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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.

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Automattic Acquires Incsub (and WPMU DEV!)

Big news to share with everyone today, Incsub, the parent company of this site, has been acquired by Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com!

I know it may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but to us, and as I was saying to Matt the other day during our weekly Turkish bath, it’s really been on the cards since the start – in fact, as we shared a sweaty handshake on the deal, he commented that the news would, in many ways, come across as ‘the sound of inevitability’.

So, why were Automattic interested in us?

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35+ Resources to Become a Kick Ass WordPress Developer

There is a low barrier to using and working with WordPress. In fact, anyone with knowledge of PHP or with design skills can start using WordPress immediately and see results.

But if you want to really succeed with WordPress, build a strong business and gain respect, you need to be an over-achiever. Why? Because there are plenty of other WordPress developers out there who are also vying for clients and trying to earn a buck.

Luckily, there is a plethora of information available so you can move beyond the basics of tweaking a site so you can start calling yourself a fully-fledged WordPress pro. It also helps to pay attention to what the actual pros – the WordPress core developers and contributors – are doing.

So if you’re ready to kick some serious ass, read on.

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Shh! Top Secret Feature in WordPress 3.9

WordPress 3.9 lead developer Andrew Nacin has hinted there will be a secret feature in the upcoming release.

Now that features-as-plugins are the norm, core features are usually known about weeks before a new release. They are ever picked apart in great detail during public core development meetings.

But this time, Nacin has a surprise up his sleeve. During the latest #wordpress-dev IRC meeting meeting, Nacin casually mentioned there would be a secret feature, but didn’t elaborate further.

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Free WordPress Themes: The Ultimate Guide

There are so many free WordPress themes out there it can put your head in a tail spin. So in an effort to help you sift through the good and the – let’s face it – crap, we’ve put together this ultimate guide to free WordPress themes.

This post is your one-stop, all-you-can-eat resource for information about free WordPress Themes.

There’s an overwhelming number of free themes available – just search Google. It’s easy enough to just download the first free theme that catches your eye. And why wouldn’t you? They’re free!

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Help Us Help You – Fill out the WPMU DEV Blog 2014 Survey

It’s a new year – and a new opportunity for us at WPMU DEV to bring you awesome WordPress news, tutorials, resources and reviews.

So, please take a moment to fill out the WPMU DEV survey below. You can complete it in less than two minutes, honest (although you are welcome to spend longer and give us better answers!).

Help us to provide you with the best in WP in 2014, and to sweeten the deal we’ll be giving away an annual WPMU DEV membership worth $588 to one lucky respondent. Good luck!

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Advent Calendar: Useful WordPress Snippets ‘Til Christmas

Elliot Richmond over at Square One Marketing & Design has been getting into the Christmas spirit.

The designer and self-confessed WordPress geek has set up WP Snippets Til Christmas, a fun and festive WordPress advent calendar.

Everyday until Christmas, a new code snippet is released on the site. So far there have been snippets on topics such as Properly Enqueuing Script and Styles in WordPress, how to Create Your Own Registration Form in WordPress and how to Add a Custom Post Type Submenu to an Existing Custom Post Type Menu.

A bunch of developers well-known within the WordPress community have contributed to the holiday project, including Tom McFarlin, Brad Williams and Konstantin Kovshenin.

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Free WordPress Expertise: WordSesh 2 Presenters Announced

Twenty four hours of round the clock WordPress talks will return on December 7 (UTC).

More than 40 speakers have been announced for WordSesh 2, a free full day of presentations from all over the world streamed live online.

WordSesh is a great opportunity to hear live presentations by well-known people in the WordPress community you would only otherwise get to see at WordCamps.

Some big names presenting include WordPress co-found Matt Mullenweg, WooThemes co-founder Adii Pienaar, WebDevStudios partner Lisa Sabin-Wilson, the Matt Report’s Matt Medeiros and plugin developer Pippin Williamson.

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