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December 15, 2017

WPTavern: Jetpack 5.6.1 Increases Security of the Contact Form Module

Jetpack has released version 5.6.1 which hardens the Contact Form module by improving permissions checking when updating a form's settings. In addition to security fixes, the character count for when Publicize publishes content to Twitter has been increased to 280.

This release also fixes a bug that disabled the ability to save widgets after removing a Widget Visibility rule. Users are encouraged to update as soon as possible, especially if you make heavy use of the Contact Form module.

by Jeff Chandler at December 15, 2017 10:49 PM under security

December 14, 2017

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 297 – WordCamp US 2017 Recap

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Morten Rand-Hendriksen. We have an engaging conversation about WordCamp US 2017, Gutenberg, and what it’s going to take for it to succeed. Rand-Hendriksen shared what he thinks are the three conditions that need to be met before Gutenberg can be shipped.

Near the end of the show, we discuss the possible impacts Gutenberg’s timeline may have on the WordPress economy. Jacoby and I round out the show by reviewing the 2017 State of the Word and our picks of the week.

Stories Discussed:

Storify to Close May 16, 2018, WordPress Plugin Discontinued
Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow by Morten Rand-Hendriksen
The Economic Impact of the Timeline of the Gutenberg Rollout

Picks of the Week:

CopyTrans is a plugin for Windows to view HEIC files. In iOS 11, Apple started using HEIC/HEIF. HEIF stands for High Efficiency Image Format, and, as the name suggests, is a more streamlined way to store image files. It allows digital photographs to be created in smaller files sizes while retaining higher image quality than its JPEG alternative. The image format is currently not supported in Windows 7, 8, and 10.

CopyTrans HEIC for Windows is a simple Windows plugin that allows you to open HEIC files using Windows Photo Viewer. This format is also not compatible with WordPress.

WP Snapshots is a command line interface (CLI) tool by 10Up that empowers engineering teams to quickly share WordPress projects, including files and the database.

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by Jeff Chandler at December 14, 2017 12:59 AM under wcus2017

December 13, 2017

HeroPress: Finding My Way Out Of My Comfort Zone

Pull Quote: As web developers, programmers, people who speak English, people who have internet access to read this article, are incredibly, very, very, very lucky.

I don’t remember when we had a computer for the first time. I practically grew up with them. Hungary was a communist country when I was born in ’84, so while everyone had a job, no one could really do their own thing. Everything was state owned.

In 1989-1990 there was a change of regime which followed the collapse of the Berlin wall, and suddenly the country became a democracy, and people were free to start and own companies. Yes, the era also had other problems, like 35% inflation at one point, but at least we were “free”.

My parents started out by importing computers from Hong Kong. That was a huge thing. We had one of the first of those, a 286 with a whopping speed of 8 Mhz which went up to 16 if I pressed the Turbo button! I had no idea what that meant though besides the number being higher.

Gabor about age 3, at a computer

It was a good time of Sim City, Prince of Persia, and Sokoban.

Finding the Web

My first “website” was one my grandmother asked me to make for her Quaker group. I was 12. I created it with tables and inline styling (CSS wasn’t a thing back then), but never got it live – hosting wasn’t something I really knew about.

Fast forward to 2003 when I started university studying architecture in Budapest. It was fun, I loved physics, I loved drawing, I loved math, I especially loved descriptive geometry! The latter is pretty much “how to represent a 3d thing on a sheet of paper”. Incidentally that brought me my first high paying consulting job. As a student in 2nd year I coached a student in first year in descriptive geometry – he had broken his leg so couldn’t actually make the classes, but he had to pass that subject to advance. So every week I would go to their house and spend about 3 hours helping him draw and figure out how to draw what to draw and why to draw those things that way. That experience taught him everything he needed to know to pass with a 4 (on a scale of 5, 5 being best), which translates to around 80%. I had my first satisfied customer. 🙂

It also taught me two very important things:

  1. if you’re good at it, they will overlook the fact that you’re not actually “qualified” to do the thing (I wasn’t a TA / lecturer. I was merely another student in an upper class. An upperclassman. 先輩)
  2. if you’re good at it, you can charge people a lot more than you otherwise think. I got paid about 3x the standard hourly wage of adults working the majority of hourly jobs, and as a student, that was awesome!

For context though, there is no tuition fee for your first degree (i.e.: it’s paid for by the government for you which gets that money from taxes).

The second formative experience was between 2004-2006. I joined an extracurricular architecture club. Basically students who don’t just want to bumble through the university but actually get good! Like, REALLY GOOD. We pitched to host EASA – European Architecture Students’ Assembly – in Budapest in 2006. For that we needed a website, both an internal forum, and a public facing site for sponsors / attendees / workshops / visitors / everyone.

I knew nothing besides basic html.

So naturally I volunteered.

Leveling up

I learned PHP, MySQL, and Flash from books: learn php in 24 hours, PHP 4 reference, learn mysql in 24 hours, learn flash in 24 hours, etc. I had one guy over the internet who helped me figure out things in PHP, but other than that I was all alone. Stack Overflow wasn’t a thing either. Wild times. From memory I could probably exploit that engine in one of 284 ways today. I’m glad it’s not online any more. The flash site is, it’s somewhat broken, but here you go: https://javorszky.github.io/ancientflashsite/

I built a forum engine and a full actionscript site. We also had a requirement that whoever applies to host whatever workshop, we need to judge the workshop on its own merit, not on who submits it, so I built the submit form in such a way that it took the files, and renamed them, scrubbed the email addresses that reached the judging committee, and we made it a rule that if there’s any identifying information ON the pdf, it’s immediately disqualified. The year is 2005.

Looking back, I realized two things:

  1. learn to learn on the job, and learn to enjoy not knowing stuff. Nobody does, really
  2. biases are real. Mitigate them. Even the ones you don’t know about. Especially the ones you don’t know about! Or at least have a framework by which you acknowledge if you’re called out

Moving On

I then decided to not continue my studies there. I was failed in one class where I expected a strong pass. We were split into 12 groups, and groups 1 and 2 got mostly failed, and groups 3-12 got overwhelmingly passed. Something wasn’t right, I spoke up, but I was a student, and they were faculty. I left because I didn’t feel like fighting and losing my soul over it.

Something wasn’t right, I spoke up, but I was a student, and they were faculty. I left because I didn’t feel like fighting and losing my soul over it.

I continued making websites for myself and got introduced to WordPress around this time. I don’t remember my first project. I think it was a site I built for myself in 8 hours for a competition which led me to my first paying website job, which I totally screwed up.

In 2010 I decided to move countries with 3 friends I went to university with, at the time I was studying International Tourism Management, and I could transfer to Oxford Brookes University (not the one you heard about).

I missed the application deadline.

Which meant that I had to find work. When I bought my plane ticket I decided that whatever it takes, I will make it work. Staying in Hungary was not an option for me: I didn’t like the politics, I didn’t like where the country was heading economically, and I longed for a more cheerful society to surround me. Movement rights and language I can speak and other people going the same way helped me decide on the UK.


So I made it work: I accepted the first full time job that I got offered. I worked as a wait staff at the restaurant of one of the luxury hotels in the city. It had very little to do with computers, but I had income, I could pay back the help I got from my friends (and by extension, their families), and I could actually take control of my own life instead of just bumping into furniture.

It had very little to do with computers, but I had income, I could pay back the help I got from my friends (and by extension, their families), and I could actually take control of my own life […]

I’ve learned a lot from working there. Chef taught me that literally no one cares WHY there was a mistake at that time in putting through an order – what’s important is what the error was, what’s needed to correct it. Everything else is wasting everyone’s time. Of course we’d go through these after the service.

I’ve learned that to work in hospitality, you have to leave your ego at the door. Doesn’t mean you should take abuse, but there you’re part of a – hopefully – finely tuned, oiled machinery, and keeping the whole thing operating is the number one goal. Turns out that’s also applicable to working in teams in general.

A year goes by, and we need to move out of the house we’re renting. In a break between morning and evening shifts I look at the job postings in the local newspaper: someone’s looking for a developer! It was a Wednesday. I got an interview for Friday, and started on Monday. I had to talk to my supervisor to move me to evening-only shifts because I have a second desk job. My days: 9am – 4:45pm developer, 5pm – 2am (ish, whenever we finished) waiting tables. Rinse and repeat.

Working 60-80 hours could only go on for so long. After about 3 months I had a very sharp chest pain while on shift at the restaurant. Had to walk home (normally I cycle), and then made my way to the emergency room where after having waited 5 hours, I got an X-ray, and EKG, and the doctor determined there’s nothing wrong, so here’s some Ibuprofen (3×1) and some Paracetamol (1×1).

Kids, don’t work 60-80 hours a week.

“Uh, which one should I take on a day?” “Oh… both!”

I went home, took the first dose, and slept for 22 hours. I handed in my resignation 2 days later at the restaurant because I needed to not work that much. My manager pleaded me to stay at least on part time, which I did, because they were genuinely lovely people.

Kids, don’t work 60-80 hours a week.

Back to the web with full steam

After a year at the development agency + restaurant combo, I got hired to a WordPress agency through recruiters. My new boss asked me why I haven’t applied to them directly, even though I saw their ad, why I waited to go through a recruiter. I said I didn’t think I was good enough. That decision ended up costing him a few thousand pounds in recruitment fees.

I quit my restaurant job for good. I also learned a lesson to actually trust myself.

Something that during the 2,5 years with them I would question a lot of times. There have been instances when I made mistakes that were incredibly easy to avoid had I just taken 5 more minutes to think. But every time it was something we could correct fairly fast (shoutout to hospitality experience!) and then I had a postmortem, and changed the way I work to avoid similar problems.

I had the privilege to work on some seriously challenging WordPress sites while with them. That was my first actual commercial experience with it. We built blogs from Oxford University (the one you heard about) to eCommerce site migrations from Magento using Jigoshop and later WooCommerce.

I’ve had to disassemble how WooCommerce worked fairly fast because of some of the client requirements, and I got pretty good at it.

In November 2014 I got hired to one of the product companies around WooCommerce and spent a year and a half with them maintaining their plugins, answering customer queries and helping them fix their sites occasionally. That was my first help desk experience.

I got access to some incredibly large eCommerce stores and I quickly discovered where the bottlenecks were in our plugins, WordPress, and WooCommerce itself. Some of the customers had access to New Relic, which I could use to help me find what’s taking so long.

From then on it was just a case of finding what’s slow, following it back, reading the documentation and code on why it’s slow, and coming up with ideas on how to fix it.

I got really good at this.

The Freelance Days

At the end of July 2016 our ways parted, and I had a buffer of about 3 months when I didn’t need to worry about having to find another job. While trying to figure out what to do, where next, I started getting requests to work on some projects. They asked me my hourly rate. I said a number I was slightly uncomfortable with, they said yeah, and off I went.

[…] I started getting requests to work on some projects. They asked me my hourly rate. I said a number I was slightly uncomfortable with, they said yeah […]

It also helped that I was at the time known for my love of hard problems and actually figuring out why things break and fixing them.

I thought “hey, if I can command that much hourly rate, I could make this work!”

I took on clients, and managed to make things work for… a surprisingly long time. Having GREAT accountants is a must for self employment.

I suddenly also had time to pursue some of my other interests: I learned how to ride a motorcycle.

Gabor standing by a sporty motorcycle

I started learning Japanese! I got back onto the slackline.

Gabor balancing on a narrow strap hung between two trees

I got to speak at WordCamp Brighton in 2017!

Gabor, on stage at WordCamp Brighton

Until very recently, it was a game of “how long can I be self employed before I need to look for a job?” Turns out I couldn’t answer this, because an opportunity came up to join Mindsize as a lead backend developer.

When I heard about them starting up a few months prior, I had two thoughts:

  1. they are probably the only company I would stop doing freelance work for
  2. I’m not good enough to work with them yet

Statement 1 was true :).

Catching up with the present

This brings us into the very recent present. It’s maybe a month old development at the time of publication. Since then I’ve been working really hard to reclaim my time of about 40 hours worked a week. With the holiday push of the clients I had as a freelancer, there was a transition phase where I had to work 60-80 hours.

Don’t work 60-80 hours a week, kids!

Looking back it was incredibly humbling experience so far, but also exciting, and full of challenges, and learnings. I’ve made a lot of excellent friends, and luckily very few enemies. I am grateful for each and every one of them.

I don’t know where life takes me. For the foreseeable future I’ll be with Mindsize and will make eCommerce sites awesome, and will make awesome eCommerce sites. But I’ll also try and pass on some of the things I’ve learned by helping people new to the industry.

There are a lot more things I could say, but they aren’t necessarily part of my journey, so I’ll save them for some other time.

On privilege

We, as web developers, programmers, people who speak English, people who have internet access to read this article, are incredibly, very, very, very lucky.

Except for one thing. When I worked at the WordPress agency, Twitter, and by extension, society, started the “check your privilege” trend. It took a while to understand what it was all about, but it’s something I wish everyone did.

We, as web developers, programmers, people who speak English, people who have internet access to read this article, are incredibly, very, very, very lucky. I’ve realized that my journey wouldn’t have been possible had I been born to less fortunate circumstances:

If my parents didn’t make the decision to start teaching me English when I was 3.

If I didn’t have the financial stability in my family to be able to just explore what I like to do.

If I didn’t have the financial stability to just drop out of university after 3 years because “I didn’t like it”. And another one after a semester. And never finish my Tourism Management course.

If I didn’t live in a developed nation with easy access and high standards of living.

This brings into mind one of my favorite tweets:

Not everyone has these opportunities and every day I am conscious of it.

Humans are hard. Interpersonal skills are hard. Treating each other with dignity, respect, and grace is hard if you haven’t been brought up with those values as a kid. It’s been a challenge for me to shed the “boys will be boys” upbringing I was carrying.

Let’s use our power and means and help the less fortunate walk their own paths. Let’s lessen marginalization with the view of ending it. Let’s be excellent to each other!

And don’t use “guys” to mean everyone!

The post Finding My Way Out Of My Comfort Zone appeared first on HeroPress.

by Gabor Javorszky at December 13, 2017 08:00 AM

WPTavern: Storify to Close May 16, 2018, WordPress Plugin Discontinued

Storify, a service that launched in 2010 and opened to the public in 2013 has announced that it is shutting down version one of its service on May 16th, 2018. Concurrently, its WordPress plugin that is actively installed on more than 2,000 sites has been discontinued.

Storify Plugin is Discontinued

Storify enabled journalists and others to build stories and timelines similar to Twitter and other social networks. The service was acquired by Livefyre in 2013 and became part of Adobe when it acquired Livefyre in 2016.

Storify has disabled new accounts from being created and will delete stories and accounts on May 16th, 2018. Existing users who want to move to Storify 2, a paid feature of Livefyre, will need to purchase a license. The service has published a FAQ that includes directions on how to export content.

New Plugin Opportunity

According to some users, the export process is cumbersome, providing an excellent opportunity for a prospecting developer to create a WordPress plugin that makes the process easier. A search of the WordPress plugin directory for Storify Export produces zero results.

If you know of any methods or plugins that eases the process of exporting content from Storify and importing it to WordPress, please share them in the comments. Also feel free to let us know if you create a plugin that performs this task.

by Jeff Chandler at December 13, 2017 07:30 AM under storify

December 12, 2017

WPTavern: Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow by Morten Rand-Hendriksen

While attending WordCamp US 2017, there were a number of sessions that stood out to me. Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow by Morten Rand-Hendriksen was one of them.

Hendriksen explains the state of WYSIWYG in WordPress and how it doesn't really exist but Gutenberg provides opportunities to change that. He explores developing sites without being confined to a small view port. He also performs a live demo of Gutenberg showing off its capabilities.

An interesting outcome from his presentation is the amount of optimism and excitement it generated from the audience. During the question and answer session, a member of the audience commented on how far Gutenberg has advanced in the last three months and that it looks cool to use now.

To gain insight into how Gutenberg can moonshot WordPress over its competition, watch Hendriksen's presentation.

by Jeff Chandler at December 12, 2017 08:57 PM under wcus2017

Matt: Post-Verbal Language

James Beshara has a really interesting read on how communication will change and evolve in a post-verbal world, namely one where human/brain interfaces like Neuralink can more directly transmit thought between people than the medium of language allows today.

After reading the essay I wonder if people's thoughts or the neural pathways they activate, if they could be directly transmitted into another brain, would actually make any sense to someone else with a unique internal set of pathways and framework for parsing and understanding the world. The essay assumes we'd understand and have more empathy with each other, but that seems like a leap. It seems likely the neural link would need it own set of abstractions, perhaps even unique per person, similar to how Google Translate AI invented its own meta-language.

Today idea-viruses that cause outrage (outrageous?) in today's discourse  have been weaponized by algorithms optimizing for engagement, and directly brain-transmitted memes seem especially risky for appealing to our base natures or causing amygdala hijack. But perhaps a feature of these neural interface devices could counteract that, with a command like "tell me this piece of news but suppress my confirmation bias and tribal emotional reactions while I'm taking it in."

by Matt at December 12, 2017 03:09 AM under Asides

December 07, 2017

Matt: iPhone Fast Charging

I love USB, cables, and charging things. So MacRumors comparison of different wired and wireless charging options and speed for the iPhone X is my catnip. tl; dr: USB-C + USB-C-to-Lightning cable gives you far and away the fastest times. I've found this true for the iPad Pro as well.

by Matt at December 07, 2017 04:51 PM under Asides

December 06, 2017

Matt: State of the Word, 2017

I really enjoyed connecting with the WordPress community in Nashville this previous weekend. On Saturday I delivered the State of the Word presentation alongside Mel, Weston, and Matías. There's always a post-event buzz but I definitely noticed a change in tenor of people's thoughts on Gutenberg after the presentation and demo. The video is above, check it out when you get a chance.

by Matt at December 06, 2017 11:38 PM under Asides

HeroPress: Remote Work Brings Freedom

Pull Quote: WordPress is not just a CMS, it's a Community of lovely people!

આ નિબંધ ગુજરાતીમાં પણ ઉપલબ્ધ છે

First of all, I want to say thank you to HeroPress for reaching out and letting so many people share their stories. I am a follower of HeroPress and read new stories every week! A few months ago my friend Juhi Patel shared her great WordPress story, and I was inspired by her to share my own and how it has changed my way of working.

I am that guy who hates theory and loves to do practical programming.

After completing my bachelor of engineering with Information Technology in 2013, I was looking for a job. I found that there were many different kinds of programming language jobs that were available. I was really not sure which one I needed or wanted to choose. After getting advice from a senior, I started training for PHP because it was easy and quick to learn. A few days before I had completed Training, I got selected in small company (5 Employees) as a PHP Developer. I was making websites there using PHP codeigniter framework.

I was belong from a small town, and everyday it took me around 3 hours to travel to my job. After about 2 months, I applied for a job at another big company and was selected as Web Developer. There I was working on CMS Framework (not WordPress 😀 ) for website projects. After a few days, I made my personal site using WordPress in my free time.

At that time, I was not aware of themes and plugins. I was just playing with theme files and editor to make changes on my website! 😜

After a month, my team leader got to know about that I was interested in WordPress. I got the opportunity to learn WordPress. I learned and explored WordPress with some demo projects by understanding how plugins and themes work. After 3 weeks of learning WordPress, I worked on my first WordPress project. This project took around 4 months to complete 😀 After this successful project, the whole CMS Team migrated to WordPress.

I realized that, WordPress is so easy to learn, get help and work on it!

After around 1 year and 3 months of working with that company, I was told to work after working hours due to heavy requirements from our projects. I felt really stressed and frustrated at work and during that time…

I got to know about “Remote” work. But I didn’t know what that was or how it works?

I explored about remote work and found that this is a career that you can work from your home, workplace or anywhere you like. I saw that many people in world are doing remote work happily. I decided to switch my job from Office Job to Remote Job. My parents, family and relatives advised me to not leave office job because they believed Remote Job is not as secure as an Office Job. But I stuck with my decision. In March 2015, I resigned from my job without notice period with the condition of no experience letter would be provided to me of this job.

At the initial stage it was hard to be freelancer. But I was trying and trying to get that started.

I had registered in one popular freelancer marketplace. After 1 week of trying very hard I got my first project. It was just for $5 to make an HTML page with a countdown timer. I did it successfully and got the best review. After that I had also completed many projects successfully. That’s it! I was done with my decision. Within the first few weeks I made a website for one US Client. They were impressed by my work and hired me as Full time Web Developer for their company in April 2015. I am remotely working with them happily still today from my home!

Everything is going smoothly. I am enjoying Work from Home, Freedom and Quality time with Family.

In October 2016, I learned about WordCamp. I attended my first WordCamp Nashik 2016. I met many WordPress Developers, Freelancers, Professionals, Users and many other people at this WordCamp. After that, I became a fan of WordCamp. We started organizing Meetups in our City. Within the last year, I have attended, volunteered and contributed as a friend and sponsor at more than 6 WordCamps. Currently I am active member of Ahmedabad WordPress Community.

I am a WordCamp Lover. WordCamp is a way to meet new people, learn and share knowledge!

In October 2017, we successfully organized WordCamp in our city. I have been speaking about how remote job can be a good opportunity as a career to students and newbie in panel discussion of WordCamp Ahmedabad.

4 men on a couch at the front of a room.Panel Discussion – WordCamp Ahmedabad 2017 (PC. Meher Bala)

WordPress is not just a CMS, It’s a community of lovely people!

રિમોટ કામ સ્વતંત્રતા લાવે છે.

“મને હીરોપ્રેસ સ્ટોરીમાં ભાગ લેવામાં કેવી રીતે પ્રેરણા મળી?”

સૌ પ્રથમ, ઘણા લોકો સુધી પહોંચીને અને તેમની વાર્તાઓ કહેવા માટે હું હીરોપ્રેસનો ખુબ જ આભાર માનું છું. હું હિરોપ્રેસનો અનુયાયી છું અને દર અઠવાડિયે નવી વાર્તાઓ વાંચું છું! થોડા મહિના પહેલા મારી મિત્ર જુહી પટેલે તેની વર્ડપ્રેસની રસપ્રદ વાર્તા હીરોપ્રેસ પર કહી હતી. તે વાંચીને મને, મારા પોતાની વાર્તા, મારા કામ કરવાની રીત કઇ રીતે બદલાઈ તે કહેવા માટે પ્રેરણા મળી હતી.

“હું તે વ્યક્તિ છું જે થિયોરીને નફરત કરે છે અને પ્રાયોગિક પ્રોગ્રામિંગ કરવા માટે પ્રેમ કરે છે. “

2013 માં ઇન્ફોર્મેશન ટેકનોલોજી સાથે મારી સ્નાતક એન્જિનિયરિંગ પૂર્ણ કર્યા પછી, હું નોકરી શોધી રહ્યો હતો ત્યારે મેં જોયું કે અહીં ઘણી બધી પ્રોગ્રામિંગ ભાષાની નોકરીઓ ઉપલબ્ધ છે. ત્યારે હું ચોક્કસ ન હતો કે મારે કઈ પ્રોગ્રામિંગ ભાષા પસંદ કરવાની જરૂર છે? વરિષ્ઠ પાસેથી સલાહ મેળવ્યા પછી, મેં PHP માટે તાલીમ શરૂ કરી, કારણ કે તે શીખવા માટે સરળ અને ઝડપી હતી. તાલીમ પૂર્ણ થયાના થોડા દિવસો પહેલાં, મારી નાની કંપની (5 કર્મચારીઓ) માં PHP ડેવલપર તરીકે પસંદગી થઇ. હું PHP Codeigniter ફ્રેમવર્કનો ઉપયોગ કરીને ત્યાં વેબસાઇટ્સ બતાવતો હતો.

હું એક નાનકડા શહેરમાંથી આવતો હતો, અને દરરોજ મને મારી નોકરી પર મુસાફરી કરવા માટે 3 કલાક જેવા થતા હતા. લગભગ 2 મહિના પછી, મેં બીજી મોટી કંપનીમાં નોકરી માટે અરજી કરી હતી અને ત્યાં મારી વેબ ડેવલપર તરીકે પસંદગી કરવામાં આવી હતી. ત્યાં હું વેબસાઇટ સંબંધિત પ્રોજેક્ટ્સ માટે સીએમએસ ફ્રેમવર્ક (વર્ડપ્રેસ સિવાયની 😀) પર કામ કરતો હતો. થોડા દિવસો પછી, મેં મારી વ્યક્તિગત વેબસાઈટને મારા સ્વતંત્ર સમય દરમિયાન વર્ડપ્રેસની મદદથી બનાવી.

“તે સમયે, હું થીમ્સ અને પ્લગિન્સથી વાકેફ ન હતો. હું મારી વેબસાઇટ પર ફેરફારો કરવા માટે માત્ર થીમ ફાઇલો અને એડિટર સાથે રમી રહ્યો હતો! 😜

એક મહિના પછી, મારી ટીમના આગેવાનને જાણવા મળ્યું કે મને વર્ડપ્રેસમાં રસ હતો. ત્યારે મને વર્ડપ્રેસ શીખવાની તક મળી. વર્ડપ્રેસ થીમ્સ અને પ્લગીંસ કેવી રીતે કામ કરે છે એ સમજવા, મેં જાતે શીખીને કેટલાક ડેમો પ્રોજેક્ટસ બનાવ્યા. વર્ડપ્રેસ શીખવાના 3 અઠવાડિયા પછી, મેં મારા પ્રથમ વર્ડપ્રેસ લાઈવ પ્રોજેક્ટ પર કામ કર્યું હતું. આ પ્રોજેક્ટ પૂર્ણ કરવા માટે મને લગભગ 4 મહિના લાગ્યા હતા 😀 આ સફળ પ્રોજેક્ટ પછી, સમગ્ર સીએમએસ ટીમ વર્ડપ્રેસમાં જોડાઈ ગઈ.

“મેં અનુભવ કર્યો કે, વર્ડપ્રેસ શીખવું, સહાય મેળવવી અને તેના પર કાર્ય કરવુ ખૂબ જ સરળ છે!”

લગભગ 1 વર્ષ અને 3 મહિના તે કંપની સાથે કામ કર્યા પછી, મને અમારા પ્રોજેક્ટ્સની ભારે આવશ્યકતાના કારણે કામના કલાકો પછી પણ વધારે રોકાઈને કામ કરવા કહેવામાં આવતું હતું અને તે 2 સપ્તાહથી વધુ ચાલુ રહ્યું. ત્યારે મને કામ કરવું ખરેખર ભારયુક્ત અને નિરાશાજનક લાગવા લાગ્યું, તે સમય દરમિયાન ..

“મને “રિમોટ” કામ વિશે જાણવા મળ્યું. પરંતુ મને ખબર નહોતી કે તે કે તે કેવી રીતે કાર્ય કરે છે?”

મેં રિમોટ કામ વિશે તપાસ કરી અને જાણવા મળ્યું કે આ એક કારકિર્દી છે જે તમે તમારા ઘર, કાર્યસ્થળ અથવા તમને પસંદ હોય એ જગ્યાએથી કામ કરી શકો છો. મેં જોયું કે દુનિયામાં ઘણા લોકો રિમોટ કામ ખુબ જ ખુશીથી કરી રહ્યા હતા. મેં ઑફિસ જોબ છોડીને રિમોટ કામ કરવાનું નક્કી કર્યું. મારા માતાપિતા, કુટુંબીજનો અને સંબંધીઓએ મને ઓફિસની નોકરી ના છોડવાની સલાહ આપી કારણ કે તેઓ માનતા હતા કે રિમોટ કામ એ ઓફિસ જોબ જેટલું સુરક્ષિત નથી. પરંતુ હું મારા નિર્ણય સાથે જોડાઈ રહ્યો. માર્ચ 2015 માં, મેં નોટિસના સમયગાળા વગર મારા કામમાંથી રાજીનામું આપ્યું હતું અને શરત હતી કે આ નોકરીનો કોઈપણ અનુભવ પત્ર મને પૂરો પાડવામાં આવશે નહીં.

“પ્રારંભિક તબક્કે ફ્રીલાન્સર બનવું મુશ્કેલ હતું. પરંતુ હું તે ગમે તેમ કરીને શરૂ કરવાનો ખુબ જ પ્રયાસ કરી રહ્યો હતો.”

મેં એક લોકપ્રિય ફ્રીલાન્સર માર્કેટપ્લેસમાં રજીસ્ટર કર્યું હતું. 1 અઠવાડિયાના સખત પ્રયાસ કાર્ય પછી મને પહેલો પ્રોજેક્ટ મળ્યો. આ પ્રોજેક્ટ કાઉન્ટડાઉન ટાઈમર સાથે એક HTML પેજ બનાવવા માટે મને માત્ર $5 મળ્યા હતા. મેં એ પ્રોજેક્ટ સફળતાપૂર્વક પૂરો કર્યો અને શ્રેષ્ઠ રિવ્યૂ મેળવ્યો. તે પછી મેં ઘણા પ્રોજેક્ટ્સ પણ સફળતાપૂર્વક પૂર્ણ કર્યા હતા. બસ આ જ! મને મારો નિર્ણય સાચો પુરવાર થયો. પ્રથમ થોડા અઠવાડિયાની અંદર મેં એક યુએસ ક્લાયન્ટ માટે વેબસાઇટ બનાવી. તેઓ મારા કામથી પ્રભાવિત થયા હતા અને એપ્રિલ 2015 માં મને તેમની કંપની માટે સંપૂર્ણ સમય માટે વેબ ડેવલપર તરીકે નિયુક્ત કર્યો. હું આજે પણ તેમની સાથે ખુબ જ ખુશીપૂર્વક મારા ઘરેથી રિમોટ કામ કરું છું!

“બધું સરળતાપૂર્વક જઈ રહ્યું છે. હું ઘરેથી કામ કરીને સ્વતંત્રતા અને પરિવાર સાથે ગુણવત્તાભર્યો સમય પસાર કરવાનો આનંદ અનુભવું છું.”

ઑક્ટોબર 2016 માં, મને વર્ડકેમ્પ વિશે જાણવા મળ્યું. મેં મારી પહેલી વર્ડકેમ્પ નાસિક 2016 માં હાજરી આપી હતી. હું ઘણા વર્ડપ્રેસ ડેવલપર્સ, ફ્રીલાન્સર્સ, પ્રોફેશનલ્સ, યુઝર્સ અને ઘણા અન્ય લોકોને આ વર્ડકેમ્પ પર મળ્યો હતો. તે પછી, હું વર્ડકેમ્પ નો ચાહક બની ગયો. અમે અમારા શહેરમાં મીટપનું નું આયોજન કરવાનું શરૂ કર્યું. છેલ્લા વર્ષમાં, 6 થી વધુ વર્ડકેમ્પ પર મેં હાજરી આપીને, સ્વયંસેવક અને મિત્ર સ્પોન્સર તરીકે ફાળો આપ્યો છે. હાલમાં હું અમદાવાદ વર્ડપ્રેસ સમુદાયનો સક્રિય સભ્ય છું

“હું વર્ડકેમ્પનો પ્રેમી છું. વર્ડકેમ્પ નવા લોકોને મળવાનો, પોતાના જ્ઞાનની આપ-લે કરવાનો એક માર્ગ છે!”

ઓક્ટોબર 2017 માં, અમે અમારા શહેરમાં સફળતાપૂર્વક વર્ડકૅમ્પનું આયોજન કર્યું હતું. વર્ડકૅમ્પ અમદાવાદની પેનલ ચર્ચામાં મેં વિદ્યાર્થીઓ અને વપરાશકર્તાઓ માટે રિમોટ કામ કેવી રીતે સારી કારકિર્દી હોઈ શકે તે વિશે ચર્ચા કરી હતી.

“વર્ડપ્રેસ ફક્ત સીએમએસ નથી, પણ તે શ્રેષ્ઠ લોકોનો સમુદાય છે.”

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by Chetan Prajapati at December 06, 2017 02:30 AM

December 01, 2017

WPTavern: WordCamp US 2017 is Livestreaming All Sessions for Free

WordCamp US is kicking off this morning. If you couldn’t make the journey to Nashville, you can still follow along at home or wherever you are in the world. Livestream Tickets are free on the event’s website. Once you’ve registered for a ticket, head on over to 2017.us.wordcamp.org/live-stream/ and you’ll be able to tune in to the Fiddle Track, Banjo Track, Guitar Track, and the State of the Word (scheduled for Saturday, December 2, at 4PM CST).

WordCamp US will be running three tracks simultaneously for both days of the conference and all sessions will be livestreamed. Check out the schedule to find sessions you want to attend from home. Volunteers will also include captions, which will be embedded within the live stream video. If you have any problems with the stream, the event has a page dedicated to livestream attendees with a backup stream, as well as a troubleshooting page for livestream support.

If you’re following along on Twitter, the WCUS Twitter volunteers will be providing threaded coverage of sessions. This should keep your Twitter stream a little tidier with a kickoff tweet for each session, followed by live coverage threaded under each as replies.

Want to see WCUS hosted near you in 2019/2020? Applications for host cities opened today. If you want to be part of the team that makes WCUS happen in your city, talk to your local WordPress community organizers about filling out an application for the next host city.

by Sarah Gooding at December 01, 2017 03:34 PM under wordcamp us

Dev Blog: The Month in WordPress: November 2017

The WordPress project recently released WordPress 4.9, “Tipton” — a new major release named in honor of musician and band leader Billy Tipton. Read on to find out more about this and other interesting news from around the WordPress world in November.

WordPress 4.9 “Tipton”

On November 16, WordPress 4.9 was released with new features for publishers and developers alike. Release highlights include design locking, scheduling, and previews in the Customizer, an even more secure and usable code editing experience, a new gallery widget, and text widget improvements.

The follow up security and maintenance, v4.9.1, has now been released to tighten up the security of WordPress as a whole.

To get involved in building WordPress Core, jump into the #core channel in the Making WordPress Slack group, and follow the Core team blog.

Apply to Speak At WordCamp Europe 2018

The next edition of WordCamp Europe takes place in June, 2018. While the organizing team is still in the early stages of planning, they are accepting speaker applications.

WordCamp Europe is the largest WordCamp in the world and, along with WordCamp US, one of the flagship events of the WordCamp program — speaking at this event is a great way to give back to the global WordPress community by sharing your knowledge and expertise with thousands of WordPress enthusiasts.

Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Initiative

To help WordPress community organizers offer diverse speaker lineups, a new community initiative has kicked off to use existing speaker training workshops to demystify speaking requirements and help participants gain confidence in their ability to share their WordPress knowledge in a WordCamp session.

The working group behind this initiative will be meeting regularly to discuss and plan how they can help local communities to train speakers for WordCamps and other events.

To get involved in this initiative, you can join the meetings at 5pm UTC every other Wednesday in the #community-team channel of the Making WordPress Slack group.

Further Reading:

If you have a story we should consider including in the next “Month in WordPress” post, please submit it here.

by Hugh Lashbrooke at December 01, 2017 11:00 AM under Month in WordPress

BuddyPress: BuddyPress 2018 Survey

What would you like BuddyPress to focus on in 2018? The core team has ideas of where BuddyPress can expand on and your input is important to harness the time and resources of an all-volunteer crew.

The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Be assured that we will not publish your name, email address, nor IP address when we post the results of this survey at BuddyPress.org.

Thank you for your time and cooperation. Your feedback will help us improve BuddyPress for you.

=> Take the 2018 BuddyPress Survey

by @mercime at December 01, 2017 10:26 AM under Community

November 30, 2017

WPTavern: Gutenberg 1.8 Adds Greater Extensibility for Plugin Developers

Gutenberg 1.8 was released this week with several notable improvements that will give plugin developers more flexibility in extending the editor. It introduces block templates, which developers can use when registering a new custom post type. The block templates define a set of pre-configured blocks that will initialize when a user creates a new post. In the example below, Gutenberg lead engineer Matias Ventura demonstrates what a block template for a book custom post type might look like.

This release also improves the design of the tools menu (toggled by the ellipses at the top of the editor) to have a more lightweight UI that will lend itself better to displaying items added by extensions in the future. The new design displays multiple menu items as a radio group where the selected item shows a checkmark, an approach that Gutenberg designers found to be more intuitive after some research.

Version 1.8 adds the ability for developers to filter allowed block types by specifying an array of type names that can be shown in the inserter component. This capability paves the way for block nesting where developers can define allowed children types. It also allows custom post types to specify which blocks are allowed or restricted, which will be useful for keeping CPTs lean as Gutenberg already has a large number of block types.

The release also improves meta box compatibility with a fallback to the classic editor if Gutenberg detects that the meta box is unsupported. Plugin authors can now explicitly declare Gutenberg incompatibility when registering meta boxes, which will trigger a warning to the end user that explains which meta boxes have caused the fallback to the classic editor.

In addition to all the improvements for extending Gutenberg, version 1.8 makes many small design tweaks, including updated color pickers with color indications and collapsible panels, updated icon and tooltip for table of contents menu, and a new contrast checker for paragraph color options. It also puts block actions back on the block level for the default, while still preserving the option to change it to a fixed toolbar at the top of the screen.

For a full list of all the changes in version 1.8, check out the release post and the changelog on WordPress.org.

by Sarah Gooding at November 30, 2017 05:23 PM under gutenberg

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 296 – Gutenberg, Telemetry, Calypso, and More With Matt Mullenweg

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Matt Mullenweg, co-creator of the WordPress project and CEO of Automattic. We discussed a wide range of topics including, his role on the board of directors at GitLab, Telemetry or data-usage gathering in WordPress, and the WordPress Growth Council.

We learned what’s happening with the Mobile teams inside Automattic, the future of Calypso, and the role of Pressable as a testing bed. Last but not least, we find out how beneficial joining HackerOne has been for WordPress and why WordPress.com finally allowed the installation of third-party themes and plugins through its Business Plan.

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by Jeff Chandler at November 30, 2017 04:40 AM under telemetry

WPTavern: WordPress 4.9.1 Released, Fixes Page Template Bug

WordPress 4.9.1 is available for download and is a maintenance and security release. This release addresses four security issues in WordPress 4.9 and below that could potentially be used as part of a multi-vector attack. According to the release notes, the following changes have been made to WordPress to protect against these vulnerabilities.

  1. Use a properly generated hash for the newbloguser key instead of a determinate substring.
  2. Add escaping to the language attributes used on html elements.
  3. Ensure the attributes of enclosures are correctly escaped in RSS and Atom feeds.
  4. Remove the ability to upload JavaScript files for users who do not have the unfiltered_html capability.

Rahul Pratap Singh and John Blackbourn are credited with responsibly disclosing the vulnerabilities. In addition to the changes above, 4.9.1 fixes eleven bugs, including the Page Template issue we wrote about last week. Many sites have already updated to 4.9.1 automatically. To see a list of detailed changes, check out this post on Make WordPress Core.

by Jeff Chandler at November 30, 2017 04:07 AM under security

November 29, 2017

WPTavern: Distributor Plugin Now in Beta: A New WordPress Content Syndication Solution from 10up

10up published a preview of its Distributor plugin today, a new solution for syndicating content across WordPress multisite networks and the web. The plugin, which the company plans to release for free, is currently in final closed beta. It enables content managers to either “push” or “pull” content to/from sites where they have permission to publish.

image credit: 10up

Distributor includes the ability for editors to make changes to the original post and have linked copies automatically inherit the changes. This includes post content, post meta (custom fields), and taxonomy terms. It also ensures that content is SEO-friendly by providing canonical links that prevent duplicate content issues.

The plugin differs from many existing content syndication solutions, which traditionally make use of RSS or XML/RPC, in that it is built using the REST API.

“The main technical advantage of the REST API is that it’s a ‘standard’ inside core for sharing information across sites,” 10up President Jake Goldman said. “Outside of multisite, we never even considered another approach. It is worth saying that you do need Distributor installed on both ‘ends’ for all of its features to work across the REST API – we need to extend the REST API a bit to get everything to pull across (plus the handling of ‘linked’ copies).”

Goldman said that although “syndication” means many different things to different people, the “classic” use case of simply pulling from a source, such as ingesting content from a newswire, is not exactly the use case for Distributor. He said the team behind the plugin is perhaps more excited about the “push” implementation. In building their own solution, 10up also incorporated its trademark lean/streamlined UI, as many existing solutions are more complicated to use.

“We’re definitely aware that there are other takes at a good content sharing workflow,” Goldman said. “We even helped Automattic refactor their solution a few years ago, which they use on VIP. We took a bit of inspiration from that project, including the modular ‘connection’ types. In earnest, when trying to help our clients find solutions that were intuitive, extensible, and engineered to an enterprise grade, we just couldn’t endorse any of the options we found. It’s more a UX problem – clunky workflows, overwhelming interfaces, feature overload (I prefer a certain simplicity) – than anything, though we also have concerns about how modular / customizable some of the other solutions are.”

10up Plans to Release Distributor on WordPress.org Following the Closed Beta

10up currently has several clients using Distributor, including large publishers with several properties/magazines/newspapers, as well as large technology businesses using it for their news and media features across a network of sites. The plugin is in final closed beta but 10up is granting early access to those with interesting use cases.

“We’re casting a pretty broad net in terms of ‘appropriate’ use cases for the beta; in fact, we’re hoping that broader beta testing will open our eyes to great use cases within the scope of its purpose that we hadn’t considered,” Goldman said. “We’ve already heard from some very large publishers, some smaller digital publishers, universities, public school systems, some enterprises with multiple properties, agencies interested in staging content, and just engineers who own multiple sites that share content – we’re excited about all of these use cases!”

Goldman said his team is most curious to see Distributor applied to use cases that aren’t simply “news and publishing,” including CRMs and product businesses with multiples sites that share content. 10up has not yet tested specific plugins for full compatibility with Distributor, but Goldman said pre-version 1.0, it should work with any plugin that adds custom post types and fields/taxonomies “the WordPress way.”

“In fact, Distributor checks to see which sites support the same post type and terms before it offers a list of sites you can ‘distribute’ content to (so you can’t ‘distribute’ a WooCommerce product to a site not running WooCommerce),” he said. Selling the same products across multiple stores, with automatically updating inventory and price changes, is just one of the many interesting use cases for Distributor.

Goldman said the team anticipates taking the plugin out of beta and putting it on WordPress.org by mid to late Q1 of 2018, in approximately 2-3 months, depending on feedback from testers. 10up does not currently have a plan to monetize the plugin.

“I never want to rule out that there are ‘eventually’ opportunities for commercialization, but I can honestly say that isn’t anywhere on our roadmap or consideration set at the moment,” Goldman said.

Those who want to get in on the Distributor beta before it is publicly available can sign up on the plugin’s website with a quick explanation of your use case. 10up will send a copy of the plugin for testing.

by Sarah Gooding at November 29, 2017 11:19 PM under syndication

Dev Blog: WordPress 4.9.1 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.1 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.9 and earlier are affected by four security issues which could potentially be exploited as part of a multi-vector attack. As part of the core team's ongoing commitment to security hardening, the following fixes have been implemented in 4.9.1:

  1. Use a properly generated hash for the newbloguser key instead of a determinate substring.
  2. Add escaping to the language attributes used on html elements.
  3. Ensure the attributes of enclosures are correctly escaped in RSS and Atom feeds.
  4. Remove the ability to upload JavaScript files for users who do not have the unfiltered_html capability.

Thank you to the reporters of these issues for practicing responsible security disclosure: Rahul Pratap Singh and John Blackbourn.

Eleven other bugs were fixed in WordPress 4.9.1. Particularly of note were:

  • Issues relating to the caching of theme template files.
  • A MediaElement JavaScript error preventing users of certain languages from being able to upload media files.
  • The inability to edit theme and plugin files on Windows based servers.

This post has more information about all of the issues fixed in 4.9.1 if you'd like to learn more.

Download WordPress 4.9.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and click "Update Now." Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update automatically.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to WordPress 4.9.1:

Alain Schlesser, Andrea Fercia, Angelika Reisiger, Blobfolio, bobbingwide, Chetan Prajapati, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling (ocean90), edo888, Erich Munz, Felix Arntz, Florian TIAR, Gary Pendergast, Igor Benic, Jeff Farthing, Jeffrey Paul, jeremyescott, Joe McGill, John Blackbourn, johnpgreen, Kelly Dwan, lenasterg, Marius L. J., Mel Choyce, Mário Valney, natacado, odyssey, precies, Saša, Sergey Biryukov, and Weston Ruter.

by John Blackbourn at November 29, 2017 08:33 PM under Security

WPTavern: Four Things I’d Like to See in This Year’s State of the Word

This weekend, WordPressers from far and wide will descend upon Nashville, TN, for WordCamp US. One of the highlights of the event is Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word. Last year, Mullenweg shared a variety of statistics, made a few announcements, and plotted a new course for WordPress development.

As the event draws near, here are some things I’d like to see addressed in this year’s State of the Word.

Will There Be A Renewed Effort to Make Calypso Plugin Aware?

During the 2016 State of the Word, Mullenweg announced that Calypso became plugin aware.

Plugin Aware Calypso

The idea was that plugins that are actively installed on more than 1 million sites could participate in an experimental program that would add meta box support and other plugin specific features to Calypso. To this day, this has not materialized and I’d like to know what happened and if there will be a renewed effort in 2018.

An Update on WordPress Foundation Supported Initiatives

Last year, we learned that WordCamp Central became its own Public Benefit Corporation while the WordPress Foundation maintained its non-profit status. In addition, the Foundation announced support for like-minded non-profits such as, Hack the Hood, Internet Archive, and Black Girls CODE.

I’d like to know how much money the Foundation has contributed to these causes and if any progress has been made on providing educational workshops in underdeveloped countries.

An Update on WordPress’ Development/Release Strategy

A year into WordPress’ new development and release strategy, I’d like to know what challenges he and the team have faced and overcome. I’d also like to know if the results he has seen thus far warrant continuing the experiment in 2018.

Take an Opportunity to Explain What Gutenberg Really Is

Last year, Mullenweg surprised the community by announcing that the WordPress post editor would be revamped. Since then, we’ve learned that the project’s name is Gutenberg and it’s about more than just the editor. I’d like to see Mullenweg take this unique opportunity to provide a deeper explanation into what the project is and why it’s pivotal for WordPress’ continued success.

This year’s State of the Word will be presented on Saturday, December 2nd, at 4PM Eastern. If you can’t see it in-person, you can watch it for free via the livestream.

by Jeff Chandler at November 29, 2017 05:38 PM under wcus

HeroPress: WordPress Gave Me the Perfect Identity

Pull Quote: I have fallen head over heels in love with WordPress and I am excited.

How it all began…

I just love this picture of myself..hehehe

I remember when cybercafés started trending in Nigeria; I had just finished high school and was awaiting my results for admittance into the university. I would spend not less than 10 hours surfing the internet every day, all my pocket money went into buying bulk time at cafes. My first email was opened in 2002 on my 1st attempt to surf the internet. Spending my day at cafes continued till I left the university after which I bought a desktop computer and a modem. You can imagine my excitement as being a proud owner of a PC even though it was a desktop PC.

You see, my first degree was in Philosophy. I remember my dad asking me if I was sure about that course because prior to my senior school leaving exams I had always said I was going to study business administration. What business administration was, to be honest, I had no idea, I only wanted it because I had the impression it was a cool course and I would be a corporate employee in a big firm strutting around in my skirt suit looking all glamorous.

Funny right?

Anyway i always had a thing for Philosophy so you can imagine my enthusiasm when I discovered Philosophy was a course of study, of course I opted to study Philosophy in 2004 and graduated in 2008. However my love for the internet did not reduce by the way. I not only surfed the internet but I spent a lot of time freelancing and testing my skills as a ghost writer on different freelancing sites. I also went into blogging as well in 2009. I tried using blogger, hubpages and WordPress, but oh my, I found WordPress so complicated for me because I did not understand how it worked so I stuck with blogger and hubpages.

Growing up as a Timid but Curious Cat…

I and my little brother. Haa of course we all grown now. Haha

During my younger years and even up to two years ago I was always a shy person deep down in my mind, but alas quite a number of people thought I was bold. This might be because 99.9% of my friends were males, or maybe not. Perhaps this could also be because I grew up with 3 brothers and no sister. It’s quite shocking though that they thought that way because it is only quite recent that I cultivated the courage to speak my mind. Prior to a year ago (2016), expressing my feelings by speaking the words out was a herculean task; this was what led me to starting a personal blog around 2009. I needed to let out my feelings and since I dared not speak them out, I blogged them.

Blogging gave me a voice and a medium to express my thoughts and I became a better writer with each passing script. After my one year government mandated youth service in 2010 which is required of every Nigerian citizen after a bachelor’s degree, I bought an HP Mini Laptop. Can you imagine my excitement at owning a personalized computer? This I could carry around, my happiness knew no bounds.

In 2010 thanks to the social network Facebook I met an Uncle of mine and we became BFF’s {Best Friends Forever} even though we had never met physically before. He was in Rome at the period we met studying Media and Communication. He came back home in 2012 but his job as a Salesian Brother took him to Ghana. Of course I made sure to keep a date with him when he came back home briefly in 2012 before heading to resume in Ghana. We had cake and ice cream at my favourite café that day.

I and my BFF Uncle..Hehe

Rediscovering WordPress…

Then came 2015, I ended a horrid relationship and i lost my best friend female; I mean I thought I was in love, but alas I had loved the idea of loving a person. I was not happy and I wanted a breath of fresh air and a change of environment. At that period, I had obtained a postgraduate diploma in mass communication and I had started a Masters Degree in Information Management and my required 3 months internship was coming up that summer. I decided to volunteer in Ghana at the headquarters of the Salesians of Don Bosco in West Africa {SDBAFW} where my Uncle was. My time there was beyond awesome and a new beautiful story in my life chapter.

I met a lot of amazing people and made new friends within the SDB community in Ashaiman, Ghana i and other volunteers and great friends at Kakum National Park in Cape Coast, Ghana

I worked in the communications department at the SDBAFW province. My Uncle knew how much I loved blogging and he had been my writing tutor for a while, so one day he asked why I was not blogging on WordPress. Of course I went on about how difficult and complicated the platform was, he sighed, told me their organization website was built on WordPress and he gave me a folder with tutorial videos made by Morten Rand-Hendriksen for beginners to go watch.

After two weeks of watching those videos, my life changed. You see prior to 2015 I treated my time online as a purely personal affair because I was just passionate about being online right, exploring, freelancing and discovering. I never thought it would become something I could make a full time career out of. I was still pursuing a career in Human Resources since managing people was another thing I was great at. In late 2015 I had joined a series of online Facebook groups and I was wowed by one in particular run by John Obidi (SmartBCamp) because I saw a lot of people earning an income from things I did and knew for the fun of it. I found myself asking what planet I had been living on and why I had not made my passion my business.

Hence I made a decision in 2016 to make my passion my business, I decided to move to Lagos since I was done with my Master’s coursework and focus on this new journey of mine. Meanwhile in December of 2015, a woman had contacted me saying she loved how my blog UX on WordPress looked and if I could work on hers.

As at then I didn’t even know the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org so I started googling which is something I’m also great at.

I took on the task of redesigning her website and I started troubleshooting all the current issues she had on her site, I read up a lot, I visited the WordPress.Org/showcase and was wowed with all the good things I could do with WordPress.org, I especially loved Snoop Doggs website and told myself my goal would be to be able to make a project that would look like that one day. But of course the first few sites I designed were horrible, when I look back at them now I wonder what was going on in my head when I designed them.

A typical day for me in front of my PC

Alas I had great online plans for the year 2016 but up until the middle of year 2016, I had a series of bad experiences that sent me back to the stone age and my parents house; I blogged about it here. They were bad experiences alright, but a lot of good came out of them. I got saved bit by bit and found my rhythm again. Meanwhile I was already falling in love with WordPress so I decided to look for ways to give back. That’s when I stumbled upon make.wordpress.org and discovered there were so many ways to give back. I was not a programmer alright so what will I go to do in Core or CLI or any other similar place, I automatically went for the community.

Building the Nigerian WordPress Community…

In November 2016 I made one of the best decisions that turned my life around. I was fed up because the entire year had not turned out in any way I had planned in December 2015 of the previous year. So I made an interesting decision to turn off my data and go to sleep by 10pm. Trust me this was a big decision for me before I would usually freak out if my data wasn’t functioning or if my phone battery died. Anyway during this period I had moved back to my parents’ right and I needed to work in a quiet room because I so much needed to focus.

Also by now I had discovered there was a WordPress Meetup community in Lagos but when I applied I did so for Ogun which is my state, but during my conversations with WordPress Global they had requested if I would be willing to join the Lagos WordPress Group, at first I was a little hesitant because Lagos is an hour drive from my town, I don’t have a car, so that adds another one hour. Surely you can’t live in Lagos and not know Lagos and traffic are best buddies so that adds another hour to my trip. Without thinking too much about it I agreed. Looking back today I do not regret it one bit.

This started my journey as a WordPress Lagos Community Co-organizer and a Community Deputy.

the first meetup i had as a Lagos co-organizer

This is 2017 right, I must not fail to mention it to you that my income in the last one year has come solely from WordPress Web Design. Today the Nigerian WordPress has grown, still growing definitely, the Lagos WordPress Meetup group has also grown and we have had 8 Meetups this year. I have made great friends and co-organizers in the community who are dedicated to building and sharing their WordPress knowledge with the community like I am. We are hosting the very first Nigerian WordCamp in Lagos on March 10 2018 at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. I must not forget to mention that we also now have an Ijebu WordPress Community; that’s my town alright .

this was our 4th meetup event this year this was our first meetup event this year our third meetup early this year WPlagos 30th Sept Meetup (5th meetup this year)

We recently created a google photos for our past meetups, click here to view them. So tell me why I shouldn’t be grateful? Why I shouldn’t fall in love with WordPress? Because this is all that has happened to me since I met WordPress, I have fallen head over heels in love with WordPress and I am excited.

What have i gained from WordPress?

  1. I overcame my stage fright fully because i have to get in front of the crowd at every meetup to do the introductions and introduce the WordPress communities.
  2. I attended my first WordCamp in Cape Town, South Africa. Click here to see my picture story. Coincidentally this was also my first time outside West Africa. I had never been in an aircraft for more than one hour before my trip.
  3. I have made money from WordPress Web Design Projects, enough to sustain me during my learning period. Still learning everyday.
  4. I jumped off Signal Hill in Cape Town, find post here; next up, sky diving.
At a WordCamp Cape Town session

My advice to you from my experience so far…

Always seek to understand the basics of whatever knowledge you seek…never jump in too fast, wanting to spiral to the top while ignoring the learning curve. You will crash down effortlessly if you do so and would have learnt nothing.

WordPress Gave Me the Perfect Identity Indeed…I no longer roam the internet..hehehe

The End…?
I Don’t Think So…
My Story has Just Begun. Stay Tuned….!

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by Mary Job at November 29, 2017 12:00 PM

WPTavern: WordCamp Albuquerque Gears Up for 5th Edition in January 2018

WordCamp Albuquerque is gearing up for its 5th edition January 19-21, 2018, following events held in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. An all-new organizing team is ready to invigorate the Southwestern WordPress community with an exciting array of world-class speakers and educational opportunities for both new and experienced users.

Lead organizer Alonso Indacochea said the team is expecting to host 300 attendees. Many of them will be coming from New Mexico, Southern Colorado, West Texas, and Arizona.

“The southwestern community is interesting because there are a lot of developers doing really interesting tech work, but a lot of it happens in silos due to government secrecy,” speaker wrangler Sam Hotchkiss said. “New Mexico has a rich history of technology, from the Manhattan Project and the creation of the first nuclear weapons to the formation of Microsoft, which was founded in Albuquerque in 1975.

“We’re trying to pull together that community to connect with each other, and also establish Albuquerque as a WordCamp with consistently high-quality speakers of global renown.”

In pursuit of this goal, Hotchkiss has recruited a healthy crop of top quality speakers from the WordPress community. During the Saturday afternoon session, Chris Lema, Vice President of Products and Innovation at Liquid Web, will be interviewing a diverse group of speakers in the main hall, including the following:

  • Ashleigh Axios, former Creative Director for the Obama White House and AIGA Board Member
  • Sakin Shrestha, Founder of Catch Themes and the main drive behind the vibrant WordPress community in Nepal
  • John Maeda, Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic
  • Jon Brown, WordPress Nomad
  • Alonso Indacochea, WordCamp lead organizer, who had no serious software development experience 5 years ago, went through a local boot camp, and is now CEO of the fastest growing digital agency in New Mexico

This year WordCamp Albuquerque will feature multiple tracks sorted by topic, beginning with a WordPress Fundamentals track on Friday, January 19.

“Foundation Friday is something I’ve seen be really successful at other camps,” Hotchkiss said. “It gives people who are new to WP a base of knowledge so that they can go into Saturday feeling confident and ready to learn. Each class on Friday will build on the one before it. Starting from scratch? Show up at 9. Already have a site, but need help handling the layout? Come at 10:30.”

Saturday’s program will include sessions in the Business, Design, and Development tracks throughout the day, in addition to the planned interviews. A contributor day session is planned for Sunday. The event’s organizers are still accepting speaker applications until midnight on Monday, December 4. They plan to finalize the schedule next week. Tickets are on sale now and attendees can elect to purchase one for whatever combination of days they wish to attend.

by Sarah Gooding at November 29, 2017 02:30 AM under wordcamp

November 28, 2017

WPTavern: Practicing the Pac-Man Rule at WordCamp US

With more than 2,000 attendees expected, WordCamp US is one of the largest conferences devoted to WordPress. It’s a great opportunity to meet a lot of new faces and catch up with familiar ones. If you’re standing in the hallway at WordCamp US speaking with a group of people and want to encourage others to say hi or be part of the conversation, try this tip shared by Jason Cosper called the Pac-Man rule written by Eric Holscher.

photo credit: rbatina Random Phone Shots (license)

The rule is simple. When standing in a circle, provide an opening for someone to join the group. By standing in an open circle, it gives a passersby explicit permission to join the group and limits the appearance of cliques. I didn’t realize how standing in a closed circle can be off-putting to those wanting to introduce themselves or chime in until learning about this rule.

In addition to the Pac-Man rule, Bob Dunn suggests using eye contact to invite people to the group. Morten Rand-Hendriksen suggests that if you’re looking to start a conversation with someone new, start with groups of two people as they likely know each other and want to talk to new people. I’ll be practicing the Pac-Man rule this weekend and I encourage other attendees to do so as well.

by Jeff Chandler at November 28, 2017 09:06 PM under wcus

WPTavern: Gutenberg Team Is Ramping Up Usability Testing at WordCamp US

The Gutenberg Team will have a usability testing station set up at WordCamp US where attendees can participate in a round of pre-set tests that focus on the writing flow. Testers will answer a short survey that includes their prior WordPress experience level, age, and device used. Volunteers will get participants set up with a testing site and will start the screen recording app.

Testers will be asked to create a post based on the content shown in an image. There are three different images, which require the user to perform actions such as adding images, embedding media, creating unordered lists, adding quotes, and other basic content creation tasks. In order to segment results, the usability tests have been divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced level images.

Advanced level task image for Gutenberg usability testing

After completing the test, participants will be asked to answer a few followup questions, such as “Did the task take longer or shorter than you expected?” and “Are you more or less likely to use the Gutenberg editor in the future?”

“This is the second round of usability testing scripts — we tried out the first batch of scripts at WordCamp Milano, and made some adjustments for clarity,” Gutenberg design lead Tammie Lister said. “As a result of testing, we moved the toolbar on blocks to not be fixed and back to the block. At Milano, we tested the tests.”

As the result of these tests and other prior feedback, Lister recommended the default position of the toolbar to be fixed to the block.

Anna Harrison, UX lead at Ephox (the makers of tinyMCE), has been instrumental in helping with the efforts around testing and writing scripts. She also offered feedback on the ticket, referencing comments from the previous discussion on the issue:

A fixed [docked to top] toolbar solution has several complications. Firstly, we break accessibility. I won’t reiterate the discussion, as it’s well articulated above. Secondly, we break things independent of accessibility – I ran user tests on something quite similar to this last year, and we discovered that disconnecting the toolbar from the point of action resulted in 100% user test fails.

Gutenberg version 1.8 will change the default back to displaying block actions on the block level, although the option to change it to a fixed toolbar at the top of the screen will still be available. This change is one example of how usability testing is shaping Gutenberg’s development. WordCamp US is an opportunity for the team to collect a host of new testing data in one place.

Lister said all the data that is collected will be processed by volunteers on the make/test team, but the team is still small and they could use more volunteers to work on this effort.

“The turnaround time on processing the data we collect really depends on how many volunteers are available to work on it,” Lister said. “It also depends on if it’s a bug reported – bugs are easier to get fixed right away. If the data indicates an area where we need to investigate more, we’ll do that. The results of the testing will be published on make.wordpress.org/test.”

Lister said the team is hoping to reach a wider variety of WordPress users at WCUS this year, from all backgrounds and careers. The testing booth offers an opportunity for anyone to contribute to the future of WordPress, regardless of your experience level or familiarity with the software. The team is also eager to broaden its testing field by recruiting non-WordPress users as well. If you can’t make it to WordCamp US, you can still contribute to Gutenberg by taking and administering usability tests on your own with the help of the instructions posted on the make.wordpress.org/test site.

by Sarah Gooding at November 28, 2017 04:55 PM under usability

WPTavern: Delete Me WordPress Plugin Assists Website Owners in Granting the GDPR Right to be Forgotten

photo credit: pj_vanf to err is human(license)

With the EU GDPR compliance deadline just 178 days away, many WordPress site owners are looking for tools that will help them meet the requirements. The regulation expands existing rights of data subjects in several key ways, including (but not limited to) the right to be notified of data breaches, the right to access personal data, the right to be forgotten, and the right to data portability.

A plugin called Delete Me, by Clinton Caldwell, is one that may be helpful in addressing the Right to be Forgotten. The GDPR.org website breaks it down as follows:

Also known as Data Erasure, the right to be forgotten entitles the data subject to have the data controller erase his/her personal data, cease further dissemination of the data, and potentially have third parties halt processing of the data. The conditions for erasure, as outlined in article 17, include the data no longer being relevant to original purposes for processing, or a data subjects withdrawing consent. It should also be noted that this right requires controllers to compare the subjects’ rights to “the public interest in the availability of the data” when considering such requests.

The Delete Me plugin takes this one step further for site owners who are comfortable allowing users to delete their own data without having to create a request for it. By default, the delete button displays on the profile.php screen in the admin, but administrators can elect to use a shortcode to display it somewhere else on the frontend.

The plugin will delete the users’ posts, links, and even comments (optional) after the user confirms. The confirmation screen could stand to include more information about what data is being deleted so that the user knows what to expect. However, administrators do have the option to specify this within the JavaScript confirmation dialog. After deletion the user is dumped back out to the homepage by default, but the redirect URL can be configured in the plugin’s settings page.

Additional configurable settings include the ability to select specific WordPress roles to allow to delete themselves, specify class and style attributes of delete link, enable or disable JavaScript confirm for Shortcode, specify button text, and send an email notification when users delete themselves.

Delete Me also supports network activation and single site activation for multisite installations. By default, users can only delete themselves and their content from a single site, while other networked sites where they are registered will not be affected. The plugin does include a “Delete From Network” checkbox that administrators can enable to allow users to delete themselves from all sites on the network.

Delete Me is available for free on WordPress.org. I tested the plugin and have confirmed that it works with WordPress 5.0-alpha. It is currently active on more than 2,000 sites. By no means does it satisfy the full requirements of the GDPR, but it provides a decent starting point for site owners who want to make this option available to their users without having to manually fulfill their requests.

by Sarah Gooding at November 28, 2017 12:08 AM under GDPR

November 27, 2017

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 295 – Turkey With A Side of Gutenberg and Giving Thanks to Open Source

I apologize for the delay in getting this episode out to you. In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discussed a range of topics, including a caching bug introduced in WordPress 4.9 that causes Page Templates not to display for an hour. We talk about the possibilities of using Gutenberg with WooCommerce and how it could impact product management.

As is tradition, near the end of the show, we shared what we’re thankful for. We also shared what listeners are thankful for regarding open source.

Stories Discussed:

This bug is causing some theme developers to rip their hair out. Weston Ruter explains why the change was implemented.
WooCommerce Explores the Possibilities and Challenges for E-Commerce in the Gutenberg Era
Tailor Page Builder Plugin Discontinued, Owners Cite Funding, Gutenberg, and Competition
WordCamp Europe 2018 Speaker Applications Now Open
GitHub Launches Security Alerts for JavaScript and Ruby Projects, Python Support Coming in 2018

Picks of the Week:

Trigger Happy developed by Hotsource is a visual scripting tool for WordPress, allowing you to connect plugins and events together using a simple user interface. It currently supports core WordPress functionality, WooCommerce, and Ninja Form.

Big dummy is a project for folks who need to emulate an established blog with plenty of content while doing WordPress benchmarking and performance testing.

There are 2495 posts, 6197 comments, 231 tags, 26 categories, and 10 pages worth of WordPress dummy data, fully ready to import. That’s 3 (simulated) years worth of content. Note: There are ~1.6 GB of images (courtesy of Unsplash) attached to these posts. It’s a very good idea to import everything but the media in order to avoid timeouts or errors with the WordPress Importer.

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by Jeff Chandler at November 27, 2017 07:54 AM under WordPress 4.9

November 23, 2017

WPTavern: Workarounds for the Page Template Bug in WordPress 4.9

WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” was released last week and although it’s largely trouble-free, there is one particular issue users and developers are running into that’s causing frustration. In 4.9, custom page templates that are created fail to display in the Template drop-down menu. The issue is related to changes made to the file editor.

Previous versions of WordPress listed files 2-levels deep in the editor. In 4.9, the entire directory tree for a theme is listed regardless of its depth. Caching was added to help limit the performance impacts of loading large WordPress themes. “An unintended side effect of the caching is that the same directory listing function get_files is used both for the theme editor and for gathering page templates,” Weston Ruter, Co-Release Lead for WordPress 4.9 said.

Within the trac ticket, developers suggests that a button be added that flushes all caches or disabling the cache if WP_DEBUG is set to true. Neither suggestion turned into a patch committed to core. Instead, Ruter has released a plugin as a workaround that flushes the template cache. Other workarounds include, bumping the theme’s version, running the wp cache flush command in WP CLI, or waiting 60 minutes for the cache to expire.

The ticket is marked as a high priority but because of the upcoming holidays in the US and WordCamp US next weekend, it could be at least a few weeks before WordPress 4.9.1 is released.

by Jeff Chandler at November 23, 2017 12:42 AM under WordPress 4.9

November 22, 2017

WPTavern: Tide Project Aims to Audit and Score WordPress Themes and Plugins based on Code Quality

Last week XWP dropped an intriguing preview of a new project called Tide that aims to improve code quality across the WordPress plugin and theme ecosystems. The company has been working with the support of Google, Automattic, and WP Engine, on creating a new service that will help users make better plugin decisions and assist developers in writing better code.

XWP’s marketing manager Rob Stinson summarized the project’s direction so far:

Tide is a service, consisting of an API, Audit Server, and Sync Server, working in tandem to run a series of automated tests against the WordPress.org plugin and theme directories. Through the Tide plugin, the results of these tests are delivered as an aggregated score in the WordPress admin that represents the overall code quality of the plugin or theme. A comprehensive report is generated, equipping developers to better understand how they can increase the quality of their code.

The XWP announcement also included a screenshot of how this data might be presented in the WordPress plugin directory:

XWP plans to unveil the service at WordCamp US in Nashville at the Google booth where they will be inviting the community to get involved. Naturally, a project with the potential to have this much impact on the plugin ecosystem raises many questions about who is behind the vision and what kind of metrics will be used.

I contacted Rob Stinson and Luke Carbis at XWP, who are both contributors to the project, to get an inside look at how it started and where they anticipate it going.

“Tide was started at XWP about 12 months ago when one of our service teams pulled together the idea, followed up by a proof of concept, of a tool that ran a series of code quality tests against a package of code (WordPress plugin) and returned the results via an API,” Stinson said. “We shortly after came up with the name Tide, inspired by the proverb ‘A rising tide lifts all boats,’ thinking that if a tool like this could lower the barrier of entry to good quality code for enough developers, it could lift the quality of code across the whole WordPress ecosystem.”

Stinson said XWP ramped up its efforts on Tide during the last few months after beginning to see its potential and sharing the vision with partners.

“Google, Automattic and WP Engine have all helped resource (funds, infrastructure, developer time, advice etc) the project recently as well,” Stinson said. “Their support has really helped us build momentum. Google have been a big part of this since about August. We had been working with them on other projects and when we shared with them the vision for Tide, they loved it and saw how in line it is with the vision they have for a better performant web.”

The Tide service is not currently active but a beta version will launch at WordCamp US with a WordPress plugin to follow shortly thereafter. Stinson said the team designed the first version to present the possibilities of Tide and encourage feedback and contribution from the community.

“We realize that Tide will be its best if its open sourced,” he said. “There are many moving parts to it and we recognize that the larger the input from the community, the better it will represent and solve the needs of the community around code quality.”

At this phase of the project, nothing has been set in stone. The Tide team is continuing to experiment with different ways of making the plugin audit data available, as well as refining how that data is weighed when delivering a Tide score.

“The star rating is just an idea we have been playing with,” Stinson said. “The purpose of it will be to aggregate the full report that is produced by Tide into a simple and easy to understand metric that WordPress users can refer to when making decisions about plugins and themes. We know we haven’t got this metric and how it is displayed quite right. We’ve had some great feedback from the community already.”

The service is not just designed to output scores but also to make it easy for developers to identify weaknesses in their code and learn how to fix them.

“Lowering the barrier of entry to writing good code was the original inspiration for the idea,” Stinson said.

Tide Project Team Plans to Refine Metrics Used for Audit Score based on Community Feedback

The Tide project website, wptide.org, will launch at WordCamp US and will provide developers with scores, including specifics like line numbers and descriptions of failed sniffs. Plugin developers will be able to use the site to improve their code and WordPress users will be able to quickly check the quality of a plugin. XWP product manager Luke Carbis explained how the Tide score is currently calculated.

“Right now, Tide runs a series of code sniffs across a plugin / theme, takes the results, applies some weighting (potential security issues are more important than tabs vs. spaces), and then averages the results per line of code,” Carbis said. “The output of this is a score out of 100, which is a great indicator of the quality of a plugin or theme. The ‘algorithm’ that determines the score is basically just a series of weightings.”

The weightings the service is currently using were selected as a starting point, but Carbis said the team hopes the WordPress community will help them to refine it.

“If it makes sense, maybe one day this score could be surfaced in the WordPress admin (on the add new plugin page),” Carbis said. “Or maybe it could influence the search results (higher rated plugins ranked first). Or maybe it just stays on wptide.org. That’s really up to the community to decide.”

In addition to running codesniffs, the Tide service will run two other scans. A Lighthouse scan, using Google’s open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages, will be performed on themes, which Carbis says is a “huge technological accomplishment.”

“For every theme in the directory, we’re spinning up a temporary WordPress install, and running a Lighthouse audit in a headless chrome instance,” Carbis said. “This means we get a detailed report of the theme’s front end output quality, not just the code that powers it.”

The second scan Tide will perform measures PHP compatibility and will apply to both plugins and themes.

“Tide can tell which versions of PHP a plugin or theme will work with,” Carbis said. “For users, this means we could potentially hide results that we know won’t work with their WordPress install (or at least show a warning). For hosts, this means they can easily check the PHP compatibility before upgrading an install to PHP 7 (we think this will cause many more installs to be upgraded – the net effect being a noticeable speed increase, which we find really exciting and motivating).”

Carbis said that the team is currently working in the short term to get the PHP Compatibility piece into the WordPress.org API, which he says could start influencing search results without any changes to WordPress core.

“We’d also like to start engaging with the community to find out whether surfacing a Code Quality score to WordPress users is helpful, and if it is, what does that look like? (e.g. score out of 100, 5 star rating, A/B/C/D, etc.),” Carbis said. “We will release our suggestion for what this could look like as a plugin shortly after WordCamp US.”

More specific information about the metrics Tide is currently using and how it applies to plugins and themes will be available after the service launches in beta. If you are attending WordCamp US and have some suggestions or feedback to offer the team, make sure to stop by the Google sponsorship booth.

by Sarah Gooding at November 22, 2017 09:21 PM under wordpress plugin directory

Matt: Adam Robinson on Understanding

This is a long quote/excerpt from Adam Robinson I’ve been holding onto for a while, from Tribe of Mentors. Worth considering, especially if you strive to work in a data-informed product organization.

Virtually all investors have been told when they were younger — or implicitly believe, or have been tacitly encouraged to do so by the cookie-cutter curriculums of the business schools they all attend — that the more they understand the world, the better their investment results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? The more information we acquire and evaluate, the “better informed” we become, the better our decisions. Accumulating information, becoming “better informed,” is certainly an advantage in numerous, if not most, fields.

But not in the eld of counterintuitive world of investing, where accumulating information can hurt your investment results.

In 1974, Paul Slovic — a world-class psychologist, and a peer of Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman — decided to evaluate the effect of information on decision-making. This study should be taught at every business school in the country. Slovic gathered eight professional horse handicappers and announced, “I want to see how well you predict the winners of horse races.” Now, these handicappers were all seasoned professionals who made their livings solely on their gambling skills.

Slovic told them the test would consist of predicting 40 horse races in four consecutive rounds. In the first round, each gambler would be given the five pieces of information he wanted on each horse, which would vary from handicapper to handicapper. One handicapper might want the years of experience the jockey had as one of his top five variables, while another might not care about that at all but want the fastest speed any given horse had achieved in the past year, or whatever.

Finally, in addition to asking the handicappers to predict the winner of each race, he asked each one also to state how confident he was in his prediction. Now, as it turns out, there were an average of ten horses in each race, so we would expect by blind chance — random guessing — each handicapper would be right 10 percent of the time, and that their confidence with a blind guess to be 10 percent.

So in round one, with just five pieces of information, the handicappers were 17 percent accurate, which is pretty good, 70 percent better than the 10 percent chance they started with when given zero pieces of information. And interestingly, their confidence was 19 percent — almost exactly as confident as they should have been. They were 17 percent accurate and 19 percent confident in their predictions.

In round two, they were given ten pieces of information. In round three, 20 pieces of information. And in the fourth and final round, 40 pieces of information. That’s a whole lot more than the five pieces of information they started with. Surprisingly, their accuracy had flatlined at 17 percent; they were no more accurate with the additional 35 pieces of information. Unfortunately, their confidence nearly doubled — to 34 percent! So the additional information made them no more accurate but a whole lot more confident. Which would have led them to increase the size of their bets and lose money as a result.

Beyond a certain minimum amount, additional information only feeds — leaving aside the considerable cost of and delay occasioned in acquiring it — what psychologists call “confirmation bias.” The information we gain that conflicts with our original assessment or conclusion, we conveniently ignore or dismiss, while the information that confirms our original decision makes us increasingly certain that our conclusion was correct.

So, to return to investing, the second problem with trying to understand the world is that it is simply far too complex to grasp, and the more dogged our at- tempts to understand the world, the more we earnestly want to “explain” events and trends in it, the more we become attached to our resulting beliefs — which are always more or less mistaken — blinding us to the financial trends that are actually unfolding. Worse, we think we understand the world, giving investors a false sense of confidence, when in fact we always more or less misunderstand it.
You hear it all the time from even the most seasoned investors and financial “experts” that this trend or that “doesn’t make sense.” “It doesn’t make sense that the dollar keeps going lower” or “it makes no sense that stocks keep going higher.” But what’s really going on when investors say that something makes no sense is that they have a dozen or whatever reasons why the trend should be moving in the opposite direction.. yet it keeps moving in the current direction. So they believe the trend makes no sense. But what makes no sense is their model of the world. That’s what doesn’t make sense. The world always makes sense.

In fact, because financial trends involve human behavior and human beliefs on a global scale, the most powerful trends won’t make sense until it becomes too late to profit from them. By the time investors formulate an understanding that gives them the confidence to invest, the investment opportunity has already passed.

So when I hear sophisticated investors or financial commentators say, for example, that it makes no sense how energy stocks keep going lower, I know that energy stocks have a lot lower to go. Because all those investors are on the wrong side of the trade, in denial, probably doubling down on their original decision to buy energy stocks. Eventually they will throw in the towel and have to sell those energy stocks, driving prices lower still.


by Matt at November 22, 2017 04:33 PM under Asides

HeroPress: Finding WordPress in Cameroon

Pull Quote: The more I share knowledge with someone the more I gain in return.

My name is Michaël Nde Tabefor, I reside in Cameroon. I grew up in the economic capital of the country surrounded by so much diversity and culture.

Yet I was still very young when I developed an interest in technology, back in Primary school I had a PC at home I used to play around, most especially Spider Solitaire hahaha. Well that game sound crazy but it’s educative, it built up my reflex with the mouse and yeah it worth it. When I arrived in Secondary school I quickly picked up the subject.

I began educating myself on the trend of Technology and how they work. I developed a great interest for organisations such as Google, what they doing for humanity not just about technology. So I understood that no matter the position I get, I must always contribute to Humanity by volunteering.

When I got to the University back in 2014 as a Freshman, I enrolled into Software engineering program where I began excelling and widening my thinking and reflex, met with other enthusiasts of technology.

Taking Another Path

Unlike other students I decided to go in for an internship at my first year (am one of those who believe university is good but it contribute to just about 10 – 20% of what builds up skill, people must be passionate about what the do, that passion alone will get you have the skills and be able to learn more and more).

On my first day of internship, my internship coordinator gave me a task to go and install WordPress on my computer and create with the use of an external template (not there default themes) the website of my university.

Let me make this point, I didn’t know about WordPress. Had no idea of what it’s meant for. Completely blank.

I went back to my university, I met one of my professors, explained it to him, he redirected me to a senior student who once did internship and had to use WordPress.

I went home, got my environment set up and called my senior, She did the guiding all through the installation on phone, till installing the template, my curiosity did the rest of the job hahaha, end of story. The next day I went back to the office, my coordinator didn’t expect me that soon Lol.

Diving Deeper

So I worked on some tutorial on building themes and plugin from scratch from Lynda.com but I took a break from building cuz I didn’t have much skills in PHP, in first year we didn’t do web technologies, I began hacking on PHP on my own, basic’ly I learnt almost every skill on my own via research and practice.

I worked on several sites that used WordPress and began installing for others. My coordinator told me it would be interesting to start a WordPress Community so others could benefit from it. Actually the more I share knowledge with someone I gain 100% in return too, it builds up my mastery and ability to debug and resolve issues.

I began our local community and everyday I kept understanding WordPress more and more.

After a couple of months I officially joined the WordPress Volunteer Community in doing more reach outs in (November 2015 – via Rocio Valdiva) and on April 15, 2017 I organized the very first WordCamp in the whole of Central Africa that brought together over 240 persons. Complete gallery on Flickr, Video on YouTube.

After the WordCamp I later on built a Mobile Money Payment Gateway with a local Network Operator web payment API using WooCommerce.

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by Michaël Nde Tabefor at November 22, 2017 03:45 PM

WPTavern: Envato Elements Adds Unlimited WordPress Theme and Plugin Downloads to Subscription Plan

Envato has added unlimited WordPress theme and plugin downloads to its Elements digital assets subscription service. The company is including a curated collection of 210 WordPress themes and 100 plugins along with 400,000 other design assets already offered through the service.

Envato is the largest WordPress theme marketplace on the web with 39,102 themes and website templates for sale. Last year the company celebrated 10 years in business and reported that the community earned more than $40 million, with a significant portion of that revenue coming from WordPress products.

The new “all you can eat” style package for WordPress themes on Envato Elements was introduced to boost the value of the service’s annual subscription plan and is not available to monthly subscribers. For $228/year, annual subscribers can change themes as often as they choose, which is the chief selling point of the new addition. However, the subscription service does not provide direct item support for the themes, as they are submitted by independent designers.

Current Elements subscribers have the option to change their payment plans from monthly to annual to gain access to the unlimited WordPress products. Several disgruntled customers have taken to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the WordPress additions being withheld from existing monthly subscribers and perceive it to be heavy-handed a tactic for locking in more annual subscribers before raising the price.

An Envato support representative offered some background on the decision in response to monthly subscribers who do not appreciate being excluded from additions to the service.

“We chose this pricing model because we think it creates the fairest platform for both our subscribers and our authors,” the representative said. “A huge amount of time and dedication goes into creating and maintaining WordPress themes and plugin so this allows us to help protect the earnings of the authors who provide our community with premium assets.”

by Sarah Gooding at November 22, 2017 04:01 AM under envato

November 21, 2017

Matt: Tribe of Mentors

Tim Ferriss’s new book Tribe of Mentors is out. I have finished it already, and can say it’s really excellent and I even liked it more than Tools of Titans even though I’m not in this one. 🙂 As I said in a message to Tim:

I learned a lot from it, took a ton of notes to follow up on, and wrote down about twenty more books I have to read.

by Matt at November 21, 2017 11:55 PM under Asides

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