The Theme Builder Wars — Announcing the winners

We learnt a lot about Divi and Dynamik Website Builder last night, thanks to Quentin Delsante and @henscu. And both Elegant Themes (makers of Divi) and Cobalt Apps (makers of Dynamik) were generous and offered some prizes!

Here are the winners!

  • One Divi Developer license – Molnár Tamás and Nezih Bilgin
  • One Dynamik Website Builder license – @ahmad1alagha

Congrats! I’ll be emailing you all with more details later today!

#meetup, #divi, #cobalt

News in the WordPress world, October 2015

News in the WordPress world, October 2015

WordPress 4.4.

WordPress 4.4 Beta 2 is available for testing. The new version of WordPress will include 3 new important features:

Plugin translations

If you’ve had to deal with plugin translations in the past, you know it used to be a cumbersome process: people who translated your plugin had to send you .po and .mo files, and you would commit those files into your plugin’s languages folder in the next release. Things are much easier now, thanks to All translations happen on You can contribute to translations for just about any plugin, and as soon as your translations get approved, they’ll be shipped to everyone using the plugin.

Even the readme can be translated, so we’re slowly moving towards a fully localized plugin repository!

Let’s Encrypt

Not a WordPress news, but something that will affect everyone with a website. Let’s Encrypt is a new free SSL certificate authority, and is now trusted by all major browsers. Soon they’ll stat issuing free SSL certificates to everyone who’d need one. They contribute to a safer internet for everyone.

More XML-RPC news

XML-RPC is a feature allowing you to interact with a WordPress site. It’s used by the mobile apps, by plugins like Jetpack, by services like IFTTT, and by many other apps and services.

Since it can be used to publish posts remotely, it’s one of the points of entry hackers like to target. They’ll try to authenticate to your site via XML-RPC, and access your site through there.

Unfortunately, it can be abused, and the Sucuri security firm discovered that hackers had discovered a new way to abuse that feature. They now use a method named system.multicallto execute multiple methods inside a single request. That means they can test several username / password combinations to get into your site in one single request. That’s consequently not enough to just block folks who do multiple requests to your site’s XML-RPC in a short period of time, you now have to look at what people do in these requests. We’ll cover how to protect yourself against those attacks in my talk, a bit later.

#meetup, #news

WordPress Budapest Meetup — Happy Halloween!

It’s been a while since our last meetup! This time, we’d like to try something different. We haven’t decided about a topic yet and we’d like you to decide what you want to hear about!

Please fill in this survey, and tell us what you’re interested in. We’ll then find speakers and update this post and the Meetup page accordingly.

Thank you!


What plugins are in your WordPress installation?

PluginsThis is a take on the old “What’s on your iPod?” question.

We had a great meetup (the 3rd one) with lots of valuable information for beginners and experts alike. The presentations were very helpful and generated lots of questions from the attendees and solutions to various issues as well.

During the course of the meetup, I wondered:

  • What are those top 5 or 10 or 15 plugins that expert WordPress admins always install on the sites after a fresh install?
  • What are those plugins that you cannot do without and for you are almost like built-in functions on a WordPress site?

So here goes. List the plugins that are your defaults, your go-to plugins, the ones you absolutely must have on your site. I think that this would be very useful for all levels of WordPress users (and is most definitely NOT meant to ignite a flame war)

Meetup talks – Ideas

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s been almost a month since the last WordPress meetup, so I thought we could start thinking about the next one.

What would you like to hear about?

Propose your ideas in the comments. Is there a specific topic you’d like to talk about, want to know more about?

What can you contribute?

If you’re up for giving a talk, comment with your idea!

#meetup, #talks

Some drafts for the WpBudapest design. Work in progress, feel free to give feedback..


WP Budapest Meetup #2 Summary

Second meetup of WP Budapest group took place in 5th of February at The Hub.

This was the first meetup with presentations and a program.

First we had the introductions where everyone introduce themselves, talked about their occupation, relation with WordPress.

Then Jeremy talked about the recent news around WordPress and WordPress community.

We had two presentations this month. To make the presentations target broader audience, one topic was more technical and one topic was business related.

1 – “WordPress and the use GPL License”  by Ahmad Alagha 

2 – “customizing WordPress using functions.php” by Luca Speranza

Both of them were good and interesting presentations, actually at some points during presentations, presentation turns into a discussion session about the topic 🙂

Thanks for everyone joining the event and for those who cannot make it we’ll expect you on March meetup! Join us from and facebook group.

Photos From Meetup

WPBudapest Meetup presentation: customizing WordPress using functions.php

Here are the slides for my presentation at WPBudapest meetup.

Click here to download

The presentation included an interactive demo on a test server, which cannot be replicated in the slides 🙂 so if you have any doubts or follow up question, please feel free to contact.

#meetup, #talks

WordPress and the use GPL License

My presentation at the second Budapest WordPress meetup

Here you are the power point file of the presentation

GPL Presentation

I would like to advice everyone to watch this youtube video, to understand why GPL is the best, and we all would love to participate on the benefit of the WordPress community

Some helpful links:

“Themes are GPL, too” by Matt Mullenweg 

List of WP marketplaces that sell 100% GPL products

Licensing at Envato

Creative Commons for media files GPL Presentation

#meetup, #talks, #gpl

News in the WordPress world, January 2015

Before we get to post pictures and presentations about last night’s meetup, here is a quick summary of the news topics we talked about.

WordPress Lead Developer changes

Ryan Boren and Peter Westwood step down and are replaced by Helen Hou-Sandi and Dion Hulse.

Ryan Boren becomes UX lead for 2015. If you don’t already, I’d suggest following to find out more about some of the biggest UX issues in WordPress.

Read about it on Poststatus

The plugin installation flow will be improved in WP 4.2.

Done with the boring steps appearing when you would install a plugin. Check trunk, it’s already in there. #29820-core

New frontend editor walkthrough

If you follow, you probably know about the frontend editor that is being worked on. You can already install it on your test sites, it’s worth giving it a try. Her is a walkthrough from Elegant Themes.


Pressnomics is a WordPress conference for entrepreneurs and business owners. A few weeks ago, over 250 attendees met in Phoenix to talk about the economics around WordPress. One of the key events of the conference was a QA with Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic.

The session wasn’t recorded, but a few quotes generated quite a lot of talk around the future of WordPress, our competitors, and how we need to change to create the next WordPress.

Here are a few of Matt’s quotes:

Following discussion

Matt was referring to plugins transforming WordPress in a turn-key solution including the features that people creating websites have come to expect: social, mobile, stats, … These are all baked in tools like Wix, Squarespace, or Weebly.

Chris Lema – Is the Future Success of WordPress tied to Jetpack?
WP Tavern – How Important is Jetpack on WordPress’ Road to 50% Market Share?

WP Pusher, deploy WordPress themes and plugins from GitHub

cc @sinisterstuf who will talk about deployment methods in our next meetup!

#meetup, #news