CategoryContent Management Systems

Content Management Systems (CMS). Articles on Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla CMS platforms.

Useful WordPress Plugins You Probably Didn’t Know About

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WordPress is one of the most popular, efficient ways to develop a fully-functional, beautiful website. WordPress add-on products and services are also highly decentralized. Developers are constantly producing plugins, or stand-alone software that can be easily incorporated into a WordPress website and provide it with a specific functionality. Adding new plugins to your WordPress website can...

Themeisle Hestia Pro review

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Hestia Pro is a powerful material design based WP template with which you can launch websites of various types without writing a single line of code. It is one of the best multi-purpose WordPress themes. According to Themeisle, the developer of Hesita Pro, HP is idle for business, blog, e-commerce sites based on the WordPress content management system. Is the Hestia Pro theme SEO friendly and...

Revive Old Post WordPress plugin review

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Unlike search engines that rank pages on the basis of various factors, Social networking portals display posts in groups and on pages in first-in-last-out order. If the page is old, you’ll have to scroll down the group until you find it. If the title of the post is interesting, people will share the post on their profiles or in groups they’ve joined. Such pages are called viral posts...

StudioPress News Pro theme review

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News Pro is one of the flagship StudioPress themes. It is also one of the most widely used WP magazine templates. Powered by the HTML5 markup, StudioPress NP is based on minimal flat responsive design. It is ideal for magazine sites that cover a variety of topics. NP is built on Genesis Framework which powers 100K+ sites. Is the News Pro theme suitable for your site? Is it easy to use and SEO...

Infrastructure Options for Hosting Multiple Drupal Sites

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A project I was recently working on had in place a cloud-based infrastructure that was designed to support a single installation of the Drupal CMS running in Amazon Web Services (AWS). This infrastructure included an auto-scaling setup with load balancers hosting a ‘cache’ layer and an ‘application’ layer that hosted the Drupal CMS. On the backend tier, an AWS Relational...

Academy Pro review: Great theme for educational and membership sites

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Academy Pro is a premium WordPress theme developed by StudioPress. It has a brilliant design and many features. It is ideal for membership and educational websites. Academy Pro is powered by Genesis framework and it looks great on all types of computing devices. Here’s my review of this theme: Academy Pro review Like other StudioPress templates, AP is easy to install. Once you download the...

Things you should do after Installing WordPress

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WordPress is the most powerful content management system. According to analytics tools, WP powers 30% of websites running on the internet. WP is a popular and user-friendly CMS. It is written in PHP and uses MySQL to save data. Unlike scripting languages such as JAVA EE, ASP, PHP is easy to learn. Shared hosting companies offer a 1-click WP installer tool. If you use this tool, you can launch a...

Fast Velocity Minify: Plugin that combines CSS and JS files without breaking the site

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WordPress repository is the home to 100s of minification plugins. Some plugins may break the site and some will do their job. Fast Velocity Minify is a free plugin that improves the loading speed of your site. The plugin has 20000 active users and it is easy to use. It is a great alternative to Autoptimize and WP Better Minify. FVM supports Nginx gzip_static module and it is compatible with 100s...

How to exclude pages or posts from sitemap in WordPress?

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A blogger or webmaster may add the robots meta noindex or nofollow tag to irrelevant or thin pages or posts. When you add the attribute to pages, search engines will remove the pages from their index. If you don’t remove the no-indexed posts from the sitemap, search engines might crawl the posts even though they’re not relevant to your site. If you want Googlebot or Bingbot to crawl...

Monstroid2 review: A great multipurpose WordPress bootstrap theme

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Monstroid2 is a premium multipurpose WordPress theme powered by Twitter Bootstrap and Cherry Framework, a secure modular open-source framework for developing themes and plugins. It is the successor to the Monstroid theme which had become a talk of the town within few months of its launch. Monstroid2 has new and powerful features. It also includes a powerful live theme customizer and page builder...

How to test WordPress plugins online without installing?

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If your site is getting good traffic, and if a new version of the plugin you’re using has been launched, you’ll have the following two questions in the mind: Will the plugin break your site?Is the plugin worth installing? Even though the plugins are thoroughly tested before launch, it may have some bugs. If you install the update, your site may crash or it may add HTML code which...

How to disable or noindex WordPress attachment pages?

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Attachment page is the built-in feature of WordPress. When these pages are not handled correctly by the website owner, Google and other search engines will index them. WordPress attachments are thin pages that don’t add any value to a blog. These pages should be used only on personal or photography blogs wherein you want the visitors to comment on the pictures, videos, and other media files...

Lessons Learned using Drupal’s Domain Access Module

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Over the last few months my team has been developing microsites to accompany our main website. The requirements for these sites included having their own domain, theme and separate content. After reviewing options in Drupal 7, I decided the best approach given our situation was to use the Domain Access Module. The Domain Access Module provides a very solid and powerful framework for developing...

InstaShow Instagram feed plugin review (2018)

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InstaShow is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to integrate the Instagram feed on your website. It has registered 6000+ sales on the ThemeForest marketplace. It is a highly customizable plugin that has a rating of 4.87/5. InstaShow is cheap and it provides amazing features. If you own a photography, product review website or a food blog, you can get more Instagram followers by installing...

Top 4 Best free WordPress migration plugins (2018)

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Even though I have a technical background, I was not comfortable in moving my sites during my initial days of online career. At that time, 2 of my biggest worries were: Incorrect site configuration can lead to tons of soft 404 or 404 errors. If DNS isn’t configured correctly, search bots and visitors would fail to access my sites. I started my online journey in May 2013. I’ve changed...

Avada Theme review: Is it the best premium WordPress theme?

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Avada is a top-rated premium WP theme, which you can download from ThemeForest marketplace. There are plenty of free themes that haven’t surpassed 1000 downloads. Interestingly, Avada has 300K+ users. It is not only best-selling WordPress theme on the ThemeForest market place but also the most popular premium WP template. Themeforest is a marketplace where developers across from various...

Bulk move noindexed posts from All in One SEO to Yoast

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The Yoast SEO plugin includes an option to import meta description and title tags from other popular plugins. While using other plugins, you may have noindexed or nofollowed some or several posts. There are a couple of plugins that enable you to move settings from AIOSEO to Yoast. Unfortunately, none of the plugins provide an option to bulk move noindex posts. People noindex posts to recover from...

Top 5 Best WordPress directory theme (2018)

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A directory site has a massive listing of businesses. If a site is successful, it will have a listing of 1000+ business. A small site may have fewer listings. SEO plays a key role in deciding the fate of a directory site. A well-optimized website will rank high in search engines. A good example of this is Yelp, a large restaurant directory site that ranks at number 1 position in Google SERPs for...

Best way to Auto Tag WordPress posts

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WordPress tags are important, no matter how small or large a site is. Tags allow users to group posts. They make website navigation easier. They allow search engines to discover and index new posts quickly. WordPress Related posts plugins use tags to calculate post relevancy and display related articles below blog posts. Human beings make mistakes. Sometimes, a webmaster may delete an important...

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