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We are Tina Todorovic and Dejan Markovic, Co-Founders of Social Web Suite and HYPEStudio. Ask Me Anything X 2!

AMA | 21 hour ago

Since we are closing the season 4 of Ask Me Anything series and as we are partners in business and life, it just made sense to us to give all of you something extra, so we will both be here today answering your questions. Our story with WordPress goes like this:

Dejan has been following WordPress from its early beginnings, but he has started getting more involved with the WordPress development in 2010. The first WordCamp he attended was in Toronto in 2013 where Dejan fell in love with the WordPress community. Deciding then to become more active and give back, Dejan became a co-organizer of WordCamp Toronto 2014, 2015 and a lead organizer in 2016, and he has been helping to organize WordPress Toronto meetups ever since.

Dejan wrote a book "WordPress Responsive Theme Design" https://www.packtpub.com/web-development/wordpress-responsive-theme-design in 2015., where he explains how to properly create a responsive WordPress theme. He was also a technical reviewer for the book "Learning Yeoman" https://www.packtpub.com/web-development/learning-yeoman in 2014.

Because of Dejan's love for WordPress, he persuaded Tina to go with him to WordCamp Montreal in 2014 where Tina quickly discovered why everyone keeps talking how awesome and welcoming WordPress community is. Meeting there some serious WordPressers like Carl Alexander (https://managewp.org/members/3698/carl-alexander), Kathryn Presner, Elida Arrizza and Chris Bavota, Tina started sharing Dejan's passion for WordPress and its community and has been involved ever since. Besides volunteering and co-organizing Toronto WordPress meetups and WordCamps (2014, 2015 and 2016), Tina enjoys meeting new fellow WordPressers and spreading the word about WordPress.

As they both share an entrepreneurial spirit they've founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provided WordPress development services, plugins, and the latest one being a SaaS startup.

While Dejan is involved in the technical aspects of their businesses, Tina does everything except development. However, they both have a strong interest in marketing and growth hacking, so they never miss Chris Lema's (https://managewp.org/members/483/chris-lema) talks at WordCamps and they enjoy reading the latest books and listening to several podcasts about marketing and growth hacking.

Dejan is a drummer and likes electronic music from ambient to drum and bass and psychedelic trance! Tina used to play Classical music on her piano and besides occasional trip to rock, pop and soul, that is the music she enjoys the most.

Extra points to anyone who knows of a chocolate that Tina hasn't tried and to anyone who set up a jamming session with Dejan:-).

We love everything WordPress & we have our laptops, chocolate, and water ready!

Ask Me Anything X 2!

Hey friends, great to have you here :) A couple of questions from my side:
- How do you envision WordPress three years from now?
- If you had a magic wand, what is the one thing that you would change immidiately in WordPress?
- WordPress & the community influenced your lives a lot, can you share with others what are the secret ingredients of that change?
- Dejan, what is the electronic drum set that you suggest for beginners?
- Tina, what is your favorite chocolate?
- Do we see each other in Paris? When can we expect you in Belgrade? :)

via Atanasovski Petar

Hey Guys! Love to see you doing an AMA here! What has been the biggest challenge in building what's essentially a social media platform on top of WordPress?

Also - Dejan I didn't know you played the drums - we'll have to set up a dueling drums session at WCUS ;-)

via Joe Casabona

Hey guys,

It is always cool to see a couple that is together bound in work and in life :)

I have few questions:

- As an organizers of WordCamp Toronto, what is your main challenge during planning and realisation of such big event?
- How much is WordPress a part of your life during one day session?
- Since You both play instruments, do You play along together occasionally? :D

Thanks :)
Nikola

via Nikola Kirincic

Hi you two! Good to see you doing an AMA on here. :)

What's the experience been like switching from client services to product development? Any advice for others considering the same pivot?

And with Social Web Suite, what have some of your biggest learnings been?

via Andy McIlwain

Hi Petar,

Thanks for stopping by.

1. It is really hard to envision the future of WordPress, so I can only say what I would hope the future will bring. I would like to see everyone from the WordPress community stepping up and explaining that WordPress is not just for blogging and that can scale. I would also like to see better (stricter) rules for submitting a plugin to repo and more plugins and themes using API calls.

2. From what I've already mentioned, perhaps the stricter rules for plugin submissions and more openness to submitting WordPress themes to repo are the things I would like to see implemented soon.

3. I can't mention here all the awesome WP peeps we've met during our journey and who has influenced our lives a lot (as we don't have enough time nor space for it:-)) but I just want to say that we've made some wonderful long lasting friendships along the way that we cherish a lot (for example, with you:-)). I believe the secret ingredients for a change are just to be yourself, be open to embracing new things, be willing to learn, and most importantly, don't be a jerk.

4. Now I know we will stay here forever as you've opened Dejan's favorite subject:-).

5. My favorite chocolate is (not-so-well -known) Ragusa chocolate (https://ragusa.swiss/ch/en/our-chocolates/), the Swiss chocolate named after the city of Dubrovnik. Although, I am known not to refuse a chocolate ever:-).

6. Unfortunately, we are not coming to Paris. It is simply not in the cards for us this year. Regarding Belgrade, not sure yet, but I promise we will let you know as soon as we buy the plane tickets.

Hope this answers your questions, as I have to run and answer other questions, too.

Cheers,

Tina

via Tina Todorovic

Hi Petar,
- How do you envision WordPress three years from now?
I think it's going to rock maybe more in the way of JS and API's

- If you had a magic wand, what is the one thing that you would change immediately in WordPress?
1. Open wordpress.com to plugins and themes (not only to selected people).
2. Open wordpress.com or something related as a PRO marketplace it can be another source of income to developers, agencies and Automattic too! :)
3. PAID REVEWS for plugins and themes and WordPress.org as an option, meaning free can still be option there but paid can be for developers and companies who don't want to wait 3 months for approval (plugin approval are faster though but there are only a few people who are doing that and they are swamped with work). In order to make WordPress more PRO we can't have only volunteers that will donate their time. We have to commercialize those services same as all other marketplaces.

- WordPress & the community influenced your lives a lot, can you share with others what are the secret ingredients of that change?
I used to be .NET developer and I was going to those meetups and conferences which were boring and people were there just to grab something and leave. Then I came to WordCamp Toronto in 2013 and it was totally opposite. Everybody was sharing everything, even how to become successful and all that kind od stuff and I said to myself this is a community for me (where I feel at home). I think Tina has the same opinion :)

- Dejan, what is the electronic drum set that you suggest for beginners?
Everything depends on the budget. I recommend Yamaha's for beginners and intermediate players and Roland more to Pro peoples :).
Budget kits from Alesis are OK too for the start :).

via Dejan Markovic
12 min read Tom Zsomborgi
Community | kinsta.com | 19 hours ago

How Codeable is building a community of amazing WordPress developers - Interview with Per Esbensen

Codeable is one of the best resources if you are looking for a WP developer. Per Esbensen shares the story building a fast growing WordPress business.

How Codeable is building a community of amazing WordPress developers - Interview with Per Esbensen

Community | kinsta.com | 19 hours ago

You can find Per 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’ve actually had quite a turbulent career before starting Codeable, having all kinds of jobs that were mostly related to sales and marketing. In all honesty, I wasn’t the best employee and got fired a number of times due to my low tolerance for bad ideas and people – you could say I’m not good with authority, especially when I think said authority is lacking in leadership skills and knowledge.
The last 9-5 job I had before Codeable was being a client director of a small online agency in which we used another CMS called TYPO3 – a very popular platform for enterprise clients in north Europe. We were building and maintaining massive websites (most over 2000+ “pages”) for all kinds of corporations.
I’m not a developer myself, so the area I shine the most is in starting and discussing projects, then making sure they get done with high quality and on time. This, of course, isn’t easy, but I have learned a couple of tricks in my career, which

15 min read David Bisset
Community | ma.tt | 2 days ago

Matt Mullenweg: What’s in My Bag

2017 edition, always interesting to see what Matt is carrying around... sometimes sparks me to upgrade or buy my own new gear.

ma.tt |

Matt Mullenweg: What’s in My Bag

Community | ma.tt | 2 days ago

I am a road warrior who has racked up several million miles over the past decade, and since I’m also working more-than-full-time running Automattic (a totally distributed company) and leading WordPress I need the ability to be productive wherever I can find a comfortable place to sit. I carry a backpack with me almost all the time and obsessively tweak and iterate what’s in it, which lead to posts in 2014 and 2016. This is the latest edition, and I hope you enjoy it. This is a grey wool buff, which works as a scarf, a hat, or an eye cover if I’m trying to sleep. I tried this out because of one of Tynan’s also-great gear posts.
Theraband resistance band, which I aspirationally carry around to help stretch in the morning. Hat tip: Jesse Schwartzman of this blog post fame.
Some generic Maui Jim polarized sunglasses with rubber nose pads, which I like for running or hiking because they don’t move around or slip even when you’re hot.
Tzukuri “Ford” + charger, a super-cool Audrey company that is like a combination of a Tile and cool sunglasses. They connect via bluetooth to your phone and can notify you when you leave them behind, or use the

32 min read BobWP
Business | bobwp.com | 20 hours ago

The Story Behind MOJO Marketplace with Brady Nord

Brady shares some great insights on what it takes to start and run a marketplace.

The Story Behind MOJO Marketplace with Brady Nord

Business | bobwp.com | 20 hours ago

In today’s podcast, we are taking a look at the unique space that a marketplace fills in the eCommerce world and an example of just what starting up a marketplace involves, both the rewards and the challenges. To hear the story behind a successful marketplace, we have invited Brady Nord, co-founder of MOJO Marketplace. Brady takes us through his journey and not only shares what it takes to get started, but also how to keep the momentum up and what you need to know about choosing the right products and services to sell. We chatted about:
The decision to start MOJO Marketplace and what drove the founders
The challenges that are specifically unique to starting a marketplace
What Brady would differently if he had the chance for a do-over
The importance of the service and training aspect in the space of a marketplace
The dynamics of selling themes for multiple platforms
How Brady makes sure that the vendors who provide 3rd-party services perform to MOJO’s expectations
Brady’s final tip on creating an online site as a reseller
Transcript
You can also download a pdf of the full transcript here: WordPress eCommerce Show Episode 79 May 24 2017
Bluehost, the sponsor of the WP

6 min read Ben Pines
Plugins | elementor.com | 1 day ago

Elementor Introduces Cards: A Layout for Material Design Blogs

Elementor has launched Cards skin, a card-like layout for designing blogs, portfolios and other post type archives.

Elementor Introduces Cards: A Layout for Material Design Blogs

Plugins | elementor.com | 1 day ago

Today, we’re excited to share a brand new way to display your posts. We call it Cards, and it allows you to create beautiful card-like layouts. Your blog is where you display most of your content, so it has to look its best. Today, we are introducing the Cards skin, a new layer of design that sits on top of the Posts widget, allowing you to upgrade your blog design with the latest material design trend.
A cards layout is a dynamic grid that displays content in card-like boxes. It helps organize large amounts of data in an ordered, minimalist and stylish way.
This foundation of this style is derived from Google's material design. Pinterest was the first to incorporate it as an innovative way to lay out content on the web. Since then, cards have become extremely popular and were mentioned as one of the leading design trends of 2017. It is currently used by top brands like Dribbble, Google, and UXPin.
See how much better a blog looks with the Cards skin:
☞ Hover to reveal cards skin ☜
The importance of the new Cards feature lays not only with providing you with another design layout. It represents an evolution in Elementor, the evolution into skins.
Cards is not a separate widget,

13 min read Vova Feldman
Business | managewp.com | 2 days ago

How to Start Streaming Recurring Income for your WordPress Agency

Many WordPress agencies attest they would love to pick & choose the projects they work on. This is a recipe for how they can do that by turning client work into recurring revenue.

How to Start Streaming Recurring Income for your WordPress Agency

Business | managewp.com | 2 days ago

WordPress agencies (and WordPress freelancers) are creative business entities that help provide online solutions and presence for their clients – other businesses. If you are the owner of such a WordPress agency or are employed by one, you know that in order to stay profitable a WordPress agency must have a constant flow of customers and projects, running back to back. Many agencies attest that they would love to be able to allow their team a little breathing buffer between one client’s project and the next. Or, maybe even be able to pick & choose the clients they want to work with by simply saying “No, thank you.” to the pesky ones.
Sure, you could stretch the agency to the very limit and try to finish 400+ WordPress projects in 7 months and then take a looooong vacation, but, have you ever tried thinking about a different, less exhausting, way of running a successful WordPress business?
Let’s dive into some viable options:
Recurring income in WordPress via services
One increasingly common way agencies and freelancers are embracing recurring income is by having their clients sign a “WordPress retainer” agreement. That sort of agreement

8 min read David Bisset
Development | torquemag.io | 15 hours ago

WordPress Apps In The WordPress Platform Era

Developers: this is one you'll want to read. Josh Pollock is a recognizable name in the dev community. Why he's going w/ Laravel for his app backend.

WordPress Apps In The WordPress Platform Era

Development | torquemag.io | 15 hours ago

About three years ago, I wrote a post for Torque titled “Yes, You Really Can Use WordPress To Build Apps.” In 2014, this was an emerging idea, but now it’s done quite often. The WordPress REST API, as well as a shift in how we think about WordPress, has contributed to this change. At LoopConf this year, Ryan McCue, the co-lead developer of the WordPress REST API gave a talk called “Next Generation WordPress.” He said that we’ve gone from the WordPress as a blog, to the WordPress as a CMS, to the WordPress as a platform era. It’s a great talk, you should really watch it on YouTube.
In the talk, Ryan talks about the need to prioritize developer experience. In general, WordPress core decision making is driven by a user-first approach. Decisions are made based on what will benefit users. And that’s great. WordPress is always going to be driven by platforms like WordPress.com or StudioPress.com that serve bloggers and SMB who need a website that just works and those who create similar experiences on self-hosted WordPress. This is an example of how WordPress is being used in nontraditional ways.
Here’s the thing. I’ve been one of

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

WordPress 4.8 Beta 2

Over 50 bugs were fixed since Beta 1 - grab a download to test and see the new media widgets and the improved visual editor experience.

WordPress 4.8 Beta 2

Development | wordpress.org | 2 days ago

WordPress 4.8 Beta 2 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.8, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).
For more information on what’s new in 4.8, check out the Beta 1 blog post. Since then, we’ve made over 50 changes in Beta 2.
Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.
WordPress four point eight
One step closer to release
Please test Beta 2!

7 min read Donna Cavalier

Addition of TinyMCE to the Text Widget

Very technical explanation of how they incorporated TinyMCE (finally, after 12 long years) into the text widget, and why the Add Media button isn't part of it.

Addition of TinyMCE to the Text Widget

In its first couple years, WordPress lacked rich/visual text editing. Before TinyMCE was incorporated in WordPress 2.0, users had to edit post content as raw HTML with some support from the Quicktags buttons. When widgets were introduced in WordPress 2.2, the Text widget was included which allowed a user to add content to their sidebar. Nevertheless, unlike the post editor, the Text widget did not incorporate TinyMCE, nor did it include Quicktags. For twelve years, since TinyMCE was added to core in 2005, users have had to hack around with HTML in their Text widgets to do things as simple as make text bold or add links. This has been featured even as recently as the 4.7 release video. Well, as of WordPress 4.8, the Text widget is finally getting the same treatment as the post editor with the introduction of TinyMCE for visual text editing, while still supporting raw HTML editing via a Text tab but now with the additional help of Quicktags: A primary reason for the long delay in incorporating TinyMCE into the Text widget was the difficulty of cleanly instantiating another copy of the WordPress visual editor dynamically after the page has loaded. Since WordPress 3.3 there has been the

14 min read Matteo Duò
Community | codeable.io | 2 days ago

The Business Playbook To Adding New Features To Your WP Website

What should you do at first when looking for custom WordPress development? How much is it going to cost you? Here are all the answers you've always looked for.

The Business Playbook To Adding New Features To Your WP Website

Community | codeable.io | 2 days ago

If I had to pick one and only thing that led me to using WordPress is the abundance of plugins. In the official WordPress repository, as of today, you can find more than 50k of such “chunks” of software you can add to your website and eCommerce store. And if you add premium ones (paid plugins) on top of that number, there’s no shortage of ways for you to extend your website/store functionality.
Do you need a more convenient way to edit your metadata info for your on-page SEO activity?
Do you need to add PayPal as a payment method to your eCommerce?
Do you need better ways to manage your cache?
Thanks to plugins, you’re (almost) covered!
But what if nothing on the market addresses your current needs?
What happens when your needs are so specific that go beyond what a given plugin can provide you with?
Each business has its own needs and, based on them, its own path to being successful and profitable. That’s why the very same plugin can be good enough as is for a business website, while in need to be further customized for another. Or maybe none of this is even slightly applicable in some cases and only a brand new, developed from scratch plugin would make

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 2 days ago

How to Create a WordPress Widget From Scratch

With a basic knowledge of PHP and WordPress development, you can quickly learn how to build your own WordPress widgets. Follow this in-depth tutorial on how to create a WordPress widget from scratch.

How to Create a WordPress Widget From Scratch

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 2 days ago

WordPress Widgets are blocks of static or dynamic HTML content that can be added to specific areas of the front-end pages (widget areas or sidebars). WordPress provides a good number of built-in widgets, like Archives, Categories, Tag Cloud, Search, Recent Posts, Calendar, and more. Moreover, as I’m going to explain in this post, plugin developers can easily create a WordPress widget from scratch, add custom features and specific content to any theme supporting this amazing feature. You can find tons of WordPress widgets in the Plugin Directory (currently over 50,000), in WordPress markets and vendor websites, and you’ll probably find any widget you may need. Anyway, occasionally you will not find the widget you’re looking for, and you’ll need to build your own.
How to Create a WordPress Widget
The good news is that you can create a WordPress widget even if you’re not a professional developer. You just need a very basic knowledge of OOP in PHP, and a general understanding of WordPress plugin development. This post will drive you through WordPress widgets development, explaining how to build a widget that allows site admins to select a list of posts to be

Business | cloudways.com | 1 day ago

Must-do Rules to Succeed on Envato Market: Insider’s Guide

The CEO of ThemeRex "Henry Rise" shared his experience providing with 5 must-do rules to make progress on Envato marketplace.

Must-do Rules to Succeed on Envato Market: Insider’s Guide

Business | cloudways.com | 1 day ago

Henry Rise, the CEO of ThemeRex, Power Elite Author on Themeforest is sharing his experience providing you with 5 must-do rules to make progress on Envato marketplace. We started ThemeREX five years ago.
When we were entering the market we didn’t have a name. Nobody knew us and the only thing we could rely on was the quality of our themes.
Now we are Power Elite Author and have over 140 WordPress themes in our portfolio.
Over these years, we’ve gained some valuable experience and now we want to share it with you. This is not a magic recipe how to get to the top with no efforts. However, these simple rules will bring you closer to the Envato’s wall of fame.
Become an Exclusive Author
Envato charges a certain fee from its authors. Signing up for an exclusive sales agreement benefits your business. Why?
Well, exclusive authors earn more than the non-exclusive ones as Envato has a more rewarding payment structure who are only using their marketplace to sell their digital goods.
There is a great difference between 12.5% and 50%; isn’t it?
While selling your items exclusively on Envato, you are not permitted to sell them anywhere else, including your own website. However,

4 min read Joshua Strebel
Security | pagely.com | 2 days ago

PHP Object Injection and Insecure Unserialize

Follow up on the serialized object injection issues Robert talked about in November.

PHP Object Injection and Insecure Unserialize

Security | pagely.com | 2 days ago

I wrote about an influx of PHP Object Injection attacks previously, warning about a trend of attacks targeting a known but somewhat under-reported PHP vulnerability. Looking back since that time, I get the odd feeling that object injection (or as they’re sometimes called unserialize) vulnerabilities keep cropping up. Wondering if this is just a frequency illusion (once you notice something like a certain make/model of a car, you notice it everywhere!) or actually a trend; I dug into the numbers. Confirming Growth:
These type of attacks are in fact becoming more popular. Using WPVulnDB.com (a website which keeps tracks of WordPress core, theme and plugin vulnerabilities) I found that object injection vulnerabilities had 1 report in 2014, 4 in 2015, then doubled to 8 in 2016 and so far in 2017 there have been 13 reports (not bad for half way through the year)
Back in November, I reported seeing a spike in attacks targeting insecure objects, and looking historically at reported vulnerabilities, we’re seeing these numbers going up each year. It’s not a stretch that these two facts lead me to suspect the WordPress and plugin developer communities may have had no (or bad)

I'm David Bisset - Freelancer & WordCamp Organizer - Ask Me Anything

AMA | 8 days ago

Born and raised in South Florida, I started coding when i was in Elementary school on an Apple IIe with Apple BASIC and I haven't looked back since. When I moved to ASP.net to PHP, it didn't me long to find myself using Movable Type as my first CMS. But after tackling enough client projects, I moved to WordPress around version 1.5 and haven't looked back since. Along with WordPress in general, I have a particular love for BuddyPress and have been using that since it's pre-beta days.

I also helped start WordCamp Miami, one of the longest running WordCamps. I've been involved with every WCMIA which has been going on for almost 10 years non-stop (we're just about the longest in terms of consecutive years). We've been honored to either start trends (like Learn JavaScript Deeply tracks or certain swag) or help make existing trends more popular (BuddyCamps, Kids Camps, etc.) We are also among the largest in North America with recent attendance topping 850. I am an official mentor of other WordCamps and also have been helping run my local WordPress meetups for a number of years. Not to mention other meetups/events I help out with.

I've done work with numerous startups and businesses. I currently work at Awesome Motive where i'm involved in building great WordPress plugins, particularly Envira Gallery. I love it there.

Aside from technology, I'm 40, have been married 15+ years, and have three beautiful daughters (thankfully my wife's DNA mostly prevailed).

I love pizza, Star Trek, MST3K, and if you see me at a WordPress event bug me for some swag because heaven knows i am still trying to get rid of all of it from past WordCamps.

Ask me anything!

Thanks for being on our AMA, David!

1) Name one thing you tried to accomplish for WordCamp Miami, but never did.
2) Picard, Sisko, Janeway or Kirk?

via Nemanja Aleksic

1. Making WCMIA more fresh and exciting in terms of formats I think. We've been "stuck" in the same track formats for a while even though we have brought in the Learn JavaScript Deeply track. It's hard to make moderate to drastic changes when you have a large attendee total - lots of people are used to the way we do things and don't like change. Luckily our 10th anniversary is coming up which is going to give us an excuse to do more interesting things hopefully.

2. Hard choice. Picard - because i think i'm starting to go bald. Sisko - Like him, I'm a father. Janeway - i'm into science and discovering lots of neat things that get me and my crew/family into trouble. Kirk - well, not a ladies man but i look good in yellow. And you left out Archer? Oh the shame. I think i'm more like Harry Mudd if anyone here gets that reference.

via David Bisset

Almost forgot: i want to get a WordCamp where the shirts are modeled after 60s Star Trek. Organizers in command yellow, speakers in science blue and volunteers are the "red shirts".

via David Bisset

Morning David!

I'm curious if there is one activity or element during WordCamp Miami that seems to get the best response from attendees. In other words, what do you feel attendees find to be the most engaging part?

Also, the trivia game was amazing this year! I loved that!

via Jodie Riccelli

1) How do you ace being so unpopular?
2) What do you think the biggest change in the WordPress ecosystem will be in the next 5 years?

via Clifton Griffin

What are the characteristics of the best WordCamp talks you see? What do you wish more people would do?

via Matt Mullenweg
9 min read Sonu Sharma

Become A Contributor for Forbes (And 8 Other Authority Sites)

Really useful guide to become contributor at the very best of the internet.

Become A Contributor for Forbes (And 8 Other Authority Sites)

At some point in your professional life, you’ve probably wondered how to become a contributor for Forbes Magazine. Or maybe Inc, Fast Company, or even Entrepreneur.
It’s powerful exposure and authority positioning. Every time I write for Entrepreneur, I get 100+ new Twitter followers.
It also gives you other places to share your message. I can rank in Google for almost any 3-5 word term with my account at Huffington Post.
You also get free traffic and valuable backlinks from these very, very powerful authority sites that your competitors can’t get.
Unfortunately, contributing to highly respected publications isn’t always easy.
Each publication has their own requirements and preferences with regards to the content they promote. It can seem almost like a maze you have to navigate with no map.
Any entrepreneur that wants to get their work published needs to learn the necessary steps.
Read below to learn how to get featured on 9 different sites (you can also download my whole list of over 100 places here).
1. Become a Contributor For Forbes
The content found on Forbes most often includes lifestyle, personal finance, stock market, technology and business pieces.
Yet,

How to Conduct Quick & Thorough Page Speed Audits

Simple but productive guide which shows how someone can use Chrome's build in Inspector Tool(under the Developers Toolkit) in order to measure, test and optimize your WordPress Site(and almost any site) PageSpeed.

How to Conduct Quick & Thorough Page Speed Audits

Are slow page speeds hurting your Google search rankings? Conducting page speed audits will help you find out. But where do you start?
Here are three tools you can use to do quick and thorough page speed audits to help your page speed optimization efforts.
Google Chrome’s Developer Tools
Let’s start with the simplest and most helpful tool: Google Chrome’s Developer Tools. The tool comes with Chrome, and you can access it by right clicking any page in Chrome, choosing inspect, and toggling to the network tab.
This is what the developer tools network panel looks like
The types of insights you can get from this tool are invaluable and can give you a good idea of where and what the problem areas are on your website.
Here are some tips for when you run your tests:
Disable cache: This allows you to mimic the experience of a brand new visitor. Since new visitors will have to download all your assets in order to cache it, this gives you a view of where your site stands in terms of load speed.
Enable capture screenshots: Click the camera icon. This will provide you with snapshots of the page’s load progressions. You can see how the new user experiences your site in increments

7 min read Matt Cromwell
Editorials | ttmm.io | 7 days ago

WordPress.com is not WordPress - Things That Matter Most

Skip to the section "WordPress is not WordPress" -- that's the most important read. A controversial opinion but a conversation worth having.

WordPress.com is not WordPress - Things That Matter Most

Editorials | ttmm.io | 7 days ago

A story I enjoy retelling is how a friend of mine tricked me into using WordPress. At the time, I was working with him on a career mentorship project. He’d written a book that I was publishing, and we wanted to add a premium video series to go along with it. We just needed a way to host those videos online.
I was still very new to web development. I had built my own portfolio site in PHP, having learned PHP through a series of emails from a good friend in Arizona. My business partner was excited about the prospect of a dynamic website and turned me loose to find the right tool.
I settled on … not WordPress.
A few days later, he invited me to lunch downtown. Having no real job and, since our project wouldn’t be launched or profitable for a few months, I had no money and was thrilled at the thought of a free lunch. I parked downtown and met at an obscure office building … where the first ever WordCamp Portland was being held.
Spending the day with a bunch of WordPress geeks was fun and excited me about the tool. I switched gears and rebuilt our site on WordPress. I rebuilt my own site on WordPress. I started publishing plugins and a few themes for WordPress.

6 min read Ben Gillbanks
Community | halfelf.org | 5 days ago

While Not Being Consumed

An interesting look into the mind of a creator and the things they have to go through when building things for others.

While Not Being Consumed

Community | halfelf.org | 5 days ago

I get painted as a bad guy a lot. I’ve been called names, everything you can think up. I’ve had my gender, sexuality, appearance, and ability all mocked and derided. And most of this has happened since I took up the role of a volunteer in WordPress. Creation, Editing, Fitting In
As a writer, which is how I’ve always seen myself first, I’m used to the ruthlessness of the editing process. I’ve seen papers torn apart and painted red with corrections and commentary. Why this? What are you saying here? I understand the reason for ripping apart creativity to find it’s heart and crux and meaning. Art for the sake of art is different than art for the sake of consumption, after all.
But instead of a career in the arts, or journalism, I had a different path. Out of college I went to work for a bank and quickly learned how to fit myself into the cog of a machine. I had a role and a life that did not encourage innovation and uniqueness, but that of interchangeability. And in that work, I began to understand the reason for patterns and the similarity.
I’ve always been fascinated by patterns. I liked to see how the number went from 09 to 18 and 27 and obviously

8 min read Nelio
Community | neliosoftware.com | 2 days ago

The Secret Behind Being a Member of the WordPress Community

Being part of the WordPress community will take you some time and effort. Sometimes, without any extra income. Here's how you can deal with it.

The Secret Behind Being a Member of the WordPress Community

Community | neliosoftware.com | 2 days ago

Did you know that we're only three people here at Nelio? And, yet, our posts are pretty cool, huh? That's because of our new plugin, Nelio Content! Do you want to use it too? Last weekend I was out to dinner with some friends and I told them some good news: I’ll be talking on Contributor’s Day in WordCamp Europe 2017! This news was received with a huge toast (and a hangover next day) because they know how important for Nelio is to participate in such an event for the second time. We love being part of the WordPress community and sharing our experiences and learning from the very best is an honor
Anyway, following this news we started to talk about WordPress, WordCamps, and WordPress-based businesses like ours—what WordPress is, how one contributes to the project, what the community is and how one becomes a member… That sort of things, you know? The discussion was… quite interesting, I’d say, and I think I was able to answer all their questions (I even convinced them to create a WordPress blog with Nelio Content ). One of the most interesting questions they asked was:
You have a blog with no ads, just to talk about WordPress and let people get to

11 min read David McCan
Community | codeinwp.com | 6 days ago

Transparency Report #27 - Stop Building New WordPress Themes?

A theme shop that stops making themes? This is an insightful read on the WordPress theme market and future of themes. It will be an interesting experiment.

Transparency Report #27 - Stop Building New WordPress Themes?

Community | codeinwp.com | 6 days ago

Welcome to the 27th edition of the monthly transparency report (for April 2017). This series is all about what’s been going on at CodeinWP and ThemeIsle that relates to the business side of things. I try to talk about new products, marketing plans, the team, and everything else that is relevant (and fun). Click here to see the previous reports. WordPress themes are the core of our business. This should come as no surprise, right? However, lately, I’ve started questioning the future of themes in the WordPress ecosystem as a whole. And I don’t just mean the future of the themes department in our house, but the future of themes overall.
This is the kind of stuff I’ve been pondering for the bigger part of last month. But it all started with our own backyard:
When Zerif Lite got suspended from the official repository a while ago (I know, I’ve been talking about this for what seems like ages, sorry; but it’s still relevant) causing our themes-related revenue to drop two-fold, it’s when I started to question and improve our theme development process more seriously. However, it seemed that whenever I came up with a sensible plan, some WordPress.org

2 min read David Bisset
Development | wordpress.org | 10 days ago

WordPress Now on HackerOne

HackerOne is a platform for security researchers to report vulnerabilities. With the announcement also comes introduction bug bounties!

WordPress Now on HackerOne

Development | wordpress.org | 10 days ago

WordPress has grown a lot over the last thirteen years – it now powers more than 28% of the top ten million sites on the web. During this growth, each team has worked hard to continually improve their tools and processes. Today, the WordPress Security Team is happy to announce that WordPress is now officially on HackerOne! HackerOne is a platform for security researchers to securely and responsibly report vulnerabilities to our team. It provides tools that improve the quality and consistency of communication with reporters, and will reduce the time spent on responding to commonly reported issues. This frees our team to spend more time working on improving the security of WordPress.
The security team has been working on this project for quite some time. Nikolay Bachiyski started the team working on it just over a year ago. We ran it as a private program while we worked out our procedures and processes, and are excited to finally make it public.
With the announcement of the WordPress HackerOne program we are also introducing bug bounties. Bug bounties let us reward reporters for disclosing issues to us and helping us secure our products and infrastructure. We’ve already awarded

8 min read David Bisset
Development | calvinkoepke.com | 6 days ago

WordPress Performance in Theme Development

Strategies from Calvin on how you can leverage performance gains and layout options using "modern technologies".

WordPress Performance in Theme Development

Development | calvinkoepke.com | 6 days ago

I’ve once again updated my theme, but for good reasons. I wanted to explore two areas of front-end web development that I needed more experience in: WordPress performance in building themes, and the new CSS kid on the block — Grid. This post is a review of the strategies I used in the theme, and how you can leverage performance gains and layout options using modern technologies. If you like the theme, you can get it for free on GitHub.
WordPress Performance is Achievable
WordPress is actually very performant. Forcing server-side rendering used to be an issue, but with the WP-API almost all of the setbacks to performance are no longer forced and therefore invalid arguments. What’s more important, is that most performance issues come from bloated themes and plugins. They often times add either large-size assets to the page, or smaller-size assets in render-blocking methods.
Usually, it’s both.
With this theme, I wanted to reign in the excessive default resources that are usually coupled with modern themes and trim everything down to as small as possible. The result?
An average ~24kb page size on my homepage, and ~500ms load time. Pretty great results for what many

12 min read Luca Fracassi
Plugins | freemius.com | 7 days ago

Freemius MailChimp Integration & Seamless Checkout

Cool integration of Freemius with Mailchimp... I was really looking forward to it... and the auto-update thing looks neat, too!

Freemius MailChimp Integration & Seamless Checkout

Plugins | freemius.com | 7 days ago

Release Notes is our monthly update that highlights the recent product improvements we’ve made, so you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what we launched in May. This product cycle was focused on three main objectives:
Integration with 3rd party email marketing services
Improving the in-dashboard upgrade process for freemium products
User-friendly usage tracking terms
MailChimp Integration
Since our early days, we released a webhooks mechanism, because we know it’s impossible to develop every feature in-house and address every use-case. A solid webhooks mechanism makes Freemius more powerful and extensible and allows developers to integrate the platform with practically any 3rd party service.
Over the past year, we learned that the #1 (by far) usage of the webhooks mechanism was for integrating Freemius with MailChimp, powering up the email marketing efforts with our high converting opt-in. At first, we created an example of a vanilla PHP Webhook integration. Though some WordPress developers in our community had a lack of sysadmin knowledge for taking and deploying it to their WordPress powered site. A collaboration between two of our developers

8 min read Rod Austin
Community | devrix.com | 3 days ago

Skyrocket Your WordPress Site Page Views

Rundown of the various areas to look at when trying to increase pageviews on your site.

Skyrocket Your WordPress Site Page Views

Community | devrix.com | 3 days ago

A website is done, impeccable graphics, astounding content yet traffic seems to be at the lowest. Why is it happening, what wrong did I have done? If that sounds identical to your website, then you are in the right place and at the right time. Every website owner falls under this gamut once. At one time, they also used to bang their heads for trying to know the reason why isn’t the traffic coming?
Now, before moving any further, first analyze your website as it is very crucial to know what is actually happening. Take a glance at the website’s visitor data. The page view is very important in order to analyze the traffic of the website.
You can simply evaluate the number of page views against the number of unique visits. This stat gives you a clear idea of why your page visits are not increasing. The page views show that you have visitors but at the same time, unique visit shows you that these readers are not getting impressed and leaving your website (that’s the first RED sign).
So, if we talk about the psyche of your page visitor, the level of enthusiasm degrade which leads to lower engagement levels. This lower levels of enthusiasm can lead or I should say will lead