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Unlocking The Power Of Your Site Using Plugins…

While page builders are for design, layout, and functionality for that page, plugins allow you to turn your WordPress site into just about anything you want.

It’s just like the phone you have in your pocket or on the table right now. More than likely you have an Android or an iPhone, (I have an iPhone) neither one of these Phones do much without the apps.

Meaning if you take the apps off and just had the operating system, you would quickly realize it’s not the phone you love it’s the apps.

With out the apps, the phone has very little functionality and isn’t that complex. When you start adding your must have apps, the phone functionality, complexity and compatibility issues goes up with it.

The same is true with WordPress, the more plugins you add to it the more complex it gets, while the functionality of the site goes up.

In some cases this is a bad thing because too many plugins can slow down your site while on the other hand, not all plugins play well together.

This is why you have to be careful when your installing plugins because you can really crash your site. Don’t worry about it, we are going to be looking at different types of plugins and how to troubleshoot your site.

It’s best to install plugins and themes in your local environment before you put it on your live site that way you can trouble shoot any problems you may run into on the fly.

This will ensure your site doesn’t look bad or anything like that, and yes we are going to cover this too.

For now let’s dive in…

Until Next Time,
~Digital DIY Geek

Getting Most Of Your Theme And Design…

Themes are great because it means we don’t have to start from scratch and we don’t need to know code to make our site look great.

There are thousands and thousands of themes for you to pick from, to be honest with you some of them are good and some of them aren’t worth it.

This is one of those things that comes down to you, and the look and feels you are going after. Themes allow you to make your site look professional without you knowing one line of code.

Side Note: Understanding some basic code would be really helpful for you when you’re laying out your site and building it.

You have two places you can get your themes from the first place is the WordPress theme repository and all these themes are 100% free.

You also have some themes that are offered on people site for free but more than likely they are not free to get complete access to the theme, you have to pay for the add on pack or something along those lines.

As a business owner I will not be looking at any free themes, all the themes we take a look at will be paid or premium themes as they are called.

The reason for this is really simple with a premium theme it includes customer support and more importantly it’s a better-coded theme.

While you might not want to learn code or even care about it, when it comes to your site you need to know a few things about code.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. If your theme is coded poorly like some of the free themes, you will run into a lot of compatibility issues with the plugins you use.
  2. Poorly coded themes can really hurt the load time of your site and it doesn’t matter if you’re doing free or paid traffic strategies no one accepts slow sites.
  3. Even if you manage to find a theme that’s well coded the next problem you will have is how often they are updating the theme, and squashing bugs. If they are not keeping the theme current then it’s pointless, WordPress is always changing.
  4. Poor code also hurts your search engine optimization rankings which is what allows you to get free traffic from Google. This is the main reason why most people go with premium themes.
  5. Most of the free themes lack any real features out of the box, short of picking one or two columns. It’s not easily customizable right out of the box, you will have to get a programmer to fix the code first and then customize it how you see fit.

These are just some of the issues with using free themes, so in this section, we are not going to be using free themes mainly because they not worth the headache that comes with them.

Plus it’s a good chance that depending on your site setup, you following along with me could cause problems to your site or worse crash it.

With premium themes, I don’t have to worry about this because I know they are coded very well and more importantly if I get stuck I can get help from customer support.

With that being said Premium Themes gives us the most leverage and as business owners we want our sites to look professional.

After all, it’s a representation of us and our business.

Need I say more?

Let’s dive in…

Until Next Time,
~ Digital DIY Geek

Affiliate Marketing Product Reviews

Affiliate Marketing Product Reviews

It’s really important that you understand everything you’re about to learn in the section, is through the lens of helping you make your 1st $1,000.00 in your affiliate marketing business.

This means none of the products that I recommend or review is going to be a game changer.

They all have the potential to be a game changer in the right hands for your business, but it’s really up to you.

The last thing I want to tell you is not to get tricked into to thinking if “I could get “Insert Product Here” I will be able to X”…

This type of thinking will keep you stuck in your business, there is no one product or service out there that will determine how much you make or earn.

Sure you have products that make it easier for you to do a specific task or grab specific data, but at the end of the day, it’s always a much more clunky way to get the same effect.

Short of you telling me you don’t have an internet connection, you can do this and I’m going to show you how…

Let’s dive in…

Until Next Time,
~ Digital DIY Geek