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Friday, February 6

E-NUX Said
(WordPress News)

A new user experience team has been announced for the WordPress 4.2 development cycle. The team of 20 – all picked for their experience working with and training new users – has been tasked with spotting issues new users face when using WordPress.

If your dream is to work at Automattic, now’s your chance. Applications are open for WordPress.com VIP internships.

“As far as drag and drop themes are concerned, it doesn’t make much of a difference to me… You’ll never get the flexibility out of a builder that you do from someone working on something that’s handcrafted.” WPEka interviews developer Tom McFarlin about drag and drop, his company Pressware and the Boilerplate project.

On the latest episode of WPWeekly, WP Tavern’s Jeff Chandler interviews frenemy Brian Krogsgard about his new Post Status Membership Club.

Groot
(Opinion)

How does WordPress 4.0 stack up against WordPress 4.1 performance-wise? The team at Conetix, an Aussie web host, find out.

Which Guardians of the Galaxy character are you? Brenda Barron compares web development teams to the Marvel film in a lighthearted article at Torque.

Thoughtful Comments
(Themes and Plugins)

Quality themes are hard to come by when free themes are a dime a dozen. On the WPMU DEV Blog we pick our top 28 themes in various categories, including business, portfolio and eCommerce.

Elegant Themes has released version 1.2 of its Monarch social sharing plugin, which features more network APIs, new display settings for sharing locations and four new pop-up and fly-in triggers.

Over at WP Tavern, Jeff Chandler reviews Thoughtful Comments, a Jetpack Comments-compatible plugins that adds links to approve, delete and ban to the front-end of WordPress.

Choose Your Own Adventure
(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

How to Choose a WordPress Theme That Best Conveys Your Brand (WP Mayor).

Guide: How to Optimize Your WordPress Themes for Xbox One (WP Lift).

5 Quick Ways to Get More Facebook Likes Using WordPress (WP Beginner).

How to Customize Your Login Page in WordPress (WP Daily Themes).

Clawed It’s Way Back
(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

WordPress or Medium? Blogger Bert Alcorn tos and fros between the two and after a year still hasn’t decided which platform he likes better.

Meanwhile, freelance software developer Prahlad Yeri has ditched WordPress for good in favor of Jekyll. His loss.


Monday, February 9

No News is Good News?
(WordPress News)

“WordPress’ strength nowadays is the market built around it, not the code. That’s good to make a living, but a poor foundation for passionate developers.” Cloudways talks to WordPress Stack Exchange moderator Thomas Scholz in a wide ranging interview about his work with WordPress.

World Wide Women
(Opinion)

A couple years ago, user interface designer Mel Choyce wrote Women, WordPress, & the Web. Two years on, she writes about how “WordPress kind of remains a relatively safe haven for women in tech.”

Have you ever wondered what plugins other sites are using? Internet marketer Danny Brown offers a look under the hood of his site.

Translation, mobile development, UX, support, accessibility… There are plenty of ways you can contribute to WordPress. Torque lists a few areas where you can get involved.

“…WordPress seems to be perceived as this crotchety old man who is sitting on his or her front porch complaining about all of the other kids showing up on his or her lawn.” Developer Tom McFarlin on the fear, uncertainty and doubt that comes with WordPress competition.

GPL inheritance – the obligation to license distributed derivative works with the GPL – is not automatic. Lawyer Richard Best explains why.

Harmony
(Themes and Plugins)

The new Custom Login Customizer plugin adds a panel to the Theme Customizer, allowing you to change the design of your site’s login page.

The Custom Metaboxes and Fields for WordPress (CMB2) plugin is out of beta.

Harmonic is a new, free WordPress theme for artists and bloggers.

WYSIWYG
(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

Create a Full Width Page for WordPress in a Few Simple Steps (WPMU DEV).

Part 1: How to Check a Website for Accessibility (Carrie Dils).

WordPress 100% In My Language (WPlang.org).

10 Code Snippets to Use Images More Effectively in WordPress(CodeInWP).

Combining Underscores With Bootstrap to Create a Theme Framework: Introducing Bootstrap (tuts+).

Speed up WP admin with Redis and HHVM (Codeable).

How to Set Up WordPress Event Registration (Elegant Themes).

4 Ways to Better Integrate Instagram Into Your WordPress Site (Elegant Themes).

Zero Dark Inbox
(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

When was the last time you were able to clear your email inbox? The Oatmeal on email monsters.


Wednesday, February 11

Benevolent Dictator
(WordPress News)

If you have a spare two hours, Tim Ferriss (who wrote The 4-Hour Work Week) talks to “BBQ-chomping Texas boy” Matt Mullenweg about polyphasic sleep, Dvorak, and building a billion dollar company.

The folks at WPShout interview WooCommerce project manager Patrick Rauland about code, code and, well, code.

And another interview: Torque talks to SIDEKICK co-founder Ben Fox about sidekick.pro, how the company plans to reach new users, its partnership with Go Daddy, and future initiatives.

“… We’ve decided that we have absolutely nothing to hide, and so we want to share more about our insights, our success and failures.” WP Media, the company behind WP Rocket, have revealed they reached $35,000 in monthly revenue, 15,000+ websites using their plugin, and 4300 customers in 18 months.

The latest episode of WPwatercooler features discussion on which comment system is the best and whether you even need one.

And on KitchenSinkWP this week is Natalie MacLees of PurplePen Productions.

The WordPress Theme Review Team has agreed on new guidelines for custom CSS boxes.

The Ultimate Theme?
(Opinion)

Lawyer Richard Best dissects the negative SEO campaign against WP Site Care and suggests some legal remedies.

Gabriel Koen from digital media company PMC talks about the lessons learned launching Variety.com and Deadline Hollywood.

“If you are considering this theme I think it’s vital that you understand what you’re getting before making the final decision.” Is Avada the ultimate WordPress theme? WinningWP’s reviews the best selling theme at ThemeForest.

In the Wild
(Themes and Plugins)

If you’re wondering who actually uses Avada, check out these examples of the theme in the wild at WinningWP.

WPLift rounds up the best free themes released this month.

The next version of GitHub Updater will add remote installation for plugins and themes.

Unplug Jetpack lets you use Jetpack without having to connect to WordPress.com, unless you need to use Site Stats, Publicize and other modules that require a connection.

The Followistic blog ranks the 10 best related posts plugins and includes lots of useful information about how the plugins work.

Content Hacks
(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

Creating Custom Database Tables for Your WordPress Plugins (WPMU DEV).

How to Add Featured Video Thumbnails in WordPress (WP Beginner).

10 Simple Content Hacks for More Engagement, Shares, and Traffic(Torque).

Searching with Substrings in WordPress (Tom McFarlin).

Create a License Controlled Plugin and Theme Update System — Part 2: The License Manager API (tuts+).

A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Command Line Tools (WPMU DEV).

How To Create Your Own Images For WordPress Posts (Elegant Themes).

Random Scribbles
(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

“Ma was working at a petrol station and Gordon was working as a fabric cutter in his father-in-law’s clothing factory in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown. Jens Rasmussen had been sleeping on his mother’s couch back home in Denmark.” The story behind the founding of Google Maps.

“People ask me all the time why I don’t attend or am part of Women’s networks. The lack of diversity within the Women’s groups is why.” Vaya Consulting CEO Nicole Sanchez writes ask, “which women in tech?”


Thursday, February 12

No Time to Rest
(WordPress News)

“The WordPress REST API project is the most exciting project for the platform since custom post types were introduced in WordPress 2.9 and 3.0. I really believe that.” If you don’t know much about the WP REST API, Brian Krogsgard spells it out in this definitive guide.

WP Engine has released version 1.1 of Mercury Vagrant. This version corrects some minor issues and includes significant updates to the configuration to allow HHVM and PHP-FPM services to run WordPress from the same docroot and database.

A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
(Opinion)

Did you know WordPress 4.1 get roughly 1 million downloads every two days? CodeInWP breaks down the latest WordPress stats in a cool infographic. If you copy articles and images from other sites, you might want to check outlawyer Richard Best’s latest post about reproducing third party content.

“The lesson here is that if you want to monetize on an open-source project with a SaaS business, don’t keep invaluable products to yourself or it will stunt the growth of the rest of the ecosystem.” Developer Josh Pollock examines the lessons we can learn from Jetpack and how the plugin has helped WordPress succeed.

Did Someone Say Bacon?
(Themes and Plugins)

Meaty Avatars leverages baconmockup.com to replace WordPress avatars with pictures of juicy cuts of meat.

Symphony is a great new starter theme for the Conductor site building plugin.

Flying South for the Winter
(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

Migrating WordPress (and Multisite!) to a New Server (WPMU DEV).

Use a WordPress Plugin to Send Out Client Invoices Through WordPress(WP Explorer).

How to Create a Photo Gallery with Albums in WordPress (WP Beginner).

How To: Gain a Detailed Insight into Mobile Visitors with Netbiscuits Analytics (WP Lift).

How To Optimize Your Google Plus Profile Page (Elegant Themes).

Creating a Pricing Page with Restrict Content Pro (Pippins Plugins).

For Sale: Very Haunted
(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Need to make some quick cash and the only thing you own is an old, dented laptop? Here’s how to do it.