Top ArticlesManageWP.org15 Blog WordPress Plugins You Actually Need [Recommended]<img src=""><br />This question is really common and has been asked often by everyone who is into blogging or online business. WordPress is undoubtedly the best Content Management System of all time with more than 35% of websites powered. And the common reason is that of its simple panel with extraordinary plugins that can serve smallest to giant services you want on your website, WITHOUT CODING! Plugins are the hardcore strength of WordPress and there are more than 55k various plugins and it is hard (obviously) to find out the best one that can help you out blogging. So, here we are with the best blogging tools and Plugins for WordPress that will assist you to grow with full throttle. 1. Blog Designer This plugin has been a game changer, especially for bloggers. Blog Designer WordPress plugin (Freemium) offers you to change and exhibit your page with many different layouts and templates. There are many various kinds of layouts for diverse use of it. Must have plugin to make your posts or web page looks cool. 2. Akismet Akismet (Free) checks all the comments and contact form submissions for spam and malware through its global database and prevents your site from publishing threat and malicious content.WordPress Sites Create Fuzzy Thumbnails [Solution]<img src=""><br />Did you know WordPress creates thumbnails from the images you upload? You probably knew this &mdash; not everyone does, but most WordPress users are aware of this. ;-) Did you also know that when creating smaller images, they must be sharpened? This is common knowledge for photography and website design professionals, but probably not for the majority of WordPress users. And did you know that WordPress does not sharpen images when creating thumbnails? I bet that you didn&rsquo;t know this&hellip; not many people do. WordPress creates several different thumbnail sizes by default (see your WordPress Settings &gt; Media page for details) and potentially several more, depending on your theme and plugin settings. It&rsquo;s not uncommon, for example, for WordPress to create a half-dozen (or more) images from the original image you upload. And in all cases, WordPress does not sharpen or make any adjustments to the resized image it creates! But don&rsquo;t &ldquo;image optimization&rdquo; plugins already do this? No, they don&rsquo;t &mdash; image optimization plugins are designed to create smaller / faster loading images, not better looking ones. And if you share a post / page to social media,GDPR Compliant Form Builder for WordPress<img src=""><br />General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is everywhere these days. For a lot of WordPress folks, that topic came at a bad timing. Getting your WordPress form GDPR compliant is just the very first step. Disclaimer: I&rsquo;m not a lawyer and the following recommendations are based on my own experience. In this text, I can&rsquo;t cover every topic and I can&rsquo;t give you legal consulting. That said, we recommend to get professional support on all the GDPR topic. Since the beginning of BuddyForms, our goal is it to build tools, where you can own your own data. With all the rise of social media platforms and data-driven business models, we need to ask us the question, if we are still in control of our data. Sure we are kind of aware, that Facebook &amp; co. are making money with our personal data and therefore they can provide their service for free. The following quote describes best, what now is happening: &ldquo;GDPR is long-term good for the internet and its helping fuel a much needed global conversation around data privacy.&rdquo; Quote from Siraj Raval This article doesn&rsquo;t only cover our new updates about data privacy as a form builder. No, we&rsquo;ll also talk about theFree Plugins for Organization / Local SEO Markup<img src=""><br />Google reads a variety of structured data from webpages, including e-commerce Product details, Recipes, Reviews, etc. &mdash; along with three standard Schema types from a website&rsquo;s homepage: WebSite, Organization, and Person. In this post we&rsquo;ll focus on the Organization markup, which Yoast SEO, WPSSO Core, and most SEO plugins add to a site&rsquo;s homepage. Google uses the Organization markup to enrich its Knowledge Graph information for the website&rsquo;s Organization (aka Business, Corporation, etc.). See Google&rsquo;s About Search Features and Structured Data General Guidelines webpages for more information about the current Schema types recognized by Google. See Google My Business, Your business information in the knowledge panel, and Improve your local ranking on Google for more information about Knowledge Graph and Google&rsquo;s local business markup. An Organization markup from the Yoast SEO plugin (and most SEO plugins) looks like this: 123456789101112131415 &lt;script type='application/ld+json'&gt;{&quot;@context&quot;: &quot;;,&quot;@type&quot;: &quot;Organization&quot;,&quot;url&quot;: &quot;;,&quot;sameAs&quot;:How To Sell WordPress Plugins & Themes To Enterprises<img src=""><br />According to a study commissioned by WP Engine, 57% of enterprises use WordPress. Is your WordPress plugin or theme business ready for enterprise clients? I&rsquo;m not pretending to be an enterprise sales expert, but, during my 10-year journey as an entrepreneur, I had my fair share of experiences selling software to Fortune 500 companies and learning from some of the top salespeople in the world, like Kris Duggan. Those experiences taught me fundamental principles that are kind of trivial but are unfortunately not yet adopted in the WordPress plugins and themes business economy. In this blog post, I&rsquo;ll expose you to several practical tricks that help sell RatingWidget licenses (a plugin business that I&rsquo;ve built that was the catalyst to creating Freemius) to large organizations for thousands of dollars a year. That&rsquo;s 20x, 30x, and sometimes even 50x the price an average customer pays. And the beauty is that it requires almost zero operational changes, and can be accomplished even by a one-man-show operation. So, if you&rsquo;re running a premium plugins business or a theme shop and would like to win those mega customers, then this post is exactly for you! This blogHow (and Why) You Should Respond to Positive Online Reviews<img src=""><br />Responding to positive feedback is often sidelined as business owners focus on damage control for negative customer reviews. After all, how often do you see an ecstatic Yelp review go viral? Yet engaging customers who are already enthusiastic about your business is the perfect way to create a loyal following and a strong referral network. In fact, 78% of consumers say that hearing from management about their reviews makes them believe the business cares more about them. Ready to turn customers into advocates? Download this handy guide to building a loyal customer base. The benefits of responding to positive reviews are twofold: You attract new customers with your thoughtful, engaged responses, and you boost retention rates, which have a radical impact on your bottom line. We make it easy to add this business ritual to your weekly routine. Here&rsquo;s how to prioritize reviews and craft personal notes that will help your business thrive. Build search credibility with reviews This isn&rsquo;t just about increasing your pool of happy customers &mdash; responding to reviews increases your visibility in search engines, especially for localized searches. When Google ranks a business, itHow to Quickly Fix WordPress Mixed Content Warnings (HTTPS/SSL)<img src=""><br />Running your WordPress site over HTTPS is no longer optional.Gutenberg Team Panel Talks Release Timeline, Theme Building, and Customization at WCEU<img src=""><br />The Gutenberg team took questions from a full room users and developers this morning before diving into the specifics of the editor&rsquo;s design, block creation, and how to further extend the new interface. The first question they addressed is the one everyone is asking: When will Gutenberg land in core? The team said the editor is pretty close to feature complete and should achieve that in the next few months when version 3.3 is released. At that point the focus will be on refining the current experience. They estimate this to happen in June or the first week of July but also hinted at more information coming in Matt Mullenweg&rsquo;s keynote address this afternoon. Developers also asked about the criteria that will be used to decide that Gutenberg is ready for a WordPress release. The project has a scope and features MVP issue on GitHub that provides an overview for the major functionality that will be introduced in the first version of the new editor. It shows which features have already been shipped and which ones are remaining. The team explained that many of the final features have come from developer and user feedback. Some features were not necessarily planned for V1, butHow VPNs Can Help Secure Your Blog<img src=""><br />As a blogger and a privacy wonk, I&rsquo;ve written a lot about WordPress security for bloggers and VPNs for digital nomads, gamers, binge-watchers, and privacy-minded folks in general. But it never occurred to me bloggers could be questioning the relevance of VPNs for blogging until someone asked me about it. It turns out some bloggers are, indeed, debating the practical value of a Virtual Private Network for their business. So I thought I&rsquo;d put my two cents in on the matter. What&rsquo;s So Special about VPNs? There are two fundamental functions of a VPN &ndash; geo-spoofing and data encryption. A VPN is a network of servers across the globe. A foreign IP enables you to bypass geo-blocks and unlock streaming sites, online TV, you get the idea. That&rsquo;s geo-spoofing. But a VPN also encrypts your traffic, making it unintelligible for anyone looking to snoop on your activities. That&rsquo;s where the real value of VPNs kicks in &ndash; data encryption adds an extra layer of security to your browsing. Now, let&rsquo;s see if VPNs are relevant to blogging security. VPNs Protect Your Admin Credentials Securing your blog by enabling VPN encryption when you log in to your adminMy Love Letter to the WordPress Community - Morten Rand-Hendricksen<img src=""><br />No DescriptionWhat’s new in Gutenberg? (5th June)<img src=""><br />This release marks the 30th update to the editor plugin. The highlights are broken down below. Block Library Arguably, one of the key pieces of the new editor UI is the block library or inserter. Unifying the way users can insert content has been one of the main objectives of the whole project. It has gone through multiple iterations and testing; balancing clarity, usability, flexibility, and extensibility. This release offers the result of some very fruitful collaborations between designers and developers. Notably, tabs are being removed; blocks have bigger surface areas; and plugins can supply a distinct color for the block icon background. This seeks to allow the inserter to better scale while retaining visual clarity. The other addition to the inserter is related to the new concept of child blocks explained below. Child Blocks The editor has had support for nesting blocks since around the beginning of this year. With 3.0, a block author can now also register a block as being a child of another block by declaring parent: [ 'block-name' ]. This now causes a few changes in the interface: the root inserter won&rsquo;t show child blocks unless the user is within the context of the rightHow To Use Social Web Suite to Master Your Social Media on WordPress<img src=""><br />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&rsquo;ve talked about it and shared my own strategies around the scheduling of social. Through testing, I&rsquo;ve found what works and what doesn&rsquo;t and have crafted that part of my business slowly and successfully. I&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&hellip; 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 timeWP RIG: New starter theme from LinkedIn, XWP, etc.<img src=""><br />WP Rig is a modern WordPress starter theme and build process bundled into one convenient package. It helps you create beautiful, lightning-fast WordPress themes with exciting user experiences that meet the latest web standards. You write modern PHP, CSS, and JavaScript, WP Rig lints, optimizes, and minifies your code to make the theme&ndash;and the site it runs on&ndash;as performant as possible. Features We created WP Rig to help you do what you do best: build feature-rich and visually stunning WordPress themes for every person who uses the web. Out of the box you get a fully styled starter theme built for performance and maintainability. More Than a Starter Theme WP Rig is a modern build process and starter theme bundled into one convenient package. The starter theme gives you a starting point for your designs and layouts; minimal templates with optional drag-and-drop files from the WordPress Template Hierarchy; code and file structure optimized for modern performance standards (including lazy-loading images); and well documented helper functions to make theme development and customization easy. The build process provides a no-configuration starting point for modern progressive WordPressHow I Rebuilt An Old WordPress Site In A Few Hours<img src=""><br />Raise your hand if you have ever owned a website built a few years ago, using a theme that wasn&rsquo;t all that great to begin with, but is now *really* showing its age. It is buggy and the developer hasn&rsquo;t kept up with the changing WordPress tides. You feel stuck with some design decisions you made long ago, and you really wish you could start over, but that feels like a chore that&rsquo;s too big to deal with. That&rsquo;s how I was feeling with my personal blog, I wanted the freedom to use the theme I&rsquo;ve come to love (GeneratePress) and the page builder I now adore (Elementor). I longed to be able to have more control over everything, without feeling stuck with old decisions. I didn&rsquo;t want to completely change the design. I wanted to keep the same brand concept, but the site needed some changes. Note: You can assume that links in this post, or any post, may be affiliate links, which generate a small commission for me when purchases are made through the link. If you prefer, you can always search for the companies I link to, rather than clicking on the links here. I put off tackling the rebuild for a while because it seemed like a task I didn&rsquo;tClient Work Slowing Down? You're Not the Only One.<img src=""><br />I&rsquo;ve had a few conversations lately with friends who build WordPress websites for clients, and I was surprised to hear all of them say things have slowed down. I thought at first it might just be a certain segment, or maybe just the smaller shops. I asked around and it seems this slowdown is affecting everyone from 2 person shops to a 100+ employee agencies. This information is coming straight from the shop owners. The biggest question I wondered is: why? I believe there are several factors, some of which are obvious. There is one that surprised me, but it makes total sense when you hear it. Let&rsquo;s look at why there&rsquo;s a slowdown, what it means, and what is growing instead. Saturation and Slowing of WordPress Growth When you look at the big data sites like w3techs or builtwith, it doesn&rsquo;t look like WordPress growth is slowing. However, I&rsquo;m not sure how those sites collect their data, how accurate it is, or what we can infer from the data. Just because there are more WordPress sites doesn&rsquo;t mean there is more money flowing into the ecosystem. They could be mostly hobby sites that will never pay a dime, who knows. As website builders like Squarespace,How to add custom fields to a WooCommerce product<img src=""><br />In this post, I&rsquo;m going to walk through the entire process of adding custom fields to a WooCommerce product. Custom fields (also called product addons) include text fields, select fields, checkboxes, and so on. They allow the user to enter additional, personalised information about a product. The post will cover creating and displaying the custom fields, adding the custom field data to the cart, and inserting the data in emails and orders. I will include code examples throughout the article. By the end you will have learned to build your own custom field plugin for WooCommerce. The plugin will: Create a custom field in Product Data section of a WooCommerce product Use the value saved in that field to display a text input field in the product single page Save the user input in the custom field to cart meta data Pass the value of the custom field to the order object Custom fields without coding We&rsquo;ll go through the process from start to finish. However, if you are looking for a simpler way to add custom fields, then take a look at the Product Extras for WooCommerce plugin. It will allow you to add many types of field to your products, including text inputs, number inputs,[RESULTS] WordPress Hosting Survey 2018 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of WordPress Hosting<img src=""><br />What you&rsquo;re about to read are the results of our 2018 WordPress hosting survey &ndash; aka. &ldquo;The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of WordPress Hosting.&rdquo; Yep, we have good, we have bad, and we indeed do have ugly. This is our third annual WordPress hosting survey, and the more we do these, the more interesting things get and the more insights we discover! But hold off on that for a minute, let&rsquo;s start somewhere else&hellip; First, we want to thank everybody who took a couple of minutes out of their busy daily schedules to complete the survey and review their current hosting providers. We got 830 valid responses in total, which makes this one of the biggest WordPress hosting surveys to date! It&rsquo;s because of you that this was possible!How to Offload WordPress Media to Google Cloud Storage<img src=""><br />In a previous tutorial, we showed you how to offload media to Amazon S3. Today we are going to walk you through how to offload media on your WordPress site to Google Cloud Storage, as well as optionally serving your media directly from Google Cloud Storage or a CDN. Since Kinsta is powered by Google Cloud Platform we are obviously big fans of their technology and infrastructure. The main reason to do this is to save on disk space. Google Cloud Storage is just a small part of Google Cloud Platform&rsquo;s many products and services. Due to Google&rsquo;s massive infrastructure and the fact that they deal with storage in bulk, they are able to offer very low storage costs. Much lower than a WordPress host. Typically this is used for large sites that either need additional backups or are serving up large files (images, photos, downloads, software, videos, games). Some of their customers include Spotify, Vimeo, Coca-Cola, Philips, Evernote, and Motorola. Google Cloud Storage vs Google Cloud CDN Google Cloud Storage is not to be confused with Google Cloud CDN or any other CDN provider. A content delivery network (CDN) is designed specifically to speed up delivery of your media, whereas GoogleA Page Builder Creator's Opinion: Embrace Gutenberg - Benjamin Intal<img src=""><br />It&rsquo;s just a matter of time when Gutenberg will hit WordPress Core. As days go by, we&rsquo;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 &ndash; Ultimate Gutenberg Blocks. Throughout our experience, what we found is that Gutenberg is quite awesome! Preamble On November last year, I wrote an article about a Page Builder Creator&rsquo;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 &ldquo;future&rdquo; of WordPress&hellip; but it was a bit uncertain on what Gutenberg really was and what it was going to be when it&rsquo;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&rsquo;ve changed my stance on Gutenberg &ndash; I&rsquo;m no longer hesitant about the thought of it, I&rsquo;m now embracingEpisode 84 - Million Dollar Corruption in WordPress<img src=""><br />This turbulent second half of the the Dumitru Brinzan interview revolves around his controversial blog post Inside Theme Review Team: Money, Abuse and Inconsistent Leadership. Donnacha and Dumitru discuss the series of events that led him to be the first member of the Theme Review Team to publicly call out the corruption that makes WordPress worse for users but, conveniently, hands a million dollar business advantage to leading volunteers. We talk about how Dumitru&rsquo;s background, growing up in Eastern Europe before the fall of communism, imprinted upon him the urgent importance of not allowing corruption to slide, especially in slow-moving, bureaucratic, cult-of-personality situations. For anyone involved in WordPress, this interview is worth listening to precisely because it is so rare to ever hear an insider talk openly about the very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress. Dumitru Brinzan: @dumitru @hermesthemes Donnacha: @WordSkill to Set up Sucuri Firewall (WAF) on Your WordPress Site<img src=""><br />Bot traffic is higher than it&rsquo;s ever been. According to Distil Networks, in 2017, bad bots accounted for 21.8% of all website traffic, a 9.5% increase over the previous year. Not only that, but 74% of bad bot traffic is made up of moderate or sophisticated bots, which evade detection by distributing their attacks over multiple IP addresses, or simulating human behavior. This becomes a challenge for businesses that know nothing about how to filter out or block this type of traffic. Today we want to introduce you to an incredibly easy way to fight back using the Sucuri Web Application Firewall (WAF). Whether your WordPress site is under a DDoS attack or you&rsquo;re suffering from excessive bots and proxy traffic, a WAF can help almost instantly resolve these types of issues. Below we&rsquo;ll dive into how to set up Sucuri&rsquo;s firewall on your WordPress site, along with the optimal settings and the plan you should choose to see the best results. About Sucuri WAF Sucuri is an all-in-one website security platform that helps protect your business from security threats as well as mitigate already ongoing attacks. They offer a variety of different products and services, such asWhy we switched from selling our plugin with EDD to Freemius<img src=""><br />How it all started The first version of the WP Security Audit Log plugin was released on the 24th May 2013. Like many other businesses it all started because of a need &ndash; when I used to do security audits of WordPress websites I noticed that the majority of admins took care of hardening (like installing a security or firewall plugin) but very few thought of auditing; keeping a WordPress activity log (record) of everything that is happening on WordPress. A WordPress activity log is a must have for better management and control of a website, and also for forensics. Trying to troubleshoot a problem or find out what happened without a log is just guess work. Going Premium and Selling the Add-Ons Little did I know back then that within a few years the plugin would be installed on tens of thousands of WordPress website, and that in 2015 we would be selling premium add-ons. I started selling the plugin through the plugin&rsquo;s website using a Easy Digital Downloads (EDD), a self-hosted e-commerce solution. In the beginning all worked well, but I quickly realized that if I wanted to grow I needed to invest much more time and resources on the e-commerce solution. And so I did, but byReal Cost of Developing and Running a WordPress Website<img src=""><br />When it comes to starting your website on WordPress CMS, the first raised issue is price. In this article, we are going to dwell on the points that affect total price of developing and running a website based on WP. In fact, WordPress is a free open source content management system. Installing and using it does not involve any money. But, it&rsquo;s a common confusion among users that you do not have to pay at all. Not exactly. There are some money-required elements, which are part and parcel of your WP website. Hosting and Domain Name Every website needs hosting. This is your website&rsquo;s home on the internet. It&rsquo;s difficult to set the exact price of hosting, because there are a number of companies offering it. On the average, a reliable hosting will cost you $6-7 per month. Officially recommended by WP is Bluehost provider. IPage and Hostgator are also included to Top-3 best web hosting companies. As for a domain name, it is the address where the internet users can access your website. In other words, it is your website&rsquo;s name. Typically, you can buy it for $15 a year, depending on the grade of the domain suffix. Design and Plugins After buying the hosting and the domainEverything you need to create your WordPress LearnDash site!<img src=""><br />In the first part of this article, we will have a quick look at what an LMS is and who needs to use one. In addition, we will go through the list of the LMS Plugins available in the market. What is an LMS? A Learning Management System is a software application, in this case, a plugin for WordPress sites used to create, administer, deliver and measure training to individuals online. Who needs an LMS?As the demand for constant training and knowledge acquisition rises so does the need for online courses, training sessions, and long-distance education. For this, LMS is becoming quite a necessity as it is used on multiple occasions and serves numerous goals and needs. More specifically LMS Plugins are used by: Bespoke Universities providing Online Courses Entire educational Platforms providing distance-learning Solo instructors building and administering classes and training online Large Companies wishing to train their employees. This way they ease through compliance sessions and on-boarding procedures LMS types available in the marketWell, there is a big number of LMS Plugins available serving different functionalities and varying in many ways. For instance, there are different deployment