Exploring the New MonsterInsights Plugin (Part I)

In our previous article, “How to Add Google Analytics on your WordPress Site,” we recommended the new MonsterInsights plugin, formerly known as Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast. In this first of a two-part series, we’re going to take a deeper dive into the functionality of MonsterInsights and show you what this amazing plugin offers and how it can make your website tracking easier.

What Is MonsterInsights?

MonsterInsights is a plugin that allows you to easily add, customize, and manage the Google Analytics website tracking services on your WordPress site. In a nutshell, it makes tracking your website with Google Analytics simpler.

The plugin was originally created by Yoast, the creator of the WordPress SEO plugin, widely regarded as the best WordPress SEO plugin available. The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin by Yoast was recently acquired by Syed Balkhi — creator of the brilliant OptinMonster and WPForms WordPress plugins — and renamed “MonsterInsights”.

There are two versions of the MonsterInsights plugin: Free and Pro.

The free version allows you to install Google Analytics easily, track all the data you need on a basic website, and includes the following features:

  • Simple installation
  • Turn on/off different types of tracking with a single click.
  • Visitor metric dashboards and reports within your WordPress admin.
  • Track outbound links or downloads on your site.
  • Anonymize IPs so traffic from countries with stricter privacy regulations can be tracked.

The Pro version includes all of the above, plus these additional features:

  • Popular post/page tracking.
  • Track 404 error pages on your site.
  • Track custom dimensions like pageviews per author.
  • AdSense tracking.
  • Create custom reports.

Though the free version of the plugin more than fits the bill for the majority of WordPress site owners, consider the Pro version if you are looking for more customizable reporting data from within your WordPress dashboard.

There is even an Ecommerce Addon for eCommerce website owners that connects with WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads.

Installing the MonsterInsights Plugin

In our last post we covered how to create a Google Analytics account and install Analytics onto your site via the MonsterInsights plugin. In that post we covered two methods to connect your Google Analytics account to the plugin. The first method is to “authenticate” your Google account within the plugin. The other method is to manually copy and paste your Google Analytics user account number into a field within the plugin.

We recommend that you use the first option, “Authenticate with your Google account”. By connecting your account this way, you will be able to access the reports and dashboards features of the plugin.

monsterinsights plugin authenticate not manual

Configuring MonsterInsights Settings

Once you have the plugin installed and your Google Analytics account authenticated, it’s time to configure the plugin for what you want to track. This is done in the “Settings” section.

monsterinsights settings

We’re going to run you through the main settings to get you set up at a basic level within the free version of the plugin.

General Settings

The general settings are where you can customize the functionality of the plugin. This is where you determine which Google Analytics profile to track and how you want it to track traffic to your website.

TIP: You can hover over the question mark icon next to any setting in the plugin to view an explanation of that setting’s functionality.

monsterinsights question mark explanations

 

1. First you need to tell the plugin which of your Google Analytics profiles should be connected. You may have multiple profiles within your single Google Analytics account, so the plugin needs to be sure which one to pull data from.

Once in the General Settings tab, simply use the dropdown and select the appropriate profile you would like to connect.

monsterinsights choose ga profile

Now let’s configure some settings.

monsterinsights general settings2. Track Outbound Click and Downloads: This tracking option will allow analytics to track clicks and downloads on your site as events. Essentially, if you check this box, you will be able to see what and how many times links on your site were clicked, along with any downloads of PDFs, images, or other documents that can be accessed via a link. You can find this data under Behavior >> Events in your Google Analytics account:

3. Allow Tracking of Anonymous Data: This is not really a tracking option, but rather an option that will allow the plugin to track the themes and plugins you use in order to provide a better user experience. We recommend you check this box.

4. Anonymize IPs: As mentioned above, checking this box will allow Google Analytics to track data from users in countries where privacy restrictions may not allow for data tracking. We recommend you check this box.

5. Ignore Users: This option allows you to add in user types so that they are not tracked when logged in and visiting the site. By default, “Administrator” and “Editor” are included. This option helps you get clean analytics data. After all, you don’t want all the time you or your editors and staff spend on the site to be counted since have to be on the site. We recommend leaving the default settings as is, but some may want to add in “Author” or “Contributor” if they want to further clean their data.

6. Disable Analytics Dashboard: This will turn off the dashboard functionality of the plugin and stop the plugin from showing you the latest analytics data pulled. You can still access all of your data by logging into Google Analytics, but we recommend you leave this box unchecked. A great feature of this plugin is that you can see your website traffic data immediately after logging into your site, and we think you should use it.

Universal Settings

There are two types of Google Analytics tracking: Universal and Asynchronous. They both refer to the type of tracking code implemented on your site. Universal Analytics is the latest iteration of analytics and it provides you with the option to gather more data about visitors to your site. We always recommend that you use Universal Analytics over the older Asychronous version.

monsterinsights universal analytics1. Enable Universal Tracking: This turns on Universal Analytics tracking and we recommend you check this box.

2. Enable Demographics and Interests Reports for Remarketing and Advertising: By checking this box Analytics will be able to pull demographic and interest-related information about your website visitors to give you a better idea about your audience. This information can be used to fuel new content ideas. MonsterInsights has a great explanatory document about how to first enable the Demographics and Interest Reports within the Google Analytics interface.

3. Enhanced Link Attribution: Checking this box will enable analytics to tag your pages and pull enhanced link-tracking information. Some of this enhanced information includes:

  • See separate information for multiple links on a page that all have the same destination. For example, if there are two links on the same page that both lead to the Contact Us page, then you see separate click information for each link.
  • See when one page element has multiple destinations. For example, a Search button on your page is likely to lead to multiple destinations.
  • Track buttons, menus, and actions driven by javascript.

Advanced Settings

There are several advanced tracking options you can implement with MonsterInsights. Many of these options will likely not be necessary if you are running a straightforward WordPress site, so we are only going to cover the settings you need to know about. You can find additional documentation on these advanced settings in the “Docs” section of MonsterInsights located here.

monsterinsights advanced settings1. Track Downloads As: This setting allows you to specify how a download on your website is tracked. As mentioned earlier, downloads could be any links to PDFs, .doc files, or even images where clicking on the link results in the download of a file. We recommend leaving this setting as is, otherwise your data may be skewed. If you would like to track these downloads as goals in Google Analytics, we recommend you create a new goal and use “Event” as the goal type rather than changing any settings here.

2. Extensions of Files To Track As Downloads: This is where you can specify the types of files that will count as downloads. Again, we recommend you leave this setting as is since pretty much every major file type that can be downloaded on a site is included.

3. Track Full URL of Outbound Clicks or Just The Domain: This setting controls how links to other sites from your site are tracked. For example, if you have a link to a Wikipedia page in one of your blog posts, Google Analytics can show you how many times that link was clicked and from what page.

By default, Analytics will only track the domain (wikipedia.org), but if you change this setting to “Full links” then you will be able to see the full URL of the outbound link.

In Google Analytics, you can find this data by going to Behavior >> Site Content >> Content Drilldown. For more information on how to dig deeper into this data, Yoast has an excellent guide here.

Wrap Up and Part II

Don’t be intimidated by some of the configuration settings in the new MonsterInsights plugin. The plugin is designed to be simple to set up with default settings that cover pretty much everything a basic WordPress website would need.

In Part II of our MonsterInsights series, we’ll cover the Dashboard and show you how to interpret the data it provides and how to pull specific metrics and dimension data to give you more insight into your website’s performance.

Stay tuned, and happy tracking!

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Hire WordPress Developers for Custom WordPress Development

A big population on the web deems in WordPress potential and it is popular open source content management system (CMS) and it is powered by PHP programming and MySQL database. Deriving the WordPress power for the growth and promotion of online business is not a hard job for the modern online businessmen and active web users. The optimum utilization of the technology is necessary and you can do, if you are proficient in designing and development.

 

The active population on the web of businessmen is consisted of IT proficient people and Non-IT people or novice developers/programmers. Both communities believe in the modern trends such as hiring dedicated developers/programmers for high quality website development and comprehensive web solution. Hiring WordPress developers/programmers is the smart decision regarding WordPress implementation in this competitive and costly web development environment. WordPress developers on hire from the professional web development companies can offer various WordPress development and implementation services.

 

The popular services that a WordPress developer on rent can provide are comprehensive WordPress Development, WordPress Customization, WordPress Implementation, WordPress Theme Creation, WordPress Module Installation, WordPress Existing Modification, WordPress extensions Development, Maintenance Work for WordPress site, WordPress Custom Modules Development, WordPress Design Integration & Customization, WordPress CMS development and System Design and many more. The professional WordPress development companies provide WordPress hosting services, WordPress CMS development, WordPress blog customization, WordPress Templates/Theme creation, etc. The robust and custom utilization of the WordPress for the online business or any other practice on the web is vital and the proficiency, creativity as well as professional & personal intelligence of the developer/programmer matters a lot.

 

Hire WordPress developer and other professionals from offshore outsourcing web development companies are usually experienced to handle the international level projects. Most of the companies offer global WordPress development, programming, designing and WordPress blog customization services. This helps the developers in handling the projects professionally.

 

For Instance, the WordPress blog customization services from WordPress developers are grasping & understanding the real needs of business to blogs, installing the WordPress on client’s server, integrating with existing website and providing a separate admin panel for controlling and managing the blog. Moreover, they offer SEO friendly blog for higher ranks in major search engines, Adding Ad-word campaigns of popular search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc) and RSS syndication for high traffic generation. One can hire WordPress programmer and WordPress CMS programmer from any reliable WordPress blog and content management system development company. Most of the companies offer flexible hiring schemes for offshore outsourcing clients. The WordPress developers/programmers and other professionals are usually available on hire for five days in a week such as Monday to Friday. One can hire them on hourly, weekly and monthly basis or as part-time and full-time such as eight hours in a day.

 

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A Guide to Finding the Best WordPress Backup Plugin: 10 Must-Have Features

How do you know if you’re choosing the best WordPress backup plugin when it seems that all the plugins seem to do the same thing?

best wordpress backup plugin

With thousands of free plugins available on the WordPress repository alone (and a multitude of premium plugins available elsewhere), the question of choosing the right WordPress backup plugin (or service) can seem pretty daunting.

If you’re looking for the best WordPress backup plugin, these 10 features must exist:

1. Full-Site (Complete) Backups

You might assume that a WordPress backup plugin should be able to backup an entire WordPress site, but you would be wrong.

When choosing a backup plugin, you need to make sure that the plugin can backup the ENTIRE site, not just the database or an XML export of the content.

What should a full WordPress backup include?

  • A complete copy of a WordPress database, including the option of having non-default WordPress tables included/excluded
  • All files in the server’s site directory
  • All plugin and theme files
  • The option to include non-WordPress related files and data associated with the server’s site directory

If a WordPress backup plugin is unable to offer each item in the list above, you will be required to have multiple backup solutions, and this makes your backup process extremely inefficient.

Look for a WordPress backup plugin that provides options for inclusions/exclusions, while also enabling the user to backup every file related to the WordPress site.

2. Ability to Schedule Backups

Most WordPress users don’t live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year connected to their WordPress dashboard. Life is full of interruptions and unexpected events. So, if a WordPress backup plugin doesn’t have the ability to schedule backups, you are taking on the responsibility to remember to log in and initiate backups on a regular basis.

A WordPress backup plugin should offer the ability to schedule backups to run automatically.

Look for these backup scheduling features:

  • Multiple types of backups – When comparing a WordPress backup plugin’s backup scheduling feature, don’t stop at the ability to schedule a single kind of backup. Look for the capacity to schedule multiple types of backups (full-site backups, database-only backup, combinations of backups, etc.)
  • Backup schedule intervals & start times – Make sure the backup plugin offers a wide variety of backup intervals (i.e. hourly, daily, weekly, etc.) and the ability to choose the date/time a backup will run.
  • Scheduled backups automatically send backups off-site – What good is a scheduled backup if it leaves the backup file on the same server as the site? If your site goes down, the latest backup file will be inaccessible. Make sure the WordPress backup plugin you use can not only schedule backups but can also send that backup file to a remote storage destination as part of the scheduled backup process.
  • Scheduling doesn’t rely on WordPress Cron jobs – Check to confirm the plugin doesn’t rely on WordPress Cron jobs to initiate scheduled backups. WordPress Cron jobs are triggered by website traffic, so if one visits your site, then Cron jobs are never initiated, and no scheduled backups will occur.

3. Multiple Off-site Storage Locations for Your Backups

When discussing WordPress backup plugins, the word redundancy should be in your vocabulary.

We aren’t talking about having multiple plugins that do the same thing, but we are talking about having multiple storage locations of your WordPress backup files. Nothing makes a bad day worse than discovering your server is down AND your backup location is inaccessible at the same time.

There are many options that a WordPress backup plugin can utilize as a backup storage location:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS or more commonly referred to as Amazon S3)
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Ability to connect to remote servers (sFTP/FTP)
  • Email
  • Custom remote backup locations

The important thing regarding backup remote storage locations is that a WordPress backup plugin offers you multiple locations to choose from and that you can use them concurrently.

4. Easy (and Fast) Restoration of Backups

Obviously, a WordPress backup plugin should be able to backup your WordPress website, but the plugin also needs to offer a quick and easy way to restore the site from a backup.

If a backup restoration takes too long or requires technical prowess, that plugin is missing the concept of making sure downtime of a site is kept to a minimum.

Questions to ask about your WordPress backup plugin:

  • Does the plugin have a solution for combining WordPress backup and restore?
  • Does it allow me to restore a WordPress website with minimal downtime?
  • What is the process of restoring the site if it goes down? What do I need?
  • Can I overwrite existing files and/or existing databases?
  • Can I choose only to restore files or only restore a database?
  • Does my WordPress dashboard have to be accessible to restore my site?
  • Can I restore my current version of WordPress?

5. Customization of Backup Contents

As previously mentioned, a WordPress backup plugin should be able to backup your entire WordPress site, and an added benefit is the ability to customize what is actually included in a backup.

The capability to exclude/include specific files, folders, and database tables can be a huge time-saver (and server resource saver) for some sites.

For example, the ability to exclude a directory that stores the high- resolution images of a photo gallery site from the regularly scheduled daily backups can ensure that your backups are performed quickly and without issue.

This approach will also save you storage space in your remote destination. You can then schedule a secondary backup that backs up your high-resolution folder at times when your server is not busy.

6. Ability to Move a WordPress Site to a New Location

Moving a WordPress website (also known as WordPress migration or WordPress deployment) can be a very time-consuming process. You can’t just upload files to a new location and restore the site.

You need to investigate whether a WordPress backup plugin can handle the following tasks when moving a WordPress website:

  • Does the plugin replace all the coded URLs on the site (including in the database and options settings)?
  • Can the plugin provide a way to search and replace text across the entire site and database?
  • Does the plugin handle serialized data correctly… including serialized data that is stored inside other serialized data?
  • Can the plugin clone WordPress?
  • Can the plugin handle WordPress staging?

7. Email Notifications

Having a WordPress backup plugin that does everything you want is great, but what happens when something doesn’t go according to plan? That’s why having a robust notification system within the plugin is helpful.

An excellent WordPress backup plugin will have the ability to notify a user when a task was successfully completed and or when a task (like a backup) failed to complete properly.

If the WordPress backup plugin you are looking at does not notify you when a backup fails, you will never know (until its too late) that you now do not have a current and useful backup of your website.

8. Ability to Roll Back Files and Databases

The following scenario occurs way too often for web designers who work with clients (or maybe for yourself, but we won’t ask you to admit it). A “client” accidentally deletes a file or image from the server and now you, as the developer, are called upon to “fix” the site.

Sure, you could just do a whole site restore and be done with it. But it would be faster to simply roll back that file or database to a time before the error/deletion occurred.

If your WordPress backup plugin does not have a rollback ability, you may be forcing yourself to do more work then you need to do.

9. Server Tools

Backing up a WordPress website calls for an extra set of tools related to your server.

Several tools/features that are helpful for a WordPress backup plugin to possess are:

  • Malware Scan – The ability to perform a malware scan of your site. If you are making backups of a site that is already infected with malware, your backups are virtually useless. Make sure you have the capability to verify your site is clean and ready for a backup to be performed.
  • Database Scan & Repair – The same concept is true regarding the database. We don’t want to make copies of databases that are bloated, un-optimized, and possibly full of errors. A WordPress backup plugin that can scan and repair your database before a backup is made can be a life saver.
  • Monitor Storage & Resource Usage – Can you monitor the storage space available for your site and see where you are using most of your hosting’s storage caps?
  • WordPress Cron Job Management – The flexibility of being able to view and manage WordPress scheduled CRON jobs can be the difference in running your server’s CPU process into the ground or having an efficiently running website.

10. Automatic Backups

A WordPress backup plugin that offers all nine features listed above is an excellent solution, but if you are looking for a plugin that can protect your site at all times, you ultimately need to find a plugin that offers an automatic WordPress backup capability.

An automatic WordPress backup feature continuously watches for changes to posts, pages, media uploads, plugin/theme additions or modifications, and any other changes that occur on your WordPress site, and then immediately pushes those changes up to a secure storage location.

An automatic WordPress backup solution should only capture the aspects of your site that have changed since the last backup, which ultimately speeds the entire backup process up. Rather than running scheduled backups that capture everything on your server at a point in time, it keeps an ongoing real-time snapshot of your WordPress site.

The Reality of Finding the Best WordPress Backup Plugin

Most WordPress backup plugins that claim to “do it all” don’t include all 10 of these features. Don’t just grab the product someone else calls the best WordPress backup plugin. Review the plugin closely to make sure it meets your needs and requirements.

Make sure your WordPress site is safe and protected by a trustworthy, reliable, feature-rich WordPress backup plugin like BackupBuddy.

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What’s New In WordPress 4.5?

WordPress 4.5 was released on April 12, 2016, and contains only a few user-facing improvements to the Customizer and inline linking functionality. Still, these updates make WordPress even stronger from a branding and mobile usage standpoint.

This release is code-named “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. 277 individuals contributed to this release.

New Features In WordPress 4.5

Here’s a breakdown of the new features that are going to mean the most to you in version 4.5…

New Inline Link Editor

The link functionality in the visual editor has come a long way over the last couple of years. Up until version 4.5 the most exciting addition was search functionality and some linking options.

To create a link in the current version of WordPress you first highlight the text, click the “Insert/Edit Link” button and then the editor pops up.

current wp link editor

The current link editor.

With version 4.5, the link editor has become much simpler. Rather than the link editor menu popping up immediately once you press the “Insert/Edit Link” button, you now have a single field where you can type in a page/post title and add your link. You can even type in a specific URL you want to link to, right in that same field.

How To Use The New Inline Link Editor

WordPress 4.5 Inline LinksHere are the basic steps to for using the new inline link editor in WordPress 4.5:

  1. Highlight the text you want to make the link.
  2. Click the “Insert/Edit Link” button.
  3. Type in the page/post title (or as much as you know of it) you want to link to.
  4. Select the page/post title you want to link to.
  5. Click the blue carriage return button to add the link.

Still need to specify options like “Open in a new tab”? You can now click the gear icon to get the familiar link editor settings to appear.WordPress 4.5 Inline Link Settings

Adding a link to any post or page has now become easier than ever!

Theme Logo Support In The Customizer

The Customizer has continued to grow in WordPress 4.5 with the addition of Theme Logo Support.

This new feature will allow you to easily choose a logo that will appear above your site title and tagline, or replace the site title and tagline if you choose not to have them.

This functionality was actually part of the Jetpack plugin but is now being added to the WordPress core, which means you will be able to have more control over your website logo than ever before.

How To Use The New Theme Logo Support In The Customizer

Using the new theme logo support could not be more easy thanks to the Customizer. Here are the steps to add a site logo to your theme:

1. Go to the Appearance menu and select “Customize”.
customizer

2. Once in the Customizer, select “Site Identity”.

Go to Site Identity in WordPress

3.  You will immediately see the option to add a logo image to your site.

Customizer Theme Logo Support

 

4. Once you’ve uploaded your logo, you will be given options to remove or change it, and you will also see it appear in real-time on your website preview.

Customizer logo options and real time

Keep in mind that, though there are no image size requirements for the logo, you are going to want to make sure your logo image is large enough to remain crisp and not pixelated.

New Responsive View Options In The Customizer

With the number of mobile-only internet users exceeding the number of desktop-only internet users, ensuring your WordPress website is mobile and tablet-friendly should be a top priority.

The new responsive view options feature allows you to see a preview of what your site will look like on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

How To Use The Responsive View Options

Using this new feature could not be easier.

1. Once in the Customizer, simply go to “Site Identity”.

Go to Site Identity in WordPress

 

2. Look at the bottom of the left sidebar to find the responsive view options. Then just click on the device type you want to preview. You can choose from…

Desktop View:

responsive desktop

Desktop view.

Tablet View:

responsive tablet

Tablet view.

Mobile View:

Mobile view.

Mobile view.

The new responsive view feature gives you a better sense of what your site and content is going to look like after you change elements using the Customizer. This way, you can determine what logos, colors, or widgets will look best on every device before you hit “Save & Publish”.

Other Changes Under The Hood…

As with every WordPress update, there are other minor improvements, features, and bug fixes that are included in WordPress 4.5. These include:

Additional Editor Shortcuts – Includes a few new shortcuts, like `code` for code, **bold** for bold, or ––– to insert a horizontal rule.

Comment Moderation Improvements – An enhanced experience when moderating comments, including preview with rendered formatting.

Optimization Of Image Generation – Image sizes are generated more efficiently and remove unneeded meta, while still including color profiles in Imagick, for reduced sizes of up to 50% with near identical visual quality.

Selective Refresh – A comprehensive framework for rendering parts of the customizer preview in real time. Theme and plugin authors should test their widgets specifically for compatibility with selective refresh, and note that it may ultimately be opt-in for 4.5.

Backbone And Underscore Updated To Latest Versions – Backbone is upgraded from 1.1.2 to 1.2.3 and Underscore is upgraded from 1.6.0 to 1.8.3. See the this post for important changes.

Embed Templates – Embed templates were split into parts and can now be directly overridden by themes via the template hierarchy.

New WP_Site Class – More object-oriented approach for managing sites in Multisite

Script Loader – Introduces wp_add_inline_script() for including inline JavaScript just like wp_add_inline_style() works for CSS, and better support for script header/footer dependencies.

All WP101 Videos up to Date for WordPress 4.5!

As with every release of WordPress since version 2.7 in 2008, all WP101 videos have been updated in time for the release of WordPress version 4.5 thanks to our development phase access. Now you can be sure you are learning about the most up to date version of WordPress available!

Check Out The New WordPress 4.5 Videos

Hint: Parts 13 and 14 highlight the new features!

Video Overview of What’s New…

Happy Learning!

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WordPress CMS software: Key features of WordPress

Content management system industry has done a rapid growth. You can find various CMS web applications in the market. By using these CMS web applications, web developers are developing extremely accessible and user friendly websites. WordPress is one of among them, which is an open sourced blog tool to built websites and blogs.

Using PSD to WordPress you can develop customized blogs and websites with various flexible features.

Listed below are, exclusive feature of WordPress

Full standard compliance: WordPress provides you highly W3C standard valid codes, which are having full compliance with existing browsers cum ensuring you to give forward compatibility with tools of future generation. And it enables developer to provide effective PSD to WordPress conversion solutions.

Cross blog communication tool: WordPress supports both Trackback and Pingback standard. It is also promises to support other future standard of cross blog communication tools. It is helpful in crating deep interaction with your visitors and getting their views about your posts.

Comments: It provides you flexible comment functionality, visitors can post comment on individual blog entry. And if you want to enable or disable comment posting on certain blog posts, then it is possible with this CMS web application. Visitors can also comment on their own website by using Trackback or Pingback. Your blog users will feel much friendlier with your website or blog.

Spam Protection: It provides you spam protection. Using advance tools such as integrated blacklist and open proxy checker it provide protection for spam posts coming on you blogs. You have no need to worry about anything, which can trouble you or your website users.

Full user Registration: It has in-built user registration system, where your users can create account and leave authenticated comment on your posts. This is a flexible feature, you can optionally close comment posting or hide unwanted comments using different plug-ins.

Password protected posts: It has a wonderful feature, to provide password to your posts. You can hide posts from public on your blog. You are also able to manage your private posts, which can be only accessible by their authors.

Easy installation and upgrade: Word press is providing you easy installation and upgrading. This very easy to install and use, you can also customize your PSD files with WordPress to get beautiful blog websites.

PSD to WordPress conversion solutions

WordPress provides you flawless themes and templates. You can download them from internet for free and use them. But if you want to customize them, you can integrate these beautifully designed WordPress themes and templates with your PSD files and get highly customized websites. PSD to WordPress conversion solution can provide you W3C standard compliance, SEO optimization and cross browser compatibility. It is a complex process, so it’s advised to get PSD to WordPress conversion services from a reliable conversion company. With advanced features of WordPress, your website becomes more users friendly. You can easily handle your websites and make desirable changes regularly. WordPress provide you very consistent and smoothly accessible websites and blogs, which can easily attract people on your websites.

 

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An Insight into the WordPress Hosting

Today, WordPress has become a significant platform for publishing content on the internet. Used by a considerably huge count of people, it has surely captured the market globally. Companies employ it to report on global event, whereas hobbyists have opted it to share their news and opinions publicly. Naturally, there is a long list of beneficial reasons attached, that makes it so popular and suitable to all from casual to professional users. The only thing you need to arrange for is WordPress hosting services to begin right away. Thankfully, this is not a big problem either since numerous companies are nowadays providing WordPress hosting services.

The convenience of adding content and designing your blog along with thousands of free templates to let you have the look you want is something that only WordPress brings to you. And finally, the aspect of being an open source software says it all. It is open to all to download and develop, with consistent coming of more and more plug-ins and themes makes it a popular choice for blogging and publishing online.

Meeting your WordPress Hosting Requirements

In order to get your Wpblog started, you may use two ways. Firstly, you may choose to register for a free online blog hosted by the WordPress.com. Although it has an amazing aspect of being totally free of cost, it has a couple of pitfalls attached to it. Fewer customization options and the inability to have your own website address may hamper your growing aspirations from your blog. Till the time you wish to maintain a personal blog, the drawbacks seem simple to deal with, but for a business orient blog, it may cause trouble.

For such, definitely the second option seems more productive. All you need to do is download and install the software on your own WordPress hosting server. This will empower you with a variety of customization options and of course, the ability to have it on your own domain. Although, this choice is available with a little costs but is definitely worth.

The only thing that you need to concentrate while picking your hosting options is that it meets  your requirements properly. It si simple. You just need to ensure that your web hosting services provider has required bandwidth and storage space to meet your requirements. Since you may never envisage how big your blog may get and start receiving massive volume of traffic, it is imperative to ensure that your server is competent enough of coping up with the ever-increasing traffic. The best way to ensuring this is having meetings with your web hosting company before availing their services. Check their credibility and records regarding uptime vs. downtime sessions. Also, try to obtain information from their previous clients to know exactly how they respond to queries.

Check their services in terms of auto installation of upgrades and features. Provision of proper software such as PHP, MySQL, and Apache server required for WordPress hosting is another important thing that one must get assured of. Keep in mind that all these element together take your WordPress blog to a level where you want it to be.

New Course: Getting Started with WooCommerce

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our long-awaited course for WooCommerce!

We’ve partnered with WooCommerce expert, Daniel Espinoza, to create Getting Started with WooCommerce — a 22-part tutorial series for beginners, designed to help you start selling products or services on your own WordPress website.


WooCommerce - a free eCommerce toolkit for WordPress.WooCommerce is by far the most popular e-commerce platform on the web, and powers over 37% of all online stores. WooCommerce provides everything you need to sell products or services on your WordPress website. Best of all, it’s completely free!

Without a doubt, WooCommerce is powerful and robust. But it can also be a bit overwhelming at first glance. So it’s no wonder this has been the most widely requested tutorial topic from our members.

And that’s why we created this 22-part introduction to WooCommerce for beginners. This course will teach you how to install and configure WooCommerce to start selling on your website. By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid understanding of all the WooCommerce basics.

But we didn’t stop there.

More than just videos. Real-world help and advice.

When we set out to create this course, we knew that the video tutorials would only provide the foundation — a basic overview of the settings and features in WooCommerce.

But that’s just the beginning, because in reality, every online store is unique. Your needs will likely differ from those of other store owners, if only slightly. That’s why there are nearly 400 extensions available for WooCommerce to add specific features to your site!

So, when you sign up for this course, you’ll also be able to ask questions and get answers directly from the author, Daniel Espinoza.

Daniel Espinoza, WooCommerce ExpertDaniel is an expert WooCommerce developer and consultant who has been working with WooCommerce since it was created in 2011. In fact, he built the very first commercial plugin for WooCommerce, and has created dozens of extensions and plugins since then. Daniel runs Grow Development, a WooCommerce consultancy where he helps companies build profitable e-commerce sites. He also hosts the San Antonio WooCommerce meetup and builds plugins at Shop Plugins. In short, Daniel loves helping people learn how to use WooCommerce!

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Daniel to create this course, but even more excited that he’s offered to help answer our students’ WooCommerce questions in our Q&A forum. We know you’ll benefit from his advice and expertise.

More advanced videos on the way!

Getting Started with WooCommerce will provide a solid understanding of the basics. But that’s just the beginning. Daniel has already begun work on a much more in-depth course for WooCommerce — a whopping 80 videos in total!

The advanced course will provide much more in-depth training for WooCommerce, including strategies for planning your store, detailed instructions for the various payment gateways, choosing and customizing an e-commerce theme, plus even more tips, tricks, and best practices.

Ready to get started with WooCommerce?

Meanwhile, check out the course outline for Getting Started with WooCommerce and watch the first video for free.

Be among the first 50 people to sign up for this new course and you’ll enjoy a $ 15 early bird discount!

Or, become a Lifetime Member to get all of our courses, including this one and any future courses we create down the road!

View Course Details

On a final note, the 22 videos that make up this course are being closed-captioned right now, and should be complete within the next few days. We remain committed to making all of our video training accessible to the widest audience possible.

And of course, we will also be adding the WooCommerce videos to the WP101 Plugin soon, so stay tuned!

Check out Getting Started with WooCommerce

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How to Use WP101 Videos to Train Your WordPress Clients

WP101 videos are simply the best way to learn WordPress, but did you know they can also be used to teach your own clients WordPress?

In this post we’re going to show you how easy it is to use our growing library of WordPress tutorial videos to provide more value to your marketing and development clients.

The WP101 Difference

Effective training videos are easy to understand, and communicate clearly from start to finish, not only explaining HOW to accomplish a task, but WHY the steps are important. The best training videos also show careful attention to detail and add value throughout. Good content is not enough if the audio quality is poor or if the presenter is hard to follow.

WP101 videos have been widely praised as the “gold standard” in WordPress training, and here are some reasons why:

  1. Professional audio and video production. Crisp, clear sound and visuals.
  2. Meticulously scripted. No awkward pauses, “uhs” or “ums” here!
  3. Regularly updated with every single WordPress update since 2008.
  4. Closed-captioning for all videos. Plus translations coming soon!
  5. Additional Training: WP201 videos and dedicated courses for popular plugins.

The high production quality of WP101 videos means you can provide solid WordPress training to your clients without sacrificing the integrity of your own brand.

3 Options for Offering WP101 Videos to Your Clients

It is easy to make our quality WordPress training videos available to your clients so they can learn WordPress at their own pace. Below are the three options we offer.

1. Purchase a membership to WP101 and gift it to your client.

This is as simple as it gets. You can easily purchase any of our courses for your client and then provide them with the login details. This allows them to learn at their leisure. Choose from the following course options:

  • WordPress 101 Course: Includes our most-popular 20-part video series and access to the members-only Q&A Forum.
  • The Yoast SEO Course: Includes 13 videos that teach your clients how to utilize the Yoast SEO Plugin (p.s., if you haven’t installed the Yoast SEO plugin on your client’s site, go do it now!).
  • Lifetime Membership: Includes access to all our current — and future —videos and training content. This is by far the best value, since it includes all our current and future content, ensuring your clients continue to receive the best training available for years to come.

If you’d like to purchase subscriptions in bulk for multiple clients, get in touch with us for a bulk discount coupon code.

Get Your Bulk Subscription Discount Code


2. The WP101 Plugin

Featured-Laptop-960x700Ask yourself this question: “How much is one hour of your time worth?”

If you spend even one hour each month teaching clients how to use WordPress at a basic level, then the WP101 Plugin will more than pay for itself. Here are just some of the benefits the plugin offers:

  • Includes the full 20-part WordPress 101 video tutorial series and the 13-part Yoast SEO Plugin tutorial series.
  • Videos play right in your client’s WordPress dashboard.
  • White-Labeling: The WP101 videos do not contain any logos, making them the perfect branding tool to add value to your service offerings.
  • Videos are streamed from the cloud, making for exceptionally fast load times.
  • Choose which videos you want to show clients and which you do not.
  • Add your own custom videos to tackle areas not covered in the series.

Many WordPress developers use the WP101 Plugin to provide training to their clients even before the project is complete. This not only provides value up front, but also enables the client to become familiar with WordPress basics while the project is still underway.

“The WP101 Plugin is a huge benefit to my business. Whenever I start a project, I send the client to a private server that is running the WP101 Plugin so they can watch the videos and become familiar with how WordPress works. Many of my clients have never used WordPress before and aren’t very tech-savvy. Before WP101, I’d often spend hours explaining how to manage menus or upload images to their site.” — Bill Erickson, Web Developer

Starting at just $ 99/year for installation on up to 100 client sites, the WP101 Plugin is an absolute must for any developer or marketer who wants to boost their value to clients.

Go To WP101Plugin.com


3. License Our Videos

WP101 Videos on Your SiteOur videos. On your site.

Our licensing program is the best way to provide our WordPress training videos to your clients while reinforcing your brand. Our Distribution Licenses allow you to upload our WordPress training videos to a password-protected area on your own website so you can offer them to your clients as you see fit.

Imagine being able to offer your own comprehensive, white-labeled suite of WordPress training videos on your website alongside your development or marketing services!

Here are some additional benefits to licensing our videos on your own website:

  • Videos encoded in H.264 .MP4 format at 1280x720p, the best quality for streaming video online and on mobile.
  • Receive an invitation to download updated video files whenever we re-record them for every major WordPress update.
  • Choose your own video player. Though we use (and highly recommend) Vimeo PRO, you can select whatever video player or host you like*.
  • Create up-sell opportunities by charging for access to the videos on your own site.
  • Perfect for WordPress companies who want to provide valuable WordPress training alongside their own products and services.

Starting at only $ 247/year for a Standard License that includes the WP101 logo in the intro/outro. Or, choose the White-Label License, which start at just $ 497/year and includes no logos or branding of any kind.

Either way you choose, you can renew your license for additional consecutive 12-month terms at a 50% discount!

Note: Due to our licensing agreements with our partners, we’re unable to resell white-labeled versions of the Yoast SEO series or other future videos. The licensing program only includes the 20-part WordPress 101 video tutorial series.

Check Out Our Licensing Options

Free your time to do what you do best!

You probably spending hours every month teaching your clients WordPress basics. But what happens when they need a refresher two or three months from now, or have forgotten what you taught them? Why not put the WordPress 101 videos to work for you and you clients today?

Using our videos for your clients can expand your current service offerings and reinforce your brand to your clients. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about our course offerings, the WP101 Plugin, or our licensing program.

Happy training!

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