Simpler On-the-Go Publishing: Background Media Uploading for Android

Simpler On-the-Go Publishing: Background Media Uploading for Android

Simpler On-the-Go Publishing: Background Media Uploading for Android

Add an image to a post or page, or ten images, or a hundred — you no longer have to wait around in the editor while your media uploads.

Version 8.1 of the WordPress for Android app is now available, with some great enhancements to publishing: background media uploading.

Adding images to a post or page? Now, you can publish — and move on to other things — while your media uploads. No more waiting inside the editor while images gradually upload! Tap the Publish button and the app takes care of finishing the uploads and publishing, leaving you free to leave the post editor and get on with other things.

You can do the same thing while saving drafts. And yes, you can have multiple posts uploading media in the background at once.

We’ve also spruced up the interface, adding notifications so you always know the status of your posts and uploads. Visit your post list at any time for a progress report on all your uploads.

These features work best with the new Beta editor, codenamed “Aztec,” so be sure to enable it in your app for the full experience — check out the details and get instructions on enabling it.

If you haven’t already, download WordPress for Android from the Play Store, give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Teach your Students Structured Thinking while Learning Web Design

Teach your Students Structured Thinking while Learning Web Design

Teach your Students Structured Thinking while Learning Web Design

August 23, 2017

Writing code in of itself has many practical benefits that most people know about. But there are secondary benefits that creating websites with code can bring. The most obvious to me, is how a properly structured (pun intended!) web design course, will teach your students structured thinking.

What is structured thinking?

In short, it is a process of putting a framework to an unstructured problem. It is problem solving by applying a structure to information.

Web Design is a form of Structured Thinking

Building a website is an exercise in structured thinking. When you plan a website, you have to come up with all the pages, figure out how they link together, consider a menu style that works for the site … and much more.

A great web design coding course should be real-world oriented, so students can learn the lessons of structured thinking.

Having students write real code, that builds actual websites is key

Experienced teachers who have taught web design, know that students get far more out of a course that teaches actual code, as students learn to build a website.

On the flip side, having students write code snippets, without actually building anything (many times, they just move characters on a screen,) does not provide any chance to teach students organizational skills and structured thinking.

Not surprising to professional coders, writing code snippets with no context, doesn’t help much with learning to code either. As some teachers have recently told me, they quickly see students get bored, as they just run through the motions of the repetition.

… The code snippets, just replace a controller to move characters.

Having students writing code snippets, to move characters on screen, is akin to thinking that you are teaching students how to drive, by having them play Super Mario Cart on a Nintendo.

… It’s a great game, but ‘driving’ a Super Mario Cart, has about as much to do with actual driving, as using code snippets to move a character around on screen, has to do with actual coding.

More and more teachers are using StudioWeb to teach their students real-world coding, because of the clear learning opportunities that writing actual code provides.


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Add A Simple Payment Button To Your Site

Add A Simple Payment Button To Your Site

Add A Simple Payment Button To Your Site

With our new PayPal integration, you can start selling in seconds.

May 2016: Hajj Flemings, CEO of Rebrand Cities with renowned photographer, Shawn Lee, in a redesigned school bus en route to working with small business owners in Detroit.

Earlier this year, while working in Detroit with small business owners and the Rebrand Cities team, it became clear that entrepreneurs and publishers are looking for a simpler way to accept credit and debit card payments on their sites.

Our Happiness Engineering team — the guardians of our customers — also weighed in, and we knew that we wanted to make an existing process simpler. So we set a design goal of bringing a 15-minute-long process to under a minute — especially for a customer that has never used PayPal before.

So a small team of engineers and designers came together to solve that problem with the intent of releasing a “Version One” with which we could start to understand how a simpler payment button could be used by our customers. It’s currently limited to our Premium and Business Plan members on and for Jetpack Premium and Professional members on any WordPress site — while we tune and refine how it can work best.

Here’s how it works: Open a new post, select “Insert Content,” then choose “Add Payment Button.” You’ll fill out the details for what you’re selling, add the email address for your PayPal account (where the money will be sent), and that’s it! Now your readers can send you a payment with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

Read more about how to get started with the new Simple Payments feature for Premium and Business Plans on and Jetpack-powered sites.


It’s easy to think that making simple things is, well, simple. But that’s never the case. Austin, Texas-based engineering leader Bob Ralian led the product team that pulled this live, working prototype together in record time. I had the opportunity to observe the design team in action working with the engineers, and the following is a brief interview with Bob on how all the pieces came together.

JM: So tell me a little about yourself, Bob!

BR: I’ve been building websites and web applications for the better part of 20 years, and I’ve worked at Automattic for four years. I’ve done a mix of engineering, team management, and project management. I live in Austin, Texas, with my wife, three kids, and two dogs.

JM: How does an engineer think versus how a designer thinks?

BR: As an engineer I usually think in terms of what I have and what I know. I can work within a system, take different pieces and turn them into something new. Take duct tape, dental floss, and a rubber band, and turn it into a bicycle. Or I can look at a process and think through how I can make it better. But I’ve found that designers are able to create something totally new out of nothing. They’re not intimidated by a completely blank slate. It’s a superpower that I greatly admire!

JM: They sound very similar!

BR: I think we’re motivated by the same things. We want to make something that people like and appreciate and makes their days a little better. Really, we just want our users to be happy and enjoy what we’re building.

JM: An unusual amount of planning went into this little button — it started in Detroit with a group of designers and then was packaged into a variety of concept sketches and little movies. Does all that up front work really pay off? If so, how?

BR: We spent a lot of time with customers, particularly small business owners, to learn about what they need from their websites. We learned that many of them just want a simple way to take payments. So we used that as our guiding principle, make it as simple as possible for these business owners to add a payment button to their site.

JM: What’s an “MVLP”? I heard the designers use that term with the engineers.

BR: MVLP stands for “minimum viable lovable product.” It means that rather than taking a long time to build a complicated product behind a curtain, we try to build small, simple features and launch them early. It’s ready when it solves a real user need and we can feel proud of it – something we can love. Then we let our customers tell us what they want next and how to make it better. This keeps us focused on building for real user needs.

JM: As an accomplished musical artist yourself, how does “love” play into the engineering of products?

BR: To me it’s all the same; composing a song, writing a blog post, building a new feature, or making something with my hands. I just really love the process of “making things.” Bringing something new into the world is an act of love. It’s an act of vulnerability and generosity. It’s saying to the world “We did our best, and we really hope this makes your life a little better.”

JM: Thanks Bob! Our huge thanks to the engineers who built it; Jason Johnston (who led the project), Artur Piszek, Damián Suárez, Don Park, Jarda Šnajdr, Payton Swick, and Rastislav Lamoš! And special thanks to designers Takashi Irie and Dave Whitley for thoughtfully crafting the experience design for this very first MLVP of the Simple Payment button.

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Teach your Students How to Build Websites

Teach your Students How to Build Websites

Teach your Students How to Build Websites

July 26, 2017

We are now entering the 7th year since StudioWeb first entered the classroom with our clear-cut, easy to use curriculum on web design.

We have helped many teachers and schools, make the coding languages of web design (HTML, CSS and JavaScript,) both fun and easy to learn.

We learn, to help you teach

It has taken a willingness to listen to teachers and students, visits to classrooms, and persistence to get StudioWeb to where it is today. With practically a 100% renewal rate, teachers of all web design skill levels, find our solid course curriculum and software, an invaluable teaching aid.

… In fact, having StudioWeb in the classroom is almost like having your own teacher’s assistant, who happens to be an expert at teaching web design!

There are about 100 elements that when combined, make StudioWeb’s courses so effective. But, after speaking with many teachers, I’d say the top features they mention are:

  1. Instant feedback in the quizzing and code challenges.
  2. Built-in powerful hinting – students can never get stuck.
  3. Accurate auto grading by course, chapter and even the lesson!

There is so much more that makes StudioWeb so effective (student projects, 360 optimized video lessons, realtime tracking) … but in the end, all that matters is that your students will learn how to write code, and build websites they can proudly show their friends and family.

… Nothing motivates students like seeing their work produce real results!

If you would like to learn more or try a demo, please feel free to visit


Stefan Mischook

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Homeschooling your Kids in Coding

Homeschooling your Kids in Coding

Homeschooling your Kids in Coding

June 28, 2017

It is universally known that kids should learn to code for a variety of reasons:

  • Job opportunities (software development, robotics, Ai)
  • Brain training
  • Pathway to entrepreneurship

The problem many parents have, is that they themselves don’t know how to code … let alone teach it! StudioWeb solves that problem.

Developed with Teachers and Students

Over the last 7 years, the StudioWeb team has been working with schools and students, to make StudioWeb a fun and effective system that makes learning and teaching code easy. Most of our teachers have never taught code before and the outcomes are great!

… Students completing the StudioWeb curriculum come away with a good understand of coding and the basics of computer science.

The Coding Languages

With so many coding languages out there, it can be hard to determine which ones are best for students … which languages will be relevant in 5-10 years?

No worries, StudioWeb takes care of that for you as well! We know which languages are going to important in the coming years. Here are the coding languages that students can’t go wrong learning:

  1. HTML5
  2. CSS3
  3. JavaScript
  4. Python
  5. SQL
  6. PHP

Students don’t have to learn all these languages, but all of them have a great future. For example, every single website and web application in the world is built with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. For example, Facebook is built with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, SQL and PHP.

Python is used in robotics, scientific research and most importantly, artificial intelligence … otherwise known as Ai. Arguably, Python is the most important of the programming languages looking forward.

Easy to get started

StudioWeb is as user friendly as it gets for students and parents. Video based, kids are taught step-by-step as the StudioWeb software tracks and grades your students. Parents have access to a control panel that allows to see progress reports, and even accurate grades by lesson and chapter. At any given moment, parents know how well their kids are doing.

Because our courses are video based, lessons are fun and self guiding. Your kids will roll right into the lessons with no problems. Great for middle school students and up, StudioWeb’s courses cover some of the key fundamentals of computer science.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

Thanks for reading.

Stefan Mischook

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Professional Development in Web Design

Professional Development in Web Design

Professional Development in Web Design

May 27, 2017

It is well known that coding (which includes the web design coding languages) is now an essential subject for students of all ages. Many US states and countries around the world, are making code a core part of their curriculum.

… The challenge many schools are facing though, is finding teachers to teach the coding classes.

StudioWeb’s Professional Development in Teaching Code

After working with many schools in the US and abroad, StudioWeb has developed an effective and engaging professional development program for teachers who have never written a single line of code! Modern web design is all about understanding the coding languages that allow web sites to be built: HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

Learn to teach web design as you learn the course material for your classes

Teacher’s are super busy, and so it makes sense for them to learn to teach web design, with the course material that they will be using to teach their students with. It’s a two for one!! The StudioWeb program has proven to fit that role perfectly.

How does it work?

  1. Teachers do the StudioWeb courses on the subjects they will be teaching … like HTML, JavaScript and CSS.
  2. As teachers learn to code, they will also be learning the structure of the lessons, quizzes, projects and the code challenges!
  3. Now teachers know how to code, and they know the courses they will be teaching with!

So rather than learning web design, and then having to find or develop a curriculum … professional development with StudioWeb gives you both at the same time.

… Needless to say, teachers love it!

If you are interested in learning how to teach code with our teacher approved (and proven!) curriculum, you are invited to contact us.

Thank you!
Stefan Mischook

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