‘Million’ is a magical word. However, until a few years back, it used to be an alien word for me. I’m from New Delhi, India, and here we talk in Lakhs and Crores. Thanks to globalization and the growth of the blogging and startup industries, “million” is no longer a word that is exciting for me. Why am I talking about this word? Because ShoutMeLoud receives more than 1.5 million page views a month, and one of my goals for this year is to reach 2 million page views a month. I think we can get there… Welcome to this special transparency report of ShoutMeLoud! Every few months, I publish a report like this stating what is happening with our blog, how we performed in terms of traffic and income, and a lot of new ideas and suggestions for bloggers in every niche to grow their own blogging businesses. If you are not sure why I publish such transparency reports, then you should read our philosophy here and check out previous income reports … [Read more...] about ShoutMeLoud July 2017 Blog Income & Traffic Report: $50k Milestone
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In my earlier guide I shared how you can host sub-domain on another hosting, and in this guide I will be giving you complete walkthrough of vBulletin installation. I heard some bad reviews about vBulletin V5, so I decided to install vBulletinV4. I have already discussed various forum option for any blogger over here. After looking at all the options and reviews, I decided to opt vBulletin as my forum software. Since, I never had any experience with forums before, I will be sharing all my finding and learning over here. If you wanted to integrate a forum with your blog, this is the post for you. Note: I have decided not to use vBulletin forum and instead to use XenForo forum. You can read about Xenforo and installation process here. vBulletin is a commercial forum software, and you need to buy a license. I recommend you to take advantage of trial demo, and if it suits your need, you should consider spending $249 to buy a license. Now, if you have purchased the license, login to your … [Read more...] about How To Install vBulletin Forum on Your Domain
From the last couple of days, I have been planning to expand ShoutMeLoud with few new things, and I was considering to move to a Webhosting company, which can give me more control + complete peace of mind. Earlier ShoutMeLoud was hosted on a private VPS, which was was well-optimized, but I missed the lack of control. For example, I wanted to integrate a forum and few other sub-domains, to expand SML, but technical limitations always stopped me. After doing lots of research, reading tons of reviews, and hearing great stuff about many web hosting companies, I decided to opt for managed WordPress hosting. If you are wondering how managed WordPress hosting is different from shared hosting companies like Bluehost or Hostgator, here is a started guide on what is managed WordPress hosting. I knew the pros and cons of managed WP hosting, and after looking at all the possible options, I decided to opt for WPEngine. They are recommended as one of the top managed hostings by many known … [Read more...] about My WordPress Migration Experience with WPEngine Hosting
Having a discussion forum on your WordPress blog will help you to create a community around your blog. There are many ways by which you can add a discussion forum on your blog. If you don’t want to spend your time learning another forum software such as Xenforo, VBulletin or any other, it’s best to use WordPress plugin which let you achieve the same. Today, I will be sharing a detailed guide on how to integrate a discussion or Q&A forum in WordPress using free DW Question & Answer WordPress plugin. This is a feature rich plugin which offers almost all the features which you need for your Q&A forum. I am an engineer and currently working as a freelancer and It was very comman to hear from most of my clients is, Is there any free plugin to start a Question and answer forum? and After a clear research on web I found a fantastic plugin namely DW-Question-&-Answer I used DW-Question-&-Answer plugin on many of my clients’ blogs and also got good … [Read more...] about How To Create Discussion Forum in WordPress With Plugin
We have talked a lot about shared hosting in the past, but after your blog starts getting decent traffic, shared hosting is not ideal. You need to increase your blog's hosting infrastructure, and the next step is to go for managed VPS web hosting. Note: There are unmanaged VPS hosts too, which are cheaper, but if you are one of those people who doesn't like getting their hands dirty with shell commands, managed hosting is what you want. I work on the WordPress platform, and a managed VPS is specifically geared towards WordPress blogs. You've probably heard me talk a lot about HostGator and Bluehost. Though I don't have any issue with my shared hosting accounts, if my traffic starts increasing, I'll need to move to a dedicated server or a VPS. For some of my smaller sites, shared hosting is ideal, but for a big site like ShoutMeLoud, shared hosting is not practical. Dedicated web hosting is expensive, so a VPS is really the best option. From Wikipedia: A virtual private … [Read more...] about What is VPS Web Hosting & What is the Best Managed VPS Host?