Jan Thielemann tells his story of traveling the world while selling Wordpress modules for the Divi theme through Freemius. The “freemium” business model completely changed the way he was able to live his life and earn money.
Sponsored by: Jan Thielemann is a plugin developer who got his start as a digital nomad who wanted to make enough money to fund his adventures. So he started a small side business selling plugins for Divi, where he found a good niche. He offers great advice about starting on your own, and the difference between truly passive and “half-passive” income.
Brexit may have wide-ranging effects for WordPress plugin and theme sellers with customers in the EU. Learn how the upcoming tax changes may affect your business and what you can do to prepare.
The UK’s imminent departure from the EU (European Union) has left businesses across Europe struggling to understand how this change will affect them. For WordPress theme and plugin businesses, it makes EU VAT collection and payment even more complex than it already is. If you’re accounting for VAT on your own, you may be dealing with hundreds of invoices, difficult requirements for filing in each EU state member, and generally wasting plenty of time and money on bookkeeping. We’re here to break down the upcoming changes and explain what Brexit means for developers selling software to consumers or businesses in the EU. Let’s get started with the basics:
What’s the current state of VAT collection in the EU?
When selling digital products to consumers in Europe, you have to manage and collect the correct amounts of VAT rates from each and every one of your WordPress product sales. Your specific tax situation for the EU depends on where your customers are located and you’ll have to collect tax for each sale depending on whether you’re selling to businesses or consumers. Here are the different possibilities:
If your WordPress business is based INSIDE
Just for fun, we created Apple.com homepage with Elementor! We created this with Free Elements from Elementor and used Essential Addons for the Menu. Check the details in the article, and I have shared the template for free! Yes, Elementor is this exciting, and it gives you this freedom!
We literally created Apple.com Homepage, with Elementor & our Essential Addons for Elementor in 30-min, and now you will be able to do in 1 Min! How? We are sharing the templates with you for free, so you could just import and it will be live where you want, and you will have all the freedom of WordPress & Elementor to edit & customize more if you want! Well, it all started me traveling to Singapore in a very late night flight, checking Twitter, and found this Tweet from 999th most Important Matt, that he created Apple Homepage for $500! (Obviously joke)
Apple paid me $500 to design their homepage. Thank you @BeaverBuilder for making this effortless AND profitable! pic.twitter.com/BtMtazwsBD
— Matt Medeiros (@mattmedeiros) March 20, 2019
But he claimed to do it in Beaver Builder, with all due respect to their talented developer, here at WPDeveloper, we are a big fan of Elementor, so I pinged our main guy, (My partner, and CEO of WPDevloper), Rupok, is it possible to do it? He said he could do it in 30min, I challenged him to make that and share with me. And you know what happened after I came back from little shopping & Brunch in Orchard Road? He sent me this!
Confused? What platform you should use for your website? Check out these merits and demerits of using Wordpress for your site. This article will share the pros and cons of using the Wordpress platform.
There are things we love and enjoy a great deal about WordPress. This is because it offers time-saving features that make the web development much lighter creating a great and powerful website. However, even if all the reasons are in favor of this application, it still has a good and bad side. A reliable website provides a particular functionality to users as a part of a business to facilitate web development and also enhance user experience.
Web development includes designing the site, its layout, frameworks, application programming interface (APIs) that coalesce to present one single entity and solutions to users. You can make use of a WordPress support company like WPFixs to develop and maintain your website.
Over other platforms, WordPress has an edge and is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). It is an application that can be extended through the use of its rich functionality and APIs. Of course, there are other different frameworks and applications available but with WordPress, the usability is quite easy as compared to other CMS’s.
It is free and open source plus large communities of developers make it popular. If you don’t have enough cash but want to
WordPress 5.1 “Betty” was officially released on February 21, 2019, and is available for download.
WordPress 5.1 “Betty” was officially released on February 21, 2019, and is available for download. WordPress 5.1 is the first major release since the launch of the WordPress block editor (AKA Gutenberg) in WordPress 5.0. And while it does bring some tweaks and improvements for the block editor, the biggest new features in this release involve the WordPress Site Health project and notices for PHP versions.
In this post, we’ll take a look at all of the new features that might affect how you use WordPress:
New Dashboard Notice for PHP Version
Here at Kinsta, we always recommend using the latest versions of PHP for improved performance and security.
From our benchmarks, PHP 7.3 is on average 9% faster than PHP 7.2. And If you compare PHP 7.3 to PHP 5.6, it can handle almost 3x as many requests (transactions) per second! You should always test your plugins and themes first on a staging site for compatibility. If all is good, make sure to take advantage of this free performance boost.
WordPress is now finally getting on board with pushing the latest versions of PHP with some new tools and notices to promote PHP versions and compatibility.
First up, if you’re running
Absolute position, fixed position, inline elements and flexbox distribution are all new features introduces in Elementor version 2.5. Check out the full flexible layout release
Calling all web-designers! Elementor is yet again pioneering a change that will make WordPress web design far more flexible than ever before – Meet Flexible Layout!
Flexible Layout includes a set of advanced positioning capabilities that help you fully customize your design and layout workflow.
Ready? Take a deep breath, we have A LOT of new and exciting features to cover. Let’s dive in!
Want to place 2 buttons side by side in the same column? Now you can!
Before, each widget took up 100% of the column, since it was using Elementor’s grid layout. Now, you can set the widget to be ‘Inline’, meaning the widget will take up the minimum width that it holds.
You can now set the widget’s specific width for pixel perfect customization.
Absolute position has a bad reputation in terms of responsive design. In Elementor, we allow you to set a separate custom position for mobile, tablet and desktop devices using percentage, VH, VW or pixel units.
With Absolute position, you run the risk of getting a horizontal scroll when the element exceeds the limits of the page. Luckily, we added an Overflow Hidden control, which condenses all of the section widgets inside
We discuss the technical side of scaling a viral site to 30 million pageviews and beyond.
Obsev.com (OBSessed with EVerything) is a news site that hosts particularly viral entertainment and cultural commentary stories. In November of 2018 they were doing significant traffic (30MM+ pageviews per month) and hitting a wall with scaling challenges. They came to Pagely for help. We paired them up with one of our trusted agency partners, DevriX and began the process of sorting them out. With these performance issues limiting their growth it was imperative that we get them through the wall and remove the scaling barrier that was capping their growth and damaging their brand. Fast forward to today and they’ve more than quadrupled the traffic levels that were hobbling the site before Pagely. In today’s first of its kind video case study, we’ll delve into each of the challenges that Pagely and DevriX were able to unravel and resolve for Obsev. You’ll hear from Obsev CEO, Raymond Attipa, DevriX CEO, Mario Peshev and Pagely Director of Hosting Ops, Arman Zakaryan. While this interview explores some complex technical topics we’ve deconstructed each and presented them in layman’s terms so that even the most technically-challenged viewer can understand
WordPress has an ever-growing community. In this article from WPLeaders, 100+ WordPress influencers are listed from the community which may be worth following.
WordPress has a huge community. And the power of WordPress lies in its community. As WordPress is evolving fast, more and more people are claiming to be WordPress Experts.
But it’s not easy to find truly legit people to follow.
To make things easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of best 100+ WordPress Influencers to follow in 2019. I call them WordPress Leaders.
Without further ado, let’s get started with the first influencer.
Also Read: 50+ Best WordPress Blogs To Follow In 2019
Aaron D. Campbel
Aaron D. Campbell is the security team leader at WordPress. He is also a renowned speaker when it comes to WordPress security & development.
Adam Connell is best known for his blogs Blogging Wizard and WP Superstars. He shares insightful tips and strategies there and on Funnel Overload. Definitely worth following.
Adam Preiser is best known for his YouTube channel. Adam is an expert when it comes to releasing how-to videos related to digital marketing and WordPress.
Adam Silver is the founder of ConciergeWP and host of the Kitchen Sink WordPress, a weekly podcast about everything
Toolbar Extras goes over 7 golden rules guaranteed to split and alienate the WordPress community
1) Set the Focus Exclusively On New Users, Not On Existing Ones “Out with the old stuff, in with the new”, that’s the motto.
We don’t need the millions of existing WordPress users, they’re just slowing us down. To bring WordPress to more than 30 percent market share on the global web, they were useful. But now they have done their duty. We are looking for new users.
After all, new brooms sweep well. Take heart with this. The old brooms, who still know where the dirt is, only stop them. They need time and care. But we need these resources for the new.
And if someone can’t handle React, or even refuse to learn it, those won’t have a place in the WordPress
Why would any professional designer choose a mega menu over a traditional dropdown or compact one?
Thanks to improved design techniques and more capable technologies — the latest smartphones, for instance, all use high-resolution displays — web developers and UX designers have more space to work with. This has sparked a movement of sorts where a once simple navigation menu becomes incredibly expansive. Because they are so much bigger, they are difficult to get right. There are no set guidelines for structuring a mega menu, primarily because it’s such a new trend. The best way to find something that works is through trial and error, or at the least observation.
What is so iconic about them, however? Why would any designer choose a mega menu over a traditional dropdown or compact one? To understand, it’s best to consider the following four benefits mega menus can offer when explicitly compared to traditional menu techniques.
1. Nothing Is Left Out
For retailers and suppliers that have a huge list of goods in their inventory, mega menus simply allow them to pack everything neatly into the primary navigation window. Generally, listings are split up by category with sub-menus beneath to keep things organized.
Again, Amazon is the obvious example here just because
Is Convesio the next generation of managed WordPress hosting? Here's my review of this exciting new entrant in the hosting market, which is currently in beta.
As your agency starts to take off and the five client sites you were working with suddenly become 50 or more, you’ll find that little tasks you were once able to comfortably manage starts costing your business time and money. From dealing with inconsistent server performance to taking calls on weekends when a client’s site has gone down, these non-billables are burdens you shouldn’t have to manage. Convesio is a new Docker-powered managed WordPress hosting solution; the first self-healing, autoscaling, platform-as-a-service for creating and managing WordPress sites.
Borne out of founder Tom Fanelli’s search for a managed hosting solution at his design agency, Convesio offers features and tools designed with creative and digital businesses in mind, from high availability and zero points of failure to automated backups and a centralized dashboard for managing all of your client sites in one place.
Convesio markets itself as “next-generation” managed WordPress hosting that provides the kind of high availability hosting that typically costs $1,400+ per month, but starting at just $10 per month.
Sounds too good to be true? Let’s check out the details.
Check out this interview with Ilona Filipi, CEO and founder of Moove Agency, a London based WordPress agency. They work with global brands using WordPress such as Sony, Toyota, and O2.
Ilona Filipi is the CEO and founder of Moove Agency, a London based WordPress agency that builds and supports high-performing websites and applications that make businesses succeed in the digital world. Ilona has worked with global brands such as O2, Sony, Toyota, and Lexus. You can find Ilona on LinkedIn. This is our recent interview with her, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series.
Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I was interested in computers from a very early age. When I was around 13, we had our first computer at home which was very exciting! I was already attending an after-school class learning programming, and I was hooked. I used the home computer at every opportunity to practice basic programming – little did I know then that the curiosity that had been sparked would become my future career.
I went on to study Computer Engineering in Prague and then afterward I studied Multimedia in London. During University I started as a freelance web designer and then continued once I graduated. I became busier and busier as a freelancer, and so in 2010 I founded Moove Agency, a WordPress Agency in London and recruited more people to
An excellent post from Pippin Williamson sharing the highlights and the challenges of 2018 while running Sandhills Development.
Since 2012, I have written a year-in-review post to detail and share highlights and challenges of the previous year. So as is tradition, here is my review of 2018. In all, 2018 was an incredibly successful year for me and my company, Sandhills Development. We had some great achievements that expanded the team, grew our revenue and profit, acquired a new product, sold two plugin products, branched out into a new market and industry, and matured as a company. We also, however, had some significant challenges that were perhaps some of the hardest yet. I’d like to share some details about each.
When Sandhills Development first started, I had no intention of having a large team and was very reluctant to ever grow the company to more than 5-8 people. Through the growth of our products, however, it has been necessary to increase the size of our team to fill ever-growing resource needs. At first I was leery to allow the team to expand beyond what I felt I could directly manage but overtime I welcomed the challenges that are involved with doing so.
Today we are at 19 full time employees and one part time / variable time contractor on the software side of the business, and two full time
Some say it is the best event ever conceived for the WordPress business owner.
We have reserved an entire boutique hotel in charming Tucson, Arizona where we can network, learn, have fun, and grow our WordPress businesses together. PressNomics 6 takes place on Wednesday, September 11th – Friday, September 13th / 2019 at the Hacienda Del Sol Resort.
There are only 59 rooms so be sure to reserve yours quick – Call Summer Marshall at +1 (520) 901-1305 and mention reservation code: PAGELY. The rooms are $229 plus tax which is a great deal and a little less than our previous venue.
If you miss out on booking your room, don’t worry as the La Paloma Resort is next door (less than a 5-minute drive).
Tucson, AZ is about 2hrs SE by car from Phoenix, however our local airport TUS also features direct flights from several US locations. We recommend flying into Tucson on the 10th, Rent a car, Taxi or Uber to the Venue – approximately a 30min drive. Fly out the 14th.
PressNomics is a casual and highly engaging 3 day event for the WordPress commercial ecosystem to collaborate, learn, relax. 2 days of programming and a day of structured social activities (Golf/TBD). This is the 6th iteration of this not to miss event for the WordPress professional.
A wide-ranging discussion about freelancing, content writing and the evolution of WordPress.
Great piece by Kobe from Freemius! Our community is highly focused on content marketing but there are plenty of additional modern techniques reaching out to new audiences.
Any WordPress plugin or theme without engaged and relevant audiences of users will have a very hard time justifying the resources that are being put into developing & maintaining it. In this article, I’m going to focus on several innovative ways which will enable you to reach new audiences for your WordPress product business. These ways do not include the common & widely familiar ones like SEO, content marketing, old-fashioned social media marketing, etc. Instead, the focus here will be set on presenting you with paths you probably have not encountered before in the WordPress business sphere! “Stealing” Your Competitors’ Customer Data
I obviously realize how potentially problematic this section’s subheader may appear, but let me reassure you by saying that the idea & method described here are perfectly legal and morally sound, just as long as you follow the information provided and not take it in some other, less decent directions. Let’s get to it:
1 – Broad Audience Targeting
As a seller of WordPress plugins and themes you may or may not have heard of a thing called “Dynamic Product Ads” by Facebook. If you haven’t
Detailed outline of how different groups of people would benefit from WordPress governance, ranging from "moderately" to "extremely." If you're a WP professional, your rating is "significantly."
While The WordPress Governance Project collectively begins the creation of a proposed Governance Document to support WordPress, it is useful to identify some of the stakeholders the project serves. About the exercise
This exercise is a useful way to determine the various resource requirements and constraints that may be present but not clearly documented. Deep understanding of a target audience is fundamental to creating exceptional products. Identifying stakeholders helps a team find the answer to one of their most important questions, “Who are we designing for?” By understanding the expectations, concerns, and motivations of target users, it’s possible to design a product that will satisfy users’ needs and therefore be successful. Understanding the nuances of each stakeholder and their preferences, actions or relationships can better articulate the needs for governance in the WordPress project.
Noteworthy: People and organizations involved in WordPress can span multiple stakeholders and take on different roles depending on context. For example, a WordPress meetup organizer in Nigeria can also be a theme developer. It is also very likely that involvement can
A bit of a love-letter regarding how so much of what we do depends on open source software.
Part of being a successful web designer is having the right tools (and the requisite knowledge) to get the job done. Fortunately, those of us who work in this industry have an incredible amount of resources available. Here’s the kicker: many of them free. Okay, perhaps that last bit of information isn’t new to you. But, to those who work in other fields, it may just be astonishing.
Free tools and even educational materials are not something that, say, a mechanic would have access to. Nor would a plumber or a pilot. Yet, web designers take advantage of these perks every single day. Not only that, we also benefit from a large community that is centered around comradery and the sharing of knowledge.
And perhaps the biggest, most influential contributor of all is the open source software community. As such, let’s take a look at why open source means so much to those of us who work on the web.
The Web Designer Toolbox
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A Fast Start (On the Cheap)
In just about any service-related industry, there are certain costs required to get started on a project – the “materials”, if you
Marcel will be walking 737km to WordCamp Europe in Berlin from his hometown Berkel en Rodenrijs.
An interesting article by Kobe Ben-Itamar discussing the DOs and DONTs of collecting user feedback for WordPress plugins and themes.
All WordPress plugin/theme sellers who sell their WordPress products through Freemius are added to a Freemius DEV Slack channel, where discussions about WordPress business best practices, as well as consultation sessions, take place on a daily basis. Just a few days ago, the creator of ‘WP Sheet Editor’ (and a few other great WordPress plugins), Jose Vega, came out seeking for some advice on whether or not he should ask for user feedback about his products. His plan was to incentivize them to provide their ideas of how their experience might be improved by offering free plugin licenses to users who come up with the best suggestions. We decided it was worth expanding on this topic, in the hopes of helping all WordPress plugin/theme owners understand the benefits and drawbacks, as well as how to best manage this kind of strategic move. Here’s Jose Vega’s original message from the Slack channel:
“Hi guys, I have an idea. I want to implement an ‘innovators program’ in my plugins. I will send an automated email to the customers, asking them to give me feedback (5 ideas) on how to improve the plugin (improve the UI, workflows, extension ideas, new
YoastCon Overshadowed by Twitter Storm: Joost de Valk, SEO Industry Leaders Called Out for Objectifying Women
Very weird discussion going around #YoastCon. WPTavern did a complete article.
YoastCon Overshadowed by Twitter Storm: Joost de Valk, SEO Industry Leaders Called Out for Objectifying Women
The third edition of YoastCon kicked off today in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, but for those following remotely the conference has been overshadowed by a discussion that erupted on the #yoastcon hashtag prior to the event. Several parties began circulating tweets and unsavory videos involving Joost de Valk, for which he has since publicly apologized. The story was complicated and confusing to follow, as many of these decade-old tweets were deleted and the videos made private by the websites that are hosting them. The parties who were publishing screenshots from archive.org alleged that de Valk was sexually harassing women in the SEO industry.
@yoast can scrub @jdevalk history of thirsty sexual harassment tweets but The Wayback Machine knows all. If it's not harassment why was it deleted yesterday? #YoastCon pic.twitter.com/amctSWHqEw
— Dan Leibson (@DanLeibson) February 6, 2019
Looks like somebody whose name rhymes with toast has been busy deleting tweets ahead of #YoastCon … wonder if any of them are in https://t.co/7s6vq2FNXD? pic.twitter.com/Oi7uAexukv
— David Cohen (@explorionary) February 6, 2019
No seriously, fucking don’t try and excuse behaviour like this.
One of the proposed features is block management, the ability for users to hide or turn off blocks that they are not using. An avalanche of blocks is pouring into the WordPress ecosystem.
WordPress 5.1 has been downloaded more than 3.6 million times since its release last week and work on 5.2 is now underway. The upcoming release will be led by Matt Mullenweg with Josepha Haden acting as Release Coordinator. Gary Pendergast posted a proposed scope and schedule that would have 5.2 arriving April 23, 2019. One of the proposed features is block management, the ability for users to hide or turn off blocks that they are not using. An avalanche of blocks is pouring into the WordPress ecosystem, especially with the push to convert core widgets to blocks. Users’ expectations will soon become firmly rooted in the concept of the block interface as widgets slowly become a relic of the past. It’s also quite common for users to install block collections that introduce a dozen or more new blocks when they really only have use for a handful of blocks.
Several standalone plugins already provide block management features, such as Gutenberg Manager and Disable Gutenberg Blocks. They all have different UI’s and approaches to letting users turn off blocks. For example, Gutenberg Manager uses a tabbed interface with checkboxes for disabling core blocks. The Disable Gutenberg
There is a surprising number of e-commerce platforms to choose from for your startup that requires some research. Read this guide on how to find the best eCommerce platform for small businesses in 2019.
Small businesses need to meet tech-savvy users’ needs without hurting their budget. Here are top tips that will help them choose the right eCommerce platform in 2019. From pin to the plane- You can sell anything online. Yes, it’s 2019, and the right eCommerce platform can help your business go beyond a brick-and-mortar store.
But then, small business owners are still in dilemma about how to make the most from the online world using a suitable and reasonable platform. Well, this article is for them if they are ready to bring an online transformation.
Read on to get handy tips to choose the ideal eCommerce platform for small business in 2019 and beyond.
Let’s face it. You meet veterans like Amazon, Flipkart, Alibaba, and even Facebook when you enter the world of online shopping. Simply put, the roller-coaster ride is about to begin!
There, technology lends a helping hand with a plethora of eCommerce platforms. However, these readymade platforms are developed by keeping various business requirements in mind, and therefore, you need to do enough homework to find the right one for your online business.
Here we give a few deciding factors that can act as a stepping stone
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