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7 min read WPSpeak
AMA | wparena.com | Nov. 4, 2018

Everything you need to know about the Gutenberg WordPress update!

WordPress 5.0 is on it's way in few days. Here is everything you need to know about this update called "Gutenberg WordPress update".

Everything you need to know about the Gutenberg WordPress update!

AMA | wparena.com | Nov. 4, 2018

Web development companies are expecting big updates from WordPress, which is responsible for more than 30% of the entire web. There is something brewing in WordPress, something called Gutenberg. It is going to change the WordPress web development forever! Gutenberg is the new editing environment in WordPress. Web development agencies and plugin companies are getting ready to embrace the big change. Gutenberg is going to release sometime soon with the WordPress 5.0 update. The TinyMCE text editor will soon be replaced with the new Gutenberg editor. The traditional editor that millions of users are familiar with will soon be replaced by an advanced editor. Once the WordPress 5.0 gets released Gutenberg will be the default editor for all the WordPress websites.
However, the new Gutenberg editor is still in development, you can test it on your website in its current state.
As you know, businesses and marketers want to keep content at the center of focus for better customer experience. Thus, Gutenberg is designed to be a content-first and distraction-free interface. Let’s plunge into the Gutenberg and see how it is going to transform the web and serve superior editing experience. If

10 min read WPSpeak
AMA | wparena.com | Nov. 4, 2018

8 Most Unusual WordPress Websites

Here is the list of most unusal WordPress sites on the planet. Learn which sites is the best.

8 Most Unusual WordPress Websites

AMA | wparena.com | Nov. 4, 2018

The WordPress CMS remains one of the pivotal stakeholders in the internet as we know it. Studies have shown that 26% of the entire web is powered by WordPress alone. This staggering number is further bolstered by the sheer variety of themes, plugins and modification options available. Learn more about WordPress sites future. The plethora of customization capabilities WordPress has is bound to give birth to unique, original websites. Let’s take a look at several examples of what WordPress is capable of generating for your business or personal website.
Benefits of WordPress
Before we get into the sites themselves, let’s talk about WordPress and the benefits it offers. It’s clear by now that both casual and professional bloggers and site managers know about this CMS. While that may be the case, we should clear up the confusion and talk about why this CMS is so popular.
Ease of use
The first thing worth mentioning in regards to WordPress is how lightweight, accessible and easy-to-learn it really is. WordPress features a very intuitive UI which doesn’t revolve around coding or programming languages. It’s visually pleasing, easy to understand and most importantly,

I'm Joost de Valk, founder and CEO at Yoast. Ask me anything!

AMA | May. 31, 2017

I've been using WordPress since 2006 and contributing to it since 2007. I founded Yoast in 2010. Yoast now has 50+ employees that serve 6.5 million websites (and many more people) using our plugin. This whole ride still leaves me pinching myself every once in a while, but it's certainly been great.

I run Yoast together with Michiel, Omar and my awesome wife Marieke. Marieke and I also have 4 kids and we live about 1 kilometer away from the Yoast office, in Wijchen, the Netherlands.

I'm passionate about LEGO, open source, open standards and their applications, as well as entrepreneurship in general.

I’ve got my coffee ready, so: ask me anything!


How come you update the plugin so frequently? Feels like there is an update every week :)

via Andrew de Lisle

We do an update once every two weeks in a continuous cycle. Normally we have about 15 people working on the plugin, so two weeks of work is a LOT of code. A lot of bugfixes and both smaller and bigger enhancements.

If, on top of that continuous cycle, we find a bug that annoys a significant group of people, we push out a bugfix. This way we feel you get the best plugin we can deliver you and the test process is limited to a relatively small number of issues. You can understand that if we would do a release every two months, we'd have to test an enormous amount of changes, especially as some of our changes have an impact on other plugins as well.

via Joost de Valk

Hi Joost,

I have seen you almost everywhere, helping the WordPress Community, I always have a SINGLE question.

Any particular reason, you folks uses Animated Avatars? :D

via Mustaasam Saleem

Yes! We use them because they're very recognizable. You'll instantly recognize someone as working for Yoast :)

via Joost de Valk


via Mustaasam Saleem

Hey, Joost!

Thanks for being here!

Question, what are you guys cooking for us at Yoast atm?

via Milan Ivanović

I'm David Bisset - Freelancer & WordCamp Organizer - Ask Me Anything

AMA | May. 17, 2017

Born and raised in South Florida, I started coding when i was in Elementary school on an Apple IIe with Apple BASIC and I haven't looked back since. When I moved to ASP.net to PHP, it didn't me long to find myself using Movable Type as my first CMS. But after tackling enough client projects, I moved to WordPress around version 1.5 and haven't looked back since. Along with WordPress in general, I have a particular love for BuddyPress and have been using that since it's pre-beta days.

I also helped start WordCamp Miami, one of the longest running WordCamps. I've been involved with every WCMIA which has been going on for almost 10 years non-stop (we're just about the longest in terms of consecutive years). We've been honored to either start trends (like Learn JavaScript Deeply tracks or certain swag) or help make existing trends more popular (BuddyCamps, Kids Camps, etc.) We are also among the largest in North America with recent attendance topping 850. I am an official mentor of other WordCamps and also have been helping run my local WordPress meetups for a number of years. Not to mention other meetups/events I help out with.

I've done work with numerous startups and businesses. I currently work at Awesome Motive where i'm involved in building great WordPress plugins, particularly Envira Gallery. I love it there.

Aside from technology, I'm 40, have been married 15+ years, and have three beautiful daughters (thankfully my wife's DNA mostly prevailed).

I love pizza, Star Trek, MST3K, and if you see me at a WordPress event bug me for some swag because heaven knows i am still trying to get rid of all of it from past WordCamps.

Ask me anything!

Thanks for being on our AMA, David!

1) Name one thing you tried to accomplish for WordCamp Miami, but never did.
2) Picard, Sisko, Janeway or Kirk?

via Nemanja Aleksic

1. Making WCMIA more fresh and exciting in terms of formats I think. We've been "stuck" in the same track formats for a while even though we have brought in the Learn JavaScript Deeply track. It's hard to make moderate to drastic changes when you have a large attendee total - lots of people are used to the way we do things and don't like change. Luckily our 10th anniversary is coming up which is going to give us an excuse to do more interesting things hopefully.

2. Hard choice. Picard - because i think i'm starting to go bald. Sisko - Like him, I'm a father. Janeway - i'm into science and discovering lots of neat things that get me and my crew/family into trouble. Kirk - well, not a ladies man but i look good in yellow. And you left out Archer? Oh the shame. I think i'm more like Harry Mudd if anyone here gets that reference.

via David Bisset

Almost forgot: i want to get a WordCamp where the shirts are modeled after 60s Star Trek. Organizers in command yellow, speakers in science blue and volunteers are the "red shirts".

via David Bisset

Morning David!

I'm curious if there is one activity or element during WordCamp Miami that seems to get the best response from attendees. In other words, what do you feel attendees find to be the most engaging part?

Also, the trivia game was amazing this year! I loved that!

via ᴊᴏᴅɪᴇ ʀɪᴄᴄᴇʟʟɪ

1) How do you ace being so unpopular?
2) What do you think the biggest change in the WordPress ecosystem will be in the next 5 years?

via Clifton Griffin

What are the characteristics of the best WordCamp talks you see? What do you wish more people would do?

via Matt Mullenweg

I'm Carrie Dils, WordPress instructor and podcaster. Ask me anything!

AMA | May. 3, 2017

I've had a long and winding journey from a freelance web designer in the late 90's to an independent web developer focused on WordPress at present. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I've learned that I thrive when I can help empower other people with knowledge. To that end, I:

* teach front-end web development, WordPress, and the Genesis Framework on Lynda.com / LinkedIN Learning
* help organize and volunteer at local WP community events
* travel the US speaking at WordCamps (one of these days I'll get out of the country)
* host a podcast for freelancers and creatives who work with WordPress
* writing a "real world survival guide" for new freelancers

When I'm not in front of my computer, I'm hanging out with my two rescue labradors, nursing a craft beer, and enjoying good food with my husband, Dave. I occasionally pretend to be athletic.

I'm armed with coffee and a laptop. Ask me anything!

How's the book writing process going? What was harder than you expected and what was easier?

via Joe Casabona

Hi Carrie,

Thanks for taking time for AMA.

Can you tell us a few big advantages to going freelance?

Thank you

via Bojana Milosevic

Hey Carrie,

Can you tell us what tools do you use on daily basis? Also, if you had a magic wand, what would you change in WordPress?


via Milan Ivanović

Hey Joe! Thanks for breaking the ice here. :)

The book writing process is so much more difficult than I anticipated. Of course it takes time to write, but there are all these other decisions in the mix like:

* will I self-publish (yes)
* will I do KDP Select (this is equivalent to the will I sell in a marketplace that keeps some of the $ but gets me visibility, or will I market myself and keep 100%)
* what's the marketing strategy (I'm working with Diane Kinney, so you know we had to talk about that early on)
* will we offer "packaged" variations of the book (yes)
* what collaborative writing tool will we use (after trying several options we settled on Microsoft OneNote)

Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

I think where I went wrong in the beginning was assuming I could treat the book like a "nights and weekends" project. It needs full, calendared attention just like a development project would.

All that said, Diane and I are still excited about the project and are pushing to get it out there. :)

via carrie dils

Hey Bojana,

You bet. The first advantage is that I'm not wearing pants as I type this from my home office. ;) Seriously though, my favorite things about freelancing are:

* Flexibility of schedule - I can set my own hours. I can leave during the middle of the day to go for a walk and not have to ask anyone's permission.
* Freedom to change directions - Last year I made a decision to stop doing client work so that I could focus full-time on teaching, writing, and podcasting. I'm free to take risks and move in directions more quickly than if I were part of a larger organization.

One thing I want to note, however, is that the best things about freelancing can also be the worst.

* Flexibility of schedule and working "whenever" is great, but it also leads to a lack of boundaries between what is "work time" and what is not. It's taken me years to get to the point where I consciously choose to not work on a Saturday (not answering email, not checking numbers, not even cracking open my laptop). As a business owner, your work is always with you and it takes a certain discipline (that I've long lacked) to set up appropriate boundaries around your time.
* It's awesome to be able to go in any direction with your business, but the flip side is that I bear 100% of the risk. There is no cushion (employer paycheck) to take when my projects fail.

To sum it up, freelancing is amazing and I love what I do, but it's not for everyone. I wrote more on the topic here: carriedils.com/freelancer-not-for-everyone/

via carrie dils

Hey Milan,

I spend a ridiculous amount of time in Google Drive. I don't know if that counts as a tool or not, but it's proved a great way to share and collaborate on documents and stay organized. Also for organizing, I rely heavily on Todoist and iCal.

I'm not doing as much development work currently as I was in the past, but when I do, I'm hanging out in Sublime Text and iTerm.

For my podcast, I spend a lot of time editing Audacity and prepping artwork in Photoshop. The one other tool I almost forget I use until I'm on someone else's computer is Spectacle. It's a Mac app that lets you create different window sizes/positions with shortcuts.

What would I change in WP if I had a magic wand? I think that I would change the current structure of WordCamp approval and support. It's a true labor of love to organize a camp and it's disheartening to try and adhere to a set of ideals that don't take into consideration cultural and geographical differences. I don't have a solution (I'm just here to complain - ha!) but there is no "one size fits all" and I wish they weren't treated that way.

via carrie dils

I’m Adam Warner, Community Evangelist at SiteLock and Co-founder of FooPlugins. Ask Me Anything!

AMA | Apr. 26, 2017

I discovered WordPress in 2005 and have been working on the platform and within the community ever since. To feed my entrepreneurial spirit, I’ve founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provided education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners.

I’m a true WordPress Evangelist in spirit and personality, and that also happens to be my job title with SiteLock.com.

I’m also passionate about my family (including two boys under five), robots, and of course Life, the Universe and Everything.

I’ve got my coffee, water, and a full charge on the laptop. Ask me anything!

How many weekends are you traveling a month on average?

via Courtney Robertson

Hi Adam,

Long time no see :) From Philadelphia I guess :) Thanks for taking the time for AMA

First of all, where are you buying those great T-Shirts that SiteLock is giving away on WordCamps :D

Just joking of course :)

In your opinion, what is the most important trait that WordPress Evangelist should have?

via Aca

Hey Adam,

Thank you so much for doing this AMA!

Would you mind sharing your tools that you couldn't live without?

And if you could change one thing in our Community what would that be?

Thank you so much, and see you on one of the next WordCamps!

via Milan Ivanović

Thank you for doing this Adam.

Let's break the ice with this simple question: Star Wars or Star Trek and why?

I am looking forward to hearing your answer :-).

via Tina Todorovic

Hi Adam,

Do you lean more toward coding or marketing, when it comes to product development?

What tips would you have for a side-gig premium plugin (add-on) to effectively market on a shoestring budget?

How do you set yourself apart from folks who are just in WP for the market share, and not the community? Is there a silver bullet there?

via Ben Meredith

Hi Courtney, thanks for stopping by!

When I started in April 2016, it was two weekends consistently but that soon turned into three. Since January of this year, I've traveled every weekend but three.

I have a wife and two kids and we've had to adjust our schedules when I am home to ensure we have QUALITY family time when we're all together. So far so good and I'm looking forward to a couple weekends home in May.

via Adam W. Warner

We are Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic, Co-Founders of Social Web Suite and HYPEStudio. Ask Me Anything X 2!

AMA | May. 24, 2017

Since we are closing the season 4 of Ask Me Anything series and as we are partners in business and life, it just made sense to us to give all of you something extra, so we will both be here today answering your questions. Our story with WordPress goes like this:

Dejan has been following WordPress from its early beginnings, but he has started getting more involved with the WordPress development in 2010. The first WordCamp he attended was in Toronto in 2013 where Dejan fell in love with the WordPress community. Deciding then to become more active and give back, Dejan became a co-organizer of WordCamp Toronto 2014, 2015 and a lead organizer in 2016, and he has been helping to organize WordPress Toronto meetups ever since.

Dejan wrote a book "WordPress Responsive Theme Design" https://www.packtpub.com/web-development/wordpress-responsive-theme-design in 2015., where he explains how to properly create a responsive WordPress theme. He was also a technical reviewer for the book "Learning Yeoman" https://www.packtpub.com/web-development/learning-yeoman in 2014.

Because of Dejan's love for WordPress, he persuaded Tina to go with him to WordCamp Montreal in 2014 where Tina quickly discovered why everyone keeps talking how awesome and welcoming WordPress community is. Meeting there some serious WordPressers like Carl Alexander (https://managewp.org/members/3698/carl-alexander), Kathryn Presner, Elida Arrizza and Chris Bavota, Tina started sharing Dejan's passion for WordPress and its community and has been involved ever since. Besides volunteering and co-organizing Toronto WordPress meetups and WordCamps (2014, 2015 and 2016), Tina enjoys meeting new fellow WordPressers and spreading the word about WordPress.

As they both share an entrepreneurial spirit they've founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provided WordPress development services, plugins, and the latest one being a SaaS startup.

While Dejan is involved in the technical aspects of their businesses, Tina does everything except development. However, they both have a strong interest in marketing and growth hacking, so they never miss Chris Lema's (https://managewp.org/members/483/chris-lema) talks at WordCamps and they enjoy reading the latest books and listening to several podcasts about marketing and growth hacking.

Dejan is a drummer and likes electronic music from ambient to drum and bass and psychedelic trance! Tina used to play Classical music on her piano and besides occasional trip to rock, pop and soul, that is the music she enjoys the most.

Extra points to anyone who knows of a chocolate that Tina hasn't tried and to anyone who set up a jamming session with Dejan:-).

We love everything WordPress & we have our laptops, chocolate, and water ready!

Ask Me Anything X 2!

Hey friends, great to have you here :) A couple of questions from my side:
- How do you envision WordPress three years from now?
- If you had a magic wand, what is the one thing that you would change immidiately in WordPress?
- WordPress & the community influenced your lives a lot, can you share with others what are the secret ingredients of that change?
- Dejan, what is the electronic drum set that you suggest for beginners?
- Tina, what is your favorite chocolate?
- Do we see each other in Paris? When can we expect you in Belgrade? :)

via Atanasovski Petar

Hey Guys! Love to see you doing an AMA here! What has been the biggest challenge in building what's essentially a social media platform on top of WordPress?

Also - Dejan I didn't know you played the drums - we'll have to set up a dueling drums session at WCUS ;-)

via Joe Casabona

Hey guys,

It is always cool to see a couple that is together bound in work and in life :)

I have few questions:

- As an organizers of WordCamp Toronto, what is your main challenge during planning and realisation of such big event?
- How much is WordPress a part of your life during one day session?
- Since You both play instruments, do You play along together occasionally? :D

Thanks :)

via Nikola Kirincic

Hi you two! Good to see you doing an AMA on here. :)

What's the experience been like switching from client services to product development? Any advice for others considering the same pivot?

And with Social Web Suite, what have some of your biggest learnings been?

via Andy McIlwain

Hi Petar,

Thanks for stopping by.

1. It is really hard to envision the future of WordPress, so I can only say what I would hope the future will bring. I would like to see everyone from the WordPress community stepping up and explaining that WordPress is not just for blogging and that can scale. I would also like to see better (stricter) rules for submitting a plugin to repo and more plugins and themes using API calls.

2. From what I've already mentioned, perhaps the stricter rules for plugin submissions and more openness to submitting WordPress themes to repo are the things I would like to see implemented soon.

3. I can't mention here all the awesome WP peeps we've met during our journey and who has influenced our lives a lot (as we don't have enough time nor space for it:-)) but I just want to say that we've made some wonderful long lasting friendships along the way that we cherish a lot (for example, with you:-)). I believe the secret ingredients for a change are just to be yourself, be open to embracing new things, be willing to learn, and most importantly, don't be a jerk.

4. Now I know we will stay here forever as you've opened Dejan's favorite subject:-).

5. My favorite chocolate is (not-so-well -known) Ragusa chocolate (https://ragusa.swiss/ch/en/our-chocolates/), the Swiss chocolate named after the city of Dubrovnik. Although, I am known not to refuse a chocolate ever:-).

6. Unfortunately, we are not coming to Paris. It is simply not in the cards for us this year. Regarding Belgrade, not sure yet, but I promise we will let you know as soon as we buy the plane tickets.

Hope this answers your questions, as I have to run and answer other questions, too.



via Tina Todorovic

Hi Petar,
- How do you envision WordPress three years from now?
I think it's going to rock maybe more in the way of JS and API's

- If you had a magic wand, what is the one thing that you would change immediately in WordPress?
1. Open wordpress.com to plugins and themes (not only to selected people).
2. Open wordpress.com or something related as a PRO marketplace it can be another source of income to developers, agencies and Automattic too! :)
3. PAID REVEWS for plugins and themes and WordPress.org as an option, meaning free can still be option there but paid can be for developers and companies who don't want to wait 3 months for approval (plugin approval are faster though but there are only a few people who are doing that and they are swamped with work). In order to make WordPress more PRO we can't have only volunteers that will donate their time. We have to commercialize those services same as all other marketplaces.

- WordPress & the community influenced your lives a lot, can you share with others what are the secret ingredients of that change?
I used to be .NET developer and I was going to those meetups and conferences which were boring and people were there just to grab something and leave. Then I came to WordCamp Toronto in 2013 and it was totally opposite. Everybody was sharing everything, even how to become successful and all that kind od stuff and I said to myself this is a community for me (where I feel at home). I think Tina has the same opinion :)

- Dejan, what is the electronic drum set that you suggest for beginners?
Everything depends on the budget. I recommend Yamaha's for beginners and intermediate players and Roland more to Pro peoples :).
Budget kits from Alesis are OK too for the start :).

via Dejan Markovic

I'm Aaron D. Campbell - WordPress Security Team Lead - Ask Me Anything

AMA | May. 10, 2017

Born and raised in San Diego, I now live in small town Oklahoma. Even after being here nearly four years, the small town thing still feels like a bit of a shock.

I started writing computer code about 26 years ago in 1991. Open source BASIC games that shipped with MS-DOS were where I started and I still think that open source and an open web are absolutely important to the human race as we move forward (big claim I know, but it's true). It's a large part of what motivated me to start contributing to WordPress just over a decade ago, and what has slowly moved to where I am today – funded by GoDaddy to work full time on the WordPress project.

Aside from technology, I'm 35, have been married 17 years, and have a 13 year old son. We live on a large piece of land, that used to be a kids camp, where I go hiking and fishing, ride motorcycles, and even canoe with my son. You should come to Camp Press and check it out.

I love beer and I love coffee. I'm a bit of a snob about both, but I'm okay with that. And now that I have my second cup of coffee in my hand...

Ask me anything!

Hi Aaron, thanks for being on our AMA!

- What's the daily routine like of a WordPress Security Tzar?
- How did you get into contributing to WordPress?
- How much are your kids in touch with technology?

via Nemanja Aleksic

I'm not sure there really is a "daily routine", although one can dream. If we're nearing a security release, much of my time is probably spent making sure every item going into that release has an owner, checking in with them regularly, testing patches, and generally coordinating between all the people involved.

Between releases I might be coordinating with hosts to try to get data about various issues we're working on, working with reporters to coordinate disclosure times, addressing people's concerns about specific issues when they're brought to my attention, or working to set up the tools and processes that we need to continue to scale our team.


Before I started contributing to WordPress, I started using it for client projects. It was open source, which was important to me for flexibility and control as well as for learning from it and once a project was done it was simple enough that the client could run the site on their own. Even back in 2005. My first contribution actually came as a result of a bug I found while working on a client site. I opened a Trac ticket, submitted a patch, my code was added to core, and I was HOOKED. I've been contributing regularly ever since.


My son is like most teenagers I think. He's not particularly interested in doing what dad does but he's also completely addicted to his phone, his laptop, and his video games. It's weird to think that he considers himself to be not very technical, yet daily uses a touch screen phone to stream movies out of the ether. His generation definitely has a different baseline for technology, and it's really quite exciting.

via Aaron D. Campbell

Hey Aaron,

It was great meeting you at WCCHI (finally:-)) and thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to answer the questions here.

What are the podcasts and/or news sites that you like to read and listen to?

Have you ever tried an espresso from the Jura coffee machine (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jura_Elektroapparate)? If you haven't I really recommend it. No matter which coffee beans you put into Jura the coffee tastes amazing.

I am looking forward to Camp Press & for trying out some Oklahoma beers:-).



via Tina Todorovic

Hey Tina, it was great to finally meet you too!

I don't do a lot of podcasts, but I never miss Post Status Draft (poststatus.com/category/draft/) although I often catch up in marathons when driving. I also like to listen to Office Hours FM (officehours.fm/podcast/) when I can, and recently discovered Developer Tea which I want to start listening to (spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea).

I have not tried the Jura, but now I'm going to have to! I will say that I miss having access to the commercial espresso machine at my friend's coffee shop in Phoenix. A quality machine makes a huge difference for espresso. It's part of why I do french press or chemex at home :-)

via Aaron D. Campbell

Hey Aaron,

It was great running into you at WCCHI.

Does security team have any plans for the implementation of security checks for plugins that are submitted to wordpress.org?

I am looking forward to seeing you again at Camp Press (if not earlier).



via Dejan Markovic

Hey Dejan, it was fun hanging out a little bit in Chicago!

At the moment there's no plan to implement any kind of automated security checks into the plugin repository. It's been talked about, and it's something that I'm interested in personally, but it will also require a lot of careful planning and a needs to have a really great UX that goes beyond simply alerting you to potential issues. Static analyzers still return a lot of false positives, so guiding a developer through the process of identifying whether the issue is real and giving them a way to continue if it isn't – these are just a couple of the things that need to be solved before we ever start implementing.

Something we are definitely interested in doing in the near future though, is starting to extend out and have our security team cover some of the most popular plugins as well. Offering assistance and expertise first, and eventually maybe even allow reports to come directly to us. Assuming it works out well, we'll continue to extend our umbrella out over more and more plugins. It's really quite exciting. No one uses WordPress without plugins and themes, so keeping those plugins secure will help secure our users in a very direct way!

via Aaron D. Campbell