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This week, we get a preview of the brand new WordPress.com TV ads. You can also learn about the WordPress REST API from the perspective of a non-developer. And Eric Mann has some interesting thoughts on whether WordPress.com is actually “WordPress”.
This week, we got a look at the WordPress 4.8 release schedule. Right now, we’re less than a month away! You can also read some impressive numbers from Weglot, who just closed on a massive €450,000 fundraising round. And if you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between Apache and Nginx, Tutsplus has the perfect post for you.
This week, we got the location of WooConf 2017. Spoiler alert -it’s Seattle. There’s also an interesting article from James Laws on moving Ninja Forms to automatic renewals.
This week, tabs made a triumphant return to the WordPress plugin directory. There’s also an interesting plugin that runs your content through IBM’s Watson to gauge its emotional “feel”. And if you’re using Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10 (or your readers are), you’ll be out of luck starting with WordPress 4.8. Those browsers are getting kicked from WordPress’ target browser coverage.
As far as news goes, it’s been a fairly quiet week. We have an article discussing whether or not you need to make the switch to managed WordPress hosting. And if you’re interested in some bug fixes, WordPress 4.7.4 Release Candidate is out.
This week, Wordfence put out an interesting report detailing how hackers are using compromised routers to attack WordPress sites. The plugin directory also made some minor tweaks to the new layout, most notably bringing back plugin stats.
Two big plugin updates this week! WooCommerce 3.0 dropped, as well as Jetpack 4.8. You can also read Colin’s article on some of the interesting ways in which you can use Elementor Pro. And WP Tavern has a nice piece on why some people feel that their feedback about the new plugin directory was ignored.
In the biggest news this week, the new WordPress plugin directory design went live. In addition to new aesthetics, it also boasts a much-improved search algorithm.
If you’ve been wanting to learn WordPress development but haven’t quite found the right resource, be sure to check out Colin’s review of the Second Edition of Up and Running, a recent release from the guys at WPShout. It takes you through everything you’ll need to finally get a grasp on WordPress development.
After last week’s rollout of the new import from Google Docs feature, WordPress.com and Jetpack users get another awesome new feature: A new, distraction free editor.
Well, I guess we’re all installing Jetpack. WordPress just released an amazing new collaborative editing feature. Instantly bring in posts from Google Docs on wordpress.com or Jetpack-connected websites.
While not specific to WordPress, the biggest news this week was definitely the Amazon S3 outage, which managed to take down a large chunk of the web (either fully or partially).
The Zerif Lite saga is over. What was once wordpress.org’s most popular theme has made its return to the theme directory. There’s also a nice discussion on WP Tavern of how to figure out how people actually use WordPress.
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 prudent strategies you can follow, considering there’s a good chance your competition has knowledge that you’ve yet to discover.
This week, Colin discusses whether or not there’s such a thing as “too many WordPress plugins”. You can also check out an early prototype of the new Gutenberg Editor for WordPress. It looks very interesting.
WPlift (finally) has SSL for the entire website. It did take me all morning communicating with Siteground, Sucuri, and MaxCDN – but it works! A big up
Big news this week for fans of Genesis (the theme framework, not the band). StudioPress just launched a new all-in-one WordPress service called StudioPress Sites. It’s definitely worth a look.
Freemius concludes their Envato analysis with an awesome look at the numbers of Theme Forest and Code Canyon. Whether you’re a theme or a plugin
The past week or so brought some very cool news from SiteGround – they’ll now be automatically issuing Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates to all domains.
This week, WordPress 4.7 got a minor tweak to fix some security and maintenance issues. Freemius also has a good breakdown of the reasoning behind their decision to start using a WordPress page builder. And if you’re using mobile pop-ups on the first page readers see after coming from Google search results, you’ll want to knock that out immediately.
If you’ve visited WordPress.org sometime this week, you’ve probably seen the biggest bit of news: A brand spankin’ new WordPress.org homepage. In other news, Matt
This week, we got news that the WordPress.org homepage is getting a facelift sometime in the near future. The change is primarily aimed at marketing better to new users. There was also big news for fans of virtual reality – all WordPress.com sites now support VR and 360 degree content. This functionality will likely be making its way to Jetpack sometime soon.
WordPress may have 27% market share among content management systems, but WooCommerce is even stronger, powering 42% of all online stores (according to BuiltWith).
WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” shipped on December 6th in the biggest news of this week. GoDaddy also snapped up another WordPress business with their acquisition of WP Curve. And there are two great data filled posts from Freemius and WP Dev, one on ThemeForest themes and one on developer salaries.
Also don’t miss WP Tavern’s helpful summary of Matt’s talk at WordCamp US.
Perhaps the biggest news is actually dropping early next week – Tuesday, December 6th, to be specific. That’s when WordPress 4.7 officially ships. Beyond a furious Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it was otherwise a relatively uneventful week (perhaps due to Thanksgiving).
Guess what, folks! It’s officially December. And you know what that means…WordPress 4.7 is only a few days away! WordPress 4.7 brings a heap of exciting changes to both the Customizer and WordPress as a whole. Compared to the bit of a snooze fest that was WordPress 4.6 (at least as far as front-end features went), 4.7 is definitely a breath of fresh air.
Today’s review is a bit different in that I won’t be reviewing a theme or plugin. Instead, I’ll be looking at Codester, a marketplace for buying/selling WordPress themes and plugins (as well as other platforms).
After WordCamp Philadelphia, next year’s WordCamp US got an official location: Nashville, TN. WP Engine also released big news about a one-tap payment system for WordPress eCommerce. There’s also some news about two cool new WordPress 4.7 features.
We have teamed up once again with our friends at CSSIgniter to bring an awesome competition to win 1 of 3 Lifetime Subscriptions worth $199 each.
In this week’s news, the WordPress Plugin Team published some revamped guidelines for the wordpress.org plugin directory. We also have a discussion about whether or
Just a couple weeks ago, I told you how you how to add Google AMP to WordPress. I talked about how it can speed up your mobile site, get you featured in Google’s AMP articles carousel, improve your readers’ user experience, and still make you a bit of money. But, as some recent news articles have discovered, publishers are increasingly finding out that this “little bit of money” is nowhere near how much they make from the non-AMP versions of their mobile sites.
The biggest news from this week was a dust up between Matt Mullenweg and Wix over Wix’s use of some WordPress code. You can check
This week, Alex Denning ponders the evolution and best practices of selling WordPress themes. There was also some controversy involving gaming the “popular” designation on wordpress.org. It seems a new theme managed to impressively wrack up 10,000+ active installs despite only being downloaded 3,000 times. I guess people just wanted to use it on multiple projects!
This week, WP Tavern has an interesting look at the behind the scenes motivations behind PixelGrade’s decision to use ThemeForest’s author driven pricing to offer a $225 theme.
Today we are talking with Jesse Ness, the marketing manager at Ecwid. Ecwid is home to the leading eCommerce shopping plugin, also called Ecwid. Here
There’s been some drama with the official WordPress theme repository after GoDaddy managed to get their theme approved surprisingly fast. There’s also a chance child
If you’re thinking of launching your own WordPress plugin, you’ll definitely want to check out Adrian’s article about launching Paid Member Subscriptions from $0 to $4,000 per month.
Ahmad’s Security September series is still chugging along. This week he got into backup plugins, hacked websites, and more. There’s still four posts left –
Ahmad has spent all week educating us on WordPress security best practices. Make sure you catch up with all his latest posts. And stay tuned, because the Security September Series isn’t over yet!
Ahmad kicked off his massive 14 post security series with a post discussing why you need to care about WordPress security. Check back to WPLift
Some of the biggest news this week is GoDaddy’s acquisition of ManageWP. Do you think we’ll be seeing ManageWP ads during the SuperBowl anytime soon?
I am going to walk you through the right way of updating your WordPress sites to the latest version, without screwing up anything. I will also talk about how you can keep yourself up to date, and how you can contribute or be part of the WP Release Day. Let’s get started.
This week, you can check out an interesting article detailing Elementor Page Builder’s growth from 0 to 10k active users in less than 3 months.
Big news – Google is going to start penalizing mobile sites with obnoxious popups. Sure, it’s not WordPress specific, but it will affect a lot of
If you haven’t heard already, WordPress 4.6 was released on Tuesday the 16th. It’s named “Pepper” and includes some nice enhancements to the update system
We have teamed up with our with our friends at Orange Themes to offer you a competition where you can win 1 of 4 Lifetime Orange Themes accounts. This gives you access to all of their themes, Premium support, all HTML/CSS files, updates and even new themes that come out in next 12 months.
In just one day, WordPress 4.6 is slated to be released to the public. That means that tomorrow, you should be seeing that nice update
This week, you can learn why you can’t just add a CDN to your WordPress site and expect all your performance issues to be solved.
Earlier this year, WordPress surpassed the 26% mark, and now it powers more than a quarter of all the websites. Last year, after an incredible acquisition of WooThemes, people speculated about many such takeovers in the future. It was no later than WooMattic turned one that Matt Mullenweg once again stepped up to the plate and officially declared Automattic’s acquisition of the .blog domain name. In case you don’t already know, Automattic is the company of WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg which is responsible for WordPress.com. Today, in this post, I am going to talk about. Blog domain extensions and their impact on WordPress.
We got some new information about WordPress 4.6 features in the form of a broken link detector. Also, a couple of editorials on the WordPress admin area and WordPress “Porn” (ok – that title is a little clickbaity). And finally, if you care about the security of your WordPress site, stay tuned to WPLift. Ahmad will be taking you through every aspect of WordPress security in a massive 14-post series. Keep your eyes peeled for that.
WordPress 4.6 is knocking on the door. The release candidate is ready and the team hopes to ship it on August 16th. There were also some interesting discussions on user experience and minimalism as they relate to WordPress.
In this Gateway Plus theme review, we will be looking in-depth at this advanced and elegant WordPress theme. Created for a variety of uses, from
Manuel discusses some of the important lessons he learned about freemium plugins from launching Forge. Also, the results of CodeInWP’s huge WordPress hosting survey are in. Check out the good, the bad, and the ugly about WordPress hosting.
The WordPress plugin repository is a platform which seeks the interest of almost every user who has toyed around with WordPress in one way or
This week’s news includes a huge list of WordPress affiliate programs and a relevant discussion about affiliate marketing and WordPress.
WordCamp Europe videos are now available for streaming. Check them out if you weren’t able to make the conference. Also, popular site WPBeginner turned 7 and published some thoughts and reflections on the past 7 years. Finally, this week is an unofficial and impromptu “how to” week – we collected 5 great how to’s from the past week for you to learn something new.
Looking for a WordPress theme for a new project? Well, today you’ve got a chance to get one for free! We have partnered up with our friends at TemplateMonster to give away 5 themes to our readers.
Plenty of WordPress changes are brewing with the release of WordPress for Android Version 5.5, WordPress 4.6 Beta 1, and an open beta for the new plugin repository design.
New WordPress and Jetpack releases patch some important security vulnerabilities. Make sure you upgrade both to keep your site safe. WordCamp USA also put out
Our friends from CyberChimps have reached out to us with a great offer for our readers. This competition gives you the opportunity to win a
Several major plugin releases happened this week, including updates to WooCommerce 2.6, Yoast 3.3, and Gravity Forms 2.0. You should have plenty of new features
If you’re a developer, learn how to take the hassle out of selling and managing WordPress products with Freemius. You can also debate whether the
There are New and updated theme Tags now available to WordPress.org theme authors. The theme review theme has finalized it’s plan for changing the tags in
Our friends at CSSIgniter reached out to us to offer our readers the chance to win a lifetime subscription. This competition gives you the opportunity
WordCamp Europe will stream for free to those who register at their site, a great option for those who live on a different continent. You
WordPress 4.6 has a couple of tweaks for us in store, in category and tag workflow and in backend font usage. WordPress is going to
As the title states, this was the week when WPLift changed owner. Oli and I have been working very hard to get me up to
The auction for WPLift on Flippa finished this week and after a crazy last day I have found a suitable buyer for the site who
This post on whether WordPress needs a centralized notification centre caught my eye, seems like some developers have been abusing the current system by using
This week we saw the release of WordPress 4.5 “Coleman” which brought some nice new features – inline links for the post editor, these felt
Not an april fool :) I have decided the time is right to pass WPLift on to a new owner so the site is officially
Today we are looking at a new theme by Themely, named Integral, it is a one page parallax WordPress theme designed for freelancers, businesses and
I noticed on WPTavern this week, that the theme review team are looking to automate some of the theme review process. They published a list
Hi Everyone, Yesterday we added a new theme to our Free themes section here on WPLift, Named Louis, it is a tidy multi-purpose theme which
Today we have teamed up with the WordPress Theme company Template Express to bring you an exclusive competition to win x5 Prizes of their Complete
This week, the plugin review team put out a post titled “Please do not submit frameworks“, in which they clarified that the official directory should
If you are currently hosting with HostGator, I suggest you read this article – “How HostGator Attempted To Extort >$200 Out of Me for SiteLock”
Happy Friday! I thought I would start off this week by giving an update about how some of my WPLift-related side projects have been going
I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new website I’ve been working on this week, Kooc Market is marketplace for stock items such as
This week we launched a new theme named Martial on ThemeFurnace, it’s a clean blogging theme with a nice “Hero” header area and some custom
This post, is a good read at the ViperChill blog where the author Glen talks about cloning other website’s for your local market. He mentions
What stood out to me this week is an announcement from iThemes that they are launching Stash which is a live backup solution for their
I hope everyone had a good Holiday and New Year celebration, this was my first week back in work properly after some nice time off,
Bontact is a service you can add to your website which allows customers to get in touch with you via Live chat, Phone, SMS or
WordPress 4.4 shipped this week, this new release included the new default Twenty Sixteen theme, responsive images, WordPress embeds and the first half the REST
Last week, Automattic gave a glimpse into WordPress’ future by unveiling Calypso, a brand new interface for users of their WordPress.com service and also an
Once again we have teamed up with our good friends at CSSIgniter to bring you a competition to win one of 3 Developer licenses for
If you are a theme author looking to release your theme on the official directory, some themes are taking up to 2 months to get
This week we have a competition here on WPLift to win 1 of 5 Monstroid Theme licenses, provided by TemplateMonster. Monstroid is a huge WordPress
Today we have teamed up with TemplateMonster to bring you a competition to win one of 5 free copies of their Monstroid WordPress theme. Monstroid
This week we added a new theme to our Free WordPress Themes section on WPLift, named Sentio, it was created by our friends at DesignHooks
My MediaPhase theme was added to the WordPress directory this week, its clocked up 1500 downloads so far there so thats a good start! If
This week I released a Free Theme on WPLift named “MediaPhase“, its the full commercial version of the theme we launched on ThemeFurnace. It’s a
Some very sad news this week was Alex King’s passing after a battle with Cancer, my thoughts go out to his friends and family at
I noticed a post this week on Torque Mag showing the offices of different WordPress people around the world, I love seeing posts like this,
Today we have a competition in cooperation with PremiumCoding to offer you the chance to win 1 of 3 yearly memberships to their theme club
There was another security release to WordPress 4.3.1 this week so make sure all your sites are up to date, this was to fix some
Today is Labor Day in the USA, a national holiday to “honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the
A piece of news I noticed this week was that Envato have implemented a new support policy which shows whether an author supports the product
CyberChimps are a premium theme company which provide a range of different themes with over 5 million downloads. They offer a number of free themes
This week there was some more GPL-related drama, with the news that someone had forked ElegantTheme’s Bloom plugin and added it to the official WordPress
WordPress 4.3 dropped this week with some nice new features, stronger password generator, Menus in the Customizer, markdown-like syntax in the post editor, Site icons
It’s been two weeks now since I launched WPLift Support, it’s had a good response so far with some blogs talking about it and traffic
So first up this week, we have another security update from the team. Make sure all your sites are running 4.2.4 as it fixes some
So my news this week is I finally launched a new site, WPLift.Support provides complete support and maintenance plans complete with unlimited jobs for a
DealFuel is a deals website which offers a large range of special offers on products aimed at WordPress users, designers and developers. It is owned
WordPress just shipped version 4.2.3 which is a security release fixing a cross-site scripting vulnerability so make sure you are up to date on all
This is our regular look at the WordPress related companies and bloggers who publicly share their income reports each month. I have found that summer
WPTavern reported this week that Envato have been experiencing a DDOS attack, they also said that a lot of theme authors have been experiencing a
So, the news that stood out for me this week is that apparently last year Automattic outbid Chris Pearson ( who DIY themes and created
Today we have a great competition for you – our friends over at ThemeFuse are sharing 5 licenses for any of their premium WordPress themes
The past month has been a strange one in the WordPress community with lots of drama breaking out around various issues. Tom McFarlin wrote a
Today we bring a competition to win 3 top business plans with AppReplica worth $149 each. Appreplica is a service which works with WordPress, Squarespace
Yesterday we released a new theme at ThemeFurnace, our first Multi-Purpose theme which you can use for a business site, eCommerce store, blog and so
When we usually read tips for launching products successfully, it was interesting for me to read this post about a plugin update which went really
I noticed this post on WPTavern yesterday which introduced a proof of concept plugin by Justin Tadlock which demonstrates one way of handling typography within
JumpStarter An interesting site I recently discovered is Jumpstarter which aims to turn WordPress themes into SAAS apps, a user can signup and pick a
Once again we have teamed up with our friends at CSSIgniter to bring a great competition to win 1 of 3 Developer accounts on their
This morning I read an article on WPTavern about the Theme Review team cracking down on themes which include custom widgets for displaying things like
I have previously looked at WordPress companies and Bloggers who publicly share their stats and income reports and those posts did really well – people
I came across an article this morning which talks to Adii Pienaar about having raised $500k in venture capital for his latest project Receiptful. Receiptful
This is the third week in a row now where I have had to mention security, please make sure your sites are up to date
Today we have a new competition for you from the folks at OSTraining, they have donated 5 yearly memberships for WPLift readers, valued at $250
Another week and another security problem with WordPress, sites were automatically updated with the patch to prevent any problems with an XSS vulnerability. Sites running
We have a great competition for you today, we teamed up with Premium Coding and purchased 10 licenses for their great looking Brixton theme. Brixton
WordPress 4.2 was just released, named “Powell” it has some new features such as an improved “Press This” browser button improved, extended character support including
Yesterday saw the release of my fourth free theme into the WordPress directory, Stacker is a clean theme with a “Pinterest” style column layout. It
I recently posted about WordPress related companies that share income statistics, which was a fun and inspiring post. It’s always interesting to see how much
WordCamp London happened last weekend at the London Metropolitan University, I couldn’t make this as we are due a baby (very!) soon so it was
This week saw the launch of a new opt-in plugin by ElegantThemes called “Bloom” it is honestly looking like the best solution for gathering emails
Today sees the launch of a new plugin by our friends at ElegantThemes, named “Bloom” it is an email opt-in plugin designed to get you
I love reading blog posts where companies and individuals share details that would otherwise remain secret – I used to do the same here on
So the biggest news this week is that the Yoast SEO plugin was found to have an SQL injection vulnerability which required an immediate update.
As WordPress continues it’s battle to compete with the likes of Wix and Squarespace, this week we saw the launch of the new plugin directory
In the last week or so there were two new WordPress site builders released which gathered quite a bit of attention. The first, by Obox,
We have a cool new competition for you today, we have teamed up with PixelKit who provide website UI kits and design resources for use
Last week I updated A Better Planet, a site I created to mashup all the best WordPress news and blog feeds as alternative to the
We have teamed up with the folks at Tidio Chat to bring you a competition where you can win one of 5 yearly licenses for
Time for an update to “A Better Planet” which is my curated version of the Planet WordPress feed. I have received a few submissions over
It’s nearly the end of January so I thought I would have a look back at this month, January is always quite a strange month
I wanted to let you know that we are holding a January Sale here on WPLift for all review purchases, Any review purchased within the
KeyCDN is a new Content Delivery Network which will speed up your WordPress website and integrates with popular plugins such W3 Total Cache, we reviewed
This was my first week back after New Year and the first day or so was quite a struggle – I was used to eating
We have teamed up with JoomUnited to offer you a chance to win 1 of 5 WordPress Developer Bundles which include 5 Premium WordPress plugins,
WordPress 4.1 has just been released so you can now upgrade to this new version which has some nice new features, my personal favourite is
We have teamed up again with our with our friends at CSSIgniter to offer you a competition where you can win 1 of 3 Developer
WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate is now available for download which includes the new default theme Twenty Fifteen, you can read about what else is new
The news is back after a short hiatus, extremely busy time for me at the moment so apologies for that! What’s been happening this week