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News & Articles

  • What’s the Best Way to Add Custom Code to WordPress? (managewp.com)
    People set up WordPress sites every single day. Some take the out-of-the-box approach. That is, they install WordPress, set it up, and use a theme exactly as it was made. They’ll start writing blog posts and that’s that. But how should you go about doing this? That’s the question we want to explore here today.
  • WordPress Tips: 15 WordPress Mistakes to Avoid at all Costs (www.wpexplorer.com)
    Only you can make your WordPress site as powerful or weak as you want. Today’s post will show you how to avoid fifteen (15) WordPress mistakes. If you slapped together your WordPress site in a rush and made these among other mistakes, this post will show you how to fix your problems and get you back on the right path.
  • The First Ever WooCommerce Conference Is November 3rd & 4th, On The Heels of WCSF (www.poststat.us)
    The WooThemes team put up a landing page today for their first ever WooCommerce conference, which is to be held in San Francisco November 3rd and 4th. The conference is right on the heels of WordCamp San Francisco, which is October 25th – 29th.
  • Git It Right: Better WordPress Development (torquemag.io)
    Git (and version control in general) is one of those things that can take time to understand why you need it. But once you do, you’ll never want to live without it. If you’re not sure if you should be using a version control system, ask yourself if you ever work in teams, make mistakes, or lack a perfect memory of everything you do. If you answered yes to any of those questions, we recommend you use a version control system.
  • WordPress in the Cloud: How to Set Up a Development Site with Koding (wptavern.com)
    Koding is an online development environment where you can create and run apps in the cloud. The platform encourages collaboration and social interaction with an integrated activity stream where you can post status updates, code snippets and topics for discussion.
  • The GPL License Doesn’t Provide The Freedom To Infringe Registered Trademarks (wptavern.com)
    While the GPLv2 is an open source license that offers many freedoms to do with the code as you please, those freedoms are not carried over to trademarks. If someone wants to redistribute WordPress as is, they can under the terms of the GPLv2 license but would likely be stopped for trademark infringement as it would cause confusion with the official project.

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Plugin News

  • 10 WordPress Plugins to Optimize Image Performance (www.wpexplorer.com)
    A website without images is well, drab. You know, boring. A website with non-optimized images is a complete drag, and it will eat up your precious bandwidth, slow down just about everything and ruin the user experience (UX). Today’s post will show you how to optimize your images for best site performance and SEO purposes.
  • 7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins Compared (Pros and Cons) (www.wpbeginner.com)
    Creating regular WordPress backups is the best thing you can do for your website. Backups give you a peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations when your site gets hacked or you accidentally lock yourself out. There are several free and paid backup plugins for WordPress, and most of them are fairly easy to use. In this article, we will show you the 7 best backup plugins for WordPress.
  • WordPress Tip: Save a Few Clicks With the Instant Featured Image Plugin (wptavern.com)
    Instant Featured Image is a new plugin that will save you a net of two clicks in the process of inserting an image and assigning it as featured. It adds a new “Insert & Set Featured Image” button to the Insert Media screen, as seen in this article.
  • Hashcash WordPress Plugin Makes Bots and Spammers Work For You (wptavern.com)
    The folks at Hashcash.io have created a new way to keep bots and spammers at bay by forcing the user’s browser to solve math. This also helps to secure sites against brute force attacks. Hashcash utilizes open technologies including Asm.js, HTML5, and Web Workers to keep your login form under lockdown until the browser has solved the required math.
  • Two WordPress Plugins That Enable Anonymous Previews Of Draft Posts (wptavern.com)
    Despite the WordPress plugin directory containing over 31K plugins, there are few that offer this type of functionality. WordPress doesn’t have this ability out of the box but there are two plugins that make this task extremely easy. But check out two plugins that offer you the mentioned functionality.
  • Speed Up WordPress With Lazy Load for Videos (wptavern.com)
    Embedded content with external requests can really slow a site down. This is especially true when the requests cannot be cached and the content would be impossible to host on your own domain, i.e. third party videos from Youtube and Vimeo. Lazy Load for Videos is a plugin created by WordPress developer Kevin Weber to speed up sites that rely heavily on video content.

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  • How to Create a Multilingual WordPress Site (managewp.com)
    At some point you may find that you want to offer more than one language on your WordPress site. Perhaps you want to appeal to a more international audience, or maybe you’re building an e-commerce site that will serve a diverse community that speaks multiple languages. Luckily for you, the WordPress community has already thought of this.
  • Loading CSS Into WordPress the Right Way (code.tutsplus.com)
    Without CSS, you have very limited choices to style your web pages. And without proper CSS inclusion inside WordPress, you can make it extremely hard for your theme's users to customize the theme's styling. In this tutorial, we're going to have a look at the right way to enqueue CSS into WordPress.
  • Understanding How WordPress Images Work (For Better Responsive Design) (code.tutsplus.com)
    One of the biggest challenges facing web developers today is properly handling images for responsive design. We face issues like sizing the image properly for the screen it's being viewed on, taking into account the user's download speeds, whether or not the device is retina (or in general a super high resolution screens), and more.
  • Eight Hidden Gems in the WordPress Function Reference (code.tutsplus.com)
    WordPress is like a big ocean to me. It has a big set of great APIs, it has some awesome functionality and you can make almost any kind of websites you can imagine. But in this grand ocean as a content management system, there are some tiny bits of code that are being overlooked. In this tutorial, we're going to have a quick look at eight interesting WordPress functions.

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