Must-Have Widgets for Every WordPress Site

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Along with plugins, widgets are one of the coolest things you can find on the WordPress platform. They are part of the reason WordPress is so much like a digital Swiss Army Knife, or even an iPhone where you can turn an off-the-shelf product into something customized and cool with apps.

Some of the must-have widgets for every WordPress site are actually plugins that you can install from the WordPress plugin directory, while others are developed by third-party companies, so you can purchase them or download them for free and just upload them to your site.CONTINUE READING »

An SEO Beginners Guide to Permalinks and Slugs

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The word “permalink.” Any idea what it means? What about a slug?

You may stumble upon these terms while scrolling around your WordPress dashboard or while reading an article on how to improve your search engine optimization, but what do both of them really mean?

Read this guide to permalinks and slugs to understand the intricacies that go into these sometimes tedious and confusing components of your WordPress sites.CONTINUE READING »

Must Follow Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Groups for WordPress

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It’s not often I go a day without checking out my social media pages, and I assume many of you are the same way. Whether you flip through your Facebook feed to click on the onslaught of Buzzfeed posts or you mosey around on Twitter to catch up on the hottest news, there is certainly plenty of time wasted on social sites like Facebook and Twitter.

But why not use these social networks to learn something new?CONTINUE READING »

10 Best Wedding WordPress Themes for the Big Day

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Are you preparing to walk down that aisle and spend the rest of your life with the person of your dreams? Do you have a few clients that are asking for you to build a wedding website for them to share photos of the flower girl, people dancing at night, and the striking dresses?

Over 2 million marriages happen every year in the US, so how can you make yours stand out? You want to remember the happiest day of your life, but why wait to share the joy by sending out your photos through the mail?CONTINUE READING »

The Complete Guide to Setting Up Gravatar with WordPress

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I’m sure you’ve seen those grey boxes next to people’s comments in almost all WordPress sites. These may be sites you own or the ones you’ve visited. You’ve probably wondered what they stood for.

Well, technically speaking that “grey box” is the default avatar for users who comment on your WordPress site. This is specific to users who haven’t registered for a Gravatar account.CONTINUE READING »

The Best Analytics Plugins for WordPress to Track Your Success

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The crown jewel for tracking how many people come to your site is Google Analytics, and rightfully so, since they provide just about everything you need to know in terms of figuring out who is visiting your site, where they are coming from and which keywords they are using to find your site.

Since Google doesn’t provide a default plugin to integrate the system into your WordPress site you either have to paste in the tracking code yourself or find a third-party plugin to do the work for you. You can even setup your tracking with WooCommerce and PayPal if needed.  CONTINUE READING »

12 Best WordPress Forum Plugin Options for Community Building

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Think about the type of site you run. Is it for selling shoes? Offering marketing tutorials? Talking about gardening? It doesn’t matter what you talk about or sell online, because content is fine, but community is better. Do you think people will just come flocking to your content and stick around after you slip from their minds?

Keeping customers and readers around your site is difficult enough, but there’s one little tool that gives people a reason to keep running back for more.CONTINUE READING »

35 of the Best bbPress Forum Themes for WordPress

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The power of technology finds best reflection in its ability to connect people and get them to share with each other. Sharing is caring and if you want to carry on this tradition through your site or blog then bbPress themes are your best bet.

bbPress is a great forum/community plugin that fits with WordPress like a glove fits the hand. It is very remarkable for its capacity to create a solo forum site as well as an integrated social hangout, on the sidelines of your web platform. You do not have to take any extra effort. It happens automatically.CONTINUE READING »

How to Add a WordPress Shortcode to Your Site

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The shortcode is a powerful tool for anyone interested in modifying the way their WordPress site works, since shortcodes offer the ultimate customization without forcing you to know much about coding in general.

Shortcodes are essentially short words or phrases that are placed in brackets [like-this]. You can place a WordPress shortcode into the editor, which then references additional information in your functions.php file to reveal something on the frontend of your website.CONTINUE READING »