Sarah Gooding is a partner at Untame, a boutique digital marketing firm specializing in open source content management systems and social networking architecture. She enjoys staying on top of the latest WordPress and BuddyPress news. Get in touch with Sarah on Twitter @pollyplummer

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Top 10 Places to Find Free Stock Images For Your WordPress Site

The images you include on your website are probably more powerful than the content you write. People are very impatient when it comes to reading these days, but the right images will make visitors more likely to read your content and make a genuine connection.

Finding great images for your site is easy if you know where to look. We’ve put together a roundup of the best places to find free, high quality stock images for use on your WordPress site.


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What To Expect In BuddyPress 1.9

BuddyPress 1.8 was just released and work for 1.9 is already underway. The tentative scope and timeline for 1.9 was announced last week on the BuddyPress Development blog. Given the success of the last release, the team is shooting for another speedy release cycle this time around.

Development has already begun on the following new items. Here’s what you’ll have to look forward to in BuddyPress 1.9:

New template pack – to include all the major templates for BuddyPress. Learn how to get involved and follow the project on github.


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How to Change the Default WordPress Uploads Folder

There are many different reasons users might want to change the default upload directory in WordPress. It makes it possible to host images on a subdomain for performance reasons, which can also make backups more efficient. People also sometimes change this directory in order to create a different URL structure and organization for their media files.

Before WordPress 3.5 you used to be able to change the upload directory path from the Settings menu in the dashboard. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy anymore, but it’s still possible.

How to change the default media upload directory


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7 Ways To Make WordPress Multisite Work for You

If you’re new to Multisite you may feel as though you’ve been tricked. You were told that it makes managing multiple WordPress sites so much more convenient, so you’ve jumped in with both feet. But now you’re finding new limitations and complexities.

Don’t panic. Here’s what you need to do to get to the other side where you can say “I got this” and finally have multisite working for you.

1. Give yourself a crash course in WordPress Multisite


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How to Use Akismet on WordPress Multisite with 1 License Key

Millions of sites depend on the Akismet service for blocking the never-ending flood of comment spam targeted at WordPress. Today we have a handy tip for WordPress multisite super admins that should save you quite a bit of time in the future.

Did you know that you can actually hard code your API key into your config file so that it works for your entire multisite network?

There is a little note at the top of the akismet.php file that says:

/** If you hardcode a API key here, all key config screens will be hidden */


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Kill Passwords: How To Never Use a Password With WordPress Again

Are you tired of forgetting your password and sending reset emails? WordPress is everywhere and chances are that you have multiple sets of login credentials for your many WordPress sites. Keeping track of all of this login info can be maddening, especially if you’re a developer with hundreds of sites.

Imagine your life without passwords. Believe it or not, you don’t have to trade security for convenience.

Introducing LaunchKey: Your Ticket to Killing Passwords Forever


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Get The Light Version of the New WordPress Admin Design

A few months ago we previewed the new WordPress admin design powered by the MP6 plugin, which will more than likely make its debut in WordPress 3.7. If you can’t stand to wait for the new design, you can get MP6 right now but know that it’s undergoing active development. Don’t be scared away by its 1996 plugin header design – the new admin UI is actually a beautifully simplified new look.


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BuddyPress 1.8 Released With Better Theming Capabilities

The BuddyPress core team promised a short release cycle for 1.8 and they have delivered! BuddyPress 1.8 was released today and cheers were heard around the world. Dancing and pizza-feasting will probably continue into the night.

The 1.8 release is dubbed “Di Fara” after a famous Brooklyn pizza joint where each pizza pie is handmade by its owner, Dom DeMarco.

A few months ago we previewed the new features that are included in BuddyPress 1.8. The most exciting features highlighted in the release blog today include:

Better theme integration


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5 Backup Solutions for WordPress Multisite Networks

There are hundreds of ways to backup WordPress sites but very few of them are compatible with multisite networks.

When you operate a multisite network, you’re responsible not only for the work you have put into creating the main site but also for the hard work that everyone else has put into their websites on your network. It would be tragic to lose all of that data due to a hosting failure, DDoS attack or some other misfortune that might befall your network.


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