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My GravaTar Profile Has Been Updated

What is a Gravatar?

An “avatar” is an image that represents you online—a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.

A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.

Gravatar is a free service for site owners, developers, and users. It is automatically included in every WordPress.com account.

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How to Easily Install WordPress with Hetzner

How to Easily Install WordPress with Hetzner

The complete installation won’t take more than 5 minutes.

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Gathering leads through the Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget

The Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget is easy to use and can easily bring you leads.

A popular method for gathering leads is encouraging visitors to subscribe to your site. This way, they’ll receive notifications whenever you post new content. Users can subscribe through the Subscriptions Widget.

Gathering Leads through Subscriptions
Gathering Leads through Subscriptions

This ensures that your site visitors won’t miss your latest posts. When they receive notifications that you’ve published new content, they’ll be more likely to keep you top-of-mind when they’re ready to make purchases.

How to go about it?

  • Go to your Admin Area > Appearance > Widgets
  • scroll down the widgets list to the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack Widget
  • Drag the ‘Blog Subscriptions Jetpack’ Widget to the right hand side (and drop this widget in the correct sidebar). Fill in details.

The Importance of Having a Good Hosting Company

This is what happens if your website does not load:

  1. your visitors won’t be able to access your site (not good w.r.t. customer service…).
  2. you won’t be able to access your Admin Area and therefore you won’t be able to do any work on your site.
  3. if you are running Campaigns on Google Ads, Facebook, Pinterest, other – visitors clicking on your Ads will be directed to a page that shows: “Page Not Found – Internal Servor Error”.. believe me, your customers won’t be impressed.
  4. Google bot will try and crawl your site but cannot find your pages. Result? Google down-ranks your site on Google search. Very bad for your SEO!!

WordPressTrainingJohannesburg.com was down for 10 hours yesterday. Talk about someone about to get a nervous breakdown…

My website http://www.wordpresstrainingjohannesburg.com/ is hosted by https://www.bluehost.com .  My “hobby” website https://fitandfunnow.com is hosted by WordPress.com.

I have received good service from both hosting companies and so it was with great surprise (and shock!) that I saw that my one website was not loading yesterday.

After a few online chats to Bluehost and getting nowhere I contacted Bluehost’s Head Office in the United States. They said that the server needed upgrading and that I would have to authorise upgrade from EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 which I did and the website was subsequently uploaded to the internet. Why request authorization? just do it…

Fortunately no such issues with WordPress.com hosting!!

Why am I writing this post? To let you know the incredible importance of having a “good” company host your website. You don’t want your website to be down… EVER!

Which companies would I recommend?

Internationally  https://wordpress.com or  https://www.hetzner.com and in South Africa https://hetzner.co.za/

Should you have a Developer and should your Developer host your website for you, then hopefully your website is in competent hands and you should be experiencing no issues.

One more note: should your site be the free version of WordPress.com then you have nothing to worry about as WordPress.com will be the host of your free website. And should you one day upgrade from the free plan to a paid (premium) plan, I would recommend your stay with WordPress.com hosting.

At times, what is expensive today is going to save you much time and money later on.

10 Tips: Increase WooCommerce Conversion Rate with Product Tables

All WooCommerce stores share a single aim: To increase conversions and get more sales. Whatever your wider business goals, that’s what it all comes down to!

If you Google ‘WooCommerce conversion rate optimisation’, you’ll find lots of general advice on how to convert more visitors into paying customers. This usually focusses on improvements to the cart and checkout. These are important, but often forget that you need to convince customers to buy your products in the first place.

In this article, I’m going to do the opposite. I’ll provide specific and actionable tips on how you can convince customers to add more products to their cart using a specific tool: product tables.

WooCommerce product tables are an excellent tool for increasing your sales. By adding well designed table layouts to your store, you can present products in user-friendly ways that make it easier for customers to buy from you.

Source: 10 Tips: Increase WooCommerce Conversion Rate with Product Tables

44 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog

Starting a blog for the first time is an amazing, yet intimidating experience.

Thinking that people are actually going to read – and even share – something you wrote. It’s unlike any other feeling I can describe.

But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Starting a blog is hard work, and there are a lot of pitfalls along the way. Especially if it’s your first time. So many pitfalls, in fact, that we’ve come up with a full list of 44 things we wish we knew before starting our first blogs. That way, you don’t have to make these mistakes yourself!

But who are “we” exactly, right? Well, this post is a group effort. It features three bloggers chipping in and sharing their best advice on the topic.

So grab a coffee and get cozy, we’re about to review everything we’ve learned in the past 5+ years. Enjoy!

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Improved Stats and Distraction-Free Editing-Jetpack for WordPress

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.

Site Stats

  • 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.

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  • 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.Improved Stats and Distraction-Free Editing — Jetpack for WordPress - all time views - 1
  • Other improvements include an Average per Day view, Follower Totals, and the option to Download a CSV of your stats data.

Distraction-Free Editing

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.Improved Stats and Distraction-Free Editing — Jetpack for WordPress - 3

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.

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Source: Improved Stats and Distraction-Free Editing — Jetpack for WordPress

10 of the Best Shopping Cart Plugins for Your WordPress Website

 

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:

  1. A slick, easy-to-use interface.
  2. Top-flight support for many of the top payment gateways (such as Stripe and PayPal).
  3. Suitable customization options.
  4. 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!

1. WooCommerce

The WooCommerce plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

Price: FREE | More Information

2. eCommerce Shopping Cart

The WP Easy Cart plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • Supports almost all of the most popular payment services.
  • Offers tiered pricing, B2B pricing, featured products, and more.
  • Supports global shipping.
  • Includes marketing and coupon tools.
  • Integrates c-commerce conversion tracking.
  • Offers social sharing options.

Price: From $50 | More Information

3. Cart66

Cart66 WordPress Plugin

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

Price: From $9.99 per month | More Information

4. Ecwid Ecommerce Shopping Cart

The Ecwid plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

Price: From FREE | More Information

5. PayPal Shopping Cart

The PayPal Shopping Cart plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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,

Price: FREE | More Information

6. WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

The WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

Price: FREE | More Information

7. Ecommerce WD

The eCommerce Shopping Cart plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.
  • Includes guest checkout functionality.

Price: From FREE | More Information

8. Selz eCommerce Shopping Cart

The Selz plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.
  • Includes a Facebook-specific store template.

Price: FREE | More Information

9. Easy Digital Downloads

The Easy Digital Downloads plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.
  • Offers CSV and PDF data export options.
  • Includes a robust promotional code system.
  • Lets you offer customizable purchase receipts.

Price: FREE | More Information

10. Jigoshop

The Jigoshop plugin.

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.

Key Features:

  • 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.

Price: FREE | More Information

Conclusion

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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Source: 10 of the Best Shopping Cart Plugins for Your WordPress Website | Elegant Themes Blog

Hacking 27% of the Web via WordPress Auto-Update

At Wordfence we continually look for security vulnerabilities in the third party plugins and themes that are widely used by the WordPress community. In addition to this research, we regularly examine WordPress core and the related wordpress.org systems. Recently we discovered a major vulnerability that could have caused a mass compromise of the majority of WordPress sites.

The vulnerability we describe below may have allowed an attacker to use the WordPress auto-update function, which is turned on by default, to deploy malware to up to 27% of the Web at once.

Choosing the most damaging target to attack

The server api.wordpress.org (or servers) has an important role in the WordPress ecosystem: it releases automatic updates for WordPress websites. Every WordPress installation makes a request to this server about once an hour to check for plugin, theme, or WordPress core updates. The response from this server contains information about any newer versions that may be available, including if the plugin, theme or core needs to be updated automatically. It also includes a URL to download and install the updated software.

api-normal - Hacking 27% of the Web via WordPress Auto-Update

Compromising this server could allow an attacker to supply their own URL to download and install software to WordPress websites, automatically. This provides a way for an attacker to mass-compromise WordPress websites through the auto-update mechanism supplied by api.wordpress.org. This is all possible because WordPress itself provides no signature verification of the software being installed. It will trust any URL and any package that is supplied by api.wordpress.org.

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WordPress powers approximately 27% of all websites on the Internet. According to the WordPress documentation: “By default, every site has automatic updates enabled for minor core releases and translation files.”. By compromising api.wordpress.org, an attacker could conceivably compromise more than a quarter of the websites worldwide in one stroke.

Below we describe the technical details of a serious security vulnerability that we uncovered earlier this year that could compromise api.wordpress.org. We reported this vulnerability to the WordPress team via HackerOne. They fixed the vulnerability within a few hours of acknowledging the report. They have also awarded Wordfence lead developer Matt Barry a bounty for discovering and reporting it…

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How To Future-Proof Your WordPress Website In 4 Easy Steps 

Future-proofing your site is an aspect of site development that many users neglect until it’s too late. It’s a simple process that shouldn’t eat into your schedule too much. In any case, the benefits far outweigh the additional time spent keeping on top of it all.

In this post, the author suggests four important steps to help you future-proof your site:

  1. Sign up with a reputable hosting provider.
  2. Create regular backups of your website.
  3. Select themes and plugins from trustworthy developers.
  4. Use a child theme to preserve your changes.

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