The hardest thing when starting a WordPress blog is finding the WordPress plugins perfect for you and which ones you simple must have. So, to help you out and get you kickstarted in to the world of WordPress blogging I’ve shared some of my favourite WordPress plugins and which I think are useful in every day WordPress use.
Essential WordPress Plugins
Probably the most popular WordPress plugin this is also one of the most useful. This plugin gives you a great post by post SEO section in your WordPress back end to change the title, meta description, focus keyword of the post. It also includes a ranking system of how well your post is optimised for search engines which includes tips on how to make it the best it could possibly be. As well as the everyday use settings such as these mentioned the plugin includes options to change the robots meta configuration, change canonicals, change breadcrumbs, clean up permalinks, create XML sitemaps, RSS enhancements, robots.txt and .htaccess editing, and Twitter cards, Facebook Open Graph and Google+ authorship settings (very useful!). If you were going to install just one plugin on your blog this is the one you need.
Do you want to post consistently on social media driving traffic back to your blog? This is a great tool to do just that. Revive Old Post, formerly Tweet Old Post, will schedule a post to be shared via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Tumblr. The scheduled posts can come from any category on your blog, be scheduled to be posted a number of days after it goes live, have the URL shortened, and has the option to add hashtags or additional text to your message. I personally use this on my WordPress blogs and it is very good at keeping a constant presence on social media and drive traffic back to your site.
Another plugin I use on my websites, MailPoet allows you to build an email newsletter and email address database in the backend of WordPress, awesome right? This has a sister plugin which allows you to create a bar at the top of your page to prompt your readers in to subscribing to your newsletter, once your users enter their email in this will be added directly in to one of your databases in MailPoet ready for sending newsletters to. Another great feature that I love in MailPoet is the fact that it has a built in email newsletter creator. Honestly, it’s the easiest thing you’ve ever done, just click and drag posts in to your email newsletter. Add titles, text, images, dividers, social bookmarks right in to the email or choose from loads of free and premium themes to make your email look incredible. As well as all this you get reports of your sent email in the WordPress back end too. If you’re looking for an email newsletter service this is my personal recommendation, I love it.
If you’re running a blog that has multiple contributors and you want to show these in the sidebar with their articles they’ve written. You cna show your authors in a list, tag cloud or dropdown with the option to have a post count next to their name and avatar. Very practical for multi-author blogs.
If you’re running a blog alongside a Youtube channel or you’re a Youtuber looking to expand in to owning your own website too this is a great plugin. The Youtube Channel Gallery WordPress plugin creates a feed of your videos and then displays them on your blog front end in a beautiful gallery with a large video player at the top with as many more video thumbnails beneath that as you want. It features a quick set up and beautiful front end display I think this is my favourite Youtube plugin I’ve seen so far, definitely worth a download if you create content for Youtube.
Used by many big blogs including SocialMediaExaminer this is a plugin that tries to keep your visitors on your site by bringing a pop up to the screen when a users cursor goes towards the top of the page. This pop up should include something like an industry report, free ebook or something that will add value to the customer and not just a simple email sign up form. You can choose from many different animations for when it does pop up, these will be able to help you capture the attention of your readers a little better than a simple block pop up. This plugin is however a paid plugin, with prices starting at $49/year with the most being $199/yr, there is also a monthly payment option.
Social proof is a great way of boosting your engagement, if people see you’re popular they’ll want to get in on the trend early. This plugin has multiple options for how the icons look and are orientated and includes sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, Instagram, Steam, Soundcloud, posts and comments. Despite this post being based around WordPress plugins you may want to hold off on this for a couple of months as you build your following on your social platforms; it might work against you showing small numbers of followers, likes and subscribers.
Email marketing is the backbone of online marketing and when you’re starting your email marketing campaign you should use email newsletter templates for a quick, professional email newsletter. If you’re looking for theme email newsletter templates then you’ve come to the right place, we’ve got 7 of our favourite email newsletter templates below. Many of these templates are repsonsive to enable your recipients to view your email on their phone, tablet and PC, which is incredibly important when sending out email newsletters, nothing’s worse than a poorly rendered email.
Email Newsletter Templates
- 8 Unique Layout Designs
- 8 Unique Color Schemes
- 64 HTML Email Templates
- 7 Layered Photoshop Files
- 8 Prebuild Layouts
- 24 Color Variations
- 28 different Elements
- 768 HTML Files (inline & embedded CSS)
- 24 Full layered PSD files
- 24 Full layered PNG files (Fireworks)
- 9 Prebuilt layouts
- Modular layouts
- Layout creation system
- 70 Responsive HTML email templates
- Layered elements PSD files
- Responsive email template based on fluid structure and Media Queries with ability to remove responsiveness
- 6 color style
- 3 Notification Layout
- Up to 30 Repeatable modules
- 10 Style Layouts
- Easily customize your own layout and colors with built-in layout elements – just copy and paste
- Both light and dark versions
- 5 professional layouts for each version
- Image-blocker friendly. Does not rely on images for graphical style!
- Includes customizable css and launchable inline css files for every layout
- 5 Color styles
- 3 Backgrounds
When creating your new website the easiest way of creating a website is by creating a static HTML website. If you’re looking to quickly get online learning HTML isn’t the quickest or easiest option. So you need a HTML website template. Here’s a list of 5 of the most popular HTML website templates. Quickly get online with these premium html website templates using the oldest coding language used on the web today, HTML. This is the basic coding language for websites. These HTML website templates below are designed to be implemented in to a CMS but can be used as a standalone website. I would recommend using them as a standalone only if your website content doesn’t change that often.
- 450+ files included
- Parallex scrolling + HTML5 Videos
- 7 sliders with 20+ templates
- 50+ scalable shortcodes
- eCommerce ready
- 55+ HTML Files
- Twitter & Flickr Feeds
- Grid System and Responsive Design
- Style Switcher & CSS Generator
- Working Newsletter (MailChimp Signup Form Only)
- 100+ Page Templates
- Unique Page Layouts
- Background Videos
- Unlimited Colors & Patterns
- Responsive Design
- 130+ HTML Files
- Light, Dark and Transparent Menu Bars
- Easy to customize: backgrounds, color schemes, content
- Responsive video
- Fully responsive
- 20 Pages
- Pricing Tables
- Boxed and Wide layouts
- Testimonials Slider
- Working Contact Form
At the heart of any good business is a good business card. But, who wants to pay for someone to design a business card for a couple of hundred pounds when you can get a free business card template online? I certainly wouldn’t. We’ve collated a large list of 10 free business card templates that you can use. This includes a wood style business card template, a transparent business card template and a cool retro business card template. Choose your favourite, download the free PSD and then comment below which of these free business card templates your favourite is.
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Infographics have grown in popularity and are great for getting your business a lot of exposure and links back to your website, but they can take quite a while to produce. These four infographic templates give you an easy way to create multiple infographics in a short space of time thus giving you a greater ROI. Each infographic template will give you four sections that you can enter text and information in to portray in a nice visual manner.
This ceramic bottle free PSD mockup comes from Graphic Burger. Easily integrate your design with this mockup by using the in built smart objects to insert your design and see it crafted on to a ceramic bottle instantly. Wow CEOs, potential business partners and buyers with a great design on a photorealistic bottle, making it easy to visualise your product. Perfect for pitching new ideas and getting your ideas down on paper this free PSD mockup file is perfect for the start up business looking to bring a product to market.
Format: Layered PSD
Smart Objects: Yes
Dimensions: 3000×2000 px
Minimum Photoshop Version: CS4
Size: 15.9 Mb
We love minimal and the minimalistic design style. We’ve collated a list of 11 minimal WordPress themes that look absolutely amazing in any browser. Tell us in the comments which is your favourite out of these 11 minimal WordPress themes.
Need a free WordPress theme? Well, we’ve got six of the best for you to choose from. From photography WordPress themes to beautiful magazine WordPress themes this list has it all. Choose your next free WordPress theme below and in the comments tell me which of these free WordPress themes is your favourite.
Creator: SKT Themes
This is a Photography-oriented free wordpress theme that includes a beautiful home page slider with a lot of user-friendly customization such as a responsive design, integrated social media and has easy to use theme options in the admin panel.
Creator: Kopa Theme
The image above does not do this theme justice. With multiple sidebars and layouts including a huge featured posts slider this theme has everything you could want when setting up your online magazine. Social links, responsive design and easy shop integration.
Creator: Faster Themes
This free Wordpres theme is the one for Photographers. It is perfect for images and albums, with a responsive design, social links integration and also has a paid version. A clean design showcasing your images as soon as you hit the homepage with a large slider and multiple photos below that, if you’re looking for a free photography WordPress theme look no further.
A clean, minimalistic design, this theme relies heavily on images. With a single column, distraction-free layout this is a great website for a content rich website featuring elegant typography. The demo doesn’t do this theme justice, it doesn’t show you the posts with images, which in my mind is what makes this theme amazing.
With a beautiful hand-drawn background this theme is completely responsive and highly customizable. This is a social media integrated responsive design that is perfect for kick starting any blog. Choose from four different sliders, 1000+ GUI elements and tons of custom layouts to make this free WordPress theme your own.
Customizable colors, responsive design and large image slider makes this theme one of our favourites. The homepage design is simple yet elegant, it gives a high level of usability while still looking amazing. If you’re new to WordPress and want a different, easy to implement and beautiful theme this is the one for you.