Administrators and web developers often look for ways to customize the default admin dashboard of WordPress. A customized version is generally made for clients who want a simple user interface without complex administration features. WordPress dashboard can be customized programmatically, but a plugin can do the same without messing the hands with code. We're going to see some of the best plugins that can help you easily customize WordPress dashboard within minutes. Each of these plugins can change different parts of the dashboard to give it an entirely new look. In other words, you can combine two or more plugins to get the required custom features and appearance of your WordPress dashboard. As always, I'll suggest you to try these plugins on a demo blog to avoid any mishap. Once you're satisfied with the changes, you can replicate it on the live blog installation. These plugins work seamlessly both on single and multisite WordPress installations. Let's check these useful plugins for making a custom dash.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 with
Professionals are more interested in examining data packets traveling through a computer network while general users are more concerned with their bandwidth consumption statistics. Whether you're using an unlimited plan or a fixed data plan, information about bandwidth consumption can help you know about your usage habits. It also helps you in moderating the browsing behavior to use your internet plan wisely. Most bandwidth monitors are lightweight apps which sits nicely in your task-bar and quietly runs in the background recording bandwidth usage data. We've handpicked some of the best and user friendly bandwidth monitors that runs seamlessly giving you accurate information about the data consumption. Almost all of these applications also generate handy reports for your analysis. You can switch them off and on anytime with a click. Let's check out each of these bandwidth monitoring applications and see which one suits our needs in the best possible way. Do use these apps for few days before selecting one.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, October 07, 2015 with
With the explosion of new media, social updates are often referenced, quoted and displayed on external platforms in different ways. Bloggers often look for ways to easily embed social updates from popular social media services. Fortunately, each of these services provides ample options to integrate updates without messing with a bloat of code. If you're happy with basic copy pasting of code, you can embed these updates within blog posts in no time. We're going to focus on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ to know how we can easily embed social updates from these platforms within our web pages and blogs. While learning the embedding methodologies, make sure you first test it on a dummy blog or website before applying it on the live version of the site. If you have working knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can further customize the embedded updates, at will. Let's try out these social update embedding exercises and see how we can easily share and quote information available on the social media channels.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 with
One of the most important equipments required for food blogging is a good digital camera. No matter how good you're in snapping and optimizing food images, a good photo taking equipment is necessary before you think about pleasing your visitors with breath taking photographs of recipes. I'm going to curate a list of hand picked digital cameras ideal for food bloggers. These cameras can easily fit your budget. Almost all of these cameras include enough pre image processing options to ensure you get the best shot of your food. This way, your post processing work on the snapshots lessens by many folds. No matter which camera you choose from the list, I'll strongly advise you to first go through the entire user guide before asserting the quality and capabilities of the device. Each of these digital cameras is quite popular with good reviews throughout the user base. Let's check out these select digital cameras which can help you in getting the best shots of your lip smacking recipes and eatables in an easy way.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Tuesday, September 08, 2015 with
Professionals, specifically freelancers working from home often struggle to make most out of their time. The culprit is presence of several distractions that drastically reduce the productivity. Majority of time is wasted in useless browsing of random sites as well as in downloading and trying different kinds of software applications. Disconnection of internet is not a solution to this problem as your work may also half in this state. An ideal solution to this problem is the use of specialized apps that allows you to focus on important things while blocking distracting applications at the same time. These applications are available for different platforms and one can fine tune them to suit their needs. If you're struggling to be productive while running your freelance business, these apps can help you come out of stagnation. No such app can work effectively unless you've made your mind to use it in the best possible manner. It's time to check these productivity applications and their features to avoid different types of distractions.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 with
No matter what type of website you're building with WordPress, web forms are an integral part of any site. The most common form type is a typical contact form though sites also use custom forms for collecting information from the visitors. Although power users can hard code their own forms, making it completely secure and hack proof is often a headache. That's where a form plugin can save your time and money. Fortunately, there are dozens of form plugins for the WordPress platform. I've handpicked some of the best and flexible extensions for integrating custom forms on a typical WordPress website. All these forms are easy-to-use and one can get started with them right away. Almost every plugin included here can do more than just providing a simple contact form. You can easily create complex custom forms to collect an array of information from prospects and clients. So, let's check out each of these plugins and see how they can easily help us create simple yet powerful forms for our WordPress websites and blogs.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Thursday, May 07, 2015 with
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, May 06, 2015 with
Whether you're running your WordPress blog on a shared server or on a powerful dedicated server, backup is one of the important maintenance processes which can prove a life saver at the time of need. Unfortunately, good percentages of bloggers do not take it much seriously and pay the price by losing their design and content whenever their site is compromised. There are several ways to backup a WordPress blog which includes simple click and go process through plugins and command line data cloning often done by power users. We'll look into the former option to see what are the popular options available for general WordPress bloggers to safely and easily take backups of their blogs and websites. All these backup plugins are either free or includes a powerful free version which is good enough for a general blog. While testing and selecting one of the plugins from the list, I'll suggest looking for the one which doesn't consume much server resources while taking backups. Let's check out all these plugins.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Tuesday, May 05, 2015 with
If you're running a blog on Google's blogger platform and want to sell different types of products or services on it, you may struggle to find a ready made widget for it. However, there are several useful services that provide you an easy way to add eCommerce functionality on blogger platform. For using these features, you never need to be a coding expert. All you need is basic knowledge of HTML and the copy pasting ability. If you're planning to sell digital products on your blogger blog, the solutions mentioned below can easily help you do that in a few simple steps. You don't need to purchase a SSL certificate for opening a shop on blogger. These solutions provide a handy way to showcase and sell products in an intuitive way that doesn't require any added tools or services. Before applying it on your live blog, once test your selling widgets on a dummy blog to ensure they're working, as intended. So, let's get stated and see how we can turn our blogger blog into an eCommerce platform to sell products.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, May 04, 2015 with
Front-end development now involves use of cutting edge technologies with countless tools, languages and services to make modern websites with killer features. Hardcore developers prefer to code sites from scratch weaving highly optimized code for a blazing fast site. For others, there are several powerful tools to assist in site development with minimal coding requirements. Today, we're going to look at some of the best and popular front-end development tools which can be used even by beginners to quickly craft impressive websites in no time. And, if you're already familiar with front-end development, these flexible tools can save your time and money by many folds. Professional front-end developers across the world are using these tools to add more value in their workflow and to speed up their site development life cycle. I've tested these tools for about a week and found them immensely useful in crafting fully working models of a website that can be further enhanced and optimized with custom code at a later stage.