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No spam, no nonsense. - September 18, 2014

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News & Articles

  • My Take on WordPress (chrislema.com)
    WordPress is growing at the edges. While many technology advances grow because of a central core (a single or group of companies), WordPress growth is happening as outsides become insiders, as non-users become users. Chris Lema offers his insights on WordPress growth, its ease of use, community and other vital concepts.
  • Web Design Trends To Look Out For In 2015 (www.elegantthemes.com)
    It’s September! Which means fall is here, the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and the end of 2014 is in sight. We can now begin to look at the web design trends of 2014 (so far) and make some predictions as to what will have staying power in 2015. We’ll be talking throughout about how these trends have and will impact the WordPress Community–from existing WordPress themes and plugins to the new opportunities these trends will provide.
  • Answering The Most Important Questions About Using Git With WordPress (www.elegantthemes.com)
    The most popular–for good reason–version control system for WordPress development is Git. In this article we’ll cover using it with WordPress and some of the important decisions to make, such as where to host your version controlled code, what to place under version control and deployment strategies. We’ll also discuss Git GUI tools that make it easier to use, including one option that works from inside WordPress itself.

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Plugin News

  • CoursePress – Create and Sell Awesome Courses in WordPress for Free! (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Have you ever thought about delivering online courses through WordPress? We know we have, a heap, and until now that’s been a hell of a difficult experience going through rubbish (and often expensive) plugins. But no longer… CoursePress allows you to easily create, manage and sell beautiful courses from right in WordPress, and best of all it’s completely free – check it out!
  • Integrating Social Media With WordPress: The Ultimate Plugin Guide (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Social media transformed the way that people share information online. For website owners, services such as Twitter and Facebook present an opportunity for their articles to reach hundreds or even thousands of people instantly. In this article, I would like to look at six different ways to integrate social media into your website: sharing buttons, follow buttons, comments, post broadcasting, content locking, and tracking.
  • WP Couch Mode Gives Readers an Option to Read Content Without Distractions (wptavern.com)
    If you operate a content heavy website and want an easy way to give readers an option to read content without distractions, now you can with the WP Couch Mode plugin.
  • Freefolio: A Free Responsive Portfolio Plugin for WordPress (wptavern.com)
    When creating a portfolio with WordPress, the most ideal way to store your work is in a separate plugin. Later down the road when you want to change your theme, you’ll be able to do so without losing your portfolio content. That’s exactly what UpThemes is doing with its new Freefolio plugin, which debuted a couple weeks ago on WordPress.org.
  • Event Espresso Releases: Decaf, a Free Version of Event Espresso 4 (eventespresso.com)
    NEW PLUGIN! The folks at Event Espresso have released the free version of Event Espresso 4 on WordPress.org and EventEspresso.com. Event Espresso 4 Decaf is familiar to use and looks great without modification. Event Espresso 4 Decaf provides core event registration management features, such as: hosting unlimited events, selling different types of tickets, restricting ticket sales to the venue capacity or ticket availability, and more. Event organizers can collect payments via: PayPal Standard, Invoice, Bank Draft, and Check for any type of event.

Theme Releases



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Theme News

  • 20+ Eye-Catching WordPress Business Themes For Fussy Clients (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Finding the ideal theme for a business website can be tricky. There are countless themes available that market themselves as business themes, making it easy to just download the first one that looks about right so you can get on with setting it up. However, this is the quickest way to waste time and money. The collection of themes below includes various themes designed especially for businesses, each offering different functionality such as booking forms, event managers, typography management, custom post types and sliders.
  • A Chat With Anders Norén on Finding Inspiration for WordPress Theme Design (wptavern.com)
    Norén, a communications student from Umeå, Sweden, had just started tossing around the idea of pursuing WordPress theme development as a serious hobby. In the span of about one year, he has released eight free themes on WordPress.org, with a cumulative 189,452 downloads. Check this great interview with Anders!
  • Best WordPress Band Themes for Musicians and Singers (wpdiscounts.com)
    Good, quality promotion is crucial for the success of any business, but this especially stands for musicians of any kind. If you decide to do this by creating a website for your music business, starting off with WordPress is a wonderful idea because there are many themes specifically created for musicians, singers, bands and DJ’s. In this article we will introduce 28 various themes that are perfect for musicians and singers.
  • Pho: A Free Minimalist, Masonry WordPress Theme (wptavern.com)
    The design of Pho, their latest ThematoSoup theme, embodies this sentiment and follows in the minimalist tradition with emphasis on the content. The theme was designed to be fast, lean, and easily customized. It showcases images on the homepage with a slider that features content based on a tag that you specify.
  • Best 5 Free WordPress Themes of the Month – September (managewp.com)
    Whether you’re thinking about starting a brand new WordPress site or you just want to give your current one an update, you should find the list we’ve compiled for you this month extremely helpful. All of these themes are multi-purpose and can be utilized for just about any type of site. They’re highly functional but not all are feature-rich.
  • Jeff Starr Releases New 450 Page Book: WordPress Themes In Depth (wptavern.com)
    Jeff Starr, a contributing author to DigWP.com, has put the finishing touches on his brand new book, WordPress Themes In Depth. It’s 450 pages of focused information on WordPress theme development. It’s in PDF format and has support for widescreen monitors and mobile devices.


  • How To Create WordPress Post Formats (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Custom Post Formats is a feature that was first introduced back in WordPress version 3.1. Basically, post formats act as a different way of grouping posts, allowing you to define the kind of post content you are publishing. Once posts are grouped by format, you can choose to arrange posts together, style posts differently, or organize posts according to their post format. In this article, we’ll go over how to set up post formats to do just that, and a couple of ideas for getting started with them.
  • How to A/B Split Test WordPress Post Titles to Get More Clicks (www.wpbeginner.com)
    Have you ever found yourself stuck choosing which title to use for your post? Having a good title is important for getting more clicks and shares. However often people just publish their posts without ever knowing how their other title would have performed. What if we told you that you can test different titles? In this article, we will show you how to A/B split test WordPress post titles to get more clicks and increase your pageviews.
  • Understanding and Working with The WordPress Options Table (code.tutsplus.com)
    In the earlier parts of this series, we looked at the tables in the WordPress database and the relationships between them. In this part we'll cover a table which is different from the others - the wp_options table.
  • Custom Post Types VS. ACF Repeater Fields (jamessteinbach.com)
    If you’ve been using WordPress to develop custom sites for long, you’ve probably needed to help clients manage custom types of content. Those content types might include events, staff members, products, FAQs or testimonials. There are multiple ways toward using a custom post type, and in this tutorial James shows us the different ways to do it, and the most important factors to take into account in these decisions.
  • Options for SSL in WordPress (code.tutsplus.com)
    With the ever increasing focus on web security, SSL certificates have started to become common practice when setting up websites. This article will show you how to implement SSL into your WordPress website but won't go into details of how to buy and set up certificates with your web host, as this changes from provider to provider.
  • An Introduction to WordPress Global Variables (code.tutsplus.com)
    In this part series, we're going to be taking a look at WordPress global variables in order to gain a better understanding of them such that we can apply them to our day-to-day development.
  • Adding to the Body Class in WordPress (code.tutsplus.com)
    In this short tutorial, we look at the WordPress body class and how we can manipulate it using core API calls. Specifically, we cover adding body classes, removing body classes, conditionally adding body classes and some use cases.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Improving Your Onboarding Experience With Jennifer Bourn (mattreport.com)
    In today’s episode, Matt sat down with Jennifer Bourn of Bourn Creative and hash out what it takes to go from freelancer mode to agency mode. One of the lessons we’d like you to take away from this chat is sharpening your onboarding process. That subtle, yet oh-so-important phase from the first e-mail contact up to price negotiations round. We’ll cover that and more in this episode!
  • EP104 - Blogging for your business (www.wpwatercooler.com)
    On this episode of WPwatercooler we will be discussing blogging for your business. Learn why blogging regularly for your business can bring you more sales and inform your clients of the type of work you do for your other clients.
  • Episode #49 Mason James from WPValet (www.wpelevation.com)
    Building a successful business is all about adding value to your customers, pricing that value accordingly and then optimising your processes internally so that you can deliver that value at a profit. Mason James from WP Valet has done this very well and tells us how in this episode of the WP Elevation podcast.

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