WordPress vs Squarespace in 2020 [Pros and Cons]

WordPress vs Squarespace – Which one is better? [2019]. Pros and cons!

WordPress vs Squarespace has long been a debatable topic in both WordPress and Squarespace community. There maybe some things that Squarespace does better than WordPress, however here are 7 reasons where WordPress crushes Squarespace.

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21 Outstanding Websites You Won’t Believe Were Built with WordPress

This post lists 21 Great Examples of WordPress Websites from the web. We have handpicked some of the prettiest and more delicate looking WordPress websites around the web.

21 Great Examples of WordPress Website

The world is not the same after Matt Mullenweg created WordPress. Maybe no one ever thought a content management system at the same time could be this accessible, varied, and organized. The door to endless opportunities was created for bloggers, start-up organizations, for e-commerce, small credit business, and enterprises.

We have handpicked some of the prettiest and more delicate looking WordPress websites around the web. Here are some great examples of WordPress websites from across the world that has come to humankind’s aid in different ways.

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WordPress vs Wix – Which One You Should Choose in 2020?

WordPress vs Wix – Which one is better for your first website?

“Why do I need a website” – You can ask yourself million times and come up with more than one valid answers. Whatever your goals are, chances are, you will choose some easy website creating tools such as WordPress or Wix. You need to know the basic differences and advantages of WordPress vs Wix to make an informed decision. Both of them serves one purpose –  offering you the tools and support you need to create a basic website. Without further ado, let’s compare WordPress vs Wix in 2018.

Note: This article will compare WordPress, the self-hosted blogging software [not WordPress.com] and Wix.com.

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11+ Best Elementor Addons [Free And Paid]!

Only the best Elementor addons!

Elementor is one of the most popular WordPress page builders in the WordPress community. It offers users a unique web designing experience. There are a ton of third-party Elementor add-ons that extend the core plugin even further. In this article, I’ll give some of the best Elementor addons that you can install even on the Elementor free version.

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Best WordPress Localhost Services in 2020 (Why to Use?)

If you’re a WordPress developer, you probably do most of your work in local environments. Developing in a local environment lets you make changes to dev sites quickly and easily. It also greatly reduces the risk of making and breaking changes on a live web server.

It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie developer or an experienced one, you need to test your plugins before implementing on any live site. And what place better than a WordPress localhost server. You can develop and test your developed plugins and themes without worrying.

It is a common practice in the WordPress industry.

However, choosing the best WordPress localhost is difficult as several options are available out there. More importantly, your workflow will vary depending on your pick, so it’s important to know what your options are and what features they offer you.

WordPress localhost

No worries! We have made that job easy for you. Today, in this blog post, we are going to discuss the best localhost for WordPress users and make a comparison between them. Keep reading.

Practice Your Development Skills In WordPress Localhost Environment

Practice makes a man perfect.

If you’re developing a WordPress theme or plugin, it’s often necessary to make sure that your code runs well on different servers, under different versions of PHP and MySQL. That’s why WordPress localhost servers are so important.

Building a modern WordPress website from scratch takes time. If you want to set up and design WordPress on a live server, you need to spend hours online to get your website up and running. However, if you opt for local installation, an internet connection will only be needed when you want to push the website online.

Besides, you can’t afford to make drastic changes like modifying a theme on a live website. This could break your site, and your website’s uptime and reputation will be severely affected. The better option is to test offline and then make the changes live after exhaustive testing.

Best WordPress Localhost Services

Localhost for WordPress

We have several options at our disposal to set up local server environments. To make your job easy, we are mentioning five of the most popular localhost service providers.

  • XAMPP
  • DesktopServer
  • MAMP
  • Laragon
  • Local by Flywheel

Let’s have a more in-depth look at these local WordPress development environments.

1- XAMPP

XAMPP WordPress localhost

XAMPP is probably the oldest local development environment around you and possibly the most complex one. XAMPP stands for X-platform Apache MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. It is an open-source platform and supports all major operating systems including Windows, macOS, Linux, etc. Also, it’s completely free.

Key Features

  • Lets you set up a software stack including Apache, MariaDB, PHP, and Perl
  • Provides the option to choose from multiple XAMPP versions, depending on which PHP release you want to use
  • Offers a VM-based local WordPress experience, if you’re a macOS user and download the corresponding version
  • Enables you to use a simple dashboard tool to manage all your new services
  • Makes it possible to set up WordPress manually, or use a standalone installer (if you want to).

Limitations of XAMPP

  • No autonomous process
  • No other way but to create database every time
  • PHP, MySql version cannot be upgraded without reinstalling.

Pricing

XAMPP is a 100% open-source package. There’s no premium version with hidden features, so you’re free to use it in any way you see fit.

2- DesktopServer

DesktopServer localhost

DesktopServer is a Windows and macOS tool that enables you to create multiple local WordPress websites using a simple step-by-step wizard. Despite the fact that there is a free version of the tool, you still need to register to download it, which is a small price to pay.

Key Features

  • Includes a wizard to help you set up new local WordPress websites
  • Enables you to map domains to your local sites
  • Lets you duplicate or delete your sites at any time
  • Makes it possible to manage up to three local sites, using the software’s free version
  • Supports Apache, MySQL, and PHP 5.5.

Limitations of DesktopServer

  • The free version offers limited features than other WordPress localhosts
  • It only supports a single type of environment.

Pricing

So far, we’ve only talked about DesktopServer’s free version. There’s also a premium alternative, which starts at $99.95 per year.

3- MAMP

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MAMP stands for Mac Apache MySQL and PHP. Earlier it was a macOS only application but it’s now available for Windows too. MAMP provides all the tools that is needed to run WordPress on a desktop PC for testing or development purposes. 

It does not matter whether you prefer the web server Apache or Nginx in addition to MySQL as a database server, or whether you want to work with PHP, Python, Perl, or Ruby.

Key Features

  • Enables you to set up an environment based on Apache, MySQL, and PHP
  • Lets you use different versions of the software, depending on which PHP release you want to set up
  • Supports a lot of additional languages, including Python and Perl
  • Provides the option to set up local WordPress websites manually.

Limitations of MAMP

  • Free version offers limited features
  • It doesn’t let you run multiple types of environments at the same time

Pricing

Throughout this section, we’ve only focused on MAMP’s free version. However, there’s also a premium option available. It starts at $59 for both macOS and Windows.

4- Laragon

Laragon WordPress localhost

Laragon provides super fast, easy-to-use, productive and powerful development environment for all. It is portable and very flexible. You can move the Laragon folder around (to other disks, to other laptops, synchronize with Cloud) and the magic of Laragon will be with you.

Key Features

  • Instantly creates local site, no configuration is needed. 
  • Multiple CMS sites can be created. (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal)
  • Three versions available – Portable, lite, and full.
  • Multiple versions of PHP, MySQL, Apache, can be installed.
  • Different extensions can be installed. 
  • Tutorials are available. 

Limitations of Laragon

  • There is no cloning and migration feature
  • Also missing blueprint feature.

Pricing

Laragon is a 100% open-source package that means it is completely free to download and use.

5- Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel

Local by Flywheel is one of the most straightforward tools you can use to set up a local testing environment. As it stands, the application packs plenty of features. There are also further developments on the horizon, such as the ability to import remote sites and enable off-site backups.

Key Features

  • Enables you to set up local WordPress websites with a few clicks
  • Lets you monitor the status of all your existing sites from a list
  • Provides the option to access your sites’ dashboards, databases, and local directories with a click
  • Makes it possible to create live links, to share access to your local projects
  • Offers the option to set up blueprints, to easily deploy WordPress websites using the settings you prefer

Limitations of Local by Flywheel

  • Supports only WordPress site
  • Only perfect for smaller outfits and projects with less strict requirements

Pricing

Completely free to download and use.

Which WordPress Localhost to Choose

Now, we know the features, strengths, and limitations of all the WordPress localhost services that we have mentioned above. If we make a comparison table of these services, how it will look! Let’s check it out.

FeaturesXAMPPDesktopServerMAMPLaragonLocal by Flywheel
Does It Use Virtual MachineNoNoNoNoYes
One-Click InstallationNoNoNoYesYes
Cross PlatformYesYesYesNoYes
Can Create Any CMS Site?YesYesYesYesNo
Have to Create Database Every TimeYesYesYesNoNo
Begginer FriendlyNoNoNoYesYes
Built-in EditorNoNoNoYesYes
PriceFreeFree & PremiumFree & PremiumFreeFree

All the WordPress localhost applications mentioned here are popular. Each localhost for WordPress will run seamlessly on your machine. However, from our point of view, we can say that if you are using Windows operating system then it’s better to use Laragon and if you are using macOS then use Local by Flywheel.

If you want a cross-platform WordPress localhost, you can choose XAMPP without any hesitation. Because it supports all the major operating systems like Windows, macOS, Linux, etc. That makes this localhost more popular than any other WordPress localhost exists.

Bonus: How to Install WordPress on Localhost (XAMPP)

To install WordPress using XAMPP server –

  • First, download it from the official location
  • Choose your preferred download option, e.g. If you are using windows then choose XAMPP for Windows.
  • Install the XAMPP in the default way or choose the component as you required. 
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You have successfully installed XAMPP on your pc. Now the second part begins. It’s time to install WordPress. But before installing WordPress you have to create a database. 

  • Run the XAMPP control panel.
  • Now start ‘Apache’ and ‘MySQL’. (Apache is the webserver and MySQL keeps your database.)
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  • Now open your browser and go to ‘localhost/phpmyadmin’

It’s time to create a  Database for your site. 

  • Click on the ‘new button’ from the top left corner
  • Put your database name and click on the ‘create’ button. (We have created a database named ‘xampp_site’.) 
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Database creation is done! Now let’s start installing WordPress. 

  • Download WordPress from ‘wordpress.org’.
  • Extract the zip file and rename to your preferred site name. (we have renamed it to xampp_site)
  • Put the folder in your htdocs directory. The default location of htdocs directory is (C:\xampp\htdocs)
  • From your browser go to ‘localhost/your_site_name’. (we are entering this address ‘localhost/xampp_site as my site name is xampp_site’.)
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  • Choose your language and click on the ‘Continue’ button.
  • Now put your database name, user name, and password to run the installation. (The default database username is ‘root’ and password is blank.)
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  • Give your site details and hit the ‘Install WordPress’ button.
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Congrats! You have successfully installed WordPress localhost with XAMPP. Now login to your site with the details you have used during installation of WordPress. 

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Now visit your site and build your WordPress website in the localhost in the way you want. You can visit your WordPress site anytime using the address ‘localhost/wordpress/wp-admin’. (replace ‘wordpress’ with your_site_name. )

Choose a Localhost & Start Developing Now

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A WordPress localhost lets developers create a local testing environment to build WordPress websites. Essentially, this environment mimics a live website but is entirely self-contained on the user’s own computer. Once the site is complete, developers can then move the website from their localhost environment to a live server environment.

This can be a massive help for a developer to build and test his site before deploying. So, if you’re a developer, choose the right WordPress localhost, and start deploying sites. You can share your experience through the comment box below.

What’s New in WordPress 5.5

The second major release of WordPress 5.5 is just around the corner to impress you! It was scheduled to release on August 11, 2020.

Though the fresh version has come up with massive improvements you should still play around with it by setting up a test site before you are going to implement it to your main site.

Today, we will show you what’s the newest additions and tweaks in the latest WordPress 5.5. Now let’s get going…

WordPress 5.5 new features

New Useful WordPress 5.5 Features and Improvements in The Block Editor

The following are just some of the enhancements that you may want to try out.

We know that the WordPress 5.0 came up with a promising post editor called Gutenberg block editor. Since then they have been adding major features and improvements with each release.

As a continuous effort, they have added a host of new features and improvements to the block editor which will give you a more user friendly experience.

Here are a number of enhancement you may want to be interested in:

Improved User Interface

In the block editor of WordPress 5.5, you will see some major UI improvements. While writing you will notice borders around new icons, toolbars, and buttons. In addition to that as you move across blocks while writing, you can also focus on highlighting.

What’s New in WordPress 5.5 3

There is a slight change in the (+) icon which has become more discernible and looks more like a button.

What’s New in WordPress 5.5 4

Inline Image Editing

This is an effective advancement to the block editor. Previously WordPress allowed us to do some basic image editing activities like cropping, scaling, rotating, and resizing. Now guess what! You can edit images inline!

What’s New in WordPress 5.5 5

Default Lazy Load Images in WordPress

Optimizing your site for search engines is imperative to get more visitors. But if you make your website clumsy using the heavy images, your page loading speed will decrease.

To address this issue WordPress 5.5 has shipped with a default technique called lazy load images. What it does is that it only downloads images visible on the user’s browser screen and the rest of the images are downloaded when the user scrolls down further.

Please note that this feature is supported by all browsers except Safari.

You will be able to see the ‘lazy‘ attributes inside the <img> tag:

Lazy loading images

Brand New Block Patterns in WordPress 5.5

From this very new version, you can use block patterns. With these ready to use blocks you can create layouts using commonly used settings.

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You will get a bunch of useful patterns out of the box. In future, this list of patterns will grow as the core, themes and plugins will continue garnering more patterns.

The New Block Directory

With the new WordPress 5.5, you can add new blocks using WordPress plugins. And as an improvement, you will find dozens of new blocks too.

Another important tweak is that you will get a block directory built-in with the “Add New Block” search. From here, you will be able to search for a block. If you don’t find a block matching your query, the block directory will automatically be showing you matching results.

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There is a limitation in the block directory that is it won’t facilitate you with block library plugins that allow you to use multiple blocks from a single plugin.

Updated Block Navigation and Movement

Now, in WordPress 5.5 you can move a block up and down inside the content editor in an easier way simply using the block handle. You will also find it easier to select the parent block from the nested blocks just like the columns or groups block.

Moving blocks around in WordPress 5.5

Auto Updates for WordPress Plugins & Themes

Another handy feature in WordPress 5.5! In the past, we got overwhelmed with lots of feature update messages. From now on, the core will include a third party plugin that will allow you to enable the auto-update feature for the plugins.

Enabling auto-updates for plugins in WordPress 5.5

You can not only update plugins but you can also update themes using this auto-update feature. To auto-update themes navigate to the WP Amin Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Click on “Enable auto-updates” link.

Auto updates for themes

The New Default WordPress XML Sitemaps

We know how important it is to generate xml sitemaps for any website. Because it helps search engines like Google to easily find, crawl and index your webpages.

You may be already generating XML sitemaps using third-party plugins. Fortunately, the brand new WordPress 5.5 has come up with a built-in sitemaps feature. Meaning that you don’t have to generate sitemaps using SEO plugins anymore.

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But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will ditch SEO plugins for this feature. Because the core version of WordPress 5.5 will generate sitemaps with basic functionalities.

But to rank higher in the search engine, you may still need to use the existing SEO plugins to generate XML sitemaps.

Update Themes and Plugins with FTP in WordPress 5.5

If you are to update WordPress themes and plugins, you may end up with an error. But in WordPress 5.5 you can now do it very easily with FTP client.

To update with the FTP client, you will have to download the theme or plugin you want to update beforehand. Then go to the WP Admin Dashboard > Plugins > Add New > Choose File.

After uploading the .zip file, WordPress will automatically detect your outdated plugin and will ask you if it would replace it with the newer version. Go ahead and click on the “Replace current with uploaded”

WordPress 5.5 Plugin update

To update your theme with the latest version go to the WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Upload theme > Choose File  > Upload the .ZIP file of the latest version.

Similar to detecting plugins, WordPress will understand that you already have that theme installed and will give you the option to ‘Replace current with uploaded’ version.

Accessibility Changes as a part of regular updates

No WordPress major release would be complete without some Accessibility improvements and 5.5 is no different. In this release a number of changes were introduced, with these being the most notable:

Every major release of WordPress comes with accessibility changes. This time it’s no different. Here are a few accessibility changes compiled from WordPress.org:

  • List tables now come with extensive, alternate view modes.
  • Link-list widgets can now be converted to HTML5 navigation blocks.
  • Copying links in media screens and modal dialogs can now be done with a simple click of a button.
  • Disabled buttons now actually look disabled.
  • Meta boxes can now be moved with the keyboard.
  • A custom logo on the front page no longer links to the front page.
  • Assistive devices can now see status messages in the Image Editor.
  • The shake animation indicating a login failure now respects the user’s choices in the prefers-reduced-motion media query.
  • Redundant Error: prefixes have been removed from error notices.

Pro Tips For Developers

Under the hood, there are a lot changes for the developers too! We recommend you to go through the Field Guide that contains all the Dev Notes regarding the major changes. You can also sign up for the Core Blog so as to keep abreast of the latest changes that may influence your code. I would like to recommend that never wait for the release date rather test your code with the beta version to make sure that nothing gets conflicted when the latest version is released.

Over To You

If you have already tried some of the things you mentioned above, let us know how did you feel about them. And, if you think that we have missed any changes to include, don’t hesitate to share with us in the comment section below.

Beaver Builder Review: Should You Consider This WordPress Page Builder to Develop A Website in 2020

Website building becomes so simple these days. Even you don’t need to hire any developer or freelancer to do this. Well, you might be wondering, how is this possible?

You can do this using a WordPress page builder plugin. But the problem is which one you should consider as your website developing tool?

Here we would like to discuss the Beaver Builder- one of the top WordPress page builders out there.

Let’s get started.

Why You Need a Page Builder Like Beaver Builder?

As you already know, WordPress is very popular among technical, non-technical, and beginner users all over the world. With the WordPress default version, you can change the necessary part of your websites, like color, images, text, and buttons.

But there are certain things that you can not customize using the WordPress default customization options. You are not able to create a customized new page, add widgets, customize header or footer, menu, and more.

Luckily, you can solve this problem by using the popular WordPress Page builder plugins like Beaver Builder. With this advanced plugin, you can change the whole website without coding knowledge.

How Beaver Builder Helps to Design Your Website

How Beaver Builder Helps Your Website Design

Have you ever wonder why over 300000+ people around the world have chosen the Beaver Builder for creating their WordPress website? Allow me to explain.

Beaver Builder is a powerful drag & drop front end page builder that allows you to design a website using some clicks.

In addition, it has the full capability to make any type of website that you need for your personal or professional use.

However, it has many amazing features and functionality including visual editor, Gutenberg support, custom post types, 40+ pre-build templates, WooCommerce compatibility, SEO optimization, and etc. So you don’t need to worry about your site-building, it will take all the responsibility of your site.

Let’s dive into the Beaver Builder review and find out the most valuable information about this page builder.

Step By Step Beaver Builder Review for WordPress Users

Beaver Builder Feature Reviews

Now it’s high time to explore the Beaver Builder. We would like to take a step-by-step look at the special features, pros and cons, performance, and price of this page builder plugin so that you can understand it correctly.

Beaver Builder Feature Review

Like other popular page builder WordPress plugins, Beaver Builder also comes with many exclusive features that make your website development easier. Among the complete components, we need to verify the sort of top features and functions of this plugin.

Drag & Drop Page Builder

One of the main features of this page builder is the option to drag and drop elements. That means you can design your website with some clicks by dragging block elements to your site. Therefore, you can view the current design of your site and visually create & change the design structure of your website.

Responsive Design

Responsive design not only important for your better user experience but also helps in SEO optimization. That’s why Beaver Builder always focuses on responsive design so that your users can see the best results when visiting your website using small devices like mobiles and tabs.

Easy Import/Export Feature

Using this amazing function, you can efficiently migrate your site as well as share the layout of your website with others. In doing so, you’ll take full advantage of using WordPress import and export tools to save your content for the future. In addition, it will protect your site and reduce the time and effort required to redesign it.

Ability to Handle Multiple Sites at Once

Sometimes you may have to handle multiple websites at the same time. However, most page builders do not have the ability to handle multisite. Thanks to Beaver Builder for getting this amazing feature. It saves work stress and also reduces the time for you.

World-Class Customer Support

When you’re working on a page builder plugin, you might need support from the existence page builder provider. Here, we see Beaver Builder offer top-notch support to their valuable customers. And always try to satisfy their users.

Pros & Cons of Beaver Builder

Pros & Cons of Beaver Builder

While Beaver Builder has many advantages on the other side, it also has some disadvantages in its pocket. And when you are considering a page builder plugin, you should look at the pros & cons of your plugin.

So find out some valuable pros & cons of Beaver Builder.

Pros Cons
Visual front end page building options Slower than other page builders
Pre-made template & block library Pay extra using the Beaver-Builder theme
Amazing design features Form maker is not available
User-friendly interface 3rd party addons required for extra features
Top-notch support Makes website slower

Beaver Builder Pricing

Pricing is an important part that you must understand before purchasing a page builder plugin. In Beaver Builder, with having a free version you’ll see three types of pricing plans- standard, pro, and agency.

You find their plan details in the image below.

Beaver Builder pricing

Beaver Builder Performance Review with WPHive

As we already mentioned that a page builder plugin offers tons of advanced features and ready-made templates, that’s why your site might be slower sometimes. So you need to have a clear idea about the speed and performance of the page builder.

Now it’s time to test the Beaver Builder performance and speed. I hope that you will get clear information about this plugin.

Basic Info Test

The basic info shows the current WordPress rating, total download, active installation, and support thread of the Beaver Builder.

Beaver Builder review at a glance

Performance

Here in the Beaver Builder performance, you’ll find the total memory usage 840.37 and page speed of 0.01s of this page builder. And it shows 99% faster than other plugins.

performance of Beaver Builder plugin

Speed

In the speed test, we find the page speed as well as memory usage of the plugin. And it seems to be perfect.

Beaver Builder speed test results by WPHive

Stats

In here, you’ll see the current stats of the plugin. This test shows the consistency of download history, current versions of the plugin, and some error.

Beaver Builder current stats

WPHive Rating for Beaver Builder

Here, we have rated the Beaver Builder.

WPHive reviewing the Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder vs Elementor: An Easy Comparison

Like Beaver Builder, Elementor is also a powerful page builder WordPress plugin that loved by over 5 million users worldwide. If we compare these two amazing plugin side by side, you’ll see the complete picture of these plugins.

Most importantly, you will understand which one you should choose for your future website.

Feature Elementor Beaver Builder
Drag & Drop Editor Yes Yes
Pre Designed Template 300+ 20+
WooCommerce  Yes Yes
Theme Builder Yes Yes
No Coding Yes Yes
Form Widget Yes No
100% Responsive Yes Yes

Comparing Beaver Builder with Elementor using WPHive

Let’s see the test result below.

Beaver Builder vs Elementor side by side compare

In the test results, we see the memory usage of theses two plugins are different +840.37KB (Beaver Builder) and +1148.38KB (Elementor). Similarly, we also notice their page speed -0.01s (Beaver Builder) and +0.09s (Elementor).

Overall, we find both of these plugins are best in their own criteria.

Verdict on Best Possible Page Builder for Your WordPress Site

You might be thinking which page builder plugin is the winner in this race. In our research, we see these two-page builders are both experienced and consistently performing.

Beaver Builder is an advanced, easy to use, responsive, and SEO friendly page builder WordPress plugin that allows you to build a website in minutes. Besides, it has exclusive pricing plans for different users’ needs. But its developing process is slow and not update its features frequently.

On the other hand, Elementor has awesome design tools that include consistent performance, tons of premade pages or blocks, animation, popup builders, and more that’s all you need for making a stunning site. Besides, it has so many 3rd party addons that also help you a lot. In fact, if you face any issue using the Elementor, you’ll find tons of resources on the internet including videos. But Elementor has a speed issue, it makes your website a bit slower.

Conclusion

Finally, we have come to the closing statement on the Beaver Builder review.

We tried to cover the valuable features of Beaver Builder and compare the plugins with another powerful visual page builder Elementor.

Now it’s your turn to give Beaver Builder a try along with Elementor and make a final decision. Hope, this comparison helps you get a clear picture.

Individual Plugin Review: Dokan Multivendor Marketplace

Dokan multivendor is one of the popular WP marketplace plugins with powerful features to turn any online shop into a multivendor marketplace in a few steps

People are choosing WordPress and WooCommerce for building their online shop. But they are still facing many problems to build their eCommerce multivendor marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

Today We’re going to talk about one of the popular WordPress multi-vendor marketplace plugins, Dokan.

With Dokan Multivendor, you can easily create your dream multivendor shop. Besides, it also helps you to solve all your problems you may face while building an eCommerce multi-vendor marketplace.

Why you Need a Multi-Vendor Marketplace Plugin?

Best WooCommerce Multi Vendor Plugin For WordPress

Using WooCommerce and WordPress, you can easily launch your dream eCommerce store. Moreover, when you’re thinking big like making an eCommerce marketplace that has a lot of vendors, you’ll be dealing with so many problems.

Without a multivendor plugin, WooCommerce does not have the capability to create a multivendor eCommerce marketplace.

If you want to earn a commission from each sale of your vendor, you’ll need a multi-vendor WP plugin. A WordPress multivendor plugin has a lot of powerful functionalities that can help you to make your multivendor marketplace.

There are many WordPress multivendor plugins in the market. Moreover, it’s very difficult to choose the right one for your ultimate solution.

Which one will you select?

The Dokan Multivendor Plugin can be the perfect solution. Most importantly, it has those advanced features that you’ll need to launch your stunning multi-vendor eCommerce marketplace.

Let’s give a complete review of Dokan.

Why Choose Dokan Multivendor To Build Your Marketplace?

why use Dokan to build an Online Marketplaces

Dokan Multivendor Plugin is a progressive multivendor WordPress plugin that has been chosen by more than 40,000 people worldwide to create their multi-store shopping mall. Plus, it’s one of the best WordPress multi-vendor front-end plugins that work with WooCommerce.

By using Dokan, you can easily build your eCommerce marketplace like Amazon, Shopify, eBay, Aliexpress, Magento in less than 30 minutes. Most importantly, it saves hundreds of valuable work hours while making an eCommerce marketplace.

In addition, you’ll experience a lot of modern features such as best frontend experience, easiest customization option, world-class customer support while selecting Dokan.

In fact, it is also compatible with any WooCommerce themes so you don’t need to worry about choosing a theme.

Dokan Success Stories From All Over The World

How Dokan Works

how dokan plugin works

Dokan mainly works in four steps to create an online multi-vendor market.

First, you need to download and install Dokan on your WordPress website. You may easily download it from wordpress.org plugin directory or you can visit their official website.

Second, you have to customize your marketplace as you like it.

Third, it’s time to welcome your vendors to sell their products on your marketplace. If you want, you can sell your own products on your marketplace.

Fourth, you’ve created your own multi-store marketplace. Now it’s time to start earning from the commission.

See, how easy it is. If you follow the above four steps you’ll be able to make your own marketplace. Know about the working procedure of Dokan, to build your dream marketplace.

Give a read to this article, Create an electronic marketplace with Dokan

Powerful Features of Dokan Multivendor

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When you think of building a multi-vendor marketplace, you need tons of powerful modules and features. Likely in Dokan Plugin, you’ll find most of the essential features and functionalities.

In addition, it has 20+ additional modules that are easy-to-use as well as lightweight for your website. Besides, it has vendor-independent store compatibility, stunning frontend dashboard for vendors & customers, awesome report management, and coupon management. 

Moreover, you’ll find product reviewing options, WooCommerce payment gateway options, shipping management, and other more necessary features. Most importantly, you’ll be able to see and control who sells and who doesn’t.

Lets see some advanced features of Dokan in the below list.

  • Marketplace with Independent Stores: With Dokan Multivendor, every vendor can easily customize their storefront.
  • Compatible with any WooCommerce Theme: Dokan has full compatibility with any type of WooCommerce WordPress themes for designing your new multi-vendor shopping mall. You can also use the Dokan Theme while making your marketplace.
  • Stunning Frontend Dashboard for Vendors and Customers: While using Dokan, your vendors and customers can use their own stunning frontend dashboard to manage their information.
  • Start Earning from Each Sale as an Admin: That’s the power of Dokan. As an admin, you can easily earn a commission from each sale of your vendor’s product sales.
  • Coupon Management: It also comes with the full integration of coupon management systems.
  • Product & Store Reviews: Product & Store Reviewing is an important feature of every eCommerce store. That’s why Dokan supports the review options.
  • Easy Withdraw System: Dokan has full integration with WooCommerce based payment systems. That includes Stripe, PayPal, Cash on delivery, Bank Transfer, etc.
  • Shipping Management: It also comes with easy shipping management systems to ship its products to valuable customers.
Compare Dokan Lite vs Dokan Pro

For more information, you may visit their website where you can find all the modules and features they have available.

Dokan Free & Pro Price Comparison

Like the other multi-vendor plugins, Dokan also set their pricing with several types by keeping in mind their users. So you can easily select your desired pricing plan along with your needs.

Dokan vs Other Multivendor Marketplace Plugins

It’s very important to compare your chosen plugin with the other multi-vendor plugins. If you do, you’ll find the best. 

In this segment, we will show you a complete comparison of Dokan Multivendor with the other popular multi-vendor plugins.

Features Dokan Lite Dokan WC Vendors Yith WC Marketplace WC Product Vendors
Price Free  $149 $199 $79 $80 $95
License Type Free  Pro Pro Pro Pro Pro
Frontend Product Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Paid
Individual Vendor Stores Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seller Management UI No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seller Statement Reports No Yes No No No No
Shipping Management No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Commission Types No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Support wordpress.org 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year

If you want to see more, you’ll be able to see the comparisons here.

Common FAQ

Questions You May Have on Your Mind about Dokan (FAQ)

While using and before using Dokan Multivendor, you may have many questions that come to your mind.

It’s natural.

Let’s cover some common FAQs of Dokan.

Dokan Plugin FAQ

What are the system requirements?

The server requirements that you need while using Dakan is  PHP 5.6 or later and MySQL 5.6 or later. You may also work with share hosting and be able to change your hosting later.

Is it multisite supported?

Honestly, Dokan is not supported with multisite. You can use Dokan only 1 database. But if your site is on the subdomain, you can use it.  

Is there any limit on the product, category, and tags?

No, there is no limitation of adding products, categories, and tags. 

Can I use the WooCommerce shipping plugin with Dokan?

No, Dokan has their own shipping method.

Can I use cash on delivery with Dokan?

Yes, you can.

Does Dokan have a per-category commission feature?

Yes, you can add your commission plan per-category.

Which payment gateway can be used with Dokan?

Yes.  Besides, you also can add any WooCommerce payment gateway to withdraw your money.

Can I set the withdrawal threshold?

Yes, If you set 7 days then the vendor would not be able to send you any withdrawal request before completing the order.

Does Dokan support RTL?

Yes, it is fully supported by RTL.

Is it possible to use your plugin for the wholesale marketplace?

No, you can use Dokan for the wholesale marketplace.

Can I charge a vendor monthly or yearly?

With Dokan, you can easily charge your vendor monthly or yearly.

Can a vendor deactivate their store?

No. Only the admin can deactivate vendors’ stores.

Is it possible to upgrade the license from a single site to five sites?

Yes, you are allowed to do this. For more information follow this line here.

If you are still stuck, you may visit their FAQ page where you’ll find the solution to all of your questions & problems.

Bonus: Building a Multivendor Marketplace Using Dokan

How to Build an Online Marketplace Dokan

Great, it’s time to build your own multi-vendor shop using one of the suitable WordPress multi-vendor plugin Dokan.

In the section, you’ll learn how to build an eCommerce marketplace using Dokan.

Before doing this, make sure that you’ve all the things below.

Besides, you have to optimize your website using the popular WordPress caching plugins. In addition, you can also optimize your site SEO.

In this ultimate guide, you’ll easily learn to build your multi-vendor marketplace step by step.

Conclusion

We hope it’s been a great experience to know about the Dokan Multivendor WordPress Plugin. In this ultimate review, you find all the information about this amazing plugin.

Most importantly, you can learn a lot of essential information about creating a multi-vendor marketplace. In fact, you also know how to make your own multi-store marketplace using Dokan.

What you want to say about Dokan? Is Dokan the Best Multivendor Plugin?

Please give your answer in the comment below. We hope it clarifies many people’s ideas about Dokan.

Honest WPForms Review for Marketers

Since 2016, WPForms has become an icon in the WordPress Community as a form builder plugin.

Today, the plugin boasts a user base of more than 1 million. The success of this plugin comes from a very clever, and a group of dedicated team who are constantly updating the plugin to stay up to the market standard in the WordPress community.

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Yet, it has become a challenge for newcomers to understand how suitable this plugin is. That is why today we are here to give you a review of what this plugin is all about. 

This article covers the advantages, drawbacks, features, and discusses some tricks which WPForms is not openly known for although it is clearly there.

Features That Define WPForms

WPForms is a lot more than a form. You can create forms for the following purpose:

  • Newsletter
  • Survey
  • Donation
  • Registration and
  • Payment Form

Actually there is more, the plugin boasts having more than 100 templates to choose from. Have a look at the image below, you can select your form by filtering your needs.

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List of templates you can choose and view them by clicking on Demo.

 It is great that users can create and customize their form but honestly, most people do not have the time and energy to actually build a form from scratch.

This is why the WPForms is so popular, a lot of the tasks are automated for you if you rely on forms heavily. Even the data of the form is analyzed for you.

For example, you can use the subscription forms and connect them to your email marketing service. This way you know your subscription insight while working on your email marketing. The plugin lets you view all your leads in one place.

It is not uncommon for users to fill out forms on their smartphones. For such a scenario, forms will need to be adjusted. WPForms once again shoulders this burden for you. In addition, your forms are secured because it has the ability to protect your form’s data.

Do keep in mind that you need these features mostly in the pro version of the WPForms plugin.

The Interface Of WPForms Plugin

So when you install the WPForms plugin, you will be surprised by how simple it is to use. 

wpforms lite

I remember installing the lite version and not using any guides or watching any videos on how to implement forms on a WordPress site.

The plugin features are easy on the eye so you do not feel this is a complicated thing to use. Glancing around the interface will give you an idea of what to do. You can easily create a quote form for a digital marketing agency.

This is a plugin where you basically drag and drop blocks of field or select options from the drop-down list.

In contrast to the elementor plugin, which takes a while to learn how to use it, the WPForms plugin is more likely to turn out to be a better introduction to WordPress for beginners.

This is the very reason why it has been able to thrive for such a long time, despite updates- the interface stays loyal and comfortable to its users. WPForms caters to a wide variety of users such as bloggers, email marketers, designers, photographers, and even developers.

Pros & Cons of WPForms

Let us dive into the WPForms plugin by examining the Pros and Cons of using this plugin.

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Pros of Using WPForms

  • Easy to use even for beginners
  • Simple Interface: Just drag and drop to build forms
  • Ready-made template forms for instant use
  • Video Tutorials and Documentation for help
  • Create an unlimited number of forms

Cons of Using WPForms

  • Expensive if you are looking for large scale solution
  • The free version is very limited
  • If you want to build a form from scratch, you have to figure out on your own.
  • You cannot upload files all at once.
  • There is no trial offered to try out the paid version.

WPForms Pricing

With having a free version, there are 3 categories of the WPForms pro version. They are: 

  • Elite
  • Pro
  • Plus
wpforms

Elite: This version of the WPForms plugin is meant for those who own a business. You can embed the forms in unlimited sites. The version for this covers all the features. So if you are a heavy user who depends on forms a lot, then this is the option for you. Also, this version will allow you to integrate analysis for you to analyze your videos

Pro: This version has a lot of features included including payment options. You can also work with forms that work offline. The pro version is the most popular at an individual and business level. It pretty much covers everything you need for your work. The only thing this does not cover is the Active Campaign Forms.

Plus: This version is also for those who run a business. It has fewer features but is an affordable option for businesses. The plus version covers the basics of the pro version. However, it does not have many features included. For example, there is no payment gateway, signatures, offline forms, and so on.

For more information on the different features available based on price, please click on this link.

Analyzing WPForms with other Competitors Using WPHive

Despite the popularity of WPForms, it is not without competition. There are several alternatives to it. There is a list of the competitors:

These plugin forms are equally as good as WPForms.

For an even easier way to compare and decide on this plugin, there is a smart and quick way to compare these forms.

WPHive is an online platform that lets you compare 2 plugins simply by typing the name of the plugins and let the system compare the results.

But the platform can do a lot more- it can compare memory, technology features, and more. When you scroll to the bottom of the page, WPHive declares a winner between the 2 plugins.

Let us compare WPForms with Ninja Forms via WPHive.

Here is the following result we got by using WPHive:

Comparing Page Speed (WPForms vs Ninja Forms)

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An example of one section of the WPHive that compares the speed page of WPForms with Ninja Forms.

As you can see, based on the analysis using WPHive, Ninja Forms has a higher page speed loading time. This means if you are looking for a plugin that loads faster, WPFroms would be a priority.

But WPHive does not stop there if also lets you dig out the memory usage as well. We will let the image speak for itself.

Comparing Memory Usage (WPForms vs Ninja Forms)

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A proper plugin will attempt to reduce memory usage on its own. It should not load your server and slow down your WordPress website.

As you can see, WPForms wins again in terms of memory usage.

Let us move onto the other CRITERIA section of the WPHive comparison page.

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As seen from the above snapshot, both the plugins score well in almost all the criteria.However, in terms of rating and support threads, WPForms has the upper hand.

WPHive lists many other factors all of which are presented visually. It’s not just the main factors that are compared, other criteria such as database error, Javascript issues, etc are also compared.

If you would like another example when you can check out the review we did on Contact Form 7. Be sure to check it out if you are looking to choose the right plugin for inserting forms.

Our Verdict

Never choose a plugin without judging your needs. Remember, plugins that are not free have to be paid monthly or yearly.

wpforms plugin
Choose wisely when you decide to install a paid plugin.

Are you looking to have forms for simple tasks? Or are you looking to implement forms on your site that need sophisticated features?

WordPress is commonly portrayed as easy-to-use websites for those who come from a non-technical background. However, your WordPress site can slow-down if there too many plugins.

So it is important to think first what you need.

Free vs Paid Version Of WPForms: Which One To Use

If you are simply looking to create a humble form for users to fill up, then there is no need at all to use the pro version. Use the lite version which is free to use. 

You may not even need WPForms at all. You can simply use a google form to collect your feedback. If you do not have a WordPress website then simply switch to google’s forms.

On the other hand, if you are the kind of person who relies heavily on forms that require signatures and payment then it would make sense to upgrade your WPForms plugin.

If you are making a decent income and you need forms that are flexible to your complex needs then you can go ahead with the paid version.WPForms are also frequently on sale so it should not cost you too much if you decide to make a purchase.

Last Thoughts

Although WPForms is a plugin that maintains its standard, it is a good idea to know the alternatives. Many plugins let you go a long way simply by making use of the free version.

In some cases, a plugin may let you get far by using the free version alone. However, getting quality feedback when you are stuck is also vital.

Some plugins have great features but do not have a  strong support team that can assist you when you are stuck. This is where WPForms stands out, despite the weight of its price, It has a lot of content in the form of videos and blogs to help you make the best use out of your forms.

It really has stepped up its game by automating almost a lot of its hectic activities involved with creating forms.

So what do you think about WPForms? Is this the best or are there better alternatives?

If you want a full overview of WPForms or make a comparison with any other plugins for a clearer judgment then try using WP Hive to judge plugins without the need to research for hours.