I often see blogs that display the most commented post on the sidebar of their site. It is a great idea since it showcases the most talked about article and helps build a community around the discussions on your site which means more user engagement and more visits to your website.
First, install the WordPress popular posts plugin. This plugin can show the most commented post as well as the popular posts by comment counts as well. Simply install and activate the plugin.
This plugin also lets you display your most commented page or post and it allows you to showcase the most engaging content using shortcodes.
Every WordPress user has a suite of plugins that they cannot live without. These plugins are usually for security, caching, improving the site, and other improvements of the WordPress core.
What’s great about it if you have thought of an idea and think that you can code it in WordPress, think of plugins first. There are more than 30,000 plugins available in WordPress that lets you bend the software to your will.
However, with so many free and premium plugins available, how can you weed out the bad from the good plugins?
Plugins make WordPress easy especially for beginners. The problem is that there are more than 30,000 available WordPress plugins and users find it hard to find the best WordPress plugin to do the job. Plugins are both a blessing and a curse. When you need solution to your problems, think of a plugin first, I’m sure you’ll find one. However, with a lot of plugins doing similar things, it’s hard to find what fits your needs.
In this post, we’ll show you how to choose the best WordPress plugins and where to find them.
Taking out the bad weed ensures you get the best WordPress performance possible.
Have you ever felt that there is something missing in your post or pages? A subtitle perhaps? If you need a subtitle in your post or page, we got you covered.
All you need is a simple plugin called, Secondary Title. Upon activation you can automatically see a new field below the title post of your edit screen.
You can also use the page or another custom post type. This plugin comes with its own configuration which allow you to fine tune how the titles are displayed in the admin area in your WordPress theme. If you want to change the options, just configure it in Secondary Title settings in the admin menu.
If you want to display before and after images in your website, it will be possible to do it with WordPress out of the box. So, a plugin such as this TwentyTwenty plugin by Corey Martin will make it possible.
This plugin takes advantage of the clip property within CSS by stacking two identical-sized images on top of each other. This clip property will allow the image to show through the container.
The slider is responsive and it uses custom movements events in within the JQuery Move library to support 1:1 slider movement even on mobile devices.
It is easy, simple to use, and do what it does best.
If you are a WordPress site that publishes academic or scholarly articles, then you need Cite. Cite is a new WordPress plugin that helps provide readers the information they need to cite articles correctly. The plugin uses dynamic tags to generate the date, site name, post title, and permalink. Post authors can post citation instructions by just using the [cite] shortcode. The shortcode will automatically generate the article attribution information at the bottom of the post. The plugin includes a settings page wherein you can use any of the available template tags to build a citation template. Cite is a free plugin created by Maeve Lander. Using Cite can save you time on every post where you would manually enter information to help your readers cite your article.
Comments are a very good way to engage users in your blog. However, there comes a time where your blog becomes popular and it is flooded with unnecessary messages. Some in a form of ads, others are saying useless comments that doesn’t add any value to your post, and others seem to be automated. These are called spam and the moment you see one, you have to deal with it as soon as you can.
The only way to deal with spam is blocking them using CAPTCHA. CAPTCHA is an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It is a technique used to control comments from automated bots.
You’ve probably heard that to keep your WordPress site secured, you need to provide a strong password, so why add password-free login to your WordPress?
It’s not actually password-free because Clef is a mobile app that replaces your login details using just your smartphone. When you visit the login page on a Clef-enabled site, it will show you a wave in which the Clef app will scan. When the wave is scanned, the app on your phone sends a digital signature to Clef. Once identified, you can now login to your WordPress site.
If you manage multiple WordPress sites then this will be useful as you don’t need to enter your login details all the time to get to your dashboard. All you need is your smartphone, the Clef app, and you can login to your site, password-free.
Losing blog visitors? Bring My Blog Visitors Back is a premium WordPress plugin by MaxBlogPress. This plugin is designed to offer more flexibility and control over your RSS feeds and how readers can interact with your content.
People who use RSS feeds to subscribe to multiple websites at a time are what we call as the “power consumers” of online content. They use RSS readers so that they can organize and effeciently browse content published by their favorite online sources. These type of users can be very difficult to engage as they are using only an RSS reader and not visiting your site. Not only this will hurt your advertising revenues, but also hurt your social shares.
What Bring my Blog Visitors Back do is turn an RSS subscriber into a better lead and traffic generator.
Are you starting to build your member soon? Do you have a WordPress membership site but it doesn’t suit your needs? Here are some great WordPress membership plugins for your site.
A great way to monetize websites are through memberships. You can share exclusive content, post tutorials, and provide discounts and special offers to your members. Membership sites are everywhere in the industry. If you own a membership plugin but isn’t matching your needs or is thinking of starting one in the future, these are some of the best membership plugins for your site. Here we cover some of the best WordPress membership plugins for your membership site.
With membership plugins, you have control over which content to show on to non-registered members and who has exclusive access to content. Say for example, you want premium members to access a specific page while free members or those who hasn’t registered will have access to limited content. This isn’t possible with the current setup you have in your WordPress right now unless you have installed membership plugins on your page.
Thankfully, there are a lot of membership plugins available in WordPress today. These plugins do more than just managing the members of your blog or website. Most of all, some of the plugins listed are actually FREE!
Paid Memberships Pro is a membership plugin that has flexible content control over paid memberships, affiliates, and discounts. You can set up unlimited membership levels and provide restricted access to content like articles, videos, and downloads. It also supports single page access, and many other features.
Paid Memberships Pro works with any theme you want, and it has support for popular payment gateways like PayPal. It is extremely configurable with unlimited membership levels. You can setup the membership levels that fit your business like Free, and paid or have a recurring subscription that works on autopilot.
Paid Memberships Pro integrates with third party tools like cosmetics, Aweber, and can use add-ons to fully customize the plugin.
What is great about Paid Memberships Pro is that this plugin is completely FREE!.
WP Premium Members is a WordPress Plugin that can help you let the members see the content only if they have paid for it. Other than that, this plugin can manage premium content, advertisements and automatic removal of ads, recurring payment, single premium membership and many other features.
Subscription payments are through PayPal IPN and the users can choose to either subscribe for recurring payments or buy a single Premium membership which will expire.
WP Premium Members is also excellent for multi-site as it has the option for premium users to create their own blogs.
S2 Members is a free WordPress plugin that contains a great set of features and different customizable options. With this plugin, you can change things like login, welcome page, security level, email templates, and the ability to choose the content you are protecting and the downloads you are restricting.
The plugin makes it possible to incorporate external affiliate systems like ShareAsale, and iDevAffiliate.
S2 Members is free, but the free version is only limited to 4 membership levels and you can’t use free registrations, and the payment methods has its limitations too. To lift these limitations, get the pro version for a one time fee of $89 (single site) or $189 (unlimited site).
WordPress Custom Roles is a plugin that helps prevent any WordPress user or group to access the core of the WordPress page or plugin page. The plugin helps you divide authority as per requirements and with this tool, you can create custom roles based on users, roles, and other factors. You can customize any role you want and it allows you to hide plugin menu and plugin sub-menu.
WordPress Custom Roles costs $17. The costs includes the item price and the buyer fee.
Other than restricting access to content, Restrict Content Pro is also a full-fledged membership plugin. This plugin is great for situations where you have a lot of blog posts or videos on your site and you’ve decided to switch to a paid platform. The plugin locks down your content – new or existing to be viewed only to registered members.
All it takes is a simple configuration right at the admin dashboard of your WordPress site. Restrict Content Pro includes the following:
Member management system that lets you view pending, active, expired and cancelled memberships and free users. You can add subscription or modify it anytime and the subscription packages can include expiration dates.
You can also create an unlimited number of subscription packages. Each of the packages can be configured to your liking like the duration of the subscription package, free trial options, and premium subscriptions.
The plugin is integrated with popular payment gateways like PayPal, Braintree and Stripe and offers discount codes to customers.
Priced at $42, this is the only plugin you need for a subscription-based website.
Digital Access Pass (DAP) is a WordPress membership plugin that can create automated buyer’s only site with one time payments, recurring subscription, and free membership levels. The plugin is a full-fledged membership plugin complete with ContentResponder, Email AutoResponder, broadcast system, shopping cars, 1-click upsells, and an affiliate program.
DAP deeply integrates with WordPress, which means WordPress updates won’t break the site. DAP works with HTML and PHP sites too.
DAP is well known for Content Dripping. If you are into that type, you’ll find that DAP can content drip not just pages and blog posts, but also Doc files, Zip, MP3, MP4 and other file formats.
Priced at a one-time payment of $167, DAP has everything you need to create a fully functional membership site.
WishList Member has been a long-time favorite of internet marketers because of the plugin’s great feature set. Simply install the plugin to your WordPress site and you’ll have a complete membership site bundled with protected content, payment integration, member management and more.
With this plugin, you’ll have unlimited membership levels. Charge higher or lower with your membership levels and call can be done in the same site. The plugin also offers easy member management. You can view the member’s status, membership level and other factors that can affect your next move to these members. It can also give members access to multiple members within your membership.
For $197 single site license, you’ll get these features along with access to customer care center, more than 30 training videos, detailed support guides, and unlimited updates and support for 1 year. If you have multiple site, the multi-site license is available for $297. You’ll get the same features as the single-site license only that this one is supported to unlimited number of URLs, has two custom membership themes, a bonus Plugins that Rock webinar, and more than 300 membership icons.
MemberPress is a WordPress membership plugin that can help you create, manage, and track membership subscriptions and sell digital products. The plugin also allows you to grant and remove access to feeds, posts, pages, categories, communities and files based on the products your users have bought or subscribed to.
Everytime a membership package is created, the plugin generates a new pricing box for the registration page of the package. Setting up the payment is easy as it takes care of the payment gateways for you. Payment gateways for PayPal is just a click away and there are support for other payment gateways as well.
Like all other membership plugins, MemberPress has a built-in reporting features, but unlike others, MemberPress has a more in-depth reporting and tracking statistics.
Price starts at $99 per year and that includes support and updates for one site, PayPal Express or Strip integration. If you need more than just the basics, there’s a Developer Edition for $199 per year. This plan has unlimited members, unlimited digital products, unlimited coupons and pricing pages, advanced Pal and Stripe Integration, Authorize.net integration with 1 year of updates and priority support.
Although more expensive than any of the lists above, MemberPress has everything you need and more to get a membership site. If you are serious about getting memberships without unnecessary hiccups, this is the best option for you.
Probably the main reason that you need a membership plugin is to separate visitors from members and to convert visitors to members. If that’s the case, then you haven’t yet tapped the benefits of having a membership plugin.
Recurring payments – getting your customers to sign up to your website for a recurring fee is the real reason you need a membership plugin. This is because you aren’t just limited to one-time purchases like an ebook or one-time products or services. You get money every month as long as your customer wants to be on your site. You’ll get a recurring fee monthly and that is more profitable if you are thinking of long term strategy for your site. However, to keep your members from subscribing to your site, you need to ensure that you are giving them what they want. One wrong move and you’ll lose your members.
One time purchases – to keep track of your customers and to specifically target products to them a membership plugin is required. This method is one of the most popular methods today as not all people would want to tie in on recurring fees.
Restrict IP addresses – setting up a contest locally? You might want to restrict IP addresses only to your target customers or end up promoting the product to the wrong customer. A membership plugin can do that for you.
While it is possible to add Google Maps in WordPress, it is also possible to add Bing Maps in WordPress. The best part is that you don’t need any plugin to do it. All you need to do is to go to Bing Maps, then search for the location or map you want to embed. When you have found your location, click on the Share button, then a Popup will appear showing you the link to the map and the embed code.
Below the embed code button, you’ll see Customize and Preview button that opens to a new windows. This window will customize your map. Choose whatever settings you feel necessary for the map like showing or hiding links to Bing maps, map type, etc. Once satisfied, preview, then click on the Generate code button.
WordPress allows you to open a link in a new window by default but it doesn’t allow you to easily add rel=”nofollow”. You either have to nofollow tag each links automatically, or manually add nofolow tag to each link by editing the HTML code. These two are either tedious or too much work.
Each time you link your own site or an external site, you are transferring SEO points to that page. These SEO points, also known as, Link juice are what makes your page, or the page you are linking to higher than the rest of the page who aren’t linked.
In this post, we’ll show you an easy way to add rel=nofollow tag to a link in the comments section of your page.
Can’t pay for a web developer but need to have a page right now? Don’t worry, here is a content editor WordPress plugin for you.
MotoPress Contend Editor is a page builder for WordPress that makes creating and editng your WordPress posts, and pages easily. This plugin is a content and page editor that integrates to WordPress themes and it replaces your default WordPres editor. MotoPress is a better page editor as it gives you a greater control to the overall look and feel of your posts and pages. It includes a number of page elements that you can use to create custom layouts. These elements change and enhance the overall functionality of your site.
A mobile-friendly site is a must for all website and blog owners today. If you haven’t created a mobile-friendly site, then you should take action now. You’ll losing out a lot of potential readers and customers if you don’t make your site mobile-friendly.
There are many ways you can make a site mobile-friendly:
Do it yourself.
Have someone do it for you.
Subscribe to services offering to make your site mobile-friendly.
But since we’re in WordPress, why not install a plugin.
WPTouch is a quick and easy way to make your WordPress website mobile-friendly.
When you don’t assign a catergory to your post, it will automatically go to ‘uncategorized’. The ‘Uncategorized’ category is a generic category where WordPress that doesn’t have a specific category go. Oftentimes I’m annoyed that my posts go in here since it doesn’t help me connect to my readers and provide useful information to them.
One quick solution is to edit “Uncategorized” in Post>Categories. This is a great option if you only have one category and haven’t created a content yet. Another quick solution is to set the default category in Settings>Writing. But, what if you want multiple categories?
When working on a site, sometimes you may want to activate or deactivate plugins quickly in WordPress. Before you can do that, you need to go to the plugins screen to activate or deactivate it. If there is a better way to activate and deactivate a plugin that sits right in your admin bar, this is the solution. The first thing you need to do is install Plugin Toggle plugin. This is a plugin thaat works right off the bat and there are no settings to configure. Upon installation, the plugin will add a new item in WordPress admin bar, on top, and labelled Plugins. Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-quickly-activate-deactivate-wordpress-plugins-from-admin-bar/
One way to customize plugins is to extend it. Creating a child plugin is not practical because this only works in themes. Themes have a very specific set of behaviors and plugins are completely different. The right way to customize a plugin is to get in touch with the plugin author and let them know of the changes you’d like to see. However, if this doesn’t work, the best way is to extend it. However, take note not to modify its core. The easiest way to do it is to create a functionality plugin that will run alongside it. You can also use plugin dependencies to control when the functionality is activated.
Shortcodes are WordPress-specific codes that will let you do creative things with scripts and code. If you haven’t used shortcodes, then you are missing out on a lof of stuffs that a shortcode can have like for example, taking long ugly lines of code into one, clean, short line of code. It is a shortcut for a long script for a long list of codes. You can’t just use shortcodes at your disposal, you need to manually insert it to your blog theme or use a plugin. However, the problem with finding the one that suits you can be very time consuming. So here are some of the best shortcodes: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/wordpress-shortcodes-plugins/
“Are you sure you want to publish this post?” This confirmation is missing in WordPress that is why most of the time I publish posts accidentally. If only WordPress included this feature. Even the most experienced WordPress users press the publish button by accident. Accidental publishing can become an issue particularly if your posts gets automatically shared on social media, email, and newsletters. By the time you realize this mistake, users have already read your post, shared it to social media sites, and have already been sent to your subscribers. Or worst, it might even get indexed by search engines. The good news is that you can get a plugin like Publisher Confirmation to have you first confirm if you’d like to publish your post or not. Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-avoid-accidental-publishing-in-wordpress/
If you know Ghost, then this is a great plugin to have in your WordPress site. Ghost is an open source blogging project which is originally introduced as a pure blogging platform with “WordPress-lite fork” However, after a great deliberation, the creator of Ghost did not fork WordPress, instead, the brought this application on Node.js powered by Express Network. We have been anticipating to have a WordPress-fork like Ghost as it would be an appealing option for WordPress users who doesn’t need a CMS. A few have been excited about Ghost concepts, that is why Gust is born. Gust adds Ghost-style functions to your WordPress admin. If you like to know how Gust will look like, read this blog: http://wptavern.com/gust-plugin-brings-the-ghost-admin-panel-into-wordpress