Automate These 30 WordPress Tasks with IFTTT

IFTTT is a service that lets other services or software (like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ect.) talk to each and perform actions when certain things occur.

IFTTT literally stands for “if this then that,” and that’s a pretty good explanation of what it does.

For example, you can set up an IFTTT “recipe” (as they’re called) that goes something like this:
IF a new post is made on my WordPress blog THEN automatically tweet out a link to it on my Twitter account.

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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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WordPress Social Network Showdown : BuddyPress V WP-Symposium Pro

BuddyPress is undoubtedly a WordPress plugin heavyweight and dominates the Social Network Plugin division.

WP-Symposium, the only really valid challenger to BuddyPress has, like BuddyPress itself, gone through a major overhaul and has now turned Pro. But with the champion having shed a few pounds and gained some speed, can the challenger take the champion the distance?

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to rumble?

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Turn Your WordPress Comments into Forum Posts for More Engagement

Unless a site is massively popular with lots of comments on nearly every post, leaving a comment on a post can feel a little lonely.

Single posts tend to feel a little walled off from everything else. Once you leave a comment on a post, you may feel like browsing around and finding another post to read, but you don’t typically get the impression that you’re in the middle of thriving discussion.

That’s where forums can excel.

Although a forum thread is also walled off to degree, you’re always only one click away from lots more discussion.

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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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10 Best Image Optimization Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Optimizing your images not only helps your WordPress site load faster, but can also boost your SEO.

In Why Trying to Get 95+ on Google PageSpeed Insights for Your WordPress Site Will Drive You Mad! earlier this month, I looked at measures for improving page speed. One of these measures was the importance of optimizing images.

High resolution images that are unnecessarily large in file size can drastically slow down page speed. Why waste resources and time when it’s possible to reduce image size without losing it’s quality.

This round-up of plugins includes tools for compression and SEO. I’ve also thrown in a couple of lazy load plugins for good measure.

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WordPress Glossary Plugins: Unsexy but Super Useful

“When I first read the dictionary,” goes an old joke by comedian Steven Wright, “I thought it was a poem about everything.”

Part of what makes that joke funny, of course, is that dictionaries (and glossaries alike) get a bad rap for being nothing but boring old reference material. But boy are they useful when you need them.

Some sites seem to positively cry out for a glossary (i.e. a mini dictionary). And yet those that have them are few and far between.

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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.

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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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