Hello Happy Site Owners! Tips this week include:
- Where the WPBlab show is moving and its new name
- A debrief of VidCon from Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner
- YouTube Live launches a mobile version
- Facebook Live adds two exciting new features
- Why Huzza is becoming the next Blab and why it may or may not be for you
- What’s in the release of WordPress 4.5.3
- Why the Simple Live Press plugin is no longer embedding videos
- PHP 5.5 support dropping soon
- An introduction to PHP 7
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I’ve been wrapping up some big client projects this past week. And now that I have a pretty hard closing date on the house and know when I’ll likely be moving, I can go ahead with my business plans and changes for the next month.
WPBlab Show is Moving and Changing Names
One of the biggest changes is that I’m moving my WPBlab show to my Facebook business page.
I’ll be scheduling those as Events, more on how you can subscribe in a moment.
I’m also changing the name of the show to BlogAid Live so that it is platform independent.
And, I’m testing out new software right now that will give me the ability to screen share. I’ve got a LOT of plans for how to use that and hope you’ll be seeing them as early as next week.
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These are all the links you can subscribe to for BlogAid on Facebook to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
- BlogAid Page – where I do my BlogAid Today tips. You can Like the page to ensure you see them.
- BlogAid Events – where I’ll be doing the BlogAid Live shows. You should find a Subscribe button to the right of the word Events.
BlogAid Live Kickoff Show
And on that note, I want to invite you to celebrate the move with me next week on the first BlogAid Live show from my Facebook page.
It’s Wed, July 6 at 1pm ET / 10am PT
We’ll be discussing the week’s site success news you can use plus have an open Q&A where you can pick my brain for free on all topics including WordPress, SEO, performance, security, member sites, content and video marketing, conversion, and more.
That’s all the news from around here. Let’s jump into this week’s tips.
Video Marketing Tips
Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner did a live stream the other day right after returning from VidCon. It’s definitely worth the watch, as he gives a debrief of the conference, but more importantly, of all the live streaming news, and there are some super important tips in there.
Here’s part of the news that was released at VidCon.
YouTube Live has been available for some time. But now they are releasing a mobile version. It’s only rolling out to select users right now, but I expect they won’t be too long in releasing it to everyone.
I am so excited about the three new features that Facebook Live is rolling out!
First, they are making a way to invite others to join you on camera. This will be a fantastic way for show hosts to bring their guests on with them.
And, they are going to allow pre-scheduled streams! That’s huge. Now you can buzz your promos prior to the events.
Plus, there will be a waiting room for your viewers prior to the show. There aren’t any details on that yet and I’m anxious to know what folks see while they’re waiting.
I’ll have more for you as details become available.
And, I’ll be adding new video tutorials for all of this to my Facebook Live course, plus the tutorials I’m working on right now to schedule events and build your audience. Not to mention the updated and new tutorials I added over the weekend.
The price on the course will most definitely go up soon, in fact, it’s going to double. So, now would be the time to get in on it while it’s crazy cheap!
As Stelzner mentioned in his live-stream, nobody at VidCon wanted to talk much about Blab because it is likely going away soon. At least, that’s his opinion. Who knows how long it will hang around. Maybe they are just giving everyone time to find a new home. And show hosts have been scrambling like mad to do just that.
Huzza seems to be the platform that a lot of Blab show hosts are adopting now, at least the show hosts that need two or more folks on camera at once.
I can’t say that I’m all that crazy about it just yet. The lack of discoverability is a factor. Plus, you have to pay a hefty price a month just to be able to embed your videos in your own site.
And, the way they make email lists available for use by the show hosts is questionable. I doubt most users are going to know about or respect the federal CAN-SPAM act.
But, what the preference for Huzza does tell us is that hosts of major shows are more than willing to pay for a streaming service.
What it also tells us is that show hosts who are simulcasting from Huzza into Facebook Live are riding on the social strength of Facebook for discoverability.
So, right now, I’m still leaning toward Facebook Live and YouTube Live because I’m still in audience building mode and because most of my shows are solo, not with guests.
And I don’t want to jump through too many hoops to simulcast from there into Facebook. I want to keep things simple and I think my Facebook Live course subscribers do too.
So, I’m going to move my show to FB Live and patiently await the ability to bring a guest in when that feature rolls out to us all.
It started rolling out on June 21. This was an auto update, if you have that turned on. I do, and I recommend it. This release is mainly just lots of bug fixes, but there are a few security holes that it patched too.
That’s the question I posed in a recent BlogAid Today livestream.
I recently helped one client remove 20 plugins that she didn’t need. And I helped another client save $800/yr on hosting by removing some resource hog plugins.
In site audits, I often find folks have a lot of plugins to make up for what their theme can’t do, or for what they don’t know how to do in WordPress.
Did you know that I have a live plugin audit available? It’s a cheap and easy way to put a qualified set of eyes on your plugin situation. You don’t have to share any of your login credentials with me. And it’s live, so you see what I see.
In about an hour you’ll have a whale of an education and a plan to get your plugins under control.
Simple Live Press Not Embedding
And I was going to embed the live streams from Micheal and me but it seems that Facebook has recently taken away the ability to embed videos on your site.
Hani, the developer behind Simple Live Press plugin let us know that his plugin can’t overcome that change either. He has contacted Facebook over it and hopefully we’ll be able to embed once again.
And let that be a wake up call to all of us. I got both of his plugins, for embedding Blabs and now FB Live videos, but decided not to use them. And both of those platforms made it so folks either can’t embed or see the stream without logging in.
I don’t think this is a bug. Platforms want you to stay on their site.
Plus, remember what fits we had with Blab embeds for a while? And now you can’t even view them without being logged in.
I got both of Hani’s plugins to test and review. But, I won’t be relying on them, or any other plugin or code to embed from any platform other than YouTube from now on. I don’t mind the manual labor involved. Way better than having to go back and fix a bunch of posts later.
In site audits I still see plenty of folks on PHP 5.4, especially on EIG owned hosts like Bluehost and HostGator.
The current PHP level is 5.6 and newer plugins and those being properly maintained are starting to drop support for older, unsupported PHP versions.
So, this is something you want to be mindful of as the year goes on and make a plan to update your hosting accounts to at least PHP 5.6 and have some time set aside to see what breaks. Likely not much will, but it would be prudent to test on a dev site first.
One thing to keep in mind about those EIG hosts, they are constantly making changes to your core files, including your WP files, without your knowledge or consent. So, your account may get upgraded at any time and you’ll never get notification of it. If something suddenly breaks, you’ll run yourself silly trying to find it. Ask me how I know this.
I got very excited when the benchmark tests for PHP7 came out. It’s blazing fast. And I was hoping that adoption would be swift. But it looks like a lot of WordPress plugin and theme devs are dragging their feet.
You can find a nice overview of PHP7 in this post on Torque.
I’ve been wanting to test out PHP7 ever since it debuted earlier this year. I had one old plugin on both of my member sites that couldn’t handle it. That’s gone now, so looking forward to testing the new version.
One of the reasons I switched to a shared reseller account on A2 Hosting https://www.blogaid.net/a2 (aff link) was so that I could replicate a testing site across several different cPanel setups, including one with PHP7 and then another with Turbo and compare them to how most folks have their sites set up now. You can’t do that on a managed VPS account.
When I do those tests, you know I’ll be releasing a brief of the benchmark findings, and Webmaster Level 5 folks will get the in-depth report.
That’s a wrap for this week’s Tips Tuesday.
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