When we think of building a fully-functional website for our business, which is the first CMS that comes to your mind? Of Course, our answer is going to be a WordPress.
Undoubtedly, WordPress is the world’s most relevant open source content management system that can help you create a professionally-developed website, without any technical assistance. You can easily manage, customize, and extend the functionality of your site in a matter of few minutes by using WordPress’ themes, plugins, and other extensions.
Today, most of the businesses are opting for WordPress web development to grow their business online. Well, there are lots of other reasons that will determine why business should go for WordPress.
In this blog post, we will share some of the interesting reasons why you should opt for WordPress. This will encourage those businesses who are not using WordPress or for those who are new into the web development industry.
WordPress Is Free
The best thing about WordPress is that it is a free open source CMS tool. It means you don’t need to pay for creating any kind of a website on WordPress. In fact, you never have to concern about the hidden charges or any other fees. You can simply download and install WordPress at free of charge.
Plus, it offers tons of free themes and plugins that you can use to build more engaging, more attractive and more professional site within a few clicks of button.
Flexibility or Adaptability
WordPress offers a great flexibility to those who want to set up a dynamic website over WordPress. No matter what type of a website you want – it can be a personal blog, photography or portfolio based website, restaurants or travel website, e-commerce site or anything else.
WordPress has the ability to adjust according to your needs. In fact, it also comes with thousands of compelling themes and plugins that will help you build a custom website with ease. Read More
WooCommerce is one of the most convenient open source tools available for creating an online store and it is one of the major attractions of getting a website built with WordPress.
A lot of people migrate from other platforms using services which convert from HTML to WordPress or transfer an existing interfaced from other platforms.
Building a virtual marketplace with the free plugin is just the first step an owner needs to take several steps to increase sales of WooCommerce stores and a list of plugins that will be helpful in the objective is being presented here. Read More
People don’t like popups appearing on a website. They often see it as intrusive, particularly when they can’t get rid of it once an action is done. Email list is very important in a blog so letting your visitors know that you have a newsletter page right away is a great marketing effort as we all know, earning people’s trust is as hard as you expect it to be.
So when I learned about popups to use as a sign-up page for my newsletter, I had my doubts. Popups are the worst thing you can do to urge people to sign up, so why bother?
But then again, I recognized that many reputable sites are already using popups, I just didn’t realize it back then until I learned about Pippity.
What is Pippity
Pippity is a WordPress plugin that lets you create popups to invite people to sign up to your newsletter. Just like any other plugin, what you can do is install it to your WordPress blog, then configure it based on your needs.
The plugin allows you to create lightbox popups for your WordPress site. Here are some of the best features of Pippity:
Lets you have multiple popups.
Allows you to do split A/B testing.
Lets you show the popup only to logged out users.
Comes with analytics.
Allows custom cookies.
Has a popup bar feature
Design wise, Pippity has 8 pre-built themes. The themes have plenty of color choices, so you can choose the combination you like or select your own color. You can also do the following:
Enter the text for each selection you want to use.
Set the appearance of the popup.
Show how long the popup appears.
Set how many days before to show it again and how many days before it shows again to the same person.
Installing Pippity is basically the same process as installing a WordPress plugin, except that you need to connect your email newsletter service like Aweber to the plugin. Connecting the Aweber to Pippity is simply done by using the Automagic feature. This feature gives you clear instructions on how to connect to Aweber.
To setup your popup is pretty straightforward. Pippity will guide you through the 5 step process from choosing themes to connecting to your email newsletter service.
You have 16 themes to choose from and each of these themes are customizable. This is great if you don’t have the time or technical knowledge to create your own theme.
Once you’ve chosen your own theme, you can then tweak the design to your liking. You can do almost anything to change the look and feel of your popup. You can change the font style, font size, color of the popup, buttons, design elements, change its opacity, etc. For advanced users, do a complete overhaul of the selected theme using CSS.
After theme customization, you can tweak the theme to behave the way you want it like how man seconds before the popup appears, page views before it appears, submit behavior, and do basic filters like only show the popup to logged out users.
What I like about Pippity is that you can tweak it further. The power filter lets you further filter the popup to your liking and the events tab lets you do more advanced settings.
Connecting to a newsletter email service
Once you’ve tinkered with the settings, you can now connect this popup to your newsletter service. All you have to do is copy the webform HTML and Pippity will do the rest. You can also do custom form where you have the option to completely replace the standard form.
It doesn’t stop there, Pippity comes with a built in analytics feature. Here you’ll see real time analytics of how the plugin is working on your site. In this way, you can see what works out and what you need to focus in your popup.
For a opt-in popup with so many features, you’ll be surprised to know that this plugin only runs less than 1kb – it will not slow down your site. What’s more, the popup will only load after the rest of the site is loaded and only for the users who are about to see it.
Pippity is compatible with most mobile and desktop browsers and is even backwards compatible to IE6.
Pippity works with the following email newsletter services:
They are adding more services as we speak. If there is a service you’d like to have added to their list, don’t hesitate to contact them.
Pippity isn’t free, but you can do a test of their features at demo.pippity.com. In the demo page, you’ll be able to use all of the features and functions of the plugin only that you won’t be able to use it to your site. The plugin comes with three pricing options:
The personal plan gives you 1 year access to support and product updates, but is only limited to one website. This is great for personal blogs and website and to do a test run to see how it can add subscribers to your website. The price for personal is $49.
The business plan gives you 1 year access to support and updates for up to 5 websites. If you are managing 2 or more sites, this is a great deal as compared to $49 for a personal plan, the business plan only costs $87.
For serious developers or bloggers with plenty of sites to mange, this is perfect for you. Like the Personal and Business plan, the Developer plan has 1 year support and updates but what sets this apart is that you’ll have access to early beta releases and this version lets you use it for unlimited sites for 1 year.
Pippity is a WordPress popup plugin made for increasing positive sign ups. It is a powerful tool for designers and developers that wants a custom popup for their clients. Creating a simple popup is as easy as clicking a few elements in the page. You can also do custom popup with full functionality if you have CSS and HTML knowledge.
If you are serious about building your opt-in list, then go grab yourself Pippity.
WordPress blog comes with a great visual editor to #write a post mixed with images, links, and other html elements. Here is a step-by-step process for writing a new post in WordPress. Log into your WordPress administration panel(e.g. use URL: http://www.yoursitename.org/wp-admin). From your sidebar on left side, go to Posts > Add New
Now you can see Add New Post screen – following fig illustrate 6 simple steps to write a post.
Write your title
Enter a title in the first line of the form. Always choose titles that will interest people and indicate what your article is about.
Write your article
Start writing your post in the wordpress text editor. The WordPress text editor can be used in 2 forms – the Visual Editor and the HTML Editor. The visual editor is the default editing mode for WordPress. Click the “text” tab at the top of the text editor box to go to text editor mode and “Visual” tab to go to visual editor mode .
Visual editor allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content similar to that of a word processor. Let us see some editing icons contained within the visual editor. Make yourself familiar with the options available. Pass your mouse over the icon and a small tooltip will appear describing the icon and its purpose.
Create bold, underlined, italic, strike-through text: Highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon.
Add, Edit & Remove Links
To add a link, highlight the text you want to add link and then click on insert/edit link icon. To edit a link, highlight the link you want to edit and then click on insert/edit link icon.
A pop-up box will appear. Enter the fields and click on Add link button.
To Remove Links, select the link text and click on ‘Remove link’ icon.
Lists and Block quotes
To create ordered list or unordered list, click on icon as shown in figure. Type your fist entry and hitting enter will create another list element.
Headings & Paragraph
Click on the drop down box labelled “Paragraph.” to view different headings and paragraph formatting
To change text color
Insert More tag
Instead of displaying entire post on your home page, it is a good idea to extract the first part of your post followed by a “more…” link. This will give visitors a good overview of your content without making them scroll forever and they can read full content by clicking on the ‘ more..’ link.
You can accomplish this by using insert more tag. See the fig below. Insert your cursor in the place where you want to display ‘more..’ link and click on “Insert read More tag” icon.
Write your posts in HTML – If you’re ready to write your posts in HTML, click on text tab and write your article in the post content area.
Now select in which category your article belongs to. Categories tie related posts. Categories help the search engines and readers find related articles on your blog. If you do not see relevant category there, you can add a category by clicking on “Add New Category” link.
There are two ways to add Categories. They can be added while adding/ editing your Post or they can be added via the Categories menu option.
Tags are another way to tie related posts. While categories are general, tags are specific.
Preview your article.
Publish your article.
See the fig above. WordPress offers additional option while publishing a post.
Click on the Edit link next to “Visibility: Public”:You can make your post public and make it a sticky on the front page or you can choose to password protect it or make it completely invisible to people that are not logged in to your blog.
Click on the Edit link next to “Publish immediately“. You can also setup your post to be published in the future. Just set the date/time you want your post to be published.
If you want to start WordPress but is curious about how each website will cost, poststat.us has provided us a rundown of how much should a WordPress website cost. Based on the author’s experience, who is a consultant, he has build websites or have been a part of website projects that are all on WordPress and have a range in cost from under $1,000 to over $100,000.
The cost usually depends on your needs.
The author also states that a proper estimate will take time, and money. Estimates are expensive because they are time consuming.
If you are looking to hire a consultant, and don’t know what to consider with your WordPress site, this guide will help you.
Learning more about your users is vital to your success online. You need an analytics solution to gather data nad provide insightful reports of user activities in your site. Analytics can tell you where your users are coming from, what they are doing to your website, how long they have stayed in your site, etc.
Google Analytics is probably the most popular analytics solution available. It’s free, easy to use and install. However, if Google Analytics is not your style, here are some others that might work for you.
There are so many WordPress themes out there that you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of themes available today. Even just by browsing through the WordPress repository can be a daunting and time consuming task. But with so many themes in the market, there is one kind of theme that you need to consider: WordPress Responsive Themes.
Responsive themes made it possible for your website to be viewed in most mobile devices and platform, regardless of screen size. It’s a requirement today as most web users are using mobile devices more than desktop computers.
Here’s an #infographic showing why you’ll need a WordPress responsive theme: