Wordpress plugins

Is That WordPress Plugin Safe? 15 Warning Signs to Skip Downloading

Even the smallest and simplest of WordPress websites needs plugins. Akismet is a must if the site has a blog. A security plugin like Defender is non-negotiable. And a solid contact form is needed if you intend on collecting leads. For the most part, though, we know that these commonly used and referenced WordPress plugins are safe. They come with millions of downloads, high ratings, and plugin developers who’ve worked hard...

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WordPress Plugins to Upsell and Cross-sell in e-Commerce Stores

When a WordPress site is brand new, you’re often just thankful to see people visiting it. Then, you give it a few months, organic and referral traffic starts to build, and visitors start buying stuff from the site. That’s perfect! But now that you have willing visitors and willing shoppers, what do you do next? Well, if this were a brick-and-mortar business you had built from the ground up, you’d have...

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5 Best Download Management Plugins for WordPress

While writing the 10-Step Guide to Using Free PDF Downloads To Grow Your Mailing List, I was thinking about all the different ways in which you can use downloads on your website. There’s, of course, the free giveaway to generate more leads. You can use downloads for the purposes of sharing content internally and privately with members or a team. You can sell digital downloads just as you would physical products. You can give...

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Get the Most Out of the Hummingbird Plugin and Maximize WordPress Speed

One of the things I really love about WP Checkup is how it streamlines the process of scanning a WordPress site for performance issues. Because, while you might be able to surmise why your content isn’t loading quickly enough or why Google says your mobile page speeds are abysmal, WP Checkup tells you exactly what’s wrong. Of course, it’s not enough to just know when performance problems crop up on your...

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Get the Most Out of Defender and Maximize WordPress Security

Anyone who owns, builds, manages, or hosts WordPress sites should be obsessed with security. It’s not that WordPress isn’t a safe platform to build websites with. It’s just that, being the most popular and widely used CMS in the world, WordPress is an easy target for hackers. This is why WordPress blogs can’t and shouldn’t stop talking about WordPress security. The nice thing about security getting so much attention is that...

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8 WordPress Plugins and Tools for Designing Beautiful Tables

One of the nice things about creating content in WordPress is that nearly everything you can do in word processing software (e.g. stylize text, add special characters, embed images) can be done right from within the WordPress editor. The one type of functionality that hasn’t yet translated over to WordPress, however, is table design. Although a table isn’t necessarily a common feature used in web design, it’s a basic enough element...

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11 of the Best WordPress Plugins for Taking Control of Visual Content

You’ve heard this argument before: WordPress websites that contain more visual content (that’s well-executed, of course) perform better. Specifically, research shows that articles that use images end up with 94% more views than articles that don’t. There was also a case study from EyeView that showed that landing pages with video receive over 30% more visitors than a page without. Let’s be honest, visual content does some pretty rad things for...

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WordPress Web Design Trends You Need to Know for 2018

Looking back on 2017, I think it’s safe to say that it was a good year for WordPress and web design, in general. Sure, there were stories about security breaches and examples of branding gone bad, but that kind of stuff is inevitable when you consider how many websites are in existence. If you look at the kinds of initiatives that Google alone put forth–like the penalties for sites without SSL...

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