Our 5% for WordPress: Meet Ivan, Calvin and Bojan

In October we committed to contributing 2.5 full-time, dedicated support people to the WordPress Support Forums.

This was in response to WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg’s proposal that companies directly involved in WordPress should give back Five for the Future.

So we put a call out for friendly new people to join our support team, but unlike our regular crew these new people would hang out in the WordPress.org Support Forums all day, 40 hours minimum per week, helping folks out with anything and everything.

After initially trialling 12 people over a few weeks of intense training, we’re pleased to announce our WordPress Support Forums team.

Welcome

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From WordPress Beginner to Pro: 200+ Career-Boosting Resources

Whether you’re just starting out with WordPress or you’ve been developing with it for some time, you’ll probably find that the resources out there to help you learn are pretty daunting. There are hundreds if not thousands of sites and blogs dedicated to sharing tips, tutorials, news and information about WordPress, and it’s not always easy to know which ones are the most reliable, up-to-date or relevant for you.

WordPress resources.

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Our 5% – Join WPMU DEV to Support WordPress.org

About a month back, Matt Mullenweg proposed that companies directly involved in WordPress should contribute “Five for the Future,” specifically that they:
…Should dedicate 5% of their people to working on something to do with core — be it development, documentation, security, support forums, theme reviews, training, testing, translation or whatever it might be that helps move WordPress mission forward.
Well, for once, I find myself in total agreement, and here’s how we’d like to make that commitment.

Supporting the WordPress.org Support Forums

This needs to be your idea of Nirvana

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WordPress.org vs WordPress.com: A Definitive Guide For 2014

WordPress.org or WordPress.com? If you’re new to WordPress, it’s a common question and often one that needs a little explanation since the two get confused.

In this post we’ll compare the two and look at their pros and cons. We’ll explore:

The differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
Compare each of their:

Costs
Freedoms and limitations
Maintenance and development

How to decide between WordPress.org and WordPress.com

What is WordPress.org?

WordPress is open source blogging/CMS software that powers 22 per cent of the web, including this one.

WordPress guide

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WordPress 3.9 “Smith” is Out

The latest version of WordPress has been released.

Named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, WordPress 3.9 aims to “close the gap” between what you see when creating posts in the backend of WordPress and what you see published on your site.

This release includes a raft of improvements that build on features in previous versions of WordPress, including quick image editing, the ability to drag and drop images directly into the visual editor, gallery previews, audio and video playlists, live widget and header previews and a new theme browsing experience.

WordPress 3.9 honors jazz great Jimmy Smith.

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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.

Feature image

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How To Make Twenty Fourteen (Or Any Other WP Theme!) Super

In a recent review of WordPress’ latest default theme, WPMU DEV’s Chris Knowles called Twenty Fourteen a “flawed beauty.”

In that article, Chris recommended a number of potential improvements, and together we’ve put together this ultimate guide to addressing those flaws.

And what’s more, these tips and techniques can be used in practically any WordPress theme.

So, break out the cape, fire up your favorite editor, and give Twenty Fourteen a superhero makeover.

Photo of Superman, Ironman, Wonder Woman and Captain America action figures

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Boring, Boring WordPress: Why WP is Falling Behind

Another week, another set of plans for a new WordPress release and another massive anti-climax.

Yet more confirmation that while Medium is reinventing how we publish online, people are freaking out about Ghost purely because it offers a nice, simple experience and third party platforms like Squarespace are ripping it up… WordPress continues to persist with an interface that looks like a database application from 2005, with some quasi-modern color changes.

Sure, WP may be powering 20% of the web and growing, but it’s standing still. Maneuvering more like an ocean liner than a zippy yacht.

Colleen was not impressed by the latest updates to WordPress

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WordPress 3.8 Features Confirmed: MP6, Dashboard Update and Widgets Makeover

The features set to make it into WordPress 3.8 were decided during an epic three-hour IRC meeting, during which team leaders ran their proposals past WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg.

The plugins given the greenlight include: MP6 (a visual overhaul of the admin area), DASH (a redesign of the dashboard landing page), THX38 (a reimagining of the theme installation experience) and Widgets Area Chooser (a redesign of the widgets area interface).

Unlike previous versions of WordPress, all of the features planned for 3.8 are being developed and tested first at standalone plugins before they are integrated in core.

Widgets Area Chooser

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