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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?
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.
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!
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."
My 7 Favorite WordPress Plugins (That You May Not Have Heard Of) (www.wpexplorer.com) Tom Ewer's roundup of his favorite WordPress plugins that you may not have heard of. If you've been a WordPress user for more than a few weeks you’ll know all about the usual suspects — the plugins with millions of downloads and loads of top ratings — but there is a goldmine of diamonds in the rough lurking just below the surface that you may never have heard of.
6 WordPress Plugins To Combat Plagiarism (www.wpjedi.com) Plagiarism and content theft are nothing new. Many folks don’t seem to have any problem stealing other people’s work. As a webmaster, you should not tolerate that. There are many things you can do to remind content thieves about your rights as a publisher and keep them from stealing your content easily. Using these 6 WordPress plugins is a good place to start.
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.
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 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.