WooCommerce for Beginners

WooCommerce for Beginners

WooCommerce for Beginners You're Reading: WooCommerce for Beginners In Resources & Tutorials & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Woocommerce is our go-to plugin to turn your WordPress site into an e-commerce store! WooCommerce is one of the most recognizable brands in the WordPress ecosystem. In fact, it’s one of the most recognizable brands in ecommerce thanks to its incredible marketing, great design, and fantastically accessible cost. (FREE!) Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative We love Elegant Themes! We are loud and proud Divi users and tote their theme to anyone who will listen! The amazing creators of Divi, Elegant Themes, have written many posts on Woocommerce and have provided us with ample resources to share with you. Watch these recommended videos! This first video by Mak is an incredibly helpful tool for getting your WooCommerce shop up and running! Yes, it is just over 1.5 hours long but by the end of this complete WooCommerce tutorial video you will be well on your way to finishing your online shop. One little caveat, this video is geared towards Divi WordPress users, Mak does have another video that is geared towards users who do not have a specific page build. This walkthrough, also by the talented Mak, is a fantastic tutorial on creating a custom shop page using Divi! Creating custom shop pages can enhance your branding, add style, and tie your shop into the rest of your website.  The next two videos (again, thank you Mak!) walk you through how to create a custom WooCommerce Product Category Page with Divi’s Theme Builder, and how to create a custom checkout page design in Divi...
Plugin Highlight: Smush

Plugin Highlight: Smush

Plugin Highlight: Smush You're Reading: Plugin Highlight: Smush In Resources & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Smush for WordPress is a powerful plugin! We install Smush for WordPress on all our sites. This powerful plugin provides image compression, lazy loading, and so much more!  Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Free or paid version? Smush is a free plugin that provides image optimization, and so much more. While they do have premium upgrades available in our opinion the free plugin is the way to go! Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality. It is also the award-winning, back-to-back proven crowd favorite image optimization & image compression plugin for WordPress. What does it do?  The single, most important function Smush provides is increased website load speed. By optimizing and compressing your photos (without sacrificing the quality of the photos!) smush allows your website to load faster while maintaining the high-quality photos on your site! Large photos are a drain on web resources and can even cause pages to not load or produce time out errors.  Faster! Slow-loading websites are frustrating for everyone! The average load speed of a website is expected to be under 5 seconds nowadays. Smush is one of the plugins we use to speed up our sites. Want to know more? Check out this post! Lazy Loading and Page Speed Smush also enables the ability to lazy load your images. Normally when a user opens a webpage, the entire page’s contents are downloaded and rendered in a single go. While this allows the browser to cache the web page, there’s no guarantee that the user...
Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics

Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics

Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics You're Reading: Mailchimp for Beginners: Account Basics In Resources & Tutorials Contact us Subscribe Mailchimp is a popular email marketing service used to reach subscribers across the globe. Mailchimp is a fantastic way to reach current and potential future clients with minimal effort. Many different styles of e-newsletters can be set up to alert clients to new products, new services, website updates, and more! We send a monthly newsletter to our subscribers with post updates, client shout outs, recently completed projects, and much more. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Who should use Mailchimp? Every business should have an active Mailchimp account! Email marketing is one of the most cost-effective ways to promote your business, whether your goal is to build your brand or sell more products. These emails can be anything from automated RSS feeds sending a compilation of the new posts on your site to specially crafted messages. It’s all up to you! Modern email marketing is based on the principles of consent, segmentation, and personalization. Choose a plan! Choosing the right plan is wholely dependent on your audience. Most businesses we work with don’t need a paid plan, the free one works great! Pod Creative utilizes the free plan from Mailchimp and its a fantastic option to keep your marketing costs low while reaching up to 2,000 people. When first starting out with Mailchimp we recommend starting off with the free plan, you can always upgrade if need be! Below is a comparative photo highlighting the different plans available Compare Mailchimp Plans Fun Fact! If you decide to go with a paid...
A how-to guide on Post Revisions

A how-to guide on Post Revisions

A how-to guide on Post Revisions You're Reading: A how-to guide on Post Revisions In Pod Creative Divi Tips & Tutorials & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Post revisions are a quick and easy way to restore a post back to a version (or more) previous! Somewhere along the line we have all made a mistake in our posts or regretted a new layout idea we saved. It happens! An extremely handy feature of WordPress we will be highlighting today is the ability to revert your posts to a previous version(s). Let’s dive in. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative What is a revision? Post revisions enable WordPress to automatically save versions of your posts, pages, or custom post types after every 60 seconds while a user is working on them. Revisions were added to WordPress for two very important reasons. One, to prevent the risk of lost data and two, to improve the editorial workflow. Revisions allow users to restore a previous version(s) of the post.  Where to start To start with, we want to be at the back end of the post you wish to do a Post Revision on. To get there start at the dashboard of your website, click on Posts on the left-hand sidebar, and click Edit underneath the title of your intended post. On the right-hand side, in the Publish box, click on the Browse beside Revisions.  Review the Revisions This is where the magic happens! The revision slider, located in the middle of the top part of the page, allows you to slide back and forth to different revisions throughout the history of the...
How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site!

How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site!

How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site! You're Reading: How to add a Gravity Form to your Divi WordPress site! In Resources & Tutorials Contact us Subscribe We love Gravity Forms! It is an excellent contact form plugin with lots of features. Having an easy to use, and more importantly, a reliable contact form is extremely important for your website. You want people to contact you! We’ve covered the differences between the Divi Contact Form and Gravity Forms in the past, so today we will focus on adding a Gravity Form contact form to your website.  Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Customize the form! Your basic, main contact form should be simple with little more than Name, Email Address, and a space for the visitor to leave their message. And that’s it! Specialized or customized forms can be longer and more complex, but your basic contact form should be that, basic. The simpler the form, the easier it is for visitors to reach out to you!  Creating a new formOn the dashboard of your website click on Forms on the left-hand black sidebar. Then click on “Add New” to create a new form. Title your Form appropriately, such as Contact Form, and give it a description. This will make it easier to differentiate if you have multiple contact forms for different pages.  Adding a new form The fantastic thing about Gravity Forms is they tell you how to create a new form! Follow these straightforward instructions to create your new form. We have summarized the steps below for you.  Select a Field Type from...
Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site!

Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site!

Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site! You're Reading: Tips and tricks for speeding up your Divi WordPress site! In Pod Creative Divi Tips & Resources & WordPress Contact us Subscribe Is your site slow? Not for long! Slow loading websites are frustrating for everyone! The average load speed of a website is expected to be under 5 seconds nowadays. 5 seconds! That is pretty darn fast. There are many factors that influence a website’s load speed, so today we will focus on the factors we CAN influence! Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative What is measurable load speed? Measurable load speed is the speed at which a website loads that we are able to quantify and measure using specified programs online. Because there are so many factors that we are unable to control, such as device speed, internet speed, connection issues, and more, we focus on the measurable load speed time. By using programs such as Google’s PageSpeed Insights, GTmetrix, and Pingdom we can gain insight into the effectiveness of the strategy and find areas to improve. GZIP compression codingEnabling Gzip compression on your Divi Site can give you a big boost in speed. If you are familiar with creating compressed (or zipped) files on your computer, you already have a basic understanding of how Gzip compression works. Utilizing Gzip compression can reduce your page size by up to 70%! The Gzip compression code tells the server to compress all the files it can into smaller versions so that it can be served to the client much faster.  To enter the below code in your website: You...

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