Category: "WordPress"

Importing vBulletin 4 CMS Articles into WordPress

For vBulletin 4 owners who utilize the CMS aspect of vBulletin, there are no current converters for migrating vBulletin 4 CMS Articles into WordPress as Posts. If you intend to use WordPress as your primary software platform and you have hundreds if not thousands of vB4 CMS Articles you will definitely want to import all your articles! Losing that many articles from search results and rankings is not an option in the least so today we present you with a vB4 CMS Article to WP Post Converter!

If you’re planning on importing your vBulletin forum please do that first by using our article “Importing Forum Software into WordPress Forum using BBPress” before you import your CMS articles.

Now after you’ve successfully imported your forum, it’s time to import your CMS Articles from vBulletin into WordPress as Posts, this way they show on your WordPress home page. Let’s review the steps, then we’ll also discuss possible plugins you may wish to use.

  • Download the included converter.php and converter_inc.php files from our zip file vb4cmsarticlestowpposts
  • Extract the .zip file, edit the file converter_inc.php file and enter in your vBulletin 4 database details then save the file.
  • Upload the two files into your WordPress root folder.
  • Now simply call the script via URL, i.e. in your browser after your wordpress url add a slash and type in the script name, Example: /converter.php so if your site is, it would be IF you installed WordPress in a folder to test the import, then it would be
  • The script will run, you will see data being imported on screen, depending on the number of articles in your vBulleitn CMS it may take more time to run for some than others. Once the script is finished it will stop, give a it a few minutes to ensure its not still processing before you close your browser window.
  • When you believe its finished, check your WordPress dashboard, check the Posts and ensure all were imported.

If you provided the correct database details and uploaded the script properly and followed the instructions above you should now be looking at all your vBulletin CMS Articles within WordPress! Enjoy!

What’s next? Good you asked! Now lets import external images, then attachments as the script does in fact show attachments in the posts but as images coming from your vBulleitn software and since you’ve just imported into WordPress its safe to assume you’re almost ready to remove vBulletin entirely and if you do so before importing external images and attachments then they’ll be removed when you do, ruh-roh!

First you need to install some WordPress plugins:

The two above scripts will import external images and attachments. Why do you need both? Good question, think of it this way, your WordPress is now “itself” meaning that it views itself as the primary software, so any links to external images such as those in your forum will be viewed as external images to WordPress so we need to ensure we import any external images AND attachments no matter how WordPress “views” or interprets them.

After you’ve successfully imported external images and attachments you’re then safe to remove your vBulletin forum (if using the CMS system remove the entire Suite). We do recommend you backup your vBulletin site before removing entirely, backup the files and database and retain a copy in the event you need to reference any data it can be restored and the data easily retrieved.


  • This new script was made from the tutorial on Military Media however it would not run properly and had errors when testing so it was adjusted to work properly on WordPress 4.6 and 4.7 respectively.

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Importing Forum Software into WordPress Forum using BBPress

With WordPress powering nearly 25% of the web, it’s safe to say that its popularity coupled with ease-of-use and vast plugin support make it a primary contender and choice of many website owners. For many years other software such and Bulletin Board software reigned supreme more so in the years prior to social media sites such as Facebook were heavily utilized. Those using phpBB, vBulletin, Invision Power Board, and others such as Xenforo had long used WordPress as the home page with the forums being installed into a sub-folder… then adding in a Single Sign On or “bridge” to link the two systems – this could be done easily by developers and avid WordPress enthusiasts however it left simple site owners in the dark!

BBPress (and/or BuddyPress) creates a forum within your WordPress and for those who had previously utilized WordPress as a home page yet depended on other forum software to render your forums to your member base it does a simple and quite elegant job! Below is the process of installing BBPress into WordPress and then importing forum data into it, thereby seemingly transferring your WordPress site into a forum as well!


  • Backup your site, both database and files before beginning.

Installation  (Source)

Automatic Plugin Installation

  1. Open your WordPress Admin Dashboard and go to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Under Search, type in bbPress into the search form and click the Search Plugins button to the right, bbPress should be the first result in the returned list.
  3. Click Details for to confirm the author is listed as ‘The bbPress Community‘ and links back to
  4. Click Install Now to install the bbPress Plugin.
  5. A popup window will ask you to confirm your wish to install the Plugin.
  6. Click Proceed to continue with the installation. The resulting installation screen will list the installation as successful or note any problems during the install.
  7. If successful, click Activate Plugin to activate bbPress.

Manual Plugin Installation

  1. Download the current version .zip of bbPress and extract the contents to a folder on your PC.
  2. With your FTP program upload the extracted ‘bbpress‘ folder to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ folder.
  3. From your WordPress Admin Dashboard and go to Plugins and Activate the bbPress Plugin.

After you’ve successfully installed and activated BBPress, the next step is to import from your alternate forum software.

How to Import

  • Visit WordPress Admin Dashboard > Click on Tools > Click on Forums > Click on the Import Tab

You will see the following screen when doing so:


As you can see in the screenshot, some additional information is required, this being database details for the alternate forum software, in nearly all cases this can be found in a config.php file from the other software OR listed in the administrator control panel of said alternate software. *Also please note, there is another “Import” link in the menus, the look of this page will greatly differ from the screenshot above and is the wrong location, do not use the import function if it does not resemble the page in the screenshot above as it would be the wrong location and import respectively.

Once you’ve provided all information required from the other software, you can begin your import. Once finished simply follow any additional on-screen prompts and then check your site to see if everything imported properly.

For example:

  •  <– WordPress.
  •  <– Old Forum Software
  •  <– Is now your new BBPress Forum within WordPress

There are now other things you can do, such as changing URL Hierarchy (how links work and look) to make them more SEO friendly, what plugins do you wish to use? Now is the time to check the plugin directory for WordPress and also the BBPress plugins directory and see what you can use to your benefit!

Now with all changes in place, your new WordPress forum is ready to rock and roll! We do suggest you backup and archive your old forum software for reference purposes.

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Google Analytics UI Changes and Improvements

Some site owners have noticed recently that there have been changes to Google Analytics UI (User Interface) and more such as security improvements in regards to browser use, namely that Firefox and similar browsers are not compliant with how the information is displayed securely therefor will not display the analytics content for review.

Let’s review a few of these changes and some useful tips!

  • Automatic alerts will be removed from Google Analytics soon. Custom alerts will not be affected and continue to be visible.
  • The In-Page Analytics report is being removed from Google Analytics soon. However, you can still get in-page analytics by using the official Page Analytics Chrome Extension.

Furthermore the Google Analytics Code itself has undergone another change, let’s compare an old snippet to a newer snippet of code;

Old Version:
<script type=”text/javascript”>

var _gaq = _gaq || [];
_gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-12345678-1’]);

(function() {
var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); ga.type = ‘text/javascript’; ga.async = true;
ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘’;
var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);


New Version:

ga(‘create’, ‘UA-12345678-1’, ‘auto’);
ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’);


Using the above examples, you need to check your existing Google Analytics Code and compare, if it’s outdated then simply snag the new code from the Analytics Dashboard Admin area which is rather simple so let’s recap that as well:

  • Log into your Google Analytics Account.
  • Click on the ADMIN tab at the top.
  • Click on .js Tracking Info under the Property Settings.
  • Click on Tracking Code and now scroll down, you can view the new code and copy/paste that into your relevant software.
  • Allow upwards of 24hours for the tracking code to begin tracking properly (if no code existed already).

You can view more information on the upcoming changes and improvements here.

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Creating Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Documents




From forums to ecom sites, the importance of current Terms of   Service, Privacy Policies and various other legal documents cannot be be stressed enough. Automattic has open sourced all of its legal documents, including a DMCA takedown notice.

To use Automattic’s legal document as a foundation for your sites document check the Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy plugin at  Clifford Paulick’s, wrote the plugin to use content from Automattic’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, both are available to the public under the Creative Commons Sharealike license. The language of each document is generic and can apply to most sites or service providers, from single sites to subscription sites, blog networks, forums and others.

Github and its Legalmattic repository is another source to check for these documents.

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Getting Started with WordPress


Ok, WordPress is installed and running…What’s next? If you’re new to WordPress, this article will give you some all important tips on setting up and securing your new WordPress site

1) Set the Title, Tagline, Time zone and add your Favicon

We rolled these into one step as their easily made from the setting area of your WordPress Admin panel.

In your WordPress admin panel find Settings and choose General. Add your site Change both your site title and complete the tagline with something descriptive of your site.

Still in the General section, find Timezone and add a city in your same time zone. You can also use the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). Sites like this will help you find the correct UTC setting.

As Always, Save Changes.

Adding your favicon.

Favicon is little icon in the browser tab next to your site title and helps identify your site. Many times it’s not changed and show the WordPress default icon.

Creating a Favicon

A favicon is a square image. 32×32 pixels or 16×16 pixel images are the right size. Using you image editor, create a square image large enough so that you can work on it. Keep in mind that greatly reducing an image also reduces detail, making it important to use a bold, simple image for your favicon. When the image is ready, use a tool like Favicon Generator to convert it to a 16×16 .ico file.

Adding a Favicon to your WordPress Site

To add your new favicon, simply upload it to your sites root directory and paste this code into your theme’s header.php file….making sure to change to the name of your site. Save it and check your site. You should see your new favicon.

1 <link rel=”icon” href=”” type=”image/x-icon” />
2 <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”” type=”image/x-icon” />

No header.php file? This plugin gives you a way around that and will also help with adding scripts like google analytics. Install the Insert Header and Footer plugin. After activating go to Settings » Insert Headers and Footers. Once there, past the above code, save and you’re good to go.

2) Setting Your Front Page Display

Also from the Settings area of your admin panel, go to Front Page Displays and set the page to show as desired.

Here you can set a custom home page that focus on a specific topic or product. You can also set additional pages to display your blog posts (we’ll cover that in future articles).

Decide what should be seen on the front page and go. Keep in mind that you can always change it later. You can also make some of these changes with the Customize option, from the front end of your site.

3) Setting Your Permalink Structure

WordPress’s default permalink structure (the link structure added to yours sites URL, can be made a bit more search friendly.

Still in your admin panels Settings area, select Permalink. You’ll find a few different choices for setting a new structure. I prefer either the Day and Name or Post Name options. Pick, Save and you’re done.

  1. Addressing WordPress Security

A little paranoia can be a good thing when dealing with your sites security.

First security step many take is to install a WordPress backup plugin. At URLJet, we’ve done that for you and automatically backup your site (You can remove backups on our VPS and dedicated options). The next is to secure your wp-admin area. This could be a topic in itself but two quick tips are to

  • Limit logins.  This plugin limits missed login from the same ip.
  • Use .htaccess to password protect your wp-admin folder. In cPanel find password protection and follow the instructions to add it to your wp-admin folder
  • Add a Web Application Firewall (waf) We like the Incapsula personal plan as it gives the additional bennifit of a cdn
  1. Remove Unused Themes and Plugins

WordPress users tend to install and test a few themes or plugins before deciding on the final one. Don’t leave them behind; delete them as for security, they also need updating and maintenance.

It’s easy, find the menu item named Appearance and go to themes. To delete a theme, hover over it and select Theme Details. A window will open and give you the opportunity to delete the theme.

  1. Add an Anti-Spam Plugin

Spam is not a good thing and WordPress sites can be magnets for spam. Spam comments are irritating for users and bad for SEO. Adding an anti-spam plugin will help greatly in keeping your WordPress site from becoming a spam magnate. This is the best way we know of to knock down spam:

  1. Add Askimet
    If you use JetPack, you can active it through JetPack. If not, just follow the prompts to active it.
  2. Limit links in a post. Go to Settings>Discussion panel. Scroll to comment moderation and limit the number of links. It’s set to 2 by default, try 1 if spam becomes an issue
  3. Comment Blacklist. This is a list of word forbidden on your blog. Go to Setting> Discussion Panel, find comment blacklist and add problematic words.
  4. Add a WordPress SEO Plugin

Getting your site found is vital and good SEO is important for any website website. To ensure that your blog posts are getting maximum results, you need to optimize them for SEO and The Yoast WordPress SEO plugin this part easier. SEO isn’t automatic but this will make your life easier.

A top choice for many is the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast.’s easy to use and  generates xml sitemaps at the click of the mouse.

  1. Add a Cache Plugin

User appreciate fast sites and so does Google. Caching helps take the load off your server and speed up your site.
Below are a couple of the more popular cache plugins for WordPress:

W3 Total Cache – Possibly the most powerful cache plugin available for WordPress. It’s loaded with options to help boost WordPress performance and is a popular plugin for CDN integration. This plugin has a lot of options and easily mess things up if not configured correctly. New users may have better luck starting a bit smaller. If you’re ready to jump on, make sure to follow the set instructions.
WP Super Cache – Much easier for a new user yet still good choice for caching plugins. Just Install, turn on caching and check your site speed. It does have some additional option and like with other cache plugins, make sure to read the set up info and test before hitting save and leaving.

  1. Optimize For Social Media Sharing via Sharing Plugins

Social Sharing can greatly accelerate the growth rate of your site and easiest way to optimize your site for social shares is to use a Social Sharing Plugin.

There’s a scad to choose from and as always some are better than others. These are 2 that we like…We’d like to hear from you, with your choices and experiences.

HootSuite is one of the original social management tool and we feel it’s still one of the best.
A great link shortner. You can have your own branded short urls, easily organize your links, create custom keywords and it offers analytiucs for your shortened links.Last but certainly not the least, offers analytics for each shortened link.

Moving on

We’ve found the steps above to be a great help in running an maintain a WordPress site. We’d love to hear your comment, observations and favorite plugins.


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Fixing Basic WordPress Problems

WordPress is the web’s hand-down solution for both large and small jobs; However, it does have its problems. WordPress’s versatility can also complicate the task of locating the source(s) of failure when something breaks. We won’t even try to address every WordPress but this article will help you navigate the more common problems.

White Screen of Death

wordpresswhitescreenFor the few of you that have never encountered the white screen of death, this error is exactly that: A blank white screen loads when you access you’re site.

The two major causes are incompatibility problems between plugins and themes. If you can access the sites admin panel, first try deactivating your plugins one by one until the site loads. If the doesn’t work, change your theme to the default WordPress design.


Step One

If you can’t access wp-admin, you can manually deactivate the plugins and themes using File Manager or FTP. FTP into your account and locate the plugins folder (usually wp-content/plugins) or the themes folder (wp-content/themes) and append ‘_bak’ to the end of the folder name.

Now try to access your admin panel. Once in, activate your plugins or themes one by one until the issue reappears. When that happens, you’ve found the primary source of the conflict.

Advanced Steps

You can also the following line to the end of your wp-config file to active WP_DEBUG:

define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, true );

Once activated, navigate to the page showing the error and you should see the details of what’s causing the error. NOTE: be sure to disable when finished by setting the value to false:

define( ‘WP_DEBUG’, false );

Password Reset is not Working

The Easy Way

If you’re using the default admin user (i.e. your username is admin) you can reset your password by access the site files

  1. FTP to your site and download your active themes functions.php file
  2. Immediately after the opening <?php line, add: wp_set_password( ‘password’, 1 ); Change the 1 to your user ID, and password to the one of your choice.
  3. Upload this file to your site.
  4. After logging in to the site, remove the code from the functions.php file and remove the code or it will reset the password each time you logs in.

Advanced Reset

Ok, you’ve lost your admin password and the reset password link emailed to you isn’t working. To change the Password, login into your cPanel and click e phpMyAdmin. This will let you edit your WordPress database. From one of URLJet’s VPS’s or Dedicated servers you can also edit the database from the MySQL command line but on shared hosting phpMyAdmin is the ticket.

First, generate an MD5 hash for you desired password. You can do that using this link to our favorite Hash Generator
Next, follow these steps to change your password:

  1. Access your WordPress database
  2. Locate and open the wp_users table
  3. Find the row with your your username. For large boards, use the search feature
  4. Update the user_pass value in that row with the hash generated earlier.
  5. Save the changes.

Insufficient Memory

This is one you should not see much of at URLJet as our preset limits are set for larger sites. However should you find the default memory setting insufficient to handle an extensively modified WordPress site, increasing your WordPress memory limit is easly accomplished by adding the following line to your WordPress config file:

define( ‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘128’ );

The command sets your WordPress memory limit to 128M. If you need a higher or lower limit, replace that value with the desired amount.

Maintenance Message after an Upgrade

Updates are a must do process to keep your WordPress site secure and functional. Sometimes the system doesn’t clean up all of the upgrade files. If the message: Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Please check back in a minute., appears after and update, check and see if there still a maintenance file left in the site root folder. If so remove it and the problem will disappear.

Be Proactive in Protecting your WordPress Site.

Should you find yourself in a worst case situation and need to restore to a backup, URLJet maintains offsite backup for all shared accounts. Should you need to roll back, we can restore your site simply submit a ticket listing a restore point. If you choose to keep your own backups, in addition, a weekly or monthly backup is advised. .


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Google Blocks WordPress Sites Following SoakSoak Attack

Reports are that due to the SoakSoak exploit, Google has blacklisted over 11,000 infected WordPress domains, and it projected that over 100,000 sites have been affected by the malware from
Entering through vulnerability in the WordPress plugin, the RevSlider, SoakSoak modifies a file and loads Javascript malware. RevSlider is often used in WordPress themes, so many site owners don’t know they’re using the plugin, let alone to update it, making for a plugin that’s not easily updated.

Infected sites typically redirect visitors to a webpage that tries to download malware to their local computers. Google’s quick blocking of infected sites will hopefully prevent SoakSoak from spreading any further much beyond its current point.

To check if your WordPress site is infected by SoakSoak, contact or check this list of resources there is a list of resources in here WordPress SoakSoak Support  that can help you.

If all is ok, this is a refresher on the importance of keeping WordPress and its plugins up-to-date. Keeping plugins current is every bit as important as keeping WordPress updated.

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Update Patches Vulnerability in the All in One SEO Pack WordPress Plugin


A security release patching two privilege escalation vulnerabilities found earlier this week has been released
Two security flaws permit an attacker to escalate privileges and leave the site open for cross site scripting attacks. If you allow subscribers, authors and non-admin users logging in to wp-admin, you are a risk. If you have open registration, your site is at risk and you should update asap.

In privilege escalation, a logged-in user, without any sort of admin privileges (like an author of subscriber), can add or modify certain parameters used by the plugin. This includes SEO title, description and keyword meta tags.
In conjunction with another vulnerability this bug can also execute malicious Javascript code. Opening the site to potential javascript code injections and the opportunity to change the admin password or leaving a backdoor in your website’s files in order for later nefarious.
The fix is easy: Upgrade to the latest’s version

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7 Common Misconceptions About WordPress

7 Common Misconceptions about WordPressWordPress powers 21.2% of websites online.

That’s a huge number.

With such a strong presence around the web, it’s amazing that more people haven’t caught on. WordPress is much more than a blogging platform — it’s far more versatile than you might imagine. If you are leaning towards WordPress, or simply struggling with updating your old, clunky website, perhaps it’s time to make the switch. In order to make the transition smoother, we’ve come up with a list that sheds light on some of the misconceptions that surrounding WordPress.

Read on to learn more.

1. WordPress is for blogging

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. WordPress is used for blogging, but that is just one of its many applications. In fact, WordPress has evolved to become more of a CMS (Content Management System). The software has everything you need to build and easily maintain any type of website, whether for blogging, ecommerce, or business.

2. WordPress is not secure

WordPress is very secure, thanks to its global community of developers and researchers that spend their time fine-tuning the software, releasing patches when needed, and improving user experience. The reason WP is actually more secure than other alternatives is because its use is so widespread. With so many people contributing to its improvement, the product is constantly being improved in both security and capabilities.

3. WordPress isn’t for ecommerce

There are a plethora of themes and plug-ins to make it easy for anyone to sell their products and services online. Woocommerce is one plugin that has been around for years, and makes setting up an ecommerce site a breeze. Woocommerce is a free plugin with a variety of upgrades and add-ons. Woocommerce includes features like coupon codes and discounts, control over shipping calculations, product and category RSS feeds, multilingual support, PayPal and Google Checkout integration, one-page checkout, admin dashboard for sales overview, basic inventory control, and much more.

4. Can ‘free’ software really be that good?

Sometimes when we think of ‘free’ we picture something of little value. It’s time you stop thinking that way. WordPress is open source and free, and backed by a team of developers, designers, and volunteers all over the world. The sheer number of people working with WordPress is exactly what gives it value. While the software is free, themes, plugins and similar services do still require an investment of time and/or money. But the beautiful thing about WordPress is it makes creating a website accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

5. All WordPress sites look the same

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are plenty of themes to choose from that can give your site a unique look. Plus, WordPress can be customized anyway you see fit.

6. WordPress is for amateurs

WordPress makes site management simpler even for veteran webmasters. Who wants to toil with lines of code when you don’t have to? Of course, when it comes to customization and design, code is still required. Of course, if you just need to update some text or upload an image, wouldn’t it be easier to be able to do it yourself? You don’t want to be paying a designer for simple updates. WordPress makes it easy to do it yourself.

7. WordPress won’t work for big sites

TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, Wired, and List25 all use WordPress.

Nuff’ said

Hopefully this article cleared up any confusion you may have about WordPress. Continue learning on your journey through the world of WordPress, and check back here at our blog for more tips and tricks. If you have any questions, please add them in the comments!

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How To Find A Great WordPress Theme (And What To Look For)

How To Find A Great WordPress Theme (And What To Look For)

If you have decided to take the leap and are moving to a self-hosted blog, congratulations! You are making the right decision. Sure, nothing beats free, but when it comes to hosting your own site, you get to be in the driver’s seat. and Blogger are great if just want to test the waters with blogging, but for some it is just not an option. If you want to build a brand, you need brandability — and that means losing the restrictions that come with using a hosted blogging platform.

Why Is A Bad Idea

You are not in control. Bottom line, when it comes to your website that is unacceptable. Automattic (the company behind reserves the right to display advertising on every site hosted on their platform. While this might not be a big deal to some, the reality is you are putting in all the hard work and the ads placed on your site don’t benefit you. In fact, these ads will probably be siphoning at least some of your visitors away. Not good.

Why You Should Choose A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

You are in control. See the dynamic change? When you host your own site you are not bound by the terms and conditions of any free service. This means no ads, no limitations on the content. You can do as you wish and build the site you want.

Of course, there still is the whole website issue. You’re going to need one, and if a custom solution is not in the budget then you are going to want to pick out a theme for your new site.

How to Find the Perfect WordPress Theme

Fortunately, there are quite a few places to find the perfect theme, but the one you decide on depends on what your goals are for your site.

The most popular theme marketplaces are: (put screenshots of marketplaces here)







What to Watch Out for When Choosing A WordPress Theme

Just because a theme looks great doesn’t mean it will have the greatest functionality. You want a theme that not only looks good, but performs just as well. The code should be clean and well-organized. But above all, the theme you choose should follow best practices for SEO.

Here are a few quick pointers:

1. Choose the right developer.

The most important thing you can do is choose a theme from a developer that offers ongoing product support and updates. The last thing you want to do is invest your time in a theme that is not being actively updated.

2. Make sure you’ll have support.

Most developers will have some level of support for their themes. Look for a theme that has a strong development team behind it with plenty of resources and tutorials on getting started.

3. Read the reviews.

Nearly every theme marketplace has individual reviews for each product. A theme with little or no reviews has not been tested in a production environment. You want to choose a theme that has plenty of positive reviews.

4. Double check for SEO support.

SEO is obviously a biggie. While it does take some work, you should check the demo theme and make sure Title tags display correctly, and every page has an H1 tag. If possible, crawl your website with Moz or Raven Tools. Alternatively, you can use a free tool called Screaming Frog.

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