If you are reading this then it is very likely that you are already aware of the Gutenberg Editor and how it has revolutionized the ‘behind the scenes’ editing process of every WordPress websites.
The reason I am here today is to tell you about a rather neat feature of Gutenberg. The blocks of content created in a website using Gutenberg can be imported from and exported to another website which is must also be built on the WordPress platform. Analyzing the possibilities of this functionality, I can tell that it is a brilliant feature that can improve productivity between sites.
Any developer or individual, if involved with more than just managing their WordPress websites, this feature is going to make your life a lot easier. Because with this feature you can move your content blocks across multiple WordPress websites in just a few very simple steps. This will save a huge chunk of your time because now you don’t need to create new blocks for every website.
So, let’s dive in and show you how easy it is to import and export Gutenberg blocks across WordPress websites.
Gutenberg Editor 101
As you already know, Gutenberg is a pure block based WordPress Editor. Gutenberg launched with the fifth update of WordPress and it changed the way content is created in WordPress websites.
With Gutenberg, each and every content can be inserted in a separate block. Images, videos, banners, paragraphs, gallery, button, list, HTML, etc. are brought to life via a completely new block. These blocks can be adjusted across the webpage according to the liking of the creator or client. And by adjusting, I do not mean just its placement and alignment. With its amazing customization options, you can have full control over its looks as well.
These renewable blocks are an excellent time saver when it comes to making multiple blocks for a specific type of content. Imagine that all the pages of your website require a header which is made through Gutenberg means you have to create a header block multiple times. Gutenberg saves the frequently used block for you so that accessibility becomes easy for the developer.
With such diverse extent of editing and flexibility, each website made using Gutenberg can be potentially unique, robust, rich in content, strategically designed to connect with the users and thus a long term money maker.
Gutenberg’s feature list is superiorly exclusive and constantly evolving. For the current set of developers, spending few hours understanding the movement within Gutenberg will do them wonders in the future. However, for the old set of developers who are more accustomed to the Classic Editor, Gutenberg will not be a very pleasing experience at first.
Editing blocks are not restricted to the theme which it is using for the overall feel of the site. They can be moved among other WordPress themes and remodeled to the suit the new website. So let’s go through the steps to import/export your WordPress Gutenberg Blocks.
Step 1: Making a Reusable Block
Gutenberg amongst all its features offers you with this brilliant time-saving feature with which you can create a block and save it to be used later. You can either use this block as it is or with a few edits to make slight or major changes to meet your requirements. All of it is possible directly from your editor. Here is how you can create this block.
First of all, just create a new block using the ‘+’ sign on your left. Now select the block, add a name to it and save it.
After that, you can customize the block. Once the customization is completed, just click on the 3 dots on the toolbar and click on ‘Add to Reusable Blocks’ from the dropdown. This will automatically add your block to the reusable blocks group. You can pick it up at any time and use it on any new or old post that you create. Here’s showing you how to do it.
Click on the 3 dots on the top right corner of the Toolbar. Select ‘Manage All Reusable Blocks’ from the dropdown menu.
When you create a block that can be reused, it automatically gets saved to your list of the reusable blocks. To find them just click on the ‘+’ sign that you use to add a new block. Now You can either select the reusable block by scrolling down the small popup or use the search field to locate it.
To edit a reusable block, you can click on the edit button on the top of the block and customize it as per your needs. However, these changes will not be shown in the block you created earlier. You can save the new block again with another name if you want it to be added to the reusable block list.
Step 2: Export your Gutenberg Blocks
The option to export your Gutenberg blocks will be visible to you under the Reusable blocks. Just go to the block management page. Here’s a screenshot to show you where to find it.
By clicking on the Manage All Reusable Blocks link, you will be redirected to the page shown in the screenshot below with the following options – Edit, Trash, and Export as JSON.
Now click on the Export as JSON option. This will download a JSON file of your block into your computer or laptop. Save the file properly. You can use this on any other WordPress website that you manage.
Step 3: Import your Gutenberg Block
Go to the target WordPress website where you want to import the Gutenberg blocks which are downloaded in your laptop/desktop. For that go to the ‘block administration display’. You will see a button ‘Import from JSON’ at the top of the block administration display page.
Click on the import button which will give you a pop-up box with the ‘Choose File’ button requesting you to upload the relevant file. Upload the JSON file that you downloaded from the previous website earlier. Once the upload procedure is complete, you will see an ‘Import’ button at the bottom right corner of the pop-up dialog box. Click on the Import option to proceed further.
Now, WordPress will automatically upload the file for the new website. To verify the same, refresh the page after the upload procedure is complete. Then you will be able to see the name of the block which you uploaded (The very name that you used the save the block in the first website).
Step 4: Access the Block in a New Website
In the new website when you have to add blocks for editing, first you have to select ‘Add Block’, go to ‘Reusables’ and there you can find the block that you just imported from the previous website.
To know what these blocks look like, all you have to do is hover the cursor over the block name to and look at the preview.
The block Import/Export feature will give fruitful results only if the blocks belong to the original Gutenberg Editor.
If blocks are made using a plugin on the parent site then for a successful import/export procedure, the target sites will also require the same set of plugins that were used to design the block. Then again, the blocks design may vary from theme to theme depending on the primary location from where the CSS is applied.
So, there you have it. A full blown walk through the import/export feature of Gutenberg blocks. Well, I can never stop admiring the developers involved in the creation of the Gutenberg editor.
Navigating through the editor makes me encounter a new feature which I did not know was there before. And these features are a time saver for the developers as well as the end user clients.
For those who are not happy with this new way of editing, all I can say is, Gutenberg ain’t going nowhere. Though WordPress still gives an option to switch to the Classic Editor, that might not be for long. So it is a better move if everybody starts getting to know Gutenberg up, close and personal.
Features such as the Import/Export of blocks lay hidden inside the many options of Gutenberg. So before you dive into the rabbit hole, have a quick read of this page so that your journey is smoother.
Hope you enjoyed the post and found it helpful. If yes, then let us know your thoughts. We would be glad to hear from you.
In recent times, having a well-designed WordPress site is not good enough. Given the stiff competition in the market, you need to go the extra mile if you want to stay ahead of your competitors. One way you can do this is by incorporating social media share buttons on your site. A social media plugin will make this smooth and seamless.
Among the highly rated plugins is the Monarch social media plugin. Developed by Elegant Themes, this plugin is designed to make incorporating social media sharing and following into WordPress sites super easy.
It has a range of display options so you can display icons for your users to share your content, which should help drive more social traffic to your site. It also has options for display links to your social media profiles so you can increase your follower counts.
Are you considering using this plugin? Below is a detailed Monarch social media plugin review, in which we discuss the Monarch plugin, its uses, and some of the features that make it stand out as one of the best.
This is a WordPress social sharing plugin. The plugin is designed to help WordPress users to incorporate social share and follow buttons in their WordPress sites. It offers a variety of button locations and an impressive variety of button styles, colors, and sizes.
This is a standalone plugin, and you do not need to install additional software to run in. The plugin is a product of Elegant Theme, a leading developer of WordPress themes. Elegant Themes is dedicated to producing innovative WordPress plugins, and the Monarch plugin is not any different.
The installation process is just like that of any other plugins. When installing this plugin, you are advised to disable any similar plugin on your site.
Go to Plugin →Add New →Upload Plugin→ Browse File→ Monarch Zip File →Install Now→ Activate plugin
Once installed, the plugin needs to be activated to ensure optimal performance.
To configure the plugin, start from the Dashboard. You will find it in the sidebar to the left. It is tucked under the tools tab of the WordPress Admin. Click on Tools and then select the Monarch settings.
You will then be presented with a nice modern looking dashboard where you can begin configuring the plugin to your requirements.
To begin setting up the monarch plugin, you should look at the Networks part first.
Under this category, you get to select the combination of social networks to use. You can add or rearrange the networks to your liking. You can even go a step further and add your name to the networks you selected.
The Monarch plugin has an impressive number of supported networks. With over 20 supported networks currently, it is highly unlikely that you will not find your preferred network among them. Most WordPress users only utilize 3-5 networks.
Enabling networks is as simple as clicking on the Add Networks icon. After this, just click on the tick symbol you see next to your preferred network and Apply.
The other five sub-categories are the 5 locations discussed above. Each sub-category provides a platform when you can choose the icon shape, style, and color. From here, you can also configure the display settings and determine whether you want to enable the share button on pages, posts, or both posts and pages.
Now, a detailed look into the page locations
In this sub-category, you get to select where to place your social settings. The category offers 5 locations. You can opt to choose one location or use them all at once. The locations are:
Sidebar – Social button placed on the sidebar
Pop-Up – Social buttons pop at the end of the page just when a visitor leaves or is about to leave the page
Inline – Social buttons placed below, above, or at both ends of the article
Media – Social buttons triggered when one hovers over an image
Fly In – Social buttons triggered at the bottom- either to the right or to the left
To select any of these locations, all you need to do is click on the tick symbol corresponding with each option.
The location sub-category comes complete with its own settings panel. From here, you can fine-tune characteristics such as icon style. There is a variety of predesigned icons provided for every location. The setting panel is different for every location, but the layout is similar.
Other parameters that are adjustable from each location include orientation and share counts. You can also choose whether to show or hide the share buttons on certain devices such as mobile phones.
This tab represents the floating sidebar location. As highlighted above, the tab offers a chance to choose the shape and style of the icon.
More options can be found on the display settings. Some of the options found here are spacing, sidebar animation, and visibility. The display settings section also allows you to choose the color that you want. Thanks to this feature, it is easy to choose a color scheme that matches your theme.
Popup & Flyin
These two function in a similar way. The only difference is that in the case of popup, the social sharing buttons pop up in an overlay while these buttons are shown at the bottom of the screen in the flyin location.
In the two locations, you can customize the color, size, and icon style. Setting the locations is easy. You start by adding the title and message you want to display above the buttons. Once this is done, you can then go ahead to align the share icons in your desired columns.
The last step is choosing the buttons’ delay appearance. Appearance is delayed with the help of triggers. The triggers available for these two locations are:
Timed Delay Triggers – Here, you have a choice to delay time for fly-ins and pop-ups until a reader has been to the page for a given duration.
Page Leave Triggers – With these triggers, the share buttons pop-up and fly-in just when a reader is about to leave the page.
After Commenting Trigger – Here, the share buttons appear after a visitor to your site leaves a comment. In most cases, a reader will only leave a comment after staying engaged on your site. The chance of such a reader sharing that content is relatively high especially if the reader found the content helpful. Presenting a share button after the user comment increases the chances of getting the content to a wider audience.
Bottom Post Triggers – For these triggers, the share buttons pop-up or fly-in when the reader gets to the bottom of the page Most WordPress users prefer to place the social sharing buttons at the bottom of the page. The button look better in this position, and it gives a reader a chance to interact with the content first.
X Sec Delay Triggers – Here, the share buttons appear when the opened page has been inactive for a certain duration. These triggers work to re-capture a reader’s attention.
After-Purchase Triggers – These are particularly helpful if yours is an online store. This feature allows you to place the share popup and fly-in right after the customer checks out. Your customers will then have an easy time sharing your site to their friends and family.
This is among the most utilized position and for a good reason too. It is strategic. Given the fact that the social share buttons appear at the top and bottom of the article, sharing becomes easy. A visitor can also read the article uninterrupted to the end.
Aside from just incorporating the social sharing buttons at the top and the bottom of the page, this tab also allows you to drift these buttons from the right or left. It helps that the plugin is responsive and the size of the buttons will adjust depending on the width of the site.
This allows you to incorporate social media buttons on top of videos and images. Given the fact that images and videos drive a lot of traffic to a site nowadays, including sharing buttons on them is a smart move.
The Social Follow Buttons
These buttons are for the people who want to follow you from your site.
The follow section of the Monarch plugin comes with even more networks than those available from the share category. With over 35 networks, there are more than adequate network integrations for the average WordPress user.
To enable a new network, just click the big button to select your preferred network. The network integration process depends on the network you choose. For some networks, integration is easy and seamless. Other networks present quite a challenge when it comes to integration. All in all, this plugin strives to make integration easy. A user guide is provided to guide you on the integration process of different social networks.
The follow buttons section has three sub-categories. These are:
On this tab, you get to configure the networks to your liking just like in the sharing category but here you will enter the URLs to your own social network profile pages.
From the widgets sub-category, you can configure any social follow widgets. You can select the icon style that you want and even adjust the widget behavior and appearance. You can also view the available widget options on the sidebar.
This tab allows you to configure any social follow shortcode. The customization options are just like the ones in the widgets subcategory. Once you have customized the shortcode to your liking, you only need to click on Generate Shortcode, and you will have yourself a unique shortcode.
The shortcode you generate can be used on pages and posts among other areas. The good thing about the shortcodes you generate here is that they are not global. Therefore, you can use shortcodes that are slightly different throughout your website.
This category comes with two main settings. The first setting enables you to adjust your count updates frequency. For example, you can set the times you want the plugin to cache and grab social network counts for the networks that support APIs.
You can also disable this feature by setting the frequency to zero. Setting the frequency at zero will also work for the times you want to check counts immediately.
The default frequency for this plugin is 3 hours. You can make the duration shorter, but it is advisable that the frequency should at least be an hour.
The second setting in this category allows you to incorporate custom CSS. This feature will come in handy when you want to change the style of your share buttons or follow widgets.
Monarch Sharing Stats
Aside from making it easy for you to customize share and follow buttons, this plugin also allows you access to data surrounding the social shares on your site.
To go to the analytics view, click on the icon that resembles a bar chart. This will lead you to your site analytic view. The icon is located at the top right corner of the dashboard.
On the analytics view, you will be able to see your data. The data is presented in separate charts and cover the last 7 days. You can also see information for the past 30 days and even for the past year.
The analytic view is important because it allows you to see how people on different social platforms have been interacting with your content. In a single page, you get to see how people are responding to your posts and how many times the posts are shared. Here you will also be able to identify the social platforms that are working for you.
If utilized well, this information can help you increase traffic to your site and increase your following on social media. Just see which social platforms are working for you and pay more attention to them so you can bring even more traffic to your site.
The Monarch plugin also comes with an import and export function. Using this feature, you can export your settings on one site and import them on other websites. This feature can save you a lot of time if you are working on more than one site. You can simply customize one site and use most if not all the details on other sites.
During our review we found the overall performance of the Monarch plugin impressive. The plugin comes with all the necessary features to make incorporating of social media into WordPress seamless. Even better, the plugin is quite light-weight to ensure that it does not affect the site’s load time which is an important factor with these types of plugins.
Performance may differ depending on the WordPress theme. While the slight lag may be negligible on one website, the story may be different for another website. This is not to say that this plugin is poor where performance is concerned, far from it. Most people who have used the plugin have nothing but good things to say about its performance.
We recommend you test out the loading time difference on your site, as long as you are using a cache plugin we don’t think you will find much difference. The extra shares on your content and follows on your social profiles should make the trade-off worth it.
The user interface is easy to understand. The dashboard is very clean, and the details are well arranged into categories for easy accessibility.
The buttons are designed to be highly customizable. They are also extremely appealing. Overall, the Monarch plugin provides 3 button shapes, 4 inline buttons hover effects, and 5 sidebar button hover effects. To configure most of these functions, all you need to do is click on the option that you want.
The plugin is responsive and the icons will respond to suit any screen. You can incorporate the share functions without having to worry about messing up your site’s appearance.
In simple terms, the dashboard is designed with the user in mind. The plugin features allow users to easily incorporate social networks to their WordPress sites and see how well their sites are performing on these networks.
Documentation for the Monarch Plugin is extensive. On the documentation page, you will find detailed information on how the plugin works and enough tips on how you can utilize this product on your site. Everything from the installation process to the rundown on every feature is included. The explanations are easy to follow and understand. Even if you have not interacted with a social share plugin before, understanding all the steps will be easy.
Given that this is an Elegant Theme product, the Elegant Themes support forum provides a wealth of information on the functioning of the Monarch plugin. You can either search for topics relating to your problems or simply submit your ticket. Your question will be answered in the shortest duration possible. Joining the community will also ensure that you stay updated and help you understand the Monarch plugin better.
Sometimes there might be a queue on the support forum. This means that it may take a while to get your answer. That said the forum works as the best source of because people who are actually using the Monarch plugin among other Elegant Themes products provide the answers.
For a quick answer to your question, you can also go to YouTube. There are numerous tutorials and videos readily available online. These are perfect if you are more of a visual learner or simply want clear illustrations of how everything works. Just do a random search on the topic you are concerned about, and you will have more than enough resources to get your answers from.
Effect on Load Time
With all the above features, it is expected that the plugin will have a negative effect on performance. Is this the case with the Monarch Plugin?
Well, in our experience the effect of the Monarch plugin on load time is negligible. The difference for a basic site is just a millisecond. If this sounds like a deal breaker for you, then this plugin is not for you. However, we would like to point out that this is as good as it gets when it comes to social sharing plugins. Similar plugins are known to have a significant effect on load time and some end up doing more harm than good.
Monarch Pricing – Get Money off With Our Deal
The membership for this plugin is set at $89 per year. For this price, you get full access to all Elegant Themes plugins and themes. You also get technical support and Photoshop updates and files for the duration your subscription is active. While this amount may seem steep, the truth is that it is quite reasonable. Just consider the close to 90 premium themes and more than 5 plugins you get. All these additions come with technical support and updates.
The lifetime membership fee is set at $249. For this price, you get lifetime access to Elegant Themes plugins and themes among other features. Even if you do not plan to use the other plugins offered in this platform, less than $250 for a lifetime membership sounds like a good deal.
It is important to note that Monarch is only available on Elegant Theme Developer and the Lifetime Membership. In the case of personal pricing, you will not get access to Elegant Themes plugins hence you cannot access the Monarch plugin.
There is a 30-day refund policy for the developer pack. In case you do not like the way the plugin works, you will be fully refunded. Try this and other Elegant Themes plugins and get your money back if you think the product is not the right match for your site.
WordPress was launched way back in 2003 and ever since then, it has been playing a significant role in the way people built and manages websites. Owning websites and growing small and big businesses became so much easier with WordPress. Especially because of its extremely user-friendly interface. This became the reason for its rapid growth over the last decade.
Today WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites. What makes it even better, is its regular updates. And each update seamlessly enhancing the customer experience in a more positive and enriching way.
However, things are not the same now, as it was back in 2003. Today, WordPress finds itself in the midst of tough competition from platforms such as Ghost, Joomla and recently Medium and Wix.
In a bid to make WordPress a go-to site for anything – from personal blogging to a small business websites, the new Gutenberg Editor was launched. The editor was first introduced by Matt Mullenweg at the World Camp Europe in 2017. It was named after Johannes Gutenberg, the person who designed the mechanical printing press.
This launch of Gutenberg Editor on the 6th of December 2018 created a lot of excitement and fuss among its users. So what exactly is the Gutenberg Editor? Let’s have a quick look.
What Is The Gutenberg Editor?
Gutenberg is a block-based editor that allows users to create complex posts/pages effortlessly and without coding a single line. It is aimed to make blogging easier for the newbies who have no professional knowledge of web designing.
In the old Classic Editor, we had to use a lot of shortcodes and HTML in order to make things work. This will not be the case anymore as Gutenberg Editor uses blocks to add more advanced layout options. These blocks can be a paragraph, images, buttons, tables, list, columns etc.
You can easily rearrange blocks from one part of the post to another. And as each block is not linked to the rest of the content, you can customize a particular block while all the other blocks remain the same.
Also, all the WordPress themes are now compatible with Gutenberg Editor as it is the default editor. Having said that, if you select a theme specially meant for Gutenberg Editor, it will offer some real benefits.
In short, these blocks give you more options to express your creativity and make your post stand out. The Gutenberg editor is perfect for websites meant to appeal people with its looks and media content. You can use it to create the most advanced look for your site by choosing to place and adjust your content strategically to appeal to your visitors.
How to install Gutenberg?
If you have a WordPress website, you should have got a pop up telling you about a new editor. You just had to click on that pop-up and start using the Gutenberg Editor for creating your posts You can even give them a great layout now.
Till the release of the WordPress 5.0, it was available as a plugin. However, Gutenberg Editor is now the default editor. But you always have the option to disable Gutenberg Editor and continue with the classic editor via use of a free plugin.
As of writing this, Gutenberg Editor had more than 2 lakh active installations and is active in 45 languages. If we check the ratings, we see that the opinions of the vast majority of users are divided and so far it is not great.
A lot of people are still not being able to welcome the huge change that the Gutenberg editor has brought in. Unlike the Classic Editor, Gutenberg is a lot more complex, with having to add all the blocks and elements separately for each new paragraph. So there is a learning curve that comes in with this editor. And that’s okay because with every new invention there is something new to be learned. Gutenberg is no exception.
Now that we are familiar about Gutenberg Editor, let us see how to use it on your website.
Getting Started With Gutenberg
If you are using the WordPress version 5.0, then Gutenberg is surely your default editor. Unless, of course, if you have installed the old classic editor plugin. So let’s check out how easy it is to use this editor.
So this is how your editor will look like.
In the above editor, the ‘+’ sign lets you add new blocks to your page or post.
Adding New Blocks
To add a new block to your draft, you just need to click on the ‘+’ sign on the left top corner of your document. You will then have a small screen pop up asking you to choose your content type. Select the paragraph option, if you want to type your text. If not, choose the block type according to your requirement.
Now if you want to style your text, you can use the basic styling options that will automatically appear above your block everytime you hover over it. So you have the bold, italics, underline, alignment and insert link option here.
But if you want more advanced styling options, you can access them on the right-hand side of your screen under the Block tab. Just click on the block you want to make the changes and continue making the edits. You can change the font size and color, add a different background and more.
Adding a Non-Text Block
Adding a non-text block is as easy as adding a text block. Just click on the ‘+’ sign on the top left corner and select the image option to insert an image.
You will then have the option to upload the image from your computer. This is similar to uploading an image in your classic editor. The image will be stored in your media library and you can then have it in your post.
Here’s how it will appear on your editor.
To the right side of your screen, you can see the options to insert your tags, alter your image size etc.
Uploading an audio file, a gallery of images, a cover needs you to follow the same process. Just select the type of content and upload the file from your computer.
Let’s now check how to insert a quote. Just click on the ‘+’ sign again and select the Quote option. Type in your quote for it to reflect on your page or post. To delete the quote block keep clicking on the backspace button until you have it removed.
To add columns to your draft, just click on the ‘+’ sign to add a new block. Now go to Layout elements.
You will have the following options to select from. Select the Columns option to add it to your draft.
Your columns will reflect like this on your screen.
You can also select the buttons, page breaks, separators, read more option, that are all available under the Layout Elements.
Rearranging Individual Blocks
Sometime after creating your draft, you may feel that a certain block should have been below or above another. So what are the options to rearrange them?
Gutenberg allows you to do that too. You just have to hover over the block you want to rearrange. You will see 2 Up and Down arrows appear on the left side of your block. Use them to place your block in the required position.
You can also use the drag and drop option by clicking on the six dots that will appear between the Up and Down arrows.
Using The Gutenberg Shortcuts
Now unlike the Classic Editor, Gutenberg comes with a long list of shortcuts that can be used for quick results. These are the additional shortcuts that you will get to use other than the standard formatting ones.
You can open the shortcuts list by clicking on Alt+shift+H. You will have the following pop up on your screen.
Creating Reusable Blocks
So with Gutenberg, you can also create a bunch of reusable blocks that can be used later for any other post or page that you create. These blocks can be named separately to easily identify them at the time of using them later.
To create them, you will first have to select the block you want to include. Now click on the 3 dots icon. You will see several options pop up. Select the ‘Add to Reusable Blocks’ option.
In the beginning, Gutenberg may seem like a bit too much, especially if you have loved the classic editor. With all the block creation and design options, you may find it a bit confusing. But once you get used to it, you will surely love it with all its flexibilities.
Adding Buttons With Gutenberg
Adding buttons has never previously been so easy on WordPress. In the classic editor you had to use shortcodes or CSS to add buttons to your draft, but here things are completely different.
To add a button to your post, you simply click on the ‘+’ just where you want your button to be. Now go-to Layout Elements>Buttons
Your button will appear on your screen now. You can add the link to which your visitors should be directed on clicking on the button.
The default button appears to be oval in shape and black in color. You, however, can change the button style and color to complement your website design. To make these changes, you will see the option on the right side of your screen. Here you can select the button shape which comes in 3 different styles.
You can choose whichever you want. You can also change the background color of your buttons. You have a whole lot of bright and fancy colors to choose from. The font texts can also be customized.
Can You Deactivate Gutenberg?
Although Gutenberg is a great option for content and media-rich websites, you may or may not be too fond of it in the beginning. So what if you don’t like the new editor experience?
Well, you simply go back and install the old editor. Since Gutenberg is currently the default editor, if you want to remove it, you will have to install the old classic editor which is available in the form of a plugin. The plugin already has more than 2 million downloads.
Uninstalling Gutenberg & Activating The Classic Editor
To go back to your old Classic Editor, go to your Dashboard>Plugins>Add New. Now, look up for the Classic Editor Plugin. Once you find it just go ahead and click on the install and Activate button.
I already have the plugin installed on my site. Since it is currently deactivated it appears with the Update button. But if you have not installed it before the Update Now button will appear as Install Now at your end.
Once your plugin is activated, you can get back to the old editor and start working just like you used to before Gutenberg popped up. Here is a screenshot of how your editor will now appear.
The Gutenberg Editor, without a doubt, the new face of WordPress. Although currently, it does have many cons, the developers are doing a great work resolving some of the queries users were facing. Soon you may be able to use this editor without any problem. Only time will tell whether the Gutenberg Editor has fulfilled all that it was supposed to do.
Among WordPress page builders, Elementor was the newest kid on the block. This should not fool you however. With over 1 million installs since its release in mid-2016 and an impressive 5 star rating on WordPress.org, it is safe to say that this page builder is literally taking the industry by storm.
They say that numbers do not lie and as per current numbers, this sure is an impressive product. So what makes the Elementor plugin tick? Why does it stand out in a highly competitive market? Below is a detailed Elementor plugin review that answers the above questions and so much more.
In this review, we discuss how the Elementor plugin works, its key benefits, and some of the areas we think have room for improvement. We will also go over the features that set it apart from other page builders. In short, we want to make you understand what the rave is all about and explain why everyone who has used Elementor cannot stop talking about it.
Elementor is a drag-and-drop visual page builder for WordPress. Drag and drop here means that can drag and move design elements such as images, buttons and so on. The visual bit means that you can see exactly what your visitors will see as you design.
Elementor comes with a handy interface that allows you to create pages and posts. Once you enable Elementor on your WordPress editing screen, the page builder entirely takes over the process of page editing.
Elementor just like any other page builder allows you to create attractive page layouts and designs from scratch. Regardless of your WordPress theme, you can create impressive page and content layout and the good thing is that you do not need to be a designer or possess any page building skills.
Elementor comes in two main versions. There is the basic version that comes at no cost at all. You do not need to pay to access it and neither do you need to pay anything to use any of the features available.
There is the pro version that comes with additional features. This version comes at a cost of $49 per year for a single site and is aimed at people who need more functionality, elements and the ability to construct complete WordPress themes.
Just like any other page builder, the Elementor page builder is designed to make page layout easy. It is created to be user friendly and ensure that those who have no design skills at all can use it with ease.
Elementor is packed full of features, so let’s take a look at what’s on offer…
This is the core function of this plugin. It enables you to build, adjust, and tweak your pages as needed. Even better, the plugin allows you to see your updates in real-time. This way, you know exactly how your page is going to look before you can publish it. If you have a limited budget but still want a great-looking website, this plugin will be of great help.
All designs that you create using Elementor are mobile responsive. This is to mean that they not only look good on PC but also adjust to look just as great on mobile devices. In a world where mobile device users come close to a billion, it is logical to create sites that are also mobile friendly.
Now this is where things get interesting; Let us say you have large images that you would rather not display on certain devices. The responsive design controls in the Elementor plugin allows you to hide the image. At the end of the day, you content and site in general will be more user friendly regardless of the device that your target audience use.
Friendly User Interface
Majority of the tools are found on the side panel. The rest of the page is left for the user. This is definitely a plus as space is important when you are designing. This being a visual builder, you can get a clear picture of how your pages will look like while actively making changes on your page content and layout.
If you still need more space, you can contract the tools panel even further. Just drag the panel to reduce the panel size. The good thing is that contracting this panel does not affect usability in any way. It just gives you more space to create and refine your pages.
Expanding the panel is also possible. This is particularly helpful when editing a text block
You can also completely slot away the tools panel by clicking the arrow on the panel. This allows you to preview your page and see exactly what your audience will see when that particular page or content is published. The fact that you do not have to hit preview is perfect and simply makes this platform user friendly.
Elementor is an open source plugin. This means that the software used to make the original source code is readily available. If you are a developer, you can access this software and improve the features, fix bugs and even introduce new additions.
Aside from the open source resource making Elementor super versatile, it also open doors for third party plugins. This mean that users get more options and have an easy time building pages and themes on this platform.
Drop and Drag Functionality
Thanks to this functionality, you can drag any element of the content on your page and move it elsewhere. The full drag-and-drop feature works for all content types represented by Elementor content widgets. The widgets include images, videos, spacers, testimonials, social media icons, headlines and many others.
The drag and drop functionality takes the stress out of designing. All you need to do is to identify the widgets you need to add and simply drag it to the area you want to place it. Once you have done this, you can then go ahead and make changes on the individual widgets.
The pro version of Elementor comes complete with a template library. This means that even though the platform allows you to create designs from scratch, it also gives you templates that you can incorporate in your WordPress. You can also simply use the templates for inspiration but with over 100 free and paid templates, you are sure to get a template or two that will suit your style.
The templates come in two formats.
Pages – the page templates are full-page designs. You can import these pages or tweak them to suit your needs.
Blocks – these are specific sections designs. These templates work where you just need to incorporate a certain section into an existing layout.
For example, you can use the blocks template to incorporate a contacts section rather that redesign the entire page.
After tweaking or creating your own designs, the platform allows you to save them for future use. You get access to the basic display settings where you can change the default fonts, colors, background and other features to suit your style.
Custom Page Template
This is simply a blank page template that allows you to build a page without headers, footers, and sidebars from your WordPress theme. Otherwise known as Elementor Canvas, this template makes creation of custom pages much easier. The good thing is that you can drag and drop the blocks and sections available on Elementor and custom make these to your liking.
The custom page template is ideal for those times you want to create a page that is entirely different from your current theme. Instead of struggling to edit and remove all the details in your theme, simply open a blank page and customize it to your liking.
Easy Redo with Entire Revision History
If you make any mistake while you are designing you page, you rectify those mistakes in 2 ways. One you can revert to correct the mistake as every action you take is logged. Since every save comes with a new revision, you can revert whenever necessary.
It is important to note that only actions you make during a certain design session are logged. Once you exit the interface, the actions are cleared. On the bright side, saved revisions can be accessed with relative ease.
While the redo feature works fine, it is a little disappointing that this plugin does not come with an undo option. If you have done a lot of editing, going back to the version that you want can be quite a task given the fact that you will need to preview different versions to find the one that you want.
To ensure that you do not have numerous revisions that can also slow down your system, be sure to clean up your history every now and then. There is a cleaner plugin available. To be on the safe side though, ensure that you have saved all the important updates before you can run the cleaner plugin.
This is where the Elementor Plugin beat other page builders hands down. The main plugin is available through the official WordPress repository and the good thing is that it comes at no cost at all. There are no hidden charges either and you do not need to register to use the plugin.
If Elementor plugin reviews are anything to go by, you do not need to pay for this page builder even though it comes with a premium version. Close to 90% of the best Elementor features are found on the free version. When compared to other page builders in the market, the free Elementor version performs just as good if not better.
For the Pro Version, the price starts at $49 per year for one site, $99 for 3 sites or $199 for unlimited sites.
For this price, you get to use slides, customize your WooCommerce content, and deploy elements from Elementor in widgets and sidebars. With the pro version, you can also edit and work on web forms in Elementor and also display portfolios and post listings in Elementor layouts. In addition, the Pro Version comes with more content blocks and page templates.
This is another area where the Elementor plugin really stands out. It comes complete with a community of users who are always willing to help. Despite the fact that Elementor does not have a live chat option, the Elementor community has been proven to be quite resourceful in answering questions and guiding new users.
Have any question about Elementor? Visit the Trello Board on the Plugin. Here, you will find a well-organized layout of all the questions you may have about Elementor. If your questions have not already been answered, all you need to do is post your questions to the community. The over 4000 members are quite active. Your question will be answered in no time at all.
In addition to the community, Elementor has provided more than enough information about how the platform works. You can also just use the contacts provided to get more details and all your questions answered really fast.
How Elementor Interface Works
Elementor is a WordPress plugin. However, it is more advanced that the other plugins you find on this platform.
If you want to use Elementor, you have to install it and then activate it. After activation, you can choose to either go to the settings panel or open your WordPress pages. Once you open your pages, you will immediately see the ‘Edit with Elementor’ option.
When you launch Elementor on WordPress, this is what you see.
On one side is the content area where you can see your regular theme. You can build the design that you want on the area where you see the grey dotted lines by simply dragging elements from the left over.
On the side, there is the widgets area. Here, you get all the blocks you can use to design and build your page. Then there is the settings part where you can preview your work on different devices and undo changes to your designs whenever necessary.
Building a page with Elementor
With Elementor, you are free to choose the number of sections to incorporate in your page. For every section, you can either have one or more columns. A column can also contain more than one content element. To top it all, you can individually style each content element to suit your style.
To build a page, Elementor give you two structural elements. These are position elements and style elements. The position elements are the sections and columns.
You can start with a blank section and add columns and content by dragging and dropping the content blocks available on the side bar. The sections can also be rearranged as needed.
Here you can see we added two columns to a section and placed an image in one and a video in the other.
You can also choose to use one of the many templates available. If you find a template that you like, just use it and tweak it to match your needs.
Once you have added the content block you want, simply click on it to adjust the details. By clicking inside the content block, you will see the Advanced, Content, and Style tab. You can choose either of these tabs and work on every content block until you are satisfied.
Generally, Elementor is a user-friendly platform. If you have not used the platform before, you may need to familiarize yourself with it and all its sections. That said, everything is quite straightforward and you can learn all there is to learn about this plugin in no time at all.
A Brief on Elementor Pro
Initially, Elementor only worked for page layouts. The launch of the New Elementor Pro changed all that. This new Elementor version works to ensure that aside from just designing the content layout, you also get to choose how your overall theme looks like and edit it in the same drag and drop manner.
Thanks to the Elementor Pro 2.0 version, you can now build your theme. Just like with the page content, all you have to do to build your theme is drag and drop the themes that are available on the Elementor interface. Theme in this case includes post templates, headers and footers.
When you want to build your theme, you have to first select the part you want to build. For example if you want to build your blog post template, select this and you will get to choose whether you want to post content, post the title and so on.
Elementor Pro comes with more templates and features and this can only translate to increased flexibility when designing. The extra widgets available can also allow you to replace other plugins. Some of the most useful widgets on the pro version are social share buttons, pricing tables, and login forms.
Below is the full list of Elementor Pro Widgets.
Of all the widgets you get with the Elementor Pro version, the Global elements are the most outstanding ones.
Global widgets are perfect for those times you want to use the same element on different pages.
For example, you may want to put your contact information on different pages. Thanks to the Global widgets, you can save the contact widget and reuse on different pages as required. Even better, editing any saved up widget is just as easy. The global widget automatically updates when you make any changes so you do not have to edit all your pages to capture the updated information. This will make your work easier even when you have to build an entire theme from scratch.
There are many third party Elementor templates and themes available. If you are a developer, these additions make it possible for you to extend the plugin functionality. Extensions that are beyond the add-ons you find in the pro version are in plenty and this can only means that developers have limitless options. If you are a developer and you find that Elementor is lacking in any area, you can simply use the third party add on to update it to your standard.
Do you need the Pro Version?
Well, this will depend on a number of factors. What exactly do you want? If all you want are well styled pages then the basic function is ideal. The basic Elementor version still stands as the best free page builder. It helps that it comes with most if not all the features you find in other page builders. The fact that it is free also means it is perfect if you are just starting out, or simply do not have a budget for page building.
The Elementor Pro is ideal if you are looking to build your entire website and theme. Aside from allowing you to build your pages, the Pro version also comes with theme building features. This version also comes with more features that give you some extra control over how your overall website looks like at the end of the day.
It is up to you to decide which version will work best for your website. You can always start by experimenting with the free version. After you have familiarized yourself with the plugin, you can then upgrade to the Pro version if you find that you need the additional features. The Pro version comes at a price but the amount is reasonable. The fact that the plugin is user-friendly is a plus. If Elementor Plugin reviews are anything to go by, this page builder is way ahead of its competitors as far as overall..
Do you want to build a successful WordPress-Based website, online store, or a personal blog? If yes, then growing your email list should be top on your list of priorities. It’s something that is often overlooked or “put on the back-burner” in pursuit of other activities but it really shouldn’t be. Growing a mailing list from day one allows you to start building relationships with your website visitors and customers and allows you to reach them any time you choose. Social media messages and other forms of communication are easily overlooked or will not even be shown to your customers unless you pay, with email you can put your message in front of the customer in a more personal way.
To get started, an email optin form plugin presents the best way to start building your list. If you are a WordPress user, you will are spoilt for choice when picking your email optin form plugin. The market has a plethora of products ranging from basic free products to premium options. As a result, it can be a daunting task to identify the most suitable. But here’s the kicker: Elegant Themes has a ground-breaking email optin form plugin called the Bloom plugin.
We have rigorously scrutinized the Bloom plugin, and have compiled this extensive review to help you make an informed decision. We’ll discuss its features and help you find out whether this plugin is worth your investment.
Bloom is an innovative email optin and lead generation plugin designed by Elegant Themes for WordPress users. If you have any familiarity with the WordPress theme and plugin space, you need no introduction to who Elegant Themes are.
Elegant Themes is a renowned developer of fantastic WordPress plugins and themes. Every time they create a product, it turns out to be high quality and well designed. Just look at how they disrupted the page builder space with Divi Builder Plugin and the social sharing space with the outstanding Monarch plugin.
Elegant Themes has remained true to the game with the Bloom plugin, it’s a testament to the developer’s unique identity and unmatched reputation for quality in the WordPress Themes and plugin world.
Having been in the space for over 10 years, Elegant Themes has developed 87 premium themes and 5 highly innovative plugins. And with over half a million customers, this company is one of the largest in WordPress.
The Bloom plugin is designed with the goal of helping WordPress website owners gain more email subscribers. It helps you turn your visitors into loyal customers and enables you to send highly targeted content.
To put it simply: Bloom Plugin is built to help encourage your website’s visitors to join your mailing list, which then allows you to keep in contact with them more easily and convert them to paying customers or just broadcast your updates and news.
Why Use Bloom Plugin?
Email remains of the oldest and best methods of digital communication. The channel grew out of the early internet wave, and today is still one of the most effective ways to keep in touch with people.
Email marketers are building incredible business cases using this medium thanks to its ease of use and high ROI. Email marketing is considered one of the most effective marketing techniques by approximately 64% of companies. It’s reported that email marketing has an average Return on Investment (ROI) of $38 for every dollar spent. This translates to return on investment (ROI) of 3800% which is extraordinary.
To tap into the full potential of email marketing, you will need to grow your mailing list. Collecting the emails of your target audience or potential customers is important as it enables you to directly reach out to your audience any time you choose. The simplest way to collect emails is displaying an email optin box on your website, online store, or personal blog.
The purpose of the Bloom plugin is to offer targeted display settings, great design options, and other important functionality. The plugin enables you to create and display nice looking email optin forms on your website. When website visitors enter their email address & relevant contact information, the details are sent to your marketing service or email newsletter.
Once the visitor joins the list you can quickly send them personalized messages at will to promote new products, motivate them to visit your website regularly or notify them about exclusive deals and sales. This streamlines email marketing and makes it easy to turn first-time visitors into loyal customers to boost your website’s conversions.
Bloom Plugin Features
The power of having a big email list cannot be underestimated. However, the entire process of building the list is easier said than done. The trick to its success lies in how your email optin form works.
In the modern world, implementing annoying popups on your website can be precarious and can cause more harm then good. This is because visitors these days are tired of being bombarded with marketing material, optins, GDPR notifications and so on. Bloom offers a range of different options so you can pick the one that will suit your audience the best.
This plugin comes with an impressive suite of features that give you complete control over the placement and behaviour of your optin form.
Optin Form Display Types
Different websites, blogs, posts, and pages may require different types of optin form display and location. Bloom plugin offers six form display types which are designed to fit your choice of targeting for your audience.
Once you activate the plugin, and visit it’s “Settings” page you will see the choices so you can get started building your first optin.
The display types not only enhance the visitor’s exposure but also increase chances of the visitor signing up. The display types include:
PopUp – This display option allows you to create optin popups that are activated by time delays, after purchase or customer comment, or when a visitor reaches the end of a post or a page.
Fly-In – This option is similar to the automatic optin popups. It offers 10 fly-in animations, 6 automatic triggers, and can be located on the lower right or left of the screen.
Inline – Inline optin forms is an excellent option for well-versed WordPress users. This display type allows for shortcodes placement anywhere within the content. It can also be customized to display an optin form below every page and post. The best thing is that there is no limitation to the number of optin forms you can create using this option.
Below Content – This optin form presents the best way to attract the attention of the most engaged readers. As its name suggests, the optin form is displayed below the page content. This makes it an ideal option for blog posts and content-rich pages.
Widget Area – This option allows you to display an optin box in the footers and sidebars. You can create as many optin forms as you want and add them to all the widget areas on your site.
Locked Content – This display option offers the best way to confine premium content. It allows you to create shortcodes to lock content and ensures it’s only accessible to loyal customers. Better still, it enables content to conform to SEO best practices, making it visible to search engines.
Once you choose your optin type, you will then have to give it a name and choose a Form Integration which is your mailing list provider, such as Mailchimp, SendinBlue etc.
Multiple Form Templates
Bloom offers 115 pre-made optin form templates. The plugin offers a wide selection of form templates that allow you to create great looking optin forms in seconds. The comprehensive suite of templates delivers options with numerous designs and styles, ensuring that there is a design of choice for everyone. If you don’t find a design of your liking, also have the option of using custom CSS to tailor an existing design to suit your style.
At this point, you should choose a suitable template as a starting point for your optin.
Design Your Optin Form
Once you have chosen a template as a starting point, you can begin editing the settings to suit your needs. On this page you can set the title, message, upload an image, choose fonts and colors and other design choices.
The plugin offers endless possibilities for modifying built-in settings to create unique optin forms. Elements such as background color, text color, op-tin form title, animation effects, fonts, image & form description, border style, and more can be manipulated with ease.
Let’s look at some of the customization options:
In addition, Bloom gives you complete control over the colors of the most critical elements of your form. It provides unlimited color options allowing you to choose any color to compliments your design and theme color. Every aspect of the form such as form filed, edge, border, and text content options can be defined using a color of choice.
Bloom plugin allows you to add an image to your subscription form. The image can be set to appear to the right, left, above or below the content in your optin form.
Bloom Display Settings
Once you have made your design choices, the next stage is to set the “Display Options” which governs the behavior of your optin form. For this demo we created a popup optin so you will see options for when it should load. You can control whether it is animated, a loading delay and other options such as should it display after scrolling, commenting, on click and so on.
You can also select the optin form to display on homepage, archives, blog page, post, page, tags, and/or specific categories:
Better still, the optin form can be set to display or not to show on individual pages and posts:
That’s not all: Bloom allows you to create optin forms and modify them to display on specific pages and posts to suit your target audience. By targeting specific visitors, it becomes easy to send personalized messages that are geared toward increasing the conversion rates.
This arguably the most critical feature of any email optin plugin. Triggers determine when the optin form will popup or fly-in. No single trigger is a one-size-fits-all, simply because different websites, pages, and even posts serve different purposes. Bloom is designed with this in mind, and it delivers a number of triggers that are activated by a specific visitor’s action. Bloom triggers include:
Time Delay – The optin form is displayed after a visitor spends a stipulated number of seconds or minutes on a page or post. This option helps you desist from displaying the optin form immediately after the visitor lands on your website. The trigger time should be long enough such that only the customers who find your content useful will get the opportunity to subscribe.
Bottom of the post – This option is popular with well-versed bloggers. As the name suggests, the optin form is displayed when the visitor reaches the end of the post.
After scrolling – Nowadays, it’s easy to determine the percentage of a page scrolled by a visitor. This enables you to identify if the visitor finds your content useful and interesting. The After scrolling trigger, allows you to display the optin form to a visitor who deems your content helpful.
After commenting – A visitor can only comment on a post only if he/she is engaged. That means, if you set the optin form to display every time a visitors comments on the post, you will get customers who can easily convert.
After purchase – This an ideal option for e-commerce entrepreneurs. If you own an online shop, this trigger can be tremendously useful. The trigger allows you to set the optin form to display immediately after the customer checks out. This offers you an excellent opportunity to market other relevant products to increase your revenue.
The Bloom Dashboard
Once you have created your first optin, you can make it “Active” and it will appear in your settings dashboard where you can view statistics such as Impressions, Conversion & Conversion rate.
With a click of a button you can:
Access all Bloom settings
Enable automatic updates
View optin statistics (such as conversion rates)
Manage your accounts
Import/export Bloom settings
View active and inactive optins
If you visit your website now, you will see your optin is in place.
It’s nice to remember that you are installing Bloom plugin to increase your conversion rate. The best way to enhance your conversion rate is to test, fine-tune, and refine your optin campaigns persistently. Implementing a test system is a great way of keeping track of the progress of your optin forms’ performance. Luckily, Bloom plugin comes with built-in A/B split testing which is very easy to setup.
A/B testing enables you to perform a side-by-side comparison of different variations of optin form to pinpoint the most effective version. Starting an A/B test is easy. Navigate to your WP dashboard, click Plugins and select Bloom> Options > optin Forms, then click A/B testing. This creates a new version of the current optin form that you can easily tweak. Make one change at a time to avoid complicating things.
Once you have made the necessary changes, click Start test. Bloom will automatically display the two variations of the optin form to your visitors. Once the set time has elapsed and you feel the information gathered is enough to make a decision, click End & Pick Winner. This will give you an analysis that will help you determine which of the optin form is effective. The whole process is very intuitive and easy and is something you can do quite often to improve performance.
You cannot improve what you don’t measure! But it turns out measuring is not a walk in the park, especially if the right data is unavailable.
Bloom plugin offers useful performance statistics for all the active optin forms. It consolidates the data on a robust stats dashboard, providing real-time updates to keep you informed. The statistics dashboard presents data in an easy to read and understand manner. It displays the impression data, conversion data, and conversion rate for all the active email optin forms.
In addition, you can view the overall growth statistics, best-performing pages, and a graph for new signup in the last 12 months. These statistics enable you to derive soft, intuitive insights that aid your decision-making.
What is even more interesting is that you can import and export Bloom data. The plugin permits you to export or import critical data from a site to the other. This feature aids site migration and presents an effective way to backup Bloom data frequently.
Email Marketing Integrations
Integration with different mailing list platforms is essential as that is where you will be storing your list and sending out different campaigns. We won’t be going into detail here about the different platforms as that’s outside the scope of this article.
Bloom has integrations with most of the top providers, 16 in total :
If you are like most people, there’s always more you want to get done. But it can be pretty difficult to increase your productivity. That’s because you can get stuck in the same mindset, which makes it hard for you to move forward and get more done. But what if there is a simple and easy way that could increase your productivity, so you no longer have to worry about rushing around to finish your projects at the last minute?
Well, there is, and it’s called self-hypnosis. You’ve probably heard of hypnosis in general before. This method may be something you’ve seen in movies, but there is actually scientific proof that hypnosis works for a wide variety of problems. Self-hypnosis works in much the same way, besides the fact that you can do it at home on your own schedule.
How Does Self-Hypnosis Help?
You may be wondering how self-hypnosis actually helps you become more productive, lose weight, improve your finances and more. Basically, you currently have certain ways of doing things and have internalized certain limitations for yourself. That’s why you may feel like you’ve hit a wall after a certain point in your day. Therefore, there’s nothing external that’s stopping you from getting work done; your problem is largely created by your own mind.
However, self-hypnosis can help you break this cycle. Therefore, instead of falling victim to the same patterns of thought over and over again, you can start thinking in new ways. That, in turn, leads to more productivity.
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Procrastination is one of the most common issues that leaves people feeling that they aren’t being productive enough. After all, it’s so easy to procrastinate. This is especially the case if you experience any type of anxiety. If we are nervous or uncomfortable completing a task, we tend to put it off for a longer period of time. Of course, this can lead to even more stress and anxiety, which perpetuates the cycle.
You don’t want to get stuck in this kind of loop. When you can learn to stop procrastinating by trying self-hypnosis, you will no longer fall victim to the kind of thinking that convinces you to put tasks off until later. Instead, you’ll be better able to identify when you need to get a project done, and you’ll be more likely to move forward without feeling a great amount of anxiety. Who doesn’t want that?
It’s hard to focus and be productive if you feel like you never get enough sleep. Unfortunately, this is all too common these days. Exercising more and making sure you don’t use any screens before you go to sleep can help you get better rest, but so can self-hypnosis. And as one of the simplest and most convenient ways to change your habits, it is certainly worth giving it a try if you want to start waking up earlier. After all, self-hypnosis requires very little effort on your part. You just have to sit back, relax, and listen to the audio recording. This alone can make a huge difference in how much sleep you get every night. It can also improve the quality of your sleep, which will make it easier for you to wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
You owe it to yourself to be as productive as possible. After all, the more you can get done, the more accomplished you feel. You want to lead a happy, busy life and attend to all of your responsibilities (and hobbies!) with ease. That’s why you need to look into self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis can help with a wide variety of problems that can keep you from being as productive as you know you can be.
Do you tend to get distracted easily? In a world dominated by smartphones and social media, that’s hardly surprising. More and more people are having a hard time focusing on one task at a time. However, self-hypnosis can help you develop your focus, so you can concentrate more. When you can improve your focus, you can get projects completed quickly and with ease. You’ll be surprised at how much more quickly you get everything done when you’re not constantly distracted.
There’s a lot more to trading than just having the right knowledge and the right skills. In fact, you need something that’s almost completely unrelated: the right mindset. Without going into trading with the right mindset, you put yourself at risk of making significant mistakes that could end up costing you a lot of money, which is something you obviously want to avoid.
Self-hypnosis is a great option for traders of all kinds to gain this specific kind of mindset. Try it out, so you can see the real benefits it provides.
You want to be more responsible with how you spend money, and that’s completely possible to do. You just have to be willing to try something new, like self-hypnosis. Give this program a try if you are ready to make some positive changes in your life.
One of the major reasons why people have a hard time managing to get themselves out of debt is the fact that they regularly fall victim to limiting thoughts. Instead of imagining all that they could do to help manage their money more responsibly, they start thinking about how they have failed in the past. This makes them think that they are only capable of making the same choices that they’ve always made.
Self-hypnosis goes a long way in helping you move past these thoughts, so you can rely on more helpful internal dialogue. Rather than thinking of all the ways you might not succeed, you can instead put your focus on what you need to do to move forward with your life and your finances.
Do you find yourself feeling hungry all the time, even after you’ve just eaten? Do you search for food when you are feeling bored, lonely, depressed, or anxious? Or do you just feel like you can never get a real hold on your cravings?
If you’ve experienced any of these situations before, you probably know how difficult it can be to truly control your hunger. After all, eating provides you with feelings of well-being, which is why it can easily turn into a low-grade addictive behavior for some. And unfortunately, many seem to turn to unhealthy, calorie-rich foods when they are unable to control their hunger in this way. Not only can this type of pattern result in weight gain, but it can have even more immediate effects on your health, as well, making you feel sluggish, tired, and worn out.
You don’t have to go to an expensive therapy session, spend hours on self-improvement, or force yourself into uncomfortable situations to get the benefit of a self-hypnosis practice. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and listen to the audio. Therefore, it’s perfect for those with busy lives who simply want to learn how to control their hunger fast.
Self confidence plays a big part in your day to day life, whether you are applying for a new job, trying to meet new friends or partners or asking for a raise at work. If you feel that your confidence is lacking then you could try out this download which can help you in this area of your life.
In our opinion, the best option you can have is WPForms a popular plugin that has been used by millions of users. It’s available as a free plugin with the option to upgrade to a paid plan for even more features.
In today’s post, we are going to review the WP Form plugin. This article, is going to take you through everything you need to know about the plugin. So keep reading because, by the end of it, this plugin might just be the form builder you are looking for, for your business.
WPForms has been in the market for a quite some time now and this plugin has garnered a lot of praise over time. With a brilliant 4.9 out of 5-star ratings and 3248 reviews (and counting) for the Free Version, WP forms has a lot to offer to its users.
The WP Forms is a drag and drop form builder plugin and working with it is really very easy. The power punch that this plug is allows you to create multiple, creative forms for contact, subscription, payment etc in a matter of minutes. And its super fast, light-weight, highly advanced and compatible with tons of other plugins as well.
At the time of creating the plugin, the team always considered user-experience as its foremost priority. Therefore to make it beginner-friendly, the team added dozens of pre-built form templates to help you easily get up and running.
The plugin is responsive for devices and screen sizes of all types. It has been very well optimized for performance and receives regular updates too. Overall, it’s a great option for anyone who wants to integrate a Contact Form in their website.
But before we reach any conclusions, let’s explore it a little more, starting with the features.
As already mentioned, this form builder plugin is extremely flexible and user-friendly. Compatible to screen sizes ranging from phones to computer screens. Most of the themes with their drag and drop features have become the talk of the WordPress community.
Thus, WordPress form builder offers the same level of flexibility and smoothness which allows you to build a form in a matter of minutes. The fields can be arranged for a better visual appeal and functionality with just one click.
The most important thing here is, no coding knowledge needed! You can just install the plugin and get on your way to build the most illustrative user interaction form for your business.
The plugin has been extensively documented so it’s easy to set your hands on it, if you ever face a problem handling it.
Keeping the vastness of the industry category in mind, WordPress has designed this plugin to cater to multiple industries. Some the form option which are frequently used are:
Newsletter subscription Form
Email opt-in Form
Survey and poll Form
Billing and Order Form
Request a Quote Form
While a few of these templates are available in the basic package, you will have to shell out $49 to $199 to get a host of addons and endless benefits.
If you are from a unique industry and you are wondering if this plugin is the right one for you. Yes, it is. Install the Form Templates Pack addon, and then a tailored form for your business or industry is just a few clicks away.
Payment Collection via Form
Now if you are in the ecommerce business, or exploring the idea of establishing one, then there is a definite need for online payment option for your customers. Or if yours is a non-profit for which you accept online donations, then the good news is, WP form plugin comes integrated with PayPal and Stripe. It has made payments so much easier.
The fields are categorized primarily into 3 separate sections –
Standard – Includes name, email, single line and paragraph text, dropdown, multiple choice, etc.
Fancy – Includes phone, file upload, website / URL, page break, captcha, etc.
Payment – Includes credit card payment, single / multiple item payment, etc.
Apart from the above, the form is optimized for web and server performance ensuring maximum speed.
The fields are the most important thing to be used in a form. So let me share a brief on how to make your own form in the WP Form builder.
First, select the kind of form that you want to build based on your business needs. Then, Click on the ‘Fields’ option on the left corner of the screen. It will open a pop-up with the most commonly used field options such as name, contact number, email id, address, date and time, etc.
However, intricate fields such as website URL, file upload, payments, etc. are also available when it comes collection of extensive data. Now to create a form of your own, all you have to do is select the required field, drag and drop it in the form on a place of your choosing. Voila, you are done making your form for you website.
Easy to Add a Form
With the arrival for WP forms, embedding your form into the website is just few clicks away. Now, no coding or copy-pasting the short code manually. All you have to do is,
Click on ‘Add Form’ button located above the text editor.
Chose the relevant form from the pop-up.
Select the right form and click on the ‘Add Form’ button.
Smart Conditional Logic
Despite the world slowly going digital, filling an online form is tedious at best. For that matter, filling any form is a pain. For a new user, this is a task he/she will definitely not look up to.
But if you are giving a form to an existing user, then why not give them the fields based on their last form? Wondering if this is possible. Well, let’s just swipe the clouds of doubt from your head right away.
With the WP form builder and its smart conditional logic, you can show only the required fields of the form based on the user’s last form submission.
This way, your user does not have to see the fields which he does not want to fill thus making a form submission less time consuming for him and this whole process also ensures high completion and submission rates.
P.S. – If you wish to recover abandoned forms, WP Form has an addon for that.
Zapier and Email Marketing Addon + Gutenberg Support
Now with all that subscriptions, registrations, requests, quotes, etc. you would not want your mailbox to be choked. For subscription requests, manually collating the email ids and then copy-pasting the data is the last thing you would want to do.
Wp Forms have got a solution for you. It’s auto- integration capabilities to Email Marketing Platforms such as Mailchimp, Drip, GetResponse, Aweber and Campaign Monitor.
Zapier is the most intelligent way to automate inter-app data movement. So if you want to connect your WPForm to your favorite app, which you can choose from the 1300 plus web apps which are already supported.
Zapier allows you to move data from your WP Form to Salesforce, Freshbooks, Hubspot, Twilio for creating lead, invoices, contacts or send text messages respectively. This is just the tip of the iceberg of possibilities that Zapier offers you.
Despite getting some flak since inception, Gutenberg has built a name and carved a niche for itself and is here to stay. WP Forms has added support for the Gutenberg WordPress Editor as well. It’s very own Gutenberg block makes adding WP Forms to Gutenberg managed content a cakewalk.
What typs of Form Can you Create?
Here are some of the forms that you can create with the plugin.
This form template allows you to conduct surveys and polls on your website. Now, when this form is combined with conditional logic, the survey questions can be personalized based on user responses.
Another feature of WPForms arms you with a feature to share the poll results on your website or your followers in social media. That’s a really nice way to create awareness and reach the masses with just one form.
Login and Registration Form
Now if you are into the ecommerce business, social media platform, video/audio uploading, community centric platforms, or a website that intends to cater specially to its members, you will definitely need your customers to sign in and register.
WPForms answers your call again. Create a form with just dragging and dropping the required fields and yes, such a contact form can be embedded anywhere in the website. Thus not forcing your users to go to the sign in page every time and portraying professionalism by caring about their time.
Payment Collection through the Form
Online shopping platform or a non-profit organization, the option to accept online payments via cards and virtual wallets is always a boon for the user and the service provider.
WPForms is integrated with PayPal and Stripe to facilitate payment. In case of selling merchandise, products or services online, the order page can be designed to make the customer see the their purchases and a classic way to gain their trust and loyalty to your brand.
Post/Comment Submission Form
If your website caters to like-minded people using the internet to speak about common concerns, events, places, activities, etc., then the ‘Post Submission Addon’ fills the shoes for this specific purpose. With this addon, you can accept articles, contents, reviews, testimonials, feedback from your user.
All of the above without having to provide backend access to each and every user. The content will be kept as pending in your post editor and after reviewing the post, you can publish the same.
More Features Available In the Upgraded Version
With the best WP Form plugin, comes the best of features.
Custom captcha – This option is a good way to fight spam. You can put random math questions or your own questions. That way you can rest assured that your website if a complete spam-free zone.
Geolocation– It helps you to store location data of your users and visitors along with their form entry.
Signature – This is yet another brilliant feature that you the plugin offers. It allows you facilitate your users to sign their initiates via the mouse or touchpad. Now that’s a lovely way to personalize user experience.
Instant notifications – You also get to trace and respond to all the leads that come your way. This sets the impression that you are actively engaged and involved with your business.
Smart Form Confirmation – With this one you can display a custom message or take your users to a custom thank you page of your website. That is really sweet because these little gestures means a lot when you are doing business.
Form Locker – This helps you manage form access rules, permissions and controls via password protection, date/time limit to form expiry, limit access to specific users and more. In other words it is kind of a protection layer for your form to avoid spammers and hackers.
Form Abandonment – It is a sleek feature to capture the data from all the incomplete forms.
Offline Forms – This feature comes in handy in cases when the internet connectivity is intermittent as it allows the users to submit their forms when the internet is restored.
SEO – This is now a part and parcel for every website that comes up in the web. I mean, who would create a website and not want it to be found? So even the WPForms is SEO Optimized to gradually reach the masses in a healthy way.
How to Install WPForms In WordPress
Now that I have taken you through the exciting features that this plugin has to offer, let me give you a tutorial on how to install this plugin and get started building your forms.
If you have been using WordPress for a while I am assuming that you are already familiar with the process of installing a plugin. The process is exactly the same in this case too. Here’s how you do it.
Go to the Admin Panel of your website and click on plugins>Add New and type “wpforms” in the search box.
Click on Install and then activate button for the plugin to start working.
Once the installation is done, with the installation you will see a screen with an introductory greeting.
There is a path to a very extensive guide which you can use to know the plugin inside out.
Creating your First Form With WPForms
To the left of your admin panel, you will see different options that lets you create your first form. Click on the Add New option as in the image below.
The basic plugin (WPForms Lite) is free which gives you 3 inbuilt templates ie. Simple Contact From, Newsletter Signup Form, Suggestion Form and the option to create a blank form.
To start with, click on the ‘Simple Contact Form’ template. Adding and removing fields from the form is just drag and drop till you find the look of the form that matches your taste.
You can follow the Gif below to understand how you can build your form.
When you are done creating the form click on the ‘Save’ option to save your first creation. Now on your left hand side, you will see several options like Setup, Fields, Marketing etc. go back to your admin panel and click on Settings>Notifications.
Add your website or brand email in the ‘From Email’ section and ensure that the website is configured to an authorized service provider to send email from the mentioned email address.
The concluding step is to embed the form in the website or WordPress Pages. Click on the ‘’Embed” button and copy the shortcode and paste the shortcode in your desired page’s text editor.
That was not at all difficult, was it?
Displaying Your First Form On your Website
Now that you are all ready with your first form created with the WPForms, its time you display it on your website. So let’s get started.
To be truthful, there are several ways to show your form on your website. So the method you want to choose depends on where on your site do you want your form to reflect. Let’s check out the different ways of doing it.
Displaying your Form On A WordPress Page
To make your form appear on one of your page, start by creating a New Page. Now click on the Add Form button above the page editor to add a form onto your page.
A new popup will now show up under the name Insert Form. Click on the drop down menu and select the form that you have already created.
As soon as you select the form, you will notice a shortcode appear on your editor. If you publish the page, your Form will automatically go live on your website. Here is an example of the live form.
Displaying Your Form In The Widget Of your WordPress Site
If you ever think of adding the form to your widget for example to the footer or the sidebar of your website, then you will have to follow this process.
Start by going to your admin panel. Now on the left side of your panel click on Appearance>Widget. Now scroll down to find the WPForms widget.
In the next step, you will have to drag and drop the WPForms widget to a widget location of your choice. This can be any place where you want your form to show up. When that is done, you are ready to click on the WPForms widget to select your form. Finally, click on the Save option not to loose your settings.
Here’s an exampe of the live form in your widget.
Yay! Your first form has been successfully created and displayed in your website. That was easy right!
Customizing the Submit Button Text
WPForms also offers you with the choice to style your submit button.Here’s exactly how you can do it.
To change the text in your submit button, you will first have to go to the Form Builder>Settings>General.
Here you will see two different fields.
Submit Button Text: This is the text displayed on the button when it hasn’t been clicked yet
Submit Button Processing Text: It is the text shown after the user clicks this button, but before the confirmation is shown to the user
Just go ahead and make the necessary changes that you want in your buttons. Do not forget to save your changes.
Importing Forms from Other Plugins
Sometimes you might not want to redesign a new Contact Form because you are too fond of the one you were using before installing this plugin. So what do you do if you want the exact same one on your website.
Well, the answer is simple. If you are using a different form such as Contact Form 7 or Ninja Forms,WP Forms has a feature using which you can import your forms from the above mentioned plugins to WPForms.
And this step is not a complicated one. You can easily do it within a few minutes. Let see how to do it. To import your pre-built form you will have to first start by visiting your admin panel.
Now under WPForms click on the Tools option. The following page will show up on your screen.
Now click on the drop down arrow under the Import From Other Form Plugins option. Now select the form plugin that you have used previously to design your favourite contact Form. Once done Click on the Import button.
Once that is done, go to the form builder. Here you will find the Captcha option added to the builder.
Now to create this field in your form you will have to drag and drop it in the preview panel of your form builder. This field will pop up everytime your user shows up, just so that the site receives the maximum protection.
You can click on the field in the form preview panel to open up its Field Options, if you want to edit the field. Under this you will have the options to change your fields.
Under the Type field, you will have two different options. One is the Math captcha and the other is the Question and Answer captcha. You can choose either one that you want to show up to your users or visitors.
The Math captcha will generate random math questions for your users. This can be anything – addition, subtraction, and multiplication questions for your user to answer. These are not any complicated questions just simple ones to ensure its a human and not any spam bots.
The Question and Answer type on the other hand will pose a question for the user to answer. These are simple questions and generally every normal and literate human being can answer them.
Once you choose Question and Answer under the Type field, add your question in the first field and the preferred answer below that. Something simple like this.
WP Engine is a managed WordPress host and one of the most popular hosting options for enterprises and high-traffic sites that use WordPress. Managed WordPress hosting is a sub niche in the hosting industry. It typically offers a hosting environment optimized for WordPress and handles specific security and maintenance protocols for you and will also stay on top of any WordPress core or plugin updates that are released so you won’t ever have to worry about running outdated versions.
These protocols include WordPress updates, security, caching and more. This is a bit of a sneak peek into what WP Engine has to offer, but let’s get into specifics.
WP Engine aims to provide users with a suite of intelligence, integration, performance, and agility solutions. The goal is to make it possible for users to build and then deploy an online experience of their choosing, whether it is a content hub, an ecommerce website, a campaign site, or something else. WP Engine prides itself on offering solutions for people and organizations of all sizes, from global enterprises to small businesses.
WP Engine was founded in 2010 by Jason Cohen, who “wanted to work on interesting, real problems experienced by interesting, real customers.” WordPress powers 25% of all websites, but the average WordPress user still didn’t know how to secure and maintain their website properly.
This is something Jason wanted to change. He saw a gap between frustrated business owners trying to manage their own websites and hosts willing to go beyond offering servers for them to host their websites on. The solution was WP Engine.
WP Engine is a managed WordPress host, as stated before. It offers scalable cloud hosting servers, an automated caching system called EverCache and servers optimized for WordPress. In terms of reach, WP Engine has more than 70,000 customers spread across over 136 countries., including such companies as SoundCloud, National Geographic, Asana, Yelp and many more.
WP Engine prides itself on being the leading platform for a WordPress digital experience. It calls itself a new breed of traditional tech companies that combines service with software innovation. WP Engine aims to deliver solutions that brands need to create remarkable apps and sites using WordPress, allowing those companies to drive their business.
WP Engine also makes a conscious effort to be diverse as well as inclusive, including a wide range of people who share common values and purposes. Two-thirds of its C-Suite is female, 29 percent of employees are of a non-white ethnicity, and 8 percent of employees identify as LGBTQ. Additionally, 30 percent of employees do not have college degrees.
WP Engine Core Values
One of the core values of WP Engine is to do the right thing. This means doing what is right for the company and the customer. It also includes learning from mistakes and empowering fellow employees, so everyone does the right thing. That empowerment comes from being trusting, sharing results transparently, forgiving honest mistakes, demanding excellence from themselves, being accountable, and acting ethically.
Another core value is being customer-inspired. WP Engine aims to amaze customers with its transparency, expertise, and service. The company is grateful for the role it plays in the lives of customers by improving their reputation and business while delivering peace of mind.
WP Engine also has the value of “where the best gets better,” which includes being challenged by meaningful and interesting work that gets its inspiration from passionate people. WP Engine supports and develops other members of the team, celebrates successes, and nourishes leadership and personal growth.
Another value is being built to last, focusing on long-term investments. WP Engine builds with a focus on profitability and growth, so it is in control of its own destiny. This also extends to building lasting relationships with communities, employees, and customers.
WP Engine “aspires to lead” and is “committed to giving back.” This means that it hopes to achieve a leadership role within the community of those who use WordPress via sharing expertise, active participation, and original contribution. WP Engine empowers its team to participate in and lead programs that are meaningful to their communities, and the company also supports and engages with local communities.
A Focus on WordPress over other CMSs
The focus on WordPress comes from the popularity and usefulness of WordPress when it comes to designing websites. WordPress is an open framework that lets users customize the CMS to meet the needs of their business instead of the other way around. By contrast, a proprietary, closed system would require you to adjust your business to match the CMS.
There are also some striking figures that show why WP Engine chose to focus on WordPress, including the fact that 30 percent of all websites online are built using WordPress. Of the sites that were built with a CMS, 60 percent use WordPress. Additionally, 27 percent of the top 10,000 sites based on traffic use WordPress. There are also more than 100,000 WordPress developers.
What Does the WP Engine Platform Deliver?
The WP Engine platform delivers all the tools users need to create and deliver digital experiences via WordPress. It includes solutions related to performance, integration, agility, and integration. This makes it possible to use WP Engine to create a vast range of experiences. The platform is unified via powerful technology, an ecosystem of developers and partners, and award-winning services.
Creative Agility from WP Engine helps users build, manage, personalize, and publish. Actionable Intelligence focuses on marketing and development. Ecosystem Integration includes expertise and tech innovation. Finally, Enterprise Performance includes the cloud, scale, security, and high availability.
What Is WP Engine’s Creative Agility?
The Creative Agility features from WP Engine aim to deliver what you need to reach market faster and provide innovation. The features are divided into Build, Manage, Personalize, and Publish. Build includes 36 high-quality StudioPress Themes that are easy-to-use. These themes are powered by the Genesis Framework from WP Engine and include built-in security and SEO. This service also includes Auto Migration for the move to WP Engine, Serviced Onboarding to ensure onboarding goes smoothly, Deploy Site to move data between various cloud development environments, and Git and SFTP Connections, so team members can continue building with their choice of development tools.
One Click Staging is another Build element of Creative Agility, providing tools that make it possible to shorten and simplify the development cycles by letting you quickly test changes. The Dev, Stage, and Prod Environments come with all WP Engine sites, so you can quickly create an efficient development workflow. There are Dedicated Dev Environments that are isolated for development and testing. Launch Readiness Assessments give you a personalized prelaunch review with the experts from WP Engine. This looks at best practices and performance via site staging and code compatibility tests.
Moving onto the Manage functions of the Creative Agility feature, WP Engine performs daily automated backups for peace of mind. The platform also takes care of all the WordPress core updates, including automatically taking care of major ones and testing minor updates before it recommends you use them. For scaling, WP Engine lets you add SSL and CDN for transaction security and scaling, respectively, with one click. Manage functions also include multi-site conversion, turning it on or off via the User Portal. This section of Creative Agility also includes controlling the various user permissions, viewing and using the activity log with its published content and updates, and using the SSH gateway. To wrap up the Manage features, WP Engine allows for the simple transfer of ownership of the website and delivers support 24/7, 365 days a year.
Personalization via WP Engine’s Creative Agility includes geotargeting to deliver location-specific content to increase transactions and engagement along with custom functionality and WordPress plugins. The final part of Creative Agility, Publish, refers to the ability to use WP Engine to publish your quality content at a high scale with the CMS that improves creative agility via its ease of use and collaboration.
Overall, WP Engine lets customers build their vision via website experiences thanks to the use of open-source flexibility, unlimited workspaces, one-click tools, and a global developer network. Managing technology and scaling growth are also key aspects of Creative Agility. You can enjoy access to the in-house team of experts on WordPress, quickly make changes using administrative tools, and know that your website always has automatic upgrades. The digital experience platform allows for personalization via geo-targeting and access to the most reliable and safest WordPress plugins. The WP Engine platform makes it simple to publish content for programs, campaigns, or communications, even with multiple authors. This is enhanced by the ability to create content and metadata, as well as customize the editorial workflows.
WP Engine Enterprise Performance
Enterprise Performance from WP Engine refers to the ability to deliver scalability and secure digital experiences that have been optimized for WordPress. These features work for any number of views and relate to Cloud, High Availability, Speed, and Security. WP Engine has best-in-class cloud partners, so customers can access industry-leading architecture and use global data centers plus cloud coverage for quick loading and constant availability. If something does happen, automatic site recovery is there to help. Thanks to the WP Engine proprietary system, you get blazing-fast load speeds to help you stay competitive. The enterprise-grade security rounds out the confidence of Enterprise Performance.
The related Cloud features include the use of Amazon Web Services since WP Engine is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner. This allows for a range of solutions. Additionally, WP Engine uses the cloud to offer global data centers, including in the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
To provide the High Availability that is part of Enterprise Performance, WP Engine has data center redundancy with Amazon Web Services and uptime protection thanks to clustered configurations within dedicated environments, multilayered security measures that are proactive, and a fully managed content delivery network.
To deliver the speed that Enterprise Performance needs, WP Engine is HTTP/2- and PHP 7-enabled. This allows for the latest updates that can serve as many as three times the requests each second, improving conversions, visitor retention, and SEO. WP Engine’s proprietary EverCache reduces the strain on the resources of your website. This solution can move hundreds of millions of hits daily via the system. It has a fully managed global content delivery network (CDN) that sends the local requests to the closest server to allow for quicker loading of content. WP Engine also has a highly scalable architecture that can handle extreme traffic spikes. Overall, customers tend to improve their load times by 27 percent when they switch to WP Engine.
In terms of Security, the Enterprise Performance includes the built-in security of the StudioPress themes. The previously mentioned managed core updates and patches also provide security by ensuring you have the latest version with all the security updates. Security is further enhanced with two-factor authentication and traffic encryption using SSL on every page. WP Engine supplements all this with a proprietary system that dynamically detects and blocks malicious behavior to prevent cyberattacks. It also offers disaster recovery support from its experts and has a dedicated security engineering team that can take care of security audits and code reviews of internal processes and environments.
WP Engine’s Actionable Intelligence
The features that fall under the category of Actionable Intelligence from WP Engine focus on optimizing the digital experience via actionable insights on performance, content, and site traffic. Your marketing team will feel empowered with the new insights that allow them to create engaging content while the development team will appreciate the code-level insights that help them improve availability, site performance, and speed.
In terms of marketing, enjoy content performance insights on authors and specific content. This information is displayed via a visual dashboard which optimizes and simplifies the functionality of Google Analytics for WordPress, easily accessible with your WordPress admin.
Development-related aspects of Actionable Intelligence include Page and Application Performance. Page Performance focuses on improving website speed via a speed performance tool that integrates right into your user dashboard, and it is the first to do so. This lets you view the impact of new features and plugins immediately. Application Performance lets your development teams and IT operations enjoy visibility at the code-level. The result is the ability to troubleshoot issues with applications, regardless of the environment’s complexity.
WP Engine’s Ecosystem Integration
Ecosystem Integration features are divided into technology and service. These are the features that let you leverage the WordPress framework as well as the WP Engine integrated platform to give your brand-new opportunities. Technology-related features begin with Integration DNA, which refers to WP Engine’s ability to combine, integrate, and optimize more than 40 different technologies into its platform. This combines with the company’s building of its own proprietary tools, plugins, and solutions. WP Engine lets you leverage its integrated platform with the guidance and tech you require. You can integrate the WordPress experiences into the MarTech stack via the WordPress REST API for maximizing cross-platform insights and data.
To further Ecosystem Integration, there are more than 40,000 WordPress plugins that you can access, allowing you to build a robust and versatile digital experience for design, security, ecommerce, and more. WP Engine also has technology partnerships with Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Service, and other best-in-class innovators to enhance capabilities and optimize them for WordPress. The open-source code in the WordPress project is constantly being improved thanks to contributions, many of which are from the WP Engine team members.
The service element of WP Engine’s Ecosystem Integration begins with access to the entire company filled with WordPress experts. These include 14 experts on specific subjects, plus a support team that undergoes eight weeks of training. The service also extends to account management and onboarding, where customers can enjoy excellent hands-on service. WordPress experts are located in the United States and Ireland, which means that you can contact them at any time of the day. The service team is also award-winning, and customers can find more content from the expert team in award-winning publications, such as Velocitize and Torque Magazine.
What Else Should You Know about WP Engine’s Technology?
WP Engine feels that open-source technology is a powerful solution. The WP Engine platform consists of more than 30 different open-source technologies. In the company’s experience, open-source technologies can deliver quicker innovation than proprietary, closed systems.
It is also important to note that WP Engine integrates with technological leaders, like New Relic, AWS, and Google. The platform then optimizes these companies’ technology to use on WordPress.
WP Engine Hosting Plans
WP Engine is a premium “managed WordPress hosting” company that offers premium prices. It has five plans in total with prices starting at $29/month, which is more than your typical shared host charges, although you can get a big discount off these prices using our WPEngine Coupon Code.
It offers two server types, but they both have cloud infrastructures. The first is a virtual private server that uses a shared hosting environment, though it isn’t your typical shared hosting environment. Your site still exists on the same server as other sites, but they don’t share resources as they do in typical shared hosting environments.
WP Engine offers three preset plans, called Startup, Growth, and Scale, each building on the previous one. There is also a Custom option for larger businesses as well as mission-critical sites. If you sign up for annual prepay when you sign up for a WP Engine plan, you get two months of service free. All plans are also risk-free for 60 days.
WP Engine offers three shared hosting plans, Startup, Growth and Scale. Here’s a breakdown of what each plan has to offer:
25,000 Visits per Month
10GB of Local Storage
100,000 Visits per Month
20GB of Local Storage
400,000 Visits per Month
30GB of Local Storage
Let’s take a look at these plans in details. It should be noted, before we start, that all plans offer unlimited data transfers and free SSL certificates.
The Startup plan is designed for those who need the basics to start their blog or small website. It costs $35 per month and is designed for 25,000 visits each month and one site. It includes 10 GB of local storage and 50 GB of bandwidth per month. This plan includes the Genesis Framework; more than 35 StudioPress themes; transferable sites; LargeFS; PHP 7.2 ready; Page Performance; Global CDN; automated SSL certificates; 24/7 chat support; and environments for Dev, Stage, and Prod. If you do not want to upgrade to the next plan but need a few more features, you can add on WordPress Multisite, additional sites, Content Performance, and GeoTarget.
The Growth plan is designed to appeal to growing businesses and costs $115 per month. It includes five sites and is designed for 100,000 visits per month. Local storage is 20 GB, and there is 200 GB of bandwidth per month. In addition to the features of the Startup plan, the Growth plan also adds imported SSL certificates and 24/7 phone support. It offers the same add-ons.
The Scale plan offers the best value at $290 per month. It is designed with site and capacity limits that let companies scale their experiences. It also includes 15 sites and accommodates 400,000 visitors per month. The local storage increases to 30 GB, while the bandwidth increases to 400 GB per month. The available add-ons are the same as with Startup and Growth plans.
Custom plans are ideal for mission-critical sites or larger businesses. They provide a dedicated environment with high performance, the quickest support response, and managed onboarding. You need to talk to a sales specialist to get pricing since it depends on your company’s needs. Custom plans include 25 sites and millions of visits per month. The local storage can be between 100 GB and 1 TB with a bandwidth of more than 400 GB per month. In addition to all the included features of the other plans, the Custom plan adds WordPress Multisite, Content Performance, GeoTarget, consultative onboarding, a relaunch readiness assessment, and SSH Gateway.
The other server type is a dedicated VPS. It’s only available on the higher-end plans as it gives you access to your very own cloud server.
Compared to many of the other WordPress hosting websites you find online, WP Engine is a bit more expensive, but the company makes up for this in terms of what that price buys you. When you look at the actual total value of WP Engine plans, accounting for the included features and services, the value becomes great. At a bare minimum, taking care of WordPress updates and doing QA on your installation every month will take a half-hour. If you convert this into what you would pay a developer to take care of those actions, that already gives you the price of the Startup plan from WP Engine. To further make the value apparent, consider potential lost visitors from downtime or speed issues, neither of which will be a concern with WP Engine. You must also factor in the security features of WP Engine and what they would cost separately.
WP Engine Support
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WordPress is one of the most versatile platforms that has revolutionized the concept of web building altogether. The thousands of plugins and themes available in the WordPress market has immensely contributed to making things better and easier.
However, the only problem is that, by default, all of these resources are available in the English language. Because of the vast popularity of WordPress, and its widespread use by webmasters, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and individual professionals alike, it is not unlikely to expect people to want to access it in other major languages as well.
What if you are not an English speaker and you still want to use WordPress and its resources, that too in your own language? Although that sounds like a difficult task, WordPress allows you to do so. You can easily localize any theme or plugin and even WordPress as a whole to your language and enjoy its brilliant features.
You can contribute to plugin translations for your own use or for the benefit of others. It will not only help you use the plugin in the language you best understand but will also let others use it in the future.
In today’s post, we will focus on how to translate a WordPress Plugin in any other language.
How To Translate a Plugin That You Use On Your Site
You might be using various WordPress plugins on your website to enhance your functionality and services. You will notice that most of these plugins are available in English which is considered to be the universally accepted language.
But not everyone speaks or understands English. You might be one of them. That, however, doesn’t stop you from using this plugin. You can easily have your plugin in your own language. There are hundreds of people who contribute their plugin or theme translations to the WordPress community so that others can use it for their benefit.
You can be one of them too. To start contributing to translations you will have to first register for an account on wordpress.org. Now visit the page of the plugin that you want to translate.
You might find a line that says “The plugin is also available in X language. Help improve its translation”. By clicking on this line you will see all the languages that WordPress supports. You will also see the progress of translations next to each language.
If you click on those percentages you will see the list of strings that have either been accepted for translations or are awaiting approval.
You can contribute a translation for those strings without a translation available. For that just click on one of those strings, make your own contributions using the basic editor. Once done your translations will be checked by the WordPress Polyglot Team. When the team will approve your translations, you will see the translation strings increase. So everytime someone makes a translation, these strings will keep increasing.
You may not want to be a regular contributor, but there might be a specific plugin that you want to translate into a different language. For that, you will first have to install a plugin that will help you in the localization process. This is the Loco Translate plugin which is a free product available in the WordPress directory.
About Loco Translate
Loco Translate is an amazing plugin that lets you translate your themes and plugins to any other language you want. With more than 600,000 installations, Loco Translate has been considered to be one of the most popular translation plugins in the market.
This plugin simplifies the process of translating your plugins and themes and lets you do so without writing a single line of code. Once the plugin is installed on your WordPress site, it becomes easier for you to create and update language files directly into your WordPress theme or plugin.
It also allows you to use the built-in WordPress locale codes, extract translate-able strings from your source code, protect your language directory for saving custom translations and much more.
This plugin is compatible with the latest versions of WordPress and works beautifully with tons of other plugins that you might have installed on your site. The PO file editor also supports various shortcuts to make your translation process faster. Here are some of the shortcuts that it supports –
Done and Next: Ctrl ↵
Next string: Ctrl ↓
Previous string: Ctrl ↑
Next untranslated: Shift Ctrl ↓
These are just a few. There are many other shortcuts that you can use with this plugin.
Let us now look at how this plugin works.
Translating Your Plugins With Loco Translate Plugin
Once Loco Translate is successfully installed and activated on your site, you can start localizing your plugins directly from your dashboard. This can be either a specific plugin or the entire set of plugins that you are using on your site. To begin the process, start by going to your dashboard and then to Loco Translate>Plugins page.
The list of activated plugins on your site will be reflected on your screen. Now you can choose the plugin that you want to translate. Suppose we want to translate the WP Forms Lite plugin that is currently active on the site. For that, we will have to click on the plugin name which will show us the following page.
You will see various languages on your screen along with the translation process stats, file info, last modified date along with other information. WP Forms Lite currently allows you to translate it into three different languages. Russian, French, and German.
If your preferred language is one of the languages on the list, then it becomes even more simple for you to localize your site. Suppose you want it to be translated to the German language, just click on German and you are done. Your site will be automatically translated into German.
Selecting a New Language
If your language is not one of those listed on the plugin, then you can click on the New Language option at the top just below the plugin name.
You will now be redirected to the following page.
On this page, you are supposed to choose the language in which you want your plugin to be translated. For that, you will get two options. One is WordPress language. If you set this language to the WordPress admin area, then the site will automatically start using this language.
The second option is a custom language. Here we will choose a new language with the first option. In the next step, you will have to select the location where these translation files are to be stored. Generally, the Loco Translate plugin recommends you to save all of these files in its own folder. But if you want you can change the location.
When you are done with the settings, click on the ‘start translating’ button for the process to begin.
Loco Translate comes with a built-in editor. With the help of this editor, Loco Translate will reflect the list of strings that it will compile for the plugin that is to be translated.
You will see the source text and below that the translation field will also be reflected you.
Now you can enter the translations to the source string and select the Next string to start translating. To the right-hand side, you will see a small comment box popping up. This box can be used to save all your little notes that come up while you are translating your plugin.
It can also be used by any other user who is working with you on the translation. The plugin also lets you check your translation progress. It will show you the number of strings that were translated and the ones that are remaining.
Managing Your Translations
It’s easy to manage your translations with Loco Translate. You will see various buttons and labels on the top of your editor that lets you manage your work.
You can also trace the progress of your translations in terms of your advancing percentage and the number of strings that have been translated or are yet to be translated.
Below that you will find a few more options like Save, Sync, Revert and Fuzzy. I am sure you know what these buttons will do for you. The last one called the Fuzzy button lets you save you mark your strings if you are not very sure of it. You can then work on it for as many numbers of times as you want before you finally save it.
You can even leave the fuzzy lines to be worked upon later and exclude them from being included in the translation files. These can also be translated by someone else in the future.
You can also search for a specific string and edit them if you want. Just type the line in the search box and press enter to locate it. These lines can then be translated easily.
You can also download the PO, MO or POT files of your translations. The download icons appear towards the right end of this row.
Activating Your Translations
Once your translations are complete its time for you to activate them on your site. You won’t find any specific buttons to activate these translations. You will instead have to switch the language of your WordPress site. For that, you will have to go to – Settings > General. On this tab find the “Site Language” option. Now switch the language to the one you translated the plugin to. You can save your changes for the results.
Once that is done you can open the plugin’s settings to see the translation in action.
There are other ways through which you can translate your plugins. But Loco Translate is one of the most featured plugins that can help you translate your themes or plugins easily.
Although it might be a little time-consuming to have it in a language that is not very popular among WordPress users, it is still a very good way to have your plugins in a language you can best understand. By contributing your translations strings you also help many others use the language for themselves too. It also makes it easier for other contributors to work on it for good.
As the translation system improves, you will find more strings on your plugin which we hope will only improve your experience translating themes and plugin. We hope this guide was useful to you. Let us know if you have any queries. We would love to hear from you.
If you are a photographer then you will know all about post-processing, that is the job of processing your photos from RAW or JPG format in your software of choice. Choosing the right piece of software for the job is as important as picking the right lens and settings when shooting the photos. This brings us to Adobe Lightroom, probably the most popular option for photographers who wish to convert their photos from the RAW format to JPG format for usage online or in print.
While at it’s heart, Lightroom is essentially a RAW converter it also offers so many other processing features it can become overwhelming. You can use it tweak just about every aspect of the photo from basic settings such as exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows to effects like grain and vignetting. You can totally alter the feel of a shot by manipulating the vast array of settings available to you. Once you get a look that you are happy with, you can save your chosen settings as a “preset” and then use those same settings on other photos in future.
You are also able to import other people’s presets into Lightroom and apply them to your photos with the click of a mouse. Which brings us to the subject of this collection – we have put together a comprehensive list of over 50 preset bundles that you can download and use on your photos to achieve many different looks and styles.
There is something for all types of photographer in this post, types of photography covered are Landscapes, Portraits, Vintage & Lomo Effects, Newborns, Weddings, Pastel and Matte effects and much more. Take a look below and choose a set of presets to take your photos to the next level.
This is the complete collection from Photonify, it includes all their Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions which are currently available. Purchasing it also gives you a lifetime license for support and updates which means any new sets they release in these categories will be added to the bundle so your items will grow over time. Currently the included items are worth $1829 but you can get the bundle for $99.
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This is the Complete Bundle by Glow Presets which contains every set of Lightroom Presets we make and also includes every future product we release – get free updates for life and keep building your collection. Our Complete collection is ideal for all types of photographers and Lightroom users, each collection contains around 20 – 40 presets for different types of photo, all categorized and delivered as a digital download which means you get instant access to your products after payment.
If you need to create some tasty food photography, then this is the collection for you: It includes 25 Lightroom Presets for food photography. Whether you are a food blogger or a photographer shooting food for a client to be used in print advertising, commercials or billboards these presets will allow you to enhance the end photo and also greatly speed up the post production process.
Real Estate collection of Lightroom Presets, designed to help you perfect photos of home interiors. These are ideal for people wishing to sell their house, AirBnB hosts, Realtors and so on. The pack contains presets for adding warmth to a room or cooling it down, brightening up dull images and adding a luxurious and professional finish to home photos for whatever the occasion.
This is Volume 2 of the Portrait Photography Lightroom Presets collection, it contains 20 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed to enhance portrait photography. An absolute must for portrait and fashion photographers who wish to adjust tones, improve colors and contrasts of their shots.
Pretty Lightroom Presets collection, designed to add some beautiful styles to your portrait photography. The set contains a range of styles such as pastels, mattes along with some presets for making colors more vivid. It’s perfect for outdoor portrait photos, flowers, weddings and any other images which need some stylish flourishes.
Volume 1 of the Portrait Presets collection, a number of beautiful presets designed for portrait photographers to deliver interesting shots for their clients. Contains 20 presets for different portrait effects.
Matte Lightroom Presets collection, created to give your images a stylish matte-effect with one click. This is a style that has become more popular as of late, by recreating the look of having been printed on matte paper the look is popularized by washed-out tones and created with the tone curve in Lightroom.
This set contains 21 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed to give a vintage film look to your images. The presets add grain, faded effects and other techniques to make your photos look aged or retro and vintage with one click of your mouse.
Lightroom Presets Collection for Food photography. A range of presets which will suit all types of food so you can present your dishes in style. This collection is perfect for food bloggers, advertising shoots, website images, pinterest, instagram or for just showing off your culinary creations to friends and family.
If you like take photos of landscapes this is the set for you – it contains 20 carefully designed presets to enhance landscapes, mountains and skies by bringing dull photos to life. 20 presets are included in the collection to make your photos pop.
Lightroom Presets designed for Wedding Photography. It has a range of different styles and looks which are ideal for adding that touch of perfection to your wedding shoots. Offer the bride and groom a range of styles to choose from and cut back on your time spent processing the shoot. This set contains the classic styles which are popular for this type of photography including some matte looks, pastel tones and more.
This set contains 40 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed for wedding photographs. It includes many different popular wedding styles to choose from in color and black and white. Use this set to speed up your post production after a wedding shoot and it can save you time and money as well as being able to offer the bride and groom a range of different styles to choose from.
Lightroom Presets for Landscape photography. A dynamic and exciting pack of presets to bring life and color to your landscape photos. Includes a range of styles suitable for all different subjects designed to make your images pop. Presets included for snow, roads, mountains, fields, water, skies and sunsets.
This style of photo looks great and has become really popular, adding a matte effect to your photos makes them look more stylized. Perfect for using in graphics, advertising and so on. This collection has 25 presets to choose from.
Lightroom Presets designed for all types of portrait photography. It includes a range of different styles and effects to give your portrait photos a stunning professional finish. Save time in post-processing by applying our presets with just one click of the mouse.
This set contains 20 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed to give your photos a cinematic look. Add intensity and a dramatic look to your photos and make your photos more cinematic and emulate the look of cinematic effects used in movies and cinema. Add a dramatic, artist and stylized feel to your photos with one click – each preset will give you a different look.
Newborn Lightroom Presets which is perfect for all kinds of baby photography in different lighting settings. It has a range of different styles and tones to suit most images and will give your photos a beautiful finishing touch. It’s ideal for professional photographers who would like to speed up post-processing or for amateur photographers who would love to create stunning portraits of their newborn babies.
This set contains 30 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed to give your photos a soft pastel tone. It includes many different styles to choose from to create the perfect photo. Speed up your work flow and post processing with this set of presets – one click enhancements for perfect pastel toned imagery.
Vintage Lightroom Presets collection. This set contains a number of presets to give your modern-day photos a vintage or retro style, perfect for recreating that analog film look and aged or weathered photographs. The set contains multiple styles so you will be able to find the perfect vintage style you are looking for.
This set contains 20 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed to give your photos the HDR look. High Dynamic Range or HDR is a popular style of photography which is achieved by taking a number of photos of the same scene at different exposures and then combining them to create a striking image which shows off more information than a regular photo. These presets will create images with high contrasts bringing out hidden details in your photos.
This set contains 20 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed to give your the Lomo look. Each preset in the collection has been carefully constructed by a professional photographer and lightroom expert so they will look good with many different types of photo and camera brand. The Lomography or “Lomo” style of photography is a photographic style which is characterized by oversaturated colors, distortions, unexpected prismatic effects shot by Lomography cameras. The style is unmistakable when you see it and you can now recreate the look using Lightroom and this Lomo Presets collection.
This set contains 22 Lightroom presets which have been specially designed for photographing newborns. In the collection is included a number of different styles which are perfectly suited for newborn portraits by improving skin tones, softening the image and adding a dreamy quality with color or black and white.