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Community | kinsta.com | 5 days ago

WordPress 4.9.8 is faster than 5.0 - Annual PHP Benchmark Test by Kinsta

The most interesting result is that WordPress 4.9.8 is faster than WordPress 5.0. This doesn’t surprise us too much as the entire WordPress 5.0 project has been rushed.

WordPress Christmas & New Year Discounts 2018

Surprise family, friends or yourself with some amazing WordPress plugins & themes for Christmas and New Year 2019

WordPress Christmas & New Year Discounts 2018

Christmas has become more than just a day that’s important to Christians. It has exceeded the religious limits and has become something that’s celebrated throughout the entire month of December, in practically every corner of the world. When you combine that with the New Year where people decide to splurge on travels, parties, food & drinks, you get the entire month dedicated to holidays. Although many people will tell you how they hate all the fuss about the holidays, the truth is that most of us actually enjoy this time of the year. And to celebrate the holidays the right way, we have decided to show you some WordPress Christmas & New Year discounts that every blog owner will love!
Whether you want to surprise a family member or a friend with a digital gift in form of a premium WordPress plugin & theme, or you decided it’s time to wrap the Christmas gift to yourself, take a look at the amazing deals we have this year.
Happy Holidays from WebFactory!
Santa told us that you liked our Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals, so we decided to do something similar for this holiday season as well. We have put a 30% discount on all of our premium WordPress plugins.

8 min read WebDevStudios
Community | webdevstudios.com | 6 days ago

Advanced Custom Fields and Gutenberg

WordPress 5.0 features the new content editor known as Gutenberg. Read this and learn how to build a custom Gutenberg block for hero area using ACF without writing a single line of JavaScript code.

Advanced Custom Fields and Gutenberg

Community | webdevstudios.com | 6 days ago

WordPress 5.0 ships with a new editor called Gutenberg. Here at WebDevStudios, we’re excited to build custom editorial solutions using Gutenberg and to see how the experience evolves from the classic editor. With that said, we’re huge fans of Advanced Custom Fields (ACF). It provides a robust set of field types that enables us to create flexible and friendly content management solutions for our clients. The time we save from writing, testing, and maintaining code with ACF makes it worth paying for an ACF PRO license. Our wd_s starter theme includes commonly-used content blocks built on ACF.
ACF 5.8 has added support for Gutenberg. You can add ACF fields to a Gutenberg block without any JavaScript code. In this article, you will learn how to build a custom Gutenberg block for hero area using ACF without writing a single line of JavaScript code.
Adventurous, right?
ACF and Gutenberg
To build custom blocks using Gutenberg, you must be familiar with writing Modern JavaScript using the latest syntax (ES6, ES7, ES8, JSX), as well as creating components using React. To see this in action, here are some code examples to demonstrate a classic “Hello World” example for

2 min read Codeinwp
Community | codeinwp.com | 7 days ago

WordPress 5.0 Is Out! This Ultimate Cheat Sheet Has All You Need to Know About It

The new WordPress editor has a lot going for it. This article has a bunch of shortcuts to make life easier.

WordPress 5.0 Is Out! This Ultimate Cheat Sheet Has All You Need to Know About It

Community | codeinwp.com | 7 days ago

The day has come! If you’ve been to your WordPress dashboard today, you’ve likely noticed a new (major) update waiting for you … yes, WordPress 5.0 has landed! ✈️ Here’s what to make of it, and especially if you haven’t followed all the 5.0 hype for the last year or so. But even if you have, this handy cheat sheet will provide you with an overview of what has changed in WordPress 5.0 and how to best take advantage of the new features.
This is your cut-out-‘n-keep WordPress 5.0 cheat sheet. ✂️

8 min read Weglot
Community | blog.weglot.com | 6 days ago

WordPress Community Interview - Greece with Evangelia Pappa

We're very happy to continue our new WordPress Community Interview series with a great chat with Evangelia Pappa from WPGreek Community.

WordPress Community Interview - Greece with Evangelia Pappa

Community | blog.weglot.com | 6 days ago

The first episode of our new blog series on WordPress Communities was focused on the WordPress Toronto Community. Today, we are happy to interview Evangelia Pappa from the WordPress Greece Community! You can find Evangelia on Twitter and news about WordPress Greece community on wpgreece.org
Who is the WordPress Greek Community?
WordPress Greek Community first started back in 2007-2010, with the first full Greek translation of WordPress and then two unofficial WordCamps that took place in Thessaloniki in 2010 and 2011. In its present form, the Community has being active since 2012. The number of members in the Facebook group is at the moment around 6.900 and it just keeps rising every day. The key members of the community are the local meetups organizers who are also participating as members of the organizing teams of WordCamp Athens and WordCamp Thessaloniki.
In the Athens WordPress meetup one should look for Takis Bouyouris, Kostas Fryganiotis, Kostas Vrouvas, Iakovos Frountas, Kostas Xenos and Yannis Kastorinis. In the Thessaloniki WordPress meetup Panos Koukoulis, Konstantinos Efstathiou, Constantinos Spiliakos, Giorgos Ilidis, and Stefanos Togoulidis will assist you. And the Larissa

3 min read Codeinwp
Community | codeinwp.com | 6 days ago

Dec 2018 Comics w/ CodeinWP ... #SocialMedia #Friends #Freelancers

A fresh batch of tech comics poking fun at social media; interviews; getting tech support from friends.

3 min read Codeinwp
Community | codeinwp.com | 14 days ago

WordPress 5.0 RC Available, Classic Editor Usable Until 2022, Gutenberg Accessibility

All of the WordPress news in one handy article; WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg, and the Classic Editor support window.

WordPress 5.0 RC Available, Classic Editor Usable Until 2022, Gutenberg Accessibility

Community | codeinwp.com | 14 days ago

Hey WordPress fans, this is our last monthly news roundup of this year. In the next one, we will be changing one digit. And so is WordPress, with WordPress 5.0 almost ready to go live, after being delayed a couple of times. But at least we have a release candidate right now. In addition to this big fuss around the date when WordPress 5.0 will finally land, the Gutenberg team gets the accessibility issues fixed, the Classic Editor plugin receives support until at least the end of 2021, and WordPress.com adds an activity timeline feature. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, we have many more interesting stories to share with you today, so stick around.
And as always, we also have a bunch of nice guides and tutorials so you won’t leave our December 2018 WordPress News roundup without learning something new.
December 2018 WordPress News with CodeinWP
WordPress 5.0 Release Candidate (1 and 2)
What could have been the genuine WordPress 5.0 turned out to be only its release candidate. Why? Because the official WordPress 5.0 was postponed from November 27th to a currently unknown date on the grounds that the release candidate needs more time to be fully tested.
The final (real) release

2 min read Codeinwp
Community | codeinwp.com | 18 days ago

15+ Best Gutenberg-Compatible Themes

Be prepared! We put together a list of Gutenberg ready themes to help everyone get ready for the evolution.

15+ Best Gutenberg-Compatible Themes

Community | codeinwp.com | 18 days ago

Everybody is getting ready for the day Gutenberg arrives as the default editor in the WordPress core. Developers are either busy adding new functionality to their themes () or engaged in building completely new Gutenberg-compatible themes from scratch. Most people are at least skeptical about switching to this forthcoming editor, but we all need to embrace the change sooner or later.

6 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Community | kinsta.com | 24 days ago

Is PHP Dead? No! At Least Not According to PHP Usage Statistics

The Gutenberg editor is built on React, not PHP. Does this mean the end of PHP?

Is PHP Dead? No! At Least Not According to PHP Usage Statistics

Community | kinsta.com | 24 days ago

You’ve probably heard about how the new WordPress Gutenberg editor brings block-based editing to WordPress. And while blocks have been much of the focus, there’s also another change going on behind the scenes that casual users might not notice – the Gutenberg editor is built on React, not PHP. That change, along with other shifts in web development, might have you wondering, “is PHP dead?”.
So…is it? Should we call the funeral home and start the preparations? Well, first off, it’s important to point out that there’s a big difference between wanting PHP to be dead and PHP actually being dead.
People have been calling for the death of PHP for years now (you can find “Is PHP Dead?” posts as far back as 2011). And yet, PHP still persists…
In this post, we’ll dig into the data and show how PHP isn’t close to being dead (even if you really wish it were).
Is PHP Dead? Only if You Ignore the PHP Usage Statistics
Ok, PHP might not be the best or the most modern programming language. But that doesn’t mean it’s dead, and it’s pretty tough to argue with the PHP statistics here…
First off, let’s

Community | wphive.com | 11 days ago

WordPress 5.0 Review: What’s New? Should You Upgrade or Wait?

WordPress 5.0 eliminates the classic editor and introduces a completely revamped editing user interface. Check out all the new features of WordPress Gutenberg.

WordPress 5.0 Review: What’s New? Should You Upgrade or Wait?

Community | wphive.com | 11 days ago

Guys, it’s happening. Finally, WordPress 5.0 is live for everyone. WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” https://t.co/hW9nfThfiB pic.twitter.com/KJP5v3YBnv
WordPress 5.0 ‘Bebo’ Official tweet
WordPress is the most popular and most used website builder out there. WordPress is going through some major changes. Gutenberg is the future of WordPress, and it is releasing today on 6th of December 2018. it replaces the classic WordPress editor with a new block-based visual user interface. WordPress creator, Matt Mullenweg announced WordPress 5.0 plans back in October.
Gutenberg brings a complete makeover to the traditional WordPress classic editor, known and used by all today. Matt tweeted about the “sitting back and watching the download counter”
Time to sit back and watch the download counter… https://t.co/oioMjEpLwf
— Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) December 6, 2018
What is Gutenberg WordPress Editor?
Gutenberg is the new editor that aims to replace the classical TinyMCE editor that has been used in WordPress so long. Gutenberg is a client-side interface built up from the ground up with React JS Library. It uses a block-based system for content creation.

Community | gutenberghub.com | 13 days ago

Gutenberg WP 5.0 Release Date Announced

Matt has announced the new release date for WordPress 5.0 / Gutenberg. It is now targeting Thursday, December 6th, 2018.

Gutenberg WP 5.0 Release Date Announced

Community | gutenberghub.com | 13 days ago

Based on the stability, testing, and reports on the release candidates for WordPress 5.0 so far, we are now targeting Thursday December 6th for public release and announcement. 5.0.1 will open for commits soon, and will be an area people can choose to focus on at the contributor day at WordCamp US in Nashville this Sunday. As before, if new information arises that indicates the software is not stable, we will adjust or remove the target date.
What if I don’t want to update on that date, or I’m not ready?
That’s totally okay, there’s nothing that says you must update the moment there’s a new version released. You can push the button whenever you’re ready.
What if I want to upgrade but I’m not ready for Gutenberg?
No problem, install the Classic Editor plugin and 5.0 will be indistinguishable from 4.9.8 for your posting and editing experience, and you’ll still get the other improvements and fixes that have gone into 5.0. Classic Editor is supported until 2022, and now allows you to switch between Classic and Gutenberg on a per-user or per-post level.
Over 1.3 million .org sites have already opted in to either the Gutenberg or Classic Editor

Community | cantspeakgeek.com | 12 days ago

WordPress 5.0 is Coming! - Can't Speak Geek

Can’t Speak geek gives their opinion to the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release and has a roundup of Gutenberg resources.

WordPress 5.0 is Coming! - Can't Speak Geek

Community | cantspeakgeek.com | 12 days ago

Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, CEO of Automattic, and Lead Developer for WordPress 5.0 said yesterday evening in a post on Make WordPress Core that following no other issues should arise, WordPress 5.0 will be released Thursday, December 6th, 2018. That comes the day before WordCamp US starts in Nashville, Tennessee. Change can be hard. Especially when it is thrust upon us with a 2 day “Get ready because here it comes” notice. However, a 2 day heads up is so much better than none at all. They could have pressed publish Monday evening and that be it. The notice post was met by some strong feelings on both sides of the fence. I can understand it as most everyone would have been happy if the date was pushed back to January. Plus, December 6 will be a very high travel day for many in the WordPress Community. However, is there ever really a good day to push publish? Isn’t it always a “here goes nothing”, close our eyes, and hope for the best moment.
So no matter what, December 6th will come and go and Gutenberg will be here to stay. We might as well make the most of it. Right now Can’t Speak Geek is actually using Gutenberg. We decided to give

12 Essential Things To Do Before Launching a WordPress Site

What is important is that your site is fully functioning before you launch it on the World Wide Web

12 Essential Things To Do Before Launching a WordPress Site

Every single day, a new website is produced and launched online. These websites differ in form, design, aim, and functionality. If you are starting to build a website for your business or hobby, it may be a challenge for you on how to make it. Not only how to build it from scratch, but also how to create a fresh and relatively new kind of website to stand out among others. What’s important is that your site is fully functioning before you launch it on the World Wide Web. In this article, we will give you 12 different tips that you need to do before introducing your site online. 1. Install a WordPress backup solution
A backup solution is necessary for your site to schedule different times of backups. No one is safe now online, even the most secured websites, so it is essential to have a backup solution for your WordPress site. Backups can be commenced depending on your settings, and it can be stored on any cloud storage of your choice, or even send it to your email.
2. Secure WordPress Admin Area
Everyone is not safe online; hackers and malware can attack everyone. In your WordPress site, the site’s admin area is the most critical part. It is like the heart of your website,

2 min read Donna Cavalier
Community | elementor.com | 11 days ago

Welcome WordPress 5.0, We’re 100% Ready For You (Elementor)

Elementor discusses their readiness for WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg, and answers common questions

Welcome WordPress 5.0, We’re 100% Ready For You (Elementor)

Community | elementor.com | 11 days ago

WordPress 5.0 is officially here – and I’m happy to say we’ve got every Elementor user completely covered! The Elementor team is glad to welcome WordPress 5.0.
I’m writing this post for three reasons:
First, to congratulate the WordPress team and thank them for all the hard work.
Second, to reassure our users that everything is working perfectly and seamlessly in Elementor with regards to WordPress 5.0.
Finally, I want to answer every question or concern you might have about WP v5.0.
I know that WordPress 5.0, AKA the Gutenberg editor, might be somewhat intimidating for many WordPress users. Gutenberg naturally raises questions and concerns, some directly related to Elementor.
If you’ve been following our blog, you know our development team have been busy making all the preparation for a seamless and complete Elementor + Gutenberg compatibility. We previously released several compatibility updates for Gutenberg & WordPress 5.0, and I can safely say that Elementor is 100% compatible with 5.0.
When you open the new WordPress editor, you’ll notice the familiar ‘Edit with Elementor’ button at the top of the editor. This let’s you

12 min read WebDevStudios
Community | webdevstudios.com | 20 days ago

Paths to Learning Web Development

We get asked all the time about learning web development. Here, one of our engineers offers some sage advice.

Paths to Learning Web Development

Community | webdevstudios.com | 20 days ago

Computer programming is a vast and complex field. For those interested in the ins and outs of engineering, determining a path to learning relevant information can seem incredibly daunting. Even once you narrow your focus to a particular area of the field, there is far more information out there than you can possibly master. Newcomers frequently proclaim, “I don’t even know where to begin!” This guide aims to provide direction and help you discover the right paths for learning web development.
The Circle of Knowledge
Before we begin, let’s discuss briefly what I like to call the Circle of Knowledge (aka, the generalized way in which I like to think about knowledge acquisition). Consider the following image:
For the purpose of this article, let’s assume you are interested in learning to build your first website. In the Circle of Knowledge, the outer edge broadly establishes the topic of Web Development. The inner circles define your level of familiarity with the general topic’s more specific subtopics. These interior circles divide your understanding of the larger topic into three sections: topics you know (or think you know), topics you have heard

Community | imagely.com | Nov. 14, 2018

A Plea to Defer the Release of Gutenberg

Gutenberg is about to go out to the world in WordPress 5.0, but it's not nearly ready. This article is putting it out there, bluntly. It's from the CEO of Imagely - the developers of NextGEN Gallery.

A Plea to Defer the Release of Gutenberg

Community | imagely.com | Nov. 14, 2018

As most in the WordPress world hopefully know, the arrival of Gutenberg is fast approaching. Gutenberg is the code word for the new editing interface that users will see every time they add or edit a page or post in WordPress. It represents one of the biggest changes to WordPress in its history.
Right now, the plan is to release Gutenberg as part of WordPress 5.0 on November 27. But there are big questions about whether Gutenberg will be ready, stable, and safe in time for that release date.
This post is essentially an open letter and a plea to the Gutenberg team to consider deferring the release at least until January.
I LIKE GUTENBERG AND ADMIRE WHAT THE TEAM IS DOING
Let me start by saying that I like Gutenberg. I like the interface and think it has enormous potential to improve the content creation experience for WordPress.
I also know that the people working on it - including developers and leads - are normal, talented people. They’re working incredibly hard right now to create something great. The project leads are making the best decisions as they see them. There are a lot of considerations to take into account for launch timing.
This is not a broad critique of Gutenberg

2 min read Brian Jackson
Community | kinsta.com | 26 days ago

Interview with Jean Galea and Mark Zahra of WP Mayor

Jean Galea and Mark Zahra, the powerhouse duo behind WP Mayor, share some insights on how they got started and projects they're working on.

Interview with Jean Galea and Mark Zahra of WP Mayor

Community | kinsta.com | 26 days ago

Today we had the pleasure of interviewing Jean Galea (Founder) and Mark Zahra (CEO), the team behind the popular WP Mayor blog. WP Mayor is one of the oldest and most popular WordPress resources on the web! Check out how they got it started, some of their challenges, and projects they’re currently working on. Typically our Kinsta Kingpin series only has one interviewee, but this time around we thought it would be interesting to change things up and get some insights from this powerhouse duo.
Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
Q2: What should readers know about the companies/projects you’re involved with?
Q3: What challenges did you face in building your businesses?
Q4: Did anything surprise you during the process of growing them?
Q5: What does the future look like for WP Mayor?
Q6: What’s the WP community in your area like?
Q7: What do you enjoy doing when you’re away from your laptop?
Q8: Who should we interview next, and why?
Connect with Jean and Mark
Want to connect with Jean and Mark?

8 min read Iain Poulson
Community | rianrietveld.com | Oct. 9, 2018

I have resigned as the WordPress accessibility team lead. Here is why

After several years of working on WordPress and accessibility and being part of the accessibility team, Rian Rietveld has taken the very difficult decision to leave the WordPress accessibility team. Here she explains why she have made this decision and how she hope things can improve for the future.

I have resigned as the WordPress accessibility team lead. Here is why

Community | rianrietveld.com | Oct. 9, 2018

This post is written with the Gutenberg editor version 3.9.0. Disclaimer: This post is my opinion and mine alone.
After several years of working on WordPress and accessibility and being part of the accessibility team, I have taken the very difficult decision to leave the WordPress accessibility team. I owe it to the team to explain why I have made this decision and how I hope things can improve for the future.
The last year, especially the last few weeks have been too politically complicated for me. It’s better that someone else takes the lead now.
In this post I’ll try to give an analysis of what the WordPress Accessibility Team (wpa11y team) did during the development of Gutenberg and what the problems are with working on its accessibility.
Gutenberg
When the development of Gutenberg started, the wpa11y team followed its progress and tested what was there. And we discovered there is much to improve. So Andrea Fercia started to open tickets and tried to find solutions. And that was a huge task.
Codebase
We had four big problems:
The codebase of Gutenberg is difficult for all of us, because no one in the wpa11y team is a skilled REACT developer. So it was hard to implement

11 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Community | kinsta.com | Nov. 9, 2018

WordPress Developer Salary: The Average, Plus How to Increase Yours

A lot of WordPress developers are freelancers, not full-time employees. But do they charge enough for their work?

WordPress Developer Salary: The Average, Plus How to Increase Yours

Community | kinsta.com | Nov. 9, 2018

Salary might be a taboo subject to some people, but if you’re a WordPress developer, or are considering a career in WordPress development, knowing what people are earning is essential to maximizing your own earning power. So let’s talk about that secret – let’s talk about the average WordPress developer salary. That way, you’ll know exactly what you’re worth (and how you can earn more).
To do the topic full justice, we’re going to break this post into two parts.
First, we’ll take a look at the data from job sites and freelancing platforms to learn:
Then, after we’ve covered what the averages are, we’ll discuss some tips for increasing your own salary so that you can move yourself towards the right side of the salary bell curve.
But first, a little caveat…
Calculating a Single “WordPress Developer Salary” Is Hard
There are a few things that can skew these numbers. First, because WordPress is so popular (currently powering over 32% of the web), there are a ton of people who might fall under the label of “WordPress developer”.
For example, there’s the distinction between WordPress “developers”

Community | wordpress.org | 11 days ago

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”

The latest version 5.0 is out. Lots of features, changes and of course Gutenberg.

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”

Community | wordpress.org | 11 days ago

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10 min read Weglot
Community | blog.weglot.com | 17 days ago

WordPress Community Interview - Toronto with Alex Sirota

We're super happy to launch our new WordPress Community Interview series with a wonderful chat with Alex Sirota from WPToronto Community. Great insights and story.

WordPress Community Interview - Toronto with Alex Sirota

Community | blog.weglot.com | 17 days ago

Since day one, Weglot has been part of the WordPress community, supporting WordCamps and Meetups around the world. But it wasn’t enough for us! We wanted to know more about the WordPress ecosystem and share the ongoing love story between Weglot and WordPress with the world. We thought that the best way to do so was to interview WordPress lovers from all around the world and get them to share their own experience inside WordPress communities :). To kick off Weglot’s newest blog series, we are more than happy to have an open-table discussion with Alex Sirota from WordPress Toronto.
Thank you again Alex for the great interview. You can find Alex on Twitter and news about the WordPress Toronto community on wptoronto.com
Who is the Toronto WordPress community?
It’s been around for several years, 10+ years.
The first WordCamp was in 2007 and the first WordCamp Central website still running is from 2011. There are over 2500 people on our WP Toronto Meetup Group, and we recap our meetings on wptoronto.com after they happen.
The organization has gone through multiple hands in terms of leadership over the past decade, and in 2018 we had almost a 100% turn over in the leaders

5 min read Ben Pines
Community | elementor.com | Nov. 12, 2018

A new way to switch between Elementor, WP dashboard & live site

Meet Finder, a new tool available in the free version of Elementor, which allows you to easily switch between pages, create new content and do a whole lot more

A new way to switch between Elementor, WP dashboard & live site

Community | elementor.com | Nov. 12, 2018

Building websites involves browsing through SO many different windows… Think about it. In order to setup even the simplest website, you have to visit several places: the WordPress dashboard, Elementor editor, Elementor settings, the front-end of your site.
The result – dozens of opened tabs and lots of time wasted maneuvering between pages and screens.
Even editing a single page can become a challenge:
Going from the WordPress dashboard – > Elementor editor – > My templates – > Dashboard again – > Menu settings – > View page, and so on
…Sheesh!
Thankfully, we came up with an easy and intuitive way to get you from A to B, no matter the A, no matter the B.
Introducing Finder, a handy search window that lets you go from anywhere, to anywhere. Reach any Elementor page or setting page from wherever you like on your site.
With Finder, we tried to create the easiest possible experience when navigating through different screens.
You can launch Finder from any place on your site. From the Elementor editor, from the backend admin area and even from the frontend of your site.
To open Finder, click CMD / CTRL + E, then search for

9 Steps for Beginners to Create Attractive Newsletters

As newsletters are recognized as a great way to build and maintain relationships, let’s elaborate a little about the process of preparing your first newsletter.

9 Steps for Beginners to Create Attractive Newsletters

The biggest challenge of email marketing is to cater to the limited attention span of the audience. That’s why if you are just starting your email marketing procedures, you need to create engaging newsletters. According to statistics gathered by Nielsen Norman Group, newsletters are still recognized as an excellent way to build and maintain relationships. Lay Down the Objectives of a Newsletter
Before you jump into creating a newsletter you need to identify the objectives that you want to achieve through your newsletters. So think about what your marketing efforts are directed at and answer the following questions to arrive at a resolution.
Do you want the recipients to avail your services?
Do you want to establish a sense of trust with the recipient?
Are you trying to inform and instruct your readers?
Once you address these questions, you need to ensure that your newsletter must agree with your objectives. For instance, if you are an e-commerce business and want to boost your sales, you can send irresistible offers.
Designing an Attractive Newsletter
In this case, you must maintain consistency with the newsletter template you use and don’t change it more than once a year.