cPanel Hosting Tutorial – How to Install WordPress, Setup Your Email, Add Domains and More

In this informative 8 minute video, I am going to give you an overview of cPanel and how to maximize your experience as a cPanel user. I will help you get more familiar with your cPanel hosting account, and show you how to use important functions in the cPanel interface.

First, of course, you must have a cPanel hosting account. You can only access your cPanel hosting account if you have web hosting and your own domain name. cPanel is accessible only after you have set up the entire account with these requirements. After you have completed set up, you will be given a username and password to access your cPanel hosting account. After you have logged in, you will see a main homepage screen.

What are the important functions of cPanel you need to know?

In this section, I am going to introduce you to the important functions of cPanel. Knowing these features will optimize your experience as an end-user.

One of the most important functions in cPanel is the built-in video tutorials section. You can click on the corresponding link to access the built-in video tutorials. You will see a large list of available tutorials that are built into your cPanel hosting account.

A large category of video topics are available
The videos are simple and easy to use
The videos will guide you through resolving account issues

Take a look at the video tutorials. They are helpful and very basic. In case you run into any problems now or in the future, the simple built-in video tutorials will help you resolve any issues. The videos will also help you to understand your cPanel hosting account more thoroughly. Take some time now to browse through the videos if you wish.

How To Change The Default cPanel Theme:

Access cPanel
Click on Change Style
Select Skin, Theme, or Template
Accept Changes

Another important feature of your cPanel hosting account is the appearance. You can change the appearance of your cPanel hosting account by clicking on Change Style. Under the Change Style category, there are several skins, themes, or templates you may utilize to change the layout and style of your cPanel hosting account. These changes are purely cosmetic and will not alter or modify the actual functions of your cPanel hosting account. Changing the appearance of your cPanel hosting account will simply enhance your user experience by improving the aesthetics of the interface.

How To Create A New Email Address in cPanel:

It is easy to create a new email address is cPanel. Just follow these steps…

Access cPanel
Click on Email Accounts
Create the new email address
Select Mailbox Quota
Click on Create
Click on Mailbox to access your new email address

To create a new email address that is associated with your domain name, just click on Email Accounts. You will be directed to the appropriate screen. There, you will be able to create your new email address and you can select your mailbox quota. Click on Create to finalize your new email address. You will receive your password once you have added the new email address.

By default, you can access this newly created email address within your cPanel hosting account by clicking on Mailbox. However, you can also access email through third-party clients like Microsoft Outlook. If you need help getting your email account set up on an email client, you can click on the link “Do you wish to configure your account to work with a mail client?” Click yes. You will be directed to a set of directions that will help you configure the email address you have just created with several of the popular mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook.

To access more the more technical specifications of your newly created email address, you can scroll to the bottom of the page. There, you will see a variety of manual settings that list your mail, server, username, incoming mail server, outgoing mail server, and supported protocols. If you know how to set up your email address manually in the email client, then go ahead and get started by using the manual settings.

How To Add Subdomains To Your cPanel Hosting Account:

Access the main homepage of the cPanel hosting account. You will see the option of adding new subdomains to your account once you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. There are several options listed such as add-on domains, parked domains, and redirects. To add a subdomain, follow the easy steps…

Access your cPanel hosting account
Click on Create Subdomain
Enter the subdomain URL
Click on Create
cPanel will confirm your subdomain has been created

Let’s discuss creating a subdomain in cPanel. It is important to know what a subdomain actually is and how it will affect your website. As you can see, a subdomain is simply an extension to your main domain. Take for example a main domain called “”. If you want to create a subdomain for a helpdesk, for example, you can do so by creating a subdomain URL of “”. Click on Create to finalize your new subdomain.

If you wish to redirect the subdomain, you may do so by clicking on Manage Redirect. You can also redirect the subdomain to any other website, such as a blog, depending on your preferences.

How To Install WordPress (and dozens of other popular php applications) With Just A Click!

Your Fantastico account will allow you to access and install WordPress and other blog platforms like b2evolution or Nucleus. You will also be able to install several forums such as SMF Forum or phpBB Forum. If you plan on selling products online, free e-Commerce software is available for use. The better ones are Zen Care and OS Commerce. Feel free to explore the other free software in your Fantastico account. Continue to access your Fantastico icon to take advantage of the free added-value products. How To Use cPanel’s Fantastico Autoinstaller:

Access the cPanel homepage
Scroll to the bottom of the page
Find the smiley icon
Click on the smiley icon
Access features

Exploring Your cPanel Hosting Account In Detail:

There are more functions in cPanel that you can explore. You can access features like statistics to see how many web messages your account receives. And, you can customize your cPanel hosting account according to your needs. First, if you access your function icons, you can collapse or expand the functions that you either use regularly or those that you do not use at all. Feel free to utilize that feature regularly because it will organize your cPanel functions according to your needs.

You can also click and drag certain components of your function icons in your cPanel hosting account. This is particularly helpful if you hardly use certain sections, or if you want to move boxes and sidebars. You can also collapse the function icons that you do not use. Overall, the changes you make in this section are purely cosmetic, but it will also help you organize the function and flow of your cPanel hosting account.

This concludes the Quick Start Tutorial for using your cPanel hosting account. Feel free to continue to explore the features and functions I have discussed in this cPanel tutorial.

Introduction to the MailPoet Email Newsletter Plugin for WordPress

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new mini-course for the popular MailPoet email newsletter plugin for WordPress!

So, you have a WordPress website and you want to start sending email newsletters to your audience. But you may quickly become overwhelmed by the sheer number of email solutions out there. Perhaps you’ve heard of other powerful email marketing solutions like MailChimp, Drip, or ConvertKit. But those email solutions can be pricey when you’re just getting started. And you may find that all those features and options just become confusing.

So, where do you begin?

new Course for the MailPoet Email Newsletter Plugin for WordPressMailPoet is one of the easiest ways to create and send email newsletters — without leaving your WordPress dashboard.

In fact, more than 400,000 WordPress site owners use MailPoet today to send welcome emails, notifications about new posts, and email newsletters to their site's visitors. MailPoet is a breeze to set up. You can get started for free in less than 20 minutes!

We partnered with the MailPoet team to create this easy, 20-minute introduction to the MailPoet email newsletter plugin for WordPress. It’s not our typical, in-depth tutorial style. Each of the 8 videos weigh in at just 2-3 minutes. But it is designed to give you a solid introduction to the MailPoet email newsletter plugin. And by the end of this course, you'll know how to:

  • Download, install, and configure the MailPoet plugin in less than 5 minutes.
  • Create email sign-up forms so your site visitors can subscribe to your email list.
  • Create ‘Welcome’ emails that will automatically be sent to new subscribers.
  • Send automatic emails to notify your subscribers whenever you publish new posts.
  • Import subscribers into MailPoet from other email newsletter plugins.
  • Plus much more!

Check out the introduction video…

We think you’re going to love how easy it is to create and send email newsletters with MailPoet!

Best of all, this new course is FREE for All-Access Pass members!

This mini-course is not available for individual sale. It’s only available to our All-Access Pass members. If you already have an All-Access Pass, first log into your account. Then, visit the MailPoet course description page and click the large, green button that says, “Take This Course.”

That’s it! You don’t need to purchase anything. Once you’ve enrolled, the new MailPoet course will appear in your My Courses page.

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Purchase an All-Access Pass today and you’ll get the new MailPoet course, in addition to our seven other courses — 126 videos in total! Plus, you’ll also get every new course we release within the next 12 months!

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cPanel 101

If you bought a web hosting, chances are great that you will be using cPanel to configure your hosting settings. To make the most of your web hosting, you need to learn the working of cPanel.

What can I do with cPanel?

Unless you have shell access, cPanel will be your only way to configure your web hosting. It allows you to create directories, add ftp users, create databases, access phpmyAdmin, create mail accounts and most other day to day maintenances.

Using mail.

If you have the domain you would like to use say To do this access the mail tab from the front page. There you get the options to create, modify or delete mail accounts. If you would like your mail to be forwarded to your existing mail account, here you can set it to be forwarded to any mail account. To read mails access the webmail tab from your frontpage.

Managing your domains.

You may like more than one web addresses to point to your site. For example you may own both and This can be achieved via parked domains. Now user can type any address to reach your website. If your hosting service allows having more than one site on one account, you can add extra sites via the addon domains. To use the add on domain you have to specify where in the files for other site reside. You can create subdomains via the subdomain tab.

FTP tasks.

You can create extra ftp users, specify their access levels and other FTP related tasks via the FTP tab.

Database tasks.

To set a new database or to modify an existing one access the databases tab. Here you can do all allowed database tasks. For more advanced database needs you would have to access the phpmyadmin, which is also accessed via this tab.

Analyze your logs.

If you are running a site you need to see what your visitors like, where they come from and all other data about them. While you have access to raw logs, via the raw logs, they are pretty hard to analyze. To see formatted data about your visitors, go to web/ftp stats. Here you have the option of using a variety of software to analyze your logs. You may use either Webaliser or Awstats.


Most cPanel installations come with fantastico which is an autoinstaller for many php based scripts. So whether you want to install WordPress, phpBB, mambo or any other similar product, chances are that it can be installed using fantastico. This frees you from manually uploading and is a real time saver.

Cpanel is a very advanced program and learning all the tricks takes some time. Use what is given here and progress from there, as you get more experience with webhosting.

Business Blogging 101 – 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Business Blog

Business blogging is undisputed as a terrific way to build your corporate brand, your employer brand and personal brand on-line, increase your website traffic and get found in the search engines when people are searching for the products and services that you offer.

However what are some of key mistakes you need to avoid if you want to build a credible business blog? I’m not talking about the mistakes usually referred to such as not posting regularly to your business blog or not engaging in the blogosphere by commenting and linking to other peoples business blogs.

Here are the three mistakes I see business bloggers make:

1. Not branding your business blog – by branding I recommend you look at the following three areas (a) Ensuring that the name of your business blog connects to your business and the services you offer (b) Making sure that the design of your business blog follows through from your corporate identity. There are many low cost and no cost blogging tools available which one of the reasons why business blogging has become so popular. That is fantastic – but please do not scrimp on investing in the design of your business blog to reflect your corporate identity and also making it easy to navigate for the readers of your business blog. (c) Creating content that meets the needs of your target market and niche – consider your blog as a way to represent your unique expertise in your field.

2. Not connecting your business blog to your corporate website – if you have a corporate website make sure that you have a link from your website to your business blog. I do recommend that this link is not just a hyperlink to your blog which is authored on a separate platform. To ensure that you benefit from traffic to your business blog, I recommend that you use a blogging platform such as where you can host your business blog alongside your website.

3. Not adding an about page – you might not realize it but your about page on your business blog or website is the second most likely page that people will click through to. It is important to have details about you and the team authoring your business blog as people want to check out who you are – they are genuinely interested in the authors of your business blog and they are also interested in assessing your professional credibility in the areas you are writing about.

Why not assess your business blog against these common business blogging mistakes and then establish a plan to enhance your business blog so that truly does build your brand?

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Niche Blogs 101

In this internet era, creating profitable niche blogs offer a new way to earn money online. The one main reason why niche blogging can be a viable option for any income hopefuls is its simplicity in creation. Such sites are easy to create, and suitable for anyone regardless of his or her online marketing or web design skills.

Building niche blogs does offer some benefits. If you have a low or even zero budget, you can still build your site! Simply use a free content management system like WordPress and Blogger and you can get started with your very first website within minutes. There are many ready templates to choose from. Within an hour, you could have a professional looking website at zero dollar investment to you. Plus, there are no webhosting and domain costs.

If you are just starting out, you may have some questions why marketers use blogs and not static sites. These websites are interactive and allows open communication with their visitors. People like to visit a site and say something. Blogs allow that to happen. At the same time, they are often updated and visitors and search engines love fresh content!

The reason why niche blogs fare better than general topic blogs lies in relatively lower competition. Rather than vying with big companies with tons of advertising dollars to spend, it will be more advantageous for you to work on the narrower sub-topics where there is lesser competition.

As a start, you may wish to write your own blog posts. But as you build more, it is ideal that you hire others to write the content for you. But needless to say, you do not to be well versed in the topic in order to verify that the content is of quality and not some rehashed crap.

In order to uncover underserved niches, you can make use of the free and paid tools online to conduct your keyword research. At the same time, promoting your site is convenient and there are also tons of free services and tools to help you. So, with close to nothing out of your pocket, building niche blogs to sell products can be a really profitable business. If you are unsure how to promote your site, read up more on what people are saying in the forums.

At this point in time, niche blogging can offer a great opportunity for anyone hoping to create a second income stream on a part-time or full-time basis. Tools and software are readily available to help you start. With time and familiarization, there are just endless numbers of markets that you can create niche blogs for.

Read the below resource and see how a powerful tool is helping others build profitable niche blogs in minutes.

Freelance Productivity: How to Tame the Whirlwind

The life of a freelancer can be a constant swirl of busyness. Projects and tasks and urgent needs are all vying for your attention. Freelancing is a whirlwind. Freelance productivity is the solution.

freelance productivity

You’re not alone. We all deal with this vortex wrestling for our attention. The less-than-cheerful news is that the whirlwind never goes away. But the good news is you can tame it. You can figure out how to be more productive within the whirlwind and not allow it to consume your life.

Here’s how to do it:

  • 1. Create a freelance productivity system for your life and work.
  • 2. Make and pursue goals.

The reality is the whirlwind is all about the tyranny of the urgent. It overwhelms you with minor tasks and you never get anything important accomplished.

“When urgency and importance clash, urgency wins every time.” -Franklin Covey

In order to survive, you need strength to stand against the whirlwind and not allow yourself to be blown to and fro whichever way the daily wind is blowing.

Why Be More Productive & Make Goals

Before we get to the how, let’s talk about the why.

Hopefully, many of you are eager for the how and you fully understand the why. You’re desperate to corral your tasks and regain control of your life.

But there’s value in considering the why. Yes, you want to be more productive and accomplish more and be less stressed. But there’s a deeper purpose.

The purpose of freelance productivity is not to make you busier. This isn’t about merely cranking up your efficiency so you churn through even more minor and meaningless tasks in a day.

The purpose of freelance productivity is to create margin in your life for what really matters to you.

Stop and think about that for a moment:

  • What really matters to you?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • How much money do you need?
  • How much do you need to work?
  • How would you invest extra time and/or money?

You shouldn’t create goals and develop a productivity system simply to get more work done. You should do it to regain control of your life and ensure that you can pursue the things that give you purpose.

Maybe that is your freelance job. Maybe your work truly matters to you and gives you fulfillment. That’s great.

But maybe the work you’re doing now isn’t exactly the work you always want to be doing. Maybe you need to make changes to your business. Maybe you have a side project you want to pursue. Maybe work is just necessary, but it powers other pursuits that give you that sense of accomplishment.

Let your business be the fuel that powers what you want to do in your life. However it works for you, think about the why. Use that as the motivation to make some changes and tame the whirlwind once and for all.

Freelance Productivity System

Some freelancers manage their tasks out of their email inbox. The result is that your inbox rules your day. The latest email is the latest priority and you have no sense of scope or strategy. It’s an inefficient way to run your business. It’s also a great way to forget things.

You need a system. Not an email inbox.

Works for You

But the first thing to understand about productivity systems is that there’s no universal system. The only right system is the one that works for you. And what works for you might not work for a fellow freelancer.

So while it might be helpful to compare notes and see what works for others, the only real solution is to figure out what works for you. You’ve got to try systems and change systems and tweak your approach until you find what works for you. And that may change as you change.

A good freelance productivity system is an evolving process.

Getting Things Done

One common and well-known approach to productivity systems is detailed in the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. This has been a popular approach in recent years, and for good reason.

The whole idea is to get things out of your brain and into a system. So instead of using your brain to keep track of all your tasks and projects and commitments, you have a system that does it for you. This frees up your brain to actually focus on work, to be creative, to think deeply. It enables you to do better work.

The basic assumption of the system is that you’re dumb.

Seriously: Our subconscious is dumb when it comes to thinking about the things we should be doing. What happens when you hear that new email ding? No matter what you’re working on, no matter the deadline, you suddenly have an innate desire to check your email.

The whole purpose of the system is to keep track of what you need to do, what you should do, or what you should consider, and then convert those things into tangible actions.

The ultimate result is that your subconscious mind can stop trying to track all these tasks, which makes you more productive and less stressed.

The core of the Getting Things Done system is that you create and maintain a series of lists:

  • 1. Next actions – Tasks you need to accomplish.
  • 2. Projects – A larger action that requires multiple tasks to complete.
  • 3. Waiting – An item that needs action, but you’re waiting on someone else (like you’re waiting for a client to provide copy before the project can move forward).
  • 4. Someday – Things you need to do someday, but they’re not urgent.

Then you supplement your lists with tools:

  • 1. Lists – Something to track and organize your lists of actions, projects, etc.
  • 2. Calendar – Where you actually spell out when you’re going to do what actions (this gives order and structure to your day and keeps you from lurching from task to task in a constant state of distraction).
  • 3. Reminders – Things you need to come back to, but don’t need to deal with today (so stop trying to remember them and let your system remind you about them).
  • 4. Resources – Things you need to refer to, whether it’s how-to articles or client content.

There’s an entire world of tools out there to help you accomplish all this. From apps to services to resources you can buy. Maybe you use Trello for lists, iCal for calendar and reminders, and Evernote for resources. Maybe you use something else entirely. The point is to find the tools that work best for you.

A Few Tips for Picking Tools:

  • Just start: Don’t wait for your system to be perfect. Refine it as you go, but just go!
  • Be all in: Don’t try to use multiple tools for the same thing as you’re figuring it out. Pick one and stick to it. Redundant organizational systems don’t organize anything.
  • Pay attention: Especially as you’re starting out, you need to keep your various tools open and refer to them often. Out of sight, out of mind—so keep those tools in view until it becomes a habit.
  • Supercharge it: Tools are interconnected these days. There are WordPress plugins that interface with calendars, Trello, Evernote and more. You can also use services like IFTTT and Zapier to keep everything connected.
  • Learn from others: Everybody has their own system for productivity, and a lot of the tools overlap, even if each unique system isn’t the same. Search for tips and creative applications from others online. Ask around. If something isn’t working the way you want, ask how other folks make it work.

Process Your Inbox

Getting Things Done works by creating a system to handle everything that comes in. So you need to actually process everything that comes through—emails, phone calls, support requests, etc.—and make sure it has a place to go where you’ll eventually follow up with it.

So get things out of your head and into a system. You’ll be more focused and more productive.

Make Some Goals

While it’s helpful to have a productivity system, it won’t end the whirlwind. It will only help you deal with it. There really is no end to the whirlwind—sorry, that’s life.

But knowing that, you should make time for big picture strategy in the midst of the whirlwind. You have a whole system to help you stay productive despite the whirlwind, so use that system to make long-term goals.

As you’re making goals, be sure they’re SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. You want to be clear about what you’re trying to accomplish.

Another smart way to approach goals: The more you have, the fewer you’ll be able to achieve with excellence. If you aim for two to three goals, you can probably achieve them. But if you aim for any more, you’re going to hit even fewer of them. And if you aim for a lot of goals, you’ll probably hit none of them.

Make goals for your upcoming week, as well as more long-term goals like the coming month, quarter, and year. You don’t need to be crazy organized and planned out with it, but you need to have some sort of plan.

If you walk into your office on Monday morning without a plan, the whirlwind will gobble you up. You have to plan for it and block out the time to make this stuff happen. And that’s especially true for your long-term goals. Make them part of your freelance productivity system.

Action, Not Knowledge

The freelance life is a constant whirlwind. The sooner you accept that and are prepared to adjust accordingly, the better off you’ll be.

Ultimately, the solution doesn’t require any special knowledge or insight. It just requires the right behavior. You have to be disciplined enough to create and implement a system, and then stick with it consistently.

Your business is the sum total of your habits, both good and bad. For some of us, that can be a little scary. But it just means we need to force ourselves to form better habits. That’s how you can achieve freelance productivity.

More Freelance Productivity Help

This post is based on a session from the recent Freelance Summit by Nathan Ingram.

Learn more about freelance productivity, systems, and goals in the Freelance Summit. It’s an 11-hour webinar series with Nathan Ingram that covers great content like this plus more on process, profit and productivity.

For even more on freelance productivity, check out some of our other blog posts:

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WP Engine Recommends WP101 as a Top WordPress Education Site

We are proud to announce that WP Engine has named WP101 as a Recommended Solution for WordPress Education.

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of WP Engine. In fact, we’ve been a customer since March of 2012, back when there were just a couple thousand of us. Today, WP Engine powers hundreds of thousands of WordPress sites for more than 80,000 customers around the world!

As part of their award-winning customer experience, they filter through thousands of WordPress plugins and solutions, and then recommend the best of the best within the WP Engine Solution Center.

So, we’re incredibly honored that WP Engine has selected WP101 as a recommended WordPress education solution for WP Engine customers.

What is the WP Engine Solution Center?

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WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018

In this post, we recap the newest cool and useful (oh, and free!) WordPress plugins added to the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Recent Changes to the Plugin Directory

  • The WordPress Plugin Directory has changed the warning for “old” plugins to show a version-based warning rather than a time-based warning.
  • Instead of showing a warning like “this plugin hasn’t been updated in 1 year,” now the directory will show something like “this plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 2 revisions of WordPress.”
  • This warning only keys off information in the readme.txt file, though, so if a developer didn’t update that entry (which is common), the warning will appear.
  • As always, just because a plugin hasn’t been updated in a while, that doesn’t mean it is broken or will break your site. But it is a factor that should be taken into account when installing a new plugin.

1. YotuWP : Embed YouTube Playlist, YouTube Channel, Video Gallery, YouTube Gallery

By yotuwp

Plugin Description: The YotuWP plugin is a modern responsive YouTube video gallery. Easy embed videos from YouTube playlist, channel and videos IDs to your WordPress website.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Create nice video galleries from YouTube playlists, channel videos, or individual videos.
  • Once you create a YouTube API in the Google Developer console, just generate a shortcode and you’re done!
  • Lots of options make this plugin a powerful tool for displaying video content.

2. Awesome Weather Widget

By Hal Gatewood

Plugin Description: The Awesome Weather Widget plugin allows you to easily add super clean (and awesome) weather widgets to your site.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A very easy to add weather widget that looks great out of the box.
  • Uses OpenWeather for an ad-free experience, which is nice.
  • Does require a (free) API Key from OpenWeather in order to work.
  • Lots of styling options including background color or image, extended forecast, etc.
  • Can be added as a widget or as a shortcode (parameters here in the Awesome Weather Widget docs.
  • Awesome Weather Widget Pro version available with additional features.

3. IdeaPush

By Martin Gibson

Plugin Description: With the IdeaPush plugin, you can add an awesome feature/idea request system to WordPress. Use IdeaPush to generate new ideas or get feedback from actual users and customers or use it as a support triage system or use it for something else!

Nathan’s Notes:

  • A powerful plugin for crowdsourcing ideas for collaboration and voting.
  • From the developer of the Custom Admin Interface plugin we reviewed last summer.
  • Nice interface for users voting and commenting.
  • Just create a board on the plugin’s settings page and drop the shortcode on a page to get started.

4. Some Excellent Plugins from LittleBizzy

We’ve featured a few of LittleBizzy’s plugins on the Plugin Roundup and on other webinars. The most notable is his Force HTTPS (SSL Redirect & Fix Insecure Content) which not only forces SSL but fixes mixed content dynamically. Here are a few other good ones you should know about …

Nathan’s Notes:

5. CakePress Scroll to top

By CakePress

Plugin Description: The CakePress Scroll to Top plugin is the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe. Provides an intuitive button on each page so that, with one click, your readers will be back to the top of the page.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • So who wouldn’t want to try “the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe”? Turns out, they’re actually pretty close.
  • Just about any setting can be tweaked in the customizer with live preview.
  • Pretty impressive if your theme doesn’t have a scroll to top button… or even to replace it if it does.

6. Shortcodes Finder

By Scribit

Plugin Description: The Shortcodes finder plugin helps you to find every shortcode present in your WordPress website content.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Scans your website to find the shortcodes that are currently registered and on what page/post they appear.
  • View results by shortcode or by content.
  • The Test Shortcode tab also shows you every shortcode that has been defined on your site.
  • Very helpful to find shortcodes you may want to replace or remove. However, the plugin only finds active shortcodes, not those left in content from a deactivated or removed plugin.

7. Forbid Pwned Passwords

By Michael Veenstra

Plugin Description: With Forbid Pwned Passwords plugin, your site’s users will receive errors if they attempt to set their password to one found in a known breach, forcing them to choose a new one.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Uses the “Have I Been Pwned” API to check the email and password combinations when a WordPress account is created to insure the combination has not been compromised.
  • Have I Been Pwned keeps a searchable database of data exploits here:
  • Very helpful to guard against attacks based on exploited usernames and passwords.

10. Plugin Notes Plus Best Plugin Description of the Month

By Jamie Bergen

Plugin Description: Have you ever returned to a site that you built a while back and asked, “Dude, why did I install this plugin?” The Plugin Notes plugin provides an extra column on the Plugins page that enables you to add, edit, or delete notes about the plugins you have installed on a particular site. These notes are intended to provide documentation regarding why a particular plugin was installed and how or where it’s being used.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • This is a really clever and useful plugin.
  • Notes can be styled as note, info, link, warning, key, or checkmark – each with its own characteristics.
  • Multiple notes can be saved for a single plugin.

11. Clean WP Admin Theme This Month’s Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:

By VegaCorp

Plugin Description: You can install the plugin and it works automatically. With the Clean WP Admin Theme plugin, the WP Admin will look much better and cleaner.

Nathan’s Notes:

  • If you don’t like the dark admin interface WordPress provides, this plugin gives you a clean white interface instead.
  • Change the accent color in Settings > General.

12. Htaccess File Editor Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:

By ThemeEgg

Plugin Description: Simple editor htaccess file without using FTP client. The Htaccess File Editor plugin should be used only by experienced users!

Nathan’s Notes:

  • Provides a UI to edit the htaccess file from within WordPress.
  • As the plugin description says… advanced users only.

Watch the Webinar: WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018

This post is based on the WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018 webinar by Nathan Ingram. In this webinar, Nathan demonstrates how to use each of these plugins so you can get a better idea of how they work. Check out the entire series of monthly WordPress Plugin Roundup posts here & register for the next Plugin Roundup webinar here.

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