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Previously, I wrote my first opinion of Gutenberg as a Page Builder Creator. Now that Gutenberg has evolved quite a lot, I'm embracing it now and encourage other developers to create plugins and themes for it.
It’s just a matter of time when Gutenberg will hit WordPress Core. As days go by, we’re getting closer and closer to an eventual merge. So to get ahead of the game, my team and I took almost month studying Gutenberg, and ended up releasing a plugin called Stackable – Ultimate Gutenberg Blocks. Throughout our experience, what we found is that Gutenberg is quite awesome!
On November last year, I wrote an article about a Page Builder Creator’s Opinion of Gutenberg, and posited that as a page builder creator, I should innovate hard in order to survive.
When I wrote that article, we kept hearing that Gutenberg was the “future” of WordPress… but it was a bit uncertain on what Gutenberg really was and what it was going to be when it’s finished. Upon realizing that it was a page builder, I was doubtful that it would be a good fit in the WordPress Core.
Now, four months after my post, Gutenberg has grown up a lot, and it has evolved into a page builder that is being developed at a very rapid pace.
Since then, I’ve changed my stance on Gutenberg – I’m no longer hesitant about the thought of it, I’m now embracing
(Un)Happy with your hosting? Answer the 2018 WordPress hosting survey.
WordPress hosting – collectively the favorite topic to talk about when you meet some fellow WordPress people at a conference. Or is it just me? Anyway, the web is chock full of WordPress hosting reviews, comparisons, recommendations and whatnots. Everyone seems to have their favorite provider … as well as their least favorite one.
And that’s probably the main problem with hosting reviews. I mean, a piece of advice like, “hey, this hosting platform works for me, and therefore you should use it too” perhaps isn’t the most useful advice imaginable. And it’s surely not advice that is most likely to work for the majority of people.
So, even though we indeed have our favorites when it comes to WordPress hosting, and even more so, each individual member of our team has their own favorites too, we’ve decided to take a different path and give you – our readers – the spotlight:
TL;DR This is our third annual WordPress hosting survey. Scroll down to take part, as well as find out why we’re running it, why you should participate, and what’s the big idea anyway.
Control over blocks, header, footer, shop, products, 404, archive, popups, custom post type, search, dynamic content, custom fields...
Something new is about to arrive. In the coming weeks, we will gradually introduce Elementor 2.0. Each release will focus on solving a substantial WordPress pain - felt by users, yet never been dealt with before Finally, everything inside your WordPress website will be within reach. You’ll be able to visually & easily design it all the Elementor way: blocks, headers, footers, dynamic content, single posts, archive pages, search results pages, 404 pages, and more.
Elementor launched 20 months ago, and in that time we established it as the number-1 solution for page building.
Now, It’s time to go beyond the page level.
I’d like to go over our upcoming roadmap, and describe just how impactful Elementor 2.0 is going to be on your workflow.
As stated, Elementor 2.0 is deliberately not going to be launched all at once. Unveiling each new feature step by step will help you get used to them one at a time.
This method allows us to simultaneously work on a number of features, releasing each one only after it has been fully tried, tested, and is ready to be delivered. This is an effective and more stable process, one that has served us well since launch.
Next week, we will
Caching can give the impression of being the “holy grail” for all performance problems.
Caching can give the impression of being the “holy grail” for all performance problems. It is no wonder that people raise an eyebrow when I say “Stop using caching” in my presentations, meetups or workshops. For some, especially in the WordPress Community I have become the guy that hates caching. Hence, it is time to make clear what I really mean about this topic, when and for what it should be used. And maybe most importantly, when not to use caching – and look for alternative solutions. When should you use Full Page Caching?
Let’s start with the biggest of them all. Full Page Caching, or just page caching. A technique where you temporarily store a pre-generated version of a page to deliver the exact same code (HTML) to visitors in a limited time span. This is how full page caching works:
Visitor A visits abc.com/page. This page is not in the cache, and hits PHP and gets generated from the database. Before it is served to Visitor A, it is also stored in the full page cache with an expiry of 10 minutes.
Visitor B visits abc.com/page 2 minutes after Visitor A, and is therefore served with the same page, but this time directly from the cache. The pages
Need to get control over your WordPress sites social schedule? Check out the in-depth overview of an all-in-one social media platform deeply integrated with WordPress from BobWP and why he started using Social Web Suite. There is also an awesome video, too.
I write about a lot of WordPress plugins and services on this site, but rarely does it work to write about one at the point that I am starting to use it myself. I have also written a lot about social. I’ve talked about it and shared my own strategies around the scheduling of social. Through testing, I’ve found what works and what doesn’t and have crafted that part of my business slowly and successfully.
I’ve shared plenty about the tools I use. For scheduling, it has been CoSchedule for quite some time. In fact, since August 2015.
But it’s time for a change.
Along Came Social Web Suite
If you go to WordCamps, you might have experienced that feeling when you meet someone and you just know… okay, these are good people and I know they are going to become colleagues and friends of mine. Call it my intuition. But that has been the case with Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic from Social Web Suite. If you have met them yourself, you know what I mean.
For quite some time, their new product has been in beta. They were working hard, fine-tuning it before the formal release, which happened this month. And damn, it was worth the wait. There may had been a time
Have you ever thought… Can a business conference be both an intimate and professional at the same time? Well, CaboPress is exactly that. It is an intimate business conference with the personal touches of Chris and Melissa Lema. The level of smart people all gathered at one place, the genuine conversations, the real friendships formed, the openness of everyone sharing their life and business lessons learned, it was unbelievable.
An intimate business conference with the personal touches of Chris and Melissa Lema CaboPress is a yearly conference organized by Chris Lema and his lovely wife Melissa. It is always held in a five-star hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Have you ever thought… Can a business conference be both an intimate and professional at the same time?
Well, CaboPress is exactly that.
Last year for CaboPress 2017 both Tina, my partner in business and life, and I were blessed to be invited. There are usually about 60-70 people attending CaboPress and they are all either very successful in their business ventures or are just starting out with ideas that will disrupt the market. It is an invite-only conference and Chris personally approves each attendee in order to make sure that he has the brightest minds there. Even more importantly he wants to make sure that all people there will be a good match for each other.
For example, Chris assigns the groups that will have to go to lunch together (every day). Besides having a good time together, they are also sharing their experiences and insights amongst each other and that means a lot.
As this was the first year that both Tina and I were going to CaboPress
WordPress is changing. The current TinyMCE text editor that millions of users are familiar with will soon be replaced with the new Gutenberg editor. This is one of the biggest changes to the WordPress experience since the platform launched, so it’s important that you prepare for it.
WordPress is changing. The current TinyMCE text editor that millions of users are familiar with will soon be replaced with the new Gutenberg editor. This is one of the biggest changes to the WordPress experience since the platform launched, so it’s important that you prepare for it. Even though the Gutenberg editor is still in development, you can test it in its current state. This will give you an idea for how this change will affect your WordPress experience in the future. Plus, when the new editor becomes standard, your experience using it will give you an advantage.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to Gutenberg in detail. We’ll discuss its pros and cons, and show you how to try it out. Let’s get started!
An Introduction to the Gutenberg Editor
Gutenberg is one of the biggest changes in WordPress history. It’s also one of the most controversial. Ever since its announcement, the debate has raged on about how it will affect a publishing experience that millions of people know and love. With so many emotions stirred up, it can be difficult to get a grip on what Gutenberg actually is.
In a nutshell, Gutenberg is a new editor that will eventually replace
BizarroDevs is a curated newsletter with all the cool, wacky and the obscure tech news, delivered each Tuesday (for free).
Finally we have a reason to believe in deep learning technology. Any technology that multiplies the Nic Cage canon is a force for good. Meanwhile AI is cracking the impossible code and machine learning is helping us keep track of our fellow citizens. I guess what I want to say is React is a really good thing to have.
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Curated WordPress news and articles from the month of February 2018.
Hi everybody, ready for some cool WordPress news? I monitored what happened in the last month and picked the most interesting stories and articles from around the web, which I hope you’ll enjoy. In January, there was a lot of stuff going on and I had to narrow down the list a ton to end up with our usual 5-item format. So what are you going to read today? Birthday wishes for WordPress, a new security release and another one to come out very soon, a new bizarre tech-related newsletter, a toolkit that simplifies developers’ hassles with Gutenberg, users’ feedback about WordPress, plus many more interesting tutorials, guides, and tips from WordPress specialists in our community.
Welcome to the February 2018 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
WordPress Turns 15 Years Old
On January 25th, WordPress turned 15! Which is a lot if you look back and reflect on this from an outside perspective. It’s been 15 years of continuous evolution in terms of technology and community. And things keep moving fast, in a consistent way: the development goes on daily and people work hard to keep the adventure alive.
Let’s wish WordPress a happy birthday,
Whether you are trying to sell marketing, WordPress maintenance & support, or even a new WordPress website. Businesses will always have their objections (i.e excuses) to not see it worth their money to invest in, and we talk about how to combat or respond to those criticisms.
This topic comes to us from ARC CTRL, and their article on the “Top 5 Business Website Myths, Debunked”. We talk about how WordPress service businesses can better handle the objections they face when trying to sell an assortment of business services. Whether you are trying to sell marketing, WordPress maintenance & support, or even a new WordPress website. Businesses will always have their objections (i.e excuses) to not see it worth their money to invest in, and we talk about how to combat or respond to those criticisms.
A little bit about our guests:
WP Buffs provides WordPress maintenance plans for serious website owners & white-label agency partners. They handle unlimited edits, performance enhancements, daily health maintenance and regular security troubleshooting so you don’t have to. This allows you to make bold decisions when it comes to your website without hesitating due to technical restraints.
With 24/7 support, a mission driven by their customers and an affinity to sponsor WordCamps, WP Buffs wants to be the very best technical support partner for any individual, business or organization with a WordPress website.
Since we talked about
Gutenberg, the new editor experience for WordPress, is rapidly approaching. What does the modern WordPress developer need to take into account and how will they prepare themselves for the transition?
Gutenberg, the new and modular editing experience for WordPress, has been in rapid development throughout the past year and will soon arrive to our WordPress installations. Gutenberg will be released along with WordPress 5.0 (which is the next major release), and although no official date has been set for that, it’s safe to assume that it’s not very far away especially judging by the remaining features for MVP completion. Gutenberg’s API and design patterns are at a stable enough stage where the time is ideal to discuss about the many technology decisions every WordPress developer will soon have to make, and perhaps pose some open questions up for debate.
I asked 12 different WordPress product owners for their best tips on how to support WordPress products. Here are their answers!
If you develop a WordPress product, there’s one thing you can never escape: Customer support.
It might not always be fun. And sometimes it might feel like it’s not directly contributing to your bottom line.
You have to do it.
And because it’s something you have to do, you should always have your head on a swivel for ways to offer better support.
What’s a better way to learn than to hear it straight from successful WordPress owners?
To help you offer better support for your WordPress product, we reached out to 12 successful WordPress product owners and asked them about how to offer the best support possible for WordPress products.
What 12 Successful WordPress Product Owners Say About Customer Support
When deciding who to reach out to, we wanted to get a mix of product owners who make consumer-facing products, as well as product owners who target developers (of course, there’s often an overlap between those two categories).
Here’s who we talked to:
Billy Young – Beaver Builder
Bryce Adams – Metorik
A Trio Of Happiness Engineers – ThemeIsle
Katie Keith – Barn2 Media
Boaz Haimovits – Elementor
Josh Kohlbach –
At times when WordPress seems to place Gutenberg as priority #1, indeed, it is! But, here are some interesting opinions about what other users think about "priorities" for themselves.
Recently Team Cloudways decided to go to the Facebook WordPress Community to discover their pain points and expectations for WordPress. Since we know that the time of the WordPressers is precious, we decided against taking the traditional route of floating a questionnaire to individual users. Instead, we opted to go to the two Facebook groups and directly connect to the WordPress users. To make things interesting we decided to offer a prize for the most insightful and interesting answers — $100 worth of Cloudways Hosting Credit.
Anatomy of the Contest
We started by shortlisting the most active Facebook Groups for WordPress users. Fortunately, the number of groups was sufficient enough to get some really good answers. In addition, we were hoping that since most of the WordPressers are active on Facebook, they would also like to participate in the contest.
We were pleasantly surprised by the responses of Facebook Group admins. We contacted two groups (FreelancersTools and WordPress.) and they agreed to post questions and in fact, they were very helpful in advising us about the dynamics of their groups.
Here is the question that we asked in FreelancersTools and WordPress.
Yoast team has done a great job trying to make SEO beginner-friendly, there’s still a good chance you need some help with how to use Yoast SEO.
This is the first of a series on the WordPress Philosophy. What is it and why does it matter. A new article will be published each month of this year.
Have you ever installed a plugin into your WordPress website and thought, “Ummm… that’s different”? Something about it just stood out as not quite right. The settings felt strange, or there were way too many settings, or maybe it changed parts of your site in ways you didn’t expect. Most often this experience involves a plugin or a theme that doesn’t do things “The WordPress Way.” If you’ve ever heard that phrase, it probably sounded a bit mysterious. That’s because while “The WordPress Way” does have a definition, it’s still a bit fuzzy; it’s not so simple to boil it down to a sentence or two. It’s not merely about the settings interface, or where to put the menus — it’s a whole philosophy of understanding user experience, development, and even freedom itself.
This series is about the WordPress Philosophy. Yes, WordPress has an actual philosophy! This simple document will hold a lot of sway over everything that you interact with in your WordPress admin.
By the end of this series, you’ll have a stronger grasp of the WordPress Philosophy. You’ll be empowered to make more
Have you wanted to design an event calendar and single event listings without writing code? Beaver Builder’s integration of Beaver Themer with The Events Calendar makes that possible.
Have you wanted to design an event calendar and single event listings without writing code? Beaver Builder’s integration of Beaver Themer with The Events Calendar makes that possible. In our Themer’s Guide, we walk you through the basics of customizing how your website displays events. If you are using the Beaver Builder page builder, and also have Beaver Themer to customize post layouts and archives, you now have an easy way to get the look you want. You don’t even need to know how to code!
Building Custom Calendar Layouts with Beaver Themer
Whether you want to add a header above your calendar, add shortcodes below it, or change the look of event category and tag archives, you’ll want to use the archive-type Beaver Themer layouts to override the main Events page (or any page that lists events by category or tag).
Once you’ve done this, you can use all of the features of Beaver Themer to extensively customize your calendar layouts.
Take a look at the following example of adding a Post Slider displaying events to the top of our Month View:
Want to dive in on overhauling your /events page? For a step-by-step tutorial see Create an Archive Themer layout for
We tested the performance on 5 different engines (PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, HHVM) and PHP 7.2 took the gold. Check out these 2018 benchmarks.
Besides an online shop, WooCommerce can morph into other uses. One great usage for a website, WordPress and an online "shop" is the ability to take reservations, booking or appointments for a small business online. In this article, we round up all of the best bookings and appointments plugins, specifically for WooCommerce.
WordPress not only democratized publishing, but helped to push great design to the masses as well.
Looking back at the history of web design is a great reminder of how far we’ve come. When we take a trip down memory lane, we often think of the trends that shaped an era. But it’s also important explore the role various tools have played in helping those trends expand and evolve. WordPress, in particular, has been an important piece of the puzzle in both functionality (which it receives tremendous credit for) and design (which we don’t hear too much about). But to fully get a sense of its impact on design, we need to look back at what content management systems (CMS) were like around the time of the very first WordPress release in 2003.
An Era of Sameness
Yes, there were other open source CMS platforms available before WordPress. Drupal, for example, was initially released in 2000. But one particular system from those days that stands out is PhpNuke. It’s billed as the “first PHP CMS” and was quite popular at the time. These days, it’s in use on a miniscule number of websites.
The software was functional, but was somewhat complicated to design for. Thus, you could often tell which CMS a site was running just by looking at the design. It led
Guest post article from Cristian, Modula and CPOThemes developer, about creating multilingual WordPress gallery using Weglot and Modula plugins.
This article is a guest post from Cristian, developer and owner of Modula WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin and CPOThemes. If you’ve ever created a multilingual website, you know the pain of tracking down every single little string and making sure it’s properly translated.
One of the reasons so many people are turning to Weglot is because it makes this process, well, a lot less painful.
And that got us wondering – could we use Weglot to translate all the text from Modula, our very own WordPress image gallery plugin?
Modula gives users an option to add plenty of non-standard text in the form of image titles, hover captions, and filterable categories, so we were interested if Weglot was up to the job of handling all these little details.
Well – spoiler – it was. And in this post, we’re going to share exactly how you can create a multilingual WordPress image gallery using Weglot and Modula.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Create Your Gallery With Modula
Before you can translate a gallery, you need to actually…have a gallery.
Thankfully, Modula makes that pretty easy.
To get started, you head to Modula → Add Gallery. Then you:
Give it a name
A hands-on guide on how to actually use Gutenberg, its strong and weak points, and what's to expect in the future.
Instead, this post recognizes the inevitability of Gutenberg and aims to provide you with a comprehensive resource on how to use the WordPress Gutenberg editor on your site so that you can continue to churn out awesome content when Gutenberg goes public. Whether this is the first time you’re hearing about the WordPress Gutenberg editor or you’re already somewhat familiar with it, this post will help you learn how you can use the new editor to build layouts for your WordPress content.
As a quick refresher, here’s what the WordPress TinyMCE editor looks like:
And here’s what things look like in the new WordPress Gutenberg editor:
It’s more than an aesthetic update, though. Gutenberg is going to completely change the editing experience by moving to a block-based approach to content (more on exactly what blocks are in a second!).
While the current focus is on content creation, the eventual goal is to have Gutenberg “go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.”
That means eventually you’ll be able to build your whole site using Gutenberg, including landing pages and other important content.
When will Gutenberg
Choosing self employment isn't an easy thing to do, but it's something a lot of folks, especially in our community, strive for. In this episode, I talk to Dr. Sherry Walling about how to determine if self employment is right for you, and the mental health aspect of running a business.
This is Part 1 of our mini series, “How You Build a Business” In today’s episode, I get to talk to Dr. Sherry Walling. She’s kicking off our miniseries on how to build a business and she helps us answer a very important question: “Am I ready to start my own business?” Sherry is a fantastic person to talk to and a wealth of knowledge. We talk self-publishing, self-knowledge, podcasting, and much more.
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Intro: Hey everybody and welcome to another episode of How I Built It! In today’s episode, I get to talk to Dr. Sherry Walling. She’s kicking off our miniseries on how to build a business and she helps us answer a very important question: “Am I ready to start my own business?” Sherry is a fantastic person to talk to and a wealth of knowledge. We talk self-publishing, self-knowledge, podcasting, and much more. This is a great episode that we’re going to get into. But first, a word from our sponsors.
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All the links, tutorials, resources and tools you need to learn and start using Gutenberg.
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In 2018, WordPress aims at modernizing and simplifying the content creation experience with Gutenberg. Its name comes from Johannes Gutenberg, the founder of the printing press. This is considered to be one of the biggest changes for the WordPress user experience and the theme development workflow.
What is Gutenberg?
Most of us think that Gutenberg is just a new editor, but it’s not just that. While the editor is on focus right now, the project will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience including customization.
Up until now, editing a page meant tweaking its title, body and custom fields. With Gutenberg, this logic changes completely and it introduces the concept of blocks. Blocks are standalone, isolated and dynamic user interface components that are added dynamically through the wp-admin. I won’t elaborate on this, since the following video explains everything in detail.