FOSSA Raises $2.2M to Automate Open Source License Compliance

WordPress Tavern: Kevin Wang and his team at FOSSA have carved out a niche for themselves in the open source product space with the launch of their license compliance and dependency analysis tool. The company announced a $2.2 million seed round this week after completing a year-long private beta period with Fortune 500 companies. FOSSA continuously scans […]

Discourse Creates Encouragement Fund to Pay Contributors for Mission Critical Work

WordPress Tavern: Discourse is free, open-source discussion software created by Jeff Atwood in 2013. In addition to celebrating its fourth birthday, the team announced the Discourse Encouragement Fund. The fund allows the development team to pay contributors for critical work. In the course of a year, Discourse has paid 16 different developers a total of $17,000 to work […]

Cloudflare Memory Leak Exposes Private Data

WordPress Tavern: Cloudflare, a content distribution network used by many popular sites, published detailed information about a security vulnerability that leaked user information, some of which was private, including passwords, private messages, etc. The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Tavis Ormandy, a member of Google’s Project Zero team. The issue stems from a memory leak in […]

30+ Best Portfolio WordPress Themes for Your Website (2017)

WPBeginner: Are you looking for the best WordPress portfolio themes? WordPress is the perfect tool to create beautiful portfolio websites to showcase your work and get new clients. In this article, we will share our expert pick of the best WordPress Portfolio themes, so you can get started the right away. Building a Portfolio Website with […]

Using the Wayback Machine to Archive (and Backup) Your WordPress Site

WPMU DEV Blog: Sometimes, WordPress backups fail and restoring your many blog posts and pages can become a brutal challenge. Fortunately, archiving them using the Wayback (time) Machine can make them easily recoverable. Sure, you can’t actually go back in time, but using the Wayback Machine isn’t far off. It archives public web documents to preserve human culture for future […]

Blogging: From a Hobby to a Profession in 5 Simple Steps

WP Mayor: Ever thought about blogging on WordPress as a profession? Now, you can stop thinking about it and do it in 5 simple steps. Yonit has been leading blogging workshops all around Israel, studying an MA in Communications, and basis her research paper on how to become a professional blogger. Not only has she done it […]

Google’s New Perspective Project Filters Online Comments Based on Toxicity

WordPress Tavern: photo credit: Martino Pietropoli Online harassment is a hot topic right now, as Twitter’s perennial battle with trolls heats up, forcing the company to develop new features to combat abuse. Technology companies are scrambling to create solutions that will make their communities safer for users and now Google is taking on the challenge of online […]

Do You Really Need a VPS? Best WordPress VPS Hosting Compared – 2017

WPBeginner: Are you looking to compare the best VPS hosting services for WordPress? Finding the best VPS hosting for WordPress can be overwhelming with so many different options in the market. Sometimes VPS isn’t even the best option for your needs. Just because your website has outgrown shared hosting doesn’t mean that you need a VPS. Maybe […]

WordPress Community Summit 2017 Set for June 13-14 in Paris

WordPress Tavern: WordPress contributor teams are getting ready for the next Community Summit, which will be held in Paris leading up to WordCamp Europe on June 13-14. This is the first time the event will be held outside the United States, making it more accessible to European community members who may have been unable to attend previous […]

10 Sure-Fire SEO Strategies for Getting Out of a Traffic Slump

WPMU DEV Blog: Some people get a dopamine kick every time someone likes or shares their Facebook posts. Some get it from the number of ️hearts they get on their Instagram photos. And others – myself included – get a rush from Google Analytics. Yes, I like watching the number bouncing up and down on the real-time page. […]

25 Best Responsive Free Business WordPress Themes for 2017

WP Mayor: Building an impressive business presence online has never been easier. There are many quality free themes for WordPress that help you build a website for your business at nil cost. Some of these themes are targeted at a pure business niche, while others are general multi-purpose themes that incorporate a business/ corporate template or customization […]

How to Create a Filterable Portfolio in WordPress

WPBeginner: Do you want to add a filterable portfolio in WordPress? A filterable portfolio allows users to sort items in your portfolio based on tags. This helps you showcase different styles of your work, and your users can discover items that interest them. In this article, we will show you how to easily create a filterable […]

Zerif Lite Returns to WordPress.org after 5-Month Suspension and 63% Decline in Revenue

WordPress Tavern: In October 2016, Zerif Lite was suspended from the WordPress Themes Directory after failure to comply with the Theme Review Team’s guidelines. The suspension left 300,000 users (including those using Zerif Lite child themes) without maintenance and security updates. After five months of fixes and several rounds of review, Zerif Lite has returned to the […]

WordPress Core Editor Team Publishes UI Prototype for “Gutenberg,” an Experimental Block Based Editor

WordPress Tavern: In the past few weeks, the WordPress Core Editor team, led by Automattic employees Matías Ventura and Joen Asmussen, have been hard at work creating a new content creation experience. The team recently published a UI prototype for Gutenberg, an experimental block based editor. The editor displays content-specific toolbars when an element is selected and […]

How to Set Up SMTP for WordPress Emails Using Postman SMTP

WPLift: You know what sucks? When your emails show up in your intended recipients’ spam folders. You’re sending content that needs to be seen, but the Internet gatekeepers are sending it straight to junk. It’s annoying. But as anyone who has tried to receive Contact Form 7 emails at their Gmail account can attest to, it […]

How to Convert Any Responsive WordPress Site into Mobile First

WPMU DEV Blog: Responsive websites and responsive themes are more than a passing fashion. With more and more people using a mobile device to access the internet, responsiveness is now an essential feature of any good website or WordPress theme. If you check out the WordPress theme repository, you’ll find that the majority or recent themes are responsive. And […]

CMS Comparison: WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal. Which is Best?

WP Mayor: Struggling to make the decision between WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal? Choosing a content management system (CMS) is one of the biggest decisions facing your fledgling website. It’s the foundation that will power your site for years to come - so you absolutely need to put in the research time before you make a decision....

WordPress Mobile Pack PRO Review – Create a Progressive Web App for Your Site

WPLift: How much do you care about the mobile visitors to your site? Did you pick a responsive theme and just call it a day? Responsive themes are certainly better than nothing, but are they really the best way to showcase the mobile version of your WordPress site? The post WordPress Mobile Pack PRO Review – […]

Introducing the Best Value Backup Storage Plans for WordPress (and Multisite!)

WPMU DEV Blog: Today we’re announcing all-new managed backup plans to help our super users who manage large websites and heavy duty Multisite networks. All WPMU DEV members already get 10GB of cloud storage space included in their membership, which can be used to backup unlimited websites. We’re now offering four new storage plans, which are not only […]

How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast

WPBeginner: Do you want to properly install and setup Yoast SEO plugin? At WPBeginner we use WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast because it is the most complete SEO solution for WordPress websites. In this article, we will show you how to install and setup Yoast SEO and utilize all the awesome features that come with it. […]

35+ Free & Premium Parallax WordPress Themes & Plugins

WP Mayor: Parallax scrolling is a web design trend that took off a couple of years ago and still remains popular today. It's an interactive effect designed to catch a visitor's attention. It uses one or more layers that move slowly as you scroll down a webpage, creating a somewhat 3D effect. Parallax WordPress themes typically feature moving […]

A practical guide on how to earn up to $4K with WordPress

WPLift: Affiliate marketing is awesome and if you take the right steps you can have a huge benefit out of it. Let’s take for example TeslaThemes Affiliate program. It is a good example of how generating just one sale per day can bring you up to $4.000. The post A practical guide on how to earn […]

Solving the Mystery of How People Actually Use WordPress

WordPress Tavern: I’m in favor of WordPress collecting more anonymized usage data that could help make informed decisions on changes or improvements to core, such as tracking changes to the WordPress user interface, which buttons or settings are used most often, etc. A good example of when this data could have come in handy is the recent […]

BuddyPress 2.8 Boosts Minimum PHP Requirement, Adds Twenty Seventeen Companion Stylesheet

WordPress Tavern: BuddyPress 2.8 “San Matteo,” was released last week, led by long-time BuddyPress contributor Slava Abakumov. The release was named for San Matteo Panuozzo, an NYC pizza restaurant that specializes in panuozzo, a more portable pizza-sandwich hybrid. Following suit with the previous release, 2.8 focuses on improvements for developers and site builders, the project’s new target […]

Composing a WordPress Development Environment with Docker

WordPress Tavern: This post was contributed by guest author Peter Suhm. Peter is a web developer from the Land of the Danes. He is the creator of WP Pusher and a huge travel addict, bringing his work along with him as he goes.   In the last few years, a wave of virtualization technologies have swept through […]

Competitors: How to Spy on Them (And What They Can Teach You About WordPress)

WPLift: You don't need the name Aldrich Ames or Hercules Mulligan to be considered a great spy on the internet. What's even better is that you won't be thrown in jail for treason if you get caught peeking in on what your competitors are doing. In fact, spying on your competitors is one of the more […]

9 Fine WordPress Typography Plugins for Creating Beautiful Websites

WPMU DEV Blog: James Felici literally wrote the book on good typography. And do you know what he said? “Typography is the use of type to advocate, communicate, celebrate, educate, elaborate, illuminate, and disseminate. Along the way, the words and pages become art.” If there’s anything standing between your visitors and the content on your site—including typography—you’re going to […]

How to Add Random Header Images to Your WordPress Blog

WPBeginner: Do you want to add random header images to your WordPress blog? Most WordPress themes come with built-in support to add header images. These images can completely change your site’s look and feel. In this article, we will show you to how to add random header images to your WordPress blog without writing any code. […]

Hestia Offers Attractive and Free, One Page Material Design WordPress Theme

WP Mayor: Hestia is a clean, attractive, multipurpose theme that can serve as both a one page or multipage WordPress site. It features a fully responsive design with a modern look, based on Google's Material Design, and offers advanced features such as ecommerce compatibility, real-time changes with a live customizer, drag-and-drop content building, SEO, speed, and more.

Disqus Hits Sites with Unwanted Advertising, Plans to Charge Large Publishers a Monthly Fee to Remove Ads

WordPress Tavern: When Disqus announced it would be releasing new, subscription-based versions later this year, users didn’t expect to have the new advertising model injected into their sites without notice. Disqus CEO Daniel Ha said the company would release finalized pricing and provide more details well in advance of its planned March release, but users are reporting […]

40 Best Responsive WordPress Themes (2017)

WPBeginner: Are you looking for the best responsive WordPress theme for your website? Most modern WordPress themes are fully responsive out of the box. However, there are so many of them that it becomes difficult to choose one. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best responsive WordPress themes for you to choose from. […]

How to Get Started Learning WordPress Development

WPMU DEV Blog: So you’ve been using WordPress for a while, maybe even for years. You’ve implemented themes for your own projects and for a few paying clients. But now you’re feeling stuck, unable to get from advanced WordPress user to WordPress developer. Many WordPress developers were once upon a time right where you are right now — […]

How to Check if Installed Plugins Are No Longer in the Plugin Directory

WordPress Tavern: When we wrote about why plugins sometimes disappear from the WordPress plugin directory, it generated a healthy discussion in the comments. One of the topics of discussion brought up is whether or not users should be notified when a plugin disappears and if so, how? Currently, when a plugin is hidden on the directory, users are not […]

Catchers Helpdesk Review – A Smart Help Desk Right In Your Dashboard

WPLift: In a perfect world, no one would ever have problems with your product. In the real world, even the most well-designed product is going to have confused users. So if your users are confused and need help, how can you get that help to them? A help desk. Help desk software lets you accept client […]

How to Fake It as a Developer (and Kick Impostor Syndrome to the Curb for Good)

WPMU DEV Blog: Despite the fact I’ve been developing websites for the past 15 years and writing professionally about WordPress for three years, I’m a total fake. Yes, I pretend I’m great at WordPress development. Can you tell? Yet I know that I’m not really a fake. After all, I’ve got years of experience to back up what […]

How to Easily Disable Blog Features in WordPress

WPBeginner: Do you want to disable the blog features in WordPress? Some of you might be building websites with no blogs or any blogging related element. In this article, we will show you how to easily disable blog features in WordPress without writing any code. Why Disable Blog Features in WordPress? If you’re looking to start […]

Top 5 WooCommerce Wholesale Plugins

WP Mayor: WooCommerce is best known for powering online shops for retail customers. Less people know that it's also hugely popular for wholesale stores selling to trade users. If you want to use WooCommerce to create a wholesale store - or a wholesale area to run alongside your public website - then it's a bit trickier to get […]

Matt Mullenweg Responds to Security Rant: Digital Signatures for WordPress Updates Are Important but Not a Priority

WordPress Tavern: Scott Arciszewski, Chief Development Officer for Paragon Initiative Enterprises, who is most widely known for his cryptography engineering work, published a post on Medium criticizing Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress open-source software project, for not caring enough about security. Arciszewski has since retracted the post but you can read it via the Wayback Machine. […]

How Many WordPress Plugins is Too Many? The Answer Might Surprise You

WPLift: If you’ve used WordPress for a while, I’m sure someone has told you that you “shouldn’t use too many plugins”. It’s obvious - using too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, right? But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole […]