Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Fastest Shopify Theme in 2020

A few of my subscribers and frequent readers have asked for more content on dropshipping, and with dropshipping, Shopify comes to the mind immediately. We have had many thoughts in the past regarding Shopify too and those in-depth discussions helped many.

One question that I often have to answer is about the Shopify theme. Which is the fastest Shopify theme that is available at present? 

It is prevalent and fundamental to ask this question and I appreciate it too, as it shows that you are thinking of ways in which you can provide a better experience to your customers on your Shopify store.

In this article today, I will tell you which Shopify theme is the fastest and would work best for your online store too. But before that, let me tell you the benefits of having a speedier store.

Benefits of a fast Shopify theme

Having a fast Shopify store helps you in a lot of different ways. The following are a few reasons that you must try to get your shop as fast as possible. 

Better conversion rate: fast pages convert much better than those which take ages to load. If your Shopify store is fast, it is more likely that the conversion rate will head north in no time.

Better searchability: google always ranks faster pages higher than the slower ones, as it considers the page loading time. The same is true for other search engines, like Yahoo and Bing too. Hence, it would help if you tried to make your web store faster and therefore increasing the searchability in these search engines.

Enhanced user experience: a fast Shopify store will be more likely to get a repeat customer. Also, a faster website tends to keep the visitor for a longer time.

How to check the present performance of your Shopify store.

Now that you know the benefits of a fast Shopify store, it is time to find out if your existing store is fast enough or not. How can you find out the current speed of your website?

One of the best places to find the speed at which your website is working at present is GTmetrix.com, where you can not only see how your website performs, but you can also check the reasons because of which it is slow and discover optimization opportunities as well.


How to enhance speed and boost performance.

Once you have checked the present performance of your online Shopify store, you would want to make it work better for you and your dropshipping business. You can do this by improving the speed of your online store.

There are mainly three ways in which you can boost the performance of your online Shopify store. Let’s talk about those and also compare the cost involved in these three methods.

Hiring a website developer to optimize the speed of your website: speeding up a website is done by a developer who optimizes the site and helps it to load faster. It involves tasks such as image compression and making changes in the native code of the website. 

The developer needs to find and fix bugs on all the pages on your website, which is a time consuming and effort-hungry process. Developers often charge thousands of dollars to optimize the speed of your website. For small and growing businesses, this may not be a viable option.

Using speed optimization apps: there are a plethora of speed optimization apps that are available in the market which promise to enhance the speed of your website. Using simple image-compression plugins is a different case, where the cost is also not much. 

However, in most cases, these speed optimization apps themselves are so heavy that they turn the speed of the website down themselves. Having another app along with all the other apps and plugins which have already made the website slow is not a very thoughtful solution.

To get the best results, speed optimization should be done by humans alone, who can understand the specific problems and fix them one by one, rather than an app that may not suit every situation. Shopify experts can make visible differences to the performance of your online store in a quick time, unlike these speed optimization apps.

Installing a fast Shopify theme: as a businessman, or an online dropshipping entrepreneur, your focus should be on getting more footprints on your website, rather than spending more time in fixing bugs and optimizing your online store for performance.

Hence, install a fast Shopify theme and forget about the performance issues. It is also the cheapest option that you have got.

Which theme should you go with? Which is the fastest Shopify theme?

Shopify Speed Experts, in collaboration with successful Shopify entrepreneurs, have come up with the fastest Shopify theme called Plak. The Plak theme is highly customizable, very light, and hence fast and is SEO friendly as well.

The Plak theme has provided a near-perfect score for the homepage, product page and cart page (essential pages in eCommerce) in online Shopify stores. You may check out the metrics in the following screenshots below:


Which is the fastest Shopify theme?

The Plak Shopify theme was developed with much dedication to make Shopify stores load faster and provide added value to the visiting buyers. It gives the best converting features, customizable designs, and layout options so that the visitors convert to potential returning clients.

The Plak Shopify theme also uses the latest technology such as Lazy Loading or on-demand loading, which instead of loading the entire web page in one shot, loads only the part that the visitor visits, and loads the remaining as and when the visitor reaches out to that section of the webpage. Only when the visitor scrolls down to the very end, the entire page is loaded. 

This technology called Lazy Loading enables better performance of your online store and hence, makes the Plak Shopify theme the best available theme for Shopify.

You can try it yourself in your existing online stores and find out the difference. Do come back here to tell me what your experience is. 

Thanks a lot for reading this article. If you want to know more about the Plak Shopify theme or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me. I will try to answer your queries as much as possible.



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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Top 10 Web Page Builder Plugins for your WordPress Website

Hello friends,

If you are getting started with  WordPress and you want to give a kickstart to your career as a WordPress Designer, here is some good news for you. There is something in WordPress which can help you to get started very quickly without knowing too much of WordPress.

You can build professional web pages and websites very easily without mastering WordPress and that too in a very short time. Yes, I am not joking!

All you want to have is a WordPress Page Builder Plugin. Using a Page Builder Plugin you can just drag and drop elements on your web page and add professional features to your web page. 

When you create multiple such web pages and collate them, you will be able to create full-fledged websites. And you can do all these, without knowing too many nuances of WordPress.

In this article, I will tell you about the top 10 web page Builder Plugins for your WordPress website. At the end of this list, I will tell you which plugin is the best, that I recommend. I will also tell you about a way by which you can learn about that plugin in quick time.

So, without wasting any more time, let's look into the top page builder plugins for WordPress. But before that, let me tell you that these plugins can only help you to kickstart your journey of becoming a WordPress Designer and not a WordPress Developer.

But to become a developer, you would need proper understanding and the ability to code in HTML, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery, PHP, MySQL, and a few more things, that you will learn when you grow as a developer.

Top 10 Page Builder Plugins


Check these top WordPress page builder plugins, which can most definitely help you become a WordPress Designer. Click on the names for their homepage:

(screenshots were taken from the respective home page)
These are the top 9 web page builder plugin. The last one in this list is the one that I love working with and is presently regarded as the number one page builder plugin for WordPress.

I love Elementor, the Number One Page Builder plugin for WordPress!

elementor templates

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I have been using Elementor for over a dozen complete websites that I have built for my clients and for myself. You may check my freelancing website, www.sTdwares.com where I have used Elementor to build a few pages.

Elementor is new in the market but has already gained a lot of traction and praise from the WordPress community from around the world. WordPress along with renowned hosting providers have also talked high about Elementor, the page builder plugin.

There are two versions of Elementor - FREE & PRO (paid) and I have used both. However, if you are just starting to work on WordPress and new to Elementor, I would suggest to use their FREE plan and I am sure it will take care of most of your needs with designing your WordPress website.

My Course on Elementor

Recently, I have published a course on Elementor as well, where I showed how to design a professional landing page for my website design services. It is a live page which you can access by clicking here.


If you also want to learn and become a master of Elementor and build awesome professional web pages or even go on and start your business as a web designer, you should enroll in this course asap! 

To help you out here is a coupon that you can use to take the $200 course for just $9.99. Click Here to Enroll Now!!

That is all I have in this article and I truly hope this was helpful and beneficial to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or ask me on Social Media. I will definitely get back to you as soon as I can.



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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

How to start learning online in 2019?

Namaste friends. Recently, I got a question on Quora which asked: "What are the things I need to know before I start learning through online courses?"

In this article, I will try to answer this question and help as much as I can. I am sure this will help someone who is looking to learn about online courses and how to start learning online. Let's begin.



What do you want to learn?

Before starting learning online, you must first decide what you want to learn. Is it something that will need you to have practical lessons or activities? Like cooking, painting, singing, playing musical instruments need you to perform the activities or implement your learning in a physical environment. For such lessons, you must be prepared with your own instruments and arrangement at home or office, wherever you are taking the lessons.

If you want to learn to programme or to design or anything digital, then you need to do the practice on the computer itself which you can do as you learn. You do not need any special arrangement, other than probably having the software needed, installed on your computer.



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What kind of online courses do you need?

This is the next question and a very important one. There are a few types of online teaching methods and most common modes are live teaching and self-paced video lessons.

In Live teaching classes, the teacher will open a virtual classroom when you alone or a group of students will be joining, based on the system. The teacher will teach the subject or the skill to the group as if you are all in a classroom. Such sessions happen at a predetermined time which is fixed based on everyone’s availability. You can also have live Questions and Answers.

In self-paced video classes, you will register to the previously created video lessons and go through each lecture one by one and learn whenever you find a suitable time. You can ask questions and the teacher will answer them at a later stage. Self Paced classes are great for busy students who cannot sit for long hours for live classes or have a timezone mismatch problem.



How to choose the right platform for online courses?

Now, the next thing is to choose the right platform. This largely depends on the kind of online courses that you want as different platforms offer different modes of teaching.

Live classes are held by teachers on Google Hangout, Facebook Group Chat, Skype, Zoom, and other similar apps. These can be held on mobile devices or your computer as well.
There are a lot of platforms offering live classes on various subjects and courses, like WizIQ, Edureka, Preply, Coursera, etc. There are a lot more too and few of these platforms have both live classes and self-paced video lessons.

The two top self-paced lessons platforms are SkillShare and Udemy. There are a few more, like Lynda.com, Packt, Thinkific, Teachable, etc., but these two are by far the top two platforms.

On Udemy, you can buy each course (some are free) and have lifelong access to those courses that you have enrolled to. You need to purchase each course which can range from $20 to $200. But do not worry, most of the times courses on Udemy are available for $9.99 as they keep running discount programs on their website all the time.

On SkillShare, you can buy their membership on a monthly or yearly basis and can browse through all their 27000+ courses during that subscription period. Subscription is costly (~$15 per month) unless you get an invite to join SkillShare which will give you 2 months of FREE PREMIUM Access. You need to join with your credit card for FREE and can continue after 2 months, and only then the card will be charged.



How to decide which Course is best for you?

Always try to enroll in a course which is specific to your requirements. You can also join a broad 30+ hours long course if you want to have all the in-depth knowledge about a broad subject, but I think specific courses will help you in understanding the concepts faster and not waste a lot of time in reinventing the wheel, which happens with longer courses most of the time.

This is one reason that I like SkillShare more than Udemy.

I wrote this answer on Quora and you can find it here.
Cheers!

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