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No spam, no nonsense. - April 17, 2014

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News & Articles

  • WordPress 3.9 “Smith” (wordpress.org)
    Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love.
  • WordPress 3.9 Release Candidate 2 (wordpress.org)
    The second release candidate for WordPress 3.9 is now available for testing. If you haven’t tested 3.9 yet, you’re running out of time! We made about five dozen changes since the first release candidate, and those changes are all helpfully summarized in our weekly post on the development blog.
  • WordPressers, Should You Build Your Own CRM? (chrislema.com)
    So the question we hear talked about a lot – around WordPress developers – is whether to build their own custom CRM directly inside of WordPress. It’s a “eat your own dog food” kind of thing. And of course, many developers even think that maybe it’s a product others would buy. In this article, Chris answers you the some really good questions.
  • How I Built WatchMeCode’s Subscription / Streaming Service (derickbailey.com)
    In a previous post, we very briefly mentioned using WordPress and some plugins and add-ons to get the service up and running in a matter of hours – what would have taken me weeks or months to do if I were writing all of the code from scratch. Several people have asked about this setup, so in this article we wanted to share more detail about what we’re using.
  • WordPress 3.8.3 Maintenance Release (wordpress.org)
    Last week’s 3.8.2 security release introduced a bug where drafts written with the Quick Draft tool in the dashboard were not saved. That bug is fixed with today’s 3.8.3 release. What’s really interesting about this release is that not only is the bug fixed, but discarded draft posts will be restored, if possible.
  • Microcaching with Nginx for WordPress (www.poststat.us)
    Zach Brown has a nice post up on how to set up microcaching with Nginx combined with Batcache to handle big spikes of traffic (or just to maximize efficiency and enable running a site on low resources).
  • The Importance of Using Domain Language in WordPress (tommcfarlin.com)
    In building software one phrase that’s used to describe the work that goes into understanding what all needs to make up an application is that of the “problem space” or the “problem domain.” This is important because part of the process of understanding the problem domain is learning the language, the terminology, and the concepts that go into building an application.

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Plugin News

  • Important Updates for Plugin Developers in WordPress 3.9 (torquemag.io)
    The WordPress update ready to drop this week will lack the flair and pomp that accompanies some of the more extensive updates. It will mostly feature a few UI enhancements in the Post Editor, a better theme preview, and a few stability and security improvements. But, if you’re a plugin developer, there are a couple of things to pay attention to in the update.
  • How To Test WordPress Plugins With PayPal Sandbox (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Testing this integration prior to launch means setting up the PayPal Sandbox and this, like PayPal itself, can be a little confusing. In this article, we’ll look at how to create a PayPal sandbox environment and where to find the data that the majority of PayPal supporting WordPress plugins ask for.
  • WordPress.vim – A Vim Plugin for WordPress Development (pressing-matters.io)
    Darshan Sawardekar has released a very impressive looking plugin for Vim, appropriately titled WordPress.vim. The plugin includes support for an impressive array of features and other tools, including syntax highlighting (including highlighting deprecated functions), WP-CLI, autocompletion, the WpSeek API, and more.
  • WordPress Social Avatar Plugin Provides an Alternative to Gravatar (wptavern.com)
    WP Social Avatar is a new plugin that makes it easy to use your Facebook or G+ picture as your WordPress avatar. Once activated, users can add their Facebook handles or G+ IDs to /wp-admin/profile.php.
  • Help Test Akismet 3.0, Win Exclusive Akismet Swag (wptavern.com)
    The upcoming 3.0 release represents a major rewrite of the plugin and the Akismet team is inviting everyone to help test the release candidate. This version will introduce a few new features and will remove much of the legacy code that was included for backwards compatibility with older versions of WordPress.

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Theme News

  • WordPress.com Theme Directory Gets Facelift, Changes Visible Data (www.poststat.us)
    The WordPress.com theme directory received a facelift yesterday, as well as some functionality changes. The new design isn’t a big stretch from the previous one, but it is cleaner and more modern.
  • Features for Theme Developers (WordPress 3.9) (wptheming.com)
    WordPress 3.9 will be released this month with some great new features. We think the enhancements for media will get a lot of attention in this release- but there’s also a ton of hidden gems. We went through 582 tickets and picked some of our favorite enhancements, focusing on the ones we think will be most interesting for theme developers.
  • Portfolios on WordPress.com (en.blog.wordpress.com)
    WordPress.com has introduced a Portfolio custom content type for their platform. Current themes that support the new content type are Espied and Illustratr, however I think that many themes will begin introducing support for it. This is really a much better practice than using a category of blog posts for portfolios, which is what WordPress.com did previously.
  • Introduction to WordPress App Themes (code.tutsplus.com)
    With the growth of WordPress web application development, we are in need of specialized themes for different purposes. These themes are known as app themes. In this article, we going to familiarize with the concept of app themes and their usage in real world.
  • Why WordPress Theme Developers Are Moving Functionality Into Plugins (wptavern.com)
    Keeping plugin functionality separate from themes is part of WordPress theme development best practices but in this article Atkinson cites a few additional benefits that might help you.


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