It’s often the little things that count — especially when it comes to your stats and writing. Based on valuable feedback from the community, Jetpack has just launched a few improvements that they think you’ll really love.
Today First: Now when you visit a site’s stats, you’ll see the Days view first, with data displayed for the last 30 days. A quick click on the arrow will take you to yesterday’s stats, or you can click on any bar to view full stats for a specific day.
See More Information at Once: To better work with wider displays, we’ve extended the display area and have included three columns of statistics. The Weeks and Months views now also display up to 30 periods (if that data is available).
More Insights: Click the arrow next to a stat’s title for summaries of various periods, including a new All Time tab, list of Likes, and device previews. Clicking the Insights tab will show you detailed historical data for the entire site.
Other improvements include an Average per Day view, Follower Totals, and the option to Download a CSV of your stats data.
We’re proud to unveil some design changes to the WordPress.com editor that are available to all Jetpack users. It has the same great features you’ve come to expect, but with a cleaner, more refined experience — and a few new improvements, like a distraction-free writing mode.
For those interested in the behind-the-scenes work that went into these improvements, you can read the full interview with Matías and Joen, the two designers who helped build this new experience.
We really hope you enjoy these new features. Feel free to contact us with any feedback or questions.
Choosing a shopping cart plugin for your WordPress website is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make. After all, a faulty or poorly designed plugin that delivers a subpar user experience will chase users away. The effect on your bottom line doesn’t bear thinking about.
Fortunately, contemporary cart plugins are more than simply a passive way for customers to hold products while making their final purchasing decisions – modern solutions boast sophisticated, polished features. In this post, we’ve selected ten top shopping cart plugins that all seamlessly integrate with your WordPress site.
If you’re ready to take a look with us, let’s get started!
What to Look For in a Shopping Cart Plugin
WordPress shopping cart plugins are simply a way to enable the sale products through your WordPress website. While the exact features you need are going to be based on your own requirements, there are a few ever-present features that matter:
A slick, easy-to-use interface.
Top-flight support for many of the top payment gateways (such as Stripe and PayPal).
Suitable customization options.
Compatibility with your chosen theme.
Payment gateway support can’t be stressed enough. You’ll want to ensure that your plugin choice supports as many payment gateways as possible, without compromising on features.
As for compatibility and customization, you’ll want a suitable theme that can offer flexibility and power. Divi includes the Shop module out of the box, which offers integration with WooCommerce. In addition, the theme also comes bundled with the Divi Builder – an intuitive front end editor that can help make your website stand out.
10 of the Best Shopping Cart Plugins for Your WordPress Website
Before we take a look at our list, you’ll notice that some popular choices are missing. This is down to the criteria we’ve used to make our selections – some plugins simply couldn’t meet our standards when it came to reviews or ratings, while others hadn’t been updated in a while. What’s left is our pick of ten of the best shopping cart plugins for WordPress. Let’s take a look!
First on the list is our recommended e-commerce plugin, WooCommerce. It enables the sale of digital and physical goods, and shoppers are offered the option of instant downloads. The sale of affiliate goods from online marketplaces is also supported. Flat rate and free shipping options are provided, as is the option to create real-time payment calculations.
In addition, WooCommerce also offers a number of free and premium extensions to enhance both yours and your customer’s experience through features such as recurring subscriptions, memberships, bookings systems, and more.
Enables you to sell both digital and physical goods.
Offers a number of free and premium extensions to enhance WooCommerce’s functionality.
Offers the option for global shipping.
Supports bank transfers, cash on delivery, and PayPal.
eCommerce Shopping Cart is a streamlined shopping cart plugin that slickly integrates with your WordPress website. It’s similar to WooCommerce in that it lets you sell both digital and physical products, along with gift cards.
There are a number of payment options available, and the plugin includes several in-built marketing and promotional tools – such as offering coupons. What’s more, eCommerce Shopping Cart includes baked in analytics and social sharing options for each item.
Although the plugin is free to download, you’ll need to purchase a license, which starts at $50 per site.
Supports almost all of the most popular payment services.
Offers tiered pricing, B2B pricing, featured products, and more.
Cart66 stands as perhaps the most secure e-commerce WordPress option available – for a start, it helps to ensure online stores are PCI compliant. It supports both digital and physical products, and enables customers to create accounts when purchasing items.
Cart66 also includes a recurring billing engine that plays nicely with its 102 supported payment gateways, and enables you to include taxes and discounts at checkout.
Cart66 offers a 14-day free trial, but after that, the plugin starts at $9.99 a month.
Enables customers to create accounts, including storing credit card information and order history.
Offers a built-in email center that keeps you in touch with your existing customers.
Includes a recurring billing engine.
Supports over 100 payment gateways.
Offers incredible security and support, including PCI compliance.
Ecwid Ecommerce Shopping Cart is relied upon by over a million sellers worldwide. It’s an e-commerce solution with support for more than 40 payment options, and 45 different languages.
This plugin stores your data entirely in the cloud, with unlimited storage, automatic upgrades, and backups. It also offers mobile iOS and Android apps free of charge, which enables you to turn your device into a Point Of Sale (POS) station.
Enables you to store your data in the cloud.
Offers iOS and Android apps free of charge.
Includes support for Facebook.
Provides a secure HTTPS checkout, and more than 40 payment options.
PayPal Shopping Cart is an e-commerce solution that lets you place PayPal branded Add to Cart and View Cart buttons anywhere on your website. Payments are (of course) handled by PayPal via credit or debit card.
While the plugin is free, transaction fees will apply. There’s also a PayPal Pro offering that extends the functionality of the plugin, and enables some basic customization of the buttons, along with more options for setting taxes and discounts.
Offers a quick cart button creation feature based on your item’s details.
Supports 25 currencies and 18 languages.
Includes two button styles, and a choice of shop and payment URLs,
WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart does what it says on the tin – it offers a simple, minimalist shopping cart for your site. The plugin integrates seamlessly into any page, post, or sidebar of your WordPress site. Like some of the other choices in this list, it enables you to sell both physical and digital products including audio files, PDFs, photos, videos, and more.
WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart is free, but transaction fees do apply.
Enables you to whip up an Add to Cart button with a variety of shopping and pricing options at your disposal.
Lets you sell a wide range of media types, along with physical goods.
Offers a minimalist approach. It’s light on code, helping to keep loading times to a minimum.
Ecommerce WD provides a user-friendly setup, paired with some advanced functionality including smart sorting, filtering, and searching of products. It works with PayPal out of the box, and enables you to set tax and shipping to groups of items, rather than on a product-by-product basis. It also offers a guest checkout feature, and social media integration for your products.
Ecommerce WD has a free tier, with premium versions offering additional theme support and other perks.
Enables users to create an unlimited quantity of categories and products.
Lets you find information via a sophisticated search feature.
Enables you to create tax types and shipping methods by group rather than by product.
Offers template customization and social network integration.
Selz eCommerce Shopping Cart is suited to the non-coders, and integrates with almost every WordPress theme. It’s a robust, full-featured shopping cart solution for the sale of physical products, services, and digital downloads.
The plugin provides secure download links for all digital items sold, and your store’s functionality can be bolstered via a variety of free and premium apps including PayPal support and MailChimp integration.
Finally, Selz eCommerce Shopping Cart is free, although transaction fees apply – and you only pay when you make a sale.
Offers secure download options for digital goods.
Supports delivery options for physical product sales.
Provides an app store to help enhance your store’s functionality.
Supports one-click selling and sharing for Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Easy Digital Downloads is an e-commerce plugin solution aimed at – you guessed it – digital downloads only. The mantra of the plugin is to simply offer everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s minimalism at its finest!
Amazon, PayPal, and test payments are supported right off the bat, and there are numerous premium extensions to help enhance your store further. Finally, Easy Digital Downloads is entirely free – meaning no transaction fees apply to your sales.
Includes a test payment feature.
Offers users their full purchase history, along with the ability to re-download files.
Enables you to set variable prices and multiple price options for each product.
Finally, we have Jigoshop. This is a dynamic e-commerce solution, which positions itself as a powerful alternative to WooCommerce. The plugin enables a high level of user control, and the sizable development team regularly cranks out updates and fresh features.
Like WooCommerce, Jigoshop has a large number of extensions to help enhance your store. The plugin itself is free, although some extensions have a cost attached.
Lets you sell both digital and physical products.
Includes functionality to group your products.
Offers affiliate product support.
Enables stock management and advanced reporting.
Offers over 100 extensions, with more available each month.
With so much to lose by choosing the wrong shopping cart plugin, selecting from the myriad of choices available can seem like a daunting exercise, especially when so much of your e-commerce success depends on you choosing the right one.
The ten shopping cart plugins we’ve listed above all provide the basic features you’ll need to get up and running, but each also has their own unique features. If you take the time to investigate the functionality of each solution, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your particular e-commerce needs.
Do you use any of these shopping cart plugins, and if so, how are they working out for you? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to subscribe to the comments so you don’t miss out on the conversation!
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I visited the aforementioned page on Wednesday, 10th June. There was no load shedding planned for that afternoon and evening.
The power went off at 6pm. The power was again restored at about 10.30pm. Later that night I walked into the study and noticed a burning smell. I looked out the window to see whether there was a veld fire. All seemed to be in order.
The next morning I sat at my desk and my P.C. did not work. I took it to a nearby Matrix Warehouse and I was told that both the Motherboard and the CPU had burnt.
I had to replace the entire computer because besides the a.m. the DDR2 Ram was not compatible with current gen components.
Are ESKOM/ City Power not competent to schedule load shedding correctly?
I got the computer working again at a cost of R5697.00!
I also purchased a Multiplug ‘Surge Protector’ that protects electrical appliances from lightning surges. I purchased the WP5 (Wonder Plug 5×5 Multiplug). It costs around R300 at Matrix Warehouse. The Multiplug has a R20 000 warranty.
How to prevent load shedding from damaging your desktop, laptop and other devices?
if you are able to forecast load shedding shut your computer down properly before load shedding starts and pull the plug from your wall socket. If the load shedding is un-announced (my case on Wednesday) pull the electrical cable from your wall socket (unfortunately you won’t have time to shut your computer down properly but at least the subsequent surge that will occur when the power is restored will not do any damage).
Use a ‘Surge Protector’ for your electrical appliances.
It is quite straight forward to embed a YouTubne video. Let’s say you would like to embed Abba’s Dancing Queen.
Go to YouTube and type ‘Abba’s Dancing Queen’ in the search bar > click on ‘Abba – Dancing Queen’ > on the page that opens click on ‘Share’ > on the window that opens click on ’embed’ > copy the highlighted HTML code >
Open a new page or post > click ‘Text’ and paste the HTML code > that’s it!
Click ‘Publish’ > click ‘View post’ or ‘view page’ and enjoy the video!
To embed a YouTube as a Widget:
Go to Widgets > paste the HTML code into a ‘Text’ Widget. Even if you don’t know HTML you can easily change the ‘width’ and the ‘height’ of your video on the actual code.
Uploading and downloading a PDF into WordPress is an almost identical process to uploading any other type of media such as an image. You can very easily upload a PDF File, Microsoft Word Document, Excel Spreadsheet or a PowerPoint Presentation.
Go to Dashboard > Post > Add New (or you could go to Pages > Add New) > click ‘Add Media’.
Best Practice when uploading Files: make sure the file is all lower case and use hyphens if it has multiple names.
Once the ‘Insert Media’ window opens:
Click ‘Upload Files’ > click ‘Select Files’ > click on the PDF file you want to upload >
Once the file has been uploaded look on the right column ‘Attachment Details’:
Title: enter the text you want to link to the download (for example ‘Download Setcom Subscription Form’)
Caption: no need to enter a Caption for PDF files
Description: Setcom Subscription Form
Link to: Media File
> click ‘Insert into Post’
Click ‘Save Draft’ > click ‘Preview’ >
Once the preview page opens:
Click on ‘Download Setcom Subscription Form’. And that’s it! Well done!! To view the PDF file I have uploaded to this Post click the link below:
For this you need to download and activate the ‘vanilla-pdf-embed’ plugin.
Then to embed a PDF you’ve uploaded to your WordPress site’s media library, simply put the URL for the attachment page in your post on its own line. The PDF will be embedded with the default settings at that location, as if it were using oEmbed.
If you hover the bottom part of the PDF document (in the example below ‘Setcom’s Subscription Agreement’ a window pops-up enabling you to get the document’s full width, decrease/ increase in size, save and print (this window pops-up when I view this page using a Chrome browser but not on Firefox).
You need to Add the plugin ‘Download Monitor’ by Mike Jolley. Some of the features include:
1. you can make the PDF only available to Members of your website.
2. it provides you with Stats: you can easily track download counts as well as users download attempts.
Tips from Matt Cutts, Head of Google Webspam Team:
Great content will bring you many links.
Answer Questions – participate in the community by answering questions that may help others. If you help someone the probability is high that that person will link to you.
Original Research – share the results of your research with the public. If someone benefits from your search the probability is high that they are going to remember you and link to you.
Newsletters – email useful info to people’s inboxes. This will result in increased traffic and conversions.
Social Media – participate in a forum or a blog and participate also on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ and other social platforms.
Doing a Presentation at a Conference is another great way to get links.
Directories – enter your business on online Business Directories
Create a Blog and become an authority in your field – there is no excuse these days for a company/ individual not having a blog. Use your blog to establish yourself. Your blog is your online business card, your Profile on the internet.
How-tos and tutorials. Did you learn something useful? Put it on the internet. It may help someone else.
Do you have a free product or service? make it available to others. A good example is open source such as a new free plugin for WordPress. If you develop a free plugin and make it available for others to use… you won’t have to go to people… people will come to you. You do the work once and people downstream will come to you. Some will be grateful for what you have done and they will link to you.
Ensure your website has good site architecture. Ask yourself: Can my site be crawled? can my site’s URLs be bookmarked? What about my internal links – can Google get to all the pages on my site? Make it easy to link to your site as well as to individual pages and posts within your site.
Matt Cutts of Google states that about 25-30% of content on the net is duplicate and that it is not all spam.
Google looks for duplicate content and then tries to group it together and treat it as one piece. So when Google comes across two identical pages Google may decide to show just one of the pages on search results. Not all duplicate content is spam – it just needs to be clustered appropriately.
If all you do is duplicate content and you are doing it in an abusive, deceptive, malicious or manipulative way than expect Google to take action and treat your content as spam.
How can small sites become popular? Can smaller guys outperform the bigger guys?
Matt Cutts of Google suggests that it is important that your site is dynamic, responds quickly and has superior content. Matt refers to how sites such as Facebook and Instagram started small. MySpace was around when Facebook started.
If you are doing it better then in time you can expect to grow. Focus on your niche market. Cover it well and branch out from there.
Smaller guys can outperform the bigger guys as long as they do a good job. Don’t stop producing superior content.
Increase your Website’s PageRank with Link Building
PageRank is what SEO is all about. The higher the number of quality links to your website the higher your rankings on Google and other Search Engines (i.e the higher your website will show on search pages).
There are many ways to build links. Build links in a systematic way. GOOGLE IS LOOKING FOR SITES THAT GIVE THE BEST CONTENT TO USERS, SITES THAT GIVE THE BEST USER EXPERIENCE!
One of the golden rules is to build links from a variety of sources including:
GooglePlus: change from a Non Follow to a Do follow link
LinkedIn – easily create a Do Follow link
Post Comments on Articles/ Blogs you read (pointing back to your page)
Create great reviews for products and services you use… more often than not the company will link to you
If you have more than one website, inter-link them
Video marketing – post a video to YouTube and other video platforms and link back to your website
it doesn’t matter if some links have more weight than others – you need diversity and consistency. Don’t go from 0 links to 200 links overnight… consistently build over time.
To understand how links work and their relevance to Google, let’s start by having a look at a few definitions:
Page Rank (1) is an algorithm used by Google Searchto rank websites in their search engine results. PageRank is a way of measuring the importance of website pages. According to Google: PageRank works by counting the number and quality of links to a page to determine a rough estimate of how important the website is. The underlying assumption is that more important websites are likely to receive more links from other websites.
PageRank is not the only algorithm used by Google to order search engine results, but it is the first algorithm that was used by the company, and it is the best-known. (2)
Algorithm a step-by-step procedure for calculations.
Google Panda is a change to Google’s search results ranking algorithm that was first released in February 2011. The change aimed to lower the rank of “low-quality sites” or “thin sites”, and return higher-quality sites near the top of the search results. (3)
Google Penguin is a code name for a Google algorithm update that was first announced on April 24, 2012. The update is aimed at decreasing search engine rankings of websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by using now declared black-hat SEOtechniques involved in increasing artificially the ranking of a webpage by manipulating the number of links pointing to the page. (4)
Google wrote: “…so rather than focusing on specific algorithmic tweaks, we encourage you to focus on delivering the best possible experience for users”. (5)
More from Google: “One other specific piece of guidance we’ve offered is that low-quality content on some parts of a website can impact the whole site’s rankings, and thus removing low quality pages, merging or improving the content of individual shallow pages into more useful pages, or moving low quality pages to a different domain could eventually help the rankings of your higher-quality content”.
So another Golden Rule is to focus on developing high-quality content rather than trying to optimize for any particular Google algorithm.
What Do Follow and Non-Follow Links mean?
Let us assume that you have added links on your Linkedin Profile. What is the difference between ‘Do Follow’ and ‘Non-Follow’ links?
Do Follow Links – the website you have your links on share PageRank with you.
Non-follow links – the website you have your links on does not share PageRank with you (in such a case the website is not pointing to your website).
The aforementioned is true for Linkedin, Google+ and any other sites using Do Follow and Non Follow links.
As already mentioned above the more PageRank (PR) backlinks you have the higher ranking your website is going to have.
Not all links are created equal. It is more important for Messi to have Cristiano Ronaldo say that he is one of the best soccer players in the world than Joe Soap saying it. But Messi will be ranked even higher if Cristiano Ronaldo and many Joe Soaps say Messi is a good soccer player.
So, how do I get Do Follow links to my website?
You can get Do Follow links to your website by Directory Submissions, Article Marketing, by commenting on Pages, Blogs and Forums and by ensuring you change from a Non-Follow to a Do-Follow backlink on Google+ and Linkedin as explained below:
Two Directories you can try for instant quality links:
Don’t submit the exact same text to all Directories – change the text slightly
Jeffrey M Louis wrote on his Ezine Article: “Submitting articles to article directories is a free method to help any web page to be seen and recognized online. It will boost your web page in the search engines to ultimately boosting your search rankings in any SEO network. Article marketing will also help gain respect from those who are looking for an expert in your field of work”. (6)
Jeff continues: “The number one benefit of submitting to a good article directory is that the directory you submit to is already a solid web page for SEO purposes. Which means if you were to write an article targeting a keyword you will see results fast. With article marketing you can target selected keywords and actually see results on the top search engines within days”.
EzineArticles.com and GoArticles.com are the best and easiest free article distribution services that will instantly explode your websites traffic in a very short time frame. They give you : 1) quality traffic 2) market visibility and 3) media exposure. They have literally million of visitors every month and they are FREE! Article distribution could not be any easier.
Ranked 1,133 on Alexa. EzineArticles.com have over 53000 (fifty three thousand) websites linking in EzineArticles.com. This is staggering!
Link to your url + in the Resource box put 1-2 keywords + link to your internal pages as well. When you register at EzineArticles.com, click on ‘Profile’ tab. They give you the opportunity to enter various URLs. Besides your website’s URL you should also enter your Blog’s URL.
Ranked 3,436 on Alexa. GoArticles.com have over 24000 (twenty four thousand) websites linking in GoArticles.com. Staggering as well!
Blogs (and Pages) Comments
An easy effective way to link back to your site. This is a WIN-WIN for all. You are helping the site you are commenting on and helping your own site. You can: 1) show your URL at the end of your comment or 2) should you not wish to show your URL on your comment make sure that your URL is showing on your Profile (when people click on your photo – they will be directed to your Profile that shows your URL – if you have added your website to your profile).
Another Golden Rule is to have links not only to your homepage but have links to your DEEP PAGES as well. This is the reason for you to have your Blog’s URL on you EzinesArticles.com (not just your homepage URL).
As for Blog Comments (above), join a Forum and leave your comment (linking back to your website/ webpage).
Google Plus Backlink
Google Plus is an effective way for you to get Do Follow links from.
Go to your Google+ page. There are two important sections for you to add your link(s) on your Google+ page:
‘Story’ (at the top of the page)
‘Links’ at the bottom of the page.
Click ‘Edit’ each of the sections and add your link(s). Afterwards test that your links are correctly linked.
Type the keyword/ keywords you are interested in, for example: ‘Search Engine Optimization’ > enter > set: ‘How often’, etc > click ‘Create Alert’.
One more good reason to use Google+
It is highly recommended to increase the Google+ participation as your activities on Google+ will continue to show up on Google search results along with the photo of the author associated with that activity. This will boost the usability of Google+. You could also create original content and post on Google+. By increasing the participation, you are also increasing the chances of appearing on Google search results. (7)
Another important and easy way to get Do-Follow Backlinks.
Login to Linkedin > click ‘Edit Profile’ tab > click ‘Edit Contact Info’: on the new window that opens click the edit pencil next to ‘websites’ > enter your website’s URL.
You can enter a maximum of three URLs.
This is so easy and you got yourself one (or you can have as many as three) DO FOLLOW Links. Well done!
Final Golden Rule: Keep building links, keep improving rankings and keep going after new keywords.