Best WordPress Cache Plugins For Faster Blog

 

Is your site fast?

How much time your website takes to load?

If you are wondering, Why I am asking these questions?

Then, you might be unaware of the fact that site speed is one of the most important factors that Google use for ranking a website in search results.

So, you should focus on increasing your site loading time. And one of the best and recommended way to increase your WordPress site speed is using a cache plugin.

But...

There are many WordPress cache plugins available in the market. But if you want to know the best cache plugin for WordPress then you will love this guide.

So be with me! ¬†ūüôā

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How To Reduce WordPress Database Size Like A Pro

Reduce and Optimize WordPress Database Size: Blog loading time is one of the most important search ranking signals used by the search engines. A faster website helps search engine crawlers to access your web pages quickly and easily. No one likes a slow site, a faster website also provides better user experience.

clean and Reduce WordPress Database Size

Many shells out their money on coding or clutter-free designs to reduce their site loading time.

But simply reducing the WordPress database size can significantly reduce the loading time of your site and makes it faster. Actually, when you install WordPress then WordPress files and WordPress database is stored on the server.

And as you use WordPress, your database accumulates a lot of extra data like spam comments, trash comments, post revisions etc. that increase the database size. Thus, this leads to increase in blog/site loading time.

So it is necessary to clean up WordPress database at regular intervals to reduce database size.  Removing extra data such as revisions, spam comments,  unused records will not affect your website. Cleaning up database will reduce the load on your server and your WordPress performance will certainly improve.

In this article, I will be discussing how to clean up WordPress database and reduce the size of your database significantly.

But before you proceed, I recommend you to create a backup of your website and database. You can check the list of best backup plugins for creating WordPress backup.

How To Clean Up and Reduce Database Size To Optmize Database

1. Backup Your WordPress Database

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Before you do anything with your WordPress database, you must take backup your database. You can use WP DBManager WordPress plugin for creating database backup easily with a single click. Simply install and activate the plugin and go to Database  >> Backup DB. This is the most important step before doing anything else. Database backup is highly recommended.

2. Deactivate & Delete Unwanted WordPress Plugins

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First of all, go through your installed WordPress plugin list. Deactivate and delete unwanted WordPress plugins. You should first deactivate and then completely delete the plugins that you are not using anymore. This would help us to delete unwanted tables created by these unused plugins.

3. Clean Orphan Tables

You can use Clean options WordPress plugin and follow these instructions to find and clean Orphan and unused tables in your database. You have to deal with this critical step with utmost care. If you are not sure you can skip this step and move on to other steps.

4. Delete Spam Comments, Trash Posts And Post Revisions

With a single click, you can easily delete these spam comments, trash posts and post revisions using WP-Sweep or WP-Optimize WordPress plugin. This will definitely optimize your database.

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5. Use MySQL Queries For Optimizing Database

Most of us use Akismet WordPress plugin to fight spam. But Akismet is also responsible for increased database size due to one of its table wp_commentmeta. Assuming you have installed and activated WP DBManager as mentioned above, run MySQL queries from WordPress dashboard by simply going to Database >> Run SQL Query. Run these queries one by one.

[css]DELETE FROM wp_commentmeta WHERE comment_id NOT IN (SELECT comment_id FROM wp_comments);[/css] [css]DELETE FROM wp_commentmeta WHERE meta_key LIKE ‚Äė%akismet%‚Äô;[/css]

Note: Don’t forget to check table name before running these MySQL queries. Following are few more MySQL queries that will help you in further reducing your WordPress database size.

[css]DELETE FROM wp_postmeta WHERE meta_key = "_edit_lock";[/css] [css]DELETE FROM wp_postmeta WHERE meta_key = "_edit_last";[/css]

6. Empty/Drop Unused Database Table

Skip this step if you are not sure what you are doing. Empty/Drop tables are created by those plugins which you have uninstalled or deleted. If you have WP DBManager plugin installed, simply go to Database >> Empty/Drop Tables and select and delete the table created by the plugin that you do not use anymore.

7. Optimize WordPress Database

At last, you should optimize your WordPress database. Actually, every information is stored in the database.  So, if you are having a un-optimized database, then every time when a page loads, it takes a longer time to find and display information.

You can use WP DBManager WordPress plugin to optimize your database and see how much database size you have reduced. Assuming you have this plugin installed, just go to Database >> Optimize DB.

BONUS TIP: Use a Cache Plugin

A caching mechanism can greatly optimize your WordPress website. You can use any recommended cache plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache.

Actually, caching plugins create a static version of your website pages and generate that page for a first-time visitor by accessing database and stores it on the server. So when the visitor again visits the page, then the same page is pre-generated thus database is not accessed this time.

That's all. Follow these steps and this will surely reduce and optimize your WordPress database and thus speed up your blog. You should clean and optimize your WordPress database once every two weeks. For any feedback as well as query, please leave a comment.

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Best WordPress Backup Plugins That You Need To Know

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You are probably here because you want to know which is the best WordPress backup plugins for backing up your website.

Agree?

Believe me, you won't be disappointed.

With the ever-increasing risks of website attacks, creating regular WordPress backup is a must. Backing up your WordPress site is the most important things you can do to safeguard your data.

Backups can be a lifesaver in situations when your site get hacked or your site suddenly crashes.

Here is the best part:

There are many free as well as paid backup plugins for WordPress are available over the internet that can backup your site within seconds.

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How To Create And Edit WordPress .htaccess File

Create And Edit WordPress .htaccess File : WordPress being a self-hosted blogging platform is very versatile. You can control every single thing of your blog or website as WordPress allows users to access root folder. So today I am going to discuss a file named .htaccess which is present in the root folder of your WordPress site.

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What Is WordPress .htaccess File ?

.htaccess is probably one of the most important and useful files. .htaccess is a server configuration file and communicates with your hosting server to tells how to handle certain things on your site.

With this, you can fully optimize your self-hosted WordPress website. You can do whole lots of things like security settings, block search engine bots, activate Gzip compression, add expire headers, security from spammers, add redirection rules, protecting directories and much more.

The dot before htaccess file indicates that this is a hidden file. To access this you just need to Turn on show hidden file feature when trying to access your .htaccess file through FTP client or cPanel. Now let's move on to the article and learn how to create this file in WordPress.

How To Create WordPress .htaccess File ?

WordPress automatically generates the .htaccess file for the first time when you set up permalink structure for your blog. You just need to go to Settings >> Permalinks and click on save changes there. Then WordPress will automatically generate a .htaccess file in your website root directory.

In rare cases, WordPress may not be able to generate .htaccess file automatically because of file permission issue. In this case, go to Settings >> Permalinks, here at the bottom WordPress will show you a notice informing that your .htaccess file is not writable.

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If you have set your permalinks structure to other settings then default it will show you a code that you need to paste in your .htaccess file.

Copy the code and paste it into notepad and save it as .htaccess on your desktop. Now Upload this file to the public_html folder in root directory by connecting your WordPress site using an FTP client like Filezilla or using File Manager in cPanel. You can check the steps below with screenshots.

In case you are getting an error while uploading, then you need to change the file permission of your root directory. You need to change your public_html permission. Just right click on the public_html folder and click on change permission, now a dialog box will appear. Now enter 755 into the numeric value field and click OK.

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Now you should be able to upload your file successfully. Make sure to change the permission back to 644.

How To Edit WordPress .htaccess file ?

You can access and edit WordPress .htaccess file in many ways. In this article, I will be sharing some really easy and quick ways to access and edit .htaccess in WordPress.

1. Edit .htaccess File In WordPress Using cPanel

Most of the best and reliable WordPress hosting providers offer cPanel to their customers. Using cPanel to access and edit .htaccess is very fast and easy method. Highly recommended for non-technical people.

Login to your cPanel account and under files section click on File Manager.

access WordPress root files through cpanel

Now select the home directory and make sure to mark show hidden files.

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Then open public_html folder select .htaccess file and click on Edit File. Now you can add codes in the edit and save the file.

2. Edit .htaccess File From WordPress Dashboard

Access and edit .htaccess file directly from WordPress dashboard using WordPress plugins. Many plugins are available like WP Htaccess Editor etc. If you are already using Yoast SEO WordPress plugin, then you can access it from SEO >> Tools >> File Editor.

edit htaccess file from WordPress dashboard

If you are not using Yoast SEO plugins then I would recommend you to start using from this very moment. Also check out this guide to properly setup and configure Yoast SEO WordPress plugin.

3. Edit .htaccess File Using FTP Client

If you are looking for more control then you must follow this method. If you want to edit WordPress .htaccess on your desktop then this method id perfect for you. This is the method I love and use. You just need an FTP client like Filezilla and login to your FTP account. But make sure to  turn show hidden file feature on under Server >> Force Showing Hidden Files.

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Now browse to your website root directory and edit or download WordPress .htaccess file. And once you are done with the editing re-upload it back.

I would recommend you to take backup of your WordPress .htaccess file before editing. As incorrect .htaccess file, it can greatly affect your website. And make sure to change file permission of WordPress .htaccess file to 644 for security.

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HostGator Coupon or Promo Code For August 2016

Hostgator Coupon Code : HostGator is One of the top hosting company right now. Trusted by millions of webmasters around the world. If you are looking for reliable as well as cheap hosting for your WordPress blog then HostGator is perfect for you.

If you looking for more reliable hosting for your WordPress blog then consider the list of best WordPress hosting here.

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Hostgator offers various plans for your WordPress hosting but if you are a newbie you should consider starting with their shared hosting plan. And later move to managed or dedicated hosting services. As BroughtMeUp is also hosted on Hostgator, You can check my personal Hostgator baby plan review.

Hostgator offers quality and perfect hosting for WordPress blogs. I would recommend you to go for baby plan as it can host unlimited domains. Some quality features you should know:

  • Unlimited hosting
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Free Blog migration
  • 24*7 support service
  • Free AdWords credit
  • One Click WordPress installation

I love their support services. Hostgator offers 24*7 support service. You can either get support via chat, tickets or you can just telephone them. Their response time is quite fast and they will help in all possible ways.

Another feature that make Hostgator stand out among other hosting providers is their Free Blog migration service. If already have a blog on another host and planning to move to Hostgator, then this feature is like a blessing.

Now I will be sharing Hostgator coupon for January 2016 which you can use to get discount while purchasing Hostgator hosting.

Hostgator Coupon Code August 2016  : BROUGHTMEUP25

Use ‚ÄúBROUGHTMEUP25‚ÄĚ hostgator coupon code to get maximum 25% discount on Hostgator hosting. Also you can use "BROUGHTMEUP" discount coupon code to get Hostgator hosting for only 1 cent for 1 month.

Though if you are planning to get hosting for long then I would recommend to buy hosting for more than 1 year and use "BROUGHTMEUP25 coupon code to get maximum discount.

Here is the proof of the both the discount coupon codes:

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2016 Deals For Bloggers

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Cyber Monday/Black Friday Deals And Discounts:  Black Friday and Cyber Monday are here. And it's the best time to get whooping deals and discounts on various products.

As you may know on Black Friday and Cyber Monday different companies, come up with special deals on their products.

They offer a special discount for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They offer a huge discount that you could not resist and you should never.

Black Friday is falling on 25 Nov 2016, and the Monday after this Friday is Cyber Monday. Because it’s the best time to buy so, I decided to share the latest and best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals for bloggers.

I will list all the products with their discount offers, especially the products are related to blogging including SEO products, WordPress plugins, Web Hosting and much more.

You must keep this in mind that Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals are only for limited time.

I will highly recommend you to bookmark this page because I will keep updating this page as soon as other deals are available.

So bookmark it and come back for updated Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers.

Black Friday 2016 Deals And Discounts 

I will be listing the product along with the Discount, Deal Period and if you should go for the deal. Here are list of the deals. Click on the interested deal to get full details.

Remember its best time of the entire year to buy. So grab the deal before it's gone.

1) Bluehost Hosting Black Friday Deal [Hosting @$2.95] Highly Recommended

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Bluehost one the best hosting providers, indeed one the official hosting provider for WordPress. Bluehost is offering 50% discount on their hosting. The discount will be available from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.

  • Black Friday Deal: Hosting @ $2.95/month
  • Sale Start: November 25th, 2016
  • Sale Ends: November 28th, 2016
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So if you are looking for new hosting or renewing or upgrading your existing hosting account, you should grab this limited offer.

Bluehost is one the best and reliable WordPress hosting provider. You can check out a blogger's review of Bluehost WordPress Hosting.

2) Hostgator Black Friday Deal [65% Discount] Highly Recommended

Now here is Hostgator, where BroughtMeUp is hosted. One the best and most popular hosting providers among bloggers. You can check out my recent Hostgator review to know how good Hostgator is.

Hostgator is offering 65% discount on all hosting plans. For new blogs, I would recommend shared hosting Baby plan.

Hostgator India is offering less discount the Hostgator.com. Hostgator India is offering 51% discount on hosting and renewals.

  • Black Friday Deal: 65% Discount On Hostgator hosting and renewals
  • Cyber Monday Deal: 65% Discount On Hostgator hosting and renewals
  • Sale Period: November 25th to November 29, 2016
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3) Siteground Black Friday Deal [70% Discount]

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Siteground, another very popular and reliable web hosting. Siteground offers fully optimized hosting for your WordPress blog. With Supercacher you can supercharge your WordPress blog for free.

They offer lots of features.

Siteground is offering 70% discount on hosting plans. If you are looking for fast and reliable hosting, then Siteground is perfect for you.

  • Black Friday Deal: 70% Discount On Siteground hosting
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  • Sign Up Link: Get 70% Siteground Deal (No Coupon Code required)

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4) Soliloquy Best WordPress Slider Black Friday Deal [35% Discount]

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Soliloquy is the world's best responsive WordPress slider plugin. One the most powerful and user-friendly plugin to create beautiful responsive slider within minutes. It's a drag and drop plugin. If you want to create beautiful and responsive sliders, then Soliloquy is the only recommendation.

Features of Soliloquy:

  • Drag and Drop builder
  • Slider Themes
  • Responsive Mobile Design
  • Featured Content
  • Lightbox

and the list goes on and on.

Here is Soliloquy's biggest sale of the year "35% Discount". Soliloquy is offering an exclusive 35% off discount from November 22nd to November 30th, 2016. This discount is available for new customers only.

  • Black Friday Deal: 35% Discount For New Customers
  • Deal Period:¬†November 22nd to November 30th, 2016
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5) WPForms Black Friday Deal [35% Discount]

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WPForms claims to be the most beginner friendly WordPress forms plugin in the market. It is a drag and drops contact form builder. With this plugin, you can easily create responsive forms.

Features of WPForms:

  • Drag and Drop Form-Builder
  • Responsive Mobile Friendly
  • Pre-built Templates

and much more. WPForms is offering 35% off discount from November 22nd to November 30th, 2016.

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6) EnviraGallery Black Friday Deal [35% Discount]

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Envira Gallery is the best premium WordPress gallery plugin. With this plugin, you can create beautiful as well as responsive photo and video galleries within minutes. Also, it is very easy to use this drag and drop gallery plugin.

Features Of EnivraGallery:

  • Drag and Drop Gallery Plugin
  • Responsive and Mobile Friendly
  • Pre-built Gallery Templates
  • Social Media Integration
  • Media Support

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7) OptinMonster Black Friday Deal [35% Discount] Highly Recommended

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One of the best email option plugin. It is a drag and drops form builder that will give you high email conversions. With OptinMonster building high converting forms is just a matter of few clicks. Most of the top blogs are using OptionMonster for Lead generation.

I would highly recommend OptinMonster to those who want to boost their leads conversion.

Features of OptinMonster:

  • Drag And Drop Builder
  • Multiple types of Forms: Lightbox popups, Floating bars, Slide-ins, Sidebar forms and more.
  • Exit-Intent technology
  • Inbuilt Analytics
  • A/B Testing
  • Page Level Targeting (Target Specific pages)

OptinMonster is also offering 35% discount as Black Friday Deal.

  • Black Friday Deal: 35% Discount On OptinMoster
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8) MyThemeshop Premium Themes [$19 Per Item] Highly Recommended

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MyThemeshop is one of the most popular premium WordPress theme provider. You can get any premium theme or plugin for just $19. 

  • Black Friday Deal: Get any theme for $19
  • Deal Period:¬†November 25th to November 30th, 2016
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9) Long Tail Pro @ $25 with Free access to University worth $197 Highly Recommended 

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Long Tail Pro is one of the best keyword research tools. It is a desktop SEO tool for keyword research,  competition check, niche research, and keyword ranking checking.

It's the best time to grab Long tail pro because you will not get a discount on Long Tail Pro until next year's Black Friday. So grab it It is a must have tool for all.

So grab it before it is too late.

You can grab its $25 plan and you will get free access to Long Tail University worth $197. So what are you waiting for?

  • Black Friday Deal: Long Tail Pro @ $25 Only with free access to Long Tail University worth $197
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10) GetResponse Black Friday Deal: 40% Discount First 1000 Accounts Only

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GetResponse is offering 40% discount for only first 1000 accounts. So claim this deal before it's gone. Time is running out.

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I will keep updating this post with more best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 deals and discounts throughout the week. This is the best time of the year too but some stuff at an excellent price.

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How To Create Google AdSense Account With This Quick Guide

Create Google AdSense Account : Many of you might have heard of Google AdSense. If not, Google AdSense is the most popular and probably the best contextual advertising program. Google AdSense is most popular among the bloggers for monetizing their online content. Though there are many AdSense alternatives but no one could beat Google AdSense.

Create Google AdSense Account

For getting paid, AdSense ads must be placed on your website and clicked by your blog visitors. You might have noticed AdSense ads on very popular blogs and websites. You can make decent money from your blog by using Google AdSense.

In this article, I will be discussing how to create and apply for AdSense.

Steps For Creating an AdSense Account

Creating AdSense account is quite easy. First and the most important thing is you need to have a blog or website. Your blog or website must contain minimum 10 pages and should not violate any Google AdSense policies. Also, you must be 18 years of age to apply for AdSense and if you are not you can use your parent's name to apply for AdSense.

AdSense account approval includes the following steps:

  • Sign Up for AdSense
  • Place AdSense ads code on your blog
  • Wait while your account is being reviewed.

Before applying make sure your website is not violating any of Google AdSense policies. And if it does make sure to fix that first and then apply for AdSense. This ways your AdSense application will have higher chances of getting approved.

Guide To Create Google AdSense Account

First of all, go to AdSense homepage and then click on signup button. Now you need to complete AdSense application form.

Step 1 : You need to select your Google account to continue. You will see two options. First is to continue with your existing Google account and second is choosing a different or new Google account. Select the option you like.

Step 2 :  After selecting your Google account, you will be to tell about your content. Here you will be adding your website details. Simply enter your website address but without http:// and select your content language and click on continue.

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Step 3 : In this step you need to add contact information. Make sure to use payee name same under which you have your bank account. please note that you will not be able to change the payee name after signing up in some countries. So make sure you must have exactly same payee name and bank account name.

AdSense Account Details

Step 4 : Here you need to accept Google policies. Just read and check mark the box and click on submit. These are the Google policies you need to follow:

  • I will not click on ads nor encourage others to do so.
  • I will not place ads on sites that include adult content.
  • I will not place ads on sites involved in the distribution of copyrighted materials.
  • I do not already have a Google AdSense account.
  • I will not place ads on sites that include incentives to click on ads.

Make sure not violate any of the Google AdSense policies otherwise your account will be suspended and you have very few or probably no chance of getting your AdSense account back.

Step 5 : Once you have signed up for AdSense, you need to place AdSense codes on your website or blog. This is very important steps as AdSense team will review your application and website. Now just wait for AdSense email to arrive. It can take 24 hrs to months.

Now if your account is approved you need to complete two more steps for getting payments :

  1. Submit Tax Information
  2. Enter your AdSense PIN

Tax Information

You need to fill tax form depending upon if you are US Citizen or Non-US Citizen.

AdSense PIN

Once your earning reached a threshold of $10 in your AdSense account., then AdSense will mail you a pin to your address. Now login to your AdSense account and enter your pin. That's all, now your account is created successfully and once your earning reaches $100 you can receive it.

I hope this guide helped you in successfully creating your AdSense account. If you don't have any blog then consider reading these following articles.

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