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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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How Powered is Removed by WordPress Footer links

Many of our readers are asking whether it is possible to remove footer credits in WordPress themes. In this article, we will explain to you how to remove the powered by WordPress footer links in your themes.

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Default WordPress themes use the footer area to display the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link. Many theme developers take this further and add their own credits, thus it looks something like “Powered by WordPress. Theme by Company Z “.

But if you’re running a business website, then there is no sense in displaying these credits. Some also think that it makes a website looks unprofessional.

Do removing WordPress footer credit links is legal?
Yes, it’s absolutely legal.

WordPress is free and is released under the GPL license.

The license gives you the freedom to use, modify, and even redistribute WordPress. Any WordPress theme/plugin you download from the official WordPress.org directory is released under the same license.

So you have full freedom what you please with your website including removing footer credit links.

Let’s see how to remove this credit links.

Removing WordPress powered by links.

There are various ways to remove the WordPress powered by links, but following two ways are better to remove.

The Theme Settings Page
Many good theme authors provide an option to remove footer credit links in their theme settings area, as their users demand.

Different themes have this setting available under different sections. But the first page which users should start looking at is, inside the WordPress theme customizer (Appearance >> Customize).

For example, the theme by Michael Hyatt gives users the option to customize the footer text as well as to disable the credit links.

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Other places which you can look are individual’s theme’s options pages or inside the Widgets section.

Footer.php Code Method

If your theme does not have the option to remove or modify footer credits from WordPress admin, then your only option is to edit the footer.php code.

You can find this file in your/ wp-content/ themes/ yourtheme/footer.php

Simply open this file in a text editor and search for the footer credit text like “Powered by”, and it will show you the section that you need to remove.

In the default Twenty Sixteen theme for WordPress, the code looks like this

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You can either remove this text entirely or customize it to suit your needs.

At all cost, you have to avoid the CSS method

Some WordPress tutorial sites may show you a CSS method that uses display: none to hide the footer credit links.

However, this can put your site’s SEO at risk. Google does not like hiding links with display: none because that’s a technique that spammers use to hide the links from user’s while still showing it to Google.

Your site might get flagged, and will cause you to lose your search engine rankings.

So you should not use the CSS method like this.

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While it looks simple, it’s not good for SEO.

We suggest you use the above two methods. If you cannot use both the methods, we suggest you take professional help to remove your footer credit links or even can change your WordPress theme.

We hope this article helped you to remove the powered by WordPress links.

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A Beginner Guide on Troubleshooting Common WordPress Errors

Do you want to troubleshoot problems that crop up in your website? Owners often face common WordPress errors on their websites. To resolve the common errors yourself, you need to follow step by step method for that. If you want to troubleshoot problems yourself, here are some troubleshooting steps given below.

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Build A Complete Backup of Your WordPress Site
At first, create a complete backup of your WordPress site. If you are already using one, then you need save and store the most recent version of your website safely. In case you don’t have access to the admin area of your WordPress site, then create backup manually of your data base and files.

This backup will allow you to restore your WordPress site easily, if something goes wrong. These are your defense against security threats, hacking and data loss.

Deactivate All Plugins Installed On Your Website
Errors are caused when plugins conflict with each other or due to your theme, or the WordPress core.

Deactivating all these will mostly solve your problem.

If you have an easy access to admin of your WordPress site, then simply head over to the plugin’s page.

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Select all plugins first and then select ‘Deactivate’ from ‘Bulk Actions’ drop down menu. Now click on the apply button to deactivate all selected plugins. If you do not have access to admin, then use php My Admin to deactivate all plugins.

Go to the WP content folder and rename plugin’s folder to “plugin deactivate”.

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Change to a Default WordPress Theme
Many a times your WordPress theme causes issues on your site. Thus to find whether your theme is causing an issue or not, you can change to a default WordPress theme like twenty sixteen or twenty fifteen.

Go to Appearance>>Themes page and click on activate button next to a default theme.

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Now download your current active theme as a backup to your Desktop. After that delete all themes except a default WordPress theme like Twenty Sixteen. Now WordPress will simply switch to use the default theme available. This allows you to log in to your WordPress site now.

You should refresh Permalinks
WordPress uses permalinks or a URL structure which is SEO friendly. But sometimes these permalinks structured is not updated or configured properly, which brings unexpected errors for your site. Hence, you need to refresh permalinks.

This can be done easily without changing anything on your WordPress site. Visit settings>> permalinks page and click on ‘Save Changes’ button without changing anything.

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You need to Backup, and delete. htacess file.
Corrupt htacess file is generally caused due to internal server error.

So to avoid this you first need to connect to your website using an FTP client. The htacess file is located in your site’s root directory. Thus to see this hidden file, you need to force your FTP client to show your hidden files.

Now you can download your .htaccess file to your computer as a backup and delete it from web server. Just login to your WordPress site! Go to Settings >> Permalinks page, click on the save changes button to refresh your permalinks and generate a new .htacess file for your site.

Fix Your WordPress Site URL
Incorrect settings for WordPress URL and site URL options can cause some common issues. Such options need to be changed from admin area by visiting settings>>general page.

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Make sure that both the URLs are same. You can change this URLs using FTP, if you do not have access to the admin area of your WordPress site. There are two ways to do that by using FTP.

Update WordPress URL and Site URL settings in wp-config.php file.

Connect your website by using an FTP client and then locate an wp-config.php file. After this edit this file in the text editor.

Go to this line (/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */,) and add below codes before it.

  • define(‘WP_HOME’,’http://example.com’);
  • define(‘WP_SITEURL’,’http://example.com’);

Now replace example.com with your own domain name, save your changes and upload the file back to your server.

Update URLs Using functions.php File

Open your FTP client and go to /wp-content themes folder. After this open your current active theme’s folder and locate functions php file inside it. Now edit the functions php file in text editor and add below lines at the bottom of the file.

  • update_option (‘siteurl’, ‘http://example.com’);
  • update_option (‘home’, ‘http://example.com’);

After this, you need to change WordPress URLs from the settings page, once you login to your site. Once you add these to your settings page, you can delete the above lines from the functions file.

Check Your Reading Settings
If your WordPress site is not indexed by search engines, then you should do this. Log in to your WordPress site and go to Settings>> Reading page, and scroll down to bottom of the page to make sure that Search engine visibility is unchecked.

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This option prevents search engines from showing your website in search result. Generally, it is used by webmasters while they are working on a website which is not ready for live.

You need to uncheck this option when your website is ready to be live.

Troubleshoot Your Email Issues
When your email settings are not properly configured, it stops you and your users from receiving e-mails from WordPress. If you are using a contact form plugin, then also you will not receive emails or notifications from WordPress as well.   

Scan for Malware and Backdoors
If you have a doubt that your WordPress site is effected with malware, then you should scan your website with Sucuri. As it is the best website security monitoring service for WordPress.

If you follow the above troubleshooting steps you can fix most of the common WordPress errors.

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