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How to change the default settings of WordPress Gallery

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I will show how to change the default settings of the WP Gallery. I mean, the number of columns, size and the link. WordPress Galleries usually default to using the thumbnail size of 150 x 150 (px) and 3 columns across.

1) Open up the functions.php file in  in the wp-content/themes/your-theme-directory

2) Copy and paste the code below to your theme functions.php

[code] //Galerie Setting
function my_gallery_default_type_set_link( $settings ) {
$settings['galleryDefaults']['link'] = 'file';
$settings['galleryDefaults']['size'] = 'medium';
$settings['galleryDefaults']['columns'] = '2';
return $settings;
}
add_filter( 'media_view_settings', 'my_gallery_default_type_set_link');
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This function changes the default attributes for the gallery to be columns=”2″ and size=”medium”.

How to remove all Akismet’s CommentMeta data

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The table that really growing is “wp_ commentmeta”. It contains mostly “akismet_result”, “akismet_history” & “akismet_as_submitted” meta key. These entries are created by akismet plugins in relation to spam comments. The entries will not get deleted even after all spam comments deleted permanently. There is a annoying bug in this plugin.

You can remove all Akismet’s CommentMeta data. However, remember to backup your database prior to removing these entries, so you can restore it if anything goes wrong.

Step1: Open PhpMyAdmin.

Step2: Checkout all Akismet data using select query
[code] SELECT * FROM wp_commentmeta WHERE meta_key
LIKE "%akismet%"
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Step3: If you are fine with this data execute delete query.
[code] DELETE FROM wp_commentmeta WHERE meta_key
LIKE "%akismet%"
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How to Automatically Empty Akismet Spam Queue Daily

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Akismet wipes the comment spam queue every 15 days. This snippet changes the interval to daily, forcing Akismet to delete all spam messages every 2 days rather than every 15 days.

Go to theme's folder and find the file functions.php - that's where you put all your custom functions.

[code] add_filter( 'akismet_delete_comment_interval', 'custom_set_delete_interval' );

function custom_set_delete_interval() {
return 2;
}
[/code] Save the functions.php file and then check that it works - go to http://your-site.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=akismet-key-config and scroll down to where you can set options. You'll see it say "Note: Spam in the spam folder older than 2 days is deleted automatically."

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Create .htaccess file in WordPress

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.htaccess file is an important system file of WordPress platform. You can do many things using .htaccess file. You can use .htaccess to redirect users, enable or disable safety features, change the behavior of handling search engine bots, and add write/re-write rules for URL redirections. WordPress .htaccess file can be edited by using plugins or by directly access to your server File Manager.

The dot before the file name indicates that it is a hidden file. When you are accessing your web server through FTP, you will not be able to see .htaccess file unless your FTP client is forced to show hidden files. Simply, use any free FTP client like FileZilla and login to your hosting FTP account and browse to root of your installation. FileZilla -> Server -> Force showing hidden files.

Sometimes even when you have forced your FTP client to show hidden files, it will still not show you .htaccess file. The most common reason for this is that your WordPress site has not generated a .htaccess file yet. WordPress generates .htaccess file for the first time when you set up permalinks on Settings » Permalinks screen. All you need to do is to click on Save Changes button on the permalinks screen and WordPress will generate a .htaccess file in your site’s root directory.

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[code] # BEGIN WordPress
RewriteRule ^index.php$ – [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L] # END WordPress
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Popular WordPress Plugins to avoid

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The following articles are for reference only.

Every plugin you activate makes WordPress a little slower. The following plugins are known to be severely resource intensive and could cause downtime, longer page load times, or larger process counts. It is advised that you avoid the use of these plugins:

Google XML Sitemaps
: can slow down sites as well. Yoast WP SEO sitemap functionality work better.

Broken Link Checker: This plugin is highly server intensive and it could overwhelm your shared hosting server with an inordinate amount of HTTP requests.  Alternative, you can use online tool (Broken Link Check) to check for broken links.

WP Post Views: Inefficiently writes to the database on every page load. The stats module in the Jetpack plugin is a good choice for tracking trafficOther plugins that we’ve decided to proactively remove include:.

WPRobot3: can also cause high load issues, and should be disabled if they are causing issues.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin: Related Posts plugins are extremely database intensive. The indexing, sorting and all functions are carried out using your server’s resources. The Related Posts feature under the popular Jetpack plugin is a great alternative, It scans your posts, analyzes them, and displays related posts your visitors.

SEO Auto Links & Related Posts: This plugin can cause high CPU usage.

MyReview Plugin: Slams the database with a fairly significant amount of writes.

Other plugins that we’ve decided to proactively remove include:

WP phpMyAdmin: This plugin has fairly major security issues.
Sweet Captcha: The Sweet Captcha service was used to distribute adware.
WordPress Newsletter Plugin: This plugin was used to distribute spam.
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Best Free WordPress Framework

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WordPress frameworks are very useful tool for WordPress developers. It is regularly used by WordPress theme developers because it takes a very small amount of time in development. Building a new theme from scratch is really hard and needs a certain amount of time as well but this is where Framework comes into play.

Foundation
FoundationPress is a starter-theme for WordPress built with Foundation 5, the most advanced responsive (mobile-first) framework in the world. The purpose of FoundationPress, is to act as a small and handy toolbox that contains the essentials needed to build any design. FoundationPress is meant to be a starting point, not the final product.

Redux
Redux is a simple, truly extensible and fully responsive options framework for WordPress themes and plugins. Redux is well documented. The Redux website has a knowledge base, codex (developer documentation), and video tutorials.

Bootstrap 3 WordPress
Bootstrap is one of the more famous frameworks out there because it has so many options and is great for creating beautiful, responsive, cross-browser friendly web sites quickly and easily without the need to learn a lot of code. It contains HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions for navigation, slider, transitions, scrollspy, tabs, alerts and much more.

Roots
Roots is another WordPress Bootstrap theme, although it's designed as a minimally styled starter theme that includes Bootstrap, HTML5 Boilerplate, ARIA roles and Microformats. It also works with a number of preprocessors including LESS, LESS with pure CSS, SASS and Compass. Roots helps you build better WordPress sites faster.

Underscores
Underscores comes with a multitude of neat features such as sample theme options panel, custom template tags, several pre-formatted layouts, custom header implementation, and useful add-ons called “tweaks” that can be activated easily through the functions.php file.

Best Website Speed And Performance Checking Tools

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The Pingdom Speed Test Tool will give you some quick information about the speed of your site. This doesn’t just relate to server speed, it will give you a lot of useful and actionable information like the site loading time, loading time of each element, element sizes and the total number of elements. But if you want Pingdom to continuously monitor your website’s uptime, speed, and performance they offer monthly plans starting at $10/month.

pingdom

GTmetrix is a another tool that analyzes your WordPress website speed performance and offers feedback on how to improve your website performance. It combines two of the most popular Firefox performance add-ons – Yslow and Google Page Speed.
If you signup for a free account you will be able to monitor the history of your reports for up to 5 websites. Paid plans are available starting a $15/month and include the ability to track more URLs, hourly monitoring, PDF reports, and more.

gtmetrix

WebPagetest is a free online tool that displays the load time of your web page as well as 6 different performance grades. One cool feature of WebPagetest is the ability to select the country from which to run your test. This can be used to track how your speeds vary across the world.

webpagetest

5 Easy Ways To Speed Up Your WordPress Website

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According to a 2009 Akamai study, 47% of visitors expect a page to load in under 2 seconds, and 57% of visitors will abandon a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Since this study, no shortage of case studies have confirmed that loading time affects sales. Not only that, Google has now taken into account site speed in it’s ranking algorithm. That means that your site’s speed effects it’s SEO, so if your site is slow, you are not only losing customers out of impatience, but you are also losing them by having reduced rankings in search engines.

Below are five quick fixes that will dramatically improve your website’s loading time:

Identify Plugins that are slowing you down
Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin from GoDaddy, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site and then can make decision about whether to keep them, replace them or remove them entirely.

Add LazyLoad to your images
Lazy Load allows you to only load images above the fold (i.e. only the images visible in the user’s browser window) and the other images begin to load once a user starts scrolling down the page. This will not only speed you page loads, it can also save bandwidth by loading less data for users who don’t scroll all the way down on your pages. To do this automatically, install the jQuery Image Lazy Load plugin.

Optimize images (automatically)
The bigger your image, the slower your site will load and the more server resources you will use. Smaller images mean a faster loading site. The WP Smush.it plugin will automatically optimize your images for you. It removes extra bytes within them that are unnecessary, without compromising the images quality.

Clean up the database
WP-Optimize is an extensive WordPress database cleanup and optimization tool. This plugin lets you do just one simple task: optimize your database (spam comments, post revisions, drafts, tables, trash data, etc.) to reduce their overhead.

Use an effective Caching Plugin
To do this with a plugin, I recommend using WP Super Cache. It has all of the features you need and is extremely easy to install and use. Simply install and activate, and what your page load faster as elements are cached. As soon as you install a plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache, you’ll be able to tell that your site loads faster.

Following these tips will help you improve your website speed and provide better experience for your users, which indirectly will lead to higher customer acquisition. If you have anything you’d like to add to the list, please comment below.

5 Best Contact Form Plugins for WordPress

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A contact form is a great way to offer your readers the ability to get in touch, without giving out your personal email address. Here are the 5 best contact form plugins for WordPress. We hope this guide helped you choose the best contact form plugin for your business.

Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is one of the most downloaded plugin in the official WordPress plugin directory. This plugin includes one pre-built form, so all you have to do to add a contact page to your site is add the shortcode and publish the page. If you are looking for the easiest and most simple way to add a contact form to your website then Contact Form 7 is the perfect choice for beginners.

Fast Secure Contact Form
Fast Secure Contact Form is widely used forms plugin with over 5 million downloads from WordPress.org. This free plugin lets you add, remove, and reorder fields, permits custom field creation, create multiple forms and allows commenters to send emails automatically. It also includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block spam.

Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms is another popular plugin to create contact forms. With drag and drop features, you can very easily create contact forms, email address collection and any other type of form within minutes. With Ninja Forms, all the magic happens within a drag-and-drop interface in your WordPress dashboard. There are premium extensions which allow you to extend Ninja Forms functionality such as connecting with Campaign Monitor, Freshbooks, Salesforce, SMS notifications, etc.

Contact Form
The Contact Form plugin allows you to implement a feedback form to a web-page or a post in no time. It is an extremely easy form, that doesn’t require any additional settings, though there are some available options. All you need is just to activate the plugin and insert the shortcode into the text. There is also a premium version of the plugin with more useful features available.

Jetpack’s Contact Form
One of Jetpack’s most commonly used modules is the Contact Form module, which provides a simple and elegant form creator. Jetpack will send an email notification for each contact form response and you can customize the email address to which the notifications will be sent. If you’re using the Akismet plugin, every form submission will be checked for spam as well.

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