Brand Your WordPress Blog’s Database Error Page

The hardest part for a blogger would be satisfying readers faced with downtime. You have to convince them in a manner they won’t get frustrated and also please them visit again.

Whenever your WordPress has a problem connecting to your database, you can display a custom database error page to your readers. You can make those pages branded so that your blog can still shine during that downtime.

Creating Custom WordPress Database Error Page

1. Open any Text Editor – Notepad or Notepad ++ (Check some alternatives here). Now it’s time to play with your creativity and imagination. Create a creative custom Database error page now, don’t forget to use your blog’s logo there and also some apologies for the downtime.

Also if you have a status blog, ask your readers to check that, so that they can know the cause of the downtime and when your blog will be up again.

2. Save that file as db-error.php.

HBB Custom DB Error

3. Now move this file to your wp-content section. Use FTP Client like Filezilla (check alternatives here) for doing that.

Why wp-content folder? Even if you upgrade WordPress, the contents will be still present there.

4. That’s all, bingo! You can check HBB’s Custom Database Error page using this URL :

Most of us lose our blog readers because of downtime, you can also create a Status Blog for communicating with your readers during that downtime.

Promote Your Facebook Page With Contact Importer For Pages

Almost every blog and brand have their own Facebook Page. If you have a list of customers, members or email subscribers then you can then use the Contact Importer tool provided by Facebook to upload your list, find them on Facebook, and let them know about your Facebook Page.

Contact Importer for Facebook Pages

I found the Contact Importer for Facebook Pages above the page thumbnail, click on it and follow the instructions.

Import Contacts

You have two options for importing contacts to view your page :

Contacts Importer

#1 – Upload a Contact File : Upload a contacts file and Facebook will securely import your contacts.

Outlook, Constant Contact, .csv files and others are supported.

#2 – Find Your Web Email Contacts : Search your email for contacts. I believe it is the fastest and easiest way to find potential fans.

As of now Facebook supports Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and some other services.

Maximum of 5000 contacts supported as of now.

Finding Your Web Email Contacts

I used #2 method for importing contacts which worked well for me.

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A suggestion for your page may be shown to your contacts who are already on Facebook and an email will be sent to your contacts who aren’t on Facebook.

Have you tried this Contact Importer? Did it work for you!? Share your opinions below.