Experts reveal their top 5 plugins for WordPress

Did you know that there are more than 36,000 plugins for WordPress only on the official website?

With this scenario, it is difficult to know which are the best plugins you can install on your WordPress. So we asked 80 WordPress web design experts. Was simple. They must answer this simple question:

"If you had to choose 5 plugins for WordPress which you could not live without what would they be?"

We wanted to know exactly what the plugins most used by them in their own WordPress are and therefore the best plugins for WordPress.  Or maybe check some new plugin that we never try before.

After many years working day and night with WordPress we know very well the plugins and the most used, but is often good to look around to see if you are walking straight towards the path that we are taking.

Now we understand that the community of bloggers and WordPress experts has already given to us more than you might expect. 

And the 5 WordPress plugins favorite experts reveal some interesting data because the total of different Plugins WordPress was 103. But we made a list of the ones that have the best score (many votes).

And here the top-5 of the WordPress plugins:

# 1 SEO by Yoast WordPress -> 32 votes

# 2 Akismet –> 19 votes

# 3 Contact Form 7 -> 11 votes

#4 W3 Total Cache -> 10 votes

#5 WP Super Cache -> 9 votes

Clarification: It only took into account the first 5 plugins offered by each of the respondents to post data. If their have added more, it will be reflected in their response, but not the final data.

I'm sure by now the article has satisfied much of your curiosity about the best plugins for WordPress. Do you use some of these plugins? Which one? 

Make your own list and share it with us!

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Why is important an FTP for WordPress users?

WordPress has improved in recent times. We can do a thousand things in the WordPress Desktop. However, there are still things that are not so easy to do from WordPress, one of them is to access the files on the server and work with them. For this, we need to use an FTP.

But what is an FTP? When should you use it? How?

According to most of the definitions (even Wikipedia), an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a network protocol for transferring files between networked systems. 

But when we talk about FTP usually we refer to FTP clients, programs that allow us to connect to an FTP server to transfer files.

Surely when you signed up for your hosting you got credentials to access files via FTP (and if they did,  you should change your hosting).

When you're on your computer, you can navigate directly from your file system, see the directories that you have, access them and move files from here to there. 

Instead, the files that are hosted on your hosting provider are not as comfortable to handle. If you want to modify files that you have on WordPress you can do it directly from the Desktop, but if you want to make more complicated changes (for example, delete all images at once or upload many files at once), the best you can do is search for your FTP credentials and use this protocol.

It is also vital to use FTP to access your files when you install a theme or a plugin and suddenly everything breaks (a white screen appears when you try to enter our website). We can only disable the plugin that caused the error or fixes the contentious issue from an FTP because the Desktop WordPress is disabled.

To perform the same actions on files that we would do on our computers, but on the hosting server remotely, you need an FTP client. This will facilitate all the work, and most are very easy to use. 

Therefore, you need to work via FTP when you want to access remotely to your WordPress server to perform bulk actions on your files or fix problems with plugins and themes that have destroyed your website. 

FTP is one of the most important parts of our website. Lear about it and how to use it!

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Five ideas for your WordPress

On the Internet, there is a lot of information about web pages, web design, and social networks and you sometimes can have too much information. But if you have your website with WordPress, you can find in this article five ideas to improve your platform.

1. Always update your WordPress 

WordPress is a free and open source platform, and often developers give feedback, report bugs and errors, and is good to keep updated. You can trust updates always, because with every update fixes several and critical vulnerabilities that can expose the security of your site. On the other hand, introduced such innovations like improvements to make it more responsive.

2. Ultimate Member plugin to create a small community inside your WordPress

Less ambitious than BuddyPress, but more elegant and functional, Ultimate Member is a plugin that allows your users to create a small community.

With this WordPress plugin installed on your WordPress your users can:

– Check in

– Create a profile with custom fields.

Follow other users

Include in their profiles post and comments posted.

Ultimate Member has 6,000 active installations and is a good choice if you want to give visibility and participation to your users on your WordPress site.

3. Advance Menu Widget

Strengthens the power of Widgets Advance Menu Widget is a plugin that will allow you to display the navigation menu in your widget section or area. This is for both pages and menus. It has more than 10,000 active installations.

4. OptiMonster

OptinMonster is a plugin that lets you create popups inviting users to subscribe your site before leaving your page. There are different options configuration and it is proven that multiplies the conversion of a site up to 600%. You should not miss an opportunity to capture subscribers using this plugin, that also offers a great design for popups.

5. Soliloquy: the best slider

Soliloquy is a plugin that helps you create sliders on your WordPress site. Its loading speed makes it a good option to your site and also is mobile responsive. The plugin becomes a powerful tool to create attractive slides in a few minutes.

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A guide for free WordPress themes

Within the possibilities of WordPress in appearance and web design, everything is summarized in the use of themes, which are templates that work as an aesthetic basis for a website or blog. After installation, you can make different changes in colors, style and even changes in the CSS code.

As we have already seen in some blog articles, when we use WordPress basically we have two options regarding the design:

  • A free theme
  • A premium theme that requires a small financial investment

At first glance, you might consider that a free theme is the best choice for the simple fact of being free and does not require an expenditure. Is this true? In this small guide to free WordPress themes, we will find out.

First considerations about free themes and templates

On the Internet exist an infinite number of free themes that can be used on websites. Just make a search on Google (write free WordPress themes, free WordPress themes or any other term related) and have access to many excellent choices.

What is a WordPress free theme?

As the name says, are WordPress themes or templates that can be downloaded for use immediately without the need to invest or spend money. There are free. Numerous developers create free templates for a hobby, or simply to promote themselves, to offer their work and make themselves known.

But there are some more professional companies that offer free quality themes like Woothemes, that have free themes or in promotion to offer customers or new clients.

Are free themes a good choice?

The answer to that question can be YES but also No. There are many high-quality free themes that work perfectly and meet the basic functions needed for a Webmaster. And you will not have been any problem.

However, there is always the risk of choosing a template with malicious code, poorly developed, vulnerable in terms of security, with various limitations on customization and design and/or many other possible failures or bugs.

In short, use a free theme may be a good choice depending on the type of web site that is to be created and needs to be taken, but there is always the risk of security problems, personalization and other things.

Advantages of using a free theme

Let's see what are some advantages of using this type of templates for WordPress:

They are for free! – This is undoubtedly the most important benefit. It does not require any financial investment, which is always appreciated, especially when there is a limited budget.

Variety – Browsing on Google you can find hundreds of free themes from different types, styles, colors and shapes. A whole library designs a few clicks! And, again, for free.

Immediate start – If you do not have money to invest in a premium theme, free themes are a great way to start any project and not stop at the stage of design choice by the financial barrier.

Community support – Most popular free themes have support, the help of users and even from the same developer. There are also many WordPress forums where you can ask anything and many users will be willing to respond with solutions.

These are the advantages of choosing a free theme in WordPress, but there are disadvantages too, but if you are in the first step of your project and you have a limited budget, free themes are the best choice.

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WordPress evolution and future

In recent years, the Internet and technology have evolved considerably. If we look back 10 or 15 years ago, there were no available many of the tools we have today, which provide us facilities and allow us to achieve unimaginable things.

And on the Internet, as for creating web pages, when the World Wide Web began, few people could create a website with the theory and practice necessary to learn HTML programming and even was much more limited for them.

As the years went by, began to emerge platforms more friendly. different, accessible to all users. One was WordPress, which emerged in 2003 as a free, open source tool to create blogs and publishes content.

WordPress began as a 100% focused on “blogging" platform, but now it has become a CMS (Content Management System) that lets you create any type of website and adapt it to every need.

Do you need to create a virtual store? WordPress is possible

Do you want to create a corporate site for your company? Forward! WordPress is an excellent choice.

Do you want to sell your digital product with a professional website? There is no better option than WordPress.

Are you a photographer and want to create a page where show your best shots? WordPress will be your best friend.

You want to create a professional or a personal blog? There is no better choice than WordPress!

But…What makes it so flexible WordPress?

As experts said all the time, WordPress is an open source platform, which allows hundreds of developers to create plugins and themes (templates) to create and innovate, with virtually limitless possibilities.

Nevertheless, there are some myths related to WordPress. Many people think that to create a personalized and professional website you will need to hire a programmer and designers who costs large amounts of money.

And although many prefer this option (hire professionals), on several occasions the end result is not desired, in addition to managing and updating the site can be a headache for greater dependence you have on the person who programmed it. Because being the only person with the knowledge.

With WordPress, anyone can create a web site and if necessary, and, if need it, seek help from a developer to make certain special modifications. This is much more affordable and the user can also update, modify and make proper maintenance of the website. And you can do it all from the main desktop. No codes or advanced programming.

The future of WordPress

Although its main focus remains the creation of blogs, WordPress has a great evolution in the development of plugins and themes that will continue to expand the possibilities and performance of the platform.

Also is because security is an important issue which is often ignored by people until the site is hacked or have loss of information or content problems.

In most cases, these problems are not caused by faults that have on the site or in WordPress, rather by users oversights. Example: having harmful plugins, not update the platform to its latest version, use poor quality or hacked themes, etc.

In recent versions, they have been introduced automatic updates, something that will help us all to use the latest, safe and stable version. There is no doubt that will be many more improvements  regarding safety in the future.

To keep growing is not enough to just use the platform. It is always good to get more involved with the community. Write about WordPress, recommends its use to others, learn more about how it works and…. why not? Become a WordPress developer!

Today more than ever the opportunity is here. It depends on each of us to know and get the most out.

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How to choose a domain name? Part 3

Everyone has questions regarding how to create a website, and these questions are very similar around the world, and that is why also the tips are the same, no matter in which country do you live. Every person who has the work of creating a web page had doubts and questions.

This three-part guide tries to answer some of these questions regarding some topics like the name of a domain, and in this last part will take the last step: how to register your domain.

Choosing your domain tools

Here you have some good tools that will facilitate the process to choose your tools

1. Instant Domain Search

This is an excellent tool to know immediately if a domain is available and if you can purchase extensions.

The website is www.instantdomainsearch.com

2. Dot-o-mator

On this site you can create automatically a combination of different keywords. The results can give you some great ideas to choose quickly a good domain.

In two columns you can write different words or phrases of ideas you have for your domain. At the end you will have a list of good combinations. Simple and with great potential.

The website is www.dotomator.com

3. Busta A Name

This is another good tool to write different words or/and ideas and immediately have different combinations that you can use as a domain. You can alternate the use with Dot-o-mator and You'll have much more clarity and good candidates for your domain.

The website is www.bustaname.com

Where can I register my domain?

There are many sites that offer domain name registration service. The most recommend you are:

www.godaddy.com 

www.Namecheap.com

Both are reliable, offer good prices (and coupons), quick registration and good service.

Once you have your domain, remember that you also need a web hosting service.

After WordPress and you can install and start creating your blog or website!

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10 free responsive themes for WordPress

Are you looking for a new look for the blog, but not yet encouraged to invest money on a subject? Today I wanted to introduce 10 new themes that take advantage of responsive technology -to fit any screen or device-, without the need to use an ugly and limited theme.

With these free WordPress themes, you have an advantage, because instead of having to work twice -for your website and the mobile version- you only have to choose a single design rather than think of one specific for each device. This will allow you to give access and information to your visitors, regarding there are coming from a PC or a smartphone.

In this article you will see 10 themes options that work very well on mobile devices and has the most modern and simple designs on the Internet. Last but not least, these WordPress themes are free.

MiniMable

MiniMable is an excellent theme if you are looking for create a portfolio or a company presentation page. It is an one page design, with scrolls and extremely handy to keep a simple and easy design to update with your latest work, contact and author information.

Pytheas

Pytheas is a very versatile theme because can use it as a template for blogs -including an excellent slider top- and as a page of business information. The only drawback is that we need to register for the free account in WPExplorer to download it.

Bones

Bones is an advanced, quite flexible and elegant HTML5 Boilerplate theme, is an excellent template to build apps or websites with a great design platform. 

Playbook

Another excellent theme is Playbook if you are looking a good website to have a magazine online, this theme can fulfill your expectations.

Grid

Grid is a theme made especially for fans of the look of Google Now and his cards, or boxes like are in Pinterest. Offers a great clean and colorful design with great fonts and formats.

Yoko
Yoko is an excellent responsive theme, especially for blogs that constantly updated content, because allow users to interact easily with post and you can manage photo galleries and texts without conflicts.

Simple Grid

Simple Grid is an excellent theme for those who are looking to create a work portfolio or a photo gallery theme.This WordPress theme is also extremely light.

Speedo

Another theme that works quite well for traditional blogs, it is highly configurable thanks to options panel that helps us edit it, without knowing code language.

Portal

Portal is other responsive WordPress theme with a magazine look, the theme is quite simple to edit and configure, is optimized for SEO, and color settings are extremely versatile. 

Diary

Finally, we have a responsive theme that returns to the "roots" of blogging: Dairy. This is a useful WordPress theme for a personal blog, because it offers a simple and very legible and clean interface with a large column on the left side and another large content column when you can put a large your most recent posts.

Try all the WordPress themes and find which is better for your website!

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