Here’s a deep-dive into the hugely successful strategy behind WP FeedBack’s $100k+ plugin launch!
Have you ever heard of a WordPress plugin (or theme) that made over $100,000 in its first 30 days after launch? After spending hours Googling for successful plugins in the WordPress space that we could learn from, I couldn’t find any. As a big believer in transparency and knowledge sharing, I promised myself that if we met our goal of making $100k+ during our launch, I would share everything that we learned so other plugin and theme developers would be able to replicate the “recipe” we used to bootstrap our business.
Spoiler alert – we ended up making over $100,000 during the launch
When an engineer has amassed a collection of Pokemon cards, what does he do? Build a WordPress-based database site for cataloging it, of course!
I have a confession. I like Pokémon. It’d really be more accurate to say I never stopped liking it. Sure, there was that point when it wasn’t “cool” anymore and I was too busy trying to be “cool,” but this is the kind of thing that just sticks with me. So, naturally, I’ve built up a collection of Pokémon cards. And what does someone like me do when they have a collection of something?
Build a WordPress-based database site for cataloging it, of course! This is where hashing a custom taxonomy comes into the picture.
My current plan revolves around taking the card information from the third-party Pokémon TCG Developers API and combining it with the pricing information from TCGplayer. This will allow me to store information of not just every card I have, but every version of every card I have. The most common version is the reverse holographic printing (shown below). Other versions, especially rare, powerful cards, can include full-art versions, alternate-art printings, and even rainbow-colored “secret rare” cards.
The trick, however, is that in addition to being collectibles, Pokémon cards are also part of
We love page builders. You love them too. But, do you really need one for every single WordPres project? Let's find out.
For many years WordPress has been, and still is, the number one platform for site building. Its quick setup and ease of use made it a market leader. However, recently, the rise of build-your-own-site services like Wix, Weebly and Squarespace exposed a weakness in WordPress, the lack of easy drag & drop manipulation of page layouts, this made it difficult for end users and non developers to customize the site’s appearance, its layout was entirely dependent on the active theme. Luckily for all WordPress users, plugin developers quickly stepped up and gave us the ubiquitous drag & drop page builders. What are page builders
As mentioned before, WordPress is a very easy to use. It’s built to focus on content generation and eliminate distractions. Most of the things you need to do can be done with a few clicks via the Customizer or the various settings pages. However things get a bit more tricky when you need to create a brand new page template, or want to add widget in places where there are no widgetized areas, tasks like these require getting your hands dirty, creating a child theme and coding your new template, then, applying new styles where needed, as you might imagine
You may already be advanced in the e-commerce game—but that shouldn't stop you from maintaining stock on Amazon, eBay, MercadoLibre, and other international marketplace sites.
Many early e-commerce merchants (and you may be among them) start out on a marketplace platform. We mentioned Ebay, Etsy, and Depop in our most recent chat about international e-commerce, but there are others—even Amazon, the veritable Goliath of all things e-commerce, is, in large part, a platform for small independent vendors (this was one of Amazon’s original distinguishing features, back when its Marketplace was called « zShops» at its launch in 1999). Marketplaces give you few opportunities for propagating your personal brand, and aren’t ideal for developing a close relationship with your customers—these are the principal cons of such platforms when compared to an independent store site, which you, the store and site-owner, autonomously manage and can tailor to your own goals and ideas.
But marketplaces also provide some pretty significant advantages, particularly in the domains of traffic acquisition and notoriety among consumer communities.
It’s all in the algorithmsI
Since a marketplace essentially acts as a dedicated search engine for products, yours will be more likely to appear on the searches of sincerely interested customers than
If you’re running a WordPress website, Google services are especially indispensable.
When it comes to free services that can help your marketing and website optimization, there’s no one better than Google. This all-encompassing service has become so present and integrated into every inch of the Internet that you practically can’t do without it. In this article, we’re presenting the best free Google tools that can significantly benefit you if you’re running a WordPress site.
Google Analytics is a service that has become a household name for anyone that works on anything online and wants to track the success of their online location.
If you’re in a department that has to do with marketing and sales, you have probably caught sight of your company’s Analytics page. It’s one of the most precious resources of the website’s traffic and visitor behavior. For companies and businesses, Analytics is one of the first sources of statistics and user behavior for their online brand.
If you have your WordPress site, integrating Google Analytics is simply a must if you want to know what users are doing on your website. With it, you can also find out how many are there, what they like, what brought them to you, and about
The e-learning marketplace is seeing a huge growth, with a projected industry worth of $37bn. We discuss the benefits of creating an online course, how to choose the right WordPress LMS and why you should translate your e-learning course
There’s a big emphasis on e-learning and online courses at the moment. Upskilling, efficiency, accessibility and the potential to achieve more, faster,are just some of the reasons why the e-learning industry has taken off at such an incredible speed.
In this hyper-connected world, it’s never been more important to address the rapidly evolving training and development needs of people – whether for personal or career gain.
An increasing number of companies rely on e-learning when looking to increase the skills of their employees, for both the growth of the company and employee retention.
And, naturally, the easiest, and let’s be honest, the cheapest way to do that is through e-learning otherwise known as online learning, which usually costs significantly less than sending staff members to offsite courses with extra budget needed for travel expenses.
But, it’s not just users of e-learning platforms that are reaping the benefits. Entrepreneurs are seeing the huge revenue potential to be made from selling e-learning courses.
And, by huge revenue we mean a projected industry worth of $37 billion dollars by 2020.
The benefits of creating an e-learning business
Google Analytics frontend plugin released on the WordPress.org repository. Now it works as a standalone plugin for WordPress so it can be used for posts, pages, UsersWP and BuddyPress profiles. Not just listings. We hope you like it, feedback welcome!
The first-ever automated print fulfillment solution for WordPress. NextGEN Gallery is already the most popular WordPress gallery plugin ever. You can now sell prints with automated print fulfillment. Prints are sent directly to customers with no extra work.
It’s here! After years in development, we’re happy to announce the arrival of automatic print fulfillment for WordPress. This marks the first time automatic print fulfillment is available to the WordPress.org community! The new print service will be available to all NextGEN Pro users. You just need to have an active license and update.
NextGEN Pro’s ecommerce system has always supported the sale of manual prints and digital downloads. Now, print orders can be fulfilled and shipped automatically to customers through White House Custom Colour, one of the leading print labs in the United States.
We think this is big news not just for us, but for WordPress more broadly. Many photographers and visual artists continue to run multiple websites - a main site or blog on WordPress, and a separate non-WordPress website for print sales. This is because automated print fulfillment has not been available to WordPress users.
That’s now changed. Photographers can now do everything they need on WordPress. And that means Imagely, NextGEN Gallery, and the broader WordPress ecosystem can now fully compete with traditional photo website services like SmugMug, ShootProof, Zenfolio,
You may want to incorporate iFrames is for sharing large files, such as video, audio, or even images. Thankfully, you can do it easily with WordPress.
Sharing content is a fairly common practice. However, featuring another creator’s content on your site has potential legal ramifications, while hosting large files such as videos can hurt your site’s performance. Fortunately, iFrames provide a simple solution to these issues. In this post, we’ll explain what iFrames are and how to use them with your WordPress site.
Ready to dive in? Let’s get cracking!
What are iFrames (And Why They’re Useful)?
An iFrame is a way to embed a web page into the content of another page. This is done using HTML tags, the external page’s URL, and specifications regarding how the window should appear on your site.
There are two situations in which iFrames are generally useful.
The first is when you wish to share content that doesn’t belong to you. In most cases, embedding content via an iFrame is not considered to be copyright infringement. Therefore, it’s generally a legal and more ethical method of sharing than most other options. Additionally, the code within an iFrame cannot be directly accessed. This means that a visitor to your site can’t copy the embedded content and share it elsewhere.
Some lessons (learned the hard way) about keeping WordPress sites running smoothly.
For the past decade, much of my design and development work has been centered around WordPress. I’ve spent a good bit of time both building and maintaining websites that utilize the world’s most widely-used CMS. Not coincidentally, I’ve learned a lot in that span. Thus, to paraphrase the old saying: When you know better, you do better.
Thinking about my experiences, which has included a lot of ups and downs, I wanted to share what I’ve learned with a wider audience (that is, one beyond the pets in my home office). As a part of that quest, I gave a presentation on maintaining multiple WordPress websites at WordCamp Lehigh Valley 2019.
In that same spirit, below is a collection of some of the most important lessons that I’ve learned – many of them the hard way. Hopefully, they help you avoid some of the same misconceptions and mistakes that got me.
Updates Are Rarely an Emergency
If you spend enough time using and reading about WordPress, you’ll certainly hear a lot about keeping your sites up-to-date. Sure, updates to WordPress core, themes and plugins are important for keeping up compatibility and security.
Awareness of the issue is vital. It’s
WordPress HTTPS, SSL and TLS for #WordPress administrators - in this article you will find everything you need to know about these protocols and how to configure HTTPS on your #website.
When you visit a website, your browser (also known as a client) sends a HTTP request to a web server. Once the web server sends an HTTP response, the browser can then render the page to your screen. However, HTTP traffic has a problem; it is a plaintext protocol. This makes it susceptible to snooping and meddling. If an attacker is on the same network as you they can intercept and read your HTTP traffic. They may also modify both your requests to the server, as well as the server’s responses back to you. This is known as a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack. This can easily happen on public WiFi’s, such as the ones in hotel lobbies and public spaces.
That is why a website should be on HTTPS – so traffic cannot be intercepted. This article explains what HTTPS, SSL and TLS are. It also explains how you can configure your WordPress website to work on HTTPS.
What is SSL/TLS?
Once the internet started to grow in use, it became obvious that we needed a mechanism to securely transfer information between a client and server without anyone being able to eavesdrop or modify traffic — enter SSL, or Secure Socket Layer. SSL is an Internet security protocol, first developed
Background slideshows, Vimeo video backgrounds, play video backgrounds on mobile if desired, and fancy dividers top the list of the new features in Elementor 2.7
Image backgrounds, video backgrounds, gradient backgrounds… There is only so much you can do to make your website backgrounds special. Here at Elementor, we’re always thinking about giving our users new capabilities that will be translated into stunning website effects.
For version 2.7, we’ve considerably improved our background capabilities so that you can create intricate layouts.
I know you are eager to find out all the details about what’s new in version 2.7, so here goes.
Now you can use a slideshow as the background for sections, columns, and even inner-sections. This can help you build more complex structures and layouts, while still preserving a transition effect.
As opposed to using a slider widget, which allows you to use specific layout and limited design options, the background slideshow feature gives you way more flexibility.
Use any widget, with any layout you wish to create, and wrap it all with a beautiful background slideshow to emphasize it nicely. Use the Ken Burns effect to give it another captivating touch.
Dividers are one of the most basic and useful design elements in web design. So, of course, we went ahead and made them even better,
Wouldn't you love to put your brain on autopilot while handling WordPress SEO, security or content management? Here are some plugins that can make that happen.
When you have established your online presence, you could feel that it takes everything to keep it going. Not to mention that any failure could cost you too much of everything. There has to be a better way, you might think.
This thought could have crossed your mind multiple times in an hour. In the era of technology, when machines think instead of us most of the time, is there nothing you can automate and get off your chest?
There is something that could help you automate a lot of work on your site and get the desired result. If your site is on WordPress, then you can use one of the numerous plugins to get a bunch of work off your chest.
Here are the top 5 things you can automate with the right plugins. It will help to make your site a success while giving you the much needed time to focus on other essential things.
1. Your website’s security
With the massive issues arising recently about cybersecurity, regardless of how small your site is, you need it to be hacker-proof. Still, making sure that everything is airtight is constant work, putting people into “set it up and leave it” frame of mind. Consequently, many WordPress websites are a threat, not only to their respective
Using two-factor authentication is becoming vital for security. And it's now easier than ever to add to your site.
Websites running WordPress get attacked – a lot. Why, just the amount of brute force login attempts alone can be massive. If you want to see just how much, install a security plugin that blocks these login attempts. You may be shocked at the sheer number of bots out there trying to break into your site. What’s really surprising is that even sites with relatively low traffic are not immune to this phenomenon. Bots care nothing about the size of your website, rather the software it’s running.
This isn’t the fault of WordPress, per se. Its popularity simply makes it the biggest target out there for nefarious actors. Much the same way Windows wears the bullseye for viruses and malware when it comes to personal computers. When you’re the most popular option, you’re likely to face the most aggression.
For those of us responsible for maintaining these websites, being proactive when it comes to security is mandatory. And one of the simplest steps we can take is adding two-factor authentication.
Let’s explore what two-factor authentication is and take a look at a few plugins that will help you add this feature with minimal effort.
The WordPress Toolbox
A review of the plugins available to help you secure your WordPress website.
For a variety of reasons WordPress sites are targeted by hackers. This makes addressing security vulnerabilities a critical aspect of managing a WordPress website. WordPress attacks are not an isolated issue that only affects popular sites — you can’t avoid them simply by being a small, relatively unknown website. If your site runs on WordPress, it is safe to assume it will be targeted at some point. A compromised site could be an inconvenience or it could be business-ending if it leads to a customer data leak. To protect your site from being compromised, you should install (and correctly configure!) WordPress security plugins to cover the vulnerabilities your host doesn’t handle for you. If you’re not using a good Managed WordPress Host (like us), chances are good that your site needs a couple of extra security plugins to add WordPress-specific security defenses. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of excellent WordPress plugins available to help with everything from authentication to zipping and sending automated backups into the cloud.
In this post, we help you choose the best WordPress security solutions for your website by listing some of the most popular
If you take a look at literature from SEO, online marketing, and website business realm, you will often find the term “guest posting” mentioned. It is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your online brand.
If you take a look at literature from the SEO, online marketing, and website business realm, you will often find the term “guest posting” mentioned. It is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your online brand. We agree that guest posting is a must. So, we’ve decided to compile this complete guide to guest posts. Check what they are, their benefits, where to start, and how to get better.
Learning all this information will help you find your way when it comes to guest posting. In return, it will immensely boost your online reputation. So, let’s start!
What are Guest Posts?
Guest posts or guest blogs are content that’s published on someone else’s website. The guest poster chooses a site where they want to place one of their articles and contacts the owner to set up cooperation for guest posting.
Why do People Write Guest Posts?
For many people, this first question when it comes to guest posting is: “If I have a great piece of content that will surely be received well by the audience, why would I give it to someone else?”
For some, guest posting feels like you’re giving up the positive reactions from your post and handing
Not sure what WordPress host is right for you? CPOThemes has got you covered once again. Take a look at this in-depth look at a number of WordPress hosting providers including shared, managed as well as self-managed options like SpinupWP!
Finding WordPress hosting that you can rely on and don’t mind paying for isn’t easy – especially not in 2019 because the internet is riddled with fake reviews written by thirsty affiliates. In this post, I’m going to take a close look at the best WordPress hosts available across all categories; shared, managed, and even self-managed to help you make an informed decision based on your needs and, of course, also your available budget.
This comparison of the best WordPress hosting providers is based on performance data, actual (real-world) speed tests, reviews from industry-leading companies and our experience running high-traffic websites.
Stay tuned to find out which company is going to turn out to be the best WordPress hosting provider to suit your individual needs and requirements.
Let’s dive right in with two important things we need to address!
Inquiring minds want to know! What's it like working for WebDevStudios?
After eight years of self-employment, I started working for WebDevStudios (WDS) earlier this year. Officially, I started on April 1, 2019, which, if you’re in the United States (or other Western or European countries) or are familiar with our holidays, you know is dubbed as April Fool’s Day. Given how much fun I have on Twitter with others who work with WordPress, including those who already work here, this seemed like an appropriate day to get started.
It’s been almost six months since I’ve been here at WDS, and during that time, I’ve had the opportunity to get acclimated to the team, work on a wide variety of projects, and do some really interesting things. But for as much as I love blogging and as much as WDS urges us to do so, I’ve not actually talked a lot about my time here.
Given that I had some time during our monthly 5FTF, I thought it’d be a good moment to share what it’s like moving from self-employment to working from WebDevStudios, and what to expect if you’re considering working here (because we are hiring!).
Working for WebDevStudios
The whole story leading up to my working at WDS actually begins with me, my self-employment,
Taking your e-commerce store global is a great way to increase sales and ROI—if you do it right.
Maybe you started on Etsy or Ebay, on Depop or Amazon. Your “store”—which, on one of these marketplace platforms, isn’t entirely yours—took off. You decided to think about switching to a more personnalisable CMS, one where you would be able to deploy a marketing strategy 100% adapted to your brand. You’re now using a more professional e-commerce CMS, like BigCommerce, WordPress’s WooCommerce, or Shopify. There are a lot of others, in this category, too – and you’re in luck, no matter which one you’ve chosen for your shop, because Weglot is compatible with all of them.
There are a number of things you have to start taking into consideration when you open an independent online store. From generating traffic, to making sure your products are well-indexed on search engines, to deciding for yourself which payment-processing and CRM systems to use… If you’ve already taken the plunge and set up your own webstore, but are disappointed with the results so far, there are a few things you might be overlooking-or that you could simply be looking at with a sharper eye.
1. You may be lacking in the localization department…
You should look into diversifying your internet presence by creating separate, but connecting, sites. They should individually center around the specifics of your offering.
Nowadays, it’s common for brands to run multiple sites for their products. Some common denominator tightly or loosely connects them. It could be the overarching campaign, or maybe it’s a set of products that you want to distribute together. At the same time, when people see them as a whole, it should give a broad picture of your whole brand. Now, this isn’t an easy endeavor, and you’ll have to invest your time and money to make it work. Managing one site is a chore, doing the same thing for more of them is that much more complicated.
Thankfully, since this practice isn’t so rare anymore, there are ways you can make it easier on yourself to manage everything from one place. Using these tools will enable you to cut the time you need to operate everything drastically. With them, you won’t have to browse through multiple platforms to keep everything running smoothly. It is essential because, realistically, there are a lot of things you’ll need to stay on top of at all times.
Managing multiple sites
Even if you’re using the same platform (like WordPress), for all of your websites, you’d still need to access each separately. To either
Everybody wants to get the most out of their marketing and advertisements. Here is how to integrate Google Analytics and CRM for optimal results.
Many tools allow you to affect sales positively and increase the effectiveness of marketing activities. However, one of the most personalized is the internal base. You should get to know what they are guided by, and how it is more convenient for them to buy.
In this article, we will describe how to work correctly with CRM and how to use it for business benefit. Below we will talk more about the process of combining data received from a site with an internal database.
Why not use only Google Analytics?
The benefits of using data from CRM can be talked about endlessly. But why is this information so valuable? There is a vast array of data that opens up new opportunities for advancement. The main difference from Google Analytics familiar to all of us is the binding of information to users.
That is, you know who this user is and how he previously interacted with your company. Also, the tool will help to form an RFM analysis, which allows for more in-depth monitoring. Segment buyers by the frequency of purchases, the average check, etc., upload information to Google Analytics and get the maximum result.
This makes it possible to create audiences that will later be used for remarketing.
With the travel and tourism industry now worth $7.6 trillion - it's never been a more important time to translate your hotel website. We take a look at 4 reasons you need a multilingual hotel website in 2019.
Driving customers to your hotel can be a constant uphill battle. Off seasons and increased competition from alternative accommodation providers are just a couple of barriers hoteliers face. Let’s put a few other facts out there too.
Did you know that 57% of all reservations within the travel industry are made online?
And, on top of that, 47% of the web is non English speaking…
Shall we give you the third stinger? 75% of consumers will only buy in their own language (according to a report by CSA Research).
Which means, you might just find yourself with a big problem on your hands if you want to attract foreign visitors to your hotel and you’re not thinking about offering your website in another language.
By presenting information in languages your future guests can understand, you’ll be more likely to land those international bookings – an area growing at an extortionate rate.
Take the Chinese market, for example. In 2018, Chinese residents took 149.7m overseas trips and are now the world’s most powerful outbound market. And, considering less than 10% of the Chinese population speak English, it’s a huge market you could be missing out on.
There are tons of gret insights here, about halfway down the article is where it becomes relevant to the WordPress community and hosting.
Hosting is big. Really big. Even today, you could say that it's as big as the internet.
So why are so many still struggling to find web hosting clients?
This world is all new since I built a hosting provider called Ubiquity. I've helped dozens of other hosting founders be successful since then. I've also seen failures. Pretty much all of them happen when a brand isn't willing to evolve.
Tactics and tricks are a bad replacement for vision and strategy. You could hire an agency like Northcutt to build your SEO and content month-by-month and we'll do it as well (or better) than anybody. But, if your company's vision is still the same as last decade, that's why you're failing.
You're Probably Using The Wrong Words
Are you like I was? Telling friends and family that you did "hosting" for years. Nobody got it. You used analogies. "I'm where the internet comes from." "I run all the websites." "It's just digital real estate." "They're other computers, only they send you stuff."
Then it all changed. Everybody was talking about "the cloud". Hosting founders argued about how nobody had a "true cloud" and why "cloud
It's been a ride these last 10yrs. Managed WordPress hosting is a huge marker channel. Kudos to the other hosts out there as well, could not have done it without you.
Ten years ago this month, we launched Pagely and kicked off what has grown into the $2-3 Billion dollar channel known commonly as Managed WordPress Hosting. At the time, people questioned the need for the services they all now take for granted, and which are increasingly becoming commoditized. Over the last decade, the wider WordPress ecosystem has clearly benefited from faster and more secure websites, better deployment workflows, and knowledgeable, WordPress-specific technical support. I’d wager to say the wider hosting market, in general, has also taken notice, and adapted to serve a more discerning clientele that has come to expect more than Level 1 call center upsells when interacting with their host.
It’s been an exciting, and at times terrifying, journey for Sally and I, as we’ve put our efforts towards building a product, and then building a company. We’ve become parents during this time and watched as our employees started or expanded their own families. We’ve seen competitors enter, grow, and dominate wide segments of the market.
We’ve also stayed true to our simple philosophy of “business is personal” and have endeavored to