Learning how to export Gravity Forms to PDF is a huge timesaver. Rather than having to manually fill out PDF documents or collect information directly from your website’s visitors, you can set up a data collection form and automatically generate a Gravity Forms PDF from form submissions. In this post, you’ll learn how to export Gravity Forms to PDF in a visual, privacy-friendly manner.
Learning how to export Gravity Forms to PDF is a huge timesaver. Rather than having to manually fill out PDF documents or collect information directly from your website’s visitors, you can set up a data collection form and automatically generate a Gravity Forms PDF from form submissions. While there are plenty of potential use cases, exporting Gravity Forms to PDF is especially helpful for…
It will not only save you time, but it will also create a better user experience for your visitors, who have a much more streamlined way to provide their information to you.
In this post, you’ll learn how to export Gravity Forms to PDF in a visual, privacy-friendly manner. You can take a form like this:
And automatically turn all the entry data into a signed PDF like this:
You won’t need to create your own form template using HTML and PHP. Instead, you just upload your fillable PDF document and visually map Gravity Forms fields to fillable fields in that PDF.
You’ll be able to preserve the existing style of your PDF file, and you’ll also be able to include signatures directly in the PDF, which is great for generating contracts.
Joshua Strebel Interview! Learn from the CEO of Pagely, the first company to launch Managed WordPress Hosting
Hey guys, did you miss our interviews? If you did, we are back with another piece featuring the CEO of Pagely, mister Joshua Strebel. Just like every entrepreneur, he’s a busy man, but we finally managed to make him answer a few curiosities we had about his business and approach to life. Before getting to today’s topic, let’s recap our last discussion with Jack Lenox from Automattic/WordPress VIP. If you want to hear more about web sustainability and energy-efficient websites, check out the video from #WCEU together with its transcript here.
But this is Joshua’s interview, so let’s get to know him better. If you’ve been part of the WordPress community for some time now, you’ve probably heard about Pagely before. What probably only a few know is that Pagely was the first company to launch a managed WordPress hosting service. So he’s one of the guys to thank for bringing innovation in WordPress.
Joshua has been the leading brain behind this business for around 13 years now, together with his longtime wife, Sally. He is the man good at everything in his company, a WordCamp speaker, and who believes integrity is what keeps a team united. And
This WordCamp US 2019 in St. Louis, we asked the tough questions, made new connections, and learned quite a bit from the community.
This WordCamp, I heard some pretty tough feedback from other attendees, especially from veteran campers that have been attending WordCamps for years. In particular, I heard that the venue was too spread out because it was so big, the speaking rooms and events felt “disconnected” from each other because you had to travel far to get to them (within the massive conference center and to external events), and quite a few people commented that it was “more of the same old thing”. This is some pretty harsh criticism of an event that is supposed to bring people together and normally be pretty fun…
I’m always someone to take things pretty lightly, so I felt like my opinion was in the middle of all this feedback. I thought the St. Louis City Museum was a pretty whacky place for everyone to go for the after-party – in a good way (even though it was out of the way). Also, comparing it to the experience I had in WordCamp EU earlier this year in Berlin, the energy of the event was a bit more “sleepy”. Did anyone else feel that way too?
Overall, I had a great time, but I think it’s still worth asking:
Is WordCamp Dying?
Maybe it was the
Avada's Fusion Builder and GeoDirectory are fully compatible and you can use them together to easily build beautiful Business Directory Websites that are engaging and profitable.
These days, most people won’t set foot in a store or an office without looking it up online beforehand. With online directories, such as Google Maps, Yelp, and TripAdvisor, you can learn everything you need to know about any business right from your phone. Online business directories might seem complicated at first; however, at the core, they all require a common framework and functionality to deliver marketable information. You should be able to share business locations, reviews, photos, prices, and any other vital information with your audience. And with the right WordPress theme, plugin, and approach, you can set up your online business directory as a marketing and public service powerhouse.
In this article, we’ll talk about why starting your own business directory is a lot easier than you may think. We’ll discuss what features every great directory needs, and teach you how to pull it off using the Avada WordPress theme and the GeoDirectory plugin. Let’s get started!
At their core, business directories are all about listings. You gather the relevant information about a business, add it to your directory list, and that’s about it:
In practice, however,
Here comes the much-awaited State of the Word 2019! Matt Mullenweg's signature yearly address the entire World of WordPress during WordPress US (WordCamp SF till 2014). First nice write up by Brian.
Matt Mullenweg just completed the 2019 State of the Word, where he offered a comprehensive overview of the last year of all things WordPress. WordCamp US 2019 completes its first year in St. Louis, Missouri, where more than 1,300 WordPress community members and leaders are gathered.
It’s been the year of Gutenberg in 2019, and in this State of the Word, Matt highlights what has been accomplished, and what comes next.
Matt kicks off the event with the premiere of Open: The Community Code, a film about the open source WordPress community.
Open was really well done, and makes a great intro for this year in review. In the film, Matt said that $10 billion flow through the WordPress economy per year. Yet, it’s just one of the things that make the WordPress community. WordPress is more than code, more than business. Matt said, “it’s more than a tool,” and that it’s more like a canvas that, “anyone can paint on.”
Open is a film about WordPress, and what WordPress really is — not only software, but people, a community, and a mission. Open is, “is a documentary short created by Producer Andrew Rodriguez and Director Sean Korbitz. Executive
SEO helps to build websites that rank higher in search engines. Here are few powerful tips to do SEO for small business in 2020.
Search Engine Optimization(SEO) has continued to gain relevance for anyone to have a presence on the online platform. Yet, many people continue to think that it is something that only applies to big businesses. This is not the reality, and there is a lot you can do to improve your SEO skills for small businesses. Our article will teach you how to optimize for SEO, thereby making your business more visible to the search engines. We will teach you how to do the same on your social media sites. 1. Focus On a Niche
As a small business, you may struggle with trying to stand out above your competition. You will, therefore, benefit by finding a niche area to focus on. It could be about your brand, products, or services. It will help you compete against the larger, more established brands.
You must also determine what kind of words your customers use to describe what you are offering. With the right SEO, your business will become more visible anytime someone types in a particular keyword. Ensure you use a specific short and long-tail keyword. It will increase the chances of search engines finding you. There are many online tools you can use to your advantage when searching for keywords.
Among other items to note: the community-track sessions had low attendance in ironic contrast to the film shown at the beginning of SOTW, and some other issues that WCUS has and local WordCamps usually don't.
I have attended quite a few WordCamps in the last year. At each one, I’ve been integrated more and more into the wider community of WordPress. I’ve gone from imposter syndrome, to doe-eyed wonder, to critical evaluation, to leadership. WordCamp US 2019 let me look back on all that and forced me to acknowledge the full picture of my growth and evolution through the community. You may be reading this wrap-up because you want to catch up on things you missed, or re-live some of your favorite parts. This post will have some of that. But for the most part, I’m not writing this for you. I’m writing it for future Allie to look back on. I want to integrate my current state of mind with the hard clarifying power of the written word. I’m writing it to sort through all the things I saw and heard and felt.
I hope you continue reading; that you appreciate and take in the perspective I’m going to share and that you reach out and start a conversation so I can understand your perspective, too.
The #1 highlight of the weekend, over all else, were the moments where I was able to meet and connect people. Despite the number of fantastic, warm, and loving individuals
Here are 4 simple habits remote workers and their teams can start right now to improve their mental health.
Working remotely can seem like a dream gig to an outsider. You don’t have a commute. You can work in your pajamas. You can travel the world. You don’t have to deal with annoying coworkers. What is there to complain about? The reality is that a lot of us who work remotely often feel anxious or depressed. While we might have the freedom to create our own schedule and work from anywhere, it’s easy to feel isolated. The problem is compounded for many of us as the weather grows colder so we’re inclined to be indoors more, and as the days grow shorter, providing less vitamin D and serotonin, a chemical that helps stave off anxiety and depression and is triggered by sunlight.
If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, it is important to seek professional care and support. While it may not be financially viable to engage in weekly counseling, if you have thoughts of harming yourself or you are unable to even get out of bed, it’s critical you see a professional who can get you the care you need.
Almost equally important to outside help are the daily habits you can establish to support your own mental wellness. More commonly known now as “self-care,”
Here’s a deep-dive into the hugely successful strategy behind WP FeedBack’s $100k+ plugin launch!
Have you ever heard of a WordPress plugin (or theme) that made over $100,000 in its first 30 days after launch? After spending hours Googling for successful plugins in the WordPress space that we could learn from, I couldn’t find any. As a big believer in transparency and knowledge sharing, I promised myself that if we met our goal of making $100k+ during our launch, I would share everything that we learned so other plugin and theme developers would be able to replicate the “recipe” we used to bootstrap our business.
Spoiler alert – we ended up making over $100,000 during the launch
November 2019 roundup of news. Find out the latest happenings in the WordPress space.
Hi, WordPress friends, welcome to our roundup of November 2019 WordPress news and get ready for an exciting collection of cool stories and announcements from the WordPress ecosystem. In case you missed our last edition, you can catch up quickly by going through the topics here. Now that you’re up to speed, let’s move to the most recent events!
This month, the WordPress 5.3 release candidate is out for testing, the Featured section in the WordPress theme directory will get a curated overhaul, BuddyPress is embracing the block editor, and the PHP limitation for plugins is up to PHP 7.2.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Stay with us for a few more minutes and read all the awesome news that has been circulating around the WordPress community.
WordPress 5.3 is almost here. As we’re waiting for the final adjustments, we have the chance to try out the third release candidate, which is as close as possible to the official version that will be out on November 12.
The WordPress core team is asking for your help in tracing the potential issues and errors, so they can clean everything in a timely manner. You can test by installing the WordPress
Need an alternative for Help Scout? Check these seven contenders.
If you have a lot of experience with customer support, you have probably heard of Help Scout. It's an amazing software program that has absolutely revolutionized online support systems. There are over 9,000 businesses in the world that use Help Scout, but there are many alternatives out there, too.
Since customer support is one of the business processes that can always benefit from upgrades and optimization, it's always a focal point for innovation and disruption.
In this article, we explain what Help Scout is all about and present the best alternatives to this service. Check it out and launch your support efforts to success!
Help Scout, formerly known as Brightwurks, is a service that aims to optimize your customer support and communication with your audience/users. It's an incredibly successful service that has over 9,000 customers worldwide.
Help Desk – personalized email messages
Docs – creating and sharing documents among team members
Beacon – cutting-edge technology for live chat systems
Reports – analytics on support efforts, stats and insights
It's also highly integrated with all services most today's businesses use, like Salesforce, Slack, MailChimp,
For small businesses, literally every customer matters, and if they can’t quickly get the information they need, they can easily take their business elsewhere.
H No matter what kind of business you run, it is always imperative that you provide your clients with the best possible support in order to ensure your service is as good as it can be. But this is especially true for small businesses.
For small businesses, literally every customer matters, and if they can’t quickly get the information they need, they can easily take their business elsewhere.
At some point, even small businesses have to start thinking about implementing systems that can help them address their clients in a more efficient way, which is where help desk software comes in.
Here’s what you need to know about it!
What is a helpdesk?
First things first, we have to cover the basics. Before we do anything, let’s define a helpdesk. Now, helpdesks are software tools that help oversee and maintain communication with customers. Their task is to make this communication as efficient and as quick as possible. It’s easy to get lost in all those inquiries, particularly if each member of your staff is operating from a separate (e-mail) account. Helpdesk systems unify all aspects of the support a business provides into one place and under one interface, which gives
Learn how to translate your Beaver Builder WordPress created site using the Weglot multilingual solution. A no-code tool that translates all your WordPress content
Choosing the right CMS platform to build your website is always going to be a difficult choice. With numerous options out there for no-code tools, it’s often easier to pick a CMS that allows you to build aesthetically pleasing websites without the need for any developer knowledge. Whilst WordPress is currently the CMS of choice for more than 34% of the internet – not everyone is as confident at building a website on this website technology if they lack HTML knowledge.
Luckily there are a number of well known WordPress page builders that take the hassle out of creating a WordPress site by allowing you to create beautifully designed pages without any code.
In this article we’ll take a look at Beaver Builder, which is currently being used on more than a million WordPress sites.
With their simple drag-and-drop WordPress site builder and a choice of 30 themes, you can take control of the layout and design of your site through easy customization options – taking the hard work out of WordPress website development.
And, if you’re creating a WordPress website one of the things you might be hoping to do is add multiple languages so you can target numerous markets.
Over the past month, Kinsta has been testing new machines internally and the performance gains are huge. Here are the details and what this change means for the users.
The performance of your WordPress sites has always been a top priority for our team. It’s one of the main reasons clients choose us today over our competitors, and we’ve proven this time and time again. We’re consistently one of the first in the industry to release the latest software such as PHP 7.3, and Review Signal has awarded us “top tier” performance five years in a row. Kinsta was also the first managed WordPress host to utilize Google Cloud Platform (GCP) exclusively, and we keep a close eye on their newly released infrastructure. We’re always trying to push the boundaries, and today we’re taking it to a whole other level. We are excited to announce that we are moving to GCP’s next-generation compute-optimized virtual machines (C2).
We’ve developed our WordPress hosting platform to be completely scalable, from our Starter plans all the way up to our Enterprise plans. This means we aren’t just moving a select few to this new hardware or limiting their use to our higher-tier plans. We’re making the new GCP machines available for everyone at Kinsta. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a casual blogger or
Wanted to buff up your WordPress site? Black Friday season has started so check out all the deals. If you have a deal that you want to listed, feel free to submit via the form listed at the end of the article.
There are many things to be happy about in the fall. It’s colorful fallen leaves, warm clothing and pumpkin spice season! November, in particular, brings one of the most important holidays, too – Thanksgiving and delicious turkey! We’re sure though, that it’s been a while since you actually slept properly after that turkey, as you must have been quite early the following day to grab all those Black Friday deals! When you consider the discounts and sales that are up for Black Friday, no wonder people even camp in front of particular stores.
Or, you might have been making a warm cup of coffee, cuddled up under your blanket with your credit card in hand – patiently waiting for Cyber Monday! Trust us, we get it: Who doesn’t love a good deal? Cyber Monday is the time to do your online shopping, without going the extra mile of camping and not being able to sleep the turkey off. Of course, there is also a stampede threat whichever store you go to.
On our side, we’ve been working hard to make sure that our visitors on Black Friday and Cyber Monday can enjoy some first-class WordPress deals! Last year was a huge success, for both our shoppers and us,
Do you know that your portfolio can make or break your career? A few quick portfolio design tips to help you create the best portfolio website.
Designing a professional portfolio can be a daunting task for anyone. You may wonder what information to include and what to leave out. It helps if you have some background, but even if you do not, it is never too late to learn. We will explore the do’s and don’ts when designing your portfolio in our article below. Let’s dive into it. Why Do You Need A Good Portfolio?
A portfolio is a vital tool for any creative because you need it to attract potential clients or employers. It is also an essential tool for showcasing your work to other professionals within your field. By continually updating it, you get to showcase your latest projects. It may provide an opportunity to advance your career if the right people get to see it. Consider the time you spend updating your portfolio as an investment in your career and something which you must do on a constant basis.
A good portfolio will allow you to showcase your accomplishments and also let people know what you are capable of. With the growth of the online space, you get to showcase your portfolio on your website. But, you will also need a printable version for meetings, or to give out at different industry events.
Stylemix Themes - an Envato Power Elite Author - recently started selling plugins with Freemius, and there are some valuable lessons for everyone in their story.
I’m glad to be with Igor Ligay from Stylemix themes today, a developer who can definitely be called “successful” when it comes to the world of selling WordPress themes and plugins. We’ll be quizzing him on his experience selling on ThemeForest, and his more recent venture selling Stylemix plugins from their website using Freemius. Let’s plug-in. Igor, it’s great to have you with us. Please tell us – what’s your professional background?
I’m the founder and managing director of StylemixThemes. We specialize in developing WordPress themes and plugins. In 2011, I started creating WordPress themes for ThemeForest. It’s been a long journey for me and my team.
What inspired you to get into plugin and theme development and how did you start selling your products?
It all started in 2006 when I was a freelancer. I started creating websites for local customers, and a little later I founded a company with my cousin.
Around this time, I started to notice that more and more clients were requesting that we design themes for WordPress. Noticing this trend, I knew that we would have to capitalize on this opportunity to increase our revenue.
The e-commerce business is picking up success at step up fastly. Here are 10 common eCommerce mistakes to avoid in your online business.
A recent study shows that with the increasing competition in the eCommerce industry, you just have a few seconds to impress a visitor. If a visitor is not able to find a product he/she is looking for, the visitor may leave your site and may never ever come back to your eCommerce store. You would not want that to happen, right? You would want to make more sales from your eCommerce business. This blog post will help you understand the most common eCommerce mistakes that are made by business owners. You might feel familiar with a few of them.
For eCommerce business, the first impression is always the last one. When a visitor arrives at your site for the first time, he may look for the best price of the products he is interested to purchase. There are chances that he may already have done his research for the price on your competitors’ sites, and then may have come to you to check what you offer. Hence, make sure that your website offers competitive pricing for the products you sell online.
There are a lot more things that matter when a customer shops online from your store for the first time. The delivery timelines, exchange and return policies, and terms and conditions should be
Speeding up WordPress blogs is an art, and every second (or millisecond) that you shave off the site load speed is going to make a big difference.
I know what you’re thinking, “I have a speed plugin/caching plugin on my site; that’s all I need, right?” Speeding up WordPress is an art, and every second (or millisecond) that you shave off the site load speed is going to make a big difference.
Especially when it comes to your SEO results.
People think that because their website is not ‘extremely slow,’ that means they’ve done their job. Actually, not only is shaving even .5s off the load time going to improve user experience drastically, but it can drastically improve the organic traffic that is coming to your site. In fact, a client of mine had a 130%+ increase in organic traffic simply by speeding up their site, and not by much, mind you.
So let’s go through the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to speeding up a site.
Not Having a Separate Mobile Cache
So you’ve turned on caching for your site, it loads pretty fast, much faster than before. You may not think turning on mobile caching is that important, especially if your site is responsive. However, for certain sites, this can be a big deal.
Let me give you an example with a client I had. This client had a big video
Here are a few tips that will help you stand out from the crowd and start your own WordPress freelance business.
A WordPress freelance business is an excellent way to be your own boss – without having a lot of overhead. There’s a lot of entrepreneurs who are doing this and competition is fierce. Here are a few tips that will help you stand out from the crowd and start your own #WordPress #freelance #business.
1. Learn About Automation Tools
A great WordPress site starts with proper organization. There is no need to fill your desk with sticky notes or carry around a notebook. Those tools may keep your to-do list running, but it won’t help you scale your WordPress site to any success.
For that, you need automation tools. Automation tools take the details of project management, time tracking, and communication – and handle it for you. This can save a lot of time and stress. Some valuable automation tools include Trello and Asana. Both are web-based and offer automated reminders of all the tasks you need to do to keep you on track.
You can access the platforms from anywhere with an internet connection – meaning no longer having to drag around a day planner or realizing you forgot something at the office. Both tools are also free to try, so you have nothing to lose.
Now is the perfect time to transition to a fulfilling career in project management. Here are some valuable project manager resources to help.
Opportunities in project management are rising and pay is also expected to increase. Interestingly, there aren’t enough project managers to fill the growing demand. Now is the perfect time for you to transition to a fulfilling career in project management, and I know of some valuable project manager resources to help. I am a project manager because I love to watch projects unfold, and I simply love to check things off. When you check items off of your to-do list, small amounts of dopamine are released making you feel accomplished, motivated and blissful. It’s even more fun when the engineers do the actual work and you get to be the one to mark it off as complete. It’s rewarding and addicting.
In reality, project management is a lot of work and way more complex. You have to manage budgets, timelines, teams, clients and stakeholders. You have to mitigate risks, communicate, and problem solve. So whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned project manager, you should always perfect your craft. Let’s look at some books, online courses, and other project manager resources you can use to improve your project management skills.
Leaders Aren’t Born, They are Made
In this tutorial we show the level of integration of GeoDirectory with Avada (and other page builders) by building an Airbnb like page.
approximately 6 months ago we released V2 of GeoDirectory and we promised it would be a lot easier to customize your design with it. Being compatible with most page builders and themes, you could already do fantastic template designs with GeoDirectory V2, but now that we are fine-tuning it, you will be able to do even more awesome stuff with it.
We decided to start with Avada and the Fusion Builder.
With the current version of GeoDirectory, you had to :
create widget areas in Avada
add the GD widgets needed to complete the design
finally, use these widgets areas through the Fusion Builder
You could achieve almost anything with that and CSS later, but it wasn’t intuitive, nor as easy as customizing a design, with the default elements of Fusion Builder.
GeoDirectory Elements will be within the Fusion Builder
From the next version of GeoDirectory (beta available on GitHub), all GeoDirectory Widget / Shortcodes / Blocks, will also be available as Elements of the Fusion Builder.
This makes it a lot easier to design and we can now dig into the tutorial of how to design a page to look similar to Airbnb’s listings page or search results page.
Assuming you have Avada and GeoDirectory
Quality content is a must for all blogging websites. Here are 15+ proven writing tips for bloggers to craft clear, concise, and compelling content.
Here are 15+ proven writing tips for bloggers that will help you create great blog content, improve the quality of your posts and get you more readers. Blogs are a popular source of information on the Internet. It has been used for expressing oneself, helping others get answers, entertainment, building communities, and many more purpose. Right now, there are billions of blogs on the web, and millions more are written each year. The market is filled with bloggers, and thus, there comes a need of being better than others to be recognized.
As a result, you must focus on delivering great blog posts to compete with others who probably have more experience than you. But don’t worry about this factor as no matter how many bloggers there are, writing on the same niche, your content can always come on top if you write a great blog post.
Content has always been king, and when you focus your attention on the quality and structure of your blog; you will become a successful blogger.
Therefore, I will show you the tips for writing great blog posts which will surely change the way you plan, think, and write your blogs.
1. Pick the Right Niche
One of the essential decisions when starting a blog
Planning to translate your WordPress site? A guide to everything you need to know when it comes to adding a WordPress language switcher to your site, including real-world examples, best practice tips, and how to create and customize one using Weglot.
Thinking about adding a WordPress language switcher to your website? Translating your content into other languages so that site visitors can read your content in their preferred language offers enormous benefits for your business, not limited to helping you reach new markets, providing greater opportunities for SEO and online visibility, and helping you establish trust with new audiences.
For a minimal investment of your time and money, the return on investment (ROI) that WordPress multilingual websites offer is also attractive. According to the Swiss-based trade body, the Industry Specification Group for Localization (ISG), for every US$1 spent on localization, a business will make a return of $25.
That’s a 2,500% return, and certainly not to be sneezed at. Rather, it’s something you should seriously consider if you want to better position your company for success in overseas markets.
To make the most of the above benefits — including the high ROI — it’s crucial that you make it incredibly easy for site visitors to change languages on your site with an easy-to-find, well-designed, and intuitive-to-use WordPress language switcher.
So in this guide, you’ll