Find which are the best FTP clients for you

An FTP client is a program that allows connecting to our server to view and access the files that have stayed there. There are many alternatives, free and paid, simpler and more complex, but here we are going to see the most popular ones. And also the ones that you can use in your WordPress based website.

FileZilla

FileZilla is one of the most popular FTP clients because you can install it on any operating system and is free (also open source). It is even possible that your hosting provider already has documentation on how to connect to your server with FileZilla, due to its popularity.

FileZilla includes a lot of features, including:

  • Support for FTP, FTP protocols with SSL / TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).
  • Drag and drop upload files 
  • Filters by name, directory synchronization and remote file editing.
  • Custom configuration transfer speeds.

Cyberduck

Cyberduck is an FTP client with an interface much more attractive for users than FileZilla, although this only works for Windows or Mac systems. As an advantage, is open source too.

This client allows access (File Transfer Protocol), SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer), WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Rackspace Cloud Files Backblaze B2 and FTP servers.

It also allows remote file editing, file synchronization and integration with notifications own operating system.

WinSCP

WinSCP is a free FTP client for Windows that also supports SSH connections. It also allows you to rename files and directories, create new directories, modify files and folders properties and create symbolic links and shortcuts.

By using dual panels you can also manage files on your local computer,

If you use Windows, it may be easier to use WinSCP than FileZilla because the interface is more integrated with the operating system.

Transmit

Transmit is an FTP client like Cyberduck, but with more options. It is a very interesting alternative. Of course, you have to check your wallet because is paid and the price is $ 34 and only serves to Mac systems.

Among its features offers most options that we have seen in previous programs, such as support for FTP, SSH, WebDAV or Amazon cloud services. The interface is very simple to use and is faster than other programs in terms of file transfer.

Final conclusion

If you've never used an FTP client to access your WordPress server files, I encourage you to try. Install an FTP client is very easy (as easy as installing a program on your operating system), and using it is not so dramatic.

If your hosting has provided you access credentials to the server (a user, password and server address), you must create a new connection in FTP client and place chosen to connect. If all goes well, you will see the remote file system and can work with it.

Try your credentials and try to connect to your remote server. If you get used to using it, you can quickly fix problems (remove plugins or contentious issues, for example) or even download all as a backup.


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How can I recover a password in WordPress?

A few days ago I don't have my computer with me and I have to recover my WordPress password to make a correction and I realize that it is a problem if you don’t remember your password. Or if you want to change any password (your editor's password, for example). And indeed it is a simple process, you have to enter the administration panel, select the user in question and set a new password.

Change the password as an administrator

Suppose you do not have administrative access to your WordPress installation because, for example, you lost the administrator password user. How do you can recover it? What can you do now?

First option. Mail password recovery.

This is the most friendly way to recover the password. Just go to the login page in WordPress and click on the link “Forgot your password?”.

This takes you to a page where you can specify your email address (or administrator) and WordPress will generate you a new password. Very simple.

Second option. Editing the database.

The other possible solution is to reset a user's password directly from modifying the database. You must access the administration panel of your hosting provider and look for the Databases section, where you will find a utility called phpMyAdmin.

Once inside phpMyAdmin, you need to open the user table (by default, wp_users) and looking for the user that you want to change the password. For example, if I want to change my user would be sufficient to find that user name in the user_login field and click “Continue”:

If all goes well, there should be a single user as a result. Click on the Edit button to change your password. On the new screen, all you need to do is put a new password in the field user_pass. Just make sure to select MD5 in the function column; passwords are never stored in clear in your database but apply a hash function (in this case, MD5).

After saving the change, you can access your database normally.

Other options?

There are many other ways to change the password, but I think the two that I have explained today should have enough. But, well, if you are interested, there is more to take a look at Codex to discover what they are and how they work.

One last note about security password …

If you take a look at the "passwords" that generates WordPress, you'll see something like this (you can generate your own hash with this online tool):

$P$BN.BwpqD7/F3.yjxaPpBohwskzYK7a

This hash starts with $P$, has numbers and uppercase, lowercase, dots, bars, etc.

However, the hash you've generated using MD5 is somewhat different:

21232f297a57a5a743894a0e4a801fc3

Basically, numbers and lowercase letters, a password that seems more "easy" to break. What exactly is happening?

WordPress implements the Portable PHP password hashing framework for generating hashes of your password, which is safer, as it allows to add some random characters (salt) that make more difficult brute force attacks and therefore is recommended. So, how is it possible that the MD5 hash function?

Previous versions of WordPress are using the MD5 hash function to generate any password. To maintain compatibility with these versions, WordPress continues to accept passwords stored in MD5 in your database. But as soon as the user logs in. and WordPress will realize that are using an MD5 hash for the password, WordPress will generate a new hash (safer) using the other function.


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Tips: 4 plugins for A/B testing in WooCommerce

In the online business, you should do tests. All the time and all your products. Why?

The tests allow you to see exactly which elements of your store are effective and which need improvement. They show what motivates the action in your CTA (call to action) and that "kill" the intention of your potential customers. A / B tests allow you to modify, analyze and play with your site to find the solution with the best possible results.

The best and biggest online stores made constant testing. The idea is that there is always room for improvement and try and test, allow you to become a bit more successful in your online store.

Why use A/B tests plugins in your online store?

If you are wondering why you should use a plugin for testing A/B? Well, if you're scared to ruin your page, here I go. These are the reasons why you should forget your fears:

A tool or plugin that is not made for WordPress is difficult to manage, control and isn't easy to learn how to utilize. It is better to work in an environment that you already know, and if you use WordPress WooCommerce will be familiar to you.

A WordPress plugin works on specific things and doing a concrete task. It is more convenient to work in WooCommerce and WordPress.

Make tests without affecting your entire store, for example, test a form, images, or something other.

And there are 4 plugins that can allow you to make A/B tests on WordPress.

Nelio AB Testing

Nelio AB Testing is a service to improve your conversion rate, allowing you to create A / B tests and make monitoring work on your WordPress desktop.

You can make tests in practically anything that is installed on your WordPress site, with titles on your pages, themes and even changes in your CSS sheet. The plugin has a feature called "heatmap" that lets you see where your store users are more active, key to further optimize and improve the weak areas.

It also generates daily reports on your tests and gives you details about your visitors and conversions that they perform. In addition, it has no impact on the speed of your site.

This isn’t a free plugin, but has a 14-day free trial, and it is priced at US$19 per month.

Marketing Optimizer for WordPress

Another great tool is Marketing Optimizer for WordPress: offers features that facilitate the configuration of A / B test for your online store in just a moment. In addition, it integrates perfectly with plugins like W3 Total Cache, Gravity Forms or Super Cache.

The essence of this plugin is to improve the conversion rate of your site. How they work it is to follow two different options of the same element and to definitively decide which to use, so easy. Tests A / B are configured in several pages at once and conversion tracking is done by codes that are placed on any page that act as a confirmation or thank you page after a conversion. Basically, what it is measured thanks pages are loaded many more times.

The plugin can easily add variation to your tests, and can be used for page titles, design, outstanding image, a call to action, the site of the call to action, forms, buttons, testimonials. Everything on your website is subject to A/B test with this plugin.

Convert Experiments by Yoast

SEO by Yoast, is the most used WordPress plugins in the world, and Yoast, its creators have a wide range of solutions for WordPress, one of them is this another great plugin: Convert Experiments. As a fusion of Yoast and Convert, you must, before working with the plugin, open an account in Convert.

The plugin works by sending data from your pages. To make tests, you must use advanced targeting and filters when you want to test your site. This is achieved by installing some javascript to each page of your WordPress site. The plugin enables you to apply tests divided URL. Simple and effective.

WordPress Calls to Action

This plugin is utilized to create CTA (or calls to action) and monitor their results, which could be useful for A / B testing.

CTAs are very effective, and this plugin has a very good library to create calls to action, or create one with a custom design. With this plugin you can create different CTA sites, monitoring results and improve the conversion rate of your online store.

It is an excellent marketing tool, that allows you to create email lists for your online store, for clients, members or providers. 

Conclusion

At first, implementing A / B testing for your online store can seem intimidating, but is actually quite simple, as long as you are using the right tools for the job. The previous four plugins can make creating tests and experiments easily.

To be informed of the latest improvements and features of the plugins, WordPress will be sending you information to your Desktop or inbox, as you prefer, and also, will notify you about the automatic updates of the plugins.


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Signs that you need to change your website design – Part 1

Web design of a blog or a web page is one of the main factors to consider when using WordPress and create any project on the web.

As you already know, WordPress is based on templates (or themes), which can be modified and also offers different options to customize according to what we like and what we need.

Each theme is unique and the options offered depend on the developer. There are some themes who have many options to change all (color, fonts, images, photos, size, etc) and others more basic, sorts of things and more limited.

If you take a moment to your WordPress site, you may have considered changing the design or theme right now. On the Internet, everything changes very fast. What was trendy a few months ago may now no longer in use anywhere.

That's why it's always good to be upgraded to the latest in web design and WordPress.

Which are the signals that will tell you if is necessary to change the WordPress template? How to know if it is time that a change?

Check out these signs that will help you have an answer. If you meet at least one of them, it takes action and starts looking for a new template! 

1. Too much time with the same

If you take several months or even years with the same WordPress theme, why not give it a modern look to your site?

A different theme can give you a whole new interaction, structure and design to your WordPress site, which will have much more success if it offers a great first impression to visitors.

Remember that you have a few seconds to gain the attention of visitors to your blog or web page. If you have a cool design, there are more possibilities to earn their trust and become customers or subscribers.

A separate template also pleases and is well received by regular visitors to your blog or website. It's like remodeling your house or apartment. It is always a positive change.

2. Antiquated appearance

There are numerous websites and blogs that look like they were created in 2000 when the Internet was just beginning to globalize and be accessible to all.

Strange colors, Comic Sans fonts, homepage too large, disproportionate texts and many other aspects that give a poor appearance and, consequently, poor results for your website.

It's like going to an important meeting or a job interview dressed in inappropriate clothing. It is obvious that the first impression you have to other people or person play against what you want to achieve.

Check your template and compare it with the other designs in your niche or industry. If you think a change is necessary, do not be afraid to do it!

In these sites you can find themes to use for WordPress websites:

StudioPress

Woothemes

ThemeForest

ElegantThemes

Check them and choose the one you like and fits what you need. In the second part of this article, you will see more signs to know if you are required to change your design.


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Wat to do after installing WordPress- Part 1

Install WordPress is one of the first steps to creating a Web page or blog quickly and easily. Thanks to its ease of use and accessibility to anyone with or without experience, you can have your site ready in a few days (even hours!).

However, installing WordPress is not equivalent to having your page ready. It is an important step, but there are other things to do and measures to take.

If you already installed WordPress on your domain, you're on the right track!

Here are some of the main actions you can take to advance in the creation of your blog or website:

Basic configuration and general adjustments

Enter into the main Dashboard and click on Settings> General. There you can modify aspects such as title, email, time zone, date format, users who subscribe to your site (if necessary) and other options.

Modify permalinks

To improve Google’s positioning and have a good image of URLs, you must change the permalinks. In most cases the default settings make them look like this:

http://www.yourblog.com/?p=123

You never have to use your URL like that! It is the most common error in websites.

To modify it, all you have to do is enter into your Dashboard in Settings> Permalinks. Then select the "entry name" option. Thus the URL will have the same keywords that are in the title, and will be much more accessible and have a better search engine ranking.

Eliminates post and page included by default

When WordPress is installed, the platform comes with a post and a page published as a demonstration. The post is called "Hello World!" And "Sample Page" page. There are useful or serve for something? I do not think so, delete them!

To delete them, go to the “Tickets" option, select it and click "Move to Trash" or "Trash". For the page is the same, but in the Pages section.

Akismet

No matter what type of page that you are creating with WordPress, you do not want to be flooded with SPAM. To avoid this, install the plugin called “Akismet", which is responsible for archiving SPAM automatically so you do not have to deal with “garbage" comments that are useless.

To install Akismet, review the tutorial in the website company.

Now, in the newest version of WordPress, the 4.4.2 version, the platform includes Akismet by default, and you only have to register the user and the website.

Create a Sitemap

A sitemap will let Google know the basic structure of your web site, so you can index your web faster and will also include your new content quickly in their search results.

To create the Sitemap, install the "Google XML Sitemap” plugin, enters the settings menu and create the map first.

Basic SEO settings

To ensure you have the maximum opportunity to position yourself in Google in the best way, it is necessary to setup SEO options (On-Page SEO). This includes installing a SEO basic functions plugin, like SEO by Yoast and All-in-One SEO Pack, all made for WordPress, that helps with titles, descriptions, keywords, etc.

Also create the sitemap as we saw in the previous section, that helps to positioning also. If you want to know how to make a good SEO settings, enter the following tutorial: WordPress SEO Guide.

After install WordPress, personalize the information to the site, modify permalinks, eliminate the sample post and page, install Akismet, create a sitemap and check basic SEO settings, you are ready for the next steps. 


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WordPress includes share button for WhatsApp, Telegram and Skype

Worpress.com platform continues to present new products and features. Some days ago the new version of the open source platform, WordPress.org 4.5, is available and can be installed on the servers, and now the company is announcing a new feature for WordPress.com platform: new buttons to share content.

In this case are for three apps, one of them highly sought by users: a button to make it easy to share blogs content within WhatsApp with a single click, without having to copy and paste content.

The information about this new feature was published on the platform blog, and indicates that these buttons are available in the configuration section of your site, the only thing necessary to include it in the theme and customize their appearance.

The company has also posted a video with a step by step guide, although users regularly use WordPress.com certainly will have no problem with the installation. You can also disable the share buttons in one particular post if you want. This is the tutorial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVelWG3hf3o

If you consider that wordpress.com is the free version of the platform, you will see that every day more and more users prefer this version.

Over years, there are more and more users who bet on WordPress.com instead of WordPress.org. And the advantages are many:

  • They do not have to pay hosting
  • They do not have to worry about a huge number of users simultaneously accessing a specific article, without fear to tear down the server.
  • The ways of publishing are increasingly flexible and comfortable.
  • The update rate is high
  • The themes are professionals and responsive with mobile devices

But, of course, there are points against:

  • You cannot alter the templates.
  • You cannot put the theme you want.
  • Options to make money with the blog are reduced immensely.

But WordPress has a new competitor, Medium, and that’s why WordPress is getting better and adding new improvements, to beat the Twitter’s blog platform.

Social networks have become more powerful on the Internet, and websites that do not implement this type of tools to share their content, are losing audience and presence.

Always keep in mind that if your content is good, it can become viral, attracting thousands of visitors to your web page. And this is not only important if own a sales page, because a good flow of visitors also attracts a lot of sponsors.

WordPress knows the importance of social networks, and offers users these new tools for that reason. Use them and take advantage of the progress of the platform.


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What is a plugin and how it works?

One of the features that make WordPress a great platform to create a blog or website is its flexibility and ability to adapt to any kind of need. And the kind of tools that offers to users.

In terms of design, the themes (or templates) allow you to have a choice among thousands of designs or also create or modify a template to your tastes and needs.

But if we want to expand the possibilities and function of WordPress, in an unlimited way, plugins are the best way to achieve this.

What is a plugin?

Plugins are software or applications containing a group of functions or features, which help to improve in all aspects your WordPress website.

There are plugins for every need in WordPress, including:

  • Design
  • Statistics (Analytics)
  • Email marketing
  • Social networks
  • Security
  • Backups
  • Web Traffic
  • e-Commerce
  • SEO
  • And others.

If you need to have some functionality on your site, the phrase "there is a plugin for that," applies perfectly. Everything that you need for your website, if you are using WordPress, you can find it in a plugin.

And if does not exist, you can create! In freelance sites like oDesk, Powertofly or Guru.com there are many freelancers that you can hire to create any plugin that you require for your blog or website.

Thanks that WordPress is an open source platform, hundreds of web developers are able to create plugins for the platform. At present, there are more than 30,000 plugins in the official directory of WordPress.

In addition to free plugins, there are many developers who build your business and are dedicated to selling "Premium" plugins, that focus on solving and improve different elements and aspects of WordPress. The plugins are developed mainly in PHP and also use HTML, Javascript and CSS.

Installing and admin plugins

As an administrator in your website you can install, edit and delete plugins from the WordPress main desktop. And to install a plugin, you have two options:

  • Installing from the desktop into the Plugins WordPress> Install New option
  • From FTP with .ZIP file

Examples of plugins

Let's see some examples of different plugins and what they can do with WordPress:

1. All in One SEO Pack

This plugin helps configure and optimize WordPress for a good search engine in Google, Bing or others. It offers an option to change the title, add a meta description, keywords and categories on the home page and every page or post.

It also automates the optimization of tags, URLs, add sitemaps, it syncs with Google Analytics and more. A great choice for internal optimization SEO.

2. WooCommerce

A plugin to create a professional, effective and process online store orders every day. This plugin, developed by Woothemes, converts WordPress in an e-Commerce platform.

With WooCommerce you can add products of all kinds (physical and digital), use different attributes and synchronize it with many payment processors like Paypal.

3. Pop Up Domination

This plugin works by creating a "pop-up" or subscription on any WordPress page. When a user is browsing the site, will appear in a given a popup with a form to subscribe to the newsletter blog or site.

This helps a lot to increase the number of subscribers and grow the audience of a blog.

4. Akismet

With this plugin, you can remove excess SPAM of your website. When installed, your website and the comments section will be much cleaner, plus you will no longer receive your mail notifications of new "junk" comments or spam.

How many plugins should I install in WordPress?

The number of plugins isn’t a big issue, and what matters is quality. If you need 10, 25 or 40 plugins, go ahead! Just make sure they are good quality plugins created by developers with experience and expertise. Never use “pirate” plugins, hacked or with a dubious origin as they may have malicious code.

Now that you know what it is and what does a plugin, begins to use them!


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