Analysis of data extracted from the official WordPress Plugin directory through its API and explanation of some interesting points regarding WordPress plugin development trends.
The official WordPress plugin directory is one of the most important and popular sources for finding extensions for this content management system. There, you will find more than 50 thousand plugins available to do everything you can imagine with your website. WordPress plugin developers sometimes ask ourselves questions about what data we can get from the plugin directory. What trends are there currently? What is the next plugin to become popular? All this is very difficult to know with the naked eye.
A few days ago, I tried to analyze some data about the WordPress plugin directory. So I got down to work. This article that you are reading shows the most relevant things that I could get with the data that I have. I hope you find it interesting.
Extracting Data From The Official WordPress.org Plugin Directory
The first thing we need for an analysis is to have some data to analyze. Obviously, I could have used a bit of web scrapping of the WordPress.org plugin directory, but this is not necessary because we have an API.
It is true that it is not the most complete nor well documented API in the world, but it is something we can make use of. There is some data that the API does not provide,
This week we look at 11 plugins that will enhance your WordPress ecommerce site, some specifically for WooCommerce. Whether you are looking to increase conversions or integrate other services, we have a plugin for you.
WooCommerce is known for being compatible with a world of plugins and extensions, which is why we love it so much! We’ve listed some excellent WooCommerce extensions previously, but this time, we’re discussing integrations with WordPress plugins. This post contains some affiliate links. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. See the disclosure for more details.
Integrations deal with third party software that combines—integrates—with the plugin or software in question in order to widen the plugin’s range of functionality.
In terms of WooCommerce, there’s a boatload of WordPress plugin integrations available, so we dug a little deeper to see what quality, interesting and useful ones are out there that may have gone unnoticed.
In this list we give a variety of plugins that serve different purposes, attempting to provide a holistic approach to bolstering your WooCommerce business.
Notable Features: Real-Time Event Tracking and On Fire Notifications
Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is a real motivator when it comes to social networking and TrustPulse helps alleviate
When we talk ecommerce with WordPress, we are talking about WooCommerce. It's the main player in the space and has a huge ecosystem of plugins around it. Let's take a look at 7 plugins to enhance your WooCommerce store.
The glory of WordPress keeps on growing (and going!), allowing you to do and add so many things to your website. One of those that you may already be familiar with is WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a leading player in ecommerce and is owned and operated by the same company as WordPress.
This post contains some affiliate links. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. See the disclosure for more details.
WordPress and WooCommerce are immediately compatible—online dating at its best, so to speak. It is the ecommerce plugin for WordPress, ideal for selling products or non-physical goods like selling tickets on your site.
Despite all the built-in features WooCommerce includes, there are some features you may wish it included or did differently. When it comes to this situation, your best bet is to look for the right WooCommerce plugin solution.
There are plenty of free extensions you can download, but also a lot you’ll have to pay for. Don’t worry, though! The WooCommerce base platform is free, so you won’t necessarily be breaking the bank for an online store that covers all bases.
This list will give you a quick review of both free and paid
Learn how to enable multilingual WordPress search and allow visitors to search in any language using TranslatePress, a free WordPress translation plugin.
The ability to offer multilingual WordPress search is critical to any website that has been translated in multiple languages. Users that browse your content in a certain language, need a simple way to find relevant topics in that exact language. That’s when multilingual search comes into play.
In this tutorial we’ll go through how to enable multilingual search for your translated website or multilingual E-commerce store. All without writing a single line of code or messing with the default WordPress search functionality.
The process is really straight forward and all that’s needed to translate your site in multiple languages as well as enable multilingual search is TranslatePress, a powerful WordPress translation plugin.
TranslatePress is the easiest way to translate your WordPress site. It's fast, won't slow down your website, works with ANY theme or plugin and it's SEO friendly.
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Ready to learn how to set it up? Let’s dive in.
Multilingual Search in WordPress
Depending on the translation tool you’re using, the ability to support multilingual WordPress search can be quite challenging.
That’s because in dealing with different types of
Showcase Event Calendar in WordPress like never before, and with the freedom of Elementor. Essential Addons for Elementor just released a new Elements that lets you create and show any event, and you could connect your Google Calendar in your site for free too.
What are the best WordPress themes out there for your business? We'll show you 5 theme providers which are all translation ready with Weglot.
One of the first steps after choosing WordPress as your CMS platform of choice is to select a theme fit for promoting your business. And, if you’re an internationally minded business owner or entrepreneur, then we’re guessing that at some point your goal is to reach new audiences.
With this in mind, you’ll want to look for a WordPress theme provider that works perfectly for creating a multilingual WordPress site.
You’d be right in thinking website translation is no longer an option, it’s a must have if you’re looking to do business with other countries. Or maybe you do business in a country that speaks more than one language? Or, perhaps you don’t realize you’re doing business in a country with more than one language.
Surprise fact alert…if you work within the US and think the English language is your only target market, you might be interested to learn that it’s the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking country, following only Mexico.
So, as we move towards a world that’s becoming ever connected, where the countries we do business in are not only multilingual speaking, but the demand for purchasing products
Originating from the story of Hansel and Gretel breadcrumbs are a way for you to see where you are currently.
It’s always the little things that get you to like something and make something easier to use. The thing is that most of the time, you do not recognize how much of an impact some things have on your experience while navigating a site. You use a lot of these little things on a whole lot of websites, but you have never paid too much attention to them. They are mostly the quality of life plugins that make the experience of going through the site much more enjoyable and slick. One such little thing is called breadcrumbs!
Originating from the story of Hansel and Gretel, breadcrumbs are a way for you to see where you are currently.
For example: Shoes > Men Shoes > Leather > Brown. So, now, let’s say that you want to only change up the material of the shoe from leather to cotton. All you need to do is just click it and change it up.
It is very good on sites that have a whole lot of categories in a hierarchy system. It makes it more obvious to the user what they are viewing and looking for. Basically, it shows you the path you have taken and where you are now.
There are three types of breadcrumbs:
When a category has multiple levels, you can then see where
Google Site Kit is now available for everyone from the official WordPress repo. Site Kit makes it easy for WordPress site owners to understand how their site is doing and what to do next.
Today, we’re announcing that Site Kit is available for everyone to install from the WordPress plugin directory. Site Kit is Google’s official WordPress plugin – it enables you to setup and configure key Google services, get insights on how people find and use your site, learn how to improve, and easily monetize your content. At WordCamp EU in Berlin in June 2019, we released Site Kit as a developer preview. Thanks to the thousands of developers who installed it and provided valuable feedback over the past 6 months on GitHub! We’ve drastically simplified the setup flow, fixed lots of bugs, and polished the main user flows.
Who is Site Kit for?
Site Kit makes it easy for WordPress site owners to understand how their site is doing and what to do next. As a WordPress site owner, Site Kit offers you:
Convenient and easy access to relevant stats directly in your WordPress dashboard. We save you time — see the key information right when you sign in.
Cross-product insights — Google Search Console, Google Analytics, PageSpeed Insights, AdSense — are combined into a single, intuitive dashboard. We help you make informed decisions, quickly.
No source code
The largest Addons for Elementor just crossed 500,000 Active Userbases. This post also talks about their recent changes.
We are incredibly excited to announce that Essential Addons for Elementor has reached 500K active installations in WordPress repository. Ever since its initial release back in 2017, it has been growing exponentially and new features have been constantly being introduced to boost up the Elementor page building experience. The depth of what we have achieved in this short time has been nothing short of remarkable. After hitting 400K active users in January, we are absolutely overwhelmed to achieve the feat of reaching 500K happy customers in less than 80 days. It would have never been possible without the faith and support shown by each and every single one of our fantastic users. To celebrate this special occasion, we are giving away 25% discount on all our products.
Essential Addons- Powered By Over 500K Websites
For over the years, Essential Addons has been regarded as the most popular and best Elementor Addon. Our explosive growth rate speaks volumes for itself as Essential Addons is now powered by over 500K websites. It’s quite unbelievable that over half a million users are currently running their websites with the help of EA. With over 4 Million Downloads & 70 plus amazing
Struggling to add a forum to your WordPress site? Here is a list of plugins to help you out.
If you are running a blog, it comes as no surprise that your goal is to engage with your audience, whether by comments, likes, or questions. If your audience participates more, they are more likely to come back to your website, spend more time on it, buy products, and recommend it to their friends and family. Moreover, this is where your readers ask questions and expect answers, whether it is a general question or technical support. Adding a forum to your WordPress website is a good way to boost participation and engagement from your visitors. The forum can be anything, such as a Q&A platform or a discussion board. Adding a forum is simple, you just need to know how to download and install a plugin, pick the one you want, and that is it.
Here is the list of the best WordPress plugins we recommend:
bbPress was built by WordPress, so it will be easy to set up and maintain as it follows the same coding standards that WordPress uses. There are more than 200 extensions you can use (core plugin has basic features, so for more options, you need to install the extensions), and it is a free open source software (meaning it is free to use). A major advantage is that it is a lightweight
A helpful guide when choosing a WordPress multilingual plugin. With many different translation plugins available, all with varying features, functionality, quality, and price points - we take a look at the important factors to consider.
The web is a vast space, where you can reach any audience anywhere in the world as you expand your business’ reach into new international markets — you just need the right WordPress translation plugin to help you achieve this. With WordPress, you can translate your entire website into multiple languages, providing rich content to your target market with the help of a translation plugin. There are, however, many different translation plugins available for WordPress, all with varying features, functionality, quality, and price points.
This can lead to a dilemma: which WordPress translation plugin is best for your business?
To help guide you through the decision process, we’ll take a deep dive into the important factors worth considering when choosing a translation plugin for your site. We’ll also explore why Weglot stands out as the leading WordPress translation plugin for every kind of online business.
9 Essential Considerations When Choosing a WordPress Translation Plugin
When you google “WordPress translation plugin,” 15.6 million results are returned. Talk about overwhelming! There are plenty of list posts that try to convince you of the best translation
When you're creating targeted popups on your ecommerce WordPress site, it's important to make sure they're translated if you're selling internationally! We take a look at how to optimize your popups + some of the best popup plugins out there!
Ah, the subject of popups. It can be quite controversial to many. Some studies show that people hate popups, find them obnoxious or even ruin their site experience. And, I guess at some point we’ve all felt that way.
But, we can’t ignore the stats from a conversion point of view.
Research conducted by Sumo, found that the top performing 10% of popup forms convert at a huge 9.3%. With the average popup converting at 3% (which is above average in comparison to some other marketing channels).
Now, there’s a difference between popups that add value and those that are just plain annoying – and we’re guessing those are the ones that really bug you.
The popups we want to talk about are the ones that convert your traffic, build your email list, drive more sales or reduce your cart abandonment rate.
How’s this for a benefit…Market statistics show that exit intent popups can help save 35% of potentially lost visitors. Use them intelligently, and popups are a game-changer.
So, we’ll take a closer look at how to optimize yours, roundup the best practices in terms of design & copy, take a look at 5 great WordPress popup plugins and show you how
Customer reviews are powerful tools for any podcaster or business owner - and getting feedback doesn't need to take up a lot of your time. Check out this brief explanation of how one podcaster uses the Starfish Reviews WordPress plugin to create one-click polling to get feedback from his listeners.
We are always excited to hear from our customers about the creative ways they use Starfish Reviews to get feedback from their customers. Recently Tevya was on Joe Casabona’s podcast How I Built It talking about Starfish Reviews. During the podcast, Joe realized that Starfish had the perfect functionality for something he wanted to do to gather feedback from his podcast listeners. He ended up implementing it, and then made this awesome video explaining what he did. On Joe’s weekly How I Built It podcast, he features conversations with business owners and operators telling their stories. Normally he does 30-40 minute interviews, but recently tried a solo episode where he shared what he learned at a conference. Joe wanted to know whether or not his listeners liked the new format. He used Starfish Reviews to create a simple one click poll to get feedback from his listeners.
Simple Podcast Listener Polling & Feedback
Joe has listeners coming from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and other places. He wanted to make things as easy as possible for them to tell him whether or not they liked the new format. He put a simple question into the show notes – “Did you
With some investigation and a spreadsheet, you can get a more accurate active installation count of your WordPress plugin
In the WordPress Plugin Directory, plugins have an Active Install metric, but it isn’t anywhere near accurate. It only shows a heavily rounded value and not the actual number, values like 10+, 500+, 10,000+ active installs. I’ll show you how to get the actual number of active installs of your WordPress plugin using some investigation and a simple spreadsheet.
Why Do You Need to Know the Active Install Count?
As a WordPress plugin developer and business owner with a Freemium product, one of my goals is to have my plugin be used by a lot of people. The more people that use my product, the more people who can convert into paying customers.
I’d like to think that all the marketing and feature updates we do would get more people on board with our plugin.
However, I won’t know whether what we’re doing has an impact if we can’t find out how many people are actually using my plugin.
If you have your plugin hosted in the WordPress Plugin Directory, then you’re at their mercy when it comes to data gathering.
In the Plugin Directory, there’s no Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, or any data tracking that you can add or you can access. The only things
Google recently added some new schema properties to help with disrupted events. Our Events addon from version 220.127.116.11 now support these new properties.
Google recently added some new schema properties to help with disrupted events. Our Events addon from version 18.104.22.168 now support these new properties. We have added a new predefined field called “Event Disruption” if you have events that have been disrupted you should add this custom field. You can add this custom field under Events > Settings > Custom Fields > Predefined Fields
Adding the Field
ADVANCED NOTE: With the release of GD core 22.214.171.124 there is a new option when adding a field called “DB Default value“, this sets the value in the database for all listings when initially adding the field. It is highly recommended to leave this blank. However, if for example ALL your events have been canceled you could set this to cancelled (lower case and two L’s). It is not needed to set a value if your event is still running as normal but if you want to show a notice on each listing that it is still running as normal and be able to advanced filter events still running then you can set this to scheduled.
Adding the field is the same as all others. The options values should not be changed, these are specific for the event Schema.
Advanced Search Filtering
A look at some block collections that may be worth adding to your website.
One of the most promising aspects of the Gutenberg block editor is the ability to add your own custom blocks. They can consist of just about any type of formatted content or functionality you can imagine. And while you can certainly build your own custom blocks, sometimes that’s a bit like reinventing the wheel. This is especially the case when you want to add a common element such as a testimonial, post listing or timeline. Most likely, these blocks already exist and can be easily added to your website.
Since Gutenberg’s inclusion in WordPress core, the developer community has released a number of different block plugins. Most tend to include a collection of blocks that could come in handy while building your site.
Today, we’ll introduce you to some of the top custom block collections available for WordPress. Let’s get started!
Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg includes 20+ custom blocks that cover a wide range of use cases. When it comes to layout, the Advanced Columns block lets you create a highly-customized multicolumn row. There are also blocks for adding Google Maps, icons, CTAs, post carousels and more. That’s just scratching the surface of what this
There are a ton of WordPress drag and drop page builder plugins out there, so here's a run through of why you need one and the best four to use.
We love WordPress — a lot. It allows you to do so much for free and offers incredible premium themes so your website and/or blog can stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, not all of us out there know how to code, which can make customizing your WordPress a bit difficult. This post contains some affiliate links. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. See the disclosure for more details.
So while language education catches up to the world of coding and web development, plugin developers offer us a simple solution: drag-and-drop page builder plugins.
Lucky for you, there are a ton of WordPress page builder plugins from which to choose. We believe that when it comes to page builders you shouldn’t have to choose between ranked plugins, but between plugins that are equally as great, whether you’re looking for something with a little more pizzazz or something that just has the basics.
Why You Need These Plugins
User Friendly Interface – Instructions are understandable and drag-and-drop components are clear. A minimal amount of new learning has to go into operating the page builder.
Bonus Features Included – You’ll find lots
The Events Calendar has a fresh new look. See how events can look on your website.
We've redesigned all of the calendar views to give you and your users a better experience. Redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up
Reimagined and reworked with user experience in mind.
We’ve redesigned every single view with your visitors in mind.
More than half of traffic comes from mobile, so the experience has to be good. Our new views keep that in mind every step of the way.
Our new calendar views shine without stealing the show.
How did we build it? Here’s the scoop on what it takes to implement a major redesign from the ground up.
The Events Calendar Redesign
How We Built It: Calendar Views
We believe in the power of design
Getting Started with the New Calendar Views
Better events start with The Events Calendar
There are a few vital steps you'll need to take to boost your WooCommerce sales when going international—including translating your store, from homepage to checkout.
Finding the perfect WooCommerce multilingual solution can boost your sales and help you improve your localization strategy. Here's how Weglot can help you translate every part of your WooCommerce store—including your checkout page and product pages—in just a few clicks. We'll cover...
- How to create your Weglot account 00:00:40
- Installing & activating the Weglot plugin on WordPress 00:01:36
- Accessing your Weglot tab in the WP dashboard 00:02:05
- Copying & pasting your API key 00:02:25
- Entering you original & destination languages 00:02:27
- Trying out your language-switcher button 00:03:24
- How Weglot translates your entire checkout page, automatically 00:03:46
- Editing your translations in the Weglot dashboard's Translation List 00:05:40
- Editing your translations in the Weglot Visual Editor 00:07:17
Sign up for a Weglot account here: https://dashboard.weglot.com/register...
& Check out our latest article on international WooCommerce strategy: https://blog.weglot.com/six-ways-to-w...
Pick the best WooCommerce translation plugin for your store using these 9 key factors.
If you want to open your WooCommerce store to new audiences and boost your revenue, creating a multilingual eCommerce store is a great option. But choosing a WooCommerce translation plugin is a big decision that you want to get right the first time. Your decision will affect your store’s front-end usability, performance, and how easy it is for you to create a comprehensive, SEO-friendly multilingual store.
To help you pick the right translation plugin, we’re going to dig into the most important features to look for in a translation plugin for WooCommerce. Then, we’ll recommend an easy-to-use solution that offers all the features you need to create an optimized multilingual WooCommerce store.
Let’s get to it!
Nine Important Features to Look for in a WooCommerce Translation Plugin
When you’re trying to choose the best WooCommerce translation plugin for your store, you need to pay attention to these nine features…
1. Ease of Use
If you’re translating a WooCommerce store, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time in the interface of your WooCommerce translation plugin both now and in the future.
While there’s the big undertaking
In this post, I'll share a little bit more about how a WooCommerce POS plugin works. Then, I'll take you through the five best WooCommerce POS plugins.
Kind of a game-changing feature being introduced with Elementor 2.9, with the beginning stages of global theme styles.
Design consistency. All web designers and creators strive to achieve it, but maintaining it is a challenging matter, especially if you continuously add new content to your site. The more pages we build, the harder it is to keep the same level of consistent design.
Not deviating from our chosen style gets even more challenging if we take into account client changes. Imagine if you complete a big project, and your client decides to change one of the heading colors.
Is this a catastrophe waiting to happen? Don’t worry, Elementor to the rescue!
Lock down your site against all malicious attacks. Pick between Sucuri vs Wordfence for your WordPress security needs in this hands-on review.
WordPress security is like a ticking time bomb. You can never know when it’ll go off. Thousands of WordPress sites get hacked every day. It’s a serious issue that should be nipped in the bud before it blossoms into a menacing threat! There are two major ways to protect your WordPress site: first, opt for a secure hosting service with a proven track record of following industry best practices. Second, beef up your site’s security with a dedicated third-party security service.
With WordPress security, Wordfence and Sucuri are two of the most popular options. They both come with a robust set of security features to keep your website safe. In many ways, they’re same same, but different.
Wordfence or Sucuri? If you’re wondering which of these two will be the right fit for your website, this article will help you decide decisively. I’ve used them both extensively to compare them 1-on-1 for various features, performance, pricing, and the total value they offer.
You can use this information to choose the most suitable option for you.
Sounds good? Let’s get started!
Intro to WordPress Security
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS)
Don't sound like you're in a bathroom stall! Whether you're meeting, recording, or presenting more from home, here's a list of mics for any budget and level of experience.
Recently I wrote about how to host a webinar or live stream, which entry level gear. But after my friend Rian reached out to me, I realized I don’t have a single resources with gear for every level. While my gift guide for podcasters has a lot of that info, it’s not super clear and has a lot of other stuff. In this post, I’ll give you a few options for a mic at every level. Beginners’ Mics ($100 or less)
This is the category I tend to write about the most because I help people start podcasts. But I would say you’re looking for a beginner mic if you want something simple that sounds better than the built-in mic, without breaking the bank.
ATR-2100 is what I recommend the most. It’s small, light, and easy to set up.
Blue Yeti is a popular option for a lot of people. You have some control over how much sound the mic takes in, which can be helpful…but it’s also been known to be a pitfall for people who don’t know about these settings.
Intermediate / Upgrade Mics ($100 – 300)
When you’re ready to move beyond the beginner mic you picked up, there are a few options for you to consider. Most of these will be XLR microphones,