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Faster WordPress & WooCommerce Websites Checklist

Hand Rotating Speed Dial

Shown below are 6 tips and links to free and paid plugins/services that will speed up your WordPress/WooCommerce website and the best thing about it is most of the steps are simple and require little effort on your behalf to see results – especially steps (2,3,4)

1. Pick a faster host
Finding a host that is optimised to work well with WordPress & WooCommerce in terms of faster speeds can save you a lot of headache in the long run.

On another note if you are not planning on using a CDN and your store is aimed at a specific country then get a host that has servers in that country – This will also ensure faster loading times for customers.

 

2. Disable any unused plugins
Deactivating and deleting any plugins you do not use can help in terms of page load times. It may sound silly but some plugins cause page load time to increase and if you are not using the plugin it is senseless leaving it activated.

 

3. Shrink images on site
Optimising images on your WordPress website is a simple thing to do and there are many free solutions out there to aid you in doing this quickly and easily.

Optimising images can increase page loading times massivly.

Free solutions for image optimisation:
WP Smush.it
EWWW Image Optimizer

 

4. Enable caching
Enabling caching on your WordPress website is a no-brainer when it comes to improving the load time and speed of your store/website.

There are many free WordPress plugins that do this – Personally i think the best 2 plugins are:
WP Super Cache
W3 Total Cache

 

5. Consider using a CDN
Using a CDN can make all the difference especially if you have website visitors that are coming from around the globe.

What does a CDN Do?
A CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a service that speeds up your website. It does this by delivering your content to website visitors from servers that are closer to them than your hosts servers.

Example WITHOUT CDN: Someone from France visits your website but your servers in the USA and your site is not using a CDN the data will be transferred a longer distance which takes even longer for your website to load.

Example WITH CDN: Someone from france visits your website – The CDN provider has a local server in france and delivers most of the website content to them from a local server which in turn means faster website loading times.

Recommended CDN providers:
CloudFlare – Has a FREE option with loads of features
MaxCDN – Starts at $9 per month

 

6. Test and Improve Performance
Finding out the shortfalls in your website can help you further improve the speed of your website – These fantastic and free online tools can help you further your progress:
Google PageSpeed Insights
Pingdom

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Removing the WooThemes Updater Notice from the WordPress Admin Dashboard

Sometimes seeing messages in the WordPress admin back end can be annoying especially ones that you do not know how to remove easily and do not offer a close, dismiss or hide button.

This quick tutorial will show you how to remove the following message:

WooThemes Updater Message

 

 

Please note that installing the plugin is not harmful in any way and will just highlight any plugin or theme updates that are available this tutorial is simply highlighting a way to hide this message.

Removing the message:

  • Step 1 – Locate your theme folder

example theme folder locations:

wp-content/themes/YourThemesName OR wp-content/themes/ChildThemeName

 

  • Step 2 – Locate Functions.php file in the theme folder

 

  • Step 3 – Add the following code:

// Below Code Hides WooCommerce Update Message
remove_action('admin_notices', 'woothemes_updater_notice');

 

If at a later stage, you wish to show the message again you can simply remove the 2 lines of code you added to functions.php.

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Most Popular Free And Paid WooCommerce Plugins Today

EcommerceMany eCommerce startups had chosen WooCommerce when they decided to do open their online stores. The reasons are aplenty; Woocommerce is free, flexible, user-friendly, looks professional, and has hundreds of plugins to enhance its abilities.

Among the plethora of these plugins, a small number of them are considered crucial for any startups. Curious to know which ones?

Below you can find eight of the most popular WooCommerce Plugins Today. These plugins are popular because they improve your store’s functionality, make international shopper easy to purchase stuff, give better shopping experience to the customers, and make it easier for you to manage orders and reports.

1. Booster for WooCommerce
This is the plugin you should install immediately after you finish installing WooCommerce. It’s loaded with powerful features any online store must have. These features allow you to further enhance the settings for prices & currencies and much more. As the name suggests, it really boosts your WooCommerce to the next level.

Booster is continuously updated and improved. The developers are openly accepting suggestions and critics. That’s a very important feat for a plugin used by real businesses. They also provide excellent support to anyone using this plugin.

Price: FREE

The booster plugin can be downloaded free from WordPress.org

 

2. WooCommerce Customizer
The Customizer lets you tailor the labels, button text, and various other aspects of the store to your liking without having to be a coder. For example, you can use it to change the number of columns when displaying a single product or change the heading for the product description.

This extension is useful for rapid testing. You can customize parts of the store without any downtime. Since there’s no coding to do, there’s very small chance of you breaking anything. This free and time-saving plugin is easy to use. However, if you have issues, you can always head out to the forum and ask the developers.

Price: FREE

WooCommerce Customizer can be downloaded free from WordPress.org

 

3. WooCommerce Multilingual
If you’re selling internationally, you’re going to need this plugin. You can use WooCommerce Multilingual to translate product information, attributes, and categories. It makes a consistent experience from start to finish for your customers, as they will see everything displayed in their own language. It also allows you to use multiple currencies all across the store.
This plugin may feel a bit complicated for some people. Thankfully, the developers are making progress in improving its usability.

Yes, there are other plugins offering the same multilingual capability, but this one is far superior compared to the rest. It works well with other popular plugins too. Please note that this extension requires WPML to work, so you need to install and activate that first.

Price: FREE

WooCommerce Multilingual can be downloaded free from WordPress.org

 

4. WooCommerce Social Login
When asked to create a new account during checkout, many potential customers feel that it’s too much of a hassle and leave. It happens more than you’d like, but by using the WooCommerce Social Login you can decrease the chance of new customers abandoning their cart.

This plugin makes it possible for your customers to link their social media accounts to your store. It supports Facebook, Google, PayPal, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram, LinkedIn, Yahoo, VK, and Disqus. With one-click sign-in, customers can effortlessly make repeat purchases.

Social login is used widely these days, and people feel comfortable using it. By making customer’s shopping experience smoother, your conversion rates also improve.

Original Price: Single Site $79.00

Our Price: Unlimited Sites $8.93

WooCommerce Social Login can be purchased at GPLHero.org for Only $8.93

Or at WooCommerce.com for $79.00

 

5. Minimum Purchase for WooCommerce
Sometimes, you can lose money when a customer’s purchase is below a certain threshold. Big companies can lose a bit of money without making a dent in their cash flow. Not so, for a lot of small businesses.

This plugin is handy in setting minimum purchase rule in just a few clicks. If a customer purchase product in less than the specified number, an error message is displayed. Only when the rules are met, they can proceed the checkout to complete the purchase.

Setting up the rules is simple. The developers made sure this plugin is intuitive. They provide excellent support too.

Price: FREE

Minimum Purchase for WooCommerce is available free at WordPress.org

 

6. WooCommerce PDF & Print
This plugin converts a product page into PDF or Microsoft Word for easy printing.

Why is this useful?
Well, some people are old school and prefer prints instead of sharing the product URL by email or using a messaging app. This plugin lets customers print and share information about your products to their families and friends. Word of mouth is still a powerful thing.

Having a printable version of your website can be helpful in more than one way. On holiday season, people usually plan ahead and pick whatever it is they want to buy later. An easy option to print lets the customer save a printed version of the product detail page, which is much handier than just bookmarking.

Price: FREE

Available for Free Download at WordPress.org

 

7. Product Enquiry for WooCommerce
One way to lose a sale is when you have incomplete information about a product. Not many people are willing to spend their time inquiring about an item to the seller. With this plugin, customers can reach out to you to ask questions about a product quickly and easily. They don’t need to copy and paste the product URL or remember the item id. It’s all automatically added into the inquiry without them needing to do anything.

That’s not all. For online stores selling customizable items, this plugin is a great tool for customers to request a quote. It automatically sends you an email whenever an inquiry is made.

Price: FREE

Available for Free at WordPress.org

 

8. WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge
WooCommerce already has a smart sale badge feature built-in. This extension improves it further by showing the customers the total amount of saving they will receive. The badge will show something like “Save $YYY!”

This plugin works for grouped and variable products too. For these kinds of products, the badge will show “Save Up To $YYY!”
The Smart Sale badge is a free plugin that’s easy and simple to use. It’s lightweight and won’t doesn’t need much server resources. Whether you’re planning a holiday sale or a sale to clear old stocks, this extension can help you making those extra sales.

Price: FREE

Available For Free Download at WordPress.org

 

Conclusion
Okay, that’s all for our top list of the most popular WooCommerce plugin today. Obviously, you can install many other plugins according to your business needs and requirements. Still, the ones we just listed above are more than sufficient to give your online store a firm footing to compete with the rest of the pack.

We still have one more advice for you; Make your store presentable by using appropriate themes. Judging a book by its cover is bad, yet people still do that every day. If your store looks lame, people won’t even spend the time to browse around and shop. Plugins can improve the store’s functionality, but themes are essential to make your store pleasing to the eyes.

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The Speed Advantages of Using a CDN With Your WooCommerce Store

Fast GlobeNowadays, website owners are preferring to host their pages on CDNs in addition to main servers, and for a good reason. A content delivery network or in short CDN is a network of servers that are globally distributed to serve users based on their locations. They work by serving as alternative server nodes to deliver site content like JS, CSS files, and other structural components as well as static content like images to the user closest to them.

Because of their nearness to users, it means less time is used to access site content, and this reduced latency is the main advantage of using a CDN. Essentially, when a user sends a request to your site, the CDN node closest to them will respond to deliver the content thereby improving the site’s experience in terms of speed. They, therefore, primarily optimize a website’s accessibility.

These are among the benefits of using CDN for your site

1. Improved Speed And Load Time.
A user’s load time is basically used in loading a web page’s static content. In the case the server is a great distance away from the user, a significant drag will inevitably be experienced. A CDN solves this for your site by allowing users to retrieve your sites content from their closest server instead of the main host server of your site. The reduced distance will translate to greater speed and less load time on the part of the user.

Since CDN server nodes are located all over the world, at any given time, a person accessing your site is not disadvantaged by the distance from your main host. They get to download content at the same speed regardless of how far they are.

However, this speed improvement will depend on other factors like your website’s code. A poor code will still see your site dragging. Your servers’ configuration will also play a role in determining whether a CDN will help to speed up your site. The fact that a CDN improves the speed at which a page loads, is definitely worth the extra cost you will incur to set up the service.

2. Improved Website Uptime.
A CDN offers an alternative route to users to access your web page. This means that your main host is relieved of the traffic load it receives at any given time. Therefore, you are assured of constant and smooth speeds when using a CDN.

There are times when websites slow down or even crash completely during traffic surges. CDN networks can effectively take care of this by sharing bandwidth across multiple servers. They are, therefore, highly optimized to deal with any spike in traffic. This means that you are assured your site will be up and running smoothly regardless of the amount of traffic.

3. Greater Data Integrity.
Most of the time, though, you will need to update your website structural content. When using a CDN, you need not worry about the data integrity. Any changes done to your asset be it a CSS (Cascading Style Sheet ) or JS (Java Script) file update, are immediately effected on all network servers. This real-time data integration ensures consistency and saves you the trouble of having to issue instructions manually. It ensures contents of your site remain secure and similar even when duplicates are created on the servers.

4. No Geographic Barriers.
In today’s world, portable internet enabled devices are the norm. And people want to access sites wherever they go and at any time. CDN servers are found virtually everywhere around the world. It’s because of this global distribution that they are the best choice if you want your site to be accessible to anyone around the globe, especially to travelers. And with the added advantage that the users experience your site in the same they would if they were near your main host server.

However, it’s worth noting that in some cases, especially in remote areas, it will depend on a provider’s coverage. It is prudent to check with them first to see if they cover the geographic region you are targeting. Check the technology they are using as this gives a hint of how well and thorough their coverage is. This is because some providers will offer better services and coverage than others. A little research will help you to determine whether to enlist their services or not and to choose the best.

5. Cheaper and Faster.
Using CDN helps your website to perform better and give your visitors a cool experience. And all this without having to buy those additional resources such as more RAM or CPU. In the long term, it is cheaper than attempting to improve performance using more hardware.

Setting up for a CDN is quite simple and will not require you to purchase any hardware. Depending on your requirements, it may involve simply telling your CDN provider what content you need to be mirrored on their servers and then configuring your site to send requests to their servers.

There are a few free CDN services available, but mostly, they are paid for services. However, those who are serious about their web pages should consider paid services. And paid for CDN services are better than free ones most of the time. Cost may vary depending on the region, bandwidth, and security requirements. It would benefit you to shop around for a provider who offers state-of-the-art services yet at an affordable price.

Conclusion.
Using CDN brings a whole lot of benefits to your website. It gives you users a fast and reliable browsing speed. It helps especially to cushion you against unprecedented traffic upsurge allowing it to run all throughout unaffected.

However, this does not mean that it entirely makes your server trouble free. You may still encounter some down times from time to time. It only minimizes them. In some cases, a website will not need a CDN to perform well, although having one may make the site perform optimally.

It mainly depends on the website. If you are operating sites that get unusually high traffic or mission critical site, you should seriously consider using CDN. Talk to various providers to hear how their services will optimize your site’s performance.

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Are Responsive WordPress Themes The Future?

Future and PassedWordPress is without a doubt the most popular CMS platform online. Due to their user-friendly setup process, WordPress themes have been used for all manner of websites, personal to corporates. As the internet continues to be more mobile-user friendly, responsive websites are becoming more essential. Are responsive WordPress themes the future?

Responsive websites are essential for SEO.
A responsive web layout increases your SERP ranking. Popular search engines such as Google do favor sites that are mobile optimized. As a matter of fact, they highly recommend the use of Responsive Web Design.

Something also noteworthy is the fact that responsive helps reduce the bounce rate on your site. Given that the user’s experience is not stripped down, they will stay on your website; which is a good thing for your SERP ranking too. In essence, you can focus on giving the user an interactive virtual experience without worrying about the variety of mobile screen sizes. Everyone get a similar experience regardless of the device being used.

They optimize site load time
The amount of time it takes for a site to load is sensitive. Today, it is recommended that a website should take around 3 seconds to load. The challenge, however, is the fact that websites are getting bigger every day. How can one increase loading speeds without compromising on high-quality content development?

Responsive WordPress themes allow for both optimized page and increased speeds for all devices. Most RWD sites download site content, adapting it for different screen resolutions. By optimizing images using tools such as Adaptive Images and enabling compression, responsive sites are proving to be the way to go.

You can develop a Website at a much lower cost
WordPress Themes have, for the longest time, been go-to when you are cost-conscious. Gone are the days when you would need to spend ten to twenty thousand dollars to get a great website. You can get a WordPress Theme anywhere from $0 to $100.

You will find that responsive WordPress themes provide much better performance and UX in comparison to other alternatives that cost more than $100. Furthermore, a pocket-friendly solution allows you to further invest in other areas like marketing and social media, which will drive traffic to your website.
Affordability also means that small business and start-ups can be in a better position to take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet provides.

They have a User-friendly back-end area
Responsive WordPress themes are more often than not easy to use for website owners. Today, one does not have to be a master of online publishing to be able to use the back-end of their website. You can handle great content behind the scenes without complications.

First-time users can quickly familiarize themselves with WordPress terminology to quickly learn to use the back end.

The best thing about WordPress themes is the fact that regardless of the variety in front-end layout, the back-end is pretty standard across. This means you can change your themes and still find the same easy-to-use process at in the back-end.

WordPress Templates makes DIY websites possible for everyone
DIY toolsWordPress templates tend to inspire a Do-It-Yourself attitude. Aside from its super friendly UX, there are a lot of well-documented instructions and guides to help anyone interested in building a website. WordPress themes are flexible, meaning you can customize them to suit your needs.

One would need to find a theme that is close to what they envision for their website. Once this is done, all you need to do is install WordPress, then create content that suits the theme. In addition to all this, there are plugins that can be used to automatically add functionality that you would have otherwise have had to do manually.

WordPress websites and templates are significantly easier & safer to maintain
You don’t have to worry about accidentally adding a bug to your site’s code. WordPress allows you to easily update plugins and themes from the dashboard. All it takes is the click of a button.
Security is also crucial and available on WordPress. As a matter of fact, WordPress is considered notably safe and secure to run any website. Adding more security features to monitor threats is recommended and there are a variety of tools that are compatible with WordPress websites.

The best way to ensure optimal performance is keeping your WordPress themes and plugins updated and removing disabled themes and inactive plugins.
To conclude, WordPress will continue to be the best preferred CRM platform, more so with a lot of sites opting to be as responsive as possible. The world is demanding for even better quality content, and there is a danger in compromising user experience for quality. Responsive WordPress themes allow for anyone to meet these demands without breaking the bank or having to be a master online publisher.