This isn't a list of "WordPress Celebrities". This is a list of topics that will greatly impact WordPress this year, and those who heavily influence that subject. This is who I'll be following this year.
2018 will be a big year for WordPress. Here's my list of top topics and people to be following in 2018 to stay in the know and some of the most influential things happening in WordPress this year. You might see a lot of lists like this cropping up at the beginning of every new year. A list of “WordPress celebrities” that you should follow. Often, articles like this are just long lists of twitter profiles that are reshuffled and recycled year over year. Why should you follow these people? No one knows! They’re just the people to follow.
This is not one of those lists.
This is my list. These are things and people that I’m personally interested in. This is a list of topics that I believe will be extremely influential in the WordPress space in 2018. Within each topic, I list the people and/or companies that I believe will have strong contributions to that topic. In my WordCamp and conference travels and daily conversations with WordPress professionals, these are the folks that come up again and again as doing awesome work worth following.
So if you’re interested in WordPress like I am, here’s who to follow and why you should in 2018.
Matt Mullenweg came out to WordPress Orlando's meetup for a live Q&A. The community loved it and many questions were answered, with Gutenberg being the top subject.
This evening Matt Mullenweg, Founder, and CEO of Automattic, Inc, attended the Orlando WordPress Meetup this evening to do an open floor Q&A much like a TownHall meeting. There was a lot of discussion about various topics, however, the center of it very much revolved around the new Gutenberg WordPress 5.0 Release. The audience engaging in questions consisted of users, developers, agency owners, and the like so the questions were from various angles. The following is a general recap of the questions that were asked throughout the meeting. Gutenberg & WordPress 5.0
How should Agency Owners prepare for the Future Update?
There are a lot of agencies worried about what will happen to their client’s sites with this next major update rolling out. It was nice to hear from Matt that they have created a Classic Editor Plugin that will allow you to temporarily “Opt-Out” of the new Gutenberg interface. The Classic Editor plugin will allow all non-Gutenberg updates to remain in place after the update to 5.0 but will turn off solely the Gutenberg functionality. This will allow for the time to properly test plugin compatibility, complete the learning curve and review help
A hands-on guide on how to actually use Gutenberg, its strong and weak points, and what's to expect in the future.
Instead, this post recognizes the inevitability of Gutenberg and aims to provide you with a comprehensive resource on how to use the WordPress Gutenberg editor on your site so that you can continue to churn out awesome content when Gutenberg goes public. Whether this is the first time you’re hearing about the WordPress Gutenberg editor or you’re already somewhat familiar with it, this post will help you learn how you can use the new editor to build layouts for your WordPress content.
As a quick refresher, here’s what the WordPress TinyMCE editor looks like:
And here’s what things look like in the new WordPress Gutenberg editor:
It’s more than an aesthetic update, though. Gutenberg is going to completely change the editing experience by moving to a block-based approach to content (more on exactly what blocks are in a second!).
While the current focus is on content creation, the eventual goal is to have Gutenberg “go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.”
That means eventually you’ll be able to build your whole site using Gutenberg, including landing pages and other important content.
When will Gutenberg
A fine selection of newsletters, with a sneak peek that will help you choose which ones suite your style.
Searching for the best tech newsletters to subscribe to in 2018? The pace of technological development can make it very hard to stay up to date (as well as time-consuming). Throw in the tremendous amounts of great content produced every day, and you can really struggle to keep abreast of everything. That’s why the curated newsletter is making a comeback and is so popular now! The concept itself is pretty simple – curated newsletters are just emails that contain a selection of popular, interesting or noteworthy content. Many of the best tech newsletters out there will help you separate the wheat from the chaff while also saving you some precious hours (immediately cutting down your search and scan time).
With that in mind, we have compiled the following list of the 11 best tech newsletters (and web culture newsletters) around. The topics covered in them range from A.I., to the death of blogging (again!). Some of the newsletters provide roundups, whereas others go in-depth on particular subjects. One notable example even takes you outside the Valley bubble to see what is happening in tech in less represented areas of the globe.
Let’s check them out (no particular order):
There are many great reasons to build a new business website. Should you build your next business's website in phases? Why or why not? We look over some of the pros and cons of phased development
When you are looking to hire a a consultant to build you a WordPress business website, you may get suggested to build the site in “phases”. Is this a real thing? Or is this just a trick for a consultant to do less work for the same amount of money? Building in Phases is Good for Business
We are big fans of building business websites in phases. It is important to understand that our approach focuses on your business objectives and goals. We don’t want to build you a website that you can’t afford to market, or one that will just hurt your business. We know before you contact us you have already done some research on what your business “needs” in a website. You want to have your customers do certain things with your website that your current website (if your business has one) doesn’t allow them to do. Whether it be logging in to view invoices, pay their invoices, or even just have an area that is for customers only to view certain products.
Phase I – The Minimally Viable Product (MVP)
When it comes to phased approaches, we liked to call “Phase I” the MVP, or the most minimally viable product. This is the product (website) that
Having a website isn't enough. You need a site that grows your business.
dDo you run a business with a WordPress website? Or maybe you are just starting out with your business, and know that you need a website to stay relevant in today’s world. Either way, a website is only going to help your business. A website can help by simply being an online billboard, or it can be the whole platform your business is based off (i.e e-commerce). No matter what direction you go in, it is important to know that a website is just half the battle of increasing profits & sales. Don’t overspend on the WordPress Website
WordPress websites can range in price depending who you decide to help you build your site, and more importantly what you need your website to do for your business. If you are just getting started and your have a basic business or brick & mortar, a website doesn’t need to do much, so you can expect to spend in around the $2,000 range for a decent, well built and thoughtful website. This will not include content, but any good consultant will at least help you with ideas and how to put in your content.
If you are looking to build something more custom, because you need it for your customers, or perhaps an e-commerce store with WooCommerce,
It's been an amazing year, growing from 30K to 400K in just 12 months. Here we decided to take a look back at all the amazing things we shipped throughout the year, a lot of them thanks to the great feedback we received from our users.
2017 has been an amazing year. Looking back, it is impressive to see just how many features we managed to release in a single year. For us, each new feature is not just another shiny coat of paint. Each feature represents a new way of creation, and hundreds of hours of planning and development behind the scenes. We are proud of every single feature, but especially proud of how they all combine to deliver the full design experience of Elementor. Browse through the months to see just how we evolved over the past 12 months If you managed to scroll this far, you can already guess our underlying foundation behind each of these features: 'Design better. Design faster.' We plan to keep the increase our already fast dedicated pace for 2018, delivering new innovative solutions that will make your work creative play more remarkable and fun
Ionut wraps up 2017 and shares information on their changes to content and products. He also shares the details on a couple of side projects launched in December. ThemeIsle looks forward to 2018 with a few ideas about growing the team and experimenting with the services part of the business.
Welcome to the 35th edition of the monthly transparency report (for December 2017). This series is where I try to share everything that’s going on in our business behind the scenes (at least the most interesting stuff) plus some of my personal thoughts and learnings. Click here to see the previous reports. Despite being a shorter month, we still had quite a few things happen in December. Here’s a rundown through everything, plus my review of 2017 and the plans moving forward:
Getting new side projects off the ground
We launched two small side projects last month, with one more in the pipeline. The main goal is the same as ever – to experiment and learn. We basically want to test out other types of content and see how they can work within our existing offerings.
(1) Our free icon pack – now available to download
We now have our own free icon pack – available at ThemeIsle!
We’re taking things slowly, releasing just 100 icons for now. Since the pack is not that huge, we were able spend more time on making sure that the icons are of really high quality.
The pack is completely free. The icons come in different formats: AI, Sketch, PNG, and
A turbulent second half of the Dumitru Brinzan interview at Mastermind.fm where he openly talks about some very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.
This turbulent second half of the the Dumitru Brinzan interview revolves around his controversial blog post Inside WordPress.org Theme Review Team: Money, Abuse and Inconsistent Leadership. Donnacha and Dumitru discuss the series of events that led him to be the first member of the WordPress.org Theme Review Team to publicly call out the corruption that makes WordPress worse for users but, conveniently, hands a million dollar business advantage to leading volunteers.
We talk about how Dumitru’s background, growing up in Eastern Europe before the fall of communism, imprinted upon him the urgent importance of not allowing corruption to slide, especially in slow-moving, bureaucratic, cult-of-personality situations.
For anyone involved in WordPress, this interview is worth listening to precisely because it is so rare to ever hear an insider talk openly about the very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.
In this report, Ionut talks about the results of the Black Friday sale, a new plugin repurposed to offer free templates and Gutenberg's impact on the theme & plugin industry.
Welcome to the 34th edition of the monthly transparency report (for November 2017). This is a series where I share and discuss the more interesting events, projects, and learnings from the company’s day to day. Click here to see the previous reports. First up, Black Friday… is it something you should participate in? Both from a customer’s point of view and also from the merchant’s?
Well, the former comes down to your personal preference and the way you do your shopping for the year, but the latter is a bit more complicated thing. On the one hand, if you have a product and you’re willing to provide a discount, you can probably make some good sales.
But does the math on that check out in practice? I hope to provide you with some details on that today.
Just to remind you, we took part in this year’s Black Friday in two distinct ways: (1) we had a Black Friday sale at ThemeIsle, and (2) we compiled a really detailed list of the best Black Friday deals for WordPress and “web things” right here on the blog.
I finally have some data on how it all went:
Results of our Black Friday sale at ThemeIsle
This year was the first time when we actually
From buying a new house, hiring and firing employees, raising a family, and a company that's here to stay in the next 25 years with more than 2.2 Million in revenue — Pippin shares it all.
As is my tradition at the end of each year, I’d like to share experiences, failures, and successes from 2017. Previous year in review posts: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.
From a personal perspective, there’s a number of things from 2017 I’d like to share, including accomplishments and challenges.
Moving to a new home in the Kansas Sandhills
Of everything that happened in 2017, there is one single highlight on the personal side of things: getting acreage outside of my city. In June, my wife and I noticed a property for sale three miles north of Hutchinson, KS, where we live. It had 11 acres comprised of woods, tall grass prairie, and plum thickets. Aside from a number of Cedar trees (an invasive species), the property was mostly pristine Kansas Sandhills that had never (to our knowledge) been farmed.
I grew up unschooled on an apple orchard my parents operated and the property included about 100 acres of trees and open prairie. I have longed to be back in the country away from the city ever since I moved away from my parents’ home. I consider my time growing up, free to be a wild child, some of the most important and formative years of my life and I want
I'm happy to announce the launch of Elementor v1.9, which comes with many improvements, including Autosave, and several other UI features to help streamline your workflow. Check out the video we made overviewing the changes
I'm excited to be introducing Elementor v1.9, which comes packed with Autosave, and several other UI features to help streamline your workflow. I know, receiving interface changes can be a tough cookie to swallow.
It might be difficult to get used to the changes, but I guarantee that a couple of hours after using it - you're going to fall in love with the new version!
Today's new Elementor version 1.9 introduces such changes. This is the first time in over a year and a half, that our panel gets a major update.
We are making these changes because Elementor's capabilities are constantly growing, and the interface has to match that growth. To achieve this, we need to continually innovate and improve core elements, to allow creators and designers to stay ahead of the game.
We never cease to add cutting-edge features, while ensuring everything runs smoothly for all users, not only for the current version, but for future versions of Elementor as well.
Every change was meticulously considered from every angle, and was added based on our users' feedback alongside our own vision.
It took us three months to ship the best solution, releasing version 1.9 following extensive testing by our team
In this day in age when when you have sites like WeWorkRemotely which is a job board just for remote jobs, and other non-technical jobs are now 100% remote, do you really need to hire a remote WordPress developer or consultant?
In this day in age when when you have sites like WeWorkRemotely which is a job board just for remote jobs, and other non-technical jobs are now 100% remote, do you really need to hire a remote WordPress developer or consultant? A Local WordPress Developer Isn’t Necessary
The straight up and most honest answer is no. I have worked for many clients that were not in Los Angeles, or even in California. One of my clients right now is not even based in the United States. WordPress developers, consultants, etc. have the privilege of being able to work really anywhere they want. Some of my friends in the WordPress community are 100% “digital nomads”, they are constantly traveling the globe hopping from one scenic WiFi hot spot to the next.
Remote WordPress Developers Shouldn’t Dictate Timezone
You as a business owner shouldn’t worry about where a WordPress developer is located because it is on them to be responsive and mindful of your time. If they are half way around the world from you, don’t let them dictate what time a meeting will happen, a good consultant will know that their time zone is not as important as their client’s. This applies whether
CodeinWP has analyzed the WordPress theme market - see who the top WordPress theme shops are, by Alexa rank.
TL;DR: What you’re about to read is our list of 80 93 100 WordPress theme shops currently in the market, and their rank relative to one another. In other words, you can see who’s on top of the game, who’s growing, who’s declining. The WordPress theme shop directory 2017 edition. This is embarrassing, but I still remember the talks we used to have back in the day (circa 2009-10) when I was part of a design/dev company. We were brainstorming different ideas, and one of them was to transition to building WordPress themes exclusively. I was the one to veto … saying that the market probably isn’t big enough to make it profitable long term.
Yep, that was me.
Anyway, here we are, some years later. WordPress now powers nearly 30 percent of the entire web, and the theme business is booming…
…or is it?
As you can see in the TL;DR note, this is about all the theme shops in the market currently, and the differences in their (estimated) performances.
A while ago, we stumbled upon a really cool post over at WPTheming, which inspired us to create this very resource here. Actually, it’s a continuation of WPTheming’s original list. In it,
A look at how Caldera Forms Pro not only will solve email deliverability problems but keep your branding consistent and looking good.
I, like many people in the WordPress community get very upset when we see WordPress spelled with a lowercase p. On one hand, it’s a silly thing that we’re so defensive about a seemingly small thing. On the other hand, I’m proud to be a member of this community — to have contributed to WordPress core, been a part of WordCamps and the larger community, so yah, I want everyone to spell this community’s name right. Since I was a kid, I’ve had a nerdish obsession with certain science-fiction and with certain types of music. I spent a lot of time in my twenties going way too deep into the Star Wars Expanded Universe in my twenties. These days I’m more focused on the Caldera Forms and Caldera Labs brand and recently the nuances of cross-platform HTML emails.
Don’t worry, I still watched Force Awakens 5 times. But I’ve spent a lot more time obsessing over how to present Caldera Forms and the Caldera Labs — notice we don’t say CalderaWP anymore — brand to the world.
We’ve refined it a lot over the last two years. A huge part of that process of refinement has been how we do business via email. Everything that has to
This is a nice article by Vue.js creator. Its a good read. Here he talks about his life and how and what Vue is for him and what will be.
Tell us a little bit about your childhood and where you grew up.
Okay, so I was born in China, my hometown is called Wuxi. It’s a medium-sized city, which is right next to Shanghai. Actually, I went to Shanghai for high school for three years and commuted back and forth. After high school I went to the US for college. I guess I got early access to computers, but I didn’t really get into programming too much. I was more interested in games, and I did play a lot with Flash when I was in high school, because I really enjoyed making those interactive storytelling experiences.
What was your first programming experience?
While CSS looks simple and fairly straightforward, anyone who embarks on authoring styles for a medium to large product with a handful of intertwined components will quickly realize that it’s a rather complicated beast to tame.
WordPress is undoubtedly a great content management platform and for the many use cases it covers it brings a lot of developer benefits on the table. Among the benefits, however, there are a handful of thorns sticking out and one of the sharpest ones is arguably CSS authoring which unfortunately can’t be blunted by the core team because it’s not inherently a fault within WordPress itself. After authoring more than a hundred massively used themes and a number of fairly popular plugins, the struggles of writing CSS for WordPress are constantly evident. This piece will attempt to identify specific problems we face as design engineers, bad practices and code smells to look out for (some of which myself very guilty of), and some thoughts and patterns on how we can improve the landscape as a community.
CSS is nuts
While CSS looks simple and fairly straightforward, anyone who embarks on authoring styles for a medium to large product with a handful of intertwined components will quickly realize that it’s a rather complicated beast to tame. One piece of evidence supporting the previous claim is merely the large amount of proposed patterns and methodologies on how to organize
Elementor adds a free and built-in Maintenance Mode feature, allowing you to visually customize your maintenance mode pages. The feature presents the Maintenance mode template to visitors, while admins can still access the site. The feature also automatically sends the right HTTP response to search engines, and also allows you to customize which roles have access to the site.
Today, we explain in detail about a new and important feature: Elementor Maintenance Mode. Maintenance Mode is the simplest & most visual way to create under construction and coming soon pages on WordPress. When your site is set to Maintenance Mode, it means users other than administrators cannot use or view your site while maintenance is taking place, or before the site has launched. Instead, those users see a maintenance mode page or a coming soon page, informing them of the fact that the site is temporarily unavailable.
The site administrators, on the other hand, still have access to the site, so they can test it and make sure the site is fixed or is ready for launch.
There are many situation when your site would need to be set as maintenance mode. Changing a site's design, fixing a bug, launching a new site... These are just some examples of situations when you would want to be able to see the website yourself, but present a maintenance mode, under construction or coming soon page to visitors.
To set your site to Maintenance Mode or Coming Soon, first save your maintenance mode or coming soon template.
Next, Go to Elementor > Tools and choose between coming soon and maintenance
"Support net neutrality legislation. I cannot stress how important this is. Spread the word about the dangers of a closed web. Vote with your dollars and your support. Use open platforms like WordPress and encourage others to do the same."
The internet is no longer a toy. It is no longer used only for fun or even simply for research. It is now an integral part of people’s lives, of businesses, and even entire economies. Comedian and science advocate, Bill Nye, was recently speaking about his new show Bill Nye Saves the World. Asked why he thought it was so important, he said: I want clean water for everyone on Earth; renewably-produced, reliable electricity for everyone on Earth; access to the internet, or whatever the future of electronic information is, so that everybody in the world can participate in taking care of the planet.
Water, electricity, and internet. It may sound crazy, but I would argue that the science guy is right. The internet is vitally important to the future of humanity. It needs to be protected, secured, and available. This cannot happen unless it is open.
The internet as we know it started around 1991. Tim Berners Lee, working with CERN, developed HTTP, HTML, and the first ever web browser. The internet was much more academic at that time and looked a lot like the pages of a research paper.
Around the same time, the Commercial Internet eXchange was trying to do something ground breaking.
Working on your new MVP website? Here's how to build it via an Agile WordPress development to squeeze the maximum value out of all the money you'll spend!
7 years ago, I’ve spent around $200,000 on a product that never took off. That was my own money, earned from outsourcing, and I’ve learned some expensive lessons down the road which I’d like to share with you today. Here’s how it all usually begins...
Finding the product/market fit is very hard
You’ve got an idea for a new online business, you’ve set aside some money and you are eager to get started. But how can you maximize your chances of succeeding with your new venture? How can you avoid the mistakes I made without squandering a fortune and actually get nothing in return?
There are many things you’d need to get aligned before you’ll have a successful business backed up by your website. When we talk about complex websites that power your business, one of the most important things here is to find the sweet spot within:
What website features your market needs
What website features you think your market needs
How much you can afford to spend on building the key features of your website
For example, if we talk about an eCommerce website that sells air cleaning devices, you might want to answer questions as:
Does your market require a product
Derrick shares his experience making his first code contribution to WordPress. If you were always wanting to contribute but felt intimidated, definitely read this post.
[To better illustrate our core value of community service, we are sharing an internal post from Senior Front End Engineer Derrick Koo, who recently made his first code contribution to the WordPress project. We hope his story encourages more people who are “on the fence” about contributing to take the plunge and start giving back to the WordPress community. —Jake Goldman, President & Founder] Contributing code to WordPress Core can be intimidating for a first-timer. With thousands of tickets out there, it can be hard to know where to begin. With development out in the open, it takes a lot of courage to submit a first WordPress patch.
For the benefit of new and aspiring contributors, I’m sharing my experience making my first code contribution to WordPress. Starting with little knowledge of the Core contribution process, I embarked on a journey that resulted in one line of CSS, and my first Core props.
Find a ticket
One day, WordPress lead developer (and fellow 10upper) Helen Hou-Sandí asked me to investigate a relatively straightforward browser bug in the Twenty Seventeen theme.
Tickets are just bug reports (or potential enhancements) in the WordPress
Here is a list of what happened in the world of WordPress since it's last birthday!
WordPress is now 14-years old. The CMS has come a long way from a simple blog application. Today, WordPress powers corporate portals, social media websites and of course blogs! Despite the challenges from emerging CMS and specialized publication platforms, WordPress continues to grow. The numbers suggest that it now powers 27% of the Internet — no small feat for an application that didn’t receive much love in its initial years. Here is a short overview of how WordPress fared in the last year. And yes, there is a special gift at the end for all fellow WordPressers.
Happenings in the Year!
Matt Mullenweg refused to participate in President Trump’s program of creating a Muslim Registry.
Jetpack ignites controversy with its alternate marketplace for free themes.
WordPress.com Business users could now install third party themes and plugins.
Matt Mullenweg launched WordPress Growth Council to make a tank-tank for individuals and organizations.
WordPress has updated its recommended requirements. The list include PHP 7.0 or higher, MySQL 5.6 (or MariaDB 10.0) and HTTPS support.
WooCommerce undergoes a brand reorganization as WooThemes redirects
Let's Encrypt has announced wildcard SSLs starting in January of 2018.
Let’s Encrypt will begin issuing wildcard certificates in January of 2018. Wildcard certificates are a commonly requested feature and we understand that there are some use cases where they make HTTPS deployment easier. Our hope is that offering wildcards will help to accelerate the Web’s progress towards 100% HTTPS. Let’s Encrypt is currently securing 47 million domains via our fully automated DV certificate issuance and management API. This has contributed heavily to the Web going from 40% to 58% encrypted page loads since Let’s Encrypt’s service became available in December 2015. If you’re excited about wildcard availability and our mission to get to a 100% encrypted Web, we ask that you contribute to our summer fundraising campaign.
A wildcard certificate can secure any number of subdomains of a base domain (e.g. *.example.com). This allows administrators to use a single certificate and key pair for a domain and all of its subdomains, which can make HTTPS deployment significantly easier.
Wildcard certificates will be offered free of charge via our upcoming ACME v2 API endpoint. We will initially only support base domain validation via DNS for wildcard
iThemes announced that they are splitting off the iThemes Exchange product and that Exchange will have a new home at ExchangeWP.com beginning in August. It will be interesting to see how the new owners position and develop Exchange. I wish them well.
Four years ago this month, we launched iThemes Exchange, our WordPress e-commerce plugin, with the goal of simplifying e-commerce. Since then, we’ve launched countless new features and add-ons and served and supported our community through the project. iThemes Exchange has been a project we’ve been very passionate about and one I’m very proud of, but we have not been able to devote the resources or time to Exchange that it deserves to grow, despite continuing to maintain and support it as we do all of our products for the last 4 years.
This is a bittersweet moment for us, but we’ve made the decision to refocus our time and efforts on other key projects at iThemes (namely, iThemes Security, iThemes Sync and BackupBuddy, and a new project we’ll be announcing soon) … and will be turning the iThemes Exchange project over to a very competent leader and long-time WordPress community member, AJ Morris, and his team at ExchangeWP.com in early August 2017.
What does this mean for you? Here are some answers to questions you might have about iThemes Exchange and its future:
When will iThemes Exchange officially move ExchangeWP.com?
Early August 2017.