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No spam, no nonsense. - September 26, 2013

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News & Articles

  • Automatic WordPress Core Updates Ready for Testing (wpmu.org)
    Auto-updates for WordPress installations are now available to developers. Automattic’s Dion Hulse has been working on the feature’s functionality and has put a call out for help with testing. Hulse said up until now, automatic updates have been disabled in trunk while development was in progress.
  • Why WP App Store Failed (bradt.ca)
    WP App Store failed because I failed to get it into people’s WordPress dashboards, it didn’t really solve any painful problem, and there aren’t enough quality commercial plugins yet. But I pivoted a while ago and now have a thriving new business. WP App Store has been rebooted as a mailing list for deals on WordPress products.
  • The Biggest Mistake People Make When Sharing to Google+ Communities (www.bobwp.com)
    With Google+ comes Communities. There are many benefits to joining a community of like-minded Googlers. Some are really good, some are filled with crap. Again, that’s a post for another time.
  • Episode 50: Systemizing Your Way to More Revenue (mattreport.com)
    “Your WordPress website in 5 days all for twentyfive-hundred smackaroos.” My headline not his. How does he achieve that AND land $20k clients? We’re going to find out in this episode!
  • 6 Tips For Managing A Multi-Author WordPress Blog (www.wpexplorer.com)
    Most blogs begin as a one-person operation. You have a topic that you’re really interested in and launch a site to talk about it. After a while the site begins to grow and there is simply not enough time to create as much content for it as you would really like, or you may feel like it needs a new voice to freshen things up.
  • Project Management in WordPress (www.doitwithwp.com)
    WP Project Manager is a WordPress-based project management system, that allows you to manage all of your projects, whether they be WordPress projects, or any other kind of project (such as a design project, or business consulting project).
  • How WordPress is Solving the “Women in Tech” Issue (managewp.com)
    Many women don’t think they’re smart enough and feel like outsiders despite the incredible work they do, and some women who work in development tell people they’re not a developer.
  • Investing in WordPress Ecosystem (www.prelovac.com)
    It is a fact that WordPress is now powering 20% of world's websites and does not seem it its going anywhere. This makes it more and more interesting for investors and VC funds looking to expand their portfolio with an investment in this thriving ecosystem. The purpose of this article is to identify several verticals within the space where investors might find what they are looking for.

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Theme News

  • Theme Seller Reviews: Winners and Losers (wpmu.org)
    Finding the perfect theme can be confusing and time consuming at the best of times with so many theme sellers out there – 1001 to be exact. For each theme company, we investigated their cost, features, aesthetics, usability, customer support and speed.
  • ThemeZilla Review: Elegant Designs and Not-So-Friendly Support (wpmu.org)
    ThemeZilla offers a clean, modern and elegant collection of themes that are fast, easy to use and relatively cheap. Customer support is timely but not all that personable. Overall, ThemeZilla is a reasonably priced option if you're setting up personal site, and while the licensing terms are confusing, the themes actually can be used on multiple domains.
  • 6 Tantalizing Facts About Utilization of Flat WordPress Themes (pelfusion.com)
    Flat interface is the latest trend of the current world of internet. The combination of attractive colors and typography has made the flat word press designs exquisite and unique. Hence the latest trend of flat designs has gained popularity in the recent times where the ideas of flat designs are further explored and refined.
  • Backbone.js Powered Proof of Concept WordPress Theme (tareq.wedevs.com)
    Tareq Hasan has begun development on a Backbone powered single page application starter theme for WordPress. It uses the JSON REST API plugin as backend. A number of features are left to integrate, but if you’re interested in learning more about making themes with Backbone, this may be a good theme for you to check out and contribute to.
  • A Day in the Life of a WordPress Theme Reviewer (www.wptavern.com)
    In case you didn’t know, every theme submitted to WordPress.org is required to meet a rigorous set of standards and guidelines. The theme must also gain the approval a highly skilled and dedicated team of experts.
  • Restaurant Themes (restaurantthemes101.com)
    Inspired by Automattic's vertical-specific themes and after many months of developing we've launched RestaurantThemes101.com, the first premium theme collection website focussed on restaurants only. While it's mainly focussed on WordPress it features also restaurant themes for Drupal, HTML, Joomla and Facebook pages, currently totaling 245 different restaurant website themes.
  • Behind Churchthemes.com (stevengliebe.com)
    There is not yet a blog at churchthemes.com (it was a greater priority to launch ASAP). If we did have one, I would have made an official-looking launch post. Instead, I want to share here on my personal blog about what’s behind the project.


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