As we say goodbye to 2023, it marks the end of yet another year filled with opportunities for reflection on our achievements and aspirations.
This past year, due to slow economic activity, layoffs, and inflation, we witnessed many individuals starting new businesses online. So many of them took advantage of WPBeginner’s free resources to kickstart their online ventures.
We are grateful for the continued support of our amazing WPBeginner community. You give us the inspiration and energy to keep producing top-notch WordPress tutorials.
In keeping with tradition, this article will reveal our team’s selection of this year’s top-notch WordPress tutorials on WPBeginner.
Additionally, our CEO will provide a comprehensive overview of 2023, offering insights to gain some perspective about the progress we made.
WPBeginner Recap 2023 by Syed Balkhi
2023 has been an outstanding year full of new experiences, accomplishments, and lessons learned.
This year unlocked a new level of challenges and opportunities for me. I’m grateful for both of them as they helped me gain more clarity, self-awareness, and new perspectives that will greatly influence my decisions as I go into 2024.
I turned 33 years old, visited 8 countries including two bucket list experiences (Egypt and Maldives), passed the milestone of 25 million websites using our software, completed 12 business acquisitions + 4 growth fund investments, and overall I’m ending the year stronger than ever.
None of this would be possible without the support of my wife, Amanda, and my family.
This year, WPBeginner turned 14 years old, and I’m really proud of the amazing work our team is doing.
Our software products passed the milestone of 25 million active installs. We celebrated it with a NASDAQ billboard in Time Square with photos of our team members.
It’s pretty incredible to see the small blog that I started at age 19 has become a movement for making the web a better place.
Our team has done some great work this year.
We have launched 6 new free business tools to help you do more with WordPress.
Aside from these tools, we created hundreds of new tutorials as well as updated over 2000 WordPress tutorials this past year.
WPBeginner – Fun Fact:
Our team has now grown to over 320+ people across 50 different countries. We’re hiring for full-time remote positions. If you’re interested, check out our Careers page.
Our growth is a direct result of the incredible growth of WordPress and the support of our amazing WPBeginner community.
One of the questions I often get from new readers is how does WPBeginner make money? Well, it’s through our suite of premium plugins and SaaS software that we create. I did a brief overview of WPBeginner income, but here’s a quick recap of our various products.
WPForms is the fastest growing online form builder for WordPress with over 6 million active installs. It’s the #7 most popular plugin in the WordPress.org plugin directory. Here’s a link to the WPForms free version.
This year, we added several powerful features including ability to accept credit card payments for everyone including free users. This was previously a Pro only feature. Aside from that, we also created a new payments dashboard, added coupons feature, and more.
A lot of our users asked for the ability to create Calculators, so we created a brand new Calculations addon in WPForms. Now, you can create advanced lead generation calculators using WPForms. Furthermore, you can use the calculations feature to create more powerful online order forms too.
Aside from that, we added many more powerful features including 1300+ pre-made form templates, lead forms addon, form styles for block editor & elementor, customizable email templates, ConvertKit addon, WPCode integration, and much more.
I truly believe that WPForms is a MUST HAVE plugin for all website owners, and I’m really proud of our team for continuing to raise the bar.
The WPForms team also did their own 2023 Year in Review post which is far more interactive and super cool.
All in One SEO (aka AIOSEO) is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins used by over 3 million websites. This year my team worked really hard to make it by far the best SEO toolkit in the market.
I have been told by many users that they’re switching from Yoast and RankMath to AIOSEO because of the features we’re adding. See the top reasons why users are switching from Yoast to AIOSEO.
This year, we added a powerful Search Statistics feature inside your WordPress dashboard that shows you how your website is performing in Google search. It lets you do keyword rank tracking, see which keywords are winning / losing, and more.
We also added a Content Rankings report that shows you which of your content have started to drop in SEO rankings, so you can quickly update them and re-gain your rankings.
Aside from that, we added the much-requested SEO revisions feature that allows you to keep track of your SEO progress inside WordPress. This also allows you to undo changes with a single click.
The best part is that our team added the integration with Google algorithm updates, so you can see whether your changes are having a positive or negative impact.
At AIOSEO, we’re adding features that other WordPress SEO plugin simply don’t have. That’s because we’re practitioners, and we understand what publishers & eCommerce websites need to grow their SEO rankings.
I highly recommend that you check out AIOSEO if you want to grow your site’s rankings. There’s a free version available as well.
We also created a free SEO Chrome extension to help you do on-page SEO analysis faster.
Last but not least, our AIOSEO team has launched a new SEO trends section where we’re sharing the behind-the-scenes case studies of the fastest growing websites.
Other Notable Product Highlights
- WPCode passed over 2 million active installs. It’s truly one of the most powerful and underrated WordPress plugins. We added conversion pixel tracking, access control, new testing mode, and much more. Give the free version a try, and you’ll see why it’s one of the fastest growing WordPress plugin right now.
- Smash Balloon is the most popular social media feeds plugin for WordPress. This year, our team launched the much-requested TikTok feeds plugin which is also part of our all-access bundle.
- SeedProd is a popular drag & drop WordPress page builder. This year our team added 300+ pre-made website kits & templates. Aside from that, we added deep integrations with WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads, so you can create custom eCommerce websites with no-code. See the full 2023 review by our team.
All our product teams have been doing great work, and it’s nearly impossible for me to summarize everything here, so I highly recommend that you check out our WordPress plugins. Your support means a lot to us, and this is what keeps us going.
Acquisitions and Investments
This year, we did some really great acquisitions and investments. Here are the new products that joined WPBeginner family.
Duplicator is a leading WordPress backup and migration plugin. We have been recommending the free version on WPBeginner for years, so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it right away. Our team has added tons of new features too. I highly recommend you to check it out.
Thrive Themes offers a suite of WordPress marketing plugins including landing pages, A/B testing, lead generation, quizzes, online courses, and more. A lot of marketing agencies absolutely love our products (see the full story).
Envira Gallery is popular WordPress gallery plugin that I helped create in 2014. I’m glad to welcome it back to the Awesome Motive family. If you’re a photographer, you’d love Envira (see the full story).
HeroThemes is the maker of the best WordPress customer support plugins including Heroic knowledge base and Heroic Inbox plugin. HeroicKB is something that I have recommended on WPBeginner for a long time, and I’m glad to welcome it to the WPBeginner growth fund (see full story).
Seahawk Media is a premier WordPress services company that offer a wide range of WordPress services, like WordPress development, design, maintenance, migration, support, and white-label services. I invested in Seahawk Media as part of the WPBeginner growth fund because a lot of WPBeginner community members have been asking us for this. I shared the full background story here.
Want us to acquire or invest in your business? Learn more about the WPBeginner Growth fund where I invest in WordPress and SaaS companies.
With that said, let’s look at 2023’s best WordPress tutorials on WPBeginner.
SEO Title vs H1 Post Title in WordPress: What’s the Difference? – In this beginner’s guide, we explained the difference between the SEO Title tag and the H1 heading in a post or page title. We also showed examples of how to use them effectively to maximize SEO and improve the user experience.
How to Prevent Fraud and Fake Orders in WooCommerce – Fraudulent and fake orders can cause severe losses for online stores. This tutorial showed how to prevent spam and block fake orders in WooCommerce effectively.
9 Best Google Optimize Alternatives (Free and Paid) – Google retired their Google Optimize tool that allowed website owners to run experiments like A/B testing. In this article, we showcased 9 Google Optimize alternatives that you can use.
How to Write Content Using AI Content Generator in WordPress – As AI technologies like ChatGPT and DALL-E made news, many users wanted to know how to use them to write articles. In this guide, we showed how to use AI content generators to produce content.
How to Create a WordPress Form with Payment Options (Easy Way) – Many users only need to sell a handful of products or services, and using a shopping cart like WooCommerce is overkill for that purpose. In this tutorial, we taught how to create a WordPress form with payment options and accept online payments without a shopping cart.
34 Unique Things You Didn’t Know About All in One SEO (Pro Tips) – All in One SEO is the most comprehensive SEO toolkit for WordPress. In this article, we highlighted some powerful, unique features of the plugin that many beginners may not be using yet.
How to Stop WordPress From Overwriting .htaccess File – WordPress core and some plugins may occasionally need to edit and add their settings to the .htaccess file. However, this becomes problematic if you have custom settings and don’t want them to disappear. In this tutorial, we showed how to prevent WordPress from overwriting the .htaccess file for your website.
13 Common WordPress Block Editor Problems and How to Fix Them – Many WordPress users spend a lot of time creating content using the block editor. In this article, we discuss common issues with the block editor and share easy ways to fix them.
Research: The Truth Behind Make Money Online Videos on YouTube and TikTok – Our research team analyzed 344 videos from YouTube and TikTok influencers posting about making money online. Read the complete report to find out the real truth behind those make money online videos.
How to Add Multilingual Search in WordPress (2 Ways) – If you run a multilingual website or eCommerce store, then adding multilingual search can boost user engagement on your website. In this tutorial, we showed two ways to add multilingual search to WordPress.
Ultimate WordPress Migration Guide for Beginners (Step by Step) – Many small businesses and bloggers may want to switch from a closed platform to WordPress or from one WordPress host to another. We put together the ultimate WordPress migration guide, which walks you through WordPress migrations without losing your data.
54 Best ChatGPT Prompts for Bloggers, Marketers, and Social Media – ChatGPT and other AI tools are only as useful as your prompts (instructions). To show how to write better prompts for AI, we compiled a comprehensive list of the most useful ChatGPT prompts for bloggers, marketers, and social media experts.
Nextiva vs. RingCentral vs. Ooma: Which is Better? (Compared) – Wondering which business phone service to choose? We compared the top business phone companies, Nextiva, RingCentral, and Ooma, to help you find the right solution for your business.
Internal Linking for SEO: The Ultimate Guide of Best Practices – Internal linking is crucial for good search rankings. In this guide, we shared the best practices and practical tips to create and maintain internal links across your website.
Should You Start a Blog or a YouTube Channel? (Beginner’s Guide) – Starting a blog or a YouTube channel are both great ways to publish content online, but which one should you choose? In this guide, we compared both platforms and shared our practical tips to use them to your advantage.
Why Is WordPress So Hard (And How to Make It Easier) – One of the common complaints about WordPress is that it is complicated for beginners. In this article, we explained why it feels difficult and how you can quickly make it easier.
Introducing Broken Link Checker – Never Have Dead Links On Your WordPress Site Again – In April, we announced the release of a new broken link checker plugin. It enables website owners to easily track and fix broken links on their website.
How to Start a Successful YouTube Channel for Your Business – Starting a YouTube channel is a popular online business idea. We made a step-by-step walkthrough for beginners to easily start a successful YouTube channel for their businesses.
13-Point WordPress SEO Checklist for Beginners – Many of our users asked us if we can highlight the most important SEO steps that they should take. In this tutorial, we shared our tried and tested WordPress SEO checklist that any user can apply to their website.
WPForms vs. Gravity Forms vs. Formidable Forms: Which is Best? – In this article, we compared WPForms, Gravity Forms, and Formidable Forms. We analyzed their ease of use, customization options, add-ons, and integrations so that you can choose the best WordPress form builder for your website.
In May, we launched three free tools for WPBeginner users:
The following are some of the best articles from the same month:
How to Choose a Target Audience for Blogs (+ Examples) – Picking a target audience allows you to create better content that resonates with your users. This helps you get more conversions and sales. In this article, we showed you how to choose your target audience with practical examples.
How to Fix WordPress Redirecting to Old Domain After Migration – This is a common redirection issue users face when migrating to a new domain name. In this tutorial, we explained what causes it and how to fix WordPress redirecting to the old domain after migrating your website.
How to Create a Digital Product Marketplace in WordPress – Want to create a marketplace where other digital creators can sell their products? In this step-by-step guide, we showed how to make a digital product marketplace in WordPress.
In June, we launched these free tools for WPBeginner users:
- Keyword Density Checker – Helps you find the most optimized keywords on any content to fix over-optimization and boost rankings.
- Keyword Generator Tool – Makes keyword research easy by showing you 300+ keyword ideas people are searching for about your topic in Google.
- Email Signature Generator – Create your professional-looking email signature in a few minutes by choosing a template with your details and style.
What is Content Decay? (And How to Fix It) – Content decay is the decline in organic traffic and search rankings over time. Unless you update your content, you will continue to lose rankings and traffic. In this article, we explained content decay and how to monitor and fix it.
How to Edit WooCommerce Pages (No Coding Required) – WooCommerce creates several pages to display storefront, product pages, cart, and checkout. Small improvements to these pages can result in higher sales and less cart abandonment for your store. In this article, we showed how to edit WooCommerce pages without any coding skills.
How to Backup Your WordPress Site (4 Easy Ways) – Creating a backup is compulsory to protect your website data against security threats and human errors. You can easily restore a saved site version in case anything goes wrong. In this tutorial, we showed four ways to back up your WordPress site easily.
How to Write a Great Blog Post (Structure + Examples) – You can write a compelling and helpful blog post, but without the right structure, only a few people may read it. In this article, we explained how to write a great blog post with proper structure and examples.
How to Sell Videos Online With WordPress (Step by Step) – Selling videos with WordPress is easy and gives you more control over your content and earnings. You’ll be able to sell the same video files countless times. In this tutorial, we showed you how to sell videos online with WordPress easily.
How to Do a UX Audit of Your WordPress Site – User experience (UX) is an important factor in the success of a website. A good user experience can lead to more conversions and sales, while a poor UX costs money. In this guide, we showed how to do a proper UX audit of your WordPress site.
12 Best ChatGPT Alternatives for Bloggers / Marketers – AI-powered tools like ChatGPT can give you a competitive advantage by boosting productivity, generating ideas, and automating workflows. In this article, we shared the best ChatGPT alternatives to help you use more artificial intelligence in your daily tasks.
5 Best Monthly Web Hosting Plans (Starts at $4.95/mo.) – Some of our users asked us to recommend the best hosting plans where they can pay month-to-month instead of annually. In this article, we shared our top picks of the best monthly web hosting plans.
7 Best Yoast SEO Alternatives for WordPress – Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins, but there are newer solutions that are innovating faster and are up-to-date with the latest SEO trends. In this article, we showcased the best Yoast SEO alternatives for WordPress that you can try.
How to Understand WordPress Website Visitors Intent – Understanding user intent helps you create more helpful content and a better user experience. In this article, we shared tips to understand WordPress website visitors’ intent.
Is WordPress Dying? The State of WordPress – Have you seen claims and rumors that WordPress is dying or about to be replaced by a newer website builder or software? In this article, we shared the state of WordPress to show you that there’s absolutely no truth to the rumors that WordPress is dying.
How to Use AI for SEO in WordPress (12 Tools) – Wondering how artificial intelligence can help you with SEO? In this article, we shared the best tools that let you use AI for WordPress SEO.
Introducing a New Chrome Extension by All in One SEO – Have you ever wished for an easy way to quickly get a full SEO audit of any page? All in One SEO’s free Google Chrome extension helps you do just that. In this article, we showed how to use All in One SEO’s Chrome Extension to quickly perform an SEO audit of any page in your browser.
How to Find and Fix Broken Links in WordPress (Step by Step) – Broken links create a bad user experience, a loss in search rankings, and can cost you money. In this article, we showed how to easily track and fix broken links in WordPress easily.
The Future of WordPress: What to Expect (Our Predictions) – Over the years, WordPress has continued to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of website owners. But what can we expect in the future? In this article, we talked about the future of WordPress and what you can expect.
How to Optimize the Customer Journey for WooCommerce Store – By optimizing the WooCommerce customer journey, you can increase conversion rates, improve customer satisfaction, and boost profits. In this article, we shared how to optimize the customer journey for your WooCommerce store from beginning to end.
WordPress Career Options – How to Make a Living With WordPress – Want to make a living using WordPress? In this article, we shared several career options that let you make a living using WordPress.
Creator Economy Statistics That Will Blow You Away – From full-time content creators to hobbyists, the creator economy industry has grown a lot over the years. Our research team compiled creator economy statistics that will surprise you.
How to Do a SEO Content Gap Analysis (Beginner’s Guide) – If you are struggling to find good topics to blog about or want to boost your existing posts to the top, then a content gap analysis is a surefire way to steal competitor traffic. In this article, we outlined the steps to perform an SEO content gap analysis so you can gain an edge over your competitors’ sites.
What Is Google Knowledge Panel + How to Claim It With WordPress – Google often displays informational panels called Knowledge Panels about people, organizations, and products. In this article, we explained Google Knowledge Panels and how you can claim one with WordPress.
How to Determine the Ideal Size of a Web Server for Your Website – The size of a web server depends on different components and resources. More popular websites will need a larger web server, but lower-traffic websites can get by with a smaller one. In this article, we showed how to determine the size of a web server best suited to your website.
How Much Is My Website Worth? (REAL Value) – Buying and selling websites is a massive industry. Knowing your website’s value can help you feel good about its progress and stay motivated to keep growing it. In this article, we talked about how to calculate your website’s worth.
How to Quickly Generate 100+ Blog Post Ideas (3 Methods) – Many bloggers struggle to find blog post ideas to keep their audience engaged. In this guide, we shared quick and easy ways to generate 100+ blog post ideas.
60+ Affiliate Marketing Statistics You Need to Know – The affiliate marketing industry is how many content creators make their living. For this article, our research team compiled affiliate marketing statistics that may surprise you.
A Complete Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Full Site Editing – Full Site Editing has changed how users can build their websites using WordPress. In this article, we showed how to use the WordPress Full Site Editor.
How to Stress Test a WordPress Website – Stress testing a WordPress website will show how your website will perform in different situations. This way, you can ensure fast performance and resolve any issues. In this article, we showed how to stress test a WordPress website easily.
Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Email Marketing Automation – Email marketing automation allows you to save time by automating tasks, creating drip emails, and using tools to grow your email list. In this beginner’s guide, we walked you through WordPress email marketing automation with tips, tricks, and tools that you can use.
How to Monitor Google Algorithm Updates in WordPress – Google algorithm updates are changes made by Google to its search engine ranking algorithm. These updates can significantly impact your website’s visibility in search engines and its organic traffic. In this article, we explained how to monitor Google algorithm updates in WordPress.
9 Best Credit Card Processing Plugins for WordPress (Compared) – Credit card processing plugins are the best way to accept online payments on your WordPress site. In this article, we compared the best credit card processing plugins and show you how to pick the right one for your business.
How to Grow Pricing Page Conversions by 30% Today (9 Ways) – In this guest post, Thomas Griffin, co-founder of OptinMonster, shared his no-nonsense list of the best tips for how to grow your pricing page conversions by at least 30%.
How to Create a Wholesale Order Form in WordPress (3 Ways) – A wholesale form lets buyers purchase in bulk and customize the products to fit their needs. In this article, we discussed how to create a wholesale order form in WordPress so customers can buy your products in bulk faster.
How to Get Website Design Feedback in WordPress (Step by Step) – Website design feedback is vital for improving the user experience for your visitors. In this guide, we shared how to get feedback on your WordPress website design using a survey widget.
These were some of the best WordPress tutorials on WPBeginner in 2023. We hope that you found them helpful.
We want to thank all WPBeginner users who visited our website, offered feedback, left comments, and shared our content with others. We truly appreciate you.
We look forward to adding even more helpful WordPress tutorials in 2024. Have a Happy New Year.