The newest Major Release for the most popular website CMS in the world WordPress is almost here with the latest release of WordPress 5 Beta 1. The newest version is a Beta Release and is for the next major version 5 which is due sometime later this year. This release is aimed at bringing major changes and upgrades to the WordPress CMS. WordPress 5 Beta 1 comes with a number of new features as listed below and focuses on bringing major changes and upgrades to the WordPress CMS. We are really excited about the new shiny Gutenberg WYSIWYG editor on this Beta Release.
Whats new in WordPress 5 Beta 1?
This latest update of the most popular website CMS in the world comes with the following features:
A new shiny Gutenberg WYSIWYG editor
This beta release of WordPress 5 come with the shiny new Gutenberg WYSIWYG editor. This editor will eventually replace the current classic WYSIWYG editor that WordPress currently has. Here is a comparison of the two editors.
While Gutenberg editor has had it’s fair share of criticism, we love it here. It’s still a big buggy but its smooth, fast and does the basics. We are using the Gutenberg editor to write this post.
Features of Gutenberg Editor
Gutenberg has a number of features which make it easier for developers and website owners/marketing users.
Utilising Gutenberg means that you are using less plugins. So plugins for tables/ columns and page builders can now be removed completely because Gutenberg editor handles that for you.
Gutenberg is more user friendly. Yes it takes a few tries to get your head around it but once it’s done its very easy to use
The bugs that are there currently will get ironed out over time and it will work exactly as expected
Gutenberg uses blocks allowing you to modularise your content and use different types of contents in different blocks. The available blocks are listed below.
Gutenberg uses layout elements so that putting things side by side is a piece of cake. Also what you see in your screen is most likely how it will display to a user as well.
Available Gutenberg Blocks
Paragraph block – For normal text
Heading block – For article and paragraph headings
Subheading block – For Subheadings
Quote Block – For setting up quotes
Image Block – For showing images by themselves
Gallery Block – To show multiple images and gallery
Cover Image block – To show a bigger image that covers the whole area
Video Block – To show videos
Audio Block – To show and embed audio files
Columns Block – To show multiple columns in the same row for layout
File Block – For file downloads, links and embeds
Code Block – To work on html code separately
List Block – To show a ordered or unordered bullet list
Button Block – To show buttons and call to actions
Embed Block – To show embedded code
Plus more block coming up…
A brand new Twenty Nineteen theme
With this new release comes the long awaited new Twenty Nineteen theme. This theme has been built to showcase the Gutenberg editor and we are a bit disappointed that this looks very similar to the previous theme. However we expect this theme to get better as WordPress 5 gets closer to release.
WordPress Demo Website
Want to try out all the new features :). We keep an upto date demo site with the latest (sometimes even nightly builds) of WordPress that you are welcome to have a look at. We have even installed the new theme so that you can check it out. Click here to view WordPress Demo Site.
WordPress is arguably the most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. 30% of all new domains run on WordPress. 60% of all CMS run websites run on WordPress.
NetON Beta Release Update Policy
Beta releases of WordPress are good for testing by developers and not intended to be used on live websites. Please read through this post to see what is coming to WordPress, however noting that the final version may be slightly different from the Beta Release. Please note that the NetON team won’t be updating your website with this version because this is not a final version. We will update your installation when the full production version is released.
NetON WordPress development services
NetON offers a complete range of WordPress Services for Australian businesses. We are constantly working with our clients on WordPress Website Design, WordPress Development, Hosting, WordPress Security, SEO Optimisation for WordPress sites and upgrading Core WordPress and Plugins. We work with some of the smallest and the biggest companies in Australia and around the world and help them build and maintain their WordPress website to generate the best results for them. Please reach out to one of NetON’s Account Managers for more of our services. Please call us or email us on the details on our Contact Us page.
Looking for a resource to making sure your B2B website is setup for success.. It’s finally here!
Do you have a B2B website but don’t have a business?
Your B2B website is the central hub for all your business activities. Your B2B website should work for you. It should attract relevant prospects and convert prospects to leads. Those are the basics of what you would expect your B2B website to do. If you follow the guide below, it will not only do that; It will also track leads and send them to your sales team when they are sales ready by itself. Follow our guide below to make sure that your site is working for you.
NetON’s Top 10 Essentials for a B2B Website
This is a NetON Top Tips white paper written by Suman Dahal, Director at NetON. Suman has worked at some of the top Email Marketing, Marketing Automation and Optimisation companies around the world. He has over 10 years experience in all things B2B. He will be helping you make sure that you have put all the technology in place to make your B2B website a success.
The whitepaper will cover all the groundwork of a B2B website including
Making sure you have ticked all the checkboxes with your B2B Marketing website
Making sure your B2B website generates leads and gives them an opportunity to reach out to you
Making sure that your B2B website converts its visitors to leads
Making sure that its easy for you to send leads generated through your B2B website to your sales team
Making sure that you can track your success and improve your procedures based on data
Completed all the items on this whitepaper?
Stay tuned for our advanced tips for B2B websites.
This follow-up whitepaper will cover the advanced techniques for your B2B website.
How do you implement these changes?
We are platform agnostic. So this whitepaper mentions what things to do but it doesn’t mention what platforms to use. If you want to know what platforms to use for any of the tips we have provided, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NetON’s marketing and business whitepapers
We create our whitepapers with you in mind. Our whitepapers are easy to read in all devices, both desktops and mobiles. We also make sure they are action orientated, rather than lots and lots of text, so there is an action plan against each item. Our aim is to create whitepapers that are on point, that you can follow and put it in action.
If you think we can improve our whitepapers, please let us know how at email@example.com. We love constructive criticism.
Are your normal emails landing in Junk/Spam Email Folders? Here are some ways how you can minimise that:
Set up SPF records (Sender Policy Framework):
SPF is a email-origin-validation system. You setup SPF on your domain to authorise other IP addresses to send emails on your behalf. SPF is designed to detect email spoofing by providing a mechanism to allow receiving mail exchangers to check that incoming mail from a domain comes from a host authorized by that domain’s administrators.
DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM):
DKIM works similarly to SPF and allows the receiving mail server to check that the mail’s origin is authorized by the domain’s administrators and the email and its attachments haven’t been modified during the transfer.
Sometimes your domain is blacklisted by SPAM servers for sending spam. Most email servers rely on information from these spam checks to white-list their emails. So its a good idea to check your domain/IP address has been blacklisted by SPAM servers.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of spammy content in your emails that cause your emails to land in junk/spam folders. Here are some example words to avoid. Used once they will not be mostly categorised as spam but if you use multiples then there is a big chance that their overallscore will go beyond the spam threshold.
Too many punctuations ( f.r.e.e)
Work form Home
USING ALL CAPITALS IN YOUR EMAIL
How to Setup SPF and DKIM records?
Please reach out to your email provider for this, usually they will know how to.
The latest and greatest version of the most popular CMS platform in the world WordPress is now available. WordPress powers 19% of all websites and has 46m downloads. Version 3.9 of WordPress named Smith, in honour of American Jazz musician, Jimmy Smith is now available for download and auto-update for all clients.
The new version adds a lot of updates most notably on the visual editor, media editing, galleries, native audio and video capabilities.
Features of WordPress 3.9
Improved Visual Editing:
The TinyMCE Visual editor is now upgraded to 4.0 and comes with better speed, accessibility and mobile support. Also pasting directly from Microsoft Word won’t mess up your styling and formatting.
You can now edit, scale, crop and rotate images. You can scale images directly in the editor view using drag handles.
Drag and Drop images
WordPress 3.3 came with the ability to drag and drop images to upload images to the media library. WordPress 3.9 takes this a step further with being able to drag and drop images directly on the editing screen. Now only if they roll out Copy and Paste images
While previously you would see a widget where the gallery was, the new version of WordPress shows your exact gallery in the Visual Editor.
Audio and Video Playlists
WordPress builds up on Native Audio and Video Support with support for Native Audio and Video Playlists.
Live widget previews
You can also view live previews of your Widgets in the Appearance Customiser. Please note that the theme needs to enable this for you to view the widgets.
Updated theme browser
The fancy new theme browser from 3.8 has been rolled out to the Add themes section making it look a lot more sexier.
We have just rolled out the Facebook Store for HD Adventures that connects directly to their Magento Commerce platform. The plugin allows HD Adventures to pick items from Magento admin which automatically gets displayed in their Facebook Store.
The latest and greatest version of the most popular CMS platform in the world WordPress
WordPress Development Melbourne
We have been building websites on WordPress since it came out. With over 5 years experience and over 200 websites, we can now create WordPress websites for small, medium, large and multi-national enterprises.
NetON is a top SEO Melbourne company based in both Melbourne and Sydney and we have over 10 years of experience working with clients in Australia, United States and internationally. Our Search Engine Optimisation methods employ the best white hat methods and processes to deliver successful results and higher rankings to our clients. You will start seeing results from as less as 2 weeks. We have a very flexible working model and can customise our solutions based on client needs.
We offer integration and support of the most popular Marketing Automation Services in Australia and Overseas. Our Quick start packs and templates will help you setup your campaigns more quickly and effectively.
Our team can help you generate more content and buzz and get more engagement from Google as well as Social Media Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
We are located in both of Australian main hubs, Melbourne and Sydney. Please visit our contact us page for more details on how to reach out to us.