Complete Setup of NextGEN Gallery

Requirements

  • PHP version 5.6 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module
  • PHP Safe Mode turned OFF
  • At least 128MB memory allowed (250MB is ideal)
  • 10MB or larger upload limit

Installation

  • Log in to your site’s Dashboard (e.g. http://domain.com/wp-admin)
  • In the left panel, click “Plugins”, then click “Add New”.
  • Search for “NextGEN Gallery”
  • Click the “Install Now” button.
  • Wait for the installation to finish, then click the “Activate” button.
  • You can also download the zip file from plugin page (https://goo.gl/5JJjLo) and upload it from the Plugins >> Add New > Upload page.

Notes

Other settings to check:

  • 755 permissions set on /wp-content directory.
  • Images must optimize first before uploading to gallery to avoid slowness speed of the site (and load time of gallery)
  • For the best performance it is recommended resizing your images to no larger than 1920×1280.

Gallery types

  • Basic Thumbnail Gallery (gallery is a grid of images that when clicked on, open in a pop-up full view)
  • Basic Slideshow Gallery (single image display gallery with transition options for your photos)
  • Imagebrowser Gallery ( slideshow gallery with forward and back navigation)
  • Singlepics (this allows you to add a single picture from any gallery you have created previously. You have two options to add a single picture in a page or blog post)
  • TagCloud (you can combine all of your tags into a word cloud where your visitors can select any category to view all images tagged with that word)
  • Templates (To have custom effects for galleries, you may need to install a NextGEN Gallery extension plugin. Other effects are built-in or created by you.)

How to use / Setup

Adding Images

  • Go to Gallery > Add Gallery/Images > Add New Gallery
  • Choose the gallery in the dropdown to upload your images to, or create a new gallery by entering the name of your gallery in the text field. (If you’d like to create your gallery directly from your page or post, navigate to the insert gallery window icon ‘Add Gallery’ button icon: http://prntscr.com/ih8mtd)
  • Next, click the ‘Add Gallery / Images’ tab
  • You have three options of uploading images:
  • 1. Upload: http://prntscr.com/ih8q35
  • First, choose the gallery to upload images to (or create new)
  • Select your image files from your computer, or drag a batch of images (you can include .zip files) and drop them in the queue to upload
  • Click ‘Start Upload’
  • 2. Import wordpress media: http://prntscr.com/ih8q7z | http://prntscr.com/ih8qc7
  • Select folder to import images to, or provide a name to create a new gallery.
  • Click ‘Select Images’ and the WordPress media window will open where you’ll select your images to import.
  • Click ‘Select’. This will import the images to your gallery that will appear under Gallery > Manage Galleries.
  • 3. Import folder of images on server: http://prntscr.com/ih8qyy
  • Select a folder to import. *The folder name will be used as the title of the gallery.
  • You may select to keep images in original location, but if you keep this option unchecked, images will be copied over to your NextGEN ‘gallery’ folder under /wp-content/gallery
  • Click ‘Import folder’. This will import the images in that folder on your server, to a new folder that will appear under Gallery > Manage Galleries

Adding Gallery

  • Go to your page or blog post and click the insert gallery window ‘Add Gallery’
  • A pop up window will appear, here you can select your display type (i.e. Thumbnail gallery, Slideshow, Imagebrowser, Tagcloud, or Album): http://prntscr.com/ih8s8f
  • Next, click the ‘What would you like to display’ tab and select the gallery you wish to display: http://prntscr.com/ih8sex
  • Next you may adjust the gallery settings for this gallery (these are unique settings for this gallery only. Global settings are set under Gallery >> Gallery Settings) under ‘Customize the display settings’, and under ‘Sort or Exclude’.
  • When you are finished, click ‘save’ and the gallery will be added within your post as a thumbnail preview, click publish or update on your post/page
  • If you need to manage or edit your gallery click once on the thumbnail and the Insert Gallery Window will reappear.

Complete Setup of JetPack

Requirements

  • A WordPress.com account (sign up)
  • The latest version of WordPress
  • Your site must be publicly available (no authentication required, maintenance mode off)
  • XML-RPC enabled and publicly accessible

Installation

  • Log in to your site’s Dashboard (e.g. http://www.yourgroovydomain.com/wp-admin)
  • In the left panel, click “Plugins”, then click “Add New”.
  • Search for “Jetpack”
  • Click the “Install Now” button.
  • Wait for the installation to finish, then click the “Activate” button.
  • Click the “Connect to WordPress.com” button. Login with your WordPress.com account or create an account.
  • Login with your WordPress.com account (or create one) and click “Authorize Jetpack”
  • Click the “Approve” button and wait for the connection process to finish.
  • Select Basic plan. You will be returned to your site’s Dashboard and see the message “Your Jetpack site is ready to go!”
  • Click “Activate recommended features” (optional)

Notes

  • If you don’t see a Plugins menu in your dashboard, then your site is likely on WordPress.com and you don’t need Jetpack – its features are already built in.
  • If you are using a Multisite installation, Jetpack must be connected individually for each site in the network. Any administrator can connect the site.

Troubleshooting

  • Jetpack relies on a solid connection with your site for features such as Stats and Publicize to work. If you are experiencing issues, first verify that Jetpack is connected using the Jetpack debugger. You will know your site is correctly connected when the Jetpack debugger shows “Everything looks great!”
  • Plugin conflicts can be a cause of issues. To check this, temporarily disable all plugins but Jetpack. If the issue disappears, enable one plugin at a time until the issue reappears. This will help you identify which plugin Jetpack is having trouble with. Ensure that your plugins are up to date.
  • If you see a display issue, try temporarily switching to a default WordPress theme such as Twenty Seventeen. If the issue goes away, it is likely a problem with the theme. You can get in touch with the theme’s author for further help. Be sure to let them know the troubleshooting steps that you have tried.

Useful features

Visitor Engagement Modules

  • Site Stats: Get insights into your traffic and other analytics from your dashboard.
  • Sharing: Add simple social sharing buttons to your posts and pages.
  • Publicize: Automatically share newly published posts on your social media accounts.
  • Related Posts: Keep readers on your site by display similar content below each post.

Security Modules

  • Protect: Prevent brute force login attempts.
  • Monitor: Checks your site every 5 minutes and notifies you of any downtime.

Appearance Modules

  • Tiled Galleries: Display your images in tiled arrangements.
  • Photon: Optimize, cache, and serve your images from the WordPress.com CDN.
  • Widget Visibility: Add conditional rules for when to display widgets.
  • Custom CSS: Keep your CSS edits in a separate location from you theme.

Writing Modules

  • WP.me Shortlinks: Enable shortlinks for all your blog posts.
  • Contact Form: Create simple contact forms with shortcodes.
  • Markdown: Write posts or pages in plain-text Markdown syntax.

Complete Setup of Akismet Anti-Spam

Requirements

  • A WordPress.com account (sign up)
  • The latest version of WordPress
  • PHP’s fsockopen and gethostbynamel functions must not be disabled (they are enabled by default in PHP)
  • TCP connectivity to akismet.com
  • PHP version 7 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater

Installation

  • Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  • Search for ‘Akismet’
  • Activate Akismet from your Plugins page
  • Enter the Akismet.com API key
  • Select “Always put spam in the Spam folder for review.” on Strictness option

NOTES

  • For Google Analytics Code, DO NOT EDIT header.php.
  • Google Analytics code should be installed through Yoast plugin.

Useful Addon plugins

Complete Setup of Yoast SEO

Requirements

  • PHP version 7 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater

Installation

  • Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  • Search for ‘Yoast SEO’
  • Activate Yoast SEO from your Plugins page
  • Go to Tools and import this file to the Yoast SEO settings – https://goo.gl/NDYU8h
  • Go to General > Open the configuration wizard
  • Fill in the required information
    • I. General > Your Info
      • Website Name
      • Company or person
    • II. General > Webmaster Tools
      • Bing Webmaster Tools
      • Google Search Console
    • III. Social > Accounts
      • Facebook Page URL
      • LinkedIn URL
      • Google+ URL
    • *If not available ask the clients in notes or offer to create it for them

NOTES

  • For Google Analytics Code, DO NOT EDIT header.php.
  • Google Analytics code should be installed through Yoast plugin.

Useful Addon plugins

Add Contacts to Actionetics ClickFunnels from HTML or WordPress Site

Creating Your Optin Form

The basic requirements in order for this to work are the following:

  • Must use ClickFunnels Field Names
  • Must use the ClickFunnels Optin Page URL for the Form Action
  • Must use POST Method
  • Below is an example of code.
<form action="CLICKFUNNELS_PAGE_URL">
Email Address:
<input name="contact[email]" type="text" />
Name:
<input name="contact[name]" type="text" />
Phone Number:
<input name="contact[phone]" type="text" />
<input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</form>

You may modify this code as you please, but you must replace CLICKFUNNELS_PAGE_URL with the Control Page URL for your ClickFunnels optin page in order for this to work correctly.

After you have created your optin form, you can embed it on any site.