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The Flipkart Pricing Fraud!

Recently, I ordered HTC battery BL01100 35H00193-00M from Flipkart.com and received it in about a week. On receiving the product I was completely disappointed to see it in a lose packaging. It was sent in an envelope, wrapped with a bubble polythene and an invoice from the seller. There was no way to make sure if it was genuine HTC accessory. No details about the guarantee/warranty. It came with a 10-days replacement guarantee as listed on Flipkart.com. Nothing else. Here's a screenshot of my … [Read more...]

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A quick, sure shot method to stop WordPress comment spam

I have been facing massive comment spam on a friend's personal blog. Even after trying several Captcha plugins, nothing seemed to work perfectly. A few days back I came across this post on David Walsh's blog which described a sure shot method to stop spam comments. From 8,000 to 0 spam with some  JavaScript and PHP code. This was intriguing and I thought of giving it a try in my free time. But, before I could do that, Ben Marshall had already baked it into a nifty WordPress Plugin - Zero … [Read more...]

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10 Reasons to use WordPress for your website

WordPress has evolved as a powerful Content Management System in last couple of years. The market share of WordPress has seen a huge growth over a short span of time. This makes it interesting to think about what makes WP so powerful? Why and how a WordPress website can be useful for individuals and businesses. 1. It's FREE as in Freedom WordPress is licensed under General Public License (GPL) and is an open source project. It means that you are free to use WordPress for your website, you also … [Read more...]

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How to find help when you have a “low budget”?

I am a full time freelance WP theme developer and I have had several instances where I received e-mails like: I am a new blogger and yet to start earning. I would like you to quote lower as I/we am/are a startup. I don't have money, can you please help me? I want (xyz - tons of features) but. Low budget. Kindly quote and reply. If you have been a freelancer then I am sure you must have come across these and many more similar instances. I don't have any intentions to disrespect … [Read more...]

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What is a WordPress theme?

During my training sessions I usually come across questions like,  how can I find good WP themes? How can I find free WP themes? Are free themes good? What do you recommend for premium themes? So, whenever  I talk about basics of WordPress, I make sure that I cover answer these questions beforehand. Recently, I was at WordCamp Mumbai for my session on WordPress Troubleshooting and I was talking about finding the right theme for your WP site/blog. While, I was recommending themes from … [Read more...]

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Two days of fun at WordCamp Mumbai 2014

WordCamp Mumbai was organized by my fellow WP community members, Alexander Gounder, Saurabh Shukla, Aditya Kane and their team. A big thanks and kudos to them for all their efforts and hard work! It was a complete fun being a part of WordCamp Mumbai 2014. First day's sessions included understanding GPL by Karthik Magapu which was really helpful for a lot of attendees and it was completely fun filled talk. The day started with Ramya's session introduced us to the digital age and how … [Read more...]

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The confusing WordPress terminology: Home Page & Front Page

The day I was introduced to WP for the first time, I was completely blown off by its amazing capabilities and power! Since then, I never looked at any other CMS. I have been working extensively with WP, building themes, setting up new websites, providing 1-on-1 and group training to beginners and intermediate audiences. There have several instances when I was asked to explain how a front page is home page and home page is blog page? What's the deal? The most confusing terminology so far has … [Read more...]

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6 Reasons why Soliloquy is a killer WordPress slider plugin!

If you follow me on Twitter, you must have seen me go "ga..ga.." about Soliloquy : A responsive slider plugin for WordPress. I bought a lifetime developer's license on the last day of the "limited-period" offer for only $100 and this is one of the best investments that I have made for a plugin. This responsive slider plugin is built by Thomas Griffin. I have been following him on Twitter for over a year now and that's where I came to know about his wonderful work with Soliloquy. To be … [Read more...]

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How to install WordPress on Amazon EC2

Last evening I signed up for Amazon Web Services (AWS) free usage tier to test the features and available services. Another reason was to use Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for storing my site's backups. The services are available at fairly reasonable price. Especially, if you are using S3 then you are making a very good deal. Since, the free usage tier comes with 750 free hours of Amazon EC2 for each month for a year I thought of giving it a try and running WordPress. Here … [Read more...]

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Hello World!

Welcome to my new home on the web. After being a freelancer, building WordPress and Thesis websites under the name iCustomizeThesis I wanted to move to a name which wouldn't "limit" my flow of thoughts and expansion of services. Being a newbie, I picked up a name which described my work more than myself and after a few years of experience I have realized that it's time to change. Move to a new place. Get the real identity. So, this is my new home and my freelance portfolio. :) … [Read more...]