According to almost everyone, PHP 7.2 is (not surprisingly) now the recommended PHP version for WordPress. In fact, the WordPress team itself recommends that you use PHP 7.2 for optimal performance, and to make your WordPress site as stable as possible.
But as far as PHP is concerned, how good is 7.2 when you really put it under a microscope? Is it really a good choice for WordPress?
In this article, these are the main questions that we are going to be answering. But first, let’s do a little bit of catching-up.
What Is PHP?
PHP is an open-source, general-purpose scripting language. It is predominantly used in creating web pages, can be embedded in HTML code, and can be used across many different types of platforms. PHP technically stands for “Hypertext Preprocessor,” despite the fact that the acronym does not quite add up. PHP used to stand for “Personal Home Page” back in the day, but now, it stands for the recursive acronym: “PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.”
It can be used on platforms like Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, many different variations of the Unix system… almost any platform that you might want to use. It is used for server-side scripting, for writing desktop applications, and for accessing databases.
In fact, PHP has long been known for its superior strength in the ‘accessing databases’ category. It can access more than 20 different types of databases, and can be used to output images, Flash movies, and PDF files from your website, etc.
But if you are a web developer with any WordPress or PHP experience, you probably already know this. You probably also know that WordPress still supports PHP 5, but that the PHP project has continued to evolve since then. It got a big update when PHP 7 came out, and got some pretty awesome new features when PHP 7.2 was released.
So let’s take a moment to talk about some of those features.
New Features On PHP 7.2
PHP 7.2 was officially launched in November of 2017, so it has now been out for quite a little while. It features some new functions and improvements that are of particular interest to WordPress users, most of which focus on security improvements, new usage features, and performance enhancements.
First of all, the Libsodium application-layer cryptography library used to be made available through PECL, but it is now included as a part of the core in PHP 7.2. This actually makes PHP the very first programming language, of all time, to add a modern cryptography to the standard library—which is quite awesome.
Argon 2 is now included as a hashing algorithm, which is pretty cool.
PHP 7.2 is also said to run about 13% faster than 7.1 did, which is a pretty big performance boost. It is also said to run about 20% faster than 7.0, and 250% faster than PHP 5.6!
But what is even more amazing is that about 4 out of 10 WordPress users still haven’t updated from PHP 5.6… which kind of blows our minds a little bit… but it is what it is.
Support is also an issue to be discussed where 7.2 is concerned. 7.0 will reach the end of its critical support toward the later part of 2018, and PHP 7.1 will not be supported either after December of 2018. So if you wish to continue getting support for your version of PHP, you will obviously have to upgrade before then (though why wouldn’t you want to?).
Migrating to 7.2 is also a pretty pain-free experience, for the most part (at least, it is if you are migrating from 7 or 7.1).
But now that we have talked about some of the core functions and improvements in 7.2, let’s talk about how WordPress performs with it.
How Does WordPress Perform On PHP 7.2?
First of all, WordPress.org refers to PHP version 7.2 as their default version of PHP. They recommend in their host requirements that you find a host that supports…
PHP version 7.2 or greater
MySQL 5.6 or greater, or MariaDB 10.0 or greater
They also say that they recommend Apache or Nginx as servers, but they also go on to say that any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do (source).
They also say, further down on the page, that WordPress works with PHP 5.2.4 or greater, but that these versions have reached official end of life… and as such, may expose your site to security vulnerabilities.
So this is the first thing to understand about PHP 7.2. WordPress.org, along with pretty much everyone else who uses or develops within WordPress, recommends 7.2 as the new standard.
And there are many good reasons for this.
In general, PHP 7 itself brought about major changes in pretty much four major areas. These were…
In fact, companies like Badoo actually saved a lot of money when they switched from PHP 5 to PHP 7. According to one statistic, it was estimated that Badoo saved about one million dollars just from switching to the upgraded version of PHP, mostly because they were able to answer requests faster, and because doing so required less server power.
The upgrade to PHP 7 has also been rather affectionately referred to as ‘green IT,’ because the upgrade reduces the load on servers for major companies to such a degree that you could actually say that it is even ‘good for the planet!’
But when you ask the question “what specifically do you need to know about the upgrade to PHP 7.2,” it turns out that the answer is actually a pretty simple one. In other words, if you are familiar with PHP 7, then you will already know most of what needs to be known about PHP 7.2.
PHP 7.2 was actually a pretty minor release when you compare it to 7.1, especially when you compare it to the changes that occurred between versions 5 and 7. In fact, some have gone as far as to say that it is a pretty ‘boring’ software release, when you consider everything… not because it is not a good upgrade, but because this version of PHP has just gotten so mature that it isn’t really that ‘exciting’ or dramatic.
In other words, PHP 7.2 is a very modern, and professional, realization of what PHP has been doing for years.
Without getting incredibly technical, it would be more than fair to say that PHP 7.2 is definitely an improvement—though it is not exactly groundbreaking. But perhaps most importantly, some of the changes that have been made between 7 and 7.2 do more to give us a reason to move away from PHP 5 than anything else—and that is actually pretty important.
In a world where so many people are still running PHP 5.6 with their WordPress, maybe these reasons will be enough to compel them to move forward and migrate to a newer version.
The migration process itself, as stated before, is not painful. But that was meant in the context of updating from an earlier version of 7 to 7.2. If you are migrating all the way back from a version of 5, then be aware that there are definitely a few ‘breaking changes’ that may affect your WordPress site.
We have heard some people say that the migration process is better done in steps, moving through the different versions slowly and fixing the problems as they arise. This can be an especially useful way to go if you are still running an older version of 5.
But the most important thing to keep in mind is this… that upgrading to PHP 7.2 is going to increase WordPress performance by a significant margin and increase your security, especially if you have yet to upgrade to 7. It is also going to keep you current with support, and that is super important.
We managed to score 100 score on Pingdom website speed test tool for the first time when doing some other tweaking at the same time.
If you are not a programmer, then some of what you might hear about PHP 7.2 is probably confusing. But if you run a WordPress website, it could certainly be to your benefit to read up on how to use PHP with your site, because eventually your site will suffer (at least to a certain extent… that, or you will find yourself severely limited) if you don’t at least get a little more comfortable with using it.
And of course, if you are planning to freelance at all within the WordPress community, it almost goes without saying that PHP is an essential skillset to master. You should at least have a working knowledge of it before trying your hand at WordPress development, as it is currently use by a wide majority of websites on the internet, especially among content management systems that are popular with non-technical people (aka, WordPress).
So yes. WordPress performance on PHP 7.2 is awesome. Perhaps not the kind of awesome that one would expect from the update, but the kind of awesome that would definitely inspire one to finally update to the latest version… especially if you are still running an older version of 5… which in this day and age, is just becoming more and more ‘ancient,’ as the updates stack up.
Are you providing financial and insurance services? Then, you’ve got to build a present-day web presence that makes people trust you over the competition. Building a catchy and trustworthy website may be a complicated matter when done from ground zero. That’s why, we’d like to help you with the task of building a finance/insurance website by presenting you the top 10 finance and insurance WordPress themes of this summer.
How to Choose Your Ideal Finance/Insurance Theme?
Modern finance/insurance WordPress themes come with a set of characteristics that make creating your website a simple task. However, not all of them contain all the goodies you need. So, choosing the theme for your future website, hunt for the following features:
As your website should be equally appealing and usable on a screen of any device, hunt for the templates that take responsiveness seriously.
As your website should fully meet your professional vision, opt for the templates with rich configuration options, custom-tailored widgets, modules and more.
If you don’t feel like messing around with your site’s code, you need a template that’s shipped with a WYSIWYG, i.e. drag-n-drop editor.
Do you want to see your website among the first in search results? A template with pre-made SEO optimization and extended SEO options will make you happy.
As high usability is what currently wins you new clients online, you’ve got to opt for a template that brings a cornucopia of additional premium niche-related plugins free.
And, no doubt, you don’t want your web presence be victimized by malware, so entrust it only to the well-established template providers.
This is a lot to consider, isn’t it? We’ve surveyed the market for you to bring you the top 10 finance/insurance themes that meet all the above-mentioned requirements with flying colors. If you’re ready to see them, go ahead and don’t forget to learn more about each item with ‘Live Demo’ and ‘Details’ links below.
Imperion: Multipurpose Business Marketing WordPress Theme
Imperion template is one of the finest solutions you can find to rock the finance world. Each of its demos enchants with engaging grid and mosaic layouts, idiosyncratic widgets and eye-catching visuals. There are 8 separate template skins included to the pack, to let you choose the design that’s either more on reserved and professional or on a brighter catchy side.
Now, let’s briefly discuss the ample functionally that this Awwwards nominated theme brings you. First of all, the mesmerizing Revolution slider comes at hand. With it you can become a pro at adding dynamic content-loaded slides to your website pages. What’s more, you get hold of Elementor, the most popular visual website editor, as well as of JetElements pack that multiplies the potential of this editor. Also, you get the JetMenu plugin that makes creating astonishing MegaMenus of any complexity a task so easy to accomplish.
Choose progress and become a cryptocurrency guru with the impressive Bitcoiner template. It brings together bold, variegated fonts, hand-crafted visuals and icons and stylish Parallax that turns your website pages into masterpieces. With this template, you can additionally customize every website page within Elementor in a snap. JetElements pack brings you ready-made content blocks and modules to help you with this task.
In fact, Bitcoiner template was created specifically for corporate clients to ensure their fast-growing needs with the newest functionality. For example, the theme brings you a Bitcoin calculator that boosts usability of your website with its simple and comprehensive interface. What’s more, the theme takes care of saving your time on website customization with Live Customizer.
Professional, eye-pleasing and usable, Legacy template is built to win over the hearts and wallets of your client pool. This template values you customer trust above all and doesn’t miss a single opportunity to convey your professionalism, reliability and efficiency.
Legacy template is designed to convert users at an impressive rate. It’s furnished with a number of optimized CTAs that are smartly placed to drive conversions. It also has a floating ‘Request a Free Consultation’ bar that keeps reminding your customers that it takes next to nothing to get a preliminary consultation with you. All in all, Legacy template establishes you as a fair and transparent financial consultant that really helps the clients and delivers what’s expected and even more.
Like other professional finance themes, BitChain template is easy to install and configure to the degree you want. Customization can be done either using the site control panel or the much-loved Visual Composer. This plugin lets you customize every block and element of your website to achieve the design of unparalleled uniqueness.
To let you launch the site quicker, the theme brings you a number of sample pages, such as About Us, Services, Reviews, Calculator and Contact Details. For these pages, you can choose one of the pre-made layouts or create your custom one. Moreover, this template has full SEO optimization. It’s indexing-optimized code and extended metadata settings help you rank higher in search results and enjoy more traffic.
Roox insurance agency theme has everything you would ever wish for building an impactful online presence. This theme has a robust yet flexible structure, enhanced with an array of premium plugins and unique pages. The template has the pre-built plugins to let people preview your time-table on any device and book an appointment online.
With Roox, it’s simple to display the outline of the services you provide in a professional manner. With the help of comprehensive shortcodes, you can add a services section to the sidebar or main body of every page of your website or create a stunning services-dedicated page. Other plugins included to the pack include the tailor-made team members and gallery plugins, as well as the Power drag-n-drop website builder.
Perfect is the theme that deserves being the apple of your eye. Its lightweight, yet fascinating layouts are available in a number of colors thanks to trouble-free color customization. What’s more, the Perfect theme brings you a mind-boggling set of home page layouts, so that you can choose the front piece of your website without losing extra time on extended customization.
Perfect is a best-selling template due to its impressive flexibility. This theme offers you 10 top header styles, 12 top menu styles and 10 custom footer versions. Built on the popular Redux framework, the theme is ready to be customized with the pre-built King Composer. Moreover, this template brings you a number of premium add-ons free, including three most popular translation plugins, MailChimp, Carousel and Instagram Feed add-ons and much more.
If you represent a bank or a loan company, LoanDolphin template will help you impressively boost online conversion. This theme brings you pixel-perfect, eye-pleasing designs, new-age gradients, enticing imagery and immersive layouts. The clear-cut storytelling design of this one-pager is enhanced with LazyLoad that provides for stylish Gallery section display, as well as with custom icons that take your bulleted lists up a notch.
What’s more, LoanDolpin theme delivers you 7 stunning header layouts, enhanced with the impossible-to-miss CTA buttons. The display of other website sections is beautified with a number of premium Cherry plugins. Thanks to this plugins, your site will look superior and be more usable than the websites of your competitors that miss such all-encompassing functionality.
The MineBit finance template is tailored to the needs of cryptocurrency businesses of any scale. The impressive design of this theme is complemented with a collection of more than 600 enticing Google Fonts and a prolific set of modules to display the content of your website the way you wish. The theme gives you the ability to edit the colors of every of theme’s components and drag-n-drop content blocks to achieve the most pleasing interface.
Even without the basic programming knowledge, you’ll be able to fully customize the look of the MineBit theme and achieve the utmost usability. Moreover, the theme’s developers know coding and SEO-optimization inside-out. Developing MineBit theme, they made their best to ensure full compliance with the ranking algorithms of Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Powerful and fully editable, Tradex theme lets users fully focus their attention on Forex trading options with its clean and concise layouts. The theme’s layouts can be tweaked in a variety of ways by simply dragging and dropping elements within the Power page builder interface. Moreover, Live Customizer is the pre-built tool that reveals the results of color/header/footer/social options customization straight away thanks to its Ajax capabilities.
Tradex theme provides you with the ease of position management of stock exchange, consulting, currency trading and other information. Moreover, user-friendly navigation lets users come across the needed information about brokers in an instant. Finally, social integration options encourage site guests to spread the word about your trading platform and traders in a couple of clicks.
Bankorama is a personal banking theme that lets you win over new clients with its amiable, fresh interface. The incredible functionality and efficient UI of this template lets you arrange appointments, master projects, showcase services, introduce team members, show off testimonials, run an engrossing blog and much more.
With lots of banking themes and websites being analyzed prior to the creation of Bankorama, this theme interweaves the best practices and techniques currently available for this niche. Its glossy layouts reflect on the most recent web design trends and deliver you classy color options that you can’t miss a chance to play around with. Additionally, Bankorama features an unsurpassable drag-n-drop editing experience and over 35 incredible widgets to reinforce the interface of your website. As a bonus, you get all the Live Demo imagery, as well as 15 thematic images that would make a masterpiece out of any web page.
That’s the end of our today’s showcase. The themes we’ve presented meet the current state of web design art and bring you the most advanced features you can dream of in one pack. We wish you find your perfect template among them and soar to new heights with its help!
If you have any questions or considerations regarding these finance and insurance WordPress themes, do not doubt to address them in the Comments section below.
Freelancing is becoming more and more popular in many places around the world, especially with the growth of the internet and its influence over daily life. Not only are more people using freelancing as a main source of income, but many people are also choosing freelancing as a means to supplement their hourly employment as well.
In the end, freelancing offers several benefits that many professionals nowadays are finding more and more difficult to ignore. Freelancing gives you freedom, flexibility, and the ability to pursue your passion for your craft without compromising and working directly for an employer.
But there are also some challenges—and finding quality projects is one of them.
WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS, and has proven to be an awesome source for freelancing and remote work. But where can you find quality jobs that are based on WordPress?
With more and more freelancers competing for the good jobs, you may find yourself forced to deal with a more and more challenging landscape. But fear not, because there are ways around this.
In this post, we are going to share 15 sites where you can look for remote WordPress jobs (not necessarily arranged in any particular order). Granted, these sites might not be the silver-bullet to your freelancing woes, but they can serve as an excellent place to start.
Codeable.io advertises itself as the ‘#1 outsourcing service for WordPress,’ and to be super honest, they are probably not lying. If you are a WordPress Expert, then this site can put you in front of 30,000 professional clients who may be interested in what you have to offer.
You can think of Codeable as an exclusive marketplace for freelancers who specialize in WordPress. The catch here is that they do not accept just anyone. But if you’ve got the skills to pay the bills, you can earn a minimum of $60 per hour on this site.
Remote OK is actually an offshoot of the website Nomad List. This website deals exclusively with remote jobs, so you won’t have to worry so much about where the jobs are originating from if the goal is to work remotely.
This site may not have quite as many listings as some, but they do offer the ability to list jobs in several different categories, including software development, customer support, marketing, design, non-tech, online teaching, etc.
Krop is a website that is dedicated to helping people who are looking for tech, design, and/or creative jobs. Their site allows you to build a profile and a portfolio to help you get noticed by companies who are looking to hire freelancers. They also maintain a list of jobs that employers post in hopes of finding professionals to work with.
Many of these jobs are actually on-site, but you can find remote jobs here as well. They also have a lot of WordPress jobs posted here, though you cannot filter them out—which is a little bit of a downside, so your searches will have to be manual.
Upwork is one of the largest freelancing sites online. It was created when Elance merged with ODesk, and has since been a pretty tried-and-true place to find good freelancing and remote jobs.
This site can hook you up with TONS of quality WordPress jobs, but it does come with some downsides. The bidding system can be frustrating, with many employers choosing to go for the lowest bidder… which creates a ‘race to the bottom dollar’ that may not give everyone fair scrutiny. It is also pretty densely populated by freelancers… but it is still a good site to try if you are serious about remote WordPress work.
This site is actually a part of the WordPress website family, and can even be reached via the footer on WordPress.org. This is, essentially, a place where people can outsource work for WordPress sites. You can find all kinds of different WordPress-related jobs here, though some are still location-specific.
There is, however, a location column that you can check to double-check on this—so that makes the process a bit easier and more user-friendly if you are looking for something that is more strictly remote.
This job board, hosted on Poststatus.com, is said to be ‘the best way for serious WordPress professionals to find qualified, full-time positions at great companies.’
It may not have quite as many jobs as some of the sites on our list, but the big advantage to this one is that every single job pertains to WordPress. Some are location specific and some are remote, though… so keep an eye on that when you start browsing.
Freelancer is a website that gives experts and freelancers the ability to meet each other, network, and work together. According to the website, ‘millions of small businesses’ use the website to help them complete projects, so this is an obvious go-to for people looking for quality WordPress work.
At any given time, there are usually over 2,000 different WordPress jobs to sift through. That is a pretty good deal, even if some of them don’t pay as much as they might be worth.
According to the landing page on angel.co/jobs, close to 25,000 of the world’s best technology companies/startups are actually hiring on AngelList.
This site actually collects jobs from startups. And though these jobs are not necessarily WordPress specific, you can filter job listings using a wide range of criteria. This site is actually known for how detailed their filtering system is, so finding the jobs you want should be a breeze on this one.
If you visit Toptal.com, you will find a freelancing website for the top 3% of freelancers online. But if you visit toptal.com/wordpress, you will find the page of this site that deals specifically with WordPress development.
You will have to apply to gain entrance to this site… but once you are in, you will find jobs that pay way better than average. This site is focused more on the ‘elite’ online freelancing presence.
This site is dedicated specifically to helping freelancers with remote and work-from-home jobs. They do not offer a ton of WordPress specific jobs, but those that do get posted to the site are remote… so it is still a good site to check out.
They’ve even been featured on websites like Fox Business, INC., and Yahoo! News… so their reputation is actually quite good online.
This site focuses specifically on helping people to find WordPress jobs, which makes it an obvious site to include on our list.
One weird thing about this site is that it seems to require posters to select a location… so at first glance, it would seem that they don’t post remote jobs. But if you read through job descriptions, you will find that many of the jobs actually specifically target remote developers.
You will have to pay for a membership to this site, but you admittedly get a lot for your money. It is also fair to mention that this site is not quite as active as it used to be, but it may be worth the free 30 day trial to see what kind of WordPress jobs you can find on it.
You may or may not find something good, but it could be worth a try.
This site specifically focuses on jobs that ‘aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.’
A simple WordPress search should yield all kinds of possibilities when looking through job listings. There might not be a ton of them on this site, but the population on the site is quite large, and that supports better opportunities than you will find on some other sites… making We Work Remotely a solid performer in the online WP jobs search market.
These might not be the only websites where you can potentially find WordPress jobs, but they are a great place to get started… especially if you hope to find a freelance or remote WordPress job that you can leverage to put your WP skills to better use.
In the era of inventions and technology development, it is highly important to be able to present yourself properly, in a favorable light. Especially when it comes to showing your creativity and artistic skills. The nowadays world offers various solutions how to catch viewers’ attention and attract customers, and one of the best-known is the Internet. Using the World Wide Web, you can create a stunning advertisement for your projects, expand your audience and raise income with the help of appealing WordPress themes for artists or custom designs. Want to know how it works? Let’s dive into research.
How to build an inspiring art studio online?
At first, choose the direction you want to develop your skills in. It may be an art gallery, artist portfolio, web-design, interior decoration etc. If you have doubts and want to concern yourself with a creative profession, take some classes in the photo school or visit the professional art studio.
Try to imagine the design you enjoy. It’s well-known that working on something you like is a source of positive emotions and job satisfaction that will influence the materials quality and your clients’ mood. If you have enough time – draw the simple sketch to better understand what you need.
After that, find out which features are essential, secondary and advantageous. For example, if you are going to start an art blog, there is no need to add an appointment booking plugin, but an eye-catching gallery script will be mission-critical.
When you already know what to pay attention to, it’s time to pick up the suitable theme for WordPress according to the desired design elements. Actually, you may use any platform you like, but WordPress is a web-development leader, as it is of high-quality and easy in use.
And, at last, check out the live demos under each template to make the final decision. They are available by the links below each template description in this collection, so you will have an opportunity to see every detail in action and try the themes in advance.
Now, you know how to set up a creative website without any great effort. So, why wait? Let’s bounce over to the shortlist of 10 top-rated artists WordPress themes!
Simplicity & Style – Art Studio WordPress Theme
As you can see, this template has a sober-colored design with minimal style and convenient structure. It is complemented with a useful calendar, flexible commenting system, drop-down elements and various social options. Besides, it will inspire your clients with the Parallax scrolling effect, top-notch media library, performance optimization, and revolution slider.
The template features powerful visual design, fully-fledged project pages, and easy installation. It will be suitable for both novice users and experienced web-developers, thanks to its easy installation. It can be used as a blog or gallery, so you will be able to combine these two site types in order to attract new clients and share your experience.
This theme is powered by the famous drag-and-drop page builder also known as a visual composer that will help you to customize your website without even touching its code. Just move any element to another place and the code will be changed, so you won’t need programming education. Also, you will have an opportunity to present your museum page properly using an awe-inspiring revolution slider.
The template is notable for its powerful design, ease of use, convenient administrator panel, and multiple theme options included. It has plenty of custom widgets, page and post meta options that will help you to quickly optimize the theme and adjust it to your needs. In addition, this design is translation ready, so it will be suitable for international projects.
This template is a real catch for bloggers and handmade artists because it is ready for blogging projects and fully-featured. Beyond that, the theme is Ecwid-ready, so you will have an opportunity to turn your handmade blog into an online store. Also, it is search engine optimized, fully responsive, Retina-ready, cross-browser compatible, and easy to install.
The theme has a clean responsive design that will easily adjust to any screen size – from PCs to handheld devices. It is fully editable, so you will set up your site using its advanced admin panel hand over fist. Besides, it has the .po/.mo files included, that means that your website will be ready for translations.
Stunning Artist Gallery & Museum WordPress Template
This template features user-friendly navigation with a convenient drop-down menu, social options, and valid documentation with the detailed instructions inside. It has Google products integration, so you will be able to implement all the popular web fonts and the famous Google map. In addition, the theme has a powerful media library that goes together with the inspiring animation effects: Parallax and the background video.
Artist Portfolio & Photo Gallery Responsive WordPress Theme
This artist portfolio features user-centric administrator panel, optimized source code, and long-term support by the professional provider’s team. It is not only fully responsive but also Retina-ready, search engine optimized, cross-browser and Ecwid compatible, quick to install, and easy to use. Beyond that, it has two essential web forms in the package: contact and search forms.
This template goes together with an in-depth documentation that will show you all traps and pitfalls of web-design. The theme will impress your clients and followers with its perfect animation including Parallax, background video, and lazy load effects. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to solve all the issues with the help of the competent support team that is available round-the-clock in the online chat.
This theme goes together with different post formats, Google fonts integration, visual page builder, and unlimited color options. It is complemented with the useful multi-functional admin panel and Ecwid-ready pages, so you will easily edit your site and quickly add an online store. Moreover, this template has a portfolio WordPress custom post type, so you will be able to show your creativity to the whole world in a few clicks.
Now, you know how the best ready-made art & culture templates look like. Don’t keep putting it off and choose the design immediately, as your rivals are already in play’. Look through the free TemplateMonster eBook “SEO Best Practices For a WordPress Blog Post” to learn more about the search engine optimization and keep a lookout for new information!
It’s always been a wish to make the best out of one’s eCommerce website while you still can and with all the available resources you can possibly lay your hands on. It’s no news that there are several ways to go about improving one’s website and in doing so, you are also increasing your conversion rate, which you can agree is much-needed.
Among all the ways to improve one’s WooCommerce website for the better are WooCommerce extensions. Statistically, there are over 330 WooCommerce extensions on WooCommerce.com and over 1000 on WordPress.org and ostensibly more than enough on other third-party stores. This signals that you have a plethora of WooCommerce plugins to choose from and it still gives you the same desired outcome, more revenue.
That is, indeed, a great question that will get you racking your brain every now and then. Well, you don’t need all WordPress plugins or extensions to make a great business website, just select a few genuine ones that will help you take your business website to a mind-blowing level you’ve always wanted.
Before we explore the best WooCommerce extensions, let’s first quickly look at what WooCommerce means.
WooCommerce is a free eCommerce extension that allows you to sell anything, anywhere. It is beautifully built to integrate uninterruptedly with WordPress. Just like WordPress is the best CMS to build a website with, WooCommerce is the world’s favourite eCommerce solution that gives both store owners and developers complete control over their websites.
The below extensions will help add new features and a new look to your eCommerce store and will help you grow your business at a substantial rate that would wow you. In this article, we have hand-picked 7 best WooCommerce extensions to power up your website in 2018.
This is undoubtedly one of the best WooCommerce plugins that you will find so amazing to improve your website. It offers your customers the chance to buy products from your store in the way they want and it costs around $49 for a single website. The rights it grants your customers are as follows;
Right to customize their products by using drop-downs, check-boxes
Ultimate options to select gift messages, donations, laser engraving, or any other customization on the product purchased.
Conversion rate optimization has been a major area many store owners struggle with so why don’t you learn about it and make it an advantage your store has over other stores. This plugin is a great add-on to your website and as one of the best automated sales and marketing plugins, it can help you boost your site’s conversion rate. Some of the features included in this plugin are;
Sales Pop: just like having a review to show as proof of good work and competence, it shows a list of recent sales to give your customers a proof of proficiency.
Mailbox: It helps send personalized follow-up emails to customer
Recover Cart Pusher: Allows you to automatically send push notifications for abandoned carts, thus, helping you retain genuine and loyal customers.
It also allows you to add quick Facebook chat, exit pop-ups, sales countdown and much much more.
Just like the name states, Facebook WooCommerce is one of the popular free plugins designed by Facebook and handled by WooCommerce. You might be wondering how this improves one’s business, it so does in two ways via Facebook Ads Extension and Facebook Shops on Pages;
Facebook Ads Extension: Through the Facebook ads extension feature you will be able to find new customers as well as build a long-lasting relationship with the existing ones, leading to more leads and a higher conversion.
Facebook Shops on Pages: Through this feature, you can easily showcase your products on your Facebook Business Page, thus improving its visibility which will help boost sales.
Also, this extension does more than publicizing your products on Facebook, it might also redirect people to your website or prompt them to install an app thus increasing your website’s traffic.
This is a simple plugin that allows you to customize your WooCommerce Orders page. It comes with some amazing features such as the option to enable/disable additional columns, reorder option on the order page, option to combine more than one order, custom order status and more.
Looking to provide some special offers only to the people who is a frequent buyer on your store? Then this plugin is just for you. It is one of the best WordPress Membership plugins and while it doesn’t come for free, its benefits outweigh its price, so go for it!
A loyal customer should always be rewarded with discounts and free gifts. It is what every customer expects from the store they purchase products from and as such, by offering coupons and discounts on selected products you are not only rewarding your customer’s loyalty but you are also encouraging them to shop more frequently.
This plugin allows you to create an entire membership system effortlessly. It makes it easy for you to track information and helps simply communication with members. Additionally, it also allows you to provide exclusive perks to members-only, by restricting access to content/product for non-members.
Priced at $69, this easy to use and mobile-friendly plugin will help enhance the payment system of your eCommerce site. It works effectively with most of the US banks. With this plugin integrated into your eCommerce site, you can offer direct bank payment options to your customers. Plus, auto refunds can be managed through ACH stripe and plaid.
This is the 7th on my list but, trust me, this is equally as essential as the ones listed above. WooCommerce Extra Product Options extension adds conditional logic to the product options on your eCommerce store, more importantly, it provides a pricing option in the eCommerce store for the customers to choose from.
This brilliant plugin also offers extra styling for radios and check-boxes which makes it a must-have because it could work hand-in-hand with the Product Add-ons for WooCommerce plugin. Considering this much-needed benefits it is capable of providing, coughing up around $24 to get this plugin for your website is a great deal.
I hope, with this article I have been able to help you choose the best WooCommerce extensions to power your website for 2018. WooCommerce is the best platform to use when it comes to building a top-notch online store and these extensions just add on to its overall appeal making it all the more effective.
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You can find out what you need to improve on by taking a look at the Readability tab in the general meta box.
It’ll display all your:
To point you in the right direction, it allows you to highlight text to get a better understanding of your results. Just click the eye icon to the right of the bulleted text to see what sections of your post you might need to rework.
You can enter in focus keywords for analysis if you choose to upgrade to the Premium version of Yoast.
If you’re making use of the free version, there are still additional SEO tactics you can implement.
For example, you can edit the text of the meta description that’ll appear on search engines.
What’s nice about Yoast is that it provides you with tangible metrics to assess your content.
It gives you the visibility you need to ensure your blog posts are easily digestible and enhances your ability to create content your audience will enjoy.
It also helps you create SEO-friendly content, increasing your likelihood of drawing in new readers from Google and Bing.
2. Social Warfare
Social Warfare totes itself as “your ultimate social sharing arsenal for WordPress,” and for good reason. They offer robust social sharing options to maximize your shares and the reach of your posts.
Their social sharing buttons are also sleek with high visual appeal.
With a simple click, readers can easily share your content on popular social media platforms including:
Social Warfare provides you with numerous customization options when it comes to button placement.
You can choose to have buttons:
Both at the beginning and end of your posts
Only at the beginning of your posts
Only at the end of your posts
You also have the option of floating buttons to encourage your visitors to share your posts at any stage of the reading process.
There’s also a Click to Tweet feature you can make use of.
Once you install the plugin on your site, you can go to your Admin Dashboard to set up your customization options.
If you’re using the free version, you have six buttons to choose from and can pick the order you want to display the buttons.
If you go with the Pro version, you have access to 15 social sharing buttons.
You also have the option to:
Set a minimum display number for shares
Customize the color of your buttons
Social Warfare displays the share count for each platform as well as the total share count. This can give your content a boost if you have an impressive number of shares.
The positive display of social proof will indicate to your audience that your content is worth reading.
It’ll also encourage them to share if they see others joining in.
3. User Switching
To build rapport and relationships with your audience, you’ll want to respond to comments in a timely manner.
The User Switching plugin is a convenient tool to use if you want to respond to comments in the back-end of your site under a different user.
“But can’t I just respond as the Admin?” you might be thinking.
If you’re publishing blog posts under your Admin account, you may want to rethink this strategy.
Posting under Admin will expose your login details making you vulnerable to hackers.
Instead, consider creating another username for yourself. Assign yourself Author status.
To do this, go to Users > Add New in your Dashboard.
Once you’ve installed the plugin, you can hoover over the name of your newly created user.
You’ll see a Switch To option.
Click this option to access the settings of your newly created user.
You can click the Comments tab in the toolbar and reply to any comments you might have.
You can switch back to your Admin settings by clicking Switch back to admin at the top of the page.
This plugin will save you from the hassle of having to log in and out of different accounts.
And it’s also secure.
Only Administrators have access to this tool, so you don’t have to worry about other users making use of it if you’re not the only one with access to your back-end.
4. Simple Author Box
Although you may already have loyal readers, some visitors to your blog may land on your posts through various links from around the web. This means they might not be familiar with who you are.
The Simple Author Box is an effective way to add a face to the name behind the blog. This is where you can share a short paragraph about what you’re all about.
You can also add links to your various social media handles.
Once you’ve installed the plugin, you can click the Simple Author tab on your Admin Dashboard.
This is where you can customize the appearance of your author box.
Customization options include:
Author avatar image style (you can choose a square or circle)
Pixel size of social icons
You can also change the color, size, and style of the font of the Author Box.
Since the box automatically adjusts to your theme’s font and color scheme, this is something you only must do if you want a different look.
You can choose from a list of 30 social icons to display. You don’t want to overwhelm your visitors though, so consider limiting your icons to five.
To populate the fields in the Author Box, you’ll have to go to Users in the Admin Dashboard.
Once you click on your user name, you’ll find a new section called Custom User Profile Image.
You’ll want to upload the image you want to appear in your author box.
Add any social media links you want to display under the Social Media Links section.
Make sure to save your changes by clicking Update User at the bottom of the page.
MonsterInsights is the leading Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. It provides you with a bird’s-eye view of how visitors navigate your site and offers you the ability to monitor site performance.
Installing this plugin will allow you to understand:
What medium and sources are bringing users to your site
What outbound links readers are clicking
You’ll first have to create a Google Analytics account to use this plugin. But once you do, there’s no need to use code to get this plugin up and running.
MonsterInsights does this for you during the install setup process.
This plugin is an effective way to discover content trends.
You can also make use of Custom Dimensions to see what resonates most with your audience.
Custom Dimension Types include:
What makes this plugin so valuable is that it gives you the visibility to tailor your content to your audience’s preferences.
Having the ability to decipher what your audience is gravitating towards will allow you to execute an effective content strategy.
Wrapping It Up
The right tools will enable you to maximize your blog’s potential and save you time. Making use of these 5 plugins we discussed will empower you to create content that your audience enjoys and is eager to share.
Are there any plugins you rely on to optimize your blog?
Getting locked out of your WordPress website by the dreaded ‘too many failed login attempts’ error message, is one of the most annoying things ever.
It’s the last thing you want to be dealing when you are working on your WordPress website, whether it be maintaining it or adding fresh content.
In this tutorial I am going to be showing you a few simple ways you can unlock too many login attempts for WordPress, and get back into your website without waiting for 20-30 minutes.
This tutorial assumes that you have the Limit Logins Plugin installed on your website, or that some form of login protection has been added to your website either by your hosting company or your developer (if you’ve been locked out of your website and displayed with a message informing you that you have tried to login too many times, you can assume this applies to you).
What Is ‘too many failed login attempts’ for WordPress
This message displays when a user has tried to login too many times to their WordPress website within a given time limit (generally, in quick succession).
This is a security feature of WordPress designed to stop hackers from accessing your website illegitimately, and to prevent brute force attacks (spamming hundreds or thousands of passwords in an attempt to force access).
What Causes ‘too many failed login attempts’
This is caused by entering the wrong login credentials too many times in quick succession. To display the error message in the first instance, you need to type in the wrong login credentials multiple times.
Once the error message has displayed and WordPress has registered this ‘too many failed login attempts’ state, even if you input the correct user credentials, they won’t register successfully until the wait period has expired.
So How to Fix ‘too many failed login attempts for WordPress’
There are a few methods for solving this issue, depending on how your WordPress website is setup.
The FTP Method
The FTP method assumes you have the Limit Login Attempts plugin installed, and this is what is generating your ‘too many login attempts’ error message.
The FTP section of your website can usually be located fairly easily within your CPanel (accessible via your hosting account).
Using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) you can log into your website and view all of its files. Once there, you need to navigate to: /wp-content/plugins/
The plugins folder contains the files for, you guessed it, all of the plugins on your website.
You will need to look for the Limit Login Attempts plugin folder, once you find it, delete it to remove it from your website. Usually, you would uninstall it using the WordPress dashboard, but unfortunately, as you can’t login to the dashboard, we have to use an alternative method.
The MySQL Method
The second method for resetting login attempts on WordPress is by use of a MySQL query. This method requires a basic understanding of MySQL and using phpMyAdmin, which is a tool accessible from your CPanel.
We are going to be using a SQL query that will target your WordPress database, specifically wp_options, and reset your login attempts.
For those of you unfamiliar with MySQL and phpMyAdmin, it’s not as daunting as it may sound and I will walk you through it step by step.
Locate Your Database
If you don’t have multiple websites on your hosting plan, this step isn’t relevant and you can skip to the next step. If you have multiple websites on one hosting plan, through add on domains, this step will show how you to isolate the database for the website you wish to run this query on.
This step assumes your CPanel is using Installatron.
A simple way of figuring out which website is using which database is to open up your Installatron (from your CPanel), which is used to install WordPress amongst other ready to go applications. GoDaddy for instance provides an Installatron to help you easily install applications on a domain of your choosing.
Once you have logged into Installatron, you will see a list of your websites with WordPress installed on. Find the website you’d like to unlock login attempts on, and click on the spanner button, which is the edit button for that particular installation of WordPress.
Click on ‘Files and Tables’, which is next to ‘Overview’ and scroll down to ‘Database Name’.
This will provide you with the database name you need to look for in the next step, when you use phpMyAdmin to execute your SQL query.
Executing Your SQL Query Using phpMyAdmin
Now that you know your database name, or if you only have the one database you know the name by default, let’s proceed to use some simple SQL queries to unlock login attempts for WordPress.
The Simple SQL Query
To unlock login attempts for all users on a specific WordPress website, you can use the below query by clicking on your database table name, then SQL:
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = '' WHERE option_name = 'limit_login_lockouts' LIMIT 1;
The Unlock Only Your IP Query
You could also use this query to unlock login attempts specifically for your IP address. You can find out your IP address by using What’s My IP.
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = REPLACE(option_value, '123.456.789.123, '') WHERE option_name = 'limit_login_lockouts' LIMIT 1;
For the option_value number, replace this with your IP address using the format displayed above and the query will work on your IP.
You can use either of these SQL queries to unlock login attempts, so that you can once again login into your WordPress without error.
Set a Safe Password For Your WordPress Website
To finish up with, just a quick note on setting a safe password. While it may be easier to remember something like ‘ILoveCats:)” as a password, it is safer to use a strong multi character password that differs for every service you use.
I recommend allowing the Installatron to generate your password for your by default when you are installing WordPress on your domain, failing that, follow the below guidelines for creating a safe password:
Use a minimum of 12 characters.
Include a mix of symbols, lowercase and uppercase characters.
Avoid the obvious, like your partner’s name or the name of your business
Hopefully you found this tutorial useful, and you can bookmark it for the next time you lock yourself out of your WordPress website.