Toolset a Boon for WordPress Freelancers

Toolset a Boon for WordPress Freelancers

Its been 5 years when i started my carrier as a full time freelancer. Since then i have been working on Upwork when it was previously known as Odesk as a WordPress Developer and Designer.

PROBLEM

When i started my freelance business i used to build websites using some premium themes or customizing them as required by the clients and i was good at that. The only problem i used to face was that when a client asks for a custom theme development, it was not like that i didn’t knew how to code custom theme, it was actually the time it used to take and if i increase my budget, most of the times client refuses to pay that much and so to move forward (due to lack of income sources) i have to accept that, i had no option ūüôĀ

The average time for a custom theme with some complex functionality was around 1 to 2 months depending on various factors. So as i was building websites for some of my clients using some premium themes in much lesser time but those websites were not so complex to make my portfolio stand out.

SOLUTION

Then i came to know about a plugin called Wp types which is one of the component of Toolset. I was able to build custom post types in seconds, add taxonomies to it and also custom fields without any hassle and in a matter of mins. There were other components as well like Views, CRED forms, Maps, Layouts and Access and they all combine to make a really powerful tool. You can learn more about their components and how powerful they are by visiting their website at https://wp-types.com/home/toolset-components/

I was able to build complex websites in a week with advanced functionality and also the biggest thing about this Toolset is that you don’t need to know PHP to use it ( however i am proficient in PHP) but good for someone who is a beginner or who knows just wordpress. I was able to build some really good complex websites in less than a week so it was like i can build 4 complex websites which was 4 times more than what i was able to do earlier.

Let it be any type of website like classifieds/ listing, Ecommerce or Directory website and almost all other niches. Toolset also offers some API hooks and very good support system which helps if you are stuck. It did boosted my freelance business.

However, it was easy for me to understand Toolset much faster and efficiently because i knew inside out of wordpress custom coding and how things work and now been working with Toolset since last 3 years i am now an expert in it.

So, if you are looking forward to boost your freelance business and build complex websites in less than a week without compromising the quality, go for toolset.

Have any questions do email me at [email protected] anytime.

Cheers

 

4 best ways to secure your WordPress Website ?

4 best ways to secure your WordPress Website ?

Now a days, most of the web applications are being build using WordPress CMS. Being a freelancer, i have seen many people facing security issues in their wordpress websites. They often complain about their website been hacked or compromised and most of the time they think that it is due to WordPress.

I am a WordPress Developer since last 6 years and now i have seen WordPress improve with enhanced features and added security.

 I assure you that WordPress is a secure CMS

I will outline you the the best 4 strategies which will secure your wordpress website, rather than going for multiple ways, if you follow these four methods it will do the work for you.

1. AVOID SHARED HOSTING : 

This is the root cause, as shared hosting means you are sharing servers with other people and it is the easiest way to get infected by virus or malware from other people websites.

Solution : Go for DEDICATED Server if you can spend approx 250$ per month on hosting and your website has high traffic. However, if you don’t have too much traffic and are looking for a cheaper yet powerful solution, i with my personal experience recommend you to buy Siteground Hosting as they are one of the best shared hosting service providers and is also offering at fair price. They have firewalls setup and is thus more secure than other cheap shared hosting service providers.

2. USE STRONG PASSWORDS: 

I have seen many people using “admin” as the username and a very simple phrase as a password which is easily hacked by automatic scripts. In a wordpress website, an admin has to make sure that the database password used in wp-config.php¬†and password of an administrator has to be strong and alternatively there are many websites online which generates strong passwords and you can use them. Check this website for reference¬†https://strongpasswordgenerator.com/¬†¬†

3. AVOID Using wp-admin / wp-login.php as url for admin logins

The default url for an admin login in wordpress websites is wp-admin or wp-login.php and all of the automated scripts use this url to get into the backends.

To reduce the number of attempts, we can change the admin login url to something else with the help of some plugins like WPS Hide Login and many more available in the wordpress repository.

4. Use SUCURI FIREWALL 

The Sucuri Firewall is an innovative cloud-based Website Application Firewall (WAF) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) for protecting websites.

i) Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection

ii) Brute Force Prevention

iii) Stop Website Attacks and Hacks

iv) Malware Prevention

Increased Performance of Websites (Speeds up the website)

The Sucuri Firewall runs on a Globally Distributed Anycast Network (GDAN), built and managed by the Sucuri team. The GDAN configuration allows for high availability and redundancy in the event of any failures in the network. Sucuri currently manages six Points of Presence (PoP)

Buy Sucuri Firewall

If you want to get your website protected, contact us here.

Comments will be appreciated.

How to add Pagination Functionality to Shortcodes Ultimate Plugin ?

How to add Pagination Functionality to Shortcodes Ultimate Plugin ?

Recently, while i was working for one of my client using Shortcodes Ultimate plugin, i noticed that this plugin is missing a pagination feature for the posts.

The blog section of the website was just displaying the posts using the below shortcode

[su_posts template="templates/default.php" posts_per_page="6" tax_operator="0" order="desc"]

As it was clearly written on the Shortcodes Ultimate Documentation that pagination is not supported, so i decided to tweak the plugin so that i can get the pagination functionality.

Shortcodes Ultimate Documentation Official showing that PAGINATION is not supported

Shortcodes Ultimate Documentation Official showing that PAGINATION is not supported

So if you need to add pagination using SHORTCODES ULTIMATE plugin, you have to follow the below steps:

    1. Open File Manager or use FTP client and navigate to “wp-content/plugins/shortcodes-ultimate/inc/core”.
    1. Open shortcodes.php and then download the modified file and replace shortcodes.php with it.
    2. Download the navigation code and paste it in your theme functions.php.
    3. Create a folder called ‘templates‘ in your activated theme, preferably in your child theme and upload this file in that.
    4. Now use the shortcode
      [su_posts template="templates/default.php" posts_per_page="6" tax_operator="0" order="desc"]

 

If you are still facing issues, you can contact me here ,i will be happy to help you.

Do not forget to leave your comments.

Cheers

Problem Solved: upgrade.php?_wp_http_referer=%2Fwp-admin%2F

Problem Solved: upgrade.php?_wp_http_referer=%2Fwp-admin%2F

This is a very common issue which happens when WordPress was not successfully updated. If this happens, then the admin is not able to log into wordpress dashboard as it redirects to this url Problem Solved: upgrade.php?_wp_http_referer=%2Fwp-admin%2F .

Below are simple steps to fix this issue in 2 minutes.

  1. Open File manager through hosting account or using FTP.
  2. Go to the wordpress installation directory and under wp-content folder, rename plugins folder to plugins123.
  3. Then go to your website url and write /wp-admin after the url.

You will see the dialog as below:

Click on UPDATE WordPress Database and the problem will be solved.

Cheers and comment for any issues.

 

 

Modifying Jetpack Social Media Icons LinkedIn Url Issue

Modifying Jetpack Social Media Icons LinkedIn Url Issue

Recently, while i was working for one of my clients website, there was an issue which i saw in the Jetpack Advance Widget called Social Media Icons.

The issue was that jetpack developers has hardcoded www.linkedin.com/in in the code and due to this if any company url doesn’t have /in in their linkedin profile, it was resulting in wrong links. Like for example my clients linkedin official link was https://www.linkedin.com/company/vane-airport/ but when i was entering username, due to hardcoded code it was coming out as https://www.linkedin.com/in/company/vane-airport/ and was a big issue.

So, in order to fix this, open jetpack using any file editor and then look into directory widgets which is located at

\jetpack\modules\widgets

and under widgets open the file called social-media-icons.php and on line 70 remove /in and save the file.

        $this->services = array(
'facebook'   => array( 'Facebook', 'https://www.facebook.com/%s/' ),
'twitter'    => array( 'Twitter', 'https://twitter.com/%s/' ),
'instagram'  => array( 'Instagram', 'https://instagram.com/%s/' ),
'pinterest'  => array( 'Pinterest', 'https://www.pinterest.com/%s/' ),
'linkedin'   => array( 'LinkedIn', 'https://www.linkedin.com/in/%s/' ),
'github'     => array( 'GitHub', 'https://github.com/%s/' ),
'youtube'    => array( 'YouTube', 'https://www.youtube.com/%s/' ),
'vimeo'      => array( 'Vimeo', 'https://vimeo.com/%s/' ),
'googleplus' => array( 'Google+', 'https://plus.google.com/u/0/%s/' ),
'flickr'     => array( 'Flickr', 'https://www.flickr.com/photos/%s/' ),
'wordpress'  => array( 'WordPress.org', 'https://profiles.wordpress.org/%s/' ),
'twitch'     => array( 'Twitch', 'https://www.twitch.tv/%s/' ),
'tumblr'     => array( 'Tumblr', 'https://%s.tumblr.com' ),
); 

This will fix the issue.

Cheers

5 – Best WordPress plugins for Membership sites

5 – Best WordPress plugins for Membership sites

Flourish your online community with these WordPress plugins!

Across the Internet, there are many membership websites that are a good source of recurring income for their owners. WordPress, no doubt has made this possible with its different and powerful plugins. Without hiring a professional, you can use them with an ease and earn money.

In this post, I will introduce you with some best free and paid powerful WordPress plugins:

  1. S2 Member:

If you are looking to turn your WordPress site into a membership website then S2 Member plugin is the best option for you. This plugin will do the same within an hour. As soon as you install this plugin, you get a ‚Äėquick start‚Äô guide to learn the basics for setting up the membership option. You can easily set your membership levels for your website which will allow you to designate the parts of your website to different member levels.

Main features of S2 Member

  1. PayPal support
  2. Manual account creation support
  3. Content restriction support
  4. Membership levels and capabilities customization
  5. Multisite support
  6. Buddypress and bbpress compatibility

 

  1. DAP (Digital Access Pad):

If you are looking for a complete solution to create membership websites with WordPress and it was in the market from 2008. Dap has been updating its plugins and that’s why it is still hot potato. With DAP, you can create a secure as well as functional membership site and that too very easily.

Main features of DAP

  1. Content protection
  2. 2-tier affiliate system
  3. Built in auto responder
  4. Allows emailing and job queuing
  5. Free installation
  6. RSS feeds security

 

  1. Optimizer Member:

Optimizer plugin is the best one to create high converting sales pages, webinar pages, landing pages and membership sites etc. Though this plugin does not offer you many features but it has got some most interesting and important functionality.

Main features of Optimizer Member

  1. Download restrictions
  2. Own coupon codes
  3. Customization of membership levels
  4. ShareASale and other tracking solution integrationpayment gateways
  5. Supports PayPal, Clickbank and other payment gateways

 

  1. Member Mouse:

This plugin offers you with some default pages like home page, account page, checkout page etc. that you may need to use the membership. This plugin is loaded with features. Your customers can manage their accounts by their own and thus saving your time.

Main features of Member Mouse

  1. Content protection
  2. Trial offers and coupons of discount
  3. Lock out members for shared logins
  4. Payment handling
  5. Supports many
  6. Supports API
  7. iDevAffiliate integration

 

  1. Magic members:

Magic Members is the most popular plugin with loads of features. This plugin offers 3 bonuses, social icons. It has got an amazing security feature which stops multiple people from logging into a single account.

Main features of Magic members

  1. Membership levels
  2. Supports Amazon S3
  3. Payment gateways support
  4. Pay per post access
  5. Import and export options
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