Top ArticlesManageWP.orgWordPress 5.0 Is Out! This Ultimate Cheat Sheet Has All You Need to Know About It<img src=""><br />The day has come! If you&rsquo;ve been to your WordPress dashboard today, you&rsquo;ve likely noticed a new (major) update waiting for you &hellip; yes, WordPress 5.0 has landed! ✈️ Here&rsquo;s what to make of it, and especially if you haven&rsquo;t followed all the 5.0 hype for the last year or so. But even if you have, this handy cheat sheet will provide you with an overview of what has changed in WordPress 5.0 and how to best take advantage of the new features. This is your cut-out-&lsquo;n-keep WordPress 5.0 cheat sheet. ✂️How to Display Dynamic Sidebars and Widgets to Reduce Bounce Rate<img src=""><br />Today we&rsquo;ll be diving into the topic of dynamic sidebars and widgets (those that are content-relevant); more importantly how they can help reduce your site&rsquo;s bounce rate and in turn improve your chances for a conversion. We&rsquo;ll show you how to create a sidebar, along with widgets that show your visitors exactly what they want to see based on the topic or content of the current page or post. What Is Bounce Rate? Before I show you how to reduce bounce rate by displaying content-relevant sidebars and widgets, let&rsquo;s first define bounce rate. Bounce rate refers to the percentage of site visitors who enter and leave rather than staying to explore other pages on your website. To reduce bounce rate you need to increase engagement, and this tells you much about your site&rsquo;s usability. When a visitor finds your content useful, they stay and are willing to explore the site for even more useful content. This, in turn, gives you a higher conversion rate. The longer your visitors stay on your site, the greater the likelihood for more sales, sign-ups, and ad revenue. Of course, you want them to stay longer, so you must have something that will stop them from leaving tooWordPress 5.0 RC Available, Classic Editor Usable Until 2022, Gutenberg Accessibility<img src=""><br />Hey WordPress fans, this is our last monthly news roundup of this year. In the next one, we will be changing one digit. And so is WordPress, with WordPress 5.0 almost ready to go live, after being delayed a couple of times. But at least we have a release candidate right now. In addition to this big fuss around the date when WordPress 5.0 will finally land, the Gutenberg team gets the accessibility issues fixed, the Classic Editor plugin receives support until at least the end of 2021, and adds an activity timeline feature. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, we have many more interesting stories to share with you today, so stick around. And as always, we also have a bunch of nice guides and tutorials so you won&rsquo;t leave our December 2018 WordPress News roundup without learning something new. December 2018 WordPress News with CodeinWP WordPress 5.0 Release Candidate (1 and 2) What could have been the genuine WordPress 5.0 turned out to be only its release candidate. Why? Because the official WordPress 5.0 was postponed from November 27th to a currently unknown date on the grounds that the release candidate needs more time to be fully tested. The final (real) release13 Reasons Why It's Time for a Website Redesign<img src=""><br />Every year, I like to recommend that clients conduct a website audit or have a developer perform one. The landscape of web development ebbs and flows and the internet changes so exponentially every year with upgrades in both physical hardware and coding languages that there&rsquo;s a lot to take into consideration for your company, your users, and the growth and future of your business. The question always ends up being, &ldquo;Are you prepared for the next couple of years, or is it time for a website redesign?&rdquo; Here are 13 reasons why it&rsquo;s time. 1. Your Branding Has Changed The most obvious reason for a redesign is that your company&rsquo;s identity has changed. Circumstance: You throw some dollar bills at a new logo or a new suite of fancy printed materials. That&rsquo;s fantastic, congrats, but your website still reflects your old logo or brand materials. New identity updates are a great time to unveil a sparkly new website to go along with it. In an ideal world, you roll out everything all at once. But in the real world, you can roll your brand updates out in phases. Either way, get it done; update your brand 100% or not at all. Discrepancies can hurt your bottom lineOur Gutenberg story: Migrating and translating the Weglot website using blocks<img src=""><br />Nothing has caused quite such an upheaval in the WordPress sphere as WordPress 5.0. While major releases are always a big event, this one especially made waves. The reason is that it ships with a much-debated addition to WordPress: the new Gutenberg editor. The editor has come a long way since Matt Mullenweg introduced it at last year&rsquo;s WCEU in Paris. This week, with the release of WordPress 5.0, it will be merged with core and thus become available for all users (except those who opt out with classic editor plugin). So, in short: big changes are coming to WordPress. However, what does this mean exactly for the platform, its users and also plugins like Weglot? This is exactly what this blog post is about. In the following, we will go over what Gutenberg is as well as the main changes and issues it brings to WordPress. We will then talk about Weglot&rsquo;s compatibility with the new editor (hint: it&rsquo;s fully compatible) and underline it with a high-profile case study (another hint: it&rsquo;s this very website). So, if you have question marks about using Gutenberg with your multilingual website, this is the post for you. What is the Gutenberg Editor (And What Does It MeanWordPress Products, Audited: The Case-study Of ‘Elementor Addons’<img src=""><br />Welcome to the first edition of our &ldquo;WordPress Products, Audited&rdquo; series. We&rsquo;re thrilled (yes, thrilled!) to launch this series which will enable us to help WordPress theme and plugin developers to optimize their products (this time it&rsquo;s &lsquo;Elementor Addons&rsquo;) for more sales &amp; conversions in all possible aspects. Motivation One of the key differentiators between Freemius and other popular WP eCommerce solutions that help WordPress plugin and theme developers sell their products from their store is our business model. Unlike EDD or WooCommerce which make their money from selling extensions, we make money only when our partners make money. This alignment of interests incentivizes us to proactively keep helping our partners with things like pricing strategies, business models, conversion rate optimization, marketing advice, branding &amp; design, etc. If we can help a partner to gross more money, we directly benefit from it. As we keep doing those internal &ldquo;audits&rdquo; for our partners&rsquo;, we noticed that many WordPress product sellers are making the same mistakes, when it comes to the way they present, position and price their products,Multilingual SEO on WordPress: 7 Tips To Rank In All Languages<img src=""><br />SEO is hard enough when you&rsquo;re only trying to rank in one language. But add a few more languages to the mix? Well, yeah, WordPress multilingual SEO can feel a little overwhelming. It doesn&rsquo;t have to, though. Multilingual SEO is really just about applying all those same SEO principles and then also following some basic guidelines to make sure that each language has the same chance to benefit from your SEO efforts and rank in Google. In this post, we&rsquo;ll cover those best principles so that you can have all your site&rsquo;s translations ranking. You&rsquo;ll still need to build some links and do some keyword research &ndash; but this guide will make sure Google can index all your content and serve up the right translation to visitors from around the world. Let&rsquo;s dive in&hellip; 1. Make Sure Google Can Crawl Each Language Let&rsquo;s start at the beginning &ndash; you can&rsquo;t rank your multilingual WordPress site if Google can&rsquo;t index it. Services like Google Translate have made it easy to let people dynamically translate your website into any language (kind of like how the Chrome Browser can automatically translate text). Now, that type of translationHow to Use Icon Fonts in WordPress the Right Way (Better Performance)<img src=""><br />Back in the early days, icons were readily available, but implementing them efficiently in WordPress was a bit more difficult. You could get around some issues with sprites, but they were not always a good way forward, and as retina screens started coming out, the problem was magnified (quite literally). One of the most common solutions to this problem is to use an icon font. Icons are web fonts or vectors, so you can scale them infinitely and a lot of icons can fit inside a single file, bringing down your request count considerably. This allows you to use almost any icon you can possibly dream up. However, with this, also comes some performance considerations. We&rsquo;ll show you in this article a couple different ways to use WordPress icon fonts, where to get them, and which method might be the best for your site. Where to Find Icon Fonts There are a lot of great places to now find icon fonts for your WordPress site. Just type &ldquo;icon font&rdquo; into Google will yield you some great results. One of the most popular and widely used ones is Font Awesome. As of writing this, it has 1,400+ free icons, as well as 4,500+ icons in their pro version. It includes icons for just aboutHey WordPress Plugin Developers: Are Your Plugins Really Ready for Gutenberg?<img src=""><br />WordPress 5.0 is right around the corner with the flagship feature, the new Gutenberg editor, set to change the WordPress landscape dramatically. Gutenberg not only impacts how you write content in WordPress, but how developers build plugins for WordPress. Here at Delicious Brains we are working hard on the next version of our plugins, including making sure they are Gutenberg-compatible, but after chatting about Gutenberg the other day I thought it was high time I made sure my own plugins worked with the new editor as well. In this post I&rsquo;ll walk you through the process I took for making Intagrate, my Instagram WordPress plugin, Gutenberg-compatible, which will hopefully get you started on making your own plugins Gutenberg-ready. Things to Consider Although there is a way to completely disable Gutenberg on sites by using the Classic Editor plugin, if your own plugin is used on sites you don&rsquo;t control (very likely if the plugins are sold or available on the WordPress plugin repository) then you will need to ensure it still functions a s expected with Gutenberg. There is also no guarantee that Classic Editor will be around in the future. Plugins can widely differ in functionalityFiltering ACF Content Blocks with WordPress Hooks & Filters<img src=""><br />Here at WebDevStudios, we do quite a bit with Flexible Content Blocks in Advanced Custom Fields (ACF). If you aren&rsquo;t familiar with the plugin, ACF allows for the creation of a multitude of custom meta field types using a graphical user interface (GUI) in the WordPress Dashboard. You can do almost anything with these fields&mdash;from simple text and URL inputs to searching for posts and pages and building image galleries. ACF allows you to power your site with robust customization options, which you can use to create and manage dynamic pages. Instead of being locked into a set of page templates where the functionality and layout are tied directly to the theme&rsquo;s files, building pages with ACF Flexible Content Blocks puts the power of customization into your hands as a site manager and editor. You can add, remove, and rearrange blocks as needed and have full control over the content within each of those blocks. Sometimes, though, simply customizing the content within those blocks isn&rsquo;t enough. Sure, it&rsquo;s nice enough to be able to edit the title of a block or select a different set of Featured Posts to display. But, what if you don&rsquo;t want to have to get thatWordPress 5.0 Review: What’s New? Should You Upgrade or Wait?<img src=""><br />Guys, it&rsquo;s happening. Finally, WordPress 5.0 is live for everyone. WordPress 5.0 &ldquo;Bebo&rdquo; WordPress 5.0 &lsquo;Bebo&rsquo; Official tweet WordPress is the most popular and most used website builder out there. WordPress is going through some major changes. Gutenberg is the future of WordPress, and it is releasing today on 6th of December 2018. it replaces the classic WordPress editor with a new block-based visual user interface. WordPress creator, Matt Mullenweg announced WordPress 5.0 plans back in October. Gutenberg brings a complete makeover to the traditional WordPress classic editor, known and used by all today. Matt tweeted about the &ldquo;sitting back and watching the download counter&rdquo; Time to sit back and watch the download counter&hellip; &mdash; Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) December 6, 2018 What is Gutenberg WordPress Editor? Gutenberg is the new editor that aims to replace the classical TinyMCE editor that has been used in WordPress so long. Gutenberg is a client-side interface built up from the ground up with React JS Library. It uses a block-based system for content creation.WordPress 5.0 is Coming! - Can't Speak Geek<img src=""><br />Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, CEO of Automattic, and Lead Developer for WordPress 5.0 said yesterday evening in a post on Make WordPress Core that following no other issues should arise, WordPress 5.0 will be released Thursday, December 6th, 2018. That comes the day before WordCamp US starts in Nashville, Tennessee. Change can be hard. Especially when it is thrust upon us with a 2 day &ldquo;Get ready because here it comes&rdquo; notice. However, a 2 day heads up is so much better than none at all. They could have pressed publish Monday evening and that be it. The notice post was met by some strong feelings on both sides of the fence. I can understand it as most everyone would have been happy if the date was pushed back to January. Plus, December 6 will be a very high travel day for many in the WordPress Community. However, is there ever really a good day to push publish? Isn&rsquo;t it always a &ldquo;here goes nothing&rdquo;, close our eyes, and hope for the best moment. So no matter what, December 6th will come and go and Gutenberg will be here to stay. We might as well make the most of it. Right now Can&rsquo;t Speak Geek is actually using Gutenberg. We decided to giveContexual Optins with Caldera Forms<img src=""><br />Newsletter optin forms are more compelling when they speak directly to the readers interest. This tutorial shows you how to achieve that with a simple shortcode and Caldera Forms. Everyone wants to get more subscribers to their email newsletter. There&rsquo;s so many different tactics from the extremely obnoxious to the completely banal. At we tend to lean heavy on content marketing. We love providing value to our audience through our expertise and insights. We hope that in return for that free content, we might get a few emails here and there. For the most part that works just fine. Recently though, we launched a new product, which means its newsletter list is relatively tiny. WP Business Reviews is a great product and we&rsquo;ve been writing some really awesome content all relevant for business owners wanting to learn about online reviews, SEO tactics, reputation management and more. But we want more people to learn more about it as quickly as we can. So how can we ramp up the subscribers without moving into that &ldquo;obnoxious&rdquo; territory. Contextual Signups Our first step toward more signups is putting the optin form a bit more front-and-center to all our articles.Pagely Security Research, and Disclosure Policy<img src=""><br />This post is about the realities both good and bad that come with the responsibility of reporting vulnerabilities. The long days of summer are gone, fall has faded away and winter is upon us&hellip; reflecting back over the past months the Pagely security team spent some of those days uncovering and reporting a number of unreleased exploits (or 0days) being used against our customers&rsquo; sites. It&rsquo;s just part of the job. When securing sites we see what vulnerabilities attackers are using and how they work, and as an extension of that task, we make sure plugin authors are notified about the vulnerability so they can apply a patch. It&rsquo;s a fantastic feeling when we see an actively targeted vulnerable plugin getting patched and secured, but that feeling only comes after the patch gets applied. Just like the feeling of the first fall colors coming in, summer must heed to fall, to allow the shorter, cooler days to prevail. If we had 365 days of summer, then the world would be a barren wasteland. Much like the seasons, vulnerability reports need to be handled swiftly, before the users of the software get burned by attackers. The time spent waiting for the patch can be stressful,Gutenberg WP 5.0 Release Date Announced<img src=""><br />Based on the stability, testing, and reports on the release candidates for WordPress 5.0 so far, we are now targeting Thursday December 6th for public release and announcement. 5.0.1 will open for commits soon, and will be an area people can choose to focus on at the contributor day at WordCamp US in Nashville this Sunday. As before, if new information arises that indicates the software is not stable, we will adjust or remove the target date. What if I don&rsquo;t want to update on that date, or I&rsquo;m not ready? That&rsquo;s totally okay, there&rsquo;s nothing that says you must update the moment there&rsquo;s a new version released. You can push the button whenever you&rsquo;re ready. What if I want to upgrade but I&rsquo;m not ready for Gutenberg? No problem, install the Classic Editor plugin and 5.0 will be indistinguishable from 4.9.8 for your posting and editing experience, and you&rsquo;ll still get the other improvements and fixes that have gone into 5.0. Classic Editor is supported until 2022, and now allows you to switch between Classic and Gutenberg on a per-user or per-post level. Over 1.3 million .org sites have already opted in to either the Gutenberg or Classic Editor15+ Best Gutenberg-Compatible Themes<img src=""><br />Everybody is getting ready for the day Gutenberg arrives as the default editor in the WordPress core. Developers are either busy adding new functionality to their themes () or engaged in building completely new Gutenberg-compatible themes from scratch. Most people are at least skeptical about switching to this forthcoming editor, but we all need to embrace the change sooner or later.Welcome WordPress 5.0, We’re 100% Ready For You (Elementor)<img src=""><br />WordPress 5.0 is officially here &ndash; and I&rsquo;m happy to say we&rsquo;ve got every Elementor user completely covered! The Elementor team is glad to welcome WordPress 5.0. I&rsquo;m writing this post for three reasons: First, to congratulate the WordPress team and thank them for all the hard work. Second, to reassure our users that everything is working perfectly and seamlessly in Elementor with regards to WordPress 5.0. Finally, I want to answer every question or concern you might have about WP v5.0. I know that WordPress 5.0, AKA the Gutenberg editor, might be somewhat intimidating for many WordPress users. Gutenberg naturally raises questions and concerns, some directly related to Elementor. If you&rsquo;ve been following our blog, you know our development team have been busy making all the preparation for a seamless and complete Elementor + Gutenberg compatibility. We previously released several compatibility updates for Gutenberg &amp; WordPress 5.0, and I can safely say that Elementor is 100% compatible with 5.0. When you open the new WordPress editor, you&rsquo;ll notice the familiar &lsquo;Edit with Elementor&rsquo; button at the top of the editor. This let&rsquo;s youDifferent Ways to Integrate and Embed YouTube Videos in WordPress<img src=""><br />No DescriptionWordPress 5.0 “Bebo”<img src=""><br />No DescriptionIs PHP Dead? No! At Least Not According to PHP Usage Statistics<img src=""><br />You&rsquo;ve probably heard about how the new WordPress Gutenberg editor brings block-based editing to WordPress. And while blocks have been much of the focus, there&rsquo;s also another change going on behind the scenes that casual users might not notice &ndash; the Gutenberg editor is built on React, not PHP. That change, along with other shifts in web development, might have you wondering, &ldquo;is PHP dead?&rdquo;. So&hellip;is it? Should we call the funeral home and start the preparations? Well, first off, it&rsquo;s important to point out that there&rsquo;s a big difference between wanting PHP to be dead and PHP actually being dead. People have been calling for the death of PHP for years now (you can find &ldquo;Is PHP Dead?&rdquo; posts as far back as 2011). And yet, PHP still persists&hellip; In this post, we&rsquo;ll dig into the data and show how PHP isn&rsquo;t close to being dead (even if you really wish it were). Is PHP Dead? Only if You Ignore the PHP Usage Statistics Ok, PHP might not be the best or the most modern programming language. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s dead, and it&rsquo;s pretty tough to argue with the PHP statistics here&hellip; First off, let&rsquo;sHow to Speed up Your WordPress Site (Ultimate 2019 Guide)<img src=""><br />We&rsquo;ve published a lot of tutorials over the years with ways to optimize and speed up WordPress. But sometimes it can be confusing trying to find everything you need in one place. So today we&rsquo;re going to share with you everything we know about turbocharging WordPress, over 15 years worth of experience and hard lessons learned, all in one ultimate guide. Whether you&rsquo;re just starting to use WordPress or are a seasoned developer, we promise you&rsquo;ll find something useful in this post! Over 32% of the web is now powered by WordPress. While this is awesome, it also means there are thousands of different themes, plugins, and technologies all having to coexist. For the everyday WordPress user, this can quickly turn into a nightmare when their site starts to bottleneck and they don&rsquo;t know why or even where to troubleshooting. In our previous guide on page speed, we went over a lot of the fundamentals of performance and how it can have a huge impact on the success of your business. But today we&rsquo;ll be diving into applicable steps you can take right now to see improvements on your own WordPress sites. We&rsquo;ll also share some resources that have been invaluableTop 6 Coming Soon Plugins for WordPress<img src=""><br />Coming Soon or Maintenance Mode Page for your WordPress website is a must-have when your website is unavailable. With so many plugins available, which one should you choose for your coming soon page? While each of these plugins can get you a professional-looking Coming Soon or Maintenance page, it is all about additional features, overall use and your level of expertise in the area that should be considered while making your pick. Here are our top six suggestions for you. 1. Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode is a perfect plugin for those that need their page working flawlessly in a matter of minutes. This plugin can be used by people with no previous experience in coding, so it is our pick for bloggers, local business owners, or anyone, really. Everyone can create professional-looking Coming Soon, Landing, Sales or Maintenance page. All features are effortless drag and drop based, so no headaches. Even though it is very simple to set up and requires no experience, it allows the end result to look impeccable. Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode plugin offers a wide variety of professional looking themes, which you can customize to fit your vision. A basePaths to Learning Web Development<img src=""><br />Computer programming is a vast and complex field. For those interested in the ins and outs of engineering, determining a path to learning relevant information can seem incredibly daunting. Even once you narrow your focus to a particular area of the field, there is far more information out there than you can possibly master. Newcomers frequently proclaim, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t even know where to begin!&rdquo; This guide aims to provide direction and help you discover the right paths for learning web development. The Circle of Knowledge Before we begin, let&rsquo;s discuss briefly what I like to call the Circle of Knowledge (aka, the generalized way in which I like to think about knowledge acquisition). Consider the following image: For the purpose of this article, let&rsquo;s assume you are interested in learning to build your first website. In the Circle of Knowledge, the outer edge broadly establishes the topic of Web Development. The inner circles define your level of familiarity with the general topic&rsquo;s more specific subtopics. These interior circles divide your understanding of the larger topic into three sections: topics you know (or think you know), topics you have heardWe Planned Not to Build Another New Theme Ever Again - Transparency Report #45<img src=""><br />Welcome to the 45th edition of the monthly transparency report (for October 2018). In this series, I go through everything that&rsquo;s been going on in the business &ndash; especially the behind-the-scenes stuff &ndash; that you might be interested in. Click here to see the previous reports. Here&rsquo;s the TOC of what&rsquo;s to come: 1. A year ago I said we wouldn&rsquo;t build another new theme. We just did. Here&rsquo;s why 2. Does page speed really matter for SEO? TL;DR: it does 3. What type of WordPress content to advertise on Facebook? 1. A year ago I said we wouldn&rsquo;t build another new theme. We just did. Here&rsquo;s why As I was looking through some of the more popular transparency reports on the site, I stumbled upon this. It&rsquo;s the one where I discussed the future of Gutenberg and tried to figure out what&rsquo;s the best path for a theme store like ours to follow. I concluded that we wouldn&rsquo;t build another new theme, but instead focus on making our existing themes into household names. It&rsquo;s roughly a year and a half since that report got published &hellip; and we&rsquo;re just about to release a new theme. What gives? A couple of reasons: a) I read