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WordPress 4.8 Release Candidate (wordpress.org) The release candidate for WordPress 4.8 is now available.
RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.8 on Thursday, June 8, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.8 yet, now is the time!
A Deep Dive Into the GTmetrix Speed Test Tool (kinsta.com) There are a lot of options you have as a website owner when it comes to running speed tests to check performance. Previously we took an in-depth look at the Pingdom tool. Today we want to dive into how to better use and understand the data from the popular website speed test tool GTmetrix. Tools like this rely on grading systems and scores, along with warnings of what might be wrong on your site.
How Long Does Building a WordPress Site Take? (wpshout.com) Cost and time are, of course, two sides of the same coin, as the only sane way to budget a project is with reference to the time it’s expected to take multiplied by an (explicit or implied) hourly rate. However, we think clients and everyone else could benefit substantially from a good understanding of which jobs are quick, and which jobs are long, in WordPress consulting work.
To that end, we’ve put together a lot of “How long it takes” rules of thumb based on our experience as WordPress consultants.
10 Ways to Determine the Quality of a Free WordPress Plugin (premium.wpmudev.org) The only problem with saying that free WordPress plugins are just as good as premium plugins is… well, that’s not always the case.
So, how do you know when a free plugin can be trusted? Are free plugins better than freemium? And which free plugins do you actually need to use without going overboard on your WordPress site? We’ll cover all of these points as we review what to look out for when choosing free WordPress plugins.
Gridly - Photography Theme for WordPress (www.imagely.com) Showcase your latest blog content first with Gridly. This unique design is fully responsive, so it looks incredible on all devices. Each blog post is displayed on the homepage in an elegantly designed square grid. Gridly is complete with multiple blog, post and page templates.
How to Use CloudSwipe for Secure Hosted Payments with WooCommerce (bobwp.com) Choosing and setting up your payment gateways can present a bit of a challenge when it comes to WooCommerce. Even though the step-by-step is not overwhelming, you may face security and ease-of-use obstacles. That is why we wanted to introduce you to a new service from our trusted friends over on Cart66 called CloudSwipe, a secured hosted payment service built to work with WooCommerce.
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