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WordPress Solution : White page issue after installation or update of theme or plugin

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If you fail to Access Admin Or Blank White Page After Install Or Update of any WordPress theme or plugin or both. Here is the ultimate instant solution for bloggers, marketers , entrepreneurs and business owners. 


After installing a new theme or plugin, or updating a theme or plugin, your site may return a blank white page or keep you from accessing the admin area.

There are three primary causes for white screens:
Fatal errors in the code that keep the page from loading
Missing or corrupt files
Memory issues with WordPress due to server configuration or database capacity

Why do you get this error?

Majority of the time when you see a white screen of death, it means that you exhausted the memory limit. This could be caused by a plugin that you may be using that is not functioning properly. It could also be caused by a poorly coded theme that you are using. It could also mean that there is an issue with your web hosting server. Since the problem can be caused by any number of things, it may require a lot of troubleshooting.


General Troubleshooting

To find out whether the cause is the theme, a plugin, WordPress or your server:
Log into your site via FTP. If you are unsure of how to use FTP, contact your host for asisstance
Go to wp-content and rename the plugins folder to plugins-off (this will deactivate all plugins).
Return to your WordPress admin and see if access is restored.
If yes, you have a conflicting plugin. Rename the folder back to plugins, then visit the Plugins area in your admin and reactivate each plugin one at a time, starting with WooCommerce or other “critical” plugins until you trigger the one that breaks the site again. To resolve the plugin conflict, delete the plugin folder via FTP or repeat the above and leave that plugin deactivated.
If no, deactivating plugins did not solve the issue, continue:
Under wp-content, go to themes and rename your theme’s folder. For example, store-off

You must have at least one default theme in the themes folder for this to work. WordPress will automatically activate TwentyFourteen if available.
Return to your WordPress admin and see if access is restored.
If yes, reinstall and reactivate your theme using a fresh download of the latest version. 
If no, the issue is likely not your theme or a plugin and likely has to do with WordPress or your server configuration.

Corrupt Files In WordPress

Download a fresh copy of the latest version of WordPress from and unzip the wordpress folder it contains to your desktop or an easy-to-find location
Connect to your site via FTP and upload the contents of the unzipped wordpress folder to your site root and overwrite the existing.
When viewing the wordpress folder contents on your computer, it should look very similar to your site folders (ie you should see a wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes with a bunch of files).
This will NOT overwrite your config or site content/uploads, plugins or themes.

When the transfer/overwrite is complete, attempt to access your admin again (it should work now).
If you suspect your site may have been hacked or infected with malware, refer to Site has been hacked or redirects to malware URL

Suspected Memory Issues

Try increasing the allowed memory in your php.ini to 64M or higher. You may need your host to do this for you.

We understand that this is a very frustrating error, and we hope that one of the tricks above fixed the issue for you. What have you tried that seemed to work for you? If you found another solution to work, then please let us know. We would be happy to expand on this resource, so others do not have to waste as much time finding a solution.
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Failed to access WordPress Admin Panel Dashboard, Create New user or change password from control panel

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One of our users site got hacked and the WP Admin user account password was changed by the hacker. This essentially locked the user out of his admin dashboard. It is best (for situations like this) to just create a new admin user account to gain access to WP admin dashboard and fix things as needed.
In this tutorial I will show you how you can create a new WordPress admin user account via MySQL database (without having access to your WordPress admin dashboard).
Note: You can ONLY do this if you are the site owner. You need to have access to cPanel/Control Panel of your server (comes with your hosting plan). If you don’t know the details of your cPanel login then ask your hosting provider.

Step 1) Access Your MySQL Database

  • Log into your cPanel/Control panel
  • Go to “Database” section
  • Click on PHPMyAdmin icon

Step 2) Go to the WP Users table

  • Select your WordPress database from the list of databases in PhpMyAdmin
  • Go to the WP Users table and click on the “insert” link

Step 3) Insert a New Record in the Users Table

You will need to fill in the following fields to insert a new user record:
  • ID – Keep the value of this field empty (it will automatically assign the correct value for it)
  • user_login – insert the username you want to use
  • user_pass – add a password for the account. Select MD5 in the functions menu (Refer to the screenshot below).
  • user_nicename – leave this field empty for now
  • user_email – add the email address you want to use for this account.
  • user_url – leave this field empty for now
  • user_registered – select the date/time for when this user is registered.
  • user_status – set this to 0.
  • display_name – leave this field empty for now
  • Click on the Go Button (you should see a success message)

You can go back to the wp_users table and browser the entries to verify that the user record has been inserted correctly (see screenshot below).

Take note of the value if the “ID” field for this newly created user (we will need this ID field’s value for the next step). In this case the ID is 2.

Step 4) Insert User Meta Values

This is the final step where we will assign some user meta values to the user account we just created.
Go to the “wp_usermeta” table and click on the “insert” link:

Use the following values and click the “Go” button to insert the usermeta data
  • unmeta_id – Leave it blank (it will be generated for you)
  • user_id – This is the ID of the user we created in the previous step. For our case it is 2.
  • meta_key – Use wp_capabilities
  • meta_value – Use the following value for this field:
See screenshot below

All done!
Changing Your WordPress Admin Password Within Your Database


You've forgotten or lost your password for your WordPress admin account, and now you can't get in to edit your site.

There are four ways you can recover or change your admin password, and continue to work on your site.

Option 1: Use the WordPress Built-In Password Reset Feature

This option is the easiest. It requires the username or email address attached to the account that you are trying to reset the password for. It requires that you know the email address and password for the account associated with the WordPress admin account.
  1. In your URL bar go to
  2. On this screen, click Lost Your Password?
    This will send a password reset link to your admin account's email address.
  3. Login to your email account for your admin account.
  4. Click the email from your WordPress site.
  5. Click the password reset link.
  6. On the next screen enter and confirm your new password click Reset.
  7. On the next screen click Log In.
  8. Use your admin username and the new password to login.
Option 2: Change the Password in the MySQL Database

This option requires knowledge of the Customer Control Panel, phpMyAdmin, and the WordPress database. It is not recommended to attempt this without familiarity in these areas. If you do not feel comfortable manually editing the database, or navigating the control panel, please follow the steps in Option 3.
  1. Login to your Control Panel. 
  2. Click on the System tab up at the top left.
  3. Navigate to Websites & Domains.
  4. Click on Databases.
  5. Click on the database for your WordPress site.
  6. Click on WebAdmin.
  7. Click on the wp_users table
    Note: Your database may have different prefixes on the tables, depending on how it was set up.
  8. Click on the Browse tab up at the top on the left side.
  9. Click on the user you wish to edit
    Note: The edit button will be to the far left at the beginning of the row.
  10. In the password field, select MD5 for the type, and enter in your new password.
  11. Click Go at the bottom.
  12. Go to your site's login and try your new password. If all went as expected, your new password should work, and you can login.
Option 3: Contact Support for Assistance

This option is for that situation when you can't get to your site to use the lost password link, or when you don't feel comfortable editing your database manually.
  1. Log in to your Control Panel. 
  2. Click the Help tab at the top.
  3. Click Trouble Tickets.
  4. Click Submit a Ticket.
  5. Click on SUPPORT: I have a technical issue that I need assistance with.
  6. Click Open a Ticket with the Support Team, then click next.
  7. In the application drop down, select the application you are using, in this case, WordPress.
    Enter in all of the information that you can provide in the fields provided.
    The only fields that are required are:
    • What your domain name is
    • What you are trying to do, in this case, you can leave it at the default, Control Panel
    • You'r preferred follow up method
    • Subject of the ticket
    • The message explaining what you are trying to do, and what you need help with in this case, please include the username you are trying to reset the password for.
  8. Click Submit at the bottom.
  9. We will begin working on your ticket very soon and you will be receiving your reply as soon as we are done, or if we need more information from you.
Option 4: Use Control Suite's Update WordPress User Password Button

This option is only available to dedicated server customers. 
  1. Log into your dedicated server using Remote Desktop
  2. Double click on the Control Suite icon on your desktop. 
  3. Login to Control Suite.
  4. Double click on the Plesk x.x.x (Domains) icon in the Navigation Tree.
  5. Double click on the [domain] that requires the password reset.
  6. Double click on WordPress x.x.x
  7. Double click on Administrators. Click on admin.
  8. Click on the Update WordPress User Password in the Commands Ribbon.
  9. Type the new password in the Main Window and press Execute.

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Easiest Steps to Build A Successful Amazon Affiliate Store Using WordPress CMS

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Assam Internet Marketing School was founded for mainly train up the newbies. For many of the reasons discussed in phase 1 (visit the home page to gain instant access of ASIM) of our free ecommerce training course, a lot of folks choose to build an affiliate productstore rather than building a traditional ecommerce store. In this tutorial, we'll walk you through the core steps you must take in order to create and launch an affiliate product store. Although this tutorial will focus on being an "Amazon Affiliate" and promoting Amazon products, the concepts covered here could apply to building an affiliate store with any retailer's products.

Easiest Steps to Build A Successful Amazon Affiliate Store Using WordPress CMS

As we discussed in phase 1 of our training, being an affiliate for another retailer and running an affiliate product store is a very viable way to build a successful online store. Typically your margins aren't quite as good as they are using the dropship model and running a regular ecommerce store, but you don't have to deal with processing orders or corresponding with customers. Running an affiliate product store is a piece of cake!

Here are the basic steps for building an Amazon affiliate product store...
  1. Register a domain 
  2. Set up web hosting
  3. Install WordPress
  4. Sign up for Amazon's affiliate program
  5. Install required plugins
  6. Add products to your store


You can find tips and advice from Google on selecting a good domain name for your store. In a nutshell, you want a domain name that is short, memorable and somewhat "brandable." Typically, the best way to do that is to add a short, 1-syllable "filler word" to the end of your main keyword phrase (or just 1-2 words of it). For example, if my main keyword phrase was 'dog houses', I would choose a domain name that starts with that and ends with a filler word. Some examples would be,,,,, etc.

Registering a domain name only costs about $10 per year. The domain name registrars we personally use and recommend are NameCheap & GoDaddy (in that order). They are among the cheapest online and offer solid support if you have any post-purchase issues (which is highly unlikely).


If you haven't already done so, it's time to get a web hosting account. We've tried out probably a dozen different hosting companies, and HostGator is our hands-down favorite (considering cost, support, reliability and everything). A 'Baby Plan' with HostGator costs under $10 a month and allows you to host an unlimited number of domains on it. Store Coach members get the first month free by the promo code STORECOACH during checkout. You can host all of your affiliate stores on this one plan, and if you decide to do a personal website or a corporate blog later on, you can host them on this same plan as well.

NOTE: Once you have your hosting account set up, HostGator will send you an email with your account details. Be sure to save this email or copy those details to a usernames & passwords spreadsheet on your computer. You will need to know the nameservers of your hosting account so you can "point" (aka "link") your domain name to your hosting account. Once you have the nameserver names in hand, just log in to your registrar account (with NameCheap or GoDaddy) and enter them. Here are step-by-step instructions for entering your nameservers at NameCheap and at GoDaddy. Once your nameservers are updated, it will take between 1-24 hours for your domain name to start pointing to your hosting account.


Before you can proceed with this step, you must wait for your nameservers to be fully propagated (don't worry, you really don't have to understand what that means ). When nameservers have fully propagated, typing your domain name into a web browser (like FireFox, Chrome or Internet Explorer) will display a blank or mainly blank page rather than showing the default GoDaddy or NameCheap parked page (like it did right after you registered the domain). Make sure this is the case before proceeding with this step (if you don't, you could cause yourself all sorts of problems).

Installing WordPress on your hosting account is very quick and easy (and free, of course). Just follow the steps in guide (provided by HostGator), and then return to this tutorial to proceed through the remaining steps.


Once you have installed your WordPress blog and done some basic configuring, you will want to sign up for Amazon's affiliate program in preparation of the upcoming steps. Be sure to save your Amazon Associate login details because you will need to access that portal for the upcoming steps (and from time to time in the future as well).


Plugin #1. WooCommerce - The first plugin you'll need is called WooCommerce. You can install it from the 'Plugins' section within your WordPress admin panel .

Plugin #2. WooCommerce Amazon Associates - The second plugin you will need is called WooCommerce Amazon Associates, which you can purchase . This plugin allows you to quickly and easily pull products from Amazon and load them into your Amazon affiliate store. It is extremely powerful, and a single license allows you to use it for any & all Amazon affiliate stores you ever do!

There are, of course, other WordPress plugins you can and should consider installing (SEO by Yoast, a social sharing plugin, a security plugin, etc.). But the above 2 plugins are all you reallyneed to run an (Amazon) affiliate product store.


Once you're set up as an authorized affiliate (either for Amazon or for one or more top retailer(s) in your niche), it's time to add products to your WordPress store. I recommend trying to make your WordPress site look as much like a standard ecommerce store as possible, simply replacing the 'Add to Cart' buttons on each product page with a 'But at Amazon' or 'Buy Now' button that links to that specific product on or the retailer's site (using your affiliate tracking code, of course). You'll obviously still want a home page, category and sub-category pages, shop by price/brand pages, etc.

Make sure to go through our phase 2 training material (starting with section 3.3) as you're building your store. Almost all of the sections in Phase 3 will be fully applicable for you. There are only a couple sections towards the very end of Phase 3 that are specific to traditional ecommerce stores (and we've noted at the beginning of those sections whether they're applicable to affiliate product stores or not).
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Hardship of Successful Affiliate Marketing for Pro Bloggers

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It was early days of affiliate marketing when I was busy in 9 to 5 job. Maximum regular readers know that I had left my regular job in 2007 and there after I am in online marketing by doing marketing or web developing works. Since moving over to my new affiliate program, I have signed up about 300 affiliates. But what is interesting is that each month I send over 90% of my affiliate commissions to the same ten or twelve people. A lot of people join affiliate programs for no other reason than to earn an affiliate commission on a product(s) they buy. And this does work with any program, however like most affiliate programs have a minimum payout threshold. So yes you can earn a commission on your own purchase but you would first have to purchase over $100 total since our commission percentage is 40%.

Hardship of Successful Affiliate Marketing for Pro Bloggers

Beside those folks, there are a lot of folks who join because they want to earn money, but they don’t have any experience with affiliate marketing. So I thought I would give you some affiliate marketing tips to help you. In the event you are reading this and know nothing about affiliate marketing before we start with the affiliate marketing tips, here is a basic outline: Affiliate marketing is the practice of a merchant rewarding their affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate's marketing efforts. Examples include sites where they pay you a commission for referring a sale. This is usually accomplished by the affiliate putting a merchant’s banner or text link on their website, blog, newsletter or placing links in social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. When someone clicks on a banner, it places a cookie in his or her computer that allows the merchant to track where the sale came from.

Most merchants pay their affiliates monthly. Some of the web’s largest companies have affiliate programs including eBay, Amazon and Yahoo. With most affiliate marketing programs the buyer must purchase something to generate a commission, but there are merchants who will pay you for a sales lead. This usually requires a person who clicks from your link to the merchant to fill out a lead form with their contact information.

OK – so lets get started with the tips:

1. Select Your Merchants Carefully: 

A lot of affiliates select their merchants on the basis of who pays the highest commission, but like to select based on who has the best reputation and quality product. The next factor I look at is the sell-through rate –which merchants convert better.

2. Integrity Matters: 

Never recommend something you wouldn’t buy yourself. Whether you promote from a blog, email or a website, it has your name on it and you don’t want to promote anything you would not buy or use yourself or something you would not recommend to your mother or your sister. There are plenty of excellent affiliate merchants out there, so you can afford to be very selective.

3.The Niche is Everything: 

You can’t earn money with affiliate marketing if you can’t get traffic to your website or blog. Competition on the Internet is fierce. Someone –or many others cover almost any topic or specialized area you can think of. Some competition is OK. In fact if you pick a niche that has a few competitors, that tells you that the niche is probably viable. But you don’t want to pick a product or a niche that is dominated by large professional affiliate marketers. Some examples of this would include mortgages, credit cards, lawyers, cancer treatments and so on. These areas have affiliate deals that pay huge commissions, but therefore they attract much more competition. You are much better off with a smaller niche. So what’s a small niche? Well one of my in-laws has lived and traveled extensively to Spain. Whereas travel is a huge and highly competitive area, by narrowing it down to one country to write about you would have far less competition. If you really wanted to narrow it further, then you could even specialize in travel to the Costa del Sol region of Spain.

4. Relevance: 

To be a successful affiliate the product you are promoting should be relevant to the content of the site you are promoting from. For example, if you write a blog about Bass fishing then your affiliate links and banners should appeal to bass fishermen. If you have banners for food and wine companies or cruise lines on your bass fishing blog, you may accidently get the occasional click and purchase –but it will be very occasional. Whereas if your links and banners were to a company that sells bass boats, rods and reels and bass fishing guides, they you will see a lot of potential earnings.

5. Avoid Overcrowding:

If success at affiliate marketing could be achieved from throwing up pages of banners - then the world would have lots of millionaires. A site with pages of banners or rows banners stuffed under content has the opposite effect on people. It also has the added bonus of making your site look pretty ugly.

6. A Personal Recommendation Works the Best:

I do use banners on my website and blog and they have their place. But nothing converts to sales better than when I make a personal recommendation. I only do this on products and services that I completely believe in and that I have tried myself. This goes back to the previous tip.

7. Track Results: 

There are literally thousands of merchants with affiliate programs out there. So why would you work with one that isn’t performing? Let me give you an example. I am a big believer in home business owners incorporating their business. So in my books and on my website, I used to recommend Legal Zoom. Two things happened: Sales were slow and after a few months I received a couple of complaints from readers I had referred. Ok – so I looked around and found My Affiliate commissions from My are running double what I earned from Legal Zoom and I haven’t had any complaints. In fact, a few weeks after recommending them, I got an email from a reader praising them and thanking me for recommending them.

8. Use Multiple Merchants for Your Niche: 

You don’t want to overdo this, but don’t put all your eggs into one basket –or merchant. You can get away with three or four merchants and it is easy to spread these all around your site without overcrowding and pestering your readers with offers.

9. Create Original Content: 

There are a lot of article sites where you can get free content to use on your website or blog. There are free articles out there on almost any topic. But beware. Google looks for duplicate content. If they see an article on your website or blog that is identical to the content on others, they will penalize your site in the search results ranking. So always try for original content.

10. Change is good: 

Search engines are always looking for sites with new or changing content. You can build a static site and load it with content and it will get traffic for a time. But after a while, if Google visits your site and does not see any changes, it will not visit very often and eventually you will rank lower.

If you become good at building niche sites and the search engines find them, you can keep doing it. There are affiliate marketers who have dozens of sites. But once you get to that point, go back to each site at least monthly and add or change some of the content so Google and Yahoo will see your site as a place where readers will see up to date content.

Final Words: 

Well – that is our to 10 tips. I hope they helped you. When selecting affiliate merchants to recommend, think of your website or blog as very expensive real estate. You only have so much room for links and banners, so pick them very carefully and track your results at least monthly. If someone isn’t performing, take a minute to figure out why. Maybe its placement or maybe the merchant just does not do a good job of converting sales. If it’s the former you can experiment with placement. But if it’s the latter you should just move on to someone else. In a book, "How to Make A Living Working From Home" has an excellent section on how to do successful affiliate marketing, as well as instruction and information on five other online businesses you can start and run from home.
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Common Bloggers and Proprietary WordPress Development

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The average WordPress user is someone who tends to buy WordPress themes and plugins as turn key solutions for their website development needs. Of course they will have to configure both and they may make some customizations, but they cannot write (or understand) complex code.

Or any at all, for that matter, depending on where they fall on the technical spectrum under “developer”. Basically, anything more technically advanced than dropping in some code snippets or making basic CSS customizations is not possible without outside help.

This is the customer base most WordPress theme and plugin shops are targeting when they create a product. Ironically though, this is the very group who is most likely to be ignorant or misinformed about WordPress development best practices that could negatively impact their project or business.

Such is the case with the practice of proprietary WordPress development.

What is Proprietary WordPress Development?

In a nutshell, proprietary WordPress development is any practice that a) restricts the freedom of a WordPress theme or plugin’s end user beyond the existing limitations of WordPress’ GPL license; or b) uses non-portable code to lock users into a single product or product ecosystem’s continued use.

Types of Proprietary WordPress Development (& What They Mean for You)

If that sounds a little confusing, don’t worry. The sections below will focus on explaining what exactly non-GPL compliant code and non-portable code are and how they can negatively affect end users.

Non-GPL Compliant Code

Before you can understand what non-GPL compliant code is, it’s probably a good idea to understand the main points of the GPL license to begin with. So, what is the GPL license and how does it apply to WordPress, WordPress themes, and WordPress plugins?

GPL stands for General Public License. Any software (WordPress) or derivative products (such as themes and plugins) released under this license provides its users with the following freedoms:

The freedom to run the software for any purpose
The freedom to study how the software works and make any desired changes to it
The freedom to redistribute the software
The freedom to distribute copies of modified versions of the software
It is important to note that there is nothing in this license that prohibits charging for the software–which is how the entire WordPress theme and plugin market is able to exist.

WordPress itself is free of charge by choice; as are the plugins and themes offered through the official repository. Premium WordPress themes and plugins are required to honor the freedoms of the GPL license–which can make it hard (but not illegal) to charge for a freely distributed product–and so tend to charge for easy file access, support, and updates.

(If you’re hazy on how exactly that works then I would recommend reading Chris Lema’s article called What Are You Paying for When You Buy GPL Themes and Plugins?)

Ok, so now that you know what the GPL license is and how it applies to WordPress themes and plugins, how can non-GPL compliant code affect you? And what constitutes non-GPL compliant code in the first place?

Non-GPL compliant code would be anything that restricts the four freedoms above. Code that is compressed or encoded to avoid being read would be the biggest offender here as it would stop you (or anyone you hire) from studying the code, making changes to it, and freely distributing it in any meaningful way.

Thankfully, nearly every single premium WordPress theme shop is 100% GPL compliant. The only major hold-out is Themeforest which offers both 100% GPL and Split GPL licenses. The split license is there to cover elements such as code or code libraries not directly tied to WordPress core functions that might be included in a WordPress theme but are either already licensed under something else or the creators want to retain ownership.

In the case of split GPL licenses you will want to review the restrictions per theme or plugin to be sure you are not prohibited from using the software as you are intending to. In my opinion though, this is rare enough now that it no longer constitutes the biggest problem posed to end users by the practice of proprietary WordPress development. That’s where our next type comes in.

Non-Portable Code

Finally we come to what I see as the biggest problem in the WordPress community in terms of proprietary development: non-portable code. This is when a plugin or theme is designed, either intentionally or unintentionally, to lock a user into the continued use of a single product or product ecosystem. There are three main perpetrators of this: non-portable shortcodes, non-portable themes, and non-portable plugins.

Shortcodes Dependent on Themes

Shortcodes that come with a theme, and which are not dependent on a separate plugin, cannot be ported to a new theme in the future. This practice of packaging shortcodes as part of the theme itself traps end users into either sticking with the theme they have or go through the tedious and time consuming process of removing/replacing all of the shortcodes used in their content. Sometimes, there are no alternate shortcodes available.

Theme Functions and Templates

Ideally, a theme should come with all of its major functionality in the form of a plugin or bundle of plugins. This includes custom templates that once used over and over again will need to either be ported to a new theme or reconstructed by a new developer.

Take a theme that comes with a built in page builder for instance–like Elegant Theme’s Divi. Once you use that theme to create page after page with its custom page builder you cannot switch themes with anything approaching ease. This is one major reason they recently announced they are converting their builder into a theme independent plugin.

Plugins Dependent on Theme Styles

Some plugins, such as the Aesop Story Engine, are dependent on complimentary theme styles to make the plugin work as intended. Right off the bat it means that you need to purchase a theme by the plugin’s author for it to work properly and then you are basically stuck within that family of themes once you’ve used the plugin to create your content. This was one of the reasons the team here at Cohhe recently released the Longform storytelling theme for free. To make a great free plugin actually free to use.

The Aesop Story Engine is far from the only free (or premium) plugin to use this method of directing users to premium products or product families, just one that stood out to me after the release of Longform. In general, these kind of plugins can be hard to spot without acquiring the plugin and testing it yourself. Your best bet is to read as many reviews and articles about your plugin choices as possible before choosing those you will be absolutely dependent on–and then testing them extensively before making any final decisions.

So, What Should the Average WordPress User Do When They Spot Proprietary WordPress Development Practices?

Ideally, avoid it. Non-GPL compliant code is pretty rare now (among trusted and established WordPress theme/plugin creators) and so less likely to cause you problems. Or even come across your radar.

Non-portable code, on the other hand, while frowned upon, is not illegal or even against WordPress licensing. It is against the recommended WordPress development best practices, but there are almost always going to be developers out there who see non-portable code as an easy way to retain customers.

In those cases, you’ll need to follow my advice above and simply be on the lookout for it. Oh, and again, test everything.

If for some reason you cannot avoid using a theme or plugin that practices proprietary WordPress development, there are a few things I’d recommend:

1. Avoid using the features that cannot be ported, even if you have to download a plugin that “duplicates” features

2. If you must buy into a particular product or product family, choose wisely. Pick a theme/plugin shop with an impeccable reputation and enough success to guarantee that they will be around for a while

3. Encourage those developers to bring their products in closer alignment with the recommended WordPress development best practices.

In cases such as the Elegant Themes Divi Builder mentioned above, it seems that they took note of this complaint from their user base and made a decision to align their development practices with the overwhelming consensus of the WordPress community.

As a result, I wouldn’t be surprised to see their customer base grow significantly in 2016.

Have you had any negative experiences as a result of proprietary WordPress development? If so, it would be a great resource for the community here if you took a moment to share your story with us in the comments below.
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Profitable Real Estate Website creation tutorial via infographic

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I have seen face to face internet world for last 15 years but over the past 20 years, the internet has become the most important stream of information that exists for real estate professionals. Honestly, I have created 100+ well established Real Estate Websites in last 15 years. 

How to Build A Real Estate Website

This is where we:
  1. Find our deals
  2. Do our research
  3. Get properties sold
  4. Network with other investors
  5. Find the best service providers
  6. Learn how to improve our businesses
and a lot more…
Considering everything the internet has done for us over the past couple of decades, there is absolutely no reason why a serious real estate professional shouldn’t have at least ONE solid website representing their business.

A well-built website could easily be the most powerful asset you own. Regardless of what your real estate business does. A website is a tool that can:
  1. Build Your Credibility
  2. Position You As An Expert
  3. Represent Your Company Image
  4. Advertise Your Listings
  5. Advertise Your Services
  6. Generate Leads Around The Clock
  7. Reach A Global Audience
  8. Offer Your Business Info To The Public 24/7
  9. Automate Your Communication

Make You Instantly Accessible To Prospects & Customers (without consuming any of your time)
Any single one of these things can have an enormous impact on your business…   and the real kicker is – it’s not expensive. You can literally have any of these things TODAY for less than a couple hundred bucks.

Do You Need A Real Estate Website?

I’ll be honest with you…  do you absolutely need a website for your real estate business?

No – you don’t absolutely need it.

A website won’t solve all your problems BUT, if you want to automate your business, build credibility, provide information to your customers around the clock and make more money in the long run, a great real estate website is an awesome way to do it – and I’m not sure why any serious real estate investors wouldn’t have a website at work in their business (especially considering how easy and inexpensive they are to set up).

I know of a few investors who have never gone through the motions of creating one – but I do think it has things significantly more difficult than they needed to be. It’s really less a question of “Can I live without it?” and more a question of, “What is my business missing out on without it?“

Trust me – a good real estate website is an extremely helpful tool to have at your disposal. That’s why I’m promoting these resources here on the blog, because I know how powerful a good online representation can be for your business (all of my websites have been HUGELY helpful for my buying and selling efforts).

Just one step to your target orientation

Building a website in this industry has been more like participating in an episode of “Fear Factor.” If you’re not careful, your site can become a financial drain and set your online marketing up for imminent failure. But crafty real estate professionals are starting to learn from the rest of the startup world, using clever ways and new technology to spin up and market their websites without breaking the bank. They’re taking advantage of low-cost and free tools combined with creative marketing strategies to dominate online. Take a look at the infographic below and see where you can step up your website game. Let me know what’s working for you in the comments below.

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