WPBeginner https://www.wpbeginner.com Beginner's Guide for WordPress Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:21:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Form Pages by WPForms – Google Forms Alternative for WordPress https://www.wpbeginner.com/news/form-pages-by-wpforms-google-forms-alternative-for-wordpress/ https://www.wpbeginner.com/news/form-pages-by-wpforms-google-forms-alternative-for-wordpress/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:30:41 +0000 https://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=59702 Have you ever tried creating a distraction-free form landing page in WordPress? If so, then you likely realized that it is not easy. The biggest challenge with WordPress forms until now has been that all form layouts are controlled by WordPress themes, and sadly most… Read More »

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Have you ever tried creating a distraction-free form landing page in WordPress? If so, then you likely realized that it is not easy.

The biggest challenge with WordPress forms until now has been that all form layouts are controlled by WordPress themes, and sadly most WordPress themes do not prioritize form layouts.

This forced a lot of WordPress users to use Google Forms to create standalone forms which isn’t an ideal workflow. Since there wasn’t a perfect Google Forms alternative in WordPress, we created one.

Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of Form Pages by WPForms, a “distraction-free” form landing page builder for WordPress to help you improve your form conversions.

Form Pages by WPForms Preview

Form Pages addon for WPForms allows you to quickly create dedicated form landing pages without hiring a developer or writing any code in less than 5 minutes.

Like everything else in WPForms, we made the process “stupid simple”.

You can create a custom landing page for any of your WordPress forms by simply enabling the “Form Page Mode” from the Form Settings.

Form Pages by WPForms

On the settings page, you can add your logo, custom page title, description, and define the landing page URL.

It comes with two different form styles Modern and Classic. The Classic style will give you the exact same look-and-feel of Google Forms whereas the Modern Design will allow you to bring your form into 2019.

You can combine the form styles with six pre-made color schemes. You can also build a custom color scheme by selecting the main color. WPForms will then generate other colors and gradients to automatically build your color scheme.

Once done simply save your settings, and that’s it.

Your custom form landing page is ready to be shared.

Form Pages by WPForms is the perfect Google Forms alternative for WordPress because it lets you build custom form landing pages and combine it with other powerful WPForms features such as smart surveys, conditional logic, payment integrations, marketing integrations, user registration, form abandonment technology, and so much more.

Form Pages addon is available as part of the WPForms Pro plan.

If you’re serious about improving your form conversions, then you need get started with WPForms Pro today.

Bonus: You can get 50% off WPForms when using the coupon code: SAVE50

Thank you as always for your continued support of WPBeginner and our products. We look forward to bringing you even more powerful solutions in 2019.

Syed and the WPBeginner Team

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Why is WordPress Free? What are the Costs? What is the Catch? https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/why-is-wordpress-free-what-are-the-costs-what-is-the-catch/ https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/why-is-wordpress-free-what-are-the-costs-what-is-the-catch/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=10043 One of the most often asked question by our users is “Do I have to pay to use WordPress?”. We tell them that WordPress is a free and open source software, which is usually followed by, “Why is WordPress Free?”. In this article, we will… Read More »

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One of the most often asked question by our users is “Do I have to pay to use WordPress?”. We tell them that WordPress is a free and open source software, which is usually followed by, “Why is WordPress Free?”.

In this article, we will discuss why is WordPress free, what’s the cost of running a WordPress site, and what’s the catch?

WordPress is free

WordPress is an open source software. It is free in the sense of freedom not in the sense of free beer. You may ask what is the difference between these two?

Open source software comes with the freedom for you to use, modify, build upon, and redistribute the software in any way you like without paying any fees.

However, there might be costs involved in other areas. We will discuss the cost of using the open source WordPress software later in this article.

Why Don’t They Sell WordPress as a Software?

We often get asked, why don’t people and companies behind WordPress sell it? If WordPress is as good as everyone says, then they would obviously make a lot more money by selling it.

This statement would make sense, if a single company or an individual owned WordPress.

WordPress is an open source community project where tens of thousands of talented people have made contributions to make it into a great software that it is today.

There is a core team of developers that lead the project development, but anyone can contribute patches, fix bugs, make features, suggest features, etc.

Furthermore, project leaders change from one version to another. If you get deeply involved in the community, then you can become a core contributor to WordPress as well.

The Philosophy behind Open Source Software

The philosophy behind Open Source software movement is that software are not like other tangible products. Once a software is created, it can be copied many times with little cost.

Let’s take the example of a toy factory. Each toy manufactured has different parts and each part has a cost. The manufacturing cost of these parts can be calculated by the factory to decide a reasonable profit margin for the product.

On the other hand, the cost of creating software and making copies of it is not the same. Some groups believe that with each copy sold, the profit margin of the software becomes more unfair.

To understand more about open source software ideals, check out GNU’s Philosophy.

How Do People Make Money with WordPress?

The two main profitable parts of any open source software are products and services based on the same open source software.

People often confuse WordPress with WordPress.com, but they’re actually two different things. WordPress (often referred to self-hosted WordPress or WordPress.org) is a free blogging platform and website builder.

Matt Mullenweg, co-founding developer of WordPress, launched a company called Automattic which provides “restricted” free blog hosting service at WordPress.com, and you can pay / upgrade to unlock features and remove ads.

However, to get the full power of WordPress on WordPress.com platform, you’ll need to sign up with their WordPress VIP service. This costs over $5000 per month for hosting + $5000 set up fee.

Automattic has raised a total of $317.3M in funding over 7 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on Jan 1, 2015 from a Venture round. (Source)

Other developers have also gone ahead to build successful multi-million dollar businesses around WordPress by creating commercial plugins, commercial themes, and even offering WordPress hosting.

Some examples of successful multi-million dollar WordPress companies are:

Related: See our list of 20 top WordPress companies.

Good WordPress developers and consultants also make a comfortable full-time income by building custom websites, applications, and plugins around WordPress for their clients. A lot of them are making over six-figures in annual earnings by themselves.

Is WordPress Copyright Free?

No, WordPress is not copyright free. It is licensed in a way that allows everyone to use it, but each contribution made to the software is copyrighted.

It is released under GPL, so you are free to use, modify, and redistribute the code. You will have the copyright to modifications you make to the software, not the entire code.

GPL requires that any derivative work you release or distribute should be licensed under GPL as well. You may have the copyright to do anything you like, your derivative work automatically inherits the GPL license, so others are free to use, modify, and redistribute your code in any way they choose.

Does this mean that all premium WordPress Themes and Plugins are Licensed GPL?

According to an official blog post on WordPress.org, themes are GPL too. Images, CSS and Javascript used inside themes and plugins can be excluded, but all PHP and HTML parts of themes and plugins extensively use WordPress functionality thus they are a derivative work therefore are licensed under GPL.

While some folks do not agree with that, most trusted WordPress businesses follow and abide by the community guidelines.

The Content Published with WordPress also inherits GPL?

No, you are entitled to license your content any way you like. Unless the content you are publishing is actually a derivative work of WordPress or any other GPL licensed work.

For example, if you are sharing your articles, photos, or any other artwork on your blog, then you own full copyrights of it.

However, if you are writing a blog post showing people how to use a WordPress function with examples, then that particular blog post could be licensed differently. The code used in examples is actually derivative work and automatically inherits the GPL license.

The WordPress Trademark

The code of WordPress as a software is released under GPL but the words WordPress, WordCamp, and the WordPress logo are registered trademarks owned by the WordPress Foundation.

To distinguish between a site or resource that is official or community run, the foundation asks folks to not use “WordPress” in their domain name.

This is the reason why our site is called WPBeginner instead of WordPressBeginner. Any website, training course, or resource that you see has WordPress in their domain name is probably being run by someone who doesn’t know enough about WordPress. This means you probably shouldn’t pay them any of your money :)

Most legit businesses built around WordPress are aware of the trademark policies, and they respect the rules.

Cost of using WordPress

WordPress as a software is free for you to download and use. However, to use WordPress on the web, you will need WordPress Hosting.

You can use WordPress.com to create a free blog, but be aware that there are some differences. See our comparison of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org for more details.

The cost of using WordPress is relatively minimal and hold true for running any other type of website as well. The only real cost is web hosting ($7.99 per month) and domain name ($14 / year).

However WPBeginner users can get a free domain name and 60% off web hosting from Bluehost which means you can start a website for as low as $2.75 per month. Bluehost is an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.

Related: How to Start a WordPress Blog (Ultimate Guide)

Additional costs could be commercial WordPress themes also known as premium WordPress themes. However, you are not required to use those because there are over 6000+ free WordPress themes that you can use.

People often use commercial plugins, but you are not required to use those as well because there are over 54,000+ free WordPress plugins available.

We have created a detailed guide on how much does it really cost to build a WordPress website with instructions on how to start a website on a budget and save money.

We hope that this article answered your questions about WordPress licensing, the costs of running a WordPress site, and the business around WordPress. You may also want to see our list of easy to start online business ideas that actually make money.

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Gutenberg vs WordPress Page Builders – What’s the Real Difference? https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/gutenberg-vs-wordpress-page-builders/ https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/gutenberg-vs-wordpress-page-builders/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:09:08 +0000 https://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=59446 As more users upgrade to WordPress 5.0, we’ve been asked several times if the new WordPress block editor, Gutenberg, is meant to be a replacement for drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins. The new WordPress block editor is quite powerful and allows you to… Read More »

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As more users upgrade to WordPress 5.0, we’ve been asked several times if the new WordPress block editor, Gutenberg, is meant to be a replacement for drag and drop WordPress page builder plugins.

The new WordPress block editor is quite powerful and allows you to build beautiful content layouts. However, it’s no match for the powerful page builder plugins.

In this article, we will compare Gutenberg vs WordPress page builder plugins to help you understand the real difference. We’ll also share future roadmap of Gutenberg to help you see how it will change in the future.

Gutenberg vs Page Builder Plugins

Gutenberg vs WordPress Page Builder Plugins (Explained)

Gutenberg is the new default WordPress editor. It uses blocks to add and arrange content elements for posts and pages, hence the name block editor.

New WordPress editor called Gutenberg

Since Gutenberg allows you to easily add custom content styles and drag & drop element, it’s easy to get confused and start calling it a page builder.

But it’s not anywhere close (at least not yet).

WordPress page builder plugins are drag and drop design tools that allow you to create completely custom website designs without writing any code.

Creating a page with Beaver Builder best page builder plugin

Top WordPress page builders like Beaver Builder, Divi, and Visual Composer are significantly more powerful. They come with ready-made templates that you can use and offer a lot more design flexibility than Gutenberg.

Let’s take a deeper look at the differences between Gutenberg vs Page Builders to get a better understanding.

7 Key Difference Between Gutenberg and WordPress Page Builder Plugins

The biggest difference is that Gutenberg is a default WordPress editor and comes built-in with WordPress. On the other hand, page builder plugins are created and supported by third-party developers.

WordPress.org team does not call Gutenberg a page builder. Instead, they call it the block editor, and it’s presented as a modern way to edit content in WordPress.

There’s a big reason for that, and it’ll become very clear as you read the differences between the two.

1. Drag & Drop features

Gutenberg is not a drag and drop page builder (at least, not in its current form). You can add blocks and move them up and down, but you cannot adjust their width / height, add blocks inside other blocks, or create complex layouts using columns and rows.

On the other hand, page Builders allow you to drag and drop blocks/widgets, adjust their height and width, and even create columns and add blocks inside other blocks.

Nested blocks, rows, and columns

2. Theme support and compatibility

Gutenberg relies heavily on your WordPress theme styles. It does add some of its own CSS and even allow you to add custom CSS for blocks, but it doesn’t override your theme styles and settings.

While page builder plugins can work with your theme styles, they also give you the option to completely take over a page and override your theme’s styles. This is extremely helpful if you want to create custom page layouts.

3. Live editing vs backend editor

When you are editing a post or page in Gutenberg, what you see on screen is not a live preview of your actual post or page. Gutenberg is a backend editor, and it does its best to depict what your content will look like when you preview it.

On the other hand, page builder plugins give you an actual live preview of your page as you edit it. You can see exactly how things would appear without saving the page.

Editing pages with live preview

4. Content Layout vs Page Design

Gutenberg blocks give you the freedom to create content layouts, but they’re quite limited. You can use columns, tables, and full-width cover images.

Page builders are more flexible. You can not only add content, but you can also change the whole page layout. They offer more design options for each widget and block.

Creating page designs with page builder

5. Widgets and blocks

Gutenberg comes with a decent set of default blocks covering all the commonly used content elements. You can also save and reuse blocks in other posts and even on other WordPress websites.

It has a powerful API allowing plugin developers to create their own blocks too. All top WordPress plugins already have their own Gutenberg blocks that you can use.

Gutenberg blocks

Page builders come with even more blocks, modules, and widgets. They offer advanced content elements including carousels, sliders, call to action buttons, contact forms, countdown timers, and more. You can also save individual blocks, rows, or entire template to reuse later.

Content modules in Beaver Builder

Popular page builders also have their own APIs allowing other developers to make extensions and blocks. For example, the Ultimate Addons pack for Beaver Builder, and Divi Monk for Divi Page Builder.

6. Formatting and Styling Options

The blocks in Gutenberg come with their own styling and formatting options. However, these options are limited. For more styling and formatting, you’ll have to add your own custom CSS for a block.

Styling options

Page Builders, on the other hand, offer a lot more styling options. You can change background colors of blocks, use gradients, use font-icons, select fonts, line height, adjust width of elements, use styles on images, and more.

7. Scope

The purpose of adding Gutenberg to WordPress is to offer a modern writing experience to users. It is intended to be used by everyone including bloggers, writers, photographers, and businesses.

Page builder plugins provide a visual drag and drop interface to design entire pages. They are intended to be used by small businesses, aspiring designers, WordPress agencies, eCommerce stores, and more.

While Gutenberg helps you create better content, page builder plugins help you create better landing pages that help you increase sales, boost subscribers, and grow your business.

Can or Will Gutenberg Replace WordPress Page Builders?

In its current form, Gutenberg is just a better content editor than what WordPress had before. It is NOT a replacement for the powerful WordPress page builder plugins.

With that said, it is in the WordPress roadmap to expand Gutenberg’s functionality to more areas of the website such as menus, widgets, and even the customizer.

We will have to wait and see the improvements to determine if Gutenberg will ever come close the powerful WordPress page builder plugins.

Which Page Builder Plugin to Use with Gutenberg?

All top WordPress page builder plugins work well with WordPress 5.0, and the new Gutenberg editor. You can take a look at our pick of the best WordPress page builder plugins, and how they stack up against each other.

If you are building a small business website and have little to no technical skills, then we recommend Beaver Builder. It is the most beginner friendly WordPress page builder, and its packed with features.

Our second choice would be Divi. It is easy to use and gives you access to dozens of templates, modules, and a huge community of users.

We hope this article helped you understand the difference between Gutenberg block editor vs WordPress page builder plugins. You may also want to see our guide on how to grow your website on shoestring budget.

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