Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5 Things to Consider Before Changing WordPress Theme

Being a WordPress user, due to availability of tons of themes, one might get desperate to change his/her theme now and then. Changing the theme, changes the structure of that WordPress site, and this might be a bad sign for SEO since continuously changing the theme ultimately makes the search giants like Google & Bing think that you are not serious about your site.

Besides SEO there are also other few things which you might consider before changing the theme of your WordPress site.

Backup previous theme

Changing your WordPress theme isn’t dangerous since you can switch back to previous theme anytime you want. But it is wise to regularly backup your WordPress site, because nobody knows when you might face data loss due to accidental errors and bugs.

Check menu placements

Sometimes Menus might get hidden while changing the theme. In that case you can quickly assign menus to the new theme by visiting Appearance > Menu and select appropriate locations in the new theme for your menus.

Custom Post Types

Some WordPress theme makes use of custom post types which might not be supported by other themes, as a result you might see your site content not being rendered correctly. In that case you might want to make use of plugins such as Post Type Plugin which changes Page to Post, Post to Page, Page to Attachment and Post to Custom. Or simply you can switch back to the old theme to copy the content into the new one.

Platform Independent

Check if the new theme works perfectly on all the modern browsers and devices.

Theme Source

Never make use of nulled WordPress themes. Tons of premium WordPress themes are available for free to download from unreliable sites. These sites place encrypted codes into the theme files, and eventually your site might get hacked and fall into wrong hands. Always use WordPress theme either from WordPress theme repository or from reliable sources like Themeforest, StudioPress, etc.

Bonus Tip: It is always wise and safe to to test the new theme in your localhost and if everything works fine just as you wanted, you can then apply it to the live site.

Quick Way to Access Webmail Without Logging into cPanel

If you’ve created a custom email for your domain (eg, custom email: [email protected]), then usually the normal procedure to access the webmail for that custom email will be first logging into the cPanel account, visit webmail section under Mail heading.

Well, that’s a length process! You can just directly access your webmail via web and you can also configure your Android/iOS device to access the webmail.

Accessing webmail via web

  • Suppose that your domain name is, then you can easily access your webmail by visiting
  • Enter your username and password
  • Choose between three mail clients: horde, roundcube, SquirrelMail
Personally, I prefer easy to use as-well-as modern user interface, so I make use of roundcube as my mail client.

Accessing webmail via Android/iOS devices

  • Open the email app you have on your Android/ iOS device
  • Search for Add account or Add email options
  • Enter your custom email address ([email protected])
  • Enter the password
  • If asked, select IMAP, the protocol used for sending and receiving emails which allows you to view your emails until and unless you manually delete them
You’ve finally configured your Android/iOS device to access your webmail without having to login to cPanel.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Things to Consider, Before You Apply For BuySellAds

Google Adsense and BuySellAds are the best ad services which are mostly used by successful blogs around the globe.

This blog post discusses about getting your blog into BuySellAds, a great marketplace for blogs, where they can sell their blog’s advertisement spot to the advertisers of the same niche.

Before applying for BuySellAds, there are few thing which you must consider. It is not like getting a new domain, a webhost, writing few posts and submitting for review. It’s not that easy as you think to get your blog approved by BuySellAds.

Just make sure your blog qualifies these six guidelines, before applying for BSA.

Things to Consider, Before You Apply For BuySellAds

Your website must be on top level domain (eg, .com, .net, .org, etc). Sites running on subdomains (eg, and won’t be approved. Making use of top level domain definitely impresses the advertiser, since it shows that you've invested at least something for the blog and you are serious about it.

Your website must receive at least 50K pageviews per month. You can’t fool those guys BuySellAds by buying false visits to your site just to increase the page-views. People make use of various sites to bring paid traffic to their site. That is the most useless thing to do when you're serious about your blog. If you want to take your blog to the next level, then the formula is to get organic and social traffic, and once you start hitting the required number of page-views then start monetizing the blog. Now is then the time to apply for BSA.

Copied contents will never drive traffic to your blog. Your website should be updated regularly, and it must have unique contents. And no one likes to visit a blog which rarely updates once in a month. One quality post per week, is great. But, if you're like me, who love writing short posts, then 2-3 post per week is far enough.

Your website must not have contents related to hacking and illegal stuffs. Web & Technology niche websites are most likely to get approved into their program.

Your website must have a professional design. Easy to navigate & interact, clutter free and user-friendly interface. If your blog has a poor navigational design, then the your readers will definitely have hard time making use of your blog. 

Suppose a reader comes to your blog, and finds a clean, elegant design and useful content, that single user will be giving you couple of page-views and who know you blog might also get another bookmark.

For a minute, just assume that your blog is not yours, its run by someone other, and you've come across that blog for the very first time. Now mark out these things: Did you get impress by the design? Does the blog have useful yet original content? Has the author explained the posts quite in detail?

If the answers to above questions are positive then just apply for BuySellAds, straight away. Else, look around your blog, and try to find out the flaws, solve them, and apply for their program.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Here Are Some Most Useful Mac OS X Yosemite Tips

Mac OS X Yosemite is one of the best OS X Apple has ever introduced. With tons of improvements over OS X Mavericks and some UI changes has added extra flavor to user experience.

Here are 7 most useful quick tips for you to get most out of your Mac running OS X Yosemite.

Quickly Turn Off Notifications

Suppose you’re working on some stuffs and you really need focus and do not want to get disturbed by notifications that show up in the top-right corner of your Mac OS X, then here’s a small workaround.

You can either disable notifications from a specific app or you can also go for “do not disturb” mode which will temporarily disable notifications to show up for rest of the day.

Turn Off Notifications From Specific App in Mac OS X

  • Visit System Preferences
  • Click on Notification
  • On the left, select the application from which you do not want to receive any notifications
  • Now click on None as the alert style for that specific app

Quickly Turn Off Notifications in Mac OS X

Using Do Not Disturb to disable notification for rest of the day.
  • From Menu bar, click on Notification Center icon
  • Scroll down a bit
  • Turn on Do Not Disturb
You can also use a shortcut to directly turn on Do Not Disturb mode in Mac OS X. Justhold alt key and click the Notification Center icon. The icon turns dim when notifications alert are disabled.

Quickly Relaunch Finder

For starters, Finder in Mac OS X is just like My Computer in Windows. Finder makes it easy to access folders like Applications, Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music Pictures, etc.

But within a period of time, Finder sometimes might become unresponsive due to various reasons. In that case you might need to know the ways to quickly relaunch the frozen finder.

There are two ways you can relaunch the Finder in your Mac.

Using Dock

  • Hold down option key and right click on the Finder icon in the Dock
  • Now select Relaunch

Using Shortcut Key

  • Hold down option+command+esc keys together to open Force Quit Applicationswindow
  • Select Finder from the list of Applications
  • Click Force Quit
Now you can easily relaunch the freezed Finder in your Mac.

Changing Your Login Account Profile Picture

The very first thing you do after owning a Mac is personalizing it, making the system more like yourself and set the system preferences according to your needs. And when it comes to personalizing needs, setting a login account profile picture is one of them.

  • From Menu Bar, Visit Apple Logo > System Preferences
  • Click Users & Groups icon
  • While you’re under Password tab, hover your mouse pointer over the present login account profile picture to get an edit option and click on it
  • Now choose your image which you want to set as profile picture from the list of available places (Defaults, Recents, iCloud Photos, Faces, camera, Linked)
If you want to use a custom/downloaded photo as your profile picture, you’d have todrag the particular photo over the current profile picture. Scale the photo (zoom in/out) as per your need and finally click Done.

Generating Strong & Memorable Passwords

Getting yourself a strong yet memorable password is a difficult task. No one really wants to compromise their accounts (eg, social networks, e-banking, etc) because of weak passwords. Passwords must never contain any information related to you and your lifestyle. Hackers might use the information related to you for brute-force attacks, and your accounts might get into wrong hands.

If you’re a Mac user, then there’s a way to generate a super strong as well as memorable passwords using Keychain Access, an application which handles all the password and certificate security in.

  • Open Keychain Access Application (Finder > Applications > Utilities)
  • From Menu Bar, Click on File and select New Password Item
  • In next window, click on the key icon present beside Password field
  • A small window pops up, and there’s the auto generated password in theSuggestion field
  • To generate next password just select Memorable from the drop down menu
The length of auto generated password can be adjusted by sliding the Length slider menu.

Checking Versions of Installed Applications

It might be for checking the availability of newer versions or downgrading to older versions; whatever may be the reasons sometimes you might need to be aware of the version of app you’re currently running in your Mac. And there are two quick ways to know which version of application/software you’re using.
  • Open Finder
  • Go to Applications folder
  • Single click the App whose version you want to know
  • Press command + I
  • Under General, you’ll get the Version of that specific app
And the next way is to open the application, and from the menu bar visit application’s menu > About.

Increasing-Decreasing App Window Resize Area

Mac users can resize the App/Software window by moving the cursor to the edges of an active window and finally click & drag; outside and inside so as to increase or decrease the window size respectively.

For some users moving the cursor to the exact edge can be difficult. But there’s a small workaround that increases the window resizing area, which makes it easy to resize app/software window quickly in Mac OS X.
  • Open Terminal (press command + SPACE, and type terminal)
  • Enter the following command which changes the edge resize size to the value you set.
defaults write -g AppleEdgeResizeExteriorSize 15

  • Change the value 15 to some other number as per your need.
  • Restart Your Mac
In case you want to revert back to default setting, enter the following command into the Terminal and restart your Mac.

defaults delete -g AppleEdgeResizeExteriorSize

Changing Finder Sidebar Icon Size

Finder sidebar helps Mac user to quickly access their Favourites Locations (iCloud Drive, Airdrop, Applications, Documents, Movies, Music, Pictures, etc), Devices (flash drives), Tags, Network, etc. By-default Mac system shows medium sized icons in the sidebar. Some users might want to decrease or increase the icon size.
  • Visit System Preferences (Either for the dock, or Apple Logo > System Preferences…)
  • Open General
  • Next to Sidebar icon size heading, use the drop down menu to select the icon size(Small, Medium, Large)
Changes takes place immediately. Now open Finder window, you’ll notice that the icon size have changed according to the size you’ve selected.

I hope you found these Mac OS X Yosemite Tips helpful. These tips also work for OS X El Capitan, I have personally tested it on this new OS X too.

Secure Your WordPress Site With Jetpack Single Sign On

Running a self-hosted WordPress blog gives you access to everything that’s behind the site. You can manipulate the site as per your requirements by changing themes, installing plugins, manually setting SEO, etc. There are tons of advantages of running a self-hosted WP site over the WP site hosted on

But, self-hosted WordPress means you’ll have to manually look after the security of your site. Since the WordPress login page of your WP site is public and in most cases can be accessed at Unauthentic users (hackers) might try to gain access to your site using the login page through brute-force attacks or any other sorts of illegal actions.

So, Its wise to take extra steps to secure your WordPress site with every possible steps, you can. This guide shows you how you can make use of Jetpack Single Sign On module to make your WordPress site more secure.

Benefits of Using Jetpack Single Sign On

You, as well as other registered users can directly login into self-hosted WordPress site, by using their account.

Since you’re using account for login, all the unauthentic and malicious login attempts are done on Which means no additional load on your server, due to illegal login attempts.

Securing Your WordPress Site With Jetpack Single Sign On

Firstly, make sure you’ve installed Jetpack by plugin on your WordPress site.

While you’re logged into your site’s dashboard, from the sidebar, visit Jetpack > Settings. You come across a lot of modules which are provided by this Jetpack plugin for your self-hosted WordPress site. Among the list of modules, find and click on Single Sign On and activate it.

Now visit your profile (Users > Your Profile), scroll down to the bottom and connect your account.

Redirecting Login Page to

Now that you’ve successfully connected your account to your profile, you can redirect your site’s login page to login page. This definitely adds extra security to your site. You as well as your user will be making use of login page at for logging to your self-hosted WordPress site.

For redirecting the login page, open your theme’s function.php file and add this code just below the php tag.

add_filter( 'jetpack_sso_bypass_login_forward_wpcom', '__return_true' );

Now try logging to your site by visiting, you’ll notice that you’re being redirected to login page. You’ll now have to enter your credentials to login to your self-hosted WordPress site.

Enable Two-Step Verification

Login to your account. Form the menu bar at the top, click on your avatar or simply visit your profile at

From the sidebar, click on Security, and you’ll be presented with various security options for securing your account.

Enable Two-Step Authentication, which adds a second level security to your account. You’ll have to enter six digits unique passcode generated by app like Google Authenticator to successfully login into your account. 

Even if someone comes to know about your login credentials, he/she won’t be able to access inside the site’s dashboard without the passcode.

Don't Want to See Someone's Tweets Anymore: Here's a Way

So you have been following someone on Twitter for a while now. But you don’t want to see their tweets anymore. Blocking them is too aggressive, you don’t really want to unfollow them. 
A good way to stop seeing them on your timeline without them finding about it is to mute them. Here's how you can do that.

Using Web

  • Click on … icon at the bottom of a tweet by the user you want to mute
  • Click Mute
Alternatively, you can go to the profile page of the user you want to mute, click the gear icon and select Mute.

When you’ve muted a user you will see a confirmation banner. If you want to unmute them you can click on Undo and do so instantly. 

Using Twitter Android App

  • Tap a tweet by the user you want to mute
  • Tap the overflow button (three vertical dots) at the top-right corner
  • Select Mute
Or you can go to the profile of the user you want to mute, tap the overflow button and select Mute

Using Twitter iOS App

  • Tap a tweet by the user you want to muteTap ••• icon
  • Tap Mute and confirm
To mute them from their profile, tap on the gear icon > Mute and confirm.

Once you’ve muted a user, their Tweets and Retweets will not show on your timeline anymore. Muting will not cause you to unfollow them. 

They will not know that you have muted them. The muted user can still send you Direct Messages and mentions by them will show on your Notifications tab. 

You will not receive push or SMS notifications from muted account.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Recover Deleted Photos From Android Phone With This Free App

Recently, a friend of mine reached me asking if there was any way to recover photos which he accidentally deleted from his Android phone.

Well, this might happen to anyone. You might mistakenly get into this, or initially you delete some photos and later regret deleting them.

There are hundreds of apps and software that claim to recover photos from your phone. Most of them have certain limitations, some might allow recovering limited numbers of photos, while some might come up showing the deleted photos and later ask you to buy premium licence to recover them.

There's actually an easy and free way to recover deleted photos from your Android phone.

DigDeep Image Recovery, is a free yet powerful photo recovery app available for Android, which searches for deleted photos in internal and SD card, and lets you easily recover them.

The use of this free app is quite easy.

All you have to do is download and install this app from Google Play Store, and launch it. The app automatically scans for deleted photos which can be recovered, just be patient and wait for the loading screen to finish.

Once the search is complete, you'll be presented with folders which contain your photos.

Move through those folders to search for the photos which you want to recover. Finally, check the photos which you'd like to recover and once you're done, just hit the restore button. In this way, you can easily recover deleted photos from your Android phone.

The app has an easy to use friendly interface, and does exactly what it claims.

Install DigDeep Image Recovery (Google Play Store)