WordPress Development

WP-phpmyadmin Plugin Poses a Huge Security Risk

Big surprise, right? Why in the world anybody would be using a plugin called WP-phpmyadmin is beyond me, but reports are our that many sites are being hacked through it. Formerly housed at wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-phpmyadmin/, this plugin has already been pulled from the WordPress repository. If for some reason you’re using this plugin, delete it now.

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WordPress Plugins: How to Know if You Have Too Many

Do I have too many plugins on my WordPress site? Unfortunately, this is not really a yes or no question. In fact, it’s not even the right question. The question you want to ask yourself is, “Am I using high quality plugins?”

Your WordPress site’s plugin health depends largely on the quality of the plugins you are using.

Determining the quality of a plugin may seem difficult for the average WordPress users. After all, most of us don’t know how to understand what a plugin does besides reading the plain description on the plugin’s page.

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Trending: A New Free WordPress Theme for the Hybrid Core Framework

Expert theme developer Justin Tadlock has just released a new free theme for his Hybrid Core Framework, which is also completely free and open source.

Trending is a parent theme for Hybrid, but it also comes with a sample child theme to help you get started.

Awesome built-in features include, but are not limited to:

Cool sticky post design with a custom image size.
Multiple nav menus.
Per-post/page layouts (one-column, two-column, and three-column layouts).
Art direction (the ability to add custom, per-post stylesheets).
Custom widgets (overwrites the default WordPress widgets with better alternatives).
Several sidebars (you can add widgets in several places).

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How to Create a WordPress Site for Local Pet Adoptions

If you are a friend of the furries, a fanimal of animals and a do-gooder to boot, then you’ll probably want to help homeless critters in your community find good homes. You may even have taken stray animals into your own home until you could find their owners or get them adoptions with loving families.

The new WP ADA plugin makes it easy to create a WordPress site that will bring more people and pets together.

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Get Experimental BuddyPress Features with BP Labs

Paul Gibbs, one of the BuddyPress core developers, has released a new plugin called BP Labs that offers some experimental BuddyPress features. The current experiments running on BP Labs are @mentions autosuggest and Quick Admin.

@mentions autosuggest helps BuddyPress users to be able to easily find the short name of a user. BP Labs has integrated this new feature into comments, the “What’s New” activity status box, Private Messaging (body) and bbPress forums.

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Display Your Instagram Photos as a Gallery with WordPress

Instagram fans will love the new Instagram Gallery Widget for WordPress. It gives you the ability to display your Instagr.am pictures in a simple and elegant gallery, as pictured here.

There are a few other Instagram plugins out there already, but the Instagram Gallery Widget has far more features than most of the others. The only other comparable plugin would be InstaPress.

Check out the first version of the Instagram Gallery Widget:

Easy-to-install procedure. Just enter one of your Instagr.am pictures URL and you’re done
User info panel with pictures count, followers count and following count.
Nice FancyBox effect when clicking on thumbnails

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WP Symposium is Now on Twitter

We’ve been following the progress of WP Symposium, a BuddyPress-alternative for turning WordPress into a social network. Since BuddyPress isn’t right for every site, it’s good to know that there are other WordPress plugin options out there for adding social networking features. Check out our articles on WP Symposium:

Introducing WP Symposium: An Exciting BuddyPress Alternative

BuddyPress Alternative WP Symposium is Fast Approaching a Release Candidate

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Learn How to Design and Build WordPress Websites with “WordPress Web Design For Dummies”

WordPress Web Design For Dummies is now available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and many other places that books are sold. Many in the community have been long awaiting this exciting new book by WordPress expert and prolific author Lisa Sabin-Wilson.

WordPress Web Design for Dummies covers all the building blocks you need to get started creating WordPress websites of any kind. You’ll learn how to:

Create custom, feature-rich, dynamic Web sites using WordPress
Customize your design using CSS, HTML, and PHP
Develop company sites, online magazines, and e-commerce Web sites

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17 Free WordPress Themes You’ll Actually Want to Use

Are you tired of sorting through hundreds of WordPress themes for just one that you might be able to use? We’ve scoured the internet for the best free themes available so far in 2011, so you don’t have to spend so much time searching. Grab a cup of coffee and start bookmarking your favorites!

WordPress Diary Theme
Demo | Download

News Theme
Demo | Download

Copyright
Demo | Download

Imbalance 2
Demo | Download

gRID! Theme
Demo | Download

Melville
Demo | Download

Spectre
Demo | Download

Lysa Theme
Demo | Download

AutoFocus+
Demo | Download

Abtely
Demo | Download

Grading Theme
Demo | Download

Twenty Eleven
Demo | Download

Yoko
Demo | Download

Video
Demo | Download

Beauty & Clean
Demo | Download

Splendio
Demo | Download

Spectacular
Demo | Download

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