Displaying your posts neatly in grid layout will improve the readability of the content and thus the site performance. Your visitors can navigate easily through information. In this article, we’ll learn how to display posts in a grid layout in the home page of a WordPress website.
3 simple steps to display posts in grid layout.
Install a Post grid plugin.
Set up a Static Homepage
Copy the shortcode and paste it in your home page
Note: You can use same method to create grid layout in any other part of your website. Install post grid plugin add the shortcode to WordPress theme template.
Some noteworthy websites like Backpage and Craigslist have already taken the world with a storm with millions of open listing and monthly visitors.
The only drawback that’s holding them back has to be their design. The websites have been designed in early 1990s and have not been updated since then.
Unless you have upgraded your site with the Best WordPress Classifieds Plugins and themes, it will not help you get the right amount of visitors you want.
So, heading towards the top 7 classified plugins and themes for WordPress in 2018 is what you should be aiming for. Yes, with so many options, making the right decision can be pretty tough, but it isn’t impossible.
So, buckle up and head through the top 7 names in the market lately. Read More
Spam is a huge problem for every website. Spammers love WordPress sites. Spam comments are irritating, and your readers might lose faith in you. Spam comments can negatively impact your search engine rankings. Akismet is one of the best comment spam filtering service that blocks spam in comments automatically. It is free to use and is highly recommended.
In this post, I will share how to configure Akismet For wordPress blog.
Activate Akismet Plugin
Akismet comes pre-installed with wordpress installation. You need to activate it. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins. Click on Activate link next to Akismet Plugin
Enter API key
After activating Akismet, it will require an API key. If you already have a key enter and proceed. If you do not have a key, you can get it for FREE. Click on “Get your key”, you will be directed to Akismet’s website. Read More
WordPress is a popular content management system that is known for its ability to be a customizable multipurpose platform. WordPress provides a user-friendly dashboard, free library of themes and plugins that is available for all users that have installed this content management system.
Most e-commerce based online stores are using WordPress. When it comes creating an online catalog, WordPress has made it easy for every business to turn their website into an online catalog. Read below and discover the 5 top rated WordPress catalog plugins.
5 Top Rated WordPress Catalog Plugins
1- Product Catalog
The first top rated WordPress plugin is the Product Catalog by Etoile Web Design. This plugin is mainly popular for its minimalistic themed product catalog design and its SEO options. In terms of style, minimal web design is the hottest themed trend in web design today. Read More
Having an interactive slideshow on top of a web page let you highlight your site’s important details on your site in a visual manner. Sliders immediately grab your visitors’ attention and allows users to quickly take action. Most websites put slideshow at the top of the page before their main content.
There are many WordPress slider plugins available which allow you to create your own sliders and add them to your home page, landing pages, posts, or any where you want.
Meta Slider is by far the most popular slider available for WordPress It comes with four jQuery sliders –Nivo Slider (responsive, 16 transition effects, four themes), Coin Slider (four transition effects), Flex Slider 2 (responsive, two transition effects, carousel mode), Responsive Slides (responsive, fade effect only).
In this page, you can create new slider. Creating a new slider is simple – add new slides, change settings and save.
Putting a Slider on wordpress post/pages
1: Create a post/page by going to Posts/Pages > Add New. 2: At the top of the page content, you will notice a button to add a slider. Click this button and select the slider from the options available (if you have only created one slider, there will only be one option).
How to put the slider on the front page of your website
1: To put the slider on the front page of your website, you will first need to create a page(as mentioned above) for home page. Go to Pages > Add New. 2: Add slider in the new page. 3:Once the page is ready, Go to Settings > Reading in WordPress and set the front page display as “a static page”. From the dropdown, select the newly created “Home” page as your static page.
WordPress has plenty of WordPress slider plugins ready at your disposal. Most will get overwhelmed by the many slider plugins available in WordPress. Those who want to try using plugins won’t go dwell into buying them. Others just don’t want to spend money in a slider. So if you’re looking for free WordPress plugins to try out in your website or blog, here are some of the best.
Meta Slider is a popular WordPress slider plugin that lets you create slideshows by simply selecting images from your WordPress media library, drag and drop it in to place, set captions and you have your own slider. You can choose from various slider designs and has a shortcode to easily embed the slider to your website.
Here’s a look at what’s best with Meta Slider:
Easy to use interface.
Create SEO-optimized slideshow in seconds.
Built in widget and shortcode.
Plenty of slideshow configuration options.
Compatible with WordPress multi-site.
Compatible with translation plugins like qtranslate, polylang, and WPML.
If you upgrade to its Pro version, you’ll get the following:
Easing Slider Lite is the second most downloaded WordPress slider plugin in the repository. Garnering more than 400,000 downloads, this lightweight plugin lets you set the dimensions of your sliders and you also have the option to make the sliders responsive.
With Easing Slider Lite, you can choose from two transition effects: fade and slide. And like many slider plugins, this also has support for shortcodes. The only problem is you can only create one plugin for your site, if you need more sliders, you’ll need to upgrade to Easing Slider Pro.
Easing Slider Lite has the following features:
Only 16kb minified and that already includes styling.
Navigation arrows and pagination.
Bulk image uploading integrated with WordPress Media Library.
Wow Slider is a fantastic WordPress slider made for non-coders. This slider comes with tons of stunning visual effects and professionally made templates that you just have to point and click to create sliders. With that in mind, building one will only take a few seconds without any need for coding or image editing.
Slide Deck 2 is a free WordPress plugins that comes with plenty of features. For a free plugin, you’ll get the advanced functionality that you usually pay for in a plugin but this time, it’s free.
Easily create content sliders out of almost any other content. You can also connect to a variety of sources like Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube without touching any code.
The lite version lets you create sliders out of 14 content sources but does not include Facebook and NextGen Gallery. If you need content from these sources, you may need to opt-in for the premium version.
Promotion Slider is a JQuery Slider that lets you insert a simple slideshow or use it for rotating ads in your website. It is a highly customizable plugin that offers complete control on the slider.
With its straightforward short codes and extensive flexibility, anyone can create a slider with just a few clicks, while power users can take advantage of the special actions built in the plugin.
The plugin also features:
Automatic inclusion of featured images attached to the promotion.
SEO friendly JQuery animation that is compatible even in mobile devices.
Comes with various default styles to choose from.
Can link external URLs instead of promotion pages in the slider.
Allows to display certain post type or limit the post on a certain category.
Can display title and/or anchor, or excerpt from each post or promotion.
Can work with custom post type.
Can display multiple sliders on a single page without conflicts.
Soliloquy Lite is a simple yet responsive slider plugin for WordPress. It’s so simple that you do not need to download any Flash software to create and upload sliders. In fact, it can work out of the box without fiddling too much with its settings.
Through custom post types, Soliloquy lets you create any number of responsive sliders with any number of images in it with just a few clicks of the mouse.
This light version of the plugin works well with most of your needs for a slider. If you need more features like video slides and have access to Addons, you’ll need to purchase Soliloquy Pro. Otherwise, enjoy these features:
Can use custom post types to create unlimited WordPress sliders.
Drag and drop compatible.
Completely responsive sliders and can work with touch enabled devices.
Shortcode and template tags.
Smart JS and CSS loading.
Media uploader button to easily insert images in you slider to the post in your WYSIWYG editor.
Smooth Slider is a WordPress slider that can let you create a slider in as fast as 50 seconds. Under this time, you have already embedded recent, featured, or category-specific post using Smooth Slider. Smooth Slider lets you create dynamic slideshows for your post, pages, images, and custom post types.
Smooth Slider lets you place content and image slideshows with a customizable background anywhere in your site.
The plugin boasts some of the best features like:
Lets you preview the slider in Admin panel.
SEO friendly slide show.
Take full control of its looks through the Settings panel.
No coding required.
Create you own stylesheet.
Sliders can be removed with just a single click.
Six transition effects
Comes with template tag, shortcode and widget.
If you need more features, simply upgrade to Smooth Slider Premium. The premium version allows you to create unlimited settings, unlimited custom sliders, multiple design options and other cool features.
Responsive Slider is a slider plugin that lets you create slides that contains linked images and titles. This is a very simple slider with only a few settings that won’t overwhelm new users yet advanced users will find it easy to use. To add a new slide, all you need to do is place it anywhere in your site using a shortcode or into your theme using a function call.
However. this plugin is only limited to one on your entire website. If you need more sliders to add on each of your page, we suggest to go use other plugins instead.
Smart Slider 2 is a WordPress slider plugin tha comes with an intuitive interface for backend. This makes it easy for you to design a beautiful slider in your WordPress blog or website. All you need to do is grab a new layer, move into the canvas and insert some items to the canvas through dragging and dropping and your slide is ready.
Administrator page with live preview.
Fully integrated to WordPress.
Multi-level animation system.
100% responsive slider with advanced responsive mode.
Change the overall look and feel even without any coding background.
It is really important to take regular back up of your blog to guard against losing all your data. Luckily, there are plenty of excellent WordPress plugins available that will back up your posts, pages, and whatever else you have on your site. Let’s take a look at some free WordPress backup plugins! Installing plugins from the WordPress Dashboard is so easy. This guide will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.
The BackWPup Free version can be used to save your complete installation including /wp-content/ and push them to an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3, FTP, Microsoft Azure, RackSpaceCloud or to Sugar. With a single backup .zip file you are able to easily restore an installation. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “BackWPup” in Search Plugins box and install it.
BackupBuddy Premium is a WordPress backup tool that can handle file and database backups easily. However, BackupBuddy Premium isn’t free. For $75 you’ll get 2 site license, and that’s it. No monthly fees, and this license last a lifetime. Get BackupBuddy
VaultPress is a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites. VaultPress makes it easy to keep an up-to-date backup of your site with both daily and real time syncing of all your WordPress content. Get VaultPress
BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule and store in your hosting server. Backups are stored on your server in /wp-content/backups. Option are available to email the backup file to you. You can exclude files and folders from your backups. This plugin works on Linux & Windows Server. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “BackUpWordPress ” in Search Plugins box and install it.
The Duplicator let you create back up of your site. Using this plugin you can also Duplicate, clone, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another. This plugin works on Linux & Windows Server. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “Duplicator” in Search Plugins box and install it.
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “WP-DB-Backup” in Search Plugins box and install it.
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift and email.Features icnlude Backup automatically on a repeating schedule, Files and database backups can have separate schedules, Large sites can be split into multiple archives, Select which files to backup (plugins, themes, content, other), Download backup archives direct from your WordPress dashboard, Failed uploads are automatically resumed/retried.
Dropbox Backup & Restore
Create Full Backup (Files + Database) of your blog and save locally at your shared hosting / server of your site or upload to dropbox. Using this, you can easily Backup, Restore, Duplicate, Clone or Migrate of your Website. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “Dropbox Backup & Restore” in Search Plugins box and install it.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Keep your blogs back up in Dropbox. Choose a day, time and how often you wish your backup to be performed. Your websites files and a SQL dump of its database will be dropped in your Dropbox! This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “WordPress Backup to Dropbox” in Search Plugins box and install it.
Widgets are one of the best reasons you should use WordPress. WordPress widgets allows you to add static and dynamic content to widget-ready areas of your theme like in this case, the sidebar. The beauty of these widgets lie in its simplicity and ease of use. To display a widget in your website, all you have to do is drag and drop the widget to its expected location. You can also customize the design and change the way it behaves. The drag and drop interface simplifies the design process by removing the need to modify the theme template.
Ad Squares Widget
The widget can display up to 8 squares at once. You can also customize the padding and choose how to shuffle the ad positions. You can even insert a tag that will enable ad rotation. Which means the ad will contain multiple ads and rotate them each time the page is loaded.
Dynamic Widgets is a plugin that lets you have full control on the pages a widget will displayed. The interface is easy to use as it takes you to a separate page to control the settings for the widget. It also lets you display the widget according to the user’s role, date and according to the visitor’s browser.
This sidebar widget deals with the displaying of recent posts from a specific category. Aside from that, it also lets you change the order of the posts, and allows you to manage the number of posts to be displayed. Gallery Post can be installed multiple times in a page.
This widget adds a useful login form in the sidebar of your WordPress blog. You can use the widget to login to your admin account without the need to visit the URL for that or use it as a login page for your blog subscribers.
To use the plugin, simply go to Appearance>Widgets and drag the sidebar login to the sidebar of your choice.
Simple Subscribe Widget is a sidebar widget that lets you easily add a subscribe button to your page. It doesn’t only work as a widget, you can also use this as a shortcode or simply using php in your template codes.
The plugin comes with ReadyGraph, a set of features that automate the growth of your user base through maximizing conversion of site visitors to register to your email list, maximizing referrals, and maximizing return visits.
Image Widget is a simple widget that uses your WordPress media manager to display images from this widget to your site. This widget can have a title and a description in it, and you can also link the image either to an external URL or to let the users view a larger version of the image. Image Widget supports template overrides which means you can have a different look and feel of this widget to the theme of your website.
Floating Social Media Icon lets you add social media links to your page with style. This widget floats on your page and follows through as the user scrolls to the page. It has more than 2 icon types that you can set to display in order or have a different theme for each icon. You can integrate this sidebar widget manually or automatically. And if you don’t like the icons to float, you are also free to disable it.
Widget Twitter lets you display Tweets with the follow button right on the sidebar of your WordPress blog. This plugin allows you to set your twitter account widget id and twitter username. You can also customize the widget by its width, allow to expand the widget images and custom link URL color.
This widget lets you automatically add links to posts or pages that are being published to your Facebook wall, pages, or groups. It is a one time setup and you don’t have to do anything to it once installed; although, the way the links appear can be customized.
This plugin shows a YouTube video and a gallery of thumbnails in your YouTube channel. It displays thumbnail videos not just on your channel, but also if your to your playlist as well. This plugin uses YouTube iFrame Player API that allows YouTube to serve an HTML5 player instead of Flash Player. This is useful especially for mobile devices that do not use Flash.
This widget parses Google Calendar feeds and displays the events as calendar grid or list in the widget. You can display the event within the calendar grid or have it displayed as a list. The lists and grids can be customized in the posts, pages, and within the widget. The calendar grid lets you have the option to change the month displayed.
Quick Chat is a chat plugin that supports private chat rooms, avatar, user lists, word filtering, smiles, caching, and more. It is a self hosted chat solution which means all the chat logs are stored in your WordPress database and under your control. There is no monthly fees or limit to the number of users or messages as this plugin relies to your web server capabilities.
The is useful for setting up live help to your website or if you want your visitors to hang out to your page often.
This widget lets you randomly slide or list the selected portfolios, reviews or quotes to your WordPress site. The widget can support text, images and even videos to your blog. You can use the widget via shortcode, themes, or widget with category and tag sections and having multiple display options.
The widget supports carousel, fade, and slide transitions. Responsive slide images slide show, slide videos, and more.
A sticky footer is a footer that stays below your webpage and it stays there even if the user scrolls down the page. A sticky footer helps create clicks and conversion. You can use this to create more attention to your posts, email optins, or whatever post that you feel will be a great way to earn conversions.
In this post, we’ll show you how to add a sticky footer bar in WordPress. To make things easier, we will be using a WordPress plugin. We will guide you from the plugin setup until you have generated your first sticky footer. Let’s Get Started
First, you’ll need to download and install Webloggerz WP Floating footer bar. We’ve chosen Webloggerz because it is an easy-to-use, fully customizable sticky footer plugin. What is great about this plugin is that you can add your social media profiles to your sticky footer.
Step 1: Activate
Once installed, activate the plugin right away so we can start using it. Once activated, a new menu will appear on the dashboard pane called Floating Bar.
Step 2: Setup
Click the Floating Bar menu so you can configure the floating bar to your liking. You’ll see a page similar to this:
There are two methods available: manual and automatic. In automatic mode, just enter the category ID of your choice and this plugin will display the posts one at a time.
In manual mode, you can use your HTML skills to add a form, embed a video, add a nifty music player and even embed a website in it.
In the example below, we used basic HTML forms to create a signup page and embed a YouTube video in the sticky footer.
The social links section lets you add your social media profiles in the sticky footer. Here’s how it will look like:
Step 3: Save and Enjoy!
Once you are satisfied with your sticky footer, click Save to save your changes. To fine tune your sticky footer, you might need to save and view the your progress from time to time. Which means, every change you do will affect the actual website itself. To avoid confusion from your visitors, it’s best to tune your sticky footer in a test site before using it on your live site especially if you’ll be using the manual method.
Here’s what the finished product will look like:
What To Expect
Webloggerz Sticky Footer bar is a quick and easy to use sticky footer plugin for your WordPress blog or website. This plugin sits below your page regardless if the visitor scrolls down a page or go to another page.
A sticky footer like this is great for showcasing your featured post, helps in generating clicks for those unpopular posts, or making signups easier for your visitors. Keep the bar as thin and as unobtrusive as possible otherwise, visitors will find in intrusive and annoying than useful. So don’t try to embed a video or add another website in this sticky footer bar even if you can.
Use it for optin forms and expect higher conversion rates. Why not give it a try?
PDF is an open standard for electronic exchange documents. Unlike a MSWord file, PDF ensures that your printed or viewed file retains the original formatting as intended. Like Word, PDF also supports interactive functions like hyperlink, markups, file attachments, movies, text notes, etc. It allows file compression and supports high level of encryption and security.
If you want your readers to save your page for later, let them save it as PDF to retain the original appearance of the page. Here are some nifty PDF plugins for your WordPress site.
Google Doc Embedder
This plugin lets you embed PDF and Slides that are stored in Google Doc and directly to your blog post. It allows inline viewing with the option to download files – no Flash or browser plugin needed.
This plugin will allow you to embed these files directly to your page or post without requiring the users to have a software installed to view the contents. The file doesn’t need to be uploaded to Google Docs, it can exist anywhere publicly accessible on your site or the internet.
WordPress PDF is a way to embed your PDF file into your post in a form of .swf file. The plugin uses zviewer interface – an iPaper like interface to display the PDF documents and convert to a .swf format.
PDF24 Article to PDF
This plugin lets your visitors download your articles as PDF files. You can place this plugin above or below the article, in the sidebar, on the top or on the bottom of the page by just inserting a piece of code in your template.
The plugin lets you create two modes to create PDF files. You can create PDF files in email mode in which your visitor can send the article via email and a direct download mode in which no email is required and the users can directly download the PDF file.
PDF & Print
PDF & Print lets you add a PDF and Print page by adding the appropriate buttons to the content. It is one of the easiest and most flexible way to create PDF and Print page using mpdf library under GPLv2 license.
RV Embed PDF
This WordPress plugin lets you embed a PDF page to your page or post when you insert using the Add Media button.
If you wish to include PDFs on your website, here are some of the free WordPress plugins which can handle most tasks. You can either let them save your page or article and download it, send it via email, or attach the PDF to your blog.
#email marketing is one of the most effective marketing strategies. It has been used to send ads, request business contracts, solicit sales and even request for donations for a given non-profit cause. Whether its referral marketing, content marketing or simply the native advertising, almost all internet marketers that use these strategies agree that the value of a good email address list cannot be emphasized enough. Great news for all you Internet marketers and site owners! Popup domination will help you grow your email subscriptions list. This is one of the Internet marketing web apps has been generating a lot of buzz lately.
Grow Your Email List by Using the World’s Leading Email Capture Software and join over 23,000 customers who have seen their subscriber rate grow by up to 500%… overnight! Double or Triple Your Subscriber Rate!” –popupdomination.com
We just could not let all this excitement pass without satisfying our curiosity as well! Enough with the praise, let’s dig into Popup domination.
The Brains behind this great app
As the word suggests, this app pops up to users when they visit your site. This is one of the most effective ways to capture the attention of your site visitors. Well you may have a graphically appealing ad on your landing page or an animation that you are using for your campaigns, but a site visitor can miss those since he or she does not need to interact or input anything to continue using the site. A pop up is guaranteed to be seen by all your visitors, unless of course it’s someone who was aimlessly surfing the net. A few years ago, Michael Dunlop, a young Internet business entrepreneur and his friends toyed with the idea of having a pop up to request site visitors for email subscriptions. Fast forward to today and pop up domination is much more than just getting email sign ups. Users are merging it with their favorite email listing software, enjoying a variety of themes as well as viewing analytics (a feature of Popup Domination as of version 3.0 ). These are just teaser features-we will take a detailed look at these later.
To show its popularity, the official site, popupdomination.com has a counter of websites that are using this great piece of code. As of September 2014, the site was claiming it has over 48,000 Pop up Domination users. Who would have known that a basic concept could be developed into a great app with thousands of users? An Internet savvy Business entrepreneur of course.
How much do you have to part with?
There are 3 main licenses that you can choose from.
The Standard package: It goes for only $47 and is limited to one website and 24 different pop up designs. However you are not allowed share that license on any other site.
The Plus package: This offers you rights to install the app on 3 websites each with a variety of 24 popup designs and as many pop ups as you want. All this for only $77.
The Pro package: For a developer who intends to share the license to his or her clients, then the pro license is the definitely best choice. A pro license goes for $97 and you can use it on as many websites as you please.
The beauty of this pricing plan is that all the packages that pop up domination offers you have close to similar features. You will enjoy A/B testing, analytics and deploy the exit pop ups regardless of the license that you buy. The only major difference is the permissions on the number of websites the 3 different licenses offer. Choose a license that best suits your needs. Popup Domination team is so sure you will love their app that they are willing to offer you a 60 day money back guarantee. Now that you have purchased Popup Domination, let’s go to the fun part of setting it up.
Installation and Configuration.
Popup Domination comes both as wordpress plugin and a standalone software.
The wordpress installation is pretty much a typical plugin installation. First download a zip file from the download page after purchasing your license. Go to your wordpress dashboard under the plugins section, you will find the “Add new” option(highlighted in the screenshot).Select the upload section and you will be given an option to choose a local zipped folder, the hit the install now button.
If all goes well at this point, you will receive a message:”plug-in installed successfully”. Don’t close your browser yet, the plug-in will not be loaded by wordpress until you click the “activate plug-in” option. Finally, enter your order number in the plugin settings area. The order number is usually given to users at the point of purchase.
Step 1: Navigate your browser to where popup dominations are installed. Trail that URL with “install/”
Step 2: You will be provided with a form to enter the database user and password. Please make sure the user you input has CREATE TABLE privileges on the destination database.
Step 3: You are now set if you see the “Success” message. As a security measure you know what to do with the install folder. Get rid of it!!Go to the root directory you installed popup domination and login using the credentials you set up.
PHP: At least version 5.
Mysql: Version 5.0 and above. The standalone version requires a database while the WordPress version will simply create tables on the existing WP database.
FTP or a file manager service.
WordPress 3.8 (optional).
As you can see from the specifications, unless you have a lazy server admin who is not keeping up with the times, the standalone version does not need much. The wordpress version requirement applies to popup domination version 3.0.
Uninstallation In case you have had enough fun playing with popup domination, or you may have had a hitch on your site and you want to uninstall it, simply de-activate the plug-in if you had installed it on wordpress. After that, navigate to your database and remove 3 tables namely: Popdom_campaigns,Popdom_analytics and popdom_ab. It’s easy to identify the tables since they have the same ‘Popdom_ ‘ prefix. Pop-up domination developers recommend you to use Wp_optimize plugin to remove the tables as an alternative to manually dropping the tables. The standalone uninstallation requires that you delete the whole directory and drop the database that you had set up earlier. We hope you won’t need to do this because you would be forgoing a great opportunity to leverage your email marketing campaigns.
Unique Features of the app.
Pop up domination can let you set up two different templates for the same campaign. You get to give your site visitors two different layouts at different times and observe which is having a greater impact. The A/B testing is a great feature for deciding what layout and popup features are more effective.
Variety of themes and colour templates
Version 3.0 comes with many preloaded theme templates for your choosing. What’s more is that you can have as many as 14 colour schemes. Website owners who are very particular about uniformity will be able to customize pop-up domination such that it gives visitors a feel that the pop-up is part of the website.
You can set a creative title for your popup. A brief introductory paragraph (in some themes) as well as a few easy to read points can be added to convince users to sign up. A picture is worth a thousand words, if you put an eye-catching photo at the popup, then you are probably going to get high conversions. The photos can either be uploaded or fetched from another web address. You can give the action button a unique name. Rather than the normal “submit” text, why not name it “sign me up!” or “join now”?
You will all agree with me that it’s so annoying to login to your email and find spam. It could be a “rich” heir of a great inheritance requesting you for your bank details so that she can share her wealth with you. At times its some non-existent lottery, which you never signed up for, claiming you have just won a million dollars (how lame!!). Well, nowadays internet users will not do signups to newsletters for fear of being spammed. It’s up to you the site owner to assure them of no spamming. Popup domination developers know this too well. They have set up an area at the bottom of the popup for you to give your site visitors a security note. Use this space to declare to your site visitors that you respect their privacy, will not share this data with third parties and that you won’t be spamming them. It is also wise to notify them the period and frequency you will be sending them emails.
The analytics will show you which pages have more sign ups and conversions. This feature along with the A/B testing option can help you to determine which popup design converts the most.
Intergration with Mailing software
Pop up domination can easily link with popular mailing software. You can set up and template of the email that you will be sending and also declare a frequency for sending the emails. Pop up currently supports Aweber, icontact, Mailchimp, CampaignMonitor and many others.
7. Affiliate Marketing
Did you know that you can earn extra income by becoming a pop up domination affiliate. If you have a click back account head over to the affiliates section on your settings page. You will prompted for your clickbank user name. All affiliaates are given an affliate link and in this case it will be a subdomain of clickbank.net. You can then place the link along with a banner at a place of your choice on your web site.
With all these amazing features, where in the world would you get a email marketing tool than this?
Popup Domination Vs Pippity
Pippity is another signup web application that basically does what pop domination offers. If you are torn in between making a decision on which app to choose, we give you two main reasons to go for Pop up domination :
Popup Domination has exit pop-ups and pippity does not. Popup can be configured such that if a user clicks the exit button on the browser a pop up will appear.
Pop up domination has mouse hover pop ups: If you prefer that the pop up doesn’t appear on page load, Pop up domination allows you to set an option that the pop up will appear after the user hovers the mouse over your site.
Limitations of Popup Domination 3.0.
Popup domination does not work on wordpress that are less than 3.8.0.Maybe this is a good incentive for you to upgrade your core wordpress version.
Popup domination refuses to install on wordpress sites hosted at wordpress.com. Let’s wait and see if future versions will solve this.
Tedious upgrade steps. The upgrade process to newer versions of popup domination is quite a mile. You have to download specific files and then replace them on the server.
Not everyone will rejoice at the sight of a popup on a site. If its not creatively implemented you may fail to sustain the interest of site visitors. Thankfully the A/B testing will help you design an pop up that is both eye catching and also generates conversions.
We highly recommend this tool for your internet marketing campaigns. The features show the developers have really done their homework in researching on how best to give user friendly signups. There is no doubt that WordPress is by far the most popular content management platform in the world. The wordpress plugin is bound to be successful and we hope that future versions of popup domination will offer more Internet marketing features. We know that software performance just like wine gets better with time. That said, a big thumbs up to the developers!
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WordPress is driven by loyal ambitious wordpress developers who have created plugins to extend its out-of-the-box functionality and in fact, you can find a plugin for anything. WordPress Plugin Directory contains a great variety of free plugins that anyone can use . And many premium WordPress plugins are available to help you supercharge your site. Using a wordpress plugin is the fastest and easiest way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.
How to install a WordPress Plugin?
For the novice user, it is very easy to install a plugin right from your site dashboard. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.
We can install a wordpress plugin using any of following 3 methods:
Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
Log into your WordPress administration panel.
From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New
In this page you can see a list of featured/popular plugins available in wordpress plugin directory. Locate search box, enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search
Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.
Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.
Now you are done. Note that some plugins need some additional settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and check if your plug requires any additional settings. If so, click on settings link to enter your details. You can also read more details about your plugin by clicking on details link.
Method 2: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
You can find many premium plugins to enhance your site’s features on internet. Download the plugin as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.
Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.
Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.
In the next step click on activate plugin.
Now you are done. Some plugins need to fill more settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and click in settings link to enter your details.
Method 3: Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and activate from Admin Panel
This step involves Extracting plugin files, using a FTP client and FTP user to upload your files to your server.
Extracting Plugin files
Locate your downloaded Plugin file. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder
Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
Right click on the file and select “extract all”
Select the location to extract the files to and Click “ok.”
Launch FTP client FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. If you do not have FileZilla, follow FileZilla installation tutorial to install and connect to your host.
Launch FileZilla and connect to your hosting(Refer this tutorial if you need any help on this). After a successful connection, you can see Local Site displays data from your local machine. and Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory.
On the left, i.e. Local Site, locate the directory where you extracted your plugin files.
On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it. WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as: wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/. Plugins are in wp-content/plugins directory. Browse through to plugins folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your plugins in their folders.
You simply drag plugin’s folder (for e.g. nofollow-for-external-link) from the local machine and drop to plugin folder, and then wait until transfer is complete.
Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Plugins, you will see all your plugins in place. Find your plugin and activate it.
WordPress has become one of the most popular blogging and business website platforms used on the internet today. Unfortunately, many bloggers make the mistake of failing to build an email list. Email marketing is the 1 way to increase your subscriber count and sell your products or ideas. It is the most direct and personal way you have to reach out to your website visitors. Unfortunately, getting people to give you their email address isn’t easy. This is where popup plugins can help. By catching the attention of visitors to your site and letting them know in a memorable way why they should sign up for your newsletter, opt-in plugins can help you build your email list and raise your subscriber count. In this article, I cover my picks for the best free and low-cost opt-in plugin options for WordPress users.
Clifton’s Lightbox is a highly rated free WordPress plugin that will help you get more subscribers using a subscription form overlay. Content inside the box includes a customizable title, bulleted list, and a call-to-action for your site’s visitors to give their name and email address. This can be paired with either an image or video of your choosing, including YouTube videos. Currently, the plugin expressly supports GetResponse, Aweber, iContact, and MailChimp, though the developer states it should work with any other email marketing service as well.
This free WordPress plugin displays a fully customizable box once your reader scrolls down the page. The excellent thing about this plugin is that it doesn’t limit you to a subscriber sign up form – you can direct your visitor to like your page on Facebook, use your social bookmarking option, or take any other call-to-action that you choose. The box triggers based on an event that you specify – percentage of scroll, reaching the comments section, or more. This ensures that your visitors are already engaged with your content when they are presented with the call-to-action, increasing the likelihood that they’ll follow through.
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Popup Extension for Newsletter
This free WordPress opt-in plugin was developed by Satollo and is intended to integrate with their Newsletter plugin. The ext of the popup is completely editable, as is the theme. Using various settings, this plugin allows you to control when the popup appears, as well as the theme, size, and border of the popup. The message shown is completely customizable, as is the placement of the subscriber form. Once your visitor enters their information, you can even configure a thank you message to be shown.
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ITRO Popup Plugin
The ITRO Popup Plugin is a free option for WordPress that allows you to display a pop up message to visitors on your site. This can be anything from a subscriber form to an age validation for adult content. Your message can easily be configured using the WordPress post editor. Unlike other free WordPress plugins, this one offers a range of features, including fade-in and -out animation, automatic centering, automatic countdown for closing the popup, and a settable cookie expiration time. The message can be displayed on specific pages or posts, and every aspect of the popup is customizable. This is one of the most easy-to-use WordPress plugins you’ll find today.
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Icegram is another free WordPress plugin that allows you to promote your newsletter in a variety of ways. In addition to the common popup option, you can also choose to display a small box near the bottom of the page, a notification bar across the top of the page, or in a chat box style pop up near the bottom corner. Few popup plugins give you this many options. Additionally, Icegram is compatible with all other WordPress plugins, WordPres themes, and even auto responders. Choose from 20 different themes, as well as a number of animations. You can run unlimited campaigns, display unlimited messages, and even time your messages to display after a certain amount of time has passed. Few free WordPress plugins do so much.
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wpmudev WordPress PopUp
This plugin developed by WPMUDev is available in both a free and paid version. In the free version, you are given a number of options, including displaying a fancy popover style popup to your site visitors. Target your entire network or a specific URL. You can further customize your targeting in a number of ways, including targeting users who are not logged in, etc. This plugin is compatible with any WordPres theme and can also be used on Multisite and BuddyPres pages as well. In the $19 paid version, you can also target your message to visitors from a specific geographic location.
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If you’re looking for a newsletter popup plugin that has everything, Optin Revolution could be exactly what you need. The free version provides you with a single unblockable popups that are completely customizable. Compatible with Aweber, Constant Contact, GetResponse, iContact, and Wysija, the free version is easy to configure and use. If you’re looking for a bit more, the professional version adds a number of additional tools including A/B/C/D/E split testing, adding popups solely to certain WordPress categories, posts, or pages, and analytics that allow you to track your conversion rates and statistics. In the paid version, you can choose to add Vimeo, YouTube, Wistia or self-hosted videos to your popups as well.
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This simple popup plugin for WordPress only costs $15, but it lets you display far more than newsletter sign up forms. This plugin is compatible with just about any content, including HTML, banner ads, images, video, audio, PDF files, Iframe content, SlideShare content and more. Whether you need to display a contact form, alert message, work portfolio or even a Google Map, this popup can do it. Few plugins offer the amount of customization that Popup Press does; they bill themselves as “the most complete popups plugin” on WordPress. It’s even shortcodes compatible – something few other plugins offer.
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The Ninja Popups WordPress plugin costs $18, but gives you the features of a far more expensive newsletter solution. Whether you want to get more subscribers for you newsletter or like you on social media, Ninja Popups can help. By locking your content until your visitors take the action you describe, this plugin converts far more visitors than more traditional popup plugins. With support for mobile devices, even those visitors who are using their tablet or phone to access your site will see your popup. There are many layouts and colors to choose from, or you can customize the popup as you wish. You choose how and when the message displays, and Ninja Popups is fully compatible with most email marketing services and social networks (including Pinterest).
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If you’re looking for versatility, this $37 WordPress plugin is what you need. Not only can you promote your newsletter via popup, you can also choose to place opt-in forms into your comment section, in the side bars, or even embed them into blog posts. This plugin is compatible with form auto fillers, including Facebook Connect. Analytics tracking allows you to see how well your message is working. You even have the choice of keeping your popup from displaying until your site visitor attempts to exit the page. One of the biggest benefits of this plugin is that once you’ve paid for your license, you receive free upgrades to newer versions for life.
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One of the best single-pay WordPress newsletter popup solutions is Popup Domination. At only $47, it’s difficult to find other solutions that will offer you so much for so little. This plugin uses lightbox popups to help you convert visitors into subscribers by allowing you to target your message to specific pages. In addition to being compatible with WordPress, Popup Domination has a stand-alone option that allows it to be used on any other website as well. The plugin supports all mailing list software, and allows you to completely customize every aspect of your popup. Add promotional images, bullets, customize your button text and security notes, and more. Unlike other popups that feel more spammy, these lightbox popups are very professional looking – which is what makes them so successful.
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Unless protected, most wordpress blogs are often victims of DDoS attacks, SQL injection, spam, hackers and other security risks.
As a WordPress website or blog owner, your job is to ensure that your site won’t get hacked and prevent any security risks. Having a secure username and password is a good start; but that is not enough. Thanks to these 16+ security plugins, your blog will be safer.
BulletProof Security is a WordPress security plugin that has been praised for preventing code and SQL injection attacks. It also provides the mans to protect your website against XSS, RFI, CSRF, and Base64 attacks.
Another popular feature of Bulletproof security is that it enables the admin to filter who gets to see the website and who will be greeted by 503 Website Under Maintenance page through IP filtering.
Also, BulletProof Security offers a more convenient way of protecting and updating your site without using an FTP client. It can lock down critical .htaccess files, wp-config.php, etc.
Bulletproof security is completely free with an option to donate.
NoSpamNX automatically adds form-fields to the comment form of your blog that is not visible to human users. If a spambot fills these invisible fields, then the comment is not saved. The owner can then decide whether to block that spambot, or mark it as spam.
This plugin handles your WordPress database. It lets the owner optimize database, repair it, make a backup, restore, delete the backup, empty the tables, and run optional queries. The plugin also provides support for automatic backup and schedule and database optimization.
The rule of security is, always have them regardless if you think you don’t need them. Better have all the necessary WordPress security features in your site before a problem occurs than trying to fix the problem as it happens.
There are many available tools for managing multiple WordPress sites, and we aren’t talking about a multisite network, but managing separate installations of WordPress sites. In this post, we’ll show you how to manage multiple WordPress sites using iThemes Sync.
iThemes Sync is a WordPress maintenance plugin that lets you update and backup several WordPress sites using only one dashboard. Sync allows you to easily manage backups on all your WordPress sites.
To install the plugin, all you need to do is download iThemes Sync from the website. The basic plugin lets you manage up to 10 sites for free. If you need more than that, you need to buy a subscription service that fits your needs.
A lot of WordPress plugins get released every day. Some of them are reshashes, some are integrations to external services, while others don’t work. However, every now and then, there are some gems and sometimes those gems are probably the ones you don’t know you’ll need but is very useful.
Finding a plugin through thousands of recent plugin releases is hard. So, here we have a list of the 12 plugins that has just recently been released and are useful to your for your website not only in functionality, but also in usability.
When you write a post on your blog, the last thing you want for it is for it to sit idle and unnoticed by the masses. What you really want is for it to appear on search engines, particularly Google, so that traffic can be driven to your post and also your website by extension.
There are a couple of methods that you can use in order to ensure that your post will show up on Google: Crawling & Indexing. Below the two different methods are outlined so that you can understand the process and also put them to use.
Crawling is the process where the Googlebot goes around from website to website, finding new and updated information to report back to Google. Indexing means add the pages(or information) gathered by the Googlebot from its crawling activities to the list of other crawled pages belonging to the same category.
Google’s crawl process begins with a list of web page URLs, generated from previous crawl processes, and augmented with Sitemap data provided by webmasters.
How to make Google crawl and Index your website Faster
Sitemap is a way to help Search Engines to easily discover newly added pages from their websites. Sitemap contains a list of each page on your website accessible to crawlers or users. There are two popular versions of a site map- XML Sitemaps and HTML sitemaps. XML Sitemap tells the search engine about the pages in a site, their relative importance to each other, and how often they are updated. HTML sitemaps are designed for the user to help them find content on the page. Create an XML sitemap and submit it to Google in your Webmaster Tools to make Google crawl and Index your website Faster.
XML Sitemap plugins for WordPress users
There are many XML Sitemap plugins are available for WordPress users. It automatically creates and updates your sitemap for you as well as submits it to search engines.
BWP Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin helps you generate Sitemap files for each section of your blog and Sitemap Index files. With BWP GXS you will no longer have to worry about the 50,000 URL limit. You can split large sitemaps into multiple smaller ones containing Posts, Pages, Custom Posts, Categories, Tags, Custom Taxonomies, Date and Author Archives, a Google News Sitemap, External Pages and so on. A Sitemap Index is one kind of sitemaps that allows you to group multiple sitemap files inside it.
This plugin generates an XML sitemap for your blog just after installing and activating the plugin. This sitemap can be used in all search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. The next step is to submit the sitemap index to major search engines. You only need the sitemap index and nothing else, those search engines will automatically recognize other included sitemaps. When you post something new to your blog, you can ping those search engines to tell them your blog just got updated. Pinging could be less effective than you think it is but you should enable such feature anyway.
BWP Google XML Sitemaps also support WordPress Multi-site installations and Google News sitemap. A Google News Sitemap is a file that allows you to control which content you submit to Google News. By creating and submitting a Google News Sitemap, you’re able to help Google News discover and crawl your site’s articles.
You can customize all these features in the plugin’s Settings page.
How to install and configure Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps.
The following image illustrates installation procedure.
Log into your wordpress admin.
Go to Plugins >> Add New.
In the search box enter ‘BWP Google XML Sitemaps’ and search.
Select ‘Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps (with sitemapindex, multi-site and Google News sitemap support)’ from search results and clink on the link ‘Install Now’.
Go to Plugins >> Installed Plugins. Find BWP Google XML Sitemaps and activate the plugin.
BWP GXS -> Sitemap Statistics: Once the plugin is installed and activated go to BWP GXS -> Sitemap Statistics.
This page contains general information about the sitemap index file that has been created, as well as links to all of the individual sitemap pages that have been created, and a running log of sitemap activity.
Next click on Sitemap Generator tab which has all of the options for the plugin.
In the first section, you can specify how many posts to include in each sitemap, the maximum being 50,000. When any individual sitemap hits this number, it will break the posts out into different files. You can also change the frequency of sitemap updates, which should generally match how often your blog is updated, and set a minimum or maximum priority for individual posts. This section also has a few style tweaks for the sitemap itself, and has a “Clean unexpected output” option, which should be turned off only if your sitemap is showing a blank page or throwing up an error.
The next section lets you set number of urls in each site map, which post types and which taxonomies to include/exclude from the sitemap listing, which archive pages to include.
By default, only category archive pages will be included, but you can also add date or author pages, or even external links.
Next you can see Module Options & Caching Options. Module Options set some options about how the plugin connects to your database and WordPress install. Generally, these should be left alone.
Caching Options specifies whether sitemaps should be cached, or stored as static files until a new one is created. Unless you have a caching plugin like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache enabled, you should enable this option to increase server performance. You can specify how long cached sitemaps should last, and where on your WordPress install they should be stored.
Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps is a very useful plugin with lot of features. Definitively use this plugin to improve your site visibility on search engines.
If you are aiming to increase the click through rate of your social shares, this WordPress plugin can help. WordPress Social Sharing Optimization is a plugin that aims to increase the click through rates of your social shares which in turn results in more traffic to your blog or website.
Simple posting of links to your standard blog post on your social media accounts like Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter can get results, but this plugin can amp it up.
With this traffic-generating WordPress plugin, it doesn’t matter who shares your content, the end result will be the same and your content will look more appealing and eye-catching on regardless of the platform shared.
WordPress is popular among photographers and artists to showcase their portfolio. However, images can be searched by almost anyone and grab these images and make it their own. Sometimes people steal those images without proper permission. To solve this problem, add your own branding to the image or add watermark to these images.
In this post, we’ll show you how to add watermark to your images in WordPress. You don’t need to Photoshop these images, all you need are WordPress plugins.
This tutorial will help you use a WordPress image and add a watermark to it.
What no one wants is to own a site that gets no attention whatsoever. If you wanted that, you wouldn’t have bothered to create one in the first place! WordPress offers a plethora of plugins for you to utilize on your site in order to make it more engaging for users. However, sifting through all the plugins can be downright tiring, so which ones are the best for you to use on your blog? Listed in this article are many different plugins for all of your purposes.