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How to Create an Online Course with WordPress (the RIGHT WAY)


Did you know that you can create a successful online course with WordPress?

Selling online courses is a popular online business idea that you can start with a very small investment and no technical knowledge.

WordPress plugins make it easy for you to create an online course without writing any code!

Whether you’re looking to create an online course to sell or simply add an online course for your existing students, this article is for you!

In this guide, we will show you how to easily create an online course in WordPress. We will also show you how to make money from it and make your online course a success.

Easily creating an online course in WordPress

Here are the steps we will cover to help you create an online course with WordPress:

  • What do you need to create an online course
  • Setting up WordPress
  • Install and setup LearnDash (LMS addon for WordPress)
  • Creating your first online course
  • Adding lessons to your online course
  • Adding quizzes and assignments for your course
  • Creating and issuing certificates on completion of the course
  • Selling your online course
  • Promoting your online course

Ready? Let’s get started.

What Do You Need to Create / Sell an Online Course?

You will need the following things to create an online course.

  • A domain name. This will be your website’s address (Example, wpbeginner.com).
  • A WordPress hosting account. This is where your website’s files are stored.
  • A learning management add-on (also known as LMS plugin) to create and manage courses.
  • Your undivided attention for the next 45 minutes.

You can build an online course with WordPress in less than an hour, and we’ll walk you through every step of the process.

Let’s get started.

Step 1. Setting up Your WordPress Website

There are plenty of website builders that you can use to build your website. However, we always recommend WordPress because it offers you the flexibility and freedom to take your website in any direction you want.

There are two types of WordPress, and often beginners end up confusing them.

First, there is WordPress.com which is a hosting service, and then you have the original WordPress.org also known as self-hosted WordPress. See our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

We recommend using WordPress.org because it gives you access to all the WordPress features that you’ll need.

To start a self-hosted WordPress.org website, you’ll need a domain name ($14.99 / year), WordPress hosting ($7.99 / month), and SSL certificate to accept online payments ($69.99 / year).

This is quite a lot of startup money.

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After purchasing hosting, head over to our guide on how to create a WordPress website for step by step set up instructions.

Step 2. Install and Setup LearnDash LMS Plugin

Now that your WordPress website is ready, the next step is to install and setup a Learning Management System add-on. This will allow you to create your online course and add it to your website.

First, you need to install and activate the LearnDash plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

LearnDash is the best LMS plugin for WordPress. It is an all-in-one solution with complete course management, lesson plans, quizzes, assignments, course progression, and more.

Upon activation, you need to visit LearnDash LMS » Settings page and click on the LMS License tab to enter your email address and the license key.

LearnDash license

Once you have entered the information, click on the ‘Update License’ button to store your settings.

Next, you need to switch to the ‘PayPal Settings’ tab. This is where you will enter your PayPal information to receive online payments and sell your course.

PayPal settings

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save’ button to store your settings.

LearnDash also has Stripe and 2Checkout payment gateways available as Addons. You can install those if you don’t want to use PayPal.

We will cover more powerful options for selling your online course with WordPress later in this article.

Once you have configured the basic settings, your LearnDash LMS plugin is ready to go, and you can start creating courses.

Step 3. Creating Your First Course

LearnDash makes it super easy to create and manage online courses.

First, you need to visit LearnDash LMS » Courses page and then click on the ‘Add New’ button.

Add new course

This will bring you to the ‘Add New Course’ screen. You will need to start by providing a title for your course and then adding a detailed description.

Adding new course page

You can use the post editor blocks to create a beautiful course page. You can also add course categories / tags, and a featured image also known as course thumbnail.

Next, you need to switch to the ‘Settings’ tab on the course editor. This is where you can set different options for the course including price, status, etc.

Course settings

Scroll down to the course access settings and from there you can set the course status. You can make a course open and publicly available, free, buy now, recurring, or closed.

Control course access

Selecting ‘Buy now’ will allow you to set a one-time price for your course. The recurring option will allow you to charge enrollees on a recurring basis. You’d be able to set a price and duration for the recurring payment.

Below that, you can select course pre-requisites, points, access expiration, and alter access list options.

Control course options

Once you are satisfied with your course options, you can click on the save or publish button to make your course publicly available.

You can click on the preview button to see your course in action.

Step 4. Adding Lessons to Your Course

Now that you have created your first course. It’s time to add lessons to the course. LearnDash allows you to create highly interactive lessons and then add them to your online course.

There are two ways that you can add lessons and other course content with LearnDash.

The first one is by switching to the ‘Builder’ tab in the course editor. From here you can add lessons, topics, and quizzes to your course.

The course builder in LearnDash

Simply click on the ‘Add Lesson’ button to add a new lesson to your course. This allows you to quickly create a course outline.

The other method is to simply head over to LearnDash LMS » Lessons page and click on the Add New button.

Add new lesson

This will bring you to the lesson editor. First, you need to provide a title for your lesson and then you can start adding lesson content.

Creating a lesson in LearnDash

You can utilize all the usual post editing features. You can add images, galleries, embed videos, and create beautiful content layouts using cover images, columns, and other features.

Once you are satisfied with the lesson content, switch to the ‘Settings’ tab.

Lesson settings

First, you will see the options to control lesson support material, progression, assignment uploads, and lesson timer. Each option has a support icon next to it explaining what it does.

Scroll down to the ‘Lesson Access Settings’ section. From here, you can associate the lesson to your course and control when users can access it.

Lesson access

Using Drip Content Functionality

LearnDash LMS comes with powerful drip content functionality. This means instead of giving away all course materials at once, you can gradually release them.

In the lesson access control settings, you can choose the ‘Enrollment-Based’ option and select the number of days.

Drip control course content and lessons

Once you are satisfied with the lesson, you can click on the publish button to save your lesson.

Your lesson will now automatically appear on the course page below course details. You can repeat the process to add more lessons to your course.

You can also break down an individual lesson into topics. Simply go to LearnDash LMS » Topics page and click on the ‘Add New’ button to add a topic.

Creating a topic is similar to creating a lesson. Instead of associating it to a course, you will just need to associate it to a lesson.

Adding topics to the lesson

Step 5. Adding Quizzes and Assignments to Your Online Course

Quizzes and assignments allow you to offer an interactive learning experience. LearnDash comes fully equipped with dynamic quizzes and assignments that you can add to your course and lessons.

You can make the quizzes and assignments required for your users before they can progress to the next lesson or course. You can also review assignments and give feedback to students.

Let’s start with quizzes first.

Creating Quizzes in LearnDash

To add a quiz, you need to visit LearnDash LMS » Quizzes page and click on the Add New button.

Add quizzes

First, you will need to provide a title and description for your quiz.

Creating the quiz page

After that, you need to switch to the settings tab and associate your quiz to a course, lesson, or topic.

Quiz settings

Below that you will find options to set quiz pre-requisites, marks, certificates, and display settings.

Quiz display settings

Once you are done, click on the save or publish button to save your quiz.

Your quiz is empty at the moment. Let’s change that by adding some questions to it. Head over to LearnDash LMS » Questions page and click on the Add New button.

Add new question

This will bring you to the question editor. First, you need to provide a title which could also be the question itself. Below that, you can provide a little description of the question.

Question title and description

From the right column, you need to choose the answer type for your question. Depending on the answer type, the options for your question will change.

Select an answer type

After that, you can enter answer choices. You will also be able to select what message to show on the correct answer.

Once you are done, switch to the Settings tab and associate your question to the quiz you created earlier.

Add question to the quiz

Don’t forget to click on the save button before you move onto add another question.

Feel free to add as many questions as you need for your quiz.

Enable Assignments in LearnDash

You can easily add assignments by editing a lesson and going to the lesson options area. You need to check the box next to upload assignment option.

Assignment uploads

After that, you can provide the assignment instructions in your lesson. At the end of the lesson, users will see an option to upload their assignment.

Upload your assignment

Once users have uploaded their assignments, you can view them by visiting LearnDash LMS » Assignments page.

Manage Assignments

From this page, you can edit assignments, approve them, or give comments on submitted assignments.

Step 6. Giving Certificates on Course Completion

LearnDash allows you to automatically give certificates upon completion of a course. However, creating a certificate in LearnDash requires some basic knowledge of HTML.

First, you will need a certificate image file. This is basically the background image you want to use for your certificates.

You can find certificate templates on free image creating websites like Canva. Once you find a template that you like, simply delete all text from it and download it to your computer.

Select certificate image

Next, you need to visit LearnDash LMS » Certificates page and click on the ‘Add New’ button.

Add new certificate

This will bring you to the certificate edit screen. From here you need to set the background image you downloaded earlier as the featured image.

After that, you need to use the Visual editor and click on the shortcodes button to add LearnDash metadata into the certificate. Using the shortcodes, you can add the course title, user name, and other data.

Editing certificate in LearnDash

Once you are satisfied with the certificate, you need to publish it.

Next, you need to associate the certificate to a course, lesson, or quiz. For example, you can issue the certificate on completion of a course, submitting a quiz, or finishing a lesson.

To add the certificate, simply edit the course, quiz, or lesson and switch to the settings tab. From here you can select the certificate you just created.

Associate certificate to your course

Step 7. Selling Your Online Course with More Powerful Features

Both LearnDash and WordPress are super flexible. This allows you to use them with any other tools to grow your business and reach more users.

For example, if you want to create a powerful membership site / community that offers other features and perks along with courses, then you can use LearnDash with MemberPress.

MemberPress is the best WordPress membership plugin because it offers more granular permission / subscription control.

It comes with a powerful payment system that will allow you to grow your business more efficiently.

Alternatively, if you want to sell other items like physical goods related to your course, swags, etc, then you can use WooCommerce to manage payments and orders. This will let you build a proper online store for your website.

Step 8. Promoting Your Online Course

WordPress and LearnDash make it super easy to build and manage your online course.

The other advantage of WordPress is that it also makes it easier for you to promote your online course and make money online.

Let’s take a look at few ways to promote your online course and make it successful.

1. Choose a LearnDash ready WordPress Theme

Themes control the appearance of your WordPress site, and there are thousands of free WordPress themes on the market. However, not all of them are made for selling an online course.

For that, you will need a WordPress theme optimized for making more sales and increase conversions. You would also be looking for a mobile responsive theme that works well with LearnDash.

Our first recommendation would be the Astra theme. This incredibly powerful WordPress theme is tested to work well with LearnDash, and it is highly optimized for conversions / sales.

Astra LearnDash

Choosing the Astra Pro version will also give you access to their LearnDash module. This gives you additional features to promote your online course and encourage more sign-ups.

We would also recommend you to check out the following themes (all of them work with LearnDash).

  • OceanWP – A highly versatile WordPress theme with easy customization options.
  • Academy Pro – Made by StudioPress and powered by Genesis theme framework, this theme is made specifically for selling online courses.
  • Divi – Divi comes with powerful drag and drop page builder and dozens of ready made designs to easily get started.

2. Create Landing Pages for Your Online Courses

Your WordPress theme would be able to help you create a highly engaging website. However, you may need to quickly create landing pages to describe course details, showcase instructors, highlight special offers, etc.

For that, you’ll need Beaver Builder. It is the best WordPress page builder and allows you to create professional landing page layouts without writing any code.

Beaver Builder

For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to create custom page layouts in WordPress.

3. Learn The SEO Basics

Search engines are the #1 traffic source for most websites on the internet. This is why you’ll need to learn how to make your online course website rank higher in search engines.

With the help of WordPress plugins and some basic SEO best practices, you’d be easily able to compete with the big guys.

To learn more, see our complete WordPress SEO guide for beginners with step by step instructions.

4. Track Marketing Data

A lot of beginners develop their marketing strategy based on guesswork. You don’t have to do that when you can get actual data to make informed decisions.

For that, you’ll need MonsterInsights. It helps you install Google Analytics and see human-readable reports inside your WordPress dashboard.

You can see where your visitors are coming from, what they do on your website, your most popular pages, and more. You can then improve your website to improve your conversions and boost sales.

5. Start Building an Email List

After a while, you would notice that most visitors who come to your website don’t sign up for your online course. The problem is that you would not be able to reach out to those users once they leave your website.

To address this, you need to start an email newsletter. This way you would be able to collect email addresses and reach out to those users and bring them back to your website.

We recommend using Constant Contact or ConvertKit.

6. Convert Website Visitors into Subscribers and Customers

Most visitors who come to your website will leave without enrolling into your online course. This is why it’s important to convert those abandoning visitors into subscribers or paying customers.

This is called conversion optimization.

The best tool for the job is OptinMonster. It is the best conversion optimization software on the market and helps you grow your business with more leads and sales.

For more details, see our guide on how to convert website visitors into customers.

Need even more tools? See our complete list of the best tools to grow your WordPress website like a total pro.

We hope this article helped you easily create a successful online course in WordPress. You may also want to see our tips on grow your business online without a lot of money.

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How To Fix “Failed To Load Resource” Error In WordPress


Are you seeing “Failed to load resource error” in WordPress or your browser’s inspect tool?

Many WordPress users find it difficult to figure out what resource or file is not loading, and more importantly why is it not loading correctly.

This file can be anything like an image, other media, JavaScript, or a CSS stylesheet. A missing resource can cause your website to misbehave or not function properly.

In this article, we will show you how to easily troubleshoot and fix the “Failed to Load Resource” error in WordPress.

Fixing the failed to load resource error in WordPress

Why Failed to Load Resource Error Occurs?

Failed to load resource error occurs when WordPress is unable to load a file that it is supposed to load.

Basically when WordPress generates a page, it includes several files in the code such as images, scripts, stylesheets, and more. During the page load, these files are loaded by user’s browser.

For more details, see our guide on how WordPress works behind the scenes.

If the browser is unable to load a specific file, then it would go on to display the page without that file. Further, the browser will add a notice in the error console for debugging purposes.

In most cases, you would see this error in your browser’s error console when using the Inspect tool.

Failed to load resource error

This resource could be any file like an image, JavaScript, CSS stylesheet, etc. The error may have different helpful messages next to them.

Below are few examples:

  • Failed to load resource net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED
  • Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 404 (Not Found)
  • Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 500 (Internal Server Error)
  • Failed to load resource: net::err_name_not_resolved

Even if a specific file didn’t load, the rest of your web page will continue to load. It just may not look or behave as expected. This is why you need to fix the error to avoid any unexpected issues.

That being said, let’s see how to easily fix the failed to load resource error in WordPress.

Fixing Failed to Load Resource Error in WordPress

As we mentioned earlier, the error is caused when your website’s code mentions a file but the browser is unable to download it.

This could happen for a number of reasons. We will try to look at and eliminate them one by one.

Replace The Missing Resource

First, let’s start with the most common solution. Make sure that the failed resource actually exists.

If the missing resource is an image in one of your blog posts or page, then try to look for it in the media library.

Replace missing image

If you can see it in the media library, then try to add it again by editing the post or page. If you cannot see the file in the media library, then try uploading it again.

In some cases, you may see broken images or empty boxes in the media library instead of images. In that case, you may need to fix the file permissions. For detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to fix image upload issues in WordPress.

Replace theme or plugin files

If the failed resource is a WordPress plugin or theme file, then the easiest way to replace it is by reinstalling the plugin or theme.

First, you need to deactivate your current WordPress theme. You can do that by visiting Appearance » Themes page.

Deactivate a WordPress theme

If you have another theme installed on your website, then you can just go ahead and activate that. This will deactivate your current theme. In case you don’t have any other theme installed, then you need to install a default theme.

Once you activate the other theme, you can visit your website to see the error has been resolved.

If the missing resource is a WordPress plugin file, then you will need to reinstall the plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

You can also use FTP to connect to your WordPress hosting account and manually replace a specific file. For more details, see our guide on how to use FTP.

Fixing the WordPress URL to Avoid Failed Resource Error

The most common reason that cause the failed resource error is incorrect WordPress URL settings.

Simply head over to Settings » General page and look for WordPress Address and Site Address options.

WordPress URL settings

You need to make sure that both URL are correct. You need to have the same URLs for both options.

Keep in mind that WordPress treats www and non-www URLs as two different addresses. If you have SSL enabled on your website, then your URLs should begin with https instead of http.

Don’t forget to click on the Save changes button to store your settings.

You can now visit your website to see if the error has been resolved.

If the error still persists, then you need to follow our complete WordPress troubleshooting guide. It will help you find out what’s causing the issue and how to fix it.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily fix the “Failed to load resource” error in WordPress. You may also want to bookmark our ultimate guide on fixing the most common WordPress errors.

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A Step by Step Guide for WordPress [2019]


Dropshipping has become a popular online business idea because it’s easy to setup, requires very little investment, and the market is huge.

Unlike traditional eCommerce business that requires you to manage product inventory and handle shipping logistics, dropshipping allows you to start an online store without managing inventory or dealing with shipping.

In this beginner’s guide, we will walk you through the entire process of setting up a dropshipping business with WordPress. We will also share tips on how to find the best products for dropshipping and how to grow your dropshipping business.

How to start your dropshipping business with WordPress

Since this is a long and detailed dropshipping guide, we have broken it down into different sections that you can navigate to by using the navigation below:

What is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is an online business where an eCommerce store doesn’t keep the products in stock, meaning no inventory cost. Instead, when customer purchases a product, the store owner places the order with the original vendor and have them ship the item directly to the customer.

The main difference between a dropshipping business vs traditional eCommerce business is that dropshipping doesn’t require you to stock or own any inventory. You also don’t have to deal with any shipping or handling logistics.

When a product is sold through your online store, you simply forward the purchase order to a wholesaler or manufacturer who fulfills it.

Due to the low operating cost and easier setup, dropshipping has become a global eCommerce trend.

The dropshipping business model has a few pros and cons that you need to keep in mind before getting started.

Pros of starting a dropshipping store

  • Setting up a dropshipping business requires much lower investment than a typical online store
  • You don’t need to purchase products or manage an inventory
  • You don’t need to ship the product by yourself
  • You can sell variety of products from different vendors and manufacturers

Cons of starting a dropshipping store

  • You are not in control of product quality and availability
  • Managing customer expectations can be challenging when you don’t have control over quality or shipping of the products
  • Providing customer support can be challenging
  • You’ll be making less profit because instead of bulk buying products, you’ll be selling one item at a time

With that said, dropshipping is a proven way to make money online. You can use dropshipping to make extra money on the side or build a large profitable online business.

Let’s take a look at how to properly start a dropshipping business.

How to Start a Dropshipping Business

Starting a dropshipping business is not as difficult as you’d think. There are plenty of eCommerce platforms that allow you to easily set up a dropshipping store without any technical skills.

We recommend using WooCommerce because of its low setup costs, ability to use multiple payment gateways, and flexibility to customize your online store.

According to Builtwith, WooCommerce is the #1 software used to build eCommerce stores.

It is also the most popular choice among dropshipping stores mainly because it runs on top of WordPress, the popular website builder. Using WooCommerce gives you access to thousands of WordPress extensions, third-party integrations, and beautiful store designs.

What You’ll Need to Start Dropshipping with WooCommerce

WooCommerce is available as a free plugin for WordPress. You’ll need a self-hosted WordPress.org website to start your dropshipping store. For details, see our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

To get started with WordPress and WooCommerce, you’ll need the following items:

  • A domain name (This will be your store’s online address e.g. wpbeginner.com)
  • Web hosting account (This is where your website’s files will be stored)
  • SSL certificate (You’ll need it to accept online payments)

Normally, a domain name costs $14.99 / year, SSL Certificate $69.99 / year, and web hosting starts from $7.99/month.

Now, this is not a small investment if you are just starting out.

Luckily, Bluehost, our hosting partner, has agreed to offer WPBeginner users a discount on hosting with free domain name + SSL certificate. Basically, you’d be able to get started for $2.75 per month.

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Bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and they are an officially recommended hosting provider by both WordPress and WooCommerce.

Once you sign up, Bluehost will send your login details to your email address. It will also automatically install WordPress for you, so you can easily login to WordPress dashboard from your hosting control panel.

Login to WordPress

Next, you need to install and activate the WooCommerce plugin. See our guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress for detailed instructions.

Upon activation, you WooCommerce will show you a guided a set up to select currency and other basic settings.

For more detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to start an online store.

Choosing a Design for Your Dropshipping Store

Choosing templates and design for your online store

The first thing you would want to do is to change the appearance of your dropshipping store. Luckily, one of the best thing about using WordPress is that you can select from thousands of WooCommerce themes.

Here are our top picks for a dropshipping WooCommerce theme.

  • Astra WooCommerce Theme – A powerful WooCommerce theme built specifically to boost sales and increase conversions.
  • Divi – Another highly customizable WooCommerce theme that comes with built-in drag & drop page builder support.
  • OceanWP – OceanWP is a multi-purpose WooCommerce ready theme with flexible customization options.
  • Ultra – A multi-purpose WordPress theme with several ready-made layouts and a built-in drag and drop page builder.

Once you have found a theme you like, follow our guide on how to install a WordPress theme for step by step instructions.

Finding Dropshipping Products to Sell on Your Website

Finding dropshipping products

The next step is to find the products you want to sell on your dropshipping store. Before you start picking products, first you need to decide what kind of products you want to sell.

We recommend choosing a niche for your store. This will make it easier for you to find products as well as customers.

For example: if you want to sell clothing and accessories, then you can narrow it down to by style, theme, or a target audience.

It’s generally a good idea to pick a niche that you are familiar with and passionate about. Making a store about products or topics that you are unfamiliar with will require a lot more effort.

After choosing a niche for your store, you can look for products in that particular category.

In your product research, you want to look for products with low competition and high demand.

To find out which products are trending, you can browse Amazon to collect data and do your own research. Amazon shows best selling, most wished for, and top rated products for many categories.

Product research on Amazon

You can also use keyword research to find which product categories people are actually searching for. See our guide on how to properly do keyword research for detailed instructions.

For more on this topic, see our detailed guide on how to find the best products to sell online.

Where to Find Dropshipping Suppliers and Vendors

Once you have decided what products you are going to sell on your store, the next step is to find dropshipping suppliers offering those products.

There are many online marketplaces where you can find dropshipping suppliers and vendors from all over the world. Here is a quick list of the best dropshipping marketplaces to look for suppliers.

  • AliExpress – It is the largest online marketplace of suppliers offering millions of products. You can easily integrate it into your WordPress site to import products directly from AliExpress website.
  • SaleHoo – A powerful online marketplace for dropshippers, suppliers, and eCommerce stores. It is a paid platform and subscription costs $67 per year.
  • Doba – A large marketplace to find dropshipping suppliers. It allows you to manage lists, find products, and connect with suppliers. Subscription starts from $29 per month
  • Etsy – Etsy is an eCommerce platform for unique and hand-made products. Many of these manufacturers would gladly dropship products directly to your customers.

We recommend starting with AliExpress for multiple reasons. First, there are easy to use WordPress plugins that will make it easy to import products directly from AliExpress to your store (and keep it in sync).

AliExpress also makes order fulfillment quite easy for eCommerce stores. As the largest marketplace for dropshipping suppliers, you can find reliable vendors with great ratings and reviews.

AliExpress

Along with dropshipping products, you can also sell third-party products for affiliate commission on your store. This would allow you to offer a large range of products while diversifying your income stream.

Amazon.com is the best source to find affiliate products. Your affiliate earnings will be lower, and you’ll not be able to set custom pricing. However, you can find unique products and use it to provide more shopping choices on your store.

For details see our guide on how to create an Amazon affiliate store with WooCommerce.

Adding Dropshipping Products to Your WooCommerce Store

By default, WooCommerce does not come with seamless dropshipping functionality. Luckily, there are several excellent WooCommerce dropshipping that allow you to do that.

Using a dropshipping extension, you’d be able to easily add dropshipping products, set custom prices with desired profit margin, collect orders, send them to your supplier, and more.

The functionality of your dropshipping extensions would entirely depend on the supplier or marketplace you choose.

If you are selling products from multiple suppliers from different marketplaces, then you may need multiple dropshipping extensions to automate the checkout process.

Here is our pick of the top dropshipping addons for WordPress.

  • AliDropship – Makes it easy to import from thousands of products on AliExpress, offer seamless checkout experience, and 1-click order fulfillment.
  • WooDropship – Another popular plugin that makes it easy to import products from AliExpress, automatically add product images and sync pricing.
  • WooCommerce Dropshipping – Allows you to add other third-party suppliers or vendors to your WooCommerce store, and send them order details in PDF format for fulfillment.

The way you add products to your WooCommerce store will depend on which extension, marketplace, or supplier you go with. If the extension you choose allows you to automatically import products, then you can just do that (hint: the first two in our list make it super easy to import products from AliExpress).

On the other hand, if you need to manually add products to your store, then here is how you would do it.

Manually Adding Dropshipping Products in WooCommerce

Adding products to your WooCommerce store is quite simple. First, you need to visit Products » Add New page inside your WordPress admin area.

Add new product in WooCommerce

Start by providing a product title and a detailed product description. After that, you need to select product category and start uploading product photo and product gallery images.

Choose product category and images

You can find product images from the supplier’s website. However, you need to ask their permission to use those images. They may also be able to provide you additional product images that you can use.

Next, you need to add product details under the Product data section. From here, you can set product price, attributes, and other options.

Add product data

Below that, you can provide a short description for the product. This short description will appear on the shop front, product category, and product search pages.

Go ahead and publish your product to make it appear live on your store.

Repeat the process to add more products.

Managing Dropshipping Orders in WooCommerce

After you have added products in your store, customers will be able to buy them from your website. You’d be able to review the customer orders by visiting WooCommerce » Orders page.

Managing dropshipping orders

Depending on your dropshipping extension, you may see an option to fulfill orders from here. This would basically send the customer’s order details to the supplier associated with the product.

WooCommerce plugins like AliDropship makes it super easy to send orders to the supplier with a single click.

If your extension does not support that feature, then you’ll need to manually place the order with your supplier by providing them the customer’s order details and shipping information.

You can review each order by clicking on it.

Change order details

On the order detail page, you can view products ordered, customer payment information, and edit the order status. Once the order is shipped by the supplier, you can change its status to completed.

Resources and Tools to Grow Your Dropshipping Business

Resources and tools to grow your dropshipping business

Setting up a dropshipping store with WooCommerce is quite easy. However, the real work starts once your store is up and running.

You would need to promote your business, bring traffic to your website, convert traffic into customers, and keep improving your marketing strategy over time.

Luckily, there are tons of great tools and extensions that you can use to help you achieve these goals. Let’s start with the basics first.

1. Ecommerce SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization helps you to get more traffic from search engines to your store. You can follow the instructions in our complete WooCommerce SEO guide to get more visitors to your website.

2. Optimize Conversions

Once you have a steady stream of visitors, you would want them to make a purchase. In marketing terms, this is called a conversion (converting a visitor into performing a desired action).

Conversion optimization helps you boost sales, which makes it incredibly important for your online success.

We recommend using OptinMonster, the #1 conversion optimization toolkit on the web. We have a detailed WooCommerce conversion optimization guide that helps you learn how to do that using the latest techniques.

3. Recover Abandoned Carts

Using conversion and SEO, you would be able to bring visitors to your site and help them discover more products. However, a lot of those visitors may not complete a purchase.

They may leave create an account, add products to the cart, but leave before purchasing. You’ll need to learn how to bring back those customers and recover your abandoned cart sales.

4. Ecommerce Analytics

Obviously, you would want to see how all your efforts are paying off. For this, you’ll need MonsterInsights, which helps you install Google Analytics and comes with enhanced eCommerce tracking feature.

Using MonsterInsights you can track WooCommerce customers, see which products are popular, which product pages are not performing so well, and more.

5. Misc. Plugins

WooCommerce gives you access to more than 55,000+ WordPress plugins and many of them are made specifically for eCommerce websites.

These plugins allow you to add features like contact forms, product comparisons, currency switchers, and more. See our list of the best WooCommerce plugins to find more plugins for your store.

FAQs about Dropshipping with WordPress

You may come across new questions as you start working on your new dropshipping store. Following are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dropshipping with WooCommerce.

1. Why not start my dropshipping business with Shopify?

You can totally start your dropshipping business with Shopify. However, Shopify charges you for each transaction, which affects your profits as a dropshipping store.

Another downside of using Shopify is the limited number of extensions and apps that you can use. As a dropshipping business, WooCommerce gives you more extensions and the flexibility to sell whatever you want on your website.

See our comparison of Shopify vs WooCommerce for more information.

2. Can I start my dropshipping business with BigCommerce?

Yes, you can. BigCommerce is a popular eCommerce platform and it even integrates with WordPress. BigCommerce also offers more payment gateways, and it does not charge transaction fees.

It lacks in extensions and the flexibility of WooCommerce, but it offers better scalability. See our comparison of WooCommerce vs BigCommerce for more details.

3. Which hosting company to choose for my WooCommerce store?

We recommend using Bluehost for a new dropshipping business. Their shared hosting plan is perfect to get started, and they are an officially recommended WooCommerce hosting provider.

If you are looking for an alternative, then we would recommend SiteGround. They are well-known for their heroic support and fast servers.

If you can spend a little more, then you can go WP Engine. They are a managed WordPress hosting provider, which is like a concierge service for your eCommerce store.

4. Can I install WooCommerce on my existing WordPress site?

Yes, you can. WooCommerce is available as a WordPress plugin and you can install it on any WordPress site.

5. How do I make sure that dropshipping suppliers deliver products on time?

Most dropshipping suppliers are located in China. This means slower delivery than choosing a vendors located in your own country. However, many dropshipping suppliers use ePacket for faster deliveries.

ePacket is basically a faster shipping method used by suppliers in China in partnership with USPS and other mail services. Ask your suppliers if they deliver products via ePacket for faster deliveries.

6. What to look for when finding a dropshipping supplier?

AliExpress and other marketplaces allow you to view supplier ratings, reviews, number of products they have delivered, and other useful information. This data tells you how reliable a supplier has been in the past. You can also read reviews to learn more about the quality of products delivered.

Since you don’t have control over the quality and delivery of products, you need to spend time on finding reliable dropshipping partners for your store.

7. Is dropshipping legal?

Because starting a dropshipping business is extremely easy, many beginners wonder if dropshipping is legal. The answer is YES. It is completely legal across the world.

In the simplest terms, dropshipping is just a form of order fulfillment where the supplier or manufacturer handles shipping. Nothing is illegal about that.

Of course like any other business, you have to pay proper business taxes depending on the country you’re based in.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to start dropshipping business with WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to add live chat support to your WooCommerce store.

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How to Embed Bing Maps in WordPress (Step by Step)


Do you want to embed Bing Maps on your WordPress website? If you are looking for a Google Maps alternative, then Bing Maps is the right candidate for you.

Similar to Google Maps, you can use Bing Maps to show directions, traffic, routes, and navigation instructions on your WordPress site. Since it is owned by Microsoft, it is a great map application with a ton of useful data.

In this article, we will show you how to easily embed Bing Maps in WordPress, step by step.

How to embed Bing Maps in WordPress

Adding Bing Maps in WordPress (No Plugin Required)

First thing you need to do is go to Bing Maps website and search for the location or map you want to embed.

Once you have found the location, click on the ‘More’ option with three-dots icon, and select ‘Embed a map’ option.

Embed a Map option in Bing Maps

After that, it will open a new tab where you can customize the map to embed in your website.

Customize Bing Map to Embed in WordPress site

You can choose map size, map type (static or draggable map), map style (road or aerial), and map links. Review the customization options and then click on the Generate Code.

After that, it will provide you a code snippet. Go ahead and copy the code because you’ll need it in the next step.

generated Embed Code for Bing Maps

Now, switch back to your WordPress site and create a new page or edit an existing one where you want to add the map.

On the page edit screen, click on the Add New Block icon and select the Custom HTML block.

Add Custom HTML block in WordPress Page Editor

After that, paste the Bing Map embed code that you copied earlier in the HTML field.

Bing Map Embed Code Added in WordPress Editor

You can now save or publish your page and click on the preview button to see the map embedded in your page. Here is how the Bing Map appeared on our demo website.

Bing Map Embedded in WordPress Manually -preview

Adding Bing Maps Using a Plugin

If you need to embed only one map on your website, then the manual method shown above is the best option.

However if you run a website where you often need to add maps, then using a plugin to add Bing Maps would be easier.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Ultimate Maps by Supsystic plugin. For detailed instructions, you can see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

It is a free WordPress map plugin that lets you embed Bing maps, Leaflet maps, and other Google Maps alternatives in your WordPress blog.

To use this plugin with Bing maps, you will need to have a Bing Map API Key.

Simply create an account on Bing Maps Dev Center website. If you already have a Microsoft account, then you can simply sign in with your account credentials.

Sign in to Bing Dev Center

Once you have signed into your account, you need to click on the ‘My Account’ menu and select ‘My Keys’ option.

Bing Maps Dev Center My keys Option

On the next screen, you need to fill out your website information to create a key.

Create Bing Map API key to Embed in WordPress

After that, you can see a message ‘Key created successfully’ and the key details in a box.

Bing Maps API Key Created

You can simply click on the ‘Copy key’ link or ‘Show key’ link and copy the Bing Maps API key.

After that, you need to paste the key in your plugin settings.

Visit Ultimate Maps by Supsystic » Settings from your dashboard and select ‘Bing Microsoft’ as your maps engine. After that, paste the API key you copied earlier in the Bing Maps API key field.

Paste your Bing Maps API key in Ultimate Maps by Supsystic plugin settings

Don’t forget to save your plugin settings.

After that, you need to add marker categories by visiting Ultimate Maps by Supsystic » Marker Categories » Add Category.

Add Marker Categories for Bing Maps

Create as many marker categories as you need.

Next, click on the Add Map menu to create a new map. Enter a name for your map, define the width and height of the map, choose navigation bar mode, etc.

Add Bing map using a plugin

You can also configure options to make the map draggable, use double click to zoom, and more. Most important of all, enter the location to display in the map center.

Next, scroll down and configure more options below. Once done, click on the ‘Save Map’ button below the map preview box.

After that, you can add markers to show the main location points in your map. Click on the Markers tab, and then add a name for your maker.

Add new Marker for Bing Map in WordPress

You can use the name of the place or organization as a marker name.

For example, we used ‘University of Florida’ as a marker name because we want to show some of the best colleges in Florida in our demo map.

After that, you can add marker description text as well as image.

Scroll down and choose an icon for your new marker. Next, you need to enter the address to point the marker. And, also select the marker category.

Save Marker for Bing Maps

Review all the other options, and then click the ‘Save Marker’ button.

You can add more markers by following the same steps.

As you add the markers, you can preview them live on the preview box. Once you are happy with your map, navigate to the ‘Map shortcode’ option at the top, and copy the shortcode.

Copy Bing Map Shortcode to embed in WordPress

After that, create a new page or edit an existing one to embed your new Bing map.

Once in the page editor, click on the Add New Block icon and choose the Shortcode block under Widgets section.

Add Shortcode Block in WordPress

Now you need to paste the Bing map shortcode that you copied before.

Paste BIng Map Embed Shortcode in WordPress Page Editor

Once done, save or publish your page, and preview how the Bing map looks on your website.

Here is how the embedded Bing map appeared on our demo website.

Bing Map Embedded in WordPress using a Plugin

We hope this article helped you to learn how to embed Bing Maps in WordPress easily. You may also want to see our guide on how to embed actual tweets in WordPress blog posts.

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WPBeginner Turns 10 Years Old – Reflections, Updates, and a WordPress Giveaway ($124,000+ in Prizes)


Wow, it’s the tenth fourth. Today, WPBeginner is officially 10 years old — feels unreal to type this!

Like every year, I want to take a few minutes and do a quick recap of all the major things happening in business as well as my personal life.

Bonus: I’m also doing a huge WordPress giveaway with over $124,000+ in prizes from my favorite WordPress products and services.

On top of that, you can also win our exclusive WPBeginner 10th anniversary shirt, and an all expense paid trip to visit me in Palm Beach, FL to get 1-on-1 mentorship from me.

Yes, there are two separate giveaways happening (Birthday Giveaway and Ultimate Fan Giveaway)

WPBeginner Turns 10 Years Old

Since this is a long article, you can easily skip to the section you’re most interested in:

  • Personal Updates
  • WPBeginner Updates
  • Product Updates
  • WPBeginner Stories
  • Birthday Giveaway
  • Ultimate Fan Giveaway

WPBeginner Story

I started using WordPress when I was 16 years old and started WPBeginner at age 19 with a single mission: make WordPress easy for beginners.

Since then WPBeginner has become the largest free WordPress resource site for beginners.

For those of you who’re new, you can read the full WPBeginner story on our about page and use the Start Here page to get the most out of WPBeginner.

Personal Updates

My son, Solomon, is now 2.5 years old. He’s growing up fast and I’m enjoying every bit of time with him. Amanda (my wife) and Solomon have been joining me on a lot of my business trips, and we have taken several fun trips as well.

Since the last WPBeginner anniversary post, we went to Spain, Italy, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Mexico (Tulum, Punta Mita, Cozumel, Costa Maya), Canada, and did several trips within USA including the memorable roadtrip through Utah where we saw the top national parks.

Syed, Amanda, and Solomon

Last week, we did our all company retreat in Orlando, FL where we celebrated WPBeginner’s 10th birthday a bit early. Here are some photos from that:

WPBeginner Retreat Photo

WPBeginner Updates

Going into the 10th year, WPBeginner has continued to grow in double-digit percentage (year over year). Aside from tons of amazing WordPress tutorials on our blog, there have been several notable updates from last year, that I’d like to highlight.

1. We launched the WPBeginner Engage Facebook Group

WPBeginner Engage - Facebook Group

A lot of you have been asking for this, so last week we finally launched our Facebook Group.

WPBeginner Engage is a great place to share and learn tips for using WordPress while getting to know other users.

Aside from peer-to-peer support and knowledge sharing, we are also going to be doing exclusive prizes and giveaways through out the year.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and join the WPBeginner Facebook Group. I look forward to connecting with you :)

2. New Hosting Infrastructure

In celebration of WPBeginner’s 10th birthday, I got a nice present from our WordPress hosting partner, HostGator. They completely overhauled our hosting infrastructure to make it even more robust and fast.

Here’s an overview of what the new setup looks like:

WPBeginner Hosting Infrastructure

I will be doing a more detailed write up on this in the coming weeks to explain how cool it is, and the performance improvements we have seen.

The additional server resources will be very helpful with our upcoming new tools section on WPBeginner.

I have been a HostGator customer since 2007, and WPBeginner website has been hosted with them since day 1 (see my full HostGator review). I want to thank their entire team that helped us with the upgrade.

Note: WPBeginner is using a custom HostGator cloud setup (not shared hosting). We started with shared hosting when we were small, but as our website grew, we upgraded to the higher plans.

3. Free Courses on YouTube + 141,305+ subscribers

Many of you already know that I’m obsessed with our YouTube channel.

We recently passed 141,305 subscribers.

On top of creating video tutorials for our blog posts, we are now creating exclusive YouTube only content.

Think of these as free mini-courses on: how to grow your email list, how to make money blogging, how to get better at SEO, etc.

WPBeginner YouTube Preview

Seriously, check out all the awesome work our team is doing on YouTube (specially the new Playlists area).

4. Instagram and Pinterest

Several of you asked me why WPBeginner is not on other social media networks outside of Twitter and Facebook.

I didn’t have a good answer because I knew that we should be on these social networks.

Well now we are.

If you love Pinterest, then you can follow WPBeginner on Pinterest to learn about WordPress as well as see other business related tips in our various boards.

If you like using Instagram, then please follow WPBeginner on Instagram to stay up to date with WordPress tips as well as exclusive videos / stories from me.

5. WPBeginner Growth Accelerator Fund

Last year, I created the first ever WordPress focused Growth Accelerator Fund.

The goal was simple: invest in WordPress product and service companies to help them grow their business while creating amazing products for our users.

My first investments as part of the growth fund included: MemberPress, Pretty Links, Affiliate Royale, Formidable Forms, and SeedProd.

Working closely with and mentoring such talented entrepreneurs have been an extremely rewarding experience for me.

WPBeginner Growth Accelerator Mastermind

I plan to open up the growth accelerator applications again next month for our second round of investments. If you have a WordPress focused product or service business, and want to work closely with me, then make sure you subscribe to WPBeginner.

Product Updates

One of the questions that I often get asked via our contact form is what is WPBeginner’s income, and how does WPBeginner make money by giving away all WordPress tutorials for free.

Well, we make money indirectly through our suite of premium WordPress plugins that are now running on over 9 million websites.

WPForms

WPForms is our drag & drop WordPress form builder plugin which turned 3 years old earlier this year.

It is now being used by over 2 million websites and has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating average with over 4200 five star ratings.

This past year, we introduced distraction-free Form Landing Pages and Conversational Forms, two of my favorite addons.

Aside from that, we worked with Google to make WPForms AMP friendly. We also added several powerful features like AJAX form submission, Google reCAPTCHA v3, smart email field, smart phone field, tons of language translations, and a whole lot more.

You can download the free version of WPForms or get WPForms Pro to unlock even more powerful features.

MonsterInsights

MonsterInsights is the most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. It helps you see all the stats that matter right inside your WordPress dashboard.

This past year, we added several new features to MonsterInsights including expanded page insights, front-end page insights, easy scroll-depth tracking, automatic integrations for ThirstyAffiliates, Pretty Links, LifterLMS, and MemberPress, along with many other powerful features.

MonsterInsights is my most favorite plugin in the world because it helps me easily setup analytics, so I can make data-driven decisions and grow our business with confidence.

You can download the free version of MonsterInsights or get MonsterInsights Pro to unlock more powerful features.

OptinMonster

OptinMonster is the best WordPress plugin to convert regular website visitors into subscribers and customers.

Simply put, it helps you get more email subscribers.

This year we added several exciting features into OptinMonster including: Spin a Wheel gamification campaigns, attention activation, Monster Leads, chatbot integrations, and a whole lot more.

OptinMonster truly is the #1 most powerful conversion optimization toolkit in the world. It will help you instantly boost leads and grow revenue by converting and monetizing your existing website traffic.

TrustPulse

TrustPulse is the best social proof activity notification app in the world.

You have likely seen activity notifications on various websites (specially eCommerce) where they say John from Florida just bought X product.

These social proof notifications can immediately increase your website conversions. Learn more about how TrustPulse work.

You can get started with TrustPulse for free to see the uplift in conversion.

WPBeginner Stories

Several of my friends and well-known entrepreneurs were kind enough to record short videos about WPBeginner’s 10th birthday. Thank you so much y’all, it means a lot to me :)

Over 12 videos in the playlist so far!

Mega WPBeginner Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate the 10th birthday of WPBeginner, I asked my favorite WordPress plugins, themes, and hosting companies to contribute prizes, and the response was just amazing.

We have $124,000+ worth of premium WordPress plugins, themes, and hosting licenses. There are over 735+ prizes, so yes there will be literally over 700 winners (scroll below to see all prizes).

Winners will be chosen randomly using a random generator script.

All you have to do is enter the giveaway using the widget below:

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Remember we’re doing two separate giveaways. Above is the birthday giveaway where you can enter to win prizes from top WordPress plugins, themes, and hosting companies.

The ultimate fan giveaway where you can win an all expense paid trip + 1-on-1 mentorship from me requires separate entry. Click here to see more details.

Full List of Prizes for WPBeginner Birthday Giveaway:

We have over 70 companies that contributed prizes for our birthday giveaway. Below is the full list of prizes available:

WordPress Hosting:

10 annual licenses of the following hosting products:

  • 1 year of Shared Plus Hosting from Bluehost
  • 1 year of Standard WordPress Cloud Hosting from HostGator
  • 1 year of GoGeek Hosting Plan from SiteGround
  • 1 year of Startup Hosting Plan from WP Engine
  • 1 year of Unlimited Shared Hosting from Dreamhost
  • 1 year of Lite Hosting Plan from A2 Hosting

WordPress Plugins:

10 annual licenses of the following premium WordPress plugins:

OptinMonster / WPForms / MonsterInsights / SeedProd / MemberPress / Pretty Links / Affiliate Royale / AdSanity / AAWP / Advanced Coupons / Advanced Custom Fields Pro / Affiliate Coupons / All in One SEO Pack / Beaver Builder / BirchPress / Blogvault / Booking Robin / Churnly / Complianz GDPR / CSS Hero / Delivery Drivers for WooCommerce / Delivery Fees for WooCommerce / Envira Gallery / Full Text Search / Google Fonts for WordPress / Imagely / InfiniteWP / LifterLMS / Malcare / Maps Maker / ProfilePress / PublishPress / Revive Social / Soliloquy / Start Booking / Sugar Calendar / ThirstyAffiliates / UpdraftPlus / Visual Composer / Weglot / Widget Options / WP Rocket / WPML / WP Security Audit Log / Yoast SEO Pro

5 annual licenses of the following premium WordPress plugins:

Formidable Forms / Ultimate Member / Groundhogg / WP Dispensary

WordPress Themes:

10 annual licenses of the following premium WordPress themes:

Astra Theme / Elegant Themes / ThemeIsle / Themify / CSSIgniter / Anariel Design / AccessPress Themes / Organized Themes / Pankogut Themes / Pixelemu / PremiumCoding / Visual Modo / WPZoom / MH Themes / Blogging Theme Styles

Services and Training:

Following companies have donated 10 licenses of their services / training:

Sucuri / LiveChat Inc / ShortPixel / WP Allied / Mfy Messenger Bot Automation / Gutenberg Course by Creator Courses

WPBeginner Swag:

We will also be giving away 100 WPBeginner stickers + our exclusive 10th anniversary shirt.

Syed Wearing WPBeginner T-Shirt

Ultimate WPBeginner Fan Giveaway

Over the last 10 years, I have had the pleasure to meet thousands of WPBeginner readers across the world and learn their WPBeginner story. It’s extremely motivating to hear the impact WPBeginner has on so many people’s careers and businesses.

During these in-person meetings, many of you ask about how I manage multiple companies, my traffic / growth strategy, and in general how everything runs behind the scenes.

That’s why this year, I want to do something special that I have never done before. I’m calling it the ultimate WPBeginner fan giveaway.

Prize:

All expense paid trip for one WPBeginner reader to visit me in Palm Beach, Florida. You will get to spend time with me, get 1-on-1 mentorship + business advice, and enjoy my favorite food / places.

Included in this are:

  • Roundtrip Flight from anywhere in the world*
  • 3 nights hotel stay
  • Meals and Transportation through the duration of your stay
  • Free license for all WPBeginner products

* You must have a valid visa to travel to USA, and you must be 18 years old.

How to Enter:

I want to hear your WPBeginner story.

Tell me where you’re from, how did you first find out about WPBeginner, what have you learned from WPBeginner, what impact has it had on your blog, business, or career, and lastly tell me about your blog / business + your aspirations.

1. Record a short video sharing your WPBeginner story and upload it on YouTube (public or unlisted). Don’t worry about making it professional quality. It can be as simple as you holding your phone camera up and recording.

2. Send me the YouTube video link using the form below.

Unlike the birthday giveaway, winner is NOT chosen randomly. I will watch each video and hand-pick the winner based on your WPBeginner story.

The deadline to submit your WPBeginner story is: July 19th, 2019 Midnight EST.

Please add your YouTube video link along with any message that you may want to send.

Thank You Everyone

I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us in this journey. I really do appreciate all of your retweets, personal emails, content suggestions, and the in-person hugs / interactions at the events.

You all are AMAZING and without you, there is no WPBeginner.

I look forward to another solid year ahead of us.

Syed Balkhi
Founder of WPBeginner

P.S. We’re hiring for several roles as our company grows. If you or someone you know would be interested in being part of our fast-growing team, then please apply here.

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How to Choose the Best Business VoIP Provider in 2019 (Compared)


Are you looking to choose a business VoIP provider but not sure which one is right for your needs?

VoIP is a term used for business phone service which allows you to use advanced call management features on your computer or mobile device.

Unlike the old school bulky phone setup, business VOIP is a perfect phone solution for small businesses. You can cut down phone costs while enjoying all the powerful tools to grow your business.

In this article, we will explain what is business VoIP, and how to choose the best business VoIP provider for your company. Since we had to choose a VoIP provider for our own business, we will also share our best VoIP phone providers for small and growing businesses.

Best business VoIP services compared

What is VoIP?

VoIP or Voice over IP is a term used to describe internet phone service. Unlike a traditional phone service which uses the landline, VoIP services use the internet to receive and make calls.

Benefits of using VoIP

Following are just some of the benefits of using a business VoIP phone system:

  • You can receive calls using computers, VoIP phonesets, and even cell phone.
  • You can share one number with several employees.
  • You can easily track call duration, hold times, wait times, and overall usage.
  • Most business VoIP services come with call forwarding, caller ID, call waiting, call routing, and more.
  • You can use the same number anywhere you want.
  • It gives you a business phone number, so you don’t have to share your personal cellphone number with clients.
  • Business VoIP offers cheaper local and international calls.

The business VoIP technology offers a lot of flexibility and freedom, and it has made it easy for businesses of all sizes to have a business phone number. Whether you’re a small 1 person company, a growing 10 people team, or established business with over 100+ people, you can use business VoIP.

However if you don’t choose the best business VoIP provider, then you can run into some serious challenges.

For example, the voice quality on VoIP calls varies depending on the internet connection and the service provider you’re using. Unlike landlines, you’ll loose VoIP connection during a power outage or internet disruption, but this shouldn’t impact most small businesses if you’re well prepared.

Having said that, let’s discuss when is the right time to start thinking about a business VoIP solution.

Does Your Business Need VoIP Business Phone Solution?

In any business, giving people a way to contact you is helpful in building trust and boost your sales.

When starting a website, most business owners add a contact form, which makes it easy for users to contact you via email.

However depending on the industry, sometimes customers may prefer more instant communication.

This is why many businesses offer live chat or phone number on their websites. Giving users more than one way to communicate with your business can improve customer support and result in more sales.

Whether you run an online store to sell products or a business website to sell services, a VoIP based business phone service can help you grow your business without the high costs.

Your website visitors can easily call you to request a quote, ask a pre-sale question, or even request support.

In short, business VoIP phone enables you to better manage and track your calls, collect customer information, and build stronger relationships with your customers.

How to Choose The Best VoIP Service Your Business

There are a lot of large companies offering business VoIP services, and it’s a very competitive space. The abundance of choices and highly competitive nature of advertising makes it difficult for business owners to choose the best VoIP provider for their business.

If you are just starting out, then you may be looking for the cheapest VoIP business phone service. However, you need to be careful when going down this route because they may lack certain features, which you’d later discover to be essential for your business.

Then there are some business VoIP services that are not easy to implement, transfer, or simply too expensive.

When comparing business VoIP providers for our business, we looked for a balance of features and reasonable cost. Here’s a quick checklist that we used:

  • Cost of local vs international calls. Most business VoIP services offer different plans for international calls. You need to choose a provider based on the geographic location of your customers.
  • Features available in the VoIP plans. Many companies offer different features while some sell them as separate add-ons which would increase your costs.
  • Mobile apps and features that you can share among multiple users.
  • Third-party integrations that you can use to connect your VoIP service to other tools like your CRM software, email marketing service, and more.

That being said, let’s take a look at our pick of the best business VoIP providers.

1. Nextiva

Nextiva

Nextiva is the best business VoIP service on the market. We can say this confidently because while researching for a VoIP service for our own business, we ended up choosing Nextiva.

Their business VoIP service offers all the essential features needed by a growing business including call routing, free domestic calling, voicemail to email and text, online fax, and more.

Other standard features include free number porting, caller ID, call forwarding, custom greetings, hold music, and more.

They also offer a free local or toll-free number with their plans.

We were able to quickly setup professional sounding welcome message with directory and phone routing which helps make our small business compete with the big guys.

What we really liked about Nextiva was their support team was extremely helpful from pre-sales all the way to onboarding and setup.

Even though we didn’t need any fancy desk phone sets, they gave us a full demo and showed us how we can easily use Nextiva with traditional desk phones or conference phones as our business grows.

The best part was they went above and beyond even though we’re a relatively small customer for them considering they help large businesses like Taco Bell, Ashleys Furniture, Conan, and others.

Pricing: Starts from $20 / per user / per month. Unlike other business VoIP providers, they don’t require annual contracts. However you can get discounts on buying pre-paid packages, and you can also get lower rates when you add more users to your plan.

2. RingCentral

RingCentral

RingCentral is another excellent business VoIP provider. With RingCentral, you get all the standard feature you would expect from a reliable business VoIP provider like call forwarding, advanced routing, call waiting, caller ID, hold music, and more.

They offer easy integrations with third-party services like Dropbox, G Suite, Salesforce, and more.

Other notable features include online meetings, video calls, screen sharing, conferencing, and an easy to use web-based administration panel.

We first discovered RingCentral organically because they are very well known and a fairly large company in the business VoIP space. While their feature offering is great, their pricing is a bit on the higher end unless you sign the annual contract.

Pricing: Starting from $34.99 / per user every month for the first user. Their monthly pricing drops significantly when you add the second user to $24.99 per user every month. You can also save 40% by switching to the annual plan.

3. GrassHopper

Grasshopper

GrassHopper is a popular business VoIP service suitable for startups and growing businesses.

They offer virtual phone numbers over VoIP platform, allowing call forwarding to any numbers or devices. The downside is that you’ll need a landline for outgoing calls.

They offer all the features you will expect like call waiting, forwarding, hold music, advanced routing, voicemail to email, and more. You can manage it from a computer using your web browser or mobile phone apps.

It works with local, toll-free, vanity numbers, and you can choose from the US, Canada, or UK based numbers.

Pricing: Starting from $29 per month with 1 number and up to 3 extensions. They offer a 10% discount if you sign an annual contract.

4. Phone.com

Phone.com

Phone.com is another popular choice among small business VoIP service providers. They include many European countries and Canada in their local call minutes. If you are operating in those locations, then it could be a cheap business VoIP service for your needs.

Their service includes call forwarding, routing, waiting, custom greetings and music, conferencing, and more. You can also integrate your VoIP plan to popular CRM software like Salesforce or Zoho.

Pricing: Starting from $12.99 per month with 300 monthly minutes. Their unlimited plan starts at $29.99 per month per user extension.

5. Vonage

Vonage

Vonage is famous for offering residential VoIP however they also offer business VoIP services for small to medium-sized businesses as well as enterprise clients. They offer a wide range of business communication tools including VoIP.

It includes all the usual features such as call forwarding and routing, caller ID, waiting, and more. Apart from that, they also offer team messaging and chat, conference calling, CRM integration, automatic call attendant, call recording, and more.

They offer different plans each with different features and limitations.

Pricing: Their base plan starts from $19.99 per month per line.

Which is the Business VoIP Provider for You?

Above we have shared the best business VoIP providers in the market today. Each of them offer a slightly different product and service at different prices.

When looking for a business VoIP solution for our company, we did extensive research to compare each of these companies, their ratings on top user review websites, and even what their employees were saying about them.

At the end, we ended up choosing Nextiva for our business.

We recommend using Nextiva as the best business VoIP provider. Their plans are suitable for businesses of all sizes with an impressive set of features and great customer service.

They offer fair pricing, do not require annual contracts, and their customer service is top-notch.

RingCentral came as a close second. They offered a lot of the same features, but at the end it came down to pricing where Nextiva clearly won.

We hope this article helped you find the best business VoIP provider for your business. You may also want to see our list of most useful tools to manage and grow your website.

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9 Best News Aggregator Websites (+ How to Build Your Own)


Do you want to read the latest news and updates from your favorite blogs all at one place?

If so, then news aggregator websites are the best option for you. These websites automatically show the latest content from your favorite websites on one single page.

This way you can get all your news and blog updates quickly without missing anything.

In this article, we will share our pick of the best news aggregator websites to use in 2019. We will also show you how to build a news aggregator website of your own using WordPress.

Best News Aggregator Websites and How to Create Your Own

What are News Aggregator Websites?

News aggregator websites allow users to view news and updates from various sources at one convenient location. They fetch the data, organize them in tags / categories, and display it in the right order for easier consumption.

You can also think of them as a compilation of news and updates presented according to user’s preference.

Using news aggregators, you don’t need to visit different websites for their latest content. Instead, you can find all the content in one place.

There are different types of content aggregators on the internet. Some are like Google News which simply gather articles from popular online newspapers and display them in related categories.

On the other hand, there are others like Feedly, which offer a more personalized experience. They allow you to create your own feed with your selected publishers.

Subscribe to a website using Feedly

Most of the news aggregators don’t publish their own content. They fetch articles from other websites using their RSS feeds, which is why they are called feed readers as well.

With that said, let’s take a look at the best news aggregator websites.

1. Feedly

Feedly News Aggregator  Website

Feedly is one of the most popular news aggregator websites on the internet. It allows you to create a news stream of your own with latest content from your favorite publishers.

Using this platform, you can subscribe to content about a wide variety of topics. You can use their content suggestion engine to discover new websites by topics.

You can also manually add your favorite news websites or blogs. For example, you can subscribe to WPBeginner for WordPress related articles.

Feedly is available in both free and paid versions. The free plan lets you subscribe to 100 sources and create up to 3 personal feeds.

You can use Feedly in the browser or download it as a mobile app or browser extension.

2. Google News

Google News Aggregator

Google News is a powerful news aggregator powered by Google’s sophisticated search technologies, AI, and user’s own search history. By default, it shows you top news stories based on your geographical location.

It offers the latest news and updates for local, regional, international, business, technology, entertainment, sports, science, and health news.

You can save topics, sources, and searches, to customize your feed.

Google News is a free news aggregator that you can use on the web, your Android, and iOS devices.

If you are looking for a non-Google alternative then Bing News and Yahoo News offer the similar functionality.

3. Alltop

AllTop News Aggregator Website

AllTop aggregates news and blog articles from the world’s most popular websites like TechCrunch, Mashable, BBC, CNN, and more. It curates and displays content in the real-time.

There are separate categories for politics, tech news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, business, etc. Upon clicking on those categories, you can find the most popular stories, as well as top stories from the top sources in the related topic.

Besides the most recent news, it has a viral category where it showcases the latest viral content and trends.

4. News360

News360 News Aggregator Website

News360 is one of the most popular news aggregator apps on the internet. It lets you find world news as well as stories around your interests. It is an excellent alternative to Google News and Feedly.

As you sign up to News360, you can choose the topics you are interested in, and then it will show you the latest content on those topics. This gives you a healthy news stream out of the box, which you can further customize by adding or removing topics and sources.

News360 lets you get the most important news from over 100,000 trusted sources on the internet.

You can read News360 in your browser, iOS, and Android devices.

5. Panda

Panda Content Aggregator Website

Quite different from the above news aggregators, Panda aggregates content useful to web designers, developers, and tech entrepreneurs. It gathers content from Dribble, Behance, TechCrunch, Wired, and other similar websites.

As a niche news aggregator, Panda displays the news in a more engaging layout allowing you to discover the most interesting content. The content feed for sources like Dribble, Awwwards, is a smart grid of thumbnails.

6. Techmeme

Techmeme Tech News Aggregator

Techmeme is a tech news aggregator website. It covers top stories about technology from various reliable sources like TechCrunch, Wired, New York Times, and more.

The homepage features top trending news in the tech sphere, sponsor posts, jobs, and upcoming tech events. Users can also switch to the River view for updates as they come or the Leaderboard view which shows content by topics.

Techmeme is a good starting point for anyone looking for an easier way to stay up to date with the latest tech news.

7. Flipboard

Flipboard Blog Aggregator Website

Flipboard is an excellent blog aggregator site that allows you to create your own content feed based on your interests. It includes a wide range of topics, including business news, tech news, travel, politics news, beauty, and more.

You can also use Flipboard as a local news aggregator because it has feeds for almost all the cities in the world.

Flipboard has a stunning magazine style layout which comes with interactive options to like, comment, and share content across your social media profiles.

Flipboard is available via browser or mobile apps for Android or iOS devices.

8. Pocket

Pocket News Aggregator Website

Pocket is another news aggregator app where you can explore the most popular content across the internet. It also lets you create your own reading space by saving the content you like.

Pocket features different types of content, including articles, videos, and stories from a wide range of publications. It has various content categories like must-reads, trending, tech, finance, health, etc. for easy browsing.

It allows you to save content to read later while on the go, and it is available as browser extensions as well as mobile apps.

9. Inoreader

Inoreader

Inoreader is a powerful Feedly alternative and excellent feed-reader software. Available on the web, iOS, and Android devices, Innoreader allows you to easily add your favorite websites or find new blogs to subscribe.

It offers tons of options to curate, rearrange, and display content in different layouts and color schemes.

If you are already using a news reader, then you can easily import your subscriptions. As your reading list grows, you’d also be able to manage subscriptions in bundles and topics.

Honourable Mentions

Well, that was our list of news aggregators to follow in 2019! But there are many more news aggregators. Here are some honorable mentions you may want to check out.

How to Build a News Aggregator Website with WordPress

News aggregator websites are immensely useful, and there are so many niches that are completely untapped. By creating a news aggregator website catering to those niches, you can easily make money online by selling subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertisements.

The best part is that you’ll be curating the content, instead of creating your own original content. You would be able to offer highly useful information to your users from the top sources.

Let’s take a look at how to easily create your own news aggregator website step by step.

Step 1: Setting up Your News Aggregator Website

You can make a news aggregator website using other website builders or writing your own custom code. Both options are quite difficult for a beginner level user with no programming skills.

The easiest way to do this is by using WordPress.

There are two types of WordPress websites, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. You’ll need WordPress.org because it gives you full freedom and flexibility out of the box.

To learn more, see our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

To start with WordPress.org, you’ll need a web hosting account and a domain name.

Normally, a domain name costs $14.99 / year and WordPress hosting plan costs $7.99 / month. And now since all websites need SSL, you can add an additional $69.99 / year to that total. This is quite a lot of money.

Luckily, Bluehost has agreed to offer our users discount on hosting with a free domain name + free SSL certificate. Basically you’ll be able to get started for just $2.75 / month.

Simply visit the Bluehost website to complete the purchase, and then head over to our guide on how to create a WordPress website for step by step setup instructions.

Step 2: Install and Activate WP RSS Aggregator Plugin

After you have setup your WordPress website, the next step is to install and activate the WP RSS Aggregator plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

WP RSS Aggregator is the best WordPress plugin to turn a WordPress website into a content aggregator. It allows you to import, merge, and display RSS feeds on your WordPress website without any coding.

Upon activation, visit RSS Aggregator » Settings from your dashboard to configure the plugin settings.

WP RSS Aggregator Settings

The default settings would work for most websites, however, you still need to review and change them if needed.

Step 3. Add Feed Sources to Import Feed Items

Now your website is ready to start displaying news feeds. You just need to add the sources that you want to display on your website.

WP RSS Aggregator can fetch and display content from any website that has an RSS feed. Most news and blog websites have an RSS feed.

First, go to RSS Aggregator » Feed Sources page from your dashboard, and then click on the Add New button.

Add New Feed Source in WP RSS Aggregator

After that, you can add your feed source. Enter the name of the feed source website, for example, WPBeginner.

Next, you need to enter the feed source URL. In most cases, you can simply enter the website URL.

You can click on the ‘Validate feed’ link below the URL field to test the RSS feed validity.

RSS Feed Validation Service

If the link is valid, then you can publish your feed source.

Once done, the plugin will immediately start to import feed items (depends on feed processing interval).

You can see the imported feed items by going to RSS Aggregator » Feed Items.

WP RSS Aggregator Feed Items in WordPress Dashboard

After that, repeat the process to add more feed sources to your website.

Step 4: Publish Your Content Aggregator Live

Now that you have feed items imported, you can publish your aggregated articles live on your website.

Create a new page or post to publish your content feed. Next, you will need to click on the Add New Block icon and choose the WP RSS Aggregator block under Widgets section.

Add WP RSS Aggregator Block in WordPress Page

Once done, the plugin will automatically load your WordPress feed.

RSS News Feed Added in WordPress Page

Now you can publish your page, and view your content feed live. Here is how it looked on your demo website.

RSS News Feed in WordPress Site Demo

Step 5: Add More Features to Your WordPress Content Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator lets you add more features to your WordPress content aggregator with its premium addons. You can view the available addons by going to RSS Aggregator » More Features from your dashboard.

WP RSS Aggregator Plugin Addons

Using these addons, you can import your feed items as WordPress posts, and make a news aggregator website with a lot more features. The Feed to Post addon lets you add that functionality making each feed item its own independent content.

You can also display post thumbnails and excerpts with feeds. To add this feature, you need to use the Excerpts & Thumbnails addon.

For a detailed guide on the advanced features of the plugin, see our complete guide on fetching feeds in WordPress using WP RSS Aggregator.

We hope this article helped you learn about the best news aggregator websites and how to build your own in WordPress. If you’re a content publisher, then you may also want to see our guide on optimizing your RSS feed. This will help you get more traffic from news aggregator websites displaying your feed.

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WordPress Post Revisions Made Simple: A Step by Step Guide (2019)


Did you know that WordPress comes with a built-in feature that allows you to undo changes and go back to a previous version of a post?

This feature is called Post Revisions or simply Revisions.

Most of us make mistakes when writing. Sometimes you might wish that you hadn’t deleted what you wrote earlier. Revisions allow you to fix that by going back in time and undoing the changes.

In this article, we will show you how to easily undo changes in WordPress with post revisions. We will also show you how to easily manage post revisions in WordPress.

Managing the WordPress post revisions

Here is an overview of the topics we’ll cover in this guide:

  • What is post revisions in WordPress
  • Why you should use post revisions
  • How to use post revisions to undo changes in WordPress
  • Limiting post revisions in WordPress
  • How to delete old post revisions in WordPress
  • How to completely disable post revisions in WordPress

What is Post Revisions?

Post revisions is a WordPress feature that allows you to undo changes and go back to an earlier version of your posts and pages.

For each draft you are working on, WordPress automatically saves a temporary revision. This type of revision is called auto-save.

WordPress stores an auto-save every 60 seconds. It also automatically replaces the older version with the new auto-save.

Autosave revisions in WordPress

The autosave feature helps you restore the content if something goes wrong before you can save it. For example, if your browser crashed or your computer hanged while writing, then you can restore your latest draft from the autosave.

WordPress also saves post revisions each time a user clicks on the save, update, or publish button. Unlike auto-saves, these revisions are permanently stored in the WordPress database.

You can locate, browse, and revert back to any of these revisions from the post edit screen.

Why You Should Use Post Revisions

Almost every WordPress user can benefit from post revisions. Writing great content requires a lot of tweaking and edits. Post revisions allow you to see your process and take a bird’s eye view of how your post has evolved.

You can then switch between different states of your draft, make changes, and make your article perfect for publishing.

For multi-author WordPress sites, post revisions allow editors to easily manage the work of multiple authors. You can see who made changes to an article, what changes they made, and so on.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to use post revisions to improve your WordPress posts and pages.

How to use Post Revisions to Undo Changes in WordPress

WordPress displays the number of revisions under the ‘Document’ panel on the post/page edit screen.

You can find that on the right-hand side of your post editor screen. Clicking on the ‘Revisions’ will take you to post revisions screen.

Post revisions in WordPress

The post revision screen will show you the latest revision of the post with a scrollbar on top. Sliding the button on the scroll bar will take you to earlier revisions of the post.

Switching between post revisions

Changes made in each revision will be highlighted in green and pink colors. On the top, you can see the user who made these changes, time, and other information.

WordPress will also let you know if a revision is an autosave or a draft.

Restore autosaves aswell as revisions

You can use the next and previous buttons to move around revisions.

Plus, you can check the box on top that says ‘Compare any two revisions’. Doing so will split the scrollbar button into two, and you can take each button to a different revision and compare the difference between two distant revisions.

Compare any two revisions

To restore a revision, you can simply click on Restore This Revision or Restore This Autosave button.

WordPress will restore the selected revision as your current post revision, and you can then save it as a draft.

Restore revision point

Keep in my mind that restoring to an earlier revision will not delete the latest version of your post. Instead, WordPress will store it in the database as another revision.

Using post revisions with Classic WordPress editor

In case you haven’t upgraded your WordPress to Gutenberg and still using the Classic Editor, then you’ll find the post revisions in the publish meta box on the right panel of the post/page edit screen.

Browsing post revisions in classic editor

To view the post revisions, you can simply click the ‘Browse’ link next to the number of revisions. Apart from this, the post revisions work similarly in both the Classic Editor and Gutenberg.

Limiting Post Revisions in WordPress

All post revisions are stored in your WordPress database. Due to this, many users worry that too many revisions can slow down their websites.

It is not true.

WordPress skips post revisions when making database calls on the front end. It only looks for revisions on the post edit screen, or when you are actually browsing revisions.

You can still control and limit post revisions in WordPress. We’ll show you two different methods to do that you can choose one that best suits you.

1. Limit post revisions in WordPress using plugin

The easiest way to manage WordPress post revisions is by using a plugin. This allows you to control revisions from the WordPress admin area.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Revisions Control plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Writing page and scroll down to WP Revisions Control section.

WP Revisions Control settings

From here you need to enter the number of revisions you want to store for each post type and then click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

WP Revisions Control will now limit the post revisions stored in your WordPress database.

The plugin also allows you to delete revisions for an individual post. Simply edit the post where you want to delete revisions and scroll down below the editor.

Purge revisions

You can limit the revisions for this post only or delete them by clicking on the ‘Purge these revisions’ button.

2. Limit WordPress post revisions manually

WordPress allows you to control how many revisions you want to keep for an article. To limit post revisions, simply add this code to your WordPress site’s wp-config.php file.

define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', 10 );

Don’t forget to replace 10 with the number of revisions you want to keep for each post.

How to Delete Old Post Revisions in WordPress

Old post revisions are perfectly harmless, and you don’t need to delete them in most cases. However, if you have a very large website with thousands of articles, then deleting old post revisions can help you reduce backup sizes.

First, you’ll need to install and activate the WP-Optimize plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to WP-Optimize » Database page and check the box next to ‘Clean all post revisions’ option.

Clean post revisions

Now click on the ‘Run optimization’ button to delete all post revisions. You can uninstall the plugin after you have deleted the revisions.

Once you have cleaned up revisions, feel free to uninstall and delete the plugin.

Deleting WordPress post revisions via phpMyAdmin

Advanced users can also delete WordPress posts revisions via phpMyAdmin.

First, make sure that you have created a complete WordPress database backup.

After that, simply login to your WordPress hosting control panel and click on the phpMyAdmin icon.

Next, you need to select your WordPress database from the left column. PhpMyAdmin will now display tables in your WordPress database.

PhpMyAdmin

After that, you need to click on the SQL tab from the top menu.

This will load phpMyAdmin’s SQL interface. From here you can manually run commands on your WordPress database.

You need to enter the following code.

DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision";

Don’t forget to replace wp_ with your own WordPress database prefix. After that, click on the Go button to run the command.

Deleting revision via MySQL

PhpMyAdmin will now delete all revisions from your WordPress database.

Note: Deleting revisions will not stop WordPress from saving revisions for your future posts.

How to Completely Disable WordPress Post Revisions

We don’t recommend disabling WordPress post revisions. However, some users may want to disable revisions to reduce their WordPress database size.

The easiest way to do this is by installing Disable Post Revision plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to Settings » Writing page and select the post types where you want to disable revisions feature.

Disable revision plugin

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

If you don’t want to use the plugin, then you can also do the same thing manually by adding this code to your wp-config.php file.

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false );

This code disables WordPress post revisions feature on your website. It will still allow WordPress to save one autosave and one revision in your browser storage.

We hope this article helped you learn how to use WordPress post revisions to undo changes and how to manage post revisions for larger sites. You may also want to see our beginners guide on managing your editorial workflow in WordPress.

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How to Disable PHP Execution in Certain WordPress Directories


By default, WordPress makes certain directories writeable so that you and other authorized users on your website can easily upload themes, plugins, images, and videos to your website.

However this capability can be abused if it gets in the wrong hand such as hackers who can use it to upload backdoor access files or malware to your website.

These malicious files are often disguised as core WordPress files. They are mostly written in PHP and can run in the background to gain full access to every aspect of your website.

Sounds scary, right?

Don’t worry there is an easy fix for that. Basically, you’d simply disable PHP execution in certain directories where you don’t need it. Doing so, any PHP files will not run inside those directories.

In this article, we will show you how to disable PHP execution in WordPress using the .htaccess file.

How to Disable PHP Execution in Certain WordPress Directories

Disabling PHP Execution in Certain WordPress Directories Using .htaccess File

Most WordPress sites have a .htaccess file in the root folder. This is a powerful configuration file used to password protect admin area, disable directory browsing, generate SEO friendly URL structure, and more.

By default, the .htaccess file located in your WordPress website’s root folder, but you can also create and use it inside your inner WordPress directories.

To protect your website from backdoor access files, you need to create a .htaccess file and upload it to your site’s /wp-includes/ and /wp-content/uploads/ directories.

Simply create a blank file on your computer by using a text editor like Notepad (TextEdit on Mac). Save the file as .htaccess and paste the following code inside it.

<Files *.php>
deny from all
</Files>

Create htaccess File with Code to Disable PHP

Now save the file on your computer.

Next, you need to upload this file to /wp-includes/ and /wp-content/uploads/ folders on your WordPress hosting server.

You can upload it by using an FTP client or via File Manager app in your hosting account’s cPanel dashboard.

Upload htaccess file to your WordPress site

Once the .htaccess file with the above code is added, it will stop any PHP file to run in these directories.

Using this .htaccess trick helps you harden your WordPress security, but it is not a FIX for an already hacked WordPress site.

Backdoors are cleverly disguised and can already be hidden in plain sight.

If you want to check for possible backdoors on your website, then you need to activate Sucuri on your website.

Sucuri

Sucuri is the best WordPress security plugin on the market. It scans your website for possible threats, suspicious code, malware, and vulnerabilities.

It also effectively blocks most hacking attempts to even reach your website by adding a firewall between your site and suspicious traffic.

Most importantly, if your WordPress site gets hacked, then they will clean it up for you. To learn more, you can check our Sucuri review because we have been using their service for years.

We hope this article helped you to learn how to disable PHP execution in certain WordPress directories to harden your website security. If you are looking for a complete guide, check out our ultimate WordPress security guide.

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25 Most Successful WordPress Businesses and Companies Today


WordPress is one of the best examples of how businesses can thrive in an open source ecosystem. With contributions made by thousands of ingenious developers and entrepreneurs worldwide, WordPress is growing fast by attracting thousands of new users every day.

As of today, WordPress powers more than 34% of all websites on the internet. Many companies make their entire revenue by providing WordPress related products and services. The WordPress business ecosystem generates several billion dollars each year.

Although WordPress itself is free, users need a variety of services to make a website including domain name, web hosting, premium WordPress themes, plugins, maintenance, and more. These are the services top WordPress companies are selling.

In this article, we will highlight some of the most successful WordPress businesses and companies today. Hopefully, this will inspire others to start their own WordPress focused businesses.

Most successful WordPress businesses and companies

1. Automattic

Automattic Most Successful WordPress Company

Founded by WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, Automattic is the company behind the popular blog hosting service WordPress.com (See the difference between WordPress.com vs self-hosted WordPress.org).

Automattic is also the parent company of several other popular WordPress products and services like WooCommerce, JetPack, Akismet, VaultPress, and Gravatar.

Here are some stats and facts about top Automattic products.

Automattic heavily contributes to open source WordPress.org, bbPress, and BuddyPress projects. In terms of influence, revenue, and the overall user base, Automattic is definitely among the top WordPress businesses and companies.

2. WP Engine

WP Engine - Most Successful Managed WordPress Hosting Company

WP Engine is the most popular managed WordPress hosting company in the market. It offers hassle-free, fast, and secure web hosting service for WordPress sites of all sizes.

Loved by developers, site owners, and venture capital firms, WP Engine is among the fastest growing companies in WordPress.

Here are some important stats and facts about WP Engine.

  • WP Engine is one of the first and most successful companies to offer managed WordPress hosting.
  • It powers more than 500,000 websites online today.
  • Last publicly announced annual revenue was over $132 million ARR.

Besides hosting services, WP Engine is also the parent company of popular WordPress design and theme company StudioPress (acquired in 2018), and Torque WordPress blog.

WP Engine hosting plans come with the popular Genesis design framework and 35+ premium themes worth $2000 by StudioPress for free.

3. Awesome Motive

Awesome Motive - Most Influential WordPress Business

Awesome Motive is the parent company of WPBeginner, the largest free WordPress resource site. WPBeginner features the most beginner-friendly tutorials and guides for WordPress.

Founded by Syed Balkhi, the company sells several WordPress related products like WPForms, MonsterInsights, SeedProd and the best-selling lead generation software OptinMonster.

Here are some important stats and facts about Awesome Motive and their products:

  • Over 9 million websites use their software and training videos for growth.
  • Their products WPForms and MonsterInsights are among the most popular WordPress plugins ever built (over 2 million active installs for each).
  • OptinMonster is the #1 most powerful lead generation software which is used by over 700,000 websites.

Besides, it runs IsitWP, a WordPress technology lookup tool and blog, and other free plugins like Insert Headers and Footers.

4. Yoast

Yoast - Most Successful WordPress SEO Company

Started by Joost de Valk, Yoast is the most successful WordPress SEO (Search Engine Optimization) business. It provides a full package of SEO products and services, helping millions of users with the optimization of their WordPress sites.

Yoast is the company behind the immensely popular WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. In addition to their standard SEO plugin, they offer many related SEO plugins like Local SEO, Video SEO, News SEO, WooCommerce SEO, and other plugins like Yoast Comment Hacks, SlideShare for WordPress, etc.

Here are some important stats and facts about Yoast and their products.

  • Yoast SEO is undoubtedly the #1 WordPress SEO plugin with over 5 million active installations.
  • They help thousands of people learn SEO via Yoast Academy’s online SEO training.

Yoast also offers website SEO, conversion reviews, and auditing services. Their client lists include some of the world’s biggest brands.

5. Envato

Envato - Most Popular WordPress Theme and Plugin Marketplace

Envato runs the popular marketplace websites ThemeForest and CodeCanyon. These are probably the second most popular destination for WordPress themes and plugins.

Despite the license controversies in the past, Envato is one of the most influential WordPress businesses today.

Here’re some important stats and facts about Envato and their products.

  • Envato’s theme marketplace ThemeForest features more than 11,000 premium WordPress themes by third-party theme authors worldwide.
  • As of today, 7 of the themes on ThemeForest have been sold more than 100,000 times each. The top 3 best-selling themes Avada, X theme, and Enfold have 520,000, 200,000 and 180,000 sales respectively.
  • The plugin marketplace CodeCanyon includes over 6,000 premium WordPress plugins, of which two have been sold more than 300,000 times.

In addition to the premium themes and plugins, Envato offers a wide range of web design products, including logo maker, video maker, tutorials, stock photos, and more.

6. Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes - Top WordPress Theme Development Company

Elegant Themes is one of the most successful WordPress theme development companies in the world. They are the people behind the most popular WordPress theme Divi and the WordPress page builder plugin Divi Builder.

Moreover, it features Bloom email optin plugin, Monarch social sharing plugin, and several other plugins and themes.

Here’re some important stats and facts about Elegant Themes and their products.

  • Divi helps more than 500,000 happy customers worldwide to create their stunning websites.
  • According to stats from BuiltWith.com, Divi is the second most widely used WordPress theme after Genesis theme framework.

Apart from the themes and plugins, Elegant Themes also runs a popular WordPress blog where they publish helpful tutorials and guides.

7. Caseproof

Caseproof - Top WordPress Development Company

Caseproof is the parent company behind popular WordPress plugins MemberPress, Pretty Links, and Affiliate Royale.

MemberPress is the best WordPress membership plugin used by thousands of users to create a membership site in WordPress. Pretty Links helps to turn your ugly long affiliate links into short trackable links. And, Affiliate Royale plugin lets you create a complete affiliate program of your own.

Here are some important stats and facts about Caseproof and their products.

Caseproof, with its brilliant products, is the industry leader for membership and affiliate plugin companies.

Note: WPBeginner founder, Syed Balkhi, is an investor in CaseProof.

8. Modern Tribe

Modern Tribe WordPress Development Company

Modern Tribe is a WordPress design and development agency with a twist. They are a collaborative organization of all freelancers and experts. It is a company of 72 talented teammates in 5 countries and 45 cities.

The company offers a wide range of services, including WordPress expertise, strategy, user experience design, and more. They are also the creators of The Events Calendar plugin.

Here are some important stats and facts about Modern Tribe.

  • They work on more than 20 simultaneous projects on average. They have already built several hundred websites.
  • The Events Calendar plugin is the #1 event management plugin for WordPress (15 million downloads and counting).

They have designed websites and built software for fortune 500 companies, government institutions, as well as start-up companies. Their clients include Harvard, eBay, Mozilla, MTV, and more.

9. IncSub

IncSub - Successful WordPress Theme and Plugin Company

IncSub is the company behind WPMU DEV, CampusPress, and Edublogs. The WPMU DEV site offers managed WordPress hosting, support, site management, and plugins.

The CampusPress helps universities and other academic institutions build and manage websites in WordPress. And, Edublogs is the blog platform for individual teachers and students.

Here are some important stats and facts about IncSub and its products.

  • WPMU DEV has more than 750,000 active members.
  • Their product Smush Image Compression and Optimization is one of the best image compression plugins with more than a million active installs.
  • Edublogs powers more than 4 million education blogs by students and teachers worldwide.

IncSub is one of the most influential companies in WordPress speed optimization and leader in WordPress for education.

10. SkyVerge

SkyVerge - WooCommerce Extension Development Company

SkyeVerge is the company behind over 50 premium extensions for WooCommerce and the Jilt eCommerce email marketing tool.

They are the leading partner developer for WooCommerce.com. They have built 66 free and paid WooCommerce extensions including WooCommerce Memberships, WooCommerce Google Analytics Pro, and more.

Here are some important stats and facts about SkyVerge and their products.

  • The SkyVerge team has made over 400 WooCommerce core contributions.
  • Their free plugins on WordPress.org have more than 2 million downloads.

Their other product Jilt is an email marketing and automation tool for the popular eCommerce platforms WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, and Shopify.

11. Sandhills Development

Sandills Development - Successful WordPress eCommerce Business

Founded by Pippin Williamson, Sandhills Development is the company behind the immensely popular Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP, and Restrict Content Pro plugins. The company was formerly known as Pippin’s Plugins.

In a short period, the company has developed a huge customer base and a strong following among the WordPress community.

Here are some vital stats and facts about Sandhills Development and its products.

  • Their plugin Easy Digital Downloads is the second most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin after WooCommerce.
  • Easy Digital Downloads has over 2 million downloads, over 100 extensions and themes, and more than 180 project contributors.

Their other plugins are also popular among WordPress users. Restrict Content Pro is one of the best membership plugins for WordPress. AffiliateWP lets you create a full-featured affiliate program (a good alternative to the Affiliate Royale plugin).

12. WordFence

WordFence - Most Popular WordPress Security Plugin Company

WordFence is the global leader in WordPress security. It is the most popular WordPress firewall and malware scanner plugin in the market.

Here are some important stats and facts about WordFence.

  • WordFence plugin protects over 3 million active WordPress websites.
  • It blocks more than 4 billion attacks and over 75,000 malicious IPs monthly in average.

It also provides WordPress site cleaning and audit services.

13. Human Made

Human Made - Popular WordPress Design Company

The UK based WordPress design and development agency, Human Made is an official WordPress.com VIP partner. They specialize in enterprise scale development for global brands like News UK, USA Today, TechCrunch, Sony, PayPal, Skype, Airbnb, and many more.

Here are some important stats and facts about Human Made.

  • Awarded as one of the top B2B companies and top WordPress developers 2018 by Clutch.
  • They also contribute to the open source WordPress community. They contributed to 12 WordPress.org teams, and 53 talks at open source events in 2018.

They also offer several free and paid WordPress plugins like WPRemote, BackupWordPress, WPThumb, and WordPress Menu Exporter.

14. Web Dev Studios

Web Dev Studios - Design Company for WordPress

Web Dev Studios is one of the leading WordPress design and development agencies. They have authored several books on WordPress and are actively involved in the WordPress community.

They have also contributed to several top-rated WordPress plugins like Custom Post Types UI, CMB2, Automatic Featured Images from Videos and many more.

Here are some important stats and facts about Web Dev Studios and their products.

  • Their plugin Custom Post Type UI is one of the top 100 free plugins on WordPress.org, with over 700,000 active installs.
  • Another plugin CMB2 is one of the most loved free plugins ever built (4.9 average rating).

Their clients include several big name brands like Microsoft, Viacom, Time, MSNBC, NBC, and WPEngine.

15. WP Media

WP Media - WordPress Optimization Service Provider Company

WP Media is the company behind the popular caching and speed optimization plugin WP Rocket. They are also the people behind Imagify, online image compression tool.

Here are some important stats and facts about WP Media and their products.

  • WP Rocket has more than 96,000 happy customers and used to optimize more than 700,000 WordPress websites.
  • Imagify has already optimized more than 700 million images and actively installed on more than 200,000 WordPress sites.

Also, they are the creators of WP Quick Install, which helps you install WordPress, themes, and plugins in an instant.

16. WPML

WPML Best WordPress Multilingual Plugin and Company

WPML is the #1 WordPress multilingual plugin, which lets you create multilingual website in WordPress.

Here are some important stats and facts about WPML.

  • WPML powers more than 600,000 multilingual websites on the internet.
  • WPML clients and websites are located in more than 100 countries and translate into the similar number of languages.

WPML is a product of a company named OnTheGoSystems. Apart from WPML, they run ICanLocalize, a translation service with professional human translators.

17. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus - Best WordPress Backup Plugin Business

UpdraftPlus is the most trusted WordPress backup plugin in the market. It is used by world’s top organizations like Microsoft, NASA, NBA, P&G, Princeton University, and more.

Most popular WordPress blogs like WPBeginner, Torque, WMPU DEV, Elegant Themes recommend UpdraftPlus for creating WordPress backup.

Here are some important stats and facts about UpdraftPlus.

  • UpdraftPlus powers more than 2 million WordPress websites online.
  • It lets you store your backup in many remote storage locations like Dropbox, Google Drive, and more. It also has its own embedded storage location UpdraftVault.

They also offer UpdraftMigrator tool for simple WordPress migration and UpdraftCemtral for backing up multiple websites at one place quickly.

18. Imagely

Imagely - WordPress Product Company for Photographers

Imagely is the industry-leading provider of WordPress products and services for photographers. They have created many top-selling WordPress photography themes and plugins.

NextGEN Gallery is one of the most popular image gallery plugins for WordPress. The core plugin is free, but you need to buy its paid extensions to get its full features.

Here are some vital stats and facts about Imagely and their products.

  • NextGEN Gallery plugin is a widely used plugin, actively installed on 900,000 WordPress websites on the internet today.
  • They are also creators of most popular WordPress photography theme Photocrati, used on more than 18,000 websites.

Imagely also owns a renowned WordPress theme company Tesla Themes, which features more than 60 professional WordPress themes, used on more than 125,000 websites.

19. Elementor

Elementor

Elementor Ltd is the company behind the popular WordPress page builder, Elementor. Their drag and drop page builder is now powering over 2 million websites, and it is one of the fastest growing plugins in WordPress right now.

Elementor is also behind a popular theme shop called Pojo themes.

20. Themify

Themify - Successful WordPress theme and plugin Business

Themify is a premium WordPress theme and plugins shop. They are the people behind the powerful drag and drop page builder plugin Themify Builder.

Themify offers WordPress themes in different categories, catering to the needs of various industries.

Here are some important stats and facts about Themify and their products.

  • Themify features 48 themes, 12+ plugins, 25+ Builder addons, Photoshop files, and more.
  • Themify themes and plugins help more than 90,000 customers to make beautiful websites in WordPress.

Themify also offers a club membership where users can access all their products with a subscription program.

21. Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder plugin

Beaver Builder is the best drag and drop page builder plugin for WordPress. It lets you create stunning WordPress landing pages easily and quickly.

Beaver Builder includes 30+ professional templates for landing pages and content pages. It also includes Beaver Builder theme framework for its Pro plan users.

Here are some important stats and facts about Beaver Builder.

  • Beaver Builder page builder is used by over 1 million live WordPress websites.
  • The Beaver Builder theme powers over 175,000 WordPress websites.

Started in 2014, Beaver Builder is one of the fastest-growing WordPress products in the market.

22. 10up

10up - Web Design Firm

10up is a web design and consulting firm specializing in open source platforms like WordPress.

10up contributes hours of development back to the WordPress project by submitting patches and employing dedicated staff to work on the WordPress.org project.

Here are some important stats and facts about 10up.

  • 10up has developed 6 free plugins and contributed to over 20 free plugins on WordPress.org.
  • They also contributed to core jQuery project and sponsored jQuery Foundation by supporting their website.

10up is also one of the featured WordPress.com VIP partners. The company has an impressive list of clients with brands like TechCrunch and organizations like the World Economic Forum.

23. GoDaddy

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Company

GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar with more than 78 million domain names under its management. It is also a provider of cheap shared hosting for WordPress.

In addition to the domain and hosting services, GoDaddy also runs popular WordPress products and services like ManageWP, and Sucuri.

Here are some important stats and facts about GoDaddy and their products.

  • ManageWP is the first and most successful WordPress website management service with 60,000 loyal customers (over 1 million websites managed).
  • Sucuri is the most powerful WordPress plugin for security and firewall which cleans more than 700 websites daily.

Sucuri is trusted by top WordPress companies like WPBeginner, Yoast, WP Engine, as well as the top organizations like Miami University, HarperCollins, and more.

24. Bluehost

Get started with Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the best WordPress hosting providers in the world. They are an official WordPress.org recommended hosting provider.

Bluehost is one of the subsidiary brands of Endurance International Group. The company is also the parent company of several brands like HostGator, Constant Contact, Domain.com, and many more.

Here are some important stats and facts about Bluehost and other Endurance company products.

  • Bluehost powers more than 2 million websites on the internet. It is a dedicated WordPress hosting provider as well as core contributor.
  • Constant Contact is the largest and most beginner-friendly email marketing service in the world.

Endurance also owns the MOJO Marketplace which features tons of commercial WordPress themes and plugins.

25. SiteGround

SiteGround - WordPress and WooCommerce Hosting Company

SiteGround is another WordPress hosting company officially recommended by WordPress.org. It offers fast and secure hosting plans for WordPress.

SiteGround also provides managed WooCommerce hosting service for WordPress based online stores. It includes hassle-free WooCommercce integration as well as migration.

Here are some important stats and facts about SiteGround.

  • SiteGround hosts more than 2 million websites on its powerful web hosting infrastructure.
  • WooCommerce hosting by SiteGround is recommended by WordPress experts like WPBeginner, and Yoast.

SiteGround offers speedy customer service, and it is top rated for customer satisfaction.

Wrapping Up

The WordPress ecosystem is evolving rapidly, and new companies are appearing regularly. Many of them will soon grow to become an influential WordPress business in their own niches.

There is plenty of room for new businesses to join the WordPress ecosystem, and hopefully, we will see many more new companies rise to the top soon.

We hope this article helped you to find out the most successful WordPress companies and businesses today. You may also want to take a look at our list of the top brands using WordPress.

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