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Are you writing amazing detailed reviews with valuable information? Long articles are great for SEO and you should totally stick to them.
On the other side, you have your readers, actual human beings (in a hurry most of the day) that want to find the information they search for in the fastest way possible, or they can get annoyed and leave your website.
Then you have your conversion goals, you want to design your posts in a way that suggest a call to action in an intuitive and not too pushy manner.
Here’s an easy piece of shortcodes that you can try for your product reviews or for whatever other purposes you chose.
The Summary Box
This box is telling the user what is all about within few seconds. It’s responsible and it will integrate smoothly with any theme and post layout.
Supermarket themes are different from other e-commerce themes, mainly by having a specific design approach.
A classic supermarket theme has a vertical menu, featuring the main categories of the store. The homepage is rich in product display, making it easy to find the product you need as fast as possible after you land on the page.
Any deals and promos are displayed in a bright, attention grabbing manner.
This kind of theme is a good fit for larger stores with lots of categories and products or multi-vendor marketplaces. If your store has just a few products you should probably search for a different type of WordPress theme.
Now let’s dive into our selection for the best new premium supermarket themes currently on the market! Note that all of these are released in 2017!
eMarket is one of the best selling new e-commerce supermarket themes. Released on 21 August 2017, for less than 20 days, it already has 100+sales and a perfect user rating.
Right from the bat, the home page is grabbing user attention, with the little details and well-picked color scheme.
It has a beautiful vertical mega menu, with custom icon options and this sweet labels on the horizontal menu, really useful to catch customer attention.
The theme comes pre-packed with powerful premium plugins. You will get VIsual Composer and Revolution Slider to build any page hassle free.
eMarket is supporting the most popular multi-vendor plugins if you’d like to build a marketplace type of site.
One very unique feature we can find in eMarket is the mobile layouts option. This means the theme is not just responsible, but you can build the mobile page layout the way you want, get rid of some desktopish elements and show only what your users need.
In terms of functionality, the theme has a cool live search feature, Ajax add-to-cart, and cool countdown deals widgets.
You can guess from the name that Techmarket is made for electronics stores, but not only. The theme 7 ready demos, that you can use, including an Organic, Glasses, Sports, Shoes, Garden and Multi Vendor skins.
Techmarket is very clean and stylish theme. The graphics are big and clear, with focus on the product. One particular element I really like is the Deals slider:
The theme is compatible with the most popular multi-vendor plugins for WordPress – Dokan, WC Vendors, WC Vendors Pro & WC Marketplace. You can also make an Amazon affiliate store with the premium WooZone plugin, which you get for free with the theme! ($42 sold separately)
The theme comes with the not so popular King Composer, but it also supports VisualComposer (not included)
Box Shop was put online for sale on 4 July 2017, and it quickly gained popularity. It comes with 8 pre-made demos, available with one click install, lots of header and footer styles and a big vertical megamenu.
Еxcept the main vertical menu at the top of the page, Box Shop also has the option to put micro vertical tabbed menus in every category section of the home page. This is extremely handy to structure a big shop if you have thousands of products in many subcategories.
The theme is WPML ready, to build a multilingual e-store.
Check out the demos to see more of the cool features it has!
The WordPress Gods have heard your prayers, for a FREE slider plugin that don’t suck! Smart Slider 3 has all the premium features a paid slider has – and the best part, it’s Free!
You can build responsive multi-layer slides, add animations, use awesome pre-made templates, add post slides and customize the look of almost everything!
The plugin is compatible with Visual Composer and other well-known pages builders available out there.
Why Smart Slider 3?
I was really excited when I first found this amazing plugin.
If you have previous experience with free slider plugins, you know how basic and old fashioned they look, compared to some premium options like Revolution Slider.
Smart Slider felt like one of those, heck even I’m sure there are premium sliders with a worse user interface and fewer options.
This plugin just feels premium!
And yes there is a paid version of Smart Slider 3. For the price of $25 you will get some more functionality like Ken Burns animations and premium support, but even with the free once you get a lot and to be honest, everything you need from a slider plugin.
Smart Slider 3 Features and Interface
Right from the start, you will notice the sleek dashboard of Smar Slider 3. Everything is put in the right place, so you can easily create slides the way you want.
You can switch to mobile, tablet or PC, to see view how your slide will look on different screen sizes and adjust the elements in the best way.
For the background, you have some pretty cool features, like the option to add blur to your images, set opacity level or add cool gradients.
These options can be really helpful if you don’t have experience in any photo editing softare like Photoshop. Even if you have, this is a big time saver!
Working with the Layers
To be honest I find these interface better than any premium slider plugin I have worked with!
With the free version of Smart Slider 3 you are given 4 kinds of layers:
And that’s basically everything you will ever need to create a slider.
All the elements could be designed very precisely to match your needs. For the text and heading, you have 40+ fonts to chose from. You can play with text decoration, size, weight, color, add hyperlinks, set tags, and even more.
Everything you create can be saved as a preset for later use, which can save you time and standardize all your slides.
If you are looking for a FREE Slider plugin in 2017, Smart Slider 3 is the way to go. It’s modern, easy to use, fast, and rich in features.
Thanks to the guys from NEXTEND, there are some really useful video tutorials on how to use the Smart Slider 3 plugin.
Arcade Games websites are the flashy sites, on which we all spent few hours of our day when we were kids.
These games were so popular back in the day and people from all ages were killing time playing some dumb, yet addictive game.
Today gaming is way more advanced, graphics are amazingly real, games are played online with others, computers are powerful, it’s a whole new world.
However, flash (or HTML5) arcade games are still being made and they surely have an audience out there.
My first ever website was a flash games website, more than 15 years ago. Back in the day, there were few popular arcade site scripts and WordPress was just a blogging platform.
Now there are plugins which allow bulk game import so you can have your own flash games portal in few hours. Combined with the cool themes I’m about to show you below, this becomes a fun and hassle-free way to build your own flash website with thousands of pages with engaging content within WordPress.
Let’s jump into the actual plugin…
MyArcadePlugin is providing everything you need to launch your own Arcade WordPress website and start generating traffic and earnings.
70,000+ Free Games
The newest games from the top distributors on the market.
Build a community – user profiles with high score saving and leaderboards.
Optimized for Ads
Powerful ads system. Plenty of ads spaces + ads on game loading.
MyArcadePlugin is by far the most popular WordPress arcade plugin. It’s compatible with all Exells themes (the biggest arcade theme marketplace) and it has tons of features for just $29 for the starter pack.
You don’t need to buy a separate theme in order to build your arcade games website. MyArcadePlugin comes with a bonus of 11 ready-made WordPress themes!
With MyArcadePlugin you can have a fully automated website, as the plugin can fetch games and publish them.
Driving Traffic to Your New WordPress Arcade Website
Now you have the site up and running, games are there, pages are looking neat, registration is working and you’re waiting for the players to arrive…
But you are still the only player out there.
This is a standard issue not only with arcade games websites but with every new website.
But with arcade website, the scenario is a little different.
You don’t have much of an unique content to rank in the searches with. Yes, you can write an article or two with on-point content, but it will still take a long time to see any results.
This is a very competitive niche and SEO is not your best friend in terms of traffic sources.
Here’s what you can try to do instead.
Step on Your Social Media Game
Learn some social marketing. In terms of technical tools try adding a Facebook comment box and a social locker plugin (locks out content unless someone likes, tweets, share the game) – Check out this Free Plugin.
Spend a few bucks on impression ads on related flash gaming sites.
Contact other webmasters with flash games websites, offer link or banner exchange.
If you have a good voice and some talent (and you’re not shy in front of an audience lol) you can create video reviews and post them on YouTube with links to the game page on your site.
Other good channels are push notifications for new games (GetSiteControl, PushNami, FoxPush). You can also build a newsletter and send valuable content to your users (e.g. New games, contests, leaderboards).
Create your own Flash Games
This is a little next level, but if you are willing to put the effort into creating a game – go for it. Another option is to find a cheap coder, experienced in this field.
Even if it’s simple and stupid on first sight, you never know what could happen. (reference Flappy Bird success).
Once you have the game, you can brand it with links pointing back to your site and offer it for free to other arcade games websites.
Here’s a good video on the topic:
How to Code a Simple Game in HTML5 - YouTube
Once you start getting some consistent traffic you can start thinking about monetizing it.
How to Monetize Your traffic?
MyArcadePlugin comes ads optimized. Rocking your Adsense ads will always be an option.
But better than that, you can register for some more niche related networks:
With GameDistribution you are also getting new games for your site, which is a win-win.
Arcade Games are a competitive niche, but you can still make it if you are willing to but the hustle and time to build your website. Find a good domain name, and have a little idea what will make your site different from the rest (micro niche).
If you had an arcade website or planning to launch one, comment below. I’d love to see what’s your idea and help you with it.
When I first discovered Visual Composer (Now WPBakery Page Builder) and its simplicity I was blown away!
I was creating better and better-looking websites, with amazing effects and out of the box design, that was a challenge even for some designer pros.
Visual Composer changed the way, regular users create websites in WordPress. It comes packed with most of the themes on Theme Forest today and it’s probably the most well-recognized page builder in the game. With the followed add-ons and extensions, you can basically create anything you want.
But what’s the Visual Composer downside?
In the last couple of years, everyone’s focus turned from the amazing parallax sections and animations to performance, speed and SEO friendliness. Visual builders are great for providing easy ways for the regular user to create custom pages, but this comes with a price – Speed. WPBakery Page Builder and other similar page builders increase the page code size, adding lots of extra lines, scripts and styles.
It is now a content-driven game, everything is in the words. Мinimalist themes and lightweight code displaced the visual effects and fireworks.
Another big factor for the WPBakery Page Builder (Visual Composer) holdback was the growing numbers of mobile users. Smaller screens and mobile data connection requires another approach to UI, which has no space for fancy sections and animated video backgrounds.
At the end of the day, results are what everyone seeks, not visual pleasure.
What’s the difference between a standard HTML page, and one built with WPBakery Page Builder?
IF you’re planning to build a whole website with WPBakery Page Builder, you should definitely use some of these addons. The page builder itself doesn’t come with many visual elements by default!
Now Let’s Run Some Comparison Tests
For the purpose of this test, I made two absolutely identical pages – One with the WPBakery Page Builder and one with the classic WordPress text Editor. No caching plugin is enabled and I’ll also deactivate the Page Builder Plugin for the test of the classic page.
The page will contain just an image on top, 3 paragraphs of text and a 3 column section with text.
Left – WPBakery Page Builder Made Page / RIght – Classic Editor Made Page
Note that this is a very basic template made for the sake of the test. You can create far more complicated pages with the WPBakery Page Builder, which justifies the slower load time.
You can see that the classic page outperforms the one made with Visual Composer due to the extra code and scripts added.
WPBakery Page Builder or also known as Visual Composer is a great plugin. Yes, it slows down the website but that’s the price you pay for all these amazing things you can create with it.
You should know your website purpose and style. For some blogs, the use of a page builder might be unnecessary and they will be better only with the themes default layouts. For others, WPBakery Page Builder could be very useful. Combined with some addons this plugin is a powerful weapon and it’s still far ahead of its competitors.
Shortcodes Ultimate is providing a solution not only for buttons plugin but for over 50 different shortcodes.
As for the buttons, the plugin offers several styles and some nice customization options. It has 9 pre-made styles to choose from and the option to preview your button before inserting it into your page.
You can build different styles and save a preset. This way you can load your desired button preset next time you need it, and insert it really quick.
We constantly follow the latest plugins, by far this is the best three from my personal experience. If I have to choose, definitely Shortcodes Ultimate is my favorite, being not just a buttons plugin but also giving you many more shortcodes to use.
If you use some other button plugin more, share it with us in the comments below.
Hope you enjoy this FREE plugin and create the most amazing buttons for your website! If you want to learn how to create an even more appealing content, check out this 4 Free Graphic Content Resources! These are all the resources I use to run this blog.
Sometimes your content goals require specific pages to remain hidden from the masses, and if it is easy to exclude a page/post from being indexed by search engines, hiding a page from your native site search results is a little trickier.
There isn’t a ready solution for that in WordPress (yet).
But thanks to the good guys out there, who develop free WordPress plugins, there is a simple way for hiding specific pages from being found through site search. No need for adding code to your functions.php file or some other complicated tasks.
Ad Inserter is an ad management plugin that allows you to insert ads in multiple locations with just a few clicks (seriously It’s very easy).
The plugin has 16 blocks and 12 positions to auto-insert the block (before and after post; before and after content; before and after paragraph; before and after the excerpt; between posts; before, between and after comments), or you can put it manually anywhere you want using a shortcode.
You can display anything in the the ad block, including shortcodes or java script.