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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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Getting Down to Business: Integrating OneDrive for Business with WordPress

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Sometimes, you need to think bigger, and so do your files. OneDrive for Business takes all the features you know and love in Microsoft OneDrive and adapts them for enterprises to share files and collaborate. Although OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are not exactly the same, they also share many similarities.

The way that OneDrive differs from OneDrive for Business is that the former is targeted at managing your personal files and media. The latter is aimed more at helping businesses collaborate on documents. There’s a lot of overlap between the two, and the latest similarity is that now, WP Media Folder doubles as a file manager for both OneDrive  and OneDrive for Business.

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Download Limitation: File Access Management with WP File Download

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Sharing files can give your WordPress blog new capabilities to engage with your readership. However, if you are a content creator, you may wish to assign tiered access to different files depending on what access users are paying for. WP File Download lets you share your files on WordPress while simultaneously cordoning them from the prying eyes of unauthorized users.

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Applying Watermarks on WordPress Images

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In today’s age, protecting creative property is no mean task. If you are a photographer or an artist, sharing your creations always involves relinquishing some control over them, but not sharing them is not the solution. WordPress’ WP Media Folder’s solution applies one of the most common protection mechanisms to your art - watermarks.

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Analyzing Advanced Custom Fields’ SEO Impact on WordPress

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WordPress is the poster boy for blogs everywhere, but its popularity also makes it a rather generic tool. Not to worry, plugins abound to extend its functionality. For example, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) focuses on one particular aspect - improving the expressiveness of WordPress posts and pages through metadata.

Metadata explains your WordPress content more thoroughly and accurately. ACF lets you create your own custom fields that accompany posts and pages to describe them in intricate detail. These fields can be used, for example, to describe the product that you are discussing. As metadata, these fields have the potential to be more than just description tools and boost SEO.

 

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Mobiles Web Page Speed and Lazy Loading

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Did you know that images are responsible for 60% of an average webpage’s size? No one is more aware of this burden than your mobile users. WP Speed of Light takes away the responsibility of carefully tuning the content by introducing lazy loading, compatible with mobile devices and the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress.

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Integrating Amazon S3 with WordPress

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OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and the list goes on; cloud services are ever-abundant and ever-popular. WP Media Folder amalgamates files from all of these different services, and it is now bringing another cloud host to WordPress - Amazon S3.

WP Media Folder wears many hats. The newest one permits it to become a WordPress plugin for Amazon S3. WP Media Folder’s integration brings all the benefits of Amazon S3 to your WordPress media library. The functionality includes managing your Amazon S3 files from WordPress, and even moving your data onto Amazon’s servers.

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A New set of of Blocks: Gutenberg Email & Testimonials

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Since the release of WordPress 5.0, progress on the content management system has slowed down. Through Gutenberg, the latest major version of WordPress handed over the keys to creating great content to bloggers like yourself. Although Gutenberg’s toolset is already copious, you can never have too many choices.

Advanced Gutenberg too has released a new update just one month after the last release. This month, Advanced Gutenberg graces your WordPress blog with even more possibilities, including one new block to help you connect with readers even more.

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A New Home for Files on WordPress

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There are two sides to every blog. There’s the side that your readers see, and then there’s the side that only you see. As a WordPress blogger you spend most of your time in the dashboard optimizing what your readers see. Nevertheless, JoomUnited’s new redesign of WP File Download gives you the attention that you deserve.

After many of our other WordPress plugins, it is WP File Download’s turn to get a new outfit. WP File Download has abandoned the default, grim style of WordPress for a cleaner and decidedly more organized layout without touching any of the underlying features.

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Two-Way Communication - Advanced Gutenberg Adds the Contact Form Block

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If you’re always up-to-date, then your 2019 resolution must have been WordPress 5. If you recently switched over, you will likely have gotten your hands dirty with Gutenberg - WordPress’ new post and page editor. There’s already a lot that you can do with Gutenberg, but most importantly, there’s even more that you could be doing with the editor.

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