Why Astra is ideal for your eCommerce website?

Astra (and Astra Pro) is a light-weight and highly customizable theme that helps create a fast, feature-rich and beautiful WooCommerce store within minutes. We’ve used other eCommerce platforms before and it was a pain to setup. One of the best things about the Astra and WooCommerce is the minimum setup.

If you on are on the fence about using Astra, you will be delighted to know that Astra theme now powers over 700,000 websites and has over 3,300+ five-star.

Site Performance,Mobile Responsiveness and SEO

The Need for Speed

When it comes to running a successful eCommerce, the amount of time it takes your site to load is key. Remember time is money and your potential customers don’t want to have to wait around for your site to load very long. Under the hood, Astra has clean, performance-optimized code that ensures your store's load times make the user experience satisfactory.

Ensure your WoCommerce is mobile friendly

The majority of your customers will possibly be shopping from a smart device such as an Apple iPhone or iPad or an Android smartphone or tablet. With customers using a mobile device, you want to ensure that the WooCommerce website is mobile-friendly and adapts to the device.
Luckily, Astra theme offers options for mobile, tablet and desktop devices to ensure the optimal user experience for your customers.


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Because the Astra Theme is well-coded, you can rest assure that your WooCommece site will be SEO compliant. This will allow search engines like Google to crawl your site for viable information. So when users search any related to the information on your site, it will show up in the search results. Keep in mind there are additional ways to help improve your chance of your website showing up in search engines. This may include using keywords in your content and structuring your menu structure.

Customization

Astra’s free theme(Astra Pro) make making changes to your site easy without the need to touch any code. If you need any extended functionality for customization Astra Pro gives you more leeway to do so.

Astra Free Theme with WooCommerce Integration

You can control design of your blog posts & archive pages with limited options in the customizer. You can also manage width, content and even meta.

You can even choose a number of columns to show products on all kinds of devices. Additionally, you can choose how many products you want to display per page.
There is also an option that will allow you toggle to show a sidebar on WooCommerce pages, and an add-to-cart option in your website header menu.

For more information on additional features and customization settings with Astra Free Theme + WooCommerce, check out the documentation.

Astra Pro with WooCommerce Integration

Astra Pro allows you to take your design to another level—giving you the ability to fully control the design of your site. With Astra Pro you will obtain some WoCommerce specific features that will take your site to the next level.

Infinite Scroll

With Infinite Scroll, your eCommerce products will load seamlessly on one page and the user will not have to worry about changing to another page to see more products.

Off-Canvas Sidebar

With the off-canvas sidebar feature, the sidebar moves out off the screen and out of view as well. To make the sidebar appear you have to set trigger in the form a button, or a link is given. When you click on the trigger, Off Canvas Sidebar appears. This option works very well with all the responsive smart devices.

As shown in the animation above, the user will be able to filter products by price. You can also filter any products by categories or by variations such as the color of a product or even various sizes of a product.

Quick View

With Quick view, your users will be able to preview details about the product without clicking on the product to open up a new page. This makes the shopping experience seamless and makes the user experience enjoyable.

Gallery Options

Gallery options will allow you to show product images in a flexible width gallery that can be easily adjusted horizontally and vertically. You can set the image to open in a light box or even pan the images to see how the products looks.

Checkout Options

In the checkout page options, you will be able to choose whether to display the coupon field to allow users to use a coupon code. You can also display an order note to allow customers to leave any messages pertaining to their orders. As shown in the figure below, there are other options to select from as well to make the customer experience a seamless experience.

There are other features available as well in the customized settings that will allow you to enhance the customer shopping experience. You can learn more about those settings in the documentation.

Ready-Made Starter Templates

One of our favorite things about using Astra is the starter templates. In order to access the starter templates, you need to install the Starter Templates plugin. This plugin makes it easy to get started on your WooCommerce website in a matter of a few minutes. Once the plugin is installed, you will be able to preview any of the available pre-made templates. There a plenty of templates available to help you get started.

You can view some of the ready-made website demos listed in the article here. One thing to point out that the ready to use websites can be imported as a complete website or you can pick individual pages at your discretion.

Pricing Options with Astra

Although you get use Astra Theme for free, there are some paid options that will enhance you ability to take your WooCommerce website to the next level!

The pricing structure for Astra is as follows:

Annual Pricing:

One-time Lifetime Pricing:

Both annual and lifetime customers will get access to one-on-one support, detailed and helpful training, and unlimited website usage for various website design projects.

Customer Support

Customer support can make or break a company. Great customer service often attracts potential and frequent customers to buy your product. The customer knows you and your support team with resolve any issues that may arise.

With Astra, you will have access to various in-depth articles, and video tutorials that show and explain how to use Astra’s features.

If you need to reach support, Astra has a support team that can be reached by email 24/7 and it will submit a ticket. An Astra support team member will contact and reply to your support concerns as soon as possible.

Another way to get help or support is to join the dedicated Facebook Group with over 10,000+ active members. We recommended taking this course of action because you can really learn from other fellow Astra Theme users. There always something you can learn from members in the Astra community.

Overall Impressions

If you need to create a beautiful online store, look no further than Astra Free Theme paired with WooCommerce. There are paid add-ons option available as well to help enhance customer experience. There are several beautiful ready to use demo websites available, allowing you to create a quality website.

With Astra Free Theme or Astra Pro and WooCommerce, the possibilities to create an online store are endless. We recommend it to anyone needing a user friendly theme to start selling goods or products online.

March Edition: Our Top 3 WordPress Themes from Template Monster

March Edition: Our Top 3 WordPress Themes from Template Monster

It’s that time again for us to showcase our top 3 WordPress themes from Template Monster. In case you do not know, we are an affiliate with Template Monster so any sales generated via the affiliate links will help us obtain commission. So let’s get started!

Monstroid Multipurpose Theme

The Monstroid Multipurpose WordPress Theme has been in the game for some time. We used it on projects when it the theme had Template Monster’s Powerbuilder and it was GPL3 licensed—allowing own to use on multiple projects. Now it comes equipped with Elementor page builder paired with Zemez’s plugins featuring the Jet Elements plugin. This plugin extends Elementor’s features. It is perfect for those who do not have Elememtor Pro.

The selling point for this WordPress Theme is the number demos. With over 20 demos to choose from, you will be able to choose a theme that suites your project needs. You’ll be able to install the demos easily with “one-click” demo install.

Ascendio - Corporate & Business WordPress Theme

Ascendio Corporate and Business Theme is perfect for all businesses both small or large. There are plenty of homepage options available. It uses the Elementor page builder to help design and edit pages with ease.

BeClinic Multipurpose Medical WordPress Theme

The BeClinic Multipurpose Medical WordPress Theme has several kinds of site types to choose from. If you are a medical professional or clinic that needs a fresh website design, look no further than this theme.

The theme uses the Elementor page builder to do the designing. It has 9+ premade pages, 100+ widgets, and the plugin timetable for events and scheduling.

Conclusions

This concludes our top 3 WordPress themes we like and recommend to our readers. Each theme uses the Elementor page builder and is packed with various plugins and addons. Which page builder or theme do you like?

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Interserver Review

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DesignCap Review: Graphic Design Software Made Easy 4 You

DesignCap Review: Graphic Design Software

If you are a fellow web developer, we probably share something in common. What is that commonality you ask? I have basic graphic design skills and lack the creativity that some skills graphic designer have. That’s where DesignCap comes into play. It is a graphic design software aimed at making graphic design fun and easy. I’ve decided to give the DesignCap Plus Package a try.

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How Much Does DesignCap Cost?

I’m sure that’s the first thing that pops into your mind and that’s why I decided to start here. For the most part, DesignCap is free, but you can also from two other plans that give you premium features that I think you’ll find helpful.

DesignCap Monthly Pricing
Monthly Pricing
Annual Pricing for DesignCap
Annual Pricing

One in particular is the High-End PNG & PDF Exports. PNG’s are often associated with the ability to have a transparent background. The PDF Exports are good if you have to put together a presentation or create an eBook. Depending on your budget, you can pay annually or monthly. I often pay annually for a service so I can get the payment done right away. For some services that have a high annual fee, I’ll pay month to month. Pick what works best for you or your team.   

There’s a Template for That

You get a template! You get a template! You get a template! DesignCap has several design templates that will have inspire your design needs. With over hundreds of templates to choose from, you’ll be able to customize one of the templates in just a few minutes.

With the plus package, you have access to unlimited stock images. These stock images have quality resolution that will make your designs stand-out. In addition, you do not have to worry about trying to capture your own photos unless you need to.

How Easy Is It to Design with DesignCap?

The moment you get started with a design, you will be presented with a blank canvas to your right and templates to your left. To the far left, you will have the option to choose between elements, photos, charts, uploads, text, modules, and background.

Elements

Listed under the Elements tab is various lines and shape types for one to use in their design.

Photos

If you have the Plus package you will have access to unlimited stock images. You can search in the search box or choose a category. This will allow you to choose the type of photo you want to use for your design with ease.

Stock Images

Charts

Charts is one of the most impressive features in DesignCap. When you click on any of the charts, a lightbox (pop-up) will appear. From there you will be able to edit the data set and it will reflect in the pie chart or line graph, whichever you choose. This feature is good if you need to prepare data for a presentation.

Charts in DesignCap

Uploads

You will be able to upload jpeg and png files into your design canvas.

Text

There are several text headings and fonts to choose from to give your design a fancy look.

Modules

Modules have ready-made designs such as “team members”—which displays a picture of everyone on your team rather in be at a job, etc. It also hosts a ton of other modules for YouTube and other social media.

Background

Change the background of the canvas by using any of the special type of designs presented in DesignCap. You can also change the background using the gradient and color table. There are a number of ways to be creative with the background of your design.

Downloading & Sharing Your Designs

DesignCap makes it easy to download, print, or share your designs. If you choose to download your design, you'll have the option of saving as jpeg, png, and PDF. Please note that the option to save as a png and PDF is available for the two premium packages and not the free version. You may also choose to print your design if needed.

If you choose to share your design, you can share by means of a unique link or post on social media. Social media platforms available to share to is Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and E-mail. If you share by link you can choose whether the share state such as public view, public and edit, or private view.

Sharing Options via DesignCap

Tutorials

If you should ever need help using DesignCap, there are several tutorials available on their site. These tutorials show you how to design various types of projects.

DesignCap Tutorials and Learning Center

Support

To get any support from Design Cap, you will have to visit the support tab on their website. There you will see call to action buttons to tutorials and tips, FAQs, and a suggestions and tips. If you click on Suggestions from our Team it will simply take you to a contact form to fill out any concerns you may have. I have not had to contact support yet so I do not know at this time how long it will take to get a response back.

Overall Impressions

DesignCap really is a simple design platform that will allow one to design graphics very quickly. They have some very good templates available. If you get the free version of DesignCap, you will be very limited on what you can do. If you need to be able to do more, I suggest upgrading to one of the premium plans. The best bang for your buck would be Plus package, which can be paid monthly or annually.

Give DesignCap a try for free to get familiar with how to use it and then make the decision to upgrade to one of the paid plans as you see fit. I use DesignCap for social media use for the church I attend and it makes a difference when you posts have quality graphics! If you have used DesignCap before, please let me know what your experience has been like! If you have any questions, contact us and we will try to get you an answer.

Interserver Review: Is It Worth the Price?

Interserver Review: Is It Worth the Price?

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InterServer Web Hosting and VPS

When it comes to choosing a web hosting company to host a website, one of the main selling points is the amount of time the company has been in operation. Often times longevity may signify that the company has a product and excellent customer service. Interserver caught our attention because of their years in business and their reputation. As a result, I decided to try out their Standard Web Hosting Package.

About Interserver

Interserver.net is one of the best web hosting companies with 21 years in operation.

Interserver has been in the web hosting business since 1999. They pride themselves on three cores principles: quality, service, and support. Interserver has two data centers operating in Secacus,New Jersey and a data center in Los Angeles, California .

What I Love About Interserver?

There a plenty of things to love about Interserver. I will discuss the features I love about Interserver the most.

Pricing Model

One of the first things that stood out was the pricing for the various service types. I paid for the Standard or Shared Hosting Package. Let’s see how the pricing compares with other services below:

Price Lock Guarantee

The upside of the pricing structure is it allows one to pay either annually or monthly. We tend to pay annually but as of late paying monthly has been beneficial especially if you are on a tight budget. You can cancel at anytime as well. Having used services like GoDaddy, you will often see a low introductory rate and then a price hike a year later. With Interserver you can take advantage of their price lock policy. You won’t have to worry about any extreme price hikes after year one. Prices are likely to stay locked for a great length of time.

Free Migration Services

This is something you do not see often even with some of Interserver’s competitors. I’ve seen this with one other hosting company but not many others. If you do not have the time or know how to migrate your website data from your old host to Interserver, you can contact support and they will handle it for you free.

Customer Service and Support

One of the features I look for on a site is a chat feature. It saves so much time versus waiting to speak with someone. Interserver offers 24/7 chat support and 24/7 telephone support if you need to talk to someone. One neat thing I learned is that they will not take any more than 100 new clients a day. The reasoning may seem strange to some but I like it. Interserver wants to focus on their new customers to help them and let them know that their needs are a priority. What’s not to love about the type of customer attention!

To help cut down on users contacting support on some issues, you can find common solutions to various issues. There 1000's of support articles to choose from to assist you!

99.9% Uptime

All companies state that they have reliable up-time! So far with the WordPress site I setup (which is in basic form), I have not experienced any down-time. So far so good! From their website they state: “Industry-leading reliability of service and content delivery. We partner with Cloudflare and utilize its global network of caching data center.“
I have used Cloudflare and I can assure you the speeds are fast!

Easy to Setup Cloud Apps via cPanel

I setup a WordPress site easily via cPanel. You can also setup Joomla, Drupal, Prestashop, and many more content management and eCommerce platforms. If you don’t want to use any of those you can use the site pad website builder. There are plenty of options to choose from.

What I Don’t Like About Interserver?

Although there isn’t anything that would stop me from using or recommending Interserver, it has its drawbacks.

Domain Purchase with a Web Hosting Can Be Misleading

Disclaimer: I am not suggesting Interserver is trying to purposely mislead anyone. They have a different approach on domain purchasing when signing up for web hosting.
Upon signing up for the web hosting, I was asked to register a new domain or use an existing domain. I chose to register a domain. Unlike most hosting companies, if you register a new domain you, you end up paying for it along side hosting. Since I was prompted at check-out to pay for the domain, I thought it was included for free.

What you have to do is buy the domain after you have purchased your web hosting.

It’s definitely not a deal breaker. It’s that I have grown accustomed to signing up for hosting and the domain at the same time.

Final Thoughts and Overall Impressions

I must admit that I am impressed with the Interserver. Own major feature I love and I think you’ll love is the price lock guarantee. This means you will not have any surprise price hikes after year one—prices should be consistent year to year. This is encouraging.

You can pay monthly or yearly depending on your budget needs. When compared to the likes of GoDaddy you will save some money.

For me navigating the website was not challenging and I was able to find the pages I needed. If you have used cPanel with another host, you will find it easy to setup your website whether you choose to install WordPress or use the SitePad website builder.

With guarantee uptime and reasonable speeds, I recommend Interserver to anyone looking for a proven company that has quality customer service and quality services such as WordPress Hosting, Windows ASP.Net Web Hosting, VPS, and Dedicated Servers.

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Top 3 WordPress Templates for January 2020

Happy New Year! To start the new year off, I would like to introduce to you the top 3 WordPress templates for the month of January.

1. Generisys Business Consulting Multipurpose Theme

The Generisys Business Consulting Multipurpose Template is ideal for a small to mid-size consulting business. I love the color scheme of the template--white background with splashes of orange and blue text.

2. Adam Smith - Creative Personal Tattoo Pro WordPress Theme

The Adam Smith Creative Personal Tattoo Pro WordPress Theme has a nice and subtle design. With its white background and black text, it will surely make the website stand-out to the viewer. What I like about it most is the use of the black and white photos throughout the site especially in the portfolio.

3. Monstroid2 - Multipurpose Modular Elementor WordPress Theme

Monstroid 2 is still a viable option for those who need a selection of different kinds of designs. There are quite a few options to choose from in terms of style and type of WordPress Template. It all depends on what your needs are.

Final Thoughts

Each of the three templates above use the Elementor page builder and Jet Elements to enhance the use and functionality of the site. You will have several elements to use when editing the template of choice. You cannot go wrong with any of the themes I have shared with you. If you need to check out more templates, please feel free to head on over to Template Monster!

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Template Monster will be having their annual black friday sale on November 21st –  December 3rd. You'll be able to choose from several digital items at a great discount of 50% off! Since we are affiliates with Template Monster, we get commission on any sales made.

Trust us when we tell you that their are a lot of templates to choose from! You will not be disappointed! From Elementor Templates to HTML web templates, you'll have a selection of templates to use for your next project.

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PosterMyWall Review

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PosterMyWall is an easy-to-use online graphic design tool that lets you create professional-looking graphics in a matter of minutes, even if you are a complete design novice! Your business or church promotion can stand out from others with stunning flyers, posters, social media graphics and much more. Simply customize thousands of ready-made marketing graphics templates and be your own designer with PosterMyWall!

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Free Web Hosting and Web Design Giveaway

Free Web Hosting and Web Design Giveaway

We have great news. We will be giving away a year of free website hosting. You may enter for a chance to win a year of free web hosting and a free web design from us. Keep in mind that after a year, the winner will be responsible for fees.

Once a winner is chosen we will meet to discuss the details of the website design.

TROYPOINT October Mega Giveaway

TROYPOINT October Mega Giveaway

Troypoint has a lot of useful information when it comes to choosing which devices are good for streaming. Whether you are using an Android Tv box or Amazon fire stick, Troypoint will help you get your device ready.

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In order to show their appreciation, Troypoint is doing an awesome giveaway of 25 gifts. These gifts range from the Amazon Fire Tv Cube to the Nvidia Shield plus much more! You can enter here: https://troypoint.com/rp/1?rpr=8473.

By entering by the link above, you’ll be able to enter for a chance to win and I also will be able to receive more entries!

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