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DRUD Tech Launches ddev Community Open Source Toolkit

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:42

Last week, I received an email inviting me to take a sneak peak at a press release that became public today. In the email, I was asked if I would be interested in hearing "news from new open source startup, DRUD Tech, founded by a couple of long-time Drupal contributors". According to the email, the company has been in "stealth mode" quietly working on their new product which is ready for launch this week. Given that I'm a long time fan of the Drupal content management system of course I said yes.

The new product is ddev (pronounced Dee-Dev) Community which is an open source solution intended to automate a number of web development tasks that frustratingly takes too much time and resources to manually accomplish. Having already mentioned Drupal, I should probably also mention that this toolkit is also intended for other CMSs including open source favorite WordPress. I've attached below a copy of the latest version of the press release I received. I also did a little digging around DRUD's website and found a video I placed under the press release which shows off some of the features in an earlier version of ddev.

DRUD Tech Releases ddev Community, the Premier Open Source Toolkit to Simplify End-to-End Web Development Processes

The new enterprise-grade, open source solution automates local web development processes to deliver unmatched cost and labor efficiencies

5 Best Alternatives to WordPress for Beginners

Submitted by Alex Levitov on Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:44

WordPress is one of the most popular website builders favored by almost every budding blogger and entrepreneur. The open source platform is can be customized and is compatible with almost every device, offering users a wide range of plugins and extensions for powerful content management and website development. However, WordPress is not always the best option for the websites build on a basic framework. For all its user-friendliness, WordPress does require a degree of technical expertise and coding skills. The extensive blogs and technical support though helpful can be quite exhausting to understand and implement.

Luckily, there are much better and simpler alternatives to WordPress out there which are more comprehensive and competent in handling the functionalities of your start-up. Listed below are five such alternatives to WordPress that you can check out:

Weebly

Weebly is one of the oldest and most well-known website building platforms that support both growing businesses and established enterprises. An easy to use and customizable platform, Weebly has a very minimalistic interface, very different from WordPress UI that’s crowded with widgets and tools. The intuitive drag and drop framework can be operated by almost anyone as it requires no coding knowledge. If you are looking for a simple yet powerful blog creation software then Weebly is your go-to site builder. Sure it lacks the complex technical features of WordPress or the extensive template collection of Wix and Squarespace, but the platform makes up for all that with its robust and solid solutions.

WordPress 4.8 introduces four new widgets

Submitted by Bryan Ruby on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 19:07

WordPress 4.8 is named "Evans" in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans.

WordPress 4.8 is now available and introduces users to new content management tools including three media widgets covering images, audio and video. The "Evans" release also includes link improvements, an updated text widget that supports visual editing, and an upgraded news and events section in your dashboard. 

When Matt Mullenweg announced the release of WordPress 4.8 he mentioned that this new version was built with you in mind. While the updates seem minor, he indicated that users will find that the improvements intuitive enough that "you’ll welcome [the changes] like an old friend".

New Widgets for WordPress

As mentioned, Wordpress includes three new media widgets and one rich text widget. Below is a description of all four widgets:

1. Image Widget

Adding an image to a widget is now a simple task that is achievable for any WordPress user without needing to know code. You simply insert your image right within the widget settings and see it appear automatically.

2. Video Widget

You can now add any video from the Media Library to a sidebar on your site with the new Video widget. WordPress gives examples of how this widget could be used including "to showcase a welcome video to introduce visitors to your site or promote your latest and greatest content".

Why is WordPress Such a Popular Platform?

Submitted by Peter Sampson on Sat, 04/22/2017 - 17:23

WordPress is the most well-known and successful content manage systems ever made. With over 26% of the world’s websites using it, there’s gotta be some kind of secret we don’t know about, right? How could something be so popular after all this time? It’s not a secret at all, actually, WordPress is just a perfect storm of features and usability.

Join us as we look at the characteristics and design choices that led WordPress to take the throne as the most popular CMS in the world.

The WordPress Formula: A Recipe For Success

When you set out to make a website, hosting companies everywhere recommend WordPress as their top platform for your website. Real statistics have shown that people prefer to use this platform over the other options in a great many cases.

Why is that? Let’s look at some of the reasons why WordPress is so darn popular:

1. It’s An Open-Source Platform

It seems like such a small decision, but part of the reason why WordPress took off, was because it started (and continues to be) an open-source platform. This means that no one can control, censor, or otherwise manipulate your content. Furthermore, it means the program is entirely free.

On top of all that, it’s also open to the masses for tweaks, improvements, and additional features. Anyone can join in and work directly with the program’s code to create plugins and themes that expand the features of the platform way beyond anything it’s competitors offer.

It’s a program by the people, for the people, which makes it insanely easy to get behind.

5 CMS Alternatives to WordPress

Submitted by Julia Blake on Thu, 03/02/2017 - 20:37

Many say that WordPress is one of the most well-known open-source systems to manage a website. There are more than 9000 templates and 40.000+ plugins for WordPress. Nevertheless, popularity doesn’t guarantee a high level of efficiency.

To provide yourself with proper tools, allowing to create a truly useful and engaging website for personal need, you must first find and install needed add-ons, because there are simply no good plugins installed by default.

Though the WordPress plugins market is enormously large, the number of add-ons you can trust leaves much to be desired. That’s why WordPress has peculiar security vulnerabilities. In addition, some actions in WordPress require PHP, CSS & HTML knowledge.

WordPress updates its software quite regularly, but it’s a sweaty process to renew your content management system. In order to prevent content losses, you have to create a backup for your website. After updating own WordPress theme a user has to make sure that all plugins work correctly because some add-ons can not be optimized as fast as the system itself.

Searching for a CMS for your online business, you should admit that WordPress is not a perfect system. Some of its disadvantages seem ridiculous in 2017. There are a lot of great alternatives to WordPress with much more modernized, safe and simple functionality to build a website easy and fast.

What is The Future of Search Engine Optimization?

Submitted by Peter Sampson on Thu, 12/01/2016 - 06:35

Search Engine Optimization is an industry that was born out of the modern web and search engines like Google. Its entire focus is the constant and unending pursuit of understanding what makes one site rank higher than another. It’s exhausting, and just like search results these days, there’s a lot of options.

The future of SEO is dependent on the people who are using it and what they want from platforms like Google. There’s a science to everything, but the more sophisticated search algorithms become, the more they think like people. It’s time to start thinking like people as well.

The Future of SEO: Turning Metrics into a User’s Experience

SEO has never been about one thing like keywords or backlinks. It’s always been a giant jigsaw puzzle that everyone is scrambling to fit together. One thing that has risen above the noise in recent years, is the need to address the user at every level.

What do they want from their results? How can we answer their questions or meet their needs in a way that no one else can? These are the questions at the heart of Google’s ever-shifting algorithm, and it represents the ultimate goal of both SEO and search engines. We’re both searching for the perfect answers to our user’s questions.

Successful online businesses know that keeping customers happy is the key to long-term viability. If you ask a USA-based SEO services agency to help you get your site to rank higher, it involves improving that core user experience through everything they do. Even something as innocuous as keywords can contribute to the experience by giving you relevant topics of discussion around a broader subject.

Beginners Guide to the Best Content Management Tools

Submitted by Andrea Bell on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 16:59

Content that is produced online becomes a source of driving traffic. Online content is key to the success of every business. To be in the top searches and to be in the top trends, fresh content has to be produced that the audience loves.

Managing all of that content can be a very tiresome task for a business. For enterprise business teams, it can be close to a nightmare if they have to sort out content creation, scheduled publication, planning and executing. The content needs to be cutting edge and be planned and executed seamlessly along with the pile of spreadsheets and meetings.

This is where content management comes handy. Thanks to technology, companies have developed softwares that help businesses manage their content. A content management system is a set of tools that support the creation, modification and publishing of content online. It may store data on a cloud-based storage and support collaborative working environment. A system that manages content usually makes it easy for you to sort out publishing on web pages, manage formats, edit history, index and control versions.

While these tools make work real easy, it should be known that management can’t be done without some razor sharp time tracking that contributes to landing all those invoices in time. Combining both things can help your business stay up to date and brush away worries which occur in the manual time tracking/ content management hassle.

With that being said, let’s look at some great content management tools that can help you be the ruler of your domain name: