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Is your blog feeling tired and looking outdated? Don't have time for a total redesign? In this talk, we'll cover 12 ideas for freshening up your WordPress blog with design elements, plugins, and code snippets.

Is your blog feeling tired and looking outdated? Don't have time for a total redesign? In this talk, we'll cover 12 ideas for freshening up your WordPress blog with design elements, plugins, and code snippets.

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  1. 1. IDEAS TO FRESHEN UP YOUR BLOG12 with @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  2. 2. HI, I’M KRISTEN. kristenwebbwright.com @KRISTENWRIGHT_ KRISTENWRIGHT WRITER, ARTIST & WEB DESIGNER WordPress backups (BackupBuddy) WordPress security (iThemes Security) WordPress maintenance (iThemes Sync) I WORK AT iTHEMES. ithemes.com
  3. 3. COMING OCTOBER 2016
  4. 4. DESIGN ELEMENTS CODE SNIPPETS @KRISTENWRIGHT_ “I MY BLOG!”
  5. 5. fresh·en make (something) newer, cleaner, or more attractive. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ verbˈfreSHən/ •
  6. 6. “ CREATIVITY IS DRIVEN BY CONSTRAINTS. ” @KRISTENWRIGHT_ - DAVE GRAY, AUTHOR OF GAMESTORMING
  7. 7. PLUGINS DESIGN ELEMENTS CODE SNIPPETS @KRISTENWRIGHT_ FRESHEN UP + GET CREATIVE
  8. 8. FOCUS ON CONTENT. FOCUS ON CONTENT. FOCUS ON CONTENT. DESIGN ELEMENTS CODE SNIPPETS @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  9. 9. 1. UPDATE PHOTOS & FEATURED IMAGES @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  10. 10. IMAGE TIPS KEEP FILE SIZES SMALL. I MEAN IT. ADD ALT TAGS & UPDATE FILE NAMES USE STOCK PHOTOS PRETTY STOCK PHOTO SITES StockSnap.io Unsplash.com VisualHunt.com Pixels.com Photodune.com @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  11. 11. 2. UPDATE/ADD HEADINGS @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  12. 12. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN HEADINGS IN THE WP DASHBOARD
  13. 13. HEADING TIPS USE THEM! ESPECIALLY h2s & h3s KEEP SHORT, CONCISE INCLUDE KEYWORDS IN h2s h1 h2 h3 h4 h5 h6 @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  14. 14. 3. ADD CALLS TO ACTION WITH BUTTONS @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  15. 15. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN EXAMPLE OF BUTTONS IN-POST
  16. 16. BUTTON TIPS ADD TO END OF POSTS KEEP CTA SHORT & CONCISE @KRISTENWRIGHT_ USE HTML IN-POST OR WITH A SHORTCODE (PLUGIN)
  17. 17. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN HTML IN-POST
  18. 18. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN EXAMPLE CSS FOR BUTTONS
  19. 19. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ WordPress Bu;on Plugin MaxBu;ons Bu;on Builder - Bu;ons X BUTTON PLUGINS
  20. 20. 4. EMPHASIZE QUOTES @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  21. 21. QUOTE TIPS @KRISTENWRIGHT_ USE BLOCKQUOTES “ USE PULL QUOTES “ OTHERS’ WORDS OR YOUR WORDS
  22. 22. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN BLOCKQUOTES
  23. 23. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN PULL QUOTES
  24. 24. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PULL QUOTE PLUGINS BeauBful Pullquotes Perfect Pullquotes BP Pre;y Quote Pull Quotes
  25. 25. @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  26. 26. 5. BOOST SOCIAL SHARING @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  27. 27. SOCIAL SHARING TIPS ADD BUTTONS TO POSTS & PAGES @KRISTENWRIGHT_ MAKE IT EASY GET CREATIVE
  28. 28. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN TWEETABLE QUOTES
  29. 29. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  30. 30. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ TWEETABLE QUOTE PLUGINS Quoteability Inline Click to Tweet Inline Tweet Sharer
  31. 31. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ SHARE BUTTON PLUGINS Simple Share Bu;ons Adder Social Warfare Social Share Bu;ons - Social Pug Social Share WordPress Plugin - AccessPress Social Share
  32. 32. 6. ADD POST SUMMARIES @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  33. 33. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN TLDR POST SUMMARY PLUGIN
  34. 34. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN EXAMPLE POST SUMMARY + CTA
  35. 35. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN POST EDITOR VIEW
  36. 36. 7. ENCOURAGE CLICK-THROUGHS WITH RELATED POSTS @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  37. 37. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  38. 38. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ RELATED POSTS PLUGINS Related Posts Yuzo Related Posts Thumbnails Related Posts
  39. 39. 8. ENCOURAGE VISITOR INTERACTION @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  40. 40. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ “REACTION” PLUGINS React & Share ReacBons Ma;’s PeepSo ReacBons
  41. 41. 9. KEEP VISITORS INFORMED @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  42. 42. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN NOTIFICATION BAR
  43. 43. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ NOTIFICATION BAR PLUGIN BoomBar
  44. 44. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  45. 45. 10. HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANT TEXT @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  46. 46. CONTENT CALLOUTS IMPORTANT NOTICES @KRISTENWRIGHT_ COUPONS$
  47. 47. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  48. 48. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  49. 49. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  50. 50. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  51. 51. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  52. 52. 11. START SENDING POST DIGEST EMAILS @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  53. 53. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGIN
  54. 54. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ POST DIGEST + COMMENTS PLUGIN PostmaBc
  55. 55. 12. OFFER AN EBOOK TO BUILD YOUR MAILING LIST @KRISTENWRIGHT_
  56. 56. EBOOK TIPS @KRISTENWRIGHT_ COLLECT EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR DOWNLOAD EXPORT TO PDF FILE REPURPOSE EXISTING CONTENT
  57. 57. @KRISTENWRIGHT_ PLUGINS/ SERVICES TO HELP OpBnmonster Downloads Monitor MailChimp
  58. 58. NOW GO FRESHEN UP YOUR BLOG. SLIDES AVAILABLE AT KRISTENWEBBWRIGHT.COM/FRESH @KRISTENWRIGHT_

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