WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog The WPMU DEV WordPress blog provides tutorials, tips, resources and reviews to help out any WP user Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:03:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/plugins-optimize-ad-space/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/plugins-optimize-ad-space/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=137063 Online advertising is a mainstay of the internet. It has helped most businesses and individuals earn money online and it’s safe to say internet marketing isn’t going anywhere.

Adding advertising to your WordPress site is simple enough to do and plugins can make the task even easier. But while there are many advertising plugins availably, they aren’t all created equal – even Google’s offical Adsense plugin has received mixed reviews.

The plugins listed below allow you to display ads on your site in the most effective places to optimize your space. You won’t even have to mess with code (though you’re most welcome to if you like).

  • Advanced Advertising System

    Advanced Advertising System plugin

    Advanced Advertising System is a great plugin if you would like to sell advertising space on your site. You can set prices for different spots, add uploaded images for banners, choose the timing for rotations, and schedule ads.

    Ad spaces are determined with a shortcode so you can place them where they look best in your theme. Advertisers, campaigns and ads are all entered manually so it’s easy enough to use our MarketPress plugin to sell spaces and set them up once payments have processed.

    Some of the settings are a little tricky to get right the first time, but overall it’s an easy plugin to install and use and there are a ton of options that can help you to set it up to your specific needs.

  • Advanced Ads

    Advanced Ads plugin

    Advanced Ads lets you easily place ads on your site and uses a page similar to the post editor to do so. You can also set up ad rotations, scheduling, set expiry dates, and you choose where ads are shown.

    Ads can be displayed on all or specific pages, posts and even tags. You can also choose which visitors see your ads.

    It’s easy to install and set up, but just remember that you need PHP 5.3 or higher for this plugin to work properly. It also integrates with Google Adsense.

  • Corner Ad

    Corner Ad plugin

    As the name suggests, this plugin displays an ad on either of the top corners of your site.

    It looks as though the page is being peeled away at the corner to reveal your ad. When the mouse hovers over it, the ad is expanded to the full size and reveals more information. It also flips backs into position when the mouse moves away.

    It’s a highly configurable plugin that helps grab a visitor’s attention without being over-the-top. Just keep in mind that this plugin requires Flash in order for it to display properly, so it might not work well in all browsers. Usually this isn’t a problem, but it depends on your audience.

  • Ad Plugg

    Ad Plugg plugin

    Ad Plugg is a unique plugin on this list because it includes analytics and other ad tracking features in order to make sure you’re getting the most out of each ad you publish.

    You can choose from several areas on your site where you want ads to appear and there are also options to schedule and rotate them. You do need to create an account on the Ad Plugg website, but it’s free.

    A free account includes up to 100,000 impressions a month and you don’t ever have to upgrade. But if you do need more, the pro plan is affordable and flexible.

  • WordPress Ad Widget

    WordPress Ad Widget

    If you don’t need many options and you would prefer an easy way to display ads in your sidebar without any coding at all, then WordPress Ad Widget is worth considering.

    It’s as easy to install as most other plugins and all it takes to set up is uploading an image and adding a link to the sidebar with this widget. I was able to set one up in less than two minutes and that included the installation process.

    It’s particularly worth mentioning because there is a separate widget included that allows you to add your own Javascript and HTML for added functionality.

  • Meks Easy Ads Widget

    Meks Easy Ads Widget

    This is another widget that’s super easy to install and use. I find it particularly helpful because it allows you to place ads side-by-side in your site’s sidebar in order to allow you to display more ads in the same amount of space compared to other plugins and widgets.

    It’s particularly helpful if you run a popular blog and you’d like to sell ad space in your sidebar using our MarketPress plugin to create some extra income for yourself. You can create an unlimited number of ads with this plugin so your extra income doesn’t have to be limited.

    It’s easy to install and among the basic options are ad rotation and custom sizing. Still, it’s not the most robust widget available so it may be a great one to use in combination with other plugins on this list.

  • WP Advertize It

    WP Advertise It plugin

    The WP Advertize It plugin not only works with Google Adsense, but also with Amazon Affiliate links and Commission Junction. All you need to do is paste the ad code into the settings page and select where you want the ad to appear.

    There are lots of locations to choose from including after a post or page’s title, after the first paragraph, in the middle of a post or page, in the sidebar, under the comments or in the footer – just to name a few.

    The settings page is quite long, but it’s not as complicated as it looks on first glance and it’s easy to set up.

  • Boggle Woggle Adsense

    Boggle Woggle Adsense plugin

    Despite its rather unique name, Boggle Woggle Adsense is actually a fairly useful plugin that allows you to display up to nine different page or post ads and three widget ads.

    You can select ads to appear at the very top of your site before any other content without any extra coding which is unlike the other plugins in this list. Ads can also be shown before, after or in between content on posts or pages.

    Even though its options are otherwise basic, it also lets you display text and links in addition to images making it a bit more flexible than most other plugins.


These plugins should help get you well on your way to displaying your ads most effectively and even help you make some extra income on the side.

If you’re using Google Adsense and you’re worried about click fraud, check out the well liked Click-Fraud Monitoring plugin to help solve that problem. It’s a free plugin that’s also updated regularly.

With these plugins, all that will be left for you to do is focus on creating great content. To that end, you may find our post The Secrets to Writing WordPress Posts That Convert particularly helpful.

Did I miss any of your favorite ad plugins? Have you had success with any of the ones listed here? Let me know in the comments below.

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-wordpress-themes-freelancers/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-wordpress-themes-freelancers/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=136103
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Showcasing your work beautifully and effectively is an essential part of being a freelancer. Whether you’re a writer, photographer, or artist it can be difficult finding the perfect theme.

If you choose any of the themes in this list, you’re sure to make a great impression. Each features a clean, elegant style that display images, writing or digital content prominently. They also integrate well with most shopping cart plugins.

These themes are fully responsive and support all post styles so you will be able to easily display your work and impress your visitors.

Don’t forget these themes are free, too, so you can choose your favourite one even if you’re on a strict budget. So without further adieu, let’s take a look. 

  • Matheson

    Matheson theme

    Matheson sports a large front page feature image as well as big headlines to capture your visitor’s attention. It has clean topography and a layout that really does the trick when it comes to putting your work front and center.

    Combined with the JetPack plugin, this themes allows you to display galleries. It also has many customization options and includes the sticky post and threaded comments features.

  • Syntax

    Syntax theme

    Syntax is a minimalist, professional looking theme designed specifically for writers. It has embellished separator bars, which serve to elevate this theme and add a bit of elegance to an otherwise simple design.

    This theme also allows for large, centered feature images so it can be used for other freelance work other than writing such as photo blogging. It’s a one-column theme that also has quite a few styling options to create your desired look.

  • Match

    Match theme

    Match has larger sans serif fonts to display writing clearly and effectively as well as a large front page featured image. It displays large featured images and thumbnail galleries making this a great theme to display writing or images.

    It includes many customizations, threaded comments, sticky posts and font awesome icons. This theme may have been made for wedding websites, but it’s simple, clean design also makes way for other purposes as well.

  • Aquarius

    Aquarius theme

    If you’re big on personal blogging then the Aquarius theme is well-suited for you. Its style is playful and unique and has only a few customization options, so if you like the theme as it is then you’re all set.

    Its one-column layout provides ample space for text and images to shine, and also includes the sticky post option.

  • Story

    Story theme

    Story is another personal blogging theme with its vibrant and unique styling and layout. It does have color customization options so you can adjust the theme to your particular taste.

    Featured images are displayed larger than most other themes and the theme has a mixture of sans-serif and serif fonts offering a personal look and feel. Threaded comments are included.

  • Openstrap

    Openstrap theme

    Openstrap is a more robust theme full of features for freelancers with more specific needs. It has 11 widget areas and three menus to really help you clearly display your ideas and work.

    It also has a few pre-installed widgets including Google Custom Search and a special front page marketing text areas. It includes four color styles, other basic customizations and sticky posts.

  • Untitled

    Untitled theme

    Untitled has fullwidth featured images and a carousel underneath it that holds a thumbnail for each of your posts, making it a standout theme for freelancers. Its simple design and typography allows your work to flow well once your visitors are captivated by the header image.

    Several customization options are included as are sticky posts. A right sidebar is also supported.

  • Apprise

    Apprise theme

    With Apprise, your posts take center stage as there is no front page feature image by default. You could also opt for a featured or image slider if you’d prefer.

    Several parts of the theme such as the menu and footer have the ability to be any color you choose so you can customize the theme to your specific styling needs. Sidebars are also included among the options along with content boxes and many other features.

  • Ward

    Ward theme

    Ward does a great job using space to its advantage. Posts, images, videos and galleries span across most of the page’s width to keep your visitors’ attention firmly on your posts.

    If JetPack is enabled, so are carousel galleries that open dramatically in a full page light box. Many customization options are included, as are sidebars, sticky posts and threaded comments.

  • Arcade Basic

    Arcade Basic theme

    Arcade has a full page feature image area, but the coolest feature is its animated title which appears to subtly slide in elegantly. It also has a large area to feature a headline to further grab attention.

    The layout is customizable as are many other features of the theme including the front page featured image. Sidebars, sticky posts and threaded comments are also included.

  • Infinite

    Infinite theme

    The infinite theme has the ability to display a full-width front page image slider or you can keep it simple and let your posts be the first thing your visitors see. It’s a clean theme that has the business side of freelance work in mind with its front page content boxes made for expressing your strengths.

    Infinite includes many customization and styling options as well as sidebars and sticky posts.

  • LineDrawing

    LineDrawing theme

    LineDrawing displays your posts first and foremost and relies on large featured images to capture visitors’ attention. It’s a minimalistic theme with a simple line bordering your content with the exception of the right hand side.

    It has simple customization options which is perfectly fine as long as you like the theme’s style and do not wish to change it – with the exception of adding your own logo and menu. It also includes the sticky post feature.

  • Graphy

    Graphy theme

    Graphy is a truly minimalist theme, but is also elegant by design. It clearly displays text and images with a mix of elegant typography and large featured image areas.

    This theme also includes all the basic customization options you need as well as sticky posts and threaded comments. Graphy is a great theme for keeping the focus solely on your words.

  • Wind

    Wind theme

    Wind nicely displays your images in a classy white border alongside a slider with three styles to choose from. It’s a great theme for personal sites, but it’s so highly customizable that you can easily transform it to be focused on the business side of freelancing.

    This theme allows you to completely change the layout and menu position and includes a total of 13 widget areas. Sticky posts and threaded comments are also included.

  • Stargazer

    Stargazer theme

    Stargazer has large, graceful typography and the ability to display vertical features images along with the default horizontal setting. It’s a unique twist to add a bit of uniqueness to your site.

    It has tons of customization options and add-on plugins to further customize this theme. It also includes optional sidebars and threaded comments.

  • Pictorico

    Pictorico theme

    Pictorico is a beautiful theme that displays posts in a thumbnail gallery format with sleek animations included. It has a unique slider for the front page that partially shows the non-visible slides on either sides of the visible one which compliments the gallery-style posts very well.

    It’s a one column theme with sticky posts and many styling options perfect for anyone who wishes to boldly display images. Writers won’t feel left out with large typography, which is as bold as the layout.

  • Espied

    Espied theme

    Espied uniquely has a full page gallery option making it primarily a very effective portfolio theme. The thumbnails are large and in charge, grabbing the attention of your visitors easily and effectively.

    This theme includes all the basic customization options and also sticky posts.

  • Independent Publisher

    Independent Publisher theme

    Independent Publisher is definitely a theme for writers first and foremost with its layout heavily focused on the written word. Photographers, artists and designers need not feel left out.

    This theme has stunning featured images that are anything but easily ignored as they stretch from the very top of the page and are 540px in height.

    Sticky posts and threaded comments are among the basic features including the necessary styling options.

  • Sahagin

    Sahagin theme

    Sahagin has a bit of a bohemian vibe to it styled after its bolder parent theme, Saga. Its soft color scheme gives a warm and welcoming background to its large featured post images.

    If you’re not a fan of the color scheme you can definitely change that in the basic theme options. This theme also has threaded comments included.

  • Quintus

    Quintus theme

    Quintus manages to have a personal, yet elegant appeal to it with its simple and warm design. It features text as easily as it does images, but it’s better suited for writers as images aren’t displayed as prominently as other themes.

    You can completely customize the style to better fit your needs. You can also keep this as a one column theme or add a right-handed sidebar. You also have the option to use sticky posts.

  • Origami

    Origami theme

    Origami is a simple theme with minimal styling, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it can’t be customized. This theme includes a page builder to the visual editor that lets you easily customize an entire page’s layout from the featured image and grids to buttons and call to action boxes.

    It displays text well and also includes beautiful masonry gallery options. A slider and threaded comments are also among the included features.

  • Parabola

    Parabola theme

    Parabola is a professional looking theme by default, but it comes with 14 equally beautiful color schemes that are well balanced. Its slider has subtle animations that adds a playful elegance to this theme.

    It’s also highly customizable. You can change just about everything and you can also create your very own color scheme if the pre-made ones don’t suit your needs. It’s a wonderful theme that won’t leave a parabolic effect on your visitors’ interest.

  • Multiloquent

    Multiloquent theme

    Multiloquent features a masonry-style grid to display posts with a touch of animation added for extra flair. The animation is unique in that it has a slightly translucent colored layer that slides away to reveal the featured image for the post.

    It also has a menu and a sidebar that’s revealed once the hamburger icon is clicked leaving your posts in the center of attention. It also has sticky posts and the basic styling options included.

  • Portfolio Press

    Portfolio Press theme

    The Portfolio Press theme is – you guessed it – a theme primarily made for portfolio sites. If you need to you can edit the layout to suit your needs. It’s a great theme with a simple, but elegant and professional design.

    Posts are displayed in gallery view right on the front page so there’s no time wasted in showing off your great work. It also has all the regular theme options so you can make the site your own.

  • Unite

    Unite theme

    Unite was made as a wedding theme, but it can easily be adapted with love to use for any purpose with its elegant design. If you’re not a fan of the purple color scheme you can change it to any color you wish to really make it fit to your needs.

    It includes a built-in image slider, special front page widgets, great theme options and threaded comments. You can even enable infinite scroll when you have Jetpack activated.

  • Umbra

    Umbra theme

    Umbra is an interesting theme as it’s aligned to the left of the page rather than being centered. Still, it’s a great looking theme that proudly displays your avatar to help your audience better connect with you and your work.

    What’s the coolest thing about Umbra? Its color scheme changes to complement your featured images so your site will look stylish no matter what kind of photos you upload.

    You can also choose the color scheme yourself for a more consistent look as well. This theme also includes sticky posts, threaded comments and all your basic theme styling options.

  • Penscratch

    Penscratch theme

    Penscratch is a clean theme in both style and coding. It features both text and images well and allows for thumbnail galleries.

    While it’s not robust in features and options, it does have a focus on content. At the end of the day, that’s really the only feature you need the most.

  • Tempera

    Tempera theme

    Tempera has so many customization options it might as well be a color picker. Even so it’s not too difficult to get through all the options successfully.

    Some of the features include 12 total widget areas, over 50 fonts, eight layouts, sticky posts, threaded comments and the ability to completely customize the theme colors.

    It’s a great theme out of the box that you easily make even better to suit your tastes.

  • iRibbon

    iRibbon theme

    iRibbon is named for its titles and menus, which are displayed inside an image of a ribbon giving it a unique and interesting retro style. It also includes a slider and front page content boxes for further promoting your work.

    It has a drag and drop editor to make editing this theme quick and simple. It’s a highly customizable theme with sticky posts included to help make your site as compelling as your writing and images.

  • Ryu

    Ryu theme

    Ryu really puts the adage “go big or go home” into practice with its extra-large post titles and featured images. Large fonts for paragraph text not only allows for easy reading, but also serves to add elegance to the otherwise minimal theme.

    Image posts are shown on the front page with an automatic background color picker that will choose a complimentary color to show behind your image. It adds a fun splash of color and looks amazing.

    It supports sticky posts and has quite a few theme options as well. It would be rather difficult to make your site look horrible. It’s just that good.

  • Sorbet

    Sorbet theme

    Sorbet reminds me of summer with its pops of color reminiscent of ice cream flavors like strawberry and chocolate mint – Oops, sorry! – I meant sorbet flavors.

    The soft-colored background compliments all the different colors rimming the tops of posts preventing this theme from looking overwhelming.

    Buttons trigger drop down menus in the header when they’re clicked to help keep this theme neat and tidy with the focus being on your posts and galleries.

    There are quite a few theme options included along with the sticky post feature. Sorbet is a lovely, fun theme on its own, but if you’re wondering, the colors can be changed to better suit your needs.

  • GK Portfolio

    GK Portfolio theme

    GK Portfolio is an elegant theme that’s great for most freelance purposes other than just as a portfolio. It’s front page features an animated post gallery that places focus directly on your posts in a very impressive looking way.

    It has clear typography to help with improved readability and all the main theme options – not that this theme really needs any extra customizations. It also supports sticky posts and threaded comments.

  • Intergalactic

    Intergalactic theme

    Intergalactic features posts and images like no other theme on this list. Each post’s featured image is displayed full-width along with a large title and button. It looks amazing and also serves to grab attention instantly.

    You can also include gallery images that are viewable in a light box when JetPack is enabled. Your standard theme options are available if you feel you need to make some tweaks, but this theme is wonderful out of the box.

    Intergalactic also has the largest site title of any theme I’ve ever seen. If your goal is to make a huge first impression, this theme will help you do just that.

  • Besty

    Besty theme

    Besty is another theme that has its content set to align on the left-hand side of the page. In the background is a full page featured image to help bring the focus to the heart of your chosen subject.

    On the blog page posts are displayed in a masonry-style layout with slightly larger thumbnails. The main page’s background is still visible, but darkened to make text and images easily viewable.

    Besty also includes your basic styling options and sticky posts to help you achieve your desired look.

  • Metro CreativeX

    Metro CreativeX theme

    Metro CreativeX is a colorful theme despite its black background. Each post type has its own title background color which helps make them stand out immediately.

    If you like to post brilliantly colourful images then this theme will really help them stand out in a big way. If you’re not a huge fan of the color scheme, there are a few other ones you can choose from.

    There are a few other basic theme options included as well as threaded comments.

  • Pinboard

    Pinboard theme

    Pinboard is an elegant and professional theme that has clear fonts and a masonry grid to display posts. The layout is very clean, but this theme is plentiful in options so you can customize the layout to your wildest imaginings. It really has that many layout possibilities.

    Pinboard allows you to display galleries, sticky posts and threaded comments. It’s a great theme for posting writing and images alike.

  • Klasik

    Klasik theme

    Klasik is a clean and professional theme with six widget areas for the front page to help you showcase your work and best qualities. It also has a full-width slider with animated captions.

    Its design is best suited for those who wish to focus more heavily on the business side of the freelance world.

  • Nulis

    Nulis theme

    Nulis is a great theme namely for writers as its one column theme and large, bold post titles help to center focus on text. Its menu is neatly tucked away to prevent visual clutter.

    It also has a large, front page featured image to further grab a visitor’s attention. The color scheme is customizable along with other basic theme options to help you make your site uniquely you. Threaded comments and sticky posts are included, too.

  • Base WP

    Base WP theme

    Base WP has a soft look to it with its thinner sans-serif fonts and light-colored background. Even in its simplicity, it’s able to display images and text well giving an overall look of quiet elegance.

    Simple theme options are included as are sticky posts. You can also choose to keep the default sidebar intact or you can change the layout to be one column to help focus more attention on your posts.

  • Byblos

    Byblos theme

    Byblos has a full-page slider for the front page with large fonts that lets your image and writing shine as if there were a spotlight shining right on it. Scrolling down reveals a masonry grid of all posts and they’re animated, too.

    It’s also easily customizable with a few key theme options available. It’s a simple one column theme that is still able to make a grand first impression.

Which ones are your favourite? Did I miss any of them? Let me know in the comments below.

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-plugins-wordpress-freelancers-business/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-plugins-wordpress-freelancers-business/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135808 The internet is an amazing tool that provides anyone the means to grow their business and career in a meaningful way.

The first hurdle, though, is creating a website that allows you to go about your work without hindering your productivity.

To help you get started – or even find plugins you hadn’t thought of – this list contains solutions that will help you manage and organize your work, from making your site easier for your visitors to access, to completely managing invoicing and payment.

Each of these plugins is up-to-date, ensuring you’ll get the most out of compatible resources. And many of them are hugely popular in their categories, some with well over 1 million downloads.

  • Starbox

    Starbox plugin

    Starbox offers an elegant, professional and stunning author box for your posts whether you have Multisite enabled with many authors, or you’re just a one man – or woman – show. It provides tons of options, including the ability to add a tab that lists the author in question’s latest posts. You can choose between different styles and placement of the box – either before or after post content.

    This plugin makes you want to click through to an author’s profile, rather than quickly skim the excerpt or pass it by it all together. It’s incredibly easy to use right out of the box and doesn’t require any additional coding.

    You can’t land on any page these days without viewing social media links because – let’s face it – they’re essential to communicating your message and Starbox is no exception. You can easily link up your social profiles with sleek icons.

  • Business Deal Countdown

    Business Deal Countdown plugin

    With a simple shortcode, the Business Deal Countdown plugin adds a configurable timer to your WordPress site. Don’t think for a second that this is a regular, run-of-the-mill countdown clock because it’s anything but that.

    With the shortcode, you can place the timer on any post or page you choose and it will not only count down to the end of an exclusive offer, but will also make that page unavailable once the time is up. At that time, users will be redirected to any other page of your choosing such as a one with a message mentioning the special offer has ended.

    Why is this so important? Adding a time limit for your potential customers to see will make them act fast. They’ll be more inclined to read over your offer and go for it for fear that they’ll miss it all together.

  • BigContact Contact Page

    BigContact Contact Page plugin

    There’s a good reason why this plugin has the word “big” in it – It’s much more than just a contact form creator; it also offers the ability to display your business hours, directions and other similar contact. The most impressive feature, though, is that it allows you to create an appointment form so our site’s visitors can schedule an appointment with you.

    There are many possible layout options so you can arrange your forms in the best way possible to suit your theme and needs. As if all these features weren’t enough, BigContact also includes basic spam filtering so you don’t have to worry about getting annoyed with junky messages.

    While you get more scheduling features in our Appointments + plugin, BigContact is still a a great multi-functional plugin, especially when you consider its $0 price tag.

  • Relevanssi

    Relevanssi plugin

    Have you ever used WordPress’ own search box? It sucks. I’m sorry to say it, but it does. When you search for terms you know are a part of a post’s title, that post won’t likely appear at the top of the search results – Bummer! Relevanssi fixes this issue.

    With this plugin, you can expect better search results listed by relevance – not just by the most recent post date. It can also search with phrases, matching key words or quotes. You can also customize the excerpts that appear for posts in the results, search terms are highlighted and many other options.

    Relevanssi has many advanced featured already included, but if you would like this plugin to work for multisite with other even more advanced options, you’ll have to upgrade to premium.

  • WP Review

    WP Review plugin

    This plugin allows you to easily add review posts to your WordPress site with an incredible amount of customizations available. You can choose to use star, point or percentage ratings and it’s completely compatible with multisite networks.

    WP Review is lightweight so it won’t cause your site to lag and it was originally made a s a premium plugin so quality is assured. You might be wondering what’s wrong with this plugin if it used to be premium, but now it’s free. The creators simply wanted to give back to the lovely and supportive WordPress community and this plugin is how they are able to fulfill that reciprocity.

    So there you have it – a solid plugin that even displays your ratings in Google’s search results for your posts. If you post reviews, you will become very fond of this plugin.

  • SVG Case Study

    SVG Case Study plugin

    With the use of a simple shortcode, you can add detailed testimonials or case studies to your site to showcase your experience and skills. You can even add multiple large images and different sections to each case study.

    You can use this plugin to build your freelance portfolio or display instances of many of your happy customers in great detail. It’s a new plugin, but it works well and can help you style your testimonials page without coding.

    It’s easy to install and straight forward to use. Just be sure to keep an eye out for future possible updates to ensure this plugin stays relevant.

  • Dynamic Widgets

    Dynamic Widgets plugin

    Dynamic Widgets is not your typical widget creating plugin. While it does allow you to place widgets anywhere on your site, it also allows you to show or hide them based on conditions you set.

    There are so many options such as being able to show a special offer to only certain customers on certain pages, show a greeting in their language by detecting their geographical area, tips and solutions if they reach an error page and so many more possibilities.

    It’s as easy to install as most other plugins and has a fairly robust settings page. It’s a great tool for adding a bit of personalization to your visitors’ experience.

  • Light Full Screen Slider

    Light Full Screen Slider plugin

    If your goal is to stand out while also featuring your image content then this plugin is a great one for you to consider. It’s lightweight and implements a fullscreen slider on any page template where you would like to have slider capabilities via a tiny snippet of code.

    While you do need to edit your page templates, it doesn’t require lengthy knowledge in coding. You just need to enter in one line of code that’s provided to you after the plugin is installed and you’re done.

    From there you can adjust the options from your dashboard’s “Settings” page under the plugin’s name. As far as plugins go that require coding, it’s very straight forward, simple to use and the result is beautiful.

  • Social Share Button

    Social Share Button plugin

    I use this plugin regularly for the sites I create because it has stunning pre-styled layouts for adding a bar to posts or pages with social media share buttons in it. There are styles for professional and personal use alike and are very easy to implement.

    Simply choose which buttons you would like to add from a long list of available and popular social media outlets. You can also choose to add a button that allows your visitor to share your content the old fashioned way – through email.

    It’s installation is quick and painless as is the set up process. It’s been around for quite some time, but is updated regularly making it a reliable and excellent way to add social media share buttons to your WordPress site.

  • UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration

    UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration plugin

    One of the very crucial points to consider when choosing a backup option for your site is where the backups are stored. Believe me, it really matters.

    If your backups are stored among the files of your site and you can only complete a restore of your site through your dashboard, you’re in for a wild ride. If your site goes down because it’s hacked, you can kiss it goodbye. You won’t be able to do a site restore because you won’t be able to access your dashboard.

    The best kind of backup is the kind where the backed up files are stored offsite and this plugin allows you to do that. You can choose from a wide number of offsite backup options including Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, FTP, email and many other popular outlets.

    If you need to restore your site, you’ll have a backup copy ready to go that you can use to restore your site externally, such as through FTP. It’s a solid plugin that is updated regularly, has over 1,500,000 downloads and hundreds of thousands of happy users. It’s a solid plugin worth considering.

  • Multimedia Customer Feedback

    Multimedia Customer Feedback plugin

    This plugin is one of the coolest out there for allowing your visitors to give you feedback. You can allow your visitors to do everything from upload a video testimonial, to post their own photos, audio and text as a part of their feedback response.

    It looks great and can be implemented through a lightbox or an iFrame. You can also email customers who you would specifically like to request feedback from and even pay them through PayPal for their testimonial if you wish.

    It’s also responsive on mobile devices so you don’t have to worry about frustrating anyone who is trying to give you feedback. It has other options such as digital content protection and social media sharing.

  • Footer Putter

    Footer Putter plugin

    This plugin’s name may be memorable, but that’s not the only reason why you should consider installing this plugin. It offers you an incredibly easy way to input professional looking content in your footer.

    From elegantly displayed privacy policy and terms of service links, contact information and an automated update system for the copyright year, this plugin has everything you need to legitimize your company or freelance business. It’s all displayed very beautifully with many layout options available.

    There are also more advanced settings included that allow you to show or hide the footer content such as for landing pages or any other page of your choice. It also optimizes your site with Google best practices to ensure your site isn’t looked over when displaying your site in search results.

  • Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

    Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy plugin

    Just as the name suggests, this plugin will automatically generate a terms of service and privacy policy content and displays them effortlessly with shortcodes. While it’s not a substitute for professional legal services, it’s still a plugin worth considering in the interim or if you’re strapped for cash.

    It borrows the page content from WordPress’ own legal pages to help you generate one with your business name and information. They’re both available under a Creative Commons license so it’s available for you to use for free.

  • Publish to Schedule

    Publish to Schedule plugin

    This isn’t your ordinary publish to schedule plugin. Yes, you can schedule your posts, but this plugin allows you to do it automatically.

    Simply set up the days and times you would like posts to be scheduled and sit back and relax. Once you’re finished writing, your post will automatically be placed in an available spot eliminating the need for you to worry about organizing your posts yourself.

    If you don’t like the date and time that’s automatically chosen you can easily change it so you don’t have to worry about ending up with a messy schedule. It has straight forward options and it’s an easy plugin to install, set up and use.

    If you’re looking for an easier way to schedule your post content, then this plugin has every potential to help you out. Now you’ll be able to focus more time on writing and less time on little organizational tasks.

  • Sitestillup

    Sitestillup plugin

    The Sitestillup plugin checks your site every hour to ensure it’s still up and running. If it’s not, you are notified immediately. Your site is additionally scanned for viruses and this pluing includes a verification seal to display on your site so your visitors can rest easy knowing your site is safe to visit.

    Since this plugin will regularly and frequently checks your uptime, you won’t have to worry about losing traffic, sales or leads due to downtime you don’t know about. It’s easy to use and install, but does require you to sign up for a free account on the corresponding website.

  • Social Networks Auto-Poster

    NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

    If you’re tired of manually tweeting and sharing your posts once they are published then this plugin offers you a very suitable alternative. Not only are posts shared automatically, this plugin goes many steps further and allows you to customize the shared posts to optimize your shares for increased traffic.

    There are currently 28 social media sites and networks available to post to including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Evernote, Reddit, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, Deviantart and so many others. The list consistently grows, too!

    The most notable aspect of this plugin is that each post is automatically customized to meet the standards and formatting for each network so you don’t have to worry about posting anything that looks messy or unreadable.

    Setting up this plugin is a little more involved since you need to allow permissions for each social media site you would like to post to, but not to worry because detailed instructions are available. Free support is also available if you run into issues which also adds to this plugin’s stability and ease of use.

  • Organize Series

    Organize Series plugin

    This plugin helps you make each series you have written in post format more visible by adding new taxonomies for each arrangement. Visitors will be able to easily search for and access other posts apart of the same series.

    There are also other cool options like being able to have a featured image for each one of your series and placing posts in whichever order you’d like your visitors to view them. You can even add a table of contents, extra navigation for the series and so many more options.

    It’s easy to install and works perfectly right out of the box. It’s an easy way to organize your work in a clear and effective way to help boost readership and readability. If you run into issues both free and premium support are available.

  • Hire Me Status Widget

    Hire Me Status Widget

    This isn’t a plugin so much as a widget, but it can be certainly a useful one if you work and get paid based on your time rather than by products. It adds a fixed status to your site that clearly states if you are available for hire.

    It works for businesses and freelancers alike as you are able to adjust the plugin to accommodate whether you are an individual or a company with many available workers. Installation and usage of this widget is as easy as it gets to use and set up.

    It’s a great way to let your potential clients know right away whether you are available before having to spend tons of time searching for an free spot in your calendar or communicating back and forth.

  • Ebyline Payments

    Ebyline Payments plugin

    If you run a site with many contributors, the Ebyline Payments plugin helps make it easier for you to pay your writers for their work through PayPal. You can easily keep track of projects, payments and can even track your payment history.

    It’s easy to set up and use, and payments are secure and encrypted. The plugin even generates reports for tax purposes making it even easier for you to manage the writing side of your site and business.

    It’s a solid plugin that integrates well no matter what theme you are using. It’s a great plugin to consider to help you streamline the payment process if you have freelance writers contributing to your site.

  • Contact Form Clean and Simple

    Contact Form Clean and Simple plugin

    This contact form plugin doesn’t just allow visitors to contact you with basic captcha spam filtering. It does a lot more than that.

    It features a clean script to minimize the possibilities for incompatibility, has Akismet spam filtering integrated along with reCAPTCHA and uses Twitter Bootstrap to ensure your forms are responsive across devices. The only limitation is that it only provides a simple contact form with a name, email and message fields.

    You won’t be able to customize the form to your liking with as many options as you’d like, but it’s a great contact form if your needs are simple. The fact that it includes spam filtering is an excellent bonus to help save you time and from filtering through a lot of spam.

  • Pizzazz Portfolio

    Pizzazz Portfolio plugin

    This portfolio plugin is unique in that it it only requires one page to feature all your work. There is a main content area for viewing selected content from a carousel and even supports Vimeo and YouTube videos.

    Visitors won’t have to worry about waiting for a new page to load every time they wish to view one of your projects. They’ll love you for it since waiting is not most people’s favorite thing to do.

    It’s also fully responsive and includes optional social media share buttons. Your portfolio content will also be fully and easily indexed by search engines. There are a lot of options to make your portfolio professional and help it stand out on the page.

    It’s a great plugin to consider if you’re wanting to focus on a great user experience with a professional look. If you’re looking for even more features, it’s worth looking into the commercial version of Pizzazz.

  • Types – Custom Post Types

    Types - Custom Post Types plugin

    Types allows you to create fully adjustable custom post types and even allows you to include multiple multi-line text boxes with the WordPress visual editor attached. It doesn’t stop there.

    You can also add custom fields to user profiles as well. You can even control which fields each type of user can see and edit.

    Not only can you fully customize and create any kind of post type you can dream up, you can also fully customize the look and feel in both the editing and front page view with CSS.

    It’s easy to install, set up and use so you can get started creating custom post types in seconds.

  • WP-Invoice

    WP-Invoice plugin

    WP-Invoice is a multi-functional invoicing plugin that allows you to bill your clients and customers while also allowing you to process their payments securely through PayPal or Authorize.net.

    The invoices you create are hugely customizable and you can also send a link to your invoice to clients through email. If you have enabled user registrations, you can also allow invoices to be pre-filled for an improved user experience.

    On the payments front, this plugin is just as impressive. Not only can you accept payments, but you can also integrate recurring billing and split payments.

    It has many useful features that help to make invoicing and payment super easy, breezy and as painless as possible.

  • WP Project Manager

    WP Project Manager plugin

    WP Project Manager is a great way to manage writing or any other kind of project with your team or contributors right from the dashboard. You can communicate with each other, plan projects, assign tasks and even upload files for review.

    It’s easy to install and use while also allowing you to set permissions to restrict or allow access to members and also includes a calendar to display all the tasks visually. You can also set a time limit for each task with a timer that you can both start and stop to help increase efficiency and reduce redundancies.

  • Editorial Calendar

    Editorial Calendar plugin

    This editorial calendar plugin includes an easy drag and drop interface to easily manage and view scheduled posts. The status and authors of the post are also displayed to give you an even better overview of your blog and posts.

    Infinite scrolling is set up on the calendar so you can schedule posts as far in advance as you could ever possibly need or desire for added flexibility. Don’t worry, though – there is a button that instantly brings you back to the current date so you won’t get lost among the scheduled posts.

    There are many features that make this plugin special and highly useful for any blog whether you are a freelancer or you are managing many contributors and posts. It’s a popular plugin and it’s not difficult to see why.

Which ones are your favorite plugins? Did I overlook any you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-we-are-using-crazy-egg-to-radically-improve-our-product-pages/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-we-are-using-crazy-egg-to-radically-improve-our-product-pages/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:49 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=133464 If you’re anything like us, you live or die by your conversion rate, and nowhere can this impact you moreso than on your project pages.

There are a number of ways you can go about improving them in WordPress – A/B split testing (especially using analytics experiments, or indeed our very own A/B WordPress Theme Testing plugin) being top of the list.

Knowing the figures is one thing, and knowing the behaviors is another thing entirely. Today I’d like to share with you how we’re using Crazy Egg to inform the design of our new product pages (and also give you a sneak peek of where those product pages are currently at).

And as with all the products we use and love, we’ve also scored you a 90-day free trial to try it yourself (from which, I might add, we will never receive any affiliate fees!).

Read on to see why you should give it a crack.

The Current Product Page and Assumptions

So, we’re going to take a look at the current product page for one of our latest releases, CoursePress Pro.

The original CoursePress Pro page
The original CoursePress Pro page

It’s not a bad page, I hope you would agree. It’s one that’s converted really well for us (in fact, it’s helped CoursePress become the most used WordPress LMS plugin on the web in just four weeks).

Big buttons, a nice clear video, great testimonial… What’s not to like, surely people are clicking where we want them too? Right?

The Reality… Brought to You by Crazy Egg

My favorite Crazy Egg view by far is the “News versus Returning Visitors” confetti map.

The image below is the confetti map for our CoursePress page (as shown above), where we got 4,339 visitors last week.

I’m especially interested in the white spots – those are new users, the bread and butter of the site. Once you’ve used WPMU DEV we know you already love us :)

By far my fave view
By far my favorite view.

Take a good look at it. There are some pretty startling conclusions. Here’s my take:

  • Usage - I hate that tab. It’s like showing people a manual before they buy something.. It’s an appalling way to sell things and it’s probably losing us customers. Conclusion: Rename, hide, rework.
  • Video – We have two awesome videographers who are make amazing videos of our stuff in action. It’s a serious USP – they show how great each product is, in detail, quickly, and yet NOBODY CLICKS ON THEM! It’s because the videos are hidden away as a pop-up and down in the copy. Conclusion: Let’s get those videos up there where they belong.
  • Screenshots – They clearly matter. A lot.
  • Navigation – Not a single click on the blog. Oh dear. I barely a click on Jobs & Pros, too.

The New Design… Thanks Crazy :)

So, here’s a peek at the upcoming new product page design. Note the changes regarding usage, video placement, screenshot importance and navigation.

Disclaimer – Yes, the design is using Lorem Ipsum. The site is still under development and will be out soon :)

Crazy changes by Crazy Eg
Crazy changes by Crazy Egg.

Of course, as soon as we start testing the new design we’ll be running the Crazy Egg tests all over again.

90 Days of Crazy Egg Completely Free!

You definitely want to do this with your own site and we figured we’d make it super easy for you.

So here’s 90 days – completely free! – for WPMU DEV readers only. Go try it out!

Like I mentioned, we get no affiliate fees for promoting Crazy Egg. We just think it’s an awesome tool. We use is ourselves and we want our members to enjoy it, too.

So go nail your conversion rate!

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/5-awesome-free-wordpress-shortcode-plugins/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/5-awesome-free-wordpress-shortcode-plugins/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:30:46 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=130297 Shortcodes provide an easy way to add custom content to your site. Whether you want to add tabs to a page or buttons to a post, shortcodes let you quickly insert elements you regularly use.

WordPress introduced the shortcode API with the release of WordPress 2.5 six years ago. Many themes and plugins (including many of our own) use shortcodes to allow users to customize their sites and display content where they choose.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project we’ll look at five free options for adding shortcodes to your site.

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  • Shortcodes Ultimate


    Shortcodes Ultimate is the most popular shortcodes plugin in the WordPress Plugin Repository with more than 780,000 downloads. It promises to “supercharge your WordPress theme with a mega pack of shortcodes” and it delivers.

    Easily create buttons, tabs, boxes, sliders, responsive videos and other elements.

    This plugin features a shortcode generator, 50+ shortcodes, responsive design, CSS3, custom CSS editor with syntax highlighting, custom widget and rich API.

    There are also premium add-ons – extra shortcodes (15+ extra shortcodes), additional skins (60+ skins) and a shortcode creator for creating custom code.

  • WordPress Shortcodes


    WordPress Shortcodes is another popular option, with almost 150,000 downloads in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

    Create SEO-ready tabs, sections/accordions, buttons, links to content, author cards, lists, layouts and other elements.

    Other features include 26+ shortcodes, shortcode editor with instant previews, and customize the looks of shortcodes with custom CSS.

  • Shortcoder


    Shortcoder allows you to create your own custom shortcodes with HTML and JavaScript for use on posts and pages.

    This easy-to-use plugin is particularly handy when adding ads to your site, or even embedding videos and other media.

    Features into a shortcode editor and the ability to globally disable shortcodes.

  • Easy Bootstrap Shortcode


    Easily add Bootstrap style to your site with Easy Bootstrap Shortcode.

    This Bootstrap 3.0.3 compatible plugin features 500+ Font Awesome and Glyphicons icon fonts, the ability to add icons to the editor, custom CSS, new sidebar widget and options to give custom shortcode prefix.

  • Simple Shortcodes

    Simple Shortcodes

    If you’re after a simple shortcode plugin without the bells and whistles, then Simple Shortcode is for you.

    This easy-to-use plugin plugin adds a new icon to the visual editor that lets you insert commonly used elements like notifications, columns, buttons and tabs to your posts and pages.

    While Simple Shortcodes was made specifically to work with themes from simplethemes.com, it still works with any theme.

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/announcing-our-video-testimonial-winners/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/announcing-our-video-testimonial-winners/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=130262 After lots of umming and ahhing at WPMU HQ over the awesome video testimonials you guys sent in, we are pleased to announce the winners!

We were originally going to give away a Lifetime Membership, then after your videos started rolling in we revised our prize list and changed it to 1 Lifetime Membership, 3 Yearly memberships and a t-shirt for everyone.

Well, judging your videos was tough! So we revised our prize list one more time: 3 Lifetime Memberships, 5 Yearly Memberships and a t-shirt for everyone!

Thank you
We love our members and want to say “Thank You!”

We received an overwhelming number of videos from members and needed extra time to watch them all. They made us smile and even laugh (check out the video below by Central Internet Agency!).

It was awesome to see how our products and support have helped so many members create their own websites, and even start their own businesses and make a living with WordPress.

Now without further ado, the winners!

Lifetime Membership Winners

It was tough deciding winners for this category, but in the end it came down to who followed the rules (a video of you talking to the camera in 30 seconds or less).

Heather Cate

Jason Verdelli

Jay L.A. Bastien/JAYLA.CO

Yearly Membership Winners

We thought these videos were fantastic and deserved a membership, too.

Michael Kocher

Nicolas Villaume

Central Internet Agency

(Developers, developers, developers!)

Patricia Brun Torre

Wolfy Master Media

Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who sent in video testimonials. You guys rock!

If you haven’t already received your t-shirt, it’s in the mail.

We’ll be in touch with winners shortly to organize your memberships.

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/tell-us-why-you-love-wpmu-dev/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/tell-us-why-you-love-wpmu-dev/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=130037 In case you missed it, we’re now giving away even more awesome prizes to members who share a video testimonial about why they love WPMU DEV.

We love getting feedback from our members, and we love it even more when we can share your feedback with the rest of the world.

So we’re inviting members to share a video testimonial and to say “thank you!” we’re giving away:

  • A Lifetime Membership to WPMU DEV to one lucky person
  • 3 Yearly Memberships worth $588 each to three lucky people

Plus, EVERYONE who sends in a video will receive a free WPMU DEV t-shirt!

Send in your video testimonial and win!

Just imagine how much you would save if you won a Lifetime Membership. That’s a lot of free plugins, updates and support!

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

  • Record a brief video of you talking about what you like about WPMU DEV.
  • You can film the video at your computer, in your backyard, standing on a mountain, wherever you like!
  • Please ensure the video is under 30 seconds. The shorter the better!
  • By submitting your entry, you agree that we can use the video for promotional purposes.

We’re not looking for videos that are long and wordy or even scripted – just tell us briefly what you enjoy most about WPMU DEV.

When you’ve put together your video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo or wherever you like, just as long as we can download it. Then send an email to Lorraine at lolb@incsub.com with the subject line “WPMU DEV Testimonial.” Be sure to include your full name, address and t-shirt size so we can mail you a WPMU DEV t-shirt.

The winners will now be announced next week on June 24.

Good luck with your videos!

Image credit: Till Krech.

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/lifetime-membership-giveaway-share-your-wpmu-dev-video-testimonial-to-win/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/lifetime-membership-giveaway-share-your-wpmu-dev-video-testimonial-to-win/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=129973 On Tuesday we invited members to share a video testimonial go into the running to win a yearly WPMU DEV membership worth $588.

Well, we decided that wasn’t enough so we’re upping the ante.

We’re now we’re giving away:

  • A Lifetime Membership to one lucky person
  • Three yearly memberships (worth $588 each)
  • AND each person who sends in a video testimonial will receive a free WPMU DEV t-shirt
Thank you
We love our members and want to say “Thank You!”

Keen? A lifetime membership would be pretty handy! Imagine all the free help you’ll be able to get in the forums and all the free updates and new plugins you’ll be able to access!

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

  • Record a brief video of you talking about what you like about WPMU DEV.
  • You can film the video at your computer, in your backyard, standing on a mountain, wherever you like!
  • Please ensure the video is under 30 seconds.
  • By submitting your entry, you agree that we can use the video for promotional purposes.

When you’ve put together your video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo or wherever you like, just as long as we can download it. Then send an email to Lorraine at lolb@incsub.com with the subject line “WPMU DEV Testimonial.” Be sure to include your full name, address and t-shirt size so we can mail you a WPMU DEV t-shirt.

If you’ve already sent in a video, please get in touch with Lorraine again with your postal address and t-shirt size.

The winners will now be announced on June 24.

Good luck with your videos!

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/share-your-wpmu-dev-video-testimonial/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/share-your-wpmu-dev-video-testimonial/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:00:22 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=129872 We always love to hear what our members think about WPMU DEV, and we love it even more when we can share your feedback with the rest of the world.

So, we are inviting you to share your video testimonial telling us what you like about WPMU DEV.

And to say thank you, we’re going to give a free annual membership (worth $588!) to one lucky person.

We’ll announce the winner next Tuesday.

Super 8
Submit your video testimonial to go into the running to win a free WPMU DEV membership!

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • A brief video of you talking about what you like about WPMU DEV.
  • You can film the video at your computer, walking along the beach, sledging down a mountain – your choice :)
  • Please keep the video under 30 seconds (we’ll have a lot to watch!)
  • And by submitting your entry, you agree that we can use the video for promotional purposes.

If you think all that sounds cool, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Record your video.
  2. Upload it to YouTube (or Vimeo, or wherever you like just as long as we can download it).
  3. Send an email with the link to Lorraine at lolb@incsub.com with the subject line “WPMU DEV Testimonial.”

Sound like fun? We can’t wait to hear from you!

Image credit: Lunar Logic.

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WordPress Freebies - WPMU DEV http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-best-free-wordpress-themes-for-blogs/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/20-best-free-wordpress-themes-for-blogs/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=129554
Looking for a beautiful and responsive WordPress theme?
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Despite the fact there are hundreds upon thousands of themes available for WordPress, it’s still hard to find “the one.” You know, the perfect theme that will fulfil all of your hopes and dreams for your blog and put you in the mood to write.

Finding a great free theme can be difficult. Searching through the WordPress Theme Repository can be time consuming and often free themes lack beautiful design.

Below is a collection of free blogging themes that are all ideal for personal sites when you want the focus on your words.

What theme do you use on your blog? What is the ideal layout for a blog? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Wilson


    Wilson is a clean and minimalist theme designed for blogs. It features a responsive design, custom accent color, custom widgets for video, Flickr and Dribble, and page templates.

    It comes retina and translation-ready, with Swedish included in the theme’s files.

  • Syntax


    Syntax has been designed with a distraction-free reading experience in mind. It features large, easy-to-read type and a fixed navigation menu.

    This theme also comes with a beautiful responsive design that’s perfect for writers who wants to put the focus on their words.

  • Flato


    Flato is a simple blogging theme without bells and whistles. It features a large fullwidth header and navigation bar and a two-colomn layout.

    This theme comes with a responsive design.

  • Opus


    Opus offers a clean, flat design ideal for blogs. It features a large, fullwidth header images and navigation at the top of the page is the form of a hamburger button. When pressed, it displays a fullscreen menu.

    This is a great simple theme for a basic blog as it doesn’t come with sidebars or other features.

  • typefocus


    typefocus is a beautiful minimalist theme with a fixed sidebar and a focus on typography.

    This is a great blogging theme, especially if you’re starting out and don’t require greater functionality.

  • Stanley


    Stanley is a cute, colorful and responsive bootstrap theme perfect for bloggers and anyone wanting to showcase their portfolio of work.

    It comes with some great features – a theme options panel, drag and drop homepage builder, portfolio post types, three page templates, and Font Awesome.

  • Bushwick


    Bushwick is Medium-esque (the old Medium design) and features a fixed vertical header.

    This is a lovely theme for blogging, with a focus on your writing and beautiful imagery.

  • Kirumo


    Kirumo is a simple and responsive blogging theme. It support custom background colors and images, as well as a custom accent color.

    It comes with a fullwidth page templates with a horizontal row of three widgets underneath.

  • Blogly


    Blogly is a minimalist and responsive blogging theme with a striking design.

    You can use the WordPress theme customizer to change the colors, and upload a logo and background image.

  • Writr


    Writr is a minimalist tumblog theme ideal for blogging. It features a striking left sidebar and crisp typography.

    It comes with six different color schemes: turquoise (default), blue, green, grey, purple, and red.

  • Ignite


    Ignite is an elegant blogging theme with a responsive design. You can easily customize it using a built-in social media icons and a logo uploader.

  • tdPersona


    tdPersona features a clean and responsive design offering a distraction-free reading experience for your readers.

    This theme is pretty basic, so look elsewhere if you’re seeking greater functionality.

  • Drop


    Drop is a bold and responsive blogging theme with a minimalist design and a focus on your posts.

    This is a pretty simple theme with few features. The sidebar offers a clear place for navigation and other information, like social media.

  • Graphy


    Graphy is a blogging theme that focuses on beautiful typography (if you didn’t already figure out from the feature image!).

    It features a responsive design so your words look great on difference devices. It comes with five widgetized areas, including a sidebar and four footers. The sidebar allows you to create a two-column design.

  • Fastr


    Fastr is a simple and minimalist single-column theme ideal for blogging.

    This theme uses absolutely no Javascript and has very minimal CSS for its layout and responsiveness, making it extremely fast and lightweight.

  • Thoughts


    This simple and clean theme has been designed with writers in mind. Thoughts doesn’t have any widgetized areas (no sidebar or footer), but it does support various post formats. It’s also responsive and looks great on any device.

  • Balloons


    Balloons is a cute and whimsical responsive theme with a parallax design. This theme is perfect for bloggers and offers a fun reading experience.

  • Glider


    Glider is a bare bones text-focused theme ideal for occasional bloggers. All posts are listed in the archive section and it’s easy to add a category restriction to the archive query.

  • BonPress


    BonPress features various post formats (including audio and video), making it ideal for bloggers. This theme also features custom widgets for social media.

    This premium theme also comes with WPZOOM’s options panel, and options for a custom menu.

  • Hexa


    Hexa is a colorful blogging theme that support post formats. This theme offers a clean, minimalist and responsive design, but comes with few features.

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