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WordPress 4.7 Development Kicks Off This Week (wptavern.com) WordPress 4.7 development officially kicked off in the #core Slack channel. This release is being led by lead developer Helen Hou-Sandí who has selected Aaron Jorbin and Jeff Paul as release deputies.
The first item on the agenda was an update on the upcoming 4.6.1 maintenance release. Jeremy Felt reported that the team managing the release set a schedule with a release candidate planned for September 1 and the official release on September 7.
Static Site Generators Versus WordPress (poststatus.com) In 2016, WordPress is far from the only choice for a new website. In fact, website owners have enjoyed a plethora of options (hosted and self-hosted) for many years. WordPress has remained the juggernaut solution for self-hosted websites, with 25% marketshare of the total web, and as the mainstay CMS for small-to-medium businesses with small or low budgets.
Amongst two groups — large institutions that need high scalability, and the ever-tinkering developer crowd — another option is trending positively: the static site generator, also known as a flat-file CMS.
Shopify vs WooCommerce: Which is the Best E-commerce Platform? (themeisle.com) Which hosting provider to choose, what domain to purchase, which theme to pick – setting up a website can require a seemingly endless number of choices. Even more so when we’re talking about an e-commerce site, since then you have to make yet another crucial choice: Shopify vs WooCommerce.
There are, of course, plenty of other options available besides these two, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. Shopify and WooCommerce are two of the most popular ones, and we’re here to pit them against each other.
New Plugin Uses Microsoft’s Computer Vision API to Automatically Fill in Alt Text for Images (wptavern.com) When uploading images to WordPress’ media library, there are a couple of different fields available to provide additional information. You can edit an image’s title, add a caption, provide alternative text, and add a description.
The Alt Text field displays text when an image does not display. According to Morten Rand-Hendriksen, these fields are underutilized and largely ignored. There are two primary reasons to add alt text to images.
Best Notification Bar Plugins to Promote and Inform Users (wplift.com) We think you’ll agree with me on this one: Popups are annoying.
If you want a way to communicate with your users in a slightly less invasive way, you should consider implementing a notification bar instead. Notification bars can give you a lot of the benefits of popups without the annoyance.
17 Best WordPress Resume Themes for Your Online CV (www.wpbeginner.com) Are you looking for a CV or Resume theme for WordPress? Building an online resume with your CV can help you build a personal brand, find job, and make new contacts. WordPress is an ideal platform to build your professional online presence. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best WordPress resume themes.
How to Track Almost Anything with Google Tag Manager and WordPress (premium.wpmudev.org) One of the advantages for businesses operating in the digital space is the sheer amount of data available, from search data to help you identify the types of keywords your target market is using or the topics and news your users are sharing on social media.
While you can collect this type of data from third parties, there is also a wealth of data that you can collect yourselves.
Should You Use Object Interfaces For WordPress Development? (torquemag.io) Interfaces, often referred to as contracts or agreements, set up rules for classes in which a class that implements an interface has to follow those specific rules. Interfaces put constraints on your classes that improve your code. In this article, we're going to discuss what interfaces are and what they can and can’t do. By the end, you will be able to see if you should use interfaces to improve your code.