PHP 8 is expected to be released on December 03, 2020. It will bring new features, deprecations, and performance boost. Check what's new in PHP 8!
PHP 8 is expected to be released in December 2020 and will bring us a whole bunch of powerful features and great language improvements. While several proposals are still under development, many RFCs have already been approved and implemented, so it’s time for us to dive into some of the most exciting additions that should make PHP faster and more reliable.
Please, note that PHP 8 is still under development, and we could see several changes before the final release. Anyway, we’ll keep track of these changes and update this post regularly, so make sure you don’t miss anything about PHP 8 and check this post again from time to time.
So, what features and improvements should we expect with PHP 8? What’s the biggest thing coming with PHP 8, the next major release of the language?
Let’s dive in!
PHP JIT (Just in Time Compiler)
The most acclaimed feature coming with PHP 8 is the Just-in-time (JIT) compiler. What is JIT all about?
The RFC proposal describes JIT as follows:
“PHP JIT is implemented as an almost independent part of OPcache. It may be enabled/disabled at PHP compile time and at run-time. When enabled, native code of PHP files is stored in an
How to beautify your blog? Leave a first good impression in your reader's mind. Follow these tips and that will support you in your blogging journey.
One sure way of inviting people to read your blog post is to have a fantastic website. While the content is very critical, you can chase away readers if you do not pay attention to the design. There are many themes and plugins, such as the WordPress blog design plugin, to beautify your blog. The main advantage of using some of these plugins is that you do not need any coding knowledge. The steps are easy to follow and definitely frees you from having to hire a web designer to do the job for you. In our article below, we will share with you tips and tricks on how to beautify a blog. It will especially be beneficial to anyone who is hosting their website on the WordPress platform. It, however, does not mean that you cannot use the tips even when hosting your site on other web builders.
1. Think About Your Theme
The first step to beautifying your blog is to pick the right theme. Platforms such as WordPress have excellent themes and plugins that you can use to create your website. Plugins like the blog designer our easy-to-use and give you tons of designs and templates to choose from. You can go with the free option or the paid version that has more features and benefits. The right template
Having your website’s content in Google News is a great way to increase traffic. This is a tutorial about how to submit your WordPress site to Google News properly.
The aim of Google News is to filter through the world’s news and make timely news accessible to readers in a way that’s easy for them to read, understand, and put to use. So what does this mean for your website and your site?
Lots of traffic, credibility, and authority.
If that sounds like something you’d like for your WordPress site (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t) then read on to find out everything you need to know about how to submit your site to Google News.
What is Google News?
Google News is a news aggregator that curates a customizable flow of recent news articles and stories from the last 30 days.
Today, it’s even more than that as Google News stories can surface in other Google products, such as:
Google News feed (duh)
“Top stories” section in the SERP page
The “News tab” in the SERP page (like the one you have for images, so to speak)
Google Discover, Google’s new feed based on improved Knowledge Graph able to provide custom results based on a single user’s search history.
Here’s what Google News looks like:
Content is organized into categories, depending on your location and language settings.
Still struggling with working from home? You're not alone. At the very least, focus on staying healthy while working from home. Doing so will help support your overall remote work endeavors. Try these tips.
As many people join the work-from-home revolution due to COVID-19, it is important to remember a few key items to help navigate this new environment. At WebDevStudios (WDS), we are very familiar with remote work since this is our norm; and we love to share what we have learned to help others. Making sure to focus on your physical, as well as mental well-being, is top of the list. Being remote can lead to feelings of isolation and laziness. So, taking time out of your day to do things for yourself is very necessary. Let’s go over some things you can do for staying healthy while working from home (WFH). Don’t forget
It is paramount that people remember to do the small things, like drinking water and going to the bathroom. It may seem silly, but I remember being a first-time remote worker. I would get so involved in my work (or worried that people wouldn’t believe I was actually doing anything) that it would be 1 p.m. when I realized all I had was coffee and I hadn’t gotten up to use the bathroom since I woke up.
Working that way can leave you feeling drained very fast and lead to burnout. As part of your staying healthy while working from home routine, I recommend
In most cases the goal of these automated outreach messages is to broaden the reach of the campaign and improve the conversion rates.
Anyone with an email address has, at some point, received a promotional email from some company. You may have purchased some of their products in the past or just shared your contact info with them, but hardly could you avoid being targeted in at least one campaign as a potential buyer. Automated outreach emails are a part of the marketing automation process, and various businesses or entrepreneurs frequently use them.
In most cases, the goal of these automated outreach messages is to broaden the reach of the campaign and improve the conversion rates.
These aims are achieved if the email automation is done correctly and professionally. Otherwise, it may harm the reputation and following of the business in question. We’ll take a closer look at both scenarios. But first some…
General Info on the Process
Email marketing, in general, works well as a way of funneling potential customers and leading them towards a purchase. Correctly done and effective outreach automation needs to distribute relevant content and information. Also, the filtration process here is the most efficient if it’s gradual. Besides, close monitoring of the prospectives’ reactions to the campaign
WordPress plugin development is an essential skill set in the WordPress ecosystem, and there are many ways in which you can make money leveraging your knowledge. Here are 4 ways to make money as a WordPress plugin developer.
More than a third of the websites on the internet are built with WordPress, and more and more developers are realizing the great opportunity that lies in the growing demand for different functionalities based on this open-source platform. WordPress offers many amazing business opportunities, and some companies have built a six-figure monthly income building new plugins. The question on everyone’s minds? How to create a profitable and sustainable business out of developing awesome plugins for WordPress!
This is where Freemius steps in to show you 4 approaches you can take to leverage your coding and development skills and create your own online business.
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Want to improve site performance and reduce bots and hackers? These Cloudflare settings are perfect for WordPress users!
By acting as a reverse proxy in front of your site, Cloudflare is an all-in-one security and performance product that is used by over 12% of websites around the world. As a WordPress user, adding Cloudflare to your site can help boost site performance and reduce the impact of malicious bots and hackers. How?
Once configured properly, all requests to your site will hit a Cloudflare server first which will then determine whether the request should be forwarded to the origin server, served from cache, blocked, or processed with custom rules.
In this guide, we’ll dig deeper into the optimal Cloudflare settings for WordPress, highlight the difference between Kinsta DNS and Cloudflare DNS, talk about caching and security setups, and show you how to configure Cloudflare for WordPress Multisite installations.
Kinsta DNS vs Cloudflare DNS
Before we dive into Cloudflare settings and how to tweak them properly for your WordPress site, let’s go over the differences between Kinsta DNS and Cloudflare DNS. Kinsta DNS, the premium DNS service included in all of our plans, is powered by Amazon’s Route53. Route53 is an enterprise-grade DNS service that offers fast and reliable resolution.
Plenty of WordPress hosts seem to love telling people that they "need more PHP workers" without any data whatsoever to back it up. Here's how PHP workers actually operate and how they impact your WordPress site.
PHP workers are getting a bad rap lately in the WordPress hosting world. Most commonly, they’re being cited as a scapegoat for a hard upsell by the host. Let’s dig in a bit deeper and discover the truth behind PHP workers and how they apply to hosting WordPress sites. Table of Contents
There you are, just minding your own business – literally minding your online business – when your workflow is suddenly interrupted with a prolonged loading page.
You say to yourself, “That’s weird. It seemed to be working fine just a moment ago”, so you tap the refresh button. After a moment, you see a white screen with a 50x error printed across the top. You want to be sure that it wasn’t just a freak accident, so you give that refresh button one last tap and the WordPress admin page you were working on loads right up. It’s like nothing ever happened.
Since the incident, a million thoughts of panic and discomfort are running through your mind. “Was this just a random issue? Should I worry about this? How often does this happen? Do my customers see this too?”
Unfortunately, there’s no magical catch-all answer. This “blip”
We take a look at some tips from a number or WordPress meetup organizers on how they’re keeping their events running virtually.
In these unprecedented times as we continue to stay and work at home as much as possible, we believe it’s still vitally important to continue working with the numerous community events we’ve been so honored to participate and support over the last few years. And, whilst it’s no longer possible to meet in person, we’ve been truly impressed by the number of WordPress meetups that have moved to virtual events instead, helping to continue the sharing of information, knowledge and ideas. It’s never been more important to keep this going – especially when the world can feel so unconnected right now.
The next few months are uncertain for many businesses around the world but one thing is for certain, maintaining personal connections and interactions among the communities we work in will continue to be a valued resource for many.
Whether you’re a solo worker, freelancer or part of an agency, the work the various WordPress community leaders are doing to keep the meetups going is what makes this community so amazing! So let’s take a look at some tips from a number or WordPress meetup organizers on how they’re keeping their events running –
Spam comments can be very annoying and a big waste of time. Plus they can negatively affect your reputation. Learn how you can get rid of these!
We all love WordPress, but one frustrating thing with the platform out of the box is having to deal with large volumes of comment spam. No matter what type of blog your business runs, you will have to figure out or come up with a strategy on how to stop WordPress comment spam at some point. Thankfully there are a lot of great plugins, tricks, and settings you can easily enable and or install to literally reduce your spam by 99%. Yes, you can really reduce it that much! Stop wasting time managing spam comments and focus on growing your blog and business.
Too much comment spam will harm your site. It can affect your search engine rankings, will impact the credibility of your discussion among legitimate commenters, and could have a security impact. Stopping it is well worth your while.
So how do you stop WordPress comment spam?
7 Ways to Stop WordPress Spam Comments with Built-In Features
The first place to go when combatting WordPress comment spam is the discussion settings, which you access via Settings > Discussion.
Here, you can:
You can also disable comments for individual posts via the post editing screen.
Let’s take a look at each of these methods.
The first option you
There’s been a lot of media noise about uncertainty over the last couple of weeks — and there is a lot of uncertainty — but not from our clients who sell WordPress products. We noticed that during April there’d been a surge in clicks for WordPress search terms. We did some more digging and uncovered this increase was huge. This post is about that, and what it means for sales and the ecosystem.
There’s been a lot of media noise about uncertainty over the last couple of weeks — and there is a lot of uncertainty — but not from our clients who sell WordPress products. We work with WordPress businesses from small to very large on Effective SEO Content Marketing and we noticed that, during April, there’d been a surge in clicks for WordPress search terms. This was happening even when rankings didn’t change, suggesting there was a surge in interest in WordPress.
At the start of May, when April’s search data became available, I took a deeper look, and the increase in WordPress searches was bigger than I realised. This post is about that, and what it means.
Searches for WordPress have increased by 52% compared to the last month
The results we saw internally showed us we were on to something, but we needed to investigate further. To figure this out, I took a “basket” of 300+ WordPress keywords and looked at the change in monthly search volumes.
The basket idea is the same way inflation is calculated: you take a selection of products, and then work out the average change.
I took 310 WordPress and WooCommerce keywords and removed extreme
Change is hard! I'm lucky enough to work from home under normal circumstances, but with my wife being a nurse and my daughter's daycare closed, there has been some adjusting.
With everyone still (mostly) staying at home, I’m sure we’ve all had to make adjustments to work. In my case, on the surface, it doesn’t look like a lot changed. Since I work from home, not a big change for me. Since my wife is a nurse, she still goes to work on her normal schedule. But my daughter’s daycare is closed, so there’s no one to watch T on days my wife works. Here’s how I’ve been managding. Note: This went out in my members-only newsletter last month. I thought it would be good to share here! If you want to get all the exclusive members content, you can join here.
So there are a few ways we’ve adjusted. First, when Erin works (three 12 hour shifts a week), I hang out with my kiddo (that’s a given). I’ll wake up about an hour before T, do some work in the morning and then we play and such when she wakes up. She’ll have about an hour of iPad time (2 30 minute sessions) where I’ll check email and do small tasks. I’m trying very hard to be engaged and not think about work, but that’s not always easy.
As a result I’ve also changed my Calendly to reflect availability only on
Here is the review of top 10 Best Website Builders to Create a Blog or website for your business
Having a website is a must for businesses these days. If you are a business that wants to thrive and succeed in this digital age, having a website should no longer be a question. In the past, building a website was a mammoth task that only experts could do. It used to take extensive time and resources just to complete a website. But times have changed. Website building has become easy, quick, hassle-free with the emergence of website-building tools that can be utilized by professionals and amateurs alike. Website builders offer a more budget-friendly option than hiring a web designer. A high-quality-builder is crucial to cultivate a successful website. The following are the top 10 website builders available in the market today:
WordPress.org is different from WordPress.com. The former is self-hosted while the latter is not. WordPress.org is an open-source website builder free for anyone to use. When website-builders use it, they have full control over their website. This autonomy is very well-appreciated by developers and designers since they decide what happens to their website and their data. It’s user-friendly, and you can easily customize your website design,
Here are some interesting test results that show how the number of PHP workers in your worker pool impact your site as a whole. Hint: it's probably not what you think.
At Pagely, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible solutions for our customers. Sometimes, that requires dedicating a significant amount of research and development into truly discovering what works best. Whenever possible, we always want to take a data-backed approach. That’s why we’ve run several benchmarks to determine how PHP workers impact a site’s performance. By running these benchmarks, we can ensure that our customers can get the maximum amount of value out of their hosting environment.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at our tests and what we found!
Our Testing Environment
First, let’s talk about the environment that we tested on. To ensure that our tests can be replicated and improved upon, we’ve performed them on a standard Amazon EC2 instance that anyone can spin up. In addition, we’ve also made the entirety of our benchmarking code available on GitHub.
Our PHP Test Scripts
As anyone who’s done any benchmarking knows, a primary concern is eliminating any potential noise within the tests. An excellent way of testing PHP worker behavior is to have the worker perform tasks that are heavy on CPU, without impacting
How you measure the authenticity of your work? Check your work's originality with these Plagiarism checker tools. Find the best one & provide fresh content.
As the research says, about 70 million posts are being published each month by WordPress users. Isn’t it a huge number? As a blogger, It is the first need that your content must be unique. If you are serving forged content to your readers, then ultimately, you will harm your reputation.
If you own your blogging website or working as the marketer, teacher, student, professor, or in any research field, checking the plagiarized content should be your first priority. You have to verify that published content must be unique. Otherwise, you have to pay for it as an SEO penalty.
Are you thinking about how to get rid of all these issues? Don’t worry! We have compiled the prominent list of plagiarism checker tools. These all are the expert tools that provide the easiest way to check the copy content.
Without further ado, Let’s explore now.
1. Smallseotool’s – Plagiarism Checker
Smallseotool’s plagiarism checker is one of the best tools from all available plagiarism checker tools. It checks millions of webpages on the internet and makes your content plagiarism-free. The tool not only identifies plagiarism but allows you to rewrite the text too. It supports
Link building is one proven way to drive traffic to your blog. It refers to the process of getting other websites to link back to your blog. The most common method of building links is guest blogging or writing posts for other sites, which include a link back to yours.
Every month, bloggers publish 70 million new posts on WordPress, which are read by 409 million people. That translates to around 2.75 million new posts every single day. There’s a lot of competition out there in the blogging world. This means you need to be strategic when it comes to getting your blog the exposure it deserves. Link building is one proven way to drive traffic to your blog. Link building refers to the process of getting other websites to link back to your blog. The most common method of building links is guest blogging or writing posts for other sites, which include a link back to yours.
Guest blogging achieves two key things:
It establishes your blog as an authority on your chosen subject, showcasing your knowledge to a wider audience.
Backlinks, especially from high-authority websites, help drive your website higher in search engine rankings.
While some unscrupulous bloggers have paid for backlinks in the past, Google now discourages this kind of behavior. Nothing beats real, relevant content as a source of backlinks. Today, we will discuss how you can approach link-building strategically for maximum results.
Is guest posting the right strategy for you?
Yes, WordPress is a stable platform. But, you might still run across some errors. Here are five common ones and how to fix them.
Do these sound familiar? White screen of death. Locked out of the admin. 404 not found. 500 internal server error. I could go on and on, but these are some of the most common errors and issues you will encounter when dealing with a WordPress website. So, if you are close to pulling your hair out or hiding somewhere thinking and hoping that maybe tomorrow everything will be fixed, and all is going to be right in the world again, don’t worry. You are not alone. It is not the end. WordPress is a stable platform, but there is nothing out of the ordinary about encountering issues. Keep reading to learn how to fix common WordPress errors (without going bald). WordPress has a huge 35% share of the internet pie. More often than not, the issue you’re having has been documented somewhere with a fix added in for good measure.
Outlined below are five of the most common WordPress errors and issues and how to fix them in the easiest possible way. There will be minimal hand-holding here; you will need to figure out how to get to where you need to go to make changes.
Most of the fixes described below will require you to have some PHP knowledge, knowledge of the WordPress Admin, and an understanding
In this article, we will discuss, in-depth, what are benefits from adding an author box, and will also give you a tutorial for the easiest method of adding an author bio box to your blog.
Writing is far from easy, especially when you know that what you have written will be read by thousands of people and shared hundreds of times on almost every social media platform imaginable. Besides the fact that the work of an author will get major attention and tons of feedback, writing is a difficult task because it requires a lot of preparation, thought and revision to be put into it. Taking what we just said into consideration, crediting an author for their work should be a standard practice not only because it is what the author deserves, but because the author and your blog can get quite a few benefits from the simple act of adding an author bio box to your blog.
In this article, we will discuss, in-depth, what are benefits from adding an #author box, and will also give you a tutorial for the easiest method of adding an author #bio box to your #blog. Click To Tweet
But before getting into all of that, let’s cover some of the basics regarding author bio boxes.
What are the author bio boxes?
Author bio boxes aren’t in any way complex elements of your WordPress site; they are usually sections of a smaller size placed at the bottom or the side of a page that will slightly
There are currently 600 million blogs worldwide and new ones are opening every day, if you still do not have enough reasons to join this exponential trend, we like to invite you to read this blog post about 5 Reasons to create your own Blog and stimulate your creativity!
Despite what is thought about writing a blog is something that has become very common and even somewhat redundant and mainly that everyone already has one, it is definitely not enough reason not to encourage you to have yours. On the contrary: There are currently 600 million blogs worldwide and new ones are opening every day, if you still do not have enough reasons to join this exponential trend, I invite you to read the following: Practice the habit of writing
Writing allows us to exercise our motor, visual and cognitive abilities; It also helps you to communicate more clearly as you gain experience. In addition, writing helps us eliminate stress, because you free the mind from everything that surrounds it and you present your ideas in an organized way.
Remember that: Writing is learned by writing (Literally)
Stimulate your creativity
One of the main habits they recommend having to be more creative is definitely writing. It will help you discover at what time of day you are most creative and you will be able to perform this task during that appropriate period. Without a doubt the thoughts that we have at the time of writing activate imagination and creativity.
Invest your free time
Can't Speak Geek sits down with Allie Nimmons and talks WCUS, WPBuffs, diversity, and giving Michele Butcher-Jones a black eye.
Allie Nimmons is a self-taught WordPress user since 2014. She is the Support and Customer Success Buff at WP Buffs and a GoDaddy Speaker Ambassador. She is mildly obsessed with lists and wants to make the internet approachable and accessible to all. Michele: What do you do in the WordPress ecosystem?
Allie: I work for WPBuffs, I am currently organizing a WordCamp, and I complain about diversity a lot
Michele: How did you get involved with WordPress?
Allie: I started using WordPress at an agency I used to work at because that was what they used to build sites. I got involved with the community through attending, then speaking at, WordCamp Miami.
Michele: Please tell me one story of someone who has inspired you within the WordPress Community?
Allie: It’s hard for me to think of someone who doesn’t. As I’ve gotten to know people, I see where they’ve come from and how hard they work and it’s hard not to be inspired by them. One person who stands out most is Olivia Bisset. Her father organized WordCamp Miami for 10 years and she was exposed to the community through him. She is currently in high school, she codes, she speaks at WordCamps… I find her incredibly
The unexpected WordPress community's struggles, measures, and mission in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic
WordPress is being used by millions and, as the Coronavirus circles the world, it is impacting the WordPress industry overall. At the beginning of this pandemic, I was interested to see how various WordPress entities are being affected, so I’ve reached out to business leaders and independent professionals in our industry to learn what they’re doing to keep things going. With all the crazy past days, I wasn’t expecting lots of replies. To my surprise, many people made the extra effort to stop for a moment and share their thoughts with the rest of us. Each time I got a reply, I rushed to see what people are going through, what their struggles are and how they are holding up in such unexpected times that we’re living.
The things you will read are very different as people are going through various challenges. Some deal with adjustments for working remotely. Others are figuring out ways to keep their income and support their employees. Many are struggling with focus while dealing with an unpredictable future. And most end on a positive note and a feeling of hope and longing for togetherness.
Even if each contribution is different, they have one thing in common –
WordPress Strong is a collaborative music video. Leaders from the WordPress community joined in singing "WordPress Strong" by Jonathan Mann. The video features Matt Mullenweg, Marieke van de Rakt from Yoast, Syed Balkhi, and more, with live drumming from Tracy Apps. Watch the video and experience the warmth and hope of the WordPress community.
Want to take part? Tag yourself #WordPressStrong while singing, dancing, or playing along.
Sing along! Teach it to your kids or sing it to your pet.
One third of the entire web cannot be wrong
We raise our voices up in a unified song
Screen to screen to screen we march along
That’s because we are WordPress strong
Friends you can count on
Friends that go beyond
Anything you need,
Just call on the community
That’s WordPress strong
Some day we’ll be together again at WordCamps
Till then, do the WordPress Wiggle (yeah, you can dance)
Wapuu so cute will keep your anxiety calm
And singing about how we are WordPress strong
Don’t feel like singing or dancing? Share yourself however you are. #WordPressStrong is for you, too.
What’s all this about, anyway?
WordPress is more than software. We are a community.
No matter your level of participation, if you care about WordPress and want to make the world a better place, you’re part of the community.
You may have been to a WordCamp or a Meetup.
You may have participated on WordPress Slack.
You may have left a plugin review on WordPress.org.
Discounting subscription renewals can be a good way to incentivize customers to reuse your WordPress product, but only in some situations. Part 1 of this video series covers the best practices when selling plugins and themes.
Has the current pandemic forced you to work remotely from home? This may seem ideal, but if you have kids at home, too, it can be disruptive. WDS Frontend Engineer, JC Palmes, is a homeschooling mom. She offers an abundance of educational resources to keep your children engaged while you work.
We are currently in the middle of an unprecedented crisis. Face masks, alcohol, hand sanitizers, and toilet paper are all gone, and those who thought that the COVID-19 is “just like the flu” are all facing that fact that staying at home is best for everyone. For a company like WebDevStudios where everyone is 100% remote, it’s just business as usual. But a lot of us have kids, and with school out, work is disrupted because you are now faced with keeping a child or two engaged in something just so you can continue to work. This is where I come in. My family is a homeschooling family. We’ve been homeschooling for nine years now and both my hubby and I have been working from home for over a decade. We have learned a lot over the years, and I’d love to share some valuable information and resources with everyone who is struggling to work remotely with kids at home. Disclaimer: IT IS NOT EASY. You will need a LOT of PATIENCE and TRY to remember that they’re your kids and you LOVE them.
The younger the kid, the harder it is. My kids were four and five years old when we first started homeschooling them. They did not know how to read and write. They’re