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How to Upload Videos in WordPress Blog Posts?

Inserting videos in websites makes them more engaging and help users to understand the topic easily. Are you facing problems in embedding videos on your WordPress site? Let’s check out how to embed videos in WordPress in this blog.

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Embed Videos in WordPress Blog Posts

The auto-embeds is an impressive feature which comes with WordPress. WordPress gets the embed code automatically for different videos from popular video hosting sites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

Just paste the video URL into the post editor. Check that the URL is on its line and not clickable.

WordPress will directly fetch the embed code and show the video inside post editor if you use the visual editor.

Just save your post and click on the preview button and you will see video embedded in a blog post.

Videos from a few white-listed service providers can be auto integrated by WordPress. For further websites, you should get an embed code and then paste it in your blog posts.

This is the list of white-listed service providers for auto embeds in WordPress.

  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Imgur
  • Instagram
  • Photobucket
  • Reddit
  • SlideShare
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • Vine
  • YouTube

And there are some more white-listed service providers which you can find on the internet.

Why should you not upload videos on your WordPress blog?
You can upload them, but we do not recommend you do that. Videos take a lot of server resource, and smaller blogs are on shared hosting accounts.

Your site will likely crash if your video gets a lot of traffic. You will also miss the taffic from YouTube users. We strongly recommend our readers to prefer a third-party site such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. to upload your videos on the blog.

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Step by Step Procedure to Update WordPress Plugins

Looking to update your WordPress plugin? After installing plugins for your new blog, it’s critical to keep your plugins updated for security reasons. If you’re facing problems in this process, in this blog, you will find out how to update and manage WordPress plugins properly with a step by step guide.

Need to Update WordPress Plugins?
For WordPress sites, plugins work like apps. Just install them to add new features and functionality to your website like adding photo galleries, contact forms, sliders, etc.

Third-party developers develop plugins. These developers keep improving their plugins by refining code quality, adding innovative features, and keeping them secure.  After all changes, they are released as updates.

Keep your WordPress plugins up to date and make sure that changes are applied to your site. This enhances performance and security of your website.

Update WordPress Plugins Properly
A built-in update system is already present in WordPress. It checks for updates and notifies you of new updates available for your WordPress plugins, themes, and WordPress core software.

It is easy to check for updates by visiting dashboard » updates page manually.

You will get the notification on the plugins menu in the admin bar once the new update is available

Now, install these updates by visiting the plugins page. After that, you will get a popup at the bottom of each plugin that has updates available to install.

Then, click on the ‘Update Now’ link to install each update.

Bulk Updates for WordPress Plugins
Do you want to review and bulk update several plugins on your website to save time?

First all, you need to visit the Plugins page and click on the ‘Update Available’ link to do that.

You will find the list of all plugins with updates available. Select all of them first and then select ‘Update’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop down menu.

Before You Update, Read this!

The fact that you click on the View version details link to see what changes the plugin author has made is important before you update the plugin.

This step will keep you informed of what changes were made when things were not working properly.

People usually wait one full week before updating the plugin unless the version details say security update. All faults often get caught, reported, and fixed in this period.

Do the same if you have a heavy traffic site that is creating a lot of leads.

Undo the WordPress Plugin Update
A plugin update can yield unexpected results occasionally, for example, some plugin features may not work correctly.

If this case happens, then deactivate that plugin first.

Just click on the ‘deactivate’ link below the misbehaving plugin if you can access the plugins page in WordPress admin area.

You can install the WP-Rollback plugin after all this.

Go back to the Plugins page after activation, and you will see a rollback option below each plugin.

The plugin will roll back to any previous version by clicking it.

Manage your WordPress Plugins More Efficiently
People who manage multiple WordPress sites realise soon that they must update their plugins infrequent intervals

Some of the essential guidelines to help you manage them more effectively.

Permit automatic updates for all your WordPress plugins if you are confident about the plugins you use.

The best method will be to setup automatic updates only for select few plugins that you trust.

For plugin updates, you can setup email notifications if you don’t manage multiple WordPress sites. This will keep you informed when there is an update available without logging into your WordPress site.

Additionally, you should set up an automatic backup plugin on your WordPress site. This will permit you to restore your WordPress site in case something goes wrong.

Finally, if you can pay for managed WordPress hosting, then the staging website feature is worth the investment. You can test the new plugin updates in a staging environment before going live.

Posted in Blog, Plugins, WordPress

A Step By Step Guide on Uploading PDF Files in WordPress Sites

If you don’t know the method to upload a PDF file on the WordPress site, then this article is written for you. WordPress enable users uploads files quickly which are available for download.

Upload PDF Files through WordPress Posts and Pages
A simple method which works without installing any plugin on the WordPress site.

Edit the post or page where you want to upload the PDF file. Click on the ‘Add Media’ button on the post editor screen.

The WordPress media uploader popup will come up.

Next, click on ‘Select Files’ button to upload the PDF file of your choice.

WordPress will upload the PDF file to the website.

A thumbnail preview of your PDF file will occur after upload. Write the title, caption, and description for your file in the right-hand column.

You can choose how you need it to be connected. Of course, it will link to the PDF document itself.  Further, changes can be made on the attachment page which will have an indicating thumbnail preview of the first page of PDF file.

Then, click on the ‘Insert into post’ button to add the PDF file to your post.

The media uploader popup will disappear, and it will generate a PDF file download link in your post editor. Keep editing your post and publish after completion.

The PDF file is uploaded and added to the WordPress blog post.

Go to your website to see the file live on the site.

Step to Upload and Embed a PDF file in WordPress Post

This technique allows you to display the PDF file inside the WordPress post or page using a WordPress plugin.

First of all, install and activate the Google Doc Embedder plugin. After activation, visit Settings » GDE Settings page for the configuration of the plugin.

Select the language, height, width, and others in the configuration. Default options will function for nearly all websites, review and change them if you need.

Visit the post or page where you want to embed your PDF file.

Click on the ‘Add Media’ button to upload your PDF document on the post edit screen. Post uploading of this file, copy the file URL and close media uploader window without inserting the file into the post.

Now, click on the Google Docs Embedder icon in your WordPress post editor.

A popup will come up where you need to paste the earlier copied PDF file URL and then click on the ‘Insert’ button.

After that, you will find the shortcode generator added to your WordPress post editor.

That’s all; now you can continue editing your post or publish it.

Visit the website to check the PDF file embedded into the WordPress post.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Schedule Post in WordPress

Do you want to schedule your posts in WordPress? If yes, you aren’t alone as it helps in publishing your post within the given time. Scheduling your post is a cool feature that comes with WordPress website. If you’re a beginner, this blog will be helpful to learn to schedule your post in your WordPress website.

Reasons to Schedule Your Post in WordPress
Most of the users love visiting websites in a particular part of the day. But if you live in a different time zone from your readers, it creates problems. If most of the users love visiting the site at 3 am, scheduling your post at this time proves helpful.

Scheduling your post can be helpful if you’re in a vacation and you don’t want to miss publishing time of your blog. The feature of scheduling your post in WordPress enables to stay ahead of your time. Utilizing this feature help you can schedule articles and blog to be published automatically in your preferred time.

If you’re done writing your post, you will get an option above publish button which reads “publish immediately”.

schedulepost

Follow the above steps essential to schedule your post in WordPress.

Users prefer reading content at a consistent time. For instance, if you schedule your post at 7:30 am, users can read the content in morning while drinking coffee. Posting your blog at this time at regular interval helps in keeping your readers loyal to your website. Changing your post time, you may lose readers as they will search other blogs posting at this time. So, it is important to maintain an exact expect time for reader with your post.

I hope the blog will be useful for you scheduling posts in your WordPress website.

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How to Make Updates in Live WordPress Posts?

Do you want to make edits in your published WordPress posts? It happens when you’re rewriting an old article or updating the outdated version in the content. Whatever the reason may be, users often find it difficult to make edits on the live post. In this blog, we will see how to make edits in the live published post on the WordPress site.

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Problems Face by Users in Updating Live Posts
Creating posts and making edits in posts are very easy in WordPress. Edits can be made wherever you want, even after the post going live. But, while editing the live post, saving isn’t possible until it is finished. This is because saving the live post will make changes visible quickly.

Certain problems may arise in this situation, especially if you’re on a multi-author WordPress site as approval is needed before going live. Sometimes, you can’t finish the needed changes in a single session.

To avoid this problem, simply copy a post and paste in a new draft. Edit the draft and then paste back into the original post.

In this process, you can’t set or make changes in the featured image, Facebook post thumbnail, tag or categories, etc. It means all these changes need to be made on the live post only.

And if you’re facing any one of these problems, this blog will prove useful to you.

Below, we’ll see how to properly update live posts to save and make necessary changes without affecting the live version.

Properly Updating Live Posts in WordPress
First, you need to install and activate the Revisionize plugin. Follow the step by step guide needed to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation of plugin, visit Posts>> All Posts located in your WordPress admin. It is the place where you will get the list of your published posts and drafts.

allposts

Select the post where you want to make edits click on the mouse with the Revisionize link. It will create a new revision of already published posts by cloning the existing ones.

revisionized

Now, you can make editing in the posts like in any unpublished draft. Save the changes made without affecting the live post.

Review the changes made for their approval. You can use the public post review to share it with other people.

After completing this, click on the publish button. Now, the plugin will replace your live post with the current version.

What happens to the draft?
It is saved as a revision draft to reuse it whenever you need to edit the same published post again.

revisiondraft

I think the blog has proved helpful for you to learn on how to properly update live post in WordPress site.

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A Guide to Add Custom Navigation Menu in WordPress Theme

Want to add custom navigation menus in your WordPress theme? Most of the WordPress themes come with pre-defined menu locations and layouts by default. In this blog, we will see the procedures required to embed navigation menus in WordPress theme.

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When Do You Need this WordPress Navigation Menu tutorial?
Almost all WordPress themes come with a spot to display site’s navigation links in a menu. This menu item can be managed from a user interface present in your WordPress admin area.

This tutorial has been generally made from DIY users building a custom WordPress theme or for those who want to add more menu locations in the existing WordPress theme.

After knowing the real importance of this tutorial, let us start now.

Create Custom Navigation Menus in WordPress Themes
A navigation menu is a special feature of WordPress theme. Every theme can set their own menu location and menu support.

First, you need to register your new navigation menu by adding this code in your theme’s functions.php file in order to add a custom navigation menu.

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For that, visit appearance >> menus page in your WordPress admin. Now, try to create or edit a new menu. There you will find “My Custom Menu” as theme location option.

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You need to use the below code if you want to add more navigation menu location:

code2

After adding the menu location, add menu items in WordPress admin following the steps needed to add navigation menus for beginners.

Now, move to next step to display men in your theme.

Display Custom Navigation Menus in WordPress Themes
Display the new navigation in your WordPress theme. The header section of a website is the common place where navigation menus are placed just beside title or logo.

But, navigation menus can be added anywhere you want.

Now, add this code in your theme’s template file on which you want to show your menu.

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In the previous step, theme location is the name that we have selected.

Your navigation menu will get the container class of CSS class and it will appear as a plain bulleted list on the website.

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Apart from that, you can use CSS class. custom_menu_class to style your menus. Below is an example of CSS which will help you to get started:

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Creating Mobile-Friendly Responsive Menus in WordPress

As there is an increased use of mobile devices, you need to make mobile-friendly menus adding popular effects.

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Slide out effect, dropdown effect, and a toggle effect can be added in mobile menus.

Navigation menus are powerful web design tool used by designers. Menus help in pointing users to the most important sections of the websites. Users using WordPress can particularly use navigation menu more than just displaying links in your menus.

I think the blog will be useful for you to add navigation menus in your WordPress theme without any problem.

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