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The Most Comprehensive Collection of the Best WordPress Plugins – Part VI

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Commenting is a very important way to judge user response and engagement for any website. In this part of the series, we will explore all the commenting platform opportunities available in WordPress. These are some of the plugins which can replace the dull and boring “default” commenting system in WordPress with something which can take your commenting system to a whole new level. Continue reading

Released: WordPress For Joomla 4.1

Introducing WordPress For Joomla version 4.1

New Release: ‘corePHP’ releases WordPress For Joomla version 4.1

We at ‘corePHP’ are very pleased to announce the release of a new version of ‘corePHP’s highly successful component, the much anticipated WordPress For Joomla, version 4.1. You can get WordPress For Joomla right here, right now (still only $60!). Yes, this most awesome integration of Joomla gives you all the new features of WordPress 4.1, built-in, giving you all the blogging power you need, backed by the familiar and superior extension management capabilities of Joomla!

(Follow updates on WordPress For Joomla by ‘corePHP’ here, on Twitter: @WordPress4J)
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Ten User Generated Content Moderation Plugins For WordPress

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Sometimes, users force you to pull out the big guns to moderate their content. Here’s some helpful tools we recommend.

If you’re hosting your own social networking component on your WordPress website, you know that social networking platforms host any number and type of personalities, each providing their own User Generated Content (“UGC”). Of course, some content contributors stay within the boundaries of civility, and make life easy for everyone.

Then there are those dreaded lots — the haters, the foul mouths, the spammers, the “content bullies,” and those who can only express themselves using language or images you may not find suitable for your site. To help you take care of those user/abusers, below are ten WordPress plugins we here at ‘corePHP’ recommend to make your life as a content moderator easier. Continue reading

Your WordPress Website Must Be Responsive: Here’s Why!

 

The concept of Responsive Web Design (RWD) only came to the limelight first in 2010. In the short four years it has existed, it has totally changed the way people looking to create a website.  Unfortunately, many web designers are still not buying this idea when it comes to WordPress. This is a bit of a shame really as WordPress, being the most popular CMS should be at the forefront of this.  Many people are buying into the WordPress popularity but some are yet to make their websites responsive.

Not sure of WordPress dominance?

Here are some statistics

WordPress is the CMS of choice for 20% of websites in existence today. There are arguments for Drupal, or for Joomla, but WordPress is certainly the preferred option for most. 50% of new websites created in 2014 will be made in WordPress. On WordPress.com, over 73 million websites are hosted. This figure doesn’t include bigger private businesses with their own version of WordPress. By the end of this year, one in every four websites will be WordPress powered.

Again, WordPress accounts for 50% of all CMS based websites. For perspective, the next on the list weighs in at 17%.

Now, many people have gone with the WordPress popularity while ignoring RWD and this is because they are yet to understand the impact of mobiles on today’s internet space. WordPress is beautiful and easy to use but if deployed in a non-responsive manner, you will lose site visitors.

In 2012, 30% of e-commerce traffic was mobile. By the end of 2013, that number grew to over 50%. Black Friday shopping by mobile users topped $691m in 2013. For perspective, 2012 was the first time total Black Friday sales hit the $1million dollar mark.

So from all of this, you can now see why you should consider making your WordPress website responsive. If you create a website from scratch, or create a site with an online site builder, you will be forced to think about RWD. The advantages, and beautiful designs available, by keying into the popularity of WordPress will be lost if you fail to deploy RWD techniques.

Here are more reasons why your WordPress website must be responsive.

Ensures your website works on all devices

The technology world is seeing some of its best years lately and with this come a plethora of devices with specification focused on beating the competition. With a responsive WordPress website, you will be able offer your visitors a website that doesn’t require their scrolling right or left endlessly to read text or view half-rendered images. If the responsive WordPress site is properly designed, you won’t have to sweat over the specifications of future devices.

It will be easier for you to make updates

If you create a website, whether from scratch or using one of the nifty online site builders available these day, and don’t have adequate plans for content marketing, the website is on its way to failure.  Having fresh content is what retains your old visitors and brings in new ones.  If you have separate mobile and desktop platforms for your websites, managing content updates becomes more difficult. A responsive design however ensures you only have to update one website and it appears on all platforms.

More positive for SEO

Everyone wants to be in the first page of search results. A non-responsive designs means you may have to do double the work to keep different platforms SEO compliant. Your chance of improved rankings is high if there is only one website for the search engines to look at.

With a responsive design, you make things easier for the search engines as they will only have to crawl and index your page once.

Best user experience

The average web visitor is impatient and for good reasons too. There are thousands of website that offer solutions to one problem and so they won’t want to spend time on a non-responsive website that doesn’t load properly on their device be it a tablet, smartphone or even tech like Google Glass.

Cheaper solution

When you are looking for a fully responsive website, the costs for design may be slightly higher than the normal website but still it is cheaper if you intend to have both a regular and mobile website.  Also, when you factor in the cost of editing more than one website, you will understand why a responsive WordPress website is a more cost effective option.

In conclusion, the internet world is moving away from desktop at an alarming pace. Having a light CMS like WordPress as the base of your website is no longer enough. It also has to be responsive to fit in with the variety of specifications in the technology market today.

Handpicked WordPress Themes: Part Seven

Welcome back to another exciting list of some beautiful and handpicked WordPress themes for your projects and personal usage.

We have picked some more awesome themes from the market so that you can choose the perfect theme for your work or personal website without spending much time researching.

Lets have a look,

Morpheus

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5 WordPress Marketing Resources/Plugins You Need to See

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Making the most of your existing website content and getting it in front of the eyes that you need to see it has always been the job of a marketer. With the explosion of websites built on the WordPress platform, marketing has never been simpler with the use of plugins. Whether you work for a small company or need to market your own work, consider installing and testing these plugins.

1. Live Chat Plugin ($15)

What if you could talk directly to customers when they were unsure if they wanted to purchase your product or service? With a live chat plugin, you can. This plugin can take your conversion rate to the next level and many experienced marketers know this. Similar chat tools started popping up years ago but they required complicated custom code and a large investment. For just $15, you can download and install the Live Chat Plugin on your website. You can set it up so anyone on your team can chat with customers and answer their questions.

2. Amazon Auto Links (Free)

Whether you are an affiliate marketer or you just sell your own products on Amazon, you can’t afford to not have a link localizer. This plugin detects what country your visitor is from and only shows Amazon links in that country’s store. The alternative to a plugin like this is to include four or five different links to all the biggest countries (United States, UK, Canada, Germany), which isn’t user friendly and still means you miss out on some sales. With this plugin, visitors always get the right links and they will see your products when they want to, instead of being directed to a store they can’t buy from.

3. Shareaholics (Free)

Getting your users to share your content has always been a chore. The Shareaholics plugin makes it a lot easier, though. This plugin is essentially three plugins in one that all work together to help you maximize the amount of social shares your content attracts. There are custom options included to improve both desktop and mobile sharing. Users using their Samsung tablet on Wi-Fi to those on an HTC-One on T-Mobile networks will  be able to easily share your content.

It starts with attractive sharing buttons that are fully customizable. You choose which ones you want displayed, where they show up, and if they should float along on the screen or not. Also included is a great related content module that is specifically designed to keep your visitors reading content on your site. This presents another opportunity for visitors to share content. Finally, there are detailed analytics so you can learn what content is shared on what platform and make tweaks to optimize your sharing rate.

4. WordPress SEO by Yoast (Free)

Search engine traffic is some of the most valuable traffic you can get to your website, not to mention free. In order to rank your website’s content better on the big search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing, it’s important to include keywords in your content and optimize your pages in other ways. WordPress SEO has an in-depth page evaluator to help you improve your content’s search engine visibility. You can easily edit meta tags as well as specify which parts of your site should or shouldn’t be indexed. There is also an optionable sitemap component that you can use to help improve “crawlability.”

5. Thank Me Later (Free)

This is a simple plugin that can pay big dividends. When someone shows an interest in your content and leaves a comment, Thank Me Later will automatically email them a few days later with a thank you message. Most commenters leave their message and forget to return to see responses, but not with this plugin. It’s a great way to build brand loyalty and get return visitors.

There are millions of WordPress plugins designed to help your website. Spend some time trying these five plugins and test how much they can improve your marketing efforts.

How To Start A Self-Hosted Blog

Are you interested in starting up a self-hosted blog? Well, that’s really smart since when you are hosting your own blog you are benefited with absolute ownership & customization freedom- that is never viable in free hosted blogs. Moreover, in contrast to free hosting, self-hosted blogs are more professional and hence better pulling. Having a self hosted blog is akin to staying at your own apartment wherever no body can evict you and you will have the liberty to arrange it just the way you wish it to. Moreover, Google holds a special corner for self-hosted blogs and hence such an option would beget great SEO results for your blog.

The post entails a step by step guide on how to start a self-hosted blog.

Choose blog theme, name & URL/domain name

The theme of your blog must be interesting and intriguing as otherwise you would soon get bored with maintenance. So, choose a topic that excites & urges you to discover more information so that you are always happy to import them into your blog.

The name of the blog must relate to the theme of the blog. Don’t place irrelevant names as your target audience would be typing the theme name while searching for information on the concerned topic and if your blog name does not carry the hint- the audience is likely to end up with your contenders. So, say, you are planning a blog on fitness then the blog name can be “Fitness Corner” or something like “Fashion Hub” if you are interested in fashion.

The URL/domain should echo the same principle. Use keywords pertinent to your blog in the URL which ensures an effective pull of target audience to your site.

Choosing the right host

Be careful about choosing your blog host as quality of hosting is fundamental regarding the performance of your blog site. Make sure to settle with a reputed and seasoned one. Then, your chosen host should assure minimum 99 percent downtime. The company must promise adequate bandwidth, disk space, user-friendly control panel, secured servers and 24/7 client support. Your host will also help you with URL/domain name registration. Don’t forget to take to domain privacy provision from your web host as otherwise your contact information will go public on internet.

Working with control panel

Go to your host’s website to reach to its “Control Panel” section. Click on “Log In” button to log in.

Install WordPress

The master bloggers always stress on taking to WordPress as the blogging platform for a blog since it’s the easiest and the most premium to use- with more than 42,000,000 unique blogs, 25 bn blog views and 4 mn daily comments.  Now, you should not install the free WP version but the paid or “installed version”. Go to your control panel’s “Site Builder” category & choose “SimpleScripts” program for 1-click WP installation. As you click on “install” you would be asked on the WP installation placement. You can place it under your main domain name if the site is solely a blog. But if the blog is an arm of your business site, you have to install it in a subfolder.

Some preference questions would be asked- offer right answers & hit on “complete”. As the software gets installed you will be provided a link carrying login data for the new site. Your self-hosted blog is ready for you!

Use the login data to enter your new self-hosted blog-site.

Choose theme

It’s advised that you choose the site theme (or template) from WordPress Theme Directory. Go to dashboard, turn left & choose “Appearance”, followed by “Themes” & “Install Themes”.

Working with Settings

Go to the “Settings” section from dashboard to fill in necessary information – like the blog name, URL, email address, size of post box, number if posts to be featured on front page, size limit of media, privacy options & permalink preference.

Plugins

Enrich your new self-hosted blogs with functional plugins which can be downloaded online. The plugins could be on sound files, video facilities or for social media incorporation. Go to “Plugins” from left sidebar of dashboard & choose “add new” to find new plugins.

Last but not the least, make sure to liven up your self-hosted blog with information-rich, well-presented authentic posts regularly.

Handpicked WordPress Themes: Part Four

Welcome back to another installation of our popular series Handpicked WordPress Themes showcasing some of the most beautiful WordPress themes that you can get in the market. Our main idea with this series is to help you pick a beautiful design for your WordPress website in minutes.

Let’s have a look at what we got here for you:

Mimesi

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Handpicked WordPress Themes: Part Six

Welcome to a brand new list of some rocking WordPress themes from our series Handpicked WordPress Themes. As usual, in this list we will feature some more awesome themes for your WordPress blog or website so that you can easily pick a design for your website in a matter of minutes.

Lets start the list,

Writer

Writer

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