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...
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...
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...
How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site

How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site

How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site You're Reading: How to add a newsletter opt-in to your Divi WordPress site In Pod Creative Divi Tips & Tutorials & WordPress Resources & Tutorials Divi Tips & Layout examples Subscribe An easy to use e-newsletter opt-in can help you grow your newsletter base! E-Newsletters are a fantastic way to share news, service updates, and stay in touch with subscribers. We at Pod Creative use Mailchimp to send monthly e-newsletters. Our newsletters contain shout-outs to our latest completed projects, links to our latest blogs, and a friendly update from Pieter, Michael, and Hannah. An email newsletter should feel like an update from an interesting, helpful friend, rather than a pushy salesperson. Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative So Many platforms So Many platforms There are many email marketing platforms to choose from. Through the Divi email opt-in module, a multitude of email marketing platform integrations are available including Mailchimp, MailPoet, Aweber, SendinBlue, and more! While it’s handy if you already have one of these platforms when you’re starting out it can make choosing one difficult. A good email marketing service will enable you to create highly engaging email newsletters with an easy user interface (ideally drag-and-drop editor). Grow your list!Adding an email opt-in to your site is a great way to grow your Newsletter list! The more people who sign up for the list means the more avenues to grow your business. Make sure your opt-in is easy to use and located on every post and page. Bring attention to it wherever you can! [/et_pb_signup] Setting up the Opt-in...
Why you NEED to use Alt Tags

Why you NEED to use Alt Tags

Why you NEED to use Alt Tags You're Reading: Why you NEED to use Alt Tags In Resources & WordPress Resources & Tutorials Divi Tips & Layout examples Subscribe Using Alt Tags or Alternative Text when naming photos is vital for SEO. What is an Alt Tag? Why do they exist? And what does it have to do with a website’s Search Engine Ranking? All questions we will cover, and more, in this post! Hannah Raeside Office Manager, Pod Creative Here are a few reminders about making a successful post: Make sure your content is relevant. Make sure you have a good Featured Image. Make sure your post has a strong, engaging title. Make sure you have an Excerpt. Categorize your post. Check if you can link anything in the text. What is an Alt Tag? An alt tag, also known as “alt attribute” and “alt description,” is an HTML attribute applied to image tags to provide a text alternative for search engines. Simply put, it is a text description area that allows Search Engine bots to “read” the image and categorize it accordingly. Search Engine bots (also known as algorithms) are unable to read images. Alt Tags allow this to happen!  But why is this important?Added within the image tag, a quality alt tag is a short description that explains what the image is and how it relates to the content on the post. Alt tags serve multiple purposes. While you’re not required to use them, there are some major benefits to doing so. Since they are used by both search engine crawlers and screen-reading tools, they are a...

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