There's a lot of buzz on the internet recently surrounding dark mode, a toggle that allows you to set a normally white screen to a dark one that many say is easier on the eyes. And it's not just the aesthetic look, it's proven to use less power using dark mode on your mobile/tablet device.

Dark mode is already sweeping the internet with many popular apps such as Slack, Outlook, Chrome & YouTube all adding a Dark Mode. You can also find it in many gaming consoles such as Nintendo Switch and Xbox One S / X. This was all triggered by macOS Mojave introducing a dark mode.

If users request a dark mode feature in an app (they do, frequently), chances are good that it will appear at some point.

WordPress Dark Mode
WordPress Night/Dark Mode

As standard WordPress doesn't come with a dark mode, but there is a plugin called Dark Mode who's developer Daniel James has put up for adoption, hoping a bigger team can merge it with the core WordPress system one day.

How To Enable WordPress Dark Mode

If you'd like to install WordPress Dark Mode, simply follow these steps:

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Visit Plugins > Add New
  3. Search for Dark Mode
  4. Click install now
  5. When the plugin has installed, click Activate
  6. Visit users and hover over your username and click edit
  7. Tick the box that says Enable Dark Mode in the dashboard

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We've compiled a guide on the Best Caching Plugins For WordPress.

If you run a WordPress site, a caching plugin can dramatically effect load times for the better. Typically, when you access any website, you request information from their servers. WordPress runs of a database, and every time someone loads your site on their browser, they retrieve files in the form of CSS, images, and JavaScript.

Your Internet experience is only as fast as the websites you visit. Typically, the best websites are also the ones with the quickest load times. A slow website makes for a terrible user experience, and let’s not forget the impact that it is likely to have on your search engine rankings. Google has confirmed the same in the past.

WordPress is dynamic. While this helps keep your website up to date and live, it also slows down your website too. So, to tackle this problem, developers created caching plugins. They help produce a static version of your website and this makes your website much much faster.

In this article, we'll take you through the best caching plugins available on the WordPress market. If you aren’t already using a caching plugin, then you’ll find this an interesting and important read. If you are using a caching plugin then read on and you’ll have a few more great options to check out and find out which plugin works best for you.


WP Super Cache

With this plugin there are multiple tabs, the first one titled “Easy” is displayed first. And it is easier when you aren’t bombarded with as many options as other caching plugins.

WP Super Cache creates a static HTML file which is served to users who aren’t logged in, users who haven’t left a comment on your blog and users who haven’t viewed a password protected post on your site. That pretty much means almost every visitor to your website.

This plugin caches files in three ways:

  1. Supercached Static files – PHP is completely bypassed and it served as such to unknown visitors.
  2. Supercached Static files ( served by PHP ) – Server more likely to struggle with large increase or bursts of traffic.
  3. Legacy Caching – the slowest caching method used for known users.

The difference between super cached served by PHP and not served by PHP becomes more apparent only when there is an increase in traffic, so much so that the host’s server struggles to keep up, else the differences are imperceptible.

You can selectively choose which sections of your website get cached. The plugin also handles sudden spikes in traffic using lockdown and directly cached files.


W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is known as one of the most powerful caching plugins with a plethora of options at the disposal of the user. Its users include Yoast, Mashable, Smashing Magazine, and many other equally influential websites.

It can cache pages, the WordPress database, and objects. It can enable caching at the browser end. You can use W3 Total Cache for the minification of CSS and JavaScript. It is also compatible with dedicated servers, virtual private servers, and content delivery networks, which is probably why you can scale this plugin for use with very popular high-traffic websites.

A WordPress newbie may find it daunting to negotiate through the plugin’s many options at first, that being said, W3 Total Cache offers tips on how to best use the plugin above the plugin’s settings page on your WP dashboard.

The plugin isn’t complicated, it is merely vast with a number of options. If you can get past the clutter of options and follow suggestions as presented by the plugin below your WordPress dashboard then it can speed up your website ten times over, which is an impressive feat.


WP Fastest Cache

Fastest Cache employs a number of methods to cache your website. Mod Rewrite takes your dynamic WordPress and makes it static. The cached files are then deleted at appropriate intervals or based on events such as publishing a page or a post.

With Fastest Cache you can block cache for specific pages/posts with a shortcode. The plugin permits you to enable and disable caching for mobile devices and logged in users separately. Fastest Cache provides CDN support too.

If you know what each of the caching methods will do for you, this should be a very easy plugin to handle. Just tick your caching methods and submit.

The plugin minifies your HTML and CSS with gzip compression. It can combine CSS files, which helps reduce the number of HTTP requests to your host’s servers. Similarly, it can combine JavaScript files as well. Fastest Cache also provides browser caching, which is useful for visitors who return to your website often.


Hyper Cache

Hyper Cache only has 4 tabs on the settings page of the plugin. While this means there are fewer configuration options compared to others on this list, this works in favour of anyone who’s looking for a plugin to do the job with little or no tinkering.

With HyperCache, you can cache at specified intervals of time, enable on-the-fly compression, clean caches when a new comment is made or a new post is published, and enable browser caching.

You can set up Hyper Cache so as not to cache specific pages or URLs too, and you can cache only the most recent posts by blocking caching for posts older than a specified number of days. It provides support for CDN and mobile caching also.


Summing Up...

If you’re selecting a caching plugin, then you should consider your requirements. Is your website prone to high volumes of traffic at certain times and do you use a CDN? Questions like these become pertinent to the selection of the best caching plugin for your website. Because the differences in performance are largely imperceptible to the average user, it is very difficult to figure out which among all the plugins is the best. In our opinion, W3 Total Cache is certainly the most complete package, but all the others aren't far behind.

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Ever wonder what the best WordPress plugin for events and booking systems is, and why you'd use them?

If you’re a freelancer or a small business selling services, you’re better off implementing your own booking and events system into your website, rather than relying on a third-party service.

Sure, for events with a big attendance size, perhaps a third-party solution is better. However, if you’re a service provider with a few employees, then we recommend that you look into self-hosting solutions to save on cost and ease of use!

In this article, we're going to introduce you to the most efficient and effective plugins that WordPress has to offer for bookings, events, and appointment management.


The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar is one of the most popular calendar plugins on the WordPress market. The professional and modern features really excel in making this plugin fit right into in any events calendar situation that you can imagine. Some of the most prominent WordPress developers have thoroughly investigated the level of security this plugin provides and the countless hours of support questions have led to the perfectionism that this plugin portrays.

This plugin’s features include quick events generation, venue and organizer management, calendar view, custom search for events, Google Maps integration for easier location accessibility, custom widget, Google Calendar integration, and AJAX support for smooth loading. It works responsively with smartphones and tablets and works with all leading WordPress theme frameworks. It also has built-in SEO features and provides a selection of custom themes.


Event Calendar WD

Event Calendar WD fixes the gaps that other plugins might be leaving out on the table. These include a fully responsive website layout that will make your events easy to view on any device. It also comes with a calendar widget that you can insert into your WordPress sidebar for easy event promotion. The Google Maps features will also make it easy to find the location of an event and save time from having to Google it.

A social button integration is another great built-in feature of the plugin. So, your events can get free marketing through the process of social sharing. People love to tell their friends about the events they plan to attend, especially very important ones. You can createcustom venues and allocate events for those too. Everything can be viewed monthly, weekly, and daily and the ability to create SEO-optimized event pages is another huge advantage. With a very rich codebase, you can integrate several external modules and plugins. This could very well be the plugin that helps you start your own fully functional events management website.


WordPress Event Calendar

WordPress Event Calendar names itself as one of the most flexible WordPress Calendars available. And it’s free! If you've found yourself in a pickle when it comes to calendar management on WordPress, then this calendars functionality will quickly resolve any lasting issues and solve your event management problems once and for all. So often we lose track of the things we need to attend, so having a simple calendar widget that can record your current and future events is really helpful.

To count down some of the features: mobile responsive, unlimited calendars and events, a widget for displaying upcoming events, style management for calendar categories to create a more unique experience. Event descriptions can be modified with full HTML5 compatibility and category management makes the event sorting process more flexible for yourself, and your website members. The feature to Integrate a lightbox into your calendars to create a more personalized and attractive UI experience as well is another thing we love about this plugin.


Event List

We like the approach that Event List has taken. The events dashboard is built with intuitive design in mind, separating events by monthly, and yearly basis that helps with productivity, since you don’t want to have all the events displayed in a single list without a sense of direction.

The event management details include the event name/title, time of event, time when the event starts, the location of the event, and the description. The WordPress content editor can be used to modify the description of your events, which means that you’ll have the ability to create visual and interactive descriptions. Copy any of your previous events with a single click of a button, to further increase your productivity. Shortcode support, but also a very solid sorting algorithm to help in finding the events that you or others are looking for is what puts htis plugin on our list.


Quick Event Manager

If time is of the essence, you may want to check out Quick Eevents Manager. This plugin is as quick as it gets for those situations where you need a simple events creation dashboard with the single feature of adding shortcodes anywhere that you wish to promote your events, be it pages or posts, or widget areas.

The multiple layout selections are great for choosing the right style for your own design. Payments can also be processed, so this plugin although very simple, does support the payment collection process. All attendee details can be downloaded or sent to an email address, making the “guest” list so much more flexible. Events can be displayed in list format or calendar of course.


Very Simple Event List

The shortcode provided by the Very Simple Event List's author is so flexible that you can add multiple shortcodes on the same page and have the events outlined in a design-aligned way. The settings panel is very quick to learn how to use, you’ve got the widget settings where you can disable or enable things like date, time, location, image, link, and image info, and you can choose to preview the event summary if you like.


Event On

EventOn is our only premium plugin on this list, however, it didn’t earn more than 20,000 sales on Codecanyon because the developers hit a goldmine. It was the combined efforts of everyone working on the plugins codebase and its rich set of features to make it amongst the most complete and thorough event calendar plugins that have ever been made for the WordPress platform.

Not only is the design great, but the hundreds of features that EventOn includes will ensure that you’ll never need to look for another calendar. Create stunning widgets that display the information about upcoming events and allow your customers to make their own choices.



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Facebook reviews include user ratings of your products or services and can be a very important part of your business. Reviews help let customers know that other's rate your products and that they shouldn't be afraid of trying them too.  In this article, we will show you how to display your Facebook page reviews on your WordPress site to help benefit your business and generate more revenue.


Why Should You Display Facebook Reviews On Your Website?

Facebook pages have a review system that allows users to post reviews and rate their favourite products or services. Having good reviews on your Facebook page reassure new users about the stability of your brand and proves to others that you have provided a good service or product in the past.

These Facebook page reviews are very similar to testimonials in WordPress. Most users find it hard to leave a testimonial directly on your blog or website, however, everyone uses social media platforms like Facebook which makes it easier to collect reviews there instead.

You can display these reviews on your blog, so the new visitors can quickly read what others have said about your services. Important social proof like this will help you build trust around your brand.


Showing Your Facebook Page Reviews In WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Facebook Reviews plugin.

Upon activation, you need to go to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress admin area to drag and drop the Facebook Reviews widget into the blog sidebar.

Next, you need to add a widget title and click on the Connect to Facebook button to launch your pages in this widget.

Once connected, you’ll see all your Facebook pages. You will need to select the page that you want to display reviews from in your WordPress sidebar.

Next, you need to expand the widget settings one by one to manage the display of page reviews on your blog. In Review Options, you can enable Google rich snippets, set filters for reviews to display, and add the number of reviews per page.

In Display Options, you can hide unnecessary elements, enable dark background, limit review length, and select a theme for page reviews.

After that, you should expand Slider Options. From here, if you enable Review Slider Theme, then it will automatically change the theme in your display options. You can fix the slider speed and add the number of reviews to display on each slide.

In Advanced Options, you can manage links, cache, and API settings for Facebook page reviews.

Once you are done with these settings, go ahead and save the changes. You can now head over to your blog to see the Facebook page reviews in your sidebar.

You can also create shortcodes for your Facebook page reviews and display them anywhere on your blog. For this, you need the Facebook Reviews Pro plugin.

Once activated, simply visit the Settings > Facebook Reviews Pro page and go to the Shortcode Builder tab. You'll need to click on the Connect to Facebook button to select your page.

The 4 sections for managing the display of page reviews are similar to the settings in your sidebar widget. Your changes will automatically update the shortcode box that can be seen at the right side of the screen.

You can paste this shortcode into blog posts or pages to display your Facebook page reviews in WordPress. After that head over to your blog to see the reviews in action.


We hope this article helped you learn how to display your Facebook page reviews in WordPress! 

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What Is A PDF Viewer And When Would You Use It?

PDFs are great for many situations, and a PDF plugin allows you to embed a full WordPress PDF viewer into a WordPress page.

This way, your visitors can flip through the pages like a real document, while also zooming in, taking notes and printing out the document when needed. Some of the PDF plugins offer other useful tools for converting a blog post to a PDF or generating a cover image for a PDF that you can upload to your WordPress blog.

In short, a standard PDF viewer enables users to see a PDF as if the file were saved on their own computer. They get the capabilities expected of a PDF along with some other handy features the WordPress plugin developers have thrown in there.

Below are some examples of when you would use a PDF Viewer:


PDF Embedder

The PDF Embedder plugin has been around for some time now, and it’s one of the cleanest ways to present your PDFs on a website. The free version of PDF Embedder includes the majority of the features you’ll need, with the quick upload button, PDF embed function and your regular navigation buttons.
The PDF upload only takes one simple click and your PDF snaps into place depending on the size of the screen. You can also adjust the dimensions manually. The plugin only uses JavaScript for display, so the viewing experience is much smoother than if it were to utilize iframes and you can get premium features like full-screen mode, PDF security, and continuous scrolling through pages.

PDF And Print By BestWebSoft

As the name suggests, this plugin adds a PDF download and print button to your WordPress posts, pages, and custom post types. You can add your website title, featured image, custom styles, and fonts. The plugin can also execute shortcodes when generating PDFs or create a printer-friendly version. It lets your users download PDFs from your posts.

It lets your users download PDFs from your posts and the plugin also supports pages, search results, archives, and custom post types too. You can add the conversion buttons by using widgets or shortcodes and the plugin offers different icons for your print buttons.

WP Advanced PDF

WP Advanced PDF plugin allows your users to download your posts and pages in PDF format. You can enable the PDF download for all users or just for registered users. You can also use custom fonts, logo, and even add a watermark to your PDF files.

Some other features also included is the ability to set stretching and spacing for PDF's, have the ability to generate a pdf from the cache to reduce load from the server and can schedule a backup of cache if your blog is not updating too frequently.

PDF Image Generator

PDF Image Generator creates a cover image for PDF Files you add in WordPress posts for download. The plugin can generate this cover image by either using the first page in the PDF or featured image. The download icon will then display the thumbnail image linked to PDF file.

For this plugin to work your WordPress hosting provider should have ImageMagick and GhostScript installed on their server.


PDF Thumbnails

Similar to the previous plugin, PDF Thumbnail also generates a thumbnail of the first page of your PDF file during the upload. However, your PDF file and the thumbnail image remain as two separate files. You will need to manually insert the generated thumbnail and then link it to the PDF file.


Vanilla PDF Embed

This PDF viewer is called vanilla for a reason. The basic, minimalist user interface drops a PDF in your post without any bells and whistles. There’s no premium version, so you get things like page jumping, searching, zooming and printing without having to pay a dime.

We really like this plugin as it doesn’t have tons of unnecessary features, and the shortcodes are fairly easy to use. The plugin also provides a very clean reading experience for your users.

Check out the Vanilla PDF Embed plugin.

PDF Tab For WooCommerce

PDF Tab for WooCommerce is another alternative WordPress PDF plugin, delivering a PDF download button on your e-commerce product pages. Some product information is too long for the product page or maybe it needs to be protected in some way. On the other hand, your company might already have this documentation and there’s no need to duplicate it.

The PDF uploads are all handled through WordPress, so you don’t need to mess with shortcodes and a Download PDF button gets displayed right on the product page of your choice.

Real3D FlipBook WordPress Plugin

We saved the most beautiful for last since Real3D is pretty astounding in its design, but it’s also overkill for what most people are looking for. We like Real3D if you’re making an online magazine or sharing image-rich pamphlets with clients and customers.

The page flipping technology is the closest you can get to reading an actual magazine, and the lightbox effect clears out all distractions for the reader. It has a fully customizable user interface for changing items like colours, buttons, borders, page flip sounds and page shininess and you can upload both PDFs and images. The realistic viewing experience really translates well to mobile devices in this instance.


Which PDF Viewer Is Right For You?

With such a long list of reputable WordPress PDF viewers, it might seem tough deciding on which one to go with.

Here’s what we think:

Overall, your WordPress PDF viewer decision depends entirely on your situation. Luckily, most of them have free versions or inexpensive premium packages. So, give them a try and see which works best for you.

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