How to use Growmatik to run cross-channel marketing automation for WooCommerce

The secret to effective marketing automation lies in the customer journey, not in individual channels. Simply put, a journey involves at least two touch points across various channels. The main drawbacks of single-channel solutions is that they only cover one touchpoint and tend not to be integrated with other solutions. This results in contradictory, ineffective personalizations, like receiving a remarketing ad for a product even after you’ve already bought it! To avoid this kind of slip-up, marketers must take a cross-channel approach to marketing automation that courts customers in a systematic effort across various touchpoints.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to develop complete cross-channel marketing automations for WooCommerce using Growmatik.

The case for cross-channel marketing automation

If you’re looking to improve your automations, consider the following changes: go from single-channel to multi-channel, from fragmented to harmonized and from one-time-only to consistent. These shifts in approach make all the difference for your customers. It helps them feel seen and catered to in a highly competitive market saturated with generic marketing materials. What does each of these changes achieve?

Multi-channel

Working across multiple channels lets you collect information about your customer from a variety of sources, helping you to develop a greater understanding of their wants, needs and habits. This means being able to provide them with relevant content, like personalized marketing emails connected to their browsing history on your website.

Harmonized

Using a single, unified automation tool means being able to design and execute materials across channels as diverse as website, emails, SMS and more, so that customers are consistently marketed to at every step of their journey. Targeting a cart abandoner? A harmonized solution lets you send a follow-up email, craft a personalized homepage, provide exclusive discounts and more to convince them to carry out that purchase.

Consistent

Your relationship with any customer will change over time, and your strategy has to develop as well. Advanced triggering criteria will help you support your customer every step of the way, whether your focus is acquisition or retention. Got a new visitor? Offer him a “subscribe” pop up with a freebie, then a welcome email, an exclusive discount and, a few days later, a follow-up email to keep him engaged.

Now let’s dive into the 3 key steps behind cross-channel marketing for WooCommerce!

1- Cross channel data collection

Marketing is all about being relevant, not simply grabbing attention. To make a sales pitch with true relevancy, our focus has to shift from the product to the customer. What are their needs, habits, problems and concerns, and how can we conduct marketing campaigns that address them directly?

But few customers directly communicate their needs to the brands the shop with. Instead, you’ve got to collect that information at every touchpoint of interaction between your brand and your customers. Every time a customer navigates to your landing page, browses through your blog or interacts with emails or pop ups, they tell you more about what kind of customer they are. Their shopping history, how they respond to emails and what kind of offers they respond to will inform you even better about their needs and habits.

To achieve true personalization, our job as marketers is to gather the clues our customers leave at every point of interaction, analyze them and use them to design truly relevant marketing campaigns.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the kind of information you should look for to power your marketing campaigns:

 

Referral details Website activity Email activity Shopping activity
– Referring location

– Referring source website or campaign

– Visiting time of the day
– Top weekday activity

– Device and browser used

 

 

– Landing exit pages

– First and last visit dates

– Total number of visits

– Total number of viewed pages

– Visited pages

– Average time spent per visit

– Total time spent on website

– Total number of campaigns sent

– Date of last opened and clicked emails

– Number of opened, unopened, clicked and unclicked campaigns

– Last opened and clicked on email

– Average days before converting (subscribing, first purchase)

– Purchase frequency

– Product category

– Top purchased item

– Abandoned cart

– Total number of orders, purchased items and order value

– Number of coupons used

– First and last order dates

We can gather this information from different channels. Unfortunately, using different marketing tools or plugins for each touchpoint will make it difficult to compile all of this disparate data and turn it into actionable conclusions. Instead, it’s best to opt for one cross-channel solution that will allow you to collect each piece of the puzzle and analyze the data as a whole. The most effective options will also have the capability to craft behavioral segments and personalized automations for each segment, as well as monitor how well the automations perform.

Growmatik is one of the best cross-channel softwares to help you collect and use information about your customers. Growmatik creates user profiles for each new visitor to your website and builds these profiles over time based on user behavior at touchpoints from emails to popups. From the People section, you’ll be able to work with 50+ behavioral filters to help you craft effective segments, no matter how simple or complex.

2- Craft the right customer segmentation

Once we’ve collected enough data, the next step is dividing our customer base into groups depending on their characteristics or behavior. You’ll want to focus on segmentation as it directly relates to customer value. Some strategies for segmentation include defining your ideal customer and deciding if order size or number of orders is more important. You can also choose to target a specific country or region and decide how often you want your customers to visit your site.

One key way that a lot of e-commerce businesses measure customer value is via RFM values (recency, frequency and monetary). Growmatik allows you to segment your customers based on RFM values via filters in the People section. This in turn makes it possible for you to craft custom campaigns, such as VIP exclusive offers, that will boost customer activity even more:

If certain customers do not meet your RFM expectations, you can target them using relative time selectors (like ‘not on’ and ‘more than’) and serve them a reactivation campaign to boost their engagement.

Two key—and often neglected—elements you can use when creating segments. The first involves leading/lagging segmentation and the second has to do with the quality of segments. Fortunately, cross-channel marketing automation covers both leading and lagging segmentation, allowing you to provide holistic support at any point in the customer journey. Let’s quickly define these two categories of segmentation:

●     Lagging segmentation involves any activity in the past. With lagging segmentation you analyze customer behavior over their lifetime by looking at metrics like shopping history, on-site activity, or options like last visit date, last purchase date & count, number of campaigns sent. You can then design and execute specific campaigns with these in mind.

●     Leading segmentation involves any present or future activity. With leading segmentation, you can customize user experience from the very first interaction, such as a new visitor navigating to your site. Key metrics in this form of segmentation include referring location & timezone, referring website source, referring device, first landing page and similar details.

Any marketing automation tool you choose should be able to cover both bases. Growmatik’s automation dashboard lets you create personalized automations for any step in the customer’s journey. One way to greet brand new visitors, for example, is to include their location in the hero section, or add a welcome message based on their local time zone.

3- Build raft cross-channel automations

For anyone practicing WooCommerce marketing automation at scale, this is one of the most difficult parts of the process—and perhaps the most important. Before you move on to this step, it is vital that you have researched your website funnels, created a comprehensive profile for your ideal customer, and defined your key customer segments. Once you have, you can craft customized campaigns to target each segment, depending on their status, need and preferences. Your best friend in this process will be a comprehensive cross-channel software capable of organizing, serving and monitoring a variety of automations from a single dashboard. A software like Growmatik!

Next, let’s dive into how to create cross-channel automations in Growmatik! No time to waste!

Automation Step 1- Set your segments

From Gowmatik’s People section, craft your segments by defining a variety of personal or behavioral attributes or by creating groups of attributes. You’ll have over 50 filters in six different categories to experiment with. The six categories include: personal details, referral details, site activity, email activity, shopping activity and custom attributes.

To get started, select a user type and add or modify your filters, using as many filters as you wish. Each filter comes with a custom set of options to further refine your segmentation.

 

Growmatik also offers a number of pre-made custom segments via the sidebar. These include common segmentation options such as new leads or VIP customers to help you save time. Be sure to check the filters and ensure they line up with your marketing strategy. Once you’ve started experimenting with the filtering options for your segments, you’ll be able to monitor the results via the user table, which will provide you with information such as user name, country, last visit and more.

Automation step 2- Target each segment with custom-made automations

Each segment’s specifications will help you decide which personalizations and channels to use to target them. Growmatik automations all use the familiar “IF … THEN” structure, and each comes with the following:

Defining Condition(s)

This defines the subject of your automation. Generally this involves a group of people with one or more of the attributes in Table 1.

Defining Action(s)

Once the set condition is met, an action is triggered. Potential actions include:

      • Showing a popup,
      • Personalizing a webpage
      • Sending an email

…and more!

To make more complicated automations, simply define a chain of conditions and actions. This could involve targeting users living in a specific country or searching for a specific product, or users who have opened a certain number of emails over their lifetime.

The simplest option is to assign any automation to a segment by selecting the Automate Section option on the People page in Growmatik. You can execute these automations at any touchpoint simply by selecting the relevant action(s), such as email, webpage, popups and more:

The capacity to create multi-step automations is a vital feature of any holistic cross-channel marketing automation platform.

Automation step 3 – Craft customized content for marketing campaigns

Targets are locked, guns are drawn…but where’s your ammo? The next step in the process is creating the content that makes up your personalized campaigns. But remember, it pays to be picky about this content! You’ll need custom-made materials rather than generic content to snag new customers.

Personalize visual content as needed

Each automation tool will offer different options for personalization. Growmatik comes complete with a special visual interface for web page personalization. This tool will help you edit your page content from the frontend, no coding necessary! This intuitive interface allows you to drag and drop new elements such as buttons, product and blog lists, text, image and video from the elements library.

Once you choose “page personalize” as your action, you’ll need to select a page to personalize. You’ll then be taken to the personalizer environment where you can make the changes you need.

Try dynamic keywords

With Growmatik, you can create custom emails, landing pages and personalized popups for WordPress. To achieve this, the software offers a variety of dynamic keywords to help you personalize your textual content across each channel. Here are the categories of keyword to choose from:

      • General info keywords such as date, daytime, weekday, month
      • Referral details keywords such as UTM parameters in the URL
      • Personal info keywords such as name, city, country
      • Behavioral info keywords such as user’s time spent on the website, number of viewed pages, number of clicked and opened emails
      • Shopping info keywords such as first and last purchase dates, number of purchases and orders, total order value

Add custom product or blog lists to your emails and web pages

Using your customer’s shopping or browsing history, you can add personalized product or blog lists to your marketing materials. In Growmatik, this could mean lists containing any of the following: related products, product categories, abandoned items, related upsells, related cross-sells, related discounted items.

With your user’s reading history, you can do the same by providing suggested blog posts or blog lists via web pages or emails.

Use your popups and emails to serve exclusive offers

The goal of personalized marketing materials is to make your user feel seen and appreciated. To trigger this positive bias, offer exclusive deals to your customers at key moments and touchpoints. For new subscribers, for example, you can send an exclusive coupon for their first purchase a few days after they’ve subscribed.

Growmatik is the perfect tool to craft functional coupons to embed in pop ups and emails. Define the coupon settings and the software will generate a functional code to be served to the user in the page frontend.

Wrapping Up…

In this article, we’ve covered all the bases of cross-channel marketing automation: the theory behind it, the advantages it presents over single-channel automation and how to use it to boost efficiency, customer engagement and overall growth. We also went over the 3 key steps in any effective automation strategy: collecting user data, crafting user segments and developing custom automations.

Although setting up basic marketing automations doesn’t need to eat up all of your time, it may be necessary to invest time and resources to get actionable observations about user behavior. Once you’ve built your automation foundation, however, each new iteration will be more and more streamlined and much faster. As you develop your system, you’ll come to understand what’s missing, what touchpoints are most important and how to leverage personalization to engage customers and convert leads. Most important of all, you should recognize that marketing automation is ultimately a long term strategy and requires continuity, patience and dedication to reach its full potential.

 

4 Ways to Download WordPress Media Library

There are many scenarios in which downloading all WordPress media files become required.

It could be when you create a brand new website and you want to keep those valuable files in place. Or you simply want to create a backup for media files during WordPress migration. You can also regularly export a full media library archive in case you’re about to install a new plugin or update WordPress core and you don’t want strange conflicts.

What to look for when downloading WordPress media?

Download WordPress media library helps keep your media files safe when testing new updates or staging new developments.

While it is possible to go through each image, download it one by one, and then sort them out, that manual work is not enjoyable at all. It is even very time-consuming when you have thousands of media files. You would want something fast, simple, and neat.

This article is going to show you 4 straightforward ways to download the entire library of your WordPress media files.

With a few clicks and a full copy of your WordPress media library will be ready in your computer or cloud storage services with minimum effort.

Now let’s hop on the first tactic.

1. FileBird media folders

FileBird is a media library organizer plugin that has frequent new features from time to time. And Download media folder is one of them!

FileBird media folders for WordPress

This plugin is super useful for media-heavy websites like cuisine blogs, fashion showcases, and photographers/designers portfolios.

FileBird comes with a user-friendly interface that allows you to drag and drop to organize all media files. After you categorize them the way you want, you can easily use the right-click to access its smart context menu.

From the menu dropdown, click Download to download the entire selected folder.

Export or download a WP media folder easily

This action will save your media folder in a ZIP file, keeping the same folder structure of the main folders and nested folders. With this method, you can scientifically keep the media data backup in the organized order — thus very easy to check back and sort them out.

Pros:

The exported ZIP file contains only the original files. By excluding the WordPress auto-generated image sizes, you will have neat and clear media folders to save in hard disk or cloud services.

Cons:

This is a paid option, meaning you will have to pay for the FileBird Premium version to get this feature enabled.

Learn more about Compare FileBird Free and Pro.

Now let’s head over to the free download/export options.

2. Filester File Manager Pro plugin

Filester is actually a handy yet versatile file manager for all of your WordPress server files. The free version already offers all the professional features you need to manage WP configuration.

In this section, I’m going to show you only a tiny built-in feature to help you see how it works in exporting WordPress media library.

To start off, you need to go to your WordPress admin dashboard and install Filester – File Manager Pro.

This can be done easily by running a search of FilesterActivate the plugin.

Filester file manager pro for WordPress

 

After activated, Filester plugin creates a new menu item File Manager on the left sidebar. And you can click on it to view all the files that compose your current WordPress website.

Filester file manager pro user interface

This user-friendly interface allows you to browse files and folders at ease like on your computer. I would expect it’ll be extremely simple for you to find the folder for all WordPress media files. By clicking on the folder wp-content > uploads, you’ll locate all your media files arranged in folders by year and month.

By now you can just right-click the folder you want to download and choose Download to get them automatically downloaded to your computer in a ZIP file.

download wordpress media library using filester

Quick note:

In case you have many other addons and page builders installed in your WordPress, you’ll see their own folders nested under wp-content/uploads/, too.

For instance: elementor folder & css folder in the screenshot below.

filester file manager folders

You can just ignore them and only choose the folder you want to keep an extra copy.

Pros:

This download process right from WordPress file manager is conducted very fast and smoothly.

It maps the whole year- and month-based folder structure so that you can import to the new site correctly.

Cons:

If you haven’t set up user role permissions in File Manager, other users might interfere in your settings.

That said, for those who are more of a techie, refer to the second method below.

3. Use FTP Client

Your next option is to use the FTP (file transfer protocol), which requires you to download an FTP client and install it to your computer. FTP is basically a method of transferring files between a client (your computer) and a server (your WordPress website).

FTP is, of course, an excellent solution for WordPress management.

Caution: However, if you’re just taking the first steps in creating a blog on WordPress, it’ll be quite frustrating with this file transfer software’s user interface. When you accidentally move or make changes to a file or folder, it can easily break your website.

Now that when you feel confident to run FTP client, connect to Site Manager and navigate to your WordPress contents via the path /public-html/wp-content/uploads/.

Every time you upload images and videos to WordPress media library, they will be stored in year- and month-based folders. This system follows a chronological order which means the files uploaded in the year 2020 will be stored in the folder 2020, and so on and so forth for the subfolder of months.

You can do almost the same as the operations of Filester, let’s find the folder you want to keep and right-click to download them.

download-wordpress-media-library-using-ftp

Pros:

You don’t have to install a new plugin just for the export.

Cons:

Can be hard for WordPress starters.

4. Use Export Media Library Plugin

If you have an excellent collection to be backed up on your system or simply because you need the media files for immediate distribution, using a dedicated plugin for this task is very much recommended. With this WordPress media library export plugin, you can utilize it as a one-off and then uninstall it once all media files are safely stored.

This is an easier way to download the entire media library for non-techies, like me. Just download the free Export Media Library plugin and you’ll be able to download a zip file of your entire library!

Upon activation, you can find the Export settings right under Media menu. Simply choose the folder structure (a single folder for all files OR nested folders) and compression mode for all media.

export media library

Pros:

Simple and easy to use.

Cons:

You have to install a new plugin with the sole purpose of downloading the WP media library.

Note that, depending upon your media library capacity, downloading media uploads could take too long and lead to a timeout. You may need to discuss how to best utilize this plugin with your hosting provider.

WordPress media library seems unresponsive? Check out to learn how to fix WordPress media library not loading.

Conclusion on downloading WordPress media library

Once you have correctly downloaded your WordPress media library, you will have a full backup of WP documents and media files. Bear in mind that WordPress generates many different sizes of one image, so the media library you get has more files than original files.

Therefore, using FileBird folder download (premium feature) comes in handy when you need to sort out all pictures and videos for your next projects later on.

If you would love to organize your WordPress media files better with folders, just install FileBird for free.

Did I mention that Filester has many other powerful features? Something you can do with the help of Filester includes drag and drop to move files, right-click to smart context menu, restrict access for user type, advanced settings for different user roles, etc.

 

 

 

The Best Places to Find WordPress Help & WooCommerce Support

The no-nonsense guide to the best places to ask for WordPress help & support.

1. WordPress Support Forums

WordPress support forums

As a WordPress beginner, this is the first and foremost place to get started.

How it works

By searching the forums, you will find a plethora of WordPress topics involved with WordPress theme and plugin issues and improvements. As the saying goes, nothing’s new under the sun, your problem might have been actually asked by someone else before.

For instance, when encountering the problem “Reusable blocks disappeared”, you can do a quick search. From the result pages, you can find many support forum threads and developer documentation that addressed your issue. Many of them are solved, meaning you can fix it yourself by following the replies.

By exploring Trac – The Bug Tracker, you can observe and track bugs, tasks, issues, incidents or any other kind of conflicts.

Got a bug? Anyone can log in to WordPress and open a ticket.

For example, this ticket raises the problem of Reusable blocks disappeared. When following the reports top down, you will find other users’ replies and how they solve their issues. In this case, the Gutenberg block issue is caused by an outdated plugin, and the guy has replaced it with a better plugin that provides equally the same features.

A WordPress Trac ticket solved

2. Kinsta Blog – WordPress Tutorials and Resources

Kinsta helps you learn WordPress

It’s not exaggerating to say that the Kinsta blog is the most comprehensive WordPress guideline gatherings that you will find nowhere else. Each article makes a super content-rich and insightful guidebook.

How it works

A typical article in Kinsta’s resources and WordPress tutorials can provide a quick fix for your current conflict, dive into a deeper root cause to prevent future wrongs from occurring, and expand the scope of the title to an advanced whole new level. They definitely make you learn a lot. The question is, are you willing to learn?

A Kinsta listicle often comes with a profound conclusion that can help you make your decision on which plugin to choose. Pick an article written by Brian Jackson and see it for yourself.

On the other hand, the Kinsta blog and articles are available in German, French, Swedish, Spanish, Japanese and more.

3. WordPress Development on Stack Exchange

WordPress development support forum

If you are a coder, this WordPress stack would be the most valuable treasure for WordPress learning and web development. Every issue can find a straightforward troubleshooting solution.

Compared to Kinsta articles, StackExchange’s WordPress development space is a greater place to find a solution for your problem. Sometimes, however, you can catch some lines of code to easily fix the bug, yet you don’t understand what lies beneath the trouble.

Since it is not a beginner-friendly place, many pre-mature and superficial questions can be easily ignored.

How it works

On this network, questions about WordPress can be freely asked, answered, and voted.

In the forum search bar, simply search for the keyword you are looking for a solution. It can be your theme name, plugin developers, or the error notice on your screen. The search results are smart enough. Moreover, you can filter the results based on relevance, newest, or highest votes.

The best part about StackExchange is its transparency and reliability. Each user has to give practical answers that work. Their reputation is earned, never to be granted.

In order to find a trusted guy or service providers, you can just check out their profile, history, social accounts, and contributions. You then can reach out to them and establish a connection.

4. Making WordPress on Slack

WordPress Slack forum channel

Generally, WordPress on Slack does not provide technical support for theme and plugin related issues. Rather, it sheds light on recent news and activities of the whole WordPress open source performance in real-time.

For instance, you have just upgraded your website to the latest WordPress version and encountered a problem. Were it a newly known bug caused by the WP update itself, you would easily find reports and messages that address the problem. And most often, they already come up with a solution for you to resolve it by yourself.

How it works

You can join Making WordPress on Slack by logging in to WordPress.org here. You will be redirected to the space wordpress.slack.com – where topics are categorized into channels starting with a hashtag. These channels are good to join and catch up on what’s happening at the moment: #announcements, #core, #community-events, #design,  and so on.

For any newcomers, the weekly support meeting is where support contributors from far and wide gather to look at the week that’s been, and the week ahead. The hosts and participants identify recurring issues (if any), and help each other out in general.

For WordPress web developers, some Slack major channels like #marketing, #pluginreview, and #polyglots are worth following. That’s where you can easily get involved and also find answers to your questions in the matter of minutes.

5. iThemes Tutorials

ithemes wordpress help center

 

Although the technical methods are not always easy to explain, you still find iThemes tutorials so simplified that you can quickly do the hands-on things yourself.

The iThemes Family has been growing to become an all-in-one place for WordPress website runners. It now offers great themes, reliable WordPress hosting, security & management extensions, plugin suite, training resources and even an agency bundle.

How it works

Literally, the iThemes articles help you learn a lot, also from the implementations of their large community of WordPress plugin users and the member panel. Everyone is eager to help one another and the value of the members’ area is way beyond the price.

Some notable WordPress themes and plugins from iThemes that are worth checking out:

  • iThemes Security: used by 1+ million WordPress websites
  • Kadence WP theme: a popular theme trusted by over 50,000 users
  • Kadence Blocks: a powerful block editor to build WordPress pages
  • BackupBuddy: automated WordPress backup plugin

6. WP-Ninjas

Join WP-Ninjas WordPress membership

This resource is extremely helpful for German speakers and Germany based businesses. Run by Jonas, a passionate WordPress guy, it offers plenty of blog articles, tutorial videos, podcasts, and an active community for non-techies and especially solopreneurs.

With 67 EUR per month, you will become a WP Ninjas Dojo member and get access to his exclusive WordPress help and German tailored support.

Check out feedback from his subscribers:

Jonas helps quickly, clearly and comprehensibly with a wide variety of questions. I had already tried other WordPress supports in the past, but mostly I had to wait days for help or an answer. So I can absolutely recommend Jonas. Since I’ve been a member, working with WP has been more fun because it calms you down a bit when you know that you can get help quickly if you have a problem.

How it works

It is one of the biggest German WordPress blogs. His goal is to help solopreneurs use, optimize and maintain their WP websites by themselves.

In addition to easy to follow tutorials on the blog, the main way to help is the membership “WP Ninjas Dojo” for solopreneurs. In the membership is the following included: Individual WordPress support to questions in an exclusive forum, monthly webinars and co-workings and much more.

Conclusion

When it comes to WordPress help and support, there is no one-size-fits-all sort of forum.

To ask for recommendations such as which plugins or themes to choose from, a Facebook group can be a great help.

To fix an existing problem, try out the WordPress Support Forums in your language or WordPress Stack Exchange (WPSE).

By going through all the spaces we introduce, may you find a place like home, where you can reach out for your WordPress related questions and get the replies as soon as possible.

 

6 Best WordPress Telegram Plugins

Telegram is an ever-expanding messaging platform which provides loads of powerful features in its native groups and channels. If you are a WordPress website owner, you absolutely can’t skip these top WordPress Telegram plugins.

Those add-ons are surely adding tons of value to your website including content exposure boost as well as subscriber raise. What’s more, while surfing WordPress repo I’ve found out some other features integrated with Telegram which you don’t know they even exist.

Now hop on this roundup article and see how these Telegram plugins for WordPress can be of great help to you!

1. NinjaTeam Chat for Telegram

NinjaTeam WP support chat plugin for Telegram

The Telegram plugin for WordPress developed by Ninja Team helps you add a floating chat widget to your WordPress website. This widget appears as a button staying at the right or left corner of the web pages.

When your visitors click on this button, it’ll expand into a beacon window from where they can choose a member from your support team or sales reps to start a conversation.

Telegram widget WordPress plugin frontend interface

You will have various options to streamline the widget preferences so that it fits well with your business or monetization purposes.

  • Telegram widget with custom color, image, button shape, pre-filled messages with dynamic shortcodes
  • Display available time works well on all cache plugins
  • Button shortcode to embed in any pages or posts
  • Order on Telegram button on WooCommerce product pages

Enable Telegram button on WooCommerce pages

Who gets immense help from this Telegram plugin?

  • Community building advocates
  • Crypto Telegram groups and channels
  • Trading communities

2. WP Telegram (Auto Post and Notifications)

WP Telegram is an excellent plugin for big websites with rich resources. This plugin provides an automated flow to send private notifications to groups and posts to Telegram channel. Auto-posting to Telegram supports both channels and groups while auto-sending message supports groups and personal users.

wordpress telegram bot

This plugin provides clear instructions on how to create a new bot, add the bot to a particular group and send a test message. After doing this setup properly, you can go ahead and set rules for what and when to send content to this group.

Moreover, the proxy of WP Telegram is a hot trick for those hosts who were banned on Telegram.

Features:

  • Send posts automatically to Telegram when published or updated
  • Send featured image along with the text/excerpt
  • Add inline button and delayed posts
  • Easy conditional settings
  • Support all WooCommerce and ACF text fields

3. Replain

replain - messenger and telegram

Replain is a fancy solution for early adopters who want to play ahead of their competitors. It not only supports Telegram private messaging but also provide a multi channel button for all kind of queries.

Upon activation, you’ll have to follow their link to generate a Re:plain code. Once run successfully, your new chat widget is enabled.

You’ll see a new click to chat button in the corner of your web page. Any website visitors can send you a Telegram message to ask whatever they have in mind.

Think of a contact form, yet much much much easier and you can collect more information about the senders. When you receive a message from a visitor via Telegram, you’ll get their entered name, email address, phone number. Additionally, you also get other info such as date, location, audience ID, and the web page from which they opt to send the message.

replain bot

Refer to the image above, you’re allowed to send a message back so that the recipient will receive it when they return to your website. And this is how your audience will see your replies.

replain chat box via telegram

Features:

  • Cool and modern UI/UX
  • Fast setup
  • Choose the operator to take care of the customer
  • Response templates available

4. Telegram Bot & Channel

telegram bot plugin

Similar to WP Telegram, this Telegram bot plugin relies on BotFather to create a new bot. Once you’ve created a bot and received your token, head down to the Configuration section to see all options and settings you need to get this bot up and running.

telegram-plugin bot channel configuration

5. Telegram notifications for WooCommerce

telegram notification woocommerce

This is a convenient way to automatically get notified whenever someone makes a purchase from your online store. To use this add-on, your WordPress website must be using WooCommerce.

Below is the demo illustration to show how your WooCommerce notifications look like on your Telegram app screen.

telegram woocommerce message

If you’re a fan of WooCommerce, check out CartBack abandonment cart & Facebook Messenger remarketing.

Features:

  • Immediate notifications
  • Easy to setup
  • Full order details

6. WP Telegram Login & Register

wp telegram login plugin

This a helpful plugin to clear the lengthy process of submitting info via a lengthy multi-step registration form.

With a few configuration steps, you can link your domain to your Telegram bot. Please check out this guide on how to create a Telegram bot for your business if you haven’t already.

Once successfully updated your domain. You can display the Log in with Telegram button anywhere in your website. Using shortcode, you can embed it in page/post. Or you can also drag the Telegram widget to the Footer section and it’ll display nicely with an optional title.

log in with telegram button

This is a great way to save time for all users who want to be subscriber or contributor to your website. Combined with other Telegram plugins by Manzoor Wani, you can set up your own user management system and reach them easily via Telegram groups or broadcast news and updates via Telegram channels.

Sum Up 😘

The above are tried and tested WordPress Telegram plugins that we believe to be the most advantageous to your WordPress website which has a majority of users preferably on Telegram.

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How to add Telegram Chat into your WordPress website

This is a step-by-step guide to show you how to add Telegram Chat into your WordPress website.

You need a plugin to help you do it, it is NinjaTeam Chat for Telegram.

It’s lightweight with cool features.

Upload Telegram Chat plugin

In your WordPress dashboard, go to Menu Plugins > Search for “NinjaTeam Chat for Telegram” > Click “Install Now” > Activate it

Configure Telegram Chat

In this article, we will go through 4 sections:

  1. Add New Account
  2. Floating Widget
  3. WooCommerce Button settings
  4. Analytics

1. Add New Account / All accounts

1. Account Name

The name of a staff/member/support agent, for example, Ashley, Jack, Jill, etc.

2. Telegram Username

3. Title

Their job title, for example, Customer Success Associate, Technical Support Engineer, Sales Associate, etc. This title is displayed in the floating widget.

4. Avatar

Here you can set a profile picture for the account.

5. Custom Availability

This is the working hours of the staff.

6. Description Text When Offline (1)

On business days and before start times, this text is displayed as a countdown timer, for example, “I will be back in 2 hours : 10 mins.”

7. Description Text When Offline (2)

This text is displayed when it’s after working hours of business days and on days off, for example, “I will be back on Mon – Fri, 08:00 am – 07:30 pm.”

8. Shortcode Button Styling

9. All Accounts

Each account has its own shortcode that you can copy and paste anywhere on your site.


2. Floating Widget

1. Select Accounts

2. Design

3. Display Settings

You can customize attributes of the floating widget here, including title, subtitle, colors, and position. This is how it looks on the front end:


3. WooCommerce Button Settings

Here you can set accounts to display on WooCommerce product pages.

Below is how it’s displayed on the front end.


4. Analytics

You can enable Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel tracking here, from the Telegram plugin menu > Settings > Analytics

Done! Enjoy your Telegram in WordPress!

Reach out to our Support Team if you need any help.

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How to troubleshoot WordPress media library not loading

WordPress media library is responsible for storing the site’s multimedia files: images, videos, audio files, and documents. Many a time, you might encounter the issue in which WordPress media library is not loading/showing thumbnails. So you have to follow this 6-step tutorial to fix this error. Otherwise, you can’t upload files, and users may face difficulties when visiting your site.

wordpress media library not loading not showing

We want you to never have to deal with such an error. However, bookmark this post to help you fix this issue if it arises. Here is a complete guide showing you how to troubleshoot WordPress Media Library not loading error step by step. Each step is thoroughly described, so even less-trained users will be able to follow the instructions.

IMPORTANT: In the best-case scenario, plugin incompatibility may generate an error, and fixing the issue takes around five minutes. In the worst-case scenario, the issue is with file permissions, and you’ll have to change the sites’ files. Before taking action, we strongly recommend performing a complete site backup. No matter what you do, a site backup gives you that needed peace of mind when fixing a site.

Now hop on how to fix the issue in which WordPress images are not showing.

1. Check Plugin Incompatibility

Even if you use premium plugins or ones from the WordPress repository, they might not be perfect and could conflict with each other. Some incompatibilities don’t have a visible impact on your site, but some result in major problems, like making it impossible to upload images or videos. Here is what you have to do to find the culprit:

1. Go to your WordPress admin dashboard and click on Plugins. You’ll see a list of plugins. Select all of them and choose Deactivate from the Bulk Action drop-down menu.
plugin check

2. Clear the cache memory if you have installed a caching or performance plugin.

3. Visit the Media Library and check if it works. Even if you see the thumbnails properly, upload a new image to make sure it works.

4. If the Media Library works, then a plugin was causing the issue. Reactivate each plugin one at a time and check the Media Library after each reactivation. If you see the Library’s thumbnails and uploading works fine, then the plugin is okay. Repeat the process until you find the guilty plugin. It’s boring, but it’s the only way to find the culprit.

5. If the problem persists after deactivating all the plugins, then there is no plugin incompatibility. Reactivate them and go to the next potential source of the problems: the theme.

Hints:

  • According to Murphy’s law, the last plugin you re-installed generated the issue. To save time and break this law, we suggest starting with the plugin you most recently installed or updated before the Media Library stopped working. Most likely, that’s the one that generated the issue.
  • Contact the team that developed the plugin responsible for your issue. Explain the problem and work with them to update the plugin. It won’t help your site get more visitors, but it’s always nice to help the WordPress community.

2. Check Theme Incompatibility

Install and activate a new theme – let’s say a default one, such as Twenty-Twenty. Check the Media Library, and if it works, then the problem is your theme. In this instance, contact the theme developer and describe your issue.

There is a good plugin called Health Check to help you troubleshoot plugin- or theme-related issues. It allows you to toggle your plugins on/off and switch between themes.

Good news: Using Health Check plugin won’t affect normal visitors to your site.

3. Update WordPress Core

You have to update the WordPress core from time to time. While the team behind WordPress works hard to make it faster, more secure, and more versatile, errors do happen. Don’t worry, many of these errors are fixed so fast that you won’t even notice them. Still, your version of WordPress may produce such an error, and there is a slight chance that the WordPress core is guilty of the Media Library malfunction.

The deficient WordPress update is the most probable cause of the Media Library not loading issue. A poor internet connection or a server misconfiguration may result in an incomplete update of your site’s WordPress core. All you have to do is to make sure that the update works fine. Head to your WordPress admin dashboard, click on Home > Update > Re-install now to re-install the WordPress core.

update wordpress core
4. File Permissions

The next suspect could be invalid file permission if there is no problem with your plugins, theme, or WordPress core. Here is what you have to do:
1. Open your FTP client of choice (Filezilla, Cyberduck, FreeFTP) and connect to your site host.
2. Access your site’s files and go to the wp-content/ folder. Identify the upload/ folder.

file manager file permission

3. Select File Permissions and change them to 755, unless there is a different numeric value. Check the Recurse into subdirectories box and choose Apply to directories only.

file permission for wordpress media library

4. Pay Attention! Go back to the upload/ folder and select File Permissions once again. This time, change the numeric value to 644, check the Recurse into subdirectories box, and choose Apply to files only.

file permission fix wp media library

5. Go to the Media Library and check if it works. If it still doesn’t work, apply this algorithm again but choose 777 instead of 755. Verify the Media Library, but bear in mind that 777 presents a serious security issue for your site.

In theory, you have done everything possible to fix this problem. Contact your hosting provider if the problem persists; it might be a server malfunction or an issue out of your control.

Types of File Permissions

You can change file permissions without having a clear idea of what they are. However, it helps if you have a basic understanding of file permissions.

File permissions determine what actions a user can perform on a file: read, write, or execute. Consider the following rules:

  • Read (4): Allowed to read files
  • Write (2): Allowed to write or modify files
  • Execute (1): Read, write, delete, modify, or direct files

file permission explanation

Each digit of the numeric values from above has a particular meaning. The first digit says what actions a user can perform (read, write, or execute), the second says what a group can perform, and the last says what a site visitor can perform. You calculate the value of each digit of a permission’s numeric value by adding the value for each type of action.

For example, 755 means that the users read, write, and execute (4 + 2 + 1 = 7), the group members can read and execute (4 + 1 = 5), and the site visitors can read and execute (4 + 1 = 5). Check out this resource for more information about file permissions.

5. Image Hotlinking

Hotlinking refers to instances when a website links to images hosted on an external hosting platform. The fair method is to link to the image, credit the artist, and store the image on your site’s server—that is, of course, if the image owner allows it.

While copyright infringement is beyond the scope of this article, image hotlinking is a way to poorly display images and reduce the site’s performance. The site using hotlinked images doesn’t consume its own bandwidth; instead, it uses the original host’s bandwidth. Fortunately, most hosting providers offer hotlinking protection. Many security plugins also package this feature.
However, there are cases where webmasters prefer hotlinking—for instance, people who run multiple sites. No matter the reason, they use a single site to store images.

The hotlinked images won’t work if you don’t set up the proper configuration from cPanel (or a similar account) or the .htaccess file. Check out these steps to disable hotlinking while whitelisting particular websites.

Disable Image Hotlinking from cPanel

Go to cPanel (or a similar account) and search for Hotlinking Protection in the Security area. It depends on your site’s host, but Hotlinking Protection usually falls under the Security area.

disable image hotlinking in cPanel

Click on it to enable hotlink protection. You also list the URLs you want to allow access. You can also block access to particular types of file extensions. Include here the image extensions used on your website, such as .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp,.gif, and .png.

image hotlinking protection

IMPORTANT: Pay attention when you create your list of URLs with access to your site. Include the www, non-www, http, and https versions to avoid any potential errors.

Disable Image Hotlinking from .htaccess

Access your site’s files using an FTP client or through the File Manager on cPanel. Go to the site’s root directory and look for the .htaccess file.

htaccess file hotlinking

IMPORTANT: The files starting with a dot are hidden by default. Check the FTP client’s or File Manager’s settings and change them to allow you to view the hidden files. That’s why you won’t see .htaccess file directly when you open up the root directory.

Edit the site’s .htaccess file and paste the following snippet of code:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?yourwebsite.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?yourwebsite1.com [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?yourwebsite2.com [NC]
RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ - [F]

Replace “yourwebsite” with the name of your site and “yourwebsite1” and “yourwebsite2” with the name of the sites you will allow to hotlink. Delete the lines of code for “yourwebsite1” and “yourwebsite2,” and you will block the sites from hotlinking your site’s images.

6. Use WordPress Media Library Folders

FileBird – WordPress Media Library Folders was born to help you manage thousands of files in WordPress media library quickly and easily.

This will help you save a ton of time trying to solve WordPress media library not loading issue. The hierarchical view of your folders will help you quickly find specific folders in just a blink of an eye. And FileBird loads one folder at a time, so the risk of media library inability of loading will be reduced.

SEE HOW FILEBIRD TROUBLESHOOTS YOUR WORDPRESS MEDIA LIBRARY NOT LOADING

Once you install the plugin, you will be able to organize thousands of your images and other media files into folders/ categories, drag and drop to upload/move files into folders and drag and drop to rearrange folders.

You have the toolbar on the left which allows you control all of your folders/ files. You can create, rearrange, rename or delete folders.


Right-click your mouse to quickly create, rename or delete folders like what you do on your computer.

Give FileBird a try and WordPress media library not loading issue will not exist anymore.

Over to You

Fixing WordPress errors isn’t the most fun activity, but you should be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Don’t panic if your site’s Medial Library doesn’t work; check this article instead and carefully apply the suggestions.

Have you ever experienced the Media library not loading error? How did you resolve it? Please leave a message in the chatbox below and share your experience!😘

How to start a WordPress Blog In 7 Easy Steps

Blogging has become a widespread hobby amongst individuals from a variety of different disciplines; bakers upload recipes, gardners share images of their beautiful plants and vehicle enthusiasts post detailed recounts of their journey restoring a beloved classic. From there, it has expanded into a booming business for information hotspots, informal websites and review platforms. Even large businesses have come to rely on freelancer blogs to share and rate their products and with a platform as accessible as WordPress, it’s easy to understand why.

Whether you intend to blog for fun or as an attempted business venture, what’s most important is having a reliable, discoverable and user friendly platform on which to showcase your passions. WordPress is accessible to all experience levels, using templates for beginners while allowing more experienced content creators to customise their blog to their personal taste and desires. There are various blogging platforms out there but WordPress is the most popular, making it the ideal place to start! In this article, we’ll walk through 7 easy steps to setting up your own ready to be filled with self-expression.

The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

While both can be effective tools for a blogger, it is important to know which one is useful for your needs. WordPress.com is an online platform, hosted and administered by the independent owners of the domain. It requires less knowledge to use and is a quick start-up, especially if your blog is intended to be casual. Included on the free platform is a variety of themes and templates, basic customisation options and a variety of post formats. Your blog will go live instantly and there’s no searching around for hosts or subscriptions.

WordPress.com platform

WordPress. org is downloadable and acts as local hosting, allowing in depth personalisation of your blog and its components. While a subscription available in a range of prices is required to make full use of local hosting, the investment is worth the money for any entrepreneur. With access to a variety of widgets, premium themes and other bonuses that increase each tiered membership – all without knowledge of using CSS – it is an investment. There are a variety of hosting platforms you can subscribe to if managing your own domain is preferable to using WordPress.com, so make sure you do your homework; it’s far easier to sign up than cancel a subscription not suitable for your needs.

Setting up an account

Either download the WordPress.org client, or head over to WordPress.com to set up an account. It’s as easy as providing your email address and creating a unique password. A quick verification email and you’re ready to begin customising your account… starting with your blog name! You’ll be prompted to choose a domain name and given a number of suggestions, but don’t skimp on time spent choosing a title and URL as these are the first things visitors will see.

They should be short and memorable, consistent across both blog title and URL and contain only recognised words. If possible, having a .com domain is preferable as this is a universally recognised suffix. Trying to find an unused domain can be frustrating, but a number of sites such as Bust-A-Name can help with creating one, while some hosts include availability checkers.

The dashboard

Before you write your first post, spend some time making your blog personal. Open your blog settings and check your payment plan details, other options and what’s included. Higher paid plans have access to more themes, customer support and improved data storage. You should also familiarise yourself with the dashboard, allowing you to manage your blog’s appearance and function with ease.

On the left, an administration menu allows you to peruse the many facets of a blog and interact with the settings, the toolbar gives access to specific mechanics available for each page and the centre display gives an interactive representation of how your setting will affect appearance or list further options within the settings panel. Here you can update contact information, add or remove post monetisation, change your blog URL and compose new posts.

WordPress Dashboard

Final details

Scouring the settings, you may notice the default URL of your blog posts are set to a jumble of letters and numbers. This is the post ID, but it doesn’t look particularly pleasing and can feel unpolished. A simple finishing touch for any WordPress blog is to change the domain name to a Permalink setting, which replaces this coded location with the post title, date of publication or a combination of the two, depending on your preferences, adding professionalism without added cost.

WordPress Permalinks Settings

You can also access the setting for reading and interacting with your posts, altering what your readers see and can post in the comments sections. Default settings allow readers to leave comments, but you can also permit linking to their own or similar blogs or require comment moderation before public post. This can protect your blog from defamation and bot spam, which in turn protects your blog’s image. There are additional privacy settings that prevent the public seeing particular posts or allow access to a post only to trusted readers. In short, it’s worth going through the settings and deciding how you wish to handle public interaction.

Adding plugins

If you’re trying to get started quickly, plugins can wait. They’re not necessary to start a blog, but they certainly can provide assistance running one. Though the hunt for appropriate plugins can become a rabbit-hole experience you awaken from in three hours wondering what happened, so if instant productivity is your objective, they are best left for later.

Adding plugins into WordPress

A plethora of plugins exist to aid both you and your readers. Statistical programs can collect data regarding daily hits and audience retention. Then it portrays this information visually to help you understand what your readers enjoyed the most and how to grow your audience. Others provide easy external links for readers, such as social media sharing quick links, or the ability to embed your other social media handles and inspirational videos on the page for reference. Plugins can also be managerial, such as detecting and deleting spam.

The best part? Most plugins are free to use and don’t require a premium account to add!

Start blogging

On the dashboard, navigate to posts. There’ll be a sample post for reference for layout advice and recommended how content should be presented. It’s easy enough to delete and once it’s gone, you’ll have a clean slate to work with. Simply click “add” in the administrator sidebar. The display section will open to two text boxes; a title box and a larger space for content. Make sure to give your post a heading that accurately represents the topic and get writing!

The toolbar above the content text box allows for text editing, formatting, image insertion and other additions usually found in word processing software. You can even accent your text with hyperlinks to specific websites, others’ blogs that inspired you, social media handles and more. Don’t be shy about making the content as personal as you desire. You can change fonts and add accents to continue adding layers to your blog visuals.

Express your character on the page along with your passion. WordPress’ versatility is designed to let content creators, hobbyists and companies quickly and easily express their vision and purpose with a range of editing options. Finally, you can add a cover image to appear above the post and act as a thumbnail, can appropriately categorize your posts into monthly archives or a topic-based system, and add custom tags. The more tags, the better! All of this helps spread your blog and the information within, all at your fingertips.

Time to go live!

Before you upload that first article, make use of the preview feature to see your post as a reader. You can easily jump back to the editing screen and edit anything you missed – spelling errors, extra formatting, even another image – then a simple click of ‘Post’ and your blog is live! The dashboard stats pages will collate all your hits and page views and present them to you in a dynamic display.

It’s user friendly, additional posts can be added with the same ease. You can use writing settings to add default categories and tags. It allows blogging to be a breeze anytime! WordPress.com personal subscription starts at just $4 a month. You can have free domain for one year, collect payments and unlimited email support. In addition, it has even more bonuses in premium subscriptions. Its free plan for hobby bloggers can be live in minutes. Anyone can share their creations with the world.

Starting a blog from scratch can seem daunting, but WordPress makes it easy! It has exhaustive resources to solve issues, an unparalleled consumer base and built-in monetisation. This makes it one of the most popular blog hosting sites today. With free templates, beautiful visuals and easy access for all technical levels means anyone can share their business – or their passions – with the world.

Have you started yours yet?

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How to Upload and Create a Document Gallery in WordPress

Want to create a good-looking document gallery in WordPress?

A content-rich WordPress website is not only written in words but also showcases plenty of media, documents, and graphics.

When you want to share those contents, you can’t upload them to the WordPress media library. Or when you managed to do it, it looks kind of austere and unfriendly to readers. They might think that is some issue or harmful file and hesitate to click on it.

This article will help you successfully upload those necessary file types. And display them nicely on any WordPress page or post gallery.

1. Upload Additional Document File Types to WordPress

What’s allowed to be uploaded and what’s not?

WordPress by default allows many document file types:

  • .pdf (Portable Document Format)
  • .doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document)
  • .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx (Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation)
  • .odt (OpenDocument Text Document)
  • .xls, .xlsx (Microsoft Excel Document)
  • .psd (Adobe Photoshop Document)

Those are the most widely used file types. But if you need to upload a document file type that is not supported, you can easily get the know-how below.

In my personal experience, I often use these ebook formats including .epub, .mobi, .azw, .djvu, etc. Despite not being common, those file types have been existing for a very long time and actually got many advantages in terms of sharing among platforms and reading user experience on different devices.

Or when designers want to upload their graphic files such as .svg, .cad, .dwg, motion graphic files, etc. And Apple documents such as .numbers, .pages, and so on?

Upload document file types using a WordPress plugin

To allow those file types to be uploaded, you got to install some WordPress pre-built code to implement it, and here I choose File Upload Types. This is a fast and direct solution.

A plugin to allow uploading more file types

Right after activation, you’ll see a list of file formats that are well categorized in different functionality and media types.

A quick tip: You can use Ctrl + F (or Cmd + F) to search for the file type/format you want.

So when I want to get jpeg/jpg file types, I can easily locate them and tick the corresponding checkbox. Then all I have to do is to click Save changes and carry on uploading those files. Yayks!

Categorized File Type list in Upload Plugin

Another good thing about this plugin is it allows you to add custom file types. It’s just as easy as shown in the screenshot above. Just fill those fields including the file description, MIME type, its extension, and then you’re good to go.

We won’t have to refresh or leave the page in order to complete those tasks. But of course, make sure you click Save Settings after making changes.

When you finish uploading all the necessary file types, we move on to the next step of adding those files in a document gallery.

2. Create Document Gallery in WordPress

If you manually add a document to a WordPress page or post, all it shows is the file name which is also linked to that file’s URL. A document file without its thumbnail makes it less appealing and fewer people will click it.

Link to Document in WordPress post

Fortunately, there’s a plugin to help you do that. Document Gallery generates thumbnails for your document files and also provides multiple options to display them in a good-looking format.

Now think about which page/post editor you’re currently using because Gutenberg editor takes some different aspects from the classic editor. Following are the guidelines for these 2 different WordPress page/post editors.

2.1. For Classic Editor

Required plugins: Document Gallery

In order to add a well-aligned gallery of documents in WordPress classic editor, all you need is the plugin Document Gallery by Dan Rossiter. Just download and install it for free from the WordPress repo.

Upon activation, you’ll see a new menu Document Gallery created under Settings menu. That is where you head over to when you need to adjust advanced settings.

In the scope of this tutorial, you don’t need to dive into it too much as this plugin actually allows convenient access right from the WordPress page/post editor.

When editing any page or post, click Add Media > Create Document Gallery > select all necessary document files > Create a New Document Gallery.

Next, you’ll be seeing the setup part for this gallery.

Edit document gallery settings

You would want to care about these settings:

  • Link To: choose Media File if you want the users one-click to download, or Attachment Page if you want to direct users to the file page.
  • Columns: how many columns you want your gallery to display in
  • Use auto-generated document thumbnails

Then you click Update to save all the changes. This is how your 3-column document gallery looks on the front-end.

Document gallery display in WordPress post

2.2. For Gutenberg Editor

Like it or not, Gutenberg is enforced and will likely replace the Classic editor in a few years. The fact that many clients really enjoy using Gutenberg blocks makes sense for us to keep it updated with the right Gutenberg-friendly plugins.

Below is the tutorial on how to use Document gallery for Gutenberg users.

Required plugins: Document Gallery & FileBird

For those who are not familiar with FileBird, it is a WordPress media library organizer that comes with a great Gutenberg image gallery block. Now FileBird v4.3.1 and its later releases also support document gallery block via dg shortcode (Document Gallery plugin supported shortcode).

After activating those two plugins, navigate to your Media library and upload your document files to a folder. If your files were already uploaded, just bulk select and drag n’ drop them to the destination folder.

Here I’ve renamed the folder as Document and place it on the top of the folder tree for easy view.

Document Folder ID in list mode

In List mode, select that Document folder and look into its URL. You’ll see fbv=folder_id. Refer to the screenshot above, fbv=308 meaning the folder ID is 308.

[dg id=-1 fbv=308]

To display this document folder in a page or post using Gutenberg editor, you add this shortcode with the folder ID:

Create a document gallery with shortcode in Gutenberg

This shortcode pulls the document gallery settings and applies them to this FileBird folder to help those contained documents display on the Gutenberg front-end.

Just as simple as that, when published, your new WordPress document gallery looks like this.

WordPress-Document-gallery-on-the-front-end

There are many Gutenberg users who love Document gallery plugin yet they cannot find a way to utilize it. They ask us to improve FileBird to support DG. And this dg shortcode is our little Christmas gift for them. 🎉

Final Thoughts

This article aims to demonstrate all the steps you have to take to upload unallowed file types and create a nice document gallery in WordPress with auto-generated thumbnails.

Should you have a better solution, don’t hesitate to leave your opinion in the comment box or chatbox below.

We hope you can get it done in no time. Can’t wait to see your document gallery published!

How to Organize Your WordPress Media Library with Folders

Files, files and more files. Stuff is messed up!

Are you getting mad at finding and arranging thousands of files of images, videos or documents that you have uploaded to your WordPress?

You have trouble managing them?

One of the biggest clutter attractors is the WordPress Media Library.

You intend to upload multiple media files for every single post and page you create.

Imagine that you are gonna upload about 10 or 20 images per day. If we multiply that by tens or hundreds of posts, the quantity of files in your Media Library is insurmountable!

Frankly, WordPress does not equip enough tools to help deal with all media files. The Media Library is currently doing quite well in files, but if you need to go further than this like finding specific old files, I bet you’ll be in a world of pain.

That’s where FileBird comes in. It brings some much-needed order to your WordPress Media Library by creating an organized structure of highly filterable folders and subfolders.

FileBird – WordPress Media Library Folders is the official tool developed by Ninja Team to help you deal with this difficulty like shooting fish in a barrel. And it was born to help you overcome the obstacle and take your WordPress Media Library folders organization to the next level.

In today’s article, I’ll take you through exactly how to use this plugin to organize your Media Library. Then, I’ll go deeper into all WP Media Folder’s features to let you manage your WordPress site a whole lot easier and less time-consuming.

How to add folders to your WordPress Media Library with FileBird

Here’s exactly how you can add the plugin to your site by using FileBird.

Before getting started, you’ll need to make sure you’ve:

  1. Purchased the plugin from Envato Market
  2. Downloaded the free .zip file of the plugin from WordPress

Once you’ve got that out of the way, you’re ready to start organizing!

Installing and configuring FileBird

All you need to do is search “FileBird” and install the plugin.

Navigating the FileBird Interface

Here’s what your media library should look like now:

media library

The user interface works a lot like the folder system on your computer, so it should feel pretty familiar.

To create your first folder, you can click New Folder button on the top-left corner:

new folder

Once you create a folder, it will show up in the list on the sidebar:

sidebar

To move a file into the folder, you can just use drag and drop just like you would on your computer:

drag and drop

If you want to move multiple files at the same time, you can click the Bulk Select button:

bulk select

Then, you can click on as many items as you want to move and use the same drag-and-drop approach to move them to a new folder:

bulk select

Creating Subfolders

If you want to create a folder inside another folder, you’ll first want to open the folder in which you want to create a child folder. Then, if you click the New Folder button or right click then select New Folder while inside that existing folder, you’ll be able to create a child folder:

sub folder

Filtering and ordering files to find them faster

To help you find new and old files, FileBird adds a number of new filter and sort options.

You can filter files by:

  • Keywords
  • Date
  • Media items (Audio, images, video, etc.)

You can access these options from the All media items drop-down:

search

You can also resize the sizebar by dragging the three-stripe pattern.

resize sidebar

Stand out features of FileBird

FileBird is equipped with a wide range of useful features that I’ll state in the next section, but here are the three main features which really helps FileBird stand out from the crowd:

  • Manage media with folders and subfolders – you can create as many folders and subfolders as you need to stay organized.
  • Order and filter media – you can filter and order your entire Media Library based on multiple helpful criteria.
  • Smart context menu – right click your mouse to quickly create, rename or delete folders like what you do on your computer.

smart context menu

Other helpful features – friendly UI, compatibility and more!

In addition to the outstanding features mentioned above, FileBird also includes these helpful features:

  • Drag-and-drop Interface – Moving files around is as easy as dragging them to where you want them. Plus, you can drop files anywhere to upload.
  • WooCommerce compatibility – FileBird is compatible with WooCommerce and other eCommerce plugins
  • Page Builder compatibility – FileBird is compatible with most popular page builder plugins like Elementor, Beaver or Composer. It also works with Divi and Bakery if you upgrade to the premium version.
  • 2 media views – You can view your Media Library in two ways, namely a list or thumbnails.
  • Multiple languages support – FileBird supports most popular languages like Spanish, French, Italian, Vietnamese, etc.

Final thoughts and Pricing

FileBird – WordPress Media Library Folders is all about saving your time through better files management to make your WordPress media library cooler. It will not take much time to navigate and search your media files, which means you will spend more time dealing with essential stuff like writing content or promoting your site.

Beyond general time-saving through organization, FileBird can also help you accomplish specific tasks like easily creating, renaming and deleting folders as well as dragging and dropping files with right-click feature.

With all those good points, you’re probably wondering what FileBird is going to cost you. The answer? Not that much. It’s $25 with 6-month support from NinjaTeam alongside with regular updates. If you want to extend supports to 12 months, you can pay $7.5 for that.

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If you want to experience more advanced features to make your media library become more organized and neater, you can purchase FileBird pro.