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WPMU DEV Nails the Mails with Help Scout

Not long ago at WPMU DEV, we found ourselves up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Well, we had a paddle, but it just wasn’t a very good one.

The problem was success. The paddle was gmail. The solution was Help Scout.

Check out the video and/or read on for how it panned out… there’s a special offer at the end.

The Problem – Awesomeness

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How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes – Part 4: Media Queries

In this 4th part of the series on “How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes”, we’re going to take a closer look at media queries, and see how they work their magic in responsive WordPress themes. And don’t worry; it’s really not as complicated as you might think. On the contrary, as powerful and flexible as media queries may be, they’re actually very simple.

Responsive WordPress Themes - How Media Queries Work

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16 Cool Responsive WordPress Plugins for Images and Videos

Ensuring that your site looks good, loads fast and is easy to navigate is great. It becomes essential when users view it on the smaller screens of their mobile devices. Using a responsive WordPress theme is one way to ensure that your content adapts to those screens.

However, sometimes media stubbornly refuses to resize itself properly to fit those smaller screens. If media on your site is not resizing properly when viewing on smaller screens, you’re gonna love these responsive WordPress plugins!

16 Cool Responsive WordPress Plugins for Images and Videos

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How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes – Part 3

Style rules to look out for… and why.
This is the 3rd part of the series on “How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes”. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some style rules that you can use “risk free” when customizing responsive WordPress themes, as well as some that should maybe be avoided, and what you can do instead.

How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes - Part 3 - CSS styles to watch out for

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New WordPress Sidebar Plugin Gives You Total Layout Control

Introducing Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress

Hot diggety folks! There’s a powerful new player in the arena of WordPress sidebar plugins. The Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress gives you several cool ways to manage the display of your sidebars and widgets:

Widgetize any page to create the page layout of your dreams.
Create as many custom sidebars as you want.
Insert any custom sidebar in any page or post content with shortcodes.
Replace existing theme sidebars with your custom ones.
Decide where to display your sidebars (pages, posts, archives, categories, taxonomies, etc.)

New WordPress Sidebar Plugin Gives You Total Layout Control

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How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes – Part 2

Style-sheet organization: where stuff is… or should be, and why.

In this 2nd part of the series on “How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes”, we’re gonna take a look at the differences between the style-sheets for regular WordPress themes and responsive ones. We’ll also see how they should be structured, and why some theme designers put responsive styles in separate files.

If you’re new to CSS, you may want to bone up before diving into this series. See the end of this article for a few great resources to get you started.

“Classic” non-responsive WordPress theme style-sheets

How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes - Style-sheet organization

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How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes – Part 1

How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes is a new series of articles I’ll be posting at the rate of one every few days. This article is an introduction to the series, which I’ll be updating with links and additional info as subsequent articles go live.

Responsive WordPress themes have taken the design community by storm since their first appearance. For good reason too. With all the awesome advances in mobile communications, and the proliferation of mobile devices, folks are now accessing the web a whole lot more often from their phones than from their computers.

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12 Unusual and Fun WordPress Plugins You’ve Never Heard About

WordPress plugins just for fun?
Sure! We’re not always all serious and focused on “let’s get the job done”! Why should WordPress be any different? There are loads of fun WordPress plugins to be found in the plugin repository; likely even more by searching Google.

Every once in a while, I come across a little gem that can be puzzling, just loads of fun or sometimes downright mind-boggling. This article proposes 12 such plugins created so you can add that fun factor to your site or blog.

Fun WordPress plugins - A barrel of fun for your WordPress site

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Break Your WordPress Theme Menus Free From Their Restraints!

Your WordPress Theme Menus where you want them!
You’ve surely come across a WordPress theme and said to yourself, “Oh this is a beautiful theme, but I wish the menu wasn’t right there!” Well, WordPress theme menus don’t have to be only where the theme designers put them.

Today we’re gonna look at a few ways you can re-position the main navigation in pretty much any WordPress theme. You’re not limited to only the main nav, as you can also use these methods to re-position any other WordPress theme menu in themes that have more than one.

WordPress Theme Menus - Your menu where you want it

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