We continue our exploration of the potential of Toolset, which enables non-coders to build advanced WordPress sites, in combination with any theme or pages builder.
In the previous article in this series, we took an epic journey through the Top 10 directory sites built with Toolset. That most typical type of use, the directory, gave us a sense of the variety of approaches you can take, influenced by the strengths of the theme you choose to use alongside Toolset.
In this thrilling installment, we look at another very common category for advanced WordPress sites, Education. Whether you want your site to provide services to students on your campus, or provide courses online, or sell fake degrees to morons, Toolset will allow you to put together the functionality you need without the expense and trauma of trying to hire a vaguely competent and honest coder.
It seems as if every marketing blog or podcast over the past few years has been obsessed with mailing lists. It has been made clear that if you have a popular website but are not doing all you can to capture your visitors’ email addresses, you are an idiot.
The idea is that your website is only the starting point in your relationship with your readers. If the trust you establish through your content is enough for them to give you their email address, you now have the ability to regularly reach out and update them on what is going on at your site (or, more realistically, to remind them that your site exists).
The best thing about attending WordPress meetups is when you chat with someone who has been working with WordPress for only a year or two, and you are able to tell them about a tool that will instantly solve a problem they have been struggling with every day. The look on their face as what you are telling them sinks in is always a joy to behold.
This article is about a tool that could impact your use of WordPress in that profound way if you currently pay for Web hosting.
We are living in a golden age of WordPress. The imminent addition of Gutenberg to WordPress core is a transition that, although there will be some teething problems, will be a quantum leap forward in design flexibility.
Meanwhile, a healthy array of page building plugins are all competing to provide the best set of tools to enable users without any coding skills to produce increasingly advanced WordPress sites.
Toolset is one of the most popular, providing an entire set of plugins, each providing a different type of functionality you will need when creating advanced sites. I describe the entire set of Toolset components in another article here, Toolset – Now Everyone is a WordPress Developer.
Sometimes, in technology, massive changes take us by surprise. For example, it took decades for most people to realize that the Internet was changing human life in fundamental ways.
Other changes are anticipated for decades before they finally become a practical reality. Artificial intelligence, commonly abbreviated as AI, was widely discussed with a mixture of excitement and fear for over half a century before there were even any real examples of it.
The label AI is applied to a broad range of things, some ridiculous, but there is one type of AI that is already making a profound difference to my life and is now set to make an equally profound difference to your website and business.
If you find yourself surrounded by strange people who keep monotonously repeating the phrase “Custom Post Types”, don’t panic. You have stumbled across a gathering of WordPress developers and, as long as you do not make any sudden movements, you will be perfectly safe. This ancient tribe has many strange customs: Custom Taxonomies, Custom Fields and, as you’ve already noticed, the most sacred custom of all, Custom Post Types.
As mysterious as Custom Post Types may sound, it is entirely possible for you to master them, along with all the other impressive-sounding technologies that magically expand what you can achieve with WordPress, without even needing to learn how to code.
For any website owner with global ambitions, being able to easily create multiple language versions of your site is essential. Remember, only 360 million people speak English natively, compared to over 400 million Spanish speakers and almost a billion Mandarin Chinese speakers. There are almost 7.5 billion people in the world, so, only 20% of your potential readers and customers are in our cosy little English-speaking bubble.
The WordPress Multilingual Plugin, commonly known as WPML, is the most well-known multi-language plugin for WordPress. Amir Helzer, the owner of WPML, has announced that he is about to re-structure his pricing, to enhance the sustainability of his product. This has been welcomed by the majority of his customers but, even so, you may wish to get in on the old pricing while you can.
At WordCamp Europe in Paris last weekend, there were many inspiring people who have built a thriving business upon WordPress. For each success story, however, there were dozens more attendees scrambling to find their own way, chasing the dream of working for themselves and making a living from WordPress.
There was a general sense that many of the most profitable avenues peaked a few years ago, with much discussion about just how screwed the theme market is. The plugin market is even harder to crack, unless you have a particularly useful new idea, but it seems that almost anything that can be done has been done, and now the fight is down to who can market most skillfully and assemble the most financial firepower.