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13 min read Ben Pines
Plugins | blog.pojo.me | Apr. 3, 2016

17 Ways to Come Up With Winning WordPress Plugin Ideas

We've found 17 unconventional techniques to think of winning plugin ideas for WordPress.

17 Ways to Come Up With Winning WordPress Plugin Ideas

Plugins | blog.pojo.me | Apr. 3, 2016

Gravity forms make over 5 Million Dollars per year, according to Scott Bolinger. $5 Million, from a single plugin!
Developing plugins used to be something developers did mostly for free in order to solve WordPress related issues. Nowadays, freelancers and companies alike are trying to think of ways to create a plugin as a business model. Tom Ewer discussed such models in his article about making money through WordPress.
Here at Pojo we have developed a wide array of plugins over the past two years. From a form builder, a user activity log, to a plugin that makes short URLs.
So what are the best ways to think up winning plugin ideas?
If you’re wondering about techniques that help developers come up with winning plugin ideas, I’ve compiled a list of 17 plugin inspirations. These are not groundbreaking ideas, but can certainly help you get the push you need, if you are currently in the “developer’s block” stage.
I’ve included real world examples for each plugin ideas, so you can better understand how to reverse engineer each method and use it yourself to come up with plugin ideas.
1. Problem solving.
This is the most obvious, and commonly mentioned method to get ideas for plugins. Don’t

13 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | blog.pojo.me | Jun. 19, 2016

17 ways to Come Up With Great WordPress Plugin Ideas

Nice read! Full of useful resources and insights about generating ideas for you next WP Product.

17 ways to Come Up With Great WordPress Plugin Ideas

Community | blog.pojo.me | Jun. 19, 2016

Gravity forms make over 5 Million Dollars per year, according to Scott Bolinger. $5 Million, from a single plugin! Developing plugins used to be something developers did mostly for free in order to solve WordPress related issues.
Nowadays, freelancers and companies alike are trying to think of ways to create a plugin as a business model. Tom Ewer discussed such models in his article about making money through WordPress. Here at Pojo we have developed a wide array of plugins over the past two years. From a form builder, a user activity log, to a plugin that makes short URLs.
So what are the best ways to think up winning plugin ideas?
If you’re wondering about techniques that help developers come up with winning plugin ideas, I’ve compiled a list of 17 plugin inspirations. This is the second part in our series on plugin development, following the in-depth interview we did with CaptainForm.
These are not groundbreaking ideas, but can certainly help you get the push you need, if you are currently in the “developer’s block” stage. I’ve included real world examples for each plugin ideas, so you can better understand how to reverse engineer each method and

12 min read Ben Pines
Tutorials | blog.pojo.me | Mar. 15, 2016

The Idiot Proof Guide to Making Perfect Featured Image

Do you struggle with creating images for you blog posts? We have made the ultimate tutorial just for this (2218 words, and carefully picked) Web designers are not the ones that usually create content. Internet marketers, bloggers and site owners create content, and they don't necessarily have design skills. For them, it's a real pain to create a featured image. In this post I describe the process & tools I now use to create my idiot proof featured images. I have to warn you that I do get into very minute detail, but following through every small step will help you in the long run. To make it easier, you can navigate to one of the three related pains on this subject: Choosing the right image for your post Editing the image Adding text to the image Adding the finished piece to the post

The Idiot Proof Guide to Making Perfect Featured Image

Tutorials | blog.pojo.me | Mar. 15, 2016

An awesome attention grabbing featured image is a must for any blog post. It’s a known fact that content with relevant images gets 94% more views than content without relevant images (source). But web designers are not the ones that usually create content. Internet marketers, bloggers and site owners create content, and they don’t necessarily have design skills. For them, it’s a real pain to create a featured image.
Budget and time constraints make it impossible for these professionals to outsource every task to web designers, and they end up doing the job themselves, and doing it poorly, a lot of the times.
Unfortunately, I also fall into this category of “design idiots”. My writing speed is quite fast paced, right until the moment when I need to create and insert the image for my post. Every time I had to create these images, it would take me a long time, and afterwards I wasn’t completely happy with the result.
I love to write, and creating images was a big frustration for me, also because I’m a huge fan of great and professional looking design. Making these images was taking some of the fun out of writing.
Throughout this last year I have tried to search for tools to help me design

15 min read Ben Pines
Community | blog.pojo.me | Mar. 24, 2016

How to Develop a WordPress Plugin Business: An Interview With CaptainForm - Pojo Blog

This interview with the head of CaptainForm can give you real insight into how to develop a business around a plugin. This is something most CEOs don't share, and why I think it could be beneficial for the WP community. We tried to make it as actionable as possible.

How to Develop a WordPress Plugin Business: An Interview With CaptainForm - Pojo Blog

Community | blog.pojo.me | Mar. 24, 2016

Everyone’s moving to WordPress development. That seems to be the clear trend nowadays. You can see it clearly when comparing searches of different CMSs. At one time, back in 2009, WordPress had just as many searches as Joomla, even less. The scales have since tipped, and now many companies and individual developers are focusing their efforts on building tools specifically for the WordPress CMS.
This is a great opportunity to create a thriving business in a relatively new booming market. Companies nowadays are even shifting some of their current product mix to WordPress.
Such a company is 123ContactForm, a company that has been providing forms and surveys solutions since 2008. They have recently released a new WordPress form plugin, CaptainForm, and are now trying to duplicate the success they had on other products, specifically in the WordPress market. This is not an easy task, and entails facing such competitors which include free plugins like Contact Form 7, and paid plugins like Gravity Forms.
In this interview with Alexandra Draghici , Product Owner of CaptainForm, we wanted to find out just how CaptainForm tackles this challenge.
1. Can you describe the main value that you bring

2 min read Ben Pines
Plugins | blog.pojo.me | May. 16, 2016

Introducing Elementor: The Alpha Version Of Our Page Builder For WordPress

We've been working on Elementor, our new page builder, for a year now. We need your help testing it out. You can notice some of the advantages when you use it: 1. Speed of page design (no lag drag & drop) 2. UI design (this is so important...) 3. The ending result of the designed page is more light weight and code optimized. Go ahead, try it and create your own landing page. You won't regret it! Don't forget to send us your feedback Thanks!

Introducing Elementor: The Alpha Version Of Our Page Builder For WordPress

Plugins | blog.pojo.me | May. 16, 2016

What if you could design web pages in a much faster, easier and more intuitive way? Today, the Pojo team is releasing the alpha version of a new page builder plugin for WordPress, one that no other page builder can compare to.
We call it – Elementor. Elementor will let you design landing pages, homepage and in fact any web page, faster and with much more ease than ever possible on WordPress and in general.
You are invited to contribute to our journey towards building the ultimate designer tool. We still have a long way to go, but already our page builder has surpassed every other builder in speed, reactivity, performance and design. The goal we set out to reach is to enable designers to create high-end and premium looking web pages, and make Elementor their main and preferred design tool.
We need you to try it out, see how the different features and widgets perform, try to design a web page, and possibly tell us of missing features or capabilities.
Don’t forget to give us feedback after using it, this way the released version will be much more in tune with your needs. We have also created a basic tutorial to help you get started.
Enjoy…

11 min read Luca Fracassi
Community | blog.pojo.me | May. 23, 2016

WordPress Comments VS Jetpack Comments VS Disqus - Pojo Blog

Really handy comparison on the major commenting systems available on WordPress

WordPress Comments VS Jetpack Comments VS Disqus - Pojo Blog

Community | blog.pojo.me | May. 23, 2016

I won’t deny it. I love it when people comment on blog posts that I publish. It shows me that people care about what I write about. It also proves that my many hours spent researching, writing and editing content were not made in vain, and have an impact over readers.
If you’re a blogger, feedback and appreciation of your published work is important to maintain your motivation to write your next piece. This user feedback usually comes in one of two forms: social shares (FB likes & shares, tweets, pins, etc.) and comments.
The problem is that WordPress’s default comment system is far from being perfect, to say the least. While some bloggers and site owners still use it, many use plugins to enhance or repljetpackace it.
In this article I’d like to find out once and for all which is the best comment platform for WordPress, analyzing all the different features, pros and cons. I am going to compare 3 of the most popular comments platforms: the default WordPress comments, Jetpack comments and Disqus. I will not rest until I am certain that I have found the best comment platform, according to the standards I deem important.
1. Ease of commenting
The most important

6 min read Ben Pines
Tutorials | blog.pojo.me | May. 5, 2016

How to Create a Multilingual WordPress Site Using WPML - Pojo Blog

Want to create a Multilingual WordPress site with WPML? Here's a real simple guide you can follow.

How to Create a Multilingual WordPress Site Using WPML - Pojo Blog

Tutorials | blog.pojo.me | May. 5, 2016

We get a lot of questions regarding the best way to create a multilingual site with our themes. We’ve already covered why it’s important to create a multilingual website in a previous post. Let’s just restate that 29% of all content published on WordPress.com is written in languages other than English.
Today I’m going to explain how to easily create a multilingual site using the WPML plugin. WPML is the most popular plugin for creating a multilingual website on WordPress.
All of Pojo Themes are WPML certified and compatible, and are built to easily implement different languages in one WordPress installation.
There are a lot of WPML installation guides out there, but I wanted to create a guide that was clearer and simpler, so you can reach a fully translated site in the least amount of time and effort. In the past, we explained how to create a multilingual site using another plugin, Polylang. Now it’s time to provide a similar tutorial for WPML.
Here is the ‘before’ site, that only has English:
And here is the ‘after’ site, after adding a translation to French with WPML:
We’ll be using one of our themes, Aleph, to demonstrate the translation process. The process is easier than you think.