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How to check for PHP and MYSQL version using WordPress

priyanshu | Jan 4,2012 |   No Comments |

How to check for PHP and MYSQL version using WordPress

So you want to check the version of PHP and MYSQL running on your webserver. Its a quite simple task but the only problem is that you dont know programming. In this article I will share a tip using which any one can find out the version of PHP and MYSQL running on their server.  Only thing required is that you must have WordPress installed on your server.

Here are the Steps

1) Login to your WordPress site as admin.

2) Go to the Plugins->Installed Plugins->Add New

3) Install Health Check Plugin and activate it  or download it from here.

4) Upon activation it will show this
PHP and MYSQL Version in WordPress



Basically it is saying that my server is running PHP 5.2 with MYSQL 5.1.52. It means that my server is ready for latest version of WordPress.

WordPress Appointment Calendar Plugin – Documentation

priyanshu | Jan 3,2012 |   75 comments |

WordPress Appointment Calendar Plugin

WordPress Appointment Calendar is a simple but effective plugin to take appointment on any wordpress site. Insert Booking calendar into any post / page and start taking appointments.

Download Appointment Calendar from wordpress.org

Premium Appointment Booking Plugin for WordPress 


Installing Appointment Calendar

Appointment Calendar is simple to install just like any other WordPress plugin.

1) Download the Appointment Calendar from WordPress repository.

2) Unzip the archive and upload the content to ‘wp-content/plugins’ directory

3) Activate the plugin from admin panel
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CMYK and RGB Color Space

priyanshu | Jan 1,2012 |   4 comments

CMYK ColorCMYK Color is short for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black.

CMYK is a color model in which all colors are described as a mixture of these four process colors. CMYK is the standard color model used in offset printing for full-color documents. Because such printing uses inks of these four basic colors, it is often called four-color printing.

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Five White Label Content Management Systems

priyanshu | Dec 30,2011 |   2 comments

Five White Label Content Management Systems

A white label content management system can help designers earn residual income monthly hosting fees. It provides the benefits of a hosted CMS without the complexity of managing a software system.   In this post I will list down 5 popular cms which provide white label options.

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Building a Link Directory with WordPress

priyanshu | Nov 14,2011 |   No Comments

WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS. Current Estimates suggest that WordPress powers almost 22% of the active websites on the internet. This is an incredible market share specially when you consider the market size.

With WordPress 3.0the community has taken a forward step and is now evolving into a content management System. New and powerful features like Custom Post Type and Custom Taxonomy extend WordPress into a full blown CMS.

Linkpress harnesses the power of custom post types  to create an out-of-the-box link directory solutions for WordPress.  With Linkpress we are trying to make the process of creating a link directory as simple as installing a WordPress theme.  In the future posts we will talk about the feature set which we have included in.




Selecting Multiple Lists in Mailchimp Plugin

priyanshu | Sep 23,2011 |   No Comments |


The Official Mailchimp plugin for WordPress does not support selection of multiple lists.  Mailchimp discourages the selection of multiple lists and the UI forces you to select one list.

Mailchimp advocates  the use of segmenting while running a campaign.

Say for example you run a Cricket related blog and have multiple lists setup:

  • Cricket News
  • Test Match News
  • One Day News
  • Sachin Tendulkar!

You want a signup form which subscribes users to all the lists. It is technically feasible but it creates a problem.

The biggest problem with this approach is that a user will receive multiple confirmation mails. Mailchimp sends one subscription confirmation mail per list and subscribing to multiple lists will send multiple confirmation mail which can confuse user and potentially turn them away.   So in our case user will get 4 confirmation mails!!! It is sure to scare the user away.

So the best way in this case it to create groups within a list and let users select their interest groups. So we will have a Cricket List with groups like:

  • Cricket News
  • Test Match News
  • One Day News
  • Sachin Tendulkar!

And in this case user will only get one confirmation mail as it is only a single List with multiple groups.

WordPress vs Drupal: The never Ending Debate

priyanshu | Aug 11,2011 |   2 comments


Should I choose WordPress or Drupal for my Project ? This is a question which has puzzled the humanity for last 7 years and we still haven’t got the right answer.   Like all great questions this one has no right answer.  It really depends upon the type of Project.


WordPress is best suited for blogs, corporate websites, brochureware websites and other simple websites. WordPress is a Blogging Software after all and it was designed to be a blogging software first and a platform Second. WordPress can be extended via plugins but it is still best suited for simpler use cases.

Drupal on the other hand is designed to be a framework.  Drupal can be used to make forum websites, e-commerce portals, corporate intranets,  travel booking engines, social networks etc. Drupal at core is a framework and can be used to develop anything under the Sun.

So,  if I have a simple website to make I will go ahead with WordPress. However If the project has advanced functionality I will go ahead with Drupal.



How to Create a Job site with WordPress

priyanshu | Jul 26,2011 |   one comments

WordPress is an amazingly flexible CMS. It made humble beginnings as a blog engine but has since grown in a complete Content Management System.

WordPress can be used to create social networking website, A Magazine Like Website, An Article Directory and  even a Job site.

Not many Jobsites are powered with WordPress but still it can be used to create a fairly advanced Job Site.

Job Board Plugin

WordPress Job Manager is an open source plugin for creating advanced job sites with WordPress. It has various features like:

  • Job Listing
    • Categories to create multiple job boards
    • Jobs can be filed under multiple categories
    • Icons can be assigned to jobs, to make them stand out in the listing
    • Customisable fields, so you can display information about your jobs specific to your situation
    • Powerful templating system, allowing you to control the look and feel of your jobs and job boards
    • Widgets to fit into your WordPress theme
  • Job Management
    • Jobs can be defined to display between certain dates, or indefinitely
    • Simple admin interface for editing, updating and creating jobs
    • Jobs can be easily archived or made public as needed
  • Applications
    • Applicants can apply through the website, using a form that you can customize and template, so you get the information you need
    • Advanced filtering on application forms, to ensure you only get applications that match your criteria: Documentation
    • Upon successful application, you can be emailed the details, so you’re always up to date with new applicants
  • Applicant Management
    • Simple interface for viewing all applicants
    • List can be filtered based on any criteria in your custom application form
    • Email individuals or groups of candidates, to keep them updated on new job opportunities in your organisation
    • Interview scheduling, linked directly to jobs and applications
    • Internal comments, for easy reference when you need to decide



It requires Wp version 2.9 and above.



WordPress Job Site Themes


Another option is to use a Job Site theme for WordPress. There are various job site themes which can be utilized for this purpose. Here is a list of Themes for powering your job site




How to Choose a Group Buying Script

priyanshu | Jul 25,2011 |   No Comments

The market is flooded with Groupon Clone script. Though most of them make tall claims but the reality is that many of them are quite ordinary.

Nothing is more annoying than discovering that the software you bought is full of bugs.  It results in waste of time and money.  Creating a successful internet business is hard enough and buying a buggy script will make things even harder.

Before you decide to shell out the money keep these 5 points in mind and more often than not you will end up making the right decision.

Here are certain points to consider before you decide to shell out the money:

1) Ease of Customization:

No matter how feature rich the software is, one has to customize it before launching.  The design needs to be changed, a new feature needs to be added, new payment gateway needs to be supported.

The script should be easy to understand and customize. That is why one should check who are the people behind the script.. are they experienced and professional?

2) Speed and Security: Groupon, living social, yipit are amazingly fast. Users will expect the same speed and stability while browsing your portal. It is criminal to keep the users waiting. Make sure that the script you buy is fast and zippy.

3) Underlying Technology It is always better to choose a script developed on a tried and tested platform. Talk to the developers and try to find out the underlying platform which powers their product.

4) Usability: A system is of no use if it is not intuitive. Is the Admin Panel easy to navigate? Is it easy to install ? Try to answer these questions before you make the purchase decision.

5) Support: How good is the support? Support is lifeline of any software product. Try to interact with lead developers , see if they are responsive. Bad support can increase the cost of customization and lead to failure.

One has to keep these 5 

points in mind and more often than not you will end up making the right purchase decision.




Stop WordPress Comment Spam: 5 simple tricks

priyanshu | Jul 23,2011 |   No Comments

1) Require User Registration:

If you require users to register and provide a valid email address then this will significantly reduce comments. However, a lot of people do not like to register in order to post comments so if your goal is to increase the number of user comments then you may want to allow anonymous commenting.  If you allow anonymous commenting then you must use a spam prevention module like Akismet.

2) Use Third Party Commenting Widget:

Using Facebook or Disqus widget can help reduce the number of spam comments. However one drawback with this approach is that you dont own the comments. If you disable the widgets, you lose all the comments

3) Use No Follow for Comments:

One of the primary reason for comment spam is link building. If you blog allow do-follow comments then you should be prepared to get targeted by spammy link building services. Spam commenst can negatively affect you search engine ranking.. so one should never use Do-Follow for comments.

4) Block IP Ranges:

Watch out for IP addresses from where the comment spam is originated. Simply block those IP’s. Before blocking an IP make sure that you are not blocking any genuine user.

5) Install Akismet

This is the simple one that everyone does. Akismet comes bundled with WordPress by default and does a good job of picking up spam – for the average blogger, install Akismet and your spam problems will be sorted.

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