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#ThankYou2014

2014 was an amazing year for me. Things didn’t went that wrong, like they did in 2013 and year before that. Both my online and offline lives went smooth. This post is a summary of things I did/learned in 2014. It has primarily a personal approach and doesn’t intend to force any show-off to readers.

2013 : Learning with troubles

2013 had ended up with a disturbing half when my INSPIRE scholarship was discontinued, due to some unknown reasons. God knows why are there corrupt and careless people in the center of Indian Government. Nevertheless, all was for good. I found a more convenient & easier way of earning money. I started selling backlinks. And to do so, I needed to move off WordPress.com free hosting due to their strict linking rules. In September 2013I switched to GoDaddy Unlimited from WordPress.com to enjoy freedom. Self Hosted WordPress wasn’t a new tool for me as I (as a team) had already been operating Symbian-Developers.net for years on WordPress.org software. But then came the real trouble from the other end. GoDaddy was very slow & my sites went offline often with HTTP errors. I tried to ask for a refund and they made it for faster & more resourceful for one month or so. After two months of hosting purchase, I again started getting trouble with site load time and unexpected HTTP errors. On support desk, GoDaddy.com people told me to use better caching & cloudflare optimization network. December was the month of goodness— I switched to cloudflare, sold couple of backlinks and found new sponsored articles. My site had almost 0% downtimes, and I was feeling a lot better  & more focused.

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Newbie’s Guide : Creating Custom WordPress Widgets

Sarah Parker teaches the basics of plugin development with how to create custom WordPress widgets for your customary needs.

For those who run WordPress powered websites understand the importance of adding widgets on their site. Widgets are a great way to add content and additional features on your website. They make it extremely easy for you to simply drag and drop several elements such as sidebar, header, footer, of your website and thus making the most out of its functionality.
By utilizing widgets correctly, you can make your website useful for your visitors. And the best thing about them is, you can use them anywhere you want, thus helping users to find more content on your website.
Many of the WordPress users always search for the perfect WordPress widget that will help them do exactly what they want, but with a little technical knowledge and coding skills, you may find it easier for you to create your own WordPress custom widget.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you the ways through which you can create your custom widget. For a better understanding, I’ll be covering some extra points that you need to understand before you actually start creating the widget itself.