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Business | kungfugrep.com | 5 hours ago

How Writing One Plugin Changed My Lifestyle

Chris Klosowski on creating opportunities, seizing them, work life balance and more cool stuff in this post.

How Writing One Plugin Changed My Lifestyle

Business | kungfugrep.com | 5 hours ago

Outside of the development world, it’s difficult to describe how I landed on my current ‘remote worker lifestyle’. The concept of working from home isn’t new to most people. Some think it’s a late night infomercial’s pipe-dream, and some 100% understand it. When I tell them, though, that I work when I need to, where I need to, and how I need to, without “being my own boss”, they get curious. Where I lose them though, is that it all started with open source. To be fair, this occurs mostly due to the fact that I then have to explain open source and the philosophy of giving back to a community via code (or “Working for Free” in their minds), but once we get past that, it’s kind of an inspiring discussion that actually excites me.
Just a little push
Back in 2012, a service called Pushover was released that allowed an API to talk to a mobile Application, basically giving you the platform to send push notifications with just about any data you wanted, to your mobile device. I was digging this. It was pre-WordPress push notifications for mobile apps and I hate email. I built Pushover Notifications for WordPress (not my first plugin but, my first big one) to allow things like comments and password

Business | linkedin.com | 2 hours ago

The Billion-Dollar Tech Company With No Offices or Email

Essay on Automattic branding. Latest podcast with Matt avaiable at http://www.writewithimpact.com/how-wordpress-creator-matt-mullenweg-writes/

4 min read Ryan Love
Business | blog.wp-rocket.me | 22 hours ago

How We Increased our Renewal Rate by 154% – Transparency Report 7

Another cool transparency report from wp rocket. Always good to see members of the managewp.org community having so much success!!

How We Increased our Renewal Rate by 154% – Transparency Report 7

Business | blog.wp-rocket.me | 22 hours ago

This is our monthly report where we share our business insights as part of our transparency policy. Updates
In July, we shipped 1 minor version. There were some holiday periods which explains why we didn’t publish a lot of updates
Revenue
$90 192 in revenue (+69%)
1 330 orders (+38%)
483 renewals (+154%)
809 new customers (+20.8%)
3 813 websites add (+23.7%)
As you can see, these are great numbers showing huge growth. This can been explained by 4 main reasons :
The U.S. Independence Day promotion
For our 2nd anniversary celebration we offered a one-day only, 30% discount (and 20% for Independence Day) on all licenses, and a special deal on renewals : for 2 year renewals we offered 6 extra months, and for 4 year renewals we offered 1 extra year.
This worked very well, we did $15 733 during the anniversary day promotion with 162 renewals! On Independence Day we did $7624.
Here is the email, we’ve sent for our anniversary (this is the email for the business licences segment):
The renewal offer worked very well, a lot of customers directly renewed for 4 years.
We’ve already explained in a previous report, that we would like to propose automatic renewals for our customers. Indeed an important

Business | syedbalkhi.com | 5 hours ago

Facebook Notes and How It Could Impact Your Blog Traffic and Strategy

FB Notes may not be the best polished product in the world but it was one that will get preferential exposure to one of the largest user bases. It would not be Syed if he did not also include a few early mover advantage tips.

Facebook Notes and How It Could Impact Your Blog Traffic and Strategy

Business | syedbalkhi.com | 5 hours ago

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Last week during a conversation with few friends, we started talking about the NEW Facebook Notes feature that could be coming soon. We talked about how it could impact our blog traffic, what are some possible ways we could potentially exploit it, and the overall impact of it in the advertising space.
So what is this Facebook Notes thing?
From just looking at the preview, it looks a lot like the blogging network, Medium.
You have a clean layout with cover photos (aka featured images). TheNextWeb reports that it’ll have features like user tagging, hashtags, and other standard features such as ability to add links, resize photos, etc.
You can also choose who sees your notes (public, friends, friends and extended network, etc).
So why is Facebook trying to get into the blogging space?
Same reason why they added native videos.
Facebook wants to expand it’s advertising business!
According to SimilarWeb: from February to July of 2015, Facebook sent more than 49.1 million visitors every month to WordPress.com, over 7 million to Medium, and about 914,000 to Blogger. That’s ONLY on Desktop.
It’s also important to note that for WordPress and Medium, Facebook was the primary

I am Mason James. Founder of WP Valet and wearer of a great many hats. Ask me anything.

AMA | 14 hours ago

Woot! Apologies for the late start. Still learning how these internets work apparently.

3 years ago I started WP Valet because I couldn't find help for clients that needed month-to-month WordPress support. Today our team of 18 works tirelessly to provide marketing, strategy, migrations, support, development, optimization, design, copy, insights, reporting and a variety of other things based on our monthly customer needs.

We're self-funded and have had to figure out remote teams, organization, process, contracts, employee compensation, being an employer in multiple states, how to communicate as a team of 1-2, 5-10, and 15+.

Because I started late, I'll stick around late with anyone who finds this interesting. So go on, ask me anything :)

Thanks so much for doing this Mason, looking forward to the questions that get put to you!

From above, it sounds like your company offers many different services, which seems to fly in the face of what I read ever where, which is to niche down / solve a very specific need.

Do you feel being so broad has helped or hindered you? And depending on your answer, why do you think it's helped/hindered you?

via Ryan Love

Welcome Mason :)

1) What is the the task that you guys get asked most often to do for your clients?

2) If you could change one thing in WordPress what would it be?

3) What do you perceive as the biggest threat to WordPress continuing to grow its marketshare?



via Vladimir Prelovac

Hiya Ryan!

Yeah. You're right about our content. We center almost all of our conversations (digital or otherwise) around the idea of ongoing monthly support. That's how we started and it's still the core of our DNA.

What does monthly support look like? To us, that means making sure the entire digital experience is a healthy one. We have a "Maslow's hierarchy" approach to digital health and continually measure and iterate to achieve better results.

So, yeah, we'll answer support requests - we do that everyday. But we go beyond that by anticipating needs across several spectrums and providing happy improvements pro-actively as we spot them.

Because a client may not always know the difference between a support request and custom dev, or whether something relates to a technical server or an SEO setup (and sometimes they're related or the answer is 'both') we don't attempt to throttle their requests. We actually try to help educate them on how their current site measures up across speed, usability, traffic, and content and provide insights that bring real-world improvements.

See!? I can make even a short question into a long answer :) Keep 'em coming!

via Mason James

Hiya Vlad! Thanks for the welcome :)

1) What is the the task that you guys get asked most often to do for your clients?
A. Speed up my site please!
Speed optimizations is by far the biggest request we get. In tandem with that is usually a laundry list of "small fixes" or customizations that interrupt their regular work flow or annoy them on a regular basis.

2) If you could change one thing in WordPress what would it be?
A. Language translation/management is still a huge pain. Even when setup correctly it's not intuitive to most content publishers. Media management still has a ways to go too, but that's getting a lot better :)

3) What do you perceive as the biggest threat to WordPress continuing to grow its marketshare?
A. It's much easier to show growth when you have less marketshare. With WordPress having as much as it does already, continuing to grow will be a challenge. The rest API is the most exciting new development to me and it's progress will ensure WordPress adoption for a long time time still. Externally, I think Facebook is a pretty big threat (internet.org)

via Mason James

Sorry I'm so late to the party. I don't know if you're still around, but thanks for answering these questions. I love that you don't throttle requests, but educate users. That's great! I've looked at several of the services in this space, and honestly, I can never remember which is which. Help me remember you over the others. I seriously need to refer several clients to a service like this. Simply put, why you? Help me to remember you when I refer clients, and not the rest.

via Donna Fontenot

Wow, Donna!

What a wonderful, weighty question for me. Here I thought I might get away with a "What ticketing software do you use?" or "How fast is your average response time?" but no way, let's cut right to the chase! (seriously, I dig it)

Why us? To put the answer, simply "We make life easier. We got this."

Where do you see valets in real life? When an event is of utmost importance and when expectations are at their highest! That's exactly where WP Valet fits in as well :)

More completely: We provide services - and we really, thoughtfully provide them. The educational, pro-active stuff I mention above? Yup. That's all part of it. Since we're talking about services, I'll use a metaphor that's near and dear to me - food!

A good food service experience would include (here in the US anyway) a tasty beverage - Coke Zero if you're me. Good service would imply that Coke Zero is generally available. A company may have a staff member (in this analogy, a waiter) check up and see if you need a refill - that's helpful. They may also have a tool that helps them keep your Coke Zero topped up in the form of a soda fountain. That's also helpful. It's more-scalable (cause they don't have to pay a person) and you have unlimited access to the soda. Pretty good!

Many companies try to offer the same "self-serve" style. They'll leverage a tool (even an awesome one like ManageWP - which I highly recommend) to help them provide this. Again, that's all good. You may have to do some work yourself, but at least there's Coke Zero.

Great service would include having a dedicated waiter who takes the time to check in and make sure the Coke Zero situation is going well. They'll ask how you're doing, how your food tastes, and, noticing your glass is empty, they'll ask if you would like any more.

That's great! As long as they're around, you're not worried. You know you can have Coke Zero throughout the meal. This is challenging for a business because they need attentive people who enjoy customer service and interaction. The end result though is totally great.

At the far end of the spectrum you have a fantastic, world-class service experience. This includes a human again, but this time you never have to ask for the Coke Zero refill. In fact, you never even heard them ask either! Any time your glass was half empty a new glass appears. Great service requires a human that understands context. They see the event is important - an anniversary or a birthday - and they know how to engage or stay in the background out of the way. They won't interrupt conversation, but wait quietly ~anticipating~ your needs before you think of them. They're ready with the wine list, ready with drinks, dessert (and also ready with the check :D).

That final experience, of truly excellent service, with your needs anticipated and met before you asked. And as part of the expected service they even provided guidance (insights!). When you weren't sure what option was best for you or other members of the party, the server anticipated that and provided recommendations. Again, you don't have to ask, the server anticipates any hesitation and pulls from their knowledge to provide insight wherever required and stays out of the way, taking care of your beverage and everything else that makes the entire dining experience enjoyable.

Is there a character limit on these AMA responses!? What we do at WP Valet is train our associates in the art of excellent service. All of our valets from designers, to backend developers to SEO consultants or anywhere in between are trained and regularly guided in providing top-tier service. From little things like going over the words we use and the way we talk, to larger things like a company-wide ability for any valet to spend up to $50/day on any customer need - no permission required. Just do it!

We also chose our name very carefully. Valet's immediately provide the connotation of an elevated experience and superior service. You don't see them at Burger Kings or the Motel 8. Where you see them are in the places where the event is important and the expectations are at their highest. That's where you'll find us too and, I think, it's what makes us truly different.

Whew. Thanks for your question, Donna. I think now I'll skip the coke zero and grab a nice red wine instead :)

via Mason James
5 min read Donna Fontenot
Development | make.wordpress.org | 11 hours ago

Shortcode Roadmap Draft One

Say what???!!! [{{shortcode}}] I get the reasoning behind it, but that seems a little excessive. Ah well...it is what it is, I guess.

Shortcode Roadmap Draft One

Development | make.wordpress.org | 11 hours ago

This is the first draft of the Shortcode API Roadmap. It describes in broad terms a new feature set and migration that will take place across versions 4.4 through 4.7. This roadmap gives notice to plugin developers that significant changes in plugin design may be needed for compatibility with future versions of the Shortcode API. This roadmap also identifies steps taken to minimize the impact on plugin developers to allow most plugins to continue working with only small changes. The decision to create this roadmap arose from specific needs that are not met by the old code. Our old [ and ] delimiters were easily confused with the way those characters are commonly used in English quotations and sometimes even in URLs. The proposal to use [{{ and }}] instead should allow a better balance between being able to type in the shortcodes and avoiding confusion with any other input. With these more unique delimeters, we will be able to process registered shortcodes more efficiently because we will not have to search for them by name. Unregistered shortcodes will have more consistency because we can find them more accurately.
Old style delimeters also gave no strong indication whether or not a

20 min read Donna Fontenot
Development | elegantthemes.com | 15 hours ago

Divi 2.5 Has Arrived, Featuring The Divi Role Editor, Live Preview And Much More!

Unlimited revisions history (skip back in time even!), role editors, live preview....pretty cool. I know Divi isn't for everyone, nor are most builders, but no one can say Divi isn't going balls to the wall with moving forward.

Divi 2.5 Has Arrived, Featuring The Divi Role Editor, Live Preview And Much More!

Development | elegantthemes.com | 15 hours ago

Divi 2.5 is here, and it’s packed with some really great new features that are going to improve your experience with the Divi Builder by leaps and bounds. One of the big focuses in 2.5 was to add new features that save you time and remove unnecessary tedium from the building process. Many of these...

9 min read Brad Touesnard
Tutorials | deliciousbrains.com | 16 hours ago

WP REST API Part 2: Customizing Default Endpoints and Adding New Ones

Jeff is back with another instalment of his series on the WP REST API. This time he demonstrates how easy it is to customize and extend WP API...

WP REST API Part 2: Customizing Default Endpoints and Adding New Ones

Tutorials | deliciousbrains.com | 16 hours ago

This is article 2 of 2 in the series “WP REST API” In the first installment of this series I created a very basic React Native app utilizing WordPress and the WP JSON API. In this article, I’ll pick up where the app left off and add a few customizations to the API that will enable some more features in the app.
If you’re going to follow along with this article, make sure that you’re caught up with the first installment because we’re going to hit the ground running!
Cleaning Up
Originally I added a filter to the active theme’s functions.php file in order to add a plaintext node to the content field:
add_filter( 'rest_prepare_post', 'dt_use_raw_post_content', 10, 3 );
function dt_use_raw_post_content( $data, $post, $request ) {
$data->data['content']['plaintext'] = $post->post_content;
return $data;
}
Since that article was published, I’ve been informed that this wasn’t a great way to do things and the v2 documentation shares that sentiment:
[…] it’s important to keep in mind that the API is about exposing an interface to all clients, not just the feature you’re working on. Changing responses is dangerous.
Adding fields is not dangerous, so if you need to modify data, it’s much

5 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | inc.com | 18 hours ago

(Cory Miller) Why This Entrepreneur Is Talking to the Tech World About Mental Health

An interview of Cory Miller — Founder of iThemes, who started WProsper, like a month ago (Guess). His recent talk about Mental Health was one of its kinds.

(Cory Miller) Why This Entrepreneur Is Talking to the Tech World About Mental Health

Community | inc.com | 18 hours ago

Despite the fact that one in five adults experiences a mental health problem at one time or another, mental illness isn’t widely discussed. The stigma that is still attached to mental health problems, like depression and anxiety causes many people to suffer in silence. But one entrepreneur is making it his mission to change that. Cory Miller, the founder of iThemes, is boldly raising awareness about emotional well-being and he’s making it clear that entrepreneurs aren’t immune to mental health problems.
Not only has Miller shared about his own battle with depression, but he's also offering mental health resources to the freelancers and entrepreneurs he works with. In fact, I first came in contact with Miller when he invited me to offer a webinar to his community on mental strength. As a psychotherapist, I’m thrilled someone is starting these important conversations about mental health topics in the tech industry.
To learn more about Miller's passion for talking about mental health with his community, I interviewed him about his goals. Here are his edited answers to my questions:
What type of resources do you offer your community?
We’ve been doing online training for over six years now.

3 min read M Asif Rahman
Business | wptavern.com | 1 day ago

Envato Implements Item Support Policy for ThemeForest and CodeCanyon

Big changes in Envato Item Support. This post contains official announcement, discussion and pretty useful discussion what Author thinks.

Envato Implements Item Support Policy for ThemeForest and CodeCanyon

Business | wptavern.com | 1 day ago

In August of 2014, Envato announced a new initiative that would allow sellers on CodeCanyon and ThemeForest to inform buyers whether or not an item is supported. Earlier today, Envato implemented an Item Support Policy for sellers on ThemeForest and CodeCanyon. When browsing items on ThemeForest or CodeCanyon, a blue badge indicates the seller provides support. There’s also a badge and text that informs potential buyers if an item is not supported.
According to the policy, buyers automatically receive six months of support from the date of purchase. If you need support for an entire year, you can buy an extension for a nominal upgrade fee. Envato takes 30% and gives 70% of the purchase to authors.
The price of a 6-month support extension for a Regular License is calculated as:
37.5% of the item price (30% of the list price) when purchased at the same time as the license;
62.5% of the item price (50% of the list price) when purchased during the support period; and
87.5% of the item price (70% of the list price) when purchased after the support period has ended.
Andrew Freeman, product manager for Envato, says the changes provide a standardized definition of support, “Buyers will know

Business | webdevstudios.com | 2 days ago

Dre Armeda Becomes a Partner of WebDevStudios

Happy for Dre and this is certainly a great boost for Brad and his team.

Dre Armeda Becomes a Partner of WebDevStudios

Business | webdevstudios.com | 2 days ago

A little over one year ago, taco fanatic and stellar beard owner Dre Armeda joined the WebDevStudios team as our VP of Operations. In that time, Dre has done what he does best: kick ass, take names, and make things happen. As a result, we are excited to announce that he will be stepping into a bigger role in the years to come as an executive partner on the WebDevStudios team, as well as moving into a new role as Chief Marketing Officer. Why are we telling you?
This is huge news! Since the last year since Dre came on, we’ve moved from twenty something employees to thirty five. With the swift and steady growth we’ve had, it is more important than ever for us to use our operational resources intelligently; formalizing our marketing and sales resources with concentrated leadership is one way for us to do that. Plus, Dre has been killin’ it and it deserves a public shout out.
What does this mean for the future?
One of our core company values has always been to serve as an educational and community resource. This change can help us do that in that in bigger and better ways as we get bigger and better too. You’ll be seeing us at more events (and in bigger numbers! #WDSPARTY!), continued incredible

Announicng AMA with Mason James of WP Valet

Community | 3 days ago

Folloowing a great AMA last week with Joshua Strebel it is my pleasure to announce that this week's AMA will feature Mason James of http://thewpvalet.com and will take place on Wednesday, starting 11am ET (that is 5pm CEST for Europeans). Mason runs one of the most successful WordPress management services so get your questions ready for Mason.

Next week we reserved for Jennifer Bourn of http://bourncreative.com

The AMA train is going full steam, feel free to post people you'd like to see here!

I'd love to see BobWP on the AMA - he's one of the people that I came to respect as the embodiment of what the WordPress community should be, as opposed to what the community is, with all the unnecessary drama.

bobwp.com/about-bob/

via Nemanja Aleksic

+1 for Bob

via Vladimir Prelovac

+1 for Bob! I've never heard anyone say a bad word about Bob and most people seem to echo what you say Nemanja!

via Ryan Love
6 min read Josh Pollock
Tutorials | calderawp.com | 2 days ago

Who Should Be Using Git For WordPress Development

Who needs Git? If you modify or write any code for your projects, you need Git. If you want to automate your deployments, you probably need Git.

Who Should Be Using Git For WordPress Development

Tutorials | calderawp.com | 2 days ago

As someone who often makes mistakes, has an imperfect memory, and writes more than one line of code for every project I work on, I couldn’t live without version control. Honestly, I started using my own bad version of version control on the first big WordPress custom theme project I did. On that project, I had a whole folder of files with names like “page.php-10:15PM-tuesday” or “page.php-before-changing-loop”. That unwieldy system helped me undo the mistakes I was making on the live site I was FTPing things at in desperate hope they would work.
Discovering proper version control systems, specifically git allowed me that confidence, to experiment, in a system that was actually sensible. Best of all, Git also has helped facilitate collaboration with others, the most rewarding part of what I do.
A Note On Magic Bullets
I write a lot, on this site, and around the internet, about ways to make your life easier, and do better when building things with WordPress. Nothing that I suggest is a simple magic bullet, install this and achieve epic victory.
None of them are too hard to learn, but will take a little bit of work. I know that kind of work can be frustrating, as it will slow you down

Plugins | managewp.com | 1 hour ago

WordPress 4.3 Stability Issue & Fix

A fix for the WordPress 4.3 bug has been released by Peter Wilson. Although a small number of users were affected, it's better to be safe than sorry. Here's how you can quickly deploy it on all of your websites with ManageWP.

WordPress 4.3 Stability Issue & Fix

Plugins | managewp.com | 1 hour ago

The latest 4.3 WordPress release has caused stability issues for some WordPress users. Although it’s not wide-spread, the cron bug has been reported to cause database issues and high site server CPU load. Tell me more about the bug!
Reversed arguments for the scheduled task to split terms could cause the database to balloon in size in certain cases. Here’s the ticket with more detailed information:
How can I fix it?
The solution has already been found, and it will be deployed in the 4.3.1 release. In the meantime there’s no need to worry, we got your back!
Peter Wilson already released released the hotfix plugin on the WordPress repo. You can use ManageWP to instantly deploy it on all of your websites. Just follow these simple steps:
Go to Manage >Plugins & Themes on your ManageWP dashboard
Check Activate, and check all of your websites on the right
Search for “wp33423 hotfix” in the WordPress repository
Click Install
Celebrate, preferably with a victory dance
Once the 4.3.1 WordPress version has been released, this plugin will deactivate itself automatically, and you can then use our Manage Plugins & Themes to completely remove it from your websites in seconds.

6 min read Neil Murray
Plugins | make.wordpress.org | 2 days ago

WordPress › Plugin Translations on WordPress.org « Make WordPress Plugins

Post explains plan for important initiative by WordPress.org to offer language pack support to plugins.

WordPress › Plugin Translations on WordPress.org « Make WordPress Plugins

Plugins | make.wordpress.org | 2 days ago

Howdy plugin authors! In case you haven’t heard, WordPress.org will be expanding the services we provide to you, offering language packs to all plugins. This post is to outline exactly what the plan is and when your plugin will take part.
For a bit of background, see this post on make/meta and this one on make/themes.
Over the past few months, the meta team has been working behind the scenes to enable language packs for themes and plugins, just like the ones core has. Language packs on WordPress.org are powered by translate.wordpress.org and the polyglots team, who translate WordPress.
As of today, all themes have been imported into translate.wordpress.org and can take advantage of language packs (see also). We chose to import themes first to work out any weirdness with translate.wordpress.org, which has never seen this many projects. There were a few bumps along the way, but language packs are now flowing for themes and we’ve added a number of improvements to translate.wordpress.org to make it the process easier for translators.
Now, it’s time to do the same for plugins.
The gist of plugin translations are as follows (see the FAQ below for more information):
Eventually, all active

Editorials | timnash.co.uk | 3 days ago

Let's say bye bye to default themes by Tim Nash

With Twenty Sixteen coming soon, is it not time we start asking do we need so many default themes?

Business | wpwatercooler.com | 2 days ago

Digging deep with GoDaddy WPwatercooler

If you are interesting about how WordPress is handled at GoDaddy. Great episode with Jeff King of GoDaddy. Se Reed made it very interesting to watch.

Digging deep with GoDaddy WPwatercooler

Business | wpwatercooler.com | 2 days ago

On this episode of WPwatercooler we will be talking with GoDaddy‘s Jeff King SVP & GM Hosting, Security along with GoDaddy‘s Evangelist Mendel Kurland to speak about hosting WordPress sites using their hosting service. Show airs August 31 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 6PM UTC

Community | cloudways.com | 2 days ago

Interview with WordPress Plugin (BlogVault) Author, Akshat Choudhary

Akshat is one of the brightest plugin developers in WordPress community. He authored the famous backup plugin for WordPress site. On plugin directory, the plugin rating is 4.4. He told us a story about how BlogVault started as a side project when the founder of Stackoverflow, Jeff Atwood's famous blog went down because of server crash.

Interview with WordPress Plugin (BlogVault) Author, Akshat Choudhary

Community | cloudways.com | 2 days ago

It is not an easy task to choose the road of leadership. They are born to lead. They are visionaries. Their creativeness and risk taking is almost boundless. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to take the leap and craft a roadmap for themselves. Only a selected few are courageous enough to make that choice. Why such a comparison between a leader and a common person? Because I was in conversation with a self-made entrepreneur for my WordPress Interview Series, Akshat Choudhary.
Akshat Choudhary is the developer and founder of BlogVault, a very famous WordPress backup plugin. What started as a low-end project has now become a full-fledged plugin that employees 4 other people besides Akshat himself.
In this interview, Akshat shares the reasons to why he initiated BlogVault and what the future holds for his project in the coming years. He also shares a few details about his visit to WordCamp Europe 2015.
Cloudways: Akshat, your journey of BlogVault has been instrumental. How do you feel to be a successful owner of a famous WordPress plugin? Share with us your journey of BlogVault from pre-planning to post-execution.
Akshat: I started BlogVault as a side project almost 5 years back. At that

13 min read Thomas Höfter
Business | cmscommander.com | 3 days ago

Competition Between WordPress Plugins: Surviving as the Underdog

Our experience with surviving and growing in a competitive WordPress plugin niche, including some statistics and thoughts on the GPL.

Competition Between WordPress Plugins: Surviving as the Underdog

Business | cmscommander.com | 3 days ago

This is the first post in our new BizBlog where I plan to share some of our experiences, our failures and successes with building a WordPress SaaS business. As the founder of CMS Commander and someone who has worked on various WordPress products for over 6 years now I think I will have quite a few useful lessons to talk about.
If you have never heard of CMS Commander before then this is also exactly part of the topic for this first post.
CMS Commander is a solution to manage multiple WordPress sites. It is a successful product but not the one everyone talks about. We are an underdog in what has become a very competitive WordPress plugin niche over the last few years.
In this article I want to take a look at how we struggled with the rising competition in a new market and the steps we took to finally improve our situation.
1. Realize Your Mistakes And Fix Them
CMS Commander started in 2011 and as such we were one of the early players in the manage multiple WordPress sites niche back when it just began growing.
Yet we still ended up as the underdog. How did that happen?
Part of the reason is that over the last years more and more players entered our market, many of which had bigger teams

1 min read Ahmad Awais

WP Hybrid Client | WP App (iOS and Android) a Build Away

A cool project by Julien Renaux to create iOS and Android apps with WordPress.

WP Hybrid Client | WP App (iOS and Android) a Build Away

Build amazing applications effortless and for free! With WPHC (WordPress Hybrid Client), your WordPress website application (iOS and Android) is just a build away.

3 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | yoast.com | 18 hours ago

Yoast Academy presents: Basic SEO Training • Yoast

Yoast Academy is getting ready to introduce a Basic SEO course by the end of this month. Here's more on it.

Yoast Academy presents: Basic SEO Training • Yoast

Community | yoast.com | 18 hours ago

We are very excited to announce a brand new Yoast product. As of October 12, 2015 Yoast will start offering complete online SEO courses! Following such a training will teach you all about SEO and website optimization. We are currently finalizing our first training which is called Basic SEO. For now, we are thrilled to show you our first video, in which Joost announces our Basic SEO Training:
Note: as mentioned, this training is not yet available. It will be available for purchase starting from October 12.
Basic SEO Training
The basic SEO Training consists of 5 modules: Introduction to SEO, Keyword Research & Site Structure, Technical SEO, SEO Copywriting and Usability & Conversion. These 5 modules each consist of instruction videos (about 20 minutes each), lots of reading material and questions. In order to answer the questions correctly, you really have to dive into the material. Jaro, our educational scientist (and awesome colleague) made sure the questions will surely challenge you. You will be forced to actually learn a lot!
After completing all modules, you will receive a Yoast Basic SEO Certificate and a Badge to put on your website. The Yoast Basic SEO Training comes with two

Community | rachievee.com | 3 days ago

10 Ways to Learn WordPress Hooks

Everyone learns differently and in my experience, it took me a combination of resources and methods for hooks to click. Learning about how hooks work happened for me in layers. I hope that by sharing resources/methods with others, the concept of hooks will eventually make sense for them too.

10 Ways to Learn WordPress Hooks

Community | rachievee.com | 3 days ago

WordPress Hooks are hard. We always hear the word “hooks” being thrown around and it’s one of those things that make sense, but then it doesn’t. I’m sure that there may even people reading this right now, and not entirely sure what I mean by hooks. That’s okay. Before I go on with this post, they look like this. These are two examples I pulled from the Twenty Fifteen Theme in functions.php.
Line 142 of functions.php in Twenty Fifteen, it’s an action hook.
Line 310 of functions.php in Twenty Fifteen, it’s a filter hook.
Still confused? No worries, it took me a while too. In fact, I can’t say that I completely know all there is to know about WordPress hooks even now, even after writing, “The WordPress Hooks Firing Sequence“. WordPress is the kind of thing that the goal isn’t to learn it all, but to learn it in levels for your purposes. It’s such a deep system, deeper than most people imagine, and I’ve found that once I’ve obtained an understanding of one concept, there is always more to learn. Each concept I learn serves as a foundation for what I learn next.
Hooks didn’t click for me until about a year ago. I too, was copying and pasting various solutions offered by the all knowing Google

5 min read David Gewirtz
Community | zdnet.com | 15 hours ago

Going ostrich: In face of disaster, it's the ultimate hosting provider fail

Anyone else down at SiteGround? I'm getting no information from them at all.

Going ostrich: In face of disaster, it's the ultimate hosting provider fail

Community | zdnet.com | 15 hours ago

All my sites are down. They've been down since at least 7am ET today. I have no idea when they will be back up or what their condition will be when I get to them. I use a very well-regarded managed hosting provider named SiteGround. With a few limited exceptions, they've been a pleasure to work with.
The idea behind managed hosting (in my case, for WordPress sites) is that the hosting provider does extra support and provides extra services to keep your site up and running. You pay a bit more, but the added help is generally worth the price.
I used to run all my own servers, and when I was faced with a denial of service attack, I had to go it alone. I would normally share with you a link about my story about the time when Connected Photographer got hit by a million computers a day, but the Connected Photographer archives, like the rest of my sites, are down.
This morning, I got an alert that my main site was down. I promptly tried connecting, and it was down for me as well. I checked with downforeveryoneorjustme.com and the site listed as up. That was odd, so I contacted SiteGround support.
I was quickly told that there was a DDoS and a status message I could read in my main dashboard.

5 min read Josh Pollock
Community | calderawp.com | 20 hours ago

Simple Tips To Improve Your Contact Form Conversion Rate

A contact form is the start of a conversation -- if it gets submitted. Learn simple tips to help increase conversions on your contact form and start more conversations.

Simple Tips To Improve Your Contact Form Conversion Rate

Community | calderawp.com | 20 hours ago

Contact forms can be very vital in establishing communication between your company and the rest of the world. Even though there are many other interaction points and forms available on a site, like from a user’s account pages and e-commerce checkout flows, the contact form is a great way for users to contact you directly and start a conversation with you. Improving the conversion rate of your contact form can make the difference between a successful business and less successful one. An easy to use contact experience shows that you care about your customers.
I thought I’d share some ways to improve the contact form on your WordPress site. These tips should be useful no matter what contact form plugin your are using, but there is one I do recommend.
Keep It Simple
The simpler your form, the more likely is is to generate leads. Just get your leads into your sales funnel and ask more questions later.
The most important thing to keep in mind, is to remember that the less form fields you have, the greater the conversion. Your contact form should almost, always be simple. Unless you are actively seeking to reduce the number of submissions, keep it simple and leave the important questions you