This Happens Every 60 Seconds Online in 2018

How much data is published on the web? A lot of. Very much. We share, like, pin and stream something together. Exactly how important the online web is, this infographic shows facts and figures.

It is now the sixth edition of DOMO, which collected facts and figures about our online activities. They visualized that in the infographic below. The numbers show what happens online in 1 minute.

473,400 tweets in 1 minute

For example, over four million videos are viewed on YouTube and 473,400 tweets are sent. There are also 176,220 Skype calls. 750,000 songs are streamed on Spotify.

We post on Tumblr 79,740 posts and 49,380 photos on Instagram. More than 120 professionals create a LinkedIn profile, on Netflix more than 97,000 hours of movies are streamed and Google processes more than 3.8 million searches.

Would you like to know more about the online activities that take place within 60 seconds? Then view the infographic. Click on the image for a larger copy.

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What’s New in WordPress 5.0, Plus What to Expect From the Gutenberg Editor

Original Article from: https://themeisle.com – By JOHN HUGHES

Each time a new version of WordPress rolls out, we’re all excited about getting to play with its new features. However, few versions in the past have garnered as much buzz around them as WordPress 5.0 because of these two simple words: Gutenberg Editor.

No, we’re not talking about the German guy from the 1400s. Gutenberg is a complete redesign and re-imagination of the WordPress editor. Once WordPress 5.0 ships sometime later in 2018, the default way that people create content with WordPress will radically change.

Big changes to your favorite platform can be difficult to accept. However, even massively popular platforms such as WordPress need to adapt to the times, or risk losing market share. Gutenberg is a bold leap forward, and it’s not the only update that’s coming up.

In this article, we’re going to discuss what makes WordPress 5.0 unique in comparison to previous releases, and then we’ll get into what to expect from WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg Editor. Let’s talk about the future!

WordPress 5.0 will be a bigger jump than recent major updates

If you’ve been using WordPress for a while, then you’ll know how much the platform has changed over time. Even individual updates often bring significant shifts. For example, the 4.9 ‘Tipton’ update enabled users to schedule design changes in the WordPress Customizer so they can go live at later dates, just like post drafts.

WordPress 4.8, on the other hand, brought us plenty of widget updates. For example, if you wanted images in your widgets in the past, you had to add them manually. Now, there are three dedicated media widgets for image, audio, and video files.

Another of our favorite features of 4.8 was the option to check up on nearby WordPress eventsright from your dashboard, which is handy if you want to do some networking:
A list of nearby WordPress events.

However, all the changes we’ve mentioned so far are pretty incremental. They’re useful, but not exactly game-changing. Most WordPress updates have been more about taking small steps forward rather than major leaps – that is, until WordPress 5.0.

What to expect from WordPress 5.0

WordPress 5.0 is kicking “incremental” to the curb with some pretty major changes. The biggest is the aforementioned Gutenberg Editor, which we’ll talk more about in a moment.

But WordPress 5.0 also marks a change to how the platform handles releases. It used to be the case that you could count on getting two major WordPress releases per year, with plenty of mini-updates in the meantime.

Now, the WordPress core team is planning on moving away from that scheduled release model. The idea is that by removing the pressure of predetermined deadlines, the platform will be able to take more significant leaps, and we won’t get updates that feel as though they lack in meaningful content.

Aside from that, here are a few of the other significant changes we’re likely to see once WordPress 5.0 is live:

  • The platform’s focus is moving towards a more intuitive site-building experience. WordPress already leads the pack in terms of market share. And by improving WordPress’ site-building functionality, the core team aims to hold that market share against the rise of hosted website builders.
  • We’ll see some improvements to the WordPress Rest API. The WordPress Rest APIhelps developers create more feature-rich products by making it easier to send and pull data from your website. This update means developers will be able to more easily create applications using the platform as a framework.
  • Building custom themes will become easier. In the past, you needed at least a simple development background to put together a WordPress theme. With Gutenberg, theme creation will become much more accessible thanks to blocks.
  • Page builder plugins might lose some relevance. There are a lot of fantastic page-builder tools that you can use with WordPress, some of which rival professional platforms. Gutenberg won’t be a match for them at first, but it might dissuade people from using them in the long run.

What the Gutenberg editor means for you

the new Gutenberg editor in WordPress 5.0

The launch of Gutenberg means that you’ll need to get acquainted with a whole new editing experience. Right now, WordPress 5.0 is still poised to ship in 2018, but no one knows exactly when. When that happens, you can expect a lot of activity for a few weeks, as everyone learns to contend with the new editor.

Don’t panic – if you don’t want to use the Gutenberg Editor, you’ll still be able to keep the classic editor by installing the official Classic Editor plugin.

However, you can get a head start and find out exactly what you’re in for. Right now, you can test a beta version of Gutenberg by installing a simple plugin. Or, if you just want to play around with the Gutenberg Editor without installing the plugin, you can use the Frontenberg site:

GutenbergGutenberg

Author(s): Gutenberg Team

Current Version: 3.8.0

Last Updated: September 12, 2018

gutenberg.3.8.0.zip

We don’t recommend installing the plugin on your live site quite yet. Instead, use a staging site or a WordPress test site.

For more details about how the editor works, you can check out our complete Gutenberg Editor guide. Keep in mind, though, that there’s still some time before WordPress 5.0 ships, so there are likely to be more changes to the editor.

Gutenberg will affect themes and plugins, too

Aside from your own editing experience, Gutenberg will also bring important changes to a lot of your favorite plugins and themes. For example, we’ll probably see the emergence of a lot of Gutenberg-friendly themes, which will be designed to take advantage of all the new features the editor offers.

Similarly, you’ll see changes with some of your favorite plugins. A lot of plugins interact with the WordPress editor directly, whether that’s to add new functionality or include shortcodes. Those plugins will need to become Gutenberg compatible, unless they want to alienate a large part of their user base. Years from now, it might even be common to find plugins that only support Gutenberg.

When is the WordPress 5.0 release date?

Unfortunately, because of that change in approach we highlighted earlier, we don’t know exactly when WordPress 5.0 will be released.

For now, the official answer is basically “when it’s ready”, which probably won’t be until near the end of 2018 at the earliest.

Get ready because the times they are a-changin’

Each major release of WordPress brings changes to the way we use the platform. However, even before it’s out, we can say with complete certainty that 5.0 will fundamentally change the way most people interact with WordPress because of the Gutenberg Editor.

If you’re old-school, you’ll be able to stick with the classic WordPress editor for the foreseeable future. However, if you plan on adapting, you’ll want to start reading up on how Gutenberg works right away. This will give you a leg up on the competition once WordPress 5.0 is live, and will help you determine which of your themes and plugins may be most affected.

Why Dynamic Digital Marketing Teams Need Digital Asset Management

Ref: https://stackla.com

This very minute, there are hundreds of marketers around the world in search of the perfect visual asset to complete their latest digital ad, social post, email campaign, webpage, blog or mobile app.

We’ve all been there: sifting through various internal databases and folders, scouring the internet and social networks for an image that’s relevant and interesting while still having the right composition and not looking “too stock photo-y”.

Unfortunately, this daily struggle is all too real for most of today’s marketers, who are constantly fighting to break through the noise and quickly reach their audiences with the right message, in the right place, at the right time. But it’s nearly impossible to reach people in our “always on” culture without compelling visuals.

Seeing Is Believing

People now have shorter attention spans than goldfish, making images the fastest way to capture, and hopefully hold, their attention. Not only are visuals processed 60,000 times faster than text, but adding an image to a piece of information can significantly help people remember it.  And the data proves just how effective visual content can be:

  • Articles with an image once every 75-100 words receive double the social media shares as articles with fewer images (Buzzsumo)
  • 4x as many consumers would prefer to watch a video about a product than to read about it (Animoto)
  • Tweets with images receive 150% more retweets than tweets without images (Buffer Social)
  • Facebook posts with images see 2.3X more engagement than those without images (BuzzSumo)

Since strong visual assets are the foundation of successful marketing campaigns, efficiently sourcing, managing and distributing visual content needs to be a top priority for marketers.

Calming The Content Chaos

Luckily, new, AI-powered digital asset managers (DAMs), like our Stackla Asset Manager, have been designed with the needs of dynamic marketing teams in mind. This new breed of DAMs can help fast-moving teams like yours centralize asset management, improve visibility and collaboration, dynamically distribute content and expand your asset library.

  • Centralize Asset Management – With so much content being produced across your teams and regions on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, DAMs can function as a centralized place to track and store all those visual assets. There are even asset managers, like Stackla, that use visual recognition and AI technology to automatically tag and apply relevant metadata to each asset for quick discovery and usability. Adding to these massive time savings, AI-powered content organization also makes leveraging, reusing and repurposing the best visuals in your library easier than ever.
  • Improve Visibility & Collaboration – Whether you’re creating a social ad or an email campaign, chances are there are multiple people — internal and external — that you need to work with. But if everyone can’t easily find, use and share the same visual assets, it’s going to significantly slow down your productivity. DAMs provide a single source of truth for all your digital assets and enable everyone — from designers and developers to brand managers and digital agencies — to have configurable access to the assets needed, helping to move projects and campaigns forward more smoothly and quickly.
  • Dynamically Distribute Content – Since an image is only as good as it is actionable, DAMs can help you dynamically distribute your visual content seamlessly throughout all your core marketing channels. So, instead of jumping into and out of various platforms and systems in order to publish the same image across your website, Facebook page and digital billboard, you can take all those actions from a single, intuitive platform.
  • Expand Your Asset Library – Beyond simply cataloging and delivering all your digital assets, the Stackla Asset Manager is the only DAM that can help you actively build a rich library of unique and engaging visual assets by allowing you to source authentic user-generated content from across the social web – offering automated rights management workflows to streamline content approvals.

Everyday, modern marketing teams need to rapidly create, share and publish various types of visual content across numerous different channels. With the help of DAMs, digital marketers can centralize their assets, streamlining workflows and distribution while saving time and improving productivity.

What’s Coming in WordPress 4.7 (Features and Screenshots)

What’s Coming in WordPress 4.7 (Features and Screenshots)

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What’s Coming in WordPress 4.7 (Features and Screenshots)

The beta version of WordPress 4.7 arrived last week. We have been following the development closely, and we are excited to report that final version is expected to be released around December 6th, 2016. In this article, we will highlight what’s coming in WordPress 4.7 with features and screenshots.

What's coming in WordPress 4.7

Note: You can try out the beta version on your computer or on a staging environment by using the WordPress Beta Tester plugin.

This is the beta release, which means no more new features will be added until the final release of WordPress 4.7. However, some of the features in beta may not make it into the final release.

New Default Theme – Twenty Seventeen

Twenty Seventeen

WordPress 4.7 will be the last major release of 2016. As is the tradition, it will come with a new default theme for the next year.

Twenty Seventeen is slightly different than previous default themes. Its main focus is on business websites rather than blogs, and it even comes with starter content to help new users setup their WordPress websites. Currently the starter content feature is available for new sites only, but by the time the theme is released, it is expected to be available for sites with existing content as well.

It can also be used as a blog theme. Twenty Seventeen has large featured images, crisp typography, and a mobile-first approach to design.

Video Headers Support

Video header support

Many premium WordPress themes are already allowing users to add video headers. Twenty Seventeen will be the first default theme to come with video header support.

You can upload and use your own videos in mp4 format, or you can also use YouTube and Vimeo videos by simply entering the video URL.

If your theme doesn’t support video headers, here is how you can easily add YouTube video as fullscreen background in WordPress without any coding.

Theme Setup Flow

New theme and site setup flow in Customizer

WordPress 4.7 will bring an improved theme and site setup flow. In the customizer, you will now see a more polished view of your installed themes, better theme search, and improved setup directly from theme customizer.

Custom CSS in Live Preview

Custom CSS in WordPress 4.7

Want to add custom CSS to your theme? Now you can do that directly from the theme customizer. However, your custom CSS will be specific to the theme you are previewing.

If you often change themes or don’t want your custom CSS limited to a theme, then you can see our guide on how to easily add custom CSS in WordPress.

Admin Language Control for Users

Admin language control for users

Currently when you install WordPress in other languages, all users see the admin interface in the same language.

WordPress 4.7 will allow users to switch the admin language from their user profile, so each user can choose the language they prefer. You will still need to install the languages before users can switch them.

Thumbnail Previews for PDF Files

PDF Thumbnails in Media modal

Currently, if you upload a PDF file, then WordPress only shows the file icon. You can add previews using PDF plugins for WordPress.

WordPress 4.7, will show thumbnail preview of the first page in your PDF document when you upload it to the media library. WordPress will also display thumbnail previews on a PDF file’s attachment page.

Editor Enhancements

Editor changed in WordPress 4.7

The post editor is where most site owners spend most of their time creating content. Each WordPress version brings enhancements and features to the post editor.

WordPress 4.7 will make some subtle but important changes to the editor. The paragraph and heading selector menu will now appear in the top bar. The underline button has been removed, and the strikethrough and horizontal line buttons are moved to the kitchen sink bar.

Users will also be able to see keyboard shortcuts in tooltips and drop down menus.

Under The Hood Improvements

These updates improve significant parts of the WordPress core but are mainly intended for developers.

Custom Bulk Actions

Custom bulk actions

Developers will now be able to add their own custom bulk actions to list tables on different admin screens like posts, comments, users, etc. (#16031)

Post Type Templates

Similar to custom page templates, Post Type Templates will allow theme developers to add the ability to choose templates for different post types. (#18375)

Rest API Content Endpoints

Rest API Endpoints will make their way into WordPress 4.7. (#38373)

Locale Switching

If the content of your website is displayed in a different locale than the one set in admin area, then WordPress will show the toolbar in the language of the content page. (#26511)

We hope this article helped you learn what’s coming in WordPress 4.7. Let us know which features you find exciting and what you would like to see in future releases of WordPress in the comments below.

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The Ultimate WordPress Security Guide – Step by Step (2016)

The Ultimate WordPress Security Guide – Step by Step (2016)

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Improve WordPress Security

While WordPress core software is very secure, and it’s audited regularly by hundreds of developers, there is a lot that can be done to harden your WordPress website.

At WPBeginner, we believe that security is not just about risk elimination. It’s also about risk reduction. As a website owner, there’s a lot that you can do to improve your WordPress security (even if you’re not tech savvy).

We have a number of actionable steps that you can take to improve your WordPress security.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Why Website Security is Important?

A hacked WordPress site can cause serious damage to your business revenue and reputation. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software, and can even distribute malware to your users.

Worst, you may find yourself paying ransomware to hackers just to regain access to your website.

Why WordPress Security is Important

In March 2016, Google reported that more than 50 million website users have been warned about a website they’re visiting may contain malware or steal information.

Furthermore, Google blacklists around 20,000 websites for malware and around 50,000 for phishing each week.

If your website is a business, then you need to pay extra attention to your WordPress security.

Similar to how it’s the business owners responsibility to protect their physical store building, as an online business owner it is your responsibility to protect your business website.

Keeping WordPress Updated

Keeping WordPress Updated

WordPress is an open source software which is regularly maintained and updated. By default, WordPress automatically installs minor updates. For major releases, you need to manually initiate the update.

WordPress also comes with thousands of plugins and themes that you can install on your website. These plugins and themes are maintained by third-party developers which regularly release updates as well.

These WordPress updates are crucial for the security and stability of your WordPress site. You need to make sure that your WordPress core, plugins, and theme are up to date.

Strong Passwords and User Permissions

Manage strong passwords

The most common WordPress hacking attempts use stolen passwords. You can make that difficult by using stronger passwords that are unique for your website. Not just for WordPress admin area, but also for FTP accounts, database, WordPress hosting account, and your professional email address.

The top reason why beginners don’t like using strong passwords is because they’re hard to remember. The good thing is you don’t need to remember passwords anymore. You can use a password manager. See our guide on how to manage WordPress passwords.

Another way to reduce the risk is to not give any one access to your WordPress admin account unless you absolutely have to. If you have a large team or guest authors, then make sure that you understand user roles and capabilities in WordPress before you add new user and authors to your WordPress site.