PHP 7.4 Just Came Out, and So Did Our PHP Version Switcher

PHP is still one of the most popular languages used to build the web. The newest version, PHP 7.4, was released today — and Business and eCommerce plan customers can opt to start using it immediately.

WordPress.com sites run PHP 7.3 by default — it’s still our recommended version, since it’s been stress-tested across all of WordPress.com — but if you have a site on the Business or eCommerce plan and want to be on the leading technological edge, you can opt to switch to version 7.4 immediately.

Head to My Site > Manage > Hosting Configuration to find the new PHP Version Switcher:

Choose which version of PHP you want your site to run on, click the “Update PHP version” button, and voilà.

(Note: All sites with eCommerce plans can make the switch right now. Sites on the Business plan need to have either an active plugin or a custom theme to use the PHP Version Switcher.)

PHP’s evolved with each version 7 release, and PHP 7.4 promises to have the strongest performance yet. It will eventually power all WordPress.com sites, but Business and eCommerce customers can take advantage of the update today!

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A New Way to Earn Money on WordPress.com

It’s hard to be creative when you’re worried about money. Running ads on your site helps, but for many creators, ad revenue isn’t enough. Top publishers and creators sustain their businesses by building reliable income streams through ongoing contributions.

Our new Recurring Payments feature for WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered sites lets you do just that: it’s a monetization tool for content creators who want to collect repeat contributions from their supporters, and it’s available with any paid plan on WordPress.com.

Let your followers support you with periodic, scheduled payments. Charge for your weekly newsletter, accept monthly donations, sell yearly access to exclusive content — and do it all with an automated payment system.

With recurring payments, you can:

  • Accept ongoing payments from visitors directly on your site.
  • Bill supporters automatically, on a set schedule. Subscribers can cancel anytime from their WordPress.com account.
  • Offer ongoing subscriptions, site memberships, monthly donations, and more, growing your fan base with exclusive content.
  • Integrate your site with Stripe to process payments and collect funds.

Enable Recurring Payments in three steps

Start accepting ongoing payments in just five minutes, without any technical background. 

1. Connect (or create) a Stripe account

WordPress.com partners with Stripe, one of the internet’s biggest payment processors, to make sure transactions are fast and secure. You’ll need a Stripe account to use Recurring Payments. 

Head to your Earn page and click Connect Stripe to Get Started — we’ll walk you through the setup and help you create a Stripe account if you don’t have one.

2. Put a Recurring Payments button on your site

Recurring Payments takes advantage of the powerful block editor. To start collecting revenue, open a post or page, click the (+) to add a new block, and insert a Recurring Payments button.

3. Customize the details of the recurring payment

You can create as many payment plans for your site as you’d like—different currencies, amounts, payment frequencies, and names, so you can offer different tiers or subscriptions.

You can also choose one of your previously created plans when you insert a new button.

Bravo!

You just set up Recurring Payments for your site. Now your fans can support you, just like they do on Longreads.com and around the web.

For more detailed setup instructions, visit the Recurring Payments support page.

So many options to grow your supporter base

With Recurring Payments, you can turn your content into revenue, accept donations, or fund your next big idea. 

  • Sell access to members-only newsletters.
  • Collect club membership dues automatically.
  • Let fans fund your next art project.

Some people even collect rent with recurring payments!

Recurring payments is the latest addition to the monetizing tools found on WordPress.com. Here are the other tools you can find by visiting WordPress.com/earn.

  • Use Simple Payments to take one-time payments, or to sell digital or physical products with minimal configuration.
  • Add WordAds to run advertisements on your site, and earn revenue from your traffic.
  • Move to WooCommerce when you’re ready to create a full shopping experience for visitors — it’s the most customizable online-store platform on the web, with thousands of extensions.

Ready to add Recurring Payments? Head to your site’s Earn section right now.

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Croacia

Día 1: ciudad de salida ‐ Dubrovnik
A la llegada de nuestro vuelo alquilamos un coche en golcar y camino a Dubrovnick.

El aparcamiento es casi impodible pero el propietario del hotel nos dijo que podíamos aparcar en el konsum, un supermercado típico de aquí,y así lo hicimos.

Hay aparcamiento en la ciudad también,el coste son 55 euros o 360 en su moneda, por 24 horas.

De Dubrovnik que deciros,además de l encantó del Castillo,la murallas y el paseo nocturno por la ciudad antigua…Es preciosa…

Cenamos en Lokanda, justo al lado del puerto y para quien haya visto Juego de Tronos, donde se produce el desembarco.

Y como fanáticos de juego de tronos,en el barrio jesuita hemos encontrado las escaleras de la verguenza, donde Cersei hizo la caminata.

Día 2: Dubrovnik – Murallas de Drubrovnik -Split

Por la mañana volvimos a visitar Dubrovnik, una de las joyas de este viaje, ciudad famosa por su gran riqueza artística e histórica. Realizamos una visita a esta preciosa urbe, conocida como la Perla del Adriático.

Pudimos disfrutar del encanto de su casco histórico, que nos trajo recuerdos de épocas pasadas. Allí, los seguidores más fieles de la serie Juego de Tronos se sentiran parte de la trama e incluso creeréis que en algún momento nos podremos cruzar con un Lannister paseando por Desembarco del Rey. Y es que esta ciudad ha servido como escenario de la serie desde su segunda temporada.

Conoceremos también la catedral y el monasterio franciscano famoso por su claustro.

Como empezó a llover cogimos el coche y nos fuimos hacia split. Aquí os dejo algunos fotos de split y sin duda no hay que perderse el Palacio de Dioclesiano,visitar las 4 puertas, el templo de Júpiter,pasear por la ciudad y perderte por los callejones, comer en cualquier konova…

La ciudad guarda un verdadero tesoro arquitectónico de la época romana, digno de ser admirado por sus visitantes. Desde los sótanos del Palacio Diocleciano (entrada incluida), uno de los palacios románicos que mejor se conservan en el mundo, los restos arqueológicos del Templo de Júpiter y el Mausoleo de Diocleciano, posteriormente reconvertida en La Catedral de San Diomo, hasta el Ayuntamiento y las callejuelas románticas del lugar. Todo, ejemplos de las diferentes épocas y estilos que revelan la historia de la ciudad. 

Día 3: Split – ruinas de salona- castillo de Klis- Trogir- Sibenik

Por la mañaba,bien tempranito,hemos disfrutado de una ruta por el parque Suma marjan.

Cerca se split están las ruinas de salona y el castillo de Klis, conocido por los frikis,como yo, juego de tronos…

Comemos en el paseo marítimo de Trogir, y terminamos la jornada en Siberik.

Trogir, declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO es bellisima. Esta ciudad cuenta con riquezas como la Catedral de San Lorenzo, una espectacular mezcla de arquitectura veneciana, románica y barroca.

De Trogir a Siberik nos vamos por la carretera junto al mar,disfrutando del color azul del mar,los viñedos y los olivos..

Día 4: Siberik, lagos de krka y zadar

Por la mañana temprano vimos el castillo y la catedral,y de ahí salimos para los lagos de krka.

El río deslumbra por sus imponentes cataratas, el color fascinante del agua,entre color turquesa y verde esmeralda y por supuesto totalmente transparente. Al terminar de los lagos,nos dirigimos a Zadar. La catedral de Zara, los órganos junto al mar,la Iglesia de San Donato, el saludo al sol(luces de color es en el suelo del paseo marítimo fascinantes),es impresionante.

Día 5: ZADAR-LAGOS DE PLETVICE-RIJEKA

Plitvice, considerado como uno de los más bonitos del mundo. Recorreremos, siempre acompañados del refrescante sonido del agua, los senderos salpicados con los lagos, cataratas y cascadas que componen el parque.

Día 6: Rijeka-Pazin-Svetvincerat-Vodnjan-Fazana-Pula

El recorrido por estos pueblos es fascinante,mezcla de cultura, sitios preciosos y lugares fascinantes como podéis comprobar en las fotos.

En cuanto a la comida,recomiendo el restaurante Orfej, en Pula,la comida exquisita y los precios es de no creérselo..,comimos por 20 euros,con cerveza franciscana,ensalada capresse y pizza riquísima.

Día 7:Pula- Bale-Roving- Porec-Umar-Grovzjan-Motovun-Zagreb

Día 8. ZAGREB

A nuestra llegada realizaremos una completa visita panorámica a Zagreb, la capital de Croacia y, sin duda, una de las grandes desconocidas de Europa. Tal vez por ello, quienes la visitan suelen sorprenderse del encanto de una ciudad que conserva esas antiguas reminiscencias de Budapest y Viena (Zagreb es conocida como la “Pequeña Viena”). La ciudad cuenta con dos sectores bien diferenciados:
En la Ciudad Baja (Donji Grad),la zona más moderna y dinámica de la capital, descubriremos la mayor parte de las construcciones del periodo de transición entre los siglos XIX y XX: majestuosas edificaciones, monumentos y parques, pero también con museos y elegantes comercios como los de la calle Llica, la más famosa de la ciudad. No obstante, la mayor parte de atracciones de Zagreb se concentran en la Ciudad Alta (Gornji Grad), donde la historia surge en cada rincón. Callejeando podremos acceder de una parte a otra de la ciudad a través de la Puerta de Piedra, donde nos adentraremos en un barrio de calles empedradas de aire medieval, con un gran atractivo y un indudable carácter.

En este paseo descubriremos la iglesia de San Marcos, cuyo tejado luce vivos colores, la catedral de Zagreb, las calles Racdicev, llenas de galerías de arte y, por último, la calle Tkalciceva, la más animada de la ciudad, con terrazas, restaurantes, tiendas de antigüedades y establecimientos de jóvenes artistas.

También pudimos hacer una ruta de senderismo por los alrededores de zagreb.

Día 9: Zagreb

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Gorka Grill (Málaga)

Cuando vi el logotipo de la cadena comprendí porque me iba a encantar estas hamburguesas,y así fue,son la misma cadena de hamburguesas de Manhattan,New York. Pedimos la Kevin Bacon, y la calidad de las hamburguesas,el punto de la carne,la simpatía de las camareras y ese lugar tan acogedor harán que volvamos con toda seguridad.

Aconsejo comer con ropa cómoda para evitar desprendimiento de botones.

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Cocina a 14 manos

De la mano de Antonio Lorenzo,y gracias a su invitación,pudimos disfrutar de una experiencia única y como no, uno de los mejores espectáculos culinarios vividos aquí en Granada.

Catorce manos expertas han ideado un menú que evocan sabores y aromas únicos.

Joseillo (Casa Piolas), Marcos Pedraza (Ruta del Veleta), Diego Higueras (Cantina de Diego), Ismael Delgado (La Fábula), Raúl Sierra (Atelier), Álvaro Arriaga (Restaurante Arriaga) y Antonio Lorenzo (El Conjuro) serán los encargados de ponerle sabor granadino y espectáculo a este prestigioso evento.

En este evento se contó con la presencia de Carme Ruscadella..Ahi os dejo las fotitos ya que estas imágenes hablan por sí mismas sobre el evento.

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¿Por qué me di de baja de Facebook?

Son muchas las razones para abandonar Facebook, la principal es que me suplantaron la identidad, pero hay muchas más razones para dejar de pertenecer a esa enorme familia:
      Se recupera tiempo, suma el tiempo dedicado y analiza su utilidad.
      Es posible que este instrumento te produzca ciertos problemas de ansiedad, consecuencia de estar pendiente de su información o de no tener temas para publicar.
      Puedes ser engañado o timado, dada la existencia de gran número de noticias falsas.
      Puede llegar a crear cierta competitividad entre los tuyos, incluso llegar a tener envidia de tus amigos o conocidos.
–      Se pierde privacidad.
Hay muchas más razones para abandonar Facebook, pero lo que si os puedo decir, es que para mí ha sido magnifico dejar de pertenecer a ese colectivo.
Por cierto, no es nada fácil darse de baja. 
Un saludo

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Join us in a Digital Climate Strike

With fires raging in the Amazon, hurricanes ripping across the Atlantic, and typhoons flooding Japan, our planet and our climate are sending us a message: We can no longer continue with business as usual.

The week starting September 20th, 350.org is organizing a Global Climate Strike, in association with Fridays For Future, to show global leaders that the time to act is now. Alongside the people walking out of workplaces, schools, and homes around the world, 350.org is organizing a digital climate strike. Websites participating in the digital strike will promote the physical strikes in the lead-up to the date, and partially block themselves to users on September 20th itself. That is where you come in!

Starting today, you can opt into the digital climate strike with your WordPress.com site, showing your commitment to this critical topic and spreading the word about the event. Between now and September 20th, your site will display a small climate strike banner. On the 20th, it will transform into a dismissible full-screen overlay.

WordPress.com site owners can head to My Site > Settings. At the top of the Settings menu, you will see a toggle switch — flip it on to join the digital climate strike.

Other WordPress sites can also join the movement by installing the Digital Climate Strike plugin from the WordPress.org plugin repository.

After the day of action, the banner will automatically disappear (or if you’ve installed the plugin, it will automatically disable) and your site will return to normal.

Together we can make a difference, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting this movement.

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WordPress.com and Fiverr Partner to Launch “WordPress.com Fundamentals” Course

Getting your new business website ready for launch? Want a little hand-holding — a step-by-step tutorial on setting up a WordPress.com site from start to finish, that you can work on at your own pace and on your own time? “WordPress.com Fundamentals,” a comprehensive video course created with our friends over at Fiverr, walks you through all the fundamentals in 90 minutes.

The course covers the basics of setting up a business website, but anyone new to WordPress.com can benefit from lessons on how to create an account, set up a site, customize a theme, publish content, and share it on social media. It was developed by WordPress.com Happiness Engineers with years of experience guiding thousands of new WordPress.com customers in chat, email, forums, and concierge sessions, so you know you’re getting expert guidance from people who know every WordPress.com tip and trick.

The entire course is just $31, which includes unlimited access to all the course materials, quizzes, and downloadable resources. Take it all at once, or learn at the pace that works for you — the course is divided into bite-sized chapters that you can refer to as many times as you need.

Students are also eligible for a discount of 25% on WordPress.com plan upgrades! So if you’ve been hesitating to explore the advanced features in the Premium, Business, or eCommerce plans, the course gives you both a great introduction to the ease and power of WordPress.com and a lower-cost way to try them out.

To get started, head over to the course page on the Learn from Fiverr website. Click on the green “Buy Course” button, and follow the prompts to create an account and purchase the course. And until the end of September, get 30% off the course fee by entering coupon code learnwordpress at checkout.

And if you do take the class, let us know what you think. Fiverr will send out a survey to all students after completing the class, so be sure to fill it out. We want to know what works for you, what you’d like to see more of, and where we can improve.

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Restaurante Sangacho (hermano pequeño Conjuro)

Este fin de semana hemos disfrutado,de la mano de nuestro amigo Antonio,las jornadas de los pinchos en el Sangacho.

Este restaurante,conocido como la versión más informal del conjuro,(o su hermano pequeño), nos ha sorprendido con unas maravillosas jornadas que confunden los sentidos y el paladar.

Antonio ha puesto a trabajar todo su ingenio y creatividad para conseguir esos excepcionales platos y sabores.

Magnífico ambiente,amenizado con un grupito de música,que le dio un valor añadido.Hay os dejo algunas fotitos:

Y para hacer este fin de semana inolvidable,no podíamos dejar de visitar al hermano mayor,el Conjuro,que,como siempre,ha estado sublime…

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When Experienced Women Engineers Look for New Jobs, They Prioritize Trust and Growth

How can we increase gender representation in software engineering?

Our Developer Hiring Experience team analyzed this topic in a recent user-research study. The issue resonated with women engineers and a strong response enabled the team to gain deeper insight than is currently available from online research projects.

Seventy-one engineers who identified as women or non-binary responded to our request for feedback. Out of that pool, 24 answered a follow-up survey, and we carried out in-depth interviews with 14 people. This was a highly skilled group, with the majority having worked in software development for over 10 years. 

While some findings aligned with our expectations, we still uncovered a few surprises. 

The Job Hunt

In initial job hunts, respondents were found to rely heavily on their existing networks and on personal outreach from companies.

If they do not have a pre-existing connection with a company, they’ll likely scrutinize it for red flags before they submit an application. Job descriptions are searched for any discouraging language — for example, if parental leave descriptions only refer to mothers. Information — about the job, salary, team, and hiring process — is key for encouraging applications.

Stack Overflow is a popular resource for job hunting; whereas Glassdoor is viewed as less useful, and more as a venting forum for former employees or unsuccessful candidates. 

The Hiring Process

The most favorable hiring processes represent a growth opportunity, rather than being purely evaluative. Communication and responsiveness are important, as is the visibility of other women within the team. For some participants, interviewing is seen as a skill to maintain. These developers are continually keeping an eye on job listings to stay abreast of their options. However, the chance for growth was the most widespread reason for actually leaving a current position. 

Job Satisfaction 

Consistently being able to have an impact, including leadership opportunities, stood out as important; if this is lacking, experienced women engineers are likely to seek new employment. Dissatisfaction can also be caused by being pushed onto the management track and having to fight to continue to focus on technical work. 

The data showed women are looking for more communities focused on connecting to other senior-level women, and around more technical topics. Concerns around online harassment can put women off trying to build their network online. 

Changes at Automattic 

We are working on Automattic’s employment branding to reflect our findings. We are in the process of gathering resources to better describe work at Automattic, and we’re encouraging existing developers to increase their visibility outside of the company — whether through writing or engaging in their communities. 

In job postings, we have removed any gameplay or language that emphasizes hiring as a competitive process — for instance, we no longer mention application volume. Instead, job postings highlight learning and career opportunities for the candidate. Adding the term “Senior” to postings is also being tested. Although this implies a job ladder that does not necessarily exist here, the research clarified that its absence sent the message that all positions are mid-level roles, without the path to growth that women candidates tend to look for. 

We are also managing candidates’ expectations by making the whole hiring process more transparent, and have created a public page outlining the hiring process.

We’ve made it easier for interested applicants to have casual chats with other women at Automattic. We also offer candidates the opportunity for one-on-one calls with a member of the Developer Experience team during the final stages of hiring; this has started with under-indexed candidates but with a view to rolling it out to everyone. These chats take place outside of the formal hiring process to provide an opportunity for the applicant to ask any questions they have and for the company to better understand their career goals and motivation. 

We are tracking the progress made and are excited to be able to contribute data to the field of gender representation in engineering. If you’d like to take a more in-depth look at our study, please do download the PDF!

Interested to learn what positions are currently open at Automattic? We’re always hiring

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