In this report, I talk about affiliate marketing tactics, a special launch that I’m very excited about, July’s revenue, and more.
Welcome to the 42nd edition of the monthly transparency report (for July 2018). In this series, I dissect what’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’s report is going to be predominantly positive … like 95% positive! Which is a nice change from my usual outlook on things going on around me.
As a WordPress plugin owner it is nice to see such subject being discussed and dealt with. There are many implications to using "pirated" WordPress plugins, including security ones. Good read.
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 WordPress
Some useful information for when someone tells you that WordPress is not a secure enough platform for their business website.
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 – 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, Time.com, 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. Though
Buttonizer is a "floating action button" plugin for WordPress websites with one purpose: to help increase user interactions and conversions on websites. In this interview Jeroen explains their team's methods so far and what they plan to do to increase their reach even further.
The following success story comes to us from The Netherlands, where Jeroen and his team are running Buttonizer, a great-looking “floating action button” 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’t we kick things off by getting to know you a bit – 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 properly
Upgrade your WooCommerce Store's user experience by adding login and registration modal pop-up.
Here’s a tutorial on how to add WooCommerce Login Pop-up and Registration for Your Store. The WooCommerce Login Popup and Shortcodes plugin makes it possible for you to set up a pop-up page wherein your customers can quickly log-in, register, or even reset password. One of the reasons why you should add WooCommerce login pop-up and registration for your store is very simple: good user-experience. Customers want to act fast. They want to make a purchase and manage their accounts instantly, so you make all features accessible for them in a snap! You let them complete their transactions almost in one page or without having to leave it.
Redirecting them to another page just to log-in, for example, can sometimes be a waste of time. Thus, a login page that just pops up in a fraction of a second can save time. Customers don’t even have to leave the product page and can instantly carry on shopping after logging in. After all, that is what they came for – to shop!
Here’s the Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a WooCommerce Login Pop-up Page
The first step is to add the plugin, WooCommerce Login Popup and Shortcodes. Simply go to your WordPress dashboard, hover over
Proper hands-on Kinsta review with Pingdom tests, Load Impact tests, and other good stuff.
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’re looking for. But don’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 — and other web hosting reviews in general — we’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’re not the type of person who’s easily swayed by fancy marketing and stylish company websites, then the data in this review will help you make an informed decision
Detailed, step-by-step, beginner-friendly instructions on how to deploy WordPress on Cloudways.
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’s world, it is very likely that your online presence involves WordPress. If that’s the case, you might want to opt for managed hosting.
This article will help you deploy WordPress on Cloudways – 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.
Gutenberg is knocking on everyone's door, but is it ready for facing the world's criticism? Let's find out which are the cons and pros of using it, as is.
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’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’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’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’s find out more about it.
What is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg is the name of the WordPress’s
WordPress website design and development agency, WebDevStudios, is ready for Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0. Are you? Here are some tips for getting prepared.
Change is inevitable, especially when it comes to technology. What’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’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’re sure you’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—hence, WDS Blocks.
Faster loading web pages grab more attention and retention than slow loading pages. The logic behind is simple. People tend to spend more time on websites which loads faster.
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’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’s performance, you may have received warning notification of “Leverage Browser Caching”.
Today, we are going to discuss how you can resolve this issue. So, let’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’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 increased
Learn how you can increase effectiveness of your WordPress sidebars.
The effectiveness of your WordPress Sidebars concerns you when you think those widgets you put there should earn you new subscribers, buy your products, or spread your word. After all, what else could be the reasons for placing your e-mail opt-in, advertisement, and social media widgets in the sidebars? (Or perhaps you have other widgets you believe should be worth the attention of your website visitors.) The question is ‘How do you increase the chance of these widgets getting noticed?’ Some of the many ways to increase the effectiveness of your WordPress Sidebars.
Limit the appearance of some widgets depending on the types of post and the pages. This is assuming that there are a lot of widgets you want placed in your sidebars, but not all of them are relevant to specific posts and pages. Therefore, you want those unwanted widgets out of sight, so those that matter have a better chance to get noticed.
Get help from your header and footer. For sure, you know that the sidebars aren’t the only places to put your precious widgets on. Hence, you want to make sure those sidebar widgets also appear in other places such as above and below your main content, so they become
By adding WP-CLI support to your WordPress plugin you'll open it up to developers, power-users, and admins.
Adjusting a plugin, to user’s needs is one of the main agendas every plugin owner has to follow. For a front-page slider that means more color-pickers, fonts and similar visual options. However, if you’re catering to developers, admins, and other power-users sooner or later, they’ll want CLI support. They’ll want to ditch the mouse and work only with the keyboard. Thanks to the WP-CLI project adding CLI support to your plugin is a piece of cake. The eternal GUI vs CLI battle
Let’s get something out of the way: GUI (Graphical User Interface) is not better than CLI (Command Line Interface) and vice-versa: CLI is not better than GUI. People prefer one over the other. It’s a matter of personal preference or habit. “Are they the same, are they interchangeable?” With some compromises, yes they can be but, nobody likes to pick colors in a black&white command line interface. That’s simply counterproductive. They each serve a specialized purpose.
“So why do we need both? Isn’t WP more GUI oriented?” It is, WP is more GUI oriented. But not for all users. Some people use WP in a way that’s more suited for CLI, and
Cloudways - A managed cloud hosting platform is pleased to announce it's redesigned web, blog, and an improved staging environment, affiliate program along with the introduction of Wildcard SSL certificates and startup program etc.
Cloudways with a fresh look, a caring and nurturing Startup Program, enhanced Staging, a new Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL feature, and more. We are pleased to announce the official launch of our redesigned website and blog. After months of hard work, multiple design iterations, and improving UI of all our assets, we are ready to unveil our new look.
Simultaneously, based on valuable customer feedback, we rolled out improvements to the Platform’s UI, enhanced Staging Environment, a new Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL certificate feature, and launched the Cloudways Startup Program.
Cloudways Gets a New Look
Over the years, we were bootstrapping our way to success and our prime focus remained on hardcore growth metrics. We evolved our Platform, introduced new features, improved existing capabilities, scaled our caring and expert 24/7 support team and added new partnerships.
So this time, there was a company-wide consensus that Cloudways needed a new look and a fresh take on the Cloudways brand.
We wanted to resonate more with our audience and better express our key value propositions.
Since we were growing rapidly there were inconsistencies in various Cloudways assets and we
Once you plan to start a website and get a domain then you might not want to stick with the generic page. This will look very unprofessional and even so if you are building a brand. That's why you need a coming soon page.
Today, more and more casual users, developers and business owners are drawn into WordPress. It’s no wonder why it is the best Content Management System in the market today. It is so popular because it is easy to implement and majorly it is open source. You can tweak almost everything if you have the right set of web development skills. So, if you are building a new website then WordPress is the one to go for.
Once you plan to start a website or are starting a new project and get a domain then you might not want to stick with the generic page. This will look very unprofessional and even so if you are building a brand.
A newly started website will certainly not be as you intend it to be and are not ideal. You don’t want people or even search engines to be able to come to your website and see these things.
For that, you will need something to cover up your website while you are busy tweaking and structuring your website. This can only be possible with a Coming Soon page.
What is a coming soon page?
A coming soon page is like a maintenance page but with more to it. Think of it as a teaser for your new project or a page that will excite your audience or potential customers prior
Ever wanted to create a Geo Marketplace? With this set of plugins now you can.
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 “Shop”.
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 “GeoDirectory Experts”, 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 & Configuration, SEO, CSV files with public listings data (example: All Hotels in New York) and so on.
Vendor Registration & 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 “Become
The ultimate list of WordPress stats & data that will blow your mind. For example, almost 300,000 words being written each minute using WordPress.
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. Milan, the owner, shares the challenges & methods for growing it along the years.
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’s website. These plugins started to gain popularity in the WordPress.org 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 work
There are legitimate concerns about Gutenberg - but what do all of these bad reviews really mean?
Perception is everything. And when the perception of your product or service isn’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’s what we’re seeing with the WordPress Gutenberg editor. As of this writing, the new editing experience hasn’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 – 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’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 on
For your podcast to succeed, you'll want to create a dedicated website. Let's talk about how to do this using WordPress and the right podcasting theme!
Podcasting has become a hugely popular industry. This means if you want to build a significant audience for your own podcast, you’ll need to do some groundwork. This usually includes setting up a dedicated website. While you may already share your podcast episodes on a site like SoundCloud or iTunes, a website gives you much greater reach. Plus, along with featuring the podcast itself, you can provide information about your company or organization, share valuable resources, and encourage your audience to purchase your products or sign up to a newsletter.
In this article, we’re going to talk about why you might want to create a WordPress website for your podcast. Then we’ll explain how you can make that site stand out using podcast-specific themes and plugins. Let’s jump right in!
Why Your Podcast Needs Its Own Website
Most podcasters focus on getting their episodes onto as many dedicated podcasting sites and apps as possible. This makes sense, as that’s where people will often go to find new content and creators:
However, only uploading your podcasts to these sites limits your potential for growth. Most provide a very little opportunity for promoting your
This guide on Premmerce.com, it's great tutorial and tool thanks to which you can create your own WooCommerce store for free. Its not advertise, I'm just shere awesom tool
In this guide, we’ll show you how to create a full-fledged online store on WooCommerce quickly using the Premmerce Suite Free. We’ve already described the Premmerce plugin, which contains the WooCommerce Wizard, and have prepared a detailed guide for setting up WooCommerce for you.
Today we’ll suggest you another easy way on how to create quickly and most importantly for free a full-fledged online store on WooCommerce with the help of Premmerce Suite Free.
Download the Premmerce Suite Free
You can download it using the link below: Download the Premmerce Suite Free
Installing the system
First of all, you need to unpack the downloaded archive into your site directory on the hosting and after that go to your site using the browser.
If you’ve done everything correctly, you’ll see the window with the WordPress installer, where you need to follow the instructions to complete the basic installation steps:
Choosing a language:
If all entered data is correct, you’ll see the following page. Click ‘Run the installation’.
General WordPress settings:
Click ‘Log in’ and enter your username and password
Widget Options now Supports ACF Conditions for Widgets, Elementor, and Beaver Builder plus More Updates
Widget Options now supports Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) Plugin! Not just for WordPress widgets but also for Elementor Pagebuilder and Beaver Builder!
Widget Options now Supports ACF Conditions for Widgets, Elementor, and Beaver Builder plus More Updates
Another update has sailed! These updates are for Extended Widget Options 4.6 and Free Widget Options 3.7. First of all, let me thank you all for the continuous love and support. As of this writing, the plugin has more than 1,000 5-star ratings and 60,000+ active installations. I really do appreciate your feedbacks and reviews that led Widget Options to be one of the top plugins. Again, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You Very Much.
Back to the release. This version includes new Advanced Custom Fields support for WordPress widgets, Elementor Widgets, and Beaver Builder Modules. Another brand new feature is the User Logged-in State, which details are explained below.
Read on to check out these powerful features. And yes, these features are available on both Free and Extended versions.
Researchers say the PHP security flaw could leave countless WordPress websites open to exploit.
A severe WordPress vulnerability which has been left a year without being patched has the potential to disrupt countless websites running the CMS, researchers claim. At the BSides technical cybersecurity conference in Manchester on Thursday, Secarma researcher Sam Thomas said the bug permits attackers to exploit the WordPress PHP framework, resulting in a full system compromise.
If the domain permits the upload of files, such as image formats, attackers can upload a crafted thumbnail file in order to trigger a file operation through the "phar://" stream wrapper.
In turn, the exploit triggers eXternal Entity (XXE -- XML) and Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) flaws which cause unserialization in the platform's code. While these flaws may only originally result in information disclosure and may be low risk, they can act as a pathway to a more serious remote code execution attack.
The security researcher says the core vulnerability, which is yet to receive a CVE number, is within the wp_get_attachment_thumb_file function in /wpincludes/post.php and when attackers gain control of a parameter used in the "file_exists" call," the bug can be triggered.
If you are looking for ways to install WordPress with the maximum capacity for both speed and overall bandwidth, here are some things to consider. If you manage to make improvements on all five fields, you will create a faster site.
There can be little doubt the popularity of WordPress has led to a veritable explosion in ways to customize the platform. The concept of a content management system has so many general advantages that it is practically assured there will be a multitude of ways to modify it to fit various specific use cases. Like all websites, even those driven by WordPress, speed, and responsiveness are always at a premium. Even with faster Internet speeds and more powerful mobile devices, all sites reach a point where adding another feature doesn’t necessarily produce proportional advantages. At some point, the law of diminishing returns enforces the concept of “more is less.”
That said, any modifications that improve speed (especially when it comes to speeding up WordPress) and make a site more stress-tolerant not only provide a better user experience overall, but they also create accommodations for more features on both the client and the server layers.
If you are looking for ways to install WordPress with the maximum capacity for both speed and overall bandwidth, here are some things to consider.
On sites with what web hosts call occasional “burst traffic,”
The simple answer is that WooCommerce is for physical products, whereas Easy Digital Downloads is for digital products. But while the above sentence is generally true, it’s also a little bit oversimplified.
By its market share, WordPress is the most popular way to create an eCommerce store. And despite the overwhelming popularity of WooCommerce, there are actually multiple ways that you can use WordPress to create an eCommerce store, with Easy Digital Downloads being another stellar option. That might have you wondering… when it comes to WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads, which plugin should you use to build your store?
Well, the simple answer is that WooCommerce is for physical products, whereas Easy Digital Downloads is for digital products.
But while the above sentence is generally true, it’s also a little bit oversimplified. That is, you can still use WooCommerce to sell digital products, and it’s also possible to sell physical products with Easy Digital Downloads.
Because the answer isn’t always so simple, we’re going to dig into a full WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads comparison in this post.
By the end, you should know which one is the right option for your WordPress eCommerce store.
WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads
There’s no arguing with the fact that WooCommerce is the giant in WordPress eCommerce. Acquired by Automattic for