Does GDPR impact you? What do you need to do for GDPR compliance? This guide is for you.
You might have heard of the term “GDPR” being discussed around the web. It’s still a pretty hot topic, especially with all that is going on with data breaches and security in the news. To put it simply, GDPR is a privacy law designed to give citizens back control of their personal data. Hands down, GDPR is impacting how the entire internet deals with data. The scary part is that the deadline was last year (May 25th, 2018) and many questions regarding GDPR are still plaguing people: What exactly is GDPR? In layman’s terms.
Does GDPR impact me?
What do I need to do for GDPR compliance?
Many have a tendency to put off what they don’t understand. Taxes are a good example. For a lot of us, GDPR has simply been a lower priority on our checklists. But the GDPR deadline has come and gone and you really should take a few moments and determine whether or not you need to make changes to the way your business and or website operates. If you don’t there could be hefty fines involved.
Don’t worry, we’ll try and explain everything you need to know about GDPR below, as well what you can do to prepare. But we aren’t lawyers, so we’ll try not
A guide covering how to use TranslatePress to offer your content and products in multiple languages.
I think you will agree with me when I say creating a multilingual website is no easy task. Especially for a beginner. Which translation plugin do you choose? Do you translate your website manually or automatically? Do you hire a professional translator? Does translating your website affect your SEO rankings?
All these (and more) are pertinent questions to ask yourself as far as translating your WordPress website goes.
Turns out you can easily translate your WordPress website into more than 200 languages using the TranslatePress plugin.
And in this guide, we show you exactly how to install and translate your website with one of the best WordPress translation plugins of 2019 and beyond.
Read on to learn how you can use the TranslatePress WordPress plugin to offer your content and products to visitors from all over the world without breaking a sweat.
What is TranslatePress?
Before we get lost in the impressive suite of features, let us first learn more about this multilingual WordPress plugin.
What is TranslatePress? TranslatePress is a nifty WordPress translation plugin handcrafted by the same awesome guys who brought you Cozmoslabs. It is loaded to the brim with all the features you
In this episode of my YouTube mini-series, I share how I discovere WordPress, and how it changed my business and my future.
Discovering WordPress all the way back in 2004 was a turning point in my young career. Here's how it came about.
James Kemp of Iconic comes by the podcast and offers some great advice on vetting ideas and selling WooCommerce extensions.
Sponsored by: James Kemp is the founder and lead developer of Iconic, a popular WooCommerce extension shop. James has managed to do well in an increasingly saturated space. His approach to solving problems and determining if there’s a market for his new ideas is an interesting one. He offers lots of great advice on everything from research to development, and launching.
The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained (CGP Grey)
Updating a plugin can quickly become a nightmare for both the users and developers. Discover how we proceeded to make a smooth transition from Weglot v1 to v2.
Why did we need a new version? Before explaining how we proceeded with a new version, it’s important to understand “why” we had to make a new version of Weglot. The main reasons were to improve the “adaptability” of our plugin and to reduce our technical debt.
An increasingly long and difficult support
The first version of Weglot did not contain any WordPress filters or actions: the so-called hooks. It was thus very difficult to change the default behavior of our plugin and adapt it to specific customer needs. We had to provide custom patches to our customers while taking into account the changes for our next updates. It was quite tedious and delicate. The more customers we had, the longer the technical support was. Of course, we could have simply added some filters and actions as we went along, but we were faced with other problems.
A growing technical debt
Here is the quality score of the Weglot WordPress plugin code at the time of the last update of version 1 (v1.13.1): 6.53 / 10
Generally speaking, we can’t say that it’s a terrible score but it’s clearly not great either. The mediocre score was partly due to some of the dependencies
Building on the robust infrastructure of WordPress 5.1, another release is in the offing at the end of this month. Perhaps the most crucial thing to note with the new update – WordPress 5.2 – is that all users would have to upgrade their version of PHP to PHP 5.6.20.
Building on the robust infrastructure of WordPress 5.1, another release is in the offing at the end of this month. Perhaps the most crucial thing to note with the new update – WordPress 5.2 – is that all users would have to upgrade their version of PHP to PHP 5.6.20. Following the release of WordPress 5.1, many users have taken the plunge, updating to more recent PHP versions. So you just might fancy doing same if you’ve not done that to prevent losing out on the latest features to follow WordPress 5.2. If you’re thinking a manual WordPress update, well that wouldn’t work too.
Presently, WordPress recommends that users upgrade to its recommended version – PHP 7.3 And it’s not hard to see why. With the most recent PHP version equipped to breeze through your backend needs, updating your site will no doubt drive drastic improvements on your site speed, which is what you want to keep your visitors glued to your pages.
Plus, a spike in the performance department will additionally cut the number of servers needed to host websites. As we all reckon WordPress’ towering dominance in the content management system world, it’s another big leap
So you want to be a sysadmin and manage your own servers and WordPress sites? Check out why this usually is a bad idea and could cost you more time and money in the long run.
Time and time again we see users on forums and social media complaining that managed WordPress hosting is a big waste of money. Their reason? It’s much better to manage your own server. Unfortunately, they never mention what all this actually entails. To a casual WordPress user, this can definitely give the wrong impression. It sounds easy and cheap, but the end result is you’ll probably end up spending a lot more time and money than you think. You’re probably thinking, “you guys are a managed WordPress hosting company, so aren’t you a little biased?” Perhaps, but we also have the advantage of seeing the perspective of both sides. We have sysadmins on the Kinsta team that manage all of our own servers for clients, and therefore, we know what it takes to do this properly and why for most of you, being a sysadmin is actually a bad idea. In fact, in some scenarios, it can be a downright nightmare. Being a sysadmin takes a lot of patience, skill, and you have to really enjoy fixing things that break!
Besides our own team, we also get to see all the feedback from clients who have previously tried to manage everything themselves. Once they arrive at a managed
Congratulations to Rich Tabor and crew. GoDaddy has proved a pretty good steward of its acquisitions so far. I suspect we'll see more larger companies snapping up block collections.
I’ve made a number of things as a WordPress “maker” — most notably ThemeBeans, CoBlocks, and Block Gallery. My mission and clear focus through building products has always been to deliver a phenomenal WordPress experience. It’s the foundation upon which my career is built. And while it’s been a fantastic experience so far, it almost feels like I’m just getting started — in such a good way.
A few months ago, GoDaddy approached me with an idea to build the next wave of WordPress innovation together. After getting to know the WordPress leadership at GoDaddy, I could feel the universal passion that every person I met shared for WordPress — and even more so for the folks who rely on WordPress every single day. That’s right up my ally, and something I could definitely get behind.
Today, I am thrilled to announce that CoBlocks, ThemeBeans, and Block Gallery have been acquired by GoDaddy, and I will be joining the team as the Senior Product Manager of WordPress Experience. Together, we’ll make a real difference on how millions of folks use WordPress everyday on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress platform and beyond.
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Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to restart your WordPress site? Learn how to do that in once click of a button.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to start over your WordPress site? Although WordPress allows everyone to easily start a blog, creating that perfect site you have been dreaming of isn’t so straightforward as you may have imagined. You will have to spend some time messing around with WordPress until you really get to understand how it behaves. That means you will wander around settings until you find everything you wanted to modify to your likings. No matter how careful you are, sooner or later you will make a mistake.
Also, while developing that perfect site, you will have to try on different themes until you get the one you were looking for. And because there are tens of thousands of different plugins, you will probably want to install two or three of the same functionality before you decide on the one you will use in the following months and years.
And if you’re just starting out, after a couple of hours or days of trying different things on WordPress, you might realize that you need to start over. So, how do you reset your WordPress site?
How to reset a WordPress site?
This time, we won’t bother you with technicalities & details. WordPress
Senior Backend Engineer, Zach Owens, shows readers a process for debugging WordPress with Local by Flywheel in this tech-savvy blog post.
Introduction Local by Flywheel is a popular tool for getting quick and reliable WordPress installations running on your computer. One of its lesser-known features is the inclusion of xdebug support. xdebug is a PHP extension that allows for real-time debugging of PHP code. Today, we’re going to go over how to get both of these working together within vim to provide a powerful interface that allows for some successful debugging of WordPress.
Firstly, this tutorial is intended for users of vim or neovim. If you aren’t familiar with how to use vi-like editors, but want to learn, I would recommend running vimtutor in your command line and learning how to move and work in vim before continuing with this post.
Next, you’ll need Local by Flywheel. You can download it here. If you haven’t set up a site before with Local, it is pretty straightforward. You can find a guide for getting started on Flywheel’s blog.
For vim or neovim, henceforth referred to simply as “vim” (with distinctions for neovim if necessary), you will need the Vdebug plugin. Installation instructions are included on the plugin’s page. I use vim-plug to
Looking for the best WordPress member directory plugin to showcase the users at your site in a public list? This articles compares 5 of the most popular options.
Looking for the best WordPress member directory plugin to showcase the users at your site in a public list? In this post, we go hands-on with 5 great options to help you find the plugin that’s right for your unique situation.
Beyond sharing each plugin’s key features, we’ll also take a look at important criteria like:
Filtering and search options – how much control you and visitors have over finding specific members.
Templating and pagination options – how much control you have over how your member directory’s looks and what information it includes.
Integrations – what other plugins you can integrate your member directory with. For example, can you show a user’s bbPress post count in your user list?
But first, let’s cover a quick rundown on what you can use these plugins for.
Use Cases for a WordPress Member Directory Plugin
Wondering what you can use these plugins for?
With a flexible WordPress member directory plugin, there are a lot of different ways a WordPress member directory can help you. You can create directories for:
Subscribers at your membership site or online course
Team members or employees of your business
Our resident WordCamp expert shares tips and advice on making the most of your first WordCamp experience.
So, you’ve decided to attend your first WordCamp—a nonprofit, volunteer-organized conference about WordPress and related topics. That’s great! WordCamps are excellent places to learn a new skill, get up-to-date on design trends, meet potential clients and partners, and geek out about WordPress in general. Having attended countless WordCamps across North America, here are my top tips on how to maximize your WordCamp experience.
A laptop is *optional*
It may not be apparent, considering this is a conference about technology, but unless you are planning on using your laptop to actively debug or work on your website, such as at the Happiness Bar, or participate in a live workshop, consider leaving your laptop at home. It’s widely accepted that written notes result in higher comprehension levels than typed notes; some sponsors even give away notebooks and pens to use. Leaving your laptop at home means one less thing to carry around and think about all day. As a presenter, I’ll often take a minute to store my laptop back in my room for just this reason.
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Browse the schedule in advance
Just because Tom McFarlin joined our team on April Fool's Day doesn't mean it was a joke! Read this interview with him to learn more about why this longtime WordPress community leader and WordCamp speaker made this surprising career move.
What seems like an April Fool’s Day joke, certainly is not. It’s true, folks. Tom McFarlin, longtime WordPress community leader, WordCamp speaker, and the person behind Pressware, has joined WebDevStudios (WDS) as a Senior Backend Engineer. (Pause for response.)
To set the record straight, Tom took some time during his first day of on-boarding at WDS and shared the story behind what propelled him to make this surprising career move and offered advice to anyone thinking about doing the same.
WDS: Hi, Tom. Welcome to your first day at WDS! What prompted your decision to make this big change in your career?
Tom: For the majority of the time I’ve worked with WordPress, I’ve known that I wanted to make a career out of it. In terms of how, though, I wasn’t sure.
Over the past few years of building custom solutions for small businesses and individuals, I wanted to begin applying much of that knowledge and increase my learning and experience in an enterprise setting with a great team who also allow me to pursue interests both inside the company and out.
This means that I can still moonlight on WordPress projects that are pertinent to Pressware, but I can focus
In this second part of our ‘WordPress Products, Audited’ series, we take a deep-dive into the ‘GS Team Members’ plugin that features organizations’ team members on a website. We go through a number of details of their marketing strategy, from their pricing structure to layout of their website, and offer our best advice to help increase conversions and a sustainable recurring revenue stream for WordPress plugin and theme sellers.
This is the second part of our “WordPress Products, Audited” series, where we try to help WordPress plugin and theme developers optimize their products for more sales & conversions in all possible aspects. We noticed that many WordPress theme & plugin creators and sellers are repeating the same mistakes, when it comes to the way they present, position and price their products, so we decided to launch this case-study audit series on the Freemius blog, in the hope that it will act as a source of valuable knowledge which product people can gain from and hopefully even use as action-items for their projects. Our next product audit came through thanks to Golam Samdani who agreed to have ‘GS Team Members’, his WordPress plugin, up for a public poke
Freemius is meant for WordPress theme and plugin businesses who want an easy, pay-as-you-go solution to bring their freemium and premium products to market.
Curtis McHale says what many of us have been thinking and saying for a while now: the WordPress project is going may not feel "wrong". but it sure as heck doesn't feel "right".
Overall, I'm not happy with the direction that decisions in WordPress have gone. This is not the WordPress I fell in love with. # Links
- Jetpack adding search recommendations: https://wptavern.com/jetpack-7-1-adds...
- WP Tavern on admin notices: https://wptavern.com/please-stop-abus...
- WooCommerce adding suggestions: https://woocommerce.wordpress.com/201...
## My Gear
- My gear: https://curtismchale.ca/my-gear
- Patreon: https://patreon.com/curtismchale
- Music: https://curtismchale.ca/epidemic
The post shares and compares five of the most popular user profile plugins.
Looking for the best WordPress user profile plugin to give your site’s members their own great-looking front-end profiles (and/or let them edit their profiles from the front-end)? In this post, we’ll share and compare five of the top user profile plugins that will help you do just that.
Here’s a quick comparison table so that you know what to expect, and keep reading for a lot more detail!
User rating (out of 5)*
Starting price for Premium
*According to WordPress.org or CodeCanyon user ratings
Profile Builder is a very popular user profile plugin that’s active on over 50,000 sites and has a 4.7-star rating on over 490 reviews at WordPress.org.
It comes in both a free version at WordPress.org, as well as a premium version with lots of extra functionality.
At a high level, Profile Builder helps you with everything “profile related”, including front-end…
The premium version also adds support for some more advanced features, like multiple forms/profile pages, WooCommerce sync, and lots more.
Profile Builder features
Let’s start with the
This is part of the NEW Advanced Query Control that will supercharge your Posts, Portfolio & Products widgets. Use it to create:
Starting an online magazine or any other content-heavy site on WordPress is a challenging task. Featuring the right articles at the right time – that’s a big part of the challenge. To help you better cope with featured posts, we significantly improved the post filtering options available in our Post, Portfolio and Products widgets.
Introducing Advanced Query Control – WordPress post filtering tools which include:
At Elementor, we care about improving existing widgets and features just as much as we care about introducing new ones. Lucky for us, we have the biggest focus group at the tip of our fingers; over 2 million users who use our tools daily and constantly suggest amazing improvements.
The improvements being released are based on suggestions from users. This shows the power of our open source solution that constantly gets better thanks to the power of our community.
Let’s dive in and see how these upgrades give you powerful capabilities when featuring posts on your news, listings and advanced websites.
Remember spending 4 hours on YouTube, watching one cat video after another?
This happened because of YouTube’s intelligent
See how much load time Elemetor is adding to a page to see if it is acceptable for you or not to have it used on your WordPress site.
In this article, I would like to present you a performance load test over Elementor page builder to see exactly how much is increasing your page load time. These days is important to have a fast loading site to be better for your visitors and have a more good bounce rate. This speed is important especially on mobile where the internet speed is not that good as on a desktop and where the user doesn’t have that much patience.
Elementor is the best page builder plugin that you can use as it has a lot of features and can help in creating very beautiful websites designs in minutes, it is mobile responsive and not expensive at all it even can be used for free with the free version.
Many are telling that if you are using Elementor you don’t even need a WordPress theme and you can just use Elementor for everything. This is actually true but you will see in this article that the things are not quite like this.
Plugins and Theme Used for Tests
For these tests, I am using a couple of Plugins and Astra Theme to test the Elementor Performance increase from the normal Astra load time. The plugins that are installed on my site are:
A recent post, in the Advanced WordPress Facebook group, asking how to get better has got me thinking so I've summarized a few comments into an article.
When you’re a developer working with any kind of software, you are striving to get better with years. Well, at least, that’s something I think we all as people are always trying to do (get better in any skill with practice). On April, 11th 2019, a developer has asked how he can become a better WordPress developer. He asked that in the Advanced WordPress Facebook group. And the reason behind that question is that he is still writing the same kind of code he wrote 3 years ago.
This is a sign of a developer who is aspiring to get better and wants to learn how to do it. I love that!
I’ll go over some answers that he got in the comments and then add my own view on it.
1. Code Reviews
Jason Bahl has suggested to ask for code reviews from other fellow developers. Here is a part of his comment:
When I started working at an organization that code reviews every pull request to the codebase I started learning a lot, often more so from reviewing others code than them reviewing mine.
Jason Bahl – WP GraphQL
He also mentions to read from open source projects. Since we are here talking about WordPress, he mentioned several big and successful plugins such as WooCommerce, Easy
Going beyond the whole Jetpack issue, the constant nagging messages within the dashboard are too much.
There are any number of things to love about WordPress. Chiefly among them is the fact that it’s open source and free to use in any way you like. For web designers and their clients, this keeps costs down and lowers the barrier to building a first-class website. For plugin and theme authors, it provides an opportunity to tap into and benefit from a large, existing marketplace. Everyone’s a winner, right?
Well, it’s not always that simple. There are times when the various interests who have a stake in WordPress collide with a difference of opinion (see: Gutenberg). And it seems that we’ve hit another one of those points of contention: The WordPress dashboard.
An Unseemly Tactic?
Recently, there’s been some fervor over a “feature” in version 7.1 of Jetpack (since removed, as of version 7.2.1), the venerable Swiss-Army-Knife of a plugin by Automattic (a driving force behind WordPress) that offers a ton of various functionality. The plugin had started to promote its own paid products on the WordPress plugin search screen, placing itself first in line over everyone else.
Funny enough, this did not go unnoticed by members of the community (which likely
A detailed comparison between SiteGround and DigitalOcean and how they are doing in hosting your WordPress site from performance, price, and security perspective.
I am using DigitalOcean for years to host my websites as I am working in a tech company and I find easy to do most of the work myself. I like to have a good site that is offering good performances and security, most of the times I wonder how DigitalOcean is comparing with SiteGround from a performance perspective. I need to host multiple websites and I need to take this into consideration when comes to price, I will take also into consideration when comparing SiteGround vs DigitalOcean. Both companies are offering different services so I will start next with what each of them is offering in terms of services and WordPress hosting.
What SiteGround Has to Offer
SiteGround is a managed hosting provider that offers shared hosting. It is offering various plans from which you may choose in function of the needs, we will discuss more on the next points. With SiteGround you just choose the package and they will set up everything that is needed to host your website. In the backend, it is using cPanel to host your sites. It has daily and advanced backups for you to protect the data. SiteGround it is running on the latest technologies like PHP7 and last MySql making your website very fast.
Brexit may have wide-ranging effects for WordPress plugin and theme sellers with customers in the EU. Learn how the upcoming tax changes may affect your business and what you can do to prepare.
The UK’s imminent departure from the EU (European Union) has left businesses across Europe struggling to understand how this change will affect them. For WordPress theme and plugin businesses, it makes EU VAT collection and payment even more complex than it already is. If you’re accounting for VAT on your own, you may be dealing with hundreds of invoices, difficult requirements for filing in each EU state member, and generally wasting plenty of time and money on bookkeeping. We’re here to break down the upcoming changes and explain what Brexit means for developers selling software to consumers or businesses in the EU. Let’s get started with the basics:
What’s the current state of VAT collection in the EU?
When selling digital products to consumers in Europe, you have to manage and collect the correct amounts of VAT rates from each and every one of your WordPress product sales. Your specific tax situation for the EU depends on where your customers are located and you’ll have to collect tax for each sale depending on whether you’re selling to businesses or consumers. Here are the different possibilities:
If your WordPress business is based INSIDE
Grow your e-commerce empire with this checklist. Article provides some guidelines on how to build a scalable e-commerce shop with WordPress.