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5 Best WordPress Calendar Plugins

The post 5 Best WordPress Calendar Plugins appeared first on HostGator Blog . Best WordPress Calendar Plugins Calendar plugins can be a very useful addition to your WordPress site. You can help to showcase your live events, manage bookings, and a lot more. Some plugins are better suited for managing your events, while others offer complex booking and scheduling options. Luckily, running WordPress means you have a ton of options at your disposal, both free and paid. But, since calendar plugins are so popular, it can be difficult to find the right plugin for your needs. Below we highlight five of the most popular WordPress calendar plugins, so you can easily find and use the right plugin for your needs. 1. The Events Calendar The Events Calendar is a very popular free plugin. It’s clean, simple, intuitive, and easy to use, and is one of the most downloaded WordPress calendar plugins. With this plugin, you can easily add events to your site, along with different venues and organizers. You can even integrate Google Maps to make it easy for your viewers to find your event. There’s also a premium version of the plugin which adds support through WooCommerce , and gives you additional features like selling tickets through your site, creating recurring events, and a lot more. The premium version currently costs $65.   2. My Calendar My Calendar is a free and feature-rich event management plugin. It offers you a ton of different options, so you can decide exactly how you want your events to display. You can integrate multiple calendars, create calendars for specific categories, add locations, create events groups, and a lot more. With the short code generator, you can display your events wherever you’d like, in your posts, sidebars, or even on its own page. When creating an event you’ll be able to adjust options like the event description, add images, set the event host, add the time, and more. Finally, you’ll also have the ability to customize the look of your events and your event calendar from within the plugin’s settings. If you’re looking for more,  there are various premium extensions , which will allow you to easily sell tickets for your events.   3. Events Manager Events Manager is another very popular WordPress events plugin. It offers a ton of different features like the ability to integrate with Google Maps and Google Calendar, multiple display options, and a lot more. This plugins also lets your users register for events, and you can easily create recurring events as well. If you want to add a social element to your events you can integrate the plugin with BuddyPress to add discussion feeds, user feeds, and a lot more. There’s also a premium version of the plugin available if you require even more feature and functionality. When you upgrade the plugin you’ll get access to additional features that allow you to accept payments, offer coupons, and create custom booking forms.   4. Simple Calendar Simple Calendar is another plugin that integrates with Google Calendar. This plugin is similar to the Google Calendar plugin above, except it offers even more customization options. With this plugin installed all you need is your Google Calendar feed URL. Then you can import your upcoming events and start customizing. With this plugin, you have a shortcode that you can use to display anywhere across your site. If you know any CSS, you can customize the look of your events calendar with custom stylesheets. The plugin is even fully responsive, so your events will look good no matter the screen size they’re viewed upon. There are also premium add-ons available , which unlock additional features like color-coding events, adding more events details, and getting more attendance and registration options.   5. All in One Event Calendar All in One Events Calendar packs a ton of useful features into an easy to use interface. Right out of the box you have three different themes to display your calendars. Some of the features include adding events, adding category sorting, adding theme venues via Google Maps, adding event descriptions and a lot more. Plus, you can sync your events with any app that supports iCal format, like the Google Calendar. There are a variety of add-ons available that will give you access to additional features like a front-end submission form, being able to embed your calendars into other platforms like Facebook, and the ability to sell tickets from your site. Hopefully, you find one of the plugins above useful in integrating an awesome calendar with your WordPress site. Find the post on the HostGator Blog Continue reading

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Advanced SEO Tips for Bloggers

The post Advanced SEO Tips for Bloggers appeared first on HostGator Blog . Advanced SEO Tips for Bloggers If you wanted to write for yourself, you could keep a journal. You blog because you want other people to connect with what you have to say, or because you know it’s a valuable way to promote your website. Either way, you need other people to find you. You already know the SEO basics – to include keywords in your titles and headings, fill out your meta description, and promote your work on social media. But to truly stand out in the competitive world of online content, you need to move toward more advanced SEO tips. Here are a few important advanced SEO tips to start including in your blogging strategy. 1. Make Keyword Research Part of Your Planning. Regular bloggers know how important it is to plan a calendar out in advance. If you don’t take the time to plan out topics and deadlines for yourself, you’ll have a hard time staying consistent in your publishing. Each time you sit down to plan out your calendar for the coming weeks, spend some time doing keyword research to see what topics your audience is thinking about, and the language they use when looking for information on those topics. There are a number of useful tools you can use for this. Google’s Keyword Planner is free and uses the data the company collects on what people are searching for in the most popular search engine in the world. It supplies both information on roughly how often people search for specific keyword terms and similar keywords people use to the ones you provide. You can also find phrases people commonly use by paying attention to the similar searches Google provides in the “People also ask” and “Searches related to” sections on the search engine results page. 2. Focus on Long-Tail Keyword Opportunities. Obviously, you’d love to rank for the general keywords that broadly describe what you do on your blog. If you provide health advice, then showing up when people search “health advice” would mean so many people find you. But if you do a search for that term, you’ll notice you’re competing with some serious bigwigs. Your blog probably isn’t going to unseat Harvard Health, WebMD, and Healthline for those top spots. But when you think about it, a lot of the people searching for health advice aren’t going to use that sort of general term – they’re looking for specific information, like “best exercises for high cholesterol” or “foods to improve digestion.” These more detailed, specific searches are called long-tail keywords and for the vast majority of websites seeking to improve their SEO, they’re the most important keywords to focus on targeting in your efforts. They’re less competitive, so you have a better chance of showing up on page one and actually grabbing some of the traffic for that term.   3. Do SERP Research for Every Topic You Blog About. Not all search engine results pages look the same. With the recent rise in rich results , some searches produce a simple list of links, some include answer boxes up top, some have product ads at the top of the results page, and some have a map of local results that dominate the page. Knowing what the search results page looks like for the term you’re targeting is crucial for knowing how best to optimize your blog posts to land the best spots on the page and make sure your content stands out once you do.   4. Optimize for Rich Results When Relevant. If your SERP research reveals keywords that do bring up rich results, the approach you take when optimizing your content should be based on the specific type of results that win that page. In some cases, that will mean using schema markup to help your content stand out in the main list of results, in other cases it will mean optimizing your blog post to aim for the featured snippet . Either way, you have to know what you’re targeting in order to know how to take the best approach to achieve it.   5. Optimize Your Images for SEO. Blogs can’t be all about text. Every blog post you publish should include at least one image, and sometimes more. For people better with words than visuals, that can be a challenge, but it’s important that you not only take time to find good images for your blog , but that you also use them as an opportunity to do further search engine optimization on your page. Every image you include in a blog post gives you extra opportunities to add your keyword to the page. You can use the alt text, the image file name, and possibly the caption text (if you can do so naturally and in a way useful to visitors) to insert uses of your keyword onto the page. That’s a few more ways to signal to Google what the page is about.   6. Guest Post on Relevant Blogs. The hardest part of SEO is getting other websites to link back to yours. One of the best ways for bloggers to build links back to theirr blog is to create valuable content for related websites. It can require a lot of work (you already know good content takes work), but it gives you a way to reach a new audience and improve your website’s SEO authority. Identify a few blogs that cover topics similar to or complementary to what you write about and find out if they accept guest posts. Then take some time to get familiar with the types of posts they publish and topics that are most popular with their readers, before coming up with a blog post idea to pitch and write for them. Be prepared to get some rejections, particularly if you’re targeting blogs that have a huge readership. But every guest post you land will introduce your blog to a new audience and provide you with linking opportunities back to your own blog. Just make sure you don’t overdo it so your post doesn’t look spammy – stick with one or two relevant links back.   7. Add Internal Links to Your Old Posts. Internal links aren’t as valuable as external ones, but they’re still an important SEO tactic. Most bloggers know by now to look for opportunities to link back to old posts when you’re writing new ones, but how often do you think to revisit your old posts to look for opportunities to link to new posts that have been published since? Now and then, search your website for the main keywords you had in mind for your recent posts. Anywhere in old posts where you used those keywords or similar ones, add a link to the newer posts with the keyword as anchor text. It’s a pretty simple step that can make a real difference.   8. Update Old Posts to Keep Them Current. Creating new content regularly takes a lot of work. But you can make the work you’ve already done go further by periodically reviewing your blog to find old posts that are good, but may now be outdated. Beef these up with updated information and valuable tips or insights you missed the first time around. This is especially useful to do for posts that rank okay, but not great. So anything you’re on page 2 or 3 for is worth improving upon so you can try to make it good enough for page one.   9. Feature Influencers in Your Blog Posts. As with guest posts, finding ways to collaborate with influencers is a useful way to expose your blog to a wider audience. That could mean doing an interview with them, featuring a quote from them, pointing out an example of something they do well in a blog post, or referring back to advice they provided on their site (with a link).   By featuring them, you can get on their radar and may be able to get them to share your blog post with their audience, potentially bringing you new views and followers.   10. Try Out Different Content Formats. While blogging is primarily associated with writing, it’s a format that is much more flexible than that. You can include images, videos, infographics, and podcasts on a blog if you want. Branching out into new content types may be just the thing to help you reach a new audience or connect with your current audience in new ways. Experiment a bit to see how you like working with new formats and whether or not they result in more shares, more links back to your posts, or more engagement from your audience. Any content format that does is worth creating more of.   Conclusion Blogging is one of the best things anyone can do to improve SEO, but simply having a blog and publishing posts isn’t enough to keep you competitive. Creating regular content that’s always good is the hardest part though. By doing a little extra work to make the hard work you’re already doing go further, you can help your audience find you more easily and ensure your content does its job. Find the post on the HostGator Blog Continue reading

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IT Professionals Day: Honor The Techs You Work With!

The post IT Professionals Day: Honor The Techs You Work With! appeared first on HostGator Blog . National IT Professionals Day, falling on September 20th this year, is the third Tuesday in September. As its name suggests, it is a day to celebrate information technology professionals and all they do for us. According to ITProDay.org, 70 percent of people polled said work productivity would be lost without IT and that technology is […] Find the post on the HostGator Blog Continue reading

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Scheduling Hassles Are Disappearing

The post Scheduling Hassles Are Disappearing appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing . Scheduling Scheduling matters. It’s a concept that everyone is made aware of from an early age; first with working to make sure that you’re up and dressed and ready to go for school on time, and later as a busy entrepreneur, a seasoned CEO, or as a new start-up owner. It doesn’t matter what your position is in the world, from the time that you’re old enough to go to school, you have a basic concept of what a schedule is, and that you’re supposed to be on one. As you get older, these schedules become more and more important. You’re no longer on your own time as you were when you were a child on those lazy days of summer; the doctor can only see you at a set time, you’ve got to be at work at a certain time, and you’ve got that conference call at a certain time. Everything is on someone’s schedule.   Partial Systems Over time, you come to have a system; that system may be sticky notes all over the place, a calendar on the wall in the kitchen, or even a reminder programmed into your phone. Still, you’ve got to remember to add all those important tasks to that calendar, into your phone, or write them down. The human mind can only remember so many things. If there’s not a system in place, it becomes easy to forget (“failing to plan is planning to fail,” after all). Little things, it may be argued, are okay to forget: failing to pick up an item out of the twenty you need from the grocery store is one thing, but failing to meet your boss to talk about a raise is something else entirely.   Tools With today’s digital world, there are a host of different programs available that work to ensure that you can keep track of the events that make up the fifteen minute blocks of time that your days have been regulated to; still, in order for these tools to work, they require you to remember to input that information into their program. Every email client and every online email provider has a calendar equivalent that can be utilized, and there are hundreds more that come in the form of apps or programs that may be installed; and yet, none of these are intuitive enough to be able to take your life and act as a secretary, at least, not until now. For those of you who use Gmail, there is a new light on the horizon; if you use Google’s Calendar, Google Now will take the conversations you have in your email and infer calendar events, asking you automatically if you want these events added to your calendar. What’s more is that the program will likewise notify you, based on how you setup the notifications, in advance, thus ensuring that you don’t miss an event simply because you forgot. The program will take everything from confirmation emails regarding travel plans to your message to your next door neighbor asking if he wants to get together for a barbecue on Saturday night and prompt you to see if you want the event added. Now, it won’t create the events automatically, and if you forget after the notification, it’s hardly the program’s fault, but the fact of the matter is that this is a far more intuitive method than others currently available. Combine this with Google’s ability to setup business email addresses for the company, and you have a way to work to ensure that your employees will be able to make all their meetings without issue. While it’s not the be all and end all for all people, it does offer an additional means of working to ensure that your business runs smoothly, regardless of what that business is. web hosting Continue reading

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Dropbox Acquires MobileSpan to Secure Mobile Enterprise Productivity

Dropbox has acquired network access start up MobileSpan for an undisclosed amount in a deal announced on Tuesday. MobileSpan will continue to function until the end of the calendar year, when all four employees will join the technology they developed with Dropbox For Business. Continue reading

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