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No spam, no nonsense. - June 12, 2014

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  • Impressions from a Drupal Professional New to WordPress (www.poststat.us)
    Josh Koenig is a co-founder of Pantheon, the Drupal hosting platform turned Drupal and WordPress hosting platform. In a recent post on the Pantheon blog, Josh — a ten year veteran of the Drupal community — talked about his experience getting to know the WordPress community so far.
  • Why WordPress Consultants Should Care About Mobile Apps (torquemag.io)
    You’ve probably already seen the February 2014 data that we are now using mobile apps more than desktops to access the internet in the US. This indicates that those of us who depend on the internet for our livelihood (who doesn’t these days?…) should be thinking seriously about our mobile device presence. Building mobile apps with WordPress is no fringe topic (at least it shouldn’t be).
  • Visually Direct and Captivate Your Visitors (yoast.com)
    In the last month Yoast have been speaking at a few conferences with a talk he has dubbed “The Psychology behind Conversion”. In this talk he is trying to explain why everyone who maintains a website should be interested in psychology and how it can help them.
  • The Importance of Code Review (wptheming.com)
    In the WordPress community, a lot of us are solo freelancers or the single developer at a small company. This might make it feel like it’s more difficult to get advice or a code review- but it’s really not. Learn from Devin's experience regarding this matter.
  • WordPress in Vietnamese: Now 100% Translated (wptavern.com)
    This month marks a big milestone for WordPress in Vietnamese. It is now 100% translated, thanks in large part to the folks at foobla who volunteered a great deal of time and effort on the final push to finish translating the software into Vietnamese.
  • Major Internationalization Improvements Planned for WordPress 4.0 (wptavern.com)
    Many native English speakers take WordPress’ famous 5-minute installation process for granted. Have you every wondered how much of a hurdle it might be to try to install the software when English is not your first language? Andrew Nacin recently published an extensive plan to tackle this problem and a host of others with internationalization improvements for WordPress 4.0.
  • VIP Accounts for Nearly 17% of WordPress.com’s “Network” Pageviews (www.poststat.us)
    WordPress.com VIP is an interesting beast. It’s not the primary revenue generator at Automattic. It has grown in revenue over the years, but over time it’s become a smaller part of their overall revenue. Check this article to see the current stats.

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  • Automate These 30 WordPress Tasks with IFTTT (premium.wpmudev.org)
    IFTTT is a service that lets other services or software (like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ect.) talk to each and perform actions when certain things occur. As we’re obviously focused on WordPress here, we’ll go over 30 different recipes for WordPress and other services. These are just a sampling. You can go check out others or even make your own.
  • An Introduction To WordPress Page Templates (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Post types are of the main reasons that developers can extend WordPress in so many wonderful ways. The core version of WordPress comes packaged with five post types: Post, page, attachment, revision, and navigation menu. Let us take a closer look at what page templates are and how you can use them on your website.
  • How to Create an XML Sitemap in WordPress (www.themelab.com)
    Sitemaps allow website owners to inform search engines where all their content is located. This helps search engines crawl your website more effectively. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create an XML sitemap in WordPress using two popular plugins: WordPress SEO and Google XML Sitemaps. Both plugins can create an XML sitemap out of the box.
  • Simplifying Code in WordPress: Option Arrays (tommcfarlin.com)
    Let’s say that you’re working on a plugin that has its own plugin settings page, and on that page there are options to determine what type of posts will support part of the functionality of the plugin. In this tutorial, Tom simplifies it for you.
  • Using WordPress Meta Boxes to Build a Basic SEO Plugin (code.tutsplus.com)
    One of the core feature provided by WordPress in extending its functionality is its Meta Box API. These meta boxes enable you to easily add additional data to your content. For example, the Post Tags meta box enables you set tags for your post. In this article, we will build a basic SEO plugin that adds a meta description, and an Open Graph title and description tag to the head element of WordPress pages.

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