How to Add a Trello-Like Kanban Board in WordPress

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Do you want to add a Trello-like Kanban board to your WordPress website? Keeping track of your team’s projects, monitoring sales progress, and staying in touch with existing customers can be challenging if you are not organized. In this article, we will share how you can streamline your workflows by creating a Trello-like Kanban board in WordPress.

Trello-Like Kanban Board WordPress

What is a Kanban Board?

A Kanban board is a workflow visualization tool that helps you optimize your processes and track progress of each task, no matter how complex they are.

Simple Kanban boards consist of three columns labeled To Do, In Progress, and Done. Each column represents a different stage in the workflow process. You can add individual tasks in the respective column.

The individual task item moves horizontally across the board as each stage is performed until it reaches the Done column. This is where the workflow ends and the project is considered complete.

Why Use a Kanban Board in WordPress?

There are several reasons why you might want to add a Kanban board to your WordPress website. For example, they offer an easy way to organize workflows, boost productivity amongst teams, and create a way for people to focus on what needs to be done and in what order.

More specifically, you might consider using a Kanban board in WordPress for the following reasons:

  • Project Management. If you work with a team and each member is responsible for separate tasks, then using a Kanban board helps organize those tasks and keep everyone productive. You can visually see the status of every project, at every stage, at any time.
  • Track Sales Goals. If you run a business that relies on sales revenue, then using a Kanban board allows you to work smarter, not harder. You just need to determine individual steps for attracting new customers, pitching sales, and securing transactions. From there, watch your sales team perform and see where improvements are needed.
  • Editorial Calendar. Publishing consistent content on your WordPress website is crucial for driving traffic to your site, engaging visitors, and converting readers into customers. You can plan ahead with a Kanban board and assign tasks to your team so content is ready to go when you need it.
  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management). Staying on top of existing customer relationships, as well as garnering new ones, is important for any business to succeed. You can add a Kanban board in WordPress with tasks related to reaching out to old customers, addressing questions and concerns of potential customers, and generating more leads that can help close additional sales and boost revenue.

As you can see, using a Kanban board for your WordPress website is a great way to become more productive all around, no matter what your end goals are.

While there are several third-party Kanban board solutions available like Trello, Jira, and Asana, some people prefer to keep everything in their WordPress site.

It helps keep things centralized and saves money on third-party services.

Having that said, let’s take a look at how to create a Trello-like Kanban board in WordPress.

How to Add a Kanban Board in WordPress

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Kanban Boards for WordPress plugin. For more details on how to do that, see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will be prompted with an option to choose which type of Kanban board you plan to set up.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Kanban Board Types

You have the option to choose from Project Management, Editorial Calendar, Job Applicant Tracking, Sales Pipeline, Basic, and Custom. Each option comes with their own set of statuses, which can be customized to your liking.

Once you decide which one you would like to use, select Set it up!. For this example, we are going to use the Basic Kanban board option which has the statuses of To Do, Doing, and Done.

Configure Your General Settings

After you choose which pre-designed Kanban board you want to use, you need to navigate to the Settings tab to configure your plugin settings.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings

Under the General tab, you will have the option to determine which increments of time you want users to track their progress in. For instance, we have chosen to track hours.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings, General

In this section, you will also decide things such as:

  • Whether to hide the time tracking
  • If you want to display task IDs
  • If you want all columns to display
  • Whether to use the default login screen or not

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings, General.2

Configure Your User Settings

Under the Users tab, you will first define who is allowed to make changes to the Kanban board. In addition, you need to determine who you want to assign new tasks to.

For example, assign tasks to the user that creates the task, the first user to move the task, or a single user. You also have the option to assign new tasks to no one.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings, Users, Permissions

Once configured, go ahead and click on Save your Settings.

If you scroll down a bit, you will notice the section for creating new users. You can create a user by adding information such as their username, email, and first/last names.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings, Users, Add User

Once you have entered the information, click on the Add a user button and they will be immediately added to your Kanban board.

Configure Your Statuses Settings

Next, under the Statuses tab, you will customize your Kanban board in terms of column title, color, WIP, and whether to auto-archive.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings, Statuses

WIP or Work in Progress, is the allotted number of tasks in each column on your Kanban board. By pre-setting how many WIPs you want allowed per column, you prevent bottlenecking of work into one column and keep the workflow moving smoother.

For instance, if you would only like 3 new To Do tasks assigned at any one time, then you would configure that column’s WIP to be 3. Until one of those tasks is moved to the next column on the Kanban board, no one will be allowed to add another To Do task to that column.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings, Statuses, WIP

Once you are done, click on Save your Settings.

Configure Your Estimates Settings

Lastly, under the Estimates tab, you will decide the set points users will be allowed to choose from when deciding how long a particular task will take.

For instance, the default estimate settings include 2 hours, 4 hours, 1 day, 2 days, and 4 days.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Settings, Estimates

You can, however, change those estimates to whatever you want. You can also add another estimate by selecting Add another estimate.

Keep in mind, all estimates you define will show in your Kanban board in the order they are set.

After making any necessary changes, click on Save your Settings.

Add Tasks to Your Kanban Board

After all of your plugin’s settings have been configured, click on the Go to your board button.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - My Kanban Board

Since your Kanban board is brand new, it will look very empty at first. That’s because you need to start the workflow process by defining tasks in the To Do column.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Define a Task

You will also be able to estimate how long each task will take the assigned user.

Kanban Boards for WordPress Plugin - Define a Task, Estimates

From there, team members assigned tasks will be able to move them into the appropriate column labeled Doing, track the time it takes to complete the tasks, and lastly, move them into the Done column, signaling the task as complete.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily add a Trello-like Kanban board to your WordPress website. You may also want to see our list of must have WordPress plugins for every website.

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Why Can’t I Add or Install Plugins in WordPress?

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One of the most common questions we are asked by WordPress beginners is: “Why can’t I add plugins in WordPress?”. It usually follows up with how the user is seeing an upgrade message or that their admin area doesn’t have the plugins menu. If you’re encountering this issue, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we will explain why you cannot add or install plugins in WordPress.

Why Can't I Add or Install Plugins in WordPress

1. You are On WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a blog hosting service that offers a limited version of the popular self-hosted WordPress software. See our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org for more details.

WordPress.com users cannot install plugins unless they upgrade to the business plan which costs about $299 per year. If you are on a free, personal, or premium plan, then you cannot install third-party plugins.

WordPress.com plugins

If you don’t want to pay the $299 per year, then you can move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. If you need assistance in doing that, then use our free WordPress blog setup service (just make a note that you want us to transfer your site, and we will do it for free).

2. You are Facing Memory Limit Issue

The second most common scenario is that you can see and access the plugins menu but unable to install plugins.

The failure notice is usually caused by the PHP memory limit. There are settings in your WordPress hosting and inside your WordPress core that define the amount of memory a PHP script can use. When a process reaches this limit, it either gets terminated or it gives an error like this:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 67108864 bytes exhausted

The quick fix to this problem is increasing your PHP memory limit. You can do that by adding this line to your wp-config.php file:

define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M');

For more detailed instructions, see our guide on how to fix WordPress memory exhausted error.

3. User Role Restrictions

WordPress comes with a built-in user role management system. Sometimes web developers don’t give administrator access to their clients. Instead, they create an editor account for them.

Administrator vs Editor dashboard in WordPress

Only administrators can install and activate plugins on a WordPress site. If you are the owner of the website, then you need to ask your developer to make sure that you have administrator permissions.

4. You are on a Multi Site Network

Another possible reason as to why you can’t see the plugins menu in WordPress could be that your site is part of a WordPress multi-site network, and the network admin has disabled the plugins menu item on network sites.

Installing plugins on multisite network

It is pretty much the same scenario as WordPress.com. The network admins need to consider the server stability, WordPress security, and load balancing issues. To solve this problem, you can ask your network administrator to install plugins for you.

For more on this topic, see our guide on why do you not see all plugins on WordPress multisite installs

We hope this article helped you learn why you can’t add or install plugins in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of must have WordPress plugins for your website.

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Running BBS Door Games on Windows 10 with GameSrv, DOSBox, plus telnet fun with WSL

I continue to enjoy seeing what can be done with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) but even more fun is combining CMD.exe (the Windows console), Ubuntu on Windows (WSL), and DOSBox (an x86 emulator that lets you run OLD programs in original DOS that no…

Example of a BBS home screenI continue to enjoy seeing what can be done with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) but even more fun is combining CMD.exe (the Windows console), Ubuntu on Windows (WSL), and DOSBox (an x86 emulator that lets you run OLD programs in original DOS that no longer run natively on Windows). What kind of cool stuff can I do today?

I did a lightning talk this week at NDC London where I started with a text file that included a CR/LF, Git autocrlf, then talked about typewriters, what a Carriage really is, then the Teletype Model 33, the Altair 8800, the ASCII chart, then ANSI art, and finally moved on to BBS's and BBS Door Games. I'll do a more extensive post later and I'm going to turn this into a full conference talk, but for the demo I ran a few BBS Door Games under Windows 10. Why? Because it's awesome and history is lovely.

You can try setting up what I'm going to describe in this post, or you can try telnet'ing to a BBS like the CaveBBS here: telnet://cavebbs.homeip.net. You might also want to telnet://towel.blinkenlights.nl for ASCII-based Star Wars! Originally we would call (like literally dial-up one to one) a BBS but ubiquitous internet added telnet as a nice option that persists today. Door Games were ASCII/ANSI games that the BBS would shell out to, passing the connection over. When the game extended, the BBS picked up the phone and kept the connection. TradeWars is/was the most well-known Door Game and we'd play it for months. TradeWars was the Elite Dangerous of the BBS set. ;)

So the question is, could we play DOS-based 16-bit Door Games today? Yes.

GameSrv can be used to bring your old DOS based BBS server into the new millennium. It'll act as a front-end and accept telnet connections before passing them off to the DOS BBS software.

Rick Parrish has a BBS door game server for Windows and Linux that he's written in open source C# called GameSrv. You may know Rick from his fTelnet browser based app. fTelnet lets you connect to Bulletin Board Systems from the comfort of your browser. A locally-run cross-platform option for connecting to BBS's is SyncTERM.

Go get SyncTerm, Rick's GameSrv Full, as well as DOSBox 0.73. You'll be able to telnet into your BBS with Ubuntu's (Bash on Windows/WSL) built in Telnet but you may run into issues with local echo (you'll want to Ctrl-] then type "mode char") as well as some missing extended ASCII characters that BBS's loved to draw menus with. While WSL's ANSI support is good, these missing characters cause hiccups. SyncTerm is totally custom with a whole host of Bitmapped fonts and a lot of custom work around extended control sequences. You should also try out EtherTerm, Qodem and NetRunner as other cool BBS-friendly terminal options.

NOTE: One of the major challenges of the conhost (console host - the thing that paints the console window and hosts and paints text and handles keyboard input for bash/cmd/powershell) is that while there's lots of great console fonts, those fonts don't often include some of the obscure extended ASCII DOS characters that BBS's used to draw their menus. In order to find and render those glyphs, consoles will use "font fallback" and follow a tree of fonts, looking for the best glyph. As I understand it (I could be wrong) the current conhost - lovely as it is - doesn't yet support this. I think it should in order to be a complete and effective solution for telnet/ssh/etc.

Run GameSrvConsole and it will listen on localhost by default. You could setup a VM in Azure and run it there to make your BBS and Door Games available to the public if you'd like! Then, either "telnet localhost" or run "syncterm localhost" to access your BBS. You can "ALT-ENTER" to put Sync Term full screen, which is awesome.

Your new BBS

Once you sign up for your BBS with a new account, you can try out the Door Games menu. Selecting a Door Game will cause GameSrc to launch DOSBox and run the Door, while brokering the output back to your telnet client.

Running a Door Game - Ambroshia Test of Time

I'm heartened to see 20 year old BBS Door Games come to live on Windows 10. I'm going to see if my 10 and 12 year olds get a kick out of some of these adventure games.

An adventure door game

Finally, and slightly related, try "curl wttr.in/portland" in a large WSL (Linux) console. Lovely. I love stuff like this. Perhaps I'm easily impressed, or I just miss ASCII art.

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Head over to https://github.com/rickparrish/GameSrv and STAR his GitHub Repository and if you like GameSrv and appreciate the work involved, you can donate to Rick as well. I have!


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45 Best WooCommerce WordPress Themes

Are you looking for the best WooCommerce themes for your online store? Not all WordPress themes offer complete WooCommerce support and pre-styled templates. In this article, we will show you the best WooCommerce WordPress themes that you can use to build your eCommerce website. How… Read More »

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Are you looking for the best WooCommerce themes for your online store? Not all WordPress themes offer complete WooCommerce support and pre-styled templates. In this article, we will show you the best WooCommerce WordPress themes that you can use to build your eCommerce website.

Best WooCommerce WordPress themes

How to Build a WooCommerce WordPress Website

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform in the world, powering small and large ecommerce websites around the globe (see: Shopify vs WooCommerce).

It runs on top of WordPress, which is one of the most powerful website builders in the world. There are two types of WordPress websites, WordPress.com and WordPress.org (See our comparison of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org).

We recommend using WordPress.org, it gives you access to all WooCommerce features out of box and will help you take your store in any direction you want.

To get started, you will need a domain name, SSL certificate, and WooCommerce hosting account.

We recommend using Bluehost. They are one of the largest and officially recommended WooCommerce and WordPress hosting provider.

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Once you have signed up for WooCommerce hosting, you can follow our step by step instructions in our guide on how to start an online store.

That being said, let’s take a look at the best WooCommerce WordPress themes that you can install on your website.

1. Shoppe

Shoppe

Shoppe is a highly customizable WooCommerce WordPress theme for online stores, ecommerce, fashion and lifestyle websites. It has powerful quick product search, ajax shopping cart, wishlist, quick look lightbox, product image zoom, and more.

It includes tons of layout and styling options which are all quite easy to use. It also comes with a drag and drop page builder that allows you to create your own layouts.

2. Løge

Loge

Løge is an elegant WooCommerce WordPress theme with a modern design and powerful ecommerce features. It offers different shop front layouts, adjustable product columns, and product filters.

Its beautiful typography and color schemes make your products popout. You can also create your own color schemes by changing theme colors. All options are quite easy to manage under live theme customizer.

3. Ultra

Ultra eCommerce

Ultra is an all-purpose WordPress theme with super-flexible options and gorgeous designs. It includes several read-made websites that can be installed with 1-click including an ecommerce website.

You just need to replace content with your own. It also has a drag and drop page builder to easily create your own layouts if needed. It includes features like pricing tables, multiple header styles, contact form, photo galleries, and more.

4. Neto

Neto

Neto is a modern WordPress theme for WooCommerce stores. It features an elegant homepage layout and storefront with a featured product slider on top. It includes several shortcodes and custom widgets and offers multiple ways to create different layouts for your store.

It has support for custom logo upload, unlimited colors, custom widgets for social media, and more. All theme options are neatly organized under live customizer.

5. Latest

Latest

Latest is an excellent WordPress theme for WooCommerce shops. It has a beautiful homepage layout that feature your products in front and center. It also includes separate blog page with 5 different layout choices.

You can add shop header to announce a sale or new product and use featured categories section to highlight your most popular product categories. Designed to work out of the box, it requires minimal tinkering by offering a straight-forward theme set up.

6. Storefront

Storefront

Storefront is free WordPress WooCommerce theme. Designed and developed by WooCommerce core developers, it features a tight-knit integration with WooCommerce and popular WooCommerce extensions.

It includes several layout and color choices to customize your store. It has a demo data importer, live theme customizer support, and multiple widget ready areas to help you easily set up your WooCommerce shop. It also acts as the parent theme for several child themes created specifically by the folks behind WooCommerce.

7. Digital Pro

Digital Pro

Digital Pro is another excellent WordPress theme for WooCommerce stores. Built on top of Genesis theme framework, it is highly optimized for WordPress speed and performance.

It includes pre-styled templates for WooCommerce stores, 3 widget areas, customizable header, and page templates. For theme set up it has a custom theme options page and live customizer support.

8. ProShop

ProShop

ProShop is a child theme of WooCommerce Storefront theme. It features a stylish urban design which makes it a good fit for accessories, clothing, and sports stores.

It inherits all the features of its parents theme and some of its own as well. All theme options are accessible through live customizer and are quite easy to set up.

9. Hugo

Hugo

Hugo is a beautifully designed WordPress WooCommerce theme for online stores of any kind. This highly customizable theme features a beautiful homepage layout with featured slider on top followed by your product sections.

It includes custom widgets for social media, contact info, and content discovery features. It is available in multiple color schemes and all theme options are easily customizable using live theme customizer.

10. Hotel

Hotel

Hotel is another beautiful WooCommerce WordPress theme for hotels, bed & breakfasts, and hospitality service providers. Its modern homepage design features large header image with welcome message and a call to action button.

You will need WooBookings Bundle, which allows you to add bookable products like rooms, services, and more. Other notable features include custom sidebars, multiple widget ready areas, custom header, background, and more. It is easy to set up and simple to customize.

11. Lenscap

Lenscap

Lenscap is a magazine style WordPress theme with full WooCommerce support. Suitable for content rich websites that want to add an online store to their website.

It features a beautiful homepage layout with a customizable header showcasing your most prominent content and categories. It has templates for product pages with beautiful image galleries. It works out of the box and only includes options you’ll actually use.

12. Presence

Presence

Presence is a powerful all-purpose WordPress business theme. It includes several ready-made websites including an ecommerce store that you can install and customize for your needs.

It comes in 6 color schemes, multiple blog page layouts, 2 slider styles, full-width and boxed layouts, and more. Customizing it is quite easier with live theme customizer and custom theme settings page.

13. Highend

Highend

Highend is super-flexible WordPress theme for WooCommerce shops. It features a modern design with multiple layouts and styles to choose from or you can create your own with page builder plugin that comes free with the theme.

It includes unlimited colors, Google fonts, multiple sidebars, custom widgets, social media icons, and more. For theme setup it has 1-click demo importer to guide you. It is translation-ready and can also be used to create multilingual websites.

14. ToyShop

ToyShop

Toyshop is a WooCommerce WordPress theme made specifically for children’s stores, toy shops, flower shops, and other websites that need a fun and bright website. It is colorful, fun, and there is even an option to change the footer graphics to match the season.

It inherits all the features of its parent theme and adds some of its own. It features custom background, header image, color controls, and multi-column layouts for shop pages. It is extremely easy to set up and can be extended easily with companion extensions.

15. Indigo

Indigo

Indigo is a modern and stylish WordPress WooCommerce theme built with a modular approach. It allows you to easily drag and drop modules to create any page layouts you need.

It comes packed with turnkey website designs that you can install with 1-click. Each design is fully customizable and includes beautiful shop templates. Notable features include contact form page, custom widgets, pricing tables, social media integration, and more.

16. Arcade

Arcade

Arcade is a WooCommerce theme for online gaming stores, electronics, and game accessories stores. Inspired by top gaming websites, Arcade is designed to showcase a wide range of products on the frontpage in an easy to browse manner.

It is easy to extend with the help of Storefront Extensions Bundle which will allow you to add an extensive set of features to your theme, including mega menus, multi-column layouts, sticky cart, reviews, and more.

17. Creativo

Creativo

If you are looking for a versatile and multi-purpose WooCommerce theme, then you should check out Creativo. This super-flexible WordPress themes comes with multiple turnkey websites with 1-click importer.

It includes beautiful shop templates, multiple styles and layouts, and ships with premium page builder and slider plugins to create your own layouts if needed. It has a powerful custom theme settings area for a complete guided setup.

18. eStore

eStore

eStore is another free WooCommerce theme for WordPress. It packs several premium-like features and custom widgets to create a highly professional and modern online store.

It is tested for compatibility with top WooCommerce extensions. All theme options are neatly organized and allow you to easily build an online store with minimum effort.

19. Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a uniquely designed WordPress theme for WooCommerce stores. Its modern homepage layout features a full screen background image followed by your product categories, popular products, and other sections of your website.

Its homepage is fully widgetized which allows you to drag and drop content widgets to set it up. It has 1-click demo importer, live customizer support, and tons of options to make it uniquely yours.

20. Idyllic

Idyllic

Idyllic is a beautifully designed free WooCommerce theme for WordPress. It includes several widget-ready areas and an easy to set up homepage layout. It includes full width page template, corporate, contact us, and other page templates to create your own landing pages.

It is easy to customize with all theme components neatly placed under customizer. It is translation ready and can also be used to create multilingual websites using Polylang.

21. Multishop

Multishop

Multishop is a powerful WordPress theme for WooCommerce shops and online stores. It features a modern design with tons of flexible options for customization.

It includes ajax powered product filter, search auto autocomplete feature, unlimited colors, multiple sidebars, page templates and more. It ships with premium page builder and slider plugins as well.

22. Cupcake

Cupcake

Cupcake is a WooCommerce WordPress theme for bakeries and cafes. Its homepage features a slider followed by your products and other content areas. The header area contains your website logo, phone number, and buttons for search, wishlist, and shopping cart.

It includes WooCommerce elements to easily display featured, latest, and popular products. For product images it also includes lightbox popup. All theme options are easily customizable with a custom theme options page.

23. Hestia

Hestia

Hestia is a popular free WordPress theme suitable for WooCommerce shops and online stores. It packs many of the features you’ll find in premium WordPress themes including tons of customization options.

It comes with unlimited colors, multiple layout options, highly-customizable header, social media icons, multiple navigation menus, and more. It is super easy to use and can be easily customized to give your store a unique look.

24. Altitude Pro

Altitude Pro

Altitude Pro is a very professional looking WordPress theme for WooCommerce shops. It is built on the rock solid base of the Genesis theme framework and features crisp typography and a spacious layout.

It includes 7 homepage widget areas to drag and drop sections to your homepage, customizable header, navigation menus, and multiple sidebars. For theme set up, it has a custom theme options page and support for live theme customizer.

25. Mesmerize

Mesmerize

Mesmerize is another highly-flexible yet free WordPress theme for WooCommerce websites. It features a modern homepage layout which is easy to customize with simple drag and drop.

Notable features include pre-designed home page, 5 header designs and over 30 ready to use content sections that you can easily customize. Due to its flexibility, Mesmerize can be used to create any kind of website.

26. SolidBox

SolidBox

Solidbox is another excellent choice for a WooCommerce WordPress theme. It is designed to be flexible and can be easily adapted to create any kind of business website.

It includes multiple design choices, layouts, header styles, shortcodes, and more. It ships with premium page builder plugin and also supports multilingual plugins. Set up is easier with quick 1-click demo importer and custom theme options panel.

27. Spencer

Spencer

Spencer is an elegantly designed WordPress theme for WooCommerce and business websites. It includes a flexible homepage layout with widget ready areas where you can drag and drop widgets.

It includes newsletter signup form, unlimited colors, multiple layouts, page builder support, and custom widgets for social media integration. It has a custom theme options panel and tons of customization options in customizer.

28. OceanWP

OceanWP

If you are looking for a powerful but free WordPress WooCommerce theme, then you’ll love OceanWP. This beautifully designed WordPress theme comes with premium-like features in a free companion plugin.

It has tons of customization options in live customizer where you can choose header styles, backgrounds, colors, navigation menus, and more. It works with all popular free page builder plugins and includes templates to create your own landing pages if needed.

29. Pepper+

Pepper+

Pepper+ is a beautifully designed multi-purpose WordPress theme perfect for WooCommerce shops and online stores. It comes with several ready to use websites that you can install with one click. All these designs are fully editable with simple point and click tools.

It takes a modular approach to design and includes modules for common website components. You can just drag and drop to add pricing tables, latest products, sliders, contact forms, Google Maps, and more.

30. Astra

Astra

Astra is a clean and free WordPress theme with full WooCommerce support and flexible customization options. It includes modern homepage layout with multiple widget ready areas to simply drag and drop content widgets.

It supports all popular page builder plugins to create custom WordPress page layouts. Theme set up is quite simple and beginner friendly.

31. The Styler

The Styler

The Styler is a stylish WooCommerce WordPress theme for beauty salons, fashion, and accessories stores. It features a unique modern homepage layout which is fully widgetized and can be setup with simple drag and drop.

It also includes custom post types to easily include services, galleries, testimonials, price lists, and your staff profiles. It is beginner friendly and includes a theme settings page for easier set up.

32. MaxStore

MaxStore

MaxStore is another great free WooCommerce WordPress theme. Its homepage features a highly engaging layout that put your products at front and center.

It includes wishlist support, left / right sidebar, footer widget area, custom backgrounds, custom logo, info top bar, search bar, social icons and more.

33. Modules

Modules Shop

Modules is a beautiful WordPress theme with full WooCommerce support. Built with a modular approach to design, it includes modules for common website building components that you can easily add anywhere in your website.

It ships with several turnkey designs that you can install with 1-click. It also includes portfolio, video background, Google fonts, icon fonts, and more. It is super easy to use and can be easily set up using theme settings page.

34. Seneca

Seneca

If you are looking for a clean simple WooCommerce theme, then you should check out Seneca. It features a simple spacious design with lots of white space that puts your products into focus.

It includes a storefront template, separate blog page, product categories widget, and more. All theme options are available on theme settings page and it requires minimal effort to setup.

35. The Stylist

The Stylist

The Stylist is beautifully designed WordPress theme for WooCommerce shops and online stores. Its homepage features a boxed layout with a large slider at the top followed by your products and content sections.

It includes easy to manage sections to add services, team members, testimonials, social media icons, blog section, and more. It offers tons of customization options in live customizer and allows you to mix and match different styles and colors.

36. Outlaw

Outlaw

Outlaw is a creative WordPress WooCommerce theme suitable for all kind of shops and online stores. It features a clean and soft layout with lots of space and gorgeous typography.

It includes beautiful CSS animations, advanced product filter, multiple styles and layouts, translation ready, and more. It ships with 1-click installer, premium slider and page builder plugins.

37. Shop Isle

Shop Isle

Shop Isle is an excellent free WordPress theme for WooCommerce shops. It features large product images on the homepage which allows you to grab customer attention upon arrival.

Other notable features include fullscreen image, parallax effects, live customizer support, blog section, and more. It works out of the box and all theme options are quite straightforward and simple.

38. Flevr

Flevr

Flevr is a modern and stylish WooCommerce theme for online shops and stores. It features a fully widgetized homepage layout with a full screen slider on top followed by your featured products.

It comes with built-in sections to add testimonials, services, galleries, portfolio, and more. It includes custom widgets for social media and content discovery. It is quite easy to use and you can also use your favorite page builder plugin with it.

39. Flora

Flora

Flora is a WooCommerce WordPress theme designed specially with flower shops in mind. Its beautiful design and color scheme takes inspiration from flowers and uses combination of bold and soft colors throughout.

It includes smart shopping cart, mega menu, smart navigation, multiple header styles, sticky headers, and more. It is translation ready and compatible with multilingual plugins.

40. Flash

Flash

Need a professional looking but free WordPress theme for your WooCommerce store? Check out Flash. This beautiful multi-purpose WordPress theme is WooCommerce ready and comes with beautiful design.

It comes with a companion plugin that allows you to easily import demo content into your website. It also includes multiple blog layouts, page builder templates, multiple header styles, multiple color choices, and more.

41. Loft

Loft

Loft is a clean and simple WooCommerce theme for WordPress with powerful set of features and extensive customization options. Its homepage features an optional slider on top, followed by your products or content.

It includes two navigation menus and a sticky floating navigation menu on top. It is super-easy to use and includes a custom theme settings page as well as live theme customization support.

42. Bento

Bento

Bento is another excellent and free WordPress WooCommerce theme that offers the functionality and features rivaling premium themes. This super flexible WordPress theme features a modern homepage that is fully customizable using any page builder plugin.

It includes multiple layouts, unlimited colors, layouts for individual posts and pages, custom headers, advanced header styling for posts and pages, and more. It is easy to use and all theme options are managed under customizer with live preview.

43. Corner

Corner

Corner is a unique and stylish WordPress theme with full WooCommerce support. It features a narrow left sidebar and a wider content area with a minimalist approach to design.

It offers full color control, custom widgets for Twitter, Flickr, and content discovery widgets. It works out of the box and you will find it quite easy to set up with little effort.

44. Peak

Peak

Peak is a modern WooCommerce WordPress theme featuring beautiful tiled images at the top. Tiles are automatically generated by the theme you can also customize the tiles if you need. Below that it showcases your top products and featured content.

It includes portfolio post type, custom layouts, mega menu, slide-in widgets, and more. For easier set up it includes 1-click demo data importer, a custom theme settings panel, and a drag and drop builder.

45. Homestore

Homestore

Homestore is a WooCommerce theme for home decor, household items, and department store websites. It features a clean spacious design that makes your products stand out.

It is super-flexible and designed to work effortlessly with minimum effort. It can be further extended with Storefront Extensions pack which adds awesome features like smart cart, product reviews, multi-column layouts, fonts, custom styling, and more.

We hope this article helped you find the best WooCommerce WordPress themes for your online store. You may also want to see our list of must have WordPress plugins to grow your business.

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How to Add a WordPress Query Monitor On Your Site

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Do you want to add a WordPress query monitor on your site? A query monitor gives you behind the scene look into your WordPress site. In this article, we will show you how to add a WordPress query monitor on your site and debug performance issues like a pro.

Adding a WordPress query monitor

What is WordPress Query Monitor?

WordPress query monitor is a debugging tool that monitor the requests your WordPress website makes to the server.

You can then use this information for troubleshooting WordPress issues or find and fix common WordPress errors.

Some of the things you can look up are:

  • Database queries triggered by a page in WordPress.
  • HTTP requests made by scripts in your themes or plugins
  • Hooks and actions triggered on a page
  • Language, user role checks, and template files used to display the page
  • Your hosting environment like PHP and MySQL versions, memory limits, and more.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to add a query monitor on your WordPress site.

Adding Query Monitory in WordPress

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

Upon activation, the plugin will add the query monitor menu into your WordPress admin bar.

Query Monitor menu in WordPress admin bar

Taking your mouse over to the query monitor will display the menu allowing you to jump to a parameter quickly. You can also click on the query monitor stats to view all data.

Viewing Data in WordPress Query Monitor

First you need to make sure that the WordPress admin bar is visible when you are viewing your website. Simply go to Users » Your Profile page and check the box next to ‘Show Toolbar when viewing site’ option.

Show admin bar

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

Next, you need to visit the page you want to check the queries for. Once on this page, simply take the mouse over to the query monitor menu in the admin bar and click on the section you want to view.

Monitoring SQL Queries

The query monitor plugin allows you to monitor all SQL queries, queries by caller, and component. Queries by component section shows you queries by plugins, theme, and core files.

SQL queries

Rewrite Rules and Templates

This section shows you matching rewrite rules and the templates used to display current page.

Requests, rewrite rules, and templates

Scripts and Styles

Scripts and Styles section shows you Javascript and stylesheets loaded by your theme and plugins. You will also see where these files are loaded (e.g. header or footer).

Scripts and styles

Hooks and Actions

This section shows you the hooks used and the actions triggered while loading the current page.

Hooks and actions

Languages Section

This section shows you the language files requested and loaded by the current page. If you run a multilingual WordPress site, then this helps you figure out which theme and plugins have language files available.

Languages loaded

HTTP API Calls

This section displays HTTP API calls made to third party API libraries.

HTTP API Calls

Transient Updates

Transient API allows developers to store information in your WordPress database with an expiration time. This section displays any transient updates requested during the current page load.

Capability Checks Section

This section displays user role capabilities check run by WordPress core, plugins, and themes while loading the current page.

Capability check

Environment Section

This is where you will get your WordPress hosting environment information like PHP version, MySQL version, MySQL Host, WordPress database name, and more.

WordPress hosting environment

Conditional Checks

This is where plugin shows conditions that were required to display the current page view.

Conditional checks

We hope this article helped you add a query monitor to your WordPress site and troubleshoot performance and security issues. You may also want to see our guide on how WordPress actually works behind the scenes.

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How to Disable the Screen Options Button in WordPress

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Do you want to disable the screen options button in WordPress? The screen options button allows you to show and hide elements on different pages through out the WordPress admin area. In this article, we will show you how to disable the screen options button in WordPress.

Disable screen options button in WordPress

Why You May Want to Disable Screen Options Button?

Screen Options button is located on the top right corner of different pages in your WordPress admin area. It allows each logged in user to show and hide items on various sections of the WordPress admin area.

Many WordPress site owners run multi-author blogs. With screen options button, their authors may accidentally uncheck something that is important.

For example, on the posts edit screen users can show / hide change author field, featured image section, and more.

Screen Options settings on post edit screen in WordPress

You can control the admin view for all users by disabling the screen options button. Let’s take a look at how to easily disable screen options button in WordPress.

Method 1: Hiding Screen Options Button Using Plugin

This method is easier and is recommended for all users.

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

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Adminimize page to configure plugin settings.

Adminimize Settings

You will see a list of sections. On this page, you need to click on the Global Options link, and it will take you down to a different section tabs. On that tab, you need to once again click on the Global Options tab to expand it.

Section tabs

This will expand the tab, and you will see a bunch of options to show and hide in your WordPress admin area. You need to check the boxes next to ‘Screen Options’.

Deactivate screen options button

The plugin allows you to disable it for all users as well as selected user roles.

Once you are done, don’t forget to click on the update options button to save your settings.

You can now visit any page in the admin area that showed Screen Options button like the dashboard or post/page edit screens, and you will notice that Screen Options button is now disabled.

Adminimize is a really powerful plugin that allows you to completely change the WordPress admin area by selectively showing or hiding different items. For more details, see our article on hiding unnecessary items from WordPress admin area with Adminimize.

Method 2: Manually Disable Screen Options Button in WordPress

This method requires you to add code to your WordPress files. If you haven’t done this before, then please take a look at our guide on how to copy and paste code in WordPress.

You will need to add the following code to your WordPress theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

function wpb_remove_screen_options() { 
if(!current_user_can('manage_options')) {
return false;
}
return true; 
}
add_filter('screen_options_show_screen', 'wpb_remove_screen_options');

This code removes the screen options button for all users except administrators.

You can now switch to any other user account that is not an administrator. After that, visit your admin area Dashboard screen, and you will notice that Screen Options button has disappeared.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily disable screen options button in WordPress. You may also want to see our mega list of most useful WordPress tips, tricks, and hacks for beginners.

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Shopify vs WooCommerce – Which is the Better Platform? (Comparison)

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Are you thinking of starting an online store? Not sure whether you should use Shopify or WooCommerce? These are the two most popular eCommerce platforms in the market with their own advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will compare Shopify vs WooCommerce to help you decide the best option for you.

Shopify vs WooCommerce

Since this is a detailed comparison of Shopify vs WooCommerce, here’s a quick table of content:

Overview: Shopify vs WooCommerce

Before we start with our in-depth comparison of the two most popular eCommerce platforms on the web, it’s important that we cover the basics and highlight what makes these platform stand out.

What is Shopify?

Shopify is an all-in-one eCommerce platform that makes it easy for you to create an online store, accept payments, and manage your inventory all from a single platform without ever worrying about the technical aspects of managing a website such as web hosting, security, caching, etc.

What is WooCommerce?

WooCommerce is an open-source eCommerce plugin built for WordPress. It allows you to leverage the most powerful content management system (CMS) and use it to run an online store. Because of the open-source nature, you can customize every aspect of your store and easily build custom extensions.

The decision to choose between the two platforms depend entirely on your needs and skill level.

What to Look for in Your eCommerce Platform?

There are few things that you absolutely need to keep in mind when starting an online store. These key factors will help you decide which platform is better suited for your needs.

  • Budget – The initial cost of starting a fully functional ecommerce store.
  • Ease of use – It should be easy to use even for absolute beginners.
  • Payment Methods – It should have support for multiple payment methods (e.g. PayPal, Stripe, other merchant processors).
  • Integrations – Number of services and third party tools you can integrate to grow your business.
  • Scalability – The platform should be able to scale as your business grows.

These are the very basic requirements that all online store owners must consider. However depending on your need, you may also want to look at other options like shipping, inventory management, invoicing, taxes, etc.

Our goal with this article is to take an in-depth look at how Shopify and WooCommerce stand on these basic requirements, and which one of them is best suited for your needs.

Cost: Shopify vs WooCommerce

Cost is often the most important consideration for eCommerce website owners. You need to evaluate the cost of getting started while also keeping in mind the variable costs for add-on services and software.

The true cost of using Shopify

Shopify makes it super easy to start your online store. Their basic plan starts at $29 per month, and you can upgrade to the Shopify plan for $79 or the Advanced Shopify plan for $299 per month.

Shopify pricing

Each of these plans include domain name, SSL certificate, and web hosting.

The basic plan comes with enough features to setup a new online store. You can add unlimited products, 2 user accounts, unlimited file storage, and more.

However, this pricing doesn’t include third-party tools and addons that you will need to take your Shopify store to the next level. As your business grows, these costs will start adding up, and you’ll soon be paying a lot more than the basic plan.

Payments are another factor that affects your costs. Shopify offers their own Shopify Payments solution which costs 2.9% + 30 cents per transaction.

If you want to use third-party payment gateways or your own merchant account, then you will be charged a flat fee of 2.0% for all transactions. You can reduce this fee to 0.5% by using the Shopify Advanced plan which costs $299 per month.

These payment processing fees are fairly steep when using external payment gateways. However if you’re just starting out and want to use the Shopify payment solution, then the fees are fairly comparable to popular platforms like Stripe and Braintree.

The true cost of using WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an eCommerce plugin for WordPress.org (also known as self-hosted WordPress). It is open source and freely available as a WordPress plugin.

However, you’ll need a domain name, SSL Certificate, and a WordPress hosting account to start a WooCommerce store.

Typically, a domain name costs $14.99, SSL Certificate costs $69.99, and web hosting around $7.99 / month. This is not cheap, particularly when you are just starting out.

Thankfully, there are several hosting companies who are now offering specialized WooCommerce hosting plans which significantly reduces the cost.

Getting started with WooCommerce

Bluehost, an official WordPress and WooCommerce recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer our users a free domain name, free SSL certificate, and a discount on web hosting.

This will help you start your online store for as low as $6.95 / month.

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As you can see, the cost of starting a basic WooCommerce store is significantly lower than Shopify. WooCommerce also doesn’t charge you a percentage fee of your transactions which is a very nice perk.

But the WooCommerce costs start adding up as you purchase paid extensions. Your hosting costs will also increase as your online store grows.

However, one clear advantage of using WooCommerce is that you can often find free alternatives to the paid extensions. You can also keep your costs in control by only purchasing the tools and plugins as you need them.

With the amount of free themes and free addons available for WooCommerce, it’s definitely the winner when it comes to cost.

Winner: WooCommerce

Ease of Use: Shopify vs WooCommerce

Most users starting an online store are not web designers or developers. Even users who are familiar with basic concepts need a platform that is easy to use and gets out of their way.

Let’s see how Shopify and WooCommerce stack up in terms of user friendliness.

Shopify – Ease of Use

Shopify is a fully hosted platform which means you don’t need to install, manage, or update any software. You also don’t need to worry about security, performance, backups, and compatibility issues.

As soon as you sign up, it helps you pick a design for your website. After that, they walk you through customization, and then help you add products.

Shopify customization

Shopify comes with an intuitive drag and drop interface. Managing your products, sales, and inventory inside Shopify is a breeze.

One downside of this guided, polished, and highly optimized user experience is that it limits your control. You can only use the design and development tools provided by Shopify or addons available in their marketplace.

However, this is not as bad as it sounds. For most users, the large selection of extensions and themes available in Shopify, is more than enough to get started and grow your online store.

WooCommerce – Ease of Use

WooCommerce is not a hosted platform like Shopify. This means you will need to install WooCommerce, manage updates, keep backups, and make sure that your website is secure. There are plenty of free and paid plugins that can automate most of these tasks for you.

WooCommerce setup wizard

WooCommerce is super flexible when it comes to customizations. You have full control of the whole platform. You can add any functionality imaginable to your website with the help of more than 50,000+ WordPress plugins. However, there is no built-in drag & drop design builder. You can use one of the WordPress page builders like Beaver Builder, but it adds to your cost.

The biggest downside of the flexibility is that it comes with a learning curve and requires a more hands-on management of your website. You also have to signup for a merchant account or similar service like Stripe / PayPal. While the WooCommerce guided setup wizard is helpful, it does not come close to the onboarding and ease of use of Shopify.

Winner: Shopify

Payment Methods: Shopify vs WooCommerce

There are many payment gateways that you can use to accept payments online. Some payment methods may not be suitable for you, and others may not be available to your customers.

This is why it’s important that the platform you choose offer multiple payment options. Let’s take a look at how Shopify and WooCommerce compare when it comes to payment integrations.

Payment Options in Shopify

Shopify offers plenty of payment options that you can use to receive payments from customers. It has its own payments solutions called Shopify Payments (powered by Stripe) as well as all popular third party payment gateways.

Shopify Payments

The problem is that Shopify charges an extra 2% fees on each transaction made through third party payment gateways. This is on top of the transaction fees charged by the payment gateway. You can reduce the fee to 0.5% by paying $299 per month for Advanced Shopify plan.

Shopify Payments has flat credit card fees, but no other transaction fees. Credit card rates start from 2.9% + 30¢ for basic plan and get lower for other plans.

Payment Options in WooCommerce

WooCommerce offers PayPal and Stripe payments by default. It also supports all other popular payment service providers through add-ons.

WooCommerce payment methods

For payment gateways, WooCommerce even has support for many regional and less popular payment services. Since there is no barrier to entry, any payments company can create add-ons for WooCommerce and provide support for it.

As a self hosted platform, you are only charged transaction fees by your payment gateway or your bank. WooCommerce never charges you a % fee on your store transactions which is a major plus.

If choosing your own merchant account and using a third-party gateway is important for you, then you will save A LOT of money by using WooCommerce. But if you’re a small store and willing to use Shopify Payments which has the same credit card rates as Stripe / Paypal, then it makes no difference.

Winner: Tie

Integrations and Add-ons: Shopify vs WooCommerce

No matter how robust an ecommerce platform is, you’ll always need third-party tools and services to grow your store. For example, an email marketing software, lead generation tool, analytics tools, outreach services, etc.

Both Shopify and WooCommerce have a massive extensions directory, and they integrate with many third-party services.

Shopify Add-ons and Integrations

Shopify comes with a powerful API and an App Store where you can buy third party addons for your Shopify store. They have hundreds of apps in the store covering every feature you’ll want to add to your store.

Shopify App Store

For lead generation, they have integrations with software like OptinMonster which helps you grow your email list and reduce cart abandonment. They have apps for SEO, product reviews, discounts, countdowns, and more.

Shopify’s app store contains both free and paid apps. Free apps are usually created by third party services that have their own pricing, and the app only integrates your store to their APIs. Pricing for paid addons varies and most apps offer monthly subscriptions.

WooCommerce Add-ons and Integrations

WooCommerce extensions

WooCommerce is open source and built on top of WordPress. This gives you access to more than 50,000 free WordPress plugins and many more paid plugins.

You can use these addons to add payment gateways, lead generation, SEO, performance optimization, and almost any feature you can think of.

Due to the low barrier of entry, there are a lot more integrations and addons available for WooCommerce than Shopify. Almost all third party tools and service providers have their own plugins to seamlessly integrate with your WooCommerce store.

You can also hire a developer to create an integration or plugin just for your own website. However it’s important to keep in mind that WooCommerce is a lot easier to customize. Having personally gone through the process of submitting a plugin for WordPress and submitting an app to the Shopify store, we can say that the process is extremely harder on Shopify vs WooCommerce.

Winner: WooCommerce

Scalability and Growth: Shopify vs WooCommerce

You have probably heard the term “growth-pains” from various CEOs. As your business grows, you will need more resources to handle new challenges and goals.

Shopify and WooCommerce can both be scaled to handle large amount traffic and orders, but they’re not created equal. Let’s take a look at how these two eCommerce platform compare when it comes to scalability.

Scalability on Shopify

Shopify enterprise

Shopify handles the technical parts of your store which means you don’t ever have to worry about performance, security, and scalability. Once your business starts growing, you can simply upgrade your Shopify plans.

Their infrastructure can easily handle your growing business without you having to worry about downtimes, backups, updates, or security. They also offer enterprise services as part of the Shopify Plus plan.

This takes out the painful part of the growth, but it also adds to your cost of business. Your expenses will grow, and you’ll have to plan accordingly.

The good part is that your costs will be offset by you not having to hire / manage a technical team in-house.

Scalability on WooCommerce

WooCommerce Scalability

WooCommerce is a self hosted platform which makes you responsible for maintaining updates, backups, and security of your website.

Your starter WooCommerce hosting plan would run out of resources as your store starts getting more traffic.

The good part is that you have plenty of options to manage growth as you are in full control of your website. Starting with better management of resources with caching to upgrading your hosting plan to more powerful servers.

Your WooCommerce hosting costs will increase, but you will have better control on resources, and you can make sure that you are not paying for resources that you don’t need. You can use a managed WordPress hosting provider like WP Engine or LiquidWeb to help scale your WooCommerce store.

Despite the control that WooCommerce offers, some business owners simply prefer a hassle-free solution.

Winner: Shopify

WooCommerce vs Shopify: Which is the Best eCommerce Platform?

Shopify and WooCommerce are both powerful platforms to start your eCommerce store. It truly comes down to your personal skills and preferences.

Shopify is a lot easier to use. It doesn’t require you to install anything, and you can get started quickly. Setting up payments is easier, and they have easy to understand pricing plans.

The disadvantage of Shopify is that you don’t have full control of everything. Your costs can go high with transaction fees, add-ons, and integrations. Your upgrade options are limited to select plans, and you cannot manage costs on pay as you grow basis.

WooCommerce is open source and gives you full control of your website. It costs a lot lower to start an online store with WooCommerce specially with these WooCommerce hosting companies.

The disadvantage is that you’ll have to maintain the software. It comes with a bit of learning curve. However, millions of beginners are already using it, and they get over the learning phase quite quickly.

If you are looking for a cost-effective solution, and you want to have full-control of your online store, then WooCommerce is the best platform for you.

If you want something that’s completely hassle-free that has infinite scalability, then Shopify is the better platform for you.

We hope this article helped you compare pros and cons of Shopify vs WooCommerce. You may also want to see our guide on how to choose the best website builder.

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How to Remove Parent Slug From Child Page URL in WordPress

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Do you want to remove the parent page slug from child page url in WordPress? By default, WordPress adds parent page’s slug as a prefix to child page URLs which is good for SEO. However, some people may not want parent page slug in the URL. In this article, we will show you how to remove parent page slug from child page URL in WordPress.

Remove parent page slug from child page URL

What is a Parent Page Slug in WordPress?

WordPress comes with two main content types called posts and pages. Pages are hierarchical which means they can have child pages. By default, the URL of a child page in WordPress will have its parent page’s slug in the URL like:

http://example.com/parent-page/child-page/

This is a better way to organize content if you are using hierarchical page structure on your website. It is considered best practice for WordPress SEO, and it makes sense for your users as well.

Removing the parent page slug can potentially break the URL, but in some expert opinion, it also makes it less SEO friendly. Sometimes it may cause conflicts with the WordPress permalink structure.

In our experience, if you don’t want parent page slug in your child page URL, then the best approach is to not create a child page at all. Instead, you can simply create a page and use navigation menus to show that it belongs under this page.

Adding child items to a menu

However, we understand that some users may still want to use child-pages for their own reasons.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily remove parent page slug from child page URL in WordPress.

Removing Parent Page Slug from Child Page URL in WordPress

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

Upon activation, you need to edit the child page you want to change. Under the page title, you will see the option to change the child page URL.

Change child page URL

The placeholder area will show your page’s current default URL. You need to click on it and enter the custom URL you want to use for your child page.

Custom page URL

Don’t forget to save your page to store your URL changes.

After saving your changes, you can click on the view page button to view your child page URL without parent page slug.

We hope this article helped you learn how to remove parent page slug from child page URL in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of the best drag and drop page builder plugins for WordPress.

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