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WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” (wordpress.org) The latest and greatest WordPress, version 3.6, is now live to the world and includes a beautiful new blog-centric theme, bullet-proof autosave and post locking, a revamped revision browser, native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integrations with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud.
Web Hosting Review: So Just Who is the Best? (wpmu.org) There are hundreds of thousands of web hosts out there and choosing just one is no easy task.
So to help you get your head around what’s out there, we posted comprehensive reviews of five of the most popular web hosts – Page.ly, Bluehost, Go Daddy, DreamHost and WP Engine – over the past two weeks.
The State of WordPress Education (torquemag.io) In his annual State of the Word address, Matt Mullenweg gave a number of interesting statistics relating to WordPress over the last year. Some were good, but others, not so good.
On the “good” side of the ledger was the increase, of 2.2%, of total sites now using WordPress, a number that brings usage up to 18.9%.
SearchWP: The Best WordPress Search Plugin you can Find (mondaybynoon.com) People love to hate WordPress search. The biggest problem people have with it is the relevancy because WordPress orders results by date descending. At the end of the day it’s not a huge deal, because WordPress is doing full-text searches on your content (for the most part) and you’re probably going to get the post you’re looking for. But that’s where it stops, that’s all you get.
It’s a cool little piece of functionality that will help out developers building asynchronous apps on top of WordPress.
Best WordPress Plugins for Creating Custom Fields and Post Types (www.wpmayor.com) Custom Post Types and Custom Fields were the two features that really transformed WordPress from a simple blogging tool to a fully-fledged CMS. Many still think that custom post types and custom fields are hard to implement, but today I’m going to give you two plugins that will make you the master of CPTs and custom fields within 10 minutes max. Try them out!
Modular WordPress (eamann.com) Last weekend, Matt Mullenweg spoke at length about what the future holds for WordPress development. I took some time to share a brief proposal for one change that could be made farther down the road. Today I’d like to share another – more in line with Matt’s proposal that future WordPress development be focused around plugins.
Make WordPress modular.
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 Theme Foundry Releases a Backbone Powered Theme (poststat.us) The folks from The Theme Foundry have released a new theme called Collections, which is a post formats centric, Backbone powered WordPress theme. They emailed me to let me know they were wrapping up a Backbone powered theme, and I was intrigued and asked if I could take a closer look.
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.
Ecommerce Themes (templatic.com) Our collection of Ecommerce Themes for WordPress with which you can create a powerful online store website for your business to sell your products on the internet. Please browse through the themes below with a brief description of each of them with more information available when you press the ‘Theme Details’ button.
Twenty Thirteen Theme Review (thematosoup.com) With almost 1.5 million downloads in less than a week Twenty Thirteen theme surely broke all sort of records. But what is it all about and how is it different than its predecessors? Let’s find out.
Remove WordPress SEO Columns from Post Table (andrewnorcross.com) The WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast is very popular, and for a good reason. It uses solid methodology, and is easy enough for folks to use who may not have a solid background in SEO. He even has a developer API and solid documentation on it for those who want to dig a bit deeper.
Applying Categories, Tags and Custom Taxonomies to Media Attachment (wp.tutsplus.com) Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that WordPress doesn’t let you assign categories or tags to your images or uploaded media?
Imagine how useful it could be: you could create dynamic galleries of images from specific places or of specific types (landscapes, abstracts etc.), or you could create listings pages for sites with a large number of PDF attachments.
How to Do 301 Redirects in WordPress with Quick Page/Post Redirect (www.wpbeginner.com) When running a website, you might find a need to redirect users from one post or page to another. For example, redirecting users from an old article to a recent version, or redirecting users to a retraction page, or sending them to a newer product page, etc. Redirecting users from an existing page to another has SEO implications that could affect your website’s performance on search engines.