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How to Import vBulletin Forum into bbPress on WordPress

few years back i proudly posted of migrating to vBulletin premium forum system and boasted about the great move I made back then! Sadly, I am having to change my opinion after few years of being on the vBulletin platform which I paid 300 USD (just to download). I must admit that it is one of the most powerful and scalable forum script as of today but they lack that kind of support and customer service. It is always good when everything goes smooth but things change once you are hacked or your forum breaks.

Several times, I observed that the forum was broken and I managed to fix it with some break-fix techniques but finally my forum was hacked and without me knowing, the system was injected with several shell scripts by malicious hackers and never knew about this unless I started observing several phishing attempts from my server. I was quick to clean up and change passwords, in a matter of hours, I was hacked again! Later on further investigation I found that there were scripts everywhere hidden into folders with legit looking file names. It became very hard as I did have the below challenges / road blocks with vBulletin: Read more

PHP Error: failed to open stream: Permission denied [Solved]

While migrating or installing new scripts on PHP like WordPress CMS might throw you with an error listed below. Today, I would like to share a simple solution to this problem and also explain why this error occors. The above error is purely related to “Permissions” or CHMOD values on your linux server and can be easily fixed by changing them.

Usually this error will be accompanied with a file name that the script is not able to access.  Firstly, open up your file manager and navigate to the file – you will be surprised to observe the CHMOD value set to “000″. Simply change it to 644 or 755 and the error will be gone! Hope you were able to find this small fix helpful. Read more

How to make Full width BBPress Forum pages

A simple tutorial on how you could convert your bbPress Forum into a full width forum template allowing the forum to span throughout the website. Firstly you will have to understand where the bbPress system will pick up the page template for its default forum page.  bbPress by default checks for ‘bbpress.php’, ‘forum.php’, ‘page.php’, ‘single.php’, ‘index.php’ files in your theme’s directory and further uses the file in the same order of availability. If you find any of these pages in the order in your theme directory, use them, else make a forum.php template by copying the source of page.php.

To achieve the full width look, firstly change the primary class value to wide. Basically search and add the class=”wide”. Next, remember to remove the line that calls the sidebar. You are done. Check out the below screenshots for a better idea!  Read more

How to Install WordPress plugins directly from Github?

We have always installed WordPress plugins directly through the WordPress admin dashboard and thats as easy as a search and click. Now today we will learn a little different method to install a WordPress plugin from the popular code repository – Github. The embedded video is an excellent explanation of how to do this. Came across this last week and thought I will share this to my readers! Here you go.. Let me know what you think about this method after trying it out

How to display all comments on WordPress Admin

By default WordPress displays only 20 comments on your comments moderation panel which makes it very difficult for administrators to manage, categorise and delete comments all together. Often, I have observed webmasters searching for plugins to bulk manage comments on the blog, but the fact is that WordPress has an inbuilt functionality that helps you display any number of comments at one go in your admin dashboard.

How to display all comments for moderation on your wordpress admin

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Is WordPress Tag Cloud Good or Bad for SEO?

My take on this is certainly it is BAD for SEO as it creates a lot of duplicate content, duplicate backlinks and totally screws up your internal page linking architecture. If you know how to set up relationships and canonical tags, and, you know exactly what you are doing, it could do some benefit, but mostly it is just harmful in my own opinion. Here is a video from Matt Cutts on what he thinks..

Good Content is Natural Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Optimisation, commonly referred to as SEO, is the art of optimising your blogs or websites to achieve higher ranks on the Search Engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. The two important aspects of SEO are: On Page SEO and Off Page SEO. These terms are no rocket science, basically, they are they refer to optimizing your web pages (on page SEO) and building quality back link to your content (off page SEO).

This article covers several good practices that could eventually get rid of the pain to manually try building back links to your website. A simple practice of writing for a reason, to share and help will result in gradual and dependable reputation building. Read more

How to hide a WordPress Blog post from Home Page?

Recently I had a requirement to add a photo gallery on one of my blogs. I added the gallery as a new category and wanted to add individual posts under the gallery showcasing my photographs. One problem I was facing was, each time I add a new photo to the gallery, it appears as a new post on the homepage. Such posts were not adding much value to my blog’s home page and I wanted to hide it.

Today, we will learn a quick method on how to hide “specific posts” from the home page without altering anything else. Firstly, install a very light weight plugin called Hide on Homepage and activate it. Further, create a new post and scroll down to find “custom fields” and add a new custom field named “hide_on_homepage” and set the value as “1″. On publishing an article / post with this custom field and value will ensure that post will be excluded from the home page. Read more