Having a WordPress server on your computer provides a great option to test out a theme or plugin in a safe environment before adding it to a live server. Many developers actually use this method to work with a new WordPress project because it allows them to manipulate and change the site safely.
It may seem more efficient to work on the live website but with a local server there is no downtime for the website, so the business can remain up and running as you implement all the changes you'd like. Also, it helps on the backend that your client would not see the changes being made and get concerned about the progression of the website's development before you're even finished.
There are 2 main methods we can use to migrate your website from the comfy local server to the live WordPress environment:
Sorry for the lengthy title. But if you've clicked this post, you know exactly which issue you'll be fixing in this quick edition of our tutorial series.
For a brief explanation, during a plugin or theme installation process, there can be an error which states that you have exceeded the max upload file size allowed on WordPress. However, the good news is that this is not an end-of-the-road issue as we can use a few methods to increase the max file upload size alloted. (more…)
Many of you may have heard the term before but what exactly is affiliate marketing and how do you make money from it? To put it simply, affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting someone else's products. For example, if you promote a link to purchase another company's product through your website, and someone purchases the item through that link, you get a percentage of the sale. Pretty simple, right? The best part is that anyone can do it!
In this edition of our tutorial series, we will go over how you can create an Amazon affiliate website using WordPress and Woocommerce. (more…)
WooCommerce is currently the best plugin to implement an online store on WordPress. But you can take your WooCommerce store to the next level by choosing from a plethora of plugins that'll supercharge your online shop. We went ahead and made a list of the Top 20 Most Useful Free Plugins available for WooCommerce.
Having even a couple of these would suffice for most, if not all, of your needs with WooCommerce. We recommend scanning the full list to get a better understanding of the variety of features available.
Coming in at number one, this is a hidden gem of a plugin. It grants so many different features for WooCommerce that you will not be able to use them all on one or even two different websites. Here's a small list of what it can do:
Price Based on User Role
Product Price by Formula
Product Visibility by Country
Order Min/Max Quantities
PDF Invoicing Invoices, Pro-Forma Invoices, Credit Notes, and Packing Slips
This plugin could be only plugin that you need to use with WooCommerce since it just provides so many options.
The Themify Product Filter is a robust tool that allows you to create a search filter for your users as they shop online. It uses a form builder allowing you to create and customize what works for your shop specifically. Give your users an easier shopping experience using size, color, price, and popularity filters! This plugin also receives regular updates to remain compatible with WordPress and WooCommerce.
Having a contact form on your site makes it simple for your clients and audience to interact with you. Choosing the right contact form plugin can be a bit daunting as there are so many to choose from. So we created this simple list of the top 10 best plugins out there to assist you in making the right choice.
WPForm is hailed as a beginner friendly contact form plugin for WordPress. It makes form building easy as it comes with templates and a drag-and-drop builder for customizations. They include a multitude of addons enabling you to add features such a Paypal integration, Stripe, custom captcha, and geolocation data. There are many more addons available for the plugin so if there is something particular you'd like your form to do, it is likely that there is an addon for that available.
Fee: This plugin has both a free and paid version. It is important to note that the paid version is a subscription, not a single purchase, so that should be kept in mind when making your purchase.
Ninja Forms is a very popular form builder with a great drag-and-drop feature to create forms. It boasts features that are aimed at developers and professional site creators, such as the inclusion of webhooks. This allows developers to receive push notifications, which help them retrieve more data on the actions performed on a site or blog.
Fee: The plugin is free, but it also has a subscription payment model that you can choose if you'd like access to their addons.
WordPress is an amazing tool to build and manage a website with minimal effort. However even the best of tools face issues from time to time. Sometimes, unforeseen problems can occur such as a theme update going wrong or maybe you have yet to protect your website and it gets hacked.
Whatever the reason, having your entire WordPress site become corrupted is something we hope you never have to deal with. But if you do, there are useful plugins that can help you recover your data. A popular one and the one we'll use in this tutorial is UpdraftPlus. UpdraftPlus can make backups of your WordPress site automatically and send it to an online storage medium of your choice. In this guide we'll explain how to setup your automatic WordPress backup with UpdraftPlus.
You can install UpdraftPlus just like you would any other plugin via the WordPress Admin panel > Plugins > Add New, then search for the plugin called updraftplus and click 'Install Now'.