How to Run a Speed Test for a WordPress Website

It’s a fact that fast loading times are extremely crucial for a WordPress website as it affects search engine rankings and attracts more visitors. If it takes your website longer than three seconds to load, a visitor is likely to leave your page. So then you might be wondering: how can I find out how well my website is performing? The great news is that there are easy-to-use tools available that allow you to perform a speed test for a WordPress website.   

In this article, we discussed how to improve a site’s loading speed, but now we’ll list some tools that will help you to test website performance.

Reasons for a slow website 

If you’d like to know the reasons for a slow website, you should know what a page lifecycle is. 

As you enter a URL into your browser and hit Enter, it’ll go through the following process:

  1. The browser passes the URL to your network default DNS servers or gateways. It will try to resolve the URL with an equivalent IP address in order to find the web server. The web server is the place where your website files exist. A slow DNS server can cause a slow website. 
  2. After locating the IP address, the request will be sent to your web server. The web server will then receive your request and will route you to the path requested. If the path exists, it will return the page with a HTML 200 code. If it does not exist, it will return a 404 error code along with a 404 page (if it exists).
  3. If your website is not static, it means that the page you requested must be generated. Depending on your web server, you might have different compilers or interpreters in use. You might also use a CMS like WordPress. Each web server, software, CMS or script you are using is involved in the page generation lifecycle and might cause performance glitches. Even a non-optimized database can cause performance issues. 

In other words, there might be several reasons at any stage of a page generation lifecycle for a slow website.  Here, we’ll provide an overview of some of the most common problems on a WordPress website. 

Poor hosting

Simply put, more server resources provide better performance. Using cheap hosting is like creating a long queue for each visitor. Long queues can cause a long TTFB (time to first byte). If you’re using a cheap hosting that you know doesn’t have the proper resources for your site, it’s time to think about new, faster hosting. Some shared hosting providers that are suitable for your WordPress site include:

Also, check out this article to learn what other hosts are recommended for WordPress.

Poorly coded themes

When looking for a WordPress theme, it’s important to pay attention to speed optimization. If you find a theme that is visually appealing, it might be poorly coded, which can drastically slow down your website. The themes that are free or offered for cheap are usually not optimized. In other words, it’s better to switch to another theme (note that a good theme will cost $60-$120). Before purchasing a theme, make sure developer support is available so that you can contact them anytime you experience an issue.

Third-party plugins

When installing a new plugin, it’s good form to ensure that it’s also not poorly coded as this will slow down the site. Pay attention to the plugin rating, how many times it was downloaded and how long it’s been since the last time it was updated. You can disable/enable each plugin while running a speed test, but it’ll be time consuming, so it’s better to use the Query Monitor plugin. This plugin reports the database queries on your site and can be filtered by a plugin to see which one is causing high CPU usage.

Large Images

Everyone knows that images are extremely vital to any website as they provide much more info than simply text. The downside is that images also increase the size of the page. That said, you can optimize the images and still retain the quality.

Online image compression tools can help you with this. The top ones are TinyPNG and Kraken. First compress your images using one of these tools, then upload the optimized ones to your site. 

Before running a WordPress website speed test

When running a WordPress website speed test, you need to take into account the following:

  • Check different geographic locations

You may not know where your visitors are coming from. In this case, you can use Google Analytics. If most of your visitors are from the USA, then you need to choose a test server from Chicago, for example. If your visitors are from all over the world, then you’ll need to run several tests with multiple locations.

  • Enable the website cache

To run a website speed test correctly, you need to enable the caching on your site. When it’s on, you’ll test website caching as well and see how effective it is and if the performance has improved. 

  • Enable the website firewall/CDN

It’s recommended to switch on a CDN service and the firewall to improve the performance. We have a separate article about CDN and why it’s so important for website loading speed. To find out more info about this, feel free to read How To Set Up CDN For Your WordPress Website.

Best tools to test website speed 

Below, we’ve listed the top tools that you can use to check how fast your site is loading for your visitors.

GTMetrix

GTMetrix is a very popular tool and easy to use. If you’re a novice, chances are that it’ll be your favorite tool for testing. Besides the full report of the website’s loading speed, GTMetrix also provides suggestions on how you can improve the performance of your website. It’s really useful as you’ll get advice on what you need to fix to make the site load faster. Here you’ll see your site’s score from A (excellent) to F (fail). The score is based on load time, page size and the total number of requests.

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WebPageTest

One upside offered by WebPagetest is the ability to select a country from which you want to test, so you can see how well your site is performing in different parts of the world. Like GTMetrix, the WebPagetest tool will provide you with recommendations on how to resolve your site performance issues.

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Chrome DevTools

The Chrome DevTools panel is related to the Chrome browser and is quite popular among developers for performing a speed test for a WordPress website. You can activate the Network panel in Chrome by pressing Command+Option+I (Mac) or Control+Shift+I (Windows, Linux). Then you can generate a waterfall analysis of your site. Note that Chrome will show Network requests while the Network panel is open. If you want to inspect a request that happens on page load but you don’t see anything, all you need to do is refresh the page while you have the Network panel open.

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Wrapping Up

There’s no doubt that website speed is crucial to running and maintaining a WordPress site. If the site loads quickly, your visitors will be able to view your content without delay. Quick loading times could further work to convert new visitors into subscribers or paying customers.
In this post, we reviewed some of the best and easy-to-use tools to test speed for WordPress websites. Once you’ve identified how well your site is performing, then make sure to head over to this article to learn more about how to speed up loading times.

How to Perform a WordPress Security Audit

WordPress is the most widely used free CMS platform, which makes doing a security audit extremely important. Failing to run these audits will provide hackers with greater opportunity to break into your site. Once they have access, they can add illegal content, steal personal data and engage in many other malicious actions. In other words, performing a security audit will allow you to prevent hackers from taking control of your site. While this might not be an all-in-one solution, updating your website security will help in making your site more secure. In this post, I’ll explain the steps you need to take to perform a WordPress security audit.

What is a WordPress security audit?

A WordPress security audit is the process of checking for security gaps by looking to see if there is any suspicious activity or malicious code on your site. You might be concerned that this process is too complicated and that you’ll need to hire a developer to perform the audit for you – worry not! In fact, the steps are quite simple, and you can perform them manually. 

Take note that online audit services are also available that you can use to check the security of your website. 

Below, I’ll describe the steps you need to take and which automated tools you can use to run the security check automatically.

When to run a security audit

Even if you don’t detect any suspicious activity on your site, it’s prudent to run a security audit every quarter. However, if you notice something odd happening on your site, you should check it immediately.

You should perform a WordPress security audit if you notice any of the following signs: 

  • Your website started loading too slowly 
  • Your website traffic suddenly dropped
  • Some new accounts appeared that you didn’t create, you received forgot password requests or login attempts on your website
  • Some suspicious links were placed on your website 

If you experience all these issues, you should perform a security audit immediately! Let’s move to the section below, so I can show you how easily you can get this done.

How to perform a WordPress security audit 

To evaluate your site from top to bottom, you need to first go through several steps. Here are the most important tasks that need to be done to perform a security audit.

Check username and password

What username do you use to log onto your WordPress site? Is it “Admin”? If so, you must change that username. To do this, you need to create a new user at first that has Administrator rights. Then delete the “Admin” user and assign all content to a new user that you created.

Make sure you’re the only user who has Administrator rights. If there is another user with an Admin account, you should remove it by creating a new user for him/her. If you keep two Admin usernames, please note that your site will definitely be under brute force attack.

As for the password, it must be difficult, so it’s hard to guess. Use not only letters but also symbols and numbers. You can generate a secure password with an online service.

Another tip to secure your WordPress site is to use two-factor authentication. It requires a user to enter not only a password but also a security code which is usually sent to a phone or an email. So if someone guesses your password, he/she won’t be able to log in as they would also need a security code, so they will need access to your phone or email.

Updates

Updates are very important as outdated items are the first cause for security issues. You need to make sure your WordPress plugins and themes all have been updated for their latest versions. Do this easily via Dashboard > Updates and update all software. If you don’t regularly update the items, you’ll then run the risk of getting your website hacked. Read more about why updates are so important in this article.

Remove unused plugins and/or themes

Check the list of the plugins in the Plugins menu of your dashboard. All plugins should be installed only from the trusted sources – avoid installing any pirated or nulled version of plugins and be sure to delete them immediately if you have any. Such plugins will infect your site with malware and open backdoors for hackers. 

If you have some inactive plugins that are not required for your theme anymore, delete them. Use only the ones that are needed for the site.

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The same goes for themes: keep only the one that you are using. There’s no need to install different themes as they may provide vulnerabilities. Make sure your active theme is up-to-date!

Run backups

Having a backup of your WordPress installation is extremely important and useful. If anything goes wrong (such as your site being hacked or simply broken after an update), you can always restore the site from a backup. We already have some articles regarding backup solutions, so you can find the detailed information about backups here:

How to Perform a WordPress Backup in Jupiter X with BlogVault

How to Backup Your WordPress Database Like a Pro

Restore Your WordPress Website Using a Backup: Here’s How!

Run a security scan

There are many online tools that help you to check your site for vulnerabilities. For example, one of the tools you can use is the Free WordPress Website Security Scanner. Note that such scanners check only public pages of your site. To run a deeper scan, you can use security plugins. When looking for a plugin, check if it has these features:

  • Malware scan
  • Malware cleanup
  • Malware alert
  • Login protection
  • Activity log
  • Firewall

Further down in the article, you’ll find the plugins that you can install.

Check the file/folder permissions

It’s also important to find out what permissions are set for the files and folders in your WordPress installation. The correct permissions should be 755 for folders and 644 for files. You can ask your hosting provider support to help you change permissions. Don’t hesitate to contact them as the permissions are a server-related issue and are not related to the WordPress theme. The detailed description about permissions is in the WordPress Codex.

Check the upload file extensions

Double check the upload file extensions on the forms anywhere on the website as they might be used as backdoors for attackers. Read this doc to find which file types are accepted in WordPress.

Check additional code

Also check every custom code you’ve added to your website because many of the custom codings do not pass any security test. As an example, a JS customization that uses cookies can be used to steal some user information.

Automatically perform a security audit

To keep records of all activities on your site and automate the security audit, it’s better to use a WordPress plugin.

The WordPress Security Audit Log plugin is one of the best tools that will make it easier for you to run security checks – and you’ll have the logs of all user activities. The detailed knowledge base and the documentation of this plugin can be found at this link.
Another great plugin for security audit is Sucuri Security.

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It provides protection from DDoS attacks, improves your site loading speed, scans your files for suspicious code and has many other features. For more information, check the Sucuri knowledge base.

Using a security plugin, your site will be protected and no one suspicious will be able to attack it. So keep that in mind when installing such a plugin.

Wrapping up

By taking the steps outlined above, you’ll be able to prevent hackers from entering your site. As mentioned earlier, it’s best to perform these tasks frequently so that your site is both up-to-date and secure. Performing a WordPress security audit isn’t too difficult or time-consuming, and you’ll save hours of time if anything happens to your site.

Also the following articles may be interesting for you regarding this topic:

Make Your WordPress Site Safer, Learn to Create Your Own Login URL

Tips for Successfully Taking Over an Existing WordPress Site

How to Add Two-Factor Authentication in WordPress

Tips for Successfully Taking Over an Existing WordPress Site

You might be thinking that taking over an existing website is a good deal to make. After all, you don’t need to create anything new as everything is already done, right? All you need to do is ask for login credentials, and you’re well on your way. 

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as that. If there’s something you’ve missed or overlooked, you won’t be able to administrate the site fully, and the previous admin will still have access and may do harm to your website or ruin the changes you’ve already made. You also might be unaware that the site you took on has some malicious code, which could make your site vulnerable to getting hacked. That’s why it’s so important to follow all the steps below when inheriting a website. Here’s a list of what you need to check and remember for successfully taking over an existing WordPress site.

Get All Login Credentials 

When inheriting a website, the first thing you need to do is to get all login credentials. It doesn’t mean you only need the username and password for your WP Dashboard. Here’s everything you need to get: 

  • Access to WordPress dashboard (make sure you have an Admin role so you can manage the dashboard freely)
  • Hosting account (you need this to be able to change certain settings, for example, PHP version or to edit the files to troubleshoot)
  • Domain registrar (usually domains come together with hosting, however, it may be separate. You need to check that you have access to the domain management to be able to update its registration or change DNS)
  • CPanel (some hosting providers have management panels like CPanel or ISP Manager, so you should make sure to get access to that panel where you can manage your site easily: change PHP version, create backup, edit files via File Manager, etc.)
  • CDN (make sure you have access to this as well. A great tool to speed up WordPress, it may be Cloudflare)
  • Email accounts – there are email accounts that may be connected to your site. You need to have access to all of them for administration.

Change All Passwords And Emails

Another step in taking over an existing WordPress site is to change all the passwords after receiving the login details. You don’t know who else has them, so to secure the website, change all the passwords immediately after you’ve received that information. As you already know, your passwords should be strong. You can use this password generator tool to generate robust passwords.

Another thing you need to do is to change the email address to yours: go to Settings > General and replace the email address there so you can get any notifications.

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Set up Automatic Backups

It’s necessary to make regular backups so you are able to restore the data if something goes wrong. You can create a full backup via CPanel or use a WP plugin like UpdraftPlus.

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The following articles will be helpful for you to get more information regarding backups:

How to Backup Your WordPress Database Like a Pro

Restore Your WordPress Website Using a Backup: Here’s How!

How to Perform a WordPress Backup in Jupiter X with BlogVault

As an admin, you need to be sure that you have solutions to restore the site data if something is corrupted.

Update User Roles

Another important point in taking over an existing WordPress site is checking the user list. Go to the Users menu on the dashboard, find the person who managed the site before you. It’s better if you remove his/her access or downgrade the role so he/she can’t administrate the site.
If you see other users with Administrator roles in the list, but you are supposed to be the only one, be sure to delete those users.

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Update Outdated Items

Now it’s time to update the site. When taking over, you’ll definitely get some plugins or themes that are out of date. If not, then you’re lucky! So, before starting an update process, you need to create a backup to be able to restore the site if something is broken during the update. Don’t proceed with a bulk update, do it one by one, especially when it comes to plugins. You’ll want to update plugins one after the other and then check the site after each update. This way you’ll know which plugin caused the issue if your site got broken after the update.

Another recommendation is to do this maintenance work on the local or staging environment, so the live site is safe and visitors don’t see a broken layout.

By the way, there’s a great tool that helps in managing all your WordPress websites at once – ManageWP. You can run all updates with one click and automate the backups. It’s very handy and helpful if you have many WordPress websites which you can manage from one place. 

Scan a Website for Security

The next step while taking over an existing WordPress site is checking if your website is secure and that there is no malicious code. You can find free online tools for a security scan, such as Sucuri SiteCheck. Also I’d recommend that you install a security plugin (if you don’t already have one) like WordFence, Sucuri or iThemes.

If your site doesn’t have an SSL certificate, it’s better to install it. Your hosting provider should help you with this. Also check your site for performance: you can use online speed test tools like  GTMetrix and Pingdom. And if you need to enhance your site’s performance, you can use a caching plugin such as WP Rocket, WP Fastest Cache, etc. Refer to this article for more detailed information.

Check Premium Features

It’s likely that the previous site owner used premium themes or plugins. Check to see if you’re able to receive automatic updates for those items. You’ll need a purchase code or API key to gain premium access. If possible, contact the previous admin and switch all licenses to your account. If needed, make a purchase under your account and re-register the theme or plugin, and you’ll definitely get premium support and automatic updates.

Delete Unnecessary Items

It’s good if you get rid of the unnecessary things on the site: uninstall the themes and plugins that you don’t use and delete user accounts that you don’t need. It’ll make the site more secure, and because using too many plugins slows down site loading time, your site’s performance will be enhanced. Also, you’ll want to make sure to optimize the database as some plugins may keep their tables in the database even after uninstalling them. The WP Optimize plugin will help you with this.

Wrapping Up

All the steps we’ve mentioned in this article are important to successfully taking over an existing WordPress website. And the responsibility falls on your shoulders – now that you’re the site owner, you’re the only one who can ensure that the site is functioning properly. As we’ve mentioned in the post, don’t forget to regularly update the site after gaining full access – in other words, keep improving it! The more work you put into your site, the better the outcome will be.

Everything You Need to Know About Updating a WordPress Website

Are you in the habit of updating your WordPress website (including its themes and plugins)? If not, your website could be open to security threats or could be repelling potential customers. As a member of the Artbees support team, I saw that the reason many customers didn’t update their themes/plugins is that everything was working well, and they didn’t want to risk losing  functionality. But this is problematic: by using outdated files, your website becomes vulnerable and could be hacked. Or sometimes people thought they were keeping their entire site up to date by only updating WordPress while they were using old themes and plugins. This often causes incompatibilities, and it’s likely some functions won’t work on the site.

Why is updating WordPress so important?

  • WordPress websites use themes and plugins that are created by third-party organizations. This means that when a new WordPress version is released, they update their products to fix any incompatibilities too. So let’s say you update the theme/plugins but keep using the old WordPress version, you may experience some troubles on the site like layout problems or some functions not working properly. 
  • Another reason to update WordPress is to get your hands on new features. Sometimes you won’t notice them right away as the features could be minor – or they could be major and be exactly what you wanted.
  • If a vulnerability in an old WordPress file is fixed in the new version, you’ll want to update it without hesitation on your part. Not getting rid of the vulnerability will make it easier for hackers to quickly and easily hack your site.
  • Hackers typically check the WordPress changelog, and they can see where the vulnerabilities were fixed, so they can easily get into the sites with the old WordPress version. So be sure you always use the updates.
  • It’s no secret that if you’re using an old version of WordPress, you might experience website issues like slow loading speed, navigation-related problems or redirected pages. Outdated plugins and themes can increase website response time, and your visitors may leave the site quickly. 
  • When you face some problems on your website and want to contact online support for help, most answers will be related to new versions of WordPress and you’ll definitely be suggested to update yours.

In this article, you’ll be able to find detailed instructions on how to easily and quickly update a WordPress website.

Problems of using outdated WordPress plugins and themes

Once you’ve updated the WordPress version, you need to also update all of your website’s WordPress plugins and themes. Along with new features, the plugins/themes authors might also include security solutions. This means that installing the latest version of the WordPress plugins and themes makes it harder for hackers to break your website.

If you don’t update the plugins and themes, old versions might have a negative effect on your website speed and performance in several ways. They can increase your website response time, which will result in fewer visitors on your site. 

Installing the latest plugins and themes is much better as they are more optimized for the latest WordPress technologies, and you’ll improve both performance and user experience.

Tips for safely updating your WordPress website

Before hitting the “Update Now” button, it’s important to follow the steps below to keep your site safe:

  • Make sure to backup all your WordPress files and database. You can do this via your hosting control panel or using some plugin, for example, BackWPup.
  • Check the plugins and themes changelog to avoid any risks that may occur.
  • First update WordPress installation and then update your plugins and theme. Many of the WordPress plugins can be automatically updated from the WordPress plugin repository. It doesn’t work like this, however, for premium plugins and themes. You may not receive a notification of the update. And by overwriting the files on FTP level or through a special control panel of the theme you can only update the plugin or theme.
  • Don’t forget to test the site after you made the updates. Make sure the frontend is functioning properly. The most important steps to test:
    • Check the homepage and a few other pages
    • Fill in a form and check if the message is delivered
    • Check if the multilingual function is working (if using WPML or Polylang)
    • Check elements such as sliders, pop-ups, call-to-action
    • Test the search function

What to do if the update goes wrong?

  • If for some reason your live website got broken after the update, you should hide it from the public to fix it before showing it again. This means that you should enable the maintenance mode for the website. For this, you can use a plugin such as the WP Maintenance Mode, or, if you’re using the Jupiter X theme, you can enable the maintenance mode in Customizer. 
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  • Make sure to clear the cache of your website to see all the features or changes that came with the current update.
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  • Check the theme or plugin’s support forums. Perhaps the issue you have was already discussed, and you’ll be able to find a solution to your problem quickly.
  • Some themes/plugins may require to re-save the options to update the database. Try to re-save theme or plugins settings, and don’t forget to clear the cache.
  • Contact the support team. If you have a premium theme, then you’ll get a fast response. Just be specific in your description, provide screenshots of the  errors, as well as the login details to the wp-admin panel and FTP, so the support agents can investigate the problem.
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  • If you’re unable to find a solution, it’s better to restore a site from the backup. You can ask for help from your hosting provider support to get your site restored. Then contact a theme/plugin support, so they can investigate the issue with the update. It’s also better to provide your staging environment where the support team can test.

Wrapping up

It’s important to continue updating your WordPress site so that it’s safe, and hackers cannot get to it. You may think you don’t need an update as the site is now functioning properly. But please note that further down the line, ignoring updates will cause more problems.  

Updating your site will provide several benefits: improved performance, new features, and a secure website! Stay updated – stay safe!

Key Elements to Create a Medical Website

More and more people prefer to search for different kinds of services online – and medical services are no exception. In fact, patients continually seek health information and search for new doctors online. Having a medical website can make a patient portal easily accessible and help educate patients about common health issues.
Your website needs to attract and inform both new and current patients. In this post, you’ll find out exactly how to do this by including the essential elements to create a medical website. 

Gain the trust of your patients

To boost your potential patients’ confidence in your care, we recommend that you use the Testimonials widget. You can add this on your homepage for quick and easy access or on a separate page if you have many testimonials to share. 

It’s also a good idea to add a video where your patients can tell their story, which will increase trust in your work.  In other words, don’t shy away from getting feedback that you can ultimately use to shine a positive light on your expertise and practice.

Display your contact information

A good medical website needs to have contact information that can be accessed easily. When you sit down to create a medical website, keep in mind that a user’s eyes will be naturally drawn to the top bar of the header, making it an ideal place to display contact info. It’s worth mentioning that you’ll want to include the number of your medical institution as well as numbers of different specialities. It’s not uncommon these days that people in an emergency situation will come across your information online, so it’s best to include this type of info so they can receive help as quickly as possible. Furthermore, providing an interactive map on the “Contact Us” page will allow visitors to easily locate your hospital or medical center.

Along with the map, you should add a contact form by using the Form element so potential patients can send their questions to you.

Another form that can be added is a booking or an appointment form. You’ll make the right call giving patients the chance to request an appointment online with a simple form. Check out an example of the booking form in the Vet template. A great feature will be to show an appointment form in the popup window via a call-to-action button, which you can place in the header. This allows visitors to book an appointment quickly without searching for a form through the site.

Such an example can be viewed in the Lab template. To open a popup on a button click, you’ll need the JetPopUp plugin, which is bundled in the Jupiter X theme. This video tutorial will help you to implement that feature.

List the services you provide

You have two options in listing the services you provide when you create a medical website: you can either list them on your homepage or you can create a separate page. No matter which you decide, make sure to show it in your navigation menu in the header so the visitors don’t have to search. This info should be easy to find.

You can separate services in tabs by using the Tabs element found in the JetElements plugin. It’ll be easy to read them just by surfing between the tabs as shown in the Psychologist template:

Create a blog page to share news

When it comes to medical websites, a blog can be a very effective tool. It’s a great way to both educate and engage with patients. Educating your patients not only increases awareness of your practice but it also enables you to have in-person conversations with better-informed individuals. As you populate your blog with more content, it’s essential to make that content searchable. You can make content easier to find by categorizing it by topic, featured or most recent.

Make your blog posts easily shareable via social networks by including social media share buttons.

Introduce your staff

When a patient looks for medical help, he or she may worry about what kind of practice you have. In this case, you’ll want to do everything possible to give your visitors confidence in your care. To do this, you’ll need to list your credentials so that people trust that you can make them healthy again. You can also ease their concerns by introducing your medical team so visitors know the types of specialists on staff and their respective experience.. The Team Member element will help you to create this section, as can be seen in the Juno template.

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Show results of your work

It’s often a good idea to provide further confidence in your practice by showing the results of your work through photos. You can show images with the Photo Album element or create a separate Portfolio page and include your portfolio projects as shown in the Almus template.

Let’s say that you have an aesthetic surgery practice. In this case, it would be ideal to show before and after photos for a simple comparison. Image Comparison is the best element to use. A good example of this can be found in Hair Implant template.

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Report your statistics

Another way to give confidence in your work is to show the statistics of what you have achieved. Share how long you’ve been practicing and how many patients you have made healthy and happy. To display this information, you can use the Counter element and you’ll get animated numerical data, which will be more appealing to visitors than just simple static text or a table.

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Provide answers to possible questions

If you create a FAQ page where you answer some popular questions, then this will prevent your potential patients from contacting you via the form and your mailbox won’t be flooded with the emails. It will be easier to read if you list the questions and the answers will be collapsed, so a visitor can click on a question and an answer will drop down. This is possible with the Toggle element which you can find in the Elementor editor. A good example of this is in the Treatment template.

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List which insurance you accept

This info will be useful for potential patients, so they don’t pay any extra fees but pay less out of their own pockets. To list the insurance companies, you can show their logos and Brands element will be helpful here. This element is part of the JetElements plugin, which is bundled with the Jupiter X theme. Check an example of the Insurance logos with Brands element in this template.

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Make sure the site is mobile friendly

If the website isn’t responsive on a tablet or phone screen, users will scroll by and continue their search. This is a big problem on your part as a lot of Internet users have mobile devices and they use them actively. Even if you have a nice site, you can lose your potential patients if it’s impossible to see it on a small screen of a mobile device. 

You should consider this aspect at this stage of site creation.

Wrapping up

Your website can be a great tool to inform and educate visitors on your website. If you want to find an easy way to create a medical website and launch it with all of these key features, Artbees templates will help you in this situation. There are a lot of templates you can choose from and you’ll get a readymade website so you won’t have to pay a web designer.

Key Elements Needed to Create an Online Store

It’s well known that online shopping is big business. Online shops are popular for obvious reasons. Customers don’t have to leave their homes, they don’t have to wait in queues and they can shop 24/7. Even if you’ve never built a website before, you can create an online store  with ease. The Woocommerce plugin will help you do just that. It’s bundled in the Jupiter X theme so you can install it easily.

During the process of building up your own online store, you might be wondering which elements are the best to display products as well as to create custom templates and single product pages. Below I’ve provided some tips that will help you attract buyers and boost sales.

Design the look of your online store

First, you need to consider design when sitting down to create an online store. Focus on simplicity, and everything that you do should be in line with what you would like to accomplish. Alternatively, you can get a ready-made template and customize it to your own needs. Fortunately, there are great ecommerce templates for Jupiter X provided by Artbees that have clean designs, intuitive layouts and follow the latest web design trends.

Don’t forget to continuously update and add fresh content to your site to keep visitors coming back for more.

Introduce your e-commerce experts

Aside from wanting to find out more info about your product, visitors want to know more about you and your business on a personal level. The “About Us” page is a great place to both add such content and to introduce your team using the  Team Member element. This allows you to explain to your customers who everyone is and what they do. Describing who your team members are outside the office and providing contact info is also a great idea. These details make the team and the company much more relatable and friendly. Check out the Flowerpot template with the example of the Team Member element.

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Contact information

When you’re looking to create an online store, keep in mind that your contact information should be clear and easy to find. Make sure to mention your contact email, address and social media channels. All this info can be placed on the Contact page and such elements like Icon List and Icon Box will help you to style these fields. Also, don’t forget to mention your customer care number on your website. In the age of social media and live chat, most customers still prefer to contact businesses on the phone. To go one step one further, you could also be willing to get a toll-free or IVR number to provide better support

What kind of Contact page would it be if there was no contact form? Remember to add the Form element to this page as is shown in the Watches Shop template.

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Show off your partners

It’s important to establish your reputation in order to gain the confidence of your visitors. You can do this by showing which companies you work with. They don’t necessarily need to be big companies –  even smaller companies can add a degree of trustworthiness to your enterprise. To show your partners, it’s better to use the Brands element where you can display your partners’ logos as can be seen in the Pollux template:

Gain your visitors’ trust by adding product reviews

Online shoppers can’t meet retailers in-person, so they have no choice but to rely on other buyers’ feedback. The Woocommerce plugin allows customers to leave ratings and reviews on product pages, which saves consumers time by quickly showing what other customers think about the product. 
Furthermore, you can blockquote the reviews and show them on other pages with help of the Testimonials element. Don’t hesitate to ask your customers to leave a review after making a purchase. Customers who are satisfied with your product will be glad to share their positive experience with others. Refer to the Chaldene template for an example.

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Display your best sellers

You’ve already spent a lot of time and effort in getting customers to your store – however, many of them still leave without buying anything. This means that you might have only a few seconds to capture and retain a visitor’s attention by showing the right product. And if you don’t do this correctly, they just might decide to leave and look elsewhere. That’s why it’s so important to get the right products in front of your customers quickly.
Best sellers can help you make more sales and profit from your existing traffic. With the Products element, you’ll be able to select which products to show. Check out the Clothing Shop and Decoration Shop templates for examples.

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List the categories for an easier search

When creating products, you assign them to different categories. This helps to differentiate the products between various criteria. The Category page is vital to help you narrow down options for people and guide them to their desired product page so they can make a purchase. 
To showcase categories, you can use the Categories element where you’ll be able to select Woocommerce categories as an option. There is also a possibility to create a custom category template with the JetWooBuilder plugin. Instructions are laid out in this article. Take a look at the categories grid in this Food Delivery template.

Make sure your store is mobile-responsive

When creating an online store, it’s important to keep in mind that many people nowadays use their phones or tablets to make online purchases. This means that you need to ensure that your site design is mobile-friendly, so buyers can shop no matter which device they’re using. When creating content with the Elementor editor, you can customize it for different devices: mobile, tablet and desktop. Here are the options they provide:

https://docs.elementor.com/article/68-mobile-editing

It’s better to use vertical designs over horizontal designs for easier scrolling and content viewing on phone screens.

Make use of social media!

Advertising on social media channels is a powerful way to connect with lots of potential customers in fun, creative ways. There are tons of social media networks, but the ones you’ll probably find the most valuable are Instagram and Pinterest.

Because both of these are more image-driven platforms, they align well with selling products.

Instagram will give you a way to showcase your product itself, along with how it’s commonly used. Pinterest, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to create and share content that’s related to your niche and drive targeted traffic back to your site.  
You can also display Instagram photos on your site by using the Instagram element.

Create custom archive and single product pages

Using the standard Woocommerce pages is boring. In other words, creating your own template for your shop pages would be much more interesting. We’ve got great news for you! You can do exactly this with the JetWooBuilder plugin – which is conveniently bundled into the Jupiter X theme. This is the perfect tool for quickly and effortlessly setting up a stylish web store. Inside the pack of the plugin, there’s a powerful set of WooCommerce widgets. Furthermore, the JetWooBuilder does not require extra skills as it’s quick, intuitive, and user-friendly. 
You can read more about how to create custom templates for product pages in the following articles:

Build a Powerful WooCommerce Website using JetWooBuilder and Jupiter X

and

Meet JetWooBuilder! The Ultimate Tool to Create Unique Product Page Templates With Jupiter X

Build relationships with customers

Email marketing is an easy way to build relationships with your customers. You’ll need to collect the emails of buyers and make sure that they want to receive messages from you. One of the methods to ask buyers whether they want to receive email notifications is by displaying a pop-up window while they’re browsing.  I also recommend that you track which customers unsubscribe from your email list as this is quite useful. You can use this info as well as other details from their buyer profile to figure out why they might have unsubscribed and how you can prevent future cancellations.

To create a pop-up window, you can use the Jet Popup plugin, which is bundled in the Jupiter X theme as well. Having a pop-up is a great feature as it’s the first thing that visitors see when they go to your site. It immediately catches their attention. Also users cannot ignore the pop-up.

And the Subscribe Form is an appropriate element to use in the pop-up window so you’ll be able to collect the buyers’ email and notify them with updates about your products. Check out an example of the pop-up and subscribe form in the Shoes Shop template.

Don’t hesitate to offer discounts

Offering discounts on purchases is a way to get visitors into your store quickly. Discounts don’t only help your shoppers – they also help your business. Your sales will increase and your  reputation will be improved, so discounts may be that one ingredient that can bring success to your business.

If a discount is time-limited, the buyers will be forced to act at that moment. Here, the Counter element will be quite helpful. With Counter you’ll be able to set a time limit, and it’ll be a last chance to get a discount on everything (or almost everything), so the buyers must act fast!

Limited-time discounts are a smart marketing move. Visitors will get on them like there’s no tomorrow – that is, as long as you’re honest about it. If you say your offer ends on Friday, it should end on Friday. Otherwise, your buyers won’t act quickly the next time because they’ll expect the offer to last longer.

Wrapping up

In short, there’s not much of a debate anymore over whether or not to create an online store. There are tons of advantages: your store will be open 24/7 and customers will be able to make purchases by simply clicking on a button. An online shop also removes the barriers of travel and parking, which allows you to reach more customers. And online store owners get to enjoy the fact that their store’s doors never close.

In this article, we took a deep dive into how you can build up your own store online quickly and easily in Jupiter X. So save time and energy and create a shop site with a Jupiter X template. There are many templates to choose from, so the creation process will be much easier for you!

Everything You Need to Know to Create a Music Website

Want to create a music website but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll show you how to create an effective music website that will impress both your fans and industry professionals.

Starting a professional music website with WordPress is key for more visibility to gain more fans and followers. Below, we’ve gone ahead and listed some key elements that you can incorporate to create a music website.

Slider

Slider is an excellent way to display information – such as images from your concert – in an organized and compact manner. Slider galleries are excellent for organizing content into a neat, clean module. Refer to the example below from the Aoede template:

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slider from the Aoede template

Video

Rather than redirecting fans to YouTube, focus their attention on your videos that are embedded directly onto your music website. One of the dangers of YouTube is that there might be hundreds of live videos filmed by your fans on the platform that might not best represent your band. 

When it comes time to create a music website, keep in mind that you should place your most recent or most popular videos at the top of your Videos page. Don’t forget to update the page with new videos to keep the content fresh. Check out the example of the video below in the Jazz Club template.

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A video in Jazz Club Template

Images Layout

A Photos section is an essential menu option to have on your music website. It’s no secret that fans like to browse photos of their favorite bands. If you include an Images Layout element, then it will keep fans browsing your website for longer. 

Creating separate galleries for different kinds of photos makes it easier for people to find the content they’re looking for – as you can see in the  Aoede and Apollo templates. So you should have separate galleries for official photos, live photos, fan photos, etc.

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Image Layout

Audio element

When making a music website, you must also have a music player as your fans should be able to listen to your songs. In this way, the Audio element is extremely useful. Allowing your visitors to listen to your tracks is great for your fans and will help make your music heard and known.

You can also include some text about your music as well. For this, check out how the Audio element works in the Podcast template.

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Countdown Timer

The power of the countdown timer is that the ticking down of the clock adds extra urgency in the customer’s mind. You can use it when selling tickets to your concert as shown in this template.

Also, a great example of the countdown is in the Pasithee template. The fans will see that time is running out, which will become a factor in their purchase decision.

Events

Creating the Events page while creating a music website will allow you to notify your fans about upcoming concerts, provide detailed info on showtimes, cover charges, opening bands, and the venue.

Here, you can also showcase one of your best live videos so fans know what to expect if they come to see your show.

You can also use multiple calendars on your Events page, which means that you could, for example, a local shows list plus a touring list. Take a look at the Aoede and Pasithee templates to find out how the Events page might look.

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Team Member

Introduce the band to your fans. Describe who you really are and what makes you different from the rest. You can also include social links of each team member so the visitors can follow their favorite musicians. Don’t forget to mention all the accomplishments that you have achieved. Check out the Thyone and Aoede template to view an example.

Testimonials

Testimonials are an excellent addition to every music website. At least one or two should be placed on the home page. Placing more testimonials on other pages of your site – such as your About page – is even better.

Testimonials are effective, because they are based on actual experience, and visitors to your site will see what you have to offer they will have a real reason to believe and will become your new fans. The Thyone and Night Club Listing templates include testimonials, so you can view the examples.

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Contact Form

Contact Forms are a must-have to allow site visitors to get in touch with you. This is especially important for media or industry professionals.

Use a custom form with fields requesting site visitors to fill out specific information. These details are then compiled into a neat email that will be sent to you, as seen on the Thyone and Apollo templates. 

Blog

Creating a blog on your site will allow you to provide your audience with frequent and regular content to tell your story, showcase your music, and expand your ideas. It also allows you to differentiate yourself and show your fans the person behind the music. It’s a place where you can connect with your fans through music and your interests and even attract new fans. To show blog posts, you’ll need to use the Posts element and style the look as you want in the element settings.

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Wrapping Up

In this article, we presented the key elements needed to create a music website and showed you different web templates for musicians that look very professional. So with this article at your disposal, the process of building up a music website shouldn’t be overly complicated. We hope this article will help you to create a great website that showcases your brand, and your music in a professional way online.

Key Elements for Creating a Financial Website

Creating a great website is a challenge in and of itself. No matter what your business is, you need to find ways to make the site interesting so you can attract visitors. This is particularly true for the financial sector, which encompasses numerous businesses and services – such as startups, private firms, small businesses, investment firms, financial advisors and more. If you’re worried about the features that you should include in your finance website, we’re here to help you! In this blog post, we’ve gone ahead and listed some key elements that you can include for creating a financial website.

Interactive videos

It’s a fact that videos attract visitors to websites, and a good video can definitely leave a lasting impression on your visitors.  Your site should have videos that offer details of the website services, how customers can benefit by signing up among others. Ultimately, this will make your site more interesting.

Diagrams & charts

In today’s world, we’re inundated with data – more than ever before in history. In order to present all this data, we need to use text, tables or graphs while creating a financial website.

Graphs, charts and diagrams present information in a consistent and compact manner, allowing for target audiences to quickly grasp the meaning behind the data. For example, pie charts compare parts to a whole and show a percentage distribution. While the pie represents the total data set, each segment of the pie is a particular category within the whole. Many types of charts and graphs are available, which allows businesses to easily select the best way to present their information.

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Progress bar

Progress bars are a great way to display varying types of data and content in an easily digestible form to your viewers. This element also offers numerous options for easy customization, such as color, size, borders and the ability to choose where the relevant text will appear. If you’d like to learn more, check out the examples in Jupiter X Startup and Cryptocurrency templates.

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Financial indexes

A financial index is a measure of a stock market that helps investors compare current prices with past prices to calculate market performance. This info will be very useful for your visitors, because they will be able to determine returns over time by comparing past and current index levels.

To show the indexes as in the picture, you can use the Image Box and Heading elements. Add an image and the currency name in the Image Box and the price and percent values in the Heading. Make sure to include financial indexes while creating your financial website as they will help your customers make better investment decisions.

List your clients

When someone visits your website, they should be able see your previous or current clients, which will in turn create trust. This is a great way to help ensure that visitors will contact you.  Client logos serve as social proof and is one of the easiest, most effective ways to gain customer trust. The Brands element will help you accomplish this.

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The Brands widget enables you to display logos, as well as post the company’s name, add a description and link to their website.

So, if you’ve got clients, don’t hide them – especially if they are well-known companies. You may impress upon your visitors that if they work with you, they can achieve success equal to those companies. Jupiter X Startup template has a fantastic example of the Brands element.

Create a FAQ page

In business, time equals money, and a well-built FAQ page will save time that you would otherwise be spending in fielding emails and phone calls. Chances are that your customers will want to find more information about your businesses as well as products/service by going to your FAQ page. To create such a page, elements such as Toggle and Accordion will help you the most.

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Providing information in a question and answer format is useful for customers to know what you do (and what you don’t). As a tip, keep your FAQ answers concise and include links to more in-depth information elsewhere on your site as it’s an important search ranking factor.

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Introduce your financial experts

The visitors who come to your website will want to check out your  About Us section as well. It’s here where they’ll get a good idea about your company and whether or not the company is reliable, how long it’s been in the industry and the team.

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To easily create an About Us page, we recommend using the Team Member element which has been added to the Crypto Currency template. Don’t hide faces – be more friendly to your potential customers!

Tabs

Tabs divide content into meaningful sections, which then in turn occupies less screen space. In this way, users can easily access the content that they are interested in (rather than sifting through all the content in paragraphs).

Tabs can also improve the visual aspect of a website. Due to their functionality, it’s very hard for users to miss them. Note that if you’re going to use tabs for navigation purposes, it’s best to place them in the top part of your web page – which is where users expect to find them.

Tab labels should be written in plain language. This makes it easier for users to scan and to predict the type of content for each tab. To see how the tabs may look on your site, check out Jupiter X Cryptocurrency template.

Testimonials

Displaying testimonials on your website is a great way to show that previous customers have been satisfied with your services and offerings.

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Here are some statistics about testimonials to keep in mind while creating a financial website:
92% of consumers say they read testimonials and customer reviews when deciding to make a purchase

72% of consumers trust businesses more if they’ve read positive testimonials about those businesses

88% of consumers trust these testimonials just as much as a personal recommendation.So, find your top testimonials, and add them to your homepage. Don’t post only text (it’s boring). Add photos and write who the customer is and what they do. A similar example is shown in the Startup template of Jupiter X theme.

Contact Form

If you run a business, it’s important for customers to be able to contact you easily, whether they want to buy a product, sign-up for something or ask questions. Contact forms give your users the impression that you are available. Even though you can’t be available 24/7, you want to provide a way for visitors to contact you. Contact forms let you do just that.

You may need to collect some extra information from your visitors. With the Form element, you can easily require details such as their phone number or what product or service they’re looking for.

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The best way to do this while creating a financial website is to make a Contact Us page and add a contact form that can be easily accessed.

Flip box

With the flip box, you can design your offers or discounts with animation effects both for back and front content separately. You can style your services or packages with flip effects to remove the monotonous representation of content. The element that can give you such an effect is the Animated Box.

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The Font Awesome icons are integrated there. You can put a title on the front and backside, add buttons to your content and the box height will extend based on the amount of content you use. You can also customize the background on the front and back side, the flip effect, the flip direction, the flip duration, the border size, the border radius and have full control over the front and backside colors.

The Animated Box not only adds dynamic style to your site but also saves some space to represent the products, services or any other important documents. The content styled with the Animated Box will immediately draw your visitors’ attention. You can find some examples of flip boxes in Jupiter X Eileithyia and Startup templates.

Wrapping up

We hope these tips will be very helpful for you and the aforementioned elements will further streamline creating your financial website.

There are other elements you can use, and you can find them in the finance templates for Jupiter X. If you think some elements are missing in the above list, feel free to share your ideas and experience with any other elements.

Bon Voyage! Key Elements for Creating a Hotel Website

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If you have a hotel and want to showcase all its features, then you’ll need to create a site so visitors can learn all the need-to-know info and services on offer. You’ll also be able to offer online bookings, which will be much more convenient for your prospective customers. In this article, we’ll take a look at five Jupiter X hotel templates and highlight the key elements you’ll need when creating a hotel website.

Visual Presentation

Presenting your hotel visually through the use of images will allow your website visitors to see how comfortable the rooms are and what to expect upon arrival. You can create 3-4 columns and add an image element to each. You can also make use of a switch feature to show a different image on the hover as it’s shown in the Fortuna template:

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While creating a hotel website, keep in mind that images help you make the best first impression. They give your visitors the power to visualize, which in turn creates more opportunities for sales.

However, we suggest against the overuse of images on your website when text is more appropriate. Text is better for search engine optimization because index robots can index each word, meaning there’s a good chance your hotel will appear first on the search engine list.

Additionally, overdoing it on the images can make your webpage look too cluttered. In other words, use images meaningfully.

Form builder

Having a booking form on your hotel site will simplify the reservation process for a user. You can create a simple form in seconds with the Form element. Just drag and drop this element to your page, edit the placeholders, add an action email to collect the information and that’s it! You now can receive bookings.

Avoid too many fields and ask questions with short answers as much as possible in order to make the booking process easy and efficient.

The form used in the Jupiter X Luxury Hotel template is a good example.

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Another element you can use for the booking process is the JetEngine plugin. It’s bundled in the theme, and you can install it easily via the Jupiter X Control Panel. The plugin authors created a tutorial to describe how a booking form can be made with JetEngine.

To see how it looks, you’ll need to check the Hotel Listing template:

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Counter

The Counter element will add credibility to your hotel, increasing trust among existing customers and creating new potential visitors. The Counter element will allow you to show the number of satisfied customers, rooms at your hotel, certifications awarded, as well as any other interesting figures.

Here is an example of the Counter element in action in the Jupiter X Vyasa template:

Testimonials

Displaying testimonials on your website is a great way to show that previous customers have been satisfied with your services and offerings. In turn, this will promote your hotel and provide potential customers with guidance in choosing your accommodation. With the Testimonials element, while creating a hotel website, you can add a beautiful set of customer testimonials, customize the style and play with its animation settings. The Jupiter X Hotel Listing template features a nice example of this element in action:

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Make your testimonials eye-catching by adding an image next to your customer’s statement, which will help boost confidence and trust in your services.

Check out the following example in the Fortuna template:

It’s been proven that testimonials can help businesses grow. How does that happen? Like this: people first search for info about your hotel before submitting a booking form. If the testimonials are positive, then potential customers will be more drawn to your hotel. Of course, this means more business for you.

Portfolio

You can showcase various types of rooms with a portfolio so customers can visually choose what best fits their needs.

This can be achieved by using the Posts element. There are many features to play with, and you can customize everything to your taste, skin type and layout. Good examples of a portfolio are visible in the Luxury Hotel and Marble Producer templates:

Your portfolio should offer information about your hotel and allow prospective clients to browse through the hotel features.

Slider

It’s no surprise that people online are more attracted to visuals than to text. Visitors to your website prefer looking at more images, and a slider can help you obtain this goal without causing any problems.

In this way, the Slider widget is invaluable while creating a hotel website. You can showcase your hotel’s main features or show fantastic landscapes that the visitors can view from their rooms.

Want to tell a visual story about your hotel, but don’t want to use a lot of vertical scrolling to do so? A slider does this for you. Creating a bright and attractive slider will liven up your website page.

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Introduce your team

Let your visitors know who is working at your hotel. Describe the main positions and how qualified they are. Your customers should know that your team is professional! The Team Member element allows you to do exactly this. Check out the Hotel Listing template to see how it might look on your site:

Creating a Hotel Website Team

Create a filter for faster search

Allowing your visitors to find appropriate hotels or search for the rooms with specific requirements by using a filter will give you a leg up. It’ll shorten the amount of time that visitors will put into their search, and they’ll be able to select only the features they need.

To implement such a filter on your site, you’ll need to use the JetSmartFilter plugin, which is bundled in the Jupiter X theme. The image below shows a good example of it in the Hotel Listing template.

Here is a detailed tutorial about creating the search filter.

Listing Grid

This element gives you the possibility to build a listing for any post type or taxonomy, and use it to showcase the posts and terms in the form of a grid layout. You can post information about upcoming events, new specials, and features offered by your hotel. A listing grid is an easy way to display such content and make it visible to the people who are searching for information about your destination.

To learn more, then make sure to read this tutorial.

Wrapping Up

The aforementioned elements are not the only ones used in creating a hotel website. They are website tips that’ll simplify the creation process.

Feel free to check the list of the hotel templates for Jupiter X where you can find the readymade design provided by Artbees experts. Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments if there are any elements you think are missing and should be included in this list. Feel free to share your experience putting these practices into use on your hotel website.

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How to Restrict WordPress Website Content

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If you have a website, you may need to restrict the content of a WordPress website to certain people. You might want to set the content of the site visible only to logged-in users – or you might need it to be even more specific and make it visible to logged-in users with defined roles. WordPress allows you to assign each logged-in user with specific roles. One can then use this role and set content to be either visible or hidden.

Why would you need to restrict content?

There are many reasons – and many ways – you can restrict WordPress website content.

Usually, such restrictions are necessary if you offer your users the chance to download an e-book, file or something else in return for doing something like registering, subscribing to a newsletter or publication.

There are certain benefits for all those WP users and web owners who try to restrict content on a WordPress website. In particular, it will help them create a stronger and larger community around their specific business or undertaking and make more money from “selling” access to tutorials, learning courses, documents, instructions, videos, and audio recordings, as well as from any other type of multimedia or content.

If you want to restrict content on a WordPress website, there are some options available:

  • Set password protected and private pages
  • Create a simple Members Area on your WordPress site through coding
  • Free plugins that will help you control access to your site’s pages, posts, and other content

Restricting content through coding can be tricky for many users, so we’ll discuss the WP plugin you can use to limit access to different types of content.

Password protected pages

The simplest way to restrict access to your page is to use the ‘visibility‘ settings that WordPress provides by default.

You can find these options in the right-hand panel when you add a new page or post:

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Under the visibility settings, there are three options:

Public – Under this default setting, the content is available to all site visitors.
Password protected – Only the readers with the page’s (or post’s) password can unlock access to the content.
Private – This option allows access to specific users based on their role.

In other words, the password protected and private visibility options allow you to restrict content.

Password protected pages/posts

This option helps you to have specific pages and posts that are password protected simply by assigning a password to that page (or post). Anyone who knows the password can access the content.

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Marking pages/posts private

Private pages don’t require individual passwords to unlock. Access to such pages is granted after checking a user’s role. Typically, only site admins or editors can view such private pages. For others, such pages will display a “Not Found” message or might not even load.

So the big difference between password protected and private pages is that if you don’t have sufficient privileges to view a page, then it won’t be displayed on the website anywhere. To avoid coding when creating a members area, consider installing one of the following plugins. They can help you protect your content from unregistered users:

Paid Memberships Pro – With this plugin, only your members will get access to different content of your website such as pages, posts, categories, and more.
Restricted Site Access – This plugin limits access to your site to visitors who are logged in or are accessing site content from a specified IP address range. Guests can be redirected to a different page including a login page or a message displayed by you.
Ultimate Member – This is a simple and effective plugin that makes it possible to create an easy registration form and to build new communities online. You can create custom user roles and also engage in content restriction on a global scale and on a per post/page basis. This plugin differentiates between three categories: logged-in users, logged-out users and everyone else.

Let’s install the Ultimate Member plugin on the Jupiter X site as an example of restricting WordPress website content.

To install Ultimate Member, you can check out our article, which provides instructions on how to install any compatible third-party plugin. To get started with Ultimate Member, we suggest that you also read their documentation.

After the installation of the plugin, you’ll see the menu labeled “Ultimate Member” in your WP Dashboard. After clicking the menu, you will be able to see the settings. In the settings, you can manage everything including user roles, emails, access control, etc.

Before setting up the plugin, you’ll have to go to the general settings and tick the box labeled “Anyone can register.” This way, every user who is visiting your website will be able to register and become a member of your community.

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After that, check out the users setting where you can set the default roles of the members or subscribers. You can set all the fields based on your requirements.

Then you can move to the Access bar where you can manage the accessibility of the website for general users and community members.

You can also build your own restricted access message that users will see when they are trying to access the content they don’t have permission to use or see. You can also restrict, post, page, category and taxonomy access if you want.

If you would like to know how to restrict content for different users, you can read the detailed instructions in the plugin’s documentation.

To learn how to create a registration form on your website, you can refer to this article, which also has detailed instructions.

Setting up a membership website with Ultimate Member is easy. However, you can use any other membership plugin that you think will be better for you, and you’ll be happy with the results. In any case, Ultimate Member offers several benefits and multiple features including front-end user registration/login, front-end user profiles, a drag and drop form builder, and much more.

Wrap up on how to restrict WordPress website content

While it’s possible for you to build a completely private website, sometimes it’s easier to just deny your visitors access to certain content based on their user roles. Select a plugin that you find is the best for your needs and set to display content to a specific group of visitors.

In this particular article, we described how to install and restrict WordPress website content using the Ultimate Member plugin on a Jupiter X site. We’re excited to hear about your experiences or questions, so please comment below!

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