Friday, 15 December 2017

Smart Slider 3 and Beaver Builder 2 Giveaway


Beaver Builder is often referred to as the best page builder plugin for WordPress and after checking it out, it’s hard not to agree. With a popular free plugin that’s been actively installed on over 400,000 websites, as well as the powerful premium version, Beaver Builder is a visual editor for WordPress that can really help you create unique content designs for your website. Although Beaver Builder is packed with useful features, there are still some areas where it can be enhanced by using it alongside a specialist plugin. Creating slideshows is one example of this, and in this guide to using Smart Slider 3 and Beaver Builder 2, we’ll explore how you can add even better slideshows to your website with Beaver Builder and Smart Slider 3.
What Makes Beaver Builder 2 so Great?
Beaver Builder 2 picks up where the first version of this plugin left off and adds even more great features and an improved user interface to the mix.
You still get access to the same great selection of customizable modules, including buttons, callouts, counters, pricing tables, testimonials, and more. However, now the workflow for using those modules is much improved. The same can be said for the
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Why You Should Wait to Update WordPress Plugins and Themes


I have used WordPress going on 10 years now. It’s awesome, and I couldn’t imagine myself working with anything else. However, just like with every platform, there are ways to go about forming what I call “good and safe” habits. Today I want to discuss a little bit about updating WordPress plugins and why I typically recommend users to wait before updating to the shiny new version. Trust me, this will cause you less stress in the long run.
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Gutenberg and the Road Ahead


I have a confession to make. I really like the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress. I know, I know. Developers aren’t supposed to like massive, intrusive changes like this. As of the time of this writing, the plugin stands with 2.6 stars on the plugin repository – at least 133 of those ratings are 1-star critiques.
As a writer , though, it’s an incredibly slick interface.
As a developer, I can also see the promise behind the block structure for taking over the rest of the WordPress admin. The customizer could easily use the block structure for things like widgets and navigation and content layout. Even settings pages could be updated to leverage blocks for different sections.
Also as a developer, I can see why so many are hesitant to dive in with the new system. It still has a few rough edges, but nothing that’s impossible to polish as development moves forward. It’s also a massive deviation from the interface we’re all used to.
The Problems Ahead
Having worked both as a WordPress freelancer and with a larger WordPress agency team I admit this new editor does give me pause. Several of the systems I’ve built or worked with feature rich, custom interfaces – all built atop the
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Elementor Review: A Quality WordPress Page Builder With Unique Features


Want a WordPress page builder that’s built for business? Elementor is an up-and-coming page builder that isn’t just going after the code deficient among us. Instead, the Elementor team is creating a thought-out page builder that’s packed with tools for both WP beginners and savvy marketers. In this Elementor review, I’m going to give you my thoughts on some of the areas where I think Elementor excels (and one area where it doesn’t). Let’s dig in…
Elementor Review: At a Glance
At this point, the concept of a visual page builder isn’t really breaking new ground. With one, you get a list of elements that you can drag to a live-preview of your page and edit everything in real time. You’ve probably seen it before.
But what I really like about Elementor is that the Elementor team realizes this. So instead of trying to create just another visual page builder, they’re putting a real effort into developing features that are not only unique, but also perfect for marketing and business.
So in my review of Elementor, I’m going to almost exclusively focus on what Elementor does better, different, or worse than the average page builder.
Source: https://managewp.org/articles/16824/elementor-review-a-quality-wordpress-page-builder-with-unique-features




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4 of the Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (Pros and Cons)


Best WordPress Backup Plugins Comparison – Find Out Where BackUpBuddy, UpDraftPlus, BlogVault and BackWPUp Stands With over 50,000 WordPress plugins in WordPress library, it can be hard to pick out the right plugins for any website. In the battle of total domination, the need to be the best has never been more in demand. As of November 2017, you can see a huge number of resources about best WordPress backup […]
The Best WordPress Review Plugin 2018 – Everest Review
The best way to insert reviews inside any of your page, posts or custom post types is now here – Everest Review Plugin. This plugin lets you create unlimited review templates and put them up on any of your websites. Once you start using this review plugin, it will be for you to see how […]
What’s New in the Google Maps Widget WordPress Plugin from Web Factory?
When it comes to showing a location on the map, Google Maps is the option most of the bloggers go for. And when you power up your blog with WordPress, it would be crazy not to use a plugin that’s been built for that role. It’s been a while since we talked you through Google […]
Single vs Multiple/Multi Page UI
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WordPress Events and Conferences of 2018


This post is frequently updated. The only way to get ahead in your business is to plan ahead. When it comes to planning for WordPress events and conferences, the earlier you start to think about them, the easier it will be to justify them when planning your schedule for the upcoming year.
Whether you want to learn more about WordPress, are looking to meet others in the community, or are looking for business connections, the following WordPress events and conferences are your best options for 2018:
LOOPCONF
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
When: February 21-24, 2018
LOOPCONF was first started in 2015 and quickly gained recognition as one of the top WordPress events and conferences available. As far as audience is concerned, you’ll get the most from LOOPCONF if you’re an enterprise company using WordPress. The conference’s content will go over more in-depth topics on engineering, design and growth for web developers.
The first day of LOOPCONF is full of speaking sessions and you’ll appreciate that sessions are small (well, if you consider 250-300 people “small”). Interestingly, the last day of the conference is full of activities that only a winter sports-friendly
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24 Best WordPress Themes for Art Gallery

Are you looking for the best WordPress themes for art galleries? Most WordPress themes for business and personal websites do not match the creativity and features required for an art gallery website. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress themes for art galleries.

Best WordPress themes for art galleries

Making an Art Gallery Website with WordPress

WordPress is the most popular website builder in the world. It comes in two flavors, WordPress.com which is a hosted solution and WordPress.org also known as self-hosted WordPress.

We recommend using WordPress.org due to the flexibility it offers. It also gives you access to all WordPress features out of the box (See our comparison of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org).

You’ll need a domain name and a WordPress hosting account to create an art gallery website.

We recommend using Bluehost. They are one of the officially recommended WordPress hosting providers and one of the largest hosting companies in the world.

After signing up for your hosting account, you can checkout our guide on how to make a website for step by step setup instructions.

That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress themes for art galleries. All these themes are mobile friendly.

1. Reel Story

Reel Story

Reel Story is a beautifully crafted WordPress theme for creative professionals, artists, and galleries. It is designed to showcase your work and put it front and center. It includes a beautiful portfolio section, photo galleries, and support for video embeds.

It comes with a powerful visual page builder plugin and has a custom theme options panel for quicker setup.

2. Ultra

Ultra

Ultra is an all purpose WordPress theme suitable for art galleries, artists, photographers, and other creative professionals. It comes with several ready-made designs that you can install with 1-click. It also includes an easy to use page builder to edit your pages.

It has portfolio section to beautifully display art work, also included are gorgeous templates for photo galleries with multiple layouts.

3. Indigo

Indigo

Indigo is a beautifully designed WordPress theme with a modular approach to design. It is suitable for all kind of websites including art galleries, artists, and creative spaces.

It includes beautiful modules to add photo galleries, portfolio, contact form support, testimonials, and more. It is quite easy to setup and includes multiple designs that can be installed with 1 click.

4. Meteor

Meteor

Meteor is an excellent WordPress portfolio and resume theme suitable for art galleries and exhibitions. It includes a powerful portfolio post type with masonry, grid, and carousel layouts. Each portfolio item has its own page with beautiful galleries and descriptions.

It is super easy to use and designed to work out of the box with minimal settings to configure. Inside you will also find a getting started guide that will walk you through theme setup.

5. Freelo

Freelo

Freelo is an elegantly designed WordPress theme for art galleries, exhibitions, and artists. It comes in multiple color schemes and you can use your own colors as well. It has an beautifully designed portfolio section with multiple styles.

Other notable features include support for Google Fonts, multiple page templates, unlimited sidebars, and an easier theme options panel.

6. Coastline

Coastline

Coastline is a powerful WordPress portfolio theme with a unique design that puts your artwork front and center. It features a masonry grid layout on the front page with a static sidebar on the left.

It also includes a portfolio section, photo galleries, custom widgets, and social media integration. All theme options are neatly organized under live theme customizer.

7. Shutter

Shutter

Shutter is feature-rich WordPress theme for photography websites and art galleries. It comes with 5 demo designs with dummy content that can be installed with 1-click.

It is SEO friendly and includes tons of features like Google fonts, portfolio, galleries, beautiful sliders, and more. Theme settings are super easy with a custom theme options panel.

8. Float

Float

Float is a modern WordPress theme with beautiful parallax background design. Suitable for art galleries looking for a modern and futuristic look for their website.

It includes an intuitive drag and drop page builder, multiple styles and layouts, page templates, custom widgets, and social media integration. Theme demo can be installed with 1-click installer and customizations can be made using custom theme settings page.

9. Hellomouse

Hellomouse

Designed specifically for creative works, Hellomouse is a beautiful WordPress portfolio theme. Optimized to create a great first impression, its homepage features a welcome message with contact information, followed by your portfolio items displayed in a grid.

For customizations, it has more than 60 options with in live theme customizer. It comes with custom widgets, drag and drop homepage settings, social media integration, and more. It works with all top WordPress plugins.

10. Peak

Peak

Looking for an elegant and feature rich theme for your art gallery? Check out Peak. This beautifully designed WordPress theme is perfect for photography, artists, and other creative works.

It comes with multiple gallery layouts, page templates, multiple styles, slideout widgets, page title banner and more. It is powerful yet quite easy to use with detailed theme options that help you walk through setup.

11. North

North

If you are looking for a minimalist WordPress theme for your art gallery, then take a look at North. This beautifully designed WordPress theme comes with a built-in portfolio content type and gorgeous templates to display it.

It includes multiple ways to display your galleries and portfolio items. It is super easy to use and all theme options are available under customizer with live preview.

12. Creativo

Creativo

As the name suggests, Creativo is a WordPress theme for creative professionals, agencies, and galleries. This beautiful theme comes with multiple ready to use designs that you can install with one click.

It ships with a premium slider plugin and a visual page builder. It is WooCommerce ready and can also be used to add an online store to your website.

13. Eclection

Eclection

Eclection features unique design with minimalist approach. It’s homepage displays a large fullscreen featured slider with a sidebar on the left.

It has a beautifully designed section to display your projects with a separate page for blog section. It is super easy to use and comes with tons of options that you can use to make it uniquely yours.

14. Inspiro

Inspiro

If videos play an important role in your art gallery, then you may want to take a look at Inspiro. This WordPress theme for videos comes with a featured video slider on top followed by your most important content.

This ecommerce ready theme comes with a custom theme options page for easier setup. It also includes photo galleries, custom widgets for social media and contact information, 5 demo designs, and a simple drag and drop page builder.

15. iRibbon Pro

iRibbon Pro

iRibbon pro is an excellent WordPress theme featuring a retro vintage design. It comes in 4 color schemes including green, blue, red and teal blue. It has a built-in slider on top followed by a call to action section.

It includes portfolio and testimonials section, contact page template, phone number location, and multiple sidebar layouts for different sections of your website. It is super easy to use and comes with a custom theme settings area.

16. Corner

Corner

Corner is an excellent minimalist WordPress theme for creative works, art galleries, and artists. It features a narrow left sidebar with a large content area to showcase your projects.

It uses lots of white space and allow you to choose your own colors to use. It has a separate blog page, photo gallery templates, custom widgets, and it also supports WooCommerce to add an online store.

17. Eclipse

Eclipse

Eclipse is feature-rich yet very simple WordPress theme. It features beautiful typography with social icons and navigation menu on the top, followed by a large slider, boxes, and your recent content.

It also comes with Instagram widget, multiple layouts, and unlimited color choices. It works out of the box and it is super-easy to setup even for absolute beginners.

18. Ambiance

Ambiance Pro

Built on top of the Genesis theme framework, Ambiance Pro is a beautiful WordPress theme with a minimal approach to design. Its homepage features a collapsed navigation menu, welcome message, and the grid layout of your latest work.

It has a widgetized homepage which allows you to drag and drop widgets to setup your homepage. You can customize theme settings using theme options page and live customizer.

19. True North

True North

True North is an ideal WordPress theme for artists, photographers, and art galleries. It features a sticky navigation menu on top, a large full width header image, followed by your portfolio and other sections.

It comes with multiple layouts including filterable portfolio, grid, slideshow, and column listing. It is also packing tons of customization options that allow you to easily tweak theme settings and make it your own.

20. Parallax

Parallax

If you are looking for a modern WordPress one-page theme, then Parallax would be an excellent choice. It uses highly engaging parallax background effects with vertical navigation menus.

It comes with portfolio, 11 header styles, smart layouts, custom header, slider, and animated bars and support for RTL languages. It comes with multiple demos and a super easy visual page builder that allows you to create your own custom WordPress layouts.

21. Atmosphere Pro

Atmosphere

Atmosphere Pro is an all-purpose, minimalist style WordPress theme with lots of white space and beautiful typography. It is built on Genesis theme framework which makes it SEO friendly out of the box.

Most noteable features include customizable header, widgetized homepage, custom widgets, eCommerce support, and more. It works out of the box and you can use custom theme settings page and live customizer for additional changes.

22. Pepper+

Pepper+

Pepper+ is a modular WordPress theme with easy to use modules that you can just drag and drop and create any kind of website in minutes. You wouldn’t need to do that, as it already includes 6 ready-made designs that you can install instantly.

It has everything you would want from a premium WordPress theme. Most noteable features include sliders, visual page builder, Google Fonts, header layouts, Typekit fonts support, pricing tables, and more.

23. Verb

Verb

Verb is a beautifully crafted WordPress theme for artists, art galleries, and creative venues. It features a dark color scheme with bright accent colors to create a beautiful visual presentation.

It includes handsome designs for portfolio pages and individual projects. It uses crisp typography and works out of the box. It has minimal theme options so you don’t have to struggle setting up your website.

24. The Chatter

Chatter

The Chatter is WordPress theme for artists, art magazines, galleries, and similar projects. It uses lots of white space for an open spacious layout for improved readability.

It has three slider styles, unlimited colors, beautiful header styles, multiple layouts, and a visual page builder. It also gives you access to 22 other themes that you can install. It can also be used to create multilingual WordPress websites with WPML.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress themes for art gallery. You may also want to see our guide on how to speed up WordPress and boost performance for beginners.

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What’s behind the trend towards private search engines?

Recently on Search Engine Watch, we rounded up six newcomers to the search engine landscape that are worth keeping an eye on for the future.

Each new search engine takes a slightly different approach to searching the web, but there is one trait that many of the recent ones have in common: private, secure searching.

Oscobo, WhaleSlide, Gyffu and GoodGopher are just some of the non-tracking, private and secure search engines that have been launched in the last two or three years, joining more well-established engines like StartPage, DuckDuckGo, Mojeek and Privatelee.

Is this cluster of private search engines just a passing fad, or is it indicative of an increasing trend among users towards secure, private search? And if so, what does this mean for more mainstream search engines like the all-seeing Google?

I spoke to leading figures at three private search engines, both new and established – Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO of DuckDuckGo, Robert Beens, CEO of StartPage, and Robert Perin, co-founder and Managing Director of Oscobo – to find out why they thought more and more people could be turning to private search, and what the ramifications are for the wider industry.

Why launch a private search engine?

All three search engines whose leaders I spoke to came to the industry at very different times: StartPage was originally founded as Ixquick in 1998, and made the transition to private search in 2006; DuckDuckGo was founded in 2008; and Oscobo officially launched at the beginning of 2016.

For StartPage, the decision to become a private search engine was taken when the company noticed the sheer amounts of user data that it was accumulating and not using, and made a conscious decision to get rid of it.

For Beens, who led the initiative for StartPage to become a private search engine, it was a way for StartPage to distinguish itself in an already competitive industry, and the business case for this decision outweighed the benefits of any potential income from selling user data.

“From a business perspective, [monetizing our users’ data] makes absolutely zero sense. The only thing that sets us apart from bigger search that do monetize people’s user behavior is the fact we don’t. That’s what attracts people to us. It’s true that the revenue we make on our ads is far less than what others tend to make – so be it. It’s what makes us unique.”

Beens couldn’t have known for sure, as early as 2006, whether his gamble on a private search model was going to pay off in the long run, but he was looking for a point of distinction from Google, which was already dominant by then. “I thought that it would give us a differentiator in a difficult market at the moment. It’ll make us stand out. I’m proud of doing that.”

Beens believes that Google, along with most tech companies, has a “blind spot” when it comes to privacy – providing an opening for other search engines to compete in spite of Google’s attractive search product. His decision also gave StartPage the prestigious title of being the first search engine in the world to offer private search.

Notoriously pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo was also created because founder Gabriel Weinberg was looking to improve on what Google was doing, though he didn’t initially set out to create a company around his search tool. He told Forbes in an interview that he “backed into” search – “I didn’t think about it from a business perspective at the time.”

Now, however, DuckDuckGo is keen to tout the fact that it doesn’t track its users as a key selling point, along with what it believes is a cleaner, more fun design and a better overall search experience.

Robert Perin, meanwhile, was aware when he launched Oscobo in 2016 that there were already other private search options out there for people to use. He and co-founder Fred Cornell therefore decided to differentiate themselves by going local – focusing initially on a UK audience, to distinguish Oscobo from US-centric search engines like DuckDuckGo – before broadening their approach to include other countries.

A former employee at BlackBerry, Perin was inspired to develop a private search engine when he realized just how much technology was encroaching onto our everyday lives, particularly with the advent of mobile.

“Technology is creeping into our lifestyles – we carry our mobile phones around with us everywhere we go. The next step is the Internet of Things – you look at remotely-controlled heating and lighting, which can be used to analyze someone’s electricity consumption, but also to know what time they’re going home. If that data is being shared with everyone, it can be manipulated to any degree.

“Search has gone from being a relatively harmless tool to being an almighty and powerful tool. It’s the starting point for the internet. And as technology creeps into our homes and our lives, we have to hold back how much data is being handled.”

Why are people using private search?

Do people use private search purely because of concerns about data privacy? Edward Snowden’s NASA spying revelations are often pointed to as a watershed moment for people wanting to switch to private search engines. But while this is undoubtedly a significant driving factor, there is a variety of other reasons why people would opt to search privately.

DuckDuckGo’s Gabriel Weinberg points out that using a search engine which doesn’t tailor its results to the user can allow them to break out of the “filter bubble” that many users of mainstream search engines are trapped in.

“Use of a private search engine enables you to escape the “filter bubble,” where results are filtered based on what a search engine thinks it knows about you, such as your political ideologies,” he told Search Engine Watch.

“This echo chamber is extremely pernicious in a search context where you expect to receive unbiased information. Unfortunately, with other [non-private] search engines, that’s not the case.”

Robert Perin believes that tech-savvy users who know about the scope of Google’s data collection use private search to escape ‘Big Brother’, or because of ethical concerns about the amount of data being stored, even if they’re not sure how it’s being used.

A photograph of a poster (said to be from one of the Google cafeterias) reading "GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU" with "Google" being the Google logo. The logo also has two eyes in the Os.

Image by Patrick Barry, available via CC BY-SA 2.0

The average, non-technical person, however, is more likely to be persuaded by an argument such as dynamic pricing – in which pricing levels are adjusted based on a user’s perceived ability to pay. The prospect of unlimited choice, he says, is also a powerful one – the idea that your search results won’t be limited based on decisions that you happen to have made in the past.

“If you went to a restaurant and you were handed a menu with nothing but steaks on it, because last time you ate a steak, therefore they presume you just want a steak – you’d be kind of annoyed by that!” Perin laughs.

“And with the larger search engines, because they’re doing profiling on you, you’ll just get shown what they think you want, and also what is more beneficial to them that you click on. So it is a limited choice, in that sense.”

Is this a trend that’s growing, as evidenced by the number of new search engines that allow users to search privately?

“Absolutely,” says Robert Beens of StartPage. “There are all sorts of search engines jumping on the bandwagon, who want to get a share of that [private search] market – it’s a market that’s definitely growing.

“We’re not against it – competition is always good.”

“Privacy is both mainstream and growing fast,” agrees Gabriel Weinberg, pointing to the increasing traffic numbers on DuckDuckGo as evidence of this trend in action. DuckDuckGo passed the 10 million searches per day milestone in 2015, and is closing in on the 20 million mark, with an average of around 19 million searches daily in December 2017.

“Most people still aren’t aware there is a search engine out there that doesn’t track them, though as the word continues to get out, usage of DuckDuckGo continues to increase,” says Weinberg.

“The amount of people who care about their data privacy is by no means a small number and this group is certainly not niche. 24% of US adults currently are concerned enough about their online privacy to take significant actions to try to protect it.”

DuckDuckGo’s growing traffic over time

The cost of convenience

But there’s a trade-off between the privacy and security of using private search engines and the convenience and accuracy which come from using a search engine that learns from your data and personal preferences.

Users of mainstream search engines have become accustomed to this level of uncanny, ‘mind-reading’ accuracy, and while it might be unsettling at times, they’re still unwilling to give it up even for the sake of data privacy. I asked my interviewees whether private search engines that don’t track user data can provide the same level of tailored searching as those who do.

“Most of the personalization that people want from a search engine is actually localization, like getting local weather or restaurant info,” says Gabriel Weinberg.

“We can provide those results without tracking our users because approximate location information is sent automatically with the search request, which we can use to give you relevant answers, and then immediately throw that information away without ever storing it.

“We believe you can switch to DuckDuckGo and protect your data without compromising on results.”

Oscobo’s Robert Perin admits that users might have to work a little harder to get the results they want when using a private search engine, but that ultimately, the differences aren’t huge.

“We give algorithmic results, based on just the words that you typed in,” he says.

“Searching for ‘cheap mobile phone’ doesn’t say, ‘Oh! He likes Apple – only show him the Apple ones.’ It’s going by what you’ve written. If you do want to see Apple phones, then you’ll need to type in ‘cheap iPhones’. It’s a little less intuitive, perhaps, than what we’re used to – but how much harder do you really have to work?”

“It’s a question of habits and convenience. How much of a hassle is it to have to retype ‘Hilton hotel Paris’ instead of typing ‘H-i-l’ and having the search completed for you? Is that a massive, massive benefit that’s worth selling your identity for?

“And also, what’s the cost? I think when people realize what the cost of convenience is, then they change.”

Robert Beens of StartPage agrees that once people become aware of the extent of the data tracking that takes place online, they are likely to want to change their habits.

“If you give me five minutes to talk to people, I can convince them to use a private search engine.

“But the personal data market exists below the surface – no-one knows about it, and it takes a fairly technical level of understanding to know what’s going on. So it takes education and awareness of the facts behind data tracking, and then people can make a conscious choice to use one or the other.”

 

What does this mean for Google and SEO?

If there is indeed a steadily snowballing trend towards the use of private search engines, is this going to impact on mainstream, user-tracking search engines like Google and Bing further down the line?  And what about SEO? Do SEOs need to start worrying about optimizing for private search engines?

Well, no. While the approach that DuckDuckGo, StartPage, Oscobo and others take to data privacy is different to Google and Bing, the search technology that underpins them is often the same as those used by mainstream search engines. Robert Perin refers to Oscobo as a “Bing/Yahoo feed”, while StartPage gets its results from Google.

DuckDuckGo draws its search results, particularly Instant Answers, from a wider range of sources including Wikipedia and DuckDuckBot (its crawler); but it also has an agreement in place with Bing, Yahoo and Yandex in which these search engines provide results without any user data being exchanged.

Private search engines see this as an opportunity to provide users with the best of both worlds – the accuracy of more advanced search technology, with the anonymity and security of private searching.

As for repercussions for Google, Perin is skeptical about whether a trend towards private search will make a difference to Google, which is unlikely to do anything meaningful to give up the reams of user data on which it relies for so much of its revenue. (According to Investopedia, about 90% of Google’s entire income stems from advertising).

Infographic: 25 Percent of Global Ad Spend Goes to Google or Facebook | Statista Source: Statista

“Ultimately, I think they’ll do everything they can to keep as much data as they can, because that’s where the value is.”

Perin emphasizes that Oscobo isn’t looking to disrupt mainstream search engines with what it does. “Our aim wouldn’t be to shake [Google] up; it’s to give people an alternative.”

Robert Beens echoes this, stating, “The choice is free. If people want an alternative, we want to be there with the best product that we can have.”



source https://searchenginewatch.com/2017/12/15/whats-behind-the-trend-towards-private-search-engines/

We’re Looking for Remote Support Engineers! – WP Mayor


Our WP RSS Aggregator plugin has continued to grow and develop into the premier plugin for importing content via RSS feeds in WordPress. A major part of this growth has been our ability to provide top-notch support with every step of the way. This has been reflected in the 5-star reviews on WordPress.org that highly praise our support, and particular support members also. We’re now looking for new support engineers to join this team and continue the tradition.
The selected candidates must be experienced in providing support and have good PHP development knowledge. The post will include these responsibilities and require an average of 7 hours a day:
Replying to pre-sales live chat a few times a week.
Replying to support tickets via HelpScout throughout the week (Monday to Friday).
Finding and reporting bugs or other issues when they are reported by any of our users.
Working alongside the project manager and lead developer to continuously find ways of improving both our support system as well as the plugins themselves.
We all work remotely with flexible work schedules, however, we require all team members to have a fast internet connection and a very good command of the English
Source: https://managewp.org/articles/16819/we-re-looking-for-remote-support-engineers-wp-mayor




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