Hardeep Asrani

WordPress Developer, Kanpur

Star Wars!!! And Some Other Stuff

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (oh boi!) is just few days away from hitting the theaters!!! Unfortunately for me, it will hit theaters here in India on 25th December, so basically I will have to avoid all the spoilers for an entire week!!

My pal created a plugin, similar to Holly Dolly, called The Force. It displays random Star Wars quotes so download it if you’re a fan. It’sA pretty cool.

Now let’s talk about what I’m up to now. Right now I’m trying to improve my programming skills and working on theme development. In last month, I released Latte (free/Pro) and redesigned DocPress theme.

And let me put this honestly, Latte theme is theme worth every penny, but with bad promotion from me. The theme is great, with bad bad bad marketing. So right now I’m giving more time to building more things and hoping to start a theme store in 2016, and I’ll focus on marketing after that.

I do everything, from designing to writing documentation, so if you’re interested in being a part of this then feel free to contact me. It’s pretty hard to manage at this point. I work for ThemeIsle, create my own themes, study, manage my new apartment and also do a little bit of blogging.

TheBlogCode.com is really slow because I don’t get much time to blog, while TricksPanda.com is pretty much dead, so if you wanna buy TricksPanda then it’s up for sale! TheBlogCode.com is a project which I’m doing just to fulfill my passion for writing, regardless of views.

So yes, my schedule is pretty much packed! Anyway, if you have any suggestions for me then feel free to contact me, or if you just wanna talk about Star Wars. Let’s wrap this blog post too! May the force be with you all! πŸ™‚

Everything Has Changed

If you look around you’ll find out that my website’s theme is completely different from what it was few hours ago. And if you dig deep, you’ll find out that this design isn’t complete. For example, there’s no comments section as I speak. So let me tell you what happened.

I was using Chun by Justin Tadlock, along side his portfolio plugin. When I logged in to my site earlier tonight I found a new update for the portfolio plugin. And that was a real mistake. As it got updated, I found out that it wasn’t compatible with Chun’s design and it ruined my entire portfolio. I tried different solution and nothing worked so I had to change the theme.

The new theme is called Latte, designed by me. I was designing it for my site it wasn’t ready to use. But I had no other options so I had to activate it. I’ll try to finish this theme as soon as possible.

Man, last few hours were terrible due to all this. Anyways, enjoy the new design. It looks great on iPad. πŸ™‚

WWE Live, We’re Coming!

WWE is coming to India after 13 years, next year in January, and I’ve booked my tickets for the event!

My friend Rubai & I are going to attend this event. This is the first time we will even meet each other, too, so I’m really looking forward to this day. It’s still two months away.

Are you going? Feel free to stop by and say hello! πŸ™‚

I’m Moving

This came as a surprise to a lot of friends (all of them, literally), but I have decided to leave Kanpur and move out to Hyderabad. I’ve a stable job, and I work from the home, so why the hell am I leaving the city where I have my everything?

There are many reasons, and I can’t write all of them here but one of the biggest reason is that I’m not going anywhere here. And I’m bored of my everyday life which has no excitement left, for now. So I’ve decided to do a little (okay, it’s not little) experiment with my life to see where it takes me. And yes, I’m scared. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but at the same time I’m excited. And if you live in Hyderabad then feel free to drop a line so we could grab a cup of coffee. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s pretty much what’s going on in my personal life. I’m moving in the first half of the November, so I’ll keep you updated.

And speaking of updates, I’ve started TheBlogCode.com – and I’m not going to write down what I’m going to do with this website, because I’ve already posted about it here. And I’m also working on an update for DocPress theme, which will pretty much change the entire look of the theme. I wasn’t satisfied with the work quality of the DocPress theme, so I decided to redesign it from the scratch.

Well that’s pretty much it. Things are going pretty slow, eh. Have a great Dusherra, if you celebrate this festival. πŸ™‚

5 Mistakes A Beginner Blogger Should Not Make

We live in an era where opening a blog is easier than creating an email account, which means every other guy, like me, on the internet has a blog. In this crowded era, it’s easier to open a blog but it’s really hard to lead that blog to success, specially with Google smashing all unprofessional blogs to ground with every algorithm update. And it makes even harder for the new bloggers to not lose hope.

I started blogging around 4 years ago, and apart from the life changing experience that I’ve been through, there were some roadblocks too. Well, a lot of roadblocks, to be honest. I’ve started over 10 blogs on different niches in which less than 3 lived for more than a year. But you always learn something from your failures.

I’ve handpicked five mistakes that beginner bloggers often make. Just reading these won’t make your blogging life a luxury, but it will at least save you from few of the roadblocks that you’ll probably face.

1. Don’t copy!

This is probably what most of the “bloggers” do. Seriously, using Ctrl + C, followed by Ctrl + V, isn’t blogging. Copying saves a lot of time off your work, and you can post dozens of articles within few hours. But – what makes you think that you can do it for a really long time? Or that Google won’t block you for plagiarism?

Copying content from the internet or from a book for that matter, is plagiarism. You never got caught in your school for copying from Wikipedia, but that won’t be the case in blogging. Sooner or later, search engines will catch you and you will see a huge drop in your visitors and revenue.

If you’re interested in writing a fine blog post then do some research, use your knowledge in the field, and write it down on a piece of digital paper. Not only that you write a quality post, but you also get better as a writer.

2. Stop using heavy layouts.

You don’t need a blog theme/template with 4 different sliders, 9 homepage styles and 8 premium plugins. You just need the one that suits your vision and niche. Do you really need a slider? I don’t like sliders, and I think they suck. But does your site needs to have a slider? If yes then do you need the one which makes your site slow? Think it through.

Do you really need a funky theme when your site is a corporate site? Always use a theme which makes it easier for your visitors to find and read your content, and makes your site as fast as The Road Runner. You don’t need to put links to your social media at 9 different places, with two different view counter widgets.

3. You just can’t fool Google.

What on the living earth makes you think that a SEO trick can fool the search giant Google? If it did then it won’t be for long. Soon Google will find the flaw and they will penalize your blog big time.

“If you or your favorite SEO guru think that you’re clever enough to outsmart and defeat the army of Google engineers, tasked with delivering the objective, you might well be in for a very unpleasant surprise. As Google continues its efforts to make its search results more useful to users, SEO experts who continue to follow the old rules are increasingly likely to be marginalized by the search engine.”

– Five Reasons Why Fooling Google is a Bad Idea

You don’t need to use any black hat SEO tactics. It’s 2015, and in this age the quality content is the trick to rank first on Google.

4. Quality > Quantity -_-

The main reason why I decided to start this blog was this! The quality of content. I wanted to create a blog which tells you how to create a website that produces quality content, not 3 different advertisement pop-ups. The quality content is the key to a successful blog.

Would you like to have a 16GB iPod or a 36GB “Made in China” MP3 player? Just like that, you don’t need a blog where you write 80 articles/day but a blog where you take your time to write every single blog post. Also, you don’t need to write 10 pages long posts when the real content isn’t long.

5. You have a life too.

I know how much fun blogging could be, and how obsessed you could get. If you have passion and skills then you can get addicted to it. If you are running a great blog, with your family & friends being frustrated with you for not giving them attention then you’re up to no good.

It’s good to take some time out of your blog, and visit the “real world,” because playing GTA 5 isn’t the “time out” that we’re talking about here. Leaving notes at various cafΓ©s is pretty fun. πŸ™‚

I hope this article will help you in making your life as a beginner blog a little less hard. If you’re making above mentioned mistakes then it’s never too late to improve. Happy blogging! πŸ™‚

I’m Attending WordCamp Pune!

I’ll be attending next month’s WordCamp Pune, which will be held on 6th of the September. This is going to be my first WordCamp, and as you can judge by the exclamation mark in the title, I’m really excited for this event. So if you’re going to attend the event too and want to meet me, then feel free to leave me an email. I will also attend the after party, so I’ll be there the entire day with the WordPress community members.

Just wanted to give a huge shout out to someone who has played a big role in my life, and I just can’t imagine how my life would be without her. Thanks to the person who comes to my mind every time I hear the word “friend.”

Thanks a lot, Deeksha Raj, for being my friend. I’m lucky to have you. Here’s for another 6 years, followed by 60 more. πŸ™‚