These days most of us use at least one cloud file-sharing service, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive, to sync files between devices and share files with friends or work associates. What you might not have considered is how those same services can integrate with your WordPress website to provide some valuable enhancements.
If you think subscriptions aren’t a good fit for your WordPress website, you might want to take a minute to consider all the possible uses for the subscription model. It’s easy to hear the word “subscription” and dismiss the topic because you associate it with traditional subscriptions to things like magazines, newspapers, etc. But the subscription model is far broader and much more versatile than that.
WordPress is an incredibly powerful and flexible platform with tens of thousands of plugins for adding and customizing features. Even so, sometimes there’s a different service that makes more sense to use for an aspect of your business’s online presence. It’s not uncommon for a business to want to integrate a 3rd-party platform or service that excels in a particular area with their WordPress site, and retain the benefits of both.
Squarespace is like a paint-by-numbers kit, and WordPress is like an entire art store (including the paint-by-number kits, if that’s what you want). As long as the picture on the box is exactly what you want, the paint-by-numbers approach might be perfect for you. But if you want a platform with unlimited room to grow, and expand, and develop your site, then WordPress is a better fit.
People make decisions between proprietary (closed-source) software and open-source software daily without even realizing it. Do you own an Android phone or an iPhone? Are you browsing the internet with the Safari browser or Firefox? Internet Explorer or Chrome? Open-source software has a significant place in the world and in our lives, and that is especially true when it comes to all-things-internet-related. Chrome, Firefox, and the new Microsoft Edge browser are all open-source. As is the Android mobile operating system. At least a third (probably significantly more than that) of all websites are hosted on servers running Linux, an open-source operating system, and more than a third of all websites run on WordPress and many more are on Drupal, Magento, Joomla, and other open-source content management systems.
This was going to just be a post about WordPress themes. We were going to talk about why you might want to pick one type of theme over another (and we’ll still get to that). But when you look into what is happening in the world of WordPress themes right now, you start seeing articles and posts with titles like this one: The End of WordPress Themes is in Sight. And that’s worth talking about. That headline might be a bit extreme, but there is definitely a change in the role themes play looming on the horizon.
E-commerce can be complicated, tricky and is absolutely essential for many modern websites. Sometimes, we encounter clients for whom getting things set up right the first time was so challenging that they just don’t ever want to mess with it again, let alone try to migrate to a new site or even a new platform. So they end up settling for what “works” instead of figuring out how to make it better.
The purpose of a Content Management System, such as WordPress, is to give users the ability to build a custom website without needing to program it from scratch. WordPress itself provides a foundation of basic functionality for a simple site (user management, basic pages, a blog, comments, etc.), and a theme provides the look of … Read more
The WordPress Editor Controversy “I fear that we’re on the cusp of a disaster that will forever fragment the WordPress community and start the slow decline of WordPress as the content management system of choice.” –Scott Bowler Remember Gutenberg? It’s the new editor for WordPress, slated to be integrated into version 5.0 (currently 4.9.8). Gutenberg … Read more