Keyword research: the ultimate guide

Before writing content, you’ll have to decide what terms you want to be found for. You’ll have to get inside people’s heads and find out what words they use while searching. Eventually, you can use exactly these terms in your content and make sure you start ranking for them. Keyword research is the first step in SEO copywriting and an essential part of any SEO strategy. In this ultimate guide, I’ll guide you through the many steps in keyword research.

What is keyword research?

Before we start explaining the process of keyword research, we’ll explain the most important concepts of keyword research.

Keyword research can be defined as the activity you undertake in order to come up with an extensive list of keywords you would like to rank for.

Keyword strategy can be defined as all the decisions you make on the basis of that keyword research.

Key phrases are keywords consisting of multiple words. We tend to use the word keyword all the time, but we don’t necessarily mean it’s only one word. ‘WordPress SEO’ is a keyword, as is ‘Google Analytics plugin’. Keywords can contain multiple words! We will refer to these key phrases as keywords throughout this guide.

Long tail keywords are more specific and less common. They focus more on a niche. The longer (and more specific) search terms are, the easier it will be to rank for the term. Keywords that are more specific (and often longer) are usually referred to as long tail keywords.

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Focus keyword is the keyword or the key phrase you would like your page to be found for. You insert a focus keyword in the metabox of the Yoast SEO plugin.

Why is keyword research important?

Proper keyword research will make clear what search terms are used by your audience. And this is of great importance. At Yoast, we regularly encounter clients that have a specific set of words they use when referencing their products, while their target group uses a completely different set of words. These clients’ sites aren’t found because of a mismatch in word use.

Optimizing for words that people don’t use doesn’t make any sense. Doing good keyword research makes sure that you use the words your target audience uses and therefore makes the whole effort of optimizing your website worthwhile.

Read more: ‘The basis of keyword research’ »

Executing keyword research

In our view, keyword research has three steps. First, you write down the mission of your business. Next, you make a list of all the keywords you want to be found for. Finally, you create landing pages for all keywords. In this ultimate guide, we will take you through these three steps in much more detail.

We’ll guide you through the entire process of executing keyword research step by step. We’ll give practical tips to easily start your own keyword research.

Step 1: what is your mission?

Before starting anything, you’ll have to think about your mission. You have to think about questions like: who are you? What is your website about? What makes it special? And what promise do you make on your website?

Keep reading: ‘ What is the mission of your website’ »

A lot of people can’t answer these questions effectively at first. You have to figure out what makes you stand out from the rest. So take your time and literally write down your mission on a piece of paper. A computer or an iPad will do as well of course. Once you’re able to answer these questions in detail, you have taken the first and most important step in your keyword strategy.

To consider: the competitiveness of the market

Whether your mission will prove to be genius enough to sell your products to people, largely depends on the market you’re in. Some markets are highly competitive, with large companies dominating the search results. These companies have a very large budget to spend on marketing in general and SEO specifically. Competing in these markets is hard, therefore ranking in these markets is also hard.

Perhaps you sell cruises to Hawaii. You offer great facilities for children, making the cruises especially suitable for young or single parents. Offering great cruises to Hawaii for young parents could very well be the uniqueness of your service. Look for the thing that makes your product stand out from the competition. This should be your mission, your niche; this is what you have to offer your audience!

Starting in a competitive market, probably means that you should start out small. Once you ‘own’ a small part of that niche and become a big name in the business of cruises to Hawaii, you could try to go one level up and sell your cruises to a larger (more general) audience. Your mission will then become much more general as well.

Step 2: make a list of keywords

The second step of executing your keyword research is creating a list of keywords. With your mission in mind, you should try to get into the heads of your potential buyers. What will these people be looking for? What kind of search terms could they be using while looking for your amazing service or product? Ask yourself these questions and write down as many answers as you possibly can.

If your mission is clear, you will have a rather clear image of your niche and your unique selling points (the things that set your business apart from others). These will be the terms you want to be found for.

To consider: make sure keywords fit your site

Be aware that you should be found for terms that fit your site. If we get crazy and do our very best to let yoast.com rank for ballet shoes, people would be rather disappointed to find our site. They will probably instantly go back to Google. Ranking for ballet shoes will, in our case, lead to a massive bounce rate. And a high bounce rate tells Google that people do not find what they are looking for based on that search term. This will inevitably lead to a lower ranking on ballet shoes for our site (and totally justified, we know nothing about ballet or about shoes for that matter).

Tools you can use

Making a list of possible search terms remains hard. And up until a few years ago, doing your keyword research was much easier. You could simply check Google Analytics to see with which terms people found your website. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible. So you’re pretty much left in the dark about the terms people use in search engines to end up at your website. Luckily, there are still some other tools which make your keyword research a bit easier. Read our post about tools you can use in your keyword research for more tips and tricks. 

 

Step 3: construct landing pages

The third step towards a long term keyword strategy is to create awesome landing pages for all the keywords you want to be found for. We would advise you to do that in a well structured manner. Start by putting the list of keywords you have made in a table. A table (use for instance Excel or Google Docs /Sheets to set one up) forces you to set up a structure and to make a landing page for all the search terms you came up with. Put the search terms in the first column and add columns in which you put the different levels of your site’s structure.

Construct a landing page for every search term you came up with. You do not have to create all these pages immediately. This could very well be a long term thing. The more specific your search term is, the further down into your site structure this term’s landing page belongs.

Read on: ‘ How to clean up your site structure’ »

After completing your keyword research, you should have a clear overview of the terms people use and the terms you want the pages on your site to be found for. This overview should function as a guidance for writing content on your website.

Long term keyword strategy

No website should rely on one single keyword or one keyphrase for its traffic. You should use your mission as a starting point, take our three steps in doing proper keyword research and work towards a solid base: a keyword strategy. In this section of our ultimate guide, we will explain why it’s important to have a long term keyword strategy.

How many keywords?

It is very hard to give an exact number of keywords you should focus on. And then again, it’s very simple. You just have to have a large number, as large a number that is feasible for you. More than a 1000 keywords is probably more than you can chew off.

Even if you’re a reasonably small business, you’ll probably end up with a couple hundred keywords. But you don’t have to have pages for all of these immediately. The great thing about having a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress is that you can incrementally add content. Think about what keywords you would like to rank for now, and which ones aren’t that important (yet). Make some kind of priority and plan the creation of your content.

Read more: ‘ How to clean up your site structure’ »

Ad hoc keyword research strategies

In an ideal world, you would do your keyword research, make a beautiful table and create landing pages. Your site structure would be flawless and you would blog and write every day making your site rank higher and higher in Google. Unfortunately, we live in the real world.

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Of course, your keyword research will not always be as extensive. And some posts or articles aren’t written as part of an awesome strategy, but just because the topic was in the news or you had some inspiration. That’s just how these things work. But that doesn’t have to be a problem.

If you’re writing something that does not fit your strategy (exactly), this doesn’t mean you should not aim at making that content rank. Perhaps you can use it to rank on something which remotely relates to the terms in the list of your keyword strategy. Use tools like Google Trends to choose which keyword you’d like to rank for. At least take some time to think about how to fit your article or blog in your strategy. After all, if you are writing valuable content, you might as well make it rank!

The importance of long tail keyword strategy

Focusing on long tail keywords should be an important part of a long term keyword research strategy. Long tail keywords are keywords or key phrases that are more specific (and usually longer) than more common “head” keywords. Long tail keywords get less search traffic, but will usually have a higher conversion value, as they focus on a more specific product or topic. Read our post about the importance of long tail keywords if you want to know why you should focus on long tail keywords when optimizing your site.

Keep reading: ‘Befriend the long tail’ »

Multiple focus keywords

In Yoast SEO Premium you’re able to focus on multiple keywords. If you use our tool correctly, your text can be optimized for up to five keywords. In our post about multiple focus keywords , we explain to you why it’s important to use the multiple focus keyword functionality while optimizing your text.

Read on: ‘How to choose the perfect focus keyword’ »

Conclusion on keyword research

Doing keyword research should be the start of any sustainable SEO strategy. The result of keyword research will be an extensive list of keywords for which you’d like to be found. The hardest part is yet to begin: the content writing. You should write articles and blogpost on every single keyword you would like to be found for. That’ll be quite a challenge!

Read more: ‘SEO copywriting: the ultimate guide’ »

How to Disable Plugin Updates in WordPress and Why You Shouldn’t

Recently, one of our readers asked if it was possible to disable plugin updates in WordPress? Plugin updates can be disabled in WordPress, but there is no good reason to do that. In this article, we will show you how to disable plugin updates in WordPress. We will also discuss why you shouldn’t do that and what could be the consequences of doing so.

How to Disable Plugin Updates in WordPress

Why You Shouldn’t Disable Plugin Updates in WordPress?

Many WordPress users think that plugin updates can break their site. If you are using the best WordPress plugins with a standard compliant WordPress theme, then chances of an upgrade breaking your site are very low.

See our beginner’s guide on how to choose the best WordPress plugins for your site. For themes, you may want to see our checklist of 9 things you should consider when selecting the perfect WordPress theme.

Plugin updates not only offer new features, they also patch security vulnerabilities, improve performance, and fix compatibility issues with latest or upcoming versions of WordPress.

By not updating plugins, you are intentionally compromising security and stability of your WordPress site.

Some developers want to disable plugin updates on clients sites to prevent them from breaking their websites. It is not a good reason in most cases because most client relationships don’t last forever. In that case you hand your clients a website susceptible to vulnerabilities in future.

We believe it’s simply better to educate your clients.

If you still must disable plugin updates on your site, then here is how you would do that.

Disable All Plugin Updates in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Easy Updates Manager plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Dashboard » Update Options to manage plugin settings.

Click on the ‘General’ tab and scroll down to ‘All Plugin Updates’ option. Click on ‘Disabled’ to turn off all plugin updates.

Disable all plugin updates in WordPress

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Selectively Disable Updates for Specific Plugins in WordPress

You can also selectively disable updates for some WordPress plugins. This is a little better option than disabling all plugin updates.

You need to visit Dashboard » Update Options page and click on the ‘Plugins’ tab. There you will see a list of all installed plugins on your WordPress site.

Disallow updates for a specific plugin

You can just click on ‘Disallow Updates’ below a plugin to disable updates for that specific plugin.

Easy Updates Manager allows you to manage all WordPress updates including core, plugin, theme, and translation updates. See our guide on how to better manage automatic WordPress updates for detailed instructions.

We hope this article helped you learn how to disable plugin updates in WordPress and why you shouldn’t do that. You may also want to see our guide on how to hide unnecessary items from WordPress admin with Adminimize.

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The Divi 100 Survey Results Are In, and They Just Might Surprise You

Welcome to Day 31 of our Divi 100 Marathon. Keep tuning in for 100 days in a row of awesome Divi resources as we count down to the amazing release of Divi 3.0 on the final day of the series!


Last week we invited the Divi community to partake in the Divi 100 Survey. Over 5,000 people completed the questionnaire, which is more than 3x the turnout we had for our previous survey. The questions covered a wide range of topics and we are confident that the community will benefit from their answers just as much as we will. I have broken down the results into three difference categories: Customer Insights, Divi Theme Usage, and Divi Theme Professionals. Customer Insights paint us a picture of what the Divi community looks like. Divi Theme Usage give us information about how people are using Divi and what they want from Divi in the future. The Divi Theme Professionals section focuses on WordPress freelancers and web design agencies, how they are using Divi and how they run their businesses. All individual statistics were rounded to the nearest 1%. In addition, we asked a few open ended questions at the end of the survey. I featured some of the most common responses at the end of this post.

I have designed four infographic to showcase the results from each category, each of which can be viewed below. Click on the images to zoom in if the text is too small for you to read.

Customer Insights

The Customer Insight questions help us better understand “who we are” as a community and what Divi means to us on a broader scale.

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A Few Things We Learned

  • Our Customers Love Divi – We were very pleased to find that the vast majority of our customers would highly recommend Divi to their friends and peers. This resulted in a net promotor score of 75, which is very strong and is something we are very proud of. Matt Mullenweg recently shared a study on his blog that showed WordPress at the top of its class with a NPS of 73, and Divi is right up there with it! You can learn more about how Net Promotor Scores work here.
  • People Earn Their Livings With Divi – 25% of our customers make their living using Divi, and 44% make a portion of their income using Divi, which means that 69% of our customers are using Divi on a professional level to support themselves and their families. This is such an amazing thing for us to see and it shows us just how impactful the software has become and how quickly the Divi economy is growing.
  • 3rd Part Extensions Are A Big Opportunity – Something amazing started happening in the Divi community over the past year, which is that we started to see a huge increase in third party development. We were surprised to find that 68% of our customers have purchased a third party Divi extension, child theme or layout pack. This is truly a growing market and something we plan to help support very soon. The more third party development that exists, and the more people who are able to make a living and therefore dedicate themselves to building Divi related products, the stronger the community will become.
  • Divi Conferences Could Be A Real Thing! – We have always toyed with the idea of hosting a Divi conference. We share so many amazing moments with each other in the forums, on the blog and on Facebook, and it would be great to meet some of those familiar faces in person. ~800 people said they would definitely travel to attend a Divi conference, and ~2,600 people said they might travel to attend. What do you think, is that enough people to get the party started?

Divi Theme Usage

The Divi Theme Usage category focused on asking questions that would help give us insights into how we can make Divi even better, and to help us better understand the various ways that people use Divi.

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A Few Things We Learned

  • Divi Customization Options Are Still Lacking – 41% of customers always use a child theme in order to customize Divi beyond the controls provided in the Theme Customizer and Divi Builder design settings. This tells us that there are still places for us to expand and improve upon these options so that custom coding isn’t so often necessary.
  • Divi Remains Easy To Use – According to the survey, 84% of customers want us to add more features to Divi and are not worried about the theme becoming overcomplicated. This is a good sign, because it means we have done a good job balancing ease of use with the addition of new features so far. This is a line we plan to walk carefully moving forward.
  • Customers Want More Features, But Not At The Expense Of Loading Speeds – While our customers do want more features, there is definitely a concern about the impact these features will have on loading times. 48% of customers would rather us make Divi faster before adding more features. This validates our decision to commit to our “developer release.” After Divi 3.0 is finished, the first thing we will be doing is working on our Divi 3.1 Developer Release, which will focus on performance improvements as well as more hooks, filters and documentation for third party developers. Moving forward, we will continue to think carefully about how new features may affect loading speeds.
  • New Features Are Equally Important To Feature Improvements – When thinking about what to do next, it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in new ideas for exciting new features while ignoring the features that already exist. The survey showed us that there is nearly a 50/50 split between the desire for new modules and a desire for module improvements. As we make our plans for Divi 3.2 and beyond, we need to think about ways the we can improve Divi’s current module set and Theme Customizer controls.

Divi Theme Professionals

As shown in the results from our Customer Insights section, a vast majority of our customers are WordPress professionals that make a living building Divi websites for their clients. In fact, this statistic has increased since our last survey 2 years ago. We took this survey as an opportunity to learn more about this growing demographic.

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What We Learned

  • The WordPress Freelancing Business Is Stronger Than Ever – 68% of the WordPress professionals that use Divi describe themselves as “solo freelancers.” There is obviously a lot of opportunity for individuals to make a career building Divi websites, even without the help of a team. Of course the support of the Divi community doesn’t hurt either!
  • Maintenance Plans Are Common – 70% of Divi WordPress Professionals offer paid maintenance plans for their customers, and we suspect that this greatly contributes to developer incomes. The majority of these maintenance plans sell for between $25-$100 per month.
  • Most WordPress Websites Cost Less than $5,000 – 95% of our customers charge between $0-$5,000 per website, 47% of which charge between $1,000 and $5,000. Only a small 1% of customers charge more than $10,000 per website, but it’s inspiring to know that these types of project exist. Similarly, a small 1% of customers consider themselves a “large web design agency,” and I would guess that these two statistics are correlated.
  • Building Divi Websites Is Relatively Fast – 58% of Divi Professionals finish their client projects in less than one month.

The Open Ended Questions And A Few Standout Answers

At the end of the survey, we asked a few open ended questions. We received over 20,000 responses, and I am confident that they will prove an invaludable resource for our team moving forward. These are countless suggestions and we can’t begin to list them all, but I did observe a few common trends and have featured some of the most common responses below.

Open-Ended

Thanks again to everyone who participated. It means a lot to us that so many of you took the time to fill out the survey, and your responses will surely help us to improve Divi. What did you think of the results? Did anything surprise you? I look forward to hearing your opinions in the comments!

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Divi 100 Day 31

The Countdown To Divi 3.0

This post is part of our Divi 100 marathon. Follow along as we post free Divi resources for 100 days in a row! This 100-day countdown will end with the game-changing release of Divi 3.0, including our brand new visual editor built from the ground up using React. Divi 3.0 will change the way you build websites with the Divi Builder forever!
Let the countdown begin.

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9 of the Best Minimal Blogging Themes on the Market

It is often said that in matters of design less is more. The same can be said about WordPress blogging themes. Clean, practical, and minimal blogging themes are often the best platforms for those looking to direct their readers’ focus on content and imagery without the showy sidebars, countless widget areas, and crazy design aspects.
If you are on the hunt for the perfect minimal WordPress blogging theme keep reading. Today I bring to you some of the best looking and most functional minimal blogging themes that will suit your desire for a website full of nothing but whitespace and your brilliant ideas.

New Archiver WordPress Plugin Auto-Generates Wayback Machine Snapshots

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During a recent NerdWallet hackathon, WordPress plugin developer Mickey Kay and his colleague John Lee presented an idea for creating a visual archive for the site’s content that would allow them to look back at previous versions and associate SEO and performance shifts with content changes. WordPress powers a large portion of NerdWallet in addition to a number of Node/React apps and various Python micro-services.

As WordPress’ revision system doesn’t create a visual archive, Kay and Lee looked outside of the platform for a solution. They landed on the Wayback Machine, a non-profit tool dedicated to building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. The tool provides an interface that makes it easy to browse previous versions of a site. Unfortunately, the Wayback Machine is sporadic at best when it comes to crawling websites. The calendar view maps it displays show the number of times a site was crawled, not the number of times a site was updated.

Kay decided to build a solution that would work with Wayback Machine to create a more steady, reliable archive that can be easily accessed from WordPress. His new Archiver plugin auto-generates Wayback Machine snapshots of the site whenever content changes.

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Archiver does the following things:

  • Automatically creates a Wayback Machine snapshot when you update your content
  • Allows you to manually trigger a snapshot of any page on your site using the admin
  • Allows you to easily view your site’s Wayback Machine archives (all snapshots) for any page on your site
  • Adds an “Archives” metabox to the admin edit screen of specific content types that can be used to easily view existing snapshots

The plugin works by posting to the Wayback Machine’s publicly available endpoint (http://bit.ly/297kJfK) and reads existing snapshots from (http://ift.tt/296JIE3).

Archiver works on posts, pages, custom post types, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, and users. Existing snapshots for each content type are available in the editing screen in an archives metabox.

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I tested the Archiver plugin and found that it works as expected. When content is updated, a new screenshot is automatically generated. Manually triggering a screenshot works instantly.

Kay said that the NerdWallet team is working to incorporate the WP REST API to integrate across systems to surface WordPress content to their React-powered apps. The Archiver plugin is not yet used in production, but they have it slated for an upcoming code sprint.

Archiver can be useful for understanding the impact of content changes on marketing, SEO, and e-commerce sales, but it also helps preserve the history of web pages as they evolve over time. The best part is that it sends the snapshots automatically and doesn’t use up space on your server. The only drawback is that if someday the Wayback Machine were to disappear, the snapshots would no longer be available.

Archiver is available on WordPress.org and contributions and suggestions are welcome on GitHub. Usage of the Wayback Machine is free but its maintainers estimate that permanent storage costs them approximately $2.00 USD per gigabyte. If you’re depending heavily on the Wayback Machine’s snapshots, you might consider a donation to help keep the digital library up and running.

WPWeekly Episode 239 – WordCamp Europe, WordSesh 4, and The New Plugin Directory Design

In this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I catch you up on the news. We share our thoughts on the new design for the WordPress plugin directory that’s in open beta. The Advanced WordPress Facebook Group is celebrating its 20,000th member with a huge giveaway. We also learn when WordSesh 4 is happening this year. Last but not least is Marcus’ plugin picks of the week.

Stories Discussed:

WordCamp Europe 2016 Livestream Recordings Now Available
WordCamp Europe 2017 Will Be in Paris,France, June 16-18
WordSesh 4 Scheduled for August 19-20
Advanced WordPress Facebook Group is Giving $40K Worth of Prizes Away
WordPress Plugin Review Team to Add New Members
New WordPress Plugin Directory Now in Open Beta
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Plugins Picked By Marcus:

Order Import Export for WooCommerce helps to easily export and import orders in your store. This plugin lets you import/export all orders with line item details. It exports orders into a CSV file and also imports orders from a CSV file into WooCommerce.

Disable Plugin Deactivation disables plugin deactivation, activation, deletion, edit, and update.

WP Domains allows you to use different domains for the backend and frontend of WordPress.

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Commercial WordPress Product Descriptions Can Mislead Customers into Purchasing More Licenses Than Necessary

WordPress the open-source software project is licensed under the GPLv2. This license grants users and developers the following freedoms.

  1. The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
  2. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish.
  3. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
  4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions, giving the community a chance to benefit from your changes.

A number of commercial WordPress themes and plugins have followed WordPress’ lead and are also GPL licensed or compatible. Developers are not allowed to add restrictions to GPL licensed software which is why some product descriptions may be confusing to potential customers.

For example, this GPL licensed product has three different purchase options available. One of the features highlights how many sites the plugin can be used on, or at least that’s the impression.

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Further down the same page is information that explains each license gives users access to one year of support and updates. What the text in the image fails to explain is that you’re not limited to using the plugin on a specific number of sites. Rather, those are the number of sites you can apply a license key to in order to receive updates and support.

The wording is misleading and could cause potential customers to purchase the plugin multiple times if they need to use it on more than one site or in this case, three sites.

An excellent example of a product page that eliminates this confusion is the store page for Utility Pro. The license options are clear and tells customers the number of sites they’ll receive support and updates for.

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I get pitched to review WordPress products all the time and one of the first things I look for is if it’s GPL licensed. Too often, I come across product descriptions that give me the impression the product can only be used on a certain number of sites. This raises a red flag as it’s a restriction of the product’s use.

To the benefit of potential customers and people like me, I respectfully ask that WordPress developers who sell GPL licensed products review their feature listings and clearly define that people are purchasing support for a specific number of sites. This way, customers know exactly what they’re buying.

WordPress 4.6 Beta 1

WordPress 4.6 Beta 1 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

WordPress 4.6 is slated for release on August 16, but to get there, we need your help testing what we have been working on, including:

  • Shiny Updates v2 ([37714]) – Shiny Updates replaces progress updates with a simpler and more straight forward experience when installing, updating, and deleting plugins and themes.
  • Native Fonts in the Admin (#31195) – Experience faster load times, especially when working offline, a removal of a third-party dependency, and a more native-feeling experience as the lines between the mobile web and native applications continue to blur.
  • Editor Improvements – A more reliable recovery mode (#37025) and detection of broken URLs while you type them (#36638).

There have been changes for developers to explore as well:

  • Resource Hints (#34292) – Allow browsers to prefetch specific pages, render them in the background, perform DNS lookups, or to begin the connection handshake (DNS, TCP, TLS) in the background.
  • New WP_Site_Query (#35791) and WP_Network_Query (#32504) classes to query sites and networks with lazy loading for details.
  • Requests (#33055) – A new PHP library for HTTP requests that supports parallel requests and more.
  • WP_Term_Query (#35381) is modeled on existing query classes and provides a more consistent structure for generating term queries.
  • Language Packs (#34114#34213) – Translations managed through translate.wordpress.org now have a higher priority and are loaded just-in-time.
  • WP_Post_Type (#36217) provides easier access to post type objects and their underlying properties.
  • The Widgets API (#28216) was enhanced to support registering pre-instantiated widgets.
  • Index definitions are now normalized by dbDelta() ([37583]).
  • Comments can now be stored in a persistent object cache (#36906).
  • External Libraries were updated to the latest versions – Masonry to 3.3.2 and imagesLoaded to 3.2.0 (#32802), MediaElement.js to 2.21.2 (#36759), and TinyMCE to 4.3.13 (#37225).
  • REST API responses now include an auto-discovery header (#35580) and a refreshed nonce when responding to an authenticated response (#35662).
  • Expanded Meta Registration API via register_meta() (#35658).

If you want a more in-depth view of what major changes have made it into 4.6, check out posts tagged with 4.6 on the main development blog, or look at a list of everything that’s changed.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs.

Happy testing!

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WordCamp Europe 2016 Social Recap (In Tweets)

Roughly 2,200 people from all over the world came together last weekend in Vienna for WordCamp Europe. The community came together to talk and learn more about WordPress. Many devs, designers, and enthusiasts from around the world shared their experiences on Twitter.

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Marie is the editor at Torque. She enjoys reading good books, drinking good wine, and traveling to fun places.

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WordCamp Europe 2016 Livestream Recordings Now Available

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If you missed out on attending WordCamp Europe 2016 in Vienna or were not able to attend all the sessions you wanted to see, check out the raw livestream feeds now available on the event’s website. Each day’s sessions are broken down into recordings for morning and afternoon, separated by track:

The event hosted a large number of world-class speakers from Europe and beyond. While it was running over the weekend, a few sessions stood out on Twitter, receiving high praise as attendee favorites:

  • Code is Poetry: A Musician’s Tale – Helen Hou-Sandí
  • WordPress: the early years. A co-founder’s view – Mike Little
  • “Caring is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen anyone do.” —Thoughts on WordPress Plugin UI – Caspar Hübinger
  • Using the REST API and JavaScript to create better WordPress interfaces – K. Adam White
  • My condolences, you’re now the maintainer of a popular open source project – Daniel Bachhuber
  • Rebuilding Babel: Communication in a Virtual World – Siobhan McKeown
  • My friend the Impostor Syndrome – Sonja Leix

With three tracks of sessions to cover, it may be some time before the WCEU sessions start appearing on WordPress.tv. In the meantime, you can catch up on the ones you were interested to see by viewing the livestream recordings.