February 2015 WordPress News – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP

Yup, this is the first edition of our new series – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP.

What’s inside? News from the WordPress world, new plugin and theme releases, interviews, tutorials … basically, everything that’s been going on with WordPress recently.

Let’s start with February, and there are a lot of interesting stories around. Our favorite CMS doesn’t stop to amaze us every week. Or every day, I’d say. (more…)

9 Email Marketing Tools for WordPress to Help Your Small Business Grow in 2015

Even though many consider email as being obsolete, it is still the most effective solution for connecting with your audience and keeping them updated with your content on a regular basis.

Here are a few words about email’s supremacy:

  • According to a study made by Gigaom and Extole, email is considered the best tactic for many companies to promote their products. The study is based on survey responses from 300 marketers in the U.S. The result shows that email is used regularly by 86 percent of respondents.[1]
  • Also, according to data from Radicati, there are four billion email accounts worldwide and the number is estimated to increase to over 4.3 billion in 2016.[2]
  • Need more data? ExactTarget says that 95 percent of online consumers use email. And 91 percent of them use email at least daily.[3]

Do you still think that social networks are the main player today? Doesn’t seem like so. (more…)

30 Experts Share: The Top *Non-Obvious* WordPress Plugins That’ll Make You a Better Blogger

This post isn’t about telling you to go and install plugins such as WordPress SEO by Yoast, Jetpack, or Contact Form 7.

You probably already know about their existence, and very likely have them on your site already.

For most bloggers, they are … what’s the word … obvious.

And don’t get me wrong, as great as those plugin are, being constantly hit over the head with yet another “Top 10 WordPress Plugins” list that praises them has become rather tiring.

That’s why we’ve decided to go another route with the resource you’re reading right now. Instead of listing the top and most popular plugins in the WordPress world, we’re focusing on team non-obvious.

That being said, this isn’t just a list of some obscure creations, but rather a cool set of original plugins that can give you great benefits despite being a little lesser known out there.

So, to find out what those non-obvious plugins might be, we invited 30 experts to share their input on the matter.

Here’s the question that was asked of them:

What 3 non-obvious plugins would you advise every WordPress blogger to have?

Without further ado, here’s the leaderboard – the plugins that kept popping up the most: (more…)

10+ Best Business/Corporate WordPress Themes

We’re living in times when the competition between corporations, agencies and firms is getting really tight. Everyone wants to offer better solutions, better products and services. And online marketing is the modern day top method to get more customers, provided that your website is actually of high quality…

If you don’t know where to start with that last part, begin by checking the list I made below. Here are the 11 Best Business WordPress themes created especially for a corporate websites. They are modern, good looking and have useful functions that will help you promote your projects and services. (more…)

Fastest WordPress Hosting – Beginner’s Guide to Finding One

Are you looking for the fastest WordPress hosting for your website? Doesn’t matter if you’re starting a new business or if you already have one that’s been around for a while, speed is one of the keys for making sure that your site can grow and remain healthy. Bonus point … this will also keep your visitors active.

Looking for the right hosting can be a little tricky though, because every host is different. They have a multitude of packages that can make you get lost when you go through them. Everyone wants what’s best for their business, no matter if it’s a small or a big one. And of course, one of the most important things you can rely on is the speed. (more…)

12 Best One Page WordPress Themes in 2015

One-page WordPress themes and websites have gotten really popular in the recent months. And rightfully so. Webmasters and businesses love them for a number of reasons. Chief of which is that you don’t need a lot of content to make the site look great.

And if you use a theme that allows you to have some animations and nice transitions, the thing becomes really pleasant on the eye. This makes them perfect for small businesses and portfolio websites.

If you’re looking for some one-page WordPress themes, I made a list of the 12 most interesting ones in this category. Each one is unique in its own way and surely deserves your attention. (more…)

[Infographic] WordPress 4.1 Gets Roughly 1 Million Downloads Every Two Days + Other Mesmerizing WordPress Stats

Have you ever wondered how big WordPress actually is? Or how wide its domination spreads across the web? … Is WordPress the Genghis Khan of content management systems?

Okay, that last one is probably taking it too far. But nevertheless, WordPress has rightfully earned its place among other online CMS platforms, and not only that, but it has totally dominated that space ever since its release on May 27th 2003!

Let’s take a look at what’s been going on with WordPress recently

Starting with some interesting bits and pieces:

  • #WordPress 4.1 gets roughly 1 million downloads every 2 days (Tweet This)
  • #WordPress runs 4.5% of the entire internet (Tweet This)
  • 1,420,000 new posts get published every single day on #WordPress.com (Tweet This)
  • #WordPress 4.1 features 394,243 lines of code (Tweet This)

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10 Code Snippets to Use Images More Effectively in WordPress

You know how important images are in the world of online marketing.

I don’t need to tell you that 65% of the people who visit your site are visual learners, or that infographics are a tried-and-tested means of producing viral content. And you’re not in the least bit surprised that blog posts with images receive 94% more views than those without.

So rather than going down that road, let’s instead explore the ways you can leverage WordPress to get the most out of your images. Below you will find 10 code snippets that will enable you to use images more effectively in WordPress. And I don’t need to tell you that’s a good thing, right? (more…)

WordPress Hooks: Beginner’s Guide to Adding Your Own Hooks

Plugins are the way to extend WordPress. The reason it is so easy to make WordPress do your bidding has to do with hooks that are littered across the source code.

Want to do something as soon as a post is published? Want to modify the excerpt length? Want to create your own page view stats? Finding the right hook is all you need to do.

But what about doing the same with plugins? Hooks are not just for use in WordPress, they are essentially a design pattern you can implement in your own work.

In this article, I’ll show you how you can create your own hooks to make it easy for you or others to build upon your work. (more…)

Wix vs Squarespace vs Virb vs Weebly vs WordPress Theme Builders

So you’re looking for a way to build a website, but you don’t want to pay a lot of money for it, nor do you want to spend days trapped in some source code doing it all by yourself, right? Well, this is what probably got you interested in some of the website builder tools available online.

I’m talking about website builders such as Wix, Squarespace, Virb, and Weebly, just to name a few, but there are more alternatives out there.

So which is best and which will give you the most awesome results in relation to the money or time investment required? Let’s find out.

In this side-by-side review comparison, we’ll focus on things like: available site designs, features, price, overall pros and cons, preferred user group (target audience), and ease of use. In the end, it’s your “all you need to know” cheat sheet to find out who’s the winner of the Wix vs Squarespace vs Virb vs Weebly vs WordPress theme builders fight. (more…)