Planning to translate your WordPress site? A guide to everything you need to know when it comes to adding a WordPress language switcher to your site, including real-world examples, best practice tips, and how to create and customize one using Weglot.
Thinking about adding a WordPress language switcher to your website? Translating your content into other languages so that site visitors can read your content in their preferred language offers enormous benefits for your business, not limited to helping you reach new markets, providing greater opportunities for SEO and online visibility, and helping you establish trust with new audiences.
For a minimal investment of your time and money, the return on investment (ROI) that WordPress multilingual websites offer is also attractive. According to the Swiss-based trade body, the Industry Specification Group for Localization (ISG), for every US$1 spent on localization, a business will make a return of $25.
That’s a 2,500% return, and certainly not to be sneezed at. Rather, it’s something you should seriously consider if you want to better position your company for success in overseas markets.
To make the most of the above benefits — including the high ROI — it’s crucial that you make it incredibly easy for site visitors to change languages on your site with an easy-to-find, well-designed, and intuitive-to-use WordPress language switcher.
So in this guide, you’ll
A helpful guide when choosing a WordPress multilingual plugin. With many different translation plugins available, all with varying features, functionality, quality, and price points - we take a look at the important factors to consider.
The web is a vast space, where you can reach any audience anywhere in the world as you expand your business’ reach into new international markets — you just need the right WordPress translation plugin to help you achieve this. With WordPress, you can translate your entire website into multiple languages, providing rich content to your target market with the help of a translation plugin. There are, however, many different translation plugins available for WordPress, all with varying features, functionality, quality, and price points.
This can lead to a dilemma: which WordPress translation plugin is best for your business?
To help guide you through the decision process, we’ll take a deep dive into the important factors worth considering when choosing a translation plugin for your site. We’ll also explore why Weglot stands out as the leading WordPress translation plugin for every kind of online business.
9 Essential Considerations When Choosing a WordPress Translation Plugin
When you google “WordPress translation plugin,” 15.6 million results are returned. Talk about overwhelming! There are plenty of list posts that try to convince you of the best translation
A tutorial focusing on how to build multilingual websites using Visual Composer together with TranslatePress.
Visual Composer is one of the most popular page builders for WordPress. In this tutorial we’ll dive into how to translate Visual Composer sites using TranslatePress. We’ll go through the simple steps required to build a multilingual site using Visual Composer together with TranslatePress.
The two plugins are fully compatible, so you can use TranslatePress to translate any type of element or template available in Visual Composer, directly from the front-end. All using an intuitive visual translation interface.
Creating your website with Visual Composer
Visual Composer has a drag and drop visual editor which makes building any page of your website fast and easy, without having to write a single line of code.
It comes in both a free and paid version. The free version offers standard elements for tackling both structure and content of your site. You can easily add rows, divide them into columns. Then populate them with content in the form of text, images, buttons, menu items, shortcodes & more.
The paid plans give you access to hundreds of premium content elements and pre-designed templates (via the Visual Composer Hub). This can help you speed things up and not have to
Having an online gallery of your work is now the easiest way to reach a wider audience who can appreciate your pieces. Make your online gallery better by following these tips.
In today’s world, there are so many different ways of showing your art work. Online galleries abound and are usually an easy and budget-friendly way for art enthusiasts and casual visitors to access your work. Here are some tips on how you can showcase your work better. 1. Highlight Your Major Works
As every artist and enthusiast knows, not all art works are created equal. When inspiration strikes, an artist can produce great works that stand as the major highlight of their collection. Since major works are a step above the rest, they should be highlighted in your site and be featured in a striking section.
Pièce de Résistance
2. Display Collections Using Crisp Layouts
Collections of work can be displayed best when the gallery layout you use is clean and without too many frills. This will allow each piece to speak for itself so visitors would be able to focus on the important details.
3. Use Videos for Virtual Walkthroughs
Even if videos are not your medium of choice, you can make good use of them to show montages of your work or have a walk through of physical exhibits. This way, your art can feel more tangible to your visitors no matter where they are.
Brandon’s experience at WCEU as a first time WordCamper. Plus, the Freemius + WP Engine Makers Meetup brought together over 75 plugin & theme developers.
While the Freemius CEO Vova Feldman has been networking with cool people at WordCamps for years, there were a lot of “firsts” for me at WCEU 2019. Not only was it my first WordCamp (gasp!
What is conversion rate? And how do you improve yours? Follow these practical ways to increase your e-commerce conversion rate and drive more sales.
If you’re in e-commerce your goal is quite simple – you want to drive traffic to your website and increase that all important conversion rate. Whether you’ve just started or you’re well established – one things for sure, you share a common goal – increasing sales.
Within this article we’ll list 5 practical tips to implement into your strategy and increase your conversion rate to help drive your sales.
We’re looking at low cost (sometimes free!) solutions, that can have a big impact on that all important revenue.
First, a look at the basics.
What is conversion rate?
Conversion rate is simply the percentage of visitors to your site that complete a desired goal – and in e-commerce terms – that’s purchasing something.
How to calculate conversion rate
To do this, you divide the number of conversions you get within a given time frame by the total number of people who visited your e-commerce site, and multiply this by 100.
This number will give you an overall impression on whether things are going well, or not so well.
If it’s below industry standard, you’ll need to identify where the problem is fast. Some suggestions
In his latest transparency report, Ionut Neagu shares valuable insights from the redesign of ThemeIsle!
I hate to be a buzzkill, but I’m not a fan of redesigns. I get the excitement behind changing things up and refreshing your site every couple of years, and I understand why so many people love to get themselves through that, but that’s just not me. My mindset has always been that design needs to be “good enough,” and that it’s something that will not make a huge of a difference in the grand scheme of things.
But with that said, ThemeIsle was long overdue for a change. Even I could see that things were no longer 2019-ready. So when the decision was made to shake things up, I made sure to document the process so that we can learn as much as possible from the transition.
Now that the new ThemeIsle design has been launched let’s look back at the previous design, the decisions made, the goals set for the new design, and how it all played out.
Old ThemeIsle design and its issues
Over the last few years of supporting our products at Delicious Brains (notably WP Offload Media and most recently, SpinupWP), one thing has become clear. Caching in WordPress is often misunderstood. In this post, Ash hopes to demystify some of those misconceptions and provide a little clarity on the minefield that is WordPress caching.
Over the last few years of supporting our products at Delicious Brains (notably WP Offload Media and most recently, SpinupWP), one thing has become clear: Caching in WordPress is often misunderstood (and sites run slower than they should as a result).
In this post, I hope to demystify some of those misconceptions and provide a little clarity on the minefield that is WordPress caching. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of how the various layers of caching play a role in turbocharging WordPress.
Why is Caching Important?
Before we dive into the various caching mechanisms, it’s essential to understand the benefits of caching. Caching plays two major roles:
It improves application performance. For WordPress sites, this means that your site loads faster.
It increases application throughput. Meaning, your site can handle more traffic.
What’s more, caching can increase both application performance and throughput without increasing hosting costs. This is because you need far less system resources (CPU & memory) to host a site that has been correctly cached. It really is a win-win strategy (when done correctly).
Blog speed is important. It always was and always will be. More and more site owners have become aware of this after Google stated on several occasions that speed does affect search-engine rankings. Site owners should strive to make sites as comfortable for use as possible (whether Google tells them to do so or not) which includes making them faster. Doing so involves making a lot of components work together, and one of those components (in a WordPress site) is the WordPress theme.
Site speed is important. It always was and always will be. More and more site owners have become aware of this after Google stated on several occasions that speed does affect search-engine rankings. Site owners should strive to make sites as comfortable for use as possible (whether Google tells them to do so or not) which includes making them faster. Doing so involves making a lot of components work together, and one of those components (in a WordPress site) is the WordPress theme. tl;dr Cat videos don’t wait for anyone, we hear you! Jump to results table with 100+ WordPress themes speed comparison and see why it’s important to choose a fast theme and a good speed-up plugin.
Why test? Aren’t all themes the same?
It’s evident that the quality of the theme affects the speed at which a site loads. We wanted to know how much it affects it and how much speed-up plugins can help in making (slow) themes faster. So, we took a hundred popular WordPress themes and tested their speed. We expected only minor, statistical differences in our test results but ended up seeing significant differences. All themes are definitely not made the same!
Some rules and compromises
For any e-commerce customer shipping is one of the most important parameters that define the shopping experience. If their orders are fulfilled promptly and properly, your customers will come back to your store for repeat purchases.
For any eCommerce customer, shipping is one of the most important parameters that define the shopping experience. If their orders are fulfilled promptly and properly, your customers will come back to your store for repeat purchases. As a store owner, your responsibility is to consistently offer a great shipping experience to your customers.
In this article, I will introduce you to a few shipping plugins you can use to power up your customer’s WooCommerce shipping experience.
Table Rate Shipping
Table Rate Shipping – WooCommerce, by default provides a few shipping options that you can implement. With the help of this plugin, you will be able to customize the shipping aspects much more extensively. The plugin offers a simple, intuitive interface that helps you create multiple rate tables for each of your shipping zones.
You can read more about WooCommerce shipping zones here. It helps you configure rates based on shipping location, price, quantity or even weight.
Overall, this plugin helps you to offer convenient shipping options to customers, while ensuring that they align with your store strategy. The single site subscription of the plugin is priced at $99. The 5-site subscription
Did you know, over 75% of your WooCommerce customers are unlikely to proceed through the checkout. The good news is, there's a few simple tricks you can implement to increase the number of successful checkouts on your store.
Did you know that in 2018, the percentage of people abandoning their online shopping carts was 75.60%? This means that over 75% of the people who put one of your products in their cart, will potentially not go through with the sale. It would be easy to blame this high percentage on the indecision of customers, but many online stores forget about making sure their customer’s buying experience is top-notch, right up until they click ‘purchase’.
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With just a little buyer’s psychology, you could amend your checkout to reduce that number significantly.
4 WooCommerce Checkout Customization Techniques To Boost Sales
In this article, you’ll learn our favourite WooCommerce checkout customization techniques which you can implement to stop leaving money on the table and start bringing in the revenue your store deserves.
1. Keep your checkout simple
When was the last time you wanted to buy a product from an online store, only to abandon the purchase because the checkout process was taking too long?
It happens more often than you think. In fact, 9% of people abandon their carts because the checkout process is too long and 22% said they leave, simply because
A guide to creating multilingual WordPress menus as well as displaying different menu items for different languages.
Translating a website requires more than a simple translation of the content. For instance, a major concern is how to translate a WordPress menu. The menu is one of the first elements of a site that users notice, and they base their first impression on it. When building a multilingual WordPress menu, there are several aspects you need to pay attention to. Some of your pages or products may be related or available only to some countries, so you may have to hide those menu items for certain languages.
The translation also impacts the menu design. For example, it’s well known that German words are on average longer than English words, which influences the spacing between menu items.
TranslatePress helps you translate any WordPress menu, in a couple of clicks using a visual translation editor. Below we’ll go into the simple steps to achieve this.
Setting Up a WordPress Menu
Due to the way it’s built, TranslatePress works out of the box with any theme or plugin, so you can use the theme of your choice, or even a menu plugin. Most themes support a primary and footer menu, but some give users more options for displaying menus.
To create a WordPress menu go to Appearance >
Some privacy-related items to consider when building your site, including the data collected by third-parties.
In recent years, privacy has become one of the most important topics in our society. With the rise of services that use and sell user data, serious discussions have been taking place regarding best practices and the rights of users. In some cases, they’ve led to government-based regulations such as the EU’s GDPR. However, worldwide there still seems to be quite a lot of confusion, which tends to result in inaction. Unfortunately, web designers seem to be caught in the middle.
What makes things even more difficult is how much we rely on third-party providers that enable all manner of different functionality. Each provider is another link in a privacy chain that may or may not be collecting/using data in an undesirable way.
Nowhere is this more of a challenge than when it comes to building sites with WordPress. That’s not because the CMS doesn’t take privacy seriously – it does. Rather, it’s a combination of being the web’s most-used platform and its ability to tie in with an untold number of services via plugins and themes.
That begs the question: How do we build WordPress websites with privacy in mind?
The WordPress Toolbox
Consultant Joe Youngblood talks about a default setting in Yoast that makes it easier for hacker to harvest usernames, which means hackers have one-half of the combination for automated brute force attacks.
TL;DR WordPress creates Author Archives pages for anyone who publishes content on a website sometimes keeping that page live even if that content is transferred to another user.
By default WordPress uses the ‘username’ a user logins in with for the Author Archive page URL and offers no way of changing this.
When Yoast is installed sitemaps are activated by default creating an Author Archive sitemap which contains all the Author URLs complete with usernames.
Hackers can use this file to gain important usernames for a website, making hacking easier by only needing to guess passwords.
This attack vector can be patched by turning off Author Archives in Yoast or if Author Archives are required by editing the URL of author archives in the WordPress code.
Update: Yoast was notified of my concerns earlier this week, has fully reviewed them, and responded. Essentially in their response they stated this wasn’t much of a concern to them though they had discussed it and offered tips. I’ve placed their entire response at the bottom of this article, you can get there by clicking here.
Yoast is a wildly popular WordPress plugin that helps websites become more SEO friendly.
Choosing a great domain registrar isn't easy - CPOThemes is trying to make it easy. Use the comments section to chime in and let everyone know which registrar you rely on for your domains!
Looking for a domain registrar? In this post, we’ll take a look at which domain name registrars you should use. Making the right choice when it comes to your domain name registrar is extremely important. With so many resellers and so much misinformation, we thought it was essential to put together this guide of domain name registrars you can trust and rely on.
What is a domain registrar?
Domain name registrars are the companies that allow you to purchase and register domain names. Domain name registrars are all accreditated by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a non-profit organization that is responsible for managing domain names.
Domain names are what make it possible for you to visit this website at cpothemes.com as well as all of the other websites you visit such as google.com, apple.com and so forth.
When considering the best domain registrar, it definitely makes sense to begin with one of the most established providers.
GoDaddy launched back in 1997 and has definitely established itself as the number one website builder on the market. They also offer full domain registration services as well. Clearly, GoDaddy has achieved massive market
This is huge acquisition news. I wonder what the resulting combo will look like.
AUSTIN, Texas – June 24, 2019 – WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform (DXP), today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Flywheel, a WordPress hosting and management company based in Omaha, Neb. By combining their strengths, WP Engine and Flywheel are enhancing the WP Engine Digital Experience Platform for WordPress with the best creative and business workflows for agencies, building upon their collective investments and leadership in WordPress and creating the largest Agency Partner Program in WordPress. These benefits are all driven by a shared set of cultural values and purpose aimed at better serving the global brands and agencies who build sites on WordPress. In the largest acquisition to date in the WordPress industry, WP Engine will now power more than 120,000 brands and agencies in 150 countries served by nearly 900 employees across seven offices globally. “On behalf of the WP Engine team, we couldn’t be more excited to join forces with one of the most respected brands in WordPress. I personally welcome each employee and customer into the WP Engine family and I’m excited about the opportunities we will create
When planning to put out a new blog and you already have a domain ready to go, you’re probably considering putting up a “coming soon” page, to get the word of mouth going even before the site is ready to go. Similarly, if you’re operating a live site which needs to, unfortunately, go down for a bit when you’re doing maintenance, it’s important to have a maintenance page to fall back to.
When planning to put out a new site and you already have a domain ready to go, you’re probably considering putting up a “coming soon” page, to get the word of mouth going even before the site is ready to go. Similarly, if you’re operating a live site which needs to, unfortunately, go down for a bit when you’re doing maintenance, it’s important to have a maintenance page to fall back to. Luckily, most plugins out there that offer one, also provide the other, so you won’t be required to divide up your software, or your finances (in case you go for a premium option). In order to help you out with this often unfairly overlooked part of websites, we’ve compiled a list of the 11 best plugins that cover everything you’ll need. With each entry, we’ll be sure to point out if the plugin is free, premium, or if it has both options. Without further ado, let’s start counting them down.
The first one on our list is the Under construction page plugin. The reason this is number one is primarily the fantastic editing tool, which has a user interface much like a visual editor. This, in turn, means that all the changes you’ll be doing
Need to remove the *Powered by WordPress* credits in your footer? This guide tells you all the ways you can do that (3 methods)!
“Proudly powered by WordPress”. If you’ve installed a free theme from the WordPress theme directory, you’ll probably have seen that message in the footer of your site. If you’re running the default theme, it’ll definitely be there. Or depending on your theme, it may have been replaced by a message telling visitors who the theme developer is.
But what if you don’t want an advert for WordPress, or for your theme developer, in your site? What if you’d rather keep the footer for information about you: your site, your business, and your brand?
The good news is that removing that “powered By WordPress” message isn’t difficult. The exact method you use will depend on the way the developer has added it to the theme, but with a little investigative work, it’s possible to work that out and remove the message.
So in this post, I’ll show you how to remove the “powered by WordPress” message and link. I’ll also discuss why you might – or might not – want to remove it.
Need to remove the *Powered by WordPress* credits in your footer?✏️❌ This guide tells you all the ways you can do that (3 Methods)!
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system powering 34% of all websites on the internet.
WordPress has certainly come a long way since it was first launched in 2003 — so too have the WordPress statistics that help to define this powerful software tool. The world’s most popular and widely used content management system now powers 34% of all websites on the internet, but few outside the community of the most loyal WordPress users know the story of how it started.
WordPress Statistics 2019 (Juiciest Only)
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system powering 34% of all websites on the internet. On top of that:
WordPress has a 60.8% market share in the CMS market
WordPress powers 14.7% of the world’s top websites
500+ sites are built each day using WordPress while only 60-80 per day are built on platform like Shopify and Squarespace
The WordPress Plugin Directory features 55,000+ plugins
WooCommerce powers 22% of the top 1 million ecommerce sites in the world
So here it is — the story of WordPress:
WordPress was initially created and developed by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, who were spurred into action when the existing blog software b2/cafelog was discontinued by its developers.
It was clear to both Mullenweg and Little
2019 has really outdone itself when it comes to the selection of best WordPress themes. Check out some of the best and transform your site!
Thanks to themes, WordPress is the powerhouse of the Internet. Themes have enabled basic users to easily set up a site and starting writing posts or publishing media. When you're a beginner user of WP, you will not face the problem of where to start, but how to choose among the best themes for WordPress! What are WordPress themes?
A WordPress theme is a collection of settings which determine what a WP site looks like. Specifically, a WordPress theme contains all the visual elements of a particular website. Those are:
Layout. A website layout is a frame that determines the structure of a website. For WordPress layout, this means that it defines whether a page is static or dynamic, whether there are sidetabs, the size of the header and footer section… Most often, popular WordPress themes with a great number of users have multiple layout options. This means that, along with other visual elements of your WordPress theme, you can also switch between different layouts.
Colors. Developers might not pay attention to colors that much, but any web designer or marketer will tell you colors are extraordinarily important. A color scheme triggers certain emotions in viewers and readers; so
Everything you wanted to know about WordPress Login URLs: How To Find It, Change It, and Fix The Most Common Problems.
Beginner users interacting with WordPress go through a hard time logging in to their accounts. In this article, I’ll explain how to find your WordPress login URL and a few other essential things that need to be highlighted regarding the login process. Let’s start from the beginning.
Importance of the WordPress Login
After installing WordPress, you’ll gain access the admin dashboard of your website where you have the opportunity to set up your site as you need and change a few things.
This would be impossible if you had no access to the admin pages. The login page is what keeps you — and others — from accessing the management “side” of your WordPress site.
It is virtually impossible to take full control of your site/blog if you have no access to the admin area.
But where is this WordPress login page located?
How to Find Your WordPress Login Url:
The WordPress login page can be reached by adding /login/, /admin/, or /wp-login.php at the end of your site’s URL.
If you installed WordPress on a subdirectory (www.yoursite.com/wordpress/) or subdomain (blog.yoursite.com/), add one of the three paths at the very end of your URL such as: www.yoursite.com/wordpress/wp-login.php
Interview with Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier, co-founder at WP Rocket, on taking a WordPress plugin to 2.6 mill
How has bootstrapped SaaS WordPress startup managed to take in $2.6 million in 5 years? Sabrina Zeidan interviews WP Media CEO Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier.
The facts about WP Rocket, the most successful WordPress performance plugin:
• 750K+ websites are boosted by WP Rocket
• Team of 20
• $2.6 million in 5 years
00:31 $2.6 million in revenue. How did you do that?
5:31 How big is the team?
6:36 How do you hire?
09:55 What's your main channel of learning?
10:42 Wrong decisions
12:25 About the transparency
15:54 Key points of growth
21:46 Channels of acquisition
24:00 Content marketing strategy
24:27 Product is not what is being sold actually
27:20 Multilingual support
31:40 Sponsoring WordCamps
34:58 What would you change?
36:11 Providing more to the existing customers as a strategy
25th of April 2019, WordCamp Paris
This week our new product designer Lewis sheds light on Scalable Vector Graphics, why you should be using them and some great resources about them.
Hi there. We haven’t met before. I’ve been working as the team’s first product designer for a few weeks now and thought that now that my hazing has been completed, I’m ready to write for the blog. Or maybe this is part of it? (Kidding, of course.)
I’ve been working behind the scenes on our existing products, giving some TLC to some and improving the user experience of others. I can’t say much more than that really, but exciting things are coming!
For my first post, I thought I’d shed some light on one of my favorite things to happen to the design and developer community in recent years, the adoption of SVGs.
I’ll be taking a look at what SVGs are and why you should start using them, and how to get started even if you’re not a designer yourself.
What is SVG?
Let’s get technical for a second. SVG stands for “Scalable Vector Graphics” and is an XML based, vector image format.
SVGs are predominantly found on the web, and while they have similar uses to JPEG, PNG and WebP image types, their DNA is extremely different.
So why are they different?
Well, traditional image types like JPEG, PNG and GIF are bitmap-based, meaning
With a variety of features and free WordPress plugins available, setting up a top-notch e-commerce website through WordPress is quite an easy feat.
Today, WordPress runs approximately 26.4 percent of the web. It provides unlimited flexibility and is easy to use, making it an extremely popular platform. With a wide variety of features and free WordPress plugins available, setting up a top-notch e-commerce website through WordPress is quite an easy feat. The e-commerce industry is on an upward trajectory, and the best time to build your own e-commerce platform is today. So, here are seven easy steps on how to start an online store through WordPress:
Use Personal Experience To Fuel Niche Selection
Before you begin building your e-commerce platform through WordPress, you need to nail down what exactly you’ll be selling. Your e-commerce platform needs to draw inspiration from what you’re passionate about, so choose a product or service that overlaps with that. So, how do you draw inspiration from your own experience? Well, here’s what you can do:
Analyze your own shopping habits to determine what you purchase the most and what product or service you look forward to.
Try out a few samples in multiple product categories to explore different options.
Determine if there’s a way you could positively impact people’s