Some moments become important than everything around us. And the only way to honor them is a celebration.
We witnessed some happiest moments yesterday afternoon here at weDevs. WordPress 5.3 got released with a huge collection of new features and improvements. As a WordPress plugin development organization, it's really great news for us. Greater than that was seeing a few names of our team members on the golden list of contributors to this large release.
In addition to our regular work and helping community members, we are constantly contributing to WordPress core development- what else can be better than it! So, the day became very exciting and delightful.
Let's take a quick look at what we have contributed to WordPress core this time, how was our celebration and the notable updates-changes WordPress 5.3 came up with.
Story of a Colorful Evening
Tuesday at 4:15 pm, there was an announcement from our HR department. ‘Everyone please gather on the playground at 5:00 pm sharp.’ We all got together with a lot of thrills and eagerness. Office assistants seemed quite busy.
After a while, weDevs Founder & CTO Tareq Hasan joined us. Some large-sized colorful packets were brought to the table. Tareq Hasan said-
‘It’s always a pride contributing to WordPress core. This time three of us have contributed to WordPress 5.3 core release. It’s really a big achievement and a great moment of enjoyment. Our heartiest congratulations to Towhid, Edi Amin and Mehedi Hasan. I want to see all of us got into the bandwagon of WordPress core contributors in the upcoming days. Just like we are doing here at weDevs to develop great products for the community. And today we are celebrating both our contribution and WordPress 5.3 core release, together.‘
He then handed over beautiful gifts to them. The whole office was buzzing with the sounds of a crowd cheering.
Then we cut three cakes one by one. A beautiful evening got captured both in our memory and in the frames of our digital devices!
weDevs CEO and co-founder, our beloved Md: Nizam Uddin was on the way to returning home from WordCamp USA 2019. From there he wrote- ‘Congratulations to Towhid, Edi Amin Bhai and Mehedi. Proud of you guys. All of you will get WordPress Core Badges, inshallah.’
This is how we celebrate and recognize the contribution-success of our team members here at weDevs.
What's New in WordPress 5.3
It’s the largest release after WordPress 5.0 in which we got introduced with WordPress Gutenberg editor. WordPress 5.3 expands the block editor with more intuitive interactions and enhanced accessibility. New features in the editor increase design choices, provide extra layout options and style variations to provide designers more control over the look of a site.
WordPress 5.3 named ‘Kirk’ in honor of jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk’
The main focus of WordPress 5.3 was on Improvements of Gutenberg block editor, design flexibility and the Default theme Twenty-Twenty. Let’s take a short overview of them.
This release also comes up with the default Twenty Twenty theme, providing you more design extensibility and integration with the block editor. Creating beautiful web pages and advanced layouts have never been easier with WordPress’s default themes.
Ultimate Design Flexibility
WordPress 5.3 comes with more robust tools for creating marvelous designs.
With the new Group block, you can easily divide your pages into colorful sections
The Columns block now supports fixed column widths
The new predefined layouts allow you to arrange content into advanced designs
Heading blocks now allow controls for text and background color
And more just like this. Designing is now a fun game with WordPress 5.3.
Core Improvements for Everyone in WordPress 5.3
Automatic Image Rotation
Improved Site Health Checks
Admin Email Verification
Special Improvements for Developers
Date/Time Component Fixes
PHP 7.4 Compatibility
What We Contributed to WordPress 5.3
You know that as an open-source CMS platform, WordPress.org is free for all. Like using, anyone can contribute to ‘Make WordPress.org’ as a developer, designer, technical writer, translator, support engineer and more. WordPress really is a great platform ‘for the people, of the people and by the people’! As we already said that this time three of our members contributed to WordPress 5.3.
Their area of contribution was ‘core development’ and they solved and developed around 30 issues. Our sincere congratulations to them.
Being a renowned WordPress core Developer, weDevs founder and CTO Tareq Hasan always encourage team members to contribute to WordPress core. weDevs CEO and co-founder Nizam Uddin is working very hard to make the community stronger by organizing, sponsoring and attending local-international WordCamps-meetups on a regular basis.
In addition to interacting with general users as well as developers from different parts of the world, we sponsor almost every notable WordCamps throughout the year. Yes, this is how we want to continue our contribution to the community. So, stay with us. Let's make WordPress a more powerful, more convenient and accessible platform together.
What do you think? Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, experiences or suggestions with us in the comment section!
Celebrate the biggest sale of the year 2019 with tempting WordPress Halloween deals and discounts on WordPress themes, plugins, hosting services, SEO and social media marketing tools from your favorite service providers around the world.
October is here! The spookiest holiday of this year 2019 has arrived. Costumes, foods, and decor are ready to celebrate the glorious holiday on 31st October.
And we wish a very Happy spooky Halloween to all our readers. Another two big events: Black Friday And Cyber Monday are fast approaching. This year the world will celebrate Black Friday on Friday, 29 November, and Cyber Monday on Monday, 02 December.
Retailers are already ready with impressive deals to greet their customers. Thousands of special offers are floating on the web for WordPress lovers, users, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. To help you out we have listed the top WordPress deals on awesome WordPress themes, plugins, bundle packs, hosting deals and more.
Fill your hands with a special treat and enjoy the Best WordPress Halloween deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer of 2019.
How Does WordPress Community Celebrate This Festive Season
Like other communities, WordPress service providers and product builders are also ready to join the fun. Most of the companies have announced their special WordPress Halloween deals for this season, others are about to reveal.
Halloween starts the festive season in October that continues till the end of the year. That's why its the best time to start your shopping and give yourself a great treat with big savings.
So if you are looking for hot Halloween, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for WordPress products, you are in the right place! Here you will get all the appealing plans and discount coupons offered by leading WordPress Service Providers.
WordPress hosting, plugins, themes, templates, as well as membership plans, and everything you might possibly need for your website!
All the Halloween Sale is back from the DEAD! Packages for Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also gearing up. Pick the best offer for you now!
What We are Offering This Year at weDevs
weDevs is one of the most uttered words in the WordPress industry. Like previous years, we have already declared many amazing WordPress Halloween deals and packages to light up the celebration for our valued clients.
This year we have come up with a 33% flat discount on our all products.
As you know, weDevs is the producer of many powerful tools to empower your small-large sized business effectively. In this festive season, you can enjoy special offers for
and many more. We have opened our doors with excellent deals to celebrate this winter with our potential buyers at the best price.
Most amazingly! this year we are launching our new Elementor Plugin Happy Addons to add an advanced wing to your Elementor site. You can also enjoy up to 50% discount offer with this amazing extension.
Enjoy the attractive deals. No Tricks only Treats like each year!!
Top WordPress Halloween Deals, Black Friday & Cyber Monday Offers for 2019
There are hundreds of companies in the WordPress industry. Almost all of them offer alluring WordPress Halloween deals and discounts like every year to make their client's celebration double.
However, it’s tough for you to check all of them and select the best.
We will guide you to sort through the noise with the best online sales of WordPress plugins, themes, templates, hosting or other WordPress related products in this festive season.
So, have a cup of tea and go through the best WordPress Halloween deals, Black Friday Cyber Monday offer 2019!
Best WordPress Hosting Deals 2019
HostGator – 60% Off on Shared Web Hosting
HostGator is a leading and secure website hosting service provider over the world. In this festive season of 2019, you can geta 60% discount on all new hosting packages of HostGator including reseller, shared, dedicated and VPS.
Now, you can start your site at $3.00/month. Get 1-year free domain registration on shared annual plans.
Regular Price: $8.95/month
Offer Price:$2.75/month, (60% OFF on All Shared Plans)
Bluehost is back again this year with its Halloween discount! By their excellent hosting offer in this Halloween, you can get a massive discount of up to 50% for Shared Web Hosting. Bluehost is recommended by many WordPress engineers, fans, users alike.
Over 2 million websites already use Bluehost as their hosting. You need no coupon code to unleash this offer for your business.
Regular Price: $7.99/month
Offer Price: $3.95/month (70% OFF on All Shared Plans)
FastComet is giving a flat 70% OFF on Shared Hosting packages. Now you can get shared hosting from FastComet for just $2.95 per month instead of $9.95. FastComet is one of the most popular WordPress hosting providers out there and has a high satisfaction rate.
Regular Price: $9.95/month
Offer Price: $2.95/month, (70% OFF on All Shared Plans)
WP ERP is a revolutionary web-based ERP solution by weDevs, made to work within your WordPress powered website. It can handle all business-related tasks like HR, CRM, Project Management, Accounting and other departments that are needed to run and coordinate an entire business structure – small or large.
The plugin has a family of components to extend functionality according to company needs, thus making it a complete enterprise resource planning solution.
Regular Price: $399/y
Offer Price: $267/y (up to 39% discount on all plans)
Happy Addons creates a buzz in the Elementor community for the super flexible customization. This widget is another premium creation of weDevs. You can get the 35% discount on this amazing Elementor Extension to give your site a new height.
Themeum has a smart and massive collection of WordPress themes and plugins. In this festive season, they have come with a flat 50% off on all their themes and plugins. This includes all plans, single purchases, bundles, upgrading and everything else. You can also save a massive $400 on purchasing a lifetime multisite deal of Tutor LMS!
Discount Offer: 50% Off on All Products
Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY50
Validity Date: From 25th November to 5th December 2019
From a freelancer to a well-established company, any website can grab the advantage of Elementor. It is the pioneer of the drag and drops page builder plugin for WP. Elementor is best known for bringing your imagination in real web design. Like the previous year, Elementor provides a 20% discount for plus and expert packages.
OptinMonster is a premium WP lead generation software. Online marketers often use this standalone system to monetize web traffic and convert them into a customer. This outstanding customer acquisition system offers up to 50% discount on their packages.
Regular Price: $39/month
Offer Price: $19/month (Up to 55% discount for all packages)
Icegram provides highly functional and user-friendly WordPress plugins for lead capture, call to action and email marketing. It is easy to customize for screaming your brand voice worldwide. They have arranged their Halloween bucket with amazing offers and profitable deals for their customers.
Storeapps can supercharge your WooCommerce store with powerful and feature-rich plugins to sell more, save time in-store management, retain more customers and make better decisions. This October they are lavishing their clients with attractive WordPress Halloween deals to avail.
GetAstra ensures the site's security and prevents all types of damages. You can easily install and maintain the plugin on your WordPress site. Moreover, it will keep your site secure from hackers, internet threats & bots. They are celebrating this festive season with 20% off on all their plans.
BlogVault is the go-to for WordPress backup, staging, migration & security. Trusted by over 200,000+ websites, it can backup or migrate a 300 GB site without overloading your server. It also boasts of the fastest website recovery tool (< 5 mins) and powers migrations for popular web hosts like WPEngine, FlyWheel, and Pantheon.
Themify themes and plugins have been contributing to this industry for the last ten years. You can build beautiful, responsive and highly functional websites with their vast collection of premium WordPress themes and plugins.
Like others, they have also come up with the best WordPress Black Friday discounts on all products including themes, plugins, bundles, add-ons, and others. Grab the best deal before it ends!
Discount Offer: 30% off on all purchases & 50% off for the lifetime club
This season you can celebrate a huge discount with Template Sell. They offered up to 30% discounts on all its premium items including WordPress themes and HTML templates. Confirm your deal within November 1st, 2019 because it is available for a limited time period.
AccessPress Themes – 30% Off on All Premium Themes!
AccessPress allows you to design your WordPress sites with parallax design and effects. They provide free and premium themes and plugins to make your site stand out of the crowd. This year they are offering a flat 30% discount on all their premium themes.
Since 2012 CSSIGNITER has been supporting a large number of professionals and business owners. They provide enormous support without any confusing part. You can get their amazing premium WordPress themes & plugins at a discount price in this festive season.
WPMRR offers different types of podcasts, Webinars and Video Tutorials to teach you about building WordPress sites and handling them effectively. This course site helps you to implement, sell and execute website care plans. Ensure the best deal with WPMMR this October as they are offering 75% off on their courses.
WP Buffs provides 24/7 WordPress website maintenance and support. You can do various customization of your site with WP Buffs. They are well-known for website customization, speed optimization, security, 24/7 monitoring, and others. This October they are offering 10% off on all WordPress care plans and packages.
Template Monster is a marketplace with a large collection of WordPress themes, website templates, eCommerce templates, plugins, and other category based themes and templates for your business. Also, it has a special bundle offer for Elementor users. This year you can enjoy 50% off on their hot selling products.
8Degree Themes is a WordPress marketplace with a large variety of WordPress Themes such as multipurpose, blog, magazine, WooCommerce, Photography, law and many more. They support 18+ premium WordPress themes.
Woostify is a Free Powerful WordPress WooCommerce theme. The Pro version comes up with a variety of awesome features such as Mega Menu, Sale Notification, Size Guide, Sticky add to Cart Button, Buy Now, Elementor Bundle, etc.
This year, they have come with some amazing deals for their valued clients.
Discount Offer: 40% Off on all Premium WooCommerce Themes
WordPress Halloween Deals 2019: Best SEO & Marketing Tools
Long Tail Pro
SEMRush- 60% Off On All Packages
SEMRush is one of the most powerful analytical tools for digital marketers. It helps to set strategies to convert a visitor into a customer. Besides analytics, new content analytics attracts users. The company offers a flat 60% off for all the packages in this October.
Long Tail Pro is well-accepted tools among the Affiliate Marketers to find out low competitive and high search volume buying keywords. This makes the marketers' life easy to drag sales in less SEO effort. The company offers a 30% flat discount for all the monthly and yearly packages.
SE Ranking is an all-in-one cloud-based SEO and digital marketing platform for business owners, SEO pros and digital agencies.
The platform offers a complete set of tools that enables small and midsize businesses to run a comprehensive on and off-page website audit, analyze competitors, track rankings, collect and group keywords, monitor backlink, get automated SEO reports, and do so much more.
Out of the thousand deals floating on the web, we have picked the best offers for your small-large enterprises that use WordPress. Hopefully, your business will crack a great discount at this festival. Treat yourself first with the best WordPress Halloween discounts and don't miss the rest.
Moreover, you can add your valuable thoughts and other useful WordPress Halloween deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer in the comments.
WordCamp Dhaka 2019 is scheduled to be held on September 28th. And the good news is- weDevs is participating in this magnificent event as a Platinum Sponsor. Not only that, our Founder & CTO Tareq Hasan; Co-Founder & CEO Nizam Uddin will be attending as the speakers and panelists.
They will share their thoughts-experiences about WordPress Ecosystem and its future prospects, Product Development, Digital Marketing and more.
Many of our emerging talents and qualified team-members will play a key role in the event as speakers, organizers and also volunteers. And as a participant, you will find exciting giveaways including t-shirts, backpacks, stickers, pen, keyring, up to 100% special discounts and what's not!
In this post, we have talked about various aspects of WordCamp Dhaka 2019 and beyond. Also, you will get a clear idea of WordCamps, how they work and why should you attend. So, let's get started.
Matt Mullenweg & WordPress Community: The Story behind WordCamps
WordCamps are informal, locally-organized conferences spreading everything about WordPress. The first such event was WordCamp 2006 in August that year in San Francisco. It was the brainchild of the Automattic Founder & CEO Matt Mullenweg.
On July 9, 2006, Matt shared this idea on his personal blog- ma.tt.
The idea is to bring WordPress users and developers so we can meet each other face to face, share stories, and try to figure out the future of our little corner of the online publishing revolution
With the short notice of less than one month, Matt’s dream became a reality.
The first WordCamp outside San Francisco was held in Beijing on September 2007. Since then, there have been 1,022+ WordCamps in over 75 cities in 65 different countries around the world.
WordCamp San Francisco 2014 was the last official annual conference of WordPress, taking place in San Francisco, That's now been replaced with WordCamp US.
The first regional WordCamp ran in 2013 as WordCamp Europe. The purpose behind regional WordCamps is connecting people who aren't already active in their local communities. And encourage them to get in touch with WordPress professionals in their hometowns.
The WordCamp Dhaka 2019 is a day-long casual community meet-up of WordPress professionals including product developers, designers, marketers, bloggers and others who are enthusiast about WordPress. Like other regional WordCamps, its also organized by the local WordPress community members.
We are very excited and hoping to do everything WordPress here at WordCamp Dhaka 2019 with a total blast so that you can learn, connect and contribute and make WordPress better for everyone.
–WordCamp Dhaka Team
As it's the first country-wise Community Meet-up in Bangladesh, just imagine what could be happening there!
The program will start at 8:00 am. There will be around 15 sessions, workshops and a special panel discussion on- ‘Future Prospects in WordPress: Business & Beyond!' The attendees will get the opportunity to participate in different Quiz and win exciting giveaways. Also, there will be amazing swags waiting to be distributed among all the participants.
This day-long program will end with an awesome After Party meet-up at 8:00 pm.
Visit Our Stall and Get Swagged!
You already know that weDevs is attending this event as the Platinum Sponsor. So, there are lots more to get.
We are ready with a huge collection of swags including Stickers, Mugs, Wrist Bands, Key Ring, Pen for everyone. And it's just the beginning! Check what more is waiting for you.
1. Developer Quiz Contest
This is a special Quiz Contest designed for developers. If you're a WordPress developer attending this WordCamp, you also can participate and win an awesome gift. The gift for this contest is a Mechanical Keyboard.
2. Share & Win
This is a ‘Share and Win' contest for the general audience. The attendees will get the opportunity to share their thoughts on our products on their social media profiles or timeline and win swags like a shoulder bag, Mi band 4, wireless headphone, Power bank and more. Give a check!
3. 25% Discount on Any Purchase Order!
Yes, you can get a special 25% discount for your each and every purchase up to the end of September-19. And it's open for anyone across the world! You also have the opportunity to be part of this WordCamp.
The purpose behind WordCamps is to build perfect communication among those who are working with this great CMS platform as developers, marketers, authors or in other ways. So that they will be able to work more efficiently in the upcoming days. And the WordPress ecosystem gets more powerful through the way.
WordCamps are very helpful to maintain proper interaction and understanding
Experts get the chance to talk, share knowledge and thoughts, discuss what they are going to do, what needs to do or more. And WordCamps are the only stage where they can build the perfect understanding and interactions, which is very rewarding and effective for everyone at the end of the day.
Usually, WordCamps are one or two days of casual meet-ups. Organizers may have a workshop or contributor day
WordCamps also create a lovely relationship between locals community members, as well as those who are working globally.
Besides, product companies get the opportunity to brand and promote themselves. And there are expert people who share their thoughts and experiences to help others; do personal branding. These are the core achievements of WordCamps.
Why WordCamps are Important
Now the question is-
Is it possible to get those benefits without WordCamps?… not actually! In this digital age, we are globally connected mainly through the internet and modern devices. It’s ok and even enough for the basic working purpose. But physical meet-ups are essential for building a strong, sustainable and emotional relationship.
WordCamps bring all kinds of WordPress related people under one umbrella, give them a chance to get together.
We can say- the idea of organizing camps was one of Matt Mullenweg’s revolutionary thoughts, which has been happening since 2006, from the very early age of WordPress.
Why weDevs Attends WordCamps
Here at weDevs, we appreciate WordCamps very much. As a WordPress based product company, we believe that WordCamps give us the opportunity to perform some of our particular duties and responsibilities towards the community.
We believe that giving back to the community has the same importance
Sponsoring WordCamps is not about generating revenue or doing business. It's about making the community strong. There are many people who we work with regularly can't meet face to face. WordCamps help us to meet our friends and create a happy reunion. Also, helping the community by sponsoring gives us peace of mind that we are helping WordPress to grow more.
We have been sponsoring and participating in WordCamps every year since 2014. Have a look at some of our WordCamps stories.
Our Founder and CTO Tareq Hasan, weDevs’ Co-Founder and running CEO Nizam Uddin are ensuring their participation and contribution to various local and global WordCamps at the same time. We are not only the sponsor of this year's ‘WordCamp Dhaka 2019’ but also one of the core organizers.
The Head of our Marketing team, Mainul Kabir Aion, is also regularly participating in various WordCamps, organizing local meetups, sharing his experience and maintains contact with global community members. And that's how we want to strengthen our relationship with the WordPress community today and in the future.
We are working to build a stronger community along with our beloved customers so that we can prepare a culture of creating harmony and the tendency of sharing and caring in the WordPress ecosystem. Thus, we want you to be a part of it as well.
Let's meet at WordCamp Dhaka or some other future WordCamps 🙂
As a persistent WordPress enthusiast, you may already be familiar with the trend of rolling out a WordPress theme with every major release. And this was no exception while it was the last major release of WordPress 5.0 back in December 2018.
With that in mind, the WordPress developers are all set to launch a new default theme called “Twenty Twenty”. But this time the theme will be included in the imminent release of WordPress 5.3 even if it is not a major release.
So, what's inside the theme?
Let's get going.
Under the Hood
The idea to develop the Twenty Twenty theme is inspired by the popular Chaplin theme which was introduced by Anders Norén. Interestingly, Anders is also leading the design team of the WordPress Twenty Twenty theme in close collaboration with the WordPress core developer Carolina Nymark who also belongs to the WordPress theme review team.
The WordPress community is already aware of the feat shown by Anders Norén in developing his Chaplin theme. Thus the community is taking this news by their utmost interest.
Since the new Twenty Twenty theme is based on the Chaplin theme, we can infer that the theme will basically be improved and repurposed in a different manner rather than creating from scratch. According to the make.wordpress.org, the upcoming WordPress 5.3 update is confirmed to be released on 12th November 2019.
What Can You Expect from WordPress Default Theme Twenty Twenty?
The Chaplin theme also bags 5-star rating on the WordPress.org. Currently, it has more than 800 installations.
If you want to know what can be done with the WordPress default theme Twenty Twenty, you need to know the characteristics of the Chaplin theme beforehand.
The Chaplin theme was built to make the most out of the Gutenberg block editor. Though the Chaplin theme was primarily tailored to meet the need of business and agency theme, it can be personalized to suit other requirements.
Here are a few things you can do with Chaplin theme:
Creating advanced theme layouts with Chaplin theme's “Cover Template” option
Adding a featured image
Defining the page structure using the block editing options
Giving you full control over the fonts and colors on your site
Choosing one of the ten included color schemes or build one from scratch
Adding infinite scroll on archive pages
Being able to set the different type of post meta to show on single posts and archive pages
And many more
Twenty Twenty theme is actually the improved and diversified version of the Chaplin theme. So, you can expect pretty much all of the bells and whistles that you could get from the latter.
Core Values You Are Getting from WordPress Default Theme Twenty Twenty
Although there are a lot of similarities in their codebase, the Twenty Twenty theme looks much different when it comes to appearance.
Anders Norén said that the reason behind the similarity of the codebase is that it takes much less time to the development pace.
Here are some of the exclusive values that the Twenty Twenty theme is expected to provide to its users.
Mobile Responsiveness of Twenty Twenty Theme
The Twenty Twenty theme is completely mobile responsive. It supports all the standard viewports. Be it a smartphone or tablet or desktop computer, there will be no content amiss.
Here is a screenshot that reveals the theme's amazing mobile responsiveness:
Multipurposeness of WordPress Default Theme in 2019
As far as the flexibility of the theme is concerned, the Twenty Twenty theme can align the requirements of an agency or an organization. This includes agencies or organizations but not limited to them only.
This means, the theme can be aimed to creating personal blogging websites too!
This will be feasible due to the theme's endless possibilities to create dynamic layouts, with the help of the Chaplin theme's covered template option. You can also add your own taste of alignment for columns, groups, media to create dynamic layouts altogether.
Simplicity of Twenty Twenty Theme
Though the theme's default appearance looks simple, it is more intuitive than you guess.
Still doubtful? Then you can try out the following full-page mockups of Twenty Twenty theme unveiled by Anders Norén:
If you are not a fan of using the same font over and over again, then this is the theme for you! Because it is the very first default theme of WordPress that will pave you the way to use variable fonts.
In fact, the focus on clarity and legibility will be very conspicuous on the theme. The Twenty Twenty theme will include the typeface Inter, designed by Rasmus Andersson.
In case you did not know, Inter will be a great pick for you because it makes even the smallest fonts to look more legible in it.
Unlike the former default themes, the Twenty Twenty theme will be using the x-tall height that will dramatically improve the readability of all the fonts especially for the headings – making them more discernible.
Full Block Editor Support
One thing that will surely stand apart is that the theme's magnificent support for Gutenberg block editor.
As I mentioned already, the Chaplin theme is rated very high, that is, 5 out of 5. In that its widespread philosophy not only for the full-on support for the Gutenberg editor but also for the enhancement to the Gutenberg editor.
WordPress Default Theme Twenty Twenty Review in Conclusion
The Twenty Twenty WordPress theme will definitely stand out in the long line of WordPress default themes due to its full compatibility and enhancement for Gutenberg block editor.
With the release of the Twenty Twenty theme, the WordPress Gutenberg block editing experience will be more interesting and fun to use.
Still not convinced? If you want to be adventurous, then you can download the theme from the Github to play around it. As soon as the theme gets stable, it will be merged into core.
So, what are you waiting for? Give it a spin and let us know what you see while you use it in the comment section.
Bootstrap, the most popular front-end framework used to create modern websites, is using Dokan Lite to showcase and sell their themes. And this is definitely an honor for us and you- dear Dokan lovers!
With Dokan multivendor solution, they have built their entire marketplace which has a variety of bootstrap powered themes.
As a series of our insight stories, today we want to share some of our internal changes that we are taking to establish ourselves as a stronger and “here to stay” kind of WordPress brand. This is the weDevs of the future.
In 2017, weDevs faced rapid changes in the internal structure and the way how we do things. M Asif Rahman took the responsibility of the CEO and helped weDevs grow. He is an excellent entrepreneur and a prominent figure in the Bangladesh IT industry. Though he has been an advisor of weDevs for the past two years and helped direct the company from the back, on March 1st, 2017, Mr. Asif Rahman has officially taken the position of CEO at weDevs.
He retired at the age of 34 in 2018! He is now helping his own companies to grow more and weDevs wishes him best of luck with his dreams.
The Future of our Brand and Our Goals
Though we have already become a WordPress brand in the past 6 years, we want to shape it bigger and seal it. Which is why some organizational changes had become necessary. We now have a new CEO and the responsibility for the existing organizational hierarchy has been redefined. We are thinking of it as a new era of your trusted brand weDevs a serious WordPress Product Company.
While other companies split up and struggle to keep it low, we are focusing more on our growth as a company and individuals. This is a place where people can flourish their talents and consider the best place to dive into the WordPress Community.
A New Leadership – Md Nizam Uddin, CEO, weDevs.
Md Nizam Uddin is the Co-Founder of weDevs. As weDevs needs a new leader, He is stepping up to take the challenge once again for being our CEO. Nizam is a WordPress business specialist and has what it takes to market any WordPress product. His interest is in – Entrepreneurship, Growth Hacking, Inbound and Outbound Marketing, Business Development etc.
From the early stage of his career, he has been looking for ways to put a profound impact on the lives on millions of people reduced to penury in Bangladesh and around the world and that will induce the posterity to become promising entrepreneurs to lead Bangladesh to a superpower. He has a keen interest in the Health Care sector and is the co-founder and former CEO of renowned Healthcare Startup Rx71 and co-founder and Managing Director of Enzaime Health. Apart from all these, he is the co-founder of Export Marketing Company Tedfo Bangladesh Limited.
Quote From Tareq Hasan, Founder, CTO.
“We are very lucky to have Nizam as our CEO at weDevs. I believe that his experienced leadership will take weDevs as a WordPress product company to international heights.”
weDevs, A Great Challenge So Far
From a blog maintained by only 2 university students, now we are a company of more than 65 people and almost 50 WordPress plugins. That's undoubtedly a good growth for a 6 years timeline. Back in 2017, we had 25 team members and only 4 flagship products. Now, we have more products to manage including some SaaS applications.
Especially, when this growth wasn't planned and came at the cost of the first-hand experience. Yes, when we started weDevs, we were total enthusiasts with no previous business experience. We worked on problems, built solutions, improved them with the users and then developed the plugin to a professional grade. This is what staked our reputation and this was the only marketing we had done.
Our product and our names were what we betted upon.
With a really small team, each of us had to multitask and assume different roles. Everybody did research, coding, doc writing, blogging, testing and etc. As the team grew, we had assigned experts who are better at each segment of production. But even up to 2016, we did not do any marketing for our products which were already bringing thousands of dollars. Something needed to be done.
Not Just Bigger, But We Built Smarter Teams
To make our teams more productive and flexible, we have created a new mid-management team consisting of the department heads. These six people manage their own departments and help in the overall management of weDevs.
Now, not only our core people have gained specialties on several fields, we have also joined experts where we needed. We now have a separate digital marketing team, a content marketing team, a design team, a testing team & each product assigned with a support engineer and two developers. So, now our ideas are executed more swiftly and issues fixed quickly. We have increased our presence in blog and social networks. We have focused on building content which can act like knowledgebase for eCommerce people.
Programmers, Marketers, Designers, Writers who ever have worked with us, it has changed their career and enabled them to unlock their true potential. Because we just do not do business here, we have an environment for leadership, learning, and self-discovery. People change from labours to self-driven experts at weDevs.
Sponsoring gave us Exposure and Confidence
We have sponsored about 20 WordCamps since 2014. We plan to sponsor at least 4-6 major WordCamps per year. As we go with our team to participate in these camps, we meet and greet with the other WP community leaders to share knowledge, learn and just have some good time.
weDevs' Upcoming Bigger & Better Office Space
Instead of making a show piece, we are trying to create an office that takes work environment to a new level. It will be spacious, there will be recreational zones, separate facilities for the female employees. We are also keeping our focus on eco-friendliness too. So, to reduce use of artificial light and electricity, about 70% on natural lights. Very soon you will start to see actual photos.
As we are becoming a bigger team each year, we need more space to accommodate them properly. So we are expanding our working space. The new office was the first step. We can easily accommodate 70+ people now.
Our Gratitude for Your Support
We are always indebted to our clients for trusting on our solutions for their million dollar businesses. Your feedback and reviews have shown us the path to develop ourselves to your expectations. Special thanks to our stakeholders and affiliates who work relentlessly to promote our brand.
Please wish us good luck and stay with us towards our journey of becoming the world famous WordPress product company we are aiming to be.
Starting off a new year brings both new experiences and a checklist of goals that we look forward to achieve.
Determination, dedication and hard work can make your dreams come true. weDevs is proof of that. We started as a startup back in 2012 with a goal to be “The WordPress Brand”. Within seven years we have made a strong position in the WordPress community. We are not “The Brand” yet. But we hope to get there shortly.
weDevs's Birthday & Our Second weFamily Day
Before we talk about our growth, success and customer happiness of 2018, let's talk about an event that is really special & close to our heart.
Just like the previous year, this year on the 18th of March, we celebrated our 6th birthday of weDevs in a grand style with all the family members of our team. This family day got our team to bond better passing a great time with each others family members.
Truly a momentous occasion it was, that got unfolded with exciting games, events & other fun-filled activities with each passing time of the day.
Our team introduced their family members and themselves to everyone on this grand occasion.
We passed quite an eventful day starting with a competitive Cricket match among weDevs team members.
The kids, families and the whole team of weDevs swam around & enjoyed themselves playing games at the pool.
In the afternoon, a number of interesting games were arranged for our parents, other family members, kids and the whole weDevs team. The remarkable day ended with the raffle draw results and prize giving ceremony.
And No, we didn't disappoint anyone as there were gifts for everyone who attended this joyful event.
We have introduced weFamily day last year with the intention of spending an ecstatic day with all our loved ones. A total number of 80 people attended the 5th anniversary of weDevs on weFamily Day 2018. This year on our 6th year anniversary, the number doubled and around 140+ people were present to celebrate the event including our 55+ team members.
Coincidently, 18th of March is also the Birthday our Founder Tareq Hasan. So it was a double celebration for all of us. And from now on, weDevs promises to commemorate this day with all of our family members with the same enthusiasm and excitement every year.
weDevs, From Scratch to Creation
To create something great you must start from scratch. weDevs is just an example of that. During University days in 2008, Tareq Hasan and Md. Nizam Uddin, who had nothing but passion in them used to run a blogging site. Now they run a company of 60+ people. If we look back, it was in 2017 when the company moved to a bigger office with 25 employees. After 2012, it was in 2017 they were able to appoint experts in each sector. 100% employee growth in two years indicates the scalability of weDevs.
We always love to share our journey, experiences we had, experiments, additions we brought in the system with the customers. This takes us closer to our audience and we feel more connected this way.
We already shared new strategies we adopted last year in different sectors like content marketing, support, development. But we didn't talk about our office environment yet.
First thing is, we work as a family in here and we always use the term “weFamily” while addressing issues in our meetings.
Our in general growth is 90% at the moment. Another evidence of a company being family is we introduced “Profit Share” policy from this year. Whatever profit weDevs makes is the result of the employee's hard work. So all of them will get a share of the overall profit that we made in 2018.
Let's see how working here is fun for all of us-
We welcome new members among us with amazing gifts
Whenever we meet a certain goal, we go for an outing.
The annual trip is the center of attraction for all of us.
From this year our members will get leave for marriage.
Besides two festive bonus, our members will get a certain amount of bonus for marriage.
New mothers will get paid maternal leave as well as new fathers will get paternity leave. This leave is still not a popular practice here.
From now on, the facility of “provident fund” and “gratuity” will be available for them who wants to enjoy that.
The Year of Explosive Growth in Development Side
This is the place where we can not but brag ourselves all the time. And you know what?We do not believe in the peripheries. The reason is simple – We have added an astounding 200,000 lines of code. It truly broke all the former records done in a single year.
We are quite accustomed to reaching new heights. Because we have released our free and pro plugins for a whopping 148 times. That’s more than 200% growth over the last year’s (2017) total release.
That’s not the end! We knew, hiring the right kind of programmers and system analysts would be a cog in the machine for our company. Apart from the business team, content team, marketing team, and design team, our development team is also rapidly growing.
Back in 2017, we only had 7 developers in our team but in 2018 this number has increased to 20+. So, compared to 2017 the number of developers that we have hired is in around 300% growth mark in the year 2018.
Frankly, we do encourage our developers to learn new things for personal development. To this end, we have kept a margin of 30% in the KPIs in learning new stuff like frameworks, libraries and so much more on their particular programming languages. All the developers, here, constantly try to improve and push themselves to the limit.
A bigger team is supposed to contribute more. That’s exactly what happened here at weDevs in 2018. Our developers have outpaced their previous contribution with a number of new features. You can check out our products new features, tweaks, improvements and fixes that were done in 2018 from below:
Finally, 2018 was an amazing year for us and we did exactly what we dreamed of.
Contribution Towards WordPress
In 2018, many of our team members contributed in making WordPress even better. Our Developer Towhidul Islam contributed to the Core WordPress 5 times in a row! And we are really proud of this. Also, two of our former Developers Rafsun Chowdhury and MD Sultan Nasir Uddin contributed i
weDevs Customer Happiness Overview: 2018
Technical support is the most significant part of the software industry. At weDevs, we ensure real-time care about what our customers need and want. Since we are a WordPress product development and selling-company, customer support and satisfaction is our first priority.
We are proudly announcing that we are experienced a great year of our customers’ happiness in 2018. Our support team achieved a remarkable growth ensuring on-time problem-solving. We are happy because our customers are happy. This is how we are trying to take our company- weDevs to the next level.
Take a look at what our support team has done in 2018.
8,750+ ticket resolving
35,000+ live chat
15,000+ customers helped
…and many more!
Isn’t it great regarding only a year?
What Our Customers Say
We try to make our customers happy providing real-time support in all the aspects. But nothing would matter if these don’t meet our customers need. Check out what our customers say!
“Best multivendor marketplace out there. Don’t be fooled by the competition. No other marketplace offers as much. I'm not sure why people are having such issues with customer support. Any issue I've had I filled out a ticket, and every time they have responded within 24 hours and every time my problem has been solved. Not once did they ever try to upsell me on anything.”- Stuffforsale
Not only that, we got the same appreciation and love from a huge number of our beloved customers.
We have touched the great milestone in our increasing growth in 2018. Our support team’s overall growth was almost double regarding 2017. Check out some of our states in the following screenshots.
1. Tickets marked resolved in the last two years.
2. The growth rate was over 146%! We also resolved more than 58% tickets directly on the first reply.
3. Happiness rate in ticket resolving
Not only that, but we also resolved almost 1000 WordPress Tickets last year. And got more than 210 5 star reviews for all our plugins.
Finally, we started live chat support in 2018 and we had to reply to 35,000+ live chat queries in total.
Do all these really matter?
We believe customers are the queen. So we prefer what our customers need all the time. Not only responding, but we are also working with timely support at any moment of the day or night. For the first time, we started 24/7 support in 2018. And we are happy making it possible for our beloved customers.
Customer satisfaction isn’t only important, it works as a key to success for any business. If customers aren’t happy, it’s simply impossible to go ahead in this competitive era of business. At weDevs, we treat customers like our family. So that you can easily understand our dedication towards our beloved customers.
Stay with us, we offer great products with the state of the art and ensure real-time support.
Content & Marketing Growth in 2018
After the end of 2017, we shared with you how weDevs is reshaping its content and marketing strategy. In the process of executing that strategy, we have become a bigger team of 14 members now. Where at the end of 2017, we were a team of 6. We have started sessions like knowledge sharing, growth hacking regularly. These sessions are helping us become more confident, more creative, more proactive. And most importantly, these are helping us to develop the sharing mentality which is crucial for a team to thrive.
Whenever we start talking about Online Marketing, a popular quote is bound to pop-up in mind – “Content is king”. The quote itself implies the importance of content marketing. Since weDevs works with digital products, content marketing is the soul of our marketing strategy. But we always have believed in the motto “We don't create content for sale”. We try to create value for our audience with it. This motto of ours and the love we get back from you, keep us working, motivate us to create more valuable contents for you.
Continuous assessment and development have always been the focus of our weDevs team. To thrive consistently, there’s no alternative to that. We know and believe that. Now, like the other years, we’re feeling compelled to share our data-driven assessment with you. And when it’s data-driven, let the numbers do the talking.
First of all, the number of articles can be mentioned. Throughout the year 2018, we have successfully created and published 163 well-researched articles for the weDevs blog and 101 for the WP ERP. Kudos to the content developers!
We all know that content isn’t only about articles, it also includes designing, idea generating, sharing, implementing, and so on. Let’s have a look at the contributions of our designing team. Shall we? 67+ landing page design, 660+ banner design, and 916+ animations, email templates, illustrations, presentation designs – all have been possible thanks to their hard work.
Now it’s about you. Yes, YOU! We’re really glad that you paid a visit to us. You’re also doing it right now, thanks for that 🙂
With you and with the increased number of unique visitors as well, over the year 2018, we saw a 40.06% increase in the traffic on our site. That means we met 140% more visitors than that of the previous year’s! Isn’t that amazing?
Now, you may be wondering about the number of users of our site. Well, the growth rate, in this case, is even better! Compared to the user count of 2017, we have got 150.70% growth in 2018.
With all these traffic and the constant effort of every member of our team, no doubt our website is improving daily. The Alexa ranking clocked on the last day of the last year was 47,775. Which means 63.30% leap in the ranking.
Growth was not only achieved in the downloads, but also in the active installation count. If we take the active installation number of 2017 into account, we’ll have to say with 178% active installations, 2018 was a huge year for us. As anticipated, all these achievements resulted in more revenue. In 2018, weDevs earned 90% more revenue.
Looking Forward to a Rocking 2019
The year 2018 has been the most fruitful year for weDevs in terms of business growth, customer satisfaction and conversion rate.
To our greatest joy, the number of downloads surpassed the milestone of million this year. Our products achieved 1.2 million downloads in 2018. This was possible not just due to the energy of any particular team or person. We achieved such a milestone due to the collective effort of our whole weDevs team. So we dedicate this success to each one of our hardworking representatives be it our awesome, support, developing, marketing or the content team.
Why weDevs year in review being published in March?
As weDevs was formed in March and we celebrate the anniversary, the ‘weFamily Day' in this month, we think this is a good time for us to spread what we have done so far to the world. That's one of the main reasons of publishing the weDevs year in review now.
With all these mentioned, we know we have a long way ahead of us. Here is hoping for the year 2019 to be even better and productive than 2018. And we know that your love and support will guide us through the way just like always.
Wishing all of you an awesome year ahead from weDevs teams !!
People might ask you, why would you want to switch to WordPress CMS platform? With the current position and progress of WordPress, the answer to it shouldn’t be too difficult. Because since 2003, today after 15 years of its successful journey and establishment all the awesome WordPress stats would automatically answer all the questions people might have in their curious mind about WordPress.
Some people might still have the temerity to speak against WordPress and its number of flaws it posses. But the current stats and facts of WordPress will always speak above all for itself.
So what makes WordPress so special? Let’s find out through some tantalizing stats and facts of WordPress in this post below.
Interesting WordPress Stats & Facts of 2019
The very first version of WordPress was launched on 27th May 2003, making it even an older web platform than Facebook, Youtube & Twitter. It was released by its founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little back then.
Powering up Websites Worldwide
According to the stats conducted by W3Techs, WordPress is currently powering through over 33.1% of the world’s web platforms. A truly remarkable achievement by this popular CMS that is currently used for blogging sites as well as for large business websites.
WordPress Enjoying Substantial Market Share
Almost 47% of world’s websites do not use a CMS. But among the CMS platform user, WordPress enjoys a whooping 61.1% of market share making it by far the largest shares in the market worldwide.
WordPress Leading in Search Engine
Based on the data conducted by a reliable keyword analysis tool, last year WordPress has been searched on an average 2,74,0000 times in a month by the people all around the world. Just imagine the search volume it had when you count the relevant long-tail keywords.
Record Installation for Popular Plugins
On average, popular WordPress plugins or themes can get more than a million installations each week. For example, as of January 2019, at the time of writings this, the most popular e-commerce store plugin, WooCommerce has been installed 774,273 times in a week. Just imagine how much business you can make once you have a popular application for WordPress.
World’s Most Popular Business Sites Runs on WordPress
Many business sites are already using WordPress. This number is almost, 35% of 10,000 popular business sites that are actively using it. The list includes some popular sites like The New Yorker, Whitehouse.gov, Reuters, TED, TechCrunch etc.
Even for personal sites as well many globally recognized personalities also uses WordPress including celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Kobe Bryant, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and many more.
WordPress Available in More Languages than You Can Imagine
At a full 100% rate, WordPress is now being actively used in 68 languages out of 162. The day is not far when WordPress will be effectively used in all the existing local languages out there.
Most Widely Used WordPress Ecommerce Plugin
WordPress was always known for it being the most popular blogging tool. But over the last decade or so it has evolved and made its entry into the e-commerce business arena as well. WooCommerce as the most popular and widely operated e-commerce plugin is being used in over 13% WordPress websites currently. The numbers are even more astonishing when you consider it's more than 3 millions installations in websites and over 60 million all time downloads.
More Monthly Visitors than Twitter & Amazon
As per recent stats, it is claimed that both Amazon and Twitter had lower unique monthly visits than WordPress with over 148 million monthly visitor.
Record Number of Download for WordPress v4.9
Now when it comes to the most downloaded software in the world, WordPress is right there at the top. By the time this post is being published, the real time download counter of WordPress v4.9 would have at least cross pass 160 million.
Registered a Record Number of Posts and Comments
As a blogging site platform, WordPress has set some pretty impressive record over the years. WordPress platform used for blogging continues to encourage people to submit new post and comments worldwide. The CMS platform has registered about 70.5 million new posts and 52.1 million new comments each month. Meaning bloggers from all over the world creates at least 6 new posts each seconds in WordPress sites.
Number of Available WordPress Plugins
At the time of this post being written, there are currently 54,624 plugins available at WordPress.org with over 1.5 billion total downloads of all these plugins. So you can be rest assured that, there is a plugin for any kind of solution you need in WordPress.
Held an Impressive Number of Wordcamp Worldwide
WordPress making its mark in the global arena has organized handsome number of WordCamps for the WordPress users and welcoming new community members to it every year. The very first WordPress was arranged in the year 2006 in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg. And since then 950+ WordCamp has been held in over 65 countries, with more than 2400 speakers and 1100 sponsors involved in it.
Millions Being Earned over a Single WordPress Theme
ThemeForest is the most popular premium theme and plugins marketplace out there. Based on a report, Avada is the most popular & sold theme for WordPress and as of now, this 59$ priced theme has been bought over 200,000 times, generating over $1.3 millions in sales and counting.
Made Record in Terms of Registered Domains in Every 6 Months
A recent survey of CMS usage suggested that there is at least 1.2 million domains registration for WordPress in every 6 months. And the number is only increasing each year.
Info: Built With
WordPress Free Themes in Theme Directory
Currently in the theme directory of WordPress, there are almost 6000 free themes for the WordPress users to choose from. This number is a massive selling point of WordPress for the users who loves to decorate their WordPress site frequently. Divi and Genesis being the most popular free theme of all time is used in 10% out of 20% of total WordPress sites.
Info: WP Beginner & Small Biz Trends
WordPress Revenue Touches the Magic Figure of Billion
WordPress, being a Non-Profit organization, the company behind it, Automattic, has made a revenue of $1.3 billion ahead of other gigantic WordPress companies like Envato at $95 million and WP Engine at $74 million.
Akismet Created Record in Blocking Spam Comments
One of the more popular spam blocker plugin Akismet blocks over 7.5 million spam comments every hour. It has already crossed the milestone of 100 billion a long time back. Imagine the number of fake ads it has blocked to save the users to deal with.
Top WordPress Plugins
Popular plugins are the one that enhances the overall performances of your site. In a recent stat, it is concluded that WooCommerce , Akismet and Yoast SEO made in to the top 3 plugins based on its overall performance and capabilities in its respective fields.
Contribution in WordPress
The WordPress v4.9 is already known to be the most popular WordPress release of all time. But very few people know that the main success behind this version was due to the contribution of 443 talented people out of which 185 of them were totally freshers who were taking part in WordPress development for the very first time.
WordPress 5.0 Is Getting a Great Response
Till mid February ‘19 from the time of its release, the latest version of WordPress v5.0 is getting tremendous response. This new release of WordPress has been downloaded more than 35,000,000 times though only 30% of WordPress websites are running it as of now.
Cost of Maintaining a WordPress Hosting and Domain
Hosting a WordPress site won't cost you a fortune. It only takes around $50-60 to host a professional WordPress site. Whereas a .com domain name will typically cost you upto $10 a year. Meaning you can enjoy a top quality WordPress hosting including a domain of your choice at just 70$ a year.
Getting Started with WordPress Is Still Fun & Easy
Using WordPress is fun because it is the most user-friendly platform of all and it’s easy because it only takes 5 minutes to get started with WordPress from downloading the plugin to configuring it up in just a few simple clicks.
The Popularity of WordPress Against Joomla & Drupal
Like all CMS platforms, even WordPress has competitors in the form of Joomla & Drupal. But when it come to popularity WordPress is almost 10 times popular than Joomla and 8.9 more popular than Drupal.
Page View Creates Records Each Month
In WordPress, a staggering 21.1 billion pages are viewed each month by more than 410 million people Worldwide. And when it comes to the record of files uploaded by the users globally then, the stats say that just in the month of December 2018, an astonishing 70,399,151 files were uploaded through WordPress sites.
75+ More Amazing Stats of WordPress
Some WordPress Fun Facts
After all these serious WordPress stats, one might feel WordPress is a boring place to be in. But in reality, it is a fun place to experience the originality of CMS platform. And the fun facts below further proves that.
Do You Know?
Automattic, the company behind WordPress had a beautiful office at San Francisco, but it was shut down when its employees stopped showing up at work.
The core developers of WordPress are huge fans of Jazz music. Influenced by that each of the major releases of WordPress was labeled after a renowned Jazz musician
The active Japanese community members originally created the official mascot of WordPress, Wappu.
Every WordCamp events get a unique Wappu including a number of specially customized variation of the mascot in it.
Controlling a missile guidance system was done using WordPress.
WordPress has around only 800 employees Worldwide, which is 500 times lesser employees than Amazon.
WordPress in the Years to Come
No matter how much anyone would want to deny, but WordPress is indeed the future of CMS platform. Not to mention its growing popularity as the best blogging platform as well. And the stats & facts discussed in this post already proves that.
Most statistics now already suggests that its immense popularity in the past decade or so mainly drives by the fact of it being a budget-friendly one. Not just the platform, also its offerings of a wide range of marketplace plugins, themes, security, SEO friendliness & available language packs are also a major reason for its fondness of people.
Looking at its progress and development over the years, it is safe to say WordPress will only take over many other popular alternative CMS in the coming years. This is definitely a positive sign for all the WordPress enthusiast out there and something that they can proudly boast about.
Did you feel we have missed out on some significant WordPress stats? Do you have any fun or informative WordPress stats or facts to share with us? Then we would love to hear it from you.
Do share with us, your views and thoughts on WordPress and its future in the coming years in the comments section below.
Automattic, the developer of the world's one of the most popular Content Management System, WordPress.com, has announced a new project, Newspack. According to the founder of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, this is going to bring about a revolutionary change for the news publishers.
And guess what, WordPress.com is now partnering with Google accompanied by the other news industry leaders to raise the fund to develop this new news publising platform. So far, the team has secured $2.4 million in first-year funding from the Google News Initiative, Lenfest Journalism Institute, Civil funder ConsenSys, and the Knight Foundation, among others.
Newspack in a Few Words
It is a news publishing, all in one, open source Content Management Solution aimed at the small and midsized news organizations for publishing and monetizing their contents.
To tell you about the standard of the CMS, the founder of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg says,
As you have come to expect from Automattic, everything will be open source and developed to the same standards WordPress itself is.
WordPress.com has already confirmed that this platform will contain the same standard as WordPress when it comes to quality.
So, Who Will Be Benefited with NewsPack?
With this project, the small and mid-sized news publishers will be benefited more than the large news publishers.
Despite doing all the stuff to manage your contents smartly, WordPress does not natively help the publishers to monetize their content using subscriptions, metered paywalls, and user accounts.
This is the reason, why Automattic is specifically designing this solution for the native and smaller news media companies so that they can easily get these things done with a minimalistic effort and investment.
How Will It Benefit Its Associated Community?
The smaller news startups often struggle with a number of obstacles like the right technology selection, development of the news platform, maintenance, security and last but not the least money making.
Unfortunately, there is no better platform in the class and above all an open source and cost-effective tool to tackle these complexities.
And this is exactly where this Newspack project by the WordPress.com comes to address these issues. Its goal is to incorporate all the best possible editorial and business practices from across the industry for the small and mid-sized news publishers. By mid-2019, the partners will also launch up to a dozen news sites that would piggyback up to 60 sites by the early 2020.
It’s not simply a CMS for a newsroom, but a full business system that enables publishing and monetization at the same time.
To work with Automattic on this new platform, media organizations can apply now. The good news is that as a publisher you can avail the service free of cost during the development phase. And after that, you will have to pay $1000 to $2000 per month.
However, that's not the end! From a fifth source an additional contribution of $200,000 is expected to be funded later this month toward the project.
Definitely, it's an amazing initiative from the maker of WordPress, Automattic and it goes without saying that this project is a bit inspired by the Medium's move to monetizing online content.
Finally, we can conclude that the dominant news publishers won't necessarily move to Newspack. But it's a foregone conclusion that the small and mid-sized websites who are covering a particular or small area can be notably benefited from this project.
Dokan Bags 2 Prestigious eCommerce Software Recognitions from a Leading Directory for Business Software – “Great user experience” and “Rising star”. FinancesOnline has honored Dokan with this prestige. These are significant recognition as users satisfaction has always been Dokan’s first concern. Dokan was also ranked as one of the top ecommerce platforms in the market.
WordPress 4.9, Tipton is almost knocking at the door. We are hoping that it will be released in the third week of November 2017. Having Gutenberg Editor in the queue, WordPress is getting bigger with every release. The 4.9 release does not have anything significant like Gutenberg. However, it has many new features, improvements, and tweaks.
So, you may be wondering what WordPress 4.9 has to offer. We are going to show you our experience with the latest release while we tested the RC3 (Release Candidate 3).
Welcome to WordPress 4.9
While upgrading to WordPress 4.9, we got this exciting welcome page. It has details on the whole update and what it brings.
This update contains major customizer improvements, better code editing inside WordPress dashboard, improved widgets and lot other fixes. Without further ado, let's dive in!
Improved Customizer: Save, Schedule & Share
With the release of WordPress 4.9, the theme customizer menu has seen three new options added.
Save: The newly save button lets you save your tweaks without publishing it first. This gives you time to finalize your design without going live.
Schedule: There is also an added schedule option which lets you schedule your customized theme to go live. You will be able to select a specific time and date.
Share: The newly added share button will let you share a final version of your website to anyone who you give the link to. This is really convenient for those who work in a group for the design.
Improved Theme Management
Theme management for WordPress is going to see some change with 4.9 release. You can directly add themes to your WordPress site from the customizer page. You can view either Installed themes or WordPress.org themes from here. This saves a few clicks while also keeping the process simple.
Create Menus More Easily
With 4.9, the menu creation process has been broken into parts and made a lot simpler. In the previous version, you could only see a box area for creating a menu. Now separate boxes have been added to menu name, menu location, top menu and social links menu.
Brand New Gallery Widget
WordPress 4.9 allows you to have a new Gallery widget to manage it your way. Previously, you could get this from JetPack. Now, it will be available in the core version whether you are using Jetpack or not.
With the introduction of image widget in WordPress 4.8, this new gallery widget in the 4.9 release will only add value to its essence.
The functionality of gallery widget is as simple as it can get, just simply add images from your WordPress image library by using the Add Images button.
You can also use this widget as a temporary way of making people intrigued on your social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest by viewing thumbnails to create a collage of a single snapshot.
So this new gallery widget feature in WordPress 4.9 will definitely create a lot of interest to more of your posts now.
Improved Text Widget
With the continuing process of Text Widget improvements throughout its previous version, it didn’t fail to improve in the WordPress 4.9.
It was a real pain to create shortcodes on your own and to add images in the text widget till WordPress 4.8.
But not anymore as now with WordPress 4.9, there is an additional Add Media button into the text widget. Which will give you the ultimate freedom of adding media files hassle-free.
So all thanks to the newly added Add Media button, which now ensures you to create a gallery using text widget making the functionality of text widget utmost user-friendly.
Added New Saved Button
There wasn’t any clear way to understand whether you were actually successful in saving the changes you made in the widget to the previous version.
But with WordPress 4.9, the button will now display Saved every time you make any changes to indicate that you are successful with your action.
Code Editor Improved
Guess what, now you can easily custom your codes directly from WordPress Dashboard. Although the code editor has been there for a long time, it was very basic. With WordPress 4.9, you will get a better editor containing many interesting features. When someone tries to edit any code (Plugins or Themes), they will receive a pop-up warning stating the significance of code editing and why it is not recommended. Unless you click on the ‘I Understand' button, you won't be able to proceed.
The new code editor highlights syntax! You also get error or warning signs if you something out of the context.
It even suggests related functions and attributes when you are typing a piece of code!
Other Improvements & Fixes
There are also some improvements to the core of WordPress in the 4.9. Here are the Developer Happiness features that have been included in this release.
The bookmarklet that practically no one used, has been removed from the tools section. Now, it is a separate plugin that you can install anytime from wordpress.org.
The library will be removed from the core. It was used for flash media services. As the industry is moving away from flash this was inevitable.
Some Jetpack functionalities like The Gallery Widget and Syntax Highlighting features have been removed. They will now be supported in the Core.
Tweaks have been made to the User Roles for a site. Now a permission has been added to who can activate/deactivate a plugin as well as who can change the language and translation file.
Email Change Confirmation
Last but not the least the admin has now an option to send a confirmation email to a user who has changed his/her email address. This new email will be sent to the new one not the old.
This is really helpful for e-commerce websites or any other site with direct subscribers.
We Have Also Update All Our Plugins!
As WordPress 4.9 is a major update, we have updated all our plugins including Dokan, weForms, WP Project Manager, WP User Frontend and WP ERP. They are all WP 4.9 compatible and you can use them without facing any problems at all. But we recommend you create a backup before upgrading.
You might not know it but WordPress right now is powering a staggering 28% of the total number of websites in the world, including 14.7% of the top 100 websites. That is a lot of users, to begin with!
Taking them out of their comfort zone and introducing a system that is completely new to them might be a very bright idea neither is the worst. The competition is advancing at a rate that was never seen before. WordPress needs to keep up too if it hopes to keep the lead it has now. All the talks about Gutenberg and other features are only speculation at best for this moment.
We will just have to wait and see what the WordPress industry has in store for us. 🙂