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What’s New in Advanced Gutenberg 2.2

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Blink it and you’ll miss it. Last month, Advanced Gutenberg received a minor update. That update was only minor in name, because the quality-of-life improvements, new features and other bug fixes could well have a major impact on the way you use WordPress’ Gutenberg editor. In this post, we’ll take a quick tour of the improvements in various blocks, including the tabs, testimonial and many others. 

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WP Meta SEO Integrates WordPress Content with the Google Search Console Keywords

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In the right hands, SEO can be a very powerful tool. WP Meta SEO brings SEO to those who dare wield it in WordPress. With the recent addition of a statistics dashboard, WP Meta SEO gave a fine-tuned service to WordPress, but what if Google Search Console gave it a hand?

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New Gallery Manager in WP Media Folder Addon

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Where there are WordPress blogs, images and media are bound to follow, and where there are images, it is only natural that galleries make an appearance. Even if you only want to save space when showcasing a group of images, galleries are a stylish solution to present your media in the best possible light.

WP Media Folder Gallery Addon builds on WP Media Folder to facilitate image gallery management. The WordPress gallery manager has received a major update with updates across the board, including a new UX, customizable galleries and a new Gutenberg block to embed image galleries anywhere in your blog.

 

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Generate Galleries from Folders in the WordPress Gutenberg Editor

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When we introduced WP Media Folder, we gave you a new way of managing media in WordPress—folders. With directories, you can store your WordPress images and files as logic would have them. Separated according to topic, these files never risk overwhelming your WordPress blog. Now, WP Media Folder is making it easier to create galleries out of these folders in WordPress’ Gutenberg editor.

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Guest — Brad MacLean
This is great. Thank you! Quick question - is it possible or will it be possible to display additional metadata with the image su... Read More
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 10:13
Tristan
Hi Brad, and thanks for the feedback! Currently you can display image title in lightbox and, depending on the gallery theme, the t... Read More
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Doing More with Gutenberg - Top Five Recently-Added Features

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A year on from the release of WordPress 5 and Gutenberg, work has not stalled. The WordPress beehive of open-source programmers has been busy not just quelling fears that Gutenberg could be inadequate. Over the past few months, the community has been exploiting Gutenberg’s modular structure to craft new additions for WordPress' native editor.

Apart from bug fixes, from Gutenberg 6.2 onwards, the editor has seen incremental updates in how you create posts or pages and what you can do with them. In today's entry, we look at the most notable of introductions and how they can help boost your content.

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Keep the File Download Statistics on WordPress

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With the rise of websites like Patreon, content creation has moved away from text and accompanying media, and expanded into more creative material, such as images, comics, animations and videos. Just like you track your WordPress blog’s posts to see how different content resonates with your audience, so does it make sense to track your downloadable files.

WordPress is primarily a blogging website, but plugins like WP File Download extend its capabilities, allowing you to embed downloadable content and do more with your WordPress blog. In version 4.6, WP File Download gives you a dashboard to track your downloadable content right from WordPress.

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Introducing the Login, Registration and Search Blocks for Gutenberg

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More than anything, WordPress was created to make it easier for you to manage content. Over the years, WordPress’ use was closely linked with writing blog posts. However, Advanced Gutenberg’s latest update gives you the tools you need to create pages with more freedom by adding the login, registration, and searching functionality right alongside both pages and posts.

Advanced Gutenberg 2.1 provides two new block types to put WordPress’ more vanilla features at your fingertips - the login and registration, and search blocks. With these two new blocks, you can seamlessly integrate login and registration to help you attract members, as well as search bars to help members find what they are looking for.

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Instant Google Drive File Synchronization with Dropfiles for Joomla

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Few cloud services are as common as Google Drive. The massive service is often used by individuals, but one lesser-known feature of the cloud behemoth is that it can also be used to share files with your Joomla blog. How? Dropfiles!

For some time now, Dropfiles has supported using Google Drive to store files on the cloud. That part is not novel, but what is new is instant file synchronization, even when files are big. This new synchronization method depends on a verified domain, which Dropfiles now handles.

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Linking WordPress with the Cloud using WP Media Folder Automatic Synchronization

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Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon S3 - the cloud services never end. WP Media Folder brings all your favorite cloud services to your WordPress blog, creating a diverse media library to boost your content. However, there is one must-have feature when you are creating content for your WordPress blog.

The best thing about cloud services is that they let you collaborate with editors, writers and other content creators. When you do that, there is one thing that matters more than anything else - you expect to have whichever cloud services you are using to be in perfect synchronization with your WordPress website.

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Progressive Lazy Loading for Joomla

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Creating great content with Joomla is one thing, making it accessible is another. Lazy loading is one solution that combines the two without altering your workflow. The technique loads images only if and when needed. If the reader never reaches an image on the webpage, it never gets downloaded.

The benefits are many. Pages load faster, which means that the user experience is better, SEO scores soar and your Joomla content is accessible to users on low-end devices or slow internet access. A few weeks ago, we presented an improvement on the basic lazy loading recipe on WordPress. Today, we are presenting it for Joomla too, but before that, a look at lazy loading on Joomla.

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Translate Advanced Gutenberg’s Into Several Language with WPML

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Nothing says international brand like an international website. More practically, having a translated website is the prerequisite to catering to readership from all over the world. Even on a smaller scale, if you want to write a travel or food WordPress blog and make it accessible to different populations, translations go a long way in breaking down language barriers.

The WordPress Multilingual Plugin, better known as WPML, is the de facto WordPress plugin to translate your blog into a multitude of languages. With handy tools to copy existing content in your default language and translate it into another language, the plugin has been missing just one ingredient - full compatibility with our own Advanced Gutenberg. Not anymore.

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Image Loading - Progressive Lazy Loading on WordPress

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Media turns a sterile WordPress blog into a living, bustling website, but the hard truth is that files and SEO do not go well together. There just is not much to say to the contrary - slower loading times lead to lower SEO scores. However, not all hope is lost. A few months ago we talked about how WP Speed of Light mitigates the issues with lazy loading. Now, we are going a step further.

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Splitting Blocks with Advanced Gutenberg Columns Manager

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Columns are to content what Gutenberg’s blocks were to WordPress’ classic editor. They allow you to organize your content unhindered - if not vertically, like blocks, then horizontally. Advanced Gutenberg’s latest update presents a new block to help you get up and running with columns.

Advanced Gutenberg’s columns manager is a more advanced take on Gutenberg’s native columns. Its flagship features give you more control over how content should be displayed, but at the same time, it makes it easier to start creating content with its preset layouts.

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Improved Cloud File Management in WordPress’ Media Library

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WP Media Folder’s Cloud Addon brings your remote cloud media to your WordPress media library. The latest update introduces a slew of new features to your cloud files, making it easier to use them in your native WordPress media library.

When you first update, the first thing that you will notice is that your cloud files have found a new home in your media library. Whatever cloud service you are using, your media files and directories are now separated neatly in the left sidebar according to the service.

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