WordPress 5.5 Breaks Plugins & Sites: Here is the Fix

The recent WordPress 5.5 update caused many plugins and sites to crash and behave oddly. But you can fix the WordPress update problems with jQuery Migrate helper.

WordPress 5.5 was recently released to the public. WordPress branded it with the nickname “Eckstine“. Apart from the new branding, a lot of new features and updates were also announced.

However, for some people, these new updates are actually doing the opposite of improving their site performance. A lot of site owners reported that WordPress 5.5 breaks plugins and sites.

If you are a site owner, who’s affected by the recent changes from WordPress, don’t worry. Let’s go through the solution and fix the issues for your website.

WordPress 5.5 breaks plugins

When Did the Problem Start

WordPress released version 5.5 aka “Eckstine” on August 11, 2020. Immediately after that, some developers and site owners started to notice and then reported different types of problems.

Many of the sites started showing problems as pop-ups and pull-down stopped working. But the major problem was that plugins like Yoast SEO, Classic Editor stopped working properly. Many site owners were in a fix with the breaking of Yoast SEO, which is one of the most used plugins for WordPress sites. Some of them are even trying to get back to version 5.4.2 to fix this.

Why WordPress 5.5 Breaks Plugins & Sites

The problem that triggered plugins and sites to break after WordPress 5.5 update was that WordPress removed jQuery Migrate. Although many people noticed it after WordPress 5.5 release, it’s removal was announced 2 months prior to that. Developers were also told to update plugins and themes accordingly.

With the removal of this tool, plugins, and themes with outdated core stopped working properly. This resulted in a disastrous situation for some site owners, who found their site behaving oddly.

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What is jQuery Migrate and Why did WordPress Remove It?

No jQuery Migrate in WordPress 5.5

jQuery Migrate is a javascript library. It helped plugins and themes that are outdated to run smoothly on the newer version of jQuery. With the help of jQuery migrate, plugins that were compatible with the older version of jQuery and not updated according to the new jQuery version was able to run. However, as WordPress is updating to the latest supported version of jQuery, the older version of plugins needed to be updated along with it.

WordPress announced it before the WordPress 5.5 release that removing the jQuery migrate is necessary to make this transition happen smoothly.

How to fix WordPress 5.5 Issues with jQuery Migrate Helper?

Although WordPress removed the tool jQuery Migrate, you can bypass the problem for now. In order to do this, you need to install a plugin developed by the official WordPress team, the jQuery Migrate Helper.

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What this plugin does is help you enable the jQuery Migrate tool again, so that your outdated plugins can still work. However, WordPress developed it only as a temporary solution, not a permanent one.

Meanwhile, all plugin and theme need to be updated and have to be compatible with the newer version of jQuery in order to run smoothly in the future.

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What to Do If You’re a Developer

If you’re a developer, it is time to update your plugin or theme in order to provide the customer with a smooth experience. WordPress has released a plugin called Test jQuery Updates, in order to help you check your plugin against the new jQuery version before updating them on the WordPress repository.

Beware of the fact that while activating this plugin will not replace the current jQuery but it will disable jQuery Migrate.

Update Your Plugins & Themes

As a site owner, whenever your plugin developer drops a new update, try to update it as soon as possible. New updates minimize a lot of security updates and compatibility issues. With the new “Auto Update Plugin” option from WordPress, it is now even easier to keep your website updated and safe.

How to Install WordPress on cPanel the EASIEST WAY [2020]

The easiest way to install WordPress on cPanel through the Softaculous Installer. This article will provide in-depth instruction on how to install WordPress on cPanel.

Install WordPress the easiest way on cPanel [2019]. It’s not rocket science!

WordPress is widely accepted by both developer and user community not just because it’s free. The immense popularity behind WordPress is its users and developer community. When WordPress started in 2003, nobody was focusing on the ease of use. When you are building something for the users, you must also know how to reach to your users. If you want to install WordPress on cPanel today, we have got the easiest tutorial with step by step guideline.

Matt and his team focused more on users than any other platform like Joomla or Drupal. And that paid off. Now more than 27% of all the website on the internet, uses WordPress. If you are still not sure about WordPress, you can do a side by side comparison between WordPress vs Wix to make an informed decision.

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How to Create an eCommerce Store Using WordPress

Create an eCommerce website using WordPress and WooCommerce in just minutes with our easy to use, beginner-friendly, step by step tutorial. Now you can be a store owner too!

If you want to sell something online, it’s great to create an eCommerce website using WordPress.

WordPress not only most popular web builder around the world. WordPress is best in regard to speed, security, customizing capability and finally, it’s free for you. The great news for you that WordPress has it’s own e-commerce site builder plugin- Woocommerce!

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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.

How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress With & Without a Plugin

When you own a WordPress site, you need to have a clear idea about your users. Like their origin, what they are craving for, and many more.

As you know, adding Google Analytics to WordPress can help you to get these data. And, all these data will influence you to design and implement products according to your visitors’ demand. Thus you can get satisfied users.

You might be wondering how to add Google Analytics to WordPress. No worries! We’re here to help you out.

Today, in this blog post, we are going to show you the ways to add analytics to your WordPress site. Keep reading!

Why You Need to Add Google Analytics to WordPress

How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress

Before diving into the tutorial on how to add Google Analytics to WordPress, you need to know why you should add this to your site. Let us show you some of the key points that Google Analytics does for you.

Who Visits Your Site: Geographical and technical information about where your audience is from and the devices they use to access your site.

What Your Visitors Do: Find out which pages they look at, your bounce rate, how long they stay on your site, and more.

When They Are Coming: Google Analytics also shows you when exactly people come to your site by the hour, day, week, or month.

How They Find Your Site: You also get information about whether your audience finds your site in search engines (and which of them), social media, links on other websites, or if they enter your site address directly.

How They Interact with Your Content: From Google Analytics you are also able to understand how people interact with your WordPress site, for example, the links they click on.

By collecting these data, you will be immensely benefited while making a product launch checklist or planning for site content. Make sure you are improving your content and content strategy to give visitors more of what they are interested in.

How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress

Add Google Analytics to WordPress

You can Add Google Analytics to WordPress with or without using WordPress plugin. We will show you both the ways. Before diving into that, you need a Google Analytics account to proceed to the next step.

Create Google Analytics Account

Before you can connect the software to your site, you first have to sign up. We will do that first by heading on over to the Google Analytics homepage.

  • If you already have a Google account, simply use it to log in. If not, click the button to sign up and create a whole new account.
Signin to your Google account
  • You will be presented with an interface like below. Click Sign up for free to go to the next step.
sign up for Google analytics
  • After that, you will be asked to provide an account name. This name will be used internally so you can use anything like your business name.
Create Google analytics account
  • On the next screen, you will be given choice to choose between a web, apps, or apps and web. Make sure you select ‘Web’.
Create Google analytics account 2
  • After that, you need to enter website name, website’s URL, country, and time zone.
Create Google analytics account 3

Once you have entered all this information, click on the Next button. You will be presented with Google Analytics terms and services which you must agree to, so click on the ‘I Agree’ button.

  • Now you will get your Google Analytics tracking code. You can copy this tracking code because you will need to enter it in your WordPress site depending on the method you use below.
Create Google analytics account 4

You can also simply leave this browser tab open and switch back to copy the code when needed. In case you close it and need to get there later, you can always find your tracking code under Admin > Tracking Info > Tracking Code.

How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress with a Plugin

We are using here Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress by MonsterInsights to make this tutorial. With more than 2M+ active installations, it is one of the top-rated plugins so far for WordPress.

  • To install this plugin, simply go to Plugins > Add New from your WordPress dashboard. Search for it by name.
  • When you find it on the list, hit Install Now to start downloading it to your site. Activate when it’s done.
Install Monsterinsights

After activating the plugin, click on the “Launch the Wizard” button. Clicking on it will bring the MonsterInsights setup wizard.

  • First, you will be asked to choose a category for your website (a business website, blog, or online store). Select one and then click on the ‘Save and Continue’ button.
Customize Monsterinsights
  • Next, you need to click on the ‘Connect MonsterInsights’ button.
Customize Monsterinsights 2
  • This will bring up a popup that will take you to Google accounts where you will be asked to sign in or select a Google account if you are already signed in.
Customize Monsterinsights 3
  • Next, you will be asked to allow MonsterInsights to access your Google Analytics account.
Allow MonsterInsights to access your Google Analytics account
  • Click on the ‘Allow’ button to continue. The final step is to select the profile you want to track. You need to select your website here and then click on the ‘Complete Connection’ button to continue.
Select your website profile to compete setup
  • MonsterInsights will now install Google Analytics on your website. After that, you will be asked to select the recommended settings for your website.
Recommended settings for Google Analytics

The default settings would work for most websites. If you use an affiliate link plugin, then you need to add the path you use to cloak affiliate links. This will allow you to track your affiliate links in Google Analytics.

  • Click on the Save and Continue button to save your settings.
  • Next, MonsterInsights will show you paid add-ons that you can access if you upgrade to PRO. You can simply click on the ‘Save and Continue’ button to skip this step.
  • After that, you will be asked to install the WPForms plugin. You can install it or simply click on ‘Skip this Step’.

That’s all you have successfully installed and setup Google Analytics on your WordPress site. Remember, it will take Google Analytics sometime before showing your stats.

Google Analytics successfully installed using MonsterInsights

The best part about MonsterInsights is that you can view your Google Analytics reports inside your WordPress dashboard. Simply visit Insights » Reports page to check out a quick overview of your analytics data.

Your Google Analytics reports in WordPress dashboard

MonsterInsights Alternative

Google site kit

If you don’t feel comfortable with MonsterInsights plugin, you can use its alternative. Then we would recommend you to use Google Site Kit.

Site Kit is a plugin that enables you to connect your WordPress website with these six Google services:

Search Console: With Search Console, you can monitor your site’s traffic, its performance, and indexing status.

Analytics: Google’s popular web analytics tool provides you with massive amounts of data about your site’s visitors, which is invaluable for marketing and optimization.

AdSense: If you want to monetize your website using ads, AdSense is one of the most popular platforms you can use to insert ads.

PageSpeed Insights: This tool enables you to test your website’s performance. It returns an overall score, as well as a broad range of suggestions on how to improve your desktop and mobile experiences.

Tag Manager: This service enables you to add tracking pixels and snippets to your website without modifying code manually.

Optimize: With Optimize, you can run in-depth A/B tests for your website. It integrates with Google Analytics to give you better insights into results.

How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress without Plugin (Manually)

There are a couple of ways to add Google Analytics to WordPress using the code snippet.

  1. Using functions.php
  2. Using header.php

Method 01: Using functions.php

The first location where you can add the Google Analytics tracking code is the functions.php file. You create a new function that contains the code snippet.

NOTE: For precautionary reasons, it’s best to create a backup copy of the file before you modify it.

  • On your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Theme Editor section under the Appearance menu.
  • Open the Theme Functions(functions.php) file from the right column.
  • Add the following code snippet to the file. Don’t forget to replace the Tracking ID with your own.
add_action('wp_head','my_analytics', 20);
function my_analytics() {
?>
<!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics -->
<script async src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=UA-26575989-48"></script>
<script>
  window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
  function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
  gtag('js', new Date());
  gtag('config', 'UA-26575989-48');
</script>
<?php
}
  • Once you’re done, click on the Update File button to save the changes.

Method 02: Using header.php

You can also add the Google Analytics tracking code to the Theme Header (header.php) file.

  • Navigate to the Theme Editor once again.
  • Open the Theme Header (header.php) file on the right column.
header.php file
  • Paste the code snippet in the header area or, more specifically, above the </head> tag.
  • Once you’re done, click on the Update File button to save the changes.

Congratulations! You have completed the process to add Google Analytics to WordPress manually.

Bonus: Learn the Basics of Google Analytics

If you’re a beginner at Google Analytics, you should learn some basics of it. Otherwise, you’ll feel uncomfortable while using this dashboard.

Google analytics account

On the right, you will always see the statistics for your website, while on the left you can choose which data to look at. The part of the program where you will spend your most time is the Reports tab. You will find a number of different sections that, if clicked on, contain other submenus and contain the following information:

  • Real-time — Shows you what is going on on your site at the moment of the observation. How many visitors are currently on it, where they are from, what they are looking at, and more.
  • Audience — Contains information that helps you learn more about your users e.g the number of visitors in a period of time, how long they stayed on average, and the demographical as well as the technical information about them.
  • Acquisition — Shows you which sources send users to your site and information about your marketing channels.
  • Behavior — Everything about what your users do after they come to your site, the content they look at, and more.
  • Conversion — If you have set up goals inside Google Analytics, here’s where you understand how well you are doing in achieving them.

Over to You

Customer satisfaction is crucial when you run a website. And if you know about their preferences then it becomes easy to satisfy them. Google Analytics does that job for you. It lets you get all the data regarding your customers.

You just make plans and execute them according to your customers’ demands. Eventually, you will head to a successful startup.

However, if you still find complications to use or add Google Analytics to your WordPress site, let us know.

How to Delete WordPress Site or Unpublish Temporarily

Whether you want to start a new venture or just want to take a break from your website. There could be many reasons one might want to unpublish or even permanently delete a WordPress site. We also got several messages from our readers seeking ways on how to delete WordPress site.

Whatever the reason for you to remove or unpublish your WordPress website, there are several ways to do that. You can also put up a page stating that you’re on maintenance or on a break if you’re planning to come back.

In this article, we will take you through the process of how to delete WordPress website or unpublish it temporarily. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

WordPress Site Permanently Delete vs Temporarily Unpublish

How to Delete WordPress Site or Unpublish Temporarily

Once you create your WordPress website, depending on your necessity, there are two ways to hide that from the visitors.

You can either unpublish your website or delete it. The difference between these two ways is that if you unpublish your website, you can republish it anytime you want. But if you delete your WordPress website, you’ll never get it back.

If you want to hide your website for a while because you’re planning to upgrade some functionalities of your website, we suggest that you unpublish your website. However, if you’re sure that you don’t want anything to do with your website anymore, we will also let you know how to do that.

When to Permanently Delete WordPress Site

Let’s talk about when exactly you should permanently delete your WordPress site. There are a couple of occasions when one might need to permanently delete the WordPress website.

  • If you are planning to start a new project that makes the current project obsolete, then you might think of deleting the older one.
  • You might also want to delete a website that hasn’t lived up to the potential and became unable to reach the goal you set.
  • There might also have personal reasons for you to delete your website.

Now that you’re sure that you want to delete the website permanently, let’s roll towards that.

How to Delete a WordPress Site Permanently

How to Delete WordPress Site

Permanently deleting your website and removing its existence from the web takes some time. Just deleting your website from your server won’t do the trick. Google might still have your website on SERP thinking that it might be down for some time.

So in this part of our blog, we’ll let you know how to how to delete WordPress site permanently and remove all its traces from the internet.

1. Backup your Data

Although you seem to be pretty much settled about deleting your website forever, it is still a good idea to backup your website data.

At some point, you might want to get your website back. Or you might also lose some important data along with the website. Backing up your website data can help get back your website or specific content if needed in the future.

Related: 10 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared

You can either back up your website data into cloud storage or your hosting server. You can also download all the data to your pc.

2. Delete All Data from Server

Now that you are done with the back up of website data. Let’s head on to delete all the WordPress files from your hosting server. Bear in mind that, this will delete all the plugins, themes, posts, and media from your WordPress website. 


To do this, first, log in to your hosting server. Depending on the hosting provider, you will find something like files or file manager. Open the file manager and delete all the website data from the root directory.

All your data may still be in the trash option, so be sure to delete them from the trash as well.

3. Remove Your Website from Search Engine

Remove WordPress from Search Engine

Even after deleting the website, it will still be visible to Google and other search engines. Search engines keep your website indexed for a while even after you delete all your data. This is because your website might become down temporarily or get hacked and search engines hope that you might revive your website after a while.

Step 1

In order to fully remove your website from the search engines, as soon as you delete all your data, create a robots.txt file on your root directory. As you might already know, robots.txt deals with the search engine crawlers and inform them about different pages. You can also use this file to tell the crawlers not to index your site.

Now, to do that, create the robots.txt file and simply paste the following lines of code into it.

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

This two-line tells the search engine crawlers to avoid indexing your website and show them on SERP’s.

Step 2

However, some search engines may keep showing your website ignoring the robots.txt file.

So, to permanently remove your website from SERP’s, create a new file on your root directory and name it .htaccess. Now open the file and paste the following lines of code into it – 

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/robots.txt
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.example.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ - [L,G]

Don’t forget to replace the example.com with your website domain name. After this, your website will be out of search engines within days.

How to Restart Your Website with Backup Data?

Now you know how to delete WordPress site and might’ve already deleted your site following our guide. But you might also want to restore your data and get back to running your website again in the future. So, how can you do that?

Depending on which way you backed up your website you may have to follow different methods. For example, if you used a WordPress backup plugin to back up your website data, follow their manual to restore your website.

You might also backup your data manually, in that case uploading that to your website data manually through FTP will do the trick. 

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When to Temporarily Unpublish WordPress Site

Unpublish WordPress Website

So when exactly should you unpublish your WordPress site temporarily? 

There can be two major reasons to unpublish your website on a short-time basis.

  • When you want to take a temporary break from your website, but you will come back after that period. For this, you don’t need to delete your website, only unpublishing it will achieve your goal.
  • The second one is when you want to upgrade or run maintenance on your website. While doing this, you can also choose to put up a page informing everyone about your upgradation and when you’ll be back.

How to Temporarily Unpublish WordPress Site

We already covered how to delete WordPress site permanently, now it’s time to let you know how you can unpublish a WordPress site temporarily.

Unpublish a Post from the Website

You may not need to unpublish the whole website if you just need a single post to be hidden from the visitor. You can easily unpublish a post from WordPress.

To do this, first enter the blog post you want to hide, from WP Admin Dashboard > Posts > Your Post

You’ll find a page like the one below. On the right side, you can see the visibility option. Change the visibility from Public to Private.

Unpublish Blog Post

Once you change the visibility, the post will not be visible to the public anymore. However, site admin and editors will still be able to see the post.

Unpublish Entire Website

If you want to unpublish your whole website entirely, you can do that as well.

One way to hide your website from the world is by discouraging search engines from indexing your site. You can do that from WP Admin Dashboard > Settings > Reading

Unpublish WordPress Site

However, as it has a negative impact on your website’s SEO, many people tend to avoid this method. Just like many webmasters, we also suggest not use this option to unpublish your website.

If you decide to not follow this method, let’s head towards the second one. This method requires you to use a free plugin, WordPress Password Protect Page. Which you can install from the WordPress plugin repository. Once you’re done with the installation, find Password Protect WordPress from the admin dashboard. Now you have to turn on Password Protect Entire Site from the Entire Site tab. This will password protect your entire site, and make it private from the visitors.

Password Protect WordPress

Putting up Maintenance Mode

We already learned how to password protect a WordPress website. But this is not always what you might need. If you’re just running routine maintenance on your website, putting up a page for “Maintenance Mode” would be a far better solution. This way, your visitors will get to know what is going on with your website and will check back later.

Now, many themes have an option for turning on “Under Construction” or “Maintenance Mode”. But a majority of them do not. However, you can use free plugins to do that, if your theme doesn’t have that option built-in. One great free plugin that does this well, is “Under Construction“. With this, you can easily hide your site and put up a “Maintenance Mode” page. Once you install this plugin from the WordPress plugin repository, it can be found under WP Admin Dashboard > Theme Panel > Under Construction.

From that page, just check Enable Under Construction and select a page that you want to put up.

WordPress Under Construction

How to Republish Your Website with Ease

Republishing your website is easier than unpublishing it. The unpublished posts can be published by just changing the visibility option from Private to Public.

Republishing the entire website is also easy like that. If you have password-protected your site using WordPress Password Protect Page, disabling the Password Protect Entire Site from the Entire Site tab will set it back to normal.

If you have used the plugin “Under Construction”, uncheck the Enable Under Construction option from WP Admin Dashboard > Theme Panel > Under Construction and you’re good to go again.

Wrapping Up

If it’s time to say goodbye to your WordPress website forever or for a while, this guide should help you. After reading the blog we hope you understand that it’s not that complicated to delete or unpublish a WordPress website. We wanted to write in detail on how to delete WordPress site. But if you still have any confusion, don’t forget to let us know.

6 Best Pop-up Design Practices to Get Desired Leads

Looking to generate more leads with your Popup? Here we’ve explored 6 best popup design practices for you.

If you’re one of those who think ‘I just skip pop-ups while visiting websites’, we will say, you’re not alone. Because more than 73% of internet users usually skip or overlook pop-up ads while browsing any website. Maybe the reasons are:-

  • The copywriting is not standard
  • Contains full of useless information
  • The user guide is not well-maintained or confusing
  • It appears again & again
  • Asking too much information
  • Showing irrelevant things almost on every web page.

However, a well-executed pop-up ad not only has the ability to impress audiences but also helps them to make a choice and become your loyal customers. Therefore, if you want to make your pop-up design more appealing & attention-grabbing, you need to follow some smart implementation tactics.

So in this post, we’ll share some effective design tips for your pop-ups from our own research with real-life examples. It will help you to improve your design. Moreover, it will create an ever-lasting impact on your visitors that will generate more leads.

So, let’s get started and keep reading😊

Some Interesting Facts About Pop-up

Pop-up design practices

Actually, a pop-up act like a placard. The way a placard creates a visual appearance on the mind, the same way a pop-up helps visitors to understand the website’s intentions quickly.

However, pop-up ads have both good and bad effects. Either it can directly impress users and increase customer engagement, or it can annoy users and harm your brand reputation. So the entire process is in your hand, whether you want to make your users feel happy with your pop-up or not.

Anyway, let’s check out some of the interesting statistics about Pop-up.

Pop-ups on websites
Image Source – Sumo
  • The average conversion rate of the best pop-up was 9.28%
  • More than 1,388 people receive pop-up ads per day with the conversion rate of 11%
  • The average email CTR across all industries is about 2.61% – MailChimp
  • Pop-ups helped marketers to increase subscriptions by 86% and sales by 162% – Entrepreneur
  • Businesses who utilize exit pop-ups at the time when a user tries to exit the website, can experience an improvement of sign-ups by 600% – Convert XL
  • The proper use of popups in eCommerce sites can produce robust conversations among marketers – Campaign Monitor
  • On average, a small/medium business owner needs their opt-in form to pop-up for 158 to get one subscriber where a large business needs opt-in form to pop-up 144- Gillandrews
  • Executing a pop-up instantly boosted our email list opt-ins – CopyBlogger

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Different Types of Pop-ups Used By Websites Owners

There are different types of pop-ups you may notice while visiting the website. In this case, these 6 types of pop-ups are the most popular and most used,

  • Entry pop-ups: When visitors enter into the website.
  • Time-delayed pop-ups: After spending some time, for example, 30 to 60 seconds on the website, it pops up.
  • Scroll-based pop-ups: After scrolling down or up, it appears on the screen.
  • Click pop-ups: Based on the user’s click.
  • Exit-intent pop-ups: When users intend to exit from the website, it shows up and asks you to enter your email address.
  • Email pop-ups: This pop-up basically designed for collecting email addresses. Through this pop-up, email marketers utilize the data for their email campaigns.

Pop-up Design Best Practices You Can Apply On Your Website

Pop-up Design best practices

As a website owner or a digital marketer, your business goals may differ according to your niche & purpose. However, the initial goal is the same, generate leads, increase sales, or produce more web traffic. right?

So, if you’re aiming to design your first pop-up and want to generate amazing results through it, here are 6 pro tips to improve your pop-up design.

01. Try to Combine Your Pop-up & Website Colors Carefully

Well, colors can play an impressive role to make a website more attractive and professional. It can remove monotonousness and give a meaningful idea, especially it carries the brand identity. However, the wrong combination of colors can ruin your website.

Businesses of all sizes and in all industries have traditionally used colors to communicate their branding when designing logos, product packaging, and websites

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The same goes for using popups. What if your pop-up design doesn’t match with your website? Well, it will not only irritate your visitors but also give the message that you are not sincere.

So, do make sure that you’re using the correct color combination, especially while presenting pop-ups. You need to make sure you are doing the right things while using colors on your pop-up like,

  • Try to mix up your pop-up & website color
  • Pop-up should not contain high-contrast color
  • Take the help from Adobe color for a live color test

Let’s take an example of a Platinum Trading Academy, they use a transparent color on both the website and pop-up. So the entire design looks so elegant. Also, the CTA button with red color creates an urgency to get the consultancy.

Pop-up design
Platinum Trading Academy

02. Utilize Time-Delayed Pop-ups

Users should be given at least (10 seconds, 30, or 60) on a website so that your audience can relate, understand & interact your purposes

My OptiMind

So, you need to be careful while using the Time-delayed pop-up types. The waiting time can be different depending on the content of your website.

In short, it should appear after a user has spent a certain amount of time on your website. Otherwise, if it appears after just a few seconds, visitors may feel annoyed.

Time-delayed pop-ups are really effective and powerful in terms of increasing customer engagement than other pop-ups. That is why most of the websites are using this pop-up.

If we take a look at Happy Addons, the pop-up appears after spending one and a half minutes on their website. Also, you will notice that the design of the pop-up is unique and telling users to join the Happy Addons community.

This is really a smart trick and you can implement this trick on your pop-up designs to grab more attention & increase your customer base.

Pop-ups ads
A Pop-up Design by Happy Addons

03. Implement New Things Wisely

A/B testing

If you want to bring new things on your pop-up, no problem, go for it. But you have to be sure whether it will work or not. In that case, you can always A/B test your ideas before utilizing it on your pop-ups.

Your testing should focus on the following:-

  • Color combination (looks okay or not)
  • Fonts & text size
  • Pop-up banner size or ratio (fit to the screen or not)
  • Objectification
  • Suitable pages for showing pop-ups (which page is the best for showing pop-ups)
  • Content relevancy (are they catchy or looks ordinary)
  • Time-delay ( which timing works fit best, 30s, 60s, or more).

So, you must find out these important things after testing to ensure your pop-up is ready to perform.

Let’s look at SwissWatchExpo. Basically they wanted to A/B test their entire content design and figure out what can engage their customer better than before.

As a result, they found that creating urgency in the pop-up, they were able to increase conversions by 17% with this popup.

A/B testing

04. Give Users A Clear Guidance

To stand out with your pop-up design, always try to use attention-grabbing words to pursue your users. For instance, you can put a tutorial or video (How to use, or use cases) that will raise curiosity among the users and also create a chance to get more engagement.

Let’s see what should you implement on your pop-ups to give users a clear direction:-

  • Catch their attention
  • Clearly elaborate the user benefits (Gaining customer trust)
  • Offer your pledge (Now hook them with deals, offers & discounts)
  • Engage them with CTA button (Let them finalize the process)

If we look at Zulilu, it will give you an overall idea of how you should guide users in a smart way.

As you can see, they created a story; divided the sections into three parts. Also, you can notice that the bottom of the pop-up, asking users to refer a friend & earn $15. So overall, it’s a nice example to follow and apply.

CTA button

05. Your CTA Button Should Be Clear & Understandable

Using CTA buttons
Image Courtesy – DSIM

CTA buttons should be clear, well-optimized. Also, it must have the ability to impress users.

More than 90% of people conduct with your CTA button while reading any headline (It should be pop-up, Banners, Blog posts, etc)

DSIM

So, keeping that in mind, you need to make sure that your (CTA) call-to-action is well-optimized, also it must include data-driven copies to persuade visitors to click on your pop-up.

The CTA button from Eva Solo clearly focuses on the offer, “Enter To Win Now!“. Also, they use the Black & white color combination that looks so astonishing.

Pop-up design

06. Use Fewer Fields on Your Pop-ups

Another way to maintain a robust relationship with customers is, adding fewer fields to pop-up messages or ads. Just think yourself as a customer and you’re asking to fill out a pop-up form with too-much-information. It is both irritation and time-wasting to type your personal information into a pop-up, right?

Well, let’s take a look at the image below:-

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Image Source: Sleek Note

As you can see there are too many fields. Ideally, it’s not a smart approach. As customers are not willing to share their personal information randomly.

However, let’s have a look at another pop-up example with the same pattern & design but with fewer fields:-

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Image Source: Sleek Note

Now, which one would you prefer to fill out? Of course the second one with fewer input fields.

In fact, it’s a smart approach to include fewer input fields for making your pop-up design stand out. So, it’s not ideal to ask for too much information directly, rather your popup must seem easy & quick. It can easily uplift your business growth generating some potential leads & drive more conversions on your website.

Ending Notes

The main purpose of this post is to share some important tips regarding pop-up design. And we believe that if you can follow the tips accordingly, your pop-ups will not only seem great, but they’ll also produce amazing results.

So it’s the right time to utilize pop-ups in a smart way and grasp some design ideas for your pop-ups from this post. And don’t forget to share your thought with us. 😊

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.

Features XAMPP DesktopServer MAMP Laragon Local by Flywheel
Does It Use Virtual Machine No No No No Yes
One-Click Installation No No No Yes Yes
Cross Platform Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Can Create Any CMS Site? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Have to Create Database Every Time Yes Yes Yes No No
Begginer Friendly No No No Yes Yes
Built-in Editor No No No Yes Yes
Price Free Free & Premium Free & Premium Free Free

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.

Best WordPress Hosting Providers in 2020

Need a cheap and secured WordPress hosting providers? Checkout our best WordPress Hosting Providers in 2020.

Choosing the best WordPress hosting is very important for your WordPress site. Your website’s performance and health totally depend on the hosting provider you are using. There are different types of WordPress hosting options available such as Free, Shared, VPS, Dedicated, and managed WordPress hosting. In this article, we’ve picked out the best WordPress Hosting Providers to point you in the right direction.

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