1,000 Posts on WordPress and BuddyPress

Today I’m celebrating 1,000 posts I’ve written on WPMU.org on WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress. I’ve really enjoyed meeting the challenge of daily blogging and thought it a great time to review some of my favorite posts from the past two years.

My top picks are not necessarily the posts that have received the most traffic. Some of them are a bit more obscure, but I maintain a constant obsession with finding tools that are practical and useful for your average WordPress user. In the process I’ve gotten to connect with many of you who are innovators and pioneers in the WordPress community. There’s always something new happening in the world of WordPress!

My top 10 picks, in no particular order…

How to Upgrade WPMU 2.9.2 to WordPress 3.0 in 5 Easy Steps

I remember writing this post in the middle of the night as soon as I heard that RC1 was out. This was a major upgrade for so many WPMU sites and it wasn’t your average easy upgrade. My goal was to make this process as pain free as possible for anyone who might be overwhelmed. Everyone was in it together for this upgrade and it was a great community-building time.

Explore the Power of Custom Post Types to Maximize WordPress as a CMS

Custom post types! What a game changer! This was during a time when WordPress users were just discovering the power of creating their own content types, a feature that many of couldn’t live without now. Custom post types were probably one of the most exciting new features in WordPress 3.0. They’ve forever changed the structure of many major plugins and because of them, WordPress handles content more elegantly than ever before.

Maximize WordPress and BuddyPress Performance With W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is hands down one of the best free plugins available for WordPress. If you need a caching solution that is compatible with multisite and BuddyPress, this is a solid option.

BuddyPress Eye Candy – 17 of the Best and Beautiful

This post evolved into a series of its own after we had floods of readers express interest in seeing more highly-customized BuddyPress sites. It’s amazing how many social networks are quietly running on BuddyPress, but you wouldn’t even know it because the design is highly customized. In this series we showcase the best-looking BuddyPress sites from around the web.

10 Ways to Set Up a Testing Environment for WordPress

Finding the right test environment for your WordPress adventures will totally change your workflow and speed up your development projects. If you haven’t settled on a local test environment, check out some of the latest and greatest ways to create your own unplugged workplace.

How to Use the Google Font Directory With WordPress and BuddyPress

I’m one of those people who drool over delicious fonts. I was so excited when Google released its Google Font Directory and Google Font API that I had to write up a tutorial about how to make use of it to get pretty typography on your WordPress or BuddyPress site. Adding some custom fonts can give your site an instant face lift. Read this tutorial to find out how easy it is.

21 E-Commerce Plugins and Shopping Carts for WordPress 3.0+

WordPress has an amazing number of plugin and theme options for selling your digital and physical products online. There are many more that are not listed here, but these are some of the main players with an introduction to each.

Add a Pinterest Button to Your WordPress Posts

I am hopelessly addicted to Pinterest and was super excited when this plugin for WordPress was released. If your business is trying to reach a female demographic of virtually any age, then implementing sharing to Pinterest should be part be part of your game plan for getting more traffic.

6 Reasons Big Companies Need WordPress

WordPress has become an enterprise-class CMS and this post that demonstrates why. It was was an answer to 6 Reasons Small Businesses Need WordPress and many other articles like it, which don’t fully recognize the more robust CMS capabilities of the platform since the 3.0 release.

The Illustrated Guide to Installing and Setting Up BuddyPress 1.5+

BuddyPress is one of my favorite topics. If you’re just getting started and want a walkthrough of installing the latest version, then this post will do that for you with visuals at every step.

There’s more where that came from…

Here’s to the next thousand posts. Thanks for reading!