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How to customize WordPress themes?

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WordPress themes are the backbones of your websites, right? I mean how your website looks are one of the most important metrics you’d come across. Cause at the end of the day, “User Experience” is what gets you ranked. And that you can solve by knowing How to customize WordPress themes.

I’m not saying that customizing your WordPress themes would get you on the top of Google search results. But yeah they would improve your site’s user experience, which in turn will affect, even if a little, to boost your SERP rankings.

So that’s the reason I’m writing this piece to show you the process of customizing WordPress themes, and explain to you how to edit a WordPress theme. If you are confused about WordPress Themes and what theme you should use, see this post telling you a way to choose the best WordPress Theme.

But before that, let me walk you through some basics on the topic.

What are WordPress Themes:-

WordPress themes are the layouts, the design of your website, coded primarily with PHP in order to enhance or modify the look and feel of your websites.

Now there are two basic kinds of themes:-

  • Parent Themes.
  • Child Themes.

Parent themes are the basic framework, on which the child themes are built. Having a parent theme is specifically beneficial as it allows you to modify your child theme, without the need to make any serious changes to the parent theme.

The child theme can be edited or modified by you, and you don’t need to modify the Parent theme for it, what this does is if something goes wrong, you don’t have to be scared of loosing the layout completely, because you’ll only be modifying the child theme and not the parent theme.

Also the child theme let’s you modify the “looks” of the theme, without compromising on  the other factors of the theme. Like the SEO/ Speed/ Compatibility etc So yeah having a Parent-child theme framework is beneficial. Also take a look at installing Tumblr Theme for Tumblr Blog.

How to Customize WordPress Themes:-

Okay so by now you know how to choose the best WordPress themes, and also what they are, right? Let’s get down to the fun part, the part where I explain to you how to customize WordPress themes.

Most WordPress themes, come built-in with the customizer. What these means is, you don’t need to get into codes or anything to know how to edit WordPress theme. Instead you can do it directly from the dashboard.

So login to your Dashboard, and click over Appearances> Customize button

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This would open up the theme customizer.

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Now you can customize your WordPress theme from here. All the themes would have a similar layout. Some might have a slightly different options set, meaning the header might be placed inside another option or something, but this is the basic process. It’s always the same.

The Site Identity is what let’s you customize, change, edit the Site Title, Descriptions, and Favicons. (Keep in mind, Favicons are not the same thing as “logos”!)

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Once you click on it, you’ll be greeted with the simple options of changing the most basic information about the website.

The Header option comes next. This is what let’s you change the website’s logo, and Description of the header, in short anything that appears in the header can be customized from here. It’s pretty straightforward, you just upload your logo, and click save.

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The next is the Layout option. Keep in mind that the contents of this option might vary according to your theme. The layout option will always be there, but maybe the supported layouts might vary.

But the basics remain the same, you click on the layout options, and it’ll let you choose from the available layouts for your website.

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Social options too is an “optional” option! Means it might or might not be present, but if it is present, it’s what let’s you add your Social media profiles to the website. Like your Facebook Fan page, Google Plus profile etc.

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So that’s it, just keep clicking the options and they would let you customize your WordPress theme as you wish.

Editing WordPress Themes From The Source Code:

Unless you’ve atleast some experience with PHP and HTML, I recommend you stick to the above method to customize your WordPress themes. But if you do have the experience, I’ll give you a basic insight into the primary files you might want to edit to create your own CHILD THEME!

Yeah that’s possible! And it’s not extremely hard!

Files You’re Would Have to Edit:-

  • functions.php
  • Style.css

Once those files are edited, you might want to get your hands on the theme files. The primary theme files, like the index.php, header.php and all the rest of the files.

I can’t “teach” you how to customize a theme from the source codes, but I can show you how to edit those files.

Go to your Dashboard > Editor.

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And on the right side, you’d see all the files listed neatly. You just have to click on the file you want to edit, simple as that.

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Once you click on it, it would open up in the editor at the center of the screen. And this is where you can customize the theme based on your coding and creativity skills.

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Final Words:-

So that’s it folks on How to customize WordPress themes, I’d recommend you to stick with the in-built customizer if you’re not a pro level WordPress Dev.

Or if you want to try your hands at the source-code editing, I’d suggest you take a WordPress Backup before proceeding. But the bottom-line is, that’s how solve editing WordPress themes problems! Not a lot of rocket science there, yeah WordPress is advanced enough. In case you are running out of PHP memory in WordPress, see this to increase php memory limit in WordPress.

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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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How to Update WordPress in Easy Steps?

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WordPress is the most commonly used CMS in this world, in fact, a recent study proved that more than 25% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress! So no surprises here if I’m writing this piece about or you’re interested to learn about How to Update WordPress in easy steps, right?

Now, this world has thousands of different CMS’s! Like literally! So if WordPress is surpassing all of them and is coming out to dominate 25% of the world websites, trust me it’s not a big deal, it’s an “H-U-G-E” deal! So of course here’s what I’m gonna explain to you in this piece:-

  • What is WordPress.
  • How to update WordPress from Admin panel
  • How to Manually Update WordPress Using FTP

What is WordPress:-

WordPress is a CMS! A Content-Management-Service. Well no it’s not a “service” actually, it’s a “System” kind of thing that let’s you do hell lot of other things.

WordPress isn’t an extremely awesome tool in itself if I’m going to be honest, but when coupled with it’s various plugins and themes and functionalities, it’s one hell of Internet army!

In short, if you’ve got WordPress and you’re going to run your website, you won’t need anything else. I mean you would, but whatever you  would need is supported and can be integrated into WordPress.

It’s basically just a “write & Publish” platform, or it “was”. Right now, you can use it to Create a forum, create a full-fledged E-commerce website in minutes, Create a songs download-upload website and 10 other different kind of things.

So bottom line?   You can’t exist on the Internet without WordPress, specifically if you’re in the content publishing biz. You should also see how you can add Push Notification on WordPress website.

Caution Before Updating WordPress:-

Updating WordPress is fast, and secure. But then again, there always is something or the other that can go wrong on this planet, right?

So I’d say before updating WordPress, make sure you’ve a backup of your WordPress site, a fresh one. In case you’re confused about the backup thing, here are some pieces to help you out.

  • How to Backup WordPress Site. (This is where I’ve shared how to backup your WordPress site so that if something goes wrong, you always have a checkpoint to go back to.  Worry not the tools or plugins are mostly free!)
  • How to Restore WordPress site. (Cause in case something goes wrong, you need to be able to restore it too, right?) 

How to update WordPress from Admin panel:-

Okay so among the many ways to update WordPress, one of the best and easiest methods is to Update it from the WordPress admin panel. So in order to do so, login to your WordPress dashboard.

Once you’re in, it’s extremely easy updating WordPress. Just scroll down and you’d see the “Get Version Xx.xx” option on the bottom right. Click on it.

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Now you’d be confronted with two options. Click on the Update now button.

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Clicking on it would start the update process. In this case you don’t have to do anything more, it takes around 2 seconds and you’re greeted with a welcome message telling you that the update has been successful!

If your wordpress website has some sensitive content, you can lock it. Here is how to lock WordPress content.

How to Manually Update WordPress Using FTP:-

Yeah so the above method was about updating WordPress using the automated update button which takes less than 2seconds to be completed.

But if you’ve been wondering how to update WordPress over FTP, then here’s how. I’m covering the FTP thing because at times the automatic button might not work, or just because you want to do things manually.

In this process, we would be using a File transfer Protocol client, to upload the newer version of your WordPress directly to your server without logging in to your WordPress dashboard, or Cpanel!

The first step for you would be to download the latest version of WordPress! That you can do by going to https://wordpress.org/download/ and clicking the download button.

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Once you get the .zip file of WordPress, all that’s left for you to do is to upload the file.

First of all, you need to Login to your WordPress site using a FTP client. I use and recommend FileZilla (it’s free!). So just login to your website using Filezilla.

Once you’re in, you need to “upload” the WordPress file you downloaded some time back. So just head to your site’s root directory, and upload the WordPress files onto it.

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Now, after some time you will get a “Over-right permissions” box. This is because you already have an older version of WordPress installed on your servers, so you need to overwrite the older files.

Just select the “overwrite” option and click on Ok.

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Done!

Final Words:-

So yeah that was it folks, on how to update WordPress in easy steps and how to use WordPress. I’m pretty sure I listed the cautions and the steps to do it both automatically, and manually. WordPress is no doubt the best CMS and what makes it best are the Plugins. There are thousands of WordPress plugins and you can use them for making the best version of the website. You must hear about Yoast SEO Plugin. Here is how to install and Setup Yoast Plugin.

So it’s all straight and simple. But in case you still got doubts or are confused about something, do make use of the comment box!

I answer to all the queries. Oh and hey a share won’t hurt.

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How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress

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I’ll make this simple and straight enough, this piece is going to be about How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress. It’s one of the most common and encountered problems with websites.

So I think it’s only a fair decision for me to scribble this piece down on HTTP 403 forbidden error, right? Well before diving into the technical details, let’s get down to some basics.

Here’s what this piece would be covering:-

  • What is the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress?
  • Why does the error code 403 occur in the first place?
  • How do you fix a 403 forbidden error?

What is the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress?

403 is an error code, it species which error exactly is causing the problem. Just like the popular 404 not found code, the 403 means a lack of permission.

Means when you don’t have enough permissions to access a certain file, you get that problem. It’s primarily a fail-safe, designed to keep unwanted people from accessing unwanted data.

But then it’s  an algorithm, a code, right? And codes mess up sometimes, or/and you do. And in those instances, you might have this problem on your server even when you do have sufficient permissions.

And that’s exactly what we would fix today!

Why does the Error Code 403 Occur?

Now there are plenty of reasons and times when and why this might happen. The primary reason being, Security plugins! I mean this is something that most website owners install themselves, and that increases the chances of you making the wrong decisions.

There are some plugins, security plugins to be specific which blog your Ip addresses, and couple more addressed due to security. It’s unintentional, but it happens. That’s the reason you need to be really picky with which plugins you’re granting access to your site.

The second most common reason for this to happen is, you’ve got the wrong piece of code on your .htaccess file! The code probably is limiting your rights and access to the server.

Or you might have just messed up some other important kind of file, whatever be the reason, let’s take a look at fixing them.

How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress:-

The first step? I’d say take a backup of your WordPress directory right away! You don’t want to be stranded just in case something goes wrong, right?

So okay once you have the backups with you, it’s time to get to the real deal!

Method #1:- Disable All WordPress Plugins (Especially the security ones!).

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Head over to your WordPress dashboard, and click on Plugins> Installed Plugins.

Click on the checkbox at the very top! I mean the very first checkbox! This will select all the checkboxes in the least.

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And click on actions> Deactivate.

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This will disable all your plugins! And then check your website. If the issue is resolved, well then you need to re-verify the plugins you’ve installed. I’d recommend permanently deleting any free security plugins you might have.

Method #2:- Checking .htaccess file.

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Login to your Cpanel, and click on File Manager > Public HTML

Then select the website for which you’re having the problem with.

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This will take you to the website’s WordPress installation directory. That’s where you find the .htaccess file. Right click on it, and click on delete. (WAIT! Make sure you download it first, as a backup!)

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So once that’s gone, again check your website! If the website starts functioning, then probably you had a line of wrong code in your .htacces! So if that fixes your problem, you still need to get back your .htacess file, right? (It’s important, a lot!)

But you can’t upload the backup file either, because then it would be the same file which caused the issue. So we need a fresh copy of your .htaccess file, right?

Just click on Settings>Permalinks in your WordPress dashboard.

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And click on Save changes. Nope don’t change anything else! Just get to the page, and click on Save changes.

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This would generate a fresh copy of your .htaccess file, one “without” the malicious code and hence you’re clean!

Method #3:- Changing File Permissions Manually!

Let me get this straight, this isn’t the best option, or something I recommend either, because if you don’t have clear idea about what file permissions are, or what they can do, you might loose your website permanently.

The best bet over here is to ask your server company or hire a web dev to fix the file permissions for you! But if you’re hell-bent on doing it yourselves, let me show you how (and what!)

Just get to your Cpanel WordPress directory using the steps I’ve shown in the above section. Once you’re in the directory, you should see a screen similar to this.

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Now right click on the file you want to change the permissions of (I’ll show you what to change shortly!), and click on Change permissions.

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What to Change:-

  • Set the permissions of all the “folders” in your WordPress directory to 744 or 755!
  • The “files” need to be set to 644 of 640!
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Final Words:-

So yeah that was it, folks. On How to Fix the 403 Forbidden Error in WordPress. So now that solved your problems regarding how you can solve your error 403 forbidden too right?

If you’ve got any queries or questions, I’d love to hear them in the comments down there. Or if this piece helped you, a share won’t hurt either.

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How to Allow Users to Subscribe to Authors in WordPress?

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On sites like KnowledgeCage where we have a team of over 20 authors writing for us, we come across questions like How to Allow Users to Subscribe to Authors in WordPress.

Because every writer has his own writing style, format and research right? Now it’s a possibility that some people want to subscribe only to the works of those writers and not the whole website.

It is mutually beneficial too, the people won’t be spammed with all the articles that a site has, instead they will only get notified about the articles of that specific writer and we would still grab their E-mails, without spamming them for it.

A live example can be seen on HuffingtonPost. You might have seen it has the feature where it lets you subscribe to specific authors. And that’s exactly what we would be doing, so let’s get down to some of the more basic questions regarding How to Allow User Registration on Your WordPress Site.

Why Allow Specific Author Subscription:-

The one feature that makes WordPress so unique and awesome is this, that it generates separated RSS feeds for almost every element.

I’m talking Comments, Images, Posts, Categories and everything else.

Now, it’s not like people can just dig into our RSS feeds and grab what they want, right? We need to give them what they’re looking for, so we just show them how to find those links.

In short, when they subscribe to that author, they’ll automatically subscribe to his RSS feed without needing to get into any technicalities or complexions

How to Allow Users to Subscribe to Authors in WordPress:-

So okay I know you’re probably getting bored with all the chit-chat, so let me just get down to the section How to Allow Users to Subscribe to Authors in WordPress.

Now there are quite a number of ways to go about this.

Let’s start with the simplest method that solves our problem regarding How to Automate Author Registration with WordPress.

Method #1:- Using Simple HTML

Your authors have an author bio section, right?

Just go to your site’s Dashboard > Users > Your Profile

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And there you can see your author bio section.

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Just ask them to copy-paste the below line in their author bio section:-

<a href="http://www.example.com/author/evan/feed">Subscribe Evan's Posts</a>

Make sure you replace “Evan” with your author’s username. You can also change the “Subscribe to Evan’s posts” text!

What this will do is it will simply give your user’s the link to the author’s feed and they can subscribe to it manually.

Method #2:- Create Your Own Shortcodes:-

This is the best solution for any WordPress problem, isn’t it? Probably this is the reason why WordPress is dominating 25% of the internet. (Damn I say that in almost each of my posts right?)

Doesn’t matter what your problem is, there always is a plugin or a shortcode to help you out of it. Or, if there isn’t one already, you can have your very own plugin in the least of efforts.

So what we will do here is I’ll just show you how to create your own author subscription shortcode.

Just head over to your Cpanel and click on File Manager > Public HTML

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Head over to Wp-Content > Themes

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Then choose your theme from the list find the functions.php file in it.

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And then right-click on it > code it.

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Copy-paste the following code into the file, and save it:-

// Function to generate author's RSS feed link

function wpb_author_feed() {

$authorfeed =  get_author_feed_link( get_the_author_id(), ''); 

$authorfeedlink = '<a href='. $authorfeed . '>Subscribe to get more posts from ' . get_the_author_meta( 'display_name') .''  ;

return $authorfeedlink;

} 
// Create a shortcode to display the link
add_shortcode('authorfeed', 'wpb_author_feed');

// Enable shortcode execution in WordPress text widgets
add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

Done!

What you just did is you created a shortcode for your Author Subscription.

Using the Shortcode:-

The shortcode you just created is:- [authorfeed]

I’m pretty sure you know how to use it, just in case you don’t, just copy-paste (or type) the above shortcode wherever you want in your text, and it will create a subscription link for that author automatically.

What the shortcode does is, it doesn’t need every author to manually type in lines of codes or specify their usernames.

Every author on your site can just use the same shortcode [authorfeed] to create their subscription links, the magic is that the same shortcode would create different subscription links based on the different authors.

Here is an example:-

Keep in mind that, you don’t have to write anything while using the shortcode. The sentence “This article was written by ____” is an automatic insertion, just inserting the shortcode does the trick.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to Allow Users to Subscribe to Authors in WordPress. I’m sure that solved your queries? I agree the methods aren’t exactly user-friendly. But if you look at the code just as something you’ve got to copy-paste and not edit or mess your head with, I’d say it’s pretty straight forward.

But I tried my best to explain them as easily as possible, was I successful? I’d love to hear your opinion about it.

Considering it was a complex article, I would also seriously like your feedback on your understanding of the process, and you can totally reach out to me using the comment box below if there’s someplace you’re stuck and would like my help!

I wouldn’t mind you hitting the share button either, nor would I mind if you’ve got simpler options that solve the problem and would like to share with me.

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How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down

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So you own a website? Hey go check it out, it might be down, all the websites are going down today for a certain reason! (JK! But didn’t that give you goosebumps? Weren’t you “terrified”?) What if I tell you not to be because I’m going to show you How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down.

So well yeah now you don’t need to monitor, check or verify if your website is up or not, you’d be automatically getting notifications once the website is down, and as long as it’s up, no pressure, nothing to check, just relax.

And the best part? It’s free! Well yeah, whatever I’m going to explain in this piece today won’t cost you a dime! That’s the beauty of it because well money can buy everything, the real fun is when you don’t need to empty your pockets out when you’re hunting something. (Especially something as awesome as this!).

But hey before getting into all the science, we could cover a bit of basic, right? I mean why does your website even go down? Yeah once you figure that out, you can work on the factors and that would solve your problems totally! I mean your website won’t go down in the first place, so the monitoring problem is solved anyway, right?

Top Reasons for Website DownTime:-

Servers:- Of course if you don’t have quality servers, your website can’t be blamed for not being up. Servers are the backbones of your websites, right? Your server response time, bandwidth, available space, everything comes together to finalize your final server uptime or downtime.

Wrong A Records:- While setting up your website, you do have to link the DNS to the server, right? That done wrong, and your site is going down for sure. And it’s one of the most common mistakes most people out there make while setting their websites up.

DDoS Attacks:- Well a DDoS attack is one of the easiest attacks to perform in this industry. Once unleashed, the attacker sends a huge number of requests to the victim server, which results in the crashing of the server, and thus the website goes down.

It’s simply like asking for more server pings, then the server can handle.

Old Version of WordPress:- Well, to be honest, not just WordPress, it can happen with just about any other CMS in the world. They release newer versions because the older versions have glitches or issues in them, right? So well yeah in case you’re using an older version of your CMS, then it’s quite possible that your CMS is affected by some kind of glitch and hence your website is down.

Well, so the point is, whatever the reason might be, it’s totally possible from your end to learn How to get Email Notifications on Site Downtime, and that’s what I’d be showing you in this piece today.

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I will teach you how to build your own Website Monitor! What? Nope, I’m not high, and it won’t take more than 10seconds for you to complete the whole process!

Let’s first learn about how to monitor it using your Google Plus account! The monitor would send you “All is well” reports to your Email and Google Plus notifications bar. Which technically is permanently available on your Google Chrome’s top right area.

  • Click here to access this pre-made google sheet.
  • Click on Make a copy.
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  • A new Google Sheet would open up. Edit the Website URL and change it to your own website’s address.
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  • Do the same with the Email address too!
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  • Done! You don’t need to change anything else in the piece. Simply click on the Website Monitor button on the toolbar, and click on Initialize.
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  • An “Authorization required” box would pop up. Click on the authorize button.
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  • Login to your Google Plus account, and click on allow.
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Done! Now you’d be notifications if your website is down! This monitor works on a 5-minute interval, so well I think that’s fair enough for an unlimited, free forever monitor, right? 5 minutes won’t make your break your career.

How to Setup Free SMS Alert when Website is Down:-

So we’re done with Emails and google plus notifications, huh? How about an SMS alert? Free!

Well yeah, signup at Monitoring. (It’s free!).

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Once you’ve provided your Email, check into your Email account for a confirmation E-mail from monitoring. And click on the button.

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That would take you to a Google Plus authorization page, allow the application to access your profile.

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And then it would redirect to monitoring again, where you’ve got to specify your website URL.

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After that on the next screen just enter your cell phone number where you’d want to get the notifications.

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And finally, click finish.

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Now the only thing left for you to do is, click on the “SMS” checkbox on the next screen to enable the SMS notifications.

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Wrapping it Off:-

So yeah folks that were everything I had on How To Setup Free SMS Alerts When Your Website Is Down. I’m pretty sure I made the steps pretty clear and straight-forward.

If I still missed something out, I’d love to hear about it from you in the comment boxes down there.  And of course, it won’t hurt you to hit the share button if this piece was something new for you, right?

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How to Restore WordPress from Backup?

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WordPress is the most used CMS on this planet there’s no doubt to it. In fact, it’s powering more than 25% of the total no. of World’s websites, now that’s a B-I-G number. And that’s the reason today I’d be showing you How to Restore WordPress from Backup.

Now I chose the topic for several reasons, first because it’s related to WordPress. Second, you need to know How to Restore a WordPress Site From Backup in order to do lots of things, be it migration, or a simple change on your WordPress blog.

Well before explaining to you how to restore the backup of a WordPress website, I think it’s only fair of me to explain what will be included in the backup, and why you would want to restore it.

What is a WordPress Backup:-

I strongly insist you check out those three articles above before proceeding. Trust my backups aren’t as simple as they seem, and those three articles would clear this up for you.

Anyway in case you won’t, let me explain a WordPress backup. Basically, WordPress is just a “CMS”, so if you’re talking strictly about “WordPress” backup, it just means the backup of your articles / Text/images.

While just those things aren’t enough in order to get a website up and running. So the other part of a “WordPress website” backup include the Database, the email aliases, and the other important files, if you don’t back these up, only your WordPress backup won’t help you restore the whole websites.

And I’ve covered how to back up each of these things separately in those three articles above.

The “WordPress” backup file is generally a .xml file, a pretty lightweight file that consists of all your important data.

So Bottomline is, in this article I’ll show you how to restore a WordPress backup. This restoration will include restoring:-

  • Old Articles.
  • Previous Images Files.
  • Any other On-Page Elements. (On-Page = elements which were present on the content page)

When to Restore WordPress from Backup:-

As I always say, you don’t need a reason to create a backup of your WordPress website, you should just do it anyway. But even then there are some specific moments when having a WordPress backup and restoring it might mean life or death of your online career, so let me scribble them down for you:-

  • You are Migrating your URL completely.
  • You are changing your servers. (In that case, you’d need a “complete backup”, which you can learn how to create if you check out the three posts in the first paragraph.)
  • If you changed something on your website, and things went south.

These are just some of the moments when restoring your WordPress backup might seem like a good idea.

Requirements to Restore WordPress from Backup:-

In order to restore your WordPress website from backup, you need a couple of things beforehand. Make sure you have:-

  • A .xml backup of your website before proceeding. If you don’t know how to get one,  just check out the three posts I’ve mentioned in the first paragraph.
  • A WordPress Importer. If you got it installed, it’s great. If not, don’t worry it’ll get installed automatically.

How to Restore WordPress from Backup:-

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In order to Restore your WordPress Backup, login to your WordPress dashboard, and click on  Tools>Import.

This will bring up the following screen on your monitors

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Then click on the WordPress button

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It will ask you to install the WordPress installer plugin, install it, it’s verified by WordPress for security and bugs hence it’s safe. So just click on Install Now.

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It will automatically install the importer on your WordPress website. If the installation was successful, you should see a screen like this

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Just click on Activate Plugin and Run Importer button. Once you click on it, you’d be taken to this screen

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I don’t think I need to explain what to do over here, right? All you’ve got to do is, click on Choose File.

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Once you click on it, the file browser popup would come up, which will let you locate your backup file. So just find the backup file and click on it and then click OPEN!

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Once you get the backup file, just click on Upload File and Import button.

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Done! This will start the upload automatically, once the upload is done, you’ll get your posts/images/permalinks back.

Final Words:-

So that was it folks, that’s all I had on How to Restore WordPress from Backup. I’m sure I made it simple and straight-forward enough for you guys to understand.

By using this process you can have a full backup of your Posts/Images/Permalinks and anything else that existed on your WordPress pages/posts.

Although if you need to learn how to create a “complete” backup, including the Database, Files and Email Aliases, checkout the three posts I’ve inserted right at the starting of this post.

While this is the simplest available method, it isn’t the only one, so if you guys know any other method that might be simpler, do let me know.

Also if this piece helped, I’d appreciate if you share it around, it might help one of your guys (and would definitely help us get more traffic and attention! I think we’ve earned it, haven’t we?)

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