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
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
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.
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
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
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 –
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,
There are a lot of different reasons why you might want to change domain names. This is a complete step by step tutorial you can follow.
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
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.
You can now upload your custom fonts and sync your Adobe Typekit into Elementor, use them freely on every widget with text. Create a unique typography and build your brand with this feature
In Elementor, we’ve always placed top priority on providing you with the most extensive typography flexibility, since typography plays such a key role in web design. Since day one, we offered visual control over typography settings such as font weight, line height, letter spacing and text decoration (recently added for version 1.9). Elementor also comes pre-built with 800+ different Google fonts to choose from.
Sometimes, however, default Google fonts are simply not enough.
Many web designers want to be able to create that extra branded and professional style, achieved only with custom fonts.
Now, we bring you a new easy way to upload your own custom fonts.
Simply upload your custom font formats, and see them instantly appear inside the widget typography settings. We’ve also added a seamless integration to Typekit fonts, letting you sync and use all your Typekit fonts with a simple click.
#Elementor's New Custom Font Feature is FONT-ASTIC
In order to get visitors to see custom fonts in your site, the fonts must be uploaded to your site as standard file formats. There are several such font formats, each offering support for different browsers.
In Elementor, we’ve made
You should be using forms to show customers how to improve their ROI
Penni Stanton is one half of the two-woman website design and web marketing services company, Kabo Creative. Penni is a CIM qualified marketer turned website developer, who is just as happy manipulating CSS as she is writing conversion-based marketing content. If you design WordPress websites for a living, it is likely you are already including a list of ‘essentials’ such as security features, contact form plugins, Google Analytics integration and maybe even Google My Business set up.
Do you currently include contact form conversion measurement as part of this new website process? If not, you really should. When working with clients who generate leads from their websites, be that a small B2C building services company or a larger B2B service provider, it is worth helping them to understand the value of their website.
Delivering something that works well, is SEO friendly and properly branded is obviously important. But what about the long term? If you include form conversion measurement as standard, you can help your client to measure the value of their website from day one. That looks great for you, helps them improve their marketing and ultimately helps them to recommend
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
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
All the links, tutorials, resources and tools you need to learn and start using Gutenberg.
WordPress Gutenberg All the tutorials, examples and tools you need to start using Gutenberg.
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.
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
A fine selection of newsletters, with a sneak peek that will help you choose which ones suite your style.
Searching for the best tech newsletters to subscribe to in 2018? The pace of technological development can make it very hard to stay up to date (as well as time-consuming). Throw in the tremendous amounts of great content produced every day, and you can really struggle to keep abreast of everything. That’s why the curated newsletter is making a comeback and is so popular now! The concept itself is pretty simple – curated newsletters are just emails that contain a selection of popular, interesting or noteworthy content. Many of the best tech newsletters out there will help you separate the wheat from the chaff while also saving you some precious hours (immediately cutting down your search and scan time).
With that in mind, we have compiled the following list of the 11 best tech newsletters (and web culture newsletters) around. The topics covered in them range from A.I., to the death of blogging (again!). Some of the newsletters provide roundups, whereas others go in-depth on particular subjects. One notable example even takes you outside the Valley bubble to see what is happening in tech in less represented areas of the globe.
Let’s check them out (no particular order):
It's been an amazing year, growing from 30K to 400K in just 12 months. Here we decided to take a look back at all the amazing things we shipped throughout the year, a lot of them thanks to the great feedback we received from our users.
2017 has been an amazing year. Looking back, it is impressive to see just how many features we managed to release in a single year. For us, each new feature is not just another shiny coat of paint. Each feature represents a new way of creation, and hundreds of hours of planning and development behind the scenes. We are proud of every single feature, but especially proud of how they all combine to deliver the full design experience of Elementor. Browse through the months to see just how we evolved over the past 12 months If you managed to scroll this far, you can already guess our underlying foundation behind each of these features: 'Design better. Design faster.' We plan to keep the increase our already fast dedicated pace for 2018, delivering new innovative solutions that will make your work creative play more remarkable and fun
The WordPress Plugin Directory had a recent policy change regarding the notice displayed for old / un-updated plugins. Instead of a time-based warning, it is now a version-based warning.
If you are a plugin developer, then you should know that the Plugin Directory had a recent policy change regarding the notice displayed for old / un-updated plugins. Instead of a time-based warning, it is now a version-based warning. Old WordPress Plugins
WordPress Plugin Directory has several mechanisms to ensure compatibility with newer WordPress versions and to encourage developers to upgrade and maintain their plugins. Old plugins are excluded from search results — this way only plugins that have been updated recently get displayed and promoted in the Plugin Directory.
In addition, when navigating directly to a plugin page, there is a notice saying that the plugin hasn’t been updated for a while and it may no longer be maintained or supported. This way the user can choose whether to use the plugin at his risk or try to find better alternatives.
From a plugin developer’s point-of-view, the plugin needs to be maintained and updated constantly and regularly to be presented on the Plugin Directory. Otherwise, the plugin will be displayed with a warning and excluded from the search results.
Policy Change — Time-Based Notice vs. Version-Based Notice
In the old
Communication is important for any business or project. Check out this tutorial and learn how to implement a contact form on your WordPress site in a few minutes!
Introduction A contact form is highly beneficial for your website – it helps to keep your email address private (this way reducing spam) and it makes easier and quicker for your visitors to get in touch directly via your website.
If you’ve created a Contact us page on your WordPress website, it’s easy to add a contact form, personalize it and start receiving messages.
The easiest way to create a form is by using a WordPress plugin – currently, there are many you can choose from. On this tutorial, we’ll use Contact Form 7.
With more than 3 million active installs, Contact Form 7 is the most widely used Contact Form WordPress plugin. Its intuitive interface and quick setup will help you create a form in no time.
What you’ll need
Access to your WordPress admin dashboard
Step 1 – Installing Contact form 7
Log in to your WordPress dashboard, and select Plugins > Add new from the left-hand side menu.
Search for Contact form 7 and select Install.
Once installed, select Activate to activate the plugin on your website.
Step 2 – Creating a form
Once the plugin is active, a new section Contact is shown on your dashboard left-hand side menu.
Want to create beautiful interactive boxes that drive engagement? Now you can, with Elementor's new Call to Action widget. The widget combines images, content, button, animations & CSS filters to create remarkable dynamic boxes that drive engagement and conversions.
The Call to Action (CTA) widget grabs your visitors’ attention and motivates them to interact and take action. Start by designing stylish box layouts that combine image, content and button. Then, bring those layouts to life with interactions and effects. Combine hover animations, overlay blend modes and advanced filters to create truly spectacular sections.
The CTA box includes a Cover skin, which sets an image element as the background, arranging the content elements on top. Whether it’s for your homepage, features, about or portfolio page, you can make sure your site sets a lasting impression on your visitors.
That extra layer of interaction will make your entire website look spectacular. Until now, reaching these effects required lots of custom CSS and coding. Now you can reach the same results in minutes.
Looking for a way to showcase your projects, products or services? Look no further. This widget is perfect for bringing focus to your content. By adding a noticeable ribbon, you can make sure you draw the right attention at the point of sale to generate more conversions.
With its advanced image & content customization options, there really is no limit to what you
This isn't a list of "WordPress Celebrities". This is a list of topics that will greatly impact WordPress this year, and those who heavily influence that subject. This is who I'll be following this year.
2018 will be a big year for WordPress. Here's my list of top topics and people to be following in 2018 to stay in the know and some of the most influential things happening in WordPress this year. You might see a lot of lists like this cropping up at the beginning of every new year. A list of “WordPress celebrities” that you should follow. Often, articles like this are just long lists of twitter profiles that are reshuffled and recycled year over year. Why should you follow these people? No one knows! They’re just the people to follow.
This is not one of those lists.
This is my list. These are things and people that I’m personally interested in. This is a list of topics that I believe will be extremely influential in the WordPress space in 2018. Within each topic, I list the people and/or companies that I believe will have strong contributions to that topic. In my WordCamp and conference travels and daily conversations with WordPress professionals, these are the folks that come up again and again as doing awesome work worth following.
So if you’re interested in WordPress like I am, here’s who to follow and why you should in 2018.