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No spam, no nonsense. - September 11, 2014

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News & Articles

  • WordPress 4.0 “Benny” (wordpress.org)
    Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. While 4.0 is just another number for us after 3.9 and before 4.1, we feel we’ve put a little extra polish into it. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience we think you’ll enjoy.
  • WordPress 4.0, What You Need to Know (www.cozmoslabs.com)
    As with every major WordPress release it’s a good idea to first get a glimpse at all the new features added to make sure you use them at full potential. In that sense here’s a great article that underlines what you need to know about WordPress 4.0
  • Your Website Is Not Allowed To Be Fast (www.poststat.us)
    There could quite realistically be a day that your blog or website is not allowed to be fast. Not because you didn’t do proper performance testing and optimization, but because a corporatocracy won’t allow it. Net neutrality is a horribly boring term to describe the seriousness of the issue at hand. Thankfully, comedian John Oliver explains net neutrality in a way that makes it significantly more entertaining and easy to understand
  • 7 Things Every WordPress Professional Does Wrong (www.wpelevation.com)
    Brent helped a lot of web professionals build wildly successful businesses.While we know WordPress is by far the most wide reaching and used platform on the web, for some reason those that build on it never fail to astound him when it comes to their own business. Here are the top things that Brent knows are crippling many WordPress professionals.
  • Free Webinar: How to Succeed as a WordPress Consultant (managewp.com)
    We are happy to present all our users with the opportunity to take a free webinar with our friend Troy Dean, the founder of WP Elevation (which also features a great podcast) and Video User Manuals (responsible for creating all of the ManageWP video tutorials). The following is the message from Troy to all of you who are interested in becoming a (better) WordPress consultant.
  • Take the 2014 WordPress User and Developer Survey (wptavern.com)
    The WordPress 2014 survey is now available. Anyone who uses WordPress in any capacity is encouraged to take this short survey to help improve the project. The questions take approximately five minutes to complete and participation is anonymized. WordPress does not collect your email address or IP address, so feel free to offer your sincere feedback.

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Theme News

  • First Look at Designs for the Twenty Fifteen Default WordPress Theme (wptavern.com)
    Konstantin Obenland released the first look at the Twenty Fifteen theme on the Make WordPress Core blog today. Takashi Irie, the Automattic theme designer who created Twenty Fourteen, was asked by Matt Mullenweg to design the upcoming Twenty Fifteen default theme. It is now confirmed that Twenty Fifteen will in fact be a blog-focused theme, according to Irie’s description.
  • Introducing Theme.Works – A New WordPress Theme Builder Platform (graphpaperpress.com)
    Theme.Works is our new WordPress theme builder platform that allows you to create a totally custom WordPress theme. No coding required. Check it here to see how it works.
  • Corporate WordPress Themes: Financial, Insurance, Banking, Consultancy & More (wplift.com)
    Using WordPress for large corporate websites is no longer taboo, it has long stepped outside it’s blogging roots and now some of the largest businesses and brands all use WordPress as their CMS of choice. So with that in mind, we decided to take a look at some corporate themes for industries where WordPress might not be a typical choice, this selection of themes can be used by banks, investment companies, advertising agenices, PR Consultancies and marketing companies.
  • 15 of The Best WooCommerce Themes (www.wpmayor.com)
    When someone is trying to decide which product to buy, a website’s apparel can make the difference between a simple visit, and a closed deal. Designers know this, and understand that choosing a good theme is imperative. Below, you will find a list containing 15 outstanding WooCommerce themes.
  • Edin: A Beautiful Free Business Theme for WordPress (wptavern.com)
    A month ago, WordPress.com released a new business theme that features support for its new site logo feature. The Edin theme was an instant hit with its users and is now available for use on self-hosted WordPress sites. The theme was designed by Thomas Guillot to create a strong brand and online presence for any business or corporation.
  • Rams: A Free WordPress Blogging Theme With Zero Fluff (wptavern.com)
    Rams is a new release from WordPress theme developer Anders Norén. The theme is aptly named for Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer who is well known for his innovative, unobtrusive, and timeless product design. Rams is a minimalist blogging theme that bears Noren’s trademark simplicity. Norén said that he designed the theme with “zero fluff” to put the content in focus.
  • WordPress Theme Review Team to Launch Mentoring Program (wptavern.com)
    The WordPress.org Theme Review Team put out a call for mentors this week. The team will be launching a mentoring program that will pair new reviewers with those who have experience.


  • Don’t Make Your Mobile Users Think: Support Gestures On Your WordPress Site (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Many tablet and mobile users are app-trained to expect swipes and taps to result in navigation. Many WordPress themes don’t include gesture support out-of-the-box but it’s actually surprisingly easy to add to an existing site. Let us show you how to let your mobile visitors navigate your site with taps and swipes.
  • How To Use SSL & HTTPS With WordPress (www.elegantthemes.com)
    One of the key steps in ensuring that your WordPress site is secure is installing a valid SSL certificate. This will enable users to your site to exchange information with it via secure, encrypted transfer protocols. Setting WordPress to force the use of secure transfer protocols and deciding when to force it takes a little work, but is not that hard. It also requires making some decisions about when to require a secure transfers of information.
  • The Benefits Of A Single Page WordPress Website (And How To Create One) (www.elegantthemes.com)
    When creating a website it is easy to get caught up in what is possible instead of focusing on what is necessary. What is your objective? What is the one action you would like someone to take when they land on your website? Is it to buy something? This article will answer to many of your questions and give you great insights.
  • Importing CSV Files into WordPress: Visual Cues, Part 1 (tommcfarlin.com)
    One of the problems that comes with importing CSV files into WordPress isn’t the process that comes with actually doing it but that comes with the work that happens while processing a large dataset. In this article we will get to know how to import CSV files.
  • Creating A Mini-CSS Preprocesser For Theme Color Options (code.tutsplus.com)
    WordPress provides theme developers with a powerful system for creating easy-to-use theme option systems via the Theme Customizer. In this tutorial, we will show you how to simplify getting color options that are set in the customizer into CSS in the front-end. This simple system can be adapted for use with other CSS properties as well as.
  • Featured Knowledge Base Article: Create a Hotel Bookings System (www.woothemes.com)
    The best thing about WordPress and WooCommerce is that the code and content on your site is yours to change in whatever way you want – you can modify and customize your website entirely. There are some best practices that should be followed when you make these site tweaks, and it’s not always obvious how these changes should be made. Unfortunately, there are some common missteps that will lead to headaches down the road that we’d like to help you avoid.
  • 10 tips for an awesome and SEO-friendly blog post (yoast.com)
    For some, writing for SEO purposes and writing to attract and keep attracting your audience could appear as two contradictory goals. In this post, we would like to give some tips on writing blog posts that are both very readable as well as SEO-friendly. We genuinely think those two goals should (and can easily!) go hand in hand!

Podcasts and Videos

  • Ozzy Rodriguez: Breaking up the Band (mattreport.com)
    Being a freelancer means you get to run your business your way. More than likely you start by building your personal brand. You take a deep breathe and look at yourself in the mirror. Who am I? What do I offer? How can I deliver value? What is the purpose? When you meet Ozzy, you get a feeling that this guy gets it. As well he should, being a seasoned WordPress freelancer and all. He’s been in the game a while and we want you to take away a few key lessons.
  • 197 – Great New Features in WordPress 4.0 (yourwebsiteengineer.com)
    This podcast covers some of the cool new features in WordPress 4.0.
  • WPWeekly Episode 162 – Lead Developer of iThemes Security, Chris Wiegman (wptavern.com)
    Jeff Chandler andMarcus Couch and are joined by the lead developer of iThemes Security, Chris Wiegman. We learn about the circumstances that lead to the creation of iThemes Security and how he almost sold the plugin to a different company. He explains how the Brute Force Login Protection feature added to the latest version of iThemes Security works and the difference between local and network wide protection. Last but not least, we explore the idea of how it could turn into the Jetpack of WordPress Security plugins.
  • What Happens When WordPress Is Updated With 100 Plugins Activated? (wptavern.com)
    Longtime WordPress trainer, Bob Dunn, has published the results of his WordPress 4.0 update experiment. He set up two different sites each with 100 plugins installed and activated. One site used a Genesis child theme with several Genesis specific plugins. The other site used Canvas from WooThemes with WooCommerce and several WooCommerce extensions. Watch the following video to find out if WordPress and the server hosting it melts down.

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