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Progressive Web Apps and Accelerated Mobile Pages – What is Holding WordPress Back?

Progressive Web Apps and Accelerated Mobile Pages – What is Holding WordPress Back?

Having been involved in building Progressive Web Apps from before they were even called Progressive Web Apps, we believe that everyone should use JavaScript to build amazing user experiences on the web. This has been our mantra in the last few years and we’re sticking to it :). However, using Content Management Systems (and in particular WordPress) as backend / APIs has proven a challenge. This is mostly due to the clash between technologies (client vs. backend rendering) and the…

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Is the new WordPress Gutenberg editor that good?

Is the new WordPress Gutenberg editor that good?

Over the past years, WordPress stuck to its good ol’ visual editor and didn’t introduce many changes. But hey, why fix something that is not broken? In most cases, this wouldn’t be a bad thing, but sometimes, a change is more than welcome, especially when competitors like Medium or Ghost come with a unique and refreshing experience for its users. Apparently, WP ignored this aspect, so a group of contributors and volunteers started working at the WordPress Gutenberg editor for the…

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Big changes ahead: WordPress Design Trends 2018

Big changes ahead: WordPress Design Trends 2018

Forget about the past, it’s time to focus on the future! This statement should be generally available, but also when it comes to the newest WordPress design trends. The world’s most popular content managing system is growing strong and more and more websites are being based on it. And I’m talking about some top-notch sites, used by reputable brands. Still, a new year automatically means a refresh, especially in terms of design. Today we’re going to talk about both technological…

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What could 2018 bring – 10 mobile SEO predictions to look after

What could 2018 bring – 10 mobile SEO predictions to look after

Let’s face it: desktops are no longer the most used when it comes to accessing the Internet. People are constantly on the go and rely on the mini PC in their pocket: the smartphone. It’s been a while since Google revealed that the number of searches made from mobile devices is bigger than the number of desktop searches, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Webmasters are also aware of this, so they’re doing their best in order to deliver…

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Your mobile pages need to be fast in 2018, says the Google Speed Update

Your mobile pages need to be fast in 2018, says the Google Speed Update

We’re living in the age of speed and people want to do things as fast as possible. And they’re not alone, since Google wants pretty much the same thing, especially when it comes to your mobile browsing experience. This week, the search engine giant announced a new ranking algorithm, tailored for smartphones. To be more specific, we’re talking about mobile search. Because, in case you still don’t know this, the number of searches made on mobile devices has surpassed searches…

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Year in Review and What to Expect from 2018

Year in Review and What to Expect from 2018

2017 was the year we doubled down on Progressive Web Applications and we did that by concentrating our efforts on building more PWA themes for our WordPress Mobile Pack plugin and also launching 3 new related WordPress plugins: Progressive Web Apps, PWACommerce and WP AMP Themes. As for our flagship product, WordPress Mobile Pack, here are some 2017 numbers: 6 major releases: January, March, April, May, August and September. ~100,000 downloads v2.0 has 35,3% active installs, v3.0+ has 9,7% active installs; there’s…

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Julio Potier Talks about Web Security and Running a Company all by Yourself

Julio Potier Talks about Web Security and Running a Company all by Yourself

For our latest interview with WP developers, we have Julio Potier, the man behind SecuPress, a freemium WordPress security plugin, and an experienced Web security consultants. He is also a passionate speaker and a big Marvel fan, secretly hoping that one day he will be as cool as Deadpool or Iron Man. But enough with the intro, let’s see what Julio has to say about his work, his company, and WP plugins!

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Progressive Web App for WordPress & WooCommerce with ReactJS

Progressive Web App for WordPress & WooCommerce with ReactJS

If you’ve followed the conversations in the WordPress community lately, you’ve realized that JavaScript is here to stay, either we’re talking about ReactJS, Angular/Ionic, VueJS or Polymer. In addition, if we combine it with the energy that Google is investing in advocating Progressive Web Applications, it really seems like the Web is entering a new and exciting development phase. A few months back we announced that we’re building our first e-commerce Progressive Web Application by integrating with WordPress & WooCommerce…

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Joe Anderson Talks About Developing Plugins And Maintaining A Single-Man Company

Joe Anderson Talks About Developing Plugins And Maintaining A Single-Man Company

A new interview with another WordPress plugin developer is ready for you guys! This time, we’re talking with Joe Anderson, the man behind Metaphor Creations, a company offering – you guessed it – WordPress plugins and themes. With a background in graphic design Joe started his company all the way back in 2008 and, since then, has been running it by himself. In regards to WordPress everything started 7-8 years ago after he decided that Flash no longer had a…

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PROs and CONs of Using WordPress with ReactJS

PROs and CONs of Using WordPress with ReactJS

ReactJS took the WordPress community by surprise when it was introduced in November 2015 by Matt Mullenweg announcing Calypso as the culmination of more than 20 months of work by dozens of engineers and designers. Calypso was described as being: Incredibly fast; Written purely in JavaScript, leveraging libraries like Node and React; 100% API-powered; Fully responsive. Suddenly, thousands of PHP developers had to become fluent with JavaScript to be able to take advantage of the newly proposed tech-stack and build…

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Evan Herman talks about building high quality plugin solutions for WordPress

Evan Herman talks about building high quality plugin solutions for WordPress

We have a whole new piece for you guys, as part of our series of interviews with WordPress plugin developers, who agreed to share some of their stories, alongside growth plans and, of course, their vision of the WP ecosystem as a whole. Recently, we talked with Evan Herman, the lead developer, and founder at Code Parrots, a company well known for offering high-quality solutions for WordPress sites. They are well known for Timeline Express, which allows users to create…

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Doing Website Improvements on the Go: Step-by-Step Strategy

Doing Website Improvements on the Go: Step-by-Step Strategy

Google constantly improves its search algorithm. Its Hummingbird algorithm that came to replace PageRank is aimed at making web experience as much pleasing for users as it’s possible. Pretty much all the Algorithm updates that were introduced in recent five years are aimed at improving user experience. Thus, Google Panda punishes websites with low-quality content, Penguin attacks websites with “bad” backlinks, and Mobile Friendly algorithm raises awareness of mobile-oriented websites use. As one can see from these algorithm updates, there…

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Eric Tracz Talks About Creating Your Own Social Network Using WordPress

Eric Tracz Talks About Creating Your Own Social Network Using WordPress

Here we are with a new episode of our series of interviews with WordPress plugin developers, where we hear their stories, how they’re planning to take everything one step further and, of course, what are their thoughts on the WordPress ecosystem. Today, we’re talking with Eric Tracz, founder and CEO at PeepSo.com. Currently, he lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is in charge with PeepSo, a suite of social networking plugins for WordPress, which allows users to create their own social…

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Danny van Kooten talks about working with WordPress plugins – Balancing priorities with that of the business

Danny van Kooten talks about working with WordPress plugins – Balancing priorities with that of the business

As promised, we continue with our series of interviews with WordPress plugin developers, in an attempt to find out, through the stories they’re sharing, how they are planning to grow their businesses and, of course, what are their thoughts on the entire WordPress ecosystem. Today, we’re talking with Danny van Kooten, the developer behind the popular MailChimp for WordPress plugin. Danny lives in The Netherlands and is the founder of ibericode, a company focusing on building products to help other…

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Top 12 WordPress Form Plugins

Top 12 WordPress Form Plugins

If you own a website and want to inspire trust to your visitors, one of the most important things you should have on it is a contact form. Yes, something as simple as this can do wonders! Basically, you’re letting them know that you’re running a legit site and if they have any issues or want to send some feedback, they have at least one method of doing it. We’ve seen quite a few types of contact forms until now,…

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🎤 Davor Altman Talking About WP Job Manager – Struggles and Opportunities in the WordPress Community

🎤 Davor Altman Talking About WP Job Manager – Struggles and Opportunities in the WordPress Community

Starting this month we’re going to publish a series of interviews with WordPress plugin developers sharing their stories, their growth plans and their vision of the WordPress ecosystem as a whole. That being said, it’s my great pleasure to introduce the first interview with Davor Altman, Happiness Engineer at Automattic. He lives in Belgrade and he’s currently one of the people behind WP Job Manager – one of the most popular job board plugins for WordPress, created by Mike Jolley…

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Top 10 WordPress Multilanguage Plugins

Top 10 WordPress Multilanguage Plugins

Nowadays, offering your site only in English is considered by many experts as a big no-no, especially if you’re targeting not just the countries speaking this language. Sure, you can say that English is one of the most popular languages across the world and any Internet user should be able to understand it, but hey, why not offer a top notch user experience by providing multiple versions of your website, depending on the location of the visitors or their preferences?…

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Celebrating 1 Million WordPress Mobile Pack Downloads

Celebrating 1 Million WordPress Mobile Pack Downloads

Monday marked an important milestone: after 36 releases, approximatively 700 commits, over 150,000 lines of code and dozens of mobile app themes implemented (10,000 lines of code each), WordPress Mobile Pack has surpassed 1,000,000 downloads. WP Mobile Pack has come a long way since its early days when it was just a simple mobile theme switcher, to version 2.0 (June 03, 2014) which represented the relaunch of the plugin to include support for rich mobile web applications and now, the…

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