How to Buy a WordPress Theme.

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                 WordPress almost has about 200 to 300 themes for its users. Selecting the appropriate theme is quite important for our blog. These themes range from about $50 to $150. So, a wise investment is vital. Before you select and buy a theme just keep in mind a few things to check.

 

  • Identifying the type of your website and selecting the category accordingly: – This is the very first step in selecting a good theme for your website. You first have to identify the type of your website whether it is an information website, a forum, or a website representing some kind of organization or a business or your own personal blog. There are some special themes for media sharing websites or shopping websites or be it a flash website. After identifying the appropriate type of your website, select the search criteria accordingly. Also, make a decision whether you need a high-end flash theme or a simple, less data consuming and faster loading theme. For example if you are going to select a flash website, you should be ready to face the consequences of slower loading time. In my opinion for a personal blog or some kind of an info website, you do not need a flash content; it is good to have a simple yet attractive website, which will also load faster.Caddpture
  •  Selection of Columns and layout: – Most of the business websites or personal blogs need the columns. You can select Single column or double column according to your requirements. For example, if you have a personal blog it is good to go with single column as you do not need lots of external links or tabs…But if you have a business website then you might need the double columns, as you have to link up your website with lots of other websites and links. Select a proper layout of your website, for example, if you are thinking to monetize it then select the layout of the website wisely, that is, considering the placement of ads and other stuff. Also, do not select a layout, which will crowd a lot of things like widgets, ads, and links around the body of the theme. The layout should be responsive that is it should not have fixed width rather it should have a responsive width which resizes itself according to screen resolution or the browser requirements.

  If you have a media-sharing website then there are different layouts available to enhance the graphical interface and viewer experience. Capssture

 

  • Using a defining title image or logo: – Whenever someone visits your website they mostly identify your website with its unique and attractive logo…like we can now almost identify the typical colourful Google logo instantly or the blue coloured Facebook logo in small letters. Your unique and meaningful logo puts up a good impression on the user. However, do not make it too colourful or meaningless; to make it attractive, the logo should define the name of your website or its main theme…like twitter with the little bird! You can hire professional logo designers or you can make one yourself with the help of some Adobe tools.

    English: Google Logo officially released on Ma...

    English: Google Logo officially released on May 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • The Colour Scheme: – The most important aspect of design is its colours. Different colours trigger different moods in human beings. Bright colours attract the attention of the viewer. Therefore, to attract the attention of the users to the post obviously we need use bright colours for the background of the post. On its complementary, we should put up faint or light colours to the background so that it pulls the attraction of the user to the body of the post. However, do not use colours like dark red or green as the will make your website look like a spam website. So, it is important to maintain the relationship between colours.mmCapture
  • Selection of a decent font style: – Until today’s date, there are almost hundreds of font styles available. You are free to choose any of them unless the reader can read it comfortably. Avoid using too bold letters or too inclined letters as the put up a strain for many readers also; many of those fonts do not support the smart phones. In my opinion, its better to stick with some standard fonts, as they are comfortable to read to all users and that is the whole point. The font size needs to be carefully selected because selecting too small fonts will make big problem for readers or selecting too big fonts can end up using lots of the space of your website and you don’t want to make the reader to scroll down a lot…nobody likes it!Capmmture
  • Checking the update interval and support team: – It is really good that your theme provider updates your theme often. Because it is important to keep up with the latest updates and styles or trends. So, make sure they give you proper theme updates also make sure they have maintenance cycles on your theme weekly.
  • Plugin or Widgets support: – Make sure that the theme supports and is compatible to all kinds of security plugins and customization. If it fails to support, most of the important plugins that you might not want to have theme where you cannot put a cool and entertaining plugin. Note: Avoid use of bulky and unnecessary plugins.
  • Compatibility for different browsers: – Having compatibility issues with different browsers does not give a good look to your website. Your website looks something with Google chrome and something else with Internet Explorer…this will leave your users annoyed.
  • Suitable environment for video playing and flash content: – Be sure to check that the theme is compatible to at least a few of the popular video players or flash players on the internet.ddCapture
  • No broken links or code errors: – Imagine yourself browsing on a fine website and you find a good link attached to it and when you click on it, you discover it is broken or redirects to any spam or a useless website…that will annoy you more than anything, also it will put up a bad impression on your website. So make sure it does not have any broken links.
  • Some existing Customers review: – Others mistake a lesson for you. Try reading the other user’s review about the theme and know more about it, if it has majority of positive reviews then you are good to go!
  • A quick response team and good security options:- Whenever something goes wrong with your website you go nervous and try contacting the support team to solve the issue as soon as possible so that you website gets online quickly without disturbing you reputation. It is important to have a good support team at your disposal so that whenever something goes wrong they fix it ASAP.

   Hope you consider these points before you buy the theme …Good luck with your shopping 🙂 Comment below if you have something to add and share it with your friends so that they can buy the best theme for their website.

 

Note: – The screenshots of the themes are from Elegant Themes and are subjected to Copyright © 2013 ElegantThemes, Inc.™ To buy these themes visit Elegant Themes.

 

Warning Headers Already Sent: Solving the Issue.

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     From last few days, I was pretty upset about a problem I was having with my website Kadam Group. At first I thought it might be some harmless error but everything turn upside down when I started getting a Warning message whenever I visited my dashboard “Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at home/basics/public_html/kadamgroup.org/wp-includes/funtions.php: line 46) in home/basics/public_html/kadamgroup.org/wp-login.php on line 586.”

   I kept on neglecting it until I found out that whenever tried to login, it failed. So, I searched the internet and found the solution to this problem. Here I am going to discuss this problem and its solution with you.

Symptoms: – “Warning: Cannot modify header information- Headers already sent” error shows up.

Effects: – Unable to login or access the dashboard.

Solution: – The solution to this problem is very simple you do not have to write any codes or change files. Then problem can be solved with the help of one single key on your keypad! Let us go systematically.

1.     Write down the error message that you see, for example it may look like, Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at home/basics/public_html/kadamgroup.org/wp-includes/funtions.php: line 46) in home/basics/public_html/kadamgroup.org/wp-login.php on line 586.”

2.     Login in to your FTP account in my case Hostgator provides me with an FTP account. Go to the specified path in the error message. Now there are two paths in the message the first one is the path of the file, which causes the problem, and the second path is the path of the file that is affected by the problem. Here in the example we have to look up at  home/basics/public_html/kadamgroup.org/wp-includes/funtions.php: line 46 where the problem lies and not home/basics/public_html/kadamgroup.org/wp-login.php on line 586,which is affected.Capture

3.     After you reach up to the file mentioned in the first path, make a backup of it and then open it. Go to the specified line where it will start with a code “<?php” Now check before it if there are any white or blank spaces. If there are then ‘Delete’ them.

4.     Then go to the end tag of it which is “?>” (If you use Notepad++ it will be easier to find the end tag). Find the white or blank spaces after it and ‘Delete’ them.Cap;ture

5.     Now Save the file or upload it if you have downloaded it. Do not add any other codes or letters between the tags before you save the file or you will make it worse. Refer to the images if you find it hard to understand. The red underlined spaces are to be deleted and the third image shows the correct way of the codes.Captmmure

   Hope you have solved the problem with ease. If the problem priests try clearing the cache or contact, WordPress Support. If you have, any doubts about this issue please comment below and let me know. I will try my best to solve it.

Cause of the issue: – The Blank spaces before and after the tags <?php and ?> make it hard for the browser to read the codes so remove them. As I have said earlier, we just had use one key to solve this problem, which seemed to be very big issue but was too easy. Thank You ‘Delete’ key!

Hostgator Review

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       Hostgator is a Web hosting company founded in 2002 by Brent Oxley. In 2006, they were hosting more than 200,000 registered domains. Hostgator also stared operating in India in 2011; its head office is located in Nashik, Maharashtra. Today they host more than 9,000,000 domains operating in 200 countries and its true they eat up the competition! I have also hosted my domains with Hostgator and they have provided an outstanding service so, today I am writing a review on Web hosting service of Hostgator. Actually, they have lots of services like Reseller hosting, VPS hosting, Dedicated servers, Domains but I will be writing review on Web hosting because I have not tried the other services until now.

      When I wanted my domain to be hosted on the best servers I asked Google “Top Ten Web hosting services” and clearly Hostgator was among the toppers. I decided to host it with Hostgator India, as I live in India I needed Indian support team for better communication; but if you live in other countries, you can go for hostgator.com. So, I had domain names (GoDaddy) and I needed hosting, I selected suitable plan for my needs and checked out; the shopping process was pretty easy. Soon, I received a conformation e-mail and they set me up with a support member to get me started with my website. Back then, I was a beginner like you and knew nothing about websites, but working with these guys was so easy that, I was ready with my site in 24 hrs. Let us talk about the feature they provide,

·       Unlimited Bandwidth: – With the selection of particular plan you get unlimited Bandwidth thus increasing your rate of successful data transfer and with 99.9% uptime guarantee.

·       Unlimited Domain hosting: – Yes that is right you can host as many domains as you want, currently I am hosting three domain names and until now I do not have a single issue with managing them.

·       Unlimited Disk Space:-You can add as much as you want to your website. You can add thousands of videos, images or flash content it works with same speed without any load. There is no limit to your creativity!

·       Dedicated IP: – You do not have to share your IP address with anyone you get your own IP address.

·       Private SSL: – Normal SSL certificate does not cover subdomain names. It will only cover subfolder paths. But, a Private SSL covers all the subdomains.

·       Site Builder: – Know nothing about HTML? Don’t worry Site Builder will take care of it. You just have to follow the on screen instructions, customize your website, and download it when you are done. You have almost 4,500 free templates to choose from. You can setup a personal blog, a corporate site, or a flash website.

·       Control Panel: – The control panel feature is the most amazing and useful feature according to me. They have SEO and marketing tools (very important) which takes care of your Search engine optimization and submits your sitemap to all search engines making you more visible. There are lots of security options that help you to protect your website from spammers and hackers. Also, you get Quick Install where you can install all kinds of content management systems like Joomla, WordPress, Duropal, and other softwares. The control panel is like a dashboard where you can manage and add domains or email accounts to your website.

·       Unlimited Email accounts: – You can have as many email accounts as you want for your website. They work with all sorts of Email applications like Windows live Mail, Outlook, Lotus, etc..

·       Instant Support: – Hostgator provides 24×7 and 365 days customer and technical support, they are easy to reach and helpful. You have access to the forums and videos and tutorials; plus, there are weekly off-site Data backups.

Note: – Some of the services may change with the plan you select.

      Hostgator offers three kinds of plans to its customers, they are, Hatchling plan, Baby plan and the Business plan. You may choose any of these plans according to your needs. These plans start with $3.96 per month.

1.     Hatchling Plan: – This plan is recommended to hobbyist and beginners who are just figuring out how to do this! You get single domain name hosting along with unlimited bandwidth and disk space. So if you just want to host one website go for this plan. This plan starts from $3.96 per month.

2.     Baby Plan: – This is an ideal plan for small business owners who get less traffic. In this plan, you get unlimited domain names, disk space, and bandwidth. It starts from $6.36 per month.

3.     Business Plan: – If you decide to start some serious business and expect to have loads of traffic than you need a dedicated IP address and SSL Certificate. In this plan, you get all the benefits mentioned above with a dedicated toll free support number. This plan starts from $10.36 per month.

So, all the plans are reasonable and have lots of features. Until now, personally, I have not found any cons for their service but lots of people on the internet say that their customer service takes a lot time to respond. Uh…I have called them and chatted with the support team lots of time and definitely they respond pretty quickly also they are very helpful. So, if you want to get your website hosted with Hostgator I will give you thumbs up  Thumbs up .

Discount Coupons: – If you want to have some discount on your purchase with Hostgator here are some of the Discount Coupons that will help you.

1.     SHIRISHKADAM: – Get $9.94 Off…!

2.     KADAMGROUP: – Get 25% Off…!

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Enjoy these coupons, copy them, and use them with your purchase, to get those discounts and if you have experienced any pros or cons with Hostgator share them with everybody below at the comments section.