I’ve been using WordPress on a daily basis for a few months. Love it! I wanted to quickly share with you a few tricks I think you should know. I will update the list on a regular basis.
Is this site using WordPress or another platform?
Simply add a Chrome extension called Wappalyzer to your browser https://wappalyzer.com/download It will instantly tell you the details of the tech stack used by the website you’re visiting.
What WordPress Theme is That?
Want to know which WordPress theme is used by a website, simply type the URL on http://whatwpthemeisthat.com/
How to fix “error 404 page not found”?
I wrote a detailed article explaining how to fix this issue. You can read it here.
Want to instantly accelerate the speed of your website?
I advise you to use a CDN (content delivery network). I selected Max CDN, easy plug&play setup even for a non-coder like me. Great support via live chat in the implementation phase. Basically it will serve your assets (scripts, css, images) via their network. It will cache the assets after their first visit. It increases the speed by at least 50% in a few hours. You can discover the service and sign up on maxcdn.com. Plans start at $9 per month (for 100GB bandwidth / 2 websites).
MaxCDN can be configured via the popular W3 Total Cache plugin but, quite paradoxically, it can slow down your server. I experienced unexpected issues and asked the guys at MaxCDN for an alternative. They immediately gave me a solution: if you just want to enjoy the benefits of a CDN, use the lightweight plugin you’ll find on GitHub called CDN Linker (free). Here is the direct link to download it.
Want to offer the best social sharing UX to your visitors?
I’m using on a few installations the Monarch plugin from Elegant Themes (part of an annual plan at $89). It enables you to configure in a few minutes a variety of options, like fly in, below / above content, pop up, sidebar, etc. It comes with detailed analytics on a per post / page basis + a great looking summary dashboard. Each sharing UI option offers extensive configuration options (time delay, inactivity, end of scroll, position,…). Definitely a must-have in your toolbox.
On some websites, I’m using another option, GetSocial. It doesn’t offer fly-in & pop up modal but their sidebar and in-content buttons are gorgeous.
Want to display Google Analytics on your dashboard?
The best choice is probably Google Analytics dashboard for WP. Easy to set up & loads fast. It will display realtime, today’s, yesterday’s and other periods stats straight in your WP dashboard. Also displays a Google Analytics graph on a per post / page basis, straight from the posts / pages list.
On one of my websites, there was an unexplained conflict between this plugin and another one, which I couldn’t identify, so I installed another option, Analytify. The stats it displays are more detailed by default. Also shows stats on a per post / page basis, in the edit view of the post / page.
Want to pay freelance writers on a per post basis?
Here’s an amazing plugin: Post Pay Counter. A true work of art! You can set payment terms based on publications, number of words, traffic (the plugin can retrieve unique views stats from Google Analytics), Facebook social shares/likes/comments, etc. You can pay writers via Paypal straight from the plugin + share detailed stats with your writers in real time. It comes with role management to choose what to display to specific collaborators. The developer, Stefano, is a very nice guy, always at your disposal if you encounter any configuration issue. Highly recommended!
Want to add a conversion pixel from Facebook or Google Adwords to Woo Commerce?
Want to offer browser notifications to your readers?
Try OneSignal Push plugin. It also offers notifications for native apps. It will send a browser notification to Chrome users subscribed to the service when a new article is published. You can also manually send push notifications to your user base at any time. An interesting add-on to your mailing list strategy.
More tips & tricks coming soon.