6 Reasons Why WordPress is Ideal in Startup Companies Today

Online presence is critical for any business looking to become a profitable venture. This is especially the case for startups that must leverage modern techniques. They can use a website to sell their ideas to stakeholders and their target audiences.

If you’ve just launched your startup, you’re probably worried about building a website. If you’ve already passed that phase and are thinking about the best platform, how about WordPress? A free website creation platform that’s ideal for startups. It allows startups to edit and alter the appearance of their websites without using code.

Every business needs a website, especially if it’s new and needs to grow into a successful venture. If you have no idea where to start, it’s important to seek help from a digital marketing agency for startups.

Getting a professional with a speciality in your business takes a lot off your shoulders. It gives you time to take care of other matters concerning your startup.

Usually, startups are short on cash, making it difficult to get experts to work with. Hiring a professional website developer enables a business to have its digital marketing strategy in order. So, how much should a startup spend on marketing?

According to experts, a startup should spend 12%-20% of the gross revenue on marketing.
Depending on the business strategies, you can figure out how to budget for the money. This is why it’s important to have an effective startup marketing agency.

A business needs to have a powerful digital presence to grow. Presently, customers Google businesses while comparing them to competitors. If you have a weak website or are not on the internet, you lose the game to your competitors. So marketers are leveraging digital marketing tactics, which has enabled them to increase their conversion rates.

The Benefits of WordPress for Startups

Many businesses, established and startups don’t know how beneficial WordPress is. Neither do they know why they need to use it for their businesses. In this article, we give you reasons why it’s a platform worth considering.

Let’s get started!

1. WordPress is Free

Nothing sounds better to a cash-strapped entrepreneur than hearing that WordPress is free. Which begs the question, so what’s the catch? WordPress is open source. Meaning that it’s not owned by anyone.

This website creation platform is backed by a billion-dollar company, Automattic. It also has the backing of volunteers all over the world who’re constantly working to improve it.

The platform is licensed under the General Public License. This makes it free for those who want to build websites. Users have access to free themes, updates, and plugins from the WordPress repository.

Just to make one thing clear. Yes, WordPress software is free. But that doesn’t mean that you will run a website at zero costs. There are costs attached to hosting, the domain name, and customisation.

Startup’s Scalability

As exciting as it can be, starting a business is challenging. So, how do you ensure that you are on the right path? You must integrate professionals and technology to make your business grow. By technology, in this case, we are talking about WordPress.

Apart from WordPress, you also need to seek the services of a startup branding agency. A properly funded startup branding strategy forms a roadmap for the company. It leads the company towards growth in the industry.

Advertising is another important tool for a successful startup. Now, advertising for startups is not as easy considering the limited resources. But that’s not to say that it’s impossible. Especially if you’ve adopted the use of WordPress, a free platform that can be used to talk about your products and services.

When using WordPress, you can display your ads in the sidebar. By using WordPress widgets, you can add Google Adsense in your sidebar. Then choose whether you want your ad to be fixed or responsive. This enables any visitor to your site to get to know more about what you do. In the long term, you start to reap the benefits

WordPress is Secure

When it comes to the security of a website, no platform is 100% safe. Especially when hackers are always devising ways of accessing company websites. WordPress hasn’t been spared either, considering its growing popularity.

What makes it a better platform is that it’s fairly safe. Reason being that it’s constantly monitored for security threats. Aside from that, its users are always quick to raise any security concerns. The platform is also prompt in releasing security updates. It also takes care of minor updates automatically by default.

As a user, it’s important to note that the security of your website is your responsibility. Select a reliable host with quality themes and plugins. Ensure that you have strong usernames and passwords. Also, be sure to update WordPress regularly. You should also backup your website every once in a while to enhance its security.

Extensive Plugins

Websites have different needs depending on different company operations. While some may be selling products, others may want an interactive community. WordPress provides a platform for different kinds of websites. It also allows companies to add functions that will enable them to achieve their goals.

WordPress gives you the liberty to choose a plugin from the more than 50,000 plugins in their repository.

The free plugins are great additions to a startup’s website. They can also add on functions whenever the need arises in business. For instance, a company may not need a live chat on its website at the beginning. But as time goes and the need arises, they can easily add a plugin for the needed functions.

WordPress is Mobile-Friendly and Easy to Use

There are more people today accessing the internet via mobile devices. And just so you know, Google doesn’t take kindly to websites that aren’t compatible with smartphones.

That is not something to worry about though, as WordPress has everyone covered. The technology it uses is compatible and can create web pages for smartphones. It also has a series of free and premium themes, with the ability to adapt to the size of the user’s screen.

When it comes to ease of use, WordPress has one of the best features. You can use it even without knowing any code. It’s just like working with any other processor. A startup can create web pages from a user-friendly interface. Not to pour cold water on the importance of basic coding skills, but even without them, you can still enjoy using WordPress.

The platform has courses, training, videos, podcasts, and blogs to assist you. It excels at Do-it-yourself, and even newbies can create content. It also allows you to embed third-party content like Vimeo and YouTube.

It’s Flexible and Customised

The other best thing about WordPress is its flexibility. The platform comes loaded with Javascript libraries that constitute jQuery.

Every theme on WordPress has in-built customisation characteristics that are easy to customise. The premium themes have built-in drop and drag features which are also easy to customise.

Final Thoughts

If you’re an entrepreneur who’s just launched a startup, this article must have been informative. Now you’re well informed about WordPress and why your business needs it. As an entrepreneur, you certainly know the importance of saving on money and time, which WordPress offers.

The market has different types of content management systems, but they’re expensive. Consider choosing WordPress to help you get your business to the world.

 

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Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital related. His main expertise is with WordPress, Magento, Shopify as well as many other frameworks. Whether you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital then get in touch. If you would like to work with Nathan, simply drop him an email at [email protected]

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How to Load More Posts using Ajax with a Button or on Scroll in WordPress

Updated: 22/09/2021 – Further clarification has been added on the setup of this script.

In today’s post, we will show you how to create a load more button to show additional posts or custom post types using AJAX.

The benefit of this is that it will improve the page-load of the particular page as it will only be displaying a certain amount of posts before having to load any more of the content (especially when you are loading images).

So let’s get started…

So the first thing that you should have is a list of posts to display on the frontend as follows:-


    <div id="ajax-posts" class="row">
        <?php
            $postsPerPage = 3;
            $args = array(
                    'post_type' => 'post',
                    'posts_per_page' => $postsPerPage,
            );

            $loop = new WP_Query($args);

            while ($loop->have_posts()) : $loop->the_post();
        ?>

         <div class="small-12 large-4 columns">
                <h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
                <p><?php the_content(); ?></p>
         </div>

         <?php
                endwhile;
        wp_reset_postdata();
         ?>
    </div>
    <div id="more_posts">Load More</div>

Then you want to add the following code in your functions.php file where you register the scripts:


	wp_localize_script( 'core-js', 'ajax_posts', array(
	    'ajaxurl' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ),
	    'noposts' => __('No older posts found', 'twentyfifteen'),
	));	

To further explain this, in my example I enqueue scripts as follows:


wp_register_script( 'core-js', get_template_directory_uri() . '/assets/js/core.js');
wp_enqueue_script( 'core-js' );

wp_localize_script( 'core-js', 'ajax_posts', array(
    'ajaxurl' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ),
    'noposts' => __('No older posts found', 'twentyfifteen'),
));

Firstly, you would enqueue the file where you will be adding the JS code to, then you will add the wp_localize_script code after you have enqueued the core.js file. This has to be done like this otherwise you will get an error such as Can’t find variable: ajax_posts.


NOTE: You will need to replace code-js with the file you are going to be adding the JS code later in this tutorial.

We added it to a file called core.js, and the reason we added code-js is that we enqueued the script as follows:


	wp_register_script( 'core-js', get_template_directory_uri() . '/assets/js/core.js');
	wp_enqueue_script( 'core-js' );

Right after the existing wp_localize_script. This will load WordPress own admin-ajax.php so that we can use it when we call it in our ajax call.

At the end of the functions.php file, you need to add the function that will load your posts:-


function more_post_ajax(){

    $ppp = (isset($_POST["ppp"])) ? $_POST["ppp"] : 3;
    $page = (isset($_POST['pageNumber'])) ? $_POST['pageNumber'] : 0;

    header("Content-Type: text/html");

    $args = array(
        'suppress_filters' => true,
        'post_type' => 'post',
        'posts_per_page' => $ppp,
        'paged'    => $page,
    );

    $loop = new WP_Query($args);

    $out = '';

    if ($loop -> have_posts()) :  while ($loop -> have_posts()) : $loop -> the_post();
        $out .= '<div class="small-12 large-4 columns">
                <h1>'.get_the_title().'</h1>
                <p>'.get_the_content().'</p>
         </div>';

    endwhile;
    endif;
    wp_reset_postdata();
    die($out);
}

add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_more_post_ajax', 'more_post_ajax');
add_action('wp_ajax_more_post_ajax', 'more_post_ajax');

The final part is the ajax itself. In core.js or your main JavaScript/jQuery file, you need to input inside the $(document).ready(); environment the following code:-


var ppp = 3; // Post per page
var pageNumber = 1;


function load_posts(){
    pageNumber++;
    var str = '&pageNumber=' + pageNumber + '&ppp=' + ppp + '&action=more_post_ajax';
    $.ajax({
        type: "POST",
        dataType: "html",
        url: ajax_posts.ajaxurl,
        data: str,
        success: function(data){
            var $data = $(data);
            if($data.length){
                $("#ajax-posts").append($data);
                //$("#more_posts").attr("disabled",false); // Uncomment this if you want to disable the button once all posts are loaded
                $("#more_posts").hide(); // This will hide the button once all posts have been loaded
            } else{
                $("#more_posts").attr("disabled",true);
            }
        },
        error : function(jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown) {
            $loader.html(jqXHR + " :: " + textStatus + " :: " + errorThrown);
        }

    });
    return false;
}

$("#more_posts").on("click",function(){ // When btn is pressed.
    $("#more_posts").attr("disabled",true); // Disable the button, temp.
    load_posts();
    $(this).insertAfter('#ajax-posts'); // Move the 'Load More' button to the end of the the newly added posts.
});

With the above code, you should now have a load more button at the bottom of your posts, and once you click this it will display further posts. This can also be used with CTP (custom post type).

How to add Infinite Load, instead of Click

You can also load the rest of the posts automatically on scroll instead of having to click on a button. This can be achieved by making it invisible by setting the visibility to hidden.

The following code will run the load_posts() function when you’re 100px from the bottom of the page. So instead of the click function we added we would use:


$(window).on('scroll', function(){
    if($('body').scrollTop()+$(window).height() > $('footer').offset().top){
        if(!($loader.hasClass('post_loading_loader') || $loader.hasClass('post_no_more_posts'))){
                load_posts();
        }
    }
});

Do note that there is a drawback to this. With this method, you could never scroll the value of $(document).height() - 100 or $('footer').offset().top, If that should happen, just increase the number where the scroll goes to.

You can easily check it by putting console.log in your code and see in the inspector what they throw out like so:


$(window).on('scroll', function () {
    console.log($(window).scrollTop() + $(window).height());
    console.log($(document).height() - 100);
    if ($(window).scrollTop() + $(window).height()  >= $(document).height() - 100) {
        load_posts();        
    }
});

Adjust the settings accordingly and you will get this working to your desire in no time!

If you need any help with this, feel free to get in touch in the comment below. If you need help with this, just drop me a message and I’ll be more than happy to help you!

 


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Top 5 WordPress Plugins to Improve On-Site Search

The website pages do not load as fast as they should be — this is the most common problem for web designers. Such a flaw may cause sales to decline. It’s really concerning to marketers as buyers become less patient. This is especially true for people who use mobile devices. If consumers do not see the page loaded after a maximum of 2-3 seconds, they click “back” in the browser or close the window.

Of course, most incidents affect the effectiveness of sales. To fix such flaws, the developers suggest installing a variety of plugins that improve the attractiveness of the web resource, including on-site search tools. In addition, your site’s position in Google results also depends to some extent on loading speed. So, such a problem has to be solved somehow. We will talk about this in our article.

Best Products & Tips for Use

On sites with a lot of pages, the searching bar is becoming more important. Marketers are confident that any slowdown in loading speeds will negatively affect the customer experience and reduce the purchase likelihood. While navigation is useful, it is the search bar that will provide the user with the most viewed content. So, no developer can do without plugins and other tools. Created for different programming languages, such add-ons may differ in essence and characteristics. Here are the most popular products for those who prefer WordPress:

#1. Ajax Search

This is the best plugin that helps shoppers find products in an online store. Most consumers want to see results in 2-3 seconds. With Ajax Search, they certainly won’t be disappointed. It’s a highly customisable product — people can display thumbnails, icons, prices, and promotions with real-time results. This bar can also be added to various categories or store pages. Besides, the Ajax plugin runs on multilingual platforms.

With Ajax Search, people can find products or SKUs. This tool displays prices, images, and descriptions along with an “Add to Cart” button that pops up right into the form. Although this sometimes has the opposite effect and makes it harder to work with the platform. To keep it simple, website caching can be configured to save all pages to disk as static files for faster display. Such a method is best for hosting based on fast SSD drives.

#2. SearchWP

In these golden days, when the market is saturated with goods, and the competition is getting tougher every year, a variety of tools and techniques are very useful for online sales. SearchWP is the most common custom bar for stores based on WordPress. Installing such an add-on is definitely the right step. This tool allows all site visitors and moderators to search for a keyword in the post/page title, different content. Besides, people can customise it in categories, articles or visual content, tags, and even comments. This significantly speeds up page loading. The same goes for snippets or taxonomies.

Of course, the installation of the SearchWP is a good solution for most websites. This is confirmed by dozens of reviews from developers and aspiring entrepreneurs. Such a tool offers the best features and it is affordable for any business. SearchWP is compatible with WooCommerce that makes the promotion of all products extremely effective. Although to use the add-on correctly, people will have to tinker a little with the settings.

Developers offer to control the algorithm by using numbers from 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest) for all types of content. Such customisation makes it easier to filter pages and monitor the activity. SearchWP is very effective for forums, crypto exchanges like ICOholder, and other platforms. Upon activation, this plugin will automatically index all content that was previously published on the web resource and replace the default engine that integrates into all WordPress web resources.

#3. ElasticPress

It’s another popular search service for WordPress that is based on ElasticSearch. Such a tool performs cloud searches through third-party platforms and shows results at lightning speed. Installing ElasticPress is the best way to increase visitor engagement. Such a plugin provides detailed information about search behaviour. This means that the store owners — by analysing the activity — will be able to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of SEO. The ElasticPress is easy to use and can be integrated into any WordPress website. Among the main advantages of the product:

  • Faster, more accurate search
  • Friendly interface
  • Flexible customisation
  • Versatility

This system instantly shows results when users start typing. So if you have hundreds of pages on your online store, this plugin will come in handy. Such functionality works well on any WooCommerce platform.

#4. Ivory Bar

The Ivory is a common WordPress plugin available for free. Providing excellent capabilities for both the managers and buyers, a universal tool helps to increase sales. This bar is installed by over 10,000 users. With such a platform, people can create new custom forms as well as integrate the bar into any part of the code.

If you want to buy it, there are two options to choose from: Pro Plan starts at $19.99 annually or as a lifetime license for $99.99. With an easy-to-use search builder, people can customise content to suit specific requirements. This tool offers pages grouping and autocompletes as well as instant results, JavaScript, or API integration.

#5. WP Google Bar

If you are looking for a free solution with the highest performance, this is the best version. By installing WP Google, people can replace the default functionality with a custom tool. Setting all parameters is simplified as much as possible:

  • The first step is to create a Google Custom Bar for your website.
  • After that, developers must copy the engine ID and paste it into the bar settings.

This tool ranks all results by relevance, not date. This means all visitors will see content that is in line with marketing trends. Most sites run this bar without any problems since the functionality is very flexible.

In Summary

Since search tools are the backbone of any web resource, it makes sense to install a plugin that delivers advanced functionality on your site. It is the best way for marketers to track analytics and consumer behaviour. Any search bar is key for sales funnel or usability. Take a look at sites like eBay or Amazon to make sure that the problems that we have covered in this article are relevant.

 

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Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital related. His main expertise is with WordPress, Magento, Shopify as well as many other frameworks. Whether you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital then get in touch. If you would like to work with Nathan, simply drop him an email at [email protected]

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Useful WordPress Plugins For Writers & Authors

Many people still think that authors need a muse and inspiration. But with modern authors, things are a little different. Now, in addition to inspiration, they also need many tools to create outstanding and competitive articles.

WordPress is one of the most effective and useful platforms for creating various websites. If we talk about writing and blogging, then often such specialists choose this particular functionality. The availability of a variety of plugins allows authors to get all the tools they need in one place to create the best copy for both the audience and search engines. Let’s review the most effective ones.

Top 12 Must Have Plugins for For Writers & Authors

Want to make your writing process simple and efficient? Do it easily with the following best plugins for writers and authors.

1. Just Writing

If jokes about procrastination don’t sound funny to you and that’s your problem, then this plugin can be your lifesaver. It can be very difficult to create quality content when you get distracted every minute. The plugin will make it easier to write text using various functions that may be required while writing. For example, you can instantly check grammar, cut, copy, and so on. The maximum convenience and usefulness of the features will allow you to stop postponing the writing process until later.

2. WP Inject/ImageInject

Writers almost always have to deal with images to support their text with visualisation. Text without images does not engage readers as much as it used to. Authors are aware that it can take a long time to find the appropriate image, download the desired format, save the link, and after adding the image to the site. WP Inject facilitated this task. Also, the plugin will allow you to properly split the text so that your publication and images look harmonious in the final result.

3. Co-Author Plus

Does your site involve collaboration with other authors? Perhaps you have a news resource or platform with user reviews. Anyway, this plugin is the best collaboration tool. It allows you to provide access for publication by another author. In this case, you can select either one author or several (guest mode), and this applies to pages as well. For example, co-authors do not need to have a special profile to make a publication.

4. NextScripts

Writing compelling texts is only half of the job. The second half is to make sure your target audience actually accesses and reads it. This plugin allows you to help your copy get more reach through social media. That is, this tool can automatically duplicate your content on social networks. Therefore, this plugin is a must-have for anyone who wants to get more traffic and readers.

5. Akismet

Receiving a lot of comments and questions is one of the goals most authors pursue when creating their content. And that’s great! But when you have a lot of comments, you also need to manage them properly by filtering and removing spam. This plugin will do all the work you need to do with unwanted comments.

That is, this tool will delete comments that look like spam. After you try this plugin at work, there is no doubt that you will forget about what spam comments are.

6. JetPack

This plugin is a multifunctional tool that is suitable not only for writers but also for everyone who deals with the site and content. The advantage of this tool is that it is a kind of constructor. You can choose only those functions that are right for you. You can set up automatic publication of your texts on different platforms. There are also various functions that will facilitate the process of working on the text.

7. Yoast SEO

Perhaps, this is one of the plugins that can be considered a must-have for all site owners. The authors are certainly no exception. The plugin is available for free with a good arsenal of functions, as well as in the paid version, which has a few more features. It will allow you to improve your text from an SEO point of view so that you can promote your content as effectively as possible.

8. OptInMonster

To win a loyal audience, it is important to constantly convert your prospective leads into loyal readers. The easiest and most effective way to do it is to create lead capture forms. This plugin will just help you create newsletter forms and the best CTA so that your readers stay with you. What’s more, with it you can test several options and find the one that works for your leads best.

9. Nimble Portfolio

Every author should be able to properly demonstrate their work, and this plugin is a real solution for this purpose. Now you can design your services and promote them like top writing websites. The advantage of the plugin is that it allows you to create an excellent portfolio, the quality of which will not change with the desktop or mobile version.

10. Visual Editor Font Size

The desire to enlarge the font during the creation of the text is perhaps a common desire among all writers who work with WP. It’s no secret that the WP offers a default font size, and this is a common problem for many users. This plugin is easy to use, with which you can choose the font size you want without editing the code. That is, the plugin will not affect the actual font size of your site.

11. Copyright Proof

Copyright protection is a hot topic at all times. In the era of digitalisation, every author should think about how to protect their work as well. With this plugin, you can secure your text, and, if necessary, you can prove your copyright. Therefore, if you want your texts not to be duplicated somewhere else by third-party authors, then be sure to download this plugin.

12. WProofreader

Most authors always use additional tools to ensure the quality of their text. With this plugin, you can forget about a lot of third-party tools, as it will instantly fix mistakes as you enter your text. Ready to boost your articles to a professional scale like the top-notch authors featured by the college essay writing service reviews platform create? This WP plugin can help.

If you work with topics that require the use of terminology, then you can customise the dictionary. This plugin can replace such tools as Hemingway Editor or Grammarly. Therefore, this is an undoubted must-have for everyone who deals with texts.

P.S. They are also worth considering solutions in addition to all the plugins we have listed above.

Conclusion

Stop waiting for inspiration, download the plugins you need, and start creating great texts. The effectiveness of these plugins will be your inspiration for creating awesome content again and again.

 

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Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital related. His main expertise is with WordPress, Magento, Shopify as well as many other frameworks. Whether you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital then get in touch. If you would like to work with Nathan, simply drop him an email at [email protected]

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3 Effective Tips for Creating a Compelling Online Course Using WordPress

Want to spread your knowledge by creating a compelling online course using WordPress? WordPress can help you significantly in generating more online learners for your online course. Learning online has been integrated to a large extent in people’s lives. Learning is a never-ending process, and people will continue to want to better their talents and learn new things. Why not make money from your knowledge if you have it?

Whatever your talent, now is the moment to seize this opportunity, share your talents with others, and be compensated for your work. Learn how in this article.

Why Should You Create a Compelling Online Course?

According to Statista, the market for online courses has exploded in recent years, with the global online learning market valued at 101 billion dollars in 2019. Especially after the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, people have turned more toward learning online. This adds up to the necessity of creating a compelling online course using WordPress.

How to Create a Compelling Online Course Using WordPress?

To start your journey as an online educational entrepreneur, you’ll need a solid Learning Management System (LMS) platform. Luckily, you may not need to be concerned because WordPress makes creating an online course to share your knowledge and experience with the rest of the world simple.

Let’s quickly get to know the 3 effective tips for creating a compelling online course using WordPress.

Decide on Your Course and Plan for it

Regardless of the speciality, all successful entrepreneurs will begin by planning their strategy ahead of time. Well, it is not just about creating online courses that you should go on based on a plan. Rather, every adult performance requires planning to turn out successful. Some people try to keep their distance from planning because they may find the planning phase scary. However, it is an important step that you should never underestimate.

Here are some of the phases you should think about during the planning stage:

1. Choose Your Niche

You surely know what you are an expert at. But when it comes to online learning, you should teach a specific field. If you are an expert in digital marketing, your online course should be specifically about email marketing, or SEO content marketing, social media marketing, etc. If you are an expert in website development, you should specify your online course to teach HTML, or CSS, JavaScript, etc.

So, forget about teaching a bulk of general material that does not add any value to your online learners. Be specific and teach them something useful and practical.

To do this, you need to ask yourself some questions:

  • What is my expertise?
  • Am I capable of explaining the fundamentals of that profession to a novice till they comprehend it?
  • How enthusiastic am I about that particular topic of study?
  • Can you teach a variety of topics in the same field, or will it be a one-time session?

Moreover, you should also analyze the market. Check if there is enough demand for what you want to present. You can do so by searching through the online course websites.

2. Target Your Audience

Choosing a group of audience for your online course is another phase of planning. Having analysed the market, you should then select the type of audience you want to target with your learning resources. To do so, you need to ask yourself another set of questions:

  • How knowledgeable should they be?
  • What kind of tone should I use?
  • To what extent should my explanations be technical or straightforward?
3. Create a Lesson Plan

If you’ve decided to teach the course to a wider audience, you should divide it into numerous modules or lessons, each of which is more technical than the one before it. Start with a simple introduction to the course and then add up to its professionalism.

In addition, try to think of fun examples and interactive short breaks during the course so that your course would not get boring.

4. Prepare for Your Course

The last step of planning for your online course is to think of the methods you want to adopt. What methods will you employ to help your students grasp the subject more clearly? You can use a variety of methods, including slide shows, pictures, graphs, pdfs, movies (explainer videos), screen recordings, and so on.

Consider the templates and samples you’ll need, and don’t forget to make the resources you’ll be using available for your online learners. Also, remember to provide transcripts especially if your target audience does not speak the same mother tongue as you.

Allow users to participate in feedback sessions for more practice and training. Determine whether you need to create a group in one of the messaging apps or social media platforms where students may engage, share knowledge, and work together. You can think of a platform within your WordPress website as well.

It is totally up to you whether to decide on taking an assessment test at the end of your online course. If you think that would consolidate the material.

5. Assess Your Course

Developing an online course is a never-ending process that necessitates extensive testing and revisions. After you’ve completed your initial setup, share the course with a few people to gather feedback. Check to see if the course is covering every issue, if any parts are difficult to understand, and what the appropriate price for the course should be. The very last step is to remember to use all-in-one accounting software to manage your income.

Create Your WordPress Website

After you’ve finalized your course outline and finished detailed planning, the next step is to choose a domain name, select a hosting package, and then create your WordPress website.

As we mentioned earlier, you’ll need to choose a Learning Management Systems (LMS) plugin while you develop your WordPress site.

Some online teaching platforms work nicely with WordPress. One plugin that works great with WordPress and is indeed made by WordPress is LearnPress. This LMS plugin is one of the top WordPress LMS Plugins for effortlessly creating and selling online courses. You can construct a course curriculum with lessons and quizzes that are managed through a user-friendly interface. With this WordPress LMS Plugin, you can develop education, online school, and online-course websites fast and easily, with no coding skills required.

Here are some of LearnPress features:

  • It works with any WordPress theme.
  • LearnPress supports multi-sites.
  • LearnPress LMS plugin has a great user interface for building online courses with all the features you need. It is simple to create a complete curriculum layout, as well as to edit and maintain it.
  • You can share, manage, and check your course’s statistics
  • LearnPress is free.
  • You can sell your courses with many payment methods.
  • Through the WordPress forum, you can communicate with your online learners…
  • There are a lot of add-ons.

Cross-Promote Your Online Course

So here is the situation now: you have planned your online course efficiently, you have created a WordPress website with an LMS plugin, and now you are waiting for the online learners. How can you let others know about your online course? How can you address your target audience? Well, in the era of technology, that is not a big deal. However, it requires you to be persistent in making efforts.

To attract more visitors to your website, you should:

  • Create a blog and optimise it with SEO techniques and SEO content marketing.
  • Do some backlink building to scale your WordPress website traffic.
  • Create a YouTube channel and use it to share some of your knowledge (you already know that YouTube pays its channel owners if they have a lot of engagement, don’t you?)

  • Develop an affiliate program by hosting webinars on one of the topics covered in the course.
  • Consider publishing your work on Quora and Medium.
  • Pay for advertising that is targeted to your audience (Google Ads, Facebook ads, Youtube ads, Instagram ads, Twitter ads, etc.)
  • Make contact with industry influencers who can help you promote your business.
  • Use other social media such as Instagram and Facebook or Club House.

Conclusion

Sharing your knowledge is an admirable thing that you want to do and it shows your generosity. We understand that you may have financial motivations but you have chosen to teach and earn money among a thousand other ways you could have chosen. So, congratulations! Follow the tips above to put your thoughts into practise and teach as many people as you can. Wish you the best of luck!

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I am Parichehr Parsi, co-founder of SEO Builders, a freelance content creator, and a link builder. I love reading, writing, and doing research.

 

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How to Install and Setup WordPress Multisite Network

In this article, we are going to explain how you can easily install and set up WordPress multisite. So if you are running multiple WordPress sites on sub-domains and wanted to manage all their sites together, we will show you how to install and set up WordPress multisite network.

What is WordPress Multisite?

A WordPress multisite network allows you to run and manage multiple WordPress sites from a single WordPress installation. You can create new sites instantly and manage them using the same username and password. You can even allow other users to signup and create their own blogs on your domain.

Advantages of using a Multisite Network

  1. As the network admin, you can easily administer multiple sites from a single dashboard.
  2. Each site can have its own admins with capabilities to manage only their own site.
  3. Install plugins and themes on multiple sites with one download.
  4. Multisite network also makes it easier for you to manage updates. You only need to update your WordPress, plugins, or themes on one install.
  5. Disadvantages of using a Multisite Network

    1. All the sites on the network share the same resources, so when your site is down, all sites on your network are down.
    2. Managing server resources in case of unexpected traffic can be difficult for a beginner level user.
    3. If your site gets hacked, then this means all the sites on your network will get hacked.
    4. Some WordPress plugins may not work well on a multisite network.

    Who Needs a WordPress Multisite Network

    Just because you have multiple WordPress installation does not mean that you need to create a multi-site network. You can use services like ManageWP or InfiniteWP to manage multiple different sites.

    Creating a multisite network makes sense for:

    • A magazine site with different sections managed by different teams.
    • A business site with sub-sites for different locations and branches.
    • Government or non-profit sites can use multisite for different departments, locations, and regions.
    • Your own network of blogs running on multiple subdomains.
    • Schools and colleges allowing students to create their own blogs on school servers.

    Requirements for a WordPress Multisite Network

    The most important thing you will need to run a WordPress multisite network is good WordPress hosting. If you are not planning to create many sites and do not expect many visitors, then you can get away with shared hosting. However, due to the nature of multi-sites, you’d probably need a VPS or dedicated server as your sites grow.

    Apart from web hosting, you will need some basic knowledge of installing WordPress and editing files using FTP.

    Choosing a Domain Structure for Your Multisite Network

    On a WordPress multisite network, you can have your sites installed as either subdomains or subdirectories, for example:-

    http://sitename.example.com
    http://example.com/sitename/

    If you choose subdomains, then you will have to configure wildcard subdomains on your server.

    On the other hand, if you choose sub-directories or path based URLs for sub-sites on your network, then the only thing you need to do is enable pretty permalinks on your root site.

    Enabling WordPress Multisite Network Feature

    Multisite Network feature comes built-in with each WordPress install. All you need to do is install and set up WordPress like you normally would.

    You can also enable the Multisite feature on an existing WordPress site. Before you enable multisite, make sure that you have created a full backup of your WordPress site.

    To enable Multisite, you need to access your site using an FTP client or cPanel file manager and open wp-config.php file for editing.

    You need to add this line to your wp-config.php file just before the /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ line.

    
    define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );
    

    Save and upload your wp-config.php file back to the server. Now your WordPress site supports a multisite network.

    Setting up The Network

    Now that you have successfully enabled the Multisite Network feature on your WordPress site, it is time to set up your network. Before you do that, the first thing you need to do is deactivate all plugins on your site. After that, you need to go to Tools > Network Setup to configure your multisite network.

    On the network setup screen, you will see a notice that you need Apache’s mod_rewrite module installed on your server to set up a multisite network. This module is installed and enabled on most reputable WordPress hosting providers.

    The next thing you need to do is to tell WordPress what kind of domain structure you will be using for sites in your network, e.g. Subdomains or Sub-directories. After that, you would need to provide a title for your Network and make sure that the email address in the Network Admin Email is correct. Lastly, click on the install button to continue.

    On the next screen, WordPress will show you some rules that you need to add to your wp-config.php and .htaccess file. Use an FTP client to edit those two files and copy-paste the code.

    Configuring Network Settings

    After successfully setting up the Multisite Network, you need to switch to the Network Dashboard to configure network settings, add new sites, and do lots of other things. Take your mouse over to My Sites menu in the admin toolbar, a fly down popup will appear. Click on Network Admin > Dashboard.

    You will notice that there are new menu items to manage your multisite network. You will also see a dashboard widget allowing you to create a new site and add new users.

    To configure Network Settings click on the Settings link in the admin sidebar. On the network settings screen, the first option is to set your site title and admin email address. These fields will be filled with the network title and admin email you entered during the network setup.

    Opening Your Multisite Network for Registrations

    The Registration Settings section on the network settings screen is probably the most important setting in your network setup. By default, both user and site registrations will be disabled on the network. You can choose to open your site for user registration, or allow existing users to create new sites, or allow both user and site registration.

    You can check the box next to Registration Notification to receive email notifications every time a new user or site is registered.

    If you want to allow the site administrators the ability to add new users to their sites, then you can check the box next to Add New Users.

    Limited Email Registration options will allow you to limit site or user registration to the email address from specific domains, then you can add those domains here. This is particularly useful if you only want to allow people from your own organisation to register and create users or sites. Similarly, you can also ban certain domains from registration.

    New Site Settings

    The New Site Settings section on the network settings screen allows you to configure default options for the new sites created on your network. You can modify the welcome emails and the contents of the first default post, page, and comment.

    Upload Settings for Your Multisite Network

    It is important for you to keep an eye on the usage of the server resources. Under the Upload Settings section, you can limit the total amount of space a site can use for uploads. The default value is 100 MB which is probably good for at least 100 photo uploads. You can increase or decrease this space depending on how much disk space you have.

    The default upload file types are images, audio/video, and pdfs. You can add additional file types if you want, e.g. doc docx odt. Lastly, you can choose a file size limit, so that users can’t upload insanely large files to the server.

    Menu Settings

    Under the menu settings, you will find the option to enable the administrative menu for the plugins section on the network sites. Enabling this will show the plugins menu to site admins. They can activate or deactivate a plugin on their individual sites, but they cannot install new plugins.

    Adding New Sites to Your WordPress Multisite Network

    To add a new site to your WordPress multisite, simply click on Sites under My Sites » Network Admin » Sites menu in the admin toolbar.

    This will show you a list of sites on your current Multisite installation. By default, you have your primary site listed as the only site in your WordPress Multisite network. To add a new site, click on the Add New button at the top.

    On the Add New Site screen, you need to provide the site’s address. You don’t need to type the full address, just the part you want to use as a subdomain or sub-directory. After that provide a site title, and add the site’s admin email address.

    You can add an admin email address other than the one you are currently using to manage your multisite. If the email address is not currently in use by another user on your site, then WordPress will create a new user and send the password and username to the email address you enter.

    Once you are done, click on the Add Site button. A new site will be added to your multisite network. As the network admin, you will receive a new site registration email. If you created a new user, then that user will receive their username and password with instructions to log in on the email address you provided.

    Adding Themes and Plugins to Your Multisite Network

    By default, individual site administrators cannot install themes and plugins on their own. As the network admin, you can install plugins and themes for them and make those themes/plugins available to them. To do that you need to login to your primary site and go to My Sites > Network Admin > Themes.

    On the Network Admin’s themes screen, you will see a list of the currently installed theme on your WordPress multisite. You can make a theme available to other sites by clicking on Enable Network under that theme. Similarly, you can disable a theme by clicking on the Disable Network link under the theme.

    Similarly, you can activate or deactivate a plugin for the whole network from My Sites > Network Admin > Plugins screen. Note that if you have checked the Plugins Menu as available to site admins in the Network Settings, then site administrators can activate or deactivate installed plugins on their own.

    Troubleshooting WordPress Multisite Issues

    Most common issues occur due to incorrect configuration of Wildcard Subdomains. Make sure that your web host supports wildcard subdomains.

    Another common issue is that when using WordPress Multisite with sub-directories, some users are unable to log in to the admin area of their sites after they add the required code in wp-config.php file. To fix this, try replacing the following line in the wp-config.php file:-

    
    define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', false);
    

    with:-

    
    define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', 'false');
    

    If you’re still having problems, feel free to email us to leave a comment below. We sure hope this article helps!

 

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WooCommerce: Disable Payment Gateway for Specific User Role

You may want to disable payment gateways depending on the user role or user capability. For example, you may want to disable PayPal for ‘user role: subscriber’ or enable a specific gateway for another user role. This can be achieved without a plugin, all you need to do is paste the following code in your functions.php file.


/**
 * Disable Payment Gateway for a Specific User Role | WooCommerce
 */

add_filter( 'woocommerce_available_payment_gateways', 'payment_gateway_disable_private' );

 function payment_gateway_disable_private( $available_gateways ) {

    $user = wp_get_current_user();

    if ( isset( $available_gateways['cod'] ) && !is_user_logged_in() || isset( $available_gateways['cod'] ) && in_array('subscriber', $user->roles)  ) {
        unset( $available_gateways['cod'] );
    }

   return $available_gateways;

}

So what the above code will do is remove the ‘Cash On Delivery’ option if you are not logged in, or if you are a user with the ‘Subscriber’ role.

How to Find WooCommerce Payment Gateway ID

If you navigate to WooCommerce –> Settings –> Payments tab, if you inspect the element or view source of this page, you will see a list of codes within a table of all the gateways available on your website as shown in the below screenshot:

What if you want to disable payments for multiple user types?

Okay, we have you covered you here as well. Let’s say you want to disable ‘Stripe’ payment gateway for both the Administrator and Subscriber user but no other user…

What we need to use here is the PHP’s Array Intersect.

Again, this code will get added to your functions.php file and will look something like this:


/**
* Disable Payment Gateway for a Specific User Roles | WooCommerce
*/

function ts_disable_stripe( $available_payment_gateways ) {

//Check whether the available payment gateways have the Stripe option and if the user is not logged in or has the role administrator or subscriber
$user = wp_get_current_user();
$allowed_roles = array(‘administrator’, ‘subscriber’);

if ( isset($available_payment_gateways[‘stripe’]) && (array_intersect($allowed_roles, $user->roles ) || !is_user_logged_in()) ) {

//Remove the stripe payment gateway
unset($available_payment_gateways[‘stripe’]);
}

return $available_payment_gateways;
}

add_filter(‘woocommerce_available_payment_gateways’, ‘ts_disable_stripe’, 90, 1);

Now, the $allowed_roles can list an array of all the users you would like to not display a specific payment gateway for.

Is there a Plugin alternative?

If you don’t feel 100% confident with coding there is a plugin available which offers the same capabilities as the non-plugin method.

There is a plugin called WooCommerce Conditional Payment Gateways to be the most complete when you need to enable/disable payment gateways based on certain criteria. You can create unlimited ‘rules’ and use, for example, cart totals, billing country, shipping country, user role and much more to define which payment gateway shows and which not.

 

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ACF Repeater Load More using AJAX

Have you ever wanted to show a limited amount of items when using an ACF repeater? Maybe you are using this to display images and to save on load time you only want to show a selective amount instead of loading them all. At the end of the day, having to load fewer images is going to speed up your site right?

In this example, we will show you the basics of adding load more functionality for an ACF repeater field. We are going to display a repeater called gallery and load only 9 items if there are more than 9 items we will display a ‘Load more’ button to programmatically load the rest.

So first of all our markup will look as follows:-


<div id="photo-gallery">
	<div class="row">
		<?php
		if( have_rows('media') ): 
			$total = count(get_field('media'));
			$count = 0;
			$number = 8;					
			while ( have_rows('media') ) : the_row(); ?>						
					<div class="col-md-4 col-sm-6">
						<a class="mag-pop" data-img="<?php the_sub_field('image'); ?>" href="<?php the_sub_field('image'); ?>"><img class="img-gallery" alt="BeWILDerwood Gallery" src="<?php the_sub_field('image'); ?>" /></a>
					</div>
				<?php
				if ($count == $number) {
					// we've shown the number, break out of loop
					break;
				} ?>					
			<?php $count++; endwhile;
		else : endif;
		?>
	</div>
	<a id="gallery-load-more" href="javascript: my_repeater_show_more();" <?php if ($total < $count) { ?> style="display: none;"<?php } ?>><h2 id="title-bg"><span>Load more</span></h2></a>
</div>

As you can see, $number defined the number of repeater items we want to initially display. We use the break; clause to prevent further images from loading.

Now moving on to the JavaScript:-


<script type="text/javascript">
	var my_repeater_field_post_id = <?php echo $post->ID; ?>;
	var my_repeater_field_offset = <?php echo $number + 1; ?>;
	var my_repeater_field_nonce = '<?php echo wp_create_nonce('my_repeater_field_nonce'); ?>';
	var my_repeater_ajax_url = '<?php echo admin_url('admin-ajax.php'); ?>';
	var my_repeater_more = true;
	
	function my_repeater_show_more() {
		
		// make ajax request
		jQuery.post(
			my_repeater_ajax_url, {
				// this is the AJAX action we set up in PHP
				'action': 'my_repeater_show_more',
				'post_id': my_repeater_field_post_id,
				'offset': my_repeater_field_offset,
				'nonce': my_repeater_field_nonce
			},
			function (json) {
				// add content to container
				// this ID must match the containter 
				// you want to append content to
				jQuery('#photo-gallery .row').append(json['content']);
				// update offset
				my_repeater_field_offset = json['offset'];
				// see if there is more, if not then hide the more link
				if (!json['more']) {
					// this ID must match the id of the show more link
					jQuery('#gallery-load-more').css('display', 'none');
				}
			},
			'json'
		);
	}
	
</script>

We’ve added comments within the code so you can see what is happening through the process. Now we need to add the code to the functions.php file to load the additional items.


/**
 * ACF Load More Repeater
*/

// add action for logged in users
add_action('wp_ajax_my_repeater_show_more', 'my_repeater_show_more');
// add action for non logged in users
add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_my_repeater_show_more', 'my_repeater_show_more');

function my_repeater_show_more() {
	// validate the nonce
	if (!isset($_POST['nonce']) || !wp_verify_nonce($_POST['nonce'], 'my_repeater_field_nonce')) {
		exit;
	}
	// make sure we have the other values
	if (!isset($_POST['post_id']) || !isset($_POST['offset'])) {
		return;
	}
	$show = 9; // how many more to show
	$start = $_POST['offset'];
	$end = $start+$show;
	$post_id = $_POST['post_id'];
	// use an object buffer to capture the html output
	// alternately you could create a varaible like $html
	// and add the content to this string, but I find
	// object buffers make the code easier to work with
	ob_start();
	if (have_rows('media', $post_id)) {
		$total = count(get_field('media', $post_id));
		$count = 0;
		while (have_rows('media', $post_id)) {
			the_row();
			if ($count < $start) {
				// we have not gotten to where
				// we need to start showing
				// increment count and continue
				$count++;
				continue;
			}
			?>
			<div class="col-md-4 col-sm-6">
				<a class="mag-pop" data-img="<?php the_sub_field('image'); ?>" href="<?php the_sub_field('image'); ?>"><img class="img-gallery" alt="BeWILDerwood Gallery" src="<?php the_sub_field('image'); ?>" /></a>
			</div>
			<?php 
			$count++;
			if ($count == $end) {
				// we have shown the number, break out of loop
				break;
			}
		} // end while have rows
	} // end if have rows
	$content = ob_get_clean();
	// check to see if we have shown the last item
	$more = false;
	if ($total > $count) {
		$more = true;
	}
	// output our 3 values as a json encoded array
	echo json_encode(array('content' => $content, 'more' => $more, 'offset' => $end));
	exit;
} // end function my_repeater_show_more

As you can see above, we are going to load an additional 9 images (or repeater values) on click of the load more button. Once all loaded items have appeared, we are hiding the load more button so that is no longer visible.

And that’s pretty much it! If this has helped you, feel free to drop a comment. If you need any help with this, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to assist you! 🙂

 

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The 5 Best WordPress Age Verification Plugins to Help You Add an Age Gate

In this article, we will be providing you with the best 5 WordPress Age Verification Plugins to help you add an age-gate to your website.

If you need to add an age check gate to your WordPress website, then you are in the right place. Using a pre-built WordPress age verification plugin is a simple way to action this as opposed to writing custom code. Although age verification systems are not essentially required by law in most jurisdictions, a lot of businesses dealing in age-sensitive industries choose to use an age gate to control the age of their visitors. These tend to be industries such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling and various others.

So let’s dive into it!

The Best WordPress Age Verification Plugins in 2021

1. Age Gate

Age Gate is a fantastic plugin with a great list of features. We always tend to favour the authors of plugins that have very frequent updates.

Why is the plugin so great? Well, the plugin excludes search engine crawlers and bots so that they do not run into any issues when crawling your website. Other than that, it offers great flexibility allowing you to:

  • Choose between restricting your entire site or just specific content
  • Add an age-gate specifically to your registration forms
  • Allow users to input their age via three different methods (Has simple yes/no option)
  • Add an optional “remember me” box that users can check to avoid future age checks
  • Exclude logged-in users from age checks
  • SEO Friendly – common bots and crawlers are omitted from age checks

In addition to this, it also allows full customisation such as adding your logo and customising all the text that appears. On top of that, the default styling offers quite a nice modern design. It even offers the ability to switch over to a JavaScript triggered version. This essentially means that you can bypass your host of plugins cache, awesome right?

2. Dispensary Age Verification

Technically, the Dispensary Age Verification plugin is an add-on for the WP Dispensary plugin. However, you don’t need to use the core plugin to use this add-on.

What is great about this plugin is that it is super lightweight, quite flexible and it’s a simple age-gate you can apply to your whole website. It will show the age-gate regardless of which page on your website that you first visit. If that all sounds good, you can also adjust the design through the WordPress Customizer.

Once you activate the plugin, you can head over to AppearanceCustomizeAge Verification, and within here you can set up the following:

  • Logo
  • Title
  • Message
  • Minimum Age
  • Using the WordPress Customizer to make changes
  • Using the WordPress Customizer to make changes

The great thing about being able to edit via the WordPress Customizer is that you can view your changes in real-time. This plugin offers a very quick and efficient setup, what more could you ask for.

3. AgeVerify

The AgeVerify plugin isn’t a light-weight as the rest, the reason for this is that this plugin offers various templates which can match a variety of use cases.

The downside to this plugin is that the free version supports ads. This basically means that if you want to remove the ads from the age verification gate, you will need to purchase the pro version which costs $59.

What could make this worthwhile is that it offers you great flexibility allowing you to set:

  • Custom cookie expirations
  • Custom redirect URLs
  • And the background images that it uses are a nice touch.

Having the banners doesn’t really look that professional and doesn’t help your website whatsoever. If you are willing to pay, then great, but from experience, the free option just doesn’t cut it.

4. Age Verifier for WordPress

Age Verifier for WordPress doesn’t offer any free version, unfortunately. However, for just $18 you should bear this in mind once you check out the plugin.

For just $18, you can get some pretty clean and modern designs along with a very helpful visual builder to customise the appearance of the age-gate. You can even select different verification methods as well as defining how long the cookie should last.

Another great feature is that you can add animation effects for when the age-gate appears. In all honestly, though, the core functionality doesn’t offer that much more than the free plugins we have mentioned previously.

The question is if you are willing to pay $18 to make your age-gate look more attractive without having to add some custom code, then it’s a no brainer really. If not, then the other free plugin suggestions would definitely suffice.

5. Age Checker

The Age Checker for WordPress is another premium plugin you can choose from. It’s the same price as the previous one at $18 and it offers a few unique features that the other plugins above don’t offer.

What this plugin offers is 3 different background modes, either a solid colour, image or video. Whilst some of the other plugins offer a date of birth as an option, one of the unique features about this plugin is to have a simple checkbox or enter your verification method. If you are looking for a simple verification like having a button to confirm they are over the required age then this works a treat.

You can also redirect users, change the form validation text and the life of the cookie. Crawlers can be omitted from age verification to ensure it doesn’t effect the SEO of your website.

Lets conclude…

Which WordPress Age Verification Plugin Should You Choose?

Overall, the Age Gate plugin for us is the best. It has the best combination of functionality and styling. The other thing it lacks is the track record of well-reviewed options like the Age Verifier for WordPress. Dispensary Age Verification also provides a nice lightweight solution, though it doesn’t offer the same depth of functionality as the other plugins.

Well, we hope this article helps you decide which Age Verification plugin is the best, depending on your website and your programming knowledge, one plugin could be the best fit for one website, and another plugin for another.

You can even create your own Age Gate verification plugin quite easily if you have the programming knowledge.

Let us know in the comments below as to which your favourite Age Verification plugin is!

 

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10 Best WordPress Plugins For Food Bloggers

Finding the best WordPress plugins for your food blog can be daunting because there are millions of options for everything that you need to get done.

From powerful conversion and SEO tools to beautiful image sliders, there’s a lot you can do to beautify and optimise your blog.

With lots of choices comes lots of confusion because, at the end of the day, you need to pick the best plugins that should be installed on your blog.

Thankfully, we’re here to help you figure out which plugins you need to increase conversions and SEO and optimise your site.

Let’s jump into the list of WordPress Plugins for food bloggers.

Top 10 WordPress Plugins For Food Bloggers

I started my own food blog a few months ago. The sheer amount of research I had to decide which plugins to install was taxing.

However, in a few weeks time, I had a list of plugins for almost everything that I needed.

Today, I’m sharing the same list of plugins with you that I have either used or currently use on my blog.

I promise you that all of these plugins will help you increase your blog’s traffic, back up your blog, and simplify your site or make it better.

1. Yoast SEO

This is hands-down the best SEO plugin that’s there in the market. It enables you to optimise your posts, pages and maximizes your blogs SEO potential.

It also has a range of tutorials and articles that help you understand its features and industry trends.

The best part is that it comes with a free version which makes it perfect if you’ve just started out.

2. SumoMe

What’s one plugin that you absolutely need to grow your blog?

It’s SumoMe.

From opt-in forms to social sharing and heat maps to content analytics, it has everything to help your food blog grow.

The Pro version comes with more features and functionality to grow your blog exponentially.

3. W3 Total Cache

A potent plugin that speeds up your blog while caching, this is a plugin you should definitely install.

It also comes with a bunch of other features to optimise your food blog.

Since speed is key, this plugin helps cut down the loading and waiting time of your pages and improve your overall reader’s experience.

4. Jetpack

Sit back and relax as Jetpack supercharges your blog with a fabulous collection of features ranging from subscription forms, website stats and social media icons.

According to me, it’s the best way to check the stats of your website without leaving your site.

WP Smush.it

As a food blogger, you’ll require high-quality photos all the time.

Apart from that, you might also add large files such as videos, PDFs, cookbooks, etc.

While this will be appreciated by your readers, the loading time for these massive media files will not.

It’s common knowledge that a person doesn’t wait for more than 3 seconds for a website to load.

This can be problematic especially when you’re trying to grow your food blog.

The best solution is to install WP Smush.it. This helps reduce the file size and improves the SEO, performance and speed of your website.

6. Contact Form 7

Your theme might be beautiful and come with a lot of features but I’ve come to realise that no matter how perfect the theme is, it always lacks a contact form.

Trust me, I’ve changed hundreds of themes before finalising my current one.

A content form allows your readers and users to interact with you. Adding one to your website also makes your site look more authoritative and reliable.

Contact Form 7 allows you to customise your forms, filter spam, add CAPTCHA among other things.

It’s a great plugin to manage all communication between your readers and yourself.

7. Editorial Calendar

I like to plan the content for my blog a few weeks in advance.

In order to keep a track of each and every article that will be published, I use Editorial Calendar.

It’s an excellent plugin that allows you to schedule and arrange your content by dragging and dropping it on the calendar.

I can rearrange dates without causing a mess and enhance my content publishing strategy in no time.

8. Broken Link Checker

If you’re someone who works alone or even has a small team like me, you’ll need someone to keep a track of pages, posts, comments and most importantly, broken links.

Enter Broken Link Checker that does all this and emails you when it finds broken links and alerts you via your email.

This is crucial because you don’t want your audience to be directed to broken pages that display a 404 error.

Plus, such links negatively impact the SEO of your site.

9. Akismet

When I first started my blog, I used to wish my that my readers would leave comments on my site.

And that started a few weeks after I encouraged them to do so via my social media marketing.

I was elated, overjoyed, in fact. Soon after, my articles were full of comments about fake Chanel bags and vapes and CBD oils.

It felt as though I had managed to attract all the spammers to my website to leave spammy comments!

That’s when I decided to install Akismet.

It stops spammers from posting trashy comments on your website and helps keep your comments section tidy and relevant to the content you share.

10. Vaultpress

The last plugin on my list is Vaultpress.

It allows you to back up your blog in real-time.

Created by the same people who made WordPress, it automatically backs up your content, theme and files every day.

You even get security scans every day that help improve the security of your blog. It’s a paid plugin and costs $5 per month.

Conclusion

You don’t need a million plugins to run a food blog, you just need a handful of effective ones.

Managing your blog will be a cakewalk with these plugins so make sure you give them a try.

Do let us know which were your favourite plugins and if you’ve got better alternatives or suggestions for us to try!

Also, you can check out our other article; Our top 10 used plugins for WordPress – 2021 Edition and find what Silva Web Designs like to use to develop great WordPress websites!

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Shristi is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes. Formerly the Chief Content Officer at Raletta, she is currently working on her second cookbook. Feel free to contact her regarding a food guest post or a mental health guest post.

 

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