Elementor Pro 2.0 has now been released, and comes built-in with full theme builder capabilities. The page builder introduces an entire new process of creating headers, footers, single posts, archive pages and other dynamic content visually, no coding needed. You can use these capabilities to design any theme of your choosing.
It all started as a crazy dream: creating a complete website builder solution for WordPress. Until now, there were two major restrictions preventing it from happening: Some parts of the theme simply couldn’t be touched. You had to use code and a lot of guesswork to change different areas of your theme. Using Elementor, you were restricted to the content area of your website.
Until now, you could only create static content, not dynamic content. Unlike landing pages, the dynamic parts of your site (like blog posts or product pages) required dynamic content, and couldn’t be handled without code.
With Elementor Pro 2.0, we addressed both issues, making it possible to design every part of the website dynamically, visually, and with zero code required.
With this release, you can finally visually customize your headers, footers, archive pages, single post pages and other areas of your site. This not only saves you time, but introduces a whole new drag and drop experience to building WordPress website.
We believe the new theme builder capabilities will change how people create and edit websites. We worked months developing the most streamlined, simple process for editing every area
Interviews from 11 marketing and advertising professionals to find out why they're using WordPress for their marketing and content projects.
There’s nothing more frustrating for a digital marketer or advertiser than a website that doesn’t allow them the flexibility and control to do their job. Because when it comes to websites, marketing and advertising teams need more than just form and function – they need flexibility. They need sites that meet the needs of their buyer personas, use data and creativity to craft user experiences, and map out customer journeys in ways that help meet wider business objectives.
So where does WordPress fit in? And why it is becoming an increasingly popular choice for the modern marketer?
Not too long ago, managing websites was the responsibility of IT departments and developers. Websites were simply a means for displaying information for users. Now, marketers and advertisers are taking control, thanks in large part to the rise of WordPress. It’s flexible, intuitive and anyone can update it – which means you no longer have to pester developers when you want to implement a new feature or plugin.
WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform to the powerhouse that it is today. Just recently, it reached a huge milestone when web technology survey firm W3Techs
We decided to stop talking about Weglot and let our great partners tell us their story. This a great article from Lyn Wildwood about her journey withing WordPress as a freelance blogger.
Hello, I’m Lyn Wildwood. I’m a freelance WordPress blogger, and I’ve been commissioned by the folks at Weglot to discuss my writing journey in this niche. I’m a blogger by profession, which naturally means I primarily produce blog content, but I’ve also produced ghostwritten marketing material for a few companies here and there. My credited work can be seen on such sites as MH Themes, WPKube, WPLift, Design Bombs, WP Mayor and even Elegant Themes once upon a time. This isn’t so much a post about my own writing career as it is an insight into the careers and behind the scene workings of the many bloggers working in the WordPress niche. With that said, I cannot speak for all bloggers, especially not when many of them are far more experienced than I am. I can only share my thoughts, opinions and personal experiences.
Without further ado, I am Lyn Wildwood, and this is my story.
How I Became a Freelance Writer
Similar to most writers, I got into freelance writing for the money. Not “buy a Lamborghini” money, but enough to pay the bills (or a small fraction, at least). It wasn’t a new ambition. I don’t have any formal education
HubSpot WordPress integration allows you to use the world's best CMS with the world's best all-in-one inbound marketing platform. This article shows you how to maximize your HubSpot efforts within WordPress.
HubSpot is an all-in-one inbound marketing software tool that can allow you to optimize your WordPress website for lead generation and conversion. Site owners use HubSpot to improve traffic generation, lead capture, automated nurturing and sales conversion and with $375.6 million in revenue for 2017, HubSpot has cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with in this space. HubSpot does bundle its own content management system (CMS), but many marketers don’t realize that a HubSpot WordPress integration is possible via a plugin that gives you an easy way to continue using WordPress as your CMS while integrating HubSpot into your site for your inbound marketing efforts.
In this article, we’re going to walk you through:
Why you should consider using HubSpot with WordPress
How to install the WordPress plugin
Using HubSpot to improve your WordPress SEO
Using HubSpot to generate and track leads on your WordPress site
How to implement
By the end, you’ll have a firm grasp of how to leverage both the marketing power of HubSpot and the flexibility of WordPress.
Let’s dive in.
Why HubSpot and WordPress?
One of the things we love about WordPress is the huge amount of
When you run into errors with WordPress, you’ll want to have a way to trace the problems to their source. Enabling WordPress logs on your site is an easy way to do so, and here we walk you through the three steps required to set up and access an error log.
Use WordPress logs to fix problems that arise on your WordPress instance – or, more accurately, to figure out why they’ve occurred. This feature tracks errors and records them in one easy-to-locate file, so you can get started on the troubleshooting process. There are three basic steps to enable WordPress error logs:
Edit your wp-config.php file.
Locate your new WordPress logs.
In this article, we’ll talk a little more about why WordPress logs are so useful and go through step-by-step on how to activate and use them on your own site.
Why You Might Need to Enable Error Logs in WordPress
No software is perfect, after all, which means there might come a time when you run into problems or bugs with WordPress. Most users extend the platform with a variety of themes and plugins and while beneficial (and essential) for the most part, this can result in compatibility issues and other unforeseen problems.
There are many places online to seek help when you run into WordPress bugs or errors, but in order to get assistance, you’ll need to know what the problem actually is. As a result, it’s crucial to know how to perform some basic troubleshooting.
To carry out troubleshooting,
At WPCouple we're celebrating a hosting week for WordPress hosts that support our open source projects. #WPHostingWeek18. Here's what we wrote about Kinsta — how it helped us double our traffic and why we love it.
During the initial years of WordPress, it was hard to find a proper hosting solution for your sites. People were hosting WordPress on servers not optimized for WordPress at all. Maintenance and keeping things up to date was a headache. But the radical adoption of WordPress – which is 30% of the web now – has changed the grounds completely. Finding a hosting solution for WordPress is no more an issue. In fact, every other hosting service now provides dedicated hosting services for WordPress called Managed WordPress Hosting. But which hosting company should you chose to host your site with remains a question with many possible answers?! That’s what we answer in this post.
In managed WordPress hosting, companies also provide services for maintenance, backup, and upgrades. It allows you to focus on the real part of your site like creating content or making sales, instead of worrying about if your WordPress site is still running.
It’s been quite some time since I got introduced to this incredible managed WordPress hosting service – Kinsta. But before I dig deep let me tell you that I host many of my sites (more than 10) on Kinsta and things could not have been
A comprehensive analysis of what Shared and Managed WordPress hosting is, Pros and Cons, and hands-on examples.
Managed WordPress hosting is like a concierge service for your WordPress site, whereas regular shared hosting leaves much of the work to you when it comes to backups, WordPress optimization, and more. However…
Shared hosting and managed WordPress hosting aren’t inherently different things
When people talk about shared hosting, they’re usually using the phrase interchangeably with “generic cheap hosting.”
But here’s the thing:
You’ll actually find plenty of shared hosts offering a “managed platform” or “managed services”, and these hosts are often counted among the list of managed WordPress hosts.
Shared hosting is just a type of hosting plan where your site “shares” resources with other sites on the same server.
Managed WordPress hosting is a set of added services and performance tweaks that sits on top of regular hosting.
That’s why you can have cheap shared managed WordPress hosting – like SiteGround at ~$4 per month – and expensive dedicated managed WordPress hosts – like Pagely starting at $499 per month.
In fact, you’ll find managed WordPress hosts powered by all types of
A turbulent second half of the Dumitru Brinzan interview at Mastermind.fm where he openly talks about some very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.
This turbulent second half of the the Dumitru Brinzan interview revolves around his controversial blog post Inside WordPress.org Theme Review Team: Money, Abuse and Inconsistent Leadership. Donnacha and Dumitru discuss the series of events that led him to be the first member of the WordPress.org Theme Review Team to publicly call out the corruption that makes WordPress worse for users but, conveniently, hands a million dollar business advantage to leading volunteers.
We talk about how Dumitru’s background, growing up in Eastern Europe before the fall of communism, imprinted upon him the urgent importance of not allowing corruption to slide, especially in slow-moving, bureaucratic, cult-of-personality situations.
For anyone involved in WordPress, this interview is worth listening to precisely because it is so rare to ever hear an insider talk openly about the very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.
Elementor has created a developer API with a code reference and developer resources.
Today we are unveiling our new Developers site created specifically for plugin and theme developers who want to integrate the power of Elementor into their products. We have spent the last seven months documenting the entire Elementor code base with phpDocs, making the code readable and easier to use. We have also moved our tutorials from GitHub to a new site dedicated for developers.
The Developers Center has two sections:
The code reference, located at code.elementor.com, which is auto-generated from the Elementor phpDocs and gets updated with every new version release
The developers resources center, located at developers.elementor.com, which includes the actual guides and tutorial explaining how to create your own extensions, step-by-step
As mentioned above, the code reference explains what each function, class, method and hook does. The developers center, on the other hand, is a set of tutorials explaining how you can use all the hooks and classes to create your Elementor extensions.
The new Elementor Code Reference will be familiar for WordPress developers, as it is generated entirely by code, in the same manner the WordPress Code Reference gets generated.
Most developers will
A hands-on guide on how to actually use Gutenberg, its strong and weak points, and what's to expect in the future.
Instead, this post recognizes the inevitability of Gutenberg and aims to provide you with a comprehensive resource on how to use the WordPress Gutenberg editor on your site so that you can continue to churn out awesome content when Gutenberg goes public. Whether this is the first time you’re hearing about the WordPress Gutenberg editor or you’re already somewhat familiar with it, this post will help you learn how you can use the new editor to build layouts for your WordPress content.
As a quick refresher, here’s what the WordPress TinyMCE editor looks like:
And here’s what things look like in the new WordPress Gutenberg editor:
It’s more than an aesthetic update, though. Gutenberg is going to completely change the editing experience by moving to a block-based approach to content (more on exactly what blocks are in a second!).
While the current focus is on content creation, the eventual goal is to have Gutenberg “go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.”
That means eventually you’ll be able to build your whole site using Gutenberg, including landing pages and other important content.
When will Gutenberg
Gutenberg 2.7 includes a ton of fixes and improvements. We are on the path for release now as the number of blockers are being whittled down.
This release introduces a number of visual refinements around block controls (hover areas, link modal, Classic block), a new block for pagination, and pushes much of the Plugin API out of its experimental stage. Thank you to all the contributors for their efforts, and welcome to the new faces seen throughout the release cycle! CloudupBlogLoginAboutBlogFaqTermsPrivacy
Add pagination block (handles page breaks core functionality).
Add left/right block hover areas for displaying contextual block tools. This aims to reduce the visual UI and make it more aware of intention when hovering around blocks.
Improve emulated caret positioning in writing flow, which places caret at the right position when clicking below the editor.
Several updates to link insertion interface:
Restore the “Open in new window” setting.
Remove the Unlink button. Instead, links can be removed by toggling off the Link button in the formatting toolbar.
Move link settings to the left.
Update suggested links dropdown design.
Allow UI to expand to fit long URLs when not in editing mode.
Rework Classic block visual display to show old style toolbar. This aims to help clarify when you have content being displayed
BizarroDevs is a curated newsletter with all the cool, wacky and the obscure tech news, delivered each Tuesday (for free).
Finally we have a reason to believe in deep learning technology. Any technology that multiplies the Nic Cage canon is a force for good. Meanwhile AI is cracking the impossible code and machine learning is helping us keep track of our fellow citizens. I guess what I want to say is React is a really good thing to have.
Electric sheep - technology
We created a directory to collect and showcase all Gutenberg plugins, themes and resources available. We automatically grab themes and plugins from wordpress.org. Anyone can submit their plugins, themes or resources if they are not hosted on wordpress.org. Today we launch with: 42 plugins (already) 5 themes 2 Resources Help us to keep it complete and updated!
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It's been an amazing year, growing from 30K to 400K in just 12 months. Here we decided to take a look back at all the amazing things we shipped throughout the year, a lot of them thanks to the great feedback we received from our users.
2017 has been an amazing year. Looking back, it is impressive to see just how many features we managed to release in a single year. For us, each new feature is not just another shiny coat of paint. Each feature represents a new way of creation, and hundreds of hours of planning and development behind the scenes. We are proud of every single feature, but especially proud of how they all combine to deliver the full design experience of Elementor. Browse through the months to see just how we evolved over the past 12 months If you managed to scroll this far, you can already guess our underlying foundation behind each of these features: 'Design better. Design faster.' We plan to keep the increase our already fast dedicated pace for 2018, delivering new innovative solutions that will make your work creative play more remarkable and fun
Having a website isn't enough. You need a site that grows your business.
dDo you run a business with a WordPress website? Or maybe you are just starting out with your business, and know that you need a website to stay relevant in today’s world. Either way, a website is only going to help your business. A website can help by simply being an online billboard, or it can be the whole platform your business is based off (i.e e-commerce). No matter what direction you go in, it is important to know that a website is just half the battle of increasing profits & sales. Don’t overspend on the WordPress Website
WordPress websites can range in price depending who you decide to help you build your site, and more importantly what you need your website to do for your business. If you are just getting started and your have a basic business or brick & mortar, a website doesn’t need to do much, so you can expect to spend in around the $2,000 range for a decent, well built and thoughtful website. This will not include content, but any good consultant will at least help you with ideas and how to put in your content.
If you are looking to build something more custom, because you need it for your customers, or perhaps an e-commerce store with WooCommerce,
Have you ever thought… Can a business conference be both an intimate and professional at the same time? Well, CaboPress is exactly that. It is an intimate business conference with the personal touches of Chris and Melissa Lema. The level of smart people all gathered at one place, the genuine conversations, the real friendships formed, the openness of everyone sharing their life and business lessons learned, it was unbelievable.
An intimate business conference with the personal touches of Chris and Melissa Lema CaboPress is a yearly conference organized by Chris Lema and his lovely wife Melissa. It is always held in a five-star hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Have you ever thought… Can a business conference be both an intimate and professional at the same time?
Well, CaboPress is exactly that.
Last year for CaboPress 2017 both Tina, my partner in business and life, and I were blessed to be invited. There are usually about 60-70 people attending CaboPress and they are all either very successful in their business ventures or are just starting out with ideas that will disrupt the market. It is an invite-only conference and Chris personally approves each attendee in order to make sure that he has the brightest minds there. Even more importantly he wants to make sure that all people there will be a good match for each other.
For example, Chris assigns the groups that will have to go to lunch together (every day). Besides having a good time together, they are also sharing their experiences and insights amongst each other and that means a lot.
As this was the first year that both Tina and I were going to CaboPress
Caldera Forms is not going to support legacy PHP versions anymore. Josh explains why
Recently I answered a support ticket, where a paying customer reported getting deprecated function warnings when using Caldera Forms calculation fields on a site powered by PHP 7.2. PHP 7.2 is the latest version of PHP. The reason we are using the function that is now deprecated by PHP is that, like WordPress core, we support PHP 5.2. As a result, the better solutions that have been added to PHP over the last decade are not available to us. As a company we are unwilling to prioritize free users, who have dangerously out of date servers, over customers and free users, with properly set up servers. As a result, we are moving to aggressively drop support for out of date PHP versions. Based on the statistics provided by WordPress.org to us, this will affect approximately 20% of our users.
Caldera Forms 1.6 will deprecate support for PHP versions that are not supported by the PHP project — 5.5 and below. Caldera Forms 1.7 will not work unless your site is using PHP 5.6 or later.
Caldera Forms Pro has always required PHP 5.6 or later. I want to be fully transparent, that this decision is as much motivated by our desire to write better code as it is to prioritize paying customers. I
A fine selection of newsletters, with a sneak peek that will help you choose which ones suite your style.
Searching for the best tech newsletters to subscribe to in 2018? The pace of technological development can make it very hard to stay up to date (as well as time-consuming). Throw in the tremendous amounts of great content produced every day, and you can really struggle to keep abreast of everything. That’s why the curated newsletter is making a comeback and is so popular now! The concept itself is pretty simple – curated newsletters are just emails that contain a selection of popular, interesting or noteworthy content. Many of the best tech newsletters out there will help you separate the wheat from the chaff while also saving you some precious hours (immediately cutting down your search and scan time).
With that in mind, we have compiled the following list of the 11 best tech newsletters (and web culture newsletters) around. The topics covered in them range from A.I., to the death of blogging (again!). Some of the newsletters provide roundups, whereas others go in-depth on particular subjects. One notable example even takes you outside the Valley bubble to see what is happening in tech in less represented areas of the globe.
Let’s check them out (no particular order):
Tracking the growth and history of our favorite CMS, now powering 30% of the web.
WordPress has officially taken over the internet. Actually, that happened a while ago, but with W3Techs reporting that WordPress is powering 30% of the Internet, there can be no doubt.
The report goes on to indicate that WordPress owns a whopping 60.3% market share, almost 10 times more than their closest competitor, Joomla, which came in at 3.1% usage and 6.3% market share.
And they just keep growing.
In November of 2015, VentureBeat reported that WordPress was powering 25% of the web, hitting 30% this month.
In order to exclude spam websites, W3Techs only includes the top 10 million websites in their survey, which means that that WordPress went from powering 2.5 million of the internet’s top websites grew to 3 million top websites in just a little over 2 years.
And we’re not just talking little bloggers.
The list of websites using WordPress is nearly a “Who’s Who” of the internet. World recognized brands like Disney, UNICEF, TIME Magazine, Sony, and BBC America use it.
Facebook uses it.
Superstars like Beyonce use it.
Even Snoop Dogg uses it.
But how did they get here? How such an internet behemoth?
Let us give you a fast and furious tour of WordPress
A huge list of 99+ resources offering the discount on Cyber Monday, Black Friday, and Thanksgiving.
The greatest shopping extravaganza is about to happen: Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. While these events are on everybody’s calendar, one problem eclipses all the fun!
There are just too many places that offer great deals.
We at Cloudways realized this dilemma and decided to lend our readers a helping hand. We scoured the internet for the best themes, plugins, and extensions on offer for WordPress, Magento, PHP and Drupal Black Friday deals. Don’t think we forgot web hosting deal either, as that is included as well!
The Cherry on the Top!
We know that many of our readers are waiting for the Cloudways Black Friday deal to launch their projects. To welcome these new users here is a great deal: $150 hosting credit
Use the coupon code BF150 when you sign up for for a NEW Cloudways account. In the coming months, 10% of your monthly invoices will be deducted from this credit. This way the new users will continue to enjoy the Cloudways experience at a great price.
Now, on to what I promised earlier – the longest list of Black Friday deals for your WordPress, Magento, Drupal and PHP applications.
Exclusive Deals From Our Partners
This is the Thanksgiving
A comprehensive checklist covering every important aspect of improving the conversion.
You check your phone every morning even before saying “Good Morning” to your spouse. In your mind, you pray for impressive overnight sales.
But your “top notch” store with useful products doesn’t convert as high as you’d like.
It’s because your visitors see your store how they want to see it and not how you would like them to see it.
Their perspective is different from yours. Their way of forming a judgment is different from yours. And that’s why what you need is ‘perspective’.
In this bare-it-all WooCommerce guide, I’ll share with you untapped opportunities to convert more visitors into buyers. I’ve researched conversion case studies and documented my user journey in over fifty credible stores.
Use this well-curated checklist to run on your store and plug the leaks. So grab your favorite drink and open your store on a separate tab.
Category Listing Page
High-Converting Product Page
Highly-Optimized Store Front for Succesful Promotions
Abandonment-Proof Checkout Pages
Optimized Post-Purchase Journey
Other Important Stuff You Need To Care About
For Caldera Forms we now have a free plugin, a line of add-ons and a SaaS platform. I wrote about why and what's next for Caldera Forms.
In case you missed it: Yesterday we announced a new SaaS platform for improving the process of working with WordPress contact forms: Caldera Forms Pro. A couple of years ago I had dinner with some friends the night before a WordCamp. About 2/3s of the people there worked at companies that make popular form builders. The other 1/3 couldn’t understand why we were so frustrated about reliably sending contact form submissions via email.
Caldera Forms was probably about 10% as popular then as it is now, so I honestly didn’t know yet how big of a problem it was. But, I’ve spent 2 years obsessing over it. Every Caldera Form is unique, but most of them rely on email.
Caldera Forms Pro is about making the form email process not just reliable and beautiful but as useful to your business as possible. What we started beta testing yesterday, gives you a better looking emails, that are reliably delivered and let you know if they were opened or clicked on.
It’s very cool, and I’m really excited about what we have and what we plan on doing to make the information that is submitted to Caldera Forms as useful to you as possible. I want to share with you — those who
Here is a list of what happened in the world of WordPress since it's last birthday!
WordPress is now 14-years old. The CMS has come a long way from a simple blog application. Today, WordPress powers corporate portals, social media websites and of course blogs! Despite the challenges from emerging CMS and specialized publication platforms, WordPress continues to grow. The numbers suggest that it now powers 27% of the Internet — no small feat for an application that didn’t receive much love in its initial years. Here is a short overview of how WordPress fared in the last year. And yes, there is a special gift at the end for all fellow WordPressers.
Happenings in the Year!
Matt Mullenweg refused to participate in President Trump’s program of creating a Muslim Registry.
Jetpack ignites controversy with its alternate marketplace for free themes.
WordPress.com Business users could now install third party themes and plugins.
Matt Mullenweg launched WordPress Growth Council to make a tank-tank for individuals and organizations.
WordPress has updated its recommended requirements. The list include PHP 7.0 or higher, MySQL 5.6 (or MariaDB 10.0) and HTTPS support.
WooCommerce undergoes a brand reorganization as WooThemes redirects
Case study by Pippin Williamson on EDD user selling video workshops and ebooks in the health sector
Kate Galliett, an outdoor enthusiast from Utah, spends much of her time rock climbing, hiking, and exploring the mountains. Like the crags and cruxes she encounters in her bouldering adventures, one of the more interesting routes she’s had to navigate has been moving her personal brand online.
Kate is driven by the desire to share her knowledge and experience to help others to achieve their own health and wellness goals, so they too can pursue their own dreams and ambitions, pain-free. With Easy Digital Downloads as the foundation to her websites (yes, there are two!), she has been able to do just that.
Through her years as a fitness trainer, chiropractor’s assistant, and a gym coach, Kate often heard people say they had been told over and over that it was normal to feel worse as they aged. This, she says, is a lie.
In her own words, Kate says “I help people move their bodies better.”
I teach you stuff to help you heal your parts that don’t feel or function well, I assist you building unbreakable strength for whatever pursuits your heart desires, I do my best to show you an alternative view of how your future life could be…