If you do not feel comfortable with the new block editor in WordPress 5.0, here is another option. Learn how to use the Classic Editor in WordPress 5.0.
If you aren’t ready to use the new Block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0, don’t worry, you can still use the WordPress Classic Editor to edit your content. In this post, we are going to show you how to use the Classic Editor in WordPress 5.0. After updating to WordPress 5.0, you will notice that the new default editor for posts and pages has changed from the Classic Editor to a new Block-style editor. The Block Editor (called the WordPress Gutenberg Editor) is an entirely new way to edit posts and page content in WordPress. Rather than a single WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) composition area, page content is divided into “blocks” that have individual settings and editable regions.
If you haven’t already updated to WordPress 5.0, be sure to check out our How to Update to WordPress 5.0 checklist.
How to Use The Classic Editor with WordPress 5.0
Currently, there are a two different ways you can use the WordPress Classic Editor after updating to WordPress 5.0:
1. How to Use Built-in Classic Block in WordPress 5.0
The WordPress Block Editor introduced in 5.0 includes a built-in Classic Block as one of the block options you can add when composing a
A Step By Step Guide To Converting A WordPress Shortcode To A Gutenberg Block - WordPress Form Builder
Since the new editor, AKA Gutenberg, is now in core, how are you handling shortcodes? Want to update your plugin or theme to use the new WordPress editor? - Easy step by step instructions on how to convert your shortcode into a block.
A Step By Step Guide To Converting A WordPress Shortcode To A Gutenberg Block - WordPress Form Builder
WordPress 5.0 was released at last year’s WordCamp US and introduces the new block-based “Gutenberg” editor. We’ve been super-excited about Gutenberg since then. Yes, @CalderaForms is the first plugin to be #Gutenberg-ready. We’re excited for the future of @WordPress, are you? https://t.co/X0HJqkzbGI
— Caldera WP (@CalderaWP) December 10, 2017
Now that WordPress 5.0 is out, everyone is excited about blocks, but one question I keep hearing is “what about my shortcodes?” That’s a good question. We wrote an article last year about how shortcodes work with Gutenberg.
We’ve been excited about Gutenberg for a long time. We were the first major plugin to add a block. One cool thing about our shortcode was it loaded a preview of our form in the post editor. I wanted to make sure our block did the same. Because we were so early, I had to write my own solution. For Caldera Forms 1.8, we’re using WordPress’ built-in solution for previewing blocks that are server-side rendered — blocks like our Caldera Forms block.
When I went to do this conversion for Caldera Forms, I could not find a great example outside of the official
An excellent post from Pippin Williamson sharing the highlights and the challenges of 2018 while running Sandhills Development.
Since 2012, I have written a year-in-review post to detail and share highlights and challenges of the previous year. So as is tradition, here is my review of 2018. In all, 2018 was an incredibly successful year for me and my company, Sandhills Development. We had some great achievements that expanded the team, grew our revenue and profit, acquired a new product, sold two plugin products, branched out into a new market and industry, and matured as a company. We also, however, had some significant challenges that were perhaps some of the hardest yet. I’d like to share some details about each.
When Sandhills Development first started, I had no intention of having a large team and was very reluctant to ever grow the company to more than 5-8 people. Through the growth of our products, however, it has been necessary to increase the size of our team to fill ever-growing resource needs. At first I was leery to allow the team to expand beyond what I felt I could directly manage but overtime I welcomed the challenges that are involved with doing so.
Today we are at 19 full time employees and one part time / variable time contractor on the software side of the business, and two full time
This helpful walk-through goes over debugging WordPress core by tracking hooks, actions, and filters and knowing when to use and implement them.
Most WordPress developers are familiar with the concept of actions and filters. At the very heart of WordPress, these hooks allow developers to extend the functionality of WordPress in numerous ways. Whether you want to run a process when a post is saved, add a new section to the Edit User page, or modify the SQL used when querying the database, WordPress has hooks for (almost) everything. One thing I’ve noticed a lot, as a frequent user of the WordPress StackExchange, is that many developers don’t know where to start when trying to figure out which actions or hooks might be available to them. In this blog post, I want to help walk through the process of tracking down various hooks with examples of when you might want to use them and how to implement them.
Actions and Filters: What’s the Difference?
This is a very basic mistake I see often when helping people figure out their WordPress issues. They want to modify the Query with the pre_get_posts filter, but they can’t figure out why their code isn’t modifying anything. Well, let’s take a look at a basic example that sets the post_type parameter to “page”:
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', function(
We created Popup Builder with one idea in mind: offer a better and streamlined process for building popups on WordPress, so popups don't have to be hated by users and designers alike.
Today, we are releasing what we consider one of our most substantial features to date - The Elementor Popup Builder. Popups – users hate them, marketers love them. If only we could change this love-hate relationship!
All of the latest news from CodeinWP, Themeisle, and Revive Social. What worked and what didn't in 2018. Plus, WCPune.
Welcome to the 47th edition of the monthly transparency report (for December 2018). In this series, I go through what’s happening in the business and discuss our projects, plans, wins and struggles. Click here to see the previous reports. With the new year well under way, it’s perhaps a good moment to look back at 2018 and evaluate the progress we made, the challenges we faced, all the good and bad things, and also discuss what we’re planning to accomplish in 2019.
Let’s get right to it:
WordPress is one of the top and most popular CMS out there. On the other hand, Medium is a popular blogging platform that many people rely on easy blog management. So, which is one you should use and why?
While the speedy Hare bragged about its lightning pace but snoozed mid-way, the slow Tortoise, moved steadily, without looking back, and won a mighty winning. We learn perseverance and ingenuity are important determining characteristics of a leader and a winner. Not speed or how much ahead one has gone. The Hare & Tortoise fable is not an unfamiliar story to any of us. It teaches a timeless lesson, and unsurprisingly, explains many real situations and characteristics that apply beyond people. It can also be applied to non-living things that also run, albeit figuratively, compete with each other, and even move our lives in productive ways.
Two such creations are Medium & WordPress. Two giant web blogging platforms that are different in several ways.
As you may've guessed rightly, this article will be going over the differences between Medium and WordPress, the two heavy hitters in today's content writing platform industry.
Table of Contents
WordPress & Medium summarized
To avoid the hassles of having to migrate to another platform later, you must research thoroughly and cross-match your needs with the services offered in each platform before making a choice.
An interesting article by Kobe Ben-Itamar discussing the DOs and DONTs of collecting user feedback for WordPress plugins and themes.
All WordPress plugin/theme sellers who sell their WordPress products through Freemius are added to a Freemius DEV Slack channel, where discussions about WordPress business best practices, as well as consultation sessions, take place on a daily basis. Just a few days ago, the creator of ‘WP Sheet Editor’ (and a few other great WordPress plugins), Jose Vega, came out seeking for some advice on whether or not he should ask for user feedback about his products. His plan was to incentivize them to provide their ideas of how their experience might be improved by offering free plugin licenses to users who come up with the best suggestions. We decided it was worth expanding on this topic, in the hopes of helping all WordPress plugin/theme owners understand the benefits and drawbacks, as well as how to best manage this kind of strategic move. Here’s Jose Vega’s original message from the Slack channel:
“Hi guys, I have an idea. I want to implement an ‘innovators program’ in my plugins. I will send an automated email to the customers, asking them to give me feedback (5 ideas) on how to improve the plugin (improve the UI, workflows, extension ideas, new
Wpml.org has been hacked by a former employee who have left the company. The evidence that we have points to an ex-employee who planted a backdoor before leaving the company.
On Saturday, January 19, WPML customers started reporting having received an email from someone who seems to have hacked the plugin’s website and gained access to customer information. Got same mail and there is this text on #wpml website visible now. What happened guys? #security #hack #vulnerability #0day or something? #WordPress
— Gytis Repečka (@gytisrepecka) January 19, 2019
The hacker claims to be a disgruntled customer who had two websites hacked due to vulnerabilities in the WPML plugin:
WPML came with a bunch of ridiculous security holes which, despite my efforts to keep everything up to date, allowed the most important two of my websites to be hacked.
WPML exposed sensitive information to someone with very little coding skills but merely with access to the WPML code and some interest in seeing how easy is to break it.
I’m able to write this here because of the very same WPML flaws as this plugin is used on wpml.org too.
The hacker also claims to have exploited the same vulnerabilities in order to send the email to WPML’s customers and has published the same message to the plugin’s website. The text is still live at this time and product pages
Face 2019 with some new knowledge of your website. Read over these design and development myths and learn what you can do right in the new year.
I’ve written about New Year website prep before and how this is a popular time to give your website a good once-over for the new year. You can read Get Your WordPress Site Ready for the New Year: What to do Now! for some helpful ideas on getting things running smoothly. Every client that I work with has ideas about what their new or existing website needs without really thinking about what it means for their website in the long term. New or potential clients have their own misconceptions around their potential websites as well, so I thought it might be helpful to talk about some design and development myths or misconceptions and address them so you can face 2019 with some new knowledge. Myth: Sliders and Hidden Content Are a Must
Let’s make a resolution right now: no more carousels, sliders, modals or accordions.
Creating an affiliate business with WordPress is a challenging task. Where do you start? Which tools do you need? Which are the best affiliate programs to promote? This week we take you through setting up a WordPress site for your affiliate business.
Creating an affiliate business with WordPress is a challenging task. Where do you start? Which tools do you need? Which are the best affiliate programs to promote? These are the kind of questions that keep bombarding you left, right and center. This post contains some affiliate links. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. See the disclosure for more details.
Turns out you can create an affiliate business with WordPress in a jiffy and without breaking a sweat. Most definitely, we won’t ignore the fact you need to put in work to realize results because you can’t get anything for zero effort.
And in this post, we show you exactly how to set up an affiliate business with WordPress easily and without breaking the bank. Read on to learn how you can create your own profitable affiliate business with WordPress.
What is an Affiliate Business?
Affiliating is a business model that involves promoting somebody else’s products and earning a commission whenever you make a sale.
Say you’re promoting WordPress themes, for instance. If you send prospects to a theme shop and someone ends up buying a theme, you earn a commission for that sale. Are you
ManageWP.org staff, please turn off commenting on this site. It's just a giant spam-fest, and it's been that way for far too long. It's obviously never going to be moderated properly, so please just turn it off.
Elementor acquires Layers WP and makes all Layers themes available for free
Today, I’m excited to announce that Elementor has acquired Layers WP, a popular WordPress theme company. For those of you who are not aware, Layers is a WordPress theme brand, launched in 2014 by WordPress veterans, David and Marc Perel. With some beautiful themes, Layers saw much success over the years, partnering with Envato and other major players in the market. Back in 2015, Layers won #2 on Product Hunt and attracted a lot of attention. Over the years Layers accumulated over 375,000 downloads worldwide.
With the change of the tide in the WordPress ecosystem and the fast-paced shift towards all-in-one solutions in its market, David and Marc approached us with a proposal. We met in London, and were impressed by the enthusiasm and approach of these two creative entrepreneurs. Both of us found common ground in our approach and vision, and decided to explore the option of an acquisition.
Layers were looking to hand over the project to the right company. They wanted to find a complimentary product for their themes, a product that offered an intuitive and easy to use solution for designing a WordPress website. Their selling point was that Elementor could stand to benefit from the
We are incredibly pleased to announce the release of our first new plugin in over three years: WP Offload SES!
If you’ve been following along on the blog, you might have been aware of the new plugin we’ve been working on. The long-awaited release day is finally upon us.
Whether you’re an existing Amazon SES fan and just haven’t found a good, reliable way to connect it to your WordPress site or if you’ve just been looking to offload your site emails to an email sending service but weren’t sure where to start, WP Offload SES is for you.
Go ahead and check out our new WP Offload SES page if you can’t wait to try it out. We’re celebrating the launch with a discount of 40% off your first year – which you’ll see on the pricing page.
For those interested in more details, read on.
Why This Why Now
I’ve been wanting to tackle Amazon SES for WordPress since at least 2015, but it took us awhile to get to a place where we had the bandwidth to tackle it.
And it wasn’t until I decided to reorganize the team into smaller groups focusing on our different products that Matt got the task to get started with development (with Jonesy as a reviewer) on our much improved version of an SES plugin for WordPress.
What Do We Mean By Site Emails
Google Maps now requires an API key. Check out these different ways to set up Google Maps on your WordPress site, and not slow it down.
Looking for a way to embed WordPress Google Maps content on your site? Like a lot of things in WordPress, there are several different ways that you can embed Google Maps on your site depending on what type of map content you want to include.
In this post, we’ll start by showing you how to add Google Maps in WordPress without a plugin. Then, we’ll recommend some plugins that can help you embed Google Maps, as well as some of the benefits of going that approach. We’ll also dive into how to properly use the Google Maps API, which is now required.
Finally, we’ll end with some performance considerations for using Google Maps on WordPress and share some tips on how to keep your WordPress site loading fast even if you do need to embed Google Maps.
You can click below to jump straight to a specific section or just read through the whole thing.
Google Maps API is Now Required
As of June 11, 2018, an API key is now required for Google Maps. If you’ve already implemented Google Maps on your site and it’s no longer working, this might be the reason. Or rather, you’re missing the API key. The good news is, for 99% of you, it should still be free. Below is
Karina (Director of customer experience at Weglot) shares her vision of her job: "Treat every user with individuality and respect and try to see their issue from their point of view from the start. Kindness, in the end, goes a long way."
Let’s look at a typical scenario: You just downloaded an app you are crazy about trying, and you hit a roadblock. You can’t seem to figure out a step in the configuration and know it’s time to shoot over a quick email to support to see what is going wrong. You have a big chance of either coming across two types of help: Empathetic or textbook response-type of person. Empathetic: “I’m so sorry to hear you are having a hard time with our app, but I would be more than happy to figure out what we can do to make it work for you :)”
Textbook response-type: “Sounds like you installed it wrong. Here is the tutorial to do it correctly, Best.”
Which one would you want to receive? It seems like a no-brainer, but in reality, empathy does not grow overnight. It’s a feeling that you have to learn and nurture within you to come closer with a user the minute they reach out to you.
The truth of the matter is a big part of customer success, no matter the industry, is about connecting with customers, understanding their needs and frustrations, and communicating effectively with them. In short, it’s about practicing empathy — which your
Another review and it's coming from me. I've written about how 2018 was for me in freelancing, plugin business, site growth and educating.
A new year, a new review. This is something I like to do for myself so I can check how I progressed. It also does keep me motivated in a way. This is a review from a WordPress developer so if you like reviews and WordPress, you might like this also
In most companies a cyber-attack risk is a major concern as security failures could endanger the companies and even the global economy. It is so serious that according to the Centre for Strategic and international studies, they estimated the global economy’s cyber-crime cost to be about US$400 billion.
In most companies now, a cyber-attack risk is a major concern as security failures could endanger the companies and even the global economy. It is so serious that according to the Centre for Strategic and international studies, they estimated the global economy’s cyber-crime cost to be about US$400 billion. Both individuals and companies whether big or small are now a target of cyber-attacks either directly or indirectly. When there is a security breach especially for companies there is a high-cost implication as money is extracted from them from the hackers and important data stolen. Additionally, the security breach leads to a lot of backlash from the customers hence that is also a reputational risk for the company.
In short, a cyber-attack often results in a cyber loss, denial of access, data corruption and on the extreme it could also lead to a complete takeover which leads to negative consequences on business.
Factors to consider when thinking whether a website is ready or not to deal with attacks
Since in most companies, cybersecurity is a board-level responsibility, there are some of the hard questions asked to determine if the company is ready to deal with attacks;
CoBlocks, one of the earliest block collections for Gutenberg, has added new page building blocks and tools in the latest release.
CoBlocks, one of the earliest block collections for Gutenberg, has added new page building blocks and tools in the latest 1.6 release. ThemeBeans founder Rich Tabor and plugin developer Jeffrey Carandang partnered together on this iteration of CoBlocks to bring users new Row and Columns blocks and a Typography Control Panel. The Row and Column blocks are resizable and can be dragged to new positions.
After selecting the Row block, users can choose the number of columns and then a layout for the row.
These row layouts can also be adjusted from inside the row toolbar or inspector sidebar panel, which includes responsive media query controls.
The Row and Column blocks also come with fine-grained controls for adjusting background and text color, width, margin, and padding.
Version 1.6 also includes a new Typography Control Panel with support for Google fonts. Users can customize the fonts with built-in controls for line-height, letter-spacing, font-weight, and text-transform properties. It also supports customizing fonts for the core heading, paragraph, and button blocks.
The video below shows a quick demo of column layouts and nested row blocks in action, as well as a few other blocks
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Starting a new series of "quick tips" on RachieVee. My first quick tip is about how WP body classes can help orient ourselves within the WordPress template hierarchy.
Let’s talk about WordPress body classes! But first, an explanation of what this is. This is the first short post, from what I hope will end up being several short posts, called “Quick Tips”. It can take me weeks to write a “normal” sized post on RachieVee, and so, in an effort to keep myself active in 2019, and still pass on tidbits of knowledge, I’ve started this new category. I have also categorized these “Quick Tip” posts based on developer experience. This first post is geared towards “Beginners”. This level is meant for developers just getting to know how WordPress themes work. What are WordPress body classes?
Back on topic! WordPress body classes are exactly what they sound like. They are HTML classes applied to the body tag of a WordPress site. WordPress themes use the body_class() function to apply these classes auto-magically.
If you’ve ever had an error show up on the front-end of your site, or if you’re looking to change something in a WordPress theme – taking a glance at these classes are a quick way to orient yourself. While these classes won’t tell you exactly what template to look for
Not directly in the purview of WordPress, but Slack has become a huge distraction and I know we use it heavily in the community. Here's how I'm reeling it in.
One of my goals is to read 21 books this year, and I’m doing super well so far. After finishing the super dense (and very thought provoking) Homo Deus, I’m flying through It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work. While the hubris of Jason Fried drives me crazy, I’ve read all of his and DHH’s books, and they’ve all been excellent. So I suppose the hubris is well-deserved. In any case, I’m almost done with that book and I’ve decided to take my first action: turning off Slack notifications. Slack Kills Productivity
This might sound crazy to people in my space, as Slack has become the de-facto standard for communication for the lot of us. But it’s also a HUGE distraction. In the book, Fried and DHH talk about how distractions kill productivity, and just because I’m not in an office, I’m not immune. Slack makes it very easy for people to take you out of the moment – it’s the virtual knock on the door and, “hey you have a minute?”
I should note that they don’t call anyone out by name, but I’ve definitely felt like they were talking to specific people or companies at certain points.
The WordPress ecosystem is huge and there are a lot of opportunities. But how do you start and go from your first customer to your first 1,000 customers?
A year after my first post on bootstrapping a startup, I’m writing another one about the challenges and lessons we’ve learned while growing our SaaS company. As well as how to go from your first customer to your first 1,000 customers. The reason I decided to write a second part is not just because I have a lot more to say but the feedback our team received was incredible! You guys really loved that post, you left a bunch of comments, and shared your own stories. Many of them were the same everyday challenges we are facing and it encouraged me to start writing again so you can see what has worked for us.
In case you missed the first part you can take a look here: 16 lessons learned bootstrapping Kinsta from $0 to 7-figures revenue.
Deep down I was hoping that the post would be popular and generate some buzz, but the results surpassed my expectations!
The same moment it was submitted to Hacker News it started getting clicks, upvotes, and comments. Two hours later it was #1 and the post had 300-400 concurrent visitors! Since we provide managed WordPress hosting and our tech guys know their job, we didn’t have any technical difficulties keeping the site up and running.
According to the webpack website:
Now you might be asking yourself, what is a dependency graph? In webpack, there are files specified as entry points. These entry points are at the top of the dependency graph. Any files required or imported from the entry files will be processed and bundled by webpack.