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Community | jjj.blog | 7 hours ago

One hundred, forever

I like this idea. Sort of the 'this portion of the highway is sponsored by' boards you can see out there.

One hundred, forever

Community | jjj.blog | 7 hours ago

In 2014, Matt Mullenweg challenged the WordPress community to volunteer 5% of their time towards open-source and WordPress.org. A few months later, I ran a successful fundraising compaign that allowed me to donate 6 months worth of time towards BuddyPress & bbPress.
For 2017, and hopefully with your help, I’m going to try something a little different that I’ve nicknamed: ∞.
My goal is be a fully funded independent ambassador for WordPress & the surrounding initiatives, backed by many of the best companies who continue to push WordPress beyond its limits on a daily basis.
Practically speaking, I imagine this to work like a monthly retainer to work on WordPress core and Dotorg. Someone pays, say, $7500, and I get to say January 2017’s progress was brought to you by Pagely, February by GoDaddy, March by CrowdFavorite, April by Jetpack, May by WebDevStudios, June by GiveWP, and so on, forever.
(The structure is a bit TBD. Maybe it’s weekly rather than monthly, or quarterly, or something else entirely. Hopefully you get the idea.)
It’s like a podcast, but instead of airtime ad placement, it’s coretime leadership, contributor relations, and

Business | wpcurve.com | 8 hours ago

WP Curve joins GoDaddy

Very happy to welcome new colleagues to GoDaddy family. With this acquisition I expect that GoDaddy's WordPress support will get to new highs.

WP Curve joins GoDaddy

Business | wpcurve.com | 8 hours ago

Since 2013, we’ve solved 105,000+ WordPress problems, earned coverage in major media (Fox News, Forbes and Lifehacker) and helped thousands of entrepreneurs with their WordPress sites. We’ve also built a world-class team of WordPress developers, shared lessons learned on this blog, and even enjoyed a few beers along the way. With your help, we’ve been able to build a 100% self-funded and profitable business. We’d like to thank you for reading our blog, referring your friends and using our service – we appreciate you and are truly grateful for your support.
Recently, we’ve been looking at how we could help entrepreneurs on an even bigger scale. Today we’re excited to announce that we’ll be doing that by joining GoDaddy.
We’ve answered some questions you might have below:
Why GoDaddy?
We first met with GoDaddy’s hosting team in June 2016. We shared details about the WP Curve model, our team and exactly what we’ve done to get where we have. We quickly agreed that WP Curve services would be a great fit for GoDaddy’s customers. WP Curve complements GoDaddy’s expanding WordPress offering including Managed WordPress

5 min read Donna Cavalier
Development | tomjn.com | 6 hours ago

Post Meta Abuse

Interesting article showing how post meta data can be disastrous for a site when queried, and that custom taxonomies is the easy answer to solving this problem.

Post Meta Abuse

Development | tomjn.com | 6 hours ago

Post meta queries bring down databases, cripple traffic scaling, and dramatically inflate page load times. Thankfully there’s an almost trivial solution. Searching for Meta
The problem comes when you need to query for post meta. This is a data design failure. Examples include:
A meta key for posts that should appear on the homepage
Marking a post as belonging to another post to be shown in a list
Bundling posts together into threads
Setting a type, such as the type of fabric of a post of type t-shirt
Setting an items colour
These are all examples of post meta that we want to search for. We might want to show only the red items, or the t-shirts made of cotton. These sound reasonable, but the query to find those posts with that meta can have monstrous performance costs.
If post meta was built to be searched, we’d be using it to store categories and tags.
Isn’t this just good/bad practice pedantry?
No, sites have been brought down by this, and it’s the reason a number of popular plugins don’t scale to high traffic. Install Query Monitor on a slow site, and you’ll see these queries. Page builders and meta box frameworks are particularly prone to enabling

Business | managewp.com | 12 hours ago

GoDaddy Pro Re-launched with Bundled ManageWP

In depth explanation from acquisition to implementation. Check out the new GoDaddy Pro!

GoDaddy Pro Re-launched with Bundled ManageWP

Business | managewp.com | 12 hours ago

Back when we announced the GoDaddy acquisition, a lot of you were surprised. A lot more were concerned about the future of our service. Now it’s time to talk what we’ve been quietly working these past few months. No, it’s not a space octopus that devours your opponent’s websites; that’s on the 2018 road map. But a bit of context first.
Our goal has always been to make your life easier by giving you rock solid tools and making sure you don’t waste your time on trivial tasks that could be automated. We wanted a better hosting integration. A more secure transfer of client credentials. A way to provide you with business leads. Hiqh quality training and certification. All this and more require experience, funding and the manpower we didn’t have.
That’s why it made total sense to team up with GoDaddy: we had the reliable and intuitive way to manage multiple websites, and they have everything else – hosting, training, business leads, the whole shebang. So we joined them and started working with them on relaunching the Pro program.
So, what’s GoDaddy Pro?
GoDaddy Pro Family of Tools
GoDaddy Pro
Simply put, GoDaddy Pro helps web developers

Development | salferrarello.com | 7 hours ago

Increase "Tested up to" Value for WordPress Plugin

Brilliant idea! Somebody should make it a script where you input all the plugin slugs.

Increase "Tested up to" Value for WordPress Plugin

Development | salferrarello.com | 7 hours ago

For the purpose of this exercise, I’m going to update the Tested up to value for my Stop Emails plugin, without creating a new release. Get Your Subversion Repository URL
This URL is available on the Developers tab of your plugin on wordpress.org in the Subversion Repository link. In my case, the url is http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/stop-emails/.
Checkout a Local Copy of the Subversion Repo
svn co http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/stop-emails/
Navigate into your plugin directory with something like
cd stop-emails
Update Your “Tested up to” Value
You should updated your “Tested up to” value in your latest tagged release. Look in tags/ and find the latest version, in my case 1.2.0. If you want to edit this from the command line, you can use
nano tags/1.2.0/readme.txt
You can review the change by using svn diff
Push the changes back to wordpress.org
You then check-in your changes and include a message of the change.
svn ci -m "Tested up to bumped to 4.5 in tagged release 1.2.0"
Why I Wrote this Post
The only time I ever use subversion is for managing my plugin on wordpress.org. Every time I use it, I have to look up how.
For tagged releases (e.g.

Community | managewp.com | 1 day ago

WordCamp US Recap by the ManageWP team

A recap of WordCamp US 2016, including a short video we shot with some of the WordPress community people. Enjoy!

WordCamp US Recap by the ManageWP team

Community | managewp.com | 1 day ago

It has been a very emotional and exciting few days for all of us at ManageWP at #WCUS. I think I can speak for everyone when I say thank you to all of the WordCamp US organizers, speakers, sponsors and attendees for making this an incredible WordCamp. We are already counting down the days till next year! I want to leave you all with a few of our impressions and key takeaways. This photograph is a great snapshot of the WCUS feeling – smiles all around. Thank you Sheri for capturing this moment.
I am very grateful I was able to share this moment with my GoDaddy colleagues, Isaac and Noah.
GoDaddy & ManageWP Booth Action
Thank you all for stopping by, saying hello to us and supporting the GoDaddy Pro launch (more on that on Monday!). Overall we’ve had very positive feedback, and that’s not just about the swag, or as Lilly calls it schwwaaag. It was helpful for us to see you and hear all of your thoughts, so for those of you who came over and shared their knowledge with us, another big thank you. This kind of contribution from our users is what makes our product grow in the right direction. After all, we always focus on making our dashboard user friendly.
Vladeta,

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 14 hours ago

Dissecting the WordPress TinyMCE Editor

In-depth dissection of the WordPress TinyMCE editor: what it is, and how we can add additional functionality and custom plugins.

Dissecting the WordPress TinyMCE Editor

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 14 hours ago

This is the second part of two posts dedicated to WordPress editors. The first post was all about WordPress text editor, while in this post we will dissect the WordPress TinyMCE editor, and we will bend it to our will. Follow along below as we will show you how to: TinyMCE is a browser-based WYSIWYG editor written in JavaScript and released as open source software under
WordPress TinyMCE editor
By default, WordPress TinyMCE editor provides two rows of buttons to create, edit and format post content. The first row (the primary toolbar) includes styling and formatting functionalities. Additional controls allow to add, edit and remove anchors, add the <!–more–> tag, activate the distraction-free mode. All these buttons should look pretty familiar to anyone with basic knowledge of a word processor.
The Toolbar Toggle button toggles the Advanced editor toolbar (the second row of buttons), which provides a pulldown menu of text elements (paragraph, headings and preformatted text), more styling controls, and some additional features (Paste as text, Clear formatting, Special characters, Undo and Redo) that come in handy in many ways.
The Special characters table allow users

Community | speakinginbytes.com | 7 hours ago

How to Be a Better Human - Lessons from WordCamp US

Collection of gems from the WordCamp US, great if you have missed it.

How to Be a Better Human - Lessons from WordCamp US

Community | speakinginbytes.com | 7 hours ago

WordCamps are always educational. You hear about time-saving plugins, you see beautiful themes, and you learn about the latest SEO techniques. WordCamp US was no exception. I plan to write up some of my favorite SEO techniques from WordCamp US but today I wanted to talk a little bit about the non-technical talks. Knowing the best plugin to promote your latest blog post is great. But if you can’t work up the courage to write your first post then what good is the plugin?
Sara Cannon talked about creativity. And she starts by making a distinction between being creativity & being artistic.
"Creativity is not the same thing as artistic. It means opening our mind to new possibilities." @saracannon #wcus
— Patrick Rauland (@BFTrick) December 2, 2016
And this is important because everyone is creative. And if you don’t believe that then you sell yourself short.
She then talks about improv where they practice “yes and”. Affirming every idea instead of saying “no that doesn’t make sense”
Improv + Open Source. Take what exists, build on top of it. Don't be afraid to fail. #YesAnd #wcus
— Andy McIlwain (@andymci) December 2, 2016

14 min read Brian Krogsgard
Community | poststatus.com | 2 days ago

Matt Mullenweg State of the Word, 2016

I wrote about Matt's State of the Word, which included some really important announcements.

Matt Mullenweg State of the Word, 2016

Community | poststatus.com | 2 days ago

Matt Mullenweg just completed the 2016 State of the Word, which highlights the accomplishments of the past year, and sets the direction for the year ahead for WordPress. Matt Mullenweg just completed the 2016 State of the Word presentation at WordCamp US 2016.
This year, Matt focused on a variety of important topics, including the state of user experience in WordPress today, goals for future interface improvements, a WordPress growth council, internationalization gains, the further proliferation of secure websites, and important changes to the WordPress development process.
WordCamp US in Philadelphia
Matt began his talk by thanking the city of Philadelphia for being a great host of the first two WordCamp US events, as well as the sponsors, organizers, and volunteers that helped make WordCamp US one of the most successful and smoothest run WordCamps ever.
He also said the per person cost for WordCamp US is over $500 per person, and that only the sponsors make that happen. And next year, WordCamp US is making its way to Nashville.
WordCamps and meetups in 2016
There were 116 WordCamps in 2016, and over 36,000 attendees, 2,056 speakers, 1,036 sponsors, and 750 organizers.
There were 3,193

Plugins | yoast.com | 13 hours ago

We've created the fastest related posts ever

I've struggled with a reason to upgrade to Yoast SEO Premium. This might be it. I like how the system sounds. I guess we will see!

We've created the fastest related posts ever

Plugins | yoast.com | 13 hours ago

When we say “related posts for WordPress“, we say “bad performance”. Without using an external service like ElasticSearch, it’s practically impossible to have related posts work fast in WordPress. That’s why we’ve always stayed away from including any related posts plugin on our site. It’s also the reason we haven’t tried to come up with a solution ourselves before. In the upcoming release of Yoast SEO Premium, this will change. We found a way to have blazing fast related posts! Let me explain how we did that. Our solution has a frontend and an admin component. Let me start by asking a very simple question:
On a content page, what would be the fastest implementation of related posts you could think of?
The (somewhat dull) answer:
Simple, old-fashioned links.
You simply don’t need to generate related posts, if you already link to your related content in your text. Not only is this better for frontend performance, it also benefits SEO. It’s simply better to link directly to your related content in a meaningful context, than to use a generic related posts box somewhere else on your page.
Of course this is easier said than

2 min read Iain Poulson

Local by Flywheel

Stop debugging local environments and spend more time launching WordPress sites.

Local by Flywheel

Here are a few (okay, many) of the reasons why Local is the best solution for local WordPress development! Isolated sites powered by Docker
Hot-swap between nginx or� Apache 2.4
Hot-swap between PHP versions
Change site URL by simply typing� in the new domain. Database will be safely updated
All files, databases, configs, and Local settings will be cloned
Site URL is automatically and safely changed
Available versions: 5.2.4, 5.2.17, �5.3.29, 5.6.20, 7.0.3, and more� coming soon
Xdebug included: One-click integration of Xdebug + PHPStorm (Included �Add-on)
Opcache included
Tunnel powered by ngrok
View your site on mobile devices, tablets, � and other computers around the world as � long as you have internet access
Test Stripe WebHooks, PayPal IPN, and �REST APIs
Support for both subdomain and �subdirectory installations
One-click to sync sub-domains to hosts file
Save any site as a blueprint to re-use later
All files, databases, config files, and Local settings will be restored
Export includes site files, databases, config� files, log files, and Local settings
Importing sites will restore all files, databases,� and configs automatically
Exclude files from your exports such as� archives,

2 min read David Bisset
Community | ma.tt | 3 days ago

Matt Mullenweg: WP Growth Council

From Matt Mullenweg: "We'd like to bring together a a small group or organization that would like to contribute to growing WordPress."

ma.tt |

Matt Mullenweg: WP Growth Council

Community | ma.tt | 3 days ago

In the WordPress world, when we look back an 2016 I think we’ll remember it as the year that we awoke to the importance of marketing. WordPress has always grown organically through word of mouth and its passionate community, but the hundreds of millions being spent advertising against WP has started to have an impact, especially for folks only lightly familiar with us. I’ve started to hear about a number of folks across many WordPress companies and industries working on this from different angles, some approaching it from an enterprise point of view and some from a consumer point of view. There’s an opportunity for learning from each other, almost like a mastermind group. As the survey says:
Never have there been more threats to the open web and WordPress. Over three hundred million dollars has been spent in 2016 advertising proprietary systems, and even more is happening in investment. No one company in the WP world is large enough to fight this, nor should anyone need to do it on their own. We’d like to bring together organizations that would like to contribute to growing WordPress. It will be a small group, and if you or your organization are interested in

4 min read David Bisset
Community | wptavern.com | 5 days ago

Flywheel Acquires WordPress Local Development Tool Pressmatic

This is nice big news, especially for those who host with Flywheel or use Pressmatic. Clay Griffiths will be join Flywheel to support the product as part of the acquisition.

Flywheel Acquires WordPress Local Development Tool Pressmatic

Community | wptavern.com | 5 days ago

Flywheel has acquired Pressmatic, a local WordPress development application for OS X. The application was created by Clay Griffiths, who will be joining Flywheel to support the product as part of the acquisition. Pressmatic launched in July 2016 with a $129 price tag but Flywheel is opening it up for free for all users. The company is rebranding the product as “Local by Flywheel” and plans to create a Windows application, add off-site backups for local sites, and sell premium support.
“From the start, the application encompassed so many of Flywheel’s core values: speed, simplicity, and allowing designers and developers the freedom to do what they love,” Flywheel CEO and co-founder Dusty Davidson said. “It’s a perfect fit.”
Griffiths told the Tavern that he is excited for the opportunities that Flywheel can provide for Local going forward. “I originally built Pressmatic because I saw the gap that existed for a truly great local WordPress development experience, and now with the resources and team at Flywheel we’re set to really build something great,” Griffiths said. “I certainly could have continued to go at it

Community | wordpress.org | 4 days ago

WordPress.org Makes a Push for SSL Adoption

Early in 2017, WordPress will begin promoting only hosting partners that provide SSL certificates by default. Next, a push will be made for the adoption of SSL APIs.

WordPress.org Makes a Push for SSL Adoption

Community | wordpress.org | 4 days ago

We’re at a turning point: 2017 is going to be the year that we’re going to see features in WordPress which require hosts to have SSL available, just as Javascript is an almost necessity for smoother user experiences and more modern PHP versions for performance, SSL just makes sense as the next hurdle our users are going to face. SSL basically means the link between your browser and the server is encrypted. SSL used to be difficult to implement, and often expensive or slow. Modern browsers, and the incredible success of projects like Let’s Encrypt have made getting a certificate to secure your site fast, free, and something we think every host should support by default, especially in a post-Snowden era. Google also weighs SSL as a search engine ranking factor and will begin flagging unencrypted sites in Chrome.
First, early in 2017, we will only promote hosting partners that provide a SSL certificate by default in their accounts. Later we will begin to assess which features, such as API authentication, would benefit the most from SSL and make them only enabled when SSL is there.
Separately, I also think the performance improvements in PHP7 are particularly impressive,

9 min read Aline
Editorials | mhthemes.com | 16 hours ago

How to find the best security solution for WordPress

Tips for finding the right security solution. Make it as strong as possible and hope that it will never be needed.

How to find the best security solution for WordPress

Editorials | mhthemes.com | 16 hours ago

As WordPress market share grows, so does its attractiveness as a potential hacking target. That simple, stark truth is reflected in the results of Sucuri’s 2016 security report, which demonstrated that WordPress was far and away the most often targeted CMS, outpacing Joomla and Magento by a wide margin, as you can see in the screenshot from the graph in Sucuri’s report below. Image Source: Screenshot – Sucuri.net
WordPress vulnerabilities aren’t a sign that the CMS is weak or somehow natively insecure. It simply reflects the obvious: The more popular a platform is, the more likely it is to be a target of bad actors. Those security vulnerabilities can be found in all three code pillars of the CMS – the core files themselves, WordPress plugins, and also WordPress themes.
Image Source: Screenshot – Sucuri.net
As of this writing, the WPScan Vulnerability Database has cataloged over 5,200 vulnerabilities in all three categories. WordPress security is a huge topic. And so security goes well beyond changing the default admin username and picking a strong keyword, though you should of course do both, as they’ll help make brute force attacks more difficult

I'm Tom Willmot, CEO at Human Made; AMA!

AMA | 6 days ago

Hi!

Excited to answer your questions. I founded Human Made 6 years ago with Joe and Noel, we're one of the world's leading WordPress client service firms. We specialise in large-scale WordPress, usually 6-7 figure accounts with enterprise or big media. We run a line of professional conferences, so far based on the WP REST API and remote working. Our work internally has turned into several products, including Nomadbase and Happytables. We're bootstrapped at Human Made but have also gone the VC route with products.

We intentionally put a lot back into WordPress, through our work directly on Core with things like the WP REST API, Accessibility, Polyglots as well as our level of community involvement.

We're 40+ Humans spread across the globe, from the West Coast of the US all the through to New Zealand.

I spend a lot of my time focused on strategy, hiring, Humans & finances.

Ask me anything!

Hey Tom,

Thanks for doing the AMA here. :)

1) I believe the most sensitive question in the field is sales and lead generation. Could you tell us a bit more about what's your sales process, do you employ sales people at Human Made, what's the breakdown of incoming inquiries (say, through WP.com VIP, organic search, social media, conferences)?

2) What do you see as the most essential investment for a WordPress agency in terms of marketing and sales costs which strengthens the brand and generates more exposure and leads?

3) What is the most important piece of advice for negotiating and closing a deal with enterprises?

Thanks!

via Mario Y. Peshev

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

via Dodgers Benny

Easy! 100 duck-sized horses. I'd build a tiny chariot.

via Tom Willmot

Hi Tom,

Whom will you hire and why?

(a) Person w/ talents, but may be less experienced.
(b) Experienced Person, but may be w/ moderate talents.

Thank you!

via Omaar Osmaan

Happy to share!

1) Most of our leads come to us, around a third referred from WordPress.com VIP, the rest being Product, IT, Digital executives reaching out. The people that come to us usually have a connection to a past project / relationship / Interaction. Social media and organic search are not sales channels for us, enterprise and big media is all about network and people.

On the outbound side, we've had most success identifying companies/markets that would make good clients and then build those direct relationships with the right people internally. Things like sponsoring / speaking at industry conferences (we recently had a booth and drinks event at Digital Media Asia), industry meetups, etc.

We have a Commercial Director/Head of Sales, Ant Miller who owns this internally. In practice, selling is a team effort, often including engineers, strategy, PM etc.

2) Hire people who are used to talking to enterprise.

3) The bigger accounts are about account management and relationships, just being able to build the thing isn't enough. You need people who can talk to their executives and middle managers, use their language, make them feel comfortable and help them succeed. That's often quite separate from delivering a good product.

via Tom Willmot

Thanks Tom, appreciate the insight!

via Mario Y. Peshev
Business | prnewswire.com | 3 days ago

Liquid Web Hires WordPress Authority Chris Lema to Head Up Product and Innovation

Chris Lema positioned as VP of products and innovations at Liquid Web

Liquid Web Hires WordPress Authority Chris Lema to Head Up Product and Innovation

Business | prnewswire.com | 3 days ago

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Liquid Web, LLC (www.liquidweb.com), a $100 million managed hosting provider focused on web-dependent professionals, announced today the hiring of Chris Lema as VP of products and innovations. Lema brings more than 20 years of software development and product development experience to Liquid Web. Most recently, Lema served as an independent industry consultant focused on the WordPress community, sharing his insights via a daily blog, ebooks, public speaking and product strategy. Lema will develop innovative products to complement Liquid Web's traditional managed hosting suite of product offerings as well as integration with its recent Cloud Sites purchase from Rackspace. His addition demonstrates the company's commitment to its growing WordPress community, which currently supports more than 250,000 mission critical WordPress sites, and onboards, on average, one site every hour of every day.
"We are very excited about Chris joining the team. His experience working with our target customers, web-dependent SMBs and the creators who serve them, will accelerate our quest to build more innovative products for this underserved community,"

4 min read Borek Bernard

State of the Word 2016: The Significant One

This year's SOTW has been quite surprising, WordPress is about to change quite a bit during 2017

State of the Word 2016: The Significant One

Yesterday, Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word speech at WordCamp US in Philadelphia. At about 54 minutes in, he started a section that I found quite fascinating and means that WordPress 4.7 (to be released on Tuesday) might be the last release as we know it. If this sounds too strong, let me explain why I believe we’ve just witnessed a true milestone in WordPress’ history. “What got us here, won’t get us there”
You generally don’t make big changes when things go well. It’s easy to get the perception that things have been going very well for WordPress recently. 4.7 is a great release, the market share is growing, community maturing and businesses thriving. Overall, everything seems to be going in the right direction and that’s what the first 50 minutes of SOTW were about.
But then you can go deeper. I have recently had a chance to watch a friend trying to build a site on WordPress without any previous exposure, and it was painful. Even I don’t build WP sites that often and when I do, I am amazed how “2000” some things still feel, from basic UX to plugin / theme quality to development workflows. In a

3 min read Ahmad Awais
Development | wp-cli.org | 6 days ago

WPCLI Version 1.0.0 released

This is huge! 5 years of effort, so many contributors and such an awesome tool for devs!

WPCLI Version 1.0.0 released

Development | wp-cli.org | 6 days ago

Woohoo! Over the course of 5+ years, hundreds of contributors have worked to bring you WP-CLI v1.0.0, which I’m proud to announce today.
This release represents a level of maturity few open source projects achieve. It also marks a moment of transition. The WP-CLI project will shift its focus to the WP-CLI package ecosystem, where it will enable innovation by building and encouraging new features as standalone packages. We hope this approach will promote faster iteration and more creativity, and more sustainably distribute the maintenance burden. As these community packages find success, we’ll bring their learnings back into WP-CLI, alongside bug fixes and minor enhancements.
Now that the issue backlog is down to zero, I’m personally looking forward to getting more ideas cooking for runcommand, my own WP-CLI innovation studio.
Headed to Philly this week? I’ll be at Post Status Publish and WCUS (although only until mid-afternoon Friday). Say hello - I’m @danielbachhuber on Twitter.
On with the show…
Introducing WP_CLI::runcommand()
WP_CLI::runcommand() (doc) is the new best way to run WP-CLI commands from within your WP-CLI command. It’s as though

10 min read Eusebiu Oprinoiu
Community | make.wordpress.org | 5 days ago

Starter Content for Themes in WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7 will allow developers to define theme-specific content to help showcase their themes .

Starter Content for Themes in WordPress 4.7

Community | make.wordpress.org | 5 days ago

One of the hardest things for people setting up sites with WordPress for the first time is understanding what themes are and how a given theme can work for you, especially when there’s no content there to visualize. There are also significant gaps between local theme previews, screenshots, and .org previews. Even when there are easy-to-use site customization tools, it is difficult to figure out where to start and what things are going to be like. To help users along that path, 4.7 introduces the concept of “starter content” – theme-specific selections of content to help showcase a theme to users and serve as a starting point for further setup of new sites. Starter content works especially well in tandem with visible edit shortcuts, allowing users to not only see what content might work best where within a theme, but from there to be able to jump to building off of that base without having to initially spend time figuring out, say, which widgets areas map where.
How it works
Starter content is applied and displayed upon entering the customizer, with no changes appearing on the live site until customizer changes are explicitly saved and published. In 4.7, this

5 min read Dave Warfel
Community | kinsta.com | 5 days ago

Kinsta Launches Spanish Hosting Initiative and Website

Really awesome to see a WordPress host embracing the Spanish-speaking community. They've translated their website, knowledgebase, and even created a dedicated Twitter account. Another step in expanding WordPress' global reach.

Kinsta Launches Spanish Hosting Initiative and Website

Community | kinsta.com | 5 days ago

We are always looking for ways to expand here at Kinsta and so we are happy to announce our new Spanish hosting initiative. There has been a lot of work put into making this happen and we are excited to finally share it with you. This includes members on the Kinsta team that can now assist you in Spanish, as well as the launch of our brand new Spanish website. You can check it out now at kinsta.com/es/. This will help us bring our managed WordPress hosting services to more people around the globe in their native language. Kinsta’s Spanish Hosting Initiative
There are hundreds of languages spoken around the world, but here are a few reasons why we chose to launch our Spanish hosting initiative and additional ways the Kinsta Spanish team can now assist you with your WordPress site.
1. Large Number of Spanish Websites and Users
According to W3Techs, as of November 2016, WordPress now powers over 27% of all websites. And Spanish is being used on over 5% of all websites. While that might not sound like a lot, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of websites! Large sites such as YouTube.com, Facebook.com, Yahoo.com Twitter.com, and even WordPress.com all have Spanish versions

12 min read Iain Poulson

On The Fly Image Processing Causes More Problems Than It Fixes

Images and media are a requirement for all WordPress powered sites, especially when creating themes and plugins. Implementing images correctly so your code is compatible with others isn’t too tricky, as long as we all play by the same rules. In this article, Ian McFarlan walks you through the benefits of following standards around images and the dangers of On The Fly (OTF) image processing libraries.

On The Fly Image Processing Causes More Problems Than It Fixes

Images are the bread and butter of the web. Without images and other media the web would be quite different and not nearly as enriching; they are like a rug that really ties the room together. However, there is a concerning trend in the WordPress community to use on the fly (OTF) image processing libraries. Avoidable compatibility issues arise when themes and plugins forego WordPress’ built-in image resizing functionality in favor of OTF processing libraries. In this article I’ll be going over the implications of OTF processing in WordPress, the benefits of following image standards, and how to get along with images (and subsequently other developers) in a WordPress environment.
What Is On The Fly Image Processing
Before we dive too deep, I should briefly explain what OTF image processing is, how to spot it, and where you can typically find it within WordPress projects. OTF image processing, also known as on-the-fly cropping, enables developers to reshape, crop, and filter images through the use of URL parameters (old school) or manipulation classes (more common approach nowadays). Using OTF processing enables the developer to define one-off, custom dimensions and manipulation

10 min read Eusebiu Oprinoiu
Community | make.wordpress.org | 5 days ago

Customizer Improvements in WordPress 4.7

WordPress 4.7 comes with many new improvements for the Customizer. Read all about them in the official announcement made by Nick Halsey.

Customizer Improvements in WordPress 4.7

Community | make.wordpress.org | 5 days ago

WordPress 4.7 has been the most active release on record for the customize component, with four major feature projects merging and shipping with 4.7 and over 90 tickets closed as fixed. This post summarizes the highlights of the user and developer-facing changes. 4.7 Customizer Feature Projects
Create pages within live preview during site setup
Add new pages while building menus and setting a static front page; outline your site directly in the customizer.
This project began with the ability to create posts and pages direction from the available menu items panel in the customizer, as originally proposed near the end of the 4.6 cycle:
The current navigation menus system is built around a paradigm that every menu item must be associated with an existing piece of content. However, this is problematic for new users, who may find themselves with the opportunity to build a menu before creating any content. #34923 seeks to improve this experience and eliminate this usability … Continue reading
Subsequent changes also added the ability to create new pages when assigning the front page and posts page in the Static Front Page section. Because this is now built into the core dropdown-pages