Make WordPress faster – load images as you scroll

If you’ve ever visited Mashable, you probably noticed how fast the website loads, and you probably also noticed that images on the website appear with some fade-in as you scroll down.

This is not just to make it beautiful, although it does look great in my opinion. All it takes is a couple lines of JQuery code to make the magic happen.

If your Blog / Website is WordPress based, and is long with a lot of images, it takes some time for the browser to download and display all of the images. Basically, if the user is in the top of the page area, it makes no sense to load all of the images in the middle or the end of the page.

The solution? Use “Advanced Lazy Load” to make WordPress faster – and load images as you scroll.

Load images as you scroll

Advanced Lazy Load” is a WordPress plugin that aims to speed up WordPress. It loads images in long web pages only as the user scrolls down and approaches them.

Think about all the benefits of using this plugin:

  1. Site’s bandwidth is reduced.
  2. WordPress loads faster.
  3. Readers are happier.
  4. Site gets better ranking in terms of SEO.
  5. Images appear in a cool “fadey” way.

It works great in my blog, now it’s your blog’s turn.

How to display more than 20 posts in WordPress’ dashboard

If you’ve ever used WordPress, you’ve probably noticed that when you log in to the admin’s dashboard and display the post list, it’s limited to 20 Items (updated to version 3.7.1) per page.

WordPress is a very advanced and great blogging and content management system, and I would expect it to support showing more than 20 items (posts) per page, or at least let the user decide how many items would be displayed per page. Here’s a quick way to change it.

How to display more than 20 posts in WordPress’ dashboard:

  1. Connect to your website’s FTP, and look for the following file: /wp-admin/includes/post.php
  2. Open the file and edit it
  3. Go to line 889 (WordPress 3.7.1), or look for the following:
if ( empty( $posts_per_page ) || $posts_per_page < 1 )

$posts_per_page = 20;

4. Change the number 20 to whatever you want.

Enjoy blogging!

Maverick – The Ideal Digital Marketing Platform for Small Businesses

 

If you are a small business looking for a digital marketing platform that can drive you to the ranks of a large enterprise in terms of marketing opportunities, Maverick is the first platform you should consider. The recently launched service allows small businesses to develop a competitive edge in digital marketing, bringing them at the same level as any other corporate giant running an online marketing campaign.

 

You can get result-oriented and highly personalized digital marketing campaigns designed for your business and then execute them with a single-click. Maverick brings the same functionality to automated marketing platforms for small business as WordPress offered to online publishing. Large organizations are well-aware of how online marketing platforms are leveraged to ensure reaping maximum benefits.

 

However, small businesses often struggle to use digital marketing platforms in an optimized manner. Maverick allows these small businesses to take advantage of professionals’ expertise so that they can optimize their efforts while keeping within their budget. So, they can use online marketing to generate sales successfully even if they don’t have substantial experience.

Maverick will provide you with a detailed marketing plan from start to end. The company will responsibly handle your campaign through production, optimization and follow up stages. All the aspects of a digital marketing campaign, including email communications, social media posts, Facebook ads, and customer loyalty and retention programs, are leveraged by the company through a smart marketing engine.

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Everything Small Businesses Need

Upon entering the system, users are given a full year of personalized marketing campaigns in the user’s calendar of activities.

activities

Maverick suggests to the user which campaign to run. All the user needs to do, is customize it if he chooses, and click “Launch.”

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In addition, the company provides a complete 12-month program that comes with more than 50 ready-to-go campaign ideas for activities, graphics, designs and text. You can select the campaign you want for your business and it will then be customized for your particular needs. You can also get a prediction of the campaign’s outcome using the innovative algorithm offered by Maverick.

In short, Maverick is all your small business needs to leverage your online marketing campaign. Once you enter the system, a personalized calendar of activities will be provided to you. On it, all your campaign actions will be marked for the year. The company will also suggest which type of campaign would be best for you. So all you’ll have to do is customize it if you feel the need to do so before you launch it with a single-click.

After your marketing campaign is executed, Maverick won’t only provide you with an analytical dashboard, but it will also design an integrated customer loyalty program for you. The information and engagement level of your customers will be tracked carefully before a loyalty program for them is set into place. You can also use Maverick to run your campaigns on tablets and smartphones without any difficulty. A free 30 day trial and multiple pricing strategies make Maverick an ideal choice for small businesses when it comes to online marketing platforms.

 

Learn your useful WordPress shortcuts

Using WordPress or Word? If so you’re probably familiar with a keyboard shortcut or two. Let’s say – Copy? Ctrl+C; Paste? Ctrl+V; Undo? Ctrl+Z and so on. But WordPress, as a powerful and amazing platform, has plenty more shortcuts, in order to make your life easier, and to save time. A lot of time.

As a productivity tool, we have shortcuts for Visual post editor, Plain text editor and Comment moderation screen.

So let’s go – learn your useful WordPress shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts for WordPress Visual Post Editor

Ctrl / Command + B Bold
Ctrl / Command + I Italic
Ctrl / Command + C Copy
Ctrl / Command + V Paste
Ctrl / Command + X Cut
Ctrl / Command + A Select All
Ctrl / Command + Z Undo
Ctrl / Command + Y Redo
Ctrl / Command + 1 H1 Header
Ctrl / Command + 2 H2 Header
Ctrl / Command + 3 H3 Header
Ctrl / Command + 4 H4 Header
Ctrl / Command + 5 H5 Header
Ctrl / Command + 6 H6 Header
Alt + Shift + N Spell Check
Alt + Shift + L Align Left
Alt + Shift + R Align Right
Alt + Shift + C Align Center
Alt + Shift + J Justify Text
Alt + Shift + D Strikethrough
Alt + Shift + U Unordered List
Alt + Shift + A Insert Link
Alt + Shift + O Numeric List
Alt + Shift + S Remove Link
Alt + Shift + Q Quote
Alt + Shift + M Insert Image
Alt + Shift + W Full Screen
Alt + Shift + T Insert “more…” tag
Alt + Shift + P Insert page break tag
Alt + Shift + H Help

I personally don’t find the following shortcuts useful, because it’s very rare that I use these screens, but it’s good to know anyway:

Keyboard Shortcuts for WordPress Plain Text Editor

Ctrl / Command + C Copy
Ctrl / Command + V Paste
Ctrl / Command + X Cut
Ctrl / Command + A Select All
Ctrl / Command + Z Undo
Ctrl / Command + Y Redo
Alt + Shift + P Publish
Alt + Shift + F Fullscreen

Keyboard Shortcuts for WordPress Comment Moderation Screen

J Next comment
K Previous comment
A Approve comment
U Unapprove comment
D Delete Comment
R Reply Comment
Q Quick edit a comment
Z Restore comment from trash
Shift + A Approved Checked comments
Shift + D Delete checked comments
Shift + U Unapprove checked comments
Shift + T Move checked comments to trash
Shift + Z Restore comments from trash

Top 20 Most Popular Plugins for WordPress

It doesn’t matter if you’re a dinosaur blogger, or just bought your domain and are about to launch your brand-new blog. If you’re using WordPress, you must use plugins in order to make your life easier. How much easier? Check out WordPress’ plugin library.

Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean in order to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

For instructions and information on downloading, installing, upgrading, troubleshooting, and managing your WordPress Plugins, see Managing Plugins. If you want to develop your own plugin, there is a comprehensive list of resources in Plugin Resources.

Below is a list of top 20 Most Popular Plugins for WordPress. Don’t forget: before installing a plugin, make sure it’s compatible with your WordPress version. Enjoy!

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.

WordPress SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for WordPress.org users. It incorporates everything from a snippet preview and page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.

2. Jetpack by WordPress.com

Supercharge your WordPress site with powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users.

Back in the day, there were great features available to WordPress.com users that were not available on self-hosted WordPress installs. Jetpack is a plugin that connects to WordPress.com and enables awesome features, powered by their cloud infrastructure. Some of these features use the powerful WordPress.com cloud, others are popular features provided for the convenience of not having to install and manage several separate plugin installations.

3. Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.

We can’t stand spam. Who can? You have better things to do with your life than deal with the underbelly of the internet. Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again. Akismet is brought to you by Automattic, the creators o fWordPress.com. For over 5 years, Automattic has been committed to fighting spam by continually improving the Akismet algorithm.

4. NextGEN Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 7.5 million downloads.

It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.

5. Contact Form 7

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

6. All in One SEO Pack

WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines.

7. WordPress Importer

Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

The WordPress Importer will import the following content from a WordPress export file:  Posts, pages and other custom post types, Comments, Custom fields and post meta, Categories, tags and terms from custom taxonomies and Authors.

8. Facebook

Add Facebook social plugins and the ability to publish new posts to a Facebook Timeline or Facebook Page. Official Facebook plugin.

The Facebook plugin for WordPress adds Facebook social plugins to your WordPress site. Associate your WordPress site with a free Facebook application identifier to enable advanced features such as automatically sharing new posts to an author’s Facebook Timeline or your site’s Facebook Page. This plugin is developed by Facebook with extra support for popular plugins and themes, custom post types, and custom post statuses.

9. Ultimate TinyMCE

Description: Beef up the WordPress TinyMCE content editor with a plethora of advanced options.

Are you a visual person? Do the letter combinations “HTML” and “CSS” send you running for the hills; but you still want to create beautiful blogs like the pros? Then this is the plugin for you! Ultimate TinyMCE will add over 40 new buttons to the default visual tinymce editor, giving you the power to visually create your pages and posts. No need for mucking about in HTML and CSS.

10. WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce

WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.

Transform your WordPress website into a thorough-bred eCommerce store. Delivering enterprise-level quality and features whilst backed by a name you can trust. Say “hello” to the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin.

WooCommerce is built by the experienced folk at WooThemes who also offer premiumeCommerce themes and extensions to further enhance your shopfront.

11. Captcha

This plugin allows you to implement super security captcha form into web forms.

The Captcha plugin allows you to implement a super security captcha form into web forms. It protects your website from spam by means of math logic, easily understood by human beings. You will not have to spend your precious time on annoying attempts to understand hard-to-read words, combinations of letters or pictures that make your eyes pop up. All you need is to do one of the three basic maths actions – add, subtract and multiply. This captcha can be used for login, registration, password recovery, comments forms. There is also a premium version of the plugin, allowing compatibility with BuddyPress (Registration form, Comments form, “Create a Group” form).

12. Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

13. Contact Form

Add Contact Form to your WordPress website.

The Contact Form plugin allows you to implement a feedback form to a web-page or a post in no time. It is an extremely easy form, that doesn’t require any additional settings, though there are some available options. All you need is just to activate the plugin and insert the shortcode [bestwebsoft_contact_form] into the text. There is also a premium version of the plugin with more useful features available.

14. WPtouch Mobile Plugin

Create a beautiful mobile WordPress website with just a few clicks.

WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website. The mobile WordPress theme is complete with AJAX loading articles and smooth effects when viewed from popular touch mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile phones, BlackBerry OS6+ mobile devices, and more.

15. W3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. Improve the user experience for your readers without having to change WordPress, your theme, your plugins or how you produce your content.

16. UpdraftPlus – WordPress Backup and Restoration

Easy and complete backups + restoration. Manual or automated backups (Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, email + others).

Your WordPress backups are worth the same as your entire investment in your website. The day may come when you get hacked, or your hosting company does, or they go bust – without good backups, you lose everything. UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV and email) and restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules.

17. Really Simple CAPTCHA

Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other plugins. It is originally created for my Contact Form 7 plugin.

Really Simple CAPTCHA does not work alone and is intended to work with other plugins. It is originally created for Contact Form 7, however, you can use it with your own plugin. Really Simple CAPTCHA does not use PHP “Sessions” for storing states, unlike many other PHP CAPTCHA solutions, but stores them as temporary files. This allows you to embed it into WordPress without worrying about conflicts.

18. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP will display Google Analytics data and statistics inside your WordPress Blog.

Using a widget, Google Analytics Dashboard displays detailed info and statistics about: number of visits, number of visitors, bounce rates, organic searches, pages per visit directly on your Admin Dashboard. Authorized users can also view statistics like Views, UniqueViews and top searches, on frontend, at the end of each article. Using this plugin, your data is collected in a fast and secure manner because Google Analytics Dashboard uses OAuth2 protocol and Google Analytics API.

19. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Display a list of related entries on your site and feeds based on a unique algorithm.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.

20. WP Super Cache

A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users, but because a user’s details are displayed in the comment form after they leave a comment those requests are handled by the legacy caching engine.

WordPress editor toolbar disappeared? No problem.

The problem

So I helped someone to move his WordPress blog from one domain to another.

The process was pretty simple: Export the DB, import it into the new DB, move the files, etc. One day I’ll probably write a post about how to safely move WordPress from one domain to another, but first thing’s first.

Anyway, after moving WordPress, everything went well, except one thing: when editing a post / adding a new post, WordPress’ editor toolbar disappeared. Yes, I’ve tried everything:

  • Reset the “plugin” folder
  • Replaced the “includes” and “admin” folders
  • Deactivated every single plugin
  • Reinstalled WordPress from the update option

The solution

The solution was pretty simple. I don’t why, or how it happened, but it happened. Using Chrome’s Developer tools, I noticed an issue with the editor’s JavaScript file:

WordPress editor toolbar disappeared
WordPress editor toolbar disappeared

I logged into the blog’s FTP, and noticed there was no such file named “editor_plugin.js”. However, there was indeed a file named “editor_plugin_src.js”. I took a gamble, and changed the file name to “editor_plugin.js” – and problem solved.

How did it happen? You tell me. Actually – I don’t really care. I’m happy 🙂

User-Agent Switcher for Chrome

Ever needed to quickly switch between user-agent strings on the fly? Developing a site that needs to work on both mobile browsers and desktop browsers? Sick of some archaic site blocking you because you’re not using Netscape 4?

The User-Agent Switcher for Chrome is the answer. With this extension, you can quickly and easily switch between user-agent strings. Also, you can set up specific URLs that you want to spoof every time.

Useful. Very Useful. Download here: http://bit.ly/SLHW5S

NOTE: if Google sites / YouTube have problems after using a mobile user-agent, you may need to switch the user-agent back to Chrome *and* clear your cookies for the sites to treat the browser normally again.

Godaddy’s toll-free number

If you ever need to talk to Godaddy’s support or sales department, but don’t want to waste your money, you’ll probably want to use their toll-free number.

But, as they say, they don’t have one.

Guess what – turns out they do have a toll-free number. Write it down – Godaddy’s toll-free number:1-866-463-2339

For some reason, they don’t publish it on the web. God knows why.

If you live outside the USA, you can easily use Skype in order to make a free call.

Enjoy!