PHP 8 is expected to be released on December 03, 2020. It will bring new features, deprecations, and performance boost. Check what's new in PHP 8!
PHP 8 is expected to be released in December 2020 and will bring us a whole bunch of powerful features and great language improvements. While several proposals are still under development, many RFCs have already been approved and implemented, so it’s time for us to dive into some of the most exciting additions that should make PHP faster and more reliable.
Please, note that PHP 8 is still under development, and we could see several changes before the final release. Anyway, we’ll keep track of these changes and update this post regularly, so make sure you don’t miss anything about PHP 8 and check this post again from time to time.
So, what features and improvements should we expect with PHP 8? What’s the biggest thing coming with PHP 8, the next major release of the language?
Let’s dive in!
PHP JIT (Just in Time Compiler)
The most acclaimed feature coming with PHP 8 is the Just-in-time (JIT) compiler. What is JIT all about?
The RFC proposal describes JIT as follows:
“PHP JIT is implemented as an almost independent part of OPcache. It may be enabled/disabled at PHP compile time and at run-time. When enabled, native code of PHP files is stored in an
Having your website’s content in Google News is a great way to increase traffic. This is a tutorial about how to submit your WordPress site to Google News properly.
The aim of Google News is to filter through the world’s news and make timely news accessible to readers in a way that’s easy for them to read, understand, and put to use. So what does this mean for your website and your site?
Lots of traffic, credibility, and authority.
If that sounds like something you’d like for your WordPress site (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t) then read on to find out everything you need to know about how to submit your site to Google News.
What is Google News?
Google News is a news aggregator that curates a customizable flow of recent news articles and stories from the last 30 days.
Today, it’s even more than that as Google News stories can surface in other Google products, such as:
Google News feed (duh)
“Top stories” section in the SERP page
The “News tab” in the SERP page (like the one you have for images, so to speak)
Google Discover, Google’s new feed based on improved Knowledge Graph able to provide custom results based on a single user’s search history.
Here’s what Google News looks like:
Content is organized into categories, depending on your location and language settings.
Find out what's the best way (and easiest) to translate a WordPress website in 2020.
What’s the best way to translate a website in 2020? This is a popular question among website owners, and especially if it’s a business website that you’re running! In this tutorial, we take you step by step through the entire process and show you all the stages of translating your website in its entirety – from menus to content, images, and even SEO.
Let’s get started:
What’s the best way to translate a website?
If your website runs on WordPress then getting it translated is a fairly easy thing to do. However, you still need a translation or multilingual plugin to handle the main task. Here’s why:
You might have heard that WordPress is “translation-ready” or “ready for localization,” which suggests that all the tools required to get your website translated are already there, built-in.
This is partly true.
WordPress being translation-ready only means that it makes it possible for website translation on the code level. In other words, if you’re a web developer, WordPress has some ready-made structures for you in place that add translation capability to your themes or plugins. But this doesn’t help the end-user
Nobody likes to wait. Increase the speed of your site to optimize your conversions without further delay with our 10 tips.
Page speed is officially recognized as a ranking factor in Google. However, Google spokespersons Gary Illyes and John Mueller have gone out of their way recently to insist that it is only a small factor. Although they remind us that there are lots of good reasons to improve your site’s performance. Improving conversion rates for example. However you look at it though, slow sites are not good. No one wants to wait more than a few seconds for a page to finish loading. So let’s have a look a few tips to help you boost your page speed. #1 – Hosting
Your choice of web hosting provider counts for about 60% of your page speed. It is an important choice to make and there are a lot of options on the market. Here are a few tips to help chose the best solution for you:
Geographic location. Your servers should be as close as possible to your end users
Avoid cheap offers (a few dollars per month). They are usually limited or have hidden costs.
Prefer cloud-based web hosting that can evolve in a few minutes (extra processor power, RAM, disk space, etc.). Especially useful for eCommerce sites that can have peaks of traffic around Black Friday, Christmas, Sales, etc.)
Up to date hardware
Still struggling with working from home? You're not alone. At the very least, focus on staying healthy while working from home. Doing so will help support your overall remote work endeavors. Try these tips.
As many people join the work-from-home revolution due to COVID-19, it is important to remember a few key items to help navigate this new environment. At WebDevStudios (WDS), we are very familiar with remote work since this is our norm; and we love to share what we have learned to help others. Making sure to focus on your physical, as well as mental well-being, is top of the list. Being remote can lead to feelings of isolation and laziness. So, taking time out of your day to do things for yourself is very necessary. Let’s go over some things you can do for staying healthy while working from home (WFH). Don’t forget
It is paramount that people remember to do the small things, like drinking water and going to the bathroom. It may seem silly, but I remember being a first-time remote worker. I would get so involved in my work (or worried that people wouldn’t believe I was actually doing anything) that it would be 1 p.m. when I realized all I had was coffee and I hadn’t gotten up to use the bathroom since I woke up.
Working that way can leave you feeling drained very fast and lead to burnout. As part of your staying healthy while working from home routine, I recommend
The goal of this blog post, by WebDevStudios Frontend Engineer, Marty O'Connor, is to dive into Gutenberg content blocks and document some useful examples for all skill levels.
Goal The goal of this blog post is to dive into the existing Gutenberg content blocks and document some useful examples for all skill levels. Let’s see what’s possible by simply configuring existing blocks to make clean, quick, functional layouts and spicing up your WordPress site with Gutenberg content block recipes. No code required.
Who benefits from Gutenberg Content Block Recipes?
Anyone with a basic understanding of WordPress can build the following examples now. I hope that everyone from non-coders to engineers will appreciate how easy it is to build clean, simple layouts with these exciting features. Seasoned developers may come to realize that they can save time by opting for a solution that’s already baked in, or at least glean some inspiration for making your own custom block that functions in a similar fashion.
I’m using the Twenty Twenty theme for
Step by step guide on building a website with user accounts on top of WordPress, using the Profile Builder Pro user management plugin.
In the past, websites consisted of simple static pages with information. These days, website owners are looking for ways on how to build a website with user accounts for a variety of reasons. For example, you can let visitors create user accounts on your website in order to generate user engagement, encourage user-submitted content, or make your website more community-oriented. It’s also a great way to manage the information that different users are able to see on your website and provide exclusive content to paying members.
Profile Builder Pro is an all-in-one user registration and management plugin for WordPress, that makes it easy to create a website with user accounts. You can integrate it with other plugins, add-ons, and tools to add advanced features to your site. For example, you might consider creating a member directory or user listing. This way, members can connect with one another and set up their own public profile. Users can easily create their own account.
In this article, we’ll show you how to build a website with user accounts in WordPress using the Profile Builder Pro plugin. We’ll also explain how you can integrate it with Paid Member Subscriptions
The story of Sagar Patil and his first successful venture into WordPress plugins with SSL Zen - a simple tool to automate SSL certificate issuing!
One of the best excuses for not changing your website is that it might “break your SEO”. Unfortunately, it happens. Many hard-earned rankings and traffic have been lost to a poorly managed site migration. We thought it would be useful to give you some advice to help you through the process and avoid the worse happening.
One of the best excuses for not changing your website is that it might “break your SEO”. Unfortunately, it happens. Many hard-earned rankings and traffic have been lost to a poorly managed site migration. We thought it would be useful to give you some advice to help you through the process and avoid the worse happening. In part 1 of the article we’ll look at getting ready for the migration. In part 2 we’ll move onto the things to do on the day of the migration itself and shortly after.
1st piece of advice: include SEOPress in your new WordPress site installation
Working from home is new to so many people who are not used to managing the security of their computer. Here are some cybersecurity tips for remote workers.
There’s no question we live in interesting times. The recent global pandemic has had everyone scrambling to try and meet customer demand and keep employees working. For the lucky ones who get to continue working during this crisis that means making changes to how we work, largely doing everything remotely. With millions of people working from home, who may have never had to manage their cybersecurity, this new way of working brings with it some potentially serious security concerns. That’s why we’re taking this time to offer you some cybersecurity tips for remote workers. I’m lucky enough to work for WebDevStudios as a Support Engineer. We are a fully distributed company. That means we all work from home. WebDevStudios has been 100% remote for over a decade, and we’ve all learned some important lessons and acquired expert knowledge.
Before we jump in, though, what exactly is cybersecurity? To over simply it a bit for the purposes of this article, it’s basically best practices for defending your computers, servers, corporate assets, and electronic systems or data from malicious actors who try to take advantage of vulnerable systems. With even more
WordPress plugin development is an essential skill set in the WordPress ecosystem, and there are many ways in which you can make money leveraging your knowledge. Here are 4 ways to make money as a WordPress plugin developer.
More than a third of the websites on the internet are built with WordPress, and more and more developers are realizing the great opportunity that lies in the growing demand for different functionalities based on this open-source platform. WordPress offers many amazing business opportunities, and some companies have built a six-figure monthly income building new plugins. The question on everyone’s minds? How to create a profitable and sustainable business out of developing awesome plugins for WordPress!
This is where Freemius steps in to show you 4 approaches you can take to leverage your coding and development skills and create your own online business.
****____What is Freemius? ____****
90 Sec explainer video - https://youtu.be/l-164n9fDLo/
Check us out @ https://freemius.com/
Subscribe to the blog - https://freemius.com/blog/
****____More Great Videos!
Want to improve site performance and reduce bots and hackers? These Cloudflare settings are perfect for WordPress users!
By acting as a reverse proxy in front of your site, Cloudflare is an all-in-one security and performance product that is used by over 12% of websites around the world. As a WordPress user, adding Cloudflare to your site can help boost site performance and reduce the impact of malicious bots and hackers. How?
Once configured properly, all requests to your site will hit a Cloudflare server first which will then determine whether the request should be forwarded to the origin server, served from cache, blocked, or processed with custom rules.
In this guide, we’ll dig deeper into the optimal Cloudflare settings for WordPress, highlight the difference between Kinsta DNS and Cloudflare DNS, talk about caching and security setups, and show you how to configure Cloudflare for WordPress Multisite installations.
Kinsta DNS vs Cloudflare DNS
Before we dive into Cloudflare settings and how to tweak them properly for your WordPress site, let’s go over the differences between Kinsta DNS and Cloudflare DNS. Kinsta DNS, the premium DNS service included in all of our plans, is powered by Amazon’s Route53. Route53 is an enterprise-grade DNS service that offers fast and reliable resolution.
A great, informative post on coming up with content ideas
We take a look at some tips from a number or WordPress meetup organizers on how they’re keeping their events running virtually.
In these unprecedented times as we continue to stay and work at home as much as possible, we believe it’s still vitally important to continue working with the numerous community events we’ve been so honored to participate and support over the last few years. And, whilst it’s no longer possible to meet in person, we’ve been truly impressed by the number of WordPress meetups that have moved to virtual events instead, helping to continue the sharing of information, knowledge and ideas. It’s never been more important to keep this going – especially when the world can feel so unconnected right now.
The next few months are uncertain for many businesses around the world but one thing is for certain, maintaining personal connections and interactions among the communities we work in will continue to be a valued resource for many.
Whether you’re a solo worker, freelancer or part of an agency, the work the various WordPress community leaders are doing to keep the meetups going is what makes this community so amazing! So let’s take a look at some tips from a number or WordPress meetup organizers on how they’re keeping their events running –
The cache busting query string is useful for instructing a browser to use a “new” version of an asset when that asset has been modified. Here, WDS Lead Engineer, Richard Aber, walks us through cache busting scripts and styles.
All browsers implement a private, client-side browser cache. When a browser visits a page, it downloads the scripts and stylesheets (amongst other assets) into its cache. This caching is beneficial to performance, reducing network traffic and page load times. Other pages on a site may implement the same assets. So, it is faster to reuse those assets from cache than it is to download them again on subsequent page loads. However, this same caching mechanism can also be a hindrance, under certain circumstances. If, for example, you make changes to your custom WordPress theme’s scripts and stylesheets, browsers may not see those changes, if they have already cached those assets during a previous visit. One tried and true method for dealing with this is the cache busting query string. This has been a useful approach for instructing a browser to use a “new” version of an asset when that asset has been modified. When a script or stylesheet’s source URL changes with a cache busting query string, the browser sees it as a new and unique URL. So customstyle.css?ver=1.0.1 is considered distinct from customstyle.css?ver=1.0.0. If the browser had already cached ?ver=1.0.0,
Plenty of WordPress hosts seem to love telling people that they "need more PHP workers" without any data whatsoever to back it up. Here's how PHP workers actually operate and how they impact your WordPress site.
PHP workers are getting a bad rap lately in the WordPress hosting world. Most commonly, they’re being cited as a scapegoat for a hard upsell by the host. Let’s dig in a bit deeper and discover the truth behind PHP workers and how they apply to hosting WordPress sites. Table of Contents
There you are, just minding your own business – literally minding your online business – when your workflow is suddenly interrupted with a prolonged loading page.
You say to yourself, “That’s weird. It seemed to be working fine just a moment ago”, so you tap the refresh button. After a moment, you see a white screen with a 50x error printed across the top. You want to be sure that it wasn’t just a freak accident, so you give that refresh button one last tap and the WordPress admin page you were working on loads right up. It’s like nothing ever happened.
Since the incident, a million thoughts of panic and discomfort are running through your mind. “Was this just a random issue? Should I worry about this? How often does this happen? Do my customers see this too?”
Unfortunately, there’s no magical catch-all answer. This “blip”
How to beautify your blog? Leave a first good impression in your reader's mind. Follow these tips and that will support you in your blogging journey.
One sure way of inviting people to read your blog post is to have a fantastic website. While the content is very critical, you can chase away readers if you do not pay attention to the design. There are many themes and plugins, such as the WordPress blog design plugin, to beautify your blog. The main advantage of using some of these plugins is that you do not need any coding knowledge. The steps are easy to follow and definitely frees you from having to hire a web designer to do the job for you. In our article below, we will share with you tips and tricks on how to beautify a blog. It will especially be beneficial to anyone who is hosting their website on the WordPress platform. It, however, does not mean that you cannot use the tips even when hosting your site on other web builders.
1. Think About Your Theme
The first step to beautifying your blog is to pick the right theme. Platforms such as WordPress have excellent themes and plugins that you can use to create your website. Plugins like the blog designer our easy-to-use and give you tons of designs and templates to choose from. You can go with the free option or the paid version that has more features and benefits. The right template
The change in consumer behaviour we are currently witnessing may not just exist in the short term, rather what we may see is an evolution of behaviours and see the establishment of a new set of norms – redefining our global commercial landscape.
While the impact of the COVID19 pandemic continues to reverberate through global economies, it remains difficult to discern when we might return to a semblance of ‘’normality’’. Yet, whether it’s in six months or two years down the line, there will come a day when restaurants, nightclubs, and brick and mortar retailers can reopen. However, while on the surface things might appear as they were, the change in consumer behaviour we are currently witnessing may not just exist in the short term, rather what we may see is an evolution of behaviours and see the establishment of a new set of norms – redefining our global commercial landscape.
In order to grasp an understanding of what these long term implications might be, we need to look at early signs of shifts in behaviour, understand what consumer behaviour is impacted by, and whether these trends are likely to continue into the future.
What’s for sure is that a change is coming, and businesses ought to be aware of this and adapt their commercial approach accordingly.
What impacts consumer behaviour?
Bringing things back to basics, consumer behaviour is essentially the actions that consumers take
Actionable tips for improving your SEO and ranking in multiple languages.
There are a lot of ways to bring more traffic to your website. You can create new content, purchase ads, and use social media to drive visitors. One approach you might not have considered, however, is adding more languages to your website. Translating a full WordPress site takes work, but it can be a lot easier than you might imagine. If you take the time to perform Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for multiple languages as well, you may be surprised by how much additional traffic it will drive to your pages.
In this article, we’ll break down how adding more languages to your website can increase traffic. Then we’ll walk you through five tips to improve your site’s SEO for multiple languages, so you can reap the full rewards of translating your site. Let’s get to work!
Why Adding More Languages to Your Website Can Boost Traffic
A lot of the web’s best content and websites are in English. However, there’s a lot more to the internet than those sites. In fact, some of the biggest social media platforms and e-commerce sites in the world barely use English at all.
The more languages you add to your website, the more people you can reach. Including Spanish
Announcing $10,000 in waived fees from Freemius for sellers switching to subscriptions-first pricing, and the latest data covering the impact of coronavirus on WordPress plugin and theme downloads, installs, sales, and subscriptions.
There are a lot of uncertainties in the world right now due to coronavirus. Lockdowns have been placed on at least 20% of the global population, which has changed people’s lives very quickly (myself included). Everyone has some big questions on their minds: How bad will it get for my family, my business, my country, and the world? While many of us are stuck at home, let’s keep in mind that we’re all in the battle against the virus together. There’s a lot we can do in the meantime to prepare our plugin and theme businesses to be more successful on the other side, starting with looking at data to forecast where we might be in the next few months. While some companies are growing and hiring, others are struggling to adapt to the changing situation and declining rapidly. Through all this, we’ve seen global internet usage spike 10-20% because of the increase in people staying at home.
All these factors come together to impact WordPress developers differently, but one of the biggest indicators for WordPress as a whole – and specifically for plugin and theme devs – includes data on downloads, active installs, and new sales.
Good ol’ Google Trends
Have you ever wondered how you can Slack off better and communicate more effectively? If your team is already using Slack or considering it, try employing some of these practical tips.
Have you ever wondered how you can Slack off better and communicate more effectively? Shenanigans aside, Slack is an awesome instant messaging platform service that allows teams to communicate seamlessly from across the globe, making working from home a little bit easier. If you have recently found yourself working from home, all of sudden, consider checking out my blog post on tips for working from home, including setting up your perfect work environment and the basic etiquette of remote work. If your team is already using Slack or considering it, try employing some of these practical tips for using Slack. GIFs
If you are like me, nothing hurts mentally worse then seeing a huge wall of text. Although Slack is an awesome tool for business communication, who says you can’t have fun at work? Enter the humble GIF, one of my favorite tips for using Slack.
Before we start, I have to advise that you pronounce it with a hard ‘G,’ like ‘gift,’ not like the peanut butter Jif. (If this joke escapes you, please see how to Pronounce GIF ). Built into all Slack channels is a shortcut called /giphy that makes adding GIFs to your Slack channels easy-peasy.
Step One: Start
Having an author box on your site comes in handy if you have more than one author that is writing for your blogs so your readers can become more familiar with them.
An Author Box is one of the ways you or your business website can get more exposure. This is a box often found at the bottom of your blog post that gives some information about you or the author of the text. It displays whatever text you decide to enter, along with a picture you have set up on your Gravatar Account. Having an author box on your site comes in handy if you have more than one author that is writing for your blog so your readers can become more familiar with them.
This is all needed if you want to boost your likability and make the conversation with your customers more personal.
An Author Box can be shown and creates if it comes as part of your current WordPress theme, but the more common way is with a plugin. Here we will list top free, and premium plugins we believe are great for creating Author Boxes.
1. Simple Autor Box
Simple Autor Box is a WordPress plugin that adds a responsive Author Box to your site. It is added at the end of your blog post, and it will include the author’s name, the uploaded gravatar picture, and a short description.
The plugin comes with multiple social profile fields (up to 30) on your user screen so you can choose to display the author’s
In most cases the goal of these automated outreach messages is to broaden the reach of the campaign and improve the conversion rates.
Anyone with an email address has, at some point, received a promotional email from some company. You may have purchased some of their products in the past or just shared your contact info with them, but hardly could you avoid being targeted in at least one campaign as a potential buyer. Automated outreach emails are a part of the marketing automation process, and various businesses or entrepreneurs frequently use them.
In most cases, the goal of these automated outreach messages is to broaden the reach of the campaign and improve the conversion rates.
These aims are achieved if the email automation is done correctly and professionally. Otherwise, it may harm the reputation and following of the business in question. We’ll take a closer look at both scenarios. But first some…
General Info on the Process
Email marketing, in general, works well as a way of funneling potential customers and leading them towards a purchase. Correctly done and effective outreach automation needs to distribute relevant content and information. Also, the filtration process here is the most efficient if it’s gradual. Besides, close monitoring of the prospectives’ reactions to the campaign
There are many free addons that can make your website even better. They can improve your website loading time, and you can create a great looking website with no coding.
If you have a website on WordPress, then you probably know about Elementor, a free page builder that lets you create awesome websites. If you haven’t heard about it, well, it’s great! It is the first fronted page builder to offer limitless possibilities in design, and it comes with many widgets, large template library, and mobile editing tools. It replaces the basic editor with a live one so you can create complex layouts and have the best website quality, without developers.
What’s even better is the fact that you can add numerous plugins and addons to this page builder to make it even better.
There are many free addons that can make your website even better. They can also improve your website loading time, and you can create a great looking website with no coding.
Here we listed the best ones we think you should have.
Essential Addons for Elementor
Essential Addons for Elementor is probably the most popular Elementor plugin that offers more than 65 elements divided into six groups. There is the content module (contains elements like Info Box, Content Toogle, Creative Buttons), dynamic content bundle (lets you show posts, data, galleries, and products), marketing