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Mobiles and the Blessing of 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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Growing World 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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Welcoming WordPress 5.0 and the New Digital Print

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It has been months in the making. Issues opened, and issues resolved. Hundreds of collaborators, working on a single project to bring out the best of it. Most importantly, a production-ready system came out of it. WordPress 5.0 is finally released.

During the past few months, we have been patiently observing WordPress developing to become the fully-fledged Content Management System that it is today. Patience was rewarded on December 6, when the fifth major version was released into the wild.

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WP Meta SEO and the One-Stop-Dashboard

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Optimizing your blog’s search engine ranking has one clear meaning - improving your website’s performance to drive traffic from Google, Bing and other search engines. Yet at the same time, it means many things all at once.

SEO means analyzing search engine performance. It means finding and fixing broken links, having a functioning sitemap and filled-in meta data. SEO plugins cannot do this all on their own, but a good companion should make it easy to identify problems. And that is where WP Meta SEO comes in.

The WordPress plugin recently celebrated a new major release. In version 4.0, the focus turned exclusively towards an improved user experience that prioritizes SEO management.

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Building Gutenberg’s Woo Factor

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Tapering is one way of explaining Gutenberg’s progress. The default editor-to-be for WordPress 5.0 is gearing  up for the official release by reaching for its perfect form. That means that Gutenberg has slowed down with significant updates, and with them, new blocks. Filling in the gap is Advanced Gutenberg.

JoomUnited’s free plugin steps in where Gutenberg leaves off with new blocks. Untethered from WordPress’ release schedule, the addon has been churning out new blocks to enrich your users’ experience on your blog. Version 1.7 of the plugin brings two new blocks to your growing repertoire.

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Gutenberg Gearing up for WordPress 5.0

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For better or for worse, Gutenberg is set to accompany the major release of WordPress, replacing the existing editor. If change does not sound too appealing, the Classic Editor has been re-created as a plugin. Notwithstanding the feeling of nostalgia, Gutenberg has seen incremental updates that deserve a chance.

 

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Optimizing WP Media Folder for Management

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WP Media Folder’s Design Flow

The design changes of WP Media Folder give a new face to the settings page. All the options are now available in the same page, but organized neatly in various menus. The core structure is essentially very simple.

The main area contains all the settings from the current menu group. Different menus are available in the left side-bar, and some groups are split into further sub-menus for optimal organization. If you are already within a sub-menu, you can also navigate to others in the same group using the tabs at the top of the main area.

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Style Coherency with Advanced Gutenberg

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During the past few months, Gutenberg has introduced not only a brand new way of thinking about content, but also new possibilities to create posts and pages on WordPress. JoomUnited’s Advanced Gutenberg plugin has piled on the features, extending your repertoire of tools.

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Easier Performance Tuning with WP Speed of Light

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If you are a webmaster, odds are that you spend more time creating content than reading blog posts. It follows naturally that many bloggers like yourself spend as much time in the backend as they you do in the frontend, or even more.

For this reason, JoomUnited has been heading towards making your working environment as polished and intuitive as possible. Next on our list is WP Speed of Light - the WordPress plugin that lets you optimize your blog and your readers’ experience simultaneously. 

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Bringing Data to Life with WP Table Manager 2.5

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Of the many things that come to mind when we think of tables, beauty is not one of them. There is something about numbers and overwhelming data that makes any bridge between them and a clean, organized workflow seemingly impossible. On the other hand, tables are one thing that many blogs cannot live without.

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Dissecting Gutenberg 3 for WordPress

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One of the most important additions to Gutenberg is aimed particularly at those users who are sceptical about adopting the new editor. Fully aware of the problems that uninitiated users were facing when it came to using the plugin for the first time, the development community has integrated help within the editor.

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Spring Cleaning with Advanced Gutenberg

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In the latest iteration of Advanced Gutenberg, we turn our sights towards organization. This time, the main actors are a new accordion block and the facility to separate content in tabs, alongside smaller introductions.

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Look it up with Joomla! Glossaries

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SEO Glossary is a Joomla! extension that puts definitions at your users’ tooltips. And with a fully-fledged front-end glossary supporting this feature, users can look up words with ease whenever they like using a specific page. Recently, the extension has been on the receiving end of a major update that refreshes its looks.

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Organizing WordPress with Categories and Tags

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Categories and tags have been a long-standing feature of WordPress, but they are also two of the most misunderstood features of blogs. What are categories and tags? How do they differ, and how to use them? In today’s post, we will answer these questions, and explain how categories and tags can be the ace-up-your-sleeve for SEO.

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Block by Block: Extending Gutenberg on WordPress

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Gutenberg is not just a new face for WordPress. Beyond the eye-candy - and at times, its shortcomings - Gutenberg’s modularity allows for limitless possibilities. Thanks to Advanced Gutenberg, you do not have to think about adding functionality, but you can instead focus all your energy on your creative creations.

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Introducing Module Caching for Joomla

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The last two versions of Speed Cache do not only change how caching works and is delivered on your Joomla website. Furthermore, they settle down in your modules to deliver content rapidly without compromising user experience.

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Going Beyond Gutenberg on WordPress

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Although the updates are still coming for WordPress’ new plugin and improvements are to be expected, Joom United has been working on a new plugin to appease the early-adopters - Advanced Gutenberg.

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Read More - Increasing Readership with WP Latest Posts

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The homepage is the bubbling hub of your company. It is the one place that readers frequent the most and perhaps the page that presents your best offerings. The lists of latest posts have become a regular fixture on blogs, and WP Latest Posts brings them to your WordPress website.

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Reimagining Tables on Joomla

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Much of JoomUnited’s recent work has focused on improving user experience. From introducing material design to WP Media Folder Galleries to allowing you to do more with tables on Joomla, something probably tickled your fancy, whatever your blogging preferences. If not, the latest update to Droptables brings something for everyone - an appealing new look.

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Making Your Blog Mobile-Ready and Google-Proof

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Making your WordPress or Joomla website mobile-friendly means more than accommodating your website’s visitors. Back in February we took a look at how Google is considering how your blog serves content when it comes to ranking websites. Many of the criteria are related to mobile devices. Today we will consider in more depth different strategies that can help you optimize your blog with mobiles in mind.

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Just in Time - Lazy Loading on WordPress

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Speed is more important than ever before. From delivering a unique user experience to gaining visibility on search engines, your WordPress blog’s loading time weighs heavy across the board. WP Speed of Light is our WordPress companion that is in charge of helping you optimize your website. Recently, it received a minor update with some major introductions, most notably lazy loading, and that means that it is time for a tour of the plugin’s new features.

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Building Blocks - Reviewing Gutenberg’s Updates on WordPress

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Just a few months ago, we reviewed WordPress’ upcoming editor - Gutenberg. Back then, the editor was plagued with a barrage of criticism from detractors who could not picture it being an improvement over WordPress’ native tools. However, Gutenberg is here to stay, and as an open-source WordPress plugin, it is currently being improved by a myriad of contributors.

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Mapping Files in WordPress - File Searches with WP File Download

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Directories within directories, images mingling with documents in an endless file hierarchy. We have all been there, and maybe this description sums up your current situation. In practice, in spite all the best efforts to stay organized, as a website grows so do the troubles to ensure that everything is at your fingertips.

 

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More With Images: WP Media Folder Galleries Addon

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Sharing images is one of the best ways to tell a story. It comes as no surprise that our news feeds, blogs and companies are filled with imagery, seeing as images illustrate ideas like no other medium. And yet, in spite of all the advantages, over-cluttering your WordPress article can become a real issue.

Galleries are one of the best solutions to this problem. Elegant, compact and beautiful, image galleries are a showcase of the best content you have to offer. They also invite users to browse all that you have to offer without occupying a lot of space or overwhelming your WordPress users.

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Presenting your Brand on Joomla! with Layer Slideshow

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There are many ways to present information about your brand or enterprise. Recently we took a look at tables as one medium to present figures and statistical data on Joomla! Tables are not a catch-all solution, however; in some cases, numbers may need to take the backseat in favor of better presentation. JoomUnited’s solution is the newly-revamped Layer Slideshow component for Joomla!

 

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Math, Money and Tables on Joomla!

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If you want to present data neatly on your Joomla! blog, then you cannot go wrong with tables. DropTables for Joomla! has received two quickfire updates letting you do more with tables on Joomla! In DropTables’ latest update, new functionality accompanies finer details, giving you more control over your data.

 

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Shedding Light on SEO with Google Lighthouse

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Have you ever wondered how Google sees your website, or how search engines rank your website when displaying search results? Odds are that you have, and now it is possible to answer these questions thanks to Google Lighthouse - the latest SEO auditing tool made available by Google.

 

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Livening Up Your WordPress Media Library

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Folders are at the heart of organization, and as your WordPress blog grows, so does the inevitable need for organization. Whether you are looking to have media files at the ready, or you want a tidy workplace, your WordPress media library is the one area that cannot be in disarray. WP Media Folder's latest update is a treat for those who cannot stand a disorganized media library, with a focus on directories and folder management.

 

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Exploiting WordPress Images for SEO

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Pictures are a universal language, and just like many other bloggers, you probably make abundant use of them on your own WordPress website. Images are not only a means to convey a message, but in the right hands, they are also a powerful SEO tool.

 

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Picture Perfect - Optimizing Images on WordPress

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Speed is one of the most important factors to internet users. No matter the quality of your WordPress blog’s content, a sluggish experience is a sure-fire way to ensure that a user does not return once they leave. The list of optimizations that you can make is a long one, yet in spite of the advantages, optimizing your WordPress website can feel like a chore. And that is where WP Speed of Light comes in.

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DropFiles on Cloud with OneDrive Integration

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If you’re anything like us, you probably have files scattered across different devices. Moreover, you might also use a cloud service, such as OneDrive, to share files with your Joomla! collaborators. Whereas before you had to bring files over from OneDrive into your Joomla! blog, Dropfiles is now making that a thing of the past.

In recent times, we have been rolling out updates to WordPress that allow you to access all your OneDrive files straight from WordPress and from WP Media Folder. Now, JoomUnited’s latest offering also brings the cloud directly to Joomla! thanks to DropFiles.

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YouTube’s Visiting - Introducing Videos on Joomla!

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Whether columns or ready-made templates, DropEditor for Joomla! lets you customize your articles and pages to your heart’s content. These endless possibilities help you tell a great story in the best way possible, but it can be easy to forget the bigger picture - the content itself.

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Bridging OneDrive and WordPress with WP Media Folder

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With the rise of OneDrive, Google Drive and other cloud services, the options for storing media outside WordPress are ever-abundant. Nevertheless, having your files scattered is hardly desirable. While the advantages of cloud services should be embraced, it is also desirable for files to be integrated with your WordPress blog.

WP Media Folder’s Cloud Addon is JoomUnited’s answer to integrate services like OneDrive with your WordPress website. The WordPress plugin requires just a one-time setup to establish the connection between OneDrive and WordPress. Once integrated, the WP Media Folder plugin works on your behalf to keep the two in perfection synchronization.


 

Connecting OneDrive and WordPress

Before benefitting from the integration of OneDrive with your WordPress website, it is necessary to complete the initial setup. Establishing a connection between OneDrive and WordPress is extremely simple. The process allows your OneDrive library to integrate seamlessly within Wordpress!

The settings that are necessary for the connection are listed in your WP Media Folder settings page, in the Cloud menu’s OneDrive tab. To connect your OneDrive account with WordPress, you only need two values - the Client ID and the Client Secret, both of which can be obtained from Microsoft’s application development portal.

 

 

 

To start the OneDrive integration process, create a new Microsoft application. This is as simple as inputting the name of the new OneDrive application. Upon submitting, you will be redirected to a new page, which includes your application’s settings.

This is also where you will set up OneDrive to connect with your the WordPress plugin. The Client ID is already available from this page as the Application ID. Click on the generate new password button to retrieve the Client Secret; make sure that you copy the password and save it in a safe place because it is otherwise irretrievable.

 

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The final step on Microsoft’s app development portal is to add a platform for the application. This type of platform is what will handle the connection between OneDrive and the WordPress plugin.  Thus, click on the add platform button and choose the web platform. The redirect URL should be the same as the one in your OneDrive settings page in the WordPress plugin.

 

Back on WordPress, insert your OneDrive Client ID and Client Secret into WP Media Folder Cloud Addon’s settings page and save changes. To conclude, save changes and then press on the connect OneDrive button to integrate the service with WordPress, approving the application permissions when prompted. With the connection established, you can now dive into your new OneDrive integration!

 

Exploiting the OneDrive Integration with WordPress

WP Media Folder’s Cloud Addon adds a new tab in your media library - OneDrive. Once the OneDrive connection is live, this tab allows you to access your cloud files directly from WordPress to add, edit or remove media. Most importantly, the workflow is exactly the same as the one for the Dropbox and Google Drive integration services, ensuring that there is no learning curve if you’ve used other cloud services with WordPress.

Thanks to the OneDrive connection, WP Media Folder’s cloud plugin can keep the cloud files synchronized with WordPress. This means that when you upload, modify or remove media from your WordPress website, the changes are reflected on your OneDrive account. In similar manner, if you add, edit or remove a file from OneDrive, your WordPress website will also adapt.

That said, the integrated OneDrive files have a slightly different behavior than interactions with regular media through the WordPress plugin. When you hover over them, you can change their name, delete, download, or preview them. If you click on files, you can import them into your WordPress media library, ensuring that no changes affect their availability. Most importantly, how do you use OneDrive files from the WordPress plugin?

 

When inserting new media, you will notice that a new area has appeared courtesy of your new OneDrive connection - the aptly-named Insert OneDrive File section. From this area, you can navigate through your media library on OneDrive and pick the files to include in your WordPress post or page as you would normally do with regular media files.

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Organized media files are not only a convenience, but a necessity. As your WordPress website grows, so does the burden of having everything structured neatly; having your media scattered across different services can only stifle your productivity. With WP Media Folder’s updated Cloud Addon plugin, you’ll have your OneDrive files integrated as if they were normal WordPress content.

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Import Media From Folder In WordPress Media Library

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Perhaps at some point, you might have tried to add images to your WordPress media library by placing them in an uploads directory on your server. If you tried that, you will have been left with an aftertaste of disappointment as you looked in your WordPress media library and found no sign of imported media.

The reason why these files do not appear in your media library is that WordPress indexes all files in the database. In other words, manually-uploading this media bypasses this crucial step. If you’re migrating to WordPress, or otherwise need to import a lot of media, you will be happy to hear that WP Media Folder now supports importing files from your server.

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