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No spam, no nonsense. - August 1, 2013

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Plugin News

  • Developing With WooThemes And WP Migrate DB Pro (www.woothemes.com)
    Let’s say you launched a site for a client a couple of months ago. It’s a store built on WooCommerce and the Canvas theme. The client has added hundreds of products to the site and has been blogging every couple of days. The site has received over ten thousand visitors and dozens of sales and comments. Now your client wants a new feature added to the site.
  • WP Engine Review: Super Duper Fast and Secure Managed WordPress Web Hosting (wpmu.org)
    Founded in July 2010, WP Engine provides enterprise-level hosting and has quickly built a reputation as a solid and reliable managed WordPress host with a focus on speed, security and capability.
  • All Plugins are (not) Created Equal (poststat.us)
    Plugins are the new black in WordPress site development, and picking out the perfect plugins for your site can quickly become overwhelming. The WordPress.org plugin repository hosts over 26,000 plugins and the plugin forum contains over 1.3 million posts. Check out this plugin wordcloud – what stands out amongst the rest?
  • The Best WordPress Drag and Drop Page Builder Plugins (wplift.com)
    With some of the best WordPress page builders you can very easily build page and post layouts that combine your content with widgets to make interesting and engaging homepages for your blog or inner posts and pages.
  • WooCommerce Booking & Appointment Plugin Review (www.wpmayor.com)
    Booking and appointment plugins are very much in demand right now, so this plugin is a very welcome addition. WooCommerce itself has been growing very rapidly and is probably the most popular e-commerce system for WordPress nowadays, so the idea to create a booking add-on specifically for WooCommerce makes a lot of sense.

Theme Releases

GoodInc Responsive Blog & News


WP Estate Real Estate


Folio Black Portfolio


The Shop E-Commerce




Eden Fresh




Origami Paper




Theme News

  • How are Premium Themes Developed? (templatic.com)
    Making a premium theme is all about the team effort. Why the focus on “premium” you might be wondering? Well it’s because when you develop a theme and charge money it becomes your responsibility to deliver a product that looks professional and works as advertised. Not only that, but you also need to provide support for it so people can actually get started.
  • Introducing Required (8bit.io)
    In short, Required is a WordPress theme for the modern blogger because having a solid web presence these days is, well, required! It’s simple, easy-to-use, and drives readers’ focus to the content, and does so with no frills.
  • WordPress Themes BS Marketing Phrases 101 (thematosoup.com)
    Taken from WordPress Philosophy page at WordPress Codex. If that’s what WordPress, themes and plugins are supposed to be like, according to both Codex and common sense, how come we have all those crazy features and what do they actually mean? Let’s take a look.
  • Choosing the Right WordPress Theme (torquemag.io)
    So you’ve decided to create a website. Congrats! After conducting a thorough Google search, seeking the advice of your friends and colleagues, and comparing your options, you’ve decided to go with WordPress. But you run into your first big decision: Choosing a theme.
  • Elegant Themes Review Plus 5 Reasons why Elegant Themes is best WordPress Theme Club (www.wpkube.com)
    These days it is becoming harder to find original, high-quality and inexpensive themes. There are many themes clubs, theme frameworks that charge hundreds of dollars for a theme. In this Elegant themes review, I am going to talk about why elegant themes is one of the best premium theme shop and why you should use ET for your blog or website.
  • 14 Corporate Responsive Themes for 2013 (www.wpmayor.com)
    Below we have listed some of the very best corporate WordPress themes available on the net today. All themes included in this list are completely responsive and ready for publication less original content.


  • Create A Simple WordPress FAQ Plugin (www.wpexplorer.com)
    A “Frequently Asked Questions” section is a great tool to give your customers the right answer to their questions. That’s becoming very popular. But very often FAQs are integrated within premium theme, but what about free themes? Here is a tutorial to create a simple FAQ plugin that will work with any theme.
  • How To Duplicate Content (halfelf.org)
    We’ve talked about this before. 100% duplication of content on multiple sites is bad. So why am I going to tell you how to do it? And better, why am I going to tell you how to do it without Multisite? Because as a proof-of-concept, it was interesting.
  • Potential Roadmap for Taxonomy Meta and Post Relationships (make.wordpress.org)
    In the days before the WordPress Community Summit in October, a number of contributing developers huddled together to discuss a number of long-term architecture ideas. Among them were taxonomy meta and post relationships. (Ah, I see I now have your attention!) This post is more or less a proposed roadmap. It’s an ambitious plan that is designed to take place over perhaps five or more releases.
  • How to Filter Shortcodes in WordPress 3.6 (sumobi.com)
    There’s a hidden gem available in WordPress 3.6 that we're excited about, and that is the shortcode_atts_{$shortcode} filter. It will allow developers to filter a shortcode by passing in new shortcode parameters, and even override existing ones. You can read more about it in this post by Mark Jaquith.
  • Dissecting a WordPress Brute Force Attack (blog.sucuri.net)
    Over the past few months there has been a lot of discussion about WordPress Brute Force attacks. With that discussion has come a lot of speculation as well. What are they doing? Is it a giant WordPress botnet? Is it going to destroy the internet? Well, as you would expect of any good geeks we set out to find a way to find out.
  • Creating Custom Boxes using Meta Box plugin With Filters instead of Global Variable (www.tcbarrett.com)
    The Meta Box plugin is another go-to plugin for my WordPress projects. It allows you to quickly and easily define custom meta boxes for my custom post types.
  • How to Create Bars and Charts in WordPress with Visualizer (www.wpbeginner.com)
    Visual aids like bars, charts, and graphs make your presentation more appealing. However nothing looks more impressive than a colorful chart, an upward trending graph, or comparison bars. In this article we will show you how to easily create bars and charts in WordPress without writing a single line of code.
  • Beginning With WordPress: Installing WordPress Manually (wp.tutsplus.com)
    So, there you are – sitting looking at a couple of emails: one with the keys to your domain name, one with the keys to your website, and now you’re going to have to get your act together and actually put WordPress on your site but you really don’t know where to go next. Below you are going to find out about the options you have.

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