WordPress + MailChimp: Going Beyond Subscribe Forms

Over 5 million users rely on MailChimp to deliver their email marketing campaigns and undoubtedly that number includes a good many WordPress users. Perhaps you are one of them.

If, like most WordPress and MailChimp integrations, yours starts and stops with the subscription form widget then you are missing out.

In this article, I’ll show you how you can use MailChimp for everything from automated new post notifications to complete outsourcing of every WordPress-generated email.

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Build Your Own Custom WordPress Search

The WordPress search function is much maligned and there are numerous plugins available to add enhancements but they don’t always provide what you want, especially if you are trying to build a secondary search engine that has specific requirements.

In this article, we’ll look at how easy it is to build your own custom WordPress search and discover some surprising WordPress search secrets on the way.

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6+ Cool Features in WordPress 3.9 That Make Life Easier

If you run the bleeding edge nightly installs of WordPress, you would have updated to version 3.9 Beta 1 this week.

If you don’t run the nightlies, you’re missing out on some fantastic new features.

Post editor updates, live widget previews and the ability to drag and drop images directly into the visual editor are just some of the neat new features in this release, which is due out next month.

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5 Reasons Why Your WordPress Business Should Have a Blog

The line, “If you build it, he will come,” may have worked for Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but such advice doesn’t necessarily ring true online.

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend carefully crafting a beautiful and functional site. Without visitors it may as well be a piece of paper flapping about in the breeze.

So how do you drive traffic to your site?

Blogging can offer a relatively simple way to increase your page views, build authority in your niche and connect with new and existing customers, all while promoting and reinforcing your brand.

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Building a Magazine Style Homepage for a Multisite Network

Multisite network homepages often look messy, robotic, and unattended to. They’re often littered with anonymous avatars, title links for spam or test posts, and excerpts that look as if they were written in a language that doesn’t even exist.

Wouldn’t it be better if you had a homepage for your network that looked like a bright, shiny, well-edited magazine?

That’s what we’ll be aiming for in this post.

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35+ Resources to Become a Kick Ass WordPress Developer

There is a low barrier to using and working with WordPress. In fact, anyone with knowledge of PHP or with design skills can start using WordPress immediately and see results.

But if you want to really succeed with WordPress, build a strong business and gain respect, you need to be an over-achiever. Why? Because there are plenty of other WordPress developers out there who are also vying for clients and trying to earn a buck.

Luckily, there is a plethora of information available so you can move beyond the basics of tweaking a site so you can start calling yourself a fully-fledged WordPress pro. It also helps to pay attention to what the actual pros – the WordPress core developers and contributors – are doing.

So if you’re ready to kick some serious ass, read on.

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How to Build a Private Custom Help System for WordPress Clients

If you build or maintain WordPress sites for clients, then one of the challenges you’ve probably faced is that they often need help or reminders about how to do certain things.

To complicate that even further, you may have to build instruction pages specific to their particular site.

Of course you’re going to want finding those pages to be as easy as possible, but you probably don’t want those pages visible to the public.

These solutions below are at least a few ways you can solve those challenges.

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How to Hide Media or the “Add Media” Button in WordPress

When you give users access to your site’s editor, whether they’re freelancers, lower level team members, or even the general public, it might come at a cost.

One consistent concern in these situations is giving users access to the media library, or even allowing them to upload media at all.

Below we’ll go over a few ways to remedy those issues.

First, we’ll hide the “Add Media” button from lower level users altogether. And then we’ll go over a solution that will let users upload media, but they won’t be able to see or access media uploaded by others.

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How to Create an Awesome User Account / Profile Page in WordPress

Some sites revolve around their visitors much more than others. For those where visitors register for one reason or another, there may be a need show them their account information.

Not long ago we went over pulling a logged in visitor’s info into the front end of the site.

In this post, we’re going to go over setting up a complete profile page/account page for logged in visitors.

Only logged in visitors will be able to see their own information on this page.

If someone is not logged in, they will see links to either log in or register for the site.

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