Are you looking for the easy and simple solution to manage the files of your WordPress installation? Are you looking for simple but excellent File Manager for your WordPress website?
Why do you need File manager plugin?
You know that, you cannot manage files from the WordPress Dashboard. Theme editor allows you to edit the theme files but doesn’t allow you to add, delete, copy or move files. Same applies to the plugin editor. What if you need to manage files? All you can do till now is either use FTP or use file manager of Cpanel. Cpanel has its own login-credentials and use FTP is also not interesting all the time. Well, this all has been my experience till now.
So, what I was always looked for was file manager plugin which allowed me to do everything thing about file management within my WordPress Dashboard. And, we have got it finally! Yes, it is File Manager plugin by aihimel which is now available in WordPress plugin repository. Currently, it has 40k+ active installs. Means it is already popular now.
What can File Manager plugin do?
You can do everything that you need to do for file management. Key features of this plugin as follows:
- Upload, Download and Delete operations
- All operations with files and folders (copy, move, upload, create folder/file, rename, archive, extract, edit, etc.)
- Light and Elegant client UI
- Drag & Drop file upload support
- List and Icons view available
- Alternative to FTP
- Archives create/extract (zip, rar, 7z, tar, gzip, bzip2)
- Image and File Edit Support
- Quicklook, preview for common file types
- Calculate directory sizes
- Video and audio preview/play
- Support file search and sort
What else do you need? If you need more features like personal user folder, user permission level, etc, you can purchase premium version and can do everything that you hadn’t even imaged.
File Manager is one of the very useful free WordPress plugin if you are advanced user of WordPress and know what you are doing. As a theme developer, I found this plugin very useful. But, you need to be careful if wrong person doesn’t get into your site as s/he will be able to edit any file or add or remove any file that can harm you. So, I suggest you to be careful about the chance of misuse when you use it.
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WordPress community has received important updates with the release of WordPress 4.8. It has several most awaited features and is receiving warm welcome from the community. What are new features in this version? How is it going to make your life easier? Let’s understand better!
Major feature updates in WordPress 4.8
From the new widgets to nearby WordPress events, there are several important updates in WordPress 4.8. Some of the major feature updates you need to know are described below:
Three new amazing widgets
When you wanted to put image in the sidebar, what you used to do? It was the problem right? Either you’d to install plugin which provides image widget or you’d to write HTML in text widget. We all were looking for image widget as core feature. And, with WordPress 4.8, we’ve got it. We have received 3 amazing widgets in this version:
Image Widget of WordPress 4.8
You can put welcome image or banner advertisement in your sidebar with the image widget. You can upload new image and show it or even put any image from the media gallery. In case of adding banner advertisement, you can easily do it as you can put link over your image.
Audio Widget of WordPress 4.8
If you’re running a podcast related website, audio widget is going to help you a lot. Even if it’s not, you can choose to put welcome audio message from the sidebar. You can play any audio file from the media library with this audio widget. So, it’s going to be very useful for you.
Video Widget of WordPress 4.8
Welcome video message is kept in several websites these days. But, due to the absence of Video widget, you had to depend on some plugin or had to get your WordPress theme customized paying to professionals. With new video widget, you can show any video from your Media library or even display the one from Youtube or Vimeo. I’m personally pretty exited with this plugin as it’s going to save lots of time in theme development.
Visual Editor in Text widget in WordPress 4.8
You could only put plain text or had to use HTML/CSS for formatting the text in Text widget. But, with this new widget, you can choose to visual editor even for the Text widget. You can make text bold, italic, add list and hyperlink easily with the visual editor.
Besides, you can always switch to text editor and use any HTML CSS formatting as per your necessity. It means you can have very attractive sidebar in your website without any coding knowledge. Isn’t it great?
This has been done by incorporating TinyMCE in Text Widget. This updates has opened the way to easy development of visual editor based textarea to the developer.
Nearby WordPress events in WordPress 4.8
WordPress events are happening throughout the World. WordCamps and WordPress meetups are being held regularly. These events are great opportunity to widen your knowledge and build more connections within the community.
To help you get in touch with your nearby community better, you’re going to see nearby events the Dashboard just above WordPress news section. You can easily edit the city and see the events happening there. With this new feature, now, you won’t miss any important events near you.
Some other important updates
Link boundary in Visual editor
There used to be problem to work with links while using visual editor. WordPress 4.8 has solved it well. Now, you can easily add normal text after hyperlink and pass over the link easily with arrow left and arrow right keys.
Variable Customizer width
You can have more ease in using WordPress customizer in WordPress 4.8. Sidebar of customizer was in pixel width before. Because of this, it looked too narrow in larger screens. This issue has been solved in this version by fixing sidebar width with percentage value.
No more core support for WMV and WMA files
WMV and WMA file types are almost obsolete now. Most of the browsers no longer support them. So, WordPress 4.8 has removed core support to these files types as they are no more necessary.
If you’re using multisite feature of WordPress, there’s something new for you as well. News hooks and tweaks have been added to make it more easy for you to manage your network.
You’re getting great new features with WordPress 4.8. So, you can upgrade to it. But, I recommend you to make full backup of your current site before you update to 4.8. If you get any trouble, you can comment them below. I’ll always be pleased to help you with them.
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WordPress Nepal has successfully held WordCamp Kathmandu 2017 on May 20, Saturday in Karki Banquet, Maitighar Mandala, Kathmandu. Hundreds of WordPress entrepreneurs, developers, bloggers and enthusiasts participated in this event and enjoyed the event to the fullest.
Seminar was conducted in 2 halls simultaneously where 16 national and international speakers gave presentation to the attendees. International speakers included Kat Christofer and Rich Collier from Automattic, Harshad Mane and Siddharth Ashok from India and Muhammad Adnan from Pakistan. National speakers like Sunil Bajracharya, Prithu Singh Thakuri, Narayan Koirala, Alina Kakshapati, Bishal Basnet, Sadip Bhattarai, Ram Chaudhary, etc enlightened the atendees with their remarkable presentation
Prithu Singh Thakuri, CEO of WPAll Club and the speaker was one of the inspiration to all youths present there. She had given amazing presentation on Quality Content – the game changer which ended with huge round of applause.
Seminar which has started honoring the founders of WordPress Nepal, Mr. Ujwal Thapa, Mr. Chandraman Maharjan and Mr. Sakin Shrestha ended with great closing. Attendees of WordCamp Kathmandu enjoyed the networking opportunity in the community and were very happy to be the part of it.
In the last tutorial, we learnt How to install new WordPress plugin in your website. Now, we are going to learn how to add new post in your website.
What is post?
In WordPress, posts are the content entries that appear in reverse chronological order (latest posts appearing at first) in blog page. Posts are archived according to their date. In WordPress, you can create unlimited posts. You can well organize them into different categories and tags. Generally, commenting system is set on for the posts to allow further discussion.
How to add new post?
Adding new post is basic thing you need to do on your website. If you are blogger, your post is your blog post. And, if you’ve business website, you should have blog section which uses posts. So, let’s go through adding a new post in your website.
Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Click on the Posts >> Add New menu.
You reach to the Add new post page which is advanced form to create the new post. First of all, you need to enter Title of the post. Your title should be short and should have keywords for your post (for better SEO).
Below title, you have a Visual Editor tool. You can create well formatted post with this editor. In addition to that you can switch to text editor as well. You can enter html code for formatting the article in text editor.
Next step is publishing the post. In the top module of right side, you can see section for publishing the post.
Click on the Publish button.
Once your post gets published, it is available to your audience. You can edit and update your post later on as per your requirement.
Add media (image/audio/video) to your post
Images and videos are the basic component of article. Use of image makes it easier to understand the subject matter properly. Even in this tutorial, we’ve used several screenshots. For the ease of understanding, we’re uploading and using image in the post. You can add a media to your post easily with following steps:
Click on the Media button as shown in following screenshot.
Insert media opens where you’ll generally see Media Library. If your image is already in the media library, you can select and insert image.
If you need to upload new image, you can drag and drop the image on the same tab as well or on the Upload Files tab.
If drag and drop doesn’t work on your browser, click on the Upload Files tab, then click on the Select Files button and upload the image from the folder in which it is located.
Image gets uploaded and selected in the media library.
Add the title and Alt Text for the image and click on the Insert into Post button.
Your image is inserted into the post.
Save you post as Draft
It isn’t that you’ve to publish the post immediately after creating it. You can choose to save it as Draft so that you can edit it further later on and publish on your wish.
In the Publish module, you can see Save Draft button. Click it to save the post as draft.
Once you do it, you need not worry about saving the draft all the time as WordPress as Auto Save feature.
Schedule your post
Once your post is ready to publish, you may want to publish it at specific date and time. Suppose, you created 3 posts and want to post them at 8am everyday. How would you do it? Isn’t it awful to login the WordPress at 8am everyday just to click publish button of the post?
To solve this issue, WordPress has feature to schedule the post. In the Publish module, you can see Edit button next to Publish immediately. Click it and set the date and time to publish the post. Click OK button. When you click OK button, Publish button changes to Schedule button. Finally, click on the schedule button.
Your post will get published automatically on the scheduled date and time.
I hope this tutorial was useful for you. If you have any question or suggestion, comment them below. I’d love to hear you and help you. And, we’ve lots of WordPress resources yet to be published. So, keep following WPCounsel.
In the last tutorial, we learned How to install new theme in your WordPress website. In this tutorial, we’re moving a step ahead and learning how to install new WordPress plugin in your website.
What is WordPress plugin?
Plugin in WordPress is the piece of software or add-on which adds the collection of new functionalities on your WordPress website. WordPress plugins are written in PHP and are made to integrate seamlessly with WordPress core. WordPress by default has basic features. But, with plugins, you can make it much more powerful to serve your requirements. Need slider on your website, there are numerous slider related plugins. Want to create online shopping site with WordPress, WooCommerce plugin does it efficiently. You can create Forum site with bbPress. Need to have social networking functionality on your website, BuddyPress plugin is ready to serve you. There are plugins for almost all necessary functions for any type of website. All you have to do it is find them, install them and activate them.
According to cost and origin, categorize plugins into two categories:
- Free plugins available on WordPress plugin repository
- Paid or Premium plugins on plugin marketplace or developer’s website
In the last tutorial, you already got to know that there is a repository for free themes in WordPress.org. Similarly, there is a repository for free and high-quality plugins as well. WordPress plugin repository is also directly accessible from the dashboard of your WordPress website. All the plugins in the repository are strictly checked for compatibility, performance and the security. So, you can trust them. You just have to find if the particular plugin meets your all requirements or not.
Premium plugins are those for which you’ve to pay to its developers. You can find them on the developers’ website or in the plugin marketplace like codecanyon or mojomarketplace. Since you need to download these plugins after you purchase them, you have to upload to your WordPress installation to install and use. Premium plugins provide very powerful features that you cannot get in free ones. And, you get support from the developers as well. At the same time, you need to be careful about the reliability of such plugins as they aren’t tested by trusted reviewers.
At first, let’s learn to install free plugins.
Install Free WordPress plugins from WordPress plugin repository
Login to WordPress dashboard.
Click on the Plugins >> Add New menu.
You will reach to the Add Plugins page. Search for the right plugin using search box as shown in below screenshot.
Click on the Install Now button of the plugin.
Plugin in gets installed. You’ll see Activate button instead. If you want to activate the plugin immediately, you can click activate button.
(Note: You can activate/deactivate any plugin from the plugin page.)
If you click activate button on the step 3, you’ll see that plugin is activated in the plugins page.
You have successfully installed new WordPress plugin from the WordPress repository.
Upload and install new WordPress plugin from your computer
Login to the WordPress dashboard.
Click on the Plugins >> Add New menu.
You’ll reach to the Add plugins page as shown below. Click on the Upload Plugin button on this page.
You’ll see file uploader. Click on the Choose File button, browse to the location where you’ve kept the downloaded plugin and select the plugin.
For demonstration purpose, you’re seeing si-contact-form.4.0.50.zip below. You should the file name of your zipped plugin folder.
Click on the Install Now button.
Plugin gets uploaded, unpacked and installed.
You’ll see Activate Plugin button. You can click on this button to activate the plugin immediately. You can activate that later on from the Plugins page as well.
If you activate the plugin, in the previous step, you’ll see it as follows in Plugins page.
Congratulations! You’ve learned to upload and install new WordPress plugin from your computer as well. This way, you can now install premium plugins as well.
We hope this tutorial was useful for you. If you have any comment, suggestion or question to us, kindly comment us from the below comment box. We’ll love to hear from you.
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