Today, Automattic caught the WordPress community by surprise, by announcing that they acquired WooCommerce. It’s actually a great move, for both Automattic and WooCommerce. Really, everyone wins. Obviously, WooCommerce gets their big payday, and the money will enable them to make an even better product. (And yes, there is room for improvement there). And of course, WordPress.com users will get ecommerce ability, and that’s really the point. WordPress.com needs to compete with the likes of Squarespace and Wix and the rest. Frankly, WordPress.com has fallen behind in its ability to attract users who want more than a simple blog. The
Have you ever wished you could just click on any element of your WordPress theme and edit the CSS style of it, with the ability to see the changes you make immediately – all without having to write CSS code? Or maybe you don’t actually mind a little coding, but you still wish you could see the changes you make without having to edit, save, refresh, see how it looks, edit, save, refresh, see how it looks, again and again. Two WordPress plugins aim to make all your CSS editing wishes come true. Today, we’re going to put both to
WordPress Page Builders are evolving. What are the newest and greatest page builder plugins and theme frameworks doing to make WordPress easy to use?
On Valentine’s Day, I thought it might be appropriate to serve up a little extra love for that ubiquitous but oft-forgotten web element – the mighty background. Sometimes, a site’s background is bold and in-your-face, and other times, it only peeks out around the edges of a frame, hiding in the shadows like a fugitive. Lost In The Swirl Of Textures and Patterns and Colors, Oh My If you’ve ever looked for a background image to use – whether the plan is to present it as a bold statement or as a subtle peekaboo – you’ll know how the hours
Vladomir Prelovac made note of a new plugin on ManageWP.org today that caught my attention, and also caught the attention of Sarah Gooding of WPTavern. The plugin, called Unplug Jetpack, created by Tanner Moushey, gives access to all of the Jetpack modules that do not require a connection to WordPress.com. The plugin does this by putting Jetpack into developer mode. I’m not sure what effect that might have on things now or in the future, but it is an interesting way to handle the problem of wanting to use some of Jetpack’s modules, without having to connect to WordPress.com in
Need to make some design changes to your WordPress theme but don’t want to completely blow up your live site in the process? Here’s how to do it right – it’s easy too!
ElegantThemes is one of my favorite WordPress theme providers. I’ve had a subscription with them for years. Today, I’m happy to give you the chance to win a free Developer subscription to ElegantThemes. There are obvious reasons to be excited about that. After all, they make beautiful themes, and you get ALL OF THEM for free! You also get EVERY PLUGIN they make for free! (Yeah, they make really cool plugins too…more on that in a moment. In addition, you’ll get every NEW theme and plugin they make for the next year! And lucky you, they are just about to
Ever since I started converting static sites to WordPress for clients, one problem has become clearer and clearer. WordPress is too complex for many small business owners to use right off the bat. Despite the fact that WordPress is fairly easy to use, it doesn’t give that impression when a small business owner first encounters it. Even if I only give editor rights to the client, the initial dashboard is so overflowing with information, widgets, and menu items, that the client often feels overwhelmed and unsure how to proceed. I’ve finally decided enough is enough. It’s time to make WordPress
Seriously, I bet none of my peeps are using these fabulous WordPress plugins. If you’re connected to me via Twitter already, and you’re already using one of them, let me know, and I’ll send a little gift your way. So these little gems of plugins will rock your WordPress world. Ok, maybe not everyone will find a need for all of these, but most of you will fall in love with at least one or two of them. End The Frustration Of Spacing Problems in WordPress Editor Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to put an extra line break
Introduction WordPress is designed to be simple to use, however it is also “feature-full”, so utilizing or even understanding all that WordPress is capable of can be a large and daunting task. In other words, the rich features of WordPress can sometimes mask its underlying simplicity. This guide is meant to reinforce the basics of using WordPress, push the complexities into the background, and enable beginners to focus solely on the simple task at hand – creating content. Much of this post will be a visual guide using screenshots of a brand new, self-hosted WordPress installation. Scroll down to print