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25 Essential (and Free!) Plugins for Every WordPress Freelancer and Business

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The internet is an amazing tool that provides anyone the means to grow their business and career in a meaningful way. The first hurdle, though, is creating a website that allows you to go about your work without hindering your productivity. To help you get started – or even find plugins you hadn’t thought of – this list contains solutions that will help you manage and organize your work, from making your site easier for your visitors to access, to completely managing invoicing and payment. Each of these plugins is up-to-date, ensuring you’ll get the most out of compatible resources. And many of them are hugely popular in their categories, some with well over 1 million downloads.

6 Free WordPress Plugins to Retain Readers & Decrease Bounce Rate

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If a majority of your readers are visiting your blog only to leave within a few seconds without ever venturing to additional pages, chances are your blog has a high bounce rate. That’s not pretty. It means that your content may not be attractive, does not effectively target the right readers or something could be technically wrong with your site that is preventing readers from seeing relevant content. Retaining readers is the key to having profitable experiences with your blog, regardless of your niche. Therefore, whatever you’re selling, you need to capture the attention of your readers

45 Best Premium Responsive Portfolio Themes for WordPress

Modern portfolios have expanded to include a panoply of creative types such as artists, designers, writers, photographers, and even architects. If you’re serious about your creative career then you really need to have a portfolio website. But what’s the best way to accomplish this task? For many people it’s easier to install a custom portfolio theme and update the settings according to their liking. Thus I’ve collected a handful of the most pragmatic portfolio themes for individuals & agencies. These responsive WordPress portfolio themes are perfect for anyone launching a new site or redesigning an old one. They include a broad array of options for customizing the look and feel of each theme. Take a look over this collection and see if any designs catch your eye.

Design Tips for the Social Media Marketer

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Integrating your visual strategy and social media strategy is more important than ever for marketers. To give some essential design advice to social media marketers, Dustin W. Stout stopped by #bufferchat.

User Generated Content in WordPress Made Easy

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There’s probably been a time when you wanted to easily enable your users to to post content on your website. Perhaps, you want to let your users submit their own testimonials. If this is something you’ve been wondering about, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of letting users easily add user generated content in WordPress. There are two ways in which you can let your users add custom posts to your site. Firstly, you can let them register on your site and let them manage posts the usual way anyone would in the WordPress dashboard. A second way, is to let unregistered users add guest posts, which can be done through a plugin as explained later in this article. Posts from New Registered Users When you first install WordPress, you need to register the Administrator user. However, that is not the only user that can register and access your WordPress site. The core structure of WordPress allows multiple users to register in your using the built-in roles. But, this doesn’t come enabled by default.

20 Stunning Photography WordPress Themes For Your Portfolio

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Whether you’re a freelance photographer who wants to promote your services online or you’re just looking for a way to share your photos with family and friends, the premium themes in this collection will allow you to build an attractive photography website with WordPress. The themes featured here range from simple templates that provide a subtle canvas for publishing your photos online, through to items that are packed with the latest tools and features for creating an immersive user experience while displaying your best work. Whatever you are looking for, there should be a photography theme here to meet your needs.

20 Gorgeous Free Icon Fonts to Use in Your Designs

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The number of fonts designed to be used as icons, symbols and glyphs increases day by day. Using icon fonts you’re replacing raster images into vector ones. That means that you can easily resize your icon fonts without worrying about quality loss. Icon fonts is a flexible solution for adding icons to your website. Along with the size you may change color and effects of the icons without having redraw the whole image.

How to Optimize Blog Images for Maximum Impact on Social Media and Search

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You’ve likely heard the advice to add visual content to your blogposts whenever possible. Visual content is more than 40 times more likely to get shared on social media. So I added images to blogposts. And I learned there’s quite a bit more to it than that. Adding images to blogposts is a great start. You’re likely to see increases in social sharing and time on page. Images just make everything more readable and shareable. Adding images also brings with it another checklist of things to look for as you’re optimizing and adding – a checklist I’m afraid to say I missed out on for a long time with adding images to the Buffer blog. I’m happy to share with you all the things I did wrong with blog images over the past few months and tell you how I’ve learned from my mistakes and what I’ve changed since.

10 Highly Customizable, Responsive, and Free WordPress Themes

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Sometimes it just easier to work with a theme that has loads of custom options for making a website look exactly how you want it, especially if you have clients who aren’t tech-savvy. It’s just as important to have many styling options as it is to have the option of viewing your site from any device. That’s where these themes come in. The themes below have tons of theme customizations (sometimes even hundreds!), and they are fully responsive, too. You won’t have to worry about messy looking settings pages either. If these themes had artificial intelligence, they wouldn’t even know the meaning of “messy.” So here we go, 10 eye-catching themes that you can customize to your heart’s content. Oh yeah, and they’re all free!

Securing Your WordPress Site: iThemes Free Security Plugin Review

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No doubt you spend a lot of time and money on your website. You’re happy with the end result, and rightfully so; it’s easy to see why most people opt for extra security measures to protect what they have worked hard to create. Finding a reliable security plugin sounds easy in practice, yet it can be a difficult task. After all, you’re leaving your peace of mind and security in someone else’s hands so it’s important you take the time to test what’s available and ensure it suits your site and skill level. iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) is one of the top ranked WordPress security plugins. There are many faithful supporters, but how well does it really work to protect your site, and your users? I’ve compiled this review to help you find out, and to help you decide whether or not iThemes Security is right for you.

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