Plugin Release: PopUp Pro, “The Best Work I’ve Ever Seen From WPMU DEV”

We’re pleased to announce a major overhaul of our Pop Up! plugin, now known as PopUp Pro.

PopUp Pro provides an effective solution for targeted advertising in the form of a simple and beautifully designed pop-up on your site.

Not only does PopUp Pro have a new name, but we’ve also given it a new lick of paint. We’ve completely redesigned the user interface, making it easier than ever to create beautiful and eye-catching pop-ups.

Download PopUp Pro and let us know in the comments below what you think about our new and improved design.

Brand New User Interface
We’ve given PopUp Pro a makeover.

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Will Jetpack Supercharge Or Superbloat Your WordPress Site?

Jetpack, Automattic’s meta plugin adds more than 30 features to your WordPress site but has a bigger footprint than the WordPress core.

Built by Automattic, stress-tested on WordPress.com, almost 12 million downloads, installing it on your self-hosted WordPress site would seem to be a no-brainer.

But is Jetpack the solution to all your problems? Just how many of Jetpack’s modules will you actually use? Will your site be supercharged or just superbloated?

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How to Update ThemeForest Themes with the Envato WordPress Toolkit

ThemeForest is no doubt the most popular place to find premium WordPress themes.

Paying a one-off fee for a theme is straightforward and users who buy themes also benefit from lifetime updates (until the theme is removed from the marketplace).

The Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin lets you view your ThemeForest purchases within the WordPress dashboard and select whether or not to receive updates.

Envato WordPress Toolkit

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How To Easily Set Up Monitoring For Your WordPress Site And Minimize Downtime

Every WordPress site owner should care about their site’s availability, regardless of whether its daily traffic can be counted on one hand or runs into millions.

Services that monitor your site’s uptime are fairly common and setting them up is quick and easy. In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll step through how to add the Monitor service from Automattic’s Jetpack suite of plugins.

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The Best Places to Find Free Stock Images for Your WordPress Site

A picture paints a thousands words, or so the old adage goes.

Images can tell a story in a quick glimpse more than endless paragraphs on a page. This is even up by data that shows 90 per cent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text.

Online, visuals are even more important. Research has found 46 per cent of people say a website’s design is the number one criterion for discerning the credibility of a company.

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8 Effective Plugins for Optimizing Your WordPress Site for Mobile

More and more people are using mobile devices to access the Internet. In fact, research shows two-thirds of cell phone owners use their phone to go online. On top of that, one third of these users (34 per cent) mostly use their phone to access the internet, as opposed to other devices like desktop and laptop computers.

If your site isn’t optimized for mobile, you’re losing a whole chunk of users on the go who will quickly look elsewhere if your site does’t load on their device.

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Snapshot, Clone, Copy, Template: The WPMU DEV Multisite Copying Toolkit

WPMU DEV’s recent release of the Cloner plugin put another powerful site copying tool into the hands of WordPress multisite network owners’ hands.

Cloner, together with Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier and New Blog Templates, provides a suite of multisite tools that cover the bases when it comes to copying data from one site to another, even multiple, destinations.

But which tool should you use when?

Montage of promo images for Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier, Cloner and New Blog Templates

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New From WPMU DEV: Cloner, the Site Cloning Plugin for WordPress Multisite

Sometimes you just need to make an exact copy of a site in your WordPress multisite network and you want to do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Other times you just want to copy all the users or posts.

Cloner, the latest WordPress multisite plugin from WPMU DEV allows you to effortlessly clone all or part of a site in your network. No fuss, no bother just a couple of clicks and it’s done.

Perfect for worry-free troubleshooting, staging, adding users to a new or existing site and distributing content across multiple sites, Cloner is destined to quickly become an essential tool for every WordPress multisite network owner.

Cloner, the perfect solution for troubleshooting, staging, copying users and creating leg-up sites

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How To Add Feature Images To Your WordPress Categories

Featured images for categories is one of those ideas that’s so obviously beneficial that you’ve probably not thought about it before.

A Featured image can, and does, make a huge positive impact on the the post pages so it’s only natural, when you think about it, to extend that impact to our category pages with the added bonus of giving the visitor an instant visual cue as to the topic.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to specify a featured image for a category and give you some tips on how to update your theme to display them.

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