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!

Best of 2013

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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.

Colorful Christmas lights

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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.

Automatic updates

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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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10 Ways You Can Contribute to WordPress Without Touching Code

Volunteers the world over are the lifeblood of WordPress. Countless developers sift through code to create the thousands of plugins and themes we use everyday – not to mention WordPress itself. In their own time, these developers kill bugs, produce patches and clean up Trac.

But contributing to WordPress doesn’t mean you have to speak PHP. While helping the WordPress community appears skewed towards those with programming know-how, there are many other valuable ways you can make your mark, whether your skills lie in writing, organising or even speaking another language.

Wordpress volunteer

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30 Flat and Funky WordPress Themes

If you haven’t already noticed, flat design is so in right now.

So what is flat design? It’s design. That’s flat. It revolts against skeuomorphism. In UI design, skeuomorphism usually refers to a digital element designed to emulate something from the real world – think of the leather stitching that boarders the calendar on an Apple device or the faux pine bookcase in iBooks.

Skeuomorphism was introduced to help us make sense of new technology, i.e. If if looks like a real button and shines like a real button it must mean I’m meant to push it.


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Outages Posted on New WordPress Status Blog

Major disruptions to the WordPress.org network are being published on a new website announced last week.

Lead core developer Andrew Nacin posted at Make WordPress Core that status.wordpress.org has been set up provide public updates regarding issues with the network.

The site is hosted outside the WordPress.org environment at WordPress.com and gives users a place to go if they’re experiencing problems accessing parts of the site and want to know what’s going on.

The new site comes after problems with the support forums last Thursday.


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WordPress 3.6 Release Candidate Set to Come Out Tomorrow

The elusive WordPress update we’ve been waiting months to see has inched a little closer to release.

According to lead core developer Mark Jaquith, we can expect a release candidate by tomorrow.

In a post at Make WordPress Core, Jaquith says the pesky Post Formats UI that has held up the release of the long awaited version 3.6 has been extracted. He says revisions in the latest release have also been given an “intense” refactoring, allowing users to scale up to hundreds of versions without killing your server or browser.

WordPress logo

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Save Lives! Don’t Design For Mobile!

A few months ago I joined a Meetup group for hikers and spent a gorgeous day in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges with a bunch of strangers who shared my love of the outdoors.

After five hours of walking, talking and collecting a sufficient layer of mud on my boots, I got in my car and set off for the hour-long drive home through the suburbs and – like many other Generation Yers out there – pulled out my mobile phone at each red light to post photos of my day on my blog.

Sorry, no internet today

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WordPress 3.6 Update: It’s Done When It’s Done

It feels like it’s been forever since we last had an update on how work is going on the hotly anticipated release of WordPress 3.6.

But during a developer chat yesterday, lead core developer Andrew Nacin gave the first hint in weeks on where things are at: version 3.6 will be shipped “when it’s done.”

“There is, very simply, still work to do,” Nacin said.

“No surprises like MP6 (I saw on Twitter) or anything like that.

“There will be a beta this week, promise.”


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