ThemeLab http://www.themelab.com We build High Quality, Good Looking Premium WordPress Themes that are Easy to Use and ready for just about anything. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:16:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 How to Add a Contact Form to Your WordPress Website http://www.themelab.com/add-contact-form-wordpress-website/ http://www.themelab.com/add-contact-form-wordpress-website/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=135870 If you’re setting up your website for the first time, then you’re probably wondering how to add a contact form to your WordPress website. Adding a contact form is an easy way for your readers to get in touch with you. In this article I’ll show you how to add a contact form to your WordPress website

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If you’re setting up your website for the first time, then you’re probably wondering how to add a contact form to your WordPress website. Adding a contact form is an easy way for your readers to get in touch with you. In this article I’ll show you how to add a contact form to your WordPress website quickly.

Now if you’re like me, you probably researched for the best contact form plugin and then saw hundreds of different options.

Well after trying out several dozen contact form plugins in the market, I believe that WPForms is best WordPress contact form for beginners or anyone looking to quickly and easily add a form to their site.

For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll be using the WPForms Lite plugin.

To add a simple contact form in WordPress just follow these steps:

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins » Add New.
  2. In the Search bar, we want to search for WPForms 
  3. Once we find the right one, click Install. After it’s installed click activate.

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Now we’re ready to create our first form

From the left menu go to WPForms » Add New.

On the next screen, name the form something easy to remember.

You can use a form template from the list or start with a blank one. If you’re using a Pro version, then you have several form templates to choose from.

select a form template

I’ll choose the Simple Contact Form template which is available in the free Lite version.

From here, WPForms automatically adds all the typical fields you’d need for a contact form.  Save your settings and you’re done.

editing contact form template

Now that we have the form created, we need to add it to our site. You can add the form to a post, page, widget area, or pretty much anywhere you want on your site.

I already have a Contact Us page created so I’ll go to Pages and edit my Contact Us page.

You’ll see a new “Add Form” button next to the Add Media at the top of the editor. Click on the button and select the form we created from the drop down menu. You can also choose to add the form title and the form description to the page.

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Click Add Form. This will add the WordPress contact form shortcode to your page. Now that I’m finished adding the form, I’ll click Update.

And now we can see the form in action on our site.

new contact form on wordpress page

Customize Your WordPress Form

If you want to customize your form, the process is simple and easy to do. Click on WPForms from the left. Click Edit on the form you need to change.

From here, you can rearrange the fields by dragging them up or down. Choose a field from the left to add it to your form. You can also change the field name as well as the text on the button.

Save all your changes and your new form is set and ready to go.

How to Add WordPress Contact Form Widget

If you want to add a form to your sidebar, you can do that quickly and easily. After you create the form, go to Appearance–>Widgets and you’ll see a WPForms widget. Drag it over to your widget area.adding contact form as widget

From the dropdown, select the form you want to use. Then choose whether you want to show the form title or description and save your changes.

You now have a form in the widget area as well.

We hope this article helped you add a contact form to your WordPress website.

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Do These 3 Simple Tweaks to Your WordPress Site http://www.themelab.com/do-these-3-simple-tweaks-to-your-wordpress-site/ http://www.themelab.com/do-these-3-simple-tweaks-to-your-wordpress-site/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:03:23 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123003 You’ve just installed your new WordPress site and now you want to know what to do next. Well, if you purchased one of our themes, you’ll be able to follow our very detailed documentation on how to get your site to look like the demo. Aside from that there are a few little things with

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You’ve just installed your new WordPress site and now you want to know what to do next. Well, if you purchased one of our themes, you’ll be able to follow our very detailed documentation on how to get your site to look like the demo.

Aside from that there are a few little things with WordPress fresh install that you’ll want to change immediately.

1. Change the URL Structure of your Site

Ok, you’re working through your site checklist and creating great articles for your customers to read, but when you look at the post online you see numbers at the end like this:

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WordPress uses a permalink structure which shows the post ID number instead of a friendly title.

Don’t worry, you can change this quickly with just a few clicks. Go to Settings–>Permalinks and choose a different structure. A popular structure you can use is the one with your post name in the URL like:

http://example.com/post-name

Save your changes and now all your posts will show the descriptive URL structure rather than the unhelpful numbers.

2. Create a Custom Homepage in WordPress

By default a WordPress site is setup to show the latest blog posts on your homepage. And while that’s ok, you really want to setup a site that is more focused around your business. Say you have a lawn care business or a salon and you want to show a specific homepage, services, about, and contact pages.

Setting up your custom homepage is pretty easy.

First you want to create a page that will be your homepage. From your admin area go to Pages–>Add New and name your page. You can fill in the details later. Click publish to finish.

Now go to Settings–>Reading and under the Front page display area, choose A static page radio and pick your homepage from the frontpage dropdown.  You can choose another page for the blog posts or just leave that dropdown alone if you aren’t setting up a blog page. Click save changes.

Now you can go to your site to review the changes you’ve made to it.

3. Add Categories to Your Site

While you create all the articles you want to share on your site, you’ll notice that you can group several of them together into similar topics. These topics can be placed in categories on your website and it’ll help organize your site’s structure as well as help with search engine optimization.

For example, you’re getting your accounting website setup and you want to talk about small business tax questions, tax returns, and deductions. You can create these three different categories by going to Posts–>Category from your admin dashboard. Create the three categories and save your changes.

category list

Note: You’ll see a category there called “uncategorized”. You can’t delete it, but you can edit it to one of your category names that you want to use. I’d recommend using your most popular category since all new posts are initially tied to the default category for all your posts unless you change it. When you write your articles, you’ll be able to choose from the list of categories for your blog posts.

I hope this article helped you learn 3 tweaks you can use to customize your site immediately to make it to look how you want in WordPress.

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How to Get More Likes on Facebook http://www.themelab.com/how-to-get-more-likes-on-facebook/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-get-more-likes-on-facebook/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:30:22 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=124007 Yesterday I had a friend ask how to get more likes on Facebook. She and her business partner have been working on their business for about a year, but their Facebook likes aren’t moving in the right direction and they use it as their main marketing source. After sharing some ideas with her I thought

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Yesterday I had a friend ask how to get more likes on Facebook. She and her business partner have been working on their business for about a year, but their Facebook likes aren’t moving in the right direction and they use it as their main marketing source. After sharing some ideas with her I thought it would be a great article as well.

In this post I’ll share with you some of the thing that are working right now on how to get more likes on Facebook.

Fill out the About Section

Enter all the detailed information about your business in the About section. Use keywords people use to find the products or services that you offer. If you do this part right, your Facebook page can rank pretty high in local search engine results and people will find what they need with your business.

Write More Engaging Posts

Stop all the sales messages.

I looked through my friends Facebook page and all they do is share the latest sales or the latest items for purchase. It’s fine to market your business,  but you need to keep those types of posts to a minimum.

People are being sold to more and more today so they just ignore those messages and scroll right past a sale item. And they won’t like, comment or share those posts either.

Instead, engage with your fans by asking a question. Posts with questions get 100% more comments than posts that don’t.

Add Relevant Images

Another way to increase engagement is to add a post with an photo. Imaged posts get far more engagement than just links or just a text status update. A lot of people love the inspirational quote on an image so try that out for your audience.

Creating images with text on them is not difficult at all. There are several online image editing programs that let you use free or paid for images or upload your own and they give you an easy way to add your text or different backgrounds.

One of the easiest photo creation programs out there right now is Canva.

The software makes it easy for you to create a Facebook post image quickly and painlessly. They even have the default image sizes for Facebook so you can create in minutes and share it with your Facebook fans.

Use a Call to Action

Invite your fans to like, share, or comment. They are more likely to do what you asked, especially if they are feeling engaged with your content.

Be active on your page. When someone comments or likes a post, reply to them with your thoughts or just thank them for sharing. Facebook is a very social site and interactive with your fans goes a long way to growing your fanbase.

Be Consistent

Consistency is a big factor in growing your Facebook likes. As the page owner, you have several insights for your page. If your page has at least 50 likes, then you’ll see when your fans are more likely to be online, their age and gender ratio so you can start targeting your posts to their needs.

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To help you with consistency, you can bulk schedule your posts for the upcoming week. Batch several together at once rather than remembering to do it everyday will help you stay consistent. When you schedule them out, make sure you’re posting 1-2 times a day and only 1-4 times a week, which gives you better engagement than posting more often.

Test Everything

Test your post frequency, the type of posts, the length of your post, etc. Just because the results were better for other Facebook pages, you’ll want to see how your fans interact with your brand. You have to be willing to try different things and see what kind of results you get.

Use Facebook Ads

Say you’re a new salon and you’re setting up shop in a local community, consider using Facebook’s new Local Awareness ad. The ad will target people who are near your business.

Cross Promote

You’re not the only one trying to grow your Facebook page. Look for other Facebook pages that can complement yours. Reach out to the page admin and offer a shout out for shout out deal. The concept is that you’ll send a shout out post on your page to the other Facebook page and they do the same thing for you.

This works best if you target Facebook pages that have about the same likes as you. Someone with 30,000 fans might not think a shout out from your page with 1,000 likes will be worth it to them.

Don’t forget to do all the “usual” stuff

  • Add your Facebook link to all your printed material.
  • Add a link to your Facebook page in your email signature.
  • From your Facebook profile, add your Facebook page to your about section
  • Invite all your friends and email contacts to like your page.
  • Make it easy to link to you by creating a Facebook vanity url

Go through this list and start implementing the tasks and watch your likes on Facebook grow.

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Dental WordPress Theme: 5 Steps to Get Your Practice Online http://www.themelab.com/dental-wordpress-theme-5-steps-to-get-your-practice-online/ http://www.themelab.com/dental-wordpress-theme-5-steps-to-get-your-practice-online/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:00:21 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123866 You’ve setup your dental practice in your city and now you’re looking for a dental WordPress theme to get online so people can find you when they search for a dentist in their area. Follow these five steps to can get your dental practice online quickly and painlessly in no time. 1. Setup Hosting First,

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You’ve setup your dental practice in your city and now you’re looking for a dental WordPress theme to get online so people can find you when they search for a dentist in their area. Follow these five steps to can get your dental practice online quickly and painlessly in no time.

1. Setup Hosting

First, you’ll need to setup web hosting for your website. A web hosting company takes care of setting up the servers where all your website files and images are stored. You can choose from several different hosting providers out there. We have also partnered with several providers who do a great job hosting WordPress sites.

2. Pick a Domain Name

If you don’t already have a domain name, now is the time to get one. You want to stick to shorter names that are related to your dentistry practice if you can. It can be difficult to get a domain name since many of the common worded domains are already taken, but just keep playing with the spelling to find one that works for you.

To get your domain, you have to go through a registrar like Godaddy or Network Solutions. This service is a yearly fee that ranges between $7-35/year. Since you’re setting up your practice for the long haul, we recommend that register your domain for multiple years.

3. Install WordPress

After you get your hosting provider you need to install WordPress on your site. This can be a quick process, but if you are a beginner with WordPress, it can still be a little confusing to do. We’ve made this process easy though.

In fact, if you want to get setup quickly and without any headaches, we’ll provide you with Free WordPress setup when you buy our Bite dental WordPress theme and after you choose from one of the providers on that list. Setup your hosting plan with them and then email us the information and we’ll do all the hard work for you.

4. Setup Your Theme

After purchasing the Bite dental WordPress theme, just follow the documentation to get your site looking professional and exactly how you want it. With a few clicks you can add things like your logo, setup your site color, and contact information. Then you can add all your pages for your website, including your services, about, and contact page.

5. Add Your Content

Now your dental WordPress theme is starting to take shape, you need to add information to your pages. Include all the services your dental practice offers on your services page. Setup your contact page with your phone number, a contact form, and a map to your dentistry and how to get there. Don’t worry, the map adding the map is easy with the Bite theme. Use the About page to set you and your staff apart by sharing your medical credentials.

Add all the current testimonials you’ve received from your current patients under the Testimonials section. When you do that, they can be shown throughout your site to give new visitors an idea of how great your practice is.

After you setup all the pages, consider creating a blog where you can share monthly or weekly updates about the dentistry field. Use commonly asked questions as a source to talk about things. This will help you rank high in the search engines and it will help you answer questions to prospective patients and prove your expertise in dentistry.

Following the above 5 steps will quickly take you from no site for your dentistry practice to a beautiful, mobile responsive website that will attract new patients and grow your business.

I hope this article helped you get your dental WordPress theme up and running quickly.

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What is a Responsive WordPress Theme http://www.themelab.com/what-is-a-responsive-wordpress-theme/ http://www.themelab.com/what-is-a-responsive-wordpress-theme/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:00:30 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123559 If you’re working on your website, you’ve probably been told to make sure it’s built as a “responsive theme” or that it’s “mobile responsive” and wondered what is a responsive WordPress theme?  In this article I’ll cover what is a responsive WordPress theme and why you want to have it for your site. What is a Responsive WordPress Theme A

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If you’re working on your website, you’ve probably been told to make sure it’s built as a “responsive theme” or that it’s “mobile responsive” and wondered what is a responsive WordPress theme

In this article I’ll cover what is a responsive WordPress theme and why you want to have it for your site.

What is a Responsive WordPress Theme

A responsive WordPress theme is a theme that was developed to look good across all screens.  Meaning that if your website is responsive then visitors viewing it on your mobile device can read the site information easily and navigate through the site without hassle.

Turf - WordPress Landscape and Garden Theme

WordPress theme developers use code that allows the website to resize as the screen size adjusts. This includes dynamically resizing images as well as increasing user readability.

Responsive WordPress themes are so important, we’ve made sure all ThemeLab’s themes are responsive for your business website.

Why is Responsive Website Important for Your Business

As more and more people use their smartphones and tablets to search the web, having a functioning website on those smaller screens is important. If a visitor can’t read your content or navigate through your site on their mobile device, they’re more likely to exit your site and visit one of the millions of others on the internet to get their answers.

If you have google analytics setup on your site, you can view the number of mobile visitors to desktop visitors to see how a mobile site can affect  your business. If you have a high rate of mobile visitors coming to your site, then access your own website from a mobile device and see what kind of experience it is for you. This will tell you how a user feels when they visit your site.

If you have a high bounce rate on your site, then you’ll also want to look at your mobile visitors to see if the mobile visitors bounce rate is causing this. According to GoRocket, the average bounce rate for mobile devices is around 60% which is about 20% higher than the other types. If your site is mobile friendly with responsive WordPress theme, your bounce rate could be lowered.

How to Check if Your Site is Responsive

If you have a site set up now and aren’t sure if it’s responsive or not, you can just use your browser to check.

Use your full width browser and change the size of it. If your site’s paragraphs and words move to fit within the shrinking width it is likely responsive.

Google has recently started testing sites for their mobile friendliness and are rewarding site owners who have mobile responsive sites in the search results. You can check your site on their Mobile Friendly Test page to see what is says and follow the suggestions to improve it.

mobile friendly

 

There are a few ways you can work on your site to increase it’s mobile friendly score that might also help with search results for mobile users.

As you work to make sure your site is mobile responsive for your visitors, also consider the overall user experience and the importance of making your site easy to use and simple to navigate for your visitors.

I hope this article helped you understand what a Responsive WordPress theme is.

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How to Create a Blog Page in WordPress http://www.themelab.com/how-to-create-a-blog-page-in-wordpress/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-create-a-blog-page-in-wordpress/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:27:11 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123005 After setting up your website, you’re probably wondering how to create a blog page in WordPress. You’ve setup your site with a few static pages like the home, about us, contact us, services and now you want a separate page that shows all your blog posts in one go. WordPress is great at being both

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After setting up your website, you’re probably wondering how to create a blog page in WordPress. You’ve setup your site with a few static pages like the home, about us, contact us, services and now you want a separate page that shows all your blog posts in one go.

WordPress is great at being both your static website and giving you a place to add your blog posts. To get started just follow this quick tutorial.

First create two pages on your site. From your admin area go to Pages–>Add New and name each page.

While creating the home page, if you are using a WordPress theme that has a Home template, you can choose it from the dropdown like this.

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The second page will be the page that holds all your blog entries. We’ll call this second page Blog. Like the home page, some WordPress themes will have a blog template from the dropdown. If yours does, select that and publish your page.

Next, go to your Settings–>Reading area and look for the Front Page display area. Change the radio button “A static page” and select the front page and blog page from the dropdown menus. Then save changes.

blog page

Now you can visit your website and you’ll see the home page is the one you just chose.

Add the Blog Page to Your Menu

You blog posts are also showing on your blog page, but we’ll need to add the page to your menu so you can access it easily.

From your admin area go to Appearance–>Menus, check the Blog page and click Add to Menu, then click Save Menu.

You’ll now be able to access the blog page from your main menu on your site.

I hope this article helped you learn how to create a blog page in WordPress. For feedback and questions please leave us a comment or reach us on twitter @ThemeLab.

 

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WordPress Contact Form Plugin: Top 5 Plugins Compared http://www.themelab.com/wordpress-contact-form-plugin-top-5-plugins-compared/ http://www.themelab.com/wordpress-contact-form-plugin-top-5-plugins-compared/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:00:37 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123132 If you’re looking for a way to add a WordPress contact form to your website, this article will help you accomplish that while we compare the top 5 WordPress Contact form Plugins on the market today. You’ve setup your business website and need a way for your visitors to get in touch with you. Creating a Contact Us page

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If you’re looking for a way to add a WordPress contact form to your website, this article will help you accomplish that while we compare the top 5 WordPress Contact form Plugins on the market today.

You’ve setup your business website and need a way for your visitors to get in touch with you. Creating a Contact Us page is a great way to do that.

The easiest way to add the contact form to your site is by using a Contact Form plugin specifically designed to email you with the user entered details.

Here are our top 5 contact form plugins:

1. Gravity Forms

gravity forms

Gravity Forms is what we use on our theme demos like our Accountancy theme. We love it for it’s versatility. You can use it as a contact form for your site, but you can also extend the functionality easily using the plugin. With Gravity Forms, you can create surveys, order forms, intake forms for new clients, and more.

They have a beginner friendly drag and drop functionality so you can design the form to look exactly how you want it. When you’re ready to add more features to your site, you can choose from the many addons to allow features like payment processing, coupons, or anything else you can think of for your site.

Gravity Forms is a premium plugin, meaning you have to pay to use it, but it also comes with Premium support so you have access to help when you need it.

2. Ninja Forms

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Ninja forms is another premium plugin that you can use to add a contact form to your website. The base plugin is free to use so that might be a good alternative for you. Use the free basic while you get your site off the ground and then when you’re ready to add features to your site, then you can can purchase the addons separately.

Like Gravity forms, you can add things like surveys and order forms to your site with the addons.

There is also a great deal of documentation and a community support forum to help set it up on your site. If you upgrade to the premium addons, you’ll also have premium support if you run into any problems.

3. Contact Form 7

contact form 7

Contact form 7 is probably the oldest and most popular contact form. This is a no frills plugin and handles the contact form on your site. If you are only looking to get a contact form up and running quickly, this plugin will handle that for you.

Just note that any of the extended functionality we’ve talked about does not come with this plugin. There are third party plugins that act as addons, but trying to maintain multiple plugins for a contact form can get a little clunky .

The other thing to keep in mind is that Contact Form 7 isn’t as user friendly for true WordPress beginners so just be patient and read the documentation on hot to set it up.

4. Formidable Pro

formidable pro

Formidable Pro is another free basic plugin with paid premium features. It’s easy to set up and lets you get a contact form on your site quickly. When you’re ready for more features on your site you can just buy the addons you need.

Formidable Pro is a newer plugin on the scene and has fewer addons available than Gravity Forms or Ninja Forms, so if you’re looking to do a lot with your site, you might want to consider using those instead.

5. Fast Secure Contact Form

Fast Secure Contact Form

Fast Secure Contact Form is another completely free contact form to use on your site.  It allows you to quickly setup an easy contact form. Like Contact Form 7, extending it’s functionality beyond a simple contact form is difficult so consider only using as a contact form.

Which WordPress Contact Form Plugin Should You Use?

It really depends on your goals. If you are just starting out and only want a simple contact form, then use the Contact Form 7 or Fast Secure Contact Form.

But if you know you’ll need to add other functionality down the road, then investing in something like Gravity Forms would be your best bet since it can do so much and is about the same price as when you buy the addon features for Ninja Forms.

Hopefully this article helps you decide which WordPress contact form plugin to go with.

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How to Find Your WordPress Login Page http://www.themelab.com/how-to-find-your-wordpress-login-page/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-find-your-wordpress-login-page/#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:00:31 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=122806 Where is my WordPress login page? That is likely one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself after you get your new business website up and running. In this article, I’ll show you how to find your WordPress login page easily so you can access it anytime. Congratulations, you’ve setup your WordPress website and now

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Where is my WordPress login page?

That is likely one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself after you get your new business website up and running. In this article, I’ll show you how to find your WordPress login page easily so you can access it anytime.

Congratulations, you’ve setup your WordPress website and now you want to start writing articles for your business. Or you need to access the admin area so you can add your business pages like your About or Contact pages.

Or maybe you need to add a plugin to extend your site’s functionality.

Typically a new WordPress installation will have an area on the homepage called the Meta. Go your your site’s homepage and look for it in the sidebar.

You can also add /login or /admin after your domain name to access the WordPress login page. It will look like this:

http://example.com/login  
http://example.com/admin.

If those simple links don’t work, then your hosting provider set things up differently and you’ll have to access the login page directly like this:

http://example.com/wp-login.php

If you’ve logged into your site before, your session might still be live and you’ll be redirected to your dashboard. If this is your first time logging in or if your session has expired then you’ll be directed to the username/password login screen.

For easy access you can either create a bookmark on your browser or you can add a link to your menu on your site.

To add a link it to your menu, after you log into your WordPress site, go to the Appearance–>Menu and add a custom link to the site’s Menu for easy access.

custom login on menu

If your homepage doesn’t have the Meta widget showing, then go to Appearance–>Widgets and add the Meta widget where you want it to go. You can add it to your sidebar, footer area, or any other widget ready area.

how to find wordpress login page

Many people access their site from the same computer often, if you do that as well, you can also check the Remember Me checkbox on the login screen so you don’t have to login every time you want to go to your admin dashboard.

WordPress login page remember me

You can even install the Always Remember Me plugin that will check the box so you don’t have to remember to do it.

How to Add a Login Form on Your Site

All the suggestions so far have been links to the login page. If you want to add a login form on your sidebar, you can install and activate the Sidebar Login plugin and have a login from your homepage directly.

sidebar login

Once you get the hang of logging into your site a few times, finding the login page will become second nature for you and you can quickly access your site to make any changes you need to.

We hope this article helped you learn how to find your WordPress login page.

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How to Use Pinterest for Business: The Ultimate Resource http://www.themelab.com/how-to-use-pinterest-for-business/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-use-pinterest-for-business/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:54:10 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=80544 Do you want to learn how to use Pinterest for business needs? When Pinterest first showed up a few years ago it was largely ignored by many businesses as a consumer time waster. Many marketers believed in the myths: that their target market isn’t on pinterest, only women are on Pinterest, and the only things that

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Do you want to learn how to use Pinterest for business needs? When Pinterest first showed up a few years ago it was largely ignored by many businesses as a consumer time waster.

Many marketers believed in the myths: that their target market isn’t on pinterest, only women are on Pinterest, and the only things that are getting pinned are recipes and food ideas.

But now several business owners are noticing massive traffic spikes and increased purchases from these pinners.

Plus, pinned items on Pinterest last longer than shared items on Facebook. In fact,  pins shared on Pinterest last 1680 times longer than a Facebook post!

So how do you get started? In this article I’ll show you how to use Pinterest for business and grow your traffic.

Why Is Pinterest so Popular?

This viral pin infographic shows just how one pin on Pinterest can go viral and continue to bring large amounts of traffic to your site.

family tree viral pin on Pinterest

One thing to note is that these repins don’t necessarily happen in the same day or same week, but rather organically and over time so your traffic back to your website increase over the weeks as people repinning your information when they find it.

Below we’ve broken down the steps you can take to dominate PInterest for your business.

Set up Your Pinterest Account
Grow Your Pinterest Followers
Make Money with Pinterest
Using Pinterest to Boost Your SEO
Bonus Items

First, go through the process of setting up Pinterest for your business.

1. Set up Your Pinterest Account

Here are a list of resources you can follow to get your Pinterest account setup quickly and painlessly. Make sure you verify your website with Pinterest so you can view Pinterest analytics and how your website is doing. Pinterest show some basic site analytics and how often images on your site are pinned, repinned, etc.

Setup Pinterest for Business by SERPs
Getting Started on Pinterest by ProBlogger

2. Get More Pinterest Followers

When you get Pinterest followers, they see all your pins and if they like them, they’ll repin and their followers will see it. So getting more followers is somewhat like getting Facebook likes for your Facebook Page and the more you can get, the larger your audience grows.

Pinterest Famous by Digital Trends
12 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers by SocialMedia Examiner
Build Your Pinterest Audience by Entrepreneur

3. Make Money with Pinterest

If you run a local company like lawn company, salon, or any other kind of business, then your ultimate goal should be to get more business. With Pinterest, make sales in a few different ways. It might be from a direct product purchas or generating a lead that turns into a client later down the road.

To make money with Pinterest just follow these articles and get started today.

Turn Pinterest into a Revenue Generating Channel by Quicksprout
7 Ways to Drive Sales and Traffic with Pinterest by Shopify
Buyable Pins by Pinterest

 4. Using Pinterest to Boost Your SEO

An added bonus of using Pinterest for your business is that it can boost your site’s SEO rankings if you know what you’re doing.

Pinterest SEO: 7 Tips From a Pinterest Engineer by Search Engine Land
Pinterest SEO: A Guide for Businesses by wishpond
Pinterest Marketing Tips for SEO, Traffic, and Online Reputation Management by kissmetrics

5. Bonus

Here are case studies and tools you can use to help you get started using Pinterest today.

How I Got 25,000 Blog Subscribers from Pinterest — in 2 Months Flat by Make a Living Writing
Useful Pinterest Tools by Hongkiat
The Marketings Guide to Pinterest by Hubspot
Pinterest Business Guide by Business News Daily
Shopping Stats: People Pin in a Buying State of Mind by Pinterest

Conclusion

Right now is the perfect time to get your business on pinterest and start growing your followers. Don’t let the process scare you. Just take each step at a time before moving to the next one and by the time you’re finished with all 5 steps, you’ll be using Pinterest for your business.

Have you been using Pinterest for your business? We’d love to hear the results you’ve seen in the comments below.

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How to Create a Facebook Custom URL http://www.themelab.com/create-facebook-custom-url/ http://www.themelab.com/create-facebook-custom-url/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:05:31 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=80168 Creating social profiles for your business has become an important factor in social proof marketing where you show new visitors that you are known, liked, and trusted by clients. Facebook is an important social profile to set up for your business. With over 1 billion users on Facebook, your ability to connect with others is great. But

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Creating social profiles for your business has become an important factor in social proof marketing where you show new visitors that you are known, liked, and trusted by clients.

Facebook is an important social profile to set up for your business. With over 1 billion users on Facebook, your ability to connect with others is great. But many small business owners forget to do this one step: create a Facebook custom URL.

If you don’t create the Facebook vanity URL, then your Facebook page can look something like this:

facebook.com/pages/yourbusiness/123456789

That makes adding the link to your website difficult and adding it to your business card almost impossible. Plus, who’ll remember that link?

How to Create a Facebook Page Vanity URL

Once you have your Facebook page setup:

1. Go to facebook.com/username. From here you first need to create a username for your personal profile first.

After creating your personal username, then you can move to personalize your Facebook page username.

There are guidelines to follow when choosing a name:

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you create a custom username:

  • You can’t claim a username someone else is already using.
  • Choose a username you’ll be happy with for the long term. Usernames are not transferable, and you can only change your username once.
  • Usernames can only contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”).
  • Periods (“.”) and capitalization don’t count as a part of a username. For example, johnsmith55, John.Smith55 and john.smith.55 are all considered the same username.
  • Usernames must be at least 5 characters long and can’t contain generic terms or extensions (ex: .com, .net).
  • You must be an admin to choose a username for a Page.
  • Your username must adhere to the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

 

2. Type in what you’d like to use and check availability. You want to make it easy to remember and make it about your business if you can.

If Facebook shows that the name you typed in is available, congratulations, you can use this for your Facebook Page. Click confirm to use it for your page.

Once you have changed your page to your vanity url you can use this shorter link for all your communications with potential clients.

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