How To Give Your WordPress Site A Periodic Health Check

When you launched your WordPress site, you probably did a thorough test to make sure everything worked just like you wanted. On the first day of your new site, it’s like moving into a brand new apartment – everything is clean and works perfectly!

But as time goes on and wear and tear takes its toll, it’s all too easy for that to change…both for apartments and WordPress sites. So to make sure your WordPress site is still humming along perfectly, you need to be a little proactive and give your site periodic health checks.

That’s what I’ll be talking about today – how to give your WordPress site a health check to make sure it’s still in tip-top shape.

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weeblrAMP Review: More Flexible Google AMP For WordPress

If you’re not already familiar, AMP, short for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is a Google-backed initiative aimed at providing a framework to help publishers create quick-loading, mobile-friendly content.

While there are some detractors, most publishers seem to view it as a positive thing because AMP pages consistently drive more impressions and return visitors. As a result, AMP now powers over 2 billion mobile pages across ~1 million domains.

But if you want to add Google AMP to your WordPress site, you’re going to need a plugin. Which is what I’m looking at in this weeblrAMP review.

weeblrAMP is a freemium plugin from Yannick Gaultier that gives you a ton of flexibility for how you implement AMP on your WordPress site.

If you’re not sure why to use Google AMP, he has a good slide presentation on that subject. And if you’re not sure how to use Google AMP, you should read this review!

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10+ WordPress Businesses Actively Publishing Income and Transparency Reports

Wondering how well your favorite WordPress business is doing? I think we’re all a little voyeuristic when it comes to behind-the-scenes information and revenue data.

But most of the time, we don’t get to satisfy that itch because all those juicy details are private.

Some companies, though, have opted for the alternate route – transparency.

Such companies publish stats on their revenue, order numbers, and lots more. And if you’re running a WordPress business, or just interested in the WordPress economy, these posts are a goldmine.

To help you find those companies, we’ve put together this list of 10+ WordPress companies that publish transparency/income reports. At least at the time of writing this post, all of these companies are still actively publishing transparency reports (though some only do so sporadically).

Let’s jump right in…

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Metorik Review: Better WooCommerce Reporting and Management

Have you ever heard a WooCommerce user say, “wow, I love the built-in WooCommerce reporting functionality?”.

I don’t mean to rag on WooCommerce. But let’s face it:

The default reporting and customer/order management features aren’t that great, especially when you compare them to something like Shopify.

In fact, reporting is a common pain point for WooCommerce stores, which is what led Bryce Adams, a former developer at Automattic/WooCommerce, to launch Metorik.

Metorik is a web app that easily connects to your WooCommerce store and provides a much more robust reporting and management interface.

In my Metorik review, I’ll tell you a bit more about what it does and give you a look around the Metorik dashboard.

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Jilt Review: Send Cart Abandonment Emails for WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads

Did you know that, on average, 69.23% of shoppers who add an item to their cart end up not actually purchasing that item?

That’s shocking, right? I mean – I’m definitely shocked.

You spend so much time and effort getting people to your store so that they’ll actually click the Add to Cart button. Then, 69.23% of those people never even complete their order. Ouch!

Jilt aims to change that. It’s a cart abandonment plugin/app for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads (and Shopify, if that’s your thing).

Basically, Jilt tries to help you convince some of the people who abandon their cart to come back and make a purchase by sending smartly timed cart abandonment emails.

There’s pretty good data to back up the idea that cart abandonment emails are a good strategy. But just how easy does Jilt make it to send cart abandonment emails on WordPress? That’s what I aim to find out in my Jilt review.

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