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No spam, no nonsense. - September 25, 2014

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News & Articles

  • WordPress vs. Ghost – Which Blogging Platform Is Right For You? (www.elegantthemes.com)
    So let’s talk about Ghost now. Today. How it currently compares to WordPress and what the future of these two platforms might have in store for us. We will talk about how Ghost came to be, how it stacks up against WordPress, some of the pro’s and con’s of each, and of course why all of that matters to both serious and casual bloggers alike.
  • Testing in WordPress: Scenarios and Spreadsheets (tommcfarlin.com)
    Testing software is one of those topics that people often talk about, write about (books even), and evangelize during conferences, meet ups, and so on. And rightly so – testing is one of the most important aspects of building something that’s going to be used by others. In this article Tom offers the insights to an intermediate step of testing that fits between user testing and beta testing: Use case testing.
  • A New Resource Devoted To WordPress and Photographers (wptavern.com)
    WP Photographers, is a new resource created by Aaron Hockley, to help photographers and WordPress users share their photos and build photography businesses.
  • Flox: Privately Hosted Social Networks Powered by WordPress and BuddyPress (wptavern.com)
    Flox is a brand new service will soon be launching hosted private networks powered by WordPress, BuddyPress, and Framework7. The platform will allow you to host your own social network, completely under your control, with the ability to send status updates, photos, messages, and more, in your own private place on the web.
  • How Public Perception of WordPress Influences Developer Contracts (wptavern.com)
    WordPress is heralded the world over as being the most user friendly publishing software on the web. Unfortunately, this can also contribute to unrealistic client expectations when it comes to custom development. In this great article Peshev’s observations raise some important questions that are worth considering.
  • Is It Maintained? Web App Monitors the Activity of Open Source Projects (wptavern.com)
    If you’ve ever wondered how well an open source project is maintained, you now have a quick way to get an overview, without scouring the project’s issues queue or trying to infer something based on its release history. Is It Maintained? is a new web app that allows you to check the activity of open source projects by plugging in the URL of its public GitHub repository.

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Plugin News

  • Top 3 SEO WordPress Plugins From a Developer’s Perspective (www.presslabs.com)
    A lot of reviews concentrate on the way a plugin works or looks, but no one ever takes into account the beauty of the engineering behind it. What's behind the curtains is important in the long run, which is why the guys at Presslabs are starting a series on the software quality of the top WordPress plugins from a variety of categories, starting the top 3 SEO solutions.
  • Best WordPress Optin Plugins to Grow Your Email Subscriber List (premium.wpmudev.org)
    One of best ways to get visitors returning to your site or reading your newsletter is with an optin form. Optin forms allows you to collect email addresses so you can alert users when you have new content or offers and get them to return to your site. One way you can increase the number of visitors is through plugin integration. The plugin list below is short because we’ve picked the best plugins for the job.
  • Seven Plugins to Help Your Mobile Users (code.tutsplus.com)
    As web designers and developers, we've been living in the mobile era for a few years now. In this tutorial, we're going to review seven plugins that help to make your website look good and perform well for mobile visitors.
  • The WPLift Guide to WordPress & PDF: Free WordPress PDF Plugins (wplift.com)
    PDFs are a really handy file format for letting people view information exactly as you intended it across all platforms, they are great for things like forms for people to download and print off, menus and other forms of documentation. If you would like to include them in your site there are a number of free & premium WordPress plugins which can handle most tasks.
  • Staffer Plugin Adds Staff Management and Profiles to WordPress (wptavern.com)
    Adding staff, board members, or another collection of individuals is a common requirement when building an online presence for an organization. The best way to make sure that your staff member data is portable when you change themes, is to add it via a plugin. Staffer is a newly approved plugin on WordPress.org that stores staff/employee information in a custom post type.
  • Perfect Easy & Powerful Contact Form (wordpress.org)
    Discover Perfect Easy & Powerful Contact Form developed for WordPress. No matter you need a simple contact form, call me back option, an application or reservation form, support ticket submission form or a poll, Perfect Contact Form will suit your needs perfectly.

Theme Releases

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Theme News


  • How To Create A WordPress Author Page That Builds Your Brand (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Outside of the content you write, your author page is your mark on the web. It’s your virtual footprint on any given blog or site you write for. Which means it’s important and you need to spend some time optimizing and customizing it. While many themes include author pages by default, we are going to argue that you should spend actual time thinking about it and not just let the default settings fly.
  • How To Make Your Theme Multilingual and WooCommerce Compatible (code.tutsplus.com)
    To truly go global and tap into the huge potential outside of the English-speaking market, your products should also be multilingual-ready. Fortunately, with WPML, running multilingual sites is easy. We will outline the top seven best practices to follow, so that your themes and plugins work great on both single-language and multilingual sites.
  • A WordPress Development Process Using Sass and Compass (code.tutsplus.com)
    In this article, we're going to take a look at how to use Sass and Compass in our WordPress theme development process. We will structure our theme stylesheets in SMACSS fashion and will leverage the power of Compass to generate image sprites for both retina and non-retina devices.

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