Here’s a very zen question for you. What’s the point of a site without traffic? It’s like the old one about “the sound of one hand clapping” (the answer is nothing, by the way).
Without traffic, your site is completely pointless.
That sounds harsh, but it’s true. If nobody ever reads your content, why write it?
Wait, don’t give up and burn your blog in shame! You don’t need to feel bad if you aren’t getting enough traffic right now – you’re in good company.
Every day, a staggering number of new domain names are registered. Most of these sites will be gone in a year or two, lost to failure. And the biggest reason for failure is a lack of traffic.
Traffic is the biggest challenge that every blogger and site owner faces. It makes the difference between success and failure.
So it’s worth learning how to generate traffic when you need it (which is all the time). That’s why we put this guide together. If you follow all these steps each time you make a post, you’ll never need to worry about traffic ever again.
Let’s start with a few incredibly simple methods you can execute in a few minutes. They may not be the last word in traffic generation, but they will help to get the word out and drive eyeballs.
You probably send dozens of emails every day – and you certainly receive more than you send! You can use this to your advantage…
Every email client and web based email service allows you to add a signature to the emails you send. You can add a link to your latest article here!
The “Traffic Vacation”
Most email services allow you to set up an automated message that goes out when people send you an email. You can use it when you go on vacation, so people know you’ll get back to them when you return.
Why not use it to promote your latest article?
Just add a simple message to say you’ll answer their email within 24 hours (or however long it usually takes) and then add a link to your latest article. Tell them why they should check it out – outline the benefit of reading it.
Don’t use Gmail? There are similar options for other email providers. Just do a quick Google search and you’ll be up and running in no time!
Skype is the world’s most popular Voice Over IP (VOIP) app. It’s a great way to make free voice calls. But can you really use it to generate traffic? Yes you can, and it’s pretty simple!
Your Skype Status
You can add a link to your skype status. Then all your contacts will see the link, and you’ll get some traffic!
These methods can send traffic to your site within a few minutes – they won’t necessarily drown your server, but they’re fast and effective.
They’re a good match for new articles or posts, because you can use them for fast feedback. It’s really useful to get some early reactions – you can use that feedback to enhance your content.
Chat rooms are as old as the hills, and they’re still around today (just about). There used to be chat rooms for every topic under the sun (most people used them to send suggestive messages to strangers).
Chat rooms may be on the way out, but there are new versions of the same idea. Mobile apps have risen to dominate the field in the last few years. These apps have become more sophisticated – slack is a chat app for teams, with a ton of bells and whistles added.
Using chat rooms to generate traffic is not a new tactic at all – chat rooms (and newsgroups) have been flooded with spam since the mid 90’s. Back then, spam was super effective. Today, it’s not.
Many chat rooms have completely banned link posting to prevent spam. But there are apps and tools that allow it.
Marketing in chat rooms can be very risky if you approach it the wrong way. You can’t just drop a link to your content or an affiliate offer and expect the community to be happy.
The key is to participate as a genuine member of the community, and only ever post a link if it’s relevant.
For instance, if you just wrote a post about the WordPress API, it would make sense to mention it when someone asks a question about some aspect of the API – as long as your article answers the question.
ICQ was the world’s first stand-alone chat app, and it used to have more than 100 million active users!
It achieved explosive growth, but when the product was acquired by AOL (for $300 million) it suffered years of neglect. Even so, it’s not dead.
Today, it belongs to Mail.ru – and there are still 10 million regular users (and no, they aren’t all Russians).
Compared to today’s chat apps, it’s a little primitive. But you often find chat rooms with hundreds of live people. The biggest live chats have ten thousand live members! Posting a single link can send dozens of visitors within seconds!
Download the ICQ client.
Set up your account.
Find a live chat related to your topic.
Say hello to the people there.
Join the chat. Take a good look at the topics that are being discussed. Do you have anything to add? Any questions? Don’t just start posting links to your stuff
Direct the conversation towards the topic of your content.
Paste your link when appropriate.
If your messages are getting drowned out by the general noise, you can continue a conversation using private messages.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you’ve written an article about WordPress security. You find a live chat for web developers.
Before you try to direct the conversation, you have to join it. Contribute to the discussion that’s already taking place. Maybe people are talking about designing logos. Add your ideas to the discussion.
After a few minutes, you can bring up the subject of security. Maybe you could ask them if they’ve had a site that got hacked. Or you could ask what their favorite security plugin is.
Now work out a good reason for mentioning your article. Maybe you want their feedback on it. Maybe someone asks a question that you’ve already answered in the article.
It should only take a couple of minutes for an opportunity to present itself. When it does, drop the link.
If you’ve actually engaged the interest of the people in the room, you’ll start seeing traffic instantly. It may only be a few visits. It could be ten or more.
Keep the conversation going, and you’ll get more visits.
1. You can chat in multiple rooms at the same time – put the windows side-by-side so you don’t miss anything.
2. It’s worth visiting the same chat room a few hours later. People log on and off all the time, so you may find an entirely different crowd.
Of course, you can’t spend your life pitching the same article over and over in the same rooms. But it’s a good way to get an initial burst of traffic for a new post.
If we’re discussing ancient history, we can’t ignore IRC (Internet Relay Chat). IRC was a type of instant messaging that’s even older than AOL chat rooms.
IRC is almost a thing of the past – but there are some niches where it’s actually growing in popularity. And (this may shock you) the fastest growing niches are high-tech ones.
Web developers and other programmer types are extremely active on IRC. It’s because many open source projects use IRC as a rapid channel for community support.
It makes sense – IRC is a fast, low bandwidth chat technology. And it’s available on every platform.
It can be very convenient if you’re a programmer working with open source software and you’ve just run into a hairy technical problem. Just fire up your IRC client, describe your problem, and get an answer within a few minutes – often from the original programmers!
It’s a purely text-only protocol – you can’t share pictures with people (actually you can share links to pictures – URLs are plain text).
1. First, you need to confirm that your audience is active on IRC. Do a search on mibbit for your keywords. Does anything appear?
2. If you do find any results, were they recent? If so, well done! You’re lucky enough to be in a niche where IRC is still relevant!
Treat IRC as you would any other community – always focus on adding value and helping the community.
IRC is a dying platform, but there are still signs of life – if you look hard enough!
Let’s rejoin the 21st century for the next method:
Slack is a powerful chat tool for teams – think of it as a fully searchable chat room on steroids. Although the tool is mainly designed for the workplace, a number of people have used it to create community groups.
Most of these groups are still small, but they are very active. A group may have only 1000 members – but 100 or more of them will be online at any time.
This can be good for a quick burst of traffic – although it’s not going to flood your site. Nevertheless, if you’ve done a good job of engaging the people in the chat session, they’re quite likely to interact with your post – leaving comments, sharing or liking the content, etc.
Slack groups are search-able, so there’s a possibility that other users will find your content in the future. A post in a Slack group on a popular evergreen has the potential to send a trickle of traffic for some time.
Slack marketing is a pretty unconventional method, so there are no detailed guides online. You should take a little time to “learn the ropes” before you start to drive traffic. Sign up for slack, join a few groups, and just interact like a normal person. Get into chats, swap opinions, etc.
Here is a list of 1000 active slack communities in a number of niches:
Only a few niches are active on Slack – it’s still a very new platform. New groups are popping up all the time.
After you have got a feel for the site and some insight into your communities, you can start answering questions on subjects relating to your content. Don’t just drop a link to your article – answer the question well, and tell the users they can learn more from the original post.
It can be hard to find questions that line up perfectly with the topic of your article. Sometimes a question will cover a weird edge case that you didn’t write about.
You could quickly add the information to your article, but that’s pretty time-consuming.
Here’s a tip you can use to drive traffic from virtually any question. Use sniply to add a call-to-action to someone else’s content!
Sniply is a link shortening service with a difference. When you share a link, you can add a message and a link to the page you share – even if it’s from someone else’s site.
Just do a quick Google search and find a good article that answers the question. Then feed it into Sniply, add a message promoting your content, and add a link.
When Robbie Richards of Digital Marketer tested Sniply, more than 57.7% of the people who clicked the Sniply link visited his page.
Blog comments were the number one link building technique in the mid-2000s. Of course, they weren’t exactly great comments. They were usually a bunch of spammy gibberish with an embedded link.
This gave blog commenting a bit of a bad reputation. This is why Google came up with the rel=”nofollow” attribute – to deter this type of spam.
Blog comments may not be a very reliable SEO link building technique, but they still work for traffic generation.
1. Do a Google search for recent blog posts related to your content. You can focus on recent articles by clicking on the “tools” link on the search results page.
2. Then select “any time” – a drop down menu appears.
3. Select “past month”. You now have a list of results from the past month.
Some of these articles will be old ones that have been altered recently. Others will be brand new.
The key is to make thoughtful comments and only link to your content when it’s actually relevant. Don’t approach blog commenting with a purely self-serving attitude. Try to add real value to the blog post with every comment you make.
Each blog comment may only drive a few visitors to your site. But sometimes they’ll drive a sustained stream of traffic – this happens when the blog post gains a good ranking and continues to get organic traffic for months or years.
When it comes to traffic, every little counts!
By the way, BuzzBundle includes a blog commenting feature – it can help to save time.
If your comment is the first one, you’ll get more attention. You can increase your chances of being a top commenter by:
Searching for articles published in the last 24 hours.
Subscribe to popular niche blogs using an RSS feed reader.
6Traffic Generation Through Social Media
Social media sites dominate the web – and they’re a great place to reach your audience. In this section, we cover the most popular social sites and how you can use them to drive traffic to your site.
Every time you publish a new article, you should post it to your site’s Facebook page. This is almost too obvious to mention – but there are plenty of bloggers who don’t do it.
As long as your page has a good following and high engagement, you’ll get some traffic to the new article.
Schedule Multiple Page Posts for Each Blog Article
When you blast out a Facebook Page post, a large percentage of your followers will never see it. It’s not just because of Facebook’s algorithm, either.
Quite often, your followers are too busy when you post. Then your post gets buried on their newsfeed under a huge pile of updates and stories.
Even if they do see the post, they may not be interested enough to click.
So you should schedule multiple posts for each article you write. Each post should cover a different angle or benefit that your article offers.
For instance, this article (the one you’re reading) covers a ton of different ideas and tactics. We could probably write a hundred different posts covering each aspect (social media traffic, SEO traffic, email marketing, etc).
Not only will your visitors abandon your website if it takes too long to load, but you will also lose search engine rankings. That means you will get fewer visitors and even those visitors will not stick around. This infographic by Convert.com combines data from 12 different case studies showing the impact of reducing load times on conversions and other business metrics.
If you run paid campaigns and your website is slow, you will leave a lot of money on the table, if you make any at all. Google explicitly mentions that page speed and website speed affect Ad Rank, which is Google’s Ad ranking score. If your website is slow, your ad will become less competitive. On top of that, many users who click your ads will also leave your website, costing you money.
Optimizing your website for better performance should be the first thing you do once you start attracting visitors.
In this detailed post, we would tell you how you can improve the load time of your WordPress website so that you can not only improve your conversion rates but also prevent high bounce rates.
Here are some of the sections that we would be covering in detail:
A lot happens behind the scenes when you open a website. First, the website name is translated into an IP address. A session is then opened with the server at the IP address. The server at the other end receives the request and proceeds to execute code and fetch information from a database. All this information is then combined and shown on your screen.
We explained the working of a website for a reason. To perform any optimization, one has to understand the components that make the operation happen. Optimizing the components individually and together is what makes performance optimization possible.
The goal of web performance is to reduce the load on the server while maintaining or enhancing user experience.
In our example, we shared many components that make up a web experience. Here are some of the important components.
The browser on which the website is displayed
The web server which serves the web-page
The application which interacts with the web server
The database server which retrieves the information from the database
The actual database where the information is stored
Other assets that are loaded with the web-page (images, JS, CSS, etc.)
To optimize your WordPress website for the best performance, all of these components have to be optimized.
2 Caching And It’s Effects On Web Optimization
One of the easiest ways to improve performance and decrease load times is caching.
To understand caching, you have to go back to the example we gave about website loading. A lot of information on a website is fetched from different places (Application server, database, disk). This includes PHP, HTML, CSS, JS, results from the database queries, and images. Every time a user visits a page, all this information has to be fetched.
Since posts don’t change often, it doesn’t make sense to load all this information from the source every time a user visits a web page. That would cause too much strain on the server.
What if you could fetch all this information beforehand and make a copy? You can then just present the copy of the page to your visitor, thereby eliminating the need to engage the server.
That, in essence, is the concept of caching.
3 Optimal Caching Plugin – W3 Total Cache
WordPress has a lot of caching plugins available. We recommend using the W3 Total Cache plugin because it gives you granular control over the settings. Optimizing those settings gives you more room to improve performance.
The downside is that it’s difficult to make it work if you don’t know what you are doing.
That is the problem we are solving today. We will discuss the optimal settings for W3 Total Cache in this post. We will also discuss what each of the settings accomplishes and whether or not you should enable it.
4 Installing the W3 Total Cache Plugin
Before using the W3 Total Cache plugin, you have to install it.
Installing the plugin is easy. Inside your WordPress admin, navigate to the plugins section.
Once the plugins page opens, click the “Add New” button that appears on the top.
On the next screen, use the search bar to search for the W3 Total Cache plugin. WordPress will search for relevant plugins as soon as you start typing. After the search is complete, you should see the W3 Total Cache Plugin as the first result.
Click “Install Now” to start the plugin installation.
The plugin will start installing, and you will see the rotating icon on the button while the plugin installs. It usually takes just a few seconds to install, after which you should see the activate button.
Click the “Activate” button to enable the W3 Total Cache plugin. You will be redirected to the plugins page where you should see the following message.
If you see the above message, then you successfully installed the W3 Total Cache plugin. Now, let us see how to configure the plugin.
5 Configuring W3 Total Cache
Once you download and install W3 Total Cache, you will see a section added to your WordPress admin window called “Performance.” Clicking the performance tab will open the W3 Total Cache dashboard and reveal the following settings.
6 General Settings in W3 Total Cache
The general section holds the most important settings for all the sections in one place. We will share the settings for the sections individually.
6.1 General Section
Use the checkbox to toggle all caching on or off at once. This setting is rarely used so, leave it unchecked.
The preview mode is helpful if you are trying out new settings and worried about breaking your site. If you enable preview mode, you can test any of the settings to see how it affects your website. Turning preview mode off will revert the settings to the previous settings.
6.2 Page Cache
Page cache is the caching of individual pages on your site. The settings should be as follows.
Page Cache : Enable
Page Cache : Disk Enhanced. If you are on a VPS or use multiple servers, you can use other options as well. If unsure, select Disk Enhanced.
Minification is the process of combining and compressing CSS and JS files. A single large file has a smaller load on a server compared to several small files.
2 Things To Keep In Mind With Minify
If you use CloudFlare, then the minification will be taken care of in CloudFlare itself. Keep minify off in W3 Total Cache in that case.
6.4 Opcode Cache
Opcode cache is used to cache PHP. Parts of WordPress are written in PHP which is regularly executed. Opcode cache can cache these code blocks for a performance boost.
Opcode cache is only available with the pro version of W3 Total Cache. If you have the pro version, then enable both the settings and test performance.
6.5 Database Cache
Database cache caches the results of common database queries to enhance performance.
Object Cache caches the results of complex database queries to reduce server load. For example, a simple search on your website performs a full search on your WordPress database. A query like that can be cached for faster results.
Object cache can also slow down websites in some cases. We recommend that you test Object cache first with your website.
6.7 Browser Cache
Browser cache enables caching of your website’s assets in the visitor’s browser.
Browser Cache : Enable
CDN (Content Delivery Network) are services that host static assets (images and other files) on multiple servers around the world. The visitor is then served by the CDN thereby reducing the load on your server. The response time for the requests is also reduced since the server closest to the visitor is used to serve the request.
CDN : Enabled if you are using a CDN
CDN Type : Select the service that you plan to use
6.9 Reverse Proxy
If a large number of visitors visit your site at the same time, your server can get stuck between fetching data and checking new requests.
A reverse proxy helps in this situation. A reverse proxy is an additional server between your visitor and your actual server. When a request is made, the proxy server receives the request instead of your server. The proxy server can then access the cache and serve the visitor. This leaves your actual server free to perform other tasks.
Using a reverse proxy server like Varnish is recommended, but its implementation is not for beginners. We would not recommend you setup Varnish without an experienced person helping you.
W3 Total Cache integrates with New Relic, a performance monitoring service. You can create a free account and get notified if your application or server performance drops.
6.11 Fragment Cache
Today’s websites have many different sections or fragments. A fragment may be a social element (FaceBook Like Box), an e-commerce element (shopping cart or wishlist), or other elements that are personalized to each user. This presents some challenges as dynamic and personalized elements can’t (or shouldn’t) be cached since the data will be different for each user.
Fragment caching can bridge the gap between no caching and a full page cache. The full support for fragment cache is available only with the pro version of W3 Total Cache. You can enable it if you are using the pro version.
If you use the pro version of W3 Total Cache, your license key goes here.
See the image for our recommended settings.
If you are running into issues with one of the caches, enable the respective setting. W3 Total Cache will post logs in the HTML source code which you can use to debug the issue.
Since this will give away a lot of information about your website, turning on this option is not recommended on a live website. Turning one or more options will also slow down your website.
6.15 Import/Export Settings
You can use this section to make a backup of your settings or import new settings for W3 Total Cache. We will also share our sample settings which you can use at the end of the post.
We have covered all the sections of the General section. Now let us move to the detailed sections.
7 Page Cache
As we briefed earlier, Page Cache is the caching of individual pages. Every WordPress page has a header, body, footer, sidebar, and more elements that make up the page. Due to some limitations, not everything on a page can be cached. The detailed options in page caching will help you configure the page cache in W3 Total Cache in an optimal way.
7.1 General Section
Use the settings in the image.
Not useful for most sites. Keep it disabled (default).
7.3 Cache Preload
When you enable cache for the first time, technically, a cache exists for your site, but it’s empty. This type of cache is also called cold cache. Cold cache is troublesome for you and your visitors. If a large number of visitors come to the site at this time, the load on your server will rise significantly as it will try to serve users and refresh the cache at the same time.
Cache preload helps with this by automatically building the cache whether a user is visiting a specific section or not. A cache like that is called warm cache. In simple words, cache preload replaces your cold cache with the warm cache.
7.4 Purge Policy
Purging is a term used for discarding. A cache is only good if it has the same information as your actual database. Otherwise, it’s cold cache.
There are several instances where you would want to purge your cache. When you create or..
Over the years, WordPress has turned into the most preferred CMS in the world due to its user-friendly features that don’t require you to have any rocket science knowledge to run a blog.
Those who wish to share their thoughts with millions of people from around the globe can use WordPress and take the first step in this direction. However, while doing so, they may encounter many technical errors that can spoil their overall experience. One such common error is ‘sidebar below content.’
In this error, the sidebar, which is commonly positioned on the right or left side of the screen, is seen below the content.
Once you’re there, type the URL of the post or page on which you’re facing sidebar below content error and click on “Check”.
The moment you do it, you’ll get to know where the error is.
You can simply follow the instructions shown on the screen and remove the extra tag from that particular post or page.
As soon as you delete those extra tags, update the post or page and refresh the website, it will start functioning correctly, and you’ll be able to see the sidebar in its usual place.
Basically, all it takes is a wrong line of code to cause this error. Though the issue is not that big, if you don’t know the exact location of the incorrect code, you will have to face a lot of problems while fixing this error.
So, next time when you face the sidebar below content error on your WordPress blog, follow the steps mentioned in this guide.
2 Complete Video Tutorial
You can also check out this video to understand all the steps in a better way.
How to fix sidebar below content error in WordPress? - YouTube
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As a WordPress user, you should be ready to handle different technical glitches from time to time. The 404 error in WordPress is one such technical issue which is quite common to come across. It is caused mainly by the web server whenever it’s unable to find a requested URL, resulting in bad user experience and high bounce rate.
Being a webmaster, you need to make sure that your site doesn’t fall prey to WordPress error 404 for long. Even if it does, you can follow the below-mentioned guide and fix it easily.
How To Fix WordPress Posts Returning 404 Error?
Before we stumble upon the step-by-step guide, let’s try to understand the root-cause of 404 error in WordPress. There are a couple of things that play a vital role in WordPress 404 error, such as.
A corrupted .htaccess file.
Rewrite .htaccess Code Via FTP.
1 Corrupted .htaccess File
To fix this error, you need to login to your WordPress site and go to the dashboard.
Once you’re here, go to settings and select ‘Permalinks’.
You don’t need to add or delete anything at this point. Simply click on ‘Save Changes.’ It will automatically create a .htaccess file.
Now you can refresh your website and go to any post which was earlier showing 404 error. If it’s opening correctly, then you know that the .htaccess file was deleted or missing and you have created a new one.
Ever since the WordPress CMS came into existence, it has been helping thousands of users in sharing their stories with the rest of the world. All thanks to WordPress that users can easily write quality content and use the visual editor to make it look attractive — that too from the comfort of their homes or offices.
However, at times when they log into their WordPress dashboard to start writing a post, they may witness many important buttons missing from visual editor panel. It’s a serious issue and should be dealt with immediately to keep things under control.
As a WordPress user, if you want to enjoy your every day writing experience, it is important that you fix this white text and missing buttons error as soon as possible.
In this guide, we will share a step-by-step process to help you resolve this issue easily.
1 White Text And Missing Buttons In Visual Editor
Typically, your WP dashboard looks like this where different buttons for styling (bold, underline, text color, etc.) are available.
However, at times these buttons don’t appear on the dashboard, making it tough for users to edit their posts.
It could be due to any small error which you can fix easily.
Often, the absence of TinyMCE plugin in many WordPress themes causes white text and missing buttons error in WP visual editor.
To resolve it, you can simply go to Plugins and click on ‘Add New’ option.
Once you are there, install the plugin, activate it and refresh your website. Usually, when this plugin is installed, all the missing buttons in WP visual editor will appear, and the white text error will resolve. If the problem continues, you can clear the browser cache and see if it works or not.
However, if the error doesn’t get fixed even after using the above two methods, it means that a file in your WordPress is corrupted.
What you can do is replace TinyMCE script in your web server to bring things to normal. For this, you can use FTP to access the public_html folder and select wp-includes.
Go to the theme folder.
Upload a brand new copy of js TinyMCE file.
It should fix the problem. If it doesn’t, then go to the wp-config.php folder and click on view/edit.
The text editor will open like this.
Paste this code right after the opening PHP tag – define( ‘CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS’, false);
Save it and refresh the website. This should help you resolve the problem once and for all.
2 How to fix white text and missing buttons in WordPress visual editor?- Complete Video Tutorial
You can also check this video to learn all the above-stated steps in a better way.
How to fix white text and missing buttons in WordPress visual editor? - YouTube
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The white screen of death in WordPress is one of the most confusing and extremely annoying errors which can give a tough ride to both newbies and experienced users.
Regardless of which category you fall in, you need not worry in case you find yourself staring at a white screen and having no idea how to resolve this problem on your WordPress blog.
This is a common WordPress error and can last for hours if not dealt with appropriately. So, take corrective steps without wasting any moment whenever you encounter the white screen of death error next time.
In this guide, we will help you learn different ways through which you can resolve this issue.
What is WordPress White Screen of Death?
It’s a technical issue in WordPress which often shows no error output and locks you out of the admin panel. Since there is no warning sign like the ‘syntax error,’ users are left clueless and fail to find out the exact problem.
The worst part of the white screen of death is that sometimes only a specific part of your site is affected while the rest of the site continues to function properly.
For example, when you witness this issue on the wp-admin page, there are high chances that other pages of your site will keep on working fine.
In order to make sure that your user experience doesn’t get affected, keep track of white screen of death error and resolve it as soon as possible.
How To Fix White Screen of Death Error?
The white screen of death is one of those errors in which you get a white blank screen on your site without having any idea where it’s coming from.
Since there is no error message, users find it tough to deal with white screen issue. In case, you ever encounter this error, you need to look for the appropriate solutions immediately.
There are four common reasons which cause white screen of death.
Exhausted Memory Limits
Web Hosting/Web Server Issue
In order to resolve this problem, you need to look into all these four elements one by one and see which one is causing the problem.
1 Increase PHP Memory On Web Server
Sometimes, exhausted memory limit can result in the white screen of death. So, you need to increase the PHP memory limit on your server.
Use FTP to login to your web server and make necessary changes. For demonstration purpose, we are considering FileZilla FTP client to increase the server memory limit:
In your FTP dashboard, select public_html and go to php.ini file:
Open the php.ini file and have a look at the available memory limit. If it’s something very less, say 64M, double it to 128M and save the file:
Refresh the website and see if the white screen of death error has resolved or not:
Important Note: If you don’t see the php.ini file in your public_html folder, you can quickly create one. All you have to do is go to your notepad or any other text editor and type this code “memory_limit = 64M;”. You can update it on your web server via FTP, make necessary changes as mentioned above and see if it fixes the error.
In case the white screen of death issue does not get resolved even after increasing the memory limits, you need to move to the next solution.
2 Plugin Conflict
If you have recently installed some new WordPress plugins, chances are they’ve caused the white screen of death error. To fix the problem, you need to access your plugin folder using FTP and check every file:
You can keep the process short & simple by renaming the folder and seeing whether the site is working fine.
If the website starts working fine after renaming the folder, it means there was something wrong with a plugin you’ve installed recently. In that case, you can simply go to your dashboard, deactivate all plugins and activate each plugin one by one while observing your site.
As soon as you find & activate the infected plugin, your website will stop working properly. Delete that plugin to fix the white screen of death error immediately.
3 Theme Conflict
If you’ve recently installed a WordPress theme, there are chances that this theme is causing the white screen of death error. In this case, you need to access theme folder using the FTP:
Once you have accessed the theme folder, you can rename the theme which you installed recently. If you installed multiple theme files, then rename all of them except the default theme of your site:
Now you can go to your website, activate each theme just like the plugins to see which one was causing the error. As soon as you find one, delete it to fix the problem.
4 Web Hosting/Web Server Issue
If none of the above three solutions work, then you can use the fourth and the last option. Either reinstall the WordPress altogether or contact your web hosting company to check if it can help you fix the WordPress white screen of death error.
How to fix the WordPress white screen of death error?- Complete Video Tutorial
You can also watch this video to understand all the above-mentioned steps in detail:
How to fix the WordPress white screen of death error? - YouTube
Regardless of whether you have been using WordPress for years or have just begun your journey, there is no way you can avoid technical errors like the white screen of death.
Instead of losing hope and giving up on your site, take corrective actions as suggested here and fix this error in a hassle-free manner.
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With the kind of information that’s available on the web, most webmasters don’t mind experimenting with plugins and themes on their WordPress sites. They often play around with different codes and try to give their sites a unique look. Many a time, this attempt puts them in deep trouble and causes an unexpected syntax error.
Don’t freak out in case you have just had a similar experience. The Syntax error in WordPress is quite common and can be fixed easily. Before we tell you the exact method to correct it, here is some necessary information about the syntax error that you need to be aware of.
1 What Is Syntax Error In WordPress
The syntax error in WordPress is a common issue that may occur when users try to update the existing theme or plugin files or make certain changes in these files by editing codes with the incorrect PHP syntax.
This is one of the reasons why you are advised to take a backup of your site before making any change in its theme or plugin files. Use My WP Backup Pro plugin for this purpose and save yourself from unnecessary troubles in case of a syntax error in WordPress.
2 How To Fix Syntax Error In WordPress
The moment syntax error in WordPress occurs, you’re locked out of your website. It means that there is no chance you can undo the mistake you’ve just made in any plugin or theme file using WordPress dashboard. Although it seems inexplicable, you still have a couple of options and are in a position to resolve this issue in a hassle-free manner.
Fixing Syntax Error Through FTP
Fixing Syntax Error Through Control Panel
2.1 Fixing Syntax Error Through FTP
Whenever a syntax error in WP occurs, you get a message like this:
Don’t worry if you cannot login to your dashboard. Simply use an FTP client and access your WP files. We are taking FileZilla as an example to show how this is done. Download FileZilla on your computer and fill the necessary information to access your website. This is how the dashboard of FileZilla would look like
Follow the path given in the syntax error message
Find the file or folder that’s causing the issue, right click on it and choose any of the options to make the necessary correction (add or remove code)
Once you change the code, a message stating “File Has Changed” will pop up on the screen. Press ‘Yes’ and refresh your site URL, and it will start working correctly.
2.2 Fixing Syntax Error Through Control Panel
You can fix the syntax error through cPanel as well. All you have to do is log in to cPanel and look for an option of ‘File Manager.’
In ‘File Manager’ you need to go to ‘Code Editor’ and look for the exact line of code where the change is needed.
Edit the file and click on ‘Save Changes.’
3 How To Fix Syntax Error In WordPress?- Complete Video Tutorial
Here is a quick video tutorial so that you can follow the steps clearly:
How to fix the syntax error in WordPress? - YouTube
That’s it..!!! Your website will be back again.
We hope these tips will help you resolve the Syntax Error easily. Don’t forget to comment below if the problem continues or you want to share your views about this tutorial.
There are numerous ways of making a stable income online. Creating a Blog is probably one of them.
Blogs also have a broader division – long term blogs, niche blogs, personal blogs, product review blogs and the list goes on.
In the current scenario, due to the upsurge of E-Commerce platforms like Amazon and Alibaba, there is a significant boom of purchasing products online. From toiletries to luxury brands, you can buy anything online. The population is highly aware of online marketplaces and have started buying products more confidently. This has typically changed the conventional system of buying products from a physical store. That’s why we see a good scope in starting a review website.
A review website is a good option for making anything from a few $1000’s to millions of dollars a month. Plus, it is easy to create a review website from scratch. It is just like creating a WordPress blog. If you don’t know how to do that, don’t worry. This post has been made just for you.
Let us see some of the major points which we would be discussing in this post.
A review website is a simple website which provides reviews of products, goods, and services which are majorly used by the masses.
The list of products and services is ever increasing. Every other day, we have a new gadget, mobile or an app launched which you can review and write your views on your review website.
The biggest advantage of a review website- it has a very good potential to generate passive income.
The typical example of a review site is GlassDoor, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.
2 Advantages of creating a Review Website
There are many advantages of creating a review website apart from just making money. Once you create a review website and gain regular visitors on it, it would become a great source of earning passive income for you.
However, don’t think it as some sort of get rich quick scheme. Treat it as an actual business and invest the required time on it for making it successful.
Let’s learn more in depth about the advantages of creating a review website and how you could benefit from the same.
2.1 Easy to build
You don’t need rocket science to make a review website. It is very simple to create a review website. Just choose the niche in which you are perfect and start writing reviews for the products belonging to that niche.
2.2 Reviewing New Products and Services
The coolest factor of having a review website is that you get to review new products as soon as they are launched in the market.
Once your website attains a good authority and you have a good number of viewers on your website, you can then directly contact the Product companies and ask them for specific review copies of their newly launched products. Most of them would happily agree and even promote your website. This is branding without spending a penny!
2.3 Generating Traffic is Fairly Easy
Believe it or not, ranking websites was fairly easy 5 years ago. This is because the theory of an online marketplace was not known to many.
In today’s scenario, it is very difficult to rank a website on the search engine. The best way to do it is by choosing a less competitive niche. Making a Review Website is still less competitive as compared to the other niches. The better review you will write, it will exponentially generate the viewers to your website. People love to participate in reviews and share their opinion.
Also, you can attract a pretty good crowd from the social media.
2.4 Good Potential Earning
Once you have a good number of viewers on your website, you can then sign up with various affiliate networks and generate a good commission when a user buys a product using your affiliate link. Some of the top affiliates are Amazon Associate, ClickBank, ShareASale, etc.
3 How to Create a Review Website?
We have covered the most fundamental reasons for creating a review website. It’s now time to learn how to do so.
Let us see in brief how to make a review website.
How to create a Review Website?
Buy a domain name and a hosting package.
Download WP-Review Pro Plugin
Create a New Post
Implement reviews(star, percentage, points and circle) using WP-Review Pro
Publish the Post.
Now, let’s take a detailed view and see how to make an outstanding review website step-by-step.
3.1 Create a WordPress Website
If you are new into the field of blogging, we assure you that it won’t take more than 10 minutes to set up your first WordPress Website.
Follow these steps carefully:
Purchase a domain name and a good hosting package. We would recommend you to buy your hosting from SiteGround. It offers a special 60% discount for all the MyThemeShop users. Fantastic, isn’t it?
After setting up your WordPress website, it’s time to implement some upgradations and changes which will make your website look like a pro review website.
As soon as you launch your website, you need to choose the best theme for your website so that you can stick with it throughout.
WordPress provides you with its default themes but, to make a mark on the web, you need a premium WordPress theme to take your website to a whole new level. We would suggest you go with our ultra-fastMagXP Theme. It provides an easy to drag and drop homepage section with an unlimited number of sidebars along with various other easily customizing options.
The website’s design plays the most important role in acquiring the customers and making them read the content that you have published. Only after reading the content, you can convince them to purchase the best products using your affiliate links.
3.3 Install the Best Review Plugin: WP-Review Pro
Till now, we have seen many premium WordPress plugins for customizing our website but, if we talk about any review plugin, creating reviews using a plugin was not an easy task till the arrival of the WP-Review Pro.
Follow the below steps carefully to implement highly optimized reviews on your website.
Step 1: Add New Plugin
Hover to Plugins and click on “Add New” to add the WP-Review Pro plugin that you have already downloaded from MyThemeShop.
Step 2: Upload zip File
Click on “Upload Plugin” to upload the zip file of the WP-Review Pro plugin.
Step 3: Install and Activate WP-Review Pro
Choose the plugin’s zip file from your PC.
To install the plugin, click on “Install Now” and activate the plugin after successfully installing it.
Step 4: Add New Post
After successfully installing and activating the WP-Review Pro plugin, it’s time to start creating your reviews. In the Dashboard, hover to Posts and click on “Add New” to add a new post. You can also implement the same for an already published post. Just follow the same instructions.
Step 5: Choose Review Type
After creating a new post, scroll down, and you will find a Review Section. In review type, select the type of review you want to implement. You can choose from star, point, percentage and circle. In the above post, we have chosen “Star.” As soon as you choose a “Review Type,” you will be followed by more options.
In the Review Heading, choose the heading/title for your review. For e.g., if doing a review for an iPhone, you can choose the heading as “iPhone Review.” We have selected “Sample Title” in the above example.
The Reviewed Item Schema provides you with many options. You can choose from game, movie, restaurant or any other option that vividly matches with the product that you are reviewing. We have chosen the Default setting for this.
In the Rating Schema, you can choose the particular rating you want to show. You can choose from Author, Visitor, and Comments review. In the above post, we are providing the author ratings in the review.
Step 6: Add Features and Ratings
Here the actual game starts. Add the features along with their subsequent ratings for the product/service you are reviewing. For example: if doing a smartphone review, you can add features like Price, Compatibility, Performance, etc. and give the ratings for the same.
You can choose to show the reviews before the content or at the end of the post, or you can also add it at any custom location. Click on the “Custom Location” to generate a shortcode. Using this shortcode, you can implement the review anywhere within the post.
Don’t know what is the best part of using the WP-Review Pro; you can customize everything including the colors of each element like font, background, border and more.
You can also customize the width of the review box. Just move the width slider or add a numeric percentage in the Review Box Width.
Custom Author is an option to provide an author name which could be picked by the search engine to show in the search results.
Schema data provides the aggregate rating of the product which has been reviewed. This aggregate data can be collected from the ratings provided by the users.
Note: Custom author and schema data are independent variables which are solely picked up by the search engine depending on various factors. Using the Review Pro Plugin gives no guarantee of showing these in the search engine results.
Step 7: Add Review Links and Description
You can even add a custom link where you can provide the adequate link for reading more info about the referring product. Just add the name of the site in the “Text” and provide its relevant URL
It is always advised to provide a short description of the product you are reviewing. Add a good and meaningful review description.
Ticking the “Hide Description & Total Rating,” you can prevent to show the average rating of the product along with its Description. We won’t prefer to do that.
Step 8: User Review Option
With WP-Review Pro, we can allow the visitors to share their experience with the product you are reviewing. You can enable the Visitor as well as the Comment rating to enable the visitor to submit their ratings in the comment section.
You can customize the user ratings as well. Choose from various rating types for the user.
Step 9: Using the Shortcode
Copy the Shortcode that was generated in Step 6 and paste it in the post at subsequent places where you want to show the review box. We have placed the code in the starting of the post itself.
Step 10: Preview/Publish Post
Congratulations! You have successfully implemented the ratings inside your post. We would recommend you to preview the post before publishing. The WP-Review Pro offers full customization at any instance. You can alter and modify the reviews easily within a post.
This is what a review post will look like when published.
WP-Review Pro is a power packed review plugin that lets you make outstandingly beautiful reviews for any product niche.
If you still have some doubts left? Watch this full WP-Review Pro video tutorial.
WP Review Pro Plugin Setup Tutorial - YouTube
You can also use the free WP-Review plugin to get the gist of how a review plugin works on a WordPress Review Website. The free plugin also works fine but, you will miss some of the important features which are necessary for a better customer engagement that will, in turn, bring outstanding affiliate sales for you. So, if you want to have your review website packed with all the features, you won’t lose much if you buy the WP-Review Pro Plugin.
WordPress has many plugins available to create forms. A few of the popular ones are Ninja Forms, Contact Form 7 and more. With so many good options, why would you even choose Google Forms in the first place?
The answer is simple. You can use Google forms in multiple places. You can share them on your Facebook wall, send a direct link via a messaging app or even use them on multiple websites.
If you did this with other form plugins, then you would have to find different solutions that work for each channel you share your form. That means a different solution for your WordPress site, another solution for Facebook, another solution for instant messenger and so forth. Even after using different solutions, you would have had to combine all the responses manually.
Using Google Forms eliminates that. All the collected responses are stored in a single place. The responses are also populated instantaneously. This means you can make decisions quickly based on the information you receive.
You can also use hidden fields (a Google Form feature) to sort the responses from different channels. This way you can measure the responses from each of your channels. You can also use other Google Form features like sharing responses with multiple people or collaborating with them directly.
Advanced users can record the responses to a Google Sheet directly and use the Google Sheets API to manipulate the data as desired.
2 How to Embed a Google Form in WordPress?
To embed a Google Form in WordPress, you have to create one first.
Head over to the Google Forms website and select a blank slate or template to create one.
Make sure to add a form name, title, and description. A name and appropriate title help the end users understand what the form is about.
Next, you have to choose which fields you want to include. You can choose different types of validations to make sure the end users enter the exact information you need.
You can customize the form with custom backgrounds, images and videos as well. Once you are satisfied with the form, click the send button to finalize the form.
You will have three options to send the form to others. You can use email, share the direct link, or use the embed code. We will select the embed code.
Once you click the embed form option, you will see the embed code with some customization options. Enter the desired values in the fields, and hit copy.
Now head over to your WordPress admin area. Create a new page/post or edit the one where you would like to embed the Google Form.
If you chose a new page or post, then all you have to do is use the text area in the editor and paste the embed code that we copied. A new dedicated page/post will be created on your WordPress website where the embedded Google Form will be displayed.
If you chose to edit an existing page or post, then edit the post, navigate to the text area and carefully scroll to the section where you would like to embed the respective Google Form. The position where you paste the respective code is the position where you will see the Google Form.
To confirm that you have placed the embedded Google form in the correct position, you can choose the preview option inside your post. Clicking the preview button will open a preview page with the form embedded. If you are happy with the way the form looks, then go back inside the WordPress admin and hit save.
If you are not happy with the way the embedded Google Form looks, you can either change the position where the form is placed or customize the Google Form from the Google Form interface. After you have made the changes you desire, copy the embed code again and paste it carefully at the desired position inside the post. Then preview and save.
This is how an embedded Google Form will look on your WordPress page.
3 Embedding Google Form Inside WordPress Using a Free Plugin
If you are not comfortable with code whatsoever, you can also use a dedicated plugin to embed your Google Form.
The plugin is appropriately titled Google Form. Here is how you use it.
Log into to your WordPress admin panel and install the plugin.
Go to your Google Form and copy the form URL.
In the plugin settings, go to Add new Google form.
In the following screen, paste the form URL that you copied in the previous step. After configuring the other settings hit publish. Your form is now published.
To see the form in action, you have to include it in a post or page.
Go back to the plugin and head to the Google forms section. You will see the form name and the corresponding shortcode for the form.
Copy the shortcode and insert it into an existing or new post. Remember, shortcodes should be entered in the visual editor, not the text editor.
Hit publish, and your Google From should be embedded in your post.
Things to remember when using this plugin
Although this plugin makes it easy to embed a Google Form, it currently works with public Google Forms only. Only use this plugin if you are ok with everyone viewing your Google Form.
This plugin also gives you a lot of advanced options which you can use to create your Google Form in a particular way. For example, when someone submits a form, you can have them sent to WordPress page instead of the default Google Form page.
The most important thing to remember while using this plugin is, it is not an official plugin made by Google. It is created by a 3rd party and updated by them. Google often changes their products much more frequently, and it might break your forms if that happens. If you plan to use this plugin, make sure to have a backup plan just in case.
Google Forms are great for making surveys and quizzes. By using Google Forms instead of traditional WordPress Plugins, you can save yourself a lot of manual work.
Also, you don’t have to research a different way to embed a form in different customer channels.
Google Form unifies you customer responses allowing you to make data-backed decisions on the fly, which is extremely useful. The best part, using Google Forms is free.
We hope that you now understand how to embed Google Forms inside your blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.
FTP or File Transfer Protocol is used for transferring files from one computer to another across the web. Usually, when users install WordPress on their blogs, they have the option to use FTP to upload necessary WordPress files, such as images, videos, themes, plugins, etc. from their computers to the server.
File transfer over FTP is done with the help of FTP client. It’s a software that runs on your computer and helps you send and receive files from any remote server. Some of the most common FTP clients used by WordPress users are WS_FTP, CuteFTP, FileZilla, SmartFTP, etc.
2 How To Setup FTP
You need an active internet connection to make FTP client work on your computer. Often, the file transfer is very slow and takes hours to finish, so you better check the internet speed before starting the process. Once this is done, follow the below mentioned tips to setup FTP:
Download an FTP client on your computer. We are taking FileZilla as an example here to show how easy it is to transfer files from your system to any remote server.
The FileZilla dashboard is divided into two parts — the right side of the window shows all the files stored on the web server and the left side of the window shows the files on your personal computer.
Click on the ‘Files’ option in the top-left corner of the dashboard and select ‘Site Manager.’
In the new pop up box that appears next, click on ‘New Site’ and fill required details like hostname, port, username, and password.
You can contact your Web Host for FTP login ID & password.
Click on connect after entering all the information.
Congratulations! You have setup FTP successfully on your computer.
3 How To Use FTP to Upload Files to WordPress?
Once you set up FTP, you can start using it for transferring files between your computer and any remote server. Here is how to do it in a hassle-free manner:
Log in to the dashboard and find all your system files on the left side and all the web server files on the right side.
Don’t forget to take backup of your site before adding or removing any file or making any changes in the existing files. It will help you get the site back online just in case things don’t work out as per your plans.
Go to the public_html folder on the right side and select any file folder in which you want to make changes.
Let’s say you want to upload an image from your computer to your web server. So, all you have to do is select the file from the left side and drop it directly on the right side. Additionally, you can right click on it and press ‘Upload.’
The process remains the same whether you want to transfer an image, video, plugin or theme.
4 What is FTP? How to Setup FTP?- A Complete Video Tutorial
Now that you have learned in detail, here is the detailed video tutorial so that you can implement the things without any hassle.
What is FTP? How to setup FTP and use it? - YouTube
Follow this step by step guide to avoid any technical glitch while using FTP. Comment below if you still have any doubt, query or feedback.
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