Creating Helpful 404 Pages

While a site owner usually tries to do everything imaginable to create a site without errors, the occasional 404 error will crop up from time to time. Instead of just telling the visitor the page was an error, and increasing the bounce rate of the site, give the visitor other reading options. This is better for the visitor and the site owner. The visitor will be more likely to stay around if the links are to similar topic to the one they were looking for. This is were helpful 404 pages come into play.

The code itself is fairly simple and straight forward. What it does is take the end of the url after the final slash, and strips any extensions like .html, or .php that might have been accidentally added. It then queries for a post or page or any custom post type that has a title with this string. If one or more is found it will output it in a list. If this comes up empty then it will replace any dashes or underscores with spaces and use this as a search string. This will return a list of entries that contain these words. Using these two ways some results should be found and give the visitor something else that should be closely related to what they were looking for.

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Web Development With Sharefile

In producing, developing or enhancing a company website, there are a number of different issues that can come up. From improving the appearance of a website, to increasing its functional capabilities, to adding web security, there are simply a number of ways to go about the continual web development involved in maintaining part of a company online. Naturally, this means that a number of different services may come in handy throughout the process. However, there are also companies and programs that offer various means of web development support within a single package – for example, consider ShareFile.

Primarily designed as a support system for the transfer of large or complex files online, ShareFile now offers a bundle of services that, altogether, can significantly enhance the web capability and stability of any business website or company division online. Here are a few words on some of the specific services that are offered.

Large File Sharing
Certain files, from lengthy documents, to video presentations, etc. can be difficult to send by ordinary email, and other services that can help are often insecure. With ShareFile, your company will have the capability to send such files back and forth between employees and clients with ease, allowing for simpler and more efficient communications.

Professional Appearance
With ShareFile services, you will essentially be creating an online environment that is exclusively for your business and its clients. Along with this, ShareFile provides web designers that will work to make any new features included in your account fit in seamlessly with your company’s existing design features, ultimately resulting in a professional appearance that is easy to use and attractive for your customers and clients.

Flexible Access
Another perk of implementing ShareFile services is that you will gain access to file sharing on the secure network through a number of different devices. From apps and tools on mobile devices, to desktop widgets, ShareFile provides numerous ways to quickly access files without even bothering with a web browser or ordinary email.

Secure Capability
Finally, ShareFile also offers optimal security for your business related communications and file sharing. From backing up files, to providing customized security information and password-protected file sharing, ShareFile protects your work far more effectively than ordinary email and sharing methods. This not only allows things to run more smoothly, but also provides clients with a vital sense of trust and confidence.

Ultimately, whether or not each of these individual features is necessary depends largely on your company and what needs your online business has. However, with web development methods and technology constantly on the rise, taking advantage of these types of services is often the surest way to establish a functional, professional company website.

This is a guest post written by Todd Brandt. Todd is a blogger and freelance writer who contributes posts on the topics of web development and Internet security.

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Blank Archives After Deactivating Jetpack

One of the latest features I’ve added to my Techozoic theme was infinite scroll support for the Jetpack plugin.  It’s a great feature and fairly easy to integrate.  One snag I ran into was after testing with Jetpack enabled and releasing the update I had numerous reports of the archive pages being blank.  This was a stumper because I hadn’t changed anything with the archive pages, and the archives worked perfectly fine on my test site with Jetpack enabled.  I finally figured it out installing the theme on another site, and seeing the problem first hand. 

The root of the problem is the way the infinite scroll uses the get_template_part function.  One of the steps to enable infinite scroll support is to make sure that the template part is named content-(post-format).php.  I had a different naming convention before implementing this feature and this was the whole problem,  I had forgotten to change the get_template_part function on the archive page, so it was calling a nonexistent template file.  The infinite scroll module during the ajax request calls the template part using the content-(post-format) name which is way it would work with Jetpack activated. 

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Being Successful in Online Sales

Sometimes the road to online sales can be a bumpy one, but there are a few simple steps outlined below that can help you be successful.

  1. Get a website you can edit. There are many great eCommerce platforms that make it simple to manage every aspect of your online business.
  2. Get targeted traffic. A service like Adwords or other online advertising services to gain targeted traffic that will be interested in your business.
  3. Add a form to capture leads. A simple contact form or a newsletter subscription form will help keep in touch with customers who might otherwise not come back to the store.
  4. Setup email marketing. This and step 3 go hand in hand, it’s good to keep in touch with potential customers and keep them interested in your products and keep them coming back for repeat sales.
  5. Accept credit card payments. It’s best to always offer choices when it comes to payment types. Some people might not feel comfortable with one form or another.
  6. Deliver your product. Shipping products out timely is equally as important, if customers don’t receive their order when they expect they are less likely to recommend store to friends and familiar.
  7. Track your results. Lastly always keep good records. If you see one area that isn’t returning results you’d like then changes will need to be made. You don’t want to overspend on something that isn’t delivering results.

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Free Cloud-Based Password Managment

When doing development work for many clients it becomes essential for good password management, traditional pen & paper, web-based service, or software-based. One solution that I’m currently using mainly because it is free and open-source software is KeePass. I’m using the portable version in my Dropbox for maintaining my passwords in multiple locations. Using this method also allows me to use my Android phone & table, and an app called KeePassDroid, along with the Dropbox app to have access remotely.

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