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25 Newly Released Parallax Themes That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Parallax scrolling may have lost some of its street cred in the past 12 months, but it’s still hot stuff.

It’s a cool effect that can turn an otherwise dull and boring looking site into a sexy scrolling wonderland. Combined with animated featured, parallax can be used on any type of site, from corporate and business pages to creative and portfolio sites.

This post offers a round-up of parallax themes released in the past couple of months – all 2014 themes – so there may be some you’ve never seen before.

Happy scrolling!

What’s your favorite parallax theme? Share it in the comments below.

Horizillax theme

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10 Impressive WordPress Admin Themes for 2014

The WordPress admin area got somewhat of a makeover in version 3.8, but – at least for me and maybe others who were using MP6 long before it was merged into core – the novelty has already worn off.

It’s easy enough to add new themes and plugins to customize the front-end of our sites, but what about the backend?

Customizing the backend of WordPress with an admin theme is a simple way to give your install a fresh look and is also handy for developers who are creating WordPress sites for clients and want to simplify the backend.

Forest

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Easter Eggs in WordPress: What’s There to Get Eggs-Cited About?

What happened to Easter eggs in WordPress? Have they disappeared forever?

Since The Matrix Has You Easter egg surprised (and freaked out…) users in WordPress 2.6, there hasn’t been a single hidden feature in more than four years. That’s 13 versions of WordPress.

Easter eggs are fun to discover and provide a cheeky outlet for developers who have put a lot of time and work into a program and want to leave something of themselves behind. Easter eggs are silly and don’t often make sense, but mostly it’s fun finding one yourself and sharing it before your friends have stumbled across it.

Easter bunnies

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WordPress 3.9 “Smith” is Out

The latest version of WordPress has been released.

Named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, WordPress 3.9 aims to “close the gap” between what you see when creating posts in the backend of WordPress and what you see published on your site.

This release includes a raft of improvements that build on features in previous versions of WordPress, including quick image editing, the ability to drag and drop images directly into the visual editor, gallery previews, audio and video playlists, live widget and header previews and a new theme browsing experience.

WordPress 3.9 honors jazz great Jimmy Smith.

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Pay With a Like and Watch Your Site Go Viral

While much of our lives happens online these days, social interactions are still the most powerful way to connect with people when marketing a product.

Once you get your foot in the door with users on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Linked In, word of mouth can spread quickly as people promote a site of product to their friends, family and colleagues.

Pay With a Like can help you leverage word of mouth marketing. Once installed and activated, visitors to your site will be asked to “Like” your content in exchange for access to articles, videos, downloads or any other content.

Pay With a Like

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Highlighting Comments on Your WordPress Site Since Your Last Visit

We get a lot of comments on our blog from our awesome members, but it can be hard to keep track of comments.

It can be a pain to subscribe to comments (more pesky emails landing in my inbox!), though after a few hits of the refresh button, new and old comments blur into one when discussion really takes off on a popular post.

Luckily, there’s a simple way for site admins to help their readers.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to highlight new comments made on a post since a person’s last visit.

Comments Since Last Visit

Comments feature image

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Support Your Clients With White Label Videos and Awesome Tutorials

Did you know we have dozens of continuously updated, high quality white label video user manuals for WordPress?

We’ve also got a comprehensive YouTube channel featuring 180+ videos on how to use our plugins, and topics such as installing WordPress, how to beef up your security and choosing the right web host.

Providing support for clients with little to no experience with WordPress can be a costly exercise, both in time and money. Who’s got time for hand holding?

White label videos

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30+ Top Quality Free, Minimalist and Stunning WordPress Themes

Complexity in design isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Sliders, banners and other web elements can be distracting when all you want is for your readers to focus on your words.Clean, minimalist themes allow your content to shine without unnecessary clutter or bloat.The collection of themes below includes mostly themes put out for free by generous developers on their blogs, as well as free premium themes by larger agencies.Don’t forget to give kudos to the developers/designers if you do decide download and use any of these themes!What’s your favorite minimalist theme? Tell us in the comments below.

Casper WordPress theme

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25+ Must-Have WordPress Plugins for 2014

Every WordPress developer has a toolkit of plugins they can’t live without that usually includes solutions for caching, security and adding other improvements that build on WordPress core.

That’s the great thing about WordPress – in the WordPress Plugin Repository alone there are more than 30,000 plugins that build on core, allowing you to bend the software to your will.

But with so many free and premium plugins available, how do you sort the good from the bad?

Tool kit

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