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Catch MailChimp Updates in WordPress Using Webhooks

Do you want to be able to track your WordPress users as they subscribe and unsubscribe from your MailChimp lists?

Of course you do, but your MailChimp plugin is probably no help beyond generating that subscribe form. What you need is MailChimp webhooks.

In this article, I’ll show you how to build a simple plugin to update your WordPress site with all your MailChimp list activity.

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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.

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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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A DIY Guide to Taking Your WordPress Storytelling to New Heights

We often talk about the amazing content produced by websites such as the New York Times, Pitchfork and The Global Mail that takes storytelling to new heights.

We are slowly seeing the emergence of WordPress plugins such as Aesop’s Story Engine and Storyform that can help authors elevate their stories beyond a standard post but naturally these solutions have their limitations.

If you truly want to create uniquely engaging content then you are going to have to do-it-yourself. The good news is that if you take a pragmatic approach, plan and use the right tools then it’s well within your grasp.

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New Plugin: Jobs & Experts, More Than Just a Jobs Board

If your WordPress site sits at the heart of any community then it will benefit from WPMU Dev’s latest plugin, Jobs & Experts. How do we know? Because it’s based on our own Jobs & Pros feature on this very website.

Jobs & Experts makes it easy to connect members of your community who have a need with members who have the expertise. Not only will this benefit the community but it will also help cement your site as the go to destination.

Let’s take a closer look at Jobs & Experts: it’s more than just a jobs board.

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How To Protect Email Addresses On Your WordPress Site

It may be old and and it’s definitely uncool but email is still a significant communication channel and that means it still garners the attention of the spammers.

The first step in email anti-spam is not to handover the email address but often there’s a requirement, especially for organizations, to publish an email address on their WordPress site.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll look at how to make the scraping of email addresses from your site as difficult as possible.

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WordPress And Storyform, The Path To Better Long-form Stories?

Despite the seemingly never-ending stream of cookie-cutter WordPress themes, if you look carefully enough you can find innovation in the delivery of WordPress-based content.

Joining the Aesop Story Engine in the long-form storytelling space is Storyform, a platform for creating magazines and photo-stories that provides tight integration with WordPress.

As we’ll find out though, Storyform’s slightly different approach often results in a headstrong solution that looks great but thinks it knows best and will often override your content flow.

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Add Courses To Your WordPress Site In Just 10 Minutes, For Free!

There are many reasons why you might want to add courses to your WordPress site: to broaden your appeal to your audience; to generate revenue; or simply to educate and inform.

Whatever your reasons, you’ll need a course management system to manage your courses and your students. CoursePress (Free VersionPro Version), is just a such a system and is the latest release from WPMU DEV.

Let me show you how you can add courses to your WordPress site in less time than it takes to read this post.

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How To Share Media Across WordPress Multisite

WordPress multisite installs might use a single codebase but when it comes to media each site operates in its own silo.

If you are using multisite to publish multiple sites then reusing media across your sites either means inserting with a url or loading the image up twice. Hardly satisfactory.

In this Weekend WordPress project, we’ll take a look at how to share images, video and audio across your site, saving you considerable time, trouble and disk space.

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Build Apple-Inspired Full Page Scrolling Pages For Your WordPress Site

That full page scrolling is becoming increasingly popular is hardly surprising as it taps into our paper-based reading experiences and provides all the visual clues about needing to read to the end before “turning the page”.

In this post, I’ll show you how to leverage all the advantages of full page scrolling in your WordPress site by integrating the fullPage.js library – the gold standard of full page scrolling – to build an Apple-inspired, full page, scrolling landing page with animation.

5 Apple iPhone 5Cs with the title Apple fullPage.js Demo

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