What is headless WordPress and what does it look like in practice? Our backend engineer wrote this blog post to explain it all.
What Does Headless WordPress Mean? WordPress as a content management system (CMS) is a platform for creating and managing your digital content. Your digital content can take the form of blog posts, events, products, team members, locations, and essentially anything you consider content that you wish to store and share. As an all-in-one system, WordPress is equipped with a backend admin interface to manage all your content as well as a frontend to display content to your users which leads us into what it means to go “headless” and what it has to do with WordPress.
When you take your website headless, you are separating the backend (admin interface) and frontend (user interface) or ‘heads’ from each other. With a separated backend and frontend, you gain the freedom to continue to manage and author content in WordPress while freeing up your content to be available for use in other applications that are written in Angular, React, and Vue.JS, or integrated into mobile apps.
When You Should Go Headless
One of the primary reasons to consider going headless is if you plan on having your content available across multiple websites and platforms at the same time. This is
This guide shows you 3 different methods of uploading HTML files to your site.
By default, you can build pages and create content within WordPress without ever having to upload any custom HTML files. That’s because the WordPress core comes with built-in content types. In addition, the WordPress theme you use will likely have its own set of pre-designed page templates that you can take advantage of to create a unique website that meets your needs. Beyond that, there are plenty of WordPress landing page plugins you can use to create customized page templates for site visitors to land from search results, email campaigns, and even social media.
So really, there is very little need to upload HTML files to WordPress because, usually, everything you need to format your website is already there. That said, there are some reasons why you’d want to know how to upload an HTML file to WordPress, some of which go beyond uploading a template for design purposes.
That’s why in this post, I’ll show you how to upload HTML files to WordPress. I’ll also discuss in detail why you’ll want to have this skill, so no matter what, you’re prepared.
What is an HTML File?
HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language and was first developed by Tim Berners-Lee
Post from me on marketing channels, and how to use them to effectively grow your WordPress business.
Having the right marketing channels for your WordPress business is the difference between having a thriving WordPress business, and a struggling one. You can make a great product or service, but if you’re not able to effectively get it in front of people who need and will pay for it, that’s not too much use. Despite all the hours that go into making a great product, having it thrive or not can be decided by choosing – or not choosing – the right marketing channels.
Thus, you must have the right set of marketing channels. You must be able to connect your offering with potential customers who can and will pay you.
When I speak to people about this, I often describe getting this wrong vs getting this right as:
Everything being on fire vs everything being fine
Random, ad-hoc marketing vs a clear plan
Unpredictable future vs
But what are marketing channels? What constitutes a “channel”? How do you pick the right channels? This post gets into all of this! We’ll show you the channel-based marketing philosophy, and aim to give you a clear framework on how to think about marketing your WordPress business.
Let’s talk about marketing channels
If you are looking to create a great high-traffic website, you need good hosting. Here is why Linux is one of the best options for it.
A quality hosting service is one of the pillars of a successful site. Guaranteeing maximum uptime and high speeds will mean a much better experience for your visitors. Additionally, it will boost your SEO rating, making your site pop-up more frequently in high positions on the results pages of search engines. This means that aside from your regulars, random visitors will also more frequently stop by, raising your traffic flow in the process – which means a good hosting service that can handle it. Seems a lot like running in a circle, because it is. Essentially, any way you look at it, you need a good hosting service.
You’ll maybe be surprised to find out that although the most widespread OS used on computers is Windows, the most commonly used OS for hosting and operating sites is Linux. Precisely because not many of us are aware of this, we’ve decided to go through all the things that make Linux hosting successful. After you’re done, you’ll get a better sense of why it’s the industry favorite and why you should strongly consider it for your site.
To give you a better idea of how the various features work in practice, we’ll be using HostPapa
In this tutorial we show the level of integration of GeoDirectory with Avada (and other page builders) by building an Airbnb like page.
approximately 6 months ago we released V2 of GeoDirectory and we promised it would be a lot easier to customize your design with it. Being compatible with most page builders and themes, you could already do fantastic template designs with GeoDirectory V2, but now that we are fine-tuning it, you will be able to do even more awesome stuff with it.
We decided to start with Avada and the Fusion Builder.
With the current version of GeoDirectory, you had to :
create widget areas in Avada
add the GD widgets needed to complete the design
finally, use these widgets areas through the Fusion Builder
You could achieve almost anything with that and CSS later, but it wasn’t intuitive, nor as easy as customizing a design, with the default elements of Fusion Builder.
GeoDirectory Elements will be within the Fusion Builder
From the next version of GeoDirectory (beta available on GitHub), all GeoDirectory Widget / Shortcodes / Blocks, will also be available as Elements of the Fusion Builder.
This makes it a lot easier to design and we can now dig into the tutorial of how to design a page to look similar to Airbnb’s listings page or search results page.
Assuming you have Avada and GeoDirectory
There are certain use cases where simple content restrictions are required rather than complex membership plugins. PowerPack's display conditions help you achieve this for your Elementor website.
Have you ever wanted to show your website content based on the user’s login status or to show some content of your web pages only when it satisfies a specific condition? You can easily do that & so much more with the Advanced Display Condition feature of PowerPack. Many websites hide/show their website content based on their users’ login status. It’s not every time you want to display the same content to all your users. There might be some conditions when you need to restrict content or some specific/page based on user role.
What is Display Condition Feature?
Display Condition is one of the most powerful & advanced features. It allows you to show/hide different attributes of the page depending on your user role, date, time, user id, etc.
Putting display conditions to the website content might vary for every website. Some websites might want to display special festive offers only on weekends, or some might be wanted to show different navigation menus to logged in and logged out users. Might be some websites want to avail exclusive coupons for their subscribed users only, or some sites only want to display their picture gallery to their respective clients.
Greg Koberger is a super interesting guy! On top of starting a business to help people build better documentation for their code, he also started an Escape Room, which he uses for team building. We talk about that, venture capital, mental health, and so much more. There's something for everyone!
Sponsored by: Greg Koberger is easily one of the most interesting guys I talked to this year. Not only do we talk about team building with escape rooms – a super cool concept, by the way – but we touch on mental health, the startup culture, venture capital, and lots more. Greg is a pretty open book here and it makes for an amazing interview. It’s chocked full of great advice, so enjoy!
Swagger (Open API Spec)
Startup Escape (Greg’s Escape Room)
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When you're creating targeted popups on your ecommerce WordPress site, it's important to make sure they're translated if you're selling internationally! We take a look at how to optimize your popups + some of the best popup plugins out there!
Ah, the subject of popups. It can be quite controversial to many. Some studies show that people hate popups, find them obnoxious or even ruin their site experience. And, I guess at some point we’ve all felt that way.
But, we can’t ignore the stats from a conversion point of view.
Research conducted by Sumo, found that the top performing 10% of popup forms convert at a huge 9.3%. With the average popup converting at 3% (which is above average in comparison to some other marketing channels).
Now, there’s a difference between popups that add value and those that are just plain annoying – and we’re guessing those are the ones that really bug you.
The popups we want to talk about are the ones that convert your traffic, build your email list, drive more sales or reduce your cart abandonment rate.
How’s this for a benefit…Market statistics show that exit intent popups can help save 35% of potentially lost visitors. Use them intelligently, and popups are a game-changer.
So, we’ll take a closer look at how to optimize yours, roundup the best practices in terms of design & copy, take a look at 5 great WordPress popup plugins and show you how
WordPress 5.3 includes lots of great new features, enhancements, bug fixes! Improved blocks, new Site Health Tool, Twenty Twenty theme, new APIs and more.
WordPress 5.3 is getting closer (now we’re at WordPress 5.3 RC1) and we can’t wait to see all the upcoming new features and enhancements in action. So what can we expect from WordPress 5.3?
First and foremost, a whopping number of releases of the Gutenberg plugin is going to be merged into the core, from 5.4 to 6.6. This means we’ll see a huge number of features and enhancements for both users and developers, as well as an important boost in performance.
But there’s much more than Gutenberg in WordPress 5.3.
In fact, 5.3 features several improvements related to the Site Health Tool, a brand new default theme (TwentyTwenty), enhancements in the Admin User Interface, better support for PHP 7.4, improved accessibility, and much more.
That’s a lot of amazing stuff, right? So, let’s buckle up and dig deeper into WordPress 5.3.
At the time of this writing, the next Major Release of WordPress is far from being stable. We can still expect several bug fixes before the final release, scheduled for November 12, 2019, but no more commits for any new enhancements or feature requests are admitted.
23 September 2019: Beta 1
30 September 2019: Beta 2
8 October 2019:
This is a nice detailed tutorial. I've created news aggregator sites in the past, and getting them to look nice was difficult. This makes it super easy.
A news aggregator site seems like a fairly old-school type of idea — like something taken from the mid-2000s, perhaps. Surprisingly, news aggregator sites still get loads of traffic, even today, because, as we all know, internet traffic equals money. I’m willing to bet that you consistently visit at least a couple of aggregator sites, perhaps without even realizing it. Metacritic is an excellent example of such a website (currently ranking among Alexa’s top 2000 sites). Only instead of news, it aggregates reviews from across the web. Another example, Techmeme — has become a go-to site for all tech-related stories. Many of us frequent the more creative examples, like Panda — focusing not only on text but also on the beautiful visual previews of content from Behance or Awwwards.
So if news aggregator sites are doing so well, why not build one of our own and get a piece of that cake? How hard can it be?
Apparently, it’s not hard at all. In fact, you could set it up and running in an afternoon. All you need is WordPress, Elementor, a decent looking theme, a plugin called Feedzy, and this in-depth tutorial to show you how to make it all happen.
Over the past month, Kinsta has been testing new machines internally and the performance gains are huge. Here are the details and what this change means for the users.
The performance of your WordPress sites has always been a top priority for our team. It’s one of the main reasons clients choose us today over our competitors, and we’ve proven this time and time again. We’re consistently one of the first in the industry to release the latest software such as PHP 7.3, and Review Signal has awarded us “top tier” performance five years in a row. Kinsta was also the first managed WordPress host to utilize Google Cloud Platform (GCP) exclusively, and we keep a close eye on their newly released infrastructure. We’re always trying to push the boundaries, and today we’re taking it to a whole other level. We are excited to announce that we are moving to GCP’s next-generation compute-optimized virtual machines (C2).
We’ve developed our WordPress hosting platform to be completely scalable, from our Starter plans all the way up to our Enterprise plans. This means we aren’t just moving a select few to this new hardware or limiting their use to our higher-tier plans. We’re making the new GCP machines available for everyone at Kinsta. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a casual blogger or
Here’s a deep-dive into the hugely successful strategy behind WP FeedBack’s $100k+ plugin launch!
Have you ever heard of a WordPress plugin (or theme) that made over $100,000 in its first 30 days after launch? After spending hours Googling for successful plugins in the WordPress space that we could learn from, I couldn’t find any. As a big believer in transparency and knowledge sharing, I promised myself that if we met our goal of making $100k+ during our launch, I would share everything that we learned so other plugin and theme developers would be able to replicate the “recipe” we used to bootstrap our business.
Spoiler alert – we ended up making over $100,000 during the launch
It’s important to remember that there’s more to creating a fully translated WordPress site than just the text on the page — images also play an important role in creating a multilingual site
If you’re planning to translate your WordPress site, it’s important to remember that there’s more to creating a fully translated WordPress site than just the text on the page — images also play an important role in creating a multilingual site. With the right WordPress translation plugin, you can translate images so that you’re able to display different images, text, and image metadata, based on a visitor’s language.
This helps you create a better, more localized user experience, make your website more accessible in all languages, and improve your multilingual SEO, especially when it comes to ranking images in Google image search.
In this post, you’ll learn how you can use Weglot to fully translate images on your WordPress site with a simple step-by-step guide for localizing all aspects of your site’s visual media (including videos).
How to Choose a WordPress Translation Plugin for Images
When you’re looking for a WordPress translation plugin to translate images, it’s important to remember that there are multiple considerations for fully translating an image:
The image file itself. For example, using a different image URL for
Now is the perfect time to transition to a fulfilling career in project management. Here are some valuable project manager resources to help.
Opportunities in project management are rising and pay is also expected to increase. Interestingly, there aren’t enough project managers to fill the growing demand. Now is the perfect time for you to transition to a fulfilling career in project management, and I know of some valuable project manager resources to help. I am a project manager because I love to watch projects unfold, and I simply love to check things off. When you check items off of your to-do list, small amounts of dopamine are released making you feel accomplished, motivated and blissful. It’s even more fun when the engineers do the actual work and you get to be the one to mark it off as complete. It’s rewarding and addicting.
In reality, project management is a lot of work and way more complex. You have to manage budgets, timelines, teams, clients and stakeholders. You have to mitigate risks, communicate, and problem solve. So whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned project manager, you should always perfect your craft. Let’s look at some books, online courses, and other project manager resources you can use to improve your project management skills.
Leaders Aren’t Born, They are Made
While most people go to Google to browse and do their research, Amazon is a platform that attracts buyers.
One of the most truly remarkable things about the Amazon platform is that it does most of the heavy lifting for you. Known to be one of the world’s biggest e-commerce storefront, it drives huge traffic to your listing. That traffic is made up of a sea of buyers, ready to buy and make a purchase. It’s because most people come to Amazon already with a purchasing mindset. So, to ensure that you’re maximizing your results, you need to ensure that your listing is properly optimized both for search engines and for Amazon’s best practices.
In this post, we’ll give you a walkthrough on how you can improve your Amazon advertising ROI.
Apply Product Targeting
When you come up with a Sponsored Product ad, you can either choose to do an automatic or manual product targeting.
Automatic targeting lets you analyze your product description and then start creating relevant reviews for you. Generally, these keywords have strong impressions and can be a bit costly. On the other hand, manual targeting helps you target specific keywords that you think are most relevant to your product.
In a lot of cases, this boosts the relevancy of the placement of your ads. In turn, this
Custom post types are a powerful feature of WordPress that provide users with the flexibility they need to create a completely customized website. This guide explores exactly what custom post types are, how they work and when to use them. It also shows you how to create new post types both with plugins and manually with code.
Custom post types in WordPress are a powerful feature of the platform that provide users with the all-important flexibility they need to create a completely customised website. When they were first introduced, they helped WordPress make the leap from a simple blogging tool to a fully-fledged content management system. Today, custom post types continue to be a useful feature, particularly for developers who specialise in bespoke WordPress sites.
In this guide, we’ll explore what custom post types in WordPress are, how they work and when to use them. We’ll also show you how to create new post types with plugins and manually with code.
What is a custom post type in WordPress?
To understand what a custom post type is, first you need to know what a post type is on its own.
WordPress can store a lot of content, depending on what you add to your site. From blog posts and pages to images and menus, no two pieces of content are the same, and this is where ‘post types’ come into play.
Post types allow different types of content to be categorised. A single item is a ‘post’, which can be confusing because ‘post’ is also the name of regular articles
Quality content is a must for all blogging websites. Here are 15+ proven writing tips for bloggers to craft clear, concise, and compelling content.
Here are 15+ proven writing tips for bloggers that will help you create great blog content, improve the quality of your posts and get you more readers. Blogs are a popular source of information on the Internet. It has been used for expressing oneself, helping others get answers, entertainment, building communities, and many more purpose. Right now, there are billions of blogs on the web, and millions more are written each year. The market is filled with bloggers, and thus, there comes a need of being better than others to be recognized.
As a result, you must focus on delivering great blog posts to compete with others who probably have more experience than you. But don’t worry about this factor as no matter how many bloggers there are, writing on the same niche, your content can always come on top if you write a great blog post.
Content has always been king, and when you focus your attention on the quality and structure of your blog; you will become a successful blogger.
Therefore, I will show you the tips for writing great blog posts which will surely change the way you plan, think, and write your blogs.
1. Pick the Right Niche
One of the essential decisions when starting a blog
Logs are like unsung heroes; they store a wealth of information, have an important role in any type of software, yet they are often ignored. This article highlights all the different type of logs WordPress administrators have available.
Logs for WordPress administrators – the definitive guide to all the logs WordPress site administrators can use. Logs are like unsung heroes; they store a wealth of information, have an important role in any type of software, yet they are often ignored.
October is a national cyber awareness month and therefore we have prepared this article together with WP Security Audit Logs, a company known as the “king of logs” in the WordPress ecosystem. Use WebARX20 to get a 20% discount form any WP Security Audit Logs plans here.
This quote from the PCI DSS compliance regulations highlights how important logs are for the security of websites:
Logging mechanisms and the ability to track user activities are critical in preventing, detecting, or minimizing the impact of a data compromise.
In this article, we will explain what logs are, what information you can find in them and how you can use this information to better manage and improve the security of your WordPress websites. Let’s dive right in.
Introduction To Logs
Logs are records of events related to a given software, application, or service. Most modern software products keep logs of some kind. This means everything
If you are a beginner looking into WordPress website development and if you are looking at it from a business standpoint, then you are probably already well aware that developing something meaningful that will bring in profit will require money, time, and dedication
If you are a novice looking into WordPress website development and if you are looking at it from a business standpoint, then you are probably already well aware that developing something meaningful that will bring in profit will require money, time, and dedication. In the circumstances in today’s online market, creating and maintaining a successful online business is more complicated than ever. Web design is getting better every day, competition is tough, and only the best manage to stand out. For these reasons you will need all the help you can get. Most of you probably immediately thought of one of those agencies that are advertised on virtually any high-traffic page on the internet. Needless to say, most of these agencies will set you back quite much in terms of your budget, as their expenses as companies are much higher than the expenses of one individual. On the same note, if you already have a WordPress site, and you need just some tweaks done here and there, you can hire a single freelancer specialized in that one particular service that will meet your needs. It’s also worth mentioning that hiring a freelancer instead of an agency will give you more flexibility. Freelancer
While it is easy for all the worst-case scenarios to run on your head, the thing is, you need to have a comprehensive checklist before you launch.
Launching a website can be nerve-wracking. What if you fail to test out a crucial data form causing you to miss out on a lot of new leads? Or you didn’t set up your site redirects, leading your visitors to a website that cannot be found? While it’s easy for all the worst-case scenarios to run on your head, the thing is, you need to have a comprehensive checklist before you launch.
Also, if you’re using WordPress, having a coming soon plugin like UnderConstructionPage or Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode will help you manage everything until you’re ready for the public. In this post, we’ve compiled the ten essential things to double-check before launching your website:
1. Cross Browser and Device Check
If you have a development link for your site, it’s always best to check it thoroughly. Check it on all of the browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc.) and all types of mobile devices. When doing the testing, it’s crucial to click on every link and every page.
Do this over and over even if you’ve already launched. That will ensure that nothing went wrong during the switch.
2. Check Page Content Errors
One of the most common mistakes
One of the best ways to increase the efficiency of the app or software development process is by adopting DevOps.
In a DevOps environment, finding a way to make development projects more successful is something you should be passionate about. Failing to follow the trends in the world of development can put your company in a compromising position. The last thing you want to do is lose your competitive edge due to the use of outdated tools or methodologies. Studies show that businesses using DevOps are more operationally efficient and provide higher levels of customer service.
If you are already using DevOps in your place of business, you need to keep up with the changes going on with this methodology. As with any other tool used in this industry, there are constant DevOps innovations happening.
Read below to find out more about the DevOps trends that you need to know to stay competitive in 2019.
Embracing the Power and Convenience of Automation
One of the biggest DevOps trends you need to look out for in 2019 is increased amounts of automation. With a higher degree of automation, you can create an agile and leaner IT organization, as well as reduce the chance of employee overworking. During the development of a new piece of software, a number of repetitive and mundane tasks have to be performed.
Launching a brand new website? Check out this comprehensive website launch checklist. Review before going live. Don't miss it.
What is the best day to launch a website? Let me take you through the website launch checklist and I will clarify each of the key directions. Launching your WordPress site must be an exciting step. You have already gone through the motions of choosing your website builder, getting your way about WordPress (which can be quite overwhelming), designing your site interface, and now, you are about to launch your gleaming new site! Exciting, right?
However, before you hit that publish button, you need to run a thorough check of your site. Failing to check your website before it goes live could lead to malfunctioning, which is not what you want while trying to build a reputation in the blogosphere.
This checklist will help you identify the most important fine details to check right before you launch your site to ensure everything works well.
1. Check your Contact Page
A contact page allows your readers to get in touch with you. You can include a working email address, phone number, or mailing address for the more old school site viewers. In addition to obtaining feedback about your site, the contact page will let visitors inform you of a glitch. It will also improve the credibility of your
There's lot of friction when trying to translate slider content (text, buttons, links etc.), mostly because it exists outside the WordPress editor. This tutorial focuses on how you can achieve this easily and for free, independently of the slider plugin used.
Love ’em or hate ’em, sliders and carousels are a popular design choice for a lot of WordPress sites. But if you’re looking to create a multilingual WordPress site, figuring out how to translate sliders in WordPress can be difficult because slider content exists outside the WordPress editor. You might be using a dedicated slider plugin or the slider widget in a page builder plugin like Elementor. Either way, you’ll need to be able to translate those sliders to ensure a cohesive multilingual experience for your visitors.
To help, we’re going to show you how to translate sliders in WordPress using a simple, non-technical interface like this:
This method will work with all slider plugins and you’ll be able to follow this tutorial for free – no need to purchase a premium plugin just to translate your WordPress sliders.
What You Need to Translate Sliders in WordPress
To follow this tutorial and create multilingual sliders on WordPress, you’ll only need two things:
Your slider – we’ll create an example slider with the free Smart Slider 3 plugin, but the method that we’ll outline will work with any slider plugin/widget including
There’s a possible change coming to the way Meetup handles its subscription pricing and ticket fees. If you don’t love the sound of that, there is an alternative: The Events Calendar already provides a way for you to create an event marketplace.
There’s a possible change coming to the way Meetup handles its subscription pricing and ticket fees. We love Meetup around here, and we’ve even integrated it into our Event Aggregator service so that you can easily sync your Meetup events and your WordPress calendar. We think it’s important that you know what’s changing over at Meetup and how it might affect you. What? Changes? What are they?
First off, it’s worth noting that Meetup’s changes are limited to a small test group, which means things are still up in the air. Will the changes roll out to every Meetup user? Maybe and maybe not. But the fact that they rolled it out to some customers and shared the news with everyone else suggests they’re moving forward.
What changes are we talking about? The first is awesome news for y’all who subscribe to Meetup’s service as an event organizer. Meetup is dropping the subscription price to a mere $2 per month. That’s an 80 percent savings overall!
The second change is more complicated. Meetup members (those who register for events) will need to pay $2 to reserve a spot at your event. In other words, attendees are required to cough