How to Keep Your Website Fresh and Appealing

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Making a website gets easier day by day. Even beginners, who don’t have advanced coding skills are able to make a website without sharing too much efforts.Tons of different kinds of websites can be found on the web, offering online users unlimited information on different topics.

Whether you need an online store, information source, news article or a good recipe for a family dinner, I bet you can find a number of great websites offering the information you need.

But the problem is, that having a good looking and interesting website is not enough to constantly invite visitors and grab their attention. In today’s competing world you have to keep the track of trending web requirements to make your website updated and appealing for the general public. With this in mind, I offer you several WordPress tips that will help you to keep your website appealing and invite more website visitors. I’ll also suggest some WordPress plugins, which will help you to advance particular aspects of your website and ease your workload.

Highlight the Key Content

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Sliders are probably the best way to highlight the key content of your website and deliver it to your site visitors in the most appealing way. The good news is that there are some great slider plugins in the WordPress directory, which can be useful in so many ways. My absolute favorite among them is Slider WD, which is a feature-rich plugin, for adding multi-layer slides to your website. With Slider WD it is possible to create UNLIMITED number of slides. You can add images to your sliders by using three different options (via image URL, media library, Slider WD media uploader), as well as embed images from Instagram, Dailymotion and Flickr.

All content on your slides can be displayed through Carousel, Parallax and Filmstrip effects, to make it more active and dynamic. You can add video links from YouTube and Vimeo to showcase them on your slides. Videos can also be uploaded from WordPress’s media library. You can add post slides to the slider and make all the necessary changes regarding how it appears on the slide. There is a possibility to add text, image, video,media embed,social buttons and hotspot layers to any of your slides. Slider WD provides 26 transition effects and 38 layer effects, which would make your slides more interesting and appealing.

Add text and image watermarks on your images to disable their illegal use or distribution, and enable right click protection not to allow image downloading from your slides. It’s worth mentioning, that you can also add custom CSS to give your slides additional styling.So give it a try and get the best of it.

Stay Tuned with Your Audience

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I bet everyone knows the advantages that social media can bring to websites. Show your latest activity on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else and stay tuned with your audience. Being active in social media market would definitely extend the reach of your website and give it a higher social presence. I want to draw your attention on Easy Social Share Buttons For WordPress, which is a feature packed plugin for sharing content on social media.

The customization options are plenty and various.More than 35 major social networks are supported and you can manually select the location and positions of the share buttons. You can turn on the share counts and select a template from the 19 offered. Additional buttons like “Comments” button, “Love this button”, ”Print and Send” email are available, which will help you increase your social proof. It has 18 build in automated display button methods and 7 powerful shortcodes. It is mobile optimized and can be used even with the smallest mobile devices.

Choose the Best Suitable Theme

We all know how attractive images are to online surfers, and what results they can bring to a website if showcased in the right way. It’s crucially important to have attracting images on your website, relevant to the content you provide.

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Portfolio Gallery theme is the right tool you need. It’s a responsive WordPress theme, developed to showcase your website content in an appealing way.

There are several customizable layouts within the theme with full and infinite scrolling display options. The theme features a powerful lightbox, which is capable of displaying your website posts as gallery on your front page. There is also a possibility to show your posts as a slideshow with different transition effects. Your website visitors can have a short preview of the posts in the lightbox. Settings and parameters of the lightbox can be adjusted to best fit your needs.

Feature-rich widgets are another great addition to the Portfolio Gallery theme. The theme supports different widgets among them Advertisement widget to display image banner ads and Google AdSense widget.

The theme comes with different page templates, with the possibility to create custom template pages. You can also add contact forms to your website pages with Captcha protection.

With its color customization possibility you can change the colors of the theme and make them more relevant for your website. It is SEO- friendly and gives you full control over basic SEO management.

WordPress Portfolio Gallery is an advanced and highly functional theme for the websites which offer a large amount of images and other visuals. It would be a perfect match for travel and food blogs.

Boost Your Website Speed

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Website speed can be considered one of its strengths and weaknesses at the same time. In fact, most site owners don’t give much attention to it, and end up with losing lots of active visitors. Positive user experience on your website is the guaranty for the flow of newcomers. There are several great WordPress plugins out there to help you keep the speed of your website high. My recommendation is WP Super Cache plugin. It can highly increase your website loading speed by producing static HTML files without even bothering to process heavy and extensive PHP engine. The vast majority of website users will receive the static HTML files. They are served to users that are not logged in, users who have not left a comment on your website, and to the users who have not viewed password protected posts.It functions at its best when your website traffic is overloaded. The plugin will also be of great help to your server in coping the front page appearance in different social networks.

I hope this small hints and tools will be helpful to website owners and developers to always stay tuned with their visitors and attract new ones on a regular basis. These are my personal recommendations, the ones I always refer to. Give them a try and see the results.

If you have already tried some of them or think I missed something out, that you find useful as well, don’t hesitate to let me know about that.


Gayane Mar is the founder of WPCapitan.com, a WordPress enthusiast and blogger. She is a contributing author to a plenty of well known WordPress related blogs and enjoys sharing her experience and expertise to help people with WordPress.

WPCapitan focuses on all things WordPress, how-tos,reviews and plugins, news and more.

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Gayane Mar

Gayane Mar is the founder of WPCapitan.com, a WordPress enthusiast and blogger. She is a contributing author to a plenty of well known WordPress related blogs and enjoys sharing her experience and expertise to help people with WordPress. WPCapitan focuses on all things WordPress, how-tos,reviews and plugins, news and more.