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Last month I spoke at WordCamp Los Angeles. Though I had given the same talk before, this time felt much more successful. Not only was I more relaxed, I learned a lot from the first time around.

It got me thinking about what public speaking tips and tricks could be applied to giving WordCamp talks, but I'm in no way an expert, so learn by trial and error. I wanted to start thinking more about [...]

Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Source: Torque – WP news, community experts, info and how-tos Category: WORDPRESS
What's new in WordPress 4.9

WordPress 4.9 was released just few hours ago. It is the second and last major WordPress release of 2017 with some exciting new features and enhancements. In this article, we will show you what's new in WordPress 4.9 and which features you should try after updating your websites.

4.9 is a major WordPress release, and unless you are on a managed [...]

Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Source: WP Beginner Category: GENERAL

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Topher DeRosia, founder of HeroPress. DeRosia provides an update on HeroPress and explains his new role creating WordPress training videos for WinningWP. Jacoby and I discussed the news of the week including, Press This removed in WordPress 4.9, Meta box support in Gutenberg, and WP-SpamShield removed from the directory.

Near the end of the show, we discuss whether or not [...]

Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Source: WP Tavern Category: GENERAL

WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” was released today, named for Oklahoma-born jazz musician William Lee Tipton, a gifted pianist and saxophonist. This update introduces major improvements to the design and collaboration workflow in the Customizer, improves WordPress' built-in code editor, and enhances core text and media widgets.

Draft, Schedule, and Preview Changes in the Customizer

Prior to 4.9, users could get a live preview of their sites in the Customizer but any changes [...]

Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Source: WP Tavern Category: GENERAL

Gutenberg 1.7 was released today, two weeks after version 1.6, with a fresh round of new features, design updates, and the groundwork for nested blocks and block extensibility.

Last week contributors began exploring an alternative to using iframes for meta boxes. This experiment has landed in 1.7 so that the plugin now renders meta boxes inline. Gutenberg engineer Riad Benguella, who wrote and merged the code, said [...]

Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Source: WP Tavern Category: GENERAL

I've never been that good at cooking or prepping big holiday meals. So the words “I wish there was a plugin for that” flow through my mind quite frequently this time of year.

Doc Pop

Doctor Popular is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. As a full disclaimer, he [...]

Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Source: Torque – WP news, community experts, info and how-tos Category: WORDPRESS

The best thing about WordPress is that it's accessible to all. Anyone can start a WordPress business, backed by an amazingly supportive global community. The barriers to entry are low and with only 25 percent of WordPress professionals working full-time, it attracts people wanting a successful business and a flexible lifestyle.

But how can you take your WordPress business to the next level? What if you don't aspire to the traditional route of growing your [...]

Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Source: Torque – WP news, community experts, info and how-tos Category: WORDPRESS

Regular photo challenge participants may recall that, to bust stress and keep fit, I like to run. Recently, well into fall, we enjoyed a couple of days reaching +25° Celsius (77° F). Wanting to embrace that last burst of summer, I went out one warm day feeling a bit experimental about my running route.

I realized that in all the years of running through the park, I had never once strayed from the paved path [...]

Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Source: WordPress Daily Post Category: GENERAL
Fixing secure connection error in WordPress

Are you seeing ‘Unable to establish secure connection error' in WordPress? It is a common WordPress error and usually occurs when you are trying to install or update a WordPress plugin or theme from official WordPress.org directory. In this article, we will show you why this error occurs and how to easily fix secure connection error in WordPress.

What Causes Unable to Establish Secure [...]
Wed, Nov 15, 2017
Source: WP Beginner Category: GENERAL

The Semantic Web is here. Those that are taking advantage of Semantic Technologies to build a Semantic SEO strategy are benefiting from staggering results. From a research paper put together with the team at WordLift, presented at SEMANTiCS 2017, we documented that structured data is compelling from the digital marketing standpoint.

For instance, on the analysis of the design-focused website freeyork.org, after three months of using structured data on their WordPress website we saw [...]

Tue, Nov 14, 2017
Source: Torque – WP news, community experts, info and how-tos Category: WORDPRESS