Top ArticlesManageWP.orgGoDaddy Acquires Sucuri<img src=""><br />SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy Inc (NYSE: GDDY), the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase Sucuri, a leading provider of website security products and services. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Sucuri is a security platform offering business owners a suite of security tools designed to protect website owners from emerging online threats. Nearly 75 percent of all legitimate websites have unpatched vulnerabilities1, and websites that have been blacklisted due to a hack can experience an 80 percent reduction in traffic for more than 48 hours2. Sucuri's suite of tools provide website owners the solution they require to respond to hacks when they occur, while also virtually patching vulnerabilities. Sucuri is deeply involved in the WordPress community. The company provides an industry-leading security plug-in for the WordPress platform, and actively works to advance the security awareness and management of WordPress websites. "The vast majority of our customers aren't website security experts, nor should they need to be to secure their websites,"Dependency Management and WordPress: A Proposal<img src=""><br />&lsquo;Dependency hell&rsquo; is a problem faced by all software, and it has been rearing its ugly head in the WordPress space over the last few years with more and more plugins using third-party libraries of code. We come across this issue every couple of months with our Amazon S3 plugin WP Offload S3. It&rsquo;s a very real problem for Delicious Brains and can serve as a good concrete example of the issue. The Problem Our plugin transfers media to Amazon S3 when you upload to the WordPress media library, and to do that we make use of the AWS SDK (bundled as the Amazon Web Services plugin). The SDK went through some major changes between versions 2 and 3, resulting in the SDK bumping its minimum required version of PHP from 5.3 to 5.5. With 42.7% of all WordPress installs running on servers with PHP 5.2, 5.3 or 5.4, stipulating a minimum of PHP 5.5 just wouldn&rsquo;t work for our plugin. When customers use Offload S3 along with another plugin that relies on and bundles the AWS SDK, unless that plugin is using v2, we encounter an issue of incompatible libraries. WordPress loads plugins in the order they were activated, and PHP loads files as they are required and classes as they areReflection on a price increase - Pippins Plugins<img src=""><br />On December 14, 2016, my team and I pushed a significant change to our Easy Digital Downloads products: we increased the price on all extensions by 50-250%. Yes, you read that right: up to a 250% price increase on certain plugins. This change was done for a number of reasons, which I will get into shortly, and has resulted in a very interesting last three months. Since I have always been very open with my company&rsquo;s financials, I would like to now share some reflections on the change that we made and to also share some of the aftermath of the change. The backstory Since the beginning of Easy Digital Downloads, and I imagine many products, customer support has always been our biggest challenge. Taking care of customers is hands down the most difficult job in the company. It is ripe with challenging problems to solve, long hours, relentless flows of new tickets, on-going conversations that spread not only over days but even weeks and months. Providing good and, when possible, great customer support is, to put it simply, exhausting. There have been many times over the last 5-7 years where I thought to myself I&rsquo;m sick of this; I just can&rsquo;t keep taking care of these people,GoDaddy+= Sucuri: Building a Security Platform For Every Website Owner<img src=""><br />Authored by Daniel &amp; Tony We are happy to announce that as of today Sucuri will be joining the GoDaddy family. This acquisition will bring the best of both worlds. It will allow us to expand our product-line to all GoDaddy customers, while also remaining true to our foundation supporting all our current and future customers. History Since our inception our goal was simple: protect our customers websites &ndash; at all costs. This was built on the premise that every website owner should be able to deploy enterprise-grade security, without the enterprise-grade costs. Our approach to achieving this was to build things that delivered real value, while simultaneously staying ahead of the emerging threats. Joining GoDaddy allows us to achieve this goal at a much larger scale than the one we are currently at. As a product company, this is the greatest challenge! What Does this Mean for Sucuri? We will continue to operate as is. What you can expect however are improvements to our processes and more resources to enable us to continue to invest in the things we love &ndash; our team, our customers and our product. What Does this Mean for Sucuri Customers? There are no changes to our customers.WP Rocket Is Now WP Engine Approved!<img src=""><br />We have some big news! These past few weeks, we&rsquo;ve been working with the wonderful folks over at WP Engine toward a one-of-a-kind partnership. WP Engine has an incredible EverCache layer that helps your load time performance on the server side. Coupled with WP Rocket this setup makes most WordPress websites load FAST. That&rsquo;s great news for you, for your visitors, for us, for WP Engine and even for Google! We know the search engine has been trying to make the web faster for a long time. Entering The WP Engine Preferred Plugin Program WP Rocket is now part of the WP Engine Preferred Plugin Program. Previously, WP Engine was known to ban caching plugins because these plugins created caching conflicts with the EverCache layer. We discussed earlier on our blog that one of the biggest lessons we learned as a company is that you have to play nice with others. For WP Rocket, it means being compatible with many other service providers, themes, plugins, hosts out there. We optimized our plugin to be compatible with the WP Engine platform. Some parts of the caching is deactivated to make sure that it does not create any issues with the EverCache technology. This way, we can ensureWhy Startups Should Use WordPress<img src=""><br />Working on the first official pitch for your startup can be nerve-wracking because you&rsquo;re asking people to take a chance on you. The only way to get your company off the ground is to start working. Part of that is having a professional website. There are some disheartening statistics surrounding startups. 50 percent of the new businesses fail in the first five years. 95 percent of the startup owners have at least a bachelor&rsquo;s degree. Raising capital is the hardest thing to do These numbers are pretty daunting, but that doesn&rsquo;t stop from thousands of people from starting their own business every day. One of the easiest places to start is online. WordPress allows you to make a beautiful website that you can easily maintain for little to no money. Let&rsquo;s see how. Startups Need a Solid Website A startup needs a website. Period. A well managed and consolidated website is a must. However coding a site from scratch isn&rsquo;t always easy, especially when you&rsquo;re trying to start your own business. A startup&rsquo;s website should: Be easily managed. Cost very little. Integrate well with search engines and for social marketing. Have proper navigation, organized content,Yoast SEO 4.5: update your PHP version • Yoast<img src=""><br />This is a rather special release, as it&rsquo;s a project that&rsquo;s close to my heart. It&rsquo;s not a full-featured release, however, it is just necessary as a regular release. In Yoast SEO 4.5, we are urging site owners whose sites run on servers with an outdated version of PHP to update to a more recent version. To move the web forward, we need to take a stand against old, slow and unsafe software. Updating to PHP 7 will give your site an enormous speed boost. In this post, you&rsquo;ll find out why we&rsquo;re showing this notice in WordPress and what you can do to upgrade PHP. Why this move? WordPress is built on PHP. This programming language takes care of the heavy lifting for the CMS. WordPress was always built with backward compatibility in mind, but we&rsquo;ve reached a point where that&rsquo;s just not feasible anymore. WordPress needs a minimum of PHP5.2 to function, but that version will not get updates, fixes or patches. This makes it inherently insecure. If you are on an old version, Yoast SEO 4.5 will show you a message in the backend. Please update to at least 5.6, but rather PHP 7 to take advantage of all the awesomeness of this new version. Not just for you asI am Tammie Lister, an Experience Designer at Automattic, Ask me anything<img src=""><br />Hi I am really excited to be around today to answer your questions. A little bit about me... I currently live in the middle of England and work at Automattic as an Experience Designer in the Theme Division. I have a varied background including psychology, design, front end development and user experience. I even once upon a time studied art; its been an interesting path I've followed through freelance to Automattic. Before joining I was for several years focused as a community designer, helping design communities for BuddyPress. I am a long standing WordPress contributor, committer for core themes and design team rep. I am involved in a lot of different contribution areas and have also organised several WordCamps. My open source journey has seen me be part of a lot of different areas, allowed me to see lots of different parts of the world and helped me be the person I am today. When not at a computer I spend time doing yoga, with my dog and husband and I still enjoy creating art. Ask me anything :)How to Properly Add jQuery Scripts to WordPress<img src=""><br />Despite the fact WordPress has been around for a while, and the method of adding scripts to themes and plugins has been the same for years, there is still some confusion around how exactly you&rsquo;re supposed to add scripts. So let&rsquo;s clear it up. Since jQuery is still the most commonly used Javascript framework, let&rsquo;s take a look at how you can add a simple script to your theme or plugin. jQuery&rsquo;s Compatibility Mode Before we start attaching scripts to WordPress, let&rsquo;s look at jQuery&rsquo;s compatibility mode. WordPress comes pre-packaged with a copy of jQuery, which you should use with your code. When WordPress&rsquo; jQuery is loaded, it uses compatibility mode, which is a mechanism for avoiding conflicts with other language libraries. What this boils down to is that you can&rsquo;t use the dollar sign directly as you would in other projects. When writing jQuery for WordPress you need to use jQuery instead. Take a look at the code below to see what I mean: /* Regular jQuery */ $('.hideable').on('click', function() { $(this).hide(); }) /* Compatibility Mode */ jQuery('.hideable').on('click', function() { jQuery(this).hide(); }) The good news is that withShould Premium Themes Automatically Renew Licenses? Data from Thousands of Theme Sales<img src=""><br />When we first started selling WordPress themes in 2009 it was industry best-practice to offer &ldquo;lifetime&rdquo; support and updates. At the time everyone selling WordPress themes was offering unlimited support requests and updates and we were happy to do the same. All was well for a couple of years, but eventually questions about sustainability started: if you purchased a WordPress theme once for $60, is it a fair deal to both parties to offer unlimited support requests and significant updates for years to come? As popular themes started receiving huge updates years after their original release, questions about sustainability started arising. WooThemes made the first significant move, ditching their unlimited model in favour of one year of support and updates with each purchase. At the time, WooThemes provoked outrage by invoking their right to unilaterally change their terms and conditions and make the change for all customers. This was quickly changed to an option to opt out of the change in terms, but arguably this was an attempt to damage limitation. Despite the negative reaction to WooThemes&rsquo; move, the business argument made sense. Unlimited support and updates couldJesse Petersen needs our help<img src=""><br />Update: Jesse is officially active on the lung transplant waiting list with a lung allocation score (LAS) of 38.859 Jesse&rsquo;s family was planning on 2017 being a year to rebuild and bond as a family of four after 5 years of fostering and two years of back-to-back legally contested adoptions drained us mentally and financially. Plans changed when a January clinic visit showed his lung function at 22% and he missed the better part of 5 weeks of work with a hospital stay, home IVs, and many doctor&rsquo;s appointments. They were hesitant to open up this donation campaign after they received hundreds of peoples&rsquo; generous gifts in 2016 for their second adoption, but were encouraged to do so by family who is also willing to assist. The family currently has a small emergency fund and they fully expected that their work-from-home business would allow him to work right up until transplant. That no longer seems to be a reasonable expectation, as the decline to reach transplant status has made concentrating and doing the actual work much more of an effort than Jesse ever imagined. They felt that they were entirely prepared for a quick medical leave after surgery but not any decreasedTorque's 2017 Plugin Madness<img src=""><br />WordPressers, get ready! We&rsquo;re back with Torque&rsquo;s 2017 Plugin Madness, where 64 WordPress plugins compete against each other for total plugin domination! Come back each week to vote for your favorite plugins. The winner will be announced on April 18! Modeled after the NCAA college basketball tournament March Madness, we use a bracket-based voting system to pit plugins against one another each week.Who is afraid of the big bad talk... by Tim Nash<img src=""><br />So at the weekend I gave a talk at WordCamp London on &ldquo;Who&rsquo;s afraid of the big bad host&rdquo;. WordCamp London is the largest WordPress event in the UK a great conference and one I have had the pleasure speaking at several times on the trot. I was disappointed with the talk and how it went and unfortunately let that disappointment show, both during and after the talk. If you talk regularly, you get use to the fact sometimes stuff doesn&rsquo;t work and if its a new talk it&rsquo;s always a bit of a risk is it going to work? Rarely do you completely break down in the middle of a talk or try to rewrite it midway through. I was doing both on Sunday and for the first time in years I found myself being far from my confident self. For me this talk didn&rsquo;t work at any point and it was disappointing because I feel I let people around me down and wasted what was a perfect opportunity to do my bit for a brilliant conference. I&rsquo;m not exactly the most overtly emotional chap but I had to avoid people. When I needed to go get the car to take down the stand, I more or less ran out of the venue for fear I would lash out at someone. It meant I didn&rsquo;t really getLaziness lands WooCommerce entrepreneurs on Shark Tank<img src=""><br />How could a moment of laziness lead to an appearance on Shark Tank and an expanding business that has become more work than an actual full-time job? Friday Beers can answer that question. About 18 months ago, Lee Mathers just wanted a cold beer on a Friday afternoon, and set about solving his own problem. His story is an example of how quickly entrepreneurship can get out of hand when you hit on a good idea. Lee is one of the founders of Friday Beers, an Australian company that will deliver a selection of cold craft beers right to your desk in Brisbane or Sydney. Its success is proof that cubicle life is thirsty work. Friday Beers is a full time gig for Lee, and also keeps his cofounders on the hop. They appeared on Season 2 of Shark Tank in July of 2016, and were successful in their bid for a Shark (Steve Baxter) as a partner. I&rsquo;d love to say we caught up over a couple of cold ones, but the reality was still a pretty interesting Skype conversation between Lee and myself. As far as I know, neither of us were drinking anything stronger than coffee at the time. Ali: I&rsquo;ll start by asking you to tell me a little bit about the catalyst for starting Friday Beers. Lee: This allClarification of Guideline 8 – Executable Code and Installs<img src=""><br />Since Jetpack announced it installs themes, a number of people have asked if this is a violation of the 8th guideline: The plugin may not send executable code via third-party systems. And in specific, these two items: Serving updates or otherwise installing plugins, themes, or add-ons from servers other than;s Installing premium versions of the same plugin The short answer is no, it&rsquo;s not, and yes, you could do this too. The longer answer involves understanding the intent of this guideline, which initially was to prevent nefarious developers from using your installs as a botnet. In addition, it&rsquo;s used to disallow plugins that exist only to install products from other locations, without actually being of use themselves (ie. marketplace only plugins). Finally it&rsquo;s there to prevent someone silly from making a plugin that installs a collection of &lsquo;cool plugins&rsquo; they found from GitHub and want to make easier to install. Which actually did happen once. Plugins are expected to do &lsquo;something&rsquo; to your site. A plugin that exists only to check a license and install a product, while incredibly useful, is not something we currently allowTransparency Report #25 - Zerif Lite Back ... What's the Impact on Zerif Pro?<img src=""><br />Welcome to the 25th edition of our monthly transparency report (for February 2017). In this series, I try to cover everything that&rsquo;s been going on at CodeinWP and ThemeIsle &ndash; from a business point of view, plus all things related (marketing, management, behind the curtains stuff). Click here to see the previous reports. Getting out of my comfort zone &hellip; with some outside help Every now and then, I like to spend some quality time talking with other entrepreneurs and business owners in the online realm. Regardless if WordPress-related or not. And I don&rsquo;t mean stuff like, &ldquo;hey, how&rsquo;s it going?&rdquo; -kind of talks. I mean deep and sometimes lengthy conversations about strategies, visions, plans, projects, everything. The more in-depth the better. Just imagine, the person you&rsquo;re talking with has lived with their business for X years, they have learned and experimented a lot, they have made their mistakes, they have come to conclusions that you couldn&rsquo;t have come to unless you had clocked in your hours with the business. So now into the picture come you, and you can get the highlight reel of all those hours in mere 1/100th or 1/1000th of theOpen source replacement for Clef in the works<img src=""><br />As we revealed yesterday that we were busy developing an opensource replacement for Clef, who recently announced they were ending their innovative two factor authentication app. We can reveal today the new name and logo for our product. We&rsquo;re calling it &ldquo;Keyy&rdquo; as it&rsquo;s an instant and secure way to logon to your site using your phone. We hope to launch in April, and we&rsquo;ll be posting updates!PressShack Forks Edit Flow to Create PublishPress, Aims to Improve Multi-User Editorial Workflow in WordPress<img src=""><br />Last week Steve Burge and the team at PressShack released PublishPress, a fork of Automattic&rsquo;s Edit Flow plugin. PressShack is operated by the same team behind OSTraining with a focus on creating publishing plugins for larger organizations. Edit Flow has more than 10,000 active installs but is updated sporadically and is not very well supported. The PressShack creators saw an opportunity to fork the plugin and sell commercial support and add-ons. PublishPress is now available on with a seamless migration for Edit Flow users. The first release offers the same features as Edit Flow along with a complete face lift, making interaction with the plugin&rsquo;s settings more user-friendly. The new tabbed interface puts all the settings on one screen. PressShack has also tweaked the language of the plugin, changing Story Budget&rdquo; to &ldquo;Overview&rdquo;, and simplifying other terms. PublishPress introduces a few changes to the calendar, allowing users to click anywhere on a date to add content. It exposes the iCal or Google Calendar feed and uses icons to show post statuses, saving space for other information. Burge said that PublishPress will be making a fresh startMorning Routines of 11 Successful WordPress Business Owners<img src=""><br />Being an entrepreneur and owning a business can require a high level of self-discipline, especially when you are the &quot;Rocket Commander&quot; within your company and the only one that has to make sure everything is going well. Usually, the way you start the day will generally determine the type of the day you will have, and I think one of the best things is to develop a morning or daily routine and keep up with it. At the same time, we should say that not everyone has the same morning routine because some business owners already have a family, some have kids, other don't, so everyone have to figure out what works for them. In order to get to know how business owners within the WordPress ecosystem usually build their morning or daily routine, I spoke with 11 successful entrepreneurs and WordPress business owners who have developed some daily routines. Therewith, I could understand how they boost their productivity, which is the first thing they do in the morning to kick start the day and what keeps them motivated on what they do. Below you will find a lot of interesting insights and life-hacks about the day-to-day routine of some successful WordPress business owners. Mario PeshevMedium's New Subscription Program $5/month<img src=""><br />Join us in changing what stories get told I&rsquo;d like you to be among the first to become a Medium member, a new subscription program we&rsquo;re launching today to a limited number of people. Over the next few weeks, we&rsquo;ll be rolling it out to everyone, but for now, this post is unlisted, and we&rsquo;re only inviting those who meet certain criteria to sign up. In this post, I want to take you behind the scenes and share our thinking on membership, so you can join us on this journey from day one. First, the basics: Medium will remain the best place to share ideas that matter and to find independent voices and fresh perspectives &mdash; for free. For members, it will get better. For $5 per month (introductory price), you&rsquo;ll get two upgraded aspects: A better reading experience: We&rsquo;ve been working on a whole new reading experience, which I&rsquo;m excited for you to see. It&rsquo;s based on the premise that, instead of yet another never-ending feed, people would be much happier with a limited set of carefully curated stories, chosen by experts among topics we care about. Something that is completable, satisfying, and puts you in control. If you read Medium regularly,Mike Little joins Human Made<img src=""><br />It&rsquo;s with huge excitement that I can announce that Mike Little is joining Human Made. Mike is the co-founder of the WordPress project, having forked a small blogging script, b2, with Matt Mullenweg. He has a long history with the project and brings with him unparalleled knowledge and experience of it. Mike will be joining Human Made as a WordPress Specialist; in addition to doing development on our client projects we&rsquo;re exploring ways for Mike to use his extensive talents in training and outreach, where we think he can have a big impact both on Human Made and on the wider community. He&rsquo;s a massive asset to the team, an old friend to many of us, and we&rsquo;re honored that he will call Human Made his home. I am excited to join the Human Made family. I&rsquo;ve known many of the team for quite some time and have worked with the company in the past, so I feel most welcome. I&rsquo;m looking forward to being able to work on larger projects. Something I couldn&rsquo;t manage in my one-man company. I&rsquo;m anticipating being able to hone my skills and take them to a new level. Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about free software and the GPL. I admire Human Made&rsquo;sSmashing Magazine is ditching WordPress<img src=""><br />No DescriptionA quick interview with Shawn Hesketh (WP101)<img src=""><br />Hi could you tell us a little about yourself and background? My name is Shawn Hesketh, and I&rsquo;m the creator of the WordPress 101 video tutorial series for beginners. Before I launched, I was a freelance designer for 26 years, creating identity systems and branding strategies for my clients in and around the Houston area. When did you first stumble upon WordPress? I started designing websites in 1994, using designer-friendly tools like Adobe PageMill. As my skills and the complexity of my clients&rsquo; sites increased, I began using Dreamweaver and coding sites in PHP. But by the mid-2000s, clients began to request the ability to edit their own content without hiring a &lsquo;webmaster&rsquo; for every tiny change. I explored all the popular content management solutions at the time, but they were clunky and quite difficult to use. So I was overjoyed when I finally discovered WordPress 2.0 in June 2006. Compared to Joomla, Drupal, and Expression Engine, I found the WordPress UI to be super-intuitive, and thankfully, so did my clients. So I began recommending WordPress for nearly all my web design projects, and have never looked back. What product / website of yours areJetpack Introduces Theme Installation from, Sparks Controversy with Alternative Marketplace for Free Themes<img src=""><br />Today Jetpack announced that its users now have access to a collection of 165 free themes from Jetpack users can browse, preview, and activate themes by visiting the Theme Showcase. has also added the ability for Jetpack users to upload a theme from its interface as well, a feature that targets those who are heavily using Jetpack Manage instead of the WordPress admin. Many of the free themes are already available from Automattic&rsquo;s account on the Themes Directory, but the limitations of the preview functionality doesn&rsquo;t present themes in their best light. The Theme Review Team added a new rule last year that theme authors can only upload one theme at a time and will have to wait for it to pass through the queue before submitting another. This severely restricts individuals and companies that are prolific theme authors, requiring them to wait months in the queue. Authors can realistically expect to only publish one or two themes per year on After Zerif Lite, one of the most popular themes on, was suspended for five months for violations of content portability requirements, Matt Mullenweg