A wide-ranging discussion, including Mr. Coyier's thoughts on Gutenberg so far.
The ability to influence the web design community generally comes via two very different paths. One is to create compelling content that helps others level up their skills by introducing and reinforcing concepts. The other is through creating tools that allow people to utilize and further hone those skills. Chris Coyier is the rare person who has done both. It all started with CSS-Tricks, the blog/community that helps us learn to do amazing things with style sheets. Then CodePen came along and provided us a venue for putting our design and development techniques to the test – not to mention learn a thing or two from its vast user base. Chris, of course, is responsible (partially so, in the case of CodePen) for bringing both of these indispensable resources online.
I had the opportunity to chat with him via email regarding the origins of those famous projects, the future of CSS, his thoughts on Gutenberg and more. Here’s our conversation – enjoy!
You are, of course, one of the most well-known voices in web design. Yet, according to your timeline, you started out working in software testing and print. You didn’t enter the web industry full-time until 2007. What
What's new in the world of web design for 2019? Check out this guide to learn all about the top web design trends of 2019.
The demand for websites is growing in leaps and bounds every day, and web designers have had to put their best foot forward to come up with brilliant and creative designs that stand out in every competitive field. This cut-throat competition has fathered some of the most creative and innovative designs yet and contributed to significant advancements in technology that have enabled designers to unleash their full potential. In this article, we’ll discuss some of this year’s top web design trends we’ve come through so far.
Top Web Design Trends for 2019
1. Vibrant Color Schemes
One of the best trends we have in 2019 is vibrant color schemes. This year, site owners are turning to rich, vibrant colors to make their website layouts pop. This trend is a sharp turn from the mellow and reserved color schemes that have had widespread popularity in recent years. Businesses and companies have settled on colors for identity and relatability. These firms seem to have borrowed a leaf from Facebook, which is known for its predominantly blue interfaces.
While sticking to one color is okay, most designers have opted for a more vibrant mix of high contrast hues spread all across the
Interview with Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier, co-founder at WP Rocket, on taking a WordPress plugin to 2.6 mill
How has bootstrapped SaaS WordPress startup managed to take in $2.6 million in 5 years? Sabrina Zeidan interviews WP Media CEO Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier.
The facts about WP Rocket, the most successful WordPress performance plugin:
• 750K+ websites are boosted by WP Rocket
• Team of 20
• $2.6 million in 5 years
00:31 $2.6 million in revenue. How did you do that?
5:31 How big is the team?
6:36 How do you hire?
09:55 What's your main channel of learning?
10:42 Wrong decisions
12:25 About the transparency
15:54 Key points of growth
21:46 Channels of acquisition
24:00 Content marketing strategy
24:27 Product is not what is being sold actually
27:20 Multilingual support
31:40 Sponsoring WordCamps
34:58 What would you change?
36:11 Providing more to the existing customers as a strategy
25th of April 2019, WordCamp Paris
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system powering 34% of all websites on the internet.
WordPress has certainly come a long way since it was first launched in 2003 — so too have the WordPress statistics that help to define this powerful software tool. The world’s most popular and widely used content management system now powers 34% of all websites on the internet, but few outside the community of the most loyal WordPress users know the story of how it started.
WordPress Statistics 2019 (Juiciest Only)
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system powering 34% of all websites on the internet. On top of that:
WordPress has a 60.8% market share in the CMS market
WordPress powers 14.7% of the world’s top websites
500+ sites are built each day using WordPress while only 60-80 per day are built on platform like Shopify and Squarespace
The WordPress Plugin Directory features 55,000+ plugins
WooCommerce powers 22% of the top 1 million ecommerce sites in the world
So here it is — the story of WordPress:
WordPress was initially created and developed by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, who were spurred into action when the existing blog software b2/cafelog was discontinued by its developers.
It was clear to both Mullenweg and Little
WordPress is released under the GNU which means anyone can download, edit, customize and use it for free.
One of the aspects of WordPress that can confuse people is whether WordPress is free. The answer can be complicated, which is probably why people get confused. A WordPress site can be free or can have some cost attached to it. But the WordPress software itself — referred to as WordPress core — is free and always will be. And this isn’t just about the financial cost of WordPress: it’s also free in the sense that you are free to amend and extend it and to use it as you wish.
Is WordPress Free? Key Points to Know:
WordPress is released under the GNU General Public License (or GPL), which means anyone can download, edit, customize, use, and even sell the code as long as they release it under the GPL license.
The software itself is free but you might end up paying for:
Updates of premium plugins/themes
In this post, I’ll demystify these questions:
Is WordPress really free?
Why is WordPress free?
Which aspects of WordPress aren’t free?
I’ll explain the two senses of free that apply and I’ll identify the main situations in which you can get a WordPress site for free, along with the specific
When it’s time to take a break from projects, Frontend Engineer, Mike England, enjoys listening to podcasts as a fun way to keep learning. With so much excitement surrounding WordPress, it can be difficult to stay current on what’s happening in the community and ecosystem. Podcasts offer an easy solution to accomplish just that.
When it’s time to take a break from projects, I enjoy listening to podcasts as a fun way to keep learning. With so much excitement surrounding WordPress, it can be difficult to stay current on what’s happening in the community and ecosystem. Podcasts offer an easy solution to accomplish just that. There are quite a lot out there. These five are currently among my top favorites. However, I encourage you dig a little deeper and discover other WordPress podcasts you think you’d enjoy. Your Website Engineer is one of my longtime favorite podcasts. True story: I once drove from the Chicago WordCamp back to Ohio while listening to this podcast series. Your Website Engineer is on my list because it’s not your typical podcast. Instead, it’s more educational. Dustin Hartzler does a great job sharing what’s happening in WordPress. He also provides great tips on plugins, updates, and clever ways to improve your WordPress site. I find that this is a great podcast for beginners to experienced developers looking to learn about WordPress.
As one of the newest WordPress podcasts on this list, Women in WP does an excellent job of sharing real experiences. Running
As it has turned out, this is the biggest WordPress hosting survey on the web. What’s even more interesting is that this one has been running quietly in the background, without any advertising, without even sharing it on Twitter.
I’m afraid it’s this time of the year again – time to talk WordPress hosting! But instead of us doing the talking, let’s pass the mic to our readers, users, and customers. In other words, it’s time for our annual WordPress hosting survey – 2019 edition! ✨
Joost de Valk talks about his recent marketing position for WordPress, the challenges he faced and why he's ultimately stepped down.
I’m going to step away from my role as Marketing Lead. I consider this mostly a personal failure, both in correctly setting and getting expectations and in fitting into another type of organization. Matt and I have talked this through and there are no hard feelings on either side whatsoever. At the same time I’m sad about not having been able to leave more of a mark. Let me explain why I’m stepping down. When I first talked to Matt about this role he asked me to become “the CMO of WordPress”. In my eyes, a CMO is involved in all aspects of a project / company. When I was announced, I was announced as a “change in WordPress leadership”. My experience over the last few months made me feel that while I was doing things and getting things done, I certainly wasn’t leadership. Which is why I want to step away from my role: I don’t want to pretend I have a say in things I don’t have a say in.
What is marketing?
It seems the problem of defining of what marketing is beforehand, is one of the problems of why I failed in my role. Marketing to me is not just the last step of “promotion”, but the entire process of bringing a
Here’s the details on Tickera’s migration to Freemius and why they’ve made this huge change for their customers!
Over the years, Tickera grew bigger and bigger which, as a result, had more and more complicated license handling, accounting, and it simply started to take us way too much time dealing with administrative issues instead of developing more new features. At some point we've started exploring other options but with few strict goals: we wanted to leave our licensing model the same, to be able to transfer all of the existing licenses, to offer our customers better license management and to overall improve the experience for our customers from the moment of purchase until the moment of installing the plugin and later on, license renewal. Guys at Freemius seemed very eager and went above and beyond to help us get onboard. So what all this means for you? What is still the same and what have changed?
What's the same?
Yup, the price is the same. We haven't made any changes to our pricing and licensing models. So, our existing customers will renew their licenses with the same prices and you will still be able to use Tickera on any number of websites with the same license key.
Plugins and add-ons
None of the functionality of Tickera and all of its add-ons has been changed. So, once you update
Vova Feldman talks about how Freemius helps developers maximise their selling potential opportunity on this episode of the WP Elevation podcast.
There are many ways to sell predictable products in the WordPress space, whether you’ve turned your service into a product or your code into one. But when it comes to selling WordPress plugins and themes, are you making as much money as you possibly can? Vova Feldman talks about how Freemius helps developers maximise this opportunity on this episode of the WP Elevation podcast.
Who Is Vova Feldman? (3:10)
Vova Feldman is a serial entrepreneur from Israel. He is the CEO and co-founder of Freemius, a managed e-commerce solution for developers who build and sell WordPress plugins and themes.
It was Vova’s own experience with building WordPress plugins that led to the creation of Freemius. As he explains it, the problem for WordPress developers isn’t in the actual building of products. Where it gets tricky is monetising them:
“When it comes to commercialising code, it’s usually much more challenging, time-consuming and complex. You suddenly need to deal with software licensing, collecting payments, integrating with APIs and so on.”
Self-Hosted vs. Managed Plugin and Theme Sales (7:00)
Freemius is a managed e-commerce platform that optimises
With such a sleek and professional design, Listimia is arguably the best Directory Theme for WordPress ever created. Designed and developed by Addicted2web, powered by GeoDirectory.
We always tried to attract theme developers. We wanted them to build Directory themes for WordPress, using GeoDirectory as their engine. Since we decided to stop developing GeoTheme and we built GeoDirectory as a WordPress Directory plugin. That was one of our original goals.
We have a fairly large user-base that have been waiting for an elegant and professional looking theme for a long time. It is very hard to build something as feature-rich as GeoDirectory from scratch. So building themes for GeoDirectory could be a good business for everyone.
In addition, we are delighted to promote whoever contributes to improving GeoDirectory and making it a better, bigger project.
We were not able to succeed with V1 For a number of reasons, mainly because of a templating system that was hard to customize.
Very few themes adopted it. It took a long time before we saw the 1st theme using GeoDirectory V1 to serve its directory section.
GeoDIrectory V2 appears to start with the right foot.
Listimia is a sleek and pixel perfect WordPress Directory theme by Addicted2web. Originally built for the script phpmydirectory. It is now introduced in its WordPress version, powered by GeoDirectory.
How Much Money Do WordPress Developers Make? That and More Insights on the Life of a WordPress Developer in Our First-Ever Industry Report
Because everyone wants to know what everyone else is earning. Survey results from 420 respondents.
How Much Money Do WordPress Developers Make? That and More Insights on the Life of a WordPress Developer in Our First-Ever Industry Report
As a web developer, there’s always that curiosity about what your peers are up to. Where are they from? How much do they make? Do they work remotely? Over the years, we’ve received questions from our blog readers wanting to know these answers and more so we decided to pull together a little industry survey to find out. We received 420 responses and got some real insight into the careers of WordPress developers. We found out about experience levels, how freelancers are getting clients and much more.
Let’s dive in.
A little over half, 52.5%, of respondents, are based out of North America and 33.6% live in Europe. We heard from people around the globe, from almost every continent (except Antarctica – which isn’t an ideal environment for a web developer; their computer would always freeze ).
Of the respondents, 42.6% are between 30 and 39 years old, followed by 28.5% between 40 and 49 years old. Most respondents, 88.8%, are male.
Almost 35% of web developers who took our survey have 8 to 15 years of experience and 34.4% have more than 15 years of experience. What about those with less experience? Have they always been working in web
We did the research on Support as a Service for WordPress plugin and theme sellers. Here are the pros and cons.
The goal for all WordPress plugin and theme businesses should be to provide 5-star customer support. From a marketing perspective, this is one of the best ways to build long-term customer relationships and loyalty. However, it’s not easy keeping every customer in your support queue perfectly happy – there are inevitably frustrations you can’t always resolve right away. If you’re doing customer support in-house and you’re struggling to keep up, one of your options is to contract third-party representatives to manage support on your behalf. There are a number of ways to do this, including hiring direct support staff, hiring a contractor, and another that has gained traction recently: working with a “Support as a Service” platform. In this article, we’ll go through the pros & cons of working with a Support as a Service platform and when it might be the right decision for plugin and theme sellers.
Before we get started, it’s important to mention that there are a few strategies that will help you minimize your support load before choosing to outsource support. Here are a few to ponder:
Follow these tips for offering stellar support
From 4-day workweeks, fishing tournaments, to building a successful WordPress company! Check out this interview with Adrian Spiac, co-founder of Cozmoslabs.
Adrian Spiac is the co-founder of Cozmoslabs, a WordPress company that focuses on delivering premium WordPress plugins you can rely on. These include Profile Builder, Paid Membership Subscriptions, and their newest success: TranslatePress. Their plugins are well supported, maintained, and used on over 100,000 WordPress sites around the globe. You can find Adrian on Twitter or LinkedIn. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series.
Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I graduated from Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, specializing in Multimedia. An analytical person at heart, I started writing code in 9th grade and quickly fell in love with it.
Unlike other hosting providers, Kinsta doesn't have level 1 or level 2 support reps. Our entire support team is made up of highly-skilled WordPress developers and Linux engineers, available 24x7 to help!
My WordPress journey began around 10 years ago when I teamed up with Cristian and decided to start a web development agency. Due to its simplicity, WordPress became our main focus quickly. The things we learned were shared on our Cozmoslabs blog, which eventually
Are you contemplating speaking at your first WordCamp? You should do it. Use these tips from an experienced WordCamp speaker.
Are you contemplating speaking at your first WordCamp? You should do it. One thing I hope you’ll recognize throughout this blog post is that we all have different perspectives. The different journeys we have taken provide real value for others. So, let’s stop thinking about it and take the next steps on how you’re actually going to speak at your first WordCamp. Content
This is what is going to get you onto the WordCamp roster. Whatever your topic, I urge you to consider the audience.
Picking a Topic
First of all, do not discount beginner talks because you’ve heard them before or you think no one is interested in them. Let me tell you about WordCamp Minneapolis 2013.
As organizers, we put a beginner talk in the smallest room because we made the same assumption—that it wouldn’t be a popular talk. We were wrong. The audience was so large that people were standing in the back of the room and overflowed through the doorway into the hall. Beginner talks are often the best, as there are always newcomers, and you’ll likely bring a fresh perspective to the subject as the presenter.
Besides the skill level of your presentation, think about who it is aimed
Would you like to add Pinterest images to your WordPress blog? Then I maybe have a great solution for you.
Do you want to add Pinterest images to your WordPress blog? Then I maybe have a great solution for you. Pinterest was founded in 2010 and is one of the largest social networks where users can share photos (pins) on so-called pinboards. It is a top-rated network with 291 million monthly active users according to a report from the first quarter of 2019.
If you want to show Pinterest images on your WordPress blog, then there are some alternatives to accomplish it.
In addition to using Pinterest-Style WordPress Themes, there are other possibilities like embedding Pinterest images and using WordPress plugins, and that is the latter option I use in this tutorial.
Of course, there are a lot of plugins to choose from to add Pinterest images to a WP site. But for this tutorial, I decided to use a free plugin called GS Pinterest Portfolio. You can download it from the WordPress plugin repository.
GS Pinterest Portfolio
GS Pinterest Portfolio is a Pinterest plugin that is available as a free and premium version. In the free version, the limited features are customary. But if you like this plugin, then you can upgrade the plugin to get access to more features and more support.
GS Pinterest Portfolio
Checkout these 35+ hover effects for your portfolio website. You can showcase your most unique and creative work with these variety of hover effects.
Do you own a portfolio website and finding the ways to make it more eye-catching to your site visitors? The Answer is add “Hover Effects”.
Hover effects are nothing but a change of elements in image design on mouse hover.
In Portfolio Designer WordPress Plugin, we have included 35+ unique hover effects to make your portfolio more interesting. It will easily grab the user’s attention towards your projects.
Let’s introduce you to these amazing effects. Just go through the live demo link. It will provide you an ultimate experience definitely. Enjoy!
1. Ascot Effect
Ascot effect is a beautiful effect you can give to your portfolio images. On mouse hover the image will be covered with a black layer. You can display title and a small description of your image on it.
2. Codrops Effect
Codrops hover effect enables you to view portfolio pictures in an animated manner. This effect will unable full-size image into a narrow image. You can have a different look to see your portfolio picture. You can find hover effects for galleries, flex boxes and for almost all major types you would normally expect. You can use this effect to showcase your online product items, workplace
Social proof is extremely valuable for eCommerce businesses of all types, but how can the 5 different types of social proof be applied to selling WordPress plugins and themes?
We naturally like to feel validated that we’re making the right decisions. Whether it’s having the right dish at a restaurant or buying the right WordPress plugin for a new website project. When making these decisions, what better feeling is there than to know you’re part of the ‘popular crowd’ who also made the same purchasing decision? This is called ‘social proof’ – a concept deeply rooted in the psychology and behavior of humans and now used as a highly effective marketing strategy. As a WordPress plugin or theme seller, it’s important to understand the various types of social proof and how they validate your customers’ decision making process. Additionally, some ‘social proof’ marketing tactics are easier to implement for startup WordPress businesses, so I’ll describe how each type of social proof can be used at various stages of your plugin or theme business’ marketing strategy.
By understanding how social proof impacts the customer journey, you can build more trust with those interested in your product and increase conversion rates.
Types of Social Proof
There are 5 different kinds of social proof
Our website was missing from Google search results for almost 2 weeks, and in this blog post you can find all details about what caused this penalty and how we fixed it.
In Moldova, Easter is celebrated according to the Orthodox calendar. This year, I took a 2-week vacation with my family and flew back to see our family and friends in Moldova. The night before Easter, on April 27th, Saturday, we’ve been hanging with some friends who were visiting us, when suddenly a Slack notification appeared on my phone. This was probably the worst nightmare one could have on a vacation. It was our colleague Hasan from Bangladesh who noticed the first one that pages from our website are no longer listed in Google search results.
I jumped quickly to open my laptop and check if there are any emails from Google about this issue. To my surprise, there wasn’t anything at all. The website, however, was missing completely from Google.
Only after I opened the Search Console, I found that there is an issue with our website, and we have been penalized for Unnatural links to your site:
I didn’t know how to react, as such a penalty seemed very confusing, knowing that we have never done anything that could cause something of this kind, like buying links or participating in link schemes.
What was more frustrating, is that Google notified us by email about this
WordPress plugin and theme businesses at all stages can benefit from reading this handbook that will help reprioritize your marketing goals.
It’s not a secret that product people, especially developers, tend to focus most of their time & attention towards their plugin/theme, while neglecting marketing. Analyzing the psychology behind it, the main showstopper when it comes to dealing with marketing is — uncertainty. Marketing is widely seen by developers as an activity that doesn’t provide a predictable return. General marketing activities such as having a blog, posting on social media, or sending email newsletters do not have guaranteed results. Furthermore, paid advertising on different platforms like AdWords or Facebook has a Return on Investment (ROI) that’s difficult to forecast, many times even difficult to calculate. These “vague” activities simply don’t compute in the world of development where actions are planned, programmed, and executed to get defined and predictable results. Since no one wants to waste their time and resources towards unpredictable outcomes, WordPress plugin and theme developers invest most of their time heads down, focused on the development of their product.
As a marketing consultant for WordPress businesses, I see it happening all the time. When
Simple on the backend, professional on the frontend - learn how to convert your regular WordPress blog into an app that everyone will love to use
Not so long ago, the only way to meaningfully browse the web was with a computer. Since then, times have changed considerably and today most of us use phones to satisfy our internet needs. Coinciding with this change the market as a whole has undergone a paradigm shift with “regular” sites being adapted with smaller screens in mind. This change was, at first, centered around responsive pages that simply reformatted the site display specifically for the screen you’re using. The next step and one we’re seeing more and more of is not simply converting a site as is, but replacing the site with a native app specifically designed for your phone. Converting one into the other is no small task, but what if we told you there is a WordPress plugin that will enable even beginners to it successfully without much fuss and with zero coding – that plugin is called Movipress.
Simple on the backend, professional on the frontend
First of all, we have to point out that Movipress currently converts sites to native Android apps only. As of yet, there is no option to convert for iOS but it’s coming soon. Also, the plugin doesn’t work with WooCommerce sites, so it’s
Do you know the lower your bounce rate, the better you’ll rank. Let's look at the Step-by-step guide to optimize WordPress website to reduce bounce rate.
If you have a WordPress site and have gone live, congratulations. Most people hardly get started. So how do you keep the visitors coming to your brand new webpage and most importantly, how do you keep them interested? This question translates to a reduction of bounce rate. A bounce rate is a measure that gives Google an idea of your website’s quality. The higher your bounce rate is, the lower the chance of being found on search engines, and the opposite is true. Since you want to have people visit your site and take their time to go through various pages, then you have to reduce their chances of leaving midway.
Your website is only worth if you have visitors who take time to click through the content. This article will highlight how to reduce bounce rate and consequently increase the view time per visit.
What is Bounce Rate?
According to Google, “a bounce is a single-page session.”
A bounce rate is equivalent to the number of visitors who access your site and immediately leave without requesting to load more pages. Every visit that lasts no more than a few seconds counts as a “bounce.” A bounce rate is, therefore, one single session divided by all sessions.
Not just ideas for new ways to spend your weekends; but real actionable stuff
In the middle of a subarctic storm, your water heater calls it quits. Your kids need new braces. Beyoncé drops a new album. You find the perfect couples snuggie set for your pet ball pythons. What do all of these events have in common?
You need money to make them happen.
Enter the side-hustle.
While the side-hustle was once relegated to questionable deals in parking lots with slightly misspelled merchandise after big events, the modern side-hustle is a thing of beauty. It’s lucrative, it’s convenient, and if you’ve got a website, it’s easy.
Today, we’ll talk about a few actionable website ideas you can implement to make the side-hustle work for you. We’ll cover:
And, we’ll take things further than that by giving you WordPress-ready recommendations for rolling out your side-hustle with no fuss and all the frills.
So, in the words of the great Roger Waters: “Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.”
What Every Website Idea Needs: A Target Audience
No matter what kind of side-hustle you want to run, there’s one universal truth you need to abide:
If you don’t have a target audience, you don’t have a viable
A rather straight-forward proposal: With Automattic sponsoring so many full-time contributors to WordPress, they should hire an accessibility team and donate some of their time to the open-source project.
I am going to propose a way to increase the overall accessibility of the WordPress ecosystem. It requires acknowledging some mistakes and using those as the base for building a better platform. I long for a world where a metric for featuring #WordPress themes and plugins in the repo is #Accessibility.
WordPress runs at a level that sets a large-scale precedent for how the web is built. We publish the code that people copy and paste. We can do better.
If you want an accessible WordPress theme, you can go to the WordPress.org theme directory and look for themes with the accessibility-ready tag. As of today, there are 105 themes available (assuming its problematic infinite scroll showed me all of them).
The theme review process is slow. It is made up of volunteers who typically already have other commitments with WordPress. With other accessibility tasks in WordPress, the team is already stretched too thin with (what I believe is) a backlog of themes to review.
Even with an accessible theme and careful work by site authors to keep the content and custom styles accessible, all it takes is one plug-in to throw the accessibility efforts out the window.
The theme review team does not have