Meet Finder, a new tool available in the free version of Elementor, which allows you to easily switch between pages, create new content and do a whole lot more
Building websites involves browsing through SO many different windows… Think about it. In order to setup even the simplest website, you have to visit several places: the WordPress dashboard, Elementor editor, Elementor settings, the front-end of your site.
The result – dozens of opened tabs and lots of time wasted maneuvering between pages and screens.
Even editing a single page can become a challenge:
Going from the WordPress dashboard – > Elementor editor – > My templates – > Dashboard again – > Menu settings – > View page, and so on
Thankfully, we came up with an easy and intuitive way to get you from A to B, no matter the A, no matter the B.
Introducing Finder, a handy search window that lets you go from anywhere, to anywhere. Reach any Elementor page or setting page from wherever you like on your site.
With Finder, we tried to create the easiest possible experience when navigating through different screens.
You can launch Finder from any place on your site. From the Elementor editor, from the backend admin area and even from the frontend of your site.
To open Finder, click CMD / CTRL + E, then search for
Our second story article of 2018, going over the past 6 months, talking about how vital it is to focus on what's working.
A lot of WordPress developers are freelancers, not full-time employees. But do they charge enough for their work?
Salary might be a taboo subject to some people, but if you’re a WordPress developer, or are considering a career in WordPress development, knowing what people are earning is essential to maximizing your own earning power. So let’s talk about that secret – let’s talk about the average WordPress developer salary. That way, you’ll know exactly what you’re worth (and how you can earn more).
To do the topic full justice, we’re going to break this post into two parts.
First, we’ll take a look at the data from job sites and freelancing platforms to learn:
Then, after we’ve covered what the averages are, we’ll discuss some tips for increasing your own salary so that you can move yourself towards the right side of the salary bell curve.
But first, a little caveat…
Calculating a Single “WordPress Developer Salary” Is Hard
There are a few things that can skew these numbers. First, because WordPress is so popular (currently powering over 32% of the web), there are a ton of people who might fall under the label of “WordPress developer”.
For example, there’s the distinction between WordPress “developers”
Daniel Carcamo tried submitting his premium theme for sale on the ThemeForest marketplace. He uses this guest post to share the entire experience, as well as his conclusions about WordPress product businesses and marketplaces in general.
Building your own Multi-Purpose theme from scratch can be a very tough project to take on. Getting it approved on ThemeForest? That’s a whole other layer of challenges that you’ll need to tackle. In this guest post, I’m going to share my entire experience of submitting a theme to ThemeForest’s marketplace. In February 2017 I started playing around with the idea of building my own Multi-Purpose events theme to be sold on ThemeForest. I knew, from the experience I gained of selling my own events plugin on CodeCanyon, that a complete solution was needed for customers who did not want to mix a plugin and a theme, but instead, wanted a complete solution in one single product.
Normally, when you need a website with an events functionality, you have to add various plugins to achieve it. This, in turn, can make your website slow and bloated, which is why I decided to build an event’s theme that had everything built into it.
By April I had already assembled my team of programmers and got to work. After weeks and weeks of testing and testing again, I felt that we had reached a point where we could submit the theme to ThemeForest for a review.
First Submission (Hard
The year is almost up. Is your website ready for the new year? Here are some things you can do now to prep your WordPress site for 2019.
The year’s almost up; the time for family and festivities is upon us. Rather than making a New Year’s resolution to learn to play the guitar or eat your weight in ice cream (you should totally do both of those things), how about you resolve to get your WordPress website ready for the new year by keeping it updated, optimized, and audited? We often forget about our websites as life starts to get busier, especially if we don’t need to update our websites with any regularity. This time of year, more importantly for eCommerce website owners, site traffic will increase, and there are a few things we can do to potentially help your users our, as well as help, protect yourself.
I like to keep things clean and running smoothly with SOAP: secure, optimize, assess accessibility concerns, and prioritize updates. So, let’s get started.
Security, especially around the holidays, is essential. Even the smallest website could potentially put your users at risk if not adequately audited, configured, or updated. You don’t need a computer science degree to keep your website secure; you need to make sure you’re looking at a few key points.
Make sure your hosting
In my new podcast I go over tools to help accomplish a specific, web-based goal. In this episode, we talk about tools for building a mailing list.
In this episode, we explore what should be a fundamental tool of any business: the mailing list. We’ll look at some of the best services out there and how to integrate them, as well as some simple techniques for building your list. Show Notes
Hey everybody and welcome to Creator Toolkit, the podcast about building stuff on the web. I’m Joe Casabona and today we’re going to talk about mailing list services.
Why Build a Mailing List?
I think we should first talk about why we should even collect email addresses. When I first started my blog, I wasn’t very diligent about collecting emails because I didn’t see the point.
But those emails are the people who become your biggest fans – and those are the people that you can sell your product or services to. They’re also people who will give you feedback; in short, they’ll become the community you can build your business on.
In this episode we’re doing to explore a few tools for email list building: a regular email form, MailChimp, ConvertKit, and Drip.
There are tons more, but I think these do a nice job of covering the various feature sets out there. Let’s get started.
A look at the pros and cons of making the switch to Gutenberg. Existing sites may be better off staying put.
With the impending release of WordPress 5.0, the new Gutenberg editor will make its way onto millions of websites. It’s a big change in how content is created, stored and managed. Not to mention the potential compatibility issues that could crop up with some themes and plugins. As the new editor prepares for full release, we should note that the “Classic” Editor will remain available as a plugin. Activating it will enable site owners to use it in conjunction with Gutenberg or bypass it completely.
Because the Classic Editor affords us a second path, it’s worth considering whether or not to take it. Gutenberg represents a big shift in how WordPress operates. The question becomes, is it really worth utilizing the new editor on an existing site, or is it better to stick with the tried-and-true Classic version?
To answer that question, there are several factors to consider. So, before you take the plunge and switch to Gutenberg, here are a few items you’ll want to think about.
The Past and Future of Your Content
The content on your existing website, along with the way you manage it, has already been established. Odds are that your pages and blog posts follow
This tutorial will show you how to migrate your website from Drupal to WordPress. It includes pre-migration steps, moving text and images, choosing a theme and optimizing your new site.
Do you have a website built using the Drupal that you’d like to transfer it to self-hosted WordPress? While Drupal is a great content management system, maybe you wish to try something new. You will have more options when it comes to free themes and plugins, and WordPress is generally easier to use than Drupal. Follow this step-by-step guide to migrate your site from Drupal to WordPress quickly and easily.
Table of Contents
Drupal to WordPress migration
Step #1: Installing the FG Drupal to WordPress plugin
Step #2: Getting your Drupal database details
Step #3: Importing Drupal content to WordPress
Selecting a theme
Creating navigation menus
Setting up contact forms
Adding image galleries
Installing must-have plugins
Updating your permalink structure
Making your site live
Redirecting old URLs
Checking and fixing your internal links
Making sure everything works
Prior to moving any of your content, you’ll need to take care of a few things. Let’s get started, shall we?
Since your current site is on Drupal, you already have a web host. It may be a good idea to switch to a host which offers specialized WordPress
Data is coming out of our ears, your ears, everyone's ears. How to make effectively make use of that data? You need a BI tool.
Businesses and enterprises have a lot of data to contend with. From acquisition and retention metrics to prospective customers, internal business processes, partners, affiliates, and competitor data, knowing what data matters most to your business can be difficult. Often, businesses can’t -or simply neglect to -leverage their data effectively into actionable wins that can grow revenue and help them operate more efficiently.
That’s where business intelligence (BI) tools can really help. They pull your data from dozens of sources, clean it up, transform it, and display it visually via dashboards and reports, which are far easier to interpret than raw numbers and fields. BI also makes it easier to track the ins and outs of what’s actually happening in your company.
While BI tools have been around for decades, there’s been an explosion of excellent online tools entering the market in recent years. These tools are constantly evolving to meet the ever-expanding and fast-changing needs of businesses of all sizes and niches.
But choosing a BI tool for the first time can be overwhelming -there are currently more than 100 vendors available.
Below, we’ve collected
In this edition, WordPress 5.0 beta out, new default theme, Accessibility team, Gutenberg, and more.
Hello friends, welcome to our November 2018 WordPress news roundup! Now that I think about it, I can’t believe we’re nearing this year’s end…which kind of frightens me because I realize once again how fast time is flying. Can you believe that Gutenberg might become the default editor in just two short weeks? I mean, the craze started sometime around May 2017 and now we’ve almost reached the culmination. The release is getting thoroughly prepared as I’m writing this post: Gutenberg has new features, while a fresh WordPress default theme is under development.
Anyway, not everything is sweet in the Gutenberg world, and we all know that. This month, there was some contentious back-and-forth regarding Gutenberg’s accessibility, including the resignation of the Accessibility team lead.
But that’s not all. We have many more awesome stories for you to read and a lot of great insights from various WordPress experts. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the November 2018 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
WordPress 5.0 Beta 2
The grand event of the year is close. WordPress 5.0 enters its final stages as the second beta is already
Reviews from your customers are a great way to prove the value of your product to potential customers. Bringing reviews from Google, Facebook, Yelp and more into your WordPress site is easy with WPBR, learn how.
In a world where business is done mostly online, it’s no wonder that review marketing has become increasingly in demand. This demand was felt within the WordPress space and WP Business Reviews was created to rise to the challenge. Why Put Reviews On A Website?
In recent years, reviews have risen in importance for search engine optimization and general marketing strategies. Reviews are the new word of mouth. So the easier they are to find, the better it is for business.
Including positive reviews filled with keyword rich, user-generated testimonials on a website do more than just lead customers to the social proof they need to decide to use a business. It also provides search engines with more authoritative content when it searches through the website.
In an effort to give marketers and business owners everywhere a simple solution to display their best reviews from a variety of platforms, WP Business Reviews was created. This article will walk through how to use WP Business Reviews and explain all of its available features.
What Is WP Business Reviews?
The makers of GiveWP, the WordImpress team, developed WP Business Reviews to allow users to display their reviews from multiple
Most small / startup WordPress product creators just have enough resources to develop their product. That is why a service like Freemius is flourishing, because they take care of the business aspect of things for their customers. Today they are taking it a step further with their new "Got Your Back" special program.
Calling all WordPress product creators who are selling through Freemius – today we are officially launching the “We Got Your Back” program, which will help you handle all of the things you prefer to avoid in your business! I can see you doubting and sneering at what I just wrote in that 1st paragraph, but if you’re selling your WordPress plugins and themes with Freemius, then you already know that we were not kidding when we said that we would truly become your business partners and do everything we can to empower your business and to push it forward, simply because YOUR success is literally our success.
As you know, the Freemius service was created in order to handle everything that might be considered “meta” in running an online business that sells WordPress plugins and themes. In other words, everything that’s not about coding the actual product:
Taxes (EU VAT)
Decreasing the uninstall rate
As you can see, another thing we were not kidding about was when we said: “Your WordPress business headache?
The Freemius team had just announced that it is launching a special “We Got Your Back” program, which is going to help increase WordPress plugin & theme businesses’ bottom line through professional, custom branding. AND, it's free.
The Freemius team had just announced (earlier today) that it is launching a special program, which they have named: “We Got Your Back” Club. So first things first – let’s make the info in that title crystal clear: Freemius is going to help increase WordPress plugin & theme businesses’ bottom line through professional, custom branding, AND, they are offering to do that for free? The answer seems to be a straight up yes. Now that we’ve got that out of the way – let’s dive in a little deeper to figure what exactly is this all about. Really can't complain I've switched to @freemius – they just launched a new "We Got Your Back" Club pilot, in which they are offering free #WordPress #plugin business branding and designs.
Membership in this program is offered solely to WordPress plugin & themes owners who sell them through the Freemius sales platform, and the type of perk a product owner is entitled to choose is derived from the accumulative sum of their gross revenue from sales their products have made through Freemius, as the following table implies:
As you can see, the whole thing is pretty simple: the higher your gross
Love the new rebranding by these guys! Stellar job. Especially the slogan: “Code for Good.”
We are extremely excited to announce that we’re rebranding our company with a new name, new logo, and new website. As of today, we are no longer WordImpress but Impress.org:
Here’s a little insight into why we are rebranding and what this means for our future.
Impress.org now serves as our corporate identity and showcase for our growing product offerings. No products will be sold on the site directly, but we will continue publishing relevant and thought-provoking articles.
Our new identity signifies a few important concepts for us, which are summarized fairly clearly by our new slogan: “Code for Good.”
With the tremendous success of our flagship product, GiveWP, we felt compelled to arrange our entire company around the idea of bringing more good into the world through our products. This means a lot of things:
Our products must “impress” and do real good in the world.
Our company must “impress” and be a place where our employees feel they are doing good in the world.
Our customers must benefit from development and support best practices that press forward and help them succeed online.
What does this mean for our existing products?
Here's a quick interview with the founder of ThemeRex, Henry Rise
If you are related to web design and development world some way or another, you have surely heard about ThemeForest. For those who are not 100% sure, this is one of the leading platforms for developers where they can sell their WordPress Themes. Success stories are inspiring, aren’t they? They motivate us for action, so we are eager to hear/read more of them. This is just such kind of a story. But what’s even better, we will hear it from the source.
Would you like to know how not to get lost in the tough competition? Do you think there is still a chance to become a successful seller with a host of people joining this community?
There is no better way to clarify the situation than have a friendly conversation with one of the top-ranking sellers on ThemeForest – Henry Rise, the founder of ThemeRex.
OK, let’s start.
Hi Henry, thanks a bunch for taking your time to answer our questions. We will try to be brief. However, we can’t wait to explore your philosophy and process of becoming an Elite Seller on Themeforest as well as hear your advice on emerging trends for future sellers.
H. Hi everybody! It will be a pleasure for me to share some helpful insights with
Post from the ManageWP blog on creating a multi language WordPress site, doing international SEO, and getting your site in front of as wide an audience as possible.
John James Jacoby provides an interested stream-of-consciousness review of Gutenberg in WP 5.0-beta1. Lots of small confusions and annoyances.
I’m writing this post using the new block-based editor that comes packaged with the first WordPress 5.0 beta, known previously and externally as Gutenberg. For just general writing, so far it ain’t so bad, but one thing that bugs me straight away is that the auto-save causes the UI in the upper right corner to spaz out every few seconds. I keep thinking it’s a notification in macOS, so I stop writing to look up at it, because it’s all just outside my periphery.
So far in this post, I haven’t needed to add any blocks or format any text, and I haven’t needed to move any text or paragraphs around. I have a feeling this is how most people will interact with this editor most of the time, and for that, it generally gets the job done no different than the classic editor did.
I suppose it’s about time I try to insert some kind of image, so here’s a shot I took today of some concrete that got poured behind the building my office is in.
I think it’s a little weird that the default new-block buttons are: image, header, and gallery. I also think it’s weird when I hover over the “P” for paragraph button, that it changes to 2
As the release of Wordpress 5.0 RC1 is coming closer and Gutenberg will be out of Beta, Sarah Gooding summarizes the gap between the official WordPress Accessibility Team and the WordPress 5.0 Core team
WordPress’ accessibility team has published a statement on the level of overall accessibility of Gutenberg. The team, largely a group of unpaid volunteers, collaborated on a detailed assessment that publicly challenges Gutenberg’s readiness for core in a way that no other WordPress team has done through official channels to date. After a week of testing the most recent version of the plugin, the team concluded that they cannot recommend Gutenberg to be used by anyone who relies on assistive technology. The Accessibility team – like any team in WordPress – has no specific authority over the project. Because we’re a small team of volunteers, we’ve been pragmatic in how we apply the guidelines. We have made tradeoffs in prioritization. Gutenberg is a place where we feel it is necessary to draw a line. The ability to author, edit, and publish posts is the primary purpose of WordPress.
Accessibility team rep Joe Dolson, speaking on behalf of the team, cited cognitive load and complexity, inconsistent user interface behavior, heavy reliance on keyboard shortcuts, and difficulties with keyboard navigation through blocks, among other concerns about Gutenberg.
A great blog involves more than just writing. It's about outreach and conversations.
There’s no doubt WordPress became the most powerful blogging platform on the planet. It’s easy to update, easy to use, and flexible enough to support dozens of bells and whistles. None of that matters, however, if your blog isn’t up to par. We’ve created this four chapter guide to help beginners understand how to build a great blog, one which will attract readers, keep them, and build an unforgettable community.
You see, a great blog is about more than great writing. It’s about reaching out and joining a conversation, and doing so in a way that is professional, eye-catching, and interesting. There are a lot of unspoken rules of blogging you should know, and there are some behind-the-scenes tricks which can help you build a better blog. Our goal is to provide you with both.
Blogging doesn’t have to be hard, but it helps to know what you’re doing. Our guide is designed to help you build a great blog from the ground up. However, you can also use these blogging tips to retool an existing blog.
Chapter 1: Good Blogging Takes Great Planning
Start by Knowing Your Goals
Your goals will have a big impact on the way you handle your blog. A blog meant
Iain's been a fan of Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) for a long time now, using it on pretty much every site he's built or worked on for the last 5 years. Two things happened recently that made him step back and realize just how important ACF has been and still is for WordPress and WordPress developers - even with and especially because of the upcoming arrival of Gutenberg. Check out the post to find out more.
I’ve been a fan of Advanced Custom Fields for a long time now, using it on pretty much every site I’ve built or worked on for the last 5 years. If you’re unfamiliar, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) is a WordPress plugin that gives you much greater control of your WordPress content, utilizing custom post meta to enrich the content with structured data. It allows you to build and configure different types of data fields that will appear in meta boxes when your content editors update posts, pages, or custom post types (and much more).
This week I started to use the plugin for something we’re doing with deliciousbrains.com and, after seeing a recent ACF blog post, I took a step back and started to realize just how important ACF has been and still is for WordPress and WordPress developers – even with and especially because of the upcoming arrival of Gutenberg. Let me explain.
How Advanced Custom Fields Works
It took me a while to get my head around what it actually does, so I’ll just show you a quick example. I’ve used it on a dog rescue charity site, where the volunteers add new dogs which need to be rehomed, as a custom post type. However, apart from
After several years of working on WordPress and accessibility and being part of the accessibility team, Rian Rietveld has taken the very difficult decision to leave the WordPress accessibility team. Here she explains why she have made this decision and how she hope things can improve for the future.
This post is written with the Gutenberg editor version 3.9.0. Disclaimer: This post is my opinion and mine alone.
After several years of working on WordPress and accessibility and being part of the accessibility team, I have taken the very difficult decision to leave the WordPress accessibility team. I owe it to the team to explain why I have made this decision and how I hope things can improve for the future.
The last year, especially the last few weeks have been too politically complicated for me. It’s better that someone else takes the lead now.
In this post I’ll try to give an analysis of what the WordPress Accessibility Team (wpa11y team) did during the development of Gutenberg and what the problems are with working on its accessibility.
When the development of Gutenberg started, the wpa11y team followed its progress and tested what was there. And we discovered there is much to improve. So Andrea Fercia started to open tickets and tried to find solutions. And that was a huge task.
We had four big problems:
The codebase of Gutenberg is difficult for all of us, because no one in the wpa11y team is a skilled REACT developer. So it was hard to implement
Stop uploading oversized images on your WooCommerce site. Most sites get the bulk of their traffic from mobile, and we have proof. Do you really need that retina 3000px image in the hero area? Probably not.
Out of curiosity, why don’t all these blog posts from affiliate sites, hosting companies, theme developers, AdSense sites, plugin owners (or anywhere else) ever grow some gumption and say _(something like)_ : “STOP UPLOADING BIG ASS IMAGES IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!”
I can’t quite say I’ve ever seen a post resembling that much truthful bluntness. So, perhaps I can add a bit of gentle rhetoric around that message while still maintaining the importance of the above text in red. Here goes.
Use a FIXED WIDTH – NOT FLUID
Every WordPress Theme is unique. Some themes have an option of fixed or fluid width. Fluid width, flexible width, or full screen width might be additional terms to use – but the result is the same. On any screen possible, the theme is designed to take up as much room as possible.
That would also be known as incredibly impossible, not possible, no way in the world, not actually going to really happen, for your own sake please stop thinking that it looks cool in-your-own perspective.
As someone told me years ago, “This is Business: Unless Y-O-U can print your own money, your own opinion does NOT mean jack sh!t. Never forsake that
To test a theme compatibility issue with Dokan, I installed a pirated version of a theme from ThemeForest and here's what happened. It's scary!
I needed to test a compatibility of Dokan with a premium theme from ThemeForest. So I quickly googled and landed into a pirated/nulled site. I was surprised to fo find out it wasn’t asking for money or didn’t land into paid affiliate links. Although it was suspicious, I downloaded the theme and installed it in my local machine (don’t judge me
Tom McFarlin shares his thoughts on Freemius' new "We Got Your Back" club - a new rewards program for WordPress plugin and theme developers.
As someone who continues to participate in the WordPress economy, specifically in developing custom solutions for others, and as someone with many friends and acquaintances who are also developers, I know that one of the hardest things that we can do (aside from naming things) is branding and marketing a product or business. I’ve written about Freemius a few times in the past (with the most visited post being All About Freemius for WordPress).
As such, I’m a fan of keeping up with what they are doing. Recently, they released a We Got Your Back program that aims to provide a solution to the problem marketing, branding, and so on of products those of us in WordPress build and strive to provide in WordPress.
We’ve Got Your Back by Freemius
Here’s a quick rundown of what they offer:
This program is specifically for Freemius Partners (or those who use the Freemius platform to sell plugins and themes.
It provides design-related collateral for WordPress product businesses at no-charge assuming you’ve surpassed a revenue threshold.
Here’s a breakdown of the perks as provided by Freemius:
It’s easy to understand, right? The more your gross revenue within