August 20, 2018

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Building and Managing a Photographer Portfolio Website with WordPress

One should always start with a why, at least that’s what they say. So let’s start with all the possible “why”-s. Why do you need a website for your photography portfolio in the first place and why go with WordPress?   Why not simply use Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and other platforms to promote your work? The thing is, even though social media is helpful, a website will give you all the freedom you need to pick and choose how to publish your content, which layout to go with, how exactly to plan your success with SEO and just in general have your personal space and manage it on your own. To get a more detailed breakdown of all the reasons why you need to create a website check out this article. So, why WordPress? Listing all the pros of using WordPress and all its features would turn this into a…

How to Create GDPR-Compliant Forms on WordPress

Do you want to create a GDPR compliant WordPress form? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which governs the private information of EU-based consumers, came into force on May 25, 2018. Although the law covers only member countries of the European Union and the United Kingdom, it could create a game-changing shift in how businesses with global presence handle privacy. Form Maker plugin, which you can install following the steps in this article, makes compliance with GDPR a breeze. Here’s how to go about it. As visitors submit a form created with Form Maker plugin, they may provide personal information along with the data they fill in. To reckon with GDPR, you can: completely disable storage of submitted information; disable IP and user data storing; request users’ consent before they submit the forms; provide and remove users’ data upon their request. Disabling the storage of submitted information In WordPress Form…

WordPress Gets New Gutenberg Editor: What You Should Do as a Developer[UPDATED]

WordPress, the go-to 15-year-old content management system (CMS), still grows and experiences significant changes and improvements. During the last 2 years, 5 major versions have been released. Their focus was on editor, customizer, widgets and other minor improvements of UX. I would describe these improvements, released after the REST API in WP 4.4, as well-liked by both ordinary users and developers. However, the release coming very soon is a major fundamental change of the core WP experience, content editing. This change affects every WP user. For years, WP relied on tinyMCE editor, which is a quasi-WISIWIG editor with an extensible list of buttons to add and edit rich content. Now, the core team behind WP has set a kickoff goal: to create a completely new post and page editing experience. Need to adapt to these changes and stay up-to-date As a plugin or theme developer, you may consider how this…

WordPress 5.0: Getting Your Site Ready for Gutenberg

You may have heard whispers and rumors – who are we kidding, more like gradually intensifying buzz, from WordCamp 2017 to the myriad of articles spawned – around WordPress 5.0 and its main feature, Gutenberg editor. Forewarned, as we know, is forearmed. Let’s discuss what to expect from the update and what steps to undertake to prepare your WordPress site for a smooth transition. Checking plugins’ and themes’ compatibility Since the core update promises to divide the WordPress world into a “before” and “after,” it’s crucial to make sure all of your site’s plugins and themes are compatible with it. Here’s how to go about it. Check the plugins’ “Tested up to” field on wp.org.For plugins, in contrast to themes, there’s a really easy way to check compatibility. Take a look at your plugins’ wp.org page first for an indication of up to which version the plugin has been tested….

10 Reasons Why You Should Use WordPress to Run Your Business Website

Running a business, though very rewarding, is a very hard task and requires lots of time, skills, and effort. One of the key components of a successful business is a carefully planned website. Especially with the pending trends, its importance should not be underestimated. When it comes to the world of professional websites as means of promotion, the whole process is a huge labyrinth with dozens of paths rotating and swirling and crossing each other and making no sense when you try to figure out which one to take or what techniques to use. One of the first decisions to make and one of the most crucial ones is the choice of platform. Which platform to use for your website? Wix? WordPress? Maybe hire a group of programmers and ask them to write the code manually without popular PHP frameworks, such as Yii and Laravel? Let’s dedicate a few minutes…

How to Configure Form Confirmations and Notifications on WordPress

Web forms are an essential part of most websites. Configuring their confirmations and notifications will let you monitor the stats of the replies, drop a thank-you note or send out an automated email in an attempt to “humanize” your site. The initial step is installing and activating Form Maker plugin. Here’s a beginner’s guide on how to do it. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to configure the “communicativeness” of the contact form we created in a previous tutorial using WordPress Form Maker plugin. But these instructions will work on any form really.   Configuring Form Confirmations and Notifications A form confirmation is what your website visitor sees after they submit the form. It could be a thank-you message or a redirection to a relevant page. Alternatively, you could choose not to have one, keeping the users on the form page.  After clicking the left menu’s Form Maker, picking the form, and pressing Form…

10 Photo Clichés Found in Every Photographer’s Portfolio

My lucky guess is it somewhat irks you that these days every other person with a camera calls herself or himself a photographer. Seems unfair that some spend years learning all those cool tricks and techniques while others just take a few mundane shots, start promoting their art right from the get-go, and get popular in narrow circles. So, is all the time and effort one has to put in to become a professional photographer worth it if others get an equal share of “fame” without the struggle? My answer’s a definite yes. To start with, photography is so much more than the climactic button press. It’s a form of art, a new language with an alphabet you need to know in order to read and speak freely and comprehensively. Only then will you be able to formulate new concepts in the language rather than just going on repeating the…

Best WordPress Image Optimization Plugins for WordPress

Why optimize images in the first place?  Images often account for most of the data downloaded online, so if you constantly use high-resolution images on your website it can cause several issues, all particularly notable for smartphone and tablet users: High-resolution images cause long load times, which boost your bounce rate, and consequently have an adverse impact on your conversions. Long load time impact SEO: Slow websites are generally ranked lower by the search engines. If you have a high-volume website load, it will consume huge internet bandwidth from your visitors and cause real problems for those who have limited bandwidth. The solution to these issues is optimizing your website’s images. There is a number of techniques for image optimization on the web, but today we will focus on solutions available for websites created with WordPress. Images can be optimized in a few ways, but the most popular way is…