Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2016 on WPBeginner

Another year is about to end and what a great year it was. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support of WPBeginner. We look back at 2016 and feel grateful for the success and joy our team achieved. WPBeginner 2016 Recap from Syed… Read More »

The post Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2016 on WPBeginner appeared first on WPBeginner.

Another year is about to end and what a great year it was. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support of WPBeginner. We look back at 2016 and feel grateful for the success and joy our team achieved.

Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2016 on WPBeginner

WPBeginner 2016 Recap from Syed Balkhi

Wow what a year has this been for WPBeginner. Not only did we grew in all aspects from traffic to team size to revenue (coming from our premium plugins), but we also got a new site design after 4 long years.

Our YouTube channel doubled in size. We now have over 500 free video tutorials that have been watched by over 6 million people, and we have almost 47,000 subscribers. I would really appreciate it if you can subscribe to our YouTube channel. My goal is to reach the 100,000 subscriber mark in 2017.

Amanda and I welcomed our first baby, Solomon (born in October). To celebrate, we donated the wp.org domain to the WordPress foundation. Several of you asked for a picture, so here it is:

Solomon Balkhi

This was also a great year for WPBeginner’s family of products.

In March, we launched a new WordPress contact form plugin. It’s called WPForms, and we have both a free version and a premium Pro version.

I wrote a full WPForms backstory about how and why we started WPForms on my personal blog. It’s a fun read.

So far it’s being used on over 50,000 WordPress websites, and our users absolutely love it. Try the free version, so you can see the WPForms difference!

Our WordPress gallery plugin, Envira Gallery, doubled in size. We now have over 30 addons that makes Envira the most flexible and easy to use WordPress gallery plugin in the market.

We did a major overhaul to our WordPress slider plugin, Soliloquy. Aside from the completely new website design, we also significantly optimized the plugin workflow and added several new addons.

Our signature product, OptinMonster, continued to push the limits in 2016. Our team nearly doubled in size, and we have added tons of conversion optimization features such as dynamic text replacement, onsite retargeting, onsite follow up campaigns, and so much more. Seriously, if you’re not using OptinMonster, then you’re losing subscribers every day.

Michael Stelzner from Social Media Examiner added 250,000 new email subscribers using OptinMonster (see the case study).

We have a lot of exciting things coming up in 2017 including the revamp of MonsterInsights in January.

If you want to keep up with more than just WPBeginner, then you can always follow me on Twitter (@syedbalkhi) where I tweet about our other projects, marketing tips, and tons of other cool things.

Now let’s take a look at the best of WPBeginner in 2016.

Best of WPBeginner in 2016

In 2016, we wrote tons of useful WordPress tutorials. Here’s a hand-picked list of some of our favorite ones.

January 2016

Who owns WordPress? And how does WordPress make money? – Many beginners often find it difficult to understand how open source software work. In this article, we answered the most frequently asked questions about who owns WordPress and how it makes money.

How to install Facebook remarketing/ retargeting pixel in WordPress – Facebook retargeting pixel allows you to track your website visitors on Facebook and show them ads. It helps you boost conversions and get more user engagement on your Facebook page as well.

Which is the best WordPress Popup Plugin? – We compared the performance and quality of best popup plugins for WordPress. We tested each of them for speed, features, ease of use, and pricing to find out which one is the best solution.

4 Ways to Prevent Image Theft in WordPress – Image theft is a common problem for photographers and bloggers. We shared 4 ways to prevent image theft on a WordPress powered website. While there’s no way to completely stop people from stealing your images, these ways help reduce image theft.

February 2016

WordPress vs static HTML – What’s best for your business website? – We are often asked by business owners about the advantage of using WordPress over static HTML website. In this article, we compared pros and cons of WordPress vs static HTML.

36 Reasons Why Having a “Free Website” is a Bad Idea – The thought of getting a free website is tempting. But there’s always a catch. We shared 36 reasons why having a free website is a bad idea and something you should AVOID at all costs.

How to Make a Niche Review Site in WordPress like a Pro – Want to create an online review site? We created a step by step guide on how to create a niche review site in WordPress like a Pro, so you can earn money from it.

How to Add an Author Bio Box in WordPress Posts – An easy way to add an author bio box with their social profile links at the end of each post. We shared 3 different methods, so you can choose the one that best suits your need.

March 2016

How to setup a professional email address with Google Apps and Gmail – The first thing every business owner needs is a professional email address. We walked you through a step by step guide on how to create a professional email address the RIGHT way.

How to properly move from Squarespace to WordPress – Many users start their websites using different platforms like Squarespace. Sooner they realize the limitations and find WordPress as the more flexible solution for their needs. In this article, we showed you how to properly move your website from Squarespace to WordPress.

How Sucuri helped us block 450,000 WordPress attacks – We use Sucuri to improve security of all our websites. In this article, we shared our case study and how Sucuri helped us improve WordPress security.

How to Send Thank You Email to Blog Commenters in WordPress – One of the best ways to engage users and keep them coming back after they leave a comment on your site. A simple thank you email goes a long way.

How to Add Facebook Like Emotional Reactions in WordPress – You’re probably familiar with the emotional reactions that Facebook added earlier this year. Well, you can add a similar feature on your blog posts to boost engagement.

April 2016

5 Best WordPress eCommerce plugins compared – Many of our users asked us about which eCommerce plugin they should use. In this article, we compared 5 best WordPress eCommerce plugins with pros and cons.

19 Actionable Tips to Drive Traffic to Your New WordPress Site – Ever wondered how can I get more traffic to my website? This article covers 19 different ways to increasing your traffic.

How to Add Google Search in a WordPress Site – We use the Google search on our website. This article shows you how to replace the default WordPress search with Google search for more relevant results.

How to Fix WordPress Not Sending Email Issue – Most WordPress hosting servers aren’t properly configured to send emails. This is quite frustrating because you might miss an important contact form inquiry or another email. You can fix this problem by following this tutorial.

May 2016

How to setup Facebook Instant Articles for WordPress – In this step by step tutorial, we explained pros and cons of Facebook Instant Articles as well as how to easily set it up on your WordPRess site.

Yoast SEO vs All in One SEO Pack – Which is the best WordPress SEO plugin? – In this article, we compared two of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins to find out which one is the best.

5 Best WordPress membership plugins – Want to build a membership website with WordPress? We compared the best WordPress membership plugins to find out which one offers the most features, flexibility, and ease of use.

How to Highlight New Posts for Returning Visitors in WordPress – Ever wondered how popular sites highlight new posts for returning visitors? Here’s an easy way to highlight unread WordPress posts to returning visitors.

June 2016

How to create a multilingual WordPress site with WPML – Want to build a multilingual website? In this article, we showed you how to easily build a multilingual WordPress site with WPML.

How to create a multi-page form in WordPress – Multi-page forms allow you to make lengthy forms much easier to fill. In this article, we showed you how to easily create multi-page forms in WordPress.

How to better manage automatic WordPress updates – Updates are important for security and stability of your WordPress site. However, if you manage multiple WordPress sites then updates can become a bit annoying. In this article, we showed you how to better manage automatic WordPress updates.

15 Most Annoying Things about WordPress and How to Fix Them – Like most things in life, WordPress also has it’s fair share of annoying things. We shared 15 most annoying things about WordPress and how to fix them.

July 2016

16 Best WordPress plugins for marketers – We are often asked by users about plugins they should use to market their website and products more effectively. In this article, we hand-picked some of the best WordPress plugins for marketers that can help you reach new customers and boost sales.

10 Awesome WordPress Features that You Probably Didn’t Know Existed – WordPress is always evolving and changing. We highlighted 10 hidden features that you probably didn’t know existed.

How to Create Bars and Charts in WordPress with Visualizer – Easiest way to create graphs, bars, pie charts, and more in WordPress without writing a single line of code.

August 2016

Beginner’s guide to troubleshooting WordPress errors (step by step) – Many beginners often find it difficult to figure out what’s causing an error on their WordPress site. In this guide, we compiled a step by step list of actions to troubleshoot WordPress errors and fixing them.

How to add web push notification to your WordPress site – Have you noticed the web push notifications used on popular websites like Facebook? In this article, we showed you how to easily add web push notifications to your WordPress site.

How to Add a Reading Progress Bar in WordPress – Have you noticed how some popular sites show a reading progress bar indicator at the top of their articles? Here’s how you can add one on your site as well.

September 2016

12 Tips to Optimize Your WordPress RSS Feed – Make the most out of your WordPress RSS feed with these 12 tricks.

How to create a custom user registration form in WordPress – Want to allow users to register on your WordPress site without visiting the WordPress admin area? In this article, we showed you how to easily create custom user registration forms in WordPress.

25 Most Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them – When you see a WordPress error, don’t panic. Simply refer to this guide where we cover how to fix the 25 most common WordPress errors.

Why Building Your Email List is so Important Today – Often bloggers and business owners ignore this subject, but they shouldn’t. We cover the top reasons why building an email list is crucial for your success.

October 2016

How to properly update live published posts in WordPress – Editing a live published post means you will have to finish the work in one go. You cannot save the changes mid-way. In this article, we showed you how to properly update live published posts in WordPress.

How to start your own podcast (step by step) – Want to start your own podcast using WordPress? In this step by step guide we showed you how to start your own podcast like a pro.

How to start an online store (step by step) – Want to start your own online store using WordPress? In this step by step guide, we showed you how to start an online store in 2016 and start selling.

The Ultimate WordPress Security Guide – WordPress security is a topic of huge importance for every website owner. In this guide, we covered all the top WordPress security tips to help you protect your website against hackers and malware.

Ultimate WordPress SEO Guide for Beginners – Improving your WordPress SEO is crucial for getting more traffic to your website. In this guide, we shared the top WordPress SEO tips to help you improve your WordPress SEO and get more organic traffic.

November 2016

How to allow users to submit posts to your WordPress site – Want to accept articles and guest posts from users on your site? In this article, we showed you how to easily allow users to submit posts to your WordPress site.

The Ultimate Guide to Boost WordPress Speed & Performance – Speed not only improves user experience on your website, it also helps you rank higher in search results. In this guide, we showed you how to improve WordPress performance and speed.

16 tools to create better images for your blog posts – Want to add beautiful images to your blog posts but don’t have graphic design skills? In this article, we hand-picked the best tools to create better images for your blog posts without any design skills.

How to Choose the Best Blogging Platform (Comparison) – We compared the top 10 most popular blogging platforms to help you decide which is the best one. You can take a guess which one won.

December 2016

15 best tutorials to master WordPress navigation menus – We compiled a list of all the best tutorials to help you master WordPress navigation menus like a pro.

How to Move WordPress to a New Host or Server with no Downtime – Looking to switch hosting providers? HEre’s a step by step guide on how to properly migrate your site without downtime.

How to Setup Google AMP in WordPress – Step by step guide on how to properly setup Google AMP on your WordPress site.

These were some of the best WordPress tutorials on WPBeginner in 2016. We hope that you liked them.

We would like to thank all our users for supporting us by offering feedback, sharing our articles, leaving comments, and suggesting topic ideas. We are really very thankful. We hope to add even more useful tutorials in 2017.

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 Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2016 on WPBeginner appeared first on WPBeginner.

Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2015 on WPBeginner

2015 is about to come to an end and what a great year it was. We want to thank all of you for your continued support of WPBeginner over the past 6 years of our existence. As we look back at the year of 2015,… Read More »

The post Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2015 on WPBeginner appeared first on WPBeginner.

2015 is about to come to an end and what a great year it was. We want to thank all of you for your continued support of WPBeginner over the past 6 years of our existence. As we look back at the year of 2015, it was full of success and joy for the WPBeginner team.

Best WordPress Tutorials of 2015 on WPBeginner

WPBeginner 2015 Recap from Syed Balkhi

Like every year, WPBeginner grew in all aspects from traffic to team size to revenue (coming from variety of our projects).

I will be sharing a series of traffic growth tips posts on my personal blog SyedBalkhi.com starting with the one on how we grew our Facebook traffic by 332% this year which will be coming out this week, so go ahead and subscribe to the newsletter (it’ll be good).

A lot of folks haven’t realized, but we added over 204 new video tutorials on WPBeginner’s YouTube channel this year. If you aren’t subscribed to our channel, then I would appreciate your support.

This was also a great year for WPBeginner’s family of products.

We converted our premium WordPress lead generation plugin, OptinMonster, into a complete software as a service (SaaS) application which allows our users to use OptinMonster on all web platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Shopify, custom HTML sites, etc (more details here).

I’m extremely proud of the OptinMonster team. I can’t believe a simple plugin that we built to help us convert more visitors into subscribers for WPBeginner is now used by some of the largest companies in the world. Fun fact: in November alone, OptinMonster popups and subscription forms were viewed over 3 billions times.

Last year, we welcomed Envira Gallery into our family of WordPress products. This year, we released over 20 new extensions to truly make it the most flexible and easy to use WordPress gallery plugin in the market.

In October, we did an overhaul of the site and doubled our sales. Read the full case study on how we did it.

We have a lot of exciting things coming up in 2016 including the launch of at least 4 new projects, complete site redesign of List25, and a major overhaul of Soliloquy our premium slider plugin.

Yes that means we’re growing, and yes we’re hiring. See our open positions.

If you want to keep up with more than just WPBeginner, then you can always follow me on Twitter (@syedbalkhi) where I tweet about our other projects, marketing tips, and tons of other cool things.

Now let’s take a look at the best of WPBeginner in 2015.

Best of WPBeginner in 2015

In 2015, we wrote tons of useful WordPress tutorials. Here’s a hand-picked list of some of our favorite ones.

January 2015

10 Most Wanted Twitter Hacks and Plugins for WordPress – Twitter remained the conversion hub of the web in 2015, so naturally our users wanted to get more out of Twitter by integrating it to their WordPress sites. In this article, we shared 10 of the most wanted Twitter hacks and plugins for WordPress users.

20 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2015 Expert Pick – At the beginning of the year we shared our expert-pick of the best WordPress plugins of 2015. These plugins continued to be useful throughout the year and hopefully will remain so in next year as well.

How to Disable Title for Selective Posts in WordPress – This is a very handy tutorial because it allows you to selectively hide post titles for specific posts.

How to Add Click to Tweet Boxes in your WordPress Posts – The click to tweet boxes are becoming a trend as more news sites and popular blogs incorporate them. They definitely help you increase engagement and shares.

February 2015

When Should You Change Your WordPress Web Hosting (Top 7 Key Indicators) – Isn’t switching hosting providers hard? Not really. If you’re frustrated with your hosting company, then evaluate these 7 key points before you decide to switch.

How to Moderate New User Registrations in WordPress – Many membership sites often face the problem of dealing with spam or unwanted user registrations on their WordPress sites. In this article, we showed how to moderate new user registrations in WordPress.

How to Add SSL and HTTPS in WordPress – SSL and HTTPS adds a security layer to data transfereed between client’s browser and your server. If your site stores user’s personal or sensitive information then you should implement SSL and start serving your pages through https. In this tutorial, we showed you how to add SSL and HTTPS in WordPress.

How to Archive WordPress Posts without Deleting them – Very handy plugin specially if you’re considering changing the direction of your blog. I wanted to have a fresh start for my personal blog and wanted to hide some posts from public eyes without deleting them, and this plugin works like a charm.

Marach 2015

How to Create a Coupon Site in WordPress – A comprehensive tutorial that shows you how to create a coupon site or add a coupons section in your WordPress site to improve your affiliate earnings.

How to Create a Video Slider in WordPress – Video sliders allow you to create very engaging landing pages. In this article, we showed you how to create a video slider in WordPress.

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Redirects in WordPress – Sometimes you will need to redirect users from one page to another. This action can have drastic affect on your site’s SEO. In this beginner’s guide, we showed you how to easily create redirects in WordPress without losing SEO.

We are often asked by our users to recommend tools, plugins, and themes to help them grow their websites. In March, we shared some very useful lists.

April 2015

How to Clone a WordPress Site in 7 Easy Steps – Switching to a different host? Want to create a copy of your site to make changes on your local server? Or simply want to create a duplicate site? This tutorial will help.

10 Best Affiliate Marketing Tools and Plugins for WordPress – Affiliate marketing provides an extra source of income to many bloggers and WordPress websites. In this article, we hand-picked some of the best affiliate marketing tools and plugins for WordPress users.

8 Proven Methods to Promote Old Posts in WordPress – Most beginners write their post, share it once and then leave it to die in the archive pages. Want to maximize the traffic from each post? Read this article.

Speeding up WordPress: How We Optimized List25 Performance by 256% – A neat case study that shows how we improved the performance of our popular entertainment site, List25.

May 2015

Optimizing Images with WP Smush (Pro, Cons, and Alternatives) – Images can slow down your website and may affect your SEO and user experience. In this article, we compared WP Smush plugin’s pros and cons. We also shared the best alternatives to optimize your images.

How to Cloak Affiliate Links on Your WordPress Site – Affiliate links are longer and complicated. They also reveal your affiliate username or ID. In this article, we showed you how to cloak affiliate links on your WordPress site.

How to Add a Restaurant Reservation System in WordPress – Starting a restaurant website? Want to add a reservation system? Here’s a step by step tutorial.

June 2015

Switching Away from Disqus Review – Increased Comments by 304% – We used Disqus commenting system for a while on WPBeginner. There were a number of issues that made us switch away from Disqus. In this article, we shared our switching away from Disqus review and how it increased our comments by 304%.

CSS Hero Review: WordPress Design Customization Made Easy – One of the main issues that WordPress beginners come across is editing their themes. Often they cannot just go and change something because it requires writing CSS and HTML code. In this article, we reviewed CSS Hero and how it makes WordPress design customization easier.

Beginner’s Guide on How to Backdate Your WordPress Posts – Everytime I share this with a beginner user, they’re surprised. Yes, you can backdate your posts in WordPress.

Beginner’s Guide to WordPress User Roles – We created an infographic that explains the different user roles and permissions in WordPress.

July 2015

Which is the Best WordPress Slider? Performance + Quality Compared – There are so many WordPress slider plugins in the market. We decided to pick the best WordPress sliders and compare them for performance and quality.

How to Add Email Subscriptions to Your WordPress Blog – Our users often asked us what is the best way to add email subscription option to their WordPress sites? In this article, we showed how to add email subscription to your WordPress blog.

How to Add the Facebook Author Tag in WordPress – This is a really easy way to get your personal brand noticed on Facebook. If you don’t have Facebook Author tags added on your site, then I highly recommend doing so. It takes less than 2 minutes.

August 2015

How to Create a Welcome Gate in WordPress – Welcome Gate are fullscreen popovers that allow you to boost your conversion rates. Traditional welcome gate usually just redirect user to a new page or take over users screen. Google punishes websites using these kind of techniques. In this article, we showed you the proper way to create a welcome gate in WordPress without ruining your SEO.

How to Add Title and NoFollow to Insert Link Popup in WordPress – A handy solution that makes inserting links a little bit faster by adding two of the most needed items in the insert link box.

How to Add a Portfolio to Your WordPress Site – Most users usually go for a portfolio theme when they need to showcase their work on a site. However, most these themes limit your options to add other kind of content. In this article, we showed you how to add a portfolio to your WordPress site without switching themes.

How to Fix This Site Contains Harmful Programs Error in WordPress – A very frustrating error which means that your site was hacked. This article outlines the step by step process on how you can fix that.

September 2015

How to Add Content Upgrades in WordPress and Grow Your Email List – Content upgrades is the marketing technique that everyone is talking about. It is very simple, you offer your users a chance to get bonus content by performing an action. In this article, we showed you how to add content upgrades in WordPress and grow your email list.

19+ Free Google Tools Every WordPress Blogger Should Use – Google offers several highly useful tools that anyone can use for free. In this article, we hand-picked 19+ free Google tools that every WordPress blogger should use.

13 Plugins and Tips to Improve WordPress Admin Area – Little known plugins and tips to improve your overall WordPress admin experience.

How to Customize WordPress Excerpts (No Coding Required) – We get asked this question a lot, so we decided to do an article which shows multiple ways to create custom excerpts in WordPress.

October 2015

How to Add Inline Related Posts in WordPress Blog Posts – Many news and magazine sites display related articles in the middle of their articles. It increases their page views and provides users the most relevant content. In this article, we showed you how to add inline related posts in WordPress and decrease your bounce rate.

Checklist: 11 Things To Do Before Launching a WordPress Site – Launching a new website brings lots of excitement. You may also worry about missing out something important before the launch. In this article, we shared a 11 points checklist of things to do before launching a WordPress site.

How to Create a Pre-Publish Blog Post Checklist in WordPress – Want to avoid mistakes and create a perfect blog post? You can do this by adding a pre-publish checklist to help you speed up the editorial process.

November 2015

11 Ways to Get More Comments on Your WordPress Blog Posts – Comments are the best way to engage your users and build a community around your WordPress site. In this article, we shared 11 ways to get more comments on your WordPress blog posts.

How to Add Front-End Login Page and Widgets in WordPress – If you run a WordPress site where users are required to login to use some features of the site. WordPress allows any users access to the wp-admin directory when they login. In this article, we showed how you can allow users to login from the front-end of your website without visiting WordPress admin area.

How to Add a Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs Section in WordPress – Got a business site? Then you probably want to consider adding a FAQ section to help reduce support questions.

How to Add Beautiful Event Timeline in WordPress – This is a really cool plugin that allows you to show a beautiful event timeline without changing your theme. Best part is that it’s really easy to use.

December 2015

How to Rollback WordPress Plugins (Version Control for Beginners) – Have you ever updated a WordPress plugin and realized that it broke your website? In this article, we showed you how to rollback WordPress plugins to previous versions.

How to Easily Add CSS Animations in WordPress – Many popular sites use CSS animations to add sliding effects, bouncing elements, and flipping tables. These attention seeker elements make your website look more interactive and engaging. In this article, we showed you how to easily add CSS animations to your WordPress site without writing any code.

Beginner’s Guide: How to Use Rich Snippets in WordPress – Want to improve your SEO and get more clicks on your listings? Rich snippets can help your site stand out in search listings.

41 Best Free WordPress Photography Themes – Are you a photographer? Want to showcase your beautiful photos? Use one of these free 41 photography themes.

These were some of the best WordPress tutorials on WPBeginner in 2015. We hope that you liked them.

We would like to thank you once again for supporting us throughout the year by offering feedback, sharing our articles, leaving comments and suggesting topic ideas. We are really very thankful. We hope to add even more useful tutorials in 2016.

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 Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2015 on WPBeginner appeared first on WPBeginner.