Category "Wordpress"

TeslaThemes Lifetime Access for $39

We are always in search of beautiful WordPress themes, but those can cost a lot of money. So you are either forced to buy for those WordPress themes or use unimpressive free WordPress themes.

Until now.

TeslaThemes is giving you lifetime access to some of the best themes on the market, and you only have to pay once! TeslaThemes $39 Lifetime Deal.

Usually, they would be charging at $48 per theme or for $199 for a lifetime access to all their themes – and future updates.

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The Best Form Plugins for WordPress 2017

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Forms are used for various of things. One example is a form for a contact page. Every website owner should know how important a contact page is for their website. That enables a website’s visitor to get in touch with the site owner (I know there is social media, but some folks still love the good old email system). The rest are for requesting a quote, signing up on a newsletter, and the list goes on.

WordPress is such a great CMS, no doubt about that. One reason is the vast number of plugins available in their respiratory. But which one should you pick for a form?

The Best Form Plugins for WordPress

In my blog post below, I will be listing and discussing the Best Form Plugins for WordPress. These are based from my experiences with each plugin, other’s experiences, based on popularity, and reviews.

So let’s list the best form plugins for WordPress.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is probably the most popular (Having over 1 million active installations) and free form available for any WordPress website. It can be downloaded directly in WordPress’ plugin respiratory. This powerful plugin can handle multiple contact forms allowing your site’s viewership to contact you directly.

Simply its the best form plugin for WordPress I’ve found so far. Does exactly what it says and in a simple manner, and works seamlessly with pages and posts. – @steven-c-wyer

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is a premium WordPress forms plugin, pricing ranges from $39 to $199. It has over a million downloads. It features a form builder which enables users to quickly build and design their WordPress forms.

I have an active Developer License ($199/year) of Gravity Forms which are installed and used by some of my clients’ websites which requires advanced functionality. So if you only need a simple form, then Gravity Forms may not be for you. Considering it costs $39 – $199/year, there would be other options to choose from. Although, if you need advanced functionality, then this plugin may be the best form plugin for WordPress.

Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms is a freemium plugin which has a very easy implementation of forms for WordPress. The “lite” version of this plugin can be downloaded from WordPress’ respiratory. It has limited features, and may require you to purchase a license if you’re looking for something powerful.

I am very new at building websites and found the Ninja forms and the download to Excel terrific to use. – @vltrnjd

This is a great plugin – looks good, integrates well with different apps and is easy to use. – @daniel078

Caldera Forms

Caldera Form

Caldera Forms is a freemium plugin which can create beautiful, responsive forms with a simple drag and drop editor. This forms’ visual editor simplifies form building for your WordPress website. Anti-spam, AJAX, notification emails, and database entry tracking are enabled by default. Addon features are available for a cheap price.

Take it from me, I use Caldera forms in my websites and clients’ websites aswell! A very handy one for sure which makes it to our list of best form plugins for WordPress.

Update Your WordPress Website Safely

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Updating WordPress is really important in maintaining and securing your website, but upgrading can hinder customization and can even break your site. In this post, we will cover considerations you should use when upgrading your WordPress powered website/s.

1. Backups

Always make sure you have backups for your website. A MUST, even if it is not WordPress.

Most hosting companies charge extra for backup and backup restore services but there are some web hosting provider nowadays that offers it for free. I know my hosts do and so does FastComet. They give you full, unrestricted access to your daily and weekly backups via their web-based 1-click Restore Manager (Jet Backups).

But if your web hosting provider doesn’t or you feel the need to have another backup, for extra safety, then I’d recommend these plugins:

UpdraftPlus (FREE)

updraft
UpdraftPlus – this one I personally use. It is a backup and restore plugin. It has a free version which on it’s own is superb, and some added features for a few bucks. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules. The paid version also backs up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV.

BackWPup (FREE)

backwpup
BackWPup is available as a free plugin from the WordPress repository. The plugin schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation.

There are lots of other solutions – both no-cost and advanced – and I’ll be showcasing those on a separate post.

2. Use a Child Theme

A child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality and styling of another theme, called the parent theme. Child themes are the recommended way of modifying an existing theme.

/*
Theme Name: My New Child Theme
Description: A child theme
Author: Myself
Template: Parent (this will be the folder name)
Version: 1.0.0
*/

/* =Theme customization starts here
------------------------------------------------------- */

If you prefer to use a plugin for css modifications, Simple Custom CSS plugin might do.

3. Review Theme, Plugin, and Core Improve Changelogs for Conflicts

Before you install any revision, we advise you read its changelog for possible conflicts.

You may want to wait on major upgrades to plugins and read the changelog on WordPress.org or the plugin’s website to be sure that the upgrade won’t break something on your site.

Including, if you’re using custom CSS to modify the appearance of a plugin-generated contact page, factors to consider the revision doesn’t modification some of the CSS IDs or courses that the custom code makes use of.

For changes to WordPress core, a complete changelog of every version currently comes in the Codex.

Reviewing the changelog for possible conflicts is key to making sure that any WordPress changes get efficiently.

4. Creating a WordPress Staging Site

WP Staging logoYou can use WP Staging to create a clone of your site in a subdirectory of your current hosting account – no need for any additional charges. This plugin won’t be needed if your current web host has built in staging – for example, WP Engine, Flywheel, Pantheon, and etc.

  1. Install the plugin, select which items to clone.
  2. The cloned site will be installed in a subfolder of your existing wordpress installation with a complete copy of your database.
  3. Login to the cloned site.
  4. Customize theme, update plugins, etc.
  5. Do some tests and if it is working, you are safe to migrate all modifications/updates to your production/live site.

 

Stick to the simple rules below to ensure WordPress changes are safe:

  1. Backup your site on a regular basis
  2. Make all theme customization with a child theme – or Simple Custom CSS plugin.
  3. Check the changelogs if the recent versions/upgrades are compatible.
  4. Never ever test changes on a production/live website.

 

Potenza – Single Page Business WordPress Theme

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I have a CSSIGNITER Developer membership valid for 1 year and noticed they recently released an all new single page WordPress theme. It is Ponteza, combining stunning looks with flexible features.

Have a look at the demo yourself and tell me on the comment section below what you think.

Features of the Potenza WordPress Theme:

Here is a list of some of the features CSSIGNITER has to offer for their newest theme Ponteza.

  • Flexible Layout Options
    • Content widgets come with multiple column and layout variations for you to choose from.
  • Responsive and Retina Ready – using this theme, your site will look great on all types of
  • devices such as iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.
  • Drag & Drop Homepage
    • Build your website’s homepage exactly the way you want it by using our custom content widgets. No coding skills needed.
  • SEO Optimized
    • Ponteza theme will help you rank higher in search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo!
  • Speed Optimization
  • Custom Widgets
    • Custom widgets mean more functionality. Widgets such as recent posts, social networking, you name it!
  • Flexible page builder
  • 2 Versions: Light and Dark
    • Recently, the theme got an update and 2 color versions which are “Light” or “Dark” versions are no more. Potenza includes over 30 colour customizer controls that let you change every element on your pages. Headings, buttons, links, paragraphs, background colours and more!
  • Translation Ready
    • Tired of translating strings of text inside each template file? They use translation files. Just edit one file and you are good to go. Now that’s rad!

Their Pricing

  • Potenza Theme (Single theme only) – $49 (includes 1 year updates to the theme)
  • Developer Membership (Get access to all themes and plugins) – $79 (includes 1 year updates to the theme)

CSSIGNITER have 4 pricing models, I would recommend getting a Standard license and above than a single theme pricing since it is only a $10 difference.

WP Theme - CSSIGNITER - Ponteza