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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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Doing More with Gutenberg - Introducing the Login, Registration and Search Blocks

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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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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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