How to effectively use podcast to increase your blog reach?

Use Podcast to increase traffic on your blog

The podcast is one of the trending content formats that are highly popular among the audiences of different demographics. Podcasts are not only engaging and informative but are also easily accessible. Did you know that podcasts can even help you to increase the traffic of your blog? Yes, if you use it wisely you can expect a good increase in your blog’s traffic. In this guide, we will discuss various ways to effectively use podcasts for increasing your blog traffic.

What is a Podcast?

Let us begin with the exact definition of a podcast and its objective.

According to Wikipedia:

“A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files that a user can download to listen. Alternatively, the word “podcast” may refer to the individual component of such a series or an individual media file.

Podcasting often uses a subscription model, whereby new episodes automatically download via web syndication to a user’s local computer, mobile application, or portable media player.”

Now let us see how and in what ways podcast can help you in increasing your blog traffic:

Use podcast for increasing depth and value of your content

Writing a fulsome content is the dream of every blogger but, let’s face it, (almost) none of the bloggers can achieve it. There is always some fill in the blanks, some gaps that need to be patched. Instead of getting annoyed or disappointed you can use these gaps as opportunities to cover the greater, in-depth details.

A better, more interactive way of filling this gap is to use podcast The podcast will not only help you to touch the other untouched aspects of your content but also allows you to add a different format to your textual content. Additionally, it also helps you to overcome the monotony of textual content.

If presented well. the podcast can be highly indulging and deeply impress your audience. You are not only inviting your audience to discover new, less-explored aspects of the topic but also offering them a fresh entertaining format to enjoy. They will certainly appreciate the same and you will get local audiences.

Connect with other podcast presenters

If you find it difficult to create a podcast from scratch then there is an easy way around. You can look for the podcasts in your niche with good stats. Using an almost reverse mechanism, look for the gaps in those podcasts that you can fill with your written blog posts.

Depending upon time availability and intention you can either check for the existing post or write a fresh one. In either case, make sure that the information is updated and thoroughly vetted. There might be some questions that still need an answer or there could be some contextual topic that needs a better explanation. These are the perfect opportunities to show your expertise and use the same for enhancing your blog traffic and impact.

Here is the right way to do it

·         Don’t hesitate to reach such an audience to directly check if they have left their email address blogs (if they have) or social media accounts?

·         Have those listeners provided the professional info that can be used to reach them out?

·         Politely ask them if they would be interested to have more information of the topic and invite them to your blog post where the same can be found.

Mutually Beneficial Collaboration

One of the best ways to increase your audience base is a collaboration with the Podcast presenters with good traction. Of course, you need to target only those podcasts that are relevant to your niche. Do some research on the specific podcasts that are trending in your niche?

·         Listen to some of their recent podcasts and take note of the important points

·         Find out the points that impress you the most and congratulate the podcast creators for outstanding podcasts citing those specific points. It proves that you are genuinely interested in their podcasts and can go a long way in building strong relations

·         Communicate with the creators of these podcasts with polite welcoming messages.

·         After building a good rapport with them, explore the opportunities for mutually beneficial projects where you can collaborate and share the audience between each show

·         It will help each of you to capture the attention of new demographics that will not only widen but also diversify your audience group.

Such collaboration also helps in leveraging the authority of your blog as your podcasts are supported by other creators as well which shows that it is convincing enough.

A great option for the mobile audience

The audience love to consume information in different formats. It saves them from monotony and also offers them a more engaging experience. Besides, many times it is simply not possible for your audience to read the text, even if they are interested and have time. For instance, it may be practically challenging for them to read your blogs while traveling through the public’s conveyance.

·         You can convert this limitation into an opportunity by creating a dedicated series of podcasts on different topics.

·         It will allow even on the go audience to easily access your podcast and utilize their time by listening to something informative

·         Creating regular podcasts on different niche-specific topics will also help in building a dedicated community of listeners and turning your present readers in listeners too.

Conclusion

Podcasts can help you a great way to leverage your blog’s value. It allows the audiences to consume information in a more engaging format. By collaborating with other podcast presenters you can even increase the traffic on your blog. The readers are advised to make a checklist of the points that we mentioned in this blog and follow them. Also, don’t forget to keep a track of the results to see what works best for you and continue with that specific strategy.

What is best for your WordPress blog- shared hosting or managed WP hosting

Shared hosting vs Wordpress Hosting

Two major web hosting plans that are utilized by clients to host their WP site are shared hosting plan and Managed WordPress hosting plan. The shared hosting is cheap and that is why many users prefer it. However, it has its limitations especially when it comes to the WordPress website requirements. Let us read this post to know the best option to host your wordpress website:

Shared hosting Plan

In a shared hosting plan, several websites reside on the same server. A set amount of resources is shared by multiple websites. In case a specific website uses a massive amount of resources which can hurt the performance of other websites in various ways, Fluctuating performance, slow speed, or even downtimes that cost you, visitors and clients. 

·         As resource usage depends upon the fluctuating needs and traffic, it is not predictable to guess. For instance, a sudden traffic surge during the last hour sale on one website can instantly soak a huge volume of resources leaving other sites with lower resources to support their site needs.

·         The sudden reduction in memory, RAM, storage space or bandwidth can result in interruption that can leave your visitors angry and compel them to look for another substitute thus hurting your business

·         Besides, you are not able to get the WordPress centric support in case of any issues as you don’t have a dedicated WordPress expert to help you with your queries

·         Other issues include lack of security, shared IP, zero privacy, no managed WordPress updates and no optimized settings for optimum WP performance

Managed WordPress Hosting

As the name suggests, the managed WordPress hosting plans utilize the servers that are already configured to align with specific WordPress site requirements.

The speed plays a vital role in determining the success of your WP website. The studies show that a reputed managed WordPress hosting provider can help your WP site load much faster (when compared to shared hosting plan)

Security

·         While the shared hosting offers only a basic level of security the WordPress managed hosting offers extensive WordPress-specific security.

·         The high level of security protocols along with daily scanning and instant actions against malware or hacking attempts make WordPress managed to host a worthy investment. Reputed hosting providers also offer personalized protections against the DDoS attacks

·         Moreover, if your site gets hacked even with a managed WordPress hosting then your hosting company can competently repair your website thanks to their WordPress experts with deep experience. The conventional shared hosting plans fail to offers you such specialized care, expert services, and quick solutions.

AUTOMATED BACKUPS

·          The reputed hosting piers take automated daily backups of your site and also empowers you to restore them almost instantly thanks to their user-friendly restoration interface

·         While you can also get the automated backups on shared hosting plans, the backups in most cases, are stored on the shared servers. So just like your site, the backups are also prone to a security threat.

·         Reputed managed wordpress hosting providers also offer you one-click restores to help you restore your site with just a single click

AUTOMATIC UPDATES

When you purchase the managed WordPress hosting the pool of dedicated experts will be assigned to update your website regularly.

·         So you can remain assured that your site is updated to the latest version

·         It also ensures higher grade performance and security against the latest vulnerabilities

·         While the shared hosting takes care of updating the operating system, control panel, PHP and maybe MySQL and Apache, it does not update the WordPress

BETTER SUPPORT

The shared hosting support executive might be great at hosting related topics but in many cases, they don’t have much clue about the WordPress specific issues.

However, when you buy managed WordPress hosting plan you can remain assured that you will be in touch with a WordPress expert who is fully competent to solve your query with confidence and offer you an accurate solutions

BETTER UPTIME & SCALABILITY

The managed WordPress hosting plan helps in optimizing the configuration of your WordPress site to ensure the best performance throughput. Thus you can expect the higher uptime and scalability It is simply no exultant when you buy shared hosting plan.

Conclusion

While the shared hosting plans are very economical and hassle-free, they are just not the right option for managing a WordPress website. Due to the shared resources, these plans are not able to cope up with the heavy demands of a WordPress site due to themes, plugins and other elements. Managed WordPress hosting plans not only offer a comfortable amount of resources but also optimize the settings for the best experience and also assure timely updates, security maintenance, and expert WordPress support. It makes Managed WordPress hosting the preferable option for hosting your WordPress site.

How to efficiently use Chrome Developer Tools for WordPress development?

Best WordPress Tutorials

The Google Chrome developer is a reliable, feature-rich tool to quickly change the various sections, pages, and elements of your WordPress websites. For enjoying the maximum potential of a chrome developer tool, you need to gain some key information about using the same. In this blog, we are going to discuss the various ways in which you can use Google chrome to un-complicate your WordPress development process and boost the time to market.

Open Chrome Tools

·         Go to the top pane of Chrome browser and click the Menu (Three vertical dots on the extreme left)

·         Go to Tools> More Tools and open Developer tools

·         Now right click on the desired page elements and select inspect element from the menu. You will see a small window section at the bottom of the browser. It is called DevTools window

·         You will see a more organized view of DevTools with task-specific categories.

·         The toolbars contain all the key items to modify/render information about specific page types and elements like resources, DOM elements, etc.

Inspecting the DOM content of a selected portion of your page

·         On the right panel, select Elements tab in the top portion of Developer Tools

·         Click on the desired portion of the site and the corresponding code will be highlighted in Developer Tools

·         You can change the code and instantly see the modifications in the visual design

·         For a detailed understanding of how to identify and inspect various DOM elements you can go through this post on Google: https://developers.google.com/web/tools/chrome-devtools/dom

CSS/HTML editing

You can go through the editing tutorial by visiting this link: https://www.designveloper.com/css-and-css3-tutorial-beginners/

Preview of code modifications

Elements panel enables you to preview any modifications in the coding directly in your browser. It gives you a precise idea about the actual output before making final changes to the source code. It saves you from guesswork, unnecessary repetitions and stress.

Along with the entire HTML code of different sections, the elements panel also enables you to see the CSS styles of any specific HTML section.

·         All you have to do is to take your mouse pointer over the page elements for which you want to see the HTML code, right click and select “inspect” from the menu

·         Its HTML code will automatically be highlighted in the source code.

How to preview live changes in browser

·         Select the desired element

·         Now select DOM element in the Developer panel

·         Double click the opening tag that you want to edit and type the desired value (color, size etc.)

·         Make the desired changes and it will be visible in your internet (In the above screenshot we have changed the color of Google Background to Black)

CSS rule tracking

Monitoring different CSS rule for any specific elements becomes an uphill task when your site starts growing that inflates the CSS codebase.

·         The Elements panel takes the complexity out of the process by highlighting all the rules of any specific HTML elements. It also shows you the various other elements to which any specific CSS rule is applied.

·         Right click on the desired portion of the page and click Inspect

·         You will see the developer tools in the right pane

·         In the Style Pane you can see  the styles applied to various elements on that page

·         If you wish to see only the styles applied to a specific element/portion then click on Computed tab

Responsive layout testing

It isn’t an easy task to test your site on different mobile devices due to the diverse variety and sizes available in the market but Chrome Developer Tools makes it easier and quicker:

·         Go to the Toggle Device toolbar of developer tools (the second icon in the top pane of chrome developer)

In your left window pane you will see different options to change the layout/size of the current page as per the specifications of various mobile devices

·         Once you are there, just go to the pre-built configuration of any Android or iOS device to see how your site will actually appear in that specific device

It also offers various other features to select the desired preview (like selecting dimensions, zoom in/out, online/offline mode etc.)

Tip: While it already has the rebuilt configuration of all the most widely used devices you also have an option Select the custom dimensions as per your choice. It saves you a lot of time and can also help in reducing time to market.

Check multiple specifications of WordPress

When working on the big projects it becomes imperative to closely scrutinize all the major specifications of the WordPress theme to determine its relevance, suitability, and potential

·         With the help of developer tools you can conduct a 360-degree analysis including site structure, Performance potential, consistency, major elements and dozens of other aspects.

Coding Inspiration

 It is not ethically correct and legally permissible to copy the code of any website; however, you can take inspiration or learn some fine points about the coding by studying their codes. It will hone the coding skills that can help you in enhancing your career and expect better income opportunities along with other benefits. The developer tools allow you to quickly study the codes of the professional, well-designed websites so that you can sharpen your coding skills and learn to give a professional touch to the overall website.

The style pane of Elements panel will allow you to modify the styles of the different sections of a webpag, Like :

·         Modifying any name, value or property

·         Inserting desire property declarations

·         Inserting CSS rule. 

Edit an existing property name or value

Click the desired page element or the specific HTML element (related to the CSS)

·         Now edit the property value by clicking on it

·         Press Tab/enter for modifying property name

Keep in mind that refreshing will wipe out any changes made to the CSSS so it is highly advisable to copy and paste it to your text editor.

Add a rule

Many people might have a tough time matching the element and the relevant selector

·         You can simply use the new style rule button. It is present on the top portion of Style pane. 

·         Click on the desired website element

·         Click the + button 

·         You will see the nested styles and thus saves you from searching it repeatedly

A simple example

  • Go to the webpage that you would wish to use for inspecting elements or CSS modifications
  • Now look at the chrome developer window in the right pane and click the Computed tab that will show the attributes list for the inspected element
  • Take your pointer to the desired attribute. You will see an arrow appearing near its value. Clicking it will take you to the styles tab
  • Click the value or the attribute and type the desired value to make changes to any specification like color or dimensions.

Conclusion

The chrome developer tools reduce the efforts and time needed in the WordPress development process without compromising on the quality of the output. If you have a good knowledge of using chrome developer to modify WordPress websites, you can actually cut down the effort and time needed for each project that would help you do more in less period of time and with fewer efforts.

5 best security solutions that every WordPress blog should have

5 best wordpress security plugins

As an open-source CMS, WordPress has special security requirements. One of the best ways to secure your WordPress site or blog is to use the security plugins that make it easier to protect your WordPress from various types of threats without requiring you to go through any complicated technical process or intricate coding. In this post we will mention the best security plugins to safeguard your WordPress site/blog against various attacks:

Sucuri

Sucuri needs no introduction when it comes to security. Respected as one of the most reputed IT security providers, the Sucuri allows you to choose from a free or paid version. For sure the paid version is more powerful but the free version isn’t less impressive either- especially if you are just a beginner.

This plug-in offers you an extensive array of options to meet with your diverse security needs, for instance, you can enjoy a real-time 24X7 WP health monitoring then you can integrate your site with Sucuri web application firewall. After installation you will be provided the settings option where you can set your desired configuration for optimal benefits..

Salient features

·  Auditing (Security Activity)

· Monitoring Integrity of files 

· Remote Malware Scanning

· Monitoring Blacklist

· Hardens security for better safety

· Efficient actions to help the site recover quickly post hacking

· Security alerts and Notifications

· Website Firewall for the premium clients

· Enables you to switch off access to the WordPress Dashboard when you are on a break

Tip: Using the security check feature will automatically activate all the essential features

SecuPress

SecuPress enables you to have an overview of your latest security stats by running the security scanner. The security report generated by this plug-in is comprehensive yet comprehensible- thanks to the eye-friendly format.

To make things easier it also displays the grading system that tells you whether your site is at risk or is safe.

Salient Features

· Plugins update alerts

· Reminding services for deactivated plugins deletion 

· wp-config.php security suggestions

· Settings for security key 

· wp-admin/install.php status

· Status of Users/login 

· Optimizing WordPress core 

· Scanning Malware and Firewall

There are neatly organized separate modules for showing different things. If you need to make any changes just click the module settings and proceed ahead.

iThemes

 iThemes offers a comprehensive yet user-friendly dashboard that is equipped with multiple friendly features and tools. It allows you to monitor the status of your WordPress security and optimize the same for best protection. It also offers you a security grading format that apprises you of your WP security status at a glance. The extensive and, uncomplicated interface and user-friendly options make iThemes a great option to monitor the security of your site

Salient Features

· 1-click instant security check

· Option to prohibit bad users/IPs

· Login and Admin URL hiding

· Customizing admin account name

· Enables you to change the wp-content path

· Security logs

· Protection against brute force File permissions and integrity checks

· Notifications of new file prating

· 2-F authentication for an extra layer of security

Except firewall, it offers the entire set of security settings 

All In One WP Security and Firewall

It is a powerful plug-in that allows you to enjoy the maximum security with minimum hassles. The plug-in comprises a strong portfolio of monitoring, prevention, and diagnosis solutions. It can capably prevent your site from the existing as well as potential security threats

Salient Features

· Automated login lockdown

· Metered display for security strengths

· Detailed system info

· Firewall

· Provisions to back up config file

· Force user logout

· Log reports for account activity

· Applies manual approval for the new users

· check file system permission and improves if necessary

· viewing last file change

Jetpack

Jetpack is a power-packed security plug-in that has been developed by the WP’s parent company Automatic. With the free version you can get a decent array of options. For more demanding clients it offers a paid version that comes with:

Salient Features

· Protection from Brute force attack

· Downtime monitoring

· Jetpack Backups

· Security scanning

Conclusion

WordPress is an open-source CMS and that is why it is always on the radar of smart hackers. Besides, every website has the gateways that can be exploited by hackers if they are left unguarded. So, it becomes highly essential to secure your WordPress site. The easiest and best way to protect your WP site is to use the security plugins as they offer reliable security against multiple threats.

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How to decide if you want to change the hosting for your WordPress site?

Should you change your web hosting

The quality of web hosting plays a key role in determining your site performance and speed which eventually shapes the user experience. That is why the top bloggers and websites pay a premium price to buy powerful hosting plans from most sophisticated companies. A poor hosting provider negatively affects the performance of your site, causes slowdown and even result in downtimes that can directly damage your business and reputation. In such a scenario, the best solution is to simply switch to another hosting provider. In this blog we are going to mention different signs that strongly suggest you to start looking for another, better web hosting provider. 

Frequent Downtimes

Experiencing a few downtimes once in a while isn’t a source of worry. However, if your website experiences several downtimes every month, then you should be alerted. In most cases, it has something to do with your web hosting provider or at least they can help you figure out the reason. If your hosting provider is not able to assist then you might need to start looking for another hosting provider with better services.

Before deciding to move, you can first contact the support team regarding the issue. If that helps that’s fine but in case if the problem persists then it’s the right time to move. 

Database connection errors

Repeated instances of the error message- Error Establishing Database Connection is another indication that either you need to upgrade your plan or change the hosting provider. The reputed brand-conscious hosting providers offer you comprehensive support through a dedicated account manager to find out the precise issue and quickly resolve the same. On the other hand, the substandard hosting providers fail to resolve the issue or even offer convincing support. To the best, they can keep on elongating the query on some of the other pretexts. Needless to say, in that case, you should not think twice before changing your hosting provider.  

Internal Server Errors

Encountering a few instances of occasional internal server errors is something that can be attributed to the unpredictable temperament of technology- something we can’t help but cope with it. However, if such an internal message becomes too frequent, it clearly shows that the servers used by your hosting provider are simply not optimized to support a WP site. They may either lack the capacity or the staff is not competent enough to fine-tune the settings. In either case, our site’s reputation is at a risk and you would certainly not like to lose many opportunities because of the same. If the support team can resolve the issue then it is fine- forget and proceed ahead. But what if they are unable to help or you keep facing this issue again and again? So yes, this is the instance where the only solution is to change your hosting provider. 

 

Poor Customer Support Service

Every hosting provider offers customer support services. However, what matters the most is the quality of support it offers. The customer support services lose its meaning if the support team does not respond in time, are not able to resolve your issues or worse still aren’t genuinely interested in helping you out of a situation. Just think of a scenario where your website is down, say during seasonal sales and the customer service don’t pick up your call or are not qualified to resolve the issue. You may end up making significant losses both in terms of business and reputation. It is not wise to wait for that extreme damage. If you need multiple attempts to contact the support team or if they are not able to assist you in repairing the issues then it is the high time you should start looking for a reliable hosting provider with a good level of support.

Pricing

While the occasional price increase under reasonable limits shouldn’t trigger serious concerns, you should be alerted if your hosting provider frequently hikes the prices or needs you to pay the additional cost for every basic service that other hosting providers are offering on a complimentary basis. It significantly increases your cost and thus reduces your net profit. However, in such a scenario it is advisable to first talk to your hosting provider and ask for a discount. In most cases, the providers are willing to slash the prices for their old clients instead of losing them to their competitors. If it refuses to offer any discount and you feel that the increased prices are eating up your net profits then it is the high time you should move to another web hosting provider. 

Pro Tip: In case if you are getting exception hosting service quality and stellar support then it wouldn’t be advisable to take any hasty decision. Think seriously and carefully weigh the pros and cons before making any final decision. It isn’t advisable to switch to a substandard hosting service for saving a few dollars.

Conclusion

A poor web hosting company can not only affect the performance of your WordPress website but can also harm your business and spoil the reputation. So, it is advisable to keep on thoroughly assessing your web hosting provider and if you find their services unsatisfactory, expensive or of substandard quality then you should act fast and switch to another hosting provider that can offer you better services.

If your hosting provider doesn’t agree for that but you are happy with the hosting quality then you can also consider buying a higher subscription package say 2-year or more. It will not only save you from the future price hikes but will also help you to enjoy additional discounts even on the existing price tag.

Best ways to add icon fonts to your WordPress theme

Use Icons in WordPress

Icons offer a distinct look to your blog that instantly attracts the eye. As most of you already know, icons refer to the lightweight, small retina-friendly images that can easily and seamlessly be inserted into the content. If you wish to use icons in your WordPress WebPages or blog posts then you need to follow a specific process. There are different ways to install icons in your site but in this guide, we will concentrate on the easiest way to insert your desired icons without any coding or complexity. So let’s start.

Better Font Awesome Plug-in

First of all, you would need a plugin that enables you to insert icons on your site. Among many options, one plugin stands out due to its popularity, capability, and ease of use- Better Font Awesome Plug-in. So, here is the step by step instructions on how to install and use it:

·         Go to Plugins -> New and type Better Font awesome in the search box. Hit enter.

·         Click install and then activate it

Upon successful installation, you would see the link Better Font Awesome under your dashboard’s settings menu

Settings

·         Select Better Font Awesome from you settings menu

·         You will be taken to the plug-in settings page and here are the actions you can perform on that page

Version: For selecting the desired version of the plug-in 

Use minified CSS: for using the minified version of the CSS

Remove existing Font Awesome: For the removal of Font Awesome CSS/shortcodes that other plugins/theme might have added to your site

Hide admin notices: For hiding default admin warnings for API and CDN errors

The usage section displays a quick brief info on how to use the plug-in

Inserting Icons in your posts or pages

Once you have successfully downloaded, activated and configured the plug-in, you need to add the icons.

Two easy, zero code methods to insert icons in your posts and pages are via a shortcode, and through TinyMCE.

Shortcodes

·         Visit Font Awesome website and search the icon that you wish to use with the help of keyword

·         It will open a page containing the icons as well as the code

·         Copy the block of code and go back to your WP dashboard.

·         Paste it in the Text editor

·         Open preview to see the icon. If it seems fine then publish it

TinyMCE

·         Click Insert Icon in the visual editor and it will open the entire visual set of different icons In the search box

·         Type the icon that you want to use

·         Just click on the desired variant of the icon to get it added to your post/page

·         That’s all. Keep in mind that here the relevant info is automatically added by shortcode generator that relieves your from extra efforts

Conclusion

The wise use of icons in your content can offer an attractive look to your pages and posts. There are different ways to insert icons but the beginners are advised to use the plugins and easier non-coding methods to save themselves from complexity and eliminate the chances of mistake.

How to add awesome Background images with these plugins

Best WordPress plugins to add background images

The background of your website or posts plays a vital role in enhancing its impact. A beautiful background can significantly elevate the visual appeal of your site. Adding an awesome background might seem to be a difficult task but the reality is that it is quick, easy and uncomplicated. Different plugins can be used to add background to your WordPress site without special efforts. These plugins not only make it quick and easy to add your desired background but also allow you to add special effects for a more awesome effect. In this post, we are going to mention some of the friendly plugins that will enable you to add brilliant backgrounds to your pages and posts.

WP Background Lite

If you need outstanding backgrounds that instantly impress the eyes then WP Background Lite is the best option to consider. 

· It is easy to use and offers a wide array of excellent backgrounds with a splendid look and awesome features that would perfectly compliment your post/page

· There are theme-based backgrounds and you can surely get a precise theme for your post or page no matter what the topic or requirement is

· It is compatible with the entire popular browser and also offers you a freedom to use the background only for specific pages

· Your visitors can even click these backgrounds to change them. 

Custom Backgrounds Premium WordPress Plug-in

Custom Background plug-in, as the name suggests, allows you to enjoy an extended designing flexibility without going through any complicated or lengthy process. 

· The carefully curated collection of backgrounds seem awesome. It is worth mentioning that you can use backgrounds not only for the entire page or post but also for different templates, taxonomies, custom content types, etc.

· Just like WP background Lite, it also offers the click and change background capability to your visitors

· To further enrich the experience, it also offers multiple enhancing options like jQuery, timers, parallax effects and more.

Video & Parallax Backgrounds for WPBakery Page Builder

Video & Parallax Backgrounds for WPBakery Page Builder

The spectacular effect of Parallax scrolling instantly leaves a mesmerizing impact on your audience. It offers a different scrolling speed to the background images. When the audience visits and scrolls through your website with 2 different speeds for background and foreground, it creates a spellbinding effect. Video and Parallax Background for WPBakery enables you to create this effect.

· It offers the backgrounds with parallax effects that can uniformly work in different directions (up, down. Left and right). Both full width and normal width backgrounds are supported by this plugin

· You can add the desired image to act as a static background. You also have the option to use colored block background

· You have the option to switch on the smooth scrolling and can also disable the parallax for your mobile audience

· The plugin offers you multiple ways to personalize your background the way you want by reducing or increasing the speed of parallax scrolling and determine the direction

· The best thing is that you get the maximum control without any complication, thanks to its intuitive interface.

· For a more sophisticated effect, it allows you to embed the Vimeo or YouTube videos that can be employed as an awesome video background. 

Ultimate Add-ons for Visual Composer (WordPress)

Ultimate Add-ons for Visual Composer (WordPress)

Ultimate Add-ons for Visual Composer (WordPress) enables you to insert multiple elements to the VC. 

· Along with the static images it also allows you to add parallax scrolling backgrounds to your post

· It also allows you to add the videos for a more engaging background

· You can use either the Youtube video or your customized video to be used as the background

· The interface is easy and intuitive and you will get a wide array of tools/options for the extended flexibility and control. 

Conclusion

The visual appeal plays a key role in determining the impact of your WordPress site or blog. That is why the top bloggers sites are very particular about the theme-based backgrounds that look apt and are also able to attract the eyes. Adding background with the conventional coding or technical process could be lengthy and difficult. So a better approach would be to use the reputed plugins that will allow you to insert the desired background image using drag and drop features and a simple interface.

Look different by creating custom Home Page in WordPress

Create a custom homepage in WordPress

The home page of a website plays a vital role in enhancing its impact and attracting visitors. It offers the quick and brief info of your business or blog like niche, services, blog topics, objectives, mission & vision, brief history, etc. WordPress does not display your home page by default. Instead, it shows the page with your latest posts. Fortunately, there is a way to create a well-formatted home page in WordPress. In this guide, we will take you through step by step tutorial on how to create an awesome, customized home page in WordPress?

Creating pages for Home Page and Blog Posts

By default, there isn’t any separate page for the homepage. You can designate any page as a home page. 

· Visit WP admin and click Pages> Add New Page

· Title it as “Home Page”. Click Publish

· For displaying your blog posts you would need a separate page 

· Create a new page using the steps mentioned above 

· Title it Blog Posts and Publish it

· Now visit WP dashboard and click settings -> reading page 

· In the homepage -> displays tab, select the option : a static page. Then click save changes

The above process will set up your custom homepage but you still need to design it. Thankfully, there are several ways of creating your customized homepage quickly, easily and beautifully.

Page Builders

For creating an attractive homepage you need extended flexibility. So it is advisable to use page builders for designing a custom homepage

All you need is to install a WordPress page builder plug-in and then activate and use it wisely. The page builder plugins offer you better flexibility and extended capabilities to design personalized homepages to precisely meet your requirements. There are many page builders available but you need the one that offers you a straightforward method and comes with an intuitive interface. 

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder offers you that and more. More importantly, it offers a wide collection of predesigned homepage templates to choose from. The best part is that you just need a single click to install them

· You don’t have to limit your creative capabilities as all these templates are extensively editable. Apart from changing the default images and content, you can even insert section, modules, and widgets to exercise the best of your creativity

· If you need even more capabilities then you can use the Beaver Themer that allows you to fully customize the WP template using graphical interface and drag and drop tools

Gutenberg

· Using Gutenberg is another preferable way to create an awesome home page. Once you install and activate it, you would be able to create great-looking designs with extended customization options.

· There are designated block for different content elements that streamlines the designing process and offers you extra flexibility to structure the page using the best of your imagination and capabilities

· You can use Gutenberg block editor for various designing/layout purposes for your home pages like columns, tables, cover images, galleries, albums, media and more

· For various elements include services, sliders or testimonials you can use Gutenberg block plugins

Astra

Astra is easy to use a beautiful theme. It offers you an awesome collection of Gutenberg website templates.

· With the help of Astra Starter Sites plugin, you can easily install the Gutenberg website templates

· After importing a template, you can use the WP editor to modify it as per your wish. Get inspiration from some good websites of the same niche and use your creative skills to create and design an excellent homepage for your site

Here are a few things that your Homepage should ideally have:

·         Menu

·         Key Products/Services

·         Key Message

·         Option for Subscription

·         Call To Action

·         Page Title Tag (SEO friendly)

·         Key FAQ with straight and short answers

·         Provisions for live, real-time assistance  (like chatting with a live person)

·         Search box

·         Latest offers and promos

Conclusion 

The home page offers a distinct look and a professional appeal to your website. Whether you run a blog or a business, you need a well-designed homepage that can quickly communicate with the visitors and tell them about your niche, services, products, objectives, etc. briefly and compactly. WordPress does not offer you a default homepage but there are easy and quick ways to create your homepage with a professional look using the page building plugins. The readers are advised to stick with only the most user-friendly plugin that is quick and simple to work with and does not involve a complicated technical process.

7 ways to earn recurring and passive income through WordPress

Earn passive income through WordPress

If you are a WordPress Developer or expert looking for the reliable source of earning a decent passive income then you have landed on the right page. In this blog, we will discuss some genuine, legal and innovative ways to earn a good passive income through WordPress. While it is not a get rich quick scheme, you can certainly reap long term rewards with relatively small efforts and some smart strategies:

Join Affiliate programs

One of the oldest and most trusted methods of earning passive income is to join affiliate programs with decent returns. You can join these programs for free and refer the people to purchase the products or services from specific brands. Upon each successful transaction, you get some amount of commission.

Join the relevant merchants and brands that align well with your blog niche. Also, consider the demographics of your targeted and present audience to improve the sales potential as you can earn only if someone buys a product/service through your affiliate link

Paid subscription

If you are a gifted writer and a pro expert of your field then you can also consider a threshold on the free articles and offer reasonably priced premium membership programs to the interested clients. While the free articles would make the readers acquainted with your writing abilities and content value, the premium membership will allow you to earn a good amount from your articles on a recurring basis.

Give multiple options to your readers like paying each time they need to read a specific article or reading unlimited articles during a specific time period. There should be a good balance of pay per article and monthly/quarterly/half-yearly plans to meet diverse interests and budget.

Editorial services for sponsored content

You can invite the businesses and corporate CEOs to post their guest posts on your blog and offer them a complete suite of editorial services by reviewing their articles, selecting the qualified and high value posts and giving them the final touch (editing and presentation). Additionally, can also offer a complete content marketing service by actively promising the content on your social media sites and various other digital platforms. You can charge for the editorial revising + content marketing. 

Offer blog management packages for corporate houses

Blogging is important for the corporate sector in order to build an authoritative identity and gain SEO benefits. However, writing content, editing it and presenting it in a reader-friendly way can be a demanding task for them- especially if they are low on budget and manpower.

You can offer them complete blogging management service where you can write, edit, proofread and publish the blogs on their website through WordPress (or any other) CMS. You can offer them additional services like sharing on social media, making SEO related changes on a periodical basis and other issues that affect the impact of the blogging. You can sell it as a monthly or quarterly package. While it is not actually a passive income opportunity, it can become a regular source of decent income.

Blogging courses

While starting a blog could be a great option to earn income, it needs some expert skills and real-life experience, so, once you have acquired good experience in the felid of commercial blogging, you can also sell blogging courses to your visitors.

Today there are a number of people who are willing to pay a decent amount to someone who can teach them the secrets of starting and running a successful blog and exploring the best income opportunities. By selling blogging courses in either video or text format you can earn a really good income.

Google Adsense

Last but not the least, Google AdSense is the best way to earn the passive income. Here again, the unique blogs can get better income opportunities.

Once you get into the program, Google will post on your site relevant adverts from its network of publishers. Whenever guests to your site click on these ads, Google pays you.

As soon as your blog is approved the Google will start showing the relevant ads to your visitors

Each time the visitor clicks it on your blog you get a specific amount that is transferred to you on a periodical basis as per the company’s rules.

It might not be easy to get approved to Google ad sense so you can consider other options as well:

  • Infolinks
  • Media.net
  • Bidvertiser

Email marketing

Email marketing is arguably the most effective marketing strategy for corporate brands. However, in order to ensure a good success of email marketing campaigns, you have a thriving community who really trusts you. So you can be the best person to market the rewarding products and service of the relevant and related brands through email marketing.

It pays decently and you can expect to earn a really go regular income through email marketing.

Conclusion

The WordPress development is a complicated and demanding task and due to the increasing level of competition, it isn’t always easy to get the remuneration that you truly deserve. However, you need to think wisely and instead of chasing projects after projects, make a solid strategy of earning passive income through WordPress by exploring various easier and better options. Instead of working for others it could be a better option to create your personal excellent WordPress blog with excellent features, functionalities and professional appeal. There are diverse ways in which you can use this blog to build a reliable source of passive income.

5 things prove that your WordPress site has terrible SEO flaws

WordPress SEO flaws

SEO or Search engine optimization plays a vital role in determining the role and success of your website. To enhance the ranking and visibility of your website, you need to adhere to site-specific SEO parameters. Surprisingly, even the expert businesses end up making massive SEO mistakes that prevents them from gaining a good position in search results. In this blog we have compiled a list of major SEO mistakes and how to repair them.

Slow Loading Sites

Slow loading sites irritate the visitors and compel the potential clients to look for other options. Along with these immediate disadvantages, it also affects your Site SEO in the long run as each time the customer clicks the back button it sends a negative signal to the search engine that your site is not user friendly. Eventually it affects your ranking,

The prime reason of a slow loading site is the heavy images that consume loads of data. If you wish to retain the images but still want to reduce the size of your site to enhance its speed, then here are a few plugins that you could consider:

Plugins for caching the static content including CSS/JavaScript files, images, etc. that can significantly improve the loading speed

  • WP Fastest Cache 
  • WP Super Cache 
  • LiteSpeed Cache 

Plugin for Reducing HTTP requests and merges CSS and Javascript files and organizes them in groups

  • Fast Velocity Minify

No Responsive site

An increasing number of people use phones to access the sites and if you don’t have  mobile friendly responsive WP site, then you would find it difficult or almost impossible to connect with this vast majority that could include a number of targeted audience and potential clients.

WP offers you a number of mobile friendly responsive themes that look equally great across different devices and come with friendly UI. These themes offer uniform visual quality and user experience across all the popular iPhone/Android devices, Smartphones, laptops, iPads and a number of other popular mobile devices. 

URL Structure

Titles and URLs matter a lot not only for the readers but also for the search engine crawlers with smart reading and comprehension capabilities. So make sure that you should use the quickly comprehensive straightforward title for your post. At the same time ensure that your page URL precisely reflect its content and intent.

Some page URLs are either too long to be understood quickly and even more difficult to be deciphered by the search engine crawlers while others look outright intimidating with unintelligent numbers or irrelevant letters. It repels the readers and also discourage the search engine crawlers from fetching your webpages in related search queries. Relevant URLs will not only help the readers to take quick decisions when your webpage appears during search results, but also helps the search engine crawlers to fetch your webpage during the relevant search queries. Eventually it will improve your site’s visibility.

Here is how you can change the permalink of your website:

  • Click on settings in the WordPress admin dashboard and select settings
  • Now click on permalinks that will display the entire list of various URL types
  • You can edit the permalinks of the desired URL(s) to make it sound reader (and SEO) friendly that can improve the visibility during relevant search engine results

Here is how you can fix it:

  • Instead of the default day and name option, select the option Post name that will allow you to edit link name.
  • If required edit the URLs to quickly reflect the objective of the page or the name of the post.

Another easy and better option is to use Yoast SEO plug-in that allows you to change the permalink right in the writing interface of any blog post. You can see it just below your post title. Click on the edit button at the end of the permalinks that will allow you to edit the title.

Keywords Management

Have you ever wondered how did the average post by your competitors ranking high in the relevant search engine results while your well-researched post on the same topic does not even rank in the first 5 pages? The reason might be the keywords. Even a highly valuable blog can lose its impact and fails to achieve good ranking if you forgot to include the right keywords or have not set them properly in the key sections.

Keywords are highly important for any website as it guides the search engine bots and allows them to quickly id your relevant pages during the specific search queries and fetching them in the search engine results.

One of the most popular mistakes made by bloggers or site owners is to write highly engaging posts without using the right keyword strategy. It will effectively prevent your high value posts rank high during relevant search results while allowing your competitors to simply copy your ideas, rephrase them and use the right keywords strategy that allow them to gain a prime ranking over reusable period of time. Using right keywords and positioning them appropriately can hep you a long way in getting better visibility and the appropriate ranking that you truly deserve.

For that you need to use the fine blend of exact keywords and long tail keywords and place them at appropriate positions across your post. You also need to use the keyword in Meta description, SEO title and other important sections while avoiding keyword stuffing.

Meta Descriptions

Internet users are short on time and would love to see the brief summary of every URL to know its relevance. If you have not specified the Meta data then Google will automatically show a permissible preview of the first portion of your webpage. The preview space is determined by pixels and it is very possible that it shows just an abruptly curtailed sentence that fails to give any idea about your webpage- for instance it might just show the curtailed introductory sentences automatically culled from the first paragraph of your webpage. It doesn’t give any idea about your webpage and thus discourages the users from clicking on your URL and continue looking for better options. It adversely affects the CTR that in turn affects your SEO negatively. So it is advisable to create Meta data for every page of your website in such a manner that it should offer the quick summary of your page.

Also you can see a preview of how the Meta data will look in the Google snippet.

  • Ensure that the snippet delivers the quick, straightforward and complete summary and not end abruptly in the middle of a sentence.
  • The maximum limit is 320 characters
  • Make sure to include the major keywords relevant to the post or page title
  • Include call to action to help your readers take quick action.  
  • One of the best tools to confidently take care of you website’s SEO viability is Yoast

Yoast is a user friendly plugins that not only allows you to  preview your snippet but also offers a wide spectrum of SEO parameters, suggestions, alerts and summary about any specific page. While its free version is highly competitive you might like to go for the premium version if you have more specific demands.

Conclusion

Whether you have written an awesome blog post or created a user friendly webpage on WordPress site, you would need to optimize it for the search engines in order to claim a good position. Many people are not really serious about SEO and it denies them a good visibility in the search engines thus making it difficult to attract the interested visitors or targeted audience. You need to have a clear and straightforward SEO strategy to enjoy a better position during relevant searches instances.