Have you ever been hacked or lost content on your site?
It’s a terrible experience.
While there are plenty of things you can do to secure your site, one of the smartest measures WordPress users can take is to backup their site.
The good news is that backing up your site is extremely easy.
Even better, site backups can be fully automated. All you need is the right plugin.
There are a few good options for backing up your site. Here are the factors you should consider when selecting a WordPress backup plugin.
The three features you need
When choosing the right solution to backup your WordPress site, there are three things you should consider.
1. Automated backups
Whatever solution you choose, it should have an automated backup schedule. This could be once a month, once a week, or daily.
I would recommend scheduling a backup every day since you never know when you might need to restore your site. This feature comes with most plugins, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.
2. Manual backups
Want to save yourself a lot of time and hassle?
The key to safely updating plugins and themes on your site is to backup first, every time.
Unbreaking your site after a bad update can be a huge pain, so having a backup you can switch to makes things much easier. In order to backup before plugin updates, you’ll need to be able to update manually.
It’s important that the solution you choose allows you to manually create a backup before you download any new updates. Alternatively, an automatic backup before updates works well.
3. Automatic restores
What’s the point of backing up your site if you don’t know how to restore the backup?
Restoring your site from a backup requires a bit of technical skill involving uploading the backup files via FTP or phpMyAdmin. Make sure you understand the restore process and you are comfortable with it before choosing a solution.
For most users, one-click automatic restores are easiest.
Plugins to backup your site
Now that you know what you need, visit our collection of plugins to backup WordPress.
You’ll find some great solutions there. The steps for actually backing up your site are pretty clear with each one. Usually, there’s just a simple settings page to schedule your backups.
Secure your site with backups
Regardless of the solution you choose, it’s important that you backup your site. All the hard work and money you put into your site(s) needs to be protected.
Knowing you’ve got daily backups and the ability to restore from any disaster will give you great peace of mind, not to mention, potentially save you a ton of time, money, and stress in case of disaster.
Have questions about how to backup a WordPress site? Leave a comment below.
Snow Club has a unique design with a very narrow left sidebar. While different from the average top menu layout most themes have, it’s still clear how to navigate this ski resort theme.
With the menu always present on the left of the site, the rest of the screen is dedicated to sprawling background images and interesting page compositions. You can publish a diverse homepage with all sorts of different content thanks to the integrated drag-and-drop page builder plugin.
Snow Club can easily be made compliant with the GDPR guidelines and is also fully compatible with the Gutenberg post editor. Furthermore, there are tons of customization settings available in the Live Customizer for changing aspects like the colors, logo, and typography.
Use Snow Club for a snowboarding class, ski lessons, winter travel agency, or ski resort.
Snow Mountain has a cool style that differentiates it from other ski resort templates. The bold sans-serif headings are italicized which makes for a unique and very active look. The colors are balanced, and fully customizable in case you’re not a fan of the orange and blue palette.
Browse around the demo site and you’ll see how you can make a website that performs well with Snow Mountain. There are plenty of page sections where you can include a call-to-action to sell services. There’s even a booking form that visitors can use to schedule their visit. While you could use a separate plugin to add a contact form, it’s nice to have a built-in solution.
In addition to the comprehensive page builder that comes included with Snow Mountain, there are also dozens of shortcodes you can add to any post or page. It’s a very flexible theme for building a ski resort website.
The WinterZone theme is a simple and flexible choice for a skiing and winter adventure website.
This modern WP theme is extremely visual. There are lots of places where you can add a background image or include image galleries with photographs of the resort. The WPBakery Page Builder plugin comes bundled which is how the various page designs can be constructed.
WinterZone also includes Slider Revolution and Essential Grid for free. These two premium plugins allow you to create custom image sliders and grid layouts for your posts and pages. Also, there is a booking form option complete with payment processing which lets you collect sales from your site around the clock.
Mount Resort wasn’t designed specifically for ski resorts, but it’s easy to picture how you could adapt it for a cozy winter space. Swap out the images and the headlines and you’ll have exactly what you need to attract excited new visitors to your residence.
While most of the other themes in this collection are great at showing off activities and selling services, Mount Resort really thrives when advertising the rooms and rates. It has templates and galleries especially designed for this purpose.
To give you a headstart, there are several pre-designed inner pages for important info like your room listings and individual room pages. Plus, there are more than 85+ handcrafted elements available for page building. The fun and comfortable aesthetic of this theme would make it appropriate for selling vacation rentals or timeshares in the mountains.
Mounthood is a versatile theme for any winter sports businesses. Axiom Themes primarily advertises it as a template for snowboarding classes and ski schools, but it can work just as well for resorts.
Mounthood bundles the Visual Composer plugin with it for free (now called WPBakery Page Builder). This lets you create custom page designs. For instance, the homepage you see in the demo site and featured in the screenshot above was designed this way. You can add, reorder, remove, and edit any of the sections.
Another cool feature in this ski resort WordPress theme is the WooCommerce compatibility. You can sell services or open a full eCommerce shop right on your site thanks to this integration.
The first step is to search for “Simple Share Buttons Adder” in your Plugins menu. Then, install and activate the plugin.
Once activated, you’ll find a new Share Buttons submenu under Settings in your dashboard.
Choose your networks
At the top of the settings page, you’ll see there are three tabs. The Classic buttons are really just there for backward compatibility. You should use the Modern share buttons since these ones load faster.
Once in the Modern Share Buttons tab, drag-and-drop any networks you want to display into the box below.
You can add and remove networks any time to customize which buttons display on your site.
This next step is the most important one.
Choose where to display the buttons
Now that you’ve selected which networks you want to use, you can use this setting to decide where to display the buttons.
There’s a nice variety of options for fine-tuning where the buttons show up. Also, don’t miss the Placement drop-down option. With that setting, you can choose to display the social buttons before, after, or before and after the content.
Further customize the buttons
That pretty much covers how to add social sharing buttons to your WordPress posts and pages.
I won’t cover the rest of this plugin’s settings in detail, but I do want to point out that there are some cool styling options available.
The Styling section lets you choose from 11 different pre-defined styles, plus you can change the color and size of the buttons too.
The Counters section lets you turn on/off the counter next to each network that tells visitors how many times the page has been shared.
There are some neat options in the Advanced section as well and for any developers reading this, you’ll appreciate the simple CSS section for adding a bit of your own code to customize the design of the buttons.
Adding social sharing buttons is easy with the right tools.
While there are a lot of plugins available for this sort of customization, a lot of them are buggy and bloated. The last thing you want to do is slow down your whole site because you added a few social sharing buttons.
If you have any questions or comments about how to add social buttons, please leave a comment below.
Challenger has been designed from the ground up for professional bloggers. The lead generation header is great for building your email list.
As a minimalist theme, Challenger effectively focuses the attention of your visitors on your content. This is due largely to the one-column layout. Without a sidebar, there are no distractions while someone is reading one of your articles.
The responsive Challenger theme includes a variety of handy features for showing/hiding elements across the site, displaying excerpts VS full posts, and changing the size of the Featured Images. There are also more than 50+ social media icons for linking visitors to your social profiles.
Challenger is 100% responsive and looks awesome on mobile devices, tablets, and widescreen monitors.
Storefront is probably the first theme you should consider for your eCommerce store. It’s got a simple but beautiful design and it was made by Automattic – the developers behind WooCommerce and WordPress itself.
The plain style of this theme makes it incredibly flexible. It will look good for a wide variety of online retailers like clothing stores, jewelry shops, or even sporting goods eCommerce stores. And since it’s made by Automattic, you can be sure it integrates seamlessly with the WooCommerce plugin.
This eCommerce theme is pretty customizable too. There are options in the Customizer for you to change the layout and colors easily. With multiple widget areas throughout the template, you can add all sorts of promos and other important sales tools to your site.
Want to launch a mobile-friendly news website? Mission News is one of the best options on the market.
Modeled after The New York Times, Mission News has a classic and authoritative style. Visitors will instantly recognize your site as a news source and with the three column layout, you can show off tons of your best content on each page.
This newspaper WordPress theme has tons of customization options too. There are eight widget areas throughout the template you can use to display advertisements and list your posts. The Recent Posts Extended widget lets you list your newest posts but with a lot more options than the simple Recent Posts widget that comes with WordPress. On top of all this, there are 10 different layouts which you can set for individual posts and pages or entire page types at once.
It’s a truly customizable theme for newspapers, and there’s even more functionality not covered here.
The GeneratePress theme is a great option if you’re looking to create a website for a business. It’s got loads of five-star reviews thanks to the extremely customizable design.
GeneratePress integrates well with page builders and that’s one of its best perks. For instance, if you want to use Elementor or Beaver Builder, you’ll have no trouble getting them to work with this theme. GeneratePress adds a variety of layout customization tools that enhance rather than compete with these tools.
Hestia is a material design WordPress theme made by the same developers behind the very popular Zerif Lite theme. Aesthetically, it’s modeled closely by the flat design trend that took over in 2014 and it may remind you a bit of Google’s Android apps.
As a business-oriented theme, you’ll like that Hestia has a simple homepage builder in the Customizer. You can recreate the same design as the screenshot featured above, or customize it to look totally different.
Hestia also comes with full WooCommerce support which means you can sell both digital and physical products from your site. And services too! This makes it quite adaptable and a practical choice for creative agencies, eCommerce stores, and freelancers.
Want a cool new blog design for your site? Startup Blog has been designed especially for tech niches like web development, internet marketing, and app development blogs.
If you’ve got some important pages or offers to share with your visitors, the slider makes this simple. Feature any pages you want or simply include the latest posts. You can even remove the navigation and display a single slide to turn it into a header section advertising one page or post on the site.
Startup Blog includes 50+ social media icons you can add to the header to link visitors to your profiles. You can upload a custom logo, switch the sidebar layout, and completely customize the colors to match your brand. Make sure to load the demo site on your phone too so you can see how responsive it is.
The Syndey theme has been a popular business theme for a long time. It has some simple controls for creating a custom homepage, so you can adapt the content to your business’ needs.
Syndey is also advertising its compatibility with the Elementor page builder plugin. Elementor is great for creating custom templates and it’s nice to know your theme will be completely integrated.
Besides the homepage builder, there’s a handful of customization options found inside the Live Customizer. Upload a custom logo, change the fonts, switch up the layout, and even modify the colors. The great part about the Live Customizer is that unlike an admin menu, you get to watch all of your changes take place live. This makes it easier to quickly adjust the site to your liking
The WordPress.org team releases a new free WordPress theme every year, and Twenty Fifteen is still my personal favorite.
The sidebar design featured in this minimalist theme adapts very well to all screen sizes. Often times, themes look awkward around the tablet screen size, but Twenty Fifteen seems to always look gorgeous.
Besides its smooth responsiveness, Twenty Fifteen was built with the beautiful Noto Sans and Noto Serif fonts. These typefaces have huge character sites which make them great for multilingual or non-English websites in general.
This clean and free WordPress theme has a nice variety of customization options as well, and they’re all available via the Live Customizer.
Tracks is a popular free theme for blogs, photography portfolios, and podcast websites. It’s been around since 2014 and has been updated 67 times since! It’s fully up-to-date and is even compatible with the Gutenberg post editor.
The Tracks WordPress theme has a bold style with big, uppercase titles and oversized Featured Images. The front page design is unique in that the blog posts stagger the images and titles from left to right. The mobile menu also includes a cool railway tracks kind of animation.
All of the standard customization options come included in this theme. Add your own logo, include icons for your social profiles, display a search bar in the header, and make various other customizations to the blog. All settings are available from the Live Customizer where you can watch your changes take place as you make them.
Spacious is another theme that’s been a favorite amongst WordPress users for years. It has a clean, minimalist design that makes it very adaptable.
This free WordPress theme will be a good choice for anyone who wants to create a simple website for their business. With a customizable blog design, it will work well for any organizations that also want to publish posts frequently and keep an active blog. As a modern theme, Spacious is completely responsive, so you can expect it to look awesome on your phone too.
Regarding customization tools, there are 2 page templates, 4 page layouts, 4 blog display types, and a whopping 13 widget areas. It even includes some custom widgets, a slider, custom colors, and more.
Want to display posts from one category on your main blog page?
WordPress doesn’t have anything like this built-in.
However, this feature can easily be added with the right plugin. There are lots of plugins available to add this type of functionality, but one stands out as the quickest and simplest option.
Display one post category on the blog
I recommend installing the Front Page Category plugin to choose one category for your front page.
This plugin is really lightweight and easy to use. The one problem with it, and the reason it has 1-star reviews, is that the settings are hard to find! That won’t be an issue because I’ll show you how to use it now.
Choose categories to display
First, install and activate the Front Page Category plugin.
Next, visit the Customizer (Appearance > Customize). You’ll see a new section named Front Page Categories.
Open this section, and you’ll find a checkbox available for every one of your categories.
Uncheck any categories you don’t want to be displayed on the homepage and they’ll be removed.
The nice thing about this approach is that you can choose a couple of categories to display or just one. Your regular category archives will be left unaffected by this setting.
You can customize WordPress so much without writing code thanks to the thousands of great plugins.
This is another great example of a simple customization made possible with the right plugin. If you want to further optimize the categories on your site, you can set a default post category to save some time when publishing new posts.
Have any questions or feedback? Post a comment below.
The Mounty is a gorgeous WordPress theme for the modern camping organization. Publish events, allow visitors to schedule visits, and signup young campers for your next season.
A nice feature in The Mounty is its WooCommerce compatibility. You can add a complete eCommerce store to your site or use the payment processing to sell services. Both physical and digital product sales are possible.
This summer camp WP theme has lots of cool page transitions that make each section feel unique. There’s also great iconograph and plenty of color throughout every part of the site. Use The Mounty to create a simple but beautiful camping website.
SevenHills has a clean and friendly style. It would be a great choice for making a website for a summer camp, outdoor activities, and other camp services.
If you publish content regularly, you’ll enjoy all the different layouts and content sections available in this theme. You can keep an active blog, add photos from around the campgrounds, and add camp alumni.
A lot of themes only introduce one color throughout the template, but SevenHills has a nice variety of colors. The colors are fully customizable via the Live Customizer along with a host of other options including the fonts, layouts, and logo.
SevenHills enjoys an average 4.81/5.00 rating from 16 customer reviews. Find out what they love about this summer camp WordPress theme.
Use the Redwoods theme to build a simple website for your summer camp and activities center. You’ll have an easy time advertising the offers and advantages of your organization.
Add a custom logo and menu to the header to be displayed prominently on every page. Dropdown menus and mega menus are supported too, so you can add more pages and complexity if needed.
One cool feature in this theme is the MotoPress Slider. It’s used to create the slider featured on the homepage of the demo site and comes with tons of practical customization settings. You can also add feeds from social sites using the built-in social options. If you need your site to be multilingual, you’ll appreciate the full compatibility with the WPML translation plugin.
If you’re looking for a theme with a very fun and stylish presentation, you’ll love Hello Summer. This theme has a premium look that visitors will find both professional and inviting.
One aspect of the design that really sets it apart are the icons. The camp-related icons you see in the demo site all come with Hello Summer. There are also hundreds of regular fonts to choose from, mega menus, and shortcodes.
Beyond the basic customization features, Hello Summer has some pretty advanced tools. There’s an online appointment manager that lets visitors schedule a tour. There are also contact and registration forms, pre-made pages, and tons of page sections for custom page building.
Use Hello Summer to build an awesome website for a kids activity center, camping facility, or summer camp.
Kids Summer has a more professional style than the other themes listed here. Its presentation is slick and looks very modern across all devices, from iPhones to widescreen monitors.
This will be a good theme to choose if you want to make a simple website with a few pages about your summer camp. One of the main pages highlighted in the demo site is the gallery. There are four different designs each with a different number of image columns. The photos can also be categorized and filtered instantly via the category links above them.
Kids Summer has a practical set of customization settings. You can choose the sidebar position, change the font sizes, and choose from 8 different post formats when publishing new posts on the blog.
While all the themes included here are great, SevenHills and The Mounty stand out. Both of them have fun and beautiful styles, and a feature set that will let you easily customize the site to your liking.
WordPress has a built-in option to disable comments everywhere on your site.
Navigate to the Discussion Settings menu (Settings > Discussion), and you’ll see the following option:
Uncheck that box and save your changes to disable comments site-wide.
There’s a catch
This option only disables comments for new posts you publish. It doesn’t retroactively disable comments on existing posts.
If you want to turn off comments for an existing post or page, follow this next method.
2. Disable comments on an existing post
If you want to disable the comments on a specific post, start by visiting the Posts menu.
Select the post you want and scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll see this option below the editor:
Uncheck both boxes like the screenshot above and the comment form will no longer display. If you don’t see the Discussion box below the editor, scroll to the top of the page and click on the Screen Options tab at the top:
Then check off the Discussion checkbox to display the Discussion box below the editor where you can disable the comments.
This works well if you only want to turn off the comments on one post or only have a few posts.
While you can use WordPress’ built-in bulk editing tools to disable comments on a large number of posts at once, there is an even easier method available.
3. Disable comments on all posts
The best way to disable comments on every post or page on your site is with the Disable Comments plugin.
See for yourself just how easy this plugin is to use:
It adds one settings menu pictured above where you can turn off comments everywhere or for specific post types. If you wanted to remove the comment form from every post, you would check the Posts box and then click Save Changes.
Cleanup spam comments
Are you disabling comments because of spam?
You might want to consider adding an anti-spam plugin to your site instead of disabling comments entirely. It’s actually pretty easy to stop comment spam.
For an industry like funeral homes and burial services, this is especially true.
The funeral home WordPress themes in this list have been made especially for this niche. They have beautiful templates that are appropriate and effective. On top of that, they even include some eCommerce integrations and other features to help you acquire new clients.
Beacon stands out thanks to its great design aesthetic. Careful attention to detail in this theme and clean typography make it a winner.
Use the spacious header to include important links in your menu, add your menu, and feature a call-to-action button. The button is a good way to get more visitors to get in touch so you can close a sale.
Like many WordPress themes, Beacon integrates with a drag-and-drop page builder. However, unlike many themes, the page designs aren’t so obviously made with a builder. There’s a lot of variety between the page sections available and the templates don’t look like a redundant series of blocks.
Beacon includes some very helpful business tools like pricing tables and WooCommerce support for selling services directly from your site. The features and style of this theme make it perfect for a funeral home, crematorium, or burial service company.
Blessing has a clean style for a funeral home website. It has a gentle color palette which is entirely customizable and makes good use of background textures and images.
The Blessing theme is full of practical features. Add a fixed menu to your site that keeps the navigation visible while visitors scroll down each page. Include important info like your phone number and address right in the header. Add responsive galleries showcasing photographs of your establishment and services.
This funeral home was built to integrate with the WP Bakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer). It has dozens of page sections you can drag-and-drop into place to make custom page designs. That’s how the homepage in the demo shot was made (featured in the screenshot above). It also comes with a calculator for visitors to get a quote automatically on the site and a donation form.
Redesign your cemetery service website with the Ashton WordPress theme. Powered by the TemplateMonster page builder, you’ll have no trouble making beautiful pages for your site.
Page builders are great because you aren’t restricted to a handful of pre-designed templates. You get full control over each page section including all the content and the images. You can add, remove, and reorder them however you want. And this isn’t just for the homepage, you can make as many custom templates as you want for multiple pages on your site.
The rest of the customization options are available in the Customizer. Options include custom colors, fonts, background images, and page layouts.
Build a sleek and modern website with Ashton today.
Create a beautiful and easy-to-use website with the Obsequry funeral home WordPress theme.
Obsequy has a simple style that sticks to a lot of standard design conventions. This means visitors will find it easy-to-navigate and immediately recognize the structure of your site. The addition of a colored bar at the top of the site gives you space to include a secondary menu and all of your contact info, such as your address, email, and phone number.
This responsive WordPress theme comes with 12 predefined color palettes which makes it easy to switch between great designs. Since it’s powered by Google Fonts, it includes hundreds of fonts to choose from. It’s also WPML compatible so you can use it for a multilingual website. Use this theme to offer funeral, crematory, and burial services to visitors.
Memorials has a pretty similar style to the other themes listed here. Each section is created with a page builder and has a simple design. Memorials doesn’t have an extremely distinct look but this makes it easy to adapt to all sorts of different brands.
Jewel Themes have listed 23 distinct features all of which are great reasons to pick up a copy of Memorials. Some of these awesome features include unlimited color options, shortcodes, a premium page builder plugin, and a one-click demo importer.
The Memorials theme is also on sale making it the cheapest theme available in this collection of funeral home themes.
When choosing a premium theme, you have to carefully review your options before making a purchase. You could get a refund if you don’t like the theme you buy and then purchase another one, but that’s pretty tedious.
If you’re browsing free themes, you can try a bunch out on your site without needing to buy anything first. In fact, WordPress has a feature that lets you preview free themes on your site before you even install them.
Otherwise, make sure you trust the source because there could be malware or other malicious code inserted in the template.
No themes get listed on wordpress.org without first being manually reviewed by a member of the Theme Review Team. They take a look at the code and test for errors, and then the theme gets looked over once more by an admin member of the review team.
This doesn’t guarantee every theme will be bug-free, but you don’t have to worry about installing a theme that breaks your site.
Free themes usually have a pretty concise set of features.
This could be an issue if you wanted to make a more complex or highly branded site. However, a simpler set of features means your site will be quick to configure so you can get back to creating content.
Benefits of a premium theme
If you know exactly what you’re looking for, a premium theme can be the better choice. Here are the top three reasons for choosing a paid WordPress theme for your site.
Premium themes almost always come with more features and customization options.
For instance, it’s standard for a Themeforest or TemplateMonster theme to come with comprehensive settings in the Live Customizer, dozens of shortcodes, and also a complete page builder for custom template creation.
In general, premium themes tend to have a higher design quality.
Free themes have come a long way and look a lot nicer these days, but the standards for premium themes are pretty intense. You’ll usually find some great use of typography, color, and composition when browsing through paid themes.
Another benefit of buying a premium theme is that many of them bundle plugins. For instance, lots of themes on Themeforest will include plugins like:
WPBakery Page Builder
You can usually save $50+ buy getting these plugins with the theme.
What about freemium?
Free themes often get criticism for things like a lack of customer support or updates, but if you look at what’s out there, you’ll find this is inaccurate.
I took a quick look at the 20 newest themes on wordpress.org and 18 of them were freemium. This means the free theme you use is most likely going to be maintained by a company, not a hobbyist designer who made the theme and has no incentive to continue supporting it.
With a freemium theme, you still get to test it out and use it as long as you want for free. And if you want more options to customize your site, there’s a premium upgrade available.
Finding a theme
If you want an awesome new theme for your blog or website, we’ve got 18 free themes with fast and responsive designs. Plus, premium upgrades if you want some more functionality added to your site.