This has been in the works for quite a while, check out WordPress SEO 2.0
We’re proud to announce the availability of WordPress SEO 2.0. This release adds new features for Google’s Knowledge Graph and improves the design, layout & usability of the WordPress SEO plugins admin screens in many ways. Google Knowledge Graph
Google recently introduced new features for their knowledge graph, allowing you to highlight yourself in the search results as either a company or a person. This includes you or your company’s name, if your site is for a company, the logo:
And it includes your social profiles (this is the list of social networks Google supports in their social markup):
If Google has picked this all up and shows a Knowledge Graph block for you or your company (note that we can’t force it to do that), it would look like this:
Simplified the admin menus
We’ve decided to move several admin pages under one “Advanced” page, and several tools to a new “Tools” page. This makes our entire admin structure a lot cleaner (note the screenshots are for WordPress SEO premium), compare the old (left) versus the new (right):
While this might seem mostly a superficial change, it’s very important in how we think you should perceive our plugin. The most important thing you can
WP Tavern announces the Shortcake Feature plugin. It basically provides a UI for shortcodes and they can be previewed in the visual tab of the text-editor. Looks pretty cool.
Shortcake, a plugin that adds a UI to make shortcodes more user friendly, is now an official WordPress feature plugin. The project is led by Daniel Bachhuber, currently the interim director of engineering at Fusion, the company where Shortcake originated. The plugin is being developed on GitHub but is also now available for download on WordPress.org. Developers who want to utilize Shortcake can register a UI for their shortcodes alongside add_shortcode, which will expose Shortcake’s user-friendly interface.
Shortcake transforms your ordinary shortcode to render a preview in a TinyMCE view:
It also supplies a user-friendly UI to add shortcodes via the “Add Media” button. After selecting your shortcode, you’ll have the ability to edit its content and attributes.
Version 0.2.0 enhances the post element interface in the following ways:
Shortcodes are sorted alphabetically, making it easier to skim and find shortcodes.
Shortcodes can be filtered by name using the “Search” field, reducing complexity when a site has many dozens of shortcodes.
The “Insert Element” button is disabled until a post element is selected, providing a visual cue to the user.
This release also makes a number of significant
Daniel Pataki shares his thoughts on the "common criticism WordPress receives and apply a dose of clarity to each issue."
WordPress has become a behemoth in the past 6-7 years. As with any huge project, it receives plenty of praise and lots of criticism. The platform does indeed deserve the praise it receives, but no system is perfect – a lot of the constructive criticism is well-founded.
In this article I want to focus on the criticism WordPress receives and apply a dose of clarity to each issue. The goal is to help you better understand the problems within WordPress, why they are there and what we and WordPress contributors can do to make things better.
Before we get into specific issues, let’s take a little detour into two general issues. I think every criticism of WordPress has three sides.
Most issues can split the blame between three areas:
Plugins and Themes
Many of the issues below will be completely, or in-part caused, by bad plugins and themes. While the direct blame lies with the authors of these products it would be unfair not to point out WordPress’ role in this.
WordPress has the ability to monitor and regulate plugins and themes in its repositories. It is impossible to weed out every single problem, but stricter policies
Impressive work on the new Happytables from Human Made. A great highlight of WordPress as a platform.
The new Happytables is a slick setup, and they’ve invested more time and energy into a hosted WordPress solution than perhaps anyone but Automattic on WordPress.com. The difference here is they are going after a niche, and it’s a huge one with a big need: restaurants. The Human Made team has been hard at work preparing Happytables 3, an all new platform for the restaurant website builder.
Happytables was one of the first major hosted initiatives after WordPress.com, and launched in early 2012. You can see the post I wrote about them then. They’ve matured a lot since that time, investing more into products, finding their footing from a sales perspective, and expanding their team.
Human Made has a products team of six people, including some WordPress back-end development heavyweights. The new Happytables 3 is built using a custom REST API to make it unrecognizable from WordPress, though it’s built completely on WordPress. Ryan McCue, who is leading the official WordPress REST API project, is lead on the Happytables API as well.
The new Happytables dashboard is catered directly to restaurant owners. It simplifies much of the decision making for theming, utilizing a single standard template
When to prefix, what to prefix, when to use underscores or dashes, and well, just all the things! :)
When to prefix, what to prefix, when to use underscores or dashes, and well, just all the things! :)
Drew Jaynes releases the first 2 beta versions for WordPress 4.2. There are several predictions for the new coming release. WP Beginner written a post displaying the features and explained them. Ahsan Parwez also mentioned those features in his own style.
At Cloudways, we are always excited for the new upcoming versions of WordPress. It is always fun to test out new features in the beta versions. It gives us a chance to see the direction of progress for WordPress development. The best thing is that the core development seem to have something for everyone from newbies to hardcore developers. The final version of WordPress 4.2 will be launched somewhere in April, but beta versions are now available for testing. It is not recommended to use a beta version on your live sites.
Before we jump into the detail about the features of this new version, I would like to introduce the lead of WordPress 4.2, Drew Jaynes. He is currently a web engineer at 10up.com. James can be found at Twitter where he often tweets about his work and appreciates others along the way.
I will try to cover most of the features WordPress 4.2 has to offer, but I know as we go along you might be interested in testing it out yourself. Don’t worry, you can easily setup your testing environment on staging URLs that Cloudways Cloud Platform provides. There are a few steps you need to follow:
Sign up for Cloudways
Launch a server with WordPress.
Sign in to your WordPress admin
Need to create a knowledge base website? Or add a KB to an existing WordPress website? The Heroic Knowledge Base plugin from Hero Themes could be just what you are looking for.
If you are offering a product or service, or you just want to create a helpful resource for your readers, adding a knowledge base to your website has many benefits. A successfully implemented and managed knowledge base can not only reduce your support costs, but also empower your customers and clients to help themselves. By creating an active and regularly updated online knowledge base, you can also give your target audience a reason to keep coming back to your website. This then gives you a way to inform them of your latest products and services.
If the idea of creating an online knowledge base to support your customers and community, while also reducing the time and money you spend on support sounds appealing, then this review and guide to using the Heroic Knowledge Base plugin is essential reading.
Heroic Knowledge Base Plugin: Features
The Heroic Knowledge Base plugin has been built to work alongside any WordPress theme. This is great as it gives you the ability to either build a dedicated knowledge base website, or simply add this feature to your existing WordPress website.
Before we look at the key features in detail, some of the highlights of this WordPress knowledge base plugin
Over the week there were a lot of happenings in the WordPress community. WP Daily Themes collected all the master pieces at one place. You don't have to look here and there but directly check all the insights at one place. Do let me know if anything missed. I would love to give it a read.
We initiated the weekly roundup of WordPress articles. Last Wednesday, we published the Weekly Roundup #1 for our readers. We have shared several resources and the response was massive. We are grateful to our readers for sharing it all over the internet. With your generous support, we are able to write the roundup again for this week.
WordPress isn’t stopped in making efforts. We as a family breaking records each day. It feels great for us to share the stories we read over the week.
We light the candelabra to read the review post from WPBeginner about WordPress 4.2. Most of these features were announced in the 2 beta releases by WordPress.
These articles are chosen from WP Daily Themes and other selected WordPress blogs. We tried our best to give you a taste of all great WordPress content available. Let’s take a look into the write-ups for past week.
WordPress 4.2 Beta 2
With the continuous efforts, Drew Jaynes delivered the second beta version for WordPress 4.2. It was delivered on the time promised by the lead for this release. Peter Nilsson reviewed the major changes for this release. Good news for the FTP and SSH users. Cross browsing support added for emoji and much more.
A shortlist of valuable WordPress resource which are valuable for both user and developers. We would be happy to get new resources submitted so we can add them to the guide
There’s no disputing the fact that WordPress is by far the most prominent content management system out there. Whether you are new to WordPress or have been using it for some time, you’ll know that it is an incredibly powerful platform. What started out as just a basic blogging platform, is now evolved and used by more than 74.6 million sites. There are thousands of websites out there for WordPress, dedicated to sharing tips, tricks and information about the latest resources available to help you move beyond the basics, towards becoming a fully fledged WordPress pro, but it’s not always easy to know which resources are the most up-to-date and relevant for you. New themes and plugins are produced nearly every single day, with constant developments and improvements. With all of this going on, trying to keep up with WordPress can seem daunting so we’ve done all the hard work for you and picked the most influential and useful WordPress resources that are available on the web. You may think you already know about all the resources WordPress has to offer, but think again. Here’s the ultimate list of resources for WordPress users and developers:
A WordPress/Joomla hosting company that provides
We have a lot of people ask us what they should expect to pay for a WordPress website, so we went DEEP to give a comprehensive overview of all the costs associated with a DIY WordPress website.
If you’re thinking about starting a WordPress website or blog, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask yourself is “how much does a website cost?”. It’s an important question! Figuring out the best way to start a website early on can save you a ton of money in the long run. If you want to hire a designer, developer, or web agency, to do the work for you, the price can get pretty steep. While there’s nothing wrong with that, you do have some other options. Because WordPress is free, open source software, you can build your own cost-effective website if you don’t mind a bit of work. So, how much will creating a WordPress website actually cost if you’re doing it yourself?
The real answer is that it depends on how you go about choosing the products and services you’ll need to create an effective site. In this post, we’re going to look at what costs you can expect as a DIYer and help you make well-informed choices to get the best bang for your buck.
First Up: How Much Does a Domain Name Cost?
The first thing you will need (if you don’t have it already) is a domain name. Your domain name is the URL (like wpsitecare.com) that people will type in to find your website.
There are two free
Manage your small project or portfolio with Project Panorama WordPress plugin and How to use it?
Either running a small blog or a profitable online business, managing your projects is of utmost priority in order to keep it organized and fruitful, and save yourself from being chaotic. Fortunately WordPress offers endless possibilities for that. By using a project management plugin, you’ll be able to keep on track of the deadlines and manage projects on schedule. Now I will review one of the most popular plugins for this purpose, and show you how to use it. Plugin Overview
Project Panorama is one of the most beloved project management plugins out there, with a Lite version that can be found in wordpress.org, but also on the plugin’s official website along with the premium versions of the plugin. I’m going to review the free version, as it allows you to use the most important features like tracking the progress of projects, defining milestones, assigning start and finish dates to the projects, and discussing projects.
(The paid version has some additional features for instance upload and store documents, protect projects with passwords and assign phases.)
One of the most outstanding features of the plugin is visualization: the overall look of the projects makes your tasks easily trackable
Really happy to see these improvements in the Plugin installation and update process. In some ways though, I wonder if it will just encourage plugin bloat... of course nothing can stop that with some end-users, but still, rapid fire installs might be a little dangerous.
One of the features I’m looking forward to in WordPress 4.2 is the improved plugin install and update process. Gary Pendergast and a team of volunteers have spent the last six months collaborating on shiny updates. When you update or install a plugin in WordPress 4.1, you’re taken to a screen that shows its progress. When it’s done, you can either activate it or navigate back to the plugins screen.
Here’s what it looks like when you update a plugin in WordPress 4.2.
Last but not least, here’s what it looks like when you install plugins in WordPress 4.2. It’s important to note that when a plugin is installed, it’s automatically activated.
At the March 11th developer chat, the team decided to scale back shiny updates to focus on plugins for 4.2. Fancy updates for themes will be added in a future release and will continue to use the classic update/install routine. You can follow the progress by watching tickets 31529 and 31530.
During testing, I was able to install 10 plugins in under a minute. Removing friction from the update and install process not only saves mouse clicks, but it’s a great user experience. In fact, the process is so quick, it might make sense to add a visual indicator
Started out wondering if I would like the article, but by the end, I was certain it was an important read in regards to the WordPress community
Started out wondering if I would like the article, but by the end, I was certain it was an important read in regards to the WordPress community
We are too close to the final release. Drew Jaynes announced the third beta version for WP 4.2.
A setup benchmarking different server setups for WordPress including NGINX, Apache, LiteSpeed with different configurations.
As a hosting provider, we run hundreds of web servers with varying configurations. Some are tuned to work with large systems, some are tuned to work with lots of domains and some a tuned to be highly resource efficient. The “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work with web technology simply because the tools and the tasks vary so greatly. We’re setting up a new production web server for our own site and as it’s a chance to start fresh, the thought of course turned to “what’s the best web server for our site?”. After looking around at various benchmarks and reviews of the more common web servers, none of the benchmarks seemed to have been run in the last few years or focussed on thousands of connections with static content. This wasn’t the scenario I wanted to see data on.
So, I set about running a few benchmarks on what I considered to be the top 3 Linux based web servers for a moderately busy site. This is why I’ve labelled the article “Part 1”, as I want to cover multiple scenarios in a few follow-up articles to encompass a variety of scenarios. For this test we'll be using WordPress, however I'll be testing other platforms in the follow-up articles as well.
The Environment and Test
A step by step guide on how to design your own simple yet elegant logo for free
I don’t know about you but usually when I browse a new site among other things I look at is the logo. Sounds strange but bear with me. You can often tell a lot about a certain blog just by looking at their logo. For example just a few things I often see are logos with awful fonts, big text, glowing effects with all sorts of graphics that have nothing to do with the content or the overall blog design.
If I see something like that the first thing I think about is “ok maybe this guy doesn’t know much about web design” and I look around at their website to see what’s about. If I look at their latest posts the majority of blogs sound something like this: 7 tips to, 8 ways to, things you didn’t know about, and other same old bullshit.
You will think that after I see a bad logo and some generic headlines I would close that website immediately right? Call me persistent but the answer is not just yet.
I am prepared to give this blog another chance so I decide to read just one blog post, maybe the quality is really in the writing. But wait, I am shocked, it’s just the same “nothing” that everybody seems to be expert in. Such a shame. Often I can’t even understand the writing, the english is so
Jen Mylo defends Drupal as a CMS, but trashes their anti-WordPress t-shirt design. Really, can't we all just accept each other?
The last 7 years of my life have been all WordPress, all the time. In that time we went from powering around 2 million sites to many tens of millions. Today, W3Techs says: WordPress is used by 23.6% of all the websites, that is a content management system market share of 60.8%.
I wish that sentence had a semicolon instead of a comma, but wow. Drupal, by comparison:
Drupal is used by 2.0% of all websites, that is 5.1% of all the websites whose content management system we know.
Sometimes, people like to pit WordPress and Drupal against each other, as if we are fighting each other, rather than fighting proprietary software. At WordCamps, meetups, or any professional gathering where someone asks a question (or makes a snarky comment) about Drupal, I point out that we are far more similar than we are different. “Open source CMS built with PHP” describes us both, as does any description of the contributor model, or even the economic models — how many times have I heard Acquia is to Drupal as Automattic is to WordPress? (A lot.) We’ve even shared booth space at the OSCON expo.
To drive the point home I often say that if you were stuck in an elevator/sitting next to someone on a plane, how
Ryan details how to make your content more dynamic by creating an auto-updating widget using the WP-API.
In my last post, I gave you an overview of WP-API. Read through that post if you need a primer on the capabilities of WP-API. For this post, I will offer an example of API usage and how it can benefit site owners by creating more dynamic content. In this post, we will go over creating a comment widget that auto-updates via WP-API without refreshing the page, and how to use AJAX to poll the API for new comments and then display those comments in a sidebar widget.
Here’s a gif of the widget in action as it would look in the Twenty Twelve theme:
The first thing you will need is to install the WP-API plugin. WordPress has not included this in core yet as it is still in active development. (Make sure it is the correct plugin by Ryan McCue!)
Activate the WP-API plugin. There are no settings for this plugin. Visit your site’s API URL (yoursite.com/wp-json) to verify the API is active and working. If you want to learn more about the API, visit the previous post in this series or peruse the WP-API getting started guide.
After you have verified the API is working and returning JSON data, you can install the example project plugin outlined in this post. This is a fully working plugin. You can
Now You Can Check The Speed Of Over 2000 Free WordPress Themes With WPSpeedster
We now know the Google takes site speed into account when determining search rankings nowadays, just how much of an effect speed has on your placement is unknown at this point but it makes sense to optimize your site to be as fast as possible as this not only helps your search placement, it will improve your site visitors experience and can make the difference between a sale or referral for you or one for a competitors site which loads faster. This becomes even more important as we are in the age of mobile browsing – people just wont wait for your site to load when they can hit the back button and get the info required elsewhere. The starting point of speeding up your site is to make sure you have a fast-loading WordPress theme from the start, there are many factors which can slow your site down such as loading scripts and styles, sliders, web fonts and other external sources can all add a delay to your site loading. A new service, named WPSpeedster, which launched the other week aims to help you find the fastest loading themes in the WordPress directory.
WPSpeedster has a website where they have tested over 2500 themes from the directory for speed, using Google
Automattic released a WordPress security white paper that is an analysis and explanation of the WordPress Core and the related security processes and risks.
WordPress is celebrating its 12th year and the latest version (4.1) already has 27,200,000+ downloads. It’s the worlds most popular publishing platform and my personal favorite. Hackers are gonna hack and WordPress security should be at the top of you and your web developers list. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is obviously serious about security too. Since WordPress is such a huge target for hackers and spammers, it’s something that needs to be talked about and constantly updated with hacker proof code. The white paper they released is an analysis and explanation of the WordPress Core and the related security processes.
The thing I love about the WordPress Security team is that they are always on top of things. Possibly the biggest enhancement to the quick fixes of security holes in their software was the release of automatic background updates. I’m a huge fan of this feature, as I know that my core WordPress installs are going to as secure as they can be (in addition to my other security measures).
The explains the Release Cycle, Version Numbering and Releases, Backwards Compatibility, the top 10 most serious security risks and a wealth of other important and useful information.
We all thought bacon would be the next big thing in Ipsums. Think again. Here is WordPress Ipsum
Nick Hastings announces the new Lasso front end editing plugin.
Imagine how many times you go back and forth between the WordPress administration area and the post or page just to make sure it looks good. That quickly adds up. If you preview a post 20 times before publishing, and you blog three days a week, that’s 24 hours a year spent previewing and reviewing. Blog daily? Double that figure. We can save you that time, and make the process incredibly fun by moving past the post editor completely, and instead editing content directly on the front-end. We can do this using a new, hyper-minimal editor that’s acts as a layer on top of your existing post or page content. No more wasting time previewing the post. Everything happens in real-time, right before your eyes.
This new editor is called Lasso, and after nearly six months of development, it’s finally available.
Lasso together with Aesop Story Engine provides an amazing front-end editing and story building experience.
Lasso is a front-end editor and story builder plugin for WordPress. It’s designed to remove the friction created in the writing workflow, in addition to making content creation fun and entirely visual.
The best part, is that it’s engineered to work with most WordPress themes, and their
Here's a tutorial on how to add a dropdown to the WordPress editor via a dropdown menu.
Updated for WordPress 3.9+ Adding extra custom styles to the WordPress Editor is easy. Doing this allows you to wrap elements within the editor so you can style theme in your theme’s style.css. Just copy and paste the code below into your functions.php and change the selectors.
Notice that the image above match the same selectors used in this code at the end of the snippet. First is the label that you see in the Styles drop down menu in the WordPress Editor and the second is the selector you’ll use in your CSS.
I originally had another way, but since WP updated to 3.1, that way no longer works. This new snippet was originally posted by WPSnipp.
Do you have a better way to Add Custom Styles To The WordPress Editor?
There are always more ways than one to accomplish the same thing. Do you have a different solution for adding custom styles to the WordPress Editor? Let us know!
Devin Walker gives some great tips for anyone interested in getting into Theme Development. Whether you're just learning, or already a Pro, Walker provides great insight, resources, and tips for planning and building a great theme.
So you want to get started developing WordPress themes? Here’s what you need to know to be a successful WordPress theme developer. What kind of chops do you gots? If you have never developed a WordPress theme and are looking to get started there are many ways to learn… but it largely depends on your current knowledge, expertise and skill-level.
A Little Background
Today was WP Watercooler Episode #69: Getting Started in WordPress Theme Development. This topic is awesome to discuss because when I was starting off with developing themes I went down a number of wrong roads. If one person learns how to code WordPress themes more efficiently after watching the episode then mission accomplished.
… You can watch the Watercooler Episode Here:
Who was on the show? Awesome people. Here’s who attended the show:
Steve Zehngut @zengy – Awesome guy, always gives great talks at WordCamps and runs the kick-ass agency Zeek
Carrie Dils @cdils – A super smart Gal who spoke at WCSF13 and was great. She’s in love with Genesis (and her dog).
Suzette Franck @Mt_Suzette – World record holder for most WordCamps attended (and probably spoken at). Nuff’ said.
Sé Reed @sereedmedia – A regular around the WordPress