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Common WordPress Development Mistakes You Should Avoid

Getting a website developed is no longer an extremely technical task due to the fact that you do not need to have strong understanding of programming languages and coding. The introduction of Content Management Systems revolutionized the way websites were designed and with the passage of time, more and more people from various industries including entrepreneurs began to prefer a CMS to be used for their website development. Out of a number of popular systems, the one that gained immense popularity worldwide is WordPress.

WordPress is preferred over other CMS because of the fact that its interface is highly user-friendly and the features are countless that helps developers design a variety of websites using different plugins and themes. The customization option means that programmers can edit or create their own themes and plugins to suit their needs of the website. A lot of these plugins and themes are available for free for you to try before purchasing other ones. Some of the strongest and most interactive websites are made using WordPress and if hosting is done properly, the website seldom crashes regardless of the traffic you get. However, following are some WordPress mistakes a lot of beginners make which must be avoided at all times:
1)Backing up the website content: The worst mistake that beginner WordPress developers make is that they do not backup whatever they do on the website. This often leads to significant losses that you may not be willing and able to suffer. Although majority of hosting service providers claim that the data is backed up automatically with their hosting, you must mention it separately to them to back it up to be on the safe side.

2)Ignoring the SEO plugins: A lot of beginner WordPress developers are not concerned about search engine optimization as they think that if a website is attractive enough, they can get traffic through own efforts in social media and other forms of marketing. This mistake must be avoided because SEO is an essential part of website development without which the traffic will be negligible and whatever the objective of your website is, it would not be fulfilled. There are numerous free and paid SEO plugins that can help your website get listed in the top most order in search engines. This eventually means that your website will receive significantly higher number of visitors.

3)Being more concerned about traffic: Since a major objective is to get as much traffic as possible for your website, beginners tend to keep checking the traffic stats again and again which leads to a waste of time. Instead of spending time checking the traffic stats, work on it so that you get more traffic. If your work is efficient enough, you will observe that traffic will automatically rise overtime. Focus on the keywords needed for efficient SEO and improve the content of website and check the traffic stats once a week or twice at maximum.

4)Do not fall for free plugins: Although free products are better than anything else in terms of budget, it is not always a very good idea to choose them over a better product that cost a few bucks. You might be able to get every plugin for free but do not fall for this trap as this can lead to a poorly designed website with uncountable bugs to deal with. Instead, purchase a few plugins that work efficiently especially for important purposes like SEO and plugins for online transactions. It is always better to spend some money to get a high return on your efforts and investments.

5)Changing username and password immediately: As a beginner, you will start working with the username “admin” and a common mistake that beginners make is that they forget to change this. When you have not done much work on the website, it might be safe to work under admin username but eventually as your work gets recognized, the risk of hacking increases. The competition means that developers try to get new talents down in any way possible so change the username and keep a complicated password.

6)Focusing more on design than content: It is undoubtedly true that the design and theme of a website is a major determinant of how attractive a website is, the content matters a lot as well. What you write in the about page, home page and blogs affects the traffic you get because at professional level, visitors are more interested in the content rather than colors and designs. So make sure the content you write is written in an attractive manner with no errors in vocabulary and use of words.

If you successfully avoid these common mistakes, you can become a great WordPress developer earlier than usual.

Author bio: Davidson Francis is an IT consultant who is currently working in a consultancy firm in Boston at Assignment Help Online. He obtained his postgraduate degree in IT and worked as an IT manager for six years before becoming a consultant.

How to create Multisite Network in WordPress?

Making a WordPress multisite network is simply like having your own version of WordPress.com. Like end users of WordPress.com can create their own blogs, your users will also be able to create on your network In case you don’t want to make users create multisite you can make a multisite network with only you as administrator.

 

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In real, a multisite network is a collection of different sites in which all of them are installed in same WordPress installation directory. You can also use and share plugins and theme between these sites. Each of the sites of your network will be virtual sites without their own servers but they have their own separate directories for media uploads and installation along with the separate labels in the database.

When compared to a single WordPress installation, a multisite network site has some additional considerations. Like managing the subdomains and sub-folders. The installation of plugins and themes are done throughout the network and need not put on individual sites.

While opting for a multisite WordPress network, you should take a deep backup of your database and files as major changes can occur there. You will need also to deactivate all your plugins while opting for a multisite. You can again reactivate then after the network created.

To setup WordPress Multisite network, you have to first define the multisite in the wp-config.php file.

To do this, you have to open Wp-config.php file and add a line on above of line which says /* that’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */.

If you cannot see this anywhere then add this line above the first line that begins with require or include:

/*Multisite*/define (‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’,true):

In order to continue, you have to refresh your browser.

This steps simply enables the network setup in your tools menu which is used generally to create a multisite network of WordPress sites screen.

You are free to choose between subdomains and subdirectories but sometimes the existing settings restrict your choice. You can choose any of them and afterward you may reconfigure the network in order to use it.

All you need now is wildcard DNS for the on-demand oriented websites despite the advice that can be on the screen.


 

What are sub-domains and Sub-directories?

Sub-domains are actually a domain based network in which the network on-demand sites uses subdomains while the sub-directories are a path based network in which these on-demand websites uses path.

You will have following options while setting up multisite network:

  • The network details are filled by itself but you are free to make changes anytime.
  • The server address of the website will be the domain of the URL which you are using to access the WordPress installation.
  • The admin email address will be the common admin email for the whole network.
  • The network title will be the title of the whole network.
  • Before pressing the ‘install’ button you should double check the details.
  • The installer will then perform a check for the wildcard subdomains when you have not configured them already. You can ignore the warning if it does not apply on your network.

In order to enable your network, you need to follow these instructions.

First of all, make a backup of your wp-config.php and .htaccess files unless it is a fresh and new installation and you don’t have to lose anything.

You can do this in these two steps:

  1. First of all, you should add specified lines to your wp-config.php file. (The extra lines will go just after the line you have added preparing your WordPress)
  2. Secondly, you will need to add some specified lines to the .htaccess file.

If you don’t have a .htaccess file already then create the same directory as the wp-config.php file.

In case you already have .htaccess file then you should replace the existing WP lines with new ones.

Once you have done all these steps simply login with the link provided, you may need to clear cookies and browser’s cache in order to log in.

Now you will have “My Sites” option on the left of WordPress toolbar. You can see all your site listed there with handy fly-out menus along with the “Network Admin” menu.

That’s all, you have setup your multisite WordPress Network successfully. Hope you like our article, if you already have tried with multisite WordPress network then kindly share your thoughts regarding the experience.


 

About Author:

Shara J, mid-level wordpress website developer working for Pattronize InfoTech. I do research on WordPress and other opensource technologies and share my knowledge in my free time. You can contact Shara on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

 

Top 15 Innovative Packaging Designs for Effective Marketing

Nowadays, different approaches are adopted by the marketers to promote their products, so that they can compete to the similar products available in the market. There are countless products languishing on the store shelf, consumers see number of advertisements every day. So, what makes your product stand out among the other similar products, is its attractive outer shell.
Package design conveys half of the message that what the product is about. It acts as a promotional tool, as innovative packaging entices the customers to make a purchase. An attractive outer shell of the products generate need of the product in the mind of the viewers. Many times, we find several products that we are not supposed to buy, but its innovative packaging increases the chances that more likely we pick it up.

 

Consumers always have a General approach about the product that the quality of the product depends upon its packaging, price & many other factors, but cover is what that attracts the customers more. Sophisticated & artistic cover can be a mood changer for the customers, it also reflects the quality of the product. Here, we have a few bottle, folding carton, can, and package designs to feed your creative minds. So, the designers can create innovative packages for different products with the use of images that speaks for the product itself. Hope you enjoy!