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- Page builders makes building WordPress pages dead easy by giving you pre made styling sheets, styling tools and hundreds of other things that would just otherwise make page building a time consuming process.
- ELEMENTOR – I love Elementor. In fact, Elementor Pro is the best (the paid for version) – but the free one also good if you only want basic neat features.
- BEAVER BUILDER – I started off on Beaver Builder. But then Elementor started offering better things. But I believe now, both are as good as each other.
Written August 2020
- The best WordPress plugin is REDIRECTION
- Once installed, it will monitor your website and if you make changes to the name of your webpage, it will do the re-direct for you. You can MANUALLY add old and new website URLs (i.e. web addresses) and will do the redirection for you.
- To use, after installing and activating…
- Click settings and tick
- Monitor permalink changes in WordPress posts and pages. If you change the permalink in a post or page, then Redirection can automatically create a redirect for you.
- Second one is optional but set storage to a week because it will otherwise eat storage space. Keep a log of all redirects and 404 errors. Storing logs for redirects and 404s will allow you to see what is happening on your site. This will increase your database storage requirements. To set storage to 1 week – go to plugins > redirection > settings > options tab
- Store IP information for redirects and 404 errors. Storing the IP address allows you to perform additional log actions. But I tick NO TO THIS re: GDPR. Note that you will need to adhere to local laws regarding the collection of data (for example GDPR).
- However, I have something better for those of you who want to do mass or batch re-directs
- Have a list of old and new URL (word, or text file is fine) – simple list like : https://www.gp-training.net/appraisal-stuff https://www.gp-training.net/appraisal-pdp/
- Simply cut and paste into the empty box on the website
- Select the drop down “click 301” and then click SUBMIT.
- Cut and paste the redirects into your .htaccess file (Don’t know how to do this? youtube, “how to add redirects to your .htaccess file” – it’s easy)
Woocommerce is the BEST e-commerce toolkit for adding shopping functionalities to your website.
- It comes with a FREE core plug which enables basic transactions.
- However, if you want to do more fancy stuff like change the check out page, add a subscription – then you have to buy the add on extensions – which can be a tad pricey from WooCommerce direct.
WooCommerce – the core plug in
- Includes the WooCommerce core plug in (made by Automattic)
- PLUS WooCommerce admin (made by WooCommerce)
- PLUS WooCommerce blocks (made by Automattic)
- All three of these will update via WP Dashboard – i.e. WP will tell you when they are out of date and you can update them for free.
- Also install WCFM – WooCommerce Frontend Manager by WC Lovers
WooCommerce – the extensions
- There are tonnes of extensions – and they can be quite expensive.
- There are 3 that I really like
- WooCommerce Checkout Field Editor (by WooCommerce) – enables you to change the input tabs on the checkout form.
- WooCommerce One Page Checkout (by Automattic) – you will lose customers if there are lots of checkout pages. This extension simplifies everything to one page so the customer does not leave.
- WooCommerce Subscriptions (by WooCommerce)– the best plug in every – great for wanting recurring donations/contributions from your users or creating a recurring subscription payment for say a service.
- (for my own reference, I last updated 29 Aug 2020)
- This page – sells them for an incredible price: https://cheapwoocommerce.com/
NEVER copy images of websites or the internet blindly. Someone will try and sue you for copyright infringement. Don’t even trust the “copyright free” section of Google Image search. A lot of devious people out there market their images as free but in small font somewhere will state that you can use it for free if you state the source in exactly the want it to be stated. And if it is not, the image no longer is deemed free and they will send you an email demanding money for copyright infringement. Many are scams – so do some research rather than paying them off!
Type of Images: Images come in a variety of formats. The old BitMap or BMP, then there was JPEG, and then PNG. BMP and PNG are usually large files. JPEG a lot smaller (often 10 times smaller!) – so your pages load quickly. But there is a new kid on the block called WEBP – which is about 30-60% less the size of JPEG!. So in summary, if using images, try and save them in WEBP format for websites (use Squoosh to convert). WEBP is better than JPEG which is better than PNG. Also, Google and other search engines will not rank your website very high in searches if you are using older type large sized images.
- Use your own images where possible.
- Otherwise, use a free library of image resources:
- Optimising Images
- Resizing images – use Squoosh – a free utility to reduce the size of your images, because your website works better when images are small. Good tutorial here – https://youtu.be/oLWIK3C6wMo. But this method is laborious – you might not have time like me to adjust every image you upload. So instead, consider a plug in that does all of it like ShortPixel below.
- Optimising PlugIns – I recommend ShortPixel. Great tutorial here: https://youtu.be/MQW-wQiTukc. Does everything for you so you can upload images to your website in whatever format and size and don’t worry because this plugin will sort it all out for you. Providing you set it up right (which is what that YouTube tutorial helps you with). Other good plugins – but more expensive – Smush and Imagify are the main ones.