4 Simple SEO Steps for WordPress

Every search engine (like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) ranks websites by “crawling” them, which means that they look through all the information on web pages for keywords and other relevant information. Then, they run that information through their algorithms, which rank each site, so the best theoretical search results come first.

The higher your site ranks, the more people will see it. The graph below demonstrates that the highest rated site receives around one-third of the total clicks per search, as opposed to the lower rated sites, which subsequently receive exponentially less traffic.

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The benefits of SEO are obvious, so let’s look at a few simple steps you can take to make your site rank a little higher.

HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR TITLE & TAGLINE

One of the most important SEO tools is a good site name. A title should not only brand your site but also describe the general idea of what a viewer should expect. Think about what keywords you would use to find your own site online, and then try to incorporate them into your title.

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Not all sites can use keywords in their titles; artists who want to use their name as a site title, or companies that don’t have keywords in their name, should not change the title to fit a keyword. That’s why it’s also very important to have a tagline as well.

The tagline, which appears right next to your site name on search engines, is a very short description of your site. You can use the tagline to further describe your site, and use keywords that will grab your audience.

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To change your site’s title and tagline, simply go to Settings > General in your dashboard and fill in the “Site Title” and “Tagline” fields at the top of the page.

HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR HEADERS

Within the content of each post, search engines will also rank keywords, and headers will be ranked the highest. There are 6 headers that can be used in each page (h1-h6), these headers are usually used as titles and subtitles, and they will enlarge the text.

The post title is also an H1 header, and should have more important keywords. Then H2-H6 are sub-headers, which are like chapter titles in a book; they tell a part of the story, but are less important than H1 to search engines, so you should use less important keywords under those headers.

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To change the text to a Header, simply open the drop down menu in the post editor, and select the header that is most appropriate.

THE BENEFITS OF AN XML SITEMAP

An XML sitemap is like a blueprint of your site, which tells the search engines what to crawl in your site. A sitemap allows search engines to find web pages that may not otherwise be crawled. For instance, if you have a page on your website that is not linked to any other pages, the search engines might not be able to find that page without an XML Sitemap. And, if the search engines say it helps them find your pages, it’s probably a good idea to listen to them.

But that’s not all that sitemaps can do for you. They can also give other important information about your site, including how often your site is updated, and other metadata that can help rank your site higher.

If the title and tagline are like the cover of a book, and the headers are like chapters, then an XML sitemap is like a table of contents in a book.

There are many options for sitemaps, you can make your own, or you can download on in a plugin. Simply go to Plugins > Download Plugins and type XML Sitemap in the search bar. There are many options, but one of the most popular is called Google XML Sitemaps

WHY CONTENT IS KING

Search engines don’t like when websites overuse SEO and try to rig the system. Google has updated their algorithms to catch websites that are stuffing keywords, and they actually lower your rank for that. It’s called “Black Hat SEO,” and it can even get you banned from appearing on search engines.

These SEO tips are only to help boost your site, they cannot replace the actual content of your site, which should be original and interesting. That should always be the main focus of a site, is the content, not how many people see it.

To put it plainly, the content of your site should be made for visitors, not search engines.

WHMCS 6.0 is here!

Version 6.0 is out now and available. You can auto install WHMCS 6.0.0 with one click via Softaculous. Here is the guide.  You can also upgrade your existing installations to WHMCS 6.0.0 via Softaculous. Here is the guide.

whmcs-v6-bannerVersion 6 is packed with new features, watch the video below for a look at some of them in action.

Key Features in WHMCS V6 include :

  • Optimized for Mobile

  • Contextual Sidebars

  • Dynamic Searching & Pagination

  • Client Notifications

  • Localisation – Bonjour, Ciao, Hola…

  • Developer Friendly

Release Notes for V6

Source : http://blog.whmcs.com

Magento 1.9.2.0 released with Security Patch SUPEE-6285

Magento 1.9.2.0 is now available via Softaculous. This release includes security patch SUPEE-6285 and it is strongly recommended to update your sites immediately.

You can refer to the following guide on how to upgrade your installations :
http://www.softaculous.com/docs/How_to_upgrade_installations

Details of the security patch are listed below :

SUPEE-6285 Patch Bundle

Date of Release: 07/07/2015

This bundle includes protection against the following security-related issues:

  • Customer Information Leak via RSS and Privilege Escalation
  • Request Forgery in Magento Connect Leads to Code Execution
  • Cross-site Scripting in Wishlist
  • Cross-site Scripting in Cart
  • Store Path Disclosure
  • Permissions on Log Files too Broad
  • Cross-site Scripting in Admin
  • Cross-site Scripting in Orders RSS

Source : http://docs.magento.com

Experience Twenty Fifteen with WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is now available for install and upgrade via Softaculous. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

Try the new theme Twenty Fifteen

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The newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
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Distraction-free writing

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Just write.

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.

The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.

Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( ‘title-tag’ ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.

Source : http://wordpress.org/

WordPress 4.0 “Benny” now available

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience.

WordPress is already updated to 4.0 in Softaculous. You can install a new copy of WordPress 4.0 or update existing installation to the latest version via Softaculous to experience the new features included in 4.0

Manage your media with style
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Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.

Working with embeds has never been easier
Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

WordPress has expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.

Focus on your content
Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.

Finding the right plugin
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There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

Source : wordpress.org

What’s new with WordPress 3.8

WordPress 3.8 is now available via Softaculous. Upgrade your existing installation to 3.8 with one click or install a fresh new blog.

WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!

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Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

Beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

responsiveWe all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes to match your personality

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WordPress just got a colorful new update. WordPress 3.8 includes eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management

themesThe new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, WordPress team has worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

The new Twenty Fourteen theme displayed on a laptop. tablet and phone

Turn your blog into a magazine

Create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our WordPress’ simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is the most intrepid default theme yet.

Try Twenty Fourteen live

Source : http://wordpress.org

Forgot the password for your WordPress blog ?

Forgot the password for your WordPress blog ? This post will help you to reset your password.

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1) Get the reset password link to your email address :

You need to know either the email address or the username and need to have access to your email address (you will receive the reset password link there).

  • Go to your WordPress login screen
  • Click on the Lost your Password link
  • Enter the email address or your username and click on the Get New Password button.
  • You will now receive an email with the link to reset your password.
  • Enter the new password and click on the Reset Password button.
  • That’s it you have reset the password for your blog’s account.

2) Don’t have access to the email associated to your account at the blog ?

You can reset the password from your WordPress database. You will require access to your database.

  • Login to your control panel and go to the database manager. Generally you will have phpMyAdmin
  • Now choose the database where you have WordPress installed. (If you are not sure check the database details from wp-config.php file of your installation)
  • Go to the users table and look for the username for which you need to reset the password
  • Now click on the Edit button corresponding to your username
  • Enter the new password you want under the Value column next to user_pass field
  • Choose MD5 from the dropdown under the Function column next to user_pass field
  • Hit the Go button
  • The password encryption will not look as the previous one because we chose MD5 and WordPress uses a different hashing method
  • Don’t worry. Go to the login WordPress login screen and login with the new password. On successful login WordPress will convert the new password as per WordPress encryption hash.
  • That’s it you have successfully reset the password for your account for your WordPress blog.

Subrion CMS 3: Now More Powerful & Flexible Than Ever Before

Subrion is an open-source PHP content management system which has always aimed to be as comprehensive as possible in terms of functionality, whilst holding true to it’s user-friendly ethos.

The development team behind Subrion CMS – Intelliants, have recently announced a major update for their flagship content management system, calling it Subrion CMS 3.
Key features such as full source editing, per-page permissions and extensive plugin options have always been part of the platform, but now with a host of improvements recently launched along with Subrion CMS 3, users are in for a far more powerful Subrion experience. Let’s explore how.

Enhanced Admin Dashboard, Plugin Installation & Fields Management

The most obvious improvement introduced by Subrion CMS 3, is the enhanced admin dashboard. The core version comes in a selection of 5 different colours by default, making it easy to customize your experience right out of the box.

The brand new dashboard, along with its 5 bundled colours, is extremely easy on the eyes, and even simpler to use, thanks to bold menus and logically grouped tools and features which makes managing content a breeze.

This new user interface is sleek and organized, allowing you to access different areas of your Subrion admin panel with ease, whilst also displaying key content such as Twitter news and recent activity via the main dashboard.

Remote Plugin installation

Subrion CMS 3 also brings about remote plugin installation, which scraps the need for manual downloading and uploading of plugins via FTP.

Instead, a simple three-step process is all you need to worry about. Once you navigate over to the Plugins page on your admin panel, you can select the Remote Mode filter for your available plugins, and then click install. It’s that easy.

Improved Fields Management

You can also look forward to improved fields management features for item listings. Whether the fields relate to members, auto listing, real estate listing, coupons, or anything else, you can easily extend your listings with the additional fields.

Fields can be created in many different forms, including, text field, WYSIWYG, checkboxes, radios, pictures, attachments, and much more.

The best part is, there is no need to make any PHP/HTML changes, as you can have complete control over your fields right from the admin panel.

Built-In Blogging & Professional Templates

With Subrion CMS 3 also comes bundled with a built-in blogging functionality, which means there is no need to combine Subrion with any other blogging platform or content management system in order to create a blog.

The latest version of Subrion also introduces a new iaBootstrap template framework, which is based on Twitter Bootstrap 2. The framework simplifies new template development for Subrion CMS, providing all templates with a responsive nature.

Speaking of responsive design, Subrion CMS 3 ensures that both its templates and admin dashboard can be viewed via mobile browsers, so you can manage your content easily – anywhere you go.

Premium Extension Packages, Major Re-factoring & a 20% Discount

With version 3 of their platform, Subrion were aiming to make their software more scalable, reliable, and stable than every before – and they did just that.

This is due to some major re-factoring work, with improvements to nearly 90% of Subrion’s core code. Major improvements include improved PHP 5 support, and the addition of MySQLi support.

Along with all these Subrion CMS 3 enhancements, you can also extend the default functionality of the platform instantly, with 6 premium extension packages.

These paid premium packages allow you to add further functionality in terms of article publishing, coupons, real estate listings, directory listings, and more.

There is also some great news for Softaculous & Webuzo readers. Subrion have kindly offered a 20% discount off all orders, including on their Premium Extension Packages which are detailed above.

To claim your discount, simply use the discount code, “SOFTACULOUS” upon checkout.

Soruce : www.intelliants.com

WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release

WordPress team has released WordPress 3.6.1 which is a Maintenance and Security Release

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WordPress 3.6.1 is also a security release for all previous WordPress versions and it is strongly recommend you update your sites.

WordPress has been updated to 3.6.1 in Softaculous. You can update your installation with just one click. Here is the guide :

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The WordPress security team resolved three security issues, and this release also contains some additional security hardening.

The security fixes include :

  • Block unsafe PHP unserialization that could occur in limited situations and setups, which can lead to remote code execution.
  • Prevent a user with an Author role, using a specially crafted request, from being able to create a post “written by” another user.
  • Fix insufficient input validation that could result in redirecting or leading a user to another website.

The additional security hardening include:

  • Updated security restrictions around file uploads to mitigate the potential for cross-site scripting. The extensions .swf and .exe are no longer allowed by default, and .htm and .html are only allowed if the user has the ability to use unfiltered HTML.

Source : http://wordpress.org

WHMCS Security Release 4.5.6 and 5.2.6 Update Now !

WHMCS has released new patches for the 4.5, 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2 minor releases. These updates provide targeted changes to address security concerns with the WHMCS product. You are highly encouraged to update immediately.

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WHMCS has rated these updates as including critical or important security impacts.

Releases
The following full-release versions of WHMCS have been published and address all known vulnerabilities:
5.2.6

The latest public releases of WHMCS are available inside members area at WHMCS.

WHMCS has been updated to 5.2.6 in Softaculous as well. If you have Softaculous installed on your server you can upgrade to the latest version of WHMCS via Softaculous.

PLEASE NOTE: The 4.5 series reached End Of Life as of June 30th 2013. WHMCS is aware that some customers have not moved to an LTS version due to the newness of the LTS policy. The related 4.5 patch release published along with this Security Advisory is provided as a courtesy to those customers. From this point forward, there will be no more patches provided for 4.5 or any other release that has reached EOL.

There is no reason to believe that these vulnerabilities are known to the public. As such, WHMCS will only release limited information regarding the vulnerabilities at this time.

Once sufficient time has passed to allow WHMCS customers to update their installed software, WHMCS will release additional information regarding the nature of the security issue.

These Targeted Security Releases and Patches address 9 vulnerabilities in WHMCS versions 4.5, 5.0, .5.1, and 5.2.

Source : http://www.whmcs.com