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Am I the only one who noticed the number of spam comments is too high?

Community | 1 day ago

I noticed this trend that the number of spam accounts and the number of comments left by these bots? is increasing. Just take a look at this thread here:

https://managewp.org/articles/17402/woo-edd-users-how-to-reduce-credit-card-fraud-by-98-using-stripe-radar

Or this:
https://managewp.org/articles/17522/gdpr-compliant-form-builder-for-wordpress#comments-section

Or this:
https://managewp.org/articles/17250/preparing-your-wordpress-site-for-google-s-upcoming-mobile-first-index

Any ideas or solution?

It's really annoying, and ManageWP doesn't seem to care -- I've sent lots of feedback and flagged comments -- no change.

I've started to visit ManageWP less and less since the quality of comments is going to shit.

via JS Morisset

Have noticed this too, and flagged tons of these spam comments. Make the comment links nofollow, will deter this behavior.

via John Locke

There has been no moderation since months now...

via pol taj

And for obvious reasons. John has a point.

via Binod Kumar Anand

@Pol I have to respectfully disagree. The moderation team is just one person, and I have been busy with WCEU in our own back yard. Otherwise I clean up comments once a week, or whenever I have some extra time.

On a related note, there has been too much spam going on lately, but not sure if nofollow would be enough. My knee-jerk reaction would be to remove links altogether. What do you all think?

via Nemanja Aleksic

Hi Nemanja,

I think nofollow wouldn't be enough, removing links altogether might be a better solution, but I have the feeling that even without links spam won't disappear. Isn't there a way to manually review and approve or reject new accounts? I know this could be definitely a time-consuming task.
Btw. I hope you had a great time on WCEU!

via Tom Zsomborgi
10 min read Rod Austin
Community | pagely.com | 6 hours ago

WordPress Codex: An Invaluable Resource for Better Coding

Resources to help you stay up-to-date with WordPress’s guidelines and recommendations for cleaner, stronger coding practices.

WordPress Codex: An Invaluable Resource for Better Coding

Community | pagely.com | 6 hours ago

In 2003, WordPress entered into existence and irrevocably changed the way we conduct business in the 21st century. Business owners no longer needed a brick-and-mortar presence in order to viably compete in their market. Heck, they no longer even had to deal in tangible goods and services if they didn’t want to. WordPress simplified the process by which anyone could start and successfully run a website. WordPress users occasionally run into things that trip them up along the path to development–this applies not only to novice users but to experienced WordPress developers as well. While WordPress does not provide a dedicated support team to field questions or concerns, their support forum is manned by WordPress volunteers.
We can find a ton of great help in the WordPress Codex; basically, WordPress’s version of a user manual.
Anyone whose workflows are heavily entrenched within WordPress should have a firm handle on the WordPress Codex. So, let’s take a closer look how you can make the most out of what information is available there.
12 Key WordPress Codex Pages You Should Know About
Here is what the main page of the Codex looks like:
It looks basic enough at first

6 min read Daniel Wilson
Plugins | solwininfotech.com | 5 days ago

15 Blog WordPress Plugins You Actually Need [Recommended]

WordPress plugins are most helpful to extend your website's functionality in easy way. By choosing a right plugin for your website you can manage your work easily. If you are an owner of WordPress blog or business website then, Here is the list of 15 essential blog WordPress plugins you should install if you haven’t already.

15 Blog WordPress Plugins You Actually Need [Recommended]

Plugins | solwininfotech.com | 5 days ago

This question is really common and has been asked often by everyone who is into blogging or online business. WordPress is undoubtedly the best Content Management System of all time with more than 35% of websites powered.
And the common reason is that of its simple panel with extraordinary plugins that can serve smallest to giant services you want on your website, WITHOUT CODING!
Plugins are the hardcore strength of WordPress and there are more than 55k various plugins and it is hard (obviously) to find out the best one that can help you out blogging.
So, here we are with the best blogging tools and Plugins for WordPress that will assist you to grow with full throttle.
1. Blog Designer
This plugin has been a game changer, especially for bloggers. Blog Designer WordPress plugin (Freemium) offers you to change and exhibit your page with many different layouts and templates. There are many various kinds of layouts for diverse use of it. Must have plugin to make your posts or web page looks cool.
2. Akismet
Akismet (Free) checks all the comments and contact form submissions for spam and malware through its global database and prevents your site from publishing threat and malicious content.

10 min read Sven Lehnert
Plugins | themekraft.com | 5 days ago

GDPR Compliant Form Builder for WordPress

Hundred of thousands of WordPress Forms are used every day, collecting information about their users that fall under the scope of GDPR. We've reviewed the most popular Form Builder in this blog post.

GDPR Compliant Form Builder for WordPress

Plugins | themekraft.com | 5 days ago

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is everywhere these days. For a lot of WordPress folks, that topic came at a bad timing. Getting your WordPress form GDPR compliant is just the very first step. Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer and the following recommendations are based on my own experience. In this text, I can’t cover every topic and I can’t give you legal consulting. That said, we recommend to get professional support on all the GDPR topic.
Since the beginning of BuddyForms, our goal is it to build tools, where you can own your own data. With all the rise of social media platforms and data-driven business models, we need to ask us the question, if we are still in control of our data.
Sure we are kind of aware, that Facebook & co. are making money with our personal data and therefore they can provide their service for free. The following quote describes best, what now is happening:
“GDPR is long-term good for the internet and its helping fuel a much needed global conversation around data privacy.”
Quote from Siraj Raval
This article doesn’t only cover our new updates about data privacy as a form builder. No, we’ll also talk about the

3 min read JS Morisset
Community | surniaulula.com | 4 days ago

WordPress Sites Create Fuzzy Thumbnails [Solution]

Did you know that thumbnail / resized images MUST be sharpened? And did you know that WordPress does NOT sharpen images when resizing images?

WordPress Sites Create Fuzzy Thumbnails [Solution]

Community | surniaulula.com | 4 days ago

Did you know WordPress creates thumbnails from the images you upload? You probably knew this — not everyone does, but most WordPress users are aware of this. ;-)
Did you also know that when creating smaller images, they must be sharpened?
This is common knowledge for photography and website design professionals, but probably not for the majority of WordPress users.
And did you know that WordPress does not sharpen images when creating thumbnails?
I bet that you didn’t know this… not many people do.
WordPress creates several different thumbnail sizes by default (see your WordPress Settings > Media page for details) and potentially several more, depending on your theme and plugin settings. It’s not uncommon, for example, for WordPress to create a half-dozen (or more) images from the original image you upload. And in all cases, WordPress does not sharpen or make any adjustments to the resized image it creates!
But don’t “image optimization” plugins already do this?
No, they don’t — image optimization plugins are designed to create smaller / faster loading images, not better looking ones. And if you share a post / page to social media,

3 min read JS Morisset
Community | surniaulula.com | 7 days ago

Free Plugins for Organization / Local SEO Markup

The Organization name, logo and sameAs properties (offered by Yoast SEO, for example) provide only the most basic information required for Google’s Knowledge Graph, but several additional properties are also available in the Schema Organization markup. ;-)

Free Plugins for Organization / Local SEO Markup

Community | surniaulula.com | 7 days ago

Google reads a variety of structured data from webpages, including e-commerce Product details, Recipes, Reviews, etc. — along with three standard Schema types from a website’s homepage: WebSite, Organization, and Person. In this post we’ll focus on the Organization markup, which Yoast SEO, WPSSO Core, and most SEO plugins add to a site’s homepage. Google uses the Organization markup to enrich its Knowledge Graph information for the website’s Organization (aka Business, Corporation, etc.).
See Google’s About Search Features and Structured Data General Guidelines webpages for more information about the current Schema types recognized by Google.
See Google My Business, Your business information in the knowledge panel, and Improve your local ranking on Google for more information about Knowledge Graph and Google’s local business markup.
An Organization markup from the Yoast SEO plugin (and most SEO plugins) looks like this:
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<script type='application/ld+json'>{"@context": "https://schema.org","@type": "Organization","url": "http://adm.surniaulula.com/","sameAs":

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

How To Sell WordPress Plugins & Themes To Enterprises

An article that exposes several practical (tested) tricks that help sell WordPress plugin/theme licenses to enterprise companies for much higher prices than the ones set for the standard site-owner.

How To Sell WordPress Plugins & Themes To Enterprises

Business | freemius.com | 13 days ago

According to a study commissioned by WP Engine, 57% of enterprises use WordPress. Is your WordPress plugin or theme business ready for enterprise clients? I’m not pretending to be an enterprise sales expert, but, during my 10-year journey as an entrepreneur, I had my fair share of experiences selling software to Fortune 500 companies and learning from some of the top salespeople in the world, like Kris Duggan. Those experiences taught me fundamental principles that are kind of trivial but are unfortunately not yet adopted in the WordPress plugins and themes business economy.
In this blog post, I’ll expose you to several practical tricks that help sell RatingWidget licenses (a plugin business that I’ve built that was the catalyst to creating Freemius) to large organizations for thousands of dollars a year. That’s 20x, 30x, and sometimes even 50x the price an average customer pays. And the beauty is that it requires almost zero operational changes, and can be accomplished even by a one-man-show operation.
So, if you’re running a premium plugins business or a theme shop and would like to win those mega customers, then this post is exactly for you!
This blog

3 min read Jordi Cabot

CapitalPBot - GitHub Bot to ensure your code does not misspell WordPress

Inspired by the Capital P dangit function, a bot to fix any misspelled mention of WordPress in your code. The bot checks the files in your pull request and asks for changes if necessary, pointing to the offending files/lines.

CapitalPBot - GitHub Bot to ensure your code does not misspell WordPress

Everybody new to WordPress quickly learns that WordPress is written with a capital P. This is a major pet peeve for the WordPress community (just write WordPress with a lowercase P in any WP forum/slack channel and count the seconds until somebody corrects you ). This obsession ended up with the addition of a new function to the WordPress core code (the capitalP dang it function, initially contributed by Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress co-founder itself) that automatically checks your post content and autocorrects any misspelling of the word WordPress. While, at the time, this enforcement generated some controversy, we are now all very used to it and mostly believe that helps us to avoid silly mistakes when talking about WP.
As part of our research line on the influence of bots in software development, we thought we could create a simple bot to bring the same functionality to your WordPress-related code. That is, our CapitalP bot checks your WordPress code (e.g. as part of a new theme or plugin) does not misspell the word WordPress either. WordPress with a capital P everywhere!.
You can easily install the CapitalP bot in any of your GitHub repositories. Once installed, the bot will automatically

9 min read Tevya
Community | helpscout.net | 5 days ago

How (and Why) You Should Respond to Positive Online Reviews

This article is a little older, but I thought it important information for WordPress plugin/theme developers, WP-related businesses, etc. We often focus on the negative reviews, but what about the positive?

How (and Why) You Should Respond to Positive Online Reviews

Community | helpscout.net | 5 days ago

Responding to positive feedback is often sidelined as business owners focus on damage control for negative customer reviews. After all, how often do you see an ecstatic Yelp review go viral? Yet engaging customers who are already enthusiastic about your business is the perfect way to create a loyal following and a strong referral network. In fact, 78% of consumers say that hearing from management about their reviews makes them believe the business cares more about them.
Ready to turn customers into advocates? Download this handy guide to building a loyal customer base.
The benefits of responding to positive reviews are twofold: You attract new customers with your thoughtful, engaged responses, and you boost retention rates, which have a radical impact on your bottom line.
We make it easy to add this business ritual to your weekly routine. Here’s how to prioritize reviews and craft personal notes that will help your business thrive.
Build search credibility with reviews
This isn’t just about increasing your pool of happy customers — responding to reviews increases your visibility in search engines, especially for localized searches. When Google ranks a business, it

12 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 5 days ago

How to Quickly Fix WordPress Mixed Content Warnings (HTTPS/SSL)

A mixed content warning appears in a user’s browser when the WordPress site is loading both HTTPS and HTTP scripts or content at the same time.

How to Quickly Fix WordPress Mixed Content Warnings (HTTPS/SSL)

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 5 days ago

Running your WordPress site over HTTPS is no longer optional.

Security | wpsecurityninja.com | 12 days ago

How VPNs Can Help Secure Your Blog

It turns out some bloggers are, indeed, debating the practical value of a Virtual Private Network for their business. So I thought I’d put my two cents in on the matter.

How VPNs Can Help Secure Your Blog

Security | wpsecurityninja.com | 12 days ago

As a blogger and a privacy wonk, I’ve written a lot about WordPress security for bloggers and VPNs for digital nomads, gamers, binge-watchers, and privacy-minded folks in general. But it never occurred to me bloggers could be questioning the relevance of VPNs for blogging until someone asked me about it. It turns out some bloggers are, indeed, debating the practical value of a Virtual Private Network for their business. So I thought I’d put my two cents in on the matter.
What’s So Special about VPNs?
There are two fundamental functions of a VPN – geo-spoofing and data encryption.
A VPN is a network of servers across the globe.
A foreign IP enables you to bypass geo-blocks and unlock streaming sites, online TV, you get the idea. That’s geo-spoofing.
But a VPN also encrypts your traffic, making it unintelligible for anyone looking to snoop on your activities. That’s where the real value of VPNs kicks in – data encryption adds an extra layer of security to your browsing.
Now, let’s see if VPNs are relevant to blogging security.
VPNs Protect Your Admin Credentials
Securing your blog by enabling VPN encryption when you log in to your admin

6 min read Eric Karkovack
Community | wptavern.com | 4 days ago

Gutenberg Team Panel Talks Release Timeline, Theme Building, and Customization at WCEU

Some interesting notes from WCEU regarding Gutenberg, including discussion of the criteria for releasing it.

Gutenberg Team Panel Talks Release Timeline, Theme Building, and Customization at WCEU

Community | wptavern.com | 4 days ago

The Gutenberg team took questions from a full room users and developers this morning before diving into the specifics of the editor’s design, block creation, and how to further extend the new interface. The first question they addressed is the one everyone is asking: When will Gutenberg land in core? The team said the editor is pretty close to feature complete and should achieve that in the next few months when version 3.3 is released. At that point the focus will be on refining the current experience. They estimate this to happen in June or the first week of July but also hinted at more information coming in Matt Mullenweg’s keynote address this afternoon.
Developers also asked about the criteria that will be used to decide that Gutenberg is ready for a WordPress release. The project has a scope and features MVP issue on GitHub that provides an overview for the major functionality that will be introduced in the first version of the new editor. It shows which features have already been shipped and which ones are remaining.
The team explained that many of the final features have come from developer and user feedback. Some features were not necessarily planned for V1, but

11 min read David McCan
Community | gutenbergtimes.com | 2 days ago

Mullenweg announced Gutenberg Roadmap - Gutenberg Times

"As Early as August" - When is Gutenberg going to be released? This article covers Matt's comments regarding the Gutenberg road ahead.

Mullenweg announced Gutenberg Roadmap - Gutenberg Times

Community | gutenbergtimes.com | 2 days ago

At WordCamp Europe, co-founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, laid out the roadmap Gutenberg will go for the next three months. For the rest of June, the development team will work on the few issues and features that are identified to land in the first core version.
In July more users will be able to use Gutenberg on wordpress.com as well as on self-hosted WordPress sites via a Try Gutenberg prompt in a future 4.9.x version.
In August, the team will work on bug fixes and the merge proposal to land in WordPress Core. Mullenweg said that after one hundred thousand users and two hundered fifty thousand blog posts, Gutenberg could be ready to be released with WordPress 5.0 as soon as August. He also stress he is not making any promises, though.
A summer with Gutenberg is better, than a summer without it.
Matt Mullenweg
The Gutenberg Roadmap
June 2018
Freeze new features into Gutenberg
Hosts, agencies and teachers invited to opt-in sites they have influence over.
Opt-in for wp-admin users on WP.com
Mobile App support in the Aztec editor across iOs and Android.
July 2018
4.9.x release with a strong invitation to install either Gutenberg or Classic Editor plugin
Opt-out

9 min read Joe Can Write
Plugins | smartslider3.com | 6 hours ago

Give the Divi Slider an Upgrade with Smart Slider 3 — Blog

A look at the free Smart Slider 3 plugin and how it can be used with the Divi theme to add better slider functionality to your website.

Give the Divi Slider an Upgrade with Smart Slider 3 — Blog

Plugins | smartslider3.com | 6 hours ago

Divi from Elegant Themes is one of the most popular WordPress themes available today and if you’re using this theme or thinking about choosing it for your website, this article looking at the Divi slider tool is for you. The Divi feature list looks great on paper, sometimes you can get better results from using a separate purpose-built plugin alongside Elegant Themes’ flagship WordPress template.
One example of this is the Divi slider tool. While you might be tempted to stick with the default Divi slider module, you could be doing yourself and your website a huge disservice. In this article, we’ll explain why you might want to consider giving the Divi slider an upgrade and what extra features you could unlock for your website by doing so.
Want to jump to a section quickly?

13 min read Tina Todorovic
Business | bit.ly | Jan. 25, 2018

How To Use Social Web Suite to Master Your Social Media on WordPress

Need to get control over your WordPress sites social schedule? Check out the in-depth overview of an all-in-one social media platform deeply integrated with WordPress from BobWP and why he started using Social Web Suite. There is also an awesome video, too.

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How To Use Social Web Suite to Master Your Social Media on WordPress

Business | bit.ly | Jan. 25, 2018

I write about a lot of WordPress plugins and services on this site, but rarely does it work to write about one at the point that I am starting to use it myself. I have also written a lot about social. I’ve talked about it and shared my own strategies around the scheduling of social. Through testing, I’ve found what works and what doesn’t and have crafted that part of my business slowly and successfully.
I’ve shared plenty about the tools I use. For scheduling, it has been CoSchedule for quite some time. In fact, since August 2015.
But it’s time for a change.
Along Came Social Web Suite
If you go to WordCamps, you might have experienced that feeling when you meet someone and you just know… okay, these are good people and I know they are going to become colleagues and friends of mine. Call it my intuition. But that has been the case with Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic from Social Web Suite. If you have met them yourself, you know what I mean.
For quite some time, their new product has been in beta. They were working hard, fine-tuning it before the formal release, which happened this month. And damn, it was worth the wait. There may had been a time

8 min read David McCan
Community | make.wordpress.org | 14 days ago

What’s new in Gutenberg? (5th June)

Update number 30, or version 3, has lots of improvements and fixes. Included in the update are child blocks and the option for themes to declare support for block styles.

What’s new in Gutenberg? (5th June)

Community | make.wordpress.org | 14 days ago

This release marks the 30th update to the editor plugin. The highlights are broken down below. Block Library
Arguably, one of the key pieces of the new editor UI is the block library or inserter. Unifying the way users can insert content has been one of the main objectives of the whole project. It has gone through multiple iterations and testing; balancing clarity, usability, flexibility, and extensibility. This release offers the result of some very fruitful collaborations between designers and developers.
Notably, tabs are being removed; blocks have bigger surface areas; and plugins can supply a distinct color for the block icon background. This seeks to allow the inserter to better scale while retaining visual clarity. The other addition to the inserter is related to the new concept of child blocks explained below.
Child Blocks
The editor has had support for nesting blocks since around the beginning of this year. With 3.0, a block author can now also register a block as being a child of another block by declaring parent: [ 'block-name' ]. This now causes a few changes in the interface: the root inserter won’t show child blocks unless the user is within the context of the right

6 min read Rod Austin
Community | reaktivstudios.com | 4 days ago

Jump start WordPress projects with WP CLI Scaffolding

Scaffolding for WP CLI makes it easy to jump start projects by quickly performing repetitive tasks.

Jump start WordPress projects with WP CLI Scaffolding

Community | reaktivstudios.com | 4 days ago

As a developer, I find I do a lot of the same things on a regular basis. I may set up a new plugin, start a new theme, add a specific feature to a theme or plugin, set up tests, or other repetitive tasks. These tasks usually share a similar starting point, even if the end result is different. Scaffolding for WP CLI makes it easy to jump start projects by quickly performing some of these repetitive tasks. For example, a plugin will usually have certain files and folders like:
/plugin-name
plugin-name.php
readme.md (or .txt)
assets
js
css
Images
inc
classes
functions
tests
Almost every plugin I build starts like that. I’ve even made a plugin template so I can build those out, then go in and change a few file names before starting to build the plugin. It saves a good bit of time, but it’s also something that requires finding my template, copying the template, and editing certain files in the template so it’s ready to use.
That’s faster than typing all of those things out manually, but the process can be simplified even more.
Scaffolding
Before I started full time development I worked in construction and set up scaffolds on a regular basis. If you walk down a typical

Development | wprig.io | 5 days ago

WP RIG: New starter theme from LinkedIn, XWP, etc.

Morten Rand-Hendricksen from LinkedIn along with others just released this new starter theme + build process that focuses on accessibility and performance.

WP RIG: New starter theme from LinkedIn, XWP, etc.

Development | wprig.io | 5 days ago

WP Rig is a modern WordPress starter theme and build process bundled into one convenient package. It helps you create beautiful, lightning-fast WordPress themes with exciting user experiences that meet the latest web standards. You write modern PHP, CSS, and JavaScript, WP Rig lints, optimizes, and minifies your code to make the theme–and the site it runs on–as performant as possible.
Features
We created WP Rig to help you do what you do best: build feature-rich and visually stunning WordPress themes for every person who uses the web. Out of the box you get a fully styled starter theme built for performance and maintainability.
More Than a Starter Theme
WP Rig is a modern build process and starter theme bundled into one convenient package.
The starter theme gives you a starting point for your designs and layouts; minimal templates with optional drag-and-drop files from the WordPress Template Hierarchy; code and file structure optimized for modern performance standards (including lazy-loading images); and well documented helper functions to make theme development and customization easy.
The build process provides a no-configuration starting point for modern progressive WordPress

11 min read Catapult Themes
Tutorials | catapultthemes.com | 7 days ago

How to add custom fields to a WooCommerce product

A complete step by step to adding custom fields to WooCommerce products

How to add custom fields to a WooCommerce product

Tutorials | catapultthemes.com | 7 days ago

In this post, I’m going to walk through the entire process of adding custom fields to a WooCommerce product. Custom fields (also called product addons) include text fields, select fields, checkboxes, and so on. They allow the user to enter additional, personalised information about a product. The post will cover creating and displaying the custom fields, adding the custom field data to the cart, and inserting the data in emails and orders. I will include code examples throughout the article. By the end you will have learned to build your own custom field plugin for WooCommerce. The plugin will:
Create a custom field in Product Data section of a WooCommerce product
Use the value saved in that field to display a text input field in the product single page
Save the user input in the custom field to cart meta data
Pass the value of the custom field to the order object
Custom fields without coding
We’ll go through the process from start to finish. However, if you are looking for a simpler way to add custom fields, then take a look at the Product Extras for WooCommerce plugin. It will allow you to add many types of field to your products, including text inputs, number inputs,

6 min read Brian Jackson
Community | scottbolinger.com | 7 days ago

Client Work Slowing Down? You're Not the Only One.

Some interesting thoughts regarding a slowdown of client work in the WordPress space.

Client Work Slowing Down? You're Not the Only One.

Community | scottbolinger.com | 7 days ago

I’ve had a few conversations lately with friends who build WordPress websites for clients, and I was surprised to hear all of them say things have slowed down. I thought at first it might just be a certain segment, or maybe just the smaller shops. I asked around and it seems this slowdown is affecting everyone from 2 person shops to a 100+ employee agencies. This information is coming straight from the shop owners.
The biggest question I wondered is: why?
I believe there are several factors, some of which are obvious. There is one that surprised me, but it makes total sense when you hear it.
Let’s look at why there’s a slowdown, what it means, and what is growing instead.
Saturation and Slowing of WordPress Growth
When you look at the big data sites like w3techs or builtwith, it doesn’t look like WordPress growth is slowing. However, I’m not sure how those sites collect their data, how accurate it is, or what we can infer from the data.
Just because there are more WordPress sites doesn’t mean there is more money flowing into the ecosystem. They could be mostly hobby sites that will never pay a dime, who knows. As website builders like Squarespace,

10 min read Brian Jackson
Tutorials | kinsta.com | 13 days ago

How to Offload WordPress Media to Google Cloud Storage

The new WP-Stateless plugin makes it quick and easy to offload your media to Google Cloud Storage. Pretty cool!

How to Offload WordPress Media to Google Cloud Storage

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 13 days ago

In a previous tutorial, we showed you how to offload media to Amazon S3. Today we are going to walk you through how to offload media on your WordPress site to Google Cloud Storage, as well as optionally serving your media directly from Google Cloud Storage or a CDN. Since Kinsta is powered by Google Cloud Platform we are obviously big fans of their technology and infrastructure. The main reason to do this is to save on disk space. Google Cloud Storage is just a small part of Google Cloud Platform’s many products and services. Due to Google’s massive infrastructure and the fact that they deal with storage in bulk, they are able to offer very low storage costs. Much lower than a WordPress host. Typically this is used for large sites that either need additional backups or are serving up large files (images, photos, downloads, software, videos, games). Some of their customers include Spotify, Vimeo, Coca-Cola, Philips, Evernote, and Motorola.
Google Cloud Storage vs Google Cloud CDN
Google Cloud Storage is not to be confused with Google Cloud CDN or any other CDN provider. A content delivery network (CDN) is designed specifically to speed up delivery of your media, whereas Google

7 min read Benjamin Intal
Business | benjaminintal.com | Feb. 27, 2018

A Page Builder Creator's Opinion: Embrace Gutenberg - Benjamin Intal

Previously, I wrote my first opinion of Gutenberg as a Page Builder Creator. Now that Gutenberg has evolved quite a lot, I'm embracing it now and encourage other developers to create plugins and themes for it.

A Page Builder Creator's Opinion: Embrace Gutenberg - Benjamin Intal

Business | benjaminintal.com | Feb. 27, 2018

It’s just a matter of time when Gutenberg will hit WordPress Core. As days go by, we’re getting closer and closer to an eventual merge. So to get ahead of the game, my team and I took almost month studying Gutenberg, and ended up releasing a plugin called Stackable – Ultimate Gutenberg Blocks. Throughout our experience, what we found is that Gutenberg is quite awesome!
Preamble
On November last year, I wrote an article about a Page Builder Creator’s Opinion of Gutenberg, and posited that as a page builder creator, I should innovate hard in order to survive.
When I wrote that article, we kept hearing that Gutenberg was the “future” of WordPress… but it was a bit uncertain on what Gutenberg really was and what it was going to be when it’s finished. Upon realizing that it was a page builder, I was doubtful that it would be a good fit in the WordPress Core.
Now, four months after my post, Gutenberg has grown up a lot, and it has evolved into a page builder that is being developed at a very rapid pace.
Since then, I’ve changed my stance on Gutenberg – I’m no longer hesitant about the thought of it, I’m now embracing

3 min read Codeinwp
Community | codeinwp.com | May. 17, 2018

[RESULTS] WordPress Hosting Survey 2018 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of WordPress Hosting

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.

[RESULTS] WordPress Hosting Survey 2018 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of WordPress Hosting

Community | codeinwp.com | May. 17, 2018

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!

2 min read Aline
Community | mastermind.fm | Nov. 21, 2017

Episode 84 - Million Dollar Corruption in WordPress

A turbulent second half of the Dumitru Brinzan interview at Mastermind.fm where he openly talks about some very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.

Episode 84 - Million Dollar Corruption in WordPress

Community | mastermind.fm | Nov. 21, 2017

This turbulent second half of the the Dumitru Brinzan interview revolves around his controversial blog post Inside WordPress.org Theme Review Team: Money, Abuse and Inconsistent Leadership. Donnacha and Dumitru discuss the series of events that led him to be the first member of the WordPress.org Theme Review Team to publicly call out the corruption that makes WordPress worse for users but, conveniently, hands a million dollar business advantage to leading volunteers.
We talk about how Dumitru’s background, growing up in Eastern Europe before the fall of communism, imprinted upon him the urgent importance of not allowing corruption to slide, especially in slow-moving, bureaucratic, cult-of-personality situations.
For anyone involved in WordPress, this interview is worth listening to precisely because it is so rare to ever hear an insider talk openly about the very real problems that are festering behind the apparent blockbuster success of WordPress.
Dumitru Brinzan:
@dumitru
http://www.Brinzan.com/
@hermesthemes
Donnacha:
@WordSkill
http://www.WordSkill.com/
https://www.RedPen.com
https://www.facebook.com/donnacha