October 24, 2017 at 2:58 AM #6790
What is a really good free photo gallery plugin that you would recommend? I would like people to purchase book covers on my site when clicking the photos of the covers, but haven't found the right WordPress plugin yet.
October 24, 2017 at 10:47 AM #6794
I like Jetpack, partly because it’s made by WordPress so I know it will stay updated and be more or less bulletproof. It gives you several display options like tiles or circles so you can match it to the look of your theme.
NextGEN Gallery is also very popular and proven and they give you the option to add a “buy button” below your photos that can be linked to Paypal.
March 24, 2018 at 5:33 PM #6427
Hi, I am currently using Yoast SEO through WordPress. I find that I rely on this plug in the most for my blog posts. Although sometimes I just can't seem to tweek my post in a way that Yoast sees fit. Maybe I don't understand what it is it's asking me to change. I wonder if there is some instruction online that I can follow, just to give me a bit more guidance on what Yoast is wanting me to change. Overall, I love it because it just bullet points any changes that I should do before I post.
March 25, 2018 at 3:47 AM #6430
There is a treasure trove of tutorials on YouTube. You could start with this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md5jH8oeHg4
But I always caution clients who are starting out with building their online business not to go too far down any rabbit hole related to e-commerce. As you'll see when you view a few of these Yoast tutorials they go into minute detail that requires a lot of time and attention to apply to every post you create. Same with email strategy. Same with graphic design. Same with social media strategy. On and on.
My advice is to get everything 80% of the way to perfect and get some positive cash flow as soon as possible. Then systematically refine each element and watch how it affects income. You have to prioritize your efforts. 50 hours doing one thing could yield 10% more income, but the same 50 hours doing something else could triple your income. So in the early stages, never go too far down any one rabbit hole, no matter how fascinating it is.
November 12, 2018 at 10:26 PM #8029
I am still trying to sort out how to customize my website and add my logo etc…it's really hard not to get overwhelmed by this. There are literally thousands of themes available on WordPress. I'm actually stuck at this point. I have not created any content yet as I think my website should be looking the way I want it first.
Also, I keep getting emails from DreamHost and others trying to up-sell me on add-ons. The latest one was for malware protection at $3/month. Is this one necessary?
Any guidance or advice would be welcomed 🙂
November 13, 2018 at 2:32 PM #8030
The issue with all the free WP themes is that they are very basic and lack the features that can make a site look great and have a lot of functionality. There are a few cases where that might not matter, but most of us need something more robust than the free templates.
My advice is to find a theme you like, that also gets rave reviews, is mobile friendly, and is from a top tier provider.
That way you know you'll get the updates you need every time WordPress does a big update or one of your other vendors (email, webinar, shopping cart, etc.) does a big update to a new version.
This website and the Resilient Personal Freedom website both use a theme called Impreza. https://themeforest.net/item/impreza-retina-responsive-wordpress-theme/6434280
Envato makes several great themes and has tutorial videos too. There's always a learning curve but the investment of time is very worth it because with a few clicks you can add features and enhance every element of your blog.
(In the old days, having a site like this would have required 5-figures of coding expense and a part-time guy to make those same tweaks and additions. These themes level the field for everyone.)
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