WPMU DEV's Blog - Everything WordPressWordPress News - WPMU.org http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog The WPMU DEV WordPress blog provides tutorials, tips, resources and reviews to help out any WP user Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:32:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Five for the Future – The WhiP #96 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/five-for-the-future-the-whip-96/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/five-for-the-future-the-whip-96/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132384 Hello dear reader,

Five For the Future

“I think a good rule of thumb that will scale with the community as it continues to grow is that organizations that want to grow the WordPress pie (and not just their piece of it) should dedicate 5% of their people to working on something to do with core — be it development, documentation, security, support forums, theme reviews, training, testing, translation or whatever it might be that helps move WordPress mission forward.” Matt Mullenweg wants us all to contribute more, though the WordPress co-founder admits even Automattic falls short of the mark. WP Engine’s Ben MetCalfe has fired back, questioning Matt’s logic, while blogger Brian Krogsgard has also weighed in on the debate.

If you attended WordCamp Europe in spirit (or just stalked attendees on Twitter and Facebook), WP Tavern’s Sarah Gooding has put together a behind the scenes look, including interviews with organizers about the event’s future.

Version 2.0 of Stream, a real-time tracking plugin for the WordPress Admin, was released this week. WP Tavern’s Jeff Chandler talks to Stream project lead Frankie Jarrett about the decision to use an external service by default to offload activity data, which has upset some users.

If Heartbleed wasn’t enough, now we’ve got ShellShock. ManageWP founder Vladimir Prelovac has released a plugin that helps determine if the server hosting your website is vulnerable to the bug.

Story Time

Aesop Story Engine creator Nick Haskins is sussing out interest in a new plugin that provides a project status page, similar to StatusPage.io

Are related post feature images more eye catching? Developer Tom McFarlin reckons they do.

Automattic employees met up for a week last month in Utah, US. Here’s the rundown at WordPress.com

Feed Me

We check out the best WordPress event and calendar plugins.

WP Lift reviews CleanPort, a new free theme with a lovely, flat design.

On the WooThemes blog there’s a case study on thefeed.com, a snack subscription service for athletes.

Masters of the Universe

How to enforce one category per post in WordPress.

How to use New Relic to monitor WordPress performance.

How to use correct prefixing in themes.

How to master the basics of AJAX.

How to configure W3 Total Cache (continued).

How to write unit tests for plugins.

Desire

Who doesn’t love free wifi? Londoners agree to hand over their first born for internet access.

In more wearable tech news, here’s a wristband that electroshocks you when you skip a workout or spend too much time on Facebook.

Fashion brands are jumping on the iPhone 6 Plus bandwagon with plans to create bigger pockets in their pants.

And Elon Musk says if humanity is to survive, we need to populate Mars ASAP.

All the best for a happy hump day.

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The WordPress Way – The WhiP #95 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/the-wordpress-way-the-whip-95/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/the-wordpress-way-the-whip-95/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132383 Hello dear reader,

The WordPress Way

“It has always been our goal to provide basic WordPress training to as many people as possible, and this strategic partnership is a huge step toward fulfilling that goal.” GoDaddy and Media Temple users who install WordPress will now have dashboard access to a WP101 20-part video series on how to use the CMS.

“For years, the whole ‘doing_it_wrong’ meme has permeated the WordPress development community. Generally speaking, I think that it’s been toned down quite a bit in the last year or two and I consider that a good thing, but recently I’ve begun to see people say they are being chastised for not doing things ‘the WordPress way.’” Developer Tom McFarlin just wants us all to show a little respect.

Apparently size does matter. Smashing Magazine looks at ideal measure in a fascinating post on how people read websites.

And We Have Lift Off

What’s better, WordPress SEO or WordPress Social Sharing Optimization? Writer Joe Fylan compares these two popular options in an in-depth and informative post at WP Lift.

Torque checks out the best plugins for mobile optimization (lots of great solutions).

We review the top custom fonts plugins and offer recommendations on the WPMU DEV Blog.

RSS is still very much alive and kicking, according to MP Mayor’s convincing post on the matter.

Let’s Make Beautiful Music Together

How to add staff member profiles in WordPress with the Staffer plugin.

How to improve your WordPress development workflow with Composer.

Tuts+ continues its series on iThemes Exchange, this time focusing on payment gateways, shipping and coupons.

Expecto Patronum

This men’s business-suit onesie is a “revolution in apparel for the modern gentle.”

If you prefer not to don a suit, or anything else for that matter, how about an invisibility cloak?

All the best for a warm and wonderful Tuesday.

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Join the WPMU DEV Writing Team http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/join-the-wpmu-dev-writing-team/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/join-the-wpmu-dev-writing-team/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132434 We’re looking for new writers to join our blogging team.

If you know your way around WordPress and can put together well-researched and clever copy, we want to hear from you.

This is your chance to reach a massive audience, raise your profile, and establish yourself as a leading WordPress writer.

Write For Us
Join the WPMU DEV Blog writing team.

What the Role Involves

We’re looking for writers with a proven track record of quality, engaging articles. If you’ve previously blogged about WordPress, that’s even better.

Time-wise, we’re open to contributors (minimum one post per week) through to full-time staff.

Where you’re located is unimportant. If you want to work in our Melbourne office, that’s cool, too.

How to Apply

More details about the role are on our careers page. If you’re interested in joining our team, read carefully through the application form and get in touch.

We’re asking all applicants to put together an original article (i.e. a brand new article, not one already published on another site) that you think would do down well with readers on our blog. Feel free to publish it anywhere, just as long as you link to it on your application form. Applicants who don’t provide an original article will, unfortunately, not receive a reply (we’re expecting a lot of interest so thanks for understanding!).

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.

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King of Swing – The WhiP #94 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/king-of-swing-the-whip-94/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/king-of-swing-the-whip-94/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132382 Hello dear reader,

King of Swing

If you weren’t at WordCamp Europe over the weekend, you missed a few big announcements, including the news core committee John Blackbourn will lead development on WordPress 4.1, which is scheduled to ship in December.

“If you want to use TimThumb then you do so at your own risk.” Ben Gillbanks one of the developers behind TimThumb has announced he’s no longer supporting the image resizer, which was the victim of a major security exploit in 201.

WordPress 4.0 release lead Helen Hou-Sandí has revealed she paired with her clarinetist husband Adrián Sandí to create the backing track for the Benny video.

You Idiot

Should WordPress developers offer refunds? WP Mayor takes a look at the policies plugin and theme developers should consider.

If you need custom work done to your site, check out our round-up of the best places to find a WordPress developer.

“My immediate thought was ‘YOU IDIOT!” Developer Ryan Hellyer’s recalls how he attempted to open source his website and was slapped with a $6000 bill.

Crowd Favorite’s Chris Lema writes about what he loves and hates about the WordPress community, and even calls us out. Duly noted.

The importance of grids in design: WebDecStudios’ review from chaos to order.

Sunday

WP Beginner offers some great examples of WordPress being used as a CMS by some big name websites.

Six Revisions offers a list of CSS style guides for inspiration (including WordPress.org’s).

And if you have a soft spot for gradients, check out Drag Gradients, a cool site for creating, well, gradients.

Just Some Small Adjustments

How to update your theme and keep custom tweaks intact.

How to add Twitter cards to your WordPress website.

How to create a killer online portfolio with WordPress.

How to create a video gallery with plugins.

How to create maintainable WordPress meta boxes.

How to debug WordPress projects with log files.

The Devil Is In the Details

The quest for decent Thai food… and standardizing it with a robot.

Exercism.io is free and open source website that aims to teach you to code well enough to get a job.

All the best for just another manic Monday.

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I Bless the Rains Down in Africa – The WhiP #93 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/i-bless-the-rains-down-in-africa-the-whip-93/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/i-bless-the-rains-down-in-africa-the-whip-93/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132318 Hello dear reader,

Crystal Clear

“There is no easy way to say this: We were storing your passwords in clear-text. This directly impacted approximately 60,000 of our users, past and current. Yes, those credentials were used across our entire platform, from our iThemes membership login to your iThemes Sync login.” iThemes members are understandably upset that a company selling a popular premium security plugin failed to follow basic security best practices. Writer Brian Krogsgard offers a fairly measured analysis, while WP Tavern’s Jeff Chandler throws in his two cents.

Automattic has made it pretty obvious the future of WordPress.com lies with mobile, if the company’s first video ad is anything to go by. The ad shows a bunch of people taking photos on their phones and posting to their blogs, ending with the slogan “Welcome Home.”

Isn’t it everyone’s dream to work as an intern at Automattic? (I wanted to work in a Milo factory when I was a kid, and now here I am at WPMU DEV).

Speaking of WPMU DEV, we’re looking for new writers!

Run the World

What do Beyonce, CNN and NASA all have in common? They all use WordPress.

Writer Kevin Muldoon is kicking ass on the WPMU DEV Blog. His latest post onstyling and moderating comments is pretty awesome.

If you’re looking for WordPress hosting, Smashing Magazine have a fantastic guide on how to choose the right host. Blogger Chris Lema also has a post onWordPress hosting.

Another WordPress conference? Seriously?

Finally, there’s an insightful post on the WooThemes blog about the ways psychology affects conversions.

Megalomania

Our friends at Sitepoint have a great post on plugins for creating really cool image effects.

How to add a Facebook-style timeline to your website.

Add a mega menu like Amazon with this guide at WP Lift.

How to build a crowdfunding website with WordPress.

Set up two-factor authentication with this handy guide at Elegant Themes.

The guys at ManageWP check out solutions for monitoring your site’s uptime.

Last, but not least, in this tutorial round-up, developer Tom McFarlin explains how to resolve PHP timeouts in WordPress.

I Bless the Rains Down in Africa

Inside the building where Apple tortures iPhones.

The complex emotions of dogs.

And because we love a good saxophone solo

All the best for an amazing weekend!

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Making the World a Better Place – The WhiP #92 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/making-the-world-a-better-place-the-whip-92/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/making-the-world-a-better-place-the-whip-92/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132317 Hello dear reader,

Making the World a Better Place

“The WordPress community has a unique challenge when it comes to communicating the costs of custom development, given that thousands of free and/or dirt cheap themes and plugins are available. How can a seemingly simple modification be 10x the price of the original plugin?” WP Tavern’s Sarah Gooding writes about how no one wants to pay WordPress developers good money.

Flox is a fledgling service using WordPress, BuddyPress and Framework7 that will soon allow you to host your own social network, called a flock (hence the name).

WP Photographers is a new site designed to help photographers and WordPress users share their photos and build photography businesses.

Ditto

Take three minutes out of your day and get 120% more emails signups on your site. Too easy.

Crowd Favorite’s Chris Lema says the secret to writing awesome ebooks is… to not actually write them.

The WP Explorer guide to becoming a respectable WordPress professional (and how not to use stock photos).

Torque interviews WordPress trainer Bob Dunn. Yawn.

If you had to choose between WordPress and Ghost for your blog, which would you choose? (Hint: The answer is not Ghost)

One Night to be Confused

Connect Google Drive to your WordPress media library and make the most of your 15 GB of free cloud storage.

A straightforward post on how to set up WP Rocket and MaxCDN.

An easy to follow tutorial on how to move pagination links to the end of your content.

An introduction to Google Webmaster Tools on the Envato blog.

WordPress Heartbeat versus AJAX polling.

The folks at Tuts+ continue their series on how to set up W3 Total Cache. So. Many. Settings.

The Past is Just a Story We Tell Ourselves

If you have small hands like me, here’s a fake thumb for big smartphones.

And like something out of Her, MailLift is an old-fashioned handwritten letter service.

All the best for a fabulous day!

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De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da – The WhiP #91 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/de-do-do-do-de-da-da-da-the-whip-91/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/de-do-do-do-de-da-da-da-the-whip-91/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132292 Hello dear reader,

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

If you’re an iThemes customer you may want to reset your password. The company has had a “significant attack” on its membership database.

Writer Sufyan bin Uzayr seems to bounce around the internet. In his latest post – this time on the Envato blog – he attempts to look at the current state of WordPress blogging themes, but really just gives a few authors some free advertising.

There have been a bunch of updates to eLearning solutions for WordPress, writes Crowd Favorite’s Chris Lema, who says eLearning platforms are only getting better.

Speaking of eLeaning solutions, you’ve had a few days now to check out how truly awesome our new, free CoursePress plugin is. If you’re still thinking about taking it for a spin, writer Chris Knowles has put together a fantastic guide on how to set it up in just 10 minutes.

Is It Maintained? is a too cute web app that monitors the activity of open source projects.

Buddypress xProfile Rich Text Field is the second plugin up for inclusion in the next version of BuddyPress, which has adopted the features as plugins model that WordPress core employs.

HTTPS and WordPress – do you really need it?

Message in a Bottle

Theme designer Anders Norén has released Fukasawa, yet another beautiful design.

The 10 skills every WordPress developer should have, according to Torque.

Squarespace versus WordPress – which one is better? (Guess which platform WP Beginner says wins).

There’s a handy guide on the WooCommerce blog on the seven things you need to do before launching an online store.

Pictura lets you search Flickr for images from the comfort of Photoshop. Neato.

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Elegant Themes have a fantastic guide on how to “add the magic” of AJAX to your site with plugins.

Easily add a slide-in contact form to your website.

super brief guide on why you should choose a premium theme and how to customize it.

An exciting* tutorial on how to import and aggregate YouTube videos by topic in WordPress. * It’s not really all that exciting.

Getting started with Easy Digital Downloads.

Tuts+ have a great guide to WordPress development using Sass and Compass.

Developer Tom McFarlin explains in his usual straightforward style how toprogrammatically upload files to the WordPress media library.

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

If you hate spoilers, you should definitely click on this Netflix link (or don’t click on it, whatever :)

Hope you have a sweet day!

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Nobody Cares About You Or Your Site – The WhiP #90 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/nobody-cares-about-you-or-your-site-the-whip-90/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/nobody-cares-about-you-or-your-site-the-whip-90/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132235 Hello dear reader,

Comments Have Scattered to the Winds

Comments pro and cons: turn on comments or shut out debate? iThemes’ Kevin D. Hendricks explores the comments debate in a fence-sitting exercise.

We look at the best optin plugins for growing your email newsletter on the WPMU DEV Blog.

WP Tavern’s Sarah Gooding checks out a Vagrant configuration for contributing to WordPress Meta. Exciting stuff!

And 50 flat WordPress themes, because who doesn’t like scrolling through beautiful themes?

Sharing is Caring

WPMU DEV Writer Chris Knowles’ latest post on how to share media across Multisite is getting a lot of love on social media.

Writer Joyce Grace looks at the WordPress.com features you’ve probably overlooked.

A step-by-step guide on how to turn your WordPress site into an app.

How to add remote libraries to the WordPress media library.

WP Beginner shows you how to update and publish posts from the bottom of the page.

How to work out the best placement for your social media icons.

And free and premium tools for cloning, copying, migrating and moving a WordPress website.

Best Buddies

Sarah also explains how to add the new BuddyPress mentions interface to bbPress forum replies.

How to create maintainable WordPress meta boxes.

Steven Henty from Gravity Forms has started a tutorial series on how to extend Gravity Forms.

Nobody Cares About You Or Your Site

The biggest mistakes in web design from 1995 through to 2015.

Like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a Japanese company is building an elevator that will take people into space.

All the best for a super day!

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A Foolish Person – The WhiP #89 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/a-foolish-person-the-whip-89/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/a-foolish-person-the-whip-89/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132186 A Foolish Person

More BuddyPress news! BuddyPress 2.1 is out and it’s been named “Patsy” after a pizzeria in East Harlem, New York, not a person who is easily taken advantage of, especially by being cheated or blamed for something.

Managed WordPress host Kinsta have put together a fantastic post on WordPress in the service of education.

Collect testimonials so you can tell people how awesome you are. That’s the message in blogger Chris Lema’s latest post.

Minimalism

WP Tavern reviews Crawford, a free minimalist WordPress theme for writers.

Writer Sarah Gooding also checks out Staffer, a plugin that adds staff management and profiles to your site.

At Tuts+, seven plugins to help your mobile users (including some great options for responsive).

She Was the Apple of His Eye and He Liked to Sit Down be Cider

Build Apple-inspired full-page scrolling page for your WordPress site with our awesome (fist pump!) tutorial on the WPMU DEV Blog.

Torque runs you through how to embed live Google+ hangouts in WordPress(very handy!).

A great step-by-step guide on how to install WordPress on Microsoft Azure.

Elegant Themes looks at five ways to reduce WordPress website downtime (use managed hosting, site security, stuff like that).

WebDevStudios looks at how to QA WordPress websites like a pro.

Three common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

And a cool look at how to use AJAX to load pages in WordPress.

Did You Know Audrey Hepburn Had a Pet Deer?

Turns out midlife crises are perfectly normal.

Lastly, 60 rare photos that will DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU KNEW ABOUT THE PAST (if you’ll believe Distractify’s ridiculous headline).

All the best for a relaxing weekend.

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Sleep When I Die – The WhiP #88 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/sleep-when-i-die-the-whip-88/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/sleep-when-i-die-the-whip-88/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=132116 If you’re enjoying The WhiP, share the love and forward this edition to a deserving friend (or even an undeserving one) and tell them to sign up here.

Hello dear reader,

Sleep When I Die

Create, manage and sell beautiful courses with our latest plugin at WPMU DEV,CoursePress. And best of all, it’s free. CoursePress offers everything you need to construct a course, including video, audio and downloads, to interactive elements like multiple choice quizzes, uploads, long-form answers, forum style discussions and even live chat integration.

“I’m tired. Really, really tired. I’ve been tired for weeks. Those of you who follow this blog closely know that it’s been slow around here.” So begins Brian Krogsgard’s most recent post on how Post Status will soon become a paid membership site and you’ll have to fork out cash to receive newsletters like ours (which is completely free).

“Every second, somewhere in the world four babies and two WordPress blogs are born.” Fast Company on how WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg plans to use Automattic’s recent $160 million investment round on increasing the size of the company to 2000 people so he can basically run the internet and get everyone listening to jazz (I do love a good saxophone solo).

Netropolitan, the “Facebook for rich people” is powered by WordPress and BuddyPress. Sign up now for just $9000!

What’s Trending

We’ve put together the ultimate plugin guide to integrating social media with your WordPress site on the WPMU DEV Blog.

Core contributor Weston Ruter and the guys at X-Team have added post editing to the WordPress customizer as an experimental plugin. Customize Posts brings the power of live front-end previews to posts and postmeta.

PhpStorm 8 has been released with full WordPress support.

Web design trends to look out for in 2015.

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

Find out how to A/B split test WordPress post titles to get more clicks at WP Beginner (or our post from a couple of weeks back. A coincidence? It’s not the first time).

Siege Media have a quick and handy post on how to customize the tweet button for maximum marketing impact.

The folks at Torque look at the versatility of WooCommerce and the business models the plugin supports.

Custom post types versus ACF repeater fields.

Getting DRY (don’t repeat yourself) with starter plugins for WordPress.

Working with meta data using the JSON REST API.

Fifty Shades of iPhone 6

How many time a day do you check your phone? Find out with Checky.

Fifty Shades of Grey eat your heart out. Erotic poetry constructed from iPhone 6 reviews (did I mention I have small hands?)

Attach your iPad to your face to experience virtual reality. Seriously.

And how to use extremely targeted Facebook ads… to drive people to paranoia.

All the best for an inspiring and fruitful day.

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