Changing Upload Max. Filesize

 How to change your wordpress website Upload Maximum Filesize to one that suits your needs.

Some shared hosts in which case you would have to ask your hosting service provider for support.

In Your Theme Functions File
There are cases where we have seen that just by adding the following code in the theme function’s file, you can increase the upload size:
@ini_set( 'upload_max_size' , '64M' );

Create or Edit an existing PHP.INI file
In most cases if you are on a shared host, you will not see a php.ini file in your directory. If you do not see one, then create a file called php.ini and upload it in the root folder. In that file add the following code:
upload_max_filesize = 64M

Edit or Create a .htaccess Method
Some people have tried using the htaccess method where by modifying the .htaccess file in the root directory, you can increase the maximum upload size in WordPress. Open or create the .htaccess file in the root folder and add the following code:
php_value upload_max_filesize 64M

Increasing Upload Max. Filesize

You can choose Document Root for quicker access. You’ll go directly to your site’s files after selecting it from the drop-down list.

If you use cPanel, go to the Files section and click on the File Manager button. Make sure the checkbox for Show Hidden Files is checked and then click Go.

Select your wp-admin folder and find a file called php.ini or php5.ini. If you don’t see it, create one by clicking the New File button in the top left-hand corner. Name the file php.ini and click the Create File button on the pop-up.

New File button in the top left-hand corner. Name the file php.ini and click the Create File button on the pop-up.

If you follow these instructions and it still doesn’t work, try renaming the file to php5.ini. Once the file is open, add or edit the following lines and then save and close.

 

upload_max_filesize = 1000M
post_max_size = 2000M
memory_limit = 3000M
file_uploads = On
max_execution_time = 300

 

Change the 1000M, 2000M and 3000M limit to the value with which you feel comfortable. Changing the value of max_execution_time will limit the amount of time spent loading a script in seconds try 300.

In many cases, the values you enter should get larger as you go down the list from lines one to three. The upload_max_filesize should be the smallest while memory_limit should be the largest.

Defending WordPress Against Hackers

How to best Defend WordPress against hackers.

Some of us do not worry about the securing WordPress until it is too late. Security, backups and website recovery are to be worried about after the breach.

Spend a small amount of time reading, planning and preparing can reduce the risk of your website being hacked. It is an everyday problem with WordPress Websites.

That is not to say it’s insecure, it’s is the largest website platform in the world. Hackers are waiting to attack it.

Some WordPress Security Vulnerabilities

Typically we think of the obvious things like using strong passwords and keeping WordPress core files up to date. Truth be told, those particular items cover only a small percentage of the total vulnerabilities. Other things that need to be considered include:

  • Server vulnerabilities
  • Securing files (wp-admin and wp-config and wp-includes)
  • Theme security
  • Plugin security
  • File permissions
  • Database security

The list is long and growing. A single plugin is really not capable of covering all the security aspects. And that shouldn’t really be your goal either, after all, managing WordPress security

Follow Up Article Four Of The Best Plugins For Keeping WordPress Secure

Plugins For Keeping WordPress Secure

 

Four Of The Best Plugins For Keeping WordPress Secure and Locked Down.

WordPress is by a wide margin, the world’s most popular platform for running websites and managing content. This popularity is a double-edged sword, though. While it has led to a wealth of valuable third-party plugins, the platform’s popularity has also made it a target for hackers. In order to keep your WordPress site safe, consider using one of these outstanding security plugins:

Sucuri Scanner (http://wordpress.org/plugins/sucuri-scanner/)

Sucuri deliver outstanding products and services and a free security plugin for WordPress is an fine example. The plugin integrates very nicely into your basic WordPress admin panel and it does a thorough job of checking for unauthorized attacks, spam, and especially malware. (Sucuri also offers a very respected malware-removal service: http://sucuri.net/website-antivirus/malware-removal/)

If you’re considering using Sucuri’s plugin, you can even try out their free online site scanner (http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/) to get a basic idea of how the company’s products operate. Installing the plugin allows you to run the same scans, and it also has some easy-to-use proactive features you can turn on to make your site more secure.

iThemes Security (http://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/)

This WordPress security plugin was originally known as Better WP Security. Over the course of years, it’s grown from a basic security upgrade that closed common loopholes in the standard WP setup into a full-featured security suite that can safeguard you from a variety of threats. iThemes is one of the most popular security plugins available for WordPress today. It handles scheduled site scans and automated backups, but more importantly it reduces your overall vulnerability by concealing potentially-vulnerable information and features (e.g. admin logins) from unauthorized users.

iThemes Security delivers an outstanding user experience that’s suitable for people who might not be familiar with the intricacies of online security. It gives you a checklist of security tasks that need to be completed sorted from the most to the least important. Advanced users can easily access a wealth of more in-depth options.

WordFence (http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/)

Another plugin that’s extremely popular with WordPress users, WordFence is a great security scanner with some impressive added functionality. It has a realtime scanner that constantly checks your WordPress installation for malware or unauthorized access. WordFence can help moderate comments, too, blocking any third-party post that contains harmful code. The plugin gives you a wide range of active (two-factor authentication, geographic blacklisting) and passive (loophole closing, firewalling) defense measures

Besides handling security, WordFence is also designed to speed up your site which is something that you will be sure to appreciate if you are running a lot of other complex plugins. The plugin does this with the Falcom caching engine. The free version of WordFence is completely functional, but there are a few nice extra touches available if you choose to buy the premium version. Most users consider it well worth the modest cost.

Acunetix WP Security Scan (http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-security-scan/)

The Acunetix scanner is another free security plugin that is particularly noted for its comprehensive scope of site analysis. It is a fairly lean tool even though it covers all of the key security bases. Acunetix makes an ideal installation if you need to improve the security of a well-established WordPress site. It does a great job of uncovering vulnerabilities in legacy sites.

The Acunetix WP Security Scan plugin is also a decent choice for providing ongoing security coverage. It backs up your database file automatically, scrubs potentially-exploitable information from your site’s metadata, and even includes tools you can use to monitor your website traffic.

Although WordPress includes some basic features designed to protect your site from unauthorised access, you really need to upgrade its security with the right plugins.

Pinguis Website Design creative and flexible WordPress  Websites, well suited for business, portfolio, digital agency, product showcase, freelancers websites and Tradesmen.

Customise Your Website

How to Customise Your WordPress Website with the built in WordPress Customiser.

Customise Your WordPress Website with the built in WordPress Customizer | Pinguis Website Design in Ireland

Go to WordPress back end, locate themes under Appearance on the left hand bar.

Click the Customize button. This will bring you to a screen which will allow to modify your WordPress theme in real time.

On the left you will see a list of the available options and on the right a live preview of your changed website and how those changes will affect it.

Remember Save Changes before exiting every time (this commits your saves to the WordPress database).

Customiser is great but only for set elements decided by the themes developers.

Different themes allow different functions in customiser. Standard themes will allow you to modify your website title and tagline. To see how it will look on your actual site immediately.

To do this, expand Site Identity tab the Site Title & Tagline can be changed or edited here. As you type you will see the new text showing up in the preview on your right side.

 

Once you’re happy with the result, simply click Save & Publish button.

You may also change the menu in this page allowing you to switch or alter you main navigation and depending on the theme you footer also. All theme’s do not have footer navigation (refer to your theme documentation)

Customiser also allows you to add widget to your WordPress website.

And to even change to Static Frontpage and blog pages.

These are standard WordPress custom functions but as discussed before any thing else is a theme developers decision.

Explore your WordPress website make changes don’t be afraid of it.

Contact Pinguis Website Design on 087 7547-098 for your WordPress or Trades Website.

Force Showing Hidden files with ftp

How to Enable force showing all files in file transfer protocol program.

Certain files are ‘hidden’ by default (such as .htaccess files). FTP clients differ in the menus used to alter settings to enable these files to be seen, but all work along the same principles.

The following is a guide to showing those ‘hidden files’ when using FileZilla.

1) Open FileZilla FTP client.
2) From the Menu bar choose Server
3) Select Force Showing Hidden Files which should be the last option.

You should now be able to see all files including ‘hidden files’ within the FTP remote window. These files are .hidden prefixed with a .

Force Showing Hidden Files | Website Design in Ireland

With every change you are running a risk ‘Hidden files’ are hidden for a reason. They contain very important information about how your website operates.

Filezilla Warning force showing hidden files | Pinguis Website Design

We strongly recommend that you back-up your web-site to a local drive before you attempt to edit any hidden files.

Call Pinguis Website Design in Ireland for a free first consultation.

Include a page within a Page WordPress

How to Include a page within a Page WordPress

The Below code produces the iframe in wordpres as evidenced about.

Copy it and change it to suit your needs

<iframe style=”height: 1400px; width: 660px; border: none;” title=”Request a Quote from Pinguis Website Design in Ireland” src=”http://www.pinguisweb.com/” width=”300″ height=”150″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”yes”></iframe>

Stop WordPress Creating Copies of Images

How to Stop WordPress Creating Multiple Images

Add a WordPress image and you are guaranteed your adding several copies of that image. In fact every time you add images to your blog post in WordPress, by default it creates at least two extra copies of images.

If you don’t want or if you want to stop WordPress creating extra set of images then follow this post. In this post I will show you how you can disable WordPress creating multiple copies of images every time you upload.

This is annoying WordPress feature. I’m not sure why WordPress creates such images with different size every time you upload. It simply occupies lot of space on your hosting. Whenever you try to move your site, that time you will notice the size of wp-content folder, which is mostly occupied with extra set of images of original image.

If you are not sure what I’m telling, then go to your wp-content/media uploads folder and check any of your folders. You see duplicate/thumbnail images. In most cases you can see 150 * 150, 300 *170 size images. These are the images which are created after uploading the latest image.

These are automatically created images by WordPress. If you don’t want to create such extra images in WordPress, then here is a fix for the problem.

Users don’t know we can disable this feature on WordPress itself without editing any WordPress files or without using any plugins.

So to disable creating extra images in WordPress, go to Settings then Media >> in Image sizes

How to stop WordPress creating duplicate images when uploaded in settings media.
You will see Thumbnail size, set the Width to 0 and Height to 0

In Medium size, set Max Width to 0 and Max Height to 0

and in Large size, set Max Width to 0 and Max Height to 0.

After setting all those values to 0, and press the save button.

 

Once you done this step, go and upload any image using WordPress Media up loader. You will not see any extra images other than the uploaded image.

WordPress Website Training in Clare

WordPress Website Training in Clare Pinguis Website Design & Development, Website Design & SEO in Clare

 

WordPress is in Clare

WordPress Training in Clare, people in Clare need WordPress Websites, just like any other person in other parts of Ireland. With our distributed website design & development, we are able to build websites for you without having to be on site or at your premises so if you’re in Clare. We want to do some WordPress work for you, please get in touch if your thinking of an agency site, an ecommerce shop, a business website, a blog or portfolio. Contact Us

 

Opportunities in Waterford

WordPress is a global platform and we are looking to expand if you are interested in working and developing wordpress. We are interested in hearing from any WordPress developers based in Waterford who might be interested in working with us. Our expanding team of WordPress developers are highly trained and if you know anything about WordPress you could be an asset. You can join our team.
Join Our Team

 

Irish WordPress Services

 

 

Responsive Web Design

 

Suggested Outline for Classes

Section 1 – Why On line? 

  • The Irish online landscape and what are the benefits to your business
  • The internet and the way it is used
  • Search Engines and how web sites are found .Com & .Ie  log in or log out.
  • Sites that make the first page and why
  • Building online presence

Preparing for your website – Who, What and Why

  • Who are you trying to target
  • What are you trying to sell, promote or inform
  • Why do you need a website?
  • Picking a Domain name
  • Preparing visual images, content and call to action
  • Set up a Gmail account for Part 2 and 3
Section 2 – Setting up a web site and WordPress

  • Domain name and hosting
  • The Difference between WordPress.com & WordPress.org
  • Installing WordPress
  • Confirmation details and saving site information
  • Using the Hosting control panel
Start building a test website with WordPress

  • Setting up a free WordPress website
  • Overview of  the WordPress Dashboard
  • Where to begin and setting up the home page
  • Adding upgrades and plugins
  • Site Settings and adding your location and social networks
  • Picking a theme and preparing your graphic banner
  • Adding images and links to pages
  • Help and support – How to use it
  • Using the Search Engine Optimisation package
Training WordPress Titans in Tipperary

Section 3 – Google  – Ad words,  Keywords and Analytics

  • Linking your website to social media sites
  • Using the keywords tools
  • Setting up a Google Ad words campaign
  • Analytics what it is and activating it.
  • Outline other useful google tools: Picasa, Google Maps, YouTube & Docs

WordPress Training in Waterford

WordPress Website Training in Waterford Development, Website Design & SEO in Waterford

 

WordPress is in Waterford

WordPress Training in Waterford people in Waterford need WordPress Websites, just like any other person in other parts of Ireland. With our distributed website design & development, we are able to build websites for you without having to be on site or at your premises so if you’re in Tipperary. We want to do some WordPress work for you, please get in touch if your thinking of an agency site, an ecommerce shop, a business website, a blog or portfolio. Contact Us

 

Opportunities in Waterford

WordPress is a global platform and we are looking to expand if you are interested in working and developing wordpress. We are interested in hearing from any WordPress developers based in Waterford who might be interested in working with us. Our expanding team of WordPress developers are highly trained and if you know anything about WordPress you could be an asset. You can join our team.
Join Our Team

 

Irish WordPress Services

 

 

Responsive Web Design

 

Suggested Outline for Classes

Section 1 – Why On line? 

  • The Irish online landscape and what are the benefits to your business
  • The internet and the way it is used
  • Search Engines and how web sites are found .Com & .Ie  log in or log out.
  • Sites that make the first page and why
  • Building online presence

Preparing for your website – Who, What and Why

  • Who are you trying to target
  • What are you trying to sell, promote or inform
  • Why do you need a website?
  • Picking a Domain name
  • Preparing visual images, content and call to action
  • Set up a Gmail account for Part 2 and 3
Section 2 – Setting up a web site and WordPress

  • Domain name and hosting
  • The Difference between WordPress.com & WordPress.org
  • Installing WordPress
  • Confirmation details and saving site information
  • Using the Hosting control panel
Start building a test website with WordPress

  • Setting up a free WordPress website
  • Overview of  the WordPress Dashboard
  • Where to begin and setting up the home page
  • Adding upgrades and plugins
  • Site Settings and adding your location and social networks
  • Picking a theme and preparing your graphic banner
  • Adding images and links to pages
  • Help and support – How to use it
  • Using the Search Engine Optimisation package
Training WordPress Titans in Ireland

Section 3 – Google  – Ad words,  Keywords and Analytics

  • Linking your website to social media sites
  • Using the keywords tools
  • Setting up a Google Ad words campaign
  • Analytics what it is and activating it.
  • Outline other useful google tools: Picasa, Google Maps, YouTube & Docs

Optimise WordPress website

Optimise your WordPress website

 

The time it takes your website to load influences how successful it will be (fact).

Website performance will also influence your rankings in search engines. In addition to being ranked higher, many website owners report seeing an increase in search engine spider crawling after speeding up their design.

I will share with you a few quick tips on how you can optimize your website and decrease page loading times.

If you follow these techniques and best practices, your website will load quicker and people will buy your product or service.

Before check the speed of your website using a free performance service such as

GTMetrix(enter your domain URL)

YSlow (add it to your browsers tools) or

Google PageSpeed Insights(enter the domain URL).

These services will inform you of your page loading time and the overall file size of your page. They even offer tips for optimisation of your website optimisation.

Choose your Hosting Plan wisely.

The first step in optimisation your website correctly is to choose the right hosting plan. You are fighting a losing battle if your server is taking an age to process HTTP requests and MySQL commands.

Performance services will advise you of the exact response time of your server. I recommend testing the response time of your own website against similar websites.

Example, if you run a photography blog, see how your server response time compares to other photography blogs within your location.

Hosting companies are not always the cause. You may be with a great hosting company but see poor response times because your chosen hosting plan is underpowered. Customers using shared hosting plans, for example, are more likely to face slow loading times as hundreds of websites are hosted on the same server together.

However, any type of hosting plan will suffer from insufficient RAM and CPU throttling.

You need to pay attention to what your website needs to run smoothly. Choose a hosting plan that can handle traffic spikes efficiently.

Use a Fast WordPress Theme

A wordpress theme for your website that has been coded badly, or uses images every where in the design, will add unnecessary weight to your page. It is not uncommon for some WordPress themes to be a few megabytes in size. Such a design could add a few seconds to your page loading time. Choose a design that has been optimised for desktops, tablets and mobile devices in one.

Monitor Your Plugins

Before you install any plugin on your website, ask yourself – Is this plugin needed, what function will it provide?.

Plugins are one of the biggest causes of WordPress website slow downs between waiting for  functionality,css and images. The more plugins you install, the more likely you will face performance problems, delete old inactive plugin.

Plugins are known for causing websites to be slow. There are many reasons for this including bad coding, calls to external servers and persistent calls and updating of your WordPress database. Pay close attention to how much CPU plugins use. Many plugins can stall your CPU due to persistent processes. If this happens, your whole server goes down.

Pingdom Page Speed Result

If speed is an issue i recommend you use is P3 Profiler. Developed by GoDaddy, it shows all plugin load times. A breakdown is given which displays exactly how much load each plugin adds. It is an effective way of seeing what plugins are slowing down your website. You can then decide if they are necessary or alternates could be looked into.

4. Empty Your Trash

After every post or update empty the trash. When ever content is deleted, be it a comment, post, page, media etc; it is sent to trash. From here, the content can either be restored or deleted permanently.

Trash can take up a lot of unnecessary room in your wordpress database. Bigger database, the longer it takes to retrieve data from it.

WordPress will automatically delete trash after thirty days don’t wait do it yourself after every update. This can be reduced by editing your wp-config.php file. For example, you could reduce the option to three days by adding the following:

define ('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 7);

You can also completely disable the trash system by adding this to your wp-config.php file this is not recommended for users as everyone makes mistakes.

define ('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 0);

5. Reduce Post Revisions, Drafts, Spam, Pingbacks and Trackbacks

Trash is not the only reason for an unnecessary increase the size of your database. All post types populate table rows with data. If you can imagine it whenever you press the publish button whether it is a post or page data is added to your database, further filling up with media images and general wordpress settings, it is important to regularly delete comments and unwanted pingbacks and trackbacks, post revisions and drafts etc.

Watch the number of drafts and post revisions your website has stored. The WordPress revision system allows you to go back to older versions of articles, view them and restore them.

In addition to one autosave of your posts and pages, revisions will be generated each time you save your articles. This means that an article with ten revisions with take up ten times as much room on your database than the actual article that was published. As you can imagine, this increases the size of your database considerably.

 

By default, WordPress will save an unlimited number of revisions, however this is generally not needed. It is better to reduce this limit to something more practical such as two or three. You can do this by adding the following code to your wp-config.php file:

define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3 );

Alternatively, you can completely disable the post revision system by adding the code below to your wp-config.php file. From a blogger’s perspective, this is not an optimal set up as post revisions are very useful, however many website owners have taken this step to ensure their database runs more efficiently.

define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', false );

A more practical way of cleaning your WordPress database is to use WP Optimize. The plugin can automatically remove auto-drafts, spam comments, trackbacks and more. WP-DBManager is also a good solution for optimizing your database.

6. Optimize Your Images for the Web

Images can help break up long pieces of text and can help your articles be shared more frequently on social media services; however they also take up a lot of storage. Therefore, pages that contain many images can take a long time to load.

It is therefore in your best interests to Optimise  your images for the internet before you upload them to your website. Most photo editing applications, such as Photoshop, allow you to do this.

If you do not want to sacrifice image quality, check out Lazy Loading. The plugin ensures that images are only loaded when the area becomes visible to the user. This may greatly reduce page loading times.

9. Enable Gzip Compression

Gzip compression allows a website page to be transferred to a browser at up to 70% of its original size. With gzip the browser will then decompress the page and display it to the user uncompressed in their browser.

10. Minify and Combine CSS and Javascript

Each call to your CSS and Javascript files is an HTTP request. This means that when someone visits your web page, their computer sends a request for a file and then the server sends it back. The more requests there are to your server, the longer it will take for your pages to load.

WordPress plugins available that will minify your CSS and Javascript files. Are either WP Minify or Better WordPress Minify they are all good but you have that option in W3Total use it. Cut down on plugins.

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