Pagelayer 0.9.8 Released

The Pagelayer team has released version 0.9.8.
This version has many UI and UX improvements for the Pagelayer Editor.
The following is a list of changes :

  • [Task] In the editor, improved the widget border colors for better user experience
  • [Task] Improved the right click options UI and added icons
  • [Task] The widget left bar has been improved
  • [Task] Improved the search box UI in the left bar
  • [Task] The widget properties UI has been improved
  • [Task] The editor bottom bar UI has been improved
  • [Bug Fix] Testimonial widget was not working. This is fixed.

The Pagelayer team will be launching many more changes in the upcoming version they have thanked the WordPress community as they have reached 80000+ users.

The following is a screenshot of the new 0.9.8 :

The New UI in 0.9.8

About Pagelayer
PageLayer is a WordPress page builder plugin. Its very easy to use and very light on the browser. Pagelayer works with any WordPress theme. Pagelayer is a real time editor and you can create beautiful web pages in a few minutes !

Pagelayer reaches 80000+ Active WordPress Users

Pagelayer, the new and website builder software has now achieved a new milestone of 80000+ active wordpress installs :
https://wordpress.org/plugins/pagelayer/advanced/

Pagelayer has been growing steadily and new features are being introduced really fast. Pagelayer has managed to jump from 70K installs to 80K installs in just a weeks time. Pagelayer is being used by many theme developers who are offering their themes on PopularFX and wordpress.org sites.

About Pagelayer
PageLayer is a WordPress page builder plugin. Its very easy to use and very light on the browser. Pagelayer works with any WordPress theme. Pagelayer is a real time editor and you can create beautiful web pages in a few minutes !

WordPress 5.2 Features And Bug Fixes

WordPress version 5.2 named as “Jaco” was officially released on 7th May 2019 available to download.

This version comes with lots of features such as site health check, new dashboard icons, several bug fixes and various accessibility updates.

Features included in WordPress 5.2 are listed below:

  1. Site Health Check
  2. PHP Error Protection
  3. New Emojis and Dash icons
  4. Updates For Developers

Site Health Check

Site Health Feature was introduced in WordPress version 5.1. WordPress 5.2 release includes two pages that help to debug configuration issues. It also adds space which includes debugging information for site maintainers.

PHP Error Protection

This feature will let you fix or manage fatal errors without requiring developers time. Most of the WordPress fatal errors stop users from accessing the wp-admin dashboard.

Users are then required to undo all the changes made to sites with the help of developers or FTP client.

WordPress 5.2 provides the recovery mode for administrator users in which whenever fatal error occurs you will see a message: ‘This site is experiencing technical difficulties ‘.

WordPress then send an email to the WordPress email address which includes login link. Using that link user can log into the admin dashboard. After that you can undo changes that triggered fatal error.

New Emojis and Dashicons

WordPress 5.2 has 13 new icons, including Instagram, a suite of icons for BuddyPress, and rotated Earth icons for global inclusion.

WordPress 5.2 includes following improvements for developers

Updates For Developers

Block Editor Improvements

In WordPress 5.0 the block editor( Gutenberg ) was introduced. WordPress 5.2 comes with some new features added to the block editor.

  • Image resizers are much better than before.
  • Performance improvement in terms of loading time.

PHP Version Bump

The minimum supported PHP version for WordPress installation is now 5.6.20. As of now WordPress 5.2 or greater version themes and plugins can safely take advantage of namespaces, anonymous functions, and much more.

Privacy Updates

WordPress 5.2 includes new page template that is privacy policy. Added following helpers that will make customizing the privacy policy easier.

  • Function: is_privacy_policy()
  • Template file: privacy-policy.php
  • Body class: .privacy-policy
  • Menu item class: .menu-item-privacy-policy

Improvements for Writing JavaScript

With the addition of webpack and Babel configurations in the WordPress 5.2 package, developers won’t have to worry about setting up the build tools to write modern JavaScript.

New Body Hook

WordPress 5.2 added new wp_body_open() hook, which lets themes support injecting code right at the beginning of the <body> element.

Plugin Compatibility Checks

WordPress will automatically detect if your website server’s PHP version is not compatible with the installed plugins. If installed plugins require higher version of PHP than your website is currently using, WordPress will not allow to activate your plugin.

These were all the features and bug fixes introduced in the version 5.2. Hope the article as knowledgeable.

If you need any assistance with the installation feel free to contact our support team at :
https://softaculous.deskuss.com/open.php

You may also email your query at support@wpcentral.co.

How to install WordPress?

WordPress is a most popular, easy-to-install website builder in the world. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your recipe site to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee.

Following guide will assist you to install WordPress manually.

Method 1:

Pre-requisites for installing WordPress

  1. Web browser to perform the installation
  2. Access to your web server via FTP or shell
  3. MySQL server where you can create user and database
  4. An FTP client
  5. Make sure that your web server meets the basic requirements for running the WordPress.

Process

  1. Download the latest WordPress package and unzip the same in the directory on your web server where you want to install.
    • If you want to make the installation in the root of your domain such as http://mydomain.com/ , unzip the package in the root directory of your web server.
    • If you want to make the installation in a subdirectory of your website such as http://mydomain .com/wp/ , create the ‘wp’ directory in the root of your web server and unzip the package in this directory.
  2. Create a database for your WordPress installation on your web server. Also create a MySQL user giving all the privileges to access and modify the database.
  3. Now initiate the installation process by accessing the URL in your web browser.
    • The access URL will be http://mydomain.com/ , if you uploaded the WordPress files to the root directory of your web server.
    • If you uploaded the WordPress files to a subdirectory named ‘wp’, then the access URL will be http://mydomain .com/wp/
  4. On accessing the URL, WordPress installation will begin.
WordPress Installation start page

Select the language you want for your WordPress installation and continue.

You will be notified to get the database and the database user ready. Click on Let’s Start to enter the details.

Enter Database details

After entering the database details, click on Submit. WordPress will test the database connection. If correct, main installation process will now begin.

You will be prompted to enter the basic site details such as Site Name, admin username and password, email id, etc. Fill in the details and click Install.

Enter WordPress site details

Thats it! WordPress is now installed on your domain.

Installation complete

You can now access your website or login to the website’s dashboard with the username and password entered.

Method 2:

Should you find the above process tedious, there is this simpler way to install WordPress using wpCentral in just one-click. You can find the guide to install WordPress using wpCentral here.

Note: If you install the WordPress from wpCentral panel, wpCentral plugin will be installed alongwith and also your website will be added to your wpCentral panel account. You can now manage(Plugins, Themes, Backups, Restore, etc) your website from here itself.

We hope this article was helpful to you to achieve WordPress installation. If you have any queries or suggestions, do write to us at support@wpcentral.co.

Regards,
The wpCentral Team

How to keep Classic Editor in WordPress?

WordPress 5, on its release, brought a lot of changes including a new content editor called the Gutenberg editor thus replacing the old Classic editor which has been in use for many years. The new editor brings with it a completely different approach to content editing in the form of blocks.

But some users are facing difficulty in adapting to the new editor, hence here is the guide to disable Gutenberg and continue using the Classic Editor.

Introduction to Gutenberg

Gutenberg is a new WordPress editor which completely changes the face of editing in WordPress. It uses drag and drop blocks for content writing, helping you to focus on the content instead of customizing the code. You don’t need to be an apt developer to build your custom posts and pages if you are using Gutenberg.

Gutenberg Editor User Interface – Types of blocks

Classic editor is similar to Microsoft Word with a clean writing area, whereas Gutenberg editor provides blocks for headings, paragraphs, lists, images, plugins, videos, etc. You can simply style the editor to look like the Published Page using Gutenberg.

Some writers and bloggers are finding hard time using Gutenberg due to reasons such as they find the block based editing system complex, they are unfamiliar with the new editor, etc. Fortunately, WordPress provides an easy way to disable Gutenberg and switch back to the Classic Editor.

Method 1: Activate the Classic Editor Plugin

The WordPress contributors provide a Classic Editor Plugin which we can use to switch back to the classic editor look.

Firstly, install and activate the Classic Editor Plugin. As soon as it is activated, it will disable the Gutenberg editor.

You can change the setting to switch between the editors so as to use whichever and whenever you want.

Go to WordPress admin Dashboard -> Settings -> Writing Page -> Classic Editor Settings. Select the option that is suitable for you as the default editor and select the option to switch between the editors to Yes and click on Save Changes button.

Classic Editor Settings to switch between editors.

Now when you go to Posts -> Add New, you will see the option to switch to other editor on the right side:

Switch from Classic Editor to Gutenberg(Block) Editor
Switch from Gutenberg Editor to Classic Editor

Editing the older posts can also be done using the Classic Editor. Go to Posts -> All Posts page. You will find options ‘Edit(Block Editor)’ and ‘Edit(Classic Editor)’ below the post. Click on the one suitable for you to edit the post.

Edit the existing post by selecting the suitable option.

Method 2: Use Disable Gutenberg Plugin

There is another plugin called disable Gutenberg which provides the option to select certain user roles and post types to disable the Gutenberg plugin on while still using it on other posts. Firstly install and activate this plugin.

Once you activate this plugin, you will find its settings under the Settings menu with the title ‘Disable Gutenberg’. Visit this page by clicking on the link to configure the plugin settings.

Disable Gutenberg Plugin Settings

Gutenberg will, by default, be disabled everywhere for all the users. You will find an option ‘Complete Disable’ which you need to uncheck in order to select the users and posts to disable the editor for.

Disable Gutenberg Editor for certain User Roles only.

Once you uncheck the option, page will expand to display more options for user roles, posts, post types, theme templates, etc. which you can select individually for disabling the Gutenberg on. Once selected, click on Save changes button to save the changes.

Since the Gutenberg editor is new in WordPress, there are certain themes and plugins which are not yet compatible with the Gutenberg editor and still rely on the Classic editor.

This option to selectively disable Gutenberg editor seems quite helpful in such a scenario.

We hope this article was helpful to you in switching between the Gutenberg Editor and the Classic Editor!

wpCentral Premium Launch

Softaculous team has successfully launched the premium version of
wpCentral. Go through the following article to know about the new features and bug fixes that are introduced in this version:

1) [Feature]: Added Remote Backup feature. Using Remote Backup users can manage their backups at remote locations like FTP, SFTP, FTPS and even on Google Drive and Dropbox. To know how to create the backups at these remote locations and how to add Backup Location go through the guide here.

2) [Feature]: Added Auto Backup feature which allows users to automate their website backups by scheduling them. Users can schedule backup for once a day, once a week, once a month or they can add their custom time. To Automate website Backups go through the guide here.

3) [Task]: If your website is disconnected from the wpCentral panel for some reason, you can reconnect the website using WordPress admin credentials as well. You can go through the documentation here to know how to reconnect website using WordPress admin Credentials.

4) [Bug Fix]: Install, Delete and Update of plugins and themes was not working for the websites hosted on non-suPHP servers. This is now resolved. FTP details for the websites hosted on non-suPHP servers are required to be added to proceed with the management of these websites. Follow the documentation here to configure your website domain in wpCentral panel.

Note: We have also launched wpCentral plugin version 1.4.3 in compatibility to wpCentral Premium launch. We recommend our users to update their plugins to explore the premium features without any errors.

Regards,
The wpCentral Team

How to Install Softaculous on GoDaddy VPS

GoDaddy does not offer Softaculous with their VPS hence some users face difficulty in installing Softaculous and need to open a support ticket with us to install Softaculous. Hence we decided to write up an article which explains the process.

Note : In order to install Softaculous you should have a control panel installed on your VPS. E.g. cPanel, Directadmin, Plesk

1. Enable Ioncube in 3rd Party PHP binary

  • Login to your WHM as root user and go to Tweak Settings page
  • Go to PHP tab
  • Select the Ioncube checkbox
  • Click on Save button

Enable Ioncube from WHM

2. SSH to your VPS

  • SSH to the VPS as the user you had chosen while setting up the VPS (GoDaddy does not allow to setup SSH access with root user).
  • Execute the following command to escalate as root user
  • sudo su
SSH as user and escalate as root

3. Softaculous Install Commands

Now that you have successfully logged in your server we will start with Softaculous installation. Execute the below commands as root to install Softaculous.

wget -N http://files.softaculous.com/install.sh
chmod 755 install.sh
./install.sh

That’s it !

Once you see the success message you can then login to your WHM and find Softaculous under the Plugins page.


Search for Softaculous in WHM
Softaculous admin panel

If you need any assistance with the installation feel free to contact our support team at :
https://softaculous.deskuss.com/open.php

What are WordPress widgets and how to use them?

WordPress widgets are independent components that offer particular functionality to your WordPress website. You can add these widgets in sidebars, footers or any widget-ready area of your theme. For example, WordPress Twenty Sixteen theme provides default widgets such as category, archives, recent post, recent comments, calendar, gallery, etc.

Initially, widgets were designed to give an elementary control over the WordPress theme’s designing. But now widgets are available on properly widgetized WordPress themes.

If your WordPress theme does not offer the widget you require or any widget at all, you can create a custom widget manually by writing some blocks of code. For the existing widget, you can simply drag and drop wherever you want to show it.

How to add a widget?

WordPress Widget option is available in the WordPress Admin Dashboard Appearance >> Widgets. WordPress widgets can be easily added just by following simple steps given below:

Step 1: Login to your WordPress Admin section and go to Appearance -> Widgets.

What is WordPress widget and how to use it?

Step 2: Choose a widget from the ‘Available Widgets‘ section present on the left side and add it to the available widget-ready section(sidebar, footer, etc) on the right side. There are following two ways to add

  • Simply drag the widget to the widget-ready section on the right side.
  • When you select a widget, a list of areas where you can add the widget will appear. Check the section where you want to add it and click the “Add Widget” button.
What is WordPress widget and how to use it ?

Step 3: After adding the widget to the respective section, when you click on the arrow present in the right corner of the widget, you get options to edit widget settings. For example, if you have selected Recent Posts widget, you will immediately get options to write title and select “number of post”. Click on save button to save the customization.

How to remove a widget from a particular section?

Removing widgets is as simple as adding them. Following are the steps:

Step 1: Navigate to Appearance>>Widgets in the WordPress Admin Section.

Step 2: Search for a particular widget and expand it by clicking on the arrow. At the end of the widget settings, you will find “delete” option. Click on it to remove the widget from that section. This will also delete the widget settings.

What is WordPress widget and how to use it ?

Note: If you want to remove the widget without losing your settings, just drag that widget to the inactive widget section on the left side. You can always add a widget again from the list of available widgets or inactive widgets.

Widgets are flexible tools in WordPress which developers can make use of in their own creative ways. If you are not comfortable with the code, you can also create you own custom widget and use it.

Widgets can make your website more interactive. They are also highly customizable, and you can achieve practically anything you want through a widget.

We hope this article helped you learn about widgets and how to add and use them in your WordPress websites.

wpCentral Launched

After 6 months of hard work, the Softaculous team is proud to announce the launch of our product wpCentral – A very simple central dashboard to manage all your WordPress installation in one place.

wpCentral is a new software SaaS offering by Softaculous Ltd. It helps you manage unlimited WordPress installations across multiple hosts and servers, from a very simple centralized dashboard.

We at Softaculous have helped millions of users install and manage WordPress over the past few years. With wpCentral we want to help many more millions to do so.

Interested ? Sign up now for free ! With wpCentral you can do the following :

Manage Multiple Blogs from one location

If you manage multiple WordPress installations, keeping them up-to-date is one big problem. Managing the plugins and themes is all together another level of issues. Its really time consuming to login into so many installations and make sure your WordPress is up-to-date and also your preferred theme and plugins are installed and up-to-date. With wpCentral do the following in a few clicks :

  • Single Click login to access your WordPress
  • Update all your WordPress installations with a single click
  • Install and update themes
  • Manage all your plugins from wpCentral

Backups

They say backup is the best security one can have ! With wpCentral you can ensure that your WordPress site is always protected.

  • Automate your WordPress Backups by scheduling them
  • Keep multiple backups
  • Restore with a single click
  • Backup to remote locations like Dropbox, AWS, FTP, SFTP and even on wpCentral servers

Install WordPress

Well we at Softaculous have been doing that for quite some time and we are pretty good with this.

  • Install WordPress by giving your FTP / SFTP and MySQL details. No need to download, upload, unzip, etc. Let wpCentral take care of that
  • Choose from multiple free themes while installing WordPress. Your WordPress will be installed with your preferred theme
  • You can install WordPress Multisite or single site

Manage Plugin and Themes Sets

We all have our favorite set of plugins and themes for WordPress. Its always a task to install all our favorite plugins and themes when we install WordPress. This problem is compounded when you have to manage multiple WordPress installations.

In wpCentral you can now create sets of your favorite plugins and themes which will be installed when you install WordPress via wpCentral. Even when you add your existing WordPress site to wpCentral you can apply your plugin and theme sets.

Is wpCentral free or paid ?

wpCentral is a freemium SaaS offering. Most of the features are free. Features like remote backups, clone, 1 minute uptime monitoring are available at a small cost ranging from $1-$2/month

Can I request a feature ?

We would love to a know what features you would like to see in wpCentral and how we can improve your user experience. Just email us at sales@wpcentral.co

About Softaculous Ltd.

Softaculous Ltd. is a software company established in 2009. We have various software products like Softaculous, Virtualizor, Webuzo, SitePad, AMPPS, Pinguzo, Deskuss, PopularFX, WPCentral, Serverly and Repositery. Our software and SaaS products are used on thousands of servers by millions of users.