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Learn How to Create New WordPress Page

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Creating a WordPress page is very similar to creating a post. Just remember that pages are intended for static content like About Me or Contact Us page.  A page is also helpful if you want to have a page that looks completely different than rest of your blog but still runs on the WordPress CMS.

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1) Select the word "Pages" and then "Add New" on the dashboard.
2) When the page form appears, type a title and any content that you want to be posted to your page. Then click the "Publish" button on the right to post it to your site.

The key differences between posts and pages:

WordPress post is what makes up the blog aspect of your site.

  • These are generally news or informational updates about a certain topic or talking point.
  • Posts are listed in reverse chronological order and can be tagged, categorized and even archived on your site.
  • Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets.
  • WordPress posts are what make up the RSS content of your WordPress blog. So, when someone subscribes to your RSS feed, your posts will be the content that’s delivered to them.

WordPress Pages are similar to posts in that they have a title and body text, but they are different because:

  • they are generally reserved for static content or information.
  • Examples of this would be an About Me or Contact Us page.
  • Pages are not listed by date and can’t be categorized or tagged like WordPress posts,
  • Pages can have a hierarchy, which means you can nest pages under other pages by making one the “Parent” of the other, thus creating a group of pages.

Learn How to Create New WordPress Post

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In this guide we will show you the very basic thing you need to do with WordPress - creating posts. To begin, login to your site admin panel and go to Posts -> Add New. And you can begin composing your first WordPress post.

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Between the title and content fields, there is a large Add Media button. You will need to click on it when you want to upload an image or any other media to your WordPress post. The WordPress Insert Media pop-up will appear. Click on the Select files button in the middle of the screen.

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For images there are two things you should take care of. First, describe the image itself - enter its Alt tag, title for the link and optionally a caption. The caption will appear under the actual image on your front end.

You can assign and/or add new categories to posts before you publish them using the Categories module to the right of the post editor. Categories provide a very convenient way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. If you would like to add a new category to your blog and associate it with the post, click  Add New Category.

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A nice feature is the ability to Preview the post — this shows you more closely how it will appear once live on your site.  And, importantly, you can Publish the post once you have previewed, made any necessary edits, and are ready to go live.

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That's it! You can now go to the front page of your site to check out the newly created blog post.

WPForests Theme Documentation

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After you have installed, now you can see WpForests theme in your WordPress admin panel under Appearance → Themes → Available Themes. From there you can activate the theme. Our themes are coded with the same Framework and therefore have the sama basic options and settings.

The Customizer
Under Appearance → Customize will find some default customization options and all color options. You can see a live preview of your changes, so you can decide if you like your changes before you publish them. All of our themes allow you to modify its site title & background colors, add a background image and more. Once you're happy with the result, simply click on the Save & Publish button to save the changes.

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Further Theme Options
WpForests Themes come with lots of customization options, each options is grouped into category and each category has a tab, explore the options. Each options has a good description the in the Theme options page itself.  You can find further options for your theme customization under Appearance → Theme. Be sure to hit Save Options to save your settings once you are done.

Custom Site Logo
Here you can include your own logo image to replace the default logo. You need to prepare your logo image (max. width is 200 pixel) as a JPG or transparent PNG image first and upload it via the Media Uploader link on the theme options page. After you uploaded your image you can copy and paste the image URL into the “Image URL” text field and add the width and height of your image.

Favicon Image
The favicon options are also on the logo tab in theme options. Favicon’s are an icon associated with a URL that is variously displayed, as in a browser’s address bar or next to the site name in a bookmark list. To add them, simply click the upload button next to the appropriate field and select the favicon file you would like to use.

Comments
Enable/Disable facebook comments and popular post on sidebar There is an option to do that in Theme Options.

Infinite Scroll
Obviously, infinite scrolling is a new trend in web design and development and its great to find WordPress themes with such functionality in the market now. You can check to enable this feature.

Tracking Code
Add Google Analytics Tracking Code Adding tracking code, scripts or other custom code before the or

ShareButton
You can activate share buttons for Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Widget Areas
that will allow users to add their own content in a variety of places on the page. Under Appearance → Widgets you can find all widget options. Examples are the default widgets that come with WordPress — like those for archives, post categories, search bars and custom menus. On the left side of the page, you will see all available widgets. Default widgets will be visible here, plus any additional widgets that have been added by your installed plugins. On the right, you will see all of your widget available widget locations like in the main side, footer or sidebar.  We prepared some custom widgets especially for advertisement (ads).

To add a widget to a location, simply drag the widget from its place on the left into the right section to activate them. To remove them, simply drag the widget back or click delete.

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Footer Copyright
You can change it via Appearance → Editor → footer.php and remove/change the following code

[code language="php"] <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( '<a href="http://wpforests.com/product/upworthy'," target="_blank">http://wpforests.com/product/upworthy',</a> 'upworthy' ) ); ?>"
title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'upworthy WordPress Theme', 'upworthy' ); ?>" class="site-credit"><? php printf( __( 'upworthy WordPress Theme from %s', 'upworthy' ), 'wpforests' ); ?></a>
[/code]

Plugins
WpForests Theme are ready to be used with the following WordPress Plugins:

WP PostViews - Enables you to display how many times a post/page had been viewed.
Jetpack - for Social Comments, Twitter Widget, Blog Subscribe Widget or the Jetpack Carousel Gallery
Easy Google Fonts - This plugin enables to add google fonts to any theme without coding and integrates with the WordPress Customizer automatically for a realtime live preview.
Wordfence Security - Enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure.
Yoast SEO Plugin - Improve your WordPress SEO

Popular WordPress Plugins to avoid

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The following articles are for reference only.

Every plugin you activate makes WordPress a little slower. The following plugins are known to be severely resource intensive and could cause downtime, longer page load times, or larger process counts. It is advised that you avoid the use of these plugins:

Google XML Sitemaps
: can slow down sites as well. Yoast WP SEO sitemap functionality work better.

Broken Link Checker: This plugin is highly server intensive and it could overwhelm your shared hosting server with an inordinate amount of HTTP requests.  Alternative, you can use online tool (Broken Link Check) to check for broken links.

WP Post Views: Inefficiently writes to the database on every page load. The stats module in the Jetpack plugin is a good choice for tracking trafficOther plugins that we’ve decided to proactively remove include:.

WPRobot3: can also cause high load issues, and should be disabled if they are causing issues.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin: Related Posts plugins are extremely database intensive. The indexing, sorting and all functions are carried out using your server’s resources. The Related Posts feature under the popular Jetpack plugin is a great alternative, It scans your posts, analyzes them, and displays related posts your visitors.

SEO Auto Links & Related Posts: This plugin can cause high CPU usage.

MyReview Plugin: Slams the database with a fairly significant amount of writes.

Other plugins that we’ve decided to proactively remove include:

WP phpMyAdmin: This plugin has fairly major security issues.
Sweet Captcha: The Sweet Captcha service was used to distribute adware.
WordPress Newsletter Plugin: This plugin was used to distribute spam.
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Best Free WordPress Framework

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WordPress frameworks are very useful tool for WordPress developers. It is regularly used by WordPress theme developers because it takes a very small amount of time in development. Building a new theme from scratch is really hard and needs a certain amount of time as well but this is where Framework comes into play.

Foundation
FoundationPress is a starter-theme for WordPress built with Foundation 5, the most advanced responsive (mobile-first) framework in the world. The purpose of FoundationPress, is to act as a small and handy toolbox that contains the essentials needed to build any design. FoundationPress is meant to be a starting point, not the final product.

Redux
Redux is a simple, truly extensible and fully responsive options framework for WordPress themes and plugins. Redux is well documented. The Redux website has a knowledge base, codex (developer documentation), and video tutorials.

Bootstrap 3 WordPress
Bootstrap is one of the more famous frameworks out there because it has so many options and is great for creating beautiful, responsive, cross-browser friendly web sites quickly and easily without the need to learn a lot of code. It contains HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions for navigation, slider, transitions, scrollspy, tabs, alerts and much more.

Roots
Roots is another WordPress Bootstrap theme, although it's designed as a minimally styled starter theme that includes Bootstrap, HTML5 Boilerplate, ARIA roles and Microformats. It also works with a number of preprocessors including LESS, LESS with pure CSS, SASS and Compass. Roots helps you build better WordPress sites faster.

Underscores
Underscores comes with a multitude of neat features such as sample theme options panel, custom template tags, several pre-formatted layouts, custom header implementation, and useful add-ons called “tweaks” that can be activated easily through the functions.php file.

Best Website Speed And Performance Checking Tools

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The Pingdom Speed Test Tool will give you some quick information about the speed of your site. This doesn’t just relate to server speed, it will give you a lot of useful and actionable information like the site loading time, loading time of each element, element sizes and the total number of elements. But if you want Pingdom to continuously monitor your website’s uptime, speed, and performance they offer monthly plans starting at $10/month.

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GTmetrix is a another tool that analyzes your WordPress website speed performance and offers feedback on how to improve your website performance. It combines two of the most popular Firefox performance add-ons – Yslow and Google Page Speed.
If you signup for a free account you will be able to monitor the history of your reports for up to 5 websites. Paid plans are available starting a $15/month and include the ability to track more URLs, hourly monitoring, PDF reports, and more.

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WebPagetest is a free online tool that displays the load time of your web page as well as 6 different performance grades. One cool feature of WebPagetest is the ability to select the country from which to run your test. This can be used to track how your speeds vary across the world.

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5 Easy Ways To Speed Up Your WordPress Website

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According to a 2009 Akamai study, 47% of visitors expect a page to load in under 2 seconds, and 57% of visitors will abandon a page that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Since this study, no shortage of case studies have confirmed that loading time affects sales. Not only that, Google has now taken into account site speed in it’s ranking algorithm. That means that your site’s speed effects it’s SEO, so if your site is slow, you are not only losing customers out of impatience, but you are also losing them by having reduced rankings in search engines.

Below are five quick fixes that will dramatically improve your website’s loading time:

Identify Plugins that are slowing you down
Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin from GoDaddy, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site and then can make decision about whether to keep them, replace them or remove them entirely.

Add LazyLoad to your images
Lazy Load allows you to only load images above the fold (i.e. only the images visible in the user’s browser window) and the other images begin to load once a user starts scrolling down the page. This will not only speed you page loads, it can also save bandwidth by loading less data for users who don’t scroll all the way down on your pages. To do this automatically, install the jQuery Image Lazy Load plugin.

Optimize images (automatically)
The bigger your image, the slower your site will load and the more server resources you will use. Smaller images mean a faster loading site. The WP Smush.it plugin will automatically optimize your images for you. It removes extra bytes within them that are unnecessary, without compromising the images quality.

Clean up the database
WP-Optimize is an extensive WordPress database cleanup and optimization tool. This plugin lets you do just one simple task: optimize your database (spam comments, post revisions, drafts, tables, trash data, etc.) to reduce their overhead.

Use an effective Caching Plugin
To do this with a plugin, I recommend using WP Super Cache. It has all of the features you need and is extremely easy to install and use. Simply install and activate, and what your page load faster as elements are cached. As soon as you install a plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache, you’ll be able to tell that your site loads faster.

Following these tips will help you improve your website speed and provide better experience for your users, which indirectly will lead to higher customer acquisition. If you have anything you’d like to add to the list, please comment below.

5 Best Contact Form Plugins for WordPress

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A contact form is a great way to offer your readers the ability to get in touch, without giving out your personal email address. Here are the 5 best contact form plugins for WordPress. We hope this guide helped you choose the best contact form plugin for your business.

Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is one of the most downloaded plugin in the official WordPress plugin directory. This plugin includes one pre-built form, so all you have to do to add a contact page to your site is add the shortcode and publish the page. If you are looking for the easiest and most simple way to add a contact form to your website then Contact Form 7 is the perfect choice for beginners.

Fast Secure Contact Form
Fast Secure Contact Form is widely used forms plugin with over 5 million downloads from WordPress.org. This free plugin lets you add, remove, and reorder fields, permits custom field creation, create multiple forms and allows commenters to send emails automatically. It also includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block spam.

Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms is another popular plugin to create contact forms. With drag and drop features, you can very easily create contact forms, email address collection and any other type of form within minutes. With Ninja Forms, all the magic happens within a drag-and-drop interface in your WordPress dashboard. There are premium extensions which allow you to extend Ninja Forms functionality such as connecting with Campaign Monitor, Freshbooks, Salesforce, SMS notifications, etc.

Contact Form
The Contact Form plugin allows you to implement a feedback form to a web-page or a post in no time. It is an extremely easy form, that doesn’t require any additional settings, though there are some available options. All you need is just to activate the plugin and insert the shortcode into the text. There is also a premium version of the plugin with more useful features available.

Jetpack’s Contact Form
One of Jetpack’s most commonly used modules is the Contact Form module, which provides a simple and elegant form creator. Jetpack will send an email notification for each contact form response and you can customize the email address to which the notifications will be sent. If you’re using the Akismet plugin, every form submission will be checked for spam as well.

Yuzo Related Post – Top Related Posts Plugin

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I always recommend my clients to install and activate the Yuzo Related post plugin on their wordpress websites.

This plugin allows you to get the related post on your blog with any custom design and styling. Some of the options in this plugin are: Thumbnail size, post type, categories on which thumbnail will appear, background color, height and width of image, animations, show visits in related post and many more. This WordPress plugin lite weight, fast and productive.

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