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4 Free Email Providers For Your Custom Domain

Since the era of smartphone began, the existence of email address is needed more than ever. As you know if there are a lot of big company offering you a free email service, for example there are Google Mail (more popular with name GMail), Yahoo Mail (many products under Yahoo service, such as RocketMail, etc.) and the new superstar Outlook. These are free email providers for your website.

All of them are offering a free email service for free. For me, that is more than enough, they give me a huge space for the email inbox space, for example, GMail give me a free 8GB+ email space and also several online editor tools for my documents.

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How to Migrate WordPress Site to Another Host

We have seen many requests online on how to move a WordPress blog to a new server or host- including requests from some of our customers.

It seems as though the easy part is transferring the files. What most people find difficulty with is moving their WordPress database to the new server or hosting company.

It may look difficult at first with all the steps I’ve included, but I assure you- it’s easier than it looks- especially after you move a blog a few times. It may seem like there are many steps to migrate WordPress blog to a new server, but there really aren’t that many.

Bearing all of that in mind, We can imagine that many people have the same problem, or have no idea where to start, so here you will find instructions on how to carry this out, without losing theme elements or ending up with a site full of broken links.

Keeping the same URL

Firstly, it’s worth noting that if you haven’t really optimized the site and intend on keeping all of the URLs, and the domain name and the database is going to remain the same, then it’s a simple process.

If this is the case, then you will just have to copy the files and database across to the new server. If you want to change the name or user of the database you will have to alter the edit.wp-config.php file to ensure that it has the right values. Locate the following in the root folder and alter accordingly.

define('DB_NAME', 'user_wrdp1');
/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'user_wrdp1');
/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password');

If you’re changing server but keeping your domain name, then you will need to edit wp-config with your new database and user details and then just upload all of your files to the new server.

It’s pretty obvious too, but bears repeating, that you should make a full backup of the site, which should include the following:

  • Plugins
  • Theme files
  • Any uploads that you’ve made
  • The database

To do this, you can use phpMyAdmin, which is an open source tool for managing MySQL databases and includes a wealth of useful tools. You can choose to export data in a number of formats, such as CSV, SQL, XML, PDF, ISO/IEC 26300 and others. Alternatively, you can use a plugin such as WP-DB-Backup.

Uploading from local to a remote installation

Once you’re fully backed up and ready to go, first of all you’ll need to disable Permalinks. This can be done in the “Permalinks” screen view which is in the “Settings” menu. Choose the default setting and hit save.

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Then, if you haven’t already, backup the database, make a copy and rename it.

Installing WordPress on the new server

Install WordPress as you normally would, either using FTP or through cPanel and then copy all of the files from your local wp-content file to the one on the server using FTP or SFTP. Next, you will need to edit the database in order to replace the local URL with the remote one.

For this, use a search and replace utility, preferably not a text editor and change every instance of the local URL to the remote one. You can use SEARCH REPLACE DB for this, which should be installed in the root folder of your WP install for best results. In order to protect the script from abuse, it’s best to rename it before doing anything else.

For example, if you rename it newinstall.php, you will then go to http://yoursite.com/newinstall.php and follow the on-screen instructions to carry out search and replace. Once you’ve finished doing this, it’s important that you also delete the script in order to secure the DB.

Save the database before continuing. If a new database has been created when you installed WP, then this will need to be deleted. You can do this by:

  • Using phpMyAdmin, click on the “Structure” tab
  • Underneath the list of tables click on “Check All
  • Choose “Drop” from the menu called “with selected
  • Choose “Yes” when the message pops up asking if you want to drop all tables
  • Re-enable your permalinks as you had them in the last installation

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You’re good to go.

Moving from host to host

If you’re moving the site to a new host, it’s exactly the same as when you upload from a local server, with one key difference being that you will have to download all of your files from the existing host using FTP.

Changing the URL

If you need to change the URL of the site as it’s in a subdirectory or it’s a new domain name, you can do this by adding some lines to the functions.php file of the theme, as below.

update_option('siteurl','http://www.new-site-address.com');update_option('home','http://www.new-site-address.com');

Then, load the new files onto the site and it should work fine. Don’t attempt to just copy all of the files and database over, as this won’t work properly and you’ll end up with broken links.

Once you’ve then loaded the new files, test and delete the lines from the functions.php files, as your new settings will now be stored and saved in the database.

If you need to set up 301 redirects, which is important to both search engines and users, then you’ll need to connect to the old site and edit the .htaccess file. Locate the file and then paste this code at the top of the file:

1 #Options +FollowSymLinks
2 RewriteEngine on
3 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://yoursite.com $1 [R=301,L]

Once you’ve done this, go back to the new site and test to ensure that the changes have been made successfully. It’s also a good idea to submit the change of URL to Google via Webmaster Tools and you will also need to verify it.

Finally, once you’re confident that all is working well and you’ve checked and tested, remember to tell the site users about the change. You can do this in whatever way you think will be the most effective, by newsletter, blog post or on social media and if you still own the old domain, you can set up a temporary redirect to catch any that initially fall through the net.

That’s it, all you need to do to change the location of your WP site, even if you’re using a new URL.

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How a Top E-commerce Strategy Leads to Strong Sales

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This is a guest post by Shuchita Gautam, a professional blogger.

If you are thinking to promote your website and products without a strategy then you are probably following a wrong track. Want to know the secret of strong sales? Well, it does not mean you are expecting something impossible. To attain high conversion rate you must have a strong e-commerce strategy.

So, what all should be there in an effective e-commerce strategy?

Here the key factor is building customer’s trust that will result in an ultimate e-commerce business. Follow the 3 techniques to rock you e-commerce business without any investment:

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Directory Theme Updated!

This week was a great week, beside we’re celebrating our 5th birthday we also make more tutorials, doing business research and also updating our themes. There are many things that was going on in ColorLabs this week. Today, we can’t be more excited to share about our latest update for our WordPress theme. This week our team are doing beta test on Directory theme and we’re making a major updates to the theme.

This major updates includes bug fixes, feature updates and adding new features, as we want to deliver a professional theme in a good quality and regenerate with all the latest trends. So, we hope we can keep our product to stay fresh and new. Without wanting to waste any time, here are the list of our updates that we have been working on this week on Directory theme.

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Top 10 SEO Tips for Startups and Small Businesses

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This is a guest post by Niki Antonio, he works at InixMedia.

Keywords are a “Key”

To unlock the door to success, you need the key. Not only do you need the key, but you must know how to use it. In the case of SEO, keywords are the key. Optimizing your content for the right keywords can take a lot of time, planning, research and analysis to get a good corner on your market. You can use Google Webmaster Tools to determine what your customers are searching for and exactly how they are typing it into the search engine. The keywords with the highest results should be used to optimize all of your web content — such as webpages, articles, product or service description pages, blogs, social media pages, etc.

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Eid ul-Fitr Holiday

On 28th and 29th of July, 2014, all Muslims in the world will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic Holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, it is also called Feast of Breaking the Fast. Eid is a time to come together as a community and to renew friendship and family ties.

Indonesian government has declared July 28th and 29th, 2014 as a national holidays to give all Muslims in Indonesia a chance to visit their friends and relatives to ask for forgiveness for any mistakes they have done in the previous year.

ColorLabs team will be on Eid al-Fitr holidays during July 28th and 29th 2014, which means all of ColorLabs support agents will not be available. So if you submit a ticket on our Resolution Center on July 28th and 29th 2014, it may take time to be addressed due to the holiday season. Kindly bear with us for the delays during that period. We will get back to you immediately on July 30, 2014.

We thank you for your understanding and for those who celebrate Eid, on behalf of the ColorLabs team I wish all of you a very Happy and Joyful Eid al-Fitr.

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Create a WordPress Featured Post Carousel Using Plugins or Coding

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This is a guest post by Sandeep Sharma, a Head Creative at India Designers.

Having a featured post carousel in your WordPress website is a great way to make it more interactive for the visitors. A carousel slider enables clean and professional presentation of your featured and most popular blog posts. In this article, I have explained two elaborative ways of creating featured post carousel. The first method is to install carousel plugins and it is for those who do not have technical knowledge of PHP coding. Second method is to add PHP coding and it is for those who have some technical knowledge of PHP. Let’s begin.

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Add Prices to Your Website with These 10 Cool WordPress Pricing Table Plugins

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This is a guest post by Maria Mincey, a Web Developer at WordPrax.

Do you own a WordPress website? Have you been searching for a way to add prices to your site? If your answer to both these questions is a “Yes” then you’ve reached the right post. Adding prices to web portals has always remained a challenge for web developers. While it’s feasible to create the traditional price table using a Microsoft Office application, integrating customizable WordPress pricing table plugins has emerged as an improved methodology. By installing the right WordPress plugin, you can easily render your visitors an incredible insight into your pricing policy. You’ll be able to update your web page with a trendy and usable pricing table. So, without a further ado, let’s grab brilliant details about 10 finest free and premium WordPress Pricing Table plugins that’ll serve handy for individuals wanting to stuff their web pages with effective and clear pricing tables.

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ColorLabs Turns Five!

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Hello everyone! Today is a great day, because it has been 5 years since we shared our passion as a WordPress premium themes, applications and plugins author. These past few years were incredible for us, as we have through the ups and downs. We’ll keep developing our Themes Collections as well as our Plugins Collections and provides you with a high-quality design and support. So, we would like to invite all of our loyal customers to celebrate this special day with us.

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Theme Updates: JobsHub, Arthemia, Salvatore, Cloth, Legato and more

We have been updating several of our themes, this past couple of weeks. Several themes had a major change, but some got only a minor one. This change is made so that we can keep developing our theme and deliver it in a good quality. In all this time, we learn that changes are needed in order for something different to happen. This is what we are struggling with to keep our product in well balance code and updated features.

This quick post will give you the information on what themes have been updated and also a short description on what was added, modified or removed. 

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Is Your Business Ready for the Power of SEO Automation?

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This is a guest post by Andrew Johnson, an Entrepreneur.

Creating a website to take your business to online business is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough. To take advantage of the billions of online shoppers, you need to figure out ways of driving traffic to the business website. One of the long-term solutions to the problem of traffic is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

When done properly, SEO (on page and off page SEO) will increase organic search traffic to your website. With good SEO, you are able to drive targeted traffic from Google and other search engines to your website – for FREE.

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5 WordPress Plugins That Put You on the Map

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This is a guest post by Adrienne Erin, a Freelance Writer and Designer.

Thanks to the evolution of smart technology, you can direct the readers of your blog to the exact location of anything from a business, to a restaurant, to a museum, to a park. Plus, everything in between. You might want to consider adding mapping features to your blog to pinpoint the location of your business or illustrate a travel story, for example.

Traditionally, bloggers who wanted to add geolocation functionality to their sites might have made use of mapping software. But today, if you’re running a WordPress blog and want to add this kind of functionality, you might want to consider making use of one of the many easy Google Maps plugins available to provide that value to your readers.

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