Avoid These Top Internet Marketing Blunders





Internet marketing is a very fragile business because it’s very competitive, and takes a lot of patience. However, there are cool ways you can improve your marketing by researching your niche, and applying the strategies you learn at the same time. Over the years, whenever I start a blog, I’ll always research my niche and the top bloggers in my market to learn what I can from them. Since they have been in the business longer it helps me avoid the mistakes they have made along the way. Avoiding these mistakes will help me grow faster, and build my brand quickly. Next,



We have so many cool ways to market our blog which were NOT available before. For example, we have social media which will excel the rate of blog growth 10 fold. The top social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ have enormous niche relevant visitors which can build momentum quickly to your content. However, the secret is to know how to use these networks, and avoid the common mistakes made by rookie bloggers. So, what have I decided to focus on today? Simple…

I searched for the biggest mistakes authority bloggers have made when starting out, and want to discuss them with you now. This is great for those just starting, or those who have been in the business for years. It’s never too late to tweak your style so you optimize your marketing and blog growth. Let’s get started and your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Growth Rate Failure

You’ve started a blog, and want to make sure it grows over the years, however fail to focus on the growth rate. This is one of the worst mistakes anyone can make in the industry because you won’t know what has worked or what has stagnant your growth. In blogging, you always want to make sure every decision you make will increase your brand, and growth over a certain time period. This is why it’s important to make sure you have the right tools in place which will give you a better overview of your growth rate. For example, you should always ask yourself these questions going forward.

  • How much has my blog grown over the last month?
  • What has optimized my blog growth?
  • What tools should I use to track growth?
  • How have I drove traffic to my blog in recent months?

Answering all these questions will help you implement the right strategy going forward making sure you keep growing. For example, ask yourself how much content should you be writing to keep your blog fresh because we all know how unattractive a blog with old content is…right?

I suggest you install Google analytics to your blog so you can trace where your visitors are going, and then can focus on those same avenues going forward. You’ll still want to try new things, however this way you can focus on what has been working at the same time.



Very Small Niche

It’s tough building your business in a very small niche. It’s even harder generating profit when you have a very small audience which is why it’s important target a big enough niche. Focusing on a wide enough niche will give you the leverage to try different things, and build a brand around a specific topic. For example, “make money online” is a huge niche, and I can keep narrowing it down even further. I can focus on keywords like:

  • Blogging
  • Advertising
  • Content marketing
  • eBooks
  • Social media
  • Etc

This will just give me the flexibility to try different things, and you won’t run out of ideas. Use tools like Google Keyword Planner or even search to find cool markets which haven’t been tapped into. Then start to narrow down each topic by looking at sub-keywords and products which you can focus on. Many times I have head over to Amazon.com, and started looking at the best sellers within a niche. The fact that many people have been purchasing a specific product means it’s a very HOT niche. It’s important to think outside the box, and choose a niche which has a huge audience, and isn’t competitive.

If you head over to Google and type in some keywords, you’ll be able to find some awesome niches which haven’t been tapped into by a wide range of bloggers.

Not Marketing Enough

It doesn’t matter if you just started out, or have been in the business for a long time because you have to keep marketing. The thing many people don’t understand is times are much different now, and you have to battle others to get ahead in the line so use what’s available to you. The fact so many social media websites popped up is a good thing, but can work against you too. Let me explain this a bit better…

Years ago starting a blog, writing content and generating a following was easier. It was simply based on first come first serve, and the search engines didn’t have complicated algorithms as they do now. This meant you were ranked based on start date, and how many keywords you had in your content relevant to a search phrase. However, now you have over 200 rankings factors which determine your place within the SERP’s. Here are just some of them:

  • Content freshness
  • Depp linking
  • Domain authority
  • Page authority
  • Social signals
  • Internal linking
  • Keywords
  • LSI
  • Long-tail
  • And many others

Since things have gotten more complicated I encourage all of you to try different marketing avenues available to you. For example, start investing in banner advertising, CPC, content marketing and others. This will allow you to outshine your competition within your niche if necessary. A lot of this will obviously depend on your niche, and how many others are dominating within it, but choosing to actively market will increase the likelihood of conversions. Start by doing a quick search in Google, and creating a list of marketing platforms. This way you can start to try different ones and keeping track of the long term conversions.

Retention vs Acquisition

As a blogger you have to pay close attention to customer retention, and acquisition. For those of you NOT familiar with these two phrases, let’s take a quick look at each:

Acquisition: This is where you continue to grow your visitors by getting new customers.

Retention: This is where you hold on to the visitors you already have visiting your website.

It’s important you continue to do both, but more importantly focus on your existing customer or reader base. Why? If you start to lose readers, this means you have a deeper underlying problem. It means you have a problem with new content bring published or have LOST the quality of your product or services. No one wants to lose customers especially when they have been active readers of your blog for several years…right?



Here is my point….

One of the biggest blunders I’ve see bloggers make is NOT focus on acquisition and retention enough. They take visitors for granted thinking they’ll stick around forever once active readers of your blog. This mentality will get you in trouble in the long run because losing readers mean you are failing to do something important which you did when starting.

As a blog owner make sure you keep a close eye on why your blog grew, and going forward make sure you continue to focus on the same things.

Delaying to Grow or Blog

For my final point I want to discuss something very important. You have to make sure you blog and write content every day. We are at a time where we should be focusing on content marketing because this is what search engines and people are looking for. More people turn to the internet to find solutions to their problems, and they expect to find them when searching through Google, etc. As a matter of fact, Google has made this clear numerous times over the last few years. Let’s take a look at what they’ve done in recent years.

Algorithm Changes – You’ve seen more changes in the recent years then ever before. These are focused at bettering search results, removing poor quality sites, and those which use manipulation to rank keywords.

Ranking Factors – You’ve seen a huge change in what now ranks your content compared to before. For example, more emphasis is given to content, social signals, domain and page authority.

Bounce Rate – Google tracks user experience by looking at bounce rate differently. They time pages more accurately which will show them the quality of your content.

Internal Linking – More important now then ever before because a solid linking patterning increases the authority of other pages. Google looks for “total” authority instead of single page when ranking websites.

These are just some examples however you can imagine how many other factors matter when ranking your website. I recommend you have a solid content writing schedule so you can keep writing up-to-date content. Google has build their reputation by focusing on providing accurate information, and one way to achieve this is by writing content people actually want to read.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have a solid list of common blunders made by bloggers, it’s important you start implementing what you’ve learned above. Start by reading over this content one more time and making notes along the way so you understand the material. Many times, you’ll still continue to make the same mistakes because you haven’t understood what I’ve mentioned above. This can be avoided by readings the content above one more time, and writing out the fundamentals in point form.

The next time you write content you can start applying these strategies and always have a way to track statistics. The thing you should do is track what’s been working so you can continue to use those and avoid the ones which produce little results. Remember, in the final point I discussed the importance of retention and acquisition which should always be your ultimate focus. Keeping both these elements in mind will allow you to keep writing content to build a bigger following, and keep those who have already been loyal readers.

Here’s something else which I forgot to mention above that I’ll go over now…

Social media is a great way to keep building readership because it taps into a huge amount of people everyday. However, you have to know how to use certain networks. For example, find out how to use social media tools which allow you to focus people in your niche. In Twitter, I use a tool called hashtagify.com which gives you a list of the MOST popular #hashtags in your niche. You start by typing in your main keyword, and the tool will generate a table of popular #hashtags which you can then implement into your tweet. For those of you unaware: #hashtags are Twitters way to sort information being shared on their network, and it’s been a valuable way so far. Learn how to use different strategies for other networks so you can get your content found on social networks which will generate enormous traffic to your blog.

Remember, having a tracking tool which will tell you where your traffic is coming from so you can continue to use that avenue going forward for blog growth. At the same time, you should be focusing on blogger retention through existing content marketing, etc.

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6 SEO Myths That Prove We’re All Idiots





Humans will do anything to look smart and competent. Comedians like Jimmy Kimmel feed off of this propensity for hubris. And then we all benefit from it. Try it for yourself sometime. Go up to a random stranger and ask, “Do you think Bill Clinton gets enough credit for ending the Korean War?” (HINT: He wasn’t old enough to be President of the United States during the Korean War.)



Ironically, this behavior often exposes our ineptitude.

SEOs and bloggers are no different. We want to look like experts so bad we bullshit our way into corners all the time

Here are a few ways SEOs B.S. themselves all the time and really make themselves look like idiots.

1. Do What These Massive Brands Are Doing

When I was a kid, I played the game Lemmings. Often, I’d get bored with a particularly difficult level and just set up traps for my lemmings rather than rescue them. I’d watch them all follow the digger to hell and then hit the nuke button.

The fact a lemming is bigger and healthier looking than the other lemmings doesn’t change the fact it’s a lemming. That lemming still might be heading for a cliff.

Big brands aren’t always wise sages, especially when it comes to SEO. Think of it this way: a bigger brand has a much wider margin of error than you do. If they make a mistake, they can bounce back when you might splat at the bottom.

You’re also assuming their HR department knows what they’re doing when they hire SEOs and web designers. Often the philosophy of “throw money at it to make it grow” doesn’t work. And that’s exactly how some big brands function once they get the big cash.



Don’t be a lemming, seek real advice.

2. SEO is Snake Oil

Ok, SEOs typically don’t say this. They wouldn’t make any money this way.

But I’ve heard it from Google employees, bloggers, and anyone who just doesn’t want to do the work of ranking well. I even had a friend from YouTube tell me this, backpedal, and then say, “well, it’s just that the target is constantly shifting.”

There’s a lot of surface-level SEO information out there. And while it’s not exactly snake oil, it’s often not enough to have any real impact on your SERPs.

SEO is like psychology. It’s a soft science.

We can’t peak into the box and know what’s going on but we can observe the effects. Sometimes Google will give us a heads-up, but often we’re scrambling to patch holes after the fact.

This can make it seem like SEOs are behind the curve, but they’re more in the know than anyone else. It’s not an exact science, but it’s not snake oil either.

3. Worry About Keyword Stuffing

Seriously? What year is this? 2012?

Can we be done with the keyword stuffing thing yet? No? Well, I guess we gotta slay this beast while we’re here.

Sure, keywords still matter a *little* bit. But here’s the bite: they gotta be so natural, even you don’t see them as keywords.



Google’s RankBrain is now all about user intent. It’s so important to give users what they’re looking for that keywords almost don’t matter anymore.

Where Then Are Keywords Relevant?

Until our language goes fully pictographic, search engines will continue to take keywords into account. And you should definitely research a keyword to put in your title tag.

Otherwise, just be natural (grammatically correct, and concise, and…well, content is king, right?).

4. Content is King

Aw, what? Didn’t I just say content is king? Yeah, yeah, I know, plot-holes, right?

But this myth is just like the “write what you know” rule in writing. People take it, run with it and have no clue what the hell they’re even doing. And then they end up writing boring crap because their life is so boring.

Novice bloggers do the same thing with content. If you write it, they will come, right?

Wrong. You need more than just content (even great content) to make the SEO wheels turn. We’re looking at links, tags, design, usability, speed…

Yeah, content is just an important piece of the puzzle, one you can’t do without. But it’s not the end-all of SEO.

5. Links Are a Dead Horse

I’ve said this before, but the internet is — drumroll please — a network! Without links, you are just a powerless tool in a sea of well-connected and well-dressed geniuses.

It’s just that, like keywords, and content, links are only one step in many to get you to the SERP prize. No, don’t put a billion links in, but don’t ignore them either.

Don’t go buying links for cheap either. Negotiate for access to high ranking sites instead. And again, be natural.

6. Google is Penalizing You

I only cried once in Hockey. I’d just come back after time off from a broken ankle and I was reckless on the ice. I almost whacked someone in the throat with my stick. I ended up in the penalty box a teenage mess because I had lost skill.

Google’s algorithms aren’t referees. They’re a content elevator. When one site drops in the rankings, it’s because of a change in the algorithm they weren’t ready for. It also means another site was ready (knowingly or not).

There is no Google algo penalty box. There are referees at Google, but Google actually notifies you on the Google Search Console when you’ve violated their Webmaster Guidelines.

Talking about SERP rank changes like hockey penalties only serves to malign Google and cause confusion.

Don’t Be an Idiot

Humility is an underrated quality in our society. I’ve found that when you admit ignorance, you’re rewarded with knowledge.

Only idiots pretend to know eveything. If you’re on the SEO struggle bus, seek help. Your SERPs will thank you.

 

8 Web Design Tips That Will Drive Your Customers Crazy (in a Good Way) 2018





So, you think you can just throw up an ad-hoc web store and call it good, huh? Just use a generic template. Put up a few product pages. You’ll be golden, right? I didn’t think so. You wouldn’t be here if that were the case. Building an e-commerce website is like learning to ride a bike. You need training wheels at first, but you will eventually want to do it on your own. You’ll need some help getting there. Most of the people who visit your site aren’t going to buy immediately. You’ve gotta lead them by the hand to the sale. And sometimes they will run away no matter what.



Here are ten ways to design your e-commerce store that will help customers get to the shopping cart.

1. Color Matters More Than You Think

What’s the difference between red and green? Stop signs, stop lights, all use universal colors to communicate.

If you’re trying to get people to click on a button, you’d think that green is the best choice. Maybe it’s our curiosity or our propensity for self-destruction.  But oddly, people want to push the red button more than the green one.

It’s easy to repel customers with colors. You can’t always predict how customers will react to various colors. Everything from culture to region to personal experience can influence how someone reacts to a certain color.

If you know where your audience lives you could reasonably predict how colors will affect customers. Instead, work backward from product to customer. What do your products do for your customers?

Are the products used in exciting and explosive ways? Red and orange might be the colors you would choose.



Are you selling a product meant to soothe? Try blues and whites. Certain yellows and greens might be effective.

2. Video Killed the Radio

Video landing pages could make you a lot of money. 70% of professionals agree that video seems to convert better than regular content. Now, how accurate their perception is depends on a ton of factors.

People are watching a lot of video online. More than 70% of users prefer video over written content.

While this pains my English major’s heart, I have to agree that video is probably superior in this visual media age.

Be sure to code the embedded video to play automatically on your landing page. You have to capture their attention immediately.

3. Include “Trust Symbols” on Your E-Commerce Site

When you go to a site and there is no verification that your payment is secure, would you buy from that website? Of course, not. So, why would you expect your customers to do the same?

First, you will want to choose a trusted checkout service like PayPal or Square to care for your customer’s financial transaction. Then you will want to use whatever code those services employ to verify their service is legit.

You can use customer testimonials in a similar fashion. If customers see others have had a positive experience, they’re more likely to buy from you.



4. Animate Those Calls to Action

I always say animations should be kept to a bare minimum on a website. So, I’m hesitant to even mention this one. But sometimes your customers just need that slap in the face to act (please don’t take that literally).

Something as simple as a quick arrow pointing toward an offer or even just toward the comments section could be enough. You could reward completion of tasks with animation. If someone puts something in the cart, a thumbs-up or an exclamation mark might be enough to spur people to a transaction.

5. Highlight the Free Things

An MIT professor once did a study. He told people to choose between a Hershey bar that cost 10 cents and a Lindt chocolate bar that cost 50 cents. Of course, people chose the better chocolate. When he lowered the price of the Hershey to zero and the Lindt to 40 cents, people chose the Hershey bar.

The “free” option hijacked people’s reasoning. The price difference was the same in both cases, but the perception of zero cost compelled people to choose the lesser option.

The same thing happens when you attach free things onto something that costs money. Anything that involves a quantity could always have a certain percentage more than another option. Call that certain percentage more “free” and people will be more likely to buy it.

6. Boring Typography Kills Babies

There is no excuse for bad typography today. Anyone who just uses the default typography from Microsoft Word needs a brain transplant.

Right now, simple, bold sans-serif is fairly popular. Don’t go overboard on the flowery stuff. You want people to be able to read your content.

And it’s ok to layer and overlay your type font with images as long as you’re able to distinguish the words.

7. White Space is OK

Some people feel the need to squeeze every once of space out of their website. It’s like some newspaperman from the early 20th century took control of their website design.

But it’s really OK to leave space on your website. Why? Because you want to maximize a customer’s attention span.

I suffer from attention deficit disorder. If you throw a billion options in my face, I’ll get overwhelmed and hide in a corner (or on a weird subreddit).

Most people will feel the same way if you don’t use white space in your web design.

8. Parallax isn’t Just for Astronomy

You’re gonna need a super fast host server for this one. But if you can use this effect without slowing down your site, then, by all means, use it.

It’s a simple concept. Overlayed images move over underlayed images as you scroll. You can immerse people in more content in less time if you use parallax scrolling.

 

Top 3 Reasons Local SEO Should Be Your Focus





Lately I discussed SEO and why you need it for your small business. Brick and mortar shops need SEO, sure, but more than anything they need to think about what kind of SEO they need. It’s just three letters but it’s a broad term, with dozens of different strategies and methods to get the best results, which of course vary from business to business and city to city.



The answer for most of you is going to be local SEO. Here are my top 3 reasons why local SEO should be the focus for new and small businesses trying to get noticed on the web.

1. Least Time-Consuming

I did local SEO for a small business last year. With just three hours of work, I managed to have them ranking number one for their brand name in less than a week. Not bad for a brand-spanking-new business that was being run out of a guy’s apartment, eh?

If your greatest resource, time, is severely limited, then put your focus on the local rankings. This will save you a ton of time and you can outsource the rest of it.



You can spend all day researching and implementing SEO. I know because I’ve done it. If you’ve got a local business and you’re trying to get your name out there quickly, local SEO is what you want to focus on in the here and now.

2. Local Eyeballs

For new businesses, you should value and cater to your community.

You go to church with these folks. You shop at the same grocery stores. Your kids are on the same sports teams.

These are the people who will help to support your new company the most, especially in the beginning. You want their eyes on your site and your content.

3. Get Mobile

The number one rule of marketing is to hit the right person with the right offer at the right time, right?



Making sure your business is at the top of Google rankings in 2018 is how we’re hitting people at the right time.

Your local SEO is going to dictate just how well you rank on mobile. One of the biggest ranking factors is going to be your site speed. If you want to get a leg up on the competition, that’s a good place to start.

Getting to the top of Google’s rankings is just one of the major benefits of local SEO for brick and mortar businesses.

Unfortunately, this isn’t really an option anymore. Google has already rolled out this plan. Mobile marketing and local SEO working together can be what puts you where you want to be and help to make you and your business a ton of money. Play Google’s game and you will likely be rewarded.

Conclusion

The above reasons should be more than enough for you to place local SEO high on your to-do list.

If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can outsource it to a reputable agency for probably just a few hundred bucks a month. If you do have the time, then get on it.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave some comments below and I’ll do what I can to help out. Thanks for reading.

 

If Your User Experience Sux So Will Your Conversion Rate





I once got to be part of a user experience test. My friend was in grad school and he and his colleagues had created a simple game programming tool. It was one of the most confusing pieces of software I’ve ever touched. I found out later, they’d created a problematic piece of software on purpose. They were testing a user experience testing process. The whole thing was quite meta. But if this had been a real product, they’d have made zero money. Why? Because while the concept was great (ready-made game elements you simply drag and drop), the user experience sucked.



You won’t make money with your website either if your user experience sucks. Here are a few ways to optimize your website for the best user experience.

1. Start With Loading Speed

The Doherty Threshold states that if a computer takes longer than 400 milliseconds to respond, users would no longer be addicted to using the computer. This was the goal, get people addicted to using a computer. If you do that, you sell computers.



400 milliseconds isn’t very long. Fortunately, most users are used to internet speeds and not blazing fast cable internet. With your website, you have about two seconds of load time leeway.

Conversions take a hit the longer your site takes to load. If people come to your site and it loads in more than two seconds, they go elsewhere. Every second it takes, your conversion rate falls by a full 12%.

What Causes a Site to Slow Down?

Too many times, novice webmasters will overload their site with plugins and graphics. Yes, it’s fun to play with transitions and you might be tempted to add a ton of features to your site through plugins. But is it worth it?

If you don’t know where to trim down, you might want to consider outsourcing to a support service. They can identify which plugins are slowing you down and recommend better plugins that might speed up your site.



2. Track Your User’s Behavior

While big data has become a kind of dirty word in the industry, data on your customers and visitors is actually useful. If you’re just guessing at where users might go, you’re at a disadvantage. It’s like playing pin the tail on the donkey. You might pin it on Aunt Merple’s bossom instead.

You can use plugins like Crazy Egg to create visual maps of where users go on your site. You can easily trim the fat on your site and funnel people to the elements that matter once you have the data.

3. Accessibility Gets Wildly Overlooked

English is not the official language of the United States. In fact, the United States does not have an official language. And really, even if the U.S. had an official language, do you want to limit your audience?

SaaS language translation is there for a reason. Make it easy for anyone to access your site, and you’ll increase your conversion potential.

Not only is language a barrier, but individual user ability can be a barrier as well. For those with visual impairment, you should add audio features.

 

What is the Future of Blogging? Exploring Some Ideas





With blogging being such a vast industry, it’s important that you stay ahead of the curve. This means to think about the future and start making the tweaks right now instead of later. This is how some of the MOST successful people in the world started because they visualized the world now and where they think it’s heading. With that said,



You have to explore and understand what direction blogging is going toward. For example, if many of us would have visualized mobile usage then we would have made mobile-friendly tweaks earlier on instead of waiting last minute…right? I’ve worked with many bloggers over the years, all with several different years of experience. Here’s what I noticed happening and what you can do to better equip yourself going forward. Let’s look at blogging and where it is heading…



Brand Awareness

Have you noticed many of the top bloggers are focusing more on brand, which is mainly their personal names? Here are some of the MOST popular blogs I can think of from the top of my head: JohnChow.com, ZacJohnson.com, NeilPatel.com and MatthewWoodward.co.uk. It’s not as valuable as to use a keyword as your domain like SEO.com, etc., because people still find it hard to identify with the author. However, by building your brand around your personal name, it means more when people throw around your name in forums, content, and other communities.

In the future, more focus will be given to your brand equalling your personal name because it’s this aspect that will build your credibility as someone valuable within your niche.

SEO

Over the years, we have seen enormous changes within Google and this has been catered toward the user experience. Search engines are all about the user experience and making sure people find what they are looking for. However, this is not enough because searchers have to find valuable content and one that provides a complete solution so it’s up to search engines to provide this. Google has already announced changes like LSI keywords, valuable content, freshness, “target” keywords, and mobile-optimized. What’s next?



Keep focusing on SEO and make sure you add a combination of different keywords within your content. For example, long-tail keywords, LSI keywords, and those that are highly targeted. Next, make sure you use a combination of different anchors to build links to cover all the different keywords you have within your content. This will help your page rank for different more “targeted” keywords, increasing the user experience.

Content = Value

It’s all about value because something has to separate the best from the mediocre…right? Google has invested a lot of resources into finding out which sites and content is providing the best value. For example, they look at things like activity, bounce rate, links, DA, and PA to establish some sort of value bar. Going forward, you should be focusing on writing the best content for your readers even if this means cutting down the frequency at which you’re posting. Nothing can replace value, no matter what niche you’re in, so follow these steps before you write:

  • Research
  • Outline
  • Write
  • Edit
  • Share
  • Tweak

This will allow you to have enough information to find out when you have created something special or simply mediocre.

Relevance

How do you stop websites from manipulative link building? You can give people control over links pointing to their website like the introduction of Disavow. You can also strategically make sure it’s difficult for them to build unnatural links by focusing on things that really matter. Google has put enormous value on relevance because this shows the right intent. For example, websites will only link to relevant websites when the value is there…right? Why else would anyone link unless they are trying to manipulate the search engines? Going forward, relevance matters and will continue to grow in importance, but there is a great way to make sure you find value in this. How? Write the best content because then people have no choice but to link to you.

When Saving Money Actually Costs You More





Most of the personal finance experts out there will tell you that the first step to getting a handle over your money situation is to curb your unnecessary spending. Sure, getting a fancy drink at the local Starbucks might only cost you a few bucks and, in the grand scheme of things a few bucks is hardly going to make a difference in your life. But your daily latte habit can add up awfully quickly. Five bucks a day, every day of the year, is creeping up to almost $2,000.



That’s enough money to pick up a new iPhone outright, possibly with enough left over to cover your monthly plan for the year too. It’s nothing to sneeze at, so this kind of advice of getting your spending under control is generally sound… but it’s incomplete. Because cutting corners (and cutting costs) purely for the sake of saving money could actually end up costing you more in the long run. Let me illustrate with a few examples.

Free WordPress Themes

WordPress is one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon man since sliced bread. It can be used most commonly to run a blog or other content-based site, but it is equally adaptable to power any number of other types of websites, including forums, business pages and online stores. It’s great and it’s got a huge, supportive community. And best of all, it’s free. This doesn’t mean that you should necessarily be using it right out of the box, however. If you use the default theme that comes with WordPress, your site is going to look really generic and first impressions matter. And while there is a huge directory of free WordPress themes, you may not want to use those either.

The allure of free is certainly enticing, but unless you are already skilled and knowledgeable in how to adapt and customize these themes, you’re just going to end up spending more time (and money) in turning that theme into something you can really call your own. And even then, many of these free themes do not come with the cleanest of code and you could open up the floodgates to all sorts of other complications and frustrations that just end up costing you more in the long run anyway.



When you invest in a premium theme with strong support or, better still, you invest in a completely custom theme developed by a professional, you get a better end product right out of the gate and you position yourself with a much better shot at success.

The Bulk Buying Binge

I’ll admit that I’ve fallen into this trap more times than I care to recall. Let’s say that you go to your local grocery store to pick up a few things for the week. You’re living on your own, so you don’t actually need that much. When you go to grab your one-liter carton of milk for $2, you notice that the four-liter jug is only $4. On a per-liter basis, the larger jug is half the price, because you’re getting four times as much for only twice as much. It’s the better deal.

So, you decide to pick up the four-liter jug instead… but as mentioned, you live alone. Inevitably, you get closer to the expiration date and you find yourself trying to come up with creative ways to use up all that milk. This is upsetting and you’re certainly not enjoying yourself. In the end, you end up dumping half the jug down the drain anyways because it expired.

You thought you were getting the better deal, because it worked out that way on a per-unit basis, but you ultimately spent $2 more than you probably should have in the first place. Like the latte effect described above, that $2 isn’t going to make a big difference in the grand scheme of things, but all of these little habits and decisions add up. When you think you’re getting a “good deal” on something, you have to ask whether you’re actually getting what you need out of it.

Entry-Level Equipment

Not everyone needs top-of-the-line equipment for everything that they do. Let’s just make this clear. The average person will only use a fraction of the horsepower found under the hood of the top-tier iMac Pro, which costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $17,000. That’s enough money to buy a decent commuter car.



At the same time, you don’t want to cut corners where corners probably shouldn’t be cut. Let’s say that you want to get into vlogging, but your budget is decidedly modest. You get the cheapest camera you can find, you pick up a really cheap Chromebook, and you have the bottom level plan from your ISP. You think you’re saving money.

On the one hand, it’s great that you want to get started. On the other hand, your efforts to save money are ultimately going to cost you in the long run. The cheap camera isn’t going to produce the kind of quality you want to have if you want to be a successful vlogger. The cheap Chromebook can’t run proper video editing software, so you’re stuck using less than ideal web-based applications that are severely limited. And then your cheap Internet plan means your upload speeds are abysmal and your computer is rendered useless for hours at a time.

I’m not saying you should always splurge for the best of the best, but you do want to be strategic with where you spend your money. Upgrading to a more powerful computer and a faster Internet connection could be among the best investments you can make in your online business.

Not All Spending Is Equal

The key takehome lesson here is that you shouldn’t be trying to save money purely for the sake of saving money. If you spend hours on end with compulsive coupon clipping, not only are you wasting your time doing something with minimal ROI (you could be working on your business instead), but you could end up buying things that you don’t actually need. You’re getting them because they’re on sale and that’s it.

Money is a tool. And like any other tool, you have to learn how to use it wisely and for maximum benefit. Oftentimes, it’s worth spending a little more upfront, because it’ll save you from a lot more frustration and expense down the road.

 

8 SEO Boxes You Must Check Before Launching A New Website / Blog (For Webmasters / Blogger Only) 2018

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Most marketers and businesses looking to start a website focus on design and design only. They want it to impress people. Design should appeal to the masses and make headlines with its beauty. But it doesn’t mean everything when it comes to driving real traffic and sales. When launching a new site, you have a fresh chance to capture a ton of organic traffic. But in a competitive field where SEO is the top priority for marketers, it’s paramount that you start off on the right foot. Optimizing your website for organic traffic isn’t easy. And it can’t be ignored.



Make sure you check these eight SEO boxes before launching your new site, starting with improving site speed.

1. Speed is paramount to success

Speed is crucial for retaining visitors, and bounces will destroy your SEO. Most people fall short, though. So if your site is speedy, you’ll already be one step ahead of most businesses.

More than 70% of the pages recently analyzed by Google in a recent study took seven seconds to load content above the fold.

For content above and below the fold, it took a total of ten seconds.

On average, it takes most landing pages 22 seconds to fully load. But more than half of all mobile site visitors will leave a page if it takes more than three seconds to finish loading.

That’s a huge problem.

To make matters worse, as page load time increases from one to seven seconds, the changes of a mobile site visitor bouncing skyrockets to 113%.

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The number of elements on a page, which can increase loading times, can also affect conversion rates.

As the amount of images, text, and titles on a page jumps from 400 to 6,000, the probability of a conversion occurring decreases by 95.6%.

Luckily, you can use Google’s test my site tool to increase speed.

Before you can make your web pages faster across all devices, you’ll have to enter your URL.

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Once you have entered in your site’s address, click “Analyze.” Then, you’ll be able to view your page’s site speed score for mobile and desktop.

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Just hit the “Desktop” or “Mobile” buttons to toggle your view.

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If your score could be better, Google will provide you with actionable tips and suggestions to boost speeds.

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If you aren’t putting mobile before desktop, you’d better start soon. Here’s why.

2. Mobile comes first

More people are accessing the web with a mobile device than ever before. People use mobile more often than desktop or tablet browsing around the world.

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In the past, Google has indexed sites by the content on desktop versions. However, Google is about to start indexing and rating your pages based on mobile experiences instead.

If your site’s desktop and mobile experiences are similar, the switch probably won’t have a huge effect on your rankings.

As an example, below are both the desktop and mobile experience for the same page. Notice how the same exact content appears on both:

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However, mobile-first indexing might cause you to rank lower if you have a site with different content across the mobile and desktop versions

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When the switch to mobile-first occurs, Google will be using the mobile version on the right to index and rank the pages, which is missing a ton of the content on the left.

This is known as non-responsive design.

If you’re planning on using it, you may want to make some changes.

Mobile searches won’t just help with rankings. They also lead to more purchases.

At least 76% of people who search for an item on their smartphone visit the business within a day and 28% of those searches/visits end with a purchase.

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You should also focus on improving your site’s overall mobile design. When your mobile site is easier to navigate, your conversion rates will be higher.

HubSpot tested this by switching to more straightforward layouts, which lead to a decrease in bounce rates by 27%.



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This proves that there really are certain instances where you should “keep it simple, stupid.” Keep your menus, search options, links, and filters as easily accessible as possible.

Less is more. Especially when it comes to the payment input.

Who wants to spend a ton of time entering a 16-digit credit card number? No one. And what if a customer isn’t near their credit card when they’re ready to buy?

Make it easy for returning customers to make purchases with a “Swipe to buy” feature.

Amazon has introduced this to accompany the “Buy Now” button on their mobile app.

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Wish also uses a “Slide to Pay” feature on their mobile application.

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The ease of use will lead to more conversions because you’re literally making purchases as simple as one swipe for your customers.

Another great way to boost SEO is to create content before you launch.

3. Create content before launch (and post regularly after launching)

If you want to bring in organic traffic, you need to use content marketing.

One of the only ways to effectively target keywords is through your content.  And blogging is the easiest, fastest way to do it.

Before your site goes live, stockpile content. Write dozens of articles targeting your top keywords before you push the site live.

Why? People want to see that your site is active and legit.

If you don’t have content, people won’t trust you or be able to find you in the first place.

HubSpot data shows that companies with over 16 blog posts every month get nearly 3.5X more traffic than companies that only publish zero to four monthly posts.

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And as the number of blog posts a company has published overall increases, so doe inbound traffic.

Companies with more than 400 blog posts get about double the traffic as companies with just 301-400 posts.

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Long-form content can rank you even higher. Aim for at least 1,900 – 2,000 words per post for best results.

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Next, set up Google Analytics and Search Console so that you can track site analytics.

4. Set up Google Analytics and Search Console

Analytics are key to growth in SEO.

If you don’t know what’s happening with your site, you can’t fix it. And if you don’t know what’s working, you can’t make sure to do it on every page.

Understanding organic traffic and where your links are coming from is critical.

Once you’ve built your site, set up Google Analytics to track how people will use and find your page.

You can view which channels traffic is coming in from, the number of sessions, the percentage of channel sessions that contributed to the total, and more.

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With this information, you can optimize your site for specific keywords, correct mistakes, and continue with the methods that are successful.

Installing it before you launch means that you’ll begin collecting data as soon as your site is live so that you can optimize it ASAP.

To install it, visit Google.com/Analytics and sign up with your Google account.

When you’ve configured your site, paste your unique Analytics tracking code onto it.

If you’ve built your site with WordPress, you can also add the code with the Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin.

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Once you’ve set up Google Analytics, add your site to Google’s Search Console for more detailed reports.

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You can view data like search traffic, who is linking to your page the most, what your most-linked content is, and how your data is being linked.

You can also view keyword information, search CTR for each keyword, total keyword impressions, and more.

To add your website to Google Search Console, head to Google.com/Webmasters.

You can start using Search Console right away if your site is already linked to a Google Analytics account.

Once your site begins ranking keywords and bringing in traffic, you’ll have all of the insights you need. Check it every week or so to find new SEO optimization opportunities.

If you haven’t thought about on-page SEO yet, now is the time.

5. Master on-page SEO

If you’re starting a new website, there’s no reason to wait until you need to run an SEO audit to optimize on-page SEO.

Pick one keyword for every page. It helps to start out with lower-volume keywords that you can drum up interest for over time.

Next, write title tags that will attract search engines. Every page of your site should have its own unique title tag. Include modifiers like “2018” or “best” to pick up different long tail searches.

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Keep title tags shorter than 55 characters so that they don’t get cut off in search results.

Use short, sweet URLs when building pages that also include the target keyword. For example, use www.yourwebsite.com/target-keyword instead of www.yourwebsite.com/2334905.

If you want to boost click-through rates, always use meta descriptions. Keep them shorter than 160 characters so that the full description appears in search results.

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You should also optimize for Google Image search results. Add images to your pages. Create customized graphics with Canva or Stencil and add them to blog posts.

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You should include target keywords in image filenames. Add keyword-rich alt text to all of your images when you upload them.

Reduce bounce rates by making the topic of your pages clear. Add the target keywords to the first 100 words of your article. Utilize keywords in heading tags for an even bigger SEO boost.

Include at least two outbound links to bigger authority sites in every piece of content that you create.

Add internal links, as well. Include at least two or three internal links to other articles in every new piece you write.

It also helps to use social sharing buttons that provide quick social proof and make it easy for readers to share content on social platforms.

Make sure that social sharing buttons are easy to see, like the ones used by Search Engine Journal.

Use the DiggDigg WordPress plugin to add social sharing buttons in a pinch.

Finally, double-check your SEO once you’re live with the help of an SEO audit tool like SEOptimer.

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Long-tail keywords can help you convert sales. Do some research before you launch to gain the upper hand over competitors.

6. Perform long-tail keyword research

Long-tail keywords are those longer keyword phrases that are ultra-specific to what you’re selling or talking about.

When customers use these, they already know exactly what they’re looking for. By using them, you’ll be targeting those that are already ready to buy, which means even more conversions.

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In the past year, I’ve generated 173,336 qualified visitors just using long-tail keyword phrases. That’s an increase of 91%.

You can drum up the same success, too.

Finding long-tail keywords is easy with a tool like Moz Keyword Explorer. Enter a term or phrase to begin.

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Focus on metrics like volume, difficulty, or share of organic clicks.

Collect your results and target the keywords that are high in volume and low in difficulty. These will yield the best results.

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Moz will also give you different keyword suggestions related to whatever you search.

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Next, focus on optimizing all of your landing pages for SEO.

7. SEO optimize your landing pages

A well-designed landing page can boost sales and lead generation.

The more landing pages your site has, the more opportunities you have to catch incoming search traffic.

But there aren’t many sites out there than use specific landing pages to capture users.

According to MarketingSherpa, 44% of clicks for B2B companies go to a homepage instead of a landing page.

Your homepage is extremely important, but it’s not always the best place to create a strong relationship with searchers.

Here’s an example from the Kissmetrics “Product” landing page.

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The professional graphics, modern layout, and bold color theme take the page to a new level.

Then, as you scroll down, you’ll learn even more about the features of their services. A video accompanies each section of text.

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The brand also has clear, noticeable CTAs on their pages.

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If you still aren’t convinced about what a money maker landing pages can be, pay attention.

Conversion Rate Experts made Moz $1 million just from a single landing page and a couple of emails.

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Businesses with over 40 landing pages get 500% more conversions.

But good landing pages don’t have to be limited to just one page. Look at this example from KlientBoost:

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The landing page is interactive and draws visitors in by asking questions. First, you select your goals and list where you advertise.

The landing page then asks a series of questions, which also serve as the company’s pre-qualifying questions for finding new leads.

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At the end of the questionnaire, you have to enter contact information to send your free proposal.

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Some visitors may abandon the page at this point if they don’t want to be contacted, but the interested ones will go ahead and fill out the form.

This is a simple multi-page landing page that can help you gain thousands of new qualified leads every month.

Here’s how you can make sure that your landing page is optimized for SEO.

Find a long-tail keyword with the steps listed in number 6 and use it throughout your landing page.

Be sure to add title tags, additional keywords, and a meta tag description.

Make sure that the content on landing pages is useful. You have to include headlines that will keep readers engaged.

The goal of each sentence and headline is to get readers to the next line.

Once you’ve got a nice looking headline, complete an engaging secondary headline and some well-written copy.

It doesn’t hurt to add in a testimonial, a CTA, and CTA button, links, and images. Put all of this information above the fold if you can. You could even keep it all to one page.

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To sum it all up, the key elements of high-quality landing pages are:

  1. An engaging headline that uses a targeted keyword
  2. A catchy secondary headline
  3. Engaging, useful, informative copy that uses supporting keywords
  4. A testimonial or other form of social proof
  5. An actionable CTA (to sign up for your service or product, download a lead magnet, etc.)
  6. A CTA button to accompany your CTA
  7. Inbound and outbound links to boost your landing page SERP results
  8. High-quality imagery
  9. No navigation (you don’t want users leaving the page!)

Finally, generate an XML sitemap.

8. Generate an XML Sitemap

What is an XML sitemap, exactly?

XML stands for “Extensible Markup Language.” To put it simply, it lists all of the URLs that make up a website.

Then, it maps out how the site is structured and what it includes.

Hence the name sitemap.

Search engines use crawlers to index your website and organize the information on it. That’s why you need a sitemap.

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These crawlers can read tons of data about your page, but the map makes it easier for the crawler to do this efficiently and quickly. It acts as a “Table of Contents” for your pages.

Once the crawler does this, your site has a stronger chance of having improved rankings quickly.

Once it does this, your website has a stronger likelihood of improving its rank quickly.

When you create an XML sitemap, submit it to the search engine(s) of your choice so that they can crawl your pages quicker.

To build a sitemap online, you can use XML-Sitemaps.com. You can index a maximum of 500 pages for free with this tool, but you’ll have to pay a fee of $3.49 per month after that.

Once you’ve generated a sitemap, add your site to Bing Webmaster Tools and Google Webmaster Tools. This will allow these search engines to crawl the pages.

If you have a Google Account already, just sign up for Webmaster Tools and add your site to it.

Go to Optimization > Sitemaps and click “Add/Test Sitemap” to submit your sitemap.

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Conclusion

Most businesses are worried about design when looking to launch a new site, which is important.

But it won’t drive the majority of your traffic and sales. That’s why you need to focus on SEO before your site even goes live.

Speed is the number one factor that can make or break your website. If it takes longer than three seconds for your pages to load, you’ll lose tons of traffic. AKA potential customers.

Use Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool to test your speed. Improve your site with the suggestions given by Google.

Next, focus on optimizing for mobile. Mobile-first indexing will look at the mobile version of your site instead of the desktop version when it comes to rankings.

Make sure that your mobile site is showcasing the same content as your desktop site.

Create tons of long-form content before you ever launch, and post regularly once you do. Create at least 16 blog posts per month that are between 1,900 and 2,000 words for the best results.

From here, set up Google Analytics and Search Console so that you can get a clear picture of the traffic that you’re about to get.

Run a complete SEO audit before your page launches. Add in title tags, meta descriptions, images, and more.

Do some long-tail keyword research and add long-tail keywords to your pages for maximum conversions.

If you haven’t considered your landing pages when optimizing SEO, you need to. Create multiple landing pages that will capture specific needs.

Use engaging headlines that feature targeted keywords, informative copy, social proof, CTAs, inbound and outbound links, and try to keep all of this information above the fold.

Finally, generate an XML sitemap and submit the map to Bing and Google Webmaster tools. This will make it easier for search engines to crawl and index your pages.

Which of these SEO boxes have you checked off of your list before launching?

 

 

WordPress Theme und Plugin Scanner (Plugin for WordPress 2018)

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It will look just like that:



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How to find out what Themes and Plugins a WordPress Website uses (2018)

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Have you ever wanted to find out which WordPress theme or Plugin a website is using? Often I get emails from readers asking us for help in finding the exact theme that a certain website is using. In this article, we will show you how to easily find out which WordPress theme a specific website is using.



When you are starting a new website, choosing the right theme is a very important decision.

Often you have ideas and inspirations that you have seen on other websites. In some cases, you may want your website to have almost the same layout and features as another website that you saw on the internet.

This could be possible specially if that website is using one of the thousands of free and paid WordPress themes available in the market.

And thankfully, it’s quite easy to find out which WordPress theme a website is using.

Method #1: WP SCANNER

One of the easiest way to detect WordPress theme used by a website is using our very own WordPress Scanner. It is an online tool that allows you to look up plugins and themes used by a WordPress website.



First, you need to visit WordPress Scanner website and enter the URL of a website you want to check.


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WordPress Scanner will first check if the website is using WordPress. If it is a WordPress powered website, then it will check which WordPress theme the website is using. It will also try to detect WordPress plugins used by the website.

After that, it will show you the results with more details about the plugins and theme used by the website.

Method #2: Manually find out

Sometimes website owners change the WordPress theme name. This stop tools like WordPress Scanner to detect which WordPress theme they are using.

However, there still might be plenty of clues hidden in the code that you can detect and find the WordPress theme they are using.

Let’s get started.



Each WordPress theme is required to have a style.css file. This file contains theme header which tells WordPress the name of the theme, theme author, URI, version, etc. It also contains CSS styles used by the theme.

To locate this file, first you need to visit the website. Right click anywhere on the screen and select ‘View Page Source’ from the menu.

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This will open the source code of the page you are viewing in a new browser tab. Now you need to find a line in the source code that looks something like this:

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<link rel='stylesheet' id='themename_style-css'  href='http://example.com/wp-content/themes/theme-name/style.css?ver=1.1.47' type='text/css' media='all' />

You can click on the URL in this line to open the style.css file.

On top of the style.css file, you will see the theme header block which contains information about the theme used by the website. Typically, it would look something like this:

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Theme Name:     Theme Name
Theme URI:      https://example.com
Author:         ThemeAuthorName
Author URI:     https://example.com
Description:    My Theme is a flexible WordPress theme designed for portfolio websites
Version:        1.1.47
License:        GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI:    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Text Domain:    hestia
Tags: blog, custom-logo, portfolio, e-commerce, rtl-language-support, post-formats, grid-layout, one-column, two-columns, custom-background, custom-colors, custom-header, custom-menu, featured-image-header, featured-images, flexible-header, full-width-template, sticky-post, theme-options, threaded-comments, translation-ready

You may be able to find the Theme’s URL or Theme Author’s URL here which will lead you to the theme used by the website.

Finding The Parent Theme

Many WordPress websites use child themes to customize their websites. In that case, their theme header will contain information about the parent theme they are using.

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Theme Name:   My Child Theme
Description:  Just a child theme
Author:       Peter Smith
Author URL:   Write here the author's blog or website url
Template:     hestia
Version:      1.0
License:      GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI:  http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Text Domain:  my-child-theme
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In the above example, this header block has an extra ‘Template’ parameter in the theme header block. This template is the parent theme used by this website.

You can also find out the parent theme by looking at the website’s source code. There you will find another style.css file loaded from another theme. This other style.css file is the parent theme’s stylesheet and clicking on it will tell you which parent theme a site is using.

That’s all for now, we hope this article helped you learn how to find which WordPress theme a site is using. You may also want to see our ultimate list of the most wanted WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks.

 

20 Best Google Adsense Monetizing Optimized WordPress Themes For Blog, Magazine and Business Websites (2018)

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Adsense Monetizing Optimization with the Best Google Adsense Themes 2018 is a great way to boost your click-through rate, by engineering little details which really make a difference. Things like placement of adverts and the size of the ads themselves are vital, even though it might seem like a trivial matter. Several companies have been working hard to deliver WordPress themes which are optimized to boost your click-through rate. The trick is to get the perfect balance between adverts and content. The adverts must be present but not obnoxious; the content must still be king.



Adsense is by far the easiest monetization method for a simple website such as blogs, niche websites, magazine, news and forums because it doesn’t require any technical knowledge to setup and use. It is also the best paying CPC/PPC network du to its high popularity and high competition between advertisers. We use it for VGI as well but it is not our main income because webmasters, developers and web designers are not ones who likes to click on the ads.

 


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If you have just started your own blog or are looking to monetize it I highly recommend to use AdSense. However, if you are from 3rd world countries (not going to name them) then this option won’t be for you because you are not going to get approved unless your website actually gets thousands or even millions of visitors a day.

AdSense and SEO goes hand in hand and you can get much higher CPC from organic traffic that comes from Google than from social or direct traffic because organic traffic is much more targeted. In that in mind you might want to check these awesome SEO friendly WordPress themes.

Enough about AdSense itself because you are here looking for a AdSense Optimized WordPress theme and here you will find the best ones. I kept out spammy looking themes that are built to trick people to click on ads and left those that are well designed with great user experience and with a good code base. Enjoy!

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Most users don’t want to change theme in order to maximize their AdSense revenue. Therefore, here is a list of best WordPress plugins for AdSense ad management on your website.

Newspaper

If you are searching for an excellent WordPress AdSense theme, look no further than Newspaper. This product specializes in generating revenue for its owners by increasing the site’s view count and popularity. With Newspaper 8 we are introducing to a brand new page builder, called tagDiv Composer, designed to power up your creativity. Now, you can create layouts just by dragging the elements from the list and dropping them in the page, wherever your heart desires. You can do this with your ads, too.

Packed with enticing features, Newspaper is definitely one of the best themes on the market. Users will benefit from 13 beautiful layouts for every post and countless incredible Big Grid style combinations available to highlight pages and categories, making sure that your content will never look mediocre.

With every online business, a fine balance must be struck. You must generate revenue from advertisements without downgrading the reader’s experience. Thankfully, Newspaper has implemented a modern, intelligent ad system. Now, every ad location on your website has a specific box where the ad code can be inserted. For Google AdSense, the theme will automatically search for the corresponding banner size. Newspaper 8 comes with 18 different ad locations that will help you maximize your revenue stream.

In today’s online landscape, list articles are some of the most attractive content formats. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to publish a well-researched list. Newspaper clears your schedule by implementing a ground-breaking smart list system which can automatically create top-quality lists. This AdSense WordPress theme offers a large number of useful tools, and it should certainly become an indispensable part of your business strategy.

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Divi

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The online world is the new frontier for ambitious entrepreneurs. Many popular websites manage to receive millions of views, and that attention can be marketed. Divi is an AdSense Optimized WordPress theme that understands online advertisement and ad placement. Its excellent design and gorgeous layouts will be able to attract scores of customers and followers. With Divi, the sky’s the limit! When attempting to generate revenue via online advertisement, you must attempt to gain mass-appeal. Divi allows site owners to target foreign demographics, given that it is fully-translatable. It even supports right to left writing.

With this theme, you can rest easy knowing that resizing errors were eliminated. Indeed, your content and ads can be showcased on the screens of smartphones, desktop computers, laptops and tablets. Cross-browser compatibility was included as well.  Basically, Divi is a flexible solution for any talented businessperson. In terms of customization, the owner is given absolute freedom. There are literally hundreds of possible settings and options for your pages. You can either construct layouts from scratch, or import pre-made versions. Regardless of your choice, the result will look incredible. For those who wish to sample Divi without having to spend any money, a live theme preview was included.

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Gillion (Most Popular)

Gillion is an incredible WordPress theme designed for news, writing, magazines and blogs. It serves a communication tool by all means. It comes with 7 demos, premium support and awesome plug-ins. Gillion uses Visual Composer and Unyson. It also features an admin panel built to make users comfortable. Gillion requires no coding and it has been SEO optimized. Layout is responsive and makes this theme mobile friendly and all screens adaptable. Use its colors pallets to customize unlimited colors and introduce up to 5 blog pages. Post with 6 different formats and share it through its integrated social media icons. Gillion is the trendy, simple and smooth theme made just for you! Go for Gillion!



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CheerUp

CheerUp is a WordPress theme fully oriented to blogs, magazines and story writing. It comes with over 200 awesome handcrafted layouts. You will get it with several demos and more constantly on the way. CheerUp is flexible and adaptable and all browsers compatible. Use its live customizer and admin panel advanced options to change things quick and easy. Design is also responsive and retina ready. CheerUp uses high resolution graphics and yet it is light weighted and fast. Set up your businesses with subscriptions and stores. Use MailChimp and WooCommerce, completely integrated.

CheerUp has lots of headers and footers styles available with icons to add. Social media sharing buttons and search tool bars are also found. Play with 5 beautiful sliders and tons widgets.  CheerUp aims for versatility and visual appeal to make readers crazy. If you are looking for a new edge on your business or site, this is for you. CheerUp features multiple sidebars, an off canvas mobile menu and logo space settings! It is SEO and Contact Form compatible too! Have fun with its lots of typography and icons to choose from. It uses well known Typekit and Google Fonts. Get its premium support and documentation to get started! Start using CheerUp!

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Jevelin

jevelin-minimal-wordpress-blog-themeJevelin is a colorful and creative, serious and professional, stylish and classy, tech-savvy and readily responsive WordPress premium multipurpose website theme. This theme is the perfect solution for webmasters in need of a sturdy and robust platform for designing amazingly unique, personal or professional websites in no time at all and through a completely visual interface that requires absolutely no coding knowledge. Jevelin is a fantastic theme for those looking for a way to distribute and disseminate their precious content to a massive, heterogenous online audience in the most attractive and relatable presentation possible, with a multitude of deep customization capabilities to choose from and a number of handsome and handcrafted demo websites and page templates to help you hit the ground running.

Jevelin’s features include over ten different and imaginative portfolio layout combinations you can import with a single click to showcase your finest visual works, greatest professional accomplishments, your most delicious dishes and meals or any other content you want to show off to the world at large. With multiple portfolio overlays as well as multiple portfolio single ítem layouts you can fiddle with, you’ll never run out of ways to impress your audience. Try Jevelin today, and see for yourself!

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MagPlus

MagPlus is a clever and modern responsive WordPress blog and magazine website theme. This theme is the ideal platform for putting together eloquent websites for any industry. MagPlus is an intuitive framework for coding-free design of effective business blogs. Visual Composer makes customization quick and seamless. A range of premium plugins provide plentiful functionality for your every page. 150 handcrafted elements let you build anything you can dream up. 40 demo websites, dozens of templates and headers, and infinite layouts await within. Fast and lightweight, MagPlus keeps server loads low with fast-loading, optimized code. Responsive Bootstrap coding lets you reach every user on any device and browser. Best of all, MagPlus is AdSense-ready out of the box. Monetizing your content has never been easier or faster. Grow your audience with powerful SEO enhancements and maximize your AdSense profits. Get MagPlus today!

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GoodLife

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In many ways, the web is like the Wild West: only those with an entrepreneurial spirit can survive. GoodLife is an AdSense WordPress theme for users who understand the demands of the market.  It allows you to craft jaw-dropping websites that are sure to impress many visitors. A fine balance must be struck with advertising, because too many ads can actually discourage people from frequenting your page. Successful owners realize that the placement of ads is the most important factor. Thankfully, the Visual Composer plugin makes it easy for site owners to organize advertisements and customize their layouts.

Upon installation, GoodLife will have perfect Jetpack and Social Integration. Social media profiles are retrieved in intervals which are determined by the administrator. You can even track your position on search engine rankings, due to the Rankie WordPress plugin. Despite its $16 price tag, it was added free of charge. In addition, this theme has the Essential Grid plugin, which allows users to showcase multiple content formats in a personalized grid. GoodLife is compatible with any device, regardless of its screen size. Your content can be displayed on smartphones, laptops, tablets, or desktop computers. Be sure to access the theme preview, for more information.

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The Voux

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The Voux is a highly responsive, retina-ready and comprehensive magazine theme for WordPress. Pages are fully customizable through the Visual Composer from which user-friendly headers may be created, together with mega menus which make use of tags, sub-categories and/or categories as a source. Position the ‘Home’ header either at the center or on the left of the page and also include an ‘In news detail’ page header.

Browsing through news articles on the page is conveniently designed for users as the next article loads while they scroll down. The link on the browser also updates as the page being viewed changes. This feature is possible courtesy of infinite scrolling. Besides news articles, the theme also showcases stylish full-screen galleries.

The Voux also incorporates social networking plug-ins such as facebook, twitter, google plus, and pinterest which is a first for ThemeForest. Sharing data is stored via WordPress and is visible even on the backend. Cache period for the data and preference of social networks to be used can be modified through Theme Options. Finally, the theme can be viewed on all devices without compromising the quality of the page or any of the elements.

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Interactive

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Interactive is a down to earth, affordable WordPress theme that enables anyone to easily design their ideal, high quality website. The design philosophy behind Interactive is suited for webmasters that have a need to express themselves in an intimate setting to their readers, allowing for a pulsating interaction.

A veritable cornucopia of practical options and features are available for enhancing your website. These powerful, versatile tools will definitely make a mark on your viewers, enticing them to subscribe to your content. If you wish to get a feel for the theme itself before shelling out anything, there is a live demo of it implemented currently available.

Options for making your website stand out are endless and guarantee that no two websites using this theme will look alike. Infinite permutations of color schemes, an amount of Google Fonts exceeding 630, automated language translation features to globalize your impact and influence across latitudes and longitudes, this theme definitely has it all. And a peculiar feature; the off canvas mobile menu that hides automatically when not in use will delight your users.

In addition, Interactive is designed to have minimal bounce rates and no discernible lag, parsing at light speed. Loading times are rather rapid, to the great benefit of your search engine rankings. A hybrid of performance and convenience with the best of both worlds, this theme is certainly one to watch.

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WordX

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WordX is an elegant, understated WordPress theme, best employed by online magazines, content aggregators, travel blogs and perhaps photojournalists. It’s built to handle massive amounts of content and large, high resolution images and media, building blocks of content-based websites.

The general design philosophy behind WordX is complete user control of matters as diverse as color, fonts, styles, child themes, and pretty much all that can be clicked (or hovered) can be changed to suit your website’s aesthetic or tone. Building on this extreme customization capacity, WordX then integrates a series of features for building your website from a catch-all of customizable tools to a shining beacon of content for all your intended demographics.



Right off the bat is the language translation feature, which instantly offers your content in dozens of languages spoken in hundreds of nations by billions of users. Add to this WordX’s potent SEO optimization, and you’ll have a myriad of new users each day, stumbling upon your content on their favorite search engines. WordX’s famously low bounce rates will keep the majority of these in your website, where the Carousel feature will show them the very best you have to offer, gaining you early subscriptions easily. And all of this feeds into WordX’s native AdSense integration, turning this entire venture into a profitable once, all of a sudden!

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NewsPaper

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Newspaper is a stunning WordPress Theme that is designed to be both adaptable and responsive. It is ideal for content-rich sites like blogs which it organizes well in different ways in different categories. It has advanced typography and multiple fonts, colors and backgrounds. Its sleek look and feel is sure to impress. Now for a small amount of money anyone can have a professionally looking website.

NewsPaper offers various post layouts and media rich features which can showcase a wide variety of content. There is a demo available which shows what a beautiful site it can make. The layout is neat and adaptable, working well on all devices. The creators optimized this theme for speed and for it to work well with other sites using its search engine optimization.

You can quickly translate your content into other languages so your site can be accessed by anyone, anywhere. It has an intuitive navigation with tabs which makes it easy to find your way around. With the amount of options and features there’s no end to the things you can do with it. It has many useful sections such as a feature section to showcase your best new content and an author section so people can follow their favorite contributors.

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TruePixel

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TruePixel is built on MyThemeShop’s trademark framework, which is brand new and was released not long back. The benefits include improved loading time on the page and with the widgets, amongst other nice bits of information including the fact that it has been handwritten with HTML5 and CSS3, and cleaned up for added readability. The site, of course, is responsive and Adsense optimized as well as SEO optimized and every other kind of optimisation you can think of. In short, it is optimal. It is a very clean and minimalistic theme, and costs only $35. MyThemeShop also offers the chance to get all 67 of their themes for $67. I don’t expect many people buy just one.

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Nominal

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Well, with this theme they certainly know how to appeal to the lazy Adsense user. They say “No more tinkering around with confusing ad inserts and theme editing. The ad spaces are all widgetized, meaning you can just click and save for ad placements”. Sounds wonderful. Written in HTML5 and CSS3, this responsive, optimized theme will stay fresh for a few years yet. It has social media compatibility and supports unlimited colours and backgrounds.  They’ve even added some nice extra features to the back-end of the theme, allowing you to fully customise your own dashboard to make it “prettier to look at”. The site is fast and SEO optimized, ensuring that after you’ve drawn your customer to the site you don’t bore them with waiting times. It costs $35, or comes as part of a pack of 67 for $67.

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Sahifa

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Sahifa is the WordPress equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife. The developers packed this theme with amazing features, each implemented in order to improve your site. Sahifa offers the best of both worlds, as it is powerful, yet beautiful and intuitive. Such innovation usually comes at a cost. With other themes, many complex site elements can have trouble adapting to the smaller screens of mobile devices. Thankfully, Sahifa has eliminated all resizing and compatibility problems. Tablet and smart phone users will be able to easily access your content. In addition, the layout will work with any browser and operating system. There is no limit to this theme’s adaptability.

Also, your site layout will have 3 variations: Boxed, Wide, and Framed. You can swiftly change these settings at any time. For many online companies, merchandising is an important part of their business plan. Moreover, Sahifa has incorporated the WooCommerce plugin, allowing for the creation of online commerce stores. This is a very reliable product, given that thousands of sites from across the world have chosen WooCommerce.  Massive pages can only grow if they can accommodate a large number of users. With WPML capabilities, you can now target people from non-English speaking audiences, in order to increase your view count.

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Ramble

ramble-adsense-optimized-wordpress-blog-templateRamble is a slender and stylish, unique and unencumbered, expansive and easy to use, readily responsive WordPress multipurpose blog website theme. This theme is the perfect platform for the modern webmaster in need of a flexible, versatile and mobile friendly framework that facilitates the design and construction of resourceful blog websites in a matter of minutes, without touching a line of code. Ramble has been decked out with the latest and greatest plugins, widgets and shortcodes that furnish you with everything you’ll need to blog in the most legible, relatable presentation with plentiful visual enhancements and graphic customization available through the Redux Framework, while offering an enormous array of creatively designed layouts and template pages that cover just about any blog website niche, interest or purpose you can think of.

You can also use over 200 unique pages and 150 layout templates spread across over 100 amazing demo websites by just availing Ramble. Even blog-based online web stores can find what they need within Ramble, with full-fledged integration of the WooCommerce ecommerce plugin suite that allows you to market your wares of any kind directly from your website right out of the box. Give Ramble a try today, and see for yourself!

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Herald

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Developed by an elite author, Herald is an excellent AdSense theme for WordPress websites. It offers a modern and charming design, with more than 500 articles listing layouts.  There are also numerous customization options, and there is no need for programming knowledge. Even novice users can install Herald by simply following the informative setup and installation videos.  Additionally, the creators built this theme for speed and lightning-fast loading times. Moreover, users can easily upload images for articles in various formats and aspect ratios. You can either select a pre-determined size, or implement custom parameters. Of course, there are many monetization settings. It is possible to place ad banners on the site homepage, articles, or posts.

Readers will also be able to access content directly from their laptops, desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. The layout is fully responsive, Retina-ready and cross-browser compatible. Writers no longer have to be tied to their desk chairs, as Herald allows them to work from their phones, while on the move. You can also create your own professional online store by using the popular WooCommerce plugin. Selling your merchandise has never been easier. Every category can be assigned a different layout color, making it easier for readers to navigate your page.

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Truemag: AD & AdSense Optimized Magazine

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Truemag boasts ultimate monetization; at $55, you’d certainly hope so. In practice, the adverts do slip in and out, weaving between the content and edging into your peripheral vision. The theme is responsive, ensuring the presence of ads regardless of the device being used. It comes with two different skins, depending on the tone of the site you might want to either use light or dark. What’s more, the theme is compatible with WooCommerce – how’s that for ultimate monetization? They also written the code properly and made it conform to W3C standard so you can tweak the theme right at the source. In fact, most of the praise received is regarding their incredibly clean code. That makes a change from some other theme providers.

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GOLIATH

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Goliath is fully responsive and resizes sleekly different kinds of devices and screen sizes.  It offers users easy-to-customize theme layout, thanks to its powerful framework powered by Twitter Bootstrap technology. Goliath allows you to set up your website just the way you want through the Planetshine Control Panel.

The theme’s beautiful typography helps you gain the attention of your target web visitors as well as send your brand message across the web. It comes with powerful shortcodes and widgets, customisable sidebar and let website admin edit the appearance of Goliath using live visual editor. It also offers a unique particle parallax background to make your site background come alive. Moreover, you can quickly and easily create, arrange, and organize certain elements in your website using the Visual Composer integrated in the theme. Adding visually appealing sliders to your website is also trouble-free because Goliath WordPress theme comes with Slider Revolution plugin.

Furthermore, this modern and adsense-optimized theme includes a drag and drop mega menu to improve the design of your website and enhance the navigation in your website. Goliath also includes Product Review feature designed for reviewers. Additionally, it’s WooCommerce ready so you can set up an online shop within your website without a fuss. With its bbPress plugin integration, you are able to make your website become more social and interactive. This theme is also WPML Ready, includes PSD files, modern photo galleries, Auto hot articles and Smart Sidebar. It comes with brilliant ads management feature that lets you set up and organize the banners or Google Ads in your website. Lastly, this theme features a strong social media integration and fully optimized for Search Engine Optimization.

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Pinstagram

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Pinstagram is a responsive, widget-ready, SEO-ready, multi-language, WordPress 4.1+ compatible theme. In short, it has everything that every other theme has too, making the most important questions regarding whether the person who is buying it actually likes how it looks. Or is that true? Well, Pinstagram actually claims to be loaded full of psychological trickery which forces readers to engage with the material. The creators also combined the theme with Adwords optimization that sounds like a real demon of a theme. For $35 it makes it sound like you’d get that back the next day from Adsense. Or maybe that’s just psychological trickery. Anyway, it is a very nice looking theme so you wouldn’t be ‘losing money’ in the strictest sense of the term.

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Hotnews

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This is a newspaper theme which is optimized for Adsense. It promises to skyrocket earnings, which would be an attractive concept if Adsense earnings didn’t almost entirely depend on how popular your site is in the first place… Anyway, maybe the typography, unlimited backgrounds, colours and responsive layout will help you get popular in the end so you can finally benefit from the Adsense perks. Built with HTML5 and CSS3, this theme is nice and freshly up to date. It was handwritten with clean code which must be one of the most important things there is, even if it is assumed to just be a load of nonsense under the surface. It’s an appealing theme to look at, with an appealing price of $35, or $67 for all 67 of the themes in MyThemeShop’s library.

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Flick

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Flick is a media orientated theme from the cut-price MyThemeShop. Despite their low prices, these themes come with exactly the same possibilities presented by the developers from other firms, save for WooCommerce, since it is to be expected they are too far in competition with WooThemes to want to pander to them. The theme is, like every other theme right now, Adsense optimized, featuring a responsive layout and a clean, customizable design. Gone are the days of those rigid designs which were not optimized for anything and provided only one font (Times New Roman). This is the new age, and this theme keeps up with that very well. For $35 or $67 for all themes from the developer, it’s definitely worth a try. You’re likely to see something you think is worth having.

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Sensational

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This is a personal blogging theme which promises to “transform your average looking website into an absolute stunner”. I wouldn’t like to be the one to tell them that this actually looks exactly like an average looking website. No matter how optimized it is, it is a little bit dull to look at. And not in a passive way, in a way that makes you think this is actually just old looking and actively annoying. Maybe it’s the colours and pictures used on the demo theme, and if that is the case, there is the usual option to choose from unlimited colours and customize the theme so it is entirely unrecognizable in its original form.

This theme would look a lot worse with ads on it, so that could hardly be called optimized. There isn’t even any space for them. This theme costs $35 or $67 as part of a pack of 67 other themes from MyThemeShop.

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MH Magazine

mh-magazine-wordpress-themeMH Magazine is a modern and flexible WordPress magazine theme well suited for tech news, fashion, travel lifestyle, news or any other magazine style website. This theme features several widget areas to place your AdSense or other banner codes. MH Magazine theme is SEO friendly and that will help to grow your AdSense theme better than any other theme on this collection. This theme is also highly customizable and it has 25 widget areas, several custom widgets, unlimited color options and much more. This theme is all you need to skyrocket your AdSense revenue while maintaining good user experience and clean design.

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MH Newsdesk

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MH Newsdesk is a modern and dynamic WordPress themes with outstanding flexibility and powerfull features. The theme is great for news, magazine or other content rich websites. MH Newsdesk also features a clean flat design and vibrant color scheme that makes it look novel. Moreover, you can use several banner spaces available on this theme for AdSense and other contextual ads. Developers have made sure theme is SEO friendly and fast to load thanks to its clean code base. You can highly customize and change MH Newsdesk using the WordPress Theme Customizer that allows live preview for all changes you make before you even save them.

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The Top 25 SEO Friendly Most Popular WordPress Themes on ThemeForest (2018)

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When it comes to Top WordPress Themes, ThemeForest is by far and away the most popular place to find and buy premium products. At the time of writing, they currently offer a staggering 34,915 premium templates and top themes — almost 10,000 of which are for WordPress! Below, we’ll be taking a look at the 25 most popular of these Top WordPress Themes: many of which have quite literally become some of the most popular premium WordPress themes ever created!




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Without further ado (and in order of popularity), let’s get to it…

1. Avada | Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme

Avada WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Top selling theme for 5 straight years.
  • Advanced options system and fully importable demos allow creation of any design without knowing any code.
  • Can choose any site width in boxed or wide format, responsive on all screen sizes.
  • The Fusion core plugin combines different intuitive tools like visual page builder, shortcode generator, MegaMenu, slider and more.
  • Beautiful pre-built layouts, dark and light skins, advanced header options, custom backgrounds.
  • Layer Slider, Revolution Slider, Parallax Fusion Slider and Super sleek elastic slider included.
  • Advanced blog, typography and portfolio options, numerous custom widgets.
  • Optimized for speed, SEO base built-in, auto theme updater, integration with major popular plugins.
  • Child theme compatible, multisite tested.

Total sales: 324,351

– by ThemeFusion

2. X | The Theme

X The theme

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Standout features:

  • Intuitive page builder designed for fast prototyping, with regularly updated elements, templates and third party tools.
  • Dozens of premium plugins worth upward of $1000 included for free.
  • Change from boxed to wide layout with a click, custom backgrounds and sidebars.
  • Multiple unique portfolio layouts, pre-built page templates, custom post formats.
  • Multiple unique designs categorized into 4 Stacks, numerous stack specific options.
  • Cutting edge theme options panel, child theme compatible, multisite tested.
  • Slider Revolution included, customized approach to social sharing.

Total Sales: 152,560

– by ThemeCo

3. Enfold – Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme

Enfold WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Default demo contains more than 100 pages, posts and products, easy setup with pre-defined content.
  • Layout editor with live previews, step-by-step tutorials and video narratives.
  • 20+ pre-defined skins, unique drag and drop template builder with a ton of unique elements like columns, accordions, pricing tables and more.
  • Wide and boxed layout, advanced header options.
  • Sidebar Manager, shortcode editor.
  • Multiple slideshow options – 2D /3D /layered /fullscreen /parallax.
  • WooCommerce integrated, WPML ready, 20+ language files included, search engine optimized.
  • Ajax instant search, supports ajax portfolio.
  • Child theme support, multisite enabled.

Sales: 123,920

– by Kriesi

4. Bridge – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Bridge WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Best selling creative theme with 210 demos. Demo can be imported with a single click.
  • Includes Visual Composer, Layer Slider, Slider Revolution, and TimeTable plugin.
  • 500+ powerful shortcodes and options, modular shortcodes.
  • 24 layout concepts, multiple header and menu styles, packed with portfolio lists, sliders and single project layout, 15+ blog list templates.
  • Section video background, vertical split screen sections, full width carousel slider plugin.
  • Interactive elements.
  • Ajax animations on or off, search functionality on or off, smooth scroll.
  • WooCommerce compatible, translation, WPML and RTL ready.
  • Intuitive, easy to use powerful admin interface, child theme ready.

Sales: 71,134

– by Qode Themes

5. BeTheme – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Be Theme

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Standout features:

  • Intuitive website installer, 250+ pre-built websites, one-click installation, online user guide.
  • 20 customizable header styles, subheader background image support.
  • 12 pre-made skins, one click skin generator, awesome layout generator.
  • Maintenance mode and blank page, unlimited Google Maps styles.
  • Built-in MegaMenu, different menus for different pages, built-in breadcrumbs.
  • 200+ shortcodes and muffin builder items, shortcode generator enables addition of any element anywhere on the site.
  • Tap to call for mobile devices.
  • Child theme included, XML file with demo content.

Sales: 65,350

– by Muffin Group

6. Salient – Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme

Salient WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 150 professionally designed section templates to mix and match using page builder, one click demo import.
  • 500+ shortcodes and configuration options, graphically intuitive shortcode generator, 4 icon packs.
  • Multiple custom tailored sliders with smooth parallax scrolling, image / video backgrounds.
  • Advanced adaptive images, powerful lightboxes, fullscreen rows.
  • Premium WooCommerce integration with Ajax cart, custom gallery and advanced layout options.
  • Multiple page transitions, multi layer mouse based parallax, high performance animations.
  • MegaMenu built-in, off canvas menu, Ajax search.
  • Translation ready.

Sales: 62,580

– by ThemeNectar

7. Jupiter – Multi-Purpose Responsive Theme

Jupiter WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 140+ website templates, one click template install, 18 header styles.
  • Modified Visual Composer, header customizer, background selector with Live Preview, 100+ customizable elements.
  • Multiple navigation and pagination styles, adaptive image resolution.
  • Typekit integration, 1800 icons.
  • Ajax portfolio with 6 hover styles, 3 portfolio sites.
  • Online shop with WooCommerce.
  • Multi language, RTL support.

Sales: 63,346

– by Artbees

8. The7 — Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

The7 WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 26 pre-built dummy websites that can be installed with a click.
  • Visual Composer with ultimate add-ons, Slider Revolution, Layer Slider, Go Pricing Tables and ConvertPlug.
  • Design Wizard feature to help customize features and then simply click create, 750+ theme options.
  • Advanced unique page templates system with over 230 other settings. Create landing pages, microsites and site-in-site.
  • Unlimited header layouts, 4 mobile header layouts.
  • Slideshows, grids and popup lightbox to showcase creative work.
  • WooCommerce compatible.
  • Multilingual and translation ready, already translated into 10+ languages.

Sales: 61,854

– by Dream-Theme

9. uDesign – Responsive WordPress Theme

uDEsign WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Importable demo sites.
  • Search engine optimization is a priority in the design of this theme.
  • Slider Revolution with image pre-loader, unique transition effects, video embedding, autoplay and more options, and jQuery sliders.
  • Load background images on a per section basis, 2000+ fonts.
  • 11 widgetized areas that span the width of homepage dynamically, many custom widgets.
  • WooCommerce integrated.
  • Translation and WPML ready.

Sales: 47,258

– by AndonDesign

10. Flatsome | Multi-Purpose Responsive WooCommerce Theme

Flatsome WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Multipurpose WooCommerce theme with one click demo content.
  • Designed to sell, with user experience as priority.
  • Frontend custom page builder and large element library to build any website.
  • Built-in slider and banner system, drag and drop image grids.
  • Parallax scrolling, single page navigation, sticky sections.
  • Live theme options panel and drag & drop header builder to customize anything.
  • Built-in live search.
  • Translation ready, 12+ languages included, WPML support.
  • Smart image lazy loading.

Sales: 45,270

– by UX Themes

11. Newspaper

Newspaper WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 20 unique pre-defined templates that you can import with a single click, dark and light versions.
  • Best selling blog and newspaper theme of all time, built-in translation support.
  • Integrated with bbPress, BuddyPress, and WooCommerce.
  • Supports videos from YouTube/ Vimeo custom playlist, video thumbnail downloader and features a rating system.
  • Intuitive interface with freedom to customize, advanced block system.
  • Dozen header styles with top bar and custom ad spot.
  • Supports responsive Google Ads and AdSense, 13 pre-defined ad spots, optional 5 custom spots.
  • Theme detects the default Google AdSense or banners and makes them responsive.
  • Many custom widgets – weather widget, exchanges widget, Instagram widget, social counter widget, popular category widget, ad box widget and author box widget.
  • News ticker, lazy loading, custom made lightbox and sticky menu.
  • Ajax login system, Ajax search option.

Sales: 41,417

– by tagDiv

12. Karma – Responsive WordPress Theme

Karma WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • Powerful admin panel, one-click demo import.
  • 60 color variations, header and footer shadows, unique page layouts.
  • Built-in MegaMenu, 7 header and footer transparent overlay patterns, with custom image upload.
  • Parallax sections.
  • Fast loading pages.
  • WooCommerce integrated.
  • WPML compatible, pre-loaded with 13 languages, RTL ready, child theme included.

Sales: 29,158

– by True Themes

13. Impreza – Retina Responsive WordPress Theme

Impreza WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • One click demo import, professional pre-built layouts.
  • Header builder add-on to give flexibility for header, footer builder and portfolio popups.
  • Visual Composer, Slider Revolution and Ultimate Add-ons for Visual Composer included.
  • 1300+ icons, multisite compatible.
  • Parallax effect backgrounds, animated appearance of columns and images on any page.
  • Full design integration for WooCommerce, WPML, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, bbPress and Table Press.
  • Translation ready, RTL support, child theme support.

Sales: 25,957

– by UpSolution

14. Brooklyn | Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Brooklyn WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • 20 pre-made demos, one click demo importer, fully customizable.
  • 86 pre-defined page layouts, multi header variations.
  • Custom backgrounds, parallax effects, multi hero slider.
  • Shortcode generator to create stunning elements, 3 built-in custom widgets for Flickr, Twitter and video.
  • Table Manger, Portfolio Manager.
  • Child theme included.
  • Multilingual ready, compatible with WPML.

Sales: 25,724

– by United Themes

15. KALLYAS – Creative eCommerce Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Kallyas WordPress Theme

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Standout features:

  • One click demo installation, with many demo websites.
  • Visual Composer with 100+ pre-built elements, with powerful Live Search.
  • Revolution Slider with full visual editing, timeline layers to manage animations.
  • Smart loader that loads only the resources your page needs.
  • Built-in modal window system with auto triggering and multiple window types.
  • 12 homepage designs, hero scenes, custom page designs, pricing tables.
  • WooCommerce integration, functional MailChimp integration.
  • Multi language and WPML ready, translation and RTL ready.

Sales: 25,543

– by Hogash

16. Sahifa – Responsive WordPress News / Magazine / Blog Theme

Sahifa WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • No.1 selling blog and newspaper theme with one click built-in demo importer.
  • MegaMenu with mega icons, smart sticky navigation, off canvas mobile navigation.
  • 10 custom page templates, custom backgrounds, multiple homepage sliders, Grid Slider, Flex Slider, Elastic Slider.
  • Post views system, Fly Check Also box, Ajax Live Search, built-in review system.
  • Customized categories, customized posts and pages.
  • 35 custom widgets including Social counter widget, Rating plugin with add-ons, Instagrammy and iLightbox plugins, 40+ shortcodes.
  • Translation ready, RTL ready, compatible with WPML.
  • Responsive Google AdSense.
  • WooCommerce, BuddyPress, bbPress and WPML ready, compatible with Infinite Scroll plugin.

Sales: 24,198

– by TieLabs

17. Total – Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Total WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • Built-in demo importer and live customizer settings help build layouts easily.
  • Visual Composer with 40+ custom page builder elements included. Templatera helps save the layouts you build.
  • Custom footer and header builder, custom black and white filter option.
  • Most theme features can be individually enabled or disabled.
  • Custom post types, Symple MegaMenu and custom hover effects included.
  • Select specific navigation menu per page and add icons to menu.
  • Custom parallax image backgrounds, custom header video support.
  • Custom logo, favicon, iPhone & iPad icon uploads.
  • Child theme compatible, built-in social sharing for posts.
  • WooCommerce, bbPress and translation ready, WPML certified.

Sales: 24,061

-by WPExplorer

18. Uncode – Creative Multiuse WordPress Theme

Uncode WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • 40+ concepts, importable with a single click, pre-built pages included.
  • Tailored Visual Composer, unique content block to create headers, content sections, footers and custom archives.
  • Impressive Media Library to handle any kind of content, extensive thumbs variations, adaptive images.
  • 6+ menu styles, single page menu, automatized built-in MegaMenu, Innovative grid system, exclusive equal heights.
  • Custom iLightbox, custom maintenance page.
  • Infinite Fonts including Google Fonts, Typekit, Font Squirrel and Fontdeck, 1000+ handpicked icons.
  • Smart cascade options, smooth scroll, one-page scroll.
  • Fully integrated WooCommerce.
  • WPML certified, RTL support.

Sales: 21,910

-by Undsgn

19. Striking MultiFlex & Ecommerce Responsive WP Theme

Striking WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • One touch demo content install function, WooShop demo included.
  • 7 different homepage sliders, 7 page templates, 3 custom post types, 404 error page.
  • 110+ shortcodes, shortcode generator, 16 custom widgets.
  • Slideshow for pages and posts.
  • Multiple sortable portfolios with ajax navigation and lightbox galleries.
  • Icon fonts, Google fonts, Font Awesome, Cufon, @fontface and more.
  • WP multisite capable, includes child theme layout.
  • Customization for WooCommerce integration, run WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads and Image Share at the same time.
  • WPML approved theme with extra WPML related functionality.

Sales: 19,399

-by Kaptinlin

20. KingSize Fullscreen Photography Theme

Kingsize WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • No 1 selling WordPress photo template.
  • 7 unique galleries, full screen backgrounds, custom homepage slider post type.
  • Custom widgets, 35+ shortcodes included, full width audio player included.
  • Optional image resizers, easy gallery management.
  • Custom portfolio post type.
  • Theme options backup.
  • WPML integrated and language localization via Poedit.
  • WooCommerce ready.

Sales: 18,867

-by OWM Labs

21. Stockholm – A Genuinely Multi-Concept Theme

Stockholm WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • One click import, 40 demos, fully customizable.
  • 7 customizable pre-defined header styles.
  • Video slider, parallax image, video background sections, interactive infographics.
  • Customizable MegaMenu, full screen menu, sticky content menu and anchor functionality in menu.
  • Ajax Page Transitions with 4 different animations, can be controlled globally or at page level.
  • Full width carousel slider plugin, multiple custom sidebars.
  • WooCommerce and WPML integrated, child theme ready.

Sales: 17,968

-by Select-Themes

22. Modernize – Flexibility of WordPress

Modernize WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • Page builder, Drag and drop slider manager.
  • 15 pre-defined background patterns, 6 footer layouts, font uploader, logo uploader.
  • 3 image sliders, 4 custom post types.
  • Cufon uploader to upload your own fonts.
  • Built-in shortcodes, price tables.
  • 4 thumbnail options, thumbnail management.
  • Built-in translator, WooCommerce ready.

Sales: 16,556

-by GoodLayers

23. Inovado – Retina Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme

Inovado WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • One click demo installer, 25 pre-configured layouts, multiple custom post types.
  • Multiple header designs, sticky headers, custom backgrounds on every page.
  • 7 custom title bar styles on per page basis, Premium sliders worth $44.
  • Numerous touch optimized shortcodes, easy to use shortcode generator, built-in custom widgets.
  • Built-in MegaMenu, custom page templates and page options included.
  • Premium icons, 40+ retina social media icons.
  • Filterable portfolios, lightbox integrated for images and galleries.
  • Full WooCommerce integration, full translation support, child theme included.

Sales: 15,352

-by Minti

24. Oshine – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Oshine WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • 27 demos, one click demo importer.
  • Fast and intuitive fully visual page builder, packed with features for photographers and other creatives.
  • Pre-built section concepts for prototyping, 50+ styling modules, more than a dozen header and menu styles.
  • Video backgrounds, parallax and full screen sections.
  • Hero sections, numerous single project styles.
  • Optional mobile visibility controls.
  • Child theme support.
  • Powered by WooCommerce, compatible with WPML.

Sales: 14,595

-by Brand Exponents

25. KLEO – Pro Community Focused, Multi-Purpose BuddyPress Theme

Kleo WordPress Theme

Details | Demo

Standout features:

  • One click installer for pre-made websites.
  • Integrates with BuddyPress as a complete package, amazing BuddyPress shortcodes.
  • Live Ajax BuddyPress notifications with auto refresh.
  • Sensei elearning system plugin included, 700 Fontello icons included.
  • rtMedia ready, allows media encoding, privacy, sharing, frontend uploads and more.
  • Customize portfolio using shortcodes, included K elements helps create awesome pages.
  • Membership ready, different membership and access levels.
  • Facebook login integration, WooCommerce ready.
  • Custom post types, post formats and 40 inner pages.
  • Ajax search shortcode element that allows you to search all the pages and posts.
  • WPML and translation ready, RTL compatible.

Sales: 14,443

-by Seventh Queen

In Conclusion

There you have it, the 25 top selling WordPress themes on ThemeForest (note: need help choosing a ThemeForest theme? – see a previous article of ours: Starting with WordPress. There are, of course, plenty of other places to search for premium WordPress themes, but Themeforest is the #1 source for WordPress Themes.

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Bluehost vs HostGator: Choose the right Hosting for your WordPress (2018)

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Bluehost or HostGator? Which one is the best web host and why? Bluehost vs HostGator; two of the most well known companies in the web hosting industry. Here is a head-to-head comparison where we look at 5 of the most important features when it comes to choosing a web hosting company. Choosing between these two providers, however, is no easy task as they both offer great features and fantastic value for money. Continue reading to learn the ins and outs of HostGator and Bluehost and find out which web host is the best, and why.



 
  1. Ease of Use for Beginners

Here in this section we look at Bluehost vs HostGator ease of use, beginner friendly and easy to get started with in regards to money back guarantee, domain name registration, website transfer/migration, installing WordPress and website building tools.


  • Moneyback guarantee

Bluehost‘s money-back guarantee is 30 days. You should be aware of the fact that this guarantee does not apply to add-on products, such as domain names. If you cancel within 30 days you receive a full refund. If you cancel after 30 days you receive a prorated refund for the remainder of your hosting term.

  • Domain name registration

Bluehost gives you a free domain name when you sign up for hosting with them. The domain is registered for a year and the domain will be renewed when you renew your web hosting plan.

  • Website transfer or migration

There are two options to move your site. You can either do it yourself for free by manually transferring your files over to Bluehost. Alternatively, you can use the Website Transfer service to migrate up to five sites and 20 email accounts from your former hosting company. This service costs $149.99. Don’t forget; you’ll need to add the FTP option to your hosting package before you can migrate an existing site.

  • Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress can seem like a daunting task. Bluehost has worked hard to make the process easier by using the MOJO Marketplace for all of its installations. Now you can install WordPress straight from your cPanel dashboard.

With Bluehost, you decide how to build your site. You can choose to utilize the on-site builder that is powered by Weebly. You can install WordPress. There are other options available in the Mojo Marketplace, as well.

 

  • Moneyback guarantee

HostGator offers a 45-day money-back guarantee on hosting plans with them, and as with Bluehost it only applies to hosting (not domain names etc). If you are not completely satisfied with their services within the first 45 days of your service, you will be given a full refund of the contract amount.

  • Domain name registration

HostGator does not include a free domain name name, however domain transfer is always free with HostGator. A new domain registration currently starts at around $12.99 for a “.com” domain.

  • Website transfer or migration

HostGator states their commitment to making transferring your site over to HostGator as easy as possible. HostGator will migrate all website files including databases, scripts, and one domain registration transfer for free with each new hosting account within 30 days of sign-up, as well as to newly upgraded account.

  • Installing WordPress

HostGator offers the MOJO Marketplace quick install for existing WordPress sites. Also, they offer tutorials on their site for easy “how to” install WordPress manually. There is a separate “how to” offered for installing a WordPress Optimized site.

  • Website Builder tool

HostGator has a free proprietary site builder for easy creation of a basic site. It features an intuitive interface with drag and drop WYSIWYG functionality that includes the following:

  • 100 or more mobile optimized templates
  • Pre-built site sections
  • Six pages included in the free basic plan

There are upgrades to this service available for a fee.

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  1. WordPress

WordPress powers more than 25% of all websites on the web. Meaning if you want to build a site or blog, you want to use WordPress. Any web host that you thinking of using should offer value for money, hassle-free and secure hosting options when it comes to WordPress, plus the host should make it easy to install and get started with WordPress.

 



 


Bluehost offers beginner friendly WordPress hosting starting from $2.95/mo, as well as VPS powered and fully managed WordPress plans starting from $19.99/mo.

  • Officially recommended by WordPress

Bluehost is recommended by WordPress.org, and has worked closely with WordPress since 2005.

  • Installing WordPress

You can easily and instantly install WordPress with a click-of-a-button and manage all your installations from an enhanced cPanel control panel, so you can start building your website immediately.

  • WordPress security

Comes with a free SSL certificate, a WordPress custom designed control panel and CloudFlare CDN is built directly into your account for free without any coding. Premium managed WP hosting comes with pre-installation of ManageWP, advanced security features such as daily scans for malware and vulnerabilities. SiteLock Security, Advanced CDN & SiteLock WAF. Dedicated backup storage and automated backups.

  • WordPress speed

Bluehost‘s managed WordPress hosting is built on a VPS platform with custom architecture engineered to deliver unprecedented performance:

  • VPS powered platform
  • Advanced NGINX architecture
  • Custom PHP-FPM configuration

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HostGator

HostGator offers WordPress Cloud Hosting, that comes with 2.5x speed, advanced security, and free site migrations – starting at just $5.95/mo.

  • Officially recommended by WordPress

HostGator is not recommended by WordPress.org

  • Installing WordPress

If you already have a WordPress powered site, a free migration service will transfer your existing WordPress site to HostGator. You can easily and instantly install WordPress with one click and manage your site from an enhanced cPanel control panel.

  • WordPress security

No free SSL certificate but global CDN, automatic malware removal using SiteLock security is included for free with HostGator’s managed WordPress hosting plans, which gives you HackAlert monitoring service that checks your website daily and immediately notifies you if your website has been hacked or injected with malicious code. CodeGuard automatic website backup is also included. Get daily automated website backup for all web files and databases with a 1-click restore.

  • WordPress speed

HostGator promises that pages load at blazing speed worldwide without having to configure your caching and CDN. Experience up to 2.5X faster load times due to super charged cloud architecture, low-density servers, CDN, and multiple caching layers. Your website content is managed more efficiently, enabling dynamic content requests to be processed lightning-fast

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  1. Speed & Uptime

Speed and uptime are the cornerstones of any web host’s core features. Because having a fast loading website that is up online at all times are two of the most important things you want from a good web host.

 



  • SSD Drives

Bluehost shared hosting plans do not come with solid state drives (SSD), but their server infrastructure is powered by enterprise level SSD database storage.

  • Data Centers

Bluehost doesn’t disclose the locations of their data centers. However, 3rd party research indicates that the company currently has 23 data centers. These are located throughout the US, China, India, and Europe.

  • Infrastructure and Technology

All servers operate at Tier 3 (Tier 4 is the highest) certification. This means that you can expect superior uptime and redundancy capabilities. Uptime is projected to be around 99.982% with an average downtime of 1.6 hours per year. The infrastructure boasts:

  • Quad-processor servers
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • Diesel Backup Generator
  • Mirrored storage backup
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Bluehost offers the content delivery network powered by CloudFlare. This means your site’s traffic is routed through a global network that is optimized for fastest content delivery.

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HostGator 

  • SSD Drives

As with Bluehost, HostGator shared hosting plans do not come with solid state drives (SSD). However HostGator’s Cloud and WordPress hosting plans all come with SSD included.



  • Data Centers

HostGator utilizes several Tier 4 data centers located in Texas and Utah. Their strategic utilization of these facilities allows them to provide the flexibility you need and the performance, quality, and reliability your business requires. Each facility boasts a state-of-the-art server, HVAC, electrical, and backup generators. Their data centers are highly secured facilities that have controlled access.

  • Infrastructure and Technology

Fully backed by their SLA, HostGator promises at least 99.9% uptime. This is part of their service guarantee. They use cutting edge Linux container technology and proprietary technologies, as well that have built-in redundancy for greater security.

  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Like Bluehost, HostGator also utilizes CloudFlare for its content delivery and firewall network solutions.

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  1. Security

You need to take security seriously and use a web host that has the tools and preventative measures in place the protect your website from being spammed, hacked, injected with malware or taken completely.

 

 

 


  • Website Backups

Bluehost offers complimentary adhoc automatically generated backups for their customers. You can schedule these to take place on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Bluehost doesn’t guarantee the backups and recommends that all customers create their own backup (can be done via Cpanel).

  • SSL Certificates

Bluehost provides a free shared SSL that is available to accounts which reside on a shared IP. For Standard and Pro accounts, there is only one Dedicated IP and so only one SSL Certificate. For VPS, dedicated, managed, or reseller accounts, you can purchase multiple Dedicated IP and SSL Certificates since there will be multiple cPanels created within the account.

  • Malware Scans

Malware scanning only comes as a paid upgrade. Bluehost’s SiteLock addon includes:

  • Basic Spam Monitoring: Checks daily to make sure your site is free of spam
  • Basic Business Verification: Establishes trust in your business site
  • Site Verification Certificate: Develops customer trust
  • Blacklist Monitoring: Avoids quarantining by Google
  • Basic Malware Monitoring: Daily scans for malware

For $249.99 per year, Bluehost offers Site Doctor. Site Doctor can quickly diagnose and stop any issues that arise from malware.

  • DDOS protection

DDos protections is built into Bluehost’s infrastructure. But according to the site, DDoS attacks are not something they can warn customers about beforehand. They do say that when these attacks occur to understand that their team will do all things possible to restore your service quickly.

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HostGator

  • Website Backups

HostGator doesn’t give the option of creating automatically generated backups. You can make an instant manual backup and you can then use this backup file to restore your account on our servers if need be. There is a paid upgrade called CodeGuard, it creates daily automated website backups for all your web files and databases with a 1-click restore.

  • SSL Certificates

No free SSL certificate is being offered. The following types of SSL certificates are available through HostGator. Only the Domain Validated SSL will be issued for free.

  • Domain Validated
  • Company Validated
  • Extended Validation
  • Wildcard
  • Multi-Domain

You should know that the “Hatchling” hosting package is not able to utilize SSL certificates.

  • Malware Scans

Like Bluehost, HostGator has also partnered with SiteLock to provide powerful and reliable malware scans. The HackAlert monitoring service is particularly useful as it checks your website daily and immediately notifies you if your website has been hacked or injected with malicious code.

  • DDOS protection

HostGator protects from DDoS attacks. The site states that they have implemented an extensive custom firewall rulesets that protect servers from the many forms of attack. As well, their data center has enabled network-level flood protection.

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  1. Customer Service & Support

You want to be able to get the help you need when you need it (because there will come a time when you need support from your hosting company). It is essential to have a hosting company with high quality, responsive, friendly and knowledgeable customer and technical support.

 

 

 


  • Ways to Get in Touch

Bluehost offers several ways to contact them for a variety of reasons. There are dedicated toll-free numbers to call for sales, web hosting, tech support, and WordPress support. As well, there is a method to submit support tickets and chat.

  • Response Times
  • Support Tickets – no time given
  • Chat – instant
  • Phone – instant
  • Areas of Expertise

There is 24/7-365 dedicated support personnel available for the following areas:

  • Account Management
  • Sales
  • Tech Support

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HostGator

  • Ways to Get in Touch

From the Support Panel, there are several options for getting the help you need. You can contact support by phone, get help with billing, start a live chat, or see if anyone in the forums can help.

  • Response Times
  • Chat – instant
  • Billing Support – minutes to within one business day
  • Forums – varies
  • Phone – instant
  • Areas of Expertise

HostGator is well-known for having excellent customer support. They have an active community of users that are friendly and helpful in the forums. As well, there are hundreds of helpful videos and tutorials available 24/7.

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The “winner” is? (Summary)

Choosing between HostGator and Bluehost can sometimes feel like having to choose between a Coke and Pepsi. Different strokes for different folks.

That’s why we created this head-to-head comparison of the two most well known hosting companies to help you choose between Bluehost and HostGator.


Bluehost vs HostGator?

Who is the winner?

It’s a very close call but

Bluehost is the winner.


 


  • HostGator is easier to use and more beginner friendly as they include more features such as free website migration / transfer (Bluehost charges $149.99 to migrate your site). Plus HostGator’s refund policy is more generous than Bluehost. HostGator’s only downside is that they don’t offer a free domain name.
  • When it comes to WordPress hosting Bluehost is better because they are officially recommended by WordPress.org and you get more more features like free SSL certificate with Bluehost.
  • It’s a tie between HostGator and Bluehost when it comes to speed and uptime, as both companies offer similar features when it comes to this aspect of web hosting.
  • Bluehost is the better web host when it comes to security, because Bluehost offers free SSL certificated and they do perform complimentary website backups.
  • It’s another tie between Bluehost and HostGator when it comes to customer service and support, as both companies offer similar features when it comes to this aspect of web hosting.

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50+ Most Wanted New WordPress Tips, Tricks and Hacks 2018 / 2019

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Ever wondered what WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks most popular WordPress sites are using? In this article, we will share some of the most wanted WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks that will help you use WordPress like a pro and boost your traffic to your blog or website.



 

1. Use a Custom Homepage

By default, WordPress shows your latest posts on the homepage of your website. You can change that and use any page as your site’s homepage.

First you need to create a new page in WordPress, and you can name this page home. Next, you will need to create another page and let’s call this page blog as you will use it to display your blog posts.

Now go to Settings » Reading page in your WordPress admin and under ‘Front page displays’ option and switch to ‘A static page’. After that you will be able to select the pages you just created as your home and blog pages.

Static Front Page

You can also create a custom homepage template to use for your home page. Simply create a new file on your computer using a plain text editor and add this code at the top of it.

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Save this file as custom-homepage.php on your desktop.

Next, you need to connect to your website using an FTP client and go to /wp-content/themes/your-current-theme/ folder. Now upload the file you created earlier to your theme folder.

Return back to the WordPress admin area and edit your home page. You will be able to select your custom homepage template under the page attributes metabox.

Custom home page template

For more details see our guide on how to create a custom page template in WordPress.

Now this page will be completely empty and it will not show anything at all. You can use custom HTML/CSS and WordPress template tags to build your own page layout. You can also use a page builder plugin to easily create one using drag and drop tools.

2. Install Google Analytics in WordPress

Google Analytics is one of the must have tools for WordPress site owners. It allows you to see where your users are coming from and what they are doing on your website.

The best way to install Google Analytics is by using the SEMrush plugin. You can insert Google Analytics code into your theme files, but this code will disappear when you update or switch your theme.

For detailed instructions see our step by step guide on how to install Google Analytics in WordPress.

3. Password Protect WordPress Admin Directory

WordPress admin directory is where you perform all administrative tasks on your website. It is already password protected as users are required to enter username and password before they can access the admin area.

However by adding another layer of authentication, you can make it difficult for hackers to gain access to your WordPress site.

Here is how to enable password protection for your WordPress admin directory.

Login to cPanel dashboard of your WordPress hosting account. Under the security section, you need to click on ‘Password Protect Directories’ icon.

Password protect directories

Next, you will be asked to select the directories you want to protect. Select /wp-admin/ folder and next create a username and password.

Security settings

That is it. Now when you try to access your wp-admin directory, you should see an authentication required box like this:

Password protected directory

For alternate method and more detailed instructions see our guide on how to password protect your WordPress admin directory.

4. Show Images in Rows and Columns

Display photos in rows and columns

By default, when you add multiple images to a WordPress post, they would appear right next to each other or on top of each other. This does not look very good because your users will have to scroll a lot to see all of them.

This can be solved by displaying thumbnail images in a grid layout. This gives your website a more compact look and improves user experience.

For complete step by step instructions, see our guide on how to display WordPress photos in rows and columns.

5. Allow users to Subscribe to Comments

Comment subscription checkbox

Normally when users leave a comment on your website, they will have to manually visit the same article again to see if you or other users replied to comments.

Wouldn’t it be better if users were able to get email notifications about new comments on your posts? Here is how to add this feature to your website.

Simply install and activate the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Subscribe to Comments to configure the plugin settings.

For detailed instructions see our guide on how to allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress.

6. Limit login attempts

Locked out login

By default, a WordPress user can make unlimited number of attempts to login to a WordPress site. This allows anyone to try guessing your password until they get it right.

To control this, you need to install and activate the Login LockDown plugin. It allows you to set limits on the number of failed attempts a user can make to login.

For detailed setup instructions see our guide on how to limit login attempts in WordPress.

7. Display Excerpt (Post Summary) on Home and Archive Pages

Post excerpts

You may have noticed that all popular blogs show article summary instead of full article on their home and archive pages. It makes those pages load faster, increases page views, and avoids duplicate content across your website.

For more on this topic, see our article on excerpt (summary) vs full posts in WordPress archive pages.

Many premium and free WordPress themes already use excerpts on home and archive pages. However, if your theme doesn’t display excerpts, then see our guide on how to display post excerpts in WordPress themes.

8. Add Custom Default Gravatar Image

WordPress uses Gravatar to display user profile photos in WordPress. If a user does not have a gravatar, then WordPress uses a default image which is called ‘Mystery Person’.

This default gravatar image will appear many times in your WordPress comments area simply because a lot of users do not have a gravatar image associated with their email address.

You can easily replace this default gravatar with your own custom default gravatar image.

First you will need to upload the image you want to use as your default gravatar image to your WordPress media library.

Next, you need to copy the image file URL.

Copy file URL

Now you need to add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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add_filter( 'avatar_defaults', 'wpb_new_gravatar' );
function wpb_new_gravatar ($avatar_defaults) {
$myavatar = 'http://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/wpb-default-gravatar.png';
$avatar_defaults[$myavatar] = "Default Gravatar";
return $avatar_defaults;
}

Don’t forget to replace $myavatar value with the URL of the custom gravatar image you uploaded earlier.

You can now visit Settings » Discussion page, and you will notice your custom default avatar added to default avatar choices.

For detailed instructions check out our tutorial on how to add change the default gravatar in WordPress.

9. Adding custom CSS to a WordPress Theme

As a WordPress site owner, sometimes you may need to add custom CSS to your site. CSS allows you to change the appearance of things on your WordPress site like colors, margins, font sizes, etc.

The easiest way to add custom CSS to any WordPress theme is by visiting the Appearance » Customize page in your WordPress admin. This will launch the WordPress theme customizer, and you will see your website’s preview in the right panel.

Now click on the ‘Additional CSS’ menu in the left panel to expand it.



Additional CSS in theme customizer

You will see a plain text box where you can add your custom CSS. As soon as you add a valid CSS rule, you will be able to see it applied on your website’s live preview pane.

Custom CSS code and preview

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save & Publish’ button on the top when you are finished.

For alternate methods and more detailed instructions check out our beginner’s guide on how to add custom CSS in WordPress.

10. Using Inspect Element Tool to Customize WordPress

Adding custom CSS sounds great, but how do you know which CSS classes to edit? How do you debug it without actually having to write CSS?

Using Inspect Element tool, you can edit HTML, CSS, or JavaScript code for any webpage and see your changes live (only on your computer).

For a DIY website owner, these tools can help you preview how a site design would look without actually making the changes for everyone.

Simply point and right click on any element on a page, then select ‘Inspect’ from your browser’s menu.

Opening Inspect Element or developer tools in your browser

This will split your browser window, and you will be able to see the HTML and CSS source code of the page.

HTML and CSS panels in Inspect tool

Any changes you make here will be immediately visible on the page above. However, keep in mind that these changes are only happening in your browser and you are not actually editing the page.

This allows you to figure out what you need to edit and how. After that you can go ahead and change your actual theme files or custom CSS code.

For more on this topic, see our article on basics of Inspect element and customizing WordPress as DIY user.

11. Add a Facebook Thumbnail Image

Facebook can automatically pick up an image from your articles when they are shared by you or anyone else. Usually it picks the featured image of an article. However, sometimes it may pick a random image from the article that may not be suitable.

If you are using Yoast SEO plugin, then you can select a Facebook thumbnail image in Yoast SEO metabox on the post edit screen.

Selecting a Facebook thumbnail image for an article in Yoast SEO

You can also select a Facebook thumbnail image for your homepage by visiting SEO » Social page.

Setting a Facebook thumbnail for home page

If you are not using Yoast SEO plugin, then see our guide on how to fix Facebook incorrect thumbnail issue in WordPress.

12. Add Featured Image or Post Thumbnail to RSS Feed

WordPress RSS feeds shows a list of your most recent articles. If you are showing full articles in the feed, then all images inside will be displayed. However, it does not include the featured image or post thumbnail in the article.

To fix this, you can add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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function rss_post_thumbnail($content) {
global $post;
if(has_post_thumbnail($post->ID)) {
$content = '<p>' . get_the_post_thumbnail($post->ID) .
'</p>' . get_the_content();
}
return $content;
}
add_filter('the_excerpt_rss', 'rss_post_thumbnail');
add_filter('the_content_feed', 'rss_post_thumbnail');

For more information, see our tutorial on how to add post thumbnail to RSS feeds in WordPress.

13. Show Excerpts in RSS Feed

By default, WordPress shows your full article in the RSS feed. This allows content scrapers to automatically fetch and steal your full articles. It also prevents your RSS feed subscribers from visiting your website.

To fix this, head over to Settings » Reading page and scroll down to ‘For each article in a feed, show’ option. Select summary and then click on the save changes button.

14. Use Shortcodes inside Text Widgets

Shortcodes allow you to easily add small functions into WordPress posts and pages. However, they do not work in the text widget.

To run shortcodes in your sidebar text widgets, you need to add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

You can also use the Shortcode Widget plugin, which adds a shortcode enabled text widget to your WordPress site.

For more information, take a look at our guide on how to add shortcodes in WordPress sidebar widgets.

15. Add Images in WordPress Sidebar

WordPress does not come with an easy way to just upload and display images in your sidebar (though it is expected to change soon in an upcoming version). At the moment if you want to add an image, then you need to add the HTML code for it.

First, you need to upload the image to your WordPress site using the media uploader and copy its URL.

Next, go to Appearance » Widgets page and add a text widget to your sidebar. Inside the text widget you will need to add the HTML in the following format.

<img src="Paste image URL here" alt="Alternate text" />

You can now save your widget settings and preview your website.

For more details see our guide on how to add an image in WordPress sidebar widget.

16. Add Content to Articles in RSS Feeds

Want to manipulate your WordPress RSS feeds by adding content to your articles visible only for your RSS feed subscribers?

Add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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function wpbeginner_postrss($content) {
if(is_feed()){
$content = 'This post was written by Syed Balkhi '.$content.'Check out WPBeginner';
}
return $content;
}
add_filter('the_excerpt_rss', 'wpbeginner_postrss');
add_filter('the_content', 'wpbeginner_postrss');

This code shows the text ‘This post was written by Syed Balkhi’ before an article and ‘Check out WPBeginner’ after the article.

For more ways to manipulate RSS feed content, see our guide on how to add content in your WordPress RSS feeds.

17. Delay Posts in RSS Feeds

Have you ever published an article accidentally before it was ready to go live? We have all been there. You can easily just unpublish the article and continue editing it.

However, RSS feed readers and email subscribers may already get it in their inbox. There is an easy fix to avoid this -delaying posts from appearing in your RSS feed.

Add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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function publish_later_on_feed($where) {
    global $wpdb;
    if ( is_feed() ) {
        // timestamp in WP-format
        $now = gmdate('Y-m-d H:i:s');
        // value for wait; + device
        $wait = '10'; // integer
        // http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/date-and-time-functions.html#function_timestampdiff
        $device = 'MINUTE'; //MINUTE, HOUR, DAY, WEEK, MONTH, YEAR
        // add SQL-sytax to default $where
        $where .= " AND TIMESTAMPDIFF($device, $wpdb->posts.post_date_gmt, '$now') > $wait ";
    }
    return $where;
}
add_filter('posts_where', 'publish_later_on_feed');

This code delays your published posts from appearing in RSS feed for 10 minutes.

For more details see our article on how to delay posts from appearing in WordPress RSS feed.

18. Display Random Header Images in WordPress

Want to display random header images on your WordPress site? Most WordPress themes come with built-in support to display header image across your website. However, you can also upload multiple header images and allow your theme to randomly display a header image.

Head over to Appearance » Customize page and then click on the ‘Header’ Section to expand it. Now upload all the header images that you want to use and then click on the ‘Randomize header images’ button.

Randomize header images in WordPress

If you want to display select few images on different articles and pages, then check out our guide on how to add random header images to your WordPress site.

19. Add Image Icons to Links Navigation Menu

Adding menu icons

Do you want to display image icons next to links in your navigation menu? The easiest solution is to use the Menu Image plugin.

After installing the plugin, simply head over to Appearance » Menu, and you will see the option to add images with each item in your existing menu.

If for some reason, you don’t want to use a plugin and would rather do it manually, then follow the steps below:

First you need to visit Appearance » Menus page and then click on the Screen Options button at the top right corner of the screen.

Enable CSS classes option for Navigation Menus

This will bring down a menu where you need to check the box next to CSS classes option.

After that scroll down to your navigation menu and click on an item to expand it. You will see an option to add CSS classes. Enter a different CSS class for each menu item.

Adding a CSS class to a menu item in WordPress

Don’t forget to click on the save menu button to store your changes.

Next, you need to upload the image icons to your WordPress site by visiting Media » Add Media page. After uploading the image files copy their URLs as you will need them in the next step.

Now you can add an image icon to your navigation menu by adding custom CSS. Here is a sample CSS that you can use as an starting point.

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.homepage {
background-image: url('http://www.example.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/home.png');
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-position: left;
padding-left: 5px;
}

Don’t forget to replace image URL with your own image file URL.

20. Open Navigation Menu Link in New Window

Sometimes you may need to make a navigation menu link open in a new window. The problem is you do not see an option to do that when adding menu items.

Actually, the option is hidden to remove clutter from the screen. You will need to click on the screen options button at the top right corner of the screen and check the ‘link target’ option.

Link target option in navigation menu screen

Next, you need to scroll down to the menu item that you want to open in a new window. Click on the menu item to expand it, and you will see the option to open link in a new tab.

Open link in a new tab or window

Don’t forget to click on the save menu button to store your changes.

21. Add Full Screen Search Overlay in WordPress

Full screen search overlay on a WordPress site

If you click on the search icon at the top right corner of any page on WPBeginner, then you will notice a full screen search overlay appear. It improves search experience and makes it more engaging.

You can add this to your WordPress site as well. The easiest way to do this is by installing and activating the WordPress Full Screen Search Overlay plugin.

The plugin works out of the box and there are no settings for you to configure. Upon activation, it turns any default WordPress search form field into a full screen search overlay.

For more details, see our guide on how to add a full screen search overlay in WordPress.

22. Add a Sticky Floating Navigation Menu

A sticky floating navigation menu stays on top of the screen as a user scrolls down. Some WordPress themes have this feature as an option in their settings. If your theme doesn’t have this option, then you can try this method.

First, you need to install and activate the Sticky Menu (or Anything!) on Scroll plugin.

Upon activation, go to plugin’s settings page located under Settings » Sticky Menu (or Anything!). Add the CSS class of your navigation menu and save changes.

For detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to create a sticky floating navigation menu in WordPress.

23. Add multiple authors to a WordPress post

Do you want to credit multiple authors for an article on your website? By default, WordPress posts are assigned to a single author. However, if you often need to credit multiple authors, then there is an easier way to to do this.

You will need to install and activate the Co-Authors Plus plugin.

Now go ahead and edit the post or page where you want to credit multiple authors. On the post edit screen, you will notice the new ‘Authors’ box just below the post editor where you can credit multiple authors.

Select multiple authors

24. Add Categories to WordPress Pages

Want to add categories and tags to pages in WordPress? By default, they are only available for posts. Mainly, because pages are supposed to be static standalone content (see difference between posts and pages in WordPress).

If you want to add categories and tags, then simply add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.



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// add tag and category support to pages
function tags_categories_support_all() {
  register_taxonomy_for_object_type('post_tag', 'page');
  register_taxonomy_for_object_type('category', 'page'); 
}
// ensure all tags and categories are included in queries
function tags_categories_support_query($wp_query) {
  if ($wp_query->get('tag')) $wp_query->set('post_type', 'any');
  if ($wp_query->get('category_name')) $wp_query->set('post_type', 'any');
}
// tag and category hooks
add_action('init', 'tags_categories_support_all');
add_action('pre_get_posts', 'tags_categories_support_query');

25. Create a Local WordPress Site on Your Computer

Many WordPress site owners and developers install WordPress on their computer. It allows you to develop a WordPress site locally, try plugins and themes, and learn WordPress basics.

We created detailed step by step instructions on how to install WordPress on your Windows computer or on Mac using MAMP.

26. Display Total Number of Comments in WordPress

Comments provide an easier way for users to engage with content on your website. Showing total number of comments can be used as social proof and encourage more users to participate in discussions.

The easiest way to do this is by installing the Simple Blog Stats plugin. Upon activation, you can add [sbs_apoproved] shortcode to any post or page to display total number of comments.

For a code method and more instructions see our article on how to display total number of comments in WordPress.

27. Show Total Number of Registered Users in WordPress

User count preview in WordPress

If you allow users to register on your WordPress site, then showing total number of registered users can encourage more users to signup.

The easiest way to do this is by installing the Simple Blog Stats plugin. Upon activation, you can add [sbs_users] shortcode to any post or page to display total number of registered users.

For more detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to show total number of registered users in WordPress.

28. Create New Image Sizes in WordPress

When you upload an image to your blog, WordPress automatically creates several copies of the image. Your WordPress theme and plugins can also add new image sizes.

To create new image sizes in WordPress, you need to add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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add_image_size( 'sidebar-thumb', 120, 120, true ); // Hard Crop Mode
add_image_size( 'homepage-thumb', 220, 180 ); // Soft Crop Mode
add_image_size( 'singlepost-thumb', 590, 9999 ); // Unlimited Height Mode

This code adds three new image sizes. Don’t forget to change image size names and dimensions to your own requirements.

For more information, see our tutorial on how to create new image sizes in WordPress.

29. Add Category Icons in WordPress

Want to add category icons or images next to category names in WordPress? It makes your category archive pages look more engaging and improves user experience.

First you need to install and activate the Taxonomy Images plugin in WordPress. Upon activation, head over to Posts » Categories and click on the add button next to blank thumbnail icon for each category.

Add category images in WordPress

For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to add taxonomy images (category icons) in WordPress.

30. Convert Categories to Tags or Vice versa

Often folks are not clear about how to properly use categories and tags in WordPress. Sometimes you may end up creating categories which should have been tags or vice versa.

It is easily fixable.

Head over to Tools » Import page and then install Categories and Tags Converter.

Install categories and tags converter in WordPress

After installation, click on the run importer link to continue.

On the converter page, you can switch between categories to tags or tags to categories converter. Next, select the items you want to convert and then click on the convert button.

Convert button

31. Bulk Move Posts Between Categories and Tags

Sometimes you may want to bulk move posts between categories and tags. Doing that one by one for each post can be time consuming.

Actually, there is a plugin for that. Simply install and activate the Bulk Move plugin. Upon activation, you need to go to Tools » Bulk Move to move your posts.

Moving posts between categories and categories

For more detailed instructions, visit our tutorial on how to bulk move posts to categories and tags in WordPress.

32. Display Last Updated Date of Your Posts

Last updated date for posts in WordPress

By default, most WordPress themes will show the date when an article was published. This is fine, and would work for most websites and blogs.

However, if you regularly update your old content, then you may want to show your users when an article was last updated. Otherwise you users wouldn’t notice that the article contains current information.

This can be achieved by adding the following code to

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function wpb_last_updated_date( $content ) {
$u_time = get_the_time('U');
$u_modified_time = get_the_modified_time('U');
if ($u_modified_time >= $u_time + 86400) {
$updated_date = get_the_modified_time('F jS, Y');
$updated_time = get_the_modified_time('h:i a');
$custom_content .= '<p class="last-updated">Last updated on '. $updated_date . ' at '. $updated_time .'</p>'
}
    $custom_content .= $content;
    return $custom_content;
}
add_filter( 'the_content', 'wpb_last_updated_date' );

For more detailed instructions see our guide on how to display last updated date in WordPress.

33. How to Display Relative Dates in WordPress

Want to display relative dates like yesterday, 10 hours ago, or a week ago for your posts in WordPress? Relative dates give users a sense of how much time has passed since something was posted.

To add relative dates, you need to install and activate the Meks Time Ago plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » General page and scroll down to ‘Meks Time Ago Options’ section.

Meks Time Ago plugin settings

You can select when to use time ago and how to display it. Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

For more details, see our guide on how to display relative dates in WordPress.

34. Remove WordPress Version Number

By default WordPress adds the WordPress version in your website’s header. Some people think it’s a security liability to which our answer is to keep WordPress updated.

However if you want to remove the WordPress version number, simply add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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function wpbeginner_remove_version() {
return '';
}
add_filter('the_generator', 'wpbeginner_remove_version');

For more information on this topic see our article on the right way to remove WordPress version number.

35. Update WordPress URLs when Not Able to Access WP-Admin

WordPress Site Address

Sometimes when moving a WordPress site to new domain or due to a misconfiguration you may need to update WordPress URLs.

These URLs tell WordPress where to display your site and where WordPress core files are located. Incorrect settings can lock you out of WordPress admin area or redirect you to the old website.

The easiest way to update WordPress URLs is by adding this code to your current theme’s functions.php file.

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update_option( 'siteurl', 'http://example.com' );
update_option( 'home', 'http://example.com' );

Don’t forget to replace example.com with your own domain name. Once you access your WordPress site go to Settings » General page and update the URLs there. After that you need to remove the code you added to the functions file.

If you also need to update URLs in your posts and pages, then see our guide on how to properly update URLs when moving your WordPress site.

36. Deactivate All Plugins when not able to access WP-admin

When troubleshooting WordPress errors, you will be often asked to deactivate all WordPress plugins. You can just go to Plugins page and deactivate all plugins. But what if you are locked out of your WordPress site?

Here is how you can easily deactivate plugins when locked out of admin area.

First connect to your WordPress site using an FTP client and go to /wp-content/ folder. Inside it, you will find the plugins folder.

Renaming plugins folder to deactivate all WordPress plugins

Now you just need to rename the plugins folder to plugins.old and WordPress will automatically deactivate all plugins.

For alternate method and more information see our guide on how to deactivate all plugins when not able to access wp-admin.

37. Remove Default Image Links in WordPress

By default, when you upload images using the media uploader, WordPress asks you select how you would like to link to an image. If you don’t want to link to an image, then you can select None.

A better way to deal with this is by adding the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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function wpb_imagelink_setup() {
    $image_set = get_option( 'image_default_link_type' );
    
    if ($image_set !== 'none') {
        update_option('image_default_link_type', 'none');
    }
}
add_action('admin_init', 'wpb_imagelink_setup', 10);

This code automatically sets default image linking option to none.

For more on this topic check out our guide on how to automatically remove default image link in WordPress.

38. Include Category in Post URLs

You may have noticed that many WordPress sites use category in their post URLs. This allows them to add more useful information into a URL which is good for user experience as well as SEO.

If you want to add category name into your WordPress post URLs, then head over to Settings » Permalinks page. Click on the custom structure and add /%category%/%postname%/ in the field next to it.

Adding category to WordPress post URLs

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

To learn more on how WordPress will handle subcategories and multiple categories, see our guide on how to include category and subcategories in WordPress URLs.

39. Display Random Posts in WordPress

Want to display random posts in your WordPress sidebar? Random posts give your users a chance to discover articles that they would otherwise never get to see.

First, you need to install and activate the Advanced Random Posts Widget plugin. Upon activation, head over to Appearance » Widgets page and then add Random Posts widget to a sidebar.

For an alternate code method, see our guide on how to display random posts in WordPress.

40. Allow user registration on your WordPress Site

WordPress comes with a powerful user management system with different roles and capabilities. If you want to allow users to register on your site, here is how you would turn on that feature.

Head over to Settings » General page and click on the check box next to ‘membership’ option. Below that you need to choose the default role that will be assigned to new users, if you are unsure, then use subscriber.

For more details see our guide on how to allow user registration on your WordPress site.

41. Create a Custom User Registration Form in WordPress

When you open user registration on your site, users will be using the default WordPress registration form. You can replace it with a custom user registration form for an improved user experience.

First you will need to install and activate the WPForms plugin. You will need at least the Pro plan to get access to their user registration addon.

Upon activation, go to WPForms » Addons page to install and activate the user registration addon.

After that you need to create a new form by visiting WPForms » Add New page. This will launch the WPForms builder where you need to select the User Registration Form as your template.

After creating your form you need to click on the embed button to copy the embed code. Now you can add this code to any WordPress post or page to display your custom user registration form.

For more detailed instructions see our guide on how to create a custom user registration form in WordPress.

42. Exclude Specific Categories from RSS Feed

Sometimes you may need to exclude specific categories from your WordPress RSS feed. The easiest way to do that is by installing and activating the Ultimate Category Excluder plugin.

Upon activation, head over to Settings » Category Exclusion page to configure plugin settings.

Category excluder

Select the categories you want to exclude and then click on the save changes button to store your settings.

43. Change Excerpt Length in WordPress

The default WordPress excerpt length is often too short to describe a post’s summary. To change excerpt length you can add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

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// Changing excerpt length
function new_excerpt_length($length) {
return 100;
}
add_filter('excerpt_length', 'new_excerpt_length');
// Changing excerpt more
function new_excerpt_more($more) {
return '...';
}
add_filter('excerpt_more', 'new_excerpt_more');

If you do not want to mess with code, then see our guide on how to customize WordPress excerpts (no coding required).

44. Display Dynamic Copyright Date in WordPress

To add a copyright date to your WordPress site’s footer, you can just edit the footer template in your theme and add a copyright notice. However, the year you use in the code will need to be manually updated next year.

Instead, you can use the following code to dynamically display the current year in your copyright notice.

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&copy; 2009 – <?php echo date('Y'); ?> YourSite.com

For more advance solution, check out our article on how to add dynamic copyright date in WordPress.

45. How to Change a User Name in WordPress

WordPress allows you to easily change the name of a user, but you cannot change the username. There are two ways of doing this.

The easiest way is by using a plugin called Username Changer. After activating the plugin, go to Users » Username Changer page in your WordPress admin.

Changing a username in WordPress with Username Changer plugin

Select the username you want to change, and then enter the new username.

For alternate methods, see our article on how to change your WordPress username.

46. Allow Users to Like or Dislike Comments

WordPress comment with like dislike buttons

Have you seen how many popular sites like YouTube allow users to like and dislike comments. This brings more user engagement to the discussion on your website.

First you need to install and activate the Comments Like Dislike plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Comments » Comments Like Dislike page to configure plugin settings.

Like Dislike Comments

For more details, see our guide on how to allow users to like or dislike comments in WordPress.

47. Duplicate a WordPress Post or Page

The manual way to do duplicate a post is by creating a new post or page and then copying the content from the old one. However, this wouldn’t copy the post settings like categories, featured image, tags, etc.

The more efficient way to do this is by using the Duplicate Post plugin. Simply install and activate the plugin and then go to Posts » All Posts page.

Cone or draft a WordPress post

You will see the option to clone a post or create a new draft.

For more detailed instructions, see our article on how to easily duplicate posts and pages in WordPress with a single click.

48. Allow Users to Submit Posts to Your WordPress Site

Authors on your WordPress site can just login to their account and write posts. But what if you wanted your users to be able to submit posts directly without creating an account?

The best way to do this by creating a blog post submission form.

You will need to install and activate the WPForms plugin. You will need the pro version of the plugin to access the post submission addon.

Upon activation, go to WPForms » Addons page to download and activate the post submissions addon.

After that you can go to WPForms » Add New page and then select ‘Blog post submission form’ as your template.

Blog post submission form

Once you are done editing the form click on the embed button to copy the form embed code. Now you can paste this code in any WordPress post or page to display a blog post submission form.

Posts submitted by users will be stored in your WordPress posts as pending review. You can then review, edit and publish them.

For more detailed instructions, take a look at our guide on how to allow users to submit posts to your WordPress site.

49. Turn Off Comment Notification Emails in WordPress

WordPress automatically sends email notifications when someone leaves a comment or when a comment is awaiting moderation. This is exciting when you first start your blog, but it becomes very annoying after a short while.

The good news is that you can easily turn these notifications off. Visit the Settings » Discussion page on your WordPress admin and then scroll down to ‘Email Me Whenever’ section. Uncheck both options and then click on the save changes button.

Turn off comment notification emails

50. Change Sender Name in Outgoing WordPress Emails

By default, when WordPress sends an email notification it uses ‘WordPress’ as the sender name. This looks a bit unprofessional and you may want to change it to a real person or your website title.

You can easily change that by adding this code to your theme’s functions file or a site-specific plugin.

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// Function to change email address
function wpb_sender_email( $original_email_address ) {
    return 'tim.smith@example.com';
}
// Function to change sender name
function wpb_sender_name( $original_email_from ) {
    return 'Tim Smith';
}
// Hooking up our functions to WordPress filters
add_filter( 'wp_mail_from', 'wpb_sender_email' );
add_filter( 'wp_mail_from_name', 'wpb_sender_name' );

If you would rather do it using a plugin, then see our guide on how to change sender name in outgoing WordPress emails.

51. Changing the Author of a WordPress Post

Want to change the author of a WordPress post? By default, the option to change post author is hidden on the post edit screen.

You will need to edit the post where you want to change the author name and then click on Screen Options button at the top right corner of the screen. Check the box next to author option.

Enable author box

This will display the author meta box on the post edit screen where you can select a different author for the post.

For more details, check out our article on how to change the author of a post in WordPress.

52. Rearrange Post Edit Screen in WordPress

Sometimes you may feel that categories are located too far down on the post edit screen, or featured image box should be higher.

Many users don’t notice it for a while but all the boxes on the post edit screen are quite flexible. You can click to collapse them and even drag and drop them to arrange the post edit screen.

Rearrange post edit screen in WordPress

To learn more, see our tutorial on how to rearrange post edit screen in WordPress.

53. Change Number of Posts Shown on Blog Pages

By default, WordPress shows 10 posts on your blog pages and archives. You can change that to any number you want.

You will need to visit Settings » Reading page and then scroll down to ‘Blog pages show at most’ option. Enter the number of posts you want to display and then click on the save changes button.

Change number of posts

54. Automatically Close Comments on Old Articles

Sometimes you would notice that some very old posts on your site start getting regular spam comments for no apparent reason. One way to deal with this is by closing comments on older articles.

WordPress allows you to automatically turn off comments on old articles. You need to visit Settings » Discussion page and then scroll down to ‘Other comment settings’ section.

Disable comments on old posts

To learn how to deal with spam comments, see these tips to combat comment spam in WordPress.

55. Split Long Posts into Pages

Want to split lengthy posts into pages so that users can easily navigate them without scrolling too much? WordPress makes it super easy, just add the follow code where you want to split a post into next page.

<!––nextpage––>

WordPress will add page break at this point and rest of the post will appear on the next page. You can add the same code again when you want to start another page, and so on.

For more detailed instructions see our guide on how to split WordPress posts into multiple pages.

That’s all for now.

We hope this article helped you find some new WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks. You may also want to see our ultimate guide to boost WordPress speed and performance.