How To Start A Food Blog With WordPress – A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

how to start a food blog

Let me guess what happened.

You are an amazing chef, you cook delicious recipes, and every other person who have tasted it, suggested you start a blog. They told you it would be wonderful, people from all corners of the world will appreciate your talent, and you will make money doing so.

But, nobody told you how. They never told you how to start a food blog, where to start, how to do it without mistakes, how to post your killer recipes, how to get traffic, and make money.

Consider it as your lucky day. You’ve stumbled upon the right page.

In this guide, I’ll help you start a food blog from scratch and will also discuss how can you make it famous.

More importantly, I’ll cover all the technical parts of starting a food blog and make it dumb easy for you.

Here’s all you need to get started –

  • Passion for Cooking & Sharing
  • An Active Internet Connection
  • A Credit Card to Buy Hosting
  • 20 Minutes of Your Time
  • A Working Brain

Checked?

Let’s get started now.

Step-by-Step Guide to Start a Food Blog

If you’re ready with all the requirements I asked, it won’t take you more than 20 minutes to start a self-hosted food blog with WordPress.

WordPress is a Content Management System which will help you manage your blog, create, add, delete articles, and more. You’ll have full control over your blog naming, design, and growth.

There’s a free version of WordPress available, but I don’t recommend it if you’re serious about your blog. It’ll limit your ability to design your blog, you don’t have a professional domain name, and you can’t make money from it.

If you’ve understood the basics of starting a food blog, here are the recommended steps to start a food blog and make it famous.

Step 1: Name Your Blog and Register a Brandable Domain Name

The first thing you need to think of is the name of your blog. Your food blog name should be easy to remember, related to what you’ll be posting, and brandable.

Remember, if you get popular one day, you don’t want to be known as the writer behind I-post-about-food-from-my-home.com

Also, your blog name should be easy to spell in case someone asks for it in person.

Few golden rules of naming a domain name are –

  • Don’t use hyphens and numbers.
  • Stick to the .COM extension
  • Keep it short (at most 3-4 words)
  • Avoid using non-dictionary words (ex. ketchupp)

You can also use your personal name as your blog name. It turns out to be great for most of the bloggers and provides a personal feel to the blog.

A few examples of good food blog names are –

Once you have decided on your blog name, you need to register the domain to own it officially. It costs around $10/year, and there are various registrars available – GoDaddy and NameCheap.

But, since you’re following this amazing guide to starting a food blog, you get a free domain name with your hosting account – read on to know how.

Step 2: Buy Reliable WordPress Hosting + Install WordPress

Web hosting account is needed to host WordPress CMS, all your files, and serve your website to internet users.

Without web hosting, your site would never be live.

I recommend BlueHost, which is one of the web hosting service available for new bloggers. BlueHost makes it damn easy to install WordPress and can easily handle the spike in traffic.

And the best part? You get a free domain name with any package. It saves you few dollars as well as the hassle of setting up DNS servers if you had bought it from the separate registrar.

Follow the below steps to buy web hosting and install WordPress on BlueHost.

Visit this page (click here to visit Bluehost) and click on the get started button to buy web hosting for your food blog.

buy web hosting for food blog

Next, you’re asked to choose a web hosting package. I highly recommend you to stick with the basic plan for now.

select web hosting plan for food blog

After you select the hosting plan for your food blog, it will ask you to enter the domain name you came up with earlier. If the domain name is available, you can proceed further; else you need to try a different name.

register domain name for for food blog

Fill in your contact information and other details asked on the page. Complete your payment, and you’ll get instant access to your BlueHost account.

Create Account With Bluehost

To install WordPress on Bluehost web hosting here are the steps.

  • Login to your Bluehost cPanel account.
  • Search for the website section and click on the WordPress Icon (Install WordPress).
  • Now select your domain name to install WordPress on it.
  • Now choose your username and password for the new WordPress installation.
  • check the license and service agreements boxes.
  • Click on the Install Now button.

Now you’ve successfully installed the WordPress on your domain.

You’ll get the login details and URL to access your WordPress Dashboard.

Step 3: Install a Delicious WordPress Theme & Customize It

WordPress, out of the box, comes installed with a neat free theme called ‘twenty seventeen.’

There are hundred other beautiful themes available for free to install in WordPress directory. If you’re out of the budget, free themes are your only option to make your blog look decent.

However, if you’ve some investment left, I will recommend you to install a premium theme. It’ll give you more options to customize your blog, will load faster and looks amazing on all sorts of screens.

If you’re clueless, here are few premium themes I would suggest you buy –

Along with premium look, these themes also offer some neat plugins that’ll make your job easier. You can create recipe boxes with interactive designs and more.

To install these third-party themes, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New and upload the .zip file you’ll receive on the purchase.

Step 4: Install WordPress Plugins

The theme gives your blog a beautiful design, whereas plugins provide it with the major functionalities.

There are thousands of plugins available for each action you desire, but here are the standard ones to start with –

Akismet: Helps you fight with spam comments. It’ll automatically detect the spammers and discard the comments without disturbing you.

Yoast SEO: Getting traffic from search engines should be your ideal goal, and for that, you need to understand SEO. Yoast SEO plugin makes it easy to handle on-page SEO on your blog.

Updraft Plus: Due to some unforeseen situations your website data may get erased. This plugin will help you take daily backup of your site for free.

Easy Recipe: It is a must have a plugin for food bloggers sharing recipes. The plugin will format your recipes for Search Engine Optimization leveraging more clicks and traffic.

Pinterest Pin it Button: Pinterest would be one of your biggest social traffic sources, and this plugin will make it easier for your readers to pin the images on your blog.

WordPress Related Post: This is a very good plugin to show related posts at the end of an article. As soon a user completes an article on your blog, this plugin will suggest some related articles to the visitor.

W3 Total Catch: I use this plugin on all of my blogs. This plugin helps in speeding up a WordPress blog.

Unit Converter: If you’re targeting a global base you need to take care of the unit conversion. Unit Converter plugin will automatically detect and convert both the metric and imperial measurements when readers hover over them

Step 5: Start Curating Original Content

Now that your food blog is live with all the required functionalities, it’s time for you to create share-worthy articles. You should have a content strategy for your blog.

Quality, originality, and the style of your writing matters. Your readers will only find to blog interesting if there’s new information.

A general approach is to write long form contents (minimum 1500 words), and include as many details as possible. Long-form contents have more chances of being shared on social channels and ranked higher on the search pages.

The frequency of posting new articles also plays a significant role. Aim to update your new blog for at least 3-4 times weekly. Once you’ve got steady traffic, you can come down to 1-2 article per week.

Make sure to attach good quality images in every blog post you write. You can get free, high-quality stock photos from free stock photo websites.

To never get out of ideas to write about, indulge yourself into reading related blogs, magazines, and watch YouTube videos.

Step 6: Promote Your Food Blog

Your website is live with a beautiful design, required functionalities, and some decent quality articles. But, there’s one thing missing – traffic.

There’s no use of writing such amazing recipes if you’re the only one reading your blog. You need to get the words out and promote your blog.

From what successful bloggers have experienced, you should spend 20% of your time in creating content and 80% in promoting it.

There are various ways you can promote your blog, including –

  1. Social Networks

Food bloggers are quite popular on social media channels, and it serves as a major source of traffic.

Start by creating accounts/pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Make use of tools like Buffer and BoardBooster to automate maximum of the task and repetitively share your contents.

Use Canva (free tool) to create visually appealing graphics optimized for each social media channel.

  1. Email Marketing

Having one email subscriber > having ten social media followers. Email subscribers are your loyal readers, and you have the permission to share your random thoughts with them at any given point of time.

Also, if you’re selling some products, then email subscribers have the maximum probability of buying.

You can use free email marketing platform like MailerLite and MailChimp to collect subscribers and send campaigns.

  1. Network with Other Bloggers

Building a network with bloggers in your niche will help you get quick authority, exposure, and target followers.

You can also get some backlinks from your online friends who will help your site rank higher. Other than that, you can always ask for helpful tips and secrets from those who have already build a famous food blog.

Leave helpful comments on their site & share on social media before pitching. Being helpful, friendly, and polite is the key to networking among bloggers.

  1. Guest Post

Similar to networking, you can guest post on blogs in your niche to get recognized. In the guest posting, you write some quality content and post on someone else’s blog in exchange for links or mention.

Most of the times it is done for free, but you might come across some sites asking for a fair amount to accept your guest post.

Guest posting is a proven strategy used to build a brand in short span of time.

Final Words

If you have the ability to spark on the internet, then you should. Starting a blog is a great way to share your contents with others and get recognized for it.

If you’ve good amount of steady traffic, you can put Google Ads on your site and make it a revenue making stream. Other than that, you can sell your products to make more money online.

I hope this guide has helped you take action and start a food blog with WordPress. While I tried my best to keep the guide informative, I might have skipped some important parts.

Feel free to comment down and ask your doubts. Also, make sure to share this guide with your friends who might be interested in starting a food blog.

How to Start a Successful Fashion Blog with WordPress + Tools You Need

how to start a fashion blog

Fashion blogs are one of the most exciting and famously insane kinds of websites on the internet.

Although the fashion trends keep changing every other month (or week), it still offers some decent rewards for site owners.

If you’re seriously into fashion, regularly help your friends rock their attires, and know what’s trending, starting a fashion blog would be an excellent choice.

You can start a successful fashion blog with WordPress. It makes managing a blog like a child’s play.

To start a fashion blog, all you need is a domain name and a reliable web hosting service.

In this guide, I’ll talk about a step-by-step guide to start a fashion blog from scratch on a budget and make it successful.

You will also learn how can you make money from your fashion blog.

Are you excited? I’m too. So let’s get started.

What is a Fashion Blog?

According to Wikipedia, a Fashion blog covers the following topics

A fashion blog can cover many things such as specific items of clothing and accessories, beauty tips, trends in various apparel markets (haute couture, prêt-à-porter, etc.), celebrity fashion choices and street fashion trends.

According to Technorati Inc., there are over 2 million fashion and shopping related blogs running on the internet.

Why Should You Start A Fashion Blog? The Top Reasons

There are tons of fantastic reasons why one should start a fashion blog, but let’s discuss the most interesting ones.

1. Create A Brand

If you’re someone already working in the fashion industry, or looking to join up, a blog can help you build a brand that speaks for itself.

You can promote yourself, express your creativity, your sense of fashion, and show the industry how talented you are.

Also, a blog can help you build a portfolio which can be pitched to bigger brands.

WhoWhatWear.Com has a good post on becoming a successful fashion blogger. Read the article if you would like to know some secrets of becoming a fashion blogger.

2. There’s Money to Make (A Lot of Money)

Admit it.

Directly or indirectly, every step you take is towards success and a fat bank balance.

Fashion is the gold mine where you can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars and live a lavish life (you always dreamed of.) Fashion blogs go hand in hand with affiliate marketing.

Unlike other niches where people read reviews before buying, fashion followers do not. They just want a unique, stylish piece of creativity, which can make them look high-profile.

harpersbazaar.com has listed some ways fashion bloggers make money.

3. It’s A Huge Niche to Explore

I wholeheartedly accept that fashion is the most competitive niche for blogging. There are at least hundred thousand huge blogs with millions of followers & chances of ultimately beating them is negligible.

But, there’s a good part. Fashion is a huge niche. There are dozens of smaller niches to specialize and build a brand.

If you’re a one man/woman army, it is highly recommended that you target a sub-niche and be the best in it.

And if you have millions of dollars to burn, go ahead and compete with those monster size brands.

4. Free Stuff

I saved the best for the last. With a fashion blog, you can lure brands in giving you free stuff in exchange for reviews.

Once you’ve started to get a decent amount of traffic and have a few thousand social media followers, you’re entitled to enjoy free products.

You just have to find new brands looking for exposure, mail them and ask for free products in exchange for (honest) reviews, and see the magic.

Now that you know the perks of starting a fashion blog let’s go and make it happen in real. Follow my lead.

Step-by-Step Guide to Start a Fashion Blog

1. Find Your Perfect Sub-Niche

As discussed earlier, you don’t want to mess with the sharks in the tank, but you can compete with those small fishes.

The first thing you need to start a successful fashion blog is to find a sub-niche which is both popular and less competitive.

You can browse the catalog of popular fashion websites and marketplaces to see what’s trending now and if people are buying those products.

Let’s take an example of Amazon.com. Visit the homepage and browse to Departments > Amazon Fashion.

fashion blog niches

Now you need to decide who will be your target audiences based on gender and age. I’m choosing women as my target audience.

Narrow down a bit more.

fashion blog sub niches

Let’s just choose Clothing. After clicking on Clothing, Amazon will suggest you what’s trending right now.

Browse through the catalog and see if you can blog about any of those hot sub-niches. Alternatively, you can still narrow down using more categories presented on the left side of the window.

After you’ve found a perfect sub-niche, go to any social media channel and see if people are excited about it.

For this guide, I’m taking “Bomber Jackets for Women” as my niche. Let me run it through Pinterest to see if it’s popular.

niche example for a fashion blog

People are repining those, and that shows a positive sign.

You can also read this post to get some niche fashion blog ideas.

Note: Take time & do your research before picking a niche. Make sure you’ve knowledge about the niche, and you can sit down and write original content. You can choose more than one niche for your blog if you want but don’t try to cover everything on your blog. Always differentiate yourself from others and give your blog readers a reason to follow your blog.

2. Get a Slick Domain Name

The domain name of your blog is your brand. It is how your readers will know you and refer to their friends.

Word of mouth marketing has potential but is often overshadowed by silly brand names.

There are few golden rules for every brand names, as follows –

  1. It should not be too long. Try to keep your brand name as short as possible.
  2. Always go for top level domain extensions (.com, .net, .org, etc.) If you’re taking a random extension, then there’s a good chance that people will forget the extension and will just search for a brand name. And I bet, your blog won’t be the first in the results.
  3. You can even have your name as your brand name, and it’ll work great (that’s the beauty of Fashion blog)
  4. Stay away from Copyright Infringements. Give extra care and make sure that your blog isn’t violating any of the copyrights. It could land you in serious legal trouble once you get popular.

If you’re struggling to find a good domain name for your blog, you can use FlameDomain (A domain suggestion tool) to find one for you.

I use the tool to find a domain name for my fashion blog and it gave me the following suggestions.

domain name suggestions for fashion blog

Once you have found it, you can either register your domain name from GoDaddy, NameCheap or get it free with web hosting (Keep reading this article to know more about it.)

3. Buy Web Hosting & Install WordPress

WordPress is an open source, free, and most popular blogging platform today. However, you need web hosting to install WordPress and store all the files you need to run a successful fashion blog.

Self-Hosted WordPress provides you with a visual dashboard to manage your content and design of your blog.

I can’t stress enough about the importance of having a reliable WordPress host. Most of the new bloggers will start with a cheap web hosting service which can’t even handle few hundred visitors.

Since fashion blogs are bound to be viral anytime, you got to be prepared. A cheap web host will only affect your brand negatively.

I recommend starting with Godaddy web hosting. It is one of the most reliable web hosting services with premium support. You also get a free domain name (worth $10) with the purchase of your web hosting.

The plans start at just $1/month which is one of the lowest in hosting industry.

You also get 100 free professional email accounts when you buy web hosting from Godaddy. You can use these email account to create your email address on your domain e.g YourName@YourDomain.Com

Also, installing WordPress is just of matter of clicks with Godaddy. Here is a video that you can watch to understand the process.

Note: Do not confuse Self-Hosted WordPress with WordPress.com (free and limited)

4. Install a Stunning Theme

Once, you have installed WordPress; it is time to make your fashion blog look beautiful. WordPress supports the installation of third-party themes, and you can find tons of beautiful themes from various theme sellers.

You can do your research or choose from the below list of handpicked WordPress themes for Fashion Blogs.

How to Install Themes on WordPress?

To install a third-party downloaded theme, go to “Appearance” > “Themes” > “Add New” > “Upload Theme” & upload the .zip file you downloaded.

Alternatively, you can read this guide, to know more about installing a WordPress theme.

5. Essential Plugins & Tools for Fashion Bloggers

Now that the structure of your fashion blog is ready, it’s time to add some functionalities to it. Here are few essential plugins you should install right away.

  • SEO by Yoast: To handle the on-page SEO of your blog.
  • W3 Total Cache: Make your blog load faster than usual with caching technology.
  • Akismet: Help you fight comments spam. Usually, come bundled with WordPress installation.
  • Rocket Lazy Load: Makes your images lazy load as and when they appear on the screen.
  • WP Polls: Allows you to run polls on your fashion blog.
  • SumoMe: Add subscriber forms and popup windows to collect emails of visitors.
  • Pinterest Hover Pin-It Button: Add pin-it button on your images.

Essential Tools for Fashion Bloggers

  • Canva: Design eye-catching graphics for your blog.
  • SEMrush: Steal the tactics from your competitors and analyze their traffic.
  • Buffer: Schedule & automate your posts on social media with one-click.

Here are some more tools that you can use a fashion blogger to manage your blog.

6. Plan Your First 25 Blog Posts

The next important part is to write high-quality engaging articles. Your articles will represent your blog, and that’s what will get you popular.

You need to update your blog with helpful articles regularly but the first 25 blog post will either make or break your blog.

You need to have a proper plan to cover the valuable tips first and get the attention of the masses. Whenever there’s something new in your field, you should be the first person to educate your readers.

You may sometimes run out of ideas to come up with new articles. To overcome this situation, read news, forums, Google Trends, and check your competitors.

It is a good practice to write long form content (over 1000 words) and publish at least 2-3 articles every week.

Tip: Check out the 50 blog post ideas to help you create quality articles, consistently.

7. Promote Your Fashion Blog

After a bit of hustle, your blog is live with a beautiful design and few quality articles. The next part is to promote your fashion blog & bring the traffic.

Here are the ways you can Promote Your Fashion Blog –

Be Active on Social Media Channels

Your blog will take the time to rank on search pages, but you can always have a boost of traffic from social media channels. Start by creating your profiles/brand pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Follow the followers of large pages in your sub-niches, and soon you’ll collect a good amount of targeted followers.

Use automation tools like Buffer to schedule contents on these channels while you’re working on creating more quality materials.

Build A Network

Networking with other bloggers in your niche is probably the best working method for your blog success. Although, they are your competitors, having a good relationship will only help you in getting more shares and exposure.

Also, you can get some quality backlinks by networking with other bloggers who in turn boost your blog quality (regarding SEO.)

Regularly reading their blogs, following on social media, sharing their contents, and commenting should be the ideal approach for networking.

You can also suggest some improvements (not criticize), and most of the times they’ll appreciate you for it.

Get Natural Backlinks

Google favors sites with more number of quality links, and therefore you should also try to get some natural backlinks from related websites.

Avoid spamming and low-quality links as they’ll only affect negatively in the long run.

Final Words

There. You’re now a proud owner of a successful fashion blog. Didn’t I tell you, it would be easy work?

Focus on building a brand out of your blog and soon you’ll find yourself among the big sharks in the tank.

I hope some of you out there have found this guide helpful and will hopefully start a fashion blog of your own.

Let me know if you’ve any questions about launching a fashion blog. I’ll be glad to help you out in every possible way I can.

Top 3 Managed WordPress Hosting Powered by Google Cloud

Managed WordPress Hosting is a good web hosting solution for anyone wants to focus their own work rather than spending time in managing their website hosting.

The only disadvantage of a managed WordPress hosting solution is its price. The cost is the main reason people become very choosy in picking a managed WordPress hosting. They do proper research about the web hosting options available in the market and study their pros and cons before they actually made a purchase.

In this article, we’re going to mention the top 3 managed WordPress hosting solutions that are powered by the Google cloud.

But before we continue and tell you the top 3 hosts, let us tell you a bit more about the managed WordPress hosting and its advantages and disadvantages.

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

As we all know WordPress is the most popular content management system. As per the latest article published on CodeinWp, WordPress runs 27% of the entire internet. Around 15,886,000 websites running on the internet are powered by WordPress. This huge popularity of WordPress give web hosting companies a reason to start a specialized service for WordPress and they came up with Managed WordPress Web Hosting solutions.

Managed WordPress hosting is a specialized service offered by a web host where all technical aspects of running a WordPress website is taken care by the hosting company. That means the user need not to worry about WordPress security, website uptime, updates, WordPress site speed,  daily backups, and scalability. All of these things will be managed by the hosting provider.

The best thing about this web hosting solution is “the premium support”. All managed WordPress hosting solutions are usually backed by priority support by WordPress experts.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Managed WordPress Hosting

The Advantages

  • Speed: It is the biggest advantage of any managed WordPress hosting. Most of the time a web hosting provider use cloud environment that is backed by a strong content delivery network to provide such solution.
  • Support by WordPress Expert: Unlike any other shared hosting solution, you get priority support directly from the WordPress experts.
  • Daily Backups: The web hosting provider usually offers a free daily backup facility with your hosting plan.
  • Updates: All the updates of WordPress versions and plugins are taken care by the web hosting provider.
  • Development Tools: If you’re a developer, you can also take the advantages of the development tools that comes with the managed hosting solution, such as staging area, version control etc.
  • Security: When you switch to a managed hosting provider, your website becomes hacker proof.

The Disadvantages

  • Price: As we already mentioned earlier in this article that a managed WordPress hosting solution is costly compared to a shared hosting plan. These are usually 10 times more costly than a standard shared hosting solution.
  • Less Control: As it is a managed solution and web host is managing it for you, you get lesser control to manage it yourself.

Best Managed WordPress Hosting Powered By Google Cloud

1. Kinsta

Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting Powered By Google Cloud

Kinsta is among the very first hosts who adopts Google cloud platform to power their WordPress hosting. Companies like Unisoft, Ricoh, GE, ASOS, Workforce, AsEspresso, Siteminder and many more are already using Kinsta managed WordPress hosting services.

Every month 5 Billion http requests and 75 terabytes of data is transferred on Kinsta’s network.

Kinsta offers business, enterprise and customer plans for their managed Wodpress hosting solutions. The business plan starts from $100 per month

The business plan starts from $100 per month and supports one WordPress installation.

The enterprise plan starts from $600 per month and 40 WordPress installations.

If you have any big requirement, you can also go for the custom plan.

Some of the major advantages of Kinsta hosting are

  • Choice of data center
  • Free website migration
  • Customer support by WordPress experts
  • Daily off-site backups
  • Unlimited page views/visits
  • Highly secured network

2. Closte

Closte Managed WordPress Cloud Hosting Powered By Google Cloud

Closte is a new name in the managed WordPress hosting industry. Their managed hosting is powered by Google cloud platform.

The best part is, they are comparatively cheaper than Kinsta. Their hosting plans starts from as low as $10 per month.

Some of the best features of Closte are

  • Free website migration
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Automated incremental backups
  • Automatic WordPress updates
  • 80+ CDN locations
  • USA & EU Datacenter locations
  • Full page, ESI & object cache
  • Developer features like GIT, Staging, Multiple PHP, Composser

If you would like to know more about Closte, you should read their introduction blog post.

3. Cloudways

Cloudways Managed Google Cloud Hosting Platform For WordPress

Cloudways is a leading managed cloud hosting platform that let you host your website with major cloud hosting providers like Google, Amazon etc.

Using Cloudways platform, you can easily host your website directly on Google cloud platform.

If you are a normal WordPress user and don’t know how to manage a cloud platform, hosting a WordPress site directly on Google cloud could be a big challenge for you.

First, you have to purchase an instance on Google Cloud Engine, and then you have to create an SSH connection, which is a complex thing for a non-technical person. This is where Cloudways comes into the picture. It provides you an easy to use platform that you can use to host your site with Google cloud.

Some of the major features of Cloudways are

  • 1-Click installer for WordPress
  • 24*7 tech support
  • Dedicated IPs
  • User-friendly interface to manage servers
  • Real-time server performance monitoring
  • Automated backups
  • Multi-SSL installations on the same IP
  • One free migration

If you find their solution interesting, you can read this blog post to understand how Cloudways can help you host WordPress.

How to Score 100/100 in Google PageSpeed Insights With WordPress

score 100 on google pagespeed insight with wordpress

Website loading speed has always been one of the significant factors for overall user experience and now that Google has also made it clear to favor faster-loading sites, it is time to work on the matter and boost our site speed.

Another harsh truth is that people are getting impatient. If your web page is not loading in 2 seconds then almost 75% of visitors will leave your site and never look back.

That affects your website ranking and overall experience of readers. Also, your bounce rate increases which are not good for SEO rankings.

Google PageSpeed insight is a tool by Google which analyzes your website loading speed and ranks your site on a scale of 1-100 (higher the better.)

The results given by Google PageSpeed Insight includes both Desktop and Mobile devices and the score is different for both.

Getting a 100/100 score is a milestone and while there are tons of factors that decide this score, I have listed some of the most important ones that will help you get a super high score in Google PageSpeed Insight test.

But before getting started here’s some motivation for you.

Below is the PageSpeed score for Google.com website.

google pagespeed insights

As you can see, not even Google (developer of the tool) has got a perfect score.

However, their desktop website is nicely optimized with 92/100 score.

So now as you may have got some relief, let’s move on and take a look at important changes that can improve Google PageSpeed Insight scores.

Note that, there’s no fixed order of implementing these changes. Run the test for your site and do proper changes accordingly.

1. Eliminate Render-Blocking Resources Above The Fold

Eliminating Render-blocking resources is the most difficult part of your site as you need some technical knowledge to solve this error.

Here we have to move all the Javascript code from header and body of the site to the footer (at the bottom) of the website.

You can use WordPress plugin AutoOptimize to handle this technical part for you.

After installing the plugin, go to its settings and uncheck “Force JavaScript in <head>” and check “Inline all CSS” option.

2. Optimize Images

The next step in improving our Google PageSpeed Insight is to optimize images on our site.

Images take a long time to load and if you’re like me who loves to add only high-quality images to the site, then loading time of your still will also be high.

To avoid this situation, we should either optimize images to be added before uploading or while uploading to the site.

There are many free image optimization tools available on the Internet for both Windows and Mac OS, which reduces the size of websites without degrading the quality.

If you want WordPress to automatically optimize your images then install WP Smush.it plugin which will automatically reduce the size of pictures when you upload them to WordPress.

A good practice is to keep the size of images lower than 200KB and in JPEG/JPG format.

3. Minify CSS, JavaScript, and HTML

Minifying HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files can be a tricky thing to do on a dynamic website. But, if you have a simple website just like me then it’s not going to take us a while to get it done.

Minifying your code removes:

  • White space characters
  • Developer/Programmer’s Comments
  • New line characters
  • Block delimiters

You can either install and let WP Super Minify plugin or you can follow this tutorial to do it manually.

**Installing too many plugins may cause server issues and lower the performance of it.

4. Leverage Browser Caching

Browser caching is an amazing method to store the static files of your site and deliver them using the cache technology.

However, it is one of the challenging parts as well. To make it a little simpler, I would suggest you use Content Delivery Network (CDN) on your website.

A CDN, as the name suggests, is a network of servers located at various locations around the world. These networks cache the static version of your web page such as CSS, Javascript, Images, etc. And when a visitor lands on your site, these files are delivered from the nearest server location.

It affects the loading time of your site as well as improves server’s performance.

MaxCDN is a popular and recommended CDN which I’ve used and trust. Alternatively, you can use CloudFlare Free CDN service which is also satisfactory – if not best.

5. Enable GZip Compression

Being a desktop user you must be familiar with compression technology where we compress multiple files into one to save space.

Similarly, we use GZip compression which allows your web server to provide smaller file sizes which load faster for your website readers.

Over the time, enabling GZip compression has become a standard practice, and if you aren’t planning to left behind your competitors then it is recommended for you to enable it on your server.

Refer to this step by step guide to enable GZip for improving website speed. There are various ways mentioned for different servers, choose and follow the appropriate one.

6. Reduce Server Response Time

This one goes hand in hand with above-mentioned change.

The only reason why people face slower server response time is because of shared web hosting where multiple requests from different websites stored on the same servers are happening at once.

Google knows our server is not fast and it wants us to either upgrade to a dedicated web hosting (which is costly) or improve the current performance.

For the later, I would suggest you use Cache Enabler plugin from the team of popular KeyCDN.

It is a lightweight plugin which also is a plug and play. Meaning, you don’t have to do any changes or make settings, just install and activate the plugin and you’re good to go.

The performance after using the plugin won’t be a match to a dedicated server but it is enough to remove that error from Google Pagespeed Insight test and improve our score. That’s what more important for us as of now.

7. Enable Lazy Load Images

Again, I would like to use the same sentence I used earlier in point #2. Images take a long time to load and which in turn increases the loading time.

If you’ve 15 images on a single page, each of 100KB (let’s assume) then the server has to load 1.5MB of data at once which will take forever (not really) – but few seconds.

Lazy load is a simple solution to this complex problem where instead of loading all the images at once, we’ll load images one by one as the reader scrolls and they appears on the screen.

It improves the user experience as well as loading time by dividing the server request to load an image.

Install lazy load plugin to add this feature on your site. At the time of writing this post, the plugin has 80,000+  active users with 4.2-star ratings.

If you’re using a theme from MyThemeShop, then there’s an inbuilt functionality to enable Lazy Load on your site under Theme Options.

8. Don’t Overlook Mobile Experience

And lastly, to further improve the Google Pagespeed Insight mobile score, we need to optimize our site for mobile users.

It can be done in several ways, such as using a responsive theme/framework, removing pop-ups and interstitial ads, and enabling AMP.

Premium themes such as Genesis, MyThemeShop, StudioPress are already mobile responsive.

Accelerated Mobile Pages technology is oriented to the mobile users and it strives hard to serve web pages instantly.

Whether you have observed or not, but AMP pages are getting ranked higher and it may become full-fledged SEO ranking factor in 2017.

I’ll soon write a step by step tutorial on enabling AMP on WordPress website.

Signing Off

Depending on the structure of your site and optimization performed by you, there could be more changes you may have to consider for scoring 100/100 score in Google Pagespeed Insight test.

While getting this score may not boost your rankings overnight, it will help you outrank your competitors with less optimized sites.

If you think some instructions aren’t clear and I should add more suitable links or write in detail steps then do leave your thoughts below.

Run a quick test of your web URL and comment down what are your scores. Let’s see who has got the highest score.

Socialize this article and help your blogger friends achieve high scores in Google PageSpeed Insight.

ASP.NET MVC Hosting

asp.net mvc hostingLooking for ASP.NET MVC Hosting to host your MVC based web application? Now you can buy ASP.NET MVC Hosting from world’s most trusted hosting provider i.e Godaddy. Godaddy is offering fully functional Windows Hosting with ASP.NET v4.0 & MVC 3 Support at just $12 for 1 year along with a FREE domain name of your choice.

You also get the FTP access of your server & the latest version of Plesk panel to manage your website.

ASP.NET MVC Hosting Features

Below are some features of Godaddy’s ASP.NET MVC Hosting (Economy Plan)

  • 1 Free Domain Name of Your Choice
  • ASP.NET v2.0/3.0/3.5/4.0
  • MVC 3, MVC 4, MVC 5 (Only Available with ASP.NET v4.0)
  • Silverlite v5.0/4.0
  • 100 GB of Disk Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer (Bandwidth)
  • 50 FTP User Accounts
  • 200 MB MS SQL 2012 database
  • Direct Database Access Via Database Manager Tool
  • Microsoft Access 2007, 2010
  • 25 Free Sub-Domains
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Plesk Panel 11.5 Control Panel
  • IIS 8 Web Server
  • 100 Free Email Addresses

How To Buy Godaddy’s ASP.NET MVC Hosting at $12 For 1 Year

We’ve written a Step By Step guide to buying Godaddy’s ASP.NET MVC hosting at $1 per month. You can read the following article to know more about it or read the steps written below.

  1. Visit Godaddy Web Hosting Page using the following link.
  2. Select the ECONOMY HOSTING plan & Click on ADD TO CART button. You’ll see the price of ECONOMY HOSTING written as $3.49/Month, Don’t worry about that price as the final discount will be automatically added to the cart during check out.
  3. Now the next screen with the title “Customize Your Web Hosting plan” will open up. Choose the OS as “Windows with Plesk Control Panel & Click on continue. Don’t change any other field.
  4. The next screen will ask you to choose the free domain name. Enter your proffered domain name in search box and click on “GO” button. If the domain show as available, click on ADD & CONTINUE button.
  5. Now you’ll land on the final screen i.e “Review your current order“. Here you’ll see that the final amount to be paid is only $12 along with a free domain name of your choice.
  6. Click on “Proceed To Checkout” button, Fill you billing details and buy ASP.NET MVC Hosting from Godaddy at just $12 for 1 year. Isn’t it simple?

After you buy the ASP.NET MVC hosting, you can activate it from Godaddy’s control panel. Using FTP, you can upload your files on the server. With Godaddy, you’re in control. We strongly recommend Godaddy to our customer although you should also confirm availability of required features with the sales team.

Top 3 MVC Hosting Providers

1. Godaddy

Godaddy is our #1 choice for anything web hosting. This is because we’re a long term customer of Godaddy. I still remember the time when I switched my websites to Godaddy from a local hosting provider. I was really worried because there were many negative reviews about Godaddy on the internet but I was confident that an organization which is a well-known name in the industry can not offer low-quality services and I was right. Since we have moved to Godaddy, we never faced any issue except few short duration downtimes.

If you’re looking for MVC Hosting, you can count upon Godaddy’s Windows hosting services that support ASP.NET and MVC technologies. Godaddy supports MVC4 and MCV5 applications on all of their shared hosting accounts.

2. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is another trusted web hosting provider for MVC Hosting. Their Windows hosting supports MVC 4 and MVC 5 on their shared hosting plans.

Below are some features of their ASP.NET MVC Hosting.

Windows Server 2012

ASP.NET 2.x, 3.x & 4.x

MVC 4 or MVC 5

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Access Database

Classic ASP

.Net Core 1.1

Silverlight 4 or 5

MySQL 5.6

PHP 5.6, 7.0 or 7.1

FTP / SFTP

SSL & Free SSL

3. Interserver

Interserver is another trusted name in affordable web hosting industry. If you’re running on a tight budget and looking for a reliable web hosting that can fit into your budget, look no further than Interserver.

Interserver Windows hosting plans support ASP.NET MVC 5. Their Windows shared hosting plan cost $5 per month and supports up to 20 websites.

Below are some features of Interserver Windows Hosting

ASP.NET 3.5 , ASP.NET 4.0 , ASP.NET 4.5

.NET core 1

ASP.NET MVC 5

ASPUpload 3.0

Silverlight

Microsoft Access database

COM+ Objects

ODBC

Microsoft SQL 2012 or Microsoft SQL 2014

PHP 5.5 & PHP 5.6

MY SQL Database

Fast CGI

As we know Model–view–controller (MVC) is a software architectural pattern for implementing user interfaces. User Interfaces are meant to be providing good user experience and if your hosting is slow or down you can never offer a great interface. Thus it is highly recommended that you buy a ASP.NET Hosting from a reliable host such as Godaddy.

Top 10 Windows Web Hosting

Top 10 Windows Hosting

When it comes to Windows web hosting services, we’re left with a handful options. Unlike Linux web hosting services, there are limited web hosts that offer Windows hosting.

A web hosting provider required to purchase Windows server licenses to offer Windows hosting services, this is the only reason most web hosts stay away from Windows hosting services.

We’re writing this article to help you choose the right hosting services for your Windows based application. We’re going to mention the top 10 Windows web hosting providers to give you enough options to pick the one for you. If you’re looking for cheap asp.net hosting, you can visit our homepage.

Windows hosting is used to host an application that requires some of the following: ASP.Net, Silverlight, MVC, MS SQL, MS Access, classic ASP.

People also need it to host CMS like Umbraco and Shopping cart like NopCommerce.

Someone can also host WordPress, Drupal, Joomla etc in a Windows hosting environment.

Top 10 Windows Hosting (ASP.Net Hosting) Companies

Here are our top 10 picks of Windows hosting providers.

1. Godaddy

Godaddy Windows HostingWhen it comes to Windows hosting services, Godaddy is the first name that comes to our mind. They are quite reliable and offers Windows hosting services at a very affordable price. Their hosting services starts from as low as $1 per month.

Godaddy Windows hosting comes with the following features

• Windows 2012 R2 and IIS 8.5
• ASP.NET AJAX
• ASP .NET MVC3
• Silverlight 5, Silverlight 4
• Microsoft web deploy
• Plesk 12 control panel
• SQL Server 2014 and SQL server 2012
• Microsoft WebMatrix
• DDoS protection

2. A2 Hosting

a2hosting windows hostingA2 Hosting offers Windows hosting on their reliable shared hosting servers. A2 Hosting provides you everything that you may require to host a Windows based application. Their hosting plans comes with free SSL and powered with SSD storage.

If you need some extra speed, you may go with their Turbo plan that can fuel your application run at up to 20X faster.

A2 Hosting Windows hosting plans starts from as low as $4.90 per month and goes up to $10.78 per month after the discount.

Below are some of the features of A2 Hosting

• Windows Server 2012
• ASP.NET 2.x, 3.x & 4.x
• .NET Core 1.1
• Classic ASP
• MVC 4 or 5
• Silverlight 4 or 5
• Microsoft SQL Server 2014
• Access Database
• MySQL 5.6
• FTP / SFTP
• SSL & Free SSL
• PHP 5.6, 7.0 or 7.1

3. Hostgator

hostgator windows hostingHostgator is one of the popular names in the web hosting industry and so is their Windows hosting services.
Hostgator offers only two shared hosting plans of their Windows hosting services. The first plan which they have named as Personal Plan allows you to host a single website, whereas the other plan i.e Enterprise Plan allows you to host up to 5 websites. So if you have more than 5 websites, Hostgator may not be a suitable option for you.

Here are some features of Hostgator Windows Hosting

• Windows Server 2012 R2
• IIS7
• ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 3.5, ASP.NET 4.0, ASP.NET 4.5
• Classic ASP
• Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
• Microsoft Access Database
• Curl, GD Library, MVC 3.0, AJAX
• Scheduled Tasks
• Plesk control panel
• 30+ open source scripts like BlogEngine, DotNetNuke, WordPress, MediaWiki etc support

4. Interserver

interserver windows hostingIn the last few years, Interserver has gained so much popularity in the web hosting industry. The Secaucus, NJ, based web hosting company is 18 years old and own a datacenter to offer you top notch services. They offer only a single plan that will cost you $5 per month and you can host up to 20 websites (that’s sweet).

Here are some features of Interserver

• ASP.NET 3.5 , 4 , 4.5
• .NET core 1
• Microsoft SQL 2012 or 2014
• Silverlight
• MS Access
• Web Deploy
• ASPUpload 3.0
• ASP.Net MVC5
• SSD powered servers
• Free website migrations
• Free Content Delivery Network

5. LiquidWeb

liquidweb windows hostingIf you’re looking for a managed Windows hosting solution, LiquidWeb is the perfect choice for you. LiquidWeb is known for their ultra-reliable web hosting solutions that are backed with their Heroic support.

Their plans are comparatively costlier than any other web hosting providers mentioned in our Top 10 Windows hosting list, but they are worth the money if you’re looking for a web hosting solution that can handle a high number of visitors.

You can choose from their Windows hosting solutions i.e

• Windows Cloud Hosting
• Windows Dedicated Server Hosting
• Windows Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting
• Microsoft SQL Server Clustering and Availability Groups
• High Availability Windows Hosting

Their solutions are very high in customization and you can get one ready as per your requirements.

6. 1&1 Internet Inc

1and1 windows hostingIf you’re looking for an ultra-affordable Windows hosting solution, look no further than 1&1. You can buy a Windows hosting plan from 1&1 for as low as $0.99 per month (that is cheaper to Godaddy).

Here are some features of 1&1 Windows hosting services

• Windows Server 2016
• ASP.NET 4.6 & MS SQL 2016
• SSD powered MSSQL database
• Secured with SSL certificate
• 1&1 CDN
• ASP MVC 3, 4 and 5
• SQL Import
• (SSI) Server Side Includes
• DDoS protection

7. Arvixe

Arvixe windows hostingArvixe is another web host that offer quality Windows hosting services at an affordable pricing. Arvixe was established back in 2003 and since then it is considered as a good hosting company. Apart from their shared hosting services, Arvixe also offers Windows VPS and Windows Dedicated Server hosting solutions.

Below are some features of Arvixe Windows hosting services

• Windows Server 2012 R2
• IIS 8.5
• ASP .NET v2, v3.5 and v4.5
• LINQ / AJAX / Silverlight
• ASP .NET MVC
• MSSQL 2014 Databases
• SSI & CGI
• MS Access databases
• Jscript .Net
• SSD Storage
• Optional SSL certificates

8. Lunarpages

Lunarpages windows hostingIf the price is not a problem for you and you can spend some extra money, you can consider Lunarpages Windows hosting services to host your ASP.net powered application.
Lunarpages offers only a single web hosting plan that cost $9.95 per month and comes with a free domain name and powerful Plesk control panel.

Here are some features of Lunarpages Windows hosting services

• Windows 2012 R2 with ASP
• MSSQL
• IIS7
• ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 3.5, ASP.NET 4.0, ASP.NET 4.5
• SmarterMail 14.x
• MVC 3.0, Ajax,CGI
• MySQL 5.5
LunarPages provides the following extra features with their Plesk panel.
• Plesk Power Pack
• Mambo CMS
• bbclone counter
• gtChate web chat
• php Chat guestbook
• phpBB forum
• PostNuke CMS

9. Verio

verio windows hostingVerio is another web hosting company that offers Windows hosting services. Their Windows hosting plan i.e Verio Windows, cost $10.99 per month. You can host unlimited domains under this hosting plan. You also get a free domain name with every purchase of Verio web hosting plan.

Here are some features of Verio Windows hosting services

• ASP.NET 2.0/3.0 with AJAX
• IIS7/IIS6
• Basic ASP
• ODBC Support for Access Database
• PERL Support
• Server Side Includes
• Website Control Panel
• Verio Windows hosting comes with some additional features such as
• Os Commerce Shopping cart
• ShopSite Shopping Cart
• Shared SSL certificate
• PayPal Shopping Cart Integration

10. SmarterASP

smarterasp windows hostingSmarterASP.Net is a web hosting company that is specialized in Windows hosting services. SmarterASP only offers Windows hosting solutions and you can get 60 days free trial to test drive their services.

SmarterASP’s Windows hosting solutions are loaded with all the features that you as a programmer require hosting ASP.Net powered applications.

You can install over 30 applications with 1 click in your hosting plan, including Dotnetnuke, Nopcommerce, WordPress, Kentico CMS, Joomla, DasBlog, Drupal, Blogengine, Orchard CMS etc.
Some of the features of SmarterASP Windows Hosting are

• ASP.NET 4.6.1/ASP support
• ASP.NET Core 1.1
• MVC 6
• SQL Server 2016
• MY SQL 5
• US/Europe data center
• 60-days free trial
• Node.js Hosting support
• Visual Studio 2015/2013/2010 Compatible
• SQL Management Studio Access
• WebMatrix Compatible

5 Most Loved WordPress Plugins To Create Converting Landing Pages

Getting traffic to your site is definitely one of the most struggling things you would do in your blogging career.

But sooner or later you will succeed and get thousands of daily page views.

However, there will be one thing always missing from your website – CONVERSION.

People will visit your site, read your content and leave your site. But, that’s not what you want.

You want sales, subscribers, affiliate commissions. And how to do that?

By creating Landing Pages that converts.

What is a Landing Page?

A landing page is a standalone website page which is designed for the sole purpose of either getting sales or collect subscribers.

Landing pages are often completely different from your site and don’t include navigation menu, sidebar, or header of your site.

How to Create Landing Pages?

There are three ways you can create high converting landing pages.

  1. By hiring a web developer to create it using his/her programming skills. (Costly)
  2. Learning to code yourself and create landing pages. (Time-consuming)
  3. Using a drag and drop plugin that lets you create beautiful landing pages without any coding experience. (Affordable + Quick)

If you’re planning to use the first two methods, then feel free to leave this page and start searching on Google.

However, if you’re like me and want to use the last method then stick to the page as I’ll share 5 Most Loved WordPress Plugins to Create Converting Landing Pages.

Using these plugins you can easily create all kinds of pages a blog or business may need such as squeeze page, sales page, membership page, product page, portfolio, etc.

Read through the end of this article as there are few bonus plugins included which will sure to put a smile on the face of budget business owners and bloggers.

So, let’s get started.

1. Thrive Content Builder + Thrive Landing Page

thrive landing page builder wordpress plugin

Thrive Landing Pages is possibly the best WordPress plugin to create converting landing pages without touching a single line of code.

With its drag and drop functionality, you can change almost all aspects of a web page and add custom sections.

There are over 160+ templates included that are beautifully designed and converts well or you can start from scratch and create your own converting landing page.

Also, there are many two step opt-in forms available which you can use to create a different page for collecting user information.

Thrive Pre Made Landing Pages

Thrive Landing Pages Features:

  • 160+ Pre-Designed Templates
  • Customize almost every part of the page
  • Undo and Redo Functions
  • Save templated for later use
  • Two step forms
  • Supports external shortcodes within the editor
  • “What You See Is What You Get” editor
  • Excellent customer support and community

Pricing: Starts at $67 for one site with unlimited updates for one year.

2. LeadPages

leadpages wordpress plugin for landing page builder

LeadPages is what you call an advanced page builder. It is not just any regular landing page creator plugin but it’s much more than that.

LeadPages hosts your landing pages on their servers, provide fast delivery of files, and keeps your site lightweight.

Creating a landing page in LeadPages is just a matter of clicks and you’ll be amazed to see the speed of how quickly it deployed a landing page for you.

It won’t be wrong it says that LeadPage is a standalone landing page builder.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t host your landing pages on your site. You can choose to publish the pages directly on your site using the “LeadPages” plugin for WordPress. Alternatively, you can download the HTML page to use on other platforms.

They also have a drag and drop page builder which makes things a lot easier.

Unlike Thrive Landing Pages, the ready-made templates aren’t available for free and cost anywhere between $7 to $19 for each design.

LeadPages landing pages

LeadPages Features:

  • Create unlimited landing pages and host them on any platform.
  • Connects with almost every platform and you can have a record of all the landing pages from a single admin dashboard.
  • Simple landing page creator with tons of features.
  • Split testing functionality with Pro and Advanced plans.
  • Marketplace with hundreds of premium templates.

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Premium templates cost extra money

Pricing: Starts at $25/Month for standard plan and $49 for the Pro plan (payments to be made annually.)

3. Beaver Builder

BeaverBuilder WordPress Landing Pages Plugin

Technically, Beaver Builder is a drag and drop page building plugin that also works as a great tool for designing landing pages.

Beaver Builder lets you create converting landing pages by using the front end editor with drag and drop functionality.

The editor is both smooth and lags free which improves the user experience of changing and saving the landing page.

You can save your designs and use them in other landing pages which save time and provide consistency.

As of now, there are around 30 pre-made templates including with the plugin but there’s a catch here.

Beaver Builder recommends using their own theme which will let you create full width, distraction-free page without header and footer.

However, there is nothing great about their theme and you can easily get much better themes for the exact same price.

Regardless of some awesome features available, this issue has always been a concern for me.

There’s a free version available for Beaver Builder, but it is highly limited in terms of functionality. For instance, you can’t use opt-in forms and ready made template with the free version.

BeaverBuilder Plugin Free Version

Features:

  • Appealing front end visual editor with drag and drop functionality
  • Complete control over sections, which allows creating almost all types of landing pages
  • 30 custom built eye-catching templates that are ready to use
  • Template saving provides a quick way to create similar looking pages
  • Mobile friendly/Responsive
  • Smooth and lag free
  • Can be also used as a page builder for designing posts

Cons:

  • Not fully compatible with 3rd party themes

Price: Starts at $99 for the Standard pack (without a theme) with unlimited sites allowed and one year support.

4. OptimizePress 2.0

OptimizePress Landing Page Plugin for WordPress

OptimizePress 2.0 is the most advanced page builder available in this list.

OptimizePress allows users to create high quality converting pages using visual LiveEditor which lets you see the changes you make in real time.

It enhances the speed of creating landing pages as you can quickly change the things you think are not looking good.

If you’ve tried the first version of the plugin and crying about the features it lacked then let me assure that OptimizePress 2.0 has tons of new features that are sure to put a smile on your face.

There are lots of drag and drop elements available in the editor section which you can use as per your needs.

Also, almost all the major email provider are supported by OptimizePress which come handy for business owners looking to collect their visitor’s emails.

OptimizePress Pre Made Landing Pages

Features:

  • Plenty of ready made page templates available
  • Lot of drag and drop elements available
  • Access to Optimize marketplace where one can find more premade templates.
  • Advance LiveEditor that works like a breeze
  • Theme and Plugin versions available. You can choose independently

Cons:

  • Plugin size is considerably larger which can affect the loading time of your website.
  • Less number of ready made templates as compared to other landing page builders

Price: Starts at $97 for Core package with 3 marketing blog pages. However, A/B testing and priority support aren’t included.

5. InstaBuilder 2.0

InstaBuilder WordPress Landing Page Plugin

InstaBuilder 2.0 is again the next version of Instant Builder which promises advanced landing page creation tools.

InstaBuilder is an easy-to-use drag and drop builder which lets you create high converting landing pages without technical knowledge.

Many design elements are available within your editor which you can drag and drop to desired part of the screen.

There are over 100 pre-built templates to choose from which includes a sort of landing pages, squeeze pages, funnels, etc.

Some additional features of InstaBuilder that aren’t included in other plugins are – lockable content and built-in firewalls which allow you to block one or all pages.

Apart from it, the built-in image editor, as well as built-in graphics pack, are a delight for image intensive landing pages.

Features:

  • Mobile Responsive Templates
  • Easy-to-use drag and drop builder
  • Additional features available
  • A/B testing allowed
  • Over 100 pre-built templates
  • Question opt-in features which allow asking questions in your forms
  • Built-in image editor and Marketing Graphics

Cons:

  • Considering the price there aren’t any cons that should be listed. Share if you found any.

Price: Starts at $77 for the lowest pack that lets you use InstaBuilder on 3 different sites with 1-year update and support.

Bonus Plugins Worth Mentioning:

Landing Pages: A free WordPress plugin to create landing pages with basic functionality.

Parallax Gravity: Another awesome landing page builder which is great to create and track the results of the landing pages.

Buy Now (starts at $17)

Elementor: Probably the best free plugin for creating landing pages. Mainly used as a page builder to design posts but can be used to create converting landing pages.

And the Winner is…?

I can’t declare any one of the plugins as the winner as all of them provide something better than others.

However, if I had to choose only one then I would go with Thrive Landing Page + Thrive Content Builder as it is both affordable and feature packed.

Do let me know your experiences and which one of them is your favorite landing page builder.

Use any other landing page plugin which is as great as these? Share the name below.

Thanks for reading, if you liked what you read then do share this post on at least one social media channel.

Hipaa Compliant Hosting

hipaa compliant hostingWants to protect patient information and looking for HIPAA Compliant Hosting solution? Well, let us introduce you world’s most trusted HIPPA Compliant Hosting provider.

When it comes to hosting highly confidential information, we strongly recommend you to never compromise on quality. You may find many hosting providers on the internet offering HIPPA Compliant Hosting but there are very few which have good experience in hosting such highly confidential information for their clients.

Best HIPAA Compliant Hosting Provider

LiquidWeb

LiquidWeb, The world’s most trusted brand in web hosting industry offers the best HIPAA Compliant Hosting. Over the years they’ve hosted highly confidential data for many of their clients. The company was founded in the year 1997 and since then it has won many awards for their quality of hosting.

When you choose an HIPAA Compliant Hosting provider, the first thing you should consider is the data center location where your data is going to be stored. You should consider if the hosting provider provides you with tools to ensure compliance physically, environmentally and across the entire network infrastructure. Along with all the tools also check if they have HIPAA trained Support engineers round the clock so that you can take help when it is required.

We also suggest you host your data on a private server or on a dedicated server so that you get the highest level of security.

While Liquid Web does not offer full HIPAA compliance certification, They do offer separate services to ensure that technical controls and physical security policies are in place to ensure your server is HIPAA compliant. You can also sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with LiquidWeb which is required as per HIPAA Compliance.

To know more about LiquidWeb’s HIPPA Complaint Hosting solutions, visit LiquidWeb’s Website.

What Should You Ask Your HIPAA Compliant Hosting Provider?

There are few questions that we’ve prepared and we strongly recommend you should your HIPAA Compliant Hosting Provider before you signup. The Questions are as follows

Are they 100% complaint against the latest OCR HIPAA Audit Protocol? To check if your HIPAA Compliant Hosting provider is truly HIPAA compliant you must ask if they are 100% complaint with the latest OCR HIPAA Audit Protocol, as determined by an independent auditor.

What particular IT services meet HIPAA compliant security standards for protecting PHI? This is another important question you must ask your HIPAA Hosting provider. You should ask them what IT Services are HIPAA compliant.

Are Their Employees HIPAA Trained? HIPAA requires all employees to be trained in the proper security practices, including policies, physical security, logical security, risk response and reporting, passwords/workstation use, data protection and more. You must check if all the employees are HIPAA Trained.

What Policies and Procedures They Have? You must check the policies and procedures of your HIPAA Complaint Hosting provider to ensure they are as per the recommendation.

Do they have a BAA (Business Associates Agreement) with documented and communicated policies? Every HIPAA Compliant Hosting provider claims to sign a BBA but does they really have a recommend BBA? If you neglect them, you may fall under Willful Neglect – fines ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 for each incident and potential criminal charges. A Business Associates Agreement is also important to define how your data will be treated after you terminate your services.

What are the Other HIPAA Compliant Hosting Options Available?

Here are some more web hosting providers that offer HIPAA compliant hosting solutions.

SingleHop

SingleHop is a well-known web hosting brand when it comes to hosting mission critical information on a third party server. SingleHop offers HIPAA Compliant hosting solutions for healthcare organizations. You can get a fully-managed HIPPA compliant hosting solution from them.

LiquidWeb offers a BAA for all HIPAA-compliant environments.

Features of SingleHop’s HIPAA Compliant hosting solution

  • Single-tenant platform
  • Advanced monitoring and parsing tools
  • User Account Management, Multi-Factor Authentication & Access Control
  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Vulnerability scanning
  • DDoS Mitigation
  • SSL Certificates
  • Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware

To know more about SingleHop’s HIPPA Compliant offering visit, SingleHop’s Website.

Online Tech

Online Tech is a reliable HIPPA compliant web hosting solutions provider. They have an array of web hosting solutions that are in compliance with HIPPA.

The solutions they provide are

  • HIPAA Compliant Hosting
  • HIPAA Compliant Clouds
  • HIPAA Compliant Colocation
  • HIPAA Compliant Managed Servers
  • HIPAA Compliant Disaster Recovery and Backup

To know more about their offering, visit Online Tech’s Website

Hope the article will help you take a decision to choose a right HIPPA Compliant Hosting. We strongly recommend you should also consult with your consultant if LiquidWeb’s HIPAA Hosting is as per your requirement.

You may also like to check HIPAA Compliant Cloud Storage & HIPPA Compliant Dropbox Alternatives Solutions.

Godaddy $1 Hosting With Free Domain Coupon (Only Applicable To Economy Hosting Plan)

Godaddy $1 Hosting: Today we’re excited to feature an amazing Godaddy $1 Hosting Coupon promo on our blog. Under this promo, you can buy Godaddy’s Windows (ASP.NET Hosting), Linux or Wordpress hosting plan in just $1 per month along with a free domain name of your choice. You also receive 100 free email accounts with this plan.

The Godaddy 1 dollar hosting offer is currently up and running only on Economy Hosting Plan. Lots of our visitors have already get benefited from this offer. We don’t know how long this offer will be available so we advise you to avail this offer today.

Note: $1 per month Discounted price is only applicable to Economy Hosting Plan & will automatically added to the cart as soon you will click on this link. After clicking on the link proceed to the cart to see the final discounted price.

How  To Avail This Offer (Step By Step)

Without wasting your time, let’s move to the steps to avail this offer. It is quite simple to get Godaddy $1 Hosting, here are the steps

  1. Visit Godaddy Using the following Link
  2. When you’ll click on the link mentioned above, it will take you to Godaddy’s website & a Webpage with notification on top saying “SPECIAL OFFER! Get 12 months of Economy Web Hosting for just $1*/mo” will appear. (See the image below)godaddy notification
  3. When you scroll down the page a bit you’ll find 3 hosting plans i.e Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate. Out of the 3 plans, You’ve to choose the Economy plan to avail Godaddy $1 hosting promo. Don’t bother the price mentioned on this page as the final discount will be added to the cart.godaddy hosting plans
  4. When you’ll click on Add to Cart button it will take you to the next screen which says “Customize Your Web Hosting plan“. On this screen, you choose your preferred operating system i.e Linux or Windows and leave other fields intact. Choose Windows if you’re looking for ASP.NET or MVC hosting, Choose Linux if you want to host a PHP, WordPress,Joomla,Drupal or any open source website or application.Godaddy OS Options
  5. Now Click on continue button. It will take you to the next screen which says “You’re eligible for a FREE domain“. Enter the domain name that you wish to register and click on “Go“. If it shows the domain is available. click on “Add & Continue buttongodaddy cart
  6. Now in the above screen, you can see that the discount has been applied to your order. You only required to pay $12.18 and your total saving is showing as $86.87.

Note: You can pay in your local currency. Godaddy supports most currency after you activate Godaddy $1/monthly Hosting offer using the link mentioned above, you will see the pricing in your local currency.

Update 1: Godaddy $1 Hosting offer has been extended. The offer is currently live. Follow the steps as mentioned above to avail this offer. Godaddy’s deluxe & ultimate hosting plans are also in 50% discount. If you would like to host more than 1 domain name, you may buy deluxe & ultimate hosting plans.

Update 2: The $1 web hosting plan from Godaddy only allow you to host a single domain, so if you want to host more than 1 domain, you can buy Deluxe or Ultimate web hosting plan from Godaddy. Under this offer, both plans are at 50% discount. Click the link below to activate the deal.

What is All Included in this offer

The 1 dollar web hosting offer from Godaddy is applicable for both new & existing customers.

Important: To get this limited period offer, you can create a new account with Godaddy, or can log in to your existing Godaddy account.

The Godaddy 1 dollar hosting (One Dollar Web Hosting) comes with the following benefits

  1. A web hosting plan Linux or Windows for 12 months
  2. A Free domain name for 1 year
  3. Control Panel i.e cPanel with Linux Hosting or Plesk With Windows
  4. 100 Free email address
  5. 150 free applications with Linux & 70 free applications with Windows (1 click install scripts)
  6. 45 Days money back guarantee
  7. 10*1GB storage MySQL databases Linux and 200 MB storage Windows SQL Databases
  8. DDoS Protection
  9. 100 GB Space
  10. Unlimited Bandwidth
  11. 50 FTP Accounts
  12. 99.9% uptime guarantee
  13. Site backup & restore (paid option)
  14. 1-Click install for popular application (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.)
  15. 24/7 monitoring and DDoS protection

So what are you waiting for, go and grab this limited period web hosting offer from Godaddy before it is too late? Click Here To Activate This Offer

3 Steps Guide To Transfer Website from One Host to Another

3 steps guide to transfer website from one host to another

Most websites owners are not technical. They own a business website but don’t know how to manage it. Even if they are not happy with their web hosting provider, they keep hosting their website with them because they don’t know how to transfer a website from one host to another.

Some of them are so innocent that they think it is not possible to change the host. I have seen people asking “Can I transfer my website from one host to another?” or “How to transfer web hosting from one company to another?”.

Once I was also like one of them. I learned the process of transferring my website from one host to another by myself and In this article, I will mention how I did it.

Here is my story.

I still remember the time when I was in process of making my first website live, and I was in search for a good web hosting company. I picked a web host that was claiming 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domain, unlimited email and what not. I put my belief on them and bought their web hosting plan.

The hosting process went smooth and I was able to put my website live in few hours.

I was happy  🙂

I was thinking, I have made the right decision. Now I can relax and focus on my business, rest will be taken care by my web host.

But, my happiness couldn’t last long. One fine day when I reach to my office and tried open my website, It shows me an error. I was shocked, why I am not able to open my website, what’s going wrong with it.

It didn’t take me long to realize that my website is down. The day going forward, this becomes a practice for my host to not keeping their promises of providing 99.9% uptime and unmatched customer support.

And finally, I decided to move my website to a new hosting provider.

How I transferred my Website from One Host to Another in 3 Easy Steps?

Transferring a website from one hosting provider to another is not very difficult. At least, not as difficult as it seems.

If your website is hosted on WordPress, the process becomes, even more, easier.

I think I was lucky that I had chosen WordPress to built my website.

In this guide, I will tell you how I moved my website to a new host. I have broken down the complete process into 3 steps to make this guide a bit more easy to understand.

Things you need

Before we start the process, here are the things you will require to complete the migration process

  • Admin login details of the website that you want to transfer
  • Duplicator WordPress Plugin
  • FTP access to your new web hosting provider

The Website Transfer Process

Here are the 3 steps that you need to follow to transfer your website to another host.

As I mentioned earlier, this guide is to transfer a WordPress website to a new hosting provider. So if you want to transfer your WordPress website to a new host, simply follow these steps.

Step 1: Install the Backup Plugin

The first step is to take a backup of the website that you want to transfer.

Install Duplicator Plugin on the WordPress website that you want to transfer. The plugin will create a backup of your complete website. The backup will include your themes, plugins, database, content and WordPress core files.

To install Duplicator on your WordPress website, simply go to your admin dashboard, click on plugins, now click on add new, search for Duplicator in the search box and now install & activate the plugin.

If you’ve still not got it, here is an official guide from the plugin owner.

Step 2: Create Backup Files

After you install the plugin on your WordPress website, it is the time to create a backup (package).

To create a package, go to duplicator plugin, click on packages and now click on “New Package”. See the image below.

create backup

After you click on the “Create New” button, you will see the below screen.

website backup process

Just click on next button. Now it will take you to this screen.

website backup step 2

Now click on the build to create your backup and installer files.

package building process

After the building package process complete, download the Installer & Archive files on your computer.

Step 3: Change Nameservers, Crate Database & Upload Backup Files

This is the 3rd and the final step.

Now you have backup files ready with you. Now go to your domain admin panel and change the nameservers to the new name servers that your new web host must have provided to you. If you don’t know the new nameservers, contact your new web host and ask them about it.

After you successfully changed your nameservers, it is the time to create a database.

Note: You may also add your domain to your hosting using cPanel if you’re using multiple domain hosting and the domain that you want to transfer is not your primary domain for that hosting account.

Go to your cPanel and click on mysql database wizard to create a database.

database wizard

create database using wizard

Now after you create your database. Upload the backup files to your new hosting under your domain name. You can upload the files using an FTP or cPanel’s file manager.

After you successfully upload your files. Visit the following URL in your browser.

http://YourDomainName.Com/installer.php

Note: Replace YourDomainName.Com with the domain name that you are transferring to the new host.

You will see the below screen.

duplicator installer screen

Now provide the database details that you’ve created and click on “Run Deployment” button.

The plugin will now install all the files and databases to your new web hosting account.

That’s it. You’re.

Now you have successfully moved your website to a new host.

Here is an small video that you can watch to understand the process even better.

If you’ve found this tutorial helpful, please don’t forget to share it on social media.