Besides an online shop, WooCommerce can morph into other uses. One great usage for a website, WordPress and an online "shop" is the ability to take reservations, booking or appointments for a small business online. In this article, we round up all of the best bookings and appointments plugins, specifically for WooCommerce.
You should be using forms to show customers how to improve their ROI
Penni Stanton is one half of the two-woman website design and web marketing services company, Kabo Creative. Penni is a CIM qualified marketer turned website developer, who is just as happy manipulating CSS as she is writing conversion-based marketing content. If you design WordPress websites for a living, it is likely you are already including a list of ‘essentials’ such as security features, contact form plugins, Google Analytics integration and maybe even Google My Business set up.
Do you currently include contact form conversion measurement as part of this new website process? If not, you really should. When working with clients who generate leads from their websites, be that a small B2C building services company or a larger B2B service provider, it is worth helping them to understand the value of their website.
Delivering something that works well, is SEO friendly and properly branded is obviously important. But what about the long term? If you include form conversion measurement as standard, you can help your client to measure the value of their website from day one. That looks great for you, helps them improve their marketing and ultimately helps them to recommend
Guest post article from Cristian, Modula and CPOThemes developer, about creating multilingual WordPress gallery using Weglot and Modula plugins.
This article is a guest post from Cristian, developer and owner of Modula WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin and CPOThemes. If you’ve ever created a multilingual website, you know the pain of tracking down every single little string and making sure it’s properly translated.
One of the reasons so many people are turning to Weglot is because it makes this process, well, a lot less painful.
And that got us wondering – could we use Weglot to translate all the text from Modula, our very own WordPress image gallery plugin?
Modula gives users an option to add plenty of non-standard text in the form of image titles, hover captions, and filterable categories, so we were interested if Weglot was up to the job of handling all these little details.
Well – spoiler – it was. And in this post, we’re going to share exactly how you can create a multilingual WordPress image gallery using Weglot and Modula.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Create Your Gallery With Modula
Before you can translate a gallery, you need to actually…have a gallery.
Thankfully, Modula makes that pretty easy.
To get started, you head to Modula → Add Gallery. Then you:
Give it a name
A list of the most awesome WordPress plugins that every site should have. Check out this list and enhance your website's functionality today!
One of the main reasons why WordPress has become so popular in the recent years is due to the wide range of plugins at your disposal. However, with so much choice, narrowing down the best WordPress plugins for you needs can be overwhelming. Thankfully, you don’t need to look very far to find the best WordPress plugins. For starters, many free solutions can be found in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. They enable you to add functionality such as website security, social sharing, site backups, and much more.
In this article, you’ll find 14 plugins we believe every WordPress website owner and developer should be aware of in 2018. Without further ado, here are the plugins that could help you the most this year!
Powering almost a third of all e-commerce websites, WooCommerce is one of the most popular WordPress plugins for those who want to set up an online store. This e-commerce plugin makes it easier to sell a wide range of physical and digital products to customers all around the world. It also includes a huge extension library, at a range of prices.
What’s more, given that 51% of Americans prefer to shop online, having a quality foundation in WooCommerce for your
Beaver Builder 2.0 is now available! This post describes some of the notable features of this shiny update.
The update that we all have been waiting for is finally here! That is right! Beaver Builder creators have recently announced the launch of the BB version 2.0 which has taken the Page Builder features and functionalities to a whole another level. Apart from the interface, there have been many other advancements and updates that have made the beaver builder 2.0 a real game changer.
For those who just can’t wait anymore and want to get their hands on this excellent product, you can download it from the Beaver Builder website.
There are many improvements and upgrades with the page builder, let’s understand each one individually.
User Interface Upgrade
One of the most significant improvements that you are going to see on the Page Builder while doing your day to day editing is the interface. Even though this a new interface, the BB team has kept it simple so that you will be able to get used to it quickly and without any issue.
Blazing Fast Performance
BB team has done a fantastic job with improving the performance, and the result is phenomenal. The module settings page loads fast, and from a raw performance standpoint, everything in Beaver Builder is faster, snappier, and a joy
The Display Widgets plugin was recently removed from the official WordPress Plugin Repository because it contained a backdoor to publish spam content to sites using it. Read more about the alternatives Widget Options, Content Aware Sidebars, and Jetpack Widget Visibility.
The Display Widgets plugin was recently removed from the official WordPress Plugin Repository because it contained a backdoor to publish spam content to sites using it. While the latest update of the plugin is safe to use, it is highly recommended to replace it. See the best Display Widgets alternatives here. If you are using Display Widgets version 2.6.x on your site, you need to deactivate or update it to version 2.7 immediately! Once that is done, please read on.
If you just want to know the best alternatives to Display Widgets right away, the plugins we recommend are, in no particular order:
Why switch to a Display Widgets alternative?
It needs to be stressed out that if you are using Display Widgets version 2.7, your site is no longer affected by the security issues. But because it has been removed from the WordPress Plugin Repository, it is highly recommended to replace Display Widgets with another plugin.
The plugin can no longer be downloaded from wordpress.org, and there will be no bug fixes or feature updates added after version 2.7 (which is basically a rollback to an older, secure version).This means that Display Widgets is abandoned.
But don’t worry, there are other
I've released Inline Tweet Sharer 2.0 today. It's now a lot neater and easier to use, as well as introduces some nice features into the premium for those who want to track their twitter links better. Check it out!
Today I’m delighted to announce that – following some development time and liaising with the community – one of my more popular plugins, Inline Tweet Sharer, has been upgraded to version 2.0. And I’m happy to announce that at the same time, Inline Tweet Sharer Premium has been released! About Inline Tweet Sharer Premium
Inline Tweet Sharer Premium is a plugin designed for those who are looking to take their Twitter Marketing up a notch. It will help increase your follower account to those engaged with your audience, as well as give you valuable insights into what content is being shared. You can read more about it here.
Inline Tweet Sharer Premium Features
Here’s the features introduced in the first version of Inline Tweet Sharer Premium.
Include Related Followers To Encourage Signups
What happens after people share your tweet? Normally, you’d just return to your site, or worse disappear from the site. In the premium version instead you also can encourage users to follow your accounts.
Campaign Tracking in Google Analytics
You can create campaign variables in Google Analytics. What this means is you can add to the end of the URL sharing various variable
I reviewed WP Rocket in 2014 and used it for many years. I decided to look at how it performs in 2017 and do a case study showing how much it optimised my WordPress website.
WordPress caching plugins are an essential part of optimising a WordPress website. For a long time I used W3 Total Cache. Packed with hundreds of options, W3 Total Cache could be quite overwhelming for WordPress beginners, but the reason I stopped using it is because it was causing some SEO related issues.
In 2014 I switched to the newly released WP Rocket. Whereas the majority of caching plugins are free to download from WordPress.org, WP Rocket was (and still is) a premium plugin, however it offered many optimisation features that could not be found in other solutions.
For a long time I believed that WP Rocket was by far the best optimisation plugin available for WordPress, but a lot can change over three years so I thought it would be good to look at WP Rocket with a fresh pair of eyes and review it again.
Check out my video review of WP Rocket below.
My written review can be seen below. In the review I delve deeper into WP Rocket and examine exactly how much the plugin improves the performance of your website.
* The version of WP Rocket I have tested for this review is 2.9.11.
Why WP Rocket?
Unfortunately, this review starts with a story of procastination.
You see, my license for
Up to now it required using a separate media library categories plugin to include categories with Media Library images. MLFP now lets you categorize your images. Additionally our categories feature is compatible with the Enhanced Media Library plugin which adds a taxonomy for images called 'media_categories'. Aside from the ability to view your images based on categories we have also included the ability to move part or an entire category into a folder. This makes migrating to a real folders based solution quick and easy. Our integrations with NextGen Galleries, The WordPress Gallery, Jetpack Galleries along with our featured page/post image capability can also be used with our categories function.
Today we are pleased to announce Media Library Folders Pro version 3.4.0 which includes our new categories capability for Media Library images. Up to now it required using a separate media library categories plugin to include categories with Media Library images. MLFP now lets you categorize your images. Additionally our categories feature is compatible with the Enhanced Media Library plugin which adds a taxonomy for images called ‘media_categories’. Aside from the ability to view your images based on categories we have also included the ability to move part or an entire category into a folder. This makes migrating to a real folders based solution quick and easy. Our integrations with NextGen Galleries, The WordPress Gallery, Jetpack Galleries along with our featured page/post image capability can also be used with our categories function.
The Enhanced Media Library plugin and MLFP both add Media Categories to the Media Library post type. So when you add new categories in EML or in MLFP the new categories are shared with both plugins. So your category taxonomy is always saved and shared.
In Media Library Folders Pro a Categories button has been added to the toolbar.
Today, we are giving you a sneak peek of the Slides widget. Slides simplifies the process of creating slides. It lets you create slides in a much simpler, easier and faster way. Watch the complete sneak peek video
Last week, we released a sneak peek of our Forms widget, which received great feedback from our users. Today, we are giving you a sneak peek of the Slides widget. Slides simplifies the process of creating slides. It lets you create slides in a much simpler, easier and faster way. No more getting confused by layers, timelines and other messy and over-complicated controls. With Slides, you can rotate any mix of image, title and description, simply and beautifully.
The interface is very intuitive, reacts instantly to any change you make, and brings the UX you've grown to love in Elementor to the process of creating slides. Slides, however simple, gives you total customization options over the content. Customize the headline, image, description, as well as the spacing between them.
In less than 6 days, you'll be able to get your hands on Elementor Pro and start tinketing with Slides, Forms and all the other great features of Elementor Pro. In the meantime, pre-order and enjoy 50% off of the launch price.
A detailed tutorial on how to integrate WooCommerce with Paid Member Subscriptions and create a members-only store for your membership site.
Why should you run a WooCommerce members-only store and when it is valuable to build one: you have a membership site and want to sell products to your private audience. The membership site can be a private community, a private or niche club, also if you are a multi-skilled entrepreneur or a best-selling author, that is sharing his knowledge beyond the traditional books (audible files, mentoring, educational programs).
How to turn your site into a members-only store
In order to turn your WordPress site into a members-only store, you should use two plugins that now are beautifully integrated, namely WooCommerce and Paid Member Subscriptions.
WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress, that is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress.
Paid Member Subscriptions, on the other hand, is a membership plugin that can be installed in only 3 minutes and 4 easy steps, by using Shortcodes for Member Registration, Content Restriction, and Membership Plans.
In order to have the features developed in this integration up and running on your site, you have to install and activate both Paid Member Subscription and WooCommerce:
Paid Member Subscription–
Here it is: Elementor Pro. Now's your chance to fall in love with Elementor all over again. We've really supercharged your ability to design and manage your websites. Watch the reveal video and read the complete features page.
Widget Options for WordPress is a free WordPress plugin that gives you more control over your widgets. This means having the ability to show or hide specific widgets on specific pages, post types and even taxonomies as well as the ability to choose which types of devices specific widgets get displayed on.
Widgets allow you to add specific content to what are known as “widget areas.” These are typically sidebars and footers. A few examples of WordPress widgets include Categories, Custom Menu, Meta, Recent Posts, Text, Search, and Tag Cloud. They’re a powerful addition to WordPress, and they’re pretty easy to use on their own, but it’s always nice to have an additional feature here and there. That’s what Widget Options does. It enhances the way you use WordPress widgets and gives you much more control over them, no matter if you’re a general user or a developer.
Widget Options Overview
Widget Options is a free WordPress plugin that gives you more control over your widgets. This means having the ability to show or hide specific widgets on specific pages, post types and even taxonomies as well as the ability to choose which types of devices specific widgets get displayed on.
It also allows developers to use predefined classes, IDs, conditional tags and custom PHP with widgets. It even has support for the Page Builder plugin by SiteOrigin on top of it all.
There are, of course, much more exciting features in the premium version, but we’ll get
We've adopted Asset Queue Manager! It's an amazing WordPress plugin that we've taken over, and we're stoked about it.
You’ve already heard our good news about CMB2…but wait, there’s more! We recently adopted Asset Queue Manager, a WordPress plugin that allows experienced front-end performance engineers to take control over the scripts and styles enqueued on their site(s). About Asset Queue Manager
AQM is a well-liked and regarded plugin built by a developer from the UK named Nate Wright.
How we got involved
We started using AQM for the Cancer Tutor site. The homepage was taking five or six seconds to load (which as I’m sure you know, is just terrible). Justin looked at all the assets being loaded (WooCommerce, Google Maps plugin, etc.) and quickly realized that many of those weren’t needed on the front of the site. Zao used AQM to dequeue those assets and brought the homepage load time down to one and a half seconds.
Additional control over your saved reusable blocks and display them anywhere via widget.
Description Easily display WordPress Gutenberg Editor saved reusable blocks anywhere via widget.
After plugin activation, Reusable Block widget will be available under Appearance > Widgets, just drag and drop to any desired widget area.
If you want to upgrade your widgets usage. You can use Modal Pop-up & Sliding Widget Options to display your widgets as modal pop-ups, slide-ins and/or sliding widgets. Powered with triggers like exit-intent, on load and on scroll you can increase your user engagement easily.
No wonder that Yoast is on top of our list. But there are many other tools that can help you improve your online presence.
If you have a plugin on the official .org plugins repository and have not yet added a GIF animation to enhance its marketing page - you'll consider doing it after reading this.
Plugin marketing pages are the most valuable resource for getting your plugin into the hands of your users. Regardless of which type of business model you follow, the quality of your marketing page is the difference between success and failure. To build a winning marketing page that will drive installs, writing good copy is not enough. You need to take this further and optimize your marketing page with elements that leave an impression and drive conversions. How Animated GIFs Increase Conversion Rate
Let’s start by reflecting on how a GIF animation can be the hook that makes your audience convert.
Grab Users Attention And Engage Them
We live in the age of information. Everything is one click away, and the internet is full of content, popping up to grab our attention. People are increasingly “bombarded” with more and more stimuli, while their attention span has been dwindling. So if you want to get people hooked, you need to give people something visually remarkable. GIFs, for example, can get people focused and quickly turn their initial curiosity into genuine interest.
People may ignore certain images and not bother to hit play on videos, but GIFs are impossible to
As a developer, one key to success is to offer quality support to your customers. But beware! Sometimes, problems won't be your fault and you should tell your users, they're out of the scope.
Are you a WordPress enthusiast? If you are, then you need to take a look at our new plugin–Nelio Content. There's so many things you can do without leaving your Dashboard ever… Discover them all! WordPress is a hostile environment. After several years of developing plugins for this platform, I have no doubt about this. If you don’t follow the development guidelines and skip the good practices, you’ll make a mess. But worst of all, even if you’re careful and do things right, there are a lot of problems out there that can affect the quality of your product. And most of them, in an open source environment like WordPress is, are out of your control. Welcome to the web development world!
Are we getting older and like to look back on the past? It’s possible. But I hope these
This isn't a "Top X WordPress" list - we look at the most important types of plugins (with suggestions) for a small business. Do you agree with our recommendations? What other types of plugins should a small business have just to get going?
WordPress is an open source platform that powers (according to :.com) over 50% of the entire Internet, and 37% of of the top 10,000 websites. That is a lot of WordPress, but don’t let that dismay you from using it. There is a reason so many businesses choose to use WordPress, and it may be the right solution for your small business. One of the best features about WordPress is the fact that there are many plugins, which are pieces of functionality that can be added to a website with as little as a few clicks. Need some new feature to meet your business objectives? Chances are you’ll find a plugin that meets at least some of that goal. So which plugins are the best? No, we aren’t going to list any plugins here, unlike many other “WordPress Top X Lists” we are not here to show you who the popular kids are and suggest you only use their plugins, but rather we are going to look at a few categories of plugins you need to have installed and activated.
Your Small Business Needs a Form Plugin
Right off the bat, if your small business is using WordPress or is about to start using WordPress, do not forget about a contact form, it is crucial for any business to help
A closer look at BuddyForms and its various use-cases - a form builder for beginners and advanced users.
If you want to create post forms in WordPress, you have probably heard about the BuddyForms form builder plugin. What makes it so different from other WordPress form builder plugins and why have clients chosen BuddyForms?
Here are the top 12 best functionalities which BuddyForms users wouldn’t want to miss.
1. All types of forms available: contact, registration and post forms
The form builder plugin lets you create all sorts of forms to suit your business needs. Whether you want to create simple contact or registration forms or need more fully customized post forms you can easily do that using this plugin.
With this form types you can easily create:
Post forms for blog posts
Content forms for any kind of user-generated content
2. Build forms in minutes with the form wizard
You can embed your forms anywhere you want on your website in just a matter of minutes. The easy to use Form Wizard with predefined templates for many use cases is saving up your time and comes with a drag and drop feature. BuddyForms also has great tutorials showing you how to create forms step-by-step for your WordPress website.
A vastly improved and more scalable Give is coming. Get prepared now.
What’s coming this month to WordPress? No! Not Gutenberg. Give 2.0 is coming, and it’s more scalable than ever. Introducing Give 2.0
Our users spoke, and we listened. Several new features that you have been asking for to improve your fundraising campaigns are coming to Give 2.0 next week.
Refactored & Improved Email Management
New interface allows you to enable/disable emails with a click, or customize every email Give sends out.
Streamlined Donor Registration
Donors only need to check a box in order to register for an account during their donation on your site now.
Give is now capable of storing multiple addresses per donor. Previously, donors were unable to have multiple addresses attached to their profiles. This caused issues with donors who would need to have multiple addresses associated with their business. Now Give has the ability to store a billing address, mailing address, and other address formats. This is helpful for future add-on and enhancements to the core plugin.
Goals have been able to be set either as an amount, or a percentage. In 2.0 they can also be set as number of donations.
Each of these new features will be available in the free Give plugin starting
Gutenberg is going to open up lots of new development opportunities. BlockWP is paving the way already.
Through out 2017, I’ve been watching the development of Gutenberg, the new WordPress post editor that will be included in WordPress 5.0. While I was initially concerned about this change, my concerns are being satisfied or are being worked on. After coming home from WordCamp US super excited about Gutenberg. If you know me, you know that when I learn something new, I have to build something and teach other how to do it. In Caldera Forms 1.5.8, we added a Caldera Forms block. That way Caldera Forms will continue to work great with WordPress 5.0 and beyond, as well as WordPress 4.9 or below.
Today, we’re happy to announce a new, free plugin that we developed along with our friends at Easily Amused: Share Block.
Beyond Social Sharing – The Future Of WordPress
This new plugin provides a simple way to add social share links to your posts. It does not add a ton of extra tracking scripts to your page, uses loading SVGs, and is built using React. The plugin is available in the WordPress repository.
There are 8 supported networks, including email. More networks and other fun new features will be added soon.
Learning Gutenberg, and training others is a 2018 goal for Caldera
Elementor just released its most expected feature: the Nav Menu widget. This will expand Elementor to beyond the page content, and is the first step to a broader page builder experience.
Introducing the most expected feature of the year: the Menu Widget! Read on to find out how to design gorgeous menus on any theme and for every device. Designing and customizing menus is a huge pain, and we are now introducing a whole new way to make it easy and fun.
We are thrilled to be introducing the much expected Nav Menu widget.
This widget is extremely flexible. In fact, you can find NO OTHER WordPress theme or plugin with as much menu design flexibility.
It enables you to create an infinite number of pixel-perfect menu designs, all customizable down to the very last pixel (It's the Elementor way, as you know).
There's a lot more I want to let you know about this exciting new feature, but I'm too eager to show you all the possibilities it entails, so here goes.
Once you choose the menu from the previously created WordPress menus, you can start customizing the layout of the menu.
The Background pointer has the most animations. They create a button-like style on active. The Gif below shows the top 5 animations, but 11 animations are available for this pointer: Fade, Grow, Shrink, Sweep left / right / up / down and Shutter in vertical / out vertical / in horizontal / out horizontal.
Gutenberg has come a long way and it's neat to see that early critics of it are coming around. There are still major concerns before it rolls out, but Josh's excitement is well-placed.
At this year’s WordCamp US in Nashville, Tennessee — the biggest WordPress convention in the United States, which was held last week — there was a lot of concern about the new post editor for WordPress that is coming soon. In June, when the first beta was released, I expressed my concerns about the changes in a post on Torque. In August, I outlined five ways I’d like to be proven wrong about Gutenberg I just got back from WordCamp US — OK, it has been a few days I needed to recover — and I’m happy to report I’m super excited about Gutenberg. Not all of my concerns are gone, yet, but I believe they will be fixed over the next 3-4 months, which is the rough timeline for release.
Every year at WordCamp US, Matt Mullenweg — the co-founder of WordPress — gives his “State of the Word.” This year everyone was looking for an update on Gutenberg, which he provided. Just before WordCamp US, version 1.8 of Gutenberg was released. Two things jumped out in the release notes written by Matias Ventura as exciting to me: templates and reusable. I didn’t have a chance to test the new version before I left, but the demo of