Helping Hand to Newbie WordPress Developers Part 2

In first part 1, we have learnt some initial lessons to setup WordPress on the local host using Wampserver and its functional parts phpMyAdmin for database setup and managements. Taking the discussions further, we would like to introduce with database and its components as well as migration from local server to live one in this current post.

Know Database in WordPress Development

Generally, database consists of tables and data inside which are retrieve to generate HTML pages dynamically on infinite requests. Therefore, WordPress is considering the most powerful content management platform on the web and consists of more than 60% websites, which are running on the PHP code.

By default, each default database has eleven, default database table in WordPress fragmenting each table in different sections such as features, functionality, and various sections of the WordPress variables. For instant,

Comments: wp_commentmeta is a name of comments storing table where wp_ prefix is adding by default. If you look at the table closely, you will find four main fields like

  • meta_id
  • comment_id
  • meta_key
  • meta_value

Based on functionality each meta_id is in accordance with comment_id that manage the Meta information in the table for instant approving comment, showing pending comments, show editing functionality for comments like trash or recover or hide, etc.

Wp_comment is bit different and its table is consists of name of author of the comment, URL, email, texts of the comment, etc.

URL manager: wp_links is the table component that enables WordPress developers to manage blogrolls created by earlier versions of WordPress. Alternatively, we can use Link Manager plug-ins available in the market and create custom URL different ways to make our blog or WordPress website SEO friendly and user friendly so users can remember URLs easily.

Setting or Options: with wp_options table we can easily manage website settings like URL, admin email, categories default and custom, numbers of post per web page, set date and time format and so on features and functions for our website. In latest versions of WordPress, this option table is highly useful for the storage of plug-in settings for innumerable plugins to give extended functionality.

Post Management: wp_postmeta table is storing all Meta information related to your posts and pages of your WordPress site. This table is highly useful for theme or template creating WordPress programmers and SEO professionals to store their SEO meta data through SEO plugins available in the market.

Another table for post management is wp_posts that is storing data related to post types only or in other words content types. Therefore, you will find data related to your posts, pages, revisions, and other custom types of posts in this table.

Taxonomy: basically WordPress is offering powerful taxonomy system on the web so it permits you to organize content in decent and usable manners. If we define individual taxonomy items, we will use terms for them and these terms are store in wp_terms table so you can categories and tags your posts or pages and can easily manage relationships with other post types using wp_term_relationships table for a big WordPress web development. Similarly, wp_term-taxonomy helps to define taxonomy in intricate WordPress development project and can differentiate differences between categories and tags easily.

User Management: we have two tables to manage users at different permission levels for our WordPress website and its backend system. Wp_users and wp_usermeta are performing these functions of user managements by storing data about usernames, their passwords, their emails, and other relevant information at first hand.

 

Helping Hand to Newbie WordPress Developers Part 1

Today I am going to extend some helping hands to the newbie WordPress programmers who have keen desires to experiments directly on the WordPress platform using a local host or local server on their own PC or a dedicated PC in the office network as a server.

It is fact that we majority of developers using Windows OS on our computers therefore, today I am going to depict how to set up a WAMP server on your Windows PC. However, today seasoned developers also prefer to create a local server environment or create a local host in order to create a WordPress theme or invent a new WordPress plug-in or test them.

Setup WAMP Server for WordPress Programming

Naturally, WAMP is derive from Windows, Apache web server, PHP, and MySQL database management bundle therefore, it is easy and cheap or almost frees option for a server creation. In order to set up WAMP server you need to download WAMP server source on your PC and run the installation process simply following on-screen instructions, nothing complicated.

Setup MySQL Database for WordPress Development

Database management is crucial and essential step in WordPress development because WordPress is based on the PHP programming language, which is storing and retrieving data from the database and perform many dynamic functions without your manual interventions. For instance, WordPress store data of posts, pages, comments, tags, categories, URLs, and users in normal course, which are contributing directly in the creation of very dynamic pages without placing a single HTML code manually.

Role of phpMyAdmin

Now, these database management is done by phpMyAdmin, which is comes with WAMP server bundle and after installation you can access it through clicking WAMP server icon in windows taskbar. Functionally, phpMyAdmin creates interactive user interface to setup database and manage them as well as export them to the web server locally or on the live host server.

In phpMyAdmin you have to click on the create a new database option and fill the information on the prompts or pop-ups like name of database, user name, password, database host, table prefix (wp_), etc. so you can create various tables in database and perform multiple functions at a time.

Installing WordPress

One database is setup you have to move to the web to download WordPress source from the official website of the WordPress that is WordPress.org. Download, zip file, un-zip them in a WordPress named folder. Now, you have to past WordPress folder into the root directory of wamp server in you C-drive where www folder is called the root folder. Of course, you can rename your WordPress folder in order to avoid conflicts and name them as your website name. suppose we name it as yoursite.

Configure the WordPress Installation

Now, you have to go to browser and type http://localhost/yoursite/

Immediately you will have a prompt telling that it can’t find wp-config.php because you have not configure yet so you need to create a configuration file clicking on the Create a Configuration File button on the prompt.

The next screen would be database information seeking so you have to fill database name as decided before while creating MySQL database. Here you won’t need to provide user name and password because there would be a by default name of database user and that is ‘root’. Now, WordPress will create a configuration file for you. Immediately, you have to run the WordPress installation and gradually filling the information in the forms one-by-one. However, they would be some basic information and you will finish installation with the success message and log-in window at the end.

 

Know Company Culture before Awarding Your Project Part 2

As we have discussed in previous part 1, that there are plenty of factors directly and directly influences the decisions of selecting technologies and tools for our web development project. Keeping continue with this discussion I shall try to draw your attentions towards the internal milieu of the company you are selecting for the web project, i.e., internal company culture.

Technology Comes with a Culture

Today our web development community is divided into two distinct fragments, one favoring opensource technologies while another still stay with proprietary platforms. Java, PHP, etc. are championing and dominating web as old and new web programming languages respectively while its forks like Android beating mobile platforms at other hand.

In simple words, if you select PHP as your language of development you have to meet various PHP development companies with range of expertise on various opensource software based on PHP. They will have teams of developers for CMS to e-commerce and simple small business website programming using customized scripts in PHP.

Know Your Team before Final Decision

Keep one thing about PHP in your mind that it is damn easy language for web development to learn. Therefore, you will find tons of bio-data of developers with expertise in PHP claiming big. Since you are not a tech-guy or with much knowledge about PHP, you won’t able to segregate appropriate developers for your development team. Here common sense will help you to hit target. You need to check what work they have done perfectly in individual projects and what contribution made in a team work project with which roles.

Now, shoot some practical questions that how they will accomplish your work and with what timeline. It is better they chart out their development path in advance with development strategies, frameworks they will use, and libraries they have to meet your bespoken needs. You need to know in advance that which conventions they have established for themselves and their company. Which processes they will use for your web development and which guidelines they consider the most during your project in particular.

If everything seems obvious, you can put your stamp of choice on the developer/s, team, or company for your PHP web development.

Selection of Opensource PHP Software

Now, you will go one level up after selecting PHP as your web development language and open your card to the company/ies you are selecting for you. Tell them your requirements in details and let them select opensource software appropriate for you. If you need something more than a personal website or a blog they immediately jump to the Joomla, instead of WordPress, and ask you to go for PSD to Joomla conversion at first hand.

If your needs fall in different categories you will have bit different suggestions and will explore them in our next part of this series.

Thanks for your interest.

 

Know Company Culture before Awarding Your Project Part 1

When you think of a web development project, you will have plenty of options to select a development language, tools, and technologies. Now, you have to select appropriate technologies to achieve your targeted results within a set time frame and cost. Your selection depends on your category-tech, or non-tech.

As A Graphics Designer

For instance, if you are a graphics designer and have clienteles demanding web development work, you have to prepare entire website layout in Photoshop according to the choices of your patrons and push your PSD to the your choice of web development company, team or outsourcing company for cheaper yet quality results.

For Simple Project

In such cases, you will think in a particular direction and run a search based on the nature of the project. If your project is a simple small business website and only need a web and mobile presence, you will select opensource technologies and run a search like PSD to Joomla or PSD to WordPress or simply responsive web designing company.

For E-Commerce Project

If your clients are going to online business, you will look at e-commerce development and will search PSD to Virtue Mart, PSD to Magento, or simply PSD to WordPress with e-commerce plugin integration.

Why This Series Is

You will do this because you know the contemporary technologies and its appropriate usage in favor of your clients, but what about the others who are not tech guys or have access of any tech guy to get right guidance? Perfect question this one is.

Therefore, I have initiated this series to introduce you to different technologies and tools used in recent era for contemporary web development where we have to deal with multiple screens of different sorts of devices ranging from huge desktop computers to tiny smartphones in the palm of modern end users.

All Technologies Are Good

If you look at the literature of major modern web and mobile development technologies, you will find that they have created with great purposes and with good features so there are ample chances to get success with any of the technology you use. Now the most considerable matter for your success is the suitability of the technologies for your long-term and short-term visions, its execution, and nature of the targeted audiences.

Factors Influences Your Decisions

Let me simplify things bit further, out of words jargons. If you don’t have vision that how you will perform after one year of five and what sort of people will work with you won’t get idea about the needs in future. You have to think about your staff and your customers or targeted audiences of your website who are end users of it. What devices that will use and how they will access you. These all factors will influence the decision of the technologies you will use for your web development.

Keeping continue with this series I shall describe other factors in next part. Thanks for your interest.

 

Inside Out of PSD to Joomla Conversion

Today we, the web developer community are facing a critical period. At one hand, we have to reduce the volume of content or make an optimized layout of website in order to meet the needs of responsive web designing. At other hand, we have to make quality website in wake of recent algorithm changes like Penguin, Panda, and Hummingbird.

In such conditions, we need to search a platform that can meet both ends decently. Perhaps Joomla is the perfect answer as it is an award winning CMS with enough support for responsive web designing. Albeit, you need to begin website development from the scratch means, create PSD as per your expectations and capable to scale according to the targeted devices. Now, take help of dependable PSD to Joomla conversion services providing company like Lujayn and enjoy an edge over your competitions.

Now let me reveal some success secrete of the PSD to Joomla conversion services at Lujayn in this post today.

Eye Candy Responsive Design

Yes, this is the most important foremost step towards the successful designing and development. Therefore, we need a team of seasoned graphics designers with an eye on detailing and better understanding of your business and your target audience. The next role is of UX professionals to device and design smooth screen flow, functional and usable UIs and UI components for each screen/page, and intuitive yet simple navigation schemes.

Smart Slicing

However, it is easy to slice a PSD file in the powerful designing software like Photoshop or Fireworks, but it is tough when you are intending responsive website designing with latest markup and technologies like HTML5 and CSS3. Therefore, it is recommending that you must take help of experienced PSD to Joomla converting team where they will place all required components of CSS as well as for responsive images and graphical components in their well-defined layers.

With this intensive process, which is desirable to do manually rather than using automated process through software, we can get hips of essential images in our image folder that can be a great resource for the semantic coding approaches.

Contemporary Coding

Once you see the complete HTML & CSS files ready you can go for the latest version of the Joomla and find the suitable theme/template or create a custom theme for you through custom Joomla development project. The best Joomla coders will gives you SEO friendly coding and best UX professionals will offer you excellent performance optimization in designing as well as in coding without missing excellent user experiences. Standard coding with W3C validation, compact, clean, and comprehensive coding are the secrete recipes for better conversion at the end of the day.

 

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