Stuck in Maintenance Mode after failed plugin upgrade

Did you just clicked stop when you were upgrading your WordPress? or did you just close the tab?
Whatever the reason be if your WordPress is stuck at maintenance mode just follow these steps.

  1. Open FTP session or file manager from Cpanel/Plesk
  2. Delete .maintenance from the directory
  3. Refresh your website.



Display the Location in your Posts

With this walk through you will learn to display the location of the posts in your WordPress Posts , Pages or Custom Posts. I will be using a plugin called Geo Mashup Map to implement the map and the category filter.For this tutorial, you need to have some knowledge of WordPress Post types, HTML,CSS and JavaScript.

1. Choose the theme.

You can start from scratch and create a new theme or you can choose any existing theme, for this tutorial I will be using a GPL theme called Tiga developed by Satyra.

2. Activate the Plugin

Download the Geo Mashup Map Plugin and activate it.

Geo Mashup Map Plugin , Install

3.Activate the Plugin.

4. Plugin Settings

Go the the Geo Mashup tab in the Settings Menu. In this tab you will see options Overall, Single Maps, Global Maps and Contextual Maps.

In the overall tab I have done the following settings.


Most of the Fields are self explanatory. Please note that , if you use Google v2 , you will need an API key.
I just need to collect location for Posts and Pages, you can select other options as well. Now, the next setting is important. I have created a Custom Field for my posts in the UI, so I want the Geo Mashup Plugin to check this custom field and copy back the Geo location details related to the location in this custom field. I have named this field as Location. Additionally I have created , two custom fields that will hold the Geo Latitude and Geo Longitude after the Geo Coding of the address.

Leave rest of the settings as it is.For advance use, you should use rest of the settings as specified in the documentation.

5.Adding details to the Post

After you have done these settings, you can go back to the Posts/Page editor and add the location from the default UI.

Adding Location in Posts
Adding Location in Posts

When you will update any of the post, you will see that the Geo Data is copied to the custom fields, this data is quite useful as you will learn in later chapters of this post series.

You can display the map using the following shortcode in the post.


Hope , this tutorial is helpful for you. Please share your views.

Update your WordPress – 3.4

A new version of the popular WordPress blogging platform has just been released. Webmaster running a WordPress blog should see update notifications right now on their sites in the admin dashboard. Here it is then as usually possible to install the update right from within the admin dashboard, or update manually by downloading the new version from the official WordPress website to upload and install the upgrade manually.

According to the official announcement at the WordPress website, WordPress 3.4 features “significant improvements to theme customizations, custom headers, Twitter embeds and image captions”.

The theme customizer is the biggest change in version 3.4 of WordPress, allowing admins to change various aspects and settings of a theme. This is done by displaying a live preview of the theme on the right, and the various customization options on the left. The type of options depend largely on the theme, with site title, tagline being always available, while coloring options only on themes supporting the new feature. The default WordPress themes for instance support these types of customizations.

Colors, backgrounds and custom image headers can be changed for themes that support the feature. The developers plan to integrate additional customization options in future WordPress releases.

Other features worth mentioning in WordPress 3.4 are improvements made to the software’s custom headers feature, support for HTML in image captions, WP_Query improvements, and a number of additional improvements like infinite scrolling when browsing installed themes in the admin dashboard and a variety improvements for WordPress developers.

Admins and developers can check out the WordPress Codex for a full overview of all the changes in the WordPress 3.4 release. It is as always recommended to backup the blog before upgrading to the new version, or to test the new installation on a test server before upgrading live sites to the new version. I personally had no issues on Ghacks and several other sites that I administrate, but that does not mean that other admins may not experience issues.

Zinglish – The new buddypress child theme

I have created a new Child Theme for buddypress. It was meant for a customer. The original website is Zinglish. The website is supposed to serve as an LMS ( Learning management system).

The theme is based on default buddypress. It adds some additional functionality and custom CSS, to give it a simple look. I have used a custom font to enhance the typography.

The original website has an option for slider as well as Home page boxes embedded in the theme. Here are some screenshots of the theme. I have submitted it to the wordpress themes directory. Will be available if all the issues are solved.

Theme Features

Posts page with thumbnail support.

The post page supports the “Featured Image”. This featured image is derived from the WordPress featured image section.

Custom Avatar Support

Home page highlights and Slideshow

Posts Page
Activity Streams


Download the theme –