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Import Your WordPress Site to WordPress.com — Including Themes and Plugins

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It’s been possible to export your posts, images, and other content to an export file, and then transfer this content into another WordPress site since the early days of WordPress. Select WordPress from the list of options to import your site. This basic WordPress import moved content, but didn’t include other important stuff like themes, plugins, users, or settings. Your imported site would have the same pages, posts, and images (great!) but look and work very differently from the way you or your users expect (less great). There’s a reason that was written in the past tense: WordPress.com customers can now copy over everything from a self-hosted WordPress site — including themes and plugins — and create a carbon copy on WordPress.com. You’ll be able to enjoy all the features of your existing site, plus the benefits of our fast, secure hosting with tons of features, and our world-class customer service. Select “Everything” to import your entire WordPress site to WordPress.com. To prep for your import, sign up for a WordPress.com account — if you’d like to import themes and plugins, be sure to select the Business or eCommerce plan — and install Jetpack (for free) on your self-hosted site to link it to WordPress.com. To start the actual import, head to Tools → Import in your WordPress.com dashboard. Then, sit back and relax while we take care of moving your old site to a new sunny spot at WordPress.com. We’ll let you know when it’s ready to roll!

Tips for Virtual Interviewing

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We all know the usual interview process, maybe a round of phone interviews, an aptitude test or technical assessment, then the onsite invitation. You get dressed up in your “power outfit”, you know, the one that makes you feel like you own the place, and head into the office for an interview. You meet the team, make small talk, tour the building, and if all ends well, you land the job! Well, throw all that out the window…with social distancing now in place, virtual interviewing is becoming the new normal. Continue reading Tips for Virtual Interviewing at InMotion Hosting Blog.

Celebrating the People that Keep the World Healthy

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In tandem with the World Health Organization’s World Health Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate professionals and experts on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we’re unveiling a special edition of LinkedIn Top Voices list, highlighting the health care experts who are covering the COVID-19 pandemic.  Each year, our Top Voices list surfaces the professionals whose posts, videos, articles and comments spark quality conversations in their industries. This special edition list... .

How To Change Your WordPress Theme Without Breaking The Website

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While using WordPress is super-easy, changing your WordPress theme isn’t as straight forward. If you’re planning to get a new theme for your WordPress website, this article will help you migrate smoothly. Changing the theme of your WordPress website comes with big risks. Particularly if you have a lot of content and traffic. You want The post How To Change Your WordPress Theme Without Breaking The Website appeared first on Pickaweb.

9 Stages of Creating More Effective Landing Copy

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Let’s imagine users searching for your product or service online: They enter a search query and come to your website. What do you have there to grab their attention and turn your website visitors into leads, compelling them to take action? Yes, you know that your offer is awesome, and your service is excellent. But website visitors are unacquainted with this fact. You need a website page that would explain and prove your awesomeness to them. This page is known as landing: It embodies all the information a visitor needs to set his heart upon your offer and “land” at your website to buy from you. In other words, this page optimizes your site for lead generation. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to create a landing page that converts. What is a Landing Page?  It’s the page on your website that a user sees after clicking your pay-per-click advertising. A landing page is tailored to represent your offer and convert visitors into leads and eventually paying customers. A landing page could be the homepage of your site, a separate page within your website, or a standalone page you create for a specific marketing campaign. There are many benefits of a persuasive landing page: It increases conversion rates, revealing all the benefits of your offer and therefore inviting visitors to choose you It helps with e-commerce SEO (because you craft this page to target specific search terms and promote it via Google Ads) It allows you to focus on a particular marketing goal and track the success of selling a specific product or service A stellar landing page makes onboarding more manageable, and your sales funnel — more efficient Before Creating a Landing Page For your landing page to bring results, you need to research and determine a few critical details. First, decide your marketing goal: What do you want to accomplish with this page? Is it for your new business or new product promotion? Or do you want to grow an email list? Second, make sure you know and understand your audience inside out. Who is your ideal customer? What are their needs, expectations, and pain points? The more you know, the easier it will be to come up with a core message and write a critical copy that will compel them to take the desired action. And third, do keyword research. Focus on keywords that are relevant to your offer and SEO goals, while also matching the searcher intent of your target customers. What do they type when they search for solutions to their problem that your product can solve? Let’s say you are a tool that helps marketers see the PPC campaigns of their competitors. So you assume they will use the “advertising research” keyword when looking for your instrument in Google. But the truth is that people are looking for general info about advertising research, not the info about PPC ads when typing this keyword in search.   So it will be a great mistake to target your landing page for “advertising research,” as it doesn’t meet the searcher intent of the audience. Once they come to your page and see that it’s not about what they need, they’ll bounce it, therefore killing your SEO endeavors. How to Create a Landing Page: 9 stages Now it’s time to create your landing page for better sales. What information to mention there? How to represent your business offer? What writing tricks to use so users would get interested in learning more about your product? Here we’ll describe the nine core elements to add to your landing page so it would bring results. Craft a headline A headline is the first thing a visitor sees on your landing page. Headlines should perform two tasks: Grab attention and tell the viewer what they will find on the page.  At the same time, a headline needs to be short but compelling, so a visitor wants to stay on the page and learn more about the offer. Let’s take a look at the example below: “Business Email” is a short but clear phrase telling both visitors and search engine that we’ll talk about business emails here. Limit your landing page headline to 10 words, make sure it gets to the point.  Use active verbs, as well as, power words, so visitors understand what’s in it for them. 2. Choose a hero image Most people are visual learners. They perceive information through images better than through words, so the image on your landing page is a core element that will help them decide if they want to scroll through the page and learn more. A hero image is a banner image on your landing page. It looks like this: There are several things you should remember when choosing a hero image: It should be of high-quality and relevant to your offer It should grab attention and help a visitor understand what the page is about It should fit the overall design of your landing page and shouldn’t distract users from your call to action button It should trigger positive emotions, demonstrating to visitors that they’ll benefit from choosing your service 3. Add subheads A subhead appears just below the headline on your landing page. The subheading provides more details about your offer and persuades a reader to learn more. A subhead appears just below the headline on your landing page. The subheading provides more details about your offer and persuades a reader to learn more. An effective subhead is concise yet informative, descriptive, and punchy. Together with a headline, it’s a landing page element where effective marketers use neuro-copywriting techniques to influence readers: beneficial adjectives, questions, quotes, odd numbers — all trigger a more positive response. Here go some examples: Not a fan of real-time tracking? (Source) — a question Take free online English language courses to improve your English grammar, composition, conversation, and writing skills. Learn effective English communication skills with online classes and courses. (Source) — beneficial adjectives: “free” and “effective” With more than 5,000 essays completed already, only 13 were rejected by students and asked to revise. (Source) — odd numbers. I Tried The Top 9 Proposal Management Software Platforms So You Didn’t Have To (Source) — a quote in the headline 4. Make an offer If you want to initiate the process of lead generation, make sure your target offer is clear. Come up with a straightforward explanation, and integrate it into your headline and subheading. Make it benefit-oriented and use words with positive meaning when answering the “What’s in there for me?” question. 5. Address your audience’s pain points You know your target audience, their needs, and expectations. And you know which pain points will motivate them to do business with you. The biggest motivator is the fear of missing out. Many sales copywriters address this in landing page content, mentioning what we’ll lose if we ignore the offer. Another tactic is to create a sense of urgency: Offer a giveaway, a time-sensitive discount on a subscription, etc. Organize your landing page so visitors will see your product or service as a solution to their problem. 6. Provide an added value Human nature is so that most people crave pleasure and benefits from brands. So why not incorporate both into your landing page for better customer retention? Show that your offer isn’t only about cool functions but also emotions Reward them with some tiny yet cute byproduct of working with you: a gift card, a discount, a free copy of your e-book or subscription to your extra features, etc Think of a lead magnet, such as a free e-book, ultimate guide, or checklist for their subscription 7. Add trust signals Trust signals are elements marketers add to landing pages to help customers feel more secure about buying. They may come in different forms — guarantees, social proofs such as testimonials from loyal customers, the list of prominent clients that work with a business, etc. The goal of trust signals is to make prospective customers feel better about doing business with you. It’s a core element to add to a landing page for conversion rate optimization. So, provide visitors with signals that your brand is trustworthy. Trust signals come in different forms: testimonials, customer reviews, badges, numbers, etc. But regardless of how you present them, they’ll help people feel encouraged to take action while on your landing page. Place trust signals on pages where you ask users for sensitive information (a credit card details, for example). Also, you can strategically place it on a product page below the offer to demonstrate to a visitor that you are worth trust and that they can rely on you. 8. Tell people how to contact you With Google now focusing its Quality Evaluator Guidelines on trustworthiness, you need to provide some proof that you’re real. For that, make sure to include several contact methods to your landing page: a physical address, phone numbers, social media buttons, your email address, and a contact form. As for contact forms, keep them short and clear: The more fields you ask someone to fill out, the lower the chance that someone will complete the form. Only request the basic info you need: While most users are OK sharing their name and email address, they might give you the side-eye if you ask for their physical address, phone number, company, or profession. So, make it short and easy to find, avoid unnecessary fields, and link to your social media accounts to provide visitors with alternative ways to engage with your business. For creating a contact page, use corresponding plugins from your CMS (WordPress, Drupal, or whatever you use) or build one with contact form templates available online. 9. Include a call to action While all the above elements of your landing page grab visitors’ attention and reassure them that your offer is what they need, a Call To Action (CTA) is what converts them into customers. So make sure to design it right. Make it big and the text on it, compelling. “Click here” and “Submit” aren’t the best options. Use words or expressions that are inviting and persuasive. Also, make sure your CTA button stands out from the rest of your landing page elements. Visitors should notice it immediately and understand they need to click on it. Final Thoughts Test it. Test again. And test some more! Testing is what makes landing pages effective.  Try different headlines, hero images, calls to action, and registration forms. Remember to track the page’s performance with heat maps, the number of visitors, the length of visits, and any other marketing metrics. Analyze the results to see what you’re doing right and what you need to optimize for better lead generation. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post 9 Stages of Creating More Effective Landing Copy appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

How to Create a Membership Website with WordPress

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Website owners monetize their web content to earn more revenue. One of the best ways to do just that is to create a membership site, where people have to pay to access premium content. But, aside from making money online, you’re also setting up a strong and committed online community that your product has helped The post How to Create a Membership Website with WordPress appeared first on Pickaweb.

5 Tips For Abiding By Google’s Guidelines And Staying Up To Date With Algorithm Changes

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There’s no denying that there are lots of differences of opinions among the SEO community. We all have our own thoughts about which techniques work best, how you should come up with an organic search strategy, and where budgets should be spent. However, there are a couple of things we can all agree on: you The post 5 Tips For Abiding By Google’s Guidelines And Staying Up To Date With Algorithm Changes appeared first on Pickaweb.

Introducing a new way for sites to highlight COVID-19 announcements on Google Search

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many organizations and groups are publishing important coronavirus-related announcements that affect our everyday lives.In response, we're introducing a new way for these special announcements to be highlighted on Google Search. Sites can add SpecialAnnouncement structured data to their web pages or submit a COVID-19 announcement in Search Console.At first, we’re using this information to highlight announcements in Google Search from health and government agency sites, to cover important updates like school closures or stay-at-home directives. We are actively developing this feature, and we hope to expand it to include more sites. While we might not immediately show announcements from other types of sites, seeing the markup will help us better understand how to expand this feature.Please note: beyond special announcements, there are a range of other options that sites can use to highlight information such as canceled events or changes to business hours. You can learn more about these at the end of this post.How COVID-19 announcements appear in Search When SpecialAnnouncement structured data is added to a page, that content can be eligible to appear with a COVID-19 announcement rich result, in addition to the page’s regular snippet description. A COVID-19 announcement rich result can contain a short summary that can be expanded to view more more. Please note that the format may change over time, and you may not see results in Google Search right away. How to implement your COVID-19 announcementsThere are two ways that you can implement your COVID-19 announcements. RECOMMENDED: Add structured data to your web page Structured data is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content. We recommend using this method because it is the easiest way for us to take in this information, it enables reporting through Search Console in the future, and enables you to make updates. Learn how to add structured data to COVID-19 announcements. ALTERNATIVE: Submit announcements in Search Console If you don't have the technical ability or support to implement structured data, you can submit a COVID-19 announcement in Search Console. This tool is still in beta testing, and you may see changes. This method is not preferred and is intended only as a short-term solution. With structured data, your announcement highlights can automatically update when your pages change. With the tool, you’ll have to manually update announcements. Also, announcements made this way cannot be monitored through special reporting that will be made available through Search Console in the future. If you do need to submit this way, you'll need to first be verified in Search Console. Then you can submit a COVID-19 announcement: More COVID-19 resources for sites from Google SearchBeyond special announcements markup, there are other ways you can highlight other types of activities that may be impacted because of COVID-19: Best practices for health and government sites: If you are a representative of a health or government website, and you have important information about coronavirus for the general public, here are some recommendations for how to make this information more visible on Google Search.Surface your common FAQs: If your site has common FAQs, adding FAQ markup can help Google Search surface your answers.Pausing your business online: See our blog post on how to pause your business online in a way that minimizes impacts with Google Search.Business hours & temporary closures: Review the guidance from Google My Business on how to change your business hours or indicate temporary closures or how to create COVID-19 posts.Events: If you hold events, look over the new properties for marking them virtual, postponed, or canceled.Knowledge Panels: Understand how to recommend changes to your Google knowledge panel (or how to claim it, if you haven’t already).Fix an overloaded server: Learn how to determine a server's bottleneck, quickly fix the bottleneck, improve server performance, and prevent regressions.If you have any questions or comments, please let us know on Twitter. Posted by Lizzi Harvey, Technical Writer, Search Relations, and Danny Sullivan, Public Liaison for Search

What Is an API?

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In order to better understand what an API is, it’s easier to first ask: What is not an API? An API can be many things, but these are a few things it cannot be: A singular computer program that runs and executes a defined set of functions and nothing else. A database full of various bits of information. A programming language. All of those things, by themselves, do not amount to an API, but they can be used to interact with an API. Continue reading What Is an API? at InMotion Hosting Blog.

How to Find a Good Free WordPress Theme

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The post How to Find a Good Free WordPress Theme appeared first on HostGator Blog. One of the great things about WordPress is that you can create a professional website without investing a ton of money. Beyond the cost of hosting and a domain name, you can build a site pretty much for free. This makes WordPress a very attractive and affordable option for users who want to validate the success of their site before they start investing a ton of money. However, the WordPress free library is massive, and not every theme is worth installing on your site.  Sometimes, a low-quality theme can end up doing more damage than good, and lead to poor website performance and even leave you open to security risks. Still, you can avoid these risks by educating yourself on the steps you can take to find a high-quality free theme. Below we dive deep into how you can find the absolute best free WordPress theme for your needs, the risks you need to look out for, and how you can install and start customizing your shiny new theme.   Free vs Premium WordPress Themes: What’s the Difference, and Does It Matter? The focus of this post is on free WordPress themes, but it’s still important to understand how the premium theme marketplace works and the main differences between free and premium themes. Free themes are easy to understand. They’re an entirely free WordPress theme that you can install on your site and start customizing. Usually, they aren’t as feature-rich as a premium theme, but they can get the job done if you don’t require an extensive set of features. Premium themes typically have a higher-quality design, and a much larger feature set. You’ll also get access to a premium support team to help walk you through any website issues, and you get access to premium theme updates. Free themes are a great starting place for the majority of website owners. They’re often easier to set up and give you the chance to experiment with WordPress without putting any money down.  WordPress Security Tips: What Are the Risks Involved With a Free Theme? Free themes are a great way to get started with WordPress for no money down. But, not all free themes are created equal. Sometimes using a free theme is more hassle than it’s worth. Here are the biggest risks that come with using a free WordPress theme:  1. Bad Code One of the biggest downsides to a free theme is the code might not be high-quality. This means your site will be less secure, might not function properly, and it could leave you open to hacking.  Other issues with bad code include not being able to optimize your site for SEO, and it can be hard to customize. It can also lead to conflicts with other WordPress plugins and even the WordPress core itself. Issues like these can end up taking your site offline.  2. Lack of Theme Support Lack of a dedicated support team can be an issue for some website owners. If you run into an issue with your site and don’t have technical support to rely on, it can be difficult to fix your site.  Instead, you’ll have to turn to Google and try to troubleshoot the issue yourself.  Beyond dedicated support, there also might be an issue with theme updates. Themes are updated regularly to patch for security holes, add new features, and ensure it stays compatible with the WordPress core.  Over time, your theme might become outdated and unable to function with the current version of WordPress.  3. Waste of Time/Money If you run into a bunch of issues with your theme like having to fix things yourself, or even recover from a hack, then you’re going to be investing a lot of time and money into your site.  All of this could have been avoided by using a premium WordPress theme, or a free theme that has higher quality standards.  4. Avoid Pirated Themes Sometimes you’ll find websites that allow you to download free versions of a premium theme. You must avoid these sites like the plague.  It might seem like you’re getting a great deal, but these themes are often infected with malware, ads, spammy links, and redirects.  These can cause a ton of damage to your website and even your online reputation. If something seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is.  How to Find a Safe Free WordPress Theme Even with the risks mentioned above, using a free theme might still be a great choice for a lot of website owners. If you can get around the issue of not having a premium support team behind you, you can mitigate the other risks highlighted above. Here are two steps you should take before you install a free WordPress theme on your site:  1. Verify Your Theme Before Installing Before you install a free theme you’ll want to make sure that installing the theme won’t harm your site. Below we cover a handful of vendors that are known for producing quality themes, but if you’ve already downloaded a free theme, then this section is for you. There are all kinds of tools you can run your theme through that will check the legitimacy of the theme. These include: 1. Themecheck Themecheck is an online tool that will scan your theme for any security issues and issues with code quality. It’ll run your theme through a series of checks to see if there are any problems with the code, or if there are any elements that shouldn’t be there.  To use this tool, you’ll need to upload the zip file of the theme, and the tool will get to work. Once it’s done scanning your theme you’ll get a detailed report, along with warnings of any problems that it’s found.  2. Exploit Scanner Exploit Scanner is a WordPress plugin that will check for any malicious code. Once you install and activate this plugin it’ll scan through your entire site, including any themes that you have installed.  This plugin is very useful, beyond checking for any theme security risks, as it’ll also search through your WordPress databases, posts, comments, and more.  3. Theme Check Theme Check is another WordPress plugin that’ll scan through any themes you have installed on your site. It’ll run through a series of checks to make sure that your theme is up to the latest WordPress standards. If the theme you want to use fails any of the checks offered by the tools above, then it’s a good idea to choose a different theme. The WordPress theme marketplace is so large you’re guaranteed to find a high-quality and secure theme with similar features.  2. Download a Theme From a Reputable Source One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re installing a quality theme is to download it from a reputable source. The origins of your theme are incredibly important.  When you download a theme from a reputable vendor you can ensure that it’s up to the latest quality standards, doesn’t have issues with malicious code, and will support you in your website creation goals.  Here are some trusted websites for finding free WordPress themes: WordPress Theme Directory Here you’ll find the largest collection of free WordPress themes. You can filter the themes by certain features, and every theme listed here has been tested by their internal team, so you’ll know your theme is up to the latest WordPress standards.  Elegant Themes Elegant Themes offers two high-quality WordPress themes. The flagship theme Divi is one of the most flexible themes on the market today and can be used to build virtually any kind of website.  StudioPress StudioPress is the company behind the Genesis framework. You’ll also find a huge library of niche-specific child themes. They have a very strong reputation throughout the WordPress space.  iThemes iThemes is another WordPress theme and plugin development company. They have a wide range of themes that can be used for virtually every niche and are all very high-quality. If you’re in the market for a free theme, then the WordPress Theme Directory will probably be your best bet. While, if you’re looking for a premium theme, then any of the options mentioned above are great choices.  What About the Free Theme That Come Installed With WordPress? On a fresh installation of WordPress, you’ll find a free theme that’s already installed. This default theme is created by the company Automattic, who is the company behind WordPress. Depending on when you installed WordPress, the theme should be called Twenty Nineteen or Twenty Twenty. Twenty Twenty is a very high-quality theme and uses the WordPress block editor to allow you to create custom website pages and layouts.  If all you require is a basic WordPress blogging theme, then this can be a great theme to start with. Most people will opt to go with a different theme, but it’s high-quality and can support your site if you like the overall design.  If you love using the Gutenberg block editor, check out these 10 Free Gutenberg-Ready WordPress Themes. Finding the Best Free Theme for Your Industry When you begin your search for the best free theme you’ll probably be overwhelmed with options. Keep in mind that there really isn’t a “best” theme, but instead, it’s the “best theme for your needs”. Even if you’re in the same industry as another website owner, you could have different overarching goals for your website.  One great place to start in your theme search is Google. Just type in “[your niche] WordPress theme” and you’ll be able to find a series of post roundups that break down the best themes in the niche. We have many of these on the HostGator blog, including: Best WordPress Themes for eCommerceBest WordPress Themes for Small BusinessesBest WordPress Themes for Lifestyle BlogsBest WordPress Themes for Travel BlogsBest WordPress Themes for Food BlogsBest WordPress Themes for FreelancersBest WordPress Themes for Affiliate Marketing You can also use the filters in the WordPress Theme Repository to find a list of industry-specific themes. A lot of themes are very flexible and can be heavily customized to suit any niche. So, often the niche of the theme isn’t as important as liking to overall design and layout.  How to Install a Free Theme on WordPress By now you’re well equipped to find the best free theme for your new website. If you’re not using one of the default themes that come pre-installed on WordPress, then this section is for you. Here are two ways you can install a new WordPress theme on your site. Before you move forward with the methods below you’ll need to be logged into the backend of your WordPress site: 1. Upload a Theme Once you’re logged into your WordPress dashboard navigate to Appearance>Themes. Then on the next screen click the ‘Add New’ button at the top of the page. Then, on the next page click ‘Upload Theme’. A box will drop down and here you can drag and drop your theme’s .zip file, or you can search and upload from your computer.  Note that you’ll need to have your theme downloaded previously to upload your theme in this way.  2. Install from the WordPress Marketplace If you don’t already have a free theme downloaded. Then this is the approach you’ll want to take.  You’ll follow the same steps to the section above by navigating to Appearance>Themes, then select ‘Add New’. On this screen, you’ll be able to access the entire WordPress Theme Repository. You can search for themes if you’re looking for a certain theme name. Or, you can browse by most popular or the newest themes. Finally, you can use the feature filter to search by specific features. Once you’ve found a theme that you like hover over it and click ‘Install’ then ‘Activate’. With the theme activated you can now start customizing the design of your WordPress site, adding pages, and content.  Hopefully, you have a better understanding of how you can find the perfect theme for your new WordPress site. Free WordPress themes can be a great way to build out your website without investing any money into the design. A lot of website owners start their online journeys with free themes and upgrade to a premium theme once they require more features, or are generating revenue to cover the cost. By following the tips above you’ll be able to find the perfect free WordPress theme for your website, and avoid any pitfalls that are commonly associated with other free themes.  Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Tools for Online Collaboration With Teams & Clients When Working Remotely

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Maintaining business continuity in these unprecedented times of COVID – 19, aka the novel Coronavirus pandemic, can be quite a task. Our lives have suddenly changed, and our schedules messed. It has transformed our personal and professional lives, compelling us to reconsider and reshape it. Nevertheless, with the world being digitally interconnected, a lot of companies have considered work from home/remote working as the preferred means to keep their businesses running smoothly.  In this post, we list down a few key tools that can help minimise the communication gap and help you collaborate with your clients, customers, and team members seamlessly. However, before that, let us see how online collaboration tools can help you run your business without hindrance. How do online collaboration tools help maintain business continuity Online collaboration tools help users connect remotely without impacting business performance. Here are 5 reasons how they aid businesses: Builds trust and rapport within the team and with clients Improves efficiency and helps everyone stay on the same page Promotes transparency  Helps reduce miscommunication and misunderstanding Gives everyone involved a sense of ownership  Having seen the benefits of online tools for better work productivity, let us take you through the tools that you can use for sharing ideas and running processes smoothly. For your convenience, we have divided these tools into 7 key segments viz. customer support, communication, project management, documentation, visualisation, and designer-client. Customer Support Tools Being connected to your customers on a one-on-one basis is extremely important. In fact, this holds true because irrespective of where you or your customers are they expect you to resolve their queries quickly. This can be tricky if you’re working remotely, however, not impossible. Here are two tools that can help you cater to your customers efficiently. LiveChat Your customers want to stay connected to you real-time. Hence, you must invest in a tool that keeps up with your customers demands, and live chat is the answer!LiveChat is a dedicated chat tool that allows you to connect with your customers on a  real-time basis to help them resolve their queries, as well as, improve your sales. It is easy to integrate and supports over 170+ platforms. Key features: Helps you manage and monitor the performance of your customer service and sales team performance Free 14-day trial period Built-in ticketing and analytics AI suggestions to the agents when replying on chats Acquire Acquire is a customer service platform that offers all-in-one customer service 24×7. It supports over 50+ tools for integration. Also, it allows you to track your customer interactions in a single place easily and even supports co-browsing.  Key features: Easy to switch between live chat, chatbots and analytics It is a premium tool Transferring or escalating the chat to another agent is quick and simple Offers live chat, voice calls and video chat 2. Communication Tools Communication between team members is extremely important and more so when working remotely. Using light-weight communication tools that support chat, audio, video, etc. is crucial. Here are two tools which we recommend. Hangouts Hangouts by Google is designed to help teams collaborate effectively. It allows users to create chat rooms, schedule audio and video calls, share files etc.  Key features: Easy to install. It is available as a desktop app, mobile app, as well as, on the browser  Offers 14-day free trial service Supports screen sharing, audio, video and chat room messaging  Allows uploading files, sharing Google drive links, emoticons, maps, add bots, etc.  Zoom Zoom is a web conferencing platform that allows you to conduct audio and video conferences, webinars, meetings, chats and more. All you need is to register and select the plan of your choice.  Key features: Allows you to set up conference rooms and workspaces  Supports screen sharing Offers cloud storage, dedicated phone support, reporting, admin panel, etc based on the service plan you opt for Accessible from any device across the globe 3. Project Management  Sharing to-do lists on a real-time basis with your clients, as well as, team members can help keep a track of the work being done. It also ensures that your projects are completed on time or flagged if something is not working. Here are two popular tools that you can use for better project management.  Trello Trello is an online to-do lists tool that helps you coordinate and collaborate with clients and team members easily. It allows you to create ‘cards’ and insert attachments, tag team members, update due-date, checklists, labels and more in these cards.  Key features: It is a free service Compatible on any device and anywhere  Easy to navigate dashboard  Supports multiple features  Asana Asana is a web and mobile application that enables teams to organise, monitor and manage their work. Asana offers the flexibility of working from anywhere and anytime. Moreover, it allows you to create visual projects plans, set priorities and deadlines, share details, assign tasks, etc. to make the workflow easier.   Key features: Supports basic free version up to 15 team members, as well as, premium plans Helps in visualising milestones Allows you to assign tasks to team members  Allows you to export your projects  4. Documentation Documenting work is important. However, when working remotely, your team members and clients too must have a clear understanding of what you are working on and your progress. Also, documentation helps you keep a track of what you are doing now and what to do next.  G Suite allows you to collaborate with your team members and clients by sharing your documents, presentations, spreadsheets and more. For someone like me, who loves writing and documenting content, this is the best tool ever! You can access G Suite from anywhere and on any devices viz. phone, tablet, computer, and laptop.  Key features: Includes Hangouts, that allows you to work seamlessly even when working remotely  Offers cloud support to sync data easily Provides email and calendaring services Provides end-to-end security and compliance  Some other documentation tools to look out for: Office 365 Bit.ai 5. Visualisation   If you’re a designer or brainstorming ideas be it with the team or client, having a whiteboard helps put across ideas efficiently. But this might seem like a tough task while working remotely. Several online whiteboard platforms allow teams to collaborate easily. One of them being ConceptBoard. ConceptBoard is a visual collaboration tool that offers whiteboard functionalities to enhance teamwork irrespective of the time and place of the team members.  Key features: Supports screen sharing, audio and video calls Free service, as well as, premium with a 30-day free trial Offers file storage  Includes unlimited projects and boards  6. Designer-Client If you’re a design agency, then sharing your work with your clients and getting feedback is a back and forth process. And working remotely should not hamper with your work.  Online presentation tools make it easy for designers and clients to collaborate, share design and feedback.  Prevue is one such tool! This is a great tool to organise images in presentations and share to the client for feedback. It is reliable and offers built-in Google Analytics for tracking your design. Key features: Offers a free 7-day trial period Allows you to brand your designs with easy logo insertion Allows team members to work on a single project simultaneously Is client-friendly with easy image optimisation Some other online collaboration tools: Here are some more online tools for collaboration that you can check out based on your requirements: Mural Mindmeister Slack Podio Conclusion We hope these online collaboration tools prove to be helpful to you, especially in these times when almost everyone is remotely working from home.  Moreover, it is important to remember that these tools come in handy not only when you’re working from home but also if your team is scattered across the globe. Remember that every business needs time management and prioritising of tasks! This holds more true when working remotely. Keep in mind to keep your team members updated all the time and take care of allocating your time effectively. Lastly, remember communication is the key to working together even when apart! .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post Tools for Online Collaboration With Teams & Clients When Working Remotely appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

The Month in WordPress: March 2020

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The month of March was both a tough and exciting time for the WordPress open-source project. With COVID-19 declared a pandemic, in-person events have had to adapt quickly – a challenge for any community. March culminated with the release of WordPress 5.4, an exhilarating milestone only made possible by dedicated contributors. For all the latest, read on.  WordPress 5.4 “Adderley” WordPress 5.4 “Adderley” was released on March 31 and includes a robust list of new blocks, enhancements, and new features for both users and developers. The primary focus areas of this release included the block editor, privacy, accessibility, and developer improvements, with the full list of enhancements covered in the 5.4 field guide. Want to get involved in building WordPress Core? Follow the Core team blog, and join the #core channel in the Making WordPress Slack group. Releases of Gutenberg 7.7 and 7.8 It’s been another busy month for Gutenberg, this time with the release of Gutenberg 7.7 and 7.8. Gutenberg 7.7 introduced block patterns – predefined block layouts that are ready to use and tweak. This is an important step towards Full Site Editing, which is currently targeted for inclusion in WordPress 5.6. As a first iteration, you can pick and insert patterns from the Block Patterns UI, which has been added as a sidebar plugin. Gutenberg 7.7 also includes a refresh of the Block UI, which better responds to the ways users interact with the editor. For more information on the User UI and Block Patterns, read this summary of the most recent Block-Based Themes meeting. Gutenberg 7.8, introduced on March 25, further enhanced this Block UI redesign. Both releases also included a suite of improvements, bug fixes, new APIs, documentation, and more! Want to get involved in building Gutenberg? Follow the Core team blog, contribute to Gutenberg on GitHub, and join the #core-editor channel in the Making WordPress Slack group. WordCamp cancellations and shift to online events In early March, the Community team issued new recommendations for event organizers in light of growing concerns around COVID-19. Following this guidance, and with COVID-19 declared a pandemic, WordPress community organizers reluctantly but responsibly postponed or canceled their upcoming WordCamps and meetups. As community events are an important part of the WordPress open-source project, the Community team made suggestions for taking charity hackathons online, proposed interim adjustments to existing community event guidelines, and provided training for online conference organizing with Crowdcast. The team is currently working on building a Virtual Events Handbook that will continue to support WordPress community organizers at this time.  Want to get involved with the WordPress Community team, host your own virtual WordPress event, or help improve the documentation for all of this? Follow the Community team blog, learn more about virtual events, and join the #community-events channel in the Making WordPress Slack group. Link your GitHub profile to WordPress.org Last month, an experimental feature was added to Trac, WordPress Core’s bug-tracking system, to improve collaboration between Trac and GitHub. This month, to help make tracking contributions to the WordPress project across multiple locations easier, there is a new option to connect your GitHub account to your WordPress.org profile. This connection allows for more accurate acknowledgement and recognition of contributors. You can connect your GitHub account to your WordPress.org account by editing your WordPress.org profile. For more information and instructions on how to connect your accounts, read the announcement post. Modernizing WordPress coding standards Defined coding standards is an important step in creating the consistent codebase needed to prepare for requiring PHP 7.x for WordPress Core. As such, coding standards have been proposed for implementation in WordPress Coding Standards 3.0.0. This includes new proposed standards for namespace declarations, import use statements, fully qualified names in inline code, traits and interfaces, type declarations, declare statements/strict typing, the ::class constant, operators, and more.  Want to get involved or view the full list of currently proposed new coding standards? Visit and add your feedback to the post on updating the Coding standards for modern PHP and follow the Core team blog. Further Reading: On March 16, Version 0.3 of the auto-updates feature was released, including fixes to a number of issues and the introduction of email notifications. WordCamp US announced that the 2020 event will happen, one way or another. But the team need your help to make sure that it’s another fantastic event. Consider applying to be a speaker!Speaking of WordCamp US, the Call for Cities for WCUS 2021/2022 is now open. If your community is interested in being a future WCUS host, apply today!With COVID-19 preventing in-person community events, the Diverse Speaker Training (#wpdiversity) Group encourages you to host a virtual Diverse Speaker Workshop to prepare speakers for when we are able to meet in person again. To get started, visit this page. An update for progress on 2020 goals has been posted, sharing some more defined targets and schedule. Have a story that we should include in the next “Month in WordPress” post? Please submit it here.

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