Welcome to ManageWP.org

Register to share, discuss and vote for the best WordPress stories every day, find new ideas and inspiration for your business and network with other members of the WordPress community. Join the #1 WordPress news community!

×

9 min read Iain Poulson

Microcaching WordPress in Nginx to Improve Server Requests by 2,400%

Page caching is difficult to implement on highly dynamic sites where the content can change every few seconds. So, what can we do in these situations? In this article, Ashley demonstrates how to configure WordPress and bbPress with microcaching in Nginx.

Microcaching WordPress in Nginx to Improve Server Requests by 2,400%

We’ve talked a lot about WordPress performance and hosting WordPress here at Delicious Brains. A common theme amongst those articles is the importance of page caching and how it’s arguably the best way to improve the performance of your WordPress site: …if you’ve opted to self-host or have no alternative but to use shared hosting, page caching is without a doubt the single biggest thing you can enable to make your site fly.
However, we’ve also alluded to the fact that page caching is difficult to implement on highly dynamic sites:
Performance optimization is a lot more difficult for highly dynamic sites where the content updates frequently, such as those that use bbPress or BuddyPress. In these situations, it’s often required to disable page caching on the dynamic sections of the site (the forums for example).
In these circumstances page caching still has its place but the duration of the cache has to be significantly reduced. This is known as microcaching. Microcaching is a technique where content is cached for a very short period of time, usually in the range of 1-10 seconds.
In this article, I’m going to demonstrate how to configure WordPress

10 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 5 hours ago

How to Disable WordPress Plugins on Specific Pages and Posts

If you don't want to run the plugin code on every page of your website this is the guide you need to follow.

How to Disable WordPress Plugins on Specific Pages and Posts

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 5 hours ago

When it comes to WordPress performance we have a lot to say about plugins. Each plugin adds PHP code that has to be executed, can include scripts and styles, and some may execute additional queries against the database. This means that unnecessary plugins can affect page speed and may have a negative impact on user experience and page ranking. As an example, consider a plugin that builds and displays custom forms in front pages, like Contact Form 7. You typically only need a form on a single page. Do you really want to run the plugin code and include scripts and styles on every page of your website? In this post, I will demonstrate that you can install as many plugins as you need (don’t go crazy of course), and nevertheless make WordPress pages load fast. We’re going to disable WordPress plugins (that are unnecessary from loading on specific posts and pages. This will involve a four four-step process:
Choose the most popular plugins that fit your needs, and compare their features and effects on page speed.
Filter and deactivate unnecessary plugins before page loads.
Optimize CSS and JS files.
Track the site performance.
Let’s dive deep.
Three General Rules to Follow

Editorials | woorkup.com | 23 hours ago

Moving to a System Font Stack in 2017

System fonts aren't anything new, in fact, the WP admin uses them. But they look great and don't add any overhead. Check out this example of adding to a WordPress site.

Moving to a System Font Stack in 2017

Editorials | woorkup.com | 23 hours ago

As many of you know, I am a big fan of web performance. But I also don’t think that it should or have to compromise design. There is always a good balance in the middle. The other day I was on GitHub’s blog and was really digging their font! It was super easy to read. So I dug into the properties with Chrome Devtools and saw that they were using a system font stack. So today I want to show you how to use a system font stack on your WordPress site. What is a System Font Stack?
There are different types of fonts to choose from when it comes to a website. You pretty much have four different options:
Web safe fonts: Free and no download time required by the browser, but typically look dated and therefore aren’t used a lot. See a list of web safe fonts.
Web fonts: Look beautiful, but require download by the browser. Have both free and premium options available. Adds to overall page weight of your website. However, they can be served from cached CDN. Providers include Google, TypeKit, etc.
Host web fonts locally: Both free and premium options available. Still requires download time, can take advantage of single HTTP/2 connection on cached CDN.
System fonts: Free, look pretty

2 min read Omaar Osmaan

WordPress Target Browser Coverage - Ending support for IE 8, 9, and 10

WordPress officially ending support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10, starting with WordPress 4.8.

WordPress Target Browser Coverage - Ending support for IE 8, 9, and 10

Previously, we discussed the new editor and browser support within WordPress core. Following up on those conversations, we are officially ending support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10, starting with WordPress 4.8. Microsoft officially discontinued supporting these browsers in January 2016, and attempting to continue supporting them ourselves has gotten to the point where it’s holding back development. I realize that folks still running these browsers are probably stuck with them because of something out of their control, like being at a library or something. Depending on how you count it, those browsers combined are either around 3% or under 1% of total users, but either way they’ve fallen below the threshold where it’s helpful for WordPress to continue testing and developing against. (The numbers surprised me, as did how low IE market share overall has gone.)
Of course, wp-admin should still work in these older browsers, but with fewer capabilities, and we will no longer be testing new features and enhancements in these browsers. For example, the next versions of TinyMCE – currently targeted at WordPress 4.8 – will not support older IE browsers.

4 min read Matt Cromwell
Plugins | secretpizza.party | 22 hours ago

WordPress needs curation

Instead of just seeing the default most popular plugins on the "Add New" plugins screen, why not see popular plugins that have similar tags to ones you already have installed? Seems like a simple plugin that provides an obvious improvement to your WordPress experience.

WordPress needs curation

Plugins | secretpizza.party | 22 hours ago

I really want to help WordPress but I think what is most needed isn’t a new editor or more guidelines but rather someone to take all the stuff in this fractured ecosystem and bring it together. Get rid of all the crap and only show people the stuff worth using. My first attempt at this is with plugins. Currently when you go to add new plugins you are given two screens (Featured & Recommended) that I don’t (and likely most new users don’t) find all that useful.
For example, let’s take the featured tab. I took a screenshot of it right before making this post and the top four plugins it recommends are BuddyPress, Theme Check, bbpress, WP Super Cache. Those are fine plugins but how many new users do you think will actually use any of them.
Then look at the recommended tab. It’s a bit better but I don’t think the above four plugins are what a new user is looking for. I don’t know if this is really a problem you can solve with code. I honestly believe that a bit of manual curation is necessary. Manual curation isn’t all that uncommon. Look at the App Store or Play store they put together collections of apps all the time.
I know why the core

6 min read Roy Sivan
Plugins | calderaforms.com | 1 hour ago

Learn More When You Use WordPress For Your Email Marketing - Caldera Forms

Caldera has a bunch of new offerings for you to do better. Including a new add-on by me :) which adds an overlay to Youtube videos on your website.

Learn More When You Use WordPress For Your Email Marketing - Caldera Forms

Plugins | calderaforms.com | 1 hour ago

If you’ve purchased anything form our site recently, you might have noticed we added a checkout field asking if the purchase is for your own site or a client site. Also, thank you I put that there because I was writing some user on-boarding emails and I kept writing sentences like “on your site or the sites you build for your customers.” This bothered me as it meant I was lacking the ability to talk to our customers in a sophisticated manner. I wanted to be able to talk to those building sites for themselves vs. those who make websites for a living differently. These are two major segments in our customers, and they have very different needs.
So I added a custom field on our checkout and sent the data to MailChimp and ConvertKit. Now my emails can be tailored to who they are reaching.
Know Your Users
I love email marketing. It’s been the best driver of revenue increases for Caldera Forms, both in terms of how we get sales and what we sell. We use MailChimp a lot, and it’s one of the most popular add-ons for Caldera Forms. We’ve been giving our MailChimp add-on a lot of love recently because of feature requests from customers and the needs of our own

2 min read M Asif Rahman

Meta.Trac Discussion: More & Responsive Tabs in Plugin Directory

If this ticket gets accepted, we are kind of back in where it begins, but for good reason. The discussion of removing Tabs was never accepted by anybody from any discussion, besides that imaginary imposed 80%. Here points by kevinwhoffman is very logical and well placed. Need the community to back it now.

Meta.Trac Discussion: More & Responsive Tabs in Plugin Directory

Goals: Improve tabbed navigation across all viewports.
Remove the limitation of viewport width when determining the ideal number of tabs. In other words, desktop navigation should not be limited by the space available on a small tablet.
Improve the accessibility and discoverability of important pieces of content such as Screenshots, FAQ, and Stats.
By improving the responsive design of the tabbed navigation, large viewports can make the most of the available space while improving the presentation and user experience on smaller viewports.
The attached mockups contain designs and rationale to address the challenges of small, medium, and large viewports.

Hello,
With Glotpress Glossary the words within the glossary are underlined on the original string making it easier to see what should be translated. That's especially helpful with the flavoured english translations (canadian, australian, etc). But currently they're all case sensitive so if you have color>colour in the glossary but it's a single word string for Color then it won't be underlined.
Would be nice if glossary terms are case-insensitive. Please let me know if this won't be picked up anytime soon as I'll manually add capitalized

8 min read Nelio

CSS Grid—The Future of Web Design is Already Here

CSS Grid is already supported by all major browsers, which means you can separate content from layout. In this post you'll learn what CSS Grid and how to use it.

CSS Grid—The Future of Web Design is Already Here

Last year I had the chance to attend to SmashingConf Barcelona, a web design-centered conference. As I already mentioned in my previous post about the conference, I was surprised by the outstanding quality of both the staging and the talks. The talk I like the most was Jen Simons‘, who presented some cool stuff that we’ll soon see (or should I say “we’re currently seeing”) in web development. Jen introduced us features like image cropping, dropping initial letters, cover sheets, multi-column layouts… I you want to know better how these (and other) demos work, check out her 2016 list, paying special attention to their source code.
The feature that I loved the most was CSS Grid. At that time, CSS Grid was still under development and no browser supported it by default. However, Jen told the audience that “by next summer [this summer], all major browsers will already support CSS Grids, so you’d better learn how to use it” and, well, she was completely right. So, I think it’s past time we talk about this amazing feature and how you can use it in your own developments.
There’s no “CSS Grid” without “Grid”

2 min read Igor Benić
Community | poststatus.com | 18 hours ago

Breaking into and building community, with WordPress and beyond

The Post Status Draft Podcast with Matt Medeiros, a veteran of building communities in the WordPress Space.

Breaking into and building community, with WordPress and beyond

Community | poststatus.com | 18 hours ago

In this episode, Brian is joined by Matt Medeiros, a veteran of building communities in the WordPress Space. They talk about the challenges and rewards of diving into a new community. Welcome to the Post Status Draft podcast, which you can find on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and via RSS for your favorite podcatcher. Post Status Draft is hosted by Brian Krogsgard.
Brian is joined by guest-host Matt Medeiros — host of the Matt Report podcast, and many other ventures in the WordPress ecosystem. They discuss community building, their experiences building community in the WordPress world, and the challenges of getting involved in a new community.
Audio Player
Direct Download
Links
Prospress makes the WooCommerce Subscriptions plugin, that enables you to turn your online business into a recurring revenue business. Whether you want to ship a box or setup digital subscriptions like I have on Post Status, Prospress has you covered. Check out Prospress.com for more, and thanks to Prospress for being a Post Status partner.

15 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 1 day ago

Diving Into Zero BS CRM for WordPress

We reviewed and tested Zero BS CRM and it seems this is one of the best CRM plugin you can get right now.

Diving Into Zero BS CRM for WordPress

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 1 day ago

No matter what business you operate in, customers are your lifeline. Without them, you wouldn’t generate any sales, get referrals, or develop new relationships. True customer relationship management helps you better understand your customers and engage with them throughout the entire customer lifecycle. By analyzing data, you can determine what they need or want, and how you can improve your business model. That is why having a CRM should be central to what you do. In this post, we’ll dive into the Zero BS CRM plugin, why you should use a CRM and some of the advantages of going with a self-hosted solution. Why You Need a CRM
CRM. It’s a term which you may be familiar with. It stands for customer relationship management or client relationship management. You don’t need to run an e-commerce store or even sell to people to call them customers. A CRM can be used for anything that involves managing relationships. But why would you want to do so? Knowing the history of your customers lets you tailor your communications to their exact needs and give them what they want when they want it. And beyond that, it is one of the easiest ways to stay organized!
You might be

3 min read David McCan
Community | wptavern.com | 5 days ago

WordPress Plugin Directory Restores Tabbed Interface

Tabs in the WordPress plugin repository were removed in the recent redesign and replaced with "read more" links. There was a lot of feedback that this was more difficult to use and today the "read more" links were reverted back to tabs.

WordPress Plugin Directory Restores Tabbed Interface

Community | wptavern.com | 5 days ago

Last month the WordPress Plugin Directory relaunched with a new design and improvements to the search algorithm. The new design replaced the plugin pages’ previous tabbed interface with a wall of text, truncated by numerous “read more” links. The outpouring of negative community feedback on the new design overshadowed many of the helpful improvements. Removal of the tabs was by far the most unpopular design choice in this iteration, as many found it to be confusing and inferior in terms of navigating the information efficiently. Users, developers, and contributors on the redesign felt their feedback was roundly ignored throughout all phases of the design’s beta and testing period.
Four months ago, contributor Jon Ang (@kenshino) opened a ticket regarding the “read more” links, which he described as “a usability nightmare.” The ticket was closed as a duplicate of another ticket which received very little discussion. Today, Otto marked the ticket as fixed, announcing the return of tabs in the commit message:
Change single-plugin view to have tabbed design. Eliminates read-more on all sections except developers and changelog, adds tabs back

11 min read Matteo Duò
Plugins | codeable.io | 1 hour ago

How To (Happily) Survive Upgrading Your Website To WooCommerce 3.0

Do you run an eCommerce store based on WooCommerce? Cool! Here's your guide to correctly upgrading your website to WooCommerce 3.0.x without breaking anything.

How To (Happily) Survive Upgrading Your Website To WooCommerce 3.0

Plugins | codeable.io | 1 hour ago

On April 4th, 2017 a major WooCommerce version was released. Version 3.0.0 or WooCommerce “Bionic Butterfly”, brought in some great features for developers, store managers, and even clients. While version 2.7 had existed for a while, it was decided to “jump” directly to WooCommerce 3.0.0 because of the major leap the software has taken when compared to the previous 2.6 version. With its 3.0.x version, WooCommerce introduced great changes and new features both store managers and developers are going to love. Let’s see what they are!
Woo
The first thing you may notice is the new product gallery. It now has zoom-in functionality on mouse hover and you can also enlarge the image to be displayed in full-screen just by clicking on it. This has been a long-requested improvement that now also works great on mobile devices. However, your theme needs to support this feature eventually, so do not be surprised if it is not enabled in your case.
Noticeable improvements have been also deployed on the speed and performance of the software. Specifically, DB queries have been reduced, order emails have been delayed on purpose, some DB data has been removed, while other

2 min read David Bisset
Development | wordpress.org | 5 days ago

WordPress 4.7.4 Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.7.4, a maintenance release, is out. Contains 47 maintenance fixes and enhancements. Go get it or let auto-update work its magic.

WordPress 4.7.4 Maintenance Release

Development | wordpress.org | 5 days ago

After almost sixty million downloads of WordPress 4.7, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 4.7.4, a maintenance release. This release contains 47 maintenance fixes and enhancements, chief among them an incompatibility between the upcoming Chrome version and the visual editor, inconsistencies in media handling, and further improvements to the REST API. For a full list of changes, consult the release notes and the list of changes.
Download WordPress 4.7.4 or visit Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.7.4.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.7.4:
Aaron Jorbin, Adam Silverstein, Andrea Fercia, Andrew Ozz, aussieguy123, Blobfolio, boldwater, Boone Gorges, Boro Sitnikovski, chesio, Curdin Krummenacher, Daniel Bachhuber, Darren Ethier (nerrad), David A. Kennedy, davidbenton, David Herrera, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling (ocean90), eclev91, Ella Van Dorpe, Gustave F. Gerhardt, ig_communitysites, James Nylen, Joe Dolson, John Blackbourn, karinedo, lukasbesch, maguiar, MatheusGimenez, Matthew Boynes, Matt Wiebe, Mayur Keshwani, Mel Choyce,

3 min read M Asif Rahman
Community | wptavern.com | 4 days ago

HeroPress Partners With WPShout to Offer WordPress Education Scholarships

HeroPress has taken a great initiative, partnering up with WPShout, offering scholarships to 10 individuals, a $249 USD WordPress course, for free to the deserving candidate.

HeroPress Partners With WPShout to Offer WordPress Education Scholarships

Community | wptavern.com | 4 days ago

HeroPress has teamed up with Alex Denning, Fred Meyer, and David Hayes of WPShout to offer 10 copies of Up and Running Second Edition at the deluxe tier. The deluxe tier is valued at $249 and includes everything the course has to offer including video tutorials, creating a theme and child theme, screencast series, creating a WordPress plugin, and more. The scholarship applications are geared towards three groups of people:
Those in financial hardship (unemployment, jobseeking, students or underemployment).
Those in low-income countries without the means to purchase the course.
Under-represented groups in tech and the WordPress community, including but not limited to:
Women
Transgender applicants
BAME applicants
Those who qualify have until May 9th to fill out the application. Five members of the WordPress community make up a panel that will review the applications and choose 10 recipients who they feel are deserving of the award. HeroPress will then tally the selections and those with the most votes will be awarded a scholarship. In case of a tie, HeroPress will be the deciding vote. The five panelists are:
Maedah Batool (Creative Director at WPTie, Pakistan).
Ana Silva (Digital Marketer

1 min read Matt Medeiros
Community | youtu.be | 6 days ago

This (WordPress) community is not for the taking

The community doesn't make it any easier to build a business.

This (WordPress) community is not for the taking

Community | youtu.be | 6 days ago

Subscribe: https://mattreport.com/subscribe iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/m...

9 min read Roy Sivan
Business | calderaforms.com | 5 days ago

How To Write A Non-Annoying Marketing Email: Direct Email Marketing Tips

Great article on writing better newsletter / email blast emails from the team that actually sends emails I read.

How To Write A Non-Annoying Marketing Email: Direct Email Marketing Tips

Business | calderaforms.com | 5 days ago

Christie Chirinos is a Partner in & the Business Manager at Caldera Labs. Christie received her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in information systems management from Florida State University, and is currently based out of New York City. If we are to believe the hype, email marketing has an average of 3800% ROI ($38 per every $1 spent). And, if that’s an average, it goes without saying that some companies are getting higher than 3800% ROI on their emails. While that figure covers transactional emails also, let’s focus on what everyone usually thinks of when they think of email marketing: direct email marketing.
This week, we’re running our favorite deal: Taco Tuesday. Taco Tuesday is a Tuesday – Tuesday promotion where everything is 20% off. I jokingly compared it to the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale on our Slack channel the other day, because it’s sort of like that: a sweet deal that only happens every once in a while.
I remember the first time we did it. Josh and I had just started working together and we had lots of ideas about how to maximize this partnership. Josh had been building a list and sending them

11 min read Codeinwp
Community | codeinwp.com | 5 days ago

Transparency Report #26 - The Future of ThemeIsle

The monthly Transparency Report for CodeinWP and ThemeIsle WordPress businesses.

Transparency Report #26 - The Future of ThemeIsle

Community | codeinwp.com | 5 days ago

Welcome to the 26th edition of the monthly transparency report (for March 2017). In this series, I do my best to cover everything that’s been going on here at CodeinWP and ThemeIsle. We talk business, development, marketing, productivity and other fun stuff. Click here to see the previous reports. How often people change their (free) WordPress theme?
Something that I talked about in the previous report was for how long people tend to stick with our free themes after they first install and activate them – aka. our theme retention, or stick rate.
What I wasn’t able to do at that time, though, was split those retention rates by time period and also exclude localhost installs from the calculation. I finally have this data now.
Here’s the breakdown for Hestia – one of our top free themes:
ActiveInactive
ActiveInactive
ActiveInactive
ActiveInactive
How to read this:
For example, for the first chart, out of all the domains/websites where the theme was installed within the last 3 days, 93.2% are still active.
Of course, this is just one theme, and I do realize that it probably doesn’t represent the market to a huge extent, but it’s still an interesting

Inaugurating WordCamp DC

Great news, gives a good excuse to finally visit Washington!

Inaugurating WordCamp DC

We’re happy to announce that the first-ever WordCamp DC is officially on the calendar! WordCamp DC 2017 will be held July 14-16 at the beautiful Carnegie Library of Washington, DC.
Our calls for speakers and sponsors will be posted very soon, so stay tuned in the coming days.
Subscribe using the form in the sidebar to stay up to date on the most recent news. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details as they develop.
We’re looking forward to seeing you this summer!

6 min read JazzFan Junkie
Community | wpsitecare.com | 5 days ago

Introducing Sitechecks

We made something we are really proud of. Today we're launching Sitechecks.

Introducing Sitechecks

Community | wpsitecare.com | 5 days ago

Today I’m thrilled to introduce our latest service, sitechecks. If you’re looking for an expert-driven comprehensive review of your WordPress website, take a look at sitechecks. The first car I ever purchased for myself with my own money was a Hyundai Sonata. It was a beautiful Oscar the Grouch green color and I still remember the used car salesman’s eyes when I agreed to buy the car. They lit up like a Christmas tree!
I figured his excitement was because he was new on this job and this was his first sale. Turned out he was a veteran used car salesman and couldn’t believe that some twenty-something moron was ready to drive an actual flaming pile of garbage off his lot.
Over the years that car would require more money in repairs than the car was worth.
I became intimately familiar with every mechanic in town. I knew which ones were running game, who was trying to make a quick cash grab, and finally found one that I knew I could trust with any needed car repairs.
One of the first signals that I knew I had found the right repair shop is that the mechanic (his name was Shane) insisted I leave the car with him for an entire day so he could really dig in and identify

2 min read David Bisset

WordPress 4.7.4 Release Candidate Now Available!

This fixes 46 bugs and scheduled for final release on (drumroll please).... Thursday, April 20, 2017. Developers, start 'a test'n.

WordPress 4.7.4 Release Candidate Now Available!

After about six weeks of development, a Release Candidate for WordPress 4.7.4 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 46 issues reported against 4.7 and is scheduled for final release on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Thus far WordPress 4.7 has been downloaded nearly 60 million times since its release on December 6, 2016. Please help us by testing this release candidate to ensure 4.7.4 fixes the reported issues and doesn’t introduce any new ones.
Notable Bug Fixes
There are a few more notable issues being addressed in this release. The first one is about broken video/audio thumbnails when uploading media (#40075). Additionally, an incompatibility between the upcoming Chrome version and the visual editor (#40305) has been solved by updating TinyMCE. Furthermore, the REST API saw some enhancements in relation to date handling (#39854, #40136).
All Changes
Here’s a list of all closed tickets, sorted by component:
Administration
#39983 – Consider to don’t use the CSS class button-link for controls that don’t look like links
#40056 – Shift-click to select a range of checkboxes isn’t working anymore since 4.7.3 update
Bootstrap/Load
Build/Test

13 min read Rod Austin
Community | contentranked.com | 4 days ago

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Valuable Content People Give a Crap About

Comprehensive study on the how and why of creating better content as the cornerstone of your marketing efforts.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Valuable Content People Give a Crap About

Community | contentranked.com | 4 days ago

You probably heard, at one point, that you need to create valuable content for your readers. Why?
Because that’s how you get exposure. Because that’s how you drive more targeted traffic to your site. Because that’s how you get readers so hooked on your content, they become click-hungry subscribers.
But creating content that generates those results isn’t easy.
In fact, most content that people believe is valuable, is frighteningly sub par.
But, if you’re serious about improving your craft, and the way you create content, you’re in luck.
Bonus: Download a free worksheet as a guide to make your next content extra valuable for your readers.
Because in today’s post, I’m going to share tips that almost guarantees that every piece of content that you publish is valuable.
But You’re Probably Wondering …
What actually makes content “valuable”?
To get the answer, I asked some pretty big online influencers like:
Sam Hurley from Optim-Eyez:
And Jay Baer from Convince and Convert:
And as good as their answers were, I still wanted the opinions of more marketers.
So, I decided to conduct a survey of 276 bloggers and marketers

5 min read David McCan
Tutorials | sitepoint.com | 3 days ago

How to Customize the WordPress ToolBar — SitePoint

This is a tutorial on customizing the WordPress admin toolbar. Interesting that I just looked this up so as to add "Plugins" to the list. I'm not sure why we have "Themes" there and not "Plugins", but I go to the plugins menu much more frequently.

How to Customize the WordPress ToolBar — SitePoint

Tutorials | sitepoint.com | 3 days ago

This article is part of a series created in partnership with SiteGround. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. I have a love/hate affair with the dark grey toolbar introduced in WordPress 3.3. (It was previously named the Admin Bar in WordPress 3.1 and that name stuck for many — including the API authors!). Looking at the positives, the toolbar provides a consistent set of quick links when you’re viewing the administration panels or the live website. That said, it can cause problems when creating themes or confuse site editors who think everyone can see it.
Fortunately, it’s easy to change the toolbar. We’re going to achieve it using a custom WordPress plugin, but you could also consider adding identical code to your theme’s functions.php file.
The WordPress Admin Bar API
The WP_Admin_Bar class provides the following methods:
add_node() — creates a new menu item (or child menu item) on the toolbar
remove_node() — remove a menu item from the toolbar
add_group() — allows toolbar items to be grouped into distinct sections
get_node() — returns a Toolbar object with the properties of a single toolbar item.

Community | kinsta.com | 6 days ago

Interview with Ionut Neagu of Themeisle and codeinwp

Check out this interview with Ionut Neagu; co-founder of Themeisle and founder of codeinwp, where they code and build WordPress themes and plugins. A true WordPress entrepreneur if you've ever seen one!

Interview with Ionut Neagu of Themeisle and codeinwp

Community | kinsta.com | 6 days ago

You can find Ionut on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I have a software engineer background, however, I have learned along the way that I have other passions and skills, so I have used my freelancing income as a developer to start my entrepreneurial journey. I got involved seriously with WordPress after we got good rankings for “PSD to WordPress”, I was doing things before like creating some blogs, however not that serious.
Q2: What should readers know about all the stuff you’re doing in WordPress these days?
I spend most of my time nowadays mostly thinking/brainstorming about WordPress and not doing much else, sometimes I am writing about WordPress on codeinwp.com/blog/ or fixing small bits of code on our free themes at Themeisle.
Q3: What challenges did you face in getting to where you are now professionally?
Being extremely curious means that I also have a problem with learning things from others, I mean most of the time I prefer to experiment with things and do them as I think, this often means that I do lots of mistakes

13 min read Kobe Ben Itamar
Business | freemius.com | 6 days ago

My Lessons from Building a WordPress SaaS Product

Jack, The creator of Kernl, writes very genuinely about his lessons from building a WordPress SaaS product alongside his day job.

My Lessons from Building a WordPress SaaS Product

Business | freemius.com | 6 days ago

A year and a half ago when I started thinking about what my next side project would be, I couldn’t have imagined the success that it would have. While it may seem small to some people, getting anybody to believe enough in your product to give you money for it is a huge accomplishment that you should be proud of. It’s not easy, though. It takes dedication, hard work, and some luck to get your first customer. As Lau Tzu said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step“.
Identify the Problem
Before you can build a business, you need a product. Before you build a product, you need a problem. Finding a problem that needs to be solved might be the hardest part of your journey, so take your time with it. Have you ever thought:
“I wish there was <thing> for <problem>”?
If you have, other people likely have too. This is a good place to start exploring your product ideas.
One thing that I’ve learned through my many failed products is that if you want to be successful, it helps a lot if you are solving a problem that you yourself have. Back when I was still a freelance WordPress developer I often ran into the problem of updating