3 Time-Saving WordPress Plugins

WordPress has always been my top choice when it comes to blogging. I love to be able to customize my blog to look however I want and have complete control over everything. I also love the variety of features and options that WordPress has, especially with their vast amount of plugins.

Some of my favorite plugins are ones that make my blogging life easier and even increase my productivity. So today, I thought I’d share my top three plugins that save me quite a bit of time and help me get more done!

Broken Link Checker

No one has time to go through every post and page on their blog to verify that all of the links are still accurate. In addition, no one wants a reader to come across a post from a few years ago, try to click through the various links or videos within the post, and find out that none of them exist anymore- not to mention that these missing links are bad for SEO. Broken Link Checker solves both problems! Once the plugin is installed, it searches for missing images and broken links on a regular basis. Once it finds them, it notifies you that there’s an issue in the dashboard and you’re able to edit it. Really easy, really valuable.

Editorial Calendar

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t provide an easy-to-use overview of your posts that allows you to see what’s coming up in the next few weeks or months. But the Editorial Calendar plugin does! Not only can you see when posts are scheduled to post (along with drafts and pending posts) within a monthly calendar overview, but you can also drag and drop posts if you’d like to change their posting date. Want to change the time, title, or tags? You can do that right in the calendar grid with the Quick Edit feature. Whether you have a co-authored blog or a single author blog, this simple plugin is a must for anyone who posts regularly.

Duplicate Post

If you post regular features (think: link roundupsinterviews, or a blog series), Duplicate Post is a must-have plugin. It allows you to clone a post or a page and keeps all of the information within it, including tags and categories. You can also set the options to copy only certain aspects of the post or page, too. It’s a huge time-saver if you have regular features on your blog.

What plugins would you recommend for increasing productivity?

A WordPress Theme for Creative Professionals

We talk to creative professionals every day who want a website that reflects their creativity and style. If a completely custom design isn’t in your budget, why not start with a pre-made template? We’re not gonna lie — there are some pretty ugly ones out there (apparently we’re not ones to mince words!), but BluChic is not contributing to that list.

They offer dozens of feminine WordPress themes that might be the answer to your website issues. But don’t blame us when you buy more than one 😉

If you’re an event planner, wedding professional, or another type of creative professional in search of a fitting WordPress theme, BluChic’s Geraldine theme might be for you.
wordpress theme for creative professionals

Some of our favorite features:
    • A large featured slider area 
    • Three colorful featured boxes to highlight your offerings, freebies, or testimonials
    • A sleek navigation menu
    • The mint and peach color scheme (which, of course, we’re partial to, since we use it too! This can be changed if you’re not feeling it)
    • A simple footer where you can collect email addresses and link to your social media profiles

wordpress theme for event planners and wedding professionals (+ other women-owned businesses)

Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and will receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time (including on this site), so all opinions are our own!

A Feminine Magazine-Style WordPress Theme

Creating a magazine-style editorial website with plenty of content and vivid photos? BluChic’s Beverly theme might be right if you’re looking for something feminine but still professional and modern.

A Feminine Magazine-Style WordPress ThemeSome of our favorite features:
    • The vibrant pink, black, and white color scheme (which can be changed if you like)
    • The sleek, minimalist layout
    • The option to enable a featured slider to highlight your latest posts
    • A prominent footer with four areas
    • Two navigation menus (one for admin- like your About and Contact pages- and one for post categories)
    • The option to buy an all-in-one bundle, complete with WordPress theme, social media design, newsletter design, and business card design, for $109

creative wordpress theme for editorial website

P.S. Planning to buy a WordPress theme from BluChic but need some help customizing it? Email CMR Strategies!

Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and will receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time (including on this site and on CMR Strategies), so all opinions are our own!

A WordPress Theme for Fashion, Design, & Lifestyle Bloggers

If you’re a one woman shop whose livelihood is partially or fully dependent on blogging, take note of BluChic’s Isabelle theme, which is perfect for fashion, hobby, design, and lifestyle bloggers.

We’ll dive into our favorite features below, but if you’re selling anything online, we thought you’d like to know that you can use the WooCommerce WordPress plugin with BluChic themes to create a stylish storefront. Ready, set, sell!

wordpress theme for design + fashion bloggers
Some of our favorite features:
    • The ability to choose between a standard blog look with full posts on the homepage or a more editorial magazine layout with thumbnails and post excerpts instead
    • The muted and feminine pinks and grays throughout the site (which can be changed if “soft” isn’t your speed!)
    • The ability to enable a featured slider to showcase your latest or most popular post
    • The option to buy an all-in-one bundle, complete with WordPress theme, social media design, newsletter design, and business card design, for $109
isabelle theme for creative lifestyle bloggers

Quick tip: not ready to launch quite yet? Use the full-width option (no sidebar) and the MailChimp WordPress plugin to set up a static landing page where you can collect email addresses pre-launch.

Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and may receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time (including on this site), so all opinions are our own!

A WordPress Theme for Coaches, Entrepreneurs, and Consultants

It’s no secret that we love every single WordPress theme that BluChic puts out. We think they’re a great stepping stone if you’re not ready to invest in a custom design and they’re perfect themes if you want just a few customizations.

So naturally, we were so excited to see the newest theme, Jacqueline, which is specifically designed with entrepreneurs, consultants, and coaches in mind. Why? A WordPress theme for coaches and consultants needs to help you grow your email list and showcase yourself as an expert in your field, but also — in our humble opinion — show off some personality so that your clients know what they’re getting.

bluchic wordpress theme for coaches and consultants

A few of our favorite features:

    • A prominent email opt-in box (since we all know how important having an email list is!). 
    • The very visible social media button bar
    • The black, white, and pink color scheme (which can be easily edited in CSS)
    • The option to buy an all-in-one bundle, complete with WordPress theme, social media design, newsletter design, and business card design, for $109

Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and will receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time, so all opinions are our own!

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How To: Embed a Tweet on Your Blog or Website

Welcome to our How Tos, where we provide you with specific step-by-step instructions for common business questions. Have a tutorial you would like to see us provide? Let us know!

You know when you get a tweet that absolutely makes your (rainy) day and you want to be sure that as many people as possible see it so they know how awesome you are…but they’re not all on Twitter?

Enter: embedded tweets.

We talked all about social proof in our webinar on personal branding– embedded tweets are a great way to drive home the message that your clients, customers, and followers have positive things to say about you.

Social Media Examiner has some other cool ways to make use of embedded tweets: to back up an argument or statement you’re making on your blog, embed conversations about your services or products (for example, we might embed the search “#onewomanshop”), or get buzz going for an event you’re organizing.

Here’s how to easily embed tweets on your blog or website:

  1. On the tweet you want to embed, click More

how to embed tweet2. Click Embed Tweet

embed tweet3. Copy the code in the pop-up box

embed tweet on website4. Paste the code wherever you want it on your site- try putting it into a text sidebar widget, on a page, or within a post

embedded tweet in sidebar widget

5. Admire your awesome new embedded tweets!embedded tweets

5 Plugins to Boost Your WordPress Comment Section

You’re blogging for your business, just like everyone says you should.  You’re putting out this great content, but somehow you feel like it’s not drumming up the kind of connection that you hoped it would.  What’s missing?

If you’re leaving your comment section totally unattended, you might be missing out on valuable community building through discussions on your site. Being active in your own comment section usually helps, but there are also a few plugins that can help grow your community and help things run smoothly once those comments start rolling in.

1. Comment Reply Notification: If you’re going to take the time to respond to comments in your comment section, you want people to be able to see it!  This plugin automatically emails commenters to tell them when their comment is replied to.  This is much better than a system where you have to opt in to get emails for all comments.

2. Add New Default Avatar: This is just a fun little thing to make your comment section prettier.  Ideally, all commenters would have their avatar set up with Gravatar (and if you don’t, DO IT! I wrote about why it’s important here) but for those that don’t, it’s nice to have something branded to match your site as opposed to that boring mystery man.

3. CommentLuv: I don’t use this personally, but this shows a link to a commenter’s latest blog post underneath their comment, which encourages your community to check out other readers’ sites- and encourages them to comment, because they know their own blog will get some publicity. Pretty cool!

4. Akismet: Nobody likes spam.  Akismet is the most popular spam plugin, and I’ve had good luck with it. Some bloggers use and like FV Antispam if Akismet isn’t cutting it for some reason.

5. Recent Comments widget: Okay, this isn’t a plugin.  But by using this simple built-in widget in your sidebar, you can help generate discussion by drawing readers’ attention to the posts that are currently attracting the most comments on your site.

Last but not least, my favorite tip for generating comments on your posts is to directly ask your readers a question at the end of your post.  A lot of times readers want to give you feedback and connect, and by asking a question you’re giving them something specific to talk about.

What is your favorite plugin for managing your comments section? (See what I did there?)

The Best WordPress Themes for Female Business Owners

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Looking for a feminine WordPress theme that isn’t too overwhelmingly girly or frilly? We recommend checking out BluChic‘s templates and bundles! We use their Hailey theme on this site (with some customizations from our awesome designer and developer) and our Co-Head Honchos Cristina and Sara use them on both of their solo business sites. We love them that much.

All of BluChic’s themes — which we deem the best WordPress themes for female business owners — are responsive, updated regularly, work on almost any browser, and come with Photoshop files for easy editing.

WordPress Themes for Female Business Owners

naomi bluchic theme

responsive wordpress theme for lifestyle bloggers

classic chic website template

romantic wordpress theme for wedding event planners

chic sleek wordpress theme

“Your blog appearance is important to you. Make a good impression with Lynette Theme, a chic WordPress theme designed for stylish bloggers. The homepage will showcase your recent posts from each category; where the category title is clickable to view all posts from the category. The theme comes with 2 menus while slider is located on top of the content & can be disabled.”

wordpress theme for coaches and business owners

“Meet Jacqueline, a chic WordPress Theme for women entrepreneurs, consultants & coaches. Highlights of this theme are on the prominent placement for the newsletter subscription form which make it easy for visitors to find & menu navigation which stays to top as you scroll down the page. Both features can be enabled/disabled via Theme Options.”
wordpress theme for female entrepreneurs

“Bring charm and chicness to your website with the Chamomile Theme. Infuse your unique brand personality into your theme to customize your site. This enchanting theme tells a tale for photographer, paper stationery, wedding, and event planning brands.”

wordpress theme for event planners and wedding professionals“Highlight your authentic self with Geraldine Theme, whether you’re just starting a wedding blog or you’ve run your event planning business for awhile. Your beautiful images will have a great new home to be shown off in with the large slider on top.”

wordpress theme for bloggers

“Meet Isabelle, a chic and feminine WordPress Theme for stylish bloggers. The theme comes with auto-slider to highlight your popular posts. You can choose to show full post or excerpt post with thumbnail in two columns. There is also an option to show full width, with no sidebar. Be confident in your blog with Isabelle Theme.”
Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and may receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time, so all opinions are our own!

A Website Theme for Female Entrepreneurs & Bloggers

We’ve said it once a bunch and we’ll say it again — we love each and every WordPress theme that BluChic, a maker of fantastic website themes for female entrepreneurs, creates.

Chamomile — which comes with responsive layout, theme documentation, and Photoshop files, like BluChic’s other WordPress themes — is designed with individuals like event planners, photographers, and wedding professionals in mind.

wordpress theme for female entrepreneurs

Some of our favorite features:

    • The Featured Slider on the homepage
    • The prominent social media buttons on the menu bar
    • The muted, girly colors (which can edited with CSS if you prefer brighter colors!)
    • The cute built-in blog template with small patterned details
    • The option to buy an all-in-one bundle, complete with WordPress theme, social media design, newsletter design, and business card design, for $109

website themes for female entrepreneurs

Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and may receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time (including on this site), so all opinions are our own!

A Feminine Emerald and Pink WordPress Theme

If you’re a blogger, small business owner, or a freelancer in need of a website, consider Emerald, a BluChic WordPress theme. For an awesome example of a site that uses a customized version of the Emerald theme, check out Tiggy Johnson Floral Design.

feminine wordpress theme
Some of our favorite features:
    • The location of the navigation menu (on the left sidebar instead of at the top of the homepage)
    • The feminine cursive fonts throughout the site
    • The combination of emerald (Pantone’s 2013 color of the year!) and pink
    • The option to buy an all-in-one bundle, complete with WordPress theme, social media design, newsletter design, and business card design, for $109

emerald feminine wordpress theme

P.S. Planning to buy a WordPress theme from BluChic but need some help customizing it? Email CMR Strategies!

Disclosure: We are part of BluChic’s affiliate program and will receive a commission on sales bought through the links above. However, we are huge fans of BluChic and use their products all the time (including on this site and on CMR Strategies), so all opinions are our own!

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