wpMail.me wpMail.me issue#142 - The weekly WordPress newsletter. No spam, no nonsense. - February 20, 2014
News & Articles
How Do You Choose A WordPress Host? (chrislema.com) If you’re just hearing about WordPress, it’s likely that one of the first questions you face is how to select a hosting provider. Where you host WordPress will have an impact on your site’s performance, as well as your wallet. And these days you have more options than ever.
Introducing Elto (www.elto.com) We’re excited about the future of Elto and helping anyone make their online business great. If you’re looking to connect with some of the best web developers and marketers in the world check out Elto now.
Alternatives to Using a Slider for Better Home Page Conversions (managewp.com) In short, study after study and test after test has revealed that sliders are a major ‘hashtag-fail’ in the web design world. We should be embarrassed for using them when they were hot, like our 80s hairstyles. That’s why today is your lucky day. I’m going to showcase some alternatives to using sliders that will be equally as stunning, and yet more effective at the same time.
Why Post Formats Should Be Plugin Territory (mor10.com) Currently Post Formats themselves remain as a core feature and there is sporadic talk of restarting work on the Post Formats UI. I question it’s valid claim as a core feature and propose a radical shift and a rethink: Redefine post formats and their function, draw up strict guidelines, and move the entire feature into a plugin.
Tips For Promoting Newly Released WordPress Plugins (wptavern.com) So you just created and released a cool WordPress plugin that solves a problem. It’s now among 29,000 other plugins on the plugin directory. How do you tell the world your plugin exists? WordPress.org doesn’t have an area to publish press releases or announcements of new plugins.
Everything You Need to Know About WordPress Child Themes (www.wpkube.com) A child theme is a set of styling rules and/or functions that are used to add functionality or change the look of an existing WordPress theme. Child themes can be modified without altering the original code of your theme, allowing you to make changes as small as changing a couple of colors, or as extensive as completely changing the look and feel of your theme.
Modern WordPress Portfolio Themes to Show off your Work in Style (wplift.com) WordPress has always excelled at providing a solid platform for agencies and freelancers to easily manage their work and keep the portfolios up to date. Just looking back on WPLift over the years, portfolio themes have been a large part of our theme coverage and there is no stopping in 2014 as this fresh selection of WordPress portfolio themes goes to prove.
29 Elegant Educational WordPress Themes For Universities And Colleges (presscastle.com) The themes that we have chosen below have all of these features and are perfect for a university of college website. Some are free while others are premium themes but they all offer the fundamental aspects of a good educational theme with certain themes providing some useful advanced features.
Hopefully you can find the right theme for your institution.
The Easy Way To Create A WordPress Team Page (www.cozmoslabs.com) Call it “Meet the Team”, “Our Team” or “Staff List”, a WordPress Team Page is a pretty standard request when building a new website. Even though there are many ways to go about building a WordPress Team Page, in this tutorial we’re going to focus on making it simple (easy to build) and intuitive (easy to update by clients – mostly non-technical users).