6 Beautiful Free WordPress Video Themes

Have you ever tried searching for free WordPress video themes? It’s hard. Really hard.

While there are many, many premium video themes out there – all gorgeous and complete with endless options for customizations – there are barely any free ones available. What gives?

So I’ve scoured the web to put together a small and tidy collection of free themes. The themes below come with basic options, but each allows your content to shine.


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8 WordPress Themes And Plugins For Creating A Review Site

Are you interested in starting or sprucing up a review site?

Perhaps it’s for pleasure – you’re the kind of a person who feels that urge to share your opinion on you favorite restaurant, movie or game – or maybe it’s for profit but whatever your motivation, building a review site with WordPress is within the reach of even the most novice of WordPress users.

Here’s 8 WordPress themes and plugins to help you on your way to review stardom.

Composite image of table of reviews plus a 3 star rating

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Personalizing WordPress: Show Avatars, Profiles, or Facebook Info to Visitors

If you have a site where your visitors need to register for one reason or another, then it’s good to remind them that they are part of your community.

You can do that in very large ways, like installing a complete social system such as BuddyPress, or you can do it in more subtle ways, like greeting them by name on the sidebar when they’re logged in and showing their avatar.

In this post, we’re going to go into the subtler ways.


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Save Time And Effort With Reusable WordPress Content

As WordPress site owners, we often find that we need to repeat the same content across posts and pages: advertisements and promotions, legal notices, special announcements, reproduction notices.

It may be content that needs to appear on every page or just particular posts but the point is we want to just want to create that item once and then have an easy way to include it wherever is appropriate.

In this WordPress Weekend Project, we’ll take at look at saving you valuable time and effort by creating and using reusable content.

Recycle symbol on the WWP logo

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Adding Custom Images Sizes to the WordPress Media Library

When you upload an image to the media library, WordPress creates a stores a range of different sizes for that images. These are: thumbnail, medium, large and full-size.

If you run a site where you need the images to be a specific size, such as an e-Commerce size where you need the images to be a particular size for uniformity, these defaults may not suit your needs.

For today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’m going to show you how to add a custom image size to the media library.

Adding Custom Image Sizes
As I mentioned above, there are four default image sizes in WordPress:

Custom image sizes

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Aesop Story Engine: The Next Big Thing For WordPress?

The Aesop Story Engine plugin made a somewhat muted debut on the WordPress Plugin Repository this week.

It’s been well-received but is certainly not taking the WordPress community by storm (maybe it should have called itself the Ghost or Medium Story Engine?) but it should be as it puts high-production long-form storytelling in the hands of every WordPress owner.

And that could be enough to make it the Next Big Thing in WordPress.

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Join Us as an Awesome WordPress Plugin Developer

Fancy working on the leading edge of WordPress plugin development in a full-time and ongoing capacity?

Doing what you love, with people who you’ll love to work with?

With ‘no more clients’™, working from wherever you want, and good compensation too (we’ll also pay for you to go to WordCamps and take you on our bi-annual staff holiday :).

Well then, you’ll be interested in joining us as a WordPress plugin developer!


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5 Quick Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

No one likes waiting around for a site to load, so much so that 40 per cent of people abandon a site that takes more than three seconds to load.

Slow page load speeds are especially crippling for eCommerce sites. Almost 80 per cent of shoppers who are dissatisfied with a site’s performance are less likely to buy from the same site again, while a one second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16 per cent.

Even Google factors site speed into their algorithm when ranking websites. So if your site loads too slowly you can expect your Google rankings to fall, and in turn attract less traffic to your site.

So what can you do to make your site faster? Here are a few simple ways to keep your page load times low and your visitors happy.


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