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WordPress 3.6 Release Candidate 2 (wordpress.org) The second release candidate for WordPress 3.6 is now available for download and testing.
We’re down to only a few remaining issues, and the final release should be available in a matter of days. In RC2, we’ve tightened up some aspects of revisions, autosave, and the media player, and fixed some bugs that were spotted in RC1. Please test this release candidate as much as you can, so we can deliver a smooth final release!
Thoughts on WordPress Pricing Models (www.wpmayor.com) It all started with a post from Chris Lema. He suggested that WordPress plugin prices are too low. He followed that up with another post about pricing plugins by value. Both are essential readers for all plugin developers. The first post drew a huge number of comments, many of which are also very eye-opening.
Page.ly: Blazingly Fast Managed WordPress Hosting (wpmu.org) While Page.ly may not be for everyone (i.e. control freaks who want to manage their own upgrades and like having the ability to refine their control panel settings), they offer a fast and friendly option that provides a practical and forward-thinking approach to managed WordPressing web hosting.
“WP Migrate DB Pro might be the most amazing thing that has happened in a really long time in the WordPress world.” — Pippin Williamson#
“It is stellar. Really dig it, very polished.” — Jonathan Christopher #
Widget Importer & Exporter (wordpress.org) Widget Importer & Exporter is useful for moving widgets from one WordPress site to another, backing up widgets and for theme developers to provide users with sample widgets
WP Migrate DB Pro – An Essential Tool for Developers (www.doitwithwp.com) WP Migrate DB Pro is a tool that, in a nutshell, allows you to copy a database from one site to another. It’s very useful for developers, who regularly develop a site on one server (a dev server or local installation), and then when the client is happy with everything, they can move the entire site to the production server, or live server.
Plugin Review: Reaktiv Ratings (pippinsplugins.com) Reaktiv Ratings is a brand new star rating plugin from Reaktiv Studios that is really, really excellent. I’ve always felt there was a pretty heavy lack of good ratings plugins for WordPress. They have always been either too simple or way too complex, but Reaktiv Ratings has nailed the plugin perfectly.
Ecommerce & WooCommerce: Stats, Trends and Tips (www.woothemes.com) We’ve written a number of posts highlighting ways WooCommerce is being used to help small innovative businesses around the globe sell their ideas.Today I’d like to present a brief overview of ecommerce growth figures and trends with a few tips for our current WooCommerce users to stay competitive in this growing market.
30 Flat and Funky WordPress Themes (wpmu.org) So what is flat design? It’s design. That’s flat. It revolts against skeuomorphism. In UI design, skeuomorphism usually refers to a digital element designed to emulate something from the real world – think of the leather stitching that boarders the calendar on an Apple device or the faux pine bookcase in iBooks.
40+ Beautiful Flat Web Designs for Your Inspiration (www.1stwebdesigner.com) For the last couple of months, flat web design has been really a huge topic on the web. Up to now, it is steadily dominating the web. From UI, to the latest portfolio update, icons and even the top web design blogs are now using flat web design, not to mention Microsoft, Android and just recently Apple is going flat too!
Pagelines DMS, Too Sexy for Release (devpress.com) Pagelines, a WordPress hosting platform with focus on drag-and-drop tools for site management and design, wants to revolutionize the site design experience with a first ever design management system (DMS). However, someone thought Pagelines DMS tool was too sexy for you to handle so they hacked the hell out of Pagelines.com, twice!
Making the move to Genesis, and I’m not the only one… (chrislema.com) The other theme framework that constantly called out to me was Genesis. It was lightweight. It loaded fast. And, in my opinion, it was written by engineers for engineers. I say that because it exposed all the hooks and filters way before others were ready to use them. It added a programmatic layer to help developers move faster. In engineering terms, it was a serious framework.
Why Themes Are Presentation, Plugins Are Applications (tommcfarlin.com) I recently had a conversation with someone about why I tend to favor working on WordPress plugins over working with themes, and the short answer is that I enjoy working more on application-type functionality rather than working on a design layer, and, as such, I believe plugins are applications for WordPress.
WordPress Testimonial Page Template with WCK (www.cozmoslabs.com) The scope for this tutorial is to build a WordPress Testimonial Page Template with WCK. Having testimonials displayed on your client’s website is a little bonus helping to characterize the brand’s personality and keeping up with it’s audience. How you choose to do this is a matter of choice.