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Free Medium-Inspired WordPress Themes

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If you haven’t heard of it yet, Medium is a blog publishing platform started by Blogger and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone.

Williams describes Medium like this:
It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world. It’s used by everyone from professional journalists to amateur cooks. It’s simple, beautiful, collaborative, and it helps you find the right audience for whatever you have to say.

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How to Link a WordPress Title to an External URL

There may be a number of reasons why you’d want the title of your post to link to an external URL. Let’s say, for example, that you let people buy advertising on your site that looks somewhat like an actual post.

That’s what Yahoo does. Take a look below. See that “article” with the yellow background? That’s actually an ad that goes offsite when you click the title.

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WPMU DEV’s MarketPress E-Commerce Plugin Sees a Number of Improvements

Just a quick update on WPMU DEV’s extremely popular MarketPress E-Commerce plugin – it saw a number of improvements recently, especially in the area of payment gateways.
First up, there was the addition of Simplify Commerce by MasterCard and Australian based PIN Payment (beta).
In addition, multiple currency support was added to PayPal’s Payflow Pro gateway, and Euro support was added to Stripe in Ireland.

Tax Settings

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New Post Locking Feature in WordPress Improves Multi-Author Sites

With the release of WordPress 3.6 not long ago, there was the addition of a new feature called “Post Locking,” which automatically locks a post that’s currently being worked on.

But that description doesn’t really cover all the flexibility you get with Post Locking. You can actually easily “break into” a locked post too – which is also important.

But breaking into a locked post is not like breaking into a post that was being worked on pre WordPress 3.6. In fact, it ends up being a completely different experience.

WordPress Pre Version 3.6

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WPMU DEV’s E-Newsletter Plugin Sees Major Graphical Improvements

One of the nicest aspects of WPMU DEV’s E-Newsletter plugin has always been its graphical components – templates, color controls, WYSIWYG editor, etc.

With the latest updates to E-Newsletter, we’ve upped our game in that department even more.

One of the most prominent additions in this update is the inclusion of a new template called “Promy.”

Here’s a look at the default version.

Don’t like the header there? No problem. Another update includes the ability to change the header for nearly all the themes.

Here’s a new grassy-looking header I put into the Promy theme.

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How to Crop an Image Inside of WordPress

When people upload images to their WordPress sites, they often blow through the process so quickly that they never realize half the things you can do with images. One of those things is cropping images right inside of the Media Library.

In this post, we’ll go through how to do that.

Getting to the Editing Screen
You can get to the editing screen by one of two ways.

You can go through the Media Uploader as you normally do when you insert an image into your posts.

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Obox Review: Lots of Control but Occasionally Complex

Obox gives you lots of options in the back end to control the look of your theme. While not drag-and-drop, you get a number of different templates and VERY granular control of things such as color. You can leave the colors alone, but other options can’t be left alone, and some of them may take a little while to figure out. While they only have 12 responsive themes at this time, a number of them appear to be ecommerce ready (with WooCommerce).

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StudioPress Review: Clean, Sober, Secure

StudioPress themes are said to be structurally sound, secure, and good for SEO. The designs are clean; however, there aren’t many that are going to jump out at you make you step back. But not everyone wants that, of course. There also seems to be a relatively large community that you can become a part of when you get a Genesis framework from StudioPress. There are community-built plugins and child themes built especially to run on the framework.

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