How to show content only to the RSS subscribers in WordPress

 

How to show content only to the RSS subscribers in WordPress

Sometimes the WordPress site owners want to ensure that the content is visible only to the RSS subscribers. If you do that you can ensure that more users subscribe to your RSS feed then you will need this article. With the help of this the RSS subscribers to your WordPress site will get more benefits and you will be able to capitalise on this. Many WordPress users actually do not know that this can be done and some feel that doing it is actually very difficult. Well that is not true it can be done easily and by anyone. Just that you will have to keep a few points in mind and you will have to follow the steps that we are about to mention.

Why do you need feed only content in WordPress?

We all know that if a user wants to get updates from your site then the best way they can do it is by signing up for the email list of yours. There is another way they can get updates and that is by subscribing to the RSS feed. The WordPress posts can be sent to the email list subscribers by using many email services like the MailChimp, Aweber and the list just goes on. We have already discussed about these methods in our previous articles. You must have noticed that it is not very easy to convince the users about subscribing to the RSS feed of a website that is quite new. To ensure that the new websites also get RSS subscribers the site owners use a tactic that is called the “content upgrades”. If you want you can also use the same strategy or you can look at some other ways. One such way is offering bonus content to the users. This will encourage them to subscribe to the RSS feeds of a new website.

We would recommend that you combine this tactic of giving away bonus contents with popular lead generation tools like OptinMonster. When you do that more and more subscribers will get attracted to your site. We are enclosing a screenshot that will help you get a better idea of what we are trying to say.

Now that you understand well why you need to ensure that the content of your site is available only to those who are subscribing to the RSS feeds we will move to the next part of the article that will explain how you can actually get this done. There are two methods that you can basically use to do this. One method is by using a WordPress plugin and the second method is by using a code. We will be discussing both the methods in detail now in this article so that the readers get a better idea of what we are trying to say.

Method 1: Adding a feed only content with the help of a plugin

The first method that we will be discussing that you can follow to ensure that the content is available only to those who are subscribing to the RSS feeds in your site involves the use of a plugin. We put this as the first method because it is easy to use and even those who are new to WordPress can actually use it. If you are a beginner with WordPress then this is all that you need. The plugin that you will need for this purpose is called the WP Kill in feed. This plugin has to be installed and activated first. If you are new to WordPress then you might not know how to install the WordPress plugins. If that is the case you can go to our article on how to install plugins in WordPress and you will get a step by step guide about how you can go about installing the plugin. Once the plugin has been activated it will ensure that two new shortcodes are available for you to use.

Getting two shortcodes might be a little confusing that is why we will explain how you can use these shortcodes. The first shortcode is called “addtofeed”. This will allow you to add a feed only content that is wrapped in the shortcode itself. The enclosed screenshot will help you to understand what we are trying to say.

[addtofeed]

This content is for RSS feed subscribers only

[/addtofeed]

 

Between the shortcodes you can actually add any content that you want like a text, images, YouTube Videos and the list just goes on. When this is done it will ensure that the content will be visible only in the users who are subscribing to the RSS feed and the regular users who are just visiting the site will not be able to see them. Nevertheless, you must educate the regular users about this and tell them that there is more content that is available only to the RSS feed subscribers and if they want to see these content then they will have to subscribe to the RSS feed. Here you can also mention the link that will take them to the RSS feed subscription page. Unless you educate the users they will not know about the RSS feed.

Hiding the content from the RSS Feed subscribers

The WP Kill in feed plugin will also help you to ensure that some content is actually hidden from the RSS feed subscribers and these will be available only to those who are generally visiting the website. To do this you will have to wrap the content within two shortcodes and they are [killinfeed] and [/killinfeed] shortcodes. This will ensure that the content will not be visible to the feed subscribers. This can be done in the following manner:

[killinfeed] content hidden from RSS feed subscribers [/killinfeed]

We hope that the first method is clear to the users. We will now move to the second method.

Method 2: Using a code to ensure that the content is available only to the RSS feed subscribers

In the second method you will not have to use a plugin instead you will have to use a code and this can be a little confusing to those who are new to WordPress. This is why we are not suggesting that this method to be used by beginners. This method must be used only by those users who have been using WordPress for some time.

In this method you will have to add a code to the WordPress site as the name itself clearly indicates. This must be tried only by those who are good with coding in WordPress. You will have to add this code as we have mentioned below to the theme’s function.php file or you can add it to the site-specific plugin.

If you look closely you will realise that the code is actually very similar to the plugin that we have discussed in the first method. The code basically checks if the user has requested for a feed and then it will add feed only content to the post content. If not then it will simply skip the feed only content.

There is a shortcode that you will have to use in order to wrap the feed only content and the shortcode is written something like how we have mentioned below:

[feedonly] This content will only be visible to the RSS feed subscribers [/feedonly]

This will ensure that the content that is mentioned within the shortcode will only be visible to the subscribers. Here again you will have to keep  in mind that you do inform the visitors coming to the site that there are some additional content available in your site that will be shown only  to those who have subscribed to the RSS feeds. This will ensure that if these visitors want to see more content they can subscribe to the RSS feed.

 

These are some steps and methods that you can follow in order to ensure that some content of the site is available only to the RSS subscribers. We hope that the WordPress users will actually find this information useful and it will help them to develop the site in a better way.

 

 

How to Manage Automatic Updates in WordPress

Managing automatic WordPress Updates

 

          

We will discuss in this article a topic that many WordPress users have doubts about. Many want to know if there is a possibility to manage the automatic WordPress Updates. As we all know that updates are necessary for the security of the WordPress site and that must be allowed to be run. Some WordPress users feel that these updates are difficult to manage. Well in this article we will discuss how exactly can you ensure that automatic WordPress updates can be done in order to manage the WordPress site better and also ensure that there is no threat to the security of the WordPress site?

Why is there a need to do better automatic updates in WordPress?

Some WordPress users may feel that why is it important to even have an automatic update on WordPress. The WordPress will automatically update itself at regular intervals when there is some update on the security front. Then why do you even need do an automatic update. What happens is that when you have a major release then you might want to run the WordPress update once just to ensure that there is no threat to the security to the content on your site.

To get this done you can either use a plugin or else you can theme update manually as well. Always keep in mind that it is extremely important that you keep the updates regularly running on your WordPress site. The latest version of the WordPress must be used always this will ensue that there is absolutely no threat to the security of your WordPress site.

You must keep yourself aware about all the new plugins and updates that are coming up on WordPress. This will ensure that you always have all the latest features and fixes working on your WordPress site ensuring a better performance of the site.

You must have noticed that some of the features and plugins that you have installed on your WordPress site get updated more frequently than the others. The point is the more popular a plugin is the more frequently it will get updated. We are enclosing a screenshot to show how exactly an update actually happens in WordPress.

It is quite obvious that some WordPress users may find these updates annoying and they may get irritated because every time they login they will find that some or the other update is going on for either one or the other plugin. These updates can also be on for the WordPress core or the theme. The problem becomes even more serious when you have more than one WordPress sites and you see that all the sites have some or the update going on at the same time. This can be really time consuming.

So what do you think is the solution? Well what you can possibly do is ensure that you could make a setup that would ensure that all the updates in WordPress are automatically installed and you do not have to waste time. Especially, if the updates could be automated for everything including the trusted plugins, WordPress core and the themes then life would be much better for the WordPress site owner.

We hope that now you understand why we are saying that it is a good idea to ensure that the updates in WordPress are automated and it can ensure that you get a complete control over the WordPress site of yours which can reduce the time that you are going to spend on installing the updates.

How to set up the easy updates manager

What you need to do about this process is install as well as activate the Easy updates manager plugin. This plugin can really help you to manage the updates in WordPress. If you are not sure about how you can install the “Easy updates manager plugin” then you can refer to our article on installing and activating plugins in WordPress. Once you read this article you will get a better idea of how you can possibly use the Easy updates manager plugin.

After you have activated the Easy updates manager plugin using the step by step guide that we have given in our article you can go to the dashboard and then go to the updates option page where you will need to set the plugin. We are enclosing a screenshot to explain how the page will look like.

 

The setting page of the plugin as you can see is divided into many tabs. As you follow the steps that we have mentioned you will be landing on the dashboard tab with two rows and three columns.

With the help of this page you will be able to turn off the updates for the WordPress core, themes, plugins and translations. There are some default settings here that we have clearly shown in the screenshot above we recommend these default settings to all the WordPress users and site owners.

Many WordPress users often turn off the updates that are happening on the plugins, WordPress core and the themes. We will recommend to never do this as this will seriously compromise on the security of the site and can be dangerous for the future of the site.

We hope you are with us till now. As the next step what you will have to do us go to the general tab in the plugin settings. In this page you can select if you want the access to disable or enable the WordPress updates globally or just on your site. We are again enclosing the screenshot of this page too so that the readers get an idea of what we are trying to say.

How can you set up automatic updates for WordPress, themes and plugins?

With the help of the plugin named Easy updates manager plugin you can easily ensure that you will quickly be able to automatic updates for the WordPress themes, core and plugins. In order to do this you will have to go to the settings page and then click on the general tab. Here you will have to scroll down till you reach the automatic update section as shown in the image that we have enclosed below.

 

Once you get to this screen as you can see you can easily turn on the automatic updates for the plugins, core or the themes. To do this you will simply have to click on the enable button and then ensure that you click save in order to store the settings else they will be lost.

With the help of the Easy updates manager plugin you can also selectively turn on the automatic updates for some themes and plugins that you are using on your WordPress. There is a possibility that you may want to selectively turn on the automatic updates and to do this you will have to select the “select individually” that you can see next to the automatic plugin updates option.

Ensuring that you select automatic updates only for selected themes and plugins

In this part of the article we will be discussing how you can ensure that automatic updates are applied to a few plugins and not all. To do this you will have to go to the plugin tab that you can find under the plugin setting. We are enclosing a screenshot to explain this.

 

After you have done this you will notice that you can see all the plugins that you have installed on your WordPress site. Under each of the plugin you will find a link that will enable automatic updates for that plugin. After this you will have to switch to the themes tab and you will get to see a list of the themes that you have installed on your WordPress site. We are enclosing a screenshot that will explain these screens to you in a better way.

After you are done with these steps you will have to move on to the next step and in this you will have to enable the automatic updates for the themes that you actually want to update automatically.

Is it possible to go back to the old version of the plugin or the theme after the update has already happened?

Many users of WordPress do have a genuine concern many a times it is noted that the new update in incompatible in more than one ways. This stops the users from going ahead with the update. We will now explain why you do not have to sacrifice on the updates as there is a way you can get back to the old version of the plugin or the theme if you find the new version not good enough. We will explain in details now how exactly you can do this,

You will have to install a WordPress backup solution that will ensure that will ensure that backup is created for all the plugins and themes and they are not lost after an update is done.

It is not necessary that you use this option only when you feel that an update went wrong you can actually use it even when you feel that there is some problem with the way the site is performing. Getting the data from the backup that you have created can be a lot of work but if you know that you just want to roll back the updates then the job is much easy. Rolling back the plugin and theme updates is actually quite easy and we will now in this article explain how exactly you can do this.

What you will have to do is first install and activate the WP Rollback plugin. Once you have the plugin what you will have to do is just go to the plugin page and you will notice that after the name each plugin that you installed there is an option to rollback. This was not there before you can see it now as you have installed the WP Rollback plugin.

It will look something like the enclosed screenshot.

As soon as you click on the rollback option you will notice that your plugin has gone back to the previous version that you wanted. The same method can be used to roll back the themes also.

We hope that after reading this article you will get a better idea of how exactly you can manage the automatic updates on WordPress. This will also help you understand why you need to manage the updates and how it can help you to enjoy a better control over the updates.

 

How to send emails to authors who have their articles published in WordPress

 

How to send emails to authors who have their articles published in WordPress

 

             

Any WordPress site owners actually have blogs that are written by different authors. When the article of any one of these authors is published they must be informed that such an article has been published so that they can participate in the discussion and they can also promote the article on their social networking sites. When you have too many authors writing for you it becomes quite difficult to keep a track if the author has been informed. Some WordPress users will not know perhaps that there is a method using which they can inform the authors each time an article of theirs have been published. In this article we will explain the same in more details so that the WordPress users can ensure that they do not have to spend too much of time informing the authors that their articles have been published. There are basically three methods here and they are:

  1. Using edit flow you can send post notification to the authors
  2. Using better notifications for WordPress to inform the authors
  3. Send email manually to the authors when the articles are published

We will now explain each of these methods in details so that the readers get an idea of what we are trying to say.

  1. Using edit flow you can send post notification to the authors – In order to do this you will have to plugin that is called the edit flow. We have already discussed about how you can install an activate WordPress plugins in our previous article. Just refer to that step by step guide and ensure that you have installed as well as activated the edit flow plugin correctly. Once you have done that you can move to the next step.

Edit flow plugin is very useful and it can work out of the box for the email notifications. You will understand what we are trying to say as soon as you activate the plugin. You will notice that it will start to send notifications to the authors immediately after the posts are published.

The point you must keep in mind here is that the default setting is such that the plugin will not inform the site admin about the mails that have been sent to the authors. If you want that you as the site admin must be informed about these mails then you will have to go to the edit flow page and then go to the notification page. Here you will have to select the option that says “always notify blog admin”. Once you have done that you will get all the notifications of the mails that are being sent. We are enclosing a screenshot that will explain how you can do this.

We must mention here that the edit flow is a very powerful plugin indeed and it can do a lot more than just sending email notification to the authors. You can read more about this plugin to understand how it can help you to ensure that your WordPress site performs much better.

  1. Using better notifications plugin for WordPress to inform the authors This is the second method that we will be discussing. This method is recommended for those users who want to send email notification to the authors but they do not want to use any editorial feature or edit flow.

To do this you will have to install and activate the better notification plugin for WordPress. Once you have activated the plugin you will have to go to the next step. Visit the notification page and there go to add new page and create the email notifications that you want to be sent. The screen will look something like what we have enclosed below so that the readers get a better idea of what we are trying to say.

 

To do this the first thing that you will have to do is enter the title for the notification. You can choose any title that you like. For example you chose a title “post published notification for authors”. We will now mention what you need to fill in each field. In the notification for field you will have to mention “new post published”.

Under the additional email fields option you will have to check the box that states “new post published”. After this you will have to go to the next section that says additional email fields option here you will have to check on the box next to “send this notification to the author only”.

After you are done with all this you will have to enter the subject line and the email body. You will get a handful of shortcodes along with the better WordPress notification plugin. We will now mention some of these shortcodes and how you can use them in WordPress.

In the email subject field you should enter:

Post Published: [Post_title]

For the message body, the following template can be used:

Hello [User_nicename]

We just published your post “[post_title]”

You can view it here: [permalink]

Thanks

Once you are done with updating all these information you will have to click on the save button so that you can ensure that all the new changes that you have made are stored. After you are done with all this the plugin will send email notifications to the authors when their posts are published in WordPress.

We hope you are clear on how you can use the better notifications plugin to inform the authors that their articles have been published in your WordPress site so that they can do the needful.

 

  1. Send email manually to the authors when the articles are published With this we come to the last method that you can use in order to send the notification to the various authors. As the name itself suggests you will have to do this manually so this can be used only by the users who have been using WordPress for a while and are comfortable with codes and snippets.

Below mentioned is the code that you will have to add to the theme’s functions.php file or to the site specific plugin. The code is similar to the one that we have enclosed below.

 

This code is written in such a manner that it will run each time a new post is published on WordPress. The code will ensure that an email notification is sent to the author using the message and the subject that is defined in the code. You can also change the subject and the message field as you want so that they can meet your requirements.

We hope that after reading this article you will be able to understand why it is important that you inform the authors that their articles have been published and you can also ensure that they are informed in a systematic manner about the publications. It is possible that sometimes the authors may not get the notifications even after all these settings that we have mentioned in the article if that happens you will have to go through the method that you have implemented in order to ensure that the fault is corrected.

 

 

How do you show the last login date of the user in the WordPress site?

 

How do you show the last login date of the user in the WordPress site?

 

              

We are constantly trying to ensure that we resolve all the queries that the readers have regarding their WordPress site. WordPress is a huge topic and as a result it might not be very easy to understand all the aspects of it easily. We in our articles try to simply explain all the aspects of WordPress for the users who are new as well as using the WordPress for some time. The WordPress users often need to know how exactly they can show the last login date to the users who are logging to the site. You can show this information to the users and we will tell you in simple steps how you can make this possible. You will get videos to explain the same but if you want a detailed step by step guide then you will have to read this article.

There are actually two methods to do this and we will be explaining each one in detail. The two methods are:

  1. Show the user’s last login date in the WordPress Admin Area.

 

  1. Manually show the user’s last login date in WordPress.

 

 

We will now explain the two methods in details.

 

  1. Show the user’s last login date in the WordPress Admin Area This is an easy method compared to the second method that we will be discussing later. This is something that can be done even by those who are using the WordPress for the first time. However, with this method you will be able to show the last login date of the user only inside the WordPress admin area.

To do this the first thing that you need to keep in mind is that you will have to install and activate the plugin called the “WP last login” plugin. We have a detailed guide on how you can install and activate the WordPress plugins and you can refer that article to do the same in case you do not know how to install the plugins as you are new to WordPress.

After you have activated the “WP last login” plugin you can move to the next step. In this step you will have to visit the “users” page and then you will have to go to the admin area. In the admin area you will get to see a new column that that will show the last login date of all the users who have been logging to the WordPress site. When you just start with the plugin it will show the status as never logged in because the plugin must be activated to capture the date of last login. After the “WP last login” plugin is activated any user who logs in the date of logging will get captured automatically. We are enclosing a screenshot to show how this appears so that you get a better idea of what we are saying.

 

  1. Manually show the user’s last login date in WordPress – The second method that we will be discussing is to manually show the user’s last login date in WordPress. This is a little complex when compared to the first method and we will not recommend it to those who are using WordPress for the first time. The best part about this method is that you can ensure that the last login date of the user in your site can be displayed on any part of the site. To do this a code has to be added to the functions.php file of the theme you can also add the code to the site-specific plugin. As it involves code we say that it is a little more complicated method than the first one that we have already discussed.

You must know well how to copy paste a code from the web. We are enclosing the screenshot of the code. This code will add the last login as a meta key. Each time a user will log in this code will ensure that the time is saved as a meta key value. If you want to check the plugin you will have to logout of WordPress and then login again.

After you do that you can display this meta key value using the [lastlogin] shortcode in your WordPress posts and the widgets. Some users may want to show the last login information as the child theme to do this the following code has to be added.

This code will display a relative date and tie for example “2 hours ago” and not the full date or time. Some users may want to see a full date and time in that case the enclosed code has to be searched in the code that we have mentioned above.

 

 

After you get this code you will have to replace it with the following lines of code.

 

 

You may get confused about what the M j,y h:I a is about well it is nothing but the date and time format string that you will find in the code. If you want you can change the display date and time format of the code.

 

We hope that after reading this article you will know how the last login date of the user who has visited your site can be displayed in a WordPress site. The two methods are simple and after the step by step explanation that we have provided you should be able to implement the methods with ease.

 

How to disable Plugin updates in WordPress and why you should not try doing it?

 

How to disable Plugin updates in WordPress and why you should not try doing it?

                          

If you are using WordPress you must have noticed that more than often you will get to see plugin updates. The question that many users have is whether they should disallow these updates. The point is you can definitely stop the updates from happening but we will recommend that you do not try to do it due to many reasons and we will explain a few reasons here in this article.

 

Why you should not try to disable the Plugin updates in WordPress?

One wrong conception that many WordPress users usually have is that the Plugin updates can break the site. This can be true in some cases but if you are using the best WordPress plugins that have a standard complaint WordPress theme then the chances of an upgrade to break your site is actually very low.

You must ensure that you know well which WordPress plugin is best for your site and then start using them. There is a checklist that you must refer to before you choose a plugin that is perfect for you.

Why we say that the plugin updates are important because they will not only offer new features but they will also patch security vulnerabilities. They can improve the performance and also fix compatibility issues with the latest versions of WordPress. If you are not upgrading the WordPress plugins then you are basically compromising on the security and the stability of your site which can cause you huge damage.

It has been noticed that some developers will disable the plugin updates on the sites of the client in order to prevent them from breaking the websites. This is not a good thing to do. The client relationships are for some time and if this is done the websites of the client will become highly vulnerable in the future. Instead of doing this the best solution is to educate the client and keep them aware.

We hope that by now you have understood why we say that the WordPress plugin updates are important we will now discuss how you can ensure that you disable the plugin updates in a situation where you do not have any other option.

 

Disable the WordPress plugin updates

We do not recommend doing this but we also do understand that there may be a situation where you will have to do it and only for those cases do try this option. To do this you will have to install and activate the “easy update manager” plugin. If you are not sure how to install a plugin then do refer to our article on installing a WordPress plugin.

Once you have installed and activated the “easy update manager” plugin you can move to the next step and that is visit the Dashboard and then the update options that will help you to manage the plugin settings.

Here you will have to click on the tab that says “general” then scroll down to the “all plugin updates” option. Here you will have to click on the “disable” in order to ensure that the plugin updates are disabled. The process is indeed very simple. We are enclosing a screenshot to ensure that you can better understand what we are trying to say. At the end after making the changes do not forget to click on the save changes button. If you do not do so the changes will not get stored in the settings and you will have to do the whole thing again.

            

You can also selectively disable the updates for specific plugins in WordPress

In some cases you may feel that only a few particular plugins updates must be disabled. This is a good option as you are not disabling the updates on all the plugins which can be dangerous as we have explained before in the article. To do this you will have to go to the dashboard and then to the update options page. Here you will have to click on the “plugins” tab and you will get to see a list of all the plugins that you have installed on your WordPress site.

You will be able to see a “disallow updates” and all that you will have to do is click on this. This will automatically ensure that the updates for that particular plugin is disabled. We are enclosing the screenshot to explain the process to you in a better way.

The “easy update manager” will allow you to quite effortlessly manage all the plugins that you are using in your WordPress site. It can also help with the core, theme, plugin and the translation updates.

This is all that we had to discuss regarding the topic on how can you disable the Plugin updates in WordPress and why you should not try doing it? We hope this will help you to take a better decision on if you should stop the plugin updates or not.

 

 

How to Stop Spam Registrations on the WordPress membership site

 

Stopping Spam registrations on the WordPress membership site

If you have a site that you had created using WordPress you will often notice that a lot of spam registrations are happening in your site. You must be wondering how you can actually stop this. In this article we will explain this in details.

The first method – Stop the spam registrations by using WPForms – This is definitely the easiest method that we can suggest. It is a very beginner friendly method. It will usually come with a user registration addon that will allow you to very easily add user registration form to your site and will also quite effectively stop the spam registrations. The WPForms is a very premium plugin of WordPress. For this you will need a Pro license in order to access the user registration addon.

If you are a beginner you can also use the WPForms coupon if you want to get a 10% discount on the purchase. Before you start with the process you will have to install and then activate the WPForms plugin. You can refer our previous article on installation and activation of WordPress plugins in order to understand the process better.

After you have activated the plugin you will have to move to the next step and that is, visit the WPForms page then go to settings page and verify the license key. You will get this license key from the WPForms website itself. It will look like similar to what is mentioned in the screenshot that we have attached below.

Once you are done with the verification you will have to go to the next step and that is you will have to visit WPForms page and go to Addons page. You will have to scroll down and locate the “user registration Addon”. Here you will have to click on the “Install Addon button” and then on “activate” when you do that you can go to the next step. We have highlighted the button that you will actually need to click in the enclosed screenshot.

After you have reached till here successfully you will have to create the user registration form. To do this you will have to go to the WPForms page and then click on Add New page. You must give a title for the form and then select the user registration from the template. We have highlighted the same in the screenshot that we have attached below:

This will launch the Form builder and the user registration form template. Each and every field can be edited by simply clicking on it. There is also a provision to drag and drop the fields if you want to arrange them in a certain order. The enclosed screenshot will give you an idea of what we are trying to say.

After that you will have to click on the setting panel and this is where you will have to configure the confirmations, notifications and the user registration settings. You will have to click on the user registration tab and continue in the following manner.

On this particular page you can map the form fields to your WordPress user registration fields. You will have to scroll down to the check box that you can see next to the “enable user activation” option this will show a drop down menu from where you can select the user activation method. The WPForms uses two of the most creative ways that can prevent spam registrations on any WordPress site. You can also chose to send a verification email to each user in order to confirm the registration. There is another method you can use alternatively and that is keeping a site administrator who will manually approve each and every registration on your WordPress site.

After you have selected the options that you feel are best for you then you can click on the save button to save the settings. This can be added to any page on your WordPress site and then you can use that page as user registration page. You will have to simply edit the page that you want to see and you will get the user registration page. On this page you will have to go to the edit screen and click on the “Add form” button we are enclosing a screenshot to show this button so that the readers get a better understanding.

Once you are done with this you will get a popup menu and you will have to select the registration form that you have created from the drop down menu. After you have selected the form just click on the add form button.

You will get a shortcode for the user registration form that will appear in the page editor. You will now have the option to either publish the page or save the page. Now just visit your own website and you will be able to see the spam proof user registration form. This will completely depend on your own user activation settings. The plugin will either need the users who are coming to the site to verify their email address or an admin will manually have to approve each user registration that is happening in your site. The choice is up to you.

The second method – Using the stop spammers plugin you can stop the spam registrations – For doing this you will have to install and activate the stop spammers spam prevention plugin. You can find the plugin easily but installing has to be done as per the steps that we have mentioned on our previous article on installing WordPress plugins.

Once you have installed and activated the stop spammers spam prevention plugin you will have to go to the stop spammers option and here you will have to go to the protection options. The stop spammers spam prevention plugin is a very powerful WordPress plugin. This quite aggressively monitors your website for any suspicious spam activity.

The default settings on this page tend to work for most of the websites. However, there are few options that you will have to uncheck. This must be done only when you feel that there are many legitimate users who are not able to login to your site due to the default settings.

After you have made the necessary changes that you feel are needed you must click on the save changes button to ensure that the settings have been stored. There are a number of spam prevention techniques that you can find in the plugin. The plugin uses the HTTP Referrer and Header requests to verify if the user is actually accessing the website or it is just a spam user.

The plugin stop spammers spam prevention plugin will also check against the Akismet API for the known spamming activity. Another feature about the plugin is that it maintains a list of bad hosts who are known for tolerating the spam activity and blocks them. There is a small chance that sometimes this plugin would lock out of the admin area. In case this happens the solution is quite simple. Just connect to your site through the FTP and rename the plugin file from stop-spammer-registrations.php to stop-spammer-registrations.locked. After you have done this you will be able to access the admin area of the site better and the WordPress will automatically deactivate the plugin for you.

 

The third method – Using Sucuri you can stop the spam registrations – At WPBeginner Sucuri is used to protect the website against the spammers and the various other security threats. Sucuri is a website that performs security monitoring services. It has the ability to block the hackers and all the malicious requests. It can also ensure that the spammers will not be able to access your site and inject any malicious code. Many WordPress users claim that Sucuri has helped them to block numerous WordPress attacks.

 

            

We hope that this article on Stopping Spam registrations on the WordPress membership site will definitely help the readers and ensure that they make the most of the WordPress site.

 

 

How to Add Watermark to Images in WordPress

How to Add Watermark to Images in WordPress

We constantly try to help our readers with better knowledge. In this article we will explain how you can add watermark to your images in WordPress automatically. Watermark is used by site owners to ensure that their images are not misused by anyone. There are many methods of doing this we will explain each method one by one in details.

             

Method 1 – Using Envira Gallery you can add watermark to images in WordPressWhy we mention Envira first is mainly because it is the best WordPress gallery plugin that you can probably get in the market. This is mobile friendly and will allow you to effortlessly create beautiful image galleries that will work very well on your WordPress sites.

Envira comes with a special watermarking addon that will make it very easy for you to add watermark to the WordPress images. If you are a WordPress beginner you can use the code WPB25 coupon code and get a 25% discount on the purchase of Envira.

The Envira Gallery plugin has to be installed as a first step. We have already dedicated an article on how to download and install WordPress plugins please read it and download the Envira Gallery plugin. Once you have installed and activated Envira Gallery plugin you can move on to the next step. You will have to visit the Envira Gallery and then go to the setting page after that enter the license key. We have enclosed a screenshot here to explain the process better.

You must be wondering where you can get the license key from. Well you will get it in your account dashboard that you will find in the Envira Gallery website. Once you have verified the license key you can go to the Envira Gallery there go to the Addons page. You will have to scroll down to the place where you can find the watermark Addon. You can also search for this Addon in the site. Once you get the Addon just install it and then activate it. We have included a screenshot to explain this.

Now that you have completed all the steps that we have mentioned above you can move on to the nest step of adding your own images to the responsive galleries with watermark. To do this you will simply have to go to the Envira Gallery and click on add new to create your first image gallery. As you scroll down on the page you will see a tab that has “watermarking” mentioned on it. As you click on this tab you will get the settings for the watermarking option. You will have to select the checkbox that you can see next to “enabled” if you want to see more options. We are enclosing a screenshot here so that you can get a better idea of what we are trying to say.

Once you are done with these steps you will have to go to the next step. In this step you will have to click on the “choose watermark” button and after that upload the image to which you want the watermark to be applied. You will be happy to know that you can also change the position and the margin of the watermark image. Once you have watermarked the image you can add the image into the gallery. Just scroll up and then click on the “select files from the computer” you can also choose “select files from other sources” button.

        

After you have added a few images to your gallery you can go ahead and publish them. You can add the image gallery into the WordPress post or page. You can simply edit the post or the page and then click on the “Add Gallery” button. The screenshot below gives an idea of what we are talking about.

Just click on the button and it will get you a popup where in you will have to select the image gallery that you just created and click on the insert button. Once you are done with all this you will see that the Envira Gallery shortcode will appear on the post editor. After you get that you can publish the post or the page. Once you are done with these steps you can go to your site and see how the images of yours have got watermarked.

             

 

Method 2 – Using easy watermark you can add watermark to images in WordPressThis is another method that is used to add watermark to WordPress images. It is simpler compared to the first method. For using this method you will have to download the Easy watermark plugin. In our article on installing WordPress plugins you can get the step by step guide to install the plugins in WordPress. After installing you will have to activate the Easy watermark plugin. After activation go to settings and then click on Easy watermark page in order to configure the plugin setting. We have enclosed a screen shot to explain how the setting of the Easy watermark plugin should be.

As you can see the settings are basically divided into three tabs. The first one is the general setting tab and it is basically used to add watermark to all the images that you have uploaded in this setting you can also choose the image file type for the watermark to apply.

The next option I these tabs is the backup. You must check this option all the time so that the original files of yours are saved. Here you can select the image sizes and also add watermark to them. There is also a possibility to choose the watermark type. You can use the plugin to add image, text or both so that they can be used in the watermark. Before saving do check all the options in the page and ensure that you have selected the correct options. With this we come to the last step in this method. In this step you will have to click on the tab that you can see on the plugin setting page. This is the tab where you can actually upload the image that you want to watermark.

A point that you must keep in mind here is that if you have selected the option as image+text then you will also need to mention the text in the text tab. You can select the font size, watermark alignment, transparency, font and the colour. Always click on the save button to save changes and store the settings. Once you are done with this you can easily add watermark to the images that you are adding to your WordPress site.

You can add watermark to even old images in WordPress

Some users have questions on if they can add watermark to old images. Yes you can add the watermark to old images too. You will have to go to media and then choose watermark. After that click on the start button that you can find under the bulk watermark section. We are enclosing a screenshot of the page as you can see it.

One important thing to note here is that the process is irreversible so you have to be very careful. Always ensure that you make a backup for the WordPress site and the media uploads directory. This will ensure that the original files are not lost and they can be retrieved back if you need to. This can be done by ensuring that you always click the option “keep a backup” of your original uploads. Once you have done this you can also use the restore option on this page, doing this will remove the watermark from all the images that have them on your site.

Manually adding WordPress to images in WordPress

With this we come to the last section of the topic. Many people might not want to add watermark automatically they prefer to do this manually. Always remember that every watermark option will come with a manual option as well. What you will have to do is go to the settings and then to the Easy watermark page and ensure that you click on the checkbox that is next to automatically add watermark to images and uncheck it. As soon as you do that you will have to manually apply the watermark. Once you are done with these steps you will have to go to Media and click on library. Here you will have to select the list view and see the Add watermark option that you will find next to each image in the library.

We have tried to explain almost all the steps that you can follow regarding adding watermark to images in WordPress. We hope that you have found this article interesting and informative. The process maybe a little lengthy with too many steps but as you do it slowly you will definitely learn to do it better next time. Adding watermarks is important and you must use this option on the images that you are using on your site and you do not want them to be misused.

 

How to Disable RSS feeds in WordPress

How to Disable RSS feeds in WordPress

A question that many WordPress users have is how exactly they can disable the RSS feeds. We in this article will try to discuss how this can be done. With the help of RSS feeds users can subscribe to your blog posts. It is quite possible that sometimes you would like to block the RSS feeds as you have a static website. There is no default option to remove the RSS feeds in WordPress. However, we will explain in this article how the RSS feeds can be disabled in WordPress. We hope that this article will be able to solve all your questions regarding the turning off of RSS feeds. There are primarily two methods and they are:

  1. Disable the RSS feeds using a plugin
  2. Manually disable RSS feeds in WordPress

We will explain in details both the methods in the article.

                   

 

Method 1 : Disable the RSS feeds using a plugin – If you are a beginner in WordPress then this is the method that we will be suggesting because it is simple to use. As this can be done using a plugin so the first step is that you will have to install and activate the plugin and this plugin is called “disable feeds plugin”. We have already dedicated an article on how to install WordPress plugins you can refer that article and try to understand the process. Once you have installed and activated the plugin you will notice that it has the ability to work out of the box and it will start to redirect the users to your site when the users request for a RSS feed.

You must ensure that the settings you are applying for the “disable feeds plugin” is correct and to check that you will have to add the enclosed settings as shown in the screenshot. Just go to settings and then go to the reading page to configure the settings as follows. Until the setting is correct the plugin will not work as you desire.

The “disable feeds plugin” will automatically start to redirect the users to the related content on your site as and when they request a RSS feed. To explain this better we will give an example suppose a user is requesting for a category feed they will be redirected to the category page. Similarly if an user is trying to access the custom post type RSS feed they will by default be redirected to the custom post type archive.

There is also a possibility that you change the behaviour and show the users a 404 error page. In the settings you can also ensure that you choose the option of not to disable the global RSS feed and the comments feed. Doing this will ensure that the users can subscribe to your RSS feeds but there will not be any individual category , post comment feed or author. As we always mention, do not forget to save the settings else all the changes you have made will not be saved.

 

Method 2 : Manually disable RSS feeds in WordPress – We will now move to the second method of ensuring that the RSS feeds are turned off. As the name itself suggests in this method you will have to manually edit the WordPress files. We will not recommend this method to someone who is new to WordPress. This can be used by someone who has been working on WordPress for sometime and can comfortably paste the snippets from the web to the WordPress. We are giving the code in the screenshot attached below all you have to do s add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or to the site specific plugin.

             

What this code does is simple as soon as someone requests for a RSS feed it will return an error page similar to the one that we have depicted in the screenshot below.

We hope that after reading this article the readers will get a good idea of how they can actually block the RSS feeds. We are constantly trying to ensure that we can resolve all the queries that the readers have about WordPress. We will keep writing more articles on similar topics about WordPress do keep checking our site. Please share your valuable feedbacks and we will definitely try to improve on our articles.

 

 

 

Adding content locking in WordPress

Adding content locking in WordPress



We have been trying to answer most of the questions that users get about using the WordPress and just don’t know where to get the answers from. Another common question that people have is how to add content locking. Many people want to use content locking on their sites so that they can boost the lead generation, build email list and increase sales. In this article we will explain how you can implement content locking in WordPress without affecting the users.

What exactly is content locking in WordPress and why do you need to use it?

Content locking in WordPress is basically used by the site owners to ensure that they can force the users to perform an action before they get access to the content of the site.

One point you must keep in mind is that if you do not use it properly it can annoy the users and that is not something we want right. Do not be scared of using content locking if you can do it right it could give high leads and help you achieve the marketing goals for your site.



One point to keep in mind is use the concept of content locking when you have something of value in the content. Use it for a free eBook, a free course or maybe before a free download. Use a simple logic why will the user go through so much of trouble they will do so only when they feel that the content is actually worth it. As you are clear with the concept we will now teach you how exactly you can use content locking in your site.

What are the things you need for content locking in WordPress?

In this tutorial we are going to use OptinMonster as we feel that it is the best lead generation solution that you can find in the market. If you want to use OptinMonster for content locking you will have to use the plus or the pro plan. If you are new to WordPress you can get 10% discount by using the OptinMonster coupons.

Adding Content locking in WordPress

The first step here would be to install and activate the OptinMonster plugin that you can get in WordPress. We have already explained a step by step guide on how exactly you can install a WordPress plugin in our previous article titled “How to Install a WordPress Plugin” you can go through that and install the OptinMonster plugin. This plugin is basically a connection between the WordPress site of yours and your OptinMonster account.

Now that you have installed the OptinMonster plugin we will move to the next step and that is activation of the OptinMonster plugin. Unless you activate it there is no way you can use it. Once you are done with all this you will have to click on the OptinMonster menu item that you can easily find in the WordPress admin bar. Once you do that you will be asked to provide the OptinMonster API username and the key.



You must be wondering where you will get the API information. Well you will find it under the column your account on the OptinMonster website itself. What you will have to do is just login and click on the API link.



We hope that you have got what we are trying to say so far. Now we move to the next step. In this step you will have to copy and paste the API username and key into the OptinMonster plugin page. Once you have done that you will have to click on the “connect to OptinMonster” button. If you have done so you will be successfully connected and all that you have to do is create new optin button.


Now that you have reached this step you will be directly taken to the OptinMonster website. Once you get to the website you will have to provide a title for the optin campaign and also select your website from the drop down menu. After you are done with this you will have to move to the next step and that is you will have to select the “after post/inline” whichever you want as your optin type. After you are done with this some ready to use templates will appear on the right column and you will have to choose the template that you actually want.


Now you will see that the OptinMonster’s form builder here what you can do is configure the settings and customise the appearance of the optin and the result will be exactly the way you want. You can edit the fonts, the texts, the images and even the colours. Anything that you want can be edited using this form. It will look something like what we have enclosed in the screenshot below.


So far I hope you are clear on what you need to do. Now we will move to the next step. You will have to click on the “optin” menu and then scroll down to the content blocking section at the end. You will have to click on the “content blocking” option for this optin and you can do this by clicking the on or the off switch as shown in the screenshot that we have attached below. When you turn it on it will show you the options that you can use to determine how you actually want in the content blocking system to work. For doing this the most important thing is to choose the content blocking method.


The two options that you can do to hide the content is obfuscation which will blur the content and you can also use removal of the content if you want to completely remove the content. The option is up to you to choose. These options can be found under the content below optin.


Another important thing that you need to do is change the success cookie duration to a zero. This will ensure that the cookie is prevented from being set unless the user submits the optin. Once you are done with all this you will have to go through the integration setting and connect to your own email marketing service. This will also help you to configure the analytics setting. We hope you are clear so far. After all these above steps are completed you will have to click on the save button. You will find the save button on the top hand right corner of the builder for saving the settings. This is the most important step if you do not save it then all the changes that you have done so far is actually of no use. We are enclosing a screenshot that will help you understand where you can find the save button.


So you have basically by now made all the changes to the OptinMonster account and now you will have to go to your own WordPress site and click on the OptinMonster menu. When you do that you will be able to see the content lock optin under the list of the optins. Sometimes it is possible that you will not be able to see the content lock optin do not worry just click on the refresh optin button and you will be able to see the optin.


Well now that you have done till this you can move to the next step. You will have to click on the optin title and then click “edit optin output settings” link. This will take you to another page where you will have to click on the “enable optin on site” option as shown in the screenshot that we have attached below.


Another important point that you have to keep in mind is that at the end of the page you will see a “save” button that you will have to click if you want to save the settings else all the settings that you have done so far will be lost. Next step will be to click on the OptinMonster menu again and this will take you back to the optins overview page. Here you will have to copy the optin slug. We have highlighted what the optin slug is in red colour in the screenshot that we have attached below.


After all this is done you will have to edit the post or page where you want the content locking to exactly be enabled. This optin slug that you have copied is a shortcode and it has to be added before all other contents in your post or you can also add it after the first paragraph. You will find a optin slug here and what you have to do is replace this optin slug that is already there with the new optin slug that you just copied.


With this you can move to the next step that is your post or page. You will have to visit this post or page in a new browser window and you can see the content locking in action before you make it live for the users.

Adding the content locking to all the WordPress Posts

You might want to add content locking to all your WordPress posts. This is comparatively easy than what we were explaining so far. For doing this you will need a different plugin and that is called “Insert Post Ads” plugin. After you have activated this plugin you will have to go to “post adverts” and settings for configuring the plugin settings. We have included a screenshot to explain this.


After this you will have to choose the place where you want the enable the post ads or the plugin posts or pages and then click on the save settings button. Remember that until you save the settings the changes will be lost.

After this again go to the post adverts option and add a new page. You will have to provide a title for the content locking script and then add the content lock optin shortcode in the advert code section.


After this go to the “display the advert” dropdown menu and you will have the option to either add it before the content or after the first paragraph itself and click on the publish button. This is it and the plugin is all active and you can see it working on all your WordPress posts.

We would like you give a recommendation here and that is always add the shortcode after the paragraph as this will help you to use the first paragraph to tell the users about how useful and valuable your content actually is and why they should read the rest of the content. We have tried to explain all the steps that you need to follow in order to add content locking in WordPress. We have ensured that we include images wherever possible. There are many steps involved and it is actually not very easy to do but if you do it once you will for sure get the hang of it. We have tried to keep the explanation simple and slow so that you can understand the steps better. We hope that you will find this article informative and useful.

Exporting all WordPress URLs in Plain text

Exporting all WordPress URLs in Plain text

WordPress is a huge area and it is quite obvious that you may not know everything about it. In this article we will try to discuss about one lesser known aspect of WordPress. Did you know that you can export all the URLs of WordPress in a plain text or CSV format? If you did not then this is what you need to read. It is a possibility that you would need these URLs if you want to for example need to migrate the website or set up redirects. So are you ready to know before about exporting all the URLs in your WordPress to a word or a CSV file?

Why will you even need to export the All WordPress URLs into plain text?

Some of you must be wondering why we at the first place even need to export the All WordPress URLs into Plain text. Yes this is a good question. The WordPress is built in such a way that it already has built in tools that can be used to export any content to an XML file. This file can be easily used if you want to import the content into another WordPress site. With these tools you can easily move the WordPress to a new domain name and you can even use this to transfer from a local server to a live site.

However, although this amazing feature is a part of WordPress and most of the WordPress users know about it. There can be a need to list the URLs and the reasons for this can be many. We cannot list all the reasons because some of them can be very situation based. Nevertheless, for an example we can consider this scenario. There might be a need for you to set redirects to a new website and to do this you will have to share the URLs with the SEO team or setup a tracking using some very effective SEO tools. So we hope that we have made it clear that why you may need to export the WordPress URLs to a word or a CSV file. Now let’s move on to how exactly you can get this done.

Exporting WordPress URLs in text and CSV format

Let’s move to the first step to get this job done. As a first step you will have to install and activate the Export All URLs plugin in WordPress. We will give a step by step guide on how you can install this particular WordPress plugin. We have already explained in details about installing the WordPress plugins in our previous article titled “How to Install a WordPress Plugin“. Please refer to that and install the “Export All URLs” plugin.

Once you have activated the Export All URLs plugin using the steps that we have mentioned in our previous article about installation of WordPress plugins you can move to the next step towards exporting the URLs. You will have to click on “settings” and then click on “Export all URLs” page. We have enclosed a screenshot below to explain the same. The plugin is so effective that it will allow you to export the URLS for all your posts, custom post types and pages. If you want to can ensure that the types of URLs are selected and you do not have to waste much time to look for a specific URL.



After you are done with the above step you can also select the data that you actually want to export. The Export all URLs plugin will help you to export categories, title and URLs. You also an option to either export this data in a CSV file format else you can directly display the data on the setting page. After you have selected all the settings that you need you will just have to click on the “export” button as shown in the screenshot attached above and continue with the rest of the process.

The ultimate result will look something like the screenshot that we have attached below. It will depend on the settings that you have selected. The plugin will either be displayed on the plugin’s setting page itself or it will appear in the CSV format.



CSV files are nothing but simple text files that have a comma to separate the values. This is exactly why you can open these files in a plain text editor too. Another advantage of these files is that they can also be opened in various types of spreadsheet software like a “Microsoft Excel”, “numbers” and even Google Sheets. These features make Export all URLs plugin of WordPress very useful indeed. As the data can be represented in various forms it is even easier to share with others.

We hope that this article on exporting all WordPress URLs in Plain text will help you. Do use these ideas and see how easily you can actually do this. We always try to ensure that we can help the readers do their work better and faster. Keep looking at our forthcoming posts we will try to cover more such fascinating and unknown features of the WordPress that can really make your life easier.