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News & Articles
WeFoster Launches Hosting Platform Catered to Online Communities (wptavern.com) WeFoster, co-founded by Marion Gooding and Bowe Frankema, is a new managed hosting platform fine-tuned specifically for online communities.
The duo came up with the idea for WeFoster two years ago at WordCamp London 2015. “Bowe and I sat down and thought of ideas on how we could contribute to the open source community,” Gooding said. “We eventually decided on BuddyPress and to build a business around it. We brainstormed on the basic premise of growing awareness, interest, and the user base of BuddyPress.”
Why You Should Be Using the Latest PHP Versions (kinsta.com) A dilemma we are facing today is that many businesses, developers, and hosts have fallen behind when it comes to supporting the latest PHP versions. Some of the statistics below might even shock you. Today we want to discuss some of the reasons why it is so important that everyone use the latest PHP versions, not only for security reasons, but also for better performance and support.
SG Site Scanner powered by Sucuri (www.siteground.com) Having a website regularly scanned for security issues, is something we have always highly recommended to our customers. Our site scanning service (known as HackAlert until recently) has always been among the bestsellers and is used by thousands of our customers to check their websites and inform them in case of a malware. Today we are happy to announce that we have introduced a number of improvements to this services. It is now called SG Site Scanner, it is powered by one of the most prominent web security experts - Sucuri.net, and it is simply awesome!
NEW! Password Protect WordPress Category Plugin (barn2.co.uk) UK WordPress agency Barn2 Media has launched a plugin which lets you password protect any category in WordPress. 'Password Protected Categories' works with blog post categories and custom post types. It password protects many types of WordPress content including blogs, e-commerce categories (e.g. Easy Digital Downloads, WP E-Commerce and others), event categories and private portfolios. There are options to password protect categories or mark them as private.
The Vlog WordPress Theme: A Focus On Your Video Content. (bobwp.com) We all know the power of video. YouTube has more than confirmed that. And a WordPress site can take you in multiple directions in video, from vlogging and magazine layouts to tutorials and how-to’s, to name just a few.
WordPress by default works great with video, making it easy to embed in any post or page.
But being able to control the presentation of your videos is another matter. That is where the Vlog theme comes in.
Conversion Rate Optimization Tips – 12 Easy Ways to Boost Sales (kinsta.com) Getting tons of traffic to your website is always a good thing, and something we all crave for our businesses and blogs. But if the traffic doesn’t convert to something, such as a sale, an eBook download, or signup to your email list, then there really is no point. 99% of the time, you need your traffic to convert, otherwise, it is simply a waste of time and effort. Today we are going to explore 12 different conversion rate optimization tips to help increase your sales and sign ups.
Course: Core Concepts of WordPress Themes (wpshout.com) This is an introduction to the core concepts of WordPress themes and comes from the upcoming Second Edition of “learn WordPress development” course Up and Running. We’ll take you through each one and – like in Up and Running, at the end there’s a Summary Limerick and Quiz to reinforce what you’ve learned.