Sites with a ton of images can take forever to load. For every image, that’s another HTTP request, and more time your users have to wait in frustration while pages load slowly.
Are you interested in starting or sprucing up a review site?
Perhaps it’s for pleasure – you’re the kind of a person who feels that urge to share your opinion on you favorite restaurant, movie or game – or maybe it’s for profit but whatever your motivation, building a review site with WordPress is within the reach of even the most novice of WordPress users.
Here’s 8 WordPress themes and plugins to help you on your way to review stardom.
Landing pages play a major role for many sites – whether it’s a squeeze page or a sales page or something else where you want the visitor’s attention intently focused.
While there are lots of premium solutions for landing pages, there are still a few free ones you can take advantage of in the way of plugins.
No one likes waiting around for a site to load, so much so that 40 per cent of people abandon a site that takes more than three seconds to load.
Slow page load speeds are especially crippling for eCommerce sites. Almost 80 per cent of shoppers who are dissatisfied with a site’s performance are less likely to buy from the same site again, while a one second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16 per cent.
Even Google factors site speed into their algorithm when ranking websites. So if your site loads too slowly you can expect your Google rankings to fall, and in turn attract less traffic to your site.
So what can you do to make your site faster? Here are a few simple ways to keep your page load times low and your visitors happy.
“Every video I’m in,” says Lady Gaga, “every magazine cover, they stretch you; they make you perfect. It’s not real life.”
No, m’lady, it’s not.
But that’s the curse we publishers suffer — we’d like to make things look better if possible. (And just as a side note, not to be picky, but the word “perfect” may have been a stretch there.)
Anyway, with that in mind, in this post we’re going to review and compare 5 WordPress video player plugins that are meant to make your videos look better.
Perfect? Maybe not.
Tumblr is a great microblogging platform for posting text, images, links, quotes, audio and video – basically, post formats if they weren’t scrapped in WordPress 3.6.
While it’s great for posting quick asides and quirky photos, it just doesn’t offer the same flexibility as WordPress and the many thousands of plugins available for download. As a result, many bloggers find it hard to choose one or the other and post to both platforms.
Luckily, there are a few handy plugins that make cross-posting between WordPress and Tumblr a snap.
If you aren’t sure what parallax is, you’ve probably seen it but didn’t know the name for it.
Parallax, at least for the simple purposes of this post, is when objects suddenly start sliding on or off the page at different times. (The actual technical definition is more involved.)
For example, say you have a headline, an excerpt, and a thumbnail sitting in a slider. Suddenly, the headline shoots off the page. Then the excerpt does the same. The thumbnail is still sitting there, but then that suddenly shoots off too.
It doesn’t take much for your digital life to be totally destroyed, as Wired’s Mat Honan discovered (check it out, it’s an eye-opening read).
Remembering usernames and passwords can be a real pain in the backside, so it’s no surprise most people use the same information across several accounts, such as email, social media and even banking. But if one account’s password is hacked and cracked, that security leak can put your other accounts in danger.
Email newsletters are a key component of any successful website.
When it comes to adding newsletter functionality to your site, you are going to be overwhelmed by the range of options.
So, how does professional newsletter and subscriber management direct from your WordPress dashboard and no third-party monthly plans sound?
When you have a lot of posts on your site, it’s hard for your visitors to get a good bird’s eye view on everything.
Of course they can probably easily see your categories, maybe your latest posts, and other typical navigation you might supply.
But that still doesn’t let them quickly scan down through a much wider range of your content. It doesn’t give them a 40,000 foot overview for your whole site.