Enable your site-users, customers or fans to create content for you and from the frontend to boost your website. Read further if you want to know how you can even automate this process and save yourself time and energy.
Many web users want to have a voice on your blog and are always happy to share their thoughts with you. There are so many benefits of encouraging user generated content on your website. So how can your web users share their content with you without having to access your backend or without you having to do the work of uploading the content on your site manually? The answer is using a WordPress plugin for post forms such as BuddyForms.
Such plugins allow you to create post forms in WordPress that users can quickly use to submit guest blog posts, comments, reviews, photos and other content on your WordPress site.
How to Submit Content from the Frontend on WordPress
Before your users can start submitting their content, you need to create a form that they will use to send you the content. This process is pretty straightforward and you don’t need any web design or coding skills.
Go to the BuddyForm Wizard and select the type of form that you want to create. They even have several templates ready to use for your Types of forms include:
Contact Full Name (for a more detailed contact form)
Contact Simple (for a simple contact form)
Contact User Support (if you need more specific
WP Rollback version 1.5 just released and boasts multisite compatibility, changelog preview and more.
If you’re a Super Admin of a WordPress multisite, WP Rollback version 1.5 introduces several new features that we think you’ll love. You’re welcome. Since we created WP Rollback two years ago, we’ve maintained it well by making necessary fixes and tweaks as the WordPress theme and plugin screens were updated. But generally speaking, it’s the type of plugin that needs very little day-to-day maintenance or updates. We’re sure our 30K active installs and 60+ 5-star reviews like it that way. Few updates means you just keep on using it and it keeps doing its job as intended.
We felt it was time to give the plugin a little love and introduce some nice new features. Here’s a quick overview.
This is the biggest update to WP Rollback since launch. WP Rollback is now fully multisite compatible. Because mult-site handles activates and updates very differently from a standard single install we had to make some important decisions to implement this well without adding a new settings screen or anything.
The problem of Admins versus Super Admins: Firstly, just making rollback available for multisite installs introduces a problem. Because
New inline-edit plugin from Zack Katz of Gravity View for Gravity Forms looks excellent. Edit 340% faster.
Save tons of time: edit your entries 340% faster We know the pain of bulk data entry! If you edit entries en masse on a regular basis, you will save mind-numbing hours.
Our customers spend hours editing existing entries, one at a time. Most of the time, they want to update only one field to define a category, add custom labels, or approve a work order. Often, they repeat the process weekly or monthly for hundreds of entries.
Inline Editing is the best way to quickly make changes to Gravity Forms form entries. You don’t need to edit each entry individually. Instead, just change the entry values to what you want, and you’re done—without ever seeing a full Edit Entry form.
Inline Edit is 340% faster than other editing methods:
Updating a single dropdown field for just eight entries shows huge time savings.
14.8 seconds = 1.85 seconds / entry
65.9 seconds = 8.24 seconds / entry
65.3 seconds = 8.16 seconds / entry
Think of the hours and the headaches this will save you!
We’re on YouTube!
We have some how-to videos for Inline Edit on YouTube. Check them out:
All Gravity Forms “Standard Fields” are supported
Gutenberg 0.5.0 comes with improvements and a new "verse" block for poetry. At this point Gutenberg still is far away from being suitable for professional usage.
Another round of Gutenberg updates was released today. Last weekend brought version 0.4.0, which didn’t have too many noteworthy visible changes on the frontend but introduced an API for handling pasted content. Gutenberg developers are aiming to have specific handling for converting pasted content from applications like Word, Markdown, and Google Docs to native WordPress blocks. Version 0.4.0 also added navigation between blocks using arrow keys and included a new approach for rendering embed frames. Gutenberg 0.5.0 hit dashboards today. One major improvement to the writing flow is that the editor will now avoid showing block UI while the user is typing and/or starting a new paragraph in a text block. You can test this by typing and pressing enter twice to begin a new text block. No UI should be visible during this process. Small improvements like this one are gradually bringing a bit more zen to the editor, which is still full of confusing and surprising experiences.
Version 0.5.0 adds the ability to upload images via drag-and-drop onto image block placeholders. The example below shows one of my tests. While the image is uploading, it fades in and out. This experience is a bit
As creators of the web, we have a certain social responsibility to incorporate inclusive development practices, but that doesn’t make maintaining an accessible website any less complicated.
In a “first-of-its-kind” trial, Florida-based retail chain, Winn-Dixie, was recently found guilty of violating a blind man’s rights for not maintaining an accessible website. Web accessibility cases are common these days as the divide between physical and online business tightens, but this particular dispute is significant for a few reasons. It’s the first known federal web accessibility case to go to trial. Title III’s complicated language has caused many former defendants to settle early.
Winn-Dixie didn’t deny that their site was inaccessible but instead argued whether it constituted a place of public accommodation. Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in spaces of public accommodations.
The court concluded that Winn-Dixie’s website qualified as a place of public accommodation, making it subject to compliance. Though WCAG 2.0, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, have not been officially adopted by the ADA, these guidelines were recommended to remedy the site’s accessibility issues.
The plaintiff, Juan Carlos Gil, accessed the Winn-Dixie site, as many visually-impaired users do, with the widely-used
The Accessibility team asked for feedback about Gutenberg from a11y experts. Here's one response.
What is Gutenberg? Gutenberg is the new WYSIWYG editor for WordPress, currently in development.
Gutenberg is now available as a plugin for testing, with the intention that it will enter WordPress Core in version 5.0 as a replacement for the existing post editor.
It will be the biggest change to the WordPress editor in some time – perhaps ever. The Gutenberg editor is intended to resemble the editor for Medium.
Gutenberg is based on the principle of creating posts through “content blocks”. These blocks could be headings, text, images, blockquotes, videos, tweets or other content.
I was interested in trying Gutenberg out particularly from an accessibility point of view. In this review, that means for people reliant on a screen reader or keyboard to browse the Web.
This is a “first look” post so I bear in mind that haven’t tested Gutenberg functionality in-depth.
General Gutenberg observations
Here’s an idea of how Gutenberg works from the demo page.
You can see some of the elements of the interface where you can change alignment, text formatting, move a block and delete a block.
Have a look at Cloudways’ post for a Gutenberg how-to with
Scott Bolinger's new plugin is a fresh take on popups
Have you noticed how frustrating it can be to browse some websites nowadays? It seems like every day sites get more and more aggressive with opt-ins, overlays, and more. Enter, Holler Box… In a world of lightbox popups and full-screen overlays, Holler Box is a popup plugin that’s a breath of fresh air.
Holler Box lets you promote offers, mailing lists, and more without annoying your visitors like some more aggressive methods.
It’s lightweight, easy to configure, and rings up at the attractive price of free (though there is a Pro version with added functionality).
Holler Box Review: What All Does It Do?
Holler Box lets you create “messages” that display in any corner of your site. I say “messages” because Holler Box is pretty flexible with regards to what that means.
You can essentially embed any content that fits in the WordPress Editor. That means not only your own custom text, but also any shortcodes, images, videos, and more.
Then, you can also tack on email opt-in forms and/or faux live chat functionality.
Put it all together and Holler Box can look like this:
Or like this:
Or even like this:
And once you have your message configured, you
Extensive review of the Gutenberg plugin from a writer's perspective with valuable feedback.
Much of my time on here generally focuses around reviewing and comparing a handful of WordPress themes or plugins against one another. In today’s post, however, I want to take a closer look at one new WordPress plugin: the Gutenberg editor plugin. Some of you may be wondering what makes this plugin so special that it gets its very own post. Well, there are a number of reasons for that. Although it was just released in June of 2017, WordPress promises that it will simplify the process of creating rich block content (what that means exactly will be explained below). Here is an example page the developers have created:
One of the more compelling reasons to check out this plugin right now, however, is that it isn’t going to be a plugin for very long. The team behind it has been hard at work trying to get the editor ready to merge in the next WordPress update. Currently, they’re aiming to complete it and have it ready for launch for 4.9, for which a release date it yet to be set.
While the development team works on fixing the noted bugs and issues discovered within the new editor, I wanted to take some time to download the plugin they’ve been kind enough to share
A good read for anyone looking to create an online store.
One of my favorite things about WordPress is when you find a reliable theme or plugin developer, and then you realize that the search for high-quality website-building tools is over. The only thing I worry about with these sorts of WordPress relationships, however, is that you never really know who you’re dealing with. Or how truly reliable they’ll be in the long run. So, totally hypothetical situation here: let’s say you put all your eggs into one eCommerce plugin basket. Then you hear through the grapevine that the plugin developer changed their pricing model without notifying customers. You’re pretty sure you can’t reasonably afford that jump in price, but you feel stuck with the plugin because it’s the one you built your online store with. What are you supposed to do? Start all over again?
If that scenario above sounds familiar, it’s because this is what recently happened with WooCommerce. Oh, you haven’t heard about it yet? Well, you and probably the majority of their customers are going to find out about this major (and truly unfortunate) change very soon.
What the Heck Is Going on with WooCommerce?
As of writing this article, WooCommerce
VersionPress v4 is closer with this beta that brings user-editable plugin definitions and a lot of stability improvements.
We’re happy to announce the availability of VersionPress 4.0-beta. It brings significant stability improvements over the alpha and a couple of new features. You can download 4.0-beta from GitHub and read the full release notes there.
User-editable plugin definitions
The prime feature of v4 as a whole is extensible plugin support: when a plugin is described by a couple of files called plugin definitions, VersionPress starts providing change tracking, undo or database merging automatically. The genesis of this since v1 is described in the alpha blog post.
4.0-alpha1 brought support for plugin definitions that ship with plugins. For example, if WooCommerce shipped with a .versionpress folder in it (fake news, fake screenshots), VersionPress would pick it up:
4.0-beta expands the support to a user-editable location in wp-content. If you create a folder WP_CONTENT_DIR/.versionpress/plugins/woocommerce and put definition files like schema.yml or actions.yml there (full specification here), VersionPress will use and actually prefer it over the bundled definitions (if they exist):
Post-beta, we will be creating an online repository for plugin definitions, see #1243. Right now, we’re
Gutenberg will be a game changer for WordPress. These are just my initial thoughts on it's beta development to date. There's LOTS of potential here.
Gutenberg is the future of content in WordPress. It will deliver the elegance of Medium but with far more power and flexibility of layouts and content types At WordCamp US 2016, Matt Mullenweg announced that new point releases of WordPress would have specific foci around features of WordPress. In the same breath he also announced that he wanted WordPress to have a renewed focus on the post writing experience. He acknowledged how content editing has changed and evolved a lot over the years while the WordPress editor has changed relatively little. I listened to that whole announcement with baited breath because I’ve been longing for a totally revamped way to write content for a long time.
First I took a stab at showing highly styled content directly in the editor
I emphasized how the except can (and should) be used as content in posts
Then I collaborated with Kevin Hoffman on displayed theme-based dynamic styles directly in TinyMCE
All these things were for me tiny efforts to make the backend editing experience more closely emulate the front-end results.
So when the first announcement came out about Gutenberg being about “little blocks” I was excited. This sounded like
#WCEU The new WP plugin for Gutenberg editor is here. It's only v0.1 right now. Try it out!
Description The goal of the block editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable.
Warning: This is beta software, do not run on production sites!
The new post and page building experience will make writing rich posts effortless, making it easy to do what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.
WordPress already supports a large amount of “blocks”, but doesn’t surface them very well, nor does it give them much in the way of layout options. By embracing the blocky nature of rich post content, we will surface the blocks that already exist, as well as provide more advanced layout options for each of them. This will allow you to easily compose beautiful posts like this example.
This plugin is being actively developed by many contributors. You can follow along on github.com/WordPress/gutenberg and on the #editor tag on the make.wordpress.org blog.
Contributors & Developers
Latest release of WP Taxi Me. Version 2.1 introduces Lyft as an integration method...
Today I’m delighted to announce the release of WP Taxi Me 2.1! This version adds a number of new features, both in the free version and the premium version, so it is well worth updating. Here is a run down of the latest release and the new features, and what it means for you.
Premium Feature – Lyft Integration
Does your city have Lyft? If so, you can integrate with Lyft as well as Uber now! Give customers the choice on how they get to you, and order the cheapest way to get to you. This was requested on the forums, and although it doesn’t have quite the level of customisation as Uber, you can still pick where you want to go, the design of the button as well as the size.
Free Feature – More Control on Registration Button
We have introduced a new feature to the free version – actually more of a changed feature to the free version. We’re giving more control to users displaying the “Registration” button.
Previously this feature only allowed it to be switched on or off. Now you can choose whether to display it on, off, on Desktop Only or Mobile Only. This feature was requested by one of our premium customers and now we’ve implemented it!
WP Rocket 2.10 is out! Check out the new and improved user interface, the quicker setup and some of the new features that will make your website FAST.
These past few months, we’ve been hard at work. We’ve been planning an informal meetup of our European team at the WordCamp Europe, our startup retreat…and a new version of WP Rocket! We are proud to introduce WP Rocket 2.10, or as we know it internally: “la deux dix” (which is the French way of saying “the 2.10”. Our lead developer and proud Corgi owner Remy has a few surprises in store! This new version of WP Rocket comes packed with exciting new features and some notable enhancements of existing features. Before we go any further, the entire WP Rocket team would like to thank our dedicated team of Beta testers. Their feedback is vital to help us work out some bugs.
Easy WordPress Caching
You will find a revamped settings dashboard that aims to simplify WordPress Caching setup. We’ve rethought the user interface to help our users save time. Improving the user experience is one of our top priorities. WordPress caching isn’t rocket science so we’ve made some changes to ensure that the WP Rocket’s setup would be streamlined and easier than ever before.
WP Rocket And Google PageSpeed Insights
Although we’ve clearly
My thoughts on the new Gutenberg editor beta plugin. I played around with it on my test site and found it quite interesting - a block based approach to creating content with WordPress. This is definitely a step ahead for making WordPress simple for beginners as well as for people coming from other competing platforms. Kudos to the dev team for developing this plugin!
Introduction If you had been following all the latest news in the WordPress community, you would have definitely heard about the development of Gutenberg editor. And, if you had been following Om’s interview of Matt Mullenweg the day before, during WordCamp Europe 2017 held at Paris (I was following the live-stream on YouTube), you would have watched Matt share a demo of what can be achieved by using the new Gutenberg editor along with how merging it to the core will allow us (the WordPress community) to leapfrog over competitors like Wix and Weebly.
Well, now coming back to point the Gutenberg plugin is officially available for download from the WordPress.org plugin repository. But be aware that it is still in its beta state, meaning it could break your site or some features at any time (though not necessary that it should) upon installing or playing around with.
What is the Gutenberg Editor?
On the plugin download page, Gutenberg describes itself as a block editor whose goal is to make adding rich content to your WordPress powered site simple and enjoyable. True to its description, I found it quite interesting while using the Gutenberg editor. Using it was like a modern retake
One of the reasons that explains WordPress success is its ecosystem – there’s plenty of plugin and theme developers that contribute to the project. Surprisingly, though, WordPress isn’t much fond of those developers. The Plugin and Theme Directories are great tools for users, because they can find what they need, review and comment on it, seek support… but it completely fails to help developers get some insights about what’s going on. How many people has seen my plugin? Do they look at it in the directory or within their WordPress installation? Which are the most-searched terms? Am I missing some important keyword to help users find my plugin? How well does my plugin position given a certain keyword? We can’t fail to give this information to developers, especially if they’re interested in making a living out of WordPress.
Did you know that we're only three people here at Nelio? And, yet, our posts are pretty cool, huh? That's because of our new plugin, Nelio Content! Do you want to use it too? As Antonio explained you last week, we attended the biggest WordPress event in Europe—WordCamp Europe 2017. If you couldn’t be there, I’m happy to announce that they’re currently publishing the videos in WordPress.tv, so go ahead and don’t miss anything .
One of the things I like the most about this WCEU was the fact that it started with the Contributor Day. Usually, talks take place during the first day(s) of a WordCamp and CD is on the latest. This time, however, the organizers did it the other way around, and I loved it! Starting with the contributions to WordPress means you’re less tired, you feel more productive, and it’s easier to know new people.
This first day wasn’t only about contributions, but also talks and meetups. One of these talks was mine: “WordPress Plugin and Theme Directories Don’t Love Developers”. The title is slightly click-bait, but that’s because I wanted to open a discussion that we must have. So, whilst we wait for
We recently launched a new Give Developers blog. We'll be posting regularly about the kinds of updates and changes we're making in the code directly that might impact your existing client sites and/or Addons or Themes that you've developed that integrate with Give in any way.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new developers blog. Up until this point, most of the product development discussion has been on Github and Slack. While those means of collaboration are important, we felt there needed to be a more public place where our development announcements and updates could live. Enter this blog. We are now going to post important development news, announcements, and code updates here to ensure everyone has access to the discussion. We think it’s important that our users and developer community know what’s going on under the hood. This is our effort to keep you in-the-know regarding GiveWP development.
What to Expect
Starting today, we’ll be posting regularly about changes within GiveWP’s core plugin and add-ons. The information will be valuable to both users and developers. If you want to engage further, we encourage you to join the conversation on our Slack channel.
A Few Notes
While we love supporting our plugin, this blog is not meant to be an additional support channel. If you have a question, or need support, please check out how support works.
This was a really great discussion of Gutenberg with Weston Ruter -- a WP Core Contributor and Gutenberg Contributor as well. Well worth a watch.
On this episode: Show Notes:
This week on WPwatercooler we’re looking into the future with the new post editor, Gutenberg. It looks like Gutenberg is more than just a post editor, they are calling it a block editor since it does much more than just text editing for a post.
Using tables in WordPress doesn't have to be hard. Here's a guide on how to easily creates tables (even responsive) in WordPress with the free TablePress plugin.
One of the best ways to organize a large amount of data on your WordPress site is with a simple table. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t offer table support as a native functionality. Today we want to dive into a very popular WordPress plugin called TablePress, and show you how it can help you create tables in WordPress with ease and without any coding knowledge. It currently boasts over 500,000 active installs and a jaw-dropping 5-star rating on WordPress.org, even after 2,900+ reviews! Clearly, it’s an excellent, well-coded plugin that has resonated well with the WordPress community and is an ideal solution for creating tables in WordPress.
TablePress WordPress Plugin
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the post and learn how to add tables to your WordPress posts and pages, let’s take a quick look at some of the key features TablePress has to offer that set it head and shoulders above the competition.
Multiple import formats: With TablePress, you can not only create tables from scratch by entering in data into a WordPress table editor, but you can also import data from multiple formats such as Excel, CSV, HTML, and JSON files. Several competitor plugins in this
It's rare to see a new free plugin on the Plugin Directory that is truly unique and custom. Scott Bolinger just released "Holler Box" and it's exactly that, very unique and potentially useful.
I built a new thing, it’s called Holler Box. It’s a WordPress plugin I built for myself, because I wanted a better way to communicate with my site visitors. For example, I did a webinar a couple weeks ago, and I was trying to figure out how to announce it to people on my website so they could register.
I’m a developer, and even adding a simple banner or popup to my site is not easy. I have to write the code, test locally, push to staging, test there, then push to production and do a final test. When I want to remove the message, I have to reverse the process. I’m busy, and that takes time.
I looked at other options, like complex popup plugins, but that was totally overkill for what I needed. I could add a banner or a blog post, but what I really wanted was to create a subtle notification quickly, and then move on to other tasks.
I didn’t know a good way to do it, so I created Holler Box.
What is Holler Box?
It’s a smart, non-intrusive notification box to help you convert more visitors into customers.
Announce a webinar, collect email optins, show sale notifications, (fake) live chat with email capture, forms, and lots more.
Choose where and when you
Donncha is sharing some massive changes to very popular WP Super Cache. This is available in Git, as its a lot of changes, need more user testing. I found its more simplified now.
WP Super Cache is a full page caching plugin for WordPress that makes your site faster, and helps deal with unexpected surges in traffic. Over the last few months we’ve been busy working on the plugin to add new features and fix bugs and we can almost call it ready. It’s stable and usable and runs on this site but we would love more people to test it out before we release a new version.
Here’s just some of the new features and bug fixes we’ve been working on:
The plugin was based on WP-Cache which stored cache files in a single directory, and those (legacy caching) files were for the most part stored the same way all this time but now they’re being placed in the supercache directories (#177). This makes it easier to manage these files. The plugin doesn’t have to search through potentially hundreds of cache files for those that need to be deleted if a page updates or someone leaves a comment. Now all those files will be in the same directory structure the anonymous “supercache” files will be. I’m really excited about this feature as it makes caching for logged in users/users who comment and caching of pages with parameters so much
CalderaForms -- currently an Addon/Freemium model, is adding a new "Pro" plugin and hosted mail delivery plan. Pretty impressive stuff.
We have a few slogans here for Caldera Forms. One is “a different kind of form builder.” We use that because Caldera Forms wasn’t created as a copy of the established patterns of what a WordPress form builder does. It’s been exciting to see so many users fall in love with the Caldera Forms way of doing things, and humbling see some of our bigger competitors borrow some of our innovations. Two years ago, we didn’t see grid-based form builders and visual conditional logic creation in the Caldera-style like we do today. We also say that Caldera Forms is more than a contact form. We are acknowledging that in addition to contact forms, Caldera Forms is being used for lead generation forms, list building forms, single-page checkout forms, and more. All of these forms are about getting the right information from the lead or customer and putting it into a format that is useful to you.
That’s the most important part and the part that is, in many ways, hardest to improve in a WordPress plugin. That’s why today we are announcing Caldera Forms Pro, a new service to make Caldera Forms notifications more awesome. Most of the time that means an email, so we’ve
What it actually brings to the user? The new Gutenberg editor is going to replace the text editor, with brand new UI which helps the user to create rich contents within seconds. But there is a difference of opinion: There have been a mixed thoughts about the new editor, among the plugin authors and developers. That is what we are going to see today Gutenberg review and its talks among the top developers.
Gutenberg editor that is a new word you been hearing quite often among the WordPress enthusiasts and developers. What it actually brings to the user? The new Gutenberg editor is going to replace the text editor, with brand new UI which helps the user to create rich contents within seconds.
But there is a difference of opinion:
There’s been a mixed thoughts about the new editor, among the plugin authors and developers.
That is what we are going to see today Gutenberg review and its talks among the top developers.
WordPress Moves Away From Scheduled Releases
At WordCamp Europe 2017 in Paris, Matt Mullenweg has announced that WordPress is going to have featured updates than a scheduled releases.
“By eliminating the pressure of a specific release date, WordPress can make more revolutionary changes to the software”
Major aspects of WordPress feature updates:
The further updates will be focused on three major aspects Editor, the Customizer, and The WordPress REST API.
All these updates are pointing towards the WordPress 5.0. The 5.0 is going to be a next big update for the WordPress. From an old fashioned look to the on trend interface looks and a
As is a popular practice this week, I took a look at Gutenberg. My biggest question - how does it affect themes and plugins?
The WordPress post editor, for all its strong points, is getting a bit long in the tooth. Thus, one of the main stated focuses for 2017 was to change the experience of editing a page or post inside WordPress. That comes in the form of the new Gutenberg editor. The idea is to make writing “rich” posts, complete with media, a more intuitive experience. As it stands now, what we’ll call the “classic” WordPress editor doesn’t do this very well. It takes a lot of smoke and mirrors to do anything other than add standard text and images. Because of this, we often end up using plugins, custom fields or editing raw HTML to make things work. Some of these hacks are problematic, as they are incredibly easy to break.
Then there’s the issue of allowing for the full use of existing features. WordPress has tons of amazing functionality built in, such as oEmbed, which allows you to easily embed media from popular 3rd party services. But you’d have to be a web professional (or very interested in WordPress) to know that this kind of feature even exists.
So, the aim of Gutenberg is not only to bring new functionality to writing content in WordPress, it’s