Raelene Wilson is Editor of the WPMU DEV Blog. She is an award-winning journalist and writer who specializes in WordPress.

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Our 5% for WordPress: Meet Ivan, Calvin and Bojan

In October we committed to contributing 2.5 full-time, dedicated support people to the WordPress Support Forums.

This was in response to WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg’s proposal that companies directly involved in WordPress should give back Five for the Future.

So we put a call out for friendly new people to join our support team, but unlike our regular crew these new people would hang out in the WordPress.org Support Forums all day, 40 hours minimum per week, helping folks out with anything and everything.

After initially trialling 12 people over a few weeks of intense training, we’re pleased to announce our WordPress Support Forums team.

Welcome

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10+ Free WordPress Plugins to Add Christmas Cheer to Your Site

The countdown to Christmas has begun! As stores crank up the Christmas carols and homes are decorated with beautiful Christmas trees covered in lights, baubles and tinsel, there’s no reason why you can’t deck out your website with boughs of holly.

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, I’ve put together a fun list of free Christmas plugins – all tried and tested with the upcoming version of WordPress 4.1 and the new default Twenty Fifteen theme. All of these plugins are available in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Christmas Ball on Branch

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How to Hide the WordPress Update Notification To All But Admins

One of the great things about WordPress as an open source project is that the core code is regularly updated with improvements and security patches.

Whenever there’s a major release available, a notification will display at the top of your admin area, letting you know your version is out-of-date and you need to update the core code.

For many people, this nag can be annoying. And if you developer websites for clients, you may want to hide it. After all, who wants to let their clients know their software is old?

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to easily hide the update notifications.

Update notification

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A Thoroughly Biased Guide to the Plugins You Need to Get WordPress Multisite Up and Running

Multisite is a fantastic feature of WordPress that allows you to easily create a network of websites and crown yourself “Super Admin.”

But once you’ve activated Multisite for your WordPress install and set it up, what next?

In this post we’ll look at the best plugins – all created by WPMU DEV – to help you manage your network. Each of the plugins below will extend the functionality of a basic Multisite install, adding features such as domain mapping, cloning, SEO, and analytics.

Copying suite

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Top WordPress Custom Fonts Plugins Reviewed

These days we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to web typography, the only issue being how to actually add custom fonts to your WordPress site.

Digging around in code and messing with files can be fiddly. Luckily, there are plenty of great options if you want to change your site’s fonts, from simply adding a new font to see on elements like your header, to adding colors changing font sizes.

In this post, I’ve reviewed six of the best plugins that can help you get custom fonts set up easily on your WordPress site.

Use Any Font

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How to Hide Your WordPress Version Number

WordPress can track your site, thanks to the footprints it leaves in its software that let the outside world know what version of WordPress you are using.

If you don’t regularly update WordPress, these footprints may be a security leak, though simply hiding your version of WordPress is not enough by itself to protect you from potential threats.

Nevertheless, you may want to be vigilant when it comes to security and remove all traces of your version of WordPress anyway.

Hide WordPress

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