GoDaddy Email Forwarding

Many of my WordPress website clients have recently been running into email problems on their sites.  Email configurations that had been working previously just seem to break.

I don’t fully understand the issues but I suspect that some sort of email spam prevention sortware on the website host is responsible for the sudden change.  From the website Living With Beth I fund this statement:

I researched the problem some more and came across information deep in a forum post that seemed to point me in the right direction. Apparently, at some point, GoDaddy email add some powerful spam protections that make it impossible for GoDaddy managed WordPress to send emails unless they come from a GoDaddy-hosted email address.

The fix for this issue is dependent on the hosting company. For example, the fix for my Dreanhost clients has been different that what works for my GoDaddy hosted clients.  I used the Postman SMTP plugin for all the various hosts.  But the configuration is vastly different for each host.

On GoDaddy I set up a forwarding email accoount and configure the Postman SMTP plugin in the defaul mode to use the forwarding emaill address.

Here are the GoDaddy steps to set up the forwarding email.

WordPress on GoDaddy email problems? Here's how I fixed them.

To set up a GoDaddy email address for yourself, login to GoDaddy, then click Hosting at the top, then Email.

You should see a list of any email addresses your domains have. Click the Create button, and you’ll see a dialog box for creating a new email account.

WordPress on GoDaddy email problems? Here's how I fixed them.

If you click Change Plan, you can choose which domain you want to draw the email account from.

WordPress on GoDaddy email problems? Here's how I fixed them.

When you start typing the email address and hit the @ symbol, you’ll see a list of the available domains, including your managed WordPress one.

In the bottom pane where you see additional options, you can choose to forward emails from your new GoDaddy email to another address, and you can choose the size of the mailbox. Keep in mind that even if you choose the largest size available and have messages forwarded to another email box, you will need to check this mailbox periodically.

Otherwise, it will eventually fill up and stop accepting new messages. Forwarded emails will remain in the mailbox until you login to the actual mailbox and delete them.

WordPress on GoDaddy email problems? Here's how I fixed them.

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http://livingwithbeth.com/godaddy-email/

How Much Should A Custom WordPress Website Cost?

Freelancer rates

Beginner freelancer: $25-$40 per hour
Intermediate freelancer: $40-75 per hour
Good, experienced freelancer: $75 – $125 per hour
Excellent, in demand freelancer: $125 – $175 per hour
Specialist, best in industry: $175 – $400 per hour

Agency rates

Small market general agency: $50 – $75 per hour
Medium market general agency: $75 – $115 per hour
Medium market reputable agency: $115 – $150 per hour
Medium market high end agency: $150 – $175 per hour
Medium market best in industry agency: $175 – $225 per hour
Large market reputable agency: $150 – $175 per hour
Large market high end agency: $175 – $250 per hour
Large market best in industry agency: $200 – $275 per hour

See the great article at Post Status for the full report on how to price your website work

How to Create a Complete WordPress Backup for Free with BackWPup

First thing you need to do is install and activate BackWPup plugin. Upon activation, the plugin will display a welcome page. It will also add a BackWPup menu item in your WordPress admin sidebar.

BackWPup Menu

Creating Backup Jobs with BackWPup

Click on Add New Job to create an automated backup job for your WordPress website. Under General tab, provide a name for this job. This name will be used internally and will help you identify each backup instance. Under the Job Tasks section, select the type of tasks you want this to perform. Available tasks include database backup, file backup, WordPress XML export, Installed plugins list, optimize database tables and check database tables. If you just want to create backup of your website, then you can select all options except for optimize and check database tables.

Create a new backup job in BackWPup

Under backup file creation section, choose an archive type. The default option is tar.gz, however you can choose zip archive if you want. Below this, you will see Job Destination section. This is where your backups will be stored. BackWPup provides multiple options to store your backup files. It can store backup file on your server, send it via email, backup to FTP, backup to dropbox, amazon S3, Windows Azure, Rackspace, and Sugarsync. Whatever you do, DO NOT store the backups on your server. For the sake of this WordPress tutorial, we will be using DropBox.

Choose backup destination and compression

Scheduling Automated Backup in WordPress using BackWPup

Click on Schedule tab and choose how often do you want to backup your site. You can schedule it to run monhtly, weekly, or daily basis by choosing WordPress Cron option. Alternatively, you can choose to manually run the job, so that you can create on-demand backups of your site. For advance level users there are more choices like using a URL to start the job externally using some other software or starting the job using WP-CLI, a command line interface for WordPress. For beginner level users we would highly recommend scheduling a daily or weekly backup by choosing WordPres Cron option.

Scheduling automatic backups in WordPress using BackWPup

What to Backup?

Click on DB Backup tab to select which tables you want to be included in the backup. Sometimes WordPress plugins create their own tables into your database, most of the time this data is not crucial and you may not need it. Unchecking these tables will reduce your backup size. However if you don’t know what you are doing, then keep all tables selected.

Select or exclude tables from backup job

Under the Files tab you can select which directories and files you want to include in the backup job. We would recommend that you do not backup core WordPress files. Instead, only backup your wp-content/uploads folder. Uncheck Backup root folder. Exclude any folders in wp-content folder that you don’t want. For example, sometimes plugins will create their own directories inside wp-content folder to store plugin data. You can exclude these folders if you want.

Select or Include files and directories from backup job

Saving WordPress Backups To Dropbox

Depending on what you chose as destination for your backup, you will see a tab for it. In this tutorial we will show you how to automatically upload your WordPress backup to Dropbox using BackupWP plugin. So click on Dropbox tab and then click on Reauthenticate (full Dropbox).

Authenticate with Dropbox to save your backups to Dropbox

This will take you to the Dropbox website where you will be asked to provide your username and password. After signing in, DropBox will ask for your permission to grant BackWPup access to your DropBox account.

Giving BackWPup Access to your Dropbox account

After that, the plugin will take care of the rest.

Creating Multiple WordPress Backup Jobs using BackWPup

You can create multiple backup jobs with BackWPup. For example, you can create a scheduled job to run on a daily or weekly basis to backup your WordPress Database and another job to run manually for backing up your WordPress files only. You can see all jobs created by you on BackWPup » Jobs page. You can run any of the backup jobs by clicking on Run Now link below the job, even for scheduled jobs. You can also edit settings for a job or delete it entirely.

Creating and managing multiple Backup Jobs

Running a Backup Job

When you execute a Backup Job manually by clicking on Run Now link, BackWPup will display the backup progress. Clicking on display working log, you can see what is going on in the background. If for some reason the backup job fails, then this log will also display the reason. You can also abort a job during the progress by clicking on abort button.

Running a manual backup job in BackWPup

Troubleshooting WordPress Backup Jobs in BackWPup

Running a backup job may cause extra load on your hosting server. This may result in unfinished backup jobs. Also on most shared hosting services, there is a limit on how much time or memory a script can consume. When your server stops BackWPup for crossing the time or memory limit, it waits for 5 minutes and then resumes the process. In this case, it would take a while for a backup job to finish.

The first thing you should do is increase your PHP memory limit, then go to BackWPup » Settings and click on the Jobs tab. Increase Maximum number of restries for job steps option. The default value is 3, you can increase it to 5 and see if this works for you. After that scroll down to Reduce server load option and select medium or minimum server load options.

Increasing memory and reducing server load for BackWPup

Final Thoughts

You are probably wondering if a good free plugin like BackWPup exist, then why do people pay for plugins like BackupBuddy or VaultPress. One of the reason is support. When you pay for a product, then you are guaranteed to get support. Another thing that we notice with both BackupBuddy and VaultPress is that they offer malware scanning. We use VaultPress because it is a 100% managed service. The backup is stored in their cloud server, and it is a pretty fool-proof setup.

We can not stress this enough that you need to back up your site regularly. Do not wait for your WordPress site getting hacked or infected with malware, start backing up now, so that you can swiftly restore WordPress from backup when the time comes. We hope that this guide helped you automate your WordPress backups. Let us know which WordPress backup solution you use by leaving a comment below.

Source: WP Beginner

Primal Trading Company

The Primal Trading web site was developed by TJ-WEBS.  Here is a statement from the Primal Trading Company owners.

We are a husband and wife team with a deep sense of responsibility to help others where we can. Our goal is to do our part in helping to eliminate poverty around the world. This is also the mission of many organizations and businesses that see the value of establishing and maintaining fair trade practices.

Fair trade means that everybody who participates in the transaction of goods is treated with mutual respect and paid a wage that helps to ensure a decent quality of life. Professional artisans from impoverished areas rely on an expanded market, like ours, to provide better lives for their families and communities.

At Primal Trading Company, we desire to continually bring even more awareness of this topic to consumers who might not yet fully understand the impact of their purchasing habits and also to serve the customers who are already dedicated to incorporating fair trade standards into their daily lives.

We are very open to discussion and criticism so please feel very free to personally contact us if you are interested in such conversations.

Thank you!

Ki and Molly

Primal Trading Company

6 Steps to Building a WordPress Maintenance Business

By Stephen Altrogge

Pro Ebook group

Recurring revenue is the Shangri-La for business owners. Rather than scrapping and fighting and hunting for new clients, you have the same clients coming to you again, providing you with a steady stream of income. It takes away the stress of having to dig up new streams of revenue and allows you to start planning ahead.

But if you’re a WordPress designer or developer, you may be a bit perplexed about this whole “recurring revenue” thing. You make your money when clients need something new, like a website refresh for a site that looks like it was designed when MySpace was hot. You essentially have to wait for them to decide they want to change things. The whole idea of regular income feels like a mystery.

We’ve got some good news. Using the WordPress skills you already have, you can add WordPress maintenance to your business model. Building a WordPress maintenance business gives you the steady income you need while also allowing you to continue the development or design you’re already doing (if you desire).

In this article, we’re going to take a deep dive into the what, why, and how of building your own WordPress maintenance business. Buy the end, you’ll have a firm grasp on how to launch yours.

Step #1: Choose Which Services You’ll Offer

First, you’ll want to choose which services you’re going to offer clients. Before you can offer maintenance services to your clients, you need to know what you’re going to offer. The options here are numerous, including:

  • Website registration and hosting: They need to have this anyway, so why not incorporate this into the services you offer?
  • Security: You know what can happen when a site gets hacked. This is a huge problem that’s only going to get bigger.
  • Backups: Every site should be backed up on a regular basis. If something goes terribly wrong, the only way to restore it is from a backup.
  • Ongoing design and development tweaks to the site: Your clients will want things to be changed. You can offer these changes as part of a monthly package rather than needing to start a new project every time.
  • Content changes and creation. Some of your clients won’t be comfortable creating and uploading their own content. You can charge them to do so.
  • Social media management. Your clients probably know they need a social media presence but some may not know now to do it.

There are numerous other options you can offer, such as analytics, email marketing, online advertising, and consultation. Choose the services that will generate the most revenue while requiring the least additional work to what you’re already doing.

If you choose to offer only maintenance services, you have the option of partnering up with other designers and developers who aren’t interested in the maintenance side of things.

Step #2: Determine Your Pricing Model

The next step is to determine how much you’ll charge for your maintenance services. Before you can do this, there are several factors you need to take into consideration.

What are your monthly expenses? You must be able to cover your monthly and annual expenses, allow space for slow periods and client acquisition, as well as take into account your own margin. Don’t underestimate this or you’ll end up charging too little, which is difficult to back out of once you’ve offered it to clients.

How much does your competition charge? Evaluate your competition and then determine how you’ll stack up. Don’t necessarily try to offer the lowest price, especially if you’re offering superior services.

What service tiers will you offer? Creating several tiers of services at different price points allows you to take advantage of higher paying customers who want superior services while also offering a less expensive option to those with budget restrictions. Additionally, if you start a client at a lower tier you can slowly nudge them toward choosing more services.

As you negotiate with your clients, don’t let them determine the price. They probably don’t have a true understanding both of what you offer and what services like yours normally cost. Plus, there is always someone will to offer bad service at a lower price. Don’t engage in a race to the bottom.

Also, always ensure you plan for things going bad. You will encounter problems that take an inordinate amount of time, so factor those events into your price.

Step #3: Promote Your Services

Now that you’ve established what you’re going to offer and how much you’re going to charge, it’s time to start telling the world. The first step is to create a detailed “Services” page on your website. This is going to be the primary place you send potential clients who are interested in hiring you.

Here are some key things to consider when crafting your services page:

It’s all about the benefits. While you certainly want to describe the specific services you offer, you should spend far more time focusing on how your services will massively improve the lives of your customers. Remember, ultimately you’re selling peace of mind. Your backup, security, optimization, and other services allow the customer to know that everything will keep working smoothly. Paint a picture of the good life when discussing services you offer.

Set yourself apart. You need to be able to set yourself apart from your competitors, either through price, number of services, quality of service, attention to detail, or some other factor. Don’t be afraid to explicitly say why you’re a better choice.

Press in on the pain. Acknowledging specific customer pain points allows you to offer the solution to the pain. It shows customers that you have very pointed solutions to their difficult issues.

Make it easy to contact you. This should be obvious, but it’s neglected far too often. You want new clients, so don’t make it difficult to contact you. Put your contact form front and center.

Another simple way to advertise your services is to begin promoting them to your circles on social media. There’s a significant chance that at least one of your contacts will want or know someone who wants WordPress maintenance services.

Step #4: Explain The Importance Of Maintenance To Your Existing Clients

Unless your clients are particularly tech savvy, they’re probably not going to understand why they need someone to perform maintenance on their website. After all, this is a website we’re talking about, not a high performance car engine. They’re already paying you to create something nice for them, so why should they have to pay you to maintain it as well?

A big step in building a WordPress maintenance business is taking the time to explain to your clients why they need maintenance in the first place. Some simple talking points here include:

  • Site Optimization – Few things create problems like sites that aren’t optimized. If a site takes too long to load, visitors will leave quickly and Google can even penalize it, resulting in lower search rankings.
  • Peace of Mind – It’s highly likely that if your clients tried to change settings on the site, they would completely screw up the site. By entrusting all those functions to you, they ensure that their site continues functioning properly and that all necessary updates get made.
  • Your Expertise – Your clients don’t want to spend countless hours trying to figure out things you can handle in a matter of moments. You are offering expert services to them which will dramatically cut down on the amount of time they must spend on maintaining their website.

The arguments in favor of regular maintenance aren’t complicated or difficult to understand, but they’re probably not obvious to those who aren’t tech savvy. Patiently take the time to explain these things to them and help them see that this truly is a worthwhile investment.

There are some relatively ways to get existing clients into a maintenance contract.

  • Offer discounts for a limited time. Offering the first month, or several months at a discounted rate are a great way to entice customers to buy in to the idea of maintenance. Plus, once they see the value of what you offer, they’re more likely to stay on at the higher price. Just be very clear about when the price will increase and how much it will increase.
  • Include maintenance in project budgets. If you’re doing a design or development project, include a year of maintenance in the initial proposal. This takes care of the project support that most developers offer.
  • Offer a limited trial. Similar to above, offering a trial period of maintenance support in place of standard post-launch support is a simple ways to get customers in the maintenance mindset.

We don’t recommend free support for clients. They’ll latch on to that and be resistant to paying for maintenance services when the time comes.

Step #5: Select Your Tools

Once you’ve gotten some clients, you’ll need a set of tools to help you perform the maintenance tasks. Those tools should include:

Customer Relationship Management (CRM): A CRM system allows you to track your clients, as well as a variety of data associated with those clients. This can be done in a simple spreadsheet, although you may want to use something more sophisticated as your business grows.

Support System: You need to have a way to process help requests from clients, and that’s where a ticketing system comes into place.

Local Desktop Environment: When making changes to a site, you want to be able to test those changes before making them live. That happens in the local desktop environment. DesktopServer is built specifically for WordPress.

Reliable Editor: You’re going to need a full Integrated Development Environment to allow you to make changes to any code on the back end.

Browser Developer Tools: You’ll be using these for inspecting the sites you manage. Chrome and Firefox come with their own set of tools.

FTP: When uploading and download files to the sites, you’ll rely heavily on an FTP client.

Uptime Monitoring: Your clients can’t afford to have their sites go down, and this tool will allow you to monitor the uptime of those sites.

Security: No explanation needed. If one of your clients sites get hacked, you’ll need to act quickly to determine where the hack occurred and how to fix it.

Analytics: Google Analytics allows you to monitor key stats about who is visiting the site, where they’re coming from, etc.

Step #6: Demonstrate Your Value To Your Clients

To keep clients returning month after month, you’re going to want to show them the value of what you’re doing. A simple way to do this is to generate regular reports for them that show what you’ve done for them and how it has helped them. These reports can include:

  • Monthly traffic (include SEO generated traffic to show the value of your optimizations)
  • Top content (especially content you’ve created or promoted)
  • Security hacks thwarted
  • Mobile traffic as well as mobile optimizations you’ve made
  • Uptime reports (demonstrates your reliability)

These types of reports show your clients the value of the services you offer.

Conclusion: What Are You Waiting For?

Running a WordPress maintenance business isn’t all kittens and pots of gold at the end of rainbows. You will have support issues to handle and irate clients who don’t understand what you’re doing. Demonstrating patience, grace, and humanity in these scenarios allows you to handle these problems without burning bridges unnecessarily.

But in spite of these challenges, a maintenance business is an outstanding way to generate recurring revenue and get out of the typical feast or famine cycle that afflicts most freelancers. It also allows you to add additional value to clients and extend the length of business relationships.

Source: Site Point

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How to Change Slider Height on Divi Theme

Today I’m going to give you a quick tip on how to change the height of the Divi slider module. You may have come into a situation when you created a Divi website with a slider and the size of your slider was just not right. It might be too low or too high. To modify this, just add the following code into the Divi custom CSS field (in your WP admin panel: Divi > Theme Options) or to your child theme’s style.css file:

.et_pb_slider, .et_pb_slider .et_pb_container {
height: 600px !important;
}
.et_pb_slider, .et_pb_slider .et_pb_slide {
max-height: 600px;
}

This code will take care of it. Change the “600px” values with your preferred slider height.

 

How to Change Divi Slider Height

 

Pretty simple, isn’t it? Are you looking for more Divi quick tips? Feel free to email me and let me know about what would you like me to write the next time. Also, don’t forget to opt-in for my email newsletter and I will notify you every time when I publish a new article on this blog.

 

Source: Divi Theme

How To Make Divi Blog Grid Posts The Same Height

I love Divi’s blog module, and I think that the grid layout is fantastic out-of-the-box. And with a little styling, the grid can look extremely flash and provide an awesome user experience to your visitors. If you haven’t checked out my Blog Grid tutorial then take a look here!

result

However, the Divi’s blog grid layout does have a limitation. When you have featured images of different sizes, and post titles/excerpts which are different lengths, it can cause the grid to look uneven – even with the ‘Equalize Column Heights’ option checked. For example:

blog grid heights

OCD NIGHTMARE. Fortunately, it only takes a short amount of CSS to fix this.

Click here for a live example of a blog grid with equalized heights.

Setting The Blog Grid Posts Heights

 

Firstly, let’s assume you’re using a single column layout with one Blog Module (below), set to a Grid layout.

grid2

 

Go to Blog Module Settings > Custom CSS and give the module the CSS Class “custom_blog”.

 

grid3

Update your page, and then head to Divi > Theme Options in your Dashboard.

 

Custom CSS

 

Add the following code to your Custom CSS box:


@media only screen and (min-width: 768px) {
.custom_blog .et_pb_post {
min-height: 580px;
max-height:580px;
}
}

 

(The media query is set so that the CSS kicks in on desktops only. The grid layout displays vertically on mobiles anyway, and setting min/max heights can look strange on mobile devices)

Experiment with the values, as these can differ depending on your excerpt lengths, title lengths, font sizes, etc.

Save, and then check your blog layout. Your blog grid should now have equal heights!

blog grid heights

Awesome! We have equal heights, and our Divi designer OCD can be calmed. Simples!

Source: Inline Creative

Changing the Divi Header Top Header Styles

The Divi Theme allows you to set a phone number and email address to be shown at the top of the header, as well as a number of social media icons. Here’s how to change the look of these top header text and icons.

Changing the Top Header Bar Font Size

You can adjust the font size of the icons with the following CSS:

#top-header #et-info-phone, 
#top-header #et-info-email, 
#top-header .et-social-icon a { 
    font-size:130% 
}

Note that the default font-size is 100% so anything bigger than this will increase the font size and anything smaller will decrease it.

Changing the Top Header Text and Icon Color

To change the color of the top header icons and text, you can use this CSS:

#top-header #et-info-phone, 
#top-header #et-info-phone a, 
#top-header #et-info-email, 
#top-header .et-social-icon a { 
	color: yellow !important; 
}

Changing the Top Header Hover Color

To change the hover color of the top header icons and text you can do:

#top-header #et-info-phone a:hover, 
#top-header #et-info a:hover span#et-info-email, 
#top-header .et-social-icon a:hover { 
	color: red !important; 
}

Changing the Top Header Bar Background Color

To change the background of the whole top header bar, you can use the following CSS:

#page-container #top-header { background-color: red !important; }

Source: Divi Booster

Increasing the WordPress Memory Limit

If your site is having memory limit issues, you may be able to adjust this yourself.  Make a simple change to either the wp-config.php, PHP.ini, or .htaccess file to increase the WordPress Memory Limit. I use the File Manager on the GoDaddy Hosting page to make the change.  You may need to use FTP if your host does not provide some sore of file editing capability.

To adjust it on your own, here are some things you can try:

1. Edit your wp-config.php file.

Add this to the very bottom, right before the line that says, “Happy Blogging”:

define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M');
WordPress memory can be different from the server – you need to set this regardless of server memory settings

http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php#Increasing_memory_allocated_to_PHP

2. Edit your PHP.ini file.

If you have access to your PHP.ini file, change the line in PHP.ini
If your line shows 64M try 256M:

memory_limit = 256M ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (64MB)

3. Edit your .htaccess file.

If you don’t have access to PHP.ini try adding this to an .htaccess file:

php_value memory_limit 256M

4. If none of the above works then you would need to talk to your host about having them increase your memory limit.