My Genesis Studiopress themes review for 2018

My Genesis Studiopress themes review for 2018

This wordpress themes provider is the king of WP themes and there’s no doubt about it. They are one of the best premium wordpress SEO themes that work out of the box with minimum fuss.

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I have wanted this theme for many years now and I finally decided to spend the money. I did manage to test a copy of this theme previously and it did wonders, so I decided to take the plunge and buy the whole pro plus lifetime pack, including all the themes in the Genesis studiopress stable.

How does genesis framework work?

There has always been wee bit confusion about the framework and the studiopress wp themes and many people still don’t understand how the framework and theme work.

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These themes are made up of two parts a basic core framework theme called the genesis framework theme and the child theme (Business pro , Altitude pro etc whichever  theme you purchase) that sits on top of the basic core theme. Both these framework + theme you buy  are provided by studiopress on every theme purchase.

What this enables is , that you can make customisations or modifications to your child theme that you purchased and  it wont break or effect your  website design every time  word press  is updated.

This also helps you to revert back to the default theme design without any problems that is – if you end up making errors with your design.

You can keep changing designs (studiopress theme/templates), but your basic core theme data in the framework theme will always be saved to your site.

Why do I need to pay for genesis framework?

No! You don’t. If you are purchasing a website theme then you get the framework free with the theme as they both work together. But if you want they have given you the option of buying just the framework as well – you may ask why?

Yes, I will answer that – studiopress is not the only company that develops themes for genesis framework and many other theme developers make themes that you can use on the Genesis framework.

The framework is known as a robust and stable framework and so there are many quality  third party developers  building themes to use with this framework.

If you see a third party Genesis theme you like and you don’t want to buy a studiopress made theme, you can just buy the framework and use the theme purchased from the third party. I prefer to use studiopress approved themes with the genesis framework because it know it will be vetted before it gets on the themeshop.

Studio press by itself has a lot of wpthemes designed for the framework, (in fact 35 of them) – however, Genesis has allowed third-party developers to build themes as well  which has  further benefitted  their subscribers with more options.

Genesis Framework Features

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The Genesis Framework includes the following functionality:

· Accessibility Ready

· one-column

· two-columns

· three-columns

· left-sidebar

· right-sidebar

· fixed-width

· custom-background

· custom-header

· custom-menu

· full-width-template

· theme-options

· multiple page post layout options

Layouts options of the  framework & theme

 

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This Genesis framework theme is included in your Pro Plus Purchase. When you purchase a studiopress theme, you also get the genesis framework theme.

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Why Genesis & Studiopress is so good?

I don’t need convincing, I have already used Genesis themes for a couple of years and seen my keywords ranking easily and getting more targeted traffic with minimal effort.  This is a very important factor for most websites.

In fact, compared to some other sites of mine, the websites with studio press-genesis wp themes started getting traffic faster, and that too out of the box without any help from adding additional SEO plugins.

I have seen one of my affiliate sites targeted traffic double after switching from a themeforest.net templates to the Genesis framework + studiopress sample theme.

The sample theme is just a basic content + sidebar theme that works with the framework. This combination is definitely recommended for affiliate/launch page/landing page websites to promote sales to your pages. Why the sample page works good for these kind of pages- because the design is minimal and fast loading and well structured for Search engine optimisation.

If you want a something a bit more fancy then you can choose any of the studiopress themes from here.

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All the genesis templates are made with inbuilt SEO structure and speed of loading in mind and it delivers. Genesis supports schema.org code (needed for rich snippets)

Features that you will find in most studiopress themes

 

· Html5 markup

· eCommerce support

· Landing page support

· Mobile responsive

· Full width page/post template

· Pricing pages

· +more

Why the themes are so pricey?

I didn’t like it either initially myself as the pricing held me back, until I purchased a plan and see what it could do for my sites. Its pricey compared to other good themes but I realized if I am getting something that works out of the box and with less effort to rank my sites- Why not.

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Genesis studiopress themes

t’s no secret that many top bloggers use this theme and it’s for those very simple basic reasons – It’s easy to rank in search engines with this framework and theme, as all you have to do is just produce great content and promote it.

You will be saving money in the long run on SEO, as I have learned from my own experience. Many top bloggers use YOAST and ALL in SEO plugin to get more granular access for SEO reasons and push it a little bit further, but in reality for me, this has worked just best out of the box with the inbuilt SEO settings.

After buying and installing this theme, all you need to do is write good content that search engines love and stimulate that content and the rest the blog/website onpage seo will do for you.

Who makes these themes ?

Studiopress themselves makes wordpress themes that are listed in their theme shop, but they now also have approved third party theme developers.

Some of them third party developers are listed below:

Large Selection of Genesis-Powered WordPress Themes

 

Typical pricing for themes at studiopress

Prices for these themes range from $99.95 to $129.95 and this price includes the theme you purchase + framework.

Here is an example of what this pricing includes for the magazine template

studiopress magazine pro theme

$99.95

Magazine + Genesis

· Includes the Genesis Framework

· Includes the Magazine Pro Theme

· Get Instant Access

· Unlimited Updates, Support & Sites

· Access to Detailed Tutorials

· One-time Purchase Fee

You could try studiopress by purchasing a single theme (anywhere between $99 to $129 with genesis framework) or get the plus package including all the themes. But, there’s something to be said about buying the Pro plus All Theme Lifetime Package because you don’t have to pay again. Ever.

Themes by studiopress


Mai Lifestyle Pro Theme by genesis

Mai Lifestyle Pro Theme – Learn more

Altitude Pro Theme by studio press

Altitude Pro Theme – Learn more

Themes Free with Hosting Plan purchase

Studiopress has just launched their new hosting service called “sites”, so now you can get their premium 24 wordpress themes when you purchase their annual hosting plan.

This is a good deal if you are starting out to launch your professional website or blog as you get good managed hosting and great professional looking themes for the one hosting price.

Their hosting plans start from $24 a month.

If you starting your blogging journey and or then just looking to get to the next level with your existing website, try Genesis-studiopress – I’m sure you wont regret it. Good luck!

Copyscape–The bloggers favourite tool raises their prices

Copyscape–The bloggers favourite tool raises their prices

 

Copyscape for long has been a tool used by not only many bloggers, but many small businesses and corporates. It was surprising how they managed to keep their price so low for such a long time with the vast amounts of server bandwidth searches would have generated.

They have just announced a price change which will boost the company profits nut be bad news for many customers with a low budget.

How to check if your blog content is copied ?

If you didn’t know what copyscape does, they allow you to check if anybody has copied content off your site and know where similar content has been posted. You can track down people who have copied content from your site.

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With the copyscape paid version you get the ability to paste text directly into a text box for searching, instead of just submitting Web pages, and an API that you can use to automate and refine submissions to the service.

They just have released a press release with their new prices as stated on their website as below

New Variable Pricing from April 2018

Beginning on April 2, 2018, Copyscape Premium will move to a variable pricing model based on content length, starting at only 3 cents per search:

From April 2, 2018: Only 3c 

per search for the first 200 words + 1c per additional 100 words or part thereof.

Since launching Copyscape Premium over ten years ago, we’ve been devoted to providing you the best service at the lowest possible cost – a flat price of 5c per search. In recent years we’ve seen a major rise in the number of customers checking long articles, which require significantly more resources to process than shorter pieces of content. As a result, maintaining a flat price of 5c per search is no longer sustainable, and we don’t want to force one set of customers (with shorter content) to effectively subsidize another.

The new variable pricing means that each user pays exactly for what they use – with lower starting costs for everyone. The new pricing will apply for all users beginning April 2, 2018. Copyscape Premium will work the same as before, with your account showing a cash balance rather than a number of search credits. As part of the transition, any search credits purchased prior to 2018 will be granted a price cap of 5c per search until they expire.

We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2018 and beyond.

Thank you,

The Copyscape Team

Some other platforms and players in Plagiarism detection niche

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· PlagiarismDetect.com(registration required) break the text down into word combinations instead of sentences. This allows checks to be more deep and profound.

  • DOC Cop (registration required) creates reports displaying the correlation and matches between documents or a document and the Web. It gathers the evidence and provides the information necessary to judge whether plagiarism has occurred.
  • Want to check your grammar and spelling of your articles or blog post – check out this tool.

Hope this helps you in your website journey. Let us know if you have come across any good free or paid tools in this category.

Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2018

Best Australian Web Hosting Providers for 2018

The subject of “who is the top Australian web host” is something that often comes up at various webmaster forums, especially among bloggers and webmasters.

At a recent local social media event, I met up with a few fellow bloggers and we started talking about useful blogger tools, SEO and blog webhosts. ( updated 09 January 2018)

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I was surprised to come across some names in the local web hosting and web development field in Australia that I hadn’t heard about before. I asked some of my blogger friends who they had used among the different local web-hosting.

I also asked them about US based webhosts for their blogs, and also who they’d had good customer support and service from, website loading speed etc. to update my personal knowledge of web hosting as well as help me add to this post.

It was definitely a bag of surprises.

As with human nature, people tend to remember bad things, but I am exactly the opposite and I tend to remember the good things. So there were many comments on who were the worst host and peoples experiences with them.

Surprisingly, they were some difference of opinions good and bad on some of the same US based webhosts most things. Most of the popular us webhosting’s names were discussed like Bluehost, WP engine Hostgator and In motion. I got to know of two new aussie hosting providers Bullet proof and Quadra which I didn’t know of before.

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I would suggest that you do your own research before choosing a web-host, but hopefully this information and listing below will help you in some way if you are looking to get a local webhost.

These providers have different pricing plans which can cover a wide range of budgets and needs for your hosting.

Given below is their lowest priced plans ( unfortunately some websites below make it hard to find their prices, so I have not listed them below)

  • Digitalpacific (http://www.digitalpacific.com.au/ – $4.90 mo)
  • Rackspace (https://www.rackspace.com/en-au/ – $128 mo)
  • Bulletproof (http://www.bulletproof.net.au/ NA)
  • Hostpapa (http://www.hostpapa.com.au/ – $4.35 mo)
  • Crucial (http://www.crucial.com.au/ – $19.90 mo)
  • Netregistry (http://www.netregistry.com.au/ – $9.95 mo)
  • Quadra Hosting (http://www.quadrahosting.com.au/ – $4.90 mo)

I might have missed some that are good as well, but these were the Aussie ones listed above that we discussed and talked about in our chat.

Smarty Host and Crazy domains are not on this list as I have not used their hosting but only bought .au domains from them.

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Some of them have a humongous transfer fee ( as i have found out) if you want to move your domains elsewhere, so please make it a point to check that before you buy domains from an Aussie domain provider.

Some of the popular local aussie forums like WhirlpoolDNTrade and Web Hosting Talk  can give you a good idea of good local hosts, though most locals tend to bag the US service providers just because they are not Australian. (And that’s fair enough because they are 😉 un-Australian).

I have used a few of these local providers and they are good and prices for some of them have also come down in the last few years, but I mainly use US based website- hosting for my blogs, due to the price factor.

I use US web hosts because they do the job and are reliable for blogs with a monthly traffic of fewer than 100,000 hits to your blog. If you get more traffic on your blog, you should be earning well enough to sign up for a premium optimised  or dedicated hosting company.

Below I am going to give some of the US based hosting that I prefer for my blogs  and  niche website, whihc will also  work well for some small biz beginner websites. Here is the list.

Australian Web Hosting Comparison: Our Top 3 US Hosts

  1. Bluehost Hosting

Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 2 million domains with its sister companies, HostMonster, FastDomain and iPage.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. Before you choose a web host, however, you should carefully consider the company and whether it fits with your own plans.

Bluehost offers $200 in free offers when you sign up. This includes free advertising credits for Google and Facebook. By using these free advertising credits, you can start advertising with the respective websites and get traffic instantly.

The regular pricing for Bluehost shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

 

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

2. Hostgator

Hostgator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence in Austin, Texas

Uptime –  Very Good – 99.99%

Houston-based HostGator is one of the largest web hosts on the planet with over 9 million (!) domain names hosted. They boast partnerships with tiny tech titans Cisco and Linux. HostGator has been around since 2002, originally founded by Brent Oxley before being acquired a decade later by Endurance International Group (EIG)

The regular pricing for Hostgator shared hosting is $7.99 per month. The company however runs discounts now and then. Currently, you can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

3. Godaddy

GoDaddy Inc. is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. GoDaddy is best known as a domain registrar – and, to be certain, it is one of the largest in the world – but they also offer a wide range of other web services, including hosting.

Godaddy hosts 7 of my sites through its Linux hosting offering and works perfectly all of the time. They have ridiculously cheap and reliable service. GoDaddy’s hosting is scalable to your needs and boasts a 99.9% uptime.

They offer many attractive features and very reasonable pricing. GoDaddy hosting comes in three sizes: Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate.

The Economy plan is probably all most freelance individual webmasters will ever need. Although disk space is limited to 10 GB, that is actually more than most websites will ever use. The Deluxe package allows for 150 GB disk space – a marked improvement over the Economy plan – 500 e-mail accounts and 25, 1 GB MySQL databases

The regular pricing for Godaddy shared hosting(economy) is $10.99 per month. The company, however, runs frequent specials. Right now, for example, you can get hosting for as low as $5.49 per month when you sign up through partnering sites such as start-a-website.info!

The major benefit to hosting through GoDaddy is that you only have to deal with one company –  for your domains, hosting and other related  website services  like selling domains , domain auctions  and SEO.

 

  • Ease of use 90%
  • Affordability 85%
  • Performance 80%

I still recommend Bluehost.com and Hostmonster as my favourite US hosting providers.

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Support is a very important factor when choosing a website-hosting company, because when trouble strikes you need good service, otherwise it can be very frustrating and you could end up losing traffic and money to your blog if things are not fixed quickly.

Before you make your choice , do check up on – If 24/7 support is available, you can call up and speak to a person if needed.

Check also if upgrade to optimised hosting is available, price for extra bandwidth or storage space, if they provide free or paid backups, do they sell SSL certificates.

Good luck!

10 tips to choosing the right domain name for your website

To  what extent do you need to put efforts in selecting your domain name? Is domain name vital to the growth of your site? The answer is yes to all of these.

On the other hand, many present day experts argue that if you have a quality website and business, people would automatically visit your site. On the contrary, another group of online experts is of the opinion that domain name is the key element of your website. It can either make you prosperous or can break you.

Hence, you emphasise a domain name that would fit your business as well as easy to promote. However, you should also comprehend the importance of a domain name in your online business.

The importance of domain name

The domain name for your website is important because it casts an indelible first impression on the visitors. Quite interestingly, the URL of your site is the first thing that your visitors would see. Also, a good domain name can go a long way in making a positive impression.

Tips to select the right domain name for your website

Here is the list of tips that would help you to pick the right domain name for your site.

Keep the name of the domain name short

It is interesting to note that if the name of your domain is longer, then there are high probabilities that the customers would type it wrong. So, you should concentrate on selecting a domain name that is simple.

Proper usage of keywords

You should be aware of the fact that keywords can make a huge difference in the online world. It can help your website improve its rankings. You should use keywords that best describe your business or the services that you offer. For instance, if you are a car repairing business, you should register as carrepairingservices.com.

Select a domain name that is easy to type

Your customers would look forward to a domain name that is easy to type. If you choose a domain name that is involved in nature, they will avoid the site. Refrain from selecting domain names that comprise words with multiple spellings.

Refrain from using hyphens and numbers

It is important to note that numerical characters and special characters are most often misunderstood by people who can be your prospective customers. However, if you think that you need these in your domain, you should always register the various variations.

Include words that epitomize the kind of business you are involved

As per many online experts, by adding words of this type, you would attract a larger number of customers. It also improves your website’s visibility in the online world.

Select the name of your domain by focusing on your area

If your business is local, then you should try to include the name of the city or the state in your domain name. It would make it easy for the local customers to remember and find your services. For instance, Denvercarrepairingservices.com can be a good domain name.

Invest time in research

While selecting the domain name for your organization, you have to make sure that it is not trademarked or copyrighted. Also, you should not use a domain name that is registered with the other company. It could land you in huge legal trouble. Hence, it is always better to invest a little time on the selecting of a domain name.

Catchiness of the domain

Select a catchy domain so that the visitors would remember it for a long time. Be unique and creative in your approach.

Usage of appropriate domain name extension

Extensions can have varied meanings in the world of online business. Hence, you should select a domain name that is best suited for your business. The .com domain name is an all-time favorite among many individuals.

Register your domain names quickly

It is fascinating to note that domain names sell quickly because there are hundreds of users at any given time buying or building a new website. Hence, register quickly to make sure that you can actually get a proper domain name that is available. Act fast to grab your favorite domain name, 2017 has seen may new domain names  like .blog .clud .tech and many more

If you are looking forward to improving your site’s ranking, a domain name is important. It affects the Search Engine Optimization Process (SEO) considerably. Lastly, a good and unique name also changes the brand that you are promoting.

2 Features you need to Start a blog in  15 minutes

2 Features you need to Start a blog in 15 minutes

When I actually started my first blog, I had already learnt html by myself and created a website, so i knew a bit about it all.

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However I was so wrong,  I still had so much to learn.

Most people would love  to know when and how to start a blog , when they are starting on their new online journey.

Today I am writing this tutorial for you as a total beginner friendly guide to starting a website.  Fast forward today and you don’t really need any particular skills to make a blog, that is if you choose the right software or services.

There are a couple of things which you choose, which can make your blog building journey easy peasey. I will list them below.

Building blogs – Why take the Hard path when there is an easy one

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1 click install

This  is one of the most easy ways to build a blog.  You click one button and the installation of your wordpress blog gets done in the background and you get your Logon url to login to the admin area and do any further changes you need.

The 1 click install differs from provider to provider, but is pretty straight forward and easy with godaddy or bluehost which  is what I recommend.  With both of them, once you click on the install wordpress script, it will ask you a few questions like preferred blog name, description, your preferred admin name, password and then you get to click the install button and it does it all. Remember to note down your password and admin login name, you will need this later.

The Hosting + free domain name offer

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This is something good for beginners not only because it’s free, but also if you buy/get a domain name with the same provider then you don’t need to worry about pointing domain names to hosting and name servers etc.

When you get the hosting and free domain offer, you can do the whole blog install process in one seamless process in 10 to 15 minutes.  If you go the other route of buying domain from one provider and hosting from other, then you might need to adjust the name servers and point it to your hosting server, which takes a little bit of fiddling around .

Hosting Plans suitable for beginners

Now there are other things like server speed,  uptime and  compatibility with different kind of platforms, but rest assured the ones I recommend are tried and tested by myself.

Below is a list of popular hosting  providers for 2017

Hosting ProviderPrice (monthly)Disk SpaceBandwithFree Domain NameEmail account
Bluehost (recommended)Starter Plan $3.49UnlimitedUnlimitedFreeFree
HostgatorHatchling Plan$5.56 (20% off)UnlimitedUnlimitedNoFree
HostmonsterStarter Plan
$5.99100 gbUnlimitedFree $15.99 Domain Registration couponFree
GodaddyEconomy Plan $4.99 (54% off)100 gbUnlimitedFreeFree
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Spark Starter Plan
$4.99UnlimitedUnlimitedFreeNA
Ipage
Essential Plan
$1.99UnlimitedNAFreeFree
Dreamhost (40% off)$5.95UnlimtedUnlimitedFreeFree
Yahoo Small Business Hosting - Advanced Plan$3.9950 gb5000 GB/moFreeFree

I recommend shared plans like the $1 Godaddy hosting plan and the $3.95 a month bluehost hosting plan, because they are cheap plans suitable for beginners. The speeds of these servers will not compare to premium hosting plans which cost anywhere between $22 to $199 a month, but will do OK for fresh starter blogs.

If you think you might start another website, photo gallery or forums down the road then I would suggest you getting a plan that is between the range of $5.95 to $10.95 a month, which will allow you to host multiple domain names and websites or forums on the same hosting purchased – without any additional fees.

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This hosting providers have a large range of scripts like Wikipedia styled sites, email lists software, photo gallery script software and many more that you can auto install with 1 click install.

You can install  new scripts/software either on a subdomain of your free domain  you received or then purchase a new domain for your 2nd blog or forum that you are starting. if you need a more detailed guide using  bluehost to install your blog check out my this post

Bluehost currently has a Good offer with domain free and discounted hosting – check it here. If you run into any problems don’t feel shy to get on support chat and have a chat with your hosting provider to sort out things ( or even message me here and I will be glad to help you )

The first essential task if your sitting on the fence is to get started now. Good luck!

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