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How To Attract High-Quality Links To Your eCommerce Website Using Ego Bait Content

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Last week, I was having a conversation with my friend when I got to know about this amazing way of attracting high-quality links to your eCommerce website. It’s called Ego Bait Content. How many of you are aware of this method? Honestly, this is the first time I ever heard of it. I had absolutely The post How To Attract High-Quality Links To Your eCommerce Website Using Ego Bait Content appeared first on Pickaweb.

6 Smart Ways to Build Quality Backlinks and Outrank Your Competitors

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In this day and era, you cannot underestimate the importance of backlinks. Backlinks improve the reputation of a website as well as its ranking on Google and other search engines. And especially in a competitive niche, you can’t rank without backlinks. So, how do you get quality backlinks that will help you beat your competitors? The post 6 Smart Ways to Build Quality Backlinks and Outrank Your Competitors appeared first on Pickaweb.

4 Essential Differences Between Social Media Monitoring and Social Listening

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Social media is a big part of our lives nowadays. Almost everyone has an account and uses it to connect with family, friends, celebrities as well as brands. Apart from sharing media and discussing on various topics, social media presence can also be used as a tool by businesses to promote their products. For this, The post 4 Essential Differences Between Social Media Monitoring and Social Listening appeared first on Pickaweb.

Typography: A Primer For Web Designers

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For many designers – both online and off – the world of typography is something of a closed book. In part, the issue owes a little to the fact that in the early days of the Internet, designers were more or less limited to a small selection of ubiquitous web-safe fonts (and the only meaningful The post Typography: A Primer For Web Designers appeared first on Pickaweb.

Get a Unique Site with QuickStarter

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A single page website doesn’t mean that your business website will look just like all the others. “Simple” doesn’t have to mean “boring.” In fact, when it comes to customization, the sky’s the limit.   At InMotion Hosting, all of our one-page websites are built on the WordPress platform, meaning you get all the customization options that come with it. No matter what industry you’re in, or what your niche is, our designers will come up with something 100% suited to you – and 100% unique. Continue reading Get a Unique Site with QuickStarter at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Choosing the Right TLD for Your Domain Registration

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During the process of domain registration, most people think that a .com domain is what they need. However, .com is just the one that everybody knows. There are many different types of top-level domains (TLD) and they are getting more popular as the internet grows and domains become a commodity. But how do you go about picking the right one? Choosing a .com domain is the standard when coming to choosing a domain, but it’s also kind of boring. Continue reading Choosing the Right TLD for Your Domain Registration at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Register Your Great Domain Name Today!

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If you’ve been planning or assembling your own website, then chances are good that you’ve come across the term “domain name registration.” Your domain name is the URL or web address that identifies your specific website so that people can locate you online. If you’re looking for a website for your business or just for a personal site, then your domain name must be registered so that you can stake claim to your particular space online. Continue reading Register Your Great Domain Name Today! at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Do You Need to Pay for Domain Hosting?

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New or potential website owners often wonder about domain hosting and the costs. Many want to know if they have to pay for it, and if so what does that all entail. Well, the short answer is, yes, you have to pay for domain hosting. However it is more involved than just saying yes and we want to help you with understanding it. Paying for Domain Hosting To purchase a domain, you need to go through a registrar. Continue reading Do You Need to Pay for Domain Hosting? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Discovering Your Niche: How to Choose the Best Dropshipping Products

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WordPress opens a lot of doors, one of which enters the diverse world of eCommerce. Maybe you’ve been considering starting a WooCommerce store of your own, but you’re not sure where to start. Have you considered making your eCommerce store a dropshipping business? Dropshipping makes eCommerce extremely accessible, and with Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting, you can get a dropshipping business up and running in no time. But before you start taking orders, you need to find a niche. In other words, what kinds of products will you be selling from your store? This is an important question because not all products are dropshipping products. In fact, some of the best dropshipping products are ones you may not expect. Since choosing the best dropshipping products is essential to building a successful dropshipping business, we’re going to guide you through the process of discovering your niche. Just follow these simple steps to choose the best dropshipping products for your eCommerce store. Get industry-leading tips on dropshipping for your store. Subscribe to the Liquid Web eCommerce newsletter and get content like this sent straight to your inbox. The Benefits of Dropshipping Products Though it started as a subset of retail, eCommerce has grown into a burgeoning industry in its own right, and (as big as it is now), eCommerce will only continue to grow. In fact, eCommerce is expected to overtake physical retail sometime in the next few years. But eCommerce hasn’t been easy to get into. This has largely been due to the significant starting capital needed to establish an inventory and build infrastructure. As if on cue, dropshipping emerged, and offered a practical shortcut to eCommerce success. Dropshipping lets you focus on the customer-facing aspects of the online retail experience by deferring the more difficult aspects — like inventory management and order fulfillment — to your partners. Because there is little upfront investment required, dropshipping has become very competitive. In fact, many have been discouraged from dropshipping by the fear of getting overshadowed by so many competitors. When there are so many dropshipping companies, how can you be more competitive? Choosing a niche, which involves picking the right products to dropship, is the key to being competitive as a dropshipping company. Here’s how to do it. How to Find a Product Niche for Your Business When starting your own dropshipping business and WooCommerce store, you shouldn’t just pick the products you like the most. For your dropshipping business to succeed, you need to be strategic when it comes to product selection. Finding the best dropshipping products for your new eCommerce store can be broken into three broad steps: considering your options, creating a strategy, and selecting the right products. Consider the Options Products are the backbone of any online store and are vital to the success of your dropshipping store. For that reason, consider your options carefully. Spend time researching products you may want to offer, which product niches are ideal for dropshipping, how you can be more competitive, and what the identity of your store should be. Find Ideas and Inspiration Before searching for the best products to dropship, put on your market researcher hat and see what’s selling right now. What are others doing? What concepts do they have for their stores? Take inspiration from what’s been done already to develop your own unique ideas. Maybe your research leads to an idea for a theme for your eCommerce store. Or perhaps you discover an intriguing concept and realize there’s an even better way to do it. You want to get some idea of what your storefront will be to guide the rest of your research. Good for Dropshipping vs. Bad for Dropshipping Not all products are right for a dropshipping store. In fact, there are certain types of products that are quite bad for dropshipping. Examples of products that are bad for dropshipping include: Products that are dangerous are bad for dropshipping (e.g. cutlery, kitchen knives, products that are flammable or combustible). Products that are fragile. You have no control over how they’re packaged or handled during transit, and fragile products could be broken upon delivery. Products with copyrighted imagery (e.g., branded clothing, devices with manufacturers names on them). Besides trademark concerns, branded items build loyalty for the brands instead of your store. Products that are extremely heavy. Heavy products are more expensive to ship, especially for international shipments. Products that are electronic or have moving parts (e.g. drones, smartphones, game consoles). You can’t personally verify their working condition prior to shipping, nor can you provide support if they aren’t functional upon delivery. Certain types of clothing (e.g. fitted clothing, couture garments, high-end fashion). When there’s an increased chance of an item not fitting, you’re likely to see more returns. It may seem like we’ve ruled out a lot of options, but there are still many products viable for dropshipping. Although you should avoid high-fashion clothing, most other clothing is ideal for dropshipping. Focus on unique items that don’t feature trademarked branding or logos. For instance, if you do a quick Google image search for “unique sweater,” most of the results would make great dropshipping products. The best products for dropshipping are ones that can be delivered quickly without incurring additional costs. In other words, mass-produced products that are inexpensive to ship. Which Dropshipping Products Sell? If you’re still unsure, a current top-selling product might give you some ideas. PopSockets originated from a 2012 Kickstarter campaign, but it wasn’t until around 2018 that they became popular. All of a sudden, they were a sensation. These plastic collapsible cones provided a grip or kickstand for your mobile device and were sold in nearly every brick-and-mortar and digital store. Just about everyone who started a drop shipping business in 2018 considered selling PopSockets. PopSockets are a great example because they’re easy and inexpensive to produce, have a low retail cost that’s great for impulse purchases, and their small size means shipping costs are low. In other words, PopSockets are basically the perfect product for dropshipping. If you want to find out what people are buying, Google Trends and Wish are great places to start. In particular, Google Trends shows products that people are searching for and Wish shows products that people are actually buying or adding to shopping lists. Google Trends is especially valuable for comparing interest in different products among the general public. Using Google Trends, you can compare search volume for up to five different queries. This offers you an indication of whether interest in a product is growing or waning. In the example above, there were times when more people searched for boots (orange) than for shoes (red). This can probably be attributed to seasonal fluctuations. If your niche was going to be footwear, this data suggests that offering a variety of shoes would yield more consistent sales even though sales of boots might increase substantially in short intervals. Create a Strategy Now that you have a basic idea of the kinds of products you’d like to sell, you can start strategizing. We’re getting deeper into the process of filling your store, turning vague ideas into calculated decisions. At this point, the goal is to figure out which customers you’re targeting, whether to focus on trending or niche products, how your competitors are succeeding, and which dropshipping products will give you the best margins. Who Is Your Customer? Many retailers and eCommerce stores create buyer personas to guide their product selection. Each buyer persona reflects certain purchasing habits, tendencies, and preferences. When you identify your buyer persona(s), you get a better understanding of what your customers are thinking, feeling, hoping, expecting, believing, planning, and even what their concerns. Then you leverage this information to offer products that are perfectly matched to who shops at your store. The most successful retailers cater their retail experiences to their buyer personas. If you don’t yet have an online storefront, that almost gives you an advantage. After all, you can decide upfront which customers to target, and build your eCommerce store accordingly. For a dropshipping store, the best customers are the ones who make frequent purchases. So the question is: Which customers are more likely to make repeat purchases? Hobbyists are a type of customer that are more likely to return for purchases. Additionally, most hobbyists must continue funneling resources into their leisure and recreational activities. For this reason, targeting hobbyists could inform which products to focus on for your dropshipping business. Another type of customer that’s more likely to make repeat purchases is business customers. Establishing trust with small business owners, for example, would encourage loyalty. In turn, loyal business customers will continue to buy from you, often in large quantities. Trending Products vs. Niche Products Trending products may have wide appeal, but you face more competition for those transactions. Many retailers follow product trends closely and make every attempt to capitalize on those trends. For this reason, it’s harder to attract purchases for trending products. However, if you have a niche, the pool of customers is smaller, but you face less competition for those customers. For this reason, finding a niche is the safest route for dropshipping businesses. With some creativity, there are ways to have the best of both worlds. Maybe your niche actually revolves around past or current product trends. The niche would indicate the target audience, and whether it’s people who are nostalgic for past trends or trend-chasers looking for the next big thing. If we return to the footwear example, boots could be considered the trending product. Meanwhile, sneakers — indicated by the blue line on the graph — represent a niche. Although interest in sneakers was less than both boots and shoes, interest in sneakers was consistent. In other words, the number of people interested in sneakers stays the same. You might also expect sneaker-loving customers to be underserved by stores focused only on current footwear trends. This would make sneakers a potentially valuable niche. Ideally, you want to land somewhere between trending and niche by picking a “trending niche.” This refers to a product category experiencing a surge in popularity while also having a strong base of core customers. Examples of trending niches include things like smartphone cases and accessories, pet products, hair and skin care products, novelty jewelry, hats and scarves, and fashion accessories. What Are Your Competitors Selling? Seeing what your competitors are doing is a great primer for setting up your own eCommerce store. Of course, we don’t condone copying and pasting a competitor’s catalog. There’s value, however, in finding out what works and what doesn’t work for the competition. Start by looking at their top-selling products and customer reviews. It’s even a good idea to see what customers are saying on social media. Pricing and Opportunities for Markups As you narrow down potential niches, don’t forget about pricing. With dropshipping, your margins will typically be lower than with a conventional eCommerce store; pricing is something to keep in mind because the ultimate goal is to make a profit. Keep your eyes peeled for products where the manufacturing costs are substantially lower than the retail prices attached to them. These products offer the best opportunities for markups, which are the source of virtually all your profits. On the other hand, including a few recognizable products with lower margins in your store is a smart strategy. The idea is that products with low margins draw people in while add-on products with higher margins increase your profits. This is why electronics stores encourage you to buy accessories for the devices you buy. They make most of their profits on the accessories rather than the actual devices. Select the Best Products to Dropship Pat yourself on the back: You’ve done your homework and are now ready to pick the products for your store. These final steps are about selecting the best of the best from the options you’ve collected. Presumably, any of the options would be viable contenders, however, this final stage will help you focus on dropshipping products that will sell and encourage repeat business. Leverage Social Shopping Sites Americans spend an average of 142 minutes, or just under 2.4 hours, on social media sites every single day. Meanwhile, retailers have started leveraging social media for data with which to strengthen their businesses. In fact, social shopping sites let retailers keep their fingers on the pulse of current customer interests. Use social shopping sites as a reference while discovering your niche and building a catalog for your store. Sites like Pinterest, Fancy, Wanelo, and Etsy show products that get people excited. More specifically, they show the products that customers want to share with others, which are the kind of products you want for your store. Monitor Online Shopping Communities Online shopping communities are another way to get a read on your target audience. On Facebook alone, there are hundreds of shopping communities. Typically, these communities revolve around certain demographics (e.g., women veterans) or around certain sites or brands (e.g., Amazon and LuLaRoe). These shopping communities can show which products resonate with customers who are interested in your niche. On a side note, we’re starting to see smaller online stores creating their own social media communities. This lets these businesses offer a more personal, interactive shopping experience. If want to set yourself apart, creating a Facebook group for your customers might be worth considering. Consider the Customer Experience Customer experience has a major influence on customer loyalty. However, you have almost complete control over the experience your customers have while shopping your WooCommerce store. Things like site design and customer support contribute to a customer’s overall experience, and you can ensure a positive experience simply by choosing the right dropshipping products. For example, make sure you’re not offering lots of products with long delivery times. When a customer has to wait too long for delivery, he or she is much less likely to buy from your store again. Focus on products in your niche that are readily available and can be shipped quickly. Sell Products That Encourage Repeat Business Make sure the niche products you’re selling are ones that your customers will need to buy again in the future. Consumable goods like skin care products are ideal for repeat business because they need to be replenished over time. It’s similar to why hobbyists are an ideal type of customer. If you provide customers with a source to meet their needs and hobbies, they’ll continue returning to your store again and again. Final Tips for Excelling in Your Niche As you fill your digital store with products, we offer some final words of advice. Specifically, there are three things you want to keep in mind, especially where pricing and value are concerned. Offer the Lowest Prices If you’re tempted to try to maximize your margins for every product, resist that urge. Online shopping has made everyone a bargain hunter. So if your markups are too high, customers will look for a cheaper source for the product, which isn’t hard to find. However, when you offer lower prices, you earn customer loyalty, and loyalty leads to more purchases in the future. Ultimately, it’s a question of whether to squeeze a little more from a single transaction or earn a lot more profit across many transactions. Clearly, the latter is the better scenario. Add Unique Value Dropshipping is competitive because it’s easier to get started than conventional online retail. But it has resulted in the same products being sold by many dropshipping businesses. Even the products that you sell (or will be selling) will surely be offered by a number of other dropshipping stores. So how do you encourage a customer to choose one store over another? You need to provide unique value. In other words, you need a unique value proposition. This means you offer something that better meets your customers’ needs, and gives you an edge over your competitors. There are many ways to offer unique value, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Come up with added value that’s original and unique to your store. Many retailers use complementary content to offer additional value. For instance, you could offer setup guides, breakdowns of key features, tutorials, and videos for your products. The idea is to help your customers get the most benefit from the products they’re buying. Similarly, you could curate lists of products (e.g., “10 products to help you get the most from your new X”) that complement what they’ve already purchased. This broadens the functionality of a customer’s previous purchase and could also net you additional sales. Provide a Memorable Shopping Experience Finally, give your customers a great shopping experience, especially when it comes to the design of your web store. Customers shouldn’t have trouble navigating your store, searching and filtering products, adding things to their cart, or checking out. If customers experience even slight frustration with any of these things, it’s costing you sales. When you put time and effort into your storefront, customers will have positive experiences. They’ll remember those positive experiences — and you can bet they’ll come back again and again. Build a High-Performing WooCommerce Store Create a store that converts traffic with Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce Hosting solution. It comes standard with Jilt to help you recover more abandoned carts, performance tests whenever you need them, and the platform reduces query loads by 95%, leading to a faster store and more conversions. The post Discovering Your Niche: How to Choose the Best Dropshipping Products appeared first on Liquid Web.

When is it time to make the switch to VPS hosting?

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To reduce the cost of operation, most business websites tend to start off with web hosting that is cost effective and that would be Shared Hosting. However, Shared Hosting is also limited in many ways and there may come a time when you need to consider an upgrade. Logically, the next step up would be the type of web host which offers additional benefits that can help higher-volume websites cope with increased traffic or other requirements. VPS hosting is usually the popular option when comparing the features and price. Before I go into greater detail about this and the benefits of VPS hosting, let’s take a look at the limitations of Shared Hosting so that we can be clear about what the key differences are as compared to VPS hosting. The Limitations of Shared Hosting As mentioned, Shared Hosting is usually the first step into the game and is offered by almost every web hosting provider in existence. It is the simplest of plans and basically involves a web host cramming as many websites onto a single server as they think it can support. All of those websites have access to the same features and share the same resources, from disk space to CPU power. Think of it like living in a communal hall where everyone lives in one huge room and shares a common kitchen, washroom and other facilities. Because of the limited features that come with Shared Hosting plans, websites that grow larger may have difficulties remaining on these plans. The question then would be – how do you know when it is time to move? The main types of hosting plans are shared, VPS, Cloud and Dedicated hosting in order of power (and typically, cost). Although in some ways similar in nature, VPS hosting gives you dedicated resources on one server. Cloud hosting gives your virtual space on a network of servers. There is a limit to how much you can scale up your VPS plan, but with cloud, the sky is virtually the limit – at a price. When to Move to VPS Hosting After considering the benefits of VPS hosting as compared to other options, below are usually the general indicators which let you know that it is time to step up to VPS hosting. Your Website Traffic Increases SignificantlyWe’ve all been there before – your new site has just been launched and you’re eagerly monitoring your hit rates to see if people are visiting. Over time, the handful of hits a day that you first saw begin to grow and before you know it, you’re seeing hundreds or thousands of visits per day. Each of your website visitors consumes resources and if your Shared Hosting account is using up too much of those, your web host may take action. From throttling your traffic to an outright suspension of your account, your traffic may come to an abrupt halt. Although web hosts typically have a few Shared Hosting plans you can scale up to, there is a limit and once you hit that cap the logical choice is to move on to VPS hosting for better benefits and at affordable price. Caption: One of the most distinctive differences between shared and VPS hosting is how resources are allocated (Img credit: WHSR – how does VPS hosting work) VPS hosting also has you sharing a server with others but in a dedicated environment. This means that you will be allocated server resources specifically for your site. You won’t have to share the server resources such as CPU, RAM or any data with others. You Want Greater SecurityThere may be times when you are looking to increase the security of your website for the benefit of your users. If you are running an e-commerce site, this might be for various reasons such as processing or storing the personal or financial information of your users. Because VPS hosting accounts are siloed, the data you store and the process is much safer as compared to if you were to use Shared Hosting. VPS hosting also lets you install additional firewalls or lay down better security rules and restrictions. Seeking Better ReliabilityThis again goes back to the nature of Shared Hosting versus VPS hosting. When something fails on your Shared Hosting account, typically all the sites that are being hosted on that server goes down. It’s like a really dangerous game of Russian Roulette. By its very nature, VPS hosting is typically more robust and the environments are configured in such a way that if there is a fault in your VPS account, the management software will usually reallocate your website to another instance and rebuilds it rapidly. The is one of the VPS hosting advantages you can get. There will be a slight downtime, but certainly not as bad as if your Shared Hosting account encounters a technical fault. You Need More ControlShared hosting accounts are usually quite limited in terms of what configuration changes you can make to the servers. Even if your web host allows the changes you need, you will normally have to contact technical support and request that the changes be made on your behalf. This can be frustrating at times and may feel overly restrictive. Take for example if you want to install some extra tools for your website. Shared hosting won’t allow this since you don’t normally have administrative access to the server. VPS hosting lets you have full administrative access/root access irrespective of what OS your account is based on. You can also request customized plans such as specific amounts of resources such as processor cores or memory. VPS hosting plans are typically scalable and in some instances, these resources can even be adjusted on the fly. If You Run an eCommerce SiteIf you are leaning towards running an online store or eCommerce site, there may be too many restrictions in Shared Hosting to meet your needs. VPS hosting offers more options that are better suited to hosting eCommerce sites simply because these sites are usually high volume and very demanding. With VPS Hosting you will also be better equipped to meet enhanced security needs that come along with accepting online payments. Serving up pages with multiple products lists are coping with increased queries to your database are also factors to be considered for eCommerce sites. Conclusion Most new users should be content with Shared Hosting and in fact, many of them will be content to stick with that for a long time. However, if you are serious about running your site it is very likely that your traffic will increase steadily. Remember, migrating a website is just like moving house – it takes time and proper planning. Always ensure that you are a step ahead in the game and are prepared to move before performance issues force your hand. Remember, if your site performance is suffering, your traffic volume will likely suffer as well. Users quickly get frustrated with erratic websites and there are many other sites they can switch over to if you aren’t at the top of your game. If you are afraid of facing technical issues that you’re not sure you can cope with, there is always the option of looking for managed VPS hosting. Resellerclub offers Bluehost VPS, Plesk VPS Hosting and Linux VPS Hosting which give you the technical support you needed. These plans may cost a bit more but offer you all the benefits of VPS hosting without the technical requirements needed to use them. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post When is it time to make the switch to VPS hosting? appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

Want More Happiness and Less Stress? Start Your Own Small Business

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The post Want More Happiness and Less Stress? Start Your Own Small Business appeared first on HostGator Blog. A full 90% of small business owners say they’re happier now than when they worked for someone else, according to survey by Recruit Ventures. Another study found that 60 percent of self-employed people say their health improved after they started their own business. That’s remarkable because starting a business can be pretty stressful. 6 Ways Self-Employment Makes You Happier and Less Stressed Here are some of the reasons self-employment can make you happier despite the hard work it requires.   1. More control over your time You may find yourself working longer hours for yourself than you did for your old boss, at least for the first couple of years while you ramp things up. The trade-off is more flexibility if you need a sick day or a long lunch to run an errand. Setting your own work schedule can also boost your productivity. Some of us do our best work after dinner or at the crack of dawn, when the traditional office or shop isn’t open for business.   2. No commute You can use the time you would have spent in the car to build your business. In Austin, the average commuter spends a bit more than a full workweek—43 hours—stuck in traffic each year. Leaving my last job to freelance full time allowed me to reclaim 90 minutes a day for writing and landing new clients. Canceling your commute does more than save time. Eliminating your commute can benefit your health by reducing stress and your risk of a car crash. And of course, you’ll save a small fortune on gas, tolls, and parking or public transit passes.   3. A sense of purpose Most of us like to know there’s a reason for what we’re doing. If your job feels pointless or goes against your values, it’s easy to feel frustrated, depressed, or simply numb. When you run your own business, you’re not going to feel fulfilled by every small business task you undertake, but it’s easier to stay motivated because you know how those chores can help you reach the big goals that matter to you.   4. Stronger professional connections Being an employee can feel like being a schoolkid stuck with a group assignment. You don’t always get to choose who you work with, and you may not always like or trust the people you work alongside. When you work for yourself, you still work with other people – clients, customers, vendors, and eventually maybe even your own employees. The difference is that you can be more selective about who you work with. Working with people you like, trust, and respect makes the day-to-day a lot more pleasant, and it can help you build a great referral network.   5. A workaround for workplace discrimination Seventy percent of small business owners in the US are women and/or members of a minority group. Many older adults are starting new businesses after retirement—or after layoffs that effectively ended their previous careers. One reason for the growth in self-employment among these groups is the freedom to earn a living without the stress of harassment, glass ceilings, and other bias-induced career pitfalls.   6. Going with the flow When you’re doing challenging work you love, you can achieve something called “flow state.” Flow happens when you’re totally absorbed in what you’re doing, you have a goal in mind, and you make progress toward your goal but it doesn’t feel like work. Psychologists say the experience of flow is elemental to human happiness. It’s possible to experience flow when you’re working for someone else, but it’s more likely to happen when you’re working on your own goals, at your own pace, at the time of day and in the space where you’re most productive. For example, an article that takes me 5 hours to research and write in daytime worker-bee mode at a café or co-working space can take as little as three hours (and feel like just minutes) if I work on it in my home office in the evening, when my creative energy and attention span peak.   Making Self-Employment Work for You Starting a business does come with some real risks and stressors. You’ll be spending a lot of time working, especially when you’re learning how to do everything and growing your client base. If you’re starting your business on a tiny budget, you also get to be your own HR, IT, accounting, and payroll departments, so you’ll need to figure out how you’ll handle things like insurance, computer repair, tax preparation, and other small business essentials. Before you start your business, you need to do thorough prep work to give yourself the best chance of success. Start by spending a few weeks on market research to make sure there’s a big enough market for your idea and to learn how you can set your business apart you’re your competitors. Once you verify that there are people who’ll pay for what you want to offer, it’s time to write your business plan. This doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to be clear: Include your planned products or services, pricing, costs, and overall goals. Hang onto your business plan and update it at least once a year as your business evolves. You need some money to get your new business off the ground, either from savings or a small business loan. Even if your planned business won’t require a huge outlay upfront, you need to make sure you can pay your bills until your business is profitable. Before you leave your current job, figure out how much money you’ll need to cover your expenses for a few months and how long it will take you to save that much. You also need to create a marketing plan that includes a website for your new business. A small business website is a must for doing well in search results, establishing a sense of trustworthiness, and developing a strong marketing plan over the long term. Ready to get started? Explore your business web hosting options now. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Meet a Helpful Human – Jake Fellows

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We’re the employees you would hire if you could. Responsive, helpful, and dedicated in ways automation simply can’t be. We’re your team. Each month we recognize one of our Most Helpful Humans in Hosting. Meet Jacob (Jake) Fellows Why did you join Liquid Web? I had a couple of friends who worked at Liquid Web as I was finishing college. Every time I would visit with them on the weekends, they would always mention how excited they were to go back to work for the week while the rest of us dreaded it. I knew this place just had to be different for that kind of response (who likes Mondays?). Once I saw the culture and type of workplace it was, I sent in my resume the very next day. Is there something specific at Liquid Web that you just love? The main thing I love about Liquid Web is the people it brings together. I have worked for several different institutions, and at every one of them, I always referred to my co-workers as simply that: co-workers. All of my friends were outside of the office. Now, I have peeps at the office that I also consider friends. That’s a huge difference and a big morale booster. In your eyes, what’s the difference between Liquid Web and other employers? Liquid Web truly cares about its customers. Whenever we are discussing our products or improving specific procedures, we always start off with one question: “What will be the most beneficial and valuable to our customers?” Other places I have worked at always tackled those issues by seeing what would benefit themselves and their own workloads the most, which leaves the most customer-centric solutions on the table. What draws you to the hosting industry as a career? The hosting industry plays such a big role in business. I was drawn to it initially by the vast amount of industry types that use it. When I was a Windows admin and senior sales rep in previous positions at Liquid Web, I always dealt with companies from different industries, which could lead to a more diverse knowledge based for myself. These days, nearly all companies have an online presence, creating an extremely diverse hosting world. The varied experiences are what give this job a true edge above other careers. What is the biggest milestone you’ve accomplished? Managing and launching Liquid Web’s new Private Cloud (VMware) product. The initial launch was a whirlwind of different experiences. I helped to build the new processes from scratch as well as create the product in our system. I also got to work with many different teams within Liquid Web to create this offering, and then see it all come to fruition. It was extremely rewarding both professionally and personally. What’s your favorite part about the company culture at Liquid Web? There is an amazing assortment of personalities and interests at Liquid Web, all the way from computer geeks and gaming (of course) to people who make and spin their own yarn. If you have a question or are looking for something new to try, there is most likely someone here that can help you get started or who would love to join you in that quest. Tell us about a truly rewarding experience you’ve had with a customer. I assisted a customer with a complete overhaul of their infrastructure, allowing them to triple both their customer base and staffing. The customer was having major issues handling the growth of their business and was actually having to turn down customers. I discussed a new solution with them and helped them implement it which allowed them to continue growing and also hire more staff without changing their application or workflows. This is why I love being a Helpful Human. What are you known for at Liquid Web? What do people specifically come to you for? At work, I am the guy who people come to for more complex hosting product questions, and to add/create specific SKU’s to fit a custom need. Usual examples would be questions on whether a specific product will work for a complex load, or adding a 4th drive array on a Dedicated Server order via cart infrastructure updates. For non-work related items, I am the guy who a lot of people come to for rifle shooting and hunting questions. Work aside, what are some of your hobbies? I love the challenges and competition online gaming offers. I have played 2 different games competitively and have placed in the top 3 in 7 major tournaments with my teams. What is your favorite TV show? The Big Bang Theory, or anything on the Discovery Channel. I’m all about learning. If you could have dinner with one famous person [dead or alive] who would it be? Tim Berners-Lee, Father of the World Wide Web. You can follow Jake on LinkedIn. We hope you enjoyed our series, and stay tuned for the next Most Helpful Human in Hosting profile. The post Meet a Helpful Human – Jake Fellows appeared first on Liquid Web.

What Is a Marketing Funnel and Why Do You Need One?

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What actions do you want customers to take on your website? Depending on your business it may vary from purchasing a product, getting more information, subscribing to your blog, or donating money to your cause. When a customer completes the action you want them to take it’s called a conversion. You can encourage conversions by refining your marketing funnel. We’re going to explain what a marketing funnel is, how to identify yours, and how you can improve your funnel for increased results. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. What’s a marketing funnel? Marketing funnels represent the steps prospective customers take on their journey to becoming an actual customer. Funnels are broken down into different sections, each designed to represent a pivotal moment someone can have with your business. They’re a way of understanding your customer’s experience. It starts the second someone learns about your business and it continues through the moment that they become a customer. Successful funnels encourage customer advocacy, loyalty, and repeat business. A healthy funnel looks like this: As you move down the funnel there are fewer people at each step. Not everyone who visits your site becomes a customer, right? Optimizing your funnel increases the number of people who make it all the way through. In order to refine your customer’s experiences and your funnel, you need to understand what happens at each step. Breaking down the funnel Each section of the funnel represents a pivotal moment in your customer’s journey. Marketing Efforts/SEO: Your marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts aren’t technically part of the funnel, but they do influence the user experience and willingness to move through the funnel. Think of your marketing efforts as food for your funnel. Without any marketing or SEO efforts, prospective customers won’t know you exist and can’t find their way to your website. Marketing efforts can include having active social media profiles for your business, a blog, email newsletters, and any other content created for your site or products. Your marketing efforts directly affect awareness of your business or site. Awareness: This lives at the top of the funnel and goes hand-in-hand with your marketing efforts. At this stage, people are finding your website and discovering what it is you offer. They’re learning about you on your own territory (your site or retail store). Interest: Once someone’s aware that you exist, one of two things will happen: you’ll pique their interest or they’ll leave your site having decided that their needs can’t be met by your offerings. To increase the number of interested parties, make sure your site has clear CTAs (Call-to-Actions) and a good user experience. If you’ve explained and positioned your offerings clearly people will take greater interest in your services and move further down the funnel. Evaluation: They’re aware, they’re interested, and now they’re seriously considering your product. Many things can happen in the evaluation step: prospective customers are trialing your goods or services, or perhaps they’re taking advantage of your free initial consultations. People at the evaluation stage are on the cusp of becoming paying customers. Conversion: This is the moment you’ve been working for. Conversions happen when site visitors complete the action(s) you want them to take. Conversions can include purchasing an item or signing up for your webinars and blog posts. When someone converts, you earn a customer or client. Loyalty and Advocacy: Sometimes, you’ll find loyalty and advocacy described as two distinct parts of the funnel, but they go hand in hand. Treating customers well and providing good experiences for them will earn you their loyalty and a loyal customer is a repeat customer. These customers are also more likely to recommend your product or service to people they know. Customer advocacy and recommendations can make a world of difference. Convince and convert did a recent study and found that “50% of Americans would choose word of mouth if they had to pick one source of information” — so provide an experience and product you’d be proud to have people talk about and recommend. Customer advocacy is free advertising for you! Keep in mind that repeat customers go through the funnel every time they purchase an item from you. Don’t get lax with your website experience or product offerings, because you want them to make it all the way through the funnel each time they visit. What’s your funnel look like? Now that you know what a funnel looks like, put yourself in a potential customer’s shoes to explore your funnel. Ask yourself these questions: Where can they find out about my business?Do you have enough of a digital presence for people to know you exist? Take stock of your social media profiles, marketing materials and efforts to identify and address any opportunities.Is my content interesting?Pumping out content for the sake of having content isn’t a great strategy. Make sure your content speaks to your desired audience. Who do you want as a customer? What are their needs? Do I provide enough opportunities for engagement?As people evaluate your product or service they’re going to have questions. You, or a support team, should be available to address them. Consider offering a free trial or consultation if you provide a service. What’s my checkout process like?If your checkout process is clunky and cumbersome then you’re in trouble. You want your visitors to move seamlessly from evaluation to conversion.Am I encouraging happy customers to leave reviews and talk about my business?Word of mouth brings in new customers. Encourage existing customers to leave a review on your Facebook page or other outlet where it can easily be found by others. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. Do what’s best for your business Reviewing and optimizing your marketing funnel should increase your site traffic, spike visitor interest, and most importantly — bring in the customers. Use the marketing funnel description we provided to understand the different steps along your customer’s journey. Once you understand what that journey looks like, pretend you’re a potential customer to evaluate your specific funnel. It wouldn’t hurt to ask a friend or person you trust for their feedback, too. Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to improving marketing funnels? Let us know in the comments. 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The 10 Best Gutenberg Plugins For Content Creators

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With Gutenberg now being out in the wild and serving as default editor in WordPress versions 5 and higher, let’s try and get the most out of it. For this article, I researched ten of the best Gutenberg plugins for content creators. While doing that, I even saw the potential to rebuild my entire site with Gutenberg only, instead of using a page builder. This list is going to be fun! Even though the Gutenberg plugin still has an average rating of 2/5 stars in the WP repository and the user count is dropping, it presents a great change to the WordPress ecosystem. While the shipping of Gutenberg was handled less than ideal, the goal of the plugin still gets me excited. After having written a number of blog posts, usually containing upwards of 1,500 words each, I cannot say a bad thing about the editor. Sure, you have to get used to the new interface. But once you’ve adapted to it, you’ll be creating content quickly. You’ll likely build better-looking layouts than you were before. With those Gutenberg plugins listed below, you’ll turn up your content creation process to a whole new level. Content creators need Gutenberg plugins that let them add blocks like testimonials, call-to-action elements, callouts, photo galleries, audio, video, and all sorts of other content. The variety of content types is far too widespread to list it here. You’re about to discover some of the absolute best Gutenberg plugins that’ll let you literally any type of content you can imagine: Need a blog post that features a slider of videos? Done. Need to build a page layout quickly without the usual bloat some page builder plugins come with? Not a problem at all. Want to translate your content into multiple languages and still use the new Gutenberg editor? This article has your back. Please note that these plugins are not listed in any particular order. Subscribe to the Liquid Web newsletter to get more WordPress content for creators sent to your inbox weekly. Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Collection The Atomic Blocks plugin is amongst the most popular Gutenberg plugins out there. Having over 10k active installations and being tested with WordPress up to version 5.1, you can’t really go wrong with installing Atomic Blocks. Why is this plugin one of the best Gutenberg extensions? Well, let me list the new blocks it adds to your website: Post Grid Container Inline Notice Accordion Share Icons Call-To-Actions Customizable Buttons Space & Dividers Author Profiles Drop Caps What more can you really ask for? This plugin covers the demands most content creators will need from Gutenberg. With their free, accompanying WordPress theme, Atomic Blocks is set to become a big player in the Gutenberg field. The plugin reviews are convincing too. Averaging 4.8/5 stars in the plugin repository, users agree that not just the blocks are helpful, but that support is solid for this plugin too. That’s what you want when running and hosting a website. Kadence Blocks – Gutenberg Page Builder Toolkit Unlike Atomic Blocks, Kadence Blocks is not just extending Gutenberg with new blocks but with an entire toolkit. If you’re looking for a Gutenberg plugin that puts your editor on steroids, you’ve found it. Just have a look at their added functionality: Row layouts Customizable buttons Advanced headlines Tab elements Icon elements Spacers and dividers Infox boxes It might read similar to the list of Atomic Blocks, but Kadence can do things that Atomic Blocks cannot – and vice versa. What made it super easy to mention Kadence in this list is their demo editor. That editor lets you build an entire layout with the Kadence Blocks plugin without having to install it on your own site. You can play around, explore functions, and see if this plugin does what you need it to do. From my own experiments with this plugin, I decided to give it a shot on a staging copy of WP Mastery. It might even be good enough to let me rebuild the entire website without any page builder. Caxton Caxton has to be one of the best Gutenberg plugins for content creators, even Matt Mullenweg (the founder of WP himself) has named it one of the most impressing plugins for Gutenberg. He even featured Caxton in his “State of the Word” speech at WordCamp US 2018. But was does Caxton do? Turns out, all sorts of cool things. Similar to Kadence Blocks, it extends Gutenberg with new possibilities to build stunning designs. You can create full-width rows, nested columns, use shapes like triangles or waves as dividers, adjust backgrounds and overlays, and add blocks for elements like: Sliders Buttons Call to actions Post grids Custom typography elements If Kadence Blocks fails me in rebuilding WP Mastery with Gutenberg, this plugin will be my second choice. Especially since it gives you control over layouts for desktop, tablets and phone screens. Head over to the official page to see all of the features (the demo link doesn’t seem to be working at this time). Gutenberg Blocks and Template Library by Otter Are you looking for a library of templates and not just blocks? Otter Blocks is the best Gutenberg plugin for you then. Otter is created by ThemeIsle, who is known for creating plugins like Nivo Slider and have over 470k customers using their themes and plugins. I am glad to see them enter the Gutenberg space with a promising plugin! The demo site of Otter is a showcase of the stunning, yet simplistic designs you can build with it. In their playground, you can create your own layouts directly in order to test Otter. I love it when developers build playgrounds like this. From testing the playground, Otter seems to have a higher learning curve than Caxton or Kadence Blocks. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Having so much experience in the WordPress field, ThemeIsle definitely has the skills necessary to build a fantastic Gutenberg plugin. Block Gallery – Photo Gallery Gutenberg Blocks To be honest, the cover image of this plugin does not look too convincing. But don’t judge it by the cover. Block Gallery is clearly amongst the best Gutenberg plugins, being the winner in the “Best Solutions” category of the Automattic Design Awards at WordCamp US 2018. And creating beautiful galleries it does. You can simply upload your images into the block, arrange them as you like and then select one of many gorgeous layouts for your gallery. If your website can use image galleries, I highly recommend installing this plugin. Advanced Custom Fields Blocks Being only available to paying customers of Advanced Custom Fields, this plugin is the first non-free Gutenberg extension in this post. But it’s worth being included for a couple of reasons. As Advanced Custom Fields has over 1 million active installs, it’s by far the most popular plugin in this list. With the “ACF Blocks” extension, you can create custom Gutenberg blocks much more easily than if you were to code a Gutenberg block from scratch. On their block, the team of ACF has written a detailed guide on using their Gutenberg plugin. Creating your custom Gutenberg block without ACF takes a whole lot of JavaScript and a bit of PHP/HTML for the layout. With this ACF Blocks plugin, however, you can save a ton of work and simply hook into their framework for loading a custom template and connecting it to your custom fields. Stackable – Ultimate Gutenberg Blocks Stackable extends Gutenberg with 22 new blocks that let you build unique layouts. What sets this Gutenberg plugin apart as one of the best is their attention to detail. Just by looking at wpstackable.com, you can tell how good the design of their blocks will be. Their custom blocks range from: Posts Feature displays Pricing lists Testimonials Blockquotes Video popups Custom headers Besides their free plugin and WordPress theme, it’s also worth mentioning that you can access the Stackable code for free on Github. In January 2019, the Stackable team decided to contribute to the WP community by making their codebase open source. To fund the development, there’s a premium license available, coming with up to 50 premium site-layouts and special effects. That license is not necessary to use their plugin and theme though. You can browse through their demo and decide for yourself. Disable Gutenberg You might be wondering why I’d mention Disable Gutenberg, a plugin to disable Gutenberg, in this list. The reason is that Jeff Starr has created a wildly popular plugin that doesn’t simply remove Gutenberg. It gives you granular control over on which post types Gutenberg should be active. On WP Mastery, for example, I currently use a page builder for my pages but write my blog posts with Gutenberg. Using this plugin, I can prevent the Gutenberg editor from loading on all content types except blog posts. A different use case would be if you run a multi-author blog and you do not want all of your users to use Gutenberg (maybe they don’t like it?). You could simply use this plugin to disable Gutenberg for certain user roles on your site. From what I understand, Gutenberg is the big shift into primarily JavaScript-based development for WordPress. Eventually, we’ll see the entire WordPress Admin Area completely JavaScript-ized, from the new Gutenberg Block Editor to the already JS-based Theme Customizer, and into widgets, shortcodes, plugin settings, and everything else. As the founder of WordPress says, this means that millions of WP developers must now “learn JavaScript deeply.” Why? Because WordPress is shifting from a PHP/HTML/CSS/JavaScript based platform to one that is completely JavaScript based. – Jeff Starr, perishablepress.com JetPack by WordPress.com JetPack is developed by Automattic and is one of the most popular plugins for WordPress. As this plugin has been around forever and is developed by the same company running WordPress, it’s no surprise to see the JetPack plugin extend Gutenberg with custom blocks. To me, the simplicity of those new blocks makes JetPack one of the best Gutenberg plugins for content creators. Let’s go through those blocks and see what they can do! The “Forms” block lets you easily build contact forms directly in Gutenberg while writing your content or building your page. Isn’t that great? No more leaving a post editor to build a contact form in a 3rd-party tool like Caldera Forms, Gravity Forms or Contact Form 7. For basic forms, this plugin will be more than sufficient. The “Simple Pay” block makes selling super easy. Unlike WooCommerce were you set up an entire shop, you can use this block to sell your product using PayPal. Adding Google Maps also is easy with the JetPack extension for Gutenberg. You can choose between various styles and create the map directly while writing your content. Lastly, JetPack adds a markdown block for Gutenberg. So if you love writing your content in markdown, JetPack has you covered. Read more about the JetPack Gutenberg blocks. TranslatePress When creating content, you want to ensure it’s understood by your target audience. Translating your pages and articles into multiple languages is not just more user-friendly, it can also drastically increase conversions in your target countries. Hence, it’s great to see that TranslatePress took time to make their translation plugin Gutenberg-compatible. On their website, TranslatePress explains how you can translate headings, lists, paragraphs, and buttons using their plugin. You should be aware that these examples are all native Gutenberg blocks. If you’re using one of the other fantastic Gutenberg plugins mentioned in this article, you’ll want to ensure TranslatePress is compatible with them. Managed WordPress Can Help As you try out the list of Gutenberg-friendly plugins I have listed above, another great solution that can help convert more visitors to subscribers, or leads in your funnel, is Managed WordPress from Liquid Web. Managed WordPress provides automatic plugin and platform updates, image compression, daily backups, and Stencils to easily clone sites. The post The 10 Best Gutenberg Plugins For Content Creators appeared first on Liquid Web.

Adding More Content to Your Drupal 8 Site

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Welcome to Part 5 of our series, Getting Started with Drupal 8. Go here for Part 4. Previously, we covered the basics of managing content and creating graphics, metadata, teasers, and blocks. This chapter provides you with a few more essentials, like comment management, forums, and menus. As with earlier entries, the images reflect changes… Continue reading →

5 Questions for Newly Appointed Rackspace CEO Kevin M. Jones

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Over his three-decade career, Kevin M. Jones has successfully transformed businesses to industry-high levels of both growth and profitability. Now he brings that global leadership experience to Rackspace as Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Kevin led the successful transformation of MV Transportation, the largest privately held transportation contracting firm in the U.S. As CEO, he […] The post 5 Questions for Newly Appointed Rackspace CEO Kevin M. Jones appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

3 Solutions for Converting Your WordPress Site into a Mobile App

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Nowadays, a lot of people interact with the web mostly by using mobile devices. That means it’s more important than ever to provide a quality mobile experience. Otherwise, you risk alienating a large part of your potential user base. There are many ways you can improve the overall experience for your mobile users. For example, you can design a responsive website so that it looks (and works) perfectly on smaller devices. You can also go a step further and convert it into a fully-working app. In this article, we’ll talk about why converting your website into a WordPress mobile app can be an excellent idea for some site owners. Then we’ll discuss several tools and techniques that will enable you to do so, and discuss how to pick the right one for your needs. Let’s talk apps! Why Your WordPress Company Site May Need a Mobile App When it comes to user experience, responsive design is king. We’ve previously covered why you should create a mobile-friendly site (and how to do it), but you can also create a mobile app version of your site. Let’s go over some of the reasons you might want to use this approach: Apps provide a more native experience for mobile devices. You can use notifications to stay in touch with your user base. If you use subscriptions, they can be managed via mobile payment systems. That said, an app is not a replacement for a mobile-friendly website, and vice-versa. Ideally, you’ll have both, which will enable you to maximize your potential audience. After all, some people don’t want to install any additional apps on their phones, whereas others vastly prefer the experience an app provides over that of a mobile website. It’s important to understand, however, that creating a mobile app isn’t particularly easy. Depending on what features you want to include, you may need a background in development, or you’ll have to hire someone to help you get the project off the ground. That process, as you might imagine, can get expensive. The good news is that if you’re using WordPress, you get access to multiple tools you can use to create a mobile app version of your website. There is a range of options that vary in price and ease of use, so you can pick the approach that’s best suited to your needs. Related: How Much Does It Cost to Build a Website? 3 Solutions for Converting Your Company WordPress Site into a Mobile App While there are many ways to create WordPress mobile apps, the following methods are three of the most common and accessible choices. Let’s look at each, in turn, to help you decide which ones you should consider. We’ll start with the simplest solution. 1. Use a WordPress Plugin to Generate Your App As a WordPress user, you’re probably familiar with using plugins to implement cool features and functionality to your website. However, what you may not know is that you can use plugins to create a fully-working WordPress mobile app. There are a few tools that can accomplish this, but let’s focus on one of the most popular: AppPresser. First, it’s important to note that the AppPresser plugin by itself doesn’t enable you to generate a mobile app. You’ll also need to sign up for a paid AppPresser account, which will be linked to your WordPress website through the plugin. Once you have both pieces in place, you can customize your mobile app from within the AppPresser platform and generate installable files for both Android and iOS when you’re done. The app creation process is simple – you get to use a builder that feels just like the WordPress Customizer. However, as you might imagine, there are limitations to using a tool like this. Since you’re not building an app from scratch, you get a small set of features to play with. If you’re looking to create an app with very specific functionality, using a plugin probably isn’t the right approach for you. Ultimately, using a plugin to generate a mobile app for your WordPress site makes the most sense for projects that don’t require a lot of advanced functionality. For example, AppPresser would be a great choice for blog and news apps. It also handles e-commerce reasonably well, which makes it a useful option for those running a store on a WooCommerce website. The AppPresser plugin itself is free, but as we mentioned, you’ll need to sign up for an account on the platform. A basic AppPresser account, which supports one app (for both iOS and Android) will cost you $228 per year. Be Awesome on the InternetJoin our monthly newsletter for tips and tricks to build your dream website!Sign Me Up 2. Opt for a Solution Designed for Companies and Professional Projects Of course, if you’re working on a company site, your needs are different than those who are creating mobile apps for blogs or online stores. Choosing a tool explicitly designed with companies in mind can help you create an app with features that are well-suited to your needs. Consider Appful, for example. This solution can convert your website and social media posts into a powerful content app for connecting with customers and employees. Features such as white labeling, full-service maintenance, and scalability make it highly suitable for growing companies. In fact, it powers apps for several well-known organizations, including Greenpeace, PETA, and even the United Nations. Appful works similarly to AppPresser, in that you’ll connect to the platform using a dedicated WordPress plugin. Then, you get access to a set of tools you can use to design a mobile app version of your site and customize its functionality. Only in this case, you’ll receive an assortment of useful templates that enable you to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) faster. On top of that, Appful also includes several other handy features, including support for offline reading, integration with Google Analytics and Apple watches, and more. Plus, the developers can also help you design a more customized app if you need specialized features, which makes this a solid middle ground between using a plugin and working with an agency (which we’ll talk about next). Overall, this approach offers a more user-friendly experience than most other tools. Creating a WordPress mobile app using Appful is a mostly painless process, and the service will even take care of publishing your app to the Android and iOS stores for you. Plus, you don’t need to pay to use the service until that point, which means there’s no pressure. Prices vary depending on the scope of your app and are available by request. 3. Work With an Agency to Develop Your WordPress App Naturally, a third option is to hire someone to get the job done for you. When it comes to WordPress mobile apps, you’ll find no shortage of freelancers and agencies willing to take on the project — no matter the scope. This can save you a lot of time. Of course, hiring professional and talented developers is seldom cheap. Developing even a simple app can easily cost you thousands of dollars. The upside is that you’re not limited by what an app builder can do. If you work with an agency that knows what it’s doing, it should be able to advise you on what’s possible and what isn’t, and help you bring your vision to life. Considering the costs associated with this approach, we can only recommend it if you have a very large budget, and you need an app version of your WordPress website that includes functionality you can’t add using DIY tools. For simpler projects, hiring an entire agency or even a couple of freelancers might not be particularly cost-effective. If you do decide to hire out, there are plenty of places to find WordPress developers and agencies. Professional Website Design Made EasyMake your site stand out with a professional design from our partners at RipeConcepts. Packages start at $299.Get a Free Consultation Mobility Matters A lot of your website’s visitors will be using mobile devices. To provide them with the best possible experience, you can create a streamlined, app-based version of your WordPress website. Depending on what tool you use, you should be able to include all the same functionality your website offers, while creating an experience that feels much more native to mobile browsers. Do you have any questions about how to get your WordPress mobile application off the ground? Join the DreamHost Community and let us know! 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How To Protect Your WordPress Business From Insider Threats

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In January, users of the popular WPML WordPress plugin received a concerning email. It warned that there were serious security vulnerabilities in the plugin. The email came from a genuine WPML address, and customers had no reason to think it wasn’t legitimate. WPML is used on tens of thousands of WordPress sites, and a critical… Continue reading →

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