Miscellaneous

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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5 Reasons Why Your WordPress Business Should Have a Blog

The line, “If you build it, he will come,” may have worked for Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but such advice doesn’t necessarily ring true online.

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend carefully crafting a beautiful and functional site. Without visitors it may as well be a piece of paper flapping about in the breeze.

So how do you drive traffic to your site?

Blogging can offer a relatively simple way to increase your page views, build authority in your niche and connect with new and existing customers, all while promoting and reinforcing your brand.

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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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Supporting Clients After a Project Ends – and Scoring More Work

We’ve all been there. You’ve launched a client’s site and now you’re silently high fiving yourself because it looks fantastic and the client is thrilled.

You met your deadline and you’ve got another project already lined up. The next day your client emails you asking for a small change to their site, which you happily do for him, no questions asked.

But then a couple of days later he asks for another change… And then another change after that and, of course, he expects all these changes for free and you’re not paid a cent for your time. How can you say no?

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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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Best WPMU DEV Posts of 2013

It’s been a cracker of a year here at WPMU DEV. We’ve released lots of new plugins, updated existing ones and helped give our members the best WordPress support out there.

Thank you to all our loyal WPMU DEV Blog readers who have supported us throughout the year and contributed to some fairly robust discussions in the comments of our posts.

Throughout the year we wrote hundreds of articles, so to farewell 2013 here’s a roundup of our biggest and best posts.

Happy New Year!

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15 Free WordPress Plugins to Add Christmas Cheer to Your Site

The Christmas countdown has begun, and while stores are playing Jingle Bells and homes are decorated with colorful lights and the sweet smell of pine trees, there’s no reason why you can’t deck your WordPress site with boughs of holly.

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, I’ve put together a fun list of free Christmas plugins, themes and tips – all tried and tested.

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WordPress Automatic Core Updates: Is Your Site Compatible?

Since WordPress 3.7 shipped and installations around the world began updating in the background to 3.7.1, the mild panic over automatic updates still hasn’t subsided.

This is despite lead developer Andrew Nacin’s attempts to assure everyone that background updates are “incredibly, incredibly safe”. Auto-updates was no doubt the release’s most thoroughly tested feature.

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Dear Vimeo, FFS, HTTPS, PLEASE

Dear Vimeo,

It’s hard to put this any other way, but I really really have the hots for you.

It’s always been that way, heck you even had to kick me out back when you didn’t have your Pro stuff going on, but as soon as I heard that was available we were back like, well, pretty bloody quickly.

You just do stuff so well, so crisp, so clean, so elegant, so intelligent.

But, dammit, there’s something coming between us, and it’s not me, it’s you. You and your horrendous https failings.

I’ve written you a poem about it:

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