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WooDojo Review from Woothemes

WooDojo Review

For entrepreneurs who want to have better, you need to read this WooDojo Review.

Woothemes, the popular premium WordPress theme development company, is now offering a great plugin called WooDojo. With some of the very cool Wootheme features, this plugin enhances any WordPress site or theme. What’s great is that WooDojo not only works with themes bought from its developer but also with ANY theme.

With your installed themes, WooDojo brings the advanced functionality of Woothemes. It’s great because WooThemes may be offering a wide variety of themes but they may not always have what is suitable for you or your business or the kind of theme that you want. Also, their themes are not necessarily expensive. However, WooDojo is FREE!

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Just like JetPack, WooDojo has different modules and depending on what features you want you can activate or deactivate these modules which are in the plugin. The plugin comes with 5 bundled features:

Feature #1: Custom Code – this feature adds the facility to easily add a custom CSS code to your website and the custom HTML code before the </body> tag or in the section

Feature #2: Shortlinks – Using your URL shortening service, WooDojo automatically generates short URLs for your post

Feature #3: Tabs – WoodDojo is a tab widget. It is usually placed within your website mainwidgetized area.

Feature #4: Login Branding – automatically rebrands your Login screen with a custom logo.

Feature #5: Social Widgets – A collection of widgets to connect to your online social profiles, such as Twitter and Instagram, to showcase your content.

All WordPress users can make use of WooDojo plugin. Once WooThemes updates this plugin with new feature, make sure to take advantage of the ways this plugin can make designing your website a more pleasant experience.

 

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To learn more about WooDojo plugin, try it yourself and let us know below the comment box your own WooDojo review.

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Top 5 WordPress Web Hosting Themes

Interview with Steven Gerritse from Cr3ative Marketing

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Interview with Andrew Georgakopoulos, Co-Founder of Pressidum

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WebEntrepreneur.WS would like to share with you an interview with Andrew Georgakopoulos, the co founder of the upcoming WordPress web hosting platform to watch for, Pressidium.

Andrew shared how the Pressidium platform can help entrepreneurs and how it is different from other WordPress web hosting platforms out there. He also shared some of his tips for fellow webentrepreneurs in achieving success.

 

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Orvi: Hi Andrew.  It’s a real pleasure having this chat interview with you. First of all, can you introduce yourself?

Andrew Georgakopoulos: Sure, I’m Andrew Georgakopoulos and I am one of the co-founders of Pressidium, a high tech start-up dedicated to Managed WordPress Hosting

Orvi: Tell me about Pressidium. For those who still don’t know, what is Pressidium?

Andrew Georgakopoulos: Well Pressidium is a fully managed WordPress hosting platform, designed from the ground-up to be highly available and scalable (with no single point of failure). Pressidium® offers fast, robust, scalable and secure Premium Managed WordPress Hosting.

Our platform is built specifically to host professional WordPress sites by using webscale technologies and systems specifically optimized to deliver incredible speed, unparalleled availability and uptime and it offers an amazing amount of control via our custom built web based UI, so that at a touch of a button our users can experience great features, like instant backups, staging sites and so many more

Orvi: Fantastic! Most of our audience are web entrepreneurs. How do you think Pressidium can help them?

Andrew Georgakopoulos: That’s a great question. Most people today struggle with their hosting, they have to manage their CMS, they have to deal with security, they have to make sure that their software is up to date and if their site get’s popular they have to scale their infrastructure to meet demand. All this is usually too much for an entrepreneur and will often lead to significant downtime of their site (at the worst possible time). Pressidium solves all this, our platform & service transparently handles all the security & scalability issues so you don’t have too, and in the event that a issue is experienced our team will handle it for you. In a nutshell our fully managed WordPress platform and beautiful management portal allows you to concentrate on your content without worrying about your website, everything else is left up to us – totally hassle free.

One of the great things about our design is our scale-out architecture, most conventional webhosts concentrate only on bulk, that means that they will put as many as 2000 (or even more) websites on one single pc-like server (really inferior hardware). Our concept is entirely different, we focus on our customer’s site performance not bulk. Each website is hosted in a grid or array of server farms, in a tiered architecture. This design comes from real time mission critical environments (like the telco industry, stock-market or even NASA), were everything is redundant and capacity can be increased by simply adding more nodes to the teir that needs it. Here is a high-level overview of our unique to webhosts design: http://pressidium.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/pressidium-architecture-white.png

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 and the really cool thing about the above is our ground breaking pricing, to build the architecture above you would need to spend quite a few thousand $ per month, we have managed to offer these features at down-to earth economical plans that entrepreneurs can afford.

Orvi: So you are aiming for affordability and hassle free. That is really good! There are already many web hosting sites today. How is Pressidium different?

Andrew Georgakopoulos: Well Pressidium is different in that we believe it is the most reliable & secure WordPress hosting platform on the planet. If you look at our Availability, Speed, Security and Management features and compare them to other host’s you will quickly find that we are the only to offer all these features from the very first plan (starting at $17.90), while the competition will start in the hundreds per mo. I guess that is the biggest difference. Of-course the competition is also not clear about it’s design, almost no-one will explain in-detail their architecture and how they can manage to deliver on their SLA. This as a matter of principle for us is not acceptable, we are fully transparent and very proud of our architecture, we will back our promise to provide availability & security – no bullshit.

Orvi: Sounds really interesting. Tell us about the team that developed Pressidium. How did you came up with the idea of creating it?

Andrew Georgakopoulos: Sure, one of the unique things about our team, as that all co-founders (four of us) where engineers all with over 10 years experience in a large ISP/Telecom. We all actively applied the use of opensource in our engineering & development projects and had to make enterprise grade solutions for business-critical services. The experience gained here is too valuable to mention, since innovating and building solutions for such a demanding environment (imagine if your telephone didn’t work, or when your dsl goes down) gave us the know-how to apply these solutions to the web industry, which is now mission-critical also, since in today’s electronic economy no one can afford to have a slow website, or their website being hacked etc. It is our mission to push the bar higher here, and offer enterprise grade quality along with edge technology to everyone, not only to those who have the bucks.

Orvi: With that mission, it can surely change the world! For those who are already interested in your web hosting services, how can they have access and use it?

Andrew Georgakopoulos: Oh, well thats a great question. It’s really simple, all they have to do is visit our website at http://pressidium.com and sign-up. In minutes if not seconds their account will be provisioned and they will have access to the Pressidium Portal where they can get started deploying their website straight away! And did I mention free migrations?, we will handle the whole migration process for you, if you already have a site hosted somewhere else. All you need to do is open a support ticket and we will take it from there – again totally care-free”.

Orvi: Awesome! Lastly… You’re obviously one of the webentreprneurs that many would also love to follow, do you have any tips especially for those who are still starting their business online?

Andrew Georgakopoulos: Yes! Release early! time-to-market is crucial! As you will quickly discover your burn-rate will decide how long your start-up has to live, so in my humble opinion, the earlier you are able to commercialize the more of a chance you will have to gain traction, attract funding and turn to profitability. Everyone I guess wants to make a perfect product, but it is important to also keep in-mind that the market will not wait for you while you achieve perfection and someone else will come along to fill the gap, so it is imperative that you reach a balance and that you ship ship ship, before someone else does.

Orvi: Fantastic! Really honored to have this interview with you Andrew. Thank you very much.

Andrew Georgakopoulos: It has been awesome Orvi.

 

To learn more about Pressidium, go to Pressidium.com.

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Starting a Podcast with WordPress

Starting a podcast requires a perfect podcasting setup. Podcast is an episodic series of audio files which enables users to listen to and subscribe to.

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WordPress helps users subscribe to your podcast using RSS subscription apps on their devices as well as allowing users to subscribe to your blog posts via RSS feeds. iTunes is the most popular specialized tools to listen and subscribe to podcasts.

iTunes can make your submitted podcast available to millions of users around the world. With iTunes, iPhone, iPod, iPad and other apple devices users can easily subscribe to your podcast. Podcast will also be available to Android, Windows and other platforms users. Like apple devices users, they can also subscribe to a podcast app on their devices and computers.

 Podcasting Site

Create a podcasting site with a good web hosting provider before you get started. If you are a newbie, BlueHost is highly recommended. BlueHost is an official WordPress hosting provider. After that, look for a good media hosting provider, podcast is a large static media files and as you may know, serving large files from your web host will consume a lot of server resources. The smartest and efficient way to run a podcast is to separate the podcast hosting service to their podcast files.

Blubrry, a media hosting platform, provides best user experience and least hassle. Bulbrry PowerPress, a plug-in, makes it easier to publish and manage your podcast using your WordPress site. It comes with forums and a large user community of successful podcasters, which is very helpful, because you can ask or get advices from experienced podcasters. You can also have access to tools like automatic media artwork management, ID3 tagging and iTunes optimization. Blubrry also makes your content delivery more reliable since they have a top-tier content delivery network.

Be Equipped

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As a beginner, you need to have the following basic tools:

Tool #1: A good microphone. Choose between Samson C01U or Rode Podcaster. Never use your PC’s built-n microphone in recording; it produces a terrible sound quality.

Tool #2: A mic arm

Tool #3: Shock mount

Tool #4: Pop filter

Tool #5: A headphone (try the Sony MDR7506)

These are just basic tools, as you get older, you can upgrade the equipments you need.

Recording Your Podcast

Audacity, a free, cross-platform, and open source software capable of recording studio-quality professional podcasts, can help you in recording your podcast. Once installed, open it up and from the File menu, create a new project. Simply click on the record button and start recording your podcast. One great feature of Audacity is that you can edit the recording as many times as you want. So you don’t need to worry about coughing, breaks or awkward pauses while recording. Once your satisfied with your recording, you need to export it. Export your audio files in MP3 format because it creates small files but with good quality. Also, be smart about naming your podcasts, try WPB001.mp3 or WPBep001.mp3

Publishing Your Podcast

blubrryTo publish your podcast, install and open the Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin. Once it is activated, in the WordPress admin menu, look for PowerPress menu item. Click it and it will take you to the plugin’s setting page. You need to be using Blubrry for hosting your podcasting files. Look for the button to configure Blubrry statistics and hosting services, once clicked it will bring up a popup for you to enter your Blubrry hosting account email and password. Fill out the needed information on the setting page. After that, provide a title for your podcast and don’t forget to fill out iTunes fields, which will be used in your podcast’s RSS feed and place your podcast in their directory. This is not automatic, so click the save button when you’re done.

To upload your podcast file to your Blubrry, log into your Blubrry hosting account. Click Content > Media Files > Upload New Media, a popup will be brought up where you can upload your podcast media file. You can close the uploader only if you have uploaded the media file.

Finally go to Posts > Add New, give your podcast post a title and add some description in the edit area.

To keep your podcast episodes separate from the rest of your content, try creating a category intended for your podcast only. This will also make things easy once you decide to publicize your podcast.  Scroll down to find the Podcast Episode metabox. For Burbrry hosting users, click on the folder icon and select the file that was uploaded to Blubrry media. For other hosting users, they need to paste their media file URL and to make sure that the pasted URL is correct, click the Verify button.

So there you go, feel free to hit the Publish button and show the world what you got.

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5 Killer WordPress Tips to Improve Your Website by Dustin Hartzler

wp1Podcaster Anthony Tran of Marketing Access Pass featured Dustin HArtzler, blogger, podcaster and WordPress expert.

He is a “Happiness Engineer” employed at Automatic the company that created WordPress.

As a WordPress expert, Dustin HArtzler has tons of tips but he gave 5 extremely important tips for WordPress users. Here’s the list:

Tip #1: Back It Up!

Backups are really essential. When you back up, do not do it in your main server. This is a bad idea because: first, if your host goes down you will lose your main site and at the same time lose all your backups because they are all in one place or if your server crashes you can’t restore or get any data back.; second, if a hacker unfortunately gets in and somehow know where or get a hold of your files and your backups, they could just download your backup and all of a sudden they have your username and password to get right into your site and create absolute chaos to your website.

wp2Backing up your WordPress site can be done several ways. First is plugins. You can just install it, configure and set it up. One plugin is the pre-plugin from WordPress repository and back all your sites information into the Dropbox. Another is Automatic’s service called VaultPresss, install the plugin, connect your key and that’s it. VaultPress automatically do your back up for you. And the last is BackWPup where you can actually send backups information over Amazon S3 and Dropbox and have BackWPup email your files to you.

It is just not a good idea to keep your data in the same place.

Tip #2: Use Google Analytics

When your clients asks you questions like how is their traffic doing, what keywords are visitors are usually looking for or things along those lines, you can’t just tell them that “Oh, I forgot to turn on the analytics”. Use Google Analytics (just have a gmail username and password). It links to your website with Google and have access with a huge array of data. You can see what page is getting more page views, more popular  or daily or weekly traffic stats. You can even see what type of devices people are using or how many percent of viewers is using iPod mini with the running version of 8.0 OS and tweet all that.

Tip #3: Use a correct Hosting Company

Is your website is constantly crashing and can’t handle the volume of traffic? Wouldn’t it be great that If you have a question or you really need help to fix  something you can just talk to somebody via live chat or take screenshots to show them exactly what you’re seeing and send that to them instead of calling somebody and be put on hold and wait? Find one that really works for you – companies that have those things that you are looking for. Dustin HArtzler likes having a website company that also back up sites – personally he uses Flywheel. Flywheel does a daily back up of website, you can send message and they respond via twitter and even do live chats. Do not be tied with a company that you can’t communicate easily with.

Also, pick the right size of a company. Don’t feel that you’re locked up in a host because WordPress is hard to move, it’s not. It’s very simple to pack up all the data and you can move it form place to another For websites that don’t get a lot of traffic yet, use Bluehost shared plan shared plan when you’re on the same server with a lot of other  websites this is good with small websites. It’s perfect for those who are getting started.  If you start expanding and you get a lot more traffic and you want a faster website, it normally about $15 to $20 a month and some of those are just WordPress specific companies. And if you are way up there, you could spend 100/month if you are getting thousands of visits every single day. Just make sure that the hosting company can handled the extra traffic that is going to get during the day.

wp engine123There is also WPEngine which specializes on WordPress Hosting. If your website is growing, try to move your WordPress to a different hosting company to handle the traffic volume that you’re getting, especially for the people growing their audience for podcast or blogs.

Tip #4: Make sure that you have a mobile friendly site.

Nowadays, more people use mobile device to search online than desktop platforms. Having a mobile friendly website really has a big impact for the user experience.

  • Responsive web design – design which is built to respond to the size of the device. So whether you’re using a tab or an IPhone or a 27inch monitor, landscape or horizontal view, make sure that your website respond easily to your device. They won’t need to pinch and zoom if they want to read something in your website on their phone.
  • Mobile version of a website – create a mobile version of your website. For this, you can use the WP Touch plugin. It basically uses simple design and styles to create websites that looks good on a phone or a mobile device. You just have to buy the license that’s around 50$. You can do it and you can configure it less than a half hour and you can be assured that people were having someone is having a nice experience when they looking in your website on their phone.

Tip #5: Staging site

Have you experienced changing a site or start coding and suddenly it got broken because you forgot one bracket. And you’re not allowed to leave it broken because it’s live on the internet?  That would be the worst feeling.

A staging site platform is a development area where you can make all the changes and push them live to the web. This can be done locally on a computer or you can set up an extra site somewhere else that mirrors your main website and you could make the changes on a local environment or place that no one can see it. So it won’t matter if get all wrong on codes because no one can see it and you can work on it on your own time. Server Press has software called Desktop Server where it allows you to build a local environment. You can work locally anywhere, even in an airplane if you want to, and then just move your content to the live site once you’re satisfied with the changes.

Plus, staging sites can also be used for updates on plugins. Server Press is free for up to 3 sites. It is just 99$ per year and it’s worth the price. You can also try it for free and if it works great for you, you can have the full version.

 

Do you have killer tips your self? Share them in the box below.

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 Creating A Mobile App For Your WordPress Site by WordPress Tutorials

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How to Speed Up WP Engine in 4 Simple Ways

Need to Speed Up WP Engine !

WordPress is a great platform. You’re seeing it in action right now at WebEntrepreneur.WS site. One disadvantage is that it is usually very slow. If you use it without proper precautions, the site will be dull and slow-moving and would cause hassle for repeat visitors and worse lose you subscribers and customers since web browsers are naturally impatient.

To learn how to speed up WordPress, take a look at 4 ways you can do.

Speed up WP Engine#1. Choose a good host

If you plan on doing awesome stuff  that creates high traffic periods, it is not a good idea to run your WordPress site on shared hosting. WP Engine is a proper hosting and will not let your site go down after getting a big feature.

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WP Engine is one of the fastest web host servers for hosting WordPress sites. WP Engine is known for its hassle-free WordPress hosting services. Head on over to the WP Engine homepage and check out their offerings, you’ll be happy you did.

Speed up WP Engine #2. Tweaking: .htaccess Configuration Changes on WP Engine WordPress Site

By tweaking .htaccess file with the following code:
<ifModule mod_php5.c>
php_value zlib.output_compression on

</ifModule>
SetOutputFilter DEFLATE
<IfModule mod_headers.c>
Header set Connection keep-alive
Header append Vary User-Agent env=!dont-vary
</IfModule>

<IfModule mod_expires.c>
ExpiresActive on
ExpiresDefault “access plus 14 days”
Header set Cache-Control “public”
</IfModule>

<FilesMatch “\.(html|htm|xml|txt|xsl)$”>
Header set Cache-Control “max-age=7200, must-revalidate”
</FilesMatch>

<IfModule mod_mime.c>
AddType application/x-javascript .js
AddType text/css .css
</IfModule>

<IfModule mod_deflate.c>
AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css application/x-javascript text/x-component text/html text/richtext image/svg+xml text/plain text/xsd text/xsl text/xml image/x-icon application/javascript
</IfModule>

<IfModule mod_setenvif.c>
SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI \.(?:rar|zip)$ no-gzip dont-vary
SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI \.(?:avi|mov|mp4)$ no-gzip dont-vary
SetEnvIfNoCase Request_URI \.mp3$ no-gzip dont-vary
</IfModule>

# BEGIN WordPress

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

# END WordPress

Speed up WP Engine #3. Speed Speed up WP Engine using Cache-Images

Cache-Images plugin by Matt Mullenweg will make all the images, including the images hosted on ther domains, side load to their own host. Matt Mullenweg ensure that none of the images were loaded from his test site. The plugin suppresses loading of images from test site, if any.

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Speed up WP Engine #4. Optimize your homepage to load quickly

There are few easy things that you can do to ensure that your homepage loads quickly. Quick homepage loading is the most important part of your site because web browsers navigate there most often.

Things that you can do include:

  • Show excerpts instead of full posts
  • Reduce the number of posts on the page
  • Remove unnecessary sharing widgets from the home page (include them only in posts)
  • Remove inactive plugins and widgets that you don’t need
  • Keep in minimal! Readers are here for content, not 8,000 widgets on the homepage
Overall, a clean and focused homepage design will help your page not only look good, but load quicker as well.
Do you have other additional ways on how to speed up WP Engine? Share it with us in the comment section below this post.
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Top 5 WordPress Web Hosting Themes

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Starting a web hosting business can be easy. The hard part is getting the revenue up.

In this industry, success means that your website should be professional and responsive. WordPress can definitely help you with that! below is the top 5 WordPress web hosting themes that will help you attract more clients and have a steady source of income.

Web Hosting Themes#1: Phenomenon

For hosting companies and internet business, Phenomenon is one of the best WordPress themes as it support all the native WordPress 3.0+ features like widgetized areas and menus and at the same time also comes with several additional features to give your business an edge over your competitors.

Its features include: over 30 simple short codes, custom login and signup pages, built-in options pages for maximum design control,4 extra widgets, and 3 unique page templates. The package includes instructions which can help you on creating easily create a stunning website within minutes.

Web Hosting Themes#2: Cloud Server

Cloud Server can help you stand out from the crowd and become an instant success in the industry as it can be integrated with a number of popular web services like,  Mail Chimp, PayPal, and Google Maps.It has 3 stunning color schemes and a nifty little slider for your client testimonials. It has the following features:

Sliced HTML template
Animated jQuery slider
Award winning design
User-friendly domain lookup tool

Web Hosting Themes#3: Cloud Hoster hoster

Cloud Hoster could be the one for you if  you want to create a website for virtually any online business. It has light and dark built-in and it also has feature-rich admin panel for quick customization and a feature-rich panel for quick customization. The theme suppports all the bells and whistles that come with WordPress like post formats and short codes and others. Its features includes optimization for maximum speed, forms for newsletter signup and contact with validation and fully responsive design. Another great thing about this theme is that it automatically optimizes your images with a piece of code called Smushit.

Web Hosting Themes#4: Alpha

Alpha has powerful features and a huge array of customization options. It gives you the advantage of all the amazing features offered WordPress by 6+. If you want to create a static website for your hosting business instead of one powered by WordPress then you should try out this theme. Below is four more features of Alpha:

Five ready-made skins (Blue, Green, Red,Dark,Orange)
5 custom post types
Ajax-powered contact form with validation
Sample data included with the package

 hostme-v2-themeWeb Hosting Themes#5: Host Me

This theme has been created specifically to maximize the revenue potential of a web hosting company. Host Me comes with several tools  that an owner of a hosting firm might find useful. One is the domain availability checker on the homepage and it also has a search engine optimized code, custom sidebars, 10 useful widgets, customizable layout, home page content editor and more than 80 shortcodes. If you want to blow away your customers with a beautiful and bright design, Host Me comes with radiant color scheme.

A steady source of revenue and profitability of your business have a lot to do with the design and color scheme of your website. With the help of the WordPress hosting themes listed in this article you can build a professional website in just a few clicks. Which theme  would you prefer? Write your choice on the comment box below and tell us why.

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Great Flexibility with WPEngine Multisite

Multisite is an amazing feature of WordPress that can give you great flexibility, while managing multiple sites much more easier.

The most powerful feature of WPEngine Multisite is the ability to multiple instances of WordPress sites under one parent WordPress install. Managing multiples of anything requires a more complex process than managing a single thing. The same thing goes for the amazing Multisite feature you can find under the hood of WordPress.

WpEngine Multisite makes more extendable and flexible for distributed sites. Switching into Multisite mode enables you create a network of sites under one single WordPress installation, giving you the ability to administer all of them in one admin panel and maintain one codebase.

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The major advantage of running WpEngine Multisite mode is it makes administration easy when you are running multiple sites that either:

  • serve a similar function; or
  • are under the same purview

As cool as WPEngine Multisite is, you might need to make some changes to your workflow if you are already familiar with working on a regular WordPress install.

 

If you set up a new WPEngine multisite but the subdomain doesn’t work, it could be that:

1) The the multisite was setup to allow for subdomains (sub.domain.com), and not for subdirectories (domain.com/sub). If you wanted to have a subdirectory setup, you need to change some of the multisite coding to allow for the subditectory setup as listed below.

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2) The .htaccess had to be updated

Most users set it up in the subdomain format when it should be added to the Domains section in the User Portal (my.wpengine.com) to install since the new site was created.

Do you have any other useful tips about WPEngine Multisite, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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Interview with Matt Mullenweg, Co-Founder of WordPress

We would like to share with you an insightful interview by Hamed Farhadian with the WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg.

During the interview, Matt shared his perception of WordPress, the top 5 apps he’s using on a daily basis, his hopes for WordPress in 5 years, and much more.

Transcript of Interview

Hamed: Hi everyone. This is Hamed from WebEntrepreneur.WS and today I am very, very happy to have Matt Mullenweg with us, the creator and founder of WordPress.

Matt: Co founder.

Hamed: Co founder. Alright. Actually, the audience who is interested in this video are usually entrepreneurs who are trying to launch a web startup, a web app or maybe a mobile app. Why is WordPress relevant to them and how does it help them to grow their ideas into a real business?

Matt: I think that one of the nice things about WordPress is that without any cost or even if they didn’t know a lot, you can piece together, even Prototypes, like something that can really fully functional. Example is that range from even the multi billion dollar companies, Groupon. The First Experiement. Andrew Basins started in WordPress. And of course, we need a custom platform and something on the line because what you’re doing doesn’t really look like blogging… but for testing an idea, because that’s really one of the hardest things. That’s sort of Zero to One. That’s one of my favorite entrepreneurship books by Peter Thiel.

You can go to zero to one which is WordPress with some plugins instead of spending hundreds of dollars and see if it catches and if it does, reinvest it.

Hamed: It’s amazing how easy nowadays with the power of WordPress just set up a site. And there’s payment modules, there’s gateways for everything.

Matt: Membership system.

Hamed: Exactly. There is a tendency nowadays in the industry or in the ecosystem of WordPress with all these premium themes and all these plugins, how do you perceive that? Is this something that annoys you or is this something that you’re happy about?

Matt: I think it’s great to see businesses is being built on top of WordPress. I do have a neutral way of seeing things. Some of them costs money but are arent nessararly better than some of the free ones and some of them are fantastic. To me the quality doesn’t have to do with whether it costs money or not and that’s one thing I ask people to remember as WordPress itself demonstrates. Sometimes, “The best things in life are free.”

Hamed: Exactly. And there is something also in my mind and maybe I am little bit too much in that business sphere instead of an open source, but I have to tell you that even myself changed a lot through WordPress in terms of how I think with quality and pricing and value and giving back to the community and it’s amazing. So the ideology is very important there. But my question here is, when you released WordPress in the first versions, what made you not think like me but rather like yourself? Why didn’t you sell it, but gave it out as an open source? What was the motivation there?

Matt: It never even occurred to me to sell it. It was just one of these things that… Oh, WordPress was, you have to remember was built on an existing open source software.

Hamed: What was the name?

Matt: B2/Cafelog. And so, the same thing that allowed us to build WordPress on top of that, I thought that we should pass along and pay it forward. Give other people the benefit to do the same on top of WordPress. Luckily with plugin and themes system, they’re able to do it on WordPress versus having to create something new like we did.

Hamed: If I will be asking Steve Jobs, rest in peace, why did you create the App Store? You could have done of maybe an open source or having the open system like Android. It’s more like the tradition of the existing framework.

Matt: The App store has lots of free apps in it. I don’t know what the breakdown is but it’s just have so many free ones vs paids.

Hamed: Yeah, that’s true.

Matt: So there’s nothing… I think that you can have that sort of an app store model but not necessarily needing to be commercial. In fact, my favorite apps are free. Think Google maps, Calm.com and all that and they’re free.

Hamed: Which leads me to my next question, what are your top 5 apps that you use on a daily basis?

Matt: Good question. Let me see.

Hamed: What do you have on your home screen?

Matt: Slack.The Company switched over Slack quite a bit. Google Voice. TripIt, because I travel all the time. I love the Path Social Network. SimpleNote… Telegram for messaging,  I’m wearing my upband.

Hamed: Me too.

Matt: Yeah. RunKeeper, I started running.TweetBuff for Twitter, WordPress, of course. Spotify, Google Chrome.

Hamed: Very similar, I like that. You didn’t mention any or you maybe you did,  Project Management tool. How do you keep your business with… How many employees you have in all?

Matt: 272.

Hamed: How do you manage that with your phone?

Matt: It’s a combination of Slack and WordPress. So we use P2 and we usually front it with WordPress theme and we use those extensively. We have hundreds of them actually for all our different projects and that’s how we do our communications. So we use that as an email.

Hamed: So you don’t have any tools like Asana or Basecamp.

Matt: We’re not using Asana or Basecamp. We use Bugtrackers of course. So we track Trellos or P2 ..  and we use all those different tools. We like the teams to choose on their own. Some might just have to choose P2 that has some unresolved post button some have tracks…

Hamed: Doesn’t that costs like too many different systems around and not being able to see the whole picture?

Matt: It does cause the systems to be running but it also allows teams to work however they think its best.

Hamed: I like that.

Matt: The only responsibility is the team to accept bugs from anywhere. Where they found them, it’s up to them. So it’s kind of a tree house thing. So I can drop a bug on the team with P2. They might not use P2 but they can move that into the system. So it kind of put the owner sometimes to whatever they think most efficient.

Hamed: I think you mentioned in the Q&A before something like, ‘Output is more important than input.”

Matt: Absolutely.

Hamed: Can you elaborate more on that a little bit like how do you implement this on your business?

Matt: I think that sometimes input is easy to imagine. It’s like what time of days and what shows up. Someone who dress well is someone who appears busy. But that doesn’t really matter to your business. Output matters.

Hamed: Let’s talk a little bit about WordPress as a framework. I already tried asking you the question yesterday and I know it’s very broad. But when you close your eyes and I know it’s very difficult, where do you think WordPress will be in 5 years and where do you want it to be?

Matt: In 5 years I want WordPress to be vigorous. So I’d love to power the majority with WordPress and I am pretty confident because that would mean the majority of websites will be running an open source software which I think enables a lot of interesting things if you build on top of WordPress platform. In terms of where I will be in 5 years I think, I have hope I’d  figured out the internalization better then we have today. I hope that the plugin directory are much more robust and glue a lot more and mobile with the creation, consumption, everything on mobile. Luckily this gets bigger every year.

Hamed: To be honest, the WordPress apps though it’s just beginning, I’m sure it’s going to improve a lot. And you also mentioned WordPress is not made for mobile yes.

Matt: Not yet.

Hamed: How do you work on this? What has to change in outlookers?

Matt: It’s a lot of outlookers but I’m thankful to them. When you think about it the mobile apps… If only what I’m doing is one of those… it’s actually perfectly fine. But WordPress is so much more than that. Exchanging themes, customizing themes, adding a movie, users, managing pages. All these stuffs you can’t do in mobile right now.  So right now, the mobile app store is like an accessory meaning that if you use your computer to run WordPress, mobile app is nice when you’re on the go. But we want it to be able to do everything from that including a blog from a mobile.

Hamed: That would be difficult but it’s also very valuable I guess. I just came from Tehran, I’m a Tehranian myself and I really love the entrepreneurial scene over there. And I was also trying to move this whole idea of using WordPress for developing the MVP , the Minimum Value Product. You mentioned the mobile aspect of it. Connections are very slow in Tehran still. A lot of people want to create a blog and they have this iPhone with a 3G connection. And we’re also developing a star in Iran which is basically the idea of using the slow connection in order to give the information they need. For example instead of actually going and searching for that, they are going to email that sort of information so that they can use the wireless and when they are on the go, they’re just going to read that information as an email created by WordPress. So what would you do to help people, for example in Iran, use the slow connections but still has all the features and all the benefits of WordPress?

Matt: So I mentioned Simple Note. Simple Note if you haven’t tried it out.. But the nice thing about it is that it synchronizing everything with all the notes.

Hamed: I am using Evernote.

Matt: It’s better than Evernote in terms of the synchronizing although sometimes you get complex. The nice thing about it is that it works perfectly offline. So when you’re offline, you can add, change, edit and when you go back online it get sync to that. So for example, the Notification and Android and iOS that’s coming up uses the Superium Technology. So what it allows is that when you are in Wifi or whenever you have the connection, it helps synchronize everything. So when you’re using this, it actually appears at an instant because it’s all just local operations.

Hamed: It’s like Google Docs that has an online, offline kind of thing that you can use. Write text and later it will sync?

Matt: I call it Opportunistic Syncing. So when like you approve a comment, it appears to have it instantly but what happened is that it’s cued in the background and then whenever you have the connection, it actually does it.

Hamed: When do you think this feature will be available?

Matt: Within the next month actually.

Hamed: So good news there.

Matt: Yeah. To both Android and iOS and it looks really good too.

Hamed: Can you show us something? The newest version sneak preview.

Matt: See this different notifications, it goes super-fast.

Hamed: Now you have the internet connection.

Matt: But it’s not a good one. I will find a comment. That is a comment. I can approve it.

Hamed: Nice. Cool. The last question that I would like to ask you, for people who are just starting out and are not very familiar with open source. How do you explain to them that going open source, I mean, most entrepreneurs are also driven to the idea that changing the world but also make some money on the side or maybe sometimes vice versa. But how can you explain to them that going source is actually the best  way to reach those 2 goals?

Matt: It’s tough because it might not always be the best way. I believe it’s the best way for most things.

Hamed: WordPress will also work with automatic with .com or org.

Matt: Yes but one thing to keep in mind is that most things fail whether its proprietary or open source. Regardless of red licensing sort of a … Most things don’t ever find the attraction. They don’t ever  find users, they don’t ever do something that’s interesting. So it’s really good to optimize because they can try lots of things and see what it sticks and then building up versus just putting all your eggs in just one basket. It’s very long time you do, it’s very expensive and very analytic because the chance is that it’s not going to be much.

Hamed: Yeah. We have in Germany the saying that successful are those who stands up once more than they fall in the ground. I don’t know if that reckon the same saying.

Matt: Yeah, we have a variation of that.

Hamed: So I think that what WordPress really helped me a lot is and I’ve got a lot of crazy ideas and 99 percent is crazy and finding out the 1 percent, that’s when WordPress comes in and it just allows me to implement it and show it and see the effects. So that’s really great. So I wanted to share that knowledge also and give back to the community. And I think one thing that I really have to say is to you again and I appreciate your efforts here. Building up this mindset and the software. I remember the son of my sister is 14 years old. And I remember when we were going to school and we got to build a presentation or write some essay. We don’t want to do it with some paper or if we’re very good, we do a PowerPoint presentation. Nowadays, they create websites and they use WordPress. 13 year old boys that  write about atomics and launch some topics and they use Worpress. That’s just wonderful. I think the mindset in here is so valuable. Again, thank you for giving this to the world.  

Matt: Appreciated.

Hamed: It was a pleasure. Wish you all the best. And hope to see you soon again. And hopefully in Germany, Hamburg.

Matt: Thank you.

Hamed: Goodbye everyone. We just met with Matt Mullenweg from WordPress and hopefully we’ll be seeing him in another episode. Thanks.

We hope you enjoyed the interview with WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg.  What do you love about WordPress? Got questions to Matt?
Feel free to leave a comment or get a discussion going.

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Premium WordPress Hosting Review by WebEntrepreneur

Another blog post by WebEntrepreneur where we discuss and help entrepreneurs find the right tools, such as the right WordPress hosting platform, WP Engine to launch their business and be successful on the web.

One thing that I want to talk today is WPEngine. The reason that I highly recommend WP Engine is that it’s really sophisticated and professional WordPress hosting platform and there’s a lot of alternatives. When I was at the Word Camp 2014 at Sofia, I for example met Pressidium and there was even a WirLiebenWP.de he is a German host. But the truth is I’ve been working with WP Engine as a  WordPress hosting platform for almost 6 months now and there’s three things that I want to talk about in using it as a platform for  WordPress hosting.

So number 1 is, I think they have a really nice staging platform for WordPress hosting. With one click, upload your whole website including the database and the FTP files on the second host and play around with your files, do whatever you want. Hosting WordPress using WPEngine can help you make the changes that you want and test it out and then when you’re done with the testing, you move all your files and your database back to the live site and it will just replaced with 1 click. So it would be nice if you want to play around with your development team and don’t create things on the live site.

wordpressThe second thing that I like about WPEngine as a WordPress hosting platform is that the CDN network that they have. So basically with just 1 click they will use cashing, they will use CDNs and it will just make your site really fast and I tested it and it’s very easy to reduce the speed on the site by 20 to 30 percent just by activating the CDN features.

And the third reason why I think they’re really great in WordPress hosting  is that they have a nice support. They’re usually online with their live chat and if not, you can send them a message with a form and they usually respond from like 1 to 2 hours and I think they are really friendly.

These are the top 3 reasons why I highly suggest the WPEngine as the platform for WordPress hosting. And if you’re looking for a professional WordPress hosting platform without a long term contract and you just want to have a stress free solution, I highly recommend to give WP Engine  a try.

If you have any questions for having WPEngine for WordPress hosting, just leave them in the comment box and me and the whole Chimbaweb team are more than happy to help you and discuss your specific needs.

To know more about WPEngine as a WordPress hosting platform and try it yourself, give WPEngine a try.

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Disclaimer: We are an affiliate of WP Engine for WordPress hosting platform and we send a lot of customers over there so when you register through us, we actually get paid a commission but of course your own rate won’t change and we highly appreciate if you drop us a message once you register through that and we would gladly help you add some more cool features for your WordPress sites.

Thank you very much!

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WordCamp Teheran

For those of you who are familiar with the background of Iran this comes with no suprise. WordPress is being used in Iran heavily – which brought me to the idea of preparing a WordCamp Teheran in 2014 or 2015.

Would you be interested? Leave me a comment!

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WordPress 101 – The Dashboard

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WordPress Basics

First, let’s start off with an explanation of what WordPress is and why you should use it.  WordPress is an “open source” software.  Open source is defined by Google as “denoting software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.”  This means that you can modify, build upon, and redistribute the software in any way you like.  WordPress is a free software that can be used to build a website for business or personal use.  It works using CMS (content management system) based on behind-the-scenes PHP and MySQL.  It runs on its own web hosting but can be transferred to a paid domain. It also supplies plug-ins for specific functions and templates to follow.

Get familiar with WordPress Dashboard

Once you start WordPress, the first thing you need to become familiar with is the Dashboard.  The Dashboard is the main page “control panel” that will hold all of the settings you will need to adjust your website.  The Dashboard is divided into several different parts.  On the Dashboard page you can: view your draft posts; see who’s linking to you; find out how popular your content is; quickly publish a post; and moderate your latest comments.  The Dashboard provides a quick overview of all site operations in one quick glance.

Quick overview of WordPress Dashboard

The Dashboard Screen presents information in blocks called modules. By default, WordPress delivers severalWordPress_Dashboard-300x228 modules on this page: At a Glance; Activity; Quick Draft; Stats; What’s Hot; News; and Welcome.  As you become more familiar with the WordPress Dashboard, you can rearrange the modules to fit your personal needs.  For example, the modules can be expanded or contracted by clicking on the module title bar, as well as moved up or down, or column to column, by hovering the mouse cursor over the module title bar. Remember, the more familiar you become with the Dashboard, the faster you can find short cuts and easy ways to navigate around your website.

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Welcome to my Dashboard! 🙂

Have a look around the dashboard to find out about my posts on Webntrepreneur.WS, do not forget to make comments and share your thoughts with me! Feel free to make corrections wherever you seem something needs a fix or improvement.

Together we can learn a lot here at webentrepreneur.WS ,remember that we are all friends and feel free to correct mistakes or give your  personal opinions.

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Chimbaweb’s Plugin Recommendation

Recommended WordPress Plugins

What Plugins to use for your WordPress Blog?

Getting the right plugins for your blog is not an easy task and you can realise that by just going to the WordPress Plugin website. You will find there thousands of plugins providing different services or even hundreds providing the same. The question is which plugins can provide you the services you need, which plugins can work together without any conflicts and which plugins will create a nice User Interface.

Our Recommendation for WordPress Plugins

After many experiments and testings we end up with the following list of plugins:

  • add widgets to page
  • Adsense Optimizer
  • Akismet
  • All In One SEO Pack
  • Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer (For Amazon Affiliate purposes)
  • AmazonFeed (For Amazon Affiliate purposes)
  • AmazonJS (For Amazon Affiliate purposes)
  • Anti-Malware by ELI
  • BackWPup
  • Breadcrumb NavXT
  • Captcha
  • Click Missile Ads Plugin
  • Contact Form 7
  • Custom Headers and Footers
  • Custom Slider
  • Duplicator
  • Email Login
  • FormCraft
  • GD Star Rating
  • Google Analytics for WordPress
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • GTranslate
  • Limit Login Attempts
  • myEASYhider
  • MyMail – Email Newsletter Plugin for WordPress
  • NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster
  • nrelate Related Content
  • Really Simple CAPTCHA
  • Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons
  • Recent Google Searches Widget
  • Recent Post Views
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • Relevanssi
  • RSS in Page
  • Selective RSS
  • SEO Friendly Images
  • SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2
  • SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
  • Simple Ads Manager
  • Star Snippets – Rich Snippet Vote
  • Strictly Auto Tags
  • Subscribe2
  • Terms Descriptions
  • Ultimate TinyMCE
  • ViberSpy PRO Unlimited
  • WassUp Real Time Analytics
  • Widget Context
  • WordPress Popular Posts
  • WordPress SEO
  • WP-PageNavi
  • WP-Polls
  • WP-PostRatings
  • WP-PostViews
  • WP Email Template LITE
  • WP Pre Post Ads
  • WP SlimStat
  • WP Smush.it
  • WPtouch Mobile Plugin

All the above plugins will provide you:

  1. Proper Sidebar with valuable information
  2. Proper Images Posting
  3. Contact Forms
  4. SEO Information (Proper SEO Article Structure)
  5. Newsletter Functionality
  6. Information about the Traffic
  7. Backup Functionalities
  8. Antivirus/Security
  9. Better searching experience for visitors
  10. Make your blog more “compatible” with Search Engines
  11. and many more

Having the same plugin list for all your blogs will help you to create the base for your future projects. It is a time-saver to know which plugins to use when you start a new project, because you already tested it and you know that it works! Also read, which Plugins you should avoid in combination and keep the speed of your WordPress website in great levels!

Click to Learn how to Increase Website’s Speed

With all the above plugins, get a jump start to all your future projects and make only minor changes to fit exactly your blog. If you have other suggestions or any questions about the use of the plugins, leave a comment.

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Capabilities and Administration Menus

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Learn About Capabilities and Administration Menus

Capabilities and Administration menus. Virtually every plugin needs to have at least one page in the admin area to let users adapt how the plugin is used. In order to do this, you need to add your own administration menu items. There are a bunch of WordPress functions which let you do this:

  1. // add top level menu
  2. add_menu_page(page_title, menu_title, capability, handle, [function], [icon_url]);
  3. // add sub-menu pages
  4. add_submenu_page(parent, page_title, menu_title, capability, file/handle, [function]);
  5. // add Options sub-menu
  6. add_options_page(page_title, menu_title, capability, handle, [function]);
  7. // add Management sub-menu
  8. add_management_page(page_title, menu_title, capability, handle, [function]);
  9. // add Pages sub-menu
  10. add_pages_page( page_title, menu_title, capability, handle, [function]);
  11. // add Posts sub-menu
  12. add_posts_page( page_title, menu_title, capability, handle, [function]);
  13. // add Appearances sub-menu
  14. add_theme_page( page_title, menu_title, capability,

As you can see, there’s always a obligatory constraint called competence for each of those functions. This basically means the user who logs in to the administration area needs to have a certain capability to see the menu item. You can either use a user level (which is deprecated and not recommended), or a string representing a certain capability (for example, edit_posts) in the Capabilities and Administration menus.

Capabilities and Administration Plugins

Many plugins still use user levels (numeric depiction of a user’s honor, from 0 to 10). However, this is denounced and should not be used anymore. By using competences, you won’t have to worry when user levels are not reinforced by WordPress, and if you want to add and use your convention capabilities, this is the way to go.

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If you use the efficacies above to add menu items to the admin area, only the users who have the enumerated capability can see the menu items and access the pages related with those items. If your theme or plugin has an option page, it’s important that you confine access to that page properly. For example, if it’s a theme option page, you should use edit_themes capability, while if it’s a plugin option, edit_plugins. Another way is to use manage_options for both plugin and theme option pages.

Remember, sometimes the blog administrator wants to segment and divide errands among several other users. As a result, using capabilities make your themes and plugins much more customizable.

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