A quick overview about what kind of player WordPress currently is in the mobile field.
WordPress is now a major player in the CMS field. This position is often explained with the WordPress baseline: democratize publishing. It is recognized that WordPress is an affordable solution to build an online presence. Its ecosystem (themes, plugins, hosted services…) is growing everyday and it even grows outside the strictly publishing business. It is not far from becoming a very reliable e-commerce solution or a even becoming a player in the LMS field. It is used by individuals and big brands alike. So let’s see how it address the “new” mobile world. Mobile Themes
Building responsive websites with WordPress themes is now fairly common. You can also choose to have a specific mobile theme thanks to plugins such as WPTouch. So as soon as you use WordPress as a CMS, you may have a mobile online presence without too many problems. (Also, remember that your content has to be prepared for mobile consumption.)
But these are web solutions. We still build websites hosted on servers, which will be accessed with mobile browsers (meaning that you must have a connection to do so). We address the screen sizes problem. We can even have touch-enabled themes. But this is not the equivalent of an
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.
WP Rocket celebrates its second anniversary. With this blog post, we would like to share our journey and upcoming plans.
It is with great joy and emotion that we celebrate the second birthday of WP Rocket. With this blog post, we would like to share our journey and upcoming plans.
To celebrate our birthday, get 30% off on all WP Rocket licences with this coupon code: HAPPY02
Initiation Journey to San Francisco
In September 2014, Jonathan and Jean-Baptiste began a 3 months stay in San Francisco to discover the startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley. They participated in several meetups at Google, Twitter and of course SF WordCamp.
This initiation journey was extremely fulfilling, instructive and motivating.
Being immersed in this very inspiring place was a real game-changer for our mindset, and how we think about our company.
As a result of this trip, we’ve been able to create the foundation of our startup culture. This transformed three guys who were selling a WordPress plugin into a Startup of 8 people (today) with a strong company culture.
We are inspired by startups like Buffer, Baremetrics and MailPoet (in particular Kim, who advised us a lot, kudos to him).
From these startups, we’ve adopted :
A horizontal management structure
A radical transparency policy by publishing our revenue every month
Before hiring or contracting a DevOps team, consider what it is you need from them. Your DevOps team ensures your current WordPress site works smoothly, but they are much more than just developers.
A few years ago, software releases were all scheduled. Any change to that schedule, and it was pure and utter chaos. In between the software releases, the maintenance team would take over to ensure that everything ran smoothly until the next update happened. It was all very quaint, and an outmoded model for software infrastructure.
Nowhere is this truer than on WordPress (WP) sites. Because of the constant nature of the updates to the platform, along with all of the plugins and themes, it shifted how developers work with the update model.
The biggest change is the rise of the Developer Operations (DevOps) model.
Since the advent of Developer Operations the idea of periodic updates has been thrown on its head. Instead of regularly scheduled updates, developers and IT operations merge together to constantly update systems as needed.
25% of the top million websites now run on WordPress, as adoption grows, especially in the Enterprise, DevOps for WordPress is going to become a must.
What is DevOps for a WordPress Infrastructure
The term DevOps is so new that it is still being defined. However, the most common definition is “Continuous improvement, feature releases and updating of an app
Infographic of how to speed up your Wordpress website like a speed of light
Constant improvement, new ideas generation, rapid content management, it’s all about successful website running. But, sometimes it’s not enough to get that intended high rankings and traffic. At first you consider that everything is fine, you follow all the rules of search engine optimization, content management, you have run through dozens of checklists that should help you to make your site up and run. The most frequent failure of website management is the slow loading time. Actually, this is the major reason of low traffic, bounce rate, you know in modern time this factor really irritates many website visitors. So, going on with the useful tips for your site performance optimization (we’ve recently posted an article on Joomla site performance optimization), we’d like to present an interactive infographic on how to speed your WordPress CMS website. This awesome source, found at WhoIsHostingThis, will help you to distinguish all the necessary add-ons needed for your site put on speed, monitor your loading time, and generally, everything you’ll require to be at the top.
Keep following our blog posts to get more useful information on your website management!
P.S. If you are still wondering
Wanting to learn something new is something I commend and want to help you with. Wanting to get your client’s website finished without spending money on the functionality that is over your head is not something I want to help you with.
It’s the end of another Meetup and time for some networking, socializing, and Q&A. I love this time. Besides the occasional times I get to speak at a Meetup and teach the whole room something, it is also the time I can talk one-on-one with attendees who need help and want to learn. However as the months pass I notice a trend with how the questions are phrased, and the undertone to what is being asked. Sometimes it’s easy to spot, sometimes not, and sometimes it comes days or weeks later in an email.
Wanting to learn something new is something I commend and want to help you with. Wanting to get your client’s website finished without spending money on the functionality that is over your head is not something I want to help you with.
Teaching & Learning is a 2-person commitment
Do it like we do! Create excellent product, provide stellar support and your customers will recommend you. Attention - article is backed up with studies.
Let’s start by getting the exceptions out of the way. You can safely ignore the following advice if your product or service is considerably cheaper than competition
or you have a monopoly
In these cases, you can do pretty much whatever you want and the customers will still come back to you even if they were poorly treated. That is until a new competition emerges and eventually steals all of your customers, one by one.
These customers are just that – customers. They are not loyal to you by any means. They will not think twice when they are offered the same deal from a different company. They will gladly jump the ship.
According to a study by Oracle, 86% of customers will pay more for a better customer experience.
But turn that around, offer a great customer experience and they will subconsciously ignore any offers from the competition.
It’s not in their nature to try and gamble with a different product when they are already happy. They form strong bonds with companies that make them feel happy and can be easily persuaded to spend more money where they are being appreciated and treated as fellow human beings.
Harvard Business Review has published a study which states
WordPress was a lot more modest in its early days. Do you even know what WordPress 0.7 used to look like? Let's take a walk down the memory lane today and take a look at how the WordPress UI has been evolving since its very beginning in 2003.
It’s difficult not to be amazed at how significantly WordPress has evolved since its humble beginnings in 2003. What once started as a simple blogging platform is now the most popular website management system of them all, running nearly 30% of the entire web. What’s more, it is used not only by small business owners, bloggers and people in the web development ecosystem, but also by some of the biggest celebrities and brands out there. Though, I’m not entirely sure Beyonce is actually aware that she has WordPress running her site, but I digress! Back on topic:
We all know what WordPress is capable of today. But what about those early versions? Do you even know what WordPress 0.7 used to look like? Or, when WordPress actually started looking like the WordPress we know now?
Let’s answer these questions today. Here’s a rundown through all of the major versions of WordPress to see how the WordPress UI has been evolving over the years.
The evolution of WordPress UI – 2003 to now
I tried getting and installing every version of WordPress from the official archive, but that turned out much more difficult than it might at first seem. Long story short, modern
BlogVault CEO Akshat Choudhary explains what happened during the BlogBault security breach, how he and his team found out about it, how they tackled it and much more in an interview with WP White Security.
During this interview Akshat explains what happened during the BlogVault security incident, how he and his team found out about it, its aftermath, and how did the public react to their announcements and transparent approach. A lot of noise is made when a popular WordPress website or service is hacked, but not much is done to cover the aftermath and the recovery process. On the 6th of February BlogVault CEO Akshat Choudhary announced that their online WordPress backup service suffered a security breach. Akshat and his BlogVault team were very transparent about what happened and during the recovery process. They;
alerted all their customers via email of the breach,
announced it publicly,
issued an update for their plugin to address the issue within hours,
cleaned the websites of those customers’ who had an infected website,
opened a chat channel and were readily available to answer and assist all their customers,
kept the public posted of the progress and released all possible details.
It turned out that the BlogVault service was not hacked, but a number of WordPress websites were hacked through a vulnerability in their plugin. The good news is that within a few days Akshat and
History of WordPress from 2004 to 2015, containing both the screenshots for admin dashboard and the default theme created by 93Digital.
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
A lot of our clients migrated from Weebly to WordPress. Thus we decided to create a comprehensive article comparing WordPress and Weebly.
If you are looking for a great website builder, you will love this Weebly vs WordPress comparison post. Real quick, both help you to build a website, but since you need to choose one that suits your unique needs, which site builder is better for you? In this Weebly vs WordPress comparison post, we bring the best of each platform forward, so when you make your decision, you won’t lose any money.
We won’t throw shade. Instead we will show you why either of the platform could be the right solution for you, although we swear by WordPress any day.
Today, we give love to each site builder, and we don’t need you to fall for either platform on our say so. Fall, instead, for a platform that meets all of your business needs no matter how diverse.
Weebly vs WordPress: Brief Overview
WordPress is an application framework (or content management system – CMS) that helps you to build any type of website or web application. It’s free software that you install on your web server.
Many big brands depend on the unparalleled power of WordPress to keep their websites running, which is why this platform powers ~ 26% of the web.
Additionally, it is built by hundreds of contributors
Being in the WordPress scene over 4 years, weDevs is establishing its ground by hiring the new CEO Asif Rahman and looking forward to improve even more.
As a series of our insight stories, today we want to share some of our internal changes which we are taking to establish ourselves as a stronger and “here to stay” kind of WordPress brand. This is the weDevs of the future. The Future of our Brand and Our Goals
Though we have already become a WordPress brand in the past 4 years, we want to shape it bigger and seal it. Which is why some organizational changes had become necessary. We now have a new CEO and the responsibility for the CTO and COO have been redefined. We are thinking of it as a rebirth and a relaunch of your trusted brand weDevs a serious WordPress Product Company.
While other companies split up and struggle to keep it low, we are focusing more on our growth as a company and individuals. This is a place where people can flourish their talents and consider the best place to dive into the WordPress Community.
A New Leadership – M Asif Rahman, CEO, weDevs.
Though he has been a partner & advisor of weDevs for past two years and helped direct the company from the back, on March 1st 2017, Mr. Asif Rahman has officially taken the position of CEO at weDevs.
M Asif Rahman is a prominent figure in Orlando, Florida
WP-AppKit is a new WordPress plugin (currently in beta) that allows users to create PhoneGap-based smartphone apps for WordPress sites. It seems to be a free alternative to AppPresser.
If you don’t know Uncategorized Creations (aka. UncatCrea), it’s a loose group of web professionals working with WordPress. We have created and we maintain Advanced Page Manager, a plugin helping to manage WordPress pages. In recent months, we have participated or led mobile app projects and we have begun to work on a new project which aims to provide a technical and functional boilerplate for mobile app and WordPress developers.
A Solution To Build Apps
Our project is about creating apps (i.e. distributed in app stores, downloaded and installed on smartphones). You won’t be able to build web apps or mobile web sites with our solution. It may change in the future (as FirefoxOS tries to demonstrate), but currently (2014) app stores are the way to go when you want to distribute and promote your apps. Users expect to find you there.
In any case, we recommend that you have an online mobile presence, whether it is a responsive web site or a separate mobile site. Apps and mobile sites have to form a consistent mobile ecosystem for your brand.
Web Technologies And Cordova/PhoneGap As Foundation
Among challenges we have identified when building an app, we think native technologies can be a
We're a WordPress-centered company, but wanted to learn from other communities. DrupalCon showed us that Drupal is still rapidly evolving, and it will continue crossing into WordPress areas in the future. It was a thought-provoking conference for us, and we’d recommend it!
If you’re following us on Twitter(thewpvalet), you know that last month, we attended DrupalCon 2016 in sweet New Orleans, LA. For five wonderful days, Mason and Kim got together with great people to learn about the Drupal content management system.They explored the latest in Drupal developments. It’s important for us to keep a pulse on the advancements of the technology in this realm and incorporate new ideas for making our products fit our clients’ needs. The conference was massive—much larger than WordCamp US back in December, especially in terms of audience and number of sponsors. Videos were available online nearly instantly after each talk completed. Conference organizers leveraged YouTube, making content extremely accessible to most folks.
Exciting Releases in the Drupal World
Drupal is an open source software led by Dries Buytaert. His opening talk “Driesnote” is similar to Matt Mullenweg’s “State of the Word” each year.
One of the key tenets of Drupal’s ongoing success (according to Dries) is its commitment to reinventing itself—it’s eager to abandon out-dated tech in favor of a newer and better approaches
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
With Elementor's new widget, you can easily add rotating and highlighted animated effects to your headlines, without using CSS. It's all done visually and intuitively.
Today we are introducing a new Pro Widget: Elementor Animated Headline. Create attention grabbing headlines that highlight or rotate the most important part of the headline, delivering your main message in the clearest and most effective way. In any website, the main headline has a tremendous influence over effectively delivering the message across to the visitor. Headlines should draw the visitor in, convincing them to either read more or opt-in to your service.
Top brands use creative animated and highlighted headlines to further draw the attention of the visitor to the headline. Now, you too can add animated and highlighted headlines, using Elementor's new Pro widget: Animated Headline.
Put the focus on the important part of your headlines with the following options of highlighted and animated shapes.
Rotating Headline lets you take better advantage of your website real estate, delivering more than one message under the same space.
You might be wondering what are the scenarios that would be the best fit for using animated headlines. Here are just a few benefits of using this feature:
Increase conversion rate
The most obvious place to use this feature is on landing pages and homepages,
Here are some fresh insights and lessons learned from our first experience while sponsoring the first WordPress event, WordCamp Bucharest.
Just a few days ago, we returned from WordCamp Bucharest where our team members switched various hats: support the event as Gold Sponsors
present the TranslatePress project to the WordPress community
attend the conference and listen to the interesting talks
Sponsoring a WordCamp
Building brand awareness
Just one month after the launch, this was the very first moment when TranslatePress was about to have face to face interactions with WordPress users.
The plugin is still in its early stage of growth and it was perfectly normal for the attendees to be curious about it, test it, break it and raise questions because most of them did not hear about it before prior to this event.
This curiosity mixed with the fact that TranslatePress has a completely different approach from all other translation solutions (more on that later), plus the fact that our pop-up banner had a fairly large size, encouraged people to visit our booth.
We were a total of five people there, and at least three of us were always around, to answer questions, display the demo and offer guidance.
Connecting with the WordPress community
As always, we were impressed by the openness of the WordPress community members, as each
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,
Everyone loves Roy Sivan, but have you said Hi Roy today? Why not? Join the club! All the club WordPress folks are doing it. Hi Roy.
No day is complete until you've greeted Roy. 2,122 people have said hi to Roy. Join the club.
Ionut tells the whole story of how the company retreats started, why they're doing them, what they're doing during the retreat, what the value is, and more.
Welcome to the 31st edition of the monthly transparency report (for August 2017). This series is all about sharing what’s been going on in the company from an organizational and business point of view. Click here to see the previous reports. I want to touch upon a lot of things in this report, so here’s a quick TOC just to keep things organized (and in case you’re not interested in all of it, which is fine):
1. On being transparent | 2. Why you need company retreats | 3. Working from home and the problems with it | 4. The value in vacation days for all team members | 5. How we’re improving team management and performance | 6. Auto-renewals and how they’ve been working for us | 7. Conferences coming up – let’s meet!
Overall, we experiment quite a lot as an organization. We try to learn from other business in the same niche and outside of it, and then fit new methods and approaches into our own workflows, mission, etc. Sometimes, this leads to reinventing the wheel (unfortunately), but, other times, it leads to innovation and making our work a lot easier and effective on a daily basis.
Below, I want to share a couple of such things that we tried
I firmly believe that there is no sustainable growth without mentorship. The article hits the nail on the head on an important topic in the community.
WordPress is growing. It’s a tool used to build enterprise-level websites, not just cat blogs, and it is increasing its market share daily. I believe that a growing platform cannot scale unless the community that supports it also scales. How can a community scale unless there are mentorships both formal and informal? The Organic WordPress Community
The WordPress community is amazing. The people in the community are generous, friendly, and accepting. Just go to any tech conference and I’m sure you’ll notice the difference between those events and WordCamps.
Most local WordPress communities support meetups, too. These are great places to share knowledge, learn, and meet friends. There are Facebook Groups, Slack Channels, and many ways to collaborate on a global scale. Rapidly growing over the last thirteen years, WordPress as a tool, code base, and, yes, platform, has a firm foot in the early majority. But at what point will self-learning and organic friendships, need to scale? Or will they on their own?
Has the premise that building websites is easy changed our idea of apprenticeship?
Is mentorship on the decline?
Can a community grow and sustain itself
The new features of WordPress 4.9 with demos and what the community is saying.
WordPress 4.9 is like every major WordPress update, in that the community has been circling it since the announcement was made. The list of potential enhancements and features has got everyone buzzing again! It was made clear early that there wouldn’t be a focus on Gutenberg for this release – Gutenberg will be the driver behind WordPress 5.0 next year. However, WordPress 4.9 is one for the loyalists with a couple of additions that have been waiting eight years for inclusion. This WordPress 4.9 release is an opportunity to clear the decks in preparation for Gutenberg watershed sometime next year. In that light, the changes that we see here are overwhelmingly user oriented. With a strong desire to help users with editing and management.
Does it succeed? Should you update immediately? Well, we have been running the rule over 4.9 for months now, and this article will show you its best features in detail, plus the best of the rest:
Here’s what’s new in WordPress 4.9 – the most exciting stuff
1. The Scheduler and Draft Saver
The Customizer was always great for going through with big changes. But those changes had to be done en masse, and they went live as soon
In this report, Ionut talks about the results of the Black Friday sale, a new plugin repurposed to offer free templates and Gutenberg's impact on the theme & plugin industry.
Welcome to the 34th edition of the monthly transparency report (for November 2017). This is a series where I share and discuss the more interesting events, projects, and learnings from the company’s day to day. Click here to see the previous reports. First up, Black Friday… is it something you should participate in? Both from a customer’s point of view and also from the merchant’s?
Well, the former comes down to your personal preference and the way you do your shopping for the year, but the latter is a bit more complicated thing. On the one hand, if you have a product and you’re willing to provide a discount, you can probably make some good sales.
But does the math on that check out in practice? I hope to provide you with some details on that today.
Just to remind you, we took part in this year’s Black Friday in two distinct ways: (1) we had a Black Friday sale at ThemeIsle, and (2) we compiled a really detailed list of the best Black Friday deals for WordPress and “web things” right here on the blog.
I finally have some data on how it all went:
Results of our Black Friday sale at ThemeIsle
This year was the first time when we actually