3 WordPress plugins for social media

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Plugins | Comments Off on 3 WordPress plugins for social media

Knows the best plugins that you can use with your WordPress, very useful tools for sharing on social networks.

1. Tweet Old Posts

Extremely useful for Twitter’s users and reuse content from your blog to attract new visitors and retain your followers. How does it work? Very easy, this WordPress Plugin gives you the ability to automatically publish your old posts on Twitter. This way you get your articles reach people who have not read the content of your blog before.

Caution! Caution! Danger! Do not abuse of this WordPress Plugin if you do not want to look like a robot. You know, if you are a Community Manager: great power requires great responsibility!

2. DigDig

This WordPress plugin allows you to add a slider bar next to the articles for your readers to share content on social networks. But … if there are hundreds of WordPress plugins like this, why digdig?

This plugin allows you to have a sidebar to the left of your text to reach easily the social buttons, and as you slide the mouse bar reminding you to share what you are reading also moves.

Besides the buttons on the sidebar, you can also add buttons elsewhere in the article. This is very useful because you can place buttons at the end of each article or extract (2 very good locations to encourage your readers to share).

It's simple to set up and the options panel supports different options and features buttons for most social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

3. Social Traffic PopUp

If you have content that brings much value to your users this plugin is a mine to move it in social networks. It allows you to place a PopUp so that each time a user reaches one of the relevant pages of your site have to share it on social networks before reading.

At first, you may think that is somewhat intrusive for your users, but I can assure you actually causing a snowball effect:

A Twitter’s lover shares your content with their followers.

The followers coming to your blog (with PopUp) are already predisposed to share your content without reading it before, as it has been recommended by a friend.

The snowball starts rolling as they turn recommend to their own followers, and so on to world domination…

Despite is not a free plugin, the cost returns to you in a couple of hours, and you get significantly increase the spread of your content on social networks. In short, Highly recommended!

These are three of the best plugins that WordPress offers share your content on social networks. Try them and use the one that best suits your needs!

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20 free pictures banks for use in your WordPress website!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in News | Comments Off on 20 free pictures banks for use in your WordPress website!

Getting images and graphics for a website is one of the most complicated things in blogging. The images you post to your web talk about your professionalism and your taste.

To help you in your quest here are 20 free images sites.

  • Dreamstime: offers free images on its website and updated frequently. You have to create an account, but it's free.
  • Free Digital Photos: has a lot of images stored by categories to make the search easier.
  • Free Images: A large gallery with more than 350,000 photos stored in categories for an easy search.
  • Free Range Stock: Here you have access to archival images of high quality. You also need an account but it’s free.
  • Free Photos Bank: has a large collection of photos for download without registration and also sorted by categories.
  • IM Free: offers a collection of free resources, all for commercial use. Do keyword searches through categories to find the best.
  • Morguefile: This image bank has photographs made by artists. The only requested is to put the source name of the image.
  • Pixabay: offers images under Creative Commons. You can copy, modify, distribute and use images, including for commercial purposes. No registration needed.
  • Public Domain Pictures: is a repository with a wide variety of images. Here registration is required.
  • StockVault: is a photo sharing website where designers and photographers can share their images and designs for free. No registration required.
  • Rgbstock: Free images created by photographers and graphic artists.
  • BigFoto: A great gallery without copyright in which most of the photos were made by amateur photographers. No login is required.
  • Gratisography: A collection of high-resolution images for personal or commercial use.
  • Death to the Stock Photo: High-resolution royalty free (RF) images sent to you monthly.
  • Startup Stock Photos: Website with high-resolution RF images. One of the best websites.
  • HubSpot: this is not an image bank, but offers free photo packages in exchange for leaving your email.
  • Freepik: not just a free image bank, you can also find pictures and free resources for your designs. Without registration and free. Undoubtedly one of the most complete.
  • PicJumbo: offers a variety of photos for any use for free and without having to register.
  • Pickupimage :Great collection of free images that focus mainly on scenes of nature and outdoors. For any use and free!
  • StockPhotos.io: Professional Images with Creative Commons license. Over 25,000 images!
  • Foter : Excellent free images bank.

 

Check which of these sites are the best for you and your website!

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The first step: create a custom page in WordPress

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Plugins | Comments Off on The first step: create a custom page in WordPress

When we install WordPress, the initial configuration offers a designed for the home page and a welcome post. As you may already know, the main objective of the platform has always been the creation of blogs, however, as the years have passed, functionalities and upgrades have enabled users to create any type of web page.

When we use WordPress to create a website, it is normal that one of our main requirements is that the home page is not the latest blog entries as it comes pre-configured.vAnd you need to personalize the home page. 

This it is a very simple process and to begin, you must enter to your main desktop in WordPress, click on Pages section and “Add New”.

This page will be the start of your website. You can add the appropriate content, include images, videos, or any other content that you want.

Since you're done and published your homepage, it's time to make the adjustment to improve the home page. 

In your Desktop, login to Settings> Reading.  In the first option says “front page displayed”, choose the option that says "A static page". Then choose the page you created in Home. And for the blog section we recommend creating a page named "Blog" and put it as "Page Entries".

After making this simple adjustment, your home page will be the one you created.

A very simple modification and useful for any kind of need. It is possible that by creating your home page you can use a special template, or pick one of the free templates that offer WordPress.

Try to make the most of all design options that give you your theme to create an attractive home page with good graphics, images and structure. Remember that is the first thing your visitors see and decide if they stay on your site or abandon it forever.

Keep visiting the Advanced WordPress blog for more tutorials, guides and tips so you can make the most of this wonderful and useful Web platform.

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Disadvantages of using free WordPress themes

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Themes | Comments Off on Disadvantages of using free WordPress themes

Thanks to designers and developers around the world, there are hundreds of free themes on the Internet for WordPress websites. If free. They do not cost a dime.

These themes are most useful for sites that are just starting and belong to projects with a limited budget, but although they have many advantages, they also bring problems and create limitations.

Problems related to free WordPress themes

Bad programming – many free themes are developed without much care or quality as a priority, which is why they may have many flaws and problems in their code.

Poor originality and customization – it is possible that hundreds of users already have that same theme in their WordPress installation. And maybe your site will not be unique. It is also very common not to find too many options to customize the theme to different points of views in aesthetics and structure is concerned.

Unsupported – The premium themes, being a paid product, include technical support and assistance for the installation and management of themes. However, rarely offer this service is for free themes.

Vulnerability – the fact that many of free themes are not a professional product and quality maybe are not the best, they are vulnerable to attacks, viruses or hackers.

No updates – one of the benefits of WordPress is his constant update and improvements that are made to the platform, plugins and themes regularly. However, with free themes rarely we see developers care about updating their designs and templates.

Free vs. Premium Themes: The Best Decision

If you have a perspective on what are the free themes, their advantages and disadvantages, come the inevitable question. What should I use a premium or free theme?

If you are given the opportunity to invest in a premium theme, do it. You will get a better structure, support, customization options, design, safety and more.

If you definitely cannot buy a theme, then it begins with a free one, as you can do the update to buy one premium. When choosing your free theme makes sure, you buy the theme to a developer with a good reputation and reviews from users who already have experience with it.

Where to find free themes?

There are numerous sites, like the official WordPress theme directory, where you will find a large selection of designs courtesy of WordPress.

Woothemes: Although its main focus is to sell premium themes, also it offers some free options of excellent quality.

Themify: Another large catalog of WordPress themes including some free depicting a very good choice.

Google: Search on Google find hundreds of links to download free themes. Just keep in mind the advice to choose the best way.

Top Premium WordPress

If you can pay for a theme, you also have to choose it wisely. There is a list of websites to find Top Premium WordPress themes:

StudioPress – Modern designs based on the Genesis Framework

Woothemes – Variety and quality in one place. It never fails.

Elegant Themes – Large catalog and full access for only $ 39.99 USD.

ThemeForest – very affordable unlimited options.

Kolakube – Unique designs based Thesis 2.0

The design and appearance in WordPress are one of the top priorities for any project on the web. 

Many developers and webmaster recommend always to choose a theme that fits what you need, that meets your preferences and aesthetic design, if you buy a good quality theme then you don't have problems or security issues.

If it is a free theme, go ahead. Try it. If you need one premium, it will be one of the best investments you can do. Everything depends on the user and the decisions that make. The highest recommendation is choosing a paid theme, but if all that you need is a free one. Then there is no need to overspend. 

Remember, the final decision is in your hands.

The most interesting and more fun of the Internet is that you can do all the tests you want, try new paths, try new plugins, themes and everything you want. WordPress is excellent for having this great flexibility. Makes the most of this benefit.

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How to add a contact form in WordPress

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Plugins | Comments Off on How to add a contact form in WordPress

Many times in websites we see there is no way to contact the company, ask questions or leave a comment. Contact forms are essential for anyone interested in your products, services or simply to ask you something about the product or the company.

With a contact form, you will give a service. And if you have a contact form your visitors can fill it out and send you a message and you automatically get an email with the message in your inbox. In this way, you can get in touch with your subscribers, create good relations with them and resolve any questions they have.

If we had to program our web page with HTML or something similar, we would need a code to create the contact form, something easy for programmers but not for anyone.

But if you have WordPress everything is very different!

In this article you will learn how to add a contact form to your posts or pages in less than 5 minutes.

Check out the following video to learn how to do it with a simple plugin, Contact Form 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy70WGCjMY4

As you can see, it is an easy and quick process. What you need is a plugin called "Contact Form 7”, a free plugin that can be downloaded from the WordPress site.

Steps to insert a contact form with Contact Form 7

1. Install the plugin on Contact on the left side of your Dashboard, click Add New.

2. Then select the language and the main menu.

3. Add a name to the form

4. If necessary, modify the fields that are already included. (You can also add a new phone or anything that you want).

5. Add the email addresses to which you want the messages to be sent.

6. Click "Save". Will appear in sing with the letters 'shortcode“ or code. Select it, right click> Copy

7. Finally, enter the web page or post where you want to insert the contact form. In the main editor, right click> Paste.

8. Post and ready! You will see your contact form.

As always, WordPress has the solution for you, with efficient, easy to install and use plugins.

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What did I need to install WordPress?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Plugins | Comments Off on What did I need to install WordPress?

Do you have the need and desire to create a web page or blog? WordPress is undoubtedly the best choice to do it by yourself because is the best free platform and is easy to use. Many people do not know anything about Internet or software and believe that creating a web page is very complicated and can only be done with complicated codes or hiring a programmer.

Others know something about WordPress, but only know the free WordPress.com version for creating blogs, not the platform to manage professional and personal websites.

The best choice for your web

WordPress is the best choice for you web. You can also be used in professional web sites. Many believe that with WordPress you can only create a blog, but with WordPress.ORG, you can design and create different kinds of web pages, from online stores, to advertisement purposes or photo sites. There are more than 8 types of web pages that you can create with WordPress.

Requirements for WordPress

WordPress.com, the free service, is good but if you want something really of quality and professional, WordPress.ORG (the downloadable platform) is what you really need and what will give you excellent results.

To achieve the full potential of WordPress you'll need to have the following requirements:

1. A domain

A domain name is very important to identify the web. It is what will make unique your site and give you some kind of identity among all other web sites that exist on the World Wide Web.

Buy a domain is very simple, the main subject is thinking and analyze the name that you will choose, which will depend on your goals and the type of web page that you want to create.

If it is for your business or company, your domain would be the primary name of the company; if it is a personal blog can be yourname.com or you might want to invent a new brand or branding for a new project. All up to you. Be creative to find a good name, easy to remember, short and memorable.

You can buy a domain from many suppliers. GoDaddy or Namecheap are two quality recommended options. And has an approximate cost of $ 10 USD. 

2. A web hosting account

Just like having a domain is essential, so is having a web hosting. That service is what will allow you to have your active information on the Internet and millions of users can see and access to your web site.

In addition to hosting, your account will allow you to host all domains that you want, create email accounts, install WordPress and/or other different platforms (such as Joomla, Simple Machines, etc.), have an FTP account and many other things.

There are many providers of Web hosting service. The most recommended are Hostgator, which combines quality and a great price.

Once you have your domain and hosting account, you can install WordPress and start getting the most out of all the potential. Go and have your website now!

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Basic tips to improve your security in WordPress

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Plugins | Comments Off on Basic tips to improve your security in WordPress

Security is a very important issue for any website, however, a lot of users ignore this issue when managing their blogs or web pages.

Many users only pay attention to security when the site has been attacked or hacked, and instead of waiting for the worst to happen, it is good to take action from the beginning and avoid problems.

If you choose to install WordPress on your website, here are some essential safety tips. Implement them today and your site will be much more secure.

1. Change the username "admin"

In some ways, to install WordPress, the user to enter the main Dashboard always is "admin". Hackers and people who attack WordPress installations have a much easier job when the blog user is "admin".

That is why it is the best idea is to change the "admin" user to another more difficult to guess. This can easily be done in the section “Users”, click on "Add New” and then create the user admin with a different name.

After this removes the user “admin”. WordPress will ask if you want to delete user posts or assign them to another user. Make sure that you assign to the new user that you created (unless you want to delete already published posts).

2. Secured password

When you install WordPress or even if it is installed, creates a secure and sophisticated password with numbers, letters, capital letters, etc. Write it down if you can remember complicated passwords, but after several logins sure you're going to easily learn it.

3. Add your site to Google Webmaster

Google Webmaster is a Google service that informs you about the status of your site or blog in different areas, such as indexing, impressions in the search, main rankings, how many pages you have indexed, errors on your website and more.

And more important, if there is any attack or something is not working normally on your web page, Webmaster Google notifies you quickly. You might not be notified of all errors, but it can be helpful.

4. Security Plugins

You do not have to forget to install since day 1 a top security plugin to your website. Some of the most recommend are:

  • iThemes Security
  • WP Login Security
  • Attempts Limit Logins
  • WordPress Firewall 2
  • Google Drive for WordPress
  • WP Security Scan

These are some of the WordPress security plugins that you can install on your website to have more security and protection every day.

5. Backup

It is important to make a backup of our site frequently. It may be once a week, once every 15 days or once a month. The frequency is up to you, but do not forget it, because you will always have a backup copy of your site.

"Google Drive for WordPress" or BackupBuddy plugin are excellent options.

6. Information

Always be aware of what is happening in the world of WordPress, new plugins and developments appear all the time. Remember that WordPress is an open source platform, so there are thousands of developers and experts designing plugins, themes and innovating every day.

By applying these 6 safety tips for your website can be secure and will be much less likely to suffer an attack. And if something happens, you can take action and recover all your data from your backup.

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