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.

If you’re a fan of WhatsApp Messenger and WhatsApp Business, you will like our WhatsApp widget plugin for WordPress. Click the button below to check out its great features and ratings.

Have we left out any worth-mentioning plugins from the above list? If so, let us know in the chatbox below.

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10 Best WordPress Plugins to Display Customer Reviews on Your Site

Have you ever used the internet to read reviews of products before you buy them?

Obviously, right?

From products, to blockbusters, to hotel reviews, the internet has given everyone a voice to share their feedback on just about anything. So, this has made reviews and ratings become a crucial part of modern life. And any business owner or entrepreneur should never overlook this aspect of branding and customer services.

Today’s article will take a look at 10 essential WordPress customer review and rating plugins to help you add beautiful reviews widget to your website and ultimately boost your online revenue.

Now dive in and find the best!

1. Google Places Reviews Pro WordPress Plugin

Google Places Reviews Pro WordPress Plugin

Social proof is a powerful part of any business website. Right?

You want to build credibility on the Internet but don’t know how.

You want customers to buy your products in a matter of seconds but don’t know how.

No need to worry! Google Places Reviews Pro WordPress plugin from Ninja Team is another essential customer review plugin you need since it helps you display your business reviews and rating on your website.

Some of main features that I like about this plugin include:

  • Showcase Your Business Profile Brightly
  • Display Your Business Reviews In Body Or Widget
  • Provide Multi-option Reviews Widget
  • Attract More Reviews For Local Business
  • Improve Your Website Google Ranking
  • Ensure The Most Recent Reviews Are Positive

Once install successfully on your website, you can automatically pull in reviews from the Google service and then choose where to display them on your site.

The benefit of displaying these user generated reviews directly on your website is that they provide vital social proof, while also helping to establish the reliability and credibility of your business.

Ninja Google ReviewsSo, this handy WordPress Google review plugin can improve your conversion rates in a long way, helping you to generate more sales, leads, and profits from your website.

If you want to improve the credibility and trust of your website, then displaying user-generated reviews from the Google Places service is a great way to do so.

With this super useful WordPress review plugin, you can display a wide variety of reviews to show the strength of your brand on your WordPress website.

If you want to monetize your blog by making your own product review system, be sure to check out the best WordPress review themes.

2. Yelp Reviews Pro for WordPress

Yelp Reviews Pro for WordPress

You’re running your business and want to build trust with your customers, and you don’t know what is the ideal way to do that? Right?

So, reviews are an excellent way to gain trust with visitors to your website. They help validate your business and provide valuable information to potential clients.

Among superb WP customer review plugins available on the market, Yelp Reviews Pro developed by Ninja Team is a perfect WordPress review plugin for your business and it’s worth your investment.

Yelp Reviews Pro for WordPress helps you display your business profile and reviews or business listings from Yelp to your website/ blog with shortcodes or widget. It’s very simple to use.

  • Some of the main features I like about this plugin include:
  • Enables you to pull data from Yelp through its API.
  • Add Yelp reviews to WordPress using widgets.
  • Store your Yelp reviews within the WordPress database.

After successful installation and activation, you need to get a Yelp API Key.

Yelp Reviews Pro for WordPress

Then, you configure the plugin settings and add the Yelp Reviews Widget. Using the Yelp Reviews widget is no different than any other widget.

Now, let’s go ahead and choose which business’ reviews the widget will display. Technically, you can use the widget to show reviews from any Yelp business, but you’ll obviously want to display yours, right?

Yelp Reviews Pro

Also, you can display 2 columns with detailed information of any particular businesses.

Yelp Reviews Pro for WordPress

If you want to give your business reputation a shot in the arm, we highly recommend this wonderful WordPress review plugin and Yelp Reviews Widget will be your next secret weapon.

3. WP Product Review Pro

WP Product Review Pro

WP Product Review is the next amazing WordPress customer review plugin that lets you add good-looking reviews to your posts and products. It’s a must-have tool for those who own an online store, magazines and news sites, or simply review websites.

With WP Product Review, you’re able to display your customers’ opinions about the products you review. Users can rate features, leave comments on the review, and even mark others’ comments as useful or not.

You can earn customers’ trust by using WP Review Pro’s Google Places Reviews integration. By using this integration, you can import and embed reviews from Google to your website instantly.

WP Product Review

What’s more, embedding Facebook Reviews on your website is a breeze with WP Review Pro. Simply enter your Facebook app credentials and start importing any Facebook reviews in a matter of seconds.

Plus, this great WordPress review plugin takes the review section of your website to the next level by allowing users to evaluate features and products with comments. You can even include user reviews and ratings in the total review score of the product.

WP Review Pro

Overall, this wonderful WordPress customer review plugin is a very friendly, quick, and nice way to show awesome reviews on your website.

4. Handsome Testimonial

Handsome Testimonial

Have you ever bought something through online shops? Any doubts or considerations about credibility of that shop before clicking “order” button to make the right choice?

So, what can you do?

All you need to do is take a look at customers’ feedback, sample images or comments before making any purchase. Period. Easy stuff !

Therefore, testimonials are vital in gaining trust with potential customers. Right?

That is the reason why Handsome Testimonials by Ristretto Apps lets you easily display attractive and eye-catching testimonials on your site that earn your customer’s trust.

Handsome Testimonials

With this WordPress testimonials plugin, we wanted to enable a user to create a beautiful testimonial with no customization at all.

This reviews and testimonials WordPress plugin will enable your existing clients to leave their feedback and persuade the potential ones that your business is worthy of dependence and loyalty.

All settings are saved in an auto-generated shortcode that you can then insert anywhere in your site. Widgets are also supported, and you can use the shortcode within a widget if you want.

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To conclude, this great WP testimonials plugin will be the best choice to synthesize a great number of positive testimonials that might be the crucial point to convert hesitant buyers into loyal customers.

5. WP Customer Reviews

WP Customer Reviews

You’re in search of a plugin to help you collect WordPress customer reviews at your site?

WP Customer Reviews is the right tool to help you do that. This WordPress Customer Reviews plugin allows you to collect customers reviews as well as create your own product reviews.

By default, the reviews appear below your page content. But by using shortcodes, you can get them to appear anywhere in your post. Shortcodes also help with many aspects of display such as recent reviews or the number of reviews on one page.

WordPress Customer Reviews

WordPress Customer Reviews

Also, this customer review plugin allows you to customize the review form shown to users and comes with a how to use page with detailed instructions.

6. Rich Reviews

Rich Reviews

The next free WordPress customer review plugin worth checking out is Rich Reviews. It uses shortcodes to help you showcase reviews on any page or post, or just about anywhere on your site.

The key feature of Rich Reviews is to allow users to submit their own reviews of your products and services, which you can then choose to moderate and display as you expect.

Rich Reviews

From the plugin’s settings, you can control many things. For instance, you can enable email notification for every review that’s received. Especially, this wonderful WordPress review plugin does not affect much the performance of your website because it’s lightweight and speed-optimized.

7. WP Business Review

WP Business Review

If you want to build social credibility for your business and show off all of the great things people are saying about your business, then WP Business Reviews is such a really powerful customer review tool for you.

With the WP Business Reviews plugin, you have access to pretty much everything your customers will say about you online.

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This plugin collects and organizes reviews that can be displayed on your site from various places across the internet. You have access to a great number of options in order to adjust or filter which reviews you want to display on your site.

WP Business Reviews

Plus, you can use other plugins to add Facebook reviews, Google Places reviews, etc. in order to improve reliability and probably boost sales revenue of your business.

If you need to let the word know about your business or online stores, you should definitely look into this one.

8. Site Reviews

Site Reviews

Site Reviews is another great WP customer review plugin that allows your visitors to submit their reviews for your products or services with a 1-5 star rating on your website, similar to the way TripAdvisor or Yelp is working.

This WordPress customer review plugin comes with a simple settings page allowing you to control how you want to collect reviews, and how you want to display them. You can customize the review form and display it anywhere on your website using a shortcode.

Site Reviews

9. Taqyeem

Taqyeem wp plugin

Taqyeem is a premium reviewing and rating WordPress review plugin. This wonderful customer review plugin is developed to add ratings and reviews to your posts, pages, and custom post types

Also, you can use the customization options to create the perfect rating addition to your website. Change the fonts, image, unlimited colors, style, and of course the criteria.

Taqyeem WP plugin

The plugin is appropriate for users who prioritize aesthetics and want a lot of customization options. More than 500 Google Web Fonts are supported and users can easily change element fonts from theme settings.

Plus, this rating and reviewing plugin allows adding beautiful-looking reviews and ratings and using a bunch of customization options, including changing fonts, colors, images, criteria and style.

10. Facebook Reviews Pro WordPress Plugin

Facebook Reviews Pro WordPress Plugin

Since Facebook has become the world’s second populous country, it is obvious we cannot ignore its immense benefits and potentials regarding doing business.

That’s why Facebook Reviews Pro plugin is come out to help your business. You’ll fully control all the positive reviews and promote your visibility in the marketplace. This super handy WP customer review plugin is developed by Ninja Team and you should definitely give it a go.

Facebook Review Pro is a premium WordPress customer review plugin for displaying reviews created from your Facebook business page.

There are many features to focus on, with some of my favourites including:

  • Review Filtering Options
  • Option to Display the Review on the Google Search Result
  • Simple and Easy Intuitive UX/UI
  • Compatible with Visual Composer
  • Fully Responsive

Facebook Review Pro contains options to filter all the Facebook reviews by setting the condition to display them. So, from the filtering option, you can either display all your reviews or the pre-defined number of 4-star or 5-star reviews.

facebook-reviews-visual-composer

Moreover, the review plugin is shortcode ready and will generate the shortcodes for each review you created. So, just copy the shortcode and paste it on any page or post where you want to display your reviews.

facebook-reviews-frontend

A must-have tool for online retailers who want to STAY COMPETITIVE!

Wrapping things up

That finalizes our round-up of 10 of the essential WordPress customer review plugins and we hope this article will help you find the best WordPress review plugins to put you at ease. Frankly, third-party customer review plugins will increase your social proof and make your business seem more trustworthy.

Now we would like to hear from you. Do you have any experience with the plugins we have written about? What is your favorite? Please leave your comments down below. 

Warm welcome from Ninja Team 😍

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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George J. Newton is a business development manager at Thesis writing service. Throughout his ten years of marriage, George has perfected the art of the apology.

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!

5 Best Ways to Optimize WooCommerce for High Conversion Rate

It’s easy to focus on product development, email marketing, and social media campaigns. These are crucial factors for any WooCommerce vendor. With that being said, putting too much emphasis on these elements can pull resources away from your online store itself.

A well-optimized WooCommerce store will load more quickly, appear higher in Google search results, offer a quicker checkout process, support more payment methods, and offer a variety of other benefits. Furthermore, you don’t need to break the bank to improve your WooCommerce store.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most effective ways to update your WooCommerce site and provide a better experience for your audience. With a few simple adjustments, you’ll be able to make your site significantly more efficient and turn more first-time visitors into loyal customers.

Optimize your plugins

Various extensions enrich the native WooCommerce toolkit in a wide range of innovative ways, giving vendors the tools they need to develop more responsive online stores. While plugins are undeniably a key aspect of WooCommerce optimization, they can also slow down your site and lead to other issues that may have a negative impact on conversions.

optimize website using WooCommerce plugins

It’s especially important to be careful about installing frameworks, plugins, themes, and other extensions that don’t have a reliable reputation. Similarly, outdated extensions can introduce vulnerabilities that will make your site significantly less secure.

Rather than installing every extension that you think could help you improve your site, it’s critical to take some time to thoroughly research each option. You can often achieve the same result without downloading a new plugin, and simply adding more tools doesn’t always lead to a better site.

On the other hand, effective plugin management is about more than just minimizing extensions. A well-optimized extension that meets WordPress standards should have little to no effect on your site’s performance. If you ever notice any glitches or other issues on your online store, you should start by checking your list of plugins.

Get better hosting

No matter how much you do to improve other areas of your WooCommerce store, using the wrong hosting provider will undo those efforts and prevent you from fully optimizing your site. Vendors often use cheap hosting providers in order to save money, but the reality is that this can backfire by cutting into your sales and getting in the way of otherwise organic growth.

Use WooCommerce-optimized hosting

Reliable hosting is particularly relevant when your site receives a sudden bump in traffic. For example, you might get more visitors over the holidays or right after a new product launch. It’s vital to leverage these opportunities in order to build your audience and move new leads through the customer journey. Unfortunately, a budget hosting provider may not be able to meet the spike in demand.

While high-quality hosting can be more expensive, it’s often one of the best investments you can make in your WooCommerce shop. Hosting should never be the limiting factor when it comes to your online store, and reliable performance is well worth the additional cost.

Leverage a content delivery network

Physical distance is another performance obstacle that isn’t easy to overcome on your own. Content delivery networks offer a low-cost solution that can help you offer faster loading times to users around the globe, regardless of the physical location of your hosting provider’s servers.

Content delivery network improves WooCommerce site

With a content delivery network, elements from your site will be shared across servers distributed across a wide range of locations. When a user visits your site, they’ll automatically receive your content from the server that offers the best connection in their region. That optimization is the main reason why content delivery network utilization is expected to grow by a factor of five from just 2017 to 2022.

Clean up your database

Your WordPress database is constantly growing, and like your extensions, it can start to hurt your loading times if you let it go unchecked for too long. The database includes everything from product information to order histories and user account data. Those will only get larger unless you make an effort to curb its growth.

Cleanup your database in WP

Fortunately, database optimization is more approachable than ever. Manually optimizing your WordPress database is a tedious, time-consuming process that demands precision. Removing the wrong items could lead to even more unexpected problems. Database optimization plugins automate this process, reducing risk and allowing you to declutter your database in a fraction of the time.

WP Optimize, WP Sweep, and WP Rocket are just a few of the top plugins for database cleanup and other types of optimization. Don’t forget to save your entire database before starting the optimization process. It’s crucial to have a WordPress backup ready in case you accidentally delete any important files.

Use lazy loading

Short load times are fundamental to a successful WooCommerce store, and there’s no reason to waste time loading elements that aren’t immediately visible.

Lazy loading takes advantage of this by prioritizing elements at the top of a given page. The first impression is loaded as soon as the visitor accesses the page, while elements that are lower down will only load when the user scrolls down to them.

Optimize WordPress with lazy loading

Lazy loading will help you send fewer HTTP requests during each visit and make the initial loading time as short as possible. Lazy Load from WP Rocket is an easy way to get started with lazy loading. The Lazy Load script is under 10 KB, so it will have little to no negative effects on your site’s performance. It’s also entirely free to use, so it’s hard to find a downside to setting up lazy loading on your WooCommerce store.

Over to You

Optimizing your WooCommerce store won’t generate any sales on its own. Yet it will help you improve site speed and avoid losing orders due to long loading times and other technical issues. These are just a few of the most reliable ways to upgrade your existing site and convert more visitors into customers.

Tips for Multi Author WordPress Website

Your admin dashboard by default offers no sorting features for multi-author WordPress website. In the minimalist scenario, if you have 2 authors uploading several images to WordPress media library on a daily basis, then in the course of half a year, you’ll have a bunch of uploads tucked in the same space.

This is quite a mess. Imagine how difficult it is for those authors to find their media!

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to stay organized in a multi-author WordPress website. With the help of these very useful plugins, we can help separate users’ uploads, add more sorting features and speed up our content creation progress.

1. Apply FileBird Plugin’s Features

FileBird helps organize files and folders

Introduction to FileBird

FileBird is a media file manager plugin to make WordPress a better CMS not only for visitors but also for admin agents.

When it comes to content, the largest common part is text, and images come in the second majority. In order to manage your content properly, you definitely cannot skip organizing the media files.

Drag and drop in FileBird interface

All WordPress page and post authors can click to create nested folders. They can drag and drop to rearrange files and folders easily. They can right-click their mouse and select an option from the smart context menu to make changes to their folders!

drag and drop in FileBird plugin

My clients’ authors are almost non-techies. So that’s understandable why they love these easy operations of organizing all their own media files.

And if Gutenberg is your thing, FileBird gallery block component surely helps you insert a folder of images in a rich gallery into your content. Of course, you can also choose which media to exclude from the gallery, too!

Each author is allowed to create private folders for their own media files

Moreover, FileBird also offers a unique feature for multi-author WordPress sites that other plugins don’t.

If you navigate to Settings > FileBird, you’ll see the first setting tab which allows you to enable Private folders. With this mode ON, every editor/author/contributor can create his/her own folders to contain their uploaded files.

FileBird settings each user has his own folder

This setup is extremely useful for your editorial workflow. And I believe you don’t want to miss it once you use FileBird. Good news is, this feature is available even in the lite version on WordPress repo.

So you don’t have to take risks, try WordPress media library folders for free here.

2. Use Filester to Set User Role Capability and Restrictions

Filester is a powerful file management plugin. Without banner ads or call-to-upgrade notifications, this plugin boasts the cleanest UI file manager on WordPress.org. You can download Filester here.

As demonstrated in the screenshot below, where you can make those general customizations.

If you’re concerned the most about your site performance speed, you can set maximum uploaded file size to make sure your authors would do their best to optimize every piece of media.

You can select the display language for each user role when operating around Filester user interface.

You can hide the .htaccess file or enable Trash mode to ensure your website security and assets.

filester file manager settings

Next, I’m showing you how to do advanced settings for each WordPress user or author role.

In the first tab, you have to tick those user roles whose permissions you need to adjust.

wp file manager user role

From then on you can move to the second tab to decide each user role’s restrictions. Here you can toggle so many options to regulate what a user role can and can’t do. There are plenty of role rights and restrictions to fit your website demands, no matter if it’s just a multi-author blog or a multi-vendor marketplace.

wordpress file manager user role restrictions settings

3. Smoothen Your WordPress Editorial Workflow

Edit Flow is a great plugin developed for larger organizations with many people involved in the publishing process.

edit flow plugin wordpress multi author

Its Calendar feature provides a convenient month-by-month look at your content.

Dashboard Widgets and Story Budget help bring an insightful vision for admins.

edit flow plugin features for wordpress

What I love the most about this plugin is its Editorial Metadata.

This feature allows you to create as many date, text, number, etc. fields as you like. By this way, information for each post can be stored clearly, like contact details, required word count, or the location of an interview.

editorial metadata settings in wordpress

This metadata is not published with the post but can be viewed in the WordPress admin. Webmasters can follow up on changes easily by looking for them on the calendar, story budget and list posts screens.

Edit Flow enables editors and content managers to quickly grasp the fluctuating state of content being produced. The team behind are also enhancing Edit Flow modules with Gutenberg over the next few releases.

You can check it out on their dedicated website here, too!

Some Final Words 😘

Those above are tried and tested plugins that we believe to be the most advantageous to your multi-author WordPress blog or content submission websites.

Especially, integrating FileBird folders to WordPress media library would make your authors feel like home and post smoothly, no matter how big your site content is.

Have we left out any worth-mentioning plugins from the above list? If so, let us know in the chatbox below.