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WordPress News and Articles
WordPress 3.3 “Sonny” Released
The latest and greatest version of the WordPress software — 3.3, named “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt — is immediately available for download or update inside your WordPress dashboard.
The WordPress Hosting Review: Results
With the help of 252 WPShout readers, I’ve put together a comprehensive and independent review of the best hosts for building WordPress powered sites. These are the results.
Shooting the Breeze with Pippin of PippinsPlugins.com [interview]
Well this is officially my first interview for the revised WPin.me. A glorious day two fold. Firstly I asked (politely) for an interview request, and secondly they very kindly agreed. For me as a WordPress fan I believe it’s useful for others to gain an insight into the working life/practices of WordPress developers.
WooThemes Q&A on WooAffiliates Plugin [interview]
Well in case you hadn’t noticed WooThemes released a new plugin called WooAffiliates you can read my review on the WooAffiliates plugin here. Me being the inquisitive soul that I am thought I might drop them a line to find out more about the plugin.
Okay Themes throws its hat into the theme shop ring
We’ve got a new kid on the theme shop block, and it looks like they’re going to be aye okay. (Sorry.) Mike McAlister, author of the popular editorial about theme prices here on WPCandy back in May has started a new business: Okay Themes.
Kriesi first to accumulate $1,000,000 in sales on Envato Marketplaces
Carmen Angerer of Envato shared this morning that Kriesi, one of their authors, has accumulated over one million dollars in sales on their various marketplaces.
ColorLabs & Company launch amazing new offices
After months of planning and construction, we finally moved to a new office on Monday and we named it the Lab of Color.
DevPress left with one owner
After months of inconsistent collaboration, DevPress is left with one remaining co-founder, me — Tung Do. Justin Tadlock, Patrick Daly, and Ptah Dunbar are going to pursue personal projects.
Tutorials and How-Tos
Generate Featured Images For Your Posts Automatically
Today I’d like to share with you Auto Featured Image – a simple yet useful WordPress plugin that I have recently used on a few of my websites.
Reusable Custom Meta Boxes Part 1: Intro and Basic Fields
In this series we won’t rehash what meta boxes are but instead we’ll create an easy system for plugging them into whatever your latest project is to keep your work moving consistently.
10 Tips To Optimize Your WordPress Theme
The beauty of WordPress is in how easy it is to adapt for different tasks. One can extend it with just a couple of lines of code. In this post, we’ll review 10 shortcode snippets that will tweak and optimize your WordPress theme.
Displaying Theme Data with WordPress
A cool trick you can do with WordPress is display information directly from your theme’s style.css stylesheet. I recently used this on a site where the theme’s version number is used throughout the template to keep things current and consistent.
Understanding Dynamic WordPress links
With most CMS environments like WordPress, there is a learning curve to understand how the URL structures work. When I was first learning how to develop WordPress themes, I would look through other themes to help get an understanding of how to call different templates or directories and I would often get mixed up.
Boost Your Likes by Creating a Facebook Giveaway Using WordPress
As a lot of you know that we recently launched a new site List25 last month. We have been doing a lot of social media promotions for it, and in one month you can see that the site’s facebook like count is already surpassing 27,000.
How to Allow PHP in WordPress Posts and Pages
By default, you cannot execute PHP in WordPress posts and pages. We have made it a rule of thumb to never execute PHP in our posts and pages either because it can be hectic to change things in the future.
Add Anything to the End of Posts
There are many reasons that you might want to add things to the end of every single post. For example, you might want to add an author’s info box, a little blurb about your email newsletter or RSS feed, or you may just want to display an ad after your content.
Resources & Freebies
Photum, Free WordPress Photography Theme
15 Usefull Free WordPress Shortcode Plugins
Shortcodes can be extremely handy to add extra functions or design features to your site, lots of themes these days have them built-in which probably isnt the best way to handle them as if you change themes you will lose functionality.