Top ArticlesManageWP.orgBest Practices for WordPress Website Image Optimization<img src=""><br />The most significant consideration for building or maintaining a website these days is speed. Ensuring that your site moves quickly and supports speeds down to mobile 3G is vital in providing the best possible user experience (UX) to the largest percentage of your target demographic. The guiltiest speed hogs are network requests dedicated to fetching images and video media. One of the best ways to improve UX and guarantee site speed is to consistently practice techniques for WordPress website image optimization. If you think about images as a percentage of your overall website&rsquo;s footprint, a few bytes here and there will certainly add up. By optimizing images, you can reduce the overall impact of your website&rsquo;s footprint, page size, and increase load speeds. Image optimization is just that, optimizing, compressing, scaling, resizing, or changing image formats for the web. The general idea is to reduce how many requests you have to make or how large those requests are in the first place. Google uses a term called &ldquo;time to first meaningful paint,&rdquo; which is when &ldquo;the user feels that the primary content of the page is visible.&rdquo; The faster users get toBeaver Builder vs Gutenberg: A Case Study<img src=""><br />Here at WebDevStudios (WDS), we work on all kinds of projects that use all kinds of base themes and tools. Our internal theme, wd_s, uses Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) in a really cool way that makes it work like a page builder. We also have an internal project converting all of our ACF blocks into Gutenberg blocks. Additionally, we have another internal project converting all of our ACF blocks into Beaver Builder blocks. We really are ready for anything at WDS. It all depends on what&rsquo;s right for the project, or more importantly, what the client wants for the project. With all that in mind, I wanted to take some time to discuss both sides of the current debate: page builders vs Gutenberg. To do this, I took a concept and developed it in both to compare and contrast the processes for both. Here are the results. Our Concept Before we start building, we need a concept. For this project, I chose a need I came across on my personal blog: the ability to embed a Github Gist into a standard WordPress post. Because I&rsquo;m either brave or foolish, I use Gutenberg on my personal site. I found inserting a Gist into a blog post is a giant pain as there isn&rsquo;t a built-in embed blockWhy should every Wordpress site start with a Coming Soon Page ??<img src=""><br />There are so many people who often suggest starting a website with a coming soon page. However, there are also users who have no freaking idea about why should every site start with a coming soon page? Well, there is no doubt that coming soon pages are pretty helpful. They allow us to offer quite a lot of information through a single landing page. But in case if you are still wondering why it is needed, then do not worry. Let me explain the whole thing to you. Why Should every Site start with a Coming Soon Page ?? Launch Date The primary goal of any coming soon page is to let people know about the launch date of your website. Like if a visitor is coming to your website, then there are some reasons behind it. And you should not display them a maintenance page which does not give them any clue. Instead, you should offer a launch date, and some extra information about your site, brand or product. This way the visitors will not be visiting your website over and over again. Also, they will only come when the website is finally launched and functionally. Ask For E-Mail Address Getting visitors to your website even before launching it? That means there are visitors who are interested in yourWhat Makes Backlinks Still an Important Aspect for SEO?<img src=""><br />Do you know that according to Backlinko, backlinks continue to remain a vital factor when it comes to Google ranking? According to their data, the overall link authority of any particular website strongly depends on backlinking, thus correlating with better or higher search engine rankings. A SERP (Search Engine Results Page) data shows that lengthier content always stands a chance of being placed at the top of the search engine results page, thus ensuring higher ranking and better exposure. What Makes Backlinking Important in Today&rsquo;s Date? As long as digital popularity and gaining enough client footfalls will continue to be a priority for digital marketers of the industry, backlink will continue to remain an important part. Here&rsquo;s why: Quality Backlinks Ensure Higher Google Ranking As already mentioned, if you manage quality backlinking to your site at the end of the day, then Google and other search engines will be giving credit to your site, thus, increasing its chances of being ranked at the topmost position of search engine results. This, as a result, will trigger every possibility of making the webpage popular among your target group of users and prospective clients.How to Create Anchor Links in WordPress (3 Easy Methods)<img src=""><br />Anchor links is not a topic that is discussed a lot, but we&rsquo;ve had excellent results with them! Today we&rsquo;ll be diving into how to create anchor links in WordPress and explore why you might want to start using them. From our experience, anchor links can help improve the user experience, make navigating long-form content a lot easier, and even give you a slight advantage in Google. Who doesn&rsquo;t want a free advantage in Google?How to Make Money with WordPress<img src=""><br />Do you want to make money with your WordPress website? Whether you want to generate some side income or make it a full-time job, WordPress offers plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Create and sell products, teach or manage others&rsquo; websites, or just blog; you can make good money from WordPress. Shot for ideas? No worries, there&rsquo;s an infinite number of things you can do to earn revenue with a WordPress site. This list is just the beginning, but it should point you in the right direction. If you&rsquo;re ready to get started, here are the many methods you can use to make money with WordPress. Method 1. Make Money With Any Website Method 3. Make a Membership Website Method 4. Web, Theme, and Plugin Design Method 5. Offer Marketing Services 1. Make Money With Any Website If you just run a WordPress website and don&rsquo;t want to start a dedicated business, there are still ways you can make money! These methods rely primarily on your user base, so if you go this route, make sure to spend plenty of time engaging visitors and marketing your site if you want to make a good income. Alongside other money-making ventures, you can really pull in the cash. The easiest way toWhy You Need To Discontinue Using Nulled WordPress Plugins On Your Site<img src=""><br />We all know WordPress, the software, is free and great for beginners, hobby bloggers, and even serious businesses. The platform is supplemented by hundreds and thousands of plugins, themes, and extensions built by developers from around the globe. There are thousands of free plugins and themes on WordPress, that can easily be used as alternatives to the pricey versions. This makes the life of many website owners easy! But here's the thing, from time to time, we do need to run premium (paid) plugins to get those extra benefits and functions for our site. A good number of users opt to run these premium solutions nulled and pirated. Getting involved in copyright infringement, is, however, outright theft. And this is highly discouraged because it costs your site a lot more than it gives back. Consider motives of nulled software providers Before we delve into the consequences for users using pirated versions, let's consider what nulled hosts are obtaining from distributing paid plugins freely. Nulled plugins and themes are, for the vast majority of times, given out by individuals who cannot be identified through unsecured sites. The sites where they allow you to download free premium WordPressDoes Hosting Win the WordPress Market? - Transparency Report #42<img src=""><br />Welcome to the 42nd edition of the monthly transparency report (for July 2018). In this series, I dissect what&rsquo;s been going on in the business and present it to you the best way I can, along with learnings and lessons that you can apply in your own business. Click here to see the previous reports. This month&rsquo;s report is going to be predominantly positive &hellip; like 95% positive! Which is a nice change from my usual outlook on things going on around me.Busting the security myth: Should I use WordPress for my website? - Help Net Security<img src=""><br />WordPress has been around for 15 years. Today it powers around 30% of the top 10 million websites on the internet. Being such a popular platform, WordPress has been in the limelight quite a few times, more often than not for wrong reasons &ndash; security, or lack of. Though is it really as insecure as many think? If it is really that insecure, how come world renowned names and brands such as The New York Times company,, Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company use it to power their websites, or some sections of it? Learning from history WordPress is a free and a easy to use blogging platform, which nowadays is more of a fully blown CMS. The ecosystem of plugins, themes and services built around it has made it possible for anyone with an internet connection to build and manage a website, even if they do not have a computer! This means that many, who do not have any experience and the knowhow of what it takes to run and manage a website, have built a website. Many, who do not have IT / coding experience, have developed a plugin or a theme, and started a WordPress support agency. This ecosystem and the ease of use are the advantages WordPress has over competing solutions. ThoughAutomatic WordPress Git Deployment with Kernl<img src=""><br />According to the most recent Stack Overflow developers survey, over 85% of developers are using Git. While Kernl was originally being developed this was something I kept at the top of my mind. I also didn&rsquo;t want them to install an extra plugin to do so because I wanted the experience for my customers to be seamless as possible. This is how Kernl&rsquo;s automatic WordPress Git deployment was born! Why Should I Use Automatic WordPress Git Deployments? There are a few great reasons to use automatic Git deployments with your premium WordPress plugins/themes. Productivity &ndash; You no longer have to waste time creating a zip file from your plugin/theme, uploading the zip to Kernl, creating your change log, etc. Kernl can automatically do all of this for you. Everyone can deploy &ndash; If the developer has access to Git, they can trigger a deploy by bumping the kernl.version file. The best part is they don&rsquo;t need to know the gritty details of deployment because Kernl handles those for them. Reliability &ndash; No need to worry if you zipped the plugin/theme correctly, removed files that you don&rsquo;t want to be distributed, or named things correctly. Kernl will handle allBuilding a WordPress Website with Gutenberg: Initial Observations<img src=""><br />If you&rsquo;ve been following all the fuss regarding Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor, you know that many users have formed a very strong opinion of it. But, all the drama aside, what&rsquo;s it like to actually build a website with it? As WordPress 5.0 creeps ever closer, I decided it was time to finally see what Gutenberg is capable of. While I had done a good bit of testing (perhaps better described as playing around), I hadn&rsquo;t yet included the plugin version of the editor into my standard workflow. I figured I&rsquo;d start off fairly small. So, I installed Gutenberg on a brochure-style site that I&rsquo;m redesigning. Below are a few thoughts on my experiences, while keeping in mind that this is still beta software that has several bugs left to iron out. A New Way to Work Having previously seen the Gutenberg UI, there were some basic expectations I had as to what I would be able to accomplish &ndash; things that I wouldn&rsquo;t easily be able to do with the Classic editor: Easily rearrange content Create simple multicolumn layouts Reuse customized content blocks in multiple places Suffice it to say that I didn&rsquo;t expect (nor want) a full-blown page builder typeButtonizer Created A Great Plugin Business Boosting Website Interactions<img src=""><br />The following success story comes to us from The Netherlands, where Jeroen and his team are running Buttonizer, a great-looking &ldquo;floating action button&rdquo; plugin for WordPress websites with one purpose: to help increase user interactions and conversions on websites. Jeroen, thanks for agreeing to share your WordPress plugin business story with us! Why don&rsquo;t we kick things off by getting to know you a bit &ndash; what is your background and how did you get into the WordPress business sphere? Thank you for this opportunity! My main focus is online marketing and data analysis. I have studied Economics and not Computer Science, unfortunately. Me and two friends started our own company in web design and online marketing back in 2013. We needed a suitable CMS to work with that quickly adapts to market changes and also has enough options to change the front and back-end. WordPress turned out to be the best option. In addition to web design, we were also constantly working on improving the conversions and interactions on our websites. 2013 was a turning point for the number of mobile website visitors. The only problem was that a mobile visitor was less likely to convert properlyKinsta Managed WordPress Hosting Tried and Tested – Is It Really Any Good?<img src=""><br />Are you looking for the fastest WordPress web host? Would you like someone to take care of keeping your WordPress website secure and backed up? If so, Kinsta could be just the managed WordPress web host you&rsquo;re looking for. But don&rsquo;t sign up just yet! In this review, we not only explain exactly what features you get access to but we reveal the loading times of our test WordPress websites hosted by Kinsta. Not only that, but we also share how those loading times are affected when multiple visitors were accessing the sites at the same time in our user simulation tests. To assess the quality of Kinsta further, we publish the results from our downtime monitoring tests as well. Unlike some other Kinsta reviews &mdash; and other web hosting reviews in general &mdash; we&rsquo;ve actually paid for tests that put our Kinsta-hosted WordPress websites through their paces, using premium services like Pingdom and Load Impact to gather meaningful data to uncover the full story behind the Kinsta marketing claims. If you&rsquo;re not the type of person who&rsquo;s easily swayed by fancy marketing and stylish company websites, then the data in this review will help you make an informed decisionThe Pros and Cons of the Gutenberg WordPress Editor<img src=""><br />WordPress is the most popular content management system(CMS) out there. With more than a quarter of the websites using WordPress, its CMS capabilities are proofed day in and out. Since its first days, it has evolved from a simple blog management system to a veritable CMS that can be used to build anything. Talking about building stuff, if you haven&rsquo;t heard the news already, WordPress is working on a new editor called Gutenberg, which is due for the next big WordPress 5.0 release. The work on the editor has been now going for quite some time and the goal is to provide a better, seamless editor experience to its users, something similar to what we&rsquo;re used to with page builders like Visual Composer and Elementor. The demo has been up already, both as a website and as a plugin. We also got our hands on it and went into the nitty gritty of using it, as an advanced editor which could keep up with the big boys. So, in this article, we&rsquo;ll see how Gutenberg works as a page builder and we will go through the pros and cons of the Gutenberg WordPress editor. But before we start, let&rsquo;s find out more about it. What is Gutenberg? Gutenberg is the name of the WordPress&rsquo;sWhat's The Best WordPress RSS Feed Plugin? 5 Options Compared<img src=""><br />In this post, we compare 5 popular options to help you find the best WordPress RSS feed plugin for your site. RSS feed plugins make it easy to import content from any RSS feed to your site. Depending on the plugin, you&rsquo;ll be able to either display a simple RSS feed using a shortcode or actually import feed items as posts on your WordPress site. Because you can find an RSS feed for everything from blog content to products, this gives you a great deal of flexibility for automatically displaying constantly-updated content on your site. Keep reading for a hands-on look at 5 of the best WordPress RSS feed plugins&hellip; Best WordPress RSS Feed Plugin 2018: The Comparison Here are the 5 RSS feed plugins that I&rsquo;ll be looking at in this post. For each plugin, I&rsquo;ll go hands-on and show you how it actually works with real screenshots: Plugin Import RSS Feed As Posts Free Version? Starting Price For Pro Get It WP RSS Aggregator Yes, with paid version Yes Individual add-ons Visit Feedzy RSS Feeds Yes, with paid version Yes $59 Visit CyberSyn Yes, for free Yes $99.95 Visit WPeMatico Yes, for free Yes Individual add-ons Visit RSSImport No Yes N/A Visit 1. WP RSS Aggregator WP RSSReady for Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0? Tips from WebDevStudios<img src=""><br />Change is inevitable, especially when it comes to technology. What&rsquo;s also inevitable are the complaints, groans, and fears that seem to always accompany any change. Since Gutenberg was first announced, WebDevStudios (WDS) has been preparing for this change, one that we see as an enhancement to the current WordPress editor. At WDS, we are ready for Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0, which means our clients will also be ready. Here are some ways that you, too, can also be prepared for this big change happening very soon. Communicate to Your Clients and/or Team Our client base relies on us to keep them informed and updated. It would be irresponsible of us to not warn our clients of Gutenberg, only to allow them to log into their WordPress sites and suddenly see an unexpected change. So whether you&rsquo;re a developer or designer with WordPress customers or you run a team of content creators, communicate to everyone involved. Gutenberg is coming! Stay informed. Immerse Yourself in the Technology We&rsquo;re sure you&rsquo;ve heard this before, but one of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself in it. That was our strategy with Gutenberg&mdash;hence, WDS Blocks.20 WordPress Plugins for Content Marketing<img src=""><br />WordPress users can install a variety of plugins to develop exceptional content marketing, from creating high-performing posts to tracking campaign results. Here is a list of WordPress plugins for content marketing. There are tools for editorial tasks, A/B testing, visual images, page speed, comments, discussion, and distribution. Most of these plugins are free, though some have premium versions as well. WordPress Plugins for Content Marketing Edit Flow lets you collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress. It features a calendar, editorial comments, notifications, story budget, and user groups. Editorial Calendar provides an overview of your WordPress site and when each post will be published. Drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog. MonsterInsights allows you to connect your WordPress website with Google Analytics so you can see how visitors find and use your content. Track your users across devices and platforms. Get a better understanding of your audience with demographics and interest reports. The page level analytics show you which pages and sections on your website are the most popular. W3 Total Cache improves the userTips to Choose Perfect Theme for Your WordPress Blog or Website.<img src=""><br />We all know that how overwhelmed and excited one is when they are looking for website or blog theme, especially if that is the first online platform for them. WordPress is an amazing yet easy to set up platform to build up your website. However it is not easy to choose a theme quickly because there are so many paid and free themes available on internet today. All those themes are designed with aim to fit your business category. Each theme looks better than the other. So how can you know, which theme is perfect for you? And it is really important to choose a suitable theme because it affects overall performance of your website. From the background colour, font type, font colour and font size to the margin size and widget positions, your website or blog theme will determine how it will appear to visitors. So, the first question that may come to your mind is: Should I go for free theme or paid theme? Well, with 3000 free themes available on WordPress, anyone would lure to go for free theme. But it is rightly said &ldquo;There is no such thing as free&rdquo;. Free themes comes with some limitations like lack of mobile responsiveness, color customizations etc etc.. The main reason for notHow to Use Facebook Instant Articles on WordPress<img src=""><br />WordPress website users are always in search of something out of the box and by aiming to achieve that 90+ Google Page Insight score benchmark is quite possible. Generally, there are several techniques to speed up WordPress websites but among all, browser caching is most commonly found issue during website speed optimization analysis. To monitor and test your website&rsquo;s performance, you can use a number of online tools such as Google PageSpeed Insights, GTMetrix, and Pingdom. They provide accurate results and help you understand where your website needs improvements. While testing site&rsquo;s performance, you may have received warning notification of &ldquo;Leverage Browser Caching&rdquo;. Today, we are going to discuss how you can resolve this issue. So, let&rsquo;s not waste time and delve in. What Is a Browser Cache and How Does It Work? Whenever a person visits your website, the browser sends a request to load assets such as HTML, Scripts, Images, CSS, etc. from the server. The server then responds to the browser&rsquo;s request. Depending on the size of the asset requested and server process time, the response may take a bit of time to respond. It ultimately results in increasedCarrie Dils on being your authentic self, and fearless freelancing<img src=""><br />Today&rsquo;s guest is Carrie Dils. Carrie is a freelancer, podcaster, writer, educator, and web developer. She runs a very popular blog where she shares her experiences as a business owner and teaches others how to build their own freelance businesses. Carrie didn&rsquo;t start out as a developer. She came to it from a far more traditional business &ndash; a local coffee shop. When Carrie left the corporate world early in her career, she visited a coffee shop that she fell in love with, and decided to recreate the experience in her home town. After almost a decade working at Starbucks trying to build experience, she realized she wanted nothing to do with owning a coffee shop. Still, she was able to glean a lot of the details of running a business from the experience. She first realized she was in love with freelancing when a radio station paid her $20/hr to make banner ads. She could work when she wanted, from wherever she wanted, and that was enough to get her hooked. Despite the loving the freelance life, Carrie often found herself in situations where her clients wanted to hire her. However, it was through taking some of these opportunities that she realized just how much it meantChallenges In Growing A WordPress Plugin Business Without Growing A Team<img src=""><br />My name is Milan, and I am the owner of Dev4Press, a company dedicated to WordPress and bbPress plugins development. Dev4Press was created in 2009 as a side project, and a lot has changed since then, except for one thing: it is still a team of one. In this guest post, I want to share my challenges and methods for growing a WordPress plugin. Starting with WordPress I have been developing plugins for WordPress for a long time now, starting way back in 2007. At first, I created a few small plugins to enhance a friend&rsquo;s website. These plugins started to gain popularity in the repository, and that has soon expanded to small freelance jobs, which expanded to even more freelance jobs. I have quit my day job and started working full time as a WordPress freelancer. Freelance work was bringing in money and with it came financial security. In the period from 2007 to 2011, I have created more than 100 plugins and themes for various clients and built complete websites. I was very comfortable with the work I did, and have even started rejecting job offers, choosing only the projects I found interesting. First steps in selling WordPress plugins In parallel, I continued to workHow to Deploy a WordPress Website on Cloudways – ThisHosting.Rocks<img src=""><br />We are living in a tech-dominated world. Whether you sell t-shirts or are a CEO of a bank, you need to embrace technology with open arms. As a business in today&rsquo;s world, it is very likely that your online presence involves WordPress. If that&rsquo;s the case, you might want to opt for managed hosting. This article will help you deploy WordPress on Cloudways &ndash; a managed hosting service. A Bit About WordPress Launched by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in 2003, WordPress has acquired massive popularity since its release. Initially started out as a blogging platform, WordPress now powers more than 30% of the entire websites. Some of the powerful websites that run on WordPress include TED, New York Post, USA Today, CNN, Spotify and TechCrunch among others. WordPress is an open-source platform that aims to democratize publishing. The platform is built on PHP and MySQL. Since it is an open-source platform, passionate developers and designers are constantly improving the platform in remarkable ways. With the latest plugins and features, there are endless possibilities with WordPress. The Content Management System (CMS) will continue to thrive big time in the years to come. ManagedAre Gutenberg’s Bad Reviews a Sign of Failure?<img src=""><br />Perception is everything. And when the perception of your product or service isn&rsquo;t very positive, it can really throw a monkey-wrench into your plans for success (just ask Windows 8). Frankly, it can be very difficult to shake free from this kind of negativity. At the moment, that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re seeing with the WordPress Gutenberg editor. As of this writing, the new editing experience hasn&rsquo;t been merged into WordPress core, but is available in the form of a beta plugin. WordPress 4.9.8 included a call to test the plugin, which led to a huge leap in usage. With that came a flood of reviews &ndash; many of them negative. But how big of a deal are those reviews? This is, after all, a piece of software that is still technically in beta form. Still, it seems like there is pent up frustration when it comes to Gutenberg. One wonders how this bodes for its future. A Long Time Coming Since the editor&rsquo;s first beta plugin release back in June 2017, it seems the whole idea of the Gutenberg project has garnered controversy. Some developers have been miffed by the process for building out the new feature. Others have expressed concern about the effects it will have onGeoDirectory + WooCommerce + WC Marketplace = GeoMarketplace<img src=""><br />GeoMarketplace is a new plugin created by the top rated Developer of the GeoDirectory Experts Directory: Webnware It connects WooCommmerce and WC Marketplace with GeoDirectory, to allow listings owners to sell their products from within their listings, by creating a new profile tab called &ldquo;Shop&rdquo;. At the moment it allows to sell only Digital and Physical products, but the developer told us there are plan to integrate the WooCommerce Booking and Box Office Extensions. So that listings owners could be able to offer online booking capabilities and sell tickets for Events. We installed the plugin on &ldquo;GeoDirectory Experts&rdquo;, our directory of GeoDirectory Developers for Hire, so that they can start selling 3rd party add-ons and or their services packaged at a fix price. Example could be : GeoDirectory Install &amp; Configuration, SEO, CSV files with public listings data (example: All Hotels in New York) and so on. Vendor Registration &amp; Dashboard GeoMarketplace will provide a menu item that behaves differently for different users. It will be invisible for non logged in users and regular subscribers. It will be visible for listing owners with the anchortext &ldquo;Become