Creating A Mobile App For Your WordPress Site: A DIY Guide

You’ve probably thought before about how good it would be to create a mobile app for your WordPress site. The advantage of having that icon on a home screen, a single tap to engagement, perhaps just the kudos of being able to say “of course we have an app”.

But you checked out the options and they are either too complicated or too expensive and so the thought got reluctantly tossed into the “too hard” basket.

Well, go rummage in that basket and retrieve that thought because here’s a DIY approach that will allow you, for little cost, to create that basic app.

PhoneGap Build + WordPress = Mobile App

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New Release: Multisite Reader Plugin Transforms Your Network

We’re pleased to announce our second new plugin release in two weeks: Reader.

Reader turns your Multisite network into a community by adding Tumblr, WordPress.com and Edublogs-style “follow” features to your sites.

Modelled on Google Reader, you’ll find many great features similar to Feedly and the WordPress.com reading experience.

Most importantly, Reader encourages your users to engage with sites across your network, without having to leave their site.

Reader

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How to Inform Your Users When Comments Are Closing

WordPress allows you to close comments after a certain number of days, but if you have visitors actively taking part in a discussion in the comments of a post, it might be a shock to them when they discover they can no longer comment.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to add a warning message to the bottom of your posts to alert visitors when comments are due to close.

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6 Steps To Optimizing Your WordPress Site For Mobile Devices

It’s tempting to think that catering for your mobile audience is as simple as installing a responsive theme.

Even if your theme does look good on a mobile device (and there’s plenty that do), there’s still plenty more you can, in fact, should, do to optimize your mobile visitors’ experience.

Here’s 6 steps to delivering the perfect mobile WordPress experience.

WordPress logo in an iPhone in landscape and an iPhone in portrait

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Roadmap, Features, to Keep WordPress Awesome

WordPress has been at the forefront of publishing disruption by bringing smart, easy, capable, industrial-strength publishing to anyone and everyone. That’s why we love it.

But if WordPress is to keep its mantle as the “people’s champion” then it has to respond as publishing and publishers’ needs evolve and the issue with the upcoming 4.0 major release (like many before it) is that there’s precious few signs of what might lie ahead.

Where is the roadmap? What features or capabilities could future WordPress releases include? How will WordPress maintain its position as the world’s favourite online publishing tool?

A long straight highway with a WordPress logo at the end.

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What to Expect in WordPress 4.0: A Hugely Underwhelming “Milestone” Release

Is it just me, or does WordPress 4.0 seem more like version 3.10?

Did someone get the numbering wrong? Did we accidentally skip to 4.0?

That must be it, because I can’t think of any other reason why such a minor upgrade to WordPress is deserving of a full version number.

WordPress news sites have lauded the “exciting new features” in this release, which is now available to download and test as a beta.

Welcome to WordPress 3.10.

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Introducing Custom Sidebars Pro by WPMU DEV

We’re excited to announce a brand new plugin: Custom Sidebars Pro.

Custom Sidebars Pro lets you to create widgetized areas and custom sidebars on your site, and select which sidebars to display on posts or pages.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because this is a premium release of our hugely popular Custom Sidebars plugin. It adds awesome new features like widget visibility rules so you can control who sees what, the ability to clone and synchronously update widgets, and import and export options.

Download Custom Sidebars Pro and let us know in the comments below what you think about the new and improved premium features.

Custom Sidebars

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