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No spam, no nonsense. - March 7, 2013

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News & Articles

  • Secure Your WordPress (colorlabsproject.com)
    These days, WordPress-site hacking is becoming very common. Although this shouldn't make you doubt WordPress, you should treat this as a wake-up call that everyone on the Internet should pay more attention to the security of their websites.
  • A Case Against WordPress Shortcodes (tommcfarlin.com)
    "For the most part, I dislike WordPress shortcodes. I think they are unintuitive, difficult to use for the average user, and go against much of what the core functionality of WordPress aims to offer."Do you agree?
  • 6 MORE Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Working With WordPress (themefuse.com)
    This is the second part of a short two-part series. The first part covered things like: frameworks, premium themes, child themes, plugins and “plugin frenzy,” the list of always-use plugins, hooks, filers, actions, and site speed. In this part, you will see more about the SEO, hackers, comments, social media and more.
  • WordPress 3.6 — What To Look Forward To (wpmu.org)
    It has been almost three months since the release of WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” which brought many new features to the table, such as a revamped Media Manager and the elimination of Links Manager. That said, the roadmap for the release of version 3.6 has already been prepared, and in this article, you will take a look at the new features and ideas that WP 3.6 is expected to bring to fruition.
  • The WP App Store: a Step in the Right Direction for WordPress Users? (managewp.com)
    Back in May 2012 the WP App Store. The store launched with no small amount of fanfare, accompanied by the support of a plethora of well-known premium developers. Many months later the dust has well and truly settled and the only real relevant question remains -- is the WP App Store useful for WordPress users?
  • How to Efficiently Clean Hidden Link Injections in Your Hacked WordPress Sites (managewp.com)
    The snippet from this post can be used to find all suspicious posts and later clean them. It has two modes, preview and update and it is currently set to look for "display: none" pattern which is commonly used to hide links.
  • When the lights go out with Mika Epstein (mattreport.com)
    Mika leads the WordPress support team at Dreamhost and is part of the core WordPress team reviewing plugins into the repo. If you’re looking to learn more about supporting clients, dealing with shared hosting and the WordPress community – this is the episode for you!
  • WordPress Community Crowd Funding (pippinsplugins.com)
    Pippin Williamson and Adam Pickering have a great idea for funding WordPress projects with WP Fund It. The project has potential to help contribute to people who are able to do great work in the community.
  • Worpit – Another Multiple Manage Solution? (wpdaily.co)
    Worpit is another notification and updating system that you might find useful. This is very much a similar product like ManageWP and WPRemote.
  • Envato Finally Will Allow For 100% GPL Licenses (notes.envato.com)
    "After getting this community feedback, we are now putting into the works an optional 100% GPL license which authors in GPL-based categories can make use of. It will be completely up to authors whether they use this option. The new option should be available towards the end of March."

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Theme News

  • There is a Theme for That (thereisathemeforthat.com)
    Finding the perfect theme has always been a bit of a chore. But now, your work can be eased by "There is a Theme for That" - where you can find 1750 themes from over 100 theme companies.Themes can be searched based on keywords, category, purchase options (single themes vs theme clubs), popular features, and price.
  • 20 WordPress Theme Design Trends For 2013 (www.pingable.org)
    If you've been watching WordPress for years, you will have noticed various design trends that come and go. WordPress is old enough now that it has gone through a number of these cycles. From minimalism to complexity, from sidebars to single column, here is an outline of the latest WordPress theme design trends for your perusal.
  • 30 Fresh & Modern WordPress Themes for Lifestyle Bloggers (wplift.com)
    For anyone who might be looking to create a lifestyle site - something that gathers images, videos, and traditional blog posts about a certain sub-culture in one place, WPLift team gathered together 30 WordPress themes for lifestyle blogs.
  • 15 Fresh Responsive Magazine WordPress Themes (www.beginwp.com)
    Magazine styled WordPress themes are very popular these days. Many Magazine themes come with many features such as slider, different color scheme, custom widgets, shortcodes, color picker, and more. So let’s take a look at 15 such fresh responsive magazine themes for WordPress.


  • Create Your Own WordPress User Contact Fields (www.wpexplorer.com)
    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a plugin that deals with users contact methods. Basically when you edit a user in the administration, there’s a “contact information” block. You'll learn how to add your own fields there, and how to show (or not) these new fields on the registration page.
  • How to Add Reusable Codes in WordPress Posts and Pages (www.wpbeginner.com)
    For better security WordPress post editor does not allow you to add executable code into your posts. In this post, you will see how you can better manage these content blocks. The goal is to manage all reusable code snippets at one place, so that they can be used selectively inside your posts.
  • Creating a Simple Instagram Plugin (wp.tutsplus.com)
    In this tutorial you will learn how to create a plugin to get the popular pictures from Instagram’s main feed.
  • How to Create a Simple Ad Using the Text Widget (www.bobwp.com)
    An ad for your sidebar is often done easily by creating a graphic, dropping it in your text widget, or using the image widget, then hyperlinking it to another page or site for more details. But not all of us have the luxury of creating graphics or once created, being able to edit the ad when needed. In this video you will see how to create a simple, editable ad, using the text widget and without knowing html.

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