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12 min read Tom Harrigan
Editorials | poststat.us | 16 hours ago

The future of Post Status

Features and memberships and partnerships! Oh my! Thoughts on the future of Post Status and how Brian Krogsgard plans to get there.

The future of Post Status

Editorials | poststat.us | 16 hours ago

3 I’m tired. Really, really tired. I’ve been tired for weeks. Those of you who follow this blog closely know that it’s been slow around here. I’ve only published ten blog posts since the beginning of August. For me, that’s three to four times less than normal.
I’m not burned out, but I’ve definitely been on a break from Post Status. I’ve gone days without visiting my own site or even looking at the stats (!!!).
This post is quite introspective; but I figured it was better to tell you what I’ve learned and what I’m thinking, versus act like everything is normal here.
Since 2010 I’ve regularly blogged about WordPress. I’ve had breaks before and this is probably my longest. Since launching Post Status a year and eight months ago, I’ve thought about it every single day of my life. I’ve probably not missed a single week until this last month, even when I took vacation.
This summer I’ve been gearing up for a lot of changes for Post Status, and honestly this break is at the worst time. I’m about 70% done with a complete redesign of the website, and I’ve spent months agonizing on how to direct the future of the blog and planning for a whole new revenue model. I want Post Status to be around

Capturing the incredible diversity of the WordPress eco-system

Community | 20 hours ago

In the moment I am writing this, the home page of ManageWP.org contains the 24 best stories around the WordPress world happening at this moment. Out of these 24, 20 come from different sources!

Here they are just for illustration:

ostraining.com
blog.sucuri.net
elegantthemes.com
torquemag.io
code.tutsplus.com
medialoot.com
indexwp.com
cloudways.com
qz.com
blog.teamtreehouse.com
kevinmuldoon.com
shoutmeloud.com
wplift.com
wptavern.com
wpbeaverbuilder.com
kinsta.com
mattcromwell.com
managewp.com
getflywheel.com
codecondo.com


And truly, this fills my heart. Gathering the gems from the vast eco-system of sites writing about WordPress and making it available in one place was the original reason this community was formed. There are tens if not hundreds of promising authors and websites that we helped discover and promote. I might be a bit biased there, but I also feel that we managed to influence the type and quality of content being produced on these sites by just a bit. As such I have a warm and fuzzy feeling that we are creating a positive impact on the entire WordPress project.

I'd like to thank the community of this site for making it a truly great place to be.

Amazingly great to see the page not dominated by any single source, and even better, with very little duplicate sources. I hope that over time the quality of content is indeed influenced and that we see less fluff pieces such as "Top 10 X themes" lists and the like. Anywhere the WP community can come together is a good place to be.

via Tom Harrigan
Plugins | ostraining.com | 23 hours ago

WP Rocket caching plugin compared to WPSC and W3TC

The (paid) newcomer to WordPress caching plugins arena seems to offer remarkable performance

WP Rocket caching plugin compared to WPSC and W3TC

Plugins | ostraining.com | 23 hours ago

WordPress has made hit much easier to own and host your own website. However, while choosing a great looking theme and adding a slider might have become easier than ever; knowing how to optimize your website still remains a complex issue.
WordPress specific hosting platforms do provide optimization, but the majority of WordPress self-installed site owners are still on low-end, shared hosting. The only available option so far for these users has been to use free plugins such as W3 Total Cache, Super Cache, Hyper Cache or a combination of multiple plugins.
Except W3 Total Cache, most caching plugins are easy-to-use but lacked essential features. W3 Total Cache does provide extensive list of options but they are not something an average non-technical WordPress user can understand. However, there may be a middle-ground, thanks to a new premium plugin "WP Rocket", created by a group of WordPress developers from France.
What does WP Rocket Offer?
WP Rocket aims to distinguish itself from its competitors by not just providing robust features and free support, but also by making it very easy to use the plugin.
While the feature comparison looks promising, there is no better to way than simply

4 min read Mark Gavalda
Editorials | kinsta.com | 13 hours ago

WordPress in the Service of Education

In the latest in-depth guide Anita takes a look at WordPress in education! Featuring an awesome interview with someone who helps the public school system save millions of dollars with the help of WP!

WordPress in the Service of Education

Editorials | kinsta.com | 13 hours ago

Wordpress started as an open source blogging tool in 2003 and has grown up to become the most popular content management system since then. By now, thanks to its expanding list of features, the platform not only satisfies the needs of bloggers and online small businesses, but also serves the operation of larger sectors such as education. Schools, teachers and students worldwide exploit the possibilities of the platform, and take advantage of the numerous benefits that WordPress - as a basis of websites - can provide in the field of education. 1
The Importance of Education
Education is one of the most important fundamental aspects of sustainable economic growth. It improves people’s productivity, their ability to listen and think more effectively and to imagine things more creatively. Investment in human capital is essential for developing the economic well-being of a country, quality education would have to be indispensable consequently. All money spent on education will pay for itself many times in the future.
The list of education’s general advantages for individuals is endless. Besides developing the way of thinking and problem solving, it also opens the doors to various workplaces,

Community | cloudways.com | 16 hours ago

How to Install SSL Certificate on WordPress Website

As the https has become a ranking factor in Google search. Here is a tutorial for you guys to learn how to install SSL certificate on your WordPress website easily.

How to Install SSL Certificate on WordPress Website

Community | cloudways.com | 16 hours ago

Recently, I wrote about Google’s initiative to give secure websites better ranking exposure. A few days later, I wrote how to install WooCommerce on WordPress installation. Both of these scenarios require SSL certificates. What is an SSL certificate?
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is a security protocol that is deployed on the network that enables machines to communicate securely over a network. If deployed on a web server, it makes the internet traffic communicate over HTTPS protocol. If you see a padlock while visiting a website in your browser window, it means that the website’s web server is using a SSL certificate and the connection between server and your browser is secure. Any information you enter will be encrypted.
However, securing is by choice. Some websites may or may not be using SSL certificate on each of their web pages. That is why the padlock icon is a reassuring factor.
Due to high demand of ecommerce clients, Cloudways introduced SSL Management on its Cloud Console a few months back. Through this feature, you can easily install an SSL certification on your entire website.
Who needs to move to HTTPS?
Since the Google’s announcement and their promise of giving boost in SERPs,

7 min read Mark Gavalda
Plugins | kinsta.com | 15 hours ago

Pile Gallery - Animated Stacked Galleries Anywhere

A new gallery plugin for WordPress that adds beautiful, animated, stacked galleries to your posts and/or pages!

Pile Gallery - Animated Stacked Galleries Anywhere

Plugins | kinsta.com | 15 hours ago

Pile Gallery is a WordPress plugin which allows you to create beautiful stacked galleries which expand to show you the images in each group. You can create piles based on post or media categories or you can assemble them from any of your uploaded images What Pile Gallery Does
Pile Gallery lets you create a bunch of image piles. Clicking on any image will expand the pile with a nice animation and show the images within. You can then click on any image to go to its post, or the image file itself. Seeing this makes a lot more sense than reading about it, take a look at the gallery on the Pile Gallery home page.
The free version – available in the WordPress Plugins Repository – gives you the ability to create galleries based on categorized posts or categorized media. Your posts’ featured images will be used, the pile names will be the category names. The premium version (don’t worry, we have you covered with a great deal) allows you to assemble your piles out of any of your uploaded images. You create a pile, add images to it, and off you go.
Both versions of the plugin will continue to be developed, we’ll be adding category excludes, post limits and a lot more, relying on user feedback

20 min read Jean-Baptiste
Community | blog.sucuri.net | 2 days ago

Understanding the WordPress Security Plugin Ecosystem

Choosing the right WordPress Security Plugin can be an ordeal. The challenge however revolves around understanding what the WordPress Security Ecosystem looks

Understanding the WordPress Security Plugin Ecosystem

Community | blog.sucuri.net | 2 days ago

As a child, did you ever play that game where you sit in a circle and one person is responsible for whispering something into one persons ear, and that message gets relayed around the circle? Wasn’t it always funny to see what the final message received would be? Oh and how it would have morphed as it was processed and conveyed by each individual in the group. This is what I see when I look at the WordPress Security Ecosystem.
The biggest challenge the ecosystem faces is product / service confusion. This is compounded by a variety of factors. I often categorize them, generally into two buckets – deliberate and non-deliberate confusion. For me deliberate product confusion comes often by marketeers and those looking to make a quick buck on what they perceive to be the next virtual gold rush. While non-deliberate is being introduced by those that mean well, were once affected, and have come up with a genuine solution that likely addresses a very narrow issue.
An easy way to better appreciate this is to look at the WordPress Security Plugins specifically, as it’s tangible and easier to truly appreciate the nuances.
Contrary to popular belief, not all plugins are the same or created equal

8 min read Josh Pollock
Tutorials | torquemag.io | 9 hours ago

Working with Meta Data Using the JSON REST API

How to work with post meta via the WordPress REST API, with and without help from the Pods JSON API add-on.

Working with Meta Data Using the JSON REST API

Tutorials | torquemag.io | 9 hours ago

In my previous articles on the JSON REST API, I focused primarily on retrieving and editing posts — both from the current site and from a remote site. In this article, I’m going to branch out a bit and focus on post meta. I’ll be covering how to edit and create meta fields using the API, and how to search for them. Before We Begin
There are a lot of ways to add and edit custom fields — i.e., meta data — in WordPress.
Though not particularly good, WordPress provides a basic custom field UI for editing post meta, which I wrote about here. Alternatively, you can work with fields programmatically using native WordPress functions, which you can read more about here.
If you want to do any serious work with meta fields in WordPress, you really should use a custom fields plugin. For this tutorial, I recommend that you install Pods.
Pods gives you an easy interface for working with custom fields via the WordPress admin. More importantly, it provides an easier way to get and manipulate post meta via the API.
So, to get started, install Pods via the WordPress plugin installer. Then from the Pods editor, create a new Pod — make sure it’s a custom post type Pod and call it “jedi.” From the Pods

6 min read Zach Russell
Community | code.tutsplus.com | 8 hours ago

Understanding and Working with the wp_options table

Learn about the wp_options table and how to use it.

Understanding and Working with the wp_options table

Community | code.tutsplus.com | 8 hours ago

Learn about the wp_options table and how to use it.

Plugins | plugincopywriter.com | 17 hours ago

Great Plugins Start With Winning Descriptions

Your plugin or app description is the first and sometimes only opportunity to both show and tell your prospective users on how your product, service or methodology will help them – for the better. Here's some tips on crafting excellent WordPress plugin descriptions.

Great Plugins Start With Winning Descriptions

Plugins | plugincopywriter.com | 17 hours ago

There’s no doubt that writing (as in code) a plugin can be a time consuming process but, in reality, it’s only one-half of the equation when it comes to building the next big thing. Crafting powerful plugin descriptions and documentation can take a cut-rate plugin and turn it into the next big thing. Think about it, the description of your plugin and app is the first time users will have the opportunity to buy into your product, this might be the only opportunity you have to offer your methodology and messaging. Use this opportunity wisely and draw in more users with the following tips below:
6 Simple Ways to build great plugin descriptions and documentation:
1. It’s all about the user.
What will this plugin or app do to help them?
Your plugin or app description is the first and sometimes only opportunity to both show and tell your prospective users on how your product, service or methodology will help them – for the better. When possible, avoid jargon heavy copy and use real-world examples that a prospect can relate with.
Users must also be able to find your plugin and this can be an area where search engine optimization can help users find you. But don’t make SEO your sole intention.

7 min read Marie Dodson
Community | torquemag.io | 2 days ago

How Plugin Developers Should Manage Image Assets

With the release of WordPress 4.0, the plugin installation experience saw a bit of an upgrade to make it more user friendly. This means users will be turning to the WordPress.org repository and WordPress admin more and more to browse and discover new plugins. As a plugin developer, making sure that you have all of the proper assets, a banner, an icon, and screenshots is a great way to ensure that users will understand what your plugin does, and make it stand out in search results. Now is probably a good time to take stock of the image assets that should be included to make the browsing experience better for users.

How Plugin Developers Should Manage Image Assets

Community | torquemag.io | 2 days ago

With the release of WordPress 4.0, the plugin installation experience saw a bit of an upgrade to make it more user friendly. This means users will be turning to the WordPress.org repository and WordPress admin more and more to browse and discover new plugins. As a plugin developer, making sure that you have all of the proper assets, a banner, an icon, and screenshots is a great way to ensure that users will understand what your plugin does, and make it stand out in search results. Now is probably a good time to take stock of the image assets that should be included to make the browsing experience better for users. The Assets Folder
WordPress features a specific convention for storing any assets that you want to be viewable while users are browsing your plugin. This includes the screenshot images, banner images, and the new icon images. To start adding these to your plugin, you simply need to create an “assets” folder in your root SVN directory. Keep in mind, this folder should be created at the top level of your directory, alongside trunk and tags, not inside the “trunk” directory, where your main plugin files are stored.
Once you create this directory, it’s simple to start adding the

Answering The Most Important Questions About Using Git With WordPress

Version control is one of the most important things you can add to your workflow.

Answering The Most Important Questions About Using Git With WordPress

Version control is one of the most important things you can add to your workflow, not matter what type of WordPress development work you do. It solves so many problems while making your life so much easier. Version control isn’t just the ultimate undo button, perfect for anyone who ever makes mistakes, it can be used as a backup and deployment tool. Beyond that, it creates a record of what was changed when, and makes collaboration easy. Should You Be Using Version Control?
For the most part if you’re doing anything beyond installing pre-built themes and plugins, I think the answer is yes. If you’re writing any code, even just CSS in a simple child theme, you should be using version control. It might not seem important at first, but once you’ve been asked to undo a change you made, go back to the way things were last week, you’ll appreciate having version control in place.
Where Git really shines is the ability to see each change individually. This is incredibly important when you need to undo one change without loosing everything else that you or your client likes that’s changed since.
Version control is especially important when working in teams. We’ve all been involved in nightmares

4 min read Indexwp
Tutorials | indexwp.com | 2 days ago

Importance of Typography In a Website

Typography is one of the most important aspect of any website to make it professional and user friendly, how to construct an article can make a huge difference.

Importance of Typography In a Website

Tutorials | indexwp.com | 2 days ago

A blog that concentrates more on content should have good readability and more importantly typographical sophistication. When you choose a good theme, the typography part is usually taken care of.
However, if you can customize the typography to make it more reader-friendly, there are various resources available for dynamic web sites with typography. There are few effective typography tips you can follow to get good results:
Also Read: How to Use Google Fonts on Your WordPress Site
Follow a standard font size:
Font size plays a key role in the overall presentation of a web page. When you are choosing font sizes, don’t go for more than three different sizes for title, sub-title and the article content.
Using too many sizes can confuse a reader and gives the website a sloppy look. With minimal font sizes, the page will have an overall clean and professional look.
An ideal combination of color contrast:
Color contrast is another important factor to the overall typography. Ensure there is enough contrast between the content and background. Don’t go for similar shades for both as it is going to be hard for the reader to decipher the content.
The problem with many websites is that it has too

Community | cloudways.com | 2 days ago

Q&A With Rhys Wynne': A WordPress Intellectual To Learn From

An exclusive talk with the man in Manchester. Rhys Wynne is the developer of WP Email Capture and many other plugins. In this interview, he talked about WordPress community, security issues and why you choose WordPress.

Q&A With Rhys Wynne': A WordPress Intellectual To Learn From

Community | cloudways.com | 2 days ago

Choosing the right content management system while developing your website is a prior thing. In this digital world we can get reviews for almost everything on internet, but we tend to believe more in individual communications and user experiences. Human interactions make it easier for the newbies to learn faster about the products or services in industry. WordPress has taken over the web industry due to its regular updates and active community. According to W3Techs, 23% of all websites in the world are being developed on it. From blogging to business, from ecommerce stores to learning systems, WordPress is fast becoming the operating system of the web development industry.
Today we are talking to Rhys Wynne, Lead WordPress Developer at FireCask. He is the author and developer of one famous WordPress plugin WP Email Capture. Rhys owns Winwar Media. The company develops different WordPress plugins and conducts trainings in Manchester, UK. Let’s read his opinions on using WordPress, its community and security issues.
Why I choose WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)?
I first came into contact with WordPress on the second day of my first-ever web design job which was at an agency

Business | torquemag.io | 1 day ago

5 Must-Have Benefits of Marketing Automation

In fact, the market for marketing automation has more than doubled in just two years, currently standing at $1.2 billion. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, marketing automation is essentially all your digital marketing channels operated in one place — email, social, SEO, advertising, and more. The benefit of that type of software is huge. Here’s a closer look at five specific ones.

5 Must-Have Benefits of Marketing Automation

Business | torquemag.io | 1 day ago

Marketing automation is one of the newer fads on the Internet marketing scene. Products from HubSpot, Infusionsoft, and OntraPort are rapidly gaining customers as online businesses (particularly B2B) are recognizing the importance of marketing automation and the benefits it has to offer. In fact, the market for marketing automation has more than doubled in just two years, currently standing at $1.2 billion.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, marketing automation is essentially all your digital marketing channels operated in one place — email, social, SEO, advertising, and more.
The benefit of that type of software is huge. Here’s a closer look at five specific ones.
Eliminate Cold Calling
Marketing automation software allows you to completely eliminate cold calling from your sales and marketing process. Other online marketing channels will more than compensate in customer acquisition.
Nobody on the receiving or sending end of a cold call ever liked the experience anyway. Marketing automation gives you a prime excuse to completely do away with cold calling.
Streamline the Sales Cycle
The sales cycle is an integral part of any business’s marketing. It goes from first interaction (first-time

Options for SSL in WordPress

With the ever increasing focus on web security, SSL certificates are started to become common practice when setting up websites.

Options for SSL in WordPress

With the ever increasing focus on web security, SSL certificates are started to become common practice when setting up websites.

5 min read Zach Russell
Tutorials | code.tutsplus.com | 17 hours ago

Create a Professional WordPress Development Workflow with Vagrant

Lean how you can set up Vagrant on your machine to automate your local development workflow.

Create a Professional WordPress Development Workflow with Vagrant

Tutorials | code.tutsplus.com | 17 hours ago

Lean how you can set up Vagrant on your machine to automate your local development workflow.

Business | qz.com | 3 days ago

The makers of WordPress learned years ago that the ultimate office perk is not having an office

Case for a distributed workforce. I am generally against these but it seems to work for Automattic.

qz.com |

The makers of WordPress learned years ago that the ultimate office perk is not having an office

Business | qz.com | 3 days ago

Tech behemoths and startups alike spend a fortune on creating plush offices with lots of perks. But arguably the biggest perk is allowing employees to work wherever they want, whenever they want. This is something Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg understood a decade ago when he launched the online publishing platform WordPress. Today his global workforce of 260 still doesn’t operate with a central location (its San Francisco headquarters are nearly always close to empty.) Instead of investing money into office perks, Automattic invests that money into meet-ups for its employees.
Last year at a Lean Startup conference, Mullenweg said the following about the traditional workplace: “We have this factory model, and we think someone’s working if they show up in the morning and they’re not drunk, they don’t sleep at their desks, they leave at the right time. But that has so little to do with what you create. And we all know people who create a lot without fitting into those norms.”
Research indicates employees greatly value autonomy. This is part of what’s driving millennials to leave traditional offices and go out on their own. “It’s a cultural phenomenon,” says Alex Abelin, co-founder of Liquid

Community | elegantthemes.com | 12 hours ago

Web Design Trends To Look Out For In 2015

Predictions as what the Web design trends will be in the coming year

Web Design Trends To Look Out For In 2015

Community | elegantthemes.com | 12 hours ago

It’s September! Which means fall is here, the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and the end of 2014 is in sight. We can now begin to look at the web design trends of 2014 (so far) and make some predictions as to what will have staying power in 2015. At least that’s what I plan to attempt in today’s post. And of course, since Elegant Themes exists at the intersection of web design and WordPress, I’ll be talking throughout about how these trends have and will impact the WordPress Community–from existing WordPress themes and plugins to the new opportunities these trends will provide. Let’s get into it! 1. Responsive or Go Home
Ok, so maybe you don’t have to go home. Maybe you have a really good reason for not using responsive design? I just doubt it. Over the last few years responsive design has solidified itself as the new standard for web design in general and WordPress themes in particular. Sure, there are still arguments over implementation, but no one is saying, “let’s get rid of responsive design” and in fact more and more sites are opting to go in that direction. That was certainly the case in 2014 and I wouldn’t look for it to go anywhere in 2015. This one has ceased to be a trend

Tutorials | medialoot.com | 23 hours ago

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Creating a WordPress Meta Box

Learn what WordPress Meta boxes are, how they work and how you can create one for your WordPress powered site.

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Creating a WordPress Meta Box

Tutorials | medialoot.com | 23 hours ago

WordPress is arguably the leading content management system (CMS) in the world today. It powers over 60 million websites globally. WordPress is one of many content management systems that allow you to update your site through a simple Web interface instead of editing and uploading HTML files to a server. One of the core feature provided by WordPress in extending its functionality is the Meta Box. These meta boxes enable one to easily add additional data to post and page content.
Examples of Meta boxes in WordPress includes:
The Category meta Box for categorizing posts.
The Tag meta box for setting tags for post.
The feature image meta box for setting feature image for a post.
Aside the above default meta boxes, WordPress provides a Meta box API that allows plugin and theme developers to add a custom piece of data to a post or page in WordPress - what's better is that it can fit directly into most of the default pages inside WP, so you can easily place it inside the Post-Editor for easy use by non-technical users.
In this tutorial, we will learn how meta boxes are developed as we build one that provides other non-technical users of a WordPress powered site the ability to add a custom

Flagging Dangerous Content / Comments for all?

Community | 3 days ago

I just flagged a post, which in my mind is potentially dangerous, in it's case, if a user were to follow the advice, at best they would end up confused, more likely it would cause serious issues on their site.

As it happens, because the WordPress link was incredibly dubious I flagged it for the misleading title and just commented on the posts nature, but I'm wondering if it's time to revisit comments on posts/negative karma debate.

Had the option existed, I would have:
Flagged the title
Downvoted the post as much as a I could
Left a warning on ManageWP to help kick start a discussion

You can argue that ManageWP is not the place for such discussions and they should be held on the article itself, but in cases like this, such discussions tend to get stifled. I also don't really want to give the site any more publicity by spreading the conversation further so in this scenario ManageWP would be the right place. Likewise people are starting to occasionally post github or gists and sites without comment options which would benefit from comments.

Finally from a community perspective, interaction on ManageWP tend to be fairly limited and it would help increase engagement across the site which surely is a good thing?

Hear, hear!

via Mark Gavalda

Thanks for these suggestions. We will be considering the comments on post in the next dev sprint. Let's see how that turns out.

via Vladimir Prelovac

Tim, this is live albeit a bit hidden :) Lets see if it is broken in some way first before announcing it. Just follow the the article link (Share, get permalink) to get to the comment area.

Please comment here first managewp.org/articles/7574/the-makers-of-wordpress-learned-years-ago-that-the-ultimate-office-perk-is-not-having-an-office

via Vladimir Prelovac

A suitably inspiring comment has been left, didn't come across any issues commenting :)

via Tim Nash

Just an after thought, possibly could do with a way of identifying if a post has comments, from the hot and new section before launching, otherwise you have to click into the share then the link to find out if its got a comment.

via Tim Nash

Yes, probably a comment icon.

via Vladimir Prelovac
7 min read Oli
Themes | wptavern.com | 1 day ago

A Chat With Anders Norén on Finding Inspiration for WordPress Theme Design

Anders Norén has released some really nice designs into the WordPress directory which have gathered over 180k downloads.

A Chat With Anders Norén on Finding Inspiration for WordPress Theme Design

Themes | wptavern.com | 1 day ago

When we last interviewed Anders Norén, he was the new kid on the block with a handful of successful WordPress themes. Norén, a communications student from Umeå, Sweden, had just started tossing around the idea of pursuing WordPress theme development as a serious hobby. In the span of about one year, he has released eight free themes on WordPress.org, with a cumulative 189,452 downloads. Norén seems to be equipped with a never-ending fountain of inspiration for new themes. His Rams theme, which bears a few similarities to the upcoming Twenty Fifteen default theme, was inspired by Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer who is well known for his innovative, unobtrusive, and timeless product design.
I spoke with him regarding Hoffman, his latest free blogging theme and discovered that his design inspiration primarily comes from the recognition of others’ artistic talents.
“Hoffman was named after the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who sadly passed away in February this year,” he said. “I was devastated when I heard the news. I’ve been a huge fan of Hoffman for years. He was never the traditional leading man, but he always gave memorable performances,” Norén said, linking to one of his

8 min read Marie Dodson
Community | torquemag.io | 14 hours ago

The Versatility of WooCommerce: The Business Models They Support

What most people don’t realize is that the eCommerce functions supported by WooCommerce can actually be utilized by many non-eCommerce businesses, too. Today I want to look at just how versatile WooCommerce is, by recommending a number of other viable business models that can make use of WooCommerce.

The Versatility of WooCommerce: The Business Models They Support

Community | torquemag.io | 14 hours ago

If you’re looking for an accessible approach to starting your own business, eCommerce is one of the most viable business opportunities around. Because everything is done online, you won’t have to find and lease a storefront to do business — which is the long-term, high-risk expense that puts most people off. For an online business, you simply pick a niche you’re passionate about, identify some products, and start selling.
When it comes to choosing an eCommerce plugin, WordPress users are spoilt for choice. However, with over 4 million downloads to date, WooCommerce is the most popular, and is also highly recommended by many experts.
What most people don’t realize is that the eCommerce functions supported by WooCommerce can actually be utilized by many non-eCommerce businesses, too. Today I want to look at just how versatile WooCommerce is, by recommending a number of other viable business models that can make use of WooCommerce.
Dropshipping
Dropshipping is an ideal business model for anyone looking to keep costs, and therefore risk, to a minimum when starting their online business.
A ‘traditional’ eCommerce business model involves buying stock upfront, holding it as inventory, and

Plugins | halfelf.org | 19 hours ago

Self-Update Your (premium) Plugins

Adding support for premium plugin upgrades is no rocket science. Mika does a good job explaining the options available.

Self-Update Your (premium) Plugins

Plugins | halfelf.org | 19 hours ago

When your plugin is hosted on WordPress.org, this isn’t a problem at all. But if you’re selling your own work, or hosting it on a non WPORG resource, there are other concerns. You see, if you host a plugin on WordPress.org, your plugin can’t have it’s own updater script. You have to use the default .org updater. This is just fine, except when you have an add on that you want to be pay-only. Then what? Take a look at Easy Digital Downloads. You can get the main plugin from WordPress.org, and if you buy add ons from their site, they get magical updates too! How did they do that? They put an updater script in the main plugin which is then called by the paid extensions. You can even use their Software Licensing add ons to run your own updates on your server! If you want to sell on their site, they’ll help you take care of that too.
Todd Lahman also has an WooCommerce API manager, so if you’re using WooThemes, you’ve got that covered too.
Speaking of self hosting, if you’re hosting your own code on Github, then you want to use Andy’s Github Updater. While it’s not allowed on .org (sorry Andy), this will let you push updates from your GitHub or Bitbucket hosted WordPress plugins and themes.