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37 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Community | wpin.me | Apr. 23, 2018

Gutenberg Editor Review By A WordPress User

The Gutenberg Editor, to the uninitiated, is a new way to edit content within WordPress. This post is a pretty detailed review by Ben.

Gutenberg Editor Review By A WordPress User

Community | wpin.me | Apr. 23, 2018

Gutenberg Editor For WordPress Reviewed + Tutorial On How It Works. The Gutenberg Editor, to the uninitiated, is a new way to edit content within WordPress. You will of course (if you’re using WordPress) be using the default post editor, which is powered by TinyMCE.
TinyMCE has powered the WordPress post/page editor for donkeys, and like many, I have become accustomed to its ease of use.
Having used WordPress for 8 years strong, I kind of know the TinyMCE editor inside and out, as no doubt you have.
All that’s set to change however with the advent of the Gutenberg editor, it will still use parts of TinyMCE but the layout and structure will change. Dramatically.
Please do note that this review is performed on a development version of Gutenberg, not a finished release.
About the Gutenberg editor
Gutenberg aims to streamline the post creation process, it’s developed by the same guys behind Automattic (which incidentally develop WordPress.com and .org).
The core feature of Gutenberg is Blocks, Blocks of content, which you can shift around and craft something special with.
It’s hailed by many as a revolutionary way to create content and it’s had quite a few

Community | wpin.me | Oct. 12, 2016

GoDaddy WordPress Theme Approved On WordPress.org In 24 Hours

Interesting question are raised in terms of whether GoDaddy is receiving special privileges.

GoDaddy WordPress Theme Approved On WordPress.org In 24 Hours

Community | wpin.me | Oct. 12, 2016

Primer WordPress Theme On WordPress.org In Under 24 Hours? Primer WordPress Theme
GoDaddy a giant in the web hosting world recently submitted a WordPress theme to the WordPress.org theme repository and guess what? It went live in around 8 hours.
This was brought to my attention via a tweet from a well known theme developer Oli Dale who I follow on Twitter see below for the tweet in question:
How come Godaddy get to skip the theme review queue ? Live within 8 hours of uploading https://t.co/nq3PcpeSzd @Krogsgard @jeffr0
— Oli (@olidale) October 11, 2016
So What Gives? How Come GoDaddy Got Special Treatment?
Whilst the tweet in question was aimed at @Krogsgard @jeffr0 two WordPress news resources no answers are forthcoming so far. Considering the fact that it can take a considerable amount of time (months even) to get works added to the WordPress.org repository much to the chagrin of theme developers.
This has got to smack a little for those who create WordPress themes for WordPress.org, whether it’s to promote pro versions of their WordPress themes are just the fact they want to give something back to WP in general.
So why has GoDaddy received special treatment? Why have

Community | wpin.me | Sep. 26, 2016

1st Ever ThemeForest WordPress Theme Selling For $225.00!

A bold move from the PixelGrade team! What do you guys think about this?

1st Ever ThemeForest WordPress Theme Selling For $225.00!

Community | wpin.me | Sep. 26, 2016

Would You Pay $225.00 For A WordPress Theme On ThemeForest? A while ago I reviewed a WordPress theme called Pile. It was a paid for review, however true to form I always review warts and all irrespective of payment or not. To my surprise today I got an email stating that theme itself had shot up in price.
Well I say shot up, in fairness a BIG JUMP to $225.00 for a single licence. Whilst I did enjoy the WordPress theme itself, liked how it functioned and more do I think it’s worth $225.00??
Well it’s certainly a good looking and functional theme worth $225.00? Maybe in fairness.
Whilst this is a bold move to raise the price so high this may backfire. The amount of time and effort PixelGrade has put into the this portfolio theme is huge, as is with a large percentage of theme and plugin developers on ThemeForest / CodeCanyon.
Why This Price Increase Could Work
Asking people to pay $225.00 for a portfolio theme for WordPress could work. On the basis that it is alienating the tyre kickers and install once types ask a shed load of questions then disappear into the ether customers. The pain in the rears, the impatient types who want the moon on a stick.
They are creating their

Editorials | wpin.me | Jan. 14, 2017

No More WordPress Theme Or Plugin List Posts & Other News

Props to this person for not just stopping writing Theme/Plugin list posts but deleting all the old ones.

No More WordPress Theme Or Plugin List Posts & Other News

Editorials | wpin.me | Jan. 14, 2017

New Years Resolution #1 – No more theme / plugin list posts I’ve neglected the blog of late. I’ve been busy with other avenues and simply haven’t had the time to update WPin.me. It’s not until I revisited the blog did I realize just how many list posts of themes and plugins I actually had!
I referred back to a post entitled “Why List Posts Are Hurting Your Pocket.” Guess what? I took my own advice. I don’t want to be one of those sites, I guess it’s easy to write list posts for themes packed full of affiliate links rather than offering good quality content.
I don’t want to be like, Athemes, Colorlib, WPlift, WPExplorer and alike. Nothing against them you understand, I just don’t want to be anything like them in terms of list posts.
It goes against everything I want from WPin, it’s a ball ache to do and the only person it benefits is me, not you.
I deleted my WordPress theme & plugin list posts.
That’s why I deleted the lot of them, I don’t want them to hang around the website like unwelcome guest at a New Years Eve party, hence they are no more.
So no more theme / plugin list posts!
New Years Resolution

5 min read Ben Gillbanks
Community | wpin.me | Mar. 8, 2017

Multi-purpose WordPress themes or just not fit for purpose?

An opinion piece on Multi-purpose WordPress themes, versus niche themes. As a niche theme seller - I agree with this message :)

Multi-purpose WordPress themes or just not fit for purpose?

Community | wpin.me | Mar. 8, 2017

If you’re anything like me the idea of having a WordPress theme that can be all encompassing is an exciting prospect. One theme to rule them all (my precious), however the reality is somewhat different. If you take a look at online marketplaces such as Themeforest (which is a behemoth in the WordPress theme selling space), you will see countless themes all professing to cure-all ails.
Unfortunately more often than not this can throw up a wealth of problems. Before you all go yeh whatever, hear me out, ok?
Multi-purpose WordPress themes are great they save me and my clients so much time.
Whilst that may well be true, just how fitting is your theme choice for your client. Or indeed yourself? Does it work the way it should specifically for your niche?
Or are you putting a round peg in a square hole, with a ‘I bought it for this purpose, I’m getting my monies worth’ attitude?
Chances are you more than likely are.
Then again it may well be the theme fits the niche you need it for and its happy days all round. To that I say fair play to you good sir / lady.
Multi-purpose WordPress themes are hit and miss, more often miss.
The problem you have with a theme that bills

4 min read Ben
Editorials | wpin.me | Jul. 7, 2015

Free To List Premium WordPress Directory

Looking for some publicity for your new premium WordPress product? Well wpin has just re-branded as a premium WordPress directory site that promises no affiliate links and a human curated approval process. Promoting plugins, themes, services, web hosts and more.

Free To List Premium WordPress Directory

Editorials | wpin.me | Jul. 7, 2015

WPin.me Re-brands As A Premium WordPress Directory WPin has shifted direction, it’s still early days as yet but this is something I always wanted to do. I always wanted to create a premium WordPress directory that anyone and everyone can use.
In truth I did have another domain that I was going to use and have it as a standalone website however I made a mistake. I recently reached out to WPTavern to tell them of my plans and they came back with two emails. One of which caused me alarm!
Does http://www.layerswp.com know about your domain and intended use for it?
You see the domain I had was LyrWP. The whole point of LyrWP was to sift through the many Layers to get to the good stuff, rather fitting I thought with my plan to offer a free to list Premium WordPress Directory.
However in my absolute blindness to LayersWP v LyrWP I thought it best to email Obox directly. I have not had a response as yet, mainly due to the time difference. In any result I have elected to stick with WPin for fear of misleading people and causing any harm or undue confusion between the two sites. Sorry Obox! It was actually a genuine mistake and one I can only apologize for!
The other question I was asked was:

8 min read Ben
Editorials | wpin.me | Jun. 6, 2015

The Future of WooCommerce

What will happen to WooCommerce now? Some thoughts on what will happen and what it could mean to WooCommerce users.

The Future of WooCommerce

Editorials | wpin.me | Jun. 6, 2015

It’s been little over 2 weeks now since the news of Automattics acquisition of WooCommerce (Woomattic) welcoming them into the fold so to speak. Nothing new has been mentioned and it’s all business as usual. Reading through the announcement posts from WooThemes, Matt Mullenweg, Mark Forrester & Magnus Jepson it again seems business as usual for WooCommerce. WooCommerce powers over 600,000 websites selling products online, having been forked from JigoShop in 2011 which is an astonishing feat in itself. The fork in question did raise some concerns in the community at the time, you can read JigoShops own views on the fork here, it’s an interesting read with some interesting comments.
So How Much Did WooCommerce Cost Automattic?
Speculation is rife however Recode estimates that the acquisition was in the region of $30 million, which in itself is a hefty sum. For a company with over 50 staff (in different countries) and dozens of paid for extensions is it sustainable? I’m sure Matt has his reasons for the purchase, as WordPress powers over 20% of all websites on the web there is plenty of new opportunities to push WooCommerce to WordPress.com users in time.
What About Me? I Use WooCommerce

4 min read Ben
Community | wpin.me | May. 25, 2015

6 WooCommerce Plugins To Give Your Site A Boost

Some WooCommerce plugins that could potentially help with your install of WooCommerce.

6 WooCommerce Plugins To Give Your Site A Boost

Community | wpin.me | May. 25, 2015

Add Additional Functionality To Your WooCommerce Powered Online Store If you are using WooCommerce for your business or indeed as a sideline to sell products for your blog, whatever you may need it for WooCommerce on it’s own can be lacking. However despite it’s pitfalls it’s still a robust ecommerce solution at heart.
So if you are looking around for extra plugins and are on a budget but just need feature Y or X then our handy list of useful WooCommerce plugins may well help you on your quest to sell to your readers.
Table Rate Shipping for WooCommerce
In my opinion this should have been a core feature of WooCommerce but whatever that’s just my ten cents. Anyway’s the Table Rate Shipping plugin is an ESSENTIAL piece of kit for those selling physical goods locally or globally.
With features such as volumetric shipping, shipping rules based on state, country, weight and more this really is the answer to your shipping prayers and for $21.00 it’s a steal.
$21.00 On CodeCanyon View The Demo
Request A Quote Plugin
Another little gem of a plugin. This time round the request a quote plugin turns your WooCommerce install into a quote only system, allowing end users to add products to their

30 Awesome Websites I Can’t Believe Are Powered by WordPress

Community | wpin.me | Oct. 27, 2013

The WPin.me blog. This is where WordPress goodies are kept. Theme reviews, tips and a whole lot more. Welcome to the blog.

5 min read Ben
Themes | wpin.me | Jul. 3, 2015

Say hello to ThemeButler

An overview of a new theme framework called ThemeButler and what it could mean to you as a developer.

Say hello to ThemeButler

Themes | wpin.me | Jul. 3, 2015

The (Theme)Butler Did It There are quite literally tons of WordPress themes out there, thousands. Some are poor quality others are top notch. As well as that there are also a raft of WordPress theme frameworks to learn and adapt to until you find that one. You know the one, the one that makes developing custom WordPress themes for you, end clients and all a relative breeze.
That’s where ThemeButler comes in. Those looking for flashy web interfaces and drag and drop functionality may want to look elsewhere, as it doesn’t come with any bloated options. Instead, everyhing is fully customizable using a child-theme. The ThemeButler website is incredibly well laid out and offers a wealth of information for you to get stuck into, take a look at their knowledge-base to see what I mean.
By their own volition, their products are built for those individuals who build WordPress websites or have a rudimentary understanding of hooks and filters, as I mentioned it’s not a WYSIWYG system. There will be some of course who may turn up there noses at this you may want to rethink that.
Building sites for clients using Themeforest templates or somebody else’s work is all well and good. However, if you’re