Tips & How-To’s

WordPress tips, how-to’s, and tutorials to help you make the most of WordPress. Explore new features, time-saving tips, and better ways to work with the CMS.

6 Killer Features in the Best Creative WordPress Themes

We talk about being creative and doing creative work all the time, but what does the word “creative” mean, really? Put simply, it’s all about creating things using your imagination and original ideas.

Creativity can be applied to everything you create, especially with the websites and blogs you build. Whether you’re building a WordPress website for a client or setting up a blog for yourself, you should always make your websites look and feel creative. It’s the only way to set yourself apart from the millions of other blogs and websites out there.

Of course, sometimes you don’t have to design it yourself to make a website look creative. When using a WordPress theme, for example. There are thousands of WordPress themes already created by creative-minded web designers. All you have to do is buy a theme and install it on your blog to make your website look creative. Sounds easy enough, right?

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of beautiful WordPress themes. Lucky for you there’s a way to spot creative WordPress themes without getting lost.

But first, you need to understand what makes a WordPress theme creative. In this article, we’ll show you some of the key features that you’ll notice in the best creative WordPress theme, making it easier for you to quickly find a great theme for your next website.

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WordPress Landing Pages: How To Set One Up

Back in 2007, when President Obama was first running for the nomination, no one really knew about him. This caused a slight problem when raising donations. Somehow, he ended up raising over $60 million. Want to know the secret behind that successful campaign? Yes, you guessed it. It’s landing pages!

Obviously, you won’t be able to generate $60 million worth of leads with your landing pages like Obama (or can you?), but it’s guaranteed to increase your conversion rates.

According to studies, around 96% of visitors that come to your website are not ready to buy. You can’t turn your visitors into customers instantly. It’s a slow process that takes time and effort. This is where landing pages come in.

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WordPress Trends to Look Out for in 2017

With over 76 million websites (26% of websites on the internet) under its wings and over 59% CMS (Content Management System) market share, WordPress continues to dominate the web.

Even though it’s been 13 years since its first release, every year WordPress only seems to get better and better with incredible new features and improvements. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, always makes sure of that.

In 2016, we saw several new WordPress web trends, like hamburger menus and one-page themes, slowly rise while many other old trends, including sidebars and sliders, become more commonplace.

How will these new changes affect WordPress development in 2017? What should you need to know when building a new WordPress website in 2017? Let’s have a look.

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7 Tips for Choosing Your Very First WordPress Theme

Finding a theme for your new WordPress website is the most entertaining part of the initial website building process. Browsing marketplaces, finding cool themes, looking at theme previews, it can be a lot of fun.

However, this is also an important step that you shouldn’t take so lightly. Because you’re going to be using the theme you choose for a long time and picking the wrong theme could cost you a lot of time and money. Not to mention losing credibility and trust of your audience.

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8 Best bbPress Plugins to Power Up Your Forum

Whether it’s for building discussion boards, communities, or customer support systems, internet forums are known as an important tool that almost every brand and company needs to run a successful business online.

Forums used to be a tool limited only to big corporate brands. But, that all changed once WordPress came along with its own free forum software, bbPress.

Today, anyone with a WordPress website can build their own forum without any technical or programming knowledge. Many popular sites, like AuthorCode, WPML, MakeUpGeek, and Cycling74 currently use bbPress to power their community forums.

In addition to being easy to use and setup, another great feature of bbPress is that it can be customized with third-party plugins to add more features to your forums. In this article, we take a look at some of the best bbPress plugins you can get to supercharge your bbPress forum to add more functionality and features. Take a look and see if you already have these add-ons.

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8 Best WordPress Calendar Plugins Compared

A calendar can be a great tool for almost any type of a website. Especially if your company or service website rely on a booking system, events and venues, ticketing system, or  schedules. And some of the best WordPress calendar plugins can make this easy!

That default calendar widget on WordPress is fairly under-powered though, and it’s very likely that you’ll need a much more advanced calendar to setup features like online booking and schedules.

In this article, we take a look at some of the best calendar plugins available on WordPress and compare their best features to help you figure out the best calendar plugin for your website. Let’s get started!

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WordPress Two-Factor Authentication: How To Set It Up

Why is having a strong password so important? Bad passwords are one of the most common ways to compromise your WordPress setup. For somebody who has a very common 8-character password, it can literally take less than a second for a computer to go through the possibilities to pull that password out. That’s why WordPress two-factor authentication can be so important.

So, if you’ve thought that having a simple 8-character password for your WordPress login is enough to protect your site from hackers, think again. Because around 30,000 websites gets hacked every day and there were around 16,000 (and probably more) WordPress sites hacked in 2016 alone.

Obviously, even having a long and strong password is no longer enough to protect you from hackers. Doing something as simple as clicking on a link in a malicious email or unknowingly downloading a malware infested software is enough to put you at risk.

This is why Two-Factor Authentication, or 2-Step Verification, was invented. Today we’re looking at how you can set it up simply for your WordPress website, regardless of what theme you’re using!

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WordPress Theme Trends in 2016: 8 Examples

Web design and WordPress theme trends never stop changing and evolving. Every year we see new and innovative trends showing up all over the web. Some design trends come and go, but the best of them usually stick around for a long time.

But, why should you worry about staying updated and following these trends? Well, if you’re in the market for a new WordPress theme, it’s important that you choose a theme that matches with current design trends. It’ll make your project feel current, and offer you a design that won’t feel dated overnight!

We’ll be exploring this concept more, and looking at what the best WordPress theme trends are this year.

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