Top 3 Safest Plugins for Handling your WP Site During Downtime

There are times when you need to shutdown a website for updating bug fixes, trying hard for a new theme, and other common reasons. The process on WordPress can be annoyed because you would need to convey all the traffic onto a new default page.

Here I want to present a time saving solution. A collection of WordPress plugins which will be responsible for handle your website during downtime. The best part about the solution is each of these are open source and easy to install on any website. Using a pre-built method will save a lot of time so that you can focus on fixing the site to get back online.

1. WP Maintenance Mode

Many developers are familiar with the WP Maintenance Mode plugin because it is discussed almost everywhere. Maintenance Mode is a great choice because you can also decide on a number of programmed templates.

WP maintenance mode

My Take: I would say this is one of the easiest choices to install and customize. Webmasters who are just getting the hangover of WordPress may enjoy this plugin the most. The most current version is developed for supporting the latest 3.6 beta release. And it is common to see this plugin updated very frequently.

2. Ultimate Maintenance Mode

Using a plugin that starts with a phrase “Ultimate” should make you think this is the most incredible of all. The best feature of this plugin is that it will utilize a screenshot of your website in the background. Users who are logged into the site may still access the full display, plus the wp-admin panel.

Ultimate Maintenance mode

My Take: I think Ultimate Maintenance Mode is another superb choice. But it can be to some extent more complex than the other options. It is worth some time investing into the plugin if you want to learn how it all works.

3. YITH Maintenance Mode

Your Inspiration Themes (YITH) Maintenance Mode plugin comes as free and open source just like the others. I like their admin panel menu style for organizing the topical links. It is updated for WordPress 3.5.1 which is the most current stable release.

YITH Maintenance Mode

My Take: The WP admin menu is fantastic because it uses built-in tabs all along with page links. The best feature is it’s input fields which allows you to change the page text, style, and layout. There is a lot of customization for users who really need a detailed solution. You can also select who is allowed to view the full site, ranging from Administrators to Authors and contributors. This is my go-to choice when shutting down a website for brief edits or updates to the theme.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of your website maintenance is definitely tough. This is when you should be testing out some different plugins to see what can work best for your website. Thankfully WordPress has a large collection of maintenance plugins, even some which I haven’t listed in this post.

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Top 10 Tips for Graphic Designers

Graphic design is all about the blend of technology and fine arts. Learning Graphic Design is not that complex and so there are many graphic designers in the industry today. Getting work that pays well is the harder part. Here are some useful tips which can help getting work that pays well:

  1. For getting work graphic designers need to market their skills well. For this they can use various marketing tools.
  2. An appealing social media presence and a regularly updated good blog about the designer’s skills is a good start as this type of marketing is free of cost.
  3. Also networking and word of mouth help, so getting in touch with people from the same field, your friends and other designers is a good idea.Tips for graphic designers
  4. Joining a graphic design group or community or association also is a good idea.
  5. Interaction with fellow graphic designers will only help the business. Getting work from online freelancing or jobs websites may also help.
  6. Always remain in the know about the happenings in the field of graphic design. Read Design related magazines and blogs to get the news and know how about latest tools and techniques used in graphic designing.
  7. Also graphic designers must keep their eyes open to the designs in their surroundings. By collecting designs, magazines, pictures and other artistic items the graphic designers get inspiration.
  8. Travel is another form of inspiration for a graphic designer. As this is such a dynamic and ever changing field, the graphic designers need to follow trends and adapt to changing graphic design techniques to remain ahead of the competition.
  9. Graphic Designers will get work ultimately only if they show dedication to the job and be brilliant at their work.
  10. Graphic Designers need to be dynamic, adaptable and also always wanting to learn and improve their graphic design skills in order to be good at their business.

I thanks to my friend Vicky Kumar, who gave me a good topic to share my views on. I worked with him at the beginning of my career. Vicky is a graphic and web designer based in Pune, Maharastra. He is a passionate for building great looking, hand crafted websites, logos, Ads.  My good wishes for vicky to have a sunny future..

Post Smarter: Best Time to Post on Facebook

Some of my online market friends claimed that they know the best time to post on Facebook.  Without analyze the business and it’s need no-one can assume the best time to post on Facebook which also known as “social media giant”. The best time to post on Facebook is when your (targeted) audience will see it. And this is going to be unique to you and your business.

Using Facebook Insights

If you want to investigate actual numbers to determine if previous posting times (or if trying new posting times) are working effectively, simply track these steps for using Facebook Insights.

1. Export the “Post level data” from Facebook Insights for you’re the last one month.

facebook insight

2. Open the Post level data in Excel within the “Lifetime Post Stories by action” tab and delete all columns except C, D, H, I, J, and K. Don’t delete E if you’re interested in seeing what types of posts work well for your audience.

Don’t forget, timing isn’t everything! Determining the ultimate time to post on Facebook won’t increase your engagement if your content isn’t engaging. This does not include clicks on links. It includes only “Likes,” comments, and shares. To review link clicks, simply review the same columns in the fourth tab in “Lifetime Post consumers by type.”

Facebook Insight analysis

Tips: Always try to use the fresh or self created images for better results. Or ask your designer team to create some interesting images related to industry niche. Don’t forget to include company’s logo in the image.  If you are not good in creating eye catching images, use Canva. It makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone, by bringing together a drag-and-drop design tool with a library of more than 1 million stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts.

Wall Posts less than 80 characters in length receive 66% higher engagement than longer Posts. Very concise Posts – those between one and 40 characters – generate highest engagement.

“The study showed that quality not quantity counts when publishing to your wall. One or two brand posts receive 32% higher “like” rates and 73% comment rates compared to posting 3 or more times a day.”- Jeff  Bullas
Post timing

Conclusion:

As reports suggesting for my Facebook page, the best timing to post is 9:30AM to 11:30AM and the worst time is 1:00PM to 4:30 PM. In this way after analyzing your last month work, you can decide which time suits most to your Facebook page.

Don’t just post, post smarter!

This what I Call A True Sportsmanship

Brazilians may not have the best defense, but you can’t deny they’ve got the ‘golden heart’. In a video profile by FIFA TV Clovis Fernandes, a die-hard Brazilian fan said, “”I am their 12th player, I am the guy that cheers, I’m the guy that shouts, I’m the guy that makes promises.” Clovis has traveled to more than 60 countries to watch his team playing 150 games.

He was on top of the world. No one had ever loved a trophy so much.

Clovis Fernandes with trophy

But then came that first goal. And then the second. And then, the third, following the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.

Defeated faces of Brazilian fans

Things were harsh. Brazil’s run at the World Cup was over.

But this man, whose defeated face was plastered across newspapers and television screens, knew when it was time to fold. For anyone who wants to know, the guy is somewhat of a legend in Brazil. He is known as “Gaucho da Copa” His real name is Clovis Acosta Fernandes.

A YouTube user captured this touching moment of the man giving his trophy away to Germany’s fans.

 

Reportedly, as he handed the trophy over, he said (roughly translated), “Take it to the final! As you can see, it is not easy, but you deserve it. Congratulations.”

Colvis Handed the trophy

Colvis Handed the trophy to germany's fan

He follows the Seleção wherever they go since 1990. He has been an enthusiastic spectator to 7 World Cups, 6 Copa Américas, 4 Confederation Cups, 1 Olympic Game. He has visited 66 countries and has watched 149 games altogether. So, he’s been to 3 world cup finals, Brazil winning two of them. So he will be all fine even after this devastating result. Source

Clovis Fernandes from 1990-2014

“You can be sure that I’ll end the tournament as the player with the most appearances for Brazil,” he stated in FIFA 2014.

Better luck next time, Clovis. There’s always 2018.

Clovis Brazil Football Fan

5 Big Lies Interviewers Tell Job Candidates

Due to overwork and large applicant pools, recruiters often tell little white lies to job candidates. Here are seven most common lies interviewers tell job candidates in infographic.

(1) “We will call you and get back to you in sometime”.

For the job seekers this statement is like a red flag. According to the experience of most of the job candidates, “getting back to you”, most of the time means that somewhere the interviewer is not impressed and is considering you as an option in case they don’t find a best candidate. Keeping expectation from such interview might not be a good idea.

(2) “We are impressed but still need to interview more people”

If they are really so impressed, then why they are informing you that they need to interview more people? In a way they were hinting you that it may not just work out. When interviews say that it means that they find you a potential candidate but they are not entirely satisfied and are looking for a better candidate.

5 Big Lies

(3) “We will give you salary considering your work experience”

Undoubtedly experience counts but salary is not always based on that. Before recruiting, the company has a pre-decided salary package, in case interviewer cities your experience as reason for lower salary package, make sure you are well researched about the position and the salary package so that you are not fooled and can negotiate well.

(4) “You would find a great working atmosphere sans any politics”

You are definitely not a child to fall for this line. Where there is a competition there is bound to be politics. You can’t escape that. Every interviewer would like to portray the company in a better and a good way but you should be smart enough to figure out he truth.

(5)  “We offer many benefits to our employees”

Don’t just take the words. It may be seem nice and reassuring but without the exact details you never know. Benefits are offered, but the details would do a lot better than the words. Ensure research and ask about it.

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Cover onions in caramel

7 Easy Gags to Pull Before The End of April Fool 2014

April Fools’ Day is upon us, which means a prank could be lurking ’round every corner, chair or potentially Saran-wrapped door.

This year, stop thinking about blasting your mom’s car with Post-it notes and settle for a simpler prank. Check out these 7 easy gags you can pull together before the day’s end.

1. Mix Reese Pieces, Skittles and M&Ms into one big bowl

Mix Reese Pieces

2. Swap Hand Sanitizer With Personal Lubricant

Swap hand sanitzer with personal lubricant

3. Cover Onion in Carmel

Cover onions in caramel

4. Tape an Air horn by the Door Handle

Tape an airhorn by the door handle

5. Leave a Gross (and fake) Surprise for Unsuspecting Bathroom Goers

Leave a gross

6. Paint a Bar of Soap with Clear Nail Polish to Prevent it from Lathering

Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish

7. Stock Your Refrigerator with a Terrifying “Head” in a Jar

Stock your refrigerator with a terrifying head in a jar

Importance of Custom URL for Google Plus Profile or Page

It was quite difficult to tell other of your google plus profile or page because of the long and complex url. But now I am pleased to take delivery of an email from Google announcing that I could get a custom Google+ URL for my Google+ profile. Earlier Google offered vanity url or custom url to celebrities or public figure only. But now Google is offering this characteristic to help simplify access to Google+ profile and pages and allow users more flexibility.

Mail for custom url

For instance, rather than being stuck with the complex Google+ URL of:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+116436300250832312025/posts//p/pub

I could instead trade up for this Google+ URL:

https://plus.google.com/+VikasPratapSMO

Requirements For Getting A Custom URL

To get a custom URL, your account needs to be in good standing and meet a few other requirements.

For Individual Users:

  1. Ten or more follower.
  2. Account is 30 days old or more.
  3. Profile includes profile photo.

For Google Plus Pages:

  1. Local Google+ Pages: Must be a verified local business.
  2. For Non-local Google+ Pages: Must be linked to a website.

It’s not quite honest to say Google lets you pick your new URL. Instead, when you click the “Get URL” button at the top of your Google Plus profile and page, you’ll see the one or more possible URLs Google’s approved for your account. Choose the one you like best

G plus Custom URL

We told you in the beginning your personalized URL would be easier for your connections to find. But the new URL makes it easier for friends to search your account too.

For example, let’s say you want to see someone’s photos or video on their Google Plus page. Just add the keywords “photos” or “video” at the end of the new Google personalized URL like this:

Plus.google.com/+customURL/photos, or

Plus.google.com/=custonURL/video

Hope you find the article a little more helpful understanding the importance of vanity url or custom url for your Google plus profile and pages.

VikasPratap G+