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WordPress is an open-source, free, and a safe and secure content management system. The data from W3techs suggest that WordPress holds 58.55% of the total CMS marketshare which ensures the dominance of this CMS on the web. This is no surprise that presently around 30% of the internet’s websites are powered by WordPress, and with the successful plugins and extensions it is introducing for the developers, the WordPress’s future seems bright and shiny.

The trend of building online websites to sell digital and regular products, or subscriptions and services had a spin in the last decade and is now become a profitable source of business. Businessmen, website developers and designers, and the digital marketing team; everyone is now assembled and compelled to do the finest jobs that they can to establish a working and reliable e-commerce store. The number of e-commerce websites is gradually increasing as every year passes by.

Presently, $192 trillion e-commerce sales are carried out worldwide and this is only made possible owing to the presence of highly-functional and customizable e-commerce platforms. If we look over another statistic, we’ll see that WordPress e-commerce plugin named Woocommerce is one of the most popular and leading e-commerce plugin consisting of 32% of the e-commerce market at the moment. This is then followed by Magento 18%, OpenCart and,Shopify.

What makes WordPress unbeatable?

The statistical data mentioned above and the practical usage and preference of WordPress, a free, scalable and a finest CMS directs us to the fact that, without a doubt, WordPress is a python in the world of e-commerce and provided that it continues its development in different technical domains, it can soon make other e-commerce platforms obsolete. Don’t you think so?

One thing that you should clear here is that WordPress is mainly a blogging website but coupled with its highly-functional Woocommerce and the WooCommerce registration plugin; you can build one of the most challenging and highly-equipped e-stores. In comparison to WP, other platforms like Shopify, Weebly, Magento, PrestaShop, Joomla, OpenCart, and many others are the applications specifically designed to construct online stores for sales and purchases. You must be thinking that this gives other platforms an edge over WP? Well, this is where WP surprises you with its delicate, exquisite, scalable, and cost-effective approach towards e-commerce. Here are the few main things that make it distinctive in the world of e-commerce website building programs:

  1. Amazing woocommerce registration plugin

As the checkout, billing and payment system of an e-commerce website matters a lot, as its slow speed and low-quality service is the most common reason for cart abandonment,the role of Woocommerce plugin swipes in here. This plugin helps in streamlining the user’s details and data which is then saved into the unlimited custom fields that it offers. The plugin also covers the role of updating the users about the latest notifications and updates.

  1. Open source website builder and the flexibility it brings in

Being an open source website builder allows the developers, designers, and the e-commerce businessmen to control the way it functions. The access to the platform codes gives you the freedom to modify the Woocommerce website and the tons of plugins with which you can play give you a great deal of flexibility.

On the other hand, a platform like Weebly and Shopify are less flexible in its comparison. Weebly allows you to edit the HTML and CSS codes to some extent but does not grant you permission to add non-Weebly tools, unlike Woocommerce.

  1. Pricing and financial commitments

The platforms like Shopify, Prestashop, Magento, and others offer a good range of free themes and plugins but the ones with high-functionality and more extensive features are only available after purchase. Keeping this in view, Woocommerce fulfills the expectations of the majority of the users by offering a wide range of free features. It comes with 55,738 plugins till this date and each one of them is updated on a regular basis to ensure quality functioning.

  1. Ongoing updates, maintenance, and security

When it comes to the performance and security updates, in systems like Weebly, these are managed in the background by the system itself. Even Shopify and Magento takes care of the maintenance and security updates itself. But with Woocommerce, the developers are in charge of making sure that the update of the system, plugin, extension, theme or the template takes place on time. The website will simply pop-up a notification and you’ll have to update it on time.

Another drawback of using Woocommerce is that with so many plugins, both good and bad, there’s a constant security threat to the website (if a bad plugin is installed). With other platforms, this threat is next to none.

In conclusion:

Provided that the Woocommerce development focus on the security aspect of its program and filter out the bad quality plugins, it can make other e-commerce platforms obsolete. The WordPress is an established system extending its roots in the world of Web. With some major attention on security and continuous evolution of other features, it can definitely rise as the sole e-commerce website builder.

Author Bio:

Paul Simmons is a professional eCommerce web designer at Extendons, a company offer extensions for various shopping carts such as WordPress & WooCommerce.

Overview

This article describes how to migrate WordPress website using the Duplicator plugin.

The Duplicator gives WordPress users the ability to migrate, copy, move or clone a site from one location to another and also serves as a simple backup utility. Duplicator handles both serialized and base64 serialized string replacement. Standard WordPress migration and WordPress backups are easily handled by this plugin as are zero downtime migrations.

WP Duplicator plugin creates an installation file and an archive file of your existing WordPress files and database. You have to then move these files to the new server. The duplicator installer file on the destination will let you quickly unpack and install everything.

Follow the steps below to migrate your WordPress website.

Step 1: Prepare the existing WordPress website for migration

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard, install and activate the Duplicator plugin. The plugin can be downloaded from https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator.
  • Go to Duplicator > Packages > Create new package and create a package which contains all the essential files that are required on the new server.
  • Enter the name of the package and click on Next and the Duplicator plugin will scan your WordPress site and will show you any:
    • Extra large files
    • Other warnings

  • If you see an error, fix it and click on ReScan to let Duplicator plugin scan your site again. Please note that the Size Check notice will be triggered at 150MB and can be ignored on most hosts.
  • It is recommended that you check and remove all the backup files or any other unwanted files to reduce the disk space usage of your existing WordPress hosting account before proceeding with the migration process.
  • Once the unwanted files are removed from your account, please click on Build and the Duplicator plugin will create a package which contains an installer file and an archive file. Depending on the size of your WordPress site, it may take few seconds to minutes to complete.
  • Download both Installer and Archive files. These are the only files you need to move to the new WordPress Hosting package.

Step 2: Prepare the new WordPress Hosting package with BizzGang for migration

  • Go to your WordPress Hosting Manager and click on Install WordPress button.
  • On the Install WordPress page, enter the details and click on the Add Site button.
  • Once the WordPress installation is complete, go to WordPress Hosting Manager > More > Manage FTPand create a new FTP Account for your package.
  • Save the FTP username, IP address and password details somewhere securely.
  • Access the newly created FTP account via a FTP client and download the “wp-config.php” file to your local system. Learn how.
  • Open the above wp-config.php file in a text editor and note down the following MySQL Settings for your WordPress Hosting Account.
    • DB_NAME
    • DB_USER
    • DB_PASSWORD
    • DB_HOST

     

    NOTEThese details are very important going forward because the database details provided in this file will be required to complete the migration process.

  • Now you can delete all the existing WordPress files (Including the above wp-config.php file) on your new WordPress Hosting package via FTP.

Step 3: Start the Migration process

  • Upload the installer.php file and the archive file (.zip format) which we have downloaded in Step 1 to your newly created FTP account on our WordPress Hosting Account.
  • Edit your local PC’s “hosts” file in order to temporarily map the domain name to the IP Address of your new WordPress Hosting package. You may refer to this article for the details. On Google Chrome browser, you can use the “Virtual Hosts” plugin instead of doing this.
  • Open a web browser on the same PC where you have edited the “hosts” file and access “https://yourdomainname.com/installer.php”. Replace “yourdomainname.com” with your domain name.
  • Read and accept the Terms and Notices and click on Next.
  • Enter the database details which we have taken from the wp-config.php file on the Step 1 and click on Next.
  • On the next page, enter the new settings. (Not required to change this in most cases) and click on Next.
  • You will see the screen below once the installation completes successfully.
  • You can access the site on the new WordPress Hosting Server by entering the domain name on the browser.
  • Once you have confirmed that the site is working correctly, you can point your domain DNS to the WordPress Hosting Account. You can find the DNS details from WordPress Hosting Manager > DNS

Suhweet 1.0 + Widgets is a 3-column, widget-ready WordPress theme. It’s built to work with WordPress versions 2.2 and above.

Simplicity 1.0 + Widgets is a 3-column, widget-ready WordPress theme. It’s built to work with WordPress versions 2.2 and above.

Solostream 3-Column 1.0 is a 3-column, fixed-width WordPress theme built to work with WordPress versions 2.2 and above.

You always think of free WordPress themes are not the one that you should use because of many reasons. They are often not complete, not proper support and developed by amateur developers who have not followed the standardization. Here we are discussing the top 5 cons of the Free WordPress themes.

  1. Not enough features: When you wish to develop full fledged and fully dynamic website for your self or for your clients and you choose Free WordPress themes, you often found that free themes have less features compare and what ever you have they are not quite enough. There are many themes out there were they lack of even simple functionalities of WordPress and that is missing  so it needed very pro hands to developed a standard website using Free WordPress themes.
  2. Un-managed Codes: Often Free WordPress themes are  developed by the amateur and that is why they use very basics in codding and even the html and css, We have even seen the theme with In-line CSS that is something you never expect to have. As you update your theme which in many case on free WordPress themes you do not get but in case you have new update then it becomes really worst when you update as the themes are developed with in-line css.  Now a days security becomes the major issue and that is why the dynamics like PHP and MySql versions are often upgraded and Free WordPress themes are really the one who failed to meet the requirements.
  3. Amateur Designs: Now a days every themes are presented with sample data and a showcase view but you can easily figure out what is the free theme and premium theme upon checking the layout and infrastructure of the demo site or showcase. Any of the Website or Blog should be properly developed considering the infrastructure or design. Search engine like Google, Bing and others are very peculiar when they crawl your website and their crawlers follow the standard format and architecture so if your website is not upto the mark or meeting their requirements, there are chances they will not crawl and mostly they will not even rank into the google.
  4. Compatibility & Updates with WordPress and WordPress plugins: May times the free themes failed to update with WordPress and WordPress plugin updated and that time you needed an expert help to bye pass any error or any of the codes or update them into the latest WordPress compatibility. In many case it is found that some plugins or themes creates malfunction and failed to work smoothly, often takes lots of time to load and even give 500 error, which is very common.
  5. Support: One of the major and most focused point is the support when you have the website or blog and you want to have that up and running when ever your clients and search engines visit your website. So let’s consider when you have the website which is running on the free themes and you found one of the above things which stops your website and you are no where, you have to hire pro-developer who often put big hours and top dollars to fix your website. But when you have the Premium themes or paid themes you can always ask them and you always get response as they are bound to give you.

Now the conclusion is, when you want to learn WordPress the Free WordPress themes are the best option where you do not have any risk on loosing any of the data while if you have your website running with Free WordPress themes, it is highly not recommended, there are many of the Premium WordPress theme providers and developers are there who can give you good support and quality themes with subscription and individual theme price. SoloStream.com is one of the player who not just provide the Free WordPress themes with support but also the Premium WordPress themes and Custom Developed Themes as well. SoloStream.com is also developed each of the themes so you can always expect extensive and quality support every time.

How to Create Fastest WordPress Website or Blog.

WordPress is an online open source tool that helps to build Websites and blogs with wide range of plugins, framework, themes which can be download from the www.wordpress.org

If you are looking for a quickest solution to have your website or blog setup in no time then WordPress is the right solution for you.10,000 Plugins, 15,000 themes and and plenty of resources are there to help you and your site to be published in no time. Here we are going to show you the quickest way to create your basic website in no time.

To have the website there are few basics needs to be active which are domain and hosting. You can buy the domain from many providers like votechnolabs.com, godaddy.com and many other and they also offers the hosting as well. To start a WordPress website you may need at least 100MB hosting space with PHP Database. Once you have them, you are ready to develop your first WordPress website or blog.

Download the WordPress framework from the wordpress.org
Open your hosting panel and find the public_html depending on your hosting configuration but normally public_html is your default directory and upload the WordPress package file in the public_html
Unzip the package folder and make sure all the files and folders should be in the main public_html instead of public_html -> WordPress -Files. It should be public_html - > files
As soon as you open the respective url or domain it will have the WordPress setup screen which normally have Database name, Username, Password and Database host and table prefix. You can easily get the all the details from your hosting panel and note down in the respective area. Please be sure each server and setup have different configurations so the host name may get varied

Once you successfully entered all the details and you hit the submit button you will be ready with the WordPress

Now they might be asking you to enter login credentials where you can create your login credentials which can help you to access your CMS framework by your WordPress backend. Normally the WordPress backend will be yourdomain.com/wp-admin and once you access your WordPress backend, you might need to change little bit of configuration but that is depend on how you want your WordPress site or Blog to be configured. Normally these are the questions that should be raised when you have your WordPress is setup.

How you want your Homepage - It can be a post or page which easily manageable from the wp-admin and setting area
What will be the menus - The menu can be created and managed from the Appearance section - > Menu
How to create pages and post - Now this is tricky, it depends how you consider the your content in a page or post. The only difference between page and the post is categorise and characteristics of the content to be displayed.

Once you setup above basics then you should be ready for the visualization. Now WordPress offers the Free and Premium themes which you can get it from the various theme providers like SoloStream.com and also you can customize the theme with the specific requirements.

Again when you start with the WordPress initially you may get little complicated but its one of the easiest and efficient way to develop your website or blog instantly.

WordPress is the undisputed king of Content Management Systems as it holds the center stage in everything related to websites and SEO. From creating websites to enriching content and publishing content in the most attractive manner, WordPress has so much to offer that making a comprehensive list of its offerings can be very difficult.  It has now almost become a norm to create websites using WordPress themes. Every day some new themes appear in the long list of themes that rule the world of web design and web development. It often happens that you might think about changing the current theme of your website as some new theme has caught your fancy. The task is not difficult, but you must consider the impact it might have on SEO before deciding to switch over to a new WordPress theme.  Read on to know more about how a change of WordPress themes affects SEO.

Why change themes?

Changing website themes is mostly prevalent among bloggers most of who start with free WordPress themes, and once they learn the ropes and traffic keep increasing,  they prefer to switch over to a new theme. Since most of the free themes have built in SEO features duly optimized, it provides bloggers an immediate start to their SEO campaign.  Websites created with free WordPress themes are vulnerable to hackers, which is another reason for changing the theme. However, the primary reason for moving over to a new theme is to increase traffic flow to the website.

WordPress themes and SEO

If you are currently using a WordPress theme and want to change it with a new one, you must first know whether the existing theme has built in SEO options that you have been using or were you using separate plugins for SEO. Many websites prefer built in SEO features with the theme, as you have to use one less plugin. If you are using a theme with in-built SEO features, then changing over to a new theme can affect the SEO campaign that you have initiated.  In case the theme does not have in-built SEO infrastructure, and you are using an SEO WordPress plugin then changing the website theme would not affect SEO, but you must ensure that the new WordPress theme is optimized for local SEO Gilbert AZ. However, some other issues would come up when you change the WordPress theme.

It affects heading tags

When you switch over from one WordPress theme to another, there are chances that the SEO campaign is affected. Suppose you are using hyperlinked post titles or you might even use H2 tags for post titles. In such cases, changing the theme would inevitably impact SEO. To avoid such problems, use SEO optimized themes as it uses proper heading tags, the codes are clean, and it meets all other requirements of SEO.

 URLs will change

The most notable change that you will see when you change themes is that the website URL changes. The URL is most important for your online identity because viewers recognize your site by looking at the URL. It is more than a mere address; it is the face of your website. Since search engines rank websites by considering the URL, it is evident that when you change the theme, it changes the URL and as a result, it affects the SEO ranks that you had earned.  Therefore, to retain the SEO benefits, you must ensure that the website URL remains the same after changing the theme or there must be some arrangement of redirecting viewers and search engines to the right page.

You lose the custom settings

When using a WordPress theme, you would usually prefer some specific settings that make you feel comfortable as you are very convenient with it. The setting becomes a part of the theme feature. However, when you change the theme and choose a new one, you must be ready to give up the earlier custom setting that will no more be available.  To get back those settings, either the new theme must have provisions for it, or you need to take help from a WordPress developer to get it done for you.  While selecting a WordPress theme, pay attention to the manner in which the website loads content because it relates to site speed that Google considers an important factor in search rankings.  Some themes load the content first and then the other elements of the website whereas some other themes load everything together. If the site speed is slow, then the search rankings take a beating.

To retain the search rankings when changing WordPress themes, you must take a backup of the theme and the database and then use an SEO plugin to store the data. Some WordPress SEO plugins have the facility of data migration built into it that helps to import all data to the plugin quickly.

About the author: Isabella Scott has a degree in management and a decade’s experience in online marketing.  She is quite familiar with local SEO Gilbert AZ, and she is greatly attracted to writing on various SEO topics.  Although she never wanted to be a marketer, it was a chance meeting with her mentor that changed her career.

We wish to pick out a template for any WordPress site were as simple as we always assume it to be. Many newbie users select templates based on budget and fancy features. In reality, picking a new template is hardly ever like picking a new pair of shoes. You look for an elegant design or a replica of a famous designer model, within your budget. The question is – is that even right?

Make sure you start with a responsive theme

You should never forget the functionalities you need from your website template before you start picking out one. If you are choosing a blogging template or a template for a company profile, you need to remember the convenience of the users to read the content. Therefore, you must pick a responsive template that target users can access from a wide range of phones and tablets. Since long-form content is on a roll in 2017, always choose a template that supports all kinds of reading modes. It should support Google Fonts, and it should support contact forms and sign up forms on all sorts of devices.

Paid vs. Premium: which WordPress theme we like more

Let us dive into one of the biggest confusions most designers face while designing a website for their clients – free themes or premium themes.

Free WordPress themes are undoubtedly significant for the following reasons –

  • They are simple
  • They are free!
  • They support plugins
  • They are pretty

Now, let us come to the huge array of disadvantages that we face while using free themes –

  • They do not support plug-in updates or new versions of WordPress engine.
  • They come with limited developer options and fewer customizations to make your website look unique
  • They do not get enough support
  • Your website is not secure enough with free themes
  • Their codes are not as optimized. You can face a lot of glitches while working.
  • The can be heavy and frilly

For any designer or developer, these reasons are enough to push them towards premium themes. SEO-Rochester-NY emphasizes the importance of freedom of creation conferred by the premium themes from verified sources.

Here’s why we love premium themes from WordPress –

  • They are paid, but still relatively cheap
  • They have great support since they are sold by developer companies and experts with an online presence
  • They include seller ratings, customer reviews and presale forums for recommendations
  • Most designs are complex, but they have room for a lot of customizations
  • They are unique and beautiful
  • They come with a lot of developer options and modifiable features
  • They have cleaner codes with SEO friendly snippets and shortcode packages
  • Some come with integrated plugins to help you optimize your site for viewers and search engines

Why should YOU go for a premium theme?

Unless you are fooling around for a school project, your website is supposed to be one of the smartest investments of your business career. Now, if you want your site to be resourceful and user-friendly, you will need to customize your website from top to bottom. Free themes are not bad, but you will be taking a lot of unwarranted risk by taking on a free theme and customizing it.

Theme prices usually run between $50 and $100. While you may be thinking, “$80 for a theme! I might as well get one for free”. You have no idea, what a great deal you are getting. For a business website that aims at making hundreds of dollars each day, investing on a $100 theme should be no big deal. You need to start thinking about your business as your source of revenue to understand the ratio of investment to return here.

Where will you find a great WordPress theme?

You can try any reputed WordPress theme creators who specialize in premium themes like ThemeForest, Mojo Themes and Elegant Themes. Our experts can also help you find the theme you need as per your website functionalities and features. From blog themes to e-commerce site themes, most premium theme designers have all kinds of WordPress themes and templates in their coffers.

Right now, 8% of the 100 most famous blogs run on WordPress and 2645 of the 1000 most popular websites are powered by WordPress as well. It is rewriting the history of website development and content management with their fantastic, responsive and intuitive theme designs. To enjoy all the features the leading CMS platform of 2017 has to offer, you need to invest in a theme that allows all kinds of customizations.

Author Bio: Hilary Brunt is a digital marketing expert working with the leading SEO-Rochester-NY agency. She has been around since the modernization of SEO and the advent of the era of responsive themes for websites and blogs.

PHP is an integral part of all WordPress sites. It’s the basic script that makes them tick. PHP 7 is an important upgrade to this already powerful language, an improvement that promises a host of performance tweaks. If you are still having doubts about PHP7, I highly recommend giving it a shot. In this article I will explain why PHP is important, give a gist of its awesome features and then guide you through the migration. Let’s dive in!

What is PHP?

PHP is a programming language that helps create websites. It is a server side language i.e. it is the language that browsers use to connect with servers to load web pages. Many websites use PHP, but WordPress was actually built on it. Every WordPress site uses it. The reason behind this symbiosis is the fact that PHP is an open-source language just like WordPress. This is the reason why it is important to upgrade to have a well performing site.

Why PHP7?

PHP7 is a big leap over its previous versions. You might be thinking of all the hard work put into developing your WordPress site, and now asking to redo some of it might be painful. But, the effort out then is just the reason why you should put some now. Few points that stand out are:

• It has great performance. Twice faster than its previous version.
• More freedom over type declarations.
• Improved error handling.

Steps to upgrade to PHP7

Step 1: Check your website for compatibility issues

One of the biggest issues that webmasters face before upgrading to PHP7 is that many web hosts still don’t support it. Worse still, they won’t allow you to update if you’re using a shared plan. Finally you are left with two options, either upgrade your plan to something more user friendly, such as a better web hosting service or switch to dedicated servers. The first one is will save you money so let’s see about it.

Before updating to PHP 7, it is important to check if all your site’s components are compatible with this update. Many new versions of themes and plugins are known to be compatible with PHP 7.

The approach we recommend for testing the website’s compatibility with PHP7 is by setting up a local environment. This way, you can make a copy of your website and test it’s compatibility without affecting your live website. There are many methods to set up a local environment. Our personal favorite is using MAMP. It is available for both Windows and Mac.

Once you are done installing it, follow these steps to test your site on a local environment:
• Take a full backup of your website. Take the help of a plugin such as UpdrafPlus.
• Create a local WordPress site using MAMP and PHP 7. It is set as the default option for any site you set up with the service.
• Install UpdraftPlus on this local site.
• Restore the backup of your site that you took in step 1 to this local environment using UpdraftPlus.
• Now check your website for compatibility issues.

This is the best way you to go about testing to see if your site is PHP 7 ready. Having a local testing environment ready can help you the next time you feel like making any major update to your site.

Speed Test:

Perform a speed test to see how much upgrading your site actually benefits you. It varies from site to site. A normal site will have a 1.5 to 3 second cached page load time. The un-cached load times will be about 3.5 to 4.5 seconds. Un-cached times are known to provide a truer performance rating. You will be impressed by how PHP7 shaves time. Pingdom is one of the few tools available for measurement for PHP7 vs. PHP5 performance.

Step 2: Fix Any Errors on Your Site

This step is for people who found some errors while testing the themes and plugins. Now, you have two options – the first is to simply update these unsupported elements in case they have new versions. Then, test again and check if the errors still exist. Some plugins may still be in the beta stages.

The other alternative, in case there is no update, is to change the offending themes and plugins. You can look for elements with similar functionalities and design as the older ones would have been selected with specific reasons in mind. WordPress has a huge database. So it wouldn’t be difficult to match make unless you were using a very specific plugin. As for themes, a quick Google search will help you find good alternatives for specific niches.

Step 3: Move Your Site to a Web Host.

Now that your site is free of any compatibility issues, it’s time to make the big leap. Yes! Im talking about moving your website to the new host that you have selected in step 1.

I know I make moving our WordPress site to a new host sound like a tall order. It is. But it doesn’t have to be. If you need help, many modern web hosts offer free migrations or tools for customers. It’s another factor you can look for while choosing web hosting options. For technically strong people, you can always migrate your site manually, if you don’t mind taking an extra few steps. The process may take a while though. But the end result should make you grin end to end.

Wrap up

PHP 7 isn’t merely an upgrade from PHP 5, it’s a giant leap forward in terms of performance and technology. If your site is one of the majority WordPress sites that use PHP to run their applications, you are missing out on something big by ignoring this great update.

You are lucky to be a WordPress user as all it takes is just three simple steps and some technical brain stuff to upgrade your website to PHP7 and reap the rewards.

About the author:

Catherrine Garcia is a passionate blogger and a freelance Web Developer wpcodingdev. She along with her group of freelance developers, are experts of creating Websites on CMS.