WP Builds https://wpbuilds.com/ Web site building with WordPress. In this podcast we follow the hopeless exploits of David Waumsley and Nathan Wrigley as they try, and fail, to understand WordPress. They know that they love building websites with WordPress, but the complexities of this awesome web building solution are always out of reach. Not only are they not clever enough, but they just don't try all that hard Thu, 26 Nov 2020 23:59:59 +0000 en-GB © 2016 - now! - WP Builds A podcast about WordPress Nathan Wrigley Web site building with WordPress. In this podcast we follow the hopeless exploits of David Waumsley and Nathan Wrigley as they try, and fail, to understand WordPress. They know that they love building websites with WordPress, but the complexities of this awesome web building solution are always out of reach. Not only are they not clever enough, but they just don't try all that hard Nathan Wrigley admin@wpbuilds.com clean https://wpbuilds.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/WP-Builds-iTunes-Icon-v3-2.png WP Builds https://wpbuilds.com/ https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 207 – Running a growing WordPress plugin company https://wpbuilds.com/2020/11/26/207-running-a-growing-wordpress-plugin-company/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=52585 There are some companies in the WordPress space that are very much on the rise and today we're speaking to Shahjahan Jewel about his company WP Manage Ninja, and they certainly are rising! I heard about WP Manage Ninja about a year ago, when they did a lifetime deal sale on their WP Fluent Forms plugin. After some research, I hopped on the deal and I"ve never looked back. It's become my go-to plugin for forms because of it's reliability and fast pace of development. The features that they've added have been useful and well executed. There's loads more to this company, not least the new Fluent CRM plugin. Listen to the podcast to find out more...]]> Fluent CRM,Plugins,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Fluent Forms,WP Manage Ninja,WP Ninja Tables,WP PayForm

Interview with Shahjahan Jewel and Nathan Wrigley

There are some companies in the WordPress space that are very much on the rise and today we’re speaking to Shahjahan Jewel about his company WP Manage Ninja, and they certainly are rising!

I heard about WP Manage Ninja about a year ago, when they did a lifetime deal sale on their WP Fluent Forms plugin. After some research, I hopped on the deal and I”ve never looked back. It’s become my go-to plugin for forms because of it’s reliability and fast pace of development. The features that they’ve added have been useful and well executed.

Being ‘on the rise’ as I described it often means having one product and focussing on that – getting eyeballs on it. This, however, is not the approach that the team have taken. You see they have been releasing updates to their current suite of plugins, but also working on new products.

Their plugins now include:

It’s a mighty line up!

In the podcast Shahjahan Jewel and I spoke about how the compamy came to be and what their philosophy is. Why they decided to build out some plugins in areas of the market that already appear to saturated.

We get into the subject of Lifetime Deals and whether or not this was a good marketing mechanism, or something that saddled them with customers who they have for life but who will never pay again.

The structure of the teams get some attention too. We learn that they allocate specific people to work on specific products meaning that they really get to understand the product and all of the features as well as what the customers want to be added.

The speed of this company is really pretty remarkable and that is evidenced by the fact that we recorded this episode just a few months back. Normally this would be fine, but in this case, since the recording the team have launched a new product. We do get into this, but at the time of recording it did not have the name set in stone. It does now… Fluent CRM.

Fluent CRM enables you to segment people inside of WordPress for all sorts of reasons, and send them emails. It could be e-commerce, it could be the way they interact with WordPress, the amount of times they log in. The sky really is the limit. I know a few people who have been using it and have found it to be really effective, especially as it takes all of the interactions inside of your WordPress website as possible triggers for actions.

Finally wespent a little bit of time talking about why they are unique. This comes down to the code quality that Jewel thinks they bring to the table. That, and the fact that they’re bringing a lot of new and innovative products to the market.

Keep your eyes wide open for WP Manage Ninja, I’m sure that we’ll be hearing more about them in the months and years to come.

Mentioned in this podcast:

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This Week in WordPress #139 https://wpbuilds.com/2020/11/24/this-week-in-wordpress-139/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=52619 This week's WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 16th November 2020]]> 5.6,AI,Astra,Black Friday,Block Patterns,Gutenberg,News,Plugins,UI / UX,WordPress,WordPress.com,WP Builds

“Confusion about identity”

This week’s WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 16th November 2020

With Nathan Wrigley, Paul Lacey (Dickiebirds Studio), Jan Kock (WP Mastery) and Bernhard Gronau (@quasel)

You can find the Newsletter here which has all the links mentioned in this episode:
https://news.wpbuilds.com/issues/139

We focus on the following stories:

WordPress 5.6 Release Candidate
“The final release of 2020 continues the annual tradition of a new default theme that is custom built to showcase the new features and functionality of the software. Continued progress on the block editor is especially clear in this release, which brings more blocks to more places, and fewer clicks to implement your layouts.”

Gutenberg 9.4 Introduces Button Width Selector and Typography Controls for List Block
“Gutenberg 9.4.0 was released this week with many small improvements to existing features, while work on full site editing continues. This release will not be included in the upcoming WordPress 5.6 release but those who are using the Gutenberg plugin will have access to the improvements right away.”

The WP Builds Black Friday Deals Page
Over 150 deals for Black Friday

WordPress.com Gives Conservative Treehouse the Boot, Citing TOS Violations
“The Conservative Treehouse, a political publication hosted on WordPress.com for the past 10 years, is moving to a new host after receiving a notice from Automattic regarding violations of its Terms of Service. The site’s owner, previously identified as Florida resident Mark Bradman, claims to have a 500,000 – 1,000,000 unique readers per day. He has been ordered to find a new hosting provider and migrate the site away from WordPress.com by December 2, 2020…”

Should WordPress Notify Users of Plugin Ownership Changes?
“WordPress should have some mechanism for notifying users of changes of ownership. The more transparency that exists in the ecosystem, the healthier it is for all…”

Proposal to Create an Expanded View or Overlay for the Block Patterns Inserter
“Viewing a lot of patterns in the small inserter panel does not work too well,” he [Paal Joachim Romdahl] wrote in the GitHub ticket. “It gets tiring needing to scroll one pattern at a time. Having a larger view will help the user to compare multiple patterns at once.”

Better User Interface and User Experience
“In this update, we’re bringing block editing to all new heights by drastically improving our user interface and user experience (UI/UX).”


Introducing the Simplest Header Footer Builder with Astra!
“The drag and drop Header and Footer Builder is coming soon to Astra! We are thrilled to introduce the most awaited drag and drop Header and Footer Builder. It opens all-new design possibilities and gives you the freedom to customize navigation of your website with a theme.”

AI Generated Paintings
AI created artwork. The world is surely about to come to an end!

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206 – FOMO V No FOMO https://wpbuilds.com/2020/11/19/206-fomo-v-no-fomo/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=51870 FOMO (fear of missing out) has become a really common tool in online sales and marketing of late. Wherever things are sold, this tool is used. Whether it's a clock ticking down, a stock counter or a lifetime deal that's never to be repeated, I'm sure that we've all seen this tactic and most likely fallen for it. So what's the point of using FOMO? Does it work and is it ethical? It feels like we're just starting on this FOMO journey and marketers will get better at using it to drive sales with ever more ingenious implementations. On the podcast today we talk about where we're seen this in use in the WordPress space and whether or not we think it's effective. Go check out the podcast to find out more...]]> Black Firday,Deals,FOMO,LTD,Plugins,themes,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

It’s the penultimate debate. Yes, the painfully drawn out episode before the edge of your seat, nail biting end of season finale. Mmm…

Also the most ironic as the title will literally invoke no Fear of Missing Out at all!

Setting up the Debate

So we have a few aspects to this. Invoking the Fear of Missing out is a psychologically powerful thing to do. So the question we have are:

  • As a marketing tool should we be finding ways to use this on our client/own websites?
  • Should we worry about how FOMO affects our own buying of WordPress related software?
  • It is a process that works (like plastic packaging) but is it good for the planet (human kind) long term?
  • Is it a way of life? ThriveCart seems to have turned it into a business model rather than a one off promotion tool.
  • Know your audience – a lot of data suggests that FOMO is most prevalent among millennials. Around 69% of millennials experience the phenomenon, and according to Strategy Online,

FOMO (David)

  • It’s a reaction to the fast paced short attention span consumption of information on the web. It works best with urgency.
  • Keeping up the Jones’ is something we have always done. People love to tell others what they own.
  • How can a new product get attention without it in a crowded market? You don’t cheapen the product with a one off low cost or Lifetime deal. In fact most of FOMO is done best when there is a sense of exclusivity (ie only available to this LTD FB group).
  • For many it is just a game. You indulge in it for a while when you have the time and money to spend and switch off otherwise. Black Friday is coming soon and many will have saved for it. You can be honest about using FOMO.
  • To some degree we need to add some FOMO into our processes. For example – people love the magic email because website clients can kick the tyres for years (on something that would have actually been good for them to have done).

No FOMO (Nathan)

  • Fear/loss make it a mental health issue, so we need to tread carefully here. If you use FOMO in a harmful way, that’s, well… harmful! (https://paradigmtreatment.com/fomo-impacts-mental-health/)
  • Comparing yourself to other on the net had become a huge problem. Just look at what social media has done to use all!
  • It also plays on our greed, which I think we can all agree is a thing that would be best reduced in all our lives.
  • Fake scarcity is not honest. How long can we work the myth that there’s only 50 eBooks left?
  • It does not help to secure long term trust (there is a disconnect with real caring human behaviour).
  • It does not suit services as well as products (particularly digital ones).

Additional points within the debate

  • Is it good or bad for the WordPress ecosystem?
  • FOMO plugins – this is SO meta!
  • Are you affected by any of the things we discussed  today? If so contact us so that we can sell you our limited time, going out of stock, only 50 left, eBook entitled “We have no idea”!
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This Week in WordPress #138 https://wpbuilds.com/2020/11/18/this-week-in-wordpress-138/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:42:24 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=51985 This week's WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 9th November 2020]]> Black Friday,Envato,Flippa,Google Photos,News,Oxygen,WordPress,WP Builds

Envato and more Envato!

This week’s WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 9th November 2020

With Nathan Wrigley, Paul Lacey (Dickiebirds Studio), Dovy Paukstys (Redux) and Max Firuzmand (Artbees)

You can find the Newsletter here which has all the links mentioned in this episode:
https://news.wpbuilds.com/issues/138

I’m still trying to work out at what time of the week to publish this and how to make the creation of it fit in my week. I hope that you’re okay with the lack of uniformity these past few weeks!

We focus on the following stories:

Envato Passes $1 Billion in Community Earnings While Continuing to Aggressively Market Its Elements Subscription Against Marketplace Authors
“Envato has passed $1 billion in community earnings after 14 years in business. The company reached the goal a year earlier than anticipated, thanks to the contributions of 81,000 different creators around the globe and millions of customers…” wptavern.com  

Make the Most of Cyber Monday 2020: How to Prepare Your Store
“Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year and, though that’s not expected to change in 2020, there are a lot of things that will look very different.” woocommerce.com  

WordPress Deals for Black Friday 2020 – Plugins, Themes, Blocks and more
Find all the best WordPress deals this Black Friday / Cyber Monday on the WP Builds Deals Page. Go bookmark it for later use…! wpbuilds.com  

Oxygen 3.6 Now Available
“Oxygen 3.6 includes two new features and several bug fixes. In This Release: Edit Mode (Requires Agency License), Custom Units, Rem Units, 39 Bug Fixes.” oxygenbuilder.com  

Flipping websites with Blake Hutchison
Flipping domains can be a profitable business and today on the WP Builds WordPress podcast we’re going to be hearing about how and why you might want to look into doing it. Firstly though, what is domain flipping? In it’s simplest form it’s the process of buying (or selling) a domain. In the real world businesses are bought and sold all the time, there’s nothing unusual about it at all, but buying a current domain can be a little harder. wpbuilds.com  

Come June 1, 2021, all of your new photos will count against your free Google storage
“Come June 1, 2021, Google will change its storage policies for free accounts — and not for the better.” techcrunch.com  

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205 – Flipping websites with Blake Hutchison https://wpbuilds.com/2020/11/12/205-flipping-websites-with-blake-hutchison/ Thu, 12 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=51481 Flipping domains can be a profitable business and today on the WP Builds WordPress podcast we're going to be hearing about how and why you might want to look into doing it. There's more than you might think! In it's simplest form, flipping is the process of buying (or selling) a domain. In the real world businesses are bought and sold all the time, there's nothing unusual about it at all, but buying a current domain can be a little harder, and Flippa is a platform that's designed to take all of that difficulty away! Whether that's the job of locating a website / domain / app (and more) that you might want to buy, to actually taking care of all the minutiae of getting the deal done. Blake Hutchison is here to explain how it all works. Go check it out...]]> Affiliate,Blog,ecommerce,Flippa,Flipping,podcast,SAAS,Websites,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview with Blake Hutchison and Nathan Wrigley

Flipping domains can be a profitable business and today on the WP Builds WordPress podcast we’re going to be hearing about how and why you might want to look into doing it.

Firstly though, what is domain flipping? In it’s simplest form it’s the process of buying (or selling) a domain. In the real world businesses are bought and sold all the time, there’s nothing unusual about it at all, but buying a current domain can be a little harder.

This difficulty is what lead today’s guest, Blake Hutchison to create the website Flippa. It’s a marketplace where you can look to purchase an existing online business from the current owner.

They’ve packaged up the whole process so that it’s as easy as possible, and as you’ll hear in the podcast, there’s a lot more to this that you migth think.

Firstly, it’s a double fronted marketplace, meaning that you can go there with a business to sell, or go there with the intention of buying a business. Flippa works from both ends to make the process as smooth as possible.

I keep using the word business, but Flippa deals with just about anything online that could be bought or sold. That could be any of the following:

  • website
  • eCommerce store
  • blog
  • domain
  • SaaS business
  • affiliate site
  • app

The list could go on, but the point is that it’s not just domains that you can buy and sell, but to make life easier, I’ll just use the word ‘business’ and we know that it means way more!

In the podcast I talk to Blake briefly about how the pandemic is affecting the business of flipping.

We then move into a more substantive talk about what the Flippa platform is like to use from the point of view of a seller. What hoops do you have to jump through to ensure that your listing is accurate and suitable for sale on the site? What kind of websites are a good fit for flipping? Are there any rules for what sells well and what does not. What due diligence does Flippa need before a site can be listed? We don’t want to buy something which turns out to just be smoke and mirrors do we? We want to know the details: how many people visist the site a month, what revenue streams does the site offer? What do the books look like over the last period? All of this is vital if you’re going to buy something worth investing in and not a dud!

This leads to the opposite side of the same conversation – what is not worth flipping. Maybe you have a passion project that you’ve devoted countless hours to, it’s worked out well, but it’s not likely to continue being a success unless the new owner shares that passion. I for example can think of multiple sites that I would love to take over. I’d pour my energy into them because I’m interested in the content that they create, but there also countless websites that I’d hate to run. I’d be lousy at keeping them going because I’m just not fascinated by what it is that they create. I’d run them into the ground in a few months and what profitability there was would be squandered.

So… we talk about that. If you’re going to get into flipping websites, what are the questions that you need to ask yourself in order to make the process more likely to get a return.

I also get into a conversation about the legalities of flipping domains. Clearly, you’re going to need to know that what you’ve bought is legally yours. How does Flippa ensure this. It’s actually really robust and allows you to move through the process with confidence…

  • How does the payment system work?
  • What about cross border sales, who takes care of the legal side of things when there’s multiple jurisdictions at play?

It’s a great conversation about a new subject to me. The audio is a little spotty at times, but there certainly nothing unlistenable in here.

Please comment here or in the WP Builds Facebook group if you’ve got something that you’d like to add.

Mentioned in this podcast:

https://flippa.com/

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This Week in WordPress #137 https://wpbuilds.com/2020/11/10/this-week-in-wordpress-137/ Tue, 10 Nov 2020 13:13:14 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=51519 This Week in WordPress #137 - Changes are coming and sucking in Black Friday - A WP Builds Podcast]]> Core,News,Pixelgrade,TWIW,WooCommerce,WordFest,WordPress,WP Builds

Changes are coming and sucking in Black Friday

This week’s WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 2nd November 2020

With Nathan Wrigley and Paul Lacey

You can find the Newsletter here which has all the links mentioned in this episode:
https://news.wpbuilds.com/issues/137

We focus on the following stories:

x2 Pixelgrade articles… This and this.

WordPress Core

DHL WooCommerce

Wordfest

Survey

Podcaster Theme

EIG takeover

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204 – Author Support V Community Support https://wpbuilds.com/2020/11/05/204-author-support-v-community-support/ Thu, 05 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=51288 Where should you go for support for WordPress plugins, themes and blocks? This debate was partly prompted by a WP Tavern article regarding what can be done about the WordPress.org forum being used to support premium versions of plugins which are not in the repository. There seems to be a lot of complexity to this due to the varying expectations of support and the vast difference in what plugin and themes do. We are probably better for having both types of support, but perhaps polarizing these can help explore the topic. Find out which is the best way to receive support on the WP Builds Podcast today. Go listen...]]> care plans,maintenance,Plugins,podcast,support,themes,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

This debate was partly prompted by a WP Tavern article regarding what can be done about the WordPress.org forum being used to support premium versions of plugins which are not in the repository.

There seems to be a lot of complexity to this due to the varying expectations of support and the vast difference in what plugin and themes do.

We are probably better for having both types of support, but perhaps polarizing these can help explore the topic.

WordPress’ Support Team contributors are discussing how they can curb support requests for commercial products on the official WordPress.org forums. Users sometimes seek help for commercial product upgrades on the forums of the free version, not knowing that the moderators’ official policy is to refer them to the extension’s commercial support channel. In other instances, it is not immediately clear whether the issue is with the free version or a paid upgrade that the user has installed.

Author Support

  • Can avoid dodgy advice from the community who may like to talk but may not have the knowledge.
  • Community support is a good promotion arena for affiliate sales folk who tend to push another paid plugin rather than a useful bit of code.
  • With GPL premium, authors really only have support (along with easy access to updates to sell). How will WordPress continue to grow if no one can create a business from it?
  • For business essential plugins and themes, author support seem essential. Probably a mistake for an author to cut corners here to reduce prices. Probably a mistake in some cases for some of us who would like lifetime deals without support but with only updates!

Community Support

  • Community support goes beyond what authors can do. So much of support is based on extending a plugin beyond what it is designed to do. Most of it is other plugins that they work well with (the community and could have more experience there).
  • Support is not just about achieving tasks. Moral support, friendship etc.
  • Plugin authors tend not to be regular users. They stop serving clients and building sites and could be the worst people for advice about that!
  • Fielding simple support queries takes the pressure of authors, allowing them to do more with updates etc. (ideally fixing snags, accessibility issue and improving stability – the things that don’t get requested).
  • In terms of the WordPress.org repository there is not clear distinction between free and pro as often the pro is an addon. Also moderators don’t support those (we think?)

Additional topics within the debate

Support expectations:

  • Some people expect responses in minutes (but find $60 a year for unlimited sites too much).
  • Some expect all compatibility with other plugins to be resolved.

Blurred lines over support

  • It is not just the repository. Partnership can be an issue. GoDaddy has one with WooCommerce. We already have the Beaver Builder community issue with people who got it via their GoDaddy installation. The customer sees it is as one blaming the other, which it is not.
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203 – The WordPress journey of Wendie Huis in t Veld https://wpbuilds.com/2020/10/29/203-the-wordpress-journey-of-wendie-huis-in-t-veld/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=51136 This is one of those warm and fuzzy episodes! It's all about Wendie and her journey with WordPress. There's no product here, no tutorial, just a good, old fashioned chat about WordPress with a thoroughly lovely person! Wendie and I have been chatting on and off for years. It all started back in the day that both of us were going through the WP Elevation program and we decided to be accountability partners. We chatted from time to time during that and drifted in and our of conversations online for many years. We met in person at WordCamp London in 2018 as well as WordCamp Europe in 2019. She's been working in the WordPress space for years and has a really interesting story to tell. So have a listen to the podcast to find out more...]]> Clients,community,podcast,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview with Wendie Huis in t Veld and Nathan Wrigley

This is one of those warm and fuzzy episodes! It’s all about Wendie and her journey with WordPress.

There’s no product here, no tutorial, just a good, old fashioned chat about WordPress with a thoroughly lovely person!

Wendie and I have been chatting on and off for years. It all started back in the day that both of us were going through the WP Elevation program and we decided to be accountability partners.

We chatted from time to time during that and drifted in and our of conversations online for many years. We met in person at WordCamp London in 2018 as well as WordCamp Europe in 2019.

She’s been working in the WordPress space for years and has a really interesting story to tell.

We speak about:

  • Wendie’s ‘Website Club’ project. This was a philanthropic project that she started to meet with other WordPressers who wanted to learn from one another. It all started off well, but then the club started to be used by some people in a way which means that Wendie decided to stop participating and move on.
  • We also talk about the beguiling nature of web technologies and how it’s easy to dabble in other platforms, such as Webflow. Although WordPress is an amazing project, it need not be at the root of all our online endevours. Wendie has some interesting opinions about this area and although it’s constantly under change, it’s certainly something that I’ve thought about a few times in the past.
  • Can we trust the WordPress Project for all of our work. The concern that some people have is that the governance model for WordPress means that we have a benevolent dictator (not our words) who oversees the ultimate direction of the project; what gets commited and what stay out of core. Is this the best model for a platform which is now seeing such a large proportion of the internet running WordPress code?

Since the discussion was recorded Wendie has had some great news. She’s been taken on as an employee of Automattic, working as one of the WordPress happiness engineers.

Maybe some of the conversation would have gone differently had we recorded it last week, but I commend it to you anyway as it’s a lovely story of a Wendie’s journey which I’m sure will resonate with many of you.

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #135 – WordPress 5.6 beta 1, full site editing theme and moon telephones https://wpbuilds.com/2020/10/26/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-135-wordpress-5-6-beta-1-full-site-editing-theme-and-moon-telephones/ Mon, 26 Oct 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=50962 This week's WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 19th October 2020:]]> 5.6,Admin Notices Manager,Beaver Builder,Buddyboss,Deals,ESLint,FSE,Loginizer,NASA,News,Nokia,R_Evil,security,Strattic,themes,Toolset,Web stories,WordPress,WP Builds

This week’s WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 19th October 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.6 Beta 1

WordPress 5.6 Release Team Pulls the Plug on Block-Based Widgets

Community

WordPress deploys forced security update for dangerous bug in popular plugin

Introducing the strategic Quick Publish for faster publishing!

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Q: First FSE WordPress Theme Now Live

Buddy Boss – Mobile App Launch, Platform & Theme Features, Showcase | October Update – Video

Past Twenty* WordPress Themes To Get New Block Patterns

Beaver Builder Accessibility: What You Need to Know

Admin Notices Manager – announcing the new plugin

Toolset Blocks 1.3.2 and Types 3.4.2 – Better Performance and Stability

Using the Web Stories for WordPress Plugin? You Better Play By Google’s Rules.
Alternative…
MakeStories 2.0 Launches Editor for WordPress, Rivaling Google’s Official Web Stories Plugin

Deals from this week

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and
The WP Builds Deals Page

NEWWave Video Combo – $59

NEWWordPress Portal Lifetime – $49

TeliportMe – $79

HockeyStack – $79

Pixlr image editing- $49

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – $39

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Security

R_Evil WordPress Hacktool & Malicious JavaScript Injections

Loginizer Plugin Gets Forced Security Update for Vulnerabilities Affecting 1 Million Users

WP Builds

202 – Matte v glossy screens

Jobs

Nothing for you this week, but please submit and that you have here

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Talking on the moon: Nasa and Nokia to install 4G on lunar surface

Seeing Theory

ESLint Maintainers Share Challenges of Funding Open Source Utilities through Sponsorship

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202 – Matte v glossy screens https://wpbuilds.com/2020/10/22/202-matte-v-glossy-screens/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=50641 Nathan says 'Matte and Glossy' sound like a Las Vegas cabaret act so David's down for a quick win on this one! This is a little bit of a sham debate as it is as silly as matte or gloss paper. But some designers have a preference for one over the other and all of us who make websites probably need to consider that visitors may have vastly different experiences depending on what they use. It's quite surprising when you look into this how much the screen that your beautifully designed WordPress website is viewed upon can impact how it looks. I mostly assume that what I design is what everyone sees, but it's just not the case. The screen really, really matter. So whish is best... Find out what we think on the podcast this week...]]> Brightness,Contrast,Eyes,Glossy,Matte,Monitor,Nits,podcast,Screen,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

Nathan says ‘Matte and Glossy’ sound like a Las Vegas cabaret act so David’s down for a quick win on this one!

This is a little bit of a sham debate as it is as silly as matte or gloss paper.

But some designers have a preference for one over the other and all of us who make websites probably need to consider that visitors may have vastly different experiences depending on what they use.

We have some confessions first:

  • Neither of us have given this much thought before
  • We most certainly will display our ignorance
  • We will definitely wander into chat about the other factors that affect a visitor’s viewing experiences. (browsers, eyecare software, colour gamut range, nits and calibration)

Further reading which will educate you far better than this podcast!

https://pcmonitors.info/articles/matte-vs-glossy-monitors/

https://gigaom.com/2009/06/16/matte-vs-glossy-debate-heats-up-are-glossy-displays-a-health-hazard/

https://www.quora.com/Which-one-is-better-for-laptop-a-glossy-or-matte-screen

https://www.quora.com/Which-screen-is-better-for-design-Glossy-or-Anti-glare

https://html.developreference.com/article/12592355/CSS+color+difference+between+Browsers

https://www.howtogeek.com/181727/glossy-vs.-matte-lcds-which-should-you-choose-when-buying-a-display/

The points in favour of glossy

  • Brighter and more vibrant (uplifting) 
  • As we move more to vibrant smartphone, it’s useful to design on a glossy screen… it may better reflect that experience
  • No yellow or purple hues distorting the palette (particular never seeing true grey)
  • Don’t need manufacturers deciding for us what glare issues are. We can add our own
  • Can see subtle shades (#fafafa)
  • Easier to wipe clean

The points in favour of matte (anti-glare)

  • Some will say there is no difference between a matte screen with a anti-glare cover, which makes it matte (there are some who argue antiglare and anti reflective are different again)
  • Health and eye stain (from distracting reflection and too much contrast)
  • If brand colours are going to print (likely) a matte screen is likely to be a better representation of that (better than a glossy backlit vibrant version)
  • Anti-glare seems to be on the increase (hard to prove but it seems to be the trend)
  • If you can make it look good on matte, you’ve succeeded!
  • A damp microfiber cloth will clean the anti glare screens

Additional thoughts

  • Which is more popular? Hard to say. David could not get a powerful glossy laptop and has not found a glossy 24 inch monitor. But touch screen devices need glossy and 2 in 1 laptops/pads are popular
  • Microsoft’s ClearType on by default – remember that
  • Browser styles (text decoration) Firefox and Safari use the sRGB colour profile. Chrome does not or does not by default  (chrome://flags/#force-color-profile)
  • Calibration tools like Datacolour SpyderX Pro can be useful (https://www.creativebloq.com/features/best-monitor-calibrator)
  • How many nits? What an odd question! https://www.howtogeek.com/402006/what-are-nits-of-brightness-on-a-tv/
  • Color gamut (Adobe’s SRGB)
  • Most decent normal monitors will cover 100% of the sRGB colour space, which translates to about 70% of the Adobe RGB space. Anything above 90% is fine, but the displays included on cheap tablets, laptops and monitors may only cover 60-70%.
  • What about people who like a dark UI over a light one?
  • Web safe colours are not considered relevant today. Web safe colours emerged during the early era of the internet; a standardized palette of 216 colors that displayed consistently across all major browsers.
  • Pixels (retina)

If any of this has meant anything to you, or you have a comment, please leave on below, or find the thread in the WP Builds Facebook Group!

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clean no 00:48:46 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #134 – Full site editing closer, plugin news and Google going all-in on mobile search https://wpbuilds.com/2020/10/19/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-134-full-site-editing-closer-plugin-news-and-google-going-all-in-on-mobile-search/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=50474 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 12th October 2020.]]> 5.6,Blocks,Deals,EditorPlus,Google,Gravity Forms,GridBuilder,News,pagereview,PayPal,Rest API,RunCloud,Stripe,Termageddon,Toolset,WooCommerce,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WPDandy,WPMU Dev

This week’s WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 12th October 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.6 to Introduce Application Passwords for REST API Authentication

Navigation Screen Sidelined for WordPress 5.6, Full-Site Editing Edges Closer to Public Beta

Are Block-Based Widgets Ready To Land in WordPress 5.6?

Community

How To Use Redis Full-Page Cache (RunCache) To Speed Up Your WordPress Performance

WordCamp Austin 2020 Finds Success with VR Experience for Sessions and Networking

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Add other people to your Toolset Agency or Lifetime account

WPMUDev – Introducing: New and Improved Hub Tabs!

Gravity Forms 2.5 Beta 2 – Test it with Add-Ons!

WP Grid Builder – Query, Lay Out & Filter

Termageddon for MainWP

EditorPlus 1.9 Adds Animation Builder for the Block Editor

WooCommerce Payments Now Supports Subscriptions

Deals from this week

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The WP Builds Deals Page

NEWWordPress Portal Lifetime – $49

TeliportMe – $79

HockeyStack – $79

Pixlr image editing- $49

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

PWA for WP – $59

Security

High Severity Vulnerability Patched in Child Theme Creator by Orbisius

WordPress Vulnerability News, October 2020

WP Builds

201 – How to make your WordPress website run smoothly (even after a year) with Alexandru Covtun

Jobs

Nothing for you this week, but please submit and that you have here

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Google Mobile First Index – Zero Desktop Content March 2021

PayPal to introduce £12/yr fee for ‘inactive’ accounts – act now to dodge it

pagereview.io – The website feedback tool for projects and teams

Stripe Acquires Paystack for $200M+

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clean no 00:31:12 Nathan Wrigley
201 – How to make your WordPress website run smoothly (even after a year) with Alexandru Covtun https://wpbuilds.com/2020/10/15/201-how-to-make-your-wordpress-website-run-smoothly-even-after-a-year-with-alexandru-covtun/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=50441 Today we talk about how to keep your WordPress website running smoothly, whether that's one month or one year after you launched it. So we all know that having a website is more work than most people think. There's a ton of things that need to go on in the background to ensure that it's up and running, performing well and getting you leads. As WordPress web professionals, we take much of this for granted. In fact I was thinking as I wrote this post of all the little tasks that it takes to create a website and then keep it running in a performant way, and I was honestly surprised at all the things that I could think of. There were dozens...! Today we have Alexandru Covtun on the podcast to tackle this subject. He's with WP Dandy which is a WordPress maintenance and support company, so he knows what he's on about. Go listen...]]> care plans,maintenance,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Dandy

Interview with Alexandru Covtun and Nathan Wrigley

Today we talk about how to keep your WordPress website running smoothly, whether that’s one month or one year after you launched it.

So we all know that having a website is more work than most people think. There’s a ton of things that need to go on in the background to ensure that it’s up and running, performing well and getting you leads.

As WordPress web professionals, we take much of this for granted. In fact I was thinking as I wrote this post of all the little tasks that it takes to create a website and then keep it running in a performant way, and I was honestly surprised at all the things that I could think of. There were dozens…!

Today we have Alexandru Covtun on the podcast to tackle this subject. He’s with WP Dandy which is a WordPress maintenance and support company, so he knows what he’s on about.

As I mentioned, there’s more to this than meets the eye, and even a seasoned WordPress website builder might well have missed one or two of the tricks that he talks about:

  • Carefully choose plugins/theme you use on your site
  • Disable/delete unused plugins/themes that are installed by default
  • Perform regular updates of your WordPress website’s core, plugins, and themes
  • Keep your theme lightweight
  • Minify, combine, compress, and cache the files on both the browser and the server
  • Reduce the amount of render blocking resources (ASYNC/DEFER)
  • Use HTTPS connection instead of HTTP one
  • Maintain a minimal amount of HTTP/HTTPS requests
  • Use optimized images (lossless compression, SVG format)
  • Lazy Load your images
  • Disable hotlinking (images, files)
  • Optimize the fonts (self-host + preload, preconnect*)
  • Optimize comments (lazy load)
  • Use a good CDN (Cloudflare)
  • Keep an eye on the PHP version your WordPress website runs under
  • Clean up your database regularly
  • Perform regular website performance checks
  • Perform regular website security checks
  • Implement security scenarios
  • Block bad bots

I guess that it’s fair to say that each project might need ‘all’ of these things implemented, but it’s surely a good idea to have them in your arsenal of tools; a list of things that you can mention to clients when they ask about why they should pay you to get on your website care plans.

Like I say, an episode packed with useful insights for the pro and beginner alike.

Pop a comment down below or join our Facebook group and comment over there.

Mentioned in this episode…

WP Dandy

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clean no 01:06:39 Nathan Wrigley
200 – To niche or not to niche https://wpbuilds.com/2020/10/08/200-to-niche-or-not-to-niche/ Thu, 08 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=50153 So, you're a WordPress website creator. You sell your websites to clients far and wide, or at least that's the hope. We all know though that the reality is that finding new clients can be hard and keeping them can be harder. The question in this episode of the podcast is, what's the best approach for attracting new clients. Should you go for anyone and everyone, or are you best targeting your efforts at a particular niche? Well, it's not that easy and there are pros and cons to both options. Today on the podcast, which by the way is episode 200 (yay!), we discuss which is best. Honestly, it throws up some unexpected results. In the end you'll have to decide for yourself, but perhaps listening to others debate this point might get you on the right track! Go listen...]]> agency,business,Clients,Niche,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

We talked about niches a few years ago but thought it would be good to subject it to this (perhaps more rounded) format. Plus things change!

Niche (the default advice?)

  • Find your ideal customer
  • Be the expert in your field
  • Earn more – because you are the expert in your field
  • Better targeting of your market
  • Reduce burnout or getting overwhelmed (easier to create systems for niches)
  • We all niche (WordPress / Page Builders / design / dev etc)
  • You can collaborate with people offering different services in your field (good for marketing)
  • No competing with everyone with your skill set
  • It can add authenticity to what you do
  • If you’re good, you could replicate the niche to another niche
  • You can sell the business and move to the next niche

Not Niching 

  • It’s easy to get it wrong (ie you ideal customer is not willing to pay when you need)
  • Many clients like to use local people – imagine being the agency who creates site for vets based in a town with one local vet
  • All your eggs are in one basket – you could be pushed out by a big player
  • Clients may not want the same supplier as their competitors
  • Could be boring do the same kind of site – leading to burnout
  • Restricts who you could serve in a changing marketplace
  • Unless you wandered into a niche it probably is not authentic
  • If people buy because of who you are – the niche is more of a restriction

Mentioned in this episode…

I just thought that I ought to write something at the end here about the fact that we got to 200 episodes. I feel like this is quite and achievement! Well done to David for sticking with me in all this!

If you fancy continuing the conversation, please comment below or perhaps in the WP Builds Facebook Group thread.

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clean no 00:41:55 Nathan Wrigley
199 – Benjamin Ritner speaks with Kadence https://wpbuilds.com/2020/10/01/199-benjamin-ritner-speaks-with-kadence/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=49635 Today we hear all about Kadence Blocks, the Kadence Theme and Kadence Membership from the creator, Benjamin Ritner. This suite of WordPress tools has been growing in popularity at an amazing rate. Wherever I seem to go, it's being mentioned, and in a very positive light. He's built out a broad set of tools which will enable you to build just about any WordPress website that you could imagine. He prides himself on keeping things lightweight and offering good support. Have a listen to the podcast today to see if Kadence is something to consider in your WordPress toolbelt in the days to come. Go listen...]]> Kadence,Kadence Membership,podcast,themes,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview with Benjamin Ritner and Nathan Wrigley

This seems to be getting so much attention at the moment. Kadence Blocks, Theme and Membership. Wherever I go online to chat about WordPressy things, Kadence seems to pop up and get talked about… and it seems to be talk of a very positive nature.

BTW – did you see what I did with the title!?

So I recorded this episode with Benjamin Ritner quite a few months ago and he’s been really busy since then. Nothing about what we discuss is out of date, rather, he’s been busy creating new things. At the time of recording his Kadence WordPress theme was something that he was working on, but now it’s all finished and ready to roll, but it’s interesting to hear about how and why he built a WordPress theme in a time when it feels like the whole purpose of themes is in question due to the full site editing that’s coming down the track with the Block Editor.

We cover quite a lot of ground:

Ben’s history working with WordPress, which is deep and rich.

How the theme market was a great place to be a few years ago, before the oversaturation of the market, and what Ben did about this to keep his business afloat.

Kadence Membership, how it got started, what’s included and why the marriage of a theme to a suite of blocks is a compelling offer going forwards in the WordPress space.

How he decided to gamble that Blocks was going to be the next big thing – a shift in business focus and the risks and rewards that this posed.

The difficulties in developing in an environment which is constantly in-flux – how hard it was at the start to create Blocks when there was almost zero documentation to support his learning.

Ben discusses why anyone clinging on to the Classic Editor is missing out on a whole heap of goodness that the Block Editor brings along. A simple imterface for editing, rich features which are being added to all the time and a roadmap that dominates the future of WordPress.

Ben feels that this is an exciting time for WordPress. We’ve got a great new tool that is like nothing else in other CMS’s. Sure, it’s not complete, there’s a ton of things for is to wait for, but with suites of blocks like Kadence Blocks, we’re really seeing how the boundaries of what’s possible inside an editor can be pushed to new levels.

We have a deep dive into the feature set of the Kadence Blocks suite as it was at the time of recording, but I would urge you to go and have a look now, becasuse there’s been a lot of work done since that day and many, many new features added.

I think that the best value that you can get is from the Kadence Membership which rolls up all-the-things that Ben’s been working on into one neat package. Everything in one place for you to create great WordPress websites, all built by a guy who you now kinda know, and I hope, trust.

It was really lovely chatting to Ben, and I hope that you enjoy the podcast episode. As always go leave a comment here, or perhaps in the WP Builds Facebook Group.

Mentioned in this episode…

Kadence Membership

Kadence Blocks

Kadence Theme

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clean no 00:57:28 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #133 – New Twenty Twenty One Theme, WordPress dual license and Facebook quitting Europe https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/28/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-133-new-twenty-twenty-one-theme-wordpress-dual-license-and-facebook-quitting-europe/ Mon, 28 Sep 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=49800 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 21st September 2020]]> Contributors,Deals,Facebook,Google,Mobile,News,oEmbed,Project Huddle,security,Stackable,Twenty Twenty-One,W3C,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 21st September 2020:

WordPress Core

First Look at Twenty Twenty-One, WordPress’s Upcoming Default Theme

Community

WordPress Mobile Engineers Propose Dual Licensing Gutenberg under GPL v2.0 and MPL v2.0

WordPress Contributors Debate Dashboard Notice for Upcoming Facebook oEmbed Provider Removal

W3C Drops WordPress from Consideration for Redesign, Narrows CMS Shortlist to Statamic and Craft

Where to Buy or Sell a WordPress Business, Website, or Side-Gig

Google Officially Releases Its Web Stories for WordPress Plugin

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Project Huddle 4.0 – Giving design review a UI and UX redesign.

Stackable – Introducing Global Colors and Global Typography

Gutenberg Hub Launches Landing Page Templates Directory

Deals from this week

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NEWKadence Theme Pro Lifetime – $129

NEWKadence Membership Lifetime – $389

NEWTeliportMe – $79

NEWHockeyStack – $79

Stackable – $69

Pixlr image editing- $49

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – $39

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

PWA for WP – $59

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Security

Critical Vulnerabilities Patched in XCloner Backup and Restore Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: September 2020, Part 2

WP Builds

198 – Value pricing v fixed rate

Jobs

Nothing for you this week – sorry about that.

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Facebook says it may quit Europe over ban on sharing data with US

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198 – Value pricing v fixed rate https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/24/198-value-pricing-v-fixed-rate/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=42779 This debate will never die, but we keep hearing more about it each year. The traditional model is to charge your client a fee that is made clear on your website. You charge a fixed fee for the services that your provide. But now we've got value pricing which says charge the client based upon the value that you bring to their business. More profit for you. But is this easy to pull off, or does it feel like deception from the client's point of view. One model is simple, the other takes more thought, but offers higher rewards (if you can find the clients). Find out what we think about this debate in the WP Builds Podcast today...]]> Clients,podcast,pricing,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

This should be fun. Not directly related to WordPress, but many of the business courses and events for those running WordPress services focus on this.

Overwhelmingly, (or loudly) they advise a type of value pricing over fixed rate. This is where you charge according to the value to the customer and because it is about making more money it is about finding customers who see the higher value.

Nathan is going to argue the fixed rate side and David will argue the value pricing side.

Value Pricing

Apple and Starbucks are good products based examples of success with value pricing. Their costs may be similar to competitors, but they are able to charge more. The difference in quality may actually be very small but significant enough to buyers. I think a lot of the specialist shops started to do this in the 80’s, for example Dunkin Donuts, Tie Rack and more.

It’s more sophisticated model as it looks at all the factors that affect the psychology of buyers. Look at Apple’s “1000 songs in your pocket”, getting the value of the iPod over in opposition to a rival, cheaper mp3 player.

Most people don’t have a clue about actual costs (if there is such a thing). They have comparisons and a belief that things that cost more are of better quality. A small number of people alway buy the best. Most tend to avoid the cheapest if they can.

If you are someone who really does their research and hates to buy anything over the minimal cost, the chances are you are not consistent in all your buying.

It is a mistake to assume your customer thinks like you. If fact, if they are coming to you for what you know, it is almost certain they don’t.

With custom services fixed pricing is difficult anyway. You don’t get to control clients who you depend on to deliver the goods, so it is very easy to undercharge and go out of business.

Charge well enough and you may have enough time to make a difference to clients overall profitability. Some that value pricing implementers focus on – solving wider business problems (more time more profit- not just delivering functional software).

It can be a solution to the problems of fixed rate. A client sees a low rate and excludes you. Clients don’t understand what you can do for them so have no context for the price.

Fixed Rate

This method is far more transparent and accessible to clients, they understand this because this is how commerce usually works. You see a price in a shop and you expect to pay that.

You don’t have to hide what you have charge others. People can see what they are getting easily, you can put your rates on your website and casual browsers can made decisions without having to speak to you and get into complex negotiations in which you have to convince them of the value that you can add.

Long term relationship of trust could be easier to form if the client feels you are trying to give them the best cost. This is easy to underestimate, but we all feel good when we’ve received a great deal, and annoyed if we feel that we’ve been taken for a ride. With value pricing, if you don’t knock it out of the park, you’re going to open yourself to the criticism of ripping people off with empty promises.

It is not easy to show value quickly. Saying simply ‘we offer this service for this fee’ is easier, although I suspect that those with big budgets might not be looking for this attitude.

Promising to deliver what is beyond your control is problematic. Our industry seems to have many customers who feel they have been robbed.

Probably too many folks are trying to find “value” clients. Many competitors set up yesterday with a page builder and a script from a course and think they can charge top prices. I really think that this is an industry problem that’s going to get worse and worse!

The biggest promoters of value pricing teach it but have stopped doing it. They are out of the business they are telling you how to run yours.

Final thoughts

We don’t do value pricing because we can’t be bothered with the pitching.

We like the more passive nature of the hosting and care. The price is low so people have no reason to search for cheaper during a recession, but profitable enough to feel some security.

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clean no 00:47:51 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #132 – Gutenberg 9.0, SkyVerge joins GoDaddy and The Ig-Nobel prize https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/21/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-132-gutenberg-9-0-skyverge-joins-godaddy-and-the-ig-nobel-prize/ Mon, 21 Sep 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=49523 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 14th September 2020]]> Deals,Facebook,GoDaddy,Gutenberg,Instagram,iThemes,Matt Mullenweg,Microsoft,News,podcast,Scratch,security,Servebolt,SkyVerge,themes,Toolset,WooCommerce,WordPress,WordPress Leeds,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 14th September 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 9.0 Brings Major Improvements to Navigation Screen and Query Block

Gutenberg’s Custom Spacing Should Be Theme Controlled

Community

WordPress Themes Directory Adds New “Delist” Status for Non-Compliant Themes

SkyVerge joins GoDaddy and this

Matt Mullenweg and Jamstack Community Square Off, Making Long-Term Bets on the Predominant Architecture for the Web and this

WordPress Leeds Online – Support Automation

Upcoming API Change Will Break Facebook and Instagram oEmbed Links Across the Web Beginning October 24

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Toolset Blocks 1.3 – WooCommerce, Post Relationships, WPML and More!

New! Banned Users Gets an Upgrade in iThemes Security Pro 6.7.0

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

NEWKadence Theme Pro Lifetime – $129

NEWKadence Membership Lifetime – $389

NEWTeliportMe – $79

NEWHockeyStack – $79

Stackable – $69

Pixlr image editing- $49

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – $39

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

PWA for WP – $59

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Security

High-Severity Vulnerabilities Patched in Discount Rules for WooCommerce

WordPress Vulnerability News, September 2020

WP Builds

197 – Multiple domains, one WordPress install, you need Landing Kit

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10k installs – Part 8

Jobs

Servebolt – WordPress & WooCommerce Support Specialist

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Alligator on gas snaps up Ig Nobel prize

China bans Scratch, MIT’s programming language for kids

Microsoft’s underwater data centre resurfaces after two years

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197 – Multiple domains, one WordPress install, you need Landing Kit https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/17/197-multiple-domains-one-wordpress-install-you-need-landing-kit/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=42590 Marketers rejoice! WP Landing Kit is a plugin that you've wanted for ages and ages and now you have it! It allows you to point all of your domains at one WordPress install! You can then control all of your landing pages from one WordPress install, meaning that you save time on updating it and you can use successful page templates with ease. You might not immediatley see the utility of a plugin like this, but after listening to the podcast, you'll realsise that it's a genius idea. Jason Schuller is on the podcast today to talk about how it all works and how you can use it. Go listen...]]> DNS,Domains,Landing Kit,Landing Pages,marketing,podcast,Sales,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview with Jason Schuller and Nathan Wrigley

Marketers rejoice! This is a plugin that you’ve wanted for ages and ages and now you have it! WP Landing Kit.

So what does it do? It allows you to point all of your domains at one WordPress install! Nice.

Perhaps the next question is, why would I want to do that? Why not just install WordPress on each of the domains because clearly that would work. Well, yes it would, but this is not full a fully fleshed out website. As the name of the plugin suggests, this is landing pages. In other words this is for people who want to have a one page website, perhaps you might call this a landing page.

So you’re an internet marketer. You have tons of products that you’d like to promote, offers that you’d like to pitch and upsells that you like to push. These need a home – a page. Perhaps these products and offers only have a limited shelf life, maybe a week or a month, so going to the lengths of setting up a WordPress website is a little overkill. You just want to get a sales pages up, start to promote it and then move onto something else.

WP Landing Kit allows you to have as many domains as you can like all pointing to one WordPress website. In effect each page on that website becomes a domain.

You can create the ultimate landing page template, one that stands the AB test of time, a page that truly meets all the requirements, one that converts well above the average. Now if you start to promote a new product, you just duplicate that template, adjust a few things on the website, fiddle with some DNS and boom, you’re in business. You have a domain, pointing to a WordPress site, but that site is never revealed and it looks like it’s a site all by itself.

I guess that you’ll only run into this problem if you need single landing pages, and if you do need that, you’re immediately seeing how this can save you hours and hours of time. Hours of installing WordPress, gone. Hours of downloading plugins, gone. Hours of updating WordPress, plugins and themes, gone. In short, this is super fast way to get your landing pages up and running. In fact I’d challenge you to find a faster way, even with a rival SaaS service.

Now the picture that I painted was a little simplistic. I said that you can only create single page websites, but that’s not quite true. I imagine that this is the most common use, but if you want to you can add in sub-pages and map Custom Post Types as well. In other words, it allows for more complexity should you need that.

Unlimited domains mapped to one domain – a simple, but effective way of managing your marketing website empire!

So Jason Schuller is on the podcast today to talk all about it. Why it was created, what obstacles it overcomes, and how to set it all up.

Listen to the podcast and then join the discussion over in the WP Builds Facebook group, or in the comments below…

Mentioned in this episode…

WP Landing Kit

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clean no 00:46:00 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #131 – Gutenberg 8.9 block-based widgets, plugin updates and fundo! https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/14/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-131-gutenberg-8-9-block-based-widgets-plugin-updates-and-fundo/ Mon, 14 Sep 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=42699 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 7th September 2020]]> 7G Firewall,ACF,AMP,Convesio,Deals,File Manager,Formidable,Fundo,Gutenberg,Jetpack,MainWP,Microthemer,News,security,support,VS Code,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 7th September 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 8.9 Brings Block-Based Widgets Out of the Experimental Stage

Community

Convesio and Steadfast Partnership

WordPress Support Team Seeks to Curb Support Requests for Commercial Plugins and Themes

VS Code Wins Best PHP IDE/Editor for WordPress Development in 2020

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

MainWP 4.1 released – New Features and Code Changes

ACF 5.9.1 Release

Microthemer – Sliders, filters, transforms, and better support for CSS units

Formidable acquires – Business Directory Plugin and AWPCP

Jetpack Launches Email Marketing Tools with Creative Mail Integration, WooCommerce-Triggered Store Emails Coming Soon

AMP Plugin 2.0 Adds Onboarding Wizard and Expanded Reader Mode

7G Firewall: September 2020 Update

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Happyfiles – $19

Stackable – $69

PWA for WP – $59

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Pixlr image editing- $49

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – $39

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Attackers Fight for Control of Sites Targeted in File Manager Vulnerability

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: September 2020, Part 1

WP Builds

196 – Coding v non-coding

Jobs

Nothing for you this week.

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Google Unveils Fundo for Monetizing Video Events

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196 – Coding v non-coding https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/10/196-coding-v-non-coding/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=42410 Should you code or just buy plugins, themes and blocks when building your WordPress website? Many people like to know all the code so that they can create sites that so exactly what they want with zero bloat. That's fine if you've got the time and clients who are willing to pay for all that, but these days there's so many great tools that will enable non-coders to build fantastic WordPress websites. So... to code or not to code, that is the question. Find out what we think on the podcast today...]]> Coding,JavaScript,Laravel,Page Builder,PHP,podcast,React,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

When setting up this debate series we naturally got asked to compare one page builder against another. A great topic, but tricky for us as we both use the same page builder and know it best. As people are passionate about their brands and we don’t want to fuel divisions because of our ignorance.

Instead, we thought we would probably talk about the major players within this debate… about whether we as generalists (who deliver whole sites alone – mostly)  are better off learning some basic code skills or not. This could have an influence over which tools we prefer in WordPress.

We might disagree which software falls into which category, but..

Some lean more toward being an all-in-one solution for the wider non-coder market

Others have a coding audience in mind, or at least people who want to put their solution together with their own choice of plugins

Coding – David

  • I am going to claim the Genesis Theme Framework, Beaver Builder and Oxygen Builder as some well known platforms which may be geared to those who don’t mind touching code.
  • You can build impressive sites with these tools without code, but I believe these aim to serve those who prefer to add their own touches and will want to pick their own plugins for contact forms and pop-ups.
  • You cheat yourself long term if you try to avoid code. How many wasted days searching the plugin repository for simple effects like a hide and reveal. Perhaps installing a very heavyweight plugin for things that a few lines of code could have sorted.
  • Bloat is the usual argument against Megathemes and all-in-one solutions, but I think it means different things to different people. Some say it refers to too much code output, some for backend intrusions. My concern is more with technical debt when things are not modularised, resources used (which is both a cost and Green issue) and also stability.
  • I don’t think code free will ever exist. Browser, CSS and HTML specifications have always changed over time. Relying on any one tool to do it all means you’re relying on something that will go out of date, and you have to learn a new one.
  • I like that it gives me the edge over clients!
  • I rely on making money from hosting. So the lighter the solution the better.

No coding – Nathan

  • Divi, Brizy, Elementor, Toolset are more all-in-one tools. You simply need not code if what they can offer is enough for what you need.
  • Code free is the way it is all going – not perfect today, but that is not a reason to look back.
  • All-in-one is better for user experience and more integrated.
  • Design is important. I find it hard enough just to get the design right, let alone doing all the coding! Better to leave the code to the tools that can handle that so I can concentrate on the getting the site shipped quickly.
  • With design skills, you are above your client’s level.
  • It does not matter that tools which pack everything in them will end up with deprecated code, because clients should rebuild their sites every few years anyway!

Final thoughts

On the whole, we’re lucky with the tools we’ve picked. We took wrong turns, looking at Megathemes to do things quickly. It was a false economy for us when we wanted one thing different to the scores of options they gave us. It took twice as long! Since then, we have preferred simple layouts that we can add to.

Mentioned in this episode…

Elementor

Beaver Builder

Toolset

Brizy

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #130 – WordPress 5.5.1, The Page Builder Summit and Linux is 29 https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/07/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-130-wordpress-5-5-1-the-page-builder-summit-and-linux-is-29/ Mon, 07 Sep 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=42480 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 31st August 2020]]> 5.5.1,Block Patterns,Deals,Docket WP,Genesis,GoWP,iThemes,Jetpack,LearnDash,Linux,News,Ninja charts,Oxygen,Page Builder Summit,Restrict Contect Pro,ScaleMath,WooCommerce,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WPMU Dev,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 31st August 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5.1 maintenance release schedule

WordPress 5.5.1 Released with Backfill for Deprecated JavaScript Globals

Community

The Page Builder Summit 2020 – Sign up!

WordPress: Year in Review

A long bright future for Restrict Content Pro with iThemes and Liquid Web and this

Introduction to block patterns

WordCamp Austin Opens Call for Musicians

Founders Yoast SEO take a stake in WordProof to push timestamp relevance for SEO results

WPMU Dev – Bronze Hosting Now With 50% More SSD Storage

WordPress Plugin Authors Should Avoid Confusing Users When Naming Blocks

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

What’s new in Oxygen 3.5?

Genesis DevKit, Extender Pro, And Themer Pro Updates

New WooCommerce Developer Resources Portal is Live

Jetpack 8.9 Adds Donations Block, Newsletter Form, and Social Previews

Yoast SEO 14.9: Polish word forms, Hebrew keyphrase recognition

Ninja Charts: The Simplest WordPress Chart Add-on with Massive Customization Features

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Stackable – $69

PWA for WP – $59

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Pixlr image editing- $49

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – $39

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Docket WP Giveaway!

Security

700,000 WordPress Users Affected by Zero-Day Vulnerability in File Manager Plugin

WP Builds

195 – Translate your WordPress websites with Weglot

Jobs

GoWP – Growth Manager

Learn Dash – Customer Support Specialist

ScaleMath – Content Lead

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Happy 29th Birthday, Linux!

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195 – Translate your WordPress websites with Weglot https://wpbuilds.com/2020/09/03/195-translate-your-wordpress-websites-with-weglot/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=42163 So this podcast episode is all about translations and how you can do that on your WordPress website. Perhaps you have a legal requirement to have multiple languages on your site, or perhaps you just want to further your reach into different parts of the world. Whatever the reason, doing this stuff manually would be really time consuming. Far better to have a nice, helpful WordPress plugin at hand that will do all the heavy lifting for you. Find out how to that we Weglot on the WP Builds Podcast today...]]> Multilingual,podcast,Polyglot,Translation,Weglot,WordPress,WP Builds

Get 15% off Weglot for life over on the WP Builds Deals Page – search for ‘Weglot’.

Interview with Augustin Prot and Nathan Wrigley

So this podcast episode is all about translations and how you can do that on your WordPress website.

Perhaps you have a legal requirement to have multiple languages on your site, or perhaps you just want to further your reach into different parts of the world. Whatever the reason, doing this stuff manually would be really time consuming. Far better to have a nice, helpful WordPress plugin at hand that will do all the heavy lifting for you.

Well, you’re in luck, because on the podcast today we have Augustin Prot from Weglot, and they make such a plugin – and what’s more, it sounds really rather good!

In the podcast Augustin explains all about why they built the plugin and how it all works.

There’s a lot going on under the hood too – there are all the bells and whistles that you might imagine from a WordPress translation plugin.

I say WordPress, but Weglot works all over the internet, and so if your business strays into using other CMSs, then you will be interested to hear that it works with:

  • WordPress
  • WooCommerce
  • Shopify
  • Squarespace
  • BigCommerce
  • Jimdo
  • Weebly
  • Wix
  • Webflow
  • Magento
  • PrestaShop
  • and a bunch of others too!

So find out what Weglot can do for your website translations on the WP Builds podcast today!

Mentioned in this episode…

Get 15% off Weglot for life over on the WP Builds Deals Page – search for ‘Weglot’.

Enter the Weglot Giveaway for a chance to win one of x3 Annual Pro licences.

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clean no 00:52:51 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #129 – PHP updates, plugin news and Apple want 30% of nothing https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/31/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-129-php-updates-plugin-news-and-apple-want-30-percent-of-nothing/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=42156 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 24th August 2020]]> 5.5,AMP,Atomic Blocks,Automattic,Block Pattern Builder,Castos,Deals,Elementor,Genesis,Gravatar,H5P,Happy Files,MotoPress,News,PHP,PowerPack,Stackable,WordPress,WP Beginner,WP Builds,WP Engine

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 24th August 2020:

WordPress Core

Proposal: Dropping support for old PHP versions via a fixed schedule
and
WordPress Should Bump PHP Support on a Transparent and Predictable Schedule

Community

MotoPress Acquires Gutenix WordPress Theme

WordPress 5.5 Sitemap Bug Causes 404 Errors

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

PowerPack Update: Introducing Card Slider Module for Beaver Builder!

Block Pattern Builder

Introducing v2.0 of the official AMP for WordPress Plugin

Better Responsive Controls, Better List Block Icons and Low-Highlight Effect – Stackable

Elementor 3.0 Allows Users to Create a Personalized Design System

One-Click Importer, New Folder UI, Create Multiple Categories – Happy Files

Atomic Blocks Rebranded to Genesis Blocks, Migration Path to New Plugin Coming Soon

Privacy-First Gravatar Replacement, Pixel Avatars Module Released for the Toolbelt WordPress Plugin

H5P – in interesting idea?

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Stackable – $69

PWA for WP – $59

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Pixlr image editing- $49

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – $39

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: August 2020, Part 2

WP Builds

194 – Static design v in-browser design

Jobs

Core developer donated by WP Beginner

Senior PHP Developer – Castos

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Automattic Tangles with Apple Over Lack of In-App Purchases in the WordPress for iOS App

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clean no 00:28:34 Nathan Wrigley
194 – Static design v in-browser design https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/27/194-static-design-v-in-browser-design/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=41943 This week was debate whether it's better to design your WordPress websites with browser based tools like a Page Builder, or use dedicated apps like Figma, Adobe XD or Sketch. Years ago this question was completely absurd. Not only did the tools not exist, but there was almost no conception that the browser might even be capable of image manipulation on the scale that would be needed. Fast forward to today and the tools exist and are excellent. So should you just stay in the browser, educating your clients about WordPress along the way or stay with solutions which have stood the test of time? Find out what we think on the podcast today...]]> Browser,Canva,design,Fireworks,Photoshop,podcast,Sketch,Static,Stencil,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Poor audio warning! I have no idea what happened this week; sometimes David’s audio is poor due to the vagaries of the internet, but mine is almost never that bad, but some gremlin got into my system this week! It’s not that bad, it’s certainly listenable, but I just thought that I’d warn you in advance in case you’re an audiophile!

So the subject of the podcast today is where to design your WordPress website. Should you be doing this with a range of dedicated apps, or are the tools that are now available in the browser enough?

Setting up the Debate

We’d like to thank Tim from Tickyboom for suggesting the topic this week!

Over the years we’ve done this podcast we have both talked about how  WordPress Page Builders have moved us away from the traditional static design (made in Photoshop or similar) to starting and finishing in the Page Builder.

We’ve even warmed to the idea of using templates or templated sections as conventions about page layouts have become more informed by research on conversion rates.

But we have more interactive prototyping tool now with Adobe XD, Sketch and Figma (et al.) so it’s time to look at this again.

Static design – David

  • Better designs – stops you designing to constraints of the Page Builder
  • The prototype tools like Adobe XD allow you to revert back to old versions
  • Keep a consistency with element spacing 
  • You can do art / mood boards and wireframes quickly
  • Get all you image sizes right first – playing with fonts is quicker too
  • Faster – if we have greater restrictions on layout of content, things can get boxy and predictable… if you want lots of overlapping elements or you have have vertical text you do more with vectors, even if that’s only blob backgrounds
  • It keeps everyone more focussed on aesthetics 
  • The tools can be used in a quick way to get an ‘okay’ from clients on the initial look and feel… is something like this what you had in mind?
  • Easier to share 
  • Better for team working… the designer can get on with their thing while the developers do theirs
  • You might even get a better designer with new ideas if they have not been too influenced by creating webpages – gives you challenges you might not think of
  • Avoids you looking at easy whizz-bang animations to make up for poor design
  • If you do want nice animations, you may be back in the graphics tool anyway with animated gifs or newer things like Lottie 
  • There is a problem with sterile design coming from Page Builders. We see more people moving to hand drawn graphics, which you can only get from the graphic tools

In browser – Nathan

  • Faster in term of getting started – saves money, because you’re familiar with how it all works
  • Lets you test speed and resources used as you work – it is all theory on paper
  • You may think about or spot issue with browsers and device earlier
  • Sets an expectations for client earlier (when I have been given designs, I have so many question myself, usually about what is full width or not)  
  • It allows you to accommodate lower budget client without losing out  
  • Lets you experience the interactions earlier (could save issues of poor usability)
  • Animations – easily!
  • Allows you give editor rights to clients for better collaboration
  • Don’t waste time on design that will not translate to the web
  • Get them used to the tool that they will be using
  • The client can be taught about WordPress
  • Less dislocation from designer to me – ‘I can’t really do that with the tools I have’ conversation
  • The browser is the future and things like Chrome OS in schools means that the next generation are all about the browser, it’s what they know and what they’ll be using more and more

Final thoughts

David: It’s rare that I don’t open a graphic program. My approach is more towards the browser. My approach is agile anyway and I don’t really want all the budget to go on design if none is going on traffic and conversion.

Nathan: I’m the same as David in that I really try to use the browser as much as humanly possible. This was not always the case, but now that the tools have evloved to the point where they are now, we can do almost 100% of it in the browser if the clients are willing!

BTW – Do you remember Page Maker, Quark, InDesign? David still uses Fireworks!

If you’ve enjoyed this conversation, please feel free to subscribe to hear about our latest content. Also, join our Facebook Group and get in touch with like-minded WordPress people!

Mentioned in this episode…

Stencil
Canva
Pixteller
Sketch
Figma
Adobe XD
Elementor
Beaver Builder
Brizy
Oxygen

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #128 – WordPress 5.6 started, end of themes and something .new https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/24/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-128-wordpress-5-6-started-end-of-themes-and-something-new/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=41939 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 17th August 2020]]> .new,5.5,5.6,Apple,Block Patterns,Chrome,Code snippets,Deals,Documentation,Firefox,Full site editing,Google,jQuery,Mozilla,News,PHP,security,SSL,themes,WooCommerce,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Rig,WPMU Dev

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 17th August 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.6 Development Kicks Off with All-Women Release Squad

Why WordPress 5.5 is Breaking Sites

Community

11 Fastest WordPress Themes in 2020 (Based on Thorough Testing)

WordPress Documentation Team Discusses Modifying External Linking Policy Following Opposition to the Ban on Commercial Links

Full Site Editing in WordPress: Lowering Barriers to Entry or the End of Themes?

No Minimum PHP Version Bump This Year, WordPress to Support PHP 5.6 for a While Longer

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Exploring the First Block Patterns to Land in the WordPress Theme Directory

User Submitted Posts

Enable jQuery Migrate Helper Plugin Passes 10K Active Installs

WooCommerce 4.4 Updates Blocks and Centralizes Coupon Management

WPMU Dev – The Hub Client

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Stackable – $69

PWA for WP – $59

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Pixlr image editing- $49

Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – $39

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

10 WordPress Security Mistakes You Might Be Making

High-Severity Vulnerability Patched in Advanced Access Manager

WP Builds

193 – Helping people to learn WordPress on YouTube

Managing Code Snippets with Cameron Jones

Jobs

Nothing for you this week, but remember that I’ve started a jobs submission form on this page if you hear about a job!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Do something .new

Apple to Enforce 1-Year Limit on SSL/TLS Certificate Lifetimes on September 1, 2020, Mozilla and Google to Follow Suit

Google Chrome to Start Warning Users About Insecure Forms

Google to Remain Default Search Engine on Firefox

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193 – Helping people to learn WordPress on YouTube https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/20/193-helping-people-to-learn-wordpress-on-youtube/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=41677 Have you ever wanted to start a YouTube Channel related to WordPress content? You've seen other people out there making a great success of it and you think that it's really easy. Paul Charlton is on the WP Builds Podcast today to chat about what it's really like. It's a slog at times and you need to keep the content fresh and of a high quality. Paul focusses on Elementor, Brizy, ACF and JetEngine but straying into all sorts of other areas too. His content is of exceptional quality and I highly recommend a listen to the podcast to find out more about how he grew his channel and created a niche for himself educating people about how to use WordPress...]]> ACF,Brizy,Elementor,JetEngine,Plugins,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Tuts,YouTube

Interview with Nathan Wrigley and Paul Charlton

Paul Charlton has a large and fast growing YouTube WordPress tutorial channel (called WP Tuts) filled with high quality video walkthroughs – it’s something that you should check out.

Terrible analogy ahead – you’ve been warned…

Last year I grew some tomatoes (I did warn you)! I was careful to pick out the correct soil. They received my care and attention. Each day I watered them and pruned off the stems that were not needed. It took months. In the end I was rewarded with a bumper crop of delicious tomatoes.

This year I planted more tomatoes, but I was hopeless with them. Everything from the soil I put them in, to the time that I spent on their care was meagre compared to last year. Guess what, they failed. The tomatoes were small and tasteless!

So what’s this got to do with Paul Charlton’s WordPress YouTube Channel and WP Tuts website I hear to mutter? Well, nothing and something.

You see it’s all about the fruit. The fruit of the vine and the fruit of your labour.

Paul has spent hours and hours producing quality WordPress content. Like my first batch of tomatoes, he’s sweated the details… produced thoughtful content and edited his content beautifully. The fruit of all this labour is… success. A successful YouTube channel with a growing subscriber count (I won’t bother writing how many subscribers he’s got, because it is guaranteed to be higher when you read this). It is in short, a testament to his labour, his hard work. His YouTube channel is producing great tomatoes and people just love to eat them! 😉

Now that I’m done with the gardening analogies what does all this mean? I suppose it means that if you stick at something and keep producing high quality content, then you will find an audience.

Paul produces great video content for people like you and me. He works out the details of how to use WordPress in new and interesting ways and then puts together videos to explain his findings. He enables us all to short-circuit the learning curve and discover new opportunities in plugins that we’ve never used before, or possibly under used!

When I say that Paul’s content is of a high quality, I really do mean that. I cannot really explain what I mean by this, but the simplest way of verifying this is to just pause this podcast and head over to the WP Tuts YouTube Channel and pick out one of the videos which suits you most. There’s no shortage here. I have no idea how many videos there are over there, but it’s a lot and it’s growing each and every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Although Paul strays into other areas, his main content is based around the following plugins:

and if any of those tools are in your arsenal you’ll know how great they are, but it’s likely that you’ve underused them.

If you’ve not used them before then Paul’s videos might well be the perfect place to get started in discovering what it is that they can do.

In the podcast today we have a chat about the journey that Paul has been on. How he got started and how it’s grown over time. The things that he did right, and the things that did not work out so well.

As I said, it’s a story of hard work, and more recently some reward and it’s fascinating. It certainly dispells the idea that you can just stumble into success. It is earned, and Paul has earned it!

Don’t forget to comment on this below or perhaps in the WP Builds Facebook Group, or dare I say it… the WP Builds YouTube Channel!

Mentioned in this episode…

WP Tuts website

WP Tuts on YouTube

Elementor

Brizy

ACF

JetEngine

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clean no 01:03:14 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #127 – WordPress 5.5 released, Astra upset and Fortnite blocked https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/17/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-127-wordpress-5-5-released-astra-upset-and-fortnite-blocked/ Mon, 17 Aug 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=41664 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 10th August 2020]]> 5.5,Apple,Astra,Core,Deals,Elementor,Fortnite,Goolge,Gutenberg,jQuery,News,Pexels,PowerPack,Remote work,Reusable blocks,security,Unsplash,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Engine

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 10th August 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine”
and
WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine” Introduces Block Directory, Block Patterns, and Automatic Updates for Themes and Plugins

Gutenberg 8.7 Adds Minor Changes, Updates Block Pattern Designs, and Continues Full-Site Editing Work

Major jQuery Changes on the Way for WordPress 5.5 and Beyond

Community

A Non-Technical Release Lead’s Journey to Becoming a Mentor for WordPress Core Development

Astra Theme Suspended and Reinstated, Themes Team Works Toward Delisting Strategy for Guideline Violations

New WordPress Plugins Disable Unsplash CDN
and
Pexels: Free, Unrestricted-Use Images

Page Speed: What We Learned By Analyzing 1,500 Agency Websites

WP Engine Pledges Five for the Future

Struggles of Remote Work Half a Year Into the Pandemic

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Convert Reusable Blocks to Block Patterns with 1-Click

An Improved Server Side Render Component for Dynamic WordPress Blocks

Content Ticker for Beaver Builder – PowerPack for Beaver Builder

Elementor Pro v3.0 Beta 2 Release

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Stackable – $69

PWA for WP – $59

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Security

Critical Vulnerabilities Patched in Quiz and Survey Master Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability News, August 2020

WP Builds

192 – WordPress V other blogging platforms

WordPress Podcasts to Help Grow your Agency (2020)

Jobs

Nothing for you this week, but remember that I’ve started a jobs submission form on this page if you hear about a job!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Apple boots Fortnite from the App Store after Epic adds direct payments

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192 – WordPress V other blogging platforms https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/13/192-wordpress-v-other-blogging-platforms/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=41414 Is WordPress the best option for bloggers or do some of the rival services offer a better set of features and ease of use? This argument is not as simple as you might think. I know that we're all into WordPress, but perhaps we need to get some distance and see what the competition is actually doing. Perhaps they have some unique options that WordPress does not have? Perhaps the simplicity is what draws people in, a stripped back set of features that allows you to do what you want and then get out of there - no plugin and theme updates, no security problems, no things breaking that you don't know how to fix. There's quite a bit in the WordPress rival's favour it turns out! Find out our thoughts on the WP Builds podcast...]]> Blog,Blogging,CMS,podcast,SEO,Squarespace,Weebly,Wix,WordPress,WordPress.com,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

Who do you think will win this on a podcast for WordPress users?!?!

Last time Nathan had to argue the case for the side that would most likely end up being defeated, so this time David will take the side of the alternatives to WordPress, and, to a large degree argue for things that he does not believen in!

We might have two arguments here. The functionality of WordPress over other blogging platforms. Then, the suitability of platforms depending on the aims of content producers.

We may all have different ideas about what a web log is. Digital marketers who probably have the most to say on the topic rarely pick one option only.

So here are the main point that we try to debate this time around…

WordPress – Nathan

  • Option to own your blog
  • Flexible – you can do anything with it with thousands of plugin and themes
  • Gutenberg is making default options better all the time
  • Ability to paste from Google Docs and Word
  • You can make money from blogging with WordPress (other platforms may have some options, but with WordPress you can run ads, affiliate schemes, get sponsorship and even sell it)
  • You can’t get suspended – well not likely anyway!
  • You’re not working to make others rich
  • The roadmap for WordPress is fantastic at present
  • You can control the type of engagement (delete comments / block commenters etc.)
  • Can’t beat WordPress SEO options 
  • Can’t use Google analytics with Medium (only their own stats)

Others – David

  • If you only want to write, WordPress is cumbersome (even wordpress.com)
  • Medium has a distraction free editor (Gutenberg copied) and is simple to use and set up – I think not so many changes there like you find entering the world of WordPress
  • Nice typography, easy to add Unsplash images from a search
  • Medium comes with and audience (60 million readers) and has social build it
  • You can make money from Medium’s partnership scheme
  • Blogger.com lets you earn with Google adsense
  • What about microblogging – putting effort into the social networks instead Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin (some professions just live of that), even forums or being a guest blogger
  • Which WP blogger relies solely on their own WordPress – most share the content to different platforms, rarely is it one v’s the other but which out of the many options should you focus on?
  • I question the need for the ownership WordPress blogging gives – for example YouTube rather than my blog gave me some kind of audience – probably the same with the podcast networks for this
  • Wix looks nice and is free (with adverts) and you can import your WordPress posts to it now and it does the redirections for you  (can make money with it too – did I say that already!)

Final thoughts

Who remembers Expression Engine, Tumbler, MySpace, Drupal, Moveable Type and many more? You never know, in a few years we might be saying the same thing about WordPress, although I really hope not!

Some articles worth looking at:

The Best Blogging Platforms and Blog Sites for 2020 – “Want to jump straight to the answer? The best blogging platform for most people is definitely Wix.” 

FreeCodeCamp Moves Off of Medium after being Pressured to Put Articles Behind Paywalls

The long, complicated, and extremely frustrating history of Medium, 2012–present

“Media is broken,” so Medium’s launching a $5/month member program that offers small upgrades

Importing Blog Posts from WordPress to the New Wix Blog

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #126 – WordPress 5.5 RC2, WordCamps cancelled and TikTok buyers wanted https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/10/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-126-wordpress-5-5-rc-2-wordcamps-cancelled-and-tik-tok-buyers-wanted/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=41410 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 3rd August 2020]]> 5.5,Advanced Gutenberg,Auto updates,Automattic,Beaver Builder,Deals,Disable Comments,Divi,Facebook,Freemius,News,Newsletter plugin,P2,Redux,Stencil,TikTok,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,YouTube

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 3rd August 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5 Release Candidate 2

Community

WordPress Cancels All In-Person Flagship Events Until 2022

Automattic Updates Press Page to Clarify Distinction between WordPress.org and WordPress.com

We’ve acquired the Advanced Gutenberg plugin (and theme)

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Beaver Builder 2.4, New Docs Site, Feature Request Site and More!

Redux Framework Relaunches, Focuses Efforts on Gutenberg Templates

Disable Comments Plugin Looking for New Owner, Highest Bid Goes to Charity

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

PWA for WP – $59

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Flywheel Hosting – 3 FREE months with code FLYJULY20

GiveWP – 20% off

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Crello image editing – $49

Security

Newsletter Plugin Vulnerabilities Affect Over 300,000 Sites

Critical Vulnerability Exposes over 700,000 Sites Using Divi, Extra, and Divi Builder

The Official Facebook Chat Plugin Created Vector for Social Engineering Attacks

WordPress Plugin Roundup – August 2020

WordPress Auto-Updates: What do you have to lose?

WP Builds

191 – If you need maps on your WordPress website, MapsMarker has you covered

x1 Stencil Unlimited Lifetime License Giveaway

Top 14 YouTube Channels for Plugin and Theme Developers to Follow

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10k installs – Part 7 – 2pm on Tuesday 4th June at 2pm UK time

Jobs

Nothing for you this week, but remember that I’ve started a jobs submission form on this page if you hear about a job!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Automattic Relaunches P2, Self-Hosted Version on the Roadmap

TikTok has 45 Days to Sell or Get Out of USA

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191 – If you need maps on your WordPress website, MapsMarker has you covered https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/06/191-if-you-need-maps-on-your-wordpress-website-mapsmarker-has-you-covered/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40953 You need maps on a website like you need butter on toast. I really struggle to think of too many projects that I've built where the client did not want a maps show there business location. It might be that you can get away with a simple Google maps embed, but what if you want something more complex? Well, there's a plugin for that called MapsMarker and it's the topic of the podcast today. Robert Harm, the plugin developer is here to tell us all about it, and when I say 'all', there's honestly a lot to say. This plugin can do lots! Listen to the podcast to find out what...]]> Bing Maps,Geolocation,Google Maps,Maps,Open Street Map,plugin,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview with Robert Harm from MapsMarker and Nathan Wrigley

You need maps on a website like you need butter on toast. I really struggle to think of too many projects that I’ve built where the client did not want a maps show there business location.

It might be that you can get away with a simple Google maps embed, but what if you want something more complex? Well, there’s a plugin for that called MapsMarker and it’s the topic of the podcast today.

Robert Harm, the plugin developer is here to tell us all about it, and when I say ‘all’, there’s honestly a lot to say. This plugin can do lots!

Here’s a quick list for you:

  • Multi maps
  • Support for OSM, bing, Google, HERE, Tomtom
  • Keyless geocoding
  • Filters
  • Marker clustering
  • WPML & Polylang support
  • Dynamic marker lists
  • Polyline support
  • GPX tracks and elevation charts
  • Geolocation show and follow
  • Import and export
  • Loads of translations – 46 in all
  • QR codes
  • SEO optimised
  • APIs
  • Scheduled markers
  • Sharing options
  • and there’s even more!

There’s a free version that you can play with over at MapsMarker.com and there are paid plans as well.

Robert says that his main goal is to provide you with an intuitive and user-friendly interface for organizing your spots within your WordPress powered site. No coding required.

You can find out about how he got started with WordPress and plugin devleopment in his blog post: https://www.mapsmarker.com/2015/07/22/origin-stories-and-coding-challenges/

One of the nice things that came up in the recording was Robert’s focus on security and privacy. He has regular audits of his code through the hackerone platform. The plugin does not store more data than needed for transactions. He wants your data to be exactly that… yours. Only you maintain full control over all your geolocation data. They do not store it, nor does MapsMarker feature data storage on third-party-servers.

So if you’ve ever needed more than just a basic map on your WordPress website, check out the podcast today and see if MapsMarker might be a good fit for your next project.

Mentioned in this episode:

MapsMarker – use coupon code WPBUILDS before 6th September 2020 for 10% off any license package

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #125 – WordPress 5.5 RC, WordCamp US cancelled and heaps of plugin news https://wpbuilds.com/2020/08/03/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-125-wordpress-5-5-rc-wordcamp-us-cancelled-and-heaps-of-plugin-news/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=41388 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 27th July 2020]]> 5.5,AMP,Big Orange Heart,Bing,Brizy,Cobalt Apps,Deals,Fluent Forms,Forminator,Genesis,Google,Gutenberg,MalCare,News,PublishPress,Search Console,themes,Toolset,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 27th July 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5 Release Candidate

Upcoming in WordPress 5.5: Features and Changes Theme Authors Should Know About

Gutenberg 8.6 Adds Cover Block Video Positioning and Updates Block Patterns

Community

Big Orange Heart Opens 2020 Remote Work Wellbeing and Mental Health Survey

WordCamp US 2020 Canceled Due to Pandemic Stress and Online Event Fatigue

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Fluent Forms 3.6.4 – Lots of new improvements and surprise goodies

Brizy 2.0 – Theme Builder, Mega Menu Builder, Brizy Sync, Lottie, Table & More

Malcare – 1 click cleanup

Toolset – What’s New in Types 3.4 and Toolset Blocks 1.3 Beta – Test the post relationships improvements

PublishPress Checklists Now Supports Yoast SEO, Internal Links and More

Bing Launches URL Submissions Plugin for WordPress

New Forminator Integration: FortressDB for Data Privacy, Security, and Speed and eSign Here: The New Forminator 1.13 Now Features eSignature and More!

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

PWA for WP – $59

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Flywheel Hosting – 3 FREE months with code FLYJULY20

Crello image editing – $49

GiveWP – 20% off

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Continually live chat – $49

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Critical Arbitrary File Upload Vulnerability Patched in wpDiscuz Plugin

WP Builds

190 – Content first v content later

Upcoming:

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10k installs – Part 7 – 2pm on Tuesday 4th June at 2pm UK time

Let Piccia Neri review your website’s UI / UX – 3:30pm on Wednesday 5th June at 2pm UK time

You can watch them both on the WP Builds LIVE page, or the WP Builds Facebook group is you are a member, which you should be!

Jobs

Nothing for you this week, but remember that I’ve started a jobs submission form on this page if you hear about a job!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

AMP & SEO: Everything You Need to Know

Google Updates Search Console With More Structured Data Support

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190 – Content first v content later https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/30/190-content-first-v-content-later/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40473 If you've been building WordPress websites for any length of time, then you know this debate inside out. Should you get all the content from the client before you start the project? The answer is not as simple as you think. There are so many factors at play. Clients who just don't know what they want until they see it. Clients who don't understand your processes. Perhaps you even prefer to iterate your designs as the prject wears on and like the possibility to adapt what the client needs as you go. You might even take of the whole thing and say that you'll supply content and they can overwrite it at a later date when they're ready. Whatever the case may be, you don't want to be help up getting the website built, shipped and paid for because of content! So what's the best appraoch? Find out what we thing on the WP Builds podcast today...]]> Clients,content,Content Snare,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

We questioned whether there was a debate here, but it appears that there is! It’s common for website contracts to state the website build is subject to receiving content and there are many products and services to help with that.

So is it better to get all the content ftom your WordPress website clients forst so that you don’t have the back and forth, making sure that it’s coming in to you in a timely manner, or are there benefits for the design process in being more iterative and allowing changes to happen as the sites develops; changes that might alter the length, size, shape of the content that you need?

Nobody would argue that having a prepared client is a bad idea, but some just are not ‘that kind of person’! They don’t understand what it is that you need, and all the clever language that you keep throwing around does not help them. They see it is your job to build their site and their content needs to fit into that, when it’s finished. It’s hard!

Many of us do SEO and marketing which can alter content, and even if only designing and building their WordPress website, we get involved in how the content is organised and what needs adjusting/tightening to be better suited to how visitors interact with the web.

So we take contrary positions and these are the main points that we thought would be up for discussion:

Content First – Nathan

  • needed often just to understand better what the client does and how they interact with customers / those they serve
  • it makes more sense to design to the nature and tone of the content
  • how do you know what pages you need until you see what you need to represent?
  • image content from clients may have a look and feel that need accommodating – maybe they have some kind of filtering on all their team photos
  • even if the client is planning to produce new content it is better to see what they have already that can be used and what they could be missing
  • without content we are effectively building templates – are we even needed!

Content Later – David

  • for most of us it has taken years to understand what makes site content effective and we still continue to learn way to make landing pages psychologically effective to website users – providing the structure first can help a client produce better content
  • getting client content can be worse than not getting anything – first you can get delayed trying to get it and only to have to upset them telling them that what they have is rubbish!
  • we should be designing web copy (a specific skill where the copywriter usually provides site structure for it) – who specifically states that they only design to professional copy?
  • startups may not have any content above a few photos – the website is the place where they first start to put something together and realise how difficult that is
  • asking for content first assumes the client has accepted your processes and so you can legitimately not begin work until that process is complete
  • business aims rather than content may produce concepts which demand a new approach to content – why are they even spending money on a new site if the old content did the job?
  • SEO and sales funnels require a type of content a client would not have before needed
  • basically we get involved in content so why not lead it and that means bringing something to the table first

Thanks to Timothy Preut of Tickyboom Design for suggesting this topic.

Mentioned in this episode:

Content Snare – this is a rock solid product to make this problem go away!

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #124 – WordPress 5.5 news, JetPack CRM and machines learning faster https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/27/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-124-wordpress-5-5-news-jetpack-crm-and-machines-learning-faster/ Mon, 27 Jul 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40983 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 20th July 2020]]> 5.5,Accessibility,BusyBox,Deals,Google,Hulu,JetPack CRM,Jobs,Kinsta,Local,Machine learning,News,Page Builder Framework,TC Custom Javascript,Unsplash,Web stories,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 20th July 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5 Beta 3

Theme Authors Can Pass Data to Template Files in WordPress 5.5

WordPress 5.5 to Remove Hulu from List of Supported oEmbed Providers

Community

JetPackCRM and Zero BS CRM Rebrands and Relaunches as Jetpack CRM

Why Accessibility Matters for WordPress Themes and Their Users

A Great Comparison of Local-Development WordPress Options

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Unsplash Launches Official Plugin for WordPress

Web Stories for WordPress – Beta

Page Builder Framework – Agency Bundle

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Essential Addons for Elementor – 25% off with code EA3

Pinpoint World Booking System – 20% off with code SUMMER2020

Flywheel Hosting – 3 FREE months with code FLYJULY20

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

Crello image editing – $49

GiveWP – 27% off because they got to 2.7

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Continually live chat – $49

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

High Severity Vulnerability Patched in TC Custom JavaScript

WordPress Vulnerability News, July 2020

WP Builds

188 – Headless v’s not headless

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10k installs – Part 6

Jobs

Kinsta – Affiliate Program Coordinator

Please use our new jobs page if you want to list a job

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Google Delays Mobile-First Indexing Deadline to March 2021

Machines can learn unsupervised ‘at speed of light’ after AI breakthrough, scientists say

BusyBox – Smart Sign For Interruption-Free Work

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189 – Let us take care of your WordPress websites so that you can keep building them https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/23/189-let-us-take-care-of-your-wordpress-websites-so-that-you-can-keep-building-them/ Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40445 I got into building WordPress websites because I like building websites. Now that is a breathtaking insight I know! But it's important to think about this for a minute. I have no metrics on this, but I know for certain that I spend quite a but of my week just patching up and maintaining websites that I've already built. This is covered by my care plans but I'm not all that sure how profitable my WordPress website care plans are, one month I might do very little, another, I'm inundated! Today on the WP Builds Podcast we have Brad Morrison from GoWP who is here to tell us how they can take this support burden away from you. They'll do all the maintainance, support, updating and content edits for you. Their new service will even build your webpages for you! Have a listen and see if it's for you...]]> backups,Clients,GoWP,GoWP Page Builds,Maintainance,Malware,podcast,security,support,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview with Brad Morrison from GoWP, with Nathan Wrigley

I got into building WordPress websites because I like building websites. Now that is a breathtaking insight I know! But it’s important to think about this for a minute. I have no metrics on this, but I know for certain that I spend quite a but of my week just patching up and maintaining websites that I’ve already built.

Go back a few years and the idea of website care plans was not all that widespread. Now however it’s all the rage and I’d be surprised if most of you listening to this podcast did not have some kind of offering in this regard.

You exchange some predefined set of services in exchange for a monthly fee. That could be WordPress hosting, plugin / theme / WordPress Core updates, email hosting, general tweaks to the website. You know how this works. You get paid and you hope that the client never calls because then your care plan is really profitable. But what if the client does call, a lot? What if they burden you with lots of little tasks. What if you just don’t enjoy this side of the business and would rather spend your time pitching for, and building, the next WordPress website?

Well if that’s you then you really need to listen to the WP Builds Podcast today because we have Brad Morrison on from GoWP.

The purpose of GoWP is simple, and I will quote from their website:

GoWP is the complete solution to outsourcing your agency’s tedious or low-value work. Our expert engineers and developers work as an extension of your team. Whether it’s WordPress maintenance, a 24/7 team for content edits, or page builds — we’ve got you covered.

GoWP website

They have built a business upon helping WordPress agencies who don’t want to worry about support and instead want to build their agency and more and more websites.

Clearly, if you think that you’re care plans are working out for you then you might think that there’s nothing in this episode for you, but hold on there, perhaps Brad can change your mind.

Have you really looked at what it costs to suppory clients? Have you added up the time that it takes to field their emails and phone calls. The effort that it takes to allocate that work to someone on the team. The backwards and forwards because you’ve not 100% nailed down your offering! Perhaps it’s not as lucrative as you’d have hoped. Perhaps you’re close to breaking even on your care plans, or (let it not be so) even losing money each month!

In the podcast Brad explains about what GoWP is, who it’s for and what they will do for you.

Here’s their main points in a short bullet list:

  • White label services for WordPress agencies (your clients will never know that it’s not you), they’ll submit and email and GoWP will get on with it and let both you and your client know when it’s done!
  • Available 24/7 to answer the needs of your clients – I don’t know about you, but there’s no way that I can rival this myself!
  • Unlimited amounts of <30 minute content edits.
  • Plugin updates with a visual validation to check that all is still working as expected.
  • Security monitoring and Malware cleanup so that you can reliably inform your clients that hacks are going to be taken care of. This involves WordPress hardening, daily scans, Malware scans and Firewall protection.
  • Backups incase some needs to be rolled back. Off site, 90 days history, just in case!

All of this comes wrapped up the in the GoWP dashboard which is hub that allows you to have oversight of your entire agencies websites and their current status.

I know what comes next, you’re going to say, yes this all sounds great, but what does it cost? Well that’s easy, look at the GoWP pricing page

$29 per site per month for maintainance

$79 per site per month for the addional option to have content edit

If that were not enough they have a new offering which is nothing to do with maintainance. It’s called GoWP Page Builds, and it’s also quite cool.

This is for those of you who want to run an agency but don’t want to actually build them. As it’s not really the prime topic of the podcast I’m going to just touch on it here. But GoWP Page Builds will allow you to hand off the WordPress website builds to GoWP, so you literally don’t have to do anything! It’s priced accordingly, but you’ll get two hours a day of dev time for an unlimited amount of websites, daily reports showing progress nd much more.

If you’re really good at sales and have no issues with filling up and executing your sales pipeline, this could be an interesting proposition. You’ll be able to sell websites and know that other professionals can build them for you!

Anyway, it was great chatting to Brad, and if you’ve liked what you’ve heard please comment below or head over to the WP Builds Facebook Group and comment there.

Mentioned in this episode:

GoWP

GoWP Page Builds

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #123 – WordPress 5.5 goodness, major security breach and redesigned Gmail https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/20/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-123-wordpress-5-5-goodness-major-security-breach-and-redesigned-gmail/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40441 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 13th July 2020]]> 5.5,Admin 2020,All in one SEO,Astra,Beaver Builder,Block Patterns,Blocks,CSS,Deals,Gmail,Google,Gutenberg,News,Pixelgrade,Plugins,PowerPack,security,ShortPixel,SiteSpeed,Strattic,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 13th July 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5 Beta 2

Block Patterns in WordPress 5.5

Call for Block Plugins: The WordPress Block Directory Is Open for Business

Community

WordCamp Europe 2021 will be online

Introducing Gutenberg Blocks Library & More – and this

Admin 2020 Reimagines WordPress Admin and Media Library

Strattic releases support for Gravity Forms, Polylang and WPML (this is a little old, but I missed it)

Pixelgrade – Transparency Report #11 – very cool that they do this.

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Celebrating 1 Million Active Installs! The Highest Number a WordPress Theme Has Achieved – 25% off until 21 July 2020

CSS Variables, Global Colors & Global Color Palette – Page Builder Framework

Table of Contents for Beaver Builder

ShortPixel Adaptive Images and here

Accelerate Your WordPress Static Sites

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Astra Theme – 25% off until 21st July 2020

Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

OceanWP – 25% off all packages

Crello image editing – $49

Zapier Mastery Course – 50% off with code SCREWCOVID

GiveWP – 27% off because they got to 2.7

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Continually live chat – $49

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

2 Million Users Affected by Vulnerability in All in One SEO Pack

Fake WordPress Plugin SiteSpeed Serves Malicious Ads & Backdoors

WP Builds

188 – Headless v’s not headless

WordPress Plugin Startup – 0 to 10K installs archive

Jobs

Nothing for you thins week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Google Just Gave Millions Of Users A Reason To Keep Gmail

Huge Atlas statue to guard Sicily’s Temple of Zeus once more

Chrome 84 Handles 3rd Party Cookies Differently – How it Affects Publishers

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188 – Headless v’s not headless https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/16/188-headless-v-not-headless/ Thu, 16 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40365 This week on the WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast we talk about the subject of static hosting. You've used hosting for years, you know how it works and how to make it work. You're happy. And then people start talking about a clever new way of hosting - static hosting and you've got to throw most of that knowledge out of the window! So... why...? Because it's fast, secure and new, that's why! There really are some major advantages, but there's also some real disadvantages that you need to mindful of; things that might make it a non starter for you and your WordPress website building business. Join us on the podcast today as we talk this whole process through from both sides and see if static hosting is a things that either of us will take on or just some passing technology that's great, but not for us...]]> HardyPress,Headless,hosting,podcast,Rest API,Shifter,Static,Strattic,WordPress,WP Builds,WP2Static

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

This topic was suggested by Fayaz Ahmed. He probably never thought that foolish non-developers like us would even try to tackle a weighty topic like this… but why not!

We guess most who listen to the WP Builds podcast are similar to us and more knowledgeable folk can put us right if we stray too far from the truth!

A Headless WordPress is, in simple terms, when you separate the back-end of WordPress (the admin dashboard side, the PHP and database stuff) from the front-end (the website visitors see). 

This is something that has only taken off because the REST API was bundled into WordPress.

Nathan is going to take the argument for headless as he has some experience (using Strattic hosting) and David will be the luddite who is keen to dismiss anything new which he does not fully understand.

So with that in mind, what are the main points in favour of headless and not headless…

Headless – Nathan

  • It could be the future – one day there could be a headless Woocommerce – maybe if all wish hard enough
  • Multi-channel content publishing – through the REST API  being able  to send content/data to other places (Facebook and others)
  • Simpler redesigns – no need to copy the existing site
  • Increased performance 
  • Better scalability
  • Tighter security
  • Better performance 
  • Can have mixed developer skills (Angular, Python, Laravel ) working one project
  • Technically the front end can be moved to another CMS

Not Headless – David

  • Only horseman of the apocalypse should be headless!
  • No WYSIWYG
  • Advanced programing need and skilled maintenance
  • Speed – we can just serve html via caching plugins 
  • Security- minimal issue if update monitoring and choosing plugins wisely
  • Isn’t it security through obscurity as the backend is somewhere? (no says Nathan, the backend is completely switched off when not in use)
  • If it’s just for the purpose of having a html site why not build a html site?
  • If it is because you are a clever JS developer – why use WordPress in the first place
  • Not many plugins work with this set up – forms, WooCommerce all the good stuff of WordPress
  • The plugins on the WP repository to help you go headless don’t have high number of installs, so are they reliable?
  • The cost of static site generators will probably rule it out for many clients

Some useful links which informed the debate:

https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/10/headless-wordpress-decoupled/

https://www.danielemilana.it/perugia-frontend-webdesign/blog/uncategorized/headless-wordpress-decoupled/

https://www.wpgraphql.com/

Links to static hosting companies:

Strattic

Shifter

HardyPress

WP2Static – plugin

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #122 – Image manipulation, community news and hosting on a Raspberry Pi https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/13/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-122-image-manipulation-community-news-and-hosting-on-a-raspberry-pi/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40271 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 6th July 2020]]> 5.5,Buddyboss,Deals,Elementor,Gatsby Cloud,Gravity Forms,Gutenberg,iThemes,KingComposer,Navigation widget,News,Oxygen,Raspberry Pi,Stackable,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Time Machine,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 6th July 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5 Beta 1

New Block-based Navigation and Widgets Screens Sidelined for WordPress 5.5

Gutenberg 8.5 Adds Single Gallery Image Editing, Allows Image Uploads From External Sources, and Improves Drag and Drop

Community

More Yoast ads in WP Admin

WP Time Machine

WordCamp Attendance Badges Could Be a Good Thing, but That’s the Wrong Discussion

Experimental Stackable WordPress Mode

After 11 Years, Users Will Be Able to Update Themes and Plugins via a ZIP File

Balloon Artist Ziv Raviv Used LifterLMS to Build a $277k a Year Business In Micro Niche

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

What’s new in Oxygen 3.4?

Elementor v3.0 Beta Release

BuddyBoss updates – Showcase, Elementor, Zoom, GamiPress, GroundHogg and more

Gravity Forms 2.5 Beta

Deals from this week

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Qubely Blocks – $49 lifetime deal

OceanWP – 25% off all packages

Crello image editing – $49

Zapier Mastery Course – 50% off with code SCREWCOVID

Security

XSS Flaw Impacting 100,000 Sites Patched in KingComposer

Critical Vulnerabilities Patched in Adning Advertising Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: July 2020, Part 1

WP Builds

187 – Let’s Fix the Broken Web with WordPress, WordProof and Blockchain and this

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10k installs – Part 4

Jobs

iThemes / LiquidWeb – Software Development Engineer and a WordPress Technician

Wholegrain Digital – WordPress Developer

Gravity Forms –  Senior Developer(s)

Wordfence – Senior PHP Developer

Human Made – Senior Sales Manager

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Website hosting on Raspberry Pi 4 with Mythic Beasts

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187 – Let’s Fix the Broken Web with WordPress, WordProof and Blockchain https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/09/187-lets-fix-the-broken-web-with-wordpress-wordproof-and-blockchain/ Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=40297 How can you prove that you own your website content. That you wrote it on this date? You can use the WordProof plugin which leverages blockchain technology, that's how. It's not just for your blog content though, it could be used for almost anything and that's what makes it so exciting. That song that you recorded, those legal documents that you need to guarantee were updated last week. If you want to prove that something happened to your content on a certain date and time, WordProof is a WordPress plugin which will enable you to do this. It's such a new technology and it's perhaps a little new to most of us so Sebastiaan van der Lans is here to explain how it all works and why you might need it on the WP Builds podcast today!]]> Blockchain,podcast,SEO,WordPress,WordProof,WP Builds

Interview with Sebastiaan van der Lans from WordProof, with Nathan Wrigley

WordProof deal – if you email Sebastiaan right after you sign up and mention WP Builds, he’ll increase your WordProof account limits! Nice!

And, in a wonderful new development, WordProof recently won $1m Euros from the European Commission to assist with the development of their technology. Again, nice!


You need to prove, and I mean prove, that you own something online… something digital, something that you created. How do you do that? In the real world, you just ‘have it’. That widget that you fashioned from wood is on your property, but that blog piece that you wrote, that document that you uploaded how do you prove ownership of it. It’s a really hard question to answer, until WordProof perhaps.

You might have heard of the blockchain, and likely you’ve heard of it because of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin. That however, is just one way that blockchain technologies can be deployed.

Let’s be clear, I’m no expert on this, but my understanding goes like this… Blockchain can be thought of as a shared system. It’s like a pool of people keeping a shared list (or ledger) of all the content and amendments that anyone in the system makes. I create a WordPress post, all the people in the system get to know about that. If I update it they get to know about that as well. When anyone else in the system creates or amends content, I get to know about it. I don’t mean ‘get to know’ in the sense of you’ll be deluged with update notifications like Facebook might provide, I mean that that it goes on in the background, silently. You don’t really need to do a thing. You just share content and updates with the blockchain.

But why would I need this I hear you say! Well what if you write a great blog post, a piece that’s taken months to write. That post contains genuinely new discoveries, it adds something to humanity that has never been said before. You feel delighted, until, 3 months later you see that someone else is sharing your discovery and claiming it as their own. Naughty!

So you go to the blockchain that you’ve been a part of and you say, I need proof that I wrote this on a date before this other person started writing about it. The blockchain comes back and says ‘here you go’, you and countless other people can assert that you wrote it, because on the date that you did, we all got a copy of it.

But that’s not proof is it? They could all be lying, you could all be in-this-together! Well, yes the humans could, but the blockchain can’t. It’s a mathematical proof that you did write that post and all these other people can back that up too. I’d honestly love to see a lawyer take on the argument that you cannot trust maths!

All this rambling is to say that by spreading the blockchain all over the place, you get a widely distrubuted, mathematically verifiable system of proof. And that could be proof of almost anything…

That song that you wrote and saved as an .mp3 which you just heard <insert name of famous musician> playing on the radio, that PhD thesis that you wrote which proves that cold fusion is possible, that insurance document which you know you amended just days before your house was flooded, that video that just went viral etc etc. You have proof. Bullet-proof proof!

Anything.

If you can put it online, you can prove that you did, and that it was or was not amended. It’s watertight, and with the WordProof system, easy to do!

This might not matter to you of course, but it matters to a lot of people and until recently, blockchain was a great idea but all but impossible to implement. Not now that we have WordProof.

WordProof makes this easy to do on your WordPress website. It enables you to assert your authorship of content, and prove when things were created and amended. You could even deploy this in your eCommerce offering to prove that sales happened, refunds occured and so on. In the future, adding timestamps might well act as a positive factor in SEO rankings!

Obviously, there’s way more to it that this and we cover a lot…

  • How do WordPress and the WordProof blockchain work… what are the benefits of combining both?
  • Why you might need to, and how you can timestamp content
  • eCommerce and timestamps
  • SEO and timestamps
  • the WordProof plugin for WordPress
  • GDPR compliance

I’d advise that you get the podcast on and hear what Sabastiaan has to say. It’s a wonderful new frontier and I’d really like to know what you make of it.

Please leave a comment down below or post in the thread over on the WP Builds Facebook Group.

Mentioned in this episode:

wordproof.io

WordProof plugin

sebastiaans.blog

Sebastian speaking at WordCamp Europe 2019

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #121 – jQuery updating, community news and nice Chrome CSS feature https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/06/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-121-jquery-updating-community-news-and-nice-chrome-css-feature/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39934 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 29th June 2020]]> Apple,Block Patterns,Chrome,Deals,Flywheel,GiveWP,Gutenberg,Insurance,JavaScript for WordPress,jQuery,Local,MacOS,Moss,News,podcast,UI / UX,WooCommerce,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Block Builder,WP Builds,WPMU Dev,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 29th June 2020:

WordPress Core

Updating jQuery version shipped with WordPress

Decision Time: What Block Patterns Should Ship With WordPress 5.5?

Community

The JavaScript for WordPress Conference

WordCamp Tulsa 2020 Canceled

Learn about the three Core Web Vitals: LCP, FID & CLS

Build Static or Dynamic Blocks With the WP Block Builder Script

WordPress Contributors Seek Sponsorship for Improving Gutenberg Developer Docs

Flywheel Relaunches Local Pro with Revamped Live Links and New Host-Agnostic Pre-Launch Tools

Web File Management Comes to WPMU DEV Hosting

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

GiveWP 2.7 Brings Donation Form Templates & Per-Form Stripe Accounts

WooCommerce 4.3 to Introduce New Home Screen

Deals from this week

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Buddyboss Lifetime deal

Astra – 25% off all plans and upgrades

OceanWP – 25% off all packages

Crello image editing – $49

Zapier Mastery Course – 50% off with code SCREWCOVID

WP Rocket – 25% off, no code needed

Brizy plugin and Cloud – 15% off with code WPBUILDS15

Continually live chat – $49

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

iThemes Security Pro Feature Spotlight #1: Magic Links & Passwordless Login

WP Builds

186 – Business liability insurance v’s none

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10k installs – Part 3

UPCOMING – WP Builds UI / UX review with Piccia Neri on 8th July, please submit your site

Jobs

Sentree Hosting – Customer Support and Frontend WordPress Developer

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

New in Chrome: CSS Overview

Hi there! I’m Moss – The virtual sysadmin for web developers

MacOS security bug could allow a bogus version of Safari to steal your data

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186 – Business liability insurance v’s none https://wpbuilds.com/2020/07/02/186-business-liability-insurance-v-none/ Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39923 If you run a WordPress website business then you'll likely have had a run in with a client. You need insurance to protect you... don't you? In this podcast we discuss if it's really needed or whether it's something that you can resonably do without. Do people actually take legal action against the people who build their websites, and if so is there anything substantive that they can get from you, or are we just falling for the insurance salesman and his trap of offering cover for things that we don't really need. Fairly nerdy topic and lots to discuss. Listen to the podcast to find out more...]]> Insurance,Liability insurance,Personal liability insurance,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

“Web professionals should not only think about insurance, but also understand it. Insurance is something we don’t necessarily want to budget for or consider, yet as professionals, we have to”

Scope creep, unexpected project delays, client relationships breaking down, and unpaid invoices. The good news is that there’s an insurance policy to help with these scenarios. In the UK, we call it “professional indemnity insurance.” Elsewhere, it can be called “professional liability” or “errors and omissions insurance.”

Here’s a primer article that might get you up to speed from Smashing Magazine:
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/03/guide-business-insurance-designers-developers/

We also found that people were talking about this and wanting some clarity in the WordPress Facebook groups that we frequent:

WP Builds Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wpbuilds/permalink/3219295024801940/

Beaver Builder Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/beaverbuilders/permalink/1470031866489491/

For business liability insurance

Against business liability insurance from David’s perspective…

David is working ‘with’ clients more than ‘for’ clients and perhaps this method insulates him from the need to protect himself with insurance?

  • Can you ever have enough to protect you?  The Smashing Magazine piece talks about needing cover from £100,000 – running to millions!
  • No Legal requirement – at least in the UK.
  • Like all insurers they are using your fears to sell you something.
  • Can’t we safeguard in other ways? What about moving to hourly rates for work. Then you don’t deliver a result and frame it as a collaboration with clients!
  • Scope creep is paid for (it’s an agile pay as you go scheme).
  • Project delays don’t matter – they pay upfront hours up to a deadline. I have a way to use those hour even if they are delayed.
  • Client relationship break down. In one session I don’t charge anything I could not refund. The client can only pay more if they choose to – which assumes they are happy too.
  • Intellectual property – not relevant – GPL code (or CC zero).
  • Negligence – surely this can be escaped? If you start from the position they you can’t control the software or service use. More so I can control what they do.

Final thoughts from David…

If you charge on promises of end results and a lot of money is at sake then probably you need some protection. Always balance your risks.

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clean no 00:38:42 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #120 – Gutenberg 8.4, free WordPress training and YouTube takes on TikTok https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/29/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-120-gutenberg-8-4-free-wordpress-training-and-youtube-takes-on-tiktok/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39800 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 22nd June 2020]]> Awesome Motive,Buddyboss,Deals,EditorPlus,Gutenberg,HeroPress,iThemes,News,Packagist,Smash Balloon,The Events Calendar,TikTok,Trac,Training,Virgin Galactic,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Cloud Deploy,YouTube

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 22nd June 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 8.4 Adds Image Editing, Includes Multi-Block Controls, and Enables Block Directory Search

Community

WordPress Contributors Propose Updating Trac Ticket Resolutions to Be More Friendly

Why Expand HeroPress?

WDS Gives Back to WordPress with Five for the Future Tomorrow

University of Wisconsin Offers Free Course on Creating WordPress Websites

Smash Balloon is Now Part of the Awesome Motive Family

A WordPress Plugin For Managing Your Cloud Servers – WP Cloud Deploy

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Control Block Design via the EditorPlus WordPress Plugin

Add Per-Block Notes and Create Draft Blocks With the Wholesome Publishing Plugin

Announcing: Virtual Events Add-On to The Events Calendar

Deals from this week

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The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: June 2020, Part 2

Malware Detection: Measuring Recall to Catch Them All

WP Builds

185 – Why you should automate all-the-things with James Rose

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10k installs – Part 2

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Virgin Galactic flies second SpaceShipTwo test at New Mexico spaceport, clearing the way for powered spaceflight

YouTube’s latest experiment is a TikTok rival focused on 15-second videos

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185 – Why you should automate all-the-things with James Rose https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/25/185-why-you-should-automate-all-the-things-with-james-rose/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39679 Do you want to remove boring tasks from your life? Those tasks that you know that you have to do, but just wish someone else would do. Well it's likely that you can automate many of them and James Rose is here to help you do that. He's not suggesting that you automate everything, but tasks that offer you zero return might as well be done by a robot as by you. His favourite tool is Zapier and he really has delved deep into the platform and its inner workings. So much so that he's created a course to save you time as you learn how to save time! Check him out on the WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast this week.]]> Automation,Content Snare,IFTTT,Integromat,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds,Zapier

Interview with James Rose

A saved is a penny earned, or so they say. But perhaps we could throw the net a little wider? What about… a minute saved is a penny / dollar earned? That sounds good.

There’s one person who I think of when I think about saving time, and that person is James Rose. That’s because I know that he’s spent a whole heap of time automating just about anything that he can get his hands on. If it is possible to save some time, I suspect that James has done it.

Now, perhaps you’re thinking, well if James has spent ages saving time, then that’s just an oxymoron. Well, he’s cleverer than that! He only spends time trying to save time, when he thinks that the benefits in the longer term will justify the time-cost in the short time. Very wise.

So he speaks about why you might want to get skilled in this area. What the real benefits are and what the pitfalls are. Clearly not everything shoudl be automated; if you try to do that, you might end up with systems and processes which are a little robotic, shall we say. We don’t want to become inauthentic. This is more about saving time on tasks that literally are just a time suck, ones in which there is literally zero benefit to you or your business from pouring that time down a drain.

Now, I could learn a lot from James in this regard. For reasons that I cannot explain, I never invest the time and imagine that it’s better to do things by hand… just this one-last-time! I’m sure you’ve been there, you could invest twenty minutes to automate a process that you hate, a process that you do each week, knowing that, a year from now this automation will have saved you ten hours. But I don’t! I just do it and then forget about it!

Well, it’s that you, James is here to put you straight. Automate the things you can and leave the things that don’t feel right.

The next thing to worry about is exactly how do you automate boring, repetitive tasks. James has a Zapier Mastery course which will help you along the way. He explains how the platform works and how you can get up and running in the shortest possible time.

His bullet list of course benefits runs as follows:

  • Take the pressure off
  • Scale your business
  • Stay focused
  • Reduce human error
  • Feel like a wizard – I like this one best, because honestly some of this does seem like wizardry!

We also dip into another app that you might know James from, and that is Content Snare. The team have been busy updating it and giving the UI a new lick of paint and so we talk about that and how Content Snare can be used to make the process of getting content from your clients way easier.

So, go check out the podcast and leave a comment below or in the WP Builds Facebook Group.

Mentioned in this episode

Automation & Zapier Training

Zapier Mastery – 50% off (as on 22.06.20)

Content Snare

Agency Highway

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #119 – WordPress requiring PHP 7.2, Yoast acquires Duplicate Posts and Instagram is massive https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/22/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-119-wordpress-requiring-php-7-2-yoast-acquires-duplicate-posts-and-instagram-is-massive/ Mon, 22 Jun 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39505 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 15th June 2020]]> 5.5,7.2,AppSumo,Deals,Duplicate Posts,Fluent Forms,Gutenberg,HeroPress,Instagram,Jobs,News,Page Builder Framework,PHP,Toolset,WebDevStudios,WooCommerce,WordPress,WP Builds,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 15th June 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress Bumps Minimum PHP Recommendation to 7.2

Gutenberg 8.3 Updates Block Categories, Includes Parent Block Selector, and Adds New Design Controls

WordPress 5.5 to Include Extensible Core Sitemaps

Community

Duplicate Post joins Yoast and
Yoast Acquires Duplicate Post, Brings on Creator Enrico Battocchi as a Senior Developer

Grant For The Web Accepting Proposals Through June 22

New Documentation and Training Courses for Toolset

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Fluent Forms 3.6.0 is here, and it is full of user-suggested features!

Build Forms via the Block Editor With Gutenberg Forms

WooCommerce 4.3 Beta Available for Testing

Deals from this week

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Security

Nothing this week that I know of – phew, this never happens. I bet I missed something!

WP Builds

184 – Limited client access v’s full access

WordPress plugin startup – from 0 to 10K installs

Jobs

Page Builder Framework x2 – Gutenberg Developer and Writer

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Instagram to Surpass Twitter As a Popular News Source

Is AppSumo Worth the Hassle for WordPress Plugin Developers?

Just a nice story from ‘Stack’ about being saved by their customers

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184 – Limited client access v’s full access https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/18/184-limited-client-access-vs-full-access/ Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39518 Some WordPress freelancers and agencies give clients full admin access to WordPress. Some give another role, such as the Editor role. What works best for you and your clients? Some completely reconfigure and white label the WordPress dashboard. Some give an Editor role for everyday use and an Admin role so they have ownership. I’m sure there are more variations. Perhaps you've changed your position on this over the years, or still have a level of uncertainty. Do you or don't you want clients to see what's going on under the hood with their WordPress website? Check out the WP Builds podcast to find out what we think!]]> Admin,Clients,Debate,podcast,Roles,Users,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate with Nathan Wrigley and David Waumsley

Setting up the Debate

We see this debate all the time. Some WordPress freelancers and agencies give clients full admin access to WordPress. Some give another role, such as the Editor role or (with WooCommerce) a Shop Keeper role.

Some completely reconfigure and white label the WordPress dashboard. Some give an Editor role for everyday use and an Admin role so they have ownership. I’m sure there are more variations.

Perhaps you’ve changed your position on this over the years, or still have a level of uncertainty.

Perhaps the size of your team matters? If it’s just you dealing with the website, you might have greater oversight into what’s going on and feel more willing to allow a client to have the Administrator role.

To here are some of the things that we think are important when deciding what user role to allow your clients:

Limited client access

  • make the website bullet proof for clients
  • reduce the confusing clutter created by lots of plugins a client should not need to see
  • arguably website care plans are a good thing for clients and us professionals so surely the Admin role should be for us in those circumstances?
  • it prevent clients from installing plugins / themes which could break sites, slow them or compromise security
  • in most cases you can use snippets or a Role Editor plugin to customise client access
  • prevent clients on Care Plans running off with your licenses – gor those who are not using GPL software this can be more of and issue as they are not even entitled to the code itself

Full access

  • transparency – nothing is hidden from the client
  • perhaps a more adult relationship of trust is created by it
  • one of the benefits of WordPress is the ownership that comes with open source
  • some useful plugins are not accessible to clients – Analytify Free and Gravity Forms
  • clients are increasingly expecting to be able to manage more aspects of their own site – if they Google for WordPress help they will see articles that assume they have admin access
  • if you adopt the position that you are helping them on THEIR site they take responsibility for it, if they break stuff they will pay you to fix it
  • you shoulder less of the blame when there is an issue with WordPress and plugins
  • avoiding the extra weight and problems that comes with trying to maintain a granular set of permissions – things can break and suddenly the client sees (or looses) options in the Admin area

So where do you stand on this one. Allow the clients full access to their WordPress website, or try to limit access for a whol raft of reasons. Both are possible, but it one better? After listening to the podcast, perhaps join the conversation below or in the WP Builds Facebook Group.

Mentioned in this episode

User Role Editor

Editor Menu and Widget Access

Members – Membership & User Role Editor Plugin

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #118 – WordPress 5.4.2, PHP is 25 and so much spam https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/15/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-118-wordpress-5-4-2-php-is-15-and-so-much-spam/ Mon, 15 Jun 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39361 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 8th June 2020]]> 5.4.2,AsBlocks,Elementor,GenerateBlocks,Gutenberg,Lottie,Matt Mullenweg,News,PHP,SAAS,Stackable,Strattic,UI,Wallace Inline,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Cafe,WP Engine

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 8th June 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4.2 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 5.4.2 Patches Multiple XSS Vulnerabilities

Matt Mullenweg and Matías Ventura Demo New Image Editing Tools Coming to Gutenberg

Community

Happy 25th birthday PHP!

Mental Health and Remote Work

AsBlocks Project Uses Gutenberg to Create a Collaborative Writing Environment

Begin Prepping for Full-Site Editing With New Course on Block-Based Themes

WP Engine Makes Genesis Pro Available to New Customers Via StudioPress

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

WP Café to Host Live Discussion on Gutenberg Theme Development

Build Versatile Layouts with the GenerateBlocks WordPress Plugin

Introducing Multi-Step Form & Lottie Animations

Biggest Lesson You’ve Learned Selling WordPress Plugins and Themes – Experts Corner Episode 1

Stackable – New Advanced Blocks and Load More Blog Posts Button

Deals from this week

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The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

The WordPress security process; Test, Harden, Monitor, Improve

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: June 2020, Part 1

WP Builds

WordPress Plugin Startup = from 0 to 10k installs

183 – How I have evolved my Wallace Inline WordPress plugin

WP Builds LIVE UI / UX review with Piccia Neri

Jobs

Strattic – Director of Marketing

We’re Looking for a React Developer to Join Our Team

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Google Finds Over 25 Billion Spammy Pages Every Day

Top 5 SaaS Tools for Customer Support

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183 – How I have evolved my Wallace Inline WordPress plugin https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/11/183-how-i-have-evolved-my-wallace-inline-wordpress-plugin/ Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39356 If you're the kind of person who likes to make sure that the website that you hand over to your clients is safe from their clumsy hands, then your might be interested in the podcast today. Wallace Inline is a great tool for making it really easy for people to update their website content. The idea is that you find a place on the page that you want to edit, and you click on it and alter it right there without the need to go into the settings for the module / element. Bradley Kirby comes on the WP Builds Podcast today to talk about what's new with the plugin and how it might save you time when dealing with clients. Check it out.]]> Beaver Builder,Elementor,Gutenberg,Inline editing,Page Builder,podcast,Wallace Inline,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview with Bradley Kirby

If you’re the kind of person who likes to make sure that the website that you hand over to your clients is safe from their clumsy hands, then your might be interested in the podcast today.

Wallace Inline is a great tool for making it really easy for people to update their website content. The idea is that you find a place on the page that you want to edit, and you click on it and alter it right there without the need to go into the settings for the module / element.

Now this has been around for a little while and so you might be wondering why you might need this. Well, one word… permissions. What if you could set it so that your clumsy, trigger happy client only has access to amend that one paragraph on the page that they need to alter from time to time. They have no business altering other parts of the page, that’s not their job. Well, Wallace Inline can help you do all of that.

Like I said the plugin is not a new one, and we featured it on a Wallace Inline WP Builds Podcast back in 2017!

But time and tide wait for nobody and so Bradley has been busy beefing up the capabilities of what Wallace Inline can do, and we spend quite a bit of the podcast talking about that.

  • there’s now some minimal support for the ever popular Elementor Page Builder
  • ACF / Pods fields are now working through Beaver Themer – caveat emptor, you’re actually altering the value of the field, so besure that you know where else on the site this field’s data might be being used!

We talk about how the plugin is able to conceal editing capabilities and what granularity this is capable of.

At present the plugin works for text, images and background images, but there’s plans to expand this at some point.

It’s a nice episode from a great guy and I hope that you like it. If you do, please leave a comment, either on the WP Builds website or in the thread about this episode in the WP Builds Facebook Group.

Mentioned in this episode

Wallace Inline

Beaver Builder

Elementor

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #117 – All women release squad, Assistant plugin and lots of physics https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/08/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-117-all-women-release-squad-assistant-plugin-and-lots-of-physics/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39238 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 1st June 2020]]> 5.5,5.6,Amelia,Assistant,Automattic,Blockify,Deals,Freemius,Funnel Packs,Gravity Forms,hosting,If SO,iThemes,Link Whisper,MailHawk,News,Publer,security,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Reset

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 1st June 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress Names 5.5 Release Leads, Plans All-Women Release Squad for 5.6

Community

WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2020) – Enterprise ($500+/Month)

Freemius Releases Weekly Free Videos for Every WordPress Business Owner

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Blockify the WordPress Dashboard with the Mission Ctrl Plugin

An Introduction to Assistant (And Why Developers Should Be Excited About It)

MailHawk – WordPress Email Delivery Solved!

Gravity Forms Roadmap

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

Large Scale Attack Campaign Targets Database Credentials

New! Protect Your WordPress Website with the iThemes Security Site Scan.

WordPress Vulnerability News, June 2020

WP Builds

182 – Office v home working

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Automattic Invests $4.6M in New Vector, Creators of the Matrix Open Standard for Decentralized Communication

The Show Must Be Paused

Ancient DNA is offering clues to puzzle of Dead Sea scrolls, say experts

Next-Gen HAMR Platters Promise 80TB Hard Drives

Scientists blow up their lab after creating strongest magnet ever

The Big Boy Fusion Reactor Takes a Big Boy Step

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182 – Office v home working https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/04/182-office-v-home-working/ Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39013 Are you a WordPress website builder or developer? If so you're likely working from one of two locations, home or an office. You might have tried out both in the past, or long for the one that you don't currently have. In this episode of the WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast we debate the merits of one over the other and there's a surprising amount to say! Whether you're happy with your setup but have thought about changing, or if you just want to confirm your decision that your current location is the best... have a listen to the podcast and leave some comments...]]> Distributed working,Home working,Office,podcast,Remote working,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate – Office v home working

Setting up the Debate

We are both committed home workers, because we both are really WordPress freelancers, so this debate was a little hard for the one who got caught on the side of defending working in an office – which was David!

Really, we’re solo business owners who get a bit of help from people in a similar situation.

Still the debate has merit, and we wondered if there is an agency v Freelancer or even developer v designer split in this topic?

So here are the main points in favour of each position…

For office working…

  • better marketing – serious businesses have premises (the perception of a mobile hairdresser compared to a high street saloon seems great to me even though the mobile could be more qualified and experienced)
  • you can keep your home address private – have a better one suited to the expectations of your clients
  • counters the fear with online business that there is actually a 12 year old behind it (although it is surprising how few show off there offices on their site)
  • can reach larger budget clients
  • can reach a local audience – with so much competition online, local seems ever more important – we seem to be in an age where anyone who have changed the content successfully in a Wix template is now a designer
  • better client meetings even if offline
  • enforces a healthier work/ life balance – saves partners and family from being inconvenienced, for example client meetings or employing other staff and keeping proper boundaries
  • it does not have to be expensive – you could share space and equipment with similar services (web designer with other media companies or hosting)
  • reduce the cost and get exposed to your partners clients
  • quality of work – mental boundaries help with clear thinking, so less distraction and procrastination if you are in the workplace (maybe?)
  • the human need to have social contact – not just in the office but neighbouring one and the local eatery and watering holes, this helps to change to expand your reach and build community relationships

For home working…

  • pandemic friendly
  • saves money
  • helps with balancing the famine and feast of the work
  • creativity does not tend to work 9-5, plus plenty have argued the times established back during the industrial revolution are not so appropriate for today’s, largely, white collar workers
  • other studies have argued that home workers are more productive
  • if you do very specialist work you will not get much publicity from a high street office
  • better security – 24 hours a day
  • this kind of work is becoming more accepted (with remote working – government office workers are allowing it more)
  • allows you to take lower cost jobs (during a recession perhaps)
  • gives you the flexibility to change up the type of work or client
  • some potential clients may look at swanky offices and think that is what the are really paying for
  • no dress code – freedom to grow long locks of hair (this is the killer argument in my case!)
  • work can be global  – what’s the point in having an office if people don’t really need to go there?
  • cuts out wasted travel to work time
  • can claim home expenses against tax
  • freedom to travel and work at the same time

Final thoughts

The worst situation would be not knowing which of the two you should be striving for. Paying for poor, badly situated accommodation just because you fear you will not be taken seriously, or being at home to save money when you find home life is not suited to it.

As always, there is no right or wrong answer here, but just what suits you best. Feel free to post comments below or in the WP Builds Facebook Group should you wish.

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #116 – WordPress is 17, Block Experiments and nearby Earth https://wpbuilds.com/2020/06/01/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-116-wordpress-is-17-block-experiments-and-nearby-earth/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=39000 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 25th May 2020:]]> 17,Automattic,Deals,Elementor,GretaThemes,Gutenberg,NASA,News,Page Builder Framework,security,Toolset,TranslatePress,WCEU,WooCommerce,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 25th May 2020:

WordPress Core

Happy 17th, WordPress

Gutenberg 8.2 Includes Editing Flow Improvements, Cover Block Content Positioning, and Pattern Categories

Community

WordCamp Europe 2020 Announces Schedule, Plans to Debut Networking Rooms and Virtual Sponsor Booths

New Toolset course – WordPress Directory and Classifieds Sites

Current State of WordPress Themes – Analysis and Recommendations

How Automattic pays its remote employees across different geographies

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Diving Into Automattic’s Block Experiments

Elementor Pro v2.10 Beta Release

Almost 100% Faster! Page Builder Framework 2.4

WooCommerce Is Testing a Block-based Cart and Checkout

GretaThemes Releases Lightweight, Block-Ready eStar WordPress Theme

Deals from this week

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and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

High Severity Vulnerabilities in PageLayer Plugin Affect Over 200,000 WordPress Sites

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: May 2020, Part 2

WP Builds

181 – How to visually build your WordPress translations with TranslatePress

Jobs

Nothing this week!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

There’s an Earth around our nearest star

NASA scientists detect parallel universe ‘next to ours’ where time runs backwards

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181 – How to visually build your WordPress translations with TranslatePress https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/28/181-how-to-visually-build-your-wordpress-translations-with-translatepress/ Thu, 28 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38983 Using WordPress and want to offer multiple languages? TranspatePress is a super simple, visual way to do that. Point, click, type, save, done! Easy as that. It's like a Page Builder for translations. You can translate anything on the page, post or ever WooCommerce products. There's a ton in the free version, but we also talk about the premium options which you can purchase too. It's a very mature offering and seems like a great WordPress translation solution. Check out the WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast to find out more about it and how it works...]]> Multilingual,podcast,Polyglot,TranslatePress,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – How to visually build your WordPress translations with TranslatePress

So you’ve got a WordPress website and you know that the audience is going to global. How do you deal with that? You can ignore it and hope that your global audience will all be willing to read it in your chosen language (hint: this is not ideal). Or you can translate all the parts of the site so that users can read in their own language, or at least a variety of languages.

But how do you do this? There’s nothing like this built into WordPress at this time.

Well, meet TranslatePress, and Adrian Spiac who is behind the plugin which will make this a breeze.

When we talked about getting Adrian on the podcast, I had a little look at TranslatePress and decided that it was “a Page Builder for translations”, and I’m happy with that, and so was Adrian!

Rather than taking the appraoch that you’ll want to connect all your translations with a bunch of fields, TranslatePress has a more visual way of doing things.

If you’ve ever used a Page Builder, or the WordPress customizer for that matter, this will be a breeze. You simply point your mouse at any part of the page that you’d like to translate, and select the target language, fill in the text and click save. All done with a front-end view of the site. It really is super simple, and when I say that, I’m not kidding. If you are able to find it on the page with a mouse, you can translate it in a matter of seconds.

You can set up a bunch of languages in the plugin settings and that will determine which languages end users will be able to select on the website. This is done in a traditional way of selecting little flag icons, plus language name on some part of the site, most often tucked away at that bottom or top of the page.

Now, I suspect that you’re thinking that you don’t have the expertise to translate all of the parts of your site into all of the many languages that people speak. Thankfully though, the clever folk over at Google have created their Google Translate technology and you can leverage that for almost near instantaneous translations. It might not be 100%, but in the tests that I carried out, it’s really remarkably good. But rest assured if you want to hook up with professional translations services for a more robust and accurate solution, TranslatePress has you covered there too.

WooCommerce, I hear you cry. Fear not all your Woo stores can be translated in the same simple interface as regular posts and pages – nice!

The best part is that all of this functionality is available for free on the WordPress plugin repository.

However, people who have greater needs might well wish make use of the TranslatePress premium addons. These include:

  • SEO Pack – translate all your metadata
  • Multiple Languages – have as many languages as you need and only publish what’s ready for viewing
  • Automatic User Language Detection – users won’t even need to select their language, they’ll get it automatically
  • DeepL Automatic Translation – translate your website using the DeepL API
  • Translator Accounts – have professional translators update your content without needing to even access WordPress
  • Browse As User Role – check out the site as users will see it, kinda useful for checking it all out
  • Navigation Based on Language – alter the menu for different languages

You see, I knew that you were going to like it. Now all you need to do is head over to the TranslatePress website and have a poke around to see if it’s a fit for you (or your clients) WordPress websites.

Mentioned in this episode:

TranslatePress

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #115 – Gutenberg 8.1, plugin news and an old cave https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/25/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-115-gutenberg-8-1-plugin-news-and-an-old-cave/ Mon, 25 May 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38866 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 18th May 2020]]> Apple,Big O,BuddyPress,Deals,Elementor,Facebook,Google,Gutenberg,Iceberg,iThemes,News,PHP,PublishPress,security,themes,WebP,WooCommerce,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Activity Log,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 18th May 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 8.1 Includes Block Copying, Testimonials Pattern, and Patterns UI Update

PHP and WordPress Version Checks Coming to Themes

Community

WordPress Theme Review Team Changes Name, Now the Themes Team

Big Orange Heart Shop

WordCamp Kent Online Features Business and Marketing Tracks, May 30-31

Your Guide to Using WebP Images On WordPress Sites

Full Site Editing: The Future of Building with WordPress

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Write beautifully in WordPress and this

iA Writer Adds Expanded Support for IndieWeb Tools and WordPress Publishing

PublishPress Checklists Now Allows Some Users to Skip Required Tasks

WP Security Audit Log renamed to WP Activity Log

We Just Reached the Peak of WordPress: 5 Million Active Installs!

BuddyPress 6.0.0 Released with New Group and Members Blocks

iThemes Security Pro Roadmap: 3 Big Plans for 2020

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

The Elementor Attacks: How Creative Hackers Combined Vulnerabilities to Take Over WordPress Sites

WordPress Vulnerability News, May 2020

WP Builds

WP Builds Store – in support of Big Orange Heart

180 – WooCommerce v other options

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Keep tabs on your tabs in Google Chrome

‘Apple Glass’ Rumored to Start at $499, Support Prescription Lenses, and More

Facebook Announces ‘Shops’ for Facebook and Instagram

Google Launches New Podcast Promising Undocumented Information

A Cave in France Changes What We Thought We Knew About Neanderthals

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180 – WooCommerce v other options https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/21/180-woocommerce-v-other-options/ Thu, 21 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38673 I don't do eCommerce! So when David suggested that we carry about a debate about WooCommerce v's other options, it was pretty clear which side of the fence I was going to defending! The opening of the podcast is about whether or not you should be involved with eCommerce at all. Yes, I know that lots of your clients want it, and there's decent money to be had from building such sites, but there's also the strain and stress that eCommerce websites bring that no others do. Upgrades can be problematic, restoring from a backup after something goes wrong, with orders still coming in is a nightmare, and it's likely the only kind of website that you're going to build which your clients are going to poking about in every single day - they break things and then, well, you know who they turn to for help! So just don't do eCommerce... period! David diagrees, so I ought to let him have his say too, so listen to the podcast to find out wht he thinks...]]> ecommerce,podcast,Shopify,WooCommerce,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate – WooCommerce v other options

I don’t doing eCommerce! So when David suggested that we carry about a debate about WooCommerce v’s other options, it was pretty clear which side of the fence I was going to defending!

So, let’s start there, and that’s exactly what we do. The opening of the podcast is about whether or not you should be involved with eCommerce at all. Yes, I know that lots of your clients want it, and there’s decent money to be had from building such sites, but there’s also the strain and stress that eCommerce websites bring that no others do. Upgrades can be problematic, restoring from a backup after something goes wrong, with orders still coming in is a nightmare, and it’s likely the only kind of website that you’re going to build which your clients are going to poking about in every single day – they break things and then, well, you know who they turn to for help!

So just don’t do eCommerce… period!

Of course this is a fairy tale, and I want to be able to buy things online just like you do, so we need eCommerce and the most widely used way to deploy that is with WordPress and WooCommerce, so we should all just use that… right? Mmm… well, maybe.

This is what the podcast is about today. Should you use a self hosted version of WooCommerce or a SaaS platform such as Shopify?

You see, there are so many things that can go wrong with an eCommerce site, and they will go wrong at some point, and, as I said earlier, you’re going to be the one having to poke around trying to fix things. Now, don’t get me wrong, I suspect that a few of you are real WooCommerce experts. You know the code, you know how it all hangs together and every single little problem is something that you can fix up in a jiffy! But that’s not most of the users of WooCommerce. I suspect many of the WooCommerce websites out there are just built with a quick search for ‘Woo’ in the WordPress plugin repository and two clicks later, you’re off to the races. If something breaks, well… you’re doomed.

So, go use a SaaS platform instead and sleep better!

Perhaps this is a little on the pesimistic side though! Perhaps there are ways that you can bend WooCommerce to your will and make a profit, and that’s the level-headed position that David brings to the debate.

It’s free, it’s GPL, you can so what you like with it as there are no restrictions. What that button to be over there? That can be done. What to really get to grips with the SEO on the site? That can be done too? In fact, you can do almost anything if you’re prepared to learn how it all works. Try doing that with a SaaS platform like Shopify!

So the main talking points are thus:

For WooCommerce

For the other options

  • Other solutions are dedicated to Ecommerce (not held to the WordPress post structure)
  • Saas solutions come with fast CDN’s (none of the sluggishness of WP)
  • WooCommerce extensions have become expensive over time
  • WooCommerce has not respected backward compatibility
  • Fewer compatibilities issues than with open-source projects with many plugin authors
  • No Plugin conflicts with SaaS
  • Only $29 per month – (lots of price increases on official Woo plugins 
  • PCI compliant right out of the box
  • The usual domain, security, SSL, hosting and updating time and money cost are gone with SaaS
  • Shopify POS
  • Table rates

So there you are, now it’s over to you. Listen to the podcast and let us know your thoughts. To Woo, or not to Woo!

Mentioned in this episode:

WooCommerce

Shopify

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #114 – WordPress on the rise, accessibility event and a very large attack https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/18/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-114-wordpress-on-the-rise-accessibility-event-and-a-very-large-attack/ Mon, 18 May 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38806 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 11th May 2020]]> 10Web,Accessibility,Big Orange Heart,Elementor,Envato,Facebook,Freemius,Google,Gutenberg,News,WooCommerce,WordCamp,Wordfence,WordPress,WP Builds,WP&UP

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 11th May 2020:

WordPress Core

Where Gutenberg Went Wrong: Theme Developer Edition

Community

Searches for WordPress are up 52% in the last month: understanding the surge

WCEU – Schedule

WordCamp Spain 2020 Q&A: Matt Mullenweg Discusses Virtual Events, Decoupled WordPress, and the Future of Page Builders

WordPress Accessibility Team to Host 24-Hour Online Event October 2, 2020

Rebranding Your Nonprofit: A Discussion with Dan Maby

Envato Launches Template Kits Marketplace for Elementor

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Here’s what’s new in WooCommerce 4.1

Drag and Drop Nav Menu Items in WordPress

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

One Attacker Outpaces All Others

Vulnerability in Google WordPress Plugin Grants Attacker Search Console Access

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: May 2020, Part 1

WP Builds

179 – A little look at 10Web hosting

Win one of x5 WaaS Pro licenses

Jobs

Growth Marketing Manager (WooCommerce)

Freemius – Head of Content

Wordfence – Senior PHP Developer

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Cybersecurity Tips for Remote Workers

How companies get back to the office

Facebook’s social Zoom competitor Messenger Rooms goes live globally

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179 – A little look at 10Web hosting https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/14/179-a-little-look-at-10web-hosting/ Thu, 14 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38665 So today on the podcast we've got a new hosting provider for you, and that provider is 10Web. They are a platform that is hoping to take care of all of your WordPress needs. The idea is that you set up an account on their platform and then bring in sites that you've already created, or use their suite of tools to get you started. I'm seeing more services like this poppnig up all over the place... buy their service, log in, create a website with a Page Builder and have almost no idea that you're using WordPress at all. Go check out 10Web in the podcast this week.]]> 10Web,backups,Google Cloud,hosting,Image optimisation,podcast,SEO,SSL,WP Builds

Interview – A little look at 10Web hosting

So today on the podcast we’ve got a new hosting provider for you, and that provider is 10Web, and Araksya Nalbandyan is here to tell us all about it!

They are a platform that is hoping to take care of all of your WordPress needs.

The idea is that you set up an account on their platform and then bring in sites that you’ve already created, or use their suite of tools to get you started. To do this they have the option to install a site with their Page Builder installed and some templates brought along for the ride. They’re using the WordPress.org repo version of Elementor, but they have a few additional premium addons that they have built in house to enable additional features.

These include:

  • form maker
  • photo gallery
  • event calendar
  • slider
  • Google maps
  • Instagram feed

and a whole bunch more that you can find on the 10Web Premium Plugins page.

I’m seeing more services like this poppnig up all over the place… buy their service, log in, create a website with a Page Builder and have almost no idea that you’re using WordPress at all.

Their headline features include:

  • free ssl setup
  • real-time backups
  • all your sites managed from one central dashboard
  • 24/7 live chat support
  • 8 datacenters spread through the world
  • security, image optimisation and SEO out-of-the-box

Anyway, you can check out what Araksya has to say about it in this weeks podcast…

Mentioned in this episode:

10Web

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #113 – Gutenberg here to stay, Genesis Pro and lots of security news https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/11/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-113-gutenberg-here-to-stay-genesis-pro-and-lots-of-security-news/ Mon, 11 May 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38524 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 4th May 2020]]> AB Split Test,ACF,Deals,Elementor,FOSS,Genesis,GoDaddy,Google,Gutenberg,Jetpack,News,Novashare,PowerPack,Toolset,Ultimate Dashboard,WCEU,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Engine

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 4th May 2020:

WordPress Core

The Future of WordPress: The Block Editor Is Here to Stay

Community

First group of #WCEU speakers – Business

WP Engine Launches Genesis Pro Add-On for Customers, More Features in the Works

Find My Blocks Plugin Shows All Blocks in Use on a WordPress Site

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Novashare – new sharing plugin from Brian Jackson

Toolset Blocks 1.2 is Live – Masonry, Collage, YouTube and More!

Jetpack 8.5 Adds New Podcast Player Block

ACF Blocks Provides Assortment of Blocks Built from Advanced Custom Fields Pro

Ultimate Dashboard – Admin Pages

PowerPack – Introducing WooCommerce My Account Module & Powerful Features

Deals from this week

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and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

GoDaddy Confirms Data Breach: What Customers Need To Know

Elementor Pro Security Vulnerability Discovered and Fixed With New Version
and
Combined Attack on Elementor Pro and Ultimate Addons for Elementor Puts 1 Million Sites at Risk

Nearly a Million WP Sites Targeted in Large-Scale Attacks

World Password Day 2020: Let’s Increase Your Password Security

WordPress Vulnerability News, May 2020

WP Builds

178 – Hosting clients v’s not hosting clients

AB Split Test, a new WordPress plugin to create Split Tests in a couple of minutes

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Like Google Chrome’s dark mode? Good news: it’s about to get even darker

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178 – Hosting clients v’s not hosting clients https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/07/178-hosting-clients-v-not-hosting-clients/ Thu, 07 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38547 We are talking about website hosting. Email hosting seems like a whole other debate, so we're going to avoid that altogther. This is just about hosting, and whether it is worth the hassle of getting your clients to have their hosting through you, or if it's better to just let them sort that out for yourself, leaving you to worry about building websites instead. There is money in them thar' hills though, so perhaps it's worth considering. Then again, it's a real pain the neck when things go wrong, and they will go wrong. So, what should you do, well, listen to the podcast of course!]]> hosting,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate – Hosting clients v’s not hosting clients

Firstly, an apology… the audio on my end seems to have misbehaved for reasons unknown! It’s 100% listenable, but there’s just the odd little judder, which I’m perplexed by. So, sorry for that!

Setting up the Debate

We are talking about website hosting. Email hosting seems like a whole other debate, so we’re going to avoid that altogther. This is just about hosting, and whether it is worth the hassle of getting your clients to have their hosting through you, or if it’s better to just let them sort that out for yourself, leaving you to worry about building websites instead.

There is money in them thar’ hills though, so perhaps it’s worth considering. Then again, it’s a real pain the neck when things go wrong, and they will go wrong.

So, to keep things simple, here’s a breakdown of the possible pros and cons of having your WordPress websote clients use your hosting…

Hosting Clients.

  • stable income
  • new related skills at a time when the future of web design is unstable
  • passive income – more freedom potentially
  • long term relationships
  • one vendor for clients
  • we end up having to get involved anyway (with DNS’s)
  • it’s about the only service that clients understand without explanation
  • we need to host our own sites anyway
  • does not need to be complicated with reseller accounts – managing servers is now easy with Cloudways, ServerPilot etc.
  • if client go AWOL we can still be earning – that cost could motivate them into action (reminder their hosting is due to renew in 11 months!)
  • care plans are easier if you manage the hosting too

Not Hosting Clients

  • we are not hosting companies – focus on what you do – niche down – if you like
  • risks and responsibilities with higher profile sites – (service level agreements – SLA)
  • keeping things honest with clients
  • killing someone else’s service
  • having to support clients 24/7!
  • dependency on someone else’s business
  • time needed to learn about hosting
  • price changes by hosting companies
  • the hosting world is always changing
  • a different technical mindset
  • confuses the client and devalues the service – are you the IT person or the creative?
  • you need to do email hosting and domain to be a one stop shop so where does it end?
  • use the big cloud providers and you have to sort out transactional emails – urgh!
  • you could offer other more related services to have a stable income – ongoing marketing (designing, artwork for blogs, newsletters), off-line artwork

Final thoughts

So, what do you think? Should we offer hosting or not? Come and join us in the comments…

Mentioned in this episode:

Cloudways

Digital Ocean

Server Pilot

Runcloud

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #112 – WordPress 5.4.1, WordCamp Europe online open and more deals https://wpbuilds.com/2020/05/04/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-112-wordpress-5-4-1-wordcamp-europe-online-open-and-more-deals/ Mon, 04 May 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38276 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 27th April 2020]]> 5.4.1,Assi,Deals,Digital Ocean,Facebook,Google,GoWP,Grid,JavaScript for WordPress,Microthemer,News,Ninja Forms,Oxygen,security,WaaS Pro,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Fluent Forms,WPMU Dev,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 27th April 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4.1

Unpacking The 7 Vulnerabilities Fixed in Today’s WordPress 5.4.1 Security Update

Community

Should the Block Editor Have a Grid System?

GoWP Sites

Speaker applications are open for the JavaScript for WordPress Conference

Registration for WordCamp Europe 2020 Online opens

Tectonic Shifts in Retail Industry are Creating Unprecedented Opportunities for Independent Stores

On the Future of WordPress

WPMU DEV Hosting, now with Free Email!
and
DNS: We Got It And Now We’re Giving It To You!

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Using Microthemer with Oxygen

Now or Never: Time To Act Is NOW! Here’s Our Commitment To the WordPress Community

WP Fluent Forms PDF Module

Yoast – Indexables are here to make your site faster

Assistant – a walkthrough with David Waumsley

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Security

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: April 2020, Part 2

High Severity Vulnerability Patched in Ninja Forms

High Severity Vulnerability Patched in Real-Time Find and Replace Plugin

High-Severity Vulnerabilities Patched in LearnPress

WP Builds

177 – Pro WaaS a.k.a. websites as a service with Michael Short

New WaaS Pro Giveaway – x5 licences up for grabs

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Digital Ocean – Virtual Private Cloud

Facebook is adding the option to charge for access to live streams

Google Meet Is Now Free For All Users

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177 – Pro WaaS a.k.a. websites as a service with Michael Short https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/30/177-pro-waas-aka-websites-as-a-service-with-michael-short/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38301 So a couple of years ago the concept of WaaS (website as a service) started up, and we covered it quite a bit, we talked about WP Ultimo and did some live demos as well. The concept is simple, you create some templates for websites, most likely in a niche that you've identified, and you put them up for sale. People can come to your WaaS and they can get a site spun up that they can start using right away. Micheal Short saw this and decided that he could extend this, and so WaaS Pro was born. Micheal talks on the podcast about how his solution can greatly inprove your WaaS offering...]]> Multisite,podcast,WaaS,Website as a Service,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Ultimo

Interview – Pro WaaS a.k.a. websites as a service with Michael Short

Deal Alert – you can get 20% off WaaS Pro on the WP Builds Deals Page

AND we’ve got a Giveaway running until May 21st 2020 for x5 WaaS Pro Licenses

So a couple of years ago the concept of WaaS (website as a service) started up, and we covered it quite a bit, we talked about WP Ultimo and did some live demos as well.

The concept is simple, you create some templates for websites, most likely in a niche that you’ve identified, and you put them up for sale. People can come to your WaaS and, with the power of WP Ultimo, they can get a site spun up that they can start using right away.

This concept is beguiling for sure. You do some upfront work, getting the stack set up and drive traffic to your WaaS, and if all goes well, people will sign up and start using your platform and paying your for the service! Nice.

Michael Short, is the guest on the podcast today and he’s talking about how he thought that he could take this further.

You see the basic WP Ultimo set up is great and it will get you where you need to be, but we’re WordPressers and we like to tinker with things and make them different if we can… and we can!

WaaS Pro is a suit of plugins that you can use to modify your WaaS to your hearts content. There are a boatload of options that you can choose from:

  • Admin UI PRO
  • Admin UI PRO Flat
  • Site Settings PRO
  • Settings Wizard PRO
  • Guided Tours PRO
  • Site Analytics PRO
  • Stock Library PRO
  • Content Editor PRO
  • Content Editor PRO/ACF Add-on for Beaver
  • Content Editor PRO/ACF Add-on for Elementor
  • Live Editor PRO for Elementor
  • Live Editor PRO for Beaver Builder
  • Live Editor PRO for Oxygen
  • Rebrand/Control PRO for Elementor
  • Rebrand LifterLMS PRO
  • Rebrand Amelia PRO
  • Reduce Churn PRO
  • License Activator PRO
  • Project Portal PRO (Coming Soon)
  • Groundhogg Integration PRO
  • WP Ultimo: CartFlows Integration
  • WP Ultimo: ThriveCart Integration

You see I said a boat load!

Each of these plugins offers you something special to enhance your WaaS… Page Builder compatibility, payment gateway customisation, setup wizards for your customers, ways to modify the settings. The list is really extensive.

If you decide to get on the WaaS Pro train you can purchase the plugins à la carte, picking the ones that you need, or there’s the option to go all-in with an all-you-can-eat membership. Choosing the membership gets you access to all the plugins for a monthly fee, which might be a better deal if you’re using more than a few.

Now, with great complexity there’s usually a bit of a learning curve, and the same is true for setting up your WaaS, which is why Michael also offers a complete training solution for all of this called WaaS Camp. WaaS Camp will teach your everything that you need to get your WaaS business up and running. Planning your WaaS – check, publishing your WaaS – check and promoting your WaaS – check. There’s no reason why you should not be able to get up and running with this in a matter of weeks, earning some revenue whilst you sleep.

So check out the podcast and see how you can get this up and running for yourself.

All plugins are compatible with single installs of WP

Mentioned in this episode:

WP Ultimo – the software that you need for all of this to work!

waas.pro – all the things that you need to create your own WaaS

waas.camp – teaches you how to create a successful WaaS

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #111 – Dashicons going, Gutenberg block builder and so many deals https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/27/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-111-dashicons-going-gutenberg-block-builder-and-so-many-deals/ Mon, 27 Apr 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38194 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 20th April 2020]]> Accessibility,Cloudimage,ConvertBox,Dashicons,Deposiphotos,Elementor,Elfsight,FacetWP,Frontity,Google,Gutenberg,Happy Forms,If SO,iThemes,Kirki,MailPoet,MapPress,News,Publer,Quoters,Strattic,SuperCalla,The Checker,WordPress,WP Builds,WPFomify,WPMU Dev

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 20th April 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress Dashicons Project to Discontinue Development in Favor of New Icon Component

Community

Gutenberg Hub Launches Online Block Template Builder

Bulk Pricing Discounts For WPMU DEV Hosting Are Go!

Claire Brotherton: Examining the Accessibility of Popular WordPress Page Builders

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Elementor – The Online Course Template Kit

Kirki Customizer Framework under now under the stewardship of The Page Builder Framework

FacetWP – Changelog

Chatterbox Plugin Uses WordPress Blocks to Show Conversations

Frontity Raises €1M with Automattic and K Fund

Deals from this week

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and
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If So – for showing dynamic content on your website – $49
Here’s the video that I made about how to use it…

Publer – for posting to social channels – $39

The Checker – for cleaning email lists – $49

Depositphotos – royalty free images – $39

20% off Funnel Packs

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Play ht – for turning text into speech – $49

Cloudimage Lifetime Deal – $49

Elfsight Widgets Lifetime Deal – $49

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

30% off iThemes products – April Sale

Security

Critical Vulnerabilities Patched in MapPress Maps Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability News, April 2020

WP Builds

176 – Lifetime Deals v Subscriptions

Jobs

Strattic – Senior WordPress Engineer and Senior Full Stack Engineer

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

ConvertBox – New Advanced Targeting, Multiple Triggers + More!

At last – a use for all those phishing emails you’ve been getting!

SuperCalla | Charging / Data Cables Redesigned

Visualizing the Length of the Fine Print, for 14 Popular Apps

Google Shopping Is Now Open to Free Product Listings

Zoom releases 5.0 update with security and privacy improvements

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176 – Lifetime Deals v Subscriptions https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/23/176-lifetime-deals-v-subscriptions/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38161 Today, the podcast about whether we should make use of lifetime deals or be happy to pay a recurring subscription for our WordPress plugins. We shall be mostly looking from the perspective of WordPress implementers. Folks like us who have clients who rely on us, who rely on developers to keep our site running smoothly… and to an extent move with the times. There's quite a few arguments in favour of both, which is quite surprising! It's not all about saving money and although it's great to get a good deal upfront, does this offer the developer of the plugin the financial security and motivation to keep development up to date and bug free? Anyway, lots to talk about so go have a listen.]]> Deals,developers,Lifetime deals,LTD,Plugins,podcast,pricing,Recurring,subscription,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate – Life Deals v Subscriptions

Setting up the Debate

Today we are debating a suggestion from our friend David McCan in the WP Builds Facebook Group. It’s about whether we should make use of lifetime deals or be happy to pay a recurring subscription for our WordPress plugins.

We shall be mostly looking from the perspective of WordPress implementers. Folks like us who have clients who rely on us, who rely on developers to keep our site running smoothly… and to an extent move with the times.

So here are some of the reasons that we came up with and debate:

For Life Deals

  • good for our businesses as we get more profitable after the initial expense
  • assuming you calculate correctly the real life there will be a saving
  • they are usually just for some start up expenses, so we are getting a great deal
  • when lifetime deals turn to subscription, clients can see what a fabulous deal they are getting
  • we should buy stable software that each does its own thing well – sometimes these plugins have communites of users who will often help, for example Genesis
  • more money is needed at the start of a plugin life to get it into a competitive state
  • why pay for support when we have communities and skills
  • with Lifetime Deals you know where you are – they can not drop renewal discounts on you like WooCommerce extensions – for example Pippins plugins and Elementor did
  • supporting startups

For Subscriptions

  • technology changes too fast to get the value out of a higher price life deal 
  • we need developers to stay on top of their game (particularly with the Gutenburg changes) for our sake – regular income will help with that
  • why not have the same relationship with suppliers as we do with care plan clients
  • subscriptions are a safer purchase: less money initially and less likely to cash in and run – look at one off payment via the Envato Marketplace
  • most plugins are built before going to market progressive enhancement is the way forward – spending according  to a more stable income and adjusting 
  • we are paying for support – surely that is going to be better, those providing it know it will need to inspire us to renew
  • many plugins do much more than they used to – Page Builders for example seem best suited to ongoing income
  • the model set the right expectation – it’s just more adult

As always there’s no ‘right’ answer, but that does not make the debate any less worth having. Please reach out to us in the comments if you have anything that you’d like to add, or join the discussion in the WP Builds Facebook Group.

Mentioned in this episode:

Elementor

Genesis

Beaver Builder

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #110 – Gutenberg 7.9, lockdown and some new deals https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/20/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-110-gutenberg-7-9-lockdown-and-some-new-deals/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=38017 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 13th April 2020]]> Accordian,AutomateWoo,Brizy,Deals,Elementor,Google,Gutenberg,News,Scurity,Stackable,Toolset,Widget Settings Importer Exporter,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 13th April 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 7.9 Adds Gradients to More Blocks, Extra Typography Controls, and New Patterns

Community

The Road Ahead: What’s in Store for WordPress for the Rest of 2020?

State of the Meetup Under Lockdown

Elementor Wins Plugin Madness 2020

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Leave at the door plugin from this tweet

Toolset Blocks 1.2 Beta Offers Image Galleries, Masonry, and More!

Stackable – Introducing the Advanced Columns & Grid Block

AutomateWoo 4.9

Deals from this week

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The Checker for cleaning email lists – $49

Depositphotos, royalty free images – $39

Quoters – for creating proposals – $49

Play ht – for turning text into speech – $49

Cloudimage Lifetime Deal – $49

Elfsight Widgets Lifetime Deal – $49

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

30% off iThemes products – April Sale

Security

Unpatched High-Severity Vulnerability in Widget Settings Importer/Exporter Plugin

Vulnerability Patched in Accordion Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: April 2020, Part 1

DDoS Attacks Explained: What You Need to Know to Prevent Them

What is a WAF? – Website Application Security Explained

WP Builds

175 – Having a system for ‘Word of Mouth’ marketing with Jason Resnick

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Coronavirus: Apple and Google team up to contact trace Covid-19

Google Suffers Major Defeat – Must Pay French Publishers

Google Data Studio Tutorial – Basics, Beginner Tips, Next Steps

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175 – Having a system for ‘Word of Mouth’ marketing with Jason Resnick https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/16/175-having-a-system-for-word-of-mouth-marketing/ Thu, 16 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=37990 Today we chat with Jason Resnick, a seasoned WordPress pro, who has been working with WordPress and eCommerce pretty much when it all started out! We're talking today about 'word of mouth' marketing. Now, most people when asked about word of mouth will probably see this as something that happens organically, something that you don't really have all that much control over. After all it's happening in situations largely outside of your control. You can offer a great service and hope that people are going to mention your name when they get asked the question... 'Who would you recommend to build my WordPress website?', but it's little more than hope, right? Jason explains why it's a little bit more than this in this weeks podcast...]]> Clients,marketing,podcast,referrals,Word of Mouth,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – Having a system for ‘Word of Mouth’ marketing

Today we chat with Jason Resnick, a seasoned WordPress pro, who has been working with WordPress and eCommerce pretty much when it all started out!

We’re talking today about ‘word of mouth’ marketing.

Now, most people when asked about word of mouth will probably see this as something that happens organically, something that you don’t really have all that much control over. After all it’s happening in situations largely outside of your control. You can offer a great service and hope that people are going to mention your name when they get asked the question… ‘Who would you recommend to build my WordPress website?’, but it’s little more than hope, right?

Well Jason is here to tell you that you can leverage word of mouth marketing. Take it on as a sales channel and make it work for you, if you know what you’re doing and how to incentivise the people who are going to be your word of mouth ambassadors.

The bedrock of the entire process might be summed up with one word… trust. We trust our friends and often trust the decision that they make. So… I need a new car, and I know that a friend of mine is really into checking out the latest cars. Well, I’m going to talk to that friend and listen to their advice, and whatever they say is going to take me closer to any buying decision that most adverts that you see online. Think about it. When was the last time that you made a, let’s say reasonably expensive decision, without thinking about what people you know have done? It’s likely not all that often. This is perhaps why all out Facebook Groups are full of people asking, what’s the best widget for this or sprocket for that? People want to find other people who they can trust and as soon as you’ve worked out who to trust, you’re going to ask them about their opinion.

Jason brings some interesting data to the table to show explain why we need word of mouth marketing. People simply don’t trust advertising. They have grown weary of over inflated hype and half baked promises. I’m sure that you can indentify with this. But, the data shows that we do trust our friends and contact and, to a lesser extent, reviews. This is what makes word of mouth important, although the audience is likely much smaller, it’s easier to make meaningful connections through word of mouth than it is with more ‘remote’ advertising techniques.

But wait, this whole thing might be starting to sound like a sales scheme, get all of your friends on board and make them your ambassadors. Use them as a sales team. No, that’s not the point!

There are clever ways of doing this, such as offering some money off your existing clients project if leads that they refer actually close.

Jason describes how it is that he encourages his contacts to refer more work towards him.

It starts with a simple ‘recommend me’ message as a P.S. footer at the bottom of select emails. What I mean by select, is that you deploy this message in the emails of poeple who you think are in a position to refer high quality leads to you. You don’t spray it out to everyone, so it’s not 100% automated, there is some leg work that you’ll need to be doing. Jason works on the basis that you do this every 5 to 7 emails. Not every single one that you send out. You’ll need to decide upon which email recipients you’re going to target in this way.

Maybe word of mouth is so effective is because it’s the antithesis of all of the automations and impersonal marketing that we’ve all been subjected to since the dawn of the internet. It’s about being more human.

Jason then goes on to explain about his ‘5 pillars’ which he uses as a cornerstone for this whole enterprise:

  1. the P.S. message
  2. the warm outreach
  3. the milestone happiness
  4. vendor relationships
  5. following up

All of these pillars have crossover points, but they also have unique moments where they’re best to be deployed.

It’s all in this week’s episode and so go have a listen.

Remember that you can post comments below here, or in The WP Builds Facebook Group which is very friendly place to go I might add!

Mentioned in this episode:

Jason’s website: https://rezzz.com

Jason’s Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/rezzz

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #109 – WordPress 5.5 tickets, deals and GoDaddy buys domain registries https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/13/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-109-wordpress-5-5-tickets-deals-and-godaddy-buys-domain-registries/ Mon, 13 Apr 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37874 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 6th April 2020]]> 5.5,Consent API,COVID-19,Deals,GoDaddy,Jatpack,News,Starling,WCEU,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Engine,WP Leads Plus X,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 6th April 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.5: Call for Tickets

Proposal to Add a Consent API to WordPress, Feature Plugin Available

Community

The Month in WordPress: March 2020

WP Engine Donates Services to Help GeekPack Teach Kids WordPress at Home for Free

WordCamp Europe 2020 is moving online!

How To Reduce Your TTFB and Boost WordPress Page Speed

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Upcoming release: Yoast SEO 14.0 – Indexables

Jetpack Re-launches Search Feature as Standalone Service

Deals from this week

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30% off iThemes products – April Sale

Cloudimage Lifetime Deal – $49

Elfsight Widgets Lifetime Deal – $49

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Critical Vulnerabilities in the WP Lead Plus X WordPress Plugin

WP Builds

174 – WordPress Page Builders V SaaS Page Builders

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

GoDaddy Acquires Domain Registry of .US, .Biz, .In and .Co

COVID-19 app on Integromat

Impact of COVID-19 on Ecommerce: 4 Ways to Adapt Your Digital Strategy

Introducing: Connected cards for Starling personal accounts

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174 – WordPress Page Builders V SaaS Page Builders https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/09/174-wordpress-page-builders-v-saas-page-builders/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37868 This is the WordPress.org page builders i.e. Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi, Oxygen, Brizy etc, against Wix, Weebly, Squarespace etc. In this debate we're talking about building a standard brochure sites that may need a blog or a shopping cart. So it's not about building out a complex, bespoke site that has masses of unique features. It's about something that's simple and can be done with the native features in the Page Builders. We debate the pros of using both types of page builders and learn some truths along the way...]]> Beaver Builder,Brizy,Divi,Elementor,Oxygen,page builders,podcast,SAAS,Squarespace,Webflow,Weebly,WP Builds

Debate – WordPress Page Builders V SaaS Page Builders

Setting up the Debate

This is the WordPress.org page builders i.e. Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi, Oxygen, Brizy etc, against Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Moonfruit etc. In this debate we’re talking about building a standard brochure sites that may need a blog or a shopping cart. So it’s not about building out a complex, bespoke site that has masses of unique features. It’s about something that’s simple and can be done with the native features in the Page Builders.

We are excluding more specialist SaaS products like WebFlow aimed at developers. We are excluding WordPress.com too as that’s a whole other debate!

So, here in broad outline is the content of both sides of the debate…

WordPress – the benefits

  • ownership – this is yours and you get to keep all-the-things
  • can keep expanding as business needs dictate (may not always need a brochure site) easy to progressively enhance the design
  • no chance of getting banned from the service and leaving with nothing
  • full control over design (no fighting templates)
  • SEO (handles images better – concatenated blog, better structure)
  • more control over code output
  • more control over speed
  • community – find out from others how to achieve most things
  • market recognition that comes with WordPress 
  • option to take cost down to next to nothing (GPL, caching and cheap hosting)
  • chance to learn more about open source code – not the propriety stuff SaaS has
  • a plugin for everything
  • multilingual options
  • privacy

SaaS – the benefits

  • easy get started – look great instantly
  • one vendor removing the complexities you get with the various plugin developers changing the UI
  • not having to join the WordPress community where they debate all sorts of nonsense
  • clear pricing / lower costs / time saving
  • lots of well tested templates
  • Squarespace include Adobe fonts
  • avoids the hosting going bad
  • no security issues that you have to deal with
  • no endless plugin updates
  • no plugin conflicts – massive UI changes that you did not expect
  • no speed and hosting issue to worry about (global CDN built in)
  • can hand it over to the client or use it for a passive income
  • no rip-off developers
  • support is right where you need it
  • easy ecommerce solutions
  • AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) at least with Squarespace
  • no email deliverability issues
  • they are growing and getting better – open-source has loads of people pulling in different directions

Final thoughts

David:

I think some of the advantages of open-source has been eroded recently (Page Builders not adopting GPL or a least locking down parts).

Then there’s the uncertainty over where Gutenburg is going and how Automattic can afford to take over what it becomes for their commercial gain… this all opens my mind to the possibility of SaaS. Also low budget sites are quick to do.

But still, I work on the premise that if I am asked to build a site for someone I am giving them something they fully own at the point of payment. I also think, when telling clients about the longer term pros and cons of building on a platform – WordPress is more likely to be trusted without me persuading and taking the responsibility.

Nathan:

I think that if I were a complete noob and needed a site, I would likely explore WordPress, but then I would hit all of the difficulties and problems that are usual when learning WordPress. At this point I would likely just pay the $19 pcm and go with Squarespace et al. because it’s to easy to use!

BUT if I needed more complexity I’d go with WordPress.

I still think that most people imagine that the job of building a website is the role of a professional and they will defer to whatever you suggest, but that’s declining and the marketing of the SaaS players is going to diminish the role of WordPress over time. I don’t mean eradicate it, just consume some % of the market.

I would never (as of now) build a site with a SaaS as there’s less of a path to generate recurring revenue, and with WordPress there is, but this is all in my favour, not the clients!

Mentioned in this episode:

Elementor

Beaver Builder

Brizy

Divi

Oxygen

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #108 – WordPress 5.4 released, remote working and community news https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/06/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-108-wordpress-5-4-released-remote-working-and-community-news/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37788 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 30th March 2020]]> 5.4,Adderley,Brizy,BuddyPress,Cobalt Apps,Facebook,iThemes,News,Presslabs,Rank Math,security,SEO Hive,WebARX,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Feedback,WPMU Dev,Zoom

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 30th March 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 “Adderley”

WordPress 5.4 “Adderley” Includes Improved Editor, New Blocks, and Developer APIs

Community

WordCamp Europe 2021 Dates Confirmed

WP Feedback Summit

Free Agency Resources & Information

Create Dynamic Testimonials in WordPress

Discover Leading Web Creators, Collaborate & Grow Your Business

Presslabs Dashboard – First Cloud-native Hosting Platform for WordPress

Proposal to Update the WordPress Coding Standards for Modern PHP

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

New Brizy Elements, UI/UX Fixes, Improvements & More

How To Auto-Update Vulnerable Plugins With WebARX?

BuddyPress 6.0 Beta Introduces Group and Member Blocks

WordPress Login and Registration Forms Have Arrived! (Forminator 1.12)

Updates to Ultimate Dashboard

Deals from this week

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50% off Cobalt Apps ‘All Access’ or ‘All Access Lifetime’ – today only

30% off iThemes products – April Sale

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

High Severity Vulnerability Leads to Closure of Plugin with Over 100,000 Installations

Critical Vulnerabilities Affecting Over 200,000 Sites Patched in Rank Math SEO Plugin

Safety and Security While Video Conferencing with Zoom

WordPress Vulnerability News, March 2020

WP Builds

173 – My WordPress journey with David Decker

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

New White-Label SEO service – SEO Hive

How to Work Remotely with Kids at Home

Group Chat: The Best Way to Totally Stress Out Your Team

Facebook Messenger Launches Desktop App With Unlimited and Free Group Video Calls

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173 – My WordPress journey with David Decker https://wpbuilds.com/2020/04/02/173-my-wordpress-journey-with-david-decker/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37720 Today is a little different from the episodes that we've been putting out of late. It's a story of one man and his journey with using WordPress. We talk today with David Decker. You might have seen him around the WP Builds Facebook Group from time to time, and if you haven't been in there you really should as he's one of the many friendly faces who are there offering helpful advice and expertise. I met David in on Facebook and was lucky enough to meet him in person at WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin. Was had a few chats and it became clear that an appearance on the podcast was going to happen...]]> community,Developer,Plugins,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – My WordPress journey with David Decker

Today is a little different from the episodes that we’ve been putting out of late. It’s a story of one man and his journey with using WordPress.

We talk today with David Decker. You might have seen him around the WP Builds Facebook Group from time to time, and if you haven’t been in there you really should as he’s one of the many friendly faces who are there offering helpful advice and expertise.

I met David in on Facebook and was lucky enough to meet him in person at WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin. Was had a few chats and it became clear that an appearance on the podcast was going to happen.

He wanted to share his journey using WordPress, how he got started, how he’s used it over the years and how his business relies upon it.

We talk about:

  • the planning, developing, releasing, translating, maintaining and supporting of free plugins on the official WordPress Plugin Directory
  • why he creates free plugins (helping users, learning to code and understanding the inner meanings of WordPress, having fun at coding, translating, marketing etc.)
  • David talks about what is going on behind the scenes when a single, independent developer does free plugins. What is involved in support? What strange things happen when you get a 1-star review and/or ‘bold’ complains from users; or users get very demanding with you? What does that ‘free plugin thing’ do with you and your work, as well as to your life beyond WordPress and even with your family?

Here’s some background on (written by David) for you:

– From Chemnitz, Germany (south-east Germany – was part of former “East Germany” (GDR))
– Born in 1977, married, with 2 girls
– Having my own business since March of 2000 (I don’t like the word “freelancing” for what I do, rather it is some kind of “one-person-agency”)
– Working with WordPress since 2006 – exclusively
– Started coding plugins in summer of 2011, because a friend asked me for it (he had an idea and asked if I could do that as a plugin)
– My business started out as side business when I was still studying at the university (computer science & business administration, history, political science)
– In 2007 I went full time
– In June 2010 I bought Genesis Pro Plus and was engaged in Genesis community ever since, did all my sites with Genesis only
– In 2014/2015 I was some kind of “burned out” and needed a change (after 15 years in business), so accepted a day job offer for a software company in Munich (doing websites for them, some development, plus customer support), switching my own business to side business again
– End of January 2018 this job ended, and since February 2018 I had a new job for a long-time client of mine and doing web work for them, but two days of the week I do my own business, which allows me also more time for doing plugins again, which is great
– In 2017 it was time to extend my toolbox and look beyond Genesis, I started using Elementor everywhere and tried other themes (Astra, GeneratePress etc.)
– Engaging with Elementor community opened me more to the site builder communities, and their thinking. I started thinking beyond the “developer bubble” I was a bit too focused on. I consider myself more of an site builder, implementor, with coding skills

It’s a lovely episode from a charming and humble man and I commend this episode to you.

Mentioned in this episode:

https://toolbarextras.com – Plugin website for David’s plugin “Toolbar Extras”
https://wordpress.org/plugins/toolbar-extras/ – wordpress.org plugin page for “Toolbar Extras”
https://toolbarextras.com/addons/ – current add-ons for David’s plugin
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ToolbarExtras/ – Facebook community group for the plugin
https://twitter.com/deckerweb – David’s personal Twitter

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #107 – WordPress 5.4 RC5, remote working and a cool toy https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/30/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-107-wordpress-5-4-rc5-remote-working-and-a-cool-toy/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37619 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 23rd March 2020]]> 5.4,BackupBuddy,care plans,Data Tables Generator,Google,Gutenberg,Happy Forms,IMPress for IDX Broker,MailPoet,Makeway,New,Safari,Toolset,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Tavern,WPFomify,WPMUDev,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 23rd March 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 RC5

Gutenberg 7.8 Adds Patterns API and Continues Interface Cleanup

Community

Finding Balance in These Uncertain Times: Remote Work and Sharing Our Struggles

How to deal with customers who want to cancel a care plan

Yoast Publishes Free Online Training Course for the Block Editor

Still No Wood Grain: WP Tavern Design Update

Staying Connected to the WordPress Community

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Toolset Blocks and Views Updated for WordPress 5.4

Restore Backups from WP Dashboard with More Remote Destination Support in BackupBuddy 8.5.5.

Beaver Builder 2.4 Alpha

Assistant – Every Day Productivity Apps

Try Out The Hub 2.0 Beta

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page


50% off Flywheel hosting – use code: 3thankyou50

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

WordPress and Apache Struts account for 55% of all weaponized vulnerabilities

Vulnerabilities Patched in IMPress for IDX Broker

Vulnerabilities Patched in the Data Tables Generator by Supsystic Plugin

An In-Depth Analysis Of The WP-VCD Malware

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: March 2020, Part 2

WP Builds

172 – Growth v staying small

Jobs

Gravity Forms – Content Marketer

Wordfence – UX designer

LifterLMS Customer Support Remote Work Opportunity

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Makeway

Google Offers $340 Million Advertising Credits

Safari Announces Full 3rd Party Cookie Blocking

Man from Sidcup runs marathon in his garden

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172 – Growth v staying small https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/26/172-growth-v-staying-small/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37540 There’s many types of businesses providing websites and marketing to many different client types. We have self-employed freelancers seeing it more as their vocation or as a side gig. Then we have large Agencies with teams of specialists, designers, UX experts, frontend and backend developers, project manager and a whole load more. Anyone who knows us we know we are really the former. Why the debate? Probably because there is a general wisdom that self employed people need to think of themselves as a business and that business are expected to grow. We are exploring whether this applies to those offering website services with WordPress. So, somewhat arbitrarily, David is going to argue from the point of view of growth, and I’m (Nathan) will argue that we can stay small. Check it out...]]> agency,growth,podcast,Small,success,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate – Growth v staying small

This week’s discussion is a debate David and I have wanted to have from some time about business approaches.

Setting up the Debate

There’s many types of businesses providing websites and marketing to many different client types. We have self-employed freelancers seeing it more as their vocation or as a side gig. Then we have large Agencies with teams of specialists, designers, UX experts, frontend and backend developers, project manager and a whole load more.

Anyone who knows us we know we are really the former. Why the debate?

Probably because there is a general wisdom that self employed people need to think of themselves as a business and that business are expected to grow.

We are exploring whether this applies to those offering website services with WordPress.

So, somewhat arbitrarily, David is going to argue from the point of view of growth, and I’m (Nathan) will argue that we can stay small.

To summarise, these are the points that we bring to the table…

For growth (David)

  • businesses have to be competitive in a capitalist market and the collective can achieve more than the individual
  • growth can increase the quality of the service and the likelihood of innovation
  • we need to be able to accommodate work, not be restricted to the hours of one 
  • we can attend allow people to attend events such as WordCamp and contribute to the WordPress project etc.
  • increasingly people can DIY their website, making customers our competitors, but each will get stuck on something – maybe php or javascript coding or visual design, copy, or need to adhere to strict accessibility – the more specialism I have, the more people we can help
  • having a growth mentality stops you thinking like you are an employee and undercharging and not being able devolve responsibilities – see E-Myth revisited by Michael E. Gerber
  • who wants to work like a donkey their whole life – we all slow down and get less sharp so rather than let your start work go in to decline you delegate, bring in new ideas and take more of a back seat – use your wisdom and the new peoples energy – just how work was in the feudal system!
  • we all need change in our lives – if you grow the business correctly you have something to sell
  • able to pass on the day to day boring stuff to explore new avenues
  • you’re better able to spend time on marketing to avoid famine and feast

For staying small (Nathan)

  • you don’t need to grow the organisation to grow the potential income with so much automation available in digital services – care plans and building site is becoming automated more and more
  • we work in the rapidly changing digital world – we need to adapt quickly
  • when can making more money ever replace freedom in having a happy life – a whole life time on fight or flight mode seems like a good way to shorten life
  • we are connected globally to the innovation of others all the time now – we don’t need to permanently hire in
  • Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business – book by Paul Jarvis

Clearly, we don’t have all the answer, and it’s also pretty clear that both of us have adopted the same ‘stay small’ approach, but it’s an interesting debate nonetheless.

I have to say that I’m really enjoying these debate formats, they seems to bring something new out of both David and I as we have to think about a position which is often contrary to the one that we hold. I don’t have to do this all too often in life and so it’s allowing me to see things from the other side.

I really appreciate those of you who have taken the time to write comment and email about the previous debates, and would certainly welcome more of you to do that. If you’re on the wpbuilds.com website then feel free to click on the buttons below this post and subscribe to our updates and join us in our Facebook group where we often carry on the conversation.

Thanks for listening!

Mentioned in this episode:

E-Myth revisited by Michael E. Gerber

Company of One by Paul Jarvis

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clean no 00:45:13 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #106 – WordPress 5.4. RC3, COVID-19 impact and infinite light https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/23/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-106-wordpress-5-4-rc3-covid19-impact-and-infinite-light/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37437 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 16th March 2020]]> 5.4,BobWP,COVID-19,Deals,Elementor,EmergencyWP,Flux checkout,Github,Gutenberg,Iconic,News,Responsive Ready Sites Importer,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Hive

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 16th March 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 RC3

Gutenberg 7.7 Ships Refreshed UI and First Iteration of Block Patterns

Community

COVID-19 And The New Remote Work Community

Latest updates on changes to WordCamps

How Web Creators Can Prepare for the Coronavirus Threat

Coronavirus Has Been Hard On Business. These SaaS Companies are Offering Help.

Iconic Acquires Flux Checkout, the Top WooCommerce Checkout Plugin

Should maintained plugins be suspended from the WordPress repository when there is a security issue?

Block-Based Themes and the Problem with Dynamic Data in HTML Templates

Celebrating 10 Years of the BobWP Brand

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

WP Hive – A Better WordPress Repository

Elementor – Introducing Full Site Editing: Design Your Header, Footer & Content All From One Place

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page


WP Project Manager– Business Plan for Free to use for till June 2020

Book Like a Boss – 25% off any annual plan

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Severe Flaws Patched in Responsive Ready Sites Importer Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability News, March 2020

WP Builds

171 – How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy

WP Builds Monthly UI / UX session with Piccia Neri

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

GitHub Acquires npm, Plans to Improve Infrastructure and Experience

There Are Infinite Rings of Light Around Black Holes. Here’s How We Could See Them

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171 – How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/19/171-how-emergencywp-can-protect-your-online-legacy/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37316 Trigger warning - this episode touches up on the subject of bereavement and so, you may want to bear that in mind before you listen. So today I'm talking with Albert Brückmann, the founder of EmergencyWP which is a WordPress plugin that you can use to protect your legacy, both online and offline. Think of EmergencyWP as a way of a silo of information that you would like to pass on to anyone in the event that you pass away. Albert created the EmergencyWP plugin, and the various iterations that went before it, as a result of an accident that occurred to a friend who had made insufficient preparations. It made Albert realise that the unexpected can happen and that having options to organise what and how your relations and friends receive might be something that you wish to be in control of.]]> EmergencyWP,Legacy,plugin,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – How EmergencyWP can protect your online legacy.
*** Discount available (see the end of the post).

I have never done with before, but this podcast was recorded a few months ago and, at that time, there was no hint that we would be in the middle of the Coronavirus outbreak. The plugin that we are talking about today is one that you might which to use in the event that you would like to create a virtual “locker” of information that you would like to available to people in the event that you pass away – there are other uses too.

I realise that the timing could have been better, and I thought long and hard about whether this episode ought to be rescheduled because of the topic that it covers and the situation that we all find ourselves in.

I decided to release this episode after talking to a few people. In conversations these people mentioned that they felt that their legacy is in many ways tied into their online lives, it could be passwords to services, photo collections, emails and so forth. Many felt that they have made poor provision to pass this information on in an intelligible way. The plugin that is under discussion today does assist with that.

So up front I’m saying that if this topic is too close to home right now, please stop reading (or listening) right here. I’m sorry if this podcast episode impacts anyone in this way, but I thought that the value that it might bring to some people meant that it was worth publishing, with clear warnings at the beginning.


So today I’m talking with Albert Brückmann, the founder of EmergencyWP which is a WordPress plugin that you can use to protect your legacy, both online and offline.

Think of EmergencyWP as a way of a silo of information that you would like to pass on to anyone in the event that you pass away.

Albert created the EmergencyWP plugin, and the various iterations that went before it, as a result of an accident that occurred to a friend who had made insufficient preparations. It made Albert realise that the unexpected can happen and that having options to organise what and how your relations and friends receive might be something that you wish to be in control of.

Possible use cases of EmergencyWP

  • as a freelancer, you manage a lot of client data. Be a good freelancer. Help clients data to survive
  • as a parent, you often handle bank accounts, insurance documents, contracts, online accounts, while your spouse may not know everything – take care, don’t leave them wondering how everything works if you’re gone
  • when you have children, plan emotional, uplifting future messages for them
  • as a business owner, do some plans what should happen with your company when you can’t run it yourself anymore – prepare the needed credentials in time.
  • as a (political) refugee or whistleblower, you can publish information to newspaper if something should happen to you
  • for posterity, if you want to send status messages to instagram, facebook etc.

There are no doubt a bunch of questions that you might have about this such as… How will I manage to keep a WordPress website up and running if I’m no longer around? Is the data stored in a way that I can be confident is secure? How does a WordPress plugin know when to start sending out notifications? Is this something that a non-technical user can interact with? Does this work best in a vanilla install or are there other plugins which might enhance how this operates?

We get through all of that and a whole lot more including the plans and the roadmap for EmergencyWP going forwards.

Discount available:

Albert has kindly offered a 50% discount to WP Builds listeners if they purchase the ‘lifetime bullet proof package’ of the plugin on or before the 26th March 2020.

If you miss that you can still get 20% off until 16th April 2020.

Click on the button below and use the offer code “wpbuilds2020” at the checkout…

Mentioned in this episode:

EmergencyWP

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clean no 00:52:47 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #105 – WordPress events cancelled and massive security week https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/16/wp-builds-weekly-wordpress-news-105-wordpress-events-cancelled-and-massive-security-week/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37121 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 9th March 2020]]> 5.4,Beaver Builder,COVID-19,Design Library,Elementor,HeadTo,Loom,News,Project Huddle,PublishPress,security,TechSmith,WooCommerce,WordCamp Europe,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Compress

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 9th March 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 RC2

Editor Will Default to Fullscreen Mode in WordPress 5.4

Community

WordCamp Europe postponed

HeadToWCEU Cancellation

Using Podcast Sponsorships To Replace Event Sponsorships

Advice for Newcomers to Remote Work: Lessons Learned

Coronavirus and the Remote Work Experiment No One Asked For

WordPress Training Course: How to Build a WordPress Website Using Elementor

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

The Wacky World of Sorta Brilliant’s Sorta Fun Block Plugins

Introducing the Design Library and New Block Designs

A Look at the WooCommerce Admin Now in Core
and
WooCommerce 4.0 Lands with New Admin Interface and Updated Onboarding Experience

Project Huddle – New Release! Website Approvals And A Gorgeous New Toolbar

PublishPress Permissions Free Has More than 5 Big New Features

Deals from this week

Loom lowers pricing

TechSmith offering free use until 30th June

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms Lifetime Deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Vulnerabilities Patched in Popup Builder Plugin Affecting over 100,000 Sites

Active Attack on Zero Day in Custom Searchable Data Entry System Plugin

Zero-Day Vulnerability in ThemeREX Addons Now Patched

Vulnerability Patched in Import Export WordPress Users

WordPress Vulnerability News, March 2020
and
WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: March 2020, Part 1

WP Builds

170 – Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg

Jobs

UK based Beaver Builder / Themer freelancer needed – see the post in the WP Builds Facebook group

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Coronavirus could force ISPs to abandon data caps forever

How social networks can do good while we’re all trapped indoors

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170 – Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/12/170-page-builders-v-the-block-editor-aka-gutenberg/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=37055 To avoid things getting stale we decided to mix it up for a while and challenge ourselves by arbitrarily taking one side each in some of the great debates in WordPress. The idea is that it might make us dig harder in to topics, give us a focus and force us to look at other perspectives. So today we're tackling the WordPress debate of the moment 'Page Builders v The Block Editor (Gutenberg)'. With so much innovation in the Page Builder space is there any room for something similar in WordPress core? Do we like it? Do we use it? Do we see a future for it? Whatever your point of view, there's certainly a whole heap of arguments on either side of the debate, and honestly most of them are completely legitimate too! I'm sure that we're not going to change your mind about this, but we might come up with a few things that you'd not thought of before. I hope that you enjoy listening to it...]]> Beaver Builder,Block Editor,Brizy,Divi,Elementor,Gutenberg,Oxygen,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Debate – Page Builders v The Block Editor a.k.a. Gutenberg

Kindly suggested by Peter J Ingersoll 

To avoid things getting stale we decided to mix it up for a while and challenge ourselves by arbitrarily taking one side each in some of the great debates in WordPress.

The idea is that it might make us dig harder in to topics, give us a focus and force us to look at other perspectives.

1. First together we will set up what the debate is about 

2. Then the arguments and counter argument will go back and forth (as we pitch for our allocated side)

3. Finally we go back to our usual more neutral positions for final thought to see if we learned anything new!

Setting up the Debate

Here we have to assume Gutenberg is a competitor to Page Builders… something that developers of the Page Builders have been keen to say is not the case.

With this we are imagining that most people are building client sites and are considering where they should be putting their learning efforts and how they should be steering their businesses.

Our talking points can be summarised as follows:

For Page Builders (David in the red corner)

  • 5 star ratings v 2 star ratings (i.e. 1 in 4 users like it)
  • Proven success and works at this moment 
  • We can pick and choose the Page Builder that suit us and our clients aims (Gutenberg killed some Page Builders instantly, reducing customer choice)
  • I can pick a Page Builder which tests their UI/UX before releasing it
  • I can pick a Page Builder which listens to their users about major releases
  • Runs on PHP – which more can understand (more open to all)
  • Has far fewer bugs – Gutenberg has more now than when launched
  • Open to true commercial competition 
  • Page Builder plugins meant that the WordPress core could have remained a simple core platform used by people who do not want a Page Builder (that is Page Builders are not taking over the whole ecosystem like Gutenberg)
  • Keeping WordPress to a simple core allows more innovation without restriction. Automattic did not come up with Theme Builders. What innovation has come from Automattic? WordPress is a fork of B2 and they have Akismet, JetPack (collection of bought plugins) and WooCommerce (again, bought)
  • Matt Mullenweg got the horse to the water but is it drinking yet (still a 2 star rating)
  • You can’t predict how people will react to new things so is it not arrogance to call it the future?  (the Sinclair C5 clearly seemed to be the future, but the timing and marketing were wrong!)
  • The choice of Page Builders and their superior marketing (compared to Automattic’s) has probably prevented a decline in WordPress (see Google trends)
  • Page Builders seem to have a clearer target audience in mind
  • Page Builders seem to have been able to change the look of their UI with no issue – in fact praise (no need to blame the user for being afraid of the new)
  • I have not seen anything that I would want that I can’t do now – so why not stick with what works?
  • There is a bit of me that champions Page Builders because Gutenberg was forced on us. It did not earn it a place on its own merit. The message to all seemed to be that you had better change or your businesses will be screwed. I have experienced that in the workplace and the majority of staff fall inline. It did not make it a success though just more of an embarrassment. The presentations Matt Mullenweg has done at WordCamps have hardly shown us something new as end users. Who cares that it is JS rather than PHP? Page Builders – the people’s choice!
  • 5+million have installed the Classic editor plugin to remove Gutenberg. I would argue most WordPress users don’t even need to do that, as set up does not require them to. Probably the fastest growing plugin of all time?
  • Innovations for Gutenberg need to made via committee

For Gutenberg (Nathan in the blue corner)

  • Free to all
  • JS allows for so much more
  • Better code output – bloated page builder code
  • More resources due to audience size
  • Why fight what you can’t change
  • Less plugin conflicts?
  • It’s the future baby!
  • Installed on every version of WordPress from now on
  • Continually expanding range of blocks which are getting serious attention
  • Roadmap looks great
  • It’s where devs are spending their time
  • No proprietary lock in – no single vendor point of failure 
  • React is the future
  • Page builders need continual innovation and turn over just to survive – leads to bloat
  • Splits the community into various factions which are not interoperable
  • People using Page Builders don’t understand the architecture of WordPress as well as other users

A couple of things to learn from all this:

  • David prepares more than Nathan does!
  • Sadly, there is no right answer and you’re going to have to make up your own mind. This post was created in Gutenberg and is displayed using a Page Builder Template, so you can have your cake and eat it!

Mentioned in this episode:

Elementor

Beaver Builder and Beaver Themer

Divi

Brizy

Oxygen

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WP Builds Weekly WordPress News #104 – WordPress 5.4 RC, COVID-19 events and mobile SERPs https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/09/wp-builds-newsletter-104-wordpress-5-4-rc-covid-19-events-and-mobile-serps/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=36922 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 2nd March 2020]]> 5.4,ACF,Axiom,COVID-19,Deals,Elementor,Google,Gutenberg,News,page builders,RegistrationMagic,security,SpaceX,WCEU,WooCommerce Smart Coupons,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 2nd March 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 Release Candidate

Preparing for WordPress 5.4: Changes Theme and Plugin Developers Should Know About

Community

WCEU – Meet our official Media Partners & Supporters

The International WordPress Community and WordCamps Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 and WordPress Community Engagement in 2020

Will Page Builders Remain Competitive in the Block Era?

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Gutenberg Hub Launches Collection of 100 Block Templates

Elementor Pro v2.9 Beta Release

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

Mailpoet Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms lifetime deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Over 2 Percent of Sites Using a Let’s Encrypt TLS Certificate May Throw Security Warnings

WordPress Vulnerability News, February 2020

Multiple Vulnerabilities Patched in RegistrationMagic Plugin

Coupon Creation Vulnerability Patched In WooCommerce Smart Coupons

WP Builds

Checkout our archives for podcasts, news and LIVE news.

169 – Advanced Custom Fields, the past, present and future

Jobs

Nothing for you this week!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Google Says 70% of Sites Have Been Moved to Mobile-First Indexing

Axiom Space pitches its first 10-day, all-inclusive trip to the ISS for just $55 million
and
SpaceX will send three tourists to the International Space Station next year

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169 – Advanced Custom Fields, the past, present and future https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/05/169-advanced-custom-fields-the-past-present-and-future/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=36928 Want to learn about Advanced Custom Fields for WordPress? Join founder Elliot Condon as we talk about the plugin... past, present and future. We talk about what the plugin does and how it can transform the kind of sites that you're able to build. We then go on to chat about the last couple of years and how Elliot had had to put in a lot of work to make sure that ACF was ready for the 5.0 release of WordPress which brought in the Gutenberg editor. It was a period of huge learning and enormous uncertainty, but Elliot came through with flying colours. He managed to create ACF Blocks which is a non-coding way of creating your own bespoke Blocks that you can reuse within the editor. We also talk about the recent pricing changes - why an increase in price was long overdue and how it's going to support the plugin's development long into the future. Seriously nice guy... great episode... ]]> 5.0,ACF,Advanced Custom Fields,Gutenberg,PHP,podcast,React,WP Builds

Interview – Advanced Custom Fields, the past, present and future

So you have a WordPress site and you’re really happy with it. You create posts and pages and it’s all working out great. Then one day you think to yourself that it would be nice if WordPress could do more than just create pages and posts. You want posts that are related to something specific, like cars or cooking. You have data that you repeat on all the posts that you create and you’re getting fed up of having to manually input that data into your posts.

Enter Advanced Custom Fields. It’s a way of creating repeatable content and SO much more.

I’m often asked by people why they might need custom fields and it always surprises me that so many people have not had a play. Seriously, if you’ve created Custom Post Types and added some Custom Fields, stop reading this and go and have a play right now.

Advanced Custom Fields is created by today’s guest Elliot Condon, and it’s one of the most popular plugins for WordPress… Period. It’s super easy to use, easy on the eye and has integrations with just about any other plugin that’s out there.

We had Elliot on the WP Builds podcast talking about Advanced Custom Field (aka ACF) back in episode 75, and a great deal has changed since then. During this podcast we do talk about the purpose of ACF, but we get into a whole lot more as well.

We get personal and talk about some of the changes that have occurred to Elliot over the last couple of years. How he’s become a father and had to adjust his life to fulfil this role. He’s also moved to a different part of Australia; a part that is sunnier, and there’s literally no jealousy from me at all about his new location!

We also talk about the fact that ACF has gone through some major changes. Prior to WordPress 5.0 dropping in late 2018 plugins like ACF were in what felt like some kind of race to update their plugin so that it would offer compatibility with the new Gutenberg editor. Elliot talks about how this was a hard race to be in as the goal posts kept shifting and information about the direction of the Block Editor (Gutenberg) was not easy to find.

For someone like you or me, this period of time was interesting to watch and sometimes frustrating, but for someone like Elliot, this was really challenging. His entire business was based up on a WordPress UI that was going to be replaced and so knowing what the replacement looked like and how it worked was important!

We also talk about a really nice innovation that Elliot pulled off in his “ACF Blocks”. A way of creating blocks without the need to learn complex new technologies. Elliot of course did have to learn the complex new technologies such as React to get all of this going, and I for one am glad that he did, so that folk like me don’t have to. Now I can create Blocks for the Editor in a matter of minutes using all of the fields that ACF provides to me. If you’ve not tried this, it’s super powerful and makes working with the block editor surprisingly fun.

We also get onto the topic of pricing because people have been pestering Elliot to put his prices up for years. Yes, you read that right, pestering him to raise his prices!

Ever since ACF Pro brought us all the additional goodies that it did, the pricing was a lifetime deal for unlimited sites. Being a plugin of great power and the fact that it’s spectacularly easy to use meant that it grew and grew and grew. Support costs went up and a rapid rate, but the finances did not follow the same curve. So he decided to go the way that all other plugins have and offer a subscription model. You can find out about that here…

Now there are x3 option:

  • Personal – 1 website – $49 per year
  • Freelancer – 10 websites – $149 per year
  • Agency – unlimited websites – $249 per year

I still think that Elliot should put his prices up, even after he’s put his prices up!

Finally we talk about the future of ACF, what plans he’s got in store for the future, and it’s interesting to note that Elliot still thinks that ACF has got a whole load missing.

This is a long podcast, but it’s well worth a listen. Elliot is such a thoughtful and likeable speaker and is personally responsible for one of the most popular plugins! Go check it out!

Mentioned in this episode:

Advanced Custom Fields Pro

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WP Builds Newsletter #103 – Full site editing blocks, high funding rounds and a few deals https://wpbuilds.com/2020/03/02/wp-builds-newsletter-103-full-site-editing-blocks-high-funding-rounds-and-a-few-deals/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=36770 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 24th February 2020]]> 5.4,Astra,Coda,Deals,Elementor,Featured themes,Google,Gutenberg,LiveCanvas,News,security,Strattic,Ultimate Dashboard,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Feedback,wpblocktalk

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 24th February 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 Beta 3

Gutenberg 7.6 Includes Rotating Tips List and New Full-Site Editing Blocks

Community

Strattic raises $6.5M to bring static WordPress to the masses

Elementor has raised a $15 million Series A, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners

WP FeedBack – A New Home for the WordPress Community

On MAGA Caps and WordCamps

Goodbye Featured Themes, For Now

Live, virtual event: wpblocktalk

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Automatic Theme and Plugin Updates Slated for WordPress 5.5

Astra – Starter Templates 2.0 — Building Websites Just Got Lot More Easier!

Welcome, LiveCanvas 1.4

Ultimate Dashboard updates – build with Page Builders

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!
and
The WP Builds Deals Page

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

Happy Forms lifetime deal – $49

WPfomify Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Multiple Attack Campaigns Targeting Recent Plugin Vulnerabilities

Multiple Vulnerabilities Patched in Pricing Table by Supsystic Plugin

Site Takeover Campaign Exploits Multiple Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: February 2020, Part 2

WP Builds

168 – Making an impact

Jobs

Help Needed Writing Toolset Courses

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Want podcasts to remain independent? Support independent podcasts

Google’s John Mueller to Investigate Deceitful Link Building Practices

Publish with Coda!

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168 – Making an impact https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/27/168-making-an-impact/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=36777 This episode is all about trying to make some kind of impact... how you can actually get people to notice what it is that you're doing and make them want to care about it, enough perhaps to become your client. So for this people really need to know what it is that you do. Not for a myriad of things that you might be interested in doing, but the core things that you do well and that are profitable for your business. Alongside all of this is the need to have some kind of emotional impact as well, something that really resonates with your clients. We go into all of this in the podcast, so why don't you have a listen...]]> Impact,marketing,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Discussion – Making an impact

This is the last podcast in our mini-series in which we’ve been exploring the book “Watertight Marketing” by Bryony Thomas.

This podcast is one of a sequence, and although you don’t really need to listen in order, should you wish to do that, you can find the previous episodes here:

This episode is all about trying to make some kind of impact… how you can actually get people to notice what it is that you’re doing and make them want to care about it, enough perhaps to become your client.

So for this people really need to know what it is that you do. Not for a myriad of things that you might be interested in doing, but the core things that you do well and that are profitable for your business.

This list is not exhaustive, but you might consider:

  • make sure you slim down your services to the ones you like that are profitable for you
  • be aware of the clarity in your business name – never too late
  • make sure 80% of what you talk about publicly is related to what you do
  • avoid following everyone else… some things are like marmite – you can lose clients by trying to please everyone
  • avoid getting accidentally known for something you don’t do

Alongside all of this is the need to have some kind of emotional impact as well, something that really resonates with your clients.

We go into all of this in the podcast, so why don’t you have a listen.

Remember that the conversation keeps going over at the WP Builds Facebook Group, so if you’re not a member, why not come and join us?

Mentioned in this episode:

‘Watertight Marketing’ book by Bryony Thomas

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clean no 00:54:23 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Newsletter #102 – WordPress 5.4 beta 2, multiple security threats and Mac less safe than Windows https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/24/wp-builds-newsletter-102-wordpress-5-4-beta-2-multiple-security-threats-and-mac-less-safe-than-windows/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=36666 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 17th February 2020]]> 5.4,agile,AppSero,Duplicator,Elementor,Firefox,GenerateBlocks,Google,iThemes,JavaScript,Kinsta,Lifter LMS,Mac,News,Ring,Themegrill,ThemeREX,Toolset,UI / UX,Windows,WooCommerce,WordPress,WP Builds,wpCentral

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 17th February 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 Beta 2

Community

The JavaScript for WordPress Conference – July 8-10th, 2020

Toolset job board is now live

WooCommerce Partners With Square to Expand Services for CBD Merchants

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

WooCommerce – no more multiple site licenses anymore

Appsero – Killer WordPress Analytics, Licensing & Deployment Tool

Introducing Theme Style: We’re Bringing Global Theme Design Into Elementor

GenerateBlocks

LifterLMS Groups

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Active Attack on Recently Patched Duplicator Plugin Vulnerability Affects Over 1 Million Sites

Critical Issue In ThemeGrill Demo Importer Leads To Database Wipe and Auth Bypass

Zero-Day Vulnerability in ThemeREX Addons Plugin Exploited in the Wild

Vulnerability in wpCentral Plugin Leads to Privilege Escalation

iThemes Security – WordPress Disaster Week

WP Builds

167 – How I use Agile and WordPress to launch a minimal viable product with Marius Vetrici

Latest UI / UX review with Piccia Neri

Jobs

Kinsta – Social Media Manager

Possible resource for finding developers

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Sorry, Mac owners, a new report says Windows PCs are safer from malware

Ring, 2FA, and a Win for Consumers

Firefox 75 gets lazy loading support for images and iframes

California court says Apple Store workers must be paid for time spent waiting to be searched

Google users in UK to lose EU data protection – sources

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167 – How I use Agile and WordPress to launch a minimal viable product with Marius Vetrici https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/20/167-how-i-use-agile-and-wordpress-to-launch-a-minimal-viable-product-with-marius-vetrici/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34821 Today we stray into waters that we don't often swim in. We're talking about Agile development and launching a Minimal Viable Product, and the person I'm talking to is Marius Vetrici. Marius is a WordPress developer and runs an agency of twelve people... so he's got to have all his processes in place to ensure that his business is profitable and that his clients are happy. This discussion centres around a long post that Marius wrote entitles "Agile WordPress Development: How To Maximize The ROI Of Your MVP Website". In that post we learn that Marius had to learn to have processes in place because of a $200,000 project that just got out of hand. The product that he launched did not have the research done properly before the work started, and as such there was no real understanding of exactly what it was that they were trying to build. We talk about structuring work into sprints, how these sprints map to goals and how WordPress is the perfect tool to do all of this with minimal time and cost. Honestly... really interesting. ]]> agile,Development,MVP,podcast,ROI,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – How I use Agile and WordPress to launch a minimal viable product with Marius Vetrici

Today we stray into waters that we don’t often swim in. We’re talking about Agile development and launching a Minimal Viable Product, and the person I’m talking to is Marius Vetrici.

Marius is a WordPress developer and runs an agency of twelve people… so he’s got to have all his processes in place to ensure that his business is profitable and that his clients are happy.

This discussion centres around a long post that Marius wrote entitles “Agile WordPress Development: How To Maximize The ROI Of Your MVP Website“. In that post we learn that Marius had to learn to have processes in place because of a $200,000 project that just got out of hand. The product that he launched did not have the research done properly before the work started, and as such there was no real understanding of exactly what it was that they were trying to build. Turns out that this knowledge is crucial as subsequent decisions about how to adapt and develop the product need to take into account what the end goal is. No end goal? No real idea of what adaptations are worthwhile and which are pointless for the longer term health of the product.

We start the conversation looking at a Venn diagram, and it’s worth looking at before you move on. It shows you the classic way we ought to be thinking about building anything online, whether that’s a WordPress website or a more complex SaaS app. You’ll three areas that you need to consider:

  1. What you think the market needs
  2. What your market actually needs
  3. What you can afford

It’s all too easy to miss this step and get caught up in an idea that you had in a moment of inspiration. You just know a problem that you have is being replicated millions of times over and your solution is bound to be a good fit; such a good in fact that people will part with their money to use your solution.

Mmm… Perhaps you’re right, but before you sink your hard earned cash into this idea, perhaps it would be useful to ask other people what they think. Do they need this? Are your pains the same as theirs? Would they be prepared to spend money on this solution? The list will be much longer than this, but you get the point.

Where your ideas meet other people ideas within a budget that you can afford to spend… that’s your MVP. Perhaps by now you know whether to build this product or just move on.

From there we talk about Marius’ approach to this: Agile. No, being a freelancer, I’m no expert this area. I have a notional understanding of what it is and how it works, so we chat from this perspective.

We talk about how you decide what work should be included in your short sprints. These sprints are basically blocks of work hours that your client can buy in which you will work on specific tasks aimed at achieving specific goals.

These goals can be thought of as “User Stories”, and they always sound like this:

As a [user role], I want to [goal/desire] so that [benefit].

So, “As a Customer, I want to push the “Add to favorites” button on the Product page so that I can save this product for later reviewing or buying“. Or, “As a Customer, I want to see on the Product page a tab named “Technical Specifications” which will contain a simple text so that I can read all the technical details of this product“.

So we’re working on very defined tasks in a very defined order. These User Stories should be put in order, and Marius likes to make sure that the ones that have best ROI (Return On Investment) float to the top. In other words the tasks that are worked on in the 2, 3, 4 week sprint have been carefully sifted to ensure that they’re offering the client to best chance of a return, and therefore are adding something back to their business.

It all sounds complex, but it’s really not and Marius explains it very carefully.

Marius thinks that WordPress is an ideal platform from which to launch an MVP because of the plugin architecture that it has. In other words, imagine that a client comes to you and says, I want a clone of Uber building for my town… Well, you could offer to build that all from scratch and it would cost mighty dollars. Or you could find some trusted and well maintained plugins in the WordPress ecosystem and use those to build a site with many of the features that they need. You might need to spend time building your own plugins, or modifying existing ones, but the point is that you might get 80% of the features that they requested for a fraction of the price that it would have been had you started from scratch.

Then, let that run for a while. See if it gets adopted. See if people use it. If they do, great, get feedback and iterate upon it. If people don’t use it, it was cheap way to fail!

Marius has several examples of this from his own agency and you can find them in the article linked below. Sites that used WordPress for the MVP successfully. Some of them went on to be rewritten with no WordPress in sight. Others stayed with WordPress. Still others failed and disappeared from the internet. But the point is that WordPress is a good way to start.

It’s a lovely chat which I think was just getting started when we had to end it! Perhaps we’ll pick this up another day…

Mentioned in this episode:

MVP Venn diagram

Marius’ Agile WordPress development article

Marius’ Get Success with your MVP eBook

Nine inspiring recurring revenue business ideas

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WP Builds Newsletter #101 – WordPress 5.4 beta 1, WordCamp Asia cancelled and many phones kills Google maps https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/17/wp-builds-newsletter-101-wordpress-5-4-beta-1-wordcamp-asia-cancelled-and-many-phones-kills-google-maps/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley http://wpbuilds.com/?p=36391 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 10th February 2020]]> 5.4,BlogVault,EditorsKit,Excel,Fluent Forms,Flywheel,Google,ICANN,Local,News,OceanWP,podcast,StockPack,Wishlist Member,WordCamp Asia,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Data Tables,WP Engine

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 10th February 2020:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.4 Beta 1 Ready for Testing and Feedback

Community

WordCamp Asia 2020 is cancelled
and
Sending love to WordCamp Asia
and
Wordcamp Asia Cancellation Fee Assistance Package from Wordfence (other partners joining)

Better Together: WP Engine and Flywheel Make Local and Genesis Products Available to All Customers

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Fluent Forms Update: Post Creation, Chained Select, Trello and more

Convert Classic Content to Blocks With the Bulk Block Converter Plugin

EditorsKit Tackles Typography With First Premium Add-On

BlogVault – We’ve got a makeover!

StockPack – free images in your media library

Deals from this week

Get the WP Builds Deals emails delivered to your inbox!

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

28% off Ocean WP with code: OCEANHEART2XVAL2020 – whilst it lasts

Security

Improper Access Controls in GDPR Cookie Consent Plugin

Critical Vulnerability In Profile Builder Plugin Allowed Site Takeover

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: February 2020, Part 1

WP Builds

166 – The when and who of marketing

WP Builds LIVE Weekly WordPress News – 10th February 2020

Jobs

Nothing this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

ICANN Allows .COM Price Increases, Gets More Money

This Man Created Traffic Jams on Google Maps Using a Red Wagon Full of Phones

You can now make sick beats in Microsoft Excel

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166 – The when and who of marketing https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/13/166-the-when-and-who-of-marketing/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35868 This episode is looking at who we think our idea WordPress clients might be and where we might find them. There's more to this subject than meets the eye! for a start, when are the people who we're trying to engage as clients actually receptive to our messages? It might not be at the times that you think are suitable. Perhaps they work late into the evening, or the team is dotted all over the globe? In terms of the who, this can be really hard - trying to work out exactly who we are going to target and therefore the kind of messages that they're likely to resonate with. Should we push towards word of mouth, or perhaps use social media channels to get some traction? What should those messages sound like, controversial, a debate, riding a common theme? It's all in the WP Builds podcast this week...]]> marketing,podcast,Watertight Marketing,WordPress,WP Builds

Discussion – The when and who of marketing

We’re approaching the end of our series in which we explore the book “Watertight Marketing” by Bryony Thomas… only one more to go in a couple of weeks! This podcast is one of a sequence and although you don’t really need to listen in order, should you wish to do that, you can find the previous episodes here:

So, as the title suggests, we’re looking at when you might be best to use your marketing muscle, as well as who you might be best targeting it at.

In terms of when, obviously there’s going to better timings to connect with your client, but knowing when exactly that might be is all but impossible. What’s to say that the most important person in the decision making process might be the sort of person who works late into the night, and makes their important decisions then? Perhaps the people who you are trying to reach are on the other side of the world, or have a team that is dotted all over the globe. It all starts to get rather tricky!

Is there such a thing as lucky timing? Perhaps the messaging that you’ve been putting out was chipping away at your client and the final nail in the coffin which you think of as ‘lucky timing’ was bound to happen due to all of your endeavours, not just the one that you believe got you the sale?

It seems that in this day and age of mobile devices we really need to have some mechanism (and your WordPress website is a really good one) to connect with people 24/7/365. This might be too much for some, and it certainly is for me, but it might be the right approach for you or your clients if you can carefully manage it.

What about the who then? I still believe that word of mouth is the best possible way that you can get clients who understand what it is that you do and who really want to work with you. A website client suggests to their friends and colleagues that you might be a good fit for their next WordPress website project. They come to you already having a slight understanding of the kind of things that you can produce, what your rates are and how you work. If the endorsement is glowing, then you might not need to do a great deal of pitching; they might just be looking for a way to get you on board.

This ‘word of mouth’ approach though is limited in terms of reach and numbers. There’s only so many people who will suggest you and so we need other options too. So here’s some other things that we cover in the podcast:

  • use social media and other channels to ask thought provoking questions in your area of expertise
  • start a debate about something in the industry that your customers are going to be concerned about
  • say something controversial – this might not be your style, but if your company has a strong set of beliefs you might be able to be forthright
  • ride a common theme – provide value in areas that are frequently discussed in your community

So it’s another interesting chat about leaking clients and how to prevent it and if you’ve any thoughts on the matter, please leave a comment below or head over to the WP Builds Facebook Group and leave a comment in the thread for this podcast there.

Mentioned in this episode:

Watertight Marketing‘ book by Bryony Thomas

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clean no 00:55:26 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Newsletter #100 – Yes 100! I know! Gutenberg 7.4, CSS standards and deals https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/10/wp-builds-newsletter-100-yes-100-i-know-gutenberg-7-4-css-standards-and-deals/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=36110 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 3rd February 2020]]> ACF,Ahmad Awais,All in one SEO,Apple,Contributor day,CSS,Divi,Elementor,Genesis,Gridpane,Gutenberg,Local,Microsoft,News,security,SpaceX,themes,TranslatePress,Tutor LMS,UI,Visme,Wishlist Member,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Data Tables Pro

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 3rd February 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 7.4 Adds New Color Controls, Link UI, and Block Scaffolding for Developers

Community

Contributor Day is for everyone

Join the Future of WordPress Themes Conversation: Theme Review Team to Hold Biweekly Discussions

All in One SEO is now part of the Awesome Motive Family

Let’s chat about CSS standards

Why testimonials are important

Local “Lightening”

Hourly vs. Fixed Project Billing: Which Is Best for Your Income?

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Ahmad Awais Launches Script to Automatically Deploy WordPress Plugin Updates

Divi Scroll Effects

Happy 10th Birthday, Genesis!

Guteblock Joins the Block Collection Plugin Arena With an Initial 12 Custom Blocks

ACF Blocks Pro

Deals from this week

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Tutor LMS < 1.5.3 – Cross-Site Request Forgery

WordPress Vulnerability News, January 2020

WP Builds

Creating your own managed WordPress service, and keeping all the margin with Patrick Gallagher

Let Piccia Neri review your website’s UI / UX – Next session is on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 2pm (UK time)

Live video from last weeks news!

Jobs

Nothing for you this week – I feel that this section might not be that useful!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

SpaceX will now let you book a rocket launch online starting at $1 million

Apple unifies its app stores by extending the universal purchase option to Mac apps

Visme update

Microsoft Teams goes down after Microsoft forgot to renew a certificate

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165 – Creating your own managed WordPress service, and keeping all the margin with Patrick Gallagher https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/06/165-creating-your-own-managed-wordpress-service-and-keeping-all-the-margin/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35866 On the WP Builds WordPress Podcast today with have Patrick Gallagher from Gridpane. We talk about their mission to save you time and hassle when you build and host WordPress websites. They have a unique product which is being discussed a lot right now. We talk about how the company got started and how it is that they go the extra mile so that you don't have to. It's little things like not making you repeat work that you perhaps don't need to every time your set up a new site. Build a site, save it as a bundle then reuse it over and over again. Pretty much all you need to do it is to name the site, tell Gridpane where you want it to be hosted and click a button, that's literally it. Of course you can bring your own hardware like Digital Ocean, Linode, Google, Amazon etc, or point to an IP address of a box in your house! WordPress installs created, managed, backed up in the least time possible! Go check it out...]]> Gridpane,hosting,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – Creating your own managed WordPress service, and keeping all the margin with Patrick Gallagher

Today on the WP Builds WordPress podcast we have Patrick Gallagher from Gridpane, which is a new option for hosting your WordPress website.

We chat about this past with technology and how he developed a passion for working with WordPress, building hundreds of site over the years. Like all of us, he hunted around, trying to find the best hosting solution for his needs, but in all cases he found that there was something missing. So he decided that he was going to roll his own solution which he could then maintain and control himself, his own WordPress managed hosting company.

I’ve kind of oversimplified the story somewhat. In 2015 Patrick (and much of the internet) got hit by a Christmas day outage at Linode, a popular choice for offloading your hosting. Patrick was having a nice day with his family and suddenly the ‘site down’ emails began to arrive en-masse. So he had to go into work mode and get in touch with his clients to inform them that their sites were broken and there was no real way that he could fix them right away! A horrible moment, but worse for the fact that it was Christmas. This was the day that he decided to solve this problem once and for all.

So he started Gridpane with the idea that it would develop over time, and he began speaking about it in some online communities. As luck would have it a chap called Jeff Cleverley picked up upon Patrick’s message and then hit it off and Jeff has become the backbone of Gridpane.

They’ve been working on the stack since then, trying to perfect it, and we dwell for quite a long time on this…

This primarily revolves around building an automated platform for deploying your own WordPress install no matter what 3rd party service you’re using as the host.

Although it’s not true to say that Gridpane’s stack is aimed at developers who know their way around web hosting and how a server ought to be configured, you’ll get the most out of it if your are a competent server admin. They have hundreds of new customers and are more than happy to help them, but the bleeding edge performance is going to be open to those who know what they’re doing.

The other main feature of Gridpane is the speed with which you can get a WordPress website up and running. If you install WordPress manually, you know that this involves multiples steps – create a database, download WordPress core and get that onto the server, link WordPress to that database. This is the famous 5 minute install, and once you’ve done it a few times it’s really easy to do. However, even that can be a pain, and so managed WordPress hosts make that much easier – you will out a few fields, click some buttons and they create everything for you and email you a handful of minutes later to say that it’s all up and running.

Gridpane go a few steps even further, making it even more efficient. So it’s things like removing the need to create a username and password for your WordPress install, instead they just use the one that you use for logging into Gridpane itself. Less to write down, less to remember, less time to create the website!

They try to make as many assumptions as they can about how you’re going to want to set up your WordPress website, so that you don’t have to jump through that hoop each time you create an installation.

So it’s little steps like predefining bundles which tell Gridpane that you want your install to include this SEO plugin, this theme and the DNS ought to be set up in a certain way. All you need to do is name the site, say on which server you want it to reside and hit ‘go’. That’s it, you’re done.

So, time saved. But what about all the other things that you’d hope for… Security – check, backups – check, updates – check. They do all of that too.

We have not yet got onto the what Gridpane actually links up with. So as of the release of this podcast they allow you to host your site on any of the follow servers:

  • Linode
  • Digital Ocean
  • Vultr
  • AWS Lightsail
  • Google Compute

If you don’t want to use any of the above and have a server on your own hardware, so long as you have root access and know the IP address, you can use Gridpane. They have a script to enable their services.

Should you want to move your WordPress installs from one of the services mentioned above to another, you can do that. Patrick recommends that you get the smallest server that you think that you’re going to need and only beef them up at the point that you need that, but moving from Google to Amazon is really simple with Gridpane.

In terms of backups, they started out in the usual way doing daily backups, made available for 30 days. They now perform incremental backups, only backing up the changes that you have made recently. This saves a ton of space on your server, but should you want to connect to a 3rd party solution for maximum redundancy, you can do that too. Things like Dropbox, Wasabi etc.

It’s a really interesting chat about a new service that could save you a how load of time and hassle. Go check it out and see if it’s a fit for you and your business.

Mentioned in this episode:

Gridpane

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clean no 00:57:48 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Newsletter #99 – Lazy Load images in Core, plugin news and deals too https://wpbuilds.com/2020/02/03/wp-builds-newsletter-99-lazy-load-images-in-core-plugin-news-and-deals-too/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=36001 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 27th January 2020]]> 10up,Autoshare for Twitter,Branda,Brizy,Facebook,Gutenberg,Lazy load,News,security,Swift Control Pro,The Events Calendar,Toolset,Twitter,UX,WCEU,Wishlist Member,WooCommerce,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Data Tables,WP Feedback

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 27th January 2020:

WordPress Core

Native Lazy Loading Support Coming to WordPress

Community

Call for Volunteers – WCEU

Jan Koch joins WP FeedBack

5 Coding Bootcamps for Developers to Consider

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Swift Control Replaces WordPress Toolbar With Custom Access Panel

Toolset mobile editing tools – Toolset Blocks 1.1

WooCommerce 3.9 Has Landed
and
It’s Time for WooCommerce 4.0 Beta Testing

Introducing a new look for The Events Calendar

14 New Premium Landing Pages in Brizy Free & PRO

10up Releases Autoshare for Twitter WordPress Plugin

Deals from this week

WP Data Tables Lifetime Deal – $49

Wishlist Member Lifetime Deal – $49

Security

Critical CSRF to RCE Vulnerability in WordPress Code Snippets Plugin

Back to Basics – Updating WordPress Strategies

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: January 2020, Part 2

WP Builds

164 – The how and where of marketing

WP Builds Newsletter #98 – Gutenberg updates / compatible themes and new page builder – including the LIVE News at the bottom of the page

Jobs

Nothing this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

All users can now access Facebook’s tool for controlling which apps and sites can share data for ad-targeting

UX – An infographic rethinking Batman’s classic outfit in a user-centric way

Meet the super humans

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164 – The how and where of marketing https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/30/164-the-how-and-where-of-marketing/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:44:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35861 So many places to post your marketing messages and so many forms that they can take. What options are there and are any more useful than the others? We're taking another dive into the 'Watertight Marketing' book by Bryony Thomas, and exploring an area that neither David or I (Nathan) are particularly experienced at. We go over as many ways as we can think of for getting your (or your client) messages out there and think about what they might look or sound like. It's a surprisingly long list and it's changing all the time. What looked cool 3 years ago, might look foolish today and the platform of choice seems to change with alarming regularity! Have a listen to us chat this all through on the WP Builds Weekly WordPress Podcast.]]> Leaks,marketing,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Discussion – The how and where of marketing

So… again we reach into the book “Watertight Marketing” by Bryony Thomas for the topic of our discussion this week. It’s one of a sequence and although you don’t really need to listen in order, should you wish to do that, you can find the previous episodes here:

This podcast episode is out attempt to dissect the tricky subject of what your actual messaging might look like; what format it might take as well as where it might go.

At the start of the discussion I talk about the multiple ways that I push content out concerning this podcast. I have built all of these ideas up slowly over time and never really thought about whether there’s too much, or if the messages were overlapping and therefore deceasing their impact.

So every time I schedule a post on WP Builds the following ‘content’ is created automatically:

That’s just the automated stuff! There’s more because the following, more manual things occur too:

  • A SaaS app scrapes the RSS feed and alerts me to log into the platform in which I can create posts for up to a year in advance – I only do 1 reminder at 6 months and a year – these go to Facebook and Twitter
  • I create a post for people who have signed up to receive browser notifications as well as in the WP Builds Facebook Messenger chat

Honestly, the list could go on, but I’m sure that you get the idea! It’s a lot.

You see I’m working on the principal that you have to be where your audience is, not where you want them to be. As this podcast speaks to a technical audience, that could be anywhere, so I kind of feel that I need to be everywhere too.

We all know that with pixels and retargeting, we can be a little more clever about this, but the point is necessary. Where do you put your marketing messages? What format do they take? How do we teach our clients about this new digital age?

What amazes me is that even though I post my messages all over the place, I’m not even close to saturating the list. There’s so many platforms popping up all of the time. My kids don’t use Facebook or email at all, because “d’uh, nobody uses those”. They are on Snapchat and Instagram. So if I were selling trendy clothes to teenagers, I might (or need) have to have a complete rethink about where I want my messages to land.

There’s also the point about what should the messages look like? Here’s a list that comes of the top of my head:

  • plain text email
  • richly formatted email
  • tweets
  • videos – in so many possible formats
  • push notifications
  • text messages
  • the various ad platforms that you can use (Facebook, Google etc.)
  • letter
  • leaflet
  • telephoning
  • a booth at an event
  • networking meetings
  • posters in public places
  • ads in print media
  • word of mouth
  • podcast
  • viral marketing
  • etc – you get the idea!

It’s simply breathtaking the amount of ways that you can message people and get them to be more aware of your brand.

So today we discuss all of this. How your message might look / be created, and where they might go.

We’re not that experienced in this so bear with us as we chat through from our positions of ignorance!

Mentioned in this episode:

‘Watertight Marketing’ by Bryony Thomas

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clean no 00:56:35 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Newsletter #98 – Gutenberg updates / compatible themes and new page builder https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/27/wp-builds-newsletter-98-gutenberg-updates-compatible-themes-and-new-page-builder/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35857 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 20th January 2020]]> Beaver Team,Blocksy,Brizy,Builder Pro,Elegant Marketplace,GiveWP,GoDaddy,Google,Gutenberg,InMotion Hosting,iOS,Microsoft,News,Oxygen,Project Huddle,Sonos,Sticker Mule,StudioPress,WooCommerce,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Engine,WP&UP

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 20th January 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 7.3 Brings Navigation Block Colors, Block Collections API, and Dynamic Post Blocks

Gutenberg Can Tackle the Problems the Fields API Tried to Solve

Community

Financial support needed for WP&UP

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 14.0

Web Ventures, A Division of InMotion Hosting, Acquires Elegant Marketplace

GiveWP Plugin Users Raised Over $100 Million in Donations in 2019

Introducing Your New and Improved WP Engine User Portal

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

WooCommerce 3.9 Released

Important Update! Please update ProjectHuddle to 3.8.10 for Chrome 80 compatibility.

Blocksy WordPress Theme Provides a Solid Block-Editor Experience

GoDaddy’s ‘Go’ WordPress Theme Offers a Page-Building Experience via the Block Editor

Announcing the New Theme from StudioPress: Navigation Pro

Have you heard of fl_builder_preview? – Beaver Team

Deals from this week

A New WordPress Theme Builder Hero is Born: Builder Pro – use code BUILDERPRO for 30% off

Sticker Mule – $19 for 50 custom 3″ x 3″ die cut stickers

Security

Oxygen 3.1.1 Now Available – Critical Security Update

Malicious JavaScript Used in WP Site/Home URL Redirects

WordPress Vulnerability News, January 2020

WP Builds

163 – How to create content with WordPress that people really want to engage with

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Sonos Makes It Clear: You No Longer Own The Things You Buy

Google’s ads just look like search results now

Microsoft Leaves 250M Customer Service Records Open to the Web

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163 – How to create content with WordPress that people really want to engage with https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/23/163-how-to-create-content-with-wordpress-that-people-really-want-to-engage-with/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35686 Creating content on your WordPress website that attracts people can be hard if you don't have a plan. Miles Beckler has a system to create content that people want to read. It's a simple system too. It might be something that you've implemented in the past, but it might be completely new to you. The approach is about creating content that you know that people are searching for, and for that you need a keyword tool (see the show notes).From there you write content that you are certain that people are actually going to want to read. You make it the best that you can, and you get better and faster at doing it. The beauty of this being held within WordPress is that it's going to be around for years to come and you can alter it should your data show that's it's in need of a tweak. You're not going to get rich over night, and that's not the point, but if you're willing to engage with Miles' process, you might find a new and interesting way to get paid. Fun listen...]]> Affiliate,content,Content marketing,Keywords,marketing,podcast,Sales,SERPs,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – How to create content with WordPress that people really want to engage with

We’re always told as kids that it’s okay to make mistakes and that the more mistakes that you make, the more that you learn for the future. Adults don’t seem to have that approach though! We want to get everything correct right away and to make almost zero mistakes on our first try!

Today on the podcast I have Miles Beckler, and he’s going to tell us all about the journey that he’s had creating content which has become very popular and successful. He did not take the approach of getting everything right on the first run, and instead decided that it was okay to learn by himself, make all the mistakes that he needed, and come out on top in the end!

In the past Miles has search for the perfect way of doing this, looking endlessly into forums and blog posts, following ‘gurus’ and all the other things that you can to do to try to learn the art of creating engaging content, but in the end he just figured let do it ourselves in our way and see how it all works out!

It all boils down to a simple premise – create content that people are searching for and they will likely find it!

I never do this! Take this post for example, I’m just writing whatever comes into my mind at the the time. I’m not really dwelling on the SEO of the title or the main content having the correct keywords. I’m sure that’s the case for many of you too, if you’re creating content that is. You just sit yourself down and have a rough idea of what it is that you want to say and then you let the fingers engage with the keyboard and if somehow comes out.

That’s my approach anyhow! Hopefully, like Miles, you’re a little more thoughtful before the fingers hit the keyboard and you have a little bit of a plan in place for what it is that you’re going to write and some prior insight into the SEO implications of it? You do right… Just like me?!?!

One of the key points of Miles approach is not to get too caught up in the latest thing that’s exploding. Everyone on Twitter is saying that this thing is ‘hot’… you feel the pressure to move over there and start creating content about it so that you’re keeping up with the Jones’. Miles says that whilst this can work some of the time, better to work on the thing that you know about deeply and keep doing that, especially if it’s in an area that has a direct line to some kind of profitability.

I think the I should back up a little here because it might be important to note that Miles is not a WordPress user who writes a lot. He creates heaps of content, but most of that is done with video. He’s comfortable with that and does not really gel with writing too much. So he uses WordPress as a container for his YouTube content, but the approach that he has can be used in exactly the same way if you’re a writer or a podcaster or a video maker or a [fill in the blank kind of content]. Make content that has a shelf life and your WordPress site will keep serving up that some content day after day after day.

We spend a lot of the conversation talk about what it is that Miles feels are the steps that you need to take in order to make content that people are keen to search for and then consume.

Firstly, know that this is a long haul. You need to know from the outset that there are very few shortcuts. From the outset, try to think of this as a process that’s going to take you years, not months or days.

Then get a niche. It does not matter what that niche is, we talk about lawnmowers on this podcast, which presumably is a niche that someone, somewhere is managing to exploit successfully!

After that have brainstorming sessions. Map it out in some way. Just get the all of the types of content that you could create down on paper or an app. Just file them away somewhere. A great big disconnected list of everything lawnmower!

You then need to start to look at all of the search phrases that people are searching for that tackle the idea that you dumped just a moment ago.

You can see that this is going to take time and effort, and that at this point there is literally zero reward for anything that you’ve done. It’s just planning and, in all honesty, it might be quite dull! You might want to use something like the Google Keyword Planner for this (see below for more).

If you’re in a product niche, this process will mean that you’re creating content that you’re pretty certain is going to appeal to people who are, to some extent, ready to buy. Anyone searching for “best powered lawnmower”, is quite likely to want to have one!

This then leads us to the point. Now you write posts about this thing. You actually sit down and write a post about which powered lawnmowers are the best. You make it carefully, put thought into it… actually creating content that is true and which will assist the readers. It’s going to take you time, but if you do it right that piece of content is going to be there for years and years, helping people to buy lawnmowers.

If you’re in the game to make some money out of this, then you could use these posts to host affiliate links. If you’re just in it to promote your brand, then perhaps not, the content itself is enough in that it brings you kudos for being helpful.

Miles’ idea is to find a niche, see what the competition have written, learn about that subject, then write one post that’s as good as you can possibly make it. The best content, the most useful. Just one. If you want to you can really nerd out on the number of <h> tags and all of that, but as a minimum just write your best work and make sire that it’s long enough to compete with other content out there.

You’ll likely be quite bad at doing this to start with, but the more that you do it, the better you’ll become! Honest!

We then go onto how you manage your history of posts that you’ve written. In other words can we massage content that we wrote six months ago to create additional engagement? Miles has some thoughts on this.

During the podcast we go off message a little and talk about the scary prospect of deep fake videos, you know the ones that I mean? I’m talking about the videos in which you think that you’re looking at someone famous, but suddenly the words that they’re saying don’t chime with what you know about them. You begin to realise this video is a sham and that’s it’s all been made up in the basement by some teenage prankster! Dangerous times!

It’s a great episode and I learned a lot about how to do this right.

Mentioned in this episode:

Keyword finding tools:

Temi – for translations

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WP Builds Newsletter #97 – Hosting pricing changes, security updates and free Windows 10 upgrade https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/20/wp-builds-newsletter-97-hosting-pricing-changes-security-updates-and-free-windows-10-upgrade/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35726 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 13th January 2020]]> Amazon,Block Directory,Contact Form 7,Cory Miller,Divi,Dollie,Elementor,Flywheel,Forminator,Google,InfiniteWP,iThemes,News,Pinetools,Pixelgrade,Plugins,PowerPack,Sandhills Development,Toolset,Windows,WooCommerce,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Database Reset,WP Engine,WP Reset

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 13th January 2020:

WordPress Core

Nothing in this section this week!

Community

Introducing a new chapter, with Cory Miller as Post Status partner

Flywheel re-introduces the Tiny Plan
and
Update to WP Engine Plans

WordCamp Houston Returning After 10 Years

Can the Block Directory and Business Interests Coexist?

Sandhills Development – Year in Review

How Many Websites Use WooCommerce? Usage Stats + Infographic 2019

Amazon Associates promoting WordPress

Dollie Platform Launches, Provides Tools to Build and Deploy Pre-Configured WordPress Installs

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

PowerPack for Beaver Builder – Introducing Registration Form Module for Beaver Builder

Elementor – Monthly Template Kits #6: The Magazine Template Kit

How to build advanced sites with Toolset and Divi

WP Security Audit Log V4: the all new, easier to read WordPress activity log

iThemes Security now includes Security Check Pro and CCPA changes in Pro

Importing All Your Contact Form 7 Data To Forminator Is Now Possible (And Simple!)

Deals from this week

WP Reset Lifetime Deal

Security

Critical Authentication Bypass Vulnerability in InfiniteWP Client Plugin

Easily Exploitable Vulnerabilities Patched in WP Database Reset Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: January 2020, Part 1

SQL Injection: A Beginner’s Guide for WordPress Users

WP Builds

162 – Information Overload

WP Builds LIVE UI / UX review with Piccia Neri

WP Builds LIVE Weekly WordPress News – Monday 13th January 2020

Jobs

Nothing for you this week…

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Windows 7 Reminder: Get a Free Windows 10 Upgrade While You Can

Google: Structured Data Has No Impact on Ranking in Web Search

Pinetools

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162 – Information Overload https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/16/162-information-overload/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35685 You know how this goes... You have an inbox and it's overflowing. You have almost no time in the day to deal with nonsense, but you do read your emails... some of your emails. But which ones? Which emails make the cut and get opened and which ones fall by the wayside, their only purpose in life was just to add a tiny amount to the carbon footprint? Building WordPress websites, you need to advise your clients about ways that they can interact with their customers or audience. They need to have a little understanding in terms of how they can market to the world. Perhaps you're not the person to teach them all of this, and yes, there might be people out there who are heaps better at marketing than you are (this is certainly true for myself and David), but that should not stop you thinking about this subject and offer your clients some thoughts as to what might work, and certainly what does not work anymore. Check out the podcast to hear our thoughts on this...]]> Clients,Leaks,marketing,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Discussion – Information Overload

So… it’s another foray into the Watertight Marketing book by Bryony Thomas. This time to talk about the subject of information overload. The idea that the messages that we put out might not be exactly what your clients / customers / audience are wanting to hear, or are just too frequent.

I should say that this is one in a series of podcast episodes. They work as single episodes well enough, but if you were wanting to hear the previous podcasts then these are the links to them…

How much information is just the right amount? What kind of information is it desirable to receive?

You know how this goes… You have an inbox and it’s overflowing. You have almost no time in the day to deal with nonsense, but you do read your emails… some of your emails. But which ones? Which emails make the cut and get opened and which ones fall by the wayside, their only purpose in life was just to add a tiny amount to the carbon footprint?

Building WordPress websites, you need to advise your clients about ways that they can interact with their customers or audience. They need to have a little understanding in terms of how they can market to the world. Perhaps you’re not the person to teach them all of this, and yes, there might be people out there who are heaps better at marketing than you are (this is certainly true for myself and David), but that should not stop you thinking about this subject and offer your clients some thoughts as to what might work, and certainly what does not work anymore.

We talk about how our tolerances for constant marketing are perhaps a function of the life that we lead and even where we live. Moving into the subject of what kinds of marketing really don’t work for us as recipients.

In my case, and just thinking about emails, I find that if you’re going to get opened if:

  • you are from a real world friend
  • you are from a company that I have a actual interest in… perhaps a company that I recent bought something from
  • I can see that there is some self interest in opening the email… perhaps I can get 30% off a product that I’m engaging with

Emails will be hitting the bin if:

  • you are sending me too many emails… even if I did at some point sign up to get emails from you
  • I have no idea who you are
  • you are representing a company that I no longer have an active interest in hearing from

The list could certainly be longer than that, but you get the idea.

This podcast is not just about emailing people though. We also talk a lot about other ways that you can send out your marketing message. The primary one that fits in the WordPress space is of course the good ‘ol blog. Writing posts that will in some way resonate with your audience and allow them to have faith in you.

I think, honestly, this is easier to say than it is to do. You also don’t really have control over who reads it (SEO aside). So I can see why this often comes as secondary to nurturing an email list. But, if you can write content that really does help, and you can do it on a regular basis, then I think that you’re on to a winner.

The problem is one of time. Writing good content can take ages. You have to do the research, write the post, edit the post, source some images and all the other myriad of things that you need to do such as keyword research. But, I can tell you for a fact that this can work. I have a few clients who have dome this and who have been able to make great inroads in their market as a result. Carefully written, helpful content. Targeted at the things that people are already searching online for.

There’s heaps more that I could say, but then, that’s what the audio podcast is for right. So go and have a listen and then posts a comment, or react in the WP Builds Facebook Group.

Mentioned in this episode:

‘Watertight Marketing’ by Bryony Thomas

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clean no 00:55:16 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Newsletter #96 – Gutenberg multi buttons, WordPress community news and internet literacy initiative https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/13/wp-builds-newsletter-96-gutenberg-multi-buttons-wordpress-community-news-and-internet-literacy-initiative/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35413 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 6th January 2020]]> Android,BobWP,Chrome,Delicious Brains,Elementor,Google,Google Maps,Governance,Gutenberg,Jilt,Landing Kit,Learn Dash,Maintainance Mide,MainWP,Minimal Coming Soon,Modern Tribe,News,Tumblr,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 6th January 2020:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 7.2 Adds Long-Awaited Multi-Button Block and Gallery Image Size Option

Community

Lessons Learned by Stepping Outside WordPress Comfort Zone

WordPress Governance – What is missing in WordPress?

What is the MainWP Community?

How We Started A $350K/Month Business Developing Software Tools For Ecommerce Brands

Risk and reward at Black Friday with WordPress products

Art Direction and the New WordPress Editor

BobWP.com Shifts Focus to WooCommerce, Rebrands as ‘Do the Woo’

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Protect your MainWP Dashboard and all your Child Sites – CodeGuard

Landing Kit for WordPress Maps Any Post or Page to a Custom Domain

Create Attractive Navigation Menus Using Elementor

Deals from this week

Nothing this week that I came across…

Security

Multiple Vulnerabilities Patched in Minimal Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode – Coming Soon Page Plugin

WordPress Vulnerability News, January 2020

WP Builds

Why don’t you believe in us?

Jobs

Modern Tribe – Lead WordPress Backend Developer

Delicious Brains – WordPress Developer (PHP & React)

Learn Dash – Customer Support Specialist and Training Specialist

Software Developer (WordPress/VueJS)

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Tumblr is rolling out an internet literacy initiative to help combat misinformation and cyberbullying

How to Get a Real Google Search Box in Chrome

Chrome 80 Will Block Push Notification

Google’s EU Android search choice is good for DuckDuckGo, bad for Bing

Some NYC subway riders are accidentally getting double-charged because of Apple Pay

Flycatchers and fantails: new songbirds discovered on tiny islands

How to Explore the Solar System in Google Maps via Hyperspace

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161 – Why don’t you believe in us? https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/09/161-why-dont-you-believe-in-us/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35416 Why should your WordPress website clients have any confidence in your ability to actually build and deploy their website? After all there are so many competitors to choose from. Is there any way that you can turn disbelief into belief? In another exploration of the 'Watertight Marketing' book we discuss this subject. Perhaps you've been using testimonials and turning them into case studies. These are easy to do, and no doubt quite effective, but how on earth do you actually get your clients to give up their precious time to provide then to you? Are you best just asking them directly or should you have them on some kind of 'website launch' sequence which guides them towards this? Are you going to tell them what to say or just leave it up to them, knowing that they'll miss out most of the things that you really need. It's a really difficult subject and one that both David and I feel that we need some help with!]]> Clients,Endorsements,marketing,onboarding,podcast,Testimonials,Watertight Marketing,WordPress,WP Builds

Discussion – Why don’t you believe in us?

So here we are again, talking about the book ‘Watertight Marketing‘ by Bryony Thomas. This is now the seventh episode focusing upon this book.

Although it’s by no means required (each episode stands alone), you might want to check out these previous episodes in order to gain an understanding about what it is that we’re on about.

Each of these previous episodes tackles a part of the onboarding process for clients. Moments in which we might ‘leak’ those clients and let them slip away. The earlier episodes are going back further into the process of onboarding, and the more recent episodes deal with ways that they might slip away after we’ve got to know them a little.

So onto the episode for today – Why don’t you believe in us? It can be described in one word… trust.

This is all about backing up the claims that you make about your business with solid, fact based evidence to prove that what you say you’re going to do, you are actually capable of doing.

Both David and I (Nathan), feel that this is an area that we’re pretty weak on, so this is really more of a starting point, not a exhaustive list of all that you might want to think about.

Perhaps the easiest place to start is with endorsements. Perhaps we all know this more as testimonials. Your WordPress website clients ought to be able to give you a glowing review of all the ways that you impressed them during their website build, right? But how do we go about getting them and what do we do with them once we’ve got them?

Is it okay to just bluntly approach your WordPress website clients and ask that they write you a review? In a world where this kind of request is all too common, are we just adding to the noise and frustration that this might bring? Do we risk annoying them and will they consider this a waste of time? Also, how will they know what it is that you need form them? Should we be coaching them, sending them a list of suitable discussion points that you want them to stick to? If this is the case, perhaps we run the risk of getting too many cookie-cutter testimonials… testimonials which all sound the same and lack authenticity. Do people even look at the testimonials on our site anyhow?

We work with technology, so perhaps we can be a little more thoughtful with requesting testimonials? Instead of the ‘direct ask’ approach, we could use the tools that WordPress (and other platforms) offers us to solicit these comments.

What about adding your clients to some sort of funnel sequence? One that is not all about the endorsements, but perhaps more about handing over their website to them. You know the kind of thing that I mean right? A WordPress website is completed… you add the client to a sequence which explains how they might look after their site, what they need to do next… upsell the care plan AND ask them for some kind of endorsement at this point.

I guess that we’ve got to make it super easy for them too. Tell them where you hang out online. If Facebook is your main channel, point them there, the same with LinkedIn, Instagram etc.

I would add at this point that those clients who take this step and make this effort are pure gold. They went the extra mile and did something for nothing in return. Treat them accordingly. Pamper them and make sure that you know that they did this for you and that you really appreciate it.

Leaving the notion of getting the testimonials off clients, what should you do with them once they’re in your possession? I suspect that mostly they end up in a portfolio of similar content on your website. This is what I’ve done in the past, but it all feels a little tired. I have tended to make case studies from the testimonials, but it’s been ages (like years) since I have updated any of this content.

My flow has turned a testimonial into a ‘what the client wanted’ and ‘what we delivered’ piece of content with a link to the website in question. I’m not too sure that this is as good as it could be!

It’s hard for a generalist like me. Someone who makes sites for anyone, but I’m thinking that if you’re working in a specific niche (UI/UX, SEO, Funnels etc.) then you well provide some of the valuable data that you might have, data that proves that the things that you did had a significant impact upon their bottom line.

What about video testimonials? I have to say that I suffer from a severe case of cynicism when it comes to these, although I think that I might be in the minority here! I see such great content created online these days, such great production quality almost everywhere I look. So when I see a poorly shot video, with terrible audio and it’s a testimonial trying to pitch me something, it actually has the opposite effect. I suspect that this says more about me than it does about the effectiveness of such strategies, but nevertheless, it’s a point worth making. Do you need to ensure high quality video if you’re going to go down this route?

So, as I say, this is an area where we’re both feeling like we could have done better. Perhaps you’ve looked at this and got it all figured out? If that’s the case then please leave a comment here or in the WP Builds Facebook Group and let us know what secret sauce you’ve been cooking up!

Mentioned in this episode:

‘Watertight Marketing’ by Bryony Thomas

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clean no 00:54:29 Nathan Wrigley
WP Builds Newsletter #95 – 2019 reviews, Pods funding in doubt and Google in 3rd place https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/06/wp-builds-newsletter-95-2019-reviews-pods-funding-in-doubt-and-google-in-3rd-place/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35345 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 30th December 2019]]> 2020,ACF,Admin Block Directory,Divi,Elementor,Google,Gutenberg,News,Pods,Rank Math,SEO,Theme Review Team,Website Owners Manual,WordPress,WP Builds

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 30th December 2019:

WordPress Core

WordPress Theme Review Team Announces Alpha Color Picker for the Customizer

Community

Reflecting on 2019: The Year in Review

Building the Community We Deserve

How to Stay Healthy as a Web Developer (6 Tips and Tricks)

Plugins / Themes / Blocks

Pods needs your help in 2020

Elementor – Year in Review – 2019

What Should an Author Bio Block Look Like?

Rank Math SEO Plugin Adds WordPress Block Editor Support

10 of the Best Gutenberg Plugins to Extend the WordPress Editor

Version 1 Prototype of the WordPress Admin Block Directory Announced

Deals from this week

20% off the Website Owners Manual

ACF Pricing about to go up see this video from David Waumsley

Security

Urgent Divi Theme Security Update

WP Builds

Running contests in WordPress with RafflePress

Jobs

Nothing this week!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

The Complete Guide to On-Page SEO

Google Assistant Only Holds 9% of the Virtual Assistant Market

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160 – Running contests in WordPress with RafflePress https://wpbuilds.com/2020/01/02/160-running-contests-in-wordpress-with-rafflepress/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:10:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35328 Have you ever wanted to increase your email list? My guess is that in most cases, the answer is yes! It can be a hard thing to do though right? One way that's becoming popular is to offer some kind of prize(s) and raffle them off. The intention is to incentivise your audience to share the contest far and wide and create some kind of viral loop in which people keep coming back and adding new entrants to the contest through their (not your) endeavours. It's a simple but highly effective idea if the conditions are right... the prize, the audience, the perceived value etc. Many SaaS platforms exist to do these kind of contests, but RafflePress is different in that it's all happening in your WordPress website, and it's got a mighty set of features too! Join the founder of the plugin, John Turner, as we talk about how to use RafflePress and what makes it the unique.]]> Contests,Giveaways,plugin,podcast,RafflePress,WordPress,WP Builds

Interview – Running contests in WordPress with RafflePress

We all like winning things don’t we? I mean, honestly, we all do. There’s something very satisfying about receiving something unexpected, and there’s also something very cool about giving things away too!

Well RafflePress is a new WordPress plugin that will allow you to give anything away to anyone at anytime, right from your WordPress website dashboard. And it’s pretty mighty too! The founder, John Turner, is on the podcast today to describe exactly how it all works and how to use it successfully.

The idea is that you find a gift that your users / audience / subscribers would be interested in. This can be literally anything, a car, a training session, a premium plugin license and so on. Head over to the RafflePress settings area in your WordPress dashboard and set up the contest.

You can make it so that the contest runs for any length of time, but the most impressive feature of the plugin is the number of ways that you can ask for entries. There’s the usual “get their email” option, but there’s a load more in addition to that. You can get them to interact with Facebook and Twitter (et al.), watch a video, answer a question, visit a particular page, invent something bespoke is also an option! So many…

From there you share the contest with your community and hopefully they will enter the contest and see that by interacting and promoting the contest, they will increase their chances of winning. This is also completely configurable too. You can assign points to the actions mentioned above… so 5 points for watching a YouTube video, 10 points for composing a tweet. Each time the entrant comes back to the contest page, they get an update as to how they’re doing.

I feel like this is one of those episodes where it’s way harder for me to describe what it does. You’d be able to get a much better idea by heading over to the RafflePress website and taking a look for yourself, but here’s a list of the main features:

  • Drag & Drop Giveaway Builder
  • Viral Giveaway Templates
  • Responsive Mobile Friendly
  • 1 Click Entry + Fraud Protection
  • Viral Sharing (Refer-a-Friend)
  • Social Media Integrations
  • Marketing & CRM Integrations
  • Giveaway Landing Page
  • Tracking and Retargeting
  • Quite a few more as well!

Mentioned in this episode:

RafflePress

See RafflePress in action on the WP Builds ‘Giveaways’ page

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WP Builds Newsletter #94 – WordPress 5.3.2, 2019 reviews and NGINX raided https://wpbuilds.com/2019/12/23/wp-builds-newsletter-94-wordpress-5-3-2-2019-reviews-and-nginx-raided/ Mon, 23 Dec 2019 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=35007 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 16th December 2019]]> 5.3.2,Astra,Cobalt Apps,Easy Redirect Manager,Elementor,Google,Gutenberg,Kinsta,News,nginx,WebARX,WordPress,WP Builds,WP-VCD

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 16th December 2019:

Just to say that we’re taking a couple of weeks off during the holiday season. The way that the days align means that we’d be putting content out on days that, most likely, most people will be doing other things instead!

I would like to say “thank you” to anyone who has contributed to, listened to or even thought about WP Builds during 2019 – it really does mean a lot.

So, if you’re having a holiday, I hope that you get a chance to relax and recharge.

See you again in 2020!

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3.2 Maintenance Release

WordPress 5.3.2 Addresses a Handful of Bugs

Community

We Messed Up, But We’ve Learned Our Lesson!

CobaltApps – The Twelve Days Of Coding

One-Time vs. Recurring Payments for WordPress Products

Scaling Kinsta to a Global WordPress Hosting Platform in 2019

The 2019 WordPress Year in Review

Plugins / Themes

Elementor – Meet the Table of Contents Widget

Customizer Reset – Export & Import

Inserting Special Characters Into the Block Editor

Deals from this week

20% off all Astra plans

Security

Critical Vulnerability Patched in 301 Redirects – Easy Redirect Manager

WP-VCD Evolves To Remain Most Prevalent WordPress Infection

WebARX – WordPress Vulnerability News, December 2019

WP Builds

My nephew makes websites too

Win WPForms Pro License in the WP Builds Giveaway

Jobs

Nothing this week!

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

20 VPS providers to shut down on Monday, giving customers two days to save their data

Russian police raid NGINX Moscow office

Google Serves 11 Million Fact Checked Articles Per Day

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159 – My nephew makes websites too https://wpbuilds.com/2019/12/19/159-my-nephew-makes-websites-too/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34872 What do you do when your WordPress website client says that they are talking to other people about the site that you're building... my girlfriend's nephew! How do we manage this? Do you just roll with the punches and assume that all will be well. Perhaps you need to ask who these people and what makes them qualified to offer their opinions. You could also put processes in place to make sure that the client has clear boundaries about who can suggest what. In this episode of the WP Builds WordPress podcast we talk this through. Guided by the Watertight Marketing book by Bryony Thomas. I'm sure that you've been through situations like this yourself, perhaps our ideas align with yours? Anyway, it's a fascinating subject which is the cause of so much wasted time and energy!]]> Clients,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Discussion – My nephew makes websites too

This is another of the discussions that we’ve had concerning the book ‘Watertight Marketing‘ by Bryony Thomas. In that book she discusses the idea that there are so many ways that we can ‘leak’ clients away before we’ve completed their work.

Although, no mandatory (!), you might benefit from listening to them in the order that they were created, which is as follows:

Today the podcast is about the fateful process of needing approval from others. Gosh, I’m sure that we’ve all experienced this at some point in our careers as WordPress website builders.

The client needs to seek approval, whether knowingly or not, from other people before they can make decisions. The title of this episode is a little bit of cynical nod to this… you know how this goes…

“My nephew is quite technical, and he thinks… [insert banal, meaningless, irritating comment here].”

But it’s true. People want, or need, other people to give their approval before the job is considered completed. The problem that we face is that we don’t know who these people are, and more worryingly, we don’t know anything about their real expertise in the decisions that need to be made.

So all of this is happening in the background, away from us, until it’s too late. The nephew has sown the seed that all the buttons throughout the site should be #FF0000; and use Comic Sans. The client, having a great relationship with their nephew now starts to believe this, “because they’re good with technology”, and they come back to you with this apocalyptic vision of how the website should be amended.

This is, of course, over doing it, but the point is valid. Is there a way to overcome the objections of the clients’ friends, relations, bosses? Can we find out who these Powers Behind The Throne are before they create havoc for us?

Perhaps the best course of action is to explicitly ask the client who these people are. Ask them to tell you about all the people whose opinions are going to be sought about this project. At least if you know who they are, you’ve got chance of knowing what’s coming?

One of the things that I like to do when starting a project is to make sure of two things:

  1. Make sure that all the decision makers are in the room during any meetings. Cancel the meeting if they cannot all be in attendance.
  2. Ask that only one person is going to the conduit for all conversations about the WordPress website. This creates a nice barrier in which all the nephews can fight and argue in their own time and the final ideas come to you directly via this one person.

I got these ideas from WP Elevation and I’m happy to report that (in the main) they have worked really well for me.

David has a funny story about a project that started going south when the girlfriend of the nephew mentioned over lunch that she wasn’t sure about the logo he was going to use! Unless David had asked about why the logo was now in question, who had they talked to, he would have been in the dark and unable to explain that sometimes you’ve just got to let the pros get on with their job.

This is all a little dramatic, but there’s a serious side to this as well. It might be that there is a set of protocols in place at the clients’ workplace, a list of people who need to me informed (and who can inform) about the WordPress website. Do we need to know about all these people and what level of interference they are able to get away with?

Perhaps though, there are things that we can do… processes that we can put in place. What about a thorough contract? What about explicit FAQs that you need the clients to read? What about Terms and Conditions? What about Roadmaps and milestones.

I’m not too sure that we truly get to the bottom of this one, and I’m certain that no matter how litigious I become, this will happen to me again many times. But thinking about it is, I suppose, at least going some way to working out a solution which works best for me, and perhaps you too?

Mentioned in this episode:

Watertight Marketing by Bryony Thomas

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WP Builds Newsletter #93 – WordPress 5.3.1, plugin vulnerability and Compress or Die https://wpbuilds.com/2019/12/16/wp-builds-newsletter-93-wordpress-5-3-1-plugin-vulnerability-and-compress-or-die/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34780 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 9th December 2019]]> 5.3.1,Chrome,Compress or Die,Easy UIkit,Elementor,Gutenberg,News,PowerPack,PublishPress,ShareABlock,Toolset,Twenty Twenty,UABB,WCEU,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Offload Media,WPForms,Yoast,Zero BS CMS

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 9th December 2019:

WordPress Core

WordPress 5.3.1 Includes Security and Bug Fixes, Accessibility Enhancements, and Twenty Twenty Changes

Gutenberg 7.1 Includes Welcome Modal, Improves Multi-Block Selection, and Adds Drag-and-Drop Featured Images

Twenty Twenty: animated scroll changes in WordPress 5.3.1

Community

WCEU talk and workshop proposals – Tips and advice for your submission

Designing the new WCEU identity: the journey

Plugins / Themes

Toolset Blocks 1.0 – Build Beautiful Dynamic Sites Quickly and Easily

PowerPack Update: Introducing Five Brand New Modules

Zero BS CRM 3.0 Improves UI, Changes Database Structure, and Becomes More Extendable

Elementor – Monthly Template Kits #5: The Travel Template Kit
plus New Color Picker & Dark Mode

Using Easy UIkit Flexbox on Beaver Builder Rows

WP Offload SES 1.4 Released: Email Health Report

PublishPress Checklists now has a free version on WordPress.org

Introducing ShareABlock: Brand New Way to Share and Download Free Gutenberg Block & Template Designs

Deals from this week

Yoast holiday calendar

Security

Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder – Important Security Update!
the same for Ultimate Addons for Elementor
More on this from WebARX

WP Builds

158 – Keeping WordPress secure with Ryan Dewhurst from WPScan

Piccia Neri’s monthly Live UI / UX review

Win a WP Forms Pro license with WP Builds

Jobs

Nothing this week.

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

What’s powering conversational search? Featured snippets, structured data and actions

Chrome now warns you when your password has been stolen

Compress or Die

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158 – Keeping WordPress secure with Ryan Dewhurst from WPScan https://wpbuilds.com/2019/12/12/158-keeping-wordpress-secure-with-ryan-dewhurst-from-wpscan/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34787 Who wants a hacked website. Anyone... anyone... Bueller! No? It's something that nobody wants, to wake up to discover that your WordPress website(s) have been breached and that unexpected things are now happening. Perhaps it's benign, but it might be serious. Data has been downloaded and you've got to spend time ameliorating the situation. Ryan Dewhurst is on the podcast today to chat through the WordPress security landscape. What people hack, what they gain and how the good guys are fighting back and trying to provide useful information to help us all stay safe. Ryan is behind WPScan, the WPScan Vulnerability Database and WPScan.io, all tools which enable you to stay up-to-date with the latest information about WordPress security. It's been a labour of love for a long time, and he's dedicated many, many hours so that you and I can sleep well at night. Great guy and a great episode...]]> Hackers,podcast,security,WordPress,WP Builds,WPScan,WPScan Vulnerability Database

Interview – Keeping WordPress secure with Ryan Dewhurst from WPScan

Who wants a hacked website. Anyone… anyone… Bueller! No? It’s something that nobody wants, to wake up to discover that your WordPress website(s) have been breached and that unexpected things are now happening. Perhaps it’s benign, but it might be serious. Data has been downloaded and you’ve got to spend time ameliorating the situation.

Why people hack websites is something that I’ll never fully understand. Sure, I know that hackers can hitchhike on your SEO, they can get users of your site to mine cryptocurrency for them, or they can do it just for kicks – I know that all. All that being said, it still amazes me that people do it and turn their obvious intellect to these nefarious pursuits when they could be being helpful instead. I’m naive… I know!

Anyway, people are trying to take over your site, whether I like it or not, and so it means that we all have to worry about.

Some people, like me, worry about it a little bit. I read articles about internet security, but don’t actively participate in creating solutions to the problems that I read about. Others though are really, really keen on online security and devote hours of their time into trying to keep the rest of us hack free and happy.

Ryan Dewhurst is one such man. He’s dedicated many years to protecting the WordPress community from bad actors online. He’s behind WPScan, a free to use vulnerability scanner.

We have a detailed chat about what people gain from attacking your website, as well whether or not the bad guys are winning at present. We also get into the topic of how there are increasing efforts to make it profitable for people to become ‘white hat’ hackers. Programs like HackerOne (which WordPress uses) and other, slightly more shady, platforms like Zerodium are making it possible to make a living from find and disclosing vulnerabilities so that they can be patched before they find their way into the hands of the bad guys.

From that more general start we get into what WPScan is and what it can do. It’s a pretty comprehensive tool, but might not be for the feint of heart as it might need a significant understanding of things like Ruby and Docker before you can get started.

We find out just how much of a labour of love this has been for Ryan. Many, many hours have been spent on this project for no financial gain, and whilst this is certainly laudable, it’s not something that Ryan can keep doing ad-infinitum, and so we also talk about WPScan.io, the paid for, easy to use version of WPScan.

We also talk about the WPScan Vulnerability Database, which is a constantly updated list of discovered vulnerabilities which you really ought to look at from time to time to see if any familiar (to you) plugins pop up and reinforce in you the idea that you should be updating your WordPress websites as often as is humanly possible.

Great episode if you’re into WordPress security, and certainly worth a listen even if you’re not.

Mentioned in this episode:

WPScan

WPScan.io

WPScan Vulnerability Database

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WP Builds Newsletter #92 – Gutenberg 7.0, Yoast ads and still the deals come! https://wpbuilds.com/2019/12/09/wp-builds-newsletter-92-gutenberg-7-0-yoast-ads-and-still-the-deals-come/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34682 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 2nd December 2019]]> Ads,AWS,Blocks,Content Snare,Google,Gutenberg,MainWP,News,QSpace,themes,UX,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Security Audit Log,Yoast

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 2nd December 2019:

WordPress Core

Gutenberg 7.0 Launches Stable Navigation Block, Post Blocks, and Template Parts

Gutenberg: One Year Later

Initial Documentation for Block-Based WordPress Themes Proposed

Community

WordCamp Europe – Call for Host City 2021

WordCamp Asia – Announcing our Speakers – Round 1 (Development Talks)

Announcing 12 Days of Giving!

Black Friday Banner Gone Wrong: Advertising in Free Plugins

How to Create a Custom WordPress Website with Gutenberg Block

Plugins / Themes

MainWP – Pro Reports Beta

WP Security Audit Log is part of WP White Security

Blocks Plugin Unit Test: Choosing the Perfect Gutenberg Plugin for your Website and Theme

Deals from this week

QSpace – Multi-view File Manager

WP Builds Deals Page still has a few deals left! or, there’s the regular deals page

Security

Another Fake Google Domain: fonts.googlesapi.com

WP Builds

157 – Honey traps for website clients

Piccia Neri shows us her UX for Everyone Course

Jobs

Nothing this week, but please send them my way if you’re looking for someone.

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Content Snare 2.0 released

Mastercard Bans Automatic Billing After Free Trials

AWS launches Braket, its quantum computing service

Google Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin Resign

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157 – Honey traps for website clients https://wpbuilds.com/2019/12/05/157-honey-traps-for-website-clients/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:45:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34645 How do your WordPress website clients 'try before they buy'? What can we do to trust our services and try them out before they part with their money. We share some ideas about that. Because, in the real world, we want to try out all-the-things before we buy them. Shoes, clothes, phones... most things. But was can't allow customers to try out the finished website before they are to sign the contract... we'd be broke. But perhaps there are some other ways that we can build up the trust that they need to have in us, ways that won't break the bank for us, but offer meaningful value to the clients and slowly, but surely edge them closer to the ultimate goal... the building of their new WordPress website. Join David and Nathan as they discuss what might be possible...]]> Clients,Funnels,marketing,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds

Discussion – Honey traps for website clients

This discussion is another based on the book Watertight Marketing by Bryony Thomas which gives us 13 areas where we (or our clients) could be leaking potential business. With this series, we are working our way up an imaginary funnel which shows us how we might be losing clients.

It might be a good idea (although it’s certainly not essential) to go back and listen to the following episodes with you have not already. These are the episodes which came before this one:

So in this episode we tackle a really important aspect in any sales process – the idea of ‘try before you buy‘.

A good way to sum this up is the notion of clothes. Although many of us purchase clothes and make use of the returns options, there is zero substitute for trying clothes on. You want to know what they look like on you. You need to understand how they are going to feel on you. So you… try before you buy.

When you think about it, this is crucial. It cements in your mind that you’re happy with the product on offer and allows you to move happily into opening your wallet.

But we sell websites, what can we possibly do which even comes close to this? We can’t build potential clients a website and let them have a go with it… try it out and decide if they really like it or not. That would be a disaster! Most of our work would be speculative and our earning would fall through the floor. So what do we do?

What about a product ladder? This is the idea of offering things which you can give away. Things of lower value which might lead to more profitable, higher value items at a later date. These have to be meaningful, as well as driving the client towards trusting you and your processes.

These might include:

  • a website audit – this could be an online tool or a manual process
  • freebie courses and email funnels
  • low risk discovery period – some initial scoping they could take to another agency
  • live demos (Page Builder Backend experience if selling this – MotoPress / WP Ultimo)
  • webinar – are a nice freebie
  • doing a “make a site with WordPress” live event freebie
  • perhaps running a forum or group is a way for some

I guess in all of this, you’ve got to be careful not to giveaway too much value for zero return. You’ve also got to be mindful about creating something which has actual value. What I mean by that is… can you remember the time that you took your car to be repaired? If you’re like me you have no knowledge at all of how a car works. You hope that the mechanic is going to look at the car and tell you honestly what needs to be done. But I’m sure that we can all point to a time when you had that nagging feeling that you were duped – you were told that a problem existed, when in fact it didn’t and you have no choice but to pay. It’s the reason we go back again and again to our ‘trusted’ people, because we know that they do good work and don’t overcharge for problems that simply don’t exist.

So view these product ladders through that prism too. Your offer needs to be transparent, the potential clients want to know that you’re not just making things up. After all you could say that their site has 45 real issues that need addressing, but does this approach instil trust, or will they start to worry that you’re going to take them for a ride?

Both David and I are no experts at this at all, but given help from the Watertight Marketing book, we’re at least able to share the experience of someone who does know!

Mentioned in this episode:

WP Ultimo

MotoPress

Watertight Marketing by Bryony Thomas

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WP Builds Newsletter #91 – WP Tavern makeover, Core releases and website carbon footprint https://wpbuilds.com/2019/12/02/wp-builds-newsletter-91-wp-tavern-makeover-core-releases-and-website-carbon-footprint/ Mon, 02 Dec 2019 07:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34376 This weeks WordPress news - Covering The Week Commencing 25th November 2019]]> Automattic,Elementor,GoCardless,News,security,SEO,SkillJet,UABB,WordCamp,WordPress,WP Builds,WP Tavern

This weeks WordPress news – Covering The Week Commencing 25th November 2019:

WordPress Core

Tentative Release Calendar 2020-2021

Community

WP Tavern’s New Design: No More Wood Grain

WP&UP to Hold #DoSummitGood Online Event for Giving Tuesday

CMS market share: November 2019 analysis

Optimizing Code in a World That Doesn’t Want to Optimize

Introducing SkillJet – Turbocharge Your Business Starting Today!

Post-WordCamp Emotions

Plugins / Themes

UABB – Beautify WordPress Login Pages for Superior User Experience

Elementor beta updates

Deals from this week

WP Builds Cyber Monday Page still has heaps of offers!

Security

WP-VCD: The Malware You Installed On Your Own Site

WordPress Vulnerability Roundup: November 2019, Part 2

WP Builds

WordPress forms is a crowded space, so we launched WP Forms

Jobs

Automattic – Software Engineer (Code Wrangler)

LearnDash – Customer Support Specialist

Modern Tribe – Frontend Engineer

Not WordPress, but useful anyway…

Introducing the Website Carbon Calculator V2

New (more expensive) GoCardless pricing

Podcasts & SEO: How to Make Your Podcast SEO-Friendly

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156 – WordPress forms is a crowded space, so we launched WPForms https://wpbuilds.com/2019/11/28/156-wordpress-forms-is-a-crowded-space-so-we-launched-wp-forms/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Wrigley https://wpbuilds.com/?p=34509 Some things are universal. Something about death and taxes. Another universal is that you will put some kind of contact form on every site that you build. You will though, won't you? WP Forms entered a crowded marketplace a few years ago with a simple idea... can we make it faster for users to create their forms, and I think that the answer is a yes! Join Jared Atchison, the founder of WP Forms, as we discuss what makes WP Forms different, how they got started, and where they are headed. Even if you're entirely happy with your current WordPress forms solution, this is still worth a listen to see how you can enter a saturated market, and still make an impact.]]> Clients,Contact Forms,Forms,podcast,WordPress,WP Builds,WPForms

Interview – WordPress forms is a crowded space, so we launched WPForms

Some things are universal. Something about death and taxes. Another universal is that you will put some kind of contact form on every site that you build. You will though, won’t you?

With that in mind, developers have been busying working out ways to make WordPress forms as easy as possible. We’ve got heaps of possible options and some of them have been around for a long time. Over time, more and more WordPress form options have cropped up, and there are dozens to choose from.

So if you were a developer and wanted to get into the WordPress plugin marketplace, the last thing that you’d want to do is create a product in a area that has dozens of rivals already. That would be silly…

Unless you are Jared Atchison that is… because he decided to do just that. He looked around and the WordPress forms landscape and thought that there was room for one more, and so WPForms was born.

You see each plugin does things slightly differently. You have options to do this, but not that. Fields that you have available in one plugin are not available in another.

Then there’s the whole process of actually creating the form, and this is where WPForms like to plant their flag in the sand and say – we do this really well.

WPForms took a look at the multitude of WordPress forms and thought that an area that needed to be improved was how quickly you could go from no form, to a finished – up on the website – form. They wanted that to be faster, much faster. So they created a solution which enables you to click a button a few times… pick from a raft of typical form templates and then get on with something else!

Now let’s think about the audience here for a minute. If you are reading this then I’m going to make the bold claim that you are not the typical user of WordPress. You are likely the typical power user, or developer, but most people who use WordPress have no idea how it works under the hood, and they have no interest in ever knowing. Millions of WordPress users just want to login, create content, hit publish then logout. That’s all they need.

They have no interest in learning the vagaries of how to build a form. They just want a form… now! So WPForms gives then that. Login, pick a template for a form that you know is built for what you need, put it somewhere, logout.

So that’s the WPForms UVP – “a WordPress Forms Plugin that’s Easy and Powerful”. And they back this up with a test to make sure that you can do it all in less time than it takes to boil an egg!

Jared is on the podcast today to talk about what WPForms might be able to do for you. To get you to take a look and see if there’s anything in there that might make it your default WordPress forms plugin of choice.

We talk about how the whole plugin got off the ground with Syed Balkhi, the founder of WP Beginner, and how this is not just a plugin built for fast form creation. We talk about some of the powerful features that the plugin makes available to you too… you know all of the features that the other plugins have, plus a few others that they don’t, such as ‘conversational forms’.

It’s a great product from an engaged team with a good looking roadmap. So take a listen to the episode and let us know in the comments what you think…

Mentioned in this episode:

If you’re reading this before 2nd December 2019, you can get WPForms on a Black Friday Deal. If not, you can go to the WPForms site anyway.

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