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How To Fix And Set File Permissions On WordPress

No doubt WordPress is the most widely used CMS out there, you might be having one or two websites on WordPress, that’s why you are here, right? Sometimes WordPress can give you errors which don’t let you manage or upload files on it, but the best part of WordPress is that most of its errors are easy to fix. Recently I was moving one of my websites to another server, everything went fine and in no time I was ready to publish the post from the new server. But before I can publish and post blogs, I decided to update all pending plugins, as soon as I pushed update button, I was served with a new error. As you can see this error has occurred due to missing or bad file permissions.

Wordpress Wrong File Premission

Before we can fix this, let us see what happens behind the wall. As you know all of your WordPress files are hosted in a computer which you call server which is managed by your hosting company and this computer uses a special software to manage and run a server, either Apache or NGINX.

File and Folder permission tells the server who can read, write and execute the files which are hosted on your server as per their rights, commands with incorrect file permission will not allow any kind of changes or modifications on the files hosted on your server.

What Is the Default Or Secure File and Folder Permission for WordPress –

By default, you should set 755 permission for Folder and sub-folders whereas files should have 644 permission.

How To Set It –

First of all, you need an FTP client, I am going to use FileZilla here, which is a free and easy to use FTP client. Now login and once you are in the root folder of your blog.

For Folder –

File Permission Box

  • Select all folder and right click there and click on ‘File Permissions’

  • This will bring up a new dialog box, now set file permission as 755
  • Also, click on ‘Recurse into subdirectories’ checkbox and then select ‘Apply to directories only’ option.
  • That’s it, just click on Ok and sit back and relax, FileZilla will take some time and will set 755 as file permissions to all Folders.

For Files –

File Permissions WordPress

  • From the root directory of your blog, select all files and folders and right click on it and click on ‘File Permissions’
  • This will bring up a new dialog box, now set permission as 644
  • Also, click on ‘Recurse into subdirectories’ checkbox and then select ‘Apply to files only’ option’ option.
  • That’s it, just click on Ok and sit back and relax, FileZilla will take some time and will set 644 as file permissions to all Files.

[Solved] WordPress Address and Site Address URLs are disabled

The other day I was moving one of my new websites to my other server so that I can fully test it and make some changes to the site, all went smoothly and good. As we are using HTTPS across all of our iTechnixNetwork websites, I decided to change the URL to HTTPS via my WordPress admin dashboard so that by default website will load secure version whenever anyone visits that website.

So for this, I logged into my website admin panel then navigated to Dashboard -> Setting -> General, but there I found out that I am not able to change the WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) fields as they as disabled or grayed out.

Wordpress Address URL Setting Disable

This usually happens when you move your website but forget to delete some codes or sometimes some themes come with some codes which disable this setting, solution of this problem is very simple, you just need to delete some lines from your WordPress files and you are ready to go.

First login to your FTP client and navigate to the folder where you have installed WordPress, now we have to edit your wp-config.php file*. Once you have opened the wp-config.php file, look for below mentioned two lines.

define('WP_HOME','http://example.com');
define('WP_SITEURL','http://example.com');

Once you have found these lines, either delete them or just comment them out, and you are done, refresh you General setting page and you should be able to edit those fields.

Still not able to do so? Try this.

Sometimes themes come with some code which also disables these fields, to solve this, you have to open function.php file of your theme and look for below-mentioned lines.

update_option('siteurl','http://example.com');
update_option('home','http://example.com');

Again,  either delete them or just comment them out, and you are done.

[*] wp-config.php files is a very secure file which contains sensitive data of your websites, edit it at your own risk.

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Many times I want to buy some product then first I check all of the websites available in my country and look for that product whether it is available there or not, if its there then I am done, but if that product is not available there then I have to go to global website like Amazon.com or so on and look for Ship to India, but not all products will fall into this category and many times you won’t find seller ready to ship product to India or to your country.

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Then you left with two options, if you have any relatives there then just ask for their address, get that product delivered there and ask your relative to ship that product to you, but its a time consuming and not all of us have relatives in US or UK.

Now you have just one option, use forwarding services like Shop & Ship (S&S) which provides you a personalized local address of US, UK or of other countries so that you can get your product delivered there and then they will ship it to you. Shop & Ship is currently available in over 80 destinations globally.

Isn’t it good, well these companies charge you a healthy amount of money for their services, but today you can get this service for free of cost which usually cost $45.

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Just head over to Ship&Shop and signup for their basic membership, fill all details and use the following coupon when on the payment page.

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And that’s it, you will get the lifetime membership for nothing. If you ever need to buy products from out of your country, then this service will be there to help you out.

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[Solved] 404 Error On WordPress Post

No doubt on that WordPress is one of the most widely used and popular blogging platforms over the internet and nowadays even companies have started using WordPress for their main website, reason is dead simple, it is simple to use but yet it is a powerful CMS platform, even a newbie with almost no knowledge about coding can start blog in just 10 minutes and start posting on his/her blog.

WordPress Single Post 404 Error

It allows you to customize and tweak it as you want and sometimes a slight tweak can break your website but again what makes WordPress awesome is finding a solution is easy, you can head over WordPress support platform get your problem solved.

Today we are covering a problem which we have faced on one of our blogs, we were tweaking some setting and suddenly when we check our website and try to open any post it shows 404 error page, but posts were there as we can see them in the admin page.

If you are also facing same so first of all don’t panic as all of your posts as safe and you will get them back. The most common reason for this issue is your .htaccess file might get deleted or something happened with that file and causes rewrite rules issue.

A simple solution for this problem is to save your permalink structure again, all you need to do is head over to Setting->Permalink and save it as it is, nothing needs to change over here, just press Save button and you are good to go, just check your blog again and your posts must be showing up now, It updates permalinks settings of your website and flushes the rewrite rules.

WordPress Permalink

If above doesn’t solve your issue then, use FTP client and navigate to your directory and set permission for the .htaccess file as 666 and then repeat the above method and you will be done.

P.S. Don’t forget to change the permission for .htaccess file back to 660 once you are done.

Does Inactive WordPress Plugins Make Your Website Slow?

If you have websites build on top of WordPress then I am sure you must have searched or looked for the answer whether any inactive plugin will make your site slow or not. One of the benefits of having WordPress based blog or website is that you have thousands and thousands of plugins which makes your job much easier and simpler, even if you are new to WordPress and don’t have any knowledge about coding or so on, then also you have plugins to make your job much easier.

Inactive Plugin WordPress Slow

As told earlier, there are lots of plugins for different works, and over the period of time you might end up installing lots of plugins and you might not be using all of them and some of them may be inactive and you are no longer using them at all.

Does Inactive Plugins Affect Loading Time?

So does these inactive plugins affect the loading time of your wesbites, does these inactive plugins make your site slow, this is one of the most frequently asked question over WordPress forums.

Well a simple answer is NO, nope, inactive plugin does not affect your site loading time and they are not the reason for your sites slow loading time.

Let’s try to crack this in detail:-

When you request a website or we can say WordPress based website in your web browser, then website send some files to your browser so that it can render and display contents to you, WordPress never send any files from any inactive plugin, which means no file is being loaded from inactive plugins and end result is, it’s not making your site slow.

Wordpress New Plugin Page

You can take these inactive plugins as extra contents which WordPress throw in a store room or garage, and it will use them only when you ask for it, means when you activate them.

WordPress loads these plugins only when you open up your Plugin page, even then also it only loads header of those plugins to display its information.

Should I Delete Those Inactive Plugins?

Well answer to this question is very simple, if you have downloaded and installed any plugin to try out something and it didn’t work, then simply delete that plugin without any second thought.

If you have uninstalled plugin for some time or due to any reason like you might be trying out something else or so on and soon you will be back to that plugin, then keep it, no need to delete that plugin as when you deactivate any plugin, WordPress still keeps its setting with it so that when you activate it again, you will have as it is settings back.

Any Risk Involved In Keeping Inactive Plugins?

Yes, some time attackers might use those plugins to attack your websites as even those are inactive, but they have got files which can get infected, another thing is that even if you are not using those plugins, WordPress keep showing you updates for those plugins which are annoying.

As a security measure, you should delete inactive plugins if you are not planning to use it in near future, else keep it with you.

So now we know none of the inactive plugins make your site slow, if your website is not loading fine, then you should look for other reasons.

How To Add Hreflang Tag In WordPress (With And Without Plugin)

WordPress is not just a blogging platform anymore, nowadays more and more companies are using it WordPress to build their full fledge websites, and if you too using WordPress to make your own website and your website publish contents in more than one language then you should be aware of Hreflang tag, how important this Hreflang tag is for you and for your website, and it can make your website perform well in SERP, it can improve your SEO those regions and languages.

What Is Hreflang Tag?

Hreflang tag tells the search engine to show a particular page for region and language, you can even show your content is targeted toward another variant of the language, by extending the hreflang attribute which indicates to which region the content is targeted for, like in below example es-es is targeted for Spanish in Spain, whereas, es-mx is for Spanish in Mexico:-

<link rel=”alternate” href=”itechnixnetwork.net” hreflang=”en-us” />
<link rel=”alternate” href=”itechnixnetwork.net/fr/” hreflang=”fr-fr” />
<link rel=”alternate” href=”itechnixnetwork.net/es/” hreflang=”es-es” />
<link rel=”alternate” href=”itechnixnetwork.net/es/” hreflang=”es-mx” />

Noawadays Search Engine is smart enough to identify the language of the page and automatically match it to the language settings on user’s browser. But if you are publishing same contents in the different language then your own contents will be competing with each other.

To solve this issue, you can use hreflang tag, here we will see how you can add this tag in WordPress with Plugin or Without Plugin.

How To Add Hreflang Tag in WordPress With a Plugin:-

If you don’t want to dig yourself in code, and want a simple way out then you can use Polylang plugin, it is a free multilingual plugin which you can use to make your multilingual WordPress site.

Polylang

This plugin will take care of all technical things and lets you focus on your content only. Polylang has a simple but very useful interface.

How To Add Hreflang Tag in WordPress Without a Plugin:-

If you don’t want to use a plugin or want more control over your control then you can do it, this is the beauty of WordPress, it lets you publish contents they way you want, it lets your take control of your contents.

HREFLANG Tags Lite Plugin

You can install HREFLANG Tags Lite, a free plugin, and once install and activated, it will add a menu to your WordPress Admin page, just navigate to it and select the post type on which you want to enable it.

HREFLANG Tags Lite Plugin Option

Once done, edit page or post and you will see a new meta box there, first, you need to add the URL and then add a language, you click Plus button to add other variations. Once done, update your post and you are done.

How To Check:-

To check whether you have implemented Hreflag tags properly or not, then you need to visit your page and view its source code and press CTRL+F or Command+F and search for hreflang tags there.

Do let us know how you like to use hreflang tags, with a plugin or without a plugin.

Web Hosting Offers For Christmas And New Year

Black Friday and Cyber Monday has gone, these two are the most awaited days of the year for those who loves online shopping, if you were not able to buy your favorite web hosting or missed chance to get good hosting at cheap price then dont be sad as companies has came up with some more cool and exciting offers for you. As we all know Christmas and New Year is just around the corner and web hosting companies are providing you a last chance of the year to get yourself online.

Here we are going to list some cool offers from top of the line web hosting companies which are well known and popular over internet. So you can check out these offers and buy which suits your need.

iPage, 83 Percent off on all hosting plans :-

iPage is an very old web hosting company which provides shared hosting, VPS, dedicated & WordPress hosting. With their hosting plans, you will get free domain, marketing credit worth $500 & 30-day money-back guarantee.

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Inmotion Hosting, 56 Percent Off :-

Inmotion is one of the most popular and reliable name in web hosting industry, they provide shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting. Inmotion is well known for its support system and powerful servers.

This seems to be one of the best deal if you are looking for best hosting provider, here you will get up to 56 percent off with free domain.

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SiteGround, Up to 60 percent off :-

SiteGround has recently picked up very well, all due to to speedy, secure and quality hosting, and on top of this they also provide quality support which help you in almost every scenario. SiteGround is now offering up to 60 percent off on their hosting plan along with free domain for you.

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WP Engine, 25% Off :-

If you are having WordPress based blog and you dont want to take any kind of tension for backup, managing updates and all then WP Engine is the right choice for you. They only provide dedicated WordPress hosting and they know how to manage WordPress blog and make it fast.

Coupon Code – webweek25

Dreamhost, 50% Off :-

Dreamhost is one of the oldest player in hosting industry, Dreamhost is one of the most popular, and they hosting some of the big companies and brand on their servers. Now they are offering 50 percent off which seems to be a big deal.

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Ping List For WordPress And Other Website For Fast Indexing

Writing post or content is one of the crucial and most important task, your content should be unique and new so that readers can gain something from it, but having a great content is not the only thing you need, you need to syndicate your blog post and let the world know that you have written something on something and then only you will get viewers, let say you have written a great piece of content but still you are not able to get good number of viewers to your website or blog, Why?

Ping Services List

We all know the original and worthy traffic comes from search engines, neither direct nor social media traffic can beat the search engine traffic, so you need to tell each of the search engines that you have published something as soon as you are done with posting your content.

There are tons of search engines or crawler which can help you to get organic traffic but it’s not possible for you to tell them manually each time when you publish a post, here come the ping services which helps you. These ping services ping the search engines and let them know about your content.

We have compiled the best and useful ping services which you can use on your website to drive traffic, we update this list time to time, so make sure you check it regularly.

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2

http://1470.net/api/ping

http://api.feedster.com/ping

http://api.moreover.com/ping

http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2

http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping

http://bblog.com/ping.php

http://bitacoras.net/ping

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC

http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc

http://blogmatcher.com/u.php

http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc

http://coreblog.org/ping/

http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt

http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/

http://ping.amagle.com/

http://ping.bitacoras.com

http://ping.blo.gs/

http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/

http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc

http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/

http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc

http://ping.feedburner.com

http://ping.myblog.jp

http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php

http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php

http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php

http://ping.weblogs.se/

http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2

http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/

http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2

http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/

http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/

http://rpc.newsgator.com/

http://rpc.pingomatic.com

http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping

http://topicexchange.com/RPC2

http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php

http://www.a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b

http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php

http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2

http://www.blogoole.com/ping/

http://www.blogoon.net/ping/

http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates

http://www.blogroots.com/tb_populi.blog?id=1

http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php

http://www.blogsnow.com/ping

http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi

http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud

http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php

http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php

http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2

http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/

http://xmlrpc.blogg.de

http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/

http://rpc.copygator.com/ping/

http://api.moreover.com/RPC2

http://feedsky.com/api/RPC2

http://ping.blogs.yandex.ru/RPC2

http://ping.feedburner.com/

http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/pingSubmit?bloglink=WEBSITE-URL

http://rpc.reader.livedoor.com/ping

http://pinger.blogflux.com/rpc

http://cullect.com/feed/ping

http://www.wasalive.com/ping/

http://blogping.unidatum.com/RPC2/

http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2

http://blog.with2.net/ping.php

http://blogpingr.de/ping/rpc2

http://blo.gs/ping.php

http://ping.fc2.com/

http://rpc.aitellu.com

http://rpc.bloggerei.de/ping/

http://serenebach.net/rep.cgi

http://www.bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=SITEMAP-URL

http://www.bloglines.com/ping

http://www.blogpeople.net/ping

http://xianguo.com/xmlrpc/ping.php

http://ping.pubsub.com/ping

http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=SITEMAP-URL

http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ping?sitemap=SITEMAP-URL

[*] Make sure you add your XML sitemap url in place of SITEMAP-URL in above list.

If you are using WordPress, then just head to Settings->Writing and copy and paste above list under ping options, if you are on any other platform then also you can use above ping services to let the world know about your new posts or contents.

Setup Proper HTTPS And Don’t Loss SEO

Last year Google has said that websites using HTTPS or secure version will get little bit SEO boost and perform better on search result page. After this, many websites has started using HTTPS, and as a result over 30% of Google Search result are using HTTPS. So by now you know using HTTPS on your website might boost your SEO but there can be negative effects as well if it is not implemented correctly, I have seen many websites implemented HTTPS version but it has put negative effect on it.

Implement Proper HTTPS

There are certain issues which can lower your rank or result in loss of SEO of your websites, some major issues are :-

  • Not Setting HTTPS as Primary version
  • Link Dilution
  • Duplicate Content
  • Wasting crawling

Not Setting HTTPS as Primary Version :-

This is the most common issue which I have seen with most of the websites implemented HTTPS, as a result of which, Google or any other search engine will crawl both versions of your website, means HTTP and HTTPS and can show in SERP which leads to further issues like.

Link Dilutions :-

If both HTTP and HTTPS versions of your websites are live which means some users will land on HTTP and some on HTTPS, and when users share your content on any of social media websites like Facebook or Twitter, the social signal and link equity which you will get is going to split into two part, for HTTP and HTTPS which is not good, we want social signal for one URL only.

Duplicate Content:-

This is the major issue which you will face, if proper redirection is not made then the search engine will crawl both HTTP and HTTPS contents which will result in duplicate content.

To fix this issue either redirect your HTTP to HTTPS or use proper canonical tags to fix the duplicate issue.

Wasting Crawling :-

If you have both HTTPS and HTTP websites live then search engine crawler is going to crawl both websites instead of just one which can be an issue for big websites having large number of post and contents

If you have both HTTPS and HTTP websites live then search engine crawler is going to crawl both websites instead of just one which can be an issue for big websites having large numbers of post and contents.

How to Fix this :-

  • Set your preferred domain in Google Webmaster Tools
  • Add both www and non-www version of your website in webmaster tools
  • Indicate the preferred URL with the rel=”canonical” link element
  • Use a sitemap and set preferred URLs for the same content
  • Use 301 redirects HTTP URLs to HTTPS
  • Prefer HTTPS over HTTP for canonical links
  • Make sure internal links point to HTTPS as well including all links pointing to CSS, Javascript and all
  • Change external links which you can like on social media to HTTPS

Infolinks Review; One Of The Best Ad Network, Really?

If you own a blog or website and if you want to monetize it then you must have searched for popular ad networks which will help you to generate money from your blog, then Infolinks is one name which you must have seen almost everywhere, it’s also one of the best Google Adsense alternative as well, but does it really worth? Let’s try to find out what Infolinks is and do you need to use it on your blog or just skip it like you had done with most of the Ad Networks.

Infolinks Review

Like any of you, when I had decided to monetize my blog(s), I had searched for ad networks, join many of them, use them and leave most of them as they are not worth of using. I am using Infolinks from past four years and its working very well for us.

Can I Use Infolinks With Adsense:-

This is one of very frequently asked question which I get from most of the readers, and answer to this question is Yes, you can use Infolinks with your Adsense.

Signup And Setup:-

One thing which I like most on Infolinks is that it’s very easy to signup and setup, you can create the account in just 10 minutes and then you can add your website or blog in Infolinks, then your website will be reviewed and once Infolinks approve your website, then you can start using it.

In my experience, I have seen, Infolinks approves your website in 24 hours, and many times my websites were approved in just 12 hours as well, which is a good thing as you don’t have to wait long to start using it.

Once your account is approved, then you can either use official plugins available for WordPress and other platforms or just copy paste code provided by them on your website and it will start showing ads in juts few minutes.

Type Of Ads On Infolinks:-

The good thing here is that you just need to select the category of websites and then it will automatically show ads according to your websites contents and you will start making money.

UI Of Infolinks Dashboard:-

Here I would say, UI is bit outdated and nothing fancy here, but it do provide all tools which you need to customize ads like change color of ads, a number of links ads and some more, you can also generate reports according to your requirement.

Payout On Infolinks:-

After using lots of ad network, I can easily say Infolinks is not a scam and it really work perfectly, and especially if you have traffic from US and UK then you will be able to make some good amount of money from Infolinks.

There are several payout options available on Infolinks like Paypal, Cheque, or Wire Transfer. The minimum payout on Infolinks is $50 via Paypal, in my experience, I had never faced any issue in payout from Infolinks.

Infolinks Affiliates:-

Many of you might not know, but Infolinks do provide affiliate program which you need to activate, and another strange thing is Infolinks do not provide any way to track or monitor it, however, I did get commission couple of times for this.

Final Words On Infolinks:-

As per my personal use, I would say Infolinks is one of the best textual ad networks out there, it work perfectly and setup process is easy and simple, there is mobile app as well for Android and iOS which lets you monitor and track your account on the go.

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