7 ways to reduce the bounce rate of WordPress websites

When you are looking at the metrics of your website analytics, you presumably noticed the bounce rate metrics. Understanding what the bounce rate means to your website is pretty easy and also crucial in terms of understanding your website in full. The bounce rate is a term used to describe those of your website visitors who come to visit your site…and leave immediately. They  don’t click on any link or visit additional pages. It´s like you visit this post right now, and end up not clicking on anything but the close tab button.

The guys at MH-Themes just wrote a very nice article that describes what to do to avoid (or at least reduce) bouncing visitors. They came up with 7 simple tipps or principles to make visitors stay longer.

1. Remove Popups and other Intrusive Ads

2. Improve Load Times

3. Good Layout / Website Design

4. Content Style

5. Responsive Web Design

6. Engaging 404 Error Pages

7. Experiment with A/B Testing

You can see there is no rocket-science in reducing the bounce rate of your website.

Read the whole article at MH-Themes.

WordPress powers 25%+ of the web. Here’s why WordPress is right for you

Open source and forever free
WordPress is an open source software available at no cost. You’re free to make changes to the software, create content, and publish anything you want.

The power to go global
WordPress has an active community maintaining translations of the user interface for more than 100 languages and the software supports multilingual content.

Easy to use
Anyone can create and manage a WordPress website without coding. From installing a theme to publishing content with the user- friendly visual editor, WordPress is a great tool for projects of any size.

Your content on any device
Publish on the go from wherever you are. Responsive themes and images deliver content fast to your visitors, and the responsive admin makes managing your site easy.

One platform, many possibilities
Need an online store or the ability to integrate with other apps and data? With 10,000+ themes, 40,000+ plugins, and robust APIs, WordPress can be exactly what you need it to be.

Accessible websites for every user
WordPress is continually improving so everyone can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact positively with the web. WordPress is made for everyone.

Security is core to WordPress
Automatic security updates, a dedicated security team, and ne-grained user access controls make WordPress trusted by some of the biggest brands around the world.

Share content to grow your audience
WordPress easily connects to Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks to share your content across platforms and embed social updates on your website.

Extensive, supportive community
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Source: WordPress.org



Iconion creates Icon Files from Icon Fonts

Sometimes I´m so much impressed by a new tool that I need to write about it. Iconion – a tool to create icon files from icon fonts – is such an outstanding tool.

Information taken from the website of the makers of Iconion:  Iconion allows you to convert any icon font into fantastic-looking png icons by adding color, shadow, background, gradient, stroke and many other fancy elements.

Iconion Icon Generator

Icon fonts are an exciting method that gives web designers the scalability, flexibility, and performance to manipulate the icons. But what if you need to use these icons in a desktop or mobile application? Or create a website favicon or multi-colored icon? The only answer is old-fashioned image icons in png or ico format. Iconion converts your favorite icon fonts to modern, colorful image icons.

What you can do with Iconion?

Select icons from Font Awesome, Entypo, Linecons, Typeicons and any other symbol fonts you like. Save as png, bmp, jpeg or ico files. Select any size, no matter 8px or 1024px, the images will be of the same crisp quality. Add style: Icon color, Icon shadow and Icon long shadow, Gradient, Stroke, Icon rotate, Background, Background color, Background gradient, Background shadow, Background border, Rotate. Or just apply one of awesome pre-made templates!

I tested the Mac version and I´m really happy with it. It does a great job when you need icon files (which I often do for prototyping or simply for blog post images). Check out the website and download Iconion for free (Windows and Mac versions available)


WordPress Security: 10 tips to make it better

Security is always a big thing. If you ever faced a situation where your site has been hacked and you had to re-build it from scratch you know what I´m talking about. It´s a big pain in the A… and it can take you several days and maybe a lot of money to fix the issues. So better protect yourself from potential attacks.

The guys over at WooThemes just published 10 tipps for a better WordPress security. No rocketscience but they can save you endless time and money and make you sleep a little better.

Here´s the article



WordPress Plugin Tipp: Seedprod Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode

When you start developing a WordPress site – no matter if for a client or a private project – chances are you want to see how your site may look in a real environment but without letting regular users see your unfinished work. This is where “Coming Soon” pages come into play.

There are several plugins available for activating maintenance mode or for creating “under construction” or “coming soon” pages. One of the most pupular here in Gemany is WP Maintenance Mode by Frank Bültge. That´s a fantastic free plugin that I used to use in many projects. But the features are of course limited and I always looked for a more flexible solution. So I stumbled over the premium (paid) “Seedprod Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode” plugin.

The plugin is very feature rich and offers tons of options. With this plugin it´s dead simple and lightning fast to create coming soon pages or maintenance pages with an individual look and feel. It works with any WordPress theme (of course: it´s a plugin). It´s simple to install and use. It offers several interfaces with services like MailChimp or Campaign Monitor. Intergration of social media is easy as 1,2,3 and of course you can control all the design and layout of your specific page. On the plugins website you find a showcase with lots of great examples.

One of the best things is the integration of even complex forms (e.g. Gravity Forms). This allows you to interact with your users even before public launch of your website.

Once the plugin is activated and the coming soon page is set up you can continue to create your website in the background. Regular visitors just see your coming soon page whilst you can login and use the site just like it was already launched. You can even provide a temporary link to your client and let him see his site as well without logging in. That is great for pre-launch presentations.


Seedprod Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode is a great plugin and at 49$ for a developer licence it´s worth every dollar. I don´t wanna miss it anymore.


WordPress Plugin Tipp: Foobars

Everyone knows those shiny and nice information bars on top or bottom of many websites these days. They tell you about special offers, promos or just newsletter subscriptions. I needed such an info bar for my own website a while ago and searched for a nice plugin to do the job.

I found some free and some premium (paid) plugins for this specific purpose. After a few quick tests I decided to go with FooBars which is a premium plugin by the guys over at Themercency. This plugin offers a wide range of great features without becoming too complex. You can change almost anything from a nice admin panel. Colors, sizes, fonts, animation an much more.

I´m a fan of premium themes and plugins because in most cases you simply get a much better quality compared to free stuff. And at a prize of 14$ you can´t go really wrong.

So if you need nice and fancy info bars from time to time you should check out the FooBars plugin.