Call to Action Buttons: How to Optimize Them in WordPress for Maximum Conversions

Attracting visitors to your website is vital, but converting them into customers and subscribers is the ultimate goal. Call to action buttons are the first step on that conversion journey, and if they aren’t properly optimized, those visitors will be moving their cursors towards another tab instead.

To lure visitors into learning more about your products and services, your first port of call should be to optimize your call to action buttons to maximize conversions. By doing this, you stand to make a massive impact on your conversion rate for relatively little effort.

In this post, we will explore the different ways to hone your call to action buttons to keep visitors clicking in all the right places. (more…)

Transparency Report #16 – We Have a New Blog, and a New Awesome Theme

Welcome to the 16th edition of our transparency report (for May 2016). This series is meant to show you into everything that’s been going on at CodeinWP and ThemeIsle. Each month, I cover the most interesting goings-on, share our strategies, opinions, and plans for the foreseeable future. Click here to see the previous reports. (more…)

WordPress Theme Shop Directory 2016 – Who’s Leading the WordPress Theme Market Right Now, 100+ Theme Shops Analyzed

TL;DR: What you’re about to read is our list of 99 103 106 WordPress theme shops currently on the market, and their rank relative to one another. In other words, you can see who’s on top of the game, who’s growing, who’s declining. The WordPress theme shop directory 2016 edition.

This is embarrassing, but I still remember the talks we used to have back in the day (circa 2009-10) when I was part of a design/dev company. We were brainstorming different ideas, and one of them was to transition to building WordPress themes exclusively. I was the one to veto … saying that the market probably isn’t big enough to make it profitable long term.

Yep, that was me. (more…)

10 Best Free WordPress Themes Released in June 2016

Since it’s June already, we can declare the summer season officially open! However, this chilled out vibe hasn’t prevented the WordPress community from giving us some awesome free themes. There’s really a lot of goodies coming our way this month and we couldn’t be happier about that!

Even though we’re just halfway through the month, we couldn’t sit idle without showing you the best free WordPress themes released in June 2016 so far (one of the reasons, we have our own exciting releases to share too). Take a look for yourself: (more…)

May 2016 WordPress News – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP

 This is the May 2016 edition of This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP. 
Welcome to another edition of our WordPress monthly news series. We have both exciting and controversial news from the world of WordPress lined up for you today.

… The summer is coming, WordPress keeps getting older, WordCamp Europe is just around the corner, plus a lot of news stories from team Automattic. This is May 2016 in WordPress in a sentence. (more…)

MaxCDN vs CloudFlare vs Amazon CloudFront vs Akamai Edge vs Fastly

This post compares the performance and the features offered by the leaders in the CDN market for WordPress (but not limited to). Read on to find out which of the main players is most likely to work for your WordPress site: MaxCDN vs CloudFlare vs Amazon CloudFront vs Akamai Edge vs Fastly.

The CDN (Content Delivery Network) market is a fairly busy one.

There’s a ton of different services available, and for a newbie, picking the best one is a serious challenge. (more…)

20 Simple Tricks to Secure Your WordPress Website in 2016

 This is a contribution by Ahmad Awais. 
I’ve seen many website owners nagging about the security of WordPress.

The opinion is that an open source script is vulnerable to all sorts of attacks. But that is mostly not true – sometimes it’s the other way around. Or, okay, let’s say that it’s partially true, but even then you shouldn’t blame WordPress.

Why? Because it’s usually your fault that your site got hacked. There are some responsibilities that you have to take care of as a website owner. So the key question is always, what are *you* doing to save your site from being hacked? (more…)

Landing Page Basics You Should Know + a Twist to Get Even 1,000% More Opt-Ins

 This is a contribution by Devesh Sharma on landing page basics you should know. 
Inbound marketing is where it’s at. This means that your website, whether big or small, should concentrate on generating consumer interest in what you have to offer.

And trust me, this is no easy task because website visitors know this is your goal and want something in return for their email addresses, comments, likes and shares, and yes even their money. (more…)

10+ Best Free Minimalist WordPress Themes

Why would you need a free minimalist WordPress theme? Doesn’t minimalist equal overly simplistic? Well, not necessarily. Some themes – and especially the best free minimalist WordPress themes available out there – come with the most beautiful and elegant of designs.

Of course it’s a matter of taste, but I’m not the only one who thinks that the simpler things look, the more they will be appreciated.

If you’re on my side then I bet you’ll love these awesome free minimalist WordPress themes that we selected for you today: (more…)

Transparency Report #15 – How to Lose $3,750 on Single Promotion

Welcome to the 15th edition of our transparency report (for April 2016). This is a series where I share everything happening at CodeinWP and ThemeIsle from a business point of view. Each month, I try to cover the most interesting goings-on, give you my opinions on *things* and share my plans for the next months. Click here to see the previous reports. (more…)