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A Better Planet - WordPress News News and updates from the world of WordPress http://abetterplanetwp.com 2017-02-24T13:37:40+01:00 text/html 2017-02-25T03:20:08+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Discourse Creates Encouragement Fund to Pay Contributors for Mission Critical Work https://wptavern.com/discourse-creates-encouragement-fund-to-pay-contributors-for-mission-critical-work <p><a href="https://www.discourse.org/f">Discourse</a> is free, open-source discussion software created by Jeff Atwood in 2013. In addition to celebrating its fourth birthday, the team <a href="https://blog.discourse.org/2017/02/the-discourse-encouragement-fund/">announced</a> the Discourse Encouragement Fund. The fund allows the development team to pay contributors for critical work.</p> <p>In the course of a year, Discourse has paid 16 different developers a total of $17,000 to work on tasks. All of their work is open source and two of the contributors <a href="https://blog.discourse.org/2017/02/discourses-fourth-birthday/">joined the team</a> as full-time employees.</p> <p>Discourse shared its 7-step process for rewarding contributors and the one that sticks out to me is number four: &#8220;We choose who, what and when.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;At first we tried to put tasks &#8216;up for grabs&#8217;, but this method didn’t work too well,&#8221; Erlend Sogge Heggen, Community Advocate at Discourse said. &#8220;You end up with multiple takers and you have to pick one and let others down.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Instead, we approach developers individually, one at a time. Since we’re an open source project we know fairly well who’s capable of what, so we’ll tap our top prospect, present the task and &#8216;bounty&#8217;, and get a yes or no.</p> <p>&#8220;If no, we move on to the next good prospect. If we run out of good prospects for a specific task, we’ll either do it ourselves or put it on hold.&#8221;</p> <p>Heggen says the program has worked well thus far and will continue indefinitely. &#8220;As much as we’d like to, we can’t put every one of our contributors on a steady payroll,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>&#8220;What we can do is remind them that the work they’re doing is valuable, in every sense of the word, and that there is money to be made from specializing in Discourse.&#8221;</p> <p>The program is funded by customers who purchase <a href="https://discourse.org/buy">hosting plans</a>, &#8220;The general idea is that paying customers help improve Discourse, both for themselves, and for the greater open source community at large,&#8221; Atwood said.</p> <p>Introducing money into an open source project can be <a href="http://david.heinemeierhansson.com/2013/the-perils-of-mixing-open-source-and-money.html">risky </a>but so far, Discourse has found a way to make it work.</p> <div id="epoch-width-sniffer"></div> text/html 2017-02-25T01:26:19+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Dev Chat Summary: February 22nd (4.7.3 week 4) https://make.wordpress.org/core/2017/02/24/dev-chat-summary-february-22nd-4-7-3-week-4/ <p>This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from February 22nd (<a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/2017/02/22/dev-chat-agenda-for-february-22nd-4-7-3-week-4/">agenda</a>, <a href="https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/core/p1487797226009569">Slack archive</a>).</p> <h3>4.7.3 Schedule</h3> <ul> <li>Planning to release 4.7.3 on <strong>Monday March 6, 2017</strong>.</li> <li>This will be a bugfix and maintenance release, nothing major.</li> <li>Latest view of what’s in/coming in 4.7.3: <a href="https://core.trac.wordpress.org/query?status=accepted&amp;status=assigned&amp;status=closed&amp;status=new&amp;status=reopened&amp;status=reviewing&amp;milestone=4.7.3&amp;group=status&amp;col=id&amp;col=summary&amp;col=milestone&amp;col=status&amp;col=owner&amp;col=type&amp;col=priority&amp;col=component&amp;col=keywords&amp;order=priority">Trac report</a> </li> <li>This date is coming up pretty soon.  Ideally anything going into 4.7.3 would already be in trunk.  So please make your remaining commits ASAP.</li> <li>Aiming for a code freeze and release candidate either Friday, February 24th or Monday, February 27th</li> <li> <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/2017/02/23/wordpress-4-7-3-planning-and-bug-scrub/">Bug scrub</a> planned for <a href="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20170224T1900"><abbr class="date" title="2017-02-24T19:00:00+00:00">February 24, 19:00 UTC</abbr></a> in <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/core/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>core</a> </li> </ul> <h3> <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/components/customize/">Customizer</a> team update</h3> <ul> <li>Looking for help on testing the Media widget (<a href="https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/32417">#32417</a>: Add new core media widget) as well as proposal for a minor release <ul> <li>There will be a Translation need for this widget</li> <li> <a href="https://profiles.wordpress.org/westonruter/" class="mention"><span class="mentions-prefix">@</span>westonruter</a>: I’ll do final touches on the patch via the <a href="https://github.com/xwp/wordpress-develop/pull/215">GitHub PR</a> to avoid stepping on each other’s toes and to run the builds. If you have anything to add to the patch, please push to the feature branch. Otherwise, I’ll manually re-sync new patch changes to the PR.</li> <li>Additional tasks to see this land in a release: <ul> <li>1) Search for plugins and communicate with them [@ipstenu to help]</li> <li>2) Test and try to break the patch in it’s current form [@jnylen0 to help]</li> <li>3) Confirm Forums response to the question: “why didn’t you ‘just’ use {{my existing widget}}”?</li> <li>4) If you have a widget that does similar things, try out compat and/or extensions [@helen to help]</li> <li>5) Make sure that it looks good in all default themes [@jnylen0, @melchoyce to help]</li> <li>6) Consider whether the widget should be extendable for plugin authors to add new types [@helen to help]</li> </ul> </li> <li>Likely means this won’t land in 4.7.3, but will target an upcomming minor release</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3> <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/components/editor/">Editor</a> team update</h3> <ul> <li>Looking to continue discussion on browser support, no need for an urgent decision, but there’s been <a href="https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/93">some discussion</a> that core devs might want to be aware of and review. The current Plan B is to include an old version of TinyMCE for the browsers that will not support the new one.</li> <li>Related post with more detail: <a href="https://www.ephox.com/blog/a-quick-guide-to-browser-selection-models/">A quick guide to browser selection models</a> </li> <li> <em>A lengthy, pro/con discussion ensued.</em> <strong><a href="https://profiles.wordpress.org/desrosj/" class="mention"><span class="mentions-prefix">@</span>desrosj</a> is working to summarize everything from the conversation, will add some browser stats, and post to Make/Core for the discussion to continue</strong> </li> <li>If you have statistics that you feel will be valuable to look at, please to send it to <a href="https://profiles.wordpress.org/desrosj/" class="mention"><span class="mentions-prefix">@</span>desrosj</a> and he will try to include it in the conversation summary for further discussion</li> </ul> <h3> <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/components/rest-api/">REST API</a> team update</h3> <ul> <li>The REST API team has no significant updates since last week.</li> </ul> <h3>Trac tickets</h3> <ul> <li>A <a href="https://core.trac.wordpress.org/my-patches?USER=mte90">set of tickets with patches</a> from <a href="https://profiles.wordpress.org/mte90/" class="mention"><span class="mentions-prefix">@</span>mte90</a> that are looking for review. If someone out there has some time to go through any of these for review/feedback that would be appreciated.</li> <li> <a href="https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/16778">#16778</a>: wordpress is leaking user/blog information during wp_version_check() <ul> <li> <a href="https://profiles.wordpress.org/mattyrob/" class="mention"><span class="mentions-prefix">@</span>mattyrob</a>’s been doing <a href="https://cloudup.com/ceZ9wDY-TXl">some mockups</a> with <a href="https://profiles.wordpress.org/swissspidy/" class="mention"><span class="mentions-prefix">@</span>swissspidy</a>. Appears to be heavy discussion on the ticket, but they would appreciate review from others.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3><a href="https://make.wordpress.org/summit/2017/01/26/community-summit-2017/">Community Summit</a></h3> <ul> <li>Between now and next Friday, the Core team needs to come up with: <ul> <li>1) a list of topics for the summit</li> <li>2) A list of representatives to attend the Community Summit</li> <li>3) One or two contributors who are willing to help with the organization of the event</li> </ul> </li> <li>See also: <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/summit/2017/02/20/community-summit-2017-sign-up-request/">Community Summit 2017: Sign-up Request</a> </li> <li> <a href="https://profiles.wordpress.org/jbpaul17/" class="mention"><span class="mentions-prefix">@</span>jbpaul17</a> <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/2017/02/23/planning-for-community-summit-2017/">posted to Make/Core</a> request to capture input on the three items above, will capture that input and summarize for review in next week’s dev chat, and then send the Core team response to the Community Summit team by next Friday, March 3rd. <strong>Please review the post on Make/Core and respond with your input.</strong> </li> </ul> <p class="o2-appended-tags"><a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/4-7/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>4-7</a>, <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/4-7-3/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>4-7-3</a>, <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/core-customize/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>core-customize</a>, <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/core-editor/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>core-editor</a>, <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/core-restapi/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>core-restapi</a>, <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/dev-chat/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>dev-chat</a>, <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/tag/summary/" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>summary</a></p><nav class='o2-post-footer-actions'><ul class='o2-post-footer-action-row'><li class='o2-post-footer-action'><a href="https://login.wordpress.org/?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fmake.wordpress.org%2Fcore%2F2017%2F02%2F24%2Fdev-chat-summary-february-22nd-4-7-3-week-4%2F%23respond" title="Login to Reply" class="genericon genericon-reply" data-action="login-to-reply" data-actionstate="default" >Login to Reply</a></li></ul><div class='o2-post-footer-action-likes'></div><ul class='o2-post-footer-action-row'></ul></nav> text/html 2017-02-25T01:12:55+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet 10 Reasons Website Performance Matters To Your Business http://torquemag.io/2017/02/10-reasons-why-website-performance-matters-to-your-business/ <p>When you have a business or a product to sell, it would be easy to assume that all you have to do is get a website online to be able to yield the benefits. However, like anything, if your website doesn’t work in the right way, then it’s unlikely to fulfill its purpose. Many may not consider the performance of the website to be important, but nothing could be further from the truth. Although some people are more patient than others, if your website isn’t up to spec, then you could find that the benefits aren’t as forthcoming as you would like.</p> <p>This isn’t to say that your website isn’t serving a purpose, but if we’re ignoring any shortfalls, then there can be many ramifications that we’ve not considered. As such, the following ten points explain why you should ensure your website performance is the best it can be.</p> <h2>User Experience Can Be Hindered</h2> <p>We’ve probably all been in a position where we’ve gone to a website only to be met with a blank screen or never-ending spinning circle, and we’ve undoubtedly become frustrated. While there can be instances where we have no control over this, such as the user being in an isolated area with minimum connectivity. However, if it’s because there’s simply too much going on when the user loads a page, then you will find that they have a less-than-desirable experience as a result.</p> <h2>Mobile Is The Present, Not The Future</h2> <p>While it’s likely that there will always be desktop users, the fact remains that more and more people connect with our sites via mobile devices. This was made evident when Google <a href="http://searchengineland.com/its-official-google-says-more-searches-now-on-mobile-than-on-desktop-220369">announced</a> that mobile devices were actually generating more online searches than desktop devices back in 2015.</p> <p>Furthermore, with the recent introduction of <a href="https://www.ampproject.org/">Accelerated Mobile Pages</a> (AMP) and <a href="https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2016/11/mobile-first-indexing.html">mobile-first</a> indexing, it is clear that Google is absolutely obsessed with mobile search. It should also be noted that 65 percent of digital media time is attributed to mobile devices. As such, if your website isn’t able to meet the demands of today’s mobile user, then they are likely to move onto a website that can.</p> <h2>Online Users Have a Short Attention Span</h2> <p><a href="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466.jpg"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-80717 size-full" src="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466.jpg" width="1100" height="398" srcset="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466.jpg 1100w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466-300x109.jpg 300w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466-768x278.jpg 768w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466-1024x371.jpg 1024w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466-320x116.jpg 320w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/12/shutterstock_350982164-e1482262345466-640x232.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 1100px) 100vw, 1100px" /></a></p> <p>There are a number of different sites that focus on their website speed and user experience to ensure that their visitor&#8217;s journey is a pleasurable one. It may surprise you to know that even a few seconds can make all the difference as to whether a user stays active on your site or not. Hence, every <a href="https://www.wpkube.com/improve-speed-wordpress-site/">effort</a> should be made to ensure that those visiting your website are able to navigate your site with ease, as well as in a timely manner.</p> <h2>Underperforming Websites Can Affect Your Organic Positions</h2> <p>This may be surprising to some, but the truth is that a website that’s not performing as it should can actually fall down the ranks when it comes to their placement within search results. To understand why, we must look at the <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/about/company/">mission statement</a> of Google. To ensure it remains the strongest search engine, it looks to ensure that those that use the search engine are only met with results that suit their purpose.</p> <p>Now, in all honesty, the speed of a website isn’t a major factor when it comes to search engine results, but it does remain a factor nonetheless. Only <a href="https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2010/04/using-site-speed-in-web-search-ranking.html">one percent</a> of search queries are affected by the performance of a website, but when you consider how many people use the search engine on a daily basis, this can still be a huge number of people. Google may also crawl your site less as a result.</p> <h2>Slow Websites Can Kill Conversions</h2> <p>To understand just how detrimental website speed can be, we have to look at the figures of people who will <a href="https://blog.kissmetrics.com/loading-time/">abandon</a> your website if it fails to load within three seconds, which is an astonishing 40 percent. This alone is a great number, but to truly understand how severe this can be, we need to look at the following example:</p> <p>Let’s say your website receives 200,000 views. While this may be something to boast about initially, we need to look at the bigger picture. Taking into account the above statistics, you could potentially lose 80,000 visitors, just because your website didn’t load within the expected timeframe.</p> <h2>You Could Potentially Have a Global Audience</h2> <p><a href="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/wordpress-activity-map.jpg"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-80350 size-full" src="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/wordpress-activity-map.jpg" alt="wordpress activity map" width="927" height="467" srcset="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/wordpress-activity-map.jpg 927w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/wordpress-activity-map-300x151.jpg 300w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/wordpress-activity-map-768x387.jpg 768w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/wordpress-activity-map-320x161.jpg 320w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/wordpress-activity-map-640x322.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 927px) 100vw, 927px" /></a></p> <p>Depending on the goals you have for your website, it could be that your website is being visited by people from all over the world. While many of us take a fast Internet connection for granted, there are those who may have a slower infrastructure, and as such, can experience a slower loading time.</p> <p>You may think that nothing can be done in this regard, but a combination of a proper <a href="https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/top-cdn-services-to-make-your-wordpress-site-blazingly-fast/">content delivery network (CDN)</a> and <a href="https://www.designbombs.com/best-wordpress-hosting/">hosting</a> could be the answer. CDNs are effectively a multitude of servers that deliver content based on the user’s geographical location, meaning that the information is processed faster, and has to go through less ‘hops’ as a result.</p> <h2>Underperforming Websites Can Result in Bad Word-of-Mouth</h2> <p>With so much technical wizardry about in the modern age, it can be easy to forget about more traditional marketing methods, and nothing is more traditional than word-of-mouth. If a user has a positive experience when viewing your website, then it makes sense that they would share such an experience with their friends and family.</p> <p>However, a bad experience is likely to yield the opposite effect, and it can affect your traffic and conversations as a result. Evidently, there will be times when your website does suffer, but taking a pro-active approach in ensuring your website is performing in the right way will make sure that your reputation isn’t tainted.</p> <h2>Your Bounce Rate Can Increase</h2> <p>A website’s <a href="https://blog.crazyegg.com/glossary/bounce-rate/">bounce rate</a> is effectively an overview of how many people visited our webpage, and whether they have viewed other pages. What constitutes as a bad bounce rate can differ depending on the goals of your website, but many aim for a range of 26 to 40 percent.</p> <p>As well as bounce rate being used to tell you how certain people are while interacting with your site, it can also be used to show to potential advertisers just how popular your site is. The reason as to why people don’t interact with your site can be due to a number of reasons. One could be that the content isn’t to their liking, and another one could be that the user-experience is below par.</p> <h2>Raw Traffic Does Not Equal Conversions</h2> <p><a href="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460.jpg"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-80327 size-full" src="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460.jpg" width="1100" height="400" srcset="http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460.jpg 1100w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460-300x109.jpg 300w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460-768x279.jpg 768w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460-1024x372.jpg 1024w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460-320x116.jpg 320w, http://s3-torquehhvm.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/uploads/2016/10/shutterstock_127975460-640x233.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 1100px) 100vw, 1100px" /></a></p> <p>Although we all yearn for traffic when it comes to our website, there is a difference between online users visiting a website, and actually sticking around to enjoy the content or making a purchase. As such, we shouldn’t be getting too excited from the numbers alone. This can touch on the bounce rate side of things, in that you should be analyzing what people are doing when on your site, rather than how many have visited.</p> <h2>Time is Money</h2> <p>While not everyone sets up a website with an aim to make money, it makes sense that those who have a service or product to sell are looking for conversions. However, if the user-experience doesn’t live up to expectations, then it’s likely you will lose a number of sales as a result.</p> <p>To put this into context, you only have to look at snappy retail sites such as eBay and Amazon. Although both companies enjoy a huge turnover, both would lose many sales if the site was slow, for a couple of reasons. The first is what we’ve already advised, in that online users expect a timely response in relation to their request. The second is that they may be put off visiting again. It may seem trivial in the short-term, but those looking to gain affirmation among consumers must meet the needs of online users.</p> <h2>To Conclude</h2> <p>Constructing a website can also be compared to a brick-and-mortar store. If the store is looking shabby and takes forever to find anything, then it’s likely that potential customers will walk out of the shop and never to return. The same can happen in relation to your online presence, so it’s best to <a href="https://torquemag.io/2014/04/the-ultimate-guide-to-speeding-up-wordpress/">smooth</a> out any rough edges sooner rather than later.</p> <div id="author-bio-box" style="background: #f8f8f8; border-top: 2px solid #cccccc; border-bottom: 2px solid #cccccc; color: #333333"><h3><a style="color: #555555;" href="http://torquemag.io/author/devsharma/" title="All posts by Dev Sharma" rel="author">Dev Sharma</a></h3><div class="bio-gravatar"><img alt='' src='http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/d93dc8f5d521c1a69e338567ebe297b0?s=70&#038;d=mm&#038;r=g' srcset='http://1.gravatar.com/avatar/d93dc8f5d521c1a69e338567ebe297b0?s=140&amp;d=mm&amp;r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-70 photo' height='70' width='70' /></div><p class="bio-description">Dev Sharma is a founder of WPKube (https://www.wpkube.com/), a popular Wordpress resource website where you'll find practical guides, in-depth tutorials, and exclusive deals. His work has been featured &amp; mentioned by a wide range of publications, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Next Web, SEJ, Specky Boy, Creative Bloq, The Huffington Post and Smart Blogger.</p></div> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"></span><div id="epoch-width-sniffer"></div><p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://torquemag.io/2017/02/10-reasons-why-website-performance-matters-to-your-business/">10 Reasons Website Performance Matters To Your Business</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://torquemag.io">Torque</a>.</p> text/html 2017-02-24T22:14:54+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet 30+ Best Portfolio WordPress Themes for Your Website (2017) http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/best-wordpress-portfolio-themes/ <p>Are you looking for the best WordPress portfolio themes? WordPress is the perfect tool to create beautiful portfolio websites to showcase your work and get new clients. In this article, we will share our expert pick of the best WordPress Portfolio themes, so you can get started the right away. </p> <p><img title="Best WordPress themes for portfolios" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/wpportfoliothemes.jpg" alt="Best WordPress themes for portfolios" width="550" height="340" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41823" /></p> <h4>Building a Portfolio Website with WordPress</h4> <p>Choosing the right platform for your portfolio website is crucial for the success. <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/" title="Self Hosted WordPress.org vs. Free WordPress.com [Infograph]">Self hosted WordPres.org</a> website gives you the flexibility and freedom to build a website that not only showcases your talents but helps you get more work. </p> <p>To get started, first you will need to sign up for a <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/wordpress-hosting/" title="How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting?">WordPress hosting</a> account. This is where your website will live on the internet. </p> <p>You will also need a <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/tips-and-tools-to-pick-the-best-domain-for-your-blog/" title="How to Choose the Best Domain Name (8 Tips and Tools)">domain name</a>. This will be the address of your website (example: wpbeginner.com or google.com). </p> <p>We recommend that you use either <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/bluehost/" target="_blank" title="Bluehost" rel="nofollow">Bluehost</a> or <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/siteground/" target="_blank" title="SiteGround" rel="nofollow">SiteGround</a>. These are one of the largest hosting companies in the world and an official WordPress hosting partner. </p> <p>Once you have signed up for a hosting account, you will need to <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/how-to-install-wordpress/" title="How to Install WordPress">install WordPress</a>. Follow the instructions in our step by step guide on <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/start-a-wordpress-blog/" title="Ultimate Guide: How to Start a WordPress Blog (Step by Step)">how to start a WordPress blog</a> and you will be up and running in no time. </p> <p>After installing WordPress you will be able to <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-themes/selecting-the-perfect-theme-for-wordpress/" title="Selecting the Perfect WordPress Theme – 9 Things You Should Consider">select a theme</a> for your website. You can pick any theme from our expert selection below and then head over to our guide on <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-install-a-wordpress-theme/" title="Beginners Guide: How to Install a WordPress Theme">how to install a WordPress theme</a> to set it up. </p> <p>Having said that, now let&#8217;s take a look at the best WordPress portfolio themes currently available in the market. This list contains a selection of both <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/decide-premium-free-wordpress-themes/" title="Free vs Premium WordPress Themes (Pros and Cons)">free and premium WordPress themes</a> and all of them are fully mobile-responsive. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-modernporfolio/" target="_blank" title="StudioPress ModernPorfolio" rel="nofollow">1. Modern Portfolio Pro</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-modernporfolio/" target="_blank" title="StudioPress ModernPorfolio" rel="nofollow"><img title="Modern Portfolio" src="http://cdn3.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/modernportfolio-1.jpg" alt="Modern Portfolio" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41778" /></a></p> <p>Modern Portfolio Pro is an elegant WordPress portfolio theme from <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress/" target="_blank" title="StudioPress" rel="nofollow">StudioPress</a>. It is built on top of the rock solid core of <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-genesis/" target="_blank" title="StudioPress Genesis" rel="nofollow">Genesis</a> theme framework. </p> <p>Modern Portfolio features a minimalist layout with focus on beautiful display of your images and photos.<br /> It has with multiple page layouts for blog, homepage, landing pages, etc. It is easy to setup using the live theme customizer. The homepage is made of widget ready areas allowing you to drag and drop items on your homepage.</p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-ambiance/" target="_blank" title="Ambiance Pro" rel="nofollow">2. Ambiance Pro</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-ambiance/" target="_blank" title="Ambiance Pro" rel="nofollow"><img title="Ambiance Pro" src="http://cdn.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ambiance.jpg" alt="Ambiance Pro" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41779" /></a></p> <p>Ambiance Pro is a WordPress portfolio theme built on <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-genesis/" class="thirstylink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Genesis framework">Genesis framework</a>. Designed specifically to beautifully showcase your photos and images, Ambiance Pro comes with beautiful layout choices and elegant typography. </p> <p>It comes with multiple page templates for your blog, archives, and landing pages. It is quick and easy to setup using the <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/?post_type=post&p=41777" class="thirstylink" target="_blank" title="live theme">live theme</a> customizer. It has two navigation menus one at the top and the other one at the bottom. The homepage is fully widgetized so you can easily set it up in minutes. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-expose/" target="_blank" title="StudioPress Expose" rel="nofollow">3. Expose Pro</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress-expose/" target="_blank" title="StudioPress Expose" rel="nofollow"><img title="Expose Pro" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/expose.jpg" alt="Expose Pro" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41780" /></a></p> <p>Expose Pro is another elegant and stylish WordPress portfolio theme by <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/studiopress/" target="_blank" title="StudioPress" rel="nofollow">StudioPress</a>. It comes with a widgetized homepage with four widget areas and has multiple templates for your blog, homepage, archive, and landing pages. </p> <p>Expose Pro is designed to beautifully showcase your photography. It uses large image display and has a custom gallery post format with lightbox display of your photos. It is quick and easy to set up and is highly optimized for speed and performance. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-candid/" target="_blank" title="ArrayThemes Candid" rel="nofollow">4. Candid</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-candid/" target="_blank" title="ArrayThemes Candid" rel="nofollow"><img title="Candid" src="http://cdn3.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/candid.jpg" alt="Candid" width="550" height="340" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41782" /></a></p> <p>Candid is a stunningly beautiful WordPress multi-purpose theme with a minimalist style portfolio section baked in. If you want to showcase different kind of multi-media in a storytelling format, then you&#8217;d like Candid. </p> <p>It comes in a beautiful grid based two column layout for the homepage. It beautifully displays featured images, videos, and uses crisp typography that looks great on all devices. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-camera/" target="_blank" title="ArrayThemes Camera" rel="nofollow">5. Camera</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-camera/" target="_blank" title="ArrayThemes Camera" rel="nofollow"><img title="Camera" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/camera-1.jpg" alt="Camera" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41783" /></a></p> <p>As the name suggests, Camera is a gorgeous WordPress portfolio theme for photographers, illustrators, and visual artists. It focuses on a stunningly beautiful display of large images with elegant typography that allows you to add rich storytelling element to your images. </p> <p>It features a distraction free layout with collapsible menu and sidebar. It is easy to setup and avoids confusing users with complicated options. It comes with a built-in getting started dashboard that will help you set up the theme in minutes. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-designer/" target="_blank" title="ArrayThemes Designer" rel="nofollow">6. Designer</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-designer/" target="_blank" title="ArrayThemes Designer" rel="nofollow"><img title="Designer" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/designer-1.jpg" alt="Designer" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41784" /></a> </p> <p>Designer is a beautiful WordPress portfolio theme for designers, artists, photographers, and storytellers. It uses a beautiful grid-based two column layout on the homepage and comes with a beautiful portfolio display. </p> <p>It focuses on making sure that your images pop out and no other design elements distracts users away. It has collapsible menu and sidebar and comes with getting started dashboard to help you get started. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-pocket/" target="_blank" title="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-pocket/" rel="nofollow">7. Pocket</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-pocket/" target="_blank" title="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-pocket/" rel="nofollow"><img title="Pocket" src="http://cdn3.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/pocket.jpg" alt="Pocket" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41787" /></a></p> <p>Pocket is a minimalist photography and portfolio WordPress theme. It features gorgeous typography and large display of features images and headers. There are no sidebars except for the one widget ready area at the bottom. </p> <p>It comes with one navigation menu at the top and a social media links menu at the bottom. Due to its super-minimalist approach to design, Pocket is very easy to set up and is highly optimized for speed and performance. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-north/" target="_blank" title="North" rel="nofollow">8. North</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-north/" target="_blank" title="North" rel="nofollow"><img title="North" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/north.jpg" alt="North" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41789" /></a></p> <p>North is another awesome WordPress portfolio theme with a grid based layout. It comes with beautiful portfolio templates to beautifully display images, photos, videos, and audio files. </p> <p>It comes with multiple color choices, supports posts formats, and can be used with third party gallery plugins to create beautiful photo galleries. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-ampersand/" target="_blank" title="Verb" rel="nofollow">9. Verb</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/arraythemes-ampersand/" target="_blank" title="Verb" rel="nofollow"><img title="Verb" src="http://cdn.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/verb.jpg" alt="Verb" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41791" /></a></p> <p>Verb is a WordPress portfolio theme for designers, artists, photographers, etc. It features a gorgeous design with a grid layout on the homepage and full-width pages for portfolio items and pages. </p> <p>Verb allows you to customize colors and upload custom logo from the live theme customizer. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themify-peak/" target="_blank" title="Themify Peak" rel="nofollow">10. Peak</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themify-peak/" target="_blank" title="Themify Peak" rel="nofollow"><img title="Peak" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/peak-1.jpg" alt="Peak" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41792" /></a></p> <p>Peak is a modern WordPress portfolio theme featuring a tile based display of images in a responsive grid layout. </p> <p>It comes with multiple layouts for pages as well as posts. It features a mega menu on top, social media menu, and slide-in sidebar widgets.</p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themefuse-aesthetic/" target="_blank" title="Themefuse Aesthetic" rel="nofollow">11. Aesthetic</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themefuse-aesthetic/" target="_blank" title="Themefuse Aesthetic" rel="nofollow"><img title="Aesthetic" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/aesthetic-2.jpg" alt="Aesthetic" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41793" /></a></p> <p>Aesthetic is a stylish WordPress portfolio theme suitable for photographers, stylists, designers, etc. It comes with a built-in portfolio section, multiple layout choices, and unlimited colors. </p> <p>It also comes with multiple sidebars and a drag and drop page builder. It also fully supports WooCommerce and can be used to run your own <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-start-an-online-store/" title="How to Start an Online Store in 2017 (Step by Step)">online store</a>. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/teslathemes-resume/" target="_blank" title="Resume" rel="nofollow">12. Resume</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/teslathemes-resume/" target="_blank" title="Resume" rel="nofollow"><img title="Resume" src="http://cdn.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/resume-1.jpg" alt="Resume" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41794" /></a> </p> <p>Resume is a bold WordPress portfolio theme. It comes with a built-in portfolio management area, custom widgets, and a drag and drop homepage builder. </p> <p>It can also be used as a single page theme where all your website sections are displayed on the homepage. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themefuse-exposure/" target="_blank" title="Exposure" rel="nofollow">13. Exposure</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themefuse-exposure/" target="_blank" title="Exposure" rel="nofollow"><img title="Exposure" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/exposure.jpg" alt="Exposure" width="520" height="347" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41795" /></a></p> <p>Exposure is a stylish multi-purpose WordPress theme with portfolio management system built-in. It is ideal for photography, fashion, lifestyle, arts and crafts websites. </p> <p>It comes with a drag and drop page builder which allows you to design your pages the way you want. It has lots of customization options built-in and it is fully mobile responsive.</p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-corner/" target="_blank" title="Corner" rel="nofollow">14. Corner</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-corner/" target="_blank" title="Corner" rel="nofollow"><img title="Corner" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/corner.jpg" alt="Corner" width="520" height="329" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41796" /></a></p> <p>Corner is a minimalist style WordPress portfolio theme for artists, designers and photographers. It comes with a built-in portfolio management area and custom widgets for Twitter and Flickr. </p> <p>It has multiple page layouts and you can choose your own colors. It supports WooCommerce and is tested with popular <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/best-drag-and-drop-page-builders-for-wordpress/" title="5 Best Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders Compared (2017)">WordPress page builder plugins</a>. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themify-elegant/" target="_blank" title="Elegant" rel="nofollow">15. Elegant</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/themify-elegant/" target="_blank" title="Elegant" rel="nofollow"><img title="Elegant" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/elegant.jpg" alt="Elegant" width="520" height="330" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41797" /></a></p> <p>Elegant is a powerful WordPress theme for portfolios. It comes with a built-in portfolio management area and comes with multiple grid and column based layouts. It also comes with image filters that you can apply to your photos after uploading them. </p> <p>The theme comes with its own drag and drop page builder with several built-in templates to quickly create different kind of landing pages. It features gorgeous typography and comes with several custom widgets. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/wpzoom-angle/" target="_blank" title="Angle" rel="nofollow">16. Angle</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/wpzoom-angle/" target="_blank" title="Angle" rel="nofollow"><img title="Angle" src="http://cdn3.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/angle.jpg" alt="Angle" width="520" height="329" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41798" /></a></p> <p>Angle is a flexible WordPress multi-purpose theme with portfolio section. It comes with a drag and drop page builder, multiple layout options, and several custom widgets. </p> <p>It is designed to be suitable for portfolio, blogging, photography, and even as a business website. It is easy to set up and optimized for speed and SEO. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-coastline/" target="_blank" title="Coastline" rel="nofollow">17. Coastline</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-coastline/" target="_blank" title="Coastline" rel="nofollow"><img title="Coastline" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/coastline.jpg" alt="Coastline" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41799" /></a></p> <p>Coastline is a uniquely beautiful WordPress portfolio theme. It comes with portfolio content type, powerful custom widgets, and multiple layout choices. </p> <p>It features a fixed left sidebar with custom background support and comes with different page templates for blog, portfolio, archives, and galleries. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-truenorth/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter TrueNorth" rel="nofollow">18. True North</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-truenorth/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter TrueNorth" rel="nofollow"><img title="True North" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/truenorth.jpg" alt="True North" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41802" /></a></p> <p>True North is a flexible WordPress portfolio theme with a beautiful design. It comes with multiple layout choices and built-in portfolio section. It features grid based layout on the home page with beautiful display of images. </p> <p>True North supports custom background, custom header, and comes with several custom widgets for social media. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-memories/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter Memories" rel="nofollow">19. Memories</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-memories/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter Memories" rel="nofollow"><img title="Memories" src="http://cdn3.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/memories.jpg" alt="Memories" width="550" height="340" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41803" /></a></p> <p>Memories is a beautiful WordPress photography theme with elegant display of your portfolio items. It does not have a portfolio content type, instead it comes with a gallery display that showcases your photographs, designs, and other visual artworks beautifully. </p> <p>The theme comes with multiple color schemes and has multiple layout choices. It comes with custom background and header support as well as custom widgets for your social media profiles. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-nico/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter Nico" rel="nofollow">20. Nico</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-nico/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter Nico" rel="nofollow"><img title="Nico" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nico.jpg" alt="Nico" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41804" /></a></p> <p>Nico is another elegantly designed WordPress portfolio theme for photographers, artists, designers, etc. It comes with a beautiful <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-create-a-filterable-portfolio-in-wordpress/" title="How to Create a Filterable Portfolio in WordPress">filterable portfolio</a> section and flexible layout options for different pages on your site. </p> <p>Nico comes with multiple color schemes and has support for custom backgrounds, headers, widgets, etc. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-vignette/" target="_blank" title="Vignette" rel="nofollow">21. Vignette</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-vignette/" target="_blank" title="Vignette" rel="nofollow"><img title="Vignette" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/vignette.jpg" alt="Vignette" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41805" /></a></p> <p>Vignette is a powerful WordPress multi-purpose theme designed specifically for photographers. The homepage features a full screen header where you can use an image or a video with your call to action. </p> <p>Vignette does not come with a portfolio filter type. Instead it comes with image galleries to showcase your work. It has flexible customization options with support for custom headers, background, multiple page layouts and color schemes. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-mozzy/" target="_blank" title="Mozzy" rel="nofollow">22. Mozzy</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-mozzy/" target="_blank" title="Mozzy" rel="nofollow"><img title="mozzy" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/mozzy.jpg" alt="Mozzy" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41806" /></a></p> <p>Mozzy is a bright WordPress portfolio theme for illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, etc. It features a customizable homepage with slider and featured content areas. </p> <p>It comes with built-in sections for portfolio, services, and clients. It comes with support for custom post formats, backgrounds, headers, and social widgets. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-mustache/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter Mustache" rel="nofollow">23. Mustache</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/cssigniter-mustache/" target="_blank" title="CSSIgniter Mustache" rel="nofollow"><img title="Mustache" src="http://cdn.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/mustache-1.jpg" alt="Mustache" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41807" /></a></p> <p>Mustache is a single page WordPress portfolio theme for designers, artists, photographers, etc. It is flexible to be used as a onepage theme or a multi-page theme. It comes with built-in portfolio, clients, services, and team members content types. </p> <p>Mustache features a gorgeous and truly unique design with custom logo support. It comes with <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/7-best-free-google-maps-plugins-for-wordpress/" title="7 Best Free Google Maps Plugins For WordPress">Google Maps</a> and <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-create-a-contact-form-in-wordpress/" title="How to Create a Contact Form in WordPress (Step by Step)">contact form</a> support as well. </p> <h4><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/draft-portfolio/" target="_blank" title="Draft" rel="nofollow">24. Draft</a></h4> <p><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/draft-portfolio/" target="_blank" title="Draft" rel="nofollow"><img title="Draft" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/draft.jpg" alt="Draft" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41808" /></a></p> <p>Draft is a minimalist style free WordPress portfolio theme. It uses featured images to display a grid based layout on the homepage. Ideal for photographers to showcase their work. It supports theme customization using live customizer and comes with a single navigation menu on top. </p> <h4><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/shapely/" target="_blank" title="Shapely" rel="nofollow">25. Shapely</a></h4> <p><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/shapely/" target="_blank" title="Shapely" rel="nofollow"><img title="Shapely" src="http://cdn.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/shapely.jpg" alt="Shapely" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41809" /></a></p> <p>Shapely is a highly customizable free WordPress portfolio theme. It is designed to be flexible enough for single page websites as well as multi-page sites. It features a beautiful display of featured images and comes with large custom header support. </p> <p>It has a fully widgetized homepage where you can just drag and drop widgets to add portfolio, testimonials, and parallax sections. </p> <h4><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/nikkon/" target="_blank" title="Nikkon" rel="nofollow">26. Nikkon</a></h4> <p><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/nikkon/" target="_blank" title="Nikkon" rel="nofollow"><img title="Nikkon" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/nikkon.jpg" alt="Nikkon" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41810" /></a></p> <p>Nikkon is a free WordPress photography and portfolio theme. It is designed to beautifully showcase images in a grid based layout on the homepage. It offers multiple header layouts, footer layouts and multiple page templates. It supports WooCommerce out of the box and comes with easy customization options. </p> <h4><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/pixgraphy/" target="_blank" title="Pixgraphy" rel="nofollow">27. Pixgraphy</a></h4> <p><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/pixgraphy/" target="_blank" title="Pixgraphy" rel="nofollow"><img title="Pixgraphy" src="http://cdn4.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/pixgraphy.jpg" alt="Pixgraphy" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41811" /></a></p> <p>Pixgraphy is an elegant and free WordPress portfolio theme. The homepage features a large header image or custom slider with a grid based layout using featured images. It supports many popular free plugins out of the box and is fully compatible with Polylang plugin to build <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-easily-create-a-multilingual-wordpress-site/" title="How to Easily Create a Multilingual WordPress Site">multilingual websites</a>.</p> <h4><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/gridsby/" target="_blank" title="Gridsby" rel="nofollow">28. Gridsby</a></h4> <p><a href="https://wordpress.org/themes/gridsby/" target="_blank" title="Gridsby" rel="nofollow"><img title="Gridsby" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/gridsby.jpg" alt="Gridsby" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41812" /></a> </p> <p>Gridsby is a free Pinterest style WordPress portfolio theme designed specifically for photographers, curators, artists, etc. The homepage is built using featured images from blog posts in a beautiful grid based layout. It also uses homepage gallery as a feature to showcase your photos on the homepage. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/templatemonster-bailey/" target="_blank" title="Bailey" rel="nofollow">29. Bailey</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/templatemonster-bailey/" target="_blank" title="Bailey" rel="nofollow"><img title="Bailey" src="http://cdn3.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/bailey.jpg" alt="Bailey" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41814" /></a></p> <p>Bailey is a flexible WordPress portfolio theme for interior designers, photographers, and other creative types. It comes with a built-in section for projects allowing you to easily add portfolio items with full details and images. </p> <p>The theme supports multiple page layouts with multiple sidebar options. It also comes with several ready to use custom widgets for social media, simple slider, and featured content slider. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/templatemonster-videographer/" target="_blank" title="Videographer" rel="nofollow">30. Videographer</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/templatemonster-videographer/" target="_blank" title="Videographer" rel="nofollow"><img title="Videographer" src="http://cdn.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/videographer.jpg" alt="Videographer" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41817" /></a></p> <p>As the name suggests, Videographer is a WordPress portfolio theme for video producers, filmmakers, and photographers. It features a large fullscreen header video section on the homepage. It comes with a drag and drop page editor, tons of shortcodes, and several ready-to-use custom widgets. </p> <p>Videographer also offers page templates, with multiple sidebar options. It comes with different color schemes and it is very easy to setup. </p> <h4><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/templatemonster-remi/" target="_blank" title="Remi" rel="nofollow">31. Remi</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/refer/templatemonster-remi/" target="_blank" title="Remi" rel="nofollow"><img title="Remi" src="http://cdn2.wpbeginner.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/remi.jpg" alt="Remi" width="550" height="344" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-41821" /></a></p> <p>Remi is another beautiful WordPress portfolio and photography theme. It comes with built in content type to add and manage your projects and portfolio items. It comes with multiple layout options and several custom widgets. It comes with Google Maps and Google fonts support and can be easily customized using live customizer. </p> <p>That&#8217;s all for now. </p> <p>We hope this article helped you find the perfect WordPress theme for portfolio websites. You may also want to see our complete step by step <a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/wordpress-seo/" title="Ultimate WordPress SEO Guide for Beginners (Step by Step)">WordPress SEO guide</a> for beginners. </p> <p>If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our <a href="http://youtube.com/wpbeginner?sub_confirmation=1" title="WPBeginner on YouTube" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">YouTube Channel</a> for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on <a href="http://twitter.com/wpbeginner" title="WPBeginner on Twitter" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wpbeginner" title="WPBeginner on Facebook" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/best-wordpress-portfolio-themes/">30+ Best Portfolio WordPress Themes for Your Website (2017)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wpbeginner.com">WPBeginner</a>.</p> text/html 2017-02-24T21:00:44+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Using the Wayback Machine to Archive (and Backup) Your WordPress Site https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/archiving-with-wayback-machine/ text/html 2017-02-24T19:00:09+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Blogging: From a Hobby to a Profession in 5 Simple Steps http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WPMayor/~3/c2x6smTXSy0/ text/html 2017-02-24T02:01:23+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet How to Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org http://www.wpexplorer.com/move-blog-wordpress/ text/html 2017-02-24T01:48:50+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet How to Change the Post Type of a Piece of Content http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Nometech/~3/IwTuBjEb-FQ/ <p>One of the best features of WordPress is that it&#8217;s easy to make powerful post types (content types) purpose-built for different display and related needs. One of the unfortunate things is that the editing experince is so similar accross those post types that it&#8217;s easy to accidently create a &#8220;Post&#8221; when you meant to make a &#8220;Quick Guide&#8221;. But you don&#8217;t need to resort to elaborate copy-and-pasting to remedy that problem. There&#8217;s a plugin for exactly that purpose: <a href="https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-type-switcher/">Post Type Switcher</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://youtu.be/rUYF3AoGmF8">The video</a> explains how to install and use the plugin:</p> <p><iframe id="_ytid_18034" width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rUYF3AoGmF8?enablejsapi=1&#038;autoplay=0&#038;cc_load_policy=0&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;loop=0&#038;modestbranding=0&#038;rel=1&#038;showinfo=1&#038;playsinline=0&#038;autohide=2&#038;theme=dark&#038;color=red&#038;wmode=opaque&#038;vq=&#038;controls=2&#038;" frameborder="0" class="__youtube_prefs__" allowfullscreen data-no-lazy="1"></iframe></p> <h2>How to Transition a Post to a Different Post Type in WordPress</h2> <p>The steps aren&#8217;t too complicated. Here they are in greater detail:</p> <ol> <li>Go to Plugins &gt; Add New in the left sidebar.</li> <li>Put &#8220;Post Type Switcher&#8221; in the search box. That should find you the plugin from John James Jacoby. Install and activate the plugin.</li> <li>Now, go start to the edit screen of the post you want to change. This is probably found in something like Posts &gt; All Posts, and then you&#8217;ll click on the title you want to edit.</li> <li>In the top-right metabox on the editting screen (this is the same one with the post&#8217;s date, status, and Publish button), you&#8217;ll now see something like &#8220;Post Type: Post | Edit&#8221;. That&#8217;s our thing.</li> <li>Click Edit on the &#8220;Post Type&#8221; option, this will open up a drop-down of different post types you can change this post to.</li> <li>Select the Post Type you want to transition this piece of content to.</li> <li>Press the &#8220;OK&#8221; button, and click the &#8220;Save&#8221;, &#8220;Publish&#8221; or &#8220;Update&#8221; button, whichever is best for you.</li> <li>Your post should now be of the new post type!</li> </ol> <p>This flow is really useful for individual posts you want to change because you started wrong. It&#8217;s the procedure we outlines in the video. The plugin does, also, present an interface on the &#8220;Quick Edit&#8221; screen, which is a little quicker if you want to change a lot of different posts quickly. It works similarly-enough that I don&#8217;t think another explanation is useful, though. :)</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?a=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?a=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?i=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?a=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?i=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?a=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?i=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?a=IwTuBjEb-FQ:JPTtyYUZW9s:I9og5sOYxJI"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Nometech?d=I9og5sOYxJI" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Nometech/~4/IwTuBjEb-FQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> text/html 2017-02-23T20:00:20+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet How to Add WordPress eCommerce Functionalities to Your Site with Shopify https://www.wpkube.com/wordpress-ecommerce-shopify/ text/html 2017-02-23T03:41:02+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet BuddyPress 2.8.1 Maintenance Release https://buddypress.org/2017/02/buddypress-2-8-1-maintenance-release/ <p>BuddyPress 2.8.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes four bugs, including two regressions in BuddyPress 2.8.0. See the <a href="https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/milestone/2.8.1">Trac milestone</a> or the <a href="https://codex.buddypress.org/releases/version-2.8.1/">official changelog</a> for more details.</p> <p>Version 2.8.1 is a recommended update for all BP installations. Update via the WordPress Dashboard, or download manually from <a href="https://wordpress.org/plugins/buddypress/">wordpress.org</a>.</p> text/html 2017-02-23T02:14:10+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet wpMail.me issue#295 http://wpmail.me/newsletter/wpmail-me-issue295/ text/html 2017-02-22T21:11:38+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet How to Set Up SMTP for WordPress Emails Using Postman SMTP http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Wplift/~3/MyH8Dxe5qx4/smtp-wordpress-emails text/html 2017-02-22T02:41:44+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Last chance: Come to A Day of REST to learn about the next generation of WordPress https://poststatus.com/a-day-of-rest/ <p>Your time to purchase a ticket for <a href="https://adayofrest.hm/boston-2017/">A Day of REST</a> is running out. The event is just a few weeks away, March 8-10 in Boston. If you come, you&#8217;ll have the opportunity to attend in-depth talks, plus workshops catered to beginners and advanced developers alike &#8212; all from some of the top JavaScript and WordPress experts in the world.</p> <p>There is no other event catered to an audience like A Day of REST. Organized by Human Made, A Day of REST is specifically catered to the now-in-core WordPress REST API.</p> <p>The REST API opens up a lot of new opportunities for WordPress developers, and makes much of WordPress&#8217;s built in functionality available to developers more familiar with other platforms and frameworks.</p> <p>You can now use WordPress as the data store for a JavaScript application, or sync with another CMS, or easily deliver content to a mobile application. And much more.</p> <h3>Workshops for hands-on learning</h3> <p><img data-attachment-id="34347" data-permalink="https://poststatus.com/a-day-of-rest/ador-workshops/" data-orig-file="https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops.png" data-orig-size="1194,702" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="ador-workshops" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops-300x176.png" data-large-file="https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops-752x442.png" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-34347" src="https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops-752x442.png" alt="" width="752" height="442" srcset="https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops-752x442.png 752w, https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops-150x88.png 150w, https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops-300x176.png 300w, https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops-1116x656.png 1116w, https://cdn.poststatus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ador-workshops.png 1194w" sizes="(max-width: 752px) 100vw, 752px" /></p> <p>The <a href="https://adayofrest.hm/boston-2017/page/workshops/">workshops</a> have top folks in the industry ready to teach you in a small group setting.</p> <h4>Full day workshops</h4> <p>React for Beginners creator and general JavaScript expert <a href="https://twitter.com/wesbos">Wes Bos</a> will be teaching a full day class on React. Wes freaking Bos! I don&#8217;t need to say anything else about Wes. His workshop will be incredible, guaranteed.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/zgordon">Zac Gordon</a> will do a full day introduction to JavaScript. Have you been wanting to learn general JavaScript? Now is your chance. More and more of WordPress itself is made with JavaScript, and it&#8217;s time for WordPress developers to learn it. Zac is a professional teacher with years of experience, and he&#8217;s the perfect person to walk you into the crazy land of JavaScript development.</p> <h4>Half day workshops</h4> <p>There are also four half day workshops.</p> <p>Do you want to learn more about the WooCommerce REST API and how it fits in with the broader WordPress REST API? <a href="https://twitter.com/rzen">Brian Richards</a> has you covered. That same day you can learn about authentication &#8212; with its eccentrecities &#8212; from WordPress core committer and Human Made CTO, <a href="https://twitter.com/joe_hoyle">Joe Hoyle</a>.</p> <p>And for the second day of workshops (the day after the main event), WordPress REST API design lead <a href="https://twitter.com/kadamwhite">K. Adam White</a> will demystify Webpack with you. Having attempted using Webpack recently, I know I need this personally. And <a href="https://twitter.com/roundearth">Adam Silverstein</a> will show us the ins-and-outs of Backbone and the REST API. Backbone powers many of the JavaScript features within the WordPress admin itself, and will be highly practical for those of you doing advanced features within the WordPress admin.</p> <p>It&#8217;s hard to find an opportunity to learn like this in our space. If you&#8217;re serious about upping your game with the REST API, check out the <a href="https://adayofrest.hm/boston-2017/page/workshops/">workshop schedule</a> and pick which ones are right for you.</p> <h3>The main event</h3> <p>In addition to the workshops, the main event day will also be chock full of informative content.</p> <p>You&#8217;ll have the opportunity to learn about the new API from both a technical and design point of view.  Ten veteran speakers will share their journeys building and using APIs in real life.</p> <p>I&#8217;ll share two talks I&#8217;m particularly excited about, just to sample what you can expect. <a href="https://apisyouwonthate.com/">Build APIs You Won&#8217;t Hate</a> author Phil Sturgeon will share tales of his six years building APIs so you can avoid mistakes he&#8217;s seen along the way. <a href="https://twitter.com/rachelbaker">Rachel Baker</a> &#8212; WordPress REST API co-lead and the Director of Engineering at The WireCutter &#8212; will walk through how to create real-time APIs using Webhooks.</p> <p>Check out <a href="https://adayofrest.hm/boston-2017/page/schedule/">the schedule</a> to see everything A Day of REST will offer.</p> <h3>See you in Boston?</h3> <p>This post is indeed a shameless promotion; I am a co-organizer (in a much smaller capacity than Human Made) for this event. I firmly believe a developer or individual interested in this exciting new API will get more than their money&#8217;s worth from A Day of REST.</p> <p>I hope that I&#8217;ll see you in Boston. It is coming very soon! If you live anywhere on the east coast, or especially in the northeastern US, it&#8217;s a quick and easy ticket to get there.</p> <p>As the media partner for A Day of REST, I&#8217;ll be covering the event, taking pictures, and generally capturing as much as I can.</p> <p>It&#8217;s been a privilege to work with <a href="https://hmn.md/">Human Made</a> on this event, and I think you will really enjoy it if you go. This is the second edition of A Day of REST &#8212; the <a href="https://poststatus.com/a-day-of-rest-review/">first was in London</a> &#8212; and with the added workshops, this one should prove to be even better.</p> <p><a href="https://adayofrest.hm/boston-2017/">Get your ticket today</a>, and don&#8217;t miss out what promises to be a unique learning opportunity that will help prepare you for the next generation of WordPress development.</p> text/html 2017-02-21T17:45:08+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Envato Hosted (ThemeForest/Avada Hosting) Review – How Good Is It? https://winningwp.com/envato-hosted-review/ text/html 2017-02-17T16:24:16+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Should I use the WordPress Jetpack plugin on my site? http://chrislema.com/wordpress-jetpack-plugin/ <p>Other than which host to use, the only other question I hear most from both beginners and advanced users is whether using the WordPress Jetpack plugin will help or hurt their site.</p> <h2>Should you use the WordPress Jetpack plugin?</h2> <p>There&#8217;s an old Chris Rock comedy sketch (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLUCTokakuc" target="_blank">Cheap Pete &#8211; not suitable for children</a>) where Chris is trying to buy an Audi. The guy selling the car gives him a number that is way too high, so Chris starts trying to negotiate things he might take away from the car to lower the price.</p> <p>Even though it&#8217;s been almost twenty years since I saw him perform in Oakland, I remember that routine to this day. Not because of how awesome it was &#8211; though it was good &#8211; but because <strong><em>I hear it every day when people try to price website projects.</em></strong></p> <p>People want features. All the features. So many features. And because it&#8217;s WordPress, and WordPress is free, they&#8217;re hoping that they can get those features for free.</p> <p>And that&#8217;s when people start talking about <a href="http://chrislema.com/jetpack" target="_blank">Jetpack</a> because it has a ton of features. So many features. All the features, really. And it&#8217;s free.</p> <ul> <li>So should someone use it?</li> <li>Should you install it?</li> <li>Will it help your site?</li> <li>Will it mean you won&#8217;t need to purchase other premium plugins to have an amazing site?</li> </ul> <p>The answers to these questions are it depends, it depends, it depends, and it depends.</p> <p>But you probably already knew that. What I want to do is help unpack the plugin, explain why it&#8217;s powerful, and why you might want to consider using it on your site.</p> <p>But to do that, we need to deal with the first myth I hear all the time&#8230;<em>that it will slow down your site&#8230;</em></p> <h2>Will it slow down your site?</h2> <p>WordPress is a powerful and flexible content management system for your website. What makes it so flexible is that it doesn&#8217;t come jam-packed with a million features that you may never use. That&#8217;s why we have plugins. So that we can add the features we want.</p> <p>And the Jetpack plugin is a special plugin because it&#8217;s more like a container of plugins than just a plugin itself. You install it like a plugin, but that&#8217;s where the similarities end. The moment you activate it, you&#8217;ll notice that you now have access to tons of other features you can add to your site.</p> <p>But that idea, of a ton of other features, is what scares people. Because they&#8217;ve heard that the more plugins you have on your site, the slower it will get.</p> <p>Repeat it with me: <strong>It&#8217;s not the quantity of the plugins on your site that matters, it&#8217;s the quality.</strong></p> <p>So let&#8217;s deal with the &#8220;slow down&#8221; myth of Jetpack straight away &#8211; Jetpack won&#8217;t automatically slow down your site. The code is pretty good. And here&#8217;s the really good news &#8211; if a feature isn&#8217;t activated (which you control), then that code won&#8217;t be running in the background of your site. So the &#8220;weight&#8221; of the Jetpack plugin is completely in your control.</p> <p><strong>You decide how much of the plugin&#8217;s features you want to run on your site.</strong></p> <p>And to be honest, the people coding that plugin spend a lot more time updating and working on that plugin (and its performance) than many other plugins out there. So from an overall performance perspective, I don&#8217;t think you have to worry about the speed of your site.</p> <p>Now, let me qualify that for a second.</p> <p><em>If you have a unique situation where logically the feature you want to leverage from Jetpack will slow your site down, it&#8217;s not on Jetpack. The same feature coded by some other plugin will likely have the same performance impact. </em></p> <p>Here&#8217;s my silly example:</p> <p>Imagine that you have activated Jetpack and are using the custom CSS module. And imagine that you drop in some 5,000 lines of additional CSS to your site to make it look and work exactly like you want it to. And let&#8217;s say it isn&#8217;t the most performant approach to your site&#8217;s design. Nothing about Jetpack will be slowing your site down. If you don&#8217;t use Jetpack but activate a different plugin for custom CSS, and drop in the same lines of CSS, guess what? It will perform equally slow.</p> <p>Make sense?</p> <h2>What is Jetpack and what can it do?</h2> <p>The <a href="http://chrislema.com/jetpack" target="_blank">WordPress Jetpack plugin</a> is pretty massive &#8211; in terms of available features. And while most of the features are free, there are Premium and Pro editions that give you even more features.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Image CDN</strong> &#8211; Jetpack allows you to offload your images to their servers so that your site loads faster.</li> <li><strong>Site Statistics</strong> &#8211; Jetpack monitors traffic to your site and gives you statistics to help you see which posts are popular</li> <li><strong>Related Posts</strong> &#8211; You can offload the complex processing of finding related posts to their servers</li> <li><strong>Automatic Publishing</strong> &#8211; Jetpack will publish your posts to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter automatically</li> <li><strong>Social Sharing</strong> &#8211; Jetpack gives you those social buttons on your posts so readers can share your content</li> <li><strong>XML Sitemaps</strong> &#8211; Jetpack will create a sitemap for your site and share it with Google to help you rank better &amp; faster</li> <li><strong>Brute Force Attack Protection</strong> &#8211; Jetpack knows about attacks and can use that data to protect your own site</li> <li><strong>Site Monitoring</strong> &#8211; Jetpack will monitor your site every 5 minutes to see if it&#8217;s still active and available</li> <li><strong>Sidebar Customizations</strong> &#8211; Jetpack allows you to contextualize your site&#8217;s sidebar and dynamically change what&#8217;s visible</li> <li><strong>Publish by Email</strong> &#8211; Jetpack allows you to write your posts via email and send them it to get automatically published</li> <li><strong>Comment Enhancements</strong> &#8211; While WordPress has comments already, this will give your readers way to be notified of comments</li> <li><strong>Contact Forms</strong> &#8211; Jetpack makes it easy to create contact forms for your site</li> <li><strong>Custom CSS</strong> &#8211; Jetpack can give you a simple way to add your own custom CSS to your site&#8217;s theme</li> <li><strong>and more than 20 other features&#8230;</strong></li> </ul> <p>As you can see, Jetpack was designed to be the utility of all utilities to ensure that a user of WordPress could install a single plugin and then have access to tons of features that they might want. The upside of the plugin is that they can have that without having to add any others, or purchase any premium plugins.</p> <p>Of course, even with the ability to turn on and off these features, aren&#8217;t there other products that are available to do some of these things?</p> <h2>Are there alternatives to Jetpack?</h2> <p>Yes, absolutely, there are. But nothing exactly like Jetpack. Most of the time, the alternatives are single solutions for single features. The one exception I know of is called <strong><a href="https://wordpress.org/plugins/slimpack/" target="_blank">Slimpack</a></strong> and it has a series of features like Jetpack all wrapped up into one plugin.</p> <p>The biggest difference between Slimpack and Jetpack is that it removes all the features that require you to have a WordPress.com account.</p> <p>And that&#8217;s not something I&#8217;ve yet touched on.</p> <p><em>Jetpack has a requirement to have a WordPress.com account &#8211; which is free to create. The benefit of this account is that some of the features listed above push work from your site back to servers that you don&#8217;t run (or pay for). But that also means that some amount of your data or content is moving thru servers you don&#8217;t run (or pay for).</em></p> <p><em>The people I know and trust who work on this product have assured me that if you use Photon (the image CDN), for example, the image you upload to your site gets processed on another server before you get the compressed version, but that they don&#8217;t do anything with the image (from capturing its metadata to tracking anything about it). It moves over other servers, they agree, but those servers are only doing the work that you know of.</em></p> <p><em>This has caused some people some stress &#8211; because just because no one is doing something now doesn&#8217;t mean they might not do something in the future. And a conspiracy-oriented person can come up with many different scenarios where the Related Posts feature gives someone else&#8217;s servers a ton of information about your posts that they could do something with.</em></p> <p>You have to decide what risks that presents and what your risk profile looks like, which we&#8217;ll deal with next, but let me highlight a couple of great solutions you might want to look at if you&#8217;re not inclined to use Jetpack.</p> <p>For Forms:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://chrislema.com/ninjaforms" target="_blank"><strong>Ninja Forms</strong></a> &#8211; Free (extensions have cost)</li> <li><a href="http://chrislema.com/wpforms" target="_blank"><strong>WPForms</strong></a> &#8211; Free ($39 for non-lite edition)</li> <li><a href="http://chrislema.com/getgravityforms" target="_blank"><strong>Gravity Forms</strong></a> &#8211; $39 (1 site personal license)</li> <li><a href="http://chrislema.com/formidablepro" target="_blank"><strong>Formidable Forms</strong></a> &#8211; Free ($49 for personal edition)</li> </ul> <p>For Security:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://chrislema.com/syncpro" target="_blank"><strong>iThemes Security</strong></a> &#8211; Free ($80 for the pro version)</li> <li><a href="http://chrislema.com/sucuri" target="_blank"><strong>Sucuri Security</strong></a> &#8211; Free (Firewall starts at $10)</li> </ul> <p>For Site Statistics:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/analytics/" target="_blank"><strong>Google Analytics</strong></a> &#8211; Free</li> </ul> <p>For Image Compression:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://imagify.io/" target="_blank"><b>Imagify</b></a> &#8211; Free (More than 25 MB starts at $5/month)</li> </ul> <p>For Site Maps:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/" target="_blank"><strong>Yoast SEO for WordPress</strong> </a>&#8211; Free</li> </ul> <p>And there are plenty more. These are just some of the alternative options off the top of my head.</p> <p>While some of these are free, you&#8217;ll notice that many of them have premium versions that have cost. Should that be a factor? Absolutely, but not the only factor.</p> <h2>How do you decide if it&#8217;s right for you?</h2> <p>The reality of making any decision about your website is  that there are several factors you must weigh &#8211; more than just the cost. That&#8217;s why the Chris Rock sketch is funny. Because he&#8217;s willing to remove the passenger-side airbag and only have a single lane change signal (instead of both). That&#8217;s just crazy!</p> <h4><strong>Here are the five factors I suggest you consider</strong></h4> <p><strong>Business Continuity</strong> &#8211; If you decide to use an alternative to Jetpack, and it&#8217;s a free plugin, you have to ask yourself if that plugin will even be around (or updated) in a year. The difference between that free plugin you&#8217;re considering and Jetpack is that Automattic (the company that powers WordPress.com) is not likely going to disappear.</p> <p>But this is only a question if the site really matters in the long run. I know tons of sites that go up and come down within months or a single year because their goal isn&#8217;t long-term. And in that case, the plugins you use may not need to stand up for the length of time that someone else might need.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re comparing Jetpack to a bunch of free alternatives, I&#8217;d recommend Jetpack. If  you&#8217;re looking at premium plugins as alternatives, it might be a tie.</p> <p>Why a tie? Because the Jetpack team is still a finite team that works on 30+ features. A premium form company may have less staff, but they&#8217;re only working on that single product / feature. So there&#8217;s an upside if you trust the business behind the premium plugin.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong> &#8211; I told you we&#8217;d come back to price. It&#8217;s a factor. Not the only one, but it&#8217;s still something to consider. Jetpack gives you a ton of features for free. And their paid versions give you even more! If price is your biggest consideration, then Jetpack is the way to go.</p> <p>But if your site is a mission-critical site, you might want to consider the premium plugin alternatives because in the end, you will likely get what you pay for.</p> <p><em>I should note that you can pay for priority support for Jetpack.</em></p> <p><strong>Risk Profile</strong> &#8211; The WordPress codebase isn&#8217;t owned by Automattic. It&#8217;s an open source codebase that is available to everyone. It can be managed even if Automattic were to fall off the face of the planet, or if they started to do something you didn&#8217;t agree with. Jetpack, on the other hand, ties your site directly to Automattic.</p> <p>That&#8217;s a fact. But it&#8217;s a benign fact.</p> <p>Only you can decide if that presents a risk that you are willing or unwilling to deal with. I can tell you that for many of the sites I&#8217;ve worked with, those customers have never considered it much of a risk. But I have worked with a few that won&#8217;t allow their content to even move over some servers that they don&#8217;t control.</p> <p>Those are the same sites that also won&#8217;t integrate with Google fonts, or other social sites. So if you have restrictions like those already, then Jetpack may not be a perfect fit. Or, alternatively, you can turn off features that would integrate your site to their servers.</p> <p><strong>Number of Features</strong> &#8211; One of the things most people don&#8217;t adequately evaluate up front is how many of these features they&#8217;ll actually use over time. If it&#8217;s one or two, consider a premium plugin solution. If it&#8217;s more than three or four, consider Jetpack.</p> <p>The benefit when you&#8217;re using eight or nine of these features is that you&#8217;d hope and expect that Jetpack will never conflict with itself, where eight different plugin companies could create updates that impact each other.</p> <p><strong>Updates and Performance</strong> &#8211; Jetpack has some really sharp developers working on it. And they&#8217;re constantly updating the codebase (or sections of it). Additionally, they&#8217;re looking at the product performance from the perspective that many other plugins have yet to experience. Jetpack is likely installed on more hosts, on more servers, and in more configurations that most plugins. So they get performance feedback that few other plugins do.</p> <p>On the other hand, as I mentioned above, the update schedule is likely not as iterative or fast as companies whose sole focus is a single feature. So while the performance may or may not match, the pace of updates may be better.</p> <p><strong>As you can see, your specific situation will dictate whether you decide to use Jetpack.</strong></p> <h2>Is it hard to install and try Jetpack?</h2> <p>It is very easy to install and try Jetpack out. You simply go to your WordPress installation:</p> <ol> <li>Log in to the admin (/login)</li> <li>Click on <strong>Plugins</strong>.</li> <li>Then click <strong>Add New</strong>.</li> <li>In the Featured section, look for Jetpack and click <strong>Install Now</strong>.</li> <li>Then <strong>Activate</strong> the plugin.</li> <li>That will allow you to <strong>Connect to WordPress.com</strong></li> <li>And from there, you&#8217;ll decide which features you want active&#8230;</li> </ol> <p>This entire process won&#8217;t even take you a minute for steps 1-5. If you have to create an account for step six, that could take a minute or so, and then time you spend is based on which and how many features you activate in the plugin.</p> <h2>If you do use it, here&#8217;s my recommendation to you</h2> <p>By now, hopefully you have figured out if it&#8217;s right for you. But I would do you a disservice if I didn&#8217;t make one final suggestion or recommendation to you. Because all those features are powerful but also a bit overwhelming. Like I said, more than 30+ features.</p> <p>So if you do use <a href="http://chrislema.com/jetpack" target="_blank">Jetpack</a>, I highly recommend that you spend a bit of the money you saved by getting all those features for free. It&#8217;s not a lot of money. But it is money well spent.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wp101.com/course/jetpack/" target="_blank"><strong>$24 is nothing, when you consider that you&#8217;re buying a 35-part video course / tutorial on all the aspects of Jetpack.</strong></a></p> <p>Because maybe the worst thing you can do is use Jetpack poorly. Think you&#8217;re protected but you haven&#8217;t activated it. Or missed out on social sharing because you didn&#8217;t configure it right.</p> <p>Trust me when I tell you <a href="https://www.wp101.com/course/jetpack/">this is the best $24 you&#8217;ll ever spend if you activate Jetpack on your WordPress site.</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://chrislema.com/wordpress-jetpack-plugin/">Should I use the WordPress Jetpack plugin on my site?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://chrislema.com">ChrisLema.com</a>.</p> text/html 2017-02-04T06:56:20+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Doors in Barcelona https://ma.tt/2017/02/doors-in-barcelona/ <p>As I walked around Barcelona after everything was closed, I was really taken with the graffiti on the roll-down doors. Here&#8217;s a gallery of a few snaps.</p> <a href='https://ma.tt/2017/02/doors-in-barcelona/img_5683/'><img width="195" height="146" src="https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?fit=195%2C146&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?w=4032 4032w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?resize=195%2C146 195w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?resize=840%2C630 840w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?resize=768%2C576 768w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?resize=1024%2C768 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?resize=613%2C460 613w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?w=1208 1208w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5683.jpg?w=1812 1812w" sizes="(max-width: 195px) 100vw, 195px" data-attachment-id="47094" data-permalink="https://ma.tt/2017/02/doors-in-barcelona/img_5683/" 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https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?resize=840%2C630 840w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?resize=768%2C576 768w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?resize=1024%2C768 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?resize=613%2C460 613w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?w=1208 1208w, https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?w=1812 1812w" sizes="(max-width: 195px) 100vw, 195px" data-attachment-id="47127" data-permalink="https://ma.tt/2017/02/doors-in-barcelona/img_5776/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?fit=4032%2C3024&amp;ssl=1" data-orig-size="4032,3024" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;1.8&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone 7 Plus&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1486075638&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3.99&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.25&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="IMG_5776" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?fit=840%2C630&amp;ssl=1" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/ma.tt/files/2017/02/IMG_5776.jpg?fit=604%2C453&amp;ssl=1" /></a> text/html 2017-01-27T23:32:25+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Content Options in Jetpack 4.5 https://themeshaper.com/2017/01/27/content-options-in-jetpack-4-5/ A text/html 2017-01-27T03:34:02+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet WordPress 4.7.2 Security Release https://wordpress.org/news/2017/01/wordpress-4-7-2-security-release/ <p>WordPress 4.7.2 is now available. This is a <strong>security release</strong> for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.</p> <p>WordPress versions 4.7.1 and earlier are affected by three security issues:</p> <ol> <li>The user interface for assigning taxonomy terms in Press This is shown to users who do not have permissions to use it. Reported by David Herrera of <a href="https://www.alleyinteractive.com/">Alley Interactive</a>.</li> <li><code>WP_Query</code> is vulnerable to a SQL injection (SQLi) when passing unsafe data. WordPress core is not directly vulnerable to this issue, but we&#8217;ve added hardening to prevent plugins and themes from accidentally causing a vulnerability. Reported by <a href="https://github.com/mjangda">Mo Jangda</a> (batmoo).</li> <li>A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability was discovered in the posts list table. Reported by <a href="https://iandunn.name/">Ian Dunn</a> of the WordPress Security Team.</li> <li>An unauthenticated privilege escalation vulnerability was discovered in a REST API endpoint. Reported by <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcS0h">Marc-Alexandre Montpas</a> of Sucuri Security. *</li> </ol> <p>Thank you to the reporters of these issues for practicing <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/testing/reporting-security-vulnerabilities/">responsible disclosure</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://wordpress.org/download/">Download WordPress 4.7.2</a> or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.7.2.</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.7.2.</p> <p>* Update: An additional serious vulnerability was fixed in this release and public disclosure was delayed. For more information on this vulnerability, additional mitigation steps taken, and an explanation for why disclosure was delayed, please read <a href="https://make.wordpress.org/core/2017/02/01/disclosure-of-additional-security-fix-in-wordpress-4-7-2/">Disclosure of Additional Security Fix in WordPress 4.7.2</a>.</p> text/html 2017-01-25T23:22:21+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet S4 E10: WordPress and legal stuff with Richard Best https://mattreport.com/s4-e10-wordpress-legal-stuff-richard-best/ text/html 2017-01-10T02:54:49+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet 2016 in review https://pippinsplugins.com/2016-in-review/ <p>It is that time of year again! As in years past, I like to look back on the previous twelve months and see how we did. In this year&#8217;s review, I will share revenue numbers, challenges, achievements, insights, and more about my business building and selling WordPress plugins.<span id="more-94765"></span></p> <p>Previous year in review posts:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/2012-a-year-in-review/">2012</a></li> <li><a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/2013-review/" target="_blank">2013</a></li> <li><a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/2014-review/">2014</a></li> <li><a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/2015-year-review/">2015</a></li> </ul> <p>There are a <em>lot </em>of great things that happened in 2016, but it was also easily one of the most difficult years I can remember in my adult life. 2016 put before me challenges and decisions I did not expect. For the most part, each of the challenges was overcome, though some of them are still being battled with, and I believe I&#8217;m a better person and a better business owner for having faced them. I&#8217;ll talk more on the challenges below.</p> <h3>Team</h3> <p>When I started this plugins business 5-6 years ago, I never envisioned I&#8217;d have a team working with me, much less a team of 15!</p> <p>I started bringing on people to help me with customer support in 2013 and doing that was easily one of the best things I&#8217;ve ever done. One became two, two became three, and now we have 16 members (counting myself) of the Sandhills Development team. These 15 are comprised of full time and part time team members and represent a mix of support agents, developers, marketers, writers, designers, and do-it-all&#8217;ers.</p> <p>We are distributed across five countries and eight timezones. While we have not managed to achieve anywhere near a gold medal in diversity, we&#8217;ve done reasonably well and it has been an intentional focus for me this year and the time to come. I&#8217;m proud to say that of the six team members we brought on in 2016, four of them were women from three different countries. Sadly of the men on our team, only three are non-white males. I hope to improve that ratio in the future.</p> <p>We have a long ways to go before we&#8217;ve achieved proper diversity, but we&#8217;re moving in the right direction.</p> <p>Our team grew in 2016, though we also said goodbye to several team members. One team member joined us briefly for a few months, allowing them to get back on their feet, but then moved on after being offered a full time position at an <em>excellent </em>company. Another team member departed on mutual terms after we found the relationship simply wasn&#8217;t the right fit for both parties.</p> <p>Running a 16 person company is easily one of the most challenging jobs I&#8217;ve ever worked, and hands down the most rewarding at the same time. It&#8217;s strange to me most days because it&#8217;s something I never expected. I have <em>always </em>been a do-it-myself person but at some point that began to change. Perhaps it was a greater appreciation for the skills others have that surpass my own or perhaps it came about with the desire to work less than 18 hours per day.</p> <p>My team work incredibly hard and deserve so much more than I can give them. I may have started this business but the success we enjoy today is from the work they have done and continually do every day.</p> <p>To each of you, sincerely, &#8220;Thank You!&#8221;.</p> <h3>Personal</h3> <p>I have spent a <em>lot </em>of time just thinking in 2016. For the past few years I have worked, worked, and <em>worked</em> and rarely took the time to really <em>think </em>about what I truly want to achieve and do in the next 5-10 years.</p> <p>The first half of 2016 had a lot of personal struggles for me. I went through several phases where I felt I was on the brink of depression and really struggled to find joy in the days. I spoke briefly on this at <a href="https://pressnomics.com" target="_blank">Pressnomics 4 in Phoenix</a>.</p> <p>After a while I was able to work through some of the challenges I was having but it was an important reminder to myself the importance of caring for myself. As much as I&#8217;d like to, I simply cannot forget to take care of <em>me. </em>After realizing this, I began to spend a lot more time figuring out what I really wanted out of the next few years.</p> <p>One change I was determined to make was to work less. I <em>love </em>my work, but I equally and more greatly love many other things in my life. This wasn&#8217;t necessarily the driver that led me to hire more team members but it has certainly affected how long it takes before I decide it&#8217;s time to hire a new person when our team is facing scaling or expertise challenges. I often forced myself to work longer and longer hours, and give up on other things I love, in order to get everything done, but I&#8217;m no longer interested in being a slave driver to myself so I&#8217;m more quick to recognize when it&#8217;s time to bring someone else on.</p> <p>In 2017 I also plan to continue pursuing some additional business ventures that excite me a lot, primarily the brewery project that I&#8217;m working on with my brother. Perhaps in the 2017 year in review I&#8217;ll be able to share more details on that project.</p> <p>Of all things I did in 2016, one of the ones I&#8217;m most proud of is the acquisition of <a href="http://pippin.com" target="_blank">pippin.com</a>, a domain I have been trying to purchase for quite a few years. That domain is now being used for personal blogging, though only minimally. Perhaps I&#8217;ll manage to write more for it in 2017. It felt <em>really </em>good to finally get the domain for my name.</p> <p>Though the discussion started in 2015, much of 2016 was spent considering the possibility of selling off a significant portion of one of my companies (technically I run four companies) to an interested party. I know for certain that I will not run this business for the rest of my life and I probably won&#8217;t run it to the end of its days either. At some point, I will either leave the company to my replacement or sell it off to an adequate buyer. This is simply the nature of most successful businesses, especially online businesses.</p> <p>The interested party offered me a fair price and a <em>strong </em>track record of success. I <em>knew </em>that selling a stake of the company would have led me to much greater success than I currently enjoy today. There was no doubt in my mind that the sell would lead to substantial growth,  but I simply could not get the feeling out of my mind that it wasn&#8217;t the right time. In the end I turned down the offer. Will I discover that was a mistake in the future? Perhaps but at this time I&#8217;m confident it was the right choice for me and the right choice for my team.</p> <p>Starting and building a company has been one of my most challenging adventures so far. Considering the possibility of selling it was perhaps the second most challenging decision I&#8217;ve encountered so far along the way. The process, however, was a <em>great </em>exercise in figuring out what&#8217;s important and what I want to achieve over the next few years.</p> <h3>Company focus</h3> <p>At Pressnomics 4 I spoke on the subject of <em>being a little selfish</em>. Really the talk focused on the importance of taking care of ourselves.</p> <p>Of everything my team and I have learned in 2016, I feel that recognizing the importance of <em>focus </em>is paramount. I don&#8217;t just mean focus as in staying on task; I mean focus as in staying on <em>track</em>. Every company has core focuses and places they put their efforts, but perhaps one of the determiners for how well a company thrives is the degree to which the company stays on track and avoids veering off the path and sinking time, effort, and money into projects that do not fit within the focus of the company.</p> <p>In early 2016 it became painfully clear that we were spending too much time and effort working on areas of the company that did not align with our core focus. This lack of focus got pretty close to seriously harming certain aspects of the <a href="https://easydigitaldownloads.com" target="_blank">Easy Digital Downloads</a> project.</p> <p>Much of this last year involved working to realign our focuses and cleaning up the messes left behind by allowing our team to waiver.</p> <p>At this point, we have just about finished realigning our focuses and I am <em>really </em>excited for what that will allow us to achieve in 2017.</p> <h3>Automatically renewing subscriptions</h3> <p>Perhaps one of the most important changes we made for the sustainability of the company in the last 12 months is turning on subscriptions for <em>all </em>license purchases for <a href="https://affiliatewp.com" target="_blank">AffiliateWP</a>, <a href="https://restrictcontentpro.com" target="_blank">Restrict Content Pro</a>, and <a href="https://easydigitaldownloads.com" target="_blank">Easy Digital Downloads.</a></p> <p>We created our first automatically renewing subscriptions for AffiliateWP on January 21, 2016. RCP and EDD came a few months later on March 29 and March 30.</p> <p>Since enabling subscriptions, we have not seen any drop in sales volumes, at least not for AffiliateWP and Restrict Content Pro. Easy Digital Downloads has suffered some declines this year but, as far as we&#8217;re able to tell, they&#8217;re entirely unrelated to enabling subscriptions. The fear I repeatedly hear from business owners is that turning on subscriptions will cause sales to take a dive off a cliff. This is simply not something we have seen, nor something I&#8217;ve heard from a single business owner that has followed suit in transition to subscription models.</p> <p>At this time, we have over 13,000 active subscriptions between our three primary product lines. This accounts for more than $684,000.00 in recurring revenue that we&#8217;re projected to bring in over the next 365 days.</p> <p>Note: EDD and RCP had zero subscriptions created for the first four months of 2016 since we did not enable subscriptions until the end of March.</p> <p>While obviously the estimated revenue from those subscriptions will change as customers cancel and/or have their cards expires, it&#8217;s still very significant when realizing that the recurring revenue from these subscriptions (which does <em>not </em>include revenue from new customers) is nearly 50% of our annual revenue for 2016, and that&#8217;s from just 8 months for two of the projects and 11 months for the other. If we had started subscriptions on January 1, 2016, we&#8217;d likely have 80% or more of our annual revenue already accounted for.</p> <p>What does this mean? Well, in short it means that 2017 is going to probably look really, really good by the end of it.</p> <p>The very first subscriptions are up for renewal starting January 21, 2017. I&#8217;m looking forward to it, to say the least.</p> <h3>Price increase</h3> <p>Several of our products received price increases during 2016. These increases were made to better align the prices with the value the plugins provide and to help us reduce support while either sustaining equal revenue or growing the revenue.</p> <p>Restrict Content Pro received a major price change when we updated the business model. It went from $42 for a single site license to $49 and from $120 for an unlimited sites license to $199. We also introduced new $99 and $449 license options.</p> <p>Recurring Payments for Easy Digital Downloads saw a price increase from $82 to $145 when we <a href="https://easydigitaldownloads.com/blog/the-new-recurring-payments-extension/">relaunched</a> the plugin. We also adjusted the price of many other extensions throughout the year but those were mostly minor.</p> <p>At the end of 2016, we decided to implement a price increase across the board for <em>all </em>Easy Digital Downloads extensions, including an additional increase for Recurring Payments. So far this increase has been pretty well received. The number of sales per day / week has dropped slightly, but our average revenue has not. In fact the average revenue appears to show an increase, though it&#8217;s too early to say for sure. We&#8217;ll know for certain how the increase has affected sales, revenue, and support tickets in a month or two.</p> <h3>Revenue</h3> <p>Alright, let&#8217;s look at some more revenue numbers.</p> <p><a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/2015-year-review/" target="_blank">In 2015</a>, the company revenue was $1,139,500. For 2016, I&#8217;m happy to say we&#8217;ve grown this by 29.9% with a total revenue of $1,480,375.86.</p> <p>The revenue brought in comes from four primary sources:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://easydigitaldownloads.com">Easy Digital Downloads</a></li> <li><a href="https://affiliatewp.com">AffiliateWP</a></li> <li><a href="https://restrictcontentpro.com">Restrict Content Pro</a></li> <li><a href="https://pippinsplugins.com">Pippin&#8217;s Plugins</a></li> </ul> <p>Let&#8217;s look at each separately.</p> <p><strong>Easy Digital Downloads</strong></p> <p>In 2016, Easy Digital Downloads brought in $693,527.98. This is an 23.4% increase over 2015. This is a good number but, frankly, one I wasn&#8217;t thrilled with. Let me show you why:</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="95019" data-permalink="https://pippinsplugins.com/2016-in-review/screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-11-03-13-pm/" data-orig-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM.png" data-orig-size="995,309" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-11-03-13-pm" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM-300x93.png" data-large-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM.png" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-95019" src="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM.png" alt="screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-11-03-13-pm" width="995" height="309" srcset="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM.png 995w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM-480x149.png 480w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM-300x93.png 300w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.03.13-PM-768x239.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 995px) 100vw, 995px" /></p> <p>Do you see the downward trend shown by many of the last 12 months? Let&#8217;s look at a similar graph but this time 2015 and 2016 together.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="95024" data-permalink="https://pippinsplugins.com/2016-in-review/screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-11-05-05-pm/" data-orig-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM.png" data-orig-size="1065,309" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-11-05-05-pm" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM-300x87.png" data-large-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM-1024x297.png" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-95024" src="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM.png" alt="screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-11-05-05-pm" width="1065" height="309" srcset="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM.png 1065w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM-480x139.png 480w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM-300x87.png 300w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM-768x223.png 768w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-03-at-11.05.05-PM-1024x297.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1065px) 100vw, 1065px" /></p> <p>We see a similar trend. Average monthly revenue has more or less plateaued. While we did see a couple of good months, and one <em>really </em>good month, most months of 2016 were at or just barely above the 2015 months.</p> <p>In the last four years, EDD has experienced constant upwards growth and this slowdown, which I first noticed in Spring of 2016, really bothered me. It caused me far more stress and anxiety than I&#8217;d like to admit. I racked my brain for days every week trying to figure out what was wrong. Why were we not seeing the same growth?</p> <p>Really it comes down to a pretty simple answer: we&#8217;ve moved out of our rocket growth period and now we have to work harder for the same kind of growth.</p> <p>That&#8217;s normal, or so I&#8217;ve heard from many different voices.</p> <p>Our 2016 revenue did increase, and rather substantially, so that was great. It was the average monthly revenue that bothered me, primarily because our monthly expenditures began to outpace our revenue. The bulk of our revenue increase came from just a few of the 12 months.</p> <p>In 2016, Easy Digital Downloads did not make a profit. The project took a loss of -$34,881.52.</p> <p>There are a few reasons our expenditures for EDD grew in 2016.</p> <p>First, we brought on new team members to help with support and development. We also brought some older team members back into more active roles. Both of these were investments into the project that will (and already are) pay off.</p> <p>Second, we intentionally invested a lot of time and money into improving several of our primary projects within Easy Digital Downloads. These consumed large amounts of capital without equal immediate returns. We&#8217;ll see returns overtime.</p> <p>Third, we intentionally removed numerous revenue streams because they did not align with our long term goals and focus. While losing these revenue streams hurt, we&#8217;re better without them as it allows us to better focus in the areas that will greatly surpass them in future revenue.</p> <p>Fourth, we invested a lot of capital into purchasing exclusive rights to many of the extensions sold through <a href="https://easydigitaldownloads.com">easydigitaldownloads.com</a> that were originally built by 3rd party developers. Bringing a lot of plugins in-house dramatically increased our expenses but also reduce the amount that we pay out in commissions each month. Over time these acquisitions will pay off.</p> <p>Summaries for Easy Digital Downloads in 2016:</p> <ul> <li>Total revenue: $693,527.98</li> <li>Revenue from plugin sales: $628,843.81</li> <li>Average customer value for 2016: $111.12</li> <li>Average customer value over all time: $128.69</li> <li>Average number of purchases per customer: 2.43</li> <li>Total paying customers over all time: 15,013</li> <li>New paying customers added in 2016: 3,718</li> <li>Revenue from license renewals: $139,850.03</li> <li>Revenue from license upgrades (single site to multisite licenses): $7,440.85</li> <li>Commissions paid to affiliates: $12,850.4</li> <li>3rd-party extension vendor commissions paid: $197,092.29</li> <li>Revenue earned from Priority Support purchases: $10,884.19</li> <li>Recurring subscriptions created: 9,578</li> <li>Recurring subscriptions cancelled: 1,395 (many of these due to upgrades)</li> </ul> <p>There are a few numbers I&#8217;d like to highlight and discuss.</p> <p>First, only $7,440.85 was brought in from license upgrades. These upgrades are when customers move from one level of license (such as Single Site) to a higher level (such as 2 &#8211; 5 sites) and pay only the difference between the two license levels. Considering our total revenue from plugin sales was over $600,000, the revenue generated from upgrades is <em>tiny</em>. In a little bit, I&#8217;ll show you the revenue generated from license upgrades for AffiliateWP and Restrict Content Pro. They are drastically higher than this, which tells me we have an issue: customers do not have adequate incentive to upgrade their license keys. We&#8217;ll need to try and change that in 2016.</p> <p>Second, notice that the total revenue from license renewals was only $139,850.03 out of our total plugin sales of $628,843.81. That means only 22% of our sales revenue came from renewals. With just the recurring subscriptions we have created between March 30 and December 31st, 2016, we already have an estimated $330,000.00 in renewal revenue. That is an increase of more than 136%, and that&#8217;s only the renewal revenue we expect to bring in and does not include any revenue from new purchases. That amount is also greater than 50% of the entire annual revenue for 2016.</p> <p>Third, we only paid out $197,092.29 in commissions to 3rd-party plugin authors. In 2015, we paid out $213,000. Why the decrease? Two main reasons:</p> <ol> <li>We have worked to acquire a large number of plugins from 3rd-party authors and bring them in house.</li> <li>We have actively worked to limit the number of 3rd-party plugins we sell through our site. I&#8217;ve mentioned this in various places before, but basically we realized (and learned the hard way) that we do not want to run a marketplace. We want to build and sell <em>our </em>plugins, not the plugins of other developers.</li> </ol> <p>Not everyone is thrilled about the move away from the 3rd-party vendor marketplace for Easy Digital Downloads, but it&#8217;s a move we have consciously made and firmly believe was the right one for the health of our team and company.</p> <p><strong>AffiliateWP</strong></p> <p>In 2016, AffiliateWP had $542,656.34 in total revenue, an increase of 42.8% over the $380,000 in 2015.</p> <p>Unlike Easy Digital Downloads&#8217; slightly more difficult year, AffiliateWP had a <em>great </em>year. Surpassing $500,000 in annual revenue less than three years after our very first sale for $49 feels pretty good. In December, 2016, we also surpassed $1,000,000 in all time revenue, giving us an average of $33,330 in monthly revenue since the beginning. Not too shabby.</p> <p>I mentioned this in the 2015 review as well, but it still surprises me that AffiliateWP does as well as it does. I know that we have built a very good, reliable piece of software, but early on I did not expect it to grow to this size, especially not as quickly as it did. A large part of our success, I believe, is building on top of and leveraging other successful plugins. Being able to take advantage of the marketshare of WooCommerce and  popular membership plugins like Paid Memberships Pro and MemberPress really gave us a good boost. Our own cross promotions with Easy Digital Downloads and Restrict Content Pro also benefit us greatly.</p> <p>Early on in 2016 I started to suspect that AffiliateWP would surpass EDD in monthly revenue. It didn&#8217;t happen consistently but there was one month, October, where AffiliateWP earned more than EDD. At this time point I&#8217;m unsure if this will begin to happen more consistently in 2017. On one hand, we&#8217;re working hard to significantly raise EDD&#8217;s monthly revenue in the next twelve months, so it&#8217;s likely EDD will stay ahead. On the other hand, AffiliateWP has grown faster, and continues to grow faster, than EDD so it&#8217;s quite likely it will.</p> <p>Summaries for AffiliateWP in 2016:</p> <ul> <li>Total revenue: $542,656.34</li> <li>Revenue from plugin sales: $511,438.65</li> <li>Average customer value for 2016: $121.87</li> <li>Average customer value over all time: $123.18</li> <li>Total paying customers over all time: 8,261</li> <li>New paying customers added: 3,657</li> <li>Revenue from license renewals: $62,947.20</li> <li>Revenue from license upgrades (single site to multisite licenses): $42,618.75</li> <li>Commissions paid to affiliates: $14,936.66</li> <li>Recurring subscriptions created: 4,467</li> <li>Recurring subscriptions cancelled:  750 (many of these due to upgrades)</li> </ul> <p>Similarly to EDD, AffiliateWP already has a large portion of revenue for 2017 predicted and accounted for thanks to the recurring subscriptions we enabled in January, 2016. In fact, we have an estimated $280,599.65 in automatic renewals over the next 365 days. That&#8217;s more than 50% of our 2016 annual revenue. In 2016, only 12.3% of our revenue came from renewals, so seeing the renewal revenue increase so drastically in 2017 is going to be a great aide to us.</p> <p>I have little doubt we&#8217;ll approach $800,000 in revenue in 2017 for AffiliateWP.</p> <p>Something else that is particularly interesting is the difference in revenue that came from upgrades for AffiliateWP and the upgrade revenue from Easy Digital Downloads. AffiliateWP had more than 5x the revenue from license upgrades than Easy Digital Downloads did. The reason is simple: AffiliateWP offers much more incentive for customers to upgrade than Easy Digital Downloads does by granting access (free of additional charge) to &#8220;Professional&#8221; add-ons. Easy Digital Download&#8217;s upgrades are for nothing more than higher activation limits.</p> <p><strong>Restrict Content Pro</strong></p> <p>As one of my oldest products, it makes me incredibly happy to see Restrict Content Pro <a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/rebuilding-dying-product/" target="_blank">come back to life</a>. In late 2014 we made a commitment to breathing new life into RCP. November, 2014, saw the launch of a <a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/restrict-content-pros-new-website-and-v2-4/" target="_blank">new website</a> for the plugin and April, 2016, saw the first fruits of our efforts.</p> <p><img data-attachment-id="95222" data-permalink="https://pippinsplugins.com/2016-in-review/screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-8-09-34-pm/" data-orig-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM.png" data-orig-size="1067,287" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-8-09-34-pm" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM-300x81.png" data-large-file="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM-1024x275.png" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-95222" src="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM.png" alt="screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-8-09-34-pm" width="1067" height="287" srcset="https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM.png 1067w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM-480x129.png 480w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM-300x81.png 300w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM-768x207.png 768w, https://pippinspluginscom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Screen-Shot-2017-01-05-at-8.09.34-PM-1024x275.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1067px) 100vw, 1067px" /></p> <p>For a year or more, RCP&#8217;s revenue had held pretty steady at ~$7,000 per month. In April, immediately after updating the pricing model and releasing several &#8220;Professional&#8221; add-ons, we bumped the revenue from $7,000 to $11,700. By the end of 2016, our average monthly revenue had risen to $15,900.00. One month saw $22,000 and another (November with Black Friday / Cyber Monday) saw nearly $33,000.</p> <p>In 2016, RCP had a total revenue of $165,824.79. Thanks to the significant increase in our average monthly revenue, I have little doubt we&#8217;ll surpass $200,000 for RCP in 2017. Of our three major product lines, I believe Restrict Content Pro has the highest potential ceiling, we just need to keep pushing ourselves to reach it.</p> <p>Summaries for Restrict Content Pro in 2016:</p> <ul> <li>Revenue from plugin sales: $165,824.79</li> <li>Average customer value for 2016: $91.06</li> <li>Average customer value over all time: $72.59</li> <li>Total paying customers over all time: 4,994</li> <li>New paying customers added in 2016: 1,465</li> <li>Revenue from license renewals: $21,706.60</li> <li>Revenue from license upgrades (single site to multisite licenses): $15,928.50</li> <li>Commissions paid to affiliates: $3,203.50</li> <li>Recurring subscriptions created: 1,573</li> <li>Recurring subscriptions cancelled: 290  (many of these due to upgrades)</li> </ul> <p>There are a few numbers I&#8217;d like to highlight and discuss here.</p> <p>First, our average customer value for 2016 was $91.06. This is a near $20 increase over the historical customer value. This increase came from two made changes we made:</p> <ul> <li>Introduction of <a href="https://restrictcontentpro.com/add-ons/pro/">Professional add-ons</a> that encouraged high-level license purchases and upgrades</li> <li>Price increase on all license levels</li> </ul> <p>An increase of $20 on the average customer value makes a <em>big </em>difference over time. For simple math, assume we gain 2,000 new customers in 2016. That $20 increase could mean $40,000 in additional revenue.</p> <p>Second, RCP generated nearly $16,000 in revenue from license upgrades in 2016. This is <em>more than 2x </em>the amount Easy Digital Downloads generated through license upgrades, strongly reaffirming that EDD&#8217;s upgrade incentives need to be revisited.</p> <p>Third, in the next 365 days RCP has an estimated $72,581.80 in renewal revenue that will be processed. Similarly to EDD and AffiliateWP, this is ~50% of our total annual revenue. Earlier I said I don&#8217;t have any doubts that we&#8217;ll reach $200,000 in annual revenue for RCP in 2017. This estimated renewal revenue affirms that prediction.</p> <p><strong>Pippin&#8217;s Plugins</strong></p> <p>Since moving Restrict Content Pro to its own website, the revenue being brought in from pippinsplugins.com has dwindled severely, but that was to be expected as RCP was the primary revenue source for the site. Now the revenue coming in comes primarily from <a href="https://pippinsplugins.com/products/sugar-event-calendar/">Sugar Event Calendar</a> and site memberships.</p> <ul> <li>Revenue from plugin sales: $5,493.61</li> <li>Revenue from site memberships: $23,424.77</li> <li>Commissions paid to affiliates: $179.60</li> </ul> <p>In 2017 I hope to breath some new life into the Sugar Event Calendar plugin, which is now a partner project between myself and Daniel Espinoza.</p> <p><strong>Combined revenues</strong></p> <p>Our total gross revenue for 2016 was $1,480,375.86. In 2015 we finished the year at $1,139,500, giving us an increase of about 29.9%. This isn&#8217;t as much of an increase as 2014 to 2015 was, but it&#8217;s still a good bit of growth.</p> <p>While 2016 had a significant loss for Easy Digital Downloads, our companies all combined did have a net profit for 2016. Restrict Content Pro and AffiliateWP both had a significant amount of profit, and enough to cover all losses for EDD and still leave us with additional cash in the bank. One of my goals for 2016 was to increase the amount of cash we have on hand, which we successfully did as nearly all company profit stayed in the bank accounts.</p> <h3>Support tickets</h3> <p>I still firmly believe that quality customer support is one of the most defining aspects of great companies. It is also one of the hardest areas within a company to excel. No matter how much you love helping people and seeing them succeed with your products, customer support is <em>incredibly draining</em>. As we have continued to grow our products, one of our company goals has been to be simultaneously shrink the burdens put on us through customer support, not by reducing the quality of the support we offer but by finding ways to naturally reduce support by making it less necessary for customers to need to contact us for help. Did we succeed? Let&#8217;s take a look.</p> <p>Across our four support inboxes, we had a total of <strong>20,829 </strong>tickets opened in our Help Scout account. Of these, 1/3 were for pre-sales and the remainder for technical support and account-related questions.</p> <p><strong>Easy Digital Downloads:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Tickets opened: 10,971</li> <li>Total tickets worked on (includes tickets left over from 2015): 13,864</li> <li>Average tickets per day: 38</li> <li>Most tickets related to a single EDD extension: 2,354 for <a href="https://easydigitaldownloads.com/downloads/frontend-submissions">Frontend Submissions</a></li> <li>Most tickets opened by a single customer: 42 (two customers tied for this accolade)</li> <li>Revenue per ticket: $63.21</li> </ul> <p><strong>AffiliateWP:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Tickets opened: 5,635</li> <li>Total tickets worked on (includes tickets left over from 2015): 11,056</li> <li>Average tickets per day: 30</li> <li>Most tickets opened by a single customer: 35</li> <li>Revenue per ticket: $96.30</li> </ul> <p><strong>Restrict Content Pro:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Tickets opened: 3,560</li> <li>Total tickets worked on (includes tickets left over from 2015): 3,565</li> <li>Average tickets per day: 9</li> <li>Most tickets opened by a single customer: 27</li> <li>Revenue per ticket: $46.58</li> </ul> <p>There were also tickets opened for various plugins on Pippin&#8217;s Plugins but those were minimal enough that I have not included them here. I also have not included any tickets that were submitted to Easy Digital Downloads on WordPress.org. There were approximately 270 support threads posted for EDD on WordPress.org in 2016.</p> <p>In 2015 I reported that we answered <strong>21,027 </strong>tickets across our products. In 2016 we answered <strong>20,829</strong>&#8230;.success! We brought in 29.9% more revenue <em>and </em>dropped the total number of support tickets. Support is still a <em>huge </em>burden every single day, but these numbers do not lie: we made a significant improvement in 2016. This means that we changed our average revenue per ticket from ~$54.19 in 2015 to ~$71.08 in 2016.</p> <p>New goal: further reduce the number of tickets in 2017 and increase the revenue per ticket.</p> <h3>2016 goals from 2015 review</h3> <p>At the end of my 2015 review, I included the following goals:</p> <ol> <li>Visit New Zealand. My wife and kids actually depart on January 13th and will spend two weeks there. As one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit, I’m really excited for this trip. &#8211;<strong> Done. It was awesome.</strong></li> <li>Dramatically reduce the number of support tickets we receive on all three properties. This is already in motion and is happening through several different avenues simultaneously. <strong>Reduced by 1% but with a 29.9% increase in revenue.</strong></li> <li>Bring on two or more new team members, or transition current contractors to full-time. <strong>Brought on 6.</strong></li> <li>Double the revenue of Restrict Content Pro. <strong>Took average from ~$7,000 per month to $15,940.</strong></li> <li>Announce to the world one of the projects we’ve been working on behind the scenes. <strong>Hints have been dropped but not too much to show yet. Visit <a href="http://sellbird.com" target="_blank">sellbird.com</a></strong></li> <li>Ride, run, or walk 2+ miles almost every day. <strong>Could have done better</strong>.</li> <li>Spend more time with my family and remember to play often and work less. <strong>This was a major focus for me but I have a long ways to go.</strong></li> </ol> <h3>Goals for 2017</h3> <p>For 2017, there are a few specific goals I will continuously work towards.</p> <p><strong>A renewed focus on physical and mental health</strong>.</p> <p>I spent a lot more time in 2016 than recent years prior paying attention to my physical and mental health and it really did make an amazing difference. Seeing first hand how much some focus on it affected me has reaffirmed that I need to work even harder on making my health, and the health of my team, a priority.</p> <p><strong>Surpass $2,000,000 in company revenue</strong>.</p> <p>I am really pleased with how far we&#8217;ve come in 2016 and previous years but now I really want to push us even further. In 2017 I&#8217;d like to see us surpass $2,000,000 in annual revenue while simultaneously <em>not </em>equally increasing our monthly expenses. We were profitable in 2016 and 2015 but I want to be <em>wildly </em>profitable in 2017. With everything we&#8217;ve learned and implemented in the last 24 months, I think we have a good chance of making it.</p> <p><strong>Travel to a new international destination.</strong></p> <p>My family and I have travelled to at least one new country each year for the last two years. I would like to continue that streak and visit <em>at least </em>one new international destination. We have not decided where yet (proposals welcomed!) but will probably begin making plans soon.</p> <p><strong>Increase revenue per ticket.</strong></p> <p>From 2015 to 2016, we increased our revenue per ticket from ~$54.19 to ~$71.08. I&#8217;d like to see us increase that further to $80 or $90 per ticket.</p> <p><strong>Brew my first batch of commercial beer.</strong></p> <p>My brother and I have been working on our brewery project in evenings and weekends for a while now. We&#8217;re not yet able to give any kind of timeframe on it but I do hope that we&#8217;ll be able to brew our first commercial batch of beer sometime in 2017. It&#8217;s unlikely that beer will be released or available in any form during 2017, but at least it will be produced and then allowed to age and develop overtime in oak barrels. Our brewery will be focused almost entirely on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wild_ale">American Wild Ales</a> and other long-term barrel aged varieties.</p> <p><strong>Write more.</strong></p> <p>Writing has always been an important aspect of my work and life. As my daily work as changed over time so has the amount of effort I put into writing. Going forward, I&#8217;d like to find a way to write more, giving myself more time for reflection and thought.</p> <p>Thank you for reading. Let&#8217;s all go have an awesome 2017!</p> text/html 2016-12-09T16:02:16+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet bbPress 2.5.12 – Requires WordPress 4.7 https://bbpress.org/blog/2016/12/bbpress-2-5-12-requires-wordpress-4-7/ <p>Oh, bother! Out now is bbPress 2.5.12, which fixes a bug for WordPress 4.7 users who did the right thing and updated to bbPress 2.5.11. Some of you may have noticed your bbPress menu items disappear &#8211; this release fixes that stinger. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.2.1/72x72/1f41d.png" alt="🐝" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></p> <p>2.5.12 officially bumps the minimum WordPress version requirement to 4.7 for all releases going forward. If you are stuck on a previous version of WordPress, please continue to use 2.5.11.</p> <p>This cut-off is in place because the improvements to user-roles in WordPress 4.7 are really that important, and all future bug-fix releases to 2.5 and major releases going forward will be taking advantage of them.</p> <p>If you&#8217;ve updated to 4.7 and are one of the unlucky few to get stung by the missing-menu bug, please accept my sincere apologies along with an update to 2.5.12 to relieve the itching.</p> text/html 2016-11-16T17:16:09+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet How to apply the GPL to your themes and plugins (and avoid getting in the shi*) http://wpandlegalstuff.com/how-to-apply-the-gpl-to-your-themes-and-plugins-and-avoid-getting-in-the-shi/ text/html 2016-11-02T03:27:00+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet The 4 best WordPress hosts of 2016 https://markjaquith.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/best-wordpress-hosts-in-2016/ A text/html 2016-10-20T02:16:05+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet What I Wish Hillary Clinton Would Say Tonight https://lorelle.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/what-i-wish-hillary-clinton-would-say-tonight/ text/html 2016-09-01T17:14:22+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Responsive Images In WordPress With Art Direction https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/responsive-images-in-wordpress-with-art-direction/ text/html 2016-08-23T21:40:45+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet .blog https://konstantin.blog/2016/dot-blog/ <p>As you may have heard, Automattic <a href="https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/coming-soon-new-blog-domains-for-websites/" target="_blank">recently</a> secured the rights to operate the sale and registration of .blog &#8212; a new top-level domain, which is currently in the Sunrise period, where trademark owners can apply.</p> <p><img src="https://konstantin.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/get-dot-blog.png" alt="get.blog" width="2080" height="772" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-8259" srcset="https://konstantin.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/get-dot-blog.png 2080w, https://konstantin.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/get-dot-blog-300x111.png 300w, https://konstantin.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/get-dot-blog-768x285.png 768w, https://konstantin.blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/08/get-dot-blog-680x252.png 680w" sizes="(max-width: 2080px) 100vw, 2080px" /></p> <p>The Landrush period, where anyone can apply for their desired .blog domains, is scheduled for November 2nd, and public launch is expected on November 21st. However, a few select bloggers were granted the possibility to get .blog domains sooner as part of the Founders Program, and I was very lucky to be one of them.</p> <p>Welcome to <strong>konstantin.blog</strong> &#8212; a new home for my archive of <a href="https://konstantin.blog/?order=asc" target="_blank">almost eight years</a> worth of writing on many topics, including SEO (yeah&#8230;), AWS, Twitter, robotics, Linux, PHP, WordCamps and WordPress.</p> <p>I admit I have neglected this place for a while, haven&#8217;t posted as much as I should have, and I can probably come up with plenty of excuses. But this new domain comes with a little string attached &#8212; I have to write more frequently, which I intend to do, so watch out for fresh thoughts, ideas, tips and hacks, and a lot of WordPress of course.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for your own .blog domain, head over to <a href="https://get.blog/" target="_blank">get.blog</a> for more information and updates.</p> <h3>More from Konstantin Kovshenin</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://konstantin.blog/2016/wordcamp-moscow-2016-recap/?utm_source=feed&#038;utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">WordCamp Moscow 2016 Recap</a></a></li> <li><a href="https://konstantin.blog/2016/what-the-queries/?utm_source=feed&#038;utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">What the Queries</a></a></li> <li><a href="https://konstantin.blog/2015/wordcamp-russia-2015-recap/?utm_source=feed&#038;utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">WordCamp Russia 2015 Recap</a></a></li> <li><a href="https://konstantin.blog/2015/ctf-ota-2015/?utm_source=feed&#038;utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">Capture the Flag / OTA 2015</a></a></li> <li><a href="https://konstantin.blog/2014/color-options-vs-decisions/?utm_source=feed&#038;utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">Color Options vs. Decisions in WordPress Themes</a></a></li> </ul> text/html 2015-12-30T03:16:41+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Downsize your WordPress database by removing transients http://www.wprecipes.com/downsize-your-database-by-removing-transients/ <p>First of it all, login to your phpmyadmin and choose your WordPress database. Once done, click on the sql button to open the sql command window.<br /> Then, simply paste the following sql command and execute it.</p> <pre> DELETE FROM `wp_options` WHERE `option_name` LIKE ('%\_transient\_%'); </pre> <p>Credit: <a href="http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10422574/can-i-remove-transients-in-the-wp-options-table-of-my-wordpress-install/11995022#11995022" target="blank">Stack Overflow</a></p> <p>Want more super useful SQL queries? <a href="http://www.catswhocode.com/blog/using-sql-to-manage-wordpress-the-definitive-guide" target="blank">Check out this article on Cats Who Code</a>.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wprecipes.com/downsize-your-database-by-removing-transients/">Downsize your WordPress database by removing transients</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wprecipes.com">WPRecipes</a>.</p> text/html 2015-01-07T22:23:01+01:00 http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Universal Typography with Tim Brown https://build.codepoet.com/2015/01/07/universal-typography-tim-brown/ A text/html http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Supercharge Your Local WordPress Workflow With Gulp and Browsersync https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/tutorials/supercharge-your-local-wordpress-development--cms-28303 text/html http://abetterplanetwp.com A Better Planet Cloudflare Data Leak: How to Secure Your Site https://managewp.org/articles/14460/cloudflare-data-leak-how-to-secure-your-site