Sunday, 25 February 2018

Does WordPress provide enough dopamine hits to survive?

Felt it was fitting to share in a blog post why I think this episode is important and why I think you should listen to a recent episode titled Never Underestimate Your First Idea of the popular Masters of Scale podcast hosted by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman interviewed Blogger/Odeo/Twitter/Medium co-founder, Ev Williams. When two “masters of social networks” sit down to talk about scale and viability, I want to listen. I was maybe meant to listen to this episode because it sort of validates a few ideas that I have regarding online publishing and blogging and I hope to share with you these ideas in the near future.
Here are some important reasons why WordPress visionaries should consider listening to this podcast episode:
The origins of blogging and publishing content to the web including the backstory of which essentially paved the way for modern social networks today including WordPress.
Why being distracted in the business model that is en vogue that year is not always the best path
How a hackathon turned Odeo into Twitter
The original value proposition of LinkedIn
Why feedback is really important part of the startup process
Why publishing by yourself on a


Saturday, 24 February 2018

How to debug “Error establishing a database connection”

As a newbie, the ‘Error establishing a database connection’ in WordPress can be a big headache for you, especially if it happens on its own without you change anything. If you have recently encountered this error in your WordPress, don’t panic at all. All you need to do is read this article until the end. I will provide you some exceptionally easy options to resolve this error.
But before that let’s see what this error actually is.
The ‘Error establishing a database connection means your site has no longer access to your database and for that reason, your website has gone down. It usually happens when a PHP code is unable to connect to your MySQL database.
There can be many possible scenarios that can cause this error. Some of the common are:
Corrupt Database-Anything which can cause your WP database to become corrupted
The server which hosts your database is down-It generally happens when the server of your hosting company is unable to handle heavy traffic on your website.
Inaccurate Login Credentials of your database- Many people don’t know but the database has separate login credentials (username & password). If for some reason those credentials


Friday, 23 February 2018

WooCommerce Subscriptions: Technical Tips from 15,000 Stores

You’ve decided to take the leap. You or your client is going to start an online business. You’ve chosen WooCommerce and WordPress to power your store. You’re planning to include a subscriptions component to sell more with less work.
You’ve made some great decisions already, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy!
WooCommerce Subscriptions now powers recurring payments for more than 15,000 stores. Over the last five years, as part of the team developing the software, I’ve learned a lot about subscriptions from a technical perspective and want to share these lessons.
Taking 10 minutes to read this article, then acting on its recommendations could give you a return of weeks and thousands of dollars in savings.
I’m going to focus on three important areas:
Choosing a host
Choosing a payment gateway and extension
Being discerning with code you run on your site
Let’s first look at why this information matters.
The greater responsibility required by open-source subscription software
With WooCommerce Subscriptions, you have almost complete ownership and control over your billing. Recurring payments data is stored and executed from within


Pricesearcher: The biggest search engine you’ve never heard of

“Hey Siri, what is the cost of an iPad near me?”

In today’s internet, a number of specialist search engines exist to help consumers search for and compare things within a specific niche.

As well as search engines like Google and Bing which crawl the entire web, we have powerful vertical-specific search engines like Skyscanner, Moneysupermarket and Indeed that specialize in surfacing flights, insurance quotes, jobs, and more.

Powerful though web search engines can be, they aren’t capable of delivering the same level of dedicated coverage within a particular industry that vertical search engines are. As a result, many vertical-specific search engines have become go-to destinations for finding a particular type of information – above and beyond even the all-powerful Google.

Yet until recently, one major market remained unsearchable: prices.

If you ask Siri to tell you the cost of an iPad near you, she won’t be able to provide you with an answer, because she doesn’t have the data. Until now, a complete view of prices on the internet has never existed.

Enter Pricesearcher, a search engine that has set out to solve this problem by indexing all of the world’s prices. Pricesearcher provides searchers with detailed information on products, prices, price histories, payment and delivery information, as well as reviews and buyers’ guides to aid in making a purchase decision.

Founder and CEO Samuel Dean calls Pricesearcher “The biggest search engine you’ve never heard of.” Search Engine Watch recently paid a visit to the Pricesearcher offices to find about the story behind the first search engine for prices, the technical challenge of indexing prices, and why the future of search is vertical.

Pricesearcher: The early days

A product specialist by background, Samuel Dean spent 16 years in the world of ecommerce. He previously held a senior role at eBay as Head of Distributed Ecommerce, and has carried out contract work for companies including Powa Technologies, Inviqa and the UK government department UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

He first began developing the idea for Pricesearcher in 2011, purchasing the domain in the same year. However, it would be some years before Dean began work on Pricesearcher full-time. Instead, he spent the next few years taking advantage of his ecommerce connections to research the market and understand the challenges he might encounter with the project.

“My career in e-commerce was going great, so I spent my time talking to retailers, speaking with advisors – speaking to as many people as possible that I could access,” explains Dean. “I wanted to do this without pressure, so I gave myself the time to formulate the plan whilst juggling contracting and raising my kids.”

More than this, Dean wanted to make sure that he took the time to get Pricesearcher absolutely right. “We knew we had something that could be big,” he says. “And if you’re going to put your name on a vertical, you take responsibility for it.”

Dean describes himself as a “fan of directories”, relating how he used to pore over the Yellow Pages telephone directory as a child. His childhood also provided the inspiration for Pricesearcher in that his family had very little money while he was growing up, and so they needed to make absolutely sure they got the best price for everything.

Dean wanted to build Pricesearcher to be the tool that his family had needed – a way to know the exact cost of products at a glance, and easily find the cheapest option.

“The world of technology is so advanced – we have self-driving cars and rockets to Mars, yet the act of finding a single price for something across all locations is so laborious. Which I think is ridiculous,” he explains.

Despite how long it took to bring Pricesearcher to inception, Dean wasn’t worried that someone else would launch a competitor search engine before him.

“Technically, it’s a huge challenge,” he says – and one that very few people have been willing to tackle.

There is a significant lack of standardization in the ecommerce space, in the way that retailers list their products, the format that they present them in, and even the barcodes that they use. But rather than solve this by implementing strict formatting requirements for retailers to list their products, making them do the hard work of being present on Pricesearcher (as Google and Amazon do), Pricesearcher was more than willing to come to the retailers.

“Our technological goal was to make listing products on Pricesearcher as easy as uploading photos to Facebook,” says Dean.

As a result, most of the early days of Pricesearcher were devoted to solving these technical challenges for retailers, and standardizing everything as much as possible.

In 2014, Dean found his first collaborator to work with him on the project: Raja Akhtar, a PHP developer working on a range of ecommerce projects, who came on board as Pricesearcher’s Head of Web Development.

Dean found Akhtar through the freelance website People Per Hour, and the two began working on Pricesearcher together in their spare time, putting together the first lines of code in 2015. The beta version of Pricesearcher launched the following year.

For the first few years, Pricesearcher operated on a shoestring budget, funded entirely out of Dean’s own pocket. However, this didn’t mean that there was any compromise in quality.

“We had to build it like we had much more funding than we did,” says Dean.

They focused on making the user experience natural, and on building a tool that could process any retailer product feed regardless of format. Dean knew that Pricesearcher had to be the best product it could possibly be in order to be able to compete in the same industry as the likes of Google.

“Google has set the bar for search – you have to be at least as good, or be irrelevant,” he says.

PriceBot and price data

Pricesearcher initially built up its index by directly processing product feeds from retailers. Some early retail partners who joined the search engine in its first year included Amazon, Argos, IKEA, JD Sports, Currys and Mothercare. (As a UK-based search engine, Pricesearcher has primarily focused on indexing UK retailers, but plans to expand more internationally in the near future).

In the early days, indexing products with Pricesearcher was a fairly lengthy process, taking about 5 hours per product feed. Dean and Akhtar knew that they needed to scale things up dramatically, and in 2015 began working with a freelance dev ops engineer, Vlassios Rizopoulos, to do just that.

Rizopolous’ work sped up the process of indexing a product feed from 5 hours to around half an hour, and then to under a minute. In 2017 Rizopolous joined the company as its CTO, and in the same year launched Pricesearcher’s search crawler, PriceBot. This opened up a wealth of additional opportunities for Pricesearcher, as the bot was able to crawl any retailers who didn’t come to them directly, and from there, start a conversation.

“We’re open about crawling websites with PriceBot,” says Dean. “Retailers can choose to block the bot if they want to, or submit a feed to us instead.”

For Pricesearcher, product feeds are preferable to crawl data, but PriceBot provides an option for retailers who don’t have the technical resources to submit a product feed, as well as opening up additional business opportunities. PriceBot crawls the web daily to get data, and many retailers have requested that PriceBot crawl them more frequently in order to get the most up-to-date prices.

Between the accelerated processing speed and the additional opportunities opened up by PriceBot, Pricesearcher’s index went from 4 million products in late 2016 to 500 million in August 2017, and now numbers more than 1.1 billion products. Pricesearcher is currently processing 2,500 UK retailers through PriceBot, and another 4,000 using product feeds.

All of this gives Pricesearcher access to more pricing data than has ever been accumulated in one place – Dean is proud to state that Pricesearcher has even more data at its disposal than eBay. The data set is unique, as no-one else has set out to accumulate this kind of data about pricing, and the possible insights and applications are endless.

At Brighton SEO in September 2017, Dean and Rizopolous gave a presentation entitled, ‘What we have learnt from indexing over half a billion products’, presenting data insights from Pricesearcher’s initial 500 million product listings.

The insights are fascinating for both retailers and consumers: for example, Pricesearcher found that the average length of a product title was 48 characters (including spaces), with product descriptions averaging 522 characters, or 90 words.

Less than half of the products indexed – 44.9% – included shipping costs as an additional field, and two-fifths of products (40.2%) did not provide dimensions such as size and color.

Between December 2016 and September 2017, Pricesearcher also recorded 4 billion price changes globally, with the UK ranking top as the country with the most price changes – one every six days.

It isn’t just Pricesearcher who have visibility over this data – users of the search engine can benefit from it, too. On February 2nd, Pricesearcher launched a new beta feed which displays a pricing history graph next to each product.

This allows consumers to see exactly what the price of a product has been throughout its history – every rise, every discount – and use this to make a judgement about when the best time is to buy.

“The product history data levels the playing field for retailers,” explains Dean. “Retailers want their customers to know when they have a sale on. This way, any retailer who offers a good price can let consumers know about it – not just the big names.

“And again, no-one else has this kind of data.”

As well as giving visibility over pricing changes and history, Pricesearcher provides several other useful functions for shoppers, including the ability to filter by whether a seller accepts PayPal, delivery information and a returns link.

This is, of course, if retailers make this information available to be featured on Pricesearcher. The data from Pricesearcher’s initial 500 million products shed light on many areas where crucial information was missing from a product listing, which can negatively impact a retailer’s visibility on the search engine.

Like all search engines, Pricesearcher has ranking algorithms, and there are certain steps that retailers can take to optimize for Pricesearcher, and give themselves the best chance of a high ranking.

With that in mind, how does ‘Pricesearcher SEO’ work?

How to rank on Pricesearcher

At this stage in its development, Pricesearcher wants to remove the mystery around how retailers can rank well on its search engine. Pricesearcher’s Retail Webmaster and Head of Search, Paul Lovell, is currently focused on developing ranking factors for Pricesearcher, and conceptualizing an ideal product feed.

The team are also working with select SEO agencies to educate them on what a good product feed looks like, and educating retailers about how they can improve their product listings to aid their Pricesearcher ranking.

Retailers can choose to either go down the route of optimizing their product feed for Pricesearcher and submitting that, or optimizing their website for the crawler. In the latter case, only a website’s product pages are of interest to Pricesearcher, so optimizing for Pricesearcher translates into optimizing product pages to make sure all of the important information is present.

At the most basic level, retailers need to have the following fields in order to rank on Pricesearcher: A brand, a detailed product title, and a product description. Category-level information (e.g. garden furniture) also needs to be present – Pricesearcher’s data from its initial 500 million products found that category-level information was not provided in 7.9% of cases.

If retailers submit location data as well, Pricesearcher can list results that are local to the user. Additional fields that can help retailers rank are product quantity, delivery charges, and time to deliver – in short, the more data, the better.

A lot of ‘regular’ search engine optimization tactics also work for Pricesearcher – for example, implementing markup is very beneficial in communicating to the crawler which fields are relevant to it.

It’s not only retailers who can rank on Pricesearcher; retail-relevant webpages like reviews and buying guides are also featured on the search engine. Pricesearcher’s goal is to provide people with as much information as possible to make a purchase decision, but that decision doesn’t need to be made on Pricesearcher – ultimately, converting a customer is seen as the retailer’s job.

Given Pricesearcher’s role as a facilitator of online purchases, an affiliate model where the search engine earns a commission for every customer it refers who ends up converting seems like a natural way to make money. Smaller search engines like DuckDuckGo have similar models in place to drive revenue.

However, Dean is adamant that this would undermine the neutrality of Pricesearcher, as there would then be an incentive for the search engine to promote results from retailers who had an affiliate model in place.

Instead, Pricesearcher is working on building a PPC model for launch in 2019. The search engine is planning to offer intent-based PPC to retailers, which would allow them to opt in to find out about returning customers, and serve an offer to customers who return and show interest in a product.

Other than PPC, what else is on the Pricesearcher roadmap for the next few years? In a word: lots.

The future of search is vertical

The first phase of Pricesearcher’s journey was all about data acquisition – partnering with retailers, indexing product feeds, and crawling websites. Now, the team are shifting their focus to data science, applying AI and machine learning to Pricesearcher’s vast dataset.

Head of Search Paul Lovell is an analytics expert, and the team are recruiting additional data scientists to work on Pricesearcher, creating training data that will teach machine learning algorithms how to process the dataset.

“It’s easy to deploy AI too soon,” says Dean, “but you need to make sure you develop a strong baseline first, so that’s what we’re doing.”

Pricesearcher will be out of beta by December of this year, by which time the team intend to have all of the prices in the UK (yes, all of them!) listed in Pricesearcher’s index. After the search engine is fully launched, the team will be able to learn from user search volume and use that to refine the search engine.

The Pricesearcher rocket ship – founder Samuel Dean built this by hand to represent the Pricesearcher mission. It references a comment made by Eric Shmidt to Sheryl Sandberg when she interviewed at Google. When she told him that the role didn’t meet any of her criteria and asked why should she work there, he replied: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”

At the moment, Pricesearcher is still a well-kept secret, although retailers are letting people know that they’re listed on Pricesearcher, and the search engine receives around 1 million organic searches on a monthly basis, with an average of 4.5 searches carried out per user.

Voice and visual search are both on the Pricesearcher roadmap; voice is likely to arrive first, as a lot of APIs for voice search are already in place that allow search engines to provide their data to the likes of Alexa, Siri and Cortana. However, Pricesearcher are also keen to hop on the visual search bandwagon as Google Lens and Pinterest Lens gain traction.

Going forward, Dean is extremely confident about the game-changing potential of Pricesearcher, and moreover, believes that the future of the industry lies in vertical search. He points out that in December 2016, Google’s parent company Alphabet specifically identified vertical search as one of the biggest threats to Google.

“We already carry out ‘specialist searches’ in our offline world, by talking to people who are experts in their particular field,” says Dean.

“We should live in a world of vertical search – and I think we’ll see many more specialist search engines in the future.”


31 Best WordPress Multi-purpose Themes

Are you looking for the best multi-purpose themes for your WordPress website? Multi-purpose themes are flexible WordPress templates that can be used to create almost any kind of website imaginable. In this article, we have hand-picked the best WordPress multi-purpose themes for your site.

Best WordPress multi-purpose themes

Building a WordPress Website with a Multi-purpose Theme

First you need to make sure that you are using the right blogging platform. A self-hosted website gives you the flexibility to use all WordPress features out of the box. For more details, see our comparison of vs

To build a self-hosted website, you’ll need a domain name and website hosting.

We recommend using Bluehost. They are one of the largest hosting companies in the world and an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.

After purchasing hosting, you can head over to our guide on how to make a website for step by step setup instructions.

That being said, let’s take a look at the best WordPress multi-purpose themes that you can use to build your website.

1. Ultra


Ultra is a super-flexible truly multi-purpose WordPress theme suitable for all kind of websites. It comes with multiple ready-made websites that can be installed with 1-click. It also includes a powerful drag and drop page builder to edit those designs.

Inside you will find unlimited layout choices, multiple sidebars, custom widgets, social media integration, unlimited colors, and more. Despite its flexibility, it is still fairly easy to use and can be easily set up with custom theme options page.

2. Spencer


Spencer is a modern and stylish WordPress multi-purpose theme suitable for all kind of business websites as well as blogs. It features a fully widgetized homepage layout that allows you to just drag and drop widgets to set it up.

It also includes multiple page templates, full width page template, custom widgets for social media and content discovery features. It can be easily set up using live customizer and supports all popular page builder plugins.

3. Create


Create is a powerful WordPress multipurpose theme featuring a modern and professional design. It includes a drag and drop homepage layout with support for free page builder plugin. It ships with a premium WordPress slider plugin as a bonus.

It includes parallax backgrounds, video backgrounds, mega menus, pricing tables, contact form, and more. It fully supports WooCommerce and can be easily used to start an online store.

4. Shoppe


Shoppe is a versatile WordPress WooCommerce theme with multi-purpose design and features. It comes with 4 website skins that can be installed with 1-click, and a powerful page builder to create your own page layouts if needed.

It also includes beautiful blog page templates, unlimited layout combinations, full social media integration, product share, ajax shopping cart, and more. You will find theme set up to be quite straightforward with custom theme options page.

See also: Shopify vs WooCommerce – Which one is better?

5. Indigo


Indigo is another powerful multi-purpose WordPress theme with a modular approach to design. It comes with several turnkey website designs that you can install with 1-click. You can also just drag and drop modules to create your own layout.

Other notable features include easy contact form page, Google Fonts, Google Maps, beautiful typography, built-in social sharing, and more. It is very easy to use and customize even for absolute beginners.

6. Hellomouse


Hellomouse is an elegant WordPress multi-purpose theme that can beautifully showcase photos, illustrations, portfolio, and blog posts in a grid layout. Using a minimalist design, it makes your content truly stand out.

Its homepage design is fully-widgetized and easy to setup. It also includes multiple widget ready areas, custom widgets, page builder support, and more. It can be easily set up using theme customizer with live preview of your website.

7. Parallax


Parallax is a modern and stylish WordPress multi-purpose theme using parallax backgrounds to create highly engaging homepage layout. It can also be used as a single page WordPress theme with vertical navigation.

This uniquely designed theme comes with a powerful page builder, portfolio section, several layout combinations, social media integration, contact form, and more. With unlimited colors, infinite layouts, page templates, and custom widgets you can make truly unique websites with in minutes.

8. Latest


Latest is a multipurpose WordPress theme for ecommerce websites, blogs, businesses, and magazine websites. This truly versatile WordPress theme includes all the options that you’ll actually use and none that you wouldn’t need.

It is designed to work out of the box with minimum tinkering which makes it very easy to use. It also includes a getting started guide to help you walk through the set up process.

9. Presence


As the name suggests, Presence is a WordPress theme for anyone who wants to build an online presence with strong brand recognition. This super-flexible WordPress theme comes with multiple website designs and color skins which allows you to create any kind of website you need.

It includes demos for real estate, music, church, portfolio, ecommerce, and other demos which help you set up your website with in minutes. All theme options are organized with theme dashboard page and live customizer.

10. Loft


If you are looking for gorgeous typography and a stunning layout for your ecommerce website, then checkout Loft. This beautiful multi-purpose WordPress theme features crisp typography, elegant design, and excellent user experience.

Notable features inbclude a sticky navigation menu, call to action buttons, custom widgets, services, portfolio, team members, and testimonials section.

11. Highend


Highend is another excellent choice for a multi-purpose WordPress theme. It comes with several ready-made demo templates with 1-click installer and a powerful drag and drop page builder.

It also includes several page templates with different styles, custom widgets, multiple sidebars, and navigation menu areas. You can easily add your portfolio, team members, photo galleries, and can even use it to build an ecommerce website.

12. Feltmag


Feltmag is a magazine style WordPress multipurpose theme for content rich websites. Its homepage features a fullscreen header, which is followed by your most important content in a grid layout.

It has two navigation menus on top, large featured images, multiple layout combinations, stylish headers, social icons, and more. It is designed to work out of the box and you will find plenty of customization options to make it uniquely yours.

13. Veni


Veni is a beautiful magazine style WordPress multipurpose theme suitable for blogs, magazines, and business websites. It comes with full WooCommerce support which allows you to easily add an online store to your website.

Other notable features includes portrait and landscape featured images, featured pages, flexible layouts, Google fonts, unlimited colors, contact form support, and more. It is super easy to customize and set up and includes a beginner friendly theme dashboard.

14. Creativo


Creativo is another powerful WordPress multi-purpose theme with 11 ready-made websites with 1-click install. Each one of these designs can be customized using a premium drag and drop builder plugin included with the theme.

It also has an easy to use custom theme options dashboard which helps you easily set up your website. Other features include multiple layout styles, different header styles, unlimited colors, sidebars, custom widgets, and more.

15. Bento


If you are looking for a free WordPress multi-purpose theme, then take a look at Bento. This stylish WordPress theme is designed to build any kind of website. It can be used with any page builder and even recommends one upon activation.

It has tons of neat features and flexible customization options, all easily organized under a live theme customizer.

16. Lenscap


Lenscap is a multi-purpose WordPress theme with a magazine style layout and full WooCommerce support. Its homepage features a large featured content slider and a category browser just below it.

It comes with a dynamic color scheme generator that automatically adjusts colors based on your selection. It also has multiple ready to use color schemes, lightbox popup for images and videos, product page templates, beautiful typography, and more. It is easy to use and utilizes live theme customizer for quicker setup.

17. Atmosphere Pro


Atmosphere Pro is a professional WordPress multi-purpose theme with minimalist design. It is built on top of Genesis theme framework which is known for speed and performance.

It has a widgetized homepage layout with 4 widget-ready areas. For setup, it has theme options panel and live customizer support. It is also eCommerce ready and can be easily used with WooCommerce.

18. OceanWP


OceanWP is a free WordPress multi-purpose theme with tons of powerful features. It comes with its own companion plugin and recommends installing a free page builder plugin upon activation.

It is super-easy to use, and you will find all theme options easy to understand. It includes multiple layout choices, full width pages, two navigation menus on top, custom logo support, and full WooCommerce support.

19. Nectar


Nectar is a spacious WordPress multi-purpose theme with a beautiful color scheme and stylish layout. Its homepage uses parallax slider on top, followed by call to action and your most important content.

It includes multiple layout combinations, portfolio and testimonials post types, custom widgets, multiple sidebars, and more. It comes with a theme options panel, which allows you to set up your website quickly without struggling with settings.

20. Plum


Plum is another free WordPress multi-purpose theme suitable for all kind of business websites and blogs. Its homepage features a beautiful slider on top, CSS animations, featured content area, and custom widgets.

This beginner friendly free WordPress theme also supports WooCommerce. All theme options can be easily set up using the live customizer.

21. Authority Pro

Authority Pro

Authority Pro is a multi-purpose WordPress theme for bloggers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and anyone who wants to build their personal brand. It is built on top of the rock solid Genesis theme framework and tested to work with all essential WordPress plugins.

It has a widgetized homepage layout with multiple widget ready areas, customizable header, theme options page, live customization support, and more. It is also WooCommerce ready, so you can use it to sell any kind of products.

22. Explorer


Need a flexible blog/magazine style WordPress theme? Check out Explorer. Its homepage features a sticky navigation menu on top, followed by your recent articles, and flexible sections.

It works with all top page builders which allows you to create your own page layouts if needed. It is translation ready, and can also be used to create multilingual WordPress websites.

23. Hestia


Hestia is a premium-like free WordPress multi-purpose theme for business, magazine, and blog websites. It comes with a free companion plugin, which adds client testimonials, services, and a homepage section to your website.

It includes multilingual support, translation ready, WooCommerce ready, and compatible with all top page builders. Theme set up is quite easy and all theme options are accessible through live customizer.

24. Inspiro


If you want to add video content to your website, then you will love Inspiro. This beautiful multi-purpose WordPress theme comes with fullscreen video backgrounds, a powerful portfolio section, and stunning images/video galleries.

It has custom widgets for portfolio items, multiple page templates, and a drag and drop page builder. It also has video lightbox allowing users to watch videos in distraction free mode.

25. Peak


If you intend to add lots of photos to your website, then take a look at Peak. This multi-purpose WordPress theme is designed for photography, artists, designers, bloggers, and anyone who wants to showcase their photos with style.

It includes multiple gallery styles, different page templates, animated widgets, page title banner and more. It is highly flexible yet simple and easy to use. All theme options are located under theme dashboard with simple set up instructions.

26. Struct


Struct is designed to be a flexible multi-purpose WordPress theme for business websites. Featuring a clean and professional design with large header image and strategically placed call to action buttons.

Its homepage layout is fully widgetized with custom widgets to easily add content discovery features anywhere. Other features included are services, projects, team members, and an FAQs section. It is very easy to use and suitable for beginners who need a professional business website.

27. Modules


Modules is a modular multipurpose WordPress theme with several turnkey designs that can be instantly setup. It allows you to easily change page layouts with simple drag and drop modules.

There are modules for all common website elements like pricing tables, recent posts, contact form, accordions, tabs, sliders, and more. It supports both TypeKit and Google Fonts for improved typography. It is easy to use and truly versatile in terms of design and features.

28. Mesmerize


Mesmerize is another great free WordPress theme with truly multi-purpose design. It packs tons of flexible options to easily create any kind of website without struggling with theme options or writing custom CSS.

It has a modern homepage design with 5 header styles and over 30 ready-to-use content sections that you can easily add. It also includes video backgrounds, slideshows, header content types, gradient overlays, and more.

29. Elegant


If you are looking for a clean and minimalist WordPress theme, then take a look at Elegant. This flexible WordPress theme features multiple homepage designs and comes in 6 color schemes. It also includes a 1-click demo installer for faster setup.

Inside you will find an integrated page builder, multi-column layouts, social media icons, portfolio, and complete WooCommerce support. It has a custom theme options page which makes customization easier for beginners.

30. True North

True North

If you need a multi-purpose WordPress theme to showcase photos or portfolio, then True North will be an excellent choice. It has a built-in portfolio section which makes it easier to share your photographs or work samples.

Theme homepage uses a minimalist design with a grid layout of your portfolio or photography items. Other notable features include custom backgrounds, large headers, custom widgets, and live customization.

31. Float


For a modern and stylish look, check out Float. It is an all-purpose WordPress theme with beautiful parallax background effects on the homepage which create a very immersive user experience.

It packs multiple read-to-use demos with 1-click installer and you can choose from a number of layout choices for your pages and posts. Customizing theme to your own taste is easier with an integrated page builder and a powerful theme options panel.

We hope this article helped you find the best multi-purpose WordPress themes for your website. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress SEO guide for beginners.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

How to Display Popular Posts by Day, Week, and Month in WordPress

Do you want to display your most popular posts by day, week, month, and all time in WordPress? Popular posts allow your visitors to quickly discover your top content which helps you increase user engagement and page views. In this article, we will show you how to display popular posts by day, week, month, and all time in WordPress.

Display popular posts by day, week, month, and all time in WordPress

Why Display Popular Posts in WordPress?

When you start a WordPress blog, you don’t have much content, which allows you to manually display selected posts in a sidebar widget.

However as your website grows, you will notice that older articles on your website don’t get much exposure. By showcasing your top content, you allow new users to quickly discover the best articles on your website. This boosts user engagement on your website and increases your page views.

Now the problem is that if you are showing your all time popular articles, then a very limited set of articles get repeated exposure. You can diversify it by displaying popular posts by day, week, or month as well.

Let’s take a look at how to easily display popular posts in WordPress by day, week, month, or all time.

Creating Popular Posts By Day, Week, Month, and All Time Widgets

First, you will need to install and activate the WordPress Popular Posts plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

WordPress Popular Posts plugin is the best popular posts plugin for WordPress. It offers tons of options like time range, excerpt, featured images, views count, and more.

Upon activation, you need to head over to Appearance » Widgets page to drag and drop the WordPress Popular Posts widget to any sidebar.

Display popular posts for the day

You can name this widget ‘Today’ and under the time range field select last 24 hours. After that you can review other widget options and set them to your liking. Don’t forget to click on the save button to store your widget settings.

Next, you need to add another popular posts widget and name it ‘Week’. In the widget settings, you need to select ‘7 days’ under time range field and then click on the save button.

Repeat the process to add monthly and all time popular posts widgets as well.

All popular posts widgets

Don’t worry about the widget placement at this time because we will adjust them in the next step.

Creating a Tabbed Widget for Popular Posts

In this part of the tutorial, we will create a tabbed widget for our WordPress sidebar. This will allow us to show our popular posts widgets inside a single widget with tabs.

First, you need to install and activate the Ultimate Tabbed Widget plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, head over to Appearance » Widgets page, and you will notice a new widget ready area labeled ‘Default Tabbed Widget Area’.

tabbed widgets area

You will need to move all your popular post widgets into this particular widget area.

Tabbed widget area with all popular posts widgets

Next, you need to locate the ‘Ultimate Tabbed Widgets’ in the available widgets and add it to your website’s sidebar where you want to display popular posts.

Ultimate tabbed widget settings

In the widget settings, provide a title for your popular posts widget. Under widget area field, you need to select ‘Default tabbed widget area’, and select tabs for template field.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save’ button to store your changes.

You can now visit your website to see your popular posts widget showing top articles by day, week, month and all time tabs.

Popular posts by day, week, month, and all time

You can rearrange the tab order by simply moving widgets up and down in the ‘Default tabbed widget area’.

We hope this article helped you display popular posts by day, week, month, and all time in WordPress. You may also want to see these actionable tips to drive traffic to your WordPress blog.

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