Error: Cannot fetch feed url - Cannot fetch feed url - A Better Planet - WordPress News News and updates from the world of WordPress 2018-09-25T13:00:50+01:00 text/html 2018-09-25T10:15:38+01:00 A Better Planet How to Give Your Customers a Quick Checkout on Your WooCommerce Shop <p>When you are selling products and services online, the quicker people can buy something, the better. That's where Quick Checkout for WooCommerce plugin comes in. The post How to Give Your Customers a Quick Checkout on Your WooCommerce Shop appeared first on BobWP - WordPress, eCommerce and Monetization.</p><Img align="left" border="0" height="1" width="1" alt="" style="border:0;float:left;margin:0;padding:0;width:1px!important;height:1px!important;" hspace="0" src=""> text/html 2018-09-25T01:30:49+01:00 A Better Planet Your WPMU DEV Q4 Roadmap Round-up Is Here (And It’s Pure Magic) text/html 2018-09-24T23:32:53+01:00 A Better Planet Gutenberg 3.9 Introduces Reusable, Exportable Templates for Multiple Blocks <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Gutenberg 3.9</a> was released last week with a new feature that allows users to group multiple blocks into reusable templates. The templates can also be exported and imported as a JSON file.</p> <p>The idea of reusable templates is an expansion of the concept of <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">dynamic reusable blocks</a> that Gutenberg technical lead Matias Ventura proposed in June 2017. Reusability is even more powerful when applied to multiple blocks. The import/export capabilities make it possible for templates to be easily shared across WordPress sites.</p> <p><a href=""><img data-attachment-id="84201" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="1496,1036" data-comments-opened="0" 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 2018-09-24 at 1.04.36 PM" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" src=";ssl=1" alt="" width="627" height="434" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-84201" srcset=";ssl=1 1496w,;ssl=1 300w,;ssl=1 768w,;ssl=1 500w,;ssl=1 722w,;ssl=1 1254w" sizes="(max-width: 627px) 100vw, 627px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p> <p>If you want to test it, you can select multiple blocks by selecting the content inside a block and dragging outside the boundaries of the block to extend the selection to multiple blocks. The <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">multi-select feature</a> was originally added for the purpose of deleting or moving multiple blocks but it has now become indispensable for creating reusable templates.</p> <p>This feature lays the ground work for a full-fledged layout builder in the next phase of Gutenberg development. Reusable templates should make it a breeze to build WordPress sites with pre-defined layouts that users and developers can share. They are much more intuitive to implement than page templates.</p> <p>&#8220;Holy wow, imagine this:, where people can group blocks together and share their JSON strings with nice little copy buttons,&#8221; Gutenberg designer Joen Asmussen commented on the PR. &#8220;Categories for top rated, most downloaded, search, etc? This is going to happen because of this magic.&#8221;</p> <p>Matias Ventura&#8217;s demo video shows the reusable templates in action. It also highlights a new tool for <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">visually comparing possible ways to convert an invalid block</a>. The editor now includes a diff UI for blocks, which Ventura said could possibly scale in the future to provide an improved UX for revisions as a whole.</p> <p><iframe src=";autoplay=false" data-uid="iB4mjfF-OJF" data-aspect-ratio='1.3719912472647702' width="627" height="457" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true" allowfullscreen="true" class="cloudup_iframe_embed"></iframe></p> <p>A few other notable additions in the 3.9 release include improvements to the drag and drop handle, collapsible groups for the block toolbar, and the ability to convert a cover image block to an image and back. <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Dark editor style support</a> is now available for theme developers, making Gutenberg more friendly for use with dark WordPress themes. Check out the <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">3.9 changelog</a> to see a full list of enhancements and bug fixes.</p> text/html 2018-09-24T22:54:35+01:00 A Better Planet Shared vs Cloud Hosting – Which Should You Choose? text/html 2018-09-24T14:40:27+01:00 A Better Planet How to Add a Glossary or Dictionary Section in Your WordPress Site <p>Do you want to add a glossary or dictionary section in your WordPress site? A glossary section has all the terms and abbreviations related to your business, so you can easily explain industry topics to your customers. This helps you earn trust and position yourself as an industry leader. In this article, we will show you how to add a glossary or dictionary section to your WordPress site.</p> <p><img title="Adding a glossary in WordPress" src="" alt="Adding a glossary in WordPress" width="550" height="340" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-56142" /></p> <h4>What is a Glossary or Dictionary?</h4> <p>A glossary or dictionary has definitions of terms listed in the alphabetical order on a specific subject. It shows keyword and explanation like a general dictionary which helps users find the meaning of a specific term, phrase, or abbreviation.</p> <p>You can refer to WPBeginner&#8217;s <a href="" title="WordPress Glossary">WordPress Glossary</a> to get an idea of how a typical glossary or dictionary looks like.</p> <p><img title="WordPress glossary" src="" alt="WordPress glossary" width="550" height="392" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-56096" /></p> <p>With that said, let&#8217;s take a look on how to easily add a glossary or dictionary section on your WordPress site.</p> <h4>Adding a Glossary or Dictionary on your WordPress Site</h4> <p>The first thing you need to do is to install and activate the <a href="" title="CM Tooltip Glossary" rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank">CM Tooltip Glossary</a> plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on <a href="" title="How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners">how to install a WordPress plugin</a>.</p> <p>Upon activation, you&#8217;ll be automatically redirected to the plugin&#8217;s settings page.</p> <p>Under the &#8216;General Settings&#8217; tab, you can select a page to display glossary terms, set glossary page URL, and manage the highlighting options for glossary terms. You can also enable the case sensitive option for your glossary.</p> <p><img title="Glossary settings" src="" alt="Glossary settings" width="550" height="308" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-56097" /></p> <p>If your site doesn&#8217;t have a glossary page, then you can enable the &#8216;Generate Page for Glossary Index&#8217; option to create a new page for your glossary. By default, the glossary page URL will be &#8216;;. </p> <p>If you change the glossary <a href="" title="Permalinks">permalink</a> settings on this page, then you can use your new <a href="" title="Slug">slug (keyword)</a> to view the glossary page.</p> <p>Once you are done, click on the &#8216;Save Changes&#8217; button to store these settings.</p> <p>Next, you need to visit the &#8216;Glossary Index Page&#8217; tab to configure your glossary display settings.</p> <p>Each option has a question mark icon next to it. You can hover on this icon to see what each specific option does.</p> <p><img title="Index page settings" src="" alt="Index page settings" width="550" height="240" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-56098" /></p> <p>After that, you need to switch to the &#8216;Glossary Term&#8217; tab to manage link settings for your glossary. You have the option to &#8216;Open glossary term page in a new window/tab&#8217;. While we don&#8217;t think it creates a good user experience, you can choose the settings that best fits your need.</p> <p><img title="Glossary term settings" src="" alt="Glossary term settings" width="550" height="260" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-56099" /></p> <h4>Adding a New Glossary Term</h4> <p>Now that you have configured glossary settings, you are ready to start adding glossary terms and their definition. </p> <p>Simply go to <strong>CM Tooltip Glossary &raquo; Add New</strong> page in your WordPress admin area to add a new glossary term.</p> <p>First, you need to provide a title for your glossary term and then write the description in the text editor. Once you&#8217;re done writing the details, click on the &#8216;Publish&#8217; button.</p> <p><img title="Add new glossary term" src="" alt="Add new glossary term" width="550" height="295" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-56103" /></p> <p>You can add as many glossary terms as you want, and they&#8217;ll be automatically arranged in the alphabetical order on your glossary page. It also allows you to start the glossary term title with numbers and display them before the alphabetical terms on the glossary page.</p> <p>After adding a few terms, you can visit your WordPress site to see the glossary page in action.</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> The glossary / dictionary page URL is the same that you created in the general settings above.</p> <p><img title="Glossary page" src="" alt="Glossary page" width="550" height="244" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-56110" /></p> <p>If you have hundreds of glossary terms, then your users can click on any alphabet or numerical value above to easily view the specific terms on the dictionary page.</p> <p>That&#8217;s all. We hope this article helped you learn how to add a glossary or dictionary on your WordPress site. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step guide on <a href="" title="Ultimate Guide: How to Start a WordPress Blog (Step by Step)">how to start a WordPress blog</a> for beginners. </p> <p>If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our <a href="" title="WPBeginner on YouTube" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">YouTube Channel</a> for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on <a href="" title="WPBeginner on Twitter" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a> and <a href="" title="WPBeginner on Facebook" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How to Add a Glossary or Dictionary Section in Your WordPress Site</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">WPBeginner</a>.</p> text/html 2018-09-24T12:15:18+01:00 A Better Planet 6 Best WordPress App Builder Plugins: Turn WordPress Into A Mobile App text/html 2018-09-24T11:36:22+01:00 A Better Planet issue#377 text/html 2018-09-24T10:39:01+01:00 A Better Planet How to Add a Particle Effect to Your Website (Using Slider Revolution) text/html 2018-09-22T12:28:18+01:00 A Better Planet Shared or Managed WordPress Hosting – Which to Choose and Why? (Video Explanation) text/html 2018-09-21T23:32:59+01:00 A Better Planet What’s new in Gutenberg? <p>This new release completes some cool additions to the editor. It includes the ability to create reusable templates by selecting multiple blocks in the editor. It then allows exporting and importing these templates using a JSON file transport. There’s also a visual diff mechanism for comparing options when a block was detected as invalid (which could scale in the future to improved UX for revisions as a whole), toolbar groups can be defined as collapsible into a dropdown to better organize available block controls.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-cloudup wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-cloudup"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe src=";autoplay=false" data-uid="iB4mjfF-OJF" data-aspect-ratio="1.3710247349823321" width="776" height="566" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true" allowfullscreen="true" class="cloudup_iframe_embed"></iframe> </div> <figcaption>Showing visual comparison and reusable templates</figcaption></figure><p>There’s also the addition of a much clearer drag handle for drag and drop block operations next to the block arrow controls. It’s also possible to convert an image into a cover image and back, retaining the caption as the main text among many other small improvements and fixes.</p> <h2>3.9 <img src="" alt="🍒" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></h2> <ul> <li><img src="" alt="🏗" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> Add support for creating <a href="">reusable blocks out of multi-selected groups</a> of blocks not just individual blocks. This means the ability to easily save templates out of an existing set of blocks.</li> <li><img src="" alt="🚀" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> Add support for <a href="">importing and exporting reusable blocks</a> (using a JSON file transport). Note that locality of resources can be a problem if importing on a separate WordPress site.</li> <li><img src="" alt="🔍" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> Allow to <a href="">visually show differences between conversion options</a> when a block is detected as invalid.</li> <li>Add a <a href="">clear drag handle</a> next to the block arrow controls to drag and move a block. Also further polishes the drag and drop experience.</li> <li> <a href="">Instrument collapsible groups</a> for the block toolbar. It allows to display groups of options as a dropdown and reduce the length and imposition of the toolbar as a whole.</li> <li>Allow <a href="">conversion from <strong>Cover Image</strong> to <strong>Image</strong></a> and back, using caption if it exists as the main text.</li> <li> <a href="">Move</a> the reusable block UI options to the top of the block or block group.</li> <li>Focus the title when loading the editor <a href="">if it’s empty</a>.</li> <li>Adjust <a href="">margin rules for nested blocks</a>.</li> <li> <a href="">Preserve aspect ratio</a> on embedded content at different alignments and widths.</li> <li>Unselect blocks and disable inserter <a href="">when switching to Code Editor</a>.</li> <li>Add <a href="">new default block icon</a> (used when no icon is defined).</li> <li> <a href="">Avoid showing stacked icon group</a> on parent blocks if all of its children are meant to be hidden from the inserter.</li> <li>Add <a href="">dark editor style support</a>.</li> <li>Add a <a href="">figure wrapper</a> to <strong>Pullquote</strong> block.</li> <li>Add <a href="">needed attributes to kses allowed tags</a> for the <strong>Gallery</strong> block.</li> <li> <a href="">Improve visual display</a> of Classic block toolbar.</li> <li>Adjust unified block toolbar padding <a href="">at medium breakpoints</a>.</li> <li>Better align the close, chevrons, and ellipsis icons <a href="">in the sidebar panel</a>.</li> <li>Improve cropping of galleries <a href="">in IE11</a>.</li> <li>Adjust gallery caption <a href="">flex alignment</a>.</li> <li>Include Caption Styles <a href="">in Video Block</a>.</li> <li>Update RichText usage <a href="">to avoid inline elements</a>.</li> <li>Add shortcut aria label <a href="">for unreadable shortcuts</a>.</li> <li>Avoid triggering invalid block mechanisms <a href="">on empty HTML content</a>.</li> <li> <a href="">Rename</a> the <strong>Speaker</strong> block to <strong>Speaker Deck</strong>.</li> <li> <a href="">Disable inserter on Column block</a> and avoid showing stacked icon on columns.</li> <li> <a href="">Send post_id to the REST API</a> in the <em>ServerSideRender</em> component within the editor. This ensures the global <code>$post</code> object is set properly.</li> <li>Use pseudo element to prevent inspector tab width <a href="">from changing when selected</a>.</li> <li>Apply consistent spacing <a href="">on the post visibility menu</a>.</li> <li>Fix notice <a href="">styling regression</a>.</li> <li>Fix ability to <a href="">select small table cells</a>.</li> <li>Fix issue with drag and drop in Chrome <a href="">when the document has iframes</a>.</li> <li>Fix <a href="">HTML validation issues</a>.</li> <li>Fix parser to <a href="">output freeform content</a> before void blocks.</li> <li>Fix <a href="">margin style regression</a> with block appender.</li> <li>Fix <a href="">link source</a> for outreach/articles.</li> <li>Fix <a href="">Archives block alignment</a> and issue with custom classes.</li> <li>Fix error when a taxonomy <a href="">has no attached post type</a>.</li> <li>Fix invalid block scrim <a href="">overflowing toolbar on mobile</a>.</li> <li>Fix block settings menu appearance <a href="">in non wp-admin contexts</a>.</li> <li>Fix incorrect <a href="">unlink shortcut</a>.</li> <li>Fix placeholder <a href="">text contrast</a>.</li> <li>Fix issue with shortcut inserter <a href="">on invalid paragraphs</a>.</li> <li>Fix camelCase and <a href="">cross-component class name</a>.<br> </li> <li>Fix qs <a href="">dependency typo</a>.</li> <li>Pluralize “kind” to <a href="">fix typo</a>.</li> <li> <a href="">Remove</a> <code>isButton</code> prop.</li> <li> <a href="">Remove</a> wrapper div from <strong>Categories</strong> block.</li> <li> <a href="">Remove</a> prop-type-like check in <em>Popover</em> component.</li> <li>Remove unnecessary <a href="">duplicated class</a> from Embed placeholder.</li> <li> <a href="">Flatten</a> BlockListLayout into base BlockList.</li> <li> <a href="">Add isEmptyElement utility function</a> under wp.Element.</li> <li> <a href="">Use HTML Document</a> for finding iframe in embed previews.</li> <li>Add wp-polyfill <a href="">as central polyfill</a>.</li> <li> <a href="">Update docke-compose setup order</a> to create MySQL container before WordPress container.</li> <li> <a href="">Improve comments</a> in transforms object of <strong>Quote</strong> block.</li> <li>Do not assume that singular form in <code>_n()</code> <a href="">is used just for single item</a>.<br> </li> <li>Update examples for components to look <a href="">according to guidelines</a>.</li> <li>Update release docs <a href="">to include process for RC</a>.</li> <li>Add simplified block grammar spec <a href="">to the handbook</a>.</li> <li>Add <a href="">lint rule</a> for path on Lodash property functions.</li> <li> <a href="">Add user for cli image</a> in docker-compose.</li> <li> <a href="">Show lint errors</a> when there are lint problems.</li> <li>Minor <a href="">updates and improvements</a> to documents and code references.</li> <li>Improve docs build to <a href="">consider memoized selectors</a>.<br> </li> </ul> <h3>Mobile Native</h3> <ul> <li>Add <a href="">Heading toolbar</a> for changing heading sizes.</li> <li> <a href="">Save</a> level to heading block attributes for parsing.</li> <li> <a href="">Add onEnter callback</a> and function placeholder to <em>RichText</em> implementation.</li> <li>Add <a href="">Image block placeholder</a>.</li> <li> <a href="">Avoid propagating eventCount</a> to components.</li> </ul> <p style="font-size:20px;text-align:center" class="has-background has-very-light-gray-background-color">Deprecations <a href="">removed</a> with this version.</p> <p class="o2-appended-tags"><a href="" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>core-editor</a>, <a href="" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>editor</a>, <a href="" class="tag"><span class="tag-prefix">#</span>gutenberg</a></p> text/html 2018-09-21T12:00:20+01:00 A Better Planet What Is ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS Error & How To Fix It In WordPress text/html 2018-09-20T15:47:55+01:00 A Better Planet An Introduction to Debugging for WordPress Developers <p>In the most recent post in this series, I walked through the process of integrating Xdebug with your IDE. And given that I&#8217;ve been using Visual Studio Code as my IDE of choice, that&#8217;s also the IDE I&#8217;m using as the example. Furthermore, it&#8217;s cross-platform, easy enough to get started for beginners, but powerful enough to extend and operate for more experienced programmers...</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow">Source</a></p> text/html 2018-09-20T14:43:13+01:00 A Better Planet How to Enable Two Step Authentication in WordPress with iThemes Security Pro <p>Strong passwords are good for WordPress security, but they aren’t always enough. Especially if your password is one you reuse across many sites (but even if not), you’ll sometimes want to consider a two-step authentication in WordPress. That means that you’ll first fill in your WordPress password, and after that is filled in, you’ll be prompted for another code. Most often, this is a 6-digit number which changes every thirty seconds. Most people have probably experienced a 2-Factor Authentication flow (via a phone SMS message) of this kind from their bank or Facebook account.</p> <p>To get two-factor authentication in WordPress, you have a lot of options. One that I’ve used with good success is iThemes Security Pro—it’s the premium version of the free iThemes Security plugin we covered in my <a href="">last Quick Guide</a>. Like any 2FA system, you’ll be shown a QR code on your WordPress site, scan it using an app like <a href=";hl=en">Google Authenticator</a> or <a href="">Authy</a> (my preference), and then use that app to get your codes in the future.</p> <p>The big security benefit of this is knowing that your password (or even your time-series code) is not enough to get access to your WordPress site. If you’re looking for the best WordPress two factor authentication plugin, definitely give iThemes Security Pro a look. Here’s how to use it:</p> <p><iframe id="_ytid_85800" width="480" height="270" src=";autoplay=0&#038;cc_load_policy=0&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;loop=0&#038;modestbranding=0&#038;rel=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;fs=1&#038;playsinline=0&#038;autohide=2&#038;theme=dark&#038;color=red&#038;controls=2&#038;" class="__youtube_prefs__" title="YouTube player" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen data-no-lazy="1" data-skipgform_ajax_framebjll=""></iframe></p> <h2 id="4-steps-to-use-ithemes-security-to-enable-wordpress-two-factor-authentication-">4 Steps to Use iThemes Security to Enable WordPress Two Factor Authentication!</h2> <ol> <li>First, you’ll install and activate the iThemes Security Pro plugin. This requires a purchase from iThemes, which will give you a ZIP file.</li> <li>To install the ZIP file, click “Upload Zip” on the “Plugins &gt; Add New” screen. You’ll also need to put in your license key.</li> <li>Once installed, navigate to “Security &gt; Settings.” Find the “Two-Factor Authentication” card and make sure it’s on. You’ll have the option to configure settings, but the normal ones are probably more than fine.</li> <li>Once set up, you’ll need to configure it for your account. For new accounts, you’ll be prompted as you login. For other accounts, you’ll be stepped through the process on the “Users &gt; My Profile” screen. Helpfully, the process also lists phones apps you can use. Pick one, get to it’s “Scan a barcode” screen, and use it on the QR Code presented by iThemes Security Pro. Now you’re set up to login securely to WordPress with two factor authentication. <img src="" alt="🙌" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></li> </ol> <h2 id="how-to-login-using-2-factor-authentication-with-ithemes-security">How to Login Using 2-Factor Authentication with iThemes Security</h2> <ol> <li>To login with the two-step authentication from iThemes Security Pro, you’ll login as normal. (Check out <a href="">this Quick Guide</a> if you want details on that.)</li> <li>Then, pull up your phone app when you’re prompted for a six-digit code. You’ll get it from your app and type it into the box. Once entered, you’ll be sent to the WordPress Dashboard, as usual.</li> </ol> <p>Cheers, and congratulations on upgrading your login security in WordPress!</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> text/html 2018-09-18T21:35:20+01:00 A Better Planet CEOs and the Real World <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>The downside of Zuckerberg’s exalted status within his company is that it is difficult for him to get genuine, unexpurgated feedback. He has tried, at times, to puncture his own bubble. In 2013, as a New Year’s resolution, he pledged to meet someone new, outside Facebook, every day. In 2017, he travelled to more than thirty states on a “listening tour” that he hoped would better acquaint him with the outside world. David Plouffe, President Obama’s former campaign manager, who is now the head of policy and advocacy at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the family’s philanthropic investment company, attended some events on the tour. He told me, “When a politician goes to one of those, it’s an hour, and they’re talking for fifty of those minutes. He would talk for, like, five, and just ask questions.”</p><p>But the exercise came off as stilted and tone-deaf. Zuckerberg travelled with a professional photographer, who documented him feeding a calf in Wisconsin, ordering barbecue, and working on an assembly line at a Ford plant in Michigan. Online, people joked that the photos made him look like an extraterrestrial exploring the human race for the first time. A former Facebook executive who was involved in the tour told a friend, “No one wanted to tell Mark, and no one did tell Mark, that this really looks just dumb.”</p></blockquote> <p>There seem to be three communication gaps outlined here in Evan Osnos&#8217;s <a href="">revealing profile of Mark Zuckerberg</a>: one is getting unvarnished feedback from your employees. Speaking as a fellow CEO and founder, it&#8217;s certainly hard to pop that bubble &#8212; see <a href="">&#8220;the bear is sticky with honey.&#8221;</a> There are a few techniques like skip-level 1:1 meetings, anonymous feedback forms, interviewing new hires, and 360 reviews you can do to try to counter this, but there&#8217;s no panacea and this one requires constant work as you scale.</p> <p>The second gap is getting the unvarnished truth from your users &#8212; much easier, as they&#8217;re quite happy to tell you what&#8217;s what. I&#8217;ve recently started cold-calling (yes, on the phone!) some of our Jetpack customers just to understand what they love and don&#8217;t love about the experience and about how we can help them solve their business challenges. There&#8217;s a casual intimacy to phone conversations that just can&#8217;t be replicated in other user feedback forums. Pair this with good instrumentation throughout your product so you see what people do and not just what they say and you&#8217;re golden.</p> <p>The third and last communication gap is the connection to the world as most people experience it. If your status, wealth, or celebrity reach a point that they are shutting you out from &#8220;real&#8221; experiences, take some risks and get outside of your comfort zone. As it turns out, <a href="">this new GQ profile of Paul McCartney offered a tip on that: </a></p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>McCartney tells me a further such story of a time he took the Hampton Jitney, the slightly upmarket bus service that runs from the Hamptons into Manhattan, because he was deep into Charles Dickens&#8217;s Nicholas Nickleby and he wanted to finish it, and how he then took a local bus uptown, and when a woman blurted from across the bus, &#8220;Hey! Are you Paul McCartney?&#8221; he invited her to sit next to him and chatted all the way uptown. &#8220;It&#8217;s a way of not worrying about your fame,&#8221; he says. &#8220;It&#8217;s a way of not turning into the reclusive rock star. I often say to Nancy: I get in their faces before they get a chance to get in mine.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>Makes me wonder if <a href="">Jack Dorsey still rides the bus to work every day</a>. I think this is what Zuckerberg was attempting with his 30-state tour, and hopefully it was helpful even if the optics didn&#8217;t appeal to everyone — the daily habit of his 2013 resolution to meet someone new every day feels more powerful than the touristic 30-state one. But for an entity as large as Facebook maybe it&#8217;s moot, as Casey Newton pointed out <a href="">in his newsletter last week</a> it can be quite hard to pin the answers to Facebook&#8217;s real problems, and our democracy&#8217;s real challenges <a href="">in the face of targeted online propaganda</a>, to just one person.</p> text/html 2018-09-14T15:14:20+01:00 A Better Planet BuddyPress 3.2.0 Maintenance Release <p>BuddyPress 3.2.0 is now available. This is a maintenance release that fixes 25 bugs and is a recommended upgrade for all BuddyPress installations.</p> <p>Update to BuddyPress 3.2.0 today in your WordPress Dashboard, or by <a href="">downloading from the plugin repository</a>. For details on the changes, read the <a href="">3.2.0 release notes</a>.</p> text/html 2018-09-12T22:58:40+01:00 A Better Planet WordPress and Blockchain <p>WordPress is one of the driving forces and great success stories of the open web to date. As an open source platform, it&#8217;s become a dominant CMS used by 30% of the web to publish content — on websites large and small.</p> <p>WordPress has grown up in an era of evolving challenges: ushering in web standards, adapting for publishing and viewing on all device sizes; building for accessibility by all; establishing its place in the era of expansive and centralized social media platforms; and more.</p> <p>Today, we’re faced with a new generation of technologies coming down the pipe, ready to disrupt the current ecosystem. These technologies include blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, the internet of things, and more I&#8217;m sure. It’s the first of these that is the focus of this post and the following conversation.</p> <p>I was approached by David Lockie of <a href="">Pragmatic</a> to discuss how WordPress and blockchain technology may fit together, and how they may not. David and I have both been interested in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space over the past couple of years, and have over time encountered a lot of projects that aim to disrupt or enhance various elements of the web: from DNS to CMS.</p> <p>David gathered a group of people for an initial online, open, honest conversation about how WordPress could be impacted, disrupted or take advantage of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies.</p> <p>Examples include:</p> <ul> <li>Blockchain platforms impacting people’s choice to use WordPress e.g. <a href="">Steemit</a></li> <li>Blockchain projects impacting people already using WordPress e.g. <a href="">Basic Attention Token</a> or <a href=""></a>, <a href="">Civil</a></li> <li>Cryptocurrencies’ impact on eCommerce and the wider ecosystem, e.g. the Coinbase Commerce merchant gateway</li> <li>What we can learn from blockchain projects’ governance systems and lessons learned</li> <li>Ideas for improving security, integrations, etc</li> <li>Various identity-based projects</li> <li>New environments which may be used to run WordPress, such as decentralized web technologies e.g. <a href="">Substratum </a> or <a href="">MaidSafe</a>.</li> <li>Impact on the talent pool for WordPress professionals</li> <li>General <a href="">threats and opportunities</a></li> <li>Discussion of anything new, interesting and relevant in the blockchain/cryptocurrency space</li> <li>All of the above as it relates to open source and the web generally, outside of WordPress</li> </ul> <p>Our aim for the initial conversation, as well as future conversations, <strong>is not</strong> to advocate specifically for any existing project or to necessarily endorse blockchain as appropriate for WordPress to somehow integrate in any way. It&#8217;s to explore what&#8217;s out there now, how it could impact WordPress today and in the future, and down the road perhaps how WordPress may take advantage of potential opportunities. We are approaching this like a discovery phase — not to get overly excited, but to be informed. And we welcome participants in this conversation.</p> <p>This first conversation included the following participants:</p> <ul> <li>David Lockie, <a href="">Pragmatic</a></li> <li>Brian Krogsgard, Post Status</li> <li>Bradford Campeau-Laurion, <a href="">Alley Interactive</a></li> <li>Zac Gordon, <a href="">Deeply</a></li> <li>Christie Chirinos, <a href="">Caldera Labs</a></li> <li>Josh Pollock, <a href="">Caldera Labs</a></li> <li>Brad Williams, <a href="">WebDevStudios</a></li> </ul> <p>I attempted to reiterate it in the call, but I believe it&#8217;s important to address this topic with a skeptic&#8217;s hat on. By no means do any of us think that it&#8217;s a great idea to just go head first in trying to integrate blockchain technology to WordPress. The jury is still very much out in terms of where, how, and even if blockchain brings significant advantages to web applications.</p> <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='1024' height='576' src=';rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p> <p>If you are interested in future discussions, we welcome you! There is currently a channel (#blockchain) in Post Status Slack where people can discuss, and we&#8217;ll also announce future video-conference discussions. We may make a more independent place to discuss, blog, etc, in the future depending on how these early conversations go.</p> <p>We don&#8217;t know exactly where this conversation will go. It may fizzle out, or it could evolve into a much broader community effort. The first thing to do, if you are interested to continue this conversation, is just follow along with future conversations, which will be posted here. If you would like to be on the next video call, please <a href="">contact David</a> or <a href="">me</a>.</p> text/html 2018-09-12T04:30:15+01:00 A Better Planet Most eCommerce Reviews are Missing this Feature <h2>We all use eCommerce Reviews</h2> <p>I don&#8217;t know about you but when I visit Amazon and look at a product, one of the first things I do is scroll down to the reviews. And I&#8217;m not going there to read the great reviews.</p> <p>No, instead, what I&#8217;m doing is reading the negative reviews.</p> <p>I&#8217;m asking myself whether the negatives are believable and/or whether I am willing to live with them. After all, just because someone has something negative to say doesn&#8217;t mean it will impact me, right?</p> <p>Do you do the same thing?</p> <h2>Do you use SeatGuru? Been to BustedTees?</h2> <p><a href="">SeatGuru</a> is one of the review sites I use when I&#8217;m flying on an airline I don&#8217;t normally fly on. Ever been there?</p> <p>They show you a map of the plane and highlight the particularly bad seats. But they also allow people to write reviews of the plane.</p> <p>Take a look at the bottom right of this image of a Southwest plane (737-800).</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-52406" src="" alt="" width="961" height="1024" srcset=" 961w, 650w, 768w, 504w, 200w" sizes="(max-width: 961px) 100vw, 961px" /></p> <p>When you read the customer reviews, you see one of the most common implementations of reviews, as text-based comments.</p> <p>You see the same thing when you visit <a href="">BustedTees</a>. The only difference is that they use Facebook comments.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-52405" src="" alt="" width="1024" height="925" srcset=" 1024w, 650w, 768w, 504w, 200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>While there&#8217;s nothing wrong with this approach, the value of these comments isn&#8217;t all that great.</p> <h2>Highlighting Positive and Negative Reviews Helps</h2> <p>A better approach to reviews is to determine which ones are positive and which are negative &#8211; highlighting each so customers can quickly make a judgement. One of the cleanest ways I&#8217;ve seen this done is at <a href="">4Imprint</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-52409" src="" alt="" width="1024" height="836" srcset=" 1024w, 650w, 768w, 504w, 200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>The quick highlighting of one positive and one negative review at the top right is helpful. What&#8217;s also helpful is that they show us the average rating (4.6 of 5), the total number of ratings (219) and a histogram of how those land across all the scores.</p> <p>These are all features we&#8217;ve come to love at Amazon, right?</p> <p>But there&#8217;s still a problem with these. Did you catch it? Most likely you didn&#8217;t because we&#8217;ve all become accustomed to what we get from Amazon and never thought about it differently.</p> <p>But instead of telling you about it, let me show it to you. It comes to us from <a href="">Under Armour</a>.</p> <h2>Under Armour is better at eCommerce Reviews than Amazon</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-52408" src="" alt="" width="1024" height="557" srcset=" 1024w, 650w, 768w, 504w, 200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>When you look at this screenshot, you&#8217;ll likely see all the stuff we&#8217;ve seen already at 4Imprint:</p> <ul> <li>Average Rating</li> <li>Rating Breakdown</li> <li>Comment Rating</li> </ul> <p>But you also likely saw that they ask customers to score each product on three more variables:</p> <ul> <li>Performance</li> <li>Comfort</li> <li>Size</li> </ul> <p>That&#8217;s fantastic, but it&#8217;s not the missing feature I&#8217;m talking about.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s what makes Under Armour better than Amazon when it comes to product reviews.</p> <p><strong>They capture meta-data about the reviewer.</strong></p> <p>Think back, for a second, about the SeatGuru review. Imagine if the person who wrote the comment was a large guy. His take on seat size might sound different than if he was a tiny, skinny guy. Right?</p> <p>Think about the person who might comment on shoes or workout clothes. Are they a professional athlete? Are they an avid runner? Or an average person who works out every now and then? Won&#8217;t that change how we read their review?</p> <h2>Under Armour lets users filter reviews based on User Meta Data</h2> <p>When you look closely at that image, or you visit their site, you&#8217;ll see that you can filter all the reviews by the kind of reviewer that you want to pay attention to. If you&#8217;re a runner, you might only want to read reviews from avid and professional runners.</p> <p>The bottom line here is something we know in person when someone tells us we should check out a movie. We don&#8217;t just listen to the review or recommendation. We also judge the person giving the review. And that&#8217;s a critical dynamic in eCommerce reviews &#8211; but a feature that is missing almost across every store I&#8217;ve visited.</p> <p><strong>That&#8217;s why our team at <a href="">Liquid Web</a>, where we&#8217;ve created <a href="">a platform for WooCommerce stores</a>, is now working on a WooCommerce extension that will allow reviewers to give us more data about themselves, and we&#8217;ll allow site visitors to filter reviews based on that meta data so that they can determine which reviews mean the most.</strong></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Most eCommerce Reviews are Missing this Feature</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href=""></a>.</p> text/html 2018-09-03T11:00:43+01:00 A Better Planet The Month in WordPress: August 2018 <p>Many of the WordPress contribution teams have been working hard on the new WordPress editor, and the tools, services, and documentation surrounding it. Read on to find out more about this ongoing project, as well as everything else that has been happening around the WordPress community in August.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2>WordPress 4.9.8 is Released</h2> <p><a href="">WordPress 4.9.8 was released</a> at the beginning of the month. While this was a maintenance release fixing 46 bugs, it was significant for Core development because it made a point of highlighting Gutenberg — the new WordPress editor that is currently in development (more on that below).<br /></p> <p>This release also included some important updates to the privacy tools that were added to Core earlier this year.<br /></p> <p>Want to get involved in building WordPress Core? Follow <a href="">the Core team blog</a> and join the #core channel in the <a href="">Making WordPress Slack group</a>.</p> <h2>New WordPress Editor Development Continues</h2> <p>Active development continues on <a href="">Gutenberg</a>, the new editing experience for WordPress Core. <a href="">The latest version</a> features a number of important user experience improvements, including a new unified toolbar and support for a more focussed writing mode.<br /></p> <p>Users can test Gutenberg right now by installing <a href="">the plugin</a>, which currently has nearly 300,000 active installs. Along with that, <a href="">the Gutenberg Handbook</a> has some very useful information about how to use and develop for the new editor.<br /></p> <p>Want to get involved in building Gutenberg? Follow <a href="">the #gutenberg tag on the Core team blog</a> and join the #core-editor channel in the <a href="">Making WordPress Slack group</a>.</p> <h2>Planning Begins for the Next Global WordPress Translation Day</h2> <p>The Global WordPress Translation Day is a 24-hour event held online and all across the world. It is designed to bring communities together to translate WordPress into their local languages, and to help them connect with other communities doing the same thing.<br /></p> <p>There have been three Translation Days since April 2016, and <a href="">the fourth edition is in the planning stages now</a>. The Polyglots team, who organizes these events, is currently looking for input on the date, format, and content for the event and would love some feedback from the community.<br /></p> <p>Want to get involved in translating WordPress into your own language? Follow <a href="">the Polyglots team blog</a> and join the #polyglots channel in the <a href="">Making WordPress Slack group</a>.<br /></p> <hr class="wp-block-separator" /> <h2>Further Reading:</h2> <ul><li><a href="">The Update PHP page on</a> has been revised and improved to make the reasons for upgrading more clear.</li><li>The Mobile team is looking for people to help test the latest versions of the <a href="">Android</a> and <a href="">iOS</a> apps for WordPress.</li><li><a href="">WordBits</a> is a innovative new platform for publishing WordPress-based code snippets with the ability to download each snippet as a working plugin.</li><li>The Community Team <a href="">has some updates</a> about how things are going with this year’s WordCamp Incubator program.</li><li>The WordPress Support Forums <a href="">now include a feature</a> allowing forum volunteers to easily report a post to the moderators for a follow-up.</li><li>WordCamp Kochi, India <a href="">has unfortunately had to postpone their event</a> due to floods in the region.</li><li><a href="">WP Glossary</a> is a new site that offers helpful definitions of words that you could encounter when using WordPress.</li><li>A few WordPress community members <a href="">have started a working group</a> to tackle the idea of building diverse WordPress  communities all across the world.</li><li>A new <a href="">Gutenberg Block Library</a> is available, listing the details of the many blocks available for the new editor.</li></ul> <p><em>If you have a story we should consider including in the next “Month in WordPress” post, please </em><a href=""><em>submit it here</em></a><em>.</em></p> text/html 2018-07-23T22:02:18+01:00 A Better Planet Page Links To v3.0 A text/html 2018-06-04T12:00:08+01:00 A Better Planet Designing a Gutenberg-Powered Theme: Music A text/html 2018-03-26T17:32:45+01:00 A Better Planet Michelle Schulp on running an independent business text/html 2018-01-30T16:00:56+01:00 A Better Planet How to Easily Back Up WordPress Remotely – A Step-by-step Guide <p>Learning to back up WordPress remotely is one of the most important things you can do. There is nothing worse than losing all your hard work and having no way of getting it back. For that reason, setting up a backup solution is a must do for any website owner.</p> <p>However, where do you store copies of your site safely? Your hard drive? The server your website is on? Well, hard drives fail, servers go down, computers get stolen or become otherwise inaccessible. So does your WordPress backup if worst come to worst.</p> <p>As a consequence, a much better idea is to back up WordPress to a cloud storage or some other location offsite. And that&#8217;s exactly what this article is about. Below, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to back up your WordPress site. You will also learn several plugin options and services to create WordPress backups in the cloud.</p> <p>Let&#8217;s get cracking.</p> <h2>Backing Up WordPress Remotely &#8211; Here&#8217;s How to Do It</h2> <p>In the example below, we will use <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">UpdraftPlus</a>. The plugin allows you to back up your site to a remote location even in its free version. Many other options (more on that below) require purchasing a premium version to use this feature. Aside from that, as you will see, UpdraftPlus also makes the process very simple.</p> <h3>1. Install the Plugin</h3> <p>Naturally, the first thing to do is to install the backup solution. For that, go to <em>Plugins &gt; Add New</em> and search for <em>UpdraftPlus</em>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-83482" src="" alt="install updraftplus" width="1024" height="431" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w, 1115w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>When it appears in the search results, click on <em>Install Now</em> to load it. Once WordPress is done downloading and installing, hit <em>Activate</em>.</p> <h3>2. Set up Your Remote Storage</h3> <p>Once the plugin is on your site, you can find its options panel under <em>Settings &gt; UpdraftPlus Backups</em>. Under <em>Settings</em> you can configure everything concerning when and where it backs up your site.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83490" src="" alt="updraftplus settings" width="933" height="676" srcset=" 933w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 933px) 100vw, 933px" /></p> <p>We will first deal with setting up the remote storage space. As you can see, UpdraftPlus offers a whole bunch of options from it&#8217;s own service over FTP to Dropbox, email, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive.</p> <p>In this example, we will go with Dropbox. The service offers a free basic account with 2GB of space that is excellent for keeping your WordPress backups safe. However, the steps are virtually the same for any of the remote options here.</p> <p>The first thing you will do is click on the Dropbox symbol. Then, scroll down and save the changes. When you do, you will see this message:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83485" src="" alt="set up remote storage in updraftplus" width="960" height="283" srcset=" 960w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 960px) 100vw, 960px" /></p> <p>Click on the link to authorize your Dropbox account. If you are not already logged in, the next step is to input your credentials.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-83480" src="" alt="connect updraftplus to dropbox" width="1024" height="522" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w, 1026w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>After that, you will have to authorize UpdraftPlus to access your account by clicking <em>Allow</em>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83473" src="" alt="allow updraftplus access to dropbox" width="800" height="382" srcset=" 800w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></p> <p>Finish the setup by hitting <em>Complete setup</em> in the screen that follows. This will also take you back to your site.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-83479" src="" alt="complete dropbox updraftplus setup" width="1024" height="567" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 720w, 320w, 640w, 1030w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>Well done, you completed the first step!</p> <h3>3. Run the Backup</h3> <p>Now that the setup is finished, it&#8217;s time to back up your site for the first time. Doing so is pretty easy: just go to the first tab of the UpdraftPlus settings and hit the big blue button that says <em>Backup Now</em>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83484" src="" alt="run remote wordpress backup in updraftplus" width="942" height="395" srcset=" 942w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 942px) 100vw, 942px" /></p> <p>This will open the following popup:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83476" src="" alt="backup popup updraftplus" width="728" height="529" srcset=" 728w, 300w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px" /></p> <p>Here, make sure to tick all boxes in order to include both your database and site files as well as have UpdraftPlus send them to your remote storage.</p> <p>Then click on <em>Backup Now</em> at the bottom. This will start the backup process and also show a status indicator bar so you can follow the progress.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83488" src="" alt="updraftplus backup progress bar" width="974" height="160" srcset=" 974w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 974px) 100vw, 974px" /></p> <p>Depending on the size of your site, this might take a while. How about you get a cup of coffee in the meanwhile? By the way, you can save time by <a href="">cleaning up your WordPress site</a> beforehand. This will make it smaller and thus, easier to back up.</p> <p>Once done, when you go back to your Dropbox account, you should now find a new folder called <em>Apps</em> with another directory named <em></em> inside. In there, you find your saved files.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-83475" src="" alt="backed up wordpress files in dropbox" width="1024" height="411" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w, 1280w, 1304w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <h3>4. Set Up an Automatic Schedule</h3> <p>However, relying on manual backups is not the most efficient way. That&#8217;s especially because it&#8217;s easy to forget to do them, which defeats the whole purpose. The solution: backup automation.</p> <p>Thankfully, UpdraftPlus offers this out of the box. Under the <em>Settings</em> tab, we have already seen the options earlier.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83486" src="" alt="set wordpress backup schedule in updraftplus" width="741" height="132" srcset=" 741w, 300w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 741px) 100vw, 741px" /></p> <p>Use the drop-down menus to choose how often the plugin should back up your site&#8217;s files and database. Options include every four, eight or twelve hours, daily, weekly, every fortnight, or once a month.</p> <p>Which time interval makes the most sense depends on your site. A very active blog with many comments needs more frequent backups than mostly static sites that rarely change.</p> <p>In addition to that, you can choose the number of backups to keep at hand. Again, decide this depending on the nature of your site.</p> <p>Further down you find additional options to configure what to exclude from the backup. You can also request the plugin to send a report via email when it is finished backing up. Finally, under <em>Expert settings</em> you are able to enable debug mode, define the size at which to split your archives, delete or keep local backup files and control SSL settings.</p> <p>Once satisfied, save your settings and your automatic backup should be fully functional. Note, that you might have to reauthorize access to your remote storage upon saving.</p> <h3>How to Restore From Remote</h3> <p>Alright, now your precious site is being backed up to a safe place on a regular basis. However, what do you do when the unthinkable happens and you have to restore it from a saved version?</p> <p>Well, one of the best things when you back up your WordPress site remotely is that you can also us the remote backup to bring it back. UpdraftPlus makes this process very convenient.</p> <p>For example, let&#8217;s say you site completely crashed and burned and you need to get the saved version back. In that case, it&#8217;s enough to set up a fresh WordPress site and install UpdraftPlus on it. After that, connect to Dropbox (or the remote back up location of your choice) as before. Then, click on the big <em>Restore</em> button.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83483" src="" alt="restore remote wordpress backup in updraftplus" width="955" height="465" srcset=" 955w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 955px) 100vw, 955px" /></p> <p>In the next menu, if the list is empty, check on <em>Rescan remote storage</em>. This should populate your list with your existing remote backups.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-83489" src="" alt="updraftplus list of remote backups" width="1024" height="434" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>With a click on <em>Restore</em> on the right you can then start recovering the components you need.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83487" src="" alt="updraft plus restore options" width="734" height="589" srcset=" 734w, 300w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 734px) 100vw, 734px" /></p> <p>That&#8217;s it. The rest happens by itself.</p> <h3>Premium Features</h3> <p>While UpdraftPlus&#8217; basic functionality is enough to back up WordPress remotely, its premium version comes with additional options that make it even more useful:</p> <ul> <li>Fine tune your backup schedule (e.g. back up your site at night when traffic is low)</li> <li>Exclude/include files and database tables</li> <li>Create subfolders in Dropbox to keep backups for different sites apart</li> <li>Back up <span style="text-decoration: underline;">WordPress Multisite</span> and save your site in multiple remote locations</li> <li>Storage space in Updraft Vault or Cloud</li> <li>Encryption for backed up databases</li> <li>Ability to clone and migrate WordPress sites through remote backups</li> </ul> <p>You can <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">purchase many of these options</a> on their own or get all of them in <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">UpdraftPlus Premium</a> starting at $70. However, for basic protection, the free version is absolutely sufficient.</p> <h2>Other Plugins to Remotely Back Up Your WordPress Site</h2> <p>Of course, UpdraftPlus is not the only way to back up WordPress to offsite locations. Other plugins can do the same. Here are a number of options.</p> <h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BackWPup</a></h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83478" src="" alt="backwpup remote backup wordpress" width="772" height="250" srcset=" 772w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 772px) 100vw, 772px" /></p> <p>Another free option that includes remote backups to a similar range of services as UpdraftPlus. The plugin makes it easy to set up an automatic schedule. It can also optimize, check and repair your database.</p> <p>The pro version comes with priority support, the possibility to back up to Google Drive (which is included in UpdraftPlus out of the box) and other features.</p> <h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Duplicator</a></h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83481" src="" alt="duplicator wordpress remote backup solution" width="772" height="250" srcset=" 772w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 772px) 100vw, 772px" /></p> <p>This plugin is one of my personal favorites for <a href="">migrating WordPress websites,</a> and it is also usable as a backup solution.</p> <p>However, for scheduled backups to remote locations, you need to purchase the premium version which starts at $39 for a year of backups and support. If the quality is the same as the free plugin, it might be worth the investment.</p> <h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">BackupBuddy</a></h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-83477" src="" alt="backupbuddy wordpress remote backup solution" width="790" height="272" srcset=" 790w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 790px) 100vw, 790px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>BackupBuddy is a premium-only solution. It allows you to create a schedule and back your site up to Dropbox, FTP, Amazon S3, email and more. They even have their own service that provides real-time backup. Plus, BackupBudy can duplicate, migrate and restore WordPress sites. Plans start at $80/year for one website.</p> <h3><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">VaultPress</a></h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-83474" src="" alt="back up wordpress remotely with Vaultpress" width="1024" height="332" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 320w, 640w, 1280w, 1420w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></p> <p>Finally, we have VaultPress which offers daily or real-time cloud backup for your site. The service is included in <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jetpack</a>, however, you need a subscription to use it.</p> <p>Plans start at $3.50/month, however, for real-time remote backups it takes the <em>Professional</em> plan which clocks in at $29/month or $299/year. You also need to install the Jetpack plugin (see <a href="">our Jetpack guide</a> for more info) and get a account. Yet, the effort can be worth it depending on your needs and site.</p> <h2>WordPress Remote Backups in a Nutshell&#8230;</h2> <p>A backup solution is an absolutely necessary part of any WordPress website. Without, the risk of losing your site and having no chance of recovery is just too great.</p> <p>While any solution in place is better than nothing, backing up WordPress remotely is a particularly great option. It keeps copies of your site in the cloud, making it less likely something will happen to them and giving you access to your backup from anywhere in the world.</p> <p>In this article, we have gone over how to back up WordPress remotely with the help of UpdraftPlus. The plugin is a great free option to set up basic remote backup for your WordPress site. It also has many premium options that make the experience even better.</p> <p>If you want to shop around for another solution, you also find a few of those in this post. Whichever one you decide on, the important thing is that you have any system in place. In a worst-case scenario, it will dramatically lower your blood pressure. I promise.</p> <p><em>What&#8217;s your favorite way of backing up WordPress remotely? Anything to add to the above? Please let us know in the comments section below.</em></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="" title="All posts by Nick Schäferhoff" rel="author">Nick Schäferhoff</a></h3><div class="bio-gravatar"><img alt='' src=';d=mm&#038;r=g' srcset=';d=mm&#038;r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-70 photo' height='70' width='70' /></div><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" href="" class="bio-icon bio-icon-website"></a><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" href="" class="bio-icon bio-icon-twitter"></a><p class="bio-description">Nick Schäferhoff is an entrepreneur, online marketer, and professional blogger from Germany. He found WordPress when he needed a website for his first business and instantly fell in love. When not building websites, creating content or helping his clients improve their online business, he can most often be found at the gym, the dojo or traveling the world with his wife. If you want to get in touch with him, you can do so via Twitter or through his website.</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="">How to Easily Back Up WordPress Remotely &#8211; A Step-by-step Guide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Torque</a>.</p> text/html 2018-01-06T16:55:40+01:00 A Better Planet Vulnerability in phpMyAdmin Requires Immediate Patch A text/html 2017-10-11T13:47:19+01:00 A Better Planet Implementing A Service Worker For Single-Page App WordPress Sites text/html 2017-09-25T12:34:49+01:00 A Better Planet How To Change The Default WordPress Media Uploads Folder <p>This disappointed many bloggers. Mostly because using a custom media uploads directory made it easier to browse media files in one place rather than having to browse in multiple folders by month and year. It also had a small SEO benefit, especially when you host multimedia files such as PDFs.</p> <p>Luckily, there is a way you can get around this problem and customize the default media uploads path of your website. Here’s how you can do it.</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> Following strategies involve customizing your website’s core files and editing code. Make sure to fully backup your website and files before trying out any of these methods.</p> <h2>Method #1 &#8211; Use A Plugin</h2> <p>The easiest way to change the default media uploads path is to use the <a href="">WP Original Media Path</a> plugin.</p> <p>Once installed, this plugin will allow you to easily change the default media directory into any path you like.</p> <p>For example, your current media uploads path may look like this: <strong><em></em></strong>. You can customize it to a more professional path like <strong><em></em></strong> using this plugin.</p> <p>Keep in mind that this plugin will only change the uploads folder for your future uploads. You’ll have to manually move the media files to the new folder if you want them to appear in the new and updated media path.</p> <p>If you decided to move the media files, you can then use the <a href="">Search &amp; Replace</a> plugin to modify MySQL to make sure your previously published articles find the media files from the new uploads folder.</p> <h2>Method #2 &#8211; Customize WP-Config.php</h2> <p>The other method is also simple, but it involves editing a core WordPress file.</p> <p>First, access the <strong>root directory</strong> of your WordPress installation using the File Explorer in your web hosting CPanel or using an FTP client. Then find a file named <strong>wp-config.php</strong> and open the file to edit.</p> <p>Then add the following line in the wp-config file:</p> <p><strong>define( &#8216;UPLOADS&#8217;, &#8216;wp-content/&#8217;.&#8217;media&#8217; );</strong></p> <p>This will make all your media uploads go in a folder named “media”. But it will still be inside the “wp-content” folder.</p> <p>If you want the uploads to go in a direct folder, like <em></em>, then use the following code instead:</p> <p><strong>define( &#8216;UPLOADS&#8217;, &#8221;.&#8217;media&#8217; );</strong></p> <p>Also, make sure to add the following code right before the line as well:</p> <p><strong>require_once(ABSPATH.’wp-settings.php’);</strong></p> <p>This will automatically create a folder in the WordPress directly if it doesn’t exist. Or, you can manually create the folder in the right path using the FTP client.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">How To Change The Default WordPress Media Uploads Folder</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">WPRecipes</a>.</p> text/html 2017-09-12T19:39:13+01:00 A Better Planet bbPress 2.5.14 <p>Today we are releasing bbPress 2.5.14, which fixes a few small bugs we&#8217;ve noticed since 2.5.13 was released, in particular we&#8217;ve fixed some incompatibilities when using PHP 7.1, an unexpected debug notice with the Topics &amp; Replies widgets, and improved validation and sanitization of database properties with the forum converter.</p> <p>Also, remember that since bbPress 2.5.12, the minimum WordPress version allowed is 4.7. If you need to use a previous version of WordPress, you will want to continue to use 2.5.11.</p> <p>bbPress 2.6 is still in the release candidate phase while we tie up some loose ends across, but I&#8217;ll let you know when it&#8217;s ready to go!</p> text/html 2017-07-05T18:34:31+01:00 A Better Planet Welcome to Gutenberg The process of designing a new editor is going to be the biggest user-facing change WordPress has made in many years. Matt Mullenweg previewed the editor <a href="">at WordCamp Europe</a>, and announced its availability on the WordPress plugin directory, meaning it&#8217;s now simple for anyone to install and test it. I would highly recommend you check it out, if you haven&#8217;t already. It&#8217;s an early &#8220;beta&#8221; &#8212; and maybe alpha would be more appropriate &#8212; but this will be the future of editing content in WordPress. It&#8217;s a great time to get involved. You can follow along <a href="">on GitHub</a>, add your own <a href="">feedback</a>, and all that fun stuff too. This post, of course, was written using Gutenberg. While my first impressions are good, there&#8217;s definitely work to do. I told Matt I&#8217;d start drafting all new posts in Gutenberg, so I should have plenty of my own feedback in the coming weeks. <p><a rel="nofollow" href="">Welcome to Gutenberg</a> is a post by <a rel="nofollow" href="">Brian Krogsgard</a>. If you enjoyed it, please consider leaving a comment.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> text/html 2017-06-12T22:43:55+01:00 A Better Planet Unsplash GPL-compatibility concern should be a red herring text/html 2016-08-23T14:40:45+01:00 A Better Planet .blog <p>As you may have heard, Automattic <a href="" 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="" alt="" width="2080" height="772" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-8259" srcset=" 2080w, 300w, 768w, 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></strong> &#8212; a new home for my archive of <a href="" 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="" target="_blank"></a> for more information and updates.</p> <h3>More from Konstantin Kovshenin</h3> <ul> <li><a href=";utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">WordCamp Moscow 2016 Recap</a></a></li> <li><a href=";utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">What the Queries</a></a></li> <li><a href=";utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">WordCamp Russia 2015 Recap</a></a></li> <li><a href=";utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">Capture the Flag / OTA 2015</a></a></li> <li><a href=";utm_medium=latest_posts&#038;utm_campaign=feed">Color Options vs. Decisions in WordPress Themes</a></a></li> </ul> text/html 2015-01-07T14:23:01+01:00 A Better Planet Universal Typography with Tim Brown A text/html A Better Planet 20 Best WordPress Calendar Plugins and Widgets text/html A Better Planet How to Fix the WordPress HTTP Error (Uploading Image to Media Library)