Creating Widget Space in WordPress

About Widgets: WordPress widgets are plug-able items that enhance the features of a site. One can think of wordpress widget as a cassette that needs to be inserted into an available slot so that it performs it’s functions accordingly. Here slot refers to the the widgetized areas that are available according to the nature of the wordpress theme being used. Different themes have different widget areas , for instance a theme might support a widget in the header section, or a sidebar of the theme or maybe in the footer area of the theme. Most commonly, themes contain widget slots for the sidebars but wordpress provides with flexibility to custom integrate a widget slot anywhere in the theme, having said that, a bit of advanced knowledge is required to accomplish the required outcome. Custom widget area is used to create a slot for widgets to be placed over them in the admin widgets area. There are a number of widgets that can be placed over these slots such as sidebar widgets for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc To appear, like in sidebar, in footer, in header, hence where ever their particular slots are defined. Custom widget area provides an […]

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WordPress Plugin for Automatic Backup

The backup plugin BackWPup Free can be used to save your complete installation including /wp-content/ and push them to an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3,FTP and many more, see list below. With a single backup .zip file you are able to easily restore an installation. BackWPup Free is the number 1 backup-plugin for WordPress with nearly 1.000.000 downloads and in the top 20 of all WordPress Plugins ( Database Backup (needs mysqli) WordPress XML Export Generate a file with installed plugins Optimize Database Check and repair Database File backup Backups in zip, tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2 format (needs gz, bz2, ZipArchive) Store backup to directory Store backup to FTP server (needs ftp) Store backup to Dropbox (needs curl) Store backup to S3 services (needs curl) Store backup to Microsoft Azure (Blob) (needs PHP 5.3.2, curl) Store backup to RackSpaceCloud (needs PHP 5.3.2, curl) Store backup to SugarSync (needs curl) PRO: Store backup to Amazon Glacier (needs PHP 5.3.3, curl) PRO: Store backup to Google Drive (needs PHP 5.3.3, curl) Send logs and backups by email Multi-site support only as network admin Requirements WordPress 3.4 and PHP 5.2.6 required! To use the Plugin with full functionality PHP 5.3.3 with mysqli, FTP,gz, bz2, ZipArchive and curl is needed. Plugin functions that don’t work because of your server settings, […]

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Speed up wordpress by Caching – WordPress Plugin

The fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin. Trusted by many popular blogs like: mashable.com, pearsonified.com, noupe.com, webdesignerdepot.com, freelanceswitch.com, briansolis.com, tutsplus.com, yoast.com, css3.info and others — W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. Benefits: At least 10x improvement in site performance (when fully configured: Grade A in YSlow or great Google Page Speed Improvements) “Instant” second page views (browser caching after first page view) Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site (visitors view more pages) Optimized progressive render (pages appear to load instantly) Improved web server performance (easily sustain high traffic spikes) Up to 80% Bandwidth savings via Minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and RSS feeds Features: Compatible with shared hosting, virtual private servers and dedicated servers / clusters Transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration with Media Library, theme files and WordPress itself Caching of (minified and compressed) pages and posts in memory or on disk Caching of (minified and compressed) CSS and JavaScript in memory, on disk or on CDN Caching of RSS (comments, […]

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How to Protect WordPress Installation Online

If you wish to protect the word press installation from known atatcks and spywares install the plugin : Better WP Security Better WP Security is the #1 WordPress Security Plugin Better WP Security takes the best WordPress security features and techniques and combines them in a single plugin thereby ensuring that as many security holes as possible are patched without having to worry about conflicting features or the possibility of missing anything on your site. With one-click activation for most features as well as advanced features for experienced users Better WP Security can help protect any site. Obscure As most WordPress attacks are a result of plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords, and obsolete software. Better WP Security will hide the places those vulnerabilities live keeping an attacker from learning too much about your site and keeping them away from sensitive areas like login, admin, etc. Remove the meta “Generator” tag Change the urls for WordPress dashboard including login, admin, and more Completely turn off the ability to login for a given time period (away mode) Remove theme, plugin, and core update notifications from users who do not have permission to update them Remove Windows Live Write header information Remove RSD header […]

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Solution for WordPress asking for FTP while installing plugins

In centos OS after installing LAMPP if you install wordpress if its asking for ftp account details while installing do the following. Issue : apache user do not have write permission to the folder. Step 1 : find the account used by apache .. /opt/lampp/etc/httpd.conf Step 2;  Now give the right permission to your wordpress folder by usning following command chown -R daemon:daemon wordpress/ This will solve the permission issue of wordpress updates, plugins, theme installations — Haneef Puttur *************** #You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks… .

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