How to Force WordPress to Check for Plugin Updates

Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In… Read More »

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Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to easily force WordPress to check for plugin updates.

Force WordPress plugin updates

Method 1. Using The Built-in WordPress Updates

If you just want WordPress to check if a plugin update is available, then this is the easiest way to do that.

Simply head over to Dashboard » Updates page and then click on the check again button.

Check for WordPress updates

WordPress will now reload the page and check all your WordPress plugins, themes, and core WordPress software for updates.

If there is an update available, then it will show you on the page and as the notification in the admin bar.

WordPress plugin update available

You can now go head and install the update. For more information, take a look at our article on how to properly update WordPress plugins.

Method 2. Managing WordPress Updates Using a Plugin

If you manage multiple WordPress websites, then keeping all your WordPress plugins up to date can be difficult. You will notice that there are updates available whenever you log in to one of your websites. You will also notice that some plugins are more frequently updated than others.

You can set some of these plugins to be automatically updated whenever there is a new version available.

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

Upon activation, you need to visit Dashboard » Updates Options page to set up the plugin. This will bring up a popup where Easy Updates Manager will ask ‘What you would like to do?’. You need to click on the ‘Configure manually’ button to continue.

Configure manually

Next, you need to click on the General tab under the Manage Updates page and scroll down to ‘Automatic plugins updates’ option.

Auto plugin updates

Click on ‘Select individually’ option and then click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Next, you need to switch to plugins tab and click on ‘Enable Automatic Updates’ below the plugins that you trust and want to be automatically updated.

Autoupdate select plugins

To force automatic updates, you need to switch to Advanced tab under Update Options page and click on the ‘Force updates’ button.

forceupdates

For more detailed instructions on updating WordPress plugins, please see our guide on how to better manage automatic WordPress updates.

We hope this article helped you learn how to force WordPress plugin updates. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress security guide for beginners.

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How to Force WordPress to Check for Plugin Updates

Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In… Read More »

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Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to easily force WordPress to check for plugin updates.

Force WordPress plugin updates

Method 1. Using The Built-in WordPress Updates

If you just want WordPress to check if a plugin update is available, then this is the easiest way to do that.

Simply head over to Dashboard » Updates page and then click on the check again button.

Check for WordPress updates

WordPress will now reload the page and check all your WordPress plugins, themes, and core WordPress software for updates.

If there is an update available, then it will show you on the page and as the notification in the admin bar.

WordPress plugin update available

You can now go head and install the update. For more information, take a look at our article on how to properly update WordPress plugins.

Method 2. Managing WordPress Updates Using a Plugin

If you manage multiple WordPress websites, then keeping all your WordPress plugins up to date can be difficult. You will notice that there are updates available whenever you log in to one of your websites. You will also notice that some plugins are more frequently updated than others.

You can set some of these plugins to be automatically updated whenever there is a new version available.

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

Upon activation, you need to visit Dashboard » Updates Options page to set up the plugin. This will bring up a popup where Easy Updates Manager will ask ‘What you would like to do?’. You need to click on the ‘Configure manually’ button to continue.

Configure manually

Next, you need to click on the General tab under the Manage Updates page and scroll down to ‘Automatic plugins updates’ option.

Auto plugin updates

Click on ‘Select individually’ option and then click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Next, you need to switch to plugins tab and click on ‘Enable Automatic Updates’ below the plugins that you trust and want to be automatically updated.

Autoupdate select plugins

To force automatic updates, you need to switch to Advanced tab under Update Options page and click on the ‘Force updates’ button.

forceupdates

For more detailed instructions on updating WordPress plugins, please see our guide on how to better manage automatic WordPress updates.

We hope this article helped you learn how to force WordPress plugin updates. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress security guide for beginners.

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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How to Lazy Load Images in WordPress

Do you want to lazy load images in WordPress? Lazy Loading allows your website to only load images when a user scrolls down to the specific image. You can see it in action on many popular websites like Buzzfeed. In this article, we will show… Read More »

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Do you want to lazy load images in WordPress? Lazy Loading allows your website to only load images when a user scrolls down to the specific image. You can see it in action on many popular websites like Buzzfeed. In this article, we will show you how to easily lazy load images in WordPress.

Lazy load images in WordPress

Why Lazy Load Images in WordPress?

No one likes slow websites. A study conducted by Strangeloop found that a 1 second delay in page load time can lead to 7% loss in conversions, 11% fewer page views, and 16% decrease in customer satisfaction.

Strangeloop Study

Images take the most time to load on your website compared to anything else. If you add a lot of images to your articles, then each image increases your page load time.

One way to deal with this situation, is to optimize images for web and use a CDN service, like MaxCDN. This allows users to download multiple images at once from servers located near them.

List25 lazy load preview

However your images will still be loaded, and it will still affect the overall page load time. To overcome this issue, you can delay images by implementing lazy load for images on your website.

How does lazy loading for images work?

Instead of loading all your images at once, lazy loading downloads only the images that will be visible on users screen. It replaces all other images with a placeholder image.

As a user scrolls down, your website loads images that are now visible in the browser’s viewing area.

That being said, let’s see how to easily setup lazy load for images in WordPress.

Setting up Lazy Load for Images in WordPress

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

Upon activation, you need to visit the Settings » BJ Lazy Load page to configure plugin settings.

Lazy Load settings

You can apply lazy load to content, text widgets, post thumbnails, gravatars, images, and iframes. You can also upload a custom image to be used as a placeholder image.

This plugin also has an option to show a low resolution version of the image instead of the placeholder image. To use this feature, you will need to regenerate image sizes, so that it can generate a low res version for all your previous uploads.

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

You can now visit your website to see the lazy loading for images in action.

We hope this article helped you learn how to lazy load images in WordPress. You may also want to check out our ultimate guide to speed up WordPress that contains 19 tips to boost WordPress performance.

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How to Add a Slide Out Contact Form in WordPress

Do you want to add a slide out contact form in WordPress? If your business depends on getting new leads from your website’s contact form, then one of the best ways to grow your lead source is to make your contact form more noticeable. In… Read More »

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Do you want to add a slide out contact form in WordPress? If your business depends on getting new leads from your website’s contact form, then one of the best ways to grow your lead source is to make your contact form more noticeable. In this article, we will show you how to add a slide out contact form in WordPress without annoying your users.

Adding a slide out contact form in WordPress

Why Add a Slide Out Contact Form in WordPress?

Many small business owners start their website hoping that it will help them grow their business.

That’s why you add a contact form page, so users can get in touch with you.

However, the problem is that most users who may have questions will leave your website without contacting you.

That’s why you might notice that many popular websites add contact form popups, slide in contact forms, or call to action buttons that open contact forms.

These animated and interactive options divert user’s attention to the contact form and allow them to quickly fill the form without visiting another page. These forms significantly boost your conversions that’s why you are seeing them everywhere.

Let’s take a look at how to create a slide out contact form in WordPress.

Adding a Slide Out Contact Form in WordPress

For this tutorial, you will need WPForms. It is the best WordPress contact form plugin in the market.

You can use the a free version of WPForms contact form plugin if you don’t need all the premium features.

You’ll also need OptinMonster. It is the most powerful conversion optimization software. It helps you convert abandoning website visitors into customers. You’ll need their pro plan which gives you access to the canvas feature that we will be using in this tutorial.

Step 1. Creating a Contact Form in WordPress

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

Upon activation, you need to visit WPForms » Add New page to create your contact form. This will launch the WPForms builder interface.

Enter a name for your contact form and then select the ‘Select contact form’ template.

Create a new contact form

WPForms will load a simple contact form. You will see the form preview in the right pane. You can click on any field to edit it or add new fields from the left column.

Form builder

Once you are finished editing the form, click on the save button to save your changes.

Next, you need to click on the embed button on top to get your form’s embed code.

This will bring up a popup showing your form’s shortcode. Go ahead and copy this shortcode because you will need it in the next step.

Step2. Creating a Slide Out Optin in OptinMonster

Now we will create a the slide out campaign which will display the contact form you created in the first step.

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

This plugin acts as a connector between your website and your OptinMonster account.

Upon activation, click on the OptinMonster menu in your WordPress admin bar and enter your API key. You can get this information from your account on the OptinMonster website.

OptinMonster API key

After entering your license key, click on the ‘Create new optin’ button on the top right corner of your screen.

New optin

This will take you to the OptinMonster website.

OptinMonster offers different types of dynamic campaigns. For this tutorial, we will be using the ‘Slide in’ campaign. Go ahead and click to select ‘Slide in’ as your campaign type.

Slide in optin

Next, you need to select the template. OptinMonster offers several ready-made templates, but we need to select ‘Canvas’ for this tutorial.

Optin template

As soon as you select template, you’ll be asked to provide a name for your campaign. This will help you easily locate the campaign in your OptinMonster dashboard.

Now OptinMonster will load its campaign builder interface.

OptinMonster builder

You’ll see a live preview of your campaign on the right. Since we are using the canvas template, it will be totally blank at the moment.

On the left hand, you’ll notice different tabs. Under the ‘General Optin Settings’ section, you need to enter your website’s URL below the ‘Optin campaign website’ option.

Next, you need to switch to the ‘Optin’ tab. Here you can select colors, height, and width for your optin.

Design your slide out form

Go ahead and select the colors you like and adjust the width and height, so that it can nicely show your entire form.

After that, you need to scroll down to the ‘Canvas custom HTML’ section and enter the WPForms shortcode you copied earlier.

Add shortcode to custom HTML

Entering the shortcode will not show your form inside the slide-in campaign right away. That’s because the shortcode only works on your own WordPress site.

You can now click on the ‘Save’ button at the top to store your settings and then click on the ‘Publish’ button.

Save and publish your optin

On the next screen, you need to change the optin status to published. This will make the optin available to your WordPress site.

Publish status

Step 3. Showing Slide Out Contact Form in WordPress

Now that you have created both the contact form and slide out campaign, you are ready to display it on your website.

Go ahead and visit OptinMonster page in your WordPress admin area. You will see your recently created slide out campaign listed there.

Edit optin output settings

You need to click on the ‘Edit output settings’ link to decide how you would want to display on your website.

On the next screen, make sure that you check the box next to ‘Enable optin on site?’ option. OptinMonster allows you to choose who can see the optin. You can also select specific area of your website to display the optin.

Enable optin on your website

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

You can now visit your website to see the slide out contact form in action. Make sure that you use icognito mode in your browser or log out of WordPress, so you can see exactly what your users will see.

Slide out contact form preview

By default, the slide out campaign will appear 5 seconds after the page is completely loaded. However, OptinMonster allows you to change that as well.

You can create countless rules to display the campaign whenever certain conditions are matched.

For example, you can show the slide out form when a user has scrolled 50% of the page, when a user is about to leave a page, and many more.

Display rules

We hope this article helped you learn how to add slide out contact form in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of actionable tips to drive traffic to your WordPress site.

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How to Create a Pay-Per-View Site with WordPress

Do you want to create a pay-per-view site with WordPress? Building a pay-per-view site is a great way for content creators to make money online. In this article, we will show you how to create a pay-per-view site in WordPress and make money by selling… Read More »

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Do you want to create a pay-per-view site with WordPress? Building a pay-per-view site is a great way for content creators to make money online. In this article, we will show you how to create a pay-per-view site in WordPress and make money by selling content directly to your users.

Creating a pay-per-view site with WordPress

How Pay-Per-View Websites Work?

Pay per view model allows content publishers to directly sell content to users. Instead of relying on advertising revenue, affiliate links, or other ways to make money, they can just allow users to pay for the content.

There are many different ways to create a pay per view website. Depending on how you want users to access the content, you can choose a pricing and delivery model that works best for you. For example:

  • You can sell each item as individual digital product
  • You can create daily, weekly, or yearly passes for users to gain unrestricted access
  • You can create subscription plans that drip content slowly instead of giving it all at once

You will need to decide which option is best for your business.

After you have chosen the model, you need to follow our step by step guide on how to make a WordPress website. If you already have the website, then you can skip this step.

Once you have a WordPress website, let’s take a look at how you can turn it into a pay per view site where you can do all of the above and then some more.

Creating A Pay-Per-View Site in WordPress with MemberPress

For this tutorial, we will be using the MemberPress plugin. It is the best WordPress membership plugin in the market because it allows you to create robust membership websites with subscription plans and multiple ways to accept payments.

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

Upon activation, you need to visit the MemberPress » Options page to configure plugin settings.

MemberPress settings

The options page is divided into different tabs. For a pay-per-view site, the default options would work out of the box, but feel free to review and change them.

You will need to setup the payment gateway in order to accept payments on your site.

You can do this by clicking on the ‘Payments’ tab and selecting your payment gateway.

Setup payment gateway

MemberPress supports PayPal (Standard, Express, and Pro), Stripe, and Authorize.net out of the box. You need to select the payment method you want to set up and provide the required credentials.

You can also setup multiple payment methods. To do that, click on the add button again and add another payment method.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update Options’ button to save your settings.

Creating Membership Levels

The next step is to set up membership levels. This is where you will create different pricing plans that your users can purchase.

Head over to the MemberPress » Memberships page and then click on the ‘Add New’ button.

Add new membership

This will bring you to the edit membership page. First you need to provide a title for this particular membership plan and then provide the plan details in the post editor.

Next, you need to set the pricing and expiration for this plan under the membership terms section.

Editing a membership plan

In this example, we are creating a membership plan that expires in 24 hours. We have also checked the ‘Allow renewals’ option, so users can renew their membership and buy the day pass again if they want to.

Now, scroll down to the membership options meta box below the post editor. This is where you can setup different options for this particular membership plan.

Membership options

The default membership options will work for most sites. You need to click on the Price box tab and here you can provide the details you would want to show in the pricing box.

Price box settings

Once you are satisfied with the membership plan, click on the publish button to make it available.

Repeat the process to create other membership plans that you need such as weekly, monthly, or yearly plans.

Restricting Content to Membership Plans

MemberPress also makes it super easy to restrict content to paid members only by creating rules.

Visit MemberPress » Rules page and click on the ‘Add New’ button.

Add new rule

The rule edit page allows you to select conditions. If the content matches the condition, then you can select which membership plan gets access to it.

For example, you can select all content that matches a particular tag, category, a single post, a particular URL, and more.

Adding conditions to membership rules

You can create generic rules that apply to all content, or you can create very specific rules for individual items on your website.

Below the rules editor, you’ll see the content drip and expiration options.

Drip content allows you to gradually release content to users instead of giving it all away at once. If you are unsure about it at the moment, then you can leave it unchecked.

The expiration option makes the content unavailable after a defined period of time. Again, if you are not sure what to do, then you should leave it unchecked as well.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Rule’ button to save your rule settings.

Repeat the process to create new rules as needed.

In the example above, we have made all content tagged ‘paid’ available to all membership plans. Now, we just need to add the paid tag to all the content that we want to put behind the paywall.

Creating a Pricing Page

MemberPress makes it super easy to display pricing and plans that users can purchase on your website. Let’s create a pricing plan page that shows users different membership plans that they can buy.

Head over to MemberPress » Groups page and click on the Add New button.

Create a new group

First, you need to provide a title for the group plan page. This will also be the title for the plans page that your users will see.

After that, scroll down to ‘Group options’ meta box. Here you can add the memberships that you want to display on the page.

Group options

You can also select a theme for your pricing table. MemberPress comes with few ready-made designs to choose from.

Once you are finished, click on the ‘Publish’ button to make your plan public. If you click on the ‘View Group’ link after publishing it, then you will be able to see your pricing and plan page.

Pricing and plans page

Redirecting Users to Pricing and Plans Page

Now we want unauthorized users to be redirected to the pricing page when they try to access our restricted content.

First, you need to visit the MemberPress » Groups page and copy the URL of the group you created in the previous step.

Group URL

Next, head over to MemberPress » Options page and scroll down to the ‘Unauthorized Access’ section. You need to check the box next to ‘Redirect unauthorized visitors to a specific URL’ option and then paste the group URL you copied earlier.

Redirect unauthorized users

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update Options’ button to save your changes.

Now all users who try to access restricted content will be redirected to the pricing and plan page you created as a group.

Taking Your Pay-Per-View Website to the Next Level

MemberPress is a powerful plugin with tons of amazing features and lots of addons to further extend your pay per view site.

You can integrate it with LearnDash to sell courses online. Connect it to your email marketing service like AWeber or Constant Contact. You can even integrate it into an existing eCommerce store using the WooCommerce addon.

We hope this article helped you learn how to create a pay-per-view site with WordPress. You may also want to see our step by step WordPress SEO guide for beginners.

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How to Create a Facebook Like Box Popup in WordPress

Do you want to promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a popup? Lightbox popups work really well to convert visitors into subscribers, and they work even better when promoting your Facebook page. In this article, we will show you how to effectively promote your… Read More »

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Do you want to promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a popup? Lightbox popups work really well to convert visitors into subscribers, and they work even better when promoting your Facebook page. In this article, we will show you how to effectively promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a lightbox popup without annoying your users.

Promoting your Facebook page with lightbox popup in WordPress

Why Use a Facebook Page Popup in WordPress?

Lightbox popups are frequently used for email list building and lead generation. They convert really well and that’s why you see them everywhere.

However, they are not just limited to email list building. You can displaying photos in a lightbox popup, offer content upgrades, display a contact form popup, and more.

While you can easily add the Facebook like box in your sidebar, it is less noticeable thus does not get you good results.

On the other hand, a lightbox popup is more noticeable and requires users to take action. This helps you quickly get more likes for your Facebook page.

That being said, let’s see how to add a lightbox popup to promote your Facebook page in WordPress.

Creating Lightbox Popup For Your Facebook Page in WordPress

For this tutorial, we’ll be using OptinMonster. It is the best lead generation software in the market because it helps you convert abandoning website visitors into subscribers and followers.

First thing you need to do is signup for an OptinMonster account. You’ll need at least the pro plan to use their canvas feature.

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

It is a connector plugin that helps connect your WordPress site to your OptinMonster account.

Upon activation, you need to click on the OptinMonster menu in your WordPress admin bar to enter your license key.

Add your OptinMonster API Key

You can find this information from your account dashboard on the OptinMonster website.

After entering your license key, you need to click on the ‘Create New Optin’ button at the top.

Create new optin

This will take you to the create new campaign page on OptinMonster website.

Now you need to select Lighbox as your campaign type and Canvas as your campaign template.

Create new campaign

OptinMonster will now you to enter a name for your campaign. This name will help you identify your campaign in your OptinMonster dashboard.

After that, OptinMonster will launch its campaign builder interface. You will see a live preview of your blank canvas template on the right and OM options on the left.

OptinMonster builder

First you need to add the website where you will be running this campaign.

After that, click on the ‘Optin’ tab to start designing your Facebook lightbox popup.

Design your Facebook lightbox popup

At this point, you will need the embed code for your Facebook page. You can get that by visiting the Facebook Page Plugin website in a new browser tab.

You will need to enter the URL of your Facebook page and adjust the width, height, and other display options for your like box. We recommend using 600px width and 350px height.

After that, click on the Get Code button.

This will bring up a popup where you need to click on the iFrame tab and copy the code.

iFrame code

Now switch back to the OptinMonster builder and paste the code under ‘Canvas custom HTML’ box.

Paste your Facebook page like box code

You’ll be able to immediately see the preview of your Facebook like box.

Next, click on the Save button at the top to store your changes and then click on the publish button to continue.

Save optin and continue

This will take you to the publish settings page for your optin. Toggle Status button to live to make this optin available for your website.

Enable optin for your website

Your Facebook lightbox popup is now ready to be displayed on your WordPress site.

Display Facebook Page Lightbox Popup in WordPress

Switch back to the WordPress admin area of your website and click on the OptinMonster tab. You will now see your newly created optin listed there. If you don’t see it, then click on the ‘Refresh Optins’ button.

Edit output settings

Click on the ‘Edit output settings’ link below your optin to continue.

On the next screen, make sure that the box next to ‘Enable optin on site?’ option is checked.

Enable lightbox popup on your WordPress site

Don’t forget to click on the save settings button.

OptinMonster also allows you to selectively display popup on different pages, posts, categories, or tags. You can also show or hide it from logged in users.

Once you are done, you can visit your website to see your Facebook Page displayed in a lightbox popup.

Facebook page shown in Lightbox popup

We hope this article helped you learn how to promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a lightbox popup. You may also want to see our list of WordPress plugins that will quickly help you get more traffic.

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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How to Create a Facebook Like Box Popup in WordPress

Do you want to promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a popup? Lightbox popups work really well to convert visitors into subscribers, and they work even better when promoting your Facebook page. In this article, we will show you how to effectively promote your… Read More »

The post How to Create a Facebook Like Box Popup in WordPress appeared first on WPBeginner.

Do you want to promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a popup? Lightbox popups work really well to convert visitors into subscribers, and they work even better when promoting your Facebook page. In this article, we will show you how to effectively promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a lightbox popup without annoying your users.

Promoting your Facebook page with lightbox popup in WordPress

Why Use a Facebook Page Popup in WordPress?

Lightbox popups are frequently used for email list building and lead generation. They convert really well and that’s why you see them everywhere.

However, they are not just limited to email list building. You can displaying photos in a lightbox popup, offer content upgrades, display a contact form popup, and more.

While you can easily add the Facebook like box in your sidebar, it is less noticeable thus does not get you good results.

On the other hand, a lightbox popup is more noticeable and requires users to take action. This helps you quickly get more likes for your Facebook page.

That being said, let’s see how to add a lightbox popup to promote your Facebook page in WordPress.

Creating Lightbox Popup For Your Facebook Page in WordPress

For this tutorial, we’ll be using OptinMonster. It is the best lead generation software in the market because it helps you convert abandoning website visitors into subscribers and followers.

First thing you need to do is signup for an OptinMonster account. You’ll need at least the pro plan to use their canvas feature.

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

It is a connector plugin that helps connect your WordPress site to your OptinMonster account.

Upon activation, you need to click on the OptinMonster menu in your WordPress admin bar to enter your license key.

Add your OptinMonster API Key

You can find this information from your account dashboard on the OptinMonster website.

After entering your license key, you need to click on the ‘Create New Optin’ button at the top.

Create new optin

This will take you to the create new campaign page on OptinMonster website.

Now you need to select Lighbox as your campaign type and Canvas as your campaign template.

Create new campaign

OptinMonster will now you to enter a name for your campaign. This name will help you identify your campaign in your OptinMonster dashboard.

After that, OptinMonster will launch its campaign builder interface. You will see a live preview of your blank canvas template on the right and OM options on the left.

OptinMonster builder

First you need to add the website where you will be running this campaign.

After that, click on the ‘Optin’ tab to start designing your Facebook lightbox popup.

Design your Facebook lightbox popup

At this point, you will need the embed code for your Facebook page. You can get that by visiting the Facebook Page Plugin website in a new browser tab.

You will need to enter the URL of your Facebook page and adjust the width, height, and other display options for your like box. We recommend using 600px width and 350px height.

After that, click on the Get Code button.

This will bring up a popup where you need to click on the iFrame tab and copy the code.

iFrame code

Now switch back to the OptinMonster builder and paste the code under ‘Canvas custom HTML’ box.

Paste your Facebook page like box code

You’ll be able to immediately see the preview of your Facebook like box.

Next, click on the Save button at the top to store your changes and then click on the publish button to continue.

Save optin and continue

This will take you to the publish settings page for your optin. Toggle Status button to live to make this optin available for your website.

Enable optin for your website

Your Facebook lightbox popup is now ready to be displayed on your WordPress site.

Display Facebook Page Lightbox Popup in WordPress

Switch back to the WordPress admin area of your website and click on the OptinMonster tab. You will now see your newly created optin listed there. If you don’t see it, then click on the ‘Refresh Optins’ button.

Edit output settings

Click on the ‘Edit output settings’ link below your optin to continue.

On the next screen, make sure that the box next to ‘Enable optin on site?’ option is checked.

Enable lightbox popup on your WordPress site

Don’t forget to click on the save settings button.

OptinMonster also allows you to selectively display popup on different pages, posts, categories, or tags. You can also show or hide it from logged in users.

Once you are done, you can visit your website to see your Facebook Page displayed in a lightbox popup.

Facebook page shown in Lightbox popup

We hope this article helped you learn how to promote your Facebook page in WordPress with a lightbox popup. You may also want to see our list of WordPress plugins that will quickly help you get more traffic.

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How to Manage Ads in WordPress with AdRotate Plugin

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Banner ads are one of the most common ways to make money from your blog. Many bloggers use an ad management software to maximize their ad earnings without ruining the user experience. In this article, we will show you how to manage ads in WordPress with the AdRotate plugin.

Why use a WordPress Ad Management Plugin?

Advertising programs like Google Adsense and others require publishers to add a code snippet on their website for displaying ads.

As a WordPress publisher, you can do this by either editing the code in your theme files or by using an ad management plugin.

If you are a beginner who just started your blog, then adding code into theme files is not an ideal solution. You cannot properly manage different ad sizes or their placements. You also increase your chances of messing up and causing unexpected WordPress errors.

On the other hand, using an ad management plugin allows you to easily insert ads anywhere on your website. You can save multiple ad codes, rotate them, and show / hide ads on different pages.

Let’s take a look at how to manage ads in WordPress like a pro using the AdRotate plugin.

Manage Ads in WordPress with AdRotate

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

Upon activation, you need to visit AdRotate » Adverts page and click on the ‘Add New’ link to create your first ad.

Add new ad

This will bring you to the add new ad page. You need to provide a title for your ad because it will help you identify this ad inside the WordPress admin area.

After that, you can paste the ad code generated by your advertising network like Adsense. Alternatively, you can also generate your own ad code if you are running self-hosted ads.

Creating ad

For hosted ads, you can upload banner images and enable click tracking.

You need to select the activate option to make this ad available on your WordPress site.

Next, you need to scroll down on the page to the usage and schedule section. Here you can schedule your ad and get the shortcode which you can add to your posts, pages, or sidebar widgets.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Advert’ button to store your settings.

You can repeat this process to create as many ads you want and then decide which ads you want to be displayed on your site.

Grouping Your Ads Together

Many WordPress bloggers join multiple advertising networks and partner programs. You may also have advertising spaces on different locations and in different sizes.

Grouping allows you to easily sort your ads into different categories for easier management.

To create a new group, head over to AdRotate » Groups page and click on the ‘Add New’ link.

Add new group

This will bring you to the create new group page.

First you need to provide a title for your group. This will allow you to easily identify the group in your WordPress admin area.

Ad group settings

Next, you need to choose a display mode. AdRotate allows you to customize how you display ads from a specific group.

For example, you can display one ad from the group at a time, a block of ads, or dynamic mode which changes the ad after few seconds.

Next, you can select the group auto display options. AdRotate allows you to automatically insert ads from a group into posts, pages, and sidebar widgets.

Auto insert ads into posts and pages

At the bottom of the page, you will see all your ads that you can associate with that group. Simply select the ads that you want to include and then click on ‘Save Group’ button.

Manually Inserting Ads in WordPress

While you can associate your ads to groups and automatically insert them into posts, pages, categories, and widgets, some publishers may want to have more granular control on which ads to display on which location.

AdRotate makes it super easy to insert ads anywhere on your WordPress site.

Each ad you create on your site has its own shortcode that you can copy and paste into your WordPress posts or pages and even custom post types.

Go to AdRotate » Adverts and click on any ad to edit it. On the Edit Ad page, you need to scroll down to the usage section to copy the shortcode.

Ad shortcode

Similarly, you can also edit a group to get the shortcode and then use it anywhere on your website.

If you want to display ads in your WordPress sidebar, then go to Appearance » Widgets page and add the AdRotate widget to your sidebar.

AdRotate Widget

We hope this article helped you learn how to manage ads in WordPress with the AdRotate plugin. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress SEO guide for beginners.

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7 Best WordPress RSVP Plugins for Your Website

Are you looking for an RSVP plugin for WordPress? RSVP plugins allow you to accept responses to your invitations directly on your website, so you can better manage your events. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best RSVP plugins for WordPress that… Read More »

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Are you looking for an RSVP plugin for WordPress? RSVP plugins allow you to accept responses to your invitations directly on your website, so you can better manage your events. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best RSVP plugins for WordPress that will make your event management easier.

RSVP Plugins for WordPress

Why and When You Need a WordPress RSVP Plugin

Managing events can be a lot of hassle. That’s why most professional event managers will tell you to automate tasks, so you can focus on making your event successful.

Waiting for RSVP responses and then compiling them manually is one such task that you can automate. A WordPress RSVP plugin can help you do that and more.

It will let guests confirm their attendance and compile a list of guests for you. Some WordPress plugins will even allow you to export entries into other formats and use the data for email marketing.

That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress RSVP plugins for your events.

1. WPForms

WPForms

WPForms is the best WordPress form builder in the market. It allows you to create beautiful forms by using a simple drag and drop interface.

WPForms stores all form entries in your WordPress database, and you can export them in CSV format. This allows you to easily add a RSVP form to your website and let your guests fill in their information.

Creating an RSVP form with WPForms

WPForms also gives you the freedom to collect extra information that you may you need from your guests. You can also integrate the form to your email list and even accept payments using Stripe or PayPal.

For detailed instructions, check out how to create an RSVP form in WordPress.

2. Event Tickets

Event Tickets

Event Tickets allows you to create event tickets in WordPress and add them to your posts or pages. You can simply add tickets and RSVP option to any WordPress post or page. Simply select the dates for your events and let your guests fill in the form.

The downside is that you will not be able to add any additional fields to the form. If you wanted to sell tickets and accept payments, then you’ll need to set up The Events Calendar plugin with a separate WordPress ecommerce plugin.

3. RSVP and Event Management

RSVP and Event Management

RSVP and Event Management plugin offers a powerful event management platform for WordPress websites. This also includes a complete RSVP system.

You can make events restricted by adding a passcode to RSVP forms. You can also create RSVP forms that do not require passcode, so anyone can join in. It can send email notifications, allow attendees to add friends / family, and you can even add custom questions to the RSVP form.

The premium version of plugin allows you to run multiple events and send mass emails to attendees.

4. RSVPMaker

RSVPMaker

RSVPMaker is an event scheduling and RSVP tracking plugin for WordPress. It allows you to add events anywhere on your WordPress site, so your guests can RSVP.

You can require your guests to register on WordPress, create custom questions, integrate guests list with MailChimp, and accept payments through PayPal. It can also be used to create a custom events calendar.

5. Events Made Easy

Events Made Easy

Events Made Easy is a simple yet powerful WordPress events and RSVP plugin. It allows you to manage events from your WordPress site with RSVP form and attendee management features.

Events Made Easy works with Google Calendar, Google Maps, and can also be synced with your Facebook Events through an addon plugin. You can also make an event recurring which will allow you to automatically manage the event through each cycle. This feature is particularly useful if you run meetups, classes, or support groups.

It is also translation ready and can be fully localized which makes it a great choice for multilingual websites.

6. Meetup Widgets

Meetup Widgets

Meetup.com is a popular platform used by millions of online communities to organize regular meetups and events. If you run a meetup.com group, then you can easily publicize meetups on your WordPress site.

This allows you to use Meetup.com’s event management tools including RSVP feature on your website. The disadvantage of using the widget is that your guests will be providing all the information to meetup.com, and you will not be able to make tweaks to the information it collects.

For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to connect WordPress to your meetup.com group.

7. Simple Calendar

Simple Calendar

Simple Calendar allows you to easily add your Google Calendar events in WordPress. Google Calendar comes with powerful event management feature which allows you to invite up to 2,000 guests to an event.

You can use your website to publicize an event by adding the Google Calendar to your website. This calendar can be used for one-time or recurring events, birthdays, parties, and more.

You can make an event public and allow anyone to see the details. If you keep an event limited to the invited guests, then you can invite them by adding their email address. Your guests will be able to RSVP in their Google Calendar app or by simply clicking on the RSVP links. You can see your guests list inside Google calendar.

Downside of using Google Calendar is that you cannot create custom forms, ask for information, integrate email list, or accept payments.

That’s all for now.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress RSVP plugin for your events. You may also want to see our list of must have WordPress plugins for business websites.

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5 Best Popular Posts Plugins for WordPress

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While browsing the web, you’ve probably come across websites that have popular articles section. Displaying popular posts help your website visitors find your best content and boost your pageviews. If you want to add a popular posts section on your site, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we will show you the best popular posts plugins for WordPress.

Best popular posts plugins for WordPress

Showing Popular Posts on Your WordPress Site

Before you pickup a plugin to show off your most popular content, you may want to look around and see how other successful websites are doing it.

For example, some site owners stick to the all-time most popular articles. Other popular blogs show articles that are trending that day, week, or month. This allows them to skip their old popular articles and get more pageviews for their recently trending articles.

Popular posts on list25

A few websites combine popular, recent, and most discussed articles in a tabbed widget or a featured content slider.

Trending articles example

You also need to decide where do you want to show the popular posts on your website. You can show it on front page, single articles, or every page on your website. Testing different placements will help you find out what works best for your website.

That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best popular posts plugins for WordPress.

1. WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts Widget

With over 200,000 active installs, WordPress Popular Posts plugin is one of the most downloaded popular posts plugin in the market. It allows you to show popular posts with many different conditions. You can show recently trending articles by selecting a date range. You can also show most commented or most viewed articles.

It is multi-widget capable which means you can add the same widget multiple times into the same or different sidebar. You can apply your own custom CSS, show post thumbnails, excerpts, author, comment count, number of views, and more.

Pros: WordPress popular posts is a powerful plugin with all the options that you would need to display your popular posts. Support for custom post types and the ability to add the widget multiple times allows you create different set of popular views, e.g. Popular Posts, Popular Reviews, etc.

Cons: The plugin creates two extra tables in the database to store popular posts data and cache. While some people might argue that it is a better approach to keep this data out of default WordPress tables, other may find it database intensive.

2. Top 10 – Popular posts plugin for WordPress

Top 10 - Popular posts plugin for WordPress

Top 10 popular posts plugin for WordPress is another strong candidate in our list of the best popular posts plugins. As far as the features are concerned, it matches WordPress Popular Posts and even adds some more features. Top 10 also comes with a highly configurable widget and shortcodes.

Despite the name, the plugin actually allows you to display any number of popular posts. It allows you to select a date range to choose from. You can show post views, author, post summary or excerpt, and post thumbnails in the popular posts list.

Top 10 comes with a built-in caching system to make it less resource intensive. It also plays along nicely with WordPress caching plugins like W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache.

Pros: Top 10 Popular Posts Plugin is feature rich, flexible, and easy to setup. It has aggressive caching to reduce the server load, and it works nicely with WordPress caching plugins.

Cons: Plugin settings page have way too many options and beginners may find it a bit complicated.

3. Relevant

Relevant

Would you like your popular posts plugin to also show your featured articles, related content, and latest posts? Relevant allows you to do that. It comes with multiple widgets including one for popular posts and a neat settings page.

You can display popular posts by comments or by page views. It also allows you to display post thumbnail, author, excerpt, and post date.

Don’t want to use the widget? Relevant also comes with shortcodes and template tags that you can use to display popular posts anywhere on your website. You can also enable post blocks before or after post content.

Pros: It combines featured, latest, and related posts functionality into one convenient package.

Cons: The popular posts feature does not allow you to show popular posts in a particular date range.

4. WP-PostRatings

WP-PostRatings

Want to show the most highly rated posts on your website? WP-PostRatings helps you to do that. It allows your users to rate articles on your website.

You can choose the rating icons, and who can vote on articles (all users vs only logged in users). It supports rich snippets, and it is highly customizable through filters and template tags.

The best part about the plugin is its ratings widget which shows top rated posts on your website. This allows you to show popular posts by user votes. The plugin also works with WordPress Popular Posts plugin.

For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to add post rating system in WordPress

Pros: You can show popular posts based on user rating instead of page views or comments.

Cons: To implement the plugin, you will need to add template tags in your WordPress theme files. If you haven’t done this before, then check out our guide on how to copy and paste code in WordPress.

5. Trending/Popular Post Slider and Widget

Popular posts slider

As the name suggests, this plugin allows you to show popular posts in a slider, a grid block, or as a plain list. This way you can show your best content in more engaging ways than just a list of links in your sidebar.

It comes with a simple settings page where you can choose the time range. This allows you to show posts trending during a particular year, month, or week.

The plugin comes with easy to use shortcodes that you can add to your posts or pages. You can also use the shortcode in your page builder plugin modules.

If you want to implement it directly into your theme, then you can use template tags to do that.

Pros: Ability to add popular posts sliders, carousels, and grid blocks and show them anywhere on your site.

Cons: Limited features than other popular posts plugin. The slider, carousel, and grid blocks only work with shortcode. The widget is basically a list of links with post thumbnails, excerpt, and some meta data.

We hope this article helped you find the best popular posts plugin for WordPress. You may also want to see our list of the most useful WordPress widgets for your site.

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