WordPress 3.9 “Smith” is Out

The latest version of WordPress has been released.

Named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, WordPress 3.9 aims to “close the gap” between what you see when creating posts in the backend of WordPress and what you see published on your site.

This release includes a raft of improvements that build on features in previous versions of WordPress, including quick image editing, the ability to drag and drop images directly into the visual editor, gallery previews, audio and video playlists, live widget and header previews and a new theme browsing experience.

WordPress 3.9 honors jazz great Jimmy Smith.

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10 WordPress Plugins for More Powerful and Flexible Scheduled Posts

Some of us are more organized than others. Some have our future posts already written and scheduled out a month in advance.

While I can’t claim to be one of those, here at WPMU DEV, we do use the scheduled post option in WordPress quite a lot. In fact, it’s rare that any post here will be written and then published straight away.

I’d say that about 98-99% of the posts you see here have been scheduled to publish. And so we surely appreciate that function.

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How To Test WordPress Plugins With PayPal Sandbox

Virtually all WordPress plugins that collect payments, from e-commerce stores to fundraising, offer integration with a PayPal product.

Testing this integration prior to launch means setting up the PayPal Sandbox and this, like PayPal itself, can be a little confusing.

In this article, we’ll look at how to create a PayPal sandbox environment and where to find the data that the majority of PayPal supporting WordPress plugins ask for.

The PayPal ecosystem consists of 3 environments:

Live PayPal – this where real money changes hands

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Creating Categories and Tags for Your WordPress Media

The media system in WordPress has come a long way in the last few years. It’s seen many welcome improvements.

As usual, however, it could probably be a little better. And one obvious way would seem to be adding categories and/or tags to media.

This would allow for easier management and even a little creative curation.

With that in mind, we’re going to go over a few ways you can assign categories or tags to media (such as images), and also how that might help.

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Pay With a Like and Watch Your Site Go Viral

While much of our lives happens online these days, social interactions are still the most powerful way to connect with people when marketing a product.

Once you get your foot in the door with users on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Linked In, word of mouth can spread quickly as people promote a site of product to their friends, family and colleagues.

Pay With a Like can help you leverage word of mouth marketing. Once installed and activated, visitors to your site will be asked to “Like” your content in exchange for access to articles, videos, downloads or any other content.

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Beyond Pie Charts: Add Mind-blowing Visualizations To WordPress

When it comes to embedding graphs and charts in your WordPress posts, there are quite a few options in the plugin repository.

But what if you want to go beyond pie-charts and bar-graphs? What if you want to add the kind of interactive, data-visualizations that will leave your visitors’ minds well and truly blown?

Then you need to strap on the D3 javascript library and take a leap into data-driven documents.

It can be a lot of work but the results of D3 visualizations are truly mind-blowing

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Boost Your Site’s Impact With Custom Sidebars and Widgets

If your WordPress site uses static sidebars and widgets then you are missing out on a massive opportunity.

Would your Contact Us page be enhanced by having its own sidebar? Do you have a free download that you’d like to display in a widget for just a week? Would you like to show a special offer to logged-in users only?

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll give your static sidebars and widgets a dynamic makeover that will dramatically improve the relevance and impact of your site’s content.

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Highlighting Comments on Your WordPress Site Since Your Last Visit

We get a lot of comments on our blog from our awesome members, but it can be hard to keep track of comments.

It can be a pain to subscribe to comments (more pesky emails landing in my inbox!), though after a few hits of the refresh button, new and old comments blur into one when discussion really takes off on a popular post.

Luckily, there’s a simple way for site admins to help their readers.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to highlight new comments made on a post since a person’s last visit.

Comments Since Last Visit

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How to Hide or Highlight the Screen Options Tab in WordPress

The Screen Options tab at the top of pages in the WordPress admin section often goes unnoticed.

For some admins, that’s a good thing. For whatever reason, they don’t want users that have access to the backend playing around with it, and they hope it continues to go unnoticed.

For other admins, however, the very opposite is true. They actually WANT users to notice it. They feel it will help them do what they need to do more easily.

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How to Make a WordPress Blog Completely Private

Although it’s easy to make individual posts private or password protected in WordPress, what if you wanted your whole blog to be private?

We’re not talking about partially private here. We’re talking about a blog that’s completely off the grid except for those who have access.

We covered this topic a while ago, and at that time it took a combination of several plugins to make a site completely private.

Since that time, however, some plugins have upped their game, and really you only need one.

Private Only Plugin

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