WordCamp SF 2014 – We followed it through their great Live Stream service this year. Here’s a taste of some of the best bits we put together for you.
People love freebies while still feel anxious about many aspects of the service, especially to web hosting. Free hosting is mistaken to indicate poor quality, hidden fees, annoying ads, uncertain security or unreachable support. Perhaps you have a general impression of free hosting in the past, but one of the exceptions is WPNode.
One thing that we’ve learned while building Easy Pricing Tables is that users love products that make complicated tasks easy. Lots of people we’ve talked to were frustrated by how difficult it was to integrate email marketing tools such as Mailchimp, Aweber & Campaign Monitor with WordPress.
As a webmaster you know how important it is to keep your site healthy. There are many issues to worry about – broken links, missing images/titles/headings, unnecessary redirects, poorly structured URLs, server errors – just to name a few. These not only effect your overall user experience and conversion rates, but also your search engine rankings and hence the organic traffic volume you receive.
Tutorials and walkthroughs are a wonderful resource. Scroll through Pinterest and you’ll see plenty of visually striking step-by-step guides from eager bloggers trying to help out their readers. The difficult thing about creating written tutorials however, is that they take an age to organise. First you need to take screenshots of the steps in your guide. Then you need to name them, open them in a photo editor and annotate them. Then there’s the process of uploading them to your blog, adding your meta data, scaling and inserting them into your post. That’s all before you manage to hit publish!
There are a number of posts on WordPress blogs (including our own take on the GPL and potential abuse) that deal with WordPress plugin and theme licensing. Many people don’t really understand the concept of open source software, and either view it as a sure way to financial ruin or the best thing ever as there is no protection and everything is free.
It’s not so straightforward. Many websites have sprung up during the past year or two reselling WordPress plugins and themes. One of the biggest ‘victims’ are Woothemes whose add-ons for WooCommerce are now easily available from other websites for a very small fraction of the price that Woo sells them for.