Taking a look at the top features and functionality of two most popular page builders in the WordPress ecosystem.
Not able to decide between Elementor vs. Beaver Builder for your WordPress website? WordPress ecosystem has evolved greatly with the help of page builder plugins like Elementor and Beaver Builder. While both the plugins bring a ton of good features to WordPress, it becomes difficult to make a choice. So, we decided to share our thoughts on the ongoing debate – Elementor vs. Beaver Builder. Selecting a page builder is not as easy as it seems. You don’t want to switch builder when you are halfway done, as it can be a really tiresome and redundant task. And, certainly, you wouldn’t be willing to reinvest your time and money and build the same thing just by using another builder.
To help you make an informed decision, we will be comparing Elementor vs. Beaver Builder and will see the most prominent differences between both the builders.
We at IdeaBox, create amazing addons for Beaver Builder and Elementor and have worked extensively with both the plugins. With our experience with both the builders, we will definitely be able to help you choose the right one for you.
Let’s take a look at each feature of both the page builders:
Elementor vs. Beaver Builder Editor Interface
A great CMS has to be user-focused, while guiding us towards standards and accessibility. In some areas, various systems aren't living up to the challenge.
All content management systems (CMS) have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some are meant for very niche offerings such as eCommerce or membership sites, while others are a jack-of-all-trades. In addition, these systems range from open source to proprietary. Beyond the market-leading WordPress, I have had the opportunity to dabble in a few other systems. The experiences have been uneven.
I won’t pretend to have in-depth knowledge of every software package out there. But I have enough experience to understand what makes for a good system. It’s about ease of use and putting users in the best position to do things the right way.
For the most part, there’s been a ton of improvement over the past decade. Still, not everything is where it should be. With that in mind, here are five things that no CMS should be doing in modern times.
Generate Non-Standardized and Inaccessible Code
It’s hard not to notice that the web has a lot of standards and best practices these days. Markup has to be structured semantically and content needs to be accessible. In addition, CSS should be used for styling elements such as containers and typography.
Yet, I still see content editing
Want to be more efficient without hiring an employee? Try automation! You can remove tasks from the plate and focus on the stuff that really matters - the stuff that you can't make robots do. In this episode, I'll talk about my process for figuring out what to automate, and some of my favorite automations.
Good design isn't just about aesthetics. Just as important: site usability, ease in navigation, & accessibility. Learn more about web design best practices.
What causes the large discrepancy between what some WordPress developers charge compared to others? Answering this question requires consideration for the reason behind why you want a website in the first place. Some developers focus on the literal final product: the combination of code that results in a pleasant enough website design.
But developers with marketing savvy concern themselves with more than just building something that looks nice. They act as consultants to clients who are looking to accomplish specific goals with their websites.
With this in mind, hiring someone to build a website who doesn’t seem interested in/doesn’t ask questions about your end goals is a red flag. It’s important to call out the fact that even the most beautiful web design may not be ideal when it comes to getting visitors to convert into customers.
That said, 94% of people judge your credibility based on your website’s design.
So, instead, you need to focus on using your design to offer the ideal user experience. You must make it easy for visitors to find the information they sought by visiting your website in the first place while guiding them towards goal conversion activities.
Going on a podcast? Don't waste the opportunity to grow your audience! Have a clear plan...and call to action.
A few weeks ago I wrote about how to get on someone’s podcast. Congrats! Now you have your first podcast guest spot lined up. You’re set to provide value for a ready and willing audience. But being a podcast guest is about more than just talking. While you shouldn’t be going on just to hawk your wares, you should be ready to help listeners learn more about you. Here’s how. Know What You’re Going to Talk About
If you’ve pitched yourself for a show then you likely also suggested a topic. But if someone reached out to you just to have you on, make sure you nail down the topic before going on the show. Just because you’re an expert on a topic doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Brush up on a few talking points and make sure to hit the big areas during the interview.
You should also try to stick to one area. This is a mistake I’ve made several times as a podcast guest. Because I do so much, we kind of jump around a lot. And while I’ve tried to tie it in a bow after the fact, it probably didn’t land like I wanted it too with the audience. Instead, when you nail down the topic with the host, be sure to stick to that
Pocket is a great way to save and filter stories you want to read later. But with Zapier, I'm taking that to the next level by sending tagged items to different locations. This helps me automate my newsletter, social sharing, and more.
Back before I decided to start automating more, the way I would compile my newsletters was to save links to Pocket and then on Monday mornings, scour them for what to share, create the links, and sum up the stories. I also had to be careful that I didn’t share the same link two weeks in a row. It was a lot of work. And then I realized that I could save myself a lot of trouble by using Pocket to automate not only my newsletter, but social sharing as well.
Over the years I’ve switched between Pocket (formerly Read It Later), Instapaper, and even Safari’s Read Later function. But I landed on Pocket for a few reasons:
It’s free for my needs
I never actually log-in to the app, so I need feel that need to be a completionist.
Using Pocket’s tagging system, I can tag a story I’ve saved, and Zapier will do the rest.
The “newsletter” Tag
First up is the newsletter tag. When I tag something with newsletter in Pocket, it kicks off a Zap that will grab the link, title, and description. It will then format it (making the title the link to the story), and send it to Evernote, to a note called “Newsletter.”
This is a HUGE time
Matt Mullenweg’s announcement back in 2018 about raising WordPress’ minimum PHP version got a lot of people excited. In this week’s article, guest author Carl Alexander shares that while this was great for WordPress developers, it still won't make WordPress a modern PHP project that'll attract and retain developers.
At the State of the Word 2018, Matt Mullenweg made a lot of different announcements. Most of them focused on Gutenberg, but a few didn’t. One of those was a proposal by Gary Pendergast to increase WordPress’ minimum PHP version. This announcement received a lot of applause. That’s because it made a lot of people (especially developers) excited. WordPress still had a minimum PHP version of 5.2 at the time. This PHP version hadn’t been supported in more than eight years.
Developers have always felt frustrated by this situation. PHP has changed a lot and added a lot of cool, useful features since PHP 5.2. But those weren’t available to them if they had to write code that supported PHP 5.2.
So, without a doubt, this was a great announcement for WordPress developers! They were finally going to be able to use modern PHP features while writing WordPress code. That said, that announcement didn’t change the nature of the WordPress project itself. It still won’t make it a modern PHP project that’ll attract and retain developers.
The WordPress Legacy
Part of the reason for that is WordPress is a legacy application. The WordPress project itself is
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
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
What’s allowed and what isn’t on WordPress.org and the WordPress admin dashboard? Get all the rules and see examples of "wrong" marketing tacticts that got the WP community furious
It’s a recurring thing and the big topic surfaces repeatedly: What forms of advertising are allowed in the WordPress admin dashboard?
What forms of upselling and cross-selling are acceptable on the WordPress repository (wordpress.org)?
How far is too far?
Are standards the same for everyone?
If you’re a small plugin author, this topic is something you’re probably worried about because you’re always investigating new ways to attract more paying users to your plugin embracing a sustainable and by-the-rules approach.
But things are more difficult to understand as rules aren’t clear for everyone. Sometimes, it seems, a few plugin authors might succeed in bending rules in their favor.
But let’s start with a clear example:
Yoast, one of the most active and famous company in the WordPress ecosystem, pushed a banner — that’s the word — linking to their page featuring all their products discounted by 30% for Black Friday.
Of course, people on Twitter started to talk about it:
Marieke’s apology tweet
These are just a few of the many harsh comments Yoast received. To keep things nice and easy, here’s a summarized version of my take
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
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
Starting a site can be relatively easy. But maintaining a good site takes time, skill and persistence. This guide will help you take care of pretty much everything you should do on a monthly basis.
The world of web design and blogging has drastically changed since WordPress came into existence. It’s been quite a while since the first users were able to create their online journals through WordPress (the first version was released in May of 2003). After that, WordPress has quickly started to evolve and it became more than a simple blogging platform – it’s evolved into a full content management system that’s capable of pretty much everything. But let’s stop here; although the history of WordPress is interesting, not many people care much about it. And we’re sure you’re one of those.What’s important here is that WordPress is used on more than 30% of the entire web, and the platform is getting more popular than ever. Because of that, you can find tens of thousands of plugins & themes that allow everyone to build amazing websites. And instead of spending a few years learning about web technologies, all you need is a few hours to get acquainted with the platform and the particular themes and plugins you’ll be using.
That’s all great. You can have your first website built in a matter of days (even hours if you have some
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
Taking stock of what Gutenberg has to offer as it approaches its first birthday. How it's improved, what it lacks and who it's for.
This week, we’re happy to present guest author Eric Karkovack’s thoughtful and balanced take on the Gutenberg editor, one year into its inclusion in WordPress core. With WCUS 2019 done with, the Gutenberg block editor has now been a part of WordPress core for a year. (Sticklers: technically, that’s on December 6, but no more releases between now and then.) This milestone seems like a perfect time to revisit one of the most anticipated and controversial features ever to be added to the world’s most popular CMS.
Even after a year of Gutenberg, there are still a lot of questions, misconceptions and (of course) opinions. Meanwhile, some developers have happily moved over to the block editor as their go-to solution. But the transformation hasn’t been completed, as others have stuck with the trusted Classic Editor and aren’t in a hurry to switch.
With that in mind, I wanted to take a fresh, objective look at Gutenberg’s features and usability in comparison with the alternatives.
So, what are the pros and cons of Gutenberg one year into its run? Let’s dig in and find out!
Gutenberg at One Year: The Pros
First, let’s look at what I feel
Lots of people are starting podcasts and for good reason. It's easier, it's a great way to connect with and build your audiences, and you can help people...and yourself.
In 2018, both Seth Godin and Pat Flynn stated they believe podcasting is the new blogging. It feels a lot like that too. Back around 2004, when blogging really exploded, we saw a number of tools come out to make publishing easier for those who aren’t tech-savvy. Blogger, Live Journal, WordPress, and Moveable Type all set out to do something that hadn’t been done before: allow people who know nothing about website development to set up their own websites. Now, we’re seeing the same thing with podcasting. But if you can, should you? Here’s why you should start a podcast.
Starting is Easier
Let’s start with a basic premise: getting started will no long cost you thousands of dollars. In fact, I have a blog post on how to start one for less than $100.
You no longer need to be in a recording studio to get high-quality audio. You can get a decent mic that plugs right into your computer. There are all-in-one services that allow us to create and manage our entire show from one place, for a small monthly fee.
One app, Anchor, even lets you record, edit, and upload directly from their interface. It couldn’t be easier.
Accessing Them is Easier – Which Means
WordPress powers over 34% of the internet, and “managed WordPress hosting” is now worth multiple billions of dollars – but the WordPress experience for most users is poor. This is the area we need to improve in order to have WordPress relevant in the long term.
By Tom Fanelli, CEO and Founder, Convesio; 20 years of agency experience I’ve been building websites for 20 years and without a doubt, hosting client sites can be one of the most frustrating things about running an agency when something unexpected goes wrong.
For most agencies, providing hosting is a necessary evil. Clients expect it, and it doesn’t feel right not to offer it. At best, it’s a substantial recurring revenue stream that can support your agency through tough economies and at times when you lose clients. Offering hosting is actually really valuable, giving you stability in a project-based business.
At worst, it can be an easy way to lose time and money.
Over the years, we switched hosts dozens of times. In the early days of the business, we started out with cheap, shared hosting — as you do — and it caused no end of problems. We were plagued with downtime, sites weren’t just slow they were comatose, and trying to migrate from one server to another was like pulling teeth.
If a site was slow on the front-end, it was bad, but it was usually slower on the admin side of things, so backups, editing, installing plugins — all the stuff agencies
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
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
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.
As podcasting tools evolve, fewer people are asking "Can I start a podcast," and more are asking, "Should I start a podcast?" The short answer is yes, and here's why!
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
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
Here we have got down to the impact of these crazy days of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on the WordPress community and given you some updates in this regard.
Covid-19 Pandemic and the World of WordPress Covid-19 Pandemic and the World of WordPress
WordPress is the most popular CMS that is being used by millions of people all over the world.
It can be found in so many businesses and industries nowadays, and therefore, it covers a large community globally.
The emergence and spread of Coronavirus have shaken things up for individuals, and new challenges have come to light for many businesses.
But, you are not alone since many other businesses, large and small, are dealing with the same situation and take various approaches to keep themselves active.
Here we have got down to the impact of these crazy days on the WordPress community and given you some updates in this regard.
Since remote jobs and online events seem to be a perfect solution, we will introduce practical tools to let you handle everything to the last details.
The unstable conditions around us have brought everyone new unforeseen challenges. While some have opted for remote working, others are trying to support their employees and prevent lay-offs at all costs.
Despite the difference in contributions, trusting each other and being trustworthy seems to be the typical quality among