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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…

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…

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…

How to Create a Donation Form on WordPress

Are you looking to create a donation form for your website? WordPress Form Maker plugin is perfect for accepting donations on your site. You can view the submissions for each form, track overall statistics, edit the list of donors, filter submission data and export it in csv or xml formats. The plugin lets you set up Email Options to send submissions both to users and website owners. There is an option to add multiple recipients, as well as CC or BCC addresses. The users get an email notification initially when they donate a certain amount, and when the donation is complete. Let’s delve into creating your first WordPress donation form. Creating your first donation form Firstly, you should install and activate Form Maker plugin. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it. Once it is activated, go to Form Maker > Forms, then click Add New. Give a title…

How to Install a WordPress Plugin: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

This is a step-by-step tutorial for beginners on installing a WordPress plugin. Soon after you install WordPress, you’ll find out that for a lot of functions your website needs plugins. Wanna display your photos in neat galleries, sell directly from your site or integrate social media sites? Forget “There’s an app for that.” In the WP universe, it’s “There’s a plugin for that.” But before you can use the exact right plugin for the task, you have to install it. You can go about it a couple of ways. Here goes: 1. Install a Plugin Using WordPress Plugin Search This method only works for free plugins, the only ones that show up in the WP repository. To install a plugin using WordPress plugin search, click on the “Plugins” to the left of your WP dashboard and click “Add New:” Then search for whatever it was you were looking for in…

Why You Should Build and Manage Your Website with WordPress

Almost everyone who has ever been interested in building a website or even just in the comings and goings of internet has probably heard about WordPress from a friend or seen it mentioned in a blog post at least once. So what exactly is WordPress? Why and how did it become so popular? What drives developers and businessmen alike to choosing this platform? Let’s deep dive into all those reasons. I like to think I have all the answers. If you want to imagine just how popular WordPress is, a single fact will do: WordPress quietly powers 29% of all the websites in the world and 60% of the CMS (Content Management System) market. WordPress is the populist king of content management systems.     If you are a novice in this field, there are likely a bunch of questions you need answers to: What’s CMS? What other choices do…