Data Recovery

Lose of data is one of the most frustrating and disappointing things in the computer word that we come across.

Computer Repair

From Windows, Mac, Handheld devices, even Linux, I have the diagnoses for you!

Web-Site Development

All inclusive, the hosting, design, and creation of your site, even lessons in the use of it!

How I can help

With a simple connection via email or my contact form at the bottem, we can get together online or at your space of choice. A good discussion on what your needs are, along with my vast knowledge of information and technologies will get you to were you would like to be!

Repair those devices

Broken things?

I can help. I have grown a real nak for fixing things of the tech world. I can easily help diagnose what the problem is before we even meet. I have a great tool set and can come to you! With my expertise, your broken things can be better again.

Building your sign

Get the message out!

The internet is one of the greatest ways to get your message out. These days a lot of business are using Facebook to communicate with there clients or to interact with potential ones. Through your website, these links can be made so you have the analytical data that you need to truly see who you are reaching or if your ad is even getting out there.

Get your data back

Quick and simple!

Your data recovered. If not just a simple diagnoses fee. Easy as a fixed price upon recovery! The process of recovering data can be a time consuming tedious task. When it is recovered getting back what you lost is something to be proud of.

Photography

Taking pictures is an art. Some have and some don't. The eye for the camera and knowing what to say to the people in the portrait is key. Of course, lighting and filters are nice to know as well. With all of this within one person, you can see the magic!

Branding

From the ground up, new businesses or an old one to reliable. Changing with the seasons is a great way to keep you customers watching what you are doing! Pictures are worth a thousand words!

Marketing

I am your marketing team! Together we can get your word out. There are so many avenues that create traffic to your site. let us sit and develop these concepts together!

Design & Develope

Working together or just from a concept. I design and develop what you are after. Good looking, sharp and an intelligent platform is what I provide!

Time to talk

5 Star Support

I offer one on one support. I can talk you through the things that you ask for. With my support, you are in the know with what's going on and how to do it!

Make for all devices

Fully responsive

All devices digital! The tech that we carry to the machines that create. I am in the know and can help assist your demands!

We expect excellence

Always something new

I am always coming up with new ideas, ones that apply to the realm of your needs. Ask and you shall receive. The information technology sector is forever changing. The new usually helps us work faster and bigger!

Get in touch

Call me, WhatsApp me, Email, or FaceBook +1(267)719-3352 (WhatsApp) +51 953 672 246 Benjoe@nomadanetwork.com Benjamin De Nuptiis

Free Consultations

Drop me a message, describe your problems, let me know how you need service.

Broadband/Wi-Fi

Internet communications setup, Wi-Fi configuration, I know it all. I can install fiber networks for anyone who needs it!

Get outside the box, the standard box's that we see at the local store anyway. Having issues with your connection? Give me a try and let us see what can be achieved!

Mobile & Tablet

Our portable devices sometimes need special attention when it comes to connecting them with our webpages. My platforms are for sure capable of all of this. Communication is key!

e-Commerce

On-line store? Yes, I can! Get your business to grow much faster when you can reach the masses of the world. Not just facebook but the entire world wide web can be your playground for advertising!

01

Your data can be recovered

I have the skills to replace the parts that break.
If you don't know what to do. 
02

Operating systems

In the world of computers, core foundation is where I work.     

Knowledge is power, communication is the key, your system is the path.
05

Your Web Site

Like a billboard on the information superhighway, something that stands out against the rest. 
For a new and bold technique, let us sit a speak! 
03

Broken screens

Laptops, Displays, Cell Phone LCD.  
Just asking the questions and getting the answers will sometimes find a solution. 
06

Hosting

So many things are out.  
Keep it stupid simple is great.
The Tools

In my bag

As a digital Nomad, I travel with what I feel is necessary to shine in this digital realm. I have the things to teach, repair, and create all with me. I can make things change for you and your business. With the right minds and the right tools, people can achieve just about anything.

Time

Wasted

I've heard and seen it before, you want to do something like create a website, or upgrade your computer. One thing after another. How many hours we spend learning something so simple when it's done. I know many things and have traveled many paths to get to where I am. I am here to share this information with you so you can do the things that you are good at. I enable the power that is able to flow. This power is within the devices we use every day. I would love to help you and your business or just you and your devices become the best they can be.

Being Accountable

My Word

In this world, I have known that the word you give is the most important thing that you can do. Doing is believing and seeing that is shinning. I am an on-time, kind and good for it type of person. The things that matter in this life are what I strive to do. For me it is technology. I have a brilliant mind, I'm told and can create things on a scale that a lot of people don't know about. I am here for you.

Fan Problems (Mac)

Jungle living, my workshop is any were. From the mountains to the beaches I repair there.

How to view and use Clipboard History on Windows 10

How to view and use Clipboard History on Windows 10

My RSS FeedWindows 10 offers a useful feature— Clipboard History—which has the ability to temporarily save data on its clipboard which can be used later on.

Easy WordPress Hosting – Building Your Own Website

Easy WordPress Hosting – Building Your Own Website

easy wordpress hosting

If you are looking to find an affordable, easy WordPress hosting plan then read on. We’ll look at why affordable hosting is so important and how you can save money on it by making some simple changes to your hosting environment.

The most common reason that people choose cheap WordPress hosting is because it comes from a “dealer” or a reseller. While this type of hosting can be great for people who are just starting out, it is the perfect solution for people who are already established and who want to move to the next level with their site. What do I mean by this?

If you have just started to build a blog or site then I highly recommend that you use one of the “drop-down” hosting plans. If you are building a blog then I highly recommend that you use “normal” hosting and then build your site from there. You can still get the same type of functionality with a drop down as you would from a regular hosting plan. In fact, most of the advanced features you can find will only come with good drop-down hosting plans.

If you have already built a site then your best bet is to get a good, reliable hosting plan and then use that as your base WordPress hosting solution. This will allow you to keep your content on a regular basis without having to worry about having to add new pages to your site or update your content on a regular basis.

If you’ve already got a website then it may be a good idea to move your hosting over to a “managed” plan. These plans will give you the freedom to have your server managed by a third party who will provide you with the tools you need to take full control over your site’s management.

Another good option if you are new to the world of online marketing is to use free hosting. Yes, you may not actually be using your website for business but if you are just doing a simple search on Google you will discover many free webhosting sites. Free hosting sites are excellent for beginners and for people who don’t really have a website of their own. By using a free site you get all of the tools you need to get your site set up and running without the headaches of managing a more costly hosting plan.

One of the most frustrating things when trying to get into the world of Internet Marketing is finding a good web host. One of the biggest problems I have found is that people have no idea how the process works. Many people spend thousands of dollars on their hosting and end up getting frustrated with the host company before they get any traffic.

To help you avoid this problem, I suggest you start by checking out the Easy Web Hosting reviews available on the internet. They are there to help you make the right choice about your hosting experience. Once you’ve decided on a host then go ahead and try to sign up with that host and start promoting your site. It will be worth your while in the long run.

You will find there are many great companies out there who provide free web hosting plans and many other options for the consumer to choose from. It will be up to you to choose what you are comfortable with and what you think will help to drive traffic to your website.

If you would like to take your time and research the different options that are available before you finally decide on a web host then do so. Just because a company offers free hosting doesn’t mean they will provide everything you need in order to succeed online. As mentioned earlier, it is best to use a managed host. This will allow you to not only manage your site but will also keep your server up to date with all the newest developments in the world of marketing.

So the next time you want to build your first site or add a site to your portfolio don’t wait until you have to pay full price for it. If you follow the Easy WordPress Hosting advice and find a quality, reputable company then you should be able to build your own hosting site and grow your online business. Remember you can do this and start building a successful online business with just one website!

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Building a WordPress website in 2019 (ultimate guide) - MintTwist Blog

Building a WordPress website in 2019 (ultimate guide) – MintTwist Blog

1 – Introduction – Why WordPress?

First of all, what is WordPress? WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), i. e. an interface that manages the creation and modification of digital content. It typically supports multiple users in a collaborative environment including Web-based publishing, format management, history editing and version control, indexing, search, and retrieval. By their nature, content management systems support the separation of content and presentation.

Moreover, 32% of the websites are built with WordPress, which leads to a large community, and fights obsolescence since it is a very active platform.

This platform is constantly evolving and increasing its possibilities to reach WordPress 5.0, the latest version released.

In a few words, why choose WordPress?

  • Community support
  • Easy to use interface
  • Free (remains the hosting and domain costs)
  • Highly customizable

2 – How to install WordPress

How to install WordPress easily?

From standard installation on a hosting, through a fully automated installation via the modules provided by your hosts, to local installation of WordPress, you will find in this tutorial, simple solutions to install WordPress.

There are several ways to install WordPress, the most common ones are:

Install WordPress Manually on your server

Install WordPress Automatically via the hosting modules

Install WordPress on a Web Server

WordPress prides itself on being famous for its installation in 5 minutes! Before, you must have a hosting with database and PHP, here are the minimum requirements:

  • PHP in a version greater than or equal to 4.3;
  • MySQL version greater than or equal to 4.1.2;
  • Apache with the mod_rewrite module.
  • Go to fr.wordpress.org and download the latest version of WordPress and unzip it on your hard disk, then create a database for WordPress on your server, so that MySQL has all the access and modification privileges.
  • Drop WordPress files via FTP (Filezilla) to the desired location on the server:
  • If you want to place WordPress at the root of your domain (for example http://www.mywebsite.com/), move all the content of the decompressed WordPress directory (excluding the directory itself) to the root of your server (usually www or web)

If you want to place your WordPress installation in a subdirectory of your website (for example:/mywebsite.com/blog/), rename the WordPress directory with the name you have chosen for the subdirectory and move to your server From your web browser, launch the WordPress installation script:

If you have installed WordPress on the root: /mywebsite.com/wp-admin/install.phpin the case of a subdirectory called blog: http://mywebsite.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php

The installation itself:

  • The installation starts with the creation of the configuration file (wp_config.php). It is essential because it contains the different information that will allow PHP scripts to connect to the database to record and retrieve blog content (articles, pages, comments, etc.).
  • A prior warning indicates the procedure to follow in the event of problems related to permissions. It is precisely to avoid this kind of unfortunate situation that we must be vigilant in this area. Indeed, sometimes rights are not good. It is, therefore, necessary to go through the FTP and change the rights to 755 or 777 during the installation, then go back to 644.
  • All information relating to the database is provided by the host. The proposed table prefix wp_ is usually kept, it is advisable to change it (according to your convenience) for security reasons.
  • Once this information has been validated, WordPress confirms that it was able to create the configuration file and that the installation will start.

An email containing the blog address is automatically sent to the address indicated in the installation form, it is then possible to connect to the administration space accessible through the URL http://mywebsite.com/wp-login.php

Install WordPress Automatically

  • Go to your host’s website and log in.
  • Choose your installation domain
  • Select the domain where you want to install your WordPress
  • Choose the module to install
  • A wide choice of modules will then be offered, select WordPress
  • Choice of the installation directory
  • In the Module Management, click on “Add”, select the WordPress installation directory. By default, the host offers a mydomain.com/wordpress/ directory, so if you want to install it on your root directory, remember to select “install on the root”. The advanced mode allows you to choose the name of the database, but you can remain in standard mode.

Within 5 minutes, you will then receive by email, a confirmation of the installation of the automatically generated MySQL database (with identifiers and technical data), then 5 minutes later, a second email confirming the correct installation of your WordPress module, with your login, password, and link to the WordPress administration.

3 – Hosting

A – Choosing the best hosting

For the people who are on an extremely tight budget, there are free hosting services available. However, this is far from an ideal situation, particularly if you are a business with brand values to uphold. Free in this case often comes with a low-quality product and no control over certain aspects such as your URL. For example, you could be constrained to a URL structure such as: http://www.freehosting/xyz/yourwebsite. Unfortunately, this will cast doubt on your credibility and trustworthiness of your site. Furthermore, you will have limited support as well as having adverts placed onto your website by the hosting provider.

First option: use a free hosting service

But free does not mean quality. Indeed, your site will often have a complicated address – which casts doubt on your credibility. (For example: http://www.freehosting/xyz/yourwebsite). Not only for visitors, but also for search engines. You will also have very limited space for your content. These free hosts are sometimes unreliable. You have no support in case of problems. In addition, they will often post advertising on your site to finance the service.

The second and best option is to take a paid hosting

If you are serious about creating a great website, you’ll have to buy a hosting package. These come in various different offers, which will need to be explored to find what is best for you. In general, these packages can be broken down into:

  • Shared hosting
  • VPS hosting
    •  Managed
    • Un-managed
  • Dedicated Server
    • Managed Unmanaged

The simplest and most straight forward package to get started with is shared hosting. Many companies will also offer WordPress hosting packages, which are perfect if you’re setting up your first website. If you have no predicted online traffic, this will be more than enough to begin with whilst your website is establishing itself. As your company and online reach grows, you might want to consider upgrading to a VPS or a dedicated server for increased performance.

What should you consider when looking for a paid hosting provider? There are seven important factors to look at when comparing the providers you could purchase from.

  1. Site Speed: How long will it take for your webpages to load? The hosting package you have will make a big impact on this.
  2. The bandwidth limit: How much bandwidth will your site use up? Different packages and different providers will offer varying amounts. You need to consider the usage of your site and make sure there is an adequate allowance for everything and all the users that could be interacting with your pages.
  3. The services and options offered: What other services are included for the money you are paying? Is there customer support? Will you get an SSL certificate or multiple email addresses? Make sure that you have the service you need to function correctly.
  4. The quality and speed of the support: This is a continuation of the previous point. If your site goes down or you need some help with a particular aspect of it, how will the hosting provider assist you with this? Are they actually helpful? How quick are they to respond? You don’t want your site to be down for any longer than it has to be. You can judge the quality of the customer support quite a lot by looking at reviews online of the provider.
  5. Site security: Your site has to be protected from malicious attacks and hackers, particularly if you store customer or sensitive information online. What type of security does the hosting provider offer? This is one of the most important aspects to consider so it is worth shopping around and comparing providers.
  6. Backups: In the event of a technical malfunction and your site needs to be restored from a backup, it is vital to know that the hosting provider has been taking them. Consider how frequently you’ll need the site to be backed up and how much storage will be needed to back it all up.
  7. Price: Lastly, but very importantly. What is the price for each of the providers? Again you need to be careful to not purchase an inferior product for the sake of a little less money than you could have afforded. Skimping on cost here can actually be a false economy if you need to pay to fix errors at a later date.

B – Best hosting 

Shared hosting


Price: From 3.95€/month
Features:

  • Servers Located In France
  • FREE SSL certificate
  • Technical Support 24/7/365
  • FREE domain name
  • Free Website transfer
  • Cloudlinux servers
  • Backups


Price: From 2.95€/month
Features:

  • Two websites
  • Free domain registration
  • 100GB of SSD storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • 24/7 Support
  • Free Website transfer
  • Free Cloudflare CDN


Price: From $23/Month
Features:

  • 1 WordPress install
  • 25,000 monthly visits
  • 5GB disk
  • 50GB bandwidth

Dedicated hosting


Price: From 10$/month
Features:

  • 5 Cloud Providers
  • All PHP Apps Supported
  • Unlimited Applications
  • Innovative Control Panel
  • 24/7 Expert Support
  • Managed Backups
  • Managed Security
  • CloudwaysBot
  • Optimized Stack
  • Advanced Caching
  • PHP 7 Ready Servers
  • CloudwaysCDN
  • Free SSL Certificate


Price: From 2.95$/month
Features:

  • 1 Website
  • 10 GB SSD Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Free Domain for One Year
  • Unlimited Email accounts
  • Free Website Transfer
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • Multiple Server Locations
  • Free Daily Backups


Price: From 2.15£/month
Features:

  • 20GB SSD
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Free domain registration
  • Support 24/7/365
  • Unlimited Email Account

Cloud hosting

aws
AWS offers a service tailored to your needs, so the space, bandwidth speed, number of sites will be defined by you. On the budget side, AWS offers a fairly interesting offer since there are no server costs, which allows it to lower prices.

infomaniak
Price: from 29 € /month
Features:

  • 
Up to 2 TB of SSD disk space
  • Up to 32 CPU and 96 GB RAM
  • Up to 100 hostings and 400 websites
  • Resources genuinely allocated to your server
  • EV and DV SSL certificates (Let’s Encrypt, Comodo/Sectigo)
  • Incoming and outgoing ports opened
  • Personal IP included
  • Runtime and memory allocated to customizable scripts
  • Personalised software configuration (node.js, MongoDB, PHP libraries, etc.)
  • Choice of cache engine of the server (memcache, apc/opcache, varnish)
  • The most environmentally friendly Datacenter in Switzerland
  • 100% of our energy is renewable
  • Our CO2 emissions are offset by 200%

ovh
Price: From £53.99 ex. VAT/month
Features:

  • IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
  • Assistance and support
  • 500 GB of storage space
  • IPMI and KVM on IP
  • Anti-DDoS Protection
  • Public Bandwidth – 500 Mbps
  • Service Level Agreement – 99,90%

4 – WordPress Plugins

What makes a good WordPress plugin?

There are more than 27,500 plugins. Thanks to the plugins, WordPress users have access to sites that are modular and adaptable to their needs. Additional functionalities can be integrated at any time and blend seamlessly into the website’s architecture.

Choose your plugins on the WordPress repository

When you start searching for a WordPress plugin, be sure to choose a present in the “WordPress repository”.

This directory is available at the following address: http://wordpress.org/plugins/. It lists all plugins validated by WordPress submitted by the community.

Compatibility with the WordPress Version

This is the most important selection criterion. The plugin you choose must be compatible with the version of WordPress you have installed on your site. If this is not the case, the installation of the plugin is not recommended.

Date of the last update

This date indicates when the plugin was last updated by its author. It is relatively important because it allows you to have a second opinion on the credibility of a plugin.

The support

Each plugin has a support forum accessible from the “View support forum” button. It allows you to be in contact with the author of the plugin in order to ask a question or make a report on a bug found.

The number of topics resolved is available to get an idea of the quality of support.

The numbers of downloads

This clue is almost never misleading. Indeed, a plugin with a high number of downloads is often a guarantee of trust and quality.

However, you have to be careful when you hesitate between 2 plugins. If the numbers of downloads are almost identical, prefer the one with the fewest download peaks. This means that the plugin has fewer updates than its competitor, but there are more sites that have installed it.

The numbers of votes

To find out what the community thinks about a WordPress plugin, just look at the scores assigned to it. The scores range from 1 to 5. If a plugin has an average of less than 4 stars, you are entitled to doubt the quality of the plugin.

The number of the version

The higher the version number of the plugin, the more advanced its development is. This gives an idea of the project’s maturity, stability, level of functionality and optimization.

User opinions

This is a very good way to see if it is appreciated by the community.

The number of plugins of the author

The number of plugins created by an author can be considered as a selection criterion. Indeed, a WordPress developer who creates several plugins is likely to offer more frequent updates and be more available on the support forum.

Screenshots

In general, there are screenshots of the management interface it offers. Of course, these images are not a criterion of choice. If the plugin meets the needs you expect.

In summary, the main points to check are the number of downloads, the source of the plugin, the plugin, the last update date and the users’ opinion.

Best WordPress plugins

Page builder Plugins

Elementor

Elementor has quickly racked up over 1,000,000 active installs at WordPress.org, making it one of the most popular WordPress page builders in existence.

Its claim to fame is a quick, glitch-free visual interface, flexible styling options, and powerful other features like full theme building.

Price: Free core version. Elementor Pro starts at $49 for use on a single site.

Interface – 5/5

The Elementor interface is divided into two core parts, with the third area for some smaller settings.

Included Widgets/Templates – 5/5

In the free version, Elementor includes 28 free widgets. And you can also use all of the core WordPress widgets. The Pro version adds another ~30 widgets, giving you a total of 58 widgets in the Pro version. The free version also comes with ~40 free templates. And the Pro version adds hundreds of additional templates.

Templates come in two formats. You can also save your own designs as templates to reuse later.

Styling Options – 5/5

Elementor offers one of the deepest sets of styling options of any page builder.

Beyond basic stuff like colors, backgrounds, and typography, you can also control more advanced settings like:

  • Custom margins/padding.
  • Custom CSS classes/IDs. With Elementor Pro, you can directly add actually CSS styles to individual elements.
  • Responsive controls. You can show/hide elements on specific devices.

Other Notable Features – 5/5

These features are available in Elementor Pro:

  • Full theme building. You can use the same Elementor interface to build template parts like headers, footers, singles, and archives. Basically, you can build your entire theme with Elementor.
  • Global widgets. These let you reuse a common element across multiple pages and edit all instances of the global widget by just updating the global widget.
  • Embed anywhere. Use Elementor templates in other areas via widgets or shortcodes.

Lock-in – 5/5

If you ever deactivate Elementor, it leaves behind clean code. For example, if you had an h3 header with Elementor, you’ll still have an h3 header after deactivating Elementor – it will just use your theme’s styling.

2. Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder has been a stalwart in the page builder market for quite some time now. It outputs clean code (for a page builder), is popular with end users and implementers alike, and receives regular attention in the form of new features and updates.

Price: Limited free version. Starts at $99 for use on limited sites.

Interface – 5/5

Beaver Builder offers a unique interface for its frontend visual builder. You do most of your work from a sidebar on the right. But these sidebar options only appear when you click on a button in the top bar, so it’s possible to view a fullscreen preview at any time.

Included Widgets/Templates – 4/5

In the free version, Beaver Builder only gives you access to 6 modules, though you can also use standard WordPress widgets.>

The premium version, on the other hand, gives you access to 30 modules. These modules are also all modular, so you can enable or disable them as needed.

In the premium version, you also get access to ~56 page templates, as well as the ability to save your own designs as templates.

Styling Options – 5/5

To style your modules and sections, you can either:

  • Use the default popup window
  • Pin the window to the side to create a sidebar

Other Notable Features – 4/5

  • Beaver Themer. Though this is a separate extension, it adds full theme building functionality like Elementor.
  • White labeling. You can easily white label Beaver Builder if you’re building sites for clients.
  • Beaver Builder theme. This optional theme gives you even more control over how your website looks.

While the unique features are good, I’m dinging a point because you have to pay more to get them.

Lock-in – 5/5

Like Elementor, Beaver Builder leaves behind 100% clean code with the proper HTML formatting.


3. Divi Builder

Divi Builder is a popular premium page builder from Elegant Themes. While it’s most commonly used as part of the Divi theme, Divi Builder is also a standalone plugin that you can use with other themes, as well.

Unlike the previous two page builders, Divi Builder lets you edit your content using both a visual front end interface as well as a back end interface, though most users will probably prefer the front end interface.

Price: Available as part of the $89 Elegant Themes membership

Interface – 4/5

Included Widgets/Templates – 5/5

Divi Builder includes 46 modules that you can use to build your designs:

You also get access to a massive 316 pre-built templates spread across 40 different layout packs, as well as the ability to save your own designs as templates:

Styling Options – 5/5

Like Beaver Builder, Divi Builder lets you style elements from a popup that you can, if desired, pin to the side.

One of the hallmarks of Divi has always been how much styling control it gives you. Across three different tabs, you can configure a variety of settings, including responsive controls, custom spacing, and lots more.

You can even add custom CSS to the main element or before/after the main element. The CSS editors even include basic validation and autocomplete! And you can also open a color picker right from the editor:

All in all, Divi Builder is really pushing the boundaries with its styling options – it’s good stuff.

Other Notable Features – 5/5

  • A/B testing. One of the best extra features is Divi Builder’s built-in A/B testing system. No other page builder makes it this easy to split test in the core.
  • Divi theme. Pairing the Divi Builder with the Divi theme gives you full control over your site’s appearance.
  • User access controls. Divi Builder includes strong role-based access controls.
  • WordPress Customizer controls. You can customize how some elements look using the native WordPress Customizer.

Lock-in – 3/5

One of the criticisms of Divi Builder has always been that it’s shortcode based. That means if you ever deactivate it, it’s going to leave behind a bunch of shortcodes in your content.

While that is a bit of a downer, this is less of an issue now that plugins like Shortcode Cleaner exist. You will lose the formatting – like an h3 tag – but you won’t lose the content itself.

Multilingual Plugins

Polylang

Polylang is a very popular plugin, installed on more than 100 000 sites. Present in the WordPress plugin catalog, it scores 4.8 / 5, it allows you to translate the different contents of your site into the languages of your choice: articles, pages, menus, widgets… It also allows you to manage the translations of e-commerce shops.

Polylang is a freemium plugin: the basic version is free and there is a pro version at 99 € with additional features and premium support.

WPML

WPML is very popular with more than 400,000 sites using it. WPML aims to simplify content management in different languages without sacrificing other features.

WPML is very powerful with nearly 40 languages and can handle translations of almost any type of content: articles, pages, theme elements, plugins, administration and more. Depending on the type of license you choose, you can also manage translations of WooCommerce, the e-commerce module of WordPress.

This is the easiest to use, use, and the best at translation management among the 3

By using WPML, you can integrate your own translations or use the translation services offered.

In summary, WPML is generally easier to use and more powerful. But it is not free: you can consult the rates according to your needs. Support is included, which is interesting for complex sites or for people who want some help.

There are 3 offers: between $29 and $195.

qTranslate X

qTranslate X is an improved version of the old qTranslate multilingual WordPress plugin. It is installed on more than 10,000 sites and has an excellent score of 4.9 / 5. This plugin is available in the WordPress plugin catalog.

Once activated on your site, qTranslate X allows you to create different versions of your content, one per language. It works like other plugins: you can choose to automatically display the site in the user’s language and also display the possibility to change the language manually.

qTranslate X is particularly good for your e-commerce shops because you can translate them without additional costs.

This plugin is free and also allows you to translate a WooCommerce store.

Ecommerce plugins

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is certainly the most popular solution to do this.

Since WooThemes (the creators of WooCommerce) was acquired by Automattic in 2015, WooCommerce’s popularity has increased dramatically and is now known to power nearly 8% of all online eCommerce sites and 21% in the top 1 Million sites!

WooCommerce is often considered one of your best solutions when you try to quickly build and expand an online store. You can create a shop for your blog with five products or include a large collection of thousands of products. The price of the plugin is always the same: free.

Why is it one of the best plugins?

  • The average small shop doesn’t need to spend money to get WooCommerce. Even themes and plugins are not that expensive, so WooCommerce is a cost-effective way to start an online store.
  • WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce WordPress plugin. With its affiliation with Automattic and the huge developer community, it goes nowhere and you will have many updates in the future.
  • Many developers create extensions to solve problems that store owners may have. These extensions allow you to add more advanced eCommerce features without any custom coding. For example, a simple plugin allows you to start a full-fledged business.
  • WooCommerce allows you to sell just about anything you want. This includes digital goods, subscriptions and reservations.
  • You receive integrated payments for some of the major gateways, as well as extensions for most of the major payment gateways.
  • Most eCommerce themes designed for WordPress are built around WooCommerce. This means that you should not have any problems with integration.
  • Beginners, as well as advanced users, can learn and use WooCommerce with ease.

Easy Digital Downloads (EDD)


Easy Digital Downloads (often called EDD) offers a simple and intuitive plugin to manage and sell digital products on WordPress. EDD is distinguished by its digital sales-oriented features, and the interface is much cleaner. So, if you only sell items like eBooks, PDF files or audio clips (and nothing physical), you should seriously consider EDD on other eCommerce WordPress plugins. One of the reasons for the success of EDDs is that the basic plugin is free.

You can make galleries and choose from the ESD themes. Once someone buys a product from your website, the system sends them an email with the download link. Keep in mind that EDD provides a complete shopping cart so that you process payments on your website and minimize the number of clicks required.

Why is it one of the best plugins in eCommerce WordPress?

  • It works better for the sale of digital downloads, since it removes functionality for physical products and offers more advanced solutions for things like e-books and music.
  • The extension library is full of dozens of extensions. Therefore, you can create a more advanced digital store, for example by allowing front-end submissions or including software licenses.
  • There are also many options for choosing your own payment gateway
  • The basic plugin is completely free. The small business or the average artist will have no problem implementing this and making the sales process work well.
  • Easy Digital Downloads has a large active community of bloggers, developers and enthusiasts. This means that you are never too far from a blog post to solve your problems or a cool new extension that could help your store.
  • Key features include a complete shopping cart, customer management, discount codes and data reports. You also receive refund tracking tools, affiliate systems, mailing lists, and more.

WP eCommerce


WP eCommerce has often been considered as the direct alternative to WooCommerce. This plugin is available for $99 for a single site, and provides features such as live search, premium payment gateways, and a grid view for your product galleries.

The choice of WP eCommerce or WooCommerce depends on the type of features you need in your online store.

Why is it one of the best plugins in eCommerce WordPress?

  • Although real customer support requires a payment ($49 per month), it is much more useful than what you will find with WooCommerce. WP eCommerce makes sense for those who cannot imagine setting up an eCommerce site without the help of a professional to talk to.
  • You have the possibility to expand your shop a little more with the additional modules. Many users appreciate the flexibility these extensions offer you. You can choose and pay for one or two additional modules and keep your dashboard clean of features you would not normally use.

SEO Plugins

Each website has unique SEO needs, if you are considering creating an online shop, check out our article on this subject: How to increase organic search to your online shop?

Yoast SEO

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With an incredible 16,700 5-star ratings at the time of this article, Yoast continues to impress the WordPress world with impressive updates, a beautiful interface and the most user-friendly option to highlight your blog articles and product pages.

The premium extension sells for $89 per site, making it a good deal for everyone. However, those with a small budget still use the free extension, which beats most other SEO WordPress extensions by far.

How is this the best SEO WordPress extension?

  • Type keywords and analyze how well you have optimized these keywords on pages and articles.
  • See exactly what the result of your Google search engine will look like. With this, you can adjust the meta description and title to make it more attractive and richer in keywords.
  • A readability check is performed on all pages to allow you to understand if you need to break down paragraphs or add items such as numbered lists or headings.
  • The extension detects if you have duplicate content in your page or article.
  • Yoast has some of the best resources and support we have ever seen from an extension developer.
  • They also update the extension every two weeks.
  • The premium extension provides a redirection manager, free support, content preview and an ad-free interface on the backend.

SEOPress


SEOPress is an all-in-one SEO plugin freemium for WordPress with no advertising. Simple, fast and powerful, it allows you to manage all your titles and meta-descriptions for articles/pages/standard posts/terms.

Create XML and HTML sitemaps, track your visitors with Google Analytics (with RGPD compatibility), and optimize tags (Open Graph and Twitter Cards) to share your content on social networks. The free version also provides content analysis to help webmasters write better articles optimized for SEO.

The premium version adds advanced options such as:

  • Referencing of local company.
  • Ariane wire optimized for referencing and accessibility.
  • Optimizations for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Download.
  • XML Video and Google Sitemaps.
  • Google Structured Data Types (schemas.org): product, article, event, local company, recipe, review, FAQ, course and video.
  • Backlinks with Majestic integration (third-party API).
  • Integration of Google Page Speed v5 to quickly check the quality of your pages.
  • Redirection and error monitoring 404.
  • Google Analytics statistics in your WordPress dashboard

Rank Math


Rank Math SEO is a multi-tasking SEO tool for your WordPress site. It comes with everything you need to take full control of the referencing of your pages. Rank Math combines the power of several plugins that you can use on your WordPress site for SEO and brings it all into an easy-to-manage plugin that is also lightweight.

  • It is a unique service for all your SEO needs.
  • Each article/page/product goes through an SEO analysis tool based on 40 factors.
  • The user interface is very clear and the options are easy to understand.
  • It gives you the possibility to automatically add alt or title tags to images that do not have one.
  • Rank Math comes with a 404 monitor to show you where users see errors.
  • It also comes with a redirection module that allows you to point these 404 errors to something a little more useful on your website.
  • The XML Sitemap module is provided with Rank Math, and the plugin automatically pings search engines when you make changes to your messages.
  • Rich Snippet support is included with an option to choose from 6 different types of snippets such as Article, Product, Recipes, Events, Video, Local Business, etc.
  • The breadcrumb trail is also part of the plugin, so you don’t need to rely on another plugin for that.
  • Support for Open Graph and Twitter Card is included.

Security plugins

iThemes Security


The iThemes Security plugin (formerly known as Better WP Security) is one of the most impressive ways to protect your website, with more than 30 offers to prevent things like hacks and unwanted intruders. It places a strong emphasis on recognizing vulnerabilities in plugins, obsolete software and weak passwords.

Regarding the main features of the pro version ($80 per year), iThemes Security Pro provides a strong password application, blocking bad users, database backups and two-factor authentication. These are just a few of the ways to protect your site with this WordPress security plugin. You can activate 30 total security measures, making iThemes Security Pro a safe bet.

Wordfence Security


Wordfence Security is one of the most popular WordPress security plugins, and for good reason. It combines simplicity with powerful protection tools, such as robust login security features and recovery tools during security incidents. One of the main advantages of Wordfence is that you can get an overview of general traffic trends and piracy attempts.

Wordfence has one of the most impressive free solutions, with everything from firewall blocks to protect against brute force attacks.

  • The free version is powerful enough for small websites.
  • Developers can save tons of money when they sign up for multiple site keys.
  • It has a complete suite of firewalls with tools for country blocking, manual blocking, brute force attack protection, real-time threat defense and a firewall for web applications.
  • The scan part of the plugin fights malware, real-time threats and spam.
  • The plugin monitors live traffic by viewing things like Google search activity, connections and disconnections, human visitors and robots.
  • You have access to unique tools such as the option to connect with your mobile phone and password audit.

All In One WP Security & Firewall


As one of the most comprehensive free security plugins, All In One WP Security & Firewall provides an easy interface and decent customer support without any premium plans. It is a very visual security plugin with graphics and counters to explain to beginners the metrics like security force and what needs to be done to make your site stronger.

The characteristics are divided into three categories: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Therefore, you can still take advantage of the plugin if you are a more advanced developer. The main way this plugin works is to protect your user accounts, block violent login attempts and improve the security of user registration. Database and file security is also integrated into the plugin.

  • The WordPress security plugin has a blacklist tool in which you can define certain requirements to block a user.
  • You can save the.htaccess and wp-config files. There is also a tool to restore them in case of a problem.
  • The plugin shows a graph to specify the strength of your website and a graph that designates points to certain areas of your site. This is one of the best features for the average user to visualize what is happening with the security of a site.
  • The plugin is free without any incentive sales along the way.

WordPress themes

What makes a good WordPress Theme?

Of course, the best solution is to have your own design as we propose at Minttwist: Web-design

However, you can choose an existing theme to build your website by following certain essential criteria in your choice of theme such as loading speed, ease of navigation for your users, uniqueness, responsive on all device (smartphone, tablet, desktop)

Best WordPress themes

Fastest themes

Sparks


Score PageSpeed Insights : 86
Price: $59
The Sparks theme is a minimalist, flat, reactive theme, designed for agencies, companies and many others.

Blox


Score PageSpeed Insights : 86
Price: $59
This is another theme by ThemeZilla. Colourful, flat and responsive, it is aimed at graphic designers who wish to showcase their talent. Each of your projects is in its own “block”.
The Blox theme is also advertised as a lightweight theme with code that respects WordPress coding best practices.

Trail


Score PageSpeed Insights : 87
Price: $49
The Trail theme is a versatile theme that emphasizes large images and beautiful typography. It has a superb parallax scrolling effect. Despite the large images in the demo, the Trail theme loads quickly and looks great on any device thanks to its responsive layout.

Skadi


Score PageSpeed Insights : 89
Price : 45 $
The Skadi theme is a beautiful, versatile, parallax and reactive theme. It was built from the Twitter Bootstrap Framework and has a page designer.
Other features are: 8 different layouts for the portfolio and 11 blog layouts.

Spark


Score PageSpeed Insights : 90
The Sparks theme is not a new theme, but it is faster than most of the new themes available.

UX – User Experience Themes

Some of the best WordPress Themes with the extraordinary user interface(ui) and user experience (ux) in the market. Website have to be cool, modern and beautiful but the most important feature is the user experience. The user is the best reviewer.

Amos – Creative WordPress Theme for Agencies/Freelancers


Amos is one of the best WordPress Themes with User Interface and User Experience best mixed. This theme is very cool with vibrant colors and bold fonts.

If you check details you will see how good social sharing and other copyright elements were positioned. The most important sections are bigger and bolder.

The asymmetric elements make the theme attractive and user concentrated on the important elements. This make this theme to look professional and beautiful at the same time.

There are 10+ different templates that are served with this theme. So you have the possibility to choose which is the best for you.  The Redux Framework is popular among users as Visual Composer that make the theme very easy to work with.

Main Features: 10+ templates, Visual Composer, Advanced Theme Options, Mega Menu, Flexible Layout, Revolution Slider, Elle Slider, WooCommerce

New Features: Setup Wizard, Header Builder, Ready Header Templates, Optimized in Load Resources

Adios Portfolio | Portfolio WordPress


Adios is a design-driven, aesthetically sophisticated and technically proficient portfolio WordPress theme. Built with visual composer (Drag and Drop interface), this theme puts the power to mold and shape your website in your hands.

Adios is entirely responsive, and it works well on tablets, smartphones, and desktop computers. With 10+ homepage layouts and a stack of portfolio options, you are guaranteed to get a bang for your buck.

The theme is very creative, at the same time make the theme look user interactive.  Adios makes users to focus on portfolio items and is so important because this is a Portfolio WordPress Theme.

Main Features: Visual Composer, Responsive, One Click Demo Importer, Parallax Layout

New Features: Customizer live editing,  Free PSD Included

Onero | Creative Portfolio Theme for Professionals


Onero is a WordPress Creative Portfolio Theme with a lot of features and demos. All the demo installation can be realized with one single click. Portfolios are amazingly built with the latest modern trends. Onero uses some line icons that make the theme looking very clean and minimal. It comes with an advanced and full option panel but very intuitive and friendly. You can change any part of theme styling without writing a line of code. You can check also how responsive is your website directly from the live preview.

Who is it for?

Photographer, Designer, Freelancer, Architects, Online Store or anyone else who want to showcase their works in a creative and beautiful way, Onero is the theme you have been waiting for.

Main Features: Visual Composer, Revolutions Slider, Advanced Theme Options, 10+ Portfolio Styles, 10+ Blog Styles, 10+ Demos Included, WooCommerce Compatible

New Features: Elle Slider, Setup Wizard, Yellow Pencil, Improved Performance

June – Multi-Purpose Responsive WooCommerce Theme


June is a Multi-purpose eCommerce Template with Best in Class UI/UX and Unmatched Shop Making Experience.

Loaded with the juicy features & Best Practices of a combination of 50+ topmost Big & Small eCommerce Platforms, June is the Match Winner when your search comes to a performing, detailed, well researched, user-friendly & intuitive Shop Building Solution.

Also, order Tracking is a new feature added with June. The page that contains the form is properly styled and works. If you want to have a professional online shop with shipping you will need an order tracking. This theme is full of features!

New Features: UI/UX optimized, modern styling, 16+ header templates, login/signup with socials, codeless builder, live theme options, 100+ content blocks, loop books, whish list for woocommerce, order tracking for woocommerce, unlimited shop styles.

Handel – Responsive Multi-Purpose Business Theme


Handel WordPress Business Theme is a custom-built theme to provide all the features that you need in promoting and running your business online. Theme have created various full demos for different business types. Handel have pre-built elements ready to use and to edit with Codeless Builder in live editing. There are 600+ Google Fonts included, Advanced Typography Options, FontAwesome, Lineicon, SteadySets and more. Change the fonts on the fly using the innovative Codeless Builder.

Responsive WordPress themes

Why having a responsive website is importante?

A responsive WordPress theme is designed to automatically adjust to the size of the user’s screen. This means that your WordPress theme will look the same on mobile phones, tablets and desktop devices.
In 2018, mobile devices accounted for 52% of global Internet traffic.That’s why you should always use a responsive WordPress theme for all your websites.
Not only does this improve the user experience, but it also offers a considerable advantage in terms of SEO. Search engines such as Google place mobile-friendly websites higher in mobile search, which generates more traffic to your site.

Divi


Divi is a drag and drop WordPress theme and page builder that comes with over 20 different layouts and templates for different kind of websites.

You can create and save your own Divi layouts. You can also export a layout from one Divi installation into another. Divi also comes with tons of elements that you can drag and drop anywhere in your layout.

Hestia


Hestia is a free WordPress responsive theme with powerful features. It includes easy theme setup with the help of a companion plugin which adds testimonials, services, and homepage sections to your website.

It is ready to be used with popular free page builder plugins and supports WooCommerce out of the box.

Astra


Astra is a popular multipurpose theme that can be used to build websites and blogs that look great on all devices. Built with the best coding standards, Astra offers a rock solid platform for WordPress websites, irrespective of the source they are coming from and the device they use.

Besides being a responsive theme, Astra offers advanced options like the Mobile Header module that lets you adjust header breakpoints, set different logos, menu styles, colors, etc. for mobile devices. All of this is easy and user friendly to set up since Astra adds all its options within the customizer and allows you to work around without a single line of code.

So, if you are looking for a feature-rich, stable and high performing theme that makes your website look great on all devices, Astra assures all of this along with a lot more flexibility and ease that you would need.

OceanWP


OceanWP is a powerful WordPress responsive theme with an impressive set of features. It is designed to be used for any kind of website, so it works for business websites, eCommerce stores, and even for simple blogs.

It comes with a clean layout that you can easily customize with widgets, page templates, and other theme settings. You can choose from multiple layout choices, and it also has full WooCommerce support.

Tusant


Tusant is a mobile responsive WordPress theme made specifically for podcasters, music, and video websites. It comes with native support to beautifully display your podcast episodes, vlog entries, audio playlists, and more.

It includes several layouts to display your podcast episodes in grid and list views. There are extended settings for customizer allowing you to change theme colors. It also supports page builder plugins allowing you to create landing pages with simple drag and drop tools.

Common WordPress mistakes to avoid

The White Screen of Death

Both PHP errors and database errors can manifest as a white screen, a blank screen with no information, commonly known in the WordPress community as the WordPress White Screen of Death (WSOD).

Before resorting to desperate measures, there are a number of reasons for the WordPress white screen of death:

A Plugin is causing compatibility issues. If you can access the Administration Screens> try deactivating all of your Plugins and then reactivating them one by one. If you are unable to access your Screens, log in to your website via FTP. Locate the folder wp-content/plugins and rename the Plugin folder plugins_old. This will deactivate all of your Plugins. You can read more about manually deactivating your plugins in the Troubleshooting FAQ.

Your Theme may be causing the problem. This is especially likely if you are experiencing the white screen of death after you have just activated a new Theme, or created a New Site in a WordPress Network. Log in to the Administration Screens and activate the default WordPress Twenty Sixteen Theme. If you can’t access your Administration Screens, access your website via FTP and navigate to the folder. Rename the folder for the active Theme.

Your Theme directory may be missing or renamed. This is common for developers who have just created a local development environment and cloned the database, which is pointing to a theme (or theme directory) that might be missing or renamed. To test this solution, try accessing wp-login.php or /wp-admin/. If you see anything, this is a good indication it’s theme-related. Log in as an administrator, then try to view the front-end and you should see a WordPress error message to the effect of: The theme directory “{theme-name}” does not exist. You can solve this in any number of ways, including switching themes on the admin side, renaming your directory, or editing the “theme” and “stylesheet” records in wp_options.

The WP_DEBUG feature often provides additional information. If you are still experiencing problems and are looking in your error logs you can check out the PHP errors below for more information.

Internal Server Error

There can be a number of reasons for an Internal Server Error. Here is something you can do to solve it:

  • The most likely issue is a corrupted .htaccess file. Log in to your site root using FTP and rename your .htaccess file to .htaccess_old. Try loading your site to see if this has solved your problem. If it works, make sure to visit <Settings > Permalinks and reset your permalinks. This will generate a new .htaccess file for you.
  • Try deactivating all of your Plugins to see if it is a Plugin issue. If you are unable to access your WordPress Administration Screens, deactivate your Plugins via FTP by following these instructions.
  • Switch the Theme to the WordPress Twenty Sixteen Theme to eliminate any Theme-related problems.
  • Increase the PHP Memory limit
  • Try re-uploading the wp-admin and wp-includes folders from a fresh install of WordPress.


Error Establishing Database Connection

If you get a page featuring the message “Error Establishing Database Connection,” this means that there is a problem with the connection to your database and there could be a number of reasons for this. The following are possible reasons and solutions.

Incorrect wp-config.php Information

“Error establishing a database connection” is usually caused by an error in your file. Access your site in your FTP client. Open up and ensure that the following are correct:

  • Database name
  • Database username
  • Database password
  • Database host

Learn more about editing wp-config.php.

If you are sure your configuration is correct you could try resetting your MySQL password manually.

Problems with Your Web Host

The next step is to contact your web host. The following hosting issues may be causing the problem:

  • Your database has met its quota and has been shut down.
  • The server is down.

Contact your hosting provider to see if either of these issues is causing your problem.

Compromised Website

If you have checked wp-config.php for errors and confirmed with your host for hosting issues, it is possible that your site has been hacked.

Scan your site with Sucuri SiteCheck to ensure that it hasn’t been compromised. If it has you should check out My Site was Hacked.

Failed Auto-Upgrade

There will be situations when the WordPress auto-update feature fails. Symptoms include:

  • A blank white screen and no information.
  • A warning that the update failed.
  • A PHP error message.

The WordPress automatic upgrade feature may fail due to a glitch in the connection with the main WordPress files, a problem with your Internet connection during an upgrade, or incorrect File Permissions

To update your WordPress site manually, see the Manual Update article

Connection Timed Out

The connection timed out error appears when your website is trying to do more than your server can manage. It is particularly common on shared hosting where your memory limit is restricted. Here are some things you can try:

Deactivate all Plugins. If deactivating all the WordPress Plugins on your site resolves the issue, reactivate them one-by-one to see which plugin is causing the problem. If you are unable to access your Administration Screens, read about how to manually deactivate your plugins

Switch to the default WordPress Twenty Sixteen Theme. This should rule out any Theme-related problems.

Increase your memory limit in wp-config.php. If you are on shared hosting you may have to ask your hosting provider to increase your memory limit for you

Increase the maximum execution time in your php.ini file. This is not a WordPress core file so if you are not sure how to edit it, contact your hosting provider to ask them to increase your maximum execution time. See instructions for increasing maximum execution time

Conclusion

This is already a good start for your first steps to build a WordPress Website in 2019!
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Building an Unlimited WordPress Development Service With WPTangerine founder Marcus Krupp

Building an Unlimited WordPress Development Service With WPTangerine founder Marcus Krupp

Unlimited WordPress development? WPTangerine is a service I had never heard of until recently. I was a bit surprised when I heard they had been around since 2015 and came highly recommended by someone in my network. 

In my podcast, I interviewed Marcus, the co-founder of WP Tangerine. We dive in and talk about how he built his business and how WPTangerine has grown to nearly 600 paying clients with 60 full-time employees.

The growing team completes task-based jobs for WordPress users. So if you have little fixes that need to be completed in WordPress or minor SEO tasks such as fixing broken links or putting in meta descriptions or meta-tags. Their team will handle it for you. 

Need graphic design? They do that too. Combine graphic design tasks, WordPress tasks, and maybe some minor SEO tweaks you have been putting off and have one point person (your project manager at WP Tangerine) handle it all for you!

It’s an interesting service, and if you want to give it a try, Marcus set us up with a 50% off coupon for your first month. 

Specific packages start at just $67 per month. There are a lot of different plans. Pricing is based on the time allocation of tasks and the number of sites. Some packages even include graphic design.

In the podcast, we’ll dive into how Marcus built WPTangerine, we’ll talk marketing, email marketing strategies Marcus uses, and systems used to manage a team of 60 with hundreds of clients and websites they keep up to date on an ongoing basis. 

Before building WPTangerine, Marcus went to work in finance in New York. He was right out of college and working a hundred plus hours. The experience allowed him to understand how things worked when doing financial due diligence. 

One of his projects ended up changing the trajectory of his career. On a solar finance project in Menlo, California, he saw how just a single individual could run a company and make some big things happen with just a laptop. 

Seeing others do it what was ultimately inspired and made Marcus believe he could do it as well. So he decided to go into business himself. 

He started a few ventures. One niche site in the wine industry was gaining traction. It was selling wine, but getting the wineries to try something new was difficult and eventually pivoted and shut down the site.  

Ultimately Marcus ended up freelancing for a while. Building websites, Google Ads, CRM Projects. Any random project he could get paid for. 

Interestingly, when hiring for their employees, they continually found the right talent overseas in areas like the Philippines. 

Their initial spark to leverage this was simply a staffing company in which they found customer support roles for companies. But when it came to hiring for website help. The pain was real. 

When building sites, they found WordPress to be their go-to answer. It reduced costs and was a game-changer for building sites. So in 2015, they combined the attractiveness of receiving payment upfront with the pain points of website building, site maintenance, and finding great talent to create WPTangerine. 

Working out of a coworking space, Marcus was still doing the customer service, marketing, sales, you name it. The big launch consisted of sending out an email to all coworking space members, and the response was more than positive. 

If you have started a business, you probably can look back and know what this moment was for you. I look back and laugh at how overly excited I was to get that first initial traction. It’s a rush, a combination of excitement and uncertainty of the future. 

Today WPTangerine has around 600 paying employees ranging from $37 to about $1,000 per month. The most common tasks are creating new sites and adding e-commerce or additional pages. You can send jobs to their team for things as little as a CSS change or setting up a contact form. 

One of the main reasons I love this is that I’m not a developer. I know a little HTML and CSS when I get stuck instead of spending hours figuring it out myself. I could send it to the WPTangerine team. 

For a service so robust, I didn’t want to just limit it to minor CSS tasks, so I began to put together a list of tasks that WPTangerine could knock out for me. 

Everything goes through your client manager, so you won’t have to worry about onboarding new developers or designers each time you have a new project. 

It’s rare for a niche site to have quality assurance team members on staff. For my sites, quality assurance is typically myself taking a quick look. Or, if I’m lucky, I’ll have a friend or family member look over it to get their opinion or maybe test on their device. 

WP Tangerine added a quality assurance team. It’s still important to remember this is a task-based service, so it’s vital to look at the updates yourself, but they will provide an extra set of eyes.

Here are what a few others are saying about the service.

Coding a plugin from scratch or extensive PHP coding is the only thing that WPTangerine won’t do. I think this may be their way of drawing a line in the sand of what is within scope. 

If you have minor PHP issues, don’t rule their team out. It’s worth asking your WPTangerine project manager. I talked with a WPTangerine client, and I was surprised to find out that the WP Tangerine team was able to help out with some minor PHP tweaks. 

If you are a solopreneur or small business and need just a little help keeping your WordPress site up to date, it’s worth giving the WP team a chance. Use coupon code “WPTNICHE50” to get 50% off this week only!

Spencer: [00:00:00] Hey, Marcus, welcome to the niche pursuits podcast. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:00:07] Hey Spencer. Great to be here. 

Spencer: [00:00:09] Yeah, it’s great to connect and talk a little bit about the company you’ve built WP Tangerine. but before we dive into some of those details, it’d be great to get your background, just to kind of understand some of your business ex expertise, education, or just other experience, that you’ve had.

So. What were you doing before WP Tangerine? 

Marcus Krupp: [00:00:29] Yeah. well, WB Dendrion is a real quick, service to help people with their websites. So they’re developed and design support needs, and it’s kind of a flat rate service and we just try to make things a very simple, easy, and a very good high quality work, for our clients.

And, yeah, how I, how I got here with this business, out of college, I, I did the finance. So I worked in New York for a few years and, worked very long hours, you know, sometimes a hundred plus hours, a lot of weekends, late nights. and, that was good. And what I liked about that was you really dug into how things work and do due diligence and stuff like that.

And then, you know, but I, I always kind of knew the corporate thing. Wasn’t very, it, wasn’t my thing. and so, I went to, I ended up going to business school and, and then I started working with an entrepreneur in, Menlo park in California, who was a, kind of, were really well-established in solar finance.

And, we worked, required quite a while on a solar finance venture and, and, talking to a lot of the major players and, and doing some, you know, financings and, and things like that. and I saw it, I saw it, you know, kind of upfront, you know, he was kind of, you know, making things happen just with a laptop.

And, for me that was kind of a new thing, you know, and, you know, just, just, you know, shooting presentations to people, you know, going to, you know, big corporations and, and meeting with people. And it was just, it was just us two and another guy for, for a long time. And I really liked that and I saw him do it, you know, I thought, wow, I could, I could, you know, kind of run.

My own show too, and get into business for myself. And, yeah, so, so that kinda, I was like, I gotta do it. And I, I started kind of a path of figuring that out and, and trying new ventures. And I ended up freelancing for a while. you know, building websites, running Google ads, random projects, CRM projects.

yeah. Yeah. Yup. And this is kind of, I would say my first, you know, successful business, you know, first one that worked that, you know, we’ve, we’ve, it’s been sustainable and really healthy and, You know, it has a really nice longterm future. 

Spencer: [00:02:47] Yes. So let’s dive into maybe just briefly some of the ventures that you did start sounds like you got the bug, the entrepreneurial bug you wanted to kind of work for yourself.

You saw somebody else maybe doing the, the laptop lifestyle a little bit. Right. And it sounds like you tried a few things. can you give us an idea of the time, like year wise when you were doing this and, Specifically, like, were you just trying to build little niche? What websites or where you’re launching a little product that you would saw with Google ad words, that sort of thing?

Marcus Krupp: [00:03:18] Well, one of the, one of the guys I was building websites with also did a lot of, internet marketing with and, you know, so I kinda got acquainted with that and joint ventures and, yeah, and that kind of took me into, The, the, you know, the Bay area, you know, wine is a, a big thing there. And so I had this idea for, recommendations, you know, recommending, you know, wine makers, recommending wines, and then later wineries recommending wines.

And so we had, we had a site, sign up anymore, but it was, it was kind of. We get, when we get winemakers to actually recommend their favorite wines. And, you know, we had some traction there and sold some wine and, and people seem to like it. and I, I regret a little bit not sticking with it. and then we kind of pivoted, I picked up a new partner and we pivoted towards kind of utilizing the wineries email lists.

cause I saw joint ventures and kind of. Cross recommendations and, and, you know, you know, guys like Eben pagan, I would be subscribed to their email lists. I was like, Oh, we can do this in the wine space. turned out that we, we did get traction and we were kind of running for a while and, you know, we were making some, some money.

but it was just so hard going to these wineries and getting them to do like a new, a new thing, you know, a new, a new behavior. Kind of it’s something that they’re just, I don’t know if I want to email my list about, another winery and, you know, I, I think, I think it could have been great, would have helped, wineries go direct even more, but sometimes, you know, even if it’s a good idea, it’s not, You know, it just doesn’t quite work out.

Yeah. 

Spencer: [00:04:53] Right. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:04:54] Yeah. 

Spencer: [00:04:55] So, no, that’s good to know. I, I always find it interesting to hear sort of what people were doing a little bit before they hit on their big idea. That’s stuck. Right. So, clearly WP Tangerine has stuck for a little while here. but it it’s, it’s good to know that even for me and other people listening that.

Sometimes you have to make a few mistakes. You have to try a few things out. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. but eventually you hit on that idea that does. Right. And it sounds 

Marcus Krupp: [00:05:19] like 

Spencer: [00:05:20] that’s where WP Tangerine came along. And, yeah. So, so maybe you can dive into what was the Genesis of 

Marcus Krupp: [00:05:26] the idea?

The Genesis was, you know, we, we were doing a lot of, you know, some free, a lot of freelance work and starting to work with people in the Philippines. and other other countries and, yeah, it kind of initially it was like, ah, well, you know, we, is there something here? You know, the, you know, the people we’re finding are very good.

they can do different stuff in it and, and different, customer support roles and stuff. And can we kind of turn this into some type of staffing business? And, you know, so we actually did that, for a while and did some business with that. but, you know, just kind of, we, we, we, we ended up, you know, saying, wow, you know, websites are hard to deal with.

And I had gone through the process of hiring people for websites. And before, you know, it. You know, you can spend thousands of dollars. you know, it’s one, you know, you kind of have a set price for getting the site built and whatnot. and then you have, you have some updates and you have some new features you want, and, you know, your designer is sending you a $2,000 bill, you know, for, so it can really, it can really add up, you know, if you’re kind of a, in a startup, framework, you know, have much.

Cashflow and you’re outside of the corporate thing. So, so yeah, it just really made sense to me to, to get, You know, to kind of put together something very affordable, flat rate that could do a lot of work and really excelled at customer service and, and helping, helping people kind of get their site, how they want it and providing recommendations and, you know, you know, looking out for them and kind of a developer designer.

Type of task framework and we’re precious. Great. WordPress presses is, you know, a lot of people still don’t know that, you know, you don’t have to do any coding for websites, you know, and you don’t, you know, and, you know, that’s, I still see people kind of not clear on, on, on what a plugin is. And, and WordPress is just a beautiful platform and kind of with the, our, our team, mostly in the Philippines, WordPress just reduces your costs a lot.

Cause you’re not, you’re not coding up new features from scratch and that’s really a game changer and some people know that, but a lot of people still don’t know that, you know, and, and, so we get a lot of clients who, you know, are expecting all this coding to be done, actually. but you know, w you know, it’s, they’re always a little bit surprised.

We said, well, you know, you really want to stick with the features that are. That are built for WordPress that are being, you know, run and maintained by, a capable development team. And, so yeah, those two things that the Philippines and WordPress, we just, we said, wow, this, this is a lot of value here.

And, and, we can, you know, create a great service with this. 

Spencer: [00:08:13] Yeah. And what year was that? That you launched a 

Marcus Krupp: [00:08:15] survey? Probably 2015. 

Spencer: [00:08:18] Okay. So about five years ago, 

 

that you’ve been running the company. And, it sounds like it, it initially when you started it, it was more like, you know, a little bit of a staffing company, maybe a little bit of building websites from scratch for people, but it’s sort of morphed to the more solid idea that you have 

Marcus Krupp: [00:08:37] now of 

Spencer: [00:08:38] WordPress services for flat rate.

Marcus Krupp: [00:08:40] That’s right. 

Spencer: [00:08:41] Yeah, no. Very good. That makes sense. So how did you, was, was there any big launch when you sort of jelled on this 

Marcus Krupp: [00:08:48] idea? Oh, big launch. Okay. We got a website up. we hired, someone and, you know, I did all the customer service. I did all the, you know, the selling and, the, you know, I did all the, you know, figuring out how to get customers and we just actually, we were part of this coworking space.

in the beginning, it’s called next space. It’s still around a little bit in some forms in, mostly in California. And, at the time they would let you email the whole, their whole email list, you know, and they had maybe 15 coworking, spaces around California, mostly. And so we kind of, we just, we launched, first we launched our staffing through there and then we also launched, You know this and, and, and we just saw that people really wanted it.

And, that was, that was exciting. When, you know, you get that initial feedback is like, Hey, I could use this. And you just that’s that, that really kind of helped create the excitement to say, Hey, this is, this is what we want to do. Yeah. 

Spencer: [00:09:41] And when you launched it, you had a partner, as I understand, as you and a partner that launched it together, how did you guys connect?

And, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:09:48] we, we had worked on, on the wine stuff, before, and, that was, yeah, he has a, he has a, more of a technical background and, yeah, he’s done a lot of stuff in internet marketing and stuff. And, Yeah. And about the same time he, he kind of, one of his past internet marketing ventures. He had an opportunity to buy the business.

So he, he, he actually bought that, and, and ended up doing that with a couple of friends. and so, yeah, he decided to focus on that and we’re still friends and, and, yeah, it’s good. 

Spencer: [00:10:18] Okay. So he’s, he’s essentially exited and working on another company he bought into and you’re 

Marcus Krupp: [00:10:24] running the show with a lot of, capable managers.

you know, kind of one thing I’ve gotten really good at is just setting up, you know, finding really good people and setting up systems and, yeah, we have some really, really, really smart, hardworking, managers and. And we, we have a really nice recruiting system where we look at a lot of people and we try them out and we test them out and, and, you know, maybe, maybe one out of 20 or one out of 30, make the cut.

So that’s really helped a lot with, you know, just kind of putting in these systems that are sustainable and, and, kind of lead to a high quality product for people. 

Spencer: [00:11:07] Yeah. You know, I’d maybe like to dive into that in just a second, but first to give people an idea of how successful WP Tangerine is today, what are you willing to share in terms of either revenue, numbers?

Of course, people would love that. or just, you know, any numbers that show us how big you’ve been able to grow the company. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:11:26] Yeah. We’re we’re at around us 600, you know, pain, pain members right now. So. You know, and, and those, those can be on plans is as small as 30, $37 or, or something, and as high as, you know, a thousand dollars.

So it really, really varies and sweet spot is kind of in a 200, $300. Right. 

Spencer: [00:11:48] Yeah. That’s awesome. congrats, first of all, it sounds like you do have a pretty good size team. I think on your home page, it has, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:11:56] we have about 60 people. Yeah. 

Spencer: [00:11:59] very good. How many of those are located like in the U S versus, either Philippines or other place that, you might have developers?

Marcus Krupp: [00:12:08] Yeah, mostly all in the Philippines. And I have, I’ve I’ve consultants, in the U S and another places that, helped me with things, like, you know, Facebook or, or SEO or stuff like that. Yeah. 

Spencer: [00:12:22] Yeah. So, to give people a little bit more in depth into, the service, what’s kind of a, a typical task or what’s kind of the most common tasks that people hire you guys for, to do on a regular basis.

Marcus Krupp: [00:12:35] Yeah, it, it can be it’s really anything. We, we build a lot of, new sites, but, a lot of people also come to us with existing sites and they want to add on, e-commerce or they want to add in, you know, they want to build new pages. they want to set up buddy press. so, you know, just as you know, WordPress has so many options and so many themes and plugins and, You know, it, it, it attracts, a lot of people, trying to do different things.

so it could be as simple as just, you know, fixing something, making a tweak, you know, a CSS tweak, you know, setting up a contact form, designing, a new, a new landing page and implementing that, you know, setting things up in HubSpot. And or Ontraport or, or other CRMs. so you know, anything that you would ask a developer or a designer to do, we can do for you?

I mean, the only thing we do, we do some front-end coding, of course. but the only thing we don’t do is we don’t. Code up a plugin from scratch. You know, we don’t do extensive PHP coding. We do have some very good PHP coders who can, you know, fix things up and, and get things working. Right. But it’s really not, our model and it doesn’t make sense for clients, but you know, if someone needs help, we can always.

I do something custom, right? 

Spencer: [00:13:55] Yeah. So, so for the most part, I mean, it’s more task-based right. If you, a client might have a small task of, like you said, maybe creating a new landing page or configuring a certain plugin or form on their site. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:14:09] Right, right. Yeah. And also optimization, speeding up their site, you know, doing basic on-page SEO.

You know, making sure their site is secure, doing the, you know, the basics to the updates, the backups, the site monitoring. so it’s kind of a complete, You know, this site management service, as well as, as being your developer designer. And we also do graphics too. So we have a, we have kind of standalone design team and, a lot of people are, I think, what a lot of people like is the personal attention.

So we have what we’re calling, what we call client managers, which are kind of, you know, you know, they manage the developer and they also kind of manage the projects and the tasks and just make sure. the client’s always happy and we’re updating them every day and we’re answering the questions throughout the day.

So it’s a daily service. so, you know, we’re always there for, the business and what they want to do when they have an idea or a project and they don’t have to go out and hire a new team or, you know, call that freelancer up. They worked with and, and, they’re the, you know, the freelancers swans.

So. It’s kind of a, a flat, for a flat rate. You get a team that dedicated, a lot of attention and time to you, depending on the plan that you sign up with. 

Spencer: [00:15:27] Yeah, that’s really interesting. And that’s good to know, because I wasn’t aware that you did the graphic design piece 

Marcus Krupp: [00:15:33] as well. 

Spencer: [00:15:34] Right? Cause obviously there’s competitors, right.

That they charge a flat rate for graphic design, but it sounds like you can kind of do both graphic design. You can do the WordPress piece. and then I’m just thinking through scenarios of where I might. Use you guys, like if I were doing an SEO audit on my site, right. I go into SCM rush or a trust and I get a report of here’s 120 broken links that I have on my site.

is that something that essentially turn over to you guys? Oh yeah. They can go through and fix all the broken links and fix meta tags or meta descriptions or anything like that. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:16:09] We can, we can go through that and work with you to get that all taken care of. Yeah. Yeah. So we’re not so the. Our flagship services, aren’t, you know, full service SEO, you know, but we can do the, the basic on-page stuff, you know, just, and, and, and take care of all those fixes and, and get those reports scores, up into the nineties and a hundred.

Spencer: [00:16:31] Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. That’s awesome. very good. So it’s 

Marcus Krupp: [00:16:34] really. 

Spencer: [00:16:36] I don’t, I don’t know a better way to put it, but a sort of a full suite VA service in a way. Right. but you probably work with multiple people on a team depending on if it’s graphic design or if it’s a WordPress fix. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:16:50] Right. Yeah. Yeah, you knew, but you, you, everything goes through your, client manager, which is like a project manager and they, and they, coordinate with the designer and you know, of course we have, you know, project management software we use and everybody sees everything and there’s no, there’s no confusion.

And, another cool thing we do, we have, separate people for quality assurance. and I don’t think this has done very much. I’m not sure. but I just found that when we, when we, we put this in, the satisfaction went way up, just, you know, cause, cause you know, you worked with developers before, they, they’re kind of focused on getting that done, you know, and, and making it work and in their head it works.

But. You know, there’s a lot of aesthetics and, and, other angles to look at the task at. And, you know, our developers are well-trained and stuff, but it’s, it’s great to have, other pair of eyes to just check everything, to make sure it looks good. Make sure it’s it’s formatted as the best it can be.

Spencer: [00:17:47] Yeah, I think that makes a lot of sense. Yeah. Quality assurance. That’s that can be big 

Marcus Krupp: [00:17:51] for sure. 

Spencer: [00:17:52] Even if it’s just that yeah. Second set of eyes. That’s a, that’s a big deal. are, are there any like quirky, tasks that clients have asked you guys to do before? Or any funny stories? Just about things that people have asked you guys to do for their sites?

Marcus Krupp: [00:18:06] Oh, you know, we, we have a whole spectrum of clients, you know, WordPress can be used for everything, you know, from, you know, we’ve had fortune 500 clients to, to, you know, lawyers, doctors, and all types of e-commerce stuff. yeah. you know, we’ve had, we’ve even, we’ve had adult sites, sign up for our service, you know, so we’ve, Yeah, we, we have had, some interesting, clients over the years.

So, you know, as long as what they’re doing is, is, is, is okay. And, and, and we, we’re happy to help. Yup. 

Spencer: [00:18:38] so let’s shift a little bit to some of the marketing strategies that have worked well for you to grow your business. You know, is there anything you can kind of pinpoint is like, this has been our bread and butter marketing strategy.

That’s helped grow the business. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:18:53] it’s, it’s a lot of little things. I would say one of the biggest one is, referrals. You’re just doing a great job for people. we also have a lot of, ref you know, affiliate relationships that kind of, we work with people who, you know, send us a lot of, a lot of, kind of freelancers who, build who like to build sites, but don’t like to do the ongoing work and, or just get leads that.

aren’t for them. they, they, they really helped us grow. what else, what else? any, 

Spencer: [00:19:21] paid traffic strategies or any social media 

Marcus Krupp: [00:19:24] or Google ads, some Google ads, some Facebook ads, Instagram, you know, the, the, you know, the major stuff, some YouTube, some display. you know, when I started, I was actually on, we got customers through Craigslist.

yeah. yeah, yeah. So the whole spectrum. but you know, since we’ve been in it a while, we, we get a lot of referrals, which is nice because it’s, it, it can be expensive to advertise, you know? Yup. Yeah. So that helps, email marketing has been, something that’s been very important. You know, you, you, I would recommend that, you know, to.

The people starting out, maybe, maybe it’s, it’s a known, really known thing, but, you know, just, just being a more aggressive than you think you can be on email marketing, you know, people sign up for your list are interested in it and, you can really convert a lot more people than, than you think you can’t just by being persistent with the follow-up emails, you know?

And then there’s different strategies for that, you know? 

Spencer: [00:20:20] Yeah. So is it, Just more emails that’s worked for you or, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:20:24] yeah, I would say a big principle that I think works and I see people, they often compliment me on my follow-up and, and, and stuff like that is, is, is, setting up our, email marketing.

So people get an email, a lot, you know, so what’s a lot, like, I don’t know, daily I’d have, I’d have to look. but yeah, when they first come in, you know, we email them once or twice. A day or, you know, at least once every two days, you know, and it makes sense. They’re trying to make a decision. If you can give them facts, they haven’t seen.

and, or, you know, kind of describe your, your value proposition, flesh it out for them. I think you’re, you’re doing them really a service. So people actually, I think that’s been a, a really big thing for getting up conversion rates. You know, I. I’m sure my landing page, my, my homepage and stuff could be better.

but if you can get them on, you know, I think we have a high, rate of conversion. and once we get them on our, on our once, once they get on our email list, which, yeah, so I think that’s been a big thing. I didn’t really understand that in the beginning as how important that is. Yeah, 

Spencer: [00:21:29] I agree. You know, when you kind of got a hot lead, right?

Those just gotten onto your email list. Like you shouldn’t be bashful about saying, Hey, like you just signed up, you know, here’s some great facts or tips, right. And you may do that every day for the next few days or whatever time period that is. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:21:46] And there’s a lot of sense. You have their decision. They want to know that you’re doing them a service at that point, you know, and you could always over email.

So you have to be. Careful with that, but you know, you see someone like, I don’t know. have you ever been on Frank Kern’s email list? 

Spencer: [00:22:02] I had many years ago, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:22:03] but I’m on one of his email right now and okay. He sends maybe five or six or eight emails a day. It’s 

Spencer: [00:22:11] a lot, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:22:12] but they’re sort of interesting, you know, cause it’s inviting to business owners and, I I’m, I’m curious, you know, and I, I, you know, I probably, I just bought something from him, you know, so it really, so it still works, right?

Yeah. So that’s just good thing. So setting up Ontraport, which is our CRM marketing automation, and just, even if you just can quickly get those emails written, they don’t have to be perfect. Trust me. That’s, that’s something that’s. I, I think as a big thing, not really, I try to get our clients to do, you know, I try to tell them, Hey, you really need to set up emails.

What are, you know, yes, you have a lot of leads, but if you’re not emailing them at least once a week or whatever it needs to be, you really, you know, you’re leaving a lot on the table for, for yourself and for them. 

Spencer: [00:23:01] Yeah, I agree. you mentioned systems, earlier and how important having systems in place have been for your business?

Why don’t you just kind of share with us a little bit what goes on behind the scenes, right. what are some of those systems that you have in place that allow you to, to run it? So 

Marcus Krupp: [00:23:17] well, Yeah. well having one thing is, is, is, having people responsible for people, maybe that’s a very simple thing, but I can’t, I can’t, we really managed a 60 people, you know?

So, so, you know, for example, our client manager has three developers they work with and so. The client manager manages the three developers and, you know, the, the, you know, the QA is a part of that too, and the designer, and, but ultimately it’s the client manager who is in charge and in charge of the results.

And, so, so that kind of system of, accountability, to go to one person who is responsible for the whole team, you know, really has worked well. And I think a lot of agencies, might not have that set up, at certain points at certain levels, you know? so kind of have it, having that clear, system of people, managing people and being responsible for, their team’s results, I think has really helped also just, just writing out, The procedures, you know, that’s been huge and that’s, that’s valuable and we, and we still do it today.

And if there’s any kind of, confusion or something, you know, we go over the procedure. We, you know, we tweak it. we make sure everybody knows and they can refer to it. And that’s been a big thing that’s always worth, paying attention to. But I, I think it’s, it’s just really critical to find, you know, someone.

That you can, you know, just delegate to and, and kind of give them a nudge, to say, Hey, you’re smart. You know, you can figure this out. You don’t need to ask me about everything. Yeah. We can. If you want to ask me some questions, we’ll work on procedures and always, always kind of think about, Hey, how can we make this question into a, permanent, you know, permanent thing for everybody to use.

And so they don’t, don’t keep, keep coming back to you. So. Yeah. Yeah. And we started with one I’m, one, one staff member, and now we’re up to around 60 and, and so it’s, and it seems to work. And, and for recruiting too, we have, we have a full-time recruiter and, worked through a lot of applications. We sort through, we do a lot of interviews and then we, we kind of set, we set up, developers on a whole extensive, trial, you know, so we actually pay them, while we, you know, we, we pay them while we kind of, you know, when they’re not working on client sites, they’re working on kind of mock sites and nothing.

We give them kind of mock tasks and stuff and how they work and we’d make sure they understand our procedures and they’re doing things in a timely way. And, and, yeah, so we have a com you know, and that’s important just as finding good people to who, who, who care, you know, and really to work hard.

And, that’s good. 

Spencer: [00:26:02] Yeah. So I agree finding the right people sounds like you’ve got the right sort of systems in place. So people are responsible for people, like you said. And, people kind of understand all the procedures there, but what kind of tools are you using to manage that process? 

Marcus Krupp: [00:26:19] We use a, a base camp.

yeah. Yeah. We, we also, wait, we let her. clients, if they have a specific, project management tool that they want to use as a dashboard to, to list everything out with us, we’re happy. That makes sense. Yeah. Yeah. Hello sauna. Monday. Yeah. Yeah. So we’re, we’re flexible around that. but I’ll also a lot of people don’t want to bother with, project management software.

So, we just, we let people, No, just email in tasks and we communicate through email and, and keeps it simple. But you know, then we have higher, higher, people who kind of have a lot going on and we, we do to a dashboard if they’re not already using one. 

Spencer: [00:26:58] Yeah. Okay. That makes sense. Yeah. So if I’m already using Trello, you guys could plug into Trello and you just become, you know, one of the parts that I move over and I assign this to my guy at WP Tangerine and he takes care of that card for me.

Marcus Krupp: [00:27:12] Yup. Yup. Yeah. So that’s, that’s been great. That’s very cool. 

Spencer: [00:27:17] well good. So, where do you hope to take WP Tangerine in the future? Like what are the plans. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:27:25] one of the plans, we, we just, we, we launched, a couple, kind of complimentary services, so a blogging service and also, an advanced SEO service.

so, yeah, so, so kind of, we will, you know, roll those out and, and, you know, help people around that. Yeah. So we, we have a few clients on both and, I hired a very good, SEO, consultant, in, in a long-term SEO veteran, to help me run that. And, that’s, that’s been a lot of fun.

And so I’m kind of working on kind of making those, you know, rolling those out into, into their, you know, complimentary, but also standalone services. 

Spencer: [00:28:05] Okay. so are those outside the umbrella of dub WP Tangerine? Like, are they on different sites or you can still, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:28:14] yeah. Yeah. They’re on our side and we, we sorta just, just let our, our members know about it.

Spencer: [00:28:23] So what would the blogging service be like? Content writers, like, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:28:26] S content writers. Okay. yup. Yup. Yeah. All right. 

Spencer: [00:28:30] Very good. And then danced, SDO service to do the 

measurement 

Marcus Krupp: [00:28:35] responsibility for getting you to the, to the first page. Yeah, yeah, yeah. 

Spencer: [00:28:40] Very cool. Well, you’re speaking my, audience’s language.

We’re all about, you know, we’re mostly niche site, bloggers, SEO guys. and so that’s, that’s really interesting. 

 

so I may have to go check out the pricing, you know, that you guys have for those services, but, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:28:57] it sounds interesting. Yeah, it’s an interesting market too. Just like the website market, you know, the pricing is all over the place.

You can really, you can still go out and pay 50,000 or a hundred thousand dollars for a pretty basic website these days, you know, and people are still doing that, you know, whereas, whereas with WordPress, you can get it done for a few hundred dollars and, you know, kind of have your own website team for, you know, a small flat fee each month.

Spencer: [00:29:22] Right. Yup, absolutely. So, if there were any buddy out in my audiences listening to, Hey, they’re thinking they want to start a prototype productized service, you know, obviously not to compete with you, 

Marcus Krupp: [00:29:35] but 

Spencer: [00:29:35] what, what other advice might you have for somebody that’s wanting to get into either, you know, agency or prototyped service?

Marcus Krupp: [00:29:43] Yeah. I don’t know, like any business you need to, you need to figure out how to meet, customers, you know? so, you know, that’s, that’s a big thing. So you need to kind of get those initial tests, underway, you know, you have got to figure out, you know, what people want and, and hit different channels and, and see where you can meet, customers.

And then, and then you just gotta really work really hard because in the beginning, you’re probably going to be doing a lot of the work yourself and, you know, and hustling and, but eventually actually, you know, you, you, you know, you hire good people. Yeah. And then you can focus on the, kind of the next level of stuff of, you know, systems and, and, and figuring things out.

But yeah, I would say there, you want, you want something that people want. That is going to help people. you got to find a way to meet them in different channels, and then you gotta find a way to do, to do, to do a great job and, and always be improving. 

Spencer: [00:30:37] Right? Yeah, absolutely. I think that’s, some good tips.

So, I know we talked about, before the interview a little bit, if my audience is interested in WP Tangerine, you’ve put together a little bit of a discount, a special deal for them. Why don’t you just kind of explain what that is? 

Marcus Krupp: [00:30:53] Yeah. Yeah. it’s, we’re happy to, to, to, to help out your audience at any way.

We love people to, get a chance to try our service. So we just done a small, you know, a really nice, discount at 50% off, for the first month. just to, you know, Yeah, probably you have a lot of work WordPress sites and your, and your subscriber base. And, yeah, people have a, have a few tasks that they’ve been, Thinking about doing, or they want to speed up their site or they want to get a landing page built or whatever they want to, whatever they would ask a developer designer to do.

yeah, you can use that discount code and give us a spin. 

Spencer: [00:31:33] Yeah, no, that’d be awesome. I appreciate that. Yeah. I mean, definitely, It’s gotta be 90% plus higher of my audience is WordPress users. So I mean, it definitely is kind of in the wheelhouse here. And, I have written down the code WPT. niche 50, is what people can use for WP Tangerine.

So WPT niche, 50, people can check that out if they want. Marcus, it’s great having you on the podcast. If people do want to follow along with you or get in touch with you, where should they go? 

Marcus Krupp: [00:32:05] yeah, they can just, hit up my website, WP tangerine.com and, you know, my email is [email protected]

Awesome. 

Spencer: [00:32:15] I appreciate your time coming on. Sharing your experience, growing WP Tangerine. It’s been a pleasure. 

Marcus Krupp: [00:32:20] Yeah, my pleasure Spencer. It’s been great. Thank you. 

Spencer: [00:32:24] Thank you. Awesome.

Elementor Pro Review: A Dominant Page Building WordPress plugin

Elementor Pro Review: A Dominant Page Building WordPress plugin

Elementor Pro

$49

User interface

10.0/10

Templates

10.0/10

Elements

9.0/10

Want to give your website and its contents a custom design?

If so, then you definitely need a page building tool.

Now the question is, with so many page building plugins which one should you go for?

In this Elementor Pro review, we’ll give you all the required information for you to decide if it’s the best go for a tool for you or if you should look for something better.

What is Elementor Pro?

Table of Contents

Elementor Pro is a viable WordPress plugin by the Pojo Themes team that can be used to add a drag and drop page builder to your site regardless of the theme you’re using.

Why do you need a WordPress page builder?

With you reading this Elementor Pro review, you definitely have a general idea of what a WordPress page builder is. If not, let me enlighten you!

The main purpose of you having a WordPress page builder is to give the default WordPress editor an upgrade in order to create your own custom design for your site and site contents.

With a good page building plugin, you have the opportunity to create advanced layouts with multiple rows and columns as compared to a default WordPress editor where you are limited to adding text and images to your content.

This brings us to our topic of the day, the Elementor pro page builder.

Whether you are in to create a unique homepage, beautiful landing pages, or give your posts a custom layout, Elementor provides you with all the features and functionalities that you may need.

Here is an example of a page created using Elementor pro:

Features of Elementor Pro

To get a better understanding of what Elementor has to offer, let’s take a look at its key features:

User interface
user interface

The image above shows how the Elementor Pro user interface looks like:

This is basically the core of any page builder.

However how influential or powerful a tool is, if there is difficulty in the ease of use, then it’s a guarantee that the outcome will definitely be the opposite of what you expect.

This is why I love and recommend the Elementor pro. It has a modern-looking interface with features that are well executed.

Templates
templates

Above are some of the Elementor pro templates.

They have a wide selection of high-quality templates that can be imported to your pages and customized to make them your own.

These template designs cover homepages, contact pages, landing pages, about page, product, and service pages template designs.

The fun part is that with an imported template you can add or remove a section or rather customize it to the taste of your choosing. Any template can be redesigned to match exactly what you are looking for with the help of Elementor pro editor.

Each of your designed pages can be saved in the template library for reuse later on.

Elements
elementor pro

Above are some of the Elementor pro elements that can be added to your design.

Another killer feature that Elementor pro has to offer is its elements. These elements include:

  • Counters
  • aoogle maps
  • Author box
  • Etc…

These elements work like the traditional WordPress widgets only that they can be added to your site pages and customized using Elementor pro page builder.

You just have to drag and drop an element to your page to add it to your design.

Apart from these elements, any WordPress widgets in addition to those that come with can be dragged and dropped to your page design with the help of the Elementor pro.

This explains the world of unending possibilities when it comes to building pages and adding content to your designs.

Theme builder features

These features give you more control over the design of your WordPress site.

You can be able to create the design of your site’s header, footer, archive pages, single posts website, etc.

What I love about this feature is that it has the functionality that allows you to use intuitive Elementor visual editor to create one or more header and footer designs for your site.

The theme building involves three processes:

  • Template type: here you choose the type of template you wish to create. It can be header, footer, archive pages, etc.
  • Dynamic data: build the frame work of your pages using dynamic content. This way, your content gets dynamically filled with content from your website.
  • Conditions: this helps you set the location where you wish for the template to appear. It can be a specific page, post, etc.

Let’s take a look at each in details:

Template type
template type

It all begins with creating a new template.

With these Templates, you have control over other areas of your site.No coding required.

This is a game changer if at some point you struggled with header.php or other type of files. This is going to simplify WordPress web design for you.

Dynamic data

When done choosing template, it’s now time to fill it with dynamic content.

The dynamic content tags include:

Posts: Url, title, featured image, content, excerpt, meta, date, time, etc.

Archive: Title, description, meta, Url.

Author: Name, profile pic, bio, meta.

Comments: number of comments,Url.

Site: Site name, tag line, url.

Display conditions
display conditions

When you done creating your template, you now have to choose the conditions in which they’ll be applied to.

Each template includes a conditions that determines where the template is implemented.

Final Thoughts

If in need of a superb drag and drop page builder for your WordPress site, Elementor is your go for tool.

There are a lot of competition in the market out there Elementor stands out as one of the page building tools that can be used by just anyone.

Additional Resources:

How to speed up your WordPress site

search engine optimization complete guide

On-page SEO: beginner to advanced user guide

Off-site SEO complete beginners guide

10 Things to Consider When Building a WordPress Blog - Business 2 Community

10 Things to Consider When Building a WordPress Blog – Business 2 Community

The advent of WordPress has revolutionized the way people build websites. Whether you’re an amateur blogger or a business owner, you can build awesome looking and high-performing websites using WordPress. It lets you create stunning websites and blogs in just a few clicks.

Even if you’re a novice, it won’t take you too long to get a hang of the platform. The best part is that you get access to a treasure trove of plugins to add useful features and improve your website’s functionality.

You can also choose from a diverse array of eye-catching themes to make your website visually attractive. It isn’t surprising that WordPress powers 37% of all websites on the internet.

Are you all set to build your WordPress blog? Here are a few things you should consider before getting started:

1. Domain Name

You can’t develop a professional website or blog without first registering a unique domain name. Think of it as your website’s identity. Your target audience will use it to access your website.

The first step is to identify a snappy, attractive, and easy to remember domain name. Next, you need to verify whether it’s available and get it registered.

Popular domain name registrars include GoDaddy, Namecheap, Google Domains, etc. Most web hosting providers also offer domain registration services.

2. Web Hosting

Selecting your web hosting provider is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make while creating your blog. It’s crucial to select a fast, reliable, secure, and affordable hosting provider.

The good news is that you’ll find a broad spectrum of reputed web hosting services for WordPress. However, make sure you take a look at various online reviews and select a trusted service.

Additionally, it’s essential to choose the right hosting plan based on your niche, target audience, and end goals.

To begin with, purchasing a shared hosting plan might be more economical. However, you’ll have to switch to dedicated hosting when the blog grows and attracts more traffic.

3. Website Theme

WordPress offers a cornucopia of stellar themes for all types of websites. Whether you want to showcase your photography portfolio or host webinars in the future, you’ll find a wide variety of WordPress themes.

Make sure you choose the right WordPress theme based on your blog’s niche and content. Additionally, you should check how easy it is to customize different elements of the theme.

4. SEO

If you’re creating a WordPress blog without optimizing it for search engines, you might as well not launch it.

It’s crucial to leverage SEO and optimize different elements of individual web pages including the meta title, description, content, image alt text, etc. using relevant keywords.

What’s more?

Apart from keyword research tools, you can use a plugin like Yoast SEO to test every blog post’s search engine-friendliness and readability.

5. Security

Irrespective of your blog’s niche and features, you must safeguard it against cyberattacks. Most hosting plans include standard security features such as malware protection, DDOS prevention, etc. Additionally, you should install an SSL certificate to strengthen your website’s reputation and credibility. Apart from winning the trust of your website visitors, it helps boost your blog’s search engine ranking.

6. Plugins

The best part about building your blog using WordPress is that you can use a wide variety of plugins. From optimizing large image files to adding an audio player on your home page – these plugins let you add various useful features. You can even use plugins to sell digital and physical products on your website. Make sure you identify the right WordPress plugins based on your niche and target audience.

7. E-commerce

WordPress doesn’t just let you build amazing blogs. You can also use it to create an online store on your website without any prior experience of coding.

All you need to do is install and configure WooCommerce on your website. This is particularly useful if you intend to start a dropshipping business or launch your official merchandise when your blog grows.

8. Monetization

If you want to become a full-time blogger, you’ll have to use various monetization techniques to earn money from your website.

From launching a membership site to hosting webinars and courses, you can use a wide range of techniques. You can even sell ad space on your blog using an advertising program like Google AdSense.

9. Social Media Integration

Don’t you want your blog to reach a wide audience?

An easy way of amplifying awareness and blog traffic is to encourage your readers to share your blog posts on social media.

You can easily implement this by adding social sharing buttons on your blog using a plugin like WP Socializer. Additionally, most themes also offer widgets to let you add a social follow button on key web pages.

10. Analytics

If you want your blog to garner traction, you must have a deep understanding of your website visitors.

Additionally, you need to analyze your website’s performance using parameters such as bounce rate, time-on-site, etc. While WordPress doesn’t provide built-in analytics, you can install Google Analytics on your blog.

Conclusion

Building an outstanding blog is no longer a distant reality. You can create one in a jiffy using WordPress. It is, however, essential to select the right hosting plan and theme. Additionally, you should judiciously install various plugins to improve your blog’s functionality.


GoDaddy's partner business president on building a lucrative career designing and developing WordPress sites - ZDNet

GoDaddy’s partner business president on building a lucrative career designing and developing WordPress sites – ZDNet

As I mentioned last month, GoDaddy has been making a series of strategic investments into properties that are quite useful to WordPress administrators and developers. Between hosting and these investments, GoDaddy has a unique insight into the always-evolving WordPress business.

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GoDaddy’s Patrick Pulvermüller

I had the opportunity to (virtually) sit down with Patrick Pulvermüller, president of the Partners Business at GoDaddy, to explore GoDaddy, GoDaddy’s involvement with WordPress, and how WordPress professionals can succeed in our changing world.

Full disclosure: I’ve been a GoDaddy customer for as long as I can remember. I’ve registered hundreds of domains through their registrar service, and I’m also a customer of the Sucuri WordPress security service and ManageWP site management service, both of which I paid for well before GoDaddy acquired them.

And with that, let’s meet Patrick.

David: Please introduce yourself and give us a quick personal background? Beyond GoDaddy, what’s your connection to WordPress?

Patrick: My name is Patrick Pulvermüller and I am the President of the Partners Business at GoDaddy. Generally, what that means is that I am responsible for everything that falls under the company’s global hosting line of business, including productivity and security product offerings and Managed WordPress. 

GoDaddy serves over 20 million customers worldwide and I am passionate about empowering everyday entrepreneurs with the right tools and services to grow their business. Especially now, it is such a critical time to support small business owners as they continue to rely on digital to keep their businesses open and thriving.

David: GoDaddy has invested significantly in WordPress. What do you see as the potential of WordPress going forward that makes it worth that investment? And what does GoDaddy, uniquely, bring to the WordPress community?

Patrick: WordPress truly provides efficient, streamlined and elegant approaches to site design and management. At GoDaddy, we want to uplift and invest in technologies that we believe make life easier for small business owners who use digital products daily. 

GoDaddy is a key player in the WordPress ecosystem and a very popular choice for WordPress hosting amongst small business owners, designers and developers. We offer Managed WordPress for every type of user, including plans specific to professional WordPress designers and developers to easily coordinate across multiple projects and clients. 

Additionally, GoDaddy’s WordPress team is constantly innovating and developing the fastest growing resources in the WordPress community, with over 3 million active plugin installs available.

David: We’re talking about WordPress careers. This relates to the previous question, of course, but what makes you see WordPress as a career direction?

Patrick: Over the last several years, there has been an acceleration towards more businesses relying on digital, whether it be creating a unique website, eye-catching marketing on social or sending out newsletters to customers to keep them informed on the latest. 

COVID-19 has further proven the importance and necessity of understanding web development skills related to WordPress. This presents an incredible opportunity for those in the WordPress community and those who use Managed WordPress to take on even more projects and clients. 

For many, the biggest benefit to designing or developing WordPress sites is that you can apply a valuable skill and turn it into either a full time career or as a side hustle. Ultimately, I see WordPress as an exciting career path in which you can truly turn your vision (or a client’s) into a reality online.

David: Not all WordPress professionals need to be programmers. Can you list out various WordPress careers and what skills they require?

Patrick: While you don’t need to be a programmer to use WordPress, if you want to pursue WordPress as a profession, you will want to have foundational website development skills. With these skills as a base, there are a multitude of career opportunities, such as designing and developing websites or managing blogs.

David: Do you see the skill sets differing if you’re a lone contractor compared to working for a large production agency?

Patrick: Being a lone contractor is very similar to running your own small business. You will need to know how to attract and maintain clients, manage all aspects of your own projects, and promote your services. At a larger production agency, you’ll be given clients and will have a more structured experience.

David: Let’s say someone comes to you having used WordPress as a writer or blogger and likes the platform. What path do you recommend that person take to be able to make a living from WordPress beyond writing?

Patrick: We always love to hear when someone enjoys the platform and wants to turn it into a career path. Knowing WordPress opens up many career possibilities, such as the ability to be your own boss and run a WordPress business.

Specifically, if you found success as a writer or blogger, those same creative writing skills can be applied to content marketing. Now more than ever, small businesses want to produce valuable and relevant content that will resonate with their customers. Using WordPress and writing skills, you can help a brand home in on effective content marketing, and as a result, increase conversions, improve brand awareness, boost revenue and establish the brand as an industry leader.

Another option would be to teach what you learned about WordPress to others. This could be in the form of a webinar series or a YouTube channel. As many professionals are seeking alternate revenue streams or a new career path altogether, advice and tips on how to use WordPress are extremely important.

David: There are theme developers, plugin developers, those who build whole sites, those who offer support services. Are any paths better than any other and how should folks choose?

Patrick: No path is better than another. Choosing what you want to do within WordPress completely depends on your interests. For example, for a more technical-savvy person you may prefer programming and developing plug-ins, or if you’re more inclined to work on designs, you may opt for creating themes.

David: I got involved with WordPress to operate my own sites, and that involvement increased when I developed some popular plugins. But I’d been a product guy and a coder for years, so my skills transferred almost organically. Do you think there are opportunities for those breaking into these markets, rather than just using existing skills?

Patrick: It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Starting from zero isn’t as daunting as one might think. GoDaddy offers a variety of resources if you want to go into WordPress and you have very little experience. From articles on the GoDaddy blog to helpful videos on the company’s YouTube site, we want you to feel extremely comfortable and confident if you want to make the jump to this career field.

David: What about attracting clients? Do you have any recommendations for getting those first reference accounts?

Patrick: Attracting new clients takes work, but once you build up a strong client base, we can help you turn your skills into a thriving business. To do so, take advantage of career sites such as LinkedIn or freelancer platforms to find a project that uniquely fits your expertise.

Another way to find clients is through virtual networking events and webinars. There are many small business owners who struggle with managing their WordPress websites and digital marketing in general – they’re too busy running their businesses. Networking presents a great opportunity to show other business owners how they can utilize the power of WordPress to make running their businesses easier.

[And WordCamps are wonderful, although for now most have gone virtual –DG]

David: So, bottom line it for us: how do you build a lucrative career designing and developing WordPress sites?

Patrick: In order to build a lucrative career designing and developing WordPress sites, I recommend you do the following.

  • Continue to grow your client base: Cultivate healthy relationships with clients and as a result, see if they would be open to sharing their positive testimonial and recommendation. You can share these with potential new clients as well as post as a permanent fixture on your professional website. 
  • Tap into the right tools: For WordPress pros, I recommend using GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress offering. The platform makes it so easy and straightforward to keep tabs on different clients and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Continue to learn: In order to stay fresh on the latest WordPress offerings, keep an eye on latest announcements or attend WordPress community events so that you continue to sharpen your skill set. Your expertise and what you can bring to the table will be what clients look for and how you’ll gain more customers. 
  • Be passionate: Being a WordPress developer or designer is all about taking a unique and creative idea and bringing that vision to life. You have to have a passion for working with others to strategically achieve goals and ultimately drive business results. 

So there you go. Big thanks to Patrick and GoDaddy for taking the time with us this week. And how about you? What’s your involvement with WordPress? Are you considering a career move into more WordPress-centric activities? Tell us all about it in the comments below.


You can follow my day-to-day project updates on social media. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @DavidGewirtz, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DavidGewirtz, on Instagram at Instagram.com/DavidGewirtz, and on YouTube at YouTube.com/DavidGewirtzTV.

Complete guide on building a mobile app for your WordPress website without coding - TechAnnouncer

Complete guide on building a mobile app for your WordPress website without coding – TechAnnouncer

Not until a long time ago, WordPress was considered a simple platform for bloggers. It was not considered a very viable option for more complex websites. 

This perception has obviously changed now. Famous websites like TechCrunch, BBC America, and Variety use WordPress to run their websites. This only underlines the ability of WordPress as a CMS to cater to the demands of more complex websites. 

A range of factors make WordPress a great CMS for running a website. The vast plugin library it offers is an obvious benefit. Other factors like user management, ease of use, and large-scale customizability makes it a great platform to run a website from. 

Creating a mobile app using a WordPress website is yet another powerful feature now available for users. The best part? Users don’t need to write a single line of code to do this. 

The following sections provide a complete guide on making a mobile app for a WordPress website without writing any code. 

Building an app for a WordPress website – A step-by-step guide

The need for using a mobile app builder to make an app for a WordPress website is clear. A mobile app builder is a tool that enables users to create app online without programming. 

There are some reliable app makers in the market. This piece will involve the use of AppMySite, a reliable app builder. 

The process of making an app is explained below in great detail. Readers are first advised to create an account on AppMySite before proceeding with the following steps.

Step 1 – Personalize your app

The first thing users will notice upon arriving on the app maker dashboard is the Appearance section. The purpose of this section is to enable users to truly personalize their mobile app. 

The following points discuss the specific elements you can create in the Appearance section to personalize your app. 

  • App icon – You can create a brand new app icon on AppMySite or import your own design. Anyone using a smartphone understands the importance of an app icon. A good icon design elevates the profile of an app while it sits with other apps on any given device. 
  • Launch screen – The launch screen is the design your users will see momentarily when your app loads in the background. It is also known as the splash screen. You create your own design and personalize your app further with AppMySite. There are again options for users to design a launch screen on the platform or import new designs of their own
  •  Log-in and Sign-up screens – Features in this section enable users to design their own user onboarding screens. Users can import their own designs for some elements like the background and icon. Other options to change the color of several fields and buttons are also available.
  • Color theme – The color theme section offers users the option to alter the text and color of the header and footer section of their app. 
  • Dashboard – The dashboard screen is also commonly known as an app’s home screen. AppMySite provides a number of customization features in this section. These include the likes of dashboard banner design, category management, page management, web view mode, section management, and so on. 

These options essentially enable users to create an app that resonates with their brand. They can control some of the most important elements and screens of their app and design them according to the aesthetic template of their brand. 

Step 2 – Connect website to app maker platform

The first steps enable you to design the first few screens your app users will see. Ultimately, users will only arrive on your app for the content or service you provide within the app. The ingredients for this will come from your website. 

In step two, you will connect your WordPress website to AppMySite. This will essentially enable the free app maker to fill up your app with content from the website. 

The following steps explain the process clearly. If you do not have WooCommerce on your website, start from step three. 

  1. First generate WooCommerce REST API keys. Follow the following path to generate the keys – WooCommerce > Settings > Advanced > REST API > Add Key. Make sure the keys are assigned to the admin and generated with Read/Write access. 
  2. Come back to the AppMySite platform and enter the REST API keys in the API details section under Connectivity. This entire step is only applicable for WordPress websites with a WooCommerce store. If you only have a simple WordPress website without an ecommerce section, skip to step three
  3.   Install the AppMySite plugin on WordPress and activate it. Come back to the AppMySite dashboard, go to Install Plugin under Connectivity, and click on Verify. 
  4. Refer to the Troubleshooting section in case you run into some problems while connecting your website. 

Your app will be filled up with content from your website once the connection is complete.

Step 3 – App preview and download

The final step involves app preview and download. Users can preview the app they’ve built on AppMySite in the app preview section. 

This section offers users the option to test their app on both live emulators and real mobile devices. The live emulators on the platform offer app testing capabilities for both a range of iOS and Android devices. 

Testing the app build on mobile devices is also an option. There are demo apps available for both Android and iOS devices. They can help users get a feel of the app on real devices.

Users can go back and alter their app design and app settings upon finding issues during the preview process. They can finally download the app when they’re ready. 

To download an app build, users first need to subscribe to a paid plan. Details about the pricing plans are available here. 

In conclusion

WordPress has a lot of uses. It can help companies meet several kinds of business goals. Its use by both big and small businesses underlines its great scope as a CMS.

One of the more recent features WordPress provides is the ability to create a mobile app. This piece provides a complete guide on using app makers to convert WordPress to app without writing a single line of code. 

9 Best WordPress Mailing List Plugins for List Building – Compared (2020)

9 Best WordPress Mailing List Plugins for List Building – Compared (2020)

If you don’t already have an email list for your website, you should probably stop everything you’re doing and start building one right now.

Your mailing list – the list of people who have signed up to receive emails from you – is potentially the most valuable asset in your marketing arsenal, and can help you to increase site traffic, build better relationships and trust with your audience, and ultimately make more money.

Email lists are so powerful because they offer an amazing conversion rate compared to other types of online marketing – in fact, email is 40x more effective than social media for acquiring new customers.

Your list is also totally owned by you and under your control.

Google changes its algorithms and sends you back to page 10 of the listings? No worries.

Facebook decides to start charging for business pages? Who needs Facebook anyway?

Ok so you’re convinced – you need an email list. But how on earth do you get started at building one?

Fear not, as WordPress site owners are spoiled for choice in terms of list building plugins that will do all the hard work for you so you can sit back and let the sign-ups start flying in!

Best Mailing List Plugins to Choose From for Powerful List Building

All you need to start building an email list is a simple form on your site to capture a visitor’s name and email.

Plugins make it easy to add this form to your site without any coding required and all the data you collect will be added to your WordPress database for easy export or integration with mailing software.

Effective list building plugins also offer extra features to help improve your conversions such as:

  • Pop-ups, slide-ins, and other eye-catching ways to display your sign-up form
  • Functionality to offer opt-in incentives such as a free e-book
  • Reporting so you can see how well your forms are performing

Looking for a plugin that offers all of this and more? Read on for a summary of some of the best list building plugins for WordPress:

Thrive Leads

Thrive Leads is considered by many to be the gold standard of list building plugins and it offers pretty much any feature you could possibly want, along with unlimited customization options.

This is a premium plugin but it’s actually great value for money considering all the functionality that you get, and it’s cheaper than several of the other premium options.

One of the great things about this plugin is that it’s designed specifically for WordPress users by the team behind Thrive Themes, so you know it’s a quality plugin that’s not going to slow your site down like some other generic solutions that aren’t built for WordPress in particular.

Some of the features of Thrive Leads include:

  • Drag and drop editor to easily create any kind of form
  • Created targeted offers based on post, category, tags, and more
  • A/B split testing
  • Detailed reporting
  • SmartLinks displays different content to different types of visitor
  • SmartExit triggers the opt-in before users leave your site
  • Eye-catching animated form effects
  • Fully mobile responsive.

Thrive Leads allows you to create just about any type of opt-in form so you can choose a combination of different styles that work best for your site and audience:

  • Pop-up box
  • “Sticky” ribbon
  • In-line form
  • 2-step opt-in form
  • Slide-in form
  • Opt-in widget
  • Full screen overlay
  • Content lock for opt-in incentives
  • Scroll mat
  • Multiple-choice forms.

Every form that’s built with Thrive Leads looks great as they offer an extensive library of templates to customize, so no worries if your design skills are somewhat lacking.

These templates are also optimized for conversion rates so you can just build and activate, without needing to do loads of research and testing on conversion techniques.

Thrive Leads really offers all the tools you need to grow your list without any hassle. The split testing and reporting features are particularly useful as they show you exactly what’s working and allow you to experiment with different types of form and calls to action.

Price: $67 for a single site license, or $19 a month as a member of Thrive Themes for access to all themes and plugins.

Get Thrive Leads

convertbox

ConvertBox is just like every other marketing tool in the market. It lets you collect leads by integrating with some of the best email marketing service providers around, segment your funnels, create lead capture forms, and even A/B test variations to see what’s working (and what’s not).

That said, this WordPress mailing list plugin prides itself in giving website owners a way to personalize every experience site visitors have while on your site. In other words, you don’t just display a random popup optin form whenever someone lands on your site. Instead, you deliver the right kind of message to people based on their interests.

ConvertBox comes with 4 built-in notification templates that include simple corner callouts, notification bars, modal window popups, and full page takeovers. And with a powerful, yet user-friendly drag and drop editor, you can easily create whatever kind of marketing element you need to build a bigger email list and grow your business.

Features included in ConvertBox include:

  • Real-time data tracking and analysis
  • Segmenting and tagging capability
  • Intelligent targeting based on CRM data, sales, referrers, and more
  • Dynamic text replacement for delivering personalized messages
  • Countdown timers that integrate seamlessly with all offers
  • Specialized mobile editor for on the go changes
  • Fast cloning of elements or entire steps
  • And much more…soon

This new guy on the block is not quite available yet. In fact, the team behind ConvertBox is working hard to add more powerful features to the plugin before making it available to all. However, if you’re interested, you can request early access now and see what all the hype is about. For doing so, you’ll even lock in a special lifetime price.

Price: Will be $99/month or $1,188/year…unless you unlock the early bird special, which right now is going for a one-time payment of $395. This license will be good for up to 10 websites and come with 250K views/month.

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Optin Forms

Optin Forms is a free plugin developed by the team at FancyThemes and is a simple solution for creating opt-in forms on your website without any coding knowledge or fuss.

It comes with five customizable form designs and works with 7 of the most common email marketing solutions including AWeber and Mailchimp.

This plugin doesn’t have the fancy templates and advanced features of many of the other list-building software solutions. However if you’re after something simple and free, and you’re using one of the supported marketing platforms, it does the job.

Price: FREE

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Optinmonster

OptinMonster is designed to increase the conversion rate of your website – converting visitors into subscribers, growing your email list, increasing page views, and getting more sales.

This plugin comes with over 65 pre-designed mobile-friendly form templates that are ready for you to customize as you wish. An advanced targeting engine also allows you to show personalized messages based on user behavior.

Some of the features included with OptinMonster include:

  • Drag and drop form builder
  • Automated actions and personalized messages based on user behavior
  • A/B split testing
  • OnSite retargeting – customizing promotions for returning users
  • Integration with major eCommerce platforms

OptinMonster is particularly powerful in its targeting based on location, device, referrer, page, cookie, and more. It’s a good choice for eCommerce sites running segmented marketing campaigns.

One other thing to note is that OptinMonster is cloud-based rather than being a traditional WordPress plugin. This can be useful if you want to use it on several sites as everything can be managed in one central location. You can use it on any website – not just WordPress sites

Price: $9 – $29 a month depending on the features required and the number of sites you want to use it on.

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OptimizePress

OptimizePress is a landing page builder rather than an opt-in form builder. It provides mobile-ready templates for creating landing pages, sales pages, and product launch funnels.

Sometimes the optimal way of building your list is by using targeted landing pages rather than a form integrated with the rest of your content. Of course you don’t have to choose between the two – often a combined approach is the best option.

Most list building plugins don’t have the option to build whole landing pages so OptimizePress is definitely worth a look if that’s what you’re trying to do. It’s really easy to use with a drag and drop builder and you can choose to either customize one of the pre-built templates or start from scratch with your own design.

As well as the all-important opt-in form, there are over 40 custom elements to choose from when you’re building your page such as testimonial blocks, progress bars, and video players.

Another feature that will come in handy for some users is the plugin’s capability to create secure membership portals – you can create a member’s only area of your site as an incentive to sign up for your mailing list without the need for any extra software.

Price: $97 for use on up to 3 sites.

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Bloom

Bloom is one of the plugins offered with Elegant Themes membership, which means if you’re already an Elegant Themes member, you can use it on any of your sites for no additional charge.

The pop-ups and fly-ins can be triggered by various user actions including time spent on page, reaching the bottom of the post, after scrolling, or after purchasing. However it’s notably missing the “exit intent” trigger that’s a feature of some other plugins.

Just like the themes that Elegant Themes is most famous for, Bloom is beautifully designed and comes with over 100 professional templates that you’re free to customize for your own purposes.

💯 You can learn more about Elegant Themes in our review here.

Other features include:

  • A/B split testing
  • Integration with an unlimited number of mailing list accounts
  • Conversion and list statistics
  • Targeted display settings.

Bloom strikes a nice balance between offering a flexibility and customization without being bloated and providing you with lots of extra features you probably won’t use.

Price: Included with Elegant Themes membership ($89 per year)

If you do decide to go with Bloom, make sure to use the Elegant Themes coupon to get 20% off.

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Leadpages

Like OptimizePress, Leadpages is a landing page builder that you can use to create launch pages, opt-in campaigns, and more.

It comes with over 160 beautifully designed templates ready for editing, that are optimized for conversion. In fact you can even choose templates based on their conversion rate to give yourself the best chance at getting new sign-ups to your mailing list.

Leadpages also comes with a Facebook ad builder, which will come in handy for those looking to build an audience through social channels.

Everything in Leadpages is tweaked to optimize your conversion rate so you can enjoy useful features including:

  • A/B testing
  • Campaign ROI management
  • Easy-to-understand analytics
  • Drag and drop builder for easy design and customization
  • LeadBoxes turn any link on your site into a 2-step opt-in with pop-up
  • Automatic integration with marketing tools
  • Built-in payments.

Leadpages comes with its own plugin for WordPress so you can easily integrate it into your site without any additional software.

Price: Leadpages starts at $25 a month. If you’re not sure if it’s a right fit for you, there’s a 14-day free trial so you can try out the software before committing to it.

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sumo

Sumo provides a whole suite of tools designed to grow your website’s traffic and encourage people to sign up to your mailing list.

There are a few tools that come in the package that you’ll be most interested in if you want to build your list:

  • List Builder makes it easy for you to create a lightbox pop-up to capture emails, integrated with all the main email campaign software
  • Scroll Box triggers a pop-up email collection box when a user scrolls down the screen
  • Smart Bar adds a floating bar to the top or bottom of your website, where you can add an email collection form
  • Welcome Mat adds a full-screen call to action on landing.

Other tools included are:

  • Share – makes it easy for visitors to share your content on social media
  • Heat Map – see where people are clicking on your site
  • Highlighter – makes it easy to tweet quotes from your articles
  • Image Sharer – makes it easy to share your images on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Price: Sumo is available for free for those just starting out who have up to 200 email subscribers. For everyone else, memberships start from $24 a month.

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Ninja Popups

Ninja Popups integrates with all the popular mailing list software and makes it easy for you to create pop-ups that are specifically designed to convert.

A drag and drop editor simplifies pop-up creation and there is a library of over 70 pre-designed themes to choose from.

The pop-up can be triggered by exit intent, scrolling, or after a set time of inactivity. You can also target different pop-ups for different pages.

Other features include:

  • Opt-in locker
  • Social locker
  • A/B testing
  • Anti pop-up-blocker system
  • Over 70 animation effects.

Ninja pop-ups is very reasonably priced and a lot cheaper than many of the other list-building plugins. It doesn’t offer as much customization and as many features as some other solutions, but if you just want to create pop-ups, it’s a great value option.

For a small additional fee you can buy add-on packs including the Opt-in Bars pack to turn your pop-up into a bar ($12), the Widget Extra add-on to integrate your designed pop-ups into content as a widget ($8), and an extra theme pack, which includes ten new theme designs ($9).

Price: $25

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Choosing the Best WordPress Mailing List Plugin

All of these plugins work well and will make the task of building your list much easier and faster. If you’re still not sure which one to pick, take a moment to think exactly what you want from a plugin.

If you just want to add a simple subscriber form in a pop-up and you’d rather not spend any money, one of the free options such as Optin Forms will do the job.

Thrive Leads and ConvertBox are both premium solutions with lots of features. If you’re managing lots of sites, Convertbox’s cloud-based dashboard will make your job easier, but otherwise Thrive Leads works out better value for money with a one-off payment.

If you want to build landing pages rather than just a couple of pop-ups, you may want to look at Thrive Architect or Leadpages.

For Elegant Themes members, no need to buy an extra plugin as Bloom does the job beautifully. If you’re not already a member you might want to consider it to get access to the themes and other plugins.

Have we missed out your favorite plugin? Tell us about it in the comments.

Rachel

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