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No spam, no nonsense. - July 31, 2014

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News & Articles

  • How To Stop Your WordPress Intranet Becoming An Unmanageable Mess (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Given its popularity, it’s only natural that organizations should look to WordPress as a potential intranet solution. So how you can avoid disaster and ensure that your WordPress intranet is fit for purpose, is solving your organization’s problems and is not going to have co-workers muttering about you over the water cooler?
  • Stop Including Custom CSS in WordPress (tommcfarlin.com)
    One of the things that I think many, many young (that is: inexperienced) theme developers do is ship a custom.css file in WordPress. Unfortunately, this is something that’s still happening today - we need to stop including custom CSS in WordPress and use the native facilities to take advantage of the same functionality we’re trying to achieve with this particular file.
  • Practical Tips for Learning and Experimenting with WordPress (wplift.com)
    WordPress is like a G I Joe to the kid inside me. It’s like Legos for a toddler and like a “truck that needs fixing” to a 40 something year old Texan. With a straw in his mouth. You see, there are endless possibilities when it comes to WordPress. It is so diverse and yet so simple that anyone who can use “WordPad” is qualified enough to use WordPress. It’s not a steep learning curve.
  • 3 Simple WordPress SEO Hacks That Most People Don’t Think About (wplift.com)
    Are hacks or hacking the system all that bad? Well, obviously if its illegal, you don’t want any part of it but that’s not what I mean. We’re talking about ways to make like easier. To make your blog efforts easier. These sort of Hacks are a godsend and we have a few WordPress SEO Hacks that you’re gonna love.
  • 7 Aspects Of WordPress I Take For Granted (wptavern.com)
    After using WordPress for seven years in a row, it’s hard to consider switching to another publishing platform. I have my gripes about WordPress and there are plenty of things that can improve the publishing process. However, after testing a few other open source alternatives, I was reminded of how many things I take for granted in WordPress. Here are seven WordPress things I take for granted.
  • First Vietnamese WordCamp to be Held in Hanoi in September (wptavern.com)
    Vietnam is getting its first WordCamp on September 6th, 2014. WordCamp Hanoi was born out of the Hanoi WordPress Group, an active local meetup with nearly 300 members. The group connects WordPress enthusiasts in the area for relaxed chats and presentations. As of last month, WordPress is now 100% translated into Vietnamese, and some of the meetup members were active in helping to reach that goal.
  • WordPress Developers Organize Community Initiative to Standardize Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, and Metadata (wptavern.com)
    A WordPress community initiative is underway to standardize content types used by plugin developers. Justin Tadlock is spearheading an initiative to create WordPress community-curated standards for common post types, taxonomies, and metadata.

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Plugin News

  • Your First WordPress Plugin Course on WPSessions (pippinsplugins.com)
    We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new plugin development course for those wanting to begin their adventure into the world of WordPress plugin development. It is an introductory course that walks you through every step of writing a plugin from start to finish. The course is hosted on WPSessions and is available to all VIP members of the website.
  • The Best Calendar, Booking & Appointment Plugins for WordPress (wplift.com)
    If you’ve ever wanted your WordPress site to be able to work as a full blown event management or booking management system, let me tell you that it’s a 100 percent possible. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some free and premium plugins that fall under this category.
  • BP Project Framework: A Boilerplate for Custom BuddyPress Projects (wptavern.com)
    Developers who are new to BuddyPress sometimes find BP templates confusing to work with. Common questions include: Why are there so many? Where do I place the files? How can I override the templates in my project? BP Project Framework is a plugin from the folks at WebDevStudios that provides a boilerplate for new custom BuddyPress projects. Essentially, it adds all the BuddyPress templates you need in the convenience of a plugin.
  • Stellar Places: A Plugin to Create, Manage and Display Locations in WordPress with Google Maps (wptavern.com)
    Stellar Places is a new plugin designed to provide an intuitive way to create, manage and display locations in WordPress. The plugin registers a custom post type for locations with integrated Google maps.
  • How to Simplify the WP-Admin to Get It Client-Friendly (www.codeinwp.com)
    Now, there are many things we can do to help our clients. Some of them revolve around WordPress itself. Others focus more on individual consultation, tutorials and other forms of education. But in this post, let’s just focus on the technical side of things – what we can do with the standard WordPress interface to make it more client-friendly.

Theme Releases

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Theme News

  • 20+ Stunning WordPress Portfolio Themes to Inspire You (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Finding the perfect portfolio theme to show off your work can be time consuming. To help you get started on the path to finding a great theme – and also to inspire you along the way – we’ve put together a collection of stunning portfolio themes with a wide range of features to suit any portfolio.
  • This Week in WordPress: Site Logos (upthemes.com)
    Adding a logo to your site is one of the most important elements when customizing a new theme. Also, wouldn’t it be glorious if you could upload your logo once and have it apply to any theme you use in the future? Logo uploads have never been truly standardized until now. A few days ago, WordPress.com announced a new feature (along with a WordPress.org-compatible plugin) called Site Logos.
  • Helpful Tips for Documenting WordPress Themes (wptavern.com)
    When documentation isn’t readily available, users will take to the forums to get answers to common questions that could have easily been outlined in a few quick notes. This increases your support burden and causes delays for users who are trying to customize your theme. Let’s examine a few ways to make theme documentation easier to find.


  • Creating Advanced HTML Tables In WordPress Using Plugins (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Tables remain the most practical way of displaying large amounts of information to visitors. Unfortunately, creating tables manually using HTML and CSS is unnecessarily time consuming. Thankfully, there are a number of good WordPress plugin solutions that let you quickly insert stylish tables into your content area. This removes the need to write the HTML code yourself. In this article, we would like to show you a selection of the best table plugins available for WordPress.
  • How to Integrate MailChimp and WordPress (managewp.com)
    The combination of WordPress and MailChimp is a dream come true for many website owners. However, if your WordPress and MailChimp integration begins and ends with a basic subscription form, you’re leaving a lot on the table. In this article, we’ll show you how to best integrate MailChimp and WordPress, whether you’re looking to master your subscription forms or unlock hidden elements of this match made in heaven.
  • Tips for Writing Maintainable WordPress Themes: Tools (code.tutsplus.com)
    In this article, we'll be talking about several different settings and plugins that I think should be defined and/or installed in every WordPress development environment to make sure that you're using the most up-to-date APIs, that you're not negatively impacting performance, and that you're not causing any notices, warnings, or errors to be thrown via PHP.
  • Understanding and Working with Data in WordPress (code.tutsplus.com)
    In this introduction, we'll give an overview of the database tables and how they relate to the content types you may be used to working with in WordPress, and identify what's stored where.
  • How to Install WordPress using Softaculous (www.wpkube.com)
    This tutorial takes us to the basics of installing WordPress in a web host. There are literally 10+ methods by which you can install a deployable (i.e. ready for the Internet) WordPress site. Factors such as your operating system, intended usage (local or live) and hosting environment lead to several ways of installing WordPress.

Podcasts and Videos

  • 191 – Multiple Subdomains Using WordPress (yourwebsiteengineer.com)
    Today’s plugin is Editorial Calendar. This plugin will help you visually look and see when your upcoming posts are ready to be posted. You can drag and drop scheduled posts to go out on a different day if you’d like.
  • EP97 - Top tips for WordPress blogging (www.wpwatercooler.com)
    On this episode of WPwatercooler we'll be going back to the basics of blogging and will share our top tips for WordPress blogging.
  • Episode #43 – Lisa Sabin-Wilson from WebDev Studios (www.wpelevation.com)
    In this episode of the podcast our special guest is Lisa Sabin-Wilson from WebDev Studios. Lisa shares the key strategies that have helped her take the leap from freelancer to partner of one of the best WordPress agencies on the planet. Scared of speaking at events or the workload of writing a book? Check out this interview and learn how Lisa used these tactics to elevate herself.
  • Episode 053: Turn Down for What (dradcast.com)
    Check out this week's Dradcast podcast with Kevin Dees. He is the owner of the small web consultancy Robojuice and creator of TypeRocket.com. A cohost on the retired podcasts Web Weekly and SitePoint Podcast. Kevin has a passion for growing the community and sharing his experience with other developers and designers.

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