Jan 28, 2018

HTTP to HTTPS Migration, WordPress and SEO

Before I start this article, I would like to ask one question to you, How many HTTPS links do you see in first page of Google search result? Generally, I get more than 50% for my search queries and major top links belong to HTTPS. It is self explanatory how important HTTPS and SSL is. As SSL is mandatory for safely processing transaction e-commerce website, but here I am not going to talk about security and safety, my concern is SEO. The web is moving toward using HTTPS encryption by default and it is encouraged by Google with announcement HTTPS as a ranking signal in 2014. Chrome and Firefox browsers started to display warning for HTTP (Non secure) websites. So you decided to move on HTTPS. Hold a minute and see the challenges. you will get many examples on Google saying huge drop in traffic after moving HTTPS if not implemented properly. So you must aware of the challenges. In this post, we will move a WordPress website to HTTPS, Setup free SSL and update dependencies to meet SEO guidelines. It is assumed Apache server is used in Ubuntu server.

Dec 2, 2017

How to Load Disqus Comments on Click

On searching Google, I got many articles on this but didn’t find any way to do if official Disqus comment system WordPress plugin is used. So, decided to write on it. This post explains how to setup Disqus on your website to load on-demand (on click on any button or link) and not automatically. It is assumed you’ve registered your website with Disqus before get started.

Jul 26, 2015

Get Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+) Followers Count Using PHP

Each social media provides their own widget to display followers count, but their user interfaces are different and so much javascript in the code. So I decided to get the count on server side using PHP, cache it and show it as I want. This post explains to get Twitter followers, Facebook fans, YouTube subscribers and Google+ page/profile followers count, to cache the results and generate HTML to display them.

Mar 1, 2015

How React.js is good for SEO (Server-side React with ASP.NET)

The problem with the javascript frameworks is that they are NOT perfect search engine friendly. Although Google can crawl and index Ajax content but it is not so reliable and need to follow the guidelines. The advantage of React.js is that you can run it on the server and the virtual DOM will be rendered and returned to the browser as a regular web page. In this post, we will implement a sample in ASP.NET to pre-render the initial state of your React components server-side and the outcome is already rendered page of markup. So it will be indexed just like any other static page by search engine.

If you are new to React.js, I strongly recommend to read following tutorial:

React.js: Introduction and Hello World with ASP.NET MVC 5

Oct 14, 2012

Received Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award 2012

Microsoft MVP logoI am happy to inform you that Microsoft has awarded me the ‘Most Valuable Professional (MVP)‘ award (in ASP.NET/IIS category) which is a great honor and given to a very limited number of professionals. In the first week of October, I went to Bangalore for official work and got mail from Microsoft during traveling:

Apr 16, 2012

Add Social Slider (Facebook like box, twitter and Google+ Widgets) in Your Website

Today, Social media is a great way to promote websites, blogs, apps and events. For a website, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ widgets become must have parts to get public interaction, generate traffic. If you add Facebook Like box, twitter status and Google+ widget in your web page, it takes too much spaces and it makes webpage too complex. So, alternate is to use icons only and on mouse over display corresponding widget. To attract user, make these icons fixed floated.

Mar 29, 2012

Moderate Google Docs Forms Data and Share Filtered Data Only to Public

If you are using Google Docs for Forms or Surveys, You might be getting lots of fake (spam) form submissions. The situation becomes more critical when you are sharing data, survey result or summary report to public and It would mislead the objective of forms or surveys. By default, Google forms doesn’t support Captcha to stop spam submission. But you can’t block spammers. In this case, you want to moderate the data and share approved/ filtered data to public.

Jan 26, 2012

Display File Download Count in WordPress

In some posts, I’ve attached source code and files allowing user to download. Now I’m interested to check how many times file downloaded and how to display it with download link as in other sites. I found different WordPress plugins like WP-DownloadManager, Downloads Manager, WordPress Download Monitor, WordPress Download Counter..etc. All are doing file management perfectly, But I like WordPress Download Monitor the most. It allows you to upload files, store it on your server and share it with your readers. You can install and activate it easily as normal plugin.

Jan 10, 2012

Received Google Adsense Cheque

Happy New Year to all TechBrij Readers !!! Hope, you are going well to fulfill your new year resolutions. I am happy to announce that I have received my Google Adsense Cheque. I am a big fan of Google Adsense and have written some tips and placement experiments. It motivates me to write a lot more and share experience.

Dec 25, 2011

Google Adsense: Leaderboard (728 x 90) vs Link Units as Navigation Menu

In my recent post, I shared my Google Adsense placement experiments. I have updated my theme several times to make it more user friendly and focusing on content and to experiment Adsense placement. Ads shouldn’t irritate the user, so I decided to keep one of Ad Units (Either Leaderboard or Link Unit) in header. I used Link unit as navigation menu with theme colour combination and supposed to have Good CTR and LeaderBoard unit just below the menu as in following image.

Nov 15, 2011

How to Add Your Facebook Page To Your Profile

It’s not about copy and paste Facebook page link into profile options. I see some Facebook profiles having their page list in left side bar. So, I decided to add my TechBrij page to my profile in left side bar. If you are a Facebook page owner and want to show or hide your Facebook page link with your profile, See following steps: