A look at the challenges agencies face in finding talented React developers in this new Gutenberg-powered landscape.
Where I share some of the darkest hours of building my WordPress maintenance and support business.
The following is an expanded and updated version of my presentation at WordCamp Salt Lake City 2017. My girls love Moana. Especially when it first came to video and they could watch it every day… or two or three times a day if mom wasn’t feeling good or catching up on sleep from being up with baby brother the night before.
There’s this strange part of that movie where Moana follows Maui to a place under the ocean called “The Realm of Monsters.” It’s where monsters go after being killed. If you have younger kids, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t have kids, it’s when the giant crab sings the song “Shiny.”
One common theme in myths, legends, and ancient religious writings, is where the hero visits the underworld, aka “afterlife” or “hell.” There they experience a symbolic or actual death for themselves or a loved one. Often through conquering a monster who is the Lord of the Underworld, they then re-emerge with their loved one, new knowledge and power, and/or some object to help them on their quest.
The film Moana clearly plays out this theme. She and Maui emerge triumphant from the
Going beyond the whole Jetpack issue, the constant nagging messages within the dashboard are too much.
There are any number of things to love about WordPress. Chiefly among them is the fact that it’s open source and free to use in any way you like. For web designers and their clients, this keeps costs down and lowers the barrier to building a first-class website. For plugin and theme authors, it provides an opportunity to tap into and benefit from a large, existing marketplace. Everyone’s a winner, right?
Well, it’s not always that simple. There are times when the various interests who have a stake in WordPress collide with a difference of opinion (see: Gutenberg). And it seems that we’ve hit another one of those points of contention: The WordPress dashboard.
An Unseemly Tactic?
Recently, there’s been some fervor over a “feature” in version 7.1 of Jetpack (since removed, as of version 7.2.1), the venerable Swiss-Army-Knife of a plugin by Automattic (a driving force behind WordPress) that offers a ton of various functionality. The plugin had started to promote its own paid products on the WordPress plugin search screen, placing itself first in line over everyone else.
Funny enough, this did not go unnoticed by members of the community (which likely
As Founder and Chief Taco Officer of HeyTaco!, Doug Dosberg, says, "For many, the taco emoji is a symbol of appreciation. You can never show too much appreciation.” Learn how the Slack integrated app HeyTaco! helps to improve our company culture.
Creating a great company culture takes work. Creating a great remote company culture takes creativity. How do you engage in small talk with your co-workers without the proverbial water cooler? How do you celebrate success, commiserate over struggles, enjoy birthdays, anniversaries or holidays without a company outing or celebration in the break room? How do you make work more than just a computer you log into and get your tasks completed? It’s not easy! But at WebDevStudios (WDS), we found a way to make it work by relying on HeyTaco! to improve our company culture. Early on, we realized that creating a great company culture starts with great communication. We have found that Slack is a great platform for executing communication in an intuitive way and lines up well with all our company’s needs. Part of what makes Slack great is the ability to integrate with third-party apps to really make Slack your own, such as the awesome app HeyTaco!
At its most basic level, HeyTaco! is a team-executed reward system. Just invite HeyTaco! into your Slack channels and you are ready to go. Everyone has five tacos to give out per day. To give out your tacos, simply post a nice message, include
There's a difference between how much disk space you need, vs how much you want. Are you overestimating?
Maybe you’re choosing a new web host or simply curious about what’s “normal.” Whatever the reason, understanding disk space and how much you need for your WordPress website is an important consideration when choosing a hosting package or anticipating how much space you might need in future. In this post, we’ll explore how much space WordPress sites need, including how much space they typically use, what you need to know about web hosting packages and the storage space they offer, and how running your site efficiently can ultimately help you save space and keep costs down.
How Much Disk Space Do Web Hosts Offer?
Disk space refers to the amount of storage space a web host allocates to a website and all associated files on a server. Basically, it’s the same as disk space on your computer’s hard drive.
Web hosts typically list how much disk space they offer on their sites along with details of their plans and pricing. You might see it referred to as “disk,” “local storage,” and even “web space.”
No matter what it’s called, space is space and not to be confused with monthly visits (i.e. traffic) or bandwidth
I wrote up some things that I really like about the new block editor (Gutenberg). There's a lot of negative info out there, so I thought I'd focus on some of the positive. I really like much of the new block editor. Here's 5 things that particularly stand out.
There is a lot of hate out there directed at the new WordPress block editor (aka Gutenberg). I’ve been frustrated with aspects of it myself. And change is difficult. Much of the frustration may stem from familiarity with the old editor and having to learn new ways of doing things in the block editor. As a blogger myself, and someone who’s company manages many WordPress websites, I actually find that I really like Gutenberg, overall. In adopting the block editor, we’ve traded some frustrations with the classic editor for some new frustrations with Gutenberg. Personally, I quite like the trade and will take the new frustrations over the old.
Here are the features of the block editor that may have not been on your radar, that I think make the new block editor quite awesome. I’m writing this post in Gutenberg. My experience is based primarily on WordPress 5.1. So some of what follows may change in future updates to WordPress, or may already have improved in the Gutenberg plugin. Here’s what we’ll cover:
Pasting from Google Docs “Just Works”
Drop Images Right Where You Want Them
Easily Rearrange Your Paragraphs
All the New Layout Options Work
The never-ending debate... Stripe or PayPal (or both?). Check out some of the major differences, fees, and pros/cons to determine what's best for your WordPress site. What do you guys use?
Starting an ecommerce business is an exciting, chaotic time. You have so many things to consider: should you use a hosted platform or manage your store with a plugin? What are the strategies you need to skyrocket your sales? But no question is more daunting than this one: How should you accept payments?
After you do your homework, there will be two pretty clear contenders for your merchant buck: Stripe and PayPal. Offering comparable features, choosing between the two feels like picking between apples… and yet more apples. Which is where this article comes in.
Today, we’re going to compare and contrast these two payment gateways and get down to the bottom of the Stripe vs. PayPal debate.
Here’s the itinerary:
What Do Stripe and PayPal Do?
Both Stripe (founded 2011) and PayPal (founded 1998) are payment gateways, acting as the go-between for merchants and the appropriate credit card networks/financial institutions to authorize and accept payments.
The intricacies of these relationships can get pretty convoluted. A simple way to look at a payment gateway is as an envoy that routes information between merchants and banks.
Here’s a visual breakdown of where payment
There are legitimate concerns about Gutenberg - but what do all of these bad reviews really mean?
Perception is everything. And when the perception of your product or service isn’t very positive, it can really throw a monkey-wrench into your plans for success (just ask Windows 8). Frankly, it can be very difficult to shake free from this kind of negativity. At the moment, that’s what we’re seeing with the WordPress Gutenberg editor. As of this writing, the new editing experience hasn’t been merged into WordPress core, but is available in the form of a beta plugin. WordPress 4.9.8 included a call to test the plugin, which led to a huge leap in usage. With that came a flood of reviews – many of them negative.
But how big of a deal are those reviews? This is, after all, a piece of software that is still technically in beta form. Still, it seems like there is pent up frustration when it comes to Gutenberg. One wonders how this bodes for its future.
A Long Time Coming
Since the editor’s first beta plugin release back in June 2017, it seems the whole idea of the Gutenberg project has garnered controversy. Some developers have been miffed by the process for building out the new feature. Others have expressed concern about the effects it will have on
There has been no shortage of debate and controversy regarding the new Gutenberg editor, therefore it’s important to know what Gutenberg is and is not, and how it fits with the existing landscape of WordPress page builders.
A brand-new way to create content is coming to WordPress. The much-ballyhooed Gutenberg editor is set to appear in version 5.0. However, it’s already available in plugin form and boasts 300,000+ users. There has been no shortage of debate and controversy regarding this new editor. Therefore, it’s important to know what Gutenberg is and is not. This will help you make the best decisions with respect to how it fits in with your existing website.
One of biggest issues for designers is how Gutenberg will affect page builders. On the surface, there does appear to be some shared functionality between them. Does that mean the page builder tools we’re using today will become obsolete? Should we toss them aside for Gutenberg?
Gutenberg’s Approach to Content
Before we can determine the fate of page builders, let’s take a look at how Gutenberg works. We’ll introduce you to its new approach and show you its strengths.
Using Gutenberg is a much different experience than the “Classic” editor (which will continue to be available as a plugin). It eschews the single content field of its predecessor. Instead, the focus is on “blocks” of content.
Some useful information for when someone tells you that WordPress is not a secure enough platform for their business website.
WordPress has been around for 15 years. Today it powers around 30% of the top 10 million websites on the internet. Being such a popular platform, WordPress has been in the limelight quite a few times, more often than not for wrong reasons – security, or lack of. Though is it really as insecure as many think? If it is really that insecure, how come world renowned names and brands such as The New York Times company, Time.com, Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company use it to power their websites, or some sections of it?
Learning from history
WordPress is a free and a easy to use blogging platform, which nowadays is more of a fully blown CMS. The ecosystem of plugins, themes and services built around it has made it possible for anyone with an internet connection to build and manage a website, even if they do not have a computer!
This means that many, who do not have any experience and the knowhow of what it takes to run and manage a website, have built a website. Many, who do not have IT / coding experience, have developed a plugin or a theme, and started a WordPress support agency. This ecosystem and the ease of use are the advantages WordPress has over competing solutions. Though
I believe this comes from outside the WP community, but it's an interesting perspective on how other developers view what's going on with WordPress.
WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg have a proposed merge date and it could be as early as November!
For months, I’ve been getting one question above all: “When is Gutenberg coming out?” Well, it seems we have at least 2 tentative dates for WordPress 5.0 now. And it could be as early as November 19th. The Core WordPress team had the WordPress 5.0 kickoff meeting today, and among other things, they discussed a merge date. What does that mean?
Gutenberg Could be Here in November
WordPress 5.0 has been in development for some time, and when it’s ready, it will be “merged” into the current version of WordPress. The merge date is when the new version of WordPress goes live.
Before that, there are 2 potential releases: a Beta, and at least one Release Candidate (RC). The Beta is like the first draft of the software. It’s pretty much complete, but it needs to work before we submit it for publishing. The RC is a version of WordPress that has been deemed ready for merge, after fixed from the Beta period. This will go through some rigorous testing to make sure there are no major outstanding issues. There could be several RCs, depending on how much more work WordPress needs.
The first proposed date for Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is October 30th. The proposed
Jeff talks about why this fork (long threatened, but only now finally being executed) could be a great thing for WP and the community.
Depending on how far and deep you look, there is not a lot of positive sentiment surrounding Gutenberg. For Scott Bowler, the notion of merging Gutenberg into WordPress 5.0 represents a shift so detrimental to the project, he has forked WordPress into a new project called ClassicPress. “The team at WordPress have decided to force Gutenberg into v5 of WordPress despite massive push back by the WordPress community,” Bowler said.
“I’m in the ‘push back’ camp. After my feedback on Gutenberg fell on deaf ears I realized that WordPress is no longer a community led project — major decisions are being made by an elite few.
“Sadly, I decided it was time to move to a fork that doesn’t have Gutenberg as part of the core code. A quick search revealed nobody had taken the initiative so I decided to stop complaining and take action.”
In addition to ClassicPress, Bowler has filed a petition on Change.org requesting that Gutenberg not be merged into WordPress 5.0. As of publishing, the petition has 10 out of 100 signatures.
“This petition is to ask the WordPress team to keep Gutenberg out of the core of WordPress and instead keep it
A great blog involves more than just writing. It's about outreach and conversations.
There’s no doubt WordPress became the most powerful blogging platform on the planet. It’s easy to update, easy to use, and flexible enough to support dozens of bells and whistles. None of that matters, however, if your blog isn’t up to par. We’ve created this four chapter guide to help beginners understand how to build a great blog, one which will attract readers, keep them, and build an unforgettable community.
You see, a great blog is about more than great writing. It’s about reaching out and joining a conversation, and doing so in a way that is professional, eye-catching, and interesting. There are a lot of unspoken rules of blogging you should know, and there are some behind-the-scenes tricks which can help you build a better blog. Our goal is to provide you with both.
Blogging doesn’t have to be hard, but it helps to know what you’re doing. Our guide is designed to help you build a great blog from the ground up. However, you can also use these blogging tips to retool an existing blog.
Chapter 1: Good Blogging Takes Great Planning
Start by Knowing Your Goals
Your goals will have a big impact on the way you handle your blog. A blog meant
WordPress 5.0 made the Gutenberg project merged into WP Core. Classic Editor has been replaced by new Block Editor. But what if your choice of Page Builder or Editor is Elementor? What will be your workflow now? Yes, you could still work together, check this article.
Gutenberg is the visually driven Block Based editor that has been introduced with WordPress 5.0. With the latest release, WordPress has replaced its Classic Editor, with Gutenberg Block Editor which was previously available as a plugin. For regular WordPress Users, especially the mass people like Elementor users got in the dilemma whether they should switch to the new version of not as it brings massive change for the editorial experience. However, it is not like Gutenberg just got released. It was up on WordPress.org for a long time. But WordPress 5.0, which was released back on 6th of December, made it default editor replacing the Classic Editor. This particular event has boosted Gutenberg's development and landed it on everyone's News Feed.
Plugins for WordPress, like Elementor which sit at the Million Active Installation Club' had started developing its own plans to address the inclusion of Gutenberg into WordPress.
WordPress 5.0 & Elementor
You might be wondering isn't Gutenberg and Elementor rivals then? Well, we can say that they are, as we can associate terms like Page Builder and Drag-and-Drop to both the Plugins. But Elemetnor Team has a completely different view on the
A lot has been said about whether Gutenberg is "ready" or not. No doubt it will ship with some bugs, as everything does. But how many is too many?
We are finally (barring any last-minute delays) approaching the time when WordPress 5.0 is released. With it comes a certain new editor that has drummed up quite a lot of debate along the way. Unless you’ve been hiding under that proverbial rock for the past two years, you know that Gutenberg is going to transform WordPress the minute it’s merged into core. Of course, this process would go off-script without some last-minute drama. There have been a number of calls from some in the community (including yours truly) to further delay Gutenberg in order to squash some bugs.
Speaking from my own experience using the editor, the bugs tend to be minor annoyances. I’ve found that some tasks aren’t very intuitive while others seem to be missing altogether when compared to the Classic Editor.
Add all of these little annoyances up and it makes for a sometimes-frustrating user experience. But this doesn’t mean that Gutenberg is fatally flawed. It just needs more time to ripen on the vine.
A Rush to the Presses
Gutenberg has been on the WordPress community’s radar since early 2017. In the time since, a lot of potential release dates were proposed. Therefore,
For 2019, I've decided I want to implement a new theme to help guide my decision making. I've focused it around learning and teaching, consuming and creating new content.
My favorite podcast of 2018 was Cortex, a show hosted by Myke Hurley and CGP Grey about their working lives. Each year they decide to come up with yearly themes to help them guide their decision making, processes, and hopefully improve their overall lives. I’ve decided that I will also implement a theme for 2019 – and my theme is the year of new content. There are 2 primary reasons I made this my theme for 2019:
I want to consume more new content (books, movies, TV, courses)
I want to create more new content
I Didn’t Consume Enough Good Content in 2018
While I (barely) hit my reading goal for 2018, I don’t feel like I mixed up the books I read, and to be honest, I counted a couple of summaries as actual read books – I mean, I got the gist, right?
I also didn’t see nearly as many new movies as I hoped, and over the last 2 years, I’ve only seen one “new” TV show: The West Wing.
For 2019, I want that to change. I’ve started a new habit of reading every morning before I do anything else. This will help me reach my reading goal of 21 books in 2019.
I’ve also made a list of TV shows and movies I want to watch this year. Instead
Perhaps I paid too much attention to the process behind 5.0, flawed as it was. Was it worth stressing out over?
2018 has certainly been an exciting year for WordPress. The CMS celebrated its 15th birthday and released its revolutionary version 5.0, featuring the new Gutenberg block editor. It seemed like there was something new to discuss on a daily basis. A lot of it was controversial. As someone who uses WordPress and cares about its future, I followed the process to develop and release version 5.0 closely. There were all kinds of dramatic twists and turns in the story. Timelines for the release continually shifted, the choice of using React.js was put in doubt due to licensing issues and accessibility concerns arose.
So much was left up in the air and many of us on the outside were left to scratch our heads. That lack of certainty led many members of the community to vent their frustrations in one way or another. Personally, I took a liking to Gutenberg but was a bit perplexed by how everything was unfolding.
An Undue Burden
To be blunt, the whole situation was stressful. And, judging by the social media and blog posts I read, there were others who felt similarly.
For me, much of the concern was how this was all going to affect both my clients and workflow. Not knowing when Gutenberg would
Short but good write up (#advise) on whether you should use 'he', 'she' or 'they'when writing.
You probably already know you should use “I” and “you” in your blog posts. But how do you use “he”, “she” and “they” in your blogging? It’s an important issue, and one bloggers don’t always think about.
Let’s say you’re working on a blog post and you’ve got a sentences like this:
If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that [PRONOUN] can provide you with relevant samples of [POSSESSIVE PRONOUN] writing.
What should go in the ‘pronoun’ spaces? There are several potential options, some of which are more appropriate than others.
Option #1: If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that he can provide you with relevant samples of his writing.
Option #2: If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that she can provide you with relevant samples of her writing.
Option #3: If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that he/she can provide you with relevant samples of his/her writing.
Option #4: If you want to hire a blogger to write for you, it’s important that they can provide you
Here are four things you can learn from some of the biggest names in tech employ.
In 2018, tech companies hold 130 spots on Forbes Global 2000 list, ranking the world’s top public companies. No matter what kind of business you own or operate, there is much to be learned from the way tech companies market themselves. Even giants like Apple, Samsung, Google or Facebook, tech companies have to hustle hard to stay ahead of the never-ending competition barking at their heels. One thing you can be sure of, is that tech companies analyze every single aspect of their businesses, from their service providers to their delivery services all the way down to the landing pages on their websites. Know Your Target Market and Target It Aggressively
Apple and Samsung are perhaps the two biggest names in mobile phones. While they are in one sense in vigorous competition, they each target their own very specific and differentiated market share. Perhaps, nowhere is this more clear than in their respective landing pages.
Apple is well known for their smooth, clean lines and rigid attention to detail. Apple users are often strong type-A personalities. They are immaculately groomed while riding in the back of their immaculate, luxury vehicles listening to classical music. Apple’s
If you have been looking for a fast and easy way to build a profitable online business, look no further than digital products
If you’ve been looking for a fast and easy way to build a profitable online business, look no further than digital products. When it comes to selling physical products, you’ll spend a lot of time and energy dealing with the complexities associated with shipping, fulfillment, inventory, and management.
With digital products, you’ll never have to worry about any of that! Not to mention ever-changing industries that can shift in favor of digital virtually overnight. Just think about the rise of digital music for example, versus those who still purchase CDs — the same for the growing number of people who pay for streaming access to movies versus those who still purchase DVDs.
Here’s a fun fact: digital sales surpass physical sales in many other industries as well!
Digital products are not only easy to create, but they can be easily replicated and turned into multiple product lines that fuel an unlimited number of sales funnels.
They’re also consistently in demand, easy to deliver, and if you never want to write a line of content yourself, you can affordably outsource everything! So, the question is: what kind of digital products are the most profitable?
This is the first of a series on the WordPress Philosophy. What is it and why does it matter. A new article will be published each month of this year.
Have you ever installed a plugin into your WordPress website and thought, “Ummm… that’s different”? Something about it just stood out as not quite right. The settings felt strange, or there were way too many settings, or maybe it changed parts of your site in ways you didn’t expect. Most often this experience involves a plugin or a theme that doesn’t do things “The WordPress Way.” If you’ve ever heard that phrase, it probably sounded a bit mysterious. That’s because while “The WordPress Way” does have a definition, it’s still a bit fuzzy; it’s not so simple to boil it down to a sentence or two. It’s not merely about the settings interface, or where to put the menus — it’s a whole philosophy of understanding user experience, development, and even freedom itself.
This series is about the WordPress Philosophy. Yes, WordPress has an actual philosophy! This simple document will hold a lot of sway over everything that you interact with in your WordPress admin.
By the end of this series, you’ll have a stronger grasp of the WordPress Philosophy. You’ll be empowered to make more
A look at how WordPress changed the CMS landscape back in the day and how it impacts us today.
If you manage to rope in or attract maximum backlinks to your site, then there’s always a fair chance for your content to gain popularity among the target audience.
Do you know that according to Backlinko, backlinks continue to remain a vital factor when it comes to Google ranking? According to their data, the overall link authority of any particular website strongly depends on backlinking, thus correlating with better or higher search engine rankings. A SERP (Search Engine Results Page) data shows that lengthier content always stands a chance of being placed at the top of the search engine results page, thus ensuring higher ranking and better exposure. What Makes Backlinking Important in Today’s Date?
As long as digital popularity and gaining enough client footfalls will continue to be a priority for digital marketers of the industry, backlink will continue to remain an important part. Here’s why:
Quality Backlinks Ensure Higher Google Ranking
As already mentioned, if you manage quality backlinking to your site at the end of the day, then Google and other search engines will be giving credit to your site, thus, increasing its chances of being ranked at the topmost position of search engine results.
This, as a result, will trigger every possibility of making the webpage popular among your target group of users and prospective clients.