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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