What's New in WordPress 5.2

What’s New in WordPress 5.2

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Let’s discuss all the features that are coming up in the new WordPress 5.2 and what you can expect to see from the release.

First of all, WordPress 5.2 will be the second major release in 2019, with plans to include Block Editor Updates, Site Health and WSOD protection, Fatal Error Recovery, PHP error protection, brand new block directories and update package signatures and more.

Let’s look on the main features WordPress 5.2 will introduce.

WSOD Protection and Site Health

WSOD known as the White Screen of Death protection feature which supposed to be introduced in 5.1 version. Now it has been promoted to 5.2.

Although it missed in 5.1 version of WordPress, the PHP team has redesigned PHP error protection and the goal is to release it in 5.2 version.

Site Health Checker plugin is another highly demanded feature, which being proposed into the core of version 5.2.

Updates in Block Editor

With the release of WordPress 5.0 the Block Editor feature that is also known as Gutenberg was introduced to the WordPress ecosystem. Since then, the block editor has evolved and received new features and functionality.

Now, WordPress 5.2 introduces even more new features and enhancements the Block Editor. Let’s get over them.

Performance Improvements

The block editor feature in WordPress 5.2 will be much faster than the previous editor in 5.1 version.

In earlier version, editing a long blog post with many blocks could make the experience slower. But now, with 5.2, the load time of many posts could be reduced by up to 35%.

WordPress 5.2 also cuts the keypress or typing time by half, which makes the typing feel much more faster and snappier.

New Blocks in WordPress 5.2!

A several new block will be introduced in WordPress 5.2:

  • Calendar block to display posts in their respective days of publishing.
  • RSS block that will help you to display any RSS feed that you like in your site.
  • Tag cloud block which will show all the tags you have.
  • Amazon Kindle block for inserting content from your favorite book reader.

Accessibility Improvements

The main WordPress goal is to allow everyone to express himself on the web and democratize the online presence world. With 5.2 release WordPress are improving several accessibility issues in the block editor:

  • The post URL slug will be easier to find due to the updated tags and help text.
  • Updated keyboard navigating by using landmarks will allow a more clearer styling focus.
  • Screen reader improved with new voice/speak messages in WordPress 5.2. The existing voice messages have also been upgraded and improved.
  • Gutenberg will work with reduced motion setting in your browser configuration.

Fatal Error Recovery Mode in 5.2

WordPress 5.2 will allow administrators to fix or mitigate fatal errors on their websites that were previously unresolved without developer intervention and modification of the code base.

Now, even if a fatal error will make the backend completely inaccessible, the administrator will still be able to log in and take action on the issue.

How to Create a WordPress Website With Elementor Plugin (Updated 2019)

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The procedure of customizing websites requires an understanding of different technological topics such as HTML, PHP, and CSS. Unfortunately, most people do not have these technical skills and thank goodness, there are other simpler ways of creating and customizing websites that do not require programming. You can create and customize sites with relative ease using content management systems such as WordPress and the Elementor plugin.

WordPress is a flexible content management system that powers about one-third of websites on the internet. Elementor is a page builder that provides an intuitive interface to create content within a WordPress site with an easy drag-and-drop interface. The combination of these two programs can help you create stunning websites in a jiffy.

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to create websites with WordPress and Elementor. Get ready to design your dream website today using these leading-edge technologies without any need to code, just an easy drag-and-drop site making.

Let’s start.

#1 Get a Hosting Account and Install WordPress

First things first, you need a domain name and a web hosting account to create your website. Your domain name is like a real-world business name which you register with a government agency. The web hosting account is comparable to renting an office from where you can do business. While the website design aspect is like putting all the furnishing in place to make your office look professional.

You can register your domain name and get a WordPress hosting easily by using the DreamHost WordPress hosting package. Click on the “Get Started” link on the and follow the instructions to create your account. Dreamhost gives you an option to register a new domain name or transfer an existing one to build your website.

Getting started with WordPress Hosting

Now you can log in to access your hosting dashboard after creating your DreamHost account. The hosting dashboard contains a variety of tools that you can use to manage your hosting account.

We recommend using the tool called One-Click WordPress Installer to do the initial WordPress installation. You can find this program in the lower part of the dashboard when you scroll down. Open the One-Click Installer menu, click on WordPress, select your domain name and install WordPress on your domain.

One click and you have WordPress!

DreamHost one click WordPress install

#2 Add Elementor to the New WordPress Site

By this time, you must have completed the WordPress installation and also have your password to the Admin section. Log in to your WordPress Admin backend and let’s install Elementor – hover your mouse on the Plugin section within the menu by the left and click on “Add New” within the flyout menu.

New WordPress site installing Elementor

On the new page that opens, type “Elementor” in the text box and press the enter key to search for the plugin. The result will show “Elementor Page Builder” among other results.

Ignore all the other result entries and click on the install tab beside the “Elementor Page Builder.” After installation is complete, the tab menu changes to activate, click on it to activate the plugin.

Now you have Elementor installed!

Install Elementor plugin on WordPress site

#3 Use Elementor to Create your First Page

Once the Elementor Page Builder has been activated, it is time to create your first web page. Navigate to the Pages section on the admin menu and click on “Add New” link.

Add new page to WordPress site

The first page you shall create will serve as the Home Page. Type “Home” in the Title section and click on the “Save Draft” button to save your work.

It is a good habit to save the incremental changes you made on your site. It helps you retain the changes you made if the browser crashes, or the system malfunctions when you are working.

Now, you have your new page created. Locate the “Edit with Elementor” button just below the Title bar to launch the Elementor Page Builder plugin.

Create new Elementor page on WordPress platform

#4 How to use the Elementor Templates to Create Your Homepage in WordPress

One of the easiest ways to get up and running with Elementor site builder is to use templates. It gives you access to many functions of the program rather than trying to figure them out on your own.

Click on the “Add Template” button which is a right part on the screen to open the Elementor Template Library.

Add template in Elementor site builder

The template library gives you access to numerous templates. Many of the templates are free while others are only available when you purchase the premium version of the Elementor Plugin. Browse for the layout of your choice and click on the “Insert” button.

#5 How to Change Your Elementor Template to Full-Width

Hover your mouse on the template and locate the sky-blue control panel above the template. You will notice some icons within the panel, these icons allow you to customize the template. When you click on the first icon, it changes the left panel view to enable you to customize the template.

The first option on the left panel is for toggling the width of the template layout between boxed design and full-width. Simply click on the switch button to toggle between the two options.

#6 How to Change the Text on the Home Page and Any Other Page

Now that you have set the width style of your home page, you can proceed to customize the content of the home page. Elementor gives you access to user-friendly tools to edit the content of the template.

To edit any element on the page, click on it and the left panel will present you with various options to customize the content.

You will be able to change the font type, size, color, and the way the heading elements appear on the page.

Edit content on Elementor page

#7 Change the Background Images

One of the core elements of a webpage is the background. Elementor allows you to change the background images to another one that aligns with the theme of your website. To change the background, navigate back to the template edit section and click on the “Style” tab.

Elementor change backgound click on style

All you need to do is to delete the current background image and choose another one to replace it.

Now, you newly create WordPress site have a new image, all thanks to the power of Elementor site builder.

Elementor change backgound update the image

Elementor provides you with many options for changing the background of the web page. You can use images, gradients, and videos from YouTube as your website background.

#8 How to change colors and fonts in Elementor site

The font and color elements allow you to align your web page with your brand features. You can customize these features by clicking on the element you want to change and selecting the “Style” tab from the left panel.

You can make changes by choosing another font type from the wide array of fonts in Elementor. You can either use the color picker to make adjustment to the font color or specify the color code if you know it.

Elementor change color and fonts click on style

An excellent design style is to maintain a consistent font appearance and color on your web page. Multiple color palettes can be distracting and serve as an annoying factor which can make your website visitor leave almost immediately. Choose site’s color wisely.

Click on the “Save” button to apply the changes to your site when you have finished.

Elementor save button

Click on the hamburger menu icon at the top left after Elementor has saved the changes you made.

After that, click on “Page Settings” from the list of menu that appears.

In the menu that will open, in the “Status” section, click on the select options and choose “Published.” This option will make the web page available for other people to see on your website.

After that, click on the “X” icon at the bottom left of the page to close the options. You are now reedy to view your first web page.

#9 Make the Page You Just Created the Home Page of Your Website

The home page of your website is the page that opens up when someone types your website address. We shall now set the page you just created as the home page for your website.

Navigate to the WordPress Admin menu, hover your mouse on “Settings,” and click on “Reading” from the flyout menu.

WordPress setting reading configuration

Scroll to the “Front page display” option and check the radio button beside the “A static page” option. This setting tells WordPress to display a specific page on the website rather than the latest blog posts.

Setting static homepage on WordPress

After the last step, a drop-down select menu with a list of pages appears just below the option. You can now select the “Home” page you just created.

The next step is to scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and click on the “Save Changes” button to apply the settings to your website.

WordPress static page save changes

After you have saved the settings, your website home page will change to the page you just created with Elementor.

10#Let’s Keep Creating the Rest of the Website

Of course, you would like to have other pages on your website besides the homepage. Some regular pages on most websites are the “About us” that tells the user what your site is all about, and the “Contact” page as well.

Hover the mouse on “Pages,” and click on “Add New,” then follow the steps outlined previously to create the new pages.

Other aspects of designing your WordPress website involves working with widgets. The Widgets settings are accessible from the Appearance > Widget menu option. The interface is intuitive; simply drag your preferred widgets to the appropriate positions and adjust the settings.

Most WordPress themes also come with “Theme Options” which you can fine-tune to align with your website needs. However, it is important to ensure that your choice of colors in the theme options aligns with the one you choose in Elementor. This will help create visual balance for your website.

Start Creating Websites Without Coding with Elementor

You can start creating website without writing a single code by combining the power of WordPress with the Elementor Page Builder plugin.

The program gives you a visual interface to bring your imagination to life and writes the codes for you behind the scene. These two powerful tools can help you create stunning websites and high-converting landing pages without learning HTML, PHP, or CSS.

So, start with a reliable hosting, install WordPress on it and use Elementor for easy drag-and-drop site building experience.

Do it. And for any questions during the process, don’t hesitate to leave us your comments. We will help you with creation your WordPress site with a breeze.

Dreamhost Review  Pros and Cons of Dreamhost Wordpress Web Hosting

DreamHost Review  2019: Pros, Cons & Comparisons of DreamHost WordPress Web Hosting

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DreamHost are perhaps one of the oldest hosting companies out there, who are had the time to master the art of providing top quality web hosting with plenty of perks, features and plans.

DreamHost started as a project of some enthusiastic undergraduates of Harvey Mudd College of Claremont, California in 1996. These students were Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez. One year later in 1997, The name DreamHost was conceived and registered and DreamHost came into being as an officially recognized hosting company.

Before long DreamHost was being counted as one of the renowned and reliable hosting companies of the USA. It garnered fame especially for being a cheap-and-powerful-hosting providing company.

Not many hosts offer a 100% uptime guarantee, but DreamHost do. This means they have a lot of pressure on their shoulders to provide that consistently to their users. The service provides shared hosting, VPS and dedicated plans that come with a 14 day free trial so you can explore what DreamHost have to offer before jumping straight in. Once you have accustomed yourself to the hosting dashboard you will find that there are plenty of unlimited features, and tools but they do lack a telephone number..

A 97 day money back guarantee will also provide you with a confidence boost in case you find that the service isn’t to your expectations.

Also, right now they have a promotion for 50$ discount! A great deal.

DreamHost Shared Website Hosting Provider

DreamHost is the only WordPress shared hosting provider I’ve seen to offer unlimited storage, domains, email and monthly data transfers even on its basic plans. This is a huge plus for more advanced website owners and helps get over the higher price on hosting.

Most other website hosting companies only provide some of these unlimited services on the higher-level packages and few offer unlimited domains or monthly data transfers at any price.

Once you sign up for a DreamHost hosting plan, the control panel is easy to use. There is no website builder which really wasn’t an issue for me since I have all my sites made in WordPress anyway.

DreamHost does offer a simple, one-click install for WordPress, making getting your site going fairly easy. Once in WordPress, you’ll simply install a theme and start working…or do what I do and just hire a cheap developer to get you started.

The hosting provider starts you off with some free WordPress themes and plugins as well as all the unlimited features mentioned above.

DreamHost customer service is managed through email, ticket-based support on the platform and through online chat. I have contacted them a couple of times and each time received great service which solved all the issues I had. I was able to get on chat support multiple times without waiting more than a minute. The DreamHost customer rep was knowledgeable and able to guide me through several questions.

I asked another blogger that uses DreamHost to share her experience with the webhost’s reliability. She uses uptimerobot.com to automatically monitor her site every five minutes. It basically pings your site to make sure it’s working right.

She reported only one instance where the site was down over the last three months and then only for eight minutes late at night. It’s right up there with the best site reliability I’ve seen in other website hosting reviews.

Check the 50$ discount promotion currently offered!

DreamHost VPS and Dedicated Hosting

DreamHost offers Linux-based virtual private server plans (VPS) for larger websites and businesses that need more security or higher traffic. The packages start at $15 per month with 1GB of RAM, which is pretty nice. Also, you do get unlimited email, storage and monthly data transfers and higher RAM is available for a little more per month.

Dedicated server plans start at $149 per month, a little more than other hosting providers but you get 1 TB of storage and unlimited data transfers. DreamHost doesn’t offer Windows-based dedicated servers which will be a non-issue for those familiar with Linux.

You get anti-spam software on DreamHost email but no malware protection. You will also need to set up your own SSL certificates for websites.

There are a few other security features you get with DreamHost but you will need some developer skills to manage them. It’s another reason why I only recommend DreamHost to more experienced website owners or those with help.

DreamHost Price Comparison

DreamHost doesn’t have a no-frills package for shared WordPress hosting with its cheapest plan starting at $10 per month (and that’s before the 50$ discount promotion!).

For that pricing DreamHost offers extra features like multiple WordPress sites and domains as well as much larger storage compared to other hosting providers. For those that will use the extra services, it’s a good deal.

This pretty affordable deal combined with 1-click WordPress install making it suitable for beginners as well.

What I Liked About DreamHost Website Hosting

DreamHost is a strong contender for experienced and amateur website owners that will be able to use its extra features on the hosting plans. Newbies will probably want to go with a more basic tier such as the one around $10 per month.

For those with larger websites or that don’t need a site-builder, you’ll like the quality you get from DreamHost’s managed hosting and some of the other features

DreamHost Cons

DreamHost is a hosting solution that will be exactly what is needed for many website owners, advanced and beginners alike. There are some great features in its hosting services that users of every expertise level could benefit from. DreamHost monthly price is fair compared to other shared hosting providers. Yet, there are still some cons that we must to point out:

  • There isn’t servers based on Windows
  • Chat and email support

But, the lacking of Windows servers are, in my opinion, an advantage. Linux based one are much reliable for web hosting.

As for phone support, I never needed it. The LiveChat support was ultra fast and helpful.

Oh, They’re Carbon Neutral (AKA Green)

Being a web host takes tons of resources. Just the amount of electricity it takes to run servers alone is tremendous.

That’s why DreamHost is committed to reducing their impact on the environment. One way that they do this is through the purchase of carbon offsets.

In fact, DreamHost has been a carbon neutral company since 2007. In just 10 years, the company has neutralized a whopping 29,298.1 tons of greenhouse gases.

That’s huge! If you’re proactive about reducing your carbon footprint, DreamHost is a great web hosting option to consider.

Let’s Summarize. What’s good about Dreamhost?

  • Great uptime (almost 99.9%).
  • Page loading times are 18% faster than competitors (~870ms).
  • High-quality, helpful, and fast customer support.
  • Generous 97-day money back guarantee (most web hosting companies willing to offer 30 days refund policy).
  • Bandwidth is truly unlimited.
  • They’re carbon neutral (AKA green).
  • A generous 2 weeks free trial during which the user can test and get used with the platform.

Try DreamHost for 97-days risk free! Click to get your website started today with 50$ discount.

Advantages of WordPress websites

5 Benefits and Advantages of WordPress Websites

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WordPress websites are becoming more popular because of certain benefits. In fact, more than 8 percent of the top websites on the Internet are run by WordPress and more than 30% of all the websites in the web. In this article we will try to outline some of the benefits. You may consider a WordPress website after going through them.

WordPress supported by community

WordPress is run by a community of developers and enthusiasts that support one another. These people are ready to help you out whenever you run into a hitch. There is virtually no problem you will run into that some members have not faced before. All you have to do is ask and solutions will be proffered.

Google recommends WordPress

There is no point building a website that people won’t visit. Every website should rank high and get a lot of traffic from Google and other search engines. Or don’t you want huge traffic on your website? So, it will interest you to know that Google recommends WordPress websites for higher ranking.

Besides, the content of WordPress websites are well structured and relatively easier for Google bots to crawl very quickly.

WordPress websites are easier to update

WordPress websites are easier to update
Every website needs to be updated and modified but it is not ideal for you to contact your website developer each time you want to update your website. This is why you need a WordPress website. It is very easy to update. In fact, if you can create a Microsoft Word document, you can easily publish articles to your WordPress website. Or don’t you want a website that you and all your employees can update easily?

Availability of numerous plugins ecosystem

WordPress has numerous plugins for all kinds of functionality. Instead of writing codes, you can just select and integrate appropriate plugins. So, you don’t have to be a programmer to put some complex functions on your WordPress website.

Huge themes availability yo customize your site

Since WordPress offers thousands of themes, you can easily build, redesign, and re-modify WordPress websites as often as you like.

In conclusion, there are many more advantages of WordPress apart from the ones outlined above. However, these few ones are enough to make you consider converting your website to a WordPress website.