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No spam, no nonsense. - August 21, 2014

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News & Articles

  • Top 8 Best Ways to Set Up a Testing Environment for WordPress (premium.wpmudev.org)
    There are many ways you can set up a test environment, but the easiest by far are localhost environments or cloning your site on your existing web hosting account. In this post we’ve put together a collection of some of the best testing environments available for WordPress, including options for both Windows and OS X. Most of the options are for setting up a localhost, but there are also options for duplicating a live site.
  • Is There Really a Scarcity of WordPress Developers? (chrislema.com)
    If you ask the question the right way, the answer is most assuredly yes. Is there a lack of existing resources that have years of high performance WordPress development (plugins, themes, integrations) who are sitting at home waiting for a phone call to join a company? Check Chris's article and find out the arguments to his answer and why is it so.
  • Before You Start A WordPress Web Design Business, Read This (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Freelancing in WordPress can take many avenues. Some might seem easier than others. Certainly some are more lucrative than others. All of them require customer interaction of some sort. But they’re not all created equal. We're going to write about some of the stuff that might hit you like a deer in the headlights when you get started in WordPress web design as an income-generating, food-on-the-table type of business.
  • The Best Web Analytics for WordPress (torquemag.io)
    The field of web analytics is broken down into two basic camps. On the one hand there are the proponents of quantitative analysis, who have a numbers-based approach. Think of page views, unique visits, etc.. On the other hand there are advocates who stress the importance of qualitative data and who like to look closer at visitor behavior. In this article, we’ll look at both sides of the field, and review some of the available tools as well as their pros and cons.
  • Testimonials: Increase Your Visitor’s Trust (yoast.com)
    Yoast wrote another great article where he explains what he thinks are the most necessary and important steps you could take to find out how testimonials work for you.
  • WPChat Relaunches as a Forum Dedicated to WordPress (wptavern.com)
    Discourse is a fresh take on using forums for community discussion. One of the unique attributes it has is a trust system. As members spend more time replying to and creating more threads, their trust level increases. Higher trust levels provide more capabilities to the user, allowing them to take on a larger role of moderating the forum.
  • Under the Hood of Semplice: A New Portfolio System Based on WordPress (wptavern.com)
    Semplice has soft-launched its new WordPress-powered portfolio system. The commercial project popped up on our radar after debuting its extraordinary implementation of the WordPress content editor. Founded by German designers Michael Schmidt and Tobias van Schneider, Semplice is breaking onto the scene with high impact designs and its own radically simplified content editor.

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Plugin News

  • Profile Builder 2.0 is Coming! Sneak Peak at New Features & Enhancements (www.cozmoslabs.com)
    Profile Builder is about to get even better. Profile Builder 2.0 allows you to create multiple registration forms with different fields for each user role. This is gold when you need to collect different information from different types of users, and it’s something that wasn’t available in older versions of the plugin. Check out this great article to find more insights on what Profile Builder has for us in store.
  • Snapshot, Clone, Copy, Template: The WPMU DEV Multisite Copying Toolkit (premium.wpmudev.org)
    WPMU DEV’s recent release of the Cloner plugin put another powerful site copying tool into the hands of WordPress multisite network owners’ hands. Cloner, together with Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier and New Blog Templates, provides a suite of multisite tools that cover the bases when it comes to copying data from one site to another, even multiple, destinations. But which tool should you use when?
  • LeadIn Plugin Review (mattreport.com)
    Marketing automation isn’t just for e-commerce or digital product sites. If you have a contact form that you depend on for leads — that’s the start of your funnel. In today’s startup world, we have a metric ton of data at our disposal. There are common 3rd party sources like, Google Analytics or MixPanel. We’re able to track user actions and place triggers for events from the likes of the Stream WordPress plugin by X-Team. But LeadIn provides a clean and intuitive way for us to explore the traffic of a returning visitor.
  • WordPress Plugin Boilerplate: Testing 1, 2, 3 (tommcfarlin.com)
    Tom is officially launching a beta of sorts of 3.0.0 of the Boilerplate. This is a major rewrite and refactoring of the Boilerplate in the state that its had for the past few years, and there’s a lot of change coming not only to the Boilerplate itself, but to new site, documentation, forks, and so on.To that end, we need help testing and reviewing the current version of the plugin.
  • Foster Me: A WordPress Plugin to Help Shelter Animals in Need (wptavern.com)
    Foster Me is a new WordPress plugin designed to help rescues and shelters make available pets more visible and easier to search. It was created by Stephanie Chow, a front-end developer and animal advocate located in Asheville, NC.

Theme Releases

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Theme News

  • Best 5 Free WordPress Themes of the Month – August 2014 (managewp.com)
    We’ve got a nice selection of free WordPress themes for you this month that span from minimal to more complicated. But an attribute they all share is an attempt to make the process of managing a WordPress site just a little bit easier. Hopefully, you’ll agree with that assessment.
  • 25 Great WordPress Website Examples and Their Designers (wpapplied.com)
    ave you been looking for a top WordPress designer to work with on your next website? Or perhaps you’re just looking for web design inspiration? This post showcases 25 beautiful website examples – and the WordPress web designers who created them.
  • Why Bootstrap Is a Bad Fit for WordPress Themes (themeshaper.com)
    Since its release in 2011, Bootstrap has quickly become the most popular front-end framework on Github. This popularity also has an impact on the world of WordPress themes, with authors using the framework during development or even releasing themes that feature Bootstrap as unique selling point. This is surprising, because Bootstrap is not a great fit for WordPress theme development.
  • 35 Clean & Professional WordPress Themes for Accountants & Law Firms (wplift.com)
    WordPress themes creators have created themes for many different professionals and accountants and lawyers are no different. These types of themes need to portray a very clean and professional image as they need to install trust and build credibility for the profession, along with driving conversions. In today’s post we have collated together a large hand-picked selection of WordPress Themes for Accountants & Law Firms – check them out.


  • Learning To Use WordPress Hooks (www.elegantthemes.com)
    One of the things that makes WordPress so powerful is that it makes it easy for you to modify the behavior of a plugin or a theme, or even WordPress itself from another plugin or theme. This is a huge topic and in this article we will cover the basics with some practical examples. Through this you will learn some basics of modifying the behavior of your site as it outputs your content.
  • The Fundamentals of Building a WordPress Server Dashboard (code.tutsplus.com)
    People often complain that WordPress is slow. Whether or not this is true depends on many factors, but if we can see server resources inside the WordPress dashboard, then it may give some insight about how well our WordPress installation is operating. In this tutorial, we will be crafting a plugin to show server status including disk space, memory consumptions, CPU usage, and process usage.
  • Using The WordPress Custom Field User Interface (code.tutsplus.com)
    In the first post in this series, we covered what custom fields are and why they are important. We also gave an overview of the various ways to add them to WordPress posts. Today, we will cover the Custom Fields UI.
  • Customizer Library (wptheming.com)
    We’ve been working on a new project called the Customizer Library. It’s a collection of classes and functions that make it a bit easier to develop for the WordPress Customizer. It also includes helper functions for Google fonts and inline styles
  • Show & Hide Widget Using jQuery Toggle (wpsites.net)
    In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use a tiny amount of JQuery to create a toggle effect you can use to show and hide any widget.
  • How to Put Together a Mobile First, Performance Orientated WordPress Theme [Part 1] (www.codeinwp.com)
    In its core, putting together a WordPress theme is a rather simple task. WordPress delivers a really friendly environment and makes it clear which PHP functions to use for what purpose along the way. This two-part guide will walk you through the process in 10 steps, listing the most important things to take care of when building a mobile first, performance orientated WordPress theme.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Troy Dean of WP Elevation (mattreport.com)
    Matt invited Troy Dean on his show to talk about how he got started, what his business is like, and ask the question — do they really compete with one another?
  • Episode 056: Tonga Tonga Room (dradcast.com)
    Steve is the organizer of the OC WordPress Meetup and has helped build the community to over 850 members. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has taught interactive courses at UC Irvine, USC, the American Film Institute, and Cal State Long Beach. Steve has a BA in Film from Cal State Northridge. Check this podcast to find out more!
  • WPWeekly Episode 158 – Interview With Pippin Willamson Of Easy Digital Downloads (wptavern.com)
    Pippin Williamson of Easy Digital Downloads joined Marcus Couch with Jeff Chandler to discuss a variety of topics. Williamson tells his story of how he got involved with WordPress. Later in the show, we discuss what it’s like to be a remote worker. Williamson tells us which tools he uses for project management and how important it is for him to have a disciplined routine.

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