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I’ve had a little time off so I missed the news last week – apologies for that, but we’re back this week with some great interviews, a whole load of tutorials and some great freebies.

This is our (sort of ) weekly WordPress news roundup post, you can view previous news roundups on this tag. I also post frequent WordPress links on Twitter all week, follow WPLIft here if you are on Twitter. Our facebook page is growing nicely with over 2400 members now so please “Like” us on Facebook. Finally, I’m also on Pinterest so you can add me there as well.

WordPress News and Articles

Matt Mullenweg On Working From Home, Making Money Without Ads, And More

It’s always a pleasure to talk to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, as he’s one of the more interesting and friendly people in the upper echelons of the tech founder sphere.


Admin panel. What does the future hold?

Ryan has been involved with dashboard styling for a while now. In this post he reflects on two different directions for the future of wp-admin; a premium, paid one and a brand-new plugin which might indicate the direction that core is taking.


Andrea Rennick Interview

As an active member of the WordPress community, she’s helped countless people get to grips with WordPress MU/Multisite, written books and tutorials on all things WP, developed a couple themes and plugins, contributed to the WP 3.0 help text, and acts as a moderator on the official support forums.


Aaron Campbell Interview

He has more than ten years of web development experience, has been a regular contributor to WordPress for the last five years, and is currently co-leading the WordPress 3.6 release.


Tutorials and How-Tos

How to Make your WordPress Posts Go Viral

The best way I found to kick start things and build the momentum required to build a successful blog is by using the power of virality.


How To Test and Optimize Landing Pages: Tips, Tools & Advice

A successful landing page either converts a visitor into a customer by persuading them to take the page’s intended action, or entices them to navigate further into your site.


Build a Mailing List and Send Newsletters for Free with your WordPress Blog

One of the first things many do when starting up a new WordPress website is begin building an email list.


How to Build Custom Dashboard Widgets

The WordPress Dashboard is a great place to see updates, or any kind of information related to your activity. In this tutorial, we’ll see how to dispose of default widgets and how to create your own custom widgets.


How To Import a Large WordPress Database into PhpMyAdmin

A problem I frequently encounter when working with databases (especially large ones), is that they will cause problems when importing through PhpMyAdmin.


Create an Online Payment System with Gravity Forms and Stripe

I’ve grown tired of accepting payments via PayPal recently, so when I realised that one of my sites, which was running Restrict Content Pro, could receive payments using Stripe instead, I went for it and instantly fell in love with the service.


How to Create and Manage Tables in WordPress with TablePress Plugin

In this post I am going to show you, how you can easily add a table in WordPress with the help of TablePress plugin.


Set Up A Killer WordPress Test Environment Locally using MAMP on OSX

At the end of this article, you’ll have a nice WordPress MS site in which you can create multiple blogs (with multiple themes to test). You’ll also have a Windows Virtual Machine in which you can check out the aforementioned sites in Internet Explorer (god forbid!), and so on.


Using Google Fonts in Editor Style

Editor style is a nifty feature that allows you to match look and feel of post content inside the TinyMCE editor to what’s shown to site visitors. It is extremely easy to use, but if your theme has font options and especially if it uses Google Fonts, editor style needs a little bit of extra work to style text based on font options values.


Resources & Freebies

21 Clean & Fresh Free WordPress Responsive Themes 2013

We’ve brought together a collection of some of the best designed, beautifully crafted WordPress themes that use responsive layouts. We hope you find the collection useful for your next blog redesign.


40 Premium Business & Corporate Themes Part 6

Now that we’re a few months into 2013 I wanted to take the opportunity to re-visit and add to one of our most popular running series: Premium WordPress Business & Corporate Themes. This roundup will mark the sixth installment of this series, each including 40 premium themes.


30 Fresh & Modern WordPress Themes for Lifestyle Bloggers

No matter how many awesome new ways developers figure out to manipulate WordPress into all sorts of useful websites, I’ll always have a soft spot for a good ol’ fashioned blog. One of my favorites being a lifestyle blog: something that gathers images, videos, and traditional blog posts about a certain sub-culture in one place.


Free “Personal” WordPress Theme: Empty Spaces

I’m very excited to announce the release of an all-new free “personal” WordPress theme, Empty Spaces. It’s single-column, responsive, media rich and pretty damn well suited for simple, personal blogs.


12 Audio Player Plugins for WordPress

In order to play audio files on your site, you are going to need a decent audio player. These 12 audio player plugins can handle the job for you.



Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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