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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 what makes WordPress so unique and awesome is this, that it generates separatexd 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 too 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 from 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:-

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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 short code 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 feedbacks on your understanding of the process ,and you can totally reach out to me using the commentbox below if there's some place you're struck 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 which solve the problem and would like to share with me.

 

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 Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory

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Recently, I have written a tutorial on “How to install WordPress using Fantastico”. Now, I hope that you all know how to install WordPress. After installing WordPress, now it's the time when we have to think about security.

And how to protect our blog from malicious attacks and deface attacks. WordPress does not provide security automatically, we have to take some measures to prevent our blog/website from being Hacked.

So, today we are traversing towards the first step of security by showing a tutorial on “How to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory“. WordPress Admin Directory is nothing but a “wp-admin”, which enables you to login into WordPress.

By protecting this directory you will cover an extra layer of authentication for security purposes. So, in this article, we will show you a Step by Step guide on “How to Password Protect WordPress Admin directory“.

Step by Step Guide on:

How to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory

Step 1:

Login to your cPanel. Scroll down the screen and find a section that includes a title as “Security” and in that section, you will find an icon named “Password Protect Directories“.

Step 2:

Click on that icon and then the screen will be appear asking for directory location. Now, click on the web root and then navigate to the folder where your WordPress is hosted. Then click on the /wp-admin/ folder. You will see a screen similar to the below image:

Step 3:

Afterward, in that open screen you have to simply check the box to Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory and in “Name of the protected directory” – you can put the desired name of your choice and no need to remember that name.

Step 4:

Then, in that open screen only you have to fill “username & password” and you have to remember it. Hurray! You have enabled Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory.

Step 5:

Now, When you try to login in WordPress or when you try to access your wp-admin directory, then you will see an Authentication Required box, shown in the figure below:

To Fix Too many redirects loop error

Sometimes it may happen that after you have the Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory when you try to login into WordPress account then it will show “404 Error or Too many redirects loop error“.

To fix this issue, open your main WordPress .htaccess file (cPanel > File Manager) and add the following code there before the WordPress rules start.

ErrorDocument 401 default

And your problem will be solved, now try to login to the WordPress account.

I hope you have understood and now you can Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory.

If you have any problem then don't hesitate, just put your problem-related comment via below comment form and we will surely help you resolve your problem.

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How to Install WordPress Using Fantastico

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New to WordPress? Don’t you know how to install WordPress? Then No Problem at all! You’re at the right place because today I will show a tutorial on “How to install WordPress using Fantastico”.

Yeah! I know Fantastico is a new word for you, so first let’s understand that word. Fantastico – a tool which installs WordPress for your blog/website or its also called “One-Click Installation Tool”.

Nowadays most of all Hosting Provider provides Fantastico for fast installing of WordPress. Its very simple to install WordPress using Fantastico, just you have to enter some information regarding your blog and click on install WordPress.

Within a minute you will get your installation finished and you are ready with your blog. Now, let’s get on the topic: How to install WordPress using Fantastico, below is the step by step guide on this.

How to install WordPress using Fantastico

Step by Step guide:

Step 1:

Login into cPanel with username and password provided by your Hosting Provider at the time buying Hosting. After login, you will see a screen similar to the below image that will be displayed on your computer.

Step 2:

Scroll down the screen and find a section which includes the title as “Software/Services” and in that, you will find a blue smiley icon named as “Fantastico De Luxe

Step 3:

Click on the “Fantastico De Luxe” and you will see a screen similar to the below image on your computer display.

Step 4:

From the appeared screen, see the left panel consisting of many options from that you have to select “WordPress” to start the installation process.

Step 5:

Click on “New installation” from the WordPress Installation Screen. As you click it will display the form as shown in the below image.

Step 6:

Now you have to fill data as per below instruction:

Install in a domain – should always include your domain.

Install in a directory – must leave blank.

Admin access data – enter username and password that you have to remember because you will need to login into your blog. If you can’t remember than better to store it.

Admin access data – put your name instead of the nickname because it will be displayed as the author of any posts that you post on your blog.

Admin e-mail – email linked to the blog, so you can receive a notification like comments, etc.

Site name – the name of the blog.

Description – put a tagline for the blog.

Now, when you have filled all the information correctly then click on the “Install WordPress” button. It will take hardly 1-2 minutes to install and when the installation is being completed you will see a screen similar to the below image.

Step 7:

Yuppie! You have successfully installed WordPress and at last, it will suggest you put your email to send login details. So, that you can refer to it later.

I hope you have understood well and now you can install WordPress using Fantastico. If you face any problem regarding installing using Fantastico then put your comments below via comment form so that we will surely help you!

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How to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin

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Owning a blog or a website is not a great thing, but to manage the consistency of the blog or a website that's a hard task. We all (blogger) familiar about the word – “Bounce Rate”, and this word has great importance in our blogging life. 

Bounce rate essentially represents the percentage of initial visitors to a site who jumps away to a different site, rather than continue on to other pages within the same site. If you have a high bounce rate that means your website isn't impressive enough to explore it more.

There are many reasons why visitors leave your website without exploring it further such as “Broken navigation links”,  “Irrelevant content”, “Popups” and much more. And this problem will be not solved ASAP then the no. of visitors will decrease.

Our revenue totally depends upon the visitors (exceptions are always there), so to decrease the bounce rate of our blog/website and to increase no. of visitors and revenue you can Display Related Posts in WordPress.

Read: How to Install WordPress Using Fantastico

There are many plugins out which helps you to “Display Related Posts in WordPress“, but every time it's not necessary to use the plugin. Plugin consumes space in your WordPress database.

It also increases the loading time of your website. That's why today in this article I will show you “How to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin”.

Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin

<?php
//for use in the loop, list 5 post titles related to first tag on current post
$tags = wp_get_post_tags($post->ID);
if ($tags) {
echo ‘Related Posts';
$first_tag = $tags[0]->term_id;
$args=array(
‘tag__in' => array($first_tag),
‘post__not_in' => array($post->ID),
‘posts_per_page'=>5,
‘caller_get_posts'=>1
);
$my_query = new WP_Query($args);
if( $my_query->have_posts() ) {
while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); ?>
<a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” rel=”bookmark” title=”Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>”><?php the_title(); ?></a>

<?php
endwhile;
}
wp_reset_query();
}
?>

Paste the above code in single.php where you want to Display Related Posts in WordPress. This is the easiest way to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin.

If you face any problem in finding the single.php file or in placing the code then you can surely contact us via comments below.

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How to Display Recent Posts in WordPress

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If you want that reader must stay up to maximum time on your website/blog then provide content as per their choice.

Earlier, to decrease the “bounce rate” of the blog I have written an article on “How to Display Related Posts in WordPress without Plugin” and now if the reader wants some fresh & recent articles then Display Recent Posts in WordPress.

Mostly, we Display Recent Posts in WordPress on the sidebar but there are other users who also want some change. In this article, we will show you the different ways to Display Recent Posts in WordPress.

Display Recent Posts in list format:

We know, the list format is mostly used in sidebars so if you want to display Recent Posts in a sidebar then put the following code in a template file (sidebar.php):

', ''); ?>

I have put the default no. posts at 10, if you want some less or more posts to display then change according to your requirement.

Display Recent Posts with Summary:

To give a small overview of the post to the reader, some people display Recent Posts with a title and a short description. For them, I have found two ways to display Recent Posts.

The First Way:

  • have_posts()) : $the_query -> the_post(); ?>
  • ”>
 

If you put the above code in a template file (sidebar.php) then you have to specify a short description of the post. So, you have to rewrite the excerpt as per the word limit.

So, here is the second way to display Recent Posts in WordPress. First, you have to download this Limit Post plugin and activate it. Once the plugin is activated then paste the following code in your theme files where you want to display Recent Posts.

  • have_posts()) : $the_query -> the_post(); ?>
  • ”>
 

Here I have put the description limit as 250 you can change according to your blog.

Display Recent Posts with Full Content:

If you want to display Recent Posts with Full Content then place the following code in your theme files:

  • have_posts()) : $the_query -> the_post(); ?>
  • ”>
 

Here also you can change the no. of posts.

I hope now you can Display Recent Posts in WordPress blog easily. If you face any difficulty in placing code then connect with via the comments section below.

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How To Use Google Advanced Image Search For Finding Royalty FREE Images

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Let us start with a simple question, what's the most common way that you use to find images? Most of the people just Google about the topic, save the images that they like and use them for their purpose.

Many people even put their own watermarks on the images they found on Google, well all these things are actually wrong you may have to pay a fine of almost 1000$ per image.

You never know that the image you downloaded from Google is copyrighted or not. Personally speaking, many of my fellow blogger friends have already faced an issue because of using copyrighted images.

Sometimes you may even have to shut your blog down.

You must be thinking that the best way is to generate the images yourself. Well, this is not the only solution, no doubt this is one of the best ways. I

n this article, I will be showing you How To Use Google Advanced Image Search For Finding Royalty FREE Images.

You must be wondering what do I exactly mean by Royalty free images, these are some images which are not acclaimed/copyrighted by any online firm or blog.

It means you guys can use these images in any way you want, no one will charge you even if you put on your own watermark on these images.

These images also prove to be pretty handy to the people who design flyers/posters for different firms and educational agencies.

So without any further delay lets get down to the main topic, below are given the steps using which you will easily be able to find some useful and royalty free images.

Follow the steps as listed below:-

  1. Google whichever topic that you want to search the image on and select the images tab.
  2. Now all the right you will see a gear icon, all you need to do is just click on that gear icon and go to advanced search.
  3. Now once you click on Advanced search, it will open up a completely new window in the same tab, here you will see a lot many setting, all you need to do is just simply scroll down to Usage Rights once you click on that it will open up a drop-down menu, from this drop-down menu select “Free to use and share even commercially “.
  4. Now once you have done this, without playing around with the other options, just go ahead and click on advanced search button which will be on the right side in blue colour.
  5. Once you click on the button it will take you back to the image window in the same tab, but this time all the images you see up there are completely royalty free and meant to be used in any way that you want to.
  6. So all good to go? you will now also get some additional features, for eg:- when you click on Labeled for reuse you will get several options and you select the one you feel the most suitable to you.

Hope this article helped you out, Keep stalking for more tricks 🙂

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