Post from me on WPLift, on how Convesio's new managed WordPress hosting setup is what you've always wanted! Ideal for agencies.
Imagine this: You’ve been working hard to build up your agency, and have steadily accrued a decent portfolio of clients. But naturally, as your business grows, so does the pressure. Then one Sunday night, your phone rings and it’s a major client. Reluctantly, you take the call. They’re far from happy and want to know why their site is down.
No matter how great your agency is, if your hosting is bad, it reflects poorly on everything else you’re doing.
As the five client sites you were working with suddenly become 50 or more, perhaps you’ll find that the little tasks you were once able to comfortably manage starts costing your business time and money. From dealing with erratic server performance to speaking to unhappy clients at the weekend, you shouldn’t need to deal with these problems.
The Unicorn of Hosting: Convesio understands and fixes these problems
When Convesio founder Tom Fanelli had his own design agency, he came up against the same hosting problems time and time again. Not only was it frustrating; it also damaged his relationships with clients.
He went on the hunt for “unicorn” hosting that could provide what he needed to support
The Freemius team had just announced that it is launching a special “We Got Your Back” program, which is going to help increase WordPress plugin & theme businesses’ bottom line through professional, custom branding. AND, it's free.
The Freemius team had just announced (earlier today) that it is launching a special program, which they have named: “We Got Your Back” Club. So first things first – let’s make the info in that title crystal clear: Freemius is going to help increase WordPress plugin & theme businesses’ bottom line through professional, custom branding, AND, they are offering to do that for free? The answer seems to be a straight up yes. Now that we’ve got that out of the way – let’s dive in a little deeper to figure what exactly is this all about. Really can't complain I've switched to @freemius – they just launched a new "We Got Your Back" Club pilot, in which they are offering free #WordPress #plugin business branding and designs.
Membership in this program is offered solely to WordPress plugin & themes owners who sell them through the Freemius sales platform, and the type of perk a product owner is entitled to choose is derived from the accumulative sum of their gross revenue from sales their products have made through Freemius, as the following table implies:
As you can see, the whole thing is pretty simple: the higher your gross
A good list of tools developers (and WordPress admins) can use to host a local copy of a WordPress website with links to tutorials on how to set these tools up. The list includes the typical WAMP, XAMP etc, Local, DesktopServer and also Docker!
Looking for a solution to install WordPress locally? While there are some pros and cons to working on a local WordPress install, I love this approach because:
It’s just plain faster because you don’t have to wait on your network connection.
You can work offline, which is great if you like to develop WordPress sites on-the-go (or live in a developing country with poor Internet, like I do).
It’s private by default. While it’s certainly possible to make a live development site private, it adds extra steps to the process.
If you’re looking for a way to install WordPress locally, you probably don’t need any more convincing on the benefits of this approach.
As someone whose job is to test hundreds of different WordPress themes and plugins, I’ve become well-acquainted with all the different methods available to install WordPress locally. And in this post, I’m going to share them with you, as well as link out to detailed instructions to help you get setup with whichever method(s) piques your interest.
5 Different Ways You Can Install WordPress Locally
Below, I’ll go through all the popular methods that you can use to install WordPress locally
The question that every wordpress admin asks himself from time to time: How many plugins can I have on my website? What is the limit? And what should I keep in mind when installing new plugins.
If you’ve used WordPress for a while, I’m sure someone has told you that you “shouldn’t use too many plugins”. It’s obvious – using too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, right? But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole life and I’m still alive and kicking! So is the common knowledge that “too many plugins is bad” good for WordPress?
In this post, I’m going to attempt to answer that question. So, if your admin sidebar is bursting at the seams with links to plugin settings pages, join me on this adventure into the world of plugin collecting.
Is Having Lots of Plugins Always Bad?
Let’s start at the beginning. I’m not a developer, but in my reading, I’m fairly certain that I’m accurate in saying that there’s nothing inherently wrong with having lots of plugins.
I mean, I remember reading somewhere that Pippin Williamson has over 80 plugins running on some of his sites! Pippin knows a thing or two about plugins, so I’m going to trust him on this one.
In a perfect world populated with perfect developers,
These 4 WooCommerce abandoned cart email plugins and tools can help you recover abandoned carts and boost your eCommerce store's bottom line.
Here’s a sad truth about eCommerce: You spend so much effort (and money) trying to get customers to engage with your store and add your products to their carts. But the vast majority of those people are still going to leave without ever making a purchase.
It’s called cart abandonment. And it’s the scourge of any eCommerce store.
In fact, according to Baymard Institute’s aggregate cart abandonment rate statistics, the average cart abandonment rate is a whopping 69.23%.
That means less than a third of the people who add an item to their cart at your store are going to end up actually finishing their purchase.
While not all of those carts can be saved (called “recovered”), with the right tools you can bring at least some of those customers back.
To help with that, I’m going to share some plugins that aim to decrease your cart abandonment rate and boost your bottom line.
With these WooCommerce abandoned cart plugins, you’ll be able to send targeted emails to shoppers for a chance to bring them back to finish their purchase.
Rather than trying to stay inside your WordPress dashboard, Jilt is a separate app that easily integrates with
Promising plugin - gives you the ability to create recipes –called inSites – which are used to personalize your website, or perform a certain action. These recipes are activated based on pre-determined triggers.
inSite is a service and plugin for WordPress that gives your website the ability to change itself, or perform an action, depending on when and how it is being accessed. By using information, such as the location of your visitors, what device they are using, and what time of day it is, you can use this plugin to instruct your website to perform an action, based on that information. The actions and changes that can be triggered with InSite are pretty interesting, as well as being useful for a range of different types of WordPress website.
To find out exactly what this content personalization plugin can do, and to get some ideas of how you could make use of it, read on for our inSite for WordPress review.
What Can the inSite Content Personalization WordPress Plugin Do?
inSite gives you the ability to create recipes –called inSites – which are used to personalize your website, or perform a certain action. These recipes are activated based on pre-determined triggers.
The type of triggers you can use with inSite currently includes: time and/or date, number of visits to the site, URL parameters, device type, and physical location. These triggers can be used individually, or combined to build
We took a look at a great Free plugin called "InTrigger" which just launched - lets you create free optin forms for your content, top bars and read more boxes.
InTrigger is a free plugin designed to help you capture more subscribers for your mailing list without using popup forms to do so. InTrigger works with 3 main scenarios to help you generate signups:
Scenario 1 is a “continue reading” feature where the plugin will hide part of the post content and display a “Continue Reading” button which when clicked will provide a signup form for the user to enter their email address.
Scenario 2 is an inline form, where the plugin will display a form or message in the middle of your post content.
Scenario 3 is a floating bar which can be displayed at the top or bottom of your site, you can set it to show after a certain amount of scrolling by the user. You can configure the display rules for each scenario so you can tailor it for your site by displaying after x page views, on certain pages only, you can also target different devices like mobile or tablet etc.
The plugin is completely free to download and use – grab it from the WordPress directory here.
Scenario 1 – Continue reading: Hide post content after x% and invite the user to subscribe or click to display full post
Scenario 2 – Inline post: Insert a form or message in the middle of a
A great look at Give, and how it should be the center of your WordPress-powered fundraising.
Churches from all over the world are known for collecting money for the needy. Non-profits focus on more niche categories like animal rights and targeting large corporations to keep bad ingredients out of our food. As long as you’re not running a cult I’d argue that collecting money for any cause is noble. But how do you go about collecting money on your website?
With WordPress you need a donation plugin. A few of them exist, but none are as clean or giving as the GiveWP WordPress plugin.
GiveWP has been known to partner with charities and it also provides all sorts of publicity and knowledge-base information for helping non-profits make money and get the word out. Not only that, but the GiveWP plugin is free and the developers don’t take transaction fees. All of their development money is made through the sales of add-ons.
It sounds like a good deal to me, so keep reading this GiveWP review to learn more.
With Give WP you start off with a completely free donation plugin. The features are pretty solid for most businesses, but you may also want to expand to the general add-ons. These add-ons are sold for a price, and the bundled options
Daan Tol has relaunched a brand new design at WPLift - Looks much more modern and clean.
Welcome to the brand new WPLift! I am excited to welcome you today with our new website design! I decided to freshen up the branding, bring fresh air to the site and along with this new layout add new sections and services. I am expecting to hear from you what you think about this new coat of WPLift, and meanwhile I want to share some insights from the redesigning process and what you can expect. Ready for a little tour?
WPLift was started in 2010 by Oliver Dale, the original owner. Since then the website grew and got several redesigns, with the major and last change in 2013 when it became black and red (you may even remember WPlift in the shades of purple). In May 2016 came time when I took over and became the new owner of WPLift. When I bought the site, I really liked the content, but the design wasn’t up to date anymore and I felt I need to make some changes. I had to take my time and didn’t want to shake things up right away as I was kinda new in the Wordpress world. I wanted to learn first, look around and think about what I wanted.
I wanted to make sure, that the design of WPLift would support our content and tell all our visitors what we stand for:
A collection of WordPress related companies who publicly share their monthly incomes and statistics.
I love reading blog posts where companies and individuals share details that would otherwise remain secret – I used to do the same here on WPLift when I did a monthly income and statistics roundup, I have also done the same on ThemeFurnace where I shared how the launch went. Monthly income reports from bloggers continue to prove hugely popular, people like Pat Flynn have built huge audiences by using transparency and sharing everything about how they earn money online. I think the reason these types of post are so popular are for two reasons – firstly, they share information that other people keep private so they can give you an insight into a business or niche you wouldn’t normally see. Secondly they serve as motivation – if you see someone blogging in the same niche as you or working within the WordPress community and they are generating a large income, that can become inspiration for yourself to attain that level of income as well.
In this post, Im going to take a look at a number of people and companies who have shared their statistics publicly, really interesting stuff that will hopefully motivate you to reach these levels of income!
This was the post that inspired this
WPLift is for sale on Flippa - Here's some thoughts about the sale and a look back at designs for it over the years :)
No april fool! I have decided the time is right to pass WPLift on to a new owner so the site is officially for sale, I posted a listing on Flippa yesterday where I have written over 2000 words for the listing description, check it out if you are interested here. The listing has had quite a bit of interest already, lots of questions to answer :) Why am I selling ? Quite simply, I have been writing about WordPress now on WPLift since 2010 – I have posted just about every week day in that period and the site now contains over 990 posts, I have been finding it more of a struggle to keep up with running the site alongside ThemeFurnace and the addition of 2 children to my family! I would like someone fresh to takeover WPLift who can dedicate more time and fresh ideas to the site.
I still love working with WordPress but I’m a designer at heart so I would like to spend more time building new and interesting themes over at ThemeFurnace and also see how much I can build that business if I focus solely on that side of things. My favourite thing to do work-wise, is spend time in Photoshop trying out new ideas and fleshing them out into full designs – I have a partner who now does the coding side
Colin Newcomer zooms in on the effects of AMP for the publishers. According to WSJ, publishers have a sharp decline in their income on their pages with AMP.
Just a couple weeks ago, I told you how you how to add Google AMP to WordPress. I talked about how it can speed up your mobile site, get you featured in Google’s AMP articles carousel, improve your readers’ user experience, and still make you a bit of money. But, as some recent news articles have discovered, publishers are increasingly finding out that this “little bit of money” is nowhere near how much they make from the non-AMP versions of their mobile sites.
So, with that news coming out, Daan and I thought it was a good idea to follow up on my first post with a deeper look at Google AMP.
A Quick Refresher on Google AMP
I don’t want to rehash my previous post, so I’ll keep this very brief. Google AMP stands for Google Accelerated Mobile Pages. It’s essentially Google’s initiative to speed up the mobile web by offering stripped-down versions of websites to mobile users.
And it works. At least for speeding up the web. AMP pages load silly fast, which definitely improves user experience.
Google has even started marking AMP pages in a carousel at the top of their mobile search results:
So, as far as its stated goal goes, AMP is a smashing
The add-on model can prove to be one of the best ways to monetize your plugin, here we look at some successful examples.
If you are looking for inspiration for the pricing model of your next product, or you just want to know which plugins you can start using today with the option of upgrading the features a a later date, then this article is for you. Many WordPress plugins make use of the add-on or extension model. This allows users to install the core plugin and then add more features by choosing from a library of add-ons. Some of these core plugins are available for free while others are commercial plugins in their own right. When it comes to the optional add-ons, these extensions can again be free or commercial products.
Some plugins that work in this way have become so popular that they’ve spawned their own ecosystems. These mini-ecosystems work in much the same way as WordPress, with its free core software and countless commercial themes, plugins, and other related services. As with WordPress and its ecosystem, sometimes these plugin add-ons are created by third parties who had nothing to do developing the core plugin in the first place.
In this article, we will be looking at some of the best and most popular plugins that make use of the core plugin plus optional add-ons and extensions model. If
I interview Sarah Gooding, Full-time writer at WPTavern about how she works and what it's like blogging about WordPress full-time.
Today we have an interview with one of the most prolific WordPress bloggers, Sarah Gooding. I first became aware of Sarah’s writing when she blogged at the WPMU site and always found her articles to be the most interesting. She has since made the move to WPTavern where she is employed full-time by Audrey Capital, the investment company founded by Matt Mullenweg and works alongside Jeff Chandler to cover the latest WordPress news. I thought it would be interesting to catch up with Sarah and see what it’s like to be a full-time WordPress news journalist.
Hi Sarah, Could you tell use a little about yourself and background ?
I’m a WordPress journalist at WP Tavern and I spend most of my time writing and keeping up with the news. I have a frontend developer background and have been building websites since the late 90’s. In my spare time, I like to build free WordPress themes and plugins.
How did you first start using WordPress ?
Drupal was the first CMS I worked with for publishing. When I first started doing client work, I’d build sites with Drupal, WordPress, Magento, ExpressionEngine, whatever the client wanted. But after awhile I started to specialize in WordPress, right around the time
An interesting take on Gutenberg VS Page Builders. Spoiler alert: page builders can work with Gutenberg and it will only cull the weak.
Back in November 2017, the team behind Tailor Page Builder made the hard decision to bow out of the page builder market because of, in part, the incoming WordPress Gutenberg editor. Will other companies soon be following suit? Does Gutenberg signal the end of WordPress page builders?
Well – spoiler alert – I don’t think so. At least not anytime in the foreseeable future.
But I do think Gutenberg will bring some changes to the page builder and theme builder industry.
In this post, I’ll lay out my reasoning and then we can, hopefully, dig into things even more in the comments section.
Gutenberg Is Not A Replacement For A Page Builder…
At least not yet…
That’s a pretty big caveat, I know.
But in its current iteration, Gutenberg just isn’t even close to a 1:1 replacement for a WordPress page builder.
Page builder companies should probably be sweating the vision for eventually making Gutenberg into a tool that can “go beyond the post into page templates and ultimately, full site customization.”
But right now, Gutenberg doesn’t even have drag and drop or columns.
So even if you ignore all of the other page builder features
ManageWP Orion is out and wplift have written a brilliant summary of all of the things you need to know about ManageWP Orion. Read about what Orion is, what makes it better than the Classic and how you can make the most out of it.
If you are struggling with the remote management of the WordPress websites, then you are indeed missing out on something. If you have to manage multiple WordPress sites spending hours at updating themes and plugins, scheduling backups, running security scans, etc. then, ManageWP is an excellent solution for all that and more. ManageWP offers you one single dashboard to manage any number of WordPress sites. Instead of logging into each site separately, you can manage all of your websites from a single screen. Yes, it’s a godsend, that’s true!
Since 2012, people have relied on ManageWP to keep an eye on multiple WordPress websites. Keeping your website up to date is crucial to modern day security.
WordPress powers more than a quarter of the world wide web, and whoever is associated with it, the laser focus has been to ensure that their growth model aligns with the open source nature. To help the next WP generation become aware of the website management, and to ease the process ManageWP has released a major new upgrade which is called ManageWP Orion.
In the next few minutes, you’ll learn about the features of Orion that are better than old ManageWP dashboard and how they
Introducing WPLift's new owner - Daan Tol, Here is his introduction post.
As the title states, this was the week when WPLift changed owner. Oli and I have been working very hard to get me up to speed on everything that is WPLift. That is a LOT… As Oli poored his soul into this website for over 6 years . But first things first. Let me give you a proper introduction of myself. As I have been hearing a lot of people wondering who the new buyer is… My name is Daan Tol – I’m an 34 year old Dutch online freelancer, with 7 years of WordPress experience.
Am I a die hard WordPress coder? No. I’m a guy who has installed dozens of plugins and themes into many WordPress installs to check out new designs, functions, connections, SEO improvements, etc. etc. You can say that I have a bit a knack for finding cool plugins and nice themes.
Why did I buy WPLift? I was looking to become more of an entrepreneur then a freelancer. This website gives me more freedom to make my own choices, instead of doing what my clients want. It is a large investment, not one without risks, but I’m in it for the long run and will do my utmost to make it succeed. Oli has created a great blog, and I feel it as my duty to maintain that quality.
So here we go
Decent free plugin for managing unlimited WordPress sites from one main dashboard.
MainWP is a WordPress site management tool which came to my attention recently, it works similarly to sites like ManageWP and InfiniteWP in that it allows you to control multiple WordPress sites from one location. It allows you to do things like carry out WordPress core, theme and plugin updates, carry out backups and publish content. What makes MainWP stand out though is that it is a free self-hosted plugin so you can install the MainWP Dashboard on your own server and then add the child plugin to sites which you wish to manage to that location – you are not relying on someone else’s servers or giving away information about your sites to a third party.
Before we take a look at how the plugin functions, here is a full run-down of the features included:
Updates – Update WordPress core, themes and plugins
Backups – Schedule backups for each site on a daily, weekly or monthly basis
Content Management – Write posts and publish them on any site without having to login to each one.
Bulk Posting – Post content to multiple websites at once
Self-Hosted – Keep everything on your own private server, no record of actions, sites or passwords are shared with anyone.
I wrote about the new WP Plugin repo as well as added my personal opinion along with the community's feedback. Hope you like it.
The WordPress plugin repository is a platform which seeks the interest of almost every user who has toyed around with WordPress in one way or the other. Efforts have been put since 2014 to redesign the plugin repo with a few enhanced features. Recently in a blog post, Konstantin Obenland announced that the third beta version of the proposed plugin repository is out and open for the community feedback. The entire process is monitored by the WordPress meta team, and you can view the latest design beta release of the new WordPress plugin repository here. But, let’s take a step back and discuss what the meta team is all about.
‘Make’ WordPress and the ‘Meta’ Team
WordPress is no more a blogging platform. It has evolved from democratizing content to a full-fledged website building tool such that people have built their independent sites, online stores, etc. with this open source script. Owing to its multi-tier architecture, the WordPress is divided into components like core, design, accessibility, themes, plugins, etc. And the best way to get in touch and involved with any of these components is via the Make WordPress Blog.
Ariel at Wplift covers a few simple tips to help improve your on-site SEO.
Hacking is such a dirty word. I think of hacking and two things come to mind. Someone or something getting chopped to bits, or some random dude trying to break in my digital backdoor to steal my info. Both visuals are unsettling. But let’s take a step back… Are hacks or hacking the system all that bad? Well, obviously if its illegal, you don’t want any part of it but that’s not what I mean.
I’m talking about ways to make like easier. To make your blog efforts easier.
These sort of Hacks are a godsend and we have a few WordPress SEO Hacks that you’re gonna love. (Virtual high five! Yeah!)
Add an XML Sitemap To Your Blog
An XML Sitemap is the first SEO Hack on our list. Essentially, a sitemap is a list that consolidates all your site’s pages and posts onto one page that is accessible to the search engines.
This is vital as this helps those pesky little bots and spiders scanning your site better understand and categorize what your website is all about.
There are a few ways to create a sitemap, but many popular plugins already have the capabilities. My favorite is the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. The plugin has an easy way to create a sitemap for your site. After creating the sitemap,
WP Rocket Cache Plugin - Tested & Reviewed - The fastest WP Cache Plugin ?
Adding a cache plugin to your WordPress site is basically the best thing you can install on your site after Akismet and WordPress SEO, by default WordPress sites are served by compiling the various PHP files for each visitor which causes an overhead on your server. By installing a cache plugin, the PHP files are complied into static HTML files which load a lot faster and decrease the load on your server, unless you have a very dynamic site like a forum there is no reason to not use one. Increased page speed is proven to decrease bounce rates, increase conversions and also will now give you a boost in Google search results as they now take page speed into account as a ranking signal.
There are several options for caching in WordPress, the main two which are also free are W3Total Cache and Super Cache and both do great jobs at lowering page loading times – I currently use Super Cache on WPlift and was very happy with the results so I was interested to find out if WP Rocket could improve loading times.
As you would expect from a premium plugin, to justify the purchase price when compared to similar free plugins it needs to offer more features which WP Rocket does. As you can see
Unique new Managed WordPress Service - Looking for theme authors to submit to their Marketplace.
ThemeCloud is a new managed WordPress hosting company which uses the Docker platform to host your sites in the cloud. They are looking to simplify the hosting experience by offering blank WordPress installs or WordPress already setup with your choice of theme from their marketplace. The marketplace offers a number of free and premium themes from well-known theme companies, I noticed they have included by MediaPhase theme which you can use for free on their service. If you are a theme author you can submit your own themes to be sold on the marketplace, they are currently accepting new authors so check out the information below to see how you can do this.
Scalable platform – Our Docker based hosting platform smoothly handles traffic peaks.
Marketplace – Start from beautiful pre-built websites designed by renowned theme developers.
Managed updates – We carefully manage core and plugins updates for you!
Previews – Our unique technology lets you instantly preview your backups and snapshots.
PageSpeed module – Your website is automatically optimized thanks to Google’s PageSpeed module.
SSO – Forget about post-its and memos, you can securely log into all your websites in one click
WPLift now offers WP Support plans, here is an introduction and look at how the site was built.
I have some exciting news to share today – I’m announcing the launch of my latest venture, WPLift.Support. A new stand alone site under the WPLift brand where we are offering complete WordPress support and maintenance plans where we will take over the day to day duties associated with running a WordPress site. We have plans starting at $49 which include 24/7 monitoring, daily cloud backups, core / theme/ plugin updates and a monthly report. Our $99 plan also includes unlimited 30 minute jobs which can be submitted via our members help-desk. We are also including one year free hosting at Inmotion Hosting, a ThemeFurnace developer membership, Free domain name and $300 advertising credit for all plans!
We also have an enterprise level plan which is priced at $199 per month which is required for eCommerce sites, this plan also includes a detailed SEO report with recommendations and a free site migration should you ever need to move to a different hosting company.
Why WPlift Support?
I decided to launch WPLift Support to provide top quality support to website owners who use WordPress but may not be developers themselves so have to rely on others for help when they need some work carried
Ahmad Awais explains why the purchase of .blog TLDR is a good idea as an acquisition for Automattic.