In this month’s World of WordPress, we talk about marketing and Joost, a full site editing plugin, and the legacy of Alex Mills. Let’s ride. Joost steps away from leadership role (Why) I’m stepping down from my WordPress marketing role Earlier this year there were some raised eyebrows when Joost de Valk accepted a position with WordPress to be the Marketing & Communications Lead. The experiment is over. Call it a misunderstanding. Call it a difference in opinion. Call it a difference in how to execute marketing. Call it what you will, but Joost announced he was stepping down.
WordPress 5.2 introduced a fatal error recovery mode. A fatal error on a site would have normally resulted in a white screen of death, where the front-end of the site is white and would be the result of a fatal error conflict being caused by the active theme or one of the active plugins. The fatal error would have caused the sites wp-admin not be loadable. In WordPress 5.2, when a fatal error is detected, an email is sent to the admin email address listed on the site, but there is a constant that can be set in the child
When it comes to content audits, the articles on the interwebs are pretty complicated. They are full of tools and steps and spreadsheets. Certainly, the best way to run a content audit, or any audit really, is to evaluate each piece of the puzzle at the ground level. One thing people often do with content audits is to evaluate technical SEO data points. These may include things like Meta Description, Meta Description Length, Image ALT tags, heading used, you get the picture. These are things you need to pay attention to, for sure, but let me ask you a question.
Today we have a Q&A interview with Adam Lacey, the founder of Split Hero. On May 17, Adam Lacey announced on the Split Hero website that the product is now live. The product aims to help people test landing pages quickly and efficiently as well as more straightforward. I asked Adam a few questions about the product. How did the idea for Split Hero come about? Split Hero has been my brainchild for about 2 years. It all started from my own needs in my WordPress agency, where we focus on conversion optimisation. All the current paid solutions I found
If you have a child site which has post content and comments enabled, it is a fact of life that you will inevitably deal with spam comments. Luckily, there are a number of ways to deal with spam. Some of the plugin options include Akismet and Antispam Bee. Antispam Bee Antispam Bee will add a setting section under Settings > Antispam Bee You can find more information about Antispam Bee on their docs. There is a bulk setting key for Antispam Bee, which also means the number of days until existing spam is deleted can be easily set, using the
You have had it happen before. You are completely engaged in a blog post. The writing is excellent, the authority is on par, and the story sucks you in. You get to the bottom of the article, and you are totally challenged to try something new in your business. But, nothing. That’s right. There is no invitation to a follow-up, no invitation to try their product, no invitation to sign up for an email, nothing. It all just seems like wasted space. The ending falls flat. Or maybe, you have experienced the opposite ending. After the engaging post, there is
WooCommerce is among the most widely used plugins in WordPress to enable eCommerce on a site. Since WooCommerce has filters, actions, and hooks, that means making site changes using code snippets is easy. Code snippets can easily be added on any connected child site using the MainWP Code Snippets extension. For example, if you do not have Add to Cart redirect enabled, the Continue Shopping link will redirect the customer back to the product that was added when clicked. In most cases, this does not make sense. You can use this code snippet, which will set the Continue Shopping link
Let’s face it, newsletters are great. They are a wonderful way to provide interesting content to subscribers on your child sites, spread the word on deals, and effectively message users. Email newsletters still work and are well worth taking the time to create and send. Use the server where your child sites are hosted for what it is meant for; Query the site database Render as PHP Generate the content Allow customers to purchase products Allow users to view a brochure Allow users to submit a form But do not use the server for sending out newsletter emails. There are
Earlier this year, I was gassed. I was totally in survival mode, just barely getting things completed and not taking on any new work. If you don’t know what gassed means, I am talking about being tired, exhausted. I talked to my doctor, and we decided I may need a new CPAP machine. I have had sleep apnea for about 15 years, and my machine was at least 10 years old. Anyway, I ended up getting a new sleep study, and I definitely needed a change in the pressure. In the process, I got a new machine. When you are
WooCommerce allows customers to leave reviews on products, but the method used for storing those reviews is still comments, so those product reviews are stored in the comments and commentmeta database tables. There is a recent plugin which fixes product reviews, by sending reminder emails using the Action Scheduler, storing product views in their custom database tables. The plugin is called Better Reviews for WooCommerce. Created custom database tables; wp_woocommerce_better_reviews_attributes wp_woocommerce_better_reviews_authormeta wp_woocommerce_better_reviews_charstcs wp_woocommerce_better_reviews_content wp_woocommerce_better_reviews_ratings When the plugin is installed, it adds a reviews admin menu tab. Reviews > Reviews Reviews > Attributes Reviews > Characteristics The settings for the plugin