Are you still running Prophoto3 on your website? Is your contact form working?
I went through the recommended Prophoto fixes to get the contact form displaying again and nothing was working. When switching the form to Simple Mode On as recommended all content disappeared, but clicking on the Contact link revealed an error.
Warning: require_once(X:\Hosting\XXXXXXX\html\blog\wp-content/wp-load.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in X:\Hosting\XXXXXXX\html\blog\wp-content\themes\prophoto3\prophoto3\includes\contact-form.php on line 3
From this I was able to determine where the issue was, contact-form.php, and what the issue was, loading wp-content.php. If you look at the WordPress directory structure, you’ll see that wp-load.php is not located in the wp-content folder which is where it was being called from.
Here’s a quick fix to get the contact form appearing again. This does require editing a file and I will take for granted that you know how to do that. Most of the time your host will have a file manager in your control panel that will allow for things like this. Otherwise, you can download the file, open it in Notepad and then re-upload it again. Or, contact me and I’ll get it done for you.
The file we are going to edit is contact-form.php. This file resides in
Line 3 of this file reads
require_once( dirname( dirname( dirname( dirname( dirname( __FILE__ ) ) ) ) ) . '/wp-load.php' );
We are going to change that to read
require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-load.php');
The easiest way to edit a php file is to comment out the original line and add in the new line. This way if something goes wrong, you can easily (and quickly) reverse the change. To comment out a line you simply add // to the beginning.
The beginning lines of this file should now read:
<?php // Load WordPress environment //require_once( dirname( dirname( dirname( dirname( dirname( __FILE__ ) ) ) ) ) . '/wp-load.php' ); require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-load.php'); do_action( 'p3_pre_contact_form' );
Now in your WordPress Admin, navigate to Appearance-> P3 Customize. Click the Contact tab, scroll to the bottom and you’ll see an option for Loading Simple Mode, set that to on and you should be all set. Hop over to your site and test your contact form to ensure it’s loading properly.
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The lazy days of summer are here, the kids are out of school, you’ve lost your desire (or time) to be productive. I get it. You’ve got things you wanted to do, but didn’t finish before the kids interrupted you and they’re just sitting there staring at you and haunting you. It’s easy to fall into a slump this time of year, but you don’t have to, you can beat it in one week with these easy steps. Let’s declutter your business.
Day One: Blog Posts
Get in there and finish those half written blog posts. Spend one day getting them all polished and scheduled to publish. It’s great to get a post started and leave it in draft mode until you finish it up, but you have to go back and finish it! It’s doing you no good just sitting there, waiting. Scheduling posts, if you can write more than one in a day, is a great way to free up some time. Spend a day or two writing when you can and you’ll always have content to post (ahem, a lesson I need to learn myself!)
Day Two: Client Contact
I know you have some clients you want and need to follow up with, but you keep putting it off. Following up and staying in touch with past clients is the best way to bring them back to you. Spend a day getting those follow up emails and calls done. You’ll feel much better, they’ll feel special and it’s one less daunting task hanging over you.
Day Three: Update Your Website
Grab a backup and update WordPress and all of the plugins. If you have someone doing this for you, kudos to you! This is an easy to outsource task and so worth it. Once you’ve got everything on the backend updated, look over your pages and see if any information or pricing needs updated. Have you been considering a facelift for your website, contact your designer (that’s me!) and get the ball rolling. If a new site is something you’ve been considering, it’ll make you feel much better once it’s done.
Day Four: Social Media
Spend today scheduling some Facebook and Twitter posts. Scheduling these ahead of time will lessen the amount of time you spend on those time-suckers each day. Some of the easiest posts for Facebook are image posts that include quotes, spend a little time today creating some quotes and get them scheduled. I just put one together, you can click through and share it on your page! Just click the image and you’ll be taken to my Facebook page where the image is already uploaded and ready for you to hit share. Need help scheduling on Facebook? There’s a blog post for that!
Day Five: Straighten Your Desk
A clean workspace will leave you feeling much more productive and ready to tackle anything. Take a few minutes today to put away all of your markers and pens, throw away old sticky notes, carry dirty dishes to the kitchen. File away anything you don’t need anymore and sort through old mail. It’d be great to dust off your work surface as well. When all is clean and looking nice, take the kids to the pool. You deserve a little time in the sun after a productive week!
While this will get you back on track to productivity, it’s not a bad idea for it to become a weekly routine, at least for the summer. Doesn’t it feel great to be organized and no longer have those “things” hanging over you for you to keep putting off until tomorrow?
For the most part, I love my Google Products. Gmail is one of my favorite email providers. Did you know you can use Gmail to handle your domain email? You can have it land right in your Gmail inbox and reply using your domain email as well. All of instanticity.com email goes through my gmail box. Gmail allows you to have up to 5 POP email accounts. Setting up your domain email as a POP box is easy, just follow the steps below:
Go to your Settings and click on Accounts and Import and then look for Add a POP3 mail account you own.
The pop up window will take you through a series of steps. The default settings will usually be just fine. First you’ll type in the email address you want to add email@example.com. In the next window, the user name will probably be just the you part, add the @yourdomain.com to that, most servers will require the full email address. You’ll also need to add your password. The rest of the settings here should work just fine. You can opt to label the incoming mail if you want so it stands out in your inbox.
Now, your account has been added so that your emails will go to your Gmail inbox. The next few steps will allow you to send mail from your Gmail so it appears to come from your domain email. You won’t need to do anything except hit Next Step here and on the next screen. I do keep mine checked for Treat as Alias, you can read up on that and choose the setting that best suits you.
For SMTP server, listen to Google and just use Gmail. Click Next Step and then tell Google to send you the Verification. At this point, you’ll need to log in to your domain email account and get the code.
Pop the code in, click Verify and you are almost done.
One last step, back on the Settings -> Accounts and Imports page, look in the third section that says Send mail as: and click the radio option to “Reply from the same address the message was sent to”
Remember, you can add up to 5 email addresses here. I have a live.com and a few domain emails going into my Gmail box. If you ever want to remove them, just go back to the settings page and click on delete.
Facebook is such a time suck. Admit it. You hop over there with full intention of posting to your business page and you end up playing games, answering surveys, you know which Disney Princess you are, which country you should live in and what color describes you, but you haven’t posted anything to your business page.
By scheduling a few Facebook posts ahead of time, you can appear active on the social site and yet avoid it until a convenient time so you can play around.
I have this article that I want to share with my followers to use as an example. Once you have your post written, don’t hit post quite yet. Look over to the left and you’ll see a little clock icon. Click that.
This will give the options to schedule, or even backdate, a post. You can choose a date well into the future and you can schedule the exact time you want the post to go live.
By analyzing your page’s insights you can determine the best time to post by seeing when your fans are online. Just click Insights at the top of the page and then click on Posts. Determine your page’s optimal time and start scheduling!
It’s still great to share things as you find them and definitely take time to respond to comments, but this is a great way to appear active when you need to be doing other things, like a vacation maybe?!