When you're creating targeted popups on your ecommerce WordPress site, it's important to make sure they're translated if you're selling internationally! We take a look at how to optimize your popups + some of the best popup plugins out there!
Ah, the subject of popups. It can be quite controversial to many. Some studies show that people hate popups, find them obnoxious or even ruin their site experience. And, I guess at some point we’ve all felt that way.
But, we can’t ignore the stats from a conversion point of view.
Research conducted by Sumo, found that the top performing 10% of popup forms convert at a huge 9.3%. With the average popup converting at 3% (which is above average in comparison to some other marketing channels).
Now, there’s a difference between popups that add value and those that are just plain annoying – and we’re guessing those are the ones that really bug you.
The popups we want to talk about are the ones that convert your traffic, build your email list, drive more sales or reduce your cart abandonment rate.
How’s this for a benefit…Market statistics show that exit intent popups can help save 35% of potentially lost visitors. Use them intelligently, and popups are a game-changer.
So, we’ll take a closer look at how to optimize yours, roundup the best practices in terms of design & copy, take a look at 5 great WordPress popup plugins and show you how
There’s a possible change coming to the way Meetup handles its subscription pricing and ticket fees. If you don’t love the sound of that, there is an alternative: The Events Calendar already provides a way for you to create an event marketplace.
There’s a possible change coming to the way Meetup handles its subscription pricing and ticket fees. We love Meetup around here, and we’ve even integrated it into our Event Aggregator service so that you can easily sync your Meetup events and your WordPress calendar. We think it’s important that you know what’s changing over at Meetup and how it might affect you. What? Changes? What are they?
First off, it’s worth noting that Meetup’s changes are limited to a small test group, which means things are still up in the air. Will the changes roll out to every Meetup user? Maybe and maybe not. But the fact that they rolled it out to some customers and shared the news with everyone else suggests they’re moving forward.
What changes are we talking about? The first is awesome news for y’all who subscribe to Meetup’s service as an event organizer. Meetup is dropping the subscription price to a mere $2 per month. That’s an 80 percent savings overall!
The second change is more complicated. Meetup members (those who register for events) will need to pay $2 to reserve a spot at your event. In other words, attendees are required to cough
Learn how to automatically translate your WordPress site or WooCommerce store using the new DeepL integration from TranslatePress. You'll get high quality machine translations that are easily editable.
If you’re looking for an easy way to automatically translate your WordPress site, you can achieve this by using the new DeepL Integration available in TranslatePress. Since a significant amount of TranslatePress users have been enthusiastically requesting DeepL support (stating that it’s better than Google Translate), we had to oblige.
The result: you can now allow TranslatePress to automatically translate your site using the DeepL Automatic Translation add-on.
Below, we’ll go through the simple steps needed to have your website automatically translated using DeepL.
What is DeepL?
DeepL is a relatively new automatic translation service, that has climbed rapidly among the best machine translation services.
It uses neural networks and artificial intelligence to translate texts, which results in high quality and accurate translations. It’s really good with grasping the meaning of a sentence, rather than going for a literal translation.
While it does support a limited number of languages (currently 9), this number is gradually increasing.
Here’s the list of supported languages in DeepL:
What is SCA and how it affects your membership site if you're using Stripe to collect payments. Paid Member Subscriptions comes with full Stripe SCA support and uses the latest API for collecting payments.
Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) takes effect on September 14, 2019. Let’s look at what it is and how it affects your membership site powered by Paid Member Subscriptions, especially if you’re using the Stripe add-on to collect member payments.
What is Secure Customer Authentication or SCA?
Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is part of PSD2 (Payment Services Directive 2) regulation in Europe, that will require changes to how your European customers authenticate online payments in order to help reduce fraud. After the deadline, any European customer who pays online must use two-factor authentication. Otherwise, the payment will not go through.
Up until now customers of your membership site located in Europe could pay using just their credit card and security number. Now they’ll need a second security factor to complete the payment.
The 2 factor authentication process in payments isn’t something new. It’s been used for quite some time in online banking for example.
However once SCA takes effect, European card payments will require a different user experience, namely 3D Secure. Transactions that don’t follow the new authentication guidelines may
There are a few vital steps you'll need to take to boost your WooCommerce sales when going international—including translating your store, from homepage to checkout.
Finding the perfect WooCommerce multilingual solution can boost your sales and help you improve your localization strategy. Here's how Weglot can help you translate every part of your WooCommerce store—including your checkout page and product pages—in just a few clicks. We'll cover...
- How to create your Weglot account 00:00:40
- Installing & activating the Weglot plugin on WordPress 00:01:36
- Accessing your Weglot tab in the WP dashboard 00:02:05
- Copying & pasting your API key 00:02:25
- Entering you original & destination languages 00:02:27
- Trying out your language-switcher button 00:03:24
- How Weglot translates your entire checkout page, automatically 00:03:46
- Editing your translations in the Weglot dashboard's Translation List 00:05:40
- Editing your translations in the Weglot Visual Editor 00:07:17
Sign up for a Weglot account here: https://dashboard.weglot.com/register...
& Check out our latest article on international WooCommerce strategy: https://blog.weglot.com/six-ways-to-w...
We know that a lot of people are anticipating Stackable version 2 (we are too), so here is a lengthy & meaty update on our progress.
We know that a lot of people are anticipating Stackable version 2 (we are too), so here is a lengthy & meaty update on our progress. First thing’s off, we’ve updated the live version 2 demo so you can play around with the current progress right away. Be sure to get back here to read up on the updates afterwards.
We’re spending a ton of time developing version 2 and trying our best to get it out the door and into your hands.
During these past few weeks we’ve worked to set a solid foundation for each Stackable block. We want the experience of editing our blocks to be smooth and easy to get used to, so that when you’re off mixing and matching different blocks, the experience would be pleasant all through out.
Blocks Can Either Be Used as a Single Unit, or as a Whole Section
While we were checking out the various sites created with Stackable, we found out that people were mostly using a specific combination of blocks repeatedly across their pages.
It was very common to see a section in a website composed of a Container Block that only had a native Heading Block followed by a Stackable Block. Think of testimonial sections, customer statistics and feature
Developed by legendary powerhouse that is WPMU DEV, you know exactly what you’re getting and how you can benefit from it. In a nutshell, it’s a ready-on-demand, automated, smart time-traveler that not only snaps but also securely stores all of your Multisite and WordPress backups in its private cloud vaults. The best part? It comes with one-click restoration. But, here’s everything you need to know.
When it comes to WordPress backup plugins, you’ve probably had your fair share of examples over the years. Sure – you can always take a chance, install a third-party service, and hope for the best. But when it comes to playing your cards wisely, there’s really no point in going on a wild goose chase. The tried and tested, a reliable method is the way to go here, which means that you’d best consider using the good old Snapshot Pro as your backup plugin of choice. Developed by the legendary powerhouse that is WPMU DEV, you know exactly what you’re getting and how you can benefit from it. In a nutshell, it’s a ready-on-demand, automated, smart time-traveler that not only snaps but also securely stores all of your Multisite and WordPress backups in its private cloud vaults. The best part? It comes with one-click restoration. But, here’s everything you need to know.
What Can You Expect From This Exceptional WordPress Backup Plugin?
It is more than fair to say that Snapshot Pro is a premium product in every way imaginable, especially considering the fact that it hails from the same iconic company that has gifted us with numerous other equally impressive
Good explanation of why SMTP needs to be implemented on WP sites and how to go about doing that.
If you have any type of WordPress site that accepts public registration — like a membership site or an eCommerce store — your WordPress site will need to send a lot of transactional emails to users. For example, order confirmation emails, password reset emails, etc. If you use the native WordPress email solution — wp_mail — a significant portion of those emails will likely end up in recipients’ spam folders. Not the desired outcome, right?
A WordPress SMTP plugin lets you use an alternative method for sending emails that has a much better deliverability. In simpler terms, a WordPress SMTP plugin helps you make sure people actually get the emails that your WordPress site sends to them.
In this post, I’ll start by explaining a little more about what SMTP is and why it’s a better solution than WordPress’ built-in email configuration. Then, I’ll share a manual code method that you can use to get started with SMTP, as well as six of the best WordPress SMTP plugins that you can install for a simpler way to use SMTP with WordPress.
SMTP, short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, is a protocol used for sending and receiving emails.
With NextGEN, you’ll be getting a WordPress gallery plugin that’s on the market for over a decade and still going strong. It’s the most used gallery plugin where, over time, all the kinks have been ironed out, and new features have been added regularly. Even though “gallery” is in the name of the plugin, it’s so much more, and we’ll go through the features so you can get a sense of everything available.
Running any business nowadays is tough and complicated. We aren’t even talking about retailers where you’re presented with a whole new bunch of logistical and other issues. Even the simplest feats (on paper) require knowledge and effort, as well as an accompanying platform that will enable you to realize your ideas. The platform we’re talking about is tied to a practically mandatory internet presence. Unfortunately, the more removed from the field you are, the harder it is for you to tie everything you need in a complete package. It’s hard to think of anybody more removed from the tech industry than artists. The “starving artist” moniker has a certain romantic feel to it, but let’s be honest, it’s not something you’d want to go through. A great way to both show your work and attract business is through web galleries. These will enable you to put your art out there for the world to see. The goal, of course, is not to stop only on viewing but actually selling. To reach that goal, your presentation will have to be on par with content quality. Most of the time, you won’t be looking to pay somebody handsomely to take care of everything
Elementor's new Pro Gallery widget is lightweight but has great features.
Elementor Pro 2.7 introduces the Pro Gallery widget. Pro Gallery lets you enjoy full control over your gallery design, and is packed with many unique design features. An image is worth a thousand words. A gallery – one million (* estimated). Elementor has always had a basic gallery, and now it’s time to advance to the next level.
Introducing the Pro Gallery widget.
Hope you’re sitting down for this, because there are lots of cool features to unpack.
We took our time rolling out this widget, because we wanted to make sure it lived up to the highest performance metrics. In fact, we built our own original JS library from the bottom up. The result: a super-lightweight and optimized engine which we’ve also released as a separate open-source GitHub project.
Show any combination of content as part of the gallery: incorporate the title, caption, alt, description or keep it clean. You can adjust just about anything with the style and layout of the content, with full control of typography and positioning. Use CSS filters and blend modes to give your gallery a consistent stylish look.
As with any Elementor widget, Pro Gallery offers extensive responsive design controls,
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
If you are searching for a plugin to optimize your site, look no further than WP Hummingbird. Here is why this plugin is a perfect choice.
What was once the perks of high-end websites with millions of visitors are now the imperative for any site that wants to attract visitors and increase visibility. In other words, regardless of whether you're running a small boutique site or a huge eCommerce platform with millions of visitors, nowadays, it's a must for your website to be top-notch. As Google's algorithms get stricter and more sophisticated, having an ok website simply won't cut it. In order to find your way to the first page of the search results for your target keywords, your website has to be on point.
If you wouldn't even know where to start with this, the first step is easy – before deeper SEO and content strategies, your website has to be optimized for speed and performance. These factors are not only important for your search engine ranking, but they also determine its overall user experience.
In the cutthroat world of highly competitive industries and niches, having a slow website is a surefire way to bring down your sales and marketing efforts, which will have a direct detrimental effect on your business. In fact, Google has officially announced that it will factor in site speed and page speed into its
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
Display "Estimated Reading Time" on WordPress Gutenberg block editor using EditorsKit! Calculated using 275 WPM similar to Medium.
That's not all :) You can easily display the reading time on your content easily via Shortcode.
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,
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,
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.
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Why Migrate Guru Is the Right Tool for Your WordPress Migration - WordPress Support Services by Maintainn
Looking for a WordPress migration tool for your website migration? Read this and learn about why Migrate Guru just might be the right solution.
Why Migrate Guru Is the Right Tool for Your WordPress Migration - WordPress Support Services by Maintainn
Founded in 2012, Maintainn is owned and operated by WebDevStudios. Our mission at Maintainn is simple – to ensure your success! Maintainn takes the burden of maintaining your website off your hands by providing you with safe and reliable WordPress maintenance and support. Partner with us so you never have to worry about your website again.
Picking the right page builder for your new WP website can be tough. Here are our 5 recommendations to help you choose.
On this day, WordPress has almost 55,000 plugins that make users' lives easier and websites more successful. A significant portion of this number of plugin goes to Design and Customization plugins. When you're running a site, it's vital that your visuals are unique. You need to prove that you're not just another small business using the most basic templates. However, developing a compelling and original website takes a lot of hard work. This is where page builder plugins come in. Page Builders are a bit like magic: they let you develop a jaw-dropping, user-friendly, and responsive website with absolutely no coding or graphic design experience!
What can you do with Page Builders?
Instead of spending weeks and months developing your perfect website look, you can achieve your exact vision in a matter of hours. Thanks to plugins, you can use drag and drop tools to design your site just as you would Lego blocks.
If you want to develop your WordPress site using a Page Builder plugin, we have compiled a list of the five best WordPress Page Builder Plugins. The rating on the list comes from their number of active installations and reviews.
Elementor has become a household name
Now every website needs a lot of work. Content, images videos, links, etc. What if you have the website made, but the intricate details are still a work in progress? What if it’s time for your website to undergo renovation or a complete overhaul? At such times, the maintenance mode or under construction plugin is the best friend you can lean on.
Now every website needs a lot of groundwork. Content, images videos, links, etc. What if you have the website made, but the intricate details are still a work in progress? What if it’s time for your website to undergo renovation or a complete overhaul? At such times, the maintenance mode or under construction plugin is the best friend you can lean on. Going further down this page, we will take you through the best 8 ‘Coming Soon, Maintenance Mode or Under construction pages’ that are available in the market. The features that these plugins offer and every other intricate detail. By the end of it, you will surely have a clear picture of what exactly you need when your website has a facelift in the pipeline.
UnderConstructionPage offers dedicated page building options. The plugin offers a very simple, user-friendly design option and is packed with only the essentials that you will need to build a page in the shortest span of time.
Making your under construction pages requires a lot of work and one of them is putting up the right image to suit the ambiance of the website. Searching such an image that matches your requirements is a tricky task. Well, not anymore. UnderConstructionPage
Give details of each of the 6 SEO plugins and compares the choices.
Looking for the best WordPress SEO plugin to help your site rank in Google and other search engines? Because WordPress doesn’t include much in the way of built-in SEO functionality, a quality SEO plugin is pretty much a must-have for every single WordPress site.
That fact has led to the creation of a number of great options, which we’ve collected here in this post.
In total, we’ll compare and contrast six different SEO plugins:
All in One SEO Pack
The SEO Framework
Let’s dig in so that you can get ranking!
When you think of WordPress SEO plugins, Yoast SEO is probably the first name that comes to mind. It’s not only the most popular WordPress SEO plugin by a wide margin, but it’s also one of the most popular WordPress plugins period.
According to WordPress.org, it’s active on over five million sites with a 4.9-star rating on over 26,000 reviews.
It helps you optimize individual pieces of content for SEO and it also offers helpful sitewide tools to manage your overall site’s SEO efforts.
When you go to manage an individual piece of content, you’ll get a new meta box where you can control that
Tweets, briefs, and Facebook posts are dominating the internet. Podcasts are there, too, while being something entirely different.
Who would have thought that podcasts would get so popular? Every day we’re bombarded by cohesive and short information. While there is an ever-growing number of podcast listeners, it is difficult to imagine that longer content such as that would get there.
However, there is nothing unreasonable about it, as podcasts have become the way we learn, keep ourselves informed, and improving our skills. The wonderful thing about podcasts is that it allows multitasking. Many people find that their commute, morning run, or coffee break is more productive if they are listening to a podcast while doing so.
Should you get on the popularity wagon, too?
Why shouldn’t you? With everyone and their aunt having one, you should get one, too. While it may seem like a complicated business to get started, it isn’t. All you need is a bit of research to find the best microphone possible, and you are good to go. Just start recording!
But how do I add my podcast to my site?
Now, this could be a bit tricky unless you are one of the smart ones that have their website on WordPress. If that is the case, all you need is a reliable plugin, and we are going to introduce you to one. It is called Seriously
Need easy option to redirect your WP site URLs? This article will introduce you to some very useful redirect WordPress plugins. These are free URL redirection plugins that will effectively handle all your URL changes.
Need easy option to redirect your WordPress site URLs? This article will introduce you to some very useful redirect WordPress plugins. These are free URL redirection plugins that will effectively handle all your URL changes Broken links can be a disaster for any blog and it can destroy your standing in the search results. So, it is extremely important to manage your broken link so that it doesn’t affect the overall SEO of your site.
A quick solution to tackle the broken links is to redirect them to the correct URL. You can use any of the broken link checkers tools to find the broken links on your site, few plugins are mentioned below to get that job done.
You can also use the Google Search Console to find out the broken links. In fact, the search console is one of the best tools to find and understand the overall health of your site.
Check this article to find the best SEO plugins for WordPress sites, some of these plugins will help you to manage day-to-day SEO issues effectively.
Broken links are generally the dead end for the visitors and it can impact the user’s experience severely along with SEO of your site.
However, redirection is not only important for the broken
Imagely did a detailed comparison of the top gallery plugins, with controls in place so no data is skewed. The results are published, with the data visible and the test sites live.
If you're reading this, you already know that site speed is critical. A fast website better engages users, produces better sales, and ranks better for search. For WordPress websites, many factors can affect site speed, including your hosting, your theme, how many plugins you have, which plugins you have, and what type of content you provide.
Here we focus on just one slice of that performance pie: gallery plugins. Our goal is to provide a fully transparent, rigorous, apples-to-apples test of top gallery plugins.
I have a PhD in Political Science. I don't get much chance to apply that while running a web-based software company. But a speed test comparison is one place where PhD-type training can help.
A big part of the training one gets in a PhD program is how to structure research so that you can draw accurate conclusions. One way to do that is to control as many variables as possible so that you can see the effect of just the variables you care about. Another way to do it is to be transparent about data and methodology so that anyone can duplicate your experiment. If someone can duplicate an experiment, they can confirm (or not) the same results.
We've tried to build both