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The Thriving World of Open-Source Ecommerce (torquemag.io) The success of WordPress is, at least in part, accredited to its use of the open-source software model. Quite simply, the term “open source” refers to something that can be freely modified and used because it’s under the General Public License (GPL). Today, we’d like to discuss an important part of the WordPress ecosystem—eCommerce.
WordPress Contributors Move Toward Automating Accessibility Testing (wptavern.com) Accessibility is one of those areas of WordPress contribution that hardly ever ends up in the spotlight. Much of the work that goes on in this area is invisible to the vast majority of users. Accessibility experts are generally in shorter supply than other types of contributors as well. Why aren’t more people involved in this important aspect of the web? Find out here.
The Top 100 WordPress Page Not Found Errors and What They Mean (www.wordfence.com) Analyzing requests to non-existent pages across a broad range of websites can yield revealing insights into common website misconfigurations, vulnerability scans by malicious and non-malicious actors and other interesting behavior, for example, undocumented crawler behavior. In this article we listed them and tried to get with an asnwer to those errors.
WordPress Statistics for the Top 500K Sites (hackertarget.com) A website called Hacker Target has posted a roundup of cute graphs with usage statistics for WordPress themes, plugins, and hosting for the top 500,000 on the internet. The results are fun to look at, but you should consider them as an interesting note, with a big asterisk.
Going Google with WordPress Plugins (premium.wpmudev.org) If you run a WordPress site, then unless you’re running a very unusual site in a very unusual way, you probably have it connected to Google in one way or another. Below we’ll give you some more potential connections – 25 to be exact. These plugins can help you connect to or integrate Google services in all sorts of ways.
Plugins as A Platform: The Future of WordPress Plugins (torquemag.io) The basic idea is simple. WordPress itself should be getting leaner, not more robust in terms of its core. Its true strength, though, lies in how easy it is to use the WordPress API to do basically anything. But WordPress hooks can’t do everything. If a specialized need comes along, then another platform might have to be molded on top of WordPress to allow for more specialized hooks and finer tuned extendability.
LearnDash now Integrates With Event Espresso (www.learndash.com) LearnDash (a learning management system plugin) has launched an integration that allows users to connect their elearning courses with live training events. The integration auto-enrolls event attendees into one or more online courses once the event ticket is purchased.
Adding Tabbed Navigation in WordPress for Custom Menus (tommcfarlin.com) One of the nicest features of the latter versions of WordPress includes the custom menu system. Although people can always introduce too many areas in which custom menus can be introduced, the core feature and customization options make it possible to do some really cool stuff with custom menus. Though there are a number ways of to do this, Tom found one flexible way to do this.
An Introduction to Creating a bbPress Theme From Scratch (code.tutsplus.com) bbPress is a plugin that provides forum functionality to WordPress. It is released and maintained by the creators of WordPress, so it is under active development.
In part one of this series, we will be providing an introduction to bbPress, its features, how to install it and configuring it, and then how to create forums and forum categories.