5 Best WordPress Themes for Building Health and Fitness Websites

Websites are an effective tool to market and promote your brand. It is the best way to take your business to the next level. Creating a website is not such a problem nowadays, thanks to custom-built WordPress themes.

The global health and fitness industry worths $81 billion in revenue and growing at a rapid pace. Are you looking to build a site related to health industry?

There are specific premier themes that come with advanced features to counter problems faced by fitness and gym management services. Here is the list of most popular themes dedicated to health and fitness industry’s sites. (more…)

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5 best seller themes for tech corporates and startups

Technology corporates and startups alike are using WordPress themes nowadays. It is in-line of experts advise to use premium quality themes – to enjoy advanced features and unmatched customising ability. Using an ordinary site isn’t easy, the website should be attractive and possess features preferred by targeted audience to gain your business goal.

Looking to make a technology website for your business? Here is a list of five premium quality WordPress themes that can be aptly used for all kind of tech companies.   (more…)

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Review of “Evans” the 4.8 Version of WordPress

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System available powering over 25% of total online websites. As a user, it is necessary to keep updating features to improve performance and protection from vulnerabilities.

The latest WordPress version 4.8 is released on June 8. It has been named as “Evans” honouring the famous jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans.

Wondering what is new in this new version. Read this review to find out the improved features and add-ons.

WordPress has added more ways to express yourself and illustrate your brand in this latest version. The contributors have developed this new version keeping you in mind. There are link improvements, three new media widgets, updated text widgets, and a new section in the dashboard which brings all the information regarding nearby and upcoming WordPress events. Let’s uncover them one by one.

Find Out the New Widget Updates

Image Widget
The task of adding an image will be easier. You don’t need to type code anymore to add an image to a widget. This simple task is achievable by every WordPress user now. For that, you need to insert your image right within the widget settings, and it will appear automatically.

Video Widget
Similarly, you can quickly add videos to the sidebar from the media library with this new widget. Now, you can add your latest videos or greet your users with a welcome video on the intro page conveniently.

Audio Widget
Faced problems in uploading audio files on the site? Not anymore, it will be easier to add a widget to your audio file. Just upload the audio file to the media library and select the audio file in widget settings. It will be a great tool for musicians and podcasters.

Rich Text Widget
Rich Text editing capabilities are added for text widgets. You can easily format the widget anywhere on the site. Insert links or create lists with the new formatting powers in a short amount of time.

Link Boundaries
In previous versions, updating and editing text around a link was frustrating. The text before and after link always ended up getting connected somehow. The process is streamlined and links work well with this new link boundaries feature.

WordPress Event Nearby
The thriving offline community of WordPress organises group meeting regularly in more than 400 cities around the world. This new dashboard helps in informing events so that you can meet new people and improve your WordPress skills. All nearby upcoming WordCamps and official WordPress meetups are displayed in this new feature. Just log in to your dashboard and get all the information of local events near you.

Good News for Developers

Access More Admin Panel Headings
Extraneous content is no longer needed to be included in the admin area headings. The experience of people using assistive technologies has improved with these panel headings.

Core Support for WMV and WMA Files is Removed
The file formats which require Silverlight plugin are withdrawn from the core support since few browsers support Silverlight now. Files will no longer embed automatically, but they will be shown as a download link.

Multisite Updates
New abilities have been added in the latest version with consideration of removing calls to is_super_admin(). New hooks and tweaks are added to control site and user counts per network.

Text-Editor JavaScript API
In this version, a new JavaScript API for instantiating the editor after page load with the addition of TinyMCE to text widgets. Add an editor to any text area and easily customise it with functions and buttons.

Media Widgets API
Further, you will find a new base media widget REST API schema in the latest version. It opens possibilities for more media widgets in the future. A shared base class powers three new media widgets and covers interaction with the media modal. This common base class makes it easier to create new media widgets and makes way for more.

Customizer Width Variable
In the Customizer sidebar, new responsive breakpoints have been added making it wider on high-resolution screens. It should use percentage-based widths instead of pixels.

This WordPress 4.8 has got many improvement and added features that will definitely win the heart of users. Share your opinions about this with a comment below.

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Top Methods to Add Background Images in WordPress

Are you looking forward to adding a background image to your WordPress site? Background images make your website front end more appealing and artistically pleasant. Let’s see how to add a background image in WordPress site.

Use WordPress Theme Settings to Add a Background Image
You will get custom background support in most free and premium WordPress themes. This feature will help you in setting a background image on your site easily.

We will recommend you this method if your theme supports custom background feature. If this function isn’t supported, then you can use other methods mentioned in this blog.

Visit the Appearance » Customise page in WordPress admin. It will launch the WordPress theme customizer, and you will be able to easily change different theme settings and view a live preview of your website.

After that, click on the ‘Background image’ option. Select and upload a background image to your site from the sliding panel which will show you options.

You need to click on the select image button to continue.

The WordPress media uploader will pop up, and you can upload a picture from your computer quickly. If you wish, then you can select a previously uploaded image from media library too.

Click on the Choose image button after you upload or select the picture you want to see in your website’s background.

The media uploader popup will close. You will see the selected image’s preview in the theme customizer.

You will see the background image options below the picture. Now choose how you want the background image to be displayed under preset: fill the screen, fit screen, repeat, or custom.

Click on the arrows below and select background image position. Click on centre and you will align the image to the middle of the screen.

Then, click on the ‘Save & Publish’ button at the top to store your settings. That is all you must do while adding a background image to your WordPress site.

Visit your website to see your background image in action.

Use Plugin to Add Custom Background Image in WordPress
You can enjoy a higher flexibility in this method. This method works with any WordPress theme and easily allows to set multiple background images. Different backgrounds can be set for any post, page, category, or any other section of your WordPress site.

You can change the background images automatically for full screen and mobile responsive. Background images automatically resize themselves on smaller devices.

But first, install and activate the Full Screen Background Pro plugin.

First, visit Appearance » Full Screen BG Image page to configure the plugin settings after activation.

You need to add your license key under settings. This information is available in your email after buying the plugin or from your account on the plugin’s website.

Store your changes by clicking on the save settings button. You can easily start adding background images to your WordPress site now.

You need to click on the ‘Add New Image’ button on plugin’s settings page. You will be redirected to the background image upload screen.

Upload and choose an image by clicking on Choose image button. You will witness a live preview of the image on screen after your selection.

Give a name to this image. You can use any name here because this name will be used internally.

At last, select the place where you want this image to be used as the background page. Set images as background globally or choose from different sections of your website like categories, archives, front page, blog page, etc. by using Full Screen Background Pro.

Click on the save image button and save your background image.

Easily add as many images as you want by visiting Appearance » Full Screen BG Image page.

The plugin starts displaying background images automatically as a slideshow if you set more than one image which can be used globally.

If you want you can simply adjust the time taken by an image to be dimmed and the time after which new background image starts to fade in.

Time will be entered here in milliseconds. Enter 20000, If you want your background image to fade out after 20 seconds.

After that, click on the save settings button and store your changes.

Set Background Image for Individual Posts, Pages, Categories, etc.
You can set background images for single posts, pages, category, tag, etc. using Full Screen Background Pro

If you want to display a separate background image then just edit the post/page there. You will see the new ‘Full Screen Background Image’ box below the post editor on the post edit screen.

Just visit the Appearance » Full Screen BG Image page and then click on the ‘Add New Image’ button to use a background image for any precise category.

Select ‘Category’ as the context where you need to display the background image after completely uploading your image.

After that, enter the specific group ID or slug on the place where you want to display the image.

Save your image to store the settings.

Use CSS and Add Custom Background Images Anywhere in WordPress
WordPress adds several CSS classes to different HTML elements throughout the WordPress site by default. You can add custom background images to in every post, categories, author, and other pages using WordPress generated CSS classes quickly.

For instance, if you’ve a category TV on your website then, WordPress will add on its own CSS classes to the body tag when visitors views the TV category page.

<body class="archive category category-tv category-4">

Use inspect tool to check precisely which CSS classes are added by WordPress to the body tag.

You can use either type-tv or type-4 CSS class to style your selected category differently.

Now, add a custom background image to any class of the archived page. Now you can add the custom CSS to your chosen theme.

Don’t fail to replace background image URL and the category class with your own category.

If you want, you can easily add custom backgrounds to individual posts and pages. WordPress basically adds a CSS class with the post or page ID in the body tag. Use the same CSS code just change .category-tv with the post particular CSS class.

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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.

Video tutorial

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.

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