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17 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 12 days ago

WordPress Activity Log - 7 Things You Should Be Tracking

We’re going to discuss the seven most crucial activities to track on your site. From content changes to failed login attempts.

WordPress Activity Log - 7 Things You Should Be Tracking

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 12 days ago

When your WordPress website is small, it’s easy to keep tabs on everything that happens within it. However, as it grows in size and complexity it can become a lot harder to keep up. This is particularly true if you enable users to register on your site, run a membership site, or have multiple contributors on it. Regardless, it’s vital to know what’s happening on your site at all times. You can do this by tracking user activity such as changes to content, profile updates, failed logins, and more. When you have information like this at your fingertips, you can quickly track down the source of any problems and maintain tight security.
In this post, we’re going to briefly talk about why you’d want to track your WordPress site’s activity. Then we’ll help you figure out what types of activity it’s most important to keep an eye on. Let’s jump right in!
Why It’s Crucial to Use a WordPress Activity Log
An activity log can help you keep tabs on important changes to your site.
If your website has only a single user – you – there should be no surprises. Unless your site has been hacked (which we’ll talk more about later),

14 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 19 days ago

WordPress Cookies and PHP Sessions - Everything You Need to Know

This is an in-depth guide on how WordPress core uses cookies, what to do with caching, GDPR and much more!

WordPress Cookies and PHP Sessions - Everything You Need to Know

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 19 days ago

Cookies were first invented in 1994 by a computer programmer named Lou Montulli. Without them, the web would be quite a different place. Whether your logging into the back-end of your WordPress site or closing an annoying popup window, you use and interact with cookies every day (even if you don’t realize it). By now, you’ve probably guessed that when we refer to cookies, we mean the cookies used to store important visitor information on a website, not the yummy chocolate chip kind.

10 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Plugins | kinsta.com | 17 days ago

Why You Should Stop Using Nulled WordPress Plugins And Themes

Using nulled plugins are not illegal however not the best idea is your business relies on your WordPress sites. Also, you are not supporting the plugin developers.

Why You Should Stop Using Nulled WordPress Plugins And Themes

Plugins | kinsta.com | 17 days ago

No one likes spending more money than necessary – it’s a human thing. Even one of the richest people in the world, Warren Buffet, still searches out discounts on the cars he buys (ok, maybe that’s an extreme example – you get the idea). Because people are always on the lookout for ways to cut costs, some WordPress users are tempted to turn to nulled WordPress plugins and themes instead of paying for the official premium version.
In this post, we’re going to tell you why using nulled WordPress plugins and themes is a bad idea…even if it’s not necessarily breaking any laws.
Nulled WordPress Plugins and Themes Aren’t Necessarily Illegal
Let’s start with the elephant in the room…
It’s unlikely that the FBI kicks down your door if you use nulled WordPress plugins or themes. That’s because, in contrast to the other content that people usually “pirate” (e.g. music, movies), nulled WordPress plugins and themes are often not breaking the law.
The reason here has to do with the GPL (General Public License). Without making this a lesson on copyright, you just need to know that part of what the GPL license allows

18 min read Brian Jackson
Editorials | kinsta.com | 20 days ago

Stripe vs PayPal - Which Payment Gateway Should You Choose?

The never-ending debate... Stripe or PayPal (or both?). Check out some of the major differences, fees, and pros/cons to determine what's best for your WordPress site. What do you guys use?

Stripe vs PayPal - Which Payment Gateway Should You Choose?

Editorials | kinsta.com | 20 days ago

Starting an ecommerce business is an exciting, chaotic time. You have so many things to consider: should you use a hosted platform or manage your store with a plugin? What are the strategies you need to skyrocket your sales? But no question is more daunting than this one: How should you accept payments?
After you do your homework, there will be two pretty clear contenders for your merchant buck: Stripe and PayPal. Offering comparable features, choosing between the two feels like picking between apples… and yet more apples. Which is where this article comes in.
Today, we’re going to compare and contrast these two payment gateways and get down to the bottom of the Stripe vs. PayPal debate.
Here’s the itinerary:
What Do Stripe and PayPal Do?
Both Stripe (founded 2011) and PayPal (founded 1998) are payment gateways, acting as the go-between for merchants and the appropriate credit card networks/financial institutions to authorize and accept payments.
The intricacies of these relationships can get pretty convoluted. A simple way to look at a payment gateway is as an envoy that routes information between merchants and banks.
Here’s a visual breakdown of where payment

17 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Business | kinsta.com | 26 days ago

The Reasons Behind Building Our WordPress Affiliate System

Using a third-party service was not an option as we needed flexibility and the ability to add new features on a regular basis.

The Reasons Behind Building Our WordPress Affiliate System

Business | kinsta.com | 26 days ago

Let’s be completely honest; most affiliate systems on the market are downright horrible. Either they’re confusing beyond belief, clunky and slow, or they look like they were designed back in the 90’s. Or worse, a mixture of all of the above. Some might have half of the tools you need but then are missing other essential features that your affiliate marketers want.

15 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Plugins | kinsta.com | Sep. 21, 2018

10 Reasons to Build Your Website with WP Page Builder

WP Page Builder has everything in it to power a full-fledged website. It’s an all-in-one WordPress plugin for your site building needs.

10 Reasons to Build Your Website with WP Page Builder

Plugins | kinsta.com | Sep. 21, 2018

People’s quest for creating websites has easily taken us to a new era of site development. Where, with the availability of robust page building tools, creating websites has become a lot more fun (especially for non-developers). The multitude of tools and plugins available to you is vast when you try building websites on WordPress. Today we’ll explore a new one, WP Page Builder. If you’re tired of the same old page builder plugins, this is one you should try out. With a lot of design elements, add-ons, functionalities like device specific responsive controls, export/import options, padding adjustment, and above all, drag & drop real-time frontend editing system, WP Page Builder has everything in it to power a full-fledged website. It’s an all-in-one WordPress plugin for your site building needs.
It’s a free WordPress page builder plugin that helps you build beautiful websites like a pro.
What’s Special About WP Page Builder?
Wondering what makes WP Page Builder so special? I would say, what doesn’t? It’s developed by the team over at Themeum, who has been creating WordPress themes since 2013. As mentioned above, the plugin is a full

16 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 27 days ago

How to Fix the WordPress HTTP Error (Uploading Image to Media Library)

We’re going to dive into one of the more common ones, the HTTP error. Users typically encounter this when trying to upload images or videos to the WordPress media library.

How to Fix the WordPress HTTP Error (Uploading Image to Media Library)

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 27 days ago

As with any platform, there are always those annoying errors or problems you have to learn how to work through. Trust us, we’ve pretty much seen them all! From the white screen of death to database connection errors, WordPress definitely has its quirks.

19 min read Brian Jackson
Development | kinsta.com | Aug. 29, 2018

What’s New in PHP 7.3 (Coming Soon)

PHP 7.3 is knocking on our door and with it comes new useful features, functionalities, deprecations, and a good number of bug fixes. This release is definitely all about developers!

What’s New in PHP 7.3 (Coming Soon)

Development | kinsta.com | Aug. 29, 2018

PHP 7.3 is knocking on our door and with it comes new useful features, functionalities, deprecations, and a good number of bug fixes. This release is all about web developers. The current Beta 2 version was released on August 16, coming perfectly on time with the PHP 7.3 timetable. You can download the current PHP 7.3 version for your development and testing, but keep in mind that, this shouldn’t currently be used in production environments.
In this post, we’ll provide an overview of the features and changes that we personally consider most relevant. But you can always check the full list of features, changes and bug fixes in PHP 7.3 upgrade notes and PHP 7.3 Requests For Comments.
What’s new in PHP with PHP 7.3?
In this post we’re covering the following PHP 7.3 changes:
Flexible Heredoc and Nowdoc Syntaxes
This is probably one of the most relevant improvements coming with PHP 7.3, and we think it deserves a little more attention. So, before diving into PHP 7.3 heredoc/nowdoc changes, we’ll provide a quick overview of this useful core feature. If you are already confident with nowdoc and heredoc, feel free to jump to the PHP 7.3 changes.
An overview of

Community | kinsta.com | Sep. 10, 2018

Interview with Basilis Kanonidis of NinjaOutreach

Basilis started using WordPress back when it was B2 :) Check out some of the cool stuff he is doing as a developer with WordPress and the Instagram API over at NinjaOutreach.

17 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Community | kinsta.com | Sep. 8, 2018

Is the New Chrome Ad Blocker Affecting Your Blog's Income?

Ad blocking and advertising are a nuanced coexistence, and there’s no cut-and-dry answer. Today, we’ll dive into the relationship between ad blocking, advertisers, Google, and your website.

Is the New Chrome Ad Blocker Affecting Your Blog's Income?

Community | kinsta.com | Sep. 8, 2018

At least 40% of internet users in the US have an active ad blocker installed, according to some reports. When you consider that Chrome has come prepackaged with ad-blocking capabilities since February of 2018, the picture for online advertising looks bleak. Or does it?

11 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Community | kinsta.com | Aug. 31, 2018

Is WordPress Secure? Here's What the Data Says

You know that plenty of WordPress sites are getting hacked each year. But how is it happening? Is it a global WordPress issue? Or does it come from those webmasters’ actions?

Is WordPress Secure? Here's What the Data Says

Community | kinsta.com | Aug. 31, 2018

WordPress is, by far, the most popular way to build a website. That popularity has the unfortunate side effect of also making WordPress sites a juicy target for malicious actors all across the world. And that might have you wondering whether WordPress is secure enough to handle those attacks. First – some bad news: Every year, hundreds of thousands of WordPress sites get hacked.
Sounds grim, right? Well…not really, because there’s also good news:
Hackers aren’t getting in due to vulnerabilities in the latest WordPress core software. Rather, most sites get hacked from entirely preventable issues, like not keeping things updated or using insecure passwords.
As a result, answering the question of “is WordPress secure?” requires some nuance. To do that, we’re going to cover a few different angles:
Statistics on how WordPress sites actually get hacked, so you understand where the security vulnerabilities are.
How the WordPress core team addresses security issues, so you know who’s responsible and what they are responsible for securing.
If WordPress is secure when you follow best practices, so you know if your website will be safe.
How WordPress

10 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Community | kinsta.com | Aug. 10, 2018

WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads: Which One Should You Use?

The simple answer is that WooCommerce is for physical products, whereas Easy Digital Downloads is for digital products. But while the above sentence is generally true, it’s also a little bit oversimplified.

WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads: Which One Should You Use?

Community | kinsta.com | Aug. 10, 2018

By its market share, WordPress is the most popular way to create an eCommerce store. And despite the overwhelming popularity of WooCommerce, there are actually multiple ways that you can use WordPress to create an eCommerce store, with Easy Digital Downloads being another stellar option. That might have you wondering… when it comes to WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads, which plugin should you use to build your store?
Well, the simple answer is that WooCommerce is for physical products, whereas Easy Digital Downloads is for digital products.
But while the above sentence is generally true, it’s also a little bit oversimplified. That is, you can still use WooCommerce to sell digital products, and it’s also possible to sell physical products with Easy Digital Downloads.
Because the answer isn’t always so simple, we’re going to dig into a full WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads comparison in this post.
By the end, you should know which one is the right option for your WordPress eCommerce store.
WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads
There’s no arguing with the fact that WooCommerce is the giant in WordPress eCommerce. Acquired by Automattic for

19 min read Brian Jackson
Tutorials | kinsta.com | Aug. 1, 2018

Updating WooCommerce: A Safe and In-Depth Guide

Don't just assume your WooCommerce store is working. End-to-end testing is a great way to sleep easy at night knowing your orders will keep rolling in.

Updating WooCommerce: A Safe and In-Depth Guide

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Aug. 1, 2018

Is your WooCommerce store working? It’s a question that keeps a lot of store owners up at night—but can be fixed with some prep and proper testing. Over the years, I’ve come to realize there are four schools of thought amongst store owners when WooCommerce updates roll around:
The Cowboy: These store owners hit “update” without a second thought. Then their store comes crashing down around them.
The Couch Potato: Those who simply ignore updates altogether, treating them like they don’t exist.
The Scaredy-Cat: These store owners have so many outdated plugins and themes because they’re terrified of what will happen if they attempt an update.
The Maverick: Lastly, these are the store owners who run regular backups, test new releases of WooCommerce on a staging site, and then update their live site without issue.
Ideally, everyone should be a Maverick. Fortunately, it’s not hard to be one! With the right tools in place, a solid testing checklist, and some automation, you can start keeping your WooCommerce site up-to-date and always running smoothly.
In this post, I’m going to run you through how to update your WooCommerce site from start

14 min read Brian Jackson
Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 30, 2018

WP-CLI v2 – Managing WordPress From the Terminal

WP-CLI is made by devs for devs! It's a powerful command line tool for managing WordPress installations. Check out how to install and use WP-CLI commands.

WP-CLI v2 – Managing WordPress From the Terminal

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 30, 2018

For most of its life, WordPress has been built using a simple code-base with a dash of object-oriented PHP being the most abstract system. In the past few years, however, this is changing for the better. From unit testing to CSS preprocessing and command line tools, more and more developer-friendly assets are popping up. In this article, we’ll look at one of my favorites: WP-CLI. What is WP-CLI?
WP-CLI is a command line tool for managing many common tasks (and not so common) of a WordPress installation. It can add/remove users, posts, categories, insert test data, search and replace in the database, help troubleshoot performance issues, and much more!
WP-CLI has been an open source project for over a decade, being maintained primarily by Daniel Bachhuber since 2003. The primary goal of WP-CLI is to help speed up WordPress developer’s workflows.
Over the years the project has emerged into so much more! It’s now even becoming a requirement for other open source projects such as Trellis and Bedrock. As of January 2017, WP-CLI officially moved to WordPress.org and is also now being maintained co-maintained by Alain Schlesser.
WP-CLI v2 is coming out on July 31st, 2018

12 min read Brian Jackson
Tutorials | kinsta.com | Aug. 20, 2018

How to Create Anchor Links in WordPress (3 Easy Methods)

Anchor links help improve the user experience and sometimes give you a slight advantage in SERPs. Check out three methods on how to create anchor links in WordPress.

How to Create Anchor Links in WordPress (3 Easy Methods)

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Aug. 20, 2018

Anchor links is not a topic that is discussed a lot, but we’ve had excellent results with them! Today we’ll be diving into how to create anchor links in WordPress and explore why you might want to start using them. From our experience, anchor links can help improve the user experience, make navigating long-form content a lot easier, and even give you a slight advantage in Google. Who doesn’t want a free advantage in Google?

24 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 27, 2018

Social Media Image Sizes and Quick Tips for WordPress Users

If you’re looking to create a better visual experience that always renders perfectly, check out our frequently updated guide to social media image sizes

Social Media Image Sizes and Quick Tips for WordPress Users

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 27, 2018

Despite upsetting data privacy breaches like the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook situation, there’s no doubt that social media is here to stay. After all, everyone is on it, it keeps everyone connected, and it’s a helpful tool for businesses to market and sell their products. The problem with social media? It’s oversaturated with noise! Even if you have something useful to say, how do you call (and keep) your audience’s attention?
Using images may help. A Skyword study found that, on average, including images in your content results in a 94% increase in page views versus those without images. Recognizing people’s short attention spans (they’re even shorter than a goldfish’s!), it’s become more important now than ever to use visual imagery to capture people’s attention.
The Importance of Using the Right Social Media Image Sizes
It’s not enough just to create an image, upload it to all your social media profiles, and consider your work done.
Creating social media images isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing: each social network requires different image sizes in different profile areas. Each social media site also crops and optimizes

12 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jun. 29, 2018

How to Boost Conversions on Your WooCommerce Product Pages

Some simple and advanced tips on increasing your shop's revenue.

How to Boost Conversions on Your WooCommerce Product Pages

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jun. 29, 2018

Getting a massive amount of traffic but no one is buying? It’s every online store’s dream to have a huge influx of visitors but without them making purchases and converting into customers, all your efforts bringing them in will just be wasted. This is why your online store’s conversion rate is an essential metric to measure the success of your work and improve your WooCommerce store’s performance.
What is a Conversion Rate?
In a nutshell, a conversion rate is the percentage of visits which resulted in desired eCommerce actions. A lot of times we think of this as sales, but a conversion could include a lot of different things. Typical eCommerce actions include the following:
Email subscriptions
Social media shares
Shopping cart additions
Form submissions
Product purchases
All the above types are important and should matter to you. But, in this article, we’ll focus on boosting conversions on your WooCommerce product pages that will help turn visitors into actual paying customers.
Measuring Conversion Rates
Boosting your product page conversions will drive your most desired eCommerce action of all: sales. But, how do you calculate your conversion rate?
How

23 min read WP Newsify
Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 25, 2018

How to Create Outstanding Long-Form Articles in WordPress

Learn how to write and optimize Long-Form WordPress articles with 2,000 and up to 2,500+ words.

How to Create Outstanding Long-Form Articles in WordPress

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 25, 2018

People form their first impression of you – and potentially your business – in less than one second. Scary. Thankfully, online articles have a little more wriggle room. Most web pages have just under one minute to make their case for visitors to either stay or bounce. But still, that’s not a lot of time. If you have less than sixty seconds to convince a new user that you’re worth their clicks and shares, you better make it short and sweet, right? Actually, no. As it turns out, shorter isn’t always better. If you want to stand out in a sea of content and keep users on your page, long-form articles are the way to go.

2 min read John Locke
Plugins | kinsta.com | Jul. 20, 2018

Ultimate List of the Best WordPress Plugins for 2018

Exhaustive and categorized list of the 66 best plugins for WordPress, put together by Kinsta.

Ultimate List of the Best WordPress Plugins for 2018

Plugins | kinsta.com | Jul. 20, 2018

One of the things people love about WordPress is its huge library of third-party plugins. But with 55,000+ free plugins listed at WordPress.org alone and thousands more listed elsewhere, it can be hard to find the one plugin that you need. Talk about a needle in a haystack! To help save you time, we've whittled down those tens of thousands of plugins into a list of the 66 best WordPress plugins for a huge variety of different uses. 66 might still be a lot, but it's better than 55,000! From SEO plugins to project management plugins, you're about to discover the best WordPress plugins for everything!

7 min read Brian Jackson
Community | kinsta.com | Jul. 20, 2018

Interview with Daman Jeet of XLPlugins

"Every new plugin we build should positively impact a WooCommerce store owner’s bottom line." Check out this interview with Daman Jeep, co-founder of XLPlugins.

Interview with Daman Jeet of XLPlugins

Community | kinsta.com | Jul. 20, 2018

You can find Daman on Twitter or LinkedIn. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I studied Electronics and Communication as an engineering graduate. During my college days, I started a venture with my friends to help students get career advice online. We needed a website to turn this idea into a reality. So we outsourced the project first to a coder classmate and then to a professional developer.
Unfortunately, we had to pay with our savings and a lot of time for both the attempts that tanked miserably! That’s when we started searching for a scalable and reliable solution. And our search led us to discover WordPress.
It was like spotting a water pond in a blazing hot desert- thankfully this wasn’t a mirage! The joy of tweaking CSS and seeing the output was priceless.
Though our main venture shut down, we gained & honed the skill of developing websites on WordPress.I started taking up freelancing gigs on the side. Even though my clients didn’t know (and didn’t care at that time) about the CMS we were using but when they interacted with it

8 min read Brian Jackson
Community | kinsta.com | Jun. 27, 2018

Interview with Kevin Muldoon (Blogger/WordPress user since 2006)

I love this quote from fellow blogger Kevin Muldoon. "My greatest challenge has been adapting and realizing that my environment was changing around me." The WordPress space is constantly changing and we have to stay on our feet!

Interview with Kevin Muldoon (Blogger/WordPress user since 2006)

Community | kinsta.com | Jun. 27, 2018

You can find Kevin on Twitter or LinkedIn. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I first started building HTML websites in Notepad in 2000. I then started using PHP for headers and footers and then started using content management systems to publish content online.
I tested hundreds of different scripts in the early 2000s and used popular CMS solutions such as PostNuke. At the time HotScripts.com was the go-to website for many aspiring website owners like myself.
I recall seeing WordPress getting listed there early on. I used it on a few websites, but I still used other CMS solutions at the time. It’s important to remember that whilst WordPress had some good features, in the beginning, it was far from the polished product it is today. I went back to Serendipity (S9Y) for creating blogs, but around 2005/2006 I started turning to WordPress more because of all the themes and plugins that were coming out for it.
Previously, I had switched around between WordPress and a few other solutions, but 2006 was the year where I went more and more for WordPress and it became

11 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 16, 2018

63+ WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Writing, Gutenberg + More

WordPress keyboard shortcuts let you keep your hands on your keyboard without losing the ability to select text, add formatting, or even moderate your comments section.

63+ WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Writing, Gutenberg + More

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 16, 2018

It might not seem like it takes very long, but every time you need to move your hands away from your keyboard to use your mouse, there’s going to be a short period of wasted time. Over a full day of work, that time can add up! That’s where WordPress keyboard shortcuts can help.

Tutorials | kinsta.com | Jul. 10, 2018

WordPress A/B Testing Tools to Optimize Conversion Rate

WordPress has incredible tools for A/B testing. Many of these tools are plugins or services that you can install and start using right away.

Community | kinsta.com | May. 9, 2018

Medium vs WordPress: Where Should You Start a Blog?

In terms of blogging, Medium and WordPress each have their pros and cons. It will be interesting to see how Gutenberg plays into the mix.