How to install a WordPress Plugin

WordPress is driven by loyal ambitious wordpress developers who have created plugins to extend its out-of-the-box functionality and in fact,  you can find a plugin for anything. WordPress Plugin Directory contains a great variety of free plugins that anyone can use . And many premium WordPress plugins are available to help you supercharge your site. Using a wordpress plugin is the fastest and easiest way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.

How to install a WordPress Plugin?

For the novice user, it is very easy to install a plugin right from your site dashboard. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.

We can install a wordpress plugin using any of following 3 methods:

  1. Install a free Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
    Wordpress.org has a great collection of  free plugins thanks to loyal wordpress developers community. There are tons of free WordPress plugins available in wordpress Plugin Directory. You can search for a plugin from this directory and install it from your WordPress Admin Panel .  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  2. Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
    This step is ideal if you purchased a premium plugin  from a plugin provider  and downloaded the plugin as a zip file.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  3. Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and install from Admin Panel
    You can also upload the unzipped plugin folder using FTP and later install it from WordPress admin panel. This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a plugin zip file or if upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your files to your server.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)

 

Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option

 

  1. Log into your WordPress administration panel.
  2. From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New

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    Install plugin
  3. In this page you can see a list of featured/popular plugins available in wordpress plugin directory. Locate search box, enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search

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    Search
  4. Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.

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    Install
  5. Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
  6. Now you are done. Note that some plugins need some additional settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and check if your plug requires any additional settings. If so, click on settings link to enter your details. You can also read more details about your plugin by clicking on details link.

    install Plugin
    install Plugin

 

Method 2: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method

 

You can find many premium plugins to enhance your site’s features on internet. Download the plugin as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.

  1. Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
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    download plugin

    download plugin
    Save plugin zip file
  2. Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.

    click on upload
    click on upload
  3. Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
    Upload plugin
    Upload plugin
    Select zip file
    Select zip file

    After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.

    Install
    Install
  4. In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate
    Activate
  5. Now you are done. Some plugins need to fill more settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and click in settings link to enter your details.

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    install Plugin

 

Method 3: Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and activate from Admin Panel

 

This step involves Extracting plugin files, using a FTP client and FTP user to upload your files to your server.

Extracting Plugin files

Locate your downloaded Plugin file. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder

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extract file
  • Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
  • Right click on the file and select “extract all”
  • Extract files
    Extract files

    Select the location to extract the files to and Click “ok.”

Launch FTP client FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. If you do not have FileZilla, follow  FileZilla installation tutorial to install and  connect to your host.

  • Launch FileZilla and connect to your hosting(Refer this tutorial if you need any help on this). After a successful connection, you can see Local Site displays data from your local machine. and Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory.
  • On the left, i.e. Local Site, locate the directory where you extracted your plugin files.
  • On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it. WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as: wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/. Plugins are in wp-content/plugins directory. Browse through to plugins folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your plugins in their folders.
  • You simply drag plugin’s folder (for e.g. nofollow-for-external-link) from the local machine and drop to plugin folder, and then wait until transfer is complete.Upload plugin folder
  • Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Plugins, you will see all your plugins in place. Find your plugin and activate it.

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    activate plugin

Best WordPress Popup Opt-in Plugins

WordPress has become one of the most popular blogging and business website platforms used on the internet today. Unfortunately, many bloggers make the mistake of failing to build an email list. Email marketing is the 1 way to increase your subscriber count and sell your products or ideas. It is the most direct and personal way you have to reach out to your website visitors. Unfortunately, getting people to give you their email address isn’t easy. This is where popup plugins can help. By catching the attention of visitors to your site and letting them know in a memorable way why they should sign up for your newsletter, opt-in plugins can help you build your email list and raise your subscriber count. In this article, I cover my picks for the best free and low-cost opt-in plugin options for WordPress users.

Clifton’s Lightbox

cliftons light box wp popup plugin
cliftons light box wp popup plugin

Clifton’s Lightbox is a highly rated free WordPress plugin that will help you get more subscribers using a subscription form overlay. Content inside the box includes a customizable title, bulleted list, and a call-to-action for your site’s visitors to give their name and email address. This can be paired with either an image or video of your choosing, including YouTube videos. Currently, the plugin expressly supports GetResponse, Aweber, iContact, and MailChimp, though the developer states it should work with any other email marketing service as well.

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Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

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This free WordPress plugin displays a fully customizable box once your reader scrolls down the page. The excellent thing about this plugin is that it doesn’t limit you to a subscriber sign up form – you can direct your visitor to like your page on Facebook, use your social bookmarking option, or take any other call-to-action that you choose. The box triggers based on an event that you specify – percentage of scroll, reaching the comments section, or more. This ensures that your visitors are already engaged with your content when they are presented with the call-to-action, increasing the likelihood that they’ll follow through.
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Popup Extension for Newsletter

satillo wp popup plugin screenshot
Satillo wp popup plugin

This free WordPress opt-in plugin was developed by Satollo and is intended to integrate with their Newsletter plugin. The ext of the popup is completely editable, as is the theme. Using various settings, this plugin allows you to control when the popup appears, as well as the theme, size, and border of the popup. The message shown is completely customizable, as is the placement of the subscriber form. Once your visitor enters their information, you can even configure a thank you message to be shown.
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ITRO Popup Plugin

ITRO popup plugin screenshot
ITRO popup plugin

The ITRO Popup Plugin is a free option for WordPress that allows you to display a pop up message to visitors on your site. This can be anything from a subscriber form to an age validation for adult content. Your message can easily be configured using the WordPress post editor. Unlike other free WordPress plugins, this one offers a range of features, including fade-in and -out animation, automatic centering, automatic countdown for closing the popup, and a settable cookie expiration time. The message can be displayed on specific pages or posts, and every aspect of the popup is customizable. This is one of the most easy-to-use WordPress plugins you’ll find today.
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Icegram

Icegram wp popup olugin screenshot
Icegram wp popup olugin

Icegram is another free WordPress plugin that allows you to promote your newsletter in a variety of ways. In addition to the common popup option, you can also choose to display a small box near the bottom of the page, a notification bar across the top of the page, or in a chat box style pop up near the bottom corner. Few popup plugins give you this many options. Additionally, Icegram is compatible with all other WordPress plugins, WordPres themes, and even auto responders. Choose from 20 different themes, as well as a number of animations. You can run unlimited campaigns, display unlimited messages, and even time your messages to display after a certain amount of time has passed. Few free WordPress plugins do so much.
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wpmudev WordPress PopUp

womudev wp popup plugin screenshot
womudev Popup Plugin

This plugin developed by WPMUDev is available in both a free and paid version. In the free version, you are given a number of options, including displaying a fancy popover style popup to your site visitors. Target your entire network or a specific URL. You can further customize your targeting in a number of ways, including targeting users who are not logged in, etc. This plugin is compatible with any WordPres theme and can also be used on Multisite and BuddyPres pages as well. In the $19 paid version, you can also target your message to visitors from a specific geographic location.
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Optin Revolution

Optin Revolution Popup Plugin screenshot
If you’re looking for a newsletter popup plugin that has everything, Optin Revolution could be exactly what you need. The free version provides you with a single unblockable popups that are completely customizable. Compatible with Aweber, Constant Contact, GetResponse, iContact, and Wysija, the free version is easy to configure and use. If you’re looking for a bit more, the professional version adds a number of additional tools including A/B/C/D/E split testing, adding popups solely to certain WordPress categories, posts, or pages, and analytics that allow you to track your conversion rates and statistics. In the paid version, you can choose to add Vimeo, YouTube, Wistia or self-hosted videos to your popups as well.
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Popup Press

PopupPress Popup Plugin screenshot
PopupPress Popup Plugin

This simple popup plugin for WordPress only costs $15, but it lets you display far more than newsletter sign up forms. This plugin is compatible with just about any content, including HTML, banner ads, images, video, audio, PDF files, Iframe content, SlideShare content and more. Whether you need to display a contact form, alert message, work portfolio or even a Google Map, this popup can do it. Few plugins offer the amount of customization that Popup Press does; they bill themselves as “the most complete popups plugin” on WordPress. It’s even shortcodes compatible – something few other plugins offer.
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Ninja Popups

plugin-ninjaThe Ninja Popups WordPress plugin costs $18, but gives you the features of a far more expensive newsletter solution. Whether you want to get more subscribers for you newsletter or like you on social media, Ninja Popups can help. By locking your content until your visitors take the action you describe, this plugin converts far more visitors than more traditional popup plugins. With support for mobile devices, even those visitors who are using their tablet or phone to access your site will see your popup. There are many layouts and colors to choose from, or you can customize the popup as you wish. You choose how and when the message displays, and Ninja Popups is fully compatible with most email marketing services and social networks (including Pinterest).
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Subscriber’s Magnet

plugin-subscrIf you’re looking for versatility, this $37 WordPress plugin is what you need. Not only can you promote your newsletter via popup, you can also choose to place opt-in forms into your comment section, in the side bars, or even embed them into blog posts. This plugin is compatible with form auto fillers, including Facebook Connect. Analytics tracking allows you to see how well your message is working. You even have the choice of keeping your popup from displaying until your site visitor attempts to exit the page. One of the biggest benefits of this plugin is that once you’ve paid for your license, you receive free upgrades to newer versions for life.
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Popup Domination

Popup Domination Popup Plugin screenshot
Popup Domination Popup Plugin

One of the best single-pay WordPress newsletter popup solutions is Popup Domination. At only $47, it’s difficult to find other solutions that will offer you so much for so little. This plugin uses lightbox popups to help you convert visitors into subscribers by allowing you to target your message to specific pages. In addition to being compatible with WordPress, Popup Domination has a stand-alone option that allows it to be used on any other website as well. The plugin supports all mailing list software, and allows you to completely customize every aspect of your popup. Add promotional images, bullets, customize your button text and security notes, and more. Unlike other popups that feel more spammy, these lightbox popups are very professional looking – which is what makes them so successful.
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How to create a wordpress blog – Step by Step Guide

wordpressDid you know that is the most popular blogging platform that powers more than 60 million websites  worldwide?

People create blogs for many reasons. Some people start a blog to teach others about a topic while others start blogging simply to have fun.  Everyone has their own reason.

So whats’s your reason to start a blog?

There are many free blogging platforms are available to set up a blog and begin writing within minutes. But if you are using hosted blogging platforms like blogger, tumbler, Facebook etc., you need to under their terms and conditions. A self hosted blog will give you complete control over how your blog site looks and works.

WordPress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. WordPress has many features like custom design templates, plugin, automatic spam protection and a strong community to get support. It is very flexible and user-friendly. You can start a on your own host extremely cheaply and get on the way within 20 minutes.

So how do you install it in less than 5 minutes and start blogging?

  • Step 1: Sign up with Hosting

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    In order to start a wordpress blog website, you need a domain name and a web hosting account. Arvixe is one of the best and most reliable WordPress web hosting providers. Bonus: You get a free domain when you signup for an Arvixe web hosting account.
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    You will receive a welcome email with control panel login details. Login to your newly created Arvixe Account.

  • Step 2: Log into hosting control Panel

    Log into your newly created Arvixe Account. Once you are logged in, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see WordPress available for installation right from the control panel. Click on the icon.

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    Click on wordpress icon
  • Step 3: Click on Install

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    install wordpress

    Then, you’ll be redirected to a page, where you can see more details about WordPress. Click on Install button on top of the page.

  • Step 4: Type in blog settings

    wp-install3Type in your WordPress blog settings. Fill the fields such as the site or the folder of your site to which it will be installed, site name/title, the admin username and password. If you wish the WordPress blog to be the main page of your website, make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is empty. When you are done, click ‘Install’. And you’re basically almost done.

  • Step 5: Visit default WordPress page

    default WordPress page.
    default WordPress page.

    Installation will take less than 1 min. Your new blog is ready to use and you can see the default WordPress page.

  • Step 6:Log into Admin

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    How to add new post?

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    write a post

    After log into your site admin, click ‘Posts’ then click ‘Add New’. Then you’ll be directed to the writing screen. Enter your post title in the upper field, enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it, select a category, add tags and when you are ready, click ‘Preview’ to see how it looks when readers read your post. Click ‘Publish’ to let the world see your post. Read How to write a Post in wordpress blog for more information.

    How to create category

    create/edit category
    create/edit category

    Click ‘Posts’ >> ‘Categories’. Then you’ll be directed to category page. Here you can see existing categories and option to add new category.
    How to add photos, videos and music to your posts

    Add media
    Add media

    Click on the text where you want to add the content and click on the Add Media button in the top left part of the editor. Click on the Select files button in the insert Media pop-up screen. Once you upload the file, fill the attachment settings of the image. Then click the Insert into post button and you will see the image added to your editor window.

    How to customize the Look of your Blog

    You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting Appearance>>themes link. Here, you will see your current theme and all other themes you have currently installed in your server. You can preview and activate any theme from this list.To add another one, simply click on the Install Themes tab.There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes available. On this page you can either search for a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive. Read this tutorial to go through the steps of installing and activating a Theme on your WordPress Powered blog.

    1. If you are searching for a free theme follow these steps: click on the Upload link at the top of the page >> click the Choose File button >> select the archive of your theme from your local computer >>Press the Install Now button >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.

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      upload theme
    2. If you are upload a theme follow these steps: Browse through the results >> choose a theme for your site >> click on the Install Now link under it >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
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    Install theme

    Other WordPress settings: Simply navigate to the sidebar on the left.

    Dashboard

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    http://www.wordpressluv.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2131&action=edit dashboard

    Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog. The Dashboard is the information Central. The Dashboard Screen provides an overview of what’s happening with your blog. It shows the number of posts, pages, Categories, and Tags, a list of the recent comments, links to start writing Posts or Pages and provide access to updating WordPress, plugins, and themes.
    Posts

    Posts
    Posts

    When you click on it you can see all posts from your blog. Here you will get options to edit and delete the existing posts. Under the post menu category you have several links: “Edit”, “Add new”, “Post tags” and “Categories”.
    Media – is the images, video, and files, you upload and use in your blog.
    Page – is another tool to add static content to a WordPress site.
    Comments – you can manage user’s comments here.
    Appearance – Customize the Look of your Blog
    WordPressis highly customizable. You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting themes link. There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes are available. Under Appearance you will see another section called Widgets. Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. For example, if you want to show latest posts, categories and tag cloud, just drag and drop the respective boxes to the sidebar where you want them to appear.
    Plugins – to add more functionality to your Blog. Plugins improve the performance of a website, the search engine optimization, and the overall user experience. For eg. comment spam filter, display related posts, t, add contact form add more SEO features, add eCommerce features, etc. For example comment spam filter, or related posts, they are all plugins. Read this tutorial to go through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.
    Here are some must have plugins:

    • Akismet – To protect you from web spam
    • WordPress SEO by Yoast – To increase your search engine traffic by improving your WordPress SEO.
    • W3 Total Cache – To reduce the download times and increase server performance.
    • Contact Form 7 – To add contact page in you blog
    • Google XML Sitemaps – To generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog.
    • WordPress Related Posts – To display related posts in the footer of your content and increase your readers’ engagement with your posts
    • Digg Digg – To display all social sharing buttons nicely on your blog.

    Users : You can add/manage new and existing users here.
    Settings : Here you can change general configuration of your WordPress blog.

Now that you are familiar with the basic features and functions of WordPress, you can start writing content.

10 Best WordPress Membership Plugins

Are you starting to build your member soon? Do you have a WordPress membership site but it doesn’t suit your needs? Here are some great WordPress membership plugins for your site.

A great way to monetize websites are through memberships. You can share exclusive content, post tutorials, and provide discounts and special offers to your members. Membership sites are everywhere in the industry. If you own a membership plugin but isn’t matching your needs or is thinking of starting one in the future, these are some of the best membership plugins for your site. Here we cover some of the best WordPress membership plugins for your membership site.

With membership plugins, you have control over which content to show on to non-registered members and who has exclusive access to content. Say for example, you want premium members to access a specific page while free members or those who hasn’t registered will have access to limited content. This isn’t possible with the current setup you have in your WordPress right now unless you have installed membership plugins on your page.

Thankfully, there are a lot of membership plugins available in WordPress today. These plugins do more than just managing the members of your blog or website. Most of all, some of the plugins listed are actually FREE!

 

Paid Memberships Pro

Paid Memberships Pro
Paid Memberships Pro

Paid Memberships Pro is a membership plugin that has flexible content control over paid memberships, affiliates, and discounts. You can set up unlimited membership levels and provide restricted access to content like articles, videos, and downloads. It also supports single page access, and many other features.

Paid Memberships Pro works with any theme you want, and it has support for popular payment gateways like PayPal. It is extremely configurable with unlimited membership levels. You can setup the membership levels that fit your business like Free, and paid or have a recurring subscription that works on autopilot.

Paid Memberships Pro integrates with third party tools like cosmetics, Aweber, and can use add-ons to fully customize the plugin.

What is great about Paid Memberships Pro is that this plugin is completely FREE!.

More info/Download


WP Premium Members

WP Premium Members
WP Premium Members

WP Premium Members is a WordPress Plugin that can help you let the members see the content only if they have paid for it. Other than that, this plugin can manage premium content, advertisements and automatic removal of ads, recurring payment, single premium membership and many other features.

Subscription payments are through PayPal IPN and the users can choose to either subscribe for recurring payments or buy a single Premium membership which will expire.

WP Premium Members is also excellent for multi-site as it has the option for premium users to create their own blogs.

The plugin is available for $22 one-time payment.

More Info/Download


S2 Members

S2 Members
S2 Members

S2 Members is a free WordPress plugin that contains a great set of features and different customizable options. With this plugin, you can change things like login, welcome page, security level, email templates, and the ability to choose the content you are protecting and the downloads you are restricting.

The plugin makes it possible to incorporate external affiliate systems like ShareAsale, and iDevAffiliate.

S2 Members is free, but the free version is only limited to 4 membership levels and you can’t use free registrations, and the payment methods has its limitations too. To lift these limitations, get the pro version for a one time fee of $89 (single site) or $189 (unlimited site).

More info/Download


WordPress Custom Roles

WP Custom Roles
WP Custom Roles

WordPress Custom Roles is a plugin that helps prevent any WordPress user or group to access the core of the WordPress page or plugin page. The plugin helps you divide authority as per requirements and with this tool, you can create custom roles based on users, roles, and other factors. You can customize any role you want and it allows you to hide plugin menu and plugin sub-menu.

WordPress Custom Roles costs $17. The costs includes the item price and the buyer fee.

More info/Download


Restrict Content Pro

Restrict Content Pro
Restrict Content Pro

Other than restricting access to content, Restrict Content Pro is also a full-fledged membership plugin. This plugin is great for situations where you have a lot of blog posts or videos on your site and you’ve decided to switch to a paid platform. The plugin locks down your content – new or existing to be viewed only to registered members.

All it takes is a simple configuration right at the admin dashboard of your WordPress site. Restrict Content Pro includes the following:

  • Member management system that lets you view pending, active, expired and cancelled memberships and free users. You can add subscription or modify it anytime and the subscription packages can include expiration dates.
  • You can also create an unlimited number of subscription packages. Each of the packages can be configured to your liking like the duration of the subscription package, free trial options, and premium subscriptions.

The plugin is integrated with popular payment gateways like PayPal, Braintree and Stripe and offers discount codes to customers.

Priced at $42, this is the only plugin you need for a subscription-based website.

More Info/Download


Digital Access Pass

DAP
Digital Access Pass

Digital Access Pass (DAP) is a WordPress membership plugin that can create automated buyer’s only site with one time payments, recurring subscription, and free membership levels. The plugin is a full-fledged membership plugin complete with ContentResponder, Email AutoResponder, broadcast system, shopping cars, 1-click upsells, and an affiliate program.

DAP deeply integrates with WordPress, which means WordPress updates won’t break the site. DAP works with HTML and PHP sites too.

DAP is well known for Content Dripping. If you are into that type, you’ll find that DAP can content drip not just pages and blog posts, but also Doc files, Zip, MP3, MP4 and other file formats.

Priced at a one-time payment of $167, DAP has everything you need to create a fully functional membership site.

More Info/Download


WishList Member

Wishlist Member
Wishlist Member

WishList Member has been a long-time favorite of internet marketers because of the plugin’s great feature set. Simply install the plugin to your WordPress site and you’ll have a complete membership site bundled with protected content, payment integration, member management and more.

With this plugin, you’ll have unlimited membership levels. Charge higher or lower with your membership levels and call can be done in the same site. The plugin also offers easy member management. You can view the member’s status, membership level and other factors that can affect your next move to these members. It can also give members access to multiple members within your membership.

For $197 single site license, you’ll get these features along with access to customer care center, more than 30 training videos, detailed support guides, and unlimited updates and support for 1 year. If you have multiple site, the multi-site license is available for $297. You’ll get the same features as the single-site license only that this one is supported to unlimited number of URLs, has two custom membership themes, a bonus Plugins that Rock webinar, and more than 300 membership icons.

More info/Download


MemberPress

MemberPress
MemberPress

MemberPress is a WordPress membership plugin that can help you create, manage, and track membership subscriptions and sell digital products. The plugin also allows you to grant and remove access to feeds, posts, pages, categories, communities and files based on the products your users have bought or subscribed to.

Everytime a membership package is created, the plugin generates a new pricing box for the registration page of the package. Setting up the payment is easy as it takes care of the payment gateways for you. Payment gateways for PayPal is just a click away and there are support for other payment gateways as well.

Like all other membership plugins, MemberPress has a built-in reporting features, but unlike others, MemberPress has a more in-depth reporting and tracking statistics.

Price starts at $99 per year and that includes support and updates for one site, PayPal Express or Strip integration. If you need more than just the basics, there’s a Developer Edition for $199 per year. This plan has unlimited members, unlimited digital products, unlimited coupons and pricing pages, advanced Pal and Stripe Integration, Authorize.net integration with 1 year of updates and priority support.

Although more expensive than any of the lists above, MemberPress has everything you need and more to get a membership site. If you are serious about getting memberships without unnecessary hiccups, this is the best option for you.

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What else do you need a membership plugin for?

Probably the main reason that you need a membership plugin is to separate visitors from members and to convert visitors to members. If that’s the case, then you haven’t yet tapped the benefits of having a membership plugin.

Recurring payments – getting your customers to sign up to your website for a recurring fee is the real reason you need a membership plugin. This is because you aren’t just limited to one-time purchases like an ebook or one-time products or services. You get money every month as long as your customer wants to be on your site. You’ll get a recurring fee monthly and that is more profitable if you are thinking of long term strategy for your site. However, to keep your members from subscribing to your site, you need to ensure that you are giving them what they want. One wrong move and you’ll lose your members.

One time purchases – to keep track of your customers and to specifically target products to them a membership plugin is required. This method is one of the most popular methods today as not all people would want to tie in on recurring fees.

Restrict IP addresses – setting up a contest locally? You might want to restrict IP addresses only to your target customers or end up promoting the product to the wrong customer. A membership plugin can do that for you.

5 Star Review Plugins for WordPress

The 5 star rating system is popularized by sites such as Amazon. Vistors simply choose a product or service then create a review by simply clicking how many stars does the product deserve. The site will then dispaly the average score for each product then displays it to the visitors. WordPress doesn’t come with a 5-star ranking system, but there are many plugins that can add this functionality to your site. This plugins usually works in conjunction with WordPress comments. In this post, I’ll list the useful WordPress plugins that can have 5-star rating review to your site.

In this article, we will show you several free 5 star rating WordPress plugins.

  • Rate This Page Plugin

    Rate This Page Plugin
    Rate This Page Plugin

    Rate This Page plugin allows you to rate certain posts or pages of your blog. Admin can view reports of rated posts or pages. Using cookies, the plugin stores a session if a guest user rates certain posts or pages and it uses AJAX to store the rating information.
    Download Rate This Page Plugin

  • WP-PostRatings

    WP-PostRatings options
    WP-PostRatings options

    WP-PostRatings lets you add an AJAX rating system to any post or page. You can choose from a range of rating images.
    Download WP-PostRatings

  • Post Ratings

    Post Ratings
    Post Ratings

    Post Ratings allows you to set up rating for posts in your blog. You can create your own rating formula and add a widget with the top rated posts in your sidebar. It will display the average post rating, vote count or weighted rating within your posts.
    Download Post Ratings

  • Polldaddy Polls & Ratings

    Polldaddy Polls and Ratings
    Polldaddy Polls and Ratings

    The Polldaddy Polls and Ratings allows you to set up polls and ratings in your WordPress site.  See the picture above to view how polls and ratings appear. You can choose from 20 different styles for your polls, and view all results for your polls as they come in. It also allows you to embed ratings into your posts, pages or comments.You can also add a Top Rated widget in your sidebar to show the top rated posts, pages and comments today, this week and this month.
    Download Polldaddy Polls & Ratings

  • KK Star Ratings

    kk Star Ratings allows you to add rating to post or page. kk Star Ratings has many features like: display ratings on homepage, archives, posts, pages or manually, Google rich snippets to show ratings in google search results, Restrict votings per unique ip, Attach tooltips when mouse is hovered while rating with colors, show top rated posts in your sidebar and more.
    Download kk Star Ratings

  • myreviewplugin.com

    Myreviewplugin.com
    Myreviewplugin.com

    Myreviewplugin allow users to easily add rate products, posts and contribute their own reviews through your comment box. MyReviewPlugin offers 5-star ratings, Letter grades, percentage (out of 100), pass/fail and 10-star ratings are all available with just a click of a mouse. Using this plugin you can easily run a review site. It also offers many other features like: display post based on ratings, Build Beautiful Comparsion Tables, Automatically Include Thumbshots, Show the top rated posts or the most recently rated posts in your sidebar, Embed ratings in to posts and pages, different themes for for easy website development and more.
    Visit myreviewplugin.com

How to Speed Up WordPress by Up to 72.5%

Do you know that the secret to a faster WordPress site is not actually a secret at all. This is because there are a lot of false rumors spreading online on how to make WordPress load faster but the truth is, it is misleading which makes it hard for some owners to identify solutions that really work.   The key here is to look at the core of your site first. The core of your site is your hosting, the theme, and the plugins you install. The speed and performance of your site is determined at your page’s origin, not where the page where it is viewed.

Read this post on how you can speed up your WordPress blog or website by 72.5%: http://www.copyblogger.com/make-wordpress-faster/

How to Create a WordPress Plugin

WordPress will be a difficult blogging platform if not for the plugins that alter the look and feel of your website. Almost any tweak can be done using a WordPress plugin from a simple tweak to an overall makeover. Plugins can change how your WordPress blog works.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create your very first WordPress plugin. We’ll start with how to structure your plugins, providing a naming convention for it, cleaning up the code, and documenting and using proper coding standards. We’ll also test and prepare your plugins before we’ll be able to use it.

Read the rest of the tutorial here: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2011/09/30/how-to-create-a-wordpress-plugin/

WordPress Email Newsletter Leaves MailChimp Trembling in Fear

MaiChimp has always been my favorite email plugin but this new plugin may change the way I look at Mailchimp. This is a professional email newsletter with pretty much everything that you require.

  • Easy set up and configuration
  • Fully customizable templates
  • Template builder
  • Group management
  • improved SMTP
  • shortcodes
  • widget interface and behavior
  • support and usage docs

The plugin comes with a lot of pre-built configurable templates for you to send to your customers. WPMU Dev is a great, configurable plugin that does everything MailChimp does and more. Try it out and see for yourself.

Read the rest of the information here: http://wpmu.org/brilliant-wordpress-email-newsletter-plugin/

How to Theme MarketPress

If you already have MarketPress, then you are benefited from the best way to setup your own store in the fastest and easiest way possible. You can be selling in no time; moreover, it fits seamlessly to any WordPress theme.

But if you want a better theme for MarketPress, do you know that you can theme it? Poke around with the basic themes or create a completely new theme out of it.

 

In this blog, we’ll show you how to theme MarketPress as easy as you theme your WordPress site.

Make your store unique, follow this tutorial: http://wpmu.org/the-easy-guide-to-theming-marketpress/