Loading lazy images, WordCamp Asia, and two new communities for WordPress entrepreneurs

World of WordPress


Have you ever been frustrated by working with clients? They don’t follow your instructions. Maybe they just aren’t technically savvy enough. 

Getting feedback can be a struggle. Consider what Vito Peleg told me last year,

We tried everything from creating elaborate spreadsheets, long google docs, video tutorials, project management systems and so on. It became clear that the available solutions, while great for our side, were rarely followed by the clients. They were too complex and bloated.

Vito set out to solve a problem for his team. Now, WP Feedback is making some bold new changes. We talk about that today.

In today’s World of WordPress roundup, we talk about plugins, new communities, and WordCamp Asia, and easier way for lazy loading images (maybe, perhaps).

Changes at All in One SEO Plugin

The SEO industry is a very competitive field. The SEO plugin space has its major players, and one is getting a makeover of sorts.

Awesome Motive, the company behind WP Beginner, OptinMonster, and WPForms, has acquired the All in One SEO plugin. 

According to an article at Semper Plugins, the team with the exception of the founder, Michael Torbert, have all remained to support the plugin.

The All in One Plugin is now in the hands of one of the largest plugin companies in the WordPress industry with the guidance of Syed Balkhi, who founded Awesome Motive.

There was no mention of the cost of the acquisition. No doubt this is an excellent addition to the suite of plugins from the Awesome Motive team.

WP Feedback is now WP Feedback Pro, has a community, and a new CTO

The WP Feedback team made some bold changes recently. With the launch of version 2.0, they made a subtle change to the name.

The WP FeedBack plugin as you know it today will now be known as WP FeedBack PRO. So, for those of you that are already using WP FeedBack PRO to redefine your web design feedback experience for clients and your agency, nothing is changing for you today, but you are also more than welcome to join the WP FeedBack Community if you want to network with like-minded individuals and agency owners. Introducing the new WP Feedback

Then, they added an actual online portal intended to foster a community. The new WP Feedback includes a community that helps others network.

Currently, many of the who’s who in WordPress are registered. There are smaller communities within the platform.

The community operates very similarly to Facebook. 

Finally, WP Feedback added Jan Koch to its team. Jan is serving as the Chief Technology Officer. He and Vito met at a WordCamp in Germany last year and have found a match in skills and personalities. 

Have you registered at the new WP Feedback community?

Lazy loading is coming to WordPress

WordPress plans to push lazy loading support for images to version 5.4, according to articles at WP Tavern and Search Engine Journal.

Previously, to use lazy loading, you would need a plugin to optimize images. The WordPress team has released a plugin that allows lazy loading prior to the release.

Lazy Loading Feature Plugin is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team. It is intended for testing of automatically adding the loading HTML attribute to images and other elements that support it.

So, developers can actually test the feature before it is rolled out to the new WordPress. 

You can read more about the release at the WPTavern article.

According to the article at the Search Engine Journal, the release of 5.4 is set to March 31, 2020. 

WordCamp Asia 2020
Screenshot: WordCamp Asia 2020

WordCamp Asia takes place this month

WordCamp is coming to Asia. There has been WordCamp US and a WordCamp Europe, and now there is a WordCamp Asia.

To be sure, there have been WordCamps across Asia, but this one carries the name after the largest continent in the world and “the first flagship WordCamp for Asia.” 

Organizers expect over 1400 people to be present. The conference takes place February 21-23 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Tickets were sold out in December of 2019.

According to a press release,

There are 40 talks, 11 lightning talks, a panel discussion, and the most awaited session, a keynote talk from Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress.

Other activities include a KidsCamp, Community Bazaar, and Tribe Meetups. 

Become a meta player in MainWP

Speaking of new communities, MainWP has one as well. It is a chance to hang out with your fellow MainWP users and stay up to date with various news topics about MainWP.

You will see familiar faces there like Dennis, Bogdan, Keith, Ivica, and much more. It’s a great place to ask the community questions you may have about using MainWP.

Note to self, spend more time in the community. 

You can sign up here.

When you get settled in, say hi.

Wrapping it up

Lazy loading images, WordCamp Asia, and communities to help. Are you involved in any WordPress communities?

Will you be going to WordCamp Asia? Let us know in the MainWP Users Facebook group.

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