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It can be pretty boring to have small social bookmarking icons which most of bloggers use at the end of their post. It will also not bring any excitement for our blog readers to click on them to help us to promote our blog post.
So, for today post, I would like to share a quick and straightforward tutorial on how can you use your preferred social bookmarking icons that you found in the internet and put them at the end of every blog post in your WordPress blog.
Here is the example of the effect that you will get when you use below tutorial on your WordPress blog.
If you bring your cursor on the icon, it will turn to grey.
The quick tutorial…
First, you have to open your CSS file and add below code into it. You can the code anywhere but it is advisable to put it after last code line in the CSS file so that it would be easier to delete if you want to in the future.
For the image file that I have highlighted in red is for the horizontal grey line that you can find on the top and bottom of the social icons. While for the image file highlighted in yellow, it is the most important image that you need to have for this tutorial as it is the image of the social icons.
To personalize the social icons section for your WordPress blog, you can replace both images with your own but do make sure that the images that you are going to replaced have the same size with the previous ones. If not, you may need to adjust slightly the above code.
If you do not want to use your icons and want to use the same icons like the above, you can download the image from the link below. Then, you have to upload the image into the images folder which is located under theme that you are using. (Public html>WP Content>Themes>Your Themes>Images)
And for the icons, you can find the icons that you love by searching them in the internet. However, you may find the icons that you will love from the post that I have posted before.
Then, after you have finished with your editing in the CSS file, you now have to open the single.php file for you to place social icons in every post of your WordPress blog.
You have to find <?php the_content(); ?> inside single.php as it represents your blog post. Then, if you want to have the social icons on top of your blog post, you have to add social icons code that I am going to give you in a moment before the <?php the_content(); ?>. But, if you want it after your blog post, you have to add the social icons code after the <?php the_content(); ?>.
Download below file:
After you have added the code, hit save button and refresh your blog.
Now, you will have your very own personalized fancy social bookmarking icons in your WordPress blog.
Do you have your own personalized social icons for your WordPress blog or use the icons that you get by using WordPress plugin? Which one do you prefer and will work well with you?
For me, I prefer to have my own personalized social icons. How about you?
Internet nowadays plays a really important role for the success musicians and bands. It is because those who are the target customers spend most of their time in the internet and prefer to download songs from the internet instead of have to go to music to store to get the latest album from their favorite singers.
* For your information on how big is the market for music industry in the online world:
While consumers bought more than a billion individual digital tracks in the United States, which accounts for a majority of online sales worldwide, they bought only 65 million digital albums in 2008.
Therefore, it is totally a waste to ignore this new environment for the music industry as if they (record labels and musicians) fail to cope with the change, they may lost in the battle with others who actively involved and built their present in the online world.
Among those who have succeeded to integrate in music with online world is ITunes and Radiohead.
For ITunes, in has managed to sell 9.9 billion songs from early 2003 to early 2009 which accounting for 70% of worldwide online digital music sales base on Wikipedia.
On the other hand, Radiohead switched their marketing strategy by letting their fans to set their own price they would like to pay for Radiohead’s latest album, In Rainbow through online site. Then only, the band had the physical release of the album. The result – more than three million copies of the album were distributed in the first year, in digital and physical formats plus the album still made more money than either of the band’s previous two records.
So, if you are a musician or looking for WordPress themes that will help you to build website for musician, you will definitely happy with the themes that you are going to show you. For me, all the themes below looks great and will definitely suit for those who are planning to make website for musician through WordPress platform.
Pop Life 56
Pop Life 76
Pop Life 84
Do you have anything else to add?
Do you know if there are still WordPress themes that you think will suit for musician? I am sure that I may have missed few of themes. It would be great if you can share them over here?
And, how about the above themes? Is there any theme that you think will not suit for those who are planning to use it as website for musician?
I would love to hear feedback.
Ensuring our WordPress blog is at its optimum speed is crucial as it will affect the very first impression of our blog visitors as site loading is the very first thing they will have to face before they can enjoy our blog post.
If the loading time is terribly slow, it will definitely piss our readers off and most important thing if they are your ‘first-time’ site visitors. They will probably never come back or cannot find your blog whenever if they want to especially if they come from the search engines.
So, for today post I would love to share 8 really simple and basic ways to reduce your WordPress blog loading time. I have tried my best to reduce all those technical stuffs in the list so that you have no problem to understand the ways to improve the loading time of your WordPress blog.
1. Upgrade to the latest WordPress version
This is pretty obvious. WordPress will never release any new version of WordPress if it will not make your WordPress blog better. Sometimes, it makes me wonder why some of us hesitate to upgrade their WordPress blog.
It is plain easy as you just need to click the update button and everything else will be done for you. It only takes less than a minute.
p/s: Have you upgraded to the latest WordPress version that has just been released?
2. Delete unused plugins
You must not used unnecessary amount of plugins for your WordPress blog and you have to deleted theme form the server. It is because it can dramatically affect the speed of your WordPress blog as it may contain tons of scripts and codes.
Remember this – blog with more features is not necessarily a blog that people will love. Sometimes, simplicity is the king.
Ask yourselves – do your blog need such great amount of plugins to be a better blog?
3. Install WP Super Cache Plugin
I am pretty sure that you have heard about this plugin as there are a lot of blogs out there that regard this plugin as a must have plugin for a WordPress blog.
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
In none technical words, it will use the ‘image’ of your site and use it each time your readers visit your blog instead of has to process same data each time your readers visit your blog. So, it will reduce the burden of your server and therefore, your WordPress blog can process faster.
4. Install WP CSS
With this plugin GZIP and strip whitespace from your CSS files. It allows you to confidently use @import inside a CSS file and not worry about what happens on the user’s end. It will look through your style.css file and put any @import files into it.
For those who are not familiar with the above technical stuff, may find it hard to understand. The important thing you should know is it can definitely make your WordPress blog faster.
(Tests were measured using a Firefox plugin called Firebug. Firefox was run a Mac Pro (2008) using OS X 10.5.3. Eight CSS files that were being included in this test: typography.css, form.css, list.css, special.css, skin.css, menu.css, other.css, sIFR-screen.css – all created to simulate an average size of a typical website.)
5. Rid Off Hotlinking
Hotlinking can a really huge problem if there are a lot sites hotlinked with your WordPress blog. They will drag down your WordPress blog as they will make your server load increasingly high.
For those who do not know about hotlink, hotlink is a term that is being coined when someone else/site uses data especially images from your site. So, although others are visiting the blogs that have hotlinked you, the images that come out in their blogs will be from your server. So, it will increase the bandwidth usage excessively.
Sometimes, hotlinking is called bandwidth theft.
Below is how you can prevent hotlinking in your site through .htaccess file:
#disable hotlinking of images with forbidden or custom image option
You just need update the .htacces file and change the domain name above with yours. The last line is an image that will display instead of the hotlinked image– how about an advert for your site?
6. Turn Off Post Revision
WordPress starts to have Post Revision feature after it launched the 2.6 version of WordPress. Although it has its advantages, it also comes with disadvantages.
One of the disadvantages is whenever a post is edited, a new row will be created in wp_posts table. Hence if your posts or pages got edited 10 times, you will have 10 new rows in wp_posts table.
In no time your wp_posts table will be filled up and the post ID will be huge.
To know how you can riff off this feature, Lester Chan has covered this topic in details.
7. Reduce Image Size
Images make our blog post looks great but it can also come with cost. Images that are in high resolution will use a lot of bandwidth and therefore affect your WordPress blog’s loading time.
With WP Smush.it, it will help you to reduce the size of images in your WordPress blog by reducing its quality with no obvious impact on the images.
8. Optimize Your WordPress Blog Database
Just like a computer, we have to defragment the database of our WordPress blog and to ensure in to be clutter free.
This process can be done manually and automatically through WordPress plugin.
For manual process, you have to locate the database of your WordPress in myPhpAdmin, select all the tables in the Check Boxes, select the Optimise Tables Option.
This is very useful for tables that are frequently updated.
Do you have any suggestion?
Do you have any suggestion on the ways that you have used to increase the speed of your WordPress blog? I am sure that I have missed some of them. How about you help me out? I would really appreciate it.
For those who knows Mark Fail, will definitely impress by him as he has developed many great WordPress themes especially ShopperPress, an online store WordPress theme. Base on m observation, basically Mark Fail’s WordPress themes design is more toward commercial website and tries not to have blog elements in the themes he created.
And to expand his portfolio in as WordPress theme developer, he has acquired an Classifieds WordPress theme and have totally redesigned the theme and make it looks unique and commercial as the theme originally looks identical to WpClassipress, pioneer in classifieds WordPress theme.
What do you think about this redesigned classifieds WordPress theme? Pretty cool and has the commercial looking right? If there is a WordPress blog uses this theme and I have not been told it is actually a WordPress blog, there is no way that I have any clue about the site is using WordPress to create such great looking online classifieds site.
The good site…
The good site of this WordPress theme is it come with 5 templates that you can choose from and it is well built with features that will you help to deal with Google as the this online classifieds WordPress theme is well integrated with Google Analytics, Google Adsense and Google Webmaster tool.
Instead of just Paypal, you can also have other method of payments if you decide to make paid online classifieds site instead of free. Classifieds Theme is built in with many different payment gateways allowing you to access different type of credit, debit and bank transfer payments on your shopping cart website.
The best part is the cost for you to have such great WordPress theme is pretty low for the features that this online classifieds site has to offer. This will only cost you $79 if you buy it right now as the original price is $179. This offer is only available for limited time.
You can buy this theme or check out the demo through below links:
The bad side…
Everything in this world comes in pair. If there is good side, there will definitely bad side.
Unfortunately, the bad side of this theme is also the good side that I have just mentioned i.e. the 5 templates. Although it can give alternative to the users, I expect better design in terms of color scheme and better Featured Ad section.
You will know what I am trying to say with below images of all 5 templates.
Personally, I think only the first template that looks great and for the others, they are unacceptably dull and boring. To be honest, I prefer the design of the theme under the previous owner. I’m not sure what has gone wrong with Mark Fail on this project as for his other projects, they are look awesome and well designed.
What do you think?
For the Featured ad section, I think the problem is the type of font that is being used. It doesn’t look great and suit the theme. I think if other font is being used, the look and feel of this section will radically improve.
Will you buy this theme?
What do you think about the theme? Will you buy one if you are planning to have online classifieds site? For me, I will not as I believe that there is better option. How about you?
It can be pretty boring if we only put static social networking buttons. Your blog readers will get more excited to help you to promote your blog post if they can see that there are a lot of people have help you to promote your blog post.
Plus, for me personally, I prefer to click on a counter button as compared those static button.
So, for this post, I would like to share counter buttons that you can put in your blog post and brag to others about the numbers of people that you have get to help you promote your blog post.
With more and more people join Twitter and start to get the feel of what Twitter is all about, you should have the TweetMeme button in your blog post. Let others to help you to promote your blog post.
For me,this the easiest way to promote a blog post for you and for those who want to help you.
I am sure that those who read your blog and who are interested with your article will have Facebook account. Why don’t you take the chance and make full use of it.
With this button, you can know how many times others have share your blog post in the Facebook. This WordPress plugin is superior than other plugins that do the same thing and even the official share button.
It is because it has Analytics page in your WordPress admin. In the page, it will give you the stats for share counts, like counts, comment counts and click counts.
With this plugin, it will help you to have various type of counter for first few websites which being set up for sole purpose of sharing news and blog post such as Digg, Reddit, Yahoo Buzz and Delicious.
With this plugin, the process of having counter buttons of those sites will be easier and faster.
The ‘like’ feature in Facebook is pretty sleek right? What do you think if that kind of feature is in your blog post?
With this plugin,you will able to put such feature in your blog post for your readers to click if they love your post. I am sure everybody will be get excited with just us when we first found out about the ‘like’ feature in Facebook.
The way how this plugin works is almost the same with ‘I Like This’ plugin. However, besides using ‘Thank You’ instead of ‘Like’ , the difference is this plugin offers more flexibility.
You can change the ‘Thank You’ caption to other words such ‘I Live You’, change the font and color of the caption and change default button with your own image which you should. The default button design is terribly ugly, unfortunately.
You are confident with the quality of your article and would love to get criticism about your blog post? If the answer is yes, you definitely want to get this plugin for your WordPress blog.
With this plugin, your readers can easily give feedback about your blog post without have to go through the hassle of leaving comments.
With this this plugin, it will be simple, straightforward for your readers to leave their feedback and for you to have the feedback and know what kind of feelings that you readers have with your blog post.
Do you have any suggestion?
Do you know any other counter button plugin that I have missed? Feel free to share it in the comment section. And if you have used any of the above counter buttons, what do you think about? Is there any better option that WordPress bloggers can use?
Hope to hear from you soon!
For those who just started blogging, the cost of setting up WordPress blog can be pretty high for some of us. Bloggers that will definitely feel the impact are especially for those who want their WordPress blog looks great but at the same time, they are in country which the currency makes them to be at the losing end.
However, in this internet age, it is almost possible to get something at a lower cost if we know the way. Rather than have to pay the full price, we can at least save few dollars which can be used for the purchase of other products, for example.
Online coupon site – The best place to start
For those who do not know, there are a lot of online coupon sites which you find discount coupons for most of online products in the internet. The most popular online coupon site is RetailMeNot. For your information, I have saved a lot from the coupons that I found in the site.
However, to find online discount coupons that are related to WordPress can be tough as in the site such as RetailMeNot have no specific area allocated to WordPress. So, it can take a lot of our time to find discount coupons for WordPress related products from what RetailMeNot claimed, 50000 online stores.
Coupons for Bloggers – Online coupon site for bloggers
For your information, there is new online coupon site, Coupon for Bloggers that has just been launched by the owner of WpRecipes.com, Jean-baptiste Jung. The best part is the coupons that are being listed are only for blogging related products. So, it would be easy for to find any interesting coupons which can save a lot of money if know how to use it well enough.
For your information, the coupons are being categorized into 5 groups. They are:
Hosting – For those who are planning to buy new web hosting for their WordPress blogs
Domain names – For those who want have new domain names for their latest blogging project
WordPress – For those who are looking for premium WordPress themes and plugins to make their blog looks and works better
Ebooks – For those who want to broaden their knowledge and skills on blogging
Blogging tools – For those who are looking for blogging tool such as Aweber for newsletters
Need other alternative?
Besides the normal online coupons site like RetailMeNot to get bargain on blogging related products, there is also another online coupon site that you can go. It is called Theme Coupons.
As compared to Coupon for Bloggers, this site focuses on more specific area i.e. premium WordPress themes. However, this site is still new and not many coupons that are available for the users. I expect that this site will grow bigger and have more coupons in few months time when the site gets the attention of the WordPress communities.
Have you use online coupon site?
Do you usually visit online coupon sites first before making any online purchase? Which site that you usually go? And what do you think about the two new online coupon sites which have been set up specifically for bloggers?
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I am eager to know more about them.
For most of us, it is for sure that we have used a lot of news aggregation website out there to promote our blog post as it can bring massive incoming traffics. Some of the sites are focusing on general audience while some of them are strictly focusing on smaller market and in more specific area.
The problem is…
The problem that most of WordPress bloggers are facing are when they submit their blog post especially the beginners is the post have to compete for vote with other post from websites that have a really huge follower and fans that will push the votes for post from those websites up and into the front page.
In the end, only the same websites will be appear in the front page and get massive votes while blogs that are pretty new and have less followers will still get less attention and votes although the post that have submitted can have better quality than the popular sites.
WpVote – Digg Alternative for WordPress bloggers
However, realizing that there is huge demand for news aggregation site that can cater WordPress bloggers, Jean-Baptiste Jung from WPRecipes.com has developed a news aggregation site,WpVote that is strictly for WordPress related articles. Initially, this site gained a lot of attention and however, after a few months, the buzz started to fade.
It is because previously, WpVote was using Pligg, a CMS that help to develop site that is similar to Digg. This CMS wasn’t easy to modify and had some annoying bugs which makes WpVote harder to maintain. To make things worse, the site was constantly being spammed.
Why you should use WpVote?
WordPress bloggers should use the WpVote as it can provide the exposure that your blog post should get for the quality which it has as this site is strictly about WordPress. So, there will be less ‘noise’ in the site which can affect the attention of any visitors who visits WpVote. They will know what to expect from WpVote.
Here are few details on how WpVote works and the rules which you should.
How it works
WpVote works just like any other social bookmarking site:
- User creates her free account
- User submit stories about WordPress
- If other users enjoy the story, they vote for it
- If the story has 5 votes or more, it is promoted to the homepage as a featured article
- Only stories related to WordPress can be published on WpVote
- No affiliate links
- No spam.
- Only stories in ENGLISH are allowed.
If you break theses rules, your story and your account will be deleted.
Unfortunately, it does not come with button which we can embed into our blog post which I think a crucial element for the success of news aggregation site. Besides it makes it easy for bloggers to promote their posts, it can also be a marketing tool for WpVote.
Have you used it?
Have you use WpVote? What do you think about it and how well your post performs in WpVote? It would be great to know more about WpVote and your opinions are definitely much needed.
For the past few months, I have posted reviews about couple WordPress online store themes as at that time, it is pretty tough to look for WordPress online store theme that has decent design and theme structures. This probably due to the fact it can be pretty tough and has pretty steep learning curve.
Having online store now, is easy!
However, for the last few weeks, I just discovered that there are actually a lot of WordPress online store themes that we do not have any clue of their existence. Maybe, it is probably due to the theme developers, themselves. Although they are good in developing good WordPress theme, it is no necessary that they are good in marketing too.
There are also couple nice looking WordPress themes that have just been launched that still get a lot of attention yet.
WordPress online store themes you will love
So, for this post, I think it would be a great idea to make a list post about the WordPress online store themes as most of us will definitely want to know all the great themes that can help them to set up online store in easy and cheaper way.
It would be great if you can share this list to anyone that you know that need or planning to set up online store for their business.
By the way, for this list, I have categorized the themes into premium and free themes.
Premium WordPress Online Store Themes
ShopperPress is the most advanced WordPress online store theme as it has a lot of features that other WordPress online theme doesn’t have. The features are more towards the expensive online store software and not using the simplicity concept of WordPress.
The advanced features that you will get are ‘Amazon, Ebay, Datafeedr Import Tools’ and ‘CSV Product Import Options’.
The Furniture Shop
The Furniture Shop is developed by Sarah Neuber and for me; it is the prettiest WordPress online store themes. The structure and design is amazing. When I see the theme, it is so relaxing.
The feature that I love most is the Magic Zoom which when you hover your mouse on the product pictures, it will automatically zoom without any unacceptable lagging or delays. This feature is almost the same with the feature that you can find in Topman’s online store.
The Clothes Shop
This WordPress online store theme is also developed by Sarah Neuber which means it has the same features with The Furniture Shop.
However, The Clothes Shop has been designed in a way that it will perfectly suit for those who are planning to have online clothes shop. It is because there is feature which will show picture of the front part of our products i.e. clothes and when we hover our mouse over the picture, it will give us view from the back.
This WordPress online store is developed by Templatic. This WordPress theme is pretty basic but it still has the features of an online store.
In the front page, there is image slider for your featured products. It can be handy as you can use it as tool to promote products that give you a lot of returns and give some exposure for less popular but have huge potential products.
This WordPress online theme focuses on making the online store to be simple and easy. Customers can straight away view the products that we are offering by clicking the slider that is situated on the tight hand side. The can also view product without have to click the slider by clicking on the products’ links located besides the slider.
You can also have blog for the online store which can help you to build closer relationship with your customers.
eGoods is the first WordPress online store theme that is developed by Sarah Neuber. In terms of design, it is pretty basic and unfortunately, the color scheme that is being used was badly chosen as it is pretty dull and unattractive.
Free WordPress Online Store Themes
Simplecart (js) is a really good looking free WordPress online store theme. This online store is based on one page online store concept to make the process to be straight forward and fast for your customers.
In my opinion, this theme will only work effectively if it is being used for a limited number of products. It won’t look good if the page is lengthy.
Appcloud is another simple free WordPress online store theme. The main feature of the online store theme is the image slider which covers almost half of the main page. It can work great for you if the products that you want to sell have designs that your visitors would like to see closer and clearly.
However, if you want more features, you can get those by purchasing the premium theme of Appcloud.
WordPress Store gained a lot of attentions from WordPress communities and pretty popular free WordPress online store theme. It is because it is the first WordPress online store theme that has shopping cart and have been integrated with Paypal. It was developed when others still busy using WordPress blog for blogging.
Other than the cuteness of this free WordPress online store theme, this theme cannot offer you much. There are still other themes that are better in terms of design and structure.
How mind blowing these themes are?
What do you think about the themes that I have listed above? Do the theme look great? In case if you have tried any of the above themes, would you mind to share your experience and thought?
It would be great to have it here!
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There are more and more WordPress developers start to make business out of the development of WordPress themes due to the high demand. However, I can assure you that not all of the themes that most of us regard as ‘premium themes’ have the quality that can match their price tag.
Free themes anyone?
The only alternative that available for us is by using free themes which most of us have the perception of free themes cannot beat premium themes in terms of design, structure and user friendliness.
Unfortunately, this is totally a baseless claim if you what kind of themes you are looking for and know the place which you can find a lot of great free themes.
Some of the free themes have astonishingly great designs to the extent they are better than other ‘premium themes’ out there.
By the way, in case you have missed my previous on list on 33 stunning free WordPress themes that could worth more than premium themes, you can check it out using below link.
The impressive free themes are…
I do realize that most of WordPress bloggers especially those who just jumped into WordPress find it difficult to find free WordPress themes that look and work great plus come with great support.
So, I have compiled another 33 impressive free WordPress themes that you probably would love to try on your WordPress blog. I recommend that you check out also the list that I told you above as it also contains great list of free WordPress themes.
Hope this list can help you to make your WordPress blog looks better and you will not waste any money on premium themes which sometimes not worth for the money we have spent.
And if you find this list is worth sharing, feel free to hit the Tweetmeme and other social networking sites.
Pork & Beans
Kubrick On Crack
The Clam Shell
Have you use any of the themes above on your WordPress blog? What do you think about it? Does it work great for you?
And if you have not tried any of the themes, would you agree with me that most of them are better than some of the premium themes out there?
It would be great if you can share your thoughts and opinions with Huzzer Magazine.
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