Top ArticlesManageWP.orgStaying Connected to the WordPress Community<img src="http:files/Maintainn-Blog-Social-Template-2020-03-23T122609.928-580x290.jpg"><br />Even though people are refraining from gathering in groups right now, there are still lots of ways you can continue your WordPress education and get your WordPress community fix. Mr. Rogers is often quoted during hard times: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, &lsquo;Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.&rsquo; This couldn&rsquo;t be truer in the WordPress community, in general, and it&rsquo;s increasingly evident as more and more people self-isolate. For example, as office employees are starting to work from home for the first time, remote workers are offering tips and support. By staying connected with the WordPress community, you can help lift spirits (including your own), reduce feelings of isolation, and find strength to help make it through this rough patch. Here are some ways you can do that. Virtual WordCamps Most WordCamps that were scheduled between now and June 1 have been cancelled or postponed. For many, WordCamps are the only time we get to connect with other WordPress community members in person all year. We look forward to them and all the excitement they bring. It can be devastating watchingWorking in a period of change<img src="http:files/time-of-change-580x290.jpg"><br />As the status of the COVID-19 virus continues to change on a day-by-day basis, and businesses start to adapt to a new way of working, we wanted to share a little about things here at Weglot. Firstly, we hope you are all keeping safe. It&rsquo;s certainly been a very humbling period of time for all of us around the world. Whilst we can&rsquo;t change the situation, we can help by staying at home as much as possible to help our health systems as much as possible. In terms of business, whilst for our team nothing changes and we&rsquo;re lucky enough to be able to continue working remotely, we do understand and sympathize immensely with companies that cannot carry on and we can&rsquo;t even begin to imagine the impact this pandemic will have on people all over the world. In particular, how the virus will change the way many of our users do business and the communities we&rsquo;ve enjoyed helping and watching grow over the last few years of working within our industry. Something we wanted to do in the hope of supporting the situation where we can &ndash; is to offer temporary Weglot accounts to any website related to providing information about COVID-19. We feel it&rsquo;s important to beWordPress 5.4 Changes and You - WordPress Support Services by Maintainn<img src="http:files/Maintainn-Blog-Social-Template-2020-03-20T110845.013-580x290.jpg"><br />Founded in 2012, Maintainn is owned and operated by WebDevStudios. Our mission at Maintainn is simple &ndash; to ensure your success! Maintainn takes the burden of maintaining your website off your hands by providing you with safe and reliable WordPress maintenance and support. Partner with us so you never have to worry about your website again.Continuing Your WordPress Education from Home<img src="http:files/Maintainn-Blog-Social-Template-2020-03-16T135112.560-580x290.jpg"><br />Out of respect to the current health crisis, WordCamps across the globe are being canceled or postponed. However, your passion to continue your WordPress education doesn&rsquo;t have to come to a grinding halt. There are still ways to beef up your knowledge while isolated at home. From day one, WebDevStudios (WDS) has operated successfully as a 100% distributed company. We know WordPress, and we know remote work. That also means we know where to find the best resources for an online WordPress education. Of course, WDS has always supported and been a part of WordCamps and WordPress Meetups, but when we can&rsquo;t attend either, here are some ways we attain our WordPress education. is the go-to spot to watch WordCamp talks from all over the world! It&rsquo;s a pretty amazing website with a vast amount of WordPress education on topics such as The History of WordPress, How to Troubleshoot Your WordPress Site, and Building Web Applications on WordPress. YouTube Not all WordCamp talks are submitted to You can always find more on YouTube. With the cancelation of @WordCampLanc, I went back and found the previously unreleased recording of my WordCampThemeForest vs. Theme Review Process<img src="http:files/themeforest-vs-wordpress-org-shareable-image-580x290.jpg"><br />Submitting your WordPress theme for review can be a tedious process. I&rsquo;ve personally spoken with many theme developers who have been rejected from both ThemeForest and for reasons they did not expect, requiring them to spend 2X or 3X the amount of time developing and releasing their product. These rejections have led me to wonder: What exactly are the different review processes like? How do they impact theme businesses in terms of development and marketing? To get the answers to these questions, we should understand why themes get reviewed in the first place. Avoiding Rejection Why are WordPress Themes Reviewed? There&rsquo;s a pretty simple reason that ThemeForest and both review themes, and that&rsquo;s to ensure quality. Quality applies at many different levels &ndash; coding structure, security, user experience, bugs, compatibility issues, design, and much more. This is what Envato says about their WordPress Theme Requirements on ThemeForest: &ldquo;These requirements are designed to maintain a minimum standard of quality in WordPress themes distributed via Envato. Some exceptions may be allowed at the reviewer&rsquo;s discretion.&rdquo; Envato&rsquo;sEfficient Ways Of Working From Home During COVID-19 - WPDeveloper<img src="http:files/Work-From-Home-During-COVID-19-Pandemic-580x290.jpg"><br />Working remotely might sound fun and in a world without pandemic COVID-19, trust me, it really is. Especially if you are working in a tech company, it&rsquo;s a lot easier and somewhat more productive if you could follow the golden rules. From the experience of working in a few leading distributed tech companies, I always felt an urge to share my experience and some tips to efficiently manage the working schedule while no one was watching over your shoulder. But it didn&rsquo;t happen! I am writing this on different circumstances while an unfortunate pandemic Corona Virus is forcing many businesses to implement remote work within a very short time as a potential solution to stop the spread of the infectious disease. At WPDeveloper, we have also started &lsquo;work from home&rsquo; for our employees to help the stem of the spread of COVID-19. To keep the world economy going, we need to prepare ourselves and help the companies to carry on their regular work schedule as much as possible. A little preparation can go a long way to make your &lsquo;work from home&rsquo; adventure great. Also, it could be a life-changing experience for you and help you to be more focused, organized and self-sufficient.How to Build Design Systems for WordPress<img src="http:files/Maintainn-Blog-Social-Template-2020-02-19T145448.932-580x290.jpg"><br />What is a design system? If you&rsquo;ve never heard of a design system before, you&rsquo;re not alone. For those of us not dabbling in graphic design or pursuing it as a career, you can think of it essentially as a design template for websites. A design system sets out the building blocks that a graphic designer will use to build websites with. In this article, we&rsquo;ll cover the basics of a design system and touch on design systems specifically for WordPress. A design system might be very generic blocks&mdash;i.e., wireframes, a group of font styles, some button styles, logo usage, the header and footer design, etc. Or, it may be very specific, such as the entire brand and style guidelines for a company from top to bottom. History As web development has matured, it became apparent that while print designers had Illustrator and InDesign, there really wasn&rsquo;t a comparable tool with which to lay out a website, visually. Many designers used Photoshop, but that was very much like using a sledgehammer to hang a picture. Sure, it would probably work, but you&rsquo;d most likely end up with a very large hole. Then along came Sketch in late 2010. Sketch, a software built solely forSpeed Up Your Development with Visual Studio Code<img src="http:files/Maintainn-Blog-Social-Template-2020-03-04T123328.947-580x290.jpg"><br />Visual Studio (VS) Code was released on April 29, 2015 by Microsoft. In a very short time, it has taken the coding world by storm. As of 2020, nearly 51% of developers claim to use it as their primary development environment. This, in itself, is shocking. When it first came out, nobody expected a tool made by Microsoft to become so dominant. After all, Sublime Text and Atom (made by GitHub) were incredibly popular and had a large user base; Microsoft had a large hill to climb. Microsoft did lots right when developing VS Code, but there are a few (okay, five) specific things that sick out (to me) that make it universally appealing. First and perhaps foremost, they integrate extensions as a primary function of the IDE. This focus is obvious. It has a button in the activity bar! Extensions are popular in Atom and Brackets, as well (both very similar IDEs built on Electron), but neither have made extensions so accessible and simple. This means that if, for some reason, you want your editor to work differently, there&rsquo;s probably an extension for that. If there isn&rsquo;t one, you can code one yourself using their thorough documentation and API. Secondly, Visual Studio Code is fast.Working from home: Tools & Strategies for Successful Remote Work<img src="http:files/coronavirus-4967489_640-580x290.jpg"><br />WFH, or Working From Home, is now something we are all getting to grips with. This might sound appealing to some of us &ndash; fewer distractions, no commuting, and you can wear your pajamas all day if you really want. But it comes with some unique difficulties. Especially, if you&rsquo;re a parent. Skip ahead to our resources: The advantage of living in these times, is that we have the ability to work and communicate from home. If you have the internet and a computer, you essentially have everything you need to conduct business as usual. But for one thing, you need the right tools to do this. And for another, you have to deal with the challenges that come with your new workplace (like children, or just convincing yourself to get up in the morning). So we&rsquo;ve put together a comprehensive list of resources, tips and strategies to help you through this time. At FooPlugins, we have a remote team, so some of these tips are based on experience. But we&rsquo;ve also found plenty of other useful ideas and tools that could help you out. We&rsquo;ll be updating the list with any new ideas, tips or tools that we come across, so if you know of a resource that we haven&rsquo;t mentioned, please17 Powerful Ways to Speed Up Your WooCommerce Store (2020 Ultimate Guide)<img src="http:files/1-speed-up-woocommerce-580x290.jpg"><br />Speed is money for an ecommerce site. The faster your site loads, the better the shopping experience. A better user experience translates to improved SEO, increased ROI, and happier customers. This ultimately leads to greater revenue and profits. Shoppers today expect high-resolution images and videos, live chat, user reviews, real-time inventory, personalization, and a host of other dynamic tools. Online shoppers have a short attention span. Hence, all the features they expect to have a faster and smoother buying experience are the same ones that slow down your ecommerce site if you don&rsquo;t execute them properly. WooCommerce is the most popular ecommerce platform in the world and is free to use and tweak as per your requirements. WooCommerce has been downloaded over 88 million times to date. As of now, it&rsquo;s in use on over 5 million websites. Unlike other popular shopping platforms, you don&rsquo;t have to pay a percentage of your revenue to WooCommerce if you use it. There are some overhead costs associated with running a WooCommerce-powered store though. But there&rsquo;s a catch! Since WooCommerce is free with limited support, you&rsquo;re responsible for maintaining itHow to Fix These 5 Common WordPress Errors<img src="http:files/Maintainn-Blog-Social-Template-2020-02-17T104041.918-580x290.jpg"><br />Do these sound familiar? White screen of death. Locked out of the admin. 404 not found. 500 internal server error. I could go on and on, but these are some of the most common errors and issues you will encounter when dealing with a WordPress website. So, if you are close to pulling your hair out or hiding somewhere thinking and hoping that maybe tomorrow everything will be fixed, and all is going to be right in the world again, don&rsquo;t worry. You are not alone. It is not the end. WordPress is a stable platform, but there is nothing out of the ordinary about encountering issues. Keep reading to learn how to fix common WordPress errors (without going bald). WordPress has a huge 35% share of the internet pie. More often than not, the issue you&rsquo;re having has been documented somewhere with a fix added in for good measure. Outlined below are five of the most common WordPress errors and issues and how to fix them in the easiest possible way. There will be minimal hand-holding here; you will need to figure out how to get to where you need to go to make changes. Most of the fixes described below will require you to have some PHP knowledge, knowledge of the WordPress Admin, and an understandingIs CodeCanyon a Good Place to Sell WordPress Plugins?<img src="http:files/79-maxresdefault-580x290.jpg"><br />All WordPress developers who want to create a sustainable business selling plugins need to not only take care of development and maintenance, but also monetizing and marketing their products. While CodeCanyon is a very popular marketplace where many developers monetize their plugins, it&rsquo;s definitely not the only solution out there. There are many ways to sell plugins through your own marketing and sales efforts, and Freemius is here to explain all the pros and cons of CodeCanyon so that you&rsquo;ll be able to decide for your business if CodeCanyon is a good place to sell WordPress plugins. ****____What is Freemius? ____**** 90 Sec explainer video - Check us out @ Subscribe to the blog - ****____More Great Videos!Growing from Freelancer to Agency Owner with Matt Adams - How I Built It<img src="http:files/ep-161-cover-580x290.jpg"><br />Securing Your WordPress Website - WordPress Support Services by Maintainn<img src="http:files/Maintainn-Blog-Social-Template-2020-03-02T145810.464-580x290.jpg"><br />Founded in 2012, Maintainn is owned and operated by WebDevStudios. Our mission at Maintainn is simple &ndash; to ensure your success! Maintainn takes the burden of maintaining your website off your hands by providing you with safe and reliable WordPress maintenance and support. Partner with us so you never have to worry about your website again.Now Is The Perfect Time To Launch A Side Gig<img src="http:files/teach-sewing-580x290.jpg"><br />Lockdown. Crisis. Work From Home. Layoffs. Unemployment. These are all very familiar terms right now as the world reels from the effects of the COVID-19 coronovirus pandemic. The average worker is panicking because they fully understand how fragile their employment situation actually is. Just the slightest rocking of the world economic boat can send millions of people into instant unemployment. And no one knows how long they&rsquo;ll be suffering without a paycheck, or even if they will have jobs and companies to return to once the crisis has passed. There are already tens of thousands of articles on the web discussing ways to make the Work From Home (WFH) time period less stressful or more productive. I&rsquo;m not here to provide another of those lists. I am here though to discuss the one thing that you can do to not only begin the process of helping your current situation, but to also mitigate similar situations in the future. It&rsquo;s time for you to start your own side gig. By having a side gig, you can begin to make a few extra bucks fairly quickly. How quickly depends upon a number of factors, but theoretically, you could start making your first few bucks within a week. InHow to Customize WordPress Emails [Step by Step Guide]<img src="http:files/653629_Cozmoslabs_WordpressEmails_Op2_022020-580x290.jpg"><br />In this article, we&rsquo;ll be looking at how to customize WordPress emails of different types, so you can control each type of email you need to send to your users. Trying to customize WordPress Registration Email normally means copy-pasting a custom function into the functions.php file and then modifying it to fit your project. But what often happens is that you&rsquo;re not sure how to implement this because you&rsquo;re not a developer and you&rsquo;re not sure how to use the filters that are set up in place. Now imagine that you can customize the: WordPress Registration Email The email sender and body text with the info from the fields on the registration form Override the from address so that it is the name of the business Customize the Admin Email sent when a new user is registered so the email content matches your brand Enable WordPress User Registration Email verification All without touching a single line of code, directly from an intuitive email customization interface. This is now possible by using the Email Customizer module from Profile Builder Pro. It allows you to modify default WordPress emails sent to both the administrator, as well as new users. Customizing registrationHow to Find Freelance Writing Jobs: 25 Methods You Can Use Today<img src="http:files/find-freelance-writing-jobs-580x290.jpg"><br />In other words, there is a lot of money to go around; you just have to know where to find the better paying jobs. How much can you earn doing freelance writing jobs? The following are the typical rates for freelance writing work according to the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), the most authoritative source on freelancing rates: According to the EFA, you can expect to earn between $40 and $100 per hour or between 20 cents and $2 per word for freelance writing jobs depending on the nature of the writing. Of course, some freelance writers earn much more, and some earn much less, but this is often determined by a number of key factors such as: I generally charge $0.30 to $0.40 per word (or about $300 to $400 per 1,000 words article), or more depending on the nature of the project. I used to struggle to charge $50 per article, until veteran freelance writer Carol Tice once told me, point blank, during one of our discussions that I was undercharging and asked me to increase my rate. I immediately doubled my rate for new clients and they paid. I did that again for the next ones and they paid as well. This made me realize a key fact: you&rsquo;re often worth as much as you&rsquo;rePenetration testing techniques & tools for WordPress websites<img src="http:files/penetration_tests-580x290.jpg"><br />WordPress powers a lot of websites on the Internet. So it&rsquo;s no surprise that seasoned attackers and &ldquo;script-kiddies&rdquo; like to target WordPress websites. Whether you&rsquo;re a webmaster, or a security professional, when tasked with assessing the security posture of a WordPress website, it tends to help to be aware of common security pitfalls attackers typically take advantage of. It is also important to use the right penetration testing tools. In this article, I&rsquo;ll be covering a number of common security holes, malpractices and useful information an attacker may be able to abuse in many WordPress installations. I&rsquo;ll also highlight a number of tools you can should use to help you automate the WordPress penetration test. Heads up &mdash; Only perform security penetration testing on systems that belong to you, or you have been granted permission to. Understand the limits of the access you have been granted and stay within those limits. Common WordPress security issues &amp; malpractices Running old versions of WordPress core containing security vulnerabilities is arguably one of the most common security holes relating to WordPress. While newer versions of WordPressHow to customize your WooCommerce product pages<img src="http:files/woocommerce-product-pages-1-1024x683-580x290.jpg"><br />WooCommerce offers tons of advantages to online store owners that operate in internationally-oriented markets. For instance, you can use a WooCommerce-compatible plugin like Weglot to translate your entire online store (including WooCommerce product pages) in order to reach more customers across the world and cater to a global customer base, effectively. In this article, we&rsquo;ll explain how you can customize your WooCommerce product pages for higher conversion rates using various WooCommerce plugins, add-ons, and techniques, including how to: Sort your product pages smartly Hierarchize your product information Make sure images are audience-adapted Facilitate language- and currency-switching for your customer Make the add to cart button easy to access Smart product page sorting If you&rsquo;ve been using WooCommerce for some time now, you probably already know that your products are sorted in chronological order by default. What this means is that the most recently added WooCommerce products show up at the top of the page and the products that were added to your store first appear at the bottom of the page. As a WooCommerce store owner looking to enter new markets, you need moreA few things we can do to help our communities during the COVID-19 emergency<img src="http:files/social-distancing-580x290.jpg"><br />We can all help stop COVID-19 and if you are not a health care professional, the best way to do it is to stay at home. At AyeCde we never had a central office, we all work remotely, and staying at home for us is just another day at the office. It can be done and you should do an effort to make it the new normal for you too. At least until this emergency is over. But what else can we do to help? As web and directories developers, there are a few things that we can do to help our communities. Help spreading the correct information and not the virus Every country, region, city, town, every single location has its own procedures to manage this emergency. If you have a local directory, make sure to provide the right information for your local population and tourists. Information about what people should and shouldn&rsquo;t be doing during a complete shutdown is vital. Especially about what to do in case someone suspects that they have contracted the virus. Who to call and or where to go and not to go. Help your local businesses to survive With cities in partial or complete shutdowns, local businesses may have a hard time surviving. As a directory developer, they are all potentially your7 Best WooCommerce Plugins (For 2020)<img src="http:files/featured-ecommerce-580x290.jpg"><br />The glory of WordPress keeps on growing (and going!), allowing you to do and add so many things to your website. One of those that you may already be familiar with is WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a leading player in ecommerce and is owned and operated by the same company as WordPress. This post contains some affiliate links. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. See the disclosure for more details. WordPress and WooCommerce are immediately compatible&mdash;online dating at its best, so to speak. It is the ecommerce plugin for WordPress, ideal for selling products or non-physical goods like selling tickets on your site. Despite all the built-in features WooCommerce includes, there are some features you may wish it included or did differently. When it comes to this situation, your best bet is to look for the right WooCommerce plugin solution. There are plenty of free extensions you can download, but also a lot you&rsquo;ll have to pay for. Don&rsquo;t worry, though! The WooCommerce base platform is free, so you won&rsquo;t necessarily be breaking the bank for an online store that covers all bases. This list will give you a quick review of both free and paidHow to run PHPUnit with a database via GitHub Actions<img src="http:files/sharing-580x290.jpg"><br />As of March 2020, GitHub seems to remove the default MySQL installation from its ubuntu-latest container. Now it&rsquo;s required to set up the database service in order to use it. Because we at BracketSpace are testing our WordPress plugins with PHPUnit it&rsquo;s required to run them along with the database. Let me show you how to set up the GitHub workflow file to use multiple PHP versions. name: Test on: push jobs: phpunit: name: PHPUnit needs: build runs-on: ubuntu-latest strategy: matrix: php: ['7.0', '7.1', '7.2', '7.3', '7.4'] services: mysql: image: mysql:5.7 env: MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD: root MYSQL_DATABASE: wordpress_test ports: - 3306 options: --health-cmd=&quot;mysqladmin ping&quot; --health-interval=10s --health-timeout=5s --health-retries=3 steps: - name: Checkout uses: actions/checkout@v2 - name: Install Composer dependencies run: composer install -o --no-dev --no-progress - name: Setup PHP uses: shivammathur/setup-php@v1 with: php-version: ${{ matrix.php }} extensions: dom, curl, libxml, mbstring, zip, pcntl, pdo,Multilingual E-Commerce: How to Achieve Worldwide Sales With WordPress<img src="http:files/Multilingual-eCommerce-website-WordPress-580x290.jpg"><br />You may have noticed that many popular e-commerce sites are multilingual. That&rsquo;s not a coincidence. Every language you add to your store means more potential customers have the opportunity to enjoy your products. The challenge, of course, lies in the translation process. Fortunately, building multilingual e-commerce sites is easier than ever. With the right tools, you can translate an entire website in minutes without having to touch a single line of code. In this article, we&rsquo;re going to talk about why going multilingual can help you grow your online store. Then we&rsquo;ll go over the process of building and translating an e-commerce site. Let&rsquo;s get to work! The Benefits of Multilingual E-Commerce A common trend among large online stores is that their platforms are available in more than one language. Considering all the man-hours that go into translating a massive website, you can bet they&rsquo;re investing in multilingual e-commerce for a reason. More than half of the web&rsquo;s content is written in English. However, there are several other languages that rival it in terms of number of speakers. Mandarin Chinese, for instance, is used by almost as many peopleThe dilemma: maintained plugins, security issues and the repository<img src="http:files/wordpress_plugins_repo-580x290.jpg"><br />On 27th February 2020, at 9:34PM (CET) we received an email notifying us that our plugin WP Security Audit Log was &ldquo;temporarily withdrawn from the Plugin directory due to an exploit&rdquo;. We submitted a fix on Friday, 28th February 2020, at 4:08PM. It only took us 16.5 hours to release the fix. We would have fixed the issue much earlier if this happened during our normal working hours (we are based in Europe), because we have a very good support response time (reference). Our plugin was reinstated on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 1:00PM. That is 69 hours after we submitted the fix. It is important to note that it took the team so long to reinstate the plugin because of the weekend. Why am I writing this? I&rsquo;d like to point out that I do believe that non-maintained plugins that have security issues should be suspended from the WordPress repository. Also, I have massive respect for the work that the volunteers at the plugin reviews team do, and I also take full responsibility for the reported security issue. However, I do believe that reported security issues in maintained plugins might be handled better. Because of the way they are handled at the moment, the plugin&rsquo;s