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Struggling with high bounce rates in Google Analytics on your website? A high bounce rate can be a sign that your website isn’t engaging visitors,
Looking to reduce the HTTP requests on your WordPress website? When you’re trying to speed up your WordPress site, there are some simple non-technical solutions
Having a problem with WordPress emails not sending? Because of the default way in which WordPress is configured to send email, it’s common to have
Transactional emails, like order receipts, shipping confirmations, and “you’ve updated your password” notifications, don’t necessarily feel like marketing emails on the surface. After all, they
So, you decided to start a dropshipping business. You went ahead and learned about it and finally build a WordPress dropshipping website for your business
Ever wished that you could store some or all of your WordPress site’s media files in remote cloud storage instead of on your server? There
Looking for the best blogs about WordPress to help expand your knowledge of the world’s most popular content management system? Because WordPress powers over a
Are you looking to speed up WordPress and get your site loading faster? Everyone should want a quick-loading WordPress site. Not only does it provide
WordPress Gzip compression is a way to speed up your WordPress site by compressing the files that your server sends to visitors’ browsers. With a
In the “real” world, theft is pretty universally frowned upon. But the same doesn’t hold true on the Internet, where people will happily hotlink your
There are a lot of different use cases where WordPress front-end post submission can come in handy. By “submit WordPress posts from the front-end”, I
Looking to migrate WordPress.com to WordPress.org? If you’ve ever read WPLift before, you know that we’re big fans of the self-hosted version of WordPress (that’s
With its powerful drag-and-drop editor, as well as its Theme Builder and Popup Builder, Elementor is truly an all-in-one landing page creator. However, there is
WordPress custom fields…what are they? How do they help you? If you’re not a developer, you might not be familiar with these magical little tools.
Unless you’re a masochist, you probably don’t derive joy from maintaining your WordPress site. Creating content? Fun. Growing a business? Fun. Taking backups of your
In this post, you’ll learn how to find broken links in WordPress so that you can fix ’em up and make sure you’re not annoying
Looking for the best Chrome extensions for WordPress users to enhance your WordPress experience and/or boost your productivity? You can find Chrome extensions for everything
At this point, the new WordPress Gutenberg block editor has been out for quite some time, and you’ve probably become familiar with the opportunities it
Recently, we were having some performance issues here at WPLift. 502 errors. Server slowdowns…it wasn’t fun stuff. The quest to fix those issues led us
Here at WPLift, we love WordPress because it makes it possible for anyone to create the website of their dreams. But…when you’re just getting started
Searching for how to create a portfolio site to showcase all your awesome work? WordPress – the world’s most popular way to build a website
The new WordPress block editor in WordPress 5.0 – named Gutenberg while under development – brings with it a ton of new blocks (hence the
Looking for a way to open a contact form in a popup on your WordPress site? In this post, I’ll show you multiple ways that
Looking for a way to remove the sidebar at your WordPress site? Most themes come with a sidebar of some sort, but you may not
Being locked out of WordPress is frustrating, so I’m not going to make you wait around with a long introduction. Instead, I’ll jump right into
On December 6th, 2018, WordPress underwent a massive change with the release of WordPress 5.0. Gone was the old classic TinyMCE content editor, replaced with
Looking for a way to host Google Fonts locally on your WordPress site? Google Fonts is awesome because it unlocks a whole heap of potential
No matter what type of website you’re running, building an email list creates an evergreen asset that will keep working no matter what Google decides
When you’re just getting started with WordPress, it’s normal to do everything through the WordPress admin dashboard. But as you start to become more familiar
Are you looking for a way to disable the Gutenberg editor and keep the classic TinyMCE editor on your WordPress site? There are a few
“I wonder if I can build websites on WordPress just like I do on Drupal?” The answer is, well, yes and no. Yes because you
Ok, so you want to change your WordPress username, right? You probably went to the edit profile page in WordPress assuming that it would be
Struggling with how to add your site to Google Search Console? Or maybe you’re still not sure what this Google Search Console thing even is?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that WordPress is about to get a brand new editor called Gutenberg in WordPress 5.0 (a
You want your site to rank at the top of search engines like Google. WordPress gives you the tools to make that happen…but it’s going
If you want your site’s content to rank well in search engines like Google, learning how to do keyword research for WordPress is essential. While
Trying to decide between Wix vs WordPress for your website? WordPress is by far the most popular way to build a website. It powers 31.6%
Looking for a way to show Facebook reviews on your WordPress site? Because Facebook reviews are tied to a real person, they’re a great way
Looking for a solution to install WordPress locally? While there are some pros and cons to working on a local WordPress install, I love this
Trying to figure out how to reinstall WordPress on your site? There are several different methods that you can use to reinstall WordPress depending on
There’s plenty of evidence that including images in blog posts makes them more engaging and effective. Articles with images get 94% more views on average
You know WordPress is awesome – but you want to be better at it. So how do you get better? The same way you get
While WordPress is, by a large margin, the most popular way to build a website, that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. And if you’re looking
Fed up with the built-in WordPress login form? It works fine when you’re the only one who needs to log in. But if you let
Need to create a website for your sports team or league? As the world’s most popular way to build a website, WordPress is more than
Want to add Font Awesome icons to WordPress? Font Awesome icons are awesome (sic!) because, unlike regular images: You can resize them with no quality loss
There are a lot of fun parts about running a WordPress site…but I don’t think most people would include “maintenance” on that list. But as
Struggling with how to insert ads within your post content in WordPress? This is a common strategy that big publishers use to get people to
Need to create a restaurant website? If so, WordPress is an awesome solution that can do everything you need it to do, while still giving
WordPress’ popularity brings a number of benefits that you wouldn’t get with a less popular content management system. For example, I’ve watched as it went
Need to add custom CSS to WordPress? As you become more familiar with WordPress, you’ll almost certainly want to add at least a little bit
If you pay attention to the news, you’ve probably seen this strange four-letter acronym increasingly popping up among webmasters (perhaps with a sense of panic
Which of these two URLs looks better? wplift.com/go/product product.com/sdfjkhsdfjhkskjhkuiweruireuhiuhe It’s the first one, right? That, plus other reasons, is why so many affiliate marketers cloak
There are few things more frustrating than dealing with a slow WordPress admin dashboard. You’re trying to perform important actions – like publishing posts –
Want to add Facebook comments to your WordPress site instead of the native WordPress comments? While there are plenty of plugins to help you enhance
Every time the clock ticks past midnight, the Gutenberg editor gets one day closer to becoming part of the core. WordPress 5.0 is the next
So you managed to install WordPress and get your site running – does that mean you’re ready to go public right away? Ehh, not quite…
Launched a beautiful website, that looks and functions great? Optimized copy for SEO and took care of meta tags? Now, let’s learn how to step
At a basic level, permalinks in WordPress control the structure of the URLs for the posts and pages that you publish. For example, our permalink
If you’re ever planning to change your WordPress permalink structure, change the slug on a single post, or migrate your entire WordPress site to a
If you’re running a WordPress site, you’re going to need a logo. But unless you’re a designer (or willing to hire one), creating a logo
If you want more control over how your WordPress site looks, learning how to use the WordPress Customizer is one of the best investments that
In today’s day and age, where we all have so many distractions – phones, social media, emails – it is safe to say that attention
Ever wondered where the images that you see in WordPress theme and plugin demo content come from? If you’re a casual WordPress user, maybe that’s
If you want to learn more about WordPress, blogs like WPLift are a great place to start – at least we think so! But blogs
Part of creating great content on your WordPress site is interspersing quality images in that content. For example, BuzzSumo found that posts which used images
WordPress does a lot of things well. But, at least out of the box, being able to create a conversion-hungry landing page is not one
User roles are what allow you to control which actions other users on your site can perform and what content those users have access to.
WordPress maintenance is boring. I mean, is there anything exciting about running a backup or preventing a future malware attack? But WordPress maintenance is also
Struggling with how to install a WordPress theme? Themes are the building block of every single WordPress site, so if you can’t install your WordPress
So you want to start a travel blog? Congrats! That’s awesome. I’ve been known to dabble in travel blogging and it’s a nice change from
When it comes to adding scripts to WordPress, most people recommend that you use a plugin like Code Snippets or your own custom plugin (or,
When Google came out with its Accelerated Mobile Pages framework, the idea had everything in it to attract blog and website owners to jump on
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org is a distinction that’s tripped up many new WordPress users. If you’re feeling confused by these two similar terms – you’re definitely
Since WordPress 3.1, the WordPress Admin Bar, now known as the WordPress Toolbar, has been a part of the WordPress core. If you’re not sure
Wondering how to get started with WordPress Multisite? If so, you’ve found the right place because I’m about to dish out 2,500 words of WordPress
You know those live chat boxes you see all over the web, now? There’s a reason they’ve become so ubiquitous – people like using live
Favicons are those little images that appear next to your site’s title in a browser tab, as well as other areas like bookmarks, app icons
If you’re like most WordPress webmasters, you only experience your WordPress site as an Administrator. If you’re not familiar with what that means, it basically
When you move your mouse around the screen, it might seem like you’re moving quickly. But I promise you that no amount of quick mouse
Want to learn how to start a fashion blog? If you love all things fashion, it only makes sense to share your passion with the
If you’ve been using WordPress for any amount of time, you’ve probably come across a plugin that let you add functionality to your WordPress site
At WPLift, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to learn WordPress. With that being said, we’re far from the only
Looking for a way to add Pinterest Pin It buttons when a user hovers over an image on your WordPress site? There are plenty of
Thinking of changing WordPress themes? It’s something just about every WordPress user has done once in their WordPress career. In a way, it’s theme developers’
So you’ve got a great idea for a blog. Congrats! Now you’re in for the really hard part: picking a domain name for your fledgling
So you’re looking to do the unthinkable – block Google from indexing your WordPress site. Most webmasters are pulling their hair out trying to get
Struggling with how to add the Google Analytics tracking code to WordPress? Google Analytics provides you with all kinds of helpful insights about your site…but
This post is all about how you can use breadcrumbs to improve your cooking. No, that’s not right. This post is all about how you
Want to add an Instagram photo feed to your WordPress site? We’ve shared plenty of Instagram plugins in the past, but we’ve never actually shown
Updates are good. They’re your friend. They keep your site safe…. But just because updates are an important part of running a WordPress site, that
A slow loading website is a death sentence to your online business. It might sound a little harsh, but it’s true. The moment a visitor
A WordPress staging site is like a sandbox. It’s where you can try out all kinds of tweaks and changes without risking breaking your production
Need to move your WordPress site to a new domain? While no one sets out intending to change domain names down the road, it’s certainly
Are you freaking out about that giant “Error Establishing a Database Connection” message that shows up when you try to access your WordPress site? A
When you first install WordPress, it enables comments for all posts on your site. Most of the time, that’s totally fine…but sometimes, you’ll run into
Struggling with how to add Facebook Pixel to WordPress? Just like adding Google Analytics tracking to WordPress, Facebook Pixel can throw you for a loop
Want to add a countdown timer to your WordPress site? While there are plenty of coming soon plugins that help you add countdown timers for website launches, there are surprisingly few plugins that let you add countdown timers to existing WordPress pages…at least for free.
Ever wished that you could track outbound link clicks from visitors on your WordPress site? If you’re like 90% of webmasters I know, you use Google Analytics to track your WordPress site. It’s the default and plenty of plugins make it stupid simple to add Google Analytics tracking to your WordPress site.
Are you looking for ways you can quickly grow your email list? Don’t you wish there was a way you could actually generate leads from every blog post you publish?
Want to level up your WordPress knowledge? I’ve been developing a few personal sites lately. And one of the things I’ve been focusing on is
If you pay any attention to the WordPress ecosystem, you’ve probably heard about the WordPress REST API. The REST API featured heavily at Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word 2016 address, and it’s just generally a hot topic in the WordPress community.
I bet that you have more than one type of content on your WordPress site. So why is your sidebar the same across every single page and category? Using different sidebars for different pages and categories allows you to offer readers a browsing experience that’s much more specific to their needs.
If you’re using WordPress as your CMS of choice when building websites for clients, customizing or white labeling the WordPress admin dashboard is an essential element of getting ready to turn over the website to your client.
If you’ve ever shopped around for WordPress hosting, you’ve probably seen this weird little acronym that shows up on many hosts’ features lists: WP-CLI. Are you familiar? Most managed WordPress hosts offer it nowadays. Impressively, it manages to pack two different acronyms into a name that’s the perfect storm for confusing beginners. So what does this acronym mean? And why should you care about it?
You probably created your WordPress site because you want people to see it. But that doesn’t mean you want people to see every single thing! That is, there are plenty of valid reasons to restrict access to all or parts of your WordPress site. Beefing up security, creating a private staging site, restricting sensitive content…you need to do it sometimes. But how?
Want to spice up your WordPress themes? Icon fonts provide a handy way for you to both enhance the design of your themes and give your theme’s users more functionality. And best of all, there are heaps of free icon fonts you can start using today.
Want to create a mobile app for your WordPress site? The idea has always sounded cool to me. But…I have zero idea how to code a native mobile app. Heck, I can barely hack my way around WordPress. And if you’re an average WordPress user, I’m guessing that you find yourself in much the same situation as I do.
If you’re any kind of online professional, Google Docs is a lifesaver. Easy collaboration, cloud storage…Google makes you happy to hand your life over to them! But up until now, most of our Google-focused posts have been focused on Google Docs and showing you skills like how to import Google Docs to WordPress with Jetpack or via some manual hacking.
As of March 2017, you can import posts directly from Google Docs while maintaining all the images and formatting. That is, your post in the WordPress Editor should look exactly the same as your post in Google Docs.
If you’re not familiar, Up and Running is a WordPress development course from Fred and David of WPShout, a popular WordPress tutorial website.
Want to put your WordPress knowledge to good use? And by good use, I mean making money. See, you’re probably already sharing your WordPress knowledge
Are you looking to speed up your WordPress site? If you’ve already ran through our other WordPress performance tips, another way to speed up your
You know what sucks? When your emails show up in your intended recipients’ spam folders. You’re sending content that needs to be seen, but the Internet gatekeepers are sending it straight to junk. It’s annoying. But as anyone who has tried to receive Contact Form 7 emails at their Gmail account can attest to, it happens far too often with emails sent by your WordPress site.
How much do you care about the mobile visitors to your site? Did you pick a responsive theme and just call it a day? Responsive themes are certainly better than nothing, but are they really the best way to showcase the mobile version of your WordPress site?
Affiliate marketing is awesome and if you take the right steps you can have a huge benefit out of it. Let’s take for example TeslaThemes Affiliate program. It is a good example of how generating just one sale per day can bring you up to $4.000.
You don’t need the name Aldrich Ames or Hercules Mulligan to be considered a great spy on the internet. What’s even better is that you won’t be thrown in jail for treason if you get caught peeking in on what your competitors are doing. In fact, spying on your competitors is one of the more prudent strategies you can follow, considering there’s a good chance your competition has knowledge that you’ve yet to discover.
If you’ve used WordPress for a while, I’m sure someone has told you that you “shouldn’t use too many plugins”. It’s obvious – using too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, right? But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole life and I’m still alive and kicking! So is the common knowledge that “too many plugins is bad” good for WordPress?
How do you make changes to your WordPress site? Do you “think” of a way to improve your site, make a major change, and call it a day? If so, you’re probably doing it all wrong. Making changes to your website without testing them is dangerous business. You’ll never know for sure whether your change was one step forward or two steps back.
Are you a functions.php hoarder? If your first inclination when adding custom code snippets to your WordPress site is to stick them in functions.php, you may be afflicted with this terrible disease and not even know it.
Are you looking to stay up to date with all of the latest WordPress developments? Business best practices, news and new releases, development standards…there’s a
If you’ve been using WordPress for a long time, you probably feel at home in the WordPress dashboard. But think back to the first time you logged into your trusty wp-admin…were you able to instantly navigate your way around?
Blogging is a lot of work. And, if you want to be a stronger blogger, it is going to take consistency, time, and effort. After all, your goal is to craft compelling content your site visitors want to come back for time and again.
Are you curious why content marketing doesn’t seem to work for every business? A lot of business owners believe that simply having a blog will be enough for a steady stream of new customers to start pouring in. Sorry, that’s not how it works. Your content isn’t doing anything except sitting there taking up virtual space, unless you align it with your business goals.
Want to speed up your WordPress site without breaking the bank? After you’ve made all the other basic WordPress speed optimizations, one of the best ways to shave some additional percentage points off of your site’s loading times is to implement a CDN.
If you’re selling anything online, whether it’s a product or service, then you’re going to rely on solid copy. Sadly, tons of websites out there have copy that’s unconvincing and ineffective. It doesn’t make you want to buy or take action. The only action you’ll be taking is hitting the back button.
Content marketing is a long-term game. If you want instant results, your time is probably best spent on a different strategy. Each piece of content you produce only makes a very tiny splash. But, it’s the cumulative impact of all this content that results in a giant wave, flooding the Internet with your content.
Having the most beautifully designed WordPress website is great. That is, unless you ruin it with hard to read fonts. Fonts are fun and exciting. And there are so many to choose from. Think about it. How many themes have you seen boasting access to 700+ Google fonts? Fonts make up the bulk of your website. This is how your visitors engage with your ideas, products, and even some images. But without the right typography, your readers are sure to become frustrated.
CDN – you’ve probably seen this acronym bandied about by the web community. But do you actually know what it means? And better yet, do you know how it can benefit your WordPress site?
Want to develop the magical superpower to control how your content looks on Facebook? I think we can all agree that’s a pretty cool skill to have.
WordPress, by default, has no options to add customizable buttons. However, there are many free and paid solutions to build attractive buttons. Which can be used in landing pages as well as in calls to action? There are WordPress plugins for almost every task. In this post, you will learn why you need these buttons and WordPress plugins to get them.
I think we all have probably experienced this…You share a post on social media. A post you put a ton of thought and time into. But when it comes to engagement on social media, all you hear is the faint sound of crickets. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Is it because your post just wasn’t interesting? Unfortunately, that’s always a possibility. But it’s far more likely that your followers just didn’t see your post.
Migrating your WordPress website from one host to another is often a daunting task. You don’t want to mess up anything. However, you still have to migrate for one reason or another. Surely, you can pay a professional freelancer to do the job but where’s the fun in that? Fear of downtime and data loss are two major factors that discourage people to not carry out the migration themselves.
Many WordPress themes offer the options to customize fonts on the website. However, several other themes lack this feature. Website typography plays a significant role
Is there anything more addictive than the Facebook News Feed. I mean, I’m sitting here trying to write this post, but that addictive little bugger just keeps scrolling…and scrolling…and scrolling. Now, it’s 30 minutes later and I still haven’t started.
If you use Facebook, you know just how attention-grabbing those auto-playing videos in your news feed can be. I know for me, even without sound, I find myself getting sucked into videos I would otherwise have no interest in.
Where do you write your WordPress posts? If you’re writing them in the WordPress Editor from the beginning, I think you’re making things a lot
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the Internet, it’s this: People want things fast. They want Amazon to deliver packages in under 2 seconds. They want to binge watch entire TV shows the second they get released. And they definitely want sites to load rocket fast.
If you have ever wanted to start all over again with your WordPress website, but are not sure how to get back to your default
You’ve probably heard it over and over again: If you want your blog to be successful, you need to consistently put out content. You hear it because it’s true. Without a consistent flow of content, your blog is, unfortunately, primed to shrivel up and die. Note that consistency isn’t always the same as frequency. You could consistently publish content once per week. That’s not a high frequency, but it is a consistent output that your readers will become accustomed to.
Image theft…Photographers have been dealing with it forever, but thanks to the Internet, it’s become easier than ever for thieves to take images. And it doesn’t just affect photographers anymore. Anyone who’s creating unique images knows the pain of unattributed image theft.
Raise your hand if you have customized more than 5 WordPress sites. Keep it raised if it’s more than 10. If I get to 20, and your hand is still raised, then it’s hard for me to imagine that you haven’t used a child theme. Working with child themes is one of the best practices of overriding parent WordPress themes.
So you’ve got your WordPress site up and running. Everything’s okay under the hood, but you need to make it look awesome on the outside too. You don’t have any technical skills. So what’s next for you? Hire a designer to draw your layouts by code? Ask a developer to help you?
Speed is key on the Internet. Whether you want more conversions, more search traffic, or more satisfied users, it pays to optimize your WordPress site for speed. But if you’ve already checked off the big boxes like using a CDN and optimizing your image sizes, how can you eek out even more speed? One way is to implement lazy loading for your images.
Page speed and security should be two issues on the mind of every WordPress site owner. We wrote a huge post about WordPress and page speed back in 2014. And since then, page speed has only gotten more important. Users want sites to load fast – 30% of people want sites to load in under one second. And if your site doesn’t, they’re probably going to go somewhere else.
We all want more visitors to our website and social media can be a great source of traffic. But how do you go about more
If there’s one page most websites have in common, it’s this one: The “About” page. It’s usually front-and-center on every navigation menu. People can, and
One of the great things about WordPress is how easy it makes running a website. But WordPress can’t do everything… You need to be a little proactive – here are some things you need to do on a regular basis to keep your site running smoothly. If you don’t, your site might slow down, be vulnerable to security attacks, lose contacts, or even drop in the search engines.
Adding responsive grids to your WordPress site is a great way to display content and manage your page layout. While there are many excellent themes
I’m going to let you in on one of my deep, dark secrets: I’m a horrible designer. As someone who’s known for his spartan home decorating and fondness for white walls, calling me merely “design challenged” would be a compliment. But, because I know how important images are to blog posts, I try anyway.