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No spam, no nonsense. - October 2, 2014

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News & Articles

  • Contribution As Culture (www.poststat.us)
    Matt Mullenweg wrote a blog post called Five for the Future yesterday that advocates his belief that WordPress-centric companies should aim to utilize 5% of their company resources toward contributing back to the project. Brian analyzes this post and give us his insights on Matt's recommendation.
  • WordPress 4.1 Welcomes A New Class of Committers (torquemag.io)
    With WordPress 4.0 released, it’s time to once again look to the future, WordPress 4.1. Over the weekend, Andrew Nacin announced our new release lead for 4.1, Jack Blackbourn, and a couple of guest committers that are coming along for the ride.
  • WordPress Beyond Boundaries: A Recap of WordCamp Europe 2014 (wptavern.com)
    This weekend, 950 WordPress professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world descended upon Sofia, Bulgaria to participate in Europe’s largest WordCamp to date. WordCampers arrived excited to soak up new information and connect with others in the European community.
  • WordPress.com Publishes First Ever Video Ad Entitled “Welcome Home” (wptavern.com)
    WordPress.com released a new video on its YouTube account entitled Welcome Home. In the 15 second video, featuring music from Childish Gambino, photos are taken with a iPhone in various locations. Near the end of the video, the WordPress app is opened displaying a post with one of the images captured by the phone. The central theme of the video is to create your home on the web at WordPress.com.
  • Should You Develop a WordPress Site for a Client From the Ground Up or Use a Helper? (www.codeinwp.com)
    Should you be using a placeholder WordPress theme when building sites for clients? Or should you start from scratch and build your way up, element after element for each client project individually? This article isn’t that much about describing “what’s the right thing to do.” What we want to achieve here is just list the technically possible solutions and the pros and cons of each. It’s then up to you to decide which is the one you are most likely to opt for.

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Plugin News

  • A Thoroughly Biased Guide to the Plugins You Need to Get WordPress Multisite Up and Running (premium.wpmudev.org)
    Multisite is a fantastic feature of WordPress that allows you to easily create a network of websites and crown yourself “Super Admin.” But once you’ve activated Multisite for your WordPress install and set it up, what next? In this post we’ll look at the best plugins – all created by WPMU DEV – to help you manage your network.
  • How To Set Up WordPress Two Factor Authentication (www.elegantthemes.com)
    Two factor authentication adds another layer of security in a world where hacking has become commonplace. In short, you need it because you need to protect your personal information and your site from malicious people out there. And they are out there. You have several options for plugins that make setting up two factor authentication a snap.
  • Should WordPress Plugin Developers Offer Refunds? (www.wpmayor.com)
    If you’re a commercial plugin developer, one of the things you’re bound to come across sooner or later is a refund request. You’d do well to decide from the onset what your policy on refunds is going to be. In this post we will take a look at the 3 most popular policies that we have come across, and my thoughts on each.
  • A New Project by Nick Haskins, WP Status Page (wptavern.com)
    The creator of Aesop Story Engine, Nick Haskins, wants to know if there is any interest in a WordPress plugin that would provide a project status page. After browsing the WordPress plugin directory and coming up empty, Haskins is developing his own solution in the form of a plugin.

Theme Releases

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Theme News

  • The Best 20 Places to Buy WordPress Themes in 2014 (wpapplied.com)
    WordPress themes are dirt-cheap (ranging from Free to USD$99) and there are tens of thousands to choose from – with new ones being released every day. In this post, we’ll quickly list my favorite 20 places to buy WordPress themes and offer some advice on finding the perfect theme for your next project.
  • WordPress Theme Review Team Gains 27 New Reviewers at WordCamp Europe Contributor Day (wptavern.com)
    The contributor day following WordCamp Europe was a tremendous success, bringing approximately 180 people to the SiteGround offices in Sofia. A healthy mixture of veteran contributors were in attendance, as well as many folks who were brand new to contributing. This is bound to make a significant dent in the queue and lighten the load for the rest of the team.


  • This Is How You Need to Monitor Your WordPress Site’s Uptime (managewp.com)
    Why so down? Okay, maybe you’re not, but if your website goes down, then you’ll have reason to be. Site uptime matters—the less your server goes down, the better. Simply put, uptime is important, so tracking uptime is, too. In this post, we’ll briefly discuss why uptime matters.
  • Using New Relic to Monitor WordPress Performance (code.tutsplus.com)
    New Relic is a performance monitoring service which runs with a variety of server and language technologies, including PHP, which makes it great for optimizing WordPress. We're going to show you how to use New Relic's free server monitoring to see within your WordPress and PHP stack.
  • Shellshock Vulnerability Check for WordPress (managewp.com)
    This is not a WordPress vulnerability, but a server vulnerability. It threatens to become one of the most widespread and dangerous exploits with serious security implications (it received both Impact and Exploitability scores of 10/10). If you have a server, own/manage websites or use a Mac – read on.
  • Creating a Custom WordPress Registration Form Plugin (code.tutsplus.com)
    Out-of-the-box, WordPress provides a custom registration form that can be used to setup a new user, or to add a new user when adding them to an existing WordPress installation. But what if you want to implement a custom registration form that does not render the options in the WordPress Dashboard? In this tutorial, we'll learn how to create a custom registration form in WordPress using a combination of template tags and shortcodes.
  • Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: The Layout (code.tutsplus.com)
    In this series, we're walking through how to create maintainable WordPress meta boxes. That is, we're looking at some best practices that we can employ in our WordPress development to make sure that we're writing code that's maintainable by ourselves or by our team, as it continues to evolve over time.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Do We Need Another WordPress Conference? (mattreport.com)
    How Josh Broton (along with co-founder Kiko Doran) came up with the the idea for Prestige Conference might suprise you. After speaking 20 conferences over the last year, Josh noticed a trend. He was bad at selecting good sessions at conferences, especially inexpensive, multi- track tech conferences. To solve that problem, the idea for Prestige conference was born. Find out more about this story in this podcast.
  • Episode #52 – Tomaz Zaman from Codeable (www.wpelevation.com)
    Our guest this week is Tomaz Zaman from Codeable and he joins us all the way from Slovenia. In this episode you will learn: how to write the perfect brief for a WordPress developer: why it’s important to have an opinion: and what to do with the money when you raise funding.
  • WPWeekly Episode 163 – Interview With Andrea Middleton of WordCamp Central (wptavern.com)
    In this episode, Marcus Couch and Jeff Chandler are joined by Andrea Middleton who manages WordCamp Central. She tells us what it means to be a “dot organizer” within Automattic and what her day to day duties are managing WordCamp Central.

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