Make Your WordPress Journey Easier with WPHive Chrome Extension

WPHive Chrome Extension is another revolutionary step for the WordPress industry.

Google Chrome extensions are like small software that is installed into Chrome in order to change the functionality of the browser. We don’t have to tell you the popularity of Google Chrome as a browser.

With over 2 billion users, Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser today!

Google Chrome is fast, secure, and obviously easy to use. The interface is clean and simple, even beginners will find it easy to use. No wonder, this browser is so highly rated.

That is why Google Chrome has been the go-to browser for more than 60% of people World Wide.

And it has a very rich collection of extensions. These extensions enable you make your web browser more customized and personal.

That is why we thought, why not introduce a Chrome extension from WPHive. So that you will get the awesome and technical insights of a plugin whenever you visit the WordPress.org site.

Besides the download stats and plugin introduction, they will get real time data and will be able to take the right decision on whether the plugin is perfect for them or not.

Why Use Google Chrome Extensions?

Extensions enable you to add more functions and features to your web browsers. And, you don’t need extensive coding to do that.

However, the amazing thing about the Google Chrome extension is, it is very extendable. Because you will get a plugin or extension for just about everything you possibly want. Like,

  • Blocking ads, so that they are restricted from being displayed
  • Optimizing memory usage so that Chrome runs more efficiently
  • Adding to-do lists or notes to Chrome
  • Password management
  • Making it easier to copy text from a site
  • Protect your privacy and making web browsing more secure
  • One-click operations of tools.

However, these are just the main advantages you will find while using Chrome extensions. But you get the idea what we are talking about.

Also, how you use an extension depends on the particular extension. Some extensions works in the background and performs it’s task automatically. While some add menu options to the menu when you right-click on web page.

However, the most common attribute of a Chrome extension is that it adds a small icon right to the address field in the browser. These icons can be clicked on or right-clicked to access the functionality of the extension.

Introducing WPHive Chrome Extension

WPHive chrome extension

It’s time to talk about the WPHive Chrome extension!

Seeing the popularity of Google Chrome and the intention to give WordPress users to use the amazing features WPHive more easily, we decided to develop a Chrome extension version of WPHive.

So, what this extension does? When you visit the WordPress.org page and search for a plugin, you will see all the WPHive insights about that plugin on the right-hand side of the web page.

Cool, right?

That way, you will get all the data you need about the plugin before you decide to download .

How to Install WPHive Chrome Extension

Well, installing the WPHive Chrome extension is simple as installing any other Google Chrome extension.

  • Visit the Google Chrome store from your Chrome browser
  • On the left-hand side, you will find the search bar. Type “WP Hive
  • Click on “Add to Chrome”
WPHive Chrome extension
  • Finally, the extension will be added to your Chrome browser. You will see WPHive icon on the top righ-hand side of your browser. It is as simple as that.
extension on browser

Now, when you visit WordPress.org and search for a plugin, you will see all the insights.

WPHive insights

Also, if you want you can compare with another plugin by clicking the Compare Plugin button.

How This Extension Will Prove to Be Beneficial for WordPress Users

The job of an extension is to give users more control and make it more personalized by adding more features to the browser.

WordPress is used by thousands of people all over the world. WordPress is the most used CMS not only because of its user-friendliness but also because of its massive availability of plugins.

However, this huge collection of plugins can also have a downside. As there are lots of similar kinds of plugins available, finding the best one can be difficult.

Sure, you can read reviews .

But, reading only reviews will not tell you how the plugin will perform on your live website.

You can download and test one by one. Imagine how long that will take?

That is why we have introduced the WPHive Chrome extension. It will help you get the technical aspects of a plugin and actually tell you if you should use it or not.

You will get advantages like,

  • You will get all the information about the plugin
  • You will know if the plugin is latest WordPress version compatible or not
  • WordPress.org only shows you the basic stats, WPHive Chrome extension will give you more detailed information
  • Only one click needed to compare plugins side by side
  • You can easily take data driven decision now
  • After downloading, you know you made the right decision.

WPHive: Making the Journey Easier with WordPress

WPHive has always been trying to find ways to make the world of WordPress better and better. From when it was a blogging site to now, when it introduced itself as the new WordPress repository.

And, it obviously made things easier for WordPress users. It works in a very unique way.

It has all the plugins from WordPress.org repository. Then it activates it, logs many crucial data such as page speed, memory usage, JavaScript issues, activations issues and more. You can test it directly from the WP Hive homepage.

It consists of multiple parts.

  • The management scripts, plugin crawler, testing scripts and so on.
  • All of them run on a VPS with 8 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM.
  • The test sites are hosted on Google Cloud VM instances, one site/plugin per instance. The machine type is n1-standard-1.
  • Whenever there is a new plugin update – the tool gets it within 1-3 days.

Also, it has made searching for a plugin a lot easier. You can search for plugins using different metrics. Say, if you want a plugin for SEO. In WordPress.org you have to know the plugin name beforehand inorder to search for it.

Not in WPHive. Just like you find apps from Play Store or Appstore – you can find plugins on WP Hive by different categories.

WP-Hive-discover page

Also, don’t forget about the plugin comparison feature.

“If you can compare smartphones before buying, why not plugins.”

That’s the thought process that went into building this feature. You can compare two plugins side by side just like you do with phones before buying with WPHive.

compare plugins WP Hive

A winner will be declared after end of every comparison.

So, as you can see we are not wrong when we are claiming that WPHive has made the WordPress industry a much better place and journey of using WordPress a lot smoother.

Conclusion

The main goal of WPHive is to bring a revolutionary change in the WordPress industry. WPHive Chrome extension is just another step towards it.

We want o make using WordPress and it’s plugins easy so that even a beginner can come in and become an instant pro. And by providing useful insights regarding a plugin, users are now able to choose the right plugins , instead of relaying o false rumors and gossips.

How To Make Your WordPress Site Private

It sounds unusual to make WordPress site private. Because people create websites to share important information, generate traffics, or make profits. So, why they want to make their site private so that people can’t access them?

Believe it or not, there are many website owners out there who want to keep their website invisible from the public eyes. In this world of technology where there no information is safe, keeping some things private is important for some people.

So, upon some users’ requests, today we are going to show you how to make your WordPress website private using the simple steps. You can use custom coding if you have the coding knowledge, or hire someone to do it.

But we are going to show you how to make your site private using a WordPress plugin.

Before that, we are going to justify why some websites need to have privacy.

Is It Fruitful to Make Your Website Private?

How to Make WordPress Site Private

It may sound unusual to make WordPress site private. Why would anyone create a website and won’t reveal it to the outsiders? Because a lot of effort goes into creating a website. That is why it sounds weird.

However, if you think carefully there maybe a lot of reasons for making a website private.

  • If you create a membership website with paid articles, then you have to privatize your website. That way only the people who purchased the access can visit your website.
  • You need to work with a dedicated team when a website is being developed in your company. So, you obviously don’t want anyone outside of your team to have access to the website
  • Also, you want a corporate employee’s related site, which they can access from anywhere and is restricted to people outside of the company.
  • You have a personal blog site that only a few people are allowed to read. So, that’s why you want to make your website private so that other people can’t visit.
  • That goes for any type of family blog as well. You can avoid using social channels to share your photos, videos but use a private website to share them with your family members. Although this type of website is rare or we wouldn’t know because they are private.
  • If you are a teacher and want to share all your notes, slides, presentations only with your students and attendees then you can make your website private.

These are few examples out of many. Although we are using the word private, however, that’s not entirely true for WordPress sites. You see there are roles in a WordPress site and these roles limit the access level to the site.

We can say,

Although if you make WordPress site private, it is not invisible. Administrators and editors can still see your private content.

How to Make WordPress Site Private?

So, maybe we have succeeded to establish why some website owners need to make their website account private. Now, we are going to show you how you can make WordPress site private easily.

However, WordPress doesn’t come with a built-in fully private option. But, don’t worry. There are a few plugins available in the WordPress repository that will make the process easy.

So, if you install a plugin, follow the simple steps ,you can get your site protected from Google and other people you don’t want to visit your site. So, after some research, we found My Private Site plugin simple and easy to setup.

We are going to show you the steps of setting up this plugin so that you don’t need to look elsewhere.

Moreover, installing this plugin is as simple as installing any other WordPress plugin. So, we are not going to bore you with going over those steps again. Now, let’s get on with the steps, shall we?

Step 1: Activate Private Site Functionality

After installing the plugin, you will see the My Private Site on your sidebar. Now,

  • Navigate to WP Admin-> My Private Site-> Site Privacy
  • You will see a notification “SITE IS NOT PRIVATE
make WordPress site private
  • Now, check the Enable Login Privacy from the Site Privacy option
  • After you click the “Save Privacy Status” button, you will see that the notification will be changed to SITE IS PRIVATE.
site is private

Step 2: Decide Who Can Register

Remember we said that, only way people can access your private site if they register. You can allow this function using this plugin.

  • Go to the Membership option
  • Now, you need to check both the boxes in order for people to self-register
  • Click on the “Update Options” button to save changes.
who can register

Step 3: Control How Users Login to Your Site

In the Landing Page section, you can:

  • Choose which page a user goes to after they log in
  • Create your own custom login page to use instead of the default WordPress login page.
make WordPress site private

Therefore, you can see how easy and simple it is to make WordPress site private using the My Private Site plugin. If you follow these simple steps, then you can do it in no time.

However, that’s not all. What if you want to make a specific blog post or page private instead of the whole website? Yes, you can do that also. And no, you don’t need to install another plugin for that. Here let us show you.

How to Make a Blog Post or a Single Page Private

WordPress has the feature to make a post or a page private. So, you don’t need to take the trouble of installing an extra plugin for that. However, to get the best out of this feature, we will share some cool tips. So, bear with us.

To access the privacy settings, edit the post or page you want to make private. Now look for Visibility option under the Publish box on the right hand side. Click on it.

private-password

You will see 2 options,

  • Private: Users who are logged in and with high-level privileges can see those posts. Other users will get 404 or an error page.
  • Password Protected: Users will need to enter a password to view the post or the page.

Choose one and click on Update to finish. Now, you need to know how these two functions actually work.

When You Choose Private

When you choose to make the post or the page private, then users who are logged in and have user roles like Administrator or Editor will be able to view the posts. WordPress will add the word Private in front of the post’s title.

private post

Moreover, that particular post will not appear on the blog archive page. So, when someone tries to access it, they will see a 404 or an error page.

Tip: If you want users other than Administrator or Editor role to access these private posts or pages, use the User Role Editor plugin to do that.

When You Choose Password Protected Option

Upon choosing the password protected option, you need to enter a password. That password will be used to access the post or page. So, when the blog or page will show up in the blog archive, the word Protected will be written before the post’s title.

protected

Here is a cool suggestion. If you make all the password the same for every post or page, users will be able to access all the password-protected posts and pages using only one password. But, if you use different passwords for every post, they have to enter a different password for every post.

By making the passwords the same (or different), you can easily make multiple posts private and still have detailed control over who has access.

Ending Notes

There you have it. Now you know how to make WordPress site private or even a post or a page private. So, you can easily get privacy in your site for whatever reason you want.

Also, it is a great way to share contents only with the selected people.

One thing to remember, even when the posts are password-protected, private pages are not suitable for important or sensitive information and always pay attention to whom you’re assigning user roles and their capabilities.

WordPress Gutenberg Editor: Feature Review and Performance Checking

Gutenberg is the new default block editor for WordPress. Gutenberg allows you to handle the website content with smart chunks or blocks. Here’s the complete review for you

With the release of WordPress 5.0, a new WordPress default block editor was introduced named Gutenberg. It was named after the famous mechanical printer inventor Johannes Gutenberg. Today we are here with this ultimate Gutenberg review to give you a true insight that will help you make a choice.

The goal of the Gutenberg editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress easier and enjoyable. It allows you to handle the website elements with customizable chunks or blocks.

Gutenberg has crossed the 200k+ active installation mark with 16M downloads after it’s release in November 2019.

That is why it doesn’t matter if you have updated to WordPress 5.0 or not, you should have the basic knowledge about Gutenberg. And a good place to start learning about new products is by reading a detailed review.

So, sit back and relax. Let’s explore everything about Gutenberg.

Gutenberg Block Editor: How Is It Here

Before going into the detailed Gutenberg review, you should know the origin story of this WordPress editor.

The Gutenberg block editor was first introduced by Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp Europe 2017. It was officially released in December 2018. Initially, it was a plugin. However, with the release of WordPress 5.0, it became the default editor for WordPress.

Gutenberg was introduced with the sole purpose of replacing the Classic Editor. With this new block editor users can,

  • Add media files
  • Create complex content layouts
  • Rearrange and reorder content at ease
  • Use widgets and blocks to add more diversity to the content page.

Which was not possible with the old editor. That’s how Gutenberg came to life.

Basic Features & Functionalities Of Gutenberg

Plugin Review_ Gutenberg

Just like any other plugin, you can download and install Gutenberg on your WordPress site. So, no need to waste your time going over the process. Instead, we are going to talk about what you can expect and the main features of Gutenberg in this section of the article.

1. Blocks To Easily Build and Write

Gutenberg is all about Blocks. They are an integral part of the WordPress ecosystem. And the name is justified as they are literally the building blocks you use to create content. Every individual content in Gutenberg is its own block. That means you can add text paragraphs, images, embedded files, headers, and so on as block in any post or page.

Select the + icon on top of the page and you will see all available blocks. The team did a great job of providing a distraction-free writing space as you can insert any block within a second while typing.

COMMON BLOCKSFORMATTING BLOCKSLAYOUT BLOCKSWIDGETS
ParagraphPull QuoteSeparatorLatest Posts
ImageTableMoreCategories
GalleryPreformattedButtonShortcode
HeadingCodeText Columns
QuoteCustom HTML
ListCustom Test
Cover ImageVerse
Video
Audio

Embeds

TwitterAnimotoMeetup.comSmugMug
YouTubeCloudupMixcloudSpeaker
FacebookCollegeHumorPhotobucketTED
InstagramDailymotionPolldaddy Tumblr
WordPressFunny or DieReddit VideoPress
SoundCloudHuluReverbNation Vine
SpotifyImgur Screencast WordPress.tv
Flickr Issuu Scribd
Vimeo Kickstarter Slideshare

This makes it much easier to edit every block of content individually, enabling you to set block-specific settings and formatting. Also, it is simple to reorganize and re-order your content within your posts.

blocks

2. Move & Align Blocks

Aligning the content as you desire is important and was difficult with the previous editor. However, you can easily move and align blocks withing the page with Gutenberg.

To align the blocks left, right, center hover your mouse over the block and you will find an icon shown in the below screenshot. You can easily align your text with this option. However, it doesn’t work as well as creating your own HTML and CSS.

aliginig blocks

Also, you can see up and down arrows are placed to the left of each block when mousing over them. You can use them to move your blocks up and down.

reordring blocks

3. Block Navigation

Just like the table of contents, Gutenberg creates block navigation that tells you the whole structure of your content. You can easily see what blocks you have used in an orderly fashion in your content.

And you can jump in that particular block by simply clicking on it.

block navigation

4. Table Of Contents & Document Outline

Gutenberg has made navigation easy for its users. It automatically detects HTML blocks h1, h2, h3….h6 within the article, and creates its own table of content. And, most importantly if you click on any heading it will scroll down to that.

So, it is better for smaller screens, especially for mobile users where you need immense scrolling.

table of content

Also, above the navigation, you will be to view the full outline of your document. You can see the number of words, headings, paragraphs, blocks.

document outline

5. Visual Editor And Code Editor

You have the option to choose between the visual editor and text editor. The visual editor is used for normal text-based editing for your content. While if you want to customize any of the code tor add no-follow links you can switch to the Code editor. It will also reveal the coding style used to create the effects.

visual and code editor

6. Additional CSS

You can add an extra CSS style sheet to the most blocks of Gutenberg. This enables you to stylize the classes that are characterized in your theme’s stylesheet.css  file. You can easily improvise on any default styling of any of the blocks.

That way you can add a personal touch to your content design.

addiotional css

7. Writing Modes

As we said earlier, The Gutenberg team has done an awesome job of creating a distraction free writing space. They have created three writing modes for your writing preferences.

  • Top Toolbar
  • Spotlight Mode
  • Fullscreen Mode

Top Toolbar: This display option allows you to access all blocks and documents in a single place Spot.

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Spotlight: If you want to focus on one block at a time then this mode is perfect for you. This mode blurs the other blocks so they don’t distract you while you can focus on the block in hand.

Gutenberg editor Spotlight mode, Gutenberg review

Fullscreen: This mode removes all the distractions and allows you to work with full focus. It will diminish all the unnecessary menu items from the page. So that you can get a fullscreen editor to build your content.

Gutenberg WordPress-fullscreen mode

8. Gallery Block

Personally, it is one of my favorite parts of this Gutenberg review article. One of the many blocks of Gutenberg includes the gallery block. You can easily add a group of images that will act as a responsive gallery. Then you can use that around your blocks.

Depending on how many images you upload, the block will set the column size according to that. Also, the images will be automatically adjusted to the column size. An odd number of columns makes the last few images larger than the rest, giving them prominence.

gutenberg gallery block

Helpful Post: Gutenberg new Updates.

9. Buttons

Buttons are prominent to CTAs (Call To Action). That is why it is important to use a button to attract users to guide users on what to do next. With Gutenberg, you can add one to many buttons in a single block.

You can add links to other pages with texts, label it with Italic, Bold or Strikethrough. Also, you can place the buttons right, left, center.

buttons

You can add solid or gradient colors to the buttons. You can use a color picker that also has text entry for HEX, RGB, or HSL codes.

button colors

10. Copy & Paste Process Is Well Designed

One thing Gutenberg has done successfully is creating a simple process on copying and pasting the content. On one side you can easily copy the whole content from the editor with one click. Just click the ellipses icon at the top right to see more tools and options menu. There you will find an option “Copy All Content” at the bottom of the menu. Click this option to copy all the content on your page.

copy all content

On the other hand, you can copy paste content from anywhere without breaking the structure. Whether it’s Google docs or Microsoft Word.

11. Compatible With Different Devices

From the previous features you can understand that Gutenberg has added features that will be helpful to make the content compatible with different devices.The layout of the Gutenberg editor is responsive and makes navigation through different devices easy to learn and use.

The editor has been designed to work on different devices such as computers, mobile phones, and tablets. The editor also works on different screen sizes.

compatible

So, these are the important features of Gutenberg. But you will find more features when you use it yourself.

Advantages Of Using Gutenberg Editor

So, in the previous section, we have gone over the important features of Gutenberg. However, you will realize the significance of those features once you know how it benefits you every day.

Therefore, in this next part of our Gutenberg review, we will be discussing the Pros of the editor. Like,

  • You can imagine your content as blocks, so it will be easier to edit and rearrange
  • Drag and drop images, that means you can drag and drop images into your content from outside
Gutenberg Editor Drag and Drop feature
  • Slash autocomplete, you can use slash (/) to add blocks more quickly to your content
slash autocomplete
  • Gutenberg makes building complex layouts easy, even if you have little knowledge
  • Clean and simple design, your content will look fresh and stylish
  • Easy to embed from a number of websites
  • Provides a less distracting writing space, with a quite clean interface
  • Works great with mobiles, has a great navigation system
  • Theme and plugin developers can create their own custom blocks
  • Makes the content writing process quite easy
  • Beginners can learn quite easily.

Gutenberg is the new default editor for WordPress now. So, it is better to get used to this editor rather than avoiding it. And these advantages will sure to put your mind at ease on using the editor.

Some Issues or Cons Of Gutenberg

Well, not everything is perfect with the Gutenberg editor. There are still some flaws that make the editor fall short from the perfect score. So, as well as the advantages we are going to talk about the disadvantages of it as well.

  • It might be easy for beginners but some may find it difficult to use
  • The switch from classic editor to Gutenberg may hamper writing quality
  • With so many blocks available, some may find it hard to locate their desired block
  • It’s frustrating to select a parent block in a nested block scenario
  • Still not sure about the backward compatibility
  • It has got a lot of one-star ratings from users.

However, the team is working to fix these issues and create better solution. We can hope for the best.

WordPress Gutenberg vs WordPress Classic Editor

WordPress Gutenberg Releases on 18 November

Before Gutenberg, people were using the Classic Editor. It was loved by the users for its simplicity. However, this simplicity had a downside. Without editing the HTML code, it was impossible to make pages with a custom layout. Yes, and the work with HTML itself required more time and more in-depth knowledge of HTML.

That’s one of the fundamental reasons for introducing the Gutenberg block editor. It made the process of editing complex layouts easy and also it offered a modernized writing process with each element worked as a block. Here is a short comparison of the two editors.

Interface

Gutenberg has a drag and drop editor. That means you can select a block and drop it anywhere in your content. Also, this interface makes it easy for rearranging and reordering the whole content.

The Classic Editor has a clean and simple interface compare to Gutenberg.While it is an ideal environment for writing , it makes creating complex layouts difficult. You will need the help of custom HTML and CSS.

Content

Gutenberg’s framework is like a roller coaster ride. It’s eventful. With so many functions available, sometimes you may get confused. But, it is like a refurbished version of the Classic Editor.You can create complex contents with this editor.

Classic Editor‘s framework is more like still water. It provides a beautiful canvas for writing without any distractions. However, the problems appear when you try to create complex contents.

Execution

Talking about adding media, creating complex elements, and embedding contents, Gutenberg is, undoubtedly, much better than the classic editor. It comes with an abundance of new functionalities that can be easily executed.

While we said over and over again, if you are not looking to publish post everyday or writing for fun, then you should use Classic Editor.Otherwise, you will end up wasting a lot of time stylizing your content with this editor.

Gutenberg Vs Page Builders

When Gutenberg was released with WordPress 5.0, the question was being asked if it was a replacement for page builders. Like how does it compare to page builders like Elementor or Divi?

However, Gutenberg block editor does bring more visual design and drag-and-drop editing, it’s not exactly a replacement for page builder plugins quite yet. It is a good substitute for basic contents or layouts. But if you want to pinpoint your style or add more diversity to your site then you will be happier with page builders.

Hers is short comparison between Gutenberg and Page builders.

ComparisonGutenbergPage Builders
Drag & DropGutenberg is a not drag and drop page builder. You can add blocks and move your content up and down.Page builders allow you to drag and drop widgets, create columns, provide section nesting
EditorGutenberg is a backend editor, that means you will not get a proper idea how your page will look like after publishing.With Page Builders you will get a live preview. That means you can see exactly how your page will turn out.
Widgets & BlocksGutenberg comes with a decent number of blocks covering all the basic elements.Page Builders provide more blocks and widgets that is more than enough to create a professional website.
PossibilityThe purpose of adding Gutenberg to WordPress is to offer a modern writing experience to users.Page builder plugins provide a visual drag and drop interface to design entire pages.
LayoutYou have limited freedom to create content layouts with Gutenberg blocks.Page Builders give you all the flexibility.
Styling OptionsThe blocks in Gutenberg come with their own styling and formatting options. However, these options are limitedPage Builders, on the other hand, offer a lot more styling options. You can change background colors of blocks, use gradients, use font-icons, select fonts, more
Gutenberg vs Page builders

Performance Test Of The Gutenberg Block Editor with WPHive

As you already know we have launched WP Hive, a better WordPress repository. You can easily search plugins more efficiently, compare plugins side by side and also get the performance test of any plugin.

So, this Gutenberg review article will not be finished without conducting a proper performance test of the editor. That is why we are going to test the Gutenberg editor through WP Hive and see what result it gives us.

Initial Test

If we look at the initial test done by WP Hive of the editor, you will be able to see Gutenberg is the latest PHP compatible, latest WordPress compatible, also there are no activation errors.

initial test gutenberg review

Performance

Gutenberg uses less memory than 99% plugins while it is faster than 99% plugins. That is actually impressive.

gutenberg performance

Statistics

You can view the download statistics, user ratings, last update status from the tests.

gutenberg stats

What’s Next For Gutenberg

Gutenberg recently released it’s version 8.3. In this new version, they have added some new features to the editor including,

  • Reorganizing set of block categories
  • Parent block sector
  • Spacing control
  • Link color options
  • Ability to filter the latest posts.

However, the team is working in bringing in some new features in near future like,

  • Full site editing(FSE)
  • Navigation screen
  • Widget screen and more

So, keep an eye out for these updates as it will change your writing experience.

Gutenberg is The Future, No Way to Ignore It

So, we have come to the end of this Gutenberg review blog. We have tried to give you as many details as we can about the Gutenberg block editor.

If you want to write with more flexibility and create a smart content structure then you must get used to using this Gutenberg block editor. The editor comes with the aim to make WordPress easier to use.

WordPress also gives emphasis on Gutenberg and planning everything with Gutenberg in the upcoming days. So, you can’t ignore this WordPress block editor anymore!

Don’t make a mistake and don’t even wait. Start exploring the editor from today and keep you updated!

The Ultimate Blog Writing Checklist for Beginners

You have written a blog post, it’s really well and informative. You believe it will add value to your readers. So, should you publish the post right away?… No! There are many things you need to check before hitting on the publish button.

Over 2 million blogposts got published everyday just on WordPress. So, you have to consider how to stand out.

Writing is obviously the main part of blogging but that’s not all. Before making it public you need to check some certain things to ensure the quality and better user experience.

Here we described a 37-point blog writing checklist to make sure your efforts are not ruined. This checklist will cover from the start of your writing to publishing it.

37 Point Blog Writing Checklist for Beginners

The points got divided into three parts to make them easily understandable.

  • Primary Considerations and Content Outlining
  • Points related to Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Useful tips to boost your content further

Now, let’s start with the part.

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Primary Considerations and Content Outlining

blog writing checklist

1. Consider Target Audience before Planning

Considering the target audience group before preparing the content outline is a must. Every blog topic is meant for some specific people. If you write a blog post and think everyone is going to come and read then you are mistaken.

When you pick a topic up you need to identify your audience first. That will help you have a clear goal in mind and you will write keeping those specific readers in focus. Your information will be precise and you will find the right tone for your blog as well.

2. Define Your Top Goal

You should write a blog post keeping a marketing plan in mind. So, you need to realize the purpose of your topic. Like, generating traffic, SEO boosting, creating brand awareness, lead generation, etc.

We are going to start by giving you some pointers on how your structure of the content will look like.

3. Create An Outline For The Post

The next point on our blog writing checklist is, you need to create an outline for your blog post. Assuming you have already locked in on the topic. Now, an outline will contain the whole idea of your blog. The problems you are going address and how you are going to solve them, all this will be in the content outline.

When you will write a blog with a huge word count, the outline will help you keep track. Otherwise, it will be easy to get confused in the middle of writing.

4. Choose A Catchy Headline

After the outline, you need to choose your initial headline. Pick a headline that is true to your blog topic and also creates urgency among the audiences. Locking in on the starter headline will help you get a more clear idea of the topic and you will easily know what to write.

blog writing checklist, headlines

For example, if you want to write about the bad effects of smoking you can choose your headline to be “How Smoking Reduces Your Life Span By 10 Minutes Every Time“. This title will help the readers immediately realize that you are going to talk about the bad effects of smoking.

5. Provide Self-explaining Subheads

If you are writing a post that has more than 500 words, then you should use subheadings to split up the content. It is boring if you just write paragraph after paragraph without giving an insight.

That way the readers will get lost and will get bored quickly. So, to create engagement and give your readers the chance to understand your content more easily use subheadings throughout your post to break up sections of text.

6. Content Should be above 300 Words (1500+ is Best)

Don’t hold back while writing. Write as many words as you can. But make sure your whole topic is covered. Use facts, statistics, quotes, ideas, solutions. Writers often makes the mistake of thinking that audience like short contents because they don’t like to read long contents.

That is not true. When you find content that answers all your questions regarding the topic will you feel bored? Not at all. Rather you will appreciate the blog post and the writer. The same goes for Google and other search engines as well.

However, don’t fill your content with unnecessary information just to make it longer. The audience will get irritated.

7. Break Up Content Into Paragraphs

If this article was being written without any break you would have gotten bored reading the first 200 words. That is why it important to break up your content into paragraphs and white space.

Because digital contents should be skimmiable.

8. Stats & Facts Adds Value To The Post

Stats, facts, takeaways, news helps prove your point. That means if you are trying to show something or make your audience believe something uses facts or stats. Then you will come out as more believable to your audience and it will definitely add value to your post.

9. Add Use Cases, more and more Examples

Show, don’t tell.

It is one of the main factors of the blog writing checklist. When you use more use cases or examples than the audience will easily understand your point and will absorb the facts quite easily. Also, they grasp the message you are trying to share and convey to them.

Like, when you write about the bad affect of smoking you should examples like,

Every 15 cigarettes you smoke will cause a mutation in your body, mutations are how cancers start.

10. Use Active Voice

One of the first things you will learn as a blog writer is to use active voice while writing. Because active voice,

  • Uses fewer words, so that makes the writing more concise and efficient
  • Has a faster-moving narrative, which makes for easier writing and more engaging reading
  • Cleans up the sentence and
  • Helps prevent grammatical mistakes.

Also, active voice makes the sentences sounds more interesting and exciting rather than passive voice.

11. Write So That Even An Eight Standard Could Understand

We have included this point to the blog writing checklist so that you understand the importance of keeping the content simple. When you are writing a topic make sure it not only understandable by you but also by everyone.

Use simple words, don’t over complicate things, keep the structure simple. The quality of the writing should be high but simple.

12. Strictly Avoid Duplicacy

Always create original content. It is natural to look at other contents during researching. But, you should pick up ideas and what is lacking on that blog not sentences. So, rewrite the sentences in your own way and add more information if you can.

avoid duplicacy

Not only audiences but Google doesn’t like plagiarism as well. You could be penalized as well.

13. Add Relevant Images, Infographics

Blog is not only about writing, it’s also about how present the information to the reader. One thing we have said repeatedly throughout the this blog writing checklist guide, never let your readers get bored.

relevant images

So, if you fill-up the blog with words then no matter how interesting the topic is, it will not hold the excitement of the readers. So, you should include relevant images, infographics in order to spice up the visualization of your blog.

14. Link to Relevant-Valuable Sources

We told you to provide facts, stats, quotes to add more value to your content. But remember to give credit and provide links from where you picked up the information.You need to provide proper citations.

15. Important Information Should be Marked

When you will provide a lot of information, you want some information to catch the eye of your reader. Because you have worked hard to find that information. That is why that information should be highlighted.

But don’t go highlighting every single information.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Practices

You need to make sure your audience finds it and Google along with other search engines acknowledges it. That is why you need to perform SEO. So, what should you do?

16. Analyse Keywords before Writing

Next on our content writing checklist is selecting your primary keyword. It is important why? Well how else audience is going to find your blog. That is why you need to find a keyword that represents your topic and also help you rank higher in SERPs.

There are many ways to find your desired keyword for your blog topic. So, you can adopt these ways and reach more audiences with them.

17. Target Keyword Should Appear In Your Headline

It is a very important practice for the content writers out there. The target keyword should appear in the headline of your blog topic. So, after choosing the primary keyword, go back to your title and try to include the keyword in it.

target keyword in the headline

The benefit of it is Search Engines like Google, Bing, etc will know exactly what your content is all about.

18. Include LSI (Secondary) Keywords

Latent Semantic Index(LSI) or secondary keywords is an important part of the blog writing checklist. When you lock in your primary keywords, you should find some other keywords that surround your topic. These keywords can be long-tail keywords as well.

That way when people search using those secondary keywords, your blog post will still appear in the search results. Also, search engines use them to deeply understand your content.

So, it is better to select a few secondary keywords for your blog topic.

19. Make Sure Your Target Keyword Appears Within The First 100 Words Of Your Content

It is a very important practice for the content writers out there. The target keyword should appear in the first 100-150 words of the content. However, it shouldn’t look like you are forcing the idea. It should come naturally.

The benefit of it is Search Engines like Google, Bing, etc will know exactly what your content is all about and bring it higher in the search results and it sends signals to search crawlers.

20. Use Your Primary Keyword In Subheads Naturally

A part of your blog writing checklist should include adding your target keyword in subheadings. Because subheadings play a key role in optimizing the content in the best possible manner. That way subheadings will be used efficiently to enhance the quality of the content so that the content performance can be better.

21. Use The LSI keywords At Least Once

Point number 7 of the blog writing checklist, we told you to choose some secondary keywords relevant to your blog posts. Well, that was not for the show only. You need to use those keywords at least once your blog post for SEO optimization.

22. Avoid Keyword Stuffing or Black Hat SEO

It is a common idea among many writers that if you fill your blog post with your target keyword then your blog will get a higher ranking. That is absolute nonsense. The goal is to avoid using the target keyword more frequently rather than use it more naturally.

The keyword should be used naturally so that it doesn’t break the flow of the blog and readers don’t find it unnatural.

2% density is enough for a blog post.

23. Add Target Keyword At The End Of Your Blog

It is a good practice to use the primary keyword toward the end of the post to bookend the copy with references to the target phrase.

Also, it will help with the SEO and help you rank higher.

24. Add Target Keyword In The Meta Description

A meta description is used as a summary for your blog. Readers will get an initial idea about your blog by reading the meta description. So it is a good idea to use your target keyword in the meta description.

keyword in the meta descriptions

Remember your meta description should not exceed 150 words.

25. Internal Linking

It is one of the crucial point in the content writing checklist. Internal linking means when you link to other published posts on your site through relevant keyword on your blog post.

It helps in three things, boost your SEO, generates more traffic, acts as a resource guide to the readers.

26. External Linking

After internal linking comes external linking. When you write a blog you use terms that is unfamiliar and readers want to know about it more. So, it is a good practice to add outbound links to the best possible explanation for that term on the web.

The links can be to a Wikipedia page or to any relevant blog post.

27. Try To Keep The Head Keyword In The Page Title

One of the best practices in blog writing is to put the target keyword in the page title. It is a great way to boost your SEO. Also, that title needs to be unique to avoid any duplicate title tag issues that might hurt your site’s SEO.

You can make the page title the same as your headline, no problem. If you make it different make sure it stays true to your topic.

28. Add Your Target Keyword To Image ALT Tag

When you add images or any other graphics, remember to add the primary keyword to the alt tag in a natural way. It will boost SEO and also save you from copyrights.

29. Add The Keyword To Image File Name & Title

When adding images, also use the primary keyword in the original file name and the title in the CMS. This will also boost SEO.

alt tag

30. On-Page SEO

Make sure to run a full on-page SEO after the blog is published. Make sure you don’t miss any SEO optimization steps. On-page SEO includes optimizing title tags, images, meta descriptions.

Useful Tips To Boost Your Content Further

Image Creation Tools to Create SEO Friendly Images for WordPress Blog

31. Optimize Your Images

We all want to include high-quality images in our blog posts. But, there is a downfall to that. Sometimes it may take some time to load the whole image that can create irritation for the readers.

Resize and Serve Scales Images

So, it is a good practice to resize the images for giving your readers a better experience.

32. Be Careful About The Image Copyright Issues

While writing a blog, we need to use images to convey our message. Sometimes we use images from Google. When we do that, we need to be very careful to avoid image copyright infringement. It is a very serious issue and you need to double check before publishing these kind of images.

33. Links Should Open In A New Tab

All the links, internal or external should open in a new tab. Otherwise, if the links open in the same tab, then it will drive attention away from your blog post. Which will increase the bounce rate and have a negative impact on your blog post?

34. Use CTA Buttons

CTA (Call To Action) is a great way to lead your readers where you want them to. It is better to add a CTA button at the end of the blog post. That way after finishing the blog post it will the readers what to do next.

CTA is a great way to achieve the goal you had in mind before writing the blog post.

35. Alternative Headlines

Next on our blog writing checklist is to write some alternative headlines that is more powerful and engaging. From these powerful and engaging titles choose the best one. Make sure it includes the primary keyword. Your final headline should be not more than 60 characters in order to be fully displayed in search.

You can keep the initial one as well.

36. Don’t Forget Social Sharing

Encourage your readers to spread your post on different social media channels. Create shareable contents that includes ClickToTweet links, and social sharing icons.

Also, try to promote your content through your own social channels in a regular basis.That will help create awareness for your blog.

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37. Last Minute Review

You need to have your own checklist to help you find any typo mistake or spelling mistakes. Also check for grammatical errors as well. Read the whole blog post once before publishing. Don’t hit the publish button unless you are done editing.

Follow the Checklist and Stand out from The Crowd in Blogging

We prepared this ultimate blog writing checklist to help beginners and our friends who are struggling to get the desired traffic. So, when you are writing a blog post make sure to give a check to all the points mentioned here.

And feel free to suggest more considerable points if you have any in your mind.

Get Introduced with WordPress Google Analytics Plugin by MonsterInsights

MonsterInsights is one of the most popular Google Analytics Dashboard plugin for WordPress.It will allow you to do sophisticated event tracking, eCommerce tracking, form tracking, custom dimension tracking, and more.

MonsterInsights is one of the most popular Google Analytics Dashboard plugins for WordPress. You don’t need to hire a developer or know any code because it will help you connect to Google Analytics quite easily.

MonsterInsights will allow you to do sophisticated event tracking, eCommerce tracking, form tracking, custom dimension tracking, and more.

Is A Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin Really Necessary For You?

No doubt, Google Analytics is a powerful tool but the data can be overwhelming if you are not an expert. And without expert knowledge, it will be difficult to use the valuable data you are being provided with.

And what’s the point of analytics if you’re not using the data to improve your site?

Also, an efficient analytics plugin will help you understand-

  • understand what topics and formats your audience likes best, so you can create more of it
  • see how people find your site, so you can focus your efforts on the marketing tactics that work
  • set and track your conversion goals, so you know how to improve and optimize your site.

An expert Google Analytics user can do this work without a plugin, but an effective plugin will give you all that information at a glance, making analytics easy even if you’re a beginner.

Basic Features of MonsterInsights

Let us look at some of the powerful features of this plugin.

  • Quick and Easy Setup – Easily set up Google Analytics for WordPress with just a few clicks (no coding needed)
  • Real-time Stats – See real-time stats inside your Google Analytics dashboard.
  • Universal Tracking – Get better insights with Google Analytics’ universal tracking.
  • Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin – See the stats that matter from right inside your WordPress dashboard.
  • Ecommerce Tracking – MonsterInsights lets you add Google Analytics tracking for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads store
  • Ads Tracking – Track your Google Adsense ads with Google Analytics
  • File Download Tracking – Enable file download stats with just a click
  • Link Tracking – Track your outbound link clicks with Google Analytics
  • Events Tracking – Track custom button and banner clicks with Google Analytics
  • Custom Dimensions Tracking – Enable Google analytics custom dimensions tracking for WordPress
  • Author Tracking – See who’s the most popular author with Author tracking
  • Popular Post Tracking – See which blog post and section is the most popular
  • Custom Post Type Tracking – Track the performance of your custom post types
  • Referral Tracking – See how visitors are finding your website to better focus your marketing efforts
  • Performance Tracking – Control the performance rate and sample rate for your Google Analytics report

Pricing Information

MonsterInsights pricing

Apart from having a free version in the WordPress repository, it has three pro versions for the ones who want additional features. At the time of writing, they have cut down their pricing to about 50% on all their plans.

Agency Pro Plus
$399.50/year
For marketing and web development agencies to speed up their flow.
$199.50/year
For eCommerce sites and businesses who want huge results, fast.
$99.50/year
For small businesses and publishers who want to do more.
MonsterInsights plugin Pricing

Some Pros & Cons of MonsterInsights- The Best Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin

Now, let us talk about the MonsterInsights Analytics plugin pros and cons.

Pros

  • You don’t need to know any coding to set up the plugin
  • Simple installation with WordPress
  • The free version has enough functionalities to get you through
  • The affiliate link tracking makes it easy for bloggers and affiliate marketers to track their affiliate links with Google Analytics
  • It has a Google Analytics tool.

Cons

  • The plugin does not place your WordPress analytics dashboard on the home page of WordPress.Instead, you have to find your new Insights tab on the sidebar and locate the dashboard there
  • You can’t get statistics on individual pieces of content
  • You will need the premium version to unlock all the relevant data to your sites.

MonsterInsights Plugin Lite vs Pro Version

If you are beginner then the lite version is ideal for you. Like we mentioned , the lite version has enough functionalities. It offers,

  • Audience Report that helps you get to know your visitors in a whole new way
  • Behavior Report  that shows you exactly how people find your website, which keywords did they search for, who referred them, what did they click on your site
  • Content Report  that will show you stats on exactly which content gets the most visits
  • ECommerce Report will show you all the statistics in one place
  • Search Console Report will help you know exactly how well your website is ranking in Google.

Whereas the pro versions offer Custom Dimensions tracking, Page Insights so that you will get all the relevant details regarding your site, Real-Time report that will help you get the detailed reports in time.

The Pro and the Agency version offers Priority Support for their users.

Checking Performance Of MonsterInsights

As you know WP Hive has the ability to perform extensive tests on plugins find out the performance of that plugin. So, we put MonsterInsights through the test and found out how it performs.

As you can see the plugin is latest PHP and WordPress compatible. Also it has no activation and resource errors.

Tests

Also, it uses less memory than 81% plugins and also faster than 99% plugins on page speed. It only takes 0.07% seconds to load.

performance

You can also view the overall statistics of the plugin from here also.

stats

Getting Benefited from MonsterInsights As A Beginner or Professional Marketer

If you own a site like an e-commerce store or a marketplace then this plugin will help you greatly. With real-time stats and analysis, it will help beginners to understand their site performances without being an expert in Google Analytics.

Whereas for the experts, it will make the job more seamless and error-free as they can combine their expertise with the features of the MonsterInsights plugin to make the site more powerful.

MonsterInsights Behavior Report shows you exactly how people find your website, which keywords did they search for, who referred them, what did they click on your site, and more.

The content report shows you exactly which content gets the most visitors, so you can analyze and optimize it for higher conversions.

You can combine this with the search console report and custom dimensions, this will help you achieve good SEO score and higher rankings.

Final Verdict

We have covered most of the functionalities of the pro and the lite version. We can say the MonsterInsights plugin is one of the most popular Google Analytics Dashboard plugin for WordPress.

As we mentioned earlier it has the functionalities to take your website to the next level.Also,

  • Easy & simple set up and navigation: It has simple and easy navigation and installation so a person who doesn’t know to code can easily set up and use it. It helps especially the beginners
  • You don’t have to be an expert: It doesn’t matter if you are not an expert in handling all the data from the Google Analytics, this plugin will help you understand all the data to improvise on your site.

With all this together, this analytics plugin simply does a great job in maintaining your site performances.

Discover And Compare Top WordPress eCommerce Plugins with WPHive

Read the list of top WordPress eCommerce plugins here

WordPress can be the perfect solution to create your own eCommerce website. As it has some of the top WordPress eCommerce plugins that will turn your regular WordPress site into a fully functional eCommerce store. So, we are going to list you the popular eCommerce plugins out there and also find out which one is the best.

Why You Need An eCommerce Plugin?

The need for an eCommerce store has never been greater than now. With the exponential growth of the business in the last few years, many have been inspired to start their own online shops. And the number of online stores around the world is huge. The thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins are the main reason behind it.

Almost 33% of website in the world are powered by WordPress

That is why, you need to have an eCommerce plugin at your disposal to take care all the hassle of an online eCommerce store.

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Choosing The Right eCommerce Plugin

However, choosing the right eCommerce plugin can be a difficult task as there are quite a few in the market. And if you don’t choose the right plugin then you may end up suffering a loss. There are many cases where the lack of research has led to a downfall.

But we are here to solve that problem. Today we are going to list the top eCommerce plugins of WordPress but in a different way. You know in WordPress.org, we have to know the name of the plugin beforehand to search for it. That means we have to Google the plugins name first.

But, today we are not doing none of it as it wastes precious time. We are going search using the eCommerce category so that we will get results automatically.

We will do it using WP Hive. Confused?

Discovering Top WordPress eCommerce Plugins With WP Hive

Well, let us clear your confusion. WP Hive is a better version of the WordPress repository that was released a few months ago. The reason for being better is that you can,

  • Discover plugins using various categories
  • Get an in-depth review of the plugin
  • Plugin test results based on different performance metrics
  • Compare plugins to see which one is best
  • And of course, you can download plugins.

As you can see, we are going to utilize the “Discover plugins using various categories” fully to find ourselves the top WordPress eCommerce plugins that will help you create your eCommerce website. It is a rather simple process.

How To Discover eCommerce Plugins

Go to WP Hive and click on the Discover button on top of the menu.

discover plugins top WordPress eCommerce plugins

Next, select the category next to ” I want a plugin for” to E-Commerce.

select category

You will be able to view all the eCommerce plugins from the WordPress repository. You can even filter them by,

  1. Top Rated this week
  2. Top Rated this month
  3. Most Popular this week
  4. Most Popular this month

and then you can filter further,

  • High to Low
  • Low to Hight
  • Active installs: high to low/low to high
  • Downloads: high to low/low to high
filter

That is how you can easily discover the top WordPress eCommerce plugins using WP Hive.

List Of The Top WordPress eCommerce Plugins

Now that we have shown you the way of discovering plugins in a simpler way, next we are going to save some more of your time by listing the top 5 eCommerce plugins in WordPress.

  1. WooCommerce
  2. Easy Digital Downloads(EDD)
  3. BigCommerce
  4. MemberPress
  5. WP Product Review Lite

WooCommerce

Woocommerce Review

It is rare to find people who knows about WordPress but doesn’t know about WooCommerce. It is one of the most popular solution to build an eCommerce store. It is currently powering 8% of all eCommerce websites.

One of the main reason for it’s popularity is because it’s Free! So, anyone thinking about starting an online eCommerce store they can do that easily. Moreover, it offers some cool extensions and themes that will certainly help your cause.

Besides, it has the functionality so that you can sell both digital and physical goods. Also, it has built-in popular payment gateways and you can other options using extensions.

However, as it has too many addons users sometimes get lost when trying to find the correct addon.

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Easy Digital Downloads

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Next on our list of the top WordPress eCommerce plugins is Easy Digital Downloads (EDD). It is a simple, intuitive plugin for selling and managing digital products. It has more features and it’s interface is much cooler than WooCommerce. So, its quite perfect to sell digital products.

Also, it has hundreds of extensions including addons for payment gateways, marketing platforms, and services. Also, the plugin is very well documented with free support forums.

However, you can only sell digital products and if you want to sell external products you will need a third-party addon.

How To Perform WooCommerce to Easy Digital Downloads License Migration In 6 Easy Steps

BigCommerce

bigcommerce

BigCommerce offers a seamless integration with WordPress. This allows you to use a scalable eCommerce platform while using WordPress. You will get access the their native eCommerce features from a single plugin.

It has the ability to sell across multiple channels and marketplaces from a single location. Also, it has an embedded checkout experience.

However, it has limited integrations and also doesn’t offer any mobile app for it’s users.

MemberPress

MemberPress

If you are looking to sell subscription-based digital products or services than MemberPress is a great option. It has a lot of integration including integration with WooCommerce.

It has a terrific user control system that allows you to define user access levels and content restrictions.

However, it has limited payment options and it’s pricing plan are available only in yearly terms.

WP Product Review Lite

wp product review lite

The last but not the least on our top WordPress eCommerce plugins list is WP Product Review Lite. This plugin will allow you to manage how you want to place your reviews and display them.

It has 3 review layouts so you have an option for how you want to show the reviews to your visitors. Upon posting comments, users can rate the different product specifications. It generates comparison tables from existing reviews.

Now that we have listed the best eCommerce plugins in WordPress, we can find out the best among them using their performance metrics. We can compare eCommerce plugins with WP Hive using the Compare function.

Comparing The eCommerce Plugins Using WP Hive

This revolutionary feature of WP Hive has opened a new door for the WordPress users. Now user’s don’t have to do extensive research on Google or in other sites to find the best plugin. WP Hive compares two plugins side by side and at the end declares the winner.

Let’s get on with it shall we?

First of all, go to the Compare page of WP Hive and write the plugins name on the text box.

compare plugins

You can easily compare all the plugins from here.

WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads

We will start with WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads to determine the top eCommerce WordPress plugins.

WooCommerce vs EDD

The Winner is ” Easy Digital Downloads”

However, as we can see the memory usage of WooCommerce is bigger than Easy Digital Downloads and also the page speed of Easy Digital Downloads is better than WooCommerce (0.1s compare 0.3s). So we can say performance wise Easy Digital Downlaods is better.

But WooCommerce is more popular, has millions of user and also it provides more features.

Now we will compare between,

Easy Digital Downloads vs BigCommerce

edd vs bigcommerce

This time again the winner isEasy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads vs MemberPress

edd vs memeberpress

The winner isMemberPress

Now,

MemberPress vs WP Product Review Lite

MemberPress vs WP Product Review Lite

We can see some interesting results here. In case of memory usage the top WordPress eCommerce plugin is MediaPress. However, in terms of page speed we can see the winner is WP Product Review Lite.

That’s how WP Hive compare plugins to show the definitive results.

Final Word

As we have said earlier, WP Hive has opened a new door for the WordPress community. Now users can become smarter and choose the plugins by themselves instead of relying on other’s opinions.

With its unique functionalities, WP Hive has revolutionized the world of WordPress. As you can see from the article, how easy it is to discover and compare plugins.

As you have seen, we have compared the top WordPress eCommerce plugins from WordPress using WP Hive. Some of the results might come as a surprise but WP Hive has given the results based on performances, page speed and memory usage.

But, if we take popularity, features into account, WooCommerce surely comes out on top. Although, it falls behind on performance, but when it comes to availability, nothing beats WooCommerce.

5 Best Free WordPress SEO Plugins Listed & Compared With WP Hive

Search Engine Optimization(SEO) plays a major role in content writing. It increases search and visibility, exposure of your brand through organic search results. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. And it is certainly impossible without any SEO tools.

But Why You Need a SEO Plugin

Every website needs an SEO plugin. No matter how important social networks can be for a site, SEO is often the most important factor for a site’s growth. Not following SEO best practices, or not doing SEO at all, can be quite detrimental to your site’s performance.

Fortunately, there are quite a few efficient SEO plugins available in WordPress that will help your cause and we are going to list the 5 best free WordPress SEO plugins and compare them with WP Hive so that you can choose the best one.

Why WP Hive?

Well, you may have heard the news about the new upgraded version of the WordPress repository WP Hive. It is a platform where you have the opportunity to not only download a plugin but also

  • Get an in-depth review of the plugin
  • See the test results based on different performance metrics
  • Compare plugins to see which one is best
  • Discover plugins using various categories.

So, you have probably have guessed that we are going to use the Compare option of that platform to find out the best free WordPress SEO plugins out of the 5.

But first, let us list the best 5 shall we?

5 Best Free WordPress SEO Plugins

Compare best seo plugin with wphive

SEO plugins are the extension modules for content management system. It has features that impact website analysis, online marketing, and of course search engine optimization. However, you only need to use one SEO tool as they all have quite similar features with exceptions. So, we are going to list the best SEO tools for you also give you an insight to their features.

  1. Yoast SEO
  2. All In One SEO
  3. Rank Math
  4. SEOPress
  5. Google Keyword Planner

Yoast SEO Plugin

Yoast SEO

The first on the list of best free WordPress SEO plugins is Yoast SEO. It one of the most popular SEO plugin with over 5M active installations and 4.7 ratings from 15000+ reviews.

It offers a detailed analysis of your content based on the keyword you have chosen. You can easily get a detailed insight to your writing to make sure it’s SEO optimized. Also, it lets you add Open Graph Metadata and social media images to your content.

https://wphive.com/seo/optimal-yoast-seo-settings/

It has a smooth import system, so you can easily transfer your previous SEO data from the old plugin. Yoast SEO automatically creates an XML sitemap for all your content. Therefore it is easy for search engines to crawl your website.

It has a premium version for $89 that has,

  • Internal linking suggestions
  • Content insights
  • Redirect manager
  • 1 year free access to 24/7 support

However, the free version has enough essential features to help you if you are on a budget.

All In One SEO Pack

all in one seo

Next on our list of best SEO tools is All In One SEO Pack. With over 2M active installations it is easily among the best free WordPress SEO plugins.

It lets you add SEO title and meta tags, open graph meta tags, XML sitemaps, image sitemaps, and more. The setup process is easy as it has a feature manager that lets you control different settings. All In One SEO pack support SEO on custom post types. Also, if you make any changes to your site it will automatically notify search engines like Google, Bing.

It has 3 kinds of paid version Individual, Business, Agency with different prices. Those paid versions offer,

  • Image SEO Module (Business Plan and above)
  • Advanced Support for WooCommerce
  • SEO for Categories, Tags and Custom Taxonomies
  • Social Meta for for Categories, Tags and Custom Taxonomies
  • Support for Google Tag Manager
  • Advanced Google Analytics tracking

It is a more affordable than Yoast SEO, so you can easily go for it.

Rank Math

Rank Math

Rank Math is one of the most popular SEO plugins in WordPress with a perfect 5-star rating and over 300k active installations.

It allows you to optimize your website search engines and social media. It has an efficient setup wizard that helps you not only to install the plugin easily but also help you import data from previous SEO plugin. You can add meta title, description, and Open Graph metadata to your blog posts.

The plugin allows you to generate XML sitemap, connect to Google Search Console.

Rank Math is currently free! But they plan on releasing a pro version soon. But the free version has enough features like,

  • Module Based System
  • Smart redirection manager
  • Local business SEO
  • SEO optimized breadcrumbs
  • Deep content analysis test
  • 404 monitor

Which is enough to get you through.

SEOPress

seopress

With over 100k active installations, next on our list of best free WordPress SEO plugins is SEOPress. It has got a perfect 5-star rating from its user.

It includes all the features you would expect from a SEO plugin like meta title, description, open graph support, image and content XML sitemaps, redirects, and more.It is comparable to any other top SEO plugins in the market. Beginners can find an easy settings while for the experts, there are some complicated settings.

It has a pro version for $39 with features like,

  • Import & Export SEO metadata from a CSV file
  • Import Redirects from a CSV file
  • Backlinks
  • Google XML Video Sitemap
  • Google Structured Data Types
  • Robots.txt

Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner WP Hive

All the effort we are putting into Search Engine Optimization so that, Google recognizes us. SO, a tool from them will obviously make our list. That is why we will be including Google Keyword Planner.

No one on the planet has more data on what people are searching for than Google. This tool offers it’s own keyword ideas from Google itself. It’s free! It is mainly to show their advertisers the keywords they can bid for their campaigns. It gives them an estimate of search volume, number of results, and difficulty level.

More importantly, it helps the bloggers to find keywords that will help them outrank all other sites.

Now, we have listed the 5 best free WordPress SEO plugins for you. But, which one you are going to choose?

Comparing Best Free WordPress SEO Plugins Using WP Hive To Find The Best One

Yes, the concept is exactly how the title shows. One of the main functionalities of WP Hive is that you can compare a plugin with a similar plugin, and based on different metrics it will declare a winner. So, we are going to use that feature and show the best SEO plugin among the four as Google Keyword Planner is an online tool.

This will not only help you choose the best one but also save your valuable time. As you don’t have to go and give a trial one by one.

We are going to start with the process of finding the best SEO tool.

First, go to wphive.com. There on top the menu, you will find an option called Compare.

compare plugins for best free wordpress seo plugins

Second, you need put the names of the plugins you want to compare.

Yoast SEO vs All In One SEO Pack

We are going to start with Yoast SEO comparing with All In One SEO pack. Type their name on both text boxes.

Compare Yoast SEO and All In one seo

After you hit the Compare button, you will see the comparison based on memory usage, page speed, and other criteria. You can see the metrics.

comparison yoast and all in one

All In One SEO Pack vs Rank Math

Onto to comparing All In One SEO and Rank Math to find out which one is the best free WordPress SEO plugins among the two.

Write their name in the compare box and hit the Compare button.

All in one vs Rank Math

On to the next page to see the winner.

All in one vs rank math compare

Rank Math vs SEOPress

Last but not the least, we are going to compare Rank Math and SEOPress.

rank math vs seopress

The winner is,

Rank math and seopress

End Result

So, we can say the best free WordPress SEO plugin after comparing using WP Hive among the 4 is ,

Rank Math SEO plugin.

Winner rank math.

You can try with any other SEO plugins than the listed ones and you may get different results.

Final Word

We used to ask Google, expert opinions , ask questions on forums to determine the best plugin. We are not saying it is a bad practice. However, you would get different opinions every time.

That is why we have come up with WP Hive. The answer to all your questions. You can get all the performance metrics and decide for yourself which plugin to choose.

We hope you found our solution to your liking. Do share your opinion.

How to Search, Discover and Compare Plugins with WPHive (WPHive Functionalities at a Glance)

Have you ever felt while searching for a plugin in the WordPress.org repository that something is always missing? As if though you are not getting enough information about a plugin? or you don’t have any idea which one to choose without trying out the plugin first?

However, what if we tell you can render your search for a plugin more smartly, you can compare plugins side by side before choosing one, discover plugins just by knowing it’s type?

That’s the WP Hive functionalities.

Yes, WP Hive gives you the opportunity to reduce your time while choosing a plugin for your website. It has a smart search option where you will find all the necessary data with a detailed review of the plugin. Also, you can easily discover plugins just by knowing what type of plugin do you need. And lastly, there is the option to compare plugins side by side with each other to see which plugin comes out at the top.

So, today we are going to talk about the WP Hive functionalities like how to search plugins, how to discover plugins, how to compare plugins so you would understand its work porcess.

How to Search Plugins With WP Hive

While searching in WordPress.org repository you had to type in the whole name of the plugin to get that exact plugin. We know plugin authors, they like to keep a cool and funky name for their plugin. So, it becomes quite hard and time-wasting to find that particular plugin.

However, WP Hive diminishes that problem. With it’s smart searching option you can easily find out the desired plugin. If you don’t know the whole name of the plugin don’t worry. All you have to do is write the first few words and you will get the suggestion just like Google.

Confused? Well why don’t we show you the process then.

  • Go to WP Hive.com and if you scroll down you will find a search bar. Write the fast 2-3 letters of your desired plugin.
WP Hive Functionalitites Seacrh bar
  • Now, select the plugin(In our case Dokan) and click on the Search button beside it. You will be redirected to a page. There you will find the option to see the detailed review, tests and also get to compare with other plugins.
Search redirected page
  • If you click on the Review button you will see a detailed review of the Dokan multi-vendor marketplace. If you are not happy with it, you can submit your own review also.
Detailed Review
  • If you want to see the detailed tests, then you can click on the Test button. You will see all sorts of test conducted to give you the full idea about the plugin.
Tests

Here is the performance test.

Performance Test

Speed Test Benchmark,

Speed Test Benchmark

Stats of Dokan,

stats

Ratings and reviews,

Ratings and reviews

It’s like giving a trial run before using the plugin.

How to Discover Plugins, One of The Main WP Hive Functionalities

One of the problems the user’s faced while using the WordPress repository, they had no way of selecting a plugin based on their type. There are many types of plugin out there. But to find out the right type, you had to pass many a barrier like, searching for it in the Google first before searching on the WordPress repo.

But WP Hive has solved that issue. You can easily discover your desired plugin with this platform.

  • On the home page, click on Discover Plugins from the menu bar.
Discover plugins
  • Next, select the plugin type you are looking for from the smart drop-down menu.
i want a plugin for

You will be able to see the results on the next page.

Plugin type

You can sort the plugins based on their ratings,

  • High to Low
  • Low to Hight
  • Active installs: high to low/low to high
  • Downloads: high to low/low to high
filter
  • In the previous page you can sort the plugins based on,
  1. Top Rated this week
  2. Top Rated this month
  3. Most Popular this week
  4. Most Popular this month
filter by weeks
Themes by category

See, how easy and simple it is.

Difference Between Search & Discover

There is a difference between search and discover. While you are searching for a plugin, you know the name or the first few letters of the plugin and you are conducting your search based on that.

Whereas, while discovering the plugin you know the type of the plugin but don’t know which one to choose or which one is perfect for your website.

How to Compare Plugins

It is one of the revolutionary WP Hive functionalities. It is the one the WordPress lovers were longing for years. This feature will give the user’s opportunity to compare plugins if they have confusion between two similar types of plugins. WP Hive will compare them between Memory Usage, Page Speed, Other criteria and will declare a winner at the end.

  • Go to the Home page and click on Compare plugins from the top menu bar.
compare plugins
  • Type the two plugins name at the text bar provided for you and click on the Compare button.
type plugins
  • On the next page you will see the comparison and at the end the Winner based on,

Memory Usage,

memory usage

Page Speed,

page speed

And Other Criteria’s,

other criteria

So, you can easily choose the best one for you. Also, you can compare between any type of plugins.

What’s WP Hive’s Test Environment?

All the plugins are tested on the same server with exactly same configuration. The server configuration is as following

  • The test sites are hosted on Google Cloud VM instancesone site/plugin per instance. The machine type is n1-standard-1. The server is a 8 core CPU with 8GB of RAM.
  • The test sites are hosted on Apache/2 server.
  • All tests are done on PHP 7.2.16
  • The database server is MySQL 8.0.15
  • The default PHP memory limit is 256MB.

How WP Hive Handles Each Plugin Data?

WP Hive has multiple parts. One of them is a very powerful crawler. The crawler crawls all the plugin from WordPress.org, blindly activates it, and logs many crucial data such as page speed, memory usage, JavaScript issues, activations issues and more. It is always looking an eye on the WordPress.org repository.

  • All the scripts run on a VPS with 8 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM. This server is almost certainly more powerful than it needs to be for this project.
  • The test sites are hosted on Google Cloud VM instancesone site/plugin per instance. The machine type is n1-standard-1. Whenever the crawler finds there is a new plugin (or plugin update) that hasn’t been tested before – the testing script tests the plugin, records the new data, sends the data back.
  • The frontend gets updates with the updated test results with a new plugin release. Yes, the whole process is automatic.
  • Whenever there is a new plugin update – the crawler gets it within 1-3 days, and the process repeats.

Ending Note

WP Hive has done what many thought not possible. It has brought about a revolutionary change in the world of WordPress. However, this is not all. There are more exciting features that are along the way for WP Hive. Like we are trying to bring “multiple plugins to compare” feature in the future.

So, what are you waiting for. Visit WP Hive and start making the right decision while choosing plugins for your website.

FAQ Schema Plugin

The Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ) is one of the integral parts of the WordPress website. It serves a lot of purposes for a company. You can address common questions, concerns, and objections of the customers. It is not like a normal About Us page. The FAQ section deals with details.

It is the destination where the customers will go to find specific answers about your products or business. We can say FAQ reduces the fear of purchasing products online. So, today we are going to talk about the ins and outs of FAQ Schema plugin.

FAQ

 

Importance Of A FAQ Plugin

We said at the beginning that a FAQ section serves a lot of purposes. It acts as the first point of contact for customers looking for answers before they reach out directly. That is why it helps in the customer’s purchasing journey. But let us see some more points as to why it is important to have an FAQ section.

  • It reduces the load on customer support. Because it decreases the rate of answering the same questions over and over again
  • Speed up the purchase making decision. The customer doesn’t have to ask any questions before purchasing
  • Increases loyalty and trust as they are getting answers before formulating a question
  • Improves SEO and site navigation
  • Customers get happy to find creative questions and answers
  • Reduce the rate of customers complaints and negative reviews
  • Finally, address the common questions.

That is why it is really important to have a FAQ part on your company’s website. But you can’t just go on and put this section on your website. You need to know about Schema tags before you can implement it.

What Is Schema Tags/Markup?

Found at Schema.org, it is a form of microdata that creates a detailed description. When you add this to your webpage it will appear in search results. To put in simple words it acts as a rich snippet. So, you can use this Schema markup to add an extra advantage to your website.

WordPress Schema Markup

Search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing first started using it. The rich snippets help your webpages appear more prominently in SERP.  So, it is important to know about Schema Markup first.

Now, let’s talk about some of the best FAQ plugins.

Top FAQ Plugins

Let’s talk about the top 5 FAQ plugins.

  1. Ultimate FAQ
  2. FAQ Schema Plugin
  3. HTML5 Responsive FAQ
  4.  Arconix FAQ
  5. Tribulent FAQ

But today we are going to discuss an interview given by the developer of the new FAQ plugin, FAQ Schema Plugin. Because WP Hive is always rooting for innovation.

FAQ Schema Plugin

Talking To Krystian Szastok, Developer of FAQ Schema Plugin

1. Who are you? What are you doing currently?
I’m primarily an SEO consultant, I’ve been running my own mini agency for a few years now, but I have been in the SEO industry for over 13 years now.

2. What was your inspiration to develop plugins for the WordPress industry?
I found that some tasks I was performing for clients, simply weren’t done efficiently, as the current plugins couldn’t accomplish everything I wanted so I had to find workarounds.

3. For how long have you been developing for WordPress. Is developing the only thing you do? Or is it your hobby only?
I am doing the development work just as a hobby so far, but who knows!

4. Why did you get inspired to make this plugin?
I just hate doing things slowly and I hate unfinished and unsupported plugins. I install, but they don’t work. So, together with Online Marketing Gurus, we’ve decided to support my plugin and keep developing it.

5. Why is it important to focus on Schema tags?
Google loves them and continuously rewards users for using them. A great example being the recipe schema.

6. Why exactly should anyone use the “FAQ” schema plugin?
If you want more visibility on the search results and your current CTR is a bit low, this is currently the best way.

7. How is the initial response from the WordPress community?
I am blessed to have great feedback so far, but I was a bit afraid that maybe some people won’t like it. So far so good!

8. Are you satisfied working on the plugin?
Sure, but as a perfectionist, I want to continue to add more new functionalities.

9. What’s next for the FAQ plugin?
More functionality, more options for the accordion and resuming continued support.

10. What’s next for you, as a plugin developer? Is there something else you are working on?
We will see – I may be starting something new, it’s just about finding a good opportunity and then putting work in, which I’m not afraid to do.

11. Anything do you want to say to the readers of WP Hive readers?

Thanks for supporting the plugin, with over 500+ current active installs, I will continuously support it and help you guys with FAQ Schema questions.

Visit me on the official plugin page: https://www.onlinemarketinggurus.com/faq-schema-plugin and my private website: https://krystianszastok.co.uk/ (with my social links etc).

Conclusion

FAQ plugin is really necessary for a company’s website. As it serves as the first point of contact with the customer. So, it is important that you include this section so that you can boost the knowledge of your products and business.