15+ Amazing WordPress Blogs and Resources You Should Follow in 2019

15+ Amazing WordPress Blogs and Resources You Should Follow in 2019

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WordPress is arguably one of the best CMS in the world and it powers one-third portion of the entire web. That number is absolutely, totally, awesome! and day by day this number increasing as the future bloggers would like to use the WordPress platform. As a direct result, more and more people search for on-point different WordPress essentials like themes, advice, and tutorials around some common topics related to the platform. People are searching about WordPress sources to build a WordPress blog with some small steps. It began as a blogging platform, but now it’s virtually the operating system of the Web with most of the market share. It has become a huge industry probably one of the largest where there are many products and services built on WordPress. It’s been a big demand for current bloggers era.

So where to go for that? How to live? How about you start with the list we have for you today… here we trying to make a list of some trustworthy WordPress resources. Here are the 15 amazing blogs about WordPress to read in 2019:

 

 

 

1. WPBeginner

 

 

 

 

 

 

WPBeginner is the biggest hub of WordPress tutorials. It is one of the most popular WordPress blogs and is famous for it’s easy to understand tutorials which are exclusively for beginners (as the name suggests). Started in 2009 by Syed Balkhi, it has quickly emerged as one of the most authentic sources of WordPress information. Over the years WPBeginner has not only gained the trust of many WordPress users but also of some influential content marketing personalities. The likes of Neil Patel and Chris Bogan have shown their trust by mentioning the blog on their websites.

 

 

 

2. WPExplorer

 

 

 

 

 

 

I might be a bit biased here, but the fact remains fact; WPExplorer is without any doubt one of the best WordPress blogs out there. I mean, there’s just so much you can learn here on WPExplorer. Wondering what’s on the menu? From detailed tutorials, theme and plugin reviews to tips and great how-to guides, WPExplorer is one resource you want to bookmark right this minute. In between the great posts, we also publish giveaways and exclusive deals that can save you a whole lot of money.

 

 

 

3. WPMU DEV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for expert recommendations and in-depth advice? WPMU DEV is one of the strongest blogs for WordPressers out there. The guys at WPMU DEV cover very interesting topics and somehow manage to do it in an equally interesting way. On this blog, you can find WordPress-related posts from multiple categories, everything from beginner to advanced topics. WPMU DEV will provide you with some of the best tutorials and tips in the community.

 

 

 

4. Elegant Themes

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Elegant Themes blog offers amazing WordPress tips, tutorials and updates about their new WordPress themes & plugins. The blog features respectable WordPress bloggers such as Kevin Muldoon, Brenda Barron and Jacqueline Thomas among others.

 

 

 

5. WP Tavern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP Tavern is the main news site in the WordPress community. It brings you a daily dose of news stories on all WordPress-related topics.
Check it out to stay updated with all the latest releases, announcements, events, plugins, themes, general goings-on and etc. Chances are if anything happens in the world of WordPress, WP Tavern will cover it.

 

 

 

6. WPLift

 

 

 

 

 

 

WPLift features WordPress guides, tutorials, and tips from some of the best WordPress bloggers around. Plus they’ve got some great deals to boot. This plus a focus on entry-level users makes WPLift a great blog to follow for WordPress knowledge.

 

 

 

7. Chris Lema

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unless you started using WordPress recently, you must have heard a thing or two about Chris Lema – a top-level WordPress blogger who has been called in to advise the likes of WooThemes, iThemes, Reaktiv, WP101 and more. He blogs about eCommerce, freelancing, memberships, e-learning, and presentation among other WordPress-related topics.

 

 

 

8. CodeinWP

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is us! CodeinWP covers myriads of WordPress content, starting from tutorials on WordPress usage, to the company’s transparency reports, to plugin lists, to top theme lists, to in-depth research posts.
Check out CodeinWP if you want to learn about WordPress overall, and find out not only about the platform’s tech-related inner workings, but also the business side of things. The goal is to give you in-depth information about various WordPress resources, but also deliver it in an easy to understand form.

 

 

 

9. WinningWP

 

 

 

 

 

 

WinningWP is managed by Brin Wilson and is a great resource for WordPress. Learn about new WordPress themes, check out some plugin reviews and learn new skills with helpful tutorials.

 

 

 

10. WP Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP Mayor is one of the most recognizable brands in the WordPress space. It’s known for covering various related topics, starting from tutorials, to WordPress themes, plugins, exclusive deals, and even e-commerce for WordPress. WP Mayor also hosts giveaways and publishes product reviews, should you ever need a new theme or plugin and want to find out if it’s going to work for you.

 

 

 

11. WPEka

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know how they came up with the name, but it surely grows on you after a while. But the name isn’t the reason WPEka made it to this list; the blog publishes great opinion posts, theme and plugin reviews, and in-depth tutorials several times a week.

 

 

 

12. WPKube

 

 

 

 

 

 

WPKube delivers lots of great insights from various categories, such as beginner guides, security, themes, plugins, news, product reviews, advanced tutorials, quick WordPress tips, and tricks. The site’s main goal is to provide in-depth information and great insights on everything related to WordPress.

 

 

 

13. Torque

 

 

 

Torque is a WP Engine publication, and it comes with both advanced and beginner-friendly tutorials and guides. On top of that, it also covers various news stories and interviews with people working with WordPress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torque keeps its posts in well-defined categories, catering to different types of readers: community, beginners, developers, and “learn” (their how-to section). Also, there are separate sections for themes and plugins.

 

 

 

14. BobWP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced WordPress user, you can always learn something from Bob Dunn. He is kind of big deal, so you better pay attention when he takes to the stage. You can also follow his podcast for even more WordPress goodness.

 

 

 

15. ManageWP Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

ManageWP allows you to manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard, saving you lots of time and effort. I’m not trying to pull your leg, it’s really convenient, especially if you struggle to manage your sites. Featuring top-level writers and developers such as Vladimir Prelovac, Charnita Fance, and Brenda Barron among others, the ManageWP blog shares tutorials, tips, reviews, opinions, news, business advice, themes and plugins among others.

 

16. WPSetup.org

 

WPsetup is a new blog that aims to be to go to resource for anyone wanting to install and setup WordPress. Their guides are super easy to follow and will have you up and running in no time!

They also cover numerous other topics, from the best managed WordPress hosts to WordPress plugins, SEO, Monetisation and more. WPsetup is an excellent new WordPress resource you should check out today.

 

Sagenda Achieved WPML Certified Compatibility as Multilingual Plugin

Sagenda Achieved WPML Certified Compatibility as Multilingual Plugin

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Nowadays, using a multilingual booking plugin is essential to reach an international target audience across all multimedia devices. As WordPress booking plugin, Sagenda has recently acquired its WPML multilingual compatibility certification. Following compatibility testing, Sagenda and WPML are 100% compatible plugins for users of multilingual WordPress sites.

 

Why Use a Multilingual Plugin?

Defining the target audience requires an extreme level of accuracy. Since this is a multilingual booking plugin, Sagenda targets independent businesses, small enterprises or public institutions looking for a safe booking, rental or appointment scheduler online calendar, regardless of geographic location. Therefore, offering a multilingual website content is essential to reach interested sectors.

 

WPML Multilingual Compatibility for Sagenda

With over 500,000 active installations, WPML is one of the most widely used WordPress translation plugin allowing users to translate websites into multiple languages for a variety of content: modules, articles, pages, themes, dashboard items and so on. WPML includes its translations or submitted translations, thereby ensuring a localized content.

 

Next Steps

The WPML certification is an essential step confirming our interest in making Sagenda accessible to a larger and targeted audience. At Sagenda, we simplify multilingual content without affecting other features.

 

Subsequently, our team aims to work closely with WordPress services to ensure the performance and compatibility of Sagenda with other plugins as well. Keeping our clients satisfied is at the center of our concerns.

What’s New in WordPress 5 in 2019?

What’s New in WordPress 5 in 2019?

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As you might know, we love WordPress and are pretty excited about the upcoming release of WordPress 5.0 with its new features and moniker (generally, a jazz man). This is a major version as there were no releases over the past 4 years (since WordPress 3.0 switched to 4.0).

So let’s take a peek at what’s new!

Gutenberg: A New WordPress Editing Experience

Gutenberg is the latest WordPress editor and so much more: easy to use and intuitive design but also very powerful allowing you to build responsive pages. It’s all about “blocks” that you can build and manage on your own website depending on the display size. From now on, you may create and change the “responsive design” behavior of pages without affecting the theme and with no HTML, CSS or Twitter Bootstrap skills whatsoever.

However, Gutenberg is not as comprehensive as other recent commercial products extending the features of page editing, such as page builders (i.e. DIVI, Elementor and so on) which will likely be overtaken in the medium term.

If page editors available as WordPress plugins are rather seen as partners instead of competitors, this is not the case when it comes to external platforms such as Wix. In fact, when speaking about WordPress, we’re referring to an open source project available for download from WordPress.org. However, it also includes WordPress.com which allows you to start your own website without worrying about web installing or hosting based on some fees. You got that right: WordPress.com provides most of its revenues and WordPress 5.0 is poised to fight those competitors offering paid CMS versions.

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Gutenberg, the new page editor

Gutenberg is an editor already available for use with WordPress 4.9.x. Optionally, you may also download it as a plugin here !

Don’t fret: the old editor is also bundled as a plugin to allow its continued use in WordPress 5.0 in case of difficult transition. However, it will probably become unavailable at a certain point as I believe the WordPress team won’t support it all the way through WordPress 6.0 or 7.0. In other words, you’d better get started to get things done! OK, enough about Gutenberg, what else?

 

Twenty Nineteen: New Theme

Twenty Nineteen is the new theme of WordPress 5.0. There’s nothing special about it if you’re already using it as users rarely change the theme when doing a major web content overhaul. However, Twenty Nineteen includes a very interesting option (free of charge) for new websites as it has a very understated and minimalist theme unlike in previous cases. This is also a pretty interesting sandbox for web designers willing to learn new features and best coding practices in terms of WordPress 5.0 themes.

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Twenty Nineteen Theme fits Gutenberg Editor perfectly

Click here to have a look at Twenty Nineteen.

 

JSON Internationalization Support

Developers can finally use JSON to upload language files. We’re hoping this is the end of formats which should have never existed in the first place, such as .mo and .po.

New! JavaScript i18n support in WordPress 5.0

As WordPress developers (Sagenda is available as WordPress plugin), we are thrilled to welcome a new minimalist format: way to go!

 

WordPress 5.0: Install or Stall It?

Scheduled mid-November, but postponed somewhere end of November 2018, the roll-out of WordPress 5.0 is not all milk and honey. Here are some tips before updating:

  • Feel free to wait for WordPress 5.0.1 and let others do the dirty work.
  • Make sure your theme and plugins are updated for this version.
  • Don’t update directly on your live website: make a test copy and, if all goes well on copy, update your website thereafter.
  • Don’t forget to back up before upgrading!

 

WordPress 6.0 To-Do List

WordPress still does not have a native multilingual management of front-end pages. For multilingual websites, users still need to use plugins such as WPML and Polylang, thereby affecting website compatibility. Your website requires internationalization in so many aspects: text content, but also media (images, videos, sound, and so on), URLs (links, web page redirect, and possibly different domain names by country language). Therefore, internationalization management requires various plugins as well as lots of testing and settings.

However, we’re positive WordPress 6.0 will make a case for it! Anyway, this is the most wanted feature so feel free to vote for it : here !

Sagenda Is Beta Testing Its WordPress Calendar View

Sagenda Is Beta Testing Its WordPress Calendar View

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Summer is officially here and online bookings are at an all time high for holiday rentals or appointments. Perfect timing for us to let you know that Sagenda is beta testing its calendar view for WordPress users.

Our calendar view is available for all WordPress plugin users registered on Sagenda. Make sure you’re using the latest WordPress Sagenda Calendar plugin’s version on your website, then insert the following shortcode [sagenda-calendar-wp] to display your calendar.

The shortcode may be used in any page or post of the WordPress website to display your monthly, weekly or daily calendar view. According to selected bookings, your drop-drown menu will display available bookable items and corresponding event patterns. What a better way to showcase your occupancy rate and get new customers onboard!

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For the time being, beta testing of the new calendar view is available for all our WordPress Sagenda plugin users although our team is working around the clock to enable it for sagenda.net frontend and on other CMS frameworks as well. So stay tuned!

Have a go at the latest calendar view and let us know what you think! Need help with the shortcode or just want to share your suggestions?

We’re here to help: drop us a line.

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website – Part 2 – Hosting

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website – Part 2 – Hosting

Those hosting services that speed up your web load time – #PROductivity 3

 

Cheap and Fast Hosting Services

All hosting services are not the same. But beware: there is no point in comparing page load speed based on the various “premium” plans offered by web hosting providers! Quite often, marketing jargon pollutes clear and precise information. You’ll definitely hear about ‘TOP Speed’ or ‘Power’ modes, but what’s in it for you? To be honest, absolutely nothing!

Even technical data does not seem to clarify things. Some will sell you SSD hosting services! Pretty cool, isn’t it? But what’s so special about SSD hosting if the server’s processor is overwhelmed by queries from the rest of the 500 websites hosted on the same server with a permanently saturated RAM memory running at 98%? Well, it certainly looks less reliable than the old magnetic hard disk drives that would have always stored your top 10 favorite search pages!

It’s possible to find extremely fast web hosting providers, but are you really ready to fork out 1,200 Euros per month for a showcase website? Not exactly!

So, which are the fast and affordable hosting providers able to host WordPress easily (e.g. a Fantastico installer)? I would go for NameCheap and its Business SSD plan costing less than $20 per month if you’re looking for speed, or its Value plan is you want to save some money as it sets you back a mere $10 per month; otherwise, go for Site5 hosting.

 

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Where Am I Going? Where Am I Headed?

Watch your destination. Your website will not enjoy the same load speed all over the world. Think twice before choosing your hosting provider. The worst case scenario is finding a hosting service close to your whereabouts, but which is slower than a service provider located on the other side of the world! Fortunately, there are alternatives you may test and content delivery techniques.

CDN

CDN (Content Delivery Network) is some sort of replica of your cache in different parts of the world. Thus, visitors will look for information on your website through the closest server at any given time.

Test and Improve!

There are no written instructions that you may follow as with IKEA’s furniture assembly; each website is unique with a unique audience. There are some major guidelines as the ones outlined in this article, and some great tools are readily available online allowing you to test the performance of your website.

Google Page speed is your number one choice: it’s essential since it will provide you a report on speed and user experience (at least in terms of desktop and mobile experience). If you happen to have other preferences, don’t forget to keep Google happy as Google is the number one search engine. Get my drift?

Pingdom is really interesting as it allows you to test your website in different parts of the world. It’s definitely more convenient than popping in every possible Internet cafe across the world, isn’t it?

 

Read more about making WordPress faster with plugins and softwares.

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

A few tips to accelerate your WordPress website page load time – #PROductivity 2

Load time, this shadow killer… 

Your website load time is essential. Many years ago, various expert reports indicated the clear link between website load time and the number of visitors abandoning your website. Consequently, it is absolutely crucial to keep page load below 3 seconds in order to secure an optimal retention of your readers or users on-site. There are two possible alternatives you can use: work on your website or work on your web hosting provider.

I calculated the total time that humans have waited for web pages to load. It cancels out all the productivity gains of the information age. Sometimes I think the web is a big blog to keep people like me away from normal society.

Scott Adams

Software Options

It’s probably less expensive, but it will definitely keep you busy. Here are a few things that you can improve:

Image Optimization

Images often take a lot of space, an awful amount of visual space. You should think of ways to optimize their compression in order to make your website load faster.

There are multiple tools to do just that. On Mac, I recommend you use the excellent Image Optim which is also available as a web service. For Windows users, File Optimizer is just as interesting as it does not only deal with image optimization.

In case you wish to optimize your images directly on WordPress, you’ve got an easier option: image optimization plugins, quite a handful of them, but ShortPixel looks pretty appealing.

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Think Async to Speed up Your Loading Time

Synchronous and asynchronous, what’s up with that? Suppose your web load time is similar to a list of packs that the mailman has to deliver. If you have to wait for the delivery of package (A) in order to expect the delivery of package (B), and so on up to (Z) which is what synchronous loading looks like, it will take longer than having all packages delivered at the same time by multiple mailmen (asynchronous loading).

Beware: in practice, all changes cannot be operated separately, but it would be a great step ahead to be able to separate some of them.

Use Cache Solutions

Many users know how to clear their browser cache, but they don’t really know why they need to do that. Cache is neither a history nor a surveillance tool prying on your private life. The fact that browsers allow people to clear their cache of all that data at the same time might be confusing.

Thanks to cache memory, search results are readily available to users. To explain it metaphorically and to put it simply, suppose you’re ordering a drink. The waiter who comes to pick up your order already brings a customized selection of your favorite drinks for you to choose from. This means that you do not have to wait for the waiter to fetch your drinks: you have just saved yourself a lot of time!

Cache memory may exist on servers, but also on the computer who uses it. There are also other types of cache, but you will not be able to control them such as the cache of your Internet service provider: it will not search for Google’s logo each and every time; it will be stored in its cache.

There are two major WordPress plugins which dominate the cache solutions thanks to their excellent service and free available versions: W3 total cache and WP Super Cache. It would be difficult to say which one is best, so why not see it for yourself by using both on your website?

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Compress!

CSS and JavaScript files may be easily resized by removing all comments and breaks: you’ll be able to tell the difference immediately! Get yourself the minifying compression version; otherwise, some cache solutions which also get you the same results automatically.

Keep It Simple!

You have probably heard about the KISS principle designed by the US Navy which is the acronym for ‘keep it simple and stupid’. Restrict the number of modules (also known as plugins) as these often include “hooks” or anchor points which are in use each time there is a load in progress (e.g. page, website or other) in order to activate the module, and let it do its job. These are essential to website overall functioning, but it overloads your page: suppose you have 50 active modules or 12; impact will be extremely different. The advantage on WordPress is that you may deactivate a module without removing it, so you should definitely use this functionality!

Don’t add too many items or audiovisual components per page.

In Conclusion

It’s highly unlikely you will get to use all these tools at the same time; especially if your website boasts a responsive design, multilingual features and crisp layout! Remember, add one component at a time and see how your website loads. If certain things don’t work, use something else especially since some themes or plugins cannot function in combination with all these optimization techniques.

Our next post deals with optimizing your web hosting service.