Category Archives: Setup

WordPress Themes | 5 Awesome & Free WordPress Themes

Here are my favourite free WordPress themes of the month, most of them are responsive and I use loads of these for my websites.

1. Origin

Origin WordPress Theme

Demo Link | Download Link

2. NewsTheme

NewsThemeDemo Link | Download Link

3. SimpleGrid

Simple-Grid

Demo Link | Download Link

4. Desire

dezire

Demo Link | Download Link

5. Path

path

Demo Link | Download Link

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How to Change Your WordPress Blog’s Favicon

A lot of people ask how to change the icon, or the favicon rather, of a WordPress blog, so here are a few easy ways to do this.

I’ll be talking about how to change your Favicon on a self-hosted WordPress blog (this being the one with your own domain) and then I will move on to how you can change it on a WordPress hosted blog.

So, what exactly is that Favicon? It’s that icon beside your address, tiny detail, but it is attention to small detail that is essential to standing out on the internet.

Beside the website address, there is an icon, and that’s what I’m going to help you change it.

Method 1: A Plug-in (Self-hosted)

The plug-in is called WSA Favicon, and it is the most credible Favicon altering plug-in there is on the market. It is very easy to do, and quite simply, very self explanatory.

Method 2: Coding (Self-hosted)

Everyone’s scared to code. I know that. Even I am. But this is really easy. First of all, you’re going to have to get a 50×50 picture and either upload it on the internet, or have it ready. (you can just do a google search and use that address). So you’re going to need that address for the next step.

Next, you’re going to need to go to Appearances > Editor , and then you’re going to stick this code <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”faviconpath” />. The “faviconpath” part is where you need to replace with the url of where your image is located. Easy.

Method 3: WordPress.com Users!

Very easy. Go to Settings > General . On the right hand side of the image, there is a part that says “Change Blog Icon/Picture”. Upload your picture there, and you’re ready to go!

Twenty Twelve WordPress Theme Review

Hey guys, today I’m going to be talking about the highly anticipated release of the Twenty Twelve WordPress theme.

First of, I would just like to announce that the theme has been made available on sites hosted on WordPress.com, and you can check out the demo of the fantastic looking theme right here. This theme looks fantastic, and the thing I like about it is that WordPress.com looks at the whole Blogosphere and recognizes that there are people looking to create professional WordPress themes, so good on you guys, WordPress!

It’s free, and it’s the new default WordPress theme when you sign up for a brand new WordPress blog. Personally, I think it looks really clean, elegant and well-rounded in terms of features. It boasts of excellent customizability, and it is something that we will see a lot more people use in the very near future.

It is not quite available for people who have self-hosted WordPress blogs just yet, although one would think that the WordPress 3.5 update is coming up really soon, with the Twenty Twelve theme set to be unveiled to the general public at that time.

Stage 2, Part 3: How to Install a Plug-in

I guess I’ve been through what I thought were the best plug-ins around, I think it’s about time I explained how to install those plug-ins.

There are a few ways to go about is, so I’ll just be going through the main ones here.

Search for It

Perhaps the simplest way to install a plug-in on your self hosted WordPress powered blog (please note that these tips only apply to your self hosted WordPress blog). What you’ve gotta do is find ‘Plugins’ on the left sidebar, scroll over it, and then click on ‘add new’.

From there, you just have to search up the plugin that you want to install, and then with a click on the button ‘Install Now’, you’ve just installed a plug-in for your WordPress powered blog. Please do note that you should activate it and check the settings upon installation.

Zip File Method

The second method is quite simply seeing you get the file for the plugin, whether it be in zip file or non zip file (normally it comes in a zip file). And if it isn’t, you’ve quite simply gotta zip the plugin folder up. For Macs, you can just install ‘iZip’, an application to zip files up. For Windows/other system users, it should be fairly straightforward. L

Lastly you’ve gotta on your dashboard, go into the ‘Plugins’ section and click ‘add new’ once again. Then they will give you an option to upload. Click on that and then upload your zip file. Simple, straightforward.

Hoped that you guys found this helpful. 🙂

Why Shift Over to Your Own Self Hosted WordPress Site

One question that always comes to me is, why make the shift from a regular WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress powered site. I will explain a few of the reasons right here.

Customizable

Essentially, what you get from WordPress is the ability to use scripts in your WordPress blog. With your regular WordPress.com , you are essentially limited to images that you add to the website or quite simply the widgets that they already provide.

With your own self hosted WordPress blog, you can select your theme (from an internet full of possibility), and you can select all the themes available in the WordPress database, along with the rest of the free themes out there. Furthermore, you can add toolbars among other interesting scripts to your blog.

Essentially, if you have an eye for detail and you want that awesome layout, that is the way for you.

Ads

Even if you upgrade to your own domain with WordPress.com, your ability to make money is very, very limited. Either you pay something like 2000 dollars a month for the VIP package or become one of the select few (and they are very, very selective) to join their premium ad network, and you seriously have got to have the traffic to join that group.

With your self hosted blog, you can add scripts and you really can add any type of advertising you want. From Google AdSense to AdBrite to even those in-content ads from ad networks such as Kontera and InfoLinks, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Money making is quite frankly much easier. You can make up your money really easily!

Branding

Come on, you don’t need me to explain this. With your own domain, the name of the website is much cleaner. Tell me, is bbc.co.uk easier to remember, or is bbc.wordpress.com easier to remember? So that’s simply the reason behind getting your domain.

It’s just more catchy!

Plug-ins!

Come on, everyone loves plug-ins! From the related post plug-in of LinkWithin to the SEO plug-ins that will help you get those searches in.

Any more questions, just leave a comment in the comments section below, would be happy to answer any questions! 🙂

How To Add Facebook and Twitter Widgets to your Website

Hey guys, here’s another post from me teaching you guys how to add Facebook and Twitter widgets straight into the sidebars of your websites.

Adding Twitter

If you are having a self-hosted WordPress site, it is quite straightforward, reason being that you quite simply can add scripts to your website, so this is generally what the code should look like.

Quite simply, you can just go right here to install it.

The pros of Twitter? Well, generally, if you write about something interesting, it CAN (has the potential) to spread like wildfire, like seriously. Once you build-up a loyal following, you can really get your messages across to completely different people.

Adding a Facebook Widget

I personally like the classic ‘like’ button, so here’s the link to make that like button for your WordPress site. I recommend using the Wibiya toolbar if you want to implement both the Twitter follow button along with the Facebook like button, reason being that it will take up much less space, and it is much easier on the eye.

Pros of Facebook? People are more likely to actually read your post if they like your page. It’s simple as that, really.

Stage 1, Part 3: How To Install a Self Hosted WordPress Blog

I’ve talked to you guys about the best web hosts online. So, here’s the step-by-step guide on how to install your very own WordPress blog.

Step 1: Download WordPress
First of all, you’ve gotta get your very own file for WordPress. That can be downloaded here. Next, you’re going to need to unzip the file. And then, you need to use the FTP manager (I personally recommend Filezilla) and upload the files into the webhost directory of your preference.

Step 2: Create a Database, along with a User
This one depends on your hosting provider, as it may already have a WordPress database set up for you. If not, and your hosting provider provides cPanel, this would be how you would need to go about doing to. You need to log in to your cPanel, then Create a Database under the “MySQL Database Wizard” icon under the databases section.

Now, you need to create database users, then you would need to add a user to the database before allowing for all privileges in that section. Last of all, remember the database name and the user – take note of the hostname, username, databasename and the password of choice.

Step 3: Run Install

WordPress has made it easier for you to install their program, as you don’t need to edit your config. file anymore following a recent update. Now you simply need to type in the url of the directory where it was installed earlier, eg. http://www.yourdomain.com/blog . A screen will come up, and you will then need to insert your details into the page. If you are using cPanel, you will need to add user_database format upon entering your database name (step 2). You just have to enter your user name, not requiring to add your database host, table prefix etc.

A last page will appear, and it will ask for your Blog Title and Your e-mail. Hit “Install WordPress” after inputting your information and you’re ready to go!