10 WordPress Ah-Ha Moments (bobwp.com) No matter how many time WordPress is labeled as easy to learn, we see people constantly struggle with even the small things. That’s what most of us who use WordPress a lot call them. And when someone can’t figure it out, often many of us just give a heavy sigh. Here are 10 of those moments we have witnessed time after time.
The History of WordPress (kinsta.com) This is not only a guide of statistics. This is a guide to understanding what WordPress is, and how the history of this dynamic community can affect your business. This guide will provide you with information about the major building blocks and players, so you can understand how every aspect of WordPress works.
WordPress Core Development Updates [June 2014 Edition] (managewp.com) Has another month gone by already? According to the backlog of Make WordPress Core emails I have for the month of June, the answer to that question would be a definitive “yes.”
So, that means it’s time for us to delve into the latest updates and announcements from the WordPress development team.
There’s a ton to talk about, so let’s get started!
Does WordPress Encourage Poor Programming? (tommcfarlin.com) If you hang around any group of programmers long enough, you’re bound to get into a discussion as to which language is currently the best language and why that’s the case.
Well. Then again. Maybe not. We think it’s worth asking the question, does WordPress encourage strong or poor programming practices?
5 Free Creative Commons Image Plugins for WordPress Compared (premium.wpmudev.org) We all love free images for our posts. That’s what makes Creative Commons or public domain images so handy.
What’s not always so convenient, however, is the process of getting those images off their sources and into your post. Below we go over and compare five plugins that will let you easily search and insert/embed free photos for your site.
The State of Handling Custom Metadata In WordPress (www.poststat.us) WordPress has a table for handling metadata of posts. Quite simply, it’s a good place to store “stuff” that relates to a post, but doesn’t belong in one of the standard parts of the posts table.
Metadata can be nearly anything. And it can be displayed however a theme wants to display it. You can grab it all and list it out together (as was a common use case for WordPress’ early blog structures). Or you can control what metadata goes where, very specifically.
Free WordPress Themes Are Stunning, Awesome, Impressive, So Why Buy One? (premium.wpmudev.org) Blogs such as this one are about one thing: creating an audience to sell to. And to do that you need posts that get traffic.
The analytics for the first six months of 2014 for this blog throw up some interesting results, interesting dilemmas and a key question.
Are those that write about WordPress driving the free mentality of WordPress users by continuously telling readers how great, awesome, super, impressive and stunning free is?
30 Refreshing Premium WordPress Themes for Landing Pages (www.1stwebdesigner.com) Having an SEO-ready theme allows you to easily advertise your websites among the potential and all other users through different search engines.
To help you out, we have collected some refreshing WordPress themes for your landing pages that have the ability to convert your websites into businesses. We hope you find the best theme that match with your landing pages.
Running WordPress on OpenShift: An Introduction (code.tutsplus.com) OpenShift is a PaaS that allow you to run your own app for free with low resources. It offers 1GB storage and 512MB RAM, and has support for custom domains. It's faster than Heroku, PagodaBox, and AppFog giving you SSH access to your app server, running in a separate environment. It's just like a real server, but you get it for free.
How to Customize the WordPress Dashboard to Minimize Confusion (code.tutsplus.com) Whether you're a beginner or an advanced user of WordPress, one thing that everyone finds puzzling at some point is the Dashboard. It's often filled with a lot of information, or is laid out in an obscure and confusing way especially for beginners.
This tutorial will teach you how to best customize the WordPress Dashboard in order to minimize confusion.
Create Your Own Custom Pointers in the WordPress Admin (wptavern.com) The friendly pointers, when used sparingly, can draw attention to important items and help new users more effectively navigate the admin. Ordinarily, creating your own pointers requires a bit of custom coding. Fortunately, the admin pointers feature is easy to extend, so plugin developers have been able to harness it for unique uses.
Podcasts and Videos
Startup Platform Episode 1 (mattreport.com) In this premier of The Startup Platform, we cover the major building blocks of launching a successful web project from bottom to top. Kristin and I take you through this fast paced boot camp of goal setting, content planning, and measuring results.
188 – Create the Perfect About Page (yourwebsiteengineer.com) In today’s episode, we focus on how to create the best About page for your website.
Usually second only to your home page, your About page is a highly trafficked page on your site. That’s why it’s so important to have a great page explaining how your site can help your readers.