MetaBlogue https://metablogue.com A Blog About Blogging Sat, 08 Jun 2019 06:14:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://metablogue.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cropped-favicon-150x150.png MetaBlogue https://metablogue.com 32 32 137058925 Ecamm Live – Best Live Social Media Streaming Software For Mac https://metablogue.com/ecamm-live-best-live-streaming-software-mac/ https://metablogue.com/ecamm-live-best-live-streaming-software-mac/#respond Sun, 05 May 2019 14:49:37 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=1461 If you are looking to start exploring live streaming on social media, here is a live streaming software which will make it easy for you on your MacBook. One of the best ways to increase your reach on Social Media is using live streaming platforms. Live streams on social media not only increase the reach […]

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If you are looking to start exploring live streaming on social media, here is a live streaming software which will make it easy for you on your MacBook.

Ecamm Live Supported Live Streaming Networks

One of the best ways to increase your reach on Social Media is using live streaming platforms. Live streams on social media not only increase the reach but also establish you as an authority on your niche.

Most of the live streaming platform comes with their own tools and service to make it easy for you to go online. Those tools are built with basic functionality but does not provide advanced options like they won’t allow you to add your logo or brand, or play intro or exits etc. You will need additional professional live streaming software which can help in managing your stream at real time.

You may also want to stream to multiple platforms at the same time. Why limit yourself to one platform where you can connect with your followers on multiple platforms. Ecamm Live is one of the live streaming software for Mac laptops which can help bloggers or vloggers to live stream on social media platforms.

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Ecamm Live Software Review

Ecamm Live is a full featured live streaming software for Mac users which allows them to stream on different social media platforms. You can even use it with Restream.io and stream on 30+ platforms together including your own landing page with custom RTMP.

Ecamm Live Supported Live Streaming Networks

If you are new to live streaming on social media platforms this tool will make your setup easy and intuitive. It also packs features which will be appreciated by the professional users.


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Basics of Ecamm Live

When you are working with Ecamm Live, one thing which you need to understand is Scenes. Live streaming means the discussion and feeds are going live, so there is very little time to make adjustment. This means we have to prepare in advance so that we can be ready to display the images accordingly.

Ecamm Live handles this with the help of Scenes. You can pre-define the scenes which include video stream, overlays, images, microphone input etc. Once define, you can keep those scene ready and present those scene with just one click.

Like, you will have a scene for your Intro, Exit, Starting of the stream. If you have guests, you would want to introduce and share the screen with them. There will be a scene for that also. When you are live, you will just flip the scene and your live stream will show the video accordingly.

Intro & Exits

Ecamm Live comes with easy addition of scenes which allows you to add pre-recorded intro and exits to your live streams. You can build the intro’s, exit’s and keep those video file ready. Just create a new scene and drop the video files in scenes panel, arrange them according to your need.

This feature can also be used in case you are planning to use a pre-recorded section in your streaming. You can enable picture-in-picture and show the pre-recorded video along with live stream.

If you drop a pre-recorded video in any of the scene, it automatically enables the PIP mode and your live stream will be visible. You can close the live stream window if you do not want to use it. Just make sure your microphone is enabled if you want to still use the audio.


Branding

Ecamm Live also supports the branding feature with the help of image or text overlays. You can decide to display the logo on the side to make it more prominent for your users to recognize your brand.

Ecamm Live Brand Image Overlay

You can click on the image and text overlays to get the Overlays window. If you want to show the blog logo or brand favicon, just add the image and drop in the current scene. You can scale or position the image easily using the trackpad gestures.

If you want the Brand Image to be at a same place for the complete broadcast, you have an option to move it to “Show In All Scene” section. Once the image size and location is adjusted, you can lock it so you won’t make unwanted changes while live stream.

You can also decide to show a label as “Pre-Recorded”, in case you want to distinguish between live feed and pre-recorded video. You can easily do that with text overlays.


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User Engagement

Another important thing while doing a live streaming is user engagements. The app makes it easy to see user comments and reaction from all platforms.

You can see all the collective stats directly in the application and interact with the users. It even allows to share comments in the live streaming so that you can bring it in front of larger audience. This is good way to engage your users or increase the user participation.

Ecamm Live Comment Permission Link

If you are streaming to Private or closed Facebook group, Ecamm Live will not be able to show the name and profile unless the members give the permissions. You can easily setup a permission link for those broadcast in the description by copying it from the comment window. Once the users will give the permissions, it can show the basic profile of those users.


Recording Only Mode

One to the main hurdle to start a live streaming is fear. Most of the blogger fear about how they will look on camera, where they will be able to deliver the message correctly etc.

Ecamm Live comes with recording only mode which will not live stream your session but only record it on your local machine. You can use this method for the first few time and replay it to check how you are doing.

Like any other thing, the more you do live sessions, the better you will become. It’s all about practice and understanding the software you are using to live stream.

It also creates a local recording for all your sessions, so you can replay and check how it went. You can even publish those recordings on YouTube or other social media platforms.


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Skype Call Support

One of the good ways to create a live video show is by inviting people on the show and share their views. Ecamm Live support Skype calls and can easily share those in the live streaming.

Sharing Skype call audio and video streams are as easy as making a Skype call. Once the call is in process, Ecamm Live can easily detect the stream. You can directly share it with your audiences.

It supports up to 5 Skype guests which should be more than enough for most of the people. The only thing which you need to do is make sure NDI usage is enabled in your Skype app settings.


External Camera Support

Ecamm Live also supports external cameras for live streaming. If you are not satisfied with the quality of the MacBook internal camera, you can attach some of the external cameras.

It supports Webcam, DSLR or Professional recording cameras. Take a pick and choose a camera which fits or budget. To check the full list of supported interface and camera type, you can check this post.

You can also attach an external microphone for better sound quality in your live sessions. It makes it easy to stream good quality video and audio in your sessions. Just make sure that your internet speed is enough to support the video and audio streams.


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Split Screen Streaming

Ecamm Live also has support for desktop sharing in a split screen mode. It can be a good way to share tutorial or tips where you need to do the demo in your live streaming.

You can also use it in a recording only mode to create YouTube videos. Take the recording and publish your tutorials on video sharing platforms.

Ecamm Live has most of the features which you will need while doing the live streaming. The interface keeps it very simple and easy to change things while social media live streaming.

Once you get a hang of creating scenes and using them to define the live streaming, it becomes very easy for you. So if you are looking for a good software which you can use on your MacBook for Live streaming, give Ecamm Live a chance.

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Useful Scripts To Automate Your Work On AWS LightSail WordPress Install https://metablogue.com/scripts-automate-aws-lightsail-wordpress-install/ https://metablogue.com/scripts-automate-aws-lightsail-wordpress-install/#respond Sun, 07 Apr 2019 12:24:47 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=1414 If you are using WordPress on AWS LightSail and having difficulty remembering all the commands, here is an easy way to automate many of your day-to-day tasks. AWS LightSail uses Linux as a base operating system for the WordPress image. So most of the work on the server needs to be done through line commands. […]

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If you are using WordPress on AWS LightSail and having difficulty remembering all the commands, here is an easy way to automate many of your day-to-day tasks.

Automate General Tasks On AWS LightSail
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AWS LightSail uses Linux as a base operating system for the WordPress image. So most of the work on the server needs to be done through line commands. If you are familiar with the Linux operating system then you will be comfortable with those commands.

But if you are not from computer background or doesn’t have much experience from Linux, it might be overwhelming to remember all those.

Automate Tasks on AWS LightSail

What we are going to do in this post is to look at some of the common tasks which every webmaster needs to do on AWS LightSail. We will see how we can easily automate and schedule some of the recurring tasks on your AWS LightSail server.

This way once done, you don’t need to remember any commands. You can easily execute these scripts and that work will be done.

This is one of the constant demands on all of my AWS LightSail Tutorials. People want to automate the SSL certificate renewal and forget about it rather than keep doing it every three months.

Create User-scripts Folder

I always prefer a modularised approach and separating out responsibilities. So I prefer creating a separate folder for the user created scripts. This way you know what you have created and can manage it easily.

I always create a folder under /opt/bitnami/ as most of the server stuff is inside that folder but if you prefer any other location, just change the folder location in the below commands.

To create a folder for user created scripts, connect to your AWS instance through shell and enter the below command on the command line.

mkdir /opt/bitnami/user-scripts

This command will create a folder names “user-scripts” inside /opt/bitnami/. We will use this folder to store all of our scripts going forward.

If you are not aware about the mkdir line command, here is a good tutorial which can help in learning about it. Though, we already have parent folder available so above command should work fine for our work.


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Shell Scripting

Most of the work on the AWS LightSail server is done through line commands and Shell scripting is a good way to combine multiple line commands and invoke them easily.

There are many different kind of scripting languages but because we are going to use Linux commands in our script, we will use Bash for our work. You need to indicate it in the first line of your script by adding the below line.

#!/bin/bash

Make sure this is the first line of each of your script as it tells the operating system about the content of your file. With this line, the server will understand to execute the following commands with the bash.

If you want to become more comfortable with Shell scripting, here is a good hands-on tutorial. You can create a 1-month free AWS basic server instance and practice shell scripting before doing it on your primary server.


Update AWS LightSail Server Patches

One of the common task which every webmaster needs to do is update server to install newer patches. Currently, there is no way to update the Bitnami image to latest version automatically but you can still update the server to install the newer OS and services patches.

Now let’s create our first shell script “server-upgrade.sh”. You can copy the below code and paste it in a text file, save that text file with the name of “server-upgrade.sh”.

#!/bin/bash
apt update
apt upgrade
apt autoclean

You can use the SFTP to upload this file on your AWS LightSail server. Upload it in the folder “user-scripts” which we have created in the above step.

You need to make sure this script is executable, so you need to change the permissions on the server. Enter the below command on the server shell

chmod +x /opt/bitnami/user-scripts/server-upgrade.sh

This will make sure that you can directly execute this script from the shell. Use the below command to execute this script and upgrade the server.

sudo ./opt/bitnami/user-scripts/server-upgrade.sh

This will run all three shell commands and fetch the update information, upgrade packages and auto clean the server after that. The only thing is that it might need input at a certain location by asking [Y/n] options. If you want to skip that also, you can edit the upgrade command in the script as mentioned below.

apt upgrade -y

Now, the script will not stop for manual inputs and will install the packages automatically.


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Clearing Pagespeed Cache

Another common task is clearing the Pagespeed cache when you have made some changes and have Pagespeed enabled on the server.

So we will create a new script called “clear-pagespeed-cache” by copying the below lines to a text file.

#!/bin/bash
touch /opt/bitnami/apache2/var/cache/mod_pagespeed/cache.flush
/opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache

What we are doing in the above two commands are clearing the Pagespeed cache and restart the apache server. You can upload this file in your “user-scripts” folder on your server. Change the permissions with the help of below commands to make it executable.

chmod +x /opt/bitnami/user-scripts/clear-pagespeed-cache.sh

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Renew SSL Certificates

Another good use of scripts are automating the SSL certificate renewal. If you have followed our SSL certificate generation guide for AWS LightSail, you have to renew the certificate every three months.

So here is a script which can help you renew your SSL certificate.

#!/bin/bash
./server-upgrade.sh
/opt/bitnami/letsencrypt/certbot-auto renew
/opt/bitnami/ctlscript.sh restart apache

We can save this script as “renew-cert.sh” and upload it into our user scripts folder. Change the permissions with the below commands to make it executable.

chmod +x /opt/bitnami/user-scripts/renew-cert.sh

If you would have noticed, we have used one of the earlier created scripts “server-upgrade.sh” in this script. This is a benefit of modularizing which gives us easy management of the functions.

In this script, we are upgrading the server, renewing the SSL certification and restarting the apache server.

How To Execute These Scripts

Whenever you want to perform any of the tasks, you can go to the user-scripts folder and execute the required scripts. Just open the shell and enter the below command to go to user-scripts folder.

cd /opt/bitnami/user-scripts/

Once you are in the folder, you can use the “ls” command to list all the available scripts.

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Most of these functions need root access while executing so you can use the below command to execute the scripts.

sudo ./script-name.sh

Just replace the script-name with actual script name and it will execute it. So go ahead and automate some of the basic recurring tasks with the help of shell scripts. This will help you not remember all the commands and easily manage the server.

Let me know if you are looking for any other specific work to be automated. I will try to create the scripts and update the post with that automation.

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10 WordPress Themes Made Exclusively For Page Builders https://metablogue.com/wordpress-themes-made-exclusively-page-builders/ https://metablogue.com/wordpress-themes-made-exclusively-page-builders/#respond Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:32:11 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=1296 If you are looking for WordPress Themes which can easily be used with Page Builders, here are some themes which you can consider.

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If you are planning to use Page Builders to create your WordPress websites, here are some themes which are made specifically for that. You can use any of these themes with Page Builder plugins to create beautiful websites.

Best WordPress Themes Made For Page Builders

Everyone looks for an easy option to create beautiful looking landing pages or websites. Page builders are one of the tools which give​ ease of working to users by allowing them to easily build websites by adding pre-defined components on a page.

Page builder plugins like Elementor, Visual Composer, Beaver Builder, etc. have changed the entire process of creating a website and have made it very easy. Majority of premium themes these days comes with layouts built using page builders.

Best WordPress Themes For Page Builders

So, do we only need page builders to create beautiful websites?

No, page builders are just plugins and they need a theme or framework to work with. A theme must be designed according to the page builder in order to work with them. Not all the themes are compatible with all major page builders, so it is important for you to choose a theme which works brilliantly with all the page builder plugins for WordPress.

In this article, we will be telling you about 10 themes which are extremely compatible with all major page builder plugins. You can buy these themes without worrying about their compatibility with page builder plugins.

Please note that by Page Builders, we are referring to some highly used page builders like Elementor, Thrive Architect, Visual Composer, and Beaver Builder. All the theme we have picked are multi-purpose and flexible in working. It doesn’t matter whether you are using Visual Composer or Elementor or Beaver Builder, these themes will work perfectly with them.

Without taking more of your time, let’s start with these 10 WordPress themes which are exclusively made for page builders.

Astra

WordPress Astra Theme For Page Builders

Astra is no doubt the best selling and most downloaded theme for WordPress. It is available in both Free and Premium version for users.

Being completely compatible with all the page builder plugins for WordPress, it comes with pre-made templates for Beaver Builder and Elementor. The Free version has a limited set of pre-made templates but you can access a wider range of templates with the premium versions.

Astra is a multi-purpose theme which is capable of fulfilling all the needs of users. Along with being page builder compatible, this theme also among the fastest loading themes, easy to install and configure, and comes with a lot of add-ons available for it.

Pro version adds more options for each element like multiple headers & Footer design, Blog & Site Layouts etc. and you can configure them easily in your dashboard. It also comes WooCommerce ready so that you can easily build your store with the help of Astra and Page Builders. You can read this Astra theme review to know more about it.

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GeneratePress

GeneratePress WordPress Themes With Support of Page Builders

If you go look at the reviews of GeneratePress, you will find that a lot of people are calling it the best theme they ever worked on. Well, they are right. Like the Astra theme, it is also among one of the most downloaded themes for WordPress.

GeneratePress is also available in both Free and premium versions. Unlike the Astra theme, GeneratePress is very affordable. $49 is all you need for a year with updates and unlimited sites license. If you don’t want updates then you don’t have to pay any more.

Coming to the point, GeneratePress is compatible with all major page builder plugins for WordPress like Elementor, Visual Composer, and Beaver Builder. Loading speed of GeneratePress is extremely good and it counts among the fastest loading WordPress themes too. Yes, you will be getting pre-made layouts for website creation in GeneratePress too.

With Premium version, you get many additional elements like Site Layouts, Copyright Messages, Menu, Blog Layout, Sections Visibility, and Background. You can plug and play those elements to create any layouts of your choice and create beautiful sites.

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OceanWP

OceanWP Themes For WordPress

OceanWP is a competitor of both Astra and GeneratePress. It is a feature-rich free as well as premium theme available for WordPress. With over 12,00,000 downloads on the WordPress directory, it is among one of the most downloaded themes.

Both the free and premium version of the theme work really well with all major page builder plugins for WordPress. Again it is a multi-purpose theme which is built to work with page builders.

The performance and functionality of OceanWP are extremely impressive. This theme is highly extendable with plugins and page builders. It comes with import extension which allows you to install any of the demo content for your site with a single click. You can use this theme for free or you can go for a paid version at just $129.

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Hestia Pro

Hestia Pro WordPress Theme With Page Builder Support

Themeisle is a well-known WordPress development brand in the industry. Hestia is a product of Themeisle which comes included in their membership plans.

If you a fan of the ​​material design, you are going to love this theme. This theme was suitably designed for startups, businesses, e-commerce, portfolio, etc. purposes. Some elegant sections and parallax scrolling effects combined with material design makes it one of the best-looking themes for WordPress so far.

Hestis Pro is built for page builders along with providing speed and performance to the visitors. Along with being page builder friendly, Hestia pro also comes with its own real-time editor which makes editing easier. Customer support is also one of their strongest points with less than hours response time for customer queries.

You can get Hestia Pro starting at $105 along with other 33+ themes and plugins. The pricing is a bit high when you look to get it for unlimited domains, in that case, you can check GeneratePress or Astra.

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Genesis Framework

Genesis Framework For WordPress

The main purpose of creating the Genesis framework was to offer a high performance, multi-purpose and easy to customize the WordPress theme. Genesis makes it easy for you to customize and create your website without hassle. Just to keep in mind that Genesis Framework will need a child theme to properly set up your site.

A huge number of websites are running over the Genesis Framework. This framework is completely compatible with all the major page builder plugins and also optimized for performance. People always prefer Genesis when it comes to SEO optimization of a website.

Developers of genesis have really taken care of all aspects of customization by providing extensive hooks and filters. If you are comfortable with PHP and CSS, you can almost code your changes with the help of these hooks and filters. Otherwise, you can go ahead and install any page builder plugin to create beautiful looking websites.

It also comes with a one-click theme install functionality which allows you to load the demo content with a single click. Genesis framework will cost you only $59.95. Customer support is extremely responsive so you don’t have to worry about getting your queries solved.

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Page Builder Framework

Page Builder Framework For WordPress

As it is clear by the name, this theme framework is specifically designed to work with page builders. I must say that this is a perfect theme for you if you are using page builder along with it.

Page builder framework is available for free on their website but to have advanced functioning you will have to purchase their premium add-ons which will cost $58 per year. If you are going to build a basic website then you can also do that with the free version of this theme framework.

Along with being page builders friendly it is also fast loading, SEO optimized, multi-purpose, and easy to customize the theme. If you are a developer then there is good news for you. This theme is 100% open source and hosted on Github.

Developers of Page Builder Framework have made it especially for Elementor, Beaver Builder, Brizy, Divi, Visual Composer, and Site Origin. With all these features, it is really flexible and easy to work with the theme.

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Divi

Divi Theme For WordPress By Elegant Themes

We all know that Divi by Elegant Themes is an extremely successful product in the industry of WordPress. Divi has changed the way people used to create a website using WordPress. By-the-way Divi stands for two different things, One is Divi theme and second is Divi Page Builder. So, here we are talking Divi theme.

It comes with its own Divi builder which is extremely creative page builder. But, you can also use this theme with any other page builder plugin like Elementor, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, etc. It wasn’t made taking care of other page builders but Divi theme works really well when used with other page builder plugins.

You can get Divi in the membership of Elegant theme which will give you access to 87+ themes and 7 plugins in just $89 a year. This is an extremely attractive deal because their membership is a complete package of WordPress website solution. You can check the detail Elegant Theme Review to get more understanding of the plan and features.

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Monstroid 2

Monstroid 2 WordPress Theme With Page Builders Support

Monstroid 2 is a multi-purpose theme for WordPress. This theme can be used to create a website for any purpose and business. The best thing about Monstroid 2 is that it comes with loads of pre-made website layouts which can be imported to the website with just a click.

Basically made to work with Elementor, Monstroid 2 works really well with all major WordPress page builder plugins. Along with website layouts, you are also getting attractive layouts for creating blogs for your clients or yourself.

All the layouts given in Monstroid 2 are based on Elementor, so if you are using those layouts then you can work with Elementor’s free version only. It is available for just $79 with a single-site license on Template Monster store. This price includes theme updates and premium customer support.

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Zelle Pro

Zelle Pro WordPress Theme From Themeisle

Pretty much similar to Hestia which was mentioned earlier on this page, Zelle Pro is again a page builder compatible theme. This theme was previously known as Zerif Pro and now it is renamed to Zelle Pro. It is being used by thousands of people on their website.

Zeller Pro is completely compatible with Elementor and the other page builders. Just for information, Elementor is leading page builder plugin for WordPress and this is the reason every theme is being built based on Elementor.

Zelle Pro will work seamlessly with other page builders too like Visual Composer, Beaver Builder, Thrive Architect, etc. The pricing is the same as Hestia, you can get it for a membership plan for $105 in which you will also get 30+ premium themes including Hestia and 3 Pro plugins for your WordPress website.

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Customify

Customify WordPress Themes With Page Builders Support

Like Page Builder Framework theme, Customify is also a theme which is made to work with page builder plugins. Loaded with pre-made website layouts which can be imported to build a website quickly without any hassle.

It is a highly customizable and expendable WordPress theme that performs fast, optimized for SEO and packed with responsive customer support.

Customify also comes with header and footer builder integrated with WordPress customizer which is really a creative feature and helps you in creating header and footers as per your choice. Customify is successfully been tested with Elementor, Thrive Architect, King Composer, Site Origin, beaver Builder, Visual Composer, Brizy, and Divi Builder.

It is available in both free and paid versions. You can get Customify starting just at $59 per year along with a 20$ renewal discount.

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So, these were 10 WordPress themes which are exclusively made to work with page builders. If you have any question then please feel free to ask us in the comment section below. We’ll surely get back to you as soon as possible.

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KeyCDN Review – A Cost Effective CDN For Your Blog https://metablogue.com/keycdn-cdn-service-review/ https://metablogue.com/keycdn-cdn-service-review/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 13:34:17 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=1194 There are so many different CDN's which are available in the market that selecting the best one has become a difficult task. If you are looking to get KeyCDN, here is a review of their services which can help you decide.

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There are so many different CDN’s which are available in the market that selecting the best one has become a difficult task. If you are looking to get KeyCDN, here is a review of their services which can help you decide.

KeyCDN Content Delivery Network Review

CDN has become one of the important aspect of Blogging infrastructure. Google has started to give more and more emphasis on fast loading sites which has increased the importance of CDN’s.

Your main server is usually located on one part of the world and would work fine if your users are from the same region. If people from other regions try to reach your site, your files need to travel more distance depending on your user’s location.

Because of this additional added travel, your files can take some time to reach to your users. It can give a feeling of slow loading site and might frustrate your users. It also depends on the amount of data which needs to be transferred. If your images are bigger, they will take more time to load.

CDN’s are supposed to solve this problem by having server all across the world which can cache your files. On the run time they will decide which server is closer to the user and serve the files from that server. This will reduce the distance which your files need to travel and reduce the loading time for your page across the world.

KeyCDN Review

KeyCDN is contant delivery network which has over 35 data center and 75k zones deployed across the world. They have many edge servers which are located in each region to distribute the files easily across the globe.

You will get reliable, fast and vastly distributed platform to distribute your files. It also comes with a close integration for most of the CMS’s including WordPress. You can easily enable it with the help of a plugin and start distributing your files.

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Type Of CDN Zone

Before we go further into the feature and pricing for KeyCDN, lets discuss the type of CDN zone which you can use. There are two type of CDN zones based on type of caching needs.

Pull Caching

In this type of zone, your file will not be automatically cached at the edge server. When someone from a region visit your site first time, your file will be fetched from the origin (Your Web Server) and will be served.

So the first customer will still a lag while loading your site as the files still need to travel from your Web Server to the customer location. But once that is a server, the files will be cached in the servers available in the region. So any other requests coming from that region will be served with the files available closeby.

It is called Pull zones as it only fetches the files based on the request received. This is little easy for CDN’s to manage as they don’t need to waste storage for the file which nobody is requesting. They only work with active files and their distributions are automatically managed. So usually these zones cost less than the Push Zones.


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Push Caching

Push caching is when you even don’t want your first user also to wait or files are big enough that it will take a long time to download. You can preload them on the caching zone so that it will deliver from that location.

Because you are asking CDN’s to preload your files, it means it needs to be pushed to the zones before anyone specifically asked for it. In this case, CDN’s has to work before any actual request and keep caching the files in the zone. So, usually, you have to pay extra money to use Push caching mechanism.

The only place it will be worth if you are having good traffic from any region and you are allowing large file downloads. In this case, you can preload these large files in that region for faster access.

Creating Distribution Zone

Once you understand about the Pull and Push Caching, you need to decide which caching mechanism you want for your distribution. You need to create a Zone based on the caching type which will distribute your files.

To Create a Zone, click on the Zones tab on the left menu and then select Add Zone option from there. If you have not created any zone, you will automatically be taken to create zone screen.

KeyCDN Review - Add a dustribution zone

You have to enter a Zone name, Zone Status, Zone Type and Origin URL to create a pull zone. If you are creating a Push Zone, you don’t need Origin URL as you need to push the files for the distribution.

There are some advanced settings which allow you to take fine-grain control of your distributions. Only try to change them if you clearly understand those. By default, basic things are set and already optimized according to general needs. They should be good enough for most of the distributions.

Once your distribution zone is created and deployed, you can enable it in your WordPress install.

You will get first 3 zones as free which means you can serve up to three sites and they will only cost as per the usage. After that each zone will cost $1 a month extra than the usage.


Enable KeyCDN CDN in WordPress

KeyCDN comes with easy to use WordPress plugin which allows you to enable the CDN for your WordPress site. CDN Enabler is available in the WordPress repository for free of cost.

CDN Enabler WordPress Plugin For KeyCDN

The plugin is very easy to set up, just enter the CDN URL and directories which you want to serve from your CDN zone. You can also set some exclusions for which you do not want to use CDN service. Once done those files will be served with the CDN URL.

Get CDN Enabler

CDN Enabler Plugin provides an easy integration to KeyCDN services with the help of API’s. You can also purge the CDN right from the WordPress Dashboard.

Though the CDN Enabler plugin is an easy choice, you might not want to add another plugin on your site. So most of the Caching plugins like W3 Total Cache also provide the KeyCDN integration. You can set it up as a Generic Mirror but there will be less control on the purging from WordPress dashboard. Please check this guide for detail setup instruction for W3 Total Cache and KeyCDN.

Zone Aliases Setup

Zone Aliases allows you to use a subdomain for your own domain for CDN vs the URL provided by KeyCDN. You can set it up in the Zone Aliases section in your KeyCDN dashboard.

KeyCDN - Create Zone Aliases

Once you set it up in the KeyCDN dashboard, you need to create a CNAME record in the DNS Name server. The CNAME should point the Alias to your KeyCDN distribution URL.

After this setup, you can use your zone alias as the CDN URL. This will help in ranking the images on your domain as they all will be referenced from your subdomain. Zone Alias also help in case you have already set up SSL certificate for your site. You can now include your subdomain or wild-card domain in the existing security certificate to deliver the files over HTTPS.


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LetsEncrypt SSL Certificate

One of the good thing about KeyCDN is easy integration with LetsEncrypt. You can just give the Zone Alias name and it can enable the SSL automatically for your CDN service. You just need to make sure that the DNS has been propagated successfully before enabling it.

To enable the SSL certificate, go into the Zones and click on Manage. Advanced Features contains a section about SSL/ Select Lets Encrypt from the drop down and save the zone.

Enable LetsEncrypt SSL Certificate For KeyCDN

You need to save the Zone Alias again after this so it will create an SSL certificate for you. Make sure DNS names are setup correctly before saving the zone alias. Even if you have already created the zone alias, just go to that screen and save it again to enable the SSL certificate.

The only restriction is that you can only generate the SSL certificate for one zone Alias. So if you have more than one Zone Alias defined, you need to look for other methods.


Purging

KeyCDN comes with instant purging and provides flexible way to purge your content from the edge servers. This is one of the major problem with other CDN’s like CloudFront as they charge for Purge requests.

CloudFront costs can increase a lot faster based on how many URL’s you need to invalidate and how you are doing it. KeyCDN does not charge for this feature and it’s available to all of their users.

They also provide an API access to Purge feature so you can purge the cache from the WordPress dashboard itself. You can purge the single URL or the entire zone.

If you are using CDN Enabler plugin in the WordPress, you get a CDN Purge button at your WordPress Dashboard. Just click on that and your CDN will be purged.


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CORS and Cache Headers

KeyCDN makes it very easy to set and customize HTTP headers from the dashboard itself. If you are setting the HTTP headers correctly on your web server and want CDN to honor those, you can just set it up in the dashboard.

If you are not sure and want to define the expire header on the CDN level than set the values in Expire and Max-Expire fields in Advanced Features. This will ignore all the headers coming from your site and start adding Cache headers in the response. You can set the values accordingly.

You can also set to send the canonical URL in the response along with CORS header for cross-domain requests. All these customization’s are very easy and can be done directly from the KeyCDN dashboard.

It also allows you to create a custom Robots.txt file and serve it from the dashboard. This means you can still control what will be scan or list by Google right from the dashboard.


Performance

KeyCDN is not the top ranked performance leader in terms of response time but they have a good balance in terms of features and performances.

Their performance is around average but most of the CDN’s performance vary by only few milliseconds. So in terms of real time impact their is very little difference.

CloudFront is little faster than KeyCDN but only by 2-3 milliseconds. Like I mentioned above CloudFront charges for cache invalidation where KeyCDN does not. So its about creating a balance between features and performance. Other CDN’s have issue in setting up Lets Encrypt SSL certificate where KeyCDN has one click integration.

All of the KeyCDN features are included in the pricing and available to all customers. At this point of time there is very minimal difference in terms of response times of all the CDN networks and KeyCDN is no different.


Pricing

KeyCDN comes with one of the competitive pricing structure with respect to other CDN providers. Currently they charge around $0.04 / GB in North America and Europe which is almost half the price of Amazon CloudFront.

You will only pay for your usage, so there is no monthly cost attached to the KeyCDN. You can connect your sites and based on the usage of bandwidth or Data Out, you pay the amount.

KeyCDN Pricing Structure

The only problem is that they work on pre-credit basis which means you need to purchase the credit in your account to use their services. These credits will be redeemed against the services you are using. The minimum purchase amount for the credits is $49 with a validity of one year.

This will not be a problem for the sites where the yearly expense is more than $49 but if your expense is lower than that, you might risk loosing some of the credit at the end of the year. Though KeyCDN allows the credit rollover if you make another payment before the end of the year but that means spending another $49.

If you are in the category where you don’t want to spend that much amount upfront or just starting your blog, Amazon CloudFront will be a good option. It can easily serve the static files and does not need any upfront commitments. My suggestion is to look for KeyCDN services if your monthly expense is already touching $5 per month.

For the MetaBlogue readers, here is a gift of $10 or extra 250GB in Bandwidth on making the first payment – $10 KeyCDN Free Credit. You can use this to take some extra benefits for your CDN service requirements.

The pricing is little higher for the push zone or Asia and South America zones. So check the official pricing page to project your monthly expenses.

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KeyCDN is one of the good CDN networks which can help you scale according to your need. If you are already spending around $49 per year on your CDN, you can use its pay-per-use pricing structure.

If your yearly spend is less than than use the above link for getting a $10 as a gift which should cover the initial expense for starter blogs. Enable KeyCDN services and speed up your blog.

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How To Enable CDN Support For Your WordPress Blog https://metablogue.com/how-enable-cdn-support-wordpress-blog/ https://metablogue.com/how-enable-cdn-support-wordpress-blog/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:30:23 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=1107 Here is a tutorial which will help you setup and serve your content from a CDN service. So check this, if you are planning to enable the CDN services for your blog.

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Here is a tutorial which will help you setup and serve your content from a CDN service. So check this, if you are planning to enable the CDN services for your blog.

Enable CDN Support For Your WordPress Blog

CDN services have become one of the essential parts of blog setup these days. As blog loading speed has become one of the crucial factors for search engine rankings, people want to make sure they utilize the resources properly.

CDN can help you serve the files from the closest location of your readers. They cache these files around the world in different locations and serve them from the server which is close to the readers.

This way it does not impact the page loading time and increase the bandwidth availability of your server.

When You Should Enable CDN

One of the questions which I get very frequently is when you should enable CDN support for your blogs?

Many people want to know if they need to wait for the traffic before enabling CDN or should they need to go ahead and invest without any income?

This is a catch 22 situation, you won’t start generating enough income in a short time without CDN support and most of the CDN services usually start with a fixed basic cost.

I have started this blog keeping the cost in mind and I am tracking each and every penny spends on this. So I myself have gone through this situation and looked at the costs very closely, this is what I suggest.

You should enable the CDN on your blog from Day One

Yes, there is no excuse for not providing faster experience to your users and that is particularly true if you are targeting multiple geo-locations. You should enable it on day 1 and make sure your blog has a reduced loading time for your readers.


How To Manage Cost?

Now the next thing to talk about is cost, how should we manage it? So let’s check what I have done with this blog to manage my cost effectively.

Usually, when you start your blog, you would not want higher fixed costs as you would be looking to build your income. So at this time, I prefer solutions which are charged pay per use basis. Once you generate enough traffic that the pay per use cost starts increasing, you can look to move.

There are few CDN providers which runs with a free plan but most of them have some restrictions. I was looking for an option which can provide complete flexibility and faster turnaround. Amazon Web Services is one such provider.

I have already talked about how I have finalized and installed this blog on Amazon LightSail. So it makes sense to integrate another service of AWS with this blog.

Now even if you are running on any other WordPress Shared Hosting, you should still be able to use AWS CloudFront CDN without any issue.


Why AWS CloudFront CDN For WordPress

There are many reasons why I have chosen AWS CloudFront as my CDN provider. If you are new to AWS you get limited usage free for the first full year. 

In the free tier, you will get 50GB free data out and up to 2,000,000 http / https request. This should be good enough for most of the starter blogs.

Once you cross the limit, you will be charged for what you use. So there is no fixed monthly cost and you can still provide a better experience to your readers.

What Will You Get?

AWS currently has 19 region and 57 availability zones for its users. What are region and zones?

Region– It is like a geo-location with a collection of multiple zones mapped with a physical data center. Every Region is physically isolated and independent from every other Region in terms of location, power, water supply, etc.

Zones– It’s a logical data center in a Region available for use by any AWS customer. They have all the contingency build so two zones will not fail together.

AWS Regions and Zones Understanding
Regions and Zones

Rackspace blog has a good article to describe region and zones of AWS. For the people from technical background – each region is completely independent. Each Availability Zone is isolated, but the Availability Zones in a region are connected through low-latency links.

These 19 Regions cover geo-locations all over the world and 5 more are planned by end of this year. So your content will always have a closer location to your users and will be served fast.


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Other CDN Options

If you are not so inclined to use Amazon CloudFront, here are some other choices which you can use.

Keycdn

This is another CDN service which charge based on usage only. There is no fixed monthly commitment upfront. You will also get 25GB free for the first month as a new customer.

Keycdn prices are one of the most competitive. They charge almost half the price of AWS CloudFront. The more you use their CDN service, the cheaper it becomes.

The only drawback for their service is minimum payment to buy Keycdn credits. Currently, the minimum payment is set to $49 which will give you Keycdn credit of the same account. These credits will expire in one year or you have to make a $49 payment again to carry them forward.

For a new blog $49 may be little expensive, so let me make it easy for you. You can use the below link and signup for Keycdn, this will give you $10 credit which will help you go for some months without any issue. You can reload the amount once these credit are expired.

Check Keycdn

StackPath

I also like StackPath (Formally MaxCDN) plans as they provide a good balance between cost and usage. The only issue is their basic plan starts with $10 per month.

You can use the promo code ‘TECHKLE25’ to get 25% off on your pricing but it will still cost around $7.50.

StackPath gives 1 TB global bandwidth in its starter plan, if you compare it with AWS CloudFront, they will charge you around $60 – $80 for that kind of bandwidth. So price wise its much different but on AWS, you will only pay for what you have used.

Most of the started blog needs very little bandwidth so StackPath will be costly at the start but becomes a good alternative once your AWS CloudFront expense starts to reach around $10.

Check StackPath

My suggestion would be to use AWS CloudFront till your monthly expense becomes around $5. Once you reach to that limit than move to Keycdn and wait till you reach to $10 monthly expense before moving to StackPath.


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AWS CloudFront Setup

This is very good for the starter blogs as they always have constrained budget. So you will only spend money on the bandwidth which you use. If it’s a new AWS account, you can use it for free up to one year.

Do I need S3 Bucket?

If you start looking for information about AWS CloudFront, you would see many pages talking about including AWS S3 Bucket and CloudFront to WordPress. So many people get confused that they need to create an S3 bucket and then use it as an origin for CloudFront.

No, You don’t need S3 Bucket for using AWS CloudFront with WordPress

Also remember that S3 bucket gets charged separately, so until you have a business need to use it, I would not recommend it.

How to Enable AWS CloudFront CDN Service

There are two steps which you need to complete to enable AWS CloudFront for WordPress.

  1. Enable pull service in AWS CloudFront to fetch your files. AWS doesn’t charge for incoming data so this data transfer will be free of cost.
  2. Point your files to AWS CloudFront in your WordPress install so it can be picked up from there.

Don’t worry both the steps are very easy to accomplish.

Enable a Pull Service

You can go to your AWS Console and look for CloudFront service. Now you need to create a new distribution, which will be used to supply your files.

Once you click on create distribution, it will ask what kind of delivery method you want – Web or RTMP.

Web– To distribute static files from your blog

RTMP – To distribute media files like audio and video

For our usage, we can select Web as we will be serving files from our WordPress installation. You need to enter origin details in the next screen.

AWS CloudFront CDN Setup Screen

Specify the origin domain name, protocol policy, and other general settings. There are few important settings which are mentioned below:

Origin Domain Name– Domain name for your blog which needs to be integrated with AWS CloudFront

Price Class– AWS is charged differently based on the region, so if you want to avoid pricier location and want to serve content from certain regions, you can select here.

Alternate Domain Names– If you want to use your own CNAME rather than the AWS provided name, you can set it here. Alternatively it will create a domain name for you, which might not be easily readable. So if you want to change it, you can do it here.

Geo Restrictions– If you want to restrict your content at some geo location, you can do it here.

You can also set your http vs https settings also here, decide how you want to serve your content. If you have enabled https and want all http request to redirect to https, you can set it up here.

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Enable AWS CloudFront In WordPress

Once you have created​ a distribution, it will pull all the files from your sites and will cache it in AWS. Now you need to point your WordPress to AWS distribution for your static files.

You can do that with W3 Total Cache plugin, it provides support for AWS CloudFront. Before you make that connection, you need to create an access id and security key for your AWS account.

You can just enable it and set it as a mirror also but that doesn’t give fine grain controls. So I prefer the access id and security key method.

Create an access ID and security Key

You can go to AWS Console and look for IAM. Create a new user and give it any name you like. Select the Programmatic access method under access type, we do not want that user id to login to AWS console.

AWS CloudFront IAM Access Setup

Now you need to provide authority for CloudFront to this user. Attach pre-made policy CloudFrontFullAccess and CloudFrontReadOnlyAccess to the user. Once you are done, it will generate an access id and secret key, make a note of it.


Update W3 Total Cache

Now go to General Setting in W3 Total Cache and enable CDN with Amazon CloudFront. After enabling it, you need to create a connection to AWS.

Enable CDN in W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin

Go to CDN page and it will ask for access id, secret key and domain name. You can enter the details and it will create a connection to AWS.

Domain name will be what you have given in CNAME section of CloudFront or will be assigned for you. You can get it from AWS CloudFront dashboard.

You can update what kind of files you want to serve from your CDN and W3 Total Cache will update the links to point to CDN. Now if you open your blog, your static files will be served from AWS CloudFront.

One thing which you need to note is CloudFront charges for file invalidations. So if you want to clear your cache and manually invalidate the cache, there will be a charge. First, 1000 Files / Path are free, after that you need to pay. So be careful while invalidating the cached files.

You can also skip using CDN for logged in users or administers, if you want to save some cost. But I would recommend to periodically check your blog as a normal user. You may want to keep it as close as other user of your blog so all gets a single consistent view.

You can also set it up with WP Super Cache with ease, just provide the alternate URL and enable the CDN support, it will start serving the file from AWS CloudFront.

That’s how you can enable the CDN service for your WordPress blog with AWS CloudFront. Which CDN service are you using for your blog and when did you enable it? Did you wait for some before using the CDN service with your blog?

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How You Can Connect To phpMyAdmin On Your AWS LightSail Server https://metablogue.com/connect-phpmyadmin-aws-lightsail/ https://metablogue.com/connect-phpmyadmin-aws-lightsail/#respond Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:00:43 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=934 Are you using AWS LightSail infrastructure to install WordPress and looking for ways of connecting to phpMyAdmin for managing your database? Here is an easy tutorial which will allow you to set it up on Windows, Mac or Linux machines.

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Are you using AWS LightSail infrastructure to install WordPress and looking for ways of connecting to phpMyAdmin for managing your database? Here is an easy tutorial which will allow you to set it up on Windows, Mac or Linux machines.

Connect to PHPMyAdmin On AWS LightSail Server
PHPMyAdmin Login Screen

AWS LightSail is one of the best VPN hosting providers with the most affordable costs. They are backed by state of art AWS infrastructure which makes sure you get good up-time and service.

Once you install WordPress on AWS LightSail you need to set up some basic services. phpMyAdmin connection is one of those services which will make sure you can optimize and manage your WordPress database.

How To Connect phpMyAdmin on AWS LightSail

AWS LightSail uses a Bitnami WordPress image which is optimized for performance and security. It means you can’t just connect to your server and open phpMyAdmin. Also, it doesn’t come with a cPanel to provide additional tools to get your work done.

For security reasons, most of the admin tools are only accessible on the localhost IP address of 127.0.0.1 including phpMyAdmin.

As the address is a local address, you need to create a secure SSH tunnel which will allow you to access those tools.

What Is SSH Tunnel?

SSH tunnel is one of the ways to connect to services which are behind a firewall or with restricted access.

Bitnami restricts all the access to localhost only, which means they can only be accessed with local IP address. That address would be hostname 127.0.0.1, where you can access phpMyAdmin.

To connect to services like phpMyAdmin, you need to create an SSH tunnel between your local computer and AWS server. An SSH tunnel make sure that the communication between your machine and the server is encrypted and secure.

There are many security concerns over providing the direct access to the database so Bitnami hides the database with the help of SSH tunnel.

SSH Tunnel uses a port forwarding technique and forwards a local port to the remote connection. This way any local traffic going to that port will reach to that remote server and gets a result back.

So let’s check how you can create an SSH tunnel and access phpMyAdmin on AWS LightSail server.

Connect phpMyAdmin on Windows

You can use any SSH client on Windows to create an SSH tunnel. I prefer Putty as my preferred SSH client for Windows so we will use it in this tutorial.

Putty is a free SSH client and you can download it for free from Putty.org. You can go ahead and download the Windows version to access phpMyAdmin.

Once you have the Putty installed on the Windows machine, you need to create a secure connection and tunnel to your AWS server.

Create SSH Tunnel

You need to add the user id, SSH key and Port information to create an SSH Tunnel. The first thing which you will need to create a secure connection is your private key. You can download it from the account page in Amazon LightSail.

Make sure you download the key from the same region where your server is present. You will get a PEM keyfile from the account page but Putty does not work with it. It needs a PPK keyfile which can be generated with the help of PuttyGen.

PuttyGen is a tool which comes with Putty install. Just search and open the PuttyGen application to convert your PEM keyfile.

PuttyGen Application To Convert PEM Keyfile to PPK keyfile

You can click on load and select the downloaded PEM keyfile. By default it will look for PPK file, so change the file type to all and select the PEM keyfile.

Once the key is loaded, just click on Save Private Key and save the PPK file. This will be the key which we will use while defining the connection for the AWS server.

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Connect Putty To AWS Server

Now you can open Putty application and define the connection parameters for the AWS server. Just make sure to use the PPK file for your private key for the connection.

STEP 1: Open a new connection and enter the IP address of the AWS Server IP Address at Session screen.

Putty New Connection Screen For AWS SSH Tunnel Creation

STEP 2: Now you need to enter the user id and private key in the Connection section. As we are going to create a SSH connection, we need to enter Username, Private key and Port Information in the Connection settings. All three things will go in different screens.

Click on Data tab under Connection settings and enter Username ‘bitnami’ in Auto-Login username field.

Putty Username Entry On Connection Screen

STEP 3: Now open Auth section and enter the path for the private key (PPK file).

Putty Private Key Entry On Connection Screen

STEP 4: Open Tunnels section and enter the below values for the port fields.

Source Port: 8888

Destination: localhost:80

If you have enabled the SSL by following our guide, please change the destination port from 80 to 443. Once done, click on add to save the port information.

Putty Port Information On Connection Screen

STEP 5: Now Go back to Session screen and enter a name for the session. Click on Save to save the settings, so each time you can just load the session to connect to your AWS Server.

Once done, click on connect and you will see a Bitnami welcome screen. If you see a popup before that, just click on Yes and it will take you to Bitnami welcome screen.

This means, you have connected to AWS Server and a tunnel has been established. Now go to below URL and access PHPMyAdmin.

http://127.0.0.1:8888/phpMyAdmin

If you have SSL enabled change HTTP to HTTPS in above URL.


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Connect phpMyAdmin on MacOS and Linux

Mac and Linux / Ubuntu come with the SSH utility which you can use to access the phpMyAdmin. You can access the SSH utility through the terminal application in the Mac.

You will need your private key to be able to log on to your AWS LightSail server. So go ahead and download the key from your account page. Once you have the key, you can change the current directory to the place where you have the key.

Now, enter the below command to enable the SSH tunnel between your machine and AWS LightSail server.

ssh -i /location_to_private_key -L 8888:127.0.0.1:80 bitnami@AWS_SERVER_IP_ADDRESS

Just replace location_to_private_key and AWS_SERVER_IP_ADDRESS to the actual values and you will have an SSH tunnel created to your WordPress installation.

Now you can access the phpMyAdmin on the below mention URL:

http://127.0.0.1:8888/phpMyAdmin

Make sure that the port number in the URL and the SSH tunnel command is same.

If you have followed our guide to enable the SSL certificate on AWS WordPress, you will receive an error that secure connection can’t be established to phpMyAdmin.

This is because all the incoming traffic is getting transferred to SSL port and we have created an SSH tunnel on the non-SSL port. You need to use the below commands to create the tunnel on the SSL port:

ssh -i /location_to_private_key -L 8888:127.0.0.1:443 bitnami@AWS_SERVER_IP_ADDRESS

Now use the below URL to access the phpMyAdmin

https://127.0.0.1:8888/phpMyAdmin

You might see a warning that the site is trying to impersonate localhost but you can skip that. We have knowingly created the tunnel to access the server utilities, so go ahead and access it.

This is how you can access the services running on your AWS LightSail server which are only accessible from localhost URL. So access your PHPMyAdmin or Pagespeed cache status.

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10 Best Google Docs Add-ons for Bloggers To Improve Productivity https://metablogue.com/best-google-docs-add-ons-bloggers/ https://metablogue.com/best-google-docs-add-ons-bloggers/#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:30:19 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=903 If you are using Google Docs for writing the posts or your other blogging work, here are some of the best Google Docs Add-ons for Bloggers which can help. Google Docs is unarguably the most loved writing app not only for offices but also for bloggers and people who love to write. What makes it […]

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If you are using Google Docs for writing the posts or your other blogging work, here are some of the best Google Docs Add-ons for Bloggers which can help.

Best Google Docs Add-ons For Bloggers

Google Docs is unarguably the most loved writing app not only for offices but also for bloggers and people who love to write.

What makes it so popular is the easy navigation on its surface, the research tool which allows you to have hassle free sidebar searches and the fact that you can work on it offline via its app.

Best Google Docs Add-ons For Bloggers

When it comes to blogging, a blogger always needs to stay on the top of his game. All this is possible with customized themes, attractive fonts, and some graphics to make it fun and so on. This concludes us to fill up the addons folder of your Google docs with Best Google Docs Add-ons.

Here is a list of best Google Docs Add-ons which you can install to improve your productivity.

Styles

Styles Google Docs Add Ons

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “First impression is your Last impression?” Believe it or not, it always works and so does Styles.

This is one of the best Google Docs add-ons as it structures, beautifies and formats your mundane paragraphs into aesthetically pleasing ones.

Get your document customized in a single click, sit back and relax!

Get The Add-Ons


Speech Recognition Sound Writer

Speech Recognition Sound Writer Google Docs Add Ons

If you’re someone who wants everything to be faster and accurate, this is the best option for you to work with.

Speech Recognition allows you to use the microphone and write your articles. Use this add-on to take notes, make a map of your blogging content or just express freely with whatever comes to your mind.

The best thing is that it saves up a lot of time and also avoids the timely corrections we require while writing continuously.

Get The Add-Ons


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Doc Builder

Doc Builder Google Docs Add Ons

The main function of Doc Builder is to insert snippets from the sidebar. This means that the task of typing the numerous amounts of data is just reduced to an easy task of opening a sidebar and then formatting as per your preferences.

You can add images, tables, pie charts from old documents and hours of typing. Do note that Doc Builder saves the information on Google Sheets. There are smart snippets which can take inputs from multiple places and create text.

Being such a handy tool, it is indeed one of the best Google Docs add-ons.

Get The Add-Ons


Text Cleaner

Text Cleaner Google Docs Add Ons

This tool is a lifesaver! I know it’s pretty exhausting to complete an article and then spend nearly 20-30 minutes of your time formatting it. Ever wished for automated formatting? This is it.

Text Cleaner performs the function of preserving your font style and discards all types of line breaks, kinks, multiple spaces and paragraph breaks.

Get The Add-Ons


Easy Bib

For all the academic and legal writers out there, this is the halo for your research papers. Easy Bib- Bibliography creator creates and writes bibliographies for you and automatically inserts it at the end of the article.

The navigation is easy and all you need to do is search the titles or URLs in the Search menu of the sidebar. Also, it is loaded with 7 thousand + styles which include APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, etc.

Get The Add-Ons


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Page Layout Tool

Page Layout Tool Google Docs Add Ons

Customize your page sizes as per your printing needs. Page Layout tools enable you to set the page size and page margins in different supporting units which include millimeters, centimeters, inches, points, and picas.

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Search and Navigate

It’s difficult to get back to a point you wish to add something to or edit it. Search and navigate helps you to locate what you’re looking for in large and big documents.

Even if you don’t type out long ones, here are some features you can use for your convenience-

– Browse your document with the help of the search menu in the sidebar.
– See the list and placing of all the images and tables in the sidebar.
– Create, locate, add, edit or delete bookmarks with bookmarks option in the sidebar.
– Advanced search helps you search specific words in your text.

Get The Add-Ons


WordPress.com for Google Docs

WordPress is one of the most used platforms by the bloggers because of a various relevant and beneficial reasons. WordPress does have a lot to offer which includes a set of customizable blog themes, domain, analytics and much more.

So, you’re all set to shoot another article and are done typing your content in Google Docs. After all the search and alterations, you’ve gotta publish it on your WordPress blog. Which means a whole new set of formatting, NNOOOOO!

I’ve got you covered; one of the best Google Docs add-ons is Doc to WordPress.com for Google Docs, which is a life saver. Its function is to transfer your Google doc to WordPress as it is and it automatically adjusts to your blog’s theme. No more formatting required. I know you’ll thank me for this!

Get The Add-Ons


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Docs Tools

This add-on is for all your minor but important adjustments and formatting of your document.

Increase or decrease your text or heading-sub-headings, highlight, erase, format text in ascending or descending order, change the text to numbers and vice versa, sort out the lower and uppercases or toggle. All this with just a single click.

Get The Add-Ons


OneLook Thesaurus

OneLook Thesaurus Google Docs Add Ons

One of the most important things for bloggers is vocabulary. Making sure that the words are used correctly and make an impact on your readers.

OneLook Thesaurus help you find the exact word or phrase which you should use in your documents. If you want to replace any word or phrase, just select and find the alternatives. It is as Easy as it looks.

Get The Add-Ons

So here are some of the best Add-ons for Google Docs which can help every blogger to work faster and become more productive.

Is there any Add-ons which I have missed or you have found useful for your workflow? Please let us know in the comments.

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How To Add Surveys To WordPress Blog With Survey Anyplace https://metablogue.com/add-surveys-wordpress-survey-anyplace/ https://metablogue.com/add-surveys-wordpress-survey-anyplace/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:30:19 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=861 Adding Surveys to Your WordPress blog can be a good way to interact with your readers or checking about important topics. Survey Anyplace can help in creating those fun and engaging surveys. Surveys are a great tool to generate feedback or opinions on any topics. They should also be a good tool which you can use […]

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Adding Surveys to Your WordPress blog can be a good way to interact with your readers or checking about important topics. Survey Anyplace can help in creating those fun and engaging surveys.

Design WordPress Survey With Survey Anyplace

Surveys are a great tool to generate feedback or opinions on any topics. They should also be a good tool which you can use to engage with your readers.

For example, If you are an e-commerce site and want to fine-tune your buying experience, ask your buyers to fill out a survey. It will let you know what sections they had the most difficulty with and needs fine-tuning.

You can also create some fun surveys like asking your users about their best pet activities or most beloved actors etc.

There are bloggers who have gone one step ahead and ask their readers about what they want to read next? Create a survey with a list of topics and let your readers decide what you should write about.

Survey Anyplace to Create Surveys

Survey Anyplace allows you to create those surveys and distribute them across different platform. You can also integrate them into WordPress with the help of their WordPress Plugin.

You will get a webpage for your survey which can be shared across the social networks to engage more readers. This way you can increase the reach of your surveys and get more responses.

How To Create a Survey

You can create a Survey from their web application and it will generate a survey ID which can be used to embed it in WordPress. Each survey contains an intro and final screen along with questions.

The design elements are available under the Design tab where you can define the font, colors, background etc. for your surveys. There are some predefined themes which you can use directly or tailer it based on the colors and layout of your site.

Design Tab in Survey Anyplace
Design Your Survey

You can also upload your logo to make it look more official and easily pick colors from it. There are other options like uploading a background, choose your fonts and size are available to change the looks of your survey.

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Piping Variables

One of the good feature to personalize your Intro or Final screen is Piping Variables. These variables allow you to enter content specific to the respondent like letting him know about the number of questions answered in the survey.

There are many different variables available like – Questionnaire Title, Response Count, Response Time and Date etc. You can use these variables to create a personalize Intro or final message for your users.

Type Of Questions

Questions are the soul of any survey. Survey Anyplace allows you to create many different kinds of question to include in your surveys.

Type Of Questions in Survey Anyplace
Type Of Questions

You can select and combine any of these types of question to create your survey. To add some fun and engagement, you can use a scratch card or slot machine questions.

It allows you to alter the Intro and Final screen text while defining the questions. You can also enable or disable the Intro screen from this section. Now, let’s look at some of the interesting question types which can make your survey more engaging.

Ranking

You can ask your users to rank certain things and they can easily drag and drop the option to rank them in order. Creating a question is very east, you get a text field where you can enter and format the question text. You can also add different answers which you want your users to rank like if you have 5 different post ideas, ask your readers to rank them in the order they want to read them.

Ranking Question For Your Survey

This type of question engages your users as they have to drag and drop to arrange answers in their preferred choice.

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Sliders

You have two options with Sliders – Text and Numbers. This is a good way to take quantitative feedback on a scale defined by you.

Example Slider (Number) Question

While defining the question, you can define the scale and labels for it. Like any other questions, you will get a full edit window for writing your questions. You can even add images or video to make the question more interactive.

You can also define the start value from which your slider will start. For Example, if you want to take feedback for your service, you would not want to start your slider from very poor. Start from somewhere realistic like Good or Better and then let your users slide it according to their liking.

Scratch Card

Another good type of question or interactive element is Scratch Card. You can include scratch cards in your surveys to generate some random elements for your responders.

Example Scratch Card Question Creation

It allows you to include multiple answers and give the probability for that answer to come up. You can also add images for each option which will be shown when the user scratch the card.

Include Survey In WordPress

Once you create the survey, you will get a link which is for a live survey on Survey Anyplace site. You can either use this URL and direct your readers to that or embed it directly on your post.

They have a WordPress plugin which can come handy if you are going to use multiple surveys on your site. You can get the plugin free from WordPress repository.

Get WordPress Plugin

The plugin provides some nice options to include survey as embed, popup or in as a widget. You can also just add it to open it in a new tab or same window.

Pricing

Survey Anyplace can give you free surveys for up to 20 monthly responses with most of the features. You can’t white label the survey, so it will always have Survey Anyplace logo placed on the bottom of your survey.

If you want more responses or white label the survey, you can opt for paid plans. You will also get piping and assessment capabilities with the paid plans.

So go ahead and give Survey Anyplace a try and create some fun and engaging surveys for your users.

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SEO is evolving at a rapid pace with the newer advances of technologies. There are many old or bad pieces of advice for SEO which are spread across the internet. Here are some of the SEO Myths which you should avoid.

SEO Myths To Avoid While Content Marketing

The key to the higher ranking of your website is how Search Engines like Google or Bing sees and understand your site. That technique to optimize your content for Search engines along with human is known as Search Engine Optimisation or SEO. And when it comes to SEO, nothing is constant. Everything keeps on changing.

There are tons of things one needs to pay attention to for better SEO results, but the fact is, there is a high chance that the methods which you’re working on might be one of the SEO myths.

SEO Myths Which You Should Avoid

If you believe in any of these myths, you’re not only wasting your time but you could also do some serious damage to your website.

Before debunking some SEO myth in this article, you should know that every day a new SEO myth is born but the old one does not die. Which results in the ever-increasing population of those myths.

It’s not necessary to be aware of all these myths but at least the popular ones before investing your time into various strategies.

SEO Myth 1: Your Bounce Rate Should Be Lower

Bounce Rate For Good SEO

A bounce rate is simply how many pages a user is browsing on your website before leaving the site. Higher bounce rate means most of the people leaving on the page they land without exploring your site.

One of the long-lasting SEO Myth is you should always put more efforts to lower your bounce rate.

The idea behind this myth was Google uses the bounce rate to determine if the user has found the correct result and likes it. Lower bounce rate tells Google that you have quality content and they will send more users to your pages.

Sounds genuine, right? Then why I am calling it a Myth?

Because now Google understands the intent of the search.

If I am looking to buy something and searching for feedback, do you think I will go and explore the other pages on the site?

Most of the people will not do that. They will check the feedback and if they get what they are looking for, they will go and buy the product. Otherwise, they will go back to Google and look for other pages. In both cases, your Bounce rate is higher.

Google understand that for searches with buy intent, bounce rate will be higher and if people are leaving the site to go and buy the product, it is the desired result. They rank the search results accordingly.

So rather than just putting more efforts on lowering your bounce rate, check the keywords and decide what do you want from that audience. This will help in deciding what bounce rate should be acceptable for your site.


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SEO Myth 2: More Backlinks Means Higher Ranking

Personally, I’ve seen many bloggers out there who focuses on creating a higher number of backlinks instead of quality links. They’re clearly not aware of this myth.

Before you guys start jumping on me, wait a second. I didn’t mean that backlinks are not important – they are but only the quality ones.

The era where you can create thousands of link to rank your pages is gone. Now thousands of backlinks from spammy websites, forums etc is going to damage your website rather than improving it.

Google has issued many updates in the past like Penguin or Panda, which has corrected this behavior. They do penalize the sites which participate in those link building activities and lower their ranking.

What to do if you have already build low-quality backlinks to your site?

There are tools like Moz, Ahref which can help you check your sites backlink profile. You should make a regular practice to check your backlink profile.

If there are low low-quality links, you can either request the webmasters to remove those or raise a disavow request to Google. This way your site will not be hurt by those low-quality backlinks.


SEO Myth 3: Nofollow is of no use for SEO

If you’re new to SEO then you might have heard about Dofollow and Nofollow backlinks.

Dofollow link passes the link juice (page authority) which helps in ranking your page. Nofollow does not pass any page authority and is of no use for SEO. This is a Myth.

Nofollow and Dofollow is just a direction to Google Crawl engine, nothing else. They both are important for your SEO, in fact, a Nofollow backlink can actually rank your post on the first page of Google.

Example

I have written a post in last Oct. It’s a quality content with a long-form detailed tutorial for the readers but I didn’t get any time to do promotion for that. It was sitting there without any traffic on the site for many months.

A few weeks back I got a chance to create a backlink from a high authority site (DA 90+) from a very relevant page. I created a contextual nofollow backlink.

Now, its a quality backlink coming from in-content, highly relevant page and high authority domain but the link was nofollow. This should not impact any ranking for that page.

Here is a screenshot of the traffic for that particular post:

Traffic Report From a Nofollow Backlink

As you can see I got around 500 people last month on that page (Site was hit by Yoast Media Bug and ranking were down for most of the posts). This month I have got similar numbers in 15 days. That’s almost 700-800 extra people per month on my site because of that nofollow backlink.

As I mentioned earlier, Quality is more important than Quantity.

Dofollow or Nofollow, make sure the backlinks you are creating for your site is of Quality and relevant to your content.


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SEO Myth 4: More content = Better SEO

A long time old SEO belief, Google loves fresh content and you should post daily on your site.

There is no denying that the more content you have the more opportunity you have to rank in Search engines. But that doesn’t mean your content will rank and fetch audience without any content promotion.

The only good thing about more content is – greater opportunity to create internal links.

Internal links play a good hand in SEO ranks. They are completely in your control and can easily let search engines know about important pages on your site.

You’ve heard it before and I’m gonna say it again because it is important. It’s all about quality, not quantity.

If most of your content is low-quality with very thin pages, it might work against your SEO. The Yoast Media Bug, I talked above, was based on low-quality internal pages.

It doesn’t matter if you post one content in a week or a hundred of them. You can still rank higher as long as your content gives valuable piece of information to readers and promoted correctly.

But if you are just posting content on your site and not doing any content promotions, you are losing a good chunk of traffic for your site.


SEO Myth 5: SEO is a One-time Activity

I’ve heard a lot of people saying that their website’s SEO is almost done.

There is no one in the entire planet who can complete your SEO. In short, SEO is ongoing.

Just like you always update your website with new and improved content, SEO also needs to be updated. At least, for all the newer content which you post, needs SEO and content marketing efforts.

Google and other search engines keep updating their algorithms and you need to keep pace with it.

With so many changes in the algorithm, factors which increase your ranking keeps on changing. You need to understand and adjust your SEO efforts according to that.

They do not release many details about their search algorithms other than few updates specific release logs. So you need to check the impact on your site, make an educated guess on how you are impacted and take actions.

And if your guess was wrong – guess again and take action.

So be ready to consistently put efforts towards SEO for your site.


SEO Myth 6: Duplicate Content can get you in Trouble

One of the long-running fear in webmasters is a penalty for duplicate content on the site. If your site has duplicate content Google will identify and penalize your complete site.

In simple words, you’ll not get any penalty if your website or blog has some duplicate content. The only thing which will take a hit is your SEO efforts.

Let me explain that to you:

If there are some pages which are already indexed in Google and you used some of their content then the Google crawler will ignore your page.

All the time which you’ve spent on optimizing your website to see better results turns to nothing. That’s why many SEO professionals audit your content before applying their SEO techniques.

Google understand that sometime you may want to present an article from another site to your readers. They suggest using “rel=canonical” tag for those purposes. You should add a tag and point it to original URL so Google can understand that it’s just a copy and will not do anything for that page.

If you are using Yoast for SEO, you can enter it on the Advanced section in Yoast SEO meta box.

Yoast SEO Option for Canonical Link

To check whether your content is duplicate or not, you can use websites like Copyscape. Just paste the content and it will let you know if it is already present on the internet.


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SEO Myth 7: Quality Content = Higher Ranking in SERP

You’ll see many people claiming that you can rank well in search engines on the basis of good high-quality content alone. So they will suggest to just keep generating quality content and wait for the results to come.

I have always said the quality is more important than quantity.

But anyone who has used search engines knows how much bad quality content is ranking on the first page. So why quality is not a king here?

Quality is still king.

Just that SERP results are based on two things Content and Content Marketing / SEO. The only issue is that the percentage of content marketing / SEO is bigger in this mix. So if you have done quality content marketing / SEO for low-quality content, it will rank.

Similar way, if you do not do any content marketing / SEO for your quality content, it will not rank.

The only exception is low competition keywords which might rank the article but that would have happened because of social media promotions.

If you’re writing good high-quality content and are still not able to drive much traffic to your blog, then you seriously need to check your SEO game.


SEO Myth 8: Social Media Has No Impact on SEO

Many webmasters see Social Media as an additional channel for driving the traffic to their site. But they do not believe that it adds anything to their SEO efforts.

This very statement is one of the hottest topics of debate in the digital marketing community.

If you want to hear my say on this, it doesn’t matter if Google considers social media as a ranking factor or not. Irrespective of the answer, you should still focus on your social media presence.

Social media acts as a distribution channel for promoting your content.

If you have a nice following, you can create a buzz about your website which ultimately leads to more visitors. This can lead to various ranking factors indirectly helping you achieve better results.

Though, nowadays Google started mixing Social signals in their ranking algorithms as they give a nice hint about what content people are engaging with.


SEO Myth 9: Higher Keyword Frequency = Greater SEO

This one is the most popular SEO myth which you are definitely going to come across. You should have your keyword mention on your page multiple times or at least have a specific frequency.

Many bloggers will just stuff keywords in their content to achieve that frequency. They will use content, meta tags, ALT tags on images to stuff their keyword.

Meta keywords and descriptions used to help in website’s ranking but now they don’t. As discussed already, Google keeps on improving their algorithm. The current algorithm includes something which is known as “Keyword Stuffing”. So if they find you are stuffing your keywords out of context, it will be marked negative for that page.

Google has started using semantic keywords and query intent to understand the people’s search query. So many times results are generated dynamically or pages from different variations of keywords. Like, Google understands Top and Best are used mostly interchangeable so they will rank your pages accordingly.

If you are using a long tail keyword, it doesn’t have to be in the same order always. You can write as it fits the sentence and Google can still realize that you are talking about the same keyword.

So if you’re using a lot of meta keywords in your SEO methods, stop doing it. You will end up getting a penalty instead of better results. Rather than stuffing your keywords, start using LSI keywords which makes more sense in today’s SEO.


SEO Myth 10: Guest Blogging Will Bring Penalty

One of the most used techniques for link building is Guest Blogging.

But a new SEO Myth is floating around which says Google deemed it as a black hat technique and penalize the sites which are building links through guest blogging.

It is true if you don’t know how to do the Guest blogging correctly. Many people just go to spammy sites, put some low-quality article to get a link back to their site. This is as good as building low-quality backlinks which will harm the site more rather than improving its ranking.

You need to put a lot of focus on Guest blogging. Your approach to guest blogging should not be for the link but for bringing your ideas to a new audience.

Find similar niche oriented blogs which have a good presence in the market. Use those blogs for a guest post to create a presence for your blog. Bring new audience to your blog and get a nice SEO benefit along with it.

So, here are some of the SEO Myths which you should avoid while working on the optimization for your site.

Are you following any other SEO Myths or need clarity, do let us know in the comments.

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[Review] Designrr Ebook Creator For Professionally Designed Ebooks https://metablogue.com/designrr-ebook-creator-review/ https://metablogue.com/designrr-ebook-creator-review/#comments Thu, 31 May 2018 19:59:26 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=720 If you are planning to create an eBook, you should check this review of Designrr eBook creator. It claims to make the process easier and make the eBooks in 30 seconds from already existing source. Let’s check how true that claim is? One of the most used methods for lead generation is offering something in […]

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If you are planning to create an eBook, you should check this review of Designrr eBook creator. It claims to make the process easier and make the eBooks in 30 seconds from already existing source. Let’s check how true that claim is?

Designrr Ebook Creator - Convert Blog Post Into Ebooks

One of the most used methods for lead generation is offering something in return. Most of the bloggers use ebooks as a method of generating leads or increasing their email subscription rates.

Creating ebooks can be a time-consuming task, especially if you are not used to word processing.

Microsoft Word or Apple Pages can create eBooks for you. You need to spend some time in formatting your content and tailor content according to your book theme. Once done, you can easily export it as a PDF or convert it into eBooks.

Apple Pages also supports the eBook creation and comes with basic book templates. It can help you create epubs or more interactive books for iBooks.


Why should we look for ebook creation software?

If you can create ebooks with the free software like Apple Pages on Mac or with easy to available Microsoft Word, why should we look for ebook creation software?

First, if a software can save you a lot of time, it’s definitely worth it.

Second, creating books is not a one-time thing. Time to time, you need to update your eBooks, add new information or delete obsolete information etc. A software can make that easy by managing your eBooks as a project and make sure no other formatting issues happen because of your editing. You should just make your changes and regenerate the eBook.

Third, It should take care of multiple formats. You can distribute your eBooks on multiple platforms like Kindle, as a PDF, iBooks etc. Without a software, you need to create all different format and it should be done each time you modify anything in your eBook. A software should take of this thing and convert your content into all different formats.

So these are my expectation from any ebook creation software. Do you have any other expectations?

I recently come across a service called Designrr which claims to create eBooks in 30 seconds from existing sources.

To be honest, as soon as I read it, I knew it was a marketing pitch. So rather than focusing on the 30 seconds claim, we will check if it can help in ebook creation and save some time in the process.


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Designrr eBook Creator

Designrr is a cloud-based service which allows you to create an ebook from scratch.

You can import any existing content from multiple sources or write it fresh. We will take a look at both scenarios to understand how Designrr ebook creator handles them.

Import From Existing Source

First, let’s take a look at import from existing sources. If you have any word document, PDF or blog posts which you want to convert into an eBook, you can use this service.

Designrr eBook Creator New Project Screen

Designrr allows you to import the content from multiple different sources including Facebook, Word, PDF or from any URL. On a standard license it is limited to URL, Word, and Facebook.

Once you select the source, you will be asked some more details about it and it will load the content into your ebook.

Load existing content from a source

The true power of an ebook creator lies in taking multiple sources and format them according to your ebook theme. Once your content is loaded, you will have to choose from many pre-created templates.

There are many templates available including two column templates.

Designrr ebook creator book templates

Just select the template and your content will be loaded in a specific format to create an ebook in seconds.

That’s the 30-second ebook which they claim but can you ship your ebook like this?

The answer will be “No” in 99.9% of cases.

You have to look into the text formatting, breakups, include images, branding and other things before shipping that ebook.

So you need to spend some time on the ebook editor screen to format it correctly before you can export your ebook.

Writing It From Scratch

You can also create an empty project and write the complete ebook from scratch in Designrr.

The steps are similar, you need to choose the template and theme for the ebook. Just that there will not be any content and you can add your content in the edit screen.

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Edit Your eBook with Designrr

Designrr eBook Creator has a cloud editing functionality which allows you to edit and format your ebook.

Designrr divides the complete ebook into block pieces like a page, paragraph, statement etc. You can edit each block and change the looks and layout accordingly.

So while making changes make sure you are selecting the correct block like changes on Page will affect each paragraph on the page etc. You can override those settings on the paragraph block.

Editing Themes in Designrr Ebook Creator

To start with, you need to select the overall theme of the ebook. This theme defines the key components like header, text, footer etc. in your ebook. It has around 21 themes which you can use format your ebook.

Once you have finalized the theme, you can start adding pages and content to your ebook.

There are two other views which are important – Elements and Inspector.

Elements allow you to add a page, media, Facebook post or comments, Typography elements like a link, label, list etc. Inspector allows you to fine-tune each and every element of your ebook.

Elements on the Designrr ebook creator

So once you start editing, you just need to add pages and set the layout accordingly. You have access to divider, labels, paragraph, images etc to create a layout you want for the ebook.

Each element comes with a complete set of settings like background, shadow, text alignment, padding, border etc.

You always have a repaginate button which can rearrange the whole ebook after you are done with your changes.

You can also include additional blog posts with a new article element. It can import the article from a URL or you can copy paste it in the import manually screen.

Import Article Manually Into Existing Ebook
CTA

Designrr Ebook creator comes with two type of CTA, inline or regular. You can easily add those from elements panel to your ebook.

There are many options available to format your CTA’s. You can include images, heading, button, label etc.

As soon as you drop the CTA on the page, you will get pre-defined CTA format which you can update. You can also add additional elements to create different layouts.

This is one of the handy features of Designrr and if you are using their services for lead generation, you will appreciate this.


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Designrr eBook Creator Plans

This is where most people will have a problem with this service. Their plans are made for doing upsell so you always feel short of things until you upgrade.

There are 3 available plan – Standard, Pro, and Agency.

Standard Plan

The standard plan comes with 10 active projects so, at any time, you can work on 10 ebooks. The limitation includes no table of content, page numbers, no support for any other format excluding PDF and no 3D ebook covers.

This plan is good if you want to offer the eBooks as lead generation goodies on your blog and use other services for generating eBook covers.

You have to download the PDF and edit in outside tools to convert it for Kindle or iBooks. This means another formatting effort and it defeats the purpose of having a tool in first place. If you want to do that, check Pro and Agency license.

The only reason to buy this plan is if you are looking for a tool to create PDF eBooks and not good with formatting techniques in Word or Pages. This tool might feel very simple compare to menu options and other shortcodes in Word or Pages.

If you are planning to buy this, you can use this offer of $27 one-time payment for lifetime standard license of Designrr eBook creator. This way you can get the lifetime standard license for as low as one month fee.

$27 One Time Payment
Deal

Grab the Lifetime Standard licence of Designrr Ebook Creator at a price of $27. No recurring payments ever, just use the product and build your eBooks easily. All the restriction of standard plan apply and if you ever need additional services, you can upgrade it to pro or agency licence.

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Pro Plan

Pro plans include 100 active projects and allow you to export your project as Kindle or Mobi ebooks. It also has features like Table of content, Page numbers or 3D cover generation.

3D cover generation is one of the good small tool which can help you generate displayable images for your signup forms. You would usually need to use external tool or pay someone on Fiverr to get this done, with the pro plan you can do it right from Designrr.

Designrr 3D Cover Image Generator

This tool allows you to generate the 3D image as paperback or hardcover. Just download the image and create your subscription forms.

The only downside of this plan is cost. If you are not actively writing ebooks and utilizing the service, you will not justify the cost of this plan.

Get Pro License

Agency Plan

This plan is most expensive and most comprehensive. It includes everything which Designrr has to offer but it comes at a steep price.

I would not recommend going with this plan until unless you are a writer and planning to write many big ebooks.

Get Agency License

So here you go, I only recommend Standard license with the one-time payment offer. Other plans are not for regular people and will not help much in case you create eBooks once in a while.

If you are a writer and looking a tool to format your ebooks, you can check pro and agency license.

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How To Configure & Enable AMP for Your WordPress Site https://metablogue.com/configure-enable-amp-wordpress/ https://metablogue.com/configure-enable-amp-wordpress/#respond Sun, 27 May 2018 13:30:44 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=167 Are you planning to enable AMP pages for your blog and not sure what to do? Here is a guide which can help you setup AMP pages and serve them correctly to your readers. Google has launched AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) as an alternative to serve readers on the low bandwidth devices. They wanted to handle […]

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Are you planning to enable AMP pages for your blog and not sure what to do? Here is a guide which can help you setup AMP pages and serve them correctly to your readers.

Configure & Enable AMP for Your WordPress Site

Google has launched AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) as an alternative to serve readers on the low bandwidth devices. They wanted to handle search results on low bandwidth devices and improve the user experience.

The major problem is when people search for any information on low bandwidth devices, they have to wait long for getting the page load.

Most of the web pages on the internet load so much extra information which takes a lot of time low bandwidth devices. For example, any WordPress blog will show so many widgets in the sidebar/footer. They will not add any value to the user who is looking for specific information.

AMP is supposed to solve it by stripping all the extra things from a web page and display only the required information.

What is AMP

AMP is Google’s created open source projects which aim to improve the loading speed of a webpage on all distribution platforms. You can get more details on their official site.

Now, don’t get me wrong, AMP is not an incomplete or stripped version. It works on a principal of MVP (Minimal Viable Product).

MVP (Minimal Viable Product) – A product with a basic set of features but enough to provide information for your users.

They want to present the information in front of the user as fast as possible. It should not matter on which platform or which network they are on. So, they are looking for minimal information which is needed to fulfill user requirement.

I Don’t Have Anything To Remove

Many webmasters can complain that those sidebar/footers are not extra information. They do engage users with the blog as most of them will have a list of related articles, recent articles etc. So they do provide relevant information which user can explore.

Engagement is not a key metric with AMP. Google understand that engagement takes a hit when you strip many elements out of a webpage. With some development skills, you can increase the user engagement on your AMP pages.

Sidebar, Footers, Comments, and Popups are some of the ways webmaster try to engage with users. They help in reducing the bounce rate but here Google wants a fast loading page. It should improve user satisfaction with fast loading relevant information.

Now, the webmaster community is divided on the implementation of AMP for websites. Some say it’s good for Google but bad for webmasters as we lose on revenue while Google makes money on searches.

I am not going to argue either in favor or against AMP. I hope you have done your research and make up your mind to implement AMP.

In this post, we are going to check how to configure & enable AMP for a WordPress blog.


How To Enable AMP on WordPress

WordPress comes from Automattic, Inc. They also create some useful plugins which can extend the functionality of WordPress.

AMP for WordPress is a plugin created by them and other contributors including Google. It is available free on WordPress repository and can be installed from Dashboard.

AMP for WordPress Plugin In WordPress Repository

There are some other plugins available which have paid versions to make it easier but I will be using AMP for WordPress in this post. It can be used for most of the AMP configuration and provide enough flexibility to render your pages correctly.

Just install the plugin and activate it to enable AMP webpage for your posts. If you want the AMP version for your pages also, you can enable it in the AMP -> General setting panel.

Get The Plugin

You can check the amp page for any blog post by adding /amp/ to blog post URL. For example, if your original URL is https://example.com/, your AMP URL will be – https://example.com/amp/.

When you check it the first time, you will notice that it is a very minimalistic page. There are no ads, no widgets, even your site logo is changed to the text version.

If you are using some scripts in between the content, those scripts will also be stripped. So you might be missing some components on your pages.

For example, I use Gist for displaying the code snippet on my blog. When I first enabled the AMP plugin, all of the Gist snippets were stripped out of my AMP pages. Which means people will see the incomplete article and might not appreciate it.

So, we need to do some work to make sure that AMP and non-AMP content is same.


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Enable Google Analytics On AMP Pages

After I enable the AMP version, I noticed that my JetPack and Google Analytics counts are not matching. JetPack counts were high and reporting activities on AMP pages where nothing is coming on Google Analytics.

So just because you have Google Analytics on your blog does not mean that it will be active on your AMP pages also. You have to enable it.

AMP for WordPress comes with inbuilt support for Google Analytics and you can enable it from the settings. Go to AMP -> Analytics page on your WordPress Dashboard.

Enter ‘googleanalytics’ in the type field and enter the below JSON to the value field. You need to replace the account with your Google Analytics property ID.

It will generate the ID automatically, save the value and you will have working analytics on your AMP pages.

{
  "vars": {
  "account": "UA-XXXXX-Y"
   },
  "triggers": {
  "trackPageview": {
  "on": "visible",
  "request": "pageview"
              }
  }
}

This will allow you to track the AMP pageviews in your Google Analytics Account.

You can also track event or social actions with the help of this. You will need to expand the JSON to include those.

Check this guide to look at the detail explanation of JSON and how you can track multiple things.

You can skip the scripts section as AMP for WordPress will automatically load the scripts based on elements present on the page.


Enable SEO Options on AMP Pages

By default, your SEO settings on the regular site will not work on AMP pages. You need to make sure all your meta tags and other settings are carried over correctly.

Luckily, Yoast has made it easy to implement with the WordPress Plugin – Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP. It is also available free on the WordPress repository.

Once you download and install, you can enable the type of post where we should enable this Glue to connect the data.

Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP

You can also set some more basic design template in the plugin which includes color for your link, site favicon etc.

It can also take some additional CSS which you want to load on AMP Pages. Just make sure your overall CSS should not cross the 50kb limit set by AMP guidelines.

You should have Yoast for SEO plugin installed and activated to make this work.

It also allows adding the analytics details. Use this or the method above to activate Google Analytics, do not activate it in both the places.

Get Plugin


Enable Site Logo On AMP Pages

This step is only needed if you are not happy with the text version of your blog name. You can display your site logo rather than just the simple text on your AMP pages.

By default, the plugin will show the name of your blog on the left and your favicon on the right side. If you do not want that and would prefer to show your logo, you can use the below code.

This will show your logo centered on the header bar. You can also change the color of the header bar from the background CSS tag.

Just change the URL to point to your logo and it should start displaying your logo on AMP Pages.


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Make Shortcodes AMP Compatible

AMP for WordPress takes the final rendered page and convert into an AMP page. So if you are using any shortcode which is generating <script> HTML tag, it will be stripped out of the AMP version.

Those might be important elements which you may want to display on the page. So you need to make sure they are rendered correctly on your AMP page with the help of some code.

You can load anything in the AMP components. Check their official reference docs to see all the supported components.

For example, I have talked about using the Gist on my blog posts which were not displaying on AMP pages. AMP has a dynamic content amp-gist which can be used to display those. I want to use the existing JetPack shortcode on the normal page and use amp-gist component on the AMP Page.

I can do that with the help of below code. You have to check if its the AMP page, if yes, use amp-gist otherwise fall back on JetPack shortcode.

You may have to define AMP version for every shortcode you want to replace. Once done, your content will display correctly on the AMP and non-AMP version.


Include Google Ads on AMP Pages

One of the important revenue mechanism for webmasters is Ad networks. By default, AMP pages do not display any ads on your blog pages. So you need to some extra coding to include the Ads.

I am going to enable Adsense on the AMP Pages if you are using any other network you need to modify the code according to that network.

amp-ad is the component which you need to add to your page. Above code will add it on top and bottom of your post to display two ads.

If you want more ads, you can just create a similar function for other filters or action to display additional ads.

I would suggest using the responsive ad unit so that it can display correctly irrespective of the platform.


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Update Footer Text To Remove WordPress URL

By default, your AMP pages will have a footer which links to WordPress rather than your blog. So you would want to update that to reflect your blog design and links rather than WordPress.

Default Footer Text on AMP Pages

You can create a folder named ‘amp’ on the active WordPress Theme folder and put the templates which you want to use for AMP pages.

To change the Footer, you need to create a new template footer.php and place it in the amp folder.

Here is a sample footer.php file which adds a link to your non-AMP blog and copyright notice rather than default back to WordPress link.

You can take the file and change domain name from example to your domain name. Once you edit and upload the file to your amp folder.

Here is how your footer will look on AMP pages after the update.

Footer In the AMP Pages of Blog

You can edit the code to add more customization to your AMP Page footer.


How To Test Your AMP Pages

It becomes very important to be able to test your AMP pages while making any changes or adding any new plugin to your WordPress installation.

Check Preview of New Blog Posts

While you are writing any new blog posts, you should check the previews of the AMP page also. You can check it by clicking on the AMP icon located on the right of the preview button.

Preview AMP version of the post from edit screen

Make sure that AMP page has all the important elements and content which your readers might look for.

AMP Validator

One way to test AMP pages is to look from the naked eye and find errors. Another is to use tools and let the tool decide on the issues on your AMP pages.

AMP project has created a good online AMP Validator which can test any AMP pages and let you know if there are any syntax errors on your page.

Note that it will not report any errors about the missing content or incomplete post. You still have to compare the content on AMP and non-AMP pages and find errors.

Check AMP Validator

Hopefully, the above post will get you started on your AMP implementation for your blog. There are many other things which can be done with AMP like adding menu, ads within content, enabling search option etc.

I will be talking about those things in future posts. If you would like that information, go ahead and subscribe to our RSS feed or connect with us on social media to get the updates.

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Not Sure What To Blog About – Here Are Some Tips Which Can Help https://metablogue.com/what-to-blog-about/ https://metablogue.com/what-to-blog-about/#comments Sun, 13 May 2018 12:45:55 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=499 Everyone goes through a phase where they are not sure what to blog about or what should they write next. If you are going through that phase here are some tips which will help you find your next topic. If you are blogging for some time, you would know that there comes a time where […]

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Everyone goes through a phase where they are not sure what to blog about or what should they write next. If you are going through that phase here are some tips which will help you find your next topic.

Some good tips for deciding what to blog about

If you are blogging for some time, you would know that there comes a time where you feel that you have exhausted all your ideas. You don’t know which topic to pick next or what to blog about?

Have you ever come across that situation? or Are you going through it now?

What To Blog About?

It can be days or weeks before you will overcome this on your own but there are some methods which can help you. These will make sure that your writer’s block will not last for long and you can find your next topic easily.

In this post, I have listed all the methods which has worked best for me. Hopefully, you will find your inspiration and will be able to decide your next topic.

Take Inspiration From the Book

Read a book for inspiration

How about taking an inspiration from the book you are currently reading?

You will be amazed that how many ideas can come by just connecting your current reading to your blogging niche.

It can be any book which you are reading. Just think if there is any take away which can apply to your niche?

If yes, you can start your experiment with that and can write about that experiment in your next blog post.

You can even quote the book in your post and encourage your readers to read that book. It will form a nice connection and discussion topic for that post.

I have used this tip for not only my blogs but even getting some good guest posts on blogs like Problogger.

So if used effectively, it is one of the easiest methods to break the writer’s block.


What Are You Learning These Days

How about letting your readers see you learning new skills. If you are learning any new skill for your blogging niche, you can talk about that on your blog.

You don’t have to learn it completely, you can let your readers be part of your journey. Just talk about the topic, explain your understanding and your plan to use it.

You can also create a good series with this idea, share your learning and experiments weekly or biweekly with your readers.

That will give them a good reason to come back and check updates on your blog. A nice recurring traffic for your blog and a good reading experience for your audience.


Expand Your Most Lengthy Blog Posts

One of the easiest ways to find a new topic is to look at your own most successful and lengthy blog posts.

Most of the time when you write a lengthy blog post, usually you touch too many topics and many of them will be just touched briefly.

You can expand on those topics and check if you can create a new detail post about any of those topics.

There is an implicit benefit of this technique as it generates interlinking opportunities for your blog posts. All your new blog post can interlink to the lengthy post and can boost its ranking.


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Google Search History

Another good place to look for ideas is your Google Search History. When you are working you don’t notice that how many times you have used Google to search for the information.

You can revisit your search history and check if you have trouble finding some information.

Have searched multiple times?

Rephrases the query multiple times to get the correct information?

Visited multiple different pages to collect the information?

These are good candidates to create a new and detailed blog post on that topic as Google has a tough time finding a good page with all the information.

Find Your Google Search Activity on My Activity Page
My Activity Page For Your Google Account

You can go to My Activity Page on your google account and select the Search from the list of filters.

It will show all your search history which can help you finalize your next blog post topic. Just look at your past search history and see if you can use any of those searches as a topic for what to blog about next.


Check Quora

Quora is an amazing site loaded with so much information about any niche. The only thing which you need to do is follow your niche and you can see what other people are asking.

Find a question which is not covered on your blog and you can write about it.

It also creates a backlinking opportunity for your blog. You can reply to the question on Quora with a detailed answer and add your blog post for more detailed understanding.

Quora should be used extensively in your content marketing strategy and as a topic finder tool for your blog.


Keyword Analysis Tools

Another way to find blog post ideas is through Keyword Analysis Tools. Try looking into top 50 or 100 keywords in your blogging niche and check if you have not covered some of them yet.

There are many tools which can help you in this research. If you are using any tool to research your keywords, you can use it for blog post idea generation also.

Google Keyword Planner

Go to Google Keyword Planner and enter your blogging niche or the topic of some successful blog posts on your blog.

It will suggest related keywords which you can use for your next blog post idea.

Google Keyword Planner For Suggesting New Blog Post Ideas

Make sure that you have set the duration correctly before looking into the competition and average monthly searches.

Long Tail Pro

LongTail Pro is another handy tool which can show you related keywords and their competition levels. It also keeps a history of generated keywords which you can revisit to select an idea about your next blog post.

Long Tail Pro Keyword Research Screen

You can just browse through the generated keywords and check if you have not used any keyword which you should have.

Find the keyword and write your next blog post about that.


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Check Google Trends

Google Trends is another good source for finding the currently trending topics.

You can just search for the topics and check the related queries or topics which are trending in recent months.

Google Trends For Finding Good Blog Topics

You can filter the queries based on region, duration, categories and search type.

Just do the search based on the targetted audience and find the topics which are trending for your blogging niche. That trending topic can be the one what you blog about next.


Check Google Analytics

If you are not getting any other blog post idea then how about getting an idea from Google Analytics.

Everyone uses Google Analytics on their blog but very few bloggers use it correctly. It’s not only a place to log your data but also generate insight into your blog.

If you are not getting any new ideas then you can look for places where you are losing readers and do some work to retain them.

There are two reports under Behavior section which are of use here

Behavior -> Behavior Flow

Behavior -> Exit Pages

Both these reports give an idea of how your users are exiting your site. Which pages are not performing well in terms of retaining the readers or enticing them to read more?

You can think about related topics for those pages to write a new blog post or updating the existing pages to reduce the bounce rate. Hopefully, this will help you decide what to blog about?


Social Media Analysis

Another good place to check for ideas is what other users are sharing on social media.

Social Media marketing is one of the best sources of traffic generation and it can also be a good source of blog post idea generation.

You can use tools like BuzzSumo to find the most shared content on your topic and see if there is something which you want on your blog.

BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo is the tool which provides an insight into content research and influencer outreach. You can use it to search most shared content on your topic and check what others are reading.

Buzzsumo Most Shared Content For Blog Post Ideas

Just select the duration and topic to get the most shared content on your topic. Use those links and check if you want to add some of those topics to your blog.

You have many other filters which can be used to narrow the content according to your targeted region. This should help you in finalizing what to blog about next.


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Check Your Competition

If you have already tried all the avenues and still not able to generate the idea for your next blog post then how about borrowing from your competition?

You can check the topics covered on your competitor’s blog and see if you have not covered some topics. Those can be a nice addition to your blog and should complement topics already covered on your blog.

Again, this will have a two-fold benefit. It will generate post interlinking opportunities and fill the void for your readers so they can stay on your site rather than going to your competitor.

You can use below mention competitor research tools to decide what to blog about.

Ahref

Ahref is probably one of the best competitor research tools in the market. They have collected extensive data which helps in providing accurate reports.

Ahrefs Competitor Analysis

You can check your competitors based on your site profile and see the keywords they are ranking for. Check if you have covered those keywords on your blog or you want to add some of them.

Serpstat

Serpstat is another tool which can allow you to look for your competitor’s topics. It will show the competitors in a nicely laid out graph and you can drill down each competitor topics and SERP ranking easily.

Serpstat Competitor Screen

Their data is not as extensive as Ahrefs but the pricing is also different which make up for it. You can use the keywords screen for your competitor’s blog to check the topics their blog is ranking.

Sort it out according to rank and you can choose the most prominent topics which you can pick for your next blog post idea.


Check comments on Your Most Engaging Posts

One of the most underutilized methods of finding a new blog post topic is using comments on your own blog.

Look at some of the most engaging posts and check if you were able to answer all the queries. If not, you have a topic which needs research and can be used for next blog post.

Even if you are able to answer everything, you will find some topics which can be converted into a detail blog post. Use those topics to create a new post on your blog and you will know what to blog about next.


These are some of the ideas which have worked for me in the past to overcome the writer’s block. You can even use some of the tips like Competitor research or Social Media Research into your regular content generation scheme.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you find the topic of your next blog post and you will know what to blog about.

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How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme For Your Site? https://metablogue.com/choose-best-wordpress-theme/ https://metablogue.com/choose-best-wordpress-theme/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2018 12:49:37 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=646 Websites and blogs are changing the way we are consuming information and helping us in every aspect of our life. If you are building a website, having a good WordPress theme is a right start. So how you can choose the best WordPress Theme from the vast number of themes available in the market? Creating […]

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Websites and blogs are changing the way we are consuming information and helping us in every aspect of our life. If you are building a website, having a good WordPress theme is a right start. So how you can choose the best WordPress Theme from the vast number of themes available in the market?

How To Choose Best WordPress Theme For Your Site

Creating websites have been getting more and more important for everyone these days especially for the ones with a business. Building a suitable website for one’s business is perhaps the first big step towards taking one’s business online.

Also, the choice of website design plays a very significant role in the success of a website. It will create a first impression on your visitors and make your content stood out.

How To Choose Best WordPress Theme

However, a lot of people actually get pretty confused when it comes to choosing a best WordPress theme which is why in this post, we’ll discuss on how to choose the Best WordPress Theme.

List All the Features That You Need for Your Website

List All the Features You Need in WordPress Theme

Jotting down all the features that you plan to incorporate into your website can help you to a certain extent in making the right choice of theme.

Even if you don’t aren’t much familiar with the technical names, you can still have them noted down with names, symbols or figures. This would remind you of what you planned to incorporate when you actually trying to choose a theme.

This is highly advisable for newbies. Even the ones with years of experience in web hosting don’t hesitate in doing this as this practice has proved to be highly effective.


Choose a Theme That Matches Your Website Niche

WordPress Themes Based on Your Niche

A lot of people actually get pretty carried away by the wide selection of the various themes as they look for an appropriate theme for their website.

In fact, almost every theme is pretty much attractive these days and for a newbie, it’s quite normal to get carried away by the extravagant looks of the different themes. However, it can’t get any worse than ending up with a wrong theme. Literally, it’s like starting your website on a really bad note.

On the contrary, it’s wise to choose a theme which is totally perfect for one’s website niche. As a matter of fact, a lot of WordPress Theme Providers actually list their themes under various niches and this actually makes things easier for a better choice making.

If you think you can’t decide on this at all, you can always take an expert’s help.


Choose a Theme That Offers a Good Navigation

WordPress Theme With Good Naviagation

Themes are available in different layouts too. Hence, try to choose a theme that offers exceptionally simple navigation options for the visitors.

This may apparently seem to be less exciting to many of you but according to a recent study, the simpler the navigation, the lesser is the bounce rate.

If we try to see it from the visitors’ perspective, they don’t actually visit a website to study how complex its design is and all of that. What they are mainly concerned with is finding a piece of information or the items that they had been looking for.

The faster they find it, the happier they get and on the contrary, they won’t hesitate to leave the site in case they find the navigation complex and irritating.

You can read online reviews of best WordPress theme to get some idea or try to look for sites built using WordPress Themes. Don’t fall for the reviews which only talks positively about a theme. There is no product which can suit everyone’s need.

Like, When I did an Elegant Themes Review last week, I not only put forward the best things but also the struggles. So looks for that kind of reviews to get an understanding.


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Choose a Theme That Offers Easy Customization

WordPress Theme With Easy Customisation Options

Time is pretty valuable and we can’t afford to waste it in dealing with the various complexities of a theme.

Customizing a theme is quite an important thing, to begin with, and it comprises adding a brand logo, changing the color options, changing the layouts, adding the most effective widgets and more.

There are a lot of WordPress landing page builder plugins in the market which helps anyone, even a non-techie to design conversion-focused landing pages in some minutes. This may apparently seem to be pretty simple but it’s surely not that simple especially if you don’t choose the right theme.

Themes cluttered with too many features can be pretty hard to customize. Hence, try to avoid such themes and look for themes that would be easy to customize.


Look for a Responsive Theme

Example Of Responsive WordPress Theme

If you want to capitalize on all the platforms and get an elevated level of traffic for your website, looking for a responsive theme is the right thing to do. A responsive theme works equally well on all the devices, be it PC, tablet or mobile.

As a matter of fact, all the modern WordPress themes are responsive but what if you end up choosing an old theme which isn’t responsive?

Hence, a bit of carefulness and mindfulness about this aspect can save you a lot of time and of course, save you from a big disappointment.


Choose an SEO Friendly Theme

A person making SEO checklist which should be fulfilled by WordPress Theme

Choosing an SEO friendly theme is extremely important if you don’t want your website to lag behind the competition. Despite the fact that a lot of themes look incredibly stunning, they have poor code which may adversely affect the site’s SEO.

If SEO of a website turns bad, everything else will fall flat on its face. This is why one has to be extremely careful about this aspect of choosing a theme.

In fact, there are several tools available to check if a page generates a proper HTML5 and one of such tools happens to be the W3C Markup Validation service.


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Plugin Compatibility

WordPress and Plugin Compatibility For Themes

It is important to look for a theme which has a compatibility with the plugins that you can’t afford to work without.

If you don’t check in advance, things might eventually get pretty frustrating while you have to continue with a theme and yet missing your favorite plugins.

In fact, there are a lot of Premium WordPress themes that has a great compatibility with the plugins.


Don’t Look For Cheaper Options

Save money while buying WordPress Theme

It is human nature to look for discount or money-saving techniques when we try to buy something. Once you finalized the best WordPress theme which you want for your blog, be careful while trying to save money.

There are many facebook group or people who can provide a paid WordPress theme for free. Many people fall for them as they are thinking to save money but remember nothing is free in this world.

Many of those themes are nulled themes and might contain bad code or malware. Which will be a problem for your site in the longer run. If you are not good with HTML and PHP, you will have a hard time clearing that malware from your site.

So, Look for discount or coupons but always buy from the official channel or Theme provider’s website.


Conclusion

The idea of starting a website for the first time can be pretty exciting for many of us but if we are starting a website with a serious business in our mind, we certainly, can’t afford to go wrong with important aspects of choosing a theme.

Of course, there’s no denying the fact that it’s difficult to fulfill all the criteria of choosing a right theme for one’s website.

However, as mentioned in this post, we can always jot down the important points that we need to bear in mind while looking for a best WordPress theme for a website.

Hopefully, the points mentioned in this post will help many of you find the right theme for your website provided that you don’t do it hastily.

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How To Use Load Balancer With AWS LightSail To Scale WordPress Site https://metablogue.com/load-balancer-lightsail/ https://metablogue.com/load-balancer-lightsail/#comments Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:30:58 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=497 AWS has upgraded their LightSail infrastructure to include Load Balancer for horizontal scaling. Here is a step by step guide on how to set up Load Balancer with your WordPress Site. You can always upgrade your AWS LightSail server by starting a more powerful instance and moving your WordPress blog to it. Now they have […]

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AWS has upgraded their LightSail infrastructure to include Load Balancer for horizontal scaling. Here is a step by step guide on how to set up Load Balancer with your WordPress Site.

AWS LightSail Scaling With Load Balancer

You can always upgrade your AWS LightSail server by starting a more powerful instance and moving your WordPress blog to it. Now they have enabled AWS Load balancer which can help you add more than one server in your WordPress setup.

I am a big supporter of AWS Ligtsail hosting service, which allows you to start your blog for as low as $5. You can start with the $5 instance and slowly move to bigger servers as traffic builds up.

But sometimes just adding more resources to a single server is not enough. AWS LightSail also has a limit, once you reach their biggest server, you can’t add more resources.

In this post, we will discuss how you should plan to scale your servers. You can use the below TOC to jump to a specific section.

Horizontal Scaling VS Vertical Scaling
How To Do Vertical Scaling
How To Do Horizontal Scaling


Horizontal Scaling VS Vertical Scaling

Before we talk about the correct way of scaling and load balancer, we need to understand types of server scaling.

There are two scaling methods which you can use to support the increased traffic -Horizontal Scaling and Vertical Scaling.

Vertical Scaling

It’s a method to increase resources on your server so that it can support the increased traffic.

For Example, If you are using AWS LightSail $5 instance which is handling around 100 people per day for you. If your traffic gets doubled, you would move to $10 instance. This is Vertical Scaling as you have added more RAM and Bandwidth to your server so that you can handle the extra traffic.

Horizontal Scaling

It’s a method to include additional servers in the mix, which can help you serve your website to more number of people.

For Example, If you are using AWS LightSail $5 instance which is handling around 100 people per day for you. If your traffic gets doubled, you add another $5 instance. So now, there is two $5 AWS LightSail instance which can handle your site requests and you can distribute your traffic to those servers. In this case, you can still serve twice the number of people but you have used Horizontal Scaling.

Which one is good?

As you have seen in the above example, you can use either horizontal scaling or vertical scaling to handle the same situation. So which one is good and should be used?

There is no correct answer. It depends on how you want to handle it and how much growth you are expecting for your site.

My personal preference is to handle initial few upgrades with Vertical Scaling. I prefer moving to bigger server till I reach $40 instance, after that, I will look for horizontal scaling.

It also depends on how much downtime you can tolerate. If anything happens to your server and you were using vertical scaling, your whole site will be down. With the horizontal scaling, your other server can still serve your website. It might have to take more load and response time will take some hit but your site is still up.

So your scaling strategy should be a good mix of horizontal scaling with vertical scaling. Remember, you can use a mix of servers in your horizontal scaling. Like one can be a $5 instance while other can be a $10 instance and you can divert the traffic accordingly. You can also scale both the server vertically as needed based on your traffic.


How To Do Vertical Scaling

AWS LightSail comes with an easy method to do a vertical scaling. You can just create a snapshot of your current instance and start a bigger instance with the snapshot.

1) Go To Your AWS LightSail Panel and click on manage for the Instance you want to vertically scale.

Manage WordPress Instance From AWS LightSail Console2) Click On Snapshot and create a snapshot.

Create a Snapshot from AWS LightSail Console3) Once the snapshot is created, you can create a new instance with that snapshot. Just select the bigger instance and create it.

Create New Instance with Snapshot to do Vertical Scaling4) Now, you can attach the static IP of your site to the new instance.

5) Verify your site, If everything looks ok, you can delete your old instance.

That’s it, you now have your site running on a more resourceful server and can handle more traffic.


How To Do Horizontal Scaling With AWS Load Balancer

Vertical scaling is easy as you can just move to next available server and increase the resources. Horizontal scaling need bit more planning and understanding of what you are trying to achieve.

It’s not about adding an additional server in the setup, you need to define the roles and responsibility of each server.

Also, you need to make sure that your users should not see a difference in your site, irrespective of the server they land.

To do that, we need to separate the WordPress installation in such a way that multiple instances can still run as a single site. You have to divide WordPress into 3 different sections – Images, Database, and Core WordPress.

The idea is to have multiple servers with Core WordPress and a separate server for the database. Images can be stored on any cloud-based solutions so multiple instances can access it.

Once your WordPress database is separate, multiple servers can connect and display the same content. It will also help in case you are making an addition to the database like adding a new post. It will be visible to other servers instantly. Each Core WordPress server can do it’s own caching to server the site faster.

Here is a basic horizontal scaling diagram to explain the connections which we are planning to create. This will help you visualize what we are trying to achieve.

AWS LightSail Horizontal Scaling With Load Balancer

Now if we are clear with the setup, let’s see how we can implement it.

Enable VPC Peering

You need to enable the VPC Peering to use the other AWS services along with AWS LightSail. We will be using AWS RDS service to create a MySQL database for the WordPress.

You can go to AWS LightSail Account Page and enable the VPC peering from Advanced tab. Just check the box and wait for some seconds before it gets checked. Once done, you can access normal AWS services along with AWS LightSail instances.

Enable VPC Peering To Enable Other AWS Services

WordPress Database Creation

There are two ways you can handle this. You can create a new LightSail instance and install the MySQL service on that or you can use AWS RDS (Relational Database Service) service.

I prefer AWS RDS Service as it allows you to scale your database also. You may want to start with a single server but can add a failover server so your database won’t go down.

There are two type of databases which you can use under AWS RDS – MySQL and Amazon Aurora (MySQL Compatible).

Create Amazon Aurora RDS Database

Amazon Aurora is a cloud-based implementation on MySQL database which provides 5 times faster response time than the standard MySQL server. It gives 99.99% uptime and built on fault-tolerant and self-healing storage. So I would suggest using Aurora rather than a regular MySQL instance.

Create Amazon Aurora Database

Once you select the Amazon Aurora in Amazon RDS, click on Next. You will be asked some details about the instance you are creating including the master account and password.

First, select the instance which you want to create for your database. Your charges will be based on the type of instance you use. You can calculate your monthly charges with the help of AWS Simple Monthly Calculator.

Amazon Aurora Instance Type

You also need to select if you want to create a replica of your database. In case of failure to your main server, it will automatically fall back on the replica. So you get a high availability for your data. Keep in mind that replicas are also chargeable, so only select if high availability is a must for you.

Once done, you need to provide additional information about the instance and root user.

Amazon Aurora Install Screen 1

The DB instance identifier is like a server name so you can identify this instance easily. Once done, click on Next.

You need to add some more advanced options in the next panel like access method, database name etc. Complete that and create a MySQL database server.

If you are still under the free tier usage, you can also think of installing a MySQL server on EC2 instance. It will save some money for you.


Install WordPress on AWS LightSail Instance

Once you have created an Amazon Aurora database, its time to install the WordPress. I have a detailed guide on how to install WordPress on AWS LightSail, you can follow it in case you need any help.

The only change you need is that you need to connect your WordPress installation to Aurora Database rather than installed on the instance.

You can edit the WP-Config.php file to change the database connection.

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here');
/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'username_here');
/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here');
/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

You can change the Database name, username, password, and hostname for your MySQL database. Just take the endpoint address of your Aurora instance, DB Name, User Name, and Password from your AWS Console and update the WP-Config.php.

Once you do that, go to your site and you will see with WordPress welcome page. Just enter details and let it create the WordPress tables in that dataset.

You don’t need to install the SSL certificate on the AWS Lightsail Instance as your certificate will be installed on Load Balancer.


Cloud Storage for Images

Next thing which you need to setup is a central storage for your WordPress images. By default WordPress store the images in the local directory but if you are going to use multiple servers for your site, you can’t have them save images on local storage.

If WordPress is saving the images on local storage, your images will be scattered across the instances. This will make images disappear randomly on pages based on which instance you are connecting to.

You need all WordPress server to be able to access all the images. So you should set up a cloud storage for your images.

Setup Amazon S3

To move your WordPress media to Amazon S3 bucket, you need WP Offload S3 Lite WordPress plugin. You can install the plugin from the WordPress repository for free.

Once you have installed the plugin, you can connect it to AWS Account from the WordPress dashboard. This plugin copies any new image upload to AWS S3 bucket.

Once you installed the plugin, you can go into Settings -> Offload S3 to set the plugin.

AWS API Key Connection For WP Offload S3 WordPress Plugin

The preferred way of doing this is by editing WP-Config.php. Copy the two line, add it at the end of WP-Config.php file. Replace the Access Key ID and Secret Access Key from your AWS account to make the connection.

Once the connection is made, you can select the S3 bucket from the WordPress dashboard. This S3 bucket will be used to copy your image files. You can also check some other settings like deleting the file from your local server after it is copied to S3 bucket.

If it’s an existing site, you would need WP Offload S3 plugin to upload your existing media to Amazon S3. I have a 20% exclusive off for the readers of MetaBlogue which you can take by clicking on the button below. (It is an affiliate link so I would get a commission if you click and purchase the plugin but you will still save 20% on the plugin cost.).

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What about Themes and Plugins?

Themes and plugins are also going to face a similar problem as media. There are few options to handle them.

The first option is to do the updates manually through FTP. Download the plugin and upload the files with the help of FTP client. As plugin settings and data will be stored in the database, every instance will be able to pick it up correctly.

Other Option, You can delete all the instances except one and do the theme and plugin update. After that, start new instances with the snapshot of the updated instance. This way all your instances will have updates propagated. I would only recommend this method if you do not allow your users to log in.


Create Multiple WordPress Instance

Once your WordPress instance is correctly setup, you can create multiple instances to replicate it. You can use the snapshot method as described above to create those.

You don’t need to use the same capacity for those instances but I would recommend it to distribute evenly at the start. Later on, you can vertically scale your servers as required.


Create a Load Balancer

Now your WordPress Server, Database Server, and AWS S3 bucket are ready, so you can go ahead and create a Load Balancer. You can create a Load Balancer under Networking tab of AWS LightSail Home screen.

Create Load Balancer in AWS LightSail Admin Panel

Just select the location, keet the HTTP for now and give it a meaningful name.

Now you need to add A type record in your AWS LightSail DNS zone so that the incoming traffic can come to Load Balancer. You can use this step by step instruction provided by AWS support guide to do that.

Attach Instances

Once you have incoming traffic coming to Load Balancer, its time to let it know where to send them.

1) Go To Networking Tab and click on Manage the Load Balancer.

2) Attach the instance to Target Instances.

Attach Instances to Load Balancer in AWS LightSail

3) You can attach multiple instances to the load balancer and your incoming traffic will be distributed to those instances.

Enable HTTPS Port

By default load balancer servers the incoming traffic over HTTP. If you want to enable an SSL certificate for your site, you can do it on the Load Balancer. This certificate will be used for all instances so you don’t need to install it manually on each instance.

AWS support team has put together a good step by step guide on how to enable the SSL certificate. So go ahead and check the support document.

If you face any issue in following this step by step guide, let me know in comments and I will try to help.

Session Persistence

Another thing which you need to check is session persistence. If you allow people to log in to your site or use WooCommerce plugin to sell things, you might want to turn this on.

Under inbound traffic tab, you will find a setting for Session Persistence. Just check it and Load Balancer will make sure logged in users will use the same instance for repeated visits.

This way if your users have saved something in their cart, they will see it constantly and will be able to purchase it easily. Otherwise, they sometime might not see things in the cart as they will be served pages from other instances.


So this is how you can do the horizontal scaling with the help of load balancer in AWS LightSail.

There can be many different server configurations which can be done with horizontal scaling. I have tried to explain a simple setup so you have an idea on how to go about it. Now go ahead and design Horizontal Scaling strategy for your AWS LightSail Site with the help of Load Balancer.

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10 Best Travel Blogs Which You Should Follow To Get Inspired https://metablogue.com/best-travel-blogs/ https://metablogue.com/best-travel-blogs/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:30:33 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=560 This post is part of Travel Blog Series where we are talking about creating a travel blog from scratch. Travel stories can inspire you to write your own stories and share it with your readers. So here are best travel blogs which you should follow to get inspired. The travel blogging field has exploded tremendously over […]

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This post is part of Travel Blog Series where we are talking about creating a travel blog from scratch. Travel stories can inspire you to write your own stories and share it with your readers. So here are best travel blogs which you should follow to get inspired.

Best Travel Blogs To Follow For Inspiration

The travel blogging field has exploded tremendously over the past decade. The people, who simply use to share their adventurous journeys with their friends and family, now they are operating as travel bloggers.

It’s becoming easier and easier for the people to start their own travel blog and share their stories with the world.

Nowadays, travel blogs are also transforming the way people travel. They are sharing beautiful photography, stories and encouraging travelers to experience the pleasure of exploring the new sites on the planet. You also get tips and tricks to enjoy an unknown destination with comfort and ease.

Best Travel Blogs To Follow

So, if you are looking for some inspiration to start your own blog or some adventurous destination, here is a list of 10 best travel blogs which can help.

Xpat Matt

Best Travel Blogs - XPATMATT

The person behind this blog is Matt Gibson, an adventure travel writer, and photographer. Initially, he built this website to promote his writing and photography to magazine and website editors. But now the website has become an inspiring and inevitable source for travel and outdoors adventures lovers.

Matt Gibson is known for doing ridiculous things and expressing his level of joy via stories. The photo essays on his website are intended to express the beauty that he has found in our world.

His tutorials will let you know how to expand your abilities safely and explore the world through adventure sports.

Check XPATMATT


Wild Junket

Wild Junket Adventure Travel Blog

The names associated with this blog is of a couple, Nellie, and Alberto. They have created this blog to motivate others to get off the conventional trail and seek out extraordinary experiences.

Nellie is specialized in outdoor adventures, wildlife experiences, and unusual destinations. The couple is traveling around since 2003, experiencing over 100 countries on seven continents together.

They cover their travel destinations in detail and with striking photography. This adventure travel blog covers everything from gastronomy to culture. It gives the user an access to read stories from different parts of the world.

They also organize WildJunket Tours to remote and unconventional destinations around the world. If you like, you can book and visit those places along with them.

Check Wild Junket


Where Sidewalks End

Best Travel Blogs - Where Sidewalks End

The blogger Ian Ord inaugurated this blog to document his off-the-beaten-path travels and analyzing how to create the positive impact on the cultures and natural environments that he visits.

His main concentration is on transformative travels that transform the lives of travelers and locals alike. The blog will assist you in exploring the places that you can not find in your run-of-the-mill guidebooks.

These are the places that don’t attract the crowds but are still mighty cool. Follow one of the best travel blogs and get an access to the real world.

Check Where Sidewalks End


Traveling with Sweeney

Traveling With Sweeney Travel Blog

This baby boomer blog was founded in 2010 by Catherine Sweeney. The main concentration of the blog on culture, lifestyle, the arts, food, and historical landmarks.

Sweeney and her husband publish striking photographs and their personal stories for their readers. The best part about this blog is that they offer tips and perspectives in order to help travelers belonging from various age groups and having different experience levels.

The blog is an inescapable source of inspiration and information for the best in luxury, cultural, and active travel.

Check Traveling With Sweeney


Monkeys and Mountains

Best Travel Blogs - Monkeys and Mountains

The blogger Laurel Robbins has worked in environmental education at a Zoo. Her blog has a wide coverage from soft adventures like day-hiking to diving with sharks, extended mountain treks, and epic cycling tours.

If you are hunting a blog that provides you with details on the trips that provide adventure and stick with you long after the vacation is over, then this blog is exclusively for you. This makes if one of the best travel blogs and a must to follow.

Laurel shows a more rewarding way to travel and will introduce you to the places you may not have heard about.

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Gotta Keep Movin’

Gotta Keep Movin’ Travel Blog

A British travel writer Emma Higgins founded this travel blog in 2010. This blog allows the people to know about the place in depth as the blogger discovers the world by dedicating an entire year to one place before switching to next.

Their immersive travel stories will throw you into their current selected place. You can also find inspirational pieces about the culture of travel to bring your passion for the world to your routine life.

This blog is for the folk who are exceedingly curious to know about our planet and want to explore it with a mindful eye.

Check Gotta Keep Movin’


Expert Vagabond

Best Travel Blogs - Expert Vagabond

This blog by Matthew Karsten is a perfect blend of useful travel tips, fun videos, and captivating photography. The blogger is specialized in adventurous outdoor activities.

The unique aspect of this blog is that it is always packed with entertaining stories on crazy adventures such as camping on an active volcano in Guatemala and trekking Greenland’s Arctic Circle trail.

He lets his followers know how to travel the world, to seek experiences over possessions, and open their mind to upcoming possibilities.

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Borders of Adventure

Borders of Adventure Travel Blog

The blogger Becki is a British Travel Press award-winning writer and avid explorer. Her blog is a platform where destination motivation is combined with social, historical, political, and cultural reporting.

Her writing is concentrated on changing perceptions and throwing light on the misunderstood aspects of specific destinations or entire countries.

Becki is passionate about uncovering places of enormous change, deep culture, and wider meaning. Her aim is to provide information to her followers about how to travel differently, adventurously, responsibly and with purpose.

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Family Travel Blog

Best Travel Blogs - Family Travel Blog

Y travel blog will help you in escaping the chaos. The blogger is serial travel addict and have lived in 5 countries and had adventures through 52.

If you are looking for a blog to fuel your heartily desire for travel and learn how to do it too, then Y travel blog will be your true companion. They will share the real world with you via interesting stories and will provide you with ample of tips to help you in exploring the world with your loved ones.

Don’t bother yourself with the fears as the blogger will help you in kicking away those too. The blog helps over 300k people every month in transforming their desires into reality.

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Amateur Traveler

Amateur Traveler Travel Blog & Podcast

This blog and podcast are the creation of Chris Christensen. It assists you in deciding where to go next.

Destination experts or the traveler who has been to the destination recently are interviewed to provide you with better insight of the destination. The blog aims to motivate people to travel and explore the planet.

Among the various travel bloggers, Amateur Traveler is a comprehensive, entertaining, and reliable source of obtaining relevant information regarding inspiring destinations all over the planet.

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So, here are some of the best travel blogs which you can follow and get inspired to create your own memories. Go ahead and check them out.

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Elegant Themes – Should You Buy The Membership Plan? https://metablogue.com/elegant-themes-membership-plan/ https://metablogue.com/elegant-themes-membership-plan/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:30:02 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=519 Elegant Themes is one of the most famous WordPress Themes packages which you can buy from the market. Here in this post, I am going to look if its really worth the price. So if you are weighing whether you should buy it or not, read ahead to know the pros and cons of Elegant […]

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Elegant Themes is one of the most famous WordPress Themes packages which you can buy from the market. Here in this post, I am going to look if its really worth the price. So if you are weighing whether you should buy it or not, read ahead to know the pros and cons of Elegant Themes Membership Plan.

Elegant Themes Divi Premium Plugins

One of the best things about WordPress is the availability of so many themes and plugin. You can build any website with WordPress by the help of these themes and plugins.

Elegant Themes is one of the premium packages for WordPress which gives you 87 premium WordPress Themes, 3 Premium WordPress Plugin, and a fully functional visual page builder. This should take care of the basic needs of any website, so you don’t need to go and buy other products.

The only downside is that you can’t pick and choose. Everything comes in a single bundle, so you can either buy the whole package or leave it. We will talk about it later in the post, but first, let’s take a look at the themes and plugins which you are getting in the Elegant Themes premium bundle.

What Do You Get In This Package

Here are the things which are included in the Elegant Themes package.

– Divi and Extra Themes build on Visual Page Builder Platform

– around 87 Premium WordPress Theme (Considering Divi can build any kind of website, practically number of themes has no meaning)

– The Divi Builder WordPress Plugin (Allows you to include the Divi functionality to an existing site without changing the whole layout)

– Monarch WordPress Plugin (For all your social sharing needs)

– Bloom WordPress Plugin (For Email marketing needs)

– Developer license to all the above-mentioned products

– Forum based support for all your queries (Support forums are well organized and monitored)

Get The Membership Plan


The Divi and Extra WordPress Theme

There are overall 87 WordPress themes in the Elegant Themes package but lately, their focus has been visual drag and drop page builder – Divi.

Divi and Extra are two themes which are built on the visual page builder platform. Both come with a different design but with a complete visual page builder functionality and extensive customization capabilities.

Also, both themes are responsive which means they look good on the desktop as well on Mobile. This is a big thing as Google is moving towards mobile first index, you need to make sure that your site looks good on Mobile.

Extra has a magazine style front end which is highly customizable to create many different layouts. You can shuffle the design with plug and play modules to easily create the look you want.

Elegant Themes Extra Theme Screenshot

Divi takes its name from the visual builder itself and suited more for creating your own design. It comes with a basic design which can be altered with the help of page builder. If you want to build everything from scratch or want to use some premade templates, Divi is your best option.

Check Divi Theme    Check Extra Theme

Theme Options

Both Divi and Extra come with extensive themes option and customization capabilities. You can customize each and every part of your site layout easily with the theme options and theme customizer.

Elegant Themes Divi Theme Options

Here are some of the basic settings which you will get in these themes.

General – Allows you to define your logo, favicon, site structure, color palette, Social Profile URL etc.

Layout – Allows you to define the layout of the single page and post.

SEO – Allows you to set the SEO options for your single post, pages, and index pages.

ADS – Allows you to display a banner ad below your single post. Other Ad management can be done with the help of Widgets.

Builder – Options to generate static CSS file or use the old method of generating CSS in the footer of each module.

You also get a Theme Customizer and Module Customizer which allow you to modify every element of the theme. They have followed the WordPress Customizer route for this so you can preview every change on your site. You can also schedule the changes with the latest update of WordPress.

Module Customizer in Divi and Extra Theme

Divi Visual Page Builder

Divi is built on the platform of Visual drag and drop page builder. It comes with a minimal design and a full-fledged visual builder which you can use to create stunning layouts.

You don’t need to start from scratch and define all the elements. Divi comes with many awesome premade layouts which you can use to create your site. Just select the layout and update the elements according to your site structure.

Divi Premade Layouts Package

Currently, there are 28 premade layouts packs available with the visual builder and they keep adding new ones. You can also check the latest premade templates on this page. If you do not like the premade layouts, you can also define your own elements and layouts.

This is one of the key aspects of Elegant Theme membership. Visual builder allows you to build the design you want with ease.

It comes with over 46 different module like Maps, Buttons, Audio Player, Video Player, Blurbs etc. Each module can be customized further and tailored to the looks you want. There are many third-party plugins for Divi which enhance the functionality and make it easy to build sites.

You can arrange the modules on your page and define the dividers and animations to create stunning layouts. Each module is responsive so you can make sure that the final product is responsive and looks good on Mobile. You can also test them for different width and arrange them correctly for each device.

Though it sounds easy, you need to have a clear visibility to what you are going to design or use premade templates.

Divi Library

Divi comes with a Divi Library where you can save your defined elements and layouts. This library gives an easy way to reuse the existing layouts as you can import and export your layouts.

Now, here layout doesn’t mean full page. You can define it section by section basis and later on combine all of them in a single page layout. So its a nice and easy way to create reusable designs which are very helpful in case you are a developer.

Divi Library - Create a new layout

You can even export the existing layouts and import them on different sites to reuse the layout across all your sites.

Divi Role Editor

Divi also comes with a Role Editor and you can define the authority for each and every WordPress Role. You will have fine grain controls on each and every aspect of themes like module access, split testing, library access, theme options etc.

Divi Role Editor For Providing Required Access

You can also define the access to Builder Interface, Library, and Divi Settings tab also.

Removing Divi Page Builder

Though Divi page builder makes it easy to build stunning pages, it almost makes it impossible to remove it. If you decide to remove the Divi Page Builder all of your pages will start to look like this –

Page After Removing Divi Visual Page Builder

Divi page builder uses shortcodes to build the page and once you remove it, you will have all those shortcodes on the page. You either need to remove the shortcodes or replace them to display the text correctly.

You should keep this in mind while installing Divi. Use it only if you are planning for long-term as removing it will be a very painful process.


The Divi Builder Plugin

If you already have a well-established site with a lot of content than its hard to convert the complete theme to Divi. This is where Divi Builder Plugin comes in handy.

If you want to keep the same layout and still wants to use Divi for building your landing pages, you can install Divi Builder Plugin and get the complete Divi functionality for your site.

It comes with exact same functionalities as Divi theme, allows you to create landing pages with Visual page builder. You also have all the premade templates available to use with the plugin. You do not get the access to Theme customizer or Module Customizer as they are specific to Divi

The only thing which you need to keep in mind that the page builder will now work inside the parent theme so it will use the page height and weight specified in the active theme.

If you want to give Divi complete access, you can define a full-width blank page template. Use that template for the pages where you want to use Divi Builder Plugin.

Check Divi Builder Plugin


Other Themes From Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes also has around 85 other themes which are suitable for different sites. Each theme provides a different layout and uses the theme options panel to customize the site.

They do not have as many customization options as Divi and Extra but you can still set up all your basic needs like Logo, Favicon, SEO, Navigation Menu etc.

These themes are good for quick setup of any sites but I wouldn’t put too much focus on them. They are not promoted as much as Divi or Extra, which itself is an indication that they are not too much priority for the Elegant Themes.

Also, each premade template pack for Divi is like a new theme. So you are getting additional 28 themes which can be used to setup your site easily. I would recommend to look for premade templates and use them instead of other themes.

If you still want to use any of these themes, you can install it with Divi Builder Plugin. So that you will get the Divi functionality with the layout of your choice.


Monarch Plugin

Social networks are the key growth factor for any site these days. So every webmaster has to include social media sharing button or follow buttons to his site.

Monarch takes care of that needs. It allows you to show responsive social media share buttons and social follow buttons on your site.

You can customize the Social media share button to show above post, below post, on the side or floating button at the end of the post. So you have many options to place the buttons properly. You can also select specific triggers for floating or popup social media share buttons like after comment, the bottom of the post, time delay etc.

Monarch Settings Panel in WordPress Dashboard

For social media follow buttons, it can show your current followers. It can fetch the followers data automatically wherever it is possible. You just need to setup API or network access in the settings panel. This is a good way to show your social authority to your visitors.

One other thing which you get is access to analytics. It keeps an engagement matrix which tells which social networks are getting the shares or how each post is performing. The plugin can also keep track of number to tweets for your blog and store it in its analytics segment.

I use Social Warfare Plugin for MetaBlogue but I own the Monarch plugin also and use it on my other sites. If you want to know the exact difference, I have done a detailed post about the comparison of Social Warfare vs Monarch.

Check Monarch Plugin


Bloom Plugin

Bloom takes care of another basic need for any website – Email Marketing.

It comes with premade email marketing templates which allows you to easily design your email subscription forms. You can also target specific events to showcase the email subscription box.

Bloom Design Templates for Email Marketing

You have complete control over the colors, design, and fields for the email subscription form. Just tailor them to match your site layout and color palette.

Once your forms are set up, you can access the analytics to check the performance of each form. Multiple emails provider are supported, so just add your account and start collecting leads.

I will be doing a detailed review of the email marketing capabilities of Bloom in the upcoming week. So watch for that if you are interested.

Check Bloom Plugin


Shortcodes Plugin

All the themes from Elegant Themes come with inbuilt Shortcodes. These shortcodes allow you to create buttons, boxes, pricing tables, Learn More Boxes, Tabs or Author Bio Boxes.

All the layouts are responsive in design so you can use them freely on your site without worrying about breaking aesthetics.

If you just want the shortcodes without installing any of the themes, you can use the Shortcode plugin. Just download from the member area and install it through WordPress dashboard. Your WordPress editor will have new buttons to incorporate these shortcodes.


Elegant Themes Pricing

Let me start this by saying that I do not like the yearly recurring costs for products. Though it might sound manageable for a single product, it keeps getting accumulated based on a number of products you buy. So for a single blog, slowly it might become a significant expense.

Whenever you commit to a product which has a recurring cost, make sure that you absolutely need it. Otherwise, it’s better to buy another product.

Elegant Themes comes with a yearly renewable plan, so its a yearly cost associated with your blog. Though it offers multiple products as part of its membership like 87 WordPress Themes, Divi Builder, Monarch and Bloom WordPress Plugin etc.

Elegant Themes Membership Plans

It also has a lifetime license option which allows you to buy it for a lifetime with a single payment. As any other lifetime license, its cost is almost 3 times the yearly costs. So in other words, if you keep the membership active for more than 3 years, it’s better to get a lifetime license.

So what would I suggest?

I would always suggest buying the membership plan. Elegant Themes allows you to upgrade your license any time as long as your current license is active. This means, that within one year, you can upgrade your license by paying the differential amount.

This gives you a good opportunity to test the themes and make sure it suits your needs. If you find it comfortable, go ahead and upgrade your plan to a lifetime license.

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How To Enable Maintenance Mode In WordPress Like An Expert https://metablogue.com/enable-maintenance-mode-wordpress/ https://metablogue.com/enable-maintenance-mode-wordpress/#respond Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:36:15 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=504 You should enable the WordPress maintenance mode while doing any bulk changes to your site. Learn how you can use Under Construction Page Plugin to enable a maintenance mode. WordPress comes with inbuilt maintenance mode which gets enabled whenever you are doing any updates to your plugin and themes. This can also be enabled manually […]

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You should enable the WordPress maintenance mode while doing any bulk changes to your site. Learn how you can use Under Construction Page Plugin to enable a maintenance mode.

Under Construction WordPress Maintenance Mode

WordPress comes with inbuilt maintenance mode which gets enabled whenever you are doing any updates to your plugin and themes. This can also be enabled manually with the addition of a code in your child themes.

But this is not as easy as pressing a button and the maintenance mode landing page is a very simple page. It just tells your visitors that the site is down for maintenance but doesn’t provide any sophistication or customization options.

Why We Need Maintenance Mode

Everyone wants their site to be up and running 24 x 7, but there are few instances where you have to update your site.

Like for an example, I have installed this blog on AWS Lightsail, which allows me to deliver my content faster with minimal cost. AWS Lightsail does not provide a way to update PHP and MySQL directly on the Lightsail instance. So I need to create a new instance and move my blog to that new instance. Before opening my blog to the public, I would like to make sure that it is running perfectly. That’s the time I need Maintenance Mode so that my readers won’t see any issues with the blog.

These issues become more prominent when you move to VPS or Dedicated Servers. Most of the shared hosting providers take care of these things for you as it will be a nightmare to coordinate with so many different site owners. You may still want to enable Maintenance Mode on shared hosting for updating your themes or making some major design changes.

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There are other issues with doing maintenance in live mode if Google crawls the site and does not find some pages, it might mark them as 404. This, in turn, can remove those pages from Google index and harm your traffic.

How To Enable Maintenance Mode

WordPress does have inbuilt maintenance mode, but you can’t directly enable it. You either have to code or use a WordPress plugin to enable it in WordPress.

Under Construction created by Web factory Ltd, is one of the best plugins which you can get to enable the Maintenance Mode with ease. This plugin comes with pre-installed 25+ themes for Maintenance Mode page and is constantly updated to include additional themes.

It’s as easy as just putting a switch on and enable the maintenance mode in WordPress with Under Construction plugin. This plugin has already amassed 100k installation in WordPress repository and its growing at a rapid pace with many 5 star reviews.

You can check the video review of Under Construction Plugin below:

What Can Under Construction Plugin Do For You?

The plugin is available in the WordPress repository and you can install it from your WordPress dashboard. Once installed, you need to do a one-time setup so that your under maintenance page looks like what you want.

The setting is very simple and user-friendly, won’t take more than 5 min to setup this plugin. The major thing to setup is design and content of your maintenance page, you can select a pre-installed theme to design your page. There are 25+ themes which come pre-bundled with the plugin and they do release new updates twice in a month.

Under Construction Plugin Themes
Theme available in Under Construction Plugin

You also need to set the content which you want to display on the page. It provides an SEO friendly options to include the content, you can choose to display title, description, headline and main content. The main content can be an HTML enabled text, so you have full freedom to define the text you want to display for your users.

You have an option to set the ending date & time so that Maintenance Mode will be disabled automatically. It also provides Google Analytics integration, in case you want to track the number of pages on your page.

It also provides a support of caching plugin, which means you don’t have to enable and disable those. They will automatically purge the cache when the Maintenance mode gets disabled.

How would I enter the site?

Under Construction plugin allows skipping the maintenance mode for certain logged in users. This is very handy in case you are making design changes, you can still go to the site and test your changes.

You have an option to allow access to a specific role or certain users only. Once it is set, those users can visit the site normally while logged in, while rest of the world will see your maintenance mode. You can also enable the WordPress login icon on the maintenance page so that user can log-in from there.

Social Media Integration

This is an additional advantage for this plugin, you can display your social media icons on the maintenance page. You can let people know that they can follow your social media profiles to know about the plan outages in advance.

It’s a good way to promote your social media profiles while you are updating your site. This plugin provides support for most of the Social Media networks and if you want some additional support, you can reach their support team over email.

What About SEO?

What happens to SEO when the Maintenance Mode is on? If Google crawls the site, he will see a single page and will think something is broken.

That’s not the case, if your header response code is set correctly, Google will know that you are running some maintenance and will be temporarily unavailable. When your services are not available temporarily, you can set an HTTP response code 503 in the response header and send Retry-After header to provide a tentative timeline for enabling the service.

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This plugin takes care of that and sets the response code correctly. This means that Google will understand that your service is unavailable temporarily and will be back and they will try to crawl the site later on.

It sets the Retry-After header based on the end-date set in the settings page. If you have not set the end-date then it will use 24 hours as a default duration for the maintenance mode. Retry-After header is used by some bots and browsers to determine when they should come back to check your site. So setting it correctly will help Google to determine when they can crawl your site again.

Pro Version

Currently, the pro version is offered in multiple licenses which you can choose based on your need. Pro version adds some of the much-needed features to the plugin.

– Drag and Drop page builder
– Improved access control
– Custom links with custom expire rules
– MailChimp and Zapier support
– Support for local database autoresponder
– Import and Export settings
– Unsplash API integration – get access to more than 200k photos
– Newsletter module
– Countdown timer and much more!

Take a look at the additional features of Pro version.

This should make your task much easier, as with import and export settings, you will be able to easily move settings across all your sites. With email provider integration, it will be easy to let your subscriber know about your planned outages. Integration with Unsplash API will allow you to customized your maintenance page with many different images.

Get The Plugin From WordPress Repository

This plugin provides all the customization which you would want in case you are planning an outage on your site. You should install, setup and leave it aside for those times.

How are you handling the planned outage on your blog? Is there any other plugin which you use? Do you think there should be something more in this plugin?

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10 Best Books For Entrepreneurs Which You Should Read For Inspiration https://metablogue.com/best-books-for-entrepreneurs/ https://metablogue.com/best-books-for-entrepreneurs/#respond Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:30:11 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=470 Books can be a great way to motivate yourself and get some inspiration. If you are looking to start your Entrepreneur journey and looking for some inspiration, here are some of the best books for Entrepreneurs. You should check them out. In the very recent years, many people want to opt for occupations which are […]

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Books can be a great way to motivate yourself and get some inspiration. If you are looking to start your Entrepreneur journey and looking for some inspiration, here are some of the best books for Entrepreneurs. You should check them out.

Best Books For Entrepreneurs

In the very recent years, many people want to opt for occupations which are different rather than doing the same engineering, medicine or law. Many of them know they have different capabilities and want to use those capabilities and their brilliant ideas to start something new and something different.

In the past 5 years or so, we have seen an increase in entrepreneurship. Many of the people usually don’t even have a degree in business but are mostly engineers or some other profession who wake up one day and want to start their own business.

We have all seen people who have such amazing talents and they can use it to start their own company but they lack the push or determination required to start their business.

They need inspiration either by looking at other people and seeing how they are succeeding in their business or the best way to actually learn and get inspiration is by reading books.

Best Books For Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs pen down everything in their life and it can be one the best ways to get inspired.

So if you are a budding entrepreneur or want to start something new of your own and you need a push or some inspirations there are some best books for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs which should help you start your own business.

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup By Eric RiesTitle: The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business

Author: Eric Ries

This book is on this list because it tells you that most ideas fail but that doesn’t mean that you should stop there. You can be more innovative and think more logically to keep the business going.

There are a lot of ups and downs but working continuously and using different ideas will actually help you get there. The book also teaches how to use your ideas more productively. They also teach you how to use these ideas to make a large company rather than sticking to small-time startups. This makes it one of the must read books for entrepreneurs.

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Also Read: How to create Podcast on your iPhone or iPad

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

Leaving Microdoft to Change the World By John WoodTitle: Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children

Author: John Wood.

I think this book is really inspirational because the author here leaves his job in Microsoft and goes on a trip to Nepal. There he learns he can actually use his entrepreneurial skills to help the people from that village and he also learned so much more and it helped him be a better businessman. So go ahead and share that learning with him to get inspired.

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The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development By Brant CooperTitle: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A Cheat Sheet to the Four Steps to the Epiphany

Author: Brant Cooper, Patrick Vlaskovits

As the title says it’s a cheat sheet on how to build your business. It gives 4 approaches to help and build your business.

It tells you how to make it a big successful business and helps you to overcome the hurdles which you might face when you plan on starting your own business. You should put this to your must read books for entrepreneurs list.

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

APE- Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur By Guy KawasakiTitle: APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. How to Publish a Book

Author: Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch

This book is basically for people to start their own writing career. It again tells you how to about it and how you can use your entrepreneur skills to publish your book. It’s a good read and will motivate you to write your own book.

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Entrepreneur Revolution

Entrepreneur Revolution By Daniel PriestleyTitle: Entrepreneur Revolution: How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset and Start a Business That Works

Author: Daniel Priestley

This book is the best book for the people who need the push they need to start thinking like an entrepreneur.

The author tries to tell you that you need to move away from the dinosaur age and start thinking in the now and future for a better and successful business.

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Think And Grow Rich

Think And Grow Rich By Napoleon HillTitle: Think And Grow Rich: Entrepreneur and Small Business Owner Edition

Author: Napoleon Hill, Greg Habstritt

This a book which has interviews with 500 successful and wealthy people. It like a cheat sheet and inspirational way of trying to starting your own business.

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX

Elon Musk- Tesla, SpaceX By Ashlee VanceTitle: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Authors: Ashlee Vance

This is one of the best books for entrepreneurs, these books have personal tales of Elon Musk and you can gain some knowledge from this book.

This man is one of the greatest entrepreneur alive and knowing how he did it should be inspirational enough for everyone.

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Girl Code

Girl Code By Cara Alwill LeybaGirl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

Author:  Cara Alwill Leyba, Em Eldridge

This book is for the girls out there who need the motivation to get out of their cocoon and see that women are capable of running their own business. It breaks the stereotype that women don’t have the skills to run a business.

This book also shows that woman can find happiness and everything else they need even while they run their own business.

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Daring & Disruptive

Daring & Disruptive By Lisa MessengerTitle: Daring & Disruptive: Unleashing The Entrepreneur

Author: Lisa Messenger

This book follows the life of the author Lisa Messenger, she narrates the stories that she went through while going through different successful companies and business.

She pens down the important business lessons she’s learned and how it can help knowing these things before getting into a business.

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How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company

How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company By Varun AgarwalTitle: How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company

Author: Varun Agarwal

This is also one of the best books for entrepreneurs. This book shows the story of Varun and how he braved everyone and went with his guts to finally start a business of his own against all odds.

If this isn’t inspirational enough, then I don’t know what is.

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These are the best books out there for those budding entrepreneurs who need motivation or strategies on how to make their business successful.

There are many books out there but if you could just read at least one of these books you would be inspired to be the best entrepreneur out there. So go ahead and take your pick from these best books for Entrepreneurs.

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Top 11 Best Third party Divi Premium Plugins https://metablogue.com/best-divi-premium-plugins/ https://metablogue.com/best-divi-premium-plugins/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:30:10 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=428 Elegant Themes is one of the most famous WordPress Themes creators. They do provide one of the best drag and drop visual website builder – Divi. If you have got that and looking to create websites, here are few Divi premium plugins which can help. When talk arises about plugins, the first thing that comes […]

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Elegant Themes is one of the most famous WordPress Themes creators. They do provide one of the best drag and drop visual website builder – Divi. If you have got that and looking to create websites, here are few Divi premium plugins which can help.

Elegant Themes Divi Premium Plugins

When talk arises about plugins, the first thing that comes to my mind is a very subtle comparison my father had made while explaining the concept of plugins to me. He said plugins are like a software version of pen drives.

Plugins have become a crucial part of software these days, its most common and well-known use is in browsers. WordPress is also the same and allows you to use plugins for additional functionalities.

One particularly famous name in the WordPress world of themes is Divi, which has earned nicknames like “The Ultimate WordPress Theme”, due to its wide range of attractive features and designs.

You can check my detailed review of Elegant Themes to get a good idea about Divi. Here we are going to talk about how you enhance the functionality of Divi by installing additional plugins.

Best Third Party Divi Premium Plugins

There are a large number of Divi premium plugins, among which I’ve singled out and shall discuss ten, which are considered the best by popular opinion.

If you have recently bought an Elegant Themes license and are looking for some help to buy the best 3rd party plugins, then below mention Divi premium plugins are definitely the best choice, and this might just be your perfect go-to article.

Divi Booster

Divi Booster is popular for its numerous attractive features such as changing the appearance of just a single page, leaving the others untouched; preventing shrinking of the header when you scroll, and much more.

You can make the main content overlap the header, and even place images above the header. Booster has footer customizations too, as well as developer tools, a CSS manager and so much more. You can actually place requests for certain features to the author, who acknowledges and provides the same.

Booster has more than fifty configurable options, and it pre-complies its own JavaScript and CSS code. Most importantly, its features are easy to use. It also offers a 60-day money back guarantee.

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Divi Icons Pro

Divi Icons Pro Plugin For Divi Themes

One of the best ways to stand out your landing pages is the use of icons. Divi Icons Pro gives you an access to 2500+ icons which you can directly use while creating pages.

The icons are directly available in Divi Builder and you can easily search them while using. All of them are neatly indexed and organized according to the category, which makes it easy to use. The icons are also divided into basic line icons, font awesome or Material Design icons which will look great on every screen.

So go ahead and get the Divi Icons Pro Plugin to start using these icons.

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Divi Switch

Divi Switch adds features via toggles, which gives around 100 visual customizations. These customizations include animations, filters, transitions and a lot more.

The footer may be hidden, animations can be added to blurb icons, the header info can be enlarged, lightbox activity can be stopped, etc etc.

One of its special features is that it has special code box styles, as well as styles for Contact Form 7.

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Divi Footer Editor

Divi Footer Editor by Aspen Grove Studios makes the modification of the global footer easier. Images, videos, links and other media can be added using the TinyMCE editor.

You can add HTML and CSS styling to change the background color, font features, etc. Third-party shortcodes may be added as well. This plugin works with both Divi and Extra.

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Custom Fullwidth Header

Custom FullWidth Header Extended Divi Plugin

Custom Fullwidth Header Extended Module adds animations and effects. You may have solid or transparent backgrounds, and add various effects to your liking.

There is a full-screen feature included in the header which is toggled with a single button click. Some of its key features include rotator and textillate effects, 3 title and background effects each, and plenty of other effects.

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Migrate Divi Theme Settings

Migrate Divi Theme Settings

Migrate Divi Theme Settings makes saving and moving theme settings simple. It makes it easier for developers and child theme designers to package their work.

This includes single-click backup and restoring, moves settings from one site to others, and much more.

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Divi Ghoster

Divi Ghoster Plugin For Divi Theme

Divi Ghoster allows you to replace Divi and Elegant Themes’ branding with your own brand in WordPress. This is one of the good plugins if you are a developer and want to white label the Divi installation. The logo, colors etc can be replaced.

Divi source code is hidden from theme detectors and from others who wish to know which tools you are using. You can hide the Divi identification on front-end and back-end which makes it easy to completely hide Divi theme. However, this feature may be turned off if desired.

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Divi and Extra Layout Injector

Divi and Extra Layout Injector allows the user to insert layouts with modules in many locations. It includes Shortcodes for providing data and the name of the website.

CSS, 3rd party shortcode, and advanced markup are enabled for adding complex layouts. You can also create a separate page and select it from a list to build the 404 page with Divi Builder.

Some of its key features include excluding pages, 404 Layout Injector, and much more.

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Divi Dashboard

Divi Dashboard Welcome gives control to the user over the WordPress dashboard, allowing one to create one’s own page. Customization of this screen makes it possible for you to use this space to upsell your services, provide links etc.

The page is private to prevent access by visitors or Google. Dashboard Welcome can use Divi Leads’ a/b split testing, which you can enable on your own site.

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Divi/Extra Page Builder

Mobile Friendly Divi Page Builder

A Mobile Friendly Divi/Extra Page Builder makes the Builder more usable on mobiles. This is important because Divi Builder doesn’t quite fit mobile screens.

This plugin rearranges the layout, making it the best possible layout for small screens. This is really handy if you are managing multiple client sites and need to provide support on the go.

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Page Builder Everywhere

Page Builder Everywhere - Divi Premium Plugin

Page Builder Everywhere allows you to place sections above or below the menu or the footer or in the sidebar. It includes the same customization as Divi Builder, working exactly the same way.

Module content such as maps, images, blog, testimonial etc can be placed in the header, footer or sidebars. So go ahead and buy this plugin to use the Divi functionality on every section on your site.

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Elegant Themes has a total of 87 themes and 3 plugins and has had regular updates ever since its release. Divi is now the most favorite of Elegant Themes theme which allows you to build your sites by easy drag and drop modules. If you do not want the theme and would like to get the drag and drop builder, you can try Divi plugin.

Divi Premium Plugins enable a stylish theme that can be customized in nearly any way possible, which is why Divi could be the perfect theme for you.

So go ahead and try Divi with these Divi premium plugins.

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[Genesis] How To Add Social Media Icons To Author Box https://metablogue.com/genesis-add-social-media-icons-author-box/ https://metablogue.com/genesis-add-social-media-icons-author-box/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:56:33 +0000 https://metablogue.com/?p=432 Genesis comes with a basic author box integration with a very simple layout. If you want to modify it to display social media icons, here is how you can do it with the help of a small coding. If you have installed Genesis Framework and Child Theme on a site and enabled the author box, […]

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Genesis comes with a basic author box integration with a very simple layout. If you want to modify it to display social media icons, here is how you can do it with the help of a small coding.

Genesis Author Box
Genesis Author Box Layout

If you have installed Genesis Framework and Child Theme on a site and enabled the author box, you would have noticed that author box coming out from Genesis is very simple.

In this blog post, we will check how we can revamp that author box to display it with style.

If you are following this blog, you would know why I recommend Genesis as my preferred tool for building a website. I love the flexibility provided by Genesis to modify almost anything on your site. Mostly these changes follow the pattern of the WordPress development which can help a lot in case you are familiar with it.

Available Filters To Modify Author Box

Author Box in Genesis has 3 different components – Author Gravatar, Title, Description. You can use any one of them to modify the output as desired.

The way Genesis allows you to modify its component is by providing you hooks and filters. Here is the list of filters available to modify the author box in Genesis.

genesis_author_box_gravatar_size – The default gravatar size is 70 px. You can use this filter to change it.

genesis_author_box_title – This filter will allow you to modify the title of the author box. This filter only modifies title text, if you want to modify the formatting, you can use $pattern variable (We will look at it later on).

genesis_author_box – This filter will allow you to modify the complete output of the author box so any major revamp can be done using this filter. At this point in time, this filter is not listed under available filters in Genesis documentation but I have checked with the Support team and we can use this.

You can update the author description from user profile page, so there is no need for a filter to update it. You can check here for the implementation of these filters.

Now let’s see how can we use the genesis_author_box filter to add the social media icons for your authors.

How To Use Filters In Genesis Framework

Filters are supposed to alter things at runtime and not leave any long-term effects. So you can create a function and attach it to the filter so that it can alter the output of the inbuilt function.

Here is how this filter will be applied:

$output = apply_filters( ‘genesis_author_box’, $output, $context, $pattern, $gravatar, $title, $description );

This means that there are 6 parameters which will be received by your function and you need to return one variable with the final output.

Here is what each parameter means:

$output – The complete HTML which will be printed for Author Box. This is the HTML output which you need to return after your changes.

$context – Current context. You can get this to put the contextual element in the author box.

$pattern – This pattern defines the output formatting for the author box.

$gravatar – Gravatar of the author. The default size for gravatar is 70 px. If you want to change it, you can use the genesis_author_box_gravatar_size filter.

$title – Title of the author box. This is just the text and if you need formatting, you need to use the $pattern to format the title.

$description – Author Description. You can change it in the user profile section.

Suggested Read: How to modify comment form in Genesis Child Themes

How To Add Our Filter

You will use the add_filter call to attach your filter method.

add_filter(‘genesis_author_box’, ‘custom_author_box’, 10, 6);

Here is the description of each parameter:

genesis_author_box – Filter name which you want to use, in this case, it is genesis_autho_box

custom_author_box – Your function name, which you want to call for this filter. You can change it according to your wish and give it any name.

10 – Priority of this function. This priority will decide the order of attached functions, they will run in priority order. The default value for this parameter is 10.

6 – Number of parameters to receive. If you don’t provide this value, it will default to 1 and you will only receive $output parameter. This is fine in case we are only expecting 1 value in our function but in this case, we are expecting 6, so we need to give this value.

Now you can write your function and return $output value to print your author box.

Author Box Custom Function

Let’s create social buttons for an author and attach it to the author box. Here is a sample code which will create social icons like the one displayed in Metro theme.

What we have done in this code is, create social icon links from author profile, increased the gravatar size to 120 px and changed the pattern to add the social buttons in case it is present.

Make sure you review the code to build the social media icons and update it according to your site. You can add the media profile available in your user profile section.

CSS Changes

Now we need to change the CSS to make it look nicer. You can copy the above CSS and paste it into Style.css file.

This will change the layout of the social button and will make them similar to Metro theme. It will also make the author gravatar image round rather than square and add a shadow to author box.

You also get CSS tag .author-box, .author-box-title and .author-box-content to change the layout of the author box . You can use them to format the output of the author box. This is how our author box will look after all these changes.

Author Box After Modifications

Hope this post has given you an idea on how to modify the Author Box in Genesis Framework. If you still have any questions, you can ask in the comment section below.

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