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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

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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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How To Learn WordPress in a Week (For Free!)

Thanks to the low barrier to using and working with WordPress, anyone with an idea and time to spare can develop a product or service on top of WordPress and start a business. In fact, many of our members are already doing that.

Whether you’re working full-time and juggling family, social and volunteer commitments, mastering WordPress is within your reach – and there are so many resources available for free that if you do have time you have absolutely no excuse!

Abacus

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How to Reset Your WordPress Site

Have you ever had one of those days when you just want to hit the reset button and start again?

Resetting your WordPress site can be useful if you are testing out a bunch of plugins and themes and want to reset your test environment to clear out the options table along with everything else.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to quickly nuke your site, leaving you with a blank slate.

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Improve the WordPress Visual Editor With These Cool Hacks

WordPress 3.9 will feature the updated TinyMCE version 4 in core when it’s shipped next month.

Version 4 looks real nice. It’s got a completely new GUI, simple and faster dialogs, and new and improved APIs and default plugins and better code quality.

It’s also minimalistic. Buttons have been dumped for WordPress, such as the paste from Microsoft Word button (who uses that, anyway?). There are just 14 buttons.

What a lot of WordPress users don’t realize, though, is that there’s more to the WordPress Visual Editor – and its backend, TinyMCE – than meets the eye.

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