On May 25th, 2018 the GDPR comes into force and we have been getting a lot of queries from our members regarding the same. To make things easier for our members we are developing a GDPR plugin for WordPress sites. A centralized place for site users to view, edit and understand how their submitted data is processed by the site owners. Here is the preview and with your feedback, we will improve as we move towards stable release.
DW GDPR compliance plugin
1. What is GDPR?
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, read more about it on the official site. In short with GDPR compliance a user should be asked for consent before taking his or her personal data, view / edit his submitted data and on part of the site owner (controller/processor) need to make sure they protect the user data and if breached inform the affected users timely as well as concerned authorities. That’s the gist of it. If you handle EU customers even if your business is not based in EU, this directive applies to you too.
2. What GDPR compliance requires?
Access to information
Users should be able to view the information collected or submitted by them on your site.
Edit/port their data
Give options to users to modify or remove their submitted personal information.
3. DW GDPR Plugin:
To keep it simple, we are developing it on a core and add-ons principle. The core takes care of WordPress GDPR compliance and with the plugins, users can extend GDPR compliance for 3rd part plugins.
DW GDPR Plugin Core Component main features:
A. WordPress Core –
list user account / profile details : Name, username, password, email.
Allow the user to edit/update info (name, password, email and even usernames)
Allow the user to delete the account.
B. Custom Section –
Email action for admin to manual update / remove information collected from users but not stored on site.
Download all the data info of user.
WordPress Comment Privacy.
DW GDPR Compatible :
The below is the indicative list, the plugins that the DW GDPR will integration.
I know, I know, we just released the buy/updated version 1.1.1 of DW Question and Answer plugin and now a new version is out? It’s a bit crazy, isn’t it ?
But since it’s a big feature to add, we cannot wait but to release a new version for the plugin, so here we go: DW Question and Answer plugin Pro version 1.1.1 with:
Add option approve answer
The name speaks for itself meaning! Now admin can take the control over their own the Answers from the users by having an option to enable/disable this option directly on the back-end.
Show anonymous email
In this point, the plugin has supported to help you find the email, Name of user anonymous. We have created a page named “Anonymous Listing” under the settings tabs of the plugin.
Option to show/hide author, date for widgets
If you want to hide/show author or date under the title of the question in the widgets, you can check or uncheck the checkbox in the setting of the widget. It’s very simple.
Submit question form for each category
We have provided a shortcode to help you insert the submit form to anywhere that you want with exactly a category. If you want to show the submit form, you can use the following shortcode: [Submit categories form]
NOTE*: Change the catslug With your categories slug that you want.
Other updates and bug fixes
– Fix: Widget translate
– Fix: Permission settings
– Fix: Notification email
– Fix: integrate Buddypress (post not found!)
– Fix: Slug of Q&A tab in BuddyPress
Let’s welcome the latest update of our all-time favorite WordPress plugin DW Question & Answer version 1.4.6.
To admit it, it’s been awhile we have not made any major updates to the plugin DW Q&A, nonetheless, we always provide active support for bug fixes on our Forum page. For the upcoming time we plan to upgrade and enhance our DW Q&A plugin with a bunch of great features enabling DW Q&A plugin to be more flexible.
For this update v1.4.6, DW Q&A is fully compatible with the latest WordPress 4.8 and packaged with various bug fixes and useful improvements as well. Notes below will give you a quick walkthrough of these changes:
1. DW Q&A is fully compatible with the latest WordPress 4.8
On September 19, WordPress 4.8.2 was released to the world — this was a security release that fixed nine issues in WordPress Core, making the platform more stable and secure for everyone. We adopt this new code practice into this update, and also implement some minor tweaks in theme structures to allow easy integration between third-party themes and DW Question & Answer plugin.
2. Allows anonymous users to vote Question & Answer
We have made an option to help you set from the Dashboard to allow Anonymous users can upvote/down vote with the questions & answers.
3. Integrate with BuddyPress plugin
In the previous version, you need to add much code to customize the plugin compatible with the BuddyPress. From now, just need install the Q&A plugin and BuddyPress plugin, you won’t need to do what anything. The Q&A will auto integration with the BuddyPress.
Also, you can get notification of the Q&A from the profile.
4. Update languages RU, IT
We greatly appreciate contributions from you and the community. In this update, we greatly appreciate contribution from the users for language file. DW Question & Answer has been translated into 20 different languages over the world. If you wish to help us add more languages, you can submit your translation files via Github. Just take a look at the guideline here and submit your language files to Github.
5. Add Setting Days to auto close the questions
If you want to auto-closure the question after one day, two days or then more. With the 1.4.6 you can do that very simple with some small setting.
6. Fixed the email notification
We have fixed this issue in the latest version 1.4.6, All the author, admin can get the email notification in this version.
7. [ Upcoming Features ] Additional Extensions for DW Q&A
As mentioned before we plan to release new features for DW QA plugin in 2017. While we continue to improve the core plugin, a few new features will be added in the form of additional extensions. Here are cool add-ons you can expect to see in upcoming versions of the DWQA plugin:
User’s following question page: List all questions that user follow; all tags or categories that user can follow or unfollow.
BuddyPress answer tab: List all questions that user answered in the profile.
Compatible with Userpro plugin
What do you expect to see in the upcoming versions of the DW Question & Answer plugin? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comment below or our DesignWall Email
When creating a new website, most of us want to entice as many new visitors as possible. There are various ways of building a following, such as social media and email campaigns, but something that shouldn’t be ignored is making sure your site is SEO friendly.
To start with, in case you have no coding experience, you may want to consider using an online website building platform to optimize your website. Whether if it’s a blog, small business or e-commerce site, you can create a website from start to finish in no time with a solid online presence to get your site rolling. If you’re using website building tools, better choose a platform that also provides SEO services such as GoDaddy.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. Whenever you use a search engine such as Google or Bing, you are presented with a list of sites and pages that are relevant to the word or sentence you have requested. The better the SEO, the higher up the list that site is presented. This is done using various methods and techniques that allow Google (and other search engines) to ‘crawl’ your site and pick out the relevant information residing within.
Having a stunning looking website bristling with interesting content is only great if people can find it. Here we outline some tips that will help improve your SEO, and hopefully boost you further up those Google rankings.
Your Url Should Be Expressive but Simple
Yes, that’s right, even your URL affects your SEO. When naming your pages, make sure they are simple and expressive. An example of a good web page URL would be (www.amazingdogleads.com/metal-leads). A bad example would be (www.amazingdogleads.com/leadpage12red). The first example is easy for a search engine to categorize, where as the second is much more difficult. A google rule of thumb when naming your pages is to ask yourself whether someone who has never seen that particular web page could guess what is on it. If they can, Google probably can too.
Keywords Shouldn’t Only Be Present in Your Copy
Many people believe throwing keywords within the copy is enough to increase your SEO. While it may increase, adding keywords to other area’s of your site can increase it even further. Your keywords can be added to metadata fields, H1 tags, image titles, folder names, and bullet points. Adding your keywords to any of these fields can aid search engines in finding data that might otherwise have not been noticed. Images are particularly easy to optimise, so no more 12.jpg file names. Instead, chocolate-teapot.jpg will enable Google to list that web page as somewhere chocolate teapot enthusiasts might want to check out, and in turn list your page when ‘chocolate teapot’ is requested in a search.
Good Hosting Enables Good SEO
Having a site that runs slowly is not just annoying for your visitors, it can also limit the viewability for search engine crawlers that scour the web, indexing the sites it finds. If you have a site that loads slowly, these crawlers can ignore the content within. Make sure your site is fast to load, and response times are ‘snappy’. This is good practice all around, as a slow website simply doesn’t work in today’s world. If your site is loading slowly, and you have done everything you can to improve speeds, you may want to host your site elsewhere. Something else to bear in mind is that there are companies that provide hosting and web building tools in one package such as hostinger, sitebuilder, bluehost that would help you in keeping things as simple as possible and having all your needs met under one roof.
Make Sure You Keep Refreshing Content
Search engines like to know that the website they are promoting is still relevant. A website that hasn’t been updated for over a year is likely to slip down rankings quicker than one that is constantly being edited and added to. Keeping things fresh is good practice two-fold, as it entices new viewers as well as search engine crawlers. Both of which, should be highly welcomed on a site that wishes to stay ahead of the game.
Another thing search engines love, is social media. Get your social media links added to your website immediately, with icons and buttons that allow your viewers to flow seamlessly between your website and Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and alike. The more links to your website the busier it becomes, and the busier it becomes, the higher it climbs in rankings.
Be Original, Don’t Duplicate
As tempting as it might be, try not to duplicate content from other sources. Keep your content original, and avoid ‘copy and pasting’ large volumes of text from elsewhere. You may be able to fool the average user, but you can’t fool the search engine bots. While you might need to quote text from time to time, just be aware that quoting is OK, copying is not. If you find some copy elsewhere on the web that is ‘just perfect for your site’, change the wording up a bit. Re-write it in your own voice. Not only is it better for SEO, it is also more interesting for your visitors.
Size, to a Degree, Matters
While you don’t have to write an entire book on your site, make sure you have enough copy to look and feel worthwhile. Anything above 300 words is fine, but having only two sentence paragraphs on a page can cause issues when it comes to SEO. Flesh out your writing a bit, and you should reap the rewards.
Links, Links and More Links
Do you have a sister site to the one you are building? Do you have compatriots that aren’t rivals, but your visitors may be interested in? Or perhaps a website that you feel might be of interest to your viewers? Link to them. These links build a web within themselves that shows your website has a web presence. Link to other sites, and get them to link to you. Linking is good for everyone involved. Taking advice from the experts is also something you should be doing. There are plenty of websites discussing SEO-friendly website builders, that give you an easy to determine score in regards to how good they are at boosting your search engine optimization.
Building a great website can be tricky, but sticking to these sorts of simple rules will help make your website flourish. Over time you should start to see the rewards, but it is always worth remembering, optimising your site for search engines is an ongoing battle. Build these techniques into your workflow, and it should start to feel like second nature. You will find that the gains far outweigh the initial effort. Get optimising!
WordPress plugins are mostly useful. They come with functions and features that enhance the WordPress platform. They make it easier to publish content and create a more attractive and engaging blog or website. However, not all of them can be helpful. There are those you may just have to avoid. The following are some of them.
Various “Related Posts” Plugins
Related Post plugins are those created to display similar, featured, or popular posts on the sidebar or at the bottom end of a post. They are usually used to keep visitors on the site or blog as they display related content visitors might be interested in. They appear as post snippets with thumbnails, thumbnails with titles, or simply post titles. Their appearance, in a way, can enhance the design or overall look of a blog. It’s not their appearance, though, that poses a problem. It’s what happens behind the scenes, as the plugin indexes and sorts posts. A number of related post plugins are recommended to be avoided especially for those who are on shared hosting.
There are several plugins that have already been blacklisted by major web hosts. These include Contextual Related Posts, Similar Posts, WordPress Popular Posts, Yet Another Related Posts Plugin, and Yet Another Featured Posts Plugin. These plugins have been blacklisted for being intolerably resource-intensive. Also, some of them are already deemed obsolete.
If you are looking for a good plugin that does something similar to what the aforementioned plugins do, try Contextly and LinkWithin. You can also try Outbrain, which is something many major reputable sites are using.
Various Backup Plugins
It is extremely important to have backup for your WordPress blog or site. However, nowadays, many WordPress hosting packages already come with backup functions. Many of them perform daily backups. If you want to double your data security, you can use safe options like BackupBuddy and VaultPress. Don’t waste your time installing the following: The Codetree Backup, EZPZ One Click Backup, WPOnlineBackup, WP DB Backup, BackupWordPress, Updraft, and Versionpress. They have already been blacklisted by major web hosting service providers not necessarily because they are proven harmful (although some are regarded as potentially harmful). It’s because they perform a duplicate, unnecessary function.
Various Stats Plugins
WordPress plugins that record and process statistics are resource-intensive. If you get one, you need to make sure it is efficient and is not going to consume a lot of your limited server resources. You can just rely on Jetpack or Google Analytics to be safe. Avoid using these blacklisted statistics plugins: JR Referrer, WP Slimstat, Statpress, and WP Postviews. They have already been banned by a few major web hosting companies for being resource-intensive.
Various Caching Plugins
If you got a managed WordPress hosting plan, there should be no more reason to get a website caching plugin like WP Cache, WP File Cache, WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, or Wordfence. These plugins are just going to provide duplicate functionality. Caching is already expected to be the function of the web host. Installing these plugins may only create conflicts or serious problems with the caching system employed by the web host. If your web host does not provide caching functions, perhaps it should be a new web host you should be looking for, not plugins.
Various SEO Plugins
If you have been a WordPress blogger or website owner for a long time, you likely have encountered the Yoast SEO plugin. It’s a great SEO plugin used by many WordPress sites and blogs. There should be no more need for the following resource-intensive plugins: Fuzzy SEO Booster, Broken Link Checker, and Google Sitemap Generator. There are several other SEO plugins worth listing here. Basically, if you already have Yoast, consider your SEO needs adequately covered (as far as WordPress is concerned).
Other WordPress plugins you may want to avoid are database management plugins such as Adminer and Portable PHPMyAdmin. You also don’t need WordPress GZIP Compression, WP-PHPMyAdmin, and WP DBManager for database management. The functions they serve are already addressed by most web hosts. Also, consider ditching or veering away from plugins known to have security issues. These include WP Copysafe PDF, Toolspack, WordPress Beta Tester, and WP Mailinglist. If you want to ensure a fast and secure WordPress business website, you should stay away from these plugins.
If you are looking for a plugin for image optimization, avoid Ewww Image Optimizer. It sucks up a lot of resources without offering anything spectacular. If you really like this plugin, just use its cloud version. There’s no need to install it on your WordPress.
Moreover, don’t be misled into believing that a plugin’s age is a cue for its being a good plugin to use. Hello Dolly or Hello.php, for example, is one of the oldest WordPress plugins around. However, it has already ceased to be useful. It has already been blacklisted by WPEngine for being nonfunctional. It no longer has any practical purpose for modern blogs and sites.
Plugins can enhance your WordPress blog. Just make sure you are choosing the right plugins to install. There may be quite a number of to-be-avoided plugins listed here but realize that these don’t mean that WordPress is littered by multitudes of unnecessary and unwanted plugins. Only a very small fraction of WordPress plugins can be considered unnecessary, harmful, and defective. There are still thousands of plugins to choose from.