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Important Changes – Disqus Ads Are No Longer Free to Disable (kinsta.com) As of March 2017, Disqus is now going to be charging a monthly fee to remove advertisements from your WordPress comments. This is something that has always been free to disable in this past and is a pretty big change that will affect thousands of businesses and bloggers that rely on Disqus to power their comments. Today we are going to dive into what all this entails, some pros and cons, and some recommendations if you do choose to seek out an alternative comment system.
5 Best Plugins for Improving WordPress Comments Reviewed and Compared (premium.wpmudev.org) If you’ve ever used WordPress’s built-in commenting system, you know there’s a lot to be desired. It does the job well enough but without trying other solutions for comments, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. After all, increase user engagements is a proven way of increasing conversions and the time a user spends on-page, i.e. time is money.
So to help you out, we’ve thoroughly tested five popular options and put each through the wringer: Disqus, Replyable, Jetpack, Heyoya and default WordPress commenting.
Take Control of Your WordPress Site with the Beaver Builder Plugin (bobwp.com) For some of you, this may not be entirely new, as Beaver Builder has been out for some time and has grown incredibly. With its popularity, especially among many of our friends and colleagues, we figured it was time to really dive into it and share our findings with our readers.
What you can do with this page builder plugin encompasses much more than we can show you today, but if you haven’t explored it yet, this is a good place to start.
39 Best Free WordPress Themes Worth Checking Out in 2017 (premium.wpmudev.org) Some themes are filled to the brim with great design and are easy to implement. Others are poorly constructed stripped-down products designed to hook you and then force you to purchase a premium upgrade.
We’ve taken on the task of sorting through the available options and picking out a few best-in-class products. While we couldn’t possibly include every great WordPress theme, in this post we’ll present 39 WordPress themes that are feature-rich, beautifully designed, responsive to the last pixel, and free.
List Posts by Category WordPress Shortcode (www.cozmoslabs.com) Usually the archive pages in WordPress leave a lot to be desired and sometimes you want to list posts by category so users have a much nicer way of interacting with your content. While you can modify the archive page template in your theme to have this listing, it would be a lot simpler to just have a shortcode that you can use anywhere you want. And that’s what we’re going to build.
WordPress Member Directory Plugin Tutorial with Searchable Table & Profiles (barn2.co.uk) There are lots of WordPress membership plugins, but very few member directory plugins. A member directory is a table or list or your organization's members. It may also have individual member profiles. If you want to know how to create a WordPress member directory (with or without profiles), this tutorial is for you. You can create a searchable, sortable member directory without doing any coding.