Disqus and Livefyre comments to the mix so you can choose which one of them to display in your blog.

1. Download and install Google+ Comments for WordPress. If you search through the WordPress Dashboard, you will find that there are several plugins of the same name. Make sure you select the one that is developed by Brandon Holtsclaw.

2. Once installed and activated, go to “Comments -> G+ Comments”. In this page, there are a few things that you can configure. The “Tab Order” is where you can add the different type of comment systems to your blog. For example, if you add “gplus,facebook,livefyre,disqus,wordpress“, it will show Google Plus comments, Facebook comment, LiveFyre, Disqus and WordPress comment in the respective order.

google-plus-comments-settings

3. The next section is where you add your Disqus and LiveFyre username, if you have added them to the list.

4. The last section is where you configure the name (label) of the comments that show up in the frontend. Once you are done with the settings, click “Save Changes”.

This is what you will see in the site’s comments section:

google-plus-comments-frontend

Google+ Comments by Alex Moss is yet another useful plugin that you can use. It comes with some useful features, like shortcode and css class, for you to easily integrate and customize Google+ comments in your theme.

Once installed and activated, go to “Settings -> Google+ Comments”. You can enable/disable the addition of Google+ javascript file. If you have been using another Google Plus related plugin, chances are this script has already been added to your theme. Disable it only if you are sure the script is already inserted into your theme, else the G+ comments won’t work.

googleplus-comments-settings

Next, you can configure whether the G+ comment will show up in Posts, Pages, or only the Home page. You can also set the width and make it responsive. Lastly, you can change the label and add a CSS class so you can style it in your stylesheet.

At the bottom of the Settings, there is the instruction for you to add shortcode to your theme/post.

googleplus-comments-shortcode-instructions

There is no settings for Google+ PlusOne Comments. Once activated, it will automatically replace your WP comments with Google+ Comments. As simple as that. If you are looking for a simple, no-frills solution that just works, this is the one for you.

While the name of this plugin stated that it is a widget, it is not a widget. Don’t go to the Widget section and expect a widget for Google+ Comment. You won’t be able to find it.

google-plus-comments-widget-settings

Google+ Comments Widget works just like the above 3 plugins. It retains your old comments and displays them alongside the G+ comment box. One thing though, it might break your design (if you choose to retain the old comments). Test it first before you make it live.

While Google has made the Google+ comment system available for Blogger, it is easy to integrate into WordPress as well. My personal favorite is Google+ Comments by Alex Moss. Feel free to try them out and let us know which you prefer.

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Best Plugins to Automatically Watermark Images In WordPresshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/automatically-watermark-images-in-wordpress/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/automatically-watermark-images-in-wordpress/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:25:29 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=69935 One of the way to protect your images online is to add watermark to your images. Here are some of the best plugins that you can use in WordPress to automatically add watermarks to the images you uploaded.

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signature-watermark-thumbIf you are a photographer or a blogger, you should have a pretty good idea about the importance of using watermarks to protect your images from unauthorized use. There are several ways to watermark images. Some prefer using different image editing tools like Photoshop, while other s prefer using online tools.

If you are a WordPress user and don’t want to go through the hassle of watermarking images on your computer and then uploading them on WordPress, we have gathered a list of some of the best plugins that allows users to automatically watermark images in WordPress.

Easy Watermark is a very handy WordPress plugin that allows users to automatically add watermarks to their uploaded images. Watermarks can either be images or text. In case of an image watermark, all you have to do is upload the image and customize its placement and opacity. The plugin supports multiple image formats including PNG, JPEG and GIF.

Easy Watermark

For the text watermark, just type the text you want to use and customize its appearance by changing the font, font size, opacity, text offset, etc.

With Watermark Reloaded, users can automatically add text watermarks on the uploaded images with different fonts, sizes, and opacity and position them anywhere on the image.

Watermark Reloaded

The plugin also offers a pro version with many advanced features such as using an image as a watermark, setting the watermark color and opacity, using text watermarks with outlines and variables, and much more.

Signature Watermark is another handy plugin that allows users to automatically add watermarks, text or image, to their uploaded images. The plugin offers users a wide range of options to add and customize the appearance of the watermark.

Signature Watermark

From the plugin settings page, you can add the URL of the watermark you want to use in your images, set the placement and width of the watermark, set opacity and much more.

The plugin also has an Ultra version that offers users a wide range of advanced features, including watermark position, adding watermarks to previously uploaded images, using high quality watermarks, and much more.

Unlike other watermarking plugins, Watermark My Image adds a text watermark underneath the image. You can customize the height, background color of the watermark, and text alignment, as well as adjust the quality of the JPEG images.

Watermark My Image

If you want, you can even upload your own fonts in the plugin’s font directory and use them as watermarks.

With Scissors and Watermark WordPress Plugin, users can also crop, resize or rotate the images in addition to adding watermark.

Scissors and Watermark Plugin

Additionally, the images that are edited in the post editor are automatically resampled using bilinear filtering that improves the quality of the image.

These are some of the most useful plugins available in the WordPress plugin directory that allow users to watermark images. It’s hard to say which one from the list is the best, as every user has certain needs. Some prefer to use a simple text watermark, while others may prefer image watermarks.

Do you use any plugins mentioned in the list? If you think we missed any, feel free to share it with us using the comments section below.

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Giveaway of The Week: 5 Premium ThemeFuse Themes (Update: Contest Closed)http://www.maketecheasier.com/premium-themefuse-themes-giveaway/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/premium-themefuse-themes-giveaway/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:25:15 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=69921 For this week giveaway, we have 5 premium ThemeFuse themes to give away. Read on for more details.

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themefuse-logoAre you looking to revamp your WordPress with a new premium theme? We have good news for you. For our giveaway of the week, we have 5 Themefuse premium themes to give away. Themefuse has more than 30 high quality premium themes in their library and winners of this giveaway event can download any theme of your choice, for free.

Themefuse is one of the leading premium WordPress theme provider. All of their themes are top-notch in design and quality and most of them are responsive, that means, you just need to have one theme that will work across various screen sizes and devices.

Here are some of their themes:

Conexus

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PixelWhiz

themefuse-pixelwhiz

My Journey

themefuse-my-journey

Sportedge

themefuse-Sportedge

For this giveaway, we have 5 premium ThemeFuse theme (each cost $59) to give away. Follow the steps below to participate in this giveaway event.

1. Follow ThemeFuse in Facebook.

2. Follow the steps below to submit the participation form:

Thank you for your participation. The contest is now closed.

Closing date: 17th April 2013.

Winners:

  1. Abdullah
  2. Bob Pianka
  3. Shree Madhan
  4. vu minh tam
  5. Widianto

Thanks to ThemeFuse for the kind sponsorship. If you would like to sponsor a giveaway, do contact us here.

ThemeFuse

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How to Color Code Your WordPress Posts Pagehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/color-code-wordpress-posts-page/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/color-code-wordpress-posts-page/#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:50:58 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=69689 As a WordPress blogger, you're sure to use a variety of post types, formats, categories, tags, etc. However, it can be a pain to quickly skim through them all. Having them color-coded will make them much more identifiable.

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How to Color Code Your WordPress Posts PageAs a WordPress blogger, you’re sure to use a variety of post types, formats, categories, tags, etc. However, it can be a pain to quickly skim through them all – especially if you’re looking for a specific type of post. Navigating through WordPress Posts page takes time, and sometimes you just don’t have a lot of it.

Just imagine going to your “Posts” page in your WordPress dashboard and having a variety of posts at different points in publication – drafts, pending, published, etc.  Sure, you can look under the “Status” column to see what type of post each one is, but having them color-coded is so much easier. Colors catch your eye and are easy to identify.

WordPress All Posts page with different post status types.

So how can you color code the WordPress Posts page for easier post management? Just install the Color My Posts WordPress plugin. This WordPress plugin really caught my attention when I first came across it, because I immediately realized how useful it could be; it can also serve as a huge productivity booster.

It’s important to note that you will need to have some basic knowledge of CSS in order to use this plugin.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to your WordPress dashboard, and go over to the “Add New” plugins page (Plugins -> Add New).

2. Search for the Color My Posts plugin, install, and activate it. (If you can’t find it, here is the download link)

3. Here’s the bad part of the plugin – Color My Posts doesn’t have a Settings/Options page in the free version. Instead, you have to edit the color-my-posts.php file. To find it, go to the Plugins editor (Plugins -> Editor), then select the Color My Posts plugin from the drop-down menu.

Go to the plugins editor and select the Color My Posts plugin.

Note: Upgrading to the premium version will give you a built-in color picker and even more options.

4. Scroll through the color-my-posts.php file until you see the style section; it will start with the <style> tag and say “Color by post Status” right below it.

You must manually edit the CSS styling of the Color My Posts plugin.

5. This is where the plugin’s customization begins; you can edit the background colors as you’d like. As you’ll notice, the post status styling is already filled in for you with default colors.

However,  you’ll have to fill in the styling for color by author data, color by post format, color by post category, color by post tag, etc – if you choose to use any of these criteria.

As you can see, you simply add “background: #color !important;” to the brackets. I’d suggest the use of a color picker extension like Eye Dropper, or a Web color chart to help you choose the perfect colors.

6. If you’re using additional post statuses (often done via the Edit Flow plugin), you’ll want to add them to your CSS as well so that they’ll be styled.

Color My Posts final results.

When you’re done, your WordPress Posts page will look similar to the screenshot above. As you’ve probably noticed, each post type is very easy to recognize.

Color My Posts would also work great for multi-author blogs, since you can color posts by author. This would make it really easy to see who has written what at a quick glance.

With the ability to color code your posts by many different types of criteria, it gives you many possibilities.

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Giveaway of the Week: 3 Annual WPMU Accounts (Update: Contest Closed)http://www.maketecheasier.com/3-annual-wpmu-accounts-to-gieaway/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/3-annual-wpmu-accounts-to-gieaway/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:25:43 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=69253 WPMU is one of the biggest WordPress plugins developer and seller that supports WordPress, WordPress Network (multisite) and BuddyPress. For our giveaway of the week, we are glad that to have 3 annual WPMU accounts to give away.

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wpmu-thumbIf you have ever purchased a premium plugin for your WordPress site, then I am sure you have heard of WPMU. They are one of the biggest WordPress plugins developer and seller that supports WordPress, WordPress Network (multisite) and BuddyPress. And if you are wondering, they are also the guys behind the awesome Edublogs Education Blog Network. For our giveaway of the week, we are glad that to have 3 annual WPMU accounts to give away.

WPMU is one of the major players in the premium WordPress plugins market. With over 140 plugins and 160 themes in their library, you are sure to find at least one plugin that will suit your needs. I used to be a subscriber of WPMU and there are a few things that I love about their services:

1. Access to all plugins and themes with one subscription

If there are a few plugins that you are interested in getting from WPMU, with a single subscription, you have access to all of the plugins and themes in their library. This is definitely much cheaper than purchasing each plugin individually. In addition, you are free to use the plugins on any number of sites without any restriction.

2. All the plugins and themes work in WordPress single site and multisite setup

If you are running a WordPress multisite setup, you will know that not all the plugins (free or premium) that you purchased will work. The good thing about WPMU’s plugins is that all of them are tested in the single and multisite environment. In fact, most of the plugins are being used in their Edublogs network, so you can be sure that they have been tested to work in the live environment.

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For this giveaway, we have 3 annual WPMU accounts (cost $479.40) to give away. Follow the steps below to participate in this giveaway event.

Thank you for your participation. The contest is now closed.

Winners:

  1. Rajat
  2. Cu Chuoi
  3. Rodrigo Alejandro Magno Márquez

Closing date: 9th April 2013.

Thanks to WPMU for the kind sponsorship. If you would like to sponsor a giveaway, do contact us here.

WPMU

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You Will Surely Have A Corrupted WordPress Database Issue. Here Is How You Fix ithttp://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-corrupted-wordpress-database-2/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-corrupted-wordpress-database-2/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:25:30 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=69191 WordPress, like any other database driven application, is very prone to having the corrupted database issue. This article shows you how to recover from the issue and get your site back up working again.

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WordPressThe database is the most important component in the whole WordPress CMS. Being a database-driven CMS, everything that you do on your WP site is read from and written to the database. This means that the moment your database, or any table in the database, is corrupted (in laymen terms, it means your data is not retrievable or writeable), your website will malfunction. In the worst scenario, your website may not even be accessible and you won’t be able to login to the dashboard as well.

If you have a corrupted database issue, here are the ways to fix it.

For those who are using WordPress version 2.9 and above (if you are not, I urge you to upgrade it to the latest version now), WordPress comes with a database repair feature that allows you to repair the corrupted database without little technical knowledge.

1. Connect via FTP to your website and download the wp-config.php file. It is residing at the root folder of the WordPress installation.

2. Open the wp-config.php file with a text-editor and insert this line:

WP_ALLOW_REPAIR

to the end of the file, just before the if ( !defined('ABSPATH') ) line.

corrupted-db-wpconfig-allow-repair

3. Don’t edit or change any other stuff in the wp-config.php file, unless you know what you are doing. Save the changes and upload this file back to your server. Make sure you overwrite the existing copy in the server.

4. In your browser, go to the URL http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/maint/repair.php. Don’t forget to replace “yoursite.com” with your own website’s URL. This is what you will see.

corrupted-db-repair-db

You can click either the “Repair Database” button or the “Repair and Optimize Database” button. Both will repair your database. My preference would be the “Repair and Optimize Database” option since it optimizes your database as well.

5. You should now see a bunch of code. Scroll down to the end of the page and you should see “Repairs complete. Please remove the following line from wp-config.php to prevent this page from being used by unauthorized users.” That’s it. Your database is now repaired.

corrupted-db-repair-completed

Reload your website to see if it is working and if you are able to login.

6. Lastly, remove the “WP_ALLOW_REPAIR” line from your “wp-config.php” file and re-upload it to your server.

If the above method doesn’t work, you can try the phpMyAdmin approach.

1. Login to your web host cPanel and open the phpMyAdmin module.

2. On the left sidebar, click to select your WordPress database. (If there are multiple databases in your phpMyAdmin and you are not sure which one belongs to your WordPress site, check your wp-config.php file for the database name).

3. If you have a good idea which table is corrupted, select that particular table by placing a check beside it. If not, simply select all the tables in the list. At the end of the table, there is a dropdown bar. Click and select “Repair table”.

corrupted-db-phpmyadmin-repair-table

phpMyAdmin will then proceed to repair your table(s). Once done, go back to your website and see if everything is working fine.

If all else fails, I hope that you did backup your website regularly. This is where your backup database comes in useful.

Image credit: WordPress by BigStockPhoto

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How to Add Links to Your WordPress Widget Titleshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/add-links-to-wordpress-widget-titles/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/add-links-to-wordpress-widget-titles/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:25:47 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=69001 Do you use numerous widgets on your WordPress blog? Have you ever wished that you could add WordPress Widget Titles? If so, you're in luck thanks to a WordPress plugin called Widget Title Links.

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How to Add Links to Your WordPress Widget TitlesDo you use numerous widgets on your WordPress blog? Have you ever wished that you could add WordPress Widget Titles? If so, you’re in luck thanks to a WordPress plugin called Widget Title Links.

With this simple WordPress plugin, you can create clickable WordPress widget titles in just a few easy steps. These title links can really come in handy, such as linking to your social networking profiles, linking to blog posts or pages, linking to other websites, and more.

Here’s how to get links in your widget titles.

1. Install and activate the Widget Title Links plugin from the WordPress dashboard (plugins -> add new -> search plugins).

Install the Widget Title Links WordPress plugin.

2. Now go to your widgets (appearance menu -> widgets). You can either add a new widget to your sidebar or edit a widget that you already have enabled.

3. You’ll notice that all of your widgets now have two new text boxes: title and title link. In case you’re wondering, some widgets already have a title box included, but the ones that don’t will now have a place to enter a title.

You should a title box and title link box for each of your widgets.

4. As you can see, you must enter a title to go along with your links; you can have a title without a link, but you can’t have a link without a title. When you’re done, click on “save” and you should see your new clickable links on your blog.

This is how your clickable widget title will look.

Depending on your blog’s theme, your clickable WordPress Widget titles may or may not be recognizable. If your visitors can’t tell that it’s a link, then you’ll probably want to do a little CSS tweaking.

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The Top 3 WordPress Plugins for Author Bylineshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/wordpress-plugins-for-author-bylines/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/wordpress-plugins-for-author-bylines/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:25:40 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=66858 If you have a WordPress site with several different contributors or guest bloggers, you will probably want to have a system that can identify the different authors and show a quick bio of the author in the article. Here are a few plugins that you can use.

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WordPress-LogoIf you have a WordPress site with several different contributors or guest bloggers, you will probably want to have a system that can identify the different authors and show a quick bio of the author in the article. We have shown you how you can add an author box manually to your theme, but if you prefer not to tinker with the code, here are a few plugins that you can use.

Custom Author Byline allows you to add the author’s name to any post or page on your WordPress blog without having to create another account for the author. This is great if you are publishing a one-time article (such as guest post) from this particular writer and you do not want to give he/she access to your WordPress installation.

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With the Custom Author Byline plugin, you only have to add the name of the author in the panel that appears below your post editor.

Each author you add into the panel will also have a custom URL which you could use to lead to the author’s website or an author’s bio page.

If you have blog posts written by two or more authors, then you should get this plugin. Co-Authors Plus allows you to name two or more authors to a single blog post just by typing their names into an input box.

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If you have a guest post, you could also use this plugin to give due credit to the author without having to create a user account for him or her. Instead, you would be creating a guest author profile for your guest blogger.

The blog post will then appear on each author’s feeds and archives page. Each one will be able to edit the blog posts that he or she co-authored.

If you are an avid SEO practitioner, you will love AuthorSure, as it makes it easy for you to take advantage of AuthorRank. AuthorRank is a relatively new, but important, ranking factor that is being used by Google to help it sort its search results. The higher AuthorRank your authors have, the better the chances that the post would rank high on Google search results.

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It used to be that you would have to do a lot of HTML work into your blog posts just to set it up to take advantage of AuthorRank. AuthorSure takes care of these processes for you.

With this plugin, you could easily connect your posts to your author’s Google + profiles and pages, author bio pages, and archives using the “rel=author” and “rel=publisher” tags and several other ways.

It also has other features such as:

  • Compatibility with single user and multi-author sites
  • Setting up pages and posts to make it easier to get Google’s verification for authorship
  • The ability to create links from your site’s author bio page to the author’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Skype and Google profiles
  • The ability for you to control how rich snippets are presented
  • Available support for easy installation and set up for a wide variety of themes

There you go, these are the top three author bylines plugins that you should try for your WordPress blog!

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How to Install WordPress Using SimpleScriptshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/install-wordpress-using-simplescripts/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/install-wordpress-using-simplescripts/#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:50:37 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=66598 If you are keen to start your own blogging site, then installing WordPress (.org) on your own site is the best way to go. In this article, we are going to show you the proper way to install WordPress using SimpleScripts, and it shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes.

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cpanel-wordpress-thumbIf you are keen to start your own blogging site, but are not interested to use third party blogging service like WordPress.com, Blogger etc, then installing WordPress (.org) on your own site is the best way to go. WordPress (.org) is the most popular blogging CMS and getting it up and running on your web host is as easy as abc if you have cPanel and SimpleScripts available in your web host. In this article, we are going to show you the proper way to install WordPress using SimpleScripts, and it shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes.

Note: This tutorial only works if your webhost comes with cPanel and Simplescripts. This method is one of the many ways to install WordPress. We have found this to be the easiest way.

1. Log in to your website’s cPanel account. If you don’t know where to access it, the default URL syntax is http://www.yourwebsite.com/cpanel. Some web host providers use the following URL format: https://my.yourwebhostprovider.com/cgi/account/cpanel.

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2. When you’re in the cPanel dashboard, browse down and find SimpleScripts. SimpleScripts is a script library and installation app. It can automate any web-based installations with just a click of a button. Most major web host providers have this tool.

3. Click the “WordPress” icon.

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4. You’ll be automatically redirected to SimpleScripts’ website.

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5. Click the “Install” button.

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6. Select which WordPress version you want to install. The default selection is the latest version of WordPress (marked as “Stable”).

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7. Next, choose where you would like to install. If you leave the provided text box empty, WordPress will be installed on the main page or homepage of your website (index).

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You can install WordPress on any location of your site. If you want to create a webpage specifically dedicated to your portfolio or resume, you can add “portfolio” or “resume” in the provided text box. SimpleScripts will automatically create the location and URL for you.

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For this example, we will install WordPress to the “test” directory.

9. You can safely skip Advanced Options. However, if you want to manually specify your WordPress username and password, and create a new database (system and connection details), press “Click here to display”.

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10. Uncheck or check (default option) the Plugins and Themes settings.

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11. Check the “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2 license agreement” checkbox.

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12. Click “Complete”.

13. Wait for the installation to finish. Depending on your Internet connection, this will just last one to two minutes.

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14. When the installation is completed, the system will give you the WordPress username and password. You can use this to log in to your account.

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15. SimpleScripts will also email you your WordPress access information.

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16. You can immediately access your newly created WordPress site.

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That’s it. Have you installed WordPress using SimpleScripts? Let us know about your experiences with it in the comments below.

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How to Auto Post RSS Feeds to WordPresshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/add-rss-feeds-to-wordpress-with-autoblog/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/add-rss-feeds-to-wordpress-with-autoblog/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:50:28 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=65427 If you are running a WordPress site that needs to aggregate content from several sources, the fastest way to populate the content is to autopost via the RSS feeds to WordPress. Here is how you can get it done.

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Importer-LogoLet’s say you are running a news site and you need to aggregate news from various sources to your site. While you can add the news as posts (in WordPress) manually, a faster way is to automate the posting with a RSS feed. The question is how to get the feed incorporated into your site.

I came across this question recently, looking for a way to add a news feed to a site where I am the Chief Editor. We had contracted with a news service for an RSS feed, but adding the articles in one by one was getting very old very quickly. The answer is in the WP RSS Multi Importer plugin that allows you to add RSS feeds to WordPress automatically with limited setup.

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After downloading the WP RSS Multi Importer plugin, you will then need to either add the plugin manually through FTP or through WordPress itself. Activate the plugin by going to the Plugins tab on your WordPress directory page.

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It can now be found in the “Settings” section of the WordPress directory. WP RSS Multi Importer offers you the ability to add the feed in three different ways. This tutorial is examining how to add the feed as regular blog posts, but there are also options to add the feed as a separate page and as a sidebar widget.

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Click the “Feeds” tab and input the Feed Name and Feed URL for each feed you will be adding, then click “Save Settings”. Clicking on the “Categories” Tab will allow you to set a certain category for the feed to filter into.

Click Feed to Post Settings and begin filling in the criteria for your feed:

  • Activate the feed, choose how often the feed will update, the default post format, and the default post setting. You can also include a user ID as the author.
  • Choose to have the feed update with the current date and time and optionally also input your time zone.
  • Decide how many entries per feed you would like imported, as well as how many total posts you would like imported with each session. The maximum for the first value is 20, so if you only have one feed, the second number is irrevelant, as you will only be able to add in twenty posts from that one feed.
  • Choose the target window, whether it’s Lightbox, or whether a link will open in the same or a new window.
  • Select the length of the excerpt that will show from 20 words through the whole article.
  • Decide whether or not you want the feed’s author name and source to show, as well as the attribute label – Source, Via, or Read More Here.
  • Choose whether or not images will be imported, the size, the category, and whether it will show in the excerpt, the Featured Image or both. You can also choose to preserve your HTML tags when they’re imported.
  • Click to add Facebook and Twitter options to the posts and when and if the feed posts should be removed from your site.
  • Save your criteria by clicking “Save Settings.” If you’d like to immediately import the feed, Click to Fetch Feeds Now.

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Some of your success will depend on the options of your feed itself. I have played with the WP RSS Multi Importer plugin to determine things that work and don’t work. I had a problem with not all of my posts showing up, despite the number of posts I told the plugin to add in every day. After those posts were already skipped, it’s impossible to add them in with the feed. It has already recognized the posts by date, and once it runs a post from a certain time on a given date, it won’t recognize any posts from before that time the following day, and they don’t seem to get added in order.

I have control over the content in the feed I’m adding in, and there are Rankings within the feed. If I set the posts I wanted added in with lower numbers than the posts that had earlier been added in, the plugin will import these posts and won’t skip over them indiscriminately. Because of this, I make sure I update the feed on WordPress manually every day so that I can have a chance to go into the feed and change the ratings before it gets added in.

After I worked out the bugs in the plugin, I have found that using it to add feeds to WordPress saves me a lot of time every day. If you use or have used a plugin to add feeds to WordPress, comment below and let us know of additional tips you have found.

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Automatically Post Pocket Links to Your WordPress Bloghttp://www.maketecheasier.com/post-pocket-links-to-wordpress/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/post-pocket-links-to-wordpress/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:50:37 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=65309 If you have a large amount of links saved in your Pocket account (previously Read It Later) and use the service on a daily basis, you can post your Pocket links to WordPress automatically.

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Automatically Create WordPress Posts Containing Pocket LinksI have a large amount of links saved in my Pocket account (previously Read It Later) and use the service on a daily basis, so this WordPress plugin really caught my eye. It’s called WP Stacker, and it lets you post Pocket links to WordPress automatically.

What’s really cool about WP Stacker is that it can automatically generate titles, descriptions, and tags for your posts. You can also customize the layout for your posts. WP Stacker is a great tool for showcasing your favorite links, and sharing interesting links of the day with your readers.

Here’s how it works.

1. Install the WP Stacker plugin on your WordPress blog. From your dashboard, go to “add new” under the Plugins menu and then search for “WP Stacker.” Don’t forget to activate the plugin after installing.

Search for and add the WP Stacker plugin to your blog.

2. You will find the WP Stacker options page under the “Settings” menu. Click on the WP Stacker options page under the “Settings” menu to bring up the single page of options.

You'll find the WP Stacker options page under the Settings menu.

3. Now all that’s left is to go down the page and choose your desired settings.

  • Pocket Login – Connect and authenticate your Pocket account. You can also use a private consumer-key, but this isn’t required.
  • WP Stacker Settings – Choose the language that should be used (English, German, or French). You can also enable or disable anonymous statistics here.
  • Data Processing – There are quite a few useful options here like the ability to choose the type of links to use (unread, read, etc). You can also choose how to order your links in new posts, use meta tags as tags, mark used links as read/archived, and more.
  • Post Settings – After generating a post you can choose the default status it should have (draft, pending, published). You can also choose a default category and set comment status and ping status as open or closed.
  • Post Content Matching – Here you can customize the post title, entry building (how a link should be shown), introduction text (at the beginning of the post), and statements text (at the end of the post).

WP Stacker post content matching customization.

Once everything is customized to send Pocket LInks to WordPress, all that’s left to do is sit back and wait for the magic to happen. There’s really a lot of possibilities for this plugin and I’m really anxious to see it in action.

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Improve Your WordPress Security With This Checklist + Downloadhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/improve-wordpress-security-with-this-checklist/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/improve-wordpress-security-with-this-checklist/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:25:47 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=63283 WordPress is probably the most popular CMS for new websites, and it is also one of the most highly targeted platform by hackers. If you are not sure of your WordPress security, make use of this checklist to audit and improve your site so it won't be the next target to be attacked by hackers.

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WordPress-LogoWordPress is becoming one of the more popular CMS for new websites. Not only is it easy to use, it also comes with many plugins and themes for you to choose from, making it extremely customizable. However, like all other popular platforms, it is also more prone to hacking. For those who are not sure how to beef up your WordPress security, here is a checklist for you to follow to keep your site safe.

1. Secure the login

The best way to block hackers is to prevent them from logging into your site. You can use a lockdown plugin such as Simple Login Lockdown that can limit the number of login attempts from an IP range within a certain timeframe. It will help to prevent hackers from brute force attack. You can also add two-factor authentication, which will require you to enter an additional code to login. For those who are uncomfortable with usernames, you can log in with your email address, which is probably more difficult for the hackers to guess.

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For a more extreme measure, rename the “wp-login.php” file to something else (such as “log-in.php”) so that the hacker won’t know the correct login URL. You can change this via an FTP client.

2. Remove login link from the theme.

Some WordPress themes have login links in the themes to allow easy access to the login page. There is no need to advertise your login page and invite everyone, particularly the hacker, to access it. Either you remove the login link from the theme, or if you can’t remove it, change to another theme.

3. Add password authentication to wp-admin folder.

This is something that many of the more popular sites do. Add a password protection to the “wp-admin” folder. Anyone who accesses this folder will have to enter the correct username and password (in addition to the user login).

The easiest way to add password authentication is via CPanel. Log in to your CPanel and select the “Password Protect Directories” option.

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4. Don’t use themes from questionable sources.

There are a lot of really great and interesting themes out there, and they are accessible from just a simple Google search. The problem is, not all themes are safe to use, and some aren’t properly coded.

To find a reputable theme:

1. Search from the WordPress theme repository. All the themes listed in the repository are vetted thoroughly by the WordPress team, so they will be safe to use.

2. Search through a reputable marketplace like ThemeForest.

3. Buy premium themes like Genesis, Catalyst, etc. These themes are well-supported by the developers and have a great community to help you.

5. Update WordPress, theme and plugins to the latest versions.

The WordPress team and the plugin developers work hard to make WordPress and their plugins safe, but you can reap the result of their hard work only if you continuously upgrade them to the latest version. If you are on an older build of WordPress or a plugin or theme, there could be security loopholes that are waiting to be exploited.

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6. Change the default table prefix in the WordPress database.

WordPress uses a pre-defined prefix for your database so it can distinguish itself from other databases. The default prefix is “wp_”. It is best to change it to another prefix so hackers can’t hack your database easily.

For a new WP installation, you can change the table prefix in the “wp-config.php” file (you must change it before installing WordPress).

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For existing WordPress users, you can follow the instructions listed here to change your table prefix.

7. Replace the default administrator account

If you have used WordPress since the early days, chances are your administrator account is still using the “admin” username. One way to protect yourself is to create an additional admin account with another username and delete this default “admin” account. Use this new administrator account only for administrative work and never post any articles with this account (you can setup another Editor account for that). It is harder for hackers to get ahold of your administrator username.

8. Implement SSL for the WordPress Admin.

An SSL connection is useful to prevent others from eavesdropping on your connection and access the data you are transmitting over the network. You can connect your web host and get them to implement SSL for your WordPress Admin area.

9. Scan your site regularly for virus and malware

Anti-virus for WordPress are just plugins that can scan your site for virus and malware. Plugins such as WordFence, Sucuri, WP Security Scan, VIP scanner and Exploit Scanner are all useful scanner plugins.

10. Use a strong password

The same old rule applies: choose a password with upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. It should also have nothing to do with a birthday, anniversary, address, etc. It should also be changed fairly often.

11. Perform regular backups of WordPress.

This is a preventive measure so that if your site is hacked into and destroyed, you still can restore it from the backup.

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One useful backup plugin is BackWPup that allows you to back up your site to the various cloud services.

12. Uninstall and remove unnecessary themes and plugins

If something becomes outdated on your site, such as a theme or plugin, make sure you remove it right away. Those old plugins and themes aren’t as safe as the newer ones. Additionally, make sure you don’t leave any files around that could give away pertinent info.

13. Audit your Web host.

This isn’t part of WordPress, but the server hosting your site can still help with WordPress security. Make sure your Web host is worth its salt. Some Web hosts provide cheap hosting plans for a reason, and you often have to pay for it via other means (like slow network, time spent fixing a hacked site etc). Make sure you read reviews and check out the Web host thoroughly (and make sure they’re implementing all needed security measures) before committing your money to it.

Above all, remember the three rules suggested by WordPress – limiting access, containment, and preparation and knowledge. If you stick to those base rules as well as run through this checklist, your efforts at WordPress security and protecting your site from hackers will be successful.

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We have compiled this checklist into a PDF file so you can easily save it and access it. Download it here.

What other ways do you use to protect your WordPress site?

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How To Integrate Evernote Into Your WordPress Sitehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/integrate-evernote-into-wordpress/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/integrate-evernote-into-wordpress/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:50:50 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=61749 Evernote is really good, why not integrate it to your WordPress site as well? Here are two different methods to integrate Evernote into your WordPress site. Here we're gonna talk about two different types of Evernote plugins for WordPress. One lets you share information as a blog post, and the other is a Evernote clipping tool for your readers.

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Evernote-for-Android1Organizational types really like Evernote. With all of the add-ons and the option to store information to your notebooks from just about everywhere, it might not be a bad idea to consider integrating Evernote into your WordPress site. Here we’re gonna talk about two different types of Evernote plugins for WordPress. One of the plugins let you easily share information as a blog post, and the other is essentially a bookmarking tool or clipping feature for your readers.

WP Evernote Site Memory is a really easy way to add a button for your readers to clip the page contents to their Evernote account. WP Evernote Site Memory currently has 15 different button choices. The buttons range in size and some have languages other than English too. An additional benefit to site WordPress site owners is in the plugin customizing. You can choose how the title of their clipped note will read and also add in a signature or general notes in the header and footer of the clipped page. These can remind the reader of what your site has to offer, thank them for clipping the post or even offer up a coupon code for a product you may sell.

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Because of the customizing options, this could be a very useful add-on for anyone running a site geared toward business or organization.

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Everpress is more for the person running the site. When you run a site, you may want to make a post about cool articles you’ve seen over the last week or month. Everpress lets you save URLs into a shared folder in your Evernote account. When you save a URL to this folder, the next time Everpress looks at the RSS feed for this folder, it will create a new article with the added URLs automatically.

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Everpress has some cool customizing features in the settings. You can select the time of day, author, tags, category and how often you’d like to post a new article. If you have more than one folder to share from, Everpress can share from multiple folders. In testing, it looks like the plugin will publish the newest link in the RSS feed, not the whole list.

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Other WordPress plug-ins have the choice of adding Evernote as an option for sharing. With the popularity of Evernote, I am really surprised more people don’t offer an option to clip to Evernote. Sure there are add-ons for browsers to clip, when they use an option not installed on your site, can you track it? Nope. Make it as easy as you can for people to save and reuse the information you are putting out there. If saving and retrieving your information is easy for them, they will use the information a lot. Isn’t why you are putting out those free articles everyday on your site, to help people?

How do you make it easy for people to save your information?

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How to Create an Image Gallery in WordPress 3.5http://www.maketecheasier.com/create-image-gallery-in-wordpress-35/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/create-image-gallery-in-wordpress-35/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:25:45 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60792 Creating image galleries in WordPress 3.5 is now much easier than it was in previous versions. Let's take a look at the process.

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WordPress just released a new update version 3.5, which includes a huge UI change to the media manager – among many other things. Creating image galleries in WordPress 3.5 is now much easier than it was in previous versions.

Let’s take a look at the process:

1. Create a new blog post (or page) or edit an existing post (or page) and click on the “Add Media” button at the top of the blog editor.

Click on the Add Media button in WordPress 3.5.

2. Click on “Create Gallery” in the left column. You’ll need to add the images that you want to use in your gallery.

Add images to your WordPress gallery from your computer.

You can do this by dragging and dropping them to the media manager, or selecting the files from your computer. Remember that you can select more than one image at a time, by holding the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard while selecting your images.

3. Add a title, caption, alt text, and description to your images as needed.

4. If you want to remove an image from your gallery (maybe you changed your mind about it), just uncheck it (see screenshot below).

Add a title, caption, alt text and description to your images.

5. Click on the “Create a new gallery” button at the bottom of the media manager.

6. Next, you can add captions to your images if you haven’t already and rearrange the order of your images via drag-and-drop.

Rearrange the order of the images in your WordPress gallary via drag-and-drop.

7. Don’t forget to customize your gallery settings. You can choose what to link your images to, the number of columns to use, and enable random ordering of your images if you’d like.

8. Click on the “Insert Gallery” button.

Edit your WordPress image gallery.

9. A placeholder will be inserted into your page or post. If you ever need to edit your gallery, just click on the placeholder and then click the “Insert Gallery” icon at the top left corner.

Image gallery using WordPress 3.5 final result.

That’s it. You may want to preview your gallery to make sure everything is the way you want it. As you can see, the process is pretty straight forward and user-friendly.

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Schedule Automatic Backup of Your WordPress Site to Dropboxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/schedule-backup-wordpress-to-dropbox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/schedule-backup-wordpress-to-dropbox/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:25:04 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60754 I am sure that you have backed up confidential data in your computer, but if you are running your business on WordPress, did you remember to back up your files and database as well?

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backwpup-coverI am sure that you have backed up confidential data in your computer, but if you are running your business on WordPress, did you remember to back up your files and database as well?

BackWPup is a powerful WordPress plugin that allows you to schedule regular backup of your WordPress site to online storage site like Dropbox and SugarSync.

1. In your WordPress Dashboard, go to “Plugins -> Add New”. Search for “BackWPup” (without the quotes) and install the first result that comes up.

Alternatively, you can download the package, unpack it and upload the “backwpup” folder to your site’s wp-content/plugins folder.

2. Activate the plugin from the Plugins page. Once activated, a BackWPup option should appear on the left menu bar in your WP dashboard.

1. Navigate to “BackWPup -> Jobs” and click “Add New”.

2. Type in the Job name. I have chosen “Dropbox” as the job name in this tutorial.

3. Scroll down and find the “Backup to Dropbox” tab. Open a new tab in your browser and login to your Dropbox account. Return to the previous tab and click on the “Authenticate” button. BackWPup will now request an API access authorization. Grant it permission. You should now return to the BackWPup plugin settings page with a “Dropbox authentication complete!” message.

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4. Scroll down to the “Backup to Dropbox” tab and enter the Dropbox directory under which the file is to be uploaded. If left blank, the file will be uploaded to the root directory, i.e. directly under the Dropbox folder. I have used “/Backup/MySiteBackup/” in this tutorial.

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5. Scroll to the top and click on the “Save Changes” button under the Job Type tab. You’ll find that a new job called “Dropbox” is create under the Jobs page. Click on “Run Now”. This will be the first backup that you take of your site. Once completed, you should find the file in your Dropbox.

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Under the “Job Schedule” tab on the right corner, select your type of scheduling. I recommend weekly for a site with medium traffic. The frequency of the backups should depend on the site’s traffic and the amount of new data incurred daily. Check the “Activate Scheduling” option and select the day of the week and the hour/minutes for the backup to run. Lastly, click “Save Changes”.

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  • Given that Dropbox gives you only 2 GB of free space, it’s better that you use the Tar GZip file format as it guarantees maximum compression and saves both space and bandwidth!
  • If you’re looking for a free storage solution, then you might want to consider SugarSync as it gives you 5 GB of free storage compared to Dropbox’s 2 GB.
  • The backing up process consumes considerable amount of CPU and RAM. Do not schedule an Hourly Backup unless absolutely necessary – especially on a shared hosting platform. Chances are they might suspend your account on grounds of resource abuse.

What other methods do you use to backup your WordPress site?

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How to Clean Up and Optimize Your WordPress Databasehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/clean-up-optimize-wordpress-database/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/clean-up-optimize-wordpress-database/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:23:42 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60530 Is your WordPress blog running a little slow? Sometimes all you need to do is give it a quick cleaning and optimize the database. Just like with your computer and Web browsers, your WordPress database gets filled with unneeded files like drafts, revisions, and spam comments. Luckily, removing them is a piece of cake.

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wp-db-cleanupIs your WordPress blog running a little slow? Sometimes all you need to do is give it a quick cleaning and optimize the database. Just like with your computer and Web browsers, your WordPress database gets filled with unneeded files like drafts, revisions, and spam comments. Luckily, removing them is a piece of cake.

Let’s take a look at one of the easiest ways to clean up and optimize your WordPress database.

1. Although there are quite a few plugins available for this, we’re going to use the WP Clean Up plugin. From your blog dashboard, go to “Add New Plugin” and search for WP Clean Up.

2. After you’ve installed and activated the plugin, you’ll find it’s settings under your Settings menu.

Go to WP Clean Up under Settings.

3. This is where all of the magic happens. You’ll be able to see the types of data that can be deleted from your database: revisions, drafts, auto drafts, moderated comments, spam comments, trash comments.

Delete unneeded file types and comments from your WordPress database.

4. Go through each one and delete the items that you want to get rid of. Alternately, you can just use the “Delete All” button.

Optimize the tables in your WordPress database.

5. Below that you can see each table in your database and how much space it’s taking up. Click on the “Optimize” button below it to clean and optimize your tables.

6. Once completed, if there was any optimization that could be done then you’ll know from the total KB number – it will be smaller.

You’ve just cleaned and optimized your WordPress database. Wasn’t that easy?

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How to Test the Beta Versions of WordPress Pluginshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/test-beta-versions-of-wordpress-plugins/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/test-beta-versions-of-wordpress-plugins/#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:25:51 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=60196 Do you like trying out new services and tools before anyone else? If you consider yourself an early adopter or just want to test out the beta version of WordPress Plugins, there's an easy way to do so.

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beta-test-statusDo you like trying out new services and tools before anyone else? If you consider yourself an early adopter or just want to test out the beta version of WordPress Plugins (along with stable versions), there’s an easy way to do so.

Just remember that the beta version of any service or tool will contain bugs. It’s important that you frequently backup your blog, especially before upgrading to any new beta version; this way if something goes wrong you can always restore your blog back to its previous state. You don’t want your blog to stop functioning because of a bad plugin update. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

So here’s how to easily test the beta versions of WordPress Plugins:

1. From your blog dashboard search for, install, and activate Plugin Beta Test for WordPress.

2. That’s really it; there’s no settings to customize or anything else to do besides visit the Plugins section of your blog.

A message will alert you of new beta versions for WordPress Plugins.

3. When there is a new beta version of a plugin to test out, you’ll see a message underneath the plugin – just like with stable versions.

See if beta versions of plugins are available from the updates page.

4. You can also go to the “Updates” submenu under the “Home” menu to see which plugins have beta releases available.

Good luck and remember to be careful!

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How to Add Google Analytics to Your WordPress Dashboardhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/add-google-analytics-to-wordpress-dashboard/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/add-google-analytics-to-wordpress-dashboard/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:25:28 +0000 http://maketecheasier.com/?p=59829 Are you constantly checking your Google Analytics data and looking for an easier way to keep up with it? If so, here is how you can access your Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard.

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google-analytics-logoAre you constantly checking your Google Analytics data and looking for an easier way to keep up with it? If so, the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin for WordPress will be perfect for you.

The plugin will give you access to your Google Analytics data right from your blog’s dashboard, thus saving you time. Additionally, the plugin also allows you to embed parts of your data into a blog post or anywhere else within your WordPress theme.

For now, I’m going to show you how to add Google Analytics to your WordPress dashboard.

1. Before installing the plugin, you should already have your Google Analytics tracking code installed on your blog. You can either get this from your Google Analytics account or use a WordPress plugin like Google Analytics for WordPress to insert the code for you.

2. Go to your installed plugins and click on “Add New” at the top of the page. Alternately, you can also go to the “Add New” submenu under the Plugins menu.

3. Search for the “Google Analytics Dashboard” plugin, install and activate it.

4. Go to the “Google Analytics Dashboard” submenu under your Settings menu. You’ll need to go here to login into your Google account using OAuth and grant the plugin access to your Analytics account.

Google Analytics Dashboard plugin settings - login via OAuth.

5. Once directed back to your blog, you’ll see the plugin’s settings. Choose the appropriate Google Analytics profile that you want to track on your dashboard and customize the rest as you’d like. You can also choose which user roles can view the Google Analytics data.

Choose your Google Analytics profile to monitor on your WordPress dashboard.

6. It may take a while for your data to show up, so you may need to check back later. However, the final result is the screenshot you see below.

Google Analytics Dashboard widget in action on WordPress.

All done. Now you can see a glimpse of your Google Analytics data whenever you want.

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