WPBeginner http://www.wpbeginner.com Beginner's Guide for WordPress Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:22:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 How to Create a Survey in WordPress (with Beautiful Reports) http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-create-a-survey-in-wordpress-with-beautiful-reports/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-create-a-survey-in-wordpress-with-beautiful-reports/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:39:21 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=50590 Do you want to create a survey in WordPress? Surveys help you gather valuable information, so you can use to make data-driven decisions. In this article, we will show you how to easily create a survey in WordPress and generate beautiful reports. Choosing The Best… Read More »

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Do you want to create a survey in WordPress? Surveys help you gather valuable information, so you can use to make data-driven decisions. In this article, we will show you how to easily create a survey in WordPress and generate beautiful reports.

Survey Plugin for WordPress

Choosing The Best Survey Tool for WordPress

There are many online services that allow you to create survey forms and embed them in WordPress. The downside of these forms is that the data is stored on third-party servers, and you have limited customization options.

Some of these forms are also limited to the number of responses you can collect. You have to pay extra to get more responses and usually these services have high monthly costs.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could run surveys on your own website without relying on third-party services?

This is where WPForms comes in. It is the best WordPress form builder plugin in the market.

They recently announced a powerful new WordPress surveys and polls addon that you can use to easily create survey forms on your website.

With WPForms survey feature, you get the following:

  • Powerful drag and drop form builder to create surveys
  • Smart survey fields like Rating, Likert Scale, and more
  • Conditional logic to personalize survey fields based on user input
  • Interactive survey reports with bars, graphs, charts, and tables
  • Ability to export survey graphs as JPEG, PDF, or Print Formats
  • Export survey results as CSV to use elsewhere

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily create and add survey in your WordPress website.

Disclosure: WPForms is created by the same team behind WPBeginner. It is one of our premium WordPress plugins.

Creating a Survey in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

WPForms surveys and polls addon is part of their Pro plan. WPBeginner users can use our WPForms coupon to ge 10% OFF on all WPForms licenses.

Once the plugin is activated, you need to head over to WPForms » Settings page to enter your license keys. You can find this information under your account on the WPForms website.

WPForms License

Next, you need to visit the WPForms » Addons page and scroll down to the Surveys and Polls addon. Go ahead and click on the Install addon button to install the survey addon. Once installed, you need to click on the ‘Activate’ button to start using the addon.

Install survey and polls addon

Now you are ready to create a survey form.

You need to visit WPForms » Add New page to create a new form. This will launch the WPForms’ drag and drop form builder interface.

Create survey form

First you need to provide a title for your survey form and then click on the Survey Form template.

This will load a sample customer feedback form template with several fields already added into the form.

Survey form template

You can just point and click to edit any field, rearrange them with drag and drop, or remove them from the form. You can also add new form fields from the left column.

WPForms supports all commonly used form fields including drop down, radio buttons, checkboxes, likert scale, text input, rating scale, and many more. This makes it super easy for you to build highly interactive survey forms.

WPForms also includes conditional logic which means you can personalize your survey questions based on user input in one of the previous fields.

Conditional fields

Once you have created the form, you need to click on the save button to store your form settings. You can now click on the close button to exit the form builder.

Adding The Survey Form in Your WordPress Website

WPForms makes it very simple to add your forms anywhere on your website. You can easily add your survey form in any WordPress post, page, custom post type, or your sidebar.

To add the survey form in a WordPress post, page, or post type, you need to visit the post edit screen and click on the ‘Add Form’ button.

Add form button

This will bring up a popup where you can select the survey form you created earlier and click on the insert form button to continue.

You will now see the form shortcode added into the post editor.

Once you are done editing the post, go ahead and publish it. You can visit your website to see your survey form live in action.

Survey form preview

WPForms also allows you to easily add your survey form into any sidebar or widget ready area. Simply head over to the Appearance » Widgets page in your WordPress admin area and drag the WPForms widget to any sidebar.

Survey form widget

In the widget settings, select the survey form you created earlier and don’t forget to click on the save button to store your changes.

You can now visit your website to see your survey form displayed in the sidebar.

Sidebar survey widget

Viewing Your Survey Form Results

WPForms shows survey results in beautiful charts and graphs. You can also print survey results and export them to use in your favorite spreadsheet software.

To view your survey results, you need to visit WPForms » All Forms page and click on the ‘Survey Results’ link below your survey form.

View survey results

On the results page, you will see your survey responses displayed in an interactive chart and tables. You can export responses to a single question, as well as the entire survey.

Survey results

On the top, you will see options to switch to different chart types and the export option. You can save individual survey results as JPEG, PDF, and Print formats to easily share them on presentation slides, blog posts, or social media.

Result tables

Convert Any Form into a Survey

WPForms also allows you to make any form into a survey form and display past results as a survey. You can even select specific form fields that you want to be treated as survey fields.

This is particularly useful if you want to gather data through other forms like a contact form, user registration, or newsletter sign up forms.

To convert an existing WPForms form into a survey, simply edit the form in WPForms and go to the Settings » Surveys and Polls section. You need to check the box next to ‘Enable Survey Reporting’ option and save your changes.

Enable survey reporting for any form in WPForms

To enable survey reporting for an individual form field, simply edit the form and then click on the field that you want to enable.

Under the ‘Field Options’ section on your left side, you need to click on the Advanced Options and check ‘Enable Survey Reporting’ option.

Enable survey reporting for any form field

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily create and add beautiful survey forms in WordPress. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to track user engagement in WordPress with Google Analytics.

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How to Fix the WordPress 429 Too Many Requests Error http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-fix-the-wordpress-429-too-many-requests-error/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-fix-the-wordpress-429-too-many-requests-error/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:09:13 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=50613 Are you seeing the 429 too many requests error on your WordPress site? This error can be extremely frustrating because it is hard to figure out what’s causing it. In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the WordPress 429 too many… Read More »

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Are you seeing the 429 too many requests error on your WordPress site? This error can be extremely frustrating because it is hard to figure out what’s causing it. In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the WordPress 429 too many requests error.

How to fix WordPress 429 too many requests error

What Causes WordPress 429 Too Many Requests Error?

The most common reason for the 429 too many requests error is when a user, bot, or a script tries to make too many requests to the servers. It is a measure to prevent DDOS attacks on websites.

However if it is not properly configured, then it may end up preventing search engines or other APIs to run properly. This would cause unexpected behavior on your website.

Causes of 429 error in WordPress

Sometimes the error is caused when a script on your website is making too many requests to another website or service using an API. In that case, the API would respond back with a 429 error code.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily troubleshoot and fix 429 too many requests error in WordPress.

Fixing 429 Too Many Requests Error in WordPress

This error can be caused by a number of factors. We will show you multiple ways to troubleshoot and fix the 429 too many request error.

Find and Deactivate Misbehaving Plugin

The most common culprit of 429 error is usually a bad plugin on your website. Plugins can sometimes make subsequent requests to your website which may be rejected by the server with a 429 error code.

First thing you need to do is deactivate all WordPress plugins on your website. You can do this by visiting the plugins page in your WordPress admin area and selecting all plugins. After that, select ‘Deactivate’ under the bulk actions drop box and click apply.

Deactivate all WordPress plugins

If you are unable to access the WordPress admin area, then see our guide on how to deactivate all WordPress plugins via FTP.

Now check your website again to see if you can reproduce the 429 too many requests error again. If you can’t, then this means a plugin was causing this issue.

You can now turn on your plugins one by one and check your website after activating each plugin. This way you will be able to find the plugin causing the error.

Once you find the plugin causing the error, you can replace it with an alternative plugin or try reaching out to the plugin author to let them know about the error.

Switch to a Default WordPress Theme

More and more WordPress themes include functionality that normally comes with plugins. Such themes may also cause 429 error too many requests on your website.

The easiest way to find out is by switching to a default WordPress theme like Twenty Seventeen. If this resolves the 429 error issue, then you can find another WordPress theme or report the problem to the theme developer and they may be able to fix it.

Ask Your Hosting Provider

A lot of times, you will see a 429 too many requests error in third-party services that need access to your website. This could be search engines, crawlers, and other web apps.

If you are seeing the error in Google Search console or any third-party service, then most likely they are sending too many requests to your website. In that case, you need to ask your WordPress hosting provider to not block those requests.

We hope this article helped you fix the WordPress 429 error too many requests on your website. You may also want to see our list of most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

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24 Best WordPress Themes for Membership Sites http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/best-wordpress-themes-for-membership-sites/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/best-wordpress-themes-for-membership-sites/#comments Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:10:19 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=50396 Are you looking for the best WordPress themes for membership websites. Unlike blogs and business themes, membership websites need a wide-variety of templates to use in different membership areas. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress themes for membership sites. Making… Read More »

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Are you looking for the best WordPress themes for membership websites. Unlike blogs and business themes, membership websites need a wide-variety of templates to use in different membership areas. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress themes for membership sites.

WordPress themes for membership sites

Making a Membership Website with WordPress

WordPress is the top website builder in terms of popularity and global usage.

There are two types of WordPress, and it’s important that you choose the right one for your membership site. See the difference in our WordPress.com vs WordPress.org comparison chart.

We recommend using WordPress.org because it gives you all the powerful features without any limitations.

To start a membership website with WordPress, you’ll need a domain name, website hosting, and a SSL certificate (you need it to accept payments online). You can buy them from different companies and prices may vary from one company to another.

We recommend using Bluehost. They are one of the largest hosting companies and officially recommended by WordPress. They have agreed to offer our users a free domain, free SSL, and 60% off web hosting.

Once you have purchased hosting, you will need a WordPress membership plugin. We recommend using MemberPress which is the best WordPress membership plugin in the market. It will turn your WordPress site into a full-fledged membership and subscriptions based community.

We have created a complete guide on how to make a WordPress membership website with step by step instructions for beginners.

That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress themes for membership websites that you can try.

1. Public Opinion

Public Opinion

Public Opinion is a magazine style WordPress theme for content rich websites including membership sites. Its homepage and category pages are designed to showcase your content in a beautiful grid layout. It has a primary navigation menu below the header and a secondary menu on top with an additional social profiles menu.

It comes with dedicated spots to easily add Google AdSense ads. You can choose custom layouts, and it also includes a full-width page to use with any WordPress page builder plugin. All theme options are located under the customizer allowing you to make changes with live preview of your website.

2. Ultra

Ultra

Ultra is the ultimate all-purpose WordPress theme designed to create any kind of website without editing any code. It includes several ready-made website designs that you can install with full demo content. It is also equipped with a powerful drag and drop page builder to edit existing pages or create new page layouts.

This theme is packed with features like custom widgets, social media integration, multiple header styles, unlimited layout combinations, and more. It is ecommerce ready and works well with MemberPress or any other WordPress membership plugin.

3. Hive

Hive

Hive is a minimalist WordPress theme focused on readability and a clean design. It features grid layout for your homepage and archive pages. It also includes a full width page template to use with your favorite page builder plugin.

It is designed to work out of the box and all theme settings are located under the customizer. It is translation ready and can also be used to create a multilingual websites.

4. Blockchain

Blockchain

Building a membership website for a cryptocurrency community? Blockchain is a WordPress theme to build cryptocurrency websites. It features a beautiful modern design with a fully functioning cryptocurrency exchange rates module.

It also includes custom post types for projects, services, case studies, and job listings. Inside you will also find custom widgets, page templates, full support for page builders, and more. It is very easy to set up and customize with built-in customizer.

5. Binder Pro

Binder Pro

Binder Pro is a multi-purpose WordPress business theme suitable for membership websites. It includes ready to use modules that you can just drag and drop to create your own unique page layouts.

It comes with several turn key website designs that can be installed with 1-click. Other notable features include contact form support, pricing tables, Google Fonts, custom widgets, social media icons, and full WooCommerce support.

6. Shoppe

Shoppe

If you want to run an online store with your membership website, then you’ll love Shoppe. This WooCommerce WordPress theme comes in 4 website skins, multiple layouts, several header styles, and unlimited colors. It also ships with an integrated drag and drop page builder to quickly create landing pages.

It is easy to set up with a quick 1-click demo installer, custom theme dashboard, and live customizer. It is super flexible and allows you to customize layouts and design of any page or post without affecting rest of your website.

7. Latest

Latest

Latest is another beautifully designed WordPress theme for ecommerce and membership websites. It comes with a highly engaging homepage design that can be automatically populated with recent posts or your top selling products.

Its main features are beautiful typography, beautiful handling of images, and detailed product pages. It is designed to work out of the box and requires minimum set up. All theme options are available under customizer where you can set up your theme in minutes.

8. Spencer

Spencer

If you are looking for a professional WordPress business theme for your membership site, then take a look at Spencer. This clean and elegant theme is designed for businesses with a flexible design. It has custom widgets, unlimited colors, multiple layouts, and support for all essential WordPress plugins.

Spencer includes a widgetized homepage where you can just drag and drop widgets to set it up. It also has a sticky navigation menu on top with a clear call to action to convert visitors into customers. It is beginner friendly and quite easy to use.

9. Elegant

Elegant

Elegant is a clean and modern WordPress theme for business and membership websites. It has multiple homepage styles available in 6 color schemes and quick 1-click demo content importer. It also ships with an integrated page builder allowing you to create any layout you want.

Other notable features include multi-column layouts, social icons, portfolio section, contact form, and full WooCommerce support. It has a custom theme settings page which walks you through theme set up.

10. Lenscap

Lenscap

Lenscap is a magazine style WordPress theme suitable for content rich membership websites. It has a beautiful homepage layout with a customizable header showcasing your best content and categories. It has templates for product pages with beautiful image galleries.

It works out of the box and only includes options you’ll actually use, which makes it quite easier to set up for beginners. Inside you will also find a getting started page with instructions to set up your website with this theme.

11. Loft

Loft

Loft is a powerful WordPress eCommerce theme suitable for membership websites. Loft comes with multiple homepage styles for eCommerce, blog, business, and portfolio layouts and they all look equally beautiful.

It has a sticky navigation menu, call to action buttons, custom widgets, and multiple page templates. It also includes content types to add services, portfolio, team members, and testimonials. Theme set up is quite simple and easy to follow even for beginners.

12. Checkout

Checkout

If you are creating a pay per view website or membership website with digital downloads, then you will love the Checkout theme. It is a WordPress eCommerce theme that works beautifully with MemberPress and Easy Digital Downloads.

Checkout includes beautiful page templates for your posts and pages. It also includes portfolio, team members, contact page, customizable headers, and crisp typography. It is quite easy to use and takes very little time to set up.

13. Composition

Composition

Composition is a WordPress theme for stock photography websites. It can be used to sell your photographs and illustrations with a subscription option using a membership plugin. It features a stunning homepage layout with a fullscreen background image and a search box.

It includes beautiful templates to display your articles in masonry grid layout. You can also visually rearrange homepage items and add portfolio, blog, newsletter, and more. It is fully widgetized and allows you to design your website with simple drag and drop.

14. The Thinker

The Thinker

The Thinker is a premium WordPress theme for bloggers, magazine, and membership websites. It is a simple and minimalist theme with beautiful typography and gorgeous display of featured images.

It includes multiple page templates, several widget-ready areas, premium WordPress slider, contact form support, and more. It is beginner friendly and can also be used to create a multilingual website.

15. Noozbeat

Noozbeat

Noozbeat is a WordPress news and magazine theme ideal for subscription based online publications and membership websites. It’s homepage features masonry grid layout of your top content, custom logo upload, and dedicated spots to display ads.

It comes with full color control, category templates, custom widgets for social media and content discovery, and multiple layout options. You can use it with your favorite page builder plugin to create custom page layouts in WordPress.

16. Mesmerize

Mesmerize

If you are looking for a free WordPress theme for your membership website, then checkout Mesmerize. This beginner friendly WordPress theme comes with flexible options allowing you to easily create a professional looking website without any coding.

It features a beautiful homepage with 5 header designs and over 30 ready to use content sections that you can customize. Some other notable features included are video background, slideshow background, header content types, gradient overlays, and more.

17. Indigo

Indigo

Indigo is an excellent WordPress multi-purpose theme with flexible features. Its homepage features two navigation menus, featured slider, 3-column widget area, sticky menu, featured categories, and more.

It also includes custom widgets to add popular posts, recent tweets, newsletter signup form, social icons, and more. It has magazine, blog, two column, and three column layouts with 6 color schemes to choose from.

18. Cactus

Cactus

Cactus is another free WordPress theme that can be easily used to build a membership website. It has 10+ content areas where you can just drag and drop widgets to create your homepage.

It has a sticky floating navigation menu on top, which is followed by a slider and your top content sections. It is tested with popular page builder plugins and it is WooCommerce ready out of the box. It has full support for multilingual websites using Polylang plugin.

19. Silk

Silk

Silk is a WordPress theme for fashion blogs and websites. It features a stylish modern homepage layout with minimal distractions which makes your content pop out. It has two navigation menus on top, followed by featured content slider, and your recent posts in a grid layout.

It uses beautiful typography and includes several custom widgets for popular posts, newsletter signup, photo galleries, and more. It has a floating social sharing bar for single posts with a sticky widget area that remains on the screen as users scroll down.

20. Flash

Flash

Flash is another great free WordPress theme for membership websites. This modern multi-purpose WordPress theme is WooCommerce ready and comes with beautiful design that looks very clean and professional.

It has its own companion plugin, which allows you to easily import demo content into your website. It also includes multiple blog layouts, page builder templates, multiple header styles, multiple color choices, and more.

21. Digital Pro

Digital Pro

Digital Pro is a clean and professional WordPress business theme. It is built on top of the Genesis theme framework, which is known for its rock solid code, speed and performance. It is ideal for membership websites offering digital content and downloads.

Theme homepage is fully widgetized and you can just drag and drop widgets to set it up. It has theme options panel, 3 custom widget areas, customizable header, and full WooCommerce support.

22. Specialty

Specialty

If you are building a WordPress membership website for online job board, then check out Specialty. This theme is designed as a job board theme with front-end job post submission form for job hunters. Its home page features a quick job search form followed by the recent listings.

It works with any page builder plugin and includes several page templates that you can utilize to create landing pages. Other notable features include custom widgets, social icons, blog page template, and more.

23. Paperback

Paperback

Paperback is a magazine style WordPress theme that can be easily used for content-rich membership websites. Its homepage features a featured content area on the top, followed by different sections of your website. It is optimized for better readability with beautiful typography and spacious layout.

Paperback is designed to work without too much tinkering with the theme. It only includes the options you will actually use, which makes it quite easy to set up.

24. Float

Float

Float is a multi-purpose WordPress theme that can be used for any kind of websites. Its main feature would be the beautiful parallax background effects on the homepage which create a very engaging user experience.

Float includes several pre-designed demos that can be imported with 1-click. It offers a variety of layout combinations and comes with an integrated page builder. For theme set up you can use the custom theme options panel which walks you through everything. After initial set up you can customize every aspect of your website with simple point and click.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress themes for membership sites. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress SEO guide for beginners.

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