All of the latest news from CodeinWP, Themeisle, and Revive Social. What worked and what didn't in 2018. Plus, WCPune.
Welcome to the 47th edition of the monthly transparency report (for December 2018). In this series, I go through what’s happening in the business and discuss our projects, plans, wins and struggles. Click here to see the previous reports. With the new year well under way, it’s perhaps a good moment to look back at 2018 and evaluate the progress we made, the challenges we faced, all the good and bad things, and also discuss what we’re planning to accomplish in 2019.
Let’s get right to it:
True stories of the every day joys and hassles of running a WordPress business.
Welcome to the 46th edition of the monthly transparency report (for November 2018). In this series, I discuss what has been going on in the business and share my learnings and strategies along the way. Click here to see the previous reports. This month, we talk:
Our Black Friday experience in 2018
There were two main sides to our Black Friday efforts this year: we hosted an exclusive offer over at ThemeIsle.com, and we also published a roundup of the best deals in the WordPress space on this blog. Let’s have a word on how it all went:
The new WordPress editor has a lot going for it. This article has a bunch of shortcuts to make life easier.
The day has come! If you’ve been to your WordPress dashboard today, you’ve likely noticed a new (major) update waiting for you … yes, WordPress 5.0 has landed! ✈️ Here’s what to make of it, and especially if you haven’t followed all the 5.0 hype for the last year or so. But even if you have, this handy cheat sheet will provide you with an overview of what has changed in WordPress 5.0 and how to best take advantage of the new features.
This is your cut-out-‘n-keep WordPress 5.0 cheat sheet. ✂️
All of the WordPress news in one handy article; WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg, and the Classic Editor support window.
Hey WordPress fans, this is our last monthly news roundup of this year. In the next one, we will be changing one digit. And so is WordPress, with WordPress 5.0 almost ready to go live, after being delayed a couple of times. But at least we have a release candidate right now. In addition to this big fuss around the date when WordPress 5.0 will finally land, the Gutenberg team gets the accessibility issues fixed, the Classic Editor plugin receives support until at least the end of 2021, and WordPress.com adds an activity timeline feature. But this is only the tip of the iceberg, we have many more interesting stories to share with you today, so stick around.
And as always, we also have a bunch of nice guides and tutorials so you won’t leave our December 2018 WordPress News roundup without learning something new.
December 2018 WordPress News with CodeinWP
WordPress 5.0 Release Candidate (1 and 2)
What could have been the genuine WordPress 5.0 turned out to be only its release candidate. Why? Because the official WordPress 5.0 was postponed from November 27th to a currently unknown date on the grounds that the release candidate needs more time to be fully tested.
The final (real) release
The last few weeks have been fairly busy for many of us; there's hardly been time to catch up on the news. Well, for WordPress lovers who need to catch up on all the breaking news, our monthly news article has just been published. Ease your way back into work with all the headlines, developments, and takeaways.
Hello everyone and happy New Year! While we’ve been busy enjoying the holidays, we still found some time to collect all the best WordPress news and stories from the past month. This roundup includes plenty of news on the two biggest stories around: WordCamp US and the release of the new Gutenberg block editor! But these are not the only headlines from the month.
Keep reading to catch up with everything WordPress. And, last but not least, the whole CodeinWP team wishes you a very fruitful and challenging 2019!
The inside scoop on the new image optimization service, Optimole, plus ThemeIsle's latest theme, and insights into Facebook ads.
Welcome to the 45th edition of the monthly transparency report (for October 2018). In this series, I go through everything that’s been going on in the business – especially the behind-the-scenes stuff – that you might be interested in. Click here to see the previous reports. Here’s the TOC of what’s to come:
1. A year ago I said we wouldn’t build another new theme. We just did. Here’s why
2. Does page speed really matter for SEO? TL;DR: it does
3. What type of WordPress content to advertise on Facebook?
1. A year ago I said we wouldn’t build another new theme. We just did. Here’s why
As I was looking through some of the more popular transparency reports on the site, I stumbled upon this. It’s the one where I discussed the future of Gutenberg and tried to figure out what’s the best path for a theme store like ours to follow.
I concluded that we wouldn’t build another new theme, but instead focus on making our existing themes into household names.
It’s roughly a year and a half since that report got published … and we’re just about to release a new theme. What gives?
A couple of reasons:
a) I read
Be prepared! We put together a list of Gutenberg ready themes to help everyone get ready for the evolution.
Everybody is getting ready for the day Gutenberg arrives as the default editor in the WordPress core. Developers are either busy adding new functionality to their themes () or engaged in building completely new Gutenberg-compatible themes from scratch. Most people are at least skeptical about switching to this forthcoming editor, but we all need to embrace the change sooner or later.
First up, Gutenberg is entering the final development phase and is almost ready for its first release candidate version. Beyond that, the official AMP plugin was upgraded and optimized towards a more user-friendly interface, while our own Pirate Forms moved on to become part of WPForms. And if you like dark interfaces, “dark mode” might be coming to WordPress!
AMP for WordPress Plugin to Introduce User-Friendly Theme Support Settings in Upcoming 1.0 Release Google’s open-source project AMP (as in Accelerated Mobile Pages) will get significant improvements in the upcoming release. This should be great news because the official WordPress plugin is used on more than 300,000 websites. The new features AMP for WordPress aims to introduce are extended theme support and a more user-friendly settings approach. This re-orientation is essential since, in the first stages, the tool was primarily built for developers, and hence required non-intuitive actions from regulars users.
In the forthcoming version, users can enable native AMP or Paired mode on the settings page; moreover, the beta release adds granular controls for selecting supported templates. And these are not the only changes in the plugin’s functionality.
The 3-year-old tool aims to improve your website’s mobile performance and is used on 25 million domains worldwide (beyond WordPress). We’re using it on this very blog too.
An in-depth comparison of the best email marketing tools and services money can buy. This factors in things like pricing, ease of use, overall functionality, email designs and templates, and what type of user can benefit the most from using a particular tool over the other.
What are the best email marketing services and tools available? If that’s the question on your mind right now then you’re in the right place. We’ve been wondering about that too. So to find out who actually rules the space of email marketing services, we’ve signed up for six of the best options out there and tested them thoroughly. Here’s what we found.
A fresh batch of tech comics poking fun at social media; interviews; getting tech support from friends.
In this edition, WordPress 5.0 beta out, new default theme, Accessibility team, Gutenberg, and more.
Hello friends, welcome to our November 2018 WordPress news roundup! Now that I think about it, I can’t believe we’re nearing this year’s end…which kind of frightens me because I realize once again how fast time is flying. Can you believe that Gutenberg might become the default editor in just two short weeks? I mean, the craze started sometime around May 2017 and now we’ve almost reached the culmination. The release is getting thoroughly prepared as I’m writing this post: Gutenberg has new features, while a fresh WordPress default theme is under development.
Anyway, not everything is sweet in the Gutenberg world, and we all know that. This month, there was some contentious back-and-forth regarding Gutenberg’s accessibility, including the resignation of the Accessibility team lead.
But that’s not all. We have many more awesome stories for you to read and a lot of great insights from various WordPress experts. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the November 2018 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.”
WordPress 5.0 Beta 2
The grand event of the year is close. WordPress 5.0 enters its final stages as the second beta is already
Hi everyone, welcome to a fresh edition of our monthly WordPress news series! As has often been the case these past few months, much of the biggest WordPress news focused on the upcoming Gutenberg editor. But it’s not all Gutenberg – there were also some other noteworthy news items like WordPress.com’s Sandy Hook conspiracy dilemma, Yoast SEO 8.0, takeaways from the most recent WordCamps, and another WordPress.com partnership made by Automattic. But that’s not all. A bunch of great articles from around the WordPress world are also waiting for you on the list.
This is the September 2018 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.” Hi everyone, welcome to a fresh edition of our monthly WordPress news series!
As has often been the case these past few months, much of the biggest WordPress news focused on the upcoming Gutenberg editor. But it’s not all Gutenberg – there were also some other noteworthy news items like WordPress.com’s Sandy Hook conspiracy dilemma, Yoast SEO 8.0, takeaways from the most recent WordCamps, and another WordPress.com partnership made by Automattic.
But that’s not all. A bunch of great articles from around the WordPress world are also waiting for you on the list.
September 2018 WordPress News with CodeinWP
ClassicPress: Gutenberg Not Included
We have our first official WordPress fork over Gutenberg! This one comes from Scott Bowler. Scott’s frustration regarding the decision of the WordPress team to force Gutenberg into WordPress led him to create his own fork named ClassicPress – the “WordPress without Gutenberg” project.
ClassicPress is a completely free tool that plans to borrow the open-source code from the last WordPress version before Gutenberg
In this report, I talk about affiliate marketing tactics, a special launch that I’m very excited about, July’s revenue, and more.
Welcome to the 42nd edition of the monthly transparency report (for July 2018). In this series, I dissect what’s been going on in the business and present it to you the best way I can, along with learnings and lessons that you can apply in your own business. Click here to see the previous reports. This month’s report is going to be predominantly positive … like 95% positive! Which is a nice change from my usual outlook on things going on around me.
Our latest batch of tech comics poke fun at data breaches, house sharing with devs, the problems with free support, and more.
A fresh batch of comics for anyone working in tech. Why you should never work with armed clients, a map of the pitfalls of product development, a sympathy card for anyone who ever lost a function during the rush to update, and a guide to the emotions of product development.
Hey guys! It’s another great day because it’s the day of tech comics! I just love the smell of tech comics in the morning, which is perhaps why I find myself waiting all month for tech comics day to roll around! But enough of me and my quirks; today, our tech comic grab bag of banter includes problems with language / weaponized clients, a map to the pitfalls of product development, a sympathy card for anyone who ever lost a function during the rush to update, and a guide to the emotions of product development.
If you like these chuckles then you’ll be happy to hear that we release a fresh batch of comics every month. Check out our archive whenever you need a boost during the day.
Once again, the lion’s share of the praise goes to our illustrator João Santos, who works with us on the ideas and the illustrations every month.
So, I think that’s just about enough from me! Let’s browse through October 2018’s tech comics. I have a favorite already, but drop us a comment and let us know which one tickled your fancy the most.
October 2018 Comics with CodeinWP: Screen-Shots, Map of Product Development, Stages of Product Creation, Deprecated Functions
We’re back with another roundup of news and stories from across the WordPress community. As we’re nearing the most anticipated WordPress release of the year, I’m starting to wonder, “Is this post slowly turning into an all-Gutenberg news report?"
This is the August 2018 edition of “This Month in WordPress with CodeinWP.” Hello, fellow WordPress-ers! We’re back with another roundup of news and stories from across the WordPress community. As we’re nearing the most anticipated WordPress release of the year, I’m starting to wonder, “Is this post slowly turning into an all-Gutenberg news report?”
Some of you might love reading about Gutenberg, some might not. But we cannot help it since so much that’s happening in the WordPress world lately is tightly tied to Gutenberg. The truth is, companies and developers are all focusing on the ‘revolutionary’ editor at the moment, whether you like it or not.
But, apart from Gutenberg news, we still have some other topics and resources that will help you improve your overall WordPress experience.
August 2018 WordPress News with CodeinWP
WordPress 4.9.8 Out
Beware WordPress-ers, the WordPress 4.9.8 official release is out! I’m saying “beware” because this version is the first to introduce the Try Gutenberg Callout that will appear in users’ dashboards. The callout’s goal is to urge people to test and read
If you ever wondered how to start a blog then this is the guide for you. We go through every crucial step on your way from blank screen to a lively blog that gets read. We tell it all without pulling any punches!
But first, why listen to us if you want to learn how to start a blog?
June is traditionally the “WordCamp Europe month” for us. The 2018 conference was our third one in a row that we attended as a team. I’ll talk some about that and then move onto other topics related to our latest product releases, decision making, and other fun stuff.
Welcome to the 41st edition of the monthly transparency report (for June 2018). In this series, I do my best to share what’s been going on in the company, what we’ve learned, and how you can apply it to your business, too. Click here to see the previous reports. June is traditionally the “WordCamp Europe month” for us. The 2018 conference was our third one in a row that we attended as a team. I’ll talk some about that and then move onto other topics related to our latest product releases, decision making, and other fun stuff.
After WCEU 2018
Okay, so the event was fun, even despite the fact that my speaking application was rejected (bummer).
It was probably the year that we were the most involved as a team nonetheless. More on that in a minute.
But … was it worth it?
Well, it’s hard to say, actually.
I personally took a very relaxed approach towards this year’s event. I was there mostly to meet the team, volunteer, and just enjoy the event without anything specific on the agenda. Unlike the previous years, where I was usually all over the place talking to people and networking. I was also not as excited about the event as I was the last
The inside scoop on the CodeinWP redesign and strategy, what the deal is with AMP and mobile, plus a case of entrepreneurial struggles and learnings (as mysterious as it might sound right now). And, a wedding :)
Welcome to the 40th(!) edition of the monthly transparency report (for May 2018). This is a series where I go through everything that’s been going on in the business. And I don’t hold back! Whether it’s good or bad, it’s all here. Click here to see the previous reports. May was a fun month for me. More or less, I took the whole month off to take better care of myself and … prepare for the wedding (read: my wedding … two of them actually, long story).
This doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to share with you here.
Chiefly, I want to talk about a few things: the CodeinWP redesign and strategy, what the deal is with AMP and mobile, plus a case of entrepreneurial struggles and learnings (as mysterious as it might sound right now).
A hands-on guide on how to actually use Gutenberg, its strong and weak points, and what's to expect in the future.
Instead, this post recognizes the inevitability of Gutenberg and aims to provide you with a comprehensive resource on how to use the WordPress Gutenberg editor on your site so that you can continue to churn out awesome content when Gutenberg goes public. Whether this is the first time you’re hearing about the WordPress Gutenberg editor or you’re already somewhat familiar with it, this post will help you learn how you can use the new editor to build layouts for your WordPress content.
As a quick refresher, here’s what the WordPress TinyMCE editor looks like:
And here’s what things look like in the new WordPress Gutenberg editor:
It’s more than an aesthetic update, though. Gutenberg is going to completely change the editing experience by moving to a block-based approach to content (more on exactly what blocks are in a second!).
While the current focus is on content creation, the eventual goal is to have Gutenberg “go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.”
That means eventually you’ll be able to build your whole site using Gutenberg, including landing pages and other important content.
When will Gutenberg
The third annual survey of WordPress hosting reveals: - the top rated WordPress hosting companies - best managed hosting companies - companies who offer the best support - best pro hosting solutions - the cheapest hosts out there & much more interesting data.
What you’re about to read are the results of our 2018 WordPress hosting survey – aka. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of WordPress Hosting.” Yep, we have good, we have bad, and we indeed do have ugly. This is our third annual WordPress hosting survey, and the more we do these, the more interesting things get and the more insights we discover!
But hold off on that for a minute, let’s start somewhere else…
First, we want to thank everybody who took a couple of minutes out of their busy daily schedules to complete the survey and review their current hosting providers. We got 830 valid responses in total, which makes this one of the biggest WordPress hosting surveys to date! It’s because of you that this was possible!
A comprehensive analysis of what Shared and Managed WordPress hosting is, Pros and Cons, and hands-on examples.
Managed WordPress hosting is like a concierge service for your WordPress site, whereas regular shared hosting leaves much of the work to you when it comes to backups, WordPress optimization, and more. However…
Shared hosting and managed WordPress hosting aren’t inherently different things
When people talk about shared hosting, they’re usually using the phrase interchangeably with “generic cheap hosting.”
But here’s the thing:
You’ll actually find plenty of shared hosts offering a “managed platform” or “managed services”, and these hosts are often counted among the list of managed WordPress hosts.
Shared hosting is just a type of hosting plan where your site “shares” resources with other sites on the same server.
Managed WordPress hosting is a set of added services and performance tweaks that sits on top of regular hosting.
That’s why you can have cheap shared managed WordPress hosting – like SiteGround at ~$4 per month – and expensive dedicated managed WordPress hosts – like Pagely starting at $499 per month.
In fact, you’ll find managed WordPress hosts powered by all types of
Ionut Neagu, CEO ThemeIsle, talks about their recent problems with a major affiliate partner and a fake DMCA affecting their SEO.
Welcome to the 38th edition of the monthly transparency report (for March 2018). In this series, I talk about the latest goings-on in the business, our plans, challenges, and what’s on the agenda for the next couple of months. Click here to see the previous reports. As I might have already mentioned once or twice in these reports, one of my main goals right now is to introduce more clarity into my planning, and especially when it comes to figuring out the direction the business is heading.
I’m making an effort to maintain a clear picture and think more strategically – not only on an annual basis like before, but rather on a weekly/monthly basis.
While this sounds all fine and dandy, it’s not exactly that easy to execute. In order to achieve that, first I’m trying to disconnect more from the day-to-day tasks and get more rest. This feels kind of bad and I feel lazy for not being as active as I used to be – working on multiple things at once. But I guess I’ll see how it plays out over time.
A fine selection of newsletters, with a sneak peek that will help you choose which ones suite your style.
Searching for the best tech newsletters to subscribe to in 2018? The pace of technological development can make it very hard to stay up to date (as well as time-consuming). Throw in the tremendous amounts of great content produced every day, and you can really struggle to keep abreast of everything. That’s why the curated newsletter is making a comeback and is so popular now! The concept itself is pretty simple – curated newsletters are just emails that contain a selection of popular, interesting or noteworthy content. Many of the best tech newsletters out there will help you separate the wheat from the chaff while also saving you some precious hours (immediately cutting down your search and scan time).
With that in mind, we have compiled the following list of the 11 best tech newsletters (and web culture newsletters) around. The topics covered in them range from A.I., to the death of blogging (again!). Some of the newsletters provide roundups, whereas others go in-depth on particular subjects. One notable example even takes you outside the Valley bubble to see what is happening in tech in less represented areas of the globe.
Let’s check them out (no particular order):