WordPress News

Your Ultimate Weekly WordPress Email Fix

As you already doubtless know, dear reader, we love our WordPress emails around here. Love ‘em!

But it’s not all about us, and today we thought we’d bring to your attention something we read every week here at WPMU DEV HQ, namely the absolutely awesome wpMail – a free weekly WordPress newsletter.

We’ve been reading wpMail religiously since it started and are huge fans of their unbiased, excellently curated, weekly round-up of all that’s good in WordPress.

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What to Expect in WordPress 4.0: A Hugely Underwhelming “Milestone” Release

Is it just me, or does WordPress 4.0 seem more like version 3.10?

Did someone get the numbering wrong? Did we accidentally skip to 4.0?

That must be it, because I can’t think of any other reason why such a minor upgrade to WordPress is deserving of a full version number.

WordPress news sites have lauded the “exciting new features” in this release, which is now available to download and test as a beta.

Welcome to WordPress 3.10.

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Meet The WhiP, Our Daily WordPress Email Newsletter

If you’re serious about WordPress design and development, you’ve got to keep on top of all the latest news and core developments, while also finding the time to, you know, actually make stuff.

Who’s got the time to scroll through Twitter all day or refresh reddit? We don’t, so we launched The WhiP.

Our new daily email newsletter is packed with WordPress news and gossip, must-reads, tutorials and how-tos, as well as other random awesomeness from across the tech world.

The WhiP

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Download WPMU DEV’s FREE Appointments Plugin for WordPress

A free version of our popular Appointments + plugin is now available in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Appointments is a powerful, flexible and feature-rich plugin that includes all the best bits of our premium offering, Appointments +.

Appointments lets you to accept, set and manage bookings on your WordPress site. Control your appointments all from the one place without forgetting or losing valuable bookings when switching between different calendar systems. Flexible and easy to set up, Appointments does it all.

Free Appointments plugin

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New Plugin Release: Multisite Theme Manager by WPMU DEV

We’re pleased as punch to announce a brand spanking new plugin: Multisite Theme Manager.

Multisite Theme Manager lets you control and customize your users’ theme viewing experience. Give your themes striking feature images, change names and edit descriptions. And when you’re done, export your settings for use on other networks.

Head over to our plugins page to download Multisite Theme Manager.

Multisite Theme Manager

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Is it Worth Upgrading to BuddyPress 2.0? Short Answer: Yes

Amongst the hullabaloo surrounding the release of WordPress 3.9, BuddyPress 2.0 was quietly shipped with a bunch of cool, new features.

Dubbed “Juliana” after a Brooklyn pizza joint where BuddyPress developers regularly pow-wowed, the latest release offers some of what developers asked for in the 2014 BuddyPress Survey – better administrative tools, performance improvements and updates to the activity stream.

The release comes after the social networking plugin recently crossed 2 million downloads, and almost five years since BuddyPress 1.0 was released.

BuddyPress improvements

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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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