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News & Articles

  • WordPress Security: The Ultimate Guide (premium.wpmudev.org)
    When it comes to website security, it pays to be proactive rather than reactive. Do not assume your website is secure because you have not been hacked in the past. This article details what you need to do to make your WordPress website secure from threats.
  • WordPress 4.0 Beta 2 (wordpress.org)
    WordPress 4.0 Beta 2 is now available for download and testing.
  • 6 Steps To Optimizing Your WordPress Site For Mobile Devices (premium.wpmudev.org)
    It’s tempting to think that catering for your mobile audience is as simple as installing a responsive theme. Even if your theme does look good on a mobile device (and there’s plenty that do), there’s still plenty more you can, in fact, should, do to optimize your mobile visitors’ experience. Here’s 6 steps to delivering the perfect mobile WordPress experience.
  • Getting started integrating WordPress with other APIs (chrislema.com)
    The following resources help you understand the core of how WordPress works. That said, we find that one of the best things you can do is to walk thru the code itself, as following its calls and references will end up giving you a strong picture (when mixed with a bit of curiosity) of what’s going on, and in what order.
  • Get involved in Beta Testing WordPress (www.frogsthemes.com)
    Every development of WordPress can have a multitude of knock-on effects for every user. No set up is exactly the same as the next, so in order to iron out bugs and check the compatibility of WordPress themes and plugins with impending upgrades, developers encourage users to get involved in Beta Testing WordPress. This is open to anyone, and will see users set up a dummy database on which to test the functionality of new updates.
  • Exploring The Idea Of An Internet Archive Specifically For WordPress Content (wptavern.com)
    The Internet Archive uses web crawlers or spiders to automatically scan and download websites. You can manually trigger the spiders to crawl your site by searching for it using the Wayback Machine. If the site is already indexed, you’ll see a list of results. If not, the Internet Archive will attempt to crawl the site and display the results within six months.

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  • Simplify Your WordPress Theming With Twig And Timber (premium.wpmudev.org)
    In a nutshell, Twig provides a meta-language (it is compiled into PHP) specifically designed for turning data into formatted output. That output is generally HTML but it doesn’t have to be – it can quite happily be XML, JSON or any plain-text format. But why change? There are thousands of existing WordPress themes that seem to do okay (some more than okay) using PHP. What’s the big deal with templating languages.
  • Writing Maintainable WordPress Themes: Naming Conventions (code.tutsplus.com)
    We're going to take a slightly more granular look at some of the strategies and tools that we can use in order to make sure we're making our themes as maintainable as possible. In this particular post, we're going to look at strategies, then we'll wrap up the series by looking at some of the available tools.
  • Taxonomy Archives: List Posts by a Second Taxonomy's Terms (code.tutsplus.com)
    If your site uses multiple taxonomies to categorize information, it can be helpful to split up posts in a taxonomy archive by the terms of a second taxonomy. In this tutorial we'll show you how to create a taxonomy archive to do just that.
  • Writing Maintainable WordPress Themes: Directories (code.tutsplus.com)
    In the next two articles, we're going to take a look at a few strategies that go a little bit deeper into theme development that will help us structure our themes in such a way that they will not only be following the guidelines of the WordPress Codex, but will also make it much easier to maintain, update, and improve not only as WordPress moves forward, but as our theme matures, as well.
  • Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development (code.tutsplus.com)
    In this series, we're going to cover the most important things you should consider when developing a WordPress Plugin or a WordPress Theme.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Host Swap: Troy Dean Interviews Japh Thomson (mattreport.com)
    In today’s episode we’re hearing from one of my community fave’s Japh Thomson of X-team. He shares his story about developing the WP-Stream plugin with folks like Frankie Jarrett. Sit back, relax, and get ready to listen to the Matt Report hosted by WPElevation!
  • Episode 052: I Pity The Foo! (dradcast.com)
    Adam W. Warner is the Co-founder and Lead Hand Shaker for FooPlugins.com and Brand Ambassador for theWPValet.com He’s an Internet Business and Marketing Consultant specializing in the use of WordPress. His philosophy focuses not only on solutions, but also education, empowerment, and support for his clients and customers. Check out this podcast to find out more!
  • How to Optimize Images on WordPress (www.youtube.com)
    Check out this podcast to find the best ways on how to optimize images on WordPress.
  • Google Authorship Is the Devil (www.youtube.com)
    In celebration of the 66th episode of SEO Lunch, Dan discusses changes to Google Authorship that have hindered the effectiveness of the tool and what you can do to keep your website on the top of the SERP!
  • EP96 - What Are The Best Free WordPress Plugins? (www.wpwatercooler.com)
    On this episode of WPwatercooler we will be sharing with you the best free WordPress plugins for your website. There are plenty of paid plugins that are staples in our plugin collections but there are plenty of free plugins out there that do just as much and sometimes better.
  • Episode #42 – Natalie MacLees from Purple Pen Productions (www.wpelevation.com)
    In this episode, Natalie MacLees helps us get unstuck, overcome writer’s block and tells us why it’s important to give back to the community – not just the WordPress community but the community at large. Natalie also walks us through her experience of writing a book and having it published and why it’s a great positioning exercise.

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