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Get Rid Of Every Possible 404-Not-Found Error On WordPress

The most common error that takes away your traffic is 404 i.e. PAGE NOT FOUND error because as soon as the visitor sees it, he closes the browser’s tab to visit somewhere else.

Now you know how to conditionally redirect any link on WordPress but are you really aware of every 404 PAGE NOT FOUND error that is snatching away the visitors of your website?

What if you have a big website with lots of posts and you are not sure what links may cause a page-not-found-error? One way that can solve almost all of your problems with dead links is redirecting every user on your website to the content he wants to read.

In order words, you can convert every expired link into an intelligently working link on your website.

So how is that possible?

You just need to install-activate a WordPress plugin called Link Fixer, once activated the plugin automatically fixes all active and possible 404 errors on your website.

How does It work for the visitor?

The plugin searches the database to find any of the values especially the words that match the dead link requested by the client. Once, it finds the best match, it sends the user to that page. As a result, the user sees the content he was looking up for.

How does it work for search engine crawlers?

Google and other search engine spiders simply find the 301 redirects so they can update their results accordingly.

The best solution for users moving to WordPress

The plugin is a great solution for users planning to move their website from any platform to WordPress. Where sometimes the conversion process removes words such as “the” and “a” from the permalinks and generates many 404-page-not-found errors.

It also offers you some settings on your dashboard Settings -> Link Fixer page to let you modify values and set your own parameters.

Even if you don’t make any settings. Simply activating the plugin will get rid of every 404 error on your WordPress site.

How to know that your links are fixed?

Simply mistype any permalink or temporarily add a broken link somewhere on your website then click that link to see how intelligently you are redirected to the right page.

Creating Private Notes On WordPress

You can write private notes within WordPress for your own personal use. You may use it for keeping a reference to something, some text, or a link on the web to use it in the future while writing your post.

The new WordPress plugin called Hypernotes offers you a new custom post type that is completely private and created specifically for writing notes. These notes can’t be published online anyhow so it gives you a complete sense of security that it will not go online to the public even by mistake.

Otherwise, the private post option of WordPress is also available that simply allows you to make any post private (using the ‘Publish’ meta box) i.e. available only to logged-in website users.

The plugin also offers you the option to create folders and organize your notes. Together with the new PWA capabilities introduced by the Gutenberg plugin, these notes could be accessed easily through WordPress app on your smartphone.

Although the notes you create with this plugin are kept hidden from the public but at the moment these are not encrypted, so anyone having the access to MySQL database on your website will be able to read them (only if he knows how to).

But no worries if you are the complete owner of your WordPress site and use cPanel, VPS, dedicated server, or Managed WordPress for running your website because then only you have access to your website’s database and you can decide whom you want to share that access with.

Conditionally Redirect Any Link On WordPress

You can decide what links, users, and HTTP codes you want to send on what specific pages and set your own redirection rules on WordPress.

This means you can redirect links by HTTP codes, on the basis of whether the user is logged in or logged out, redirect specific URLs or permalink structure, etc, easily with the help of a plugin.

Although, these redirect implementations can also be done via cPanel using the domain redirect rules or by using the .htaccess file present in the root directory of your website. But to make things easier for newbie users, the Redirect Redirection plugin is programmed with an easy interface to do the same from the admin panel of your website. Its simplified functions are made available to help users that are not familiar with coding and defining redirects via the technical interface of the server.

The main features of the plugin include:

  • Options to redirect any HTTP code that can be 301, 302, 303, 304, 307 and 308
  • Options for defining the inclusion and exclusion rules for the logged in & out users, specific user role, user’s referrer link, user’s agent, user’s cookie, user’s IP, server, and also the language
  • Several options to set redirection rules that include simple as well as advanced RegEx matches. The URLs that contain specific string to new or removed string, URLs that start with something, specific permalink structures, and soon 404s redirects would also be available. Apart from this, the setting redirection rules with several matching conditions is also possible with this plugin
  • Options to manage all redirects comfortably by enabling or disabling links, modifying or deleting the redirects neatly listed on the admin page
  • You can set automatic redirects, change URL, and also import or export redirection lists, these features are under development and would be availble soon to you

How to set it to work on your website?

To start you will need to install-activate the new WordPress plugin called Redirect Redirection. Once activated visit its admin page on your dashboard and select the option to add your own redirect rule.

You will see that there are several options to let you set your own link redirect condition. You can define as many rules you want and also you can keep a backup of that, the plugin offers you the option to import and export the URL redirection rules you have created on your WordPress website.

How To Bulk Sell Products In WordPress Ecommerce Website?

You can sell bulk products in one product group by associating and linking multiple products at one price. The new WordPress WooCommerce plugin lets you to do this in a very easy way.

Simply start by installing-activating the new Bulk Product Selling plugin on your WordPress Ecommerce website. Once activated, visit the add new product page or open any old product for editing.

On the page, inside the product data section which is present below your product description section, you will see a new ‘Bulk Product’ tab is added. Click that tab and start typing the name of the product you want to link, once the product name is displayed, click it and it will be added.

Following this way you can link as many products as you want. Once you are finished adding your products in the bulk products section. Simply update or publish your product.

That’s it. Visit the front end of your website to see it working. The plugin works for simple, variable, and other types of products of your eCommerce website. If you yet don’t have a website, you can easily create one yourself with Managed WordPress.

How To Enable PreOrdering In Your WordPress Ecommerce Store?

You can allow your customers to pre-order upcoming products from your WordPress Ecommerce website. This way you can enable the selling of the product before they become available in your inventory.

Pre Order for WooCommerce plugin lets you do this very easily on your online store. To start you should have a WordPress Ecommerce website, if you don’t have one, you can easily make it at SANGKRIT.net by registering or transferring your domain and then subscribing to WordPress Ecommerce.

Next, install-activate the new WordPress plugin called Pre Order for WooCommerce. Upon activation, the plugin will add two new fields in the inventory tab present under the ‘Product Data’ section of your product admin screen, as shown in the above-given screenshot.

The two fields are:

  1. Pre Order Product – The checkbox option allows you to enable pre-ordering on selected products
  2. Pre Order Date – The field allows you to set a product shipping date on the pre-order enabled product

Once you enter the correct information in these two fields, enter order important product information such as price, name, variations etc and then publish or update your product.

That’s it. The product’s default ‘Buy Now’ button will now get changed to the ‘Preorder Now’ button allowing your customers to pre-order that specific product from your website.

How To Make All WordPress Links Open In New Tab?

You can make all links on your WordPress website open in a new tab. By default all WordPress links open in the same tab, there is an option in the links box to set specific links to open in a new tab. To make all links open in a new browser tab, you simply need to add a few lines of JavaScript code to your website.

The new WordPress plugin called Open Links In New Tab automatically does the same for you. Once the plugin is activated, your links start to open in a new browser tab. You can set if you want to open only external links in a new tab, or just internal links in a new tab, or both.

How does it work? This plugin adds only a few JavaScript code lines and it doesn’t depend on any external library, doesn’t even require jQuery, which is the most common JavaScript library. The function it produces is completely search engine optimized.

How to Switch Post Types In WordPress?

By switching post types you can convert any post into a page or custom post type, you can also convert any page into a post or custom post type or any custom post type into a page or post.

There are various options available to bulk convert post types in your WordPress site. But you can also individually switch any post type from the post edit screen.

Post Type Switcher is a WordPress plugin that adds a simple post-type drop-down to your post edit screens. Thus, allowing you to reassign any post to a new post type while editing your post.

Once activated, it can convert nearly every combination of posts, pages, and custom post types on your WordPress website:

  1. Post to Page
  2. Page to Post
  3. Post to Custom Post Type
  4. Custom Post Type to another Custom Post Type

While converting any post the invisible post types, such as revisions, menus, etc, are excluded. But, in case if you need to access invisible post types, you can adjust the boundaries of the plugin by using the ‘pts_post_type_filter’ filter.

Apart from this, bulk editing allows you to select all the posts in a certain type and convert them to a new type with one quick action.

How To Send User Directly To Post On Single Search Result?

If you have a small blog and you want to send the user directly to the post especially when any search result comprises of just one post or page. In such a case you can automatically redirect the user to that result.

The new WordPress plugin called One Search Result allows you to do that on your website. Simply install-activate it and it will start to work automatically. The plugin works with any theme and any objects that would be shown on your search results page.

How To Fix The Issues WordPress Has With SSL?

You can seamlessly map your website URLs to HTTPS and get most of the mixed and insecure content errors automatically fixed on your WordPress website.

If you have SSL subscribed and your site has access to it, then you just need to install-activate a WordPress plugin called Really Simple SSL, and that’s it. Your site will get automatically moved to a secure HTTPS connection.

The plugin instantly configures SSL on your WordPress site, without any modifications to other files and settings.

In case you don’t have an SSL then the first thing you need to do is subscribe to an SSL of your choice. You may either go for a Standard or Premium SSL or you may subscribe to a Completely Managed SSL Service.

Once you have SSL, just activate Really Simple SSL plugin on your website. It saves you from hours of work.

As soon the plugin is activated, it –

  • Automatically updates the siteurl and homeurl to HTTPS
  • Automatically fixes all insecure and mixed content errors
  • Automatically redirects all incoming URL requests to HTTPS
  • Automatically handles most issues that WordPress has with SSL

The plugin works by using an internal WordPress redirect, but it also allows you to use a .htaccess redirect instead. It handles when you’re behind a reverse proxy/load balancer and takes care when no headers are passed, which WordPress uses to detect an SSL connection

The insecure and mixed content on your website is dynamically fixed by replacing all HTTP URLs with secure HTTPS, except hyperlinks given to other websites. This URL migration is dynamic so no database changes are made, except for the site URL and home URL. The plugin sets PHP cookies securely with the httpOnly flag.

How To Convert Absolute URLs Into Relative URLs In WordPress?

WordPress always saves the content using the local domain i.e. the domain you use to write your content.

But sometimes it may cause you issues especially when you want to develop your WordPress site locally using a localhost server or blog on one domain then go live on another. Because then you need to replace all URLs in your database.

This lesson guides you on how you can easily convert all absolute URLs into relative URLs, very quickly.

Relative URLs is the new WordPress plugin that allows you to move from localhost to a live domain with minimal effort. The plugin doesn’t change the links in the database, so you can develop in the stanging area or on a subdomain, or a sub-directory without worrying to replace URLs in your content.

The plugin doesn’t replaces the URLs in the database but:

  • It removes the domain name on internal links
  • It also removes the domain name on image sources for the images that are located on your server

Using this plugin you can:

  • Switch between HTTP and HTTPS sites
  • Move from one directory to another with minimal effort
  • Go live in one domain and carry on your development in another
  • Backup a production site from one domain and restore it for testing process on another domain

One important thing to take note of is the plugin should always be used for local development only. As it may conflict with your server-based cache services such as nginx or Varnish.

How To Disable Lazy Load Functionality In WordPress?

The lazy load image functionality has been added to the WordPress core. Hence, it works automatically all over your website and by default, there are no options given to disable it.

This lesson guides you on how you can turn it off on your website in case you don’t need it. All you have to do is install-activate the new WordPress plugin called Lazy Load Disable. Once activated, the plugin simply turns off the lazy load on your website.

There are no options to turn on or off lazy load functionality so in case you want lazy loading to be back, you simply need to deactivate the plugin and the lazy loading feature will start to work as before on your website.

How To Work On WordPress Blocks As Draft?

WordPress has given a new publishing experience by introducing the block editor. Blocks work as the component to add customized content inside a post or page on your website. This lesson guides you on how you can work on some WordPress blocks without publishing them.

While working on a live post or page, you can continue to work on any block in the backend, without making it live for the public view, until and unless you are done with your editing work.

Hide Block is the new WordPress plugin that lets you hide blocks from the front end of your website. Simply install-activate it.

Once activated, the plugin will automatically add the ‘Hide Block’ option (below the ‘Advanced’ tab) to the block editor section. It shows up on the side of your screen while you edit a block on your edit post screen.

The plugin works for the posts, pages, and all post types, wherever the block editor is active.

How To Give Photo Effects In WordPress?

By applying photo effects you can give a new artistic look to images you use in your WordPress posts and produce an enhanced look on your website.

You can do it easily by using the new WordPress plugin called Image Effects. It enables you to add images to your content and apply different effects over them.

Simply start by installing-activating it on your WordPress site and then on your post editor click the ‘Add Block’ button (that small plus icon). This will open the default block editor where you will notice the ‘Image Effects’ option added by this plugin.

Click that ‘Image Effects’ icon, select the image, set your effects and insert it in your post. It is that simple.

It offers you effects for setting the image brightness, blur, contrast, grayscale, hue, and inverts option, etc. For the images, you want to insert simply without giving any effects, just use the default ‘Image Block’ option on your post editor page.

Pointing Out Posts That Need Improvement In WordPress

You can show tasks on specific posts and pages on your WordPress site to easily let your users know what else needs to be done to complete the post or to make it better.

Post Descriptions is the new WordPress plugin that enables you to add small descriptions to posts and pages. It lets you do things like adding small to-dos or don’t-forget tasks for your authors or simply for your own remembrance.

How To Add Small Notes On Your Posts?

To start simply install-activate the said plugin on your WordPress site. Now, post descriptions can be added either from the main edit screen of your post or directly from the quick edit option visible on each post via the Posts -> All Posts page.

Where Your Notes Get Visible

The post description written by you or any privileged user can be seen both on all posts page as well as a post-state which is the bold text next to your post or page title. The given screenshot clearly shows how the notes written on posts would be visible to you or any other user on your website.

Enabling & Disabling The Notes

Next, when you find that your post is perfect and you no longer need to show these notes, you can simply remove them and save your post.

In some cases, especially if your admin panel has become a bit cluttered and you no longer need post descriptions there. Then, you may disable it in post states using the given tick box option.

How To Allow Subscription On Products In WordPress Ecommerce?

You can allow your users to subscribe to products they need on regular basis. The desired duration on applicable products can be set by you. The duration of the subscription can be set in months and calculated from the present day or it can be added to an active subscription.

To start simply install-activate the new WordPress plugin called Monthly Subscription. Next, from the admin panel of your WordPress Ecommerce website:

  1. Create a new product
  2. Enter the product name, price, and other information
  3. Now select ‘Monthly Subscription’ as a product type
  4. You can add the ‘Subscription Duration’ on the input field (below the price under the ‘General’ tab of ‘Product Information’)
  5. Finally, save and publish your product

That’s for products. You can also use the plugin with your content via shortcode. Here you simply need to enclose selective content within the opening and closing shortcode (provided by the plugin) and only the users having an active subscription would be able to see that text.

How To Add Widgets To Specific Pages In WordPress?

You can create new widget areas to use on particular pages and manage them like other widget areas on your website.

Effata Widget Areas is the new WordPress plugin that lets you do that without editing your theme. The widget areas can be added to any page, category, or tag.

Simply start by installing-activating Effata Widget Areas plugin on your WordPress site.

Once activated, you would be able to create widget areas from the Appearance -> Widget Areas page, as shown in the given screenshot.

You can register new widget areas, set where you want them to display, the position and visibility range, etc. Once the widget area is registered, you can display it via shortcode on any page or via PHP code in your theme, and then start managing it like other widget areas using the widgets page in the appearance menu.

Drop Or Raise Product Price Dynamically In WordPress Ecommerce

On your WordPress Ecommerce website, you can dynamically increase or decrease product pricing by a set timeframe to entice more buyers.

For example, You may set a 7% automatic decrease in the price of any product and make it work for a set interval of time to attract buyers and make them busy on your website. This way they would also spend more time on your website waiting for the lowest price that they are willing to pay. 

How To Make It Work On Your Website?

Simply log in to your WordPress Ecommerce website and install-activate this new WooCommerce plugin called Drop / Raise Price for WooCommerce.

Now visit Products -> Add New page or open any old product for editing.

In the Product Data tab, you will see the General tab having new inputs fields for Price decrement, Minimal price, Drop price every ‘n’ minutes, Counter checkbox and Drop Price Timeframe, as shown in the above-given screenshot.

Enter your values then update or publish your product. That’s it.

How To Add Product Videos In WordPress Ecommerce?

You can add videos to better describe and promote your products at your WordPress Ecommerce store.

WordPress Ecommerce allows anyone to build an online shop himself, without any technical skills. All you have to do is register your domain name, subscribe WordPress Ecommerce, and then you can manage your website from its admin interface.

This lesson will guide you on how you can add single or multiple videos on any product to its linked featured image or product gallery.

To start you will need to install-activate a WordPress plugin called WPC Product Videos for WooCommerce. Upon activation, open the product you want the video to be added. You can do this while adding a new product also.

Product Videos for WooCommerce

The product admin page will show you a newly added field for the video URL, this is next below the featured image section. Simply paste your video URL there and update or publish your product.

The plugin works for YouTube and Vimeo videos or you can upload your own video from your WordPress Media Library and use its URL.

For any further help, comment below or use the helpline number.

How To Offer Renewals On Expired Downloads In WordPress Ecommerce?

To increase your recurring income you can offer renewable downloads on your WordPress Ecommerce website. 

If you sell books, PDFs, or any other downloadable products on your WordPress Ecommerce, you can send email reminders to your customers and ask them to renew their download to its newer version especially when their downloads are expired.

Download Renewals for WooCommerce is a WooCommerce plugin that lets you increase your recurring income by offering a download renewal option to your customers. This enables your customers to renew their purchase after a predefined time.

Simply install and activate it. Once activated the plugin automatically adds new fields for renewal price and product expiry in the ‘Product Data’ meta box on all product edit pages. 

All you have to do is enter a renewal price on the ‘Renewal Price’ field and set the number of days for product expiration on the ‘Download Expiry’ Field. Save your changes and it will automatically send email reminders to your customers at the time when their downloads expire.

Replacing Media File Uploads In WordPress

Have you ever wanted to replace an upload on your WordPress media library? By default, it can be done only by uploading a new file, replacing it in your content, and then deleting the old upload.

This technique is both long and causes clatter in your media library as well as dead links on the internet, The reason is that newly uploaded file gets a new permalink.

There is one different way to replace any image – On media library, click “edit” view, and you can replace your file in one of two ways:

Simple Replace

It just replaces your file. The option requires you to upload a new file of the same type as the one you are replacing. The name of the attachment remains the same no matter what filename you upload.

Replace the file and update all links

The option replaces the old file, uses the new file name, and updates all links i.e. all links pointing to the old file are updated to point to the new file.

How To Replace Media Files?

  1. Install and activate the Enable Media Replace plugin
  2. Next, visit Media -> Library in your WordPress admin area
  3. Locate the file that you want to replace
  4. Take your mouse near the file name
  5. Click the link labeled as ‘Replace Media’
  6. Click the ‘Choose File’ button
  7. Select from the two options:
    • Just replace the file
    • Replace the file, and update all links
  8. Press the ‘Upload’ button

The plugin also provides you a shortcode that picks up the file modification date to display it in your posts and pages.

How To Fix Restricted Upload Error In WordPress?

Sometimes an error is experienced when you try uploading a new file in your WordPress media library. The error message is – “Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons.”

The reason behind this restriction is to prevent the accidental or purposeful upload of maliciously executable files as that could damage your website.

However, if you are certain about the filetype you are trying to upload then you can fix this issue yourself.

Add this code in the wp-config.php file (located in the WordPress root directory):

define(‘ALLOW_UNFILTERED_UPLOADS’, true);

Alternatively, you may use a plugin called Remove Unrestricted Uploads. Simply install-activate it to enable unfiltered uploads.

However, the given plugin has certain limitations and does not always work. In-case, if it doesn’t work for your specific file-type then try another plugin called Enhanced Media Library.

Install-activate it and then visit Settings -> MIME Types -> Media page.

See whether your desired file-type is listed or not. If it is not listed, click the ‘Add New MIME Type’ button and type the extension details.

In-case, if you don’t know the name and the label of your file-type extension, you can easily find it from here.

Next, tick the ‘Allow Upload’ box for the new MIME type you have added and save your changes.