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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

How many more SEO Jokes? Link Removal Request

It is hilarious to see how online businesses respond to the intelligent changes that Google brings into the industry to clean up the mess. With small and big frequent algo-updates, Google is already famous for shattering online businesses overnight, now see how the industry is responding to such changes. Earlier SEO used to depend on the question, – “how many backlinks do you have” now, there is second question tagged to the first – “How good are your backlinks?”.

With Google rolling out serveral disaster recovery tools and strategies (disavow) and a recovery spokesperson (Matt Cutts, who else) – there are two changes – people are left more confused and Matt Cutts video’s become more popular! Jokes apart from this one, the biggest platform running link directories have come up with a Mod to help directory owners make hay while the link shines. A new feature to force people to pay to get their bad link removed from their directories – Innovative! 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

The Best Payment Gateways for eCommerce In Australia 2014

If you are looking for a dependable, popular payment gateway company to choose for your online business in Australia, I’ll give you a few pointers. It is vital that you select a payment gateway service provider in Australia itself if your business is Australian. You will have to develop your own website and its the checkout part where the Payment gateway is integrated to. Most of the best companies have ready to use solutions for popular CMS / eCommerce systems like Magento, Open Commerce, OScommerce, WordPress etc.

Below are the top payment gateway service providers in Australia for the year 2014. If you have had previous experience using any of the services below, drop in a note on your experience. Read more

Best Classifieds Ads Scripts 2014

Friends, Ive searched long enough for a good classifieds ads script like most of you guys and have tried almost all free ones and also purchased  a few as well. Now done with all that i am writing this post so that you also wouldn’t have to go through the same pain and would save time and a LOT of effort.

Firstly, before starting to search for a script, lets understand our requirements, and ask ourselves a few questions. Read more

Slightly Falling in love with Bing and DDG, Time to ditch Google?

Google has been leading the game for a decade now. There have been search engines before and after Google but none seemingly bothered Google, even now. I have a feeling it has to change and we need options, certainly yes! SEO shouldn’t be confined to changing your website and content according to what Google dictates (sadly wen I am forced to do that now), the search engines should find better algorithms to track the good.

Every year millions of dollars are shelled out by websites to trick, force optimise and obey Google. Web masters should ideally be spending their time on building value. Read more

Best SEO strategies for year 2014

This is gonna be yet another year for internet business as the trend never seemed to take a different direction. Considering the approaches taken both the Internet marketing companies as well as the search engine companies it seems that this year is going to be totally yet another quality content driven year.

From the perspective or search engine companies like google, We can expect more focus on hunting low quality websites. As webmasters we should focus on ethical link building and clean strategies. The high level approach on back linking should be link earning and not link building. Read more

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..

Disable dangerous PHP functions on Apache Server

How to disable all the unwanted functions on your Web server to secure it further. Create a file named php.ini on your web server root and add the below content in it. Further restart the apache server services on your web server and the changes will take effect. These lines of code will stop your web server from allowing remote and cross site scripting to secure it further. Let me know your thoughts..

disable_functions = “apache_child_terminate, apache_setenv, define_syslog_variables, escapeshellarg, escapeshellcmd, eval, exec, fp, fput, ftp_connect, ftp_exec, ftp_get, ftp_login, ftp_nb_fput, ftp_put, ftp_raw, ftp_rawlist, highlight_file, ini_alter, ini_get_all, ini_restore, inject_code, mysql_pconnect, openlog, passthru, php_uname, phpAds_remoteInfo, phpAds_XmlRpc, phpAds_xmlrpcDecode, phpAds_xmlrpcEncode, popen, posix_getpwuid, posix_kill, posix_mkfifo, posix_setpgid, posix_setsid, posix_setuid, posix_setuid, posix_uname, proc_close, proc_get_status, proc_nice, proc_open, proc_terminate, shell_exec, syslog, system, xmlrpc_entity_decode, exec,system,passthru,readfile,shell_exec,escapeshellarg,escapeshellcmd,proc_close,proc_open,ini_alter,dl,popen,parse_ini_file,show_source,curl_exec”