The dog days of summer are almost here and in between vacations and pool days, there’s still plenty of time to dive into some new design tools, resources, and training to keep your sites looking fresh and functioning well.
Here are 6 new design tools and resources to explore:
1. Kadence Shop Kit 2.0
Kadence Shop Kit 2.0 is in beta and could change the way you do business using WooCommerce. Shop Kit is already a leader in helping you build more robust e-commerce sites with the WordPress plugin with customizations that you don’t have right out of the box.
The latest version will provide even more ways to customize your shop with ease including variable product options, better size charts, and almost anything else you can imagine for a shop. This tool really provides a lot of options for niche and variable sellers.
Learn all about what’s coming on the latest episode of The Kadence Beat podcast. (It’s available wherever you get podcasts.)
2. Event Ticket Menu
If you are selling tickets to events online, management just got a lot easier. Introducing a New Tickets Menu within The Events Calendar Event Tickets option.
The latest update includes a new Tickets menu so that everything is easy to find and manage from your WordPress dashboard. (New users will love the new ease of use of this tool as well.)
The Event Tickets option is free to download and includes a premium commerce option if you want to connect various payment gateways. You can even use it to create custom registration forms or QR code-based check-ins.
3. WordPress Plugin Roundup
If you want to keep up with everything happening in the world of WordPress plugins, join the monthly Plugin Roundup with Nathan Ingram. Each month, Ingram combs the WordPress plugin directory for interesting plugins that have been added or updated in the last 30 days and assembles a list of helpful and unique plugins for your WordPress website. The next online event is free on July 5th. Register today.
4. WordPress News Roundup
Also, join the monthly WordPress News Roundup with Nathan Ingram. These one-hour monthly sessions will help you stay informed and keep your websites running smoothly.
Ingram will discuss the latest developments in the WordPress ecosystem in this informational webinar. We’ll talk through this month’s WordPress news with plenty of interaction and Q&A on July 19th in the free event. Register today.
5. Secrets to Profitably Pricing Recurring Revenue
Most of us realize how incredibly valuable and stress-relieving having recurring revenue can be not only for our business but for our state of mind. We tend to price it in our normal fashion though. There are other considerations that are often overlooked and this ends up with our recurring revenue being less profitable than we expected. In this webinar, Secrets to Profitably Pricing Recurring Revenue, Nev Harris explains that understanding how to apply two simple concepts can ensure that our recurring revenue leads to higher profits with less stress.
6. How to Clean Up a Hacked WordPress Site (Part 2)
When hackers obtain access to your WordPress site, they can often add malware to the WordPress database as well as to your file system. If you don’t have backups from which to restore a clean version of your site, working with the database can be daunting. In this webinar, we show you how to look for common indicators of WordPress database compromise and fast ways to get your database cleaned up and secured.
In this webinar, How to Clean Up a Hacked WordPress Site (Part 2), WordPress Security Pro Kathy Zant demonstrates additional advanced techniques for cleaning hacked WordPress websites based on feedback and questions from Part 1.
7. How to Build an Email List for Online Courses
If you are creating learning-based content, one of the most important – and difficult – elements of each course can be establishing a solid email list of subscribers.
The better your email list, the more people you will have sign up for courses. But how can you do it? This guide from LearnDash called 7 Email List Building Strategies for Course Creators explains seven key opportunities.
- Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- Create a free video course to entice new subscribers
- Start a newsletter
- Create a quiz or fun interactive element
- Offer a one-time promo code or discount
8. Add a Product Builder to WooCommerce
Any e-commerce store owner knows this: Customers like product options and customization. It’s also likely that you are using a tool such as WooCommerce to power your store, thanks to robust features and options.
One of the things that’s becoming a must-have tool is the product builder for WooCommerce. This allows you to offer options for a product, such as color, style, and more within a single listing.
It’s not native to WooCommerce, but there is a plugin that makes this possible – and easy to do. The WooCommerce Product Configurator enables you to add a product builder to your WooCommerce store and offers multiple options for any product you have for sale. You can even layer images so that shoppers can see available customizations for products.
The ability to show options and customize items without clicking through to other products is a huge sales opportunity that can help you boost revenue. Plus, it also allows you to manage inventory and stock in the way you would expect.
9. WordPress Vulnerability Report
You must keep up on WordPress issues to help keep your site safe and running smoothly. The WordPress Vulnerability Report shows all of the core issues that might pop up if you aren’t on the latest version of WordPress as well as vulnerabilities with plugins.
Note there was a recent WordPress core update, likely necessitating an update of many WordPress plugins.
Some of the things to be on the lookout for in the latest report include vulnerabilities with these popular plugins: Elementor, Ninja Forms, Nested Pages, Easy Pricing Tables, WP Ultimate CSV Importer, Wp Post Styling, Modern Events Calendar Lite, Google Authenticator, and many more.
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10. Lumen 5
Have you ever needed to spin up a quick video for a client (or yourself) that is based on a script or blog post? Lumen 5 is a great new video tool that allows you to copy/paste a script or add a blog post URL and then generate a video with animated text and stock footage using AI. We’ve been using it here at iThemes and love it!
New tools and resources for WordPress are being released all the time and we hope this list helps you discover new ways to improve your workflows. Did we miss something you want to highlight? Tweet us @ithemes
Carrie Cousins has more than 15 years of experience in media, design, and content marketing. She works in digital marketing and is also a freelance writer and designer, specializing in creating amazing experiences online for small businesses. Her work has been featured in publications such as Design Shack, Webdesigner Depot, The Next Web, and Fast Company. She’s an avid runner, which comes in handy with Australian shepherds at home.