Does WordPress deserve accusations of bloat for its implementation and complexity? In today's post, we examine whether those charges stand up to scrutiny.
The online publishing platform Medium has made waves with the simplicity of its approach to content creation and the slickness of its execution. What does WordPress stand to learn from its example?
WordPress has been at the forefront of publishing disruption by bringing smart, easy, capable, industrial-strength publishing to anyone and everyone. That’s why we love it.
But if WordPress is to keep its mantle as the “people’s champion” then it has to respond as publishing and publishers’ needs evolve and the issue with the upcoming 4.0 major release (like many before it) is that there’s precious few signs of what might lie ahead.
Where is the roadmap? What features or capabilities could future WordPress releases include? How will WordPress maintain its position as the world’s favourite online publishing tool?
Blogs such as this one are about one thing: creating an audience to sell to. And to do that you need posts that get traffic.
The analytics for the first six months of 2014 for this blog throw up some interesting results, interesting dilemmas and a key question.
Are those that write about WordPress driving the free mentality of WordPress users by continuously telling readers how great, awesome, super, impressive and stunning free is?
The line, “If you build it, he will come,” may have worked for Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but such advice doesn’t necessarily ring true online.
It doesn’t matter how much time you spend carefully crafting a beautiful and functional site. Without visitors it may as well be a piece of paper flapping about in the breeze.
So how do you drive traffic to your site?
Blogging can offer a relatively simple way to increase your page views, build authority in your niche and connect with new and existing customers, all while promoting and reinforcing your brand.
Drive Traffic to Your Site
The Aesop Story Engine plugin made a somewhat muted debut on the WordPress Plugin Repository this week.
It’s been well-received but is certainly not taking the WordPress community by storm (maybe it should have called itself the Ghost or Medium Story Engine?) but it should be as it puts high-production long-form storytelling in the hands of every WordPress owner.
And that could be enough to make it the Next Big Thing in WordPress.
The Aesop Story Engine (ASE) has had a somewhat bumpy path to version 1.0 and a listing in the WordPress repository.
Do you know how to make a website in WordPress? Then you know how to make an app!
That’s the AppPresser claim, the first mobile development framework for WordPress. But having spent the day playing with it and building an app, I’m struggling to see what the benefit is.
Just what would I use AppPresser for?
Earlier this week, I reviewed five plugins as possible alternatives to AppPresser for building a WordPress-based mobile app, so it seemed only fair that I should play with the newest contender.
It’s a curious contradiction that a new drag-n-drop page builder can have the WordPress community hyperventilating whilst it simultaneously goes dizzy over the decidedly back-end post editing interfaces of Draft, Ghost and the marvels of Markdown.
Perhaps it’s the fear of missing out on being an early endorser of the ‘Next Big Thing’, or perhaps there is a genuine excitement about the perceived advantages of front-end page builders and content editors… or perhaps the WordPress community is just generally predisposed to shiny new objects.
There are so many free WordPress themes out there it can put your head in a tail spin. So in an effort to help you sift through the good and the – let’s face it – crap, we’ve put together this ultimate guide to free WordPress themes.
This post is your one-stop, all-you-can-eat resource for information about free WordPress Themes.
There’s an overwhelming number of free themes available – just search Google. It’s easy enough to just download the first free theme that catches your eye. And why wouldn’t you? They’re free!