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No spam, no nonsense. - September 11, 2014

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News & Articles

  • WordPress Core Development Updates August 2014 Edition (managewp.com)
    It’s that lovely time again where we sit around and discuss all things happening in the world of Core development. As the release of WordPress 4.0 swiftly approaches, the team has been hard at work implementing a variety of changes and tweaks to get everything release-ready. Some of those changes were actually pretty dramatic and change how you interact with WordPress on a day-to-day basis.
  • Recommending WordPress vs. Squarespace For Your Clients: The Questions You Should Be Asking (www.elegantthemes.com)
    As web developers working with WordPress often, we can be confronted with the question of whether or not WordPress is the right solution for all our clients. It’s a legitimate question, and one that your sales leads may even ask you about. In this article, we’re going to explore WordPress next to Squarespace in particular. In other series, you’ll see us comparing WordPress next to other website builders as well, such as our WordPress vs Tumblr post.
  • Top 12 WordPress Books To Add To Your Collection (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Since WordPress is an online thing, it seems somewhat counterintuitive to talk about it in the realm of books. We’ve put together a list here of the top 12 WordPress books you should definitely check out if you want to improve your development skills and generally get more familiar with the CMS.
  • A Guide to WordPress 4.0 (code.tutsplus.com)
    Slated to be released on September 4th, WordPress 4.0 is almost here! While it's a major release, some will argue that there aren't any groundbreaking changes like when WordPress 3.0 was released. In this article, we're going to see what's new in version 4.0 and the reactions among the WordPress community.
  • Gitium Provides Automatic Git Version Control and Deployment for WordPress Plugins and Themes (wptavern.com)
    One important trend surfacing this year is WordPress developers’ growing desire to add git-based version control to their sites. It adds an extra layer of safety in case you need to revert changes. Gitium is a new plugin in beta, targeted specifically at adding version control for plugins and themes. The plugin provides automatic git version control and deployment for WordPress extensions and also tracks code edits that originate in the plugin and theme editors.

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Theme News

  • Unyson, A Free & Open Source Drag & Drop WordPress Framework (themefuse.com)
    Today is a really special day for us here at ThemeFuse. From the desire to empower developers to build outstanding WordPress themes we’ve been working hard in the past months to build (from the ground up) an open source WordPress framework. We named it Unyson and we are proud to make it available for free starting today.
  • 20 Authentic WordPress Themes to Make your Life Easier (www.wpmayor.com)
    Starting a website isn’t always an easy job. For beginners, there could be many things to think about to have it up, such as the domain name, hosting, keeping the content updated, which can be sometimes a little overwhelming if you are working alone. Fortunately WordPress helps webmasters with easing half of the process by supplying crafted themes. Here we continue with our monthly series, bringing you 20 new picks for those who want to start a new site. Enjoy!
  • Saga: A Free WordPress Theme for Writers from Theme Hybrid (wptavern.com)
    Justin Tadlock is aiming to restore the original design for the relationship between parent and child themes. Saga is the next parent theme in Theme Hybrid’s revolution. It was designed specifically for writers and has been stripped of anything that would distract from the content.

Tutorials

  • How To Backup Your WordPress Site To Google Drive (premium.wpmudev.org)
    We all know that backing up a live WordPress site is a mandatory task for any site owner. Storing backups in a remote location available from anywhere, is a sound strategy and anyone with a Gmail account has a cheap and easy solution. In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll walkthrough how to use Google Drive as the remote store for those critically important site backups.
  • Getting Started with the WordPress Media Uploader (code.tutsplus.com)
    Since the new Media Library is what’s the new standard in WordPress, and since there’s not a lot of documentation available for how to use it, we’re going to take a look at the functionality over the next few articles to understand how the new Media Library is constructed, how we can implement it in our own work, and how we can take advantage of the various functionality that’s already included in WordPress core.
  • Fixing the WordPress White Screen of Death (code.tutsplus.com)
    The well known White Screen of Death is one of the most common, yet most frustrating things that can occur on your WordPress site. In this tutorial, we'll be looking at the various things that cause it, and some steps that you can take no only to fix it, but to make sure it doesn't happen again.
  • How to Create a Quick Style Guide for Client Websites (wptavern.com)
    Having a style guide for reference is especially important if you are passing off a CMS to a client who will be using it to create content on a regular basis. Without a guide your client may go nuts with customization features that may be built into the theme. We’d like to introduce you to Stylify Me, a handy new tool that can automatically create a quick style guide for any website
  • WP Settings Generator: Quickly Create a Custom Options Page Using the WordPress Settings API (wptavern.com)
    The WP Settings Generator is a tool for plugin and theme developers. It generates a custom options page that is fully compatible with the WordPress Settings API standards, and it comes with other great options.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Interview With Shawn DeWolfe: Share Cluster Plugin (mattreport.com)
    Listen to this interview to learn why Shawn thought WordPress was the right choice for his plugin instead of creating it as a Drupal module and why sometimes using an off-the-shelf system is a wiser choice even when you have the experience to build something from scratch.
  • EP102 - Your WordPress Business: It's Not A Hobby (www.wpwatercooler.com)
    On this episode of WPwatercooler we discuss treating your WordPress business as a real business and not a hobby. Treat it like a real business and you'll being in more clients, make more money and gain a higher level or respect with your clients.
  • Episode #48 Alex Moss from FireCask (www.wpelevation.com)
    Alex Moss is one of the directors at FireCask (his wife is the other) and he is co-founder of Peadig, a Bootstrap WordPress development framework (which he is giving away as a prize – $189 worth of goodies up for grabs). Check out his great story in this podcast!

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