Gutenberg is the new text editor from WordPress that is rolling out with the 5.0 update. It’s a HUGE change from previous versions of the text editor. As WordPress explains:
We call the new editor Gutenberg. The entire editing experience has been rebuilt for media rich pages and posts. Experience the flexibility that blocks will bring, whether you are building your first site, or write code for a living.
Gutenberg makes it easy to build rich media pages with blocks. It will revolutionize page building in WordPress.
It’s going to take some getting used to. And in the meantime, people are going to grumble. And complain. And scream. And throw their hands up and shout “I hate it!”
For those people, Jeff Starr made a plugin called Disable Gutenberg, which will disable Gutenberg and enable the old editor. The plugin will also allow you to disable Gutenberg per user, post, post type, or template. If you are not ready for Gutenberg, Starr’s plugin is exactly what you need.
Every web site project will use plugins to compliment the core functionality of WordPress. These are our Top 4.
Yoast SEO Yoast SEO is the No. 1 Wordpress plugin for search engine optimization. Along with a properly coded WordPress theme, it is a cornerstone in the foundation of your WordPress site (assuming you want customers to find you, that is). The Yoast SEO plugin also makes it easy to effectively share your web site on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. It generates site maps, hooks into Google Web master tools, and provides other essential features that every web site needs
BackUpWordPress Does exactly what it says, with the option to schedule backups for only files, only the database, or a combination thereof.
Wordfence The leading security plugin on the market, with over 22 million downloads
Smush Image Compression and Optimization Widely known as WP Smush It — or sometimes just Smush It or Smush — this plugin from WPMU Dev optimizes images as you upload them to WordPress. And since bloated images are the leading cause of slow web sites, this is one plugin you can’t afford to live without
There are many other plugins that we use widely, but these are part of every project no matter the scale or scope.
As an avid WordPress evangelists, one of the most obvious missing elements in the arsenal has been a viable e-commerce solution. While options have existed for some time, none were great, and even the best of them required tons of time to adapt to your specific needs. And, as we all know, time is money.
About a year ago, WooThemes announced its intention to change the playing field and launched WooCommerce, an open-source WordPress plugin aimed at doing e-commerce right.
The basic WooCommerce plugin is completely free to download and use. It’s built on top of standard WordPress Custom Post Types and straight out of the box, is extremely powerful with a lot of functionality. WooCommerce comes with all the standard features that you’d expect within an eCommerce plugin such as;
Various types of reporting on sales, customers and stock
Dashboard widgets that allow you to keep an eye on various aspects of your store from the main WordPress dashboard page
Shipping & Tax settings
Customers & Orders
Product & Inventory
Marketing & Promotions including the ability to add “coupons”
And most importantly, various Payment Gateways & payment methods
If you’ve ever had to suffer through the frustration of developing with WP E-commerce (fair warning: don’t believe the hype), WooCommerce will make you absolutely jubilant.
I just stumbled across DukaPress, what appears to be a fully fledged e-commerce plugin for WordPress.
DukaPress is a simple and free WordPress e-commerce system. It is open source. With DukaPress you can quickly and easily set up a fully featured online shop which can be used to sell digital or physical goods to customers all over the world.
That is no small claim. Shopping cart and e-commerce functionality have alwaysÂ been sorely lacking in WordPress. While there are a few shopping cart plugins out there, none are very robust. If DukaPress really is as good as it looks, then e-commerce for WordPress has finally arrived.
The WPtouch plug-in will convert your WordPress site into a mobile-optimized app with no more hassle than installing aÂ plug-in. Brilliant! MobilePress, which says it does the same thing, doesn’t look bad either.
I’ve never used either of them, though, so I couldn’t say how well they work. With a little luck, that might soon change.
I am just in the process of trying to install a few nifty plugins. Neither Search Everything nor Cforms wants to work. Bugger.
I’ve used Cforms many times in the past and it has always worked without flaw. Except when the permissions were not set correctly…
// ONLY in case AJAX DOESN’T work you may want to double-check this path: // If you do change this setting: CLEAR your BROWSER CACHE & RESTART you BROWSER! var sajax_uri = ‘/wp-content/plugins/cforms/lib_ajax.php’;
The local install had changed that last line to “http://192.168.1.10:8888/wp-content/plugins/cforms/lib_ajax.php,” which of course would not work in the live environment.