How to Display WordPress Photos in Columns and Rows

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Do you want to display WordPress photos in columns and rows? By default WordPress adds images in a vertical column on top of each other. However if you are adding multiple photos to a blog post, then this doesn’t look very clean and requires a lot of scrolling for your users. In this article, we will show you how to easily display WordPress photos in columns and rows.

Display WordPress photos in rows and columns

Why You Need WordPress Photos in Columns and Rows

By default, when you add multiple images to a WordPress post, they would appear right next to each other or on top of each other.

default scrolling display of photos in WordPress

This doesn’t look very good, and your users will have to scroll a lot to view multiple images and photos.

You can easily solve this problem by displaying photos in rows and columns using a grid-based layout. This way images will appear in a compact layout and improve user experience on your website.

photos in columns and rows

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to display WordPress photos in columns and rows.

1. Display Photos in Columns and Rows without Plugins

This method does not require you to install any new plugin on your website. If you don’t add multiple photos too often, then this would work just fine for you.

First, you need to create a new post or edit an existing one where you want to display your photos. On the post edit screen, click on the ‘Add Media’ button to launch the WordPress media uploader popup.

Click on add media button to upload your photos in WordPress

Next, you need to upload all the photos you want to display in rows and columns. After the upload, you will see your photos in the media library.

Create gallery in WordPress

The images you just uploaded will already be selected. If you want to include any previously uploaded photos, then you can select them as well by just clicking on them in media library.

After that you need to click on ‘Create Gallery’ link from the left column and then click on ‘Create a new gallery’ button.

Click to create a new gallery of selected photos

The popup window will now change to show gallery settings options.

You can select number of columns, where each image should link to, what size of image to show, and randomize display order.

Gallery settings option

After that you need to click on the insert gallery button and WordPress will insert the gallery in your blog post.

Photos in columns and rows as a gallery in WordPress

If you want to change the number of columns or other settings, then you just need to click on the photos in post editor.

WordPress will select your gallery and you can then click on the pencil icon to edit your gallery settings.

Edit gallery settings

That’s all, you can continue writing your post or save your changes. You can preview the post now to see your photos in rows and columns.

Photos in rows and column layout in WordPress

This method would work for most beginners. However, if you run a photography blog or often share photos on your website, then this method lacks several important features.

For example, the appearance of photos relies on your WordPress theme and you are limited to that one particular layout and style.

Your images will not open in a lightbox popup and users will have to load them as a new page and then hit the back button to return to the original page.

For a more professional and beautiful user experience you should try the plugin method.

2. Display Photos in Columns and Rows Using Plugin

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

Envira Gallery is one of our premium WordPress plugins and pricing starts from $19 for a single site license.

Upon activation, you need to visit Envira Gallery » Settings page to enter your license key. You can get this key from your account on Envira Gallery website.

Enter Envira Gallery license key

Now you are ready to create beautiful image galleries.

Head over to Envira Gallery » Add New page to create your first gallery.

Upload photos to create new gallery

You can select and upload files from your computer, or you can select from WordPress media library.

After uploading your photos, they will appear in the gallery settings box below.

Photos added to Envira Gallery

Next, you need to click on the config tab to customize how you want to display your photos.

Under ‘Number of Gallery Columns’, you can select the number of columns for your photos.

Configure number of columns for your photos

You can also specify the exact size of thumbnails you want to display, and the how much spacing you want between images in columns.

After that you can click on the publish button to make your photo gallery ready to be added into your WordPress site.

Now you need to edit a post or create a new one. You will notice the new ‘Add Gallery’ button on top of post editor.

Add gallery button

Clicking on it will bring up a popup where you need to select the gallery you just created and click on the insert button.

Insert gallery

The plugin will now add the gallery shortcode into post editor.

You can save your post and preview it to see your photos in columns and rows in a beautiful mobile-responsive photo gallery.

Photo columns in Envira Gallery

Now when your users click on a photo thumbnail it will open up in a beautiful popup. They will also be able to browse images without leaving the page.

Browsing photos in a post

We hope this article helped you learn how to display WordPress photos in columns and rows. You may also want to see our guide on how to fix common image issues in WordPress.

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What Are WordPress Plugins? And How Do They Work?

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Often beginner users ask us what are WordPress plugins and how do they work? Plugins are an important part of the WordPress ecosystem, and they are essential for building great websites using WordPress. In this beginners guide, we will explain what are WordPress plugins and how do they work?

What Are WordPress Plugins? How Do They Work?

What Are WordPress Plugins?

WordPress plugins are apps that allow you to add new features and functionality to your WordPress website. Exactly the same way as apps do for your smartphone.

New plugins directory page on WordPress.org

There are more than 48,000 free plugins available right now on the WordPress.org plugin directory. Thousands more are available from third-party websites like Github.

On top of that, there are also thousands of premium WordPress plugins that are sold by individual developers and companies like ourselves.

In 2003, WordPress started as a simple tool to help you start a blog. Over the years, it has evolved into a powerful content management system and application framework, thanks primarily to plugins.

What Can WordPress Plugins Do?

WordPress plugins are small software apps that integrate and run on top of the WordPress software. This allows you to create almost any kind of website with WordPress (not just blogs).

For example, you can:

There is a popular saying in the WordPress community, “There is a plugin for that”.

No matter what you are trying to do on your WordPress site, it’s possible. If the feature is not available in default WordPress, then there is certainly a plugin available for that.

There are WordPress plugins to improve SEO, boost performance, add contact forms, social media buttons, create galleries, and so much more.

Plugins can be small and offer just one tiny little feature (like adding an image to sidebar).

Or they can also be quite large and act as their own platform as well (Example: WordPress eCommerce plugins or WordPress membership plugins).

More feature rich plugins can have their own addon plugins to extend them just like you would extend WordPress.

How WordPress Plugins Work?

WordPress is written in a way so that other developers can add their own code into it. The WordPress plugin API offers a robust set of hooks and filters which allow developers to modify existing WordPress functionality or add new functionality.

WordPress also allows developers to store data in the WordPress database. Plugins can utilize WordPress content types, taxonomies, and custom fields which allow users to store different types of content not just post and pages.

Each WordPress plugin installed on your site is registered in your WordPress database. You can activate and deactivate them at any time you want.

Installed WordPress plugins

Upon each visit, WordPress connects to the database, loads the core software, and then loads your active plugins. All this code is processed on your server and then sent to user’s browser.

How to Find WordPress Plugins and Install Them?

You can find free WordPress plugins by visiting WordPress.org plugin directory or you can also find them directly from your WordPress admin area.

Simply head over to Plugins » Add New page and search by typing plugin name or functionality you want to add.

Searching for plugins from WordPress admin area

WordPress will search the plugin directory and display the available plugins in a list. You need to review the results, and click on the install now button next to the plugin you want to install.

Reviewing and installing plugin from search results

However, search results inside the WordPress admin area are not always helpful because they are limited to free plugins only. Most beginners find it difficult to decide which plugin is best for the job.

Another approach is to look for plugin recommendations and tutorials on sites like WPBeginner.com. We have a WordPress plugins section where you can find the best WordPress plugins that we have thoroughly tested and reviewed.

You can also find WordPress plugins in our editor’s pick of the best WordPress plugins for business websites or checkout the plugins we are using on our website in the WPBeginner’s Blueprint.

More FAQs About WordPress Plugins

I cannot see or install plugins on my WordPress blog?

Most probably you are using WordPress.com. You can only install WordPress plugins on self-hosted WordPress.org websites. See our guide on the difference between self hosted WordPress.org vs free WordPress.com blog.

How many WordPress plugins are too many?

A common misconception among users is that too many plugins can slow down their website. It is NEVER too many plugins that are slowing down your site. It is always poorly coded plugins that degrade performance. For details see our guide on How many WordPress plugins should you install?.

Should I install plugins not tested with my WordPress version?

Sometimes authors of free plugins do not update their plugin files on each new WordPress release. Simply because if it works, then they don’t feel the need to update it. For more on this topic, see our article on installing plugins not tested with your WordPress version.

How to choose between free vs paid plugins?

There are thousands of free plugins and there is a good chance that you can find a free plugin offering the same functionality as a paid plugin. If it works good for you, then use it.

Please keep in mind that free plugins are offered as they are, with no warranties, and no promise of support. Plugin author can stop working on a plugin at anytime they want.

If you feel you will be needing lots of support, and you want regular updates, then paid plugins do a much better job at it.

We use a combination of both free and paid plugins on all our websites.

How do I get support for free WordPress plugins?

Free WordPress plugins are offered without the promise of support. However, most good plugins offer limited free support for their plugins through the official WordPress support forums. Simply visit the plugin page and click on the support tab to post your question.

Getting support for free WordPress plugins

For more on this topic, we recommend you take a look at our guide on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.

We hope this article helped you understand what are WordPress plugins and how do they work. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to choose the best WordPress plugin.

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I’m Loyal to Nothing Except the Dream

There is much I take for granted in my life, and the normal functioning of American government is one of those things. In my 46 years, I’ve lived under nine different presidents. The first I remember is Carter. I’ve voted in every presidential election since 1992, but I do not

There is much I take for granted in my life, and the normal functioning of American government is one of those things. In my 46 years, I've lived under nine different presidents. The first I remember is Carter. I've voted in every presidential election since 1992, but I do not consider myself a Democrat, or a Republican. I vote based on leadership – above all, leadership – and issues.

In my 14 years of blogging, I've never written a political blog post. I haven't needed to.

Until now.

It is quite clear something has become deeply unglued in the state of American politics.

As of 2017, the United States, through a sequence of highly improbable events, managed to elect an extremely controversial president.

A president with historically low approval ratings, elected on a platform many considered too extreme to even be taken literally:

Asked about Trump’s statements proposing the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border and a ban on all Muslims entering the country, Thiel suggested that Trump supporters do not actually endorse those policies.

“I don’t support a religious test. I certainly don’t support the specific language that Trump has used in every instance,� he said. “But I think one thing that should be distinguished here is that the media is always taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally.�

The billionaire went on to define how he believes the average Trump supporter interprets the candidate’s statements. “I think a lot of voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously but not literally, so when they hear things like the Muslim comment or the wall comment their question is not, ‘Are you going to build a wall like the Great Wall of China?’ or, you know, ‘How exactly are you going to enforce these tests?’ What they hear is we’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy.�

A little over a week into the new presidency, it is obvious that Trump meant every word of what he said. He will build a US-Mexico wall. And he signed an executive order that literally, not figuratively, banned Muslims from entering the US — even if they held valid green cards.

As I said, I vote on policies, and as an American, I reject these two policies. Our Mexican neighbors are not an evil to be kept out with a wall, but an ally to be cherished. One of my favorite people is a Mexican immigrant. Mexican culture is ingrained deeply into America and we are all better for it. The history of America is the history of immigrants seeking religious freedom from persecution, finding a new life in the land of opportunity. Imagine the bravery it takes to leave everything behind, your relatives, your home, your whole life as you know it, to take your entire family on a five thousand mile journey to another country on nothing more than the promise of a dream. I've never done that, though my great-great grandparents did. Muslim immigrants are more American than I will ever be, and I am incredibly proud to have them here, as fellow Americans.

Help Keep Your School All American!

Trump is the first president in 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns in office. He has also refused to divest himself from his dizzying array of businesses across the globe, which present financial conflicts of interest. All of this, plus the hasty way he is ramrodding his campaign plans through on executive orders, with little or no forethought to how it would work – or if it would work at all – speaks to how negligent and dangerous Trump is as the leader of the free world. I want to reiterate that I don't care about party; I'd be absolutely over the moon with President Romney or President McCain, or any other rational form of leadership at this point.

It is unclear to me how we got where we are today. But echoes of this appeal to nationalism in Poland, and in Venezula, offer clues. We brought fact checkers to a culture war … and we lost. During the election campaign, I was strongly reminded of Frank Miller's 1986 Nuke story arc, which I read in Daredevil as a teenager — the seductive appeal of unbridled nationalism bleeding across the page in stark primary colors.

Daredevil issue 233, page excerpt

Nuke is a self-destructive form of America First nationalism that, for whatever reasons, won the presidency through dark subvocalized whispers, and is now playing out in horrifying policy form. But we are not now a different country; we remain the very same country that elected Reagan and Obama. We lead the free world. And we do it by taking the higher moral ground, choosing to do what is right before doing what is expedient.

I exercised my rights as a American citizen and I voted, yes. But I mostly ignored government beyond voting. I assumed that the wheels of American government would turn, and reasonable decisions would be made by reasonable people. Some I would agree with, others I would not agree with, but I could generally trust that the arc of American history inexorably bends toward justice, towards freedom, toward equality. Towards the things that make up the underlying American dream that this country is based on.

This is no longer the case.

I truly believe we are at an unprecedented time in American history, in uncharted territory. I have benefited from democracy passively, without trying at all, for 46 years. I now understand that the next four years is perhaps the most important time to be an activist in the United States since the civil rights movement. I am ready to do the work.

  • I have never once in my life called my representatives in congress. That will change. I will be calling and writing my representatives regularly, using tools like 5 Calls to do so.

  • I will strongly support, advocate for, and advertise any technical tools on web or smartphone that help Americans have their voices heard by their representatives, even if it takes faxing to do so. Build these tools. Make them amazing.

  • I am subscribing to support essential investigative journalism such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.

  • I have set up large monthly donations to the ACLU which is doing critical work in fighting governmental abuse under the current regime.

  • I have set up monthly donations to independent journalism such as ProPublica and NPR.

  • I have set up monthly donations to agencies that fight for vulnerable groups, such as Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights, Refugee Rights, NAACP, MALDEF, the Trevor Project, and so on.

  • I wish to see the formation of a third political party in the United States, led by those who are willing to speak truth to power like Evan McMullin. It is shameful how many elected representatives will not speak out. Those who do: trust me, we're watching and taking notes. And we will be bringing all our friends and audiences to bear to help you win.

  • I will be watching closely to see which representatives rubber-stamp harmful policies and appointees, and I will vote against them across the ticket, on every single ticket I can vote on.

  • I will actively support all efforts to make the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact happen, to reform the electoral college.

  • To the extent that my schedule allows, I will participate in protests to combat policies that I believe are harmful to Americans.

  • I am not quite at a place in my life where I'd consider running for office, but I will be, eventually. To the extent that any Stack Overflow user can be elected a moderator, I could be elected into office, locally, in the house, even the senate. Has anyone asked Joel Spolsky if he'd be willing to run for office? Because I'd be hard pressed to come up with someone I trust more than my old business partner Joel to do the right thing. I would vote for him so hard I'd break the damn voting machine.

I want to pay back this great country for everything it has done for me in my life, and carry the dream forward, not just selfishly for myself and my children, but for everyone's children, and our children's children. I do not mean the hollow promises of American nationalism …

We would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism—that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder—one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking—cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on— have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

… but the enduring values of freedom, justice, and equality that this nation was founded on. I pledge my allegiance to the American dream, and the American people – not to the nation, never to the nation.

Daredevil issue 233, page excerpt

I apologize that it's taken me 46 years to wake up and realize that some things, like the American dream, aren't guaranteed. There will come a time where you have to stand up and fight for them, for democracy to work. I will.

Will you?

[advertisement] At Stack Overflow, we help developers learn, share, and grow. Whether you’re looking for your next dream job or looking to build out your team, we've got your back.

I’m Loyal to Nothing Except the Dream

There is much I take for granted in my life, and the normal functioning of American government is one of those things. In my 46 years, I remember presidents roughly beginning with Carter; I’ve lived under nine different presidents. I’ve voted in every presidential election since 1992, but I do

There is much I take for granted in my life, and the normal functioning of American government is one of those things. In my 46 years, I remember presidents roughly beginning with Carter; I've lived under nine different presidents. I've voted in every presidential election since 1992, but I do not consider myself a Democrat, or a Republican. I vote based on leadership – above all, leadership – and issues.

In my 14 years of blogging, I've never written a political blog post. I haven't needed to.

Until now.

It is quite clear something has become deeply unglued in the state of American politics.

As of 2017, the United States, through a sequence of highly improbable events, managed to elect an extremely controversial president.

A president with historically low approval ratings, elected on a platform many considered too extreme to even be taken literally:

Asked about Trump’s statements proposing the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border and a ban on all Muslims entering the country, Thiel suggested that Trump supporters do not actually endorse those policies.

“I don’t support a religious test. I certainly don’t support the specific language that Trump has used in every instance,” he said. “But I think one thing that should be distinguished here is that the media is always taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally.”

The billionaire went on to define how he believes the average Trump supporter interprets the candidate’s statements. “I think a lot of voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously but not literally, so when they hear things like the Muslim comment or the wall comment their question is not, ‘Are you going to build a wall like the Great Wall of China?’ or, you know, ‘How exactly are you going to enforce these tests?’ What they hear is we’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy.”

A little over a week into the new presidency, it is quite clear that Trump meant every word of what he said. He will build a US-Mexico wall. And he signed an executive order that literally, not figuratively, banned Muslims from entering the US — even if they held valid green hards.

As I said, I vote on policies, and as an American, I reject these two policies. Our Mexican neighbors are not an evil to be kept out with a wall, but an ally to be cherished. One of my favorite people is a Mexican immigrant. Mexican culture is ingrained deeply into America and we are all better for it. The history of America is the history of immigrants seeking religious freedom from persecution, finding a new life in the land of opportunity. Imagine the bravery it takes to leave everything you know behind, your relatives, your home, your whole life as you know it, to take your entire family on a five thousand mile journey to another country on nothing more than the promise of a dream. I've never done that, though my great-great grandparents did. Muslim immigrants are more American than I will ever be, and I am incredibly proud to have them here, as fellow Americans.

diversity/">Help Keep Your School All American!

Trump is the first president in 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns in office. He has also refused to divest himself from his dizzying array of businesses across the globe, which present financial conflicts of interest. All of this, plus the hasty way he is ramrodding his campaign plans through on executive orders, with little or no forethought to how it would work – or if it would work at all – speaks to how negligent and dangerous Trump is as the leader of the free world. I want to reiterate that I don't care about party; I'd be absolutely over the moon with President Romney or President McCain, or any other rational form of leadership at this point.

It is unclear to me how we got where we are today. But echoes of this appeal to nationalism in Poland, and in Venezula, offer clues. We brought fact checkers to a culture war … and we lost. During the election campaign, I was strongly reminded of Frank Miller's 1986 Nuke story arc, which I read in Daredevil as a teenager — the seductive appeal of unbridled nationalism bleeding across the page in stark primary colors.

Daredevil 233 page excerpt

Nuke is a self-destructive form of America First nationalism that, for whatever reasons, won the presidency through dark subvocalized whispers, and is now playing out in horrifying policy form. But we are not now a different country, we remain the very same country that elected Reagan and Obama. We lead the free world. And we do it by taking the higher moral ground, doing what is right before doing what is expedient.

I exercised my rights as a American citizen and I voted, yes. But I mostly ignored government beyond voting. I assumed that the wheels of American government would turn, and reasonable decisions would be made by reasonable people. Some I would agree with, others I would not agree with, but I could generally trust that the arc of American history inexorably turns toward justice, towards freedom, toward equality. Towards the things that make up the underlying American dream that this country is based on.

This is no longer the case.

I truly believe we are at an unprecedented time in American history, in uncharted territory. I have benefited from democracy passively, without trying at all, for 46 years. I now understand that the next four years is perhaps the most important time to be an activist in the United States since the civil rights movement. I am ready to do the work.

  • I have never once in my life called my representatives in congress or the house. That will change. I will be calling and writing my representatives regularly, using tools like 5 Calls to do so.

  • I will strongly support, advocate for, and advertise any technical tools on web or smartphone that help Americans have their voices heard by their representatives, even if it takes faxing to do so. Build these tools. Make them amazing.

  • I am subscribing to support essential investigative journalism such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.

  • I have set up large monthly donations to the ACLU which is doing critical work in fighting governmental abuse under the current regime.

  • I have set up monthly donations to independent journalism such as ProPublica and NPR.

  • I have set up monthly donations to agencies that fight for vulnerable groups, such as Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights, Refugee Rights, NAACP, MALDEF, the Trevor Project, and so on.

  • I wish to see the formation of a third political party in the United States, led by those who are willing to speak truth to power like Evan McMullen. It is shameful how many elected representatives will not speak out. Those who do: trust me, we're watching and taking notes. And we will be bringing all our friends and audiences to bear to help you win.

  • I will be watching closely to see which representatives rubber-stamp harmful policies and appointees, and I will vote against them across the ticket, on every single ticket I can vote on.

  • I will actively support all efforts to make the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact happen, to reform the electoral college.

  • To the extent that my schedule allows, I will participate in protests to combat policies that I believe are harmful to Americans.

  • I am not quite at a place in my life where I'd consider running for office, but I will be, eventually. To the extent that any Stack Overflow user can be elected a moderator, I could be elected into office, locally, in the house, even congress. Has anyone asked Joel Spolsky if he'd be willing to run for office? Because I'd be hard pressed to come up with someone I trust more than my old business partner Joel to do the right thing. I would vote for him so hard I'd break the damn voting machine.

I want to pay back this great country for everything it has done for me in my life, and carry the dream forward, not just selfishly for myself and my children, but for everyone's children, and our children's children. I do not mean the hollow promises of American nationalism …

We would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism—that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder—one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking—cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on— have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

… but the enduring values of freedom, justice, and equality that this nation was founded on. I pledge my allegiance to the American dream, and the American people – not the nation, never the nation.

Daredevil 233 page excerpt

I apologize that it's taken me 46 years to wake up and realize that some things, like the American dream, aren't guaranteed. There will come a time where you have to stand up and fight for them, for democracy to work. I will.

Will you?

[advertisement] At Stack Overflow, we help developers learn, share, and grow. Whether you’re looking for your next dream job or looking to build out your team, we've got your back.

24 Best WordPress Themes for Family Blogs (2017)

Are you looking for best WordPress themes for your family blog? A lot of folks use WordPress to build small family websites. This allows them to easily share family news, events, and photographs with their friends and family. In this article, we will show you… Read More »

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Are you looking for best WordPress themes for your family blog? A lot of folks use WordPress to build small family websites. This allows them to easily share family news, events, and photographs with their friends and family. In this article, we will show you some of the best WordPress themes for family blogs.

Best Family Blog Themes for WordPress

Creating Family Blogs with WordPress

First, you need to choose the right platform for your family blog. When we say WordPress, we mean self hosted WordPress.org sites. See our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

To start your WordPress blog, you will need a domain name and web hosting. Your domain name is your website’s address on the internet (e.g wpbeginner.com), and web hosting is your website’s home on the internet.

We recommend using Bluehost because they’re offering our users a free domain name and 60% off discount with our Bluehost coupon code.

Not to mention, they are an official WordPress.org recommended hosting provider and among the largest hosting companies in the world. This is why they’re also #1 in our list of best WordPress hosting companies.

Next, you will need to install WordPress. Follow the step by step instructions in our WordPress installation tutorial.

Now that your website is up and running, it is time to choose a theme for your website.

Select a theme from our expert pick of the best WordPress themes for family blogs and then follow the instructions in our how to install a WordPress theme tutorial.

1. Pretty Chic

Pretty Chic

Pretty Chic is beautiful stylish WordPress theme built on top of Genesis framework. This stylish theme is well-suited to be used for family blogs, wedding websites, baby blogs, etc.

It comes with 3 navigation bars, a full-width widget area, and beautiful page templates.

2. Family

Family

Family is a minimalist free WordPress theme for family blogs. It is designed to showcase your family photographs with minimal clutter.

It is a child theme of Omega and inherits all its capabilities including custom logo upload, custom header, custom colors, custom menu, custom CSS, and custom header via featured image.

3. Family Board

Family Board

Family Board is a bright WordPress family blog theme. It uses bright colors and features a slideshow of latest posts on top using full width images.

Apart from that it comes with multiple post formats, built in support for galleries, custom header, widgets, and 80+ shortcodes. It is fully customizable and quite easy to setup.

4. Wedding Day

Wedding Day

As the name suggests, Wedding Day is a WordPress family blog theme designed for wedding websites. It features a filterable photo album to easily share photos, a countdown timer, an RSVP form, and events section.

It allows you to easily share wedding photographs with friends and family, share event details, guide guests to location using Google Maps.

5. Minblr

Minblr

Minblr is a responsive, tumblr like microblogging theme. Ideal for personal and family blogs, it comes with 10 skins, multiple page layouts, multiple widget areas, and support for post formats.

6. Baseline

Baseline

Baseline is a minimalist style WordPress theme suitable for family, photography, and personal websites. It is also an ideal theme for magazine websites.

It comes with featured content carousel, category header menu, and stunning typography. It comes with multiple page layouts, custom widgets, social media integration, and easy theme setup panel.

7. Aesthetic

Aesthetic

Aesthetic is a modern WordPress blog theme. It is designed to elegantly display images which makes it ideal for family blogs.

It comes with a visual drag and drop builder, contact form, slider, mega menu, and lots of other features you would expect from a premium theme.

8. Kiddo Turf

Kiddo Turf

Kiddo Turf is a WordPress theme for kids related websites. It features bright colors, beautiful illustrations, and a joyful look.

It comes with an HTML5 animated slider, contact form, SEO options, page layout builder, and an easy to use theme setup.

9. Paperbag

paperbag

Paperbag is a minimalist WordPress theme for family blogs, personal or photography websites. Image display and beautiful typography are the two most stunning features of the theme.

It comes with multiple layout choices, 20+ color and template schemes, theme customizer, multiple sidebars and widget ready areas.

10. Candid

Candid

Candid is an elegant WordPress theme ideal for personal and family blogs. It is focused on displaying your photographs beautifully, which makes it ideal choice for sharing family photos.

It is highly customizable using the live customizer. You can choose your own colors, upload logo, background, etc. Candid uses Abril Display, a clean and sophisticated serif font.

11. Extant

extant

Extant is a free WordPress theme designed for photographers. This makes it a perfect choice for sharing family photos. It has a top bar as header, sliding panel menus, slide panel search, colors, custom background, and multiple layout choices.

12. Brigsby

Brigsby

Brigsby is a beautifully designed free WordPress theme. It features light color scheme with beautiful display of featured images.

It is a multi-purpose theme so it can be easily used for a blog, personal and family websites, photography and even magazine sites. It comes with two navigation menus, social menus, and live customization.

13. Salt and Pepper

Salt and Pepper

Salt and Pepper is a WordPress recipes theme crafted to be visually stunning. It is ideal for a family website with food and recipes related content.

The theme includes a handy recipe filter, ingredients list and cook methods. The homepage has a section to beautifully display recipe gallery. It also has a blog section and tons of customization options to make this theme truly yours.

14. Wedding Bride

Wedding Bride

This free WordPress theme is designed for wedding websites and is perfect for all kind of family blogs. As a wedding theme it features a front page template which can be setup using theme customizer.

Large header images, beautiful menus, and elegant typography make it an ideal choice to share your special day with family and friends.

15. Hueman

Hueman

Hueman is one of the most popular free WordPress themes. It is a multi-purpose theme that can be used for any kind of website including family blogs.

Hueman comes with two and three column layouts. It also has two navigation menus, social menu, custom widgets, custom header and background support, and multiple widget ready areas.

16. Brittany

Brittany

Brittany is an elegant multipurpose WordPress theme. It is a blogging theme with gorgeous typography and beautiful display of images. Perfect for family blogs with lots of photographs, videos, and text.

It comes with tons of customization options like custom colors, widgets, header, background, etc. It also supports WooCommerce out of the box.

17. Uberto

Uberto

Uberto is a bold WordPress theme suitable for personal and family blogs. It comes with multiple color schemes and even lets you assign color schemes on per page basis.

It includes several custom widgets for content discovery, social media, flickr, Twitter, etc. It is very easy to customize and setup.

18. Memories

Memories

Memories is a stunningly gorgeous WordPress theme with focus on photography. It is perfect for photography, fashion, and family blogs.

It comes with 2 and 3-columnn layouts, multiple page templates, and multiple color schemes. With custom widgets and tons of customization options you can uniquely tailor it for your family blog.

19. Peak

Peak

Peak is a multipurpose WordPress theme with unique grid based layout. With its focus on the beautiful display of photos, Peak is perfectly well suited for family blogs to share photos, events, or general news.

It has sliding menus, sliding sidebars, full-width single pages, and multiple layouts for the display of single posts. It also comes with a mega menu showcasing your most prominent entries.

20. Ruffie

Ruffie

Ruffie is a uniquely bold free WordPress theme. Inspired by comic books, this theme features bold typography and colors.

It comes with 6 color schemes, social media icons, breadcrumbs, and 7 widget ready areas. It is easy to customize using the live theme customizer.

21. Wedlock

Wedlock

Wedlock is a WordPress theme for wedding websites and other family events. It features a simplistic approach to design focusing on photos and typography.

It comes with page templates, custom header and background, widget ready areas, and live customizer.

22. Nightjar

Nightjar

This beautiful WordPress theme is designed specifically for sharing photographs. Nightjar is the perfect theme for family blogs, photography, and blogging.

It features fullscreen featured images and beautiful typography. You can set it up to feature upto four posts on front page, add your own logo and social media profiles.

23. Foodie

Foodie

As the name suggests, Foodie is a WordPress theme for food, family, and healthy living blogs. It comes with a recipe-builder, just enter ingredients and quantity and it will create beautiful lists for you.

A food or family blog is incomplete without lots of photographs. Foodie focuses on beautiful display of photographs, large featured images and beautiful thumbnail displays.

24. Byline

Byline

Byline is a beautiful free WordPress blogging theme. Designed to be a community centric theme, Byline displays entire articles including comments on your homepage. It comes with a beautiful unique layout focusing on readability and photographs.

It comes with custom header, featured image headers, custom background, editor styles, widget ready areas, and a beautiful sliding menu.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you find the best WordPress theme for your family blog. You may also want to see our comparison of the best WordPress photo gallery plugins.

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How to Create Beautiful Coming Soon Pages in WordPress with SeedProd

Do you want to create a beautiful coming soon page for your WordPress site? All websites need a pre-launch coming soon page. It allows you to build anticipation, create hype, and spread the word even before the launch of your main website. In this article,… Read More »

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Do you want to create a beautiful coming soon page for your WordPress site? All websites need a pre-launch coming soon page. It allows you to build anticipation, create hype, and spread the word even before the launch of your main website. In this article, we will show you how to quickly and easily create beautiful coming soon pages in WordPress.

How to create beautiful coming soon pages in WordPress

Why Create Coming Soon Pages in WordPress?

Coming soon pages are not just a placeholder for your website. They can be an effective lead generation tool for your business even before you launch the site.

Here are a few ways that we have used coming soon pages.

1. Gauge User Interest – If you are unsure about an idea, then coming soon pages can help you asses user interest in the project.

2. Build Hype – Coming Soon pages can also be used to build anticipation and create hype. Give product information and offer users incentives for sharing.

3. Capture Leads – Start building your email list and ask users to follow your social profiles. This allows you to have likes and followers as social proof even before you launch the site.

To create a coming soon page in WordPress, you would need to get the best WordPress hosting and install WordPress.

For more detailed instructions, you can also follow our step by step guide on how to start a WordPress blog.

Example of what we will Create

SeedProd Example 1

SeedProd Example 2

How to Create a Beautiful Coming Soon Page

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

SeedProd is a paid WordPress plugin. Pricing starts from $29 for a single site license with 1 year of support.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Coming Soon Pro page to setup your coming soon page.

Enable coming soon page

First you need to click on the ‘Enable Coming Soon Mode’ and click on ‘Save all changes’ button.

From now on, logged out users and search engines will be redirected to you coming soon page. You will still be able to see your site when logged in.

Next, you need to click on ‘Edit Coming Soon/Maintenance Page’ button. This will open the SeedProd theme customizer.

Select theme for your coming soon page

You will see a list of beautiful coming soon page templates to choose from. Each of these themes is fully customizable. You need to select a theme that best meets your needs.

Selecting a theme will open it in the customizer with a live preview.

Coming soon page customizer

You will see a list of options in the left panel. Clicking on an option will expand it to reveal its settings. Any changes you make will instantly appear in the live preview.

You can also switch between mobile and desktop view. After making your changes, you need to click on the save button to store your settings.

Editing coming soon page options

Using the customizer, you can add your own logo, background, change content, add email subscription form, social sharing buttons, countdown timer, progress bar, etc.

Each option is well thought out and quite easy to setup.

Next, we will connect the coming soons page to your email marketing service, so you can start building your email list.

First you will click on the ‘Email Form Settings’ from the left panel to expand it. After that, you need to select your email service provider under ‘Save Subscribers To’ option.

Email form settings for your coming soon page

For the sake of this article, we are showing you how to connect MailChimp. You will need to choose your own email service.

Next you need to click on the ‘Configure’ button to continue. This will take you to the settings page for your email service provider.

MailChimp settings

You will need to enter the API key, which you can get from MailChimp website. After that you need to select the email list and review rest of the settings.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save and continue editing’ button when you are finished.

This will bring you back to the theme customizer. You can continue editing your email form or click on the save button to store your changes.

Your coming soon page will now start collecting email addresses and add them to your email list.

Adding a Maintenance Mode Page

Some site owners may want to display a maintenance mode page instead of a coming soon page. A maintenance mode page is helpful if your site is undergoing maintenance, and you want to let your users know that you will be back soon.

SeedProd’s Coming Soon Pro plugin also lets you create beautiful maintenance pages in WordPress.

First you need to visit Settings » Coming Soon Pro page and select ‘Enable Maintenance Mode’ option.

Enable maintenance mode

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save All Changes’ button to enable maintenance mode.

From now on, you will see your regular site when logged in. Logged out users and search engines will be redirected to your maintenance mode page.

Next, you need to click on ‘Edit Coming Soon/Maintenance Page’ button. This will open the SeedProd theme customizer where you can select a theme and edit it to be displayed as your maintenance mode page.

Advanced Settings for Coming Soon Pages

SeedProd’s Coming Soon pro is a powerful plugin with several advanced options.

You can add custom site title and meta description for your coming soon page. This allows your site to be indexed using the same title and description that you will use on your live site.

You can also include and exclude URLs manually. This feature allows you to set up a coming soon page on homepage, and allow your blog or contact form pages to be excluded.

Exclude URLs from redirection

If you are working on a client site, then you can give them a secret URL where they can see the live site.

Control access

We hope this article helped you learn how to create beautiful coming soon pages in WordPress. You may also want to see our ultimate guide on how to boost WordPress speed and performance.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

The post How to Create Beautiful Coming Soon Pages in WordPress with SeedProd appeared first on WPBeginner.

How to Create Beautiful Coming Soon Pages in WordPress with SeedProd

Do you want to create a beautiful coming soon page for your WordPress site? All websites need a pre-launch coming soon page. It allows you to build anticipation, create hype, and spread the word even before the launch of your main website. In this article,… Read More »

The post How to Create Beautiful Coming Soon Pages in WordPress with SeedProd appeared first on WPBeginner.

Do you want to create a beautiful coming soon page for your WordPress site? All websites need a pre-launch coming soon page. It allows you to build anticipation, create hype, and spread the word even before the launch of your main website. In this article, we will show you how to quickly and easily create beautiful coming soon pages in WordPress.

How to create beautiful coming soon pages in WordPress

Why Create Coming Soon Pages in WordPress?

Coming soon pages are not just a placeholder for your website. They can be an effective lead generation tool for your business even before you launch the site.

Here are a few ways that we have used coming soon pages.

1. Gauge User Interest – If you are unsure about an idea, then coming soon pages can help you asses user interest in the project.

2. Build Hype – Coming Soon pages can also be used to build anticipation and create hype. Give product information and offer users incentives for sharing.

3. Capture Leads – Start building your email list and ask users to follow your social profiles. This allows you to have likes and followers as social proof even before you launch the site.

To create a coming soon page in WordPress, you would need to get the best WordPress hosting and install WordPress.

For more detailed instructions, you can also follow our step by step guide on how to start a WordPress blog.

Example of what we will Create

SeedProd Example 1

SeedProd Example 2

How to Create a Beautiful Coming Soon Page

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

SeedProd is a paid WordPress plugin. Pricing starts from $29 for a single site license with 1 year of support.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Coming Soon Pro page to setup your coming soon page.

Enable coming soon page

First you need to click on the ‘Enable Coming Soon Mode’ and click on ‘Save all changes’ button.

From now on, logged out users and search engines will be redirected to you coming soon page. You will still be able to see your site when logged in.

Next, you need to click on ‘Edit Coming Soon/Maintenance Page’ button. This will open the SeedProd theme customizer.

Select theme for your coming soon page

You will see a list of beautiful coming soon page templates to choose from. Each of these themes is fully customizable. You need to select a theme that best meets your needs.

Selecting a theme will open it in the customizer with a live preview.

Coming soon page customizer

You will see a list of options in the left panel. Clicking on an option will expand it to reveal its settings. Any changes you make will instantly appear in the live preview.

You can also switch between mobile and desktop view. After making your changes, you need to click on the save button to store your settings.

Editing coming soon page options

Using the customizer, you can add your own logo, background, change content, add email subscription form, social sharing buttons, countdown timer, progress bar, etc.

Each option is well thought out and quite easy to setup.

Next, we will connect the coming soons page to your email marketing service, so you can start building your email list.

First you will click on the ‘Email Form Settings’ from the left panel to expand it. After that, you need to select your email service provider under ‘Save Subscribers To’ option.

Email form settings for your coming soon page

For the sake of this article, we are showing you how to connect MailChimp. You will need to choose your own email service.

Next you need to click on the ‘Configure’ button to continue. This will take you to the settings page for your email service provider.

MailChimp settings

You will need to enter the API key, which you can get from MailChimp website. After that you need to select the email list and review rest of the settings.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save and continue editing’ button when you are finished.

This will bring you back to the theme customizer. You can continue editing your email form or click on the save button to store your changes.

Your coming soon page will now start collecting email addresses and add them to your email list.

Adding a Maintenance Mode Page

Some site owners may want to display a maintenance mode page instead of a coming soon page. A maintenance mode page is helpful if your site is undergoing maintenance, and you want to let your users know that you will be back soon.

SeedProd’s Coming Soon Pro plugin also lets you create beautiful maintenance pages in WordPress.

First you need to visit Settings » Coming Soon Pro page and select ‘Enable Maintenance Mode’ option.

Enable maintenance mode

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save All Changes’ button to enable maintenance mode.

From now on, you will see your regular site when logged in. Logged out users and search engines will be redirected to your maintenance mode page.

Next, you need to click on ‘Edit Coming Soon/Maintenance Page’ button. This will open the SeedProd theme customizer where you can select a theme and edit it to be displayed as your maintenance mode page.

Advanced Settings for Coming Soon Pages

SeedProd’s Coming Soon pro is a powerful plugin with several advanced options.

You can add custom site title and meta description for your coming soon page. This allows your site to be indexed using the same title and description that you will use on your live site.

You can also include and exclude URLs manually. This feature allows you to set up a coming soon page on homepage, and allow your blog or contact form pages to be excluded.

Exclude URLs from redirection

If you are working on a client site, then you can give them a secret URL where they can see the live site.

Control access

We hope this article helped you learn how to create beautiful coming soon pages in WordPress. You may also want to see our ultimate guide on how to boost WordPress speed and performance.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

The post How to Create Beautiful Coming Soon Pages in WordPress with SeedProd appeared first on WPBeginner.

VIDEO: How to get started with technical public speaking!

On .NET is a weekly chat with team members from the .NET team at Microsoft. This week we put together something a little different, and honestly, I think it not only went really well, but I think it’s an hour that provides a lot of value that goes well beyond .NET or any technology.

image

We put together a panel of folks at different points in their technical careers. Some just starting to speak publicly and some who’ve been doing it for 20+ years. Some introverts, some extroverts. Some with speaking or theater experience, others with none. And we talked!

We chatted about how to get started, where you can learn to speak on technical topics, how to form a story arc, how to best utilize your gifts, when to be critical and when to breathe.

It was great fun and included myself, Kendra Havens, Maria Naggaga Nakanwagi, Kasey Uhlenhuth, and Donovan Brown. You can view or download it here on Channel 9, or you can watch it on YouTube embedded below.

Let us know if this kind of content is useful, and if you want to see more in the future.


Sponsor: Big thumbs-up for Kendo UI! They published a comprehensive whitepaper on responsive web design and the best and fastest way to serve desktop and mobile web users in a tailored and cost-effective manner. Check it out!


© 2016 Scott Hanselman. All rights reserved.
     

On .NET is a weekly chat with team members from the .NET team at Microsoft. This week we put together something a little different, and honestly, I think it not only went really well, but I think it's an hour that provides a lot of value that goes well beyond .NET or any technology.

image

We put together a panel of folks at different points in their technical careers. Some just starting to speak publicly and some who've been doing it for 20+ years. Some introverts, some extroverts. Some with speaking or theater experience, others with none. And we talked!

We chatted about how to get started, where you can learn to speak on technical topics, how to form a story arc, how to best utilize your gifts, when to be critical and when to breathe.

It was great fun and included myself, Kendra Havens, Maria Naggaga Nakanwagi, Kasey Uhlenhuth, and Donovan Brown. You can view or download it here on Channel 9, or you can watch it on YouTube embedded below.

Let us know if this kind of content is useful, and if you want to see more in the future.


Sponsor: Big thumbs-up for Kendo UI! They published a comprehensive whitepaper on responsive web design and the best and fastest way to serve desktop and mobile web users in a tailored and cost-effective manner. Check it out!



© 2016 Scott Hanselman. All rights reserved.
     

VIDEO: How to get started with technical public speaking!

On .NET is a weekly chat with team members from the .NET team at Microsoft. This week we put together something a little different, and honestly, I think it not only went really well, but I think it’s an hour that provides a lot of value that goes well beyond .NET or any technology.

image

We put together a panel of folks at different points in their technical careers. Some just starting to speak publicly and some who’ve been doing it for 20+ years. Some introverts, some extroverts. Some with speaking or theater experience, others with none. And we talked!

We chatted about how to get started, where you can learn to speak on technical topics, how to form a story arc, how to best utilize your gifts, when to be critical and when to breathe.

It was great fun and included myself, Kendra Havens, Maria Naggaga Nakanwagi, Kasey Uhlenhuth, and Donovan Brown. You can view or download it here on Channel 9, or you can watch it on YouTube embedded below.

Let us know if this kind of content is useful, and if you want to see more in the future.


Sponsor: Big thumbs-up for Kendo UI! They published a comprehensive whitepaper on responsive web design and the best and fastest way to serve desktop and mobile web users in a tailored and cost-effective manner. Check it out!


© 2016 Scott Hanselman. All rights reserved.
     

On .NET is a weekly chat with team members from the .NET team at Microsoft. This week we put together something a little different, and honestly, I think it not only went really well, but I think it's an hour that provides a lot of value that goes well beyond .NET or any technology.

image

We put together a panel of folks at different points in their technical careers. Some just starting to speak publicly and some who've been doing it for 20+ years. Some introverts, some extroverts. Some with speaking or theater experience, others with none. And we talked!

We chatted about how to get started, where you can learn to speak on technical topics, how to form a story arc, how to best utilize your gifts, when to be critical and when to breathe.

It was great fun and included myself, Kendra Havens, Maria Naggaga Nakanwagi, Kasey Uhlenhuth, and Donovan Brown. You can view or download it here on Channel 9, or you can watch it on YouTube embedded below.

Let us know if this kind of content is useful, and if you want to see more in the future.


Sponsor: Big thumbs-up for Kendo UI! They published a comprehensive whitepaper on responsive web design and the best and fastest way to serve desktop and mobile web users in a tailored and cost-effective manner. Check it out!



© 2016 Scott Hanselman. All rights reserved.
     

How to Add a Customer Reviews Page in WordPress

Do you want to add a reviews page in WordPress? Many businesses add a customer reviews page on their website to showcase testimonials from their satisfied customers. In this article, we will show you how to easily add a customer reviews page in WordPress. Why… Read More »

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Do you want to add a reviews page in WordPress? Many businesses add a customer reviews page on their website to showcase testimonials from their satisfied customers. In this article, we will show you how to easily add a customer reviews page in WordPress.

Adding a reviews page in WordPress

Why Add a Customer Reviews Page in WordPress

If you are running an online store or a business website, then you probably already have customers who are happy with your product and services.

WPBeginner testimonials

Showing social proof like customer reviews and testimonials help you gain trust of new and potential customers.

A reviews page not only helps you win new customers, it also helps you build stronger relations with your existing customers. It shows that you care, and puts your customers under the spotlight.

At OptinMonster, we have a customer reviews page that highlight our customer success stories. It also allows us to talk to them and do full-blown case studies.

Now that you know the importance of customer reviews page, let’s take a look at how to easily create a reviews page on your WordPress site.

Add Customer Reviews Page in WordPress

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

Upon activation, you need to visit the Easy Testimonials Settings page to configure plugin settings.

Easy testimonials settings page

The plugin comes with a lot of different options. You can review the settings and adjust them to match your needs.

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

Next, you need to visit Testimonials » Add New Testimonial page to add customer reviews.

Adding customer reviews or testimonials

Provide a title for the review and then enter the actual review in the post editor. You can create or select a category and add customer photo as featured image.

You will notice there is a testimonial information metabox below the post editor. This is where you will enter customer name, title, job description, email address, etc. You can also add the rating from 1-5.

Reviewer information

Go ahead and publish the review. You can manually add as many customer testimonials as you like.

Display Customer Reviews on a WordPress Page

Easy Testimonials makes it super easy to add customer reviews to your website.

First you need to edit or create a new page in WordPress where you want to display customer reviews.

You will notice a new testimonials button on top of the post editor. Clicking on the button will display a number of options. You can display reviews in a list, grid, single review, testimonial slider, etc.

Testimonials button

Selecting an option will bring up a popup where you can select different options. You can select a theme, width of reviews container, filter by category, show star rating, among other options.

Customize how you want to display reviews

Next, click on the ‘Insert Now’ button and the plugin will add a shortcode to the post editor.

You can now save and publish your page. After that visit your website to see your reviews page in action.

preview of a reviews page in WordPress

If you need help adding your reviews page to the navigation menu on your website, then check out our guide on how to add navigation menu in WordPress

Collecting Customer Reviews on Your WordPress Site

Most businesses collect customer reviews by email. This way you can ask customers more personalized questions and ask for a photograph. It also allows you to avoid dealing with spam reviews.

However, if you would like to collect reviews directly on your website, then you will need to upgrade to the pro version of the plugin.

After that you can add this shortcode [submit_testimonial] inside a WordPress page to display a ‘Submit your review’ form.

Adding submit your review form in WordPress

Once users submit a review you will be able to see them as pending review under testimonials section in WordPress admin area. You can then review and edit the testimonial and publish it to appear on your reviews page.

Alternatively, you can use our WordPress form plugin, WPForms, that comes with a Post Submissions Addon. It allows you to collect user-submitted content including testimonials.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily add a reviews page in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 24 must have WordPress plugins for business websites

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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