WordPress News

WordPress 3.9 “Smith” is Out

The latest version of WordPress has been released.

Named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, WordPress 3.9 aims to “close the gap” between what you see when creating posts in the backend of WordPress and what you see published on your site.

This release includes a raft of improvements that build on features in previous versions of WordPress, including quick image editing, the ability to drag and drop images directly into the visual editor, gallery previews, audio and video playlists, live widget and header previews and a new theme browsing experience.

WordPress 3.9 honors jazz great Jimmy Smith.

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How To Learn WordPress in a Week (For Free!)

Thanks to the low barrier to using and working with WordPress, anyone with an idea and time to spare can develop a product or service on top of WordPress and start a business. In fact, many of our members are already doing that.

Whether you’re working full-time and juggling family, social and volunteer commitments, mastering WordPress is within your reach – and there are so many resources available for free that if you do have time you have absolutely no excuse!

Abacus

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Introducing the All New WPMU DEV Jobs & Pros Section

In the beginning there was a simple job board. It was really popular and got used a heap, but it was really pretty basic.

Still, our members loved it, it was a great way to find awesome WordPress developers to do custom work and for our members to get great freelancing gigs.

So we decided it deserved some proper love… and today we’re pleased to announce our all new Jobs & Pros section.

Jobs & Pros

Jobs & Pros

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6+ Cool Features in WordPress 3.9 That Make Life Easier

If you run the bleeding edge nightly installs of WordPress, you would have updated to version 3.9 Beta 1 this week.

If you don’t run the nightlies, you’re missing out on some fantastic new features.

Post editor updates, live widget previews and the ability to drag and drop images directly into the visual editor are just some of the neat new features in this release, which is due out next month.

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8 WordPress Themes And Plugins For Creating A Review Site

Are you interested in starting or sprucing up a review site?

Perhaps it’s for pleasure – you’re the kind of a person who feels that urge to share your opinion on you favorite restaurant, movie or game – or maybe it’s for profit but whatever your motivation, building a review site with WordPress is within the reach of even the most novice of WordPress users.

Here’s 8 WordPress themes and plugins to help you on your way to review stardom.

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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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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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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.

Advent Calendar

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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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WordPress 3.8 Features Confirmed: MP6, Dashboard Update and Widgets Makeover

The features set to make it into WordPress 3.8 were decided during an epic three-hour IRC meeting, during which team leaders ran their proposals past WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg.

The plugins given the greenlight include: MP6 (a visual overhaul of the admin area), DASH (a redesign of the dashboard landing page), THX38 (a reimagining of the theme installation experience) and Widgets Area Chooser (a redesign of the widgets area interface).

Unlike previous versions of WordPress, all of the features planned for 3.8 are being developed and tested first at standalone plugins before they are integrated in core.

Widgets Area Chooser

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