Solution for WAMP Server Aestan Tray Menu Error

WAMP server is a very powerful web development environment for windows i.e. we can develop and test PHP based web applications on it. Windows 32 bits or 64 bits? You can download and install WAMP Server from its official website. You need to first verify the Windows you are using i.e. whether it is 32 bits or 64 bits, and then install the corresponding WAMP server package which is different for 32 bit OS and 64 bit OS. I downloaded and installed WAMP Server on my 32 bits Windows XP successfully, but when I tried to put the server online, I got an error saying “Aestan Tray Menu has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience” which should look similar to below screenshot: And after that I was  stuck. I uninstalled (removed Program from Control Panel) and re-installed WAMP server 3 times with no luck, was getting the same error. Also, while installing, sometimes I was getting the MSVCR100.dll file missing error. The error showld look like the below screenshot: Solution for WAMP Server Aestan Tray Menu Error Step 1 Uninstall WAMP server completely (from the Control Panel). Step 2 Check if the .NET framework is installed on your system. If not, => Download it from here and install it. Step 3 32 bits OS : Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) 64 bit OS : Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64) Step 4 32 bits OS : Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) 64 bit OS : Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64) Step 5 Install WAMP Server again. In some cases, the programs like Skype or TeamViewer also cause an issue as they are found to use port 80 which is used by WAMP server. So you can close these programs before installing WAMP server in case the above solution does not work. Also, you may try disabling firewall settings on your AntiVirus options panel, as it may block the WAMP server...

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Create Custom Admin Color Schemes for WordPress Dashboard

WordPress 3.8 brought new color schemes to the admin dashboard. Now users can choose between 9 different color schemes to make the admin panel as colourful as their mood. The only limitation is that WordPress doesn’t provide to customize the color schemes by changing the color of particular area as per our wish. The pre-designed color schemes are good but what if you want to have your own design of color scheme for your dashboard? As long as we have plugins in WordPress, everything is possible, and that’s what made WordPress so cool. Admin Color Schemer is a free WordPress plugin to customize the look of the dashboard by creating own color scheme. Once you install the plugin, a new menu named “Admin Color” starts appearing under “Tools” section. One can easily apply basic color changes by selecting different colors for four area – Base, Icon, Highlight, Notification. Then preview the changes and if you find the new color scheme good, just hit the “Save and Use” button. If you want more in-depth customization for admin color for sections like, Buttons, Links, Menu, Submenu etc. then click on the “Advance Options” link on the same “Admin Color” window and change the color for these sections and elements as per your wish. Finally you are having your own self designed admin color scheme of WordPress dashboard. Limitations There is no export function available in this admin color schemer plugin so whenever you need to apply the same custom admin color, you will have to make the changes manually on the new site. Other plugins to add more admin colors If you find it difficult to design your own admin color scheme, there are plugins to increase the number of pre-designed admin color schemes for your WordPress setup. Admin Color Schemes is a free plugin to add extra schemes in your inventory. Once you activate this plugin, 8 extra schemes starts appearing. There is one more plugin to make the colorful admin more readable. It is Better Admin Reading which increases the padding, height of certain elements on dashboard to make the colourful admin panel more...

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Download Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme before official release

We have posted the first look of Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme which is very colourful and refreshing. Apart from being responsive and a designer theme, it is really fast. The theme is not officially released yet on WordPress.org but you can checkout the demo on this page. If you want to download and use Twenty Thirteen theme on your local site or any of your live site running on self hosted WordPress, then here is the way to download the theme from WordPress. Twenty Thirteen is not yet released on WordPress.org but it is available on the SVN of WordPress.com. You can download the theme from there by using any SVN client. We have already written an article on how to download the WordPress.com theme and use that on self hosted WordPress.org site. Using a SVN client like SVN Tortoise, you can download Twenty Thirteen and test on your site. You need to use the ‘URL of Repository’ as “https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/twentythirteen/” and download the files on local system. Enter the details in SVN Client Download process started on SVN Now you can upload the folder on your site’s hosting server inside the ‘wp-content/themes’ folder and activate the theme. After the official release, you may need to re-upload the theme on your server if it releases with few fixes or improvements. Update – You can also download the Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme using this direct link. Post your thoughts about this new theme of...

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First Look of Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme – Bold and Beautiful

WordPress team releases a bundled theme every year. After Twenty Ten, Twenty Eleven and Twenty Twelve, now they have introduced ‘Twenty Thirteen‘ WordPress theme. In every bundled theme, WordPress team tried to improve the layout and features but till now all three theme were having a common thing and that was minimal layout with more-n-more white area. But this time, they have played with lot many colours. Twenty Thirteen is a colourful theme with bold colours used widely in all parts of the theme. First look of Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme Checkout the demo of Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme. Mark Jaquith writes about the boldly used colours in this theme as , What you’ll notice first is the colors. Way more use of color than a bundled WordPress theme has had before. Each post format has its own color, so each is distinct, yet they are all complimentary. The bold colors encourage authors to try out all the different formats. This color extends the full width of the window, which breaks your blog up into a lush, segmented timeline. This effect is even more pronounced on mobile browsers, where the screen can be dominated by one or two posts at a time, in all of their chromatic fullness. What if I want the old white-minimal layout With the first look of Twenty Thirteen, it appears that some people may find the theme very refreshing at the same time some may find it over bold for their site/blog and still want the same old minimal layout for their site. WordPress team has decided to provide the Twenty Twelve theme bundled with the default WordPress set-up so that one can choose between the minimal canvas of Twenty Twelve and a designer look of Twenty Thirteen. 404 page of Twenty Thirteen Post your comments and thoughts about the first look of newly released Twenty Thirteen Theme of...

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10 Super Plugins to Take Scheduled Backups of WordPress Posts, Images and Database

Whether you use WordPress CMS for personal or professional blogging, eCommerce portal, news or magazine columns, it is very important to take backups. To avoid any accidental damage or data wipe-out because of some unwanted operations on hosting server, you should take backups of all data including the complete database, images and other files. Either you may choose to host the backup on your home PC or you can upload them directly to the cloud storage like Dropbox, Amazon, Google Drive or to any other you prefer. You may also choose to store the backups on other server, for example, if you own two different websites and hosting them on totally different servers (or may be different hosting providers), you may choose to host the backup of one site on the other server. The charm of WordPress lies in plugins and in case of taking scheduled backups, plugins play an important role. There are so many plugins available to take backup of a WordPress site on different locations. Here are few free plugins which still works without much effort. Free and working plugins for scheduled backups 1. WordPress Backup to Dropbox – You get 2GB of free storage on Dropbox account and can purchase more storage by paying a premium. Dropbox is easy to access and one can perform too many awesome things on the files stored over there. Using this plugin, you can schedule a backup of your WordPress Database (SQL dump) and all the files and folder (wp-content, wp-include etc.). That means, all your instaled plugins and themes will also be stored on Dropbox account. You can restore your site anytime using the SQL dump and the files. 2. XCloner Backup and Restore – It can take backup of any sites running on PHP/MySQL and for WordPress there is a dedicated plugin available for free. It takes backup in the format of TAR which takes less space. YOu can retore the backup suing the same plugin with XCloner.php script anytime. 3. BackWPup – Really good one. This plugin can take scheduled backup and store them on Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure or SugarSync wherever you prefer. YOu can also chose the format that you want for the backup file (tar, tar.gz, zip etc. are available) 4. wp Time Machine – Schedule the backup with the help of this plugin and apart from Amazon S3, Dropbox, you can also save the backup file using the FTP of other hosting server that you own. 5. BackUpWordPress – Get your backup in email. I know, in case of a bigger site with so much data, it is not a good idea to have backup emailed to you but you can choose to have only the SQL dump emailed....

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Download and Install Any WordPress.com Theme on Self Hosted WordPress of .org

WordPress.com is the free blogging platform where you do not need to worry about the hosting and server maintenance, and it is free. But at the same time, you do not have permission to install plugins which is there in self hosted WordPress (read full comparison). You can install free or premium themes on self hosted WordPress as well as WordPress.com, but what if you want a theme for your self hosted WordPress (downloaded from wordpress.org) which is available only on WordPress.com. Sometimes, WordPress.com team releases a free theme for .com users and may be some delay in releasing the same for .org users. For example, a theme named “Ideation and Intent” which is a photography theme with really good options and it is free to use on WordPress.com but the team has not released the same theme for .org users yet. Once downloaded, you can customize the theme as per your requirement and make any changes as per your design. Here is how you can download and install the same theme on your self hosted WordPress CMS. Install a SVN software on your computer. I am using ‘Tortoise SVN‘ in this example. Create a new folder on local disk (on desktop or anywhere else) and name it as ‘ideation-and-intent’ Right-Click on that folder and select ‘SVN Checkout’ Enter the URL of repository as ‘https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/ideation-and-intent/’ and click on ‘OK’ Now the download process will initiate and the complete theme will get downloaded in next few minutes. Upload the folder ‘ideation-and-intent’ to wp-content/themes/ folder on hosting server Activate the theme from Appearance/Themes menu on Dashboard This is how you can download and use any free theme available on WordPress.com but still not released on WordPress.org themes showcase...

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WordPress and Facebook came together with a Plugin to Make your Blog more Social

Few folks from Facebook and WordPress has come up with a plugin for self hosted WordPress platform to let you easily spread your words on the most used social networking platform. It was already happening by other means like comment platforms such as Disqus, Livefyre etc. Or Social Plugin of WordPress Or by adding social sharing plugins to share posts easily on social networks or online bookmark sites. But this time the plugin has come from Facebook itself and is purely focused on their platform. What is Facebook plugin of WordPress? Just like other WordPress plugin, it adds extra feature in your WordPress blog. By activating this plugin, you can easily share your posts on Facebook Timeline or Autopost on timeline with mention tag as well. You can mention your Facebook friend’s name while sharing the post after publishing that. You can also add widgets like Activity, Recommendation, Like, Subscribe and Send buttons. Most of these were already available as Facebook Social Plugin for any website or CMS platforms. You can also activate Facebook comments from this plugin to have SEO approved, indexable FB comments instead of WordPress comments. A Simple Activate or Some FB Dev Stuff to do? Whenever you are using any FB service on a website, it mostly works like an app. Once you download and activate the Facebook plugin, you will have to enter an App ID in the settings panel. To do that, go to the Facebook Developer page and create a simple app. There you will get App ID and secret code, just paste it on plugins settings page and you are ready to go. It involves a 3 step process to start using FB plugin. If you find this difficult, checkout the step by step screenshots below, Step 1 – Create an App Step 2 – Setup the Facebook App Step 3 – WordPress Setting – Enter the new FB App details Once you enter the app details, you will get list of add-ons to activate. Check on the add-ons like Comments, Social Publisher, Like Button, Recommendation Bar, Subscribe Button individually to activate one-by-one. You can activate all of them or may choose to have few selected add-ons only. You will have to customize each and every add-on or individual feature to make them look suitable for your site’s theme. For Social Publisher, you will have to authorize your newly created app to post updates on your site’s Facebook Page. You can link your Facebook Page and WordPress account by clicking on the link available on settings panel. Insights Tab Check the analytic stats and details of the FB conversations on Insights tab available under Facebook menu on Dashboard. I think Facebook folks tried...

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It Becomes Easy to Embed Tweets in WordPress Posts, WordPress 3.4 Released

It Becomes Easy to Embed Tweets in WordPress Posts, WordPress 3.4 Released

Finally, WordPress 3.4 is released with new features like Theme Previewer and Customizer, Media Library as Header Image source, better image caption which includes HTML support. Apart from other performance improvements and bug fixes, WordPress 3.4 is having Tweet Embed support which enables you to embed twitter status of any user in no time. oEmbed came with WordPress 2.9 which enabled users to embed YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr videos and images inside the posts. With WordPress 3.4, you would be able to embed tweets as well. To embed a tweet inside a post, you just need to paste the twitter status URL. For example, I am embedding an old tweet from my twitter account. To embed the tweet, I just pasted the following URL inside the visual editor of WordPress. http://twitter.com/wpoptimus/status/197772454301667328 And the final result is, Solution for Old WordPress Installation Not Allowing sub-directories in Network http://t.co/UGB9uzNW #wordpress — WP-Optimus (@wpoptimus) May 2, 2012 Couple of days ago, Facebook released better integration with WordPress and now easy Twitter status embed with WordPress 3.4. It’s time to show the power of social media and networking on WordPress platform. Did you like the Twitter Status Embed feature of WordPress...

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WordPress 3.4 brings Theme Previewer and Customization

WordPress as a blogging platform is really good to share thoughts, tips and experiences. At the same time, the setup and customization options in self hosted WordPress is getting better and better everyday. With the latest beta release of WordPress 3.4, you get in-built option to customize the theme template of your choice before implementing (activating) the same. WordPress 3.4 is having lot many performance improvement queries and piece of code. Apart from that, it is also having a Theme Customization Previewer which allows you to customize any theme before implementing that. For example, you need to change the site logo, tagline, menu items, background image, header image etc., you don’t need to activate the theme to see the changes. Before this update, theme preview and customization was possible through plugins like Theme Test Drive but now you do not need a separate plugin to do the same. With Theme Previewer, you can actually activate theme with all the basic changes. Previewer allows you to customize and see following items. Site Title and Tagline Header Background Navigation Static Front-Page Here is the screenshot of Theme Previewer in WordPress 3.4, Apart from this previewer, WordPress 3.4 is also having following changes and features, Better Search for Theme (Filter Search) Support for Touch devices like Apple iPad and Kindle, includes jQuery UI Touch extension Support to install child themes from WordPress Theme Directory Let me know if you find the theme previewer in WordPress 3.4...

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Solution for Old WordPress Installation Not Allowing sub-directories in Network

Few days ago, I was trying to enable WordPress Network (Multisite) feature on one of my old WordPress site as WordPress 3.0 and above are having inbuilt (but hidden) Network feature. When I started that site, there was no need to have multiple sites with their own dashboard, posts, pages etc. but later on I thought to have different sites with one Network Admin control. This way I can let others manage different sites with different content and also monitor all of them with Network Admin control. The site was few months old and when I injected the below mentioned code in wp-config.php file to activate the Network, define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true); I got a message on network page saying, Because your install is not new, the sites in your WordPress network must use sub-domains. The main site in a sub-directory install will need to use a modified permalink structure, potentially breaking existing links. I was sure that I don’t need sub-domains for my new sites but I wanted sub-directories only. So that I can actually forward the backlinks and Google PageRank easily to my new sites. But since my site or say Installation was more than 1 month old, WordPress was not allowing to have sub-directories. The reason behind it is that when you opt for sub-directories, WordPress actually adds a term “/blog” at the start of your site’s permalink structure. And if you will enable the sub-directories structure of Network sites, you may break the old permalink structure and may lose old backlinks and Google PR juice. But as I was not using the site to get traffic from search engine, I was sure to have sub-directories only. Finally I got the simple solution to get that. So what is the solution? To have sub-directories structure on old WordPress installation while activating the Network feature, you just need to add the following code in your current theme’s functions.php file. add_filter( 'allow_subdirectory_install', create_function( '', 'return true;' ) ); That’s it. Now reload the Network page from Dashboard and you will see option to choose between sub-domain and sub-directory. Once you complete the Network activation process by adding the wp-config.php and htaccess code suggested on next page on Dashboard, you may remove the code from functions.php or even can change the theme template. I hope this simple tutorial helps you in getting sub-directory structure on WordPress Network site with old installation. Tip...

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