Pirate Forms, a popular forms plugin created by ThemeIsle has been acquired by Awesome Motive in an all-cash deal. As part of this acquisition, Pirate Forms will be retired in favor of the more powerful WPForms plugin.
Today, I’m excited to announce that we have acquired Pirate Forms, a popular WordPress contact form and SMTP plugin, with over 300,000 active installs. Pirate Forms was created by ThemeIsle, the company behind popular WordPress themes Zerif and Hestia. They built the plugin in 2015 to add a simple contact form solution to their fast-growing themes. At the time, most WordPress form plugins were not beginner-friendly.
That’s why in 2016, we launched WPForms with a single mission: create the most beginner friendly WordPress form plugin in the market.
Since then, WPForms has passed over 1 million active installs and has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 (with over 2400 five-star ratings).
I have met Ionut (ThemeIsle founder) at numerous business conferences, and we always talked about increasing collaboration between our two companies. We both put user experience as our #1 priority and have a lot of similar philosophies regarding the WordPress product ecosystem. In his recent visit to United States and Awesome Motive HQ, we furthered our discussion on ways to work together and shared our respective growth plans for our companies.
During our conversations, we both agreed that
Our clients have need and deadlines. Here are some things we do to ensure that we deliver their WordPress website projects on time.
The past month, I have been watching from my home office the comings and goings of an array of contractors at my neighbor’s house. They are building an addition to their home, preparing for the birth of their first child. I have watched the frenzied movements with curiosity and, I am not afraid to admit, a bit of anxiety knowing that her due date was quickly approaching. As a Project Manager, I started to think this is very similar to the way our clients come to WebDevStudios (WDS). Much like my neighbors, our clients have a need and a deadline to go with it. Perhaps their timeline for a new website corresponds to an upcoming event or a new fiscal year. Regardless, we respect these due dates and deliver their website projects on time. Here’s how: We obtain assets early.
First, we ask for all assets, third-party integrations, hosting information, etc. early on in the project life cycle. If we wait till we get to the point in development when we actually need them and there is a hiccup, it inevitably would set us back. By simply asking upfront, we eliminate those disruptions. Even if our clients don’t have this information at the start, it gets the ball rolling sooner
This is an in-depth step by step guide to adding CPT to WordPress without code. In the past, you had to manually code CPT content you created using CPT plugins like ACF. Now, you can use Elementor to visually edit and style your dynamic content.
WordPress is not just a blogging platform. By using Custom Post Types, you can build all kinds of complex websites, turning WordPress into a full content management system. There are several plugins, including Elementor, which help you manage custom post types and build content that is custom fit to your needs.
Whether you are interested in adding movie reviews, real estate listings and even WooCommerce products, all this functionality is possible thanks to custom post types.
Post Types are “types of content”, grouped in a structured way within WordPress. Because WordPress’ most famous post type is called “Posts”, it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that Post Types are inherently about WordPress Posts. But a Post Type is a generic term that encompasses all types of content.
Currently, there are 8 default WordPress post types.
User Data Request
Most users are familiar with the two most common post types: Posts and Pages. Although similar, Posts are time-based listings while Pages are hierarchical in structure, with Parent > Child relationships. Also, Posts make use of taxonomies
An article on why and how to sell your WordPress plugin using Freemius.
Starting a plugin business these days is hard. The market feels saturated and it looks like that everything you think of is already there. In such a saturated market, how will people find your plugin? I have thought of the same thing. I’ve decided that I want to focus on developing (and a little marketing) but I don’t want to lose my energy on maintaining a licensing solution. In this article, I’ll try to make it easier for you to start a plugin business with Freemius. Why Freemius?
There are of course a lot of options you could choose to sell your WordPress plugins with. One of the most popular ones is using Easy Digital Downloads and their Software Licensing. Another one is using WooCommerce and their Software Add-on.
There are a bunch of other options which I’ve described in my other article on making money with WordPress products.
I’ve chosen Freemius because they have a platform that just works with a 5-minute integration SDK. They also work on extending their platform with new features and improve existing ones. One of the great things is that you don’t have to worry about payment gateways, VAT and similar stuff that involves transactions.
Our video round-up of the best WooCommerce themes for 2018. These are the best free themes to help you get started on your eCommerce journey.
Check the best free WooCommerce themes that can help you begin your journey into the world of e-commerce. To to build an online store check this video: https://youtu.be/L51Xakm_xDI
0:20 | ShopIsle
1:25 | Hestia
2:31 | StoreFront
3:31 | Capri Lite
4:04 | Belise Lite
5:29 | Shopper
6:00 | Azera Luxury Shop
6:49 | Easy Commerce
7:47 | EightStore Lite
8:33 | Orfeo
Today, e-commerce is one of the main money-making methods for businesses that want to move their operations to the online. That’s likely one of the reasons why the community of web developers made e-commerce possible on WordPress too.
Check the features and demos for WooCommerce WordPress themes doesn't have to take a lot of time. The list with the best free WooCommerce themes is based on our experience.
All demos are available here: https://justfreethemes.com/themes/eco...
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WordPress security is super important. But, as times change, knowing which classic WordPress security advice to follow and not to follow isn't easy. David Hayes of WPShout fame shares advice on what not to worry about.
Following last week’s post about WordPress security, in this post, I’ll start with advice I see commonly in other places that I don’t see much point in doing. Most of this advice is nearly harmless to slightly beneficial if it’s done. But the reason I don’t recommend it is that its benefits (where they exist) are so small. And the possibility that spending time on them makes you ignore more-valuable security practices is big. You’re free to do these, but I just don’t think they’re worth the time invested because the gains they give are very small. Don’t Bother: Hide WordPress Version
We’re starting with the most useless piece of common security advice—that you should hide your WordPress version number, or that you’re using WordPress. The second is very hard to do in a serious way, and the first is basically valueless.
Hiding that you’re running WordPress is hard, and most people are trying to do it merely by changing or eliminating a <meta> tag in their site. No reasonably intelligent botnet builder is going to be relying on that, and many webmasters of non-WordPress sites report that they see people
Just in case anyone was wondering whether the Genesis theme framework was going to be compatible with Gutenberg, here's a definitive answer from StudioPress & WP Engine
Gutenberg is the future of WordPress. It brings the promise of new functionality, enabling developers and designers to create reusable modules (“blocks”) for design and content, while empowering end-users to combine and customize those modules to do everything from launching twenty simple landing pages in an hour to building a complex new digital experience. There are also valid concerns with the project, on subjects such as launch timeline and backwards-compatibility. A healthy path forward means addressing concerns while embracing the new benefits.
There are some key questions we want to help you answer such as…
How will Genesis support the transition to Gutenberg?
How will this result in new, wonderful features for the designers, developers, and end users of Gutenberg-enabled WordPress sites?
How will Genesis make it easier and more efficient to create new Gutenberg-powered themes?
How will Genesis help you lead with Gutenberg?
We’re going to be posting heavily in the coming months on studiopress.blog to help address these questions and to share the work the newly expanded Genesis engineering team is doing to help you lead with Gutenberg.
The Gutenberg launch
Lessons learned and revenue breakdown shared in the first TranslatePress transparency report.
Key learnings from launching TranslatePress, a WordPress multilingual plugin that anyone can use The WordPress plugin ecosystem is quickly becoming a very crowded space. It’s getting harder and harder to get noticed and build something people will use, even more so pay for.
Over the course of 12 months, TranslatePress grew to over 20K active installs on wp.org and closed last month with over 4500$ in revenue from its premium versions.
This article is meant to cover the lessons learned while launching a new WordPress multilingual plugin, as well as challenges faced along the way.
Why build a new WordPress multilingual plugin?
To give you a little context, before we switched completely to plugin development, we were a custom development agency, so we had to deal with translation plugins from day one. Our projects varied from simple presentation sites with a few pages to complex multilingual setups that needed ongoing development and maintenance.
We didn’t like the translation workflow of almost all of the existing multilingual solutions on the market (non-visual, out of content, found in multiple places).
While as developers we could make it work, there was always a lot of
In this interview David Aguilera, co-founder of Nelio Software, shares some precious business insights they've been able to reach in their growing company, just in time for WordCamp Barcelona 2018...
David Aguilera is the Chief Product & Quality Officer at rapidly growing Nelio. We met at the last WordCamp in Paris and, after chatting for a while, I figured it would be interesting to get his take as a WordPress product & services guy and publish it for the Freemius blog readers. David, thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
Let’s start by getting to know you a bit – what is your educational and professional background?
Thanks for having me. I’m really happy to do this!
I come from Barcelona, Spain – or, well, at least it was Spain when this interview took place because right now there’s this pro-independence movement in Catalonia and… nobody knows how it’ll all end!
Images are the key factors for the loading speed of your website. If you optimize these images to the extent possible then it will reduce the loading time of your website. But a question may arise, Which are the best optimization plugin for your Wordpress website? Hence, here i have shared five best plugin for WordPress Image Optimization.
When it come to increase the loading speed of your website, images are the most important factor behind it. Image Optimization can improve the loading speed to a great extent. Here, In this post, we have collected some of the best image optimization plugins for your WordPress Website. But before moving with the article, let us understand What is Image Optimization with an Example?
Just have a look at below two images. Though both the images are similar in look, they are still different in sizes. This is because the first Image is without compressing whereas the second image is after compressing.
The first image (one without compressing) is 44 KB in size whereas the Second Image (one with compressing) is 32 KB in size. This is known as Image Optimization or Image Compressing.
Image Optimization Plugins
If you are wondering on how to Optimize Images for web without losing quality then refer the below 5 best image compression plugins for it.
This one is our favorite. If you are the looking for the simple to use the plugin then this will work best for you. But to use this plugin, you will need to subscribe to ShortPixel to get the API Key.
Short Pixel Image Optimization WordPress PlugineUpon
The Millennial market an important one, but often difficult to attract using old school practices. Learn how to use your website to attract Millennials.
Did you know that Americans aged 25 to 34 had the highest monthly internet usage recorded in 2017? It’s no secret that with more and more people going online globally, we’re more connected than ever before. But the one group you should be considerate of are the Millennials. It’s an important market that is often difficult to attract using old school practices. In this article, we’ll go over how you can use your website to attract Millennials. Classified generally as individuals born between 1980 and early 2000s, Millennials are not only utilizing the internet the most, but they’re known for expecting transparency, personalized experiences, and a deeper social impact from brands with whom they engage. The big question is, is your website built to speak to them? And if not, how are you going to build a website to attract Millennials and engage with them in an authentic way? Think about the statistics below to orient you to the way a Millennial thinks and operates.
They touch their smartphones 45 times a day.
They are far less likely to buy something because it’s convenient, something many companies capitalize on. Rather, they’re
It doesn't matter if your website project is for mass media, a university, or eCommerce. Proper project management is key to its success. Learn why.
Have you ever been involved with a project that didn’t have project management? Have you ever had a client insist that they didn’t need project management, or that they had a project manager on staff who could manage your team of engineers? We have experienced all of these scenarios at WebDevStudios (WDS), and we know first-hand why project management is critical to the success of a website project, be it media, eCommerce, or a website for a university. Project Managers are typically thought of as overhead to the website project. False. Project Managers are key in organizing the project, communicating between various stakeholders, overseeing the project from initiation to completion, and ensuring budgetary and quality compliance.
Let’s break this down even further. Here’s what our Project Managers accomplish at WDS:
Initiate and organize the project up front
Based on the proposal, define a plan and deliverables
Organize all deliverables into milestones
Outline a project timeline based on milestones
Manage standard outlines of time, delivery, user story and acceptance testing per task
Project Managers are the main point of communication between the customer and
The WordPress ecosystem has been trying to improve the site editing experience since before plugins entered core in WordPress 1.2 (2004). There have been page builders, theme frameworks, front-end editors, etc. all trying to improve the WordPress site editing experience. Now core is doing it via Gutenberg. Here's why WordPress needs it and what it means for page builders.
WordPress is the largest CMS in the world, powering ~1/3 of all websites. The WordPress editing experience hasn’t changed much in over a decade and Gutenberg now aims to completely reinvent it. That’s a big deal. It won’t be easy, but here’s 1) why it’s worth it and 2) what it means for page builders.
The Wild West
The WordPress ecosystem has been trying to improve the site editing experience since before plugins entered core in WordPress 1.2 (2004). There have been page builders, theme frameworks, front-end editors, etc. all trying to improve the WordPress site editing experience.
Like every meaningful advancement, there are these wild west days of churn to find something that works. A lot of great tools and learnings have come out of this, but it has also led to fragmentation across dozens of page builders, theme frameworks, etc. that don’t work well together.
If you’ve been around WordPress for a while you’ve likely seen some cringe-worthy examples of this. For example, a site with a bloated “multipurpose” theme with bundled functionality…using a page builder…and using WooCommerce or some similar monstrosity.
Does your website feel slow? Does it take a couple of minutes for your website to fully load? If so, then these 3 plugins might help speed your WordPress site up.
Does your website feel slow? Does it take a couple of minutes for your website to fully load? If so, then you’re definitely going to want to do something about it. If it’s frustrating for you to wait for your website to load imagine how visitors to your site feel! Let me first say that your site could be running slow for a couple of different reasons:
The site itself is not optimized properly for speed (which this post will address)
You have a terrible hosting company
The WordPress plugins I’m going to discuss below will address the site optimization issue but not your hosting. If your site is still super slow after installing these 3 WordPress plugins you might want to take a look at switching to a new host.
Image compression is very important for having a speedy site. This is especially true if you have an image-based or image-heavy website. After you install the plugin it will scan your media library and compress all the images you already have uploaded. Going forward it will compress any new images at the time you post them.
Don’t worry about it messing up your image quality or damaging the user experience. It’s not going to change how images look to
If you want to create an entire eCommerce store with WordPress, you have plenty of tools at your disposal. This post covers some methods/plugins that you can use to sell on WordPress, including everything from a full eCommerce store to a single payment button. As well as recommendations for when each method is your best option and the basic steps you need to take to get started with any of the methods.
Learn about the SEO impact of managing multiple websites, and the pros and cons of using WordPress Multisite to do so from SEO expert, Pam Aungst.
WordPress Multisite is a feature of the core WordPress.org software that allows multiple websites to be powered by a single installation of WordPress. There are several considerations to evaluate when determining if managing multiple websites through a Multisite network is right for you. But before we talk about whether or not to use Multisite, let’s discuss whether or not you need multiple websites at all.
Use Cases for Deploying Multiple Websites
There are several reasons to build and manage multiple websites for one business, including:
Companies that have more than one physical location
Global organizations with divisions in multiple countries that require content in multiple languages
Large companies that have separate divisions or subsidiaries for separate purposes and audiences
Educational institutions with multiple campuses and/or different schools within one university network
Companies that acquired another company, yet want to maintain separate brands
Companies that want to deploy a microsite strategy for either SEO or building brand reputation for a specialization
Sometimes the decision of whether or not to deploy and start managing multiple websites is
Basilis started using WordPress back when it was B2 :) Check out some of the cool stuff he is doing as a developer with WordPress and the Instagram API over at NinjaOutreach.
There are quite a few activity log plugins available on the market though all of them are very different, both in terms of coverage and detail, but also features. Hence why you should learn a bit more about each and test them before choosing the right one for your WordPress site.
Managing a WordPress website can be time-consuming and difficult, especially if you have a lot of content and users. Fortunately, you can use a simple but powerful WordPress activity log plugin to keep track of everything that happens on your site. The benefits of using an activity log plugin include:
Greater control over your site
Improved security and compliance with key regulations
Quicker troubleshooting when something goes wrong
In this post, we’ll talk a little more about why you should consider adding a WordPress activity log plugin to your website. Then we’ll explore five of the top options, before showing you how to get started with WP Security Audit Log, the plugin which we chose to work with. Let’s jump right in!
Why You Need a WordPress Security Log Plugin
WordPress is a fantastic platform to build your website with, for a lot of reasons. However, no platform is perfect. Hackers and spammers are finding new ways to break into websites every day. If you really want to safeguard your WordPress site and its data, you need to look into some additional tools.
What solutions you opt for will depend partly on your specific site and its needs. However, a solid
This... this is absolutely the right solution. Hope it happens.
Over the past week, developments which I predicted back in December last year have come to fore, and I am deeply concerned about the effects they will have on WordPress (the application) and the community unless we take decisive action. Short version: For various reasons, many WordPress users will be faced with a complex dilemma when 5.0 and Gutenberg comes out:
a) Get the latest version of WordPress and risk compatibility issues / costly retraining, redesign, or entire rebuilds, and/or other problems, or b) choose not to upgrade and end up running an old and eventually insecure version of the content management system.
So far, the response from WordPress leadership has been to install the “Classic Editor” plugin which as the name suggests reintroduces the classic WYSIWYG editor once the Gutenberg Block Editor becomes the default. This is, in my opinion, a dangerous road to go down both for the end-user and WordPress itself.
Classic Editor as a permanent solution won’t work
Classic Editor is a bit like using a band-aid to plug a hole in a ballon as you are inflating it. It may work right now, but as the balloon continues to grow, the band-aid not only won’t do
Website design trends for media publishers is a continually moving target. In this industry, the life cycle of a website can be much shorter than that of a small business or company. Use these recommendations to get user attention, keep their attention, funnel their interactions, and retain that interest.
Website design trends for media publishers is a continually moving target. In this industry, the life cycle of a website can be much shorter than that of a small business or company, especially in the world of lifestyle blogs. Many of the most popular media publishers rely on just a handful of things to get their users attention, keep that attention, funnel users to achieve some conversion, and keep them coming back for more. These things aren’t design-related, but inform design, and to date, there are several conventions at play to accomplish those goals more effectively. Use the recommendations below to get user attention, keep their attention, funnel their interactions, and retain that interest.
Grab User Attention
You have one shot to grab your user’s attention, approximately seven seconds, which is already longer than the average time spent on any given web page to begin with, so you have to make it count.
Make a Big Impact
A significant trend right now is bright, vibrant, full-screen and saturated blocks of content. These don’t typically serve any immediate purpose other than to grab your attention. This sort of block typically limits content to a single call
Do you have a high bounce rate? If people are leaving your website after only a few seconds these might be some of the reasons why.
Do you ever land on a website and then immediately hit the back button or close the browser tab? You probably do it a lot more than you realize. I did it twice just this morning. You do it because something about the site bothered you enough that you made the split second decision that whatever you came to see just wasn’t worth it.
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Imagine if people were reacting that way to your website. What if they are?
If your Google Analytics show that people are landing on your site and consistently leaving after only a few seconds you likely have a problem.
Here are the top 7 reasons people are probably leaving your website too quick:
1. Your Site Loads Too Slow
This one you really shouldn’t need any convincing on. Think about it. How long do you wait for a site to load before moving on? In an age where attention spans get shorter and shorter by the year you only have at MAX a few seconds to get someone on your website. If your site doesn’t load by then most people will move on.
Online retail giant, Amazon, has calculated that a one second delay in their
Pam and I talk about how she's developed her SEO process, she gives great advice on how to handle PPC and Facebook Ads, and the importance of sharing information.
Sponsored by: So far this season we’ve looked at starting an SEO agency and an SEO product. But what we haven’t looked at was a good strategy – especially when it comes to Pay per Click and the like. Well that changes this week with our guest, Pam Aungst. She’s an SEO expert with her own agency that wants to make sure SEO is a personalized strategy. She tells us how in this episode.
For now, Gutenberg is opt-in but eventually will be opt-out. Once Gutenberg is made available to a wider audience, support documents and official blog posts will be published to inform users about the new editor.
As part of the roadmap unveiled at WordCamp EU earlier this year, WordPress.com has started rolling out Gutenberg to a subset of users. According to a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer, the team is testing the implementation to determine the best way and time to enable it. Users will not be able to use Gutenberg unless their theme is updated to support blocks and the various alignment options.
Theme Wranglers are already in the process of adding support to WordPress.com’s nearly 100 free themes.
A quick search of the WordPress.com support forums for Gutenberg provides some insight into what users think about the new editor. For example, this user provided feedback on the use of so many icons without displaying their textual equivalent.
For now, Gutenberg is opt-in but eventually will be opt-out. Once Gutenberg is made available to a wider audience, support documents and official blog posts will be published to inform users about the new editor.
WordPress is very popular open source platform to built your eCommerce website. If you are in search of free WordPress plugins you can find here.
WordPress is very popular open source platform to built your ecommerce website, here are some very useful WordPress plugins for free. They are easy to install, upgrade and customize with useful functionalities. Here is the list of free WordPress plugins for your website.
1. Avartan Slider WordPress Plugin
Sliders are one of the most vital plugins that a blog needs. Representing your offerings in an attractive way is easier with Avartan Slider. This slider plugin has gain much popularity as it offers various features like Mobile responsive, SEO friendly, simple drag and drop backend, slide layouts and animation options, browser compatibility. The plugin offers to add images and videos to it, It gives total customization settings.
Generally, a blogger or website owner has to stick with only one layout as per theme, but Blog Designer is breaking this law and allows you to give new looks per post or per page. In free version, it comes with 6 different and unique layouts and in PRO version it comes 35+ layout option adding up many more other features to it. So if you want to decor your blog in your own way, Blog designer must be your pick.
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