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If you are an influencer or running a small business on Instagram chances are that you want your potential consumers to able to contact you directly on Whatsapp. WhatsApp new feature which enables users to generate a link to their Whatsapp contact.

Small business owners and influencers alike can integrate their WhatsApp contact into different social media platforms including Instagram. In this article, we will be discussing various methods of adding WhatsApp link to an Instagram page.

The Direct Link Method

Instagram only allows one clickable link in a bio profile. First, let’s get the WhatsApp link to your account. This is the default Whatsapp URL https://wa.me/[yourphonenumber]. You would need to replace [yournumber] with your WhatsApp number creating an example like this https://wa.me/8612345678901. Remember to remove the “+” at the beginning of the country code.

Here over to your Instagram account, go the “Edit Profile” and input the Whatsapp link on the website section provided by Instagram.

Click the edit button on your Instagram profile
Click the edit button on your Instagram profile.
Click the edit button on your Instagram profile
Click the edit button on your Instagram profile.
The WhatsApp link has been inserted to your Instagram page
The WhatsApp link has been inserted to your Instagram page.

The problem with this method is that visitors won’t be able to access other links that are connected to your business. Let’s move to the next method of adding Whatsapp link to an Instagram bio which enable the addition of more than one link.

Using a linking tool ( all-in-one link) on Instagram bio

We previously explained the disadvantages of having just your direct Whatsapp link on your Instagram bio. Instagram offers only one clickable link section which needs to be maximized. For bloggers, influencers, and small business owners that would love their Instagram audience to be able to visit their website and other social media platforms, that opportunity will be locked away by having just the WhatsApp direct link in the bio section of the Instagram profile.

The alternative is using a linking tool (all-in-one link). A linking tool creates a mini-bio where all the links related to a brand/business can be placed. This is important as it allows users to have different social media platforms links and websites combined into just one link that can be placed on the clickable link section on an Instagram account. There are multi linking tools out there, we will be using Linktree in this article.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

How to add a Whatsapp link on an Instagram bio using Linktree.

  1. Create an account and select a username

    Head over to Linktree and create an account.

  2. Add some customization

    Linktree offers some customization like profile pictures and gradient background color.

  3. Add the WhatsApp Link

    Add the WhatsApp link to a link section provided in your Linktree profile. Make sure that the title of the link is “WhatsApp me” for visitors to comprehend easily.

  4. Add other links

    Linktree allows the addition of more than one link. This should be used to direct visitors to other social media platforms and websites associated with your brand or business.

  5. Click on your linktree link

    Check the link to make sure all the inserted links are functioning.

  6. Place your Linktree link on your Instagram page

    Insert the Linktree link on your Instagram bio.

This is the best method of adding your WhatsApp link to your Instagram bio because it doesn’t limit you to just one link. You can add multiple links that enable your Instagram audience to have a wider range of reaching you and your brand/business.

Everyone is familiar with what love is, the emotional connections involved with love. But in today’s world with how vase we are connected via the internet, our view of love has been blinded by what we see on social media. The increase in failure of marriages and relationships can be attributed to the growing number of fake love out there. The signs of fake love aren’t quite as visible as people may think for the individual in the relationship.

People tend to fake love for a period of time that they can assume another identity or for the period of time the relationship benefits them. It only takes time for fake love to unravel itself with a relationship. It’s important to spot the signs of fake love early in a relationship to avoid the emotional attachment involved with being in love.

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Signs of fake love

No Honesty

When a relationship is built on fake love it tends to lack the basic fundamentals of a relationship which is honesty. Honesty is what strengthens a relationship, builds the couple, and create a foundation of trust. Spotting this sign early on in a relationship is close to impossible but with time it would unravel.

The feeling of void

Love is fulfilling, it means us to feel whole. Love eliminates our weakness, feels the emptiness and loneliness we feel as humans in order to generate happiness. The happiness that feels your heart by seeing your significant other. The happiness that creates the bond that strengthens the relationship.

With fake love, there is a constant feeling of incompleteness and unfulfilled need for love and this feeling of emptiness in the heart.

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Toxic

Real love is calm, gentle, and unedged. When the relationship becomes the reason that you are stressed, depressed, and having anxiety. It’s a red flag that shows one of the signs of fake love in a relationship. Relationships are meant to be a mental place of relaxation, a place of happiness, and safety.

Emotional Distance

For a healthy relationship, emotional connection is important. With real love emotional connection and communication are apparent. This creates a sense of understanding in the relationship. When there is little to no communication and connection it’s chaotic which fake love presents. They tend not to open up or express their thoughts and intentions in an honest manner.

The gut feeling

There is always an intuition when fae love is involved. Even if by tiny gestures, at one point you will know when the sacrifice of real love is missing and it will ring as something fundamentally missing.

No respect

To be respected in a relationship is part of love. Your opinions should be heard and acknowledged in a relationship built on love. When your opinions are regarded as invalid or unheard, it results in an unhealthy relationship. This could lead to manipulation which is a sign of fake love in a relationship.

Feeling vulnerable

Love strengthens a relationship by turning insecurities and vulnerabilities into strengths. Love in a relationship creates a safe shape and protection for couples. Fake love makes your insecurities and vulnerabilities more visible than ever. Feeling unprotected while in a relationship are parts of the signs of fake love.

Pain

There is always pain in every relationship, but in an ungenuine relationship the pain seems always to be there. There’s a feeling of perpetual gloom that settles even after you are not present with your partner.

Sense of selfishness

In fake love, both partners don’t see themselves as one. So the selflessness that real love portraits becomes non-existent in the relationship.

“Who should love more in a relationship?” is easily one of the commonly asked questions in today’s world when it comes to relationships. But let’s get a clear understanding of what a love relationship is to get a better understanding of the question.

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A love relationship is a relationship between two individuals that goes beyond just attraction, lust, affection, and mutual attachment. Love is natural, mysterious, and equal. Love is about helping each other with your strength to yield a better of yourself. Real love creates no room for weakness and vulnerability because it absorbs all to strengthen the couples in love.

Both men and women have different opinions when asked “who should love more in a relationship?” Often it’s said that men can only love as much as they are given which implies that women should love more.

Whereas women have their opinion on men should love more due to men’s ability to tolerate provocation, rumors, gossips, and more. Other theories are based on men taking advantage of women when women are more passionate about the relationship. Neither can be said to be wrong. Yet, can a successful relationship be built based on these opinions?

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The answer is no. Why? Because love can’t be calculated like a mathematical problem to find the right ratio for two individuals involved in a relationship. Each person’s way of loving is different, constructed by their experience and knowledge of life. To love is about being each other’s half, being each other’s strength, having each other’s respect, and more.

Love is not based on gender so the answer doesn’t lie within a particular gender. It’s not an obligation for one gender love more than the other in a relationship. Love in a relationship exists between two individuals having feelings of affection, emotions, protectiveness, and respect for each other. For a healthy relationship love always finds a way to balance itself while maintaining equilibrium.

“What are the signs of deep love?” has been a question every couple has asked themselves within the period of their relationship. To understand the signs of deep love when it comes to a relationship we must first understand the meaning of love and stages of love.

Katharine Hepburn gave a simple quote which explains what loves means “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” Katharine’s explanation of love states for two individuals to be totally in love, it would require everything from each individual.

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There are three different stages of love during a period of a relationship. The third stages is usually when the relationship is cemented or broken apart. Couples that stay beyond the third stage tend to develop deep love for their significant other.

So we have an understanding of what love is, and also the point within a relationship we develop a deep love for our significant other. Let’s tackle the first question ” What are the signs of deep love”

Signs of deep love

Complete Trust

Truth is a fundamental part of every relationship. During the early stage of a relationship partners often don’t completely trust each other. This could be due to previous relationships and other incidents.

After a period of time within the relationship. Partners trend to have a clear picture of the significant other which helps them to completely trust each other.

Trust is given and gotten when the love is considered deep in a relationship. Without trust, a love relationship won’t stand the test of time.

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Safe Shape

At the beginning of every relationship, each partner has insecurities that tend to make them vulnerable. As the relationship grows together with trust, they become a safe shape for one another. A place where they can truly be themselves without feeling insecure.

The vulnerability becomes non-existence just for the simple reason that your significant other is always a pile of support.

Understanding

Understanding is the backbone of every love relationship that aims for longevity and happiness. When you have a deep love for your other half, you have a clearer understanding of who they are.

Not just the person they are, you would equally know their goals, their cause of anger, and so on. Basically you would know your partner’s weakness and strength.

Having an understanding means that you would know where to support your partner to solidify each other and that’s what deep love is all about.

Happiness

One of the packages that come naturally with love is happiness. Happiness is one of the parts of love that fades quickly in a relationship. To be able to sustain happiness in a relationship means to love completely.

When deep love exists within a relationship, happiness is naturally shared. When your significant other is joyful and happy, you would equally feel the same.

Protection

To be protective of your partner means “worrying about them from time to time and hoping and
making sure no harm comes to them”, habits like praying for them regularly, making sure your lover calls you from time to time, knowing their friends and the type of people they hang out with, and making sure they keep friends who are good for them are signs of protection.

Being protective should not be conflated with over jealousness. As overly Jealousness is a sign of an unhealthy relationship.

Love is essential now more than ever in at a time where humanity seems to be plummeting, and knowing these signs are present in a relationship is helpful especially for people who are not sure of the direction of their relationships. Also knowing these signs are there can also be reassuring in long-standing relationships. These signs are not definitive and some of them need not be there for deep love to be present.

What matters at the most is that you experience mutual love and enjoy it and live every moment with
the one you love like it’s your last.

What to do after NYSC is probably one of the most difficult self-question a Nigerian youth could ask themselves. All through their lives, they have only had one direct drive “academic success” and suddenly that’s partially over after NYSC. Some youths in Nigeria suffer from post-NYSC depression due to this particular question.

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This question shouldn’t be hard a question to answer if the educational system and government are structured properly. There are lots of courses still offered in Nigeria universities that provides no job opportunity. Some of these courses have been scrapped off in developed countries.

The government makes it even worse by not developing the sectors that would let an average Nigerian youth secure a job within his/her field of study. Chemical engineers, microbiologists, and co end up as bankers(if lucky).

To secure a job within your field of study, you don’t have to be brilliant just having parents with connections and would do the trick. It’s never a level playing field in Nigeria, the corruption, the terrible government but that can’t stop anyone hoping to achieve success after NYSC. You just have to create your own path rather than waiting for one to be made for you.

List of Jobs to start after NYSC

Digital Marketer

In the current world most especially Nigeria where people put out different content on a daily basis. Digital marketers have never been more needed than now. Digital marketer doesn’t mean an influencer rather an individual or corporation(a group of people) using different digital channels to generate leads and brand awareness.

There are lots of job opportunities for digital marketers in Nigeria. Everybody needs awareness for either their brand or business.

Content Creator

Content creator on social media platforms is one of the low-key ways to earn money when done right. Making short entertaining videos with originality and humor that can go viral. It sounds easy but it’s quite the opposite. Consistency is the key to winning fans over and growing your brand.

Companies looking to create awareness either for their brand or a promo would seek you out for the sole purpose of promotion. The amount that can be charged per promotion is determined based on the followers your brand has attained.

Social Media Influencer

Twitter is the most used social network in Nigeria. Wanting to build yourself as a social media influencer in Nigeria then twitter is the right choice. Being a social media influencer on twitter is more than just have 10k followers on twitter.

To be able to represent a brand or even becoming a brand ambassador as a social media influencer on twitter, you would need to aim at building your audience and brand the right way. Be articulate and knowledgeable, it would help to gain followers the right way. Tweet contents that are helpful, significant, and have originality. Be active on and off social media.

Once your followers are above the 10k mark, companies, and brands that know what your brand symbolizes will seek out for promotion or even a position as a brand ambassador.

Graphics Designer

Graphics design is a lucrative self-empowerment job. You need to have at least a beginners level of understanding of the following software:

  • Adobe Illustrator – For creating logos and illustrations.
  • Adobe Photoshop – For editing photos, logos, and more.
  • CorelDraw – For creating logos, posters, and more.
  • Figma – FOr creating app interface and design.
  • Adobe XD – For creating app interface, design, and prototyping.

To be able to earn to the max as a graphics design take out 6 months and learn every skill required. Most graphics designers in Nigeria take up to ₦5,000 – ₦20,000 a day depending on work location.

Web designer/developer

Every business that needs an online presence starts with a website. Gone are the days that required hard coding of HTML and CSS to make a website. There multiple CMS platforms that enable one to build a website without even writing a single line of code.

Learning how to create a website has never been easier than now. Get started on how to create a WordPress website with ₦18,000. Developing skills required for web design will take approximately 6 months. The average asking price for making a website range from ₦35,000 – ₦500,000 depending on the type of website.

Fashion Designer

Fashion is a border word to explaining lots of different aspects. There are lots of talented individuals in Nigeria both male and female that have ventured into fashion and attained success. You don’t necessarily need to have a big brand to make the first step.

Design your outfit, use either yourself or your friend has a model and share the pictures online. Clients will start showing up sooner than later. Make sure you make yourself and your fashion brand as professional as possible in payment, delivery, and customer service to be able to retain buyers.

Online Dropshipping

It’s no secret that online shopping is becoming a frequent option of recent in Nigeria with the growth of technology. On Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp people are offering different items for sale range from shoes, weavons, clothing, and more.

This offers an avenue to sell different items that you have direct access to or supplier on different social media platforms.

Art sales

Nigerian youths are synonyms to hard-work, creative minds, and mind-blowing real art illustrations. It’s not a secret anymore the world knowns it.

Being able to draw like this 👇 takes real work and development of skill. Having the slightest of any artistic skill, developing it. Put out artworks for clients and be paid a substantial amount of money.

The type of art work to expect from Nigerians.

Catering

Cooking isn’t easy to learn in Nigeria considering there are different tribes and ethnicity. Yet there are those blessed with the ability to cook different types of dishes.

You don’t necessarily need a shop to make a start. Design a food poster on Canva containing different types of dishes that you can deliver, post the poster on a social media platform preferable Twitter. People will make orders, first impression matters in this line of business. As time goes on you would understand your business better and improve in key areas.

Content Writer

Content writing is becoming a necessity for big companies and bloggers in Nigeria. You can write for blogs and earn for as little for ₦5000 per article. Working as a freelance writer on Upwork or Fiverr can pay like $50 per 2,000 worded article.

Blogger

Blogging is quite a slow process at the beginning. It’s not a fast and quick startup like others on this list but if done right it would generate easy and constant income.

Having a successful blog required to research, search engine optimization, creating unique and elaborate content that readers would enjoy.

Monetizing a blog can range from ads to affiliate marketing. The success of a blog is determined by the research done into creating the blog.

Photographer

Being a photographer is more than just photoshop. Photographers are specialists with the camera, using a blend of technical skills and an artistic eye to take pictures of people, places, landscapes, food, and so on.

It’s easy to earn and find work as a photographer on a weekly basis, presenting professional, style and well-detailed photos of the clients assisted work will determine your earnings.

Conclusion

Due to how unstructured the Nigerian government coupled with selfish leaders that govern the national, in truth you can only empower yourself. Creating a path to success is the only to ensure you are at the top.

Everyone would love to have a job in the federal or state sector off Nigeria after their NYSC but the obvious truth is that the possibility of such reality is quite low for the majority of Nigerians.

Picking up a plan early will help in the long run in establish your success as an individual.

Suddenly, there is an unknown post on your WordPress website without your permission, worst of all it appears only on the frontend and can’t be deleted from the backend. This is a nightmare most WordPress users are quite familiar with.

As of the time of writing this article, this a current hack on multiple WordPress websites. I also came across a Reddit user with a similar problem which after helping him I was compelled to write an article for anyone looking for help to remove the unknown post on their WordPress website. In other to solve this mess of a hack you have to understand what lead up to this soft hack on your WordPress website.

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The hack

It’s a simple database injection. Due to WordPress dependency on SQL makes it quite easy for hackers to inject codes into the database and gain unauthorized access. This is one of the biggest flaws of WordPress.

These malicious codes are injected through forms, login box, search box literally anything that takes user input. Due to most submissions on a WordPress website ae stored in the SQL database, all the hacker needs is to insert the code in form submission.

With this unauthorized accessto the SQL, post can be inserted or deleted depending on how friendly the hack is.

The solution to remove the unknown post from WordPress and increasing security.

Security

Step 1

Add Depender Plugin by WPMU DEV.
Make sure to change the database prefix from the default “wp”.
Activate limit on login trial.
Change the login URL from /wp-admin/ to another URL of your choice.
Activate the rest of the settings that suit your recommendation.

Step 2

Add Salt Shaker Plugin.
Reset your WordPress salt daily automatically to increase security and reduce vulnerability.

Step 3

Change the login password.

Removing the unknown post on the WordPress Website

Step 1

Head over to the PHPMyAdmin.

Step 2

Find “wp_posts” and click on it.
Note: if you had changed the prefix using the defender plugin it would be the new prefix _posts.

Step 3

Find the injected (unknown) post via post_title. Using the PHPMyAdmin table column post_title, it would be easier to identify.
Once found delete the post.

Conclusion

Due to how vulnerable WordPress, hackers will always find newer ways to gain unauthorized access. Always have a security plugin.

Make sure all other plugins are update and avoid nulled plugins.

For females that are skinny, they often feel it doesn’t matter what they eat, adding weight seems impossible. Having natural fast metabolism and genetics doesn’t soften the burden. Yet there are ways that enable the body to add weight healthy way as we will be discussing in this article.

Healthy Low-Calorie Meals

This is one of the most important factors that play a big role when it’s weight gain. In order to add weight, you would need to make a daily calorie goal. This daily calorie goal varies from individuals. Setting this goal would help you understand how much you would need to eat in a day in order to achieve your daily calorie goal.

The goal can be achieved by eating three squared meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner ) daily. Make sure that the calorie intake are from healthy foods rather than a fatty diet. Get these calories from calorie-dense food such as:

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  • Oats.
  • Eggs.
  • Fish.
  • Potatoes.
  • Red Meat.

Not everyone can simply meet their daily requirements by eating. This is where shakes and other liquid intakes such as milk, fruit juice, smoothie, and yogurt comes in play. It’s much easier to drink calories than eat them. With this method, you could easily meet your daily calorie goal.

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Consistent Workout

How to add weight for females the healthy way
Workout equipment

Creating a workout routine that is best suited for you is half the job. It’s best to create a workout routine that you can follow with the week. Three or four times a week is appropriate depending on you. There isn’t a specific workout to follow to gain weight. Download a workout app on your phone to help provide suggestions on possible workouts while tracking your records. The aim is to be consistent so that you can yield the result.

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It’s for you

In recent times, social media has played a bigger role in our lives. People often do things to seek validating from social media. When setting a weight gain goal especially for females, it best to set a realistic goal. Don’t again to gain weight in order be referred to as “thick”.

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Make sure the sole purpose of your gain weight is actually your choice not based on the influence social media has on you. If it isn’t your choice you might fall into the trap of not being comfortable within your body hence setting your goal at the idea body description infatuated by social media. To put it simply do it for yourself.

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Building a WordPress website is quite easy, which is why 30 % of the websites on the internet being powered by WordPress. Having a slow WordPress website is a recipe for disaster. Not only does it make the user experience horrible, but it also has serious damage to the SERPs of the website.

Recent studies by SEO experts have proven that site-loading speed of more than 2 seconds typically results in about 42 percent of visitors bouncing off the website. Knowing that having a fast website is essential for the growth and longevity of the website.

Factors affecting WordPress website loading time

1. Web Hosting Service

Web Hosting service is a company that stores all of your website’s data. You settle a plan and upload images, videos, contents, and more that would be stored on the host server. The hosting company gives you access to the data, manage it, and show it to your visitors.

When deciding on a WordPress host you may not even think of researching into what network they’re using, however, you should. This will have a large impact on your website’s overall performance. Many hosts will leave this out of their advertising as they’ll choose the cheapest network to reduce costs.

2. Theme

One of the biggest factors that affect a WordPress website loading speed is the theme of the website. WordPress themes are usually built with lots of features like sliders, carousels, dynamic content displays, widgets to name a few.

Having lots of these features on a page can cause an increase in the loading time of the website. The best option when choosing a theme for a website is a lightweight theme. Here are a few lightweight themes to choose from:

For more premium lightweight themes visit themeforest.

3. PHP

PHP a.k.a Hypertext Preprocessor is an extensively used open-source scripting language that is suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.

The majority of WordPress scripts are written in Hypertext Preprocessor, along with your plugins and themes. Make sure your web hosting service provides you with PHP version 7 upwards else look for another hosting service. The higher the PHP version, the more requests that can be handled per second.

4. Caching

To understand what caching is as a process we must first understand how a web server works. When a visitor accesses a URL on your website, it sends a request to the webserver which processes the request and displays a webpage for the visitor.

Caching is the easiest way to reduce the loading speed of a WordPress website. Caching sends requests to the webserver and saves these requests on the RAM/disk, basically making it easier and faster to display as a webpage when next a visitor sends a request.

5. Overload Plugins

Plugins are quite nice, get the job done easily without the stress of coding, hence everyone can build a website. Yet you are advised that having much of it on your WordPress website often slows down the website.

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The biggest problem most developers have with plugins is that the standard uninstallation doesn’t remove all the data stored in the database. Over time these stored data on the website database would eventually result in slowing down the website.

A well-developed plugin would have an option in the plugin settings suggesting deleting of all data if uninstalled. For some under-developed plugins, you would need to do a google search to find out the proper way to uninstall the plugin completely.

How to check your WordPress website loading time

Testing the loading speed of your WordPress is the first step in solving the problem. What to check during the test:

  • The number of requests.
  • Page size generated.
  • Caching.
  • Obviously, the loading time.

The homepage (http://YOURDOMAIN.COM) of the website is used as the benchmark during the test. In order to test the speed of the website, the following websites provide the free tools for such:

Using Gtmetrix

Go the Gtmetrix and type in your website domain name.

Check with theloading speed
Type in the domain and click on analyze

Within seconds the result would out, which is quite self-explanatary and easy to comprehend.

The result from the test checking the WordPress website speed
The test result

Step by step guide on speed up a WordPress website

1. CDN (Cloudfare)

Those that visit your website belong to numerous locations within the globe, and needless to say, the website online-loading pace will fluctuate if the site visitors are placed some distance faraway from which your website is hosted.

CDN stands for content delivery network. A content delivery network is a system of distributed servers (network) that deliver pages and web contents ( images, CSS, JavaScript, and video) to a user, based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the webpage and the content delivery server.

Cloudfare offers free CDN but with limited services. Their cheapest monthly package is $20. The free service they offer is enough for a personal blog or a small enterprise website.

Steps in setting up a Cloudfare CDN

Step1: Create an account

Creating a cloudfare account
Creating a cloudfare account

Step2: Add the domain name of the website

Add the domain of your WordPress website
Add the domain of the website

Step3: Change the nameserver of the domain to Cloudfare nameserver

Nameserver
Replace the nameserver of your website with cloudfare nameservers

Step 4: Cloudfare will automatic optimize your website.

Reduction in load time of the WordPress website
Cloudfare informs of the reduction of the load time of your website

Step5: Additional settings for more optimization

Switch on Brotli compression
Rocket loader
Switch on Rocket Loader

2. Image Optimization

To run a successful website, image optimization is a must. Images are the major contributors to the size of a given webpage. The trick is to reduce the size of the images without compromising on the quality. Normally on WordPress websites, this process is done automatically with the aid of plugins.

One of the best plugin for image optimization that’s totally free not freemium nor premium, just free is Robin Image optimizer. There are usually three options when it comes to image optimization.

Image optimization settings for WordPress websites
  • Lossless: This mode provides lossless compression and your images will be optimized without visible changes. If you want an ideal image quality.
  • Lossy: This mode provides an ideal optimization of your images without significant quality loss. The file size will be reduced approximately 5 times with a slight decrease in image quality, we recommend this mode.
  • Hard: This mode will use all available optimization methods for maximum image compression. The file size will be reduced approximately 7 times. The quality of some images may deteriorate slightly.

For more image optimzation let’s introduce Webp

Webp is an image format employing both lossy and lossless compression. It’s not accessible by all browsers but with verse majority of the internet uses using Chrome browser this would reduce the image size and enable for even faster loading time. To convert your images to Webp use WebP Converter.

3. Caching, Lazy loader and Minify

Selecting a Caching plugin

We previously explained what caching means and how it helps accelerate the loading time of a website. There are lots of plugins that can add this feature to your WordPress website. Here are a few recommended plugins:

Lazy loader /Minify

LazyLoad is a lightweight and flexible script that speeds up your web application by deferring the loading of your below-the-fold images, gifs, and videos. In other words, the webpage loads faster but display the images later on as the user scrolls down the page.

The option for this setting are usually available within the caching plugin media section.

Minify CSS/JS is just as the name sounds, the reduction of the size of the CSS/ JS script file. This is done by the removal of white spaces, comments in between the codes in CSS/ JS files to reduce the size. Most caching plugins have this within the settings.

Conclusion

We have discussed the factors that affect a website loading speed. We also covered how to test a website loading speed, last but not the least how to reduce a website loading time.

One of the biggest advantages of having a fast loading website is the user experience it gives your visitors. It equal increases the website SERPs ranking dramatically on google.

Knowing how to build a website could be regarded as an essential skill to have. As a Nigerian having the knowledge and understanding of how to build a website is advantageous. Here are a few benefits:

  • Save a lot of money on hiring web designers/ developers.
  • Creating a website to have an advantage and reach a wider range than your business competitors.
  • Being able to keep your website up to date and follow the latest trends without needing a programmer.
  • Adds an advantage to your CV when looking for a job.
  • Creates a much-needed job opportunity by working as a freelancer.

The opportunities are limitless but the first step to take is to learn how to make a WordPress website either for business or project.

According to Venturebeat, WordPress powers 30% of the websites on the internet. WordPress is always updated with lots of developers working on improving and enhancing the user’s experience.

One of the reasons WordPress is widely used is because of the no coding required it offers. You could build and host a website for just ₦19,000.

The plan to arc a Website

Step by step guide on the necessary process required to build a WordPress website at the cheapest price possible.

By the end, you’ll end up with a functional and elegant website and also acquire the knowledge to build a website either for a client or for a business of yours.

Step 1: Choosing a domain name and hosting

This is the first step in making a website and it is the fun part. You have total freedom to choose any name for the website out of millions of other names.

Still, there are some important factors to note while choosing a domain name in order to achieve a successful website.

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Stay original

It’s the most important when choosing the website domain name. The domain name should be constructed around the meaning, name or phrase associated with the business.

Make the domain name brandable but not too long, easy to remember to avoid users typing in a typo while trying to access the website.

Summary of choosing a domain

  • Short domain name.
  • Easy to remember domain.
  • Unique and symbolizes the business.

If you are confused about what domain name to choose, there are a few domain name generators to try to give an idea.

I. Buying a domain and web hosting

Web hosting isn’t as complicated as often people think it is. Imagine a computer(webserver) in which you store your website information and files whenever a visitor calls upon a particular file via domain name (URL access) the webserver presents the file to the visitor that’s web hosting a nutshell.

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There are a lot of companies offering web hosting services, with extremely competitive offers. I would strongly recommend Hostinger as one of the best web hosting services.

I’m not affiliated with the company but as a customer of theirs, I would recommend their services and here is why:

  • 24/7 customer service: Anything you running into a problem building or managing your website, their customer services are always online ready to assign to resolve the issue.
  • Very cheap for as low as ( ₦ 360/month).
  • Free domain name.
  • User friendly.
  • Light speed server.
  • Free backup for the lowest budget.
  • Free business email.

Okay, let’s get down to business:

  • Go the Hostlinger, set a plan for the website and add to cart.
  • Select a free domain in the payment section.
  • Installation and configuration of the Hostlinger and WordPress.
  • Finalizing.
Let's begin

Go the Hostinger and click on shared hosting, once the page opens up.

The single shared hosting plan is for small businesses, personal blogs and more. It’s the best plan to use to learn how to make a WordPress website.

For a basic website or small business website, this plan would be enough.

Premium shared hosting is for freelancer web designers, online stores and big companies.

Business shared hosting is for big cooperate companies.

Web Hosting
Hosting plans

Below is the payment section you would see form below, type in the domain name of your choice.

Free Domain
Grab free domain
Gotten free domain
The free domain secured

The next step is to sign in or create an account. Once you have created an account, sign in and proceed with payment. All Nigerian bank cards are accepted.

After payment, you would be required to filling some personal information that will be bound to the domain and hosting IP address.

II. Installation of WordPress on the web hosting server

Head over to the dashboard of your account and click on the manage button on the web hosting.

Dashboard
The dashboard

Don’t be intimated by the lots of icons scroll down to the auto installer and click on it.

Autoinstaller
Auto installer

Then click on WordPress.

Select WordPress
Select WordPress

Fill in the necessary information required for the WordPress installation.

Installation of WordPress
Fill in the form to complete the installation process.

Within two minutes the installation would be completed. Yes! you have officially built a WordPress website but there is still work to be done.

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Step 2: Understanding WordPress and its functionalities

Visit http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin to access the backend of your website. Login in with credentials used in setting up the WordPress installation.

Wordpress Admin
WordPress Admin

I. Basic setups

Setting the permalinks

Permalink is basically how your website URL would be structured. The most common practice according to SEO experts for better optimization and ranking on Google is Post name.

Click on settings then permalinks (Settings-> Permalinks) and change it to Post name, then save.

Permalink
Setting the permalinks

Setting the visibility

To be able to be indexed by Google and appear in search queries on Google, you would need to make your website visible.

Go the Settings-> Reading and uncheck discourage search engines.

Note: When building a website it’s better to leave the box checked until the build has been built completely for google to index the website properly.

Search appearance
Setting the visibility

Setting the website title and tagline

The website title would be displayed in pages, posts and SEO descriptions. It’s would be used for bookmarks and more. Think carefully about what the website represents and select a title.

Taglines are usually phrases associated with the supposed website(brand or business).

Go to Settings-> General and write the website title and tagline of the website.

Website title and tagline
Setting the website title and tagline

Setting the time zone

Go to Settings -> General and scroll down to zone. Set the time zone to Lagos which is Nigeria and set the time format that is best suitable for you and your audience.

Time Zone
Setting the time zone

Step 3: Designing the website

Remember when we said choosing the domain is the fun part, well lied. Choosing a theme for your WordPress website is the fun part.

There are multiple themes to choose from and with the click of a button change the entire look of the website.

WordPress offers a lot of free themes with superb features. There are other websites (themeisle, themeforest, freepsdworld, and digitaltemplatemarket) that offer premium themes for a certain fee.

If you can’t afford premium themes visit allwpworld or downloadthemes and download the premium themes for trial, not for commercial use.

I. Checklist for selecting a theme

  • Make sure the theme is lightweight (Nobody likes a show website).
  • Make sure it’s unique (You don’t your website looking like a replicate of another website).
  • Suited for the job (Choose a theme that best fit the business/ organization)

II. Installation

There are two ways to install themes in WordPress. If you download a theme from outside, the file would be in a zip file. Go to Appearance -> Themes and click on Add new.

Add New
Click on Add new

Click on the Upload theme button and choose the zip file of the downloaded theme and install it.

Upload theme
Install the downloaded them

Can install themes directly from the official WordPress directory. Go to Appearance -> Themes and click on Add new. Search for the name of the theme and preview it to get an insight into how the website looks before proceeding with the installation.

Seach and preview before installation.

Step4: Customization of the website

Different themes affect the options that would be available in the customization tab. There are a few mandatory options that are always available for customization.

I. Site identity

Customization of the favicon of the website is important. It’s usually the icons that appear on the browsers tab and mobile search SERP. The favicon size is 144px by 144px Google recommended image size.

Site identity

II. Homepage setting

Selecting a static page nor a post page could make or break your website. If it’s a blogged based website then the Post page is a better option.

If the website is to be designed for a business purpose the homepage setting should be Static page to be able to engage the audience quickly.

Homepage settings
Set the homepage

III. Color and Typography

In here lies the settings for the customization of the general colors that would be displayed throughout the website. Customizing the font, text size, and headers are also available. Free few the explore and get a feel for how the website could look like.

Colors and Typography
Customize the color and typography of the website

Step5: Adding essential plugins to power your website

Plugins simply help added more features to power and make websites easier to manage without having any knowledge of coding. Due to WordPress’s popularity, one could argue there is a plugin for every feature you plan on adding on to a website.

However, here are the essential plugins to add to your WordPress website:

  • Robin image optimize: optimize images on your website with loss of quality. It’s essential the images on a website are optimized to enhance user experience. It equally helps load web pages faster.
  • WebP Converter for Media: converting images to Webp helps load a website much faster for browsers that allows Webp images.
  • Contact 7 form: adding forms to your website is one of the best ways to allow the visitors of your website to reach out. With contact 7 form it makes the process seamless.
  • Wordfence security: Afraid of hackers? With this plugin, rest assured that your website security is secured and would be informed via email for any unauthorized activity on your website in real-time.
  • Yoast: an essential plugin for search engine optimization.

No need for any backup plugin when hosting with Hostlinger you are automatic backup up every three days with the single shared hosting.

Step 6: Basic pages to create

There are pages that all websites should have. These pages are:

Contact us – Where visitors can submit a form and get information that could help them contact you.

About us – Self-explanatory page that displays information about the aim, the purpose of the website.

Home – Usually called the landing page. It’s the first page a visitor would see when the website domain is accessed from a browser.

Privacy Policy – Usually generated automatically by WordPress. It’s a must-have in today’s world.

I. Creating a page

Click on Pages and Add New

Get familiarized with the interface.

  • Title.
  • Body.
  • Featured image.
  • Publish button.
Creating a page
Creating a page

II. Add Blog functionalities

If you are an influencer, content products or an inspiring blogger in Nigeria, it crucial that your website has a blog.

Blogs can be used to promote content, products, and brands. Managing a blog is straightforward, publish articles related to the content, products, and brand that you are trying to promote.

Creating a blog is similar like create a page.

Start by clicking on Pages and click on Add New.

Create a new page, name it BLOG.

Head over to Settings -> Reading and select the BLOG page as the Post page.

The success of every blog is based on consistent writing and publishing relative articles.

Conclusion

Yes! You have successfully learnt how to build a WordPress website.

You can now build a website from the ground up without needing to hire anyone.

With just ₦ 19,000 you can build a website, which takes 4 years before the next renewal which is quite cheap. Develop the skills you have acquired and you could be on a path to being a freelance web designer in Nigeria.

Viewing happiness as a Nigerian

I did some surveys on twitter to understand how most Nigerians view happiness. I came to a few conclusions.

Nigerians mostly view happiness as social status, reaching a certain place in life, having a lot of money if not more, being able to afford anything and the list keeps ongoing.

A few questions people had difficulty or inconclusive answers to were as follows:

Can you be happy all the time?

Let’s say you attain the social status you craved, now what?

Can money buy happiness?

What does happiness mean to you?

Before we go into the details explaining what happiness is, let look at what isn’t happiness for a better understanding.

“Happiness is like butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder”

Henry david thoreau

Happy isn’t a state of mind

It’s believed that every individual has a level of happiness. Psychologists refer to it as a set-point theory of happiness. It varies for each individual based on the environment that they grew up and the life experiences they have had so far in life.

Most at times when you receive a salary alert/twitter giveaway alert, news of your loved one putting to bed, gift and so on, you would feel a level of increase in your current state of happiness. After some period of time, it returns back to it’s set point.

Equally the same when you received news of losing a loved one, your level of happiness decreased, creating a sad feeling. After a certain period, it returns back to it’s set point.

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Does more money mean happiness?

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

During my survey on twitter, most Nigerians if not all agreed that money is their source of happiness. A lot of Nigerian live below the poverty line which makes it hard to be happy.

For freelancers and entrepreneurs, the process of earning money gives them happiness rather than the money itself.

According to thriveglobal.com, researchers found that having more money directly increases life satisfaction. Nevertheless, after a certain period of time, the impact it has on happiness diminishes. And those with little money felt happier with increased earning.

Yet, money is needed to maintain the level of happiness(set point theory of happiness) or to keep it afloat.

What does happiness mean to you?

“Happiness is being contented with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life, and good friends.”

Divyanka Tripathi

In Nigeria, people live with lots of expectations, either from people or themselves. Life isn’t a destination but rather a day to day journey.

Carrying a lot in the heart weights down your happiness and can disrupt chemical imbalance which could lead to depression.

Happiness is the ability to overcome negative emotions, seeing positive in the worst scenario. The ability to connect and affect others positively. A sense of well-being, joy, or contentment.

Your happiness simply means how contented you are with your life, how you interact with your family and friends. How you allow your day to day affects you.