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
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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.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, April 27, 2015 with
Whether you're a professional blogger or just blog casually as a hobby, a facility to access and manage your blog while on the go is an added advantage. Android users can use some of the best applications they can use to easily maintain their blogs through their smartphones. Once installed, these applications allow you to post, edit and delete your regular blog posts through a user friendly interface. All these blogging apps work seamlessly on all the popular variants of Android flavors. Make sure you thoroughly test these apps on a dummy blog before using them for a live blog so that you can get familiar with the functions and features. This will also ensure that your content is not deleted inadvertently while learning the application usage. These apps are available for all the popular blogging platforms whether it is WordPress or Blogger. While using these blogging apps, one must understand that these solutions are not full fledged blogging solutions for the respective platform. Let's test these Android blogging apps.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 with
If you're running a WordPress blog, at times, you may have felt the need to customize the look and feel of your existing template. One of the best ways to do that is through custom CSS code. But, general users often do the mistake to directly edit the default theme CSS file which is overwritten on subsequent theme updates. An ideal solution to this problem is to keep your custom CSS code out of the theme files so that the custom styles are not overridden by newer versions of the theme. There are several flexible and good plugins to help you easily add custom CSS code within your WordPress site without any hassle. Needless to say, one must possess working knowledge of CSS to use these handy plugins. I often use such kind of plugins for my clients who're technically sound and prefer to make minor changes by themselves. Make sure you always make changes on a demo site before applying them on a live site. The good thing about these plugins is that you can remove your custom CSS code without affecting the core design code.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Monday, April 20, 2015 with
Power users always prefer mechanical keyboard over the regular ones due to its longevity and excellent usage experience. There are several types of featured packed mechanical keyboards available for tech savvy users. Today, we're going to look at some of the best options available in the market for grabbing a durable mechanical keyboard. Whether you're a hardcore gamer or a developer, these keyboards will make you do more on your system. Some of these keyboards are extremely sturdy and can last really long. Of course, they come at a price but it's definitely worth investment. If you're already using a mechanical keyboard, you may consider one of these with added features to give you a better replacement for the old one. Each of the mechanical keyboards listed below is quite popular among the user base with positive reviews from the actual users. So let's quickly check them out one by one and see their impressive features and functions to select the best one which fits our needs and requirements.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with
One of the most popular ways to increase visitors' engagement on your blog or website is offering contextually related content in an attractive way. Professional bloggers often use related posts section to fulfill this criterion. There are several ways to display related content. Some publishers prefer plain text links while other prefer to include an alluring thumbnail image too. Obviously, the latter approach works quite well. Today, we're going to see some of the best solutions for showing related posts on WordPress post pages. One does not need to be a tech ninja to create such kind of content section. All we need is a flexible and powerful plugin to do the job. I've tested and selected some of the best related posts plugins available for WordPress platform. Although, power users can implement the same without any plugin, general users need to use one of these for offering related content to their readers. If your blog has a very small archive, I'll suggest you to wait for some time before using one of these awesome plugins.
By Rajeev Edmonds On Friday, April 10, 2015 with
Whether you're running a blog or a website, site speed is one of the important factors that decide its success when it comes to attracting and retaining traffic. All major search engines including Google encourage and recommend making sites responsive and fast. Today, we're going to focus on the latter feature and specifically for blogs hosted on Google's blogger platform. Before, we dive into the tutorial; I'll advice you to gain basic or working knowledge of copy and pasting HTML or CSS code within blogger templates. If you're already tinkering with your template design, nothing can be better than that. After completing the steps mentioned below, you can speed up your blog by many folds. Several principles mentioned here can be applied on other platforms too. As always, I'll warn you to first try these techniques on a dummy blog. And, while exercising it on your live blog, keep a backup of your existing design and content. So, let's kick start this optimization process for making our blogger blog, a flyer.