The best wordpress responsive theme for your modern new blog in 2017

the new visual buidler theme  by divi

Are you looking for a good wordpress theme for your new blog. What if you could design your own website just as if you were working in a easy to use program like Microsoft Word ,adding pictures, choosing font, adding headers,c hanging colors of font and background and more. Well the new divi builder theme by elegant wordpress themes is just as easy as that.

Free wordpress themes vs paid themes

Many People opt for free themes and regret later due to many reasons but If you got no budget then obviously – free is an option, but again – if you can afford even a little bit of money, then go for a paid theme, it pays back.

Free comes with its own limitations – Here are some reason  to go for a reasonably priced  good theme.

  • Authors of free themes are late in updating  their themes with new updates required
  • They often break with wordpress updates due to poor coding in the theme.
  • The Free theme designer gets involved in something else and forgets to  provide support to his free theme

I have been a elegant WP themes member for 8+ years now because their prices for wordpress themes are so ridiculously low. I mean common just do a search online for wordpress themes, who would give 85+ premium website themes just for $89.

Price Does matter with WP themes

In fact go search on theme forest, one of the biggest website design template providers and you can see that buying just one good wp design template costs you like $35 dollars. You will find cheaper ones on theme forest, but they are not premium in the sense, due to poor support and code etc. The good ones there cost $40 and over per theme.

Okay, coming back to the topic -why I am writing this post today is because of the launch of the new word press divi theme by elegant. This new divi theme with the visual builder that they have just released is a theme design that can literally take the shape of 100 different designs all from one template.

what you see is what you get

The Divi theme price ($89 for Yearly membership – Includes 87 themes and plugins)

As I told you that you get 85+ themes for a yearly membership price of $89 and for lifetime access if you can afford it at $249 its worth it.
It’s so easy to design your blog with the new wysiwyg website builder that you could think you are designing a website in word.
Hold on what’s wysiwyg (look above)

As elegant theme themselves say –

Our pricing is simple. Purchase a single membership for one low price and get access to our entire collection of themes and plugins. You can use those themes and plugins on as many websites as you like (client sites too).

    
You could pay just the one year membership fee for this one new theme  IMHO and get triple the value over the years for just the purchased theme , the other themes and plugins come as a bonus. In fact this theme will put many plugins that offer creating custom wordpress pages and websites our of business.

nick roach elegant themes founderNick Roach is the person who runs things at elegant themes and he has always looked out for his customers , by keeping prices low even when he could easily bump it up for what they provide.

He has gone all out on this one supporting his designers to give the best value to the customers with this new divi design. Its pretty much an all in one wordpress design with customisation possible from top to end.

So what is a good wordpress theme ?

Well the obivious is first, that it looks nice and presents well, here are some additional things to look out for in a wordpress theme.

Responsive – the theme should be responsive and load properly on desktops as well as smartphones, tablets

Light on code – the theme should be coded well and light in size – so that it doesn’t slow down your website.

Compatible – many poorly coded themes get affected/distorted by installed WP plugins or updates to wordpress

Flexibility – there should be flexibility to change colors of design, fonts, add extra code, SEO options inbuilt into template.

Professional – the theme design should suit the niche and look professional.

I’m glad to say the themes and plugins from elegant meet all of these standards or requirements.

With the new divi template, there are hundreds of customisations possible due to its flexibility in its design. But just lets have a look at some that stand out according to me.

The new Elegant &  divi wordpress theme features:

  • Access To All Themes
  • Access To All Plugins(This plan includes full access to all of our plugins, as well as all new plugins that are created during your membership.)
  • Theme Updates
  • Premium Support
  • Unlimited Website Usage
  • Risk-Free Guarantee
  • One Time Fee

Specific to DIVI

Real Time Design

When you make a change to your page or design, everything is updated instantly right before your eyes. Design and edit instantly!

Premade Layouts

Jump-start your design process by using one of the 20+ pre-made layouts that ship with the builder. Boon for the  time conscious person or plain lazy peeps.

Mix and match

Divi comes with 46 different content elements. Mix, match and build just about anything you can imagine.

Here is a promo video from divi, explaining features in short summary

 
  If I was not a customer of elegant themes today and knew what i knew about their themes, I definitely would sign up merely for their new divi theme and consider the rest of them as a bonus.

  If you are looking for a new wordpress why procrastinate, you got nothing to lose here- but just gain 85+ awesome word press design templates for your website or future websites. Browse their amazing themes here. And good luck to your new  venture

Is godaddy a good host to start a website ?

my honest review of godaddy 2016Post Updated 5 September 2017. Go daddy is one of the  biggest domain registrars in the US , Inspite of being quite well known  and being one of the most popular   advertisers on the Superbowl “Americas premier sporting event” they have  taken a beating to their online reputation on various websites and forums, when it comes  to website hosting  and I don’t know why.

You search online and you can get many bad reviews about Godaddy. I got my first  godaddy hosting account  and domain  with great nervousness almost 5+ years ago, in spite of reading all the online bad reviews about Godaddy.com.

I purchased webhosting at that time from them, just because they were offering a $1 a month  hosting offer to me which sounded really cheap.

I just said to myself  – what the heck and signed up it was muich less to lose at that price. I have collected and listed some current deals just below and they are some here on this website as well.

Funny thing is I wasn’t disappointed with that cheap web-hosting plan purchase. I have since then got another second hosting account with Godaddy and have like 30 + domains on this second account as well.

Godaddy deals 2017

Below I have got together some of their latest deals

GoDaddy Deals for 2017Link to deal
Cheap Domain NameGet 0.99 Cent Domain Name
Cheap $1 HostingGet $1 month Hosting for your website (Check it)
Cheap Website Builder + domain + email for $1Click Here

 

This hosting that I purchased was most certainly  a very cheap price at that time. If I remember right, it was $1 a month hosting, and it was definite cheap  compared to the other website-hosting deals going around at that time of roughly $5 to $6 a month.

So I just grabbed it and set up a few niche blogs and also an affiliate site to promote products online.

The niche site did well and I also made money from the affiliate website and so my initial investment was already covered ten times in that year.

So was godaddy worth it ?

Well  as I was just starting new websites, I was not  really tracking stuff  like if they were 100% online all the time  or then how slow my website was loading,  but as my websites  were new and   did not use much  bandwidth and  resources everything was good and chugging along fine.

In fact go daddy at that time already had a 99% uptime guarantee, so I never had to worry.

A little later – I also purchased Hostgator and Dreamhost hosting plans for more projects and so I got  to test them out as well.  I had issues with my accounts getting hacked  and slow servers speed and downtime in initial years with one of them.

I got emails from them, telling me that my website was hogging their server resources , when i didn’t even have  like 100 hits a days , while my godaddy account was fine  and no emails from them , so from that point of view surely GDaddy was a winner .

I’m still with hostgator and blue host and they are doing fine. As far as the other host goes , they have stopped sending me resources hogging emails, or your account will be limited etc.. So that’s definitely  good sign from the hosting industry and I still until today use go daddy  hosting for several of my websites.

The best thing about godaddy that I like – is that they have local 1 dollar a month hosting wordpressAmerican support that you can pick up the phone and speak too  anytime. I always get to speak to a person pretty soon without staying too long on the line.

The few times that I called support, I was actually  attended to by knowledgeable staff  who managed to sort out the problem I had.

 

If you are looking  to get a website  or blog started and you are on a low spend budget, until you find your bearings – Do try  one of  go daddy’s cheap deals above.

Here is a tutorial Video for go daddy blog install by wordpress australia

 

3 Steps to start an online ecommerce shop easily and quickly

Creating yourOwn OnLine store (1)

When people say the word “ecommerce” everybody thinks it’s quite complex thing to get started with or involves a lot of hard work. People think online shopping carts and all sorts of things, but today with modern technology it’s completely the opposite.

You could actually create your brand new online shop working in just 10 minutes (Yep Just 10 minutes!)  and start selling.

How to start an online shop and start selling

If you know what you want to sell – that’s all right, but if you are undecided then there are two kinds of stores you can make to start your business – A drop shipping store or an Online store where you have your own products being shipped from your warehouse. A drop shipping store is pretty straightforward and can be easily made in 10 minutes and involves the least amount of work.

A store where you have your own products and ship them is a bit more involved and can take a bit longer like half an hour to build your store. First I will explain the difference between a “drop shipping store business” and a let’s call it “general store” shop.

A Drop Shipping Store Business in 2017

This is where you decide you want to open a shop/store online but don’t want to be bothered about inventory, sourcing and storing products and then physically packaging or shipping them to your buyers. What you really want to do with this method is just open an online shop and list & sell products and once a product is sold then- you just buy that product that you sold in your shop from another seller in china (alibaba/aliexpress) and put in your buyer address and it gets shipped directly to them from china. You obviously would have listed that product at a much higher price to make a commission on the sale.

You need three things to get a drop shipping business started:

1. A shopify store account – ( free trial available now)

2. A Aliexpress accountsign up here free

3. Oberlo – App to make listing products from aliexpress to your store easy (free 30 day trial)

 

Why shopify

If you have used wordpress or (operated a blog/website like me) you know it’s one of the easiest website building software in the world and you can easily make professional looking websites just by pointing and clicking a few buttons ( my tutorial here) . Well Shopify is the wordpress for building online stores. Shopify is one of the easiest and best service provider to build an “online shop” quickly and easily and they are quite affordable too. Make sure of the free 14 day trial link I have given above and you can check prices on their website from there.

Once you register for their free trial, you will get access to your online shop and you can see that structure of the design makes it easy to do everything to get your store online. You will get familiarized with all the sections as you use the store more and more. To just a list a couple of products and get your store online doing drop shipping should not take you more than 10 minutes.

Aliexpress account

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Aliexpress is an online marketplace from china which list products for sale in hundreds of niches from fashion clothing, gadgets, electronics, kid’s toys, stationery and much more. There are thousands of sellers from china selling their products on Ali express and they deliver from china to your doorstep. If you are doing drop shipping- then you will provide your customers name/address while purchasing (once you get a sale on your own shopify shop).

It is free to register with Ali express – register here.

Oberlo app

Oberlo is a paid app that makes it easy for you to add products from your aliexpress account to your online shopify shop. This app makes it easy to add products quickly and easily from aliexpress to your store. Once the app is installed in your store , all you need to do is search for a product (clothing or gadget what’ve) in the app in your store and it will show you the product, details and pics of gthe listing. Now just click import product and it will import the whole product title, description and pictures.

oberlo shopify app screenshot

You can choose which pics to keep for your post  and then just hit publish and the product is ready on your store to sell and it also shows inventory of how many are still left from the ali express seller account.

If you want – You could do all this manually with your Ali express account, browse Ali express for a product you want to sell, copy and paste product title, details, description and pics etc. and then list it on your store – but the oberlo makes this damn easy and quick. When you have to add many products to your store and you want to save time doing that, this app becomes a blessing.

Trust me with drop shipping it is best to add as many products to your store to get sales. 10 to 20 products on your shop is a good number to start with.

Check out the free Oberlo 30 day trial and pricing over here

Both a drop shipping store and a general niche store when made with shopify, will have shopping carts and all features of an online store as they come pre- installed so you don’t have to worry about all that.

A General Store

For explaining purposes here, I will say A general store is where you will buy products or make products and then store it in your house/ garage or warehouse and then when you get a sale from your shopify shop, then you will manually package and ship the product to your customer country based on how many they ordered and where they want it to be shipped. You will need to keep constantly keep track of your inventory and order more as you need it.

What’s different from drop shipping is that you don’t need to do packaging , not storage space needed , take professional pics for products , no spending time figuring out where it needs to be sent and shipping costs etc. with drop shipping. Most aliexpress sellers offer free shipping for their products to many countries.

Design or Look of your Store

parallax theme from shopify

Parallax them by shopify

The design or look of your store is very important and they are some amazing free designs for your online store, just browse the free themes/templates from your store and apply it to see how your store looks. Be warned though changing templates sometimes involves a little more readjusting of logos etc. with every change – your content will always remain in store as it is but will change how it displays with every time you decide to change the look/template in your shop. So choose a good one right at the start and stick to it.

multippurpose theme from  theme forest

Multipurpose theme by themeforest

They are some awesome paid templates that shopify sells and there are many third party providers also that make good designs for shopify stores. Just browse shopify or then the internet and you will find them.

Design sources for your store

1. Free shopify themes

2. Themeforest themes

3. Wpzoom themes

 

 

 

 

 

Payment Gateways for your Store

Collecting money for your sales is important and shopify has made this seamless, you get your shopify payment processing gateway when you sign up with shopify and so you can accept payments from all over the world. You’re automatically set up to accept all major cards as soon as you create your Shopify store. Shopify tells you if the payment method used or credit card is suspicious or dodgy and sometimes block payments.

accept payments directly with Shopify

If you’re not using Shopify Payments and you want to accept credit cards, you can choose from over 70 ecommerce payment gateways for your Shopify store. Check the list here. Businesses in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia can accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express debit and credit cards.

You also have the option of adding other payment gateways if you have a particular preference. https://www.2checkout.com/ is another option that some shops use as their payment gateway for processing payments.

How to make sales from your online store

This is where you will know if you can make it or break it. You are the measure of your own success. As with any business it takes time and hard work to make a business successful and that is the truth. If anyone tells you otherwise there are full of sh*t.

When you manage to make sales on your store then you can just keep doing the same thing and scaling and make more sales. Test more, try more new things and make more sales, find out what’s working for others doing the same thing, test try and sell more.

Setting up shop is the easiest thing to start your online shop, the rest of the bits are the hard ones. Like getting sales is hard and this I where you need the hard yakka. Saying that, I know some of my mates who have just started a shop, got the right ads and products on their shop and are doing $100k sales a month within 6 months of starting their store.

So how do you make sales with your store – This is something that you will need to test and see what works with your product. Facebook ads promotion is a must for everyone to try, but people are finding success with INSTAGRAM product promotion via shout outs from people with large following, promotion via Google and Bing ppc ads and some have managed to get sales via pinterest as well. So test out everything, but Facebook ads is a good platform to get sales for your shop, as you can find the right audience for your specific products with Facebook audience insights.

Apparently Facebook video ads also work very well and cost less to advertise right now.

Top Advertising platform for your online store:

1. Facebook ads

2. Instagram shootouts and ads

3. Google PPC advertising

4. Bing PPC advertising

5. Pinterest Advertising

6. Reddit advertising

7. Also Twitter, linked in and other social media platforms can be tested

I would recommend that as soon as you shop is published and online, you set up a business page from your Facebook account with your store URL and start publishing relevant content and your products to your Facebook business page.

Do create an Instagram account for your business and start posting relevant pics and content to your instagram account as well. I would suggest you keep your entire business accounts active by regularly posting stuff or get a tool to automate posting stuff by scheduling post s to your Facebook page/ instagram account etc.

As Facebook and shopify work together – With a Facebook page and store you can integrate your store to your Facebook business page, so that when you add products to your store – it automatically publishes in your Facebook business page as well.

secrets of success 2017

Need i say more? Good luck!

Top 10 WordPress bloggers

WordPress has a well-built universal society that is regularly rising and surfacing. Whether it is about WordPress designing or coding, we trust that if we would like to develop stronger to get successful.

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Everyone needs the support from the society to maintain learning and budding with successful people. There are people who joined the groups for learning and got success after some time. It would be a big fault of management if bloggers miss the chance to grow the with community.

When talking with experts, it becomes clear that most of the bloggers follow others to get success. As a matter of fact, it is a common practice in the online world. Most of the online websites and blogs are linked with each other. No doubt, it seems a search engine optimization technique but it is required for quick success after emerging in online world. Let’s see top ten wordpress blogger who can provide good guidance towards success.

1. WPBEGINNER:

It is a famous blog that offers web contents to people in WordPress world. Those who are interested to learn how to produce and use blog contents are suggested to check this famous wordpress blog right now.

2. WPMU Dev:

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This is an amazing blog providing themes and plugins. It produced WP themes and plugins for the users. This is a regular WP blog where people can learn about latest techniques.

3. WP Explorer:

As a matter of fact, it uses wordpress to provide WP news, themes, plugins, coupon notifications and tutorials. It is a great blog for the beginners looking for perfect utilization of basic tools for the success of their newly developed blogs.

4. WP Tavern:

It is one of the most famous WP blogs. It offers WP news in order to update the users. Find what’s happening in the WP sector and learn about modern tools and updates.

5. ThemeShaper:

The ThemeShaper is an emerging WP blog.

It focuses on the WP development topics. It is the best blog for the beginners as well as experienced bloggers to find Mammoth Guide. Consider it first when thinking about the success of your wordpress blog.

6. Code Tuts+:

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This WP blog is famous because of its tutorials. It offers in-depth learning guides about the WP development. Keep visiting Code Tuts+ to get the authoritative knowledge to develop your WordPress blog.

7. Smashing Magazine:

It is an outstanding WP blog focusing on all virtual aspects. It provides knowledge and updates about email design, graphic design, JavaScript, typography and mobile design.

8. ManageWP:

It is a great source of WP Dashboard Management. It presents regular posts about this topic. Beginners should follow this WP blog in order to develop the best dashboard.

9. WP Lift:

It offers succinct, certified and in-depth posts about WP notifications, roundups, and development and utilization tips. Subscribe now for more learning about WP blog management.

10. WP Mayor:

It is a distinguishing blog based on WordPress. It assists the subscribers in WP management from a developer’s point. Information provided by the WP Lift is 100 % accurate and reliable.

The hosting coupon link  for 2017 that you cant do without from bluehost

The hosting coupon link for 2017 that you cant do without from bluehost

[updated 28/11/2017] . Everybody likes a good deal and if you are looking for  a good  hosting deal with domain you will surely like this. If you are searching for Hosting coupon ,   Promos, 2017 Deals or offers for blog or website hosting you have come to the right place.

My preferred hosting company

My preferred website-hosting provider bluehost currently has a good offer (42% 60% off) for new signups for website-hosting which is also further reduced from the previous discounted  price,  so grab it while it lasts.

Cyber monday sale on:$2.95 hosting 

Today only, your visitors can claim a Bluehost account for only $2.95 a month (for 36 months).*(expired)

 

I have provided the discount link below but do read my hosting renewal story if you have some time (just one of my rants).

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If you just want to go ahead and grab the 60% discount ($2.95 hosting deal) – Grab it here via my link (60% off -$2.95). This deal is just for their 1 day sale on August 17th  31st 2017. After this it will revert back to the next best deal available with bluehost-hosting.

Story of my bluehost hosting renewal 

My bluehost hosting just came up for renewal today , and I was shocked to see that my hosting actually would cost me $10.99 a month on renewal, if I renewed it for 24 months($263.76).

normal renewal rates for bluehost hosting

I was more shocked because I normally give discount offers for blue host hosting to my site visitors like you for just $3.49 $2.95 a month right now (grab the promo 2017 discount deal here).

So I decided to explore further on the difference of prices. I’m not complaining about the service because I love blue host and have been using them for 6+ years now with excellent customer service and would like to continue using them, so I decided to give them a call.

Turns out the customer service was closed for the weekend being a Saturday, so I logged into their live chat help and asked about the price difference.

The sales rep told me that the special prices that was there currently being offered by me was only for new users to blue host, and all users have to pay the basic normal rate after the first year special discount offer.

I found out this to be normal practice among most big hosting companies and was not too fussed about it, but asked him if he could do a reasonable deal for me.

He said he would enquire and come back to me (pic here), He came back in a minute and told me that he could do a deal of the basic current rate $7.95 month due to being a loyal customer but could not give the current discounted special offer of $3.95.

the discounted deal from blue host hosting for renewal

I settled for this offer which was good enough to me where I would normally get charged $10.99 a month instead.

where is my hosting discount deal offer

He adjusted the rate on the renewal and I got to save at least $70 approx on my hosting deal. This once again proved that my hosting service was actually looking after their customers and I renewed for another 24 months.

To cut a long story short, I do recommend bluehost and if you are looking for blog or website-hosting – here is their special current offers that I have listed below.

The Bluehost Hosting discount offer

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Web Hosting & Domain 2017

best wordpress hosting for bloggers

Normally rates are $5.99 a month for new sign ups – Get a 56 % discount with our special rate of $3.95 a month by buying from our referral Start-a-website.info promo link here . + free domain if you get a 1 year or 2 year hosting plan

You do not need any discount coupon or deal code to claim the offer , just click on the above link and go get the deal in your checkout cart

Currently what you are getting with Blue host hosting

  • 1-click WordPress installations
  • Free domain [for *1 or 2 year hosting plan]
  • A money-back guarantee
  • And over $200 in marketing offers from Google/Facebook/Twitter/Bing
  • Hosting is unlimited – so you can host more than 1 website on your plan

If you do run into any problems with claiming or redeeming the discount offer link or with setting up your blog, do get in touch with me via the contact button on the top menu and I will be happy to help you out.

Bluehost also provides many other add-ons like,

– SEO service to promote you blog on Google search , Bing and yahoo

– Quickstart can get your site off the ground with one on one expert training , if you are interested in getting more from your blog or website

Good luck and happy blogging!

 

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