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.
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 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.)
Unlimited Website Usage
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!
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
There is only a handful of top wordpress webhosting providers in the hosting niche for popular blog software wordpress and then there is also a big list of small hosting companies. Below we have compared prices for webhosting and also features of the most popular hosting providers which are mostly based in the US. – Post Updated 01/10/2017
All of these blog/website hosting providers in this list provide support for wordpress blogging software. [checkout our current special deal for Hosting + Free Domain names in 2017 ]
With the release of Word Press 4 which is is now available,more and more people are using the word press blogging platform . It is also becoming increasingly popular with small businesses and corporate companies and eCommerce stores , due to the agility of this CMS to be a proper website as well as a blog or online store.
In fact wordpress is so flexible, all you need is a good word press theme to dress up this website CMS to become a Photography website , or change it into a news magazine. You can check out my more detailed ultimate guide to creating a wordpress website which is here
Word-press hosting for websites and Blogs
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time and most hosting providers provide this website software for free when you purchase their hosting plan, So you dont have to buy it separately or go through a long process installing it yourself . WordPress is also knows as a CMS content management system.
You would have to buy a hosting plan if you want to start a website and you will also need a domain name. There are free platforms like Blogger and Tumblr but they do not give you the freedom to customise your blog as you please and they have the authority to delete your blog at any time if you have violated any of their terms and conditions.
Word press is so easy to manage and use that many small businesses and corporations are switching to this format for their websites in increasing numbers. The “Wall street Journal, Ford , Techcrunch, ebay and boing boing are among some well known names that are jumping on the word press bandwagon to promote their stuff to the internet.
How to get a wordpress blog up and running ?
To sum it up quickly, i can say
It’s Easy As…
Find a Web Host and sign up to a hosting provider with WordPress.
But one of the basic things you will always need to start a blog is hosting for your blog or website and so below i have given a detailed comparison of popular and reputed hosting providers from which you can decide which one is suitable for you. A full comparison of required features and price are given below.
Price and Feature Comparison for top blog and website hosting companies
A comparison chartbetween some top us WordPress hosts. Most of these hosts also cater or provide access to other popular website software like JOOMLA, DRUPAL, MAGENTO and more.
Hostgatorwww.hostgator.comHostGator is a leading provider of web hosting, reseller hosting, vps hosting, and dedicated serversDeal link: Click hereCoupon code1 25 % off : startwebsiteCoupon code2 25 % off : DigitalGrog
Dreamhostwww.dreamhost.comDedicated hosting and WordPress optimized and cloud web hostingPrice: Normally$9.95 a month ($119.40 yearly)Our Current promo offer:$4.95 a month($59.40 yearly @$60 Discount) +Free lifetime domain registration (use this promo code: startwebsite )*promo code also applies to two year plans taken*This promo code adds1 extra FREE lifetime domain registrationto any plan signed up for with it!
Unlimited Disk space
Unlimited email accounts
100 % server uptime guarantee
Price: $4.95 MonthUse promo code startwebsite to get discount of $60 (Will differ based on hosting package period you buy for)
If you are looking to host a wordpress blog there can be a bit of confusion, as there are two popular services and websites with the name wordpress( www.wordpress.com and www.wordpress.org ) I get this question all the time… from bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners
What is difference between hosting with wordpress.org and wordpress.com ?
[ The difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org ]
According to the figures fromteh top blogging software website wordPress.com, there are currently over sixty million WordPress-based websites or blogs in the world. Half of them are hosted on WordPress.com and the rest on other platforms.
About 100,000 new WordPress websites are created every day. In realtion to difference between wordpress.com and .org – the WordPress.com website hosts the site on their servers ( so its a free blog service like blogger.com), so you don’t really need a hosting account, but tehre are limitation as any free service and your blog can be banned at any time if it goes against one of their hundreds of policies that you should be aware off.
I know this is a risk you will take with “free blogging services” has happened to me with two major blog services and they didn’t have the courtesy to tell me why they banned my blog and i didn’t know why it was banned as well.
Cons of wordpress.com free blogging service
WordPress.com provides a limited amount of space and customization options.
WordPress.com does not allow you to include advertisements of any kind.
Your blog is at risk of being banned if you inadvertently break on of their rules
WordPress.org is the website that provides the software for wordpress. This wordpress software is available free from wordpress.org and can download it and use it for free. However as most hosting companies already have a 1 clickinstall in their hosting account for this free software , tehre is no real need to download it , if your buy a hosting account with one of the hosting providers.
WordPress as a self hosted blog
As a wordpress blog with a hosting account is called a self hosted blog , and you have paid for your own hosting , you are free to customise the wordpress as you wish to your needs. and then install on a separate web host (or ISP).
Extra information you can consider before making a final choice of webhost service provider
How to Pick a Good Web Hosting Service
What is cpanel ?
Cpanel – Most WordPress blog hosting companies provides a cpanel which make sit much easier to navigate the inner bits of where your blog resides, In the cpanel which is the backend of you blog admin area , you can create ftp accounts to transfer files directly to your website, change passwords and update the software, but a lot of these tasks can also be done via login through the blog interface (http://www.yourblog.com/wp-admin).
Script library & windows Vs linux hosting
This is no biggie, both Windows hosting and linux hosting does the job, though most providers have linux hosting and they do a good job. Script library is of importance if you think you will start a forum , or a email list , or a subscription blog .Many hostingservice providers provide an array of easy script installs via their backend like forums , blogs, email list software.
Personally I believe there is not much more to consider, with the exception of obvious time delays for support when choosing a hosting provider in another country vs. US hosting as US hosting is mostly cheaper and you will always get a lot of USA traffic (irrespective of which country you are based in) making US a good choice for hosting.
I have already discussed why I prefer US hosting to other countries hosting earlier ,but I do wish to stay transparent and give people who still wish to explore other options like a local hosting choice, so here are a few popular hosting solutions from CANADA, UK, South Africa , India, Europe, South America and more..
CANADA HOSTING PROVIDERS
Canadian web hosting is a growing force to be reckoned with, with many new webhosting providers recently hitting the market. We have listed a few Canadian based hosting-companies with affordable prices below.
WebHostingCanada web hosting – the name says it all! Web Hosting Canada is proudly Canadian. They have fast servers based in Montreal, Quebec and Canadian technical support – in both official Canadian languages.
Vancouver-based Canadian Web Hosting is 100% Canadian owned and operated. A solid featureset and three package options (including a spacious business plan) are backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Price $7.95 a month (Canadian Dollars)
UK Hosting & European hosting
Some of the European hosting is also mainly UK hosting with clook.uk, evohosting, pacwebhosting, icdsoft being some popular hosts being mentioned around forums. Let me know if you have a favourite one that has worked well for you
Unlimited Web Hosting & Domain (supports wordpress blogging and 99.9 % uptime)
No hidden costs: truly unlimited hosting
Easy-to-use site builder
Unlimited web pages
Price: 250 Rupees a month ( xe.com)
South Africa hosting companies
Some popular companies in south Africa are Cybersmart hosting, Ample hosting, Elite host and hostking and there are still many more good ones we will cover later
It’s the cheapest out there. You just need to pay for a domain. Not recommend for a business but for a private site or blog there’s nothing wrong with it except for maybe being a little bit slower than the other packages.
Pricing: They got packages tarting with free Pick package to blue package to aqua package . The Blue basic package starts at R18 (rand) to Aqua R98 (rand)
You get a free domain (what else you want) and you can only host one website( not good) with which you get 10 email addresses(good). The 500 MB should be enough for most small websites and you also get unlimited bandwidth.
It’s ideal for a small website where you pay less than R10 a month and have your domain included in the price.(can’t go wrong)
More technical info…..
Where are the datacenters Located.
Many big companies like google, Microsoft their major data centres in different countries but they basically use their datacentres or servers for their own use. Datacentres if used by a hosting company and is based can be a benefit to you based on where the datacentre is and where you are..if you want more speedy loading times for your website for your local area or country. But if you are getting traffic from all over the world this is not important at all and you could just choose a cheap US host or then a cheap host from any country.
Microsoft’s has their mirror server in Hong Kong one datacenter….which is called HKNET… Australia bandwidth not bad at all, i can boost it like 600kb/s and USA more than 500kb/s with multithreading.
Some of huge data-centres that we believe are the largest found anywhere- range between 400,000 and 1.1 million square feet. Here are some of them
Range International Information Hub
6.3 Million Sq. Ft.
Las Vegas, Nevada
2.2 Million Sq. Ft
Utah Data Center
1+ Million Sq. Ft.
1.1 Million Sq. Ft
QTS Metro Data Center
970,000 Sq. Ft.
I hope i have provided enough information for you to choose and pick a suitable webhosting service and good luck to you – Dont wait – take action now _start a blog today!
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