This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 19, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new June 19, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 19, 2017  that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 4.8 Text Widget Meltdown

https://www.blogaid.net/wordpress-4-8-text-widget-meltdown/The new rich Text Widget in WordPress 4.8 is stripping out code. Get the skinny on what to do for your site and the changes being made to the Text Widget.

The new rich Text Widget is stripping out some HTML code.

That’s wreaking havoc for site owners that have certain types of custom coding.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Easily Hide Widget Title in WordPress

http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-easily-hide-widget-title-in-wordpress/Widgets make it extremely easy for beginner level WordPress users to drag and drop items into different widget areas and create unique layouts for their websites. You can even extend the power of default widgets to get better control on your site’s layout by using conditional statements. Most widgets allow you to give them a title. This title then appears in Widgets admin area as well as your website’s front end. The problem is that some times you may not want to display the widget title on your website. One of our users recently asked us how to remove widget title in WordPress? Well in this article, we will show you how to easily hide widget title in WordPress. Read original article here…. wpbeginner.com

5 Steps to Supercharge your WordPress blog

https://www.hostreview.com/blog/170615-5-steps-to-supercharge-your-wordpress-blogImagine you visit a website. Let’s say www.randomwebsite.com. You enter the URL and waited for 10-15 seconds to load the website. Now, think, how do you feel? When you browse the internet, you cannot afford such big operational mistake. 10-15 seconds load time can lead your visitor to simply click the large red colored X, up above at the top.

Slow website means slow traffic. You create a blog website to educate people over the internet, not to frustrate them with your slow loading website. When we talk about “The Internet Phenomenon” every additional loading second is a flaw. Every flaw triggers a negative effect with it. That negative effect will create a drawback which will simply affect your goal. Read original article here…. hostreview.com

10 security tips to protect your wordpress website from hackers

http://www.geektime.com/2017/06/14/10-security-tips-to-protect-your-wordpress-website-from-hackers/Do you want a site that is easily manageable, easy to use, SEO friendly and secure? WordPress is probably the best bet for you, but you still need to know how to secure it properly.

If it didn’t occur to you then allow me to remind you that WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) out there seeing as how it powers more than 27% of the world’s websites and has a massive online community.

However, that fame and glory comes with a price. Having such an elevated status makes WordPress an easy target for hackers, DDoS and brute force attacks. Thankfully, the WP community works tirelessly to beef up security as best as it can. Read original article here…. geektime.com

Imagely Acquires TeslaThemes, Is Seeking Other Acquisition Opportunities

https://wptavern.com/imagely-acquires-teslathemes-is-seeking-other-acquisition-opportunitiesIn an effort to diversify and expand into the commercial WordPress theme market, Imagely, maintainers of NextGEN Gallery, have acquired TeslaThemes for an undisclosed amount.

TeslaThemes launched in 2013 as a theme club and recently celebrated its fourth anniversary. The company has 68 themes in its library, including the TeslaThemes framework.

Eric Danzer, Founder and CEO of Imagely, says no major changes will be happening with TeslaThemes and that their immediate focus will be to provide maintenance and support. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

16,000 WordPress Sites Have Been Hacked

http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/16000-wordpress-sites-have-been/Cookies enable us to provide the best experience possible and help us understand how visitors use our website. By browsing Infosecurity Magazine, you agree to our use of cookies.

At least 15,769 WordPress websites have been compromised so far this year by cyber-attackers, and most are serving up malware, unflagged by Google’s Safe Browsing checks. Read original article here…. infosecurity-magazine.com

How to Improve Your WordPress Site’s Reputation Right Now

http://www.wpexplorer.com/improve-wordpress-site-reputation/The overall success of your website may completely depend on whether or not people berate you with bad reviews and comments. Although the average business doesn’t have thousands of bad Yelp reviews, we’ve seen far too many times how not responding properly to feedback can cause problems for your future reputation.

Overall, the internet is no place to be shy about how great your business is. Otherwise, the folks that do get disgruntled about your business will be louder than you. Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

WordPress Migrations and SEO: Post-Migration Tasks & Testing

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-migrations-seo-post-migration-tasks-testing/?utm_expid=3606929-93.spVh-aR3SwGklKzL4HJQQg.0Moving a WordPress website is straightforward enough (if you know what you’re doing, that is – and if not, here’s how). But it’s important to be aware of the possible fall-out and impacts on your SEO.

This is part two of a two-part series on WordPress Migrations and SEO. In part one, we looked at how a website migration can affect organic traffic and what needs to be completed in preparation for it. In this post, I’ll show you in detail what needs to be done immediately after the migration and how to check if your search engine optimization has been affected. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

WordPress 4.7 Introduces Twenty Seventeen Default Theme and WP REST API Content Endpoints

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-7-introduces-twenty-seventeen-default-theme-and-wp-rest-api-content-endpointsWordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” was released today, named in honor of American jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan. This release makes significant improvements to the new theme setup experience, inspiring the tagline: “Your site, your way.”

Twenty Seventeen is making its debut in 4.7 as the first default theme designed for business websites. It beautifully showcases new features for theme developers and demonstrates many improvements to the setup process. Twenty Seventeen offers four customizable panels on the front page for displaying existing content, custom logo upload, fullscreen featured images, and brand new core support for video headers. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

60 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You More Productive

https://medium.com/@larrykim/60-keyboard-shortcuts-that-will-make-you-more-productive-56307896a40b#.yekt8ri76Seconds add up. If you can find ways to shave off a few seconds here and there, you’ll be well on your way to being faster and more efficient at your job.

That’s what’s so great about keyboard shortcuts. They make you way more productive.

Every day your work probably requires you to navigate lots of different operating systems, browsers, and software. That’s why I’ve previously shared some brilliant hacks to make your life simpler — especially if you use Gmail, Excel, Word, Twitter, and Google search. 60 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You More Productive

Everything You Need to Know from State of the Word 2016

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/general-news/everything-you-need-to-know-from-state-of-the-word-2016?utm_source=Elegant+Themes&utm_campaign=04ee0e0920-WordPress_Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c886a2fc0a-04ee0e0920-51249745From December 2nd to December 4th, hordes of WordPress devotees descended on Philadelphia, PA for WordCamp US. The three day convention culminated with Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word 2016, a fun play on the President’s State of the Union Address. The State of the Word discusses WordPress’ achievements over the past year and lays out a roadmap for the future.

If you want to check out the full State of the Word 2016, you can find the video and slides at Matt’s website. Otherwise, keep reading for my summary of everything noteworthy from State of the Word 2016. I’ll summarize chronologically so that it will be easier for you to jump to the video if something catches your attention. Read original article here…. elegantthemes.com

10+ Best Feminine WordPress Themes for Your Beautiful Website

http://www.wpexplorer.com/feminine-wordpress-themes/Whether you have a blog, a store, or a portfolio, a feminine brand warrants a suitable and appropriate design. However, selecting a theme solely based on aesthetic could lead you to choose one that lacks your required functionality.

Thankfully, there are lots of pretty, chic, feminine WordPress themes that also provide plenty of features to get your website in shape. Looking over a list of fitting themes should reveal at least one or two that might work for your project.

This post will highlight the ten most exquisite feminine themes in 2016, and will definitely inspire you to prettify your site. Let’s get started! Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

WordPress Set-up and Plugins A to Z with Wesley Williams

http://www.wordpresswiki.org/wordpress-set-up-and-plugins-a-to-z-with-wesley-williams/Read original article here…. wordpresswiki.org

 

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This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 12, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new June 12, 2017

This is weekly round up of WordPress news for 12, 2017 that I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 4.8 “Evans” Released Featuring Nearby WordPress Events, New Media Widgets, and Link Boundaries

https://wptavern.com/wordpress-4-8-evans-released-featuring-nearby-wordpress-events-new-media-widgets-and-link-boundariesWordPress 4.8 “Evans” is available for download and is the first major release of the year under the new release cycle. WordPress 4.8 is named after William John “Bill” Evans, an American jazz pianist.

WordPress 4.8 includes three new widgets. All three widgets make it easier to display images, video, or audio  without using HTML. The Text widget now has support for TinyMCE providing rich-text functionality. Similar to the post editor, users have a choice between using a Visual or Text editor with limited formatting options.

Read original article here…. wptavern.com

New in WordPress 4.8 [Video Tour]

https://www.blogaid.net/new-in-wordpress-4-8-video-tour/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=92e4dcd66b-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-92e4dcd66b-710348757See the new features coming in WordPress 4.8, including new audio, video, and image widgets, plus an enhanced Text widget.

Here’s what the WP devs say about why it took so long:

“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.”

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Version 4.8 « WordPress Codex

https://codex.wordpress.org/Version_4.8On June 8, 2017, WordPress Version 4.8, named for jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, was released to the public. For more information on this enhancement and bug-fix release, read the WordPress Blog, and see the Changelog for 4.8.

For Version 4.8, the database version (db_version in wp_options) changed to 38590, and the Trac revision was 40888.

Have you ever tried updating a link, or the text around a link, and found you can’t seem to edit it correctly? When you edit the text after the link, your new text also ends up linked. Or you edit the text in the link, but your text ends up outside of it. This can be frustrating! With link boundaries, a great new feature, the process is streamlined and your links will work well. You’ll be happier. We promise. Read original article here…. codex.wordpress.org

What’s New in WordPress 4.8

https://wplook.com/whats-new-wordpress-4-8/?inf_contact_key=c076e422dab40553dd87f44fe35021902fa902b6de26710405c0ec4e648e3b32A new update of WordPress will be released by the WordPress team in June. Crucial patches and new features are among the exciting things eagerly awaited by WordPress platform users.

Improved Visual Text Editor The visual editor is now more user-friendly and hassle-free. TinyMCE features have been included in the latest WordPress update to improve the visual editor. Navigating through links is now easier as compared to previous versions of WordPress. A Click on a hyperlinked text area extends the blank space in front of the text. The extra blank space can be used to add extra text which is automatically hyperlinked. Read original article here…. wplook.com

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-chrome-ad-blocker-wordpress-4-8-blogging-frequency/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cd68f11e7b-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-cd68f11e7b-710348757The next major release of WordPress is slated to release on Thursday of this week.

They’ve already made a bunch of bug changes to the first release candidate and rolled out a second release candidate a few days ago. I’m poking all over it already.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

Adding Custom Images Sizes to the WordPress Media Library

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/adding-custom-images-sizes-wordpress/Automatically uploading images into WordPress creates different sizes from the original but, unfortunately, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.

The default sizes that are created are thumbnail, medium, large and full-size. But, if you need a different size, such as for products in an eCommerce store, then you can create your own custom size to suit your needs.

In this post, I’ll show you how to create custom image sizes by registering them in your theme with code.

Before you dive right in and start adding code to your theme, you should create a child theme if you’re working with a pre-existing theme. This prevents all your changes from being erased if you apply updates to your theme once they become available. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Top 20 WordPress Plugins for Business Websites 2017

http://www.wpexplorer.com/top-wordpress-plugins-business-websites/Why do you need WordPress plugins if WordPress is as impressive a platform as they say? That is, indeed, a great question. Well, you don’t need all WordPress plugins, but just a select few to take your business website to the next level.

As a content management system, WordPress is quite impressive. Still, a lot of the action we love is found in the thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins out there. And there’s a horde out there man, of hungry developers making even more as we speak.

First, how about we drop a couple of fun facts just so know you’re in for a great ride. If that’s a yes I hear from the guys at the back, who I am to keep you waiting? Did you know? Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

Where and How to Hire a WordPress Developer (Places and Tips)

https://kinsta.com/blog/hire-wordpress-developer/Finding a skilled and professional WordPress developer can truly be a long, grueling, and daunting task. There are literally hundreds of sites out there with millions of members, all fighting for projects and undercutting each other’s prices. The problem is that a lot of these gladiators are nowhere near ready for the arena. Many sites don’t actually take the time to vet their providers, instead opting to let natural selection (ratings and reviews) cull the weakest members through time. This translates to a bad user experience for many customers who become frustrated and quickly lose faith in the development process. It can also be quite costly, as some have to try multiple developers before finding one they are confident they can work with.

Thankfully, there are several platforms out there that do take measures to make the hiring experience better for their users and actually attract professional talent to their sites. In this article, we’ll look at eight great sources and finish with some tips on how to find and hire the best WordPress developers. Where and How to Hire a WordPress Developer (Places and Tips)

Holler Box: A Smart Notification Plugin for WordPress Websites

https://wptavern.com/holler-box-a-smart-notification-plugin-for-wordpress-websitesScott Bolinger, co-founder of AppPresser, has launched a new sales and conversion tool for WordPress websites called Holler Box. The plugin offers a lightweight, elegant popup message for capturing email addresses, displaying a (fake) live chat, or announcing a sale or event.

Bolinger designed it to be non-intrusive – it’s not the kind of modal dialog that obscures content with an animated box in the middle of the page. Holler Box appears at the bottom right-hand of the page by default. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

 

Top 20 WordPress Plugins for Business Websites 2017

http://www.wpexplorer.com/top-wordpress-plugins-business-websites/Why do you need WordPress plugins if WordPress is as impressive a platform as they say? That is, indeed, a great question. Well, you don’t need all WordPress plugins, but just a select few to take your business website to the next level.

As a content management system, WordPress is quite impressive. Still, a lot of the action we love is found in the thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins out there. And there’s a horde out there man, of hungry developers making even more as we speak.

First, how about we drop a couple of fun facts just so know you’re in for a great ride. If that’s a yes I hear from the guys at the back, who I am to keep you waiting? Did you know? Read original article here…. wpexplorer.com

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

StudioPress Puts WooCommerce Compatibility on the Roadmap for New Themes

https://wptavern.com/studiopress-puts-woocommerce-compatibility-on-the-roadmap-for-new-themesIn Rainmaker.fm’s recent interview with Matt Mullenweg, StudioPress founder Brian Gardner confirmed that the company has put WooCommerce compatibility on the roadmap for its themes, starting with new products first. The “unofficial announcement” was not a secret, as Gardner has been hinting at it on social media and also posted a sneak peak on Dribbble of StudioPress’ upcoming WooCommerce theme.

“We are focusing our themes and I’m literally designing one as we speak that will be WooCommerce compatible,” Gardner said. “The writing is on the wall. We’re now at a point where we can focus and dedicate some of our time. My hope is that we can take all our existing themes on StudioPress and work in the WooCommerce component – at the very least – to make WooCommerce out of the box look good.” Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Mullenweg Takes Aim at Wix over GPL Abuses, Wix Response Fails to Address Licensing Issue

https://wptavern.com/mullenweg-takes-aim-at-wix-over-gpl-abuses-wix-response-fails-to-address-licensing-issueOver the weekend WordPress co-creator and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg called out Wix for copying GPL code from the WordPress mobile app and distributing it in its proprietary app. He identified two repositories that Wix forked in order to bring the GPL-licensed WordPress Rich Text Editor into its app.

“If I were being charitable, I’d say, ‘The app’s editor is based on the WordPress mobile app’s editor.’ Mullenweg said. “If I were being honest, I’d say that Wix copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license.” Read original article here…. wptavern.com

Beware the 100 Page WordPress Limitation

https://woorkup.com/beware-the-100-page-wordpress-limitation/If you are having performance issues on the backend (in your dashboard) you might want to check on how many pages you currently have. WordPress was not meant for over 100 pages as it will start running into memory issues. This won’t affect the front end load times, but you will want to start banging your head against your desk. I had a client recently with a little over 1,000 pages and it brought WordPress to a crawl. And yes they are on a high-end VPS. It doesn’t have to do with the server, but rather how WordPress is structured. Read original article here…. woorkup.com

WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg slams Wix: ‘Your app editor is built with stolen code’

http://venturebeat.com/2016/10/28/wordpress-creator-matt-mullenweg-slams-wix-your-app-editor-is-built-with-stolen-code/WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg has taken exception to the editor used in Wix’s mobile app, alleging that the do-it-yourself web building service has copied his platform’s editor and failed to give proper attribution and adhere to the general public license (GPL) — basically, to open source the work.

“If I were being honest, I’d say that Wix copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license. The custom icons, the class names, even the bugs. You can see the forked repositories on GitHub complete with original commits from Alex and Maxime, two developers on Automattic’s mobile team,” he wrote in a blog post. “Wix has always borrowed liberally from WordPress — including their company name, which used to be Wixpress Ltd. — but this blatant rip-off and code theft is beyond anything I’ve seen before from a competitor.” Read original article here…. venturebeat.com

8 Must-Do Steps for Securing and Hardening Your WordPress Website

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/must-do-steps-securing-wordpress/Imagine with me for a moment that you’re a hacker looking for ways to hijack reputable websites and use them to funnel unsuspecting traffic to a nefarious phishing scam.

How would you target websites for maximum impact? One option would be to locate and target a single vulnerability that affects hundreds or thousands of sites. If such a thing could be found and exploited you could create digital carnage in very short order.

Are you starting to see why hardening WordPress is so important?

As the most popular content management system on the web, WordPress is a prime target for hackers everywhere. But there’s something you can do about it. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

How to Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/moving-wordpress-com-wordpress-org/When you’re ready to scale up your WordPress.com blog or website without limits, migrating to a self-hosted WordPress.org site is the best way to go.

You can get full reign over your site’s design and functionality, as well as access help from people in the WordPress community (and us here at WPMU DEV!) when you’re in a jam.

When you’re used to the WordPress.com interface, navigating your way through the migration process to a self-hosted server can be tricky. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.

 

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It's Episode 310 and we've got plugins for Better In-Post Links, Search and Replace, PayPal Payments, Multiple Admin Emails, A/B Splitting and using External Media without Import . It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!All transcripts start from the point in the show where we head off into the meat and potatoes. They are the complete verbatim of Marcus and John’s discussion of the weekly plugins we have reviewed.

WordPress Plugins A to Z Podcast and Transcript for See complete show notes for Episode #310 here.


It’s Episode 310 and we’ve got plugins for Better In-Post Links, Search and Replace, PayPal Payments, Multiple Admin Emails, A/B Splitting and using External Media without Import . It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!


Episode #310

John:                This week here I have three great plugins of course as usual, and the first one off the top is QPP Quick PayPal Payments. This plugin here came about because I needed to produce a really quick PayPal payment form on a website and I couldn’t remember the last one I used for doing such a thing. PayPal has become so near impossible to just find a payment button in their system now that this goes something easy.

Anyway, this plugin here is a really great, simple payment processor forms you can create. Once you create the forms, you place them on your site somewhere via a shortcode and it makes the job of creating and placing the forms just a piece of cake. Now, the forms themselves, this is kind of an amazing one for a free plugin. It gives you the ability to create forms that either have plain amounts, preset amount, or you can set a sliding scale in it. You can add multiple options about information you want to collect in the form. You can go through the form, customize the form up by colorizing it, adjusting the colors, the layout, format – many different options are available for you to set this up and it doesn’t take very long at all.

I think it took me all of like ten minutes to get it all set up and with a really clean looking form for precisely what I needed done for a very simple payment. So it was a really great plugin. It worked just the way it was supposed to – one of those premium plugins that we just thoroughly adore, so I had to give this a top 5-Dragon rating. Check it out: QPP Quick PayPal Payments.

Marcus:           Nice! All right, I’ve got a very cool lazy plugin that actually should be something that’s part of core itself. It is called Multiple Admin Email Addresses, and you can figure out what it does. It allows you to replace the blog admin’s email with a comma separated list of admin emails. So if you have two different admin emails that you’d like to send it to (not just your standard one), or if you have somebody else that you’d like to kind of CC in all of the administrative tasks, this is it.

So you just go to your WordPress dashboard menu, choose Settings à General à Set Email Address à Comma Separate Multiple Email Addresses (2 or more), and you’re all set to go. It’s called Multiple Admin Email Addresses and I rated it a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                That could be useful when you’ve got multiple admins. Get them all on the same page when emails go out.

Marcus:           Yes, definitely.

John:                All right, next up I have a plugin I’ve probably covered in the past or at least one similar to this. It’s called Search & Replace, and I don’t think I used this exact one, because there’s multiple search and replace plugins. And of course again, I was having to do something I hadn’t done in a little while, which is dig through a database and do a search and replace in the hidden reams of the database for a URL that kept getting missed with all of the other tools, and without having to go into the phpMyAdmin and go through and do a manual query. So this was the simplest way to do it.

This one here is a really great plugin. You set it up, install it, and it allows you to go in and search and replace a little different than most of them. You can select all the tables or one or two of the tables you need, it’ll replace a domain URL, similar to the other URL plugin that I always use. It also will do a database backup for you, import SQL files, and a few other things in it. It’s a really great plugin. It worked very well for doing the task I needed. It felt relatively smooth and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating. Check it out: Search & Replace.

Marcus:           Very nice. I don’t know if you were thinking of Pretty Link or one of those other ones, but anyway —

John:                No, no. I was thinking of Velvet URLs.

Marcus:           Oh, that’s right. Okay.

John:                That’s the one for changing your URLs, and that’s all it does. It just changes your URL from one to another and it doesn’t always get everything, because it misses some tables where URLs are often hidden.

Marcus:           Ah.

John:                That’s the one I was just thinking of.

Marcus:           Okay, so I have a cool plugin. It is called External Media without Import. We all know that by default adding an image to the WordPress media library requires that you import or upload the image to your WordPress site, which means that there’s always a copy of the image stored at the site. There’s really no use for dynamics in that; it’s really hard to make a featured image – a dynamic image – that loads somewhere else that constantly changes. You’re kind of stuck with loading the one image, either by adding it by URL or actually physically uploading it. You’re stuck with that one image and it can never change.

Well, this plugin actually enables you to add an image stored on an external site to the media library by adding it via URL, but this plugin will make sure that you don’t have to download it, so it’s an external reference to that link —

John:                Oh, nice!

Marcus:           — but it can change. So if you have a client or somebody like that that has an image that changes or they’re trying to look at the latest stock tickers or whatever it happens to be – anything like that – any kind of image that you want to load from a URL and not from directly on your site, this plugin works great. Now to me, it’s perfect but – that big but there —

John:                Okay.

Marcus:           — it’s not something you want to do with everything because every time you load an external image, it’s actually going to slow your site down a little bit. Just a little tiny bit, because it’s doing that external call-out, so use this with caution but it’s a fantastic plugin. It’s called External Media without Import and I rated it a 4 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That can be useful but yeah, you’re right. You don’t want to have all your stuff coming in from an external source.

Marcus:           Right.

John:                Okay, the final one I have here today is called VC Splitter Pro and it’s also got a freemium version. This is a freemium plugin. It starts at $10 a month or free if you download it from the Repository. It was sent in to us by James Cantoni and I’ll be talking with him later today in an interview, so there will be more coming from him in a secondary show, so you’ll want to listen up for that.

Anyway, this plugin here, it allows you to do A-B split testing on your content easily if you’re using Visual Composer. It’s designed to work with Visual Composer and it gives you three levels of access where you can split test A-B buttons, split test A-B headings, or split test A-B images. Now, if you skip up to the next level of it which is the first paid version that you can get from CodeCanyon, it adds in things such as text testing, tracking views, clicks, and bounces, and a statistical dashboard.

If you jump into their full-on pro version which you get from their website, it allows you to test all Visual Composer elements. In other words, go into everything into your Visual Composer and A-B test it. You can set it up for multicolumn testing, row testing, and even mobile device testing toggles. So there’s a lot to it if you jump up to the pro version and they sell the pro version two ways, which I’m still not clear with but I’ll get that more clear with him later today, so you’ll have to listen for the interview with him to get the clarification about the way they sell their pro version. It’s kind of a different pricing format that I’ve never seen.

At any rate, the plugin is really great. It seems to be very easy to use and set up. It’s absolutely useless if you don’t have Visual Composer on your site (as I realized when I went to test it on one of my test sites that didn’t have Visual Composer – I wasn’t thinking). So just so you know, you’ll make sure you’ve got that component in your website. But if you’re doing A-B testing for just about anything, this is something you’ll want to check out. So check out VC Splitter Pro and I gave it a 4-Dragon rating.

Marcus:           That’s cool. All right, I love it when people send us plugins.

John:                Hey!

Marcus:           That’s pretty cool.

John:                Keep sending them in. All you developers out there that find us, listen to us, send them in to us, man and then contact me for an interview.

Marcus:           Yeah. All right, the final one – we are all aware of this kind of technology. Every time you go into Facebook and you put a link in or sometimes Twitter and put a link in, it generates kind of a little preview, and that’s what this plugin does. It’s called WP Link Preview and right now as it stands, WordPress on its own can do this when you link to other WordPress sites, however this is for every kind of site. It adds a button to your post and page editor which you can use to generate a link preview for a specific URL. The link preview gives off a title, a description, and an image, which results in a similar look as when you share a link on Facebook. So it kind of gives you that preview, picture, the title of the site or the link, and a little description in it as well.

That’s a really cool way, by the way, to link to different stories, different articles, different things that you want to talk about, and it does it in a way that is a little bit above and beyond your typical just straight blue link that you would add to your site. A really nice plugin; it worked very well out of the box. I like it a lot. It’s called WP Link Preview and it gets a perfect 5 out of 5.

John:                Very nice! That does look like a really sweet little tool to have in there.

Marcus:           Yeah, that’s another one that should be in core. It is kind of with only other WordPress sites being able to use that, but this is a pretty cool thing.

John:                I don’t know why they couldn’t just take the one that included the WordPress site and modify the code and have it do this. That’s probably how somebody created this plugin.

Marcus:           I think so.

John:                So at any rate, I covered up in this episode here – I covered up the QPP Quick PayPal Payments, which I gave a 5 to; the Search & Replace, which I gave a 4 to; and the VC Splitter Pro, which I gave a 4 to.

Marcus:           And I covered Multiple Admin Email Addresses, which gets a 5, External Media without Import gets 4 out of 5, and WP Link Preview gets a 5 out of 5.

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In this episode we talk with James Cantoni the founder of VCSplitter.com . They have built an A/B split testing plugin that integrates into the visual composer plugin for WordPress.

WP Plugins A to Z Interview Show 14 with James Cantoni the founder of VCSplitter.com

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 In this episode we talk with James Cantoni the founder of VCSplitter.com . They have built an A/B split testing plugin that integrates into the visual composer plugin for WordPress.This show I interviewed James Cantoni the founder of VCSplitter.com . They have built an A/B split testing plugin that integrates into the visual composer plugin for WordPress. This add-on help make the process of doing split testing affordable and easy for the person who needs to keep their budget intact.

In Episode 310  I reviewed their Pro version of the plugin review below:

VC Splitter Pro

Freemium Plugin from $10 a month

sent in by James Cantoni

https://VCSplitter.com

https://wordpress.org/plugins/search/vc+splitter/

The Lowdown:

This is a plugin that will allow you to do A/B split testing on your content easily if you are using visual composer. At 3 levels of purchase you can go for the free which allows you to create the testing items between buttons, heading and images, buy it on code canyon and get the added features of text testing, tracking and a stats dashboard, or from their site where you get multi column and row testing, mobile testing.

if you are in need of A/B testing and using visual composer this looks to be a plugin for you

Rating 4 Dragons.

Check out VCSplitter.com at the following links:

https://codecanyon.net/user/smartrsite

https://VCSplitter.com/pro

https://vcsplitter.com/pricing/

It's Episode 310 and we've got plugins for Better In-Post Links, Search and Replace, PayPal Payments, Multiple Admin Emails, A/B Splitting and using External Media without Import . It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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It's Episode 310 and we've got plugins for Better In-Post Links, Search and Replace, PayPal Payments, Multiple Admin Emails, A/B Splitting and using External Media without Import . It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!It’s Episode 310 and we’ve got plugins for Better In-Post Links, Search and Replace, PayPal Payments, Multiple Admin Emails, A/B Splitting and using External Media without Import. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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In this episode we talk about when you make a choice to leave a full time job to become slef employed. What its like to build plugins and run a plugin business. We also go into talking about the WordPress API.

WP Plugins A to Z Interview Show 13 with Mike Stott of Epic Plugins

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 In this episode we talk about when you make a choice to leave a full time job to become slef employed. What its like to build plugins and run a plugin business. We also go into talking about the WordPress API.Interview 13 with Mike Stott

In this show i interviewed Mike Stott, CEO and Founder of Epic Plugins, and Epic Themes.

He is a seller of WordPress Plugins via CodeCanyon and reached Elite Author there in June 2016.

Mike is also Co-Founder of Zero BS CRM, a WordPress Plugin which adds CRM functionality into your WordPress dashboard. We will have just launched version 2.0 on April 6th.

In this episode we talk about when you make a choice to leave a full time job to become slef employed. What its like to build plugins and run a plugin business. We also go into talking about the WordPress API.

Interview Show 13 WP Plugins A to Z podcast In this episode we talk about when you make a choice to leave a full time job to become slef employed. What its like to build plugins and run a plugin business. We also go into talking about the WordPress API.

The links we discussed in the show:
•    https://epicplugins.com/epic-wordpress-plugins/
•    https://epicthemes.com/wp-themes-shop /
•    https://zerobscrm.com
•    https://docs.zerobscrm.com/ap i  – the API I wrote (docs side)
•    http://socialgalleryplugin.com  – the social lightbox
•    http://socialbuzzplugin.com  – social shares
•    http://pluginhunt.com  – the Product Hunt style theme

•    http://wpeddit.com  – the Reddit Theme which was built in a weekend (and which inspired https://growthhackers.com)
Watch the Screen cast of the show.

Weekly Round up WordPress News old and new May 29, 2017

The Weekly round up of news, tips, and information to help you create the best possible WordPress website.

This is a weekly round up of WordPress news I have accumulated from across the web some old some new but always interesting. The new relates to WordPress and sometimes other areas of the web. It often has a focus on security and more.

We try to have news here that is not only important to help you with your website as well as new from the #wpdrama scene and more to share.

Some of the news here will be of interesting links to not only articles but training materials and other sources I can find online that will help you create a better WordPress website.

 


This week we have the following news for you.

WordPress 14

https://ma.tt/2017/05/wordpress-14/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=962d913c7b-THE_WHIP_Not_My_Cup_of_Emoji_2017_05_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-962d913c7b-102893693Today is 14 years from the very first release of WordPress. The interface I’m using to write this (Calypso) is completely unrecognizable from what WordPress looked and worked like even a few years ago. Fourteen years in, I’m waking up every day excited about what’s coming next for us. The progress of the editor and CLI so far this year is awesome, and I’m looking forward to that flowing into improvements for customization and the REST API. Thanks as always to Mike for kicking off this crazy journey, all the people chipping in to make WordPress better, and Konstantin and Erick for surprising me with the cool cake above. Read original article here…. ma.tt

14 Amazing WordPress Milestones

https://torquemag.io/2017/05/wordpress-milestones/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=962d913c7b-THE_WHIP_Not_My_Cup_of_Emoji_2017_05_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-962d913c7b-102893693WordPress this weekend celebrates its 14th birthday. The CMS has come a long way since its release in 2003. Not only does it today power more than 28 percent of the internet, but its also supported and maintained by a growing community.

WordPress has grown so much in the last decade – today we want to highlight some of the biggest milestones of the last 14 years.

Now over a decade later, the CMS is a powerful platform that supports sites such as Wired, The New York Times, Disney, Sony, and beyond. WordPress has evolved into so much more than blogging software – it is a platform from which any person or company can launch their digital experiences. Read original article here…. torquemag.io

WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate

https://wordpress.org/news/2017/05/wordpress-4-8-release-candidate/?utm_source=The+WhiP+by+WPMU+DEV&utm_campaign=962d913c7b-THE_WHIP_Not_My_Cup_of_Emoji_2017_05_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74fb43fd55-962d913c7b-102893693The release candidate for WordPress 4.8 is now available.

RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.8 on Thursday, June 8, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.8 yet, now is the time!

To test WordPress 4.8, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip). Read original article here…. wordpress.org

WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate is Out

https://www.blogaid.net/wordpress-4-8-release-candidate-is-out/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4a7acb0216-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-4a7acb0216-710348757WordPress has launched the first Release Candidate for version 4.8.

That means the devs have closed all new additions and are asking webmasters to test it so they can fix any bugs.

This version contains some fun new widgets.

I’ll be poking around it to see:

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

10 Ways to Determine the Quality of a Free WordPress Plugin

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/determining-quality-free-wordpress-plugin/Whether you’re a developer who loves to code or you’re an implementer looking to design high-quality sites without breaking too much of a sweat, at some point you’ll want to turn to WordPress plugins for help.

Sometimes, it’s not worth it to try and figure out the manual way of adding popup messages to your site or animating your new landing page. With so many awesome plugins out there, why spend your time coding that functionality from scratch when someone else has already done it for you? Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

Tips Tuesday

https://www.blogaid.net/tips-tuesday-wp-site-services-meta-keywords-google-my-business/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=70bcfd02d5-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-70bcfd02d5-710348757Help for DIY Site Owners with WordPress, SEO, HTTPS, Security, and Performance

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

How to Set Up a WordPress Multi Network

https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-multi-network/WordPress Multisite is an awesome tool in its own right that enables you to create a network of WordPress websites, but did you know it’s possible to create a network of Multisite networks, i.e. a network of networks?

A multi-network allows you to have virtually infinite Multisite networks, all using a single WordPress install and database. Each network can host virtually infinite child blogs/sites.

There are great benefits to having a multi-network as well as risks: on the one hand, you have a single install with centralized updates for all networks and blogs/sites – all of your networks conveniently located in the one place. On the other hand, you have one single install with centralized updates for all networks and blogs/sites… having everything in one place can make you vulnerable to hacking attacks and other security issues. Read original article here…. premium.wpmudev.org

 

And now for something older in the past article collections.

Integrate Google Search Console Data into Google Analytics

https://www.blogaid.net/integrate-google-search-console-data-into-google-analytics/?utm_source=BlogAid+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0b64a85f5e-BlogAid_Blog_Posts5_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7bdf20ec49-0b64a85f5e-710348757Easily see how folks find your site in search and what pages and posts they visit on your site with this new integration from Google.

Savvy site owners pour over their analytics – like a hawk.

They want clear feedback on what type of content and marketing methods are bringing in the traffic.

Read original article here…. blogaid.net

WP Engine: Top WordPress plug-ins and themes generated more than a quarter of a billion dollars since 2010

http://marketingland.com/wp-engine-top-wordpress-plug-ins-themes-generated-quarter-billion-dollars-since-2010-195699The popular website content management system WordPress — which powers more than a quarter of all websites — has given birth to a thriving cottage industry of plug-ins and visual themes.

But it’s a pretty big cottage. In a report recently released by WordPress hosting service provider WP Engine, plug-ins and themes have generated more than a quarter of a billion dollars since 2010. A bit over $267 million, in fact, breaking down to about $232 million for approximately 5500 themes and over $35 million for 3800 plug-ins. Read original article here…. marketingland.com

GitHub

https://github.com/taniarascia/wp-functionsThis is a list of useful WordPress functions that I often reference to enhance or clean up my sites. Please be careful and make backups.

Update: As of WP 4.1, the long version is no longer required – simply add the following to functions.php and remove thetag from your header.

Insert this where you want it to appear, and save the menu in Appearance -> Menus.

 

WP REST API Content Endpoints Officially Approved for Merge into WordPress 4.7

https://wptavern.com/wp-rest-api-officially-approved-for-merge-into-wordpress-4-7After a lengthy and impassioned meeting in the WordPress #core Slack channel on Monday evening, the WP REST API content endpoints were conditionally approved for merge into 4.7. Since that time Brian Krogsgard published a document with input from the team on how they plan to measure the success of the API.

The conditions included some last minute work from the team on demonstrating how the API can benefit core development. Contributors produced multiple proofs of concept, including leveraging the REST API endpoints for Press this and Quick Draft features. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

How to Properly Uninstall WordPress Plugin Manually

https://www.cloudways.com/blog/uninstall-wordpress-plugin-manually/After installing WordPress, typically one of the first things you do is install plugins. As you develop your website and play around with options, you get to know that not every plugin is the best fit for your website. Once that happens, one usually deactivates them. However, it is important to properly uninstall and delete the plugins to make sure they do not interfere with your website.

This article will illustrate how to do just that, and also why it is important to do so. So line up all your unwanted plugins, aim, and get ready to fire.

Before we banish the plugins that are of no use, though, let’s discuss why uninstalling and deleting the plugins properly is necessary. Read original article here…. cloudways.com

Why PixelGrade is Experimenting with a $225 WordPress Theme on Themeforest

https://wptavern.com/why-pixelgrade-is-experimenting-with-a-225-wordpress-theme-on-themeforestThis post was contributed by guest author Sami Keijonen. Sami is a math teacher who enjoys learning about the web, accessibility, and WordPress. He juggles between freelancing, building themes at Foxland, and teaching.

Several theme authors have been experimenting with new pricing on ThemeForest. But PixelGrade took it to the next level by raising the price of its Pile theme from $59 to $225.

That’s a bold move, but I expect nothing less from them. They want to think outside of the box and push the boundaries. Based on the theme shop’s wild yet functional designs and the anti-corporate thoughts expressed in the co-founder’s Our Saga article, I have to say that I like PixelGrade’s approach. Read original article here…. wptavern.com

GoDaddy Makes Building WordPress Websites Easier With New Product Introduction

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/godaddy-makes-building-wordpress-websites-easier-with-new-product-introduction-300345302.htmlGoDaddy developed WordPress Websites for small business owners, and any looking to put their ideas online, who want a professional-looking WordPress website, but may not have experience with website development.

With the Quick Start Wizard, users can quickly get started with a choice of premium quality themes and layouts that include essential pages and features (e.g. blog, photo gallery, contact form, social integration with Facebook, Twitter and more) and access to a library of thousands of free images. From here, the Visual Page Editor allows you to edit text, drag and drop columns and rows, and insert images directly onto your page. Read original article here…. prnewswire.com

 

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week more next week from WP Plugins A to Z.

 

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