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One OSTraining user asked us this week if it was possible to schedule a revision to go live in the future. This would be very helpful if you need to automatically update a Post on a future date.

This is possible in WordPress thanks to a plugin called "Revisionary". Revisionary is the plugin for managing WordPress revisions and this is one of it's most useful features.

  • Install Revisionary from WordPress.org.
  • Go to Settings > Revisionary.
  • On this screen, make sure that the “Scheduled Revisions” box is checked.

Now that's done, you're ready to create a scheduled revision. Please note that you can only do this with content that is marked as “Published” status. 

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WordPress 5.2 is out now and it brings several useful new features, both large and small.

One of the nice small improvements is the ability to disable unwanted blocks. By default, WordPress arrives with dozens of blocks and every time you install a plugin, there's a chance that the plugin will add many more. 

If your site ends up with hundreds of blocks, your writing interface will be slow and confusing. Here's a preview of all the block areas, even in a default WordPress site:

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WordPress has its own built-in search facility. This works fairly well, but it doesn’t let you make any changes to its standard settings.

If you want a search facility that searches only specific sections of your website or if you want to exclude some pages from the search you will need a plugin.

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There are a lot of ways to translate your WordPress site.

You can use an automatic translation widget such as Google Translate. You can use a fully-featured plugin such as WPML. You can use a professional translation service such as Acclaro.

However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a translation service as slick as Weglot.

Weglot is a WordPress plugin that connects to a SaaS service. It will translate your site automatically and then allow you to fix any mistakes in the text.

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Twitch is a very popular video-streaming service, with around millions of broadcasters and 100s of million of viewers each month.

Twitch is known for live streams of video games, but it has branched out into other topics too. Look around Twitch and you’ll also find music videos and people live-streaming their lives.

With the EmbedPress plugin, you can add Twitch.tv both streams and chats to WordPress, using just an URL.

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Wistia is a very cool video marketing service. It has a lot of features designed to make it easy to use videos in your marketing.

With the EmbedPress plugin, you can add Wistia video embeds to WordPress, using just a URL.

Wistia embeds are possible in WordPress, but they’re not easy to use via normal methods. With EmbedPress, you don’t have to mess around with embed code. All you need is the Wistia video URL.

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Over the last few weeks, I've been using (and enjoying) Gutenberg more and more.

I've learned to work around its eccentricities and in many way it has made my blogging faster and easier. The Reusable blocks feature has been particularly useful. I'm able to create an image with a caption, or a list of useful links, and quickly drop it into any post.

A new version of Gutenberg is about the make Reusable blocks even better: Gutenberg 5.5 introduces a "Group" block:

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WordPress is a great platform and has surprisingly flexible permissions. However, by default, the permissions system keeps to the WordPress philosophy of "Decisions, not options". This means that there are 5 user roles by default: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber. But you're not able to edit these roles without installing a plugin.

In this guide, I'll introduce 5 of the best plugins for customizing the permissions on your WordPress site. These plugins will allow you to customize the 5 default roles, and also create your own rules and permissions.

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The server's folder and file permissions help with site security. If the permissions are too loose, they can be exploited by hackers. However, if the permissions are too strict, they can prevent legitimate admin actions, like installing themes.

This tutorial will show you a quick and easy way to fix folder and file permissions.

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Google Docs is a very popular service that is part of Google's Drive package.

Using Google Docs, you can edit and share your documents in real-time. There's no need to share endless files back-and-forth.

It is possible to embed Google Docs in WordPress. All you need is the Google Docs URL and a plugin called EmbedPress.

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If you are in charge of a WordPress multisite network, it can be very useful standardize your setup across all your sites.

However, WordPress doesn't have an easy way to standardize the permissions on multisites.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to control permissions and user roles across your network.

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One of our members was wanting an efficient way to track which content needs review, so we created this tutorial for him.

WordPress has really useful features for content creation and maintenance. One of those features is the core "Pending Review" feature. "Pending Review" is one of two default statuses in WordPress, in addition to "Draft". Click here to see the difference between Pending Review and Draft.

We'll also show you how to use a really powerful plugin called PublishPress.

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WordPress allows you to create custom layouts for all of your pages. These custom layouts are called templates.

For example, if you have a web design blog, you can create a custom template that will put the PHP logo on every page about PHP.

Some themes come with many templates already created, but creating your own is a very simple process. 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a WordPress template that adds a PHP logo to all of your site PHP pages.

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The Gutenberg editor has revolutionized how we write in WordPress.

Gutenberg didn't only change how we write posts, but it also exposed many more WordPress features. In the old, "Classic" editor, you had a formatting toolbar that looked like Microsoft Word. In Gutenberg, you have the formatting options, but also easy access to extra features. Two of those new features are Widgets and Embeds. These are WordPress features that were previously very difficult to access when writing posts.

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I use Google Maps almost every time I leave the house. And, I'm definitely not alone. According to some calculations, Google Maps is the world's most popular phone app in the world.

It's not just apps: millions of websites use Google Maps to show location information.

If you use WordPress, there's now a really easy to add Google Maps to your sites. With the EmbedPress plugin, you can add Google Maps using just a URL. You don't need to be messing around with embed codes that break easily

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WooCommerce Explained is the best-selling book on WooCommerce. 

In this exclusive tutorial, taken from WooCommerce Explained, we're going to show you how to manage taxes for your WooCommerce store.

We're going to try to explain WooCommerce taxes in plain English, but there's no getting around the fact that taxes can be a headache.

So, sit down in a comfortable chair and make yourself a strong cup of coffee. Let's explore how taxes work in WooCommerce.

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One of Gutenberg's most useful features is the ability to reuse blocks. You can turn any block into a reusable block, speeding up your workflow and helping to maintain your website’s look and feel.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to reuse WordPress Gutenberg blocks, and we also have a free video guide for you.

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If you're writing a lot of content on your WordPress site, you will need an easy way to plan your posts.

An Editorial Calendar provides a single screen where you can see all the content you're going to publish. Ideally, the Editorial Calendar will help keep you organized in a busy schedule. 

Think of an Editorial Calendar as a timetable for your content.

If you're a WordPress user, there are several Editorial Calendars that integrate directly into WordPress. These calendars will show your planned WordPress posts and allow you to schedule new content.

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Does it matter how many words you write in each blog post?

Yes, for many people, it does.

Some writers set themselves a target number of words per day, as a good habit. Whether your target is 500, 1000, 2000 or even more words, a lot of writers love the discipline of hitting a daily target.

Some other writers are aiming for a specific word count simply for marketing purposes. It's generally thought that Google gives a higher rank to longer posts, so long as they're interesting. So many SEO experts recommend you write posts between 2000 and 2500 words.

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By default, WordPress is very, very careful about who can delete files in your site's Media Library.

Only users in the "Administrator" role are able to delete images and files in your Media Library. Anyone who is in the Subscriber, Contributor, Author and Editor roles is not allowed to delete images.

However, on some sites you may want to allow other users to clean your Media Library. Perhaps you have private files, or just have a cluttered Media Library with too many files.

The solution to deleting files is to install the Capability Manager Enhanced plugin.

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WordPress has one of the most powerful revision systems available on any blogging platform.

When you start writing in WordPress, your changes will be automatically and safely saved. And, if you want to compare your current version of a post to an old version, WordPress gives you an easy side-by-side comparison. In the image below, the old content is marked in red and the new content is in green.

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Websites are never too far from problems. If you run a WordPress website, you will need to spot and fix problems.

WordPress works on PHP. When PHP runs into issues, it reports them to you. This may be helpful to you as the website owner, but these same errors may also be seen by your site visitors.

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Having your website hacked can be very stressful but here are some guidelines on how to fix a hacked site with help from the Wordfence plugin.

Often the first sign that your site has been hacked is an email from your hosting company or Google. Hacks are often ‘invisible’ to most users as they insert hidden links into the content of the site.

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It's amazing how much has been written about the new Gutenberg editor for WordPress.

But many people haven't really started to the use Gutenberg in the daily publishing workflow. As a result, Gutenberg is still full of semi-secret features.

One such feature is the "Pre-Publish Checks" screen in Gutenberg. When you click "Publish" on a post, you'll now see the sidebar shown below. WordPress asks "Are you ready to publish?" and encourages you to double-check your settings:

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Moving your WordPress website over to https has never been more important. If you don't, major search engines will penalize your site with a lower ranking.

In this blog post, you will look at why https is so important and at what you need to do to move your WordPress site to https.

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This week I was upgrading a WordPress site. It had a partial blank page in the admin. It wasn't a full White Screen of Death, but there was clearly a bug that needed fixing.

This tutorial will help you to debug issues like this. I'm going to show you how to use WordPress' debugger to find the cause of this issue.

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WordPress’s new editor Gutenberg provides new flexibility and opportunities for creativity in itself, but there are now plugins available to help improve its performance even more.

The one area where Gutenberg can be frustrating is the columns block. The settings are limited and it can be difficult to get just right. Now there are a few plugins that provide the functionality that has been missing, such as:

  • Variable column widths
  • Padding and margin settings
  • Styling for individual columns.

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So you're excited about using WordPress’s new Gutenberg editor.

Gutenberg is a great tool that offers flexibility and easy creative options. But what happens to all the posts and pages you have already created on your WordPress sites? Will your content look the same after you enable Gutenberg? And how easy is it to take advantage of all the new features?

I'll answer those questions in this blog post.

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Since 2011, almost every year, the WordPress team have released a new theme.

However, the team didn't release a theme for 2018 because there were no major WordPress releases.

This year, we're back on track and there's a new default theme, called "Twenty Nineteen". This new theme is needed to take full advantage of this flexibility offered by Gutenberg.

Twenty Nineteen offers significant creative freedom. However, it’s almost a blank slate to begin with, and that can be a little daunting.

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Text and image blocks may be the most frequently used blocks in Gutenberg, but there are many others that come standard with WordPress new editor.

Previously you would have had to install a plugin or use HTML to get the same results. Let me show you some of the really cool and useful new features in Gutenberg.

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