Monthly Archives: July 2017

Tips to make a widget

A widget, which is also referred to as web gadget, snippet, portlets, etc., is an element of the graphic user interface that provides information and allows a user to interact with the application. For instance, it can be used to allow users to play interactive games, and add and change website content. Embedding these self-enclosed codes on a web page, blog, or social networking site can make them fun, as personal content can be turned into a web application that can be shared on any website.

Instructions

  • If you want to put a web gadget on your website, blog, or on your profile on any social media site, you first need to look for such applications. There are some sites that allow users to create such applications from their own content. You can simply embed the code and put them on your website. You can find them from widget directories such as Widgetbox or Spring Widgets, or create them using a widget editor and converter. Here are the instructions that you can follow:
  • First of all, find the websites that allow users to make a web gadget. Surf on the Internet and navigate to any of these sites. At the top right corner, you will observe a ‘Make a Widget’ button. You need to click on this button.
  • Now, the next step is to click on the ‘Blog’ button. Go to ‘File’ button and then click on the ‘New Tab’ button. If you want to make one for your blog, you need to type the web address of your blog in the navigation text box in the new tab you just opened. Look for the ‘RSS Feed’ link and click on it. Copy the web address of the RSS Feed.
  • The next step is to go back to the directory or the website that you accessed for creating the portlet. Look for ‘Blog/Feed URL’ and you will find a text box below it. You need to click inside that text box and paste the RSS Feed information. After that, click on the ‘Continue’ button.
  • For selecting the background colors, you can use the color selector. Once the color selection is done, you can name the web gadget by typing the name in the text field and aligning it. Then, click on ‘Save Widget’ to get the embedding code.
  • Now that you have the embedding code, highlight the code and copy it and then paste the code on your site, blog, or your profile as per your choice. The application will be displayed. Upload the website or blog where you placed the application made by you and refresh the page.

So, making a web gadget is not a difficult task, and this task can be completed by following the aforementioned simple instructions.

The beginning of creating Website

Today, there are close to 250 million websites all around the world. There are many advantages in this scenario, especially if you are involved in the provision of some kind of goods or services. The Internet is a powerful way of carrying out your business operations, and also for making your name in this industry.

Procedure

The first step is to get a unique domain name. This is simply for your website’s identification, and will be typed by people in their address bar so that they are directed to your website’s homepage. You will have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for this purpose, and you have to choose a name that is unique. It is best to decide one that gives a fair idea about the nature of your business, or the purpose of your operation. This name is one of the key elements in this scenario, and along with picking a good one, you need to establish the purpose of your website. It could fall into any one of the categories mentioned below:

  • It could be a Brochure/General Information website, which provides data and information that is pertinent to some specific parameter.
  • It could be a Content website, which acts as an information library.
  • It could be a Blog, which consists of regularly updated information by a specific person or party that deals with particular aspects.
  • It could be a Retail/E-commerce website, where the buying and selling of goods or services takes place.
  • It could be a Database website, which is a collection of data and information that has been amassed from a variety of sources.
  • Lastly, it could be a Forum/Community website, where people from around the world give their opinion about certain events or products.

Once you have figured out your purpose, and have acquired a good domain name, you will be ready to proceed further. The next step is to find a good web host, and following are its types:

  • Shared Web Hosting: The websites are shared over a server. The speed and traffic of your website will be affected by the traffic of the other ones.
  • Dedicated Web Hosting: It is costlier, but it is worth it, as the server is solely dedicated to running only your website.
  • Cloud Web Hosting: This is the latest type, where the server exists over the Internet itself, and not physically. Network security could be a concern in this case.

Many people argue that the best way to start a website is to hire a professional web designer. This is because, the next step is something that should be carried out by someone who is experienced in this field. This is the step of designing the layout of the website itself. The most important thing is to ensure that all the information that you wish to portray is easily visible, and the website looks aesthetically pleasing. Designing a nice logo for your company, and displaying it on your website is also highly recommended. With an effective layout and design, you can ensure that the visitors can find out everything that they are looking for.

Once all this happens, and your website is fully functional, the next step is to update your content on a regular basis. You can use text, multimedia content, Flash content, and even podcast files for this purpose. If you wish to enter this business for free, and ignore all the above pointers, it is recommended that you start a blog. The reason for this decision is that running a website is something that needs time, attention, and resources. Other tips include using unique pictures, website content development software, and preferably, hiring a content writer.

Now, you need to ensure that your website’s marketing is also done effectively. This includes submitting your website to a search engine (preferably Google), taking advantage of social networking websites, sending out emails to visitors, and other methods regarding Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Tips to treck website visitor

The advent of the Internet has ushered instant access and connectivity to individuals, and information at a click of the mouse. This technology has enabled users across the globe to establish contact with one another in an instant, and this could be to promote business or on a personal level. However, along with the excitement of attracting website visitors and profitable website hits is the need to track website visitors. Anonymity comes easily to users of the technology, and so does pseudo identity. This does get to the individual and the online businesses that are part of the online community, at some time or the other.

It hardly matters if you are a journalist, blogger, or any regular user of technology, the need to track visitors is undeniable. You could be a person exploring trends, with the intent of becoming productive, but how can you be safeguarded from the scrupulous attempts to sabotage and misuse the personal information you fed online. Today, with the increase in cybercrime, there is technology and software marketed within a dedicated resource base that ensures the timely tracking and sifting of web traffic.

There are quite a number of ways that are now applicable for tracking trends and popular resources online, while keeping a record of website users and website hits. The software available offers access to web traffic based on a dedicated and established user population. The resultant dynamic graph enables you to compare different sites for traffic. The software also allows you to view the websites that have attracted most traffic. This facilitates an Internet trend that helps to track website visitors and website hits. Then, there are blog search engines that enable you access to popular webpages, tag pages, and a trend graph.

Popular webpages helps you access popular videos, news, and books, while tag pages showcase popular tags by the hour. This facilitates you to track posts tagged by bloggers and view a search result trend graph. This, in turn, results in tracking the number of surfers and hits on your website. Viewing the page rank also enables you to assess the external pages linked to the page you are on, which depends on the quantity of the inbound links. This is also helpful to judge if the content is worthwhile or not. You should also stay abreast of the latest developments within the industry, by accessing the latest news updates within the technology industry.

Another way of understanding track records regarding the hits on your website is by identifying several regularly updated websites with ‘feeds’. You can optimize your attempt by subscribing to their feed with the help of your feed reader. You can record them simultaneously, but remember to downsize the number of subscriptions. Alternatively, you could also categorize the feed into ‘trend watching’ and ‘miscellaneous’. In this attempt to follow website visitors, it is important to maintain a low noise-to-signal ratio. It has now become imperative to try out every possible method to keep a track of website hits and misses, while at the same time its visitors.

As every problem comes with its own unique solution, so does the scrupulous use of the Internet technology. A little caution and regular updates and research go a long way in keeping you well informed about the recent developments within the industry. You can now minimize the risk you or your business run via exposure to the outsourcing of vital data and personal information by keeping a track of website users. There are number of industry dedicated resources that make important information available, online and offline. The solution sought lies well within the technology itself, and now you are just a click away!

How To Disable WordPress Plugins In phpMyAdmin Successfully

In this short tutorial I’ll share with you a simple method to disable plugins in phpMyAdmin for your WordPress website, should you ever need to.

A few days ago I ran into a little bit of pickle when I decided to delete my web browser history.

All was well until I tried to access my WordPress website’s login page to get into my dashboard.

Guess what?

I couldn’t log in because I couldn’t actually remember the login URL itself.

It was no longer in my history, remember.

I know what you’re thinking, the WordPress login URL is an easy one to remember, right?

Nope, because I’m currently using the Rename wp-login.php plugin.

So, the only way I could log into my site was if I disabled the rename plugin entirely. Except for one small problem.

I couldn’t disable the plugin in the back end of WordPress because I couldn’t remember the login URL to get into my site in the first place.

What I had to do instead was disable the plugin via phpMyAdmin, which is why I decided to write this short little tutorial to share with you the simple process, should you ever need to do it too.

Why would you ever want to disable plugins in phpMyAdmin?

Sometimes things happen that are beyond our normal control.

This method is ideal if for some reason you can’t access your WordPress website or the user dashboard to disable a broken or faulty plugin.

Maybe a plugin has brought down your entire site, if so, this tutorial should help.

Let’s get to it.

Step One: Log into your cPanel

First thing you’ll need to do is log into your website’s web hosting cPanel.

I host my site with SiteGround, but as far as I know, most web hosting cPanel’s look pretty much the same.

If you are using SiteGround as your host provider by any chance, then great.

Once logged in, head over to Go to cPanel from your My Account page.

Step Two: Access phpMyAdmin

Next, scroll down the cPanel page until you see Databases. Click on the application phpMyAdmin.

Step Three: Access database name for your website

Now identify and access the name of the database for your website.

You can usually tell which website your database belongs to by clicking on wp_options, and by the side of the option_name ‘siteurl’ you’ll see your domain name.

OK, so now if you select page 2 (See blue circle below) from the wp_options page, you should find the option_name ‘active_plugins’ somewhere.

Step Four: Disable all plugins or a single plugin

Now double-click on the option_value for active_plugins to open up the editor box. See image below.

Simply select all of the content inside the editor box and delete it. This will disable all of the plugins on your WordPress website.

If you want to disable just one culprit plugin, however, you’ll need to take a closer and harder look at the values to identify the plugin name.

The line for each plugin usually starts with a value like this: s:02 and ends with something like this: i:18;

So for example: s:02:”name-of-the-plugin”;i:18;

That being said, it is much easier to disable all of the plugins, you can always reactivate them when you are able to log into your WP dashboard the conventional way.

One you’re done simply hit anywhere outside of the editor box and your database should automatically update itself with the new changes.