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12 min read Kobe Ben Itamar
Business | freemius.com | 1 day ago

This WordPress Agency Turns Its Custom Plugins/Themes to A Recurring Income

One WordPress agency's recipe for turning plugins/themes built in-house into a recurring income from their clients

This WordPress Agency Turns Its Custom Plugins/Themes to A Recurring Income

Business | freemius.com | 1 day ago

At Freemius, we work closely with our partners, so we get a unique opportunity to encounter some very interesting monetization use-cases and business models. Today I’d like to share one specific example that can help many WordPress agencies (and freelancers) to increase their monthly bottom line with in-house developed plugins & themes. This is the success story of Ryan Theis, a partner of ours. Ryan shares how they did it at their agency – BNG Design, an Inc 5,000 Web Design & Marketing agency from Fargo.
Ryan – thank you so much for taking the time to make this interview, I’m sure many agencies & freelancers will be excited to learn from your creative way of upselling custom developed plugins to your clients.
Could you please start by telling us about ‘BNG Design’?
‘BNG Design’ is a web design and marketing company based in Fargo, North Dakota. We started in 2012 as one of the four divisions of BNG Team. The thing that caused me to start BNG Design was seeing a gap in the local market that wasn’t being filled. I had gotten into building websites and marketing online in 2007, shortly after starting with BNG. At that

8 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 20 hours ago

Some Handy WordPress Media Library Hacks

Would you like to give more power to the Media Library? Check this handy tips.

Some Handy WordPress Media Library Hacks

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 20 hours ago

The WordPress Media Library is a powerful tool that makes it easy to upload, edit and delete images and other media. Moreover, it allows to filter, select, include media into posts and pages, with caption, description and alternative text, generating the necessary HTML code. Most of times, the WordPress Media Library covers the most common requirements of a site administrator, and we don’t have to add new functionalities. Anyway, in case we’d need to enhance specific features, WordPress provides a number of functions and hooks that enable us to give more powers to the Media Library without the use of 3rd party plugins. So, in this post we will dive into these functions and hooks with four practical examples.
WordPress Media Library Hacks
Here is our table of contents:
Attachment Post Type and Metadata
Anytime we upload a media file, WordPress generates an attachment post type. Just like any other post type, attachments are registered into the wp_posts table, and the respective metadata into the wp_postmeta table.
The wp_posts table stores data like post_content (attachment description), post_excerpt (attachment caption), post_author, post_title, post_status, post_mime_type.

5 min read Joe Casabona
Editorials | wpinonemonth.com | 7 hours ago

10 Reasons You Should Learn HTML & CSS if You use WordPress

WordPress is great for those who don't know HTML and CSS, but for those who do, it can open up a world of possibilities. In this article, I explore 10 reasons why HTML & CSS can enhance your WordPress experience.

10 Reasons You Should Learn HTML & CSS if You use WordPress

Editorials | wpinonemonth.com | 7 hours ago

If you work with WordPress a lot, you've been there. You've found a great theme or plugin that does exactly what you need it to do, and looks almost exactly how you need it to look. Bu still, you wish it would look slightly different. Maybe you want to change the color or the font. Maybe you want to add a small section for a disclaimer. So now you're faced with a question: leave it as is, or hire someone to make the smallest of changes. But here's the thing: there a lot of ways WordPress gives you the ability to make small changes with HTML & CSS. In this article, we'll look at 10 reasons why you should learn them. The Text Widget in WordPress is a versatile little widget that can be used when all other widgets fail. You can put anything you want in there, from just text, to simple markup, and even some CSS. Knowing HTML & CSS will definitely help you power up your widget areas when you're in a pinch.
The Customizer
The WordPress development guidelines are pushing for theme and plugin developers to use the Customizer (Appearance -> Customize) when possible, and as a result, we're seeing lots of areas to add HTML, CSS, and even Javascript. Learning HTML & CSS will help

2 min read Phpbits Studio
Plugins | widget-options.com | 5 hours ago

Introducing 'Widget Areas for WordPress' — A Brand New Free Add-on

Creating WordPress sidebar widget areas just got a whole lot easier and more convenient using this brand new add-on!

Introducing 'Widget Areas for WordPress' — A Brand New Free Add-on

Plugins | widget-options.com | 5 hours ago

Creating WordPress sidebar widget areas just got a whole lot easier and more convenient using Widget Areas add-on. Widget Areas for WordPress
This brand new free extension will let you create unlimited sidebar widget areas without worrying about any PHP code on your functions.php and even filter the visibilities per post types. You can create separate widget areas per post types and let them appear before or after the post contents. This will automatically be displayed without touching any file on your themes. Easy!
Managing each widget area is pretty easy that any user can use the plugin right away. Just go to Appearance > Widget Areas after the plugin installation and activation and you can start right away. After creating each widget area, just go to Appearance > Widgets and start adding your widget contents.
Using side by side with Widget Options Plugin you will have the best and easiest widget management on every WordPress sites you have! Let the plugins handle this feature and you will never have to worry about your premium themes update, which most of the time needs extending manually via custom codes for you to add several sidebar widget areas that you may need.
Another

Pro | erineflynn.com | 3 days ago

What to say when a potential client thinks you’re too expensive

Ready made templates to use with your client. Remember, your time should be worth much more than a cup of coffee.

What to say when a potential client thinks you’re too expensive

Pro | erineflynn.com | 3 days ago

If you’ve been in the design business for a while, you’ve likely heard this from potential clients before, “you’re too expensive!” or something to that effect, anyhow. So what do you do?
You’ve got a few options! Here are some handy-dandy email scripts I’ve created that you can copy+paste, and tweak to send to those potential clients!
Note: These scripts are not intended to be used verbatim, but to be edited to fit your own situation and level of professionalism. Use these scripts as a starting point, but tweak them to work for you!
Option One – Educate Her on Why You’re Awesome
Hey ____!
I realize that this is a large investment, but I can assure you that I am delivering top-notch service that you won’t receive with a low-cost alternative. My clients have seen results such as ____ and ____ because I work with you to really make sure that you’re receiving a design that works for you and your brand. I’m not just creating a _____, I’m helping you achieve your goals.
If you don’t have the funds available at this time, I understand. Please keep me in mind for the future. If you are able and willing to invest

7 min read Iain Poulson

Automating Local WordPress Site Setup with Scripts Part 3

It’s been awhile since Matt wrote part 2 of the Automating Local WordPress Setup series, so he thought he'd revisit the scripts to add the things that he's still been doing manually like setting up virtual hosts and prepping the WordPress install for development.

Automating Local WordPress Site Setup with Scripts Part 3

In my last post in the Automating Local WordPress Setup series, I created a WP-CLI package for quickly installing and uninstalling WordPress. I’ve been using this package for a while now, and have been itching to make it more useful for a typical development workflow. I recently switched from using a single virtual host to hold all of my development sites in subdirectories (i.e. http://localhost/example) to using a dedicated virtual host for each development site. There are several advantages to having it setup this way, but I had been using subdirectories to avoid having to manually manage each virtual host.
I also still catch myself doing things that I know should be automated. Things like deleting unnecessary data, removing the default themes/plugins, and installing new plugins, are things that can be automated to make development easier. In this post we’re going to take a look at some ways to make all that possible.
Working with Virtual Hosts
If you’re not using them already, there are two main reasons for switching to virtual hosts for local development:
You can have a different environment for each host, with each site running a different version of PHP
The URLs

8 min read David McCan
Community | wptavern.com | 2 days ago

Solving the Mystery of How People Actually Use WordPress

With a tight focus on just a few projects, other possible initiatives have been put on the back-burner. Jeff Chandler keeps the discussion of collecting anonymous usage information alive with this article. At the end of the article there is a simple poll.

Solving the Mystery of How People Actually Use WordPress

Community | wptavern.com | 2 days ago

I’m in favor of WordPress collecting more anonymized usage data that could help make informed decisions on changes or improvements to core, such as tracking changes to the WordPress user interface, which buttons or settings are used most often, etc. A good example of when this data could have come in handy is the recent removal of the justify and underline buttons from the editor in WordPress 4.7. During the discussion on whether they should be removed or not, a number of people questioned if there was any user data available that would indicate how much they’re used and help gauge the impact of removing them.
The only data available to help make an informed decision was provided by Mel Choyce. Choyce shared statistics from WordPress.com and its variety of editor interfaces that indicated Bold, Italic, and Links are used the most while Lists and Blockquotes are the second most used buttons.
The Center and Left alignment buttons are used often, but the data doesn’t determine if people are using them to align text or images. Information on which headings are used most was not available. The team did not have any usage data specific to the WordPress core editor.
In the

2 min read Alex Denning

We made a free course on the key principles of WordPress development

This free email course covers the five key principles of WordPress development, an obvious starting point for aspiring developers. Made this with WPShout – very interested to hear feedback!

We made a free course on the key principles of WordPress development

Make sense of WordPress development Learning WordPress development can be challenging, but it's a lot easier if you understand the core principles that make the software tick.
In our free five-day course, we walk you through the most crucial concepts in WordPress development:
“WordPress is a factory”: the key analogy that explains what WordPress is
The WordPress template hierarchy
The Loop
functions.php
WordPress hooks
You'll learn how WordPress and its themes operate at their most fundamental level, and how your own code can change things at each step in this environment. This knowledge is your first step to becoming a bona fide WordPress developer.
This is our distilled and friendly explanation of the building blocks of WordPress development. Start the free course today!
“I found each section well explained and easy to read. A great introduction to what is required to start as a WordPress developer.” -Stephen, developer

Community | kinsta.com | 3 days ago

Interview with Sallie Goetsch of WP Fangirl

Check out this interview with Sallie Goetsch of WP Fangirl, a WordPress consultant who can help you build a new site. She also organizes the East Bay WordPress Meetup and is a regular panelist on the WP-Tonic podcast.

Interview with Sallie Goetsch of WP Fangirl

Community | kinsta.com | 3 days ago

You can find Sallie on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with her, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I’m actually a classicist: I spent 5 years not getting a PhD in Greek and Latin language and literature. That’s how I came to build my first website, too. My specialty was ancient theater in modern performance. It’s a small field; practically everyone who does it knows everyone else. In 1993, with the help of a couple of colleagues, I started an online journal about the subject (reviews, listings, articles), published by FTP and Gopher. In 1994, someone showed me the World Wide Web. I found a Teach Yourself HTML book and got started. That publication would have been perfect for WordPress, but this was the “Uphill both ways barefoot in the snow” days of web development. There was no such thing as a content management system. (Didaskalia (www.didaskalia.net) still exists, but alas, it’s still not on WordPress.)
At the end of 1998 I moved back to the US after four years in England and retired from teaching. I spent about 18 months just regaining my health

5 min read Ben Pines
Community | elementor.com | 2 days ago

New Elementor Feature - Flip Box (Including a Unique 3D Effect)

This week we are adding 4 Pro features that we know our users will love: flip box, blog pagination, masonry layout and Ken Burns effect. Be sure to check out the sneak peek video we've made portraying the new flip box possibilities.

New Elementor Feature - Flip Box (Including a Unique 3D Effect)

Community | elementor.com | 2 days ago

Interactive design is all the rage now. Here in Elementor we have always strived to offer you a wide range of features that add interactivity to your site. Hover and entrance animations, carousels, slides and toggles are just a few examples of widgets that involve visitor interaction. Now, comes a new widget, that adds another level of interactivity - the Flipbox widget.
Forget everything you thought you knew about flipboxes. Elementor Pro's Flipbox gives you more design possibilities, as you will see in the examples below.
A flip box is a box that flips over when you hover over it. You can choose from different animations, and customize the look and behavior of each flip box. Flip boxes can help make your content more interesting, improves the user experience and also allow you to accentuate your business features, products and services.
With Elementor's new Flip Box widget, you get all the basic flip effects, including flip, push, slide, face, zoom in and zoom out. The flip animation effects work seamlessly, with no hiccups or stalls.
You can add a captivating 3D effect to your content boxes and make them truly unique. The 3D option is available for all the flip directions and can

Tutorials | magicpress.net | 6 hours ago

How to create an image slider for your WordPress site

A tutorial on Smart Slider 3, one of the most popular WordPress slider plugins. It is powerful, feature-rich and very easy to use. The plugin allows you to create a slider for your posts and pages only with a few clicks, while providing the capability to fully customize every element in a slide.

How to create an image slider for your WordPress site

Tutorials | magicpress.net | 6 hours ago

Smart Slider 3 is one of the most popular WordPress slider plugins. It is powerful, feature-rich and very easy to use. The plugin allows you to create a slider for your posts and pages only with a few clicks, while providing the capability to fully customize every element in a slide. 1. Install and activate Smart Slider 3
The plugin is free and can be downloaded at the WordPress plugin repository. Upload it to your server or add it directly through the Dashboard at Plugins > Add New, then activate it to get started. Smart Slider will appear in the Dashboard menu on the left.
2. Create a slider
Upon clicking Smart Slider in the menu, the plugin Dashboard appears. You may notice a sample slider already exists, but let’s click New Slider to create our own!
A slide can be added to the current slider by clicking New Slide. The process of creating a slide begins by selecting its background image. Pick one from the Media Library or upload a new one, and you are good to go.
Click the slide to edit its content and the slide editing area appears. Notice the toolbar on the left. This allows you to add elements to the slide, such as headings, text blocks, images or buttons. Think of each

Tutorials | mythemeshop.com | 7 hours ago

WordPress 101 - Learn WordPress The Easy Way

Easy way to learn about WordPress in video tutorial. And you have to feel the power of WordPress.

WordPress 101 - Learn WordPress The Easy Way

Tutorials | mythemeshop.com | 7 hours ago

WordPress is a popular blogging software and a content management system. Regardless of whether you want a personal blog, a news website or a full fledged corporate website - WordPress can be used to create that website you have been craving for since long. More than 23% of all websites are powered by WordPress and it is only 11 years old. Needless to say, WordPress has revolutionized the way we create websites and to this day, it continues to amaze us.
WordPress is really easy to use and simple to setup. However, it does take a while getting used to. Once you do get a hang of WordPress, you can create all sorts of websites with it.
There are a lot of guides online that you can follow to know exactly what WordPress is, what it does, how you can benefit from it and how you can start using it. But, we decided to create an ultimate video tutorials guide to help you understand the ins and outs of WordPress.
We have created these extensive WordPress tutorial video series to help you understand WordPress basics and to know exactly how you can tame this beast for your own benefit.
These WordPress videos are 100% free and we will never ask you for a single penny to watch them. This is our way

8 min read Nevena Tomovic
AMA | managewp.com | 6 days ago

Ask WordPress influencers questions, get professional answers

Season 4 of Ask Me Anything is starting on March 8th. This season we have lots of experienced WordPress professionals ready to share their knowledge. You can get some valuable advice on design, business, development, community involvement, marketing, social media and much more. Don't miss out!

Ask WordPress influencers questions, get professional answers

AMA | managewp.com | 6 days ago

After the Christmas hype, and the New Year celebrations, skiing holidays, and endless afternoons cozied up with a hot chocolate, there is one more thing to look forward to this winter. It’s better than your favorite TV show, it’s season 4 of Ask Me Anything. This season we have a power line-up of business owners, WordPress core contributors, freelancers, designers, social media experts and WordPress enthusiasts. It’s the season of all seasons, and it starts on March 8.
If you want to find out a bit more about the idea of the AMA, and why it’s important, have a look at Get Free Expert Advice From WordPress Influencers. For those who are interested in a deeper behind the scene’s look, this is for you, Ask Me Anything: WordPress Influencers Answering Your Questions. One thing is certain, this season is promising to be the best one yet!
Without further adieu, I want to introduce you to the main protagonists, our lovely contributors. Drum roll please!
Kristina Romero
Actress, Writer, Web Consultant, Business Coach, Rockstar Teacher. Kristina has lots of work experience and knowledge to share. If you need advice on starting a business, maintaining or creating

4 min read Primož Cigler
Business | codeinwp.com | 2 days ago

How to Optimize ThemeForest Landing Page - Elite Authors Chip In

Sabina from ThemeIsle/codeinwp made a thorough research including opinions and experience from power elite TF author what works and what not on ThemeForest item pages.

How to Optimize ThemeForest Landing Page - Elite Authors Chip In

Business | codeinwp.com | 2 days ago

When first jumping on the Envato train as a theme author, no one really knows where the rails are heading. There are no manuals or steps to follow that would guarantee the success of your ThemeForest themes. What’s even worse, the word goes that for those too late to the Envato party, the train has long left the station. At ThemeIsle, we’ve recently submitted two new themes to ThemeForest. Not much to brag about yet, though, we’re still trying to figure things out (read: not too many sales coming our way yet).
Right after the first theme was up, we’ve begun working on improving our landing/item page to make it convert better. At the end of the day, a ThemeForest landing page works just like any other landing page, doesn’t it?
Well, at least that was the assumption.
So I searched the web for some answers, looked for the best practices among theme developers, what is crucial and what isn’t when building the perfect ThemeForest landing page. But, surprise, surprise … this is not a hot subject. Almost no info at all on how to go about optimizing your ThemeForest landing page.
For a marketer, this was quite puzzling. Why isn’t anyone sharing?

Development | medium.com | 9 days ago

Matt Mullenweg on WordPress and Update Signing

Matt Mullenweg, on Medium (!!!), talks about update signing and security in general.

8 min read WPLift
Plugins | wplift.com | 7 days ago

How Many WordPress Plugins is Too Many? The Answer Might Surprise You

The question that every wordpress admin asks himself from time to time: How many plugins can I have on my website? What is the limit? And what should I keep in mind when installing new plugins.

How Many WordPress Plugins is Too Many? The Answer Might Surprise You

Plugins | wplift.com | 7 days ago

If you’ve used WordPress for a while, I’m sure someone has told you that you “shouldn’t use too many plugins”. It’s obvious – using too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, right? But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole life and I’m still alive and kicking! So is the common knowledge that “too many plugins is bad” good for WordPress?
In this post, I’m going to attempt to answer that question. So, if your admin sidebar is bursting at the seams with links to plugin settings pages, join me on this adventure into the world of plugin collecting.
Is Having Lots of Plugins Always Bad?
Let’s start at the beginning. I’m not a developer, but in my reading, I’m fairly certain that I’m accurate in saying that there’s nothing inherently wrong with having lots of plugins.
I mean, I remember reading somewhere that Pippin Williamson has over 80 plugins running on some of his sites! Pippin knows a thing or two about plugins, so I’m going to trust him on this one.
In a perfect world populated with perfect developers,

Tutorials | cssigniter.com | 2 days ago

Translate your WordPress site with Polylang – CSSIgniter

Learn how to translate your content with the most popular free WordPress plugin, Polylang.

Translate your WordPress site with Polylang – CSSIgniter

Tutorials | cssigniter.com | 2 days ago

In a previous post we took a look at, possibly, the most popular translation plugin for WordPress, WPML. Continuing on with our translation theme, today we’ll take a look at the most popular free plugin currently on the WordPress plugin directory, Polylang. Getting started with Polylang
The basic version of Polylang is free and it will most likely be all you need. There is also a pro version of the plugin available on its site offering advanced features and premium support.
Installing Polylang
The plugin’s installation is similar to any other plugin’s, just navigate to Plugins > Add New and search for ‘polylang’, install and activate it.
Initial setup
After activating the plugin you should navigate to Languages > Languages to add your desired languages. First choose the default language from the drop down list, all other boxes will be filled automatically, just click Add New Language. Once the first language is added you will get a notice on top which suggest adding all existing content under the newly added language.
Set all the items to the default language and proceed to add the rest. Once all languages have been added you can start translating.

2 min read Matt Medeiros
Community | youtube.com | 8 days ago

Build a website the way you want to

So what if people criticize the way you build websites?

Build a website the way you want to

Community | youtube.com | 8 days ago

Get more videos like this: http://eepurl.com/f1Dhv She asked about hiding the names of themes & plugins she uses on her client projects, because she's afraid of the "WordPress Police."
"You're doing it the wrong way. You should build it from scratch. Who uses a plugin to do that?!"
We've all heard it, and maybe even said it ourselves. But here's the deal: the market is changing and it's time to adapt. Page builders, and for the most part plugins that make building sites easier, are getting better and better. The companies behind them realize no one likes lag or bloat -- it won't fly -- so they work hard to optimize their software.
Before you know it, WordPress core will have it's own builder-like features (https://make.wordpress.org/design/201...), which will certainly flip that argument on to it's head for naysayers.
In this video, I discuss where the problem *really* stems from, and what consultants AND clients can do to avoid it. Anyway, I'm sure my more seasoned colleagues may disagree, so I'm looking forward to debating in the comments or on Twitter!
Thanks for watching!
-- New version of Conductor Plugin is out! --
https://conductorplugin.com
Check it out,

1 min read Joe Casabona
Business | howibuilt.it | 2 days ago

Episode 24: Logan Nickleson and Music for Makers - How I Built It

Logan and I talk about how he's using WordPress & EDD to sell his royalty-free music as well as some tips for recording and how he writes new songs weekly!

Episode 24: Logan Nickleson and Music for Makers - How I Built It

Business | howibuilt.it | 2 days ago

Logan and I talk about what it’s like to sell royalty free music with Easy Digital Downloads, as well as the music-writing process, good sound editing, and tips for recording. This is a great episode because Logan is not necessarily in the WordPress space, but he is using WordPress to sell his music. Show Notes
Sponsored by:

6 min read David McCan
Community | wptavern.com | 6 days ago

Disqus Hits Sites with Unwanted Advertising, Plans to Charge Large Publishers a Monthly Fee to Remove Ads

Sarah Gooding reviews the recent announcement by Disqus to start injecting advertising into the comments, which can be removed by a monthly subscription.

Disqus Hits Sites with Unwanted Advertising, Plans to Charge Large Publishers a Monthly Fee to Remove Ads

Community | wptavern.com | 6 days ago

When Disqus announced it would be releasing new, subscription-based versions later this year, users didn’t expect to have the new advertising model injected into their sites without notice. Disqus CEO Daniel Ha said the company would release finalized pricing and provide more details well in advance of its planned March release, but users are reporting that the advertising has already been forced into their comments without warning. Why did @disqus just add a bunch of ads to my site without my permission? https://t.co/CzXTTuGs67 pic.twitter.com/y2QbFFzM8U
— Harry Campbell (@TheRideShareGuy) February 1, 2017
“We are one of the lucky 5% who now has to pay if we don’t want really irrelevant and horribly spammy links just plopped on our site with zero warning,” BabyCenter Social Media Manager Dina Vernon Freeman said. “Unless our users (mainly millennial parents) should care about overpaying for dentures! We’re looking for other platforms ASAP.”
Brian O’Neill, who manages Slugger O’Toole, a site with more than 70,000 readers, was also hit with unwanted advertising on his site.
“Disqus has started to put ads into our comments

20 min read BobWP
Business | bobwp.com | 1 day ago

Season Two Kicks Off an Exciting Partnership with Bluehost

We are kicking off Season 2 with this partnership that lets us focus on bringing you the best content and guests in the WordPress/eCommerce space.

Season Two Kicks Off an Exciting Partnership with Bluehost

Business | bobwp.com | 1 day ago

Today starts Season 2 of our podcast. And we are excited to say the least because it also begins with a new partner. Bluehost has stepped up to the plate to sponsor both our regular Wednesday shows and our series for the next six months. To kick it off the right way, Casey Rowland, Marketing Director for Bluehost, joins us today. Listen in as he shares with us the history of Bluehost, their involvement with WordPress and eCommerce, and what the future holds for them in the WordPress open source community. Also, stick around till the end to hear what we have lined up for the next six months on our in-depth series each Monday.
We chatted about:
The history of Bluehost: how and where it all started
How WordPress played into their history and influenced their involvement
What Bluehost brings to their customers around the eCommerce space
Some of the exciting things coming to Bluehost in the next year
How WordPress is becoming an even bigger part of the future for Bluehost
Thanks To Our Podcast Sponsor: Bluehost
We design and build our servers to run WordPress like a dream. Our exclusive technology gives you the proven performance, reliability, and functionality you need.
Transcript
You can

7 min read Dodgers Benny
Community | halfelf.org | 6 days ago

A Case for REST API

This post isn’t about the reasons why someone might need to disable the automatic updates. No, this is about the argument I saw stem from the vulnerability, whereby people said it was proof the REST API should be disabled by default.

A Case for REST API

Community | halfelf.org | 6 days ago

WordPress 4.7.1 and 4.7 were vulnerable via the REST API. Any unauthenticated user could modify the content of any post or page on a site. Since the release of the information, a surprisingly large number of users failed to update to 4.7.2 and, thus, were hacked. I say surprisingly because WordPress enabled automatic updates quite a while ago (WordPress 3.7), which will automatically secure your WordPress install. There have been 18 automated releases since then (which is why we have 3.7.18) and the vast majority have addressed security in one way, shape, or form.
But this post isn’t about the reasons why someone might need to disable the automatic updates. No, this is about the argument I saw stem from the vulnerability, whereby people said it was proof the REST API should be disabled by default.
And to them I say “No.”
The REST API Probably Has More Vulnerabilities
Look, I’m not going to lie to you. The odds are high that the REST API, which is a very new feature, probably has some serious issues still. But, as my friend Helen pointed out to those arguing for it to be disabled by default.
Why should this be treated differently from XML-RPC? Have you gone through

7 min read Dodgers Benny
Community | pagely.com | 3 days ago

WordPress vs. Medium vs. Facebook Instant Articles: Which One is Right for Your Business?

If you have a blog for your business, there’s a good chance it’s built on WordPress. There’s a reason for that. WordPress is reliable and secure as both a blog and website platform. It’s also fairly intuitive to use. While other competitors have popped up over the years, but WordPress remains the most popular blogging and web tool. Today, more than 15 million websites use it!

WordPress vs. Medium vs. Facebook Instant Articles: Which One is Right for Your Business?

Community | pagely.com | 3 days ago

These days, you’ve got more than just WordPress as a potential channel for your content marketing efforts. Other options, including Medium and Facebook Instant Articles, have their own merit. In this post, we’ll review and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each so that you can make an informed decision about how best to reach your audience. Tried and True: WordPress
If you have a blog for your business, there’s a good chance it’s built on WordPress. There’s a reason for that. WordPress is reliable and secure as both a blog and website platform. It’s also fairly intuitive to use. While other competitors have popped up over the years, but WordPress remains the most popular blogging and web tool. Today, more than 15 million websites use it!
What It’s Best For: If you want a blog that’s incorporated into your website, making it easy for people to go from one to the other, having a WordPress blog is essential. It’s much easier to convert visitors into customers when information on your products or services is just a click away. With the other options we’ll discuss in a moment, converting visitors to customers is much more difficult.

3 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | make.wordpress.org | 7 days ago

Core Editor Meeting Notes 2017 [Gutenberg Editor]

Exciting things are happening while we build Gutenberg UI prototype, I wrote the meeting notes for this week's core-editor team meeting. Have at it!

Core Editor Meeting Notes 2017 [Gutenberg Editor]

Community | make.wordpress.org | 7 days ago

WordPress community has been actively participating to help make the new editor for WordPress. There’s lots of activity both in Slack and at GitHub. It’s an incredible time to contribute. Here’s the meeting summary for this week’s editor team meeting (agenda here) in #core-editor Slack channel.
MEETING NOTES:
Let’s keep working on the UI prototype — Gutenberg UI prototype. Some ideas for improvements discussed in the meeting are mentioned below:
Toolbars
Five of them: I (@mrahmadawais) suggested that we should try to consolidate the multiple toolbars, so there aren’t five.
Text vs. Block: Mel (@melchoyce) also felt that Gutenberg UI prototype does feel heavier, she also suggested that the text shouldn’t feel like a block.
Blocks Or Not: I tend to agree with her considering it’s hard to think about aligning text across multiple blocks — maybe it’s the block feeling. That said, Weston (@westonruter) said that the different toolbars can be contextual to the block being edited.
Accessibility: @iseulde suggested the docked contextual toolbars make more sense from the accessibility point of view.
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