How to Manage Downloads in WordPress

Many bloggers and website owners offer various perks to their visitors, such as free podcasts, e-books and other downloadable materials. If you are using WordPress to offer your visitors any types of files that can be downloaded, it is best to install a file management plugin that will take care of many steps of this process for you. A good plugin will keep track of the amount of downloads and other stats, as well as allow you to protect your files with a password if you wish to limit access to your downloads only to certain users.

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How to Build a Great WordPress Site Using the Twenty Fourteen Theme

With its latest 3.8 “Parker” update a couple of months ago WordPress released a new default theme, Twenty Fourteen. The developers called it a “beautiful magazine theme,” emphasizing its strong visual elements, which make Twenty Fourteen stand out in comparison with the platform’s prior native themes. The bold new approach to the default design meant that the theme won’t work for every site or satisfy every user’s taste, but that didn’t seem to be the idea behind it. It looks like with every new theme, WordPress developers attempt to showcase a different aspect of the content management system, and Twenty Fourteen did just that in showcasing what WordPress can do for magazine-style sites and blogs.

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6 Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

A slow website not only costs you traffic, but also reflects badly in search engine rankings. To avoid any of these issues, you should regularly check your site’s speed and optimize it as needed. There are several free services intended for this, the most popular one being Pingdom. After running a quick test of your URL, you can see how your website ranks on a scale of 100, how its loading speed compares to that of other sites and how much time it takes to load. It’s a good idea to do such checks regularly, especially after new plugins were installed or a lot of image-heavy new content was added. Here are a few ways to optimize your WordPress site, if your speed doesn’t rank as high as it should.

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Top 6 WordPress Mistakes to Avoid

If you are just starting out with self-hosted WordPress or even if you’ve been using it for some time but haven’t really delved into it too deeply, you might be making several common mistakes. Avoiding these will ensure that your WordPress-powered site is secure, runs smoothly and looks great, and that your business is not losing any customers because of any bad decisions or omissions on your behalf. Here’s the list of some blunders that are common among WP users, along with suggestions on how to fix them.

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Boosting Business with the Top 10 WordPress Multimedia Plugins

As we all know, plugins take your site from one that looks good and functions well to one that looks outstanding and because of extended features and options, takes functionality (and in turn, sales) to new heights.

We also know that it’s been said that a picture is worth a million words. For folks interested in selling their digital products, giving visitors more than a mere description is vital to sales. When it comes to making your online business stand out, it’s no secret that visually-enticing, head-turning images, video and music (depending on your needs, of course) not only jazz up the proverbial “look and feel” of your site, but it also strengthens the user-experience. Continue reading

How to Turn Off Automatic/Background Upgrades of Core WordPress

WordPress 3.7 has introduced a new feature where the core wordpress will be automatically upgraded to the minor releases. For example, any site running 3.7 will get automatically upgraded to 3.7.1 when it is released (you won’t have to click the upgrade now link to initiate the upgrade process).

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Cleaning up Commentluv Comments

If you ever used the commentluv plugin then you probably have a lot of WordPress comments with lots of links in it.

Manually editing all the comments and removing those links can be very tiresome. In this tutorial I will show you how you can easily clean up all the links from your comments using some PHP code. Continue reading

How to Disable the Admin Bar in Your WordPress Site

In this tutorial I will show you how to disable the WordPress admin bar. The admin bar was introduced in WordPress version 3.1.

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The WordPress admin bar is very helpful for quick access to the admin panel. For example, if you want to edit the page or post you are currently viewing , you can easily go to the edit mode with one click.

However, sometimes you may not want the admin bar on some of your WordPress sites. A perfect example of this is if you are running a membership site. You probably don’t want your members/users to see this admin bar and get confused by it. Continue reading

Force a Digital File Download in the Browser

When you click on a digital file link/URL, the browser will show/play the file if it can understand format of the file in question.

In most cases this browser behavior is fine. However, it can be a little problematic if you are trying to let your users download the digital file. The visitor will just see the file in the browser instead of the download dialogue box popping up. This is more problematic for PDF files (if you are selling an ebook and your customers can’t download the PDF file).

Fortunately, you can apply some techniques to force a file download so your visitors will see the download box when they click on a downloadable file/link.

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