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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

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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.

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The WhiP Newsletter #9

Hello dear readers and welcome to a new working week!

Big bucks. Guess which tech company has paid out more than $180 million to designers and developers around the world, mostly for creating WordPress themes? And they’re planning to reward top designers with a trip into space.

What is a dev? Zé Fontainhas, known mostly for his work with WordPress Polyglots and WordCamps, has taken a swipe at WordPress folk and their “assumptions, a disease I see rampant in the WordPress community at large.” His post is a refreshing read about why you shouldn’t jump to conclusions about a person’s ability.

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The WhiP Newsletter #8

Hello dear reader! bbBoring? The 2014 bbPress Survey results are out… and they’re not all that interesting. The majority of bbPress users speak English, are long-term bbPress users and have a WordPress install that relatively up-to-date. That’s pretty much it.

Not all pandas are cute and cuddly. MetaFilter has fired staff after a Google penalty severely hit the community weblog. Search Engine Land offers a fascinating analysis of what happened to the company.

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The WhiP Newsletter #7

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Damage control. WP Engine has published a grovelling post in response to a former customer’s claims the web host hijacked his business. Matthew Woodward’s lengthy and detailed critique of the web host’s apparent poor performance and hopeless support has snowballed on social media, drawing other former customers out of the woodwork to air their own complaints about the company.

Parlez vous Francais? Users will soon be able to choose their language when installing WordPress. Core developer Andrew Nacin has outlined his internationalisation goals for version 4.0, which is due out in August.

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The WhiP Newsletter #6

Happy hump day!

Jetpack 3.0 is out. Yep, exciting stuff.

Life in the slow lane. Net neutrality has been all over the news this week and the US Federal Communications Commission isn’t winning any fans. A new FCC Slow Lane plugin lets you shake your proverbial fist at anyone attempting to reach your site from an FCC IP address… by adding two seconds to your site’s page speed. Take that, FCC!

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The WhiP Newsletter #5

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APIs, innovation and tech progress. Automattic has updated its guidelines to explicitly state it doesn’t claim copyright on its APIs. The move comes afterOracle fought Google in the courts over Java APIs. According to Automattic: “APIs like ours enable the kind of collaboration that makes the Internet great. We don’t think APIs are copyrightable subject matter, and don’t claim copyright in our APIs.”

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The WhiP Newsletter #4

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BuddyPress gets a dressing down. You’ve gotta know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em, at least that’s what we figured when we shut down our BuddyPress theme store BuddyDress (nifty name, huh ;). In shock news, it looks like Jeffro might agree with us for once.

IssuePress now in beta. If you develop products privately in GitHub, IssuePress allows you to provide public support. The plugins lets users post problems to GitHub Issues without having to enter developer territory.

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The WhiP Newsletter #3

Hello dear readers and welcome to Friday!

Have you ever tried tabbing through a WordPress site? Morten Rand-Hendriksen thinks it’s sucks and is pushing for accessibility to be a mandatory requirement for all WordPress themes.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Tom McFarlin looks at a couple of ways to save meta box data in WordPress. There’s a cool guide to applying a jQuery UI date picker theme for WordPress 3.8 and above over at Hongkiat. For something a little more advanced, check out Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: Building the Plugin II.

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