Announcing Our Video Testimonial Winners!

After lots of umming and ahhing at WPMU HQ over the awesome video testimonials you guys sent in, we are pleased to announce the winners!

We were originally going to give away a Lifetime Membership, then after your videos started rolling in we revised our prize list and changed it to 1 Lifetime Membership, 3 Yearly memberships and a t-shirt for everyone.

Well, judging your videos was tough! So we revised our prize list one more time: 3 Lifetime Memberships, 5 Yearly Memberships and a t-shirt for everyone!

Thank you

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What Secret Projects are Automattic Working On?

So, everyone’s favorite state-sponsored news outlet has reported on an extended interview with Matt Mullenweg regarding his plans plans for the future, and amongst lots of niceties regarding mobile, open source, remote working and all that jazz, there was a gem of a quote:

“There are things we’re launching this year that we’ve been working on literally for three or four years that are not public.”

The sky's the limit with Jetpack - credit Steve Jurvetson

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Go Semantic For More Responsive And Flexible WordPress Images and Embeds

Quite a chunk of the HTML output of your WordPress site comes not from your theme but from the bowels of the WordPress core.

A combination of WordPress’ age and a necessary requirement for backwards compatibility, some of that markup is decidedly old-fashioned.

If you want truly responsive and flexible images and embeds, you need to get modern and semantic.

Tag cloud of image related markup

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How to Easily Export Email Addresses from a WordPress Site

There are a number of reasons why you might want to export the email addresses of users on your site.

Maybe you had a newsletter or subscription service that you’re moving to an offsite provider. Or maybe you just need to import the address into a different plugin or piece of software.

WordPress doesn’t exactly make it easy to extract the email addresses of users on your site out of the box, but there’s a plugin that will let you do the trick very easily.

 
Plugin for Exporting Emails
At least one plugin you can use for this job is called Export Emails.

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10 Picture Perfect WordPress Thumbnail Plugins

Thumbnails tend to be a huge part of most WordPress themes these days. Even very simple themes make use of them in different places.

Also, of course, your thumbnails are what tend to attract visitors’ attention when they’re scanning around, looking for somewhere else to go.

And so given the importance of thumbnails, we thought we would go over 10 thumbnail plugins that might help you get even more out of this powerful and attention-grabbing feature.

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5 Simple .htaccess Tips to Tighten Your Site’s Security

The .htaccess (short for “Hypertext Access”) file in your site’s directory is a configuration file you can use to override the settings on your web server. With the right commands, you can enable/disable extra functionality and features to protect your site from spammers, hackers and other threats.

Some of these features include basic redirects, locking outside access to particular files, or more advanced functions such as content password protection or preventing image hotlinking.

In this post, we’ll look at a few simple changes you can make to your .htaccess file to boost the security of your site.

Editing .htaccess

Security

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How To Go Horizontal With Your WordPress Content

It’s a curious thing but whilst WordPress themes largely continue to revolve around the tried and trusted methods of delivering content and a reading experience, it’s the app makers that are pushing the boundaries.

Horizontal scrolling as an approach is pretty much shunned by WordPress theme developers, and yet is being embraced as a storytelling technique particularly on tablets.

So, let’s take a leaf out of the tablet and look at how to bring horizontal scrolling content to your WordPress content.

Screenshots from a tablet with sample horizontal content

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10 Top Quality Plugins for Creating Custom WordPress Forms

A good-looking form gives your site a professional appearance, and also and helps streamline your online communication. A contact form is a great way to offer your readers the ability to get in touch, without giving out your email address.

While most WordPress themes come with built-in contact forms, it’s often better to create your own with a plugin. Creating your own allows you to tailor the look and feel you want for your site, add any extra fields – really, just have total control over your forms.

FormCraft

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