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5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins For Bloggers

5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins For Bloggers

How could you narrow down thousands of plugins into 5 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers? There is no doubt that there are many great plugins out there, but we at HBHosting have put together a list of plugins you will need to make your blog optimal, get the highest-ranking on google and make it so people will want to stay around.

As a web hosting business, we like to keep you up to date with free information on what the best practices are for your website.

If you would like to read more tips and tricks we have come up with for your WordPress website click on the links below!

A Beginner’s Guide to Create a Website that Sells!
Is Following The Latest Web Design Trends Necessary?
10 Simple Steps for a Successful Brand Building Process
Top 10 Web Design Tips
How to Start a WordPress Blog – 5 Easy Steps (2020)
WordPress SEO made simple 101

5 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers

Plugin 1 – RankMath – Free

Rank math is an all in one SEO plugin that will enable you to track, edit, and effectively write content on your website that helps you focus on the keywords you need to get a higher ranking on Google and other search engines. Additionally, rank math will automatically update your sitemap and submit it to google, which is one less thing you need to focus on.

Key Features

  • Easy to set up
  • All in one SEO
  • Automated image SEO
  • XML sitemap
  • Easy rich spinet editor

Pricing

The base price of RankMath is 100% free, which is why we would recommend it over any other SEO plugin. However, there is also a premium version.

Plugin 2 – Smush – Free

When someone comes to your website, images are something that can drastically turn people away from returning. This is due to them being too large of a file making your website take for ever to load. Therefore, our second plugin that we recommend is Smush. This plugin optimises your images to load faster on the web without causing any quality issues.

Key features

  • Lossless compression
  • Lazy Load
  • Bulk smush
  • Automated optimisation

Price

The base price of Smush is 100% free but has some limitations such as how many images you can enhance at a time. However, if you add it at the start of developing your website, you will barely even notice. which is why we have added this as our second plugin in our list of the top 5 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers

Plugin 3 – Elementor – Free

How could we write a list of the 5 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers, without including the one plugin that makes web design super easy. That plugin is Elementor, this plugin is a drag and drop website builder allowing you to have ZERO coding knowledge and still build a beautiful website.

Key features

  • All in one website builder
  • Easy to navigate
  • Fast performance
  • Updated regularly

Price

Elementor has various different pricing bundles depending on how many website you want to activate your code on. However, the free version is still very usable optimised for building your blog.

Plugin 4 – Envato Elements – Free

What, I just have no creativity and do not know how to get started… Have no fear Envato is here! They offer free and paid elements you can use to quickly set up a page from headers, hero sections, all the way to contact forms. What ever you need Envato has you covered.

Features

  • Large database
  • Free elements
  • Stock videos
  • Stock Images

Price

There are hundreds of free options with Envato, however, if you would like unlimited access to all of their content there are some paid options.

Plugin 5 – Litespeed Cache – Free

Is your website just not loading as fast as you hoped? Litespeed cache can help you with that by turning your static website into cached files, therefore, making it load faster for potential returning viewers. With the use of Litespeed you can turn your website into some of the fastest loading websites out there! Even thought is is number 5 of our list of 5 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers does not mean its not as important as the others, and we still highly recommed it!

Features

  • Minify CSS, JavaScript, and HTML
  • Responsive Image Placeholders
  • Load CSS/JS Asynchronously
  • Multiple CDN support
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Price

this plugin is 100% free and works super well with HBHostings managed wordpress hosting plans and non managed plans! If you would like to learn more about these plans check out the two links below

Managed WordPress Hosting
Unmanaged Web Hosting

And that concludes our list of the 5 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers. Check back regularly to find out more tips and tricks to optimise your WordPress websites, blogs.

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Australian Fire Donation

Australian Fire Donation

HBHosting has supported the Salvation Army within the month of January. This was done through donating $1 for every web hosting package ordered within the month of January!

This donation has gone to the salvation army – Disaster appeal. If you too would also like to donate we at HBHosting encourage you to do so. Link Here

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Paypal IPN points to wrong WHMCS URL!

Paypal IPN points to wrong WHMCS URL!

It can get frustrating at times when you move you WHMCS folder or any other billing platform that uses PayPal recurring payments. Especially when using Instant Payment Notifications (IPN) through PayPal. This is due to the fact that you can not update their old subscription addresses without cancelling them and getting the people to start again.

What can be done to update old subscription IPN addresses?

I went on the hunt to find out what can be done and I came back with two options. One which was recommended by a friend and the other which was sent to me through WHMCS.

Option 1 (cPanel Option – Not Code):

  1. Open cPanel
  2. Scroll down to ‘Domain’ and click ‘redirects’
  3. Add a 301 (permanent redirect) from the old IPN location to the new one
  4. Click save and it will work!

Option 2 (Simple Coded Option)

  1. Open your file directory for your website.
  2. Locate the location | or | Create the directory of the old IPN location
  3. Create a file name (the same as the previous IPN)
    EG in WHMCS the PayPal IPN name was paypal.php
  4. Copy the code at the bottom of the page into the file
  5. Update where it says ‘enter the new url’ to the url of the new IPN location


IPN Code – WHMCS




/**
* WHMCS Callback Redirect Script
*
* This file can be used to redirect payment gateway callback requests from
* an old location to a new one preserving POST data.
*
* @author WHMCS Limited <[email protected]>
* @copyright Copyright (c) WHMCS Limited 2005-2017
*/

// Enter the new url the callback file is located at
$url = 'https://www.yourdomain.com/new/path/to/paypal.php';

// --- Do not edit below this line. ---

$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, http_build_query($_POST));
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 100);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0);
$response = curl_exec($ch);
if (curl_errno($ch)) {
$response = 'Could not connect to new callback file: ' . curl_errno($ch) . ' - ' . curl_error($ch);
}
curl_close($ch);

echo $response;

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How to change your PHP version in cPanel Hosting

How to change your PHP version in cPanel Hosting

How to change your PHP version in cPanel Hosting

Our cPanel servers support PHP versions 5.2 through to 5.6 and 7.4.

  1. Login to the HBHosting Client Area
  2. Select services and click the domain name you want to change.
  3. Click cPanel
  4. Scroll down to Software/Services and click [Select PHP Version]
  5. On the top left-hand side, choose the version you want to change your PHP to
  6. Click [Save]

Changes to the PHP version running on the cPanel Lightspeed server may take 2-5 minutes to be noticeable.

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New Web Hosting Plans

New Web Hosting Plans

Today we are proud to announce we have released a new set of hosting packages for businesses, small blogs and forums. These hosting packages provide greater Disc and Bandwidth allowance, as well as higher Cloudlinux CPU and RAM limits, plus some extra perks. Check out the new plans at https://hbhosting.com.au/australian-cpanel-web-hosting/

Following on our aim to keep our prices attainable by everyone we have three packages one starting from $4.99 per month!

Plan 1 - Starter - $4.99 Per Month
5 GB Disk Space
50 GB Bandwidth
1 GB Ram
100% CPU
2 MB/s I/O
Plan 2 - Standard - $15.99 per month
15 GB Disk Space
100 GB Bandwidth
2 GB Ram
200% CPU
4 MB/s I/O
Plan 3 - Pro - $25.99 per month
30 GB Disk Space
200 GB Bandwidth
3 GB Ram
300% CPU
6 MB/s I/O

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