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No spam, no nonsense. - August 29, 2013

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News & Articles

  • WordCamp Europe: For The Greater Good (remkusdevries.com)
    After months of carefully looking for venues, speakers, volunteers, sponsors and everything else imaginable, we set a date in early 2013; 5, 6 & 7 October in the beautiful city of Leiden in the Netherlands. Right now there are only 38 days left to go and that makes me über excited.
  • Building a Job Board Website with WordPress (chrislema.com)
    The other day I noticed a Google+ post by a friend (yes, I’m one of the 12 people using Google Plus) about a job board that was launched on the Thoroughly Modern Marketing website. It reminded me that every week or two I get a question about my last post on Job Boards (back in Feb). Here’s the good news – some things have changed in the last six months!
  • WordPress and JavaScript with Backbone (poststat.us)
    We recently ran across this excellent slide deck from K. Adam White on evolving your JavaScript with BackBone.js. It’s a really great deck that we highly recommend you fully digest. It’s simple enough for people not yet well versed in such things but want to learn, but also has plenty of meaty content for those that are.
  • 9 Women in WordPress You Should Be Following (www.wpexplorer.com)
    There are plenty of women in the world of WordPress who are worthy of mention. With that in mind, we set out to produce a followup to our “ten personalities” post and present to you below nine women in WordPress you should be following. Enjoy!
  • WordPress and MVC (Gloves Aren’t Made for Feet) (tommcfarlin.com)
    One of the topics that periodically crops up in discussions as it relates to WordPress is the idea of WordPress and MVC. But the thing is that MVC is not the silver bullet of web development that we try to make it out to be. Yes, it’s an awesome design pattern, and I personally think that it fits the web application model like a glove, but not every framework or platform implements that design pattern.
  • Bob Dunn on Sensei, WordPress Training and “ah-ha” Moments (www.woothemes.com)
    In the digital space, there is no greater tool than knowledge. As the industry is ever-evolving, and as new trends, techniques and utilities arise, it’s important to keep up with innovations in the digital space and to ensure one is always at the top of one’s game. I recently had the great pleasure of sitting down with Bob Dunn, avid WordPress enthusiast and online trainer, to discuss WordPress, WooThemes, Sensei, online training and “ah-ha” moments.

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Plugin News

  • WordPress Visual Composer Plugin (www.frogsthemes.com)
    Ever searched for a WordPress visual composer plugin but always been disappointed with the functionality, flexibility or range of features? Well now there’s a plugin that brings together powerful theme Shortcodes in an easy to use page builder, the WordPress Visual Composer Plugin.
  • Free Sucuri WordPress Plugin Gets New Features (blog.sucuri.net)
    We just released some major updates to our Free WordPress plugin that we recommend all WordPress users check out. Before the update, the plugin was just a simplified way to reach and scan a site using Sitecheck, now it is doing a lot more.
  • Thoughts on Pricing WordPress Plugins (torquemag.io)
    We all think we’re pretty good about assessing value, but we’re not. In fact, we’re all so bad, that one of the longest running game shows (since 1956) has been “The Price is Right.” Pricing is tough. There’s no two ways about it. And if you’ve heard me talk about pricing, I almost always use the same example to highlight my point.
  • What is Tidy Repo? (torquemag.io)
    Looking for a compilation of the best and most reliable WordPress plugins? Well you’re in luck because Tidy Repo, a new site built and managed by WordPress developer Jay Hoffman, delivers just that.
  • Getting Started with WooCommerce (www.woothemes.com)
    Our WooCommerce plugin now has well over a million downloads, there are a lot of people working with it every day. This means there are people who have a lot of experience already. There’s also a large group of people just starting out. While our experienced people know their way around, we feel that we can give the new users a head start via our WooCommerce documentation.
  • Plugins and Fast WordPress Site - It's not the Number of Plugins, It's the Quality (wpengine.com)
    We’ve heard a lot about why the faster your site loads, the better your customer experience is, the higher your Pagerank will be, and the higher your site will convert. Today, I’m going to address one of the more crucial areas of site speed, and also dispel one of the most common myths about how to make WordPress load fast.
  • Content Analysis with the WordPress SEO plugin (yoast.com)
    We’ve been rather busy with the WordPress SEO plugin the last few days. We did a release yesterday and a quick follow up today to fix a few collisions with other plugins. Loads of cool small fixes in there, but one in particular that I think is worth highlighting as it’s something other plugin developers might want to pick up on: a small but important change to our content analysis functionality.

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Theme News

  • Meet Serene – A Graceful & Free Blogging Theme With Post Format Support (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Serene is a truly beautiful blogging theme with post format support. Now you can easily display a dynamic feed of articles, videos, audio files, quotes, galleries and links in the most elegant way possible. It’s also our first completely free theme made for everyone to enjoy! The design’s elegance stems from its simplistic and spacious design. Browsing the theme is easy on the eyes and on the mind.
  • Four Quick Tips For Improving Color Harmony In Your Theme Customizations (www.elegantthemes.com)
    “With great power comes great responsibility.” That’s what Spider Man would tell you if he was teaching you about color theory. When using our themes, the Theme Customizer gives you full control over the colors in your design; but how do you make sure that you don’t ruin a great design by choosing disharmonious color combinations?
  • Wordless Brings Haml, Sass, Compass, and Coffeescript to WordPress (poststat.us)
    All the buzzwords, right? Wordless is a plugin and theme structure to help you integrate Haml, Sass, Compass, and Coffeescript into your WordPress web development workflow. Check out the Github for more info. (h/t David Bisset)
  • Introducing WordPress.com VIP Training Days (vip.wordpress.com)
    After the success of the VIP Workshop, our intensive developer conference for select VIP clients and partners, we consistently heard from our clients that they wanted more VIP training options, and more often.
  • Be a Show Off (www.woothemes.com)
    You have a website or are looking to set up a new one. You’re furiously writing content, working up a sweat and tirelessly creating amazing blog posts and pages to put all your content out there for the world to view and admire. You’re now ready to choose a design to best showcase this content. Your website is just that; yours. Be a Show Off and show off your content to the world.
  • Frame Your Photos with Our New Theme (www.wpzoom.com)
    We're happy to announce that we’ve added a new theme to our collection today! The new theme is called PhotoFrame, designed specifically for Photographers looking for a great way to share their photos.


  • How to Change JPEG Compression in WordPress (wpmu.org)
    What? WordPress automatically compresses JPEG images? This might be news to you. When images are uploaded to WordPress, it will automatically compress jpeg files to 90% of the original.
  • Breaking Up Multisite (halfelf.org)
    You see, Multisite is great at some things, but breaking up is crazy hard to do. If you want to just disable multisite, it’s not too bad, four steps, and the hardest is to delete the right tables. And if you want to move a whole multisite, it’s not terrible either. But. What happens when you want to move only one site on the network?
  • How to Submit a WordPress Trac Ticket (robertdall.com)
    Trac is open source software that WordPress uses. It is the place where all of those design / functionality decisions are made. It is part project management, part bug tracking software, part repository (via SVN). It is all of those things at exactly the same time. The only thing it doesn’t do is provide support… but don’t worry that’s what the forums are for…
  • Date Queries In WordPress 3.7+ (www.viper007bond.com)
    Earlier today, a patch for WordPress that we’ve been working on got committed to WordPress trunk. “Trunk” is the in-development version of WordPress and will eventually become the next version of WordPress, in this case 3.7.
  • How to Create Category Templates in WordPress (www.wpbeginner.com)
    WordPress has a powerful templating system. You can create a WordPress theme by using different templates for different sections of your website. WordPress looks for a template in a pre-defined hierarchical order when displaying any page. To display a category page, it looks for templates in this order.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Roles and Capabilities in WordPress (www.wpmayor.com)
    The concept of WordPress roles and capabilities can be confusing, so lets take a few minutes to decipher the lingo and make sense of them. As a bonus I will also show you how to implement roles and capabilities in plugins.
  • A Look at the WordPress HTTP API: A Review (wp.tutsplus.com)
    One of the challenges that comes with writing a series about an API – or even part of an API – is that it’s hard to cover every aspect of said API without spending too much time diving deep into one part and simultaneously trying not to simply skim across the top of each API without giving enough practical information.
  • Register Scripts (generatewp.com)
    GenerateWP released a new user-friendly generators that allows WordPress developers register script and stylesheets on the front-end, admin-pages and login-pages. The new generator is part of 15 usefull tools the site released for WordPress developers in the last 7 months.

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