Integrating Charts and Graphs With WordPress (The How-To) – Visualizer Plugin Review

Raw data, stats, charts and graphs.

… Including those is your no.1 way of taking a blog post (or any online article) to the next level in terms of content quality and authority.

There’s just way too much content out there written on the fly and without much care put into the accuracy of the actual information. So the only way to stand out is to provide something more. Something that has its grounds in the real world. Hence, stats and other types of data.

But numbers alone won’t make much of an impact. They’re inherently not sexy. So we need a more user-friendly and, most importantly, reader-friendly solution. (more…)

Grammarly vs Jetpack vs Ginger vs Hemingway vs Standard Spellchecker for WordPress

Grammar’s a ****!!$%#!

Every blogger can relate.

And for me – not being a native English speaker – it’s even more brutal. I spend way too much time than I should tweaking various parts of my posts just to make sure that they are … what’s the word … readable.

On one hand, grammar is not the be-all-end-all of blogging. You can still build a successful blog or online magazine (or blog business) despite having some small issues in your writing here and there.

But on the other hand, there is a kind of critical mass of mistakes allowed. Once you hit it, your content becomes impossible to digest, and your readers will start flocking out … straight to your more educated competitors.

I have some good news, though. There is a solution. (more…)

Our Position on the Free WP Theme Market – Transparency Report #5

Welcome to the fifth edition of our transparency report! In this series, we’re sharing everything that’s been going on under the hood at CodeinWP. (Hop over to the series’ own category to see all the previous reports.) The idea behind publishing this whole thing is to be transparent about the way we’re doing business and what we’ve been able to learn along the way. I hope that some of this will come handy to you when faced with similar challenges. In this edition, I talk about everything that happened at CodeinWP in June 2015:

A radical step

So you’re probably familiar (or at least I hope) with our top selling theme – Zerif Pro – and its lite version – Zerif Lite. Like I said here before a couple of times, this theme is the flagship product of ours and month after month it brings in around 40-50 percent of our revenue. (more…)

10+ Best Free WordPress Themes Released in July 2015

Apart from all the news, #wpdrama, and other changes that are taking place in the WordPress community, it seems that working on new themes and plugins is still developers’ favorite concern. And rightly so, themes have always been essential for the WordPress world and that’s why they receive this much attention.

Therefore, if you’re curious to see what the newest creations look like, take a glance at this list of the best free WordPress themes released in July 2015 (and tell us what you think of them). (more…)

Cheaper MailChimp Alternatives for WordPress – the Only 4 Tools That Make Sense

Email is THE tool in the online marketing world of today. When done right, it keeps your brand alive in your customers’ minds and creates valuable interactions through which you can find out what the market really needs.

And when it comes to WordPress, there’s a number of good services that can help you out and make your email marketing efforts more effective. One of the most popular ones is MailChimp. The great thing about it is that you can take advantage of its many great features and then integrate the whole thing with your WordPress site through a number of plugins.

But there’s also a downside. MailChimp can get quite expensive.

So in this post, we’re comparing 4 great MailChimp alternatives – tools that you should look into if you’re after a cheaper solution that gives you basically the same range of features. (more…)

Top 10+ Best WordPress Magazine Themes 2015

Magazine WordPress themes are a particular kind. On one hand, they need to be able to showcase a larger amount of content on a single screen, but on the other, they also need to make the content look attractive and enticing enough to generate a click.

All this makes selecting a quality magazine theme much harder than it seems at first. So to help you out, we’ve prepared a list of the top WordPress magazine themes on the market today. (more…)

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

In WordPress, new things tend to happen literally every day. So it’s really no surprise that June was yet another news-rich month.

Here are just some of the hot topics that you’ll find in this edition of This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP: new dangerous vulnerabilities, controversial plugin approvals, birthdays (again!), WordCamp Europe recap, and much more. (more…)

10+ Fastest WordPress Themes – Improve SEO and Page Speed 2015

The faster your website runs, the more visitors you get. Simple. People just don’t have much patience, so if your site is not loading quickly, they will leave and never come back.

By today’s standards, a second is a lot. And don’t look surprised, it’s a lot for you as well.

Therefore, a fast WordPress theme is an essential element for your website, and especially if you’re running it for any business purpose.

That’s why we’ve made the following selection of some of the fastest WordPress themes out there.

How did we come up with this anyway?

We took the themes from our other list – Best Themes of the Year – and put them through Pingdom. Then, we ranked the themes based on their performance. Hence, the top 10+ you’re seeing here. (more…)

Integrating Google Maps With WordPress (the How-To) – Intergeo Maps Plugin Review

Detailed contact information is always important for a website owner, and especially if the website was built for a business purpose. The unfortunate fact is that we should never rely on the visitor’s “drive” to sniff around and find the contact data on their own. This is the kind of information that should always be directly right in front of them. It just makes it easy for the visitors to find you and communicate with you effectively. (more…)

How We Grew Our Blog Exactly? – Transparency Report #4

This is the fourth edition of our transparency report. This series is meant to share all the interesting details going on behind the scenes at CodeinWP (business-wise). Here’s the series’ dedicated category if you want to see any of the previous reports. We’re publishing this just to be transparent about our dealings, and also as a form of giving back to the community and sharing how we do business. In this edition, I talk about everything that happened at CodeinWP in May 2015:

Edited by Karol K.

How we grew our blog

As I look into the archives, the first post on the blog dates back to April 2013, which means that the blog is little over two years old right now.

Since then, it’s been a long journey. Like you would expect, for the entire first year of the blog’s existence hardly anything was going on. I mean, sure, we were (mainly I was) publishing content and reaching out to people via social media, but we didn’t see any noticeable traffic numbers until we were more than 12 months into this thing. (more…)