How to Update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes automatically

So, what do you do if you see an update message (“ xx.x is available! Please update now”) in your WordPress Admin Screens? Never ignore that message. There are enormous variety of Scams and other malicious activities circulating around the internet. When wordpress notice a new malicious activity, they add updates to defend against them. WordPress constantly add new features, improvements and release ‘updates’ at regular intervals. Well, not just the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes providers also release ‘updates’ at regular intervals.

Check current site for updates
To check your website for WordPress Core, plugin, or theme updates, log into your wordpress admin and click Dashboard>>Updates.

Updates menu
Updates menu

You can see list of updates there.

updates available
updates available

Note: If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it also will be shown on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List Page. If a WordPress theme update is available, it also will be shown on the theme List Page(Appearance>>Themes). You should always update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes to the latest version to make sure your website is also up-to-date with new features and security updates.

Version 3.7 onwards WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases (For example, it will automatically update itself from WordPress 3.7 to 3.7.1.). But this Auto update is not enabled for major releases like 3.7 to 3.8.

Update/upgrade your WordPress core, themes and plugins easily

Sure, updating can be a pain, but now you are able to update/upgrade your WordPress and plugins to a newer version easily and users never even realize that WordPress has updated. If your site is hosted with a managed WordPress hosting, the host usually takes care of automatic updates. For other users, you can enable automatic updates in 2 different ways.

Method1: Using Advanced Automatic Updates plugin

Method2: Edit your wp-config.php file

  • Login to the Cpanel and then click on the File Manager icon in the Files section.

    click on the File Manager icon
    click on the File Manager icon
  • You’ll see a pop-up window. Select your site and click on GO in order to proceed.

    click Go
    click Go
  • The wp-config.php is the file contained in the root of your WordPress file directory. Click on it and from the top menu choose “Edit”.

    Open file to edit
    Open file to edit
  • Add the following to enable major WordPress Releases updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.
    automatic-update4
    Add the following to enable plugins updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    Plugin update
    Plugin update

    Add the following to enable themes updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    theme update
    theme update
  • Once you’ve finished editing the file click on SAVE CHANGES in the top right hand corner.

 

How to Add a New Post in WordPress

WordPress blog comes with a great visual editor to mixed with images, links, and other html elements. Here is a step-by-step process for writing a new post in WordPress.  Log into your WordPress administration panel(e.g. use URL: http://www.yoursitename.org/wp-admin). From your sidebar on left side, go to Posts > Add New

Add new Post
Add new Post


Now you can see Add New Post screen –  following fig illustrate 6 simple steps to write a post.

Write a Post
Write a Post
  1. Write your title

    Enter a title in the first line of the form. Always choose titles that will interest people and indicate what your article is about.

  2. Write your article

    Start writing your post in the wordpress text editor. The WordPress text editor can be used in 2 forms – the Visual Editor and the HTML Editor.  The visual editor is the default editing mode for WordPress. Click the “text” tab at the top of the text editor box to go to text editor mode and “Visual” tab to go to visual editor mode .

    Visual Tab
    Visual Tab

    Visual editor allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content similar to that of a word processor. Let us see some editing icons contained within the visual editor. Make yourself familiar with the options available. Pass your mouse over the icon and a small tooltip will appear describing the icon and its purpose.

     editing icons
    editing icons
    • Create bold, underlined, italic, strike-through  text: Highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon.

      bold, underlined, italic, strike-through text
      highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon
    • Add, Edit & Remove Links
      To add a link, highlight the text you want to add link and then click on insert/edit  link icon. To edit a link, highlight the link you want to edit  and then click on insert/edit  link icon.

      Click on icon
      Click on icon

      A pop-up box will appear. Enter the fields and click on Add link button.

      Insert link
      Insert link

      To Remove Links, select the link text and click on ‘Remove link’ icon.

      Remove link
      Remove link
    • Lists and Block quotes
      Lists and Blockquotes
      Lists and Blockquotes

      To create ordered list or unordered list, click on icon as shown in figure. Type your fist entry and hitting enter will create another list element.

    • Headings & Paragraph
      Headings
      Headings

      Click on the drop down box labelled “Paragraph.” to view different headings and paragraph formatting

    • To change text color

      text color
      text color
    • Adding images

      Add images
      Add images
    • Text Alignment

      Text Alignment
      Text Alignment
    • Insert More tag
      Instead of displaying entire post on your home page, it is a good idea to extract the first part of your post followed by a “more…” link. This will give visitors a good overview of your content without making them scroll forever and they can read full content by clicking on the ‘ more..’ link.

      more..
      more..

      You can accomplish this by using insert more tag. See the fig below. Insert your cursor in the place where you want to display ‘more..’ link and click on “Insert read More tag” icon.

      insert more tag
      insert more tag
    • Write your posts in HTML – If you’re ready to write your posts in HTML, click on text tab and write your article in the post content area.

    text tab
    text tab
  3. Select Categories

    Now select in which category your article belongs to. Categories tie related posts. Categories help the search engines and readers find related articles on your blog. If you do not see relevant category there, you can add a category by clicking on “Add New Category” link.

    There are two ways to add Categories. They can be added while adding/ editing your Post or they can be added via the Categories menu option.

    categories
    categories
  4. Add Tags.

    Tags are another way to tie related posts. While categories are general, tags are specific.

    tags
    tags
  5. Preview your article.

    Preview
    Preview
  6. Publish your article.

    See the fig above. WordPress offers additional option while publishing a post.

    Publish
    Publish

    Click on the Edit link next to “Visibility: Public”:You can make your post public and make it a sticky on the front page or you can choose to password protect it or make it completely invisible to people that are not logged in to your blog.

    Click on the Edit link next to “Publish immediately“. You can also setup your post to be published in the future. Just set the date/time you want your post to be published.

Top 5 Effective Ways to Market Your Blog

If you want to get noticed on the web, create a high quality dynamic content. it is the best way to keep users coming to your blog. However, if you’ve just launched your website and want to gain traction, writing a high quality and dynamic content can be a daunting task.

There are a number of ways other than creating a high quality content. You can also use social media, write blog posts regularly, comment or reply to comments, advertise, etc.

In this post, we’ll show you the 5 effective ways to market your blog and gain the traction you need for an excellent head start.

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/tips-tricks/5-ways-to-effectively-market-your-blog?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ElegantThemes+%28Elegant+Themes+Blog%29

DIY WordPress Mistakes to Avoid

WordPress attracts many DIYers because it’s powerful, well-documented, and very user friendly. This is a great testament for people with high hopes for WordPress and is a great way to learn more about the software. However, most DIY efforts are wrong. People often find mistakes taking over a DIY effort expecting it to work but results in a very different manner.

 

Here we lists some of the worst mistakes someone new to WordPress are likely to make. These mistake have been committed many times specially by DIY beginners and oftentimes done by seasoned professionals themselves.

 

Here’s the list: http://wpshout.com/classic-diy-wordpress-mistakes/

Reasons to Use VPS over Shared Hosting in WordPress

vps shared logoStarting a blog is fun. Choosing which hosting platform to have, what kind of web hosting you’ll need, and what other things you have to do with your blog to make it attractive are just some of the things that put me into blogging.

The most difficult part was when I was choosing a web hosting plan. Will I go for free, shared hosting, dedicated, or VPS? Of course, there are many advantages in choosing a hosted blog. You’ll get to make it look the way you want it to be, and you’ll have complete control over it.

In choosing a hosting package, why should you go with VPS instead of shared hosting?

Here are some of the reasons: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/why-you-should-use-a-vps-instead-of-shared-hosting-for-wordpress/