Archive for the ‘WordPress Plugins’ Category
Design skills are something that bloggers need to acquire sooner or later. Once bloggers understand that publishing high-quality posts is just part of the big picture of online marketing, then they’d naturally want to acquaint themselves with the other aspects of their blog to maximize its performance, thus helping bloggers meet their goals faster.
When talking about design, however, we’re not referring to lots of graphics and Flash on the blog, both of which bog down load time. Due to the development on how users consume data online, design is now all about usability: each design element should serve a purpose in the context of your goals and objectives (increase traffic, sales, etc.).
More importantly, developing an attractive and fast-loading design that presents content in a clear and understandable manner won’t require bloggers to learn coding, especially if they’re using WordPress to power your blog. As a blogger, this will make the learning curve easier for you to teach you how to properly design your blog!
Below are parts of a web design that you should focus on using their respective WordPress design plugins for download.
With tens of thousands of plugins in the WordPress.org repository, and growing, selecting the right plugins to get the job done can be confusing, especially for new bloggers. At the same time I’ve realized that once you’re seasoned and have tried and tested dozens of plugins, you’ll tend to settle with a few that will almost always get the job done right without any issues.
While there are thousands of great plugins available, there are only a few in my opinion that have and will continue to stand the test of time as web user experience design gets more complex and users demand richer experiences. These plugins will give you great control over how you create and promote your content as well as how effective you are at interacting and getting valuable signups and input from your audience – which is what will drive your blog’s success.
Here are some powerful plugins that are guaranteed to give you that edge you’re looking for and the longevity you need. Read More
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WordPress is one of the most widely-used content management systems (CMS) for a good reason: it can be easily tweaked and customized to your liking. However, the flexibility of WordPress to accommodate different website types, from blogs to e-commerce, hinges on the WordPress plugins used to help achieve the site owner’s goals.
For webmasters who wish to increase site visitors, one way of doing this is to use WordPress plugins that allow easy sharing of site pages on social media.
Below are five of the best WordPress plugins that you should use to get more shares, as well as possibly boost your fans and followers. Read More
We may be bloggers, content providers, writers, or whatever you want to call yourself, but at the end of the day, we are also consumers. If you think about it, when we’re not writing, we’re reading. Or playing games, in some cases.
Some that reading time may be because we want to be at the top of our game when it comes to the niche we write about. Some of the time may be reading for the simple pleasure of reading.
Whatever the reason, it cannot be denied that reading is an inherent part of the Internet experience. And that’s where the highlighting of content comes into the picture. Read More
There comes a time in every online marketer or website owner’s life when it’s time to move your website and find a new home. Whether it’s because of a poor performing web host provider or rebranding to a new domain name. Migration can be a pain and without the right tools and knowledge it’s very easy to lose data and create a situation where your site is down and unavailable for days. Losing you potential revenue and visitors.
Migration is oftentimes technical requiring you to backup and restore databases, move images and other files into their correct directory structures, move and reactivate plugins and widgets. It’s heavy stuff, especially if you have a site rich with thousands of articles and images. Read More
Anything that pops up on the web is sure to attract attention regardless of its content. But one can be more enticed to read through the content if the pop up box appears on a site you really intend to visit.
Bloggers and publishers can do this via their WordPress site particularly through the widgetized welcome popup plugin. This tool allows a popup window to show automatically when a person visits your site.
About the Welcome Popup
The welcome popup window has many uses. It can be utilized to introduce your business or your expertise. You can use it to notify visitors about an interesting development in your business, an upcoming event or a new product. Additionally, you can use it to include a call to action or an opt-in form for your visitors.
It is also possible to edit the content using the WYSIWYG editor and shortcodes are allowed. In addition, you can set the frequency of showing it on your blog or website such as once per visit, once fore very few days or every time.
Customization of the popup window is another great advantage. This means you can adjust the window size, overlay colors, font scheme color, background image, number of widget areas, autoclose time and content. The CSS can also be edited.
How to Install the Plugin
To use this plugin in your WordPress site, you need to follow some simple and straightforward steps. Just install and activate it. Once it is activated, a menu item entitled Welcome Popup will show under the Settings section.
Click the menu Settings and Welcome Popup and choose your preferred display mode, color, size, autoclose time, number of widget areas among others.
You can then proceed with selecting the pages where you want the welcome popup to display. Choose between the “homepage and particular posts/pages” or “particular posts/pages” display mode. To assign a particular post or page, just go to the post/page editor and set the welcome popup checkbox.
If you want to add widgets in the welcome popup, you can do so by going to the Appearance section on the left column then go to Widgets. On the widgets page, drag and drop your chosen widgets into the welcome popup area.
There’s a wealth of plugins available today including the WordPress video plugin that are sure to make your blog or website more interactive. Using them is a great way to drive traffic moving forward.
If you’re not measuring your website or business’ performance, or keeping track of client interactions and relationships then you’ve got a lot of catching up to do. As we grow towards learning more about social and business triggers, we realize that having valuable data truly is invaluable. Regardless of whatever type of venture you’re running online. This is the reason for Client Relationship Management (CRMs) becoming so popular in recent times and although the term is new to a majority of us, the term and activities have been around since the 90’s.
Essentially, CRM refers to the art of using technology to synchronize activities and data from all departments in a business to better understand and relate to clients. It’s about knowing your customers, your readers and your audience. The more you know about your prospects and clients the better your position will be for developing successful strategies to monetize. CRMs ensure that you’re well equipped to keep track of this oftentimes overwhelming data. Read More
With readers growing blind to banner ads and attention spans decreasing, we need new ways to increase readership and garner more clickthroughs. Sticky elements that hover, float, slide and pop out at us do tend to have higher clickthrough rates than traditional static content. When used sparingly of course. Therefore, visual appeal and positioning play keys roles in determining how users interact with your content and other site elements. Having great content is the first step and an attractive design and layout seals the deal.
Thankfully, it’s quite easy to integrate styles that help boost the visibility of various blog elements without the need to jump into code. Through simple yet powerful WordPress tools and editing plugins, we can accomplish great things without dabbling in too much code. One very effective element design is the floating sidebar. Read More
As you grow and develop as a blogger or writer you will need to continuously focus on how you’re going to drive traffic by providing content readers find interesting. Your ability to spark conversations and get people thinking and talking about you, your brand or commentary is what will help create relationships and build authority. Authority in search engines or in the minds of your readers is not about how much content you can create but how much value you can squeeze into every encounter.
As bloggers, how do we provide value for our users and readers? Your answer will depend on what your goals are and what niches you’re serving, but in our field, engaging conversations have proven to be particularly valuable. This is the reason many marketers who have ventured into the world of forum building have enjoy success beyond what they could ever imagine. Since this form of communication offers a richer, more personal and direct experience for individuals seeking answers to questions and a desire to interact. Read More
Thinking of launching a WordPress blog/site? Or maybe you’ve grown tired of your existing blog after learning that you’ve been doing it all wrong? It’s not too late to start or restart. Blogging and internet marketing in general to achieve real results is getting more challenging by the day but at the same time there are definite methods and routes to take to achieve success.
In this fast paced blogging race there’s no time to reinvent the wheel and learn everything on your own from scratch but there exists a vast pool of resources made available from those who have traveled the long hard journey and persevered. Trying to find the perfect marketing model, best WordPress themes and tried and proven SEO techniques can be daunting. So I’ve decided to share some of my experiences developing websites and building blogs to make your journey more seamless and rewarding. Read More