When it comes to video splash screens, you should always customize and pick something easily recognizable.
What is LastPass and why you should use it
As they say, the only secure password is the one you can't remember. This is the idea that keeps password managers like LastPass going. With LastPass, you only need a one super-strong master password (there goes the name—"the last pass you'll ever need"), which can be a line from your favourite song translated to a different language you speak, a quote from a movie, or any other phrase that is not too easy to hack.
Once you've entered the master password, LastPass will let you access your credentials for every other account saved in LastPass (Facebook and Twitter logins, e-mail, etc.) or do the autologin (If you activated it. Don't do it.). This way, you can use strong generated passwords for your accounts, without having to remember them or writing them down.
The great thing about LastPass is that it stores your data encrypted online and the data is only decrypted locally in your browser with your key, which even LastPass itself does not have. This way, LastPass users are protected from hacker attacks like the ones that happened to Adobe or Apple users.
Medium's non-existent login
Let's start with Medium Login. What user hating, social media centric tool ever dreamed up temporary sign in via email? If you want to log in to Medium via your email, you can't do it with email and password. You have to send a new email to yourself (which takes somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes to arrive) and click on the link within 15 minutes.
Last week, Alec was interviewed by John Overall about WordPress, running a WordPress business and our products—FV Player and BusinessPress.
The podcasts are slowly but steadily winning over the global audience. According to a research conducted in 2017, 67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly (14% up in just one year) and spend on average about 5 hours per week listening to podcasts. Impressive, right? With our love for multitasking, no wonder podcasts are getting so popular: listening to a podcast can make the time spent cleaning your apartment or commuting much more worthwhile.
The statistics say that most of the podcast listeners are young, educated, affluent active social media users - basically a portrait of a WordPress developer or a digital business owner, which explains the fact that there is such a great variety of WordPress podcasts to choose from.
2017 was a great deal for us in Foliovision! We've worked a lot on polishing our products and services as well as on getting more visibility on the market.
This year, we had our first Black Friday sale and got listed in about 20 different Black Friday sales roundups, yay! It was a great experience, but we still have so much to learn. Many thanks to all of you who decided to partner up with us, especially to MasterWP, WP Mayor, Winwar.uk, WPulsar, WP Newsify, PressAvenue, you guys rock!
But the most important thing for us, of course, is that our beloved child, FV Player, grew so much in the past year! We welcome so many new pro users of FV Player Pro in addition to the 30,000 active sites using the free player. We've received 15 new reviews of our player on WordPress.org, and all of them were 5-stars!
The FV Player got lots of new tweaks and features and became the most feature-rich video plugin for WordPress on the market. Here is how it happened:
We are big users of WP Rocket (licensed through 2020). WP Rocket works great on our clients' normal busy sites (up to 5 million visitors/month). We run one very high traffic network with up to 40 million visitors in one week or even a million visitors/hour.
On this site, WP Rocket fails miserably. When new articles are posted WP Rocket purges the cache of too many different pages:
- all the category archives to which the page belongs
- related date archives
- even the previous post and previous post in the same category (this is to keep the prev/next links on the posts working, if the post is updated it clears the next post too)
- and of course the homepage
And all of the above happens if a post is added, updated or a comment is posted. So when you have people writing new comments every second you end up with a lot of cache purges on the pages where the information about new comment is not so important - new comments should only purge that post cache and nothing else.
I recently received an email about our FV Player Pro plugin licensing and pricing. filmmaker Paul Moon's questions were good ones. Here are my answers.
Thanks for your email and your questions. I'm delighted to answer your questions.
I am very bothered by what appears to be a surprise limitation on my purchase: https://prnt.sc/gerwa6. That is a screenshot of my license upon purchasing FV Player Pro. THERE IS NO PLACE ON YOUR WEBSITE CLARIFYING A LIMITATION ON MY LICENSE. For you to add this only after I paid, is unacceptable. I'd like to understand what happened. A product is completely worthless when it expires after 1 year.
Your license never expires. You can continue to use the last version indefinitely forever. The main sales page clearly states: "All updates and support free for 1 year."
As much as we love to stay updated on what's hot in the WordPress world, newsletters can be tricky. By signing up for a newsletter, you risk being spammed with commercial content or simply having your inbox cluttered with the information you don't need. Sometimes, there is a way to check what you sign up for by reading the previous issues online, but in most cases there is no way to know what you get until you press subscribe.
So how do you know which WordPress newsletters are worth subscribing to? To answer this question, we've subscribed to almost all WordPress newsletters that we could find and got our inboxes full of them for a few weeks so that you don't have to do the same. (Unless you want to!) We've carefully reviewed them and put together the ultimate list of top six best WordPress newsletters, all extremely helpful and free of charge.
When Foliovision first got acquainted with Richard Silver back in 2013, we knew we were at the start of a very fruitful relationship. Richard was already a big star on the Toronto real estate scene, being a real estate agent for the past 35 years and an ex-TREB president. He came to Foliovision with his Richardsilver.com site, which was badly hurt by Google Penalty at the time and found itself at the bottom of Google search results.
Together we built Torontoism.com and produced hundreds of articles during the past four years. Torontoism grew, and today it is a team of five real estate agents supported by two customer relationship gurus, catering to both Torontonians and international buyers and sellers. Here is Richard's and Torontoism's success story.
The award-winning lifestyle magazine Desiblitz.com were happy JW Player 5 and 6 customers. Desiblitz was using JW Player to embed their Youtube videos on their website. When JW Player 7 introduced a much more complicated interface and removed non-JW Player hosted options, Desiblitz.com started to look for a faster, simpler and more straightforward alternative. Desiblitz found FV Player, which allows publishers to combine free video hosting from YouTube with inexpensive hosting from Vimeo Pro or Amazon S3 and/or high security hosting with Cloudfront, KeyCDN, Stackpath CDN.
What Desi Means and What Desiblitz Does
Since there wasn't a real news platform focusing on British Asian and Desilifestyle, the team behind Desiblitz decided to create an online magazine with high-quality content specifically tending to British Asian society and the South Asian demographic globally.
"The term 'Desi' refers to a connection with the roots from your 'desh' or 'des' motherland,'' explains Indi Deol, managing director of the magazine. In this case the motherland is primarily India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka and 'Desi' is a collective term which classifies culture and people from these countries.
"The ethos was and is to develop the skills of young British Asians in digital media - especially online writing, video production, presenting and photography," says Indi. "Primarily helping those with very little skills or work experience, fresh graduates with little employment prospects and disadvantaged young people."
Foliovision had the opportunity to work with the best magazine for screenwriters, CreativeScreenWriting.com. They are using FV Player in their video store section to stream their video tutorials to members.
Screen writing is a form of art. It's not easy transforming stories into a video format. How many times have you watched a movie and you liked the idea behind it, but the writing was so bad you had to give it up? It proves the fact that good screenwriters are as important as good actors and directors.
CreativeScreenWriting.com went live in 1994. During the 90s, it was a printed magazine, publishing about 25,000 copies six times a year. Now it's only available online, catering for screenwriters and anyone interested in screenwriting. We talked to John Davis, the magazine's editor, about the site:
In both Hollywood and the industry that covers it, there has always been a focus on directors and actors. But screenwriters are every bit as important!
Paul Goodchild over in Belfast is an interesting chap who's done some great work in security and in WordPress site management. We're ManageWP customers and huge ManageWP fans (great new interface), due to the great development and enthusiastic support team. But if we were to look for an alternative, iControlWP would be at the top of the list. iControlWP's existence probably pushed ManageWP to accelerate their improvements and simplify their pricing. We did consider switching both before the release of Orion (older ManageWP wasn't nearly as pretty or reliable as the current Orion version: if you haven't had a look for awhile, you should give ManageWP another chance) and then briefly again at the time of the ManageWP GoDaddy acquisition as our clients had nothing but grief with GoDaddy hosting over the years. Fortunately ManageWP seems to run just as well as it did before the acquisition and the same people are in place. We in fact upgraded to the top package with built-in SEO and site performance reports for clients.
Some of the FV Player users recently experienced issues with the last version - their videos were not playing. The reason was that there were bigger changes in our code and their websites used poorly configured CDN.
While CDN speeds up your site you must understand how it works to avoid issues and too much optimization which you don't understand. Just make sure that you don't remove query string versions - read on!
We had a great time at WCEU 2017 in Paris last week! We learned so much from the people we've met, especially at the Contribution Day which was a big success, and then attended great talks by WordPress experts and just enjoyed the amazing atmosphere at Les Docks Paris. If you were one of the volunteers, thank you for a job well done!
Ever had your Featured Image Admin Option go missing in WordPress? This very useful cute little box:
The Featured Images check box is not in Screen Options either:
One of our clients is deciding on whether he should renew Yoast SEO or move to our free FV Simpler SEO. Tommie asked me some good questions about the differences.
Our SEO workflow in Yoast is mostly to help writers. It tells gives Harriet and other writers suggestions and warnings on optimising the permalink, meta description, heading, etc. based on the keyword target/s. Is that what yours does too?
The legendary storyteller Richard Stone of StoryWork approached us recently to help him integrate LearnDash LMS (Learning Management System) with FV Player Pro and Vimeo for his LivingStoriesTraining.net project focused on the healing journey. Many modern themes particularly from Envato come with a bundled page builder which doesn't respect core WordPress editor features. Often those themes even try to force their own buggy or not particularly capable video player on the user.
Many of our clients don't like the paged comments feature of WordPress as they like to have all the keywords occurring in the comments present on our article page and not spread across multiple pages. Keeping thousands of fresh comments on the page with every possible combination of keywords helps them rank at the top of Google for very competitive product categories.
Our front-end comment moderation plugin Thoughtful Comments includes comment caching feature, this article describes why that is important even if you are caching your site HTML: Improve your WordPress speed by Caching Comments.
However the downside is that it doesn't work for administrators and that the cache has to be purged and rebuilt when comments are added or removed. It's also usually slows down logged in users as we move more and more of our clients over to a membership or at least logged in user model.