Need to get control over your WordPress sites social schedule? Check out the in-depth overview of an all-in-one social media platform deeply integrated with WordPress from BobWP and why he started using Social Web Suite. There is also an awesome video, too.
I write about a lot of WordPress plugins and services on this site, but rarely does it work to write about one at the point that I am starting to use it myself. I have also written a lot about social. I’ve talked about it and shared my own strategies around the scheduling of social. Through testing, I’ve found what works and what doesn’t and have crafted that part of my business slowly and successfully.
I’ve shared plenty about the tools I use. For scheduling, it has been CoSchedule for quite some time. In fact, since August 2015.
But it’s time for a change.
Along Came Social Web Suite
If you go to WordCamps, you might have experienced that feeling when you meet someone and you just know… okay, these are good people and I know they are going to become colleagues and friends of mine. Call it my intuition. But that has been the case with Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic from Social Web Suite. If you have met them yourself, you know what I mean.
For quite some time, their new product has been in beta. They were working hard, fine-tuning it before the formal release, which happened this month. And damn, it was worth the wait. There may had been a time
I asked 12 different WordPress product owners for their best tips on how to support WordPress products. Here are their answers!
If you develop a WordPress product, there’s one thing you can never escape: Customer support.
It might not always be fun. And sometimes it might feel like it’s not directly contributing to your bottom line.
You have to do it.
And because it’s something you have to do, you should always have your head on a swivel for ways to offer better support.
What’s a better way to learn than to hear it straight from successful WordPress owners?
To help you offer better support for your WordPress product, we reached out to 12 successful WordPress product owners and asked them about how to offer the best support possible for WordPress products.
What 12 Successful WordPress Product Owners Say About Customer Support
When deciding who to reach out to, we wanted to get a mix of product owners who make consumer-facing products, as well as product owners who target developers (of course, there’s often an overlap between those two categories).
Here’s who we talked to:
Billy Young – Beaver Builder
Bryce Adams – Metorik
A Trio Of Happiness Engineers – ThemeIsle
Katie Keith – Barn2 Media
Boaz Haimovits – Elementor
Josh Kohlbach –
One of Team GeoDirectory main focus for 2018 will be to get as many translation as possible, to go after a wider audience including those that don't speak English.
Join the GeoDirectory translation team to translate GeoDirectory into 20+ languages in 2018! Read on to learn about how you can join our awesome language team that translates GeoDirectory using our cool new Translator’s Handbook. Calling All GeoDirectory #polyglots !
Hello, my name is Ismi Aini, and I do UX including translations. I’m here to support members who want to translate GeoDirectory into their own language. I can help you find your translation team and get your request for validation filled out correctly. In this post I also want to introduce our new Translator’s Handbook where we keep all the resources you might need. Our goal is to help you translate GeoDirectory into 20+ languages this year!
Who Translates GeoDirectory? Everyone!
In 2017 WordPress translations changed completely. First there was a change to the location of translation files, and now the responsibility for who creates the translations has changed, too. Instead of plugin authors, it is now all of us, the plugin users and site managers and everyone together who are responsible for translating plugins into our own language.
It’s a big job, but luckily both WordPress.org and AyeCode are
A new wеbѕitе iѕ a big invеѕtmеnt – which iѕ whу it’s so important thаt уоu gеt the right, рrоfеѕѕiоnаl ѕuрроrt from a wеb dеѕign соmраnу уоu саn dереnd on.
Christie Chirinos is a Partner at Caldera Labs. Christie received her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in information systems management from Florida State University, and is currently based out of New York City where she lives with her cat, Snickers. A new wеbѕitе iѕ a big invеѕtmеnt – which iѕ whу it’s so important thаt уоu gеt the right, рrоfеѕѕiоnаl ѕuрроrt from a wеb dеѕign соmраnу уоu саn dереnd on.
As sellers of Caldera Forms, a product often used in new website investments, we’ve seen how these projects can go very wrong, and we’ve also identified the common factors that help these projects go very right. This is the advice I give to friends when they ask me how to go about getting a website.
Vetting Your Web Developer
It all starts with the right person or firm. Chооѕе the right professional and еvеrуthing еlѕе wоuld mostly run smoothly, lеаving уоu with a beautiful wеbѕitе thаt dеlivеrѕ rеаl rеturnѕ on your investment. Make thе wrоng dесiѕiоn, and you riѕk wаѕting a lоt of timе, mоnеу аnd еffоrt оn something thаt ѕimрlу doesn’t work fоr уоur buѕinеѕѕ.
First, understand the “who” of the industry. WordPress
Business Website maintenance is sold by just about everyone now, and that is fine, because it is very important for any business website!
A lot of small business owners think that building a business website is the end of our story together. However the Internet is not the field of dreams, and software is constantly evolving. So we get the question a lot when offering our small business bundle to a new client, Why do we even need business website maintenance? Business Website Security
One of the most important things you can do for your business is to have an identity, and to hold onto that identity without letting someone else tarnish it. That isn’t a website or Internet thing, that is just business reputation. You want to make sure that your are appealing to your clients with your image and that image does not change unless you need it to. The problem is that the Internet is unfortunately a place where many hackers and other things (like bots) thrive, and they don’t care about your brand identity.
Part of any good website maintenance plan whether through us or someone like WP Site Care is that security of your site is top priority. While hacks occur from time to time, it is about making sure it is not easy to hack into your business website, and that when it does happen, it is fixed as soon as possible.
Read how Jilt is being included with Liquid Web's Managed WooCommerce Hosting to help store owners increase customer engagement to boost their revenue.
We’re excited to be partnering with Liquid Web, one of the world’s most trusted and reliable web hosts, to bring Jilt email automation to all of their Managed WooCommerce Hosting customers. Store owners on Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce plans will get white-glove treatment and have their Jilt account already verified and ready-to-go to start recovering revenue using abandon cart and follow-up emails. Why we’re excited
Liquid Web hosts over 500,000+ sites and owns five of their own data centers. They’re one of the most innovative WordPress hosts and constantly add unique and helpful services like on-the-fly image compression, staging sites, and snapshots of your WordPress installs that you can easily reuse called Stencils. Now, Jilt is included in the cost of the managed hosting plan.
Their commitment to innovating for their customers and pushing the envelope to deliver new and unique services really appeals to us. Just like Liquid Web is constantly redefining what managed hosting platforms can be, we’re also laser focused on breaking new ground when it comes to eCommerce marketing automation. Our goal is to make Jilt the best email marketing solution
Did not know that Christine Selleck Tremoulet came up with the WordPress name.
Want to know some cool WordPress facts? WordPress turn 14 years old today, so we thought what best way to celebrate the world’s most popular website building software than to create a top 25 facts about WordPress infographic. Here are 25 most interesting facts about WordPress that you may not know. You can click on the image below to view the infographic or keep reading the text version
1. WordPress is Older Than Twitter and Facebook
The first version of WordPress was released on May 27, 2003. This makes WordPress older than both Facebook and Twitter.
2. The Name – WordPress
Christine Selleck Tremoulet, a prolific blogger and a friend of Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress), suggested the name WordPress.
3. WordPress Powers Nearly 27% of All Websites
According to W3Techs web technologies surveys, WordPress currently powers nearly 27% of all websites.
4. WordPress Dominates 76.4% of CMS Market Share
According to Wappalyzer, WordPress dominates the content management software usage with 76.4% market share.
5. WordPress is Open Source and Free
WordPress is released under GNU GPL license, which allows anyone in the world to download and use it. The source code is freely
Before building any WordPress theme at VictorThemes we used to make an extensive research about the niche to make the theme more useful. Here I've shared some important traits that a restaurant website must have after analyzing TOP 100 best restaurant and food websites.
Restaurants always make us Bon appetite once we step into their doors. But how to create a restaurant website that makes the visitors feel your food? Restaurant websites are not similar to other business sites. There are certain traits you must follow specifically to create a restaurant website. That’s what we are going to see in this post. These traits are followed by some leading food websites.
As always before making a WordPress theme we make a complete study. For Rodich restaurant WordPress theme after clearly following 100 food websites we noted the top successful traits to create a restaurant website.
These tips to create a restaurant website could help even first-timers to make a professional looking restaurant website. Without further due let’s get started.
Important Traits of Successful Restaurant Website
To Whom You’re Creating A Restaurant Website
Color Scheme For Restaurant Website
Make A Spicy About Us
Menus and Navigation
Important Functionalities In a Restaurant Website
To Whom You’re Creating A Restaurant Website
An interesting pattern we found when we start our studies on successful restaurant websites. All the websites reflect
Agency founder Tracey Halvorsen of Fastspot talks high-end website redesign and development for universities and colleges. Tracey also shares what it takes to grow an agency and what to watch out for along the way.
Whats is like to working on WordPress projects that are $200,000 plus? We have a great and insightful interview here with Tracey Halvorsen the co-founder of Fastspot a leading digital agency based Baltimore, MD. We discuss with Tracey whats it likes to work on large WordPress projects. Fastspot has over a number of years built a great reputation with a number of education institutes which has allow Fastspot to build extensive relationships in this sector. We discuss special requirements connected to working on large educational websites and using WordPress.
Full Transcipt Of This Weeks Interivew With Tracey Halvorsen
John: Welcome to WP-Tonic episode 216. I’m really excited about today’s guest because today we have in the house Tracey Halvorsen of Fastspot.
John: Also want to introduce my co-host Jonathan Denwood.
Jonathan: Oh. Hi there folks.
John: We’re going to jump right into it. And I want to start by saying like, Tracey, people who are not familiar with you, people who are not familiar with Fastspot, give us an elevator pitch of who you guys are and what you do.
Tracey: Okay. So our elevator pitch, let’s figure we’re on a little bit
Many WordPress agencies attest they would love to pick & choose the projects they work on. This is a recipe for how they can do that by turning client work into recurring revenue.
WordPress agencies (and WordPress freelancers) are creative business entities that help provide online solutions and presence for their clients – other businesses. If you are the owner of such a WordPress agency or are employed by one, you know that in order to stay profitable a WordPress agency must have a constant flow of customers and projects, running back to back. Many agencies attest that they would love to be able to allow their team a little breathing buffer between one client’s project and the next. Or, maybe even be able to pick & choose the clients they want to work with by simply saying “No, thank you.” to the pesky ones.
Sure, you could stretch the agency to the very limit and try to finish 400+ WordPress projects in 7 months and then take a looooong vacation, but, have you ever tried thinking about a different, less exhausting, way of running a successful WordPress business?
Let’s dive into some viable options:
Recurring income in WordPress via services
One increasingly common way agencies and freelancers are embracing recurring income is by having their clients sign a “WordPress retainer” agreement. That sort of agreement
WordPress product owners must be able to communicate with users and there’s a great way of doing that, only for some reason, it's not “mainstream ” in the WordPress ecosystem.
Anyone who has ever built a product for WordPress (plugin or theme) and tried distributing it via the WordPress.org repository knows that user emails are not part of the bargain. You do not have access to this direct way of communicating with the people who are trying out and using your product. As a product owner, you desperately need to be able to contact your product users and there’s a great way of doing that, only for some reason, it is not the “mainstream approach” in the WordPress ecosystem.
No Access to User email
That holds true for marketplaces such as CodeCanyon, ThemeForest and others, where they do not share client email addresses with their authors. The reason for not sharing client email with sellers are quite obvious. They simply want to lock you in, and do not want you to engage in any communication via a private channel (email), over which they have no control and through which they cannot charge their commissions ($$$).
With the official WordPress.org repository, the reason is simply related to an attempt to maintain the user’s privacy and to protect their inboxes from getting bombarded by spammers.
While the reasons may be different, the end
The Devrix team explores how to build your agency retainer income.
What are the Retainers? Retainers are most useful for business that need constant development work, but do not have enough money to hire a full time developer. Also, individuals who are likely to need a lot of development might want to have an agency on retainer.
Fixed-fee projects are entirely based on assumptions and wild guesses. Even if you spend countless hours discussing hypothetical details and exchanging emails, you won’t be able to cover every single part of your project. No matter how detailed the specification, there are always unforseen bottlenecks that emerge through the development or testing stage of the final product.
At DevriX, our main goal is to optimize the overall business process through different iterations during and after the initial product launch. We are not just building websites, we provide custom tailored solutions to business needs that are constantly growing and evolving as your business expands.
The industry standard for fixed fee projects is a 2-3 times multiplier due to scope creep, communication overhead, delays, QA back and forth that are unpredictable with a first time client. This is the reason why we are focusing on a stable and simple partnerships
Scott Bolinger looks at the WordPress product space in 2016, and where the WordPress business space may be headed in 2017.
How a "mediocre design" became WPZoom's best selling theme. His very first WordPress theme was bringing in $10k/month.
How a theme with a mediocre design became our best selling theme and how we failed trying to replicate its success. Let’s get to know each other
In 2008 I created a site which accidentally started to bring me earnings of more than five-figures a month from WordPress themes.
As a student at that time, I wasn’t prepared for this, but it seems that exciting things in life often come when you least expect them.
I wasn’t a programmer at that time and I barely could slice a PSD file to XHTML/CSS, but I quickly adapted and was addicted to learn more and more about WordPress theming every day.
In just a month after releasing Yamidoo Magazine, my very first WordPress theme, I was already making $10k/month from sales of just a single theme. So you can imagine how the numbers increased after releasing my 2nd and 3rd themes.
I knew it was the beginning of the Premium Themes boom, so I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to build something big.
Shortly thereafter, I started to bring people onto my team and this resulted in what today is called WPZOOM, a popular WordPress theme provider
Design doesn’t always matter
As a small team of 7 (2 developers) we’ve managed
In this episode, we learn what it's like to start off in client services, evolve into products, all the while growing a content marketing website.
The word of the day is: Evolve. Beka Rice, WooCommerce Team Lead at SkyVerge, joins the Matt Report to discuss the makings of a modern day WordPress agency. SkyVerge is a WooCommerce service agency, the largest developer of 3rd party add-ons in the WooCommerce marketplace, the company behind SellWithWP.com, and they’ve expanded into the SaaS market by forging a new branded app, Jilt.
They evolve — a lot.
So let’s take a step back and break this down:
Content media site
Each forward step is an evolution of the previous, and that’s the lesson that Beka teaches us in today’s episode.
In my opinion, client services life isn’t as linear as it used to be. That is to say, it’s not about filling the pipeline and doing the work anymore. Partly because the market has become much more competitive over time, and clients require a wider range of deliverables. Who cares about designing a website, putting current web technology and social technology to work for it, is the real goal.
Building a smarter, more measurable solution for our client, not just a brochure.
You’re probably going to want to queue this episode
Optimize, Prepare, and Stock - Up. Get your site ready to win on Cyber Monday.
Poor Thanksgiving. Such a kind-hearted holiday is losing its seat as Cyber Monday and Black Friday are taking all the fame out of “Thanksgiving Weekend.” When it comes to eCommerce, though, those top-tier shopping days are the reason for the season. Not only are they among the biggest shopping days of the year, but Forbes is predicting that Cyber Monday 2016 will be the largest online shopping day in history with $3.36 billion in sales, all online.
The term “cyber monday” was first heard in 2005, when most people could only access to high-speed internet at work and so waited until after the weekend to do their online shopping. After ten years, though, Cyber Monday now rivals Black Friday, which sees a decline in brick-and-mortar store sales and an increase in online sales.
Not that Black Friday is losing its clout. The Friday after Thanksgiving is actually the second-place holder as largest online shopping day, having brought in $2.74 billion in online sales last year, compared to Cyber Monday’s $3.07 billion. Thanksgiving day itself also sees a rise in online shopping, especially since more stores are now closing their physical doors in response to sentiments
This article talks about a running Flippa auction about WordPress Plugin business. The free plugin is available on WordPress.org and there is 10 premium addons available. I tried to make it resourceful for anybody looking to understand and buy this business. It looks like a good business. Take a look.
I want to share about a running auction of a WordPress Plugin business. WordPress Plugin now considered as Startup. This Support Plugin is a complete business, with years old track record. As an Insider of WordPress Ecosystem I am planing for a while to start sharing more details in WordPress Business, possibly this could be a new series in this blog, “WordPress Business For Sale“! About This Business:
This is about GetAwesomeSupport.com.
Look at the free plugin at WordPress.org!
Free plugin has some 36,000+ download and 3000+ active install.
How they earn money?
Selling those 10 premium addons.
About This Auction:
The auction is running at Flippa, biggest online marketplace for web asset. At the time of writing this post, this auction was running at $26,200, with 2 more days in hand. Reserve is meet, means someone is surely winning.
Auction Link: https://flippa.com/6410433-getawesomesupport-com
Free Plugin Download Stat: https://wordpress.org/plugins/awesome-support/stats/
Reviews & Powerful Listing:
Financial management has been a struggle for me as a business owner & previously as a freelancer. This is a great article by the person who know manages my business on how to handle freelancer finances properly.
About two weeks ago, Josh and I pulled off Caldera’s first-ever promotional event. While we while we were running around downtown Philadelphia shopping for the event, we had a series of funny conversations about what constituted a business expense vs. what did not. In my mind, the definition of a business expense is very clear. The buckets of expenses that are each of our income statement’s lines live very clearly in my consciousness, always.* However, Josh pointed out something I had never realized before: that’s not the case for most people. In fact, he pointed out, freelancers struggle to understand the financial management of their business overall. It really got me thinking about the WordPress adage that all community members have something to offer, and most don’t realize it. But that’s for another day – today is a quick and dirty course on financial management for freelancers.
The challenges of cash flow are usually the main obstacle to most freelancers. Simply defined, the flow of cash is the money you get and the money you spend at any given time. Automating most of your interaction with your capital transactions will go a long
Logan and I talk about how he's using WordPress & EDD to sell his royalty-free music as well as some tips for recording and how he writes new songs weekly!
Logan and I talk about what it’s like to sell royalty free music with Easy Digital Downloads, as well as the music-writing process, good sound editing, and tips for recording. This is a great episode because Logan is not necessarily in the WordPress space, but he is using WordPress to sell his music. Show Notes
Is it even still possible to make good money with WordPress? Yes, and that won't end any time soon. Our thoughts on how you can still make GOOD money with WordPress in 2018
2018 is around the corner, and as everyone reflects on 2017, you may be wondering how you can increase profits of your own business, or maybe start a new one revolving around WordPress technology. However, have you ever thought about the WordPress economy? Is it still a thing? WordPress is Old
If WordPress was a person, it would be learning how to drive soon, and in the tech community, that is basically ancient. So you have to think with a platform existing THAT long, is there really an economy to be had still, or has it all been done and its now too late?
With the right tools and processes in place, we save at least an hour of time, per staff member, every week. To help make 2018 your most productive year ever, I’ve put together a list of recommended tools with a summary of each and some real-world feedback on how they make life easier.
With the right tools and processes in place, we save at least an hour of time, per staff member, every week. Here’s how… Last month, I was having a discussion with one of our long-term clients and I asked if they used Trello for managing their content creation process.
His response surprised me, “I’ve just been using email for so long I hadn’t considered other options. But this could save us a bunch of time and make collaboration easier!”
See, the problem is, we’re busy.
Really busy. Every day.
And, we’re all trying to do so many things as web professionals — keeping up with client demands, adding internal processes, working with our team — that taking time out to streamline our processes or implement new tools is a big ask.
I know from experience that it’s hard to remain consistently productive when you’re wearing so many hats. But the good news is that there are a lot of us doing this type of work and one of the great attributes of the WordPress community is that people freely share emerging trends, new tools and best practices.
So with that in mind, I went back and took a look at all the tools we use to make
Perhaps one of the only articles I have ever encountered that lays bare the true economics of running a hosting company.
The founders and CEOs of the most popular page builders: Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi Builder, and Visual Composer share their thoughts, and Vova provides some precious advice for plugin & theme devs who want to be prepared for Gutenberg.
I just returned from two weeks of intense traveling, which started with WordCamp Riga, where I gave the opening keynote – A Crash Course On Building A Sustainable Plugin/Theme Business in The Subscription Economy spiced up with a trip to Nashville for WordCamp US. While I’m tempted to write about how awesome my trip was, the friends I met, yadda, yadda, yadda – the usual WordCamp recap – after Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at WordCamp US, where we watched a 15 min live demo of the “Future of WordPress”, I decided that it’s time we covered Gutenberg from the perspective of the commercial products space. Here’s the live demo by Matias Ventura, the project lead:
Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2017Get Link to Video
Since my expertise is in monetization and does not specifically relate to the WordPress editor, I decided to reach out to the founders and CEOs of the most popular page builders: Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi Builder, and Visual Composer.
Luckily, I had spent a few days with the Visual Composer team at Riga, and I know the Elementor team before Elementor was even born. Robby and I hung out together
WordPress entrepreneur Laurent Vergnaud gave great answers and insights about its managed hosting business. You won't guess what's their average answertime... Speechless (Q6)!
We’re happy to interview Laurent Vergnaud from Themecloud.io, the French managed WordPress hosting service (available to French and non French obviously), as part of our series on WordPress SaaS founders: Weglot SaaSy. Q#1: What is your background, what should our readers know about you?
I am the CEO of Themecloud.io, yet another managed WordPress hosting platform. Our goal is to help freelancers and agencies save time and stay focused on their business by taking care of everything from security to performances, automating technical tasks and providing instant expert support.
I have always been entrepreneur-minded, I started working in digital agencies and worked as a freelancer on my days off. When I first used WordPress (after a couple of years using Flash or custom code), I immediately fell in love with it. I then started using it exclusively, embraced the WordPress community and even started a WordPress business to solve the problems I was facing as a freelancer.
Q#2: What’s your main activity within WordPress today?
I mostly work on product design and acquisition but I continue providing WordPress support to our clients and even create a few WordPress sites from time