Loans for Self-Employed Workers: Personal and Business Options

If you’re self-employed, you’re probably used to jumping through a few extra hoops when it comes to finances. Applying for a loan is no different. For personal loans, self-employed workers have access to the same lending options as everyone else — though you’ll probably have to provide some extra documentation to prove to a lender…

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Does Chime Offer a Business Bank Account?

Chime is an online financial company that doesn’t offer business bank accounts. Instead, it specializes in personal spending and savings accounts. NerdWallet recommends keeping personal and business checking accounts separate. But if you were interested in a Chime business bank account for benefits like good interest rates and low fees, the alternatives below may offer…

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WordCamp Europe 2021 Gutenberg Demo: “The Block Editor Gets Ready to Become a Site Builder”

Matt Mullenweg and Matías Ventura joined WordCamp Europe to chat about what’s happening with the Gutenberg project and celebrate the progress contributors have made over the past four years.

“For me, 2020 was the year that really felt like people started to see the vision of Gutenberg from four or five years ago, when it was very abstract and they saw it as kind of like the old WYSIWYG editor with some extra lines on it or something,” Mullenweg said. “The first 17 or 18 years of WordPress democratized people putting text into a box. Now we’re democratizing design, allowing people to control the boxes.”

Ventura commented on how transformative patterns have been for making page design approachable for users.

“Perhaps it was a smaller part of the roadmap initially but it’s becoming a centerpiece – especially because it allows…world class designers to provide a starting point for users and users get to learn design as they are interacting with themes,” Ventura said. He began his WordPress developer journey by “tinkering with themes,” as many others did, and believes that blocks can unlock a similar experimental learning experience.

“I think we are getting into a chapter where people will be able to tinker with things that were sort of hidden for you in WordPress – more advanced things like queries and loops, that we can now expose through blocks,” Ventura said. “They can be stepping stones for people to learn how to work with WordPress.”

Mullenweg commented on how things that previously would have required a fairly experienced WordPress developer to do, like creating a home page with a column that shows five recent posts from a particular category, and another column that shows featured posts in a different category, you can now do with just a few clicks.

“It’s no code – it’s like expanding the layers of accessibility of what people are able to do with WordPress,” Mullenweg said. “That, to me, is very core to our mission.”

Mullenweg and Ventura debuted a new “Gutenberg highlight” video that covers current and new features coming to the block editor, as it “gets ready to become a site builder.” These kinds of marketing videos are so valuable because users don’t always know what is possible, even if the tools are approachable for anyone to use.

The video demonstrates new design features for different blocks, including the transform live previews, dragging media into container blocks, inline cropping without leaving the editor canvas, the template editor, duotone image filters, more customization options for navigation, improvements to the list view browser, and the new global styles design that is coming soon.

Check out the video below and you can also watch Mullenweg and Ventura’s conversation that was recorded during the event.

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The Economics of How to Run a Haunted House

Visiting a haunted house is a time-honored tradition during Halloween season. The months of September, October, and even into November are prime time for getting scared half to death by people in elaborate, grizzly costumes and terrifying props. It’s also (assuming you’re visiting a haunted house for entertainment purposes and not just some random abandoned…

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How to Start a Wholesale Business and Keep It Successful

If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to start a business and make a profit, getting into wholesale distributorship can be a great choice As a wholesaler, you’ll provide products to other companies for a profit. It can seem overwhelming, though, to think of everything that goes into how to start a wholesale business: financial planning,…

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Top 10 Restaurant Franchise Opportunities for 2021

One of the best ways to get through to someone is through their stomachs. That’s why the restaurant industry has been such a lucrative business opportunity that stands the test of time. Food franchises alone make up 36% of the establishments and 48% of the annual financial output of the U.S. franchise industry. If you…

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How to Start a Car Detailing Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

Anyone who is considering starting a business of their own wants to ensure there’s enough demand to sustain their new venture. Between the higher prices of new cars and longer vehicle lifespans, people are buying fewer new cars and driving their current vehicles longer. This is one factor that has led to increased demand for…

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What Is Crypto Banking?

This article provides information for educational purposes. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend specific investments, including stocks, securities or cryptocurrencies. What is crypto banking? Let’s start with the “crypto” part. Cryptocurrency, or crypto for short, is a digital form of money backed by computer code instead of a central banking…

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4 Small-Business Innovations That Will Outlast the Pandemic

Small businesses that survived the COVID-19 pandemic still face a long road to recovery, but some of the innovations business owners adopted last year may outlast the pandemic itself. “If you make it through this, you ask, you learn, you adapt, and I think it only makes you stronger,” says Keith Hall, president and CEO…

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