Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Migrating Your Website to WordPress from Any other Platform


Convert Website to Wordpress
As per latest reports, Almost 31 % of all the websites on internet are powered by WordPress. WordPress is increasingly becoming the content management system (CMS) of choice for all kinds of users. But what about the websites which have been built without a CMS? Is the process of migrating to WordPress very difficult and time consuming? The answer to this question is that migrating a website over to WordPress is actually much easier than what you think. In this article, I will discuss about the migration process and i will also tell you about some of the challenges you might face. 

First think is that if you have decided to do HTML to wordpress migration and want to migrate your current website into WordPress then it is a wise choice. WordPress is trusted by millions of people and businesses from all over the world. Now I will tell you about the detailed overview of how to go for this migration from any website to WordPress.



Migrating from Another CMS

If your website is already based on a CMS then you can use a WordPress plugin for migration process. You can check the WordPress Plugin Repository or look for some online tutorials.


Migrating from a Static Website

The task of manually migrating your website to WordPress is bit difficult and very important. By this you will get the following benefits :-

● You will have greater control over your site’s content.

● Migrating your site manually to WordPress will give you a solid understanding of WordPress features.

Building a Migration Plan
WordPress stores content in the form of posts and pages and organizes them using categories and tags. Thus the aim of our content reorganization plan is to structure it in terms of posts and pages and categorize them using tags and categories.

We will plan our new WordPress website Development under the following headings:-

● Reorganize Existing Content
● Choose the Right Web Hosting
● Plan New Site Structure
● Keep Track of SEO changes
● Contact Forms and Spam
● Pick a Theme
● Backups
● Security

How to Do the WordPress Migration Process?

Below is the step by step process of WordPress migration plan:-

● Take a Backup of your current website.

● If you are installing WordPress in the same web host then create a maintenance page and rename is to index.html.

● Now install a fresh copy of WordPress.

● If you had created an index.html file in previous step then delete it now.

● Just log in to your WordPres dashboard and disable search engine visibility. This will prevent your content from the search engines until you organize your website properly.

● Now start importing the content from your previous CMS. Learn from the official WordPress codex to learn how to migrate from your CMS to WordPress. 

● If you have been using a static site then you have to do it manually. You need to copy paste each page in your old website. Understand the difference between posts and pages as it will help you to organize your content better.

● Now after your content is imported you have to structure it. Create the required categories, sub-categories, widgets, tags and menus. After that organize your content accordingly. With this your content importing is completed.

● Now install the WordPress theme and the important plugins. Also install a contact form, anti-spam, backup and security plugin. You don’t need to install SEO plugin as WordPress’ inbuilt SEO is quite powerful itself.

● Now run and check your website through the Google Mobile Friendly Test and Page load Test. If the results are good that means your chosen WordPress theme is also good. This completes your quality assurance test.

● Now build a sitemap. Sitemaps are important part of any website. After you finish structuring your content, you can use any available sitemap generating plugin to quickly generate a sitemap of your WordPress site.

● Now fix all of the broken links.

Finally just go live and enable search engine visibility.

Conclusion

We have just discussed the overview and the process of doing WordPress migration. If you have made this decision of migrating to WordPress site then it is your one of the best decision. WordPress offers so many benefits and it can easily handle all of the requirements of a web master and website owner. After migrating, your WordPress site will definitely give you fruitful results and will bring more visitors and potential customers to your WordPress site thus boosting your business.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Guide for Converting Your PSD to WordPress Theme

Right now WordPress powers around 27% of all the websites on internet. Such a high popularity of WordPress is due to the fact that it offers lots of benefits to the website owners as well as to the visitors. If you still have not decided whether to switch to WordPress or not then we suggest you to do this quickly if you are really serious about doing something big and impactful in your online business or blog through the WordPress website. For this, first you need to have PSD files which are created by Adobe Photoshop. After that you can Convert PSD files into WordPress Themes. But converting PSD into WordPress can be a bit tricky if you don’t know how to do it. This article can help you in this regard. Here we will discuss the important points you need to know or the steps you need to take while converting your PSD into pixel perfect WordPress website. 

● Slicing Your PSD file

The process of converting your PSD to WordPress theme starts with slicing your PSD file and dividing it into Separate image files so that each of the design component is carefully saved as a separate design file. You can use photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop to slice your PSD files. Also you should plan for what are the things which you will need to load as an image in your webpages. You have to try to optimize the images and determine what needs to be static and what needs to be dynamic.
Slicing will give you these components:-

● Background
● header and separator
● Footer and others

You should be very careful while slicing your components and it should be pixel perfect otherwise the final page will have the problem.

● Creating Index.html and Style.css

In this step, you will reach the programming part from the designing part and it is very simple. From the PSD design which you have created, now create a static HTML and CSS template and name the files index.html and Style.css for future use. Although you can use Software tools like Dreamweaver to do this step but learning a bit of HTML and CSS will also be very helpful. You can learn the basic tutorials from the websites like W3Schools, TutPlus or developer communities.  Now place your images and sliced up components at the right positions with the help of index.html and the related CSS file. You should follow a responsive web design to make sure that your site looks good and works on all the screens.

● Break Down Your index.html into WordPress theme file structure

Now you have basic template which you need to be ported to WordPress. WordPress has a file structure which you need to follow. You have to upload your web pages to WordPress themes and the plugins and more functionalities can be added. Hence go by WordPress standard file structure and break your index.html file into required .php files. Two major files in WordPress theme are index.php and style.css. There are also many PHP files like header.php, archive.php, sidebar.php, footer.php etc.

Basic files of WordPress theme

● index.php
● header.php
● sidebar.php
● footer.php

Some more related files are:-

● style.css
● rtl.css
● index.php
● comments.php
● front-page.php
● home.php
● single.php
● page.php
● category.php
● tag.php
● date.php
● archive.php
● search.php
● attachment.php
● image.php
● 404.php

● Add WordPress tags

Now import the amazing inbuilt functionalities provided in WordPress into your theme files with the help of WordPress tags. After adding these tags, you can say that you have created a WordPress theme.

Now follow the below given link to know the available WordPress template tags:-

 http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags

Now place all of the files into a single folder and place it inside the /wp-content/themes/folder which you can found in your WordPress installation.
Now activate your custom theme from WordPress dashbaord.

● Add Functionalities

Till now you have created your own custom WordPress theme from a PSD file. Now you can dd more functionalities to your theme by installing various plugins. You can learn JavaScript to add more features to your theme.

Conclusion

We have just discussed the simple process of converting a PSD template into a WordPress theme. Although the process is simple but if you find it little tricky then you can take help of expert WordPress developers. A developer who is experienced, skilled and has more knowledge of themes will certainly convert your PSD file into a high performance WordPress website.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Best 7 web development companies you should hire

There’s no doubt about the fact that web development is the most demanded and lucrative career these days. Nowadays, it’s all about the digital presence on the web world so that the people around the world can easily find you and your brand. After all, it’s all about identity and branding on the internet.

 So, to fulfil the digital needs of an organisation or a brand, it’s necessary to hire a professional web development company at the very onset of when you look for creating a website for your brand/ organisation/ company.

We have made an exclusive list of the best 7 web development companies which are compiled on the basis of these factors:

● Reviews, ratings and client feedbacks.

● Types of services rendered by the companies.

● Portfolio of the web development company.

Let’s have a look at the list of the best Web Development Companies now:

Top Wordpress Development Companies


1. OSSMedia:

If we talk about the niches of OSSMedia web development company, we can say that they are professionals in WordPress, Drupal, Joomla! And Magento as well. End-to-end top-notch WordPress solutions- as they say themself and what their portfolio speaks out loud is that they want to skyrocket the business of their clients by providing solutions which are scalable as well as best in the industry.

An experienced and client-focussed team of developers have successfully rendered 10,000 projects in past 5+ years which is a rare feet.

For Top 10 WordPress web development companies, read here, we have grabbed the 1st rank since 2015.

2. Designs2HTML:

They have been in the market for around 6 years and we can say by having an overview on their website that it is a giant web development company in the market. They have been serving diversified clients from across the world.

● Dedication is beyond comparison

● 3500+ clients

● Deadline adherence

● Tailor-made websites for each client

● Unparalleled quality

● 24*7 assistance

● Great portfolio!

3. Markupcloud:

Definitely deserving a place in this list, we see that this US-based web development company provides best services to their clients in the niches like WordPress, PSD to Drupal and more! We love the portfolio that they have put up on the site. Workflow and organisation skills are all you can expect from them. What actually makes us praise about them are the reviews put up by their clients.

4. Eight25media

A one-of-it’s-kind web development company which has won awards for their great delivery of websites to their clients, They are actually from Japan but now based in Silicon Valley. They give 180-days free support to their clients along with a dedicated manager to handle the big and the small of a project. Voted as the number 1 agency in San Francisco, it seems to be a really trustworthy company.



5. Macrosoft

 Ranked #5 on the list, this company is focused on providing cost-effective yet productive web development services to their global clients all the way from small startups to giant companies. AS we see a great list of clients of them on the website- named American Electric Power, Entrust, Green Mountain Energy and others.

 6. Baymediasoft

 If we talk about the USP of Baymediasoft, it is the client satisfaction that has won the hearts of their customers in USA and abroad. This California-based company has 500 clients from across the world. It is a good web development company specialising in customized services.


7. Webdevstudios


A service provider- the team at Webdev Studios provide unique customization services to their clients in a very timely manner. For quality-driven and user-friendly experiences for the business and the company for which the website is being built.


Winding Up:

 So, here was the exclusive list of the top 7 best web development companies. Take a wise decision so that you don’t squander your hard-earned money at all!

Thursday, 8 February 2018

What’s in store for WordPress developers with “Gutenberg”?

WordPress is an extremely popular CMS which comes with some extraordinary features! With the popularity, always comes the rumours and the contradictions when something new is introduced and it faces mixed reactions from the cult fan following. 

What the Twitter #WPdrama is all about?

Similar things are happening around WordPress which introduced a cutting-edge editor- “Gutenberg” coined after a renowned German printer and publisher/ goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg. This welcomed mixed feelings from the WordPress developers all around the world. 

The conflict is all about the ‘love and hate relationship’ with WordPress and new introductions in the latest versions of WordPress but Gutenberg is quite a revolutionary editor. 

Pros and Cons of all New Gutenberg WordPress Editor:

As everyone who has stuck with WordPress for quite a few years must be knowing that the WordPress content editor has remained more or less the same for years! Minute changes here and there and it has remained almost the same. Maybe, that is the reason that not everyone was able to digest the major changes that were introduced by WordPress a short ago! More advanced layouts and those pretty little blocks, we will talk about it all…



The truths and the myths. What’s hot, what’s not?

Let’s peep into the pros and cons of the whole new WordPress editor “Gutenberg” (a very thoughtfully crafted name!) below:

● Pros of WordPress “Gutenberg”:

1. Medium Style Editing Experience:

Are you one of those few WordPress developers who like the medium style editing experience in WordPress, then this editor is for you! You asked, and WordPress listened.

2.Less Dependence on TinyMCE:

It has been TinyMCE which was fundamental in editing the content by the content publishers. Seems like it will get little sidelined as of now. 

3.More Void Screen Space:

We all need space. Indeed. That has what WordPress seems to have listened. With all new Gutenberg, there is a lot of space on the screen letting you breathe and break that Writer’s block in case you need it. 

4.New Alignment Options for Blocks:

There are advanced layout options as well as hassle-free alignment options for those little useful blocks. Larger resolution screens and responsive sites are now easier to manage with advanced alignment options. 

5.Fully Responsive Editor:
 

Thank God that Gutenberg is a fully responsive editor for WordPress website development. Works great on a smartphone to let you edit and publish on the go! A lot of us will be seen using it a lot!

6.Custom Block Development:

WordPress theme development as well as WordPress plugin development is easier with Custom block development in the Gutenberg editor. The team at WordPress knows that everyone loves their custom requirements fulfilled.    

7.Beginner-friendly:

Perhaps, one of the best things about this editor is that it is beginner-friendly. As we always say- Keep learning until you are with WordPress. It will go a long way down the pipeline.

Cons of WordPress “Gutenberg”:

1.Solid Support Unavailable:

Unfortunately, what pisses us off here is that there is no instant support available for this editor as of now as not many are into this editor (As it’s optional currently!). Let’s hope for the best in near future. 

2.May not seem beginner-friendly at times:

As all say, something that seems easy for someone, may not be a cakewalk for the other. Same holds true here. Some beginners can find it hard to learn working on this editor. 

3.Responsive Columns not supported:

Ah! That’s a pain. The new Gutenberg doesn’t support responsive columns yet. The users of WordPress have to install visual builder plugins and shortcode plugins as an alternate for the same.

4.Accessibility of Gutenberg is a concern:

The developer of the very famous plugin Yoast SEO came up with his concern upon the accessibility of Gutenberg. How to use this editor with a screen reader and on different devices...The issues are indeed big as far as the WordPress customization experience is concerned.

5.It wouldn’t be Optional Soon:


What can actually affect the people’s lives who have been stuck with WordPress from the start is that this may not be optional anymore as it is right now. Maybe and probably you might not have the option to turn it off. Maybe, it can become a hassle for you. Who knows?

To Conclude, life became hard for some people when Gutenberg got introduced. Even to this extreme that users have started to question their own life choices because they aren’t simply ready to hold on to the new editor. No doubt, this #WPdrama will continue to add more chapters to the struggle. 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

How to Convert HTML to WordPress using Top Tools?

Now due to their immense benefits and use, there is a huge demand for professionally designed and attractive websites and the interest for HTML websites has gone away suddenly. The businesses who are running websites for their business always want to earn maximum profit with minimum investment. Hence they want fully functional and awesome websites so that the visitors can find the desired information easily on their site and the businesses can offer their product and services easily for the visitors or the customers to buy from their site. If you are already running a HTML website then creating a new website may not be a good option as it will cost lots of money and needs resources and staff to complete the website development and maintenance. So what you can do is bring your existing website on the WordPress platform. 

For this you must go for HTML to WordPress conversion service without any delay. HTML to WordPress theme conversion is a process by which you can convert your HTML website into WordPress site. By doing this you can transform your website, give it a new look, add new features and functionalities as per your requirements and also you can run it smoothly with less investment and efforts.

Due to the huge demand for WordPress sites, most of the web developers work under pressure of creating high quality WordPress website continuously. Therefore the chances of errors get increased if you work under pressure and stress from the project manager as well as from the clients. If you want to improve your work efficiency while converting HTML websites into WordPress then better you can use tools which can make this process easier for you. Now we will discuss about such tools for converting HTML sites into WordPress themes.

CMS2CMS: An Automated HTML to WordPress Content Migration Tool

Now every one on internet especially someone from digital marketing background knows the huge importance of quality and original content on the website as your success in the web based business depends on the quality content you continuously publish on your website which attract the audience and customers to your site. If your website has many contents then its migration to a new platform is not easy but this plugin CMS2CMS can help you in this regard. You can use this plugin to take all of your content of HTML website to WordPress website easily and smoothly. It also helps you to maintain the SEO ranking of your website on major search engines even after you have completed the migration process. This plugin also helps in migration of metadescriptions, metadata, keywords and a redirect from the existing HTML website to a new WordPress site.

Theme Matcher - Best and Free Converter tool/website

Theme Matcher is a gift for all of those people or businesses which want to convert their HTML websites to WordPress platform without editing any code or taking anyone’s help to complete this process. In their website, you just need to enter your website address, choose the appropriate area and that’s it, you are done. Theme Matcher extracts the images, layout and styles from your existing HTML website and creates the basic WordPress theme. This tool cannot create website menus hence you have to do that work yourself after converting your HTML website into WordPress platform.

HTML to WordPress Converter - Most Popular Premium Tool

It is a premium WordPress plugin which you can download from Codecanyon website by paying $19. It is very easy to use and can help you to convert the HTML interface to WordPress. It can identity the compositions sidebar, menus, header and footer thus helping you to create an amazing WordPress theme without any difficulty. During the HTML to WordPress conversion process using this plugin, you need to put the tags around content in HTML files as per your requirements. Hence in order to use this plugin properly you need to have a solid command over HTML language.

Conclusion

Looking at so many benefits of WordPress site there is no need for you to use your traditional HTML site as it don’t generate that much traffic on your site and don’t attract so many customers easily. Hence you can use any of the above discussed tools to migrate your HTML site into WordPress theme and get lots of customers and boost your business.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Top Benefits of HTML to WordPress Conversion

WordPress is the most widely used CMS with excellent user interface/user experience and allows its users to easily create, edit, publish or manage content on the website without having much technical or programming knowledge. That’s why HTML to WordPress conversion is very popular among business owners and they can generate a good revenue from it.

HTML websites faces some issues as the styling and scripting were coded in HTML framework which tends to make the website slow. This affects the performance of the site while websites based on WordPress are fast and robust. But converting HTML to WordPress cannot be done easily unless you have technical skills for the same. One of the best way is to hire HTML to WordPress convert services from a reputed company which has developers which have expert technical knowledge to carry out HTML to WordPress conversion. In this article we will discuss about the top benefits of using HTML to WordPress conversion for your business website:-



WordPress is Dynamic CMS

WordPress is the most popular and dynamic CMS on which content management, creation and updating can also be done easily while HTML sites carries static pages with hard coding lines. Each of this page is one HTML file with same layout and design. If you want to do any changes in the page, you should be proficient in HTML coding. In case of WordPress, there is no such requirement. The admin user can do changes and updations from the HTML editor inside it easily. Due to this reason, HTML to WordPress conversion is preferred by most of the web developers.

Flexible, Scalable and Secure

WordPress is a flexible, scalable and comparatively secure platform. That’s why businesses go for HTML to WordPress conversion. WordPress is robust and dynamic and comes with high quality security plugins that provide protection to your site against hacking attempts, threats and viruses. WordPress also offers wide range of customized themes, plugins and widgets. In last some years WordPress has evolved into a complete content management system (CMS) and it very flexible as compared to other CMS.

Huge developers Community

WordPress is open source framework and has a huge community of software professionals who can even help you during your WordPress website development for free. It provides full technical support, live chat support to its users. WordPress has a most vibrant community which is available 24*7 to provide great support to its users. WordPress developers also keep on updating WordPress and release its new updates from time to time. Therefore getting involved with huge WordPress community is an exceptional experience for any new user. You can get help as well as you can learn many things from this WordPress community.

WordPress is Cost Effective CMS

There are hundreds and thousands of WordPress themes and plugins freely available hence you don’t need to spend anything for using WordPress CMS. No deep knowledge of programming languages is required when you are working on this platform. Your WordPress business website will be 100% customizable which involve function modification, plugin customization and theme customization.

SEO Benefits

When a website is launched then it is also important to do search engine optimization of the website so that it maintain a good ranking in the search results. Hence content management is also need to be done for the website. WordPress has inbuilt SEO features hence by converting HTML to WordPress, many SEO issues get resolved automatically. There are many SEO plugins which can be installed for getting more SEO features.

Conclusion
It is best time for the business owners to get a feature rich, responsive website from HTML to WordPress conversion which will give their site good ranking in search engines and make their company a brand on internet. If you are interested then you can hire an experienced WordPress developer who can do HTML to WordPress conversion and develop an awesome website for your business.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

WordPress Terms That Every Blogger Must Know

WordPress is a highly customizable web hosting platform that powers about 25% of the websites today. WordPress is a highly customizable platform which is the favorite of most blogging websites online. It offers a rich array of features which are also suitable to many of the businesses. The websites based on the WordPress platform can also be easily customized to meet a lot of needs of a veteran blogger.

It is a great integrated hosting option which is very easy to use and offers a wide variety and creative choice to the developers. Even if you are new to the field of blogging you will find most user friendly WordPress web development services to set up a WordPress based website. So even when you are on it and start blogging on this particular content management system , there are some WordPress terms that every efficient blogger must know.



1. Back End And The Front End
Most of the website development operations are carried on from the back end of the website. An administrator has access to the back end but the website visitor do not have any access to it. The back end of WordPress is known as the Dashboard. It gives the user access to all the possible options. Apart from a developer, the editors, writers and guest bloggers also have an access to the dashboard. The biggest advantage of the WordPress back end is that you can most of your tasks without the knowledge of coding. On the other hand, the front end is the side of the Word Press blog which is visible to the visitors. It is basically how your website looks likes and it is the place where readers access your content.

2. WordPress Themes

The WordPress Theme customization is the most important term for a blogger as it gives the option to customize blog design, layout and structure. The themes selected also effect the loading time and user experience on a blog. Most of the functioning of the blog will be applied after getting the right Word Press theme. A blogger / website owner must be in touch with their WordPress development services provider and make sure you get a suitable theme. Some of the ideal Word Press themes for a blog have been listed as follows :

Newsmag

The NewsMag is an excellent WordPress themes for writing and publishing blog posts. It has got a great lightweight design and offers plenty of features and custom options. You can buy it in themeforest.net for $50.

ColorMag

ColorMag is a simplified yet stylish WordPress theme used by various magazines, newspapers and publishing websites. It has a very responsive design. It is also available for free o themegrill.com and the pro version is available for $69.

Writing
The Writing is a great minimalist theme which is simple yet effective. It is also compatible with all browsers and very SEO friendly. It is available for $44 on themeforest.

Soledad

Soledad is a very vibrant, dynamic and visually appealing theme which has become a buyer favorite since it’s launch. FOr a price tag of $59 it is readily available on themeforest.net

Breviter Pro

Breviter is a great WordPress theme which is very dynamic and appealing. It is largely suitable for writer, artists and creative people. The live demo of the theme is available free of cost on this on just free themes on their website.

Crazy Blog


Crazy Blog is a theme which is very powerful, interactive and also focuses on ease of use designed for bloggers. The theme has great styling and customizable options. It is available on themeforest for $59 for 6 months. 

Tulip

Tulip is a great, innovative and fresh WordPress theme. It is fast, navigable as well as easily customizable. It is available for a $39 package on theme forest.

Genesis

Genesis is an incredible WordPress theme for bloggers which provides great design to build websites which are aesthetic and SEO friendly. The theme is available on Studio Press for a price of $59.95.

3. WordPress Plugins

Plugins helps the user to add additional features to the blog without the use of a coding language. WordPress plugins are the most important part of website development as they make the website more functional.There are various plugins for social media sharing, SEO, security, caching, website statistics and adding additional visual features to your blog.

4. WordPress Widgets

The Widgets on word pres serve to be an individual element feature of the appearance section of your website’s back end. Widgets can help you improve the layout of your blog by adding features to your website and even help display advertisements to your website. Widgets can be placed on the sidebar, header and footer of the website.

5. Permalinks

A permalink is the address or permanent url which appears on the top of the address bar which is also a shareable link. Permalinks are allotted to various categories, posts and pages present on the website.

Permalinks can be set in a number of formats for WordPress. Some of them are
http://example.com/?p=124 (default on websites)
http://example.com/2017/03/04/post-name
http://example.com/2017/post-name/

6. MySQL


MySQL is an open source DMS ( Data Management System ). In easier terms it is also known as WordPress database. It performs the following functions

Create a backup for the database of the website
Optimize the WordPress Database
Create and Drop Tables

7. File Transfer Protocol

The File Transfer Protocol is another very important term for WordPress users and bloggers. It helps in the exchange of information between two computers or servers. For example if a plugin is installed on one computer then it will also be installed on the other computer. It enables to have uniform implementation on more than one devices.

In order to run a successful blog based on WordPress, the users must be well aware of vital terms like plugins, widgets, themes and various other back end operations. WordPress is a very powerful platform if utilized correctly and can create great experience for various readers and visitors to a website. The fact that WordPress can be run without the use of coding ( only plugins ) makes it easier to implement for bloggers and website owners.