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How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme?




A WordPress theme is what makes your website look alive. I mean if there's anything more important to your website after the Content and links, it's the design and layout. That's the reason today I'll be explaining to you How to choose the best WordPress Theme.

Now you might be arguing that Google doesn't have eyes, or it doesn't feel, so why should you bother getting the perfect one? Well as a matter of fact, there “Nothing” more important to Google, well yeah atleast as it seems to us, except User-experience. If a user comes to your website and he doesn't like your website, well Google doesn't either.

So a good theme is what makes Google fall in love with your website. But then again whenever you get a question like How to Select the Best WordPress Theme for Your Site, you most of the times confuse it with “How does my website look”. Well “looks” are just “one” factor of the theme, but they're neither the only one, nor most important. Another important aspect if you looking forward to making your blog a brand is Logo. A good attractive logo always works as the cherry on the cake. Here is how you can create a logo.

So whenever you're picking up the best theme for your website, there are couple things and factors you need to keep in your mind.

How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme:-

#1:- Design:-


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Ofcourse, when a user lands on the site, the first factor he'd notice is the looks and feel of the theme, right? It's not like he's gonna land and the next millisecond his brain has analysed the speed, compatibility, UI and everything else, right? So looks? They matter.

So what kind of looks you should go with? Now this is an abstract question, to which there might be as many answers are there are humans on this planet, multiplied by the number of rivers, trees and animals.

There's no “This looks is best” answer to the question. But there are certain factors which make your website look good enough.

  • Simplicity:- Iron Man UI looks good on screens, not when you're using it yourselves. So yeah make sure your website is simple, clean and neat. There shouldn't be extremely complicated options or features.
  • Spacing:- The text on the theme should have enough space on it, no one likes a website that has a bad fletch score (the ease of reading- It's even a ranking factor!)
  • The font should be around 12 in size, minimum. Anything smaller than that stresses the eyes. In short make sure whatever's there on the screen is easily readable without a lot of second guesses.

#2:- Browser Compatability:-

This one is a major issue. Although most themes out there support all the major browsers, but chances are you might just as well fall in the “unlucky 1%” group and select a theme which doesn't support all the browsers.

Now I know you don't check the compatibility before going with a theme, and that might hurt you. What this term means is that your theme should look exactly same on all the browsers, and should be showing it's full potential.

Some themes are poorly coded, hence the website misses a section, texts get mixed up, images start resizing themselves and all kind of gothic stuff if they don't support the browser.

How to Check Browser Compatability:-

There's no tool for that, but the one solution I can offer you is, anytime you want to go with a theme, it offers you live demo befoe buying or downloading, right?

So what you've to do is, check the “live demo” with atleast the following browsers:-

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox.

If the theme loads perfectly, then well it's all browser compatible.

#3:- Responsiveness:-


After the Mobilegeddon last year, responsiveness isn't a luxury option anymore. Instead it's a strict ranking factor! Well Responsiveness is the term that means “is your website easily compatible with Mobile and Tablet devices or not”.

In short, our computer screens are large in size, right? Around 10x compared to average mobile devices. So what a responsive theme needs to do is, it automatically resizes it's elements, the images, text size etc according to the device. If you don't know the very basics of creating a website, here is how to create a Website.

So that the “layout' isn't altered, just the size of the elements are, and the theme still looks exactly the same as it does on computers.

How to Test Mobile Friendliness of your Website?

Go to this Test Page from Google, and enter your URL.

Couple seconds later, you'd get to know what Google thinks about your website.

So yeah either make your websites responsive, or forget about SERP's.

#4:- Plugins Support:-

WordPress isn't half as awesome in itself, well yeah face the truth. It's Good, no doubt, but all those super awesome security levels and layout options aren't in-built in it.

Instead those are the magic spells from the Plugins! Plugins are external third-party tiny bits of codes which enhance and add features and options to your WordPress website.

Now the problem is, not all themes have love for the Plugins. Meaning, there are couple themes which don't support external plugins.

How to Check Plugins' Support?

There's no tool to do so either. The only way is, before you buy a theme or download it, make sure you check the reviews. If the theme is being selfish, there is 99.99% chance that someone has already mentioned this mischief in the reviews.

And the second option is to directly mail the developers and ask them if they support external plugins or not.

#5:- SEO Optimization

You just can't ignore this little friend here, right? A website without SEO? It's like a body without a soul. There's no purpose to it. Well SEO is what gets you ranked, gets you traffic, gets you sales and makes you money.

So without SEO, you might as well just quit your website already! The good news is, if you're worried about How to Pick the Best WordPress Theme for Your Business, then most themes have it listed on their download page itself if their theme is SEO optimized or not.

And well 99.99% themes are optimized already! Then why did I include this point over here? I did because there are some themes which aren't. And they look super awesome, super cool, and super-blah blah blah, But you can't afford to go with them if you're serious about your website.

If you've got to choose between LOOKS and SEO, choose the worst looking theme that there is if you have to, but you can't compromise the SEO factor. Do some hit & trials before finalizing the theme. Track your traffic using Google Analytics. Here is how to use Google Analytics.

The URL structure, permalinks etc are what the theme controls. So if they're shitty, or non-customizable, don't you dare go with the theme.

#6:- Check Ratings  & Reviews:-


Well this is the best way to check all the above factors in a single go!

The above factors are considered by almost all the people who have downloaded the theme, right? So checking the Ratings and Reviews of a theme directly tells you an “overall score” including all the above-listed factors.

And that makes your job a hell lot easier.

How to Analyze the Ratings?

So in particular, try to go with themes which have 4.5-5 Star ratings and enough positive comments. If not, even 4 is okay. But going with any theme below the 4 star is a mistake.

Over to You:-

So yeah I guess that answered your query that was even remotely related to How to choose the best WordPress Theme? Yeah I hoped so.

If you got any questions or query do make use of the comment box. Or got a better suggestion? Do let me know I'd love to include it over here.

Evan Derek is the Founder and Chief SEO Analyst @ VebbLabbs. Specialising in Affiliate Marketing and helping newcomers to make it a stable profession in the online world, he boasts 6+ years of experience in the industry. 19 year has he spent on this planet successfully, and plans on spending atleast 50more !

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  1. Shweta

    June 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    All the factors are very important. It’s nice to know about these factors through which we can choose the best WordPress theme for our website.

    • Evan Derek

      June 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks for the Feedback Shweta 🙂 Glad it helped.

  2. Salim Ahmed

    July 1, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Helpful post. It help me choosing wordpress theme.

    • Evan Derek

      July 3, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      That’s the goal Salim 🙂 thanks for your feedback.

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How to Schedule Your Posts in WordPress?



How to Schedule Your Posts in WordPress? That's what you're looking for? Then this is where your quest ends, cause that's exactly what I'll be explaining in detail (with some other details as well!)

All of us on this page either have a WordPress site or are soon going to have one, right? Or else you wouldn't be reading this piece right now!

And then maybe you thought to ask the question of How to schedule upcoming posts in WordPress, to maybe explore the features of WordPress, right?

What is Scheduling WordPress Posts?

Scheduling WordPress posts are simply the feature that lets you publish an article just at about anytime, automatically after you write it.

Let's say you write a piece today but you want it automatically published on the new year's eve, you can just set the date and the time, and the article goes live then.

I personally use this feature when I've more posts in my drafts section than I need, in that case publishing all of them at the same time isn't really wise, so what I do is I just schedule the posts to be published a day after another each, and so I automatically keep my website updated without even login in to the dashboard.

What are the Benefits of Scheduling WordPress Posts?

Yeah if you're investing your time in reading this piece and I'm investing mine in writing this on How to Schedule WordPress Posts, there must be some advantages to it, right?

Of course, there are, and I”' just list them down for you:-

  • Automatic Website Updates:- My personal favorite use of this feature is the automatic website updates I get. It helps me maintain my rankings because the “frequency” of updating and article is totally a ranking factor!
  • Readers' Engagement:- On my personal site, I have a big header saying I publish a new article on every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, now what happens is my readers know that's when a new article would come up, and scheduling helps me keep up that promise, no matter when I wrote a certain post or If I'm out of station.
  • Increase Returning Visitors:- You wouldn't believe if I told you that by knowing simple solutions to How to Schedule and Publish Posts, you could actually increase the number of returning visitors you're getting! How? Here's a simple strategy I use, I publish a great, detail guide on “How to Build Backlinks”, but what I do is, I don't give it all away, I only publish half of it and let my readers know that the second half would be coming on a certain date, now that increases their excitement and wait and hence I get a massive surge of returning visitors on the day when I publish my second part!

How to Schedule Your Posts in WordPress:-

Alright so we've had enough of the chit-chat, right? Why not get down to the real deal! I'll just show you how to schedule Your WordPress Posts right here.

What you Need to Schedule Your WordPress Posts:-

  • No Third-Party Plugin.
  • No “premium” Account.
  • No Paid Tool.

So basically, you don't need ANYTHING special in order to know how to Schedule your Posts in WordPress. In fact, it's all built-in, the feature is a built-in feature of WordPress, and in fact, it's so damn awesome that you don't even need to move away from the page where you're writing your article to Schedule your WordPress posts.

So okay, get to your “New Post” page, meaning where you write a new post or article on your WordPress.  Once you're there, just take a look at the right sidebar under the “publish” section and find the “publish” option.


Just click on “edit” and it would bring up a date and time format for you.


I'm guessing you already know what to do now! Yeah, you just got to set the Date and Time for when you want your article to go live and click on “OK”. Once you set the date & time, you will see, “Publish” Button being replaced with the “Schedule” button. Just click on Schedule and you are done.

Done! Well, let me show you how a “scheduled” post looks like on your WordPress Dashboard.


See? There it's saying clearly that the post is scheduled, hence? Mission Accomplished!

Other Methods to Schedule Your Posts in WordPress:-

The one other method worth mentioning here is, integrating your WordPress account with IFTTT! Now IFTTT does a lot more than just schedule your WordPress Posts, basically, it's a whole automation solution.

But then again, it's pretty complicated and needs lots of integrations and logic settings, so my advice? Just stick to this procedure, it's just as simple as it gets!

I just listed the procedure here in case the above method isn't working and you're desperate to schedule your WordPress posts, in that case, you can retreat to this option!

Final Words:-

So yeah that was all I had on How To Schedule Your Posts in WordPress guys!

I'm pretty sure your problems are solved, I mean there wasn't anything complicated, right? In fact, it's even easier than creating a Facebook account! (Probably that's the reason why WordPress is being used by over 25% of the internet!)

So anyway, if this piece helped, I'd seriously appreciate your feedback in the comments section! And I'm sure you can't find a simpler way to schedule WordPress posts, but if you did, I'd love to hear about them too!

Also, I wouldn't mind if you hit the share buttons, who doesn't like being shared, right?

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How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress?



this webpage has a redirect loop

No doubt that WordPress is the world's most popular CMS existing today! It powers over 25% of the total world websites! But with great power, comes great responsibilities, right? So one such issue WordPress sometimes gives in to is the question How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress?

That's exactly the question I'm addressing today! Redirection issues are one of the most common issues with WordPress! And the twist is that they're pretty easy to solve too!

But just because of those complicated terms like this webpage has a redirect loop and things like that, many people think it's something that requires you to have a Ph.D. in rocket science, well you don't!

What are Redirection Issues?

WordPress is nothing but URL's, right? A lot of well organized, structured, and linked urls! Well although WordPress has taken good care of URLs and their links, sometimes things go south.

Let me put it this way, WordPress uses Permalinks structures to publish, open and maintain websites, right? Every permalink takes you to a specific address.

The problem is that the same URL algorithm/structure (whatever you want to call it) is also used by a lot of plugins we use on our websites.

And sometimes, the settings in the plugins, themes, elements (can be anything else!) conflict with the default URL pattern of WordPress and hence this problem exists.

In short, there's no fixed reason why this issue will arise, but it does arise. The simplest explanation is that URL's sometimes mis-redirect, or don't redirect at all, and hence the redirection issues come up.

So a slight misconfiguration with the Theme or a plugin can cause havoc on your websites. And you get something like this one the screen:-

Too Many Redirects

But let me tell you, fixing them is extremely easy! Which we will come to eventually.

What are the Most Common Redirection Issues:-

Now there are over 50 redirection issues that exist, but you don't face each one of them so easy, neither is fixing them!

But there are a couple of issues which knock down your door every next week or maybe a month.

  • This Page isn't Redirecting Properly.
  • This webpage has a redirect loop! – It occurs when Your page 1 is redirecting to Page 2, and Page 2 is redirecting back to Page 2, so basically you never reach your destination.

Worry not, fixing both of them has an identical procedure so this article will help you out in either case.

Why Should you Fix Too Many Redirect issues on WordPress:-

It's simple, if your website has a redirection issue, it won't come up. None of your visitors would be able to visit your website.

It's an era of extreme competition, unless you're a brand and authority already, in which case you might have an excuse, your blog would be doomed.

People won't care t click on your links in the search results next time, ever! That would take down your CTR,  push you down the search results, lower your traffic, and you'd end up quitting the site, all this, just from one simple redirection issue.

So here's how to fix it.

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress:-

The Most Common Reason (And fix) to the Problem:-

Go to your WordPress Dashboard, and click on settings>General

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress
How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

There you would see the simple option of WordPress Address and Site Address! Now here's the catch. All the hosts let you select your primary URL structure.

Meaning if you want your website to have the www prefix, or not! It depends on what you've selected as the preferred URL.

I can't show the screenshots here because I'm not sure what your choices are. But it's simple if you've selected WWW as the preferred URL, and on the WordPress settings, you have only the naked URL set, this problem might show itself up.

The second scenario is when you have the naked URL set on the host as a preferred URL, but you've set www.yoursite.com in the WordPress settings as your URL.

The Solution:- I think it's already clear, just make sure that you're Preferred URL and WordPress setting's URL are the same.

Answer #2 to How to Solve This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem:-

The above solution was simple, wasn't it? Here's another “simpler” solution! It works when the issue is on the client-side and not on the server-side.

Hit Control+Shift+N on Google chrome to reach Incognito Mode.

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

Click on the three-line bars at the top-right corner>Settings.

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

Type “cookies” in the search bar, and click on Clear Browsing Data.

How to Solve This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem

Select Clear cookie option, set the time to “beginning of time”  and click on Clear browsing data.

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

This should probably solve your problem, because this issue isn't always based on the server-side, and hence if it was on your side, this should solve it.

Method #3 on How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress:-

I already mentioned this issue might also arise due to a URL redirection conflict with themes and plugins? Right?

So the simple solution to the problem is:-

  • Find out “IF” plugins are causing this.
  • Find out “which” plugin exactly is causing it.
  • Deactivate /update the plugin.

So in order to do that, here's what we will do:-

Deactivate all Plugins (and if that solves the problem= Plugins are causing this!) > Start reactivating them one by one ( to figure out which plugin exactly is causing this!)

So okay we hit the WordPress Dashboard, Plugins> Installed Plugins.

How to Solve This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem

Select the Topmost check Bar, and check it. This will select all your plugins in the list in a single click.

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

Bulk Actions> Deactivate

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

Once they're deactivated, check if the website is working! If it starts working, it means your problem is being caused due to a malfunctioning plugin.

Now, start Reactivating the plugins one by one. Activate one plugin, check the site, keep repeating this till you get the error again.

Once you get the error, you'll know that the last activated plugin was causing the error. So just click on Deactivate once you find the plugin.

How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress

(Note that “blogger importer” isn't the plugin which causes it, I'm using the screenshot only to show you an example!)

Final Words:-

So that was How to Fix Error Too Many Redirects Issue in WordPress guys! If this piece helped you can show your experience in the comments section.

Also, feel free to hit the share button.

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How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Search Rankings?



How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress

How many times have you been in the dilemma of How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress? Me? Around 10 times, and well by now I've already moved blogs too and fro about 7 times, (the first three times I was just too scared!), so the point being, that's what I'm covering in this piece today, How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Search Rankings.

If you're an avid reader over here, you're most probably already familiar with my tradition, I get into the “why” before the “how”, well and that only seems fair.

If I'm explaining to you How to Import a Blogger blog to WordPress, I think you do deserve a chance to know who to import a blogger blog to WordPress in the first place, right?

Why Import a Blogger Blog to WordPress:-

Now well, WordPress is used by a total of 25% of the overall world websites! That's a big number! But no reason for you to switch to WordPress too, yeah granted.

So here are some of the most basic advantages and reasons which would make you consider switching your blog to WordPress right about now:-

  • Self-hosted CMS:- The worst thing about a blogger? Nope, it's not the layout or the themes, it's the “control”. You don't “own” your own blog! Google owns it, it can delete, edit, change or completely remove your years of hard work (not from just the Search Engines, but remove “literally” from the blogosphere directly!) without any notice to you.
  • Better Themes and Layouts:- WordPress has dozens of platforms devoted to getting you the best possible looks and layouts, while blogger? Not so much. Themeforest is one such leading platform! The point being, the types of layouts and designs possible with a blogger blog aren't so achievable with the blogger blogs.
  • Third-Party Plugins:- “Blogging” has turned into a whole lot of science right now! You can't imagine getting ranked or making a career just by “writing content”! You need Email popups, CDN's, Lockers, and what not in order to outrank your competition! Guess what, none of that is possible on a blogger blog, while WordPress? Well totally possible!
  • Better security:- The only thing a hacker needs to hack in order to cause havoc on your blogger blog, is your Gmail account! And hacking Gmail? It is a kid's job! (Take it from someone who has spent a lot of time doing this exact shit!). While on WordPress? You've got extra security layers, a personalized cPanel, defensive plugins like WorDfence and lots more!

So yeah, I think I've listed more than enough reasons for you to consider the switch, right? Now let's get into some action.

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings:-

Well the primary reason you loose your rankings is, during the migration process, you mess up your article permalinks. And additionally, don't properly redirect it, as a result the new site becomes “completely” new for Google, and hence the rankings are all vaporized.

So if you don't want that to happen, the first thing you'd want to do is, export your blogger blog.

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing rankings

Log in to your Blogger blog, go to settings.

Then, click over the “other” option.

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing rankings

Now, choose the “back up content” button.

How to Import a Blogger blog to WordPRess

And finally click on save to computer.

Migrate from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google Search rankings

This would get you a .xml file on your computer.

Great, you're done! Now let's import this .xml blogger file to your WordPress website, right?

Login to your WordPress, and go to Tools>Import.

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Then choose the “blogger” option from the list.

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

And click on Install importer. This importer is an external plugin that you can use to import the blogger blog to WordPress pretty smoothly.

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Once it's installed, click on “activate and run importer” button.

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing

On the next screen, just click the “choose” button and upload the blogger backup file you just downloaded.

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing

Done! You just imported your blogger blog content to your WordPress blog. But hey, that was just the first step, that's what you can find almost in any other piece on the internet about How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress, but the main part, the “don't lose your rankings” part is still to follow.

So once you've imported the content, let's work on “not losing” our rankings.

You'd want to go to your WordPress blog's settings> Permalinks for the next step.

ow to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Now you need to make sure that your WordPress permalink is exactly the same, or as close as possible to your blogger blog's permalinks. And well for that I'd say the safest bet is choosing Month and Name. Because that's the default blogger permalink structure, right?

ow to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

So once you save that up, you're done with the permalink settings.

The Redirection:-

So once you've done the permalinks thing, the last thing that remains to be done is the redirection.

  • Redirecting Blogger Blog to Redirect to the WordPress site.
  • 301 redirecting posts to exact permalinks on the WordPress site.

Go to your Blogger Dashboard, and click on Templates.

Migrate from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google Search rankings

Then scroll down to the very bottom of the page, and click on the “Revert to Classic Templates” button.

Migrate from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google Search rankings

Once you've clicked on that button, you can clearly see the “Edit Template HTML” box. Delete everything in the text-box, and paste the following code there:-



   <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/" />

    <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL
gt;" />

   <h1><a href="http://example.com/"><$BlogTitle
    <h1><a href="http://example.com/?blogger=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL

Note:- Replace the Example.com in the above code with your new WordPress blog URL. And save the template.

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Done! Now just one last piece of work left for you to finish off. Login to your Cpanel, and go to File Manager Public_Html

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing

Then go to Blog Name> Wp-Content > Themes > Theme Name >there you'd find your functions.php file and then right Click on functions.php>edit.

How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

And paste the following code into the functions.php file.

function blogger_query_vars_filter( $vars ) {
  $vars[] = "blogger";
  return $vars;
add_filter('query_vars', 'blogger_query_vars_filter');
function blogger_template_redirect() {
  global $wp_query;
  $blogger = $wp_query->query_vars['blogger'];
  if ( isset ( $blogger ) ) {
    wp_redirect( get_wordpress_url ( $blogger ) , 301 );
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'blogger_template_redirect' );
function get_wordpress_url($blogger) {
  if ( preg_match('@^(?:https?://)?([^/]+)(.*)@i', $blogger, $url_parts) ) {
    $query = new WP_Query ( 
      array ( "meta_key" => "blogger_permalink", "meta_value" => $url_parts[2] ) );
    if ($query->have_posts()) { 
      $url = get_permalink(); 
  return $url ? $url : home_url();

You just 301 redirected your blogger blog to WordPress!

301 is the best redirection protocol ensuring the least ranking loss. (100% ranking loss is “impossible”, it always loses some juice, but this causes the least damage and you can come back up in less than a week!)

Final Words:-

So that was all I had folks on How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing. I'm sure this piece should've helped you out Migrate from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google search rankings.

If it did, I'd love it if you hit the share buttons. Or maybe got a question? Something isn't working, right? Do leave a comment I'll try my best to help you out.

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How to Lock WordPress Content?



How to Lock WordPress Content

It's a thankless world, no matter what you do, you don't always get the support you deserve or crave for right? That happens with us too. And hence I had to come up with this piece on How to Lock WordPress Content.

At times, after spending weeks on research and hours on the keyboard when I finally get a piece finalized, I expect some support from my readers but that's not always what happens, and hence I'll be teaching you How To Restrict Access To Areas Of Your WordPress Website, now that's something which helps.

What Does Restricting Content Mean?

Well if I'm writing a piece for the audience, what's the point in restricting it, right?

The point is, the restriction doesn't exactly mean restriction, it means partial restriction, let me show you How to Add Content Locking in WordPress, and you'd understand.

#1. Partial Locking:-

Basically it's like the content is locked till a certain action is performed, let's say alike, a share of the article on social media, or a comment!

#2. Password Protection:-

Restricting isn't always for social shares or engagement, at times we also need to Password Protect our content, so that only a select few individuals have access to that content!

This can be used in order to compartmentalize information, or maybe if you're selling a particular kind of content, you can give them the passwords once you get paid.

Anyway, the reasons to lock WordPress content are endless.

What are the Benefits of Locking WordPress Content?

The benefits range from getting social signals, to more engagement!

It's like a cycle, let's say you lock a piece of content and the readers need to share the piece on their social media in order to gain access to the article, so once they share the piece, their friends would land on your site, and they'd share the piece too, hence creating a cycle of unlimited audience.

Not to mention the ranking boost that you'd get with the help of the strong social signals.

Also this way, your blog would attain a certain kind of authority on social media, people would naturally start sharing your content if the content is really good without you needing to force them to do so.

And if you're going with the Password Protection method, I think you already know why passwords are a good thing, right? They help you secure your privacy, restrict unwanted users from accessing content that's not for them and so on.

How to Lock WordPress Content:-

Well, there are a number of ways to lock WordPress content, but we would stick to the simplest and easiest ways to do so.

There are two ways to lock WordPress Content which I'll be discussing:-

  • How to Lock Specific Content in WordPress Blog Post using Passwords.
  • Lock WordPress content using third party plugins:-

So let's get along with the first method. That's how to lock WordPress content using Passwords.

This is the simplest method to lock WordPress content, in fact, it takes less than 10seconds to be completed, and doesn't require any third-party plugins or even the need to move away from the page where you're writing your content!

How To Restrict Access To Areas Of Your WordPress Website,

It's pretty easy, just write a post on your WordPress dashboard as you normally would, and then click on the “edit” option under the publish > visibility tab on the right sidebar of the dashboard page:-

Next click on the “password protect” button and enter the password you want to set.

How to Lock WordPress Content

Done! Just publish the article with these settings and it would be password protected. Now only those who have the password to the article will be able to view the articles!

Note that this restriction method is only applied to the current post, meaning for the post which you were writing, it's not universal, if you want this on every post of yours, you'd have to manually do so.l

Method #2  to Restrict WordPress content using Plugins:-

This method is more fruitful if you ask me, basically locking WordPress content with this method helps you get more social signals and exposure.

There isn't a lot of settings you've got to manage either, in fact, it's as easy as “install and use”. Of course, there are advanced settings for those who are interested, but the basic settings are preloaded and don't need a lot of effort from your side.

So in order to lock WordPress content with this method, you'd need to login to your WordPress dashboard, and click on Plugins > add new.

How To Restrict Access To Areas Of Your WordPress Website,

And then search for “Social Locker”, and install the below plugin.

How To Restrict Access To Areas Of Your WordPress Website,

Once it's installed, You'd get the locking shortcode on your WordPress dashboard writing box.

How to Add Content Locking in WordPress

So in order to lock content, just select the text you want to lock, and then click on the shortcode.

how to Lock Specific Content in WordPress Blog Post


Let me show you how the locked content looks once it's live!

How to Lock WordPress Content

If you ask me, I'd say the locker does a pretty professional job! And it wasn't hard installing it either was it now?

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to Lock WordPress Content guys. I'm sure this piece should've helped you.  If it did, I'd appreciate it if you leave a comment down in the comments section.

Or if you're stuck somewhere and I can help, do let me know. Also, I'd love to hear if you've got your own thoughts on locking WordPress content, maybe a plugin that's better, or maybe a different method altogether?

Basically feel free to speak your minds out.

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How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site?



How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site

How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site? If that's what you need an answer to then you're at the perfect place.

Moving a site from a local server to a live site isn't the hardest task on this planet, but it's not the easiest either, so I'll try to simplify it as much as possible for you.

What's a Local Server?

Before answering How to Migrate WordPress Website from Localhost to Live Server, let me start from the basics.

A local server is basically just the “web-environment” on your computer which allows you to work on your web-projects similarly as you would on the internet, but just with a lot more speed and ease.

That's the case because on the Internet you need to save and refresh for every change to take effect and that in total makes a “lot” of changes, hence lot's of wasted seconds which add up to hours in the long run.

Also on the web, deleting or modifying certain files need repeated permissions, asking you to login or authenticate over and over again, but on your local server,  you just need to authenticate them once.

The only problem is, a project on the “local server” is placed locally on your system and not the internet. So if you want the project to be accessible worldwide on the web, you need to move it to a live server.

So the bottom line is, “local server' and “live server” both are basically just “storage space” for your projects, the former is local and offline while the latter is online and available to everyone.

How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site?

Before you can move your WordPress from local server to live site, you'll need three basic things:-

  • Make sure your local site is ready.
  • Make sure WordPress is already installed on your Live server.
  • Make sure you write down the SQL database and password which you use while installing WordPress.

Step 1:- Exporting the Site Content

The first thing you need to do is, export your WordPress content so that you can upload it to your live server.

In order to do that, go to your local server's WordPress module, go to your dashboard and click on Tools>Export.

How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site

On the next page, choose “all content” and click on “download export file”.

How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site

You'll get a .xml file containing all your WordPress site's content. This is the file you'll need to import in the next step.

Importing the WordPress Content:-

Now you'll need to import the file you just downloaded. Again login to your WordPress, go to tools>import.

It might ask you to install an “importer”. Just install the “WordPress” importer. (It takes couple seconds only!)

How To Move Your WordPress Website From localhost To Live Server

Once you've installed it, just browse to the .xml file you downloaded and import it. Once that's done it means you've successfully imported your posts, images, menus, etc to your live site.

Step 2:- Exporting and Importing the SQL database:-

You need to import your MySQL database to your live server as well so that your live server can communicate with your WordPress files.

Login to your Phymyadmin module on the local server. You can alternately use “http://localhost/phpmyadmin” to directly access it on your local server.

How to Migrate WordPress Website from Localhost to Live Server

Next, you'd want to click on “export” if you want to learn How To Move Your WordPress Website From localhost To Live Server.

So click on export, and select “SQL” from the drop-down menu and click go.

How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site

Now you'd need to find and replace all the primary URLs of your project. Because by default, local server projects have the URL of “localhost”. You need to change them to your URL.

So right-click on the SQL file you just downloaded, and edit it with any editor. I normally use notepad++.

Just press ctrl+f and go to the “replace” tab. There enter “http://localhost/your_project (replace “your_project” with the name of your project file), and in the “replace with” tab, enter your URL.

How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site

Step 3:- Linking the Database with your WordPress Installation:-

During the WordPress installation, there was a moment when you were asked to create a new username and password for the database.

Something like the following screenshot:-

How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site

I'm sure you wrote down the username and password. Those are the credentials you'll need now.

Now you'll need to edit your Wp-config.php file. Just change the following credentials with the credentials you used while creating the MySQL databse during the installation:-

  • define(‘DB_USER’, ‘your_database_user’);
  • define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘your_database_password’);
  • define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);
  • define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘your_database_name’);


Optional Step:-

If you had customized your WordPress local server with logos and personalized images, you'd need to upload all the files you have on your local server to the live server.

This is nothing technical or complex, all you've to do is upload all the files to your Public_HTML folder (if you have not installed WordPress is any other directory like /blog /mysite etc).

Or use a simple FTP client like FileZilla to accomplish the task.

Final Step:-

So that was all I had on How to Move WordPress From Local Server to Live Site folks. Hope this piece was helpful.

Although I do understand that it's one of the “more complex” articles, so there's a fair chance that you're stuck somewhere, in case you are just let me know in the comment box and I'll help you out.

Last but not least, I wouldn't mind if you share this piece around your social networks.

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