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No spam, no nonsense. - July 25, 2013

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News & Articles

  • 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!
  • 10 Personalities in WordPress You Should Be Following (www.wpexplorer.com)
    Within the community some people stand out for their contribution, going the extra mile, or just sheer charisma. Here I present ten of the most interesting personalities in the WordPress world today (deliberately unnumbered as they are no in particular order!).
  • An Interview with Cristian Antohe (www.videousermanuals.com)
    In this interview he talks openly and honestly about getting premium WordPress plugins to market and the challenges of managing client work.
  • 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.
  • WordPress Multisite versus “Minisite” (poststat.us)
    There is a subtle but important concept to understand when getting started with WordPress Multisite. Multisite is intended to allow for different websites to utilize one WordPress install.

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Theme News

  • CobaltApps Shuttering Popular Catalyst Theme to Focus on Genesis-Based Products (poststat.us)
    This is pretty big news in theme land. CobaltApps has had a popular following for their options-centric Catalyst theme for some time. But they also have a Genesis-based theme that does everything visually that Catalyst does, plus, well, it’s got everything in StudioPress’ Genesis theme.
  • 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.
  • How to Customize Your WordPress Theme With a Child Theme (wp.tutsplus.com)
    So you have a WordPress theme on your website, either a free one or a commercial one, and you want to customize it. Someone has wisely recommended you do this by “creating a child theme”. But what does that mean, and how do you do it?


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