The developers of the Tailor Page builder have decided to discontinue the plugin because of Gutenberg. Which page builder plugin will be next?
End of Tailor — Rise of Gutenberg! Hey, folks, we are really sad to announce that we have decided to discontinue Tailor Page builder. Tailor has been a great tool developed originally by Andrew Worsfold. Then at some point due to other priorities, he was not able to focus and work properly on Tailor and there we jump in and was willing to keep Tailor alive as we really love Tailor page builder and was hopeful to make it a success.
However then soon we realized about the Gutenberg project which we all know is coming to WordPress as a default page builder app or content editor app which looks awesome and we are all looking forward to it since Gutenberg is going to be bundled with WordPress itself that’s definitely going to give tough time to all 3rd party page builders and even that is not the case there are some really big players around like Elementor, Divi, Beaver Builder & others which is going to be hard to compete with all of those awesome tools by us, to be honest. And also being a completely free project and providing almost all the great features in free version this is really not going to help us to put that much effort and money in development and maintaining
A complete comparaison of popular image optimization plugins by Imagely.
We're often asked for our recommendations for image optimization plugins. So we decided to run some official tests to determine what our preferred and recommended image optimization plugins are. For the tests, we focused on a variety of factors, which we will get into shortly. But we want to point out that the test's goal was not for SEO specifically, although it was a factor in the comparison. The goal was for a well-compressed image with minimal to no quality degradation.
How We Tested
We started with what we are calling the "control" image. It's a professional wedding photograph which shows a bride and groom, movement, high contrast, a lot of color, skin, and texture. This photograph was picked as the control on purpose, to cover a wide variety of items that photographers would look for in a compressed image file.
We initially started testing locally, using Local by Flywheel. However, it turned out that some of the plugins we tested required a live server on the Internet. So we wound up creating a development site on a high-end cloud server.
Before uploading images we disabled the built-in WordPress image compression by using this plugin.
We also kept all the image optimization
Looking for a CDN to speed up your site? There’s been a lot of movement in the industry over the past 2 years. We take a look at your best options in 2017.
There are a lot of CDNs around. You’ve probably heard of Cloudflare, which is hugely popular, and other options like MaxCDN and KeyCDN. But choosing a CDN can be tricky because each has its pros and cons. Plus, there’s been a lot of change in the industry over the past two years so a CDN you might have been familiar may have grown considerably in recent years – or been acquired by another company.
So in this post, we’ll take a look at the top CDNs of 2017 along with their features, pricing, and what’s changed in recent
The new inline editing feature makes content updates much easier.
With Elementor version 1.8, we've completely changed the way you write in Elementor. From now on, writing is done visually and directly on-screen. Simply click on your page and start typing. We've just released Elementor 1.8, with the much anticipated Inline Editing feature.
Our new Elementor UI will make you want to stop everything and start writing content. Writing landing pages, blog posts, all is now possible with Elementor while writing directly on the frontend of the page.
I am very excited about this new Elementor version. In fact, I am writing this very post while using the new Inline Editing feature.
Our challenge with this version was to keep the current interface you know and love, and integrate inline editing in a seamless and user friendly way.
Writing on the left panel is still available, but there are many situations where you are likely to prefer writing directly on the edit screens. Here are some situations like that:
Fixing spelling mistakes or changing phrasing on current content
Creating long form blog posts
Optimizing landing page copy
This is a huge advancement for Elementor's page design experience, and it's an extremely helpful feature for content writers, marketers,
Beaver Builder's UI gets a refresh and the workflow streamlined to make building pages easier. The new interface is faster and keyboard shortcuts have been added.
For those using the Postman SMTP plugin, there is a fork by Yehuda Hassine with security fixes and other changes.
In early October the popular Postman SMTP plugin was removed from WordPress.org due to security issues. The plugin had not been updated in two years and also contained a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability that was made public in June and left unfixed. The security researcher’s attempts to contact the plugin’s author, Jason Hendriks, were unsuccessful. The plugin is used to improve the delivery of emails that WordPress generates and it logs the causes of failed emails to help eliminate configuration mistakes. It was installed on more than 100,000 sites before it was removed from WordPress.org.
Yehuda Hassine, a WordPress developer and longtime user of the plugin, decided to fork it for the sake of its users and because he thought it was a shame to see all the the original author’s hard work go to waste.
“As a fan of the amazing work Jason has done, I was amazed no one thought of taking it over,” Hassine said. “It’s a great plugin – Jason solved so many problems dealing with SMTP setup in WordPress. He worked so hard and the idea it might disappear shocked me. The plugin worked with almost zero bugs for the past two years.”
Gutenberg is a very ambitious project with a lot of potential, but it wants to change too many things. Let's talk about plugin integration and its issues.
Do you want to drive more traffic to your web? So do I! That's why we created Nelio Content, a new plugin that automates content promotion in social networks. Want to know more? Gutenberg! The future editor of WordPress that will help us write posts, create beautiful layouts and finally get rid of the infamous page builders. Well, at least that’s what they’ve promised us, because even though it looks very nice, it’s still pretty green.
If you don’t know anything about the project (are you serious?), there’s plenty of reviews out there discussing the pros and cons of it. The Gutenberg review at WPLift is a pretty good introduction to the project:
Gutenberg offers a completely different take on the default WordPress Editor. Instead of one long input box that basically acts the same as a Word document, the Editor is now broken up into individual blocks. One block may contain several paragraphs of text, another an image, and another a button. So and so on.
I think Gutenberg is an improvement for casual users who like to write their content in the WordPress Editor. But as someone who writes and uploads multiple posts per day from Google Docs, I don’t
Beaver Builder 2.0 is now available! This post describes some of the notable features of this shiny update.
The update that we all have been waiting for is finally here! That is right! Beaver Builder creators have recently announced the launch of the BB version 2.0 which has taken the Page Builder features and functionalities to a whole another level. Apart from the interface, there have been many other advancements and updates that have made the beaver builder 2.0 a real game changer.
For those who just can’t wait anymore and want to get their hands on this excellent product, you can download it from the Beaver Builder website.
There are many improvements and upgrades with the page builder, let’s understand each one individually.
User Interface Upgrade
One of the most significant improvements that you are going to see on the Page Builder while doing your day to day editing is the interface. Even though this a new interface, the BB team has kept it simple so that you will be able to get used to it quickly and without any issue.
Blazing Fast Performance
BB team has done a fantastic job with improving the performance, and the result is phenomenal. The module settings page loads fast, and from a raw performance standpoint, everything in Beaver Builder is faster, snappier, and a joy
Website speed is a significant factor if you want your visitors to stay longer and increase conversion rates — even Google acknowledges speedy sites. WP Rocket provides possibly the best caching solution for WordPress sites. Read on to find more about it.
Website speed is a significant factor if you want your visitors to stay longer and increase conversion rates — even Google acknowledges speedy sites. Several optimizing and caching techniques are available to increase speed. When it comes to WordPress, there are a plethora of plugins available to speed up your website.
However, while searching for an optimization plugin for my website, I ended up with WP Rocket after toying around several other related plugins.
It’s by far the best premium caching solution available for WordPress. After using it personally, I can assure that it is indeed worth your money.
WP Rocket is a caching plugin for WordPress which combines both simplicity and efficiency. It rockets your blog speed through various optimization and caching techniques.
WP Rocket is a combined effort of three awesome folks, i.e., Julio Potier, Jonathan Buttigieg, and Jean-Baptiste Marchand-Arvier in late 2013. Recently, they even celebrated their fourth anniversary.
I still remember my early days with WordPress when W3 Total Cache & WP Super Cache were the biggies of this niche. Despite the premium model, its exceptional features and performance have helped WP Rocket
How to use Easy Digital Downloads and Software Licensing to restrict features in your plugin or theme and encourage users to upgrade
If you are selling WordPress themes or plugins, no doubt you’re always looking for ways to add value to your product and encourage more sales. One common method is to create different plans for your product which limit the number of times a customer can activate it. However, this method can actually reduce your scope to increase your profitability. In this post, I’m going to show you how you can use the Software Licensing extension for Easy Digital Downloads to make some features of your plugin available only to users on premium plans – and all without having to create and manage different versions of the product.
Why restrict features to certain plans?
Making certain features only available to higher license plans is an effective way of encouraging users to purchase or upgrade to a more expensive version, meaning more profit for you.
Activation Limit Model
Let’s say you have a WordPress plugin that creates a forum. You’re licensing it in an orthodox way, something like:
Single site license, $19
Two to five sites license, $29
Unlimited sites license, $35
We can call this the Activation Limit Model – you set your pricing according to how many times
Outdated code is the biggest threat to WordPress reputation. That's why this combo of automatic updates and rollback is such a great asset to anyone facing 20+ updates each week. And the best part? It's hosting agnostic.
One of the most time consuming and frustrating tasks in WordPress is making sure that everything is updated. Otherwise, you risk security breaches of your and your client’s websites. So far, the only way to make sure that everything is top-notch has been by regularly logging in and performing bulk updates or Safe Updates across your websites. That ends today.
From now on you can schedule all of your updates, across all of your websites on ManageWP. That goes for regular and Safe Updates, giving you also the option to rollback if something goes wrong.
Imagine logging into ManageWP and not seeing 137 pending updates, knowing that all of the updates were done when your website traffic was at its lowest.
The ability to schedule updates gives you the flexibility to select the most convenient time and date for your updates, so that in case something does go wrong, it’s when 90% of your customers are sleeping.
A day in the life of a ManageWPer with Automatic Updates
It’s worry free.
Rather than thinking about when you scheduled your plugin updates versus when you scheduled your theme updates, with our automatic updates you know that it’s all being updated at the same
Some tips on how to build a WooCommerce site with future flexibility and security in mind.
WooCommerce has become the de facto solution for running an ecommerce website with WordPress. This is especially so since Automattic (the company of WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg) took over the wildly popular plugin in 2015. The fact that WooCommerce is free (with the option to use free extensions or buy commercial ones) and fairly easy to set up is very attractive to those looking to sell online without breaking their budget. It’s possible to build an online shop that looks and functions similarly to the upper echelon of online retailers.
But this particular path of ecommerce has its own requirements and challenges. WooCommerce is a different animal than the likes of Shopify, Miva or other SaaS providers. There are things you need to be aware of in order to make the most out of your site, along with maintaining security and stability.
Let’s take a look at some of the hidden secrets to winning with Woo:
Test Updates on a Development Site First
Because your WooCommerce shop could also be running alongside any number of different WordPress plugins, updates aren’t always a smooth process. Bugs not only show up in new releases of Woo, but conflicts can arise with
We all know that Postman SMTP was removed from WordPress repository. Yehuda, a WordPress developer forked the plugin, submitted to the repository and it is considered as the best alternate for Postman SMTP. Here is the entire story and step by step guide to set up the new Post SMTP plugin.
In October 2017, the most popular SMTP plugin “Postman SMTP” having 100k+ active installs, was removed from the WordPress repository due to an XSS vulnerability. This news was spread like a fire in the jungle. The removal of the plugin was not just because of the vulnerability but due to the fact that it was not updated in the last sixteen months and was not compatible up to WordPress 4.4.
Some security researchers even tried to contact the plugin’s author but they were unsuccessful. Jason Hendriks, the man behind the plugin, did an excellent job for the WordPress users but later he also was unable to maintain the plugin.
For being an active user of the plugin and WordPress developer, I decided to fork the plugin so that all the hard work done by Jason cannot go to the garbage. I have named the fork as “Post SMTP Mailer/Email Log”, you can find the entire source code on Github. You can also get it from the WordPress repository. Within a few days, the Post SMTP plugin got more than thousands of active installs.
Anyhow, let me take you to a step-by-step guide on setting up Post SMTP WordPress plugin with Gmail/Google Apps and 0Auth so that Postman SMTP users
Neat tool to help you customize the look/feel of your CalderaForms in Divi.
Installation and Requirements Caldera Forms Style Customizer for Divi & Extra requires the Caldera Forms plugin and Divi or Extra themes by Elegant Themes.
Install & activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in WordPress.
How to Use
Once the plugin is installed and activated, go to the page you inserted the form you built with Caldera Forms.
In the Toolbar at the top of the screen, click on the name of your theme (or child-theme), and then, in the dropdown, choose “Theme Customizer” or “Module Customizer” (both work). Click on “Caldera Forms Style Customizer”.
Make the changes you wish and click on the “Save & publish” button to apply your settings.
Following fields are only customizable through the Caldera Forms layout builder: “Autocomplete” (dropdown), “Range Slider” and “Star Rating”.
“File” field is not customizable: choose “Advanced File Uploader” instead
Customized styles apply to all Caldera forms on the website
To customize the “Upload File List”, click on the “Add File” button and choose at
WooCommerce version 3.2 is here. Check out the new features and update to take advantage of it.
Since our last minor release back in June, we’ve been working on a multitude of improvements to improve the WooCommerce admin experience: Apply discounts to orders using coupons, without the chore of doing manual calculations.
See which versions of extensions are tested with new WooCommerce updates, before updating.
Improved management features for WooCommerce.com extensions.
A simpler, unified shortcode for listing multiple products on pages.
To ensure this update is indeed stable, we’ve been doing plenty of testing on our side; releasing beta versions, testing our own library of extensions and themes, working with customers to do managed updates, and running 3.2 on WooCommerce.com.
WooCommerce 3.2 is also a minor release, meaning it should be fully backwards compatible with 3.1 and 3.0. However, it’s still considered best practice, and recommended, to backup before updating.
We recommend viewing our documentation on how to update, making a backup, updating extensions, and finally updating WooCommerce via WP Admin.
Here are some more details on what’s new in 3.2!
Applying discounts to orders using coupons
Being able to apply coupons to orders was a popular request
A new plugin combines 7 website widgets to increase user engagement and generate leads: - Email opt-in forms - Contact forms - Promo bars and popups - Survey forms - Follow buttons - Share buttons - Live chats
I don’t think I have to tell you by now, but when it comes to marketing CTA widgets, slide-ins, and popups all produce crazy good results! Most of us hate this as if they are overdone it can be very annoying. But from a list building point of view, there is no denying they get the job done. The trick is finding a good medium between not enough and overdoing it. So today I’m going to take a deep dive into a newer CTA plugin for WordPress. Check out this GetSiteControl review below. GetSiteControl Review
First of all, I have to admit, GetSiteControl seems to have come out of nowhere. When it comes to new WordPress plugins I keep pretty close tabs on new things emerging in the marketplace and I somehow missed this one. But it was actually released in 2014, so it has been around for a while. They are owned and operated by GetWebCraft Limited and are a team of seven people in Cyprus who set out to create an easy-to-use set of smart widgets for website optimization and increasing conversions.
GetSiteControl is super easy to use and in the end can save you a lot of time, which is after all, what we’re all really wanting. You might even be able to consolidate different plugins
Nice timeline of the events that have been happening with the Display Widgets plugin.
Google's AMP project is two years old and they published data demonstrating its growing adoption across the web. Automattic partnered with Google to develop AMP plugin in a more better way.
Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project is two years old today and the company published data demonstrating its growing adoption across the web. More than 4 billion AMP pages have been published by 25 million domains. AMP performance has also increased and Google reports that the median time for loading AMP pages from its search engine is less than half a second. The AMP team also cited several examples of success for sites that have integrated AMP, along with an as yet unpublished Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact™ study that linked AMP to a 10% increase in website traffic and a 2X increase in time spent on the page. The study, which was commissioned by Google, also showed that AMP pages on e-commerce sites have a 20% increase in sales conversions as compared to non-AMP pages.
Google credited AMP’s 400+ code contributors and the 10,500 others who have engaged on GiHub, along with Automattic, one of the earliest publishing partners on the project:
We’re also seeing other organizations take an increasingly proactive role in supporting AMP. Automattic, for example, has been working with us to improve the quality of the WordPress plug-in over the
You can now have an alternative and better way to move WordPress widgets around.
Introducing Move Widget – a brand new way to manage your WordPress widgets easily. With this new feature, you can now have an alternative and better way to move widgets around. Together with Clone WordPress Widgets, I’m very happy to introduce the better widget management release for Widget Options.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the “widget drag & drop” feature. However, when you use lots of sidebar widget areas, it’s hard and time-consuming to drag and scroll the page just to move it around. Will it be a lot easier to just move them just like how we add them? I’m sure that you know how we add widgets to any sidebar. First, you click on the widgets. Afterwards, you select the sidebar where you want to assign them to. It’s really easy, especially on mobile devices or when you have lots of widget areas. Now, you’ll have this feature with Move WordPress Widgets, which is available for both free and extended plugin versions.
How to Enable Move Widget
By default, this feature isn’t enabled, but you can easily activate it by going to Settings > Widget Options. After that, on the Move Widget feature module, click on Enable.
Did you know that you can even use WordPress to sign contracts and documents online? Here's an article on why electronic signatures may make sense and how you can implement it with WordPress.
If you’re doing business, you’ll quickly run into contracts. Written contracts just make good business sense, whether you’re providing services to clients or selling products to customers. Consultants, freelancers, web developers – all kinds of businesses benefit from written agreements and provide some certainty for both partners. Some of those benefits include a reduced risk of disputes, a better outcome and lower costs when disputes do occur, and more certainty in the transaction. Each party knows exactly what their obligations are, and what happens when they don’t perform those duties as they promised they would. Yet, written contracts can often be a bit intimidating for small business owners and freelancers.
To make the contract creation and execution process easier, many business owners turn to a third-party contract tool or SaaS application. However, these services usually charge recurring monthly fees. They’re also hosted on someone else’s server, which can raise tricky questions of security and confidentiality. Instead, why not sign your contracts with electronic signatures right on your own WordPress site?
Why signing contracts in
There are several scenarios where you may want to grant someone temporary access to your WordPress dashboard without creating a user account. Fortunately, there are some nice plugins that can handle this.
Once you conquer the initial WordPress learning curve – how to login to the WordPress dashboard and navigate around it a little bit – it soon becomes apparent that the WordPress backend is packed with a lot of options and menus. And at some point thereafter, especially if working with guest authors, WordPress users sometimes confront a sticky question: What do you do when you need to grant someone access to your WordPress dashboard, but you want that access to be limited in terms of how long it lasts? Manage user roles in WordPress
Most users figure out pretty quickly that WordPress access is based on user roles that you can manage from the dashboard. You can add more user roles and gain more control over the specific points of access and authority they come with by installing and configuring user role plugins.
But even without adding functionality through WordPress plugins, you still have the ability to manage user roles from the dashboard, as well as to grant and revoke access to specific users. For instance, when you want to give access to a new user, through the Users menu on your dashboard, you can create a new user, set the parameters of that user’s access by
With this new gallery module, you can create beautiful grid and masonry galleries. Get styling options for caption, overlay, and images.
Today we are happy to announce that we have added a new Module to our Module Library: Photo Gallery. Start Creating an impressive gallery of images and elegantly present your work via this module and take your way of displaying images to a whole another level. A picture is worth a Thousand words.
Better presentation of images has proved to be an excellent technique to make your visitors stay longer on the website. With the Photo Gallery module, you can do the same with simple drag and drop and toggle operations and without touching a single line of code.
Most of the popular brands and companies use this technique to better present themselves and their work to their customers. Now you can do that too with this fantastic addition to the PowerPack Beaver Addons, Photo Gallery.
Grid and Masonry Layout
Choose whether to display the images in the good ol’ Grid layout or the Immaculate Masonry layout. You can toggle between the two just by a click of a button and it will be done!
Overlay and Hover Effects
Have you ever seen the amazing Overlay effect that makes the image gets overlayed from any side or simply fade or framed? With the Photo Gallery module, you can do it by simply selecting
With this carousel, you can create slideshows with thumbnails, slides that link to external sites, lightboxes, sliding effects and much more.
Whether it's a blog post, landing page or entire website - visual content always wins. This is why we've put great emphasis on our visual widgets in Elementor. Now, comes a stylish new visual widget.
Carousel is the standard rotating carousel skin that shows a customized number of image or video slides per view.
Coverflow is a slider skin that shows a central slide in the front and two side slides in the back.
Changing the width, height and space between slides is easy, so you can use different size images and have them display with the size of your choosing.
Regular carousels automatically display images in full width, with no option to set a custom width. In order to give you extra flexibility, we've added the option to scale the width of the carousel exactly how you want it.
Browsing through the carousel is possible using arrows, dots, numbered fraction and progress bar. Each of these browsing features also has styling options of its own.
By setting an overlay to each slide, you can turn your carousel to an amazing showcase of your work.
This way, when the user hovers over the image or video, they can get a nice overlay explanation of the piece.
In this widget, you have either text
Here ThemeXpert is sharing why they decide to select weForms as their default contact form plugin in all their themes.
There are hundreds of free contact form plugin available on Word...