The wpCentral Team has launched a new version 1.5.1, 1.5.2 to address security issues in wpCentral.
The vulnerability exists in version 1.5.0 and less of the wpCentral Plugin.
Following is the list of changes:
1) [Security Fix] : In 1.5.2 we have added IP address restriction so that calls are allowed only from wpCentral Servers. Even if a key is leaked by any chance this will have no impact as the keys will work only if they are from the wpCentral Servers. We are adding options to allow you as the admin to choose which IP addresses are allowed in the next version. Also manually resetting keys will be coming up. Please upgrade to this version ASAP. Note : Suggestion of IP restrictions is from the Softaculous Team as they are reviewing each and every aspect of wpCentral.
2) [Security Fix] : Version 1.5.1 includes a security fix to prevent disclosure of the connection key to logged in users. We have re-checked the whole code and also re-written many other parts to make sure this issue does not occur again. Please update immediately. We would like to thank the WordFence team for reporting this issue. Full disclosure will be reported in a few days after we have launched this version.
3) [Security Fix] : We are resetting the wpCentral Auth Keys for the users as a security precaution.
4) [Task] : Added index.php to prevent directory listing. Suggestion by Softaculous Team.
5) [Task] : Cleaned unnecessary filters and hooks of wpCentral.
We request everyone to upgrade the plugin immediately if not upgraded.
We are sorry for causing any inconvenience due to our plugin. The Softaculous team has also launched a version to patch all WordPress blogs which have wpCentral plugin installed. Most users should have their blogs patched by the time this newsletter is received. But please do check and upgrade your wpCentral plugin to version 1.5.2 if its not already updated.
The wpCentral Team has launched a new version 1.4.8, 1.50 to address security issues in wpCentral.
Following is the list of changes:
1) [Security Fix] : In version 1.5.0 we are resetting the wpCentral Auth Keys for the users as a security precaution.
2) [Security Fix] : In version 1.4.8 we have fixed an important security issue. Please update immediately. The security fix is that there was no check for the logged in user is an Administrator or not. We have patched this within 6 hours of this being reported to us.
We request everyone to upgrade the plugin immediately if not upgraded.
We are sorry for causing any inconvenience due to our plugin. At the same time we are getting our plugin audited by security experts to avoid such issues in the future.
The podcast is one of
the trending content formats that are highly popular among the audiences of
different demographics. Podcasts are not only engaging and informative but are
also easily accessible. Did you know that podcasts can even help you to
increase the traffic of your blog? Yes, if you use it wisely you can expect a
good increase in your blog’s traffic. In this guide, we will discuss various
ways to effectively use podcasts for increasing your blog traffic.
What is a Podcast?
Let us begin with the
exact definition of a podcast and its objective.
According to Wikipedia:
“A podcast is an
episodic series of digital audio or video files that a user can download to
listen. Alternatively, the word “podcast” may refer to the individual component
of such a series or an individual media file.
Podcasting often uses a
subscription model, whereby new episodes automatically download via web
syndication to a user’s local computer, mobile application, or portable media
Now let us see how and
in what ways podcast can help you in increasing your blog traffic:
Use podcast for increasing depth and value of your content
Writing a fulsome content is the dream of every blogger but, let’s face it, (almost) none of the bloggers can achieve it. There is always some fill in the blanks, some gaps that need to be patched. Instead of getting annoyed or disappointed you can use these gaps as opportunities to cover the greater, in-depth details.
A better, more interactive way of filling this gap is to use podcast The podcast will not only help you to touch the other untouched aspects of your content but also allows you to add a different format to your textual content. Additionally, it also helps you to overcome the monotony of textual content.
If presented well. the podcast can be highly indulging and deeply impress your audience. You are not only inviting your audience to discover new, less-explored aspects of the topic but also offering them a fresh entertaining format to enjoy. They will certainly appreciate the same and you will get local audiences.
Connect with other podcast presenters
If you find it difficult to create a podcast from scratch then there is an easy way around. You can look for the podcasts in your niche with good stats. Using an almost reverse mechanism, look for the gaps in those podcasts that you can fill with your written blog posts.
Depending upon time
availability and intention you can either check for the existing post or write
a fresh one. In either case, make sure that the information is updated and
thoroughly vetted. There might be some questions that still need an answer or
there could be some contextual topic that needs a better explanation. These are
the perfect opportunities to show your expertise and use the same for enhancing
your blog traffic and impact.
Here is the right way to do it
· Don’t hesitate to reach such an audience to directly check if they have left their email address blogs (if they have) or social media accounts?
· Have those listeners provided the professional info that can be used to reach them out?
· Politely ask them if they would be interested to have more information of the topic and invite them to your blog post where the same can be found.
Mutually Beneficial Collaboration
One of the best ways to increase your audience base is a collaboration with the Podcast presenters with good traction. Of course, you need to target only those podcasts that are relevant to your niche. Do some research on the specific podcasts that are trending in your niche?
Listen to some of their recent podcasts and take note of the important points
· Find out the points that impress you the most and congratulate the podcast creators for outstanding podcasts citing those specific points. It proves that you are genuinely interested in their podcasts and can go a long way in building strong relations
Communicate with the creators of these podcasts with polite welcoming messages.
After building a good rapport with them, explore the opportunities for mutually
beneficial projects where you can collaborate and share the audience between
It will help each of you to capture the attention of new demographics that will
not only widen but also diversify your audience group.
Such collaboration also helps in leveraging the authority of your blog as your podcasts are supported by other creators as well which shows that it is convincing enough.
A great option for the mobile audience
The audience love to
consume information in different formats. It saves them from monotony and also
offers them a more engaging experience. Besides, many times it is simply not
possible for your audience to read the text, even if they are interested and
have time. For instance, it may be practically challenging for them to read
your blogs while traveling through the public’s conveyance.
You can convert this limitation into an opportunity by creating a dedicated
series of podcasts on different topics.
It will allow even on the go audience to easily access your podcast and utilize
their time by listening to something informative
· Creating regular podcasts on different niche-specific topics will also help in building a dedicated community of listeners and turning your present readers in listeners too.
Podcasts can help you a
great way to leverage your blog’s value. It allows the audiences to consume
information in a more engaging format. By collaborating with other podcast
presenters you can even increase the traffic on your blog. The readers are advised
to make a checklist of the points that we mentioned in this blog and follow
them. Also, don’t forget to keep a track of the results to see what works best
for you and continue with that specific strategy.
Two major web hosting plans that are utilized by clients to host their WP site are shared hosting plan and Managed WordPress hosting plan. The shared hosting is cheap and that is why many users prefer it. However, it has its limitations especially when it comes to the WordPress website requirements. Let us read this post to know the best option to host your wordpress website:
Shared hosting Plan
In a shared hosting plan, several websites
reside on the same server. A set amount of resources is shared by multiple
websites. In case a specific website uses a massive amount of resources which
can hurt the performance of other websites in various ways, Fluctuating
performance, slow speed, or even downtimes that cost you, visitors and
As resource usage depends upon the fluctuating needs and traffic, it is not
predictable to guess. For instance, a sudden traffic surge during the last hour
sale on one website can instantly soak a huge volume of resources leaving other
sites with lower resources to support their site needs.
The sudden reduction in memory, RAM, storage space or bandwidth can result in
interruption that can leave your visitors angry and compel them to look for
another substitute thus hurting your business
Besides, you are not able to get the WordPress centric support in case of any
issues as you don’t have a dedicated WordPress expert to help you with your
Other issues include lack of security, shared IP, zero privacy, no managed
WordPress updates and no optimized settings for optimum WP performance
Managed WordPress Hosting
As the name suggests, the managed WordPress hosting plans utilize the servers that are already configured to align with specific WordPress site requirements.
The speed plays a vital role in determining the success of your WP website. The studies show that a reputed managed WordPress hosting provider can help your WP site load much faster (when compared to shared hosting plan)
· While the shared hosting offers only a basic level of security the WordPress managed hosting offers extensive WordPress-specific security.
The high level of security protocols along with daily scanning and instant
actions against malware or hacking attempts make WordPress managed to host a
worthy investment. Reputed hosting providers also offer personalized
protections against the DDoS attacks
· Moreover, if your site gets hacked even with a managed WordPress hosting then your hosting company can competently repair your website thanks to their WordPress experts with deep experience. The conventional shared hosting plans fail to offers you such specialized care, expert services, and quick solutions.
The reputed hosting piers take automated daily backups of your site and
also empowers you to restore them almost instantly thanks to their
user-friendly restoration interface
· While you can also get the automated backups on shared hosting plans, the backups in most cases, are stored on the shared servers. So just like your site, the backups are also prone to a security threat.
· Reputed managed wordpress hosting providers also offer you one-click restores to help you restore your site with just a single click
When you purchase the managed WordPress hosting the pool of dedicated experts will be assigned to update your website regularly.
So you can remain assured that your site is updated to the latest version
· It also ensures higher grade performance and security against the latest vulnerabilities
· While the shared hosting takes care of updating the operating system, control panel, PHP and maybe MySQL and Apache, it does not update the WordPress
The shared hosting support executive might be great at hosting related topics but in many cases, they don’t have much clue about the WordPress specific issues.
However, when you buy managed WordPress hosting plan you can remain assured that you will be in touch with a WordPress expert who is fully competent to solve your query with confidence and offer you an accurate solutions
BETTER UPTIME & SCALABILITY
The managed WordPress hosting plan helps in optimizing the configuration of your WordPress site to ensure the best performance throughput. Thus you can expect the higher uptime and scalability It is simply no exultant when you buy shared hosting plan.
While the shared hosting plans are very economical and hassle-free, they are just not the right option for managing a WordPress website. Due to the shared resources, these plans are not able to cope up with the heavy demands of a WordPress site due to themes, plugins and other elements. Managed WordPress hosting plans not only offer a comfortable amount of resources but also optimize the settings for the best experience and also assure timely updates, security maintenance, and expert WordPress support. It makes Managed WordPress hosting the preferable option for hosting your WordPress site.
The Google Chrome developer is a reliable, feature-rich tool to quickly change the various sections, pages, and elements of your WordPress websites. For enjoying the maximum potential of a chrome developer tool, you need to gain some key information about using the same. In this blog, we are going to discuss the various ways in which you can use Google chrome to un-complicate your WordPress development process and boost the time to market.
Open Chrome Tools
· Go to the top pane of Chrome browser and click the Menu (Three vertical dots on the extreme left)
· Go to Tools> More Tools and open Developer tools
Now right click on the desired page elements and
select inspect element from the menu. You will see a small window section at
the bottom of the browser. It is called DevTools window
· You will see a more organized view of DevTools with task-specific categories.
· The toolbars contain all the key items to modify/render information about specific page types and elements like resources, DOM elements, etc.
Inspecting the DOM content of a selected portion of your page
· On the right panel, select Elements tab in the top portion of Developer Tools
· Click on the desired portion of the site and the corresponding code will be highlighted in Developer Tools
· You can change the code and instantly see the modifications in the visual design
Elements panel enables you to preview any modifications in the
coding directly in your browser. It gives you a precise idea about the actual
output before making final changes to the source code. It saves you from
guesswork, unnecessary repetitions and stress.
Along with the entire HTML code of different sections, the elements panel also enables you to see the CSS styles of any specific HTML section.
· All you have to do is to take your mouse pointer over the page elements for which you want to see the HTML code, right click and select “inspect” from the menu
· Its HTML code will automatically be highlighted in the source code.
How to preview live changes in browser
Select the desired element
Now select DOM element in the Developer panel
· Double click the opening tag that you want to edit and type the desired value (color, size etc.)
· Make the desired changes and it will be visible in your internet (In the above screenshot we have changed the color of Google Background to Black)
CSS rule tracking
Monitoring different CSS rule for any specific elements becomes
an uphill task when your site starts growing that inflates the CSS codebase.
· The Elements panel takes the complexity out of the process by highlighting all the rules of any specific HTML elements. It also shows you the various other elements to which any specific CSS rule is applied.
Right click on the desired portion of the page
and click Inspect
You will see the developer tools in the right
In the Style Pane you can see the styles applied to various elements on
If you wish to see only the styles applied to a
specific element/portion then click on Computed tab
Responsive layout testing
It isn’t an easy task to test your
site on different mobile devices due to the diverse variety and sizes available
in the market but Chrome Developer Tools makes it easier and quicker:
· Go to the Toggle Device toolbar of developer tools (the second icon in the top pane of chrome developer)
In your left window pane you will see different options to change the layout/size of the current page as per the specifications of various mobile devices
· Once you are there, just go to the pre-built configuration of any Android or iOS device to see how your site will actually appear in that specific device
It also offers various other features to select the desired preview (like selecting dimensions, zoom in/out, online/offline mode etc.)
Tip: While it already has the rebuilt configuration of all the most widely used devices you also have an option Select the custom dimensions as per your choice. It saves you a lot of time and can also help in reducing time to market.
Check multiple specifications of WordPress
When working on the big projects it becomes imperative to
closely scrutinize all the major specifications of the WordPress theme to
determine its relevance, suitability, and potential
· With the help of developer tools you can conduct a 360-degree analysis including site structure, Performance potential, consistency, major elements and dozens of other aspects.
It is not ethically correct and legally permissible to copy the code of any website; however, you can take inspiration or learn some fine points about the coding by studying their codes. It will hone the coding skills that can help you in enhancing your career and expect better income opportunities along with other benefits. The developer tools allow you to quickly study the codes of the professional, well-designed websites so that you can sharpen your coding skills and learn to give a professional touch to the overall website.
The style pane of Elements panel will allow you to modify the styles of the different sections of a webpag, Like :
Modifying any name, value or property
Inserting desire property declarations
Inserting CSS rule.
Edit an existing property name or value
Click the desired page element or the
specific HTML element (related to the CSS)
Now edit the property value by clicking on it
Press Tab/enter for modifying property name
Keep in mind that refreshing will wipe out any changes made to the CSSS so it is highly advisable to copy and paste it to your text editor.
Add a rule
Many people might have a tough time matching the element and the relevant selector
· You can simply use the new style rule button. It is present on the top portion of Style pane.
· Click on the desired website element
· Click the + button
· You will see the nested styles and thus saves you from searching it repeatedly
A simple example
Go to the webpage that you would wish to use for inspecting elements or CSS modifications
Now look at the chrome developer window in the right pane and click the Computed tab that will show the attributes list for the inspected element
Take your pointer to the desired attribute. You will see an arrow appearing near its value. Clicking it will take you to the styles tab
Click the value or the attribute and type the desired value to make changes to any specification like color or dimensions.
The chrome developer tools reduce the efforts and time needed in the WordPress development process without compromising on the quality of the output. If you have a good knowledge of using chrome developer to modify WordPress websites, you can actually cut down the effort and time needed for each project that would help you do more in less period of time and with fewer efforts.
As an open-source CMS, WordPress has special security requirements. One of the best ways to secure your WordPress site or blog is to use the security plugins that make it easier to protect your WordPress from various types of threats without requiring you to go through any complicated technical process or intricate coding. In this post we will mention the best security plugins to safeguard your WordPress site/blog against various attacks:
Sucuri needs no introduction when it comes to security. Respected as one of the most reputed IT security providers, the Sucuri allows you to choose from a free or paid version. For sure the paid version is more powerful but the free version isn’t less impressive either- especially if you are just a beginner.
This plug-in offers you an extensive array of options to meet with your diverse security needs, for instance, you can enjoy a real-time 24X7 WP health monitoring then you can integrate your site with Sucuri web application firewall. After installation you will be provided the settings option where you can set your desired configuration for optimal benefits..
· Monitoring Integrity
· Remote Malware
· Monitoring Blacklist
· Hardens security for
· Efficient actions to
help the site recover quickly post hacking
· Security alerts and
· Website Firewall for
the premium clients
· Enables you to switch
off access to the WordPress Dashboard when you are on a break
the security check feature will automatically activate all the essential
SecuPress enables you to
have an overview of your latest security stats by running the security scanner.
The security report generated by this plug-in is comprehensive yet
comprehensible- thanks to the eye-friendly format.
To make things easier it also displays the grading system that tells you whether your site is at risk or is safe.
· Plugins update alerts
· Reminding services for
deactivated plugins deletion
· wp-config.php security
· Settings for security
· Status of
· Optimizing WordPress
· Scanning Malware and Firewall
There are neatly
organized separate modules for showing different things. If you need to make
any changes just click the module settings and proceed ahead.
iThemes offers a comprehensive yet user-friendly dashboard that is equipped with multiple friendly features and tools. It allows you to monitor the status of your WordPress security and optimize the same for best protection. It also offers you a security grading format that apprises you of your WP security status at a glance. The extensive and, uncomplicated interface and user-friendly options make iThemes a great option to monitor the security of your site
· 1-click instant
· Option to prohibit bad
· Login and Admin URL
· Customizing admin
· Enables you to change
the wp-content path
· Security logs
· Protection against
brute force File permissions and integrity checks
· Notifications of new file prating
· 2-F authentication for
an extra layer of security
Except firewall, it
offers the entire set of security settings
All In One WP Security and Firewall
It is a powerful plug-in
that allows you to enjoy the maximum security with minimum hassles. The plug-in
comprises a strong portfolio of monitoring, prevention, and diagnosis
solutions. It can capably prevent your site from the existing as well as
potential security threats
· Automated login
· Metered display for
· Detailed system info
· Provisions to back up
· Force user logout
· Log reports for
· Applies manual
approval for the new users
· check file system
permission and improves if necessary
· viewing last file change
Jetpack is a power-packed security plug-in that has been developed by the WP’s parent company Automatic. With the free version you can get a decent array of options. For more demanding clients it offers a paid version that comes with:
· Protection from Brute
· Downtime monitoring
· Jetpack Backups
· Security scanning
WordPress is an open-source CMS and that is why it is always on the radar of smart hackers. Besides, every website has the gateways that can be exploited by hackers if they are left unguarded. So, it becomes highly essential to secure your WordPress site. The easiest and best way to protect your WP site is to use the security plugins as they offer reliable security against multiple threats.
The quality of web hosting plays a key role in determining your site performance and speed which eventually shapes the user experience. That is why the top bloggers and websites pay a premium price to buy powerful hosting plans from most sophisticated companies. A poor hosting provider negatively affects the performance of your site, causes slowdown and even result in downtimes that can directly damage your business and reputation. In such a scenario, the best solution is to simply switch to another hosting provider. In this blog we are going to mention different signs that strongly suggest you to start looking for another, better web hosting provider.
Experiencing a few downtimes once in a while isn’t a source of worry. However, if your website experiences several downtimes every month, then you should be alerted. In most cases, it has something to do with your web hosting provider or at least they can help you figure out the reason. If your hosting provider is not able to assist then you might need to start looking for another hosting provider with better services.
Before deciding to move, you can first contact the support team regarding the issue. If that helps that’s fine but in case if the problem persists then it’s the right time to move.
Repeated instances of the error message- Error Establishing Database Connection is another indication that either you need to upgrade your plan or change the hosting provider. The reputed brand-conscious hosting providers offer you comprehensive support through a dedicated account manager to find out the precise issue and quickly resolve the same. On the other hand, the substandard hosting providers fail to resolve the issue or even offer convincing support. To the best, they can keep on elongating the query on some of the other pretexts. Needless to say, in that case, you should not think twice before changing your hosting provider.
Encountering a few instances of occasional internal server errors is something that can be attributed to the unpredictable temperament of technology- something we can’t help but cope with it. However, if such an internal message becomes too frequent, it clearly shows that the servers used by your hosting provider are simply not optimized to support a WP site. They may either lack the capacity or the staff is not competent enough to fine-tune the settings. In either case, our site’s reputation is at a risk and you would certainly not like to lose many opportunities because of the same. If the support team can resolve the issue then it is fine- forget and proceed ahead. But what if they are unable to help or you keep facing this issue again and again? So yes, this is the instance where the only solution is to change your hosting provider.
Customer Support Service
Every hosting provider
offers customer support services. However, what matters the most is the quality
of support it offers. The customer support services lose its meaning if the
support team does not respond in time, are not able to resolve your issues or
worse still aren’t genuinely interested in helping you out of a situation. Just
think of a scenario where your website is down, say during seasonal sales and
the customer service don’t pick up your call or are not qualified to resolve
the issue. You may end up making significant losses both in terms of business
and reputation. It is not wise to wait for that extreme damage. If you need
multiple attempts to contact the support team or if they are not able to assist
you in repairing the issues then it is the high time you should start looking
for a reliable hosting provider with a good level of support.
While the occasional price increase under reasonable limits shouldn’t trigger serious concerns, you should be alerted if your hosting provider frequently hikes the prices or needs you to pay the additional cost for every basic service that other hosting providers are offering on a complimentary basis. It significantly increases your cost and thus reduces your net profit. However, in such a scenario it is advisable to first talk to your hosting provider and ask for a discount. In most cases, the providers are willing to slash the prices for their old clients instead of losing them to their competitors. If it refuses to offer any discount and you feel that the increased prices are eating up your net profits then it is the high time you should move to another web hosting provider.
Pro Tip: In case if you are getting exception hosting service quality and stellar support then it wouldn’t be advisable to take any hasty decision. Think seriously and carefully weigh the pros and cons before making any final decision. It isn’t advisable to switch to a substandard hosting service for saving a few dollars.
A poor web hosting
company can not only affect the performance of your WordPress website but can
also harm your business and spoil the reputation. So, it is advisable to keep
on thoroughly assessing your web hosting provider and if you find their
services unsatisfactory, expensive or of substandard quality then you should
act fast and switch to another hosting provider that can offer you better
If your hosting provider doesn’t agree for that but you are happy with the hosting quality then you can also consider buying a higher subscription package say 2-year or more. It will not only save you from the future price hikes but will also help you to enjoy additional discounts even on the existing price tag.
Icons offer a distinct look to your blog that instantly attracts the eye. As most of you already know, icons refer to the lightweight, small retina-friendly images that can easily and seamlessly be inserted into the content. If you wish to use icons in your WordPress WebPages or blog posts then you need to follow a specific process. There are different ways to install icons in your site but in this guide, we will concentrate on the easiest way to insert your desired icons without any coding or complexity. So let’s start.
Better Font Awesome Plug-in
First of all, you would
need a plugin that enables you to insert icons on your site. Among many
options, one plugin stands out due to its popularity, capability, and ease of
use- Better Font Awesome Plug-in. So, here is the step by step instructions on
how to install and use it:
· Go to Plugins -> New and type Better Font awesome in the search box. Hit enter.
Click install and then activate it
Upon successful installation, you would see the link Better Font Awesome under your dashboard’s settings menu
· Select Better Font Awesome from you settings menu
You will be taken to the plug-in settings page and here are the actions you can
perform on that page
— Version: For selecting the desired version of the plug-in
— Use minified CSS: for using the minified version of the CSS
— Remove existing Font Awesome: For the removal of Font Awesome CSS/shortcodes that other plugins/theme might have added to your site
— Hide admin notices: For hiding default admin warnings for API and CDN errors
The usage section
displays a quick brief info on how to use the plug-in
Inserting Icons in your posts or pages
Once you have
successfully downloaded, activated and configured the plug-in, you need to add
Two easy, zero code methods to insert icons in your posts and pages are via a shortcode, and through TinyMCE.
Visit Font Awesome website and search the icon that you wish to use with the
help of keyword
It will open a page containing the icons as well as the code
Copy the block of code and go back to your WP dashboard.
Paste it in the Text editor
Open preview to see the icon. If it seems fine then publish it
Click Insert Icon in the visual editor and it will open the entire visual set
of different icons In the search box
Type the icon that you want to use
Just click on the desired variant of the icon to get it added to your post/page
That’s all. Keep in mind that here the relevant info is automatically added by
shortcode generator that relieves your from extra efforts
The wise use of icons in
your content can offer an attractive look to your pages and posts. There are
different ways to insert icons but the beginners are advised to use the plugins
and easier non-coding methods to save themselves from complexity and eliminate
the chances of mistake.
The background of your
website or posts plays a vital role in enhancing its impact. A beautiful
background can significantly elevate the visual appeal of your site. Adding an
awesome background might seem to be a difficult task but the reality is that it
is quick, easy and uncomplicated. Different plugins can be used to add
background to your WordPress site without special efforts. These plugins not
only make it quick and easy to add your desired background but also allow you
to add special effects for a more awesome effect. In this post, we are going to
mention some of the friendly plugins that will enable you to add brilliant
backgrounds to your pages and posts.
WP Background Lite
If you need outstanding backgrounds that
instantly impress the eyes then WP Background Lite is the best option to
· It is easy to use and
offers a wide array of excellent backgrounds with a splendid look and awesome
features that would perfectly compliment your post/page
· There are theme-based
backgrounds and you can surely get a precise theme for your post or page no
matter what the topic or requirement is
· It is compatible with
the entire popular browser and also offers you a freedom to use the background
only for specific pages
· Your visitors can even
click these backgrounds to change them.
Custom Backgrounds Premium WordPress Plug-in
Custom Background plug-in, as the name
suggests, allows you to enjoy an extended designing flexibility without going
through any complicated or lengthy process.
· The carefully curated
collection of backgrounds seem awesome. It is worth mentioning that you can use
backgrounds not only for the entire page or post but also for different
templates, taxonomies, custom content types, etc.
· Just like WP
background Lite, it also offers the click and change background capability to
· To further enrich the
experience, it also offers multiple enhancing options like jQuery, timers,
parallax effects and more.
Video & Parallax Backgrounds for WPBakery Page
The spectacular effect of Parallax scrolling
instantly leaves a mesmerizing impact on your audience. It offers a different
scrolling speed to the background images. When the audience visits and scrolls
through your website with 2 different speeds for background and foreground, it
creates a spellbinding effect. Video and Parallax Background for WPBakery
enables you to create this effect.
· It offers the
backgrounds with parallax effects that can uniformly work in different
directions (up, down. Left and right). Both full width and normal width
backgrounds are supported by this plugin
· You can add the
desired image to act as a static background. You also have the option to use
colored block background
· You have the option to
switch on the smooth scrolling and can also disable the parallax for your
· The plugin offers you
multiple ways to personalize your background the way you want by reducing or
increasing the speed of parallax scrolling and determine the direction
· The best thing is that
you get the maximum control without any complication, thanks to its intuitive
· For a more
sophisticated effect, it allows you to embed the Vimeo or YouTube videos that
can be employed as an awesome video background.
Ultimate Add-ons for Visual Composer (WordPress)
Ultimate Add-ons for Visual Composer
(WordPress) enables you to insert multiple elements to the VC.
· Along with the static
images it also allows you to add parallax scrolling backgrounds to your post
· It also allows you to
add the videos for a more engaging background
· You can use either the
Youtube video or your customized video to be used as the background
· The interface is easy
and intuitive and you will get a wide array of tools/options for the extended
flexibility and control.
The visual appeal plays a
key role in determining the impact of your WordPress site or blog. That is why
the top bloggers sites are very particular about the theme-based backgrounds
that look apt and are also able to attract the eyes. Adding background with the
conventional coding or technical process could be lengthy and difficult. So a
better approach would be to use the reputed plugins that will allow you to
insert the desired background image using drag and drop features and a simple
The home page of a website plays a vital
role in enhancing its impact and attracting visitors. It offers the quick and
brief info of your business or blog like niche, services, blog topics,
objectives, mission & vision, brief history, etc. WordPress does not
display your home page by default. Instead, it shows the page with your latest
posts. Fortunately, there is a way to create a well-formatted home page in
WordPress. In this guide, we will take you through step by step tutorial on how
to create an awesome, customized home page in WordPress?
Creating pages for
Home Page and Blog Posts
By default, there isn’t any separate page
for the homepage. You can designate any page as a home page.
· Visit WP admin and click Pages> Add New Page
· Title it as “Home Page”. Click Publish
· For displaying your blog posts you would
need a separate page
· Create a new page using the steps
· Title it Blog Posts and Publish it
· Now visit WP dashboard and click settings -> reading page
· In the homepage -> displays tab, select the option : a static page. Then click save changes
The above process will set up your custom homepage but you still need to design it. Thankfully, there are several ways of creating your customized homepage quickly, easily and beautifully.
For creating an attractive homepage you
need extended flexibility. So it is advisable to use page builders for
designing a custom homepage
All you need is to install a WordPress page builder plug-in and then activate and use it wisely. The page builder plugins offer you better flexibility and extended capabilities to design personalized homepages to precisely meet your requirements. There are many page builders available but you need the one that offers you a straightforward method and comes with an intuitive interface.
Beaver Builder offers you that and more. More importantly, it
offers a wide collection of predesigned homepage templates to choose from. The
best part is that you just need a single click to install them
· You don’t have to limit your creative
capabilities as all these templates are extensively editable. Apart from
changing the default images and content, you can even insert section, modules,
and widgets to exercise the best of your creativity
· If you need even more capabilities then
you can use the Beaver Themer that allows you to fully customize the WP
template using graphical interface and drag and drop tools
· Using Gutenberg is another preferable way to create an awesome home page. Once you install and activate it, you would be able to create great-looking designs with extended customization options.
· There are designated block for different
content elements that streamlines the designing process and offers you extra
flexibility to structure the page using the best of your imagination and
· You can use Gutenberg block editor for
various designing/layout purposes for your home pages like columns, tables, cover
images, galleries, albums, media and more
· For various elements include services,
sliders or testimonials you can use Gutenberg block plugins
Astra is easy to use a beautiful theme. It offers you an awesome collection of Gutenberg website templates.
· With the help of Astra Starter Sites plugin, you can easily install the Gutenberg website templates
· After importing a template, you can use the WP editor to modify it as per your wish. Get inspiration from some good websites of the same niche and use your creative skills to create and design an excellent homepage for your site
Here are a few things that your Homepage
should ideally have:
Option for Subscription
Call To Action
Page Title Tag (SEO friendly)
Key FAQ with straight and short answers
Provisions for live, real-time assistance (like chatting with a live
Latest offers and promos
The home page offers a distinct look and a professional appeal to your website. Whether you run a blog or a business, you need a well-designed homepage that can quickly communicate with the visitors and tell them about your niche, services, products, objectives, etc. briefly and compactly. WordPress does not offer you a default homepage but there are easy and quick ways to create your homepage with a professional look using the page building plugins. The readers are advised to stick with only the most user-friendly plugin that is quick and simple to work with and does not involve a complicated technical process.