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Plugin News

  • The Best WordPress Chat Plugins And Why You Should Use One (www.elegantthemes.com)
    If you run a business, taking advantage of one of the many live chat plugins out there is a good idea. Not only will it put you in direct contact with your potential customers, it can also create a sense of community around your site, which is kind of, sort of important these days. Just a little bit. Check these great chat plugins right here!
  • You Decide: WordPress Plugins and Solutions You Can’t Live Without (managewp.com)
    Cornucopia. That’s what WordPress is – a platform overflowing with plugins and themes and new ways to do neat things with your site. Plugin developers find boring ways to do cool things, cool ways to do boring things, and, best of all, cool ways to do cool things. What can’t you live without? What do you think other people should really know about? In this post, we’ll briefly overview a handful of good plugins and solutions.
  • BuddyPress 2.1 Beta 1 Now Available for Testing (wptavern.com)
    BuddyPress 2.1 is right around the corner with Beta 1 landing in the hands of eager testers today. The upcoming release includes several improvements that make BuddyPress easier to use, more secure, and faster than ever. BP 2.1 is set to introduce a totally revamped @mentions interface with built-in auto-suggestion and beta testers will want to put it through the paces.
  • Menu Humility: A Plugin to Put Plugins in Their Place (wptavern.com)
    WordPress lead developer Mark Jaquith created Menu Humility, a plugin that reassigns the menu location for errant menu items.

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  • How to Create Custom User Roles in WordPress (managewp.com)
    For the most part the default user roles are all that are needed. But there are cases where you need a user role that doesn’t fit in with the parameters of the default roles. And in this article we’ll show you how to create your own custom user roles without using a plugin.
  • Adding Custom Fields To WordPress Programmatically (code.tutsplus.com)
    One of the things that makes WordPress so powerful as a content management system is that the post_meta table starts as a nearly blank slate that you can easily add custom meta fields to. In this post we will be covering the basics of passing data into the post_meta table.
  • How to Put Together a Mobile First, Performance Orientated WordPress Theme [Part 2] (www.codeinwp.com)
    In short, what we’re after here is giving you a guide on how to build a high performing mobile theme for WordPress. It may not seem like it at first, but the challenge is actually bigger than most people think. After all, the general belief is that you only have to make the theme responsive and, voilà, it’s mobile-optimized, right? Well, not quite. So without further ado, check this great tutorial.
  • WordPress SEO Tutorial Videos (yoast.com)
    Yoast has teamed up with Shawn Hesketh, from WP101, who has created (and will continue to update) a beautiful set of 17 videos. These videos are now included in our WordPress SEO premium plugin.
  • How to Clean Up Your Site Structure (yoast.com)
    We all know that moment where your website has grown to this monstrous collection of pages. That moment when you realize that you have too many pages in your menu and the coherence of your website is nowhere to be found. And we also know what a struggle it is to clean this mess up. In this article, we’d like to go over a number of things we would take in account (at least) when changing your site structure.

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