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How to enable or disable automatic updates in WordPress

Ashwini Sah | Feb 19,2014 |   No Comments |

With the version 3.7, WordPress introduced a new feature called the Automatic updates. This feature allows WordPress to automatically update itself to the minor and security releases. However, by default the automatic updates are not enabled for major releases in order to avoid unexpected compatibility issues with existing themes and plugins.


Disable automatic updates for minor / security releases in WordPress

There could be several reasons you might not like the idea of automatic updates. Some developers often modify core WordPress files, or sometimes you might need to prepare your theme or plugins to make them compatible with the next update. Whatever be the case, switching to manual updates gives you a better control, allowing you to skip some minor updates (although not recommended) or updating as per your convenience.Read More

5 simple ways to customize the WordPress Toolbar

Ashwini Sah | Feb 6,2014 |   one comments

WordPress Toolbar (formerly admin bar) is a super useful feature provided by WordPress . It     provides one click access to many features and makes managing the blog a whole lot easier. You can access customization options, add a new post, edit an existing post and do a lot more stuff with just one click.

Although the default WordPress toolbar comes with a host of useful features,  you might often feel a need to tweak it to make it more suitable to your requirements . So, here I will share some simple tweaks and customization which you can apply to the Admin Bar

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Announcing the Premium version of Easy Coming Soon Plugin

ankit | Jan 20,2014 |   one comments

So after 3 months of hard work, we are finally ready to release the premium version of the Easy Coming Soon Plugin.  In this post I will walk you through the features and the benefit of the plugin.

The easy Coming Soon plugin allows you to engage your visitors and capture their email address. The inbuilt Design Options allows you to customize the look without any coding.

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8 practical ways to monetize a blog

Ashwini Sah | Jan 13,2014 |   No Comments

Blogs have steadily moved from being a medium to vent out something, to a business. It’s no more just a platform to express yourself, but to make a great deal of money as well.

There are various ways to monetize a blog if it’s getting a steady flow of traffic, and most of them can run simultaneously. While most of the bloggers rely only on advertisement income, some go out of the way to maximize their blog revenue by using multiple streams. Here we list eight different monetizing strategies which are most popular amongst the bloggers across the globe.

Best ways to monetize a website

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1. Advertisement

Advertisement is hands down the best monetization technique for any kind of website. However, how you manage your ad inventory makes a lot of impact on how much you earn. The first thing you need to know about is the types of ads based on the way they earn  money.

– CPC (cost per click) and CPM (cost per mile): These are essentially parameters by which ad companies pay you. In CPC, the companies pay you a certain (fixed or variable) amount per click on the ads posted on your blog. In CPM, you are paid a fixed amount per thousand impressions of the ad unit. Leading CPC and CPM companies are Google Adsense, Media.net, Chitika etc.

– Sell ad space: You can also opt to sell some ad space on your blog for a fixed price. The spaces are sold for a certain period of time and the payout is independent of events like click or impression. You can choose to sell the ad slots directly on your blog or some webmaster’s forums (e.g. Digitalpoint, Warriorforums etc.) or through a third party service like BuySellAds.com.

Tip: Use a combination of both the techniques to maximize the ad revenue from your blog.

2. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is another popular way of monetizing your blog. It essentially means tying up with affiliate marketing companies such as Clickbank and Commission Junction, or joining e-commerce site such as Amazon, who pay you commission for the products sold through your affiliate links.

Affiliate marketing is recommended if you are running a blog related to product reviews, launch coverage, price comparison etc. If you want to be successful in affiliate marketing, you must provide consistent quality material on a regular basis, and make your blog a brand. This often takes more than a solo effort and you may probably need a team of writers, designers and web developers to be successful.

3. Paid Reviews

If your readers bank on your reviews, the product owners will be happy to offer you products to do hands on, more often for a charge. This generally works well if you have a high traffic count and have established yourself as someone with an honest opinion. Sites like PayPerPost, SponsoredReviews and ReviewMe are popular options for first timers, and as you gain in reputation, companies would directly approach you to test their products.

Tip: A paid review doesn’t necessarily mean that you always praise the product. Accepting to write a dishonest review might earn you some quick bucks, but hits you hard in the long run.

4. Paid Guest posting

Guest posting is considered as the most effective search engine optimization techniques now-a-days. If you have an authoritative blog, you might allow other bloggers or website owners to write guest posts on your blog, and charge for it. This works excellent if your blog has a high page rank in addition to a great traffic.

5. URL shorteners

URL shortening websites shorten a long web URL to only a few characters, serving various purposes e.g. reduce the character count to post in micro blogging sites like Twitter, bypass security that have filters against particular words, cloak an affiliate link, back link anonymously etc.

Lately, many companies have started monetizing with this technique by taking the users to an advertisement page before redirecting to the original link. You can make money with this technique, if you link out a lot. Adf.ly is the leading URL shortening company which pays you on per click basis.


6. File hosting

If you are providing some downloadable content to your readers on a regular basis, you may host these files on a third party website, and earn money every time it’s downloaded (Pay per download). These file hosting companies sell memberships for a small fee and provide additional benefits to subscribed downloaders. Leading companies which pay you for sharing files through them are ShareCash, DepositFiles, Uploading.com etc.

Tip: Both the URL shorteners and file hosting techniques are used mostly by the people involved in distribution of pirated contents. Use these methods with caution if you are running a legitimate blog.

7. Video blogging

If a picture speaks thousand words, a video must utter a million. Rather than writing a multipage tutorial, it could be a good idea to upload a video on YouTube. This concept goes well with product reviews as well. Videos posted on YouTube could be monetized easily by linking it with your Adsense account. You can also embed the videos on your blog to increase the views and earnings.

8. Flipping the website

Do you feel your blog’s traffic has gone stagnant now? Are you running out of ideas to keep your blog interesting and appealing to people, and push the traffic further? If earning money was your prime motive behind building the blog, you might plan for an exit at this point. List your website on Flippa and let it go for a handsome amount.

What are your prime monetization techniques? Did we miss some great strategy here? Let us know your views via comments.

4 Steps to Make WordPress Backend Client Friendly

Ashwini Sah | Dec 9,2013 |   No Comments

WordPress is a great option when your client wants a website for his small business. Not only it is suitable for a website with few pages and products, but also stands as a robust platform when your client wants to expand its scope with the expanding business.

First meeting of your client with the admin panel of WordPress could be scary. Things could go worse if your client is adventurous and loves experimenting. It’s always better to optimize the backend and make your WordPress admin dashboard client friendly. It will make thing easy for your clients and reduce the risk of getting things messed up for no reason.

Optimizing a WordPress admin panel for clients is an easy and straight forward process. You can either chose to achieve it through a set of plugins or by tinkering with codes. I prefer the plugin way for this tutorial, not just because it’s easy to implement, but it’s also a more stable options with regards to regular WordPress updates, theme updates, change of theme etc.Read More

Speeding up Webriti with W3 Total Cache

ankit | Dec 2,2013 |   No Comments |

In  our last post we talked about some techniques for improving the performance of your WordPress website. In this post I will share our experience with speeding up the Webriti. For this experiment we used a WordPress cache plugin for improving the performence. Since we are not a image heavy website (yet), we decided to skip the optimizations related to image handling

I conducted the speed test on two pages. The homepage and the Theme detail page for Spa Salon Theme.

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5 Quick tips to improve page load performance of a WordPress site

Ashwini Sah | Nov 22,2013 |   3 comments

Over the years WordPress has evolved from a simplistic blogging engine to a very Powerful CMS. Despite of being an awesome CMS, WordPress comes with its own set of issues. One issue that should concern you most is that, it’s fairly slow in comparison to many other platforms.  Every element of your webpage (e.g. widgets, comment forms etc.) on WordPress makes a database call and it negatively affects the page loading time.

Improving page load time – Why it’s important?

A slow website can’t hold visitors for long. Worse, if the first page served to a new visitor is taking too much time to load. He might give up the idea to wait and go away, without even giving a glance to your content. Isn’t that a chance lost?

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Styling Options, Custom Fonts , Multiple Page Layouts and more goodness

ankit | Nov 20,2013 |   No Comments

Webriti is one month old today. We launched our first theme exactly 30 days back and have been happy with the reception it got. The best part is that our users are activly using the theme and providing us with feedback and suggestions.  Based on the suggestions we have decided to add new features to our current and future theme. All the features are aimed at proving more control over styling and layout. Here is a short List:

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After releasing 2 premium themes.. Time now to work on our own website

ankit | Nov 11,2013 |   No Comments

In last 30 days we have released two premium themes Spa Salon  and Busiprof.

 We got so busy that we did not get any time to work on our own website.  Now that we are back from Diwali holidays all charged up, the time has now come to give a face-lift to Webriti.

Here is what we plan to improve in the coming weeks.

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Introducing Busiprof: A Clean Business Theme

priyanshu | Nov 8,2013 |   No Comments

After pulling in a new all nighters we have finally released writing an evaluation report the premium version of our latest theme: Busiprof.

Our earlier theme was targeted towards a niche. With Busiprof we have tried to come up with a theme which is ideal for developing corporate websites.  The premium version has a lot of additional features. Here is a list:

1) About Us Template: In Coprorate websites, The team page plays a very important role. It shows the people and the team behind your business. The Busiprof About Us template enables you to showcase the team in a unique manner.

2) Testimonials Custom Post Type: Customers testimonials are the best form of marketing for your business. With testimonials custom post type, display customers testimonials on any page

3) Portfolio Template: The portfolio template is ideal for showcasing the work done by your business.

4) Responsive Home Page Slider:

 With premium version you can showcase the most important services on the  Home page slider.

5) Responsive Design:

The premium version is completely responsive and will display perfectly on your mobile and tablet devices.

6) Custom Widgets:

The premium version comes with 2 custom widgets..  Recent Blog and Contact Us. These custom widgets make it easy to customize the sidebar to suit your business requirements.

7) Widgetized Footer: Busiprof supports widgetized footer.

Have look at the complete demo here. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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