Shh! Top Secret Feature in WordPress 3.9

WordPress 3.9 lead developer Andrew Nacin has hinted there will be a secret feature in the upcoming release.

Now that features-as-plugins are the norm, core features are usually known about weeks before a new release. They are ever picked apart in great detail during public core development meetings.

But this time, Nacin has a surprise up his sleeve. During the latest #wordpress-dev IRC meeting meeting, Nacin casually mentioned there would be a secret feature, but didn’t elaborate further.

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The 7 Best Popular Post Plugins for WordPress on the Market

Who isn’t interested in knowing what’s popular? It seems we have some built-in psychological need to know what others like.

And so that’s why “popular posts” plugins can be such a smart way to attract visitors to check out more of your content.

Below we go over the seven top free “most popular posts” plugins for WordPress. Be sure to read on for our ratings and comparisons.

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Migrating Multiple Blogs into WordPress Multisite

Managing multiple WordPress installations can be a drag. Remembering different sets of usernames and passwords, and having to install plugins and themes over and over again. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Setting up a fresh WordPress Multisite installation and creating new sub-sites isn’t all that hard, but what about migrating an existing collection of sites into a new or existing Multisite installation?

There are many reasons why you might want to do this, for example you can:

Save time. Instead of installing and upgrading WordPress, themes and plugins across many sites, you can do all of these things just once.

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A Gory Hack For Removing Tags And Categories From Multiple Posts

The WordPress admin interface provides the functionality to add tags and categories to multiple posts but not to remove them.

To do that you’ve still got to edit each post which is a bit of a chore if you’ve got plenty of tags or it’s something you do on a regular basis.

In this post, I’ll show you how to add the ability to remove tags or a category from multiple posts. But be warned, it’s a hack that’s not for the squeamish.

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Bring The Power of Google Analytics Into Your WordPress Dashboard

WPMU DEV’s Google Analytics + plugin has had a massive update that puts all the important statistics at your WordPress fingertips by adding beautiful charts and graphs to your dashboard and the post edit screen.

Perfect for single sites, it’s even better for multisite network owners with tracking of sub-domains and mapped domains, the ability to view data for your entire network as well as individual sites and full compatibility with our Pro Sites plugin, enabling statistics to be a premium feature.

You can even check out analytics stats on individual posts, right there on a per post basis inside WordPress.

Google Analytics + combines your favourite analytics tool with your favourite open-source cms

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Showing the Number of Views of a WordPress Post on the Front End

There are all sorts of web statistics plugins and services that will tell you how many views a certain post received. And they certainly have their place. However, sometimes you may just want that information conveniently placed on the front of the post itself.

And so in this post we’re going to go over how you can get that, and also how you can hide that view count from certain viewers while showing it to others if you like.

WP PostViews Plugin
The first thing you will want to do is to pick up the WP PostViews plugin.

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10 Facebook Plugins You Need Before It Dies Off

You’ve no doubt heard about the claims Facebook has spread like an “infectious disease” across the planet and over the next three years will lose a staggering 80 per cent of its users.

We all watched as Myspace crashed and burned (despite Justin Timberlake’s best attempts to revive it) so this news comes as no surprise.

So before users begin abandoning Facebook (and their parent’s embarrassing comments on posts) in droves, let’s make the most of it! This collection of 10 free and premium Facebook plugins for WordPress includes all you need (and then some!) to fully integrate Facebook into your site, from adding a simple Like box to adding advanced functionality with Open Graph.

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How to Link an Email Address in WordPress

Of course lots of people like to use contact forms on their site. But there may be situations where you’d want to provide a linked email address too, either showing the actual email address (like [email protected]) or some text of your choosing (like contact me).

Doing either is pretty easy. You just need to know the simple code.

Creating Email Links
Creating email links is basically just like making a regular link, but instead of putting http://  in front, you would use mailto:

For example, instead of linking [email protected], you would link mailto:[email protected]

The complete HTML for the above would be the following …

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How to Timestamp Your Posts Like Twitter and Facebook

Here’s a handy WordPress script you might not know about.

Did you know WordPress has a built-in function to display relative time in a human-readable format, just like Twitter and Facebook? For example, instead of your posts displaying, “Posted on January 23 at 10.30am,” you could display, “Posted 5 hours ago.”

In this Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to update the Twenty Fourteen theme to take advantage of the human_time_diff() function and change the timestamp on your posts.

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