The newbie on the WPMU Dev team with a bent for hacking WordPress, content management and online media.

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How To Easily Set Up Monitoring For Your WordPress Site And Minimize Downtime

Every WordPress site owner should care about their site’s availability, regardless of whether its daily traffic can be counted on one hand or runs into millions.

Services that monitor your site’s uptime are fairly common and setting them up is quick and easy. In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll step through how to add the Monitor service from Automattic’s Jetpack suite of plugins.

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Snapshot, Clone, Copy, Template: The WPMU DEV Multisite Copying Toolkit

WPMU DEV’s recent release of the Cloner plugin put another powerful site copying tool into the hands of WordPress multisite network owners’ hands.

Cloner, together with Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier and New Blog Templates, provides a suite of multisite tools that cover the bases when it comes to copying data from one site to another, even multiple, destinations.

But which tool should you use when?

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New From WPMU DEV: Cloner, the Site Cloning Plugin for WordPress Multisite

Sometimes you just need to make an exact copy of a site in your WordPress multisite network and you want to do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Other times you just want to copy all the users or posts.

Cloner, the latest WordPress multisite plugin from WPMU DEV allows you to effortlessly clone all or part of a site in your network. No fuss, no bother just a couple of clicks and it’s done.

Perfect for worry-free troubleshooting, staging, adding users to a new or existing site and distributing content across multiple sites, Cloner is destined to quickly become an essential tool for every WordPress multisite network owner.

Cloner, the perfect solution for troubleshooting, staging, copying users and creating leg-up sites

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How To Add Feature Images To Your WordPress Categories

Featured images for categories is one of those ideas that’s so obviously beneficial that you’ve probably not thought about it before.

A Featured image can, and does, make a huge positive impact on the the post pages so it’s only natural, when you think about it, to extend that impact to our category pages with the added bonus of giving the visitor an instant visual cue as to the topic.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to specify a featured image for a category and give you some tips on how to update your theme to display them.

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7 WordPress Plugins To Help You Turn The Tables (Into Works Of Art)

Tables are a pretty common content component but are unsupported out-of-the-box by the WordPress Visual Editor.

Not surprisingly then, there are a number of plugins that solve the table problem from those that make the TinyMCE table buttons live again, to Admin interface visual table builders and pure shortcode plays.

But which is best for you? Which WordPress table plugin will help you turn the tables, into works of art?

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How To Properly Add Background Images To Your WordPress Site

Adding a background image to your WordPress site is easy. Right?

Not if your theme doesn’t support it. And wouldn’t it be nice if the background image was full-screen? Be good to have different background images on categories too. And while we are at it, how about using a post’s featured image as the background image?

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to do all the above and add a visual finishing touch to your WordPress site.

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WordPress And H5P : The Future Of Rich Content?

H5P is not your average WordPress content plugin: it is a genuinely innovative way to create, embed and share rich HTML5 content via your WordPress site.

Although it’s perhaps aimed more at educational content, there are content types such as image hotspots, presentations and timelines that will be of interest to any WordPress site owner.

So take a peek at what could be the future of rich HTML5 content.

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10 Of The Best Of The Best WordPress Themes

Not a week goes by without another swag of theme posts that list 10,20,50,250 themes for you to sift through.

But not this post because that wheat has been sorted from the chaff, the cream has risen to the top and, apparently, even the sheep have been sorted from the goats.

Here’s 10 themes covering 10 categories. This is the best of the best of WordPress themes. Or is it?

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Do 3rd-Party Content Creation Apps Stack Up For WordPress Site Owners?

The WordPress admin interface, for all its flaws, does its job well enough for millions of posts to be published every day.

Despite that, the Ghost writing interface caused quite a stir and no shortage of longing, and front-end editing continues to be the flavor of the month.

So what about going the whole hog and moving your content creation out of WordPress completely? Does using a purpose-built third-party app to manage the content creation process make any sense?

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Making Your WordPress Images More Than Just Eye Candy

Why do you include images in your WordPress posts?

Is it just to break up the text, make it look a bit prettier, a bit more inviting? Or are they an integral part of the story you are trying to tell?

Here’s how to elevate your WordPress images from eye candy to storytelling juggernauts with descriptions that overlay on click, automatically appear when the image is visible or form a CSS-inspired image maps.

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