20 WordPress Websites That See Millions of Visitors

WordPress powers a huge portion of the Internet.

How much is that exactly? According to W3Techs, more than 38% of all websites on the Internet use WordPress as their content management system (CMS).

To compare, the next most popular CMS (Shopify) commands only roughly 3% of the market share.

This means that WordPress is easily the most popular CMS out there. Their 38% market share means that around 455,000,000 websites are using them—and that number is only growing by the hour.

All these numbers are clearly impressive. But what might surprise you even more is the fact that a few websites you visit and use every single day are powered by WordPress.

That’s what inspired me to write this article. I want to take you behind the scenes of 20 different websites that draw millions of visitors each month—and rely on WordPress to do so.

20 WordPress Websites That Draw Millions of Visitors

Below are four different categories of websites that both use WordPress and attract millions of visitors each month and year.

News and media:

  • The New York Times
  • Variety
  • BBC America
  • The Rolling Stone
  • WIRED

Personal blogs and websites:

  • Ramit Sethi (I Will Teach You To Be Rich)
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Tony Robbins
  • Neil Patel
  • Peter Adeney (Mr. Money Mustache)

Entertainment

  • Walt Disney
  • Spotify News
  • MTV News
  • PlayStation Blog
  • Star Wars

State and Government

  • The White House
  • The U.S. State Department
  • The Library of Congress
  • The United Kingdom
  • The National Archives

Let’s dive into each of them now:

News and Media

The New York Times – Wirecutter

Monthly visitors: ~7.1 million

What they do: Owned by the American legacy newspaper The New York Times, Wirecutter offers incredibly in-depth and comprehensive reviews and recommendations for different products ranging from electronics, kitchen appliances, and home and garden gear.

NYT themselves run on a customized CMS platform—but many of their blogs such as Wirecutter use WordPress to support their content.

Variety


Monthly visitors: ~8.8 million

What they do: Variety gives readers the latest in entertainment news, with a sharp focus on film reviews, box office reports, movie production updates, and the occasional smattering of celebrity gossip.

BBC America

Monthly visitors: ~1.1 million

What they do: BBC America is the British Broadcasting Corporation’s US-focused television network. They house and offer episodes of TV shows and movies they own and produce such as Top Gear, Doctor Who, Killing Eve, and The Walking Dead.

They also use WordPress to power their pop culture blog Anglophenia, which discusses news and developments around their TV shows and movies.

Rolling Stone

Monthly visitors: ~9.9 million

What they do: Rolling Stone is a legendary, American magazine that focuses on music and pop culture. They offer a monthly physical magazine as well as their daily digital reporting and articles on their WordPress-powered website.

WIRED

Monthly visitors: ~7.1 million

What they do: WIRED is another monthly magazine. However, they focus on the intersection of technology, culture, and politics. Along with a monthly physical magazine, they also have their WordPress powered website that offers daily digital content to readers.

Personal blogs and websites

Ramit Sethi (I Will Teach You To Be Rich)


Monthly visitors: ~1 million

What they do: I Will Teach You To Be Rich is the personal blog and business website for personal finance and development expert Ramit Sethi. He relies on WordPress to help him manage his massive library of content going back more than a decade.

Tim Ferriss


Monthly visitors: ~1 million

What they do: Tim Ferriss is an American author, podcaster, and blogger focused on lifestyle design. WordPress helps him power his incredibly popular blog as well as house his podcast.

In 2012, he even wrote a whole blog post about the 21 WordPress plugins he uses on his very own website to “keep him sane.”

Tony Robbins

Monthly visitors: ~1 million

What they do: This is the home page for motivational speaker, author, and self-help guru Tony Robbins. He gives you access to his private coaching program, retreats, supplements, and more.

Neil Patel

Monthly visitors: ~4.1 million

What they do: NYT bestselling author Neil Patel WordPress-powered blog offers up his personal insights on all things digital marketing and SEO.

Peter Adeney (Mr. Money Mustache)

Monthly visitors: ~1 million

What they do: Peter Adeney’s WordPress-powered blog offers readers great advice on how to achieve financial freedom and success through tried-and-true systems. He’s also notable for having built a massive online community of personal finance and development enthusiasts through his Mr. Money Mustache forum.

Entertainment

Walt Disney Company


Monthly visitors: ~1 million – 2 million

What they do: This is the Walt Disney Company’s official website. Visitors can access the latest news about film and television releases from their production studios, as well as news and updates about their parks. There’s also sections dedicated to their investors as well as their philanthropic work.

Spotify News

Monthly visitors: ~ 600K

What they do: Spotify offers visitors the music they want to listen to when they want to listen to it. Their website that offers up the latest news about their business is all powered by WordPress

MTV News

Monthly visitors: ~1 million

What they do: MTV is the stalwart, music-focused media company that Gen Xers know and love. Their news vertical which offers the latest in music and entertainment stories is powered completely by WordPress.

PlayStation Blog

Monthly visitors: ~1.7 million

What they do: Playstation’s blog is a source of news and updates about the gaming console developers hardware and video games. They also give you unique insights into how their consoles work as well as announcements for new products being developed and released.

Star Wars

Monthly visitors: ~1 million

What they do: This is the online home for all things related to the greatest space opera of all time: Star Wars. For updates around their movies, video games, toys, as well as their popular television show The Mandolorian, fans head to StarWars.com for the latest.

State and Government

The White House

Monthly Visitors: ~9 million

What they do: The official website of the White House, the seat of executive governmental power in the United States of America. There you’ll be able to access information about the government’s economic, national security, budget, and immigration goals.

The U.S. State Department

Monthly visitors: ~13 million

What they do: The official website for the United States State Department. Here you can find information behind the U.S. foreign policy initiatives as well as the locations of the Department of State’s bureaus and offices.

The Library of Congress

Monthly visitors: ~3 million

What they do: The official website for the United States Library of Congress, which is the country’s national library. Visitors can access a wealth of cultural information and artifacts from books, to music, to photographs and paintings.

The United Kingdom

Monthly visitors: ~76 million

What they do: The official website of the United Kingdom government. They provide a wealth of services, allowing visitors and UK citizens to access their birth, death, and marriage certificates; check their benefits; apply for citizenship; access voting information; and more.

The National Archives

Monthly visitors: ~2 million

What they do: The National Archives is the United Kingdom’s archives of government records, archival information, and more. It’s pretty much the UK’s version of the Library of Congress but across the Atlantic and with more tea sipping.

5 Tips to Creating a Popular WordPress Website

It’s easy to look at the examples above and practically salivate at the amount of visitors they draw in each month.

After all, the more visitors you bring in, the more sales and profit you could potentially make.

However, you need to keep in mind that a lot of the websites above already started with a solid foundation of devoted fans. You’re probably not going to get The New York Times-level of visitors—at least not right away.

However, if you put in the time and work, there’s no reason you shouldn’t build your own foundation that draws in millions each month.

Follow these tips to create a WordPress website that draws in the most visitors you can.

Pick an eye-catching theme

A WordPress theme determines how your website looks—which is highly crucial in keeping visitors on your site.

Don’t believe me? It’s actually backed up by science.

Google conducted research a while back that showed website visitors form design opinions about the website in just 17-50 milliseconds. That means in just a fraction of a second, they decide whether or not they like your website and want to stay–or abandon it entirely.

The elements that make up a good theme can be boiled down to two things: Simplicity and familiariarity.

In the same study by Google, they found that users who thought a website design was complex found it to be uglier. They also discovered that if a website’s layout was unfamiliar, users would perceive it as ugly even if it was a simple design.

Source: Google

Bottom line: Don’t get too complicated with it and rely on a tried-and-true layout.

That doesn’t mean you should rush through things. In fact, quite the opposite. Finding a theme that both matches your brand and business goals, while also remaining simple and familiar to your audience is going to take work.

Spend some time then going through WordPress’s theme directory. There’s nearly 8,000 themes to choose from—so you’ll have options.

It’s also worth exploring outside of the official directory. In fact, some of the best WordPress themes are offered via third-party websites such as ThemeForest, a site that boasts more than 46,000 themes.

Go deeper: Need help choosing some WordPress themes? Check out our articles on the Best WordPress Themes for Blogs and the Best WordPress Themes for Ecommerce Websites.

Choose your host wisely

Your web host is one of the most sneakily important decisions you’ll make.

Why? For a lot of reasons. However, the most important reasons being uptime and speed.

If your web host doesn’t offer good uptime, your website will crash more often. That results in less traffic coming your way as a result.

If your web host doesn’t offer good speed, the time it takes to load your web pages might be too long. That results in your audience turning off your website in frustration—something to avoid at all costs.

Since WordPress is just an open-source CMS, they don’t offer a web host unlike places like Wix or Weebly.

Instead, you’ll have to get your own. Luckily, WordPress recommends a few web hosting options. They are:

  • Bluehost. One of the most popular WordPress hosts out there. They power more than 2 million websites and gives you easy 1-click installation along with a free domain name and email. They also offer 24/7 customer support—crucial for any growing business.
  • DreamHost. They’ve worked with WordPress for more than a decade. DreamHost allows you to have more customization over your server and plan. They also have a 97-money-back guarantee. So if you’re unhappy with it in the first 97 days, you can get your money back.
  • SiteGround. Another great WP recommended host with 1-click installation and 24/7 customer service. What sets them apart though are their advanced features such as automatic updates and greater security.

Though those three web hosts are fantastic options and are optimized for WordPress, there are plenty of other web hosts out there that get the job done just as well–or even better.

All a web host needs is to meet the minimum hosting requirements for WordPress. That includes:

  • PHP version of 7.3 or higher
  • MySQL version of 5.6 or higher; or Maria DB version 10.1 or higher
  • HTTPS support

Get those things right, and you’ll be able to run WordPress on that web host.

Go deeper: Read our article on the best web hosting providers for WordPress for more options

Leverage Google Analytics

Remember the old adage: If you can measure it, you can improve it.

One of the best examples of that is with your website traffic. So as long as you know where your traffic is coming from and how much you’re getting, you’ll be able to create digital marketing plans that help improve that.

Perhaps the best tool out there to help you improve your website traffic is Google Analytics. Every website and brand worth their salt leverages Google’s web analytics tools in order to help them understand their website and their users.

Installing a Google Analytics plugin helps you gain those insights into your site visitors and how they behave on your website.

And while there are plenty of great plugins out there to help you out, the one we suggest is MonsterInsights.

Not only is their plugin incredibly popular (2 million+ active installations), but they also offer detailed audience, behavior, content, and even ecommerce reports all available directly on your WordPress dashboard.

That means you won’t have to constantly be bouncing between two different websites to get a quick glance at how your website is performing.

Go deeper: Learn to customize your Google Analytics to fit your goals with these 10 tips.

Be judicious with your plugins

When I created my first WordPress website, I went a bit overboard with the plugins.

It’s easy to do! There are tons of them out there and they all seem like they can help out your website in one way or another.

However, this is a big rookie mistake to make. Not only can it harm your website’s performance, but it also downright clutters your admin dashboard to no end.

The real trick is to pick a handful of good plugins and forget about the rest unless you really need them.

We’ve already talked about MonsterInsights, one plugin I consider a must have. Another plugin you definitely need to install on your WordPress website (especially if you’re a beginner) is Yoast SEO.

This plugin makes it easy to optimize your web pages and blog posts for SEO with features such as title and meta description templating as well as canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content (very important for search term rankings).

While Yoast SEO is free, their premium plugin is very much worth the price. It allows you to go even deeper, giving you options for related keywords, as well as internal linking suggestions as you write on WordPress.

Go deeper: Yoast isn’t the only option out there. Here are some of the best SEO plugins for WordPress for you to consider.

Optimize for mobile

This doesn’t directly have to do with WordPress—but it’s still worth mentioning because of how critical it is for your website.

You need to make sure that your website works well on mobile devices. Failure to do so means you’ll directly (and negatively) impact the majority of your audience’s experience with your brand.

That’s not an exaggeration either. The majority of all web pages worldwide are viewed through mobile devices. Here’s some data from Statista showcasing that growth over time:

What can we take away from these numbers? Mobile is king—and its usage is growing with each passing year.

Here are a few more numbers to support why you need to optimize for mobile:

That last point is very important. If you’re not optimizing your website for mobile, you’re going to see a hit in your SEO ranking. That is going to mean less visitors to your website and less potential income for you.

Bottom line: You need to optimize your WordPress website for mobile if you want to draw in millions of visitors each month.

While we could write an entire separate article on the topic (and we havemultiple times!), the important thing is to understand what mobile friendly means.

All it really implies is that your website content looks good and readable on both desktop and mobile devices.

Make sure that the text is easy to read, the colors are pleasant to look at, and the links are clickable.

Go deeper: Here’s our complete guide to a mobile friendly website to help you optimize and grow.

Resources to Create a Popular WordPress Website

Below are a few of our very best resources on how you can create the best WordPress website that draws in millions of visitors each month.

To start, we reviewed the best WordPress Plugins for some of the most popular categories.

Here are our reviews for each:

Resources to Create a Popular Website

Below are a few of our very best resources and best practices to create a good website in general:

Conclusion

There you have it. 20 different WordPress websites that manage to draw in millions of visitors each month.

If you want to do the same for your own website, you just need to follow a few tried and true systems to get you there. Read the tips above to help you get started.

Good luck—and maybe we’ll add you on the list once you hit your first million visitors.

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Does anyone here uses Webflow for their website?

How good is it for SEO, especially in terms of speed? Does it offer more design freedom than WordPress? Does it require a lot of training for a professional designer?

Also if possible, if some of you built their startup website on Webflow, may I see the result?

Thanks a lot!

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Best Google Analytics Plugins for WordPress in 2020

Want to jump straight to the answer? The best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress is MonsterInsights and Google Analytics Dashboard for WP.

How much do you know about your website?

Sure, you probably know everything about the layout, design, content, and navigation on your site. But how is your website performing?

Heck, for those of you who have a new website, you’re probably wondering if your site is even working—let alone how much traffic you have, where your visitors are coming from, and what pages are performing well.

To answer those questions, you’ll want to turn to Google Analytics.

If you’re using WordPress, you can integrate Google Analytics with your site through plugins. They allow you to view all of these insights without having to leave your WordPress administrative dashboard.

It doesn’t matter if you’re website is new or old. It doesn’t matter if you have an ecommerce site or blog. Every website can benefit from Google Analytics plugins.

The 5 Best Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress

Check out my list to determine which plugin is best for your situation. I took the time to research and identify the best Google Analytics plugins for WordPress.

1. MonsterInsights

MonsterInsights

More than two million WordPress websites are using the MonsterInsights plugin. I love this plugin because it’s so easy to install and use. You can get the plugin configured in just minutes.

This is much simpler than having to manually add your Google Analytics code, set up your event tracking, configure your ecommerce tracking (if applicable), and deal with the learning curve of Google Analytics.

MonsterInsights simplifies everything for you, directly from your WordPress dashboard. You can enable specific Google Analytics features with just one click. There is no coding required.

The plugin provides you with extensive reports about your website. I’ll go through each one briefly and list the benefits.

Audience Report

  • Gender
  • Age breakdown
  • Device (desktop, mobile, tablet)
  • Location
  • Categories

You could learn that the majority of your traffic is coming from men in the United States between the ages of 25 and 34. These users are browsing from mobile devices.

Behavior Report

  • Sessions
  • Pageviews
  • Average session duration
  • Bounce rate
  • Referrals
  • Search terms
  • Outbound links

If you identify specific outbound links on your website that are very popular, you can use that as a potential partnership opportunity. You’ll also be able to focus on referral channels that are driving the most traffic.

Content Report

The content report shows you the top performing landing pages. You’ll see the visits, average duration and bounce rate for each page. Based on these results, you can optimize those pages to drive conversions.

Ecommerce Report

Obviously, this report is specifically for ecommerce websites. It’s useful information that will help you increase conversions and revenue.

You can’t go wrong by installing the MonsterInsights plugin. The only catch is that it’s not free. Pricing starts at $ 99.50 per year. But if you have an ecommerce site, you’ll want to go with the pro version that’s $ 199.50 annually. MonsterInsights even has a plan for agencies and developers, which costs $ 499.50. That’s not bad considering you can use it on 25 sites.

2. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Formally known as GADWP, the Google Analytics Dashboard for WP by ExactMetrics is definitely one of the most popular options. This plugin has more than one million active installations.

With the Google Analytics Dashboard for WP, you’ll be able to use the latest Google Analytics tracking code to monitor your WordPress site. This is great for those of you who don’t want to manually insert the tracking code. Once installed, you’ll be able to view all of your Google Analytics statistics from the WordPress dashboard. This makes things much easier for you.

You’ll be able to track key stats in real-time, such as:

  • Real-time visitors
  • Real-time acquisition channels
  • Real-time sources of traffic

The plugin also helps you track specific events on your site. Some of these include emails, downloads, page scrolling depth, and affiliate links. You can even create notated HTML elements that allow you to track custom events and actions.

One of the key features of this plugin is the front-end viewing option. As an administrator, you can set up your reports on the front-end of any page on your site. You can also allow these front-end viewing permissions for other people who work on the website like editors, authors, and contributors.

Some of the most popular reports you can view with the Google Analytics Dashboard for WP include:

  • Page views
  • Bounce rates
  • Traffic channels and mediums
  • Browers
  • Operating systems
  • Screen resolutions
  • Social networks
  • 404 errors
  • Keywords
  • Locations

Why is this information so important? The data allows you to learn more about the browsing behavior of people on your website. You can use these insights to create a customer persona that improves conversion rates.

Overall, it’s a top option for any website.

3. Analytify

Analytify

Like the other plugins we’ve seen, Analytify also eliminates the need for you to manually add your Google Analytics tracking code to your site. All you need to do is install the plugin and authenticate it with one click to automatically add the code. This is a relief for those of you who are hesitant to add code to your WordPress site. Without any coding experience, even a simple copy and paste can be a bit intimidating.

Analytify has all of the standard Google Analytics reports and statistics. You can view all of them from your WordPress dashboard. What makes this plugin stand apart from other options are the extras. They offer premium add-ons for things like WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads integrations.

Depending on the type of website you have, you may want to show website visitors your statistics as well. For example, let’s say you have a business directory site. The companies that are listed on your site would want to know certain metrics. So you can enable front-end viewing reports.

The Analytify WordPress plugin is great for ecommerce businesses. They have enhanced ecommerce tracking. You’ll know how many visitors added items to their shopping cart and also gain insights for when people are leaving the cart. This information will help you reduce shopping cart abandonment by optimizing your checkout process.

You’ll also see things like:

  • Transactions
  • Revenue
  • Average order value
  • Product checkouts
  • Unique purchases
  • Product clicks
  • Product detail views

Another reason why I recommend this plugin is because it provides you with automated email reports. You can gain deeper insights for specific campaigns, posts, and pages.

The shortcodes offered by Analytify allow you to integrate your data into custom templates.

Furthermore, you can manage your UTM campaigns with Analytify as well. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this or want to learn more, refer to my guide on how to track your leads with UTM parameters. It’s nice knowing that you can monitor those campaigns directly from this WordPress plugin.

Pricing for Analytify starts at $ 39 for one site. Add-ons are purchased separately. Those all fall within the $ 19 to $ 49 range. Analytify also offers an all-in-one bundle for $ 129 per year that includes your Analytify install and every add-on. This is the most cost-effective deal if you’re planning to purchase add-ons.

4. WP Google Analytics Events

WP Google Analytics Events

Google Analytics already offers insights for event tracking that allow you to monitor specific user interactions with content on your website. Think: clicks, downloads, flash element or AJAX embedded element interactions, video plays, and gadgets. Events are made to help you monitor custom metrics that aren’t based on something simple, like page views. Just because someone navigated to your homepage, it doesn’t tell you if they scrolled to view your pricing table.

Neat, right?

The only problem is these events can be tough to manually set up and configure with Google Analytics.

Without a plugin, you’ll have to some extra work based on the type of event that you want to track:

GA Event Type

Then you’ll have to write commands. When it’s done, it will look something like this:

GA Example 1

Here’s another example:

GA Example 2

Again, it’s complicated. Even the Google Analytics developer page with these instructions says, “tracking outbound links and forms can be tricky.”

The WP Google Analytics Events plugin simplifies this process. You can do all of this without having to worry about any coding.

So if you want more detailed information with how users are interacting with specific pages on your website, you’ll want to install this plugin. It’s much easier and less complex than the standard coding process for event tracking. You can download and install the WP Google Analytics Events plugin to your WordPress site for free.

5. Actionable Ecommerce Google Analytics Plugin for WooCommerce

Enhanced Ecommerce Google Analytics Plugin for WooCommerce

In case the name didn’t give it away, the Actionable Ecommerce Google Analytics Plugin for WooCommerce is designed specifically for ecommerce sites. Google Analytics recently launched a new feature for enhanced ecommerce statistics. That’s what this plugin focuses on.

I like this plugin because it’s so fast and easy to install. Once you install it, you’ll be able to track the behavior of your website visitors across your entire ecommerce site. You’ll learn about everything they do from the home page to the product views, all the way to the thank you pages.

These are some of the detailed reports you’ll get:

  • Shopping behavior report
  • Checkout behavior report
  • Product performance report
  • Sales performance report

The plugin tracks product impresses, clicks, and add-to-cart rates on every page. If you don’t want to bounce back and forth between your WordPress dashboard and Google Analytics dashboard, this plugin will let you view everything from one place.

Conclusion

Every website can benefit from Google Analytics. (You’ve already installed, right? If not, do it now. Right now. Go. Install it now.)

But you can simplify your insights by getting all of your reports and information directly from your WordPress dashboard. All you need to do is install a plugin. So what’s the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress?

For those of you who want a free all in one plugin, you should consider Google Analytics Dashboard for WP. If you’re a developer, have an agency, or want added reports for an annual premium, you should look into MonsterInsights.

Ecommerce websites would benefit from plugins like Analytify or the Enhanced Ecommerce Google Analytics Plugin for WooCommerce.

Maybe you don’t want all of these features, and you’d rather focus on something specific, like event tracking. If that’s the case, WP Google Analytics Events will be your best bet.

No matter what type of website you have, I know there’s a Google Analytics plugin for you on this list.

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The Best WordPress Themes for Blogs

Want to jump straight to the answer? I think Newspaper and CheerUp are the best WordPress themes for blogs.

With more than 30 million blogs in the US alone, you need the best WordPress theme so your blog stands out.

You might be a great writer. But if your blog doesn’t look good, people will stop browsing. In fact, 38% of people stop engaging with sites with unattractive layouts.

And if you nail the theme, it even boosts your SEO and organic reach.

My 10 Favorite Blog Themes for WordPress

I’ve done my research and narrowed down the top ten WordPress themes for blogs in 2020.

This guide can serve as a reference to help you pick the best theme for your blog.

1. Newspaper

Newspaper Theme

Newspaper is a paid WordPress theme. It costs $ 59.

And yes, it’s worth every single penny.

The design is professional and modern. I’ll admit, the name of this theme is a bit misleading since it’s extremely versatile. While it is a popular choice for magazine and newspaper sites, this theme can also be customized to fit a review website or blog. It doesn’t matter which category or niche you’re in; this theme can meet your needs.

The versatility and easy customization both make Newspaper one of my favorite options. It has a drag and drop editor so you can easily change more than 100 different elements on the page.

I’d recommend starting with one of the sleek pre-built templates and then making any changes you see fit. You don’t have to be tech savvy or know how to code to do this, which makes this theme a solid choice for literally anyone.

You’ll also have tons of options for customizing the header and footer of your blog. The theme lets you implement a grid design to highlight specific pages, categories, and tags. It’s easy for you to stay organized on the backend, while your website visitors can navigate seamlessly on the frontend.

Newspaper has fast page loading speeds and is AMP ready. In addition to being extremely responsive, it’s compatible with Woocommerce and Google AdSense. The Newspaper WordPress theme is mobile friendly and applies SEO best practices as well.

It’s one of the most versatile WordPress themes you’ll find, and I’d recommend it for any blog.

2. CheerUp

CheerUp Theme

CheerUp is another versatile WordPress blogging theme. While it can be used for nearly any blog, it’s designed for bloggers who are a bit more tech-savvy, as opposed to the average WordPress user.

This theme is made to work in unison with the custom sets of tools, widgets, and plugins that webmasters use to enhance their WordPress site. So if your blog is using lots of add-ons, this is definitely a top option for you.

CheerUp comes with 12 different designs. While that may not seem like much at first glance, these 12 designs come with more than 1,000 layout variations. This helps ensure that your blog is unique among the other websites using the same theme.

The pre-built designs are made to appeal to specific audiences. Some popular categories include:

  • Fitness
  • Parenting
  • Fashion
  • Travel
  • Beauty
  • Lifestyle

Once you select and customize a design, you’ll also be able to choose unique styles for your posts. For example, you could have a full-width text or magazine-style text. Add a cover image to the top of your blog, or omit that option. The choice is completely up to you.

CheerUp can be integrated with social media networks. This will encourage social sharing for your blog posts.

This theme is also AMP supported, optimized for search engines, has fast loading times, and is highly responsive. You can purchase CheerUp for $ 59.

3. Kale

Kale Theme

As the name implies, the Kale WordPress theme is designed for food bloggers. Unlike the other options we’ve looked at so far, this is a free template.

If you’re a blogger in this niche category, you know how difficult it can be to stand out from your competition. This theme can give you an edge since it eliminates clutter on your blog, while still showcasing your images.

While this theme is intended for all things related to food, cooking, and recipes, it’s versatile enough to be applied to blogs in the fashion industry — particularly because both niches are so photocentric.

There are tons of layouts, sidebar options, multi-level menus, and color overlay options for banners and sliders. And all YouTube videos are automatically responsive with Kale. That’s an extremely important feature if you’re a food blogger who includes video demonstrations embedded in your posts.

It’s very easy to install the theme and get started in minutes. Kale has WooCommerce integration as well, for those of you who are selling in addition to blogging.

4. Stockholm

Stockholm Theme

Modern. Clean. Trendy. All of these words come to mind when I think about the Stockholm WordPress theme.

As a blogger, you need to make sure it’s easy for your website visitors to access your content, navigate on the page, and engage with your writing. The Stockholm theme can help you accomplish all of these things.

It’s so versatile that it’s a top choice for blogs in every category. Start with one of the simple but elegant designs and customize it to meet your specific needs. You’ll be able to do this without any coding or design knowledge.

This theme will enhance your entire website, going far beyond your blog. It has specific layouts designed for ecommerce shops, restaurants, and architecture. So if your blog falls into one of these three categories, I’d definitely recommend looking into this option.

Stockholm can be purchased for $ 59.

5. Jevelin

Jevelin Theme

I like this option because it’s versatile enough for blogs in so many different industries. Some popular categories offered on the Jevelin WordPress theme are:

  • Education
  • Food & Drink
  • Portofolio
  • Fitness
  • Photography
  • Events
  • Medical
  • Finance
  • Beauty

The theme can be installed to your blog with just one click. It’s easy to customize as well. Once you pick a pre-built layout, you can adjust every element on the page. Jevelin lets you do this without having to do any coding. It’s quick, easy, responsive, and shows you live previews of your changes in real time.

I also like the different layout options that are specific for blogs. Some of the best ones include:

  • Masonry
  • Creative
  • Grid

Adding one of these layouts to your blog will definitely make it more visually appealing. Nobody will navigate to your pages and think that they look boring.

This is another paid theme. It costs $ 59.

6. Editorial

Editorial Theme

The Editorial WordPress theme has a magazine style layout, which is great for bloggers who want to showcase their content with featured images. This format also makes it easier for you to prioritize your best work.

With Editorial, you’ll have access to a live editing feature to easily move sections around and see all of your changes in real time.

For those of you who have tons of blog content but don’t know how to organize it, consider this theme. It’s great because your readers won’t feel overwhelmed when they visit your website.

This theme also has plenty of widgets that allow for added customization. You don’t have to be a tech wizard to figure all of it out either.

Another great benefit of Editorial is that it’s free with free support.

7. GoBlog

GoBlog Theme

The GoBlog theme is perfect for bloggers who want to take a simple, minimalist approach to their website design.

I like this theme because it supports eight different post formats.

  • Gallery
  • Standard
  • Quote
  • Video
  • Image
  • Link
  • Status
  • Audio

It’s extremely easy for you to embed audio and video content into your posts. This will ultimately help you run a successful video blog.

GoBlog is highly responsive on both desktop and mobile devices. You can also add sliders below the headers, which are perfect for text introductions. With a simple theme like GoBlog, you can prioritize your content without having too many complex distractions.

You can purchase the GoBlog theme for $ 54.

8. Flat

Flat Theme

Flat is a trendy WordPress theme. If you want your blog to be bold, modern, and colorful, consider this option. You should also educate yourself on the top trending website color schemes.

This theme uses Javascript, HTML5, and CSS3 to ensure that all interaction and engagement on is fully responsive and beautiful. You can add different effects for transitions as users scroll through your content. Some of those include:

  • Fade-ins
  • Slide-ins
  • Drop-ins
  • Fly-ins
  • Progress bars
  • Animated circles

Flat also comes with extra shortcodes and options for custom post types. The best part of this theme is arguably the drag-and-drop builder. It makes it easy for anyone, regardless of their technical or design ability, to customize the content blocks. The drag-and-drop builder can be used on the front end of your website, so you can see exactly what your visitors will see.

Another reason why this theme is great for bloggers is because it’s optimized for search engines. You’ll also have access to Google Fonts for styling options on each page.

Unlike other themes that aren’t updated frequently, Flat guarantees that it will always work with the latest WordPress versions. Updates are made automatically, without having to make any additional installations.

Pricing for Flat starts at $ 59. There is also a developer option for $ 69. For those of you who are currently using another WordPress theme, Flat will give you 50% off of your purchase for switching to them. It’s an enticing offer to consider.

9. WPVoyager

WPVoyager Theme

WPVoyager is another $ 59 theme, but specifically made for travel blogs. That’s because the theme is fully integrated with Google Maps so your content can be displayed in a map view, as shown with the screenshot above.

This is a unique approach to organizing blog posts on your website. Visitors can browse for blogs simply by navigating on the map to points of interest.

It’s the perfect solution for travel bloggers who take lots of photos during their adventures as well. The map feature does much more than just show your visitors the location that you’re blogging about. Let me give you an example.

The screenshot above is pretty straightforward. The title of the post is “5 Reasons You Need to Visit Budapest,” with Budapest marked on the map. But when you click on the post, take a look at how the map changes.

WPVoyager Theme Map

Now there are five points marked within the city. If you click on each one, a photo pops up with a brief description. As you scroll down the page and navigate away from the map, the blog is shown in a more traditional format.

The possibilities with this theme are nearly endless for travel bloggers and photography bloggers. If I were in this niche, I would definitely use this theme on my WordPress site.

10. Vixen Blog

Vixen Blog Theme

The Vixen Blog theme is simple, elegant, and beautiful. This design has a deliberate feminine touch. You can create a visually appealing blog with this WordPress theme, even if you don’t have any experience with design. It’s fully responsive on both the frontend and backend.

Vixen Blog is optimized for search engines, made for readability, and has a compatible Instagram feed feature. So it’s easy for you to integrate your blog with your social media strategy.

Pricing for this theme starts at $ 34. There is also an extended license for $ 2,200. This is made for developers who can then sell those licenses to their clients.

Conclusion

What’s the best WordPress theme for blogs? With thousands of options to consider, it’s tough to name just one. There isn’t a one size fits all blog theme. Your blog is unique, so it’s important for you to find a theme that fits your style and needs.

Some of these themes appeal to certain niches, such as travel, photography, or food blogs. Other options are bold, modern, and trendy, while some themes take a more minimalist approach. There are paid themes, free WordPress themes for blogs, and licenses made for developers as well.

Whenever I write a review like this, I try to include something for everyone so no matter what category you fall into, you’ll be able to find a them you like in this guide.

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Best Social Media WordPress Plugin – (Review Updated for 2020)

A good social media WordPress plugin lets visitors engage with you on social media. It also helps social media followers convert on your website.

Let’s look at an example: You wrote and published a killer blog post. A reader loves your post and wants to share it with their friends on social media. How do they do this?

Without the proper tools, the person would have to copy your blog link, navigate to the social platform, login, and manually paste the link before sharing it. The person may ultimately decide that it’s just not worth going through all of those steps to share your post. That decision may not even be conscious—they may get distracted and move on to something else.

Social media WordPress plugins can make it easy for website visitors to share with just one click.

That’s just one example of why you need to install a social media plugin to your WordPress site. As we continue through this guide and review the best social media WordPress plugins, you’ll learn about the additional benefits.

The 6 Best Social Media WordPress Plugins

After taking a look at dozens of social media WordPress plugins, I’ve narrowed it down to the six best:

  • Social Warfare
  • Instagram Feed
  • Social Locker
  • Super Socializer
  • Revive Old Post
  • Kiwi Social Share

Read on to find my in-depth reviews of each one.

1. Social Warfare

Social Warfare

Social Warfare is considered among the best social media WordPress plugins because it’s so simple. Other plugins have a reputation for slowing down your website, but that shouldn’t happen with Social Warfare.

This plugin is designed to increase shares by adding social sharing icons to your website. You can add buttons for the most popular social media networks, including:

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

If you upgrade to Social Warfare Pro, you’ll gain access to share buttons for other platforms like Reddit, WhatsApp, Buffer, Tumblr, Pocket, and more.

Social Warfare also lets you choose exactly where you want to place the sharing buttons. You can add them above your content, below your content, in both of these locations, or manually place them on your pages. This plugin offers floating share icons as well — as a user scrolls your site, the sharing buttons remain in view at all times.

Social Warfare allows you to track your results with UTM parameters. You can view analytics to see how well your sharing icons are performing so you can tweak them, if necessary.

2. Instagram Feed

Instagram Feed

As the name implies, the Instagram Feed WordPress plugin lets you share your Instagram content directly on your website. By adding your Instagram posts to your website, visitors will have a better idea of what type of content you share on that platform. And, they won’t have to search for your profile on Instagram. This is a great way to increase your Instagram followers. It’s also a great way to keep your site updated with the fresh images you’re posting on Instagram.

Setting up the plugin is easy. All you need to do is link your Instagram account and determine where you want the feed displayed on your website.

There is a premium version of this plugin that comes with features like:

  • Shoppable feeds
  • Ability to filter content based on hashtags
  • Popup lightboxes
  • Hashtag feeds
  • Advanced moderation for hiding or showcasing specific posts
  • Post comments for user feeds

For one website, you can purchase the pro license for $ 39. But if you just want the basic feed on your website, you can stick with the free version and save a few bucks.

3. Social Locker

Social Locker

Social Locker is definitely one of my favorite social media WordPress plugins. Personally, I love the whole concept behind how this plugin works.

Here’s the thing. Just adding social sharing icons to your website doesn’t necessarily give people a reason to follow you or share your content. You can increase those chances by installing this plugin.

That’s because Social Locker restricts your premium content. For example, let’s say you have an ebook on your website. As opposed to charging for downloads, you use social media engagement as a currency. If someone follows, likes, or shares content on your website, the ebook is unlocked.

Here’s an example of what this would look like from the perspective of a website visitor:

Social Locker Example

For those of you who normally charge for various types of content on your website and don’t want to give it away for free, you can use these social engagements to generate discounts for that content.

Maybe you have an online video tutorial that you normally charge to view. With Social Locker, you can choose to offer the video at a discount if a user shares your content.

This plugin helps you drive social media traffic while simultaneously gaining quality followers. It’s a great way to generate new leads and drive conversions with social media integration on your website.

4. Super Socializer

Super Socializer

Allowing your website visitors to create a customer profile benefits everyone — the user will receive more personalized content, and you’ll be able to learn more information about your customers so you can target them accordingly. It’s a win-win situation.

In order for this strategy to be effective, people need to create these profiles in the first place. That’s easier said than done.

Think about it for a minute: What steps does someone need to take to create a profile? At a minimum, they need to provide you with some personal information and create a username and password. People have so many accounts to keep track of on various websites. Is your site important enough to them to go through this?

You can increase your chances of getting more visitors to do this by integrating your sign up and login process with social media. Super Socializer is perfect for this.

Now users can create an account and login with just one click since they’re likely already signed in to their social media profiles. Plus, they won’t have to remember a new username and password.

Another benefit of this plugin is that you’ll get access to more information about your website visitors. You can target people accordingly based on their social media likes and habits. You can also enable social comments with Super Socializer. This is a great way to drive conversation and get more comments on your blog posts.

Overall, this plugin definitely has more advanced features and functionality that goes far beyond simple social sharing icons, although it does have those options as well. If you want an all in one plugin for social logins, social comments, and social sharing, Super Socializer is worth checking out.

5. Revive Old Post

Revive Old Post
What happens to your blog posts after you publish them? In a perfect world, they remain relevant in terms of SEO forever, but that doesn’t necessarily help you out on social media.

Here’s another question for you. How are you deciding what to share on your social platforms each day? It’s not always easy to come up with ideas for social media posts.

The Revive Old Post WordPress plugin by Revive Social provides a solution to both of these questions. This plugin automatically shares your previously published content on your social media platforms like:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Tumblr
  • Pinterest

Revive Old Post can share more than just your blog posts. It can also share pages, custom posts, and media from your website. The plugin will automatically fetch images from your content and attach them to the social media post.

You’ll have complete control over how each post is shared. Maybe you just want the title of your post or page. Some of you may want more, such as a hashtag or additional text.

Revive Old Post can be integrated with your Google Analytics profile. This is ideal for campaign tracking to see how well these links are performing. Overall, it’s a great way to automate your social media posting while simultaneously driving traffic to your website.

BONUS: Revive Network

Revive Social has another plugin, called the Revive Network. This plugin is designed specifically for Facebook and Twitter. It’s made for sharing content from other websites in your industry on social media. This is a great way to expand your professional network, in addition to sharing relevant information on your website. It’s great for those of you who don’t have an active blog or lots of content of your own.

6. Kiwi Social Share

Kiwi Social Share

Kiwi Social Share is designed for the average WordPress user. If you’re looking for a plugin that’s easy to install, setup, and won’t confuse you with too many complex features, you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at this option.

With Kiwi Social Share, you’ll be able to create custom icons for social media sharing on your website. You can customize the position of the icons, as well as enable a floating bar that’s always in view. Kiwi Social Share also gives you the option to change the size and shape of the sharing buttons.

It has a “click to tweet” function for specific phrases as well. So if you’re writing a blog and want to highlight one of your favorite quotes, users can share that quote via Twitter with a link back to your blog.

Kiwi Social Share doesn’t slow down your website and lets you create social sharing icons that are visually appealing to your visitors. Installing this plugin puts you in a great position to increase engagement on your website and gain more exposure on social media.

Top features to look for in a social media WordPress plugin

Before we analyze specific plugins, I want to take a moment to identify some of the functionalities to keep your eye on when searching for a social media plugin:

Social icons — This shows your website visitors that you have social media pages. If they click on an icon, they’ll automatically be directed to the corresponding profile.

Social logins — Allow people to sign into customer profiles using their social media accounts. This makes it easier on your customers since they won’t have to create brand new usernames and passwords to access content on your website.

Social sharing icons — Website visitors can share content from your site to their social media profiles with just one click.

Social feeds — Showcase your social media feeds directly on your website. This feature gives your website visitors an idea of what to expect if they follow your profiles.

Social locking — Restrict your best content with a social locking tool. Content can be unlocked if a website visitor makes a specified action, such as following you or sharing content on social media.

Social comments — Enhance the conversation in your comments section by adding social media comments to your posts. This is a great way to drive engagement and get more blog comments.

Automated posting — Instead of manually posting your website content on social media, you can take advantage of plugins that do this for you.

Now that you know the top features of the best social media WordPress plugins, it’s time to check out the top options to consider.

Conclusion

It’s obvious that your website and social media profiles need to be working together to generate optimal results. So what’s the best social media WordPress plugin? It depends on what you’re looking for.

Some of you might just want to add something simple, like social sharing icons to your blog posts or Instagram feeds to your landing pages. While others might be looking for features that are a bit more advanced, like restricting content based on social media actions.

Maybe you want an all-in-one plugin that also has features like social signups and logins.

Do you want to automate your social media posts with your previously published content? There’s a plugin for that too.

As you can see from this guide, there’s a social media WordPress plugin for everyone based on your specific needs. Now, share this post with a friend who needs it. Naturally, there are social buttons right here for you to do just that.

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Best WordPress Directory Plugin – 2020

Want to jump straight to the answer? We suggest Business Directory Plugin and GeoDirectory for the best WordPress directory plugin. 

The Internet is full of directories. In fact, your website might already be listed on some directories right now.

Directories like Yelp help consumers find a restaurant or service in their area. While a directory like Angie’s List connects people with contractors for things like electrical work, landscaping, and plumbing.

Both of these websites are very different—and they are both directories.

Regardless of your business type or industry, there’s a good chance you can find a way to implement a directory on your website. Law firms use website directories to list their lawyers and employees. Real estate companies have directories for their listings as well as their agents. A retail chain probably has an online directory for its store locations.

If you’re using WordPress, adding a directory to your website is simple. You just need to install a plugin.

Key features of a WordPress directory plugin

Since the word “directory” is so vague and has tons of potential applications, it can be a bit challenging at times to find the best WordPress directory plugin for your website. So before I go through my list of the top options for you to consider, I want to briefly explain what to look for in a directory plugin.

  • Payment options (for those of you who will charge for directory listings)
  • Location-based searches with integrated maps
  • Fully customizable form fields
  • Easy ways to add and adjust directory listings
  • Ways for customers to rate and review businesses
  • Back-end tools
  • Front-end submission features
  • Shortcodes that make it easy to add a directory anywhere on your site
  • Media support

You won’t necessarily need every feature on this list. It really depends on your company, your website’s purpose, and the type of directory you’re trying to create. As we continue through this guide, you’ll see these features and many more offered by the directory plugins I’ve listed. So use this list as a reference to help you find the best WordPress directory plugin for your site.

The 6 Best WordPress Directory Plugins

  • Business Directory Plugin
  • GeoDirectory
  • Advanced Classifieds & Directory Pro
  • Toolset Directory
  • LDD Directory Lite
  • Directories Pro

Below are my in-depth reviews of the six best WordPress directory plugins:

Business Directory Plugin

Business Directory Plugin

The Business Directory Plugin is an all-in-one option for WordPress directories. It offers some of the key features that I look for in a directory plugin:

    • Media support
    • Customized form fields
  • Payment processing

You can also purchase add-ons to enhance your directory with the Business Directory Plugin. If you’re going to use these add-ons, I’d recommend buying the package. The combo pack is $ 199.99 for a single site and $ 399.99 for multiple sites. It may sound pricey initially, but considering the price for each add-on starts at $ 69.99 and $ 139.98 (for a single site and multiple sites, respectively), it’s actually a great deal.

They have add-ons for premium features like:

  • 2Checkout gateway
  • Discount codes
  • Ability for businesses to claim listings on your site, similar to Yelp
  • Google Maps integration
  • File attachments module
  • PayPal gateway
  • Ratings
  • Stripe integration

Even though you’ll have the option for premium add-ons, you can install and use this plugin right out of the box for free. The plugin also comes with a built-in reCAPTCHA tool to avoid spam listings on your directory.

The Business Directory Plugin also has a featured-levels module. This is perfect for those of you who are using this directory to generate recurring sales by implementing subscriptions. Here’s how it works: You can set up your site to offer specific features for paid listings. For example, a business that pays to be listed can have unlimited character counts, images, and maps, whereas a free listing wouldn’t get these features. Business Directory Plugin even lets you specify between payment tiers based on the features you offer.

This  plugin really gives you all of the tools that you need to compete with the giant names in the directory industry. I’m not saying that all of you should try to be the next Yelp or TripAdvisor, but if that’s your goal, you should definitely consider trying the Business Directory Plugin. I think it’d be super smart to create a directory in a very niche area that’s not well-represented or easily searched for in an existing directory.

GeoDirectory

GeoDirectory

GeoDirectory has one of my favorite search interfaces of all the directory plugins on the market. With GeoDirectory, you’re able to create a massive global directory on your website. This is a great option for those of you who are looking for a free WordPress directory plugin as well.

They make it easy for website visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for without sacrificing the look and visual appeal of your website.

This plugin offers a front-end form that allows other businesses and users to submit listings, so scaling your directory is limitless.

When someone searches for a business on your website, the listings are displayed by proximity, so users can see the closest and most relevant options to them first.

As the name implies, GeoDirectory is integrated with Google Maps. There is a large and clickable map next to every listing in the directory. Users can find directions to the location directly from that map without having to leave your website.

While most of the features are free, you can buy add-ons for things like:

  • Paid listings
  • Reviews
  • Multi location support
  • Advanced search
  • Events
  • Option for businesses to “claim” their listing

GeoDirectory is also multi-site compatible, so I recommend it to developers who will add it to their clients’ sites or to those of you who plan to build a network of directories.

If you’re building your directory website from scratch, you could also consider purchasing the directory themes from GeoDirectory as well. But, this plugin will work with any theme, so you’re not obligated.

Merchants with listings on your directory will have access to Google Analytics data. This feature will show them how much your site is helping their company. You can use that to potentially justify your pricing if you plan to charge for listings.

Overall, GeoDirectory is a top option for anyone who wants to build a large and scalable business directory.

Advanced Classifieds & Directory Pro

Advanced Classifieds & Directory Pro

Advanced Classifieds & Directory Pro made my list is because its potential applications are seemingly endless. You can use it as a platform for classifieds, similar to Craigslist, or go a completely different direction and use this plugin for something like a directory of movie ratings. Maybe you want to add a travel guide directory, wedding directory, restaurant guide, or real estate portal to your website. All of these options are possible with the Advanced Classifieds & Directory Pro plugin for WordPress.

Similar to other plugins on our list, Advanced Classifieds & Directory Pro is free to install. But it offers premium add-on features that you can purchase. One of my favorite add-on features is the listings slider.

The plugin has a user-friendly interface for businesses to manage their listings on your website. This area also lets those businesses see their payment history and renew their listings directly from the platform. This plugin can integrate with Stripe, PayPal, and WooCommerce for payment processing, and even supports offline payments, meaning you can accept checks from local businesses that don’t want to pay online. This can be a way for you to save some money by avoiding a payment processing add-on. Merchants will automatically be notified via email when their listings expire. They will also receive a confirmation message when payments have been received.

Advanced Classifieds & Directory Pro lets you organize listings by category, which is something you should take advantage of. An advanced search widget is also available from Advanced Classifieds and Directory Pro, so users can narrow their options by category, location, keywords, and more. All of these flexible features make this one of the best WordPress directory plugins you’ll come across.

Toolset Directory

Toolset Directory provides all of the key features you will need for an advanced directory website without using complex PHP coding.

The plugin is targeted at both experienced programmers and coding novices. Developers will be able to add features such as front-end forms quickly and without needing to waste valuable time coding PHP. Meanwhile, beginners will be able to create complex directory websites that they didn’t think were possible for someone of their level.

Use Toolset Directory to create a number of features including:

  • Custom post types, fields and taxonomies
  • Custom search with multiple filters
  • Maps with distance filters
  • Front-end forms
  • Paid listings
  • Email notifications
  • Payment support thanks to WooCommerce integration

It’s easy to customize these features as well. For example, you have flexibility over how your search results are displayed – whether it’s in a grid, a table or on a map.

If you are building a multilingual directory website then you will be pleased to know that Toolset Directory was created by the team behind WPML so they are completely compatible.

Toolset Directory is also integrated with other popular plugins such as Elementor, WooCommerce and Yoast SEO. In addition, it works with the major themes on WordPress.

The full Toolset Directory package on three websites costs $ 149. But its versatility means that you can use it to also build other types of websites such as e-commerce, membership and brochure websites. Therefore, you don’t need to download multiple plugins if you are planning on building various websites.

LDD Directory Lite

LDD Directory Lite

LDD Directory Lite is extremely easy to install, which means you can get a directory up and running on your site in just minutes.

It’s another free WordPress directory plugin with add-on options available for purchase. Compared to some of the other plugins out there, these premium upgrades are fairly inexpensive, ranging around $ 10 to $ 20.

The LDD Directory Lite shortcode makes it possible for you to add a directory to any page or post on your WordPress site. Once the shortcode is added, the directory gets generated automatically. This solution makes it one of the most lightweight (hence the name) directory plugins available.

Once the plugin is installed, you have seemingly endless customization options. You completely control how the directory looks and feels on your site. Some of the top add-ons include social media and Google Maps integrations.

By using this plugin, you’ll benefit from a modern design. It’s ideal for WordPress users who aren’t too tech-savvy and don’t want to play around with confusing features, but still want a good looking result.

LDD Directory Lite is compatible for front-end submissions. It’s easy for website visitors to view your listings and navigate without any trouble as well.

You can set up email notifications related to listings. Businesses that have listings on your site have the power to customize and make edits from the front end as well.

I recommend it to anyone who wants a simple directory plugin that’s powerful and won’t weigh down your website.

Directories Pro

Directories Pro

Last, but not least, is the Directories Pro WordPress plugin. It’s extremely responsive and uses caching to optimize the performance of the directories from both desktop and mobile devices.

The plugin offers an advanced search and filter for your visitors. You can even enable an auto-suggest feature in the search forms.

All of the fields are completely customizable. Each listing can have fields like tags, locations, reviews, and categories.

One of the best features of Directories Pro is the content display editor. It’s easy for you to use the drag and drop editing options to customize the directory without having to use any code. Some of the other top features include:

  • Map integration
  • Paid listings
  • Claim listings
  • CSV import and export
  • Customized email notifications

With Directories Pro, customers can rate and review the listings on your directory without having to register, login, or create an account. So you’ll likely get more reviews that will improve your directory.

It’s easy to build multiple directories with this plugin as well. You also have the option to clone or migrate your directories from one site to another. All of these features make Directories Pro one of the best WordPress directory plugins for developers and average users alike.

Conclusion

There are so many different ways to add a directory to your website.

Some of you might be trying to create giant business directories that will compete with the big players in this industry. Other websites will create local directories in niche categories. You might even just want a directory for something simple, like your staff.

Regardless of your situation, you can add a directory to your WordPress site with ease by installing a plugin. So use this guide to narrow your search. Look for the option that has the specific features you need to help you find the best WordPress directory plugin for your website. If you are planning to create a large directory make sure you have a fast web host. Check out my list of the best wordpress hosting companies if you need a new host.

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Best WordPress Booking Plugin – (Review Updated for 2020)

I’ll get straight to the point. If your company takes reservations or appointments, you need an online booking system — period.

Take a moment to analyze your current process. How does a customer schedule their appointment?

Without an online booking system, I’m willing to bet that the process looks something like this:

  1. The customer looks up your phone number.
  2. If they’re lucky, someone answers quickly. Otherwise, they wait on hold or reach your voicemail.
  3. The customer explains the service they’re looking for and asks for your availability.
  4. After some back and forth discussion repeating dates and times, the customer scrambles to find a piece of paper to write on so they don’t forget.

That’s assuming you can clearly understand each other over the phone. We all know sometimes it’s difficult to hear based on things like reception, accents, and background noise. Oh yeah — that’s also assuming nobody else called you while you were on the phone. Then you’re forced to let the incoming call go to voicemail, or place your current caller on hold.

Each time someone calls, it takes you away from the task you’re working on. Sure, there are some alternative solutions. You could pay someone to sit by a phone and answer calls all day. But do you really want to incur that added cost? This still isn’t your most efficient option.

Why you need a WordPress booking plugin

Adding a booking plugin to your WordPress site will do more than just improve your operational efficiency. This new system will optimize the customer experience.

Roughly 70% of consumers prefer booking appointments online.

Online Booking

Furthermore, 36% of people said that waiting on hold too long when booking over the phone was their biggest pain point for scheduling appointments and 20% of people said the biggest inconvenience was having to wait to call during office hours to book.

By adding a booking plugin to your WordPress site, you’ll eliminate more than half of the biggest pain points for consumers while simultaneously providing them with their most preferred booking option.

When evaluating a new service provider, 94% of consumers say they are more likely to choose one that has online booking options compared to a provider that doesn’t.

In short, adding online booking options to your website will:

  • Improve your efficiency
  • Enhance the customer experience
  • Reduce the time it takes to book appointments
  • Increase the chances of getting new customers
  • Give you a competitive advantage

I think I’ve made myself clear. Now that you know the importance of having a WordPress booking plugin, you need to install one to your site.

How do you choose? What’s the best WordPress booking plugin?

Use this guide as a reference to help you decide which one is the best for your business.

1. Bookly

Bookly

Bookly is fully customizable and extremely responsive. Its sleek design on both the front and backend is modern and visually appealing.

One of the features that makes Bookly one of the best WordPress booking plugins is the option for different employees to create custom pricing and availability. For example, let’s say you own a gym. Each personal trainer can set their own rates. Your customers would have the option to choose the trainer they want from a dropdown menu when booking a session.

From the user end, Bookly takes them through a quick four-step process on your website.

  1. Select the service with the options for categories and employees, if applicable.
  2. Choose a date and time.
  3. Enter personal details like name, phone, email, and additional notes.
  4. Pay.

That’s right. Bookly even processes payments or deposits. This is great for those of you who are getting lots of no-show appointments and missing out on those earnings. If you don’t want to force your customers to pay in advance, you can set an option for paying on-site at the appointment.

You can also set up automatic text and email notifications with Bookly. Those notifications remind the customer as well as your staff members about upcoming appointments.

Bookly also lets your customers translate the booking process into their native language. This solves the problem that I talked about earlier in terms of having trouble communicating with certain customers over the phone.

Bookly lets you create promo codes to discount your services. The plugin tracks all of the data, so you can determine which deals are working the best.

With Bookly, customers can set up recurring appointments, get added to a waiting list pending cancellations, attach files, and rate your services. This WordPress plugin even has a feature for group booking.

Overall, Bookly is one of the most complete WordPress booking plugins you’ll find.

2. EDD Bookings

EDD Bookings

EDD Bookings is definitely another top option to consider. In addition to booking standard services, this plugin is great for those of you who offer rentals.

Maybe you have a business by the beach and rent out bikes, skateboards, surfboards, and paddleboards by the hour. All of this can be managed through your website with the EDD Bookings plugin.

It’s one of the easiest plugins to integrate into your ecommerce platform. For those of you who are already using Easy Digital Downloads solutions for ecommerce, I highly recommend this plugin.

Customers can book appointments or rentals in just seconds on your website with EDD Bookings. All they need to do is:

  1. Choose the appointment type or equipment type.
  2. Pick a date.
  3. Select a time.

It’s as simple as that.

The EDD Bookings plugin makes it easy for you to manage all of your appointments in one place with different calendar views. They provide you with extensive details for your day, week, and month. You can color code your appointments as well to keep track of different types of services.

The plugin integrates with payment gateways, email lists, Zapier, and Slack as well. EDD will also provide you with reports and detailed analytics. EDD Bookings has a responsive design for desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

Compared to other similar plugins, it’s very affordable. Pricing for the EDD Bookings plugin starts at $ 80 per year.

3. Booqable

Booqable gives you everything you need for your rental business. Once you add the plugin to your WordPress site, you can start accepting rantals immediately. It works with any theme and is super easy to set up.

You’ll be able to get rentals going today, that’s how easy it is.

Booqable

It has a host of other features too:

  • Request a quote: if you’d prefer to send quotes instead of letting customers book directly, that’s built right in.
  • Embed products: add individual products or collections for rental.
  • Mobile friendly: the plugin works beautifully on every mobile device.
  • Control your rentrals: add blockout dates, time slots, and prevent last minute reservations.
  • Real-time availability: time slots and stock are tracked automatically so nothing is every double booked.
  • Advanced pricing: Easily set up flat-rates, fixed fees, and any other pricing structure you want.
  • Built-in payments: Accept payments from Stripe, Paypal, all major credits cards.
  • Customizable design: Easily match the plugin to the design of your brand. It’ll look like a seamless experience that you had custom-built from a professional designer. It also works with any WordPress theme.

The Booqable plugin comes for free once you sign up for Booqable’s rental software. It’s a perfect way to get a fully-featured rental tool along with an amazing WordPress plugin to make installation really easy.

4. Booked

Booked

The Booked WordPress plugin makes it easy for customers to book appointments on your website. I like this plugin because it comes with great add-ons for things like integrating payment options with WooCommerce, calendar integrations with Google Calendars and iCal, as well as front-end appointment management.

It’s a great option for beginners because it’s essentially ready to go right out of the box. You don’t need to worry about any custom coding. The interface is smooth and easy to navigate.

Booked makes it easy for you to add custom time slots to your schedule. This is great for adding in holidays or vacation days. The plugin also comes with some great shortcodes, making it possible to embed your booking calendar nearly anywhere on your site.

Booked is another option for managing calendars for multiple members of your staff. So let’s say you own a barbershop or hair salon. Customers can book with their preferred stylist online with ease.

This plugin also offers guest booking, so website visitors don’t need to be registered or logged into their profile in order to schedule a service or appointment on your website.

5. Booking Calendar

Booking Calendar

Booking Calendar has been around for ten years and is a top solution for those of you who are in the hospitality industry.

In addition to appointments, this plugin is commonly used to book stays at hotels, resorts, or a bed and breakfast. That’s because the system is designed to accommodate days-long  bookings, as opposed to just an hour time slot for an appointment. Not every WordPress booking plugin offers this feature.

Booking Calendar is extremely responsive on both the frontend and backend. For those of you who aren’t too tech-savvy, you shouldn’t have any problems installing this plugin to your WordPress website. All you need to do is insert the booking shortcode into a page or post on your site.

Your bookings are stored in the Booking Calendar dashboard, so you won’t need any third-party services or accounts to manage them.

The plugin will automatically prevent double bookings based on this information. Again, this is ideal for those of you who are offering a service such as rooms in a hotel building.

Booking Calendar supports multiple languages, so you can accommodate website traffic that’s coming from other countries. The plugin also syncs with third-party platforms such as Booking.com and TripAdvisor, to make sure your availability dates are updated in real-time all over the Internet.

6. Team Booking

Team Booking

As the name implies, the Team Booking plugin is designed to accommodate the booking schedules of multiple members on your staff. We’ve seen some other plugins on our list that have this feature, but none that have it has their primary point of emphasis.

Team Booking integrates with Google Calendar, which makes it easy for managing appointments based on everyone’s unique availability.

But don’t let that that dissuade you if you’re a solopreneur. While this plugin was designed with teams in mind, you can still use it on your own if you’re providing an individual service.

This plugin allows you to set up multiple form fields to collect additional information about your customers.

Team Booking also has a map feature, which is another differentiating element. When a customer books an appointment, the map can pop up with the location. All of the directions are displayed in real time from the customer’s address.

You can collect payments or deposits with Team Booking as well. The plugin is supported by PayPal and Stripe.

Team Booking is a top choice for those of you who don’t want to spend a ton of money on a booking plugin. Pricing for this license starts at $ 28.

7. Amelia

Amelia

Amelia is an automated booking specialist. This plugin is great for those of you who offer multiple types of services.

For example, let’s say you own a car repair center. Your customers can schedule things like tire rotations, oil changes, brake replacements, and other services that you offer. You can even set it up so they can choose a specific mechanic to service their vehicle, based on availability, of course.

This plugin is also great for law consultants. Your clients can schedule meetings based on the type of help they need. You can collect deposits and payments through this booking plugin as well.

As you can see, the applications for Amelia reach far and wide. Its versatility makes it one of the best WordPress booking plugins on the market.

You can install Amelia to your WordPress site in just a few clicks. You don’t need to be a technology wizard or have experience with coding to get it up and running.

I also like how this plugin has an administrative dashboard that lets you track and measure KPIs with graphs, tables, and charts. This provides you with deep insights into your performance.

The design of the booking calendar is completely customizable, so you can choose the colors and other design elements that compliment your website color schemes.

Conclusion

You need to have online booking options on your website. If you’re not allowing online booking, you’re leaving money on the table. Now that you’re aware of the importance of this feature, it’s time to find a plugin that fits your needs.

What’s the best WordPress booking plugin?

The answer will vary based on who you ask. I created this with all different types of businesses in mind. Depending on your needs, I’m confident you can find what you’re looking for.

  • Do you want to collect payments with your plugin?
  • Do you need to manage appointments for multiple staff members?
  • Are your customers booking a service, making a reservation, or renting equipment?

Some plugins specialize in these features, so think these questions through and install a plugin that meets the needs of your business.

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Best WordPress Cache Plugin – (Review Updated for 2020)

How fast is your website?

You might think your website is fast — but how fast is fast enough? You may be surprised that 47% of Internet users expect web pages to load in two seconds or less and they mean it: 40% of people will abandon websites that don’t load within three seconds.

That’s right. A second could cost you 40% of your website traffic. And of the 40% of visitors who abandon your site, 80% of those people won’t return.

Let’s say your website has 1,000 unique visitors per week. You have a 5% conversion rate, and your average order value is $ 100.

This translates to $ 5,000 per week and $ 260,000 per year. Not bad, right?

But if your website took longer than 3 seconds to load, you’d lose 40% of that traffic, and you’d actually earn $ 104,000 less than that.

Bottom line: Slow loading times could be costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

Fortunately, there’s a way for you to speed up your website loading times. What’s the solution? Caching.

What is caching?

Let’s start with the basics. A request to your server is required each time someone visits a page on your site. The server sends those results to the user’s web browser.

On the user’s end, they see your website as the final product. Your website is complete with things like headers, menus, images, videos, blog content, and everything else that makes your site unique.

The server needs to process each request before delivering the final page to the user. Depending on the complexity of your website, sometimes this can take a long time.

That’s where caching comes into the equation. Caching stores recently viewed content, such as a web page, so server requests won’t be as in depth.

Here’s a visual representation of what caching looks like.

What Caching Looks Like

Simply put, caching means less work is required for pages to be viewed on your website. As a result, your site will load much faster.

Why do you need a WordPress caching plugin?

Without a WordPress caching plugin, requests for every element of your website need to be made to the server each time someone visits your site, even if they’ve seen the content before.

A caching plugin will:

  • Speed up your website
  • Increase the user experience
  • Reduce the strain on your server
  • Improve SEO
  • Lower your TTFB (time to first byte)

Caching plugins will generate a static HTML page of your site, which will be saved on your server. Whenever someone visits your site, the plugin will display the lighter HTML version as opposed to the heavy PHP scripts.

There are tons of caching plugins out there that claim to speed up your website. How can you possibly know which one to install? Truthfully, it’s nearly impossible to determine which plugin is the fastest. Depending on the website content, what works for one site may not work as well for another. With that said, there are definitely certain caching plugins that stand above the rest. I took the time to identify the best WordPress cache plugins for you to consider.

The 5 Best WordPress Cache Plugin

After reviewing dozens of the top WordPress cache plugins, I’ve narrowed it down to the five very best ones. They are:

  • W3 Total Cache
  • WP Rocket
  • WP Super Cache
  • Hyper Cache
  • Comet Cache

Check out our in-depth reviews below for more on each.

1. W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache

With more than one million active installs, W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular WordPress cache plugins on the market.

W3 Total Cache is an open-source plugin, which is completely free to use. A free install gives you access to all of the features, and you won’t be pitched any upsells after the fact.

I included this on my list of best WordPress cache plugins because it offers minifications that save bandwidth, HTTP compression, as well as feed optimization.

This plugin works for both mobile and desktop versions of your website. W3 Total Cache integrates with your website’s CDN. It’s also helpful for sites with SSL certificates, making it a top choice for ecommerce websites.

You should keep in mind that W3 Total Cache can be a bit complex to use. Even though it’s a popular choice, it may not be the best option for WordPress beginners. There are 16 pages in the settings section of this plugin, for example. However, you won’t have to manually configure all of these options. The default settings work well right out of the box. So unless you’re a developer who has lots of experience with these options, I’d recommend sticking to the defaults.

If you want that type of added customization, there is a separate setting for each type of caching. You can have different settings for things like:

  • Object caching
  • Page caching
  • Browser caching
  • Database caching

The list goes on and on. It’s tough to find this type of in-depth customization for free on other WordPress cache plugins.

2. WP Rocket

WP Rocket

WP Rocket has the simplest design of all cache plugins for WordPress. You won’t have any problems installing this plugin and getting it set up quickly. The overall simplicity of WP Rocket is what makes it one of the best WordPress cache plugins, which is why it’s great for beginners.

With that said, WP Rocket also has advanced settings that can be customized by developers or site owners who have a bit more technical knowledge.

Pricing starts at $ 49 per year for one website. WP Rocket also has a developer plan that’s $ 249 annually for unlimited sites.

I know what some of you are thinking, Why should I pay for this when there are so many free WordPress cache plugins available?

Simply put, you get what you pay for. For $ 50 per year, I’d rather have a plugin with an easy setup and smooth interface. Plus, WP Rocket comes with extra features that you won’t find in free cache plugins. It indexes your website on search engines to help improve your SEO ranking and all JavaScript, HTML, and CSS files get minified to boost page loading speed. Another benefit of this plugin is the “images on request” feature. This means that images only get loaded when they are visible on the screen. So if you have pages with lots of images deeper in the scroll, they won’t be loaded initially. This dramatically improves your loading time. This plugin also helps optimize your Google Fonts, which is something that’s not offered by most cache plugins I’ve used.

Overall, WP Rocket is one of the best WordPress cache plugins for beginners and experienced developers alike.

3. WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache has more than two million active installations. I’m not saying you should always follow what other people are doing, but numbers this high are usually a pretty good indication of quality.

This plugin is completely free as well. So it’s a great option if you’re hesitant about spending money on a WordPress plugin.

WP Super Cache creates static HTML files and displays them instead of heavier PHP scripts. The plugin offers three different modes of caching:

  • Simple
  • Expert
  • WP-cache caching

Most of you can get away with using simple mode. You’ll need a custom permalink, but this option is much easier to configure and doesn’t require you to change your .htaccess file. The majority of web pages will still be dynamic in simple caching mode.

As you might have guessed, expert mode is a bit more complex. Unless you’re experienced with coding and web development, I would not recommend this setting to you. It requires an Apache mod_rewrite module as well as modifications to your .htaccess file. If you don’t know what you’re doing, improper modifications of these files can be detrimental to your website.

WP-cache caching mode is used to cache content for known website visitors. This is ideal for those of you who have users who are logged in, leave comments, or need to be shown custom content.

If you don’t want to things to get too complicated, you can always just stick with simple mode, but the fact that WP Super Cache has so many other options makes it one of the best WordPress caching plugins.

4. Hyper Cache

Hyper Cache

Hyper Cache was designed with WordPress blogs in mind. It will work on every blog, without any complex configurations. Hyper Cache optimizes your bandwidth and ultimately boosts the page loading speed of your WordPress blog.

You can install Hyper Cache with ease and the process is very fast. I’d say this is one of the best WordPress cache plugins for users who are beginners and don’t want to manage tons of different cache settings. With this plugin, you can implement the “set it and forget it” mentality. So once you have it installed, you don’t have to do much of anything after the initial configuration.

You’ll notice that some of the settings may have some odd names that you’re unfamiliar with but Hyper Cache comes provides recommendations and detailed information about which should be activated and how each setting impacts your website.

Like some of the other options on our list, Hyper Cache is free. It offers CDN support and has mobile-friendly caching as well. It’s a great tool to have for those of you who have blogs with lots of comments.

Something that I found interesting about Hyper Cache is the way that this plugin completes website backups. The cache folders aren’t included in your backups, meaning the backup files will be smaller and save you space.

While this plugin should be a top consideration for WordPress bloggers, I wouldn’t recommend it for more complex sites, such as ecommerce platforms. If you fall into that category, you’d be better off with a more advanced plugin from this list.

5. Comet Cache

Comet Cache

Comet Cache has a quick and easy installation process. Once installed, you’ll find that the navigation on the dashboard is extremely user friendly.

I like this plugin because it’s so informative. You’ll find tons of resources that will tell you everything there is to know about caching. This will help you configure the settings to optimize the performance of your own WordPress site.

You’ll have plenty of different options for caching with Comet Cache:

  • Pages
  • Posts
  • Tags
  • Categories

If you’re looking for simple customization, this plugin is definitely one that you should consider. The ability to cache users who are logged in makes Comet Cache a top option for membership websites.

Comet Cache has both free and paid versions. Most of you can probably get away with the free WordPress plugin, but the paid upgrades offer better features. If you upgrade your plugin, you’ll have the option for automatic and intelligent cache clearing. Basically, this feature allows you to configure all of your settings from the beginning, and then have a “hands-free” approach moving forward.

Conclusion

Installing a WordPress cache plugin will boost your website speed and improve the user experience. Now that we’ve established why caching plugins are important, the question becomes, Which is the best WordPress cache plugin?

It depends what you’re looking for. Some plugins are designed for ecommerce websites, while others are intended for WordPress blogs. Some cache plugins are made for beginners, while others have more complex settings for advanced developers.

Do you want a free WordPress cache plugin? Or are you looking for a paid version?

Based on all of this information, I narrowed down my list to the top five options to consider. There is something for everyone on this list, based on the type of website you have, your technical experience, and the type of settings you want to apply. Use this guide as a reference to help you find the best WordPress cache plugin for your website.

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