Boost your Internet Marketing Campaigns Using PopUp Domination 3.0

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

Famous Internet Marketers that use Popup Domination
Some of the famous Internet Marketers that use Popup Domination

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.

Pricing Structure
Pricing Structure
  • 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.

WordPress installation

5-step-plugin-installation-procedureThe 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.

Standalone Installation

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.

Server Requirements

  • 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.

  1. A/B Testing

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Content Customization
Sample Pop up Design
Sample Pop up Design

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”?

  1. Security Notification

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.

  1. Analytics

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.

  1. 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.

Our take

Click here to get Popup Domination
Click here to get Popup Domination

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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How to install a WordPress Plugin

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:

  1. Install a free Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
    Wordpress.org has a great collection of  free plugins thanks to loyal wordpress developers community. There are tons of free WordPress plugins available in wordpress Plugin Directory. You can search for a plugin from this directory and install it from your WordPress Admin Panel .  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  2. Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
    This step is ideal if you purchased a premium plugin  from a plugin provider  and downloaded the plugin as a zip file.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  3. Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and install from Admin Panel
    You can also upload the unzipped plugin folder using FTP and later install it from WordPress admin panel. This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a plugin zip file or if upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your files to your server.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)

 

Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option

 

  1. Log into your WordPress administration panel.
  2. From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New

    Install plugin
    Install plugin
  3. 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

    Search
    Search
  4. Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.

    Install
    Install
  5. Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
  6. 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.

    install Plugin
    install Plugin

 

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.

  1. Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
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    download plugin

    download plugin
    Save plugin zip file
  2. Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.

    click on upload
    click on upload
  3. Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
    Upload plugin
    Upload plugin
    Select zip file
    Select zip file

    After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.

    Install
    Install
  4. In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
    Activate
  5. 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.

    install Plugin
    install Plugin

 

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

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extract file
  • Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
  • Right click on the file and select “extract all”
  • Extract files
    Extract files

    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.Upload plugin folder
  • 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.

    activate plugin
    activate plugin

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Best WordPress Popup Opt-in Plugins

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

cliftons light box wp popup plugin
cliftons light box wp popup plugin

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.

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Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

dreamgrown-scroll-triggered-wp-popup-plugin

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

satillo wp popup plugin screenshot
Satillo wp popup plugin

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

ITRO popup plugin screenshot
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

Icegram wp popup olugin screenshot
Icegram wp popup olugin

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

womudev wp popup plugin screenshot
womudev Popup Plugin

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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Optin Revolution

Optin Revolution Popup Plugin screenshot
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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Popup Press

PopupPress Popup Plugin screenshot
PopupPress Popup Plugin

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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Ninja Popups

plugin-ninjaThe 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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Subscriber’s Magnet

plugin-subscrIf 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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Popup Domination

Popup Domination Popup Plugin screenshot
Popup Domination Popup Plugin

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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9+ Most Essential WordPress Security Plugins

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.


WordFence

wordfence plugin reviewWordFence is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress. WordPress scans core files, theme, and plugins against WordPress.org repository version to check for integrity.

The plugin includes a firewall to block common security threats like fake Googlebots, hackers, and botnets.

Premium users can block countries, and schedule scans for specific times at higher frequency.

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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

ithemes security reviewiThemes(Better WP Security) is the best option to fix the most common security risks.

It offers some of the best features in securing a WordPresss site. It combines the best features and techniques into a single plugin to secure your site.

Once installed, the plugin scans your site for user agents, bots, hosts, and prevents attackers by prohibiting users with too many invalid login attempts.

The plugin also detects hidden 404 errors in your site that affects SEO and you can easily login to your site with sensible links.

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Bulletproof SecurityBulletProof Security plugin review

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.


All in One WP Security and Firewall

All In One WP Security & Firewall plugin reviewThis plugin is among the top 10 WordPress security plugins. This plugin provides user account security, user login security, file system security, database security and the like.

You can also blacklist, enable firewall, prevent brute force login, etc.


Limit Login Attempts 

Limit Login Attempts reviewLimit Login Attempts prevent your blog or website from brute-force attacks in a smart way. The plugin blogs an IP address from making further attempts if it reaches the specified limit.

Download Limit Login Attempts.


Securi Security

securi reviewSecuri is an awesome plugin that checks your blog for malware, spam, blacklisting and other security issues like hidden evil codes, .htaccess hacks, and many more.

Download Securi Security.


Block Bad Queries
BBQ - Block Bad Queries - plugin review

Block Bad Queries is a plugin that protects your website against the malicious URL request. It checks all incoming traffic and quietly blocks bad requests.

Download Block Bad Queries.


NoSpamNX
NoSpamNX review

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.

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WP-DBManager

WP-DBManager review
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.

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Final Words

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.

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How to Manage Multiple WordPress Site using iThemes Sync

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.

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-manage-multiple-wordpress-sites-with-ithemes-sync/

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12 Surpringly Useful WordPress Plugins You Probably Didn’t Know About

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.

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How to index WP articles faster using BWP XML Sitemap plugin

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.
    BWP goole xml sitemap install
    BWP google xml sitemap install
    1. Log into your wordpress admin.
    2. Go to Plugins >> Add New.
    3. In the search box enter ‘BWP Google XML Sitemaps’ and search.
    4. 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’.
    5. 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.
    BWP xml sitemap
    BWP xml sitemap

    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.
    BWP-xml sitemap
    BWP-xml sitemap

    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.
    BWP xml sitemap
    BWP xml sitemap

    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.

Conclusion

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.

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Automatically Add Watermark to Images in WordPress

watermark1WordPress 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.

 

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-automatically-add-watermark-to-images-in-wordpress/

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