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The WhiP Newsletter #17

Hello Friday!

Reset the Net. Automattic joined tech companies in calling for greater online privacy yesterday in Reset the Net. The company has committed to serving pages only over SSL for all *wordpress.com subdomains by the end of the year in a bid tomake mass surveillance more difficult.

Premium plugins are here to stay. ManageWP ponders the future of premium plugins in a world where WordPress core is becoming more feature-rich. When it comes down to it, according to writer Brenda Barron, users will always want more than core can give.

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The WhiP Newsletter #16

Hello and welcome to Thursday!

Down, down, prices are down. WooThemes have cut the cost of their themes by $20 for standard packages and $50 for developers packages. According to the company, they’ve got the cash to do this because few people are taking up their offer of bonus themes.

Anothermattic. Automattic has released “Documattic,” a collection of presentations and resources the WordPress.com VIP team use when explaining WordPress to clients. Three documents have been initially uploaded to GitHub under Creative Commons License concerning WordPress security, WordPress in government, and trends in enterprise WordPress content.

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The WhiP Newsletter #15

Happy hump day!

Press75 goes under the hammer. Design and development agency Westwerk has snapped up long-time theme shop Press75 on Flippa for an undisclosed sum. According to the shop’s auction page, Jason Schuller, who established the shop in 2008, was pulling in more than $30,000 a month before his passion for themes ran dry,resulting in a steady decline in sales to $5000 a month.

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The WhiP Newsletter #14

Hello dear reader!

Slow news day? We mentioned WordPress core developer Andrew Nacin’s plans for a big overhaul of internationalization features in WordPress 4.0 in this email a couple of weeks ago. WP Tavern have caught up with their own rundown of what the improvements will mean for non-English speaking users. Speaking of Andrew, he has hit back at those who criticized the way Automattic handled a recently publicized security hole involving cookies.

Job boards. Looking for someone to customize your site? Check out this round-up of job boards (including WPMU DEV’s awesome Jobs & Pros site).

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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.

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The WhiP Newsletter #13

Hello dear reader and welcome to the last day of the working week!

X-Team forked. X-Team, the company that recently poached Envato’s WordPress evangelist Japh Thomson, has announced that it’s being split into two separate companies – one that will concentrae on developer resourcing (whatever that is), and another that will focus on WordPress development. Other than saying the two companies will still “share the same values and culture of superheroes and high fives,” CEO Dave Rosen’s announcement is vague at best.

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The WhiP Newsletter #12

Hello dear reader!

Are WordPress themes a commodity? Theme developers “suck at marketing” and need to find a niche and “hit it hard,” so says Chris Wallace from UpThemes who has weighed into the debate about WordPress themes as a commodity in response to a post by Obox co-founder David Perel. Blogger Chris Lema also has his say. Tom McFarlin addresses the issue, but from the perspective of a WordPress.com developer.

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The WhiP Newsletter #11

Hello dear readers!

Are theme companies sustainable? Abandoning one-off purchases in favor of membership models (kinda like WPMU DEV…) is the only way theme shops can become sustainable, according to Obox co-founder David Perel. He laments the state of the WordPress theme industry over at Medium… and not on a WordPress blog using a WordPress theme.

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The WhiP Newsletter #10

Hello dear readers!

Blink and you’ll miss him. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg will embark on a brief 18-day tour of Asia, Australia and New Zealand on Sunday in a bid to connect with local communities. Too bad only fanbois have managed to get tickets to his very limited and sold out meetups.

Education online. The Using WordPress In Higher Education Virtual Conference kicks off on May 29. There are a bunch of great speakers from institutions such as New York University and sites like BCcampus. Our very own Ronnie Burt will talk about the success of CampusPress.

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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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