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[RESULTS] Biggest WordPress Hosting Survey to Date – The Good, Bad and Ugly of WordPress Hosting

What you’re about to read are the results of our 2016 WordPress hosting survey – aka.  “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of WordPress Hosting.”  Yep, we have good, we have bad, and we indeed do have ugly. (more…)

[WordPress Courses for Beginners] Udemy vs Lynda vs Treehouse vs Skillshare

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world, powering over 26% of the world’s monitored websites. It is heralded for its usability, and yet few people are familiar with the platform’s basics when first creating a website. Given this knowledge gap, there exists a definite demand for online WordPress courses for beginners. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

VaultPress vs BlogVault vs BackupBuddy vs CodeGuard vs UpdraftPlus

“What do I need a backup for!? It’s not like anything bad is going to happen to my WordPress blog anyway!” … I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but there’s a whole plethora of bad things that can happen to a WordPress site. And if you’re not prepared – i.e. don’t have a backup – you’re in big trouble. (more…)

The Problem With “Get Pro” Plugin Notifications

 This is a contribution by Sufyan bin Uzayr. 
Quite possibly, the biggest and most obvious factor behind the popularity of WordPress is the fact that you can extend its features and functionality with the help of plugins and themes … all within minutes.

Need to add an eCommerce store to your website? Cool, have no fear! How about a job board or a help desk, right next to your WordPress site? A forum for your readers? Yes, all of that is possible! (more…)

Managed WordPress Hosting: The All-You-Need-to-Know Guide

Is the (managed) WordPress hosting industry coming to an end? I mean, is WordPress easy-to-grasp enough so that we no longer need any companies helping us out setting up our web servers, and then taking care of those servers on a regular basis? (more…)

Product Hunt Collections for WordPress – The Ultimate List

Here’s one for you: Where do you usually go if you want to discover some cool new WordPress-related tools?

Google works well, clearly. So does WordPress.org if you’re looking for plugins (not so much for themes though … try ThemeIsle for that … cough!). CodeCanyon has also proven to be quite a good place to go for premium plugins, especially if the feature you’re after is a bit more advanced and not covered in the realm of free plugins.

Last but not least, various list posts on your favorite WordPress blogs are a great source of inspiration too. I guess the number of times I got a good plugin or tool recommendation from a list article goes in the hundreds…

But there’s also a different way to discover cool WordPress-related tools. (more…)

Free Images for Blogs – How to Get Them & Use Them Effectively (Warning! Non-Obvious Advice, Data-Backed)

They say that blog posts with images get around 94 percent more views than those without them.[1]

Yeah, alright, but are those “just numbers”?

I mean, is there any particular reason why images work that well on WordPress blogs, or do we just like to look at them … with no further explanation needed?

More importantly, are all images created equal? Do you just need “an image” for your blog, no matter what’s in it? Or maybe the kind of image makes a difference? (more…)