Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme Review: When Less Is More

I have to confess: I hate Twenty Fourteen. While I certainly appreciate the work that went into making it, I’ve disliked the visual direction from the first time I saw it. It reminds me of old, overly-busy myspace pages – it’s all a visual distraction to me. Since I love WordPress I tried getting comfortable with it but I never quite succeeded.

At the time I pulled my punches, but now it’s time to review Twenty Fifteen and I decided I would not hold back. I grabbed WordPress 4.1 Beta 1, rolled up my sleeves and prepared to unleash my pent up aggression on the Twenty Fifteen development team.

Twenty Fifteen

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The Secrets to Writing WordPress Posts That Convert

If you run a business online, having a blog is essential. It’s a quick way to build an online presence for your brand. Regular blogging has the benefit of keeping your site populated with fresh content. And fresh content means an increased likelihood of fresh eyes on your posts. It also means greater opportunities for search engines to index your site’s pages. When that happens, say hello to increased organic traffic!

Secrets to writing posts that convert

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Make Your Images POP With Super Easy and Sexy CSS Styling

I’m sure you already have an idea of how important images are to the success of your website.

But when it comes to boosting engagement (and ultimately your bottom line), it’s not just about including images on your site, it’s about what images you include and how you present them.

In this post I want to tackle one important piece of that puzzle: the presentation.

Photo filter plugins.

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Make Your WordPress Site BuddyPress-Ready

BuddyPress is a great tool for adding social networking to your WordPress site, but what if your site’s theme wasn’t built with BuddyPress in mind? Even worse, what if you have a regular WordPress theme that doesn’t play well with BuddyPress at all?

Missing menus, pages that aren’t displaying properly, perhaps even a sidebar or two that just look completely wrong… I’ll pause here to let you gasp. If this has been the case for any sites you’ve built, don’t panic! Read on.

BuddyPress

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How To Build WordPress Widgets Like A Pro

WordPress widgets seem to be shortcode’s poor cousins. Perhaps it’s because they are a little more “black box”, a little trickier to code or thought of simply as a sidebar component.

However the prevalence of drag-and-drop builders is freeing widgets from the confines of the sidebar and turning them into an increasingly crucial tool in the WordPress site building process.

Learning how to build your own WordPress widgets is going to enable you to create sites that are quick to build and easy to manage.

Post featured image

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How To Create An Awesome Newsletter Signup Popup For Your WordPress Site

When it comes to newsletter signups, simply putting a form in a sidebar widget doesn’t cut it. You need to get on the front foot and get your signup form in the face of your visitors.

You need a popup. And not just any old popup. You need an awesome popup that is bold, eye-catching with the kind of entrance that makes everyone in a room stop talking and pay attention.

Here’s how.

How to create awesome popups

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Are You Avoiding These Common WordPress Code Issues?

There are numerous articles about fixing code errors and more than enough on mistakes to avoid as WordPress users. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some coding issues which work but would be considered inefficient, or bad code.

I’ll focus on some of the most common problems I’ve seen around and some errors which I’m ashamed to say I’ve committed in the past myself.

A cleaner sign

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Five for the Future: How to Help Out in the WordPress Support Forums

You probably remember the hullabaloo a few months ago around Matt Mullenweg’s rally to the greater WordPress community to create a more sustainable vision for the future of the open source project.

Automattic’s founder suggested that businesses revolving around WordPress (either webhosts, developers, designers, etc.) contribute 5 percent of their workforce to helping WordPress core. While some in the WordPress community criticized his sentiments, others embraced the call to action, including us to the point we’re currently trialling and training seven new support staff members, two of whom will be assigned to work full-time in the WordPress Support Forums.

Five for the Future

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Making SlideShare Shine in WordPress

When you have a website, being social is kind of mandatory nowadays. Social media rules all and if you haven’t started tweeting, liking, and pinning yet, you’re well behind the curve.

An underutilized social resource is SlideShare, a site dedicated to allowing users to create compelling slideshows with just a few clicks that can then be shared across the Internet with ease. It’s a really useful tool, especially for those in industries who find themselves needing to explain complicated subjects over and over again.

Slideshare

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