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Big news this week was an large scale attack on WordPress based websites, one again highlighting the importance of good security for your WP sites. Make sure you’re secure and take a look at our guide to WordPress security.

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 2500 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

Huge Attack on WordPress Sites Could Begin Super Botnet

There is an ongoing attack on WordPress sites sweeping across the web and your install could be next. Using more than 90,000 IP addresses, this attack is cracking admin logins on weak WordPress systems.

http://wpdaily.co/super-botnet/

A Look at WordPress 3.6 – New Features & New Default Theme

The beta for WordPress 3.6 has been out for a couple of weeks now and is looking to launch towards the end of this month – if you haven’t had the time or inclination to install and test it out then today’s post is for you.

http://wplift.com/wordpress-3-6

Some Thoughts on Running a Sucessfull WordPress Theme Company

My theme company ThemeFurnace turns one in a couple of weeks and inspired by this post I thought I would take some time out to talk about our first year in the WordPress theme business.

http://wplift.com/running-a-wordpress-theme-company

Ongoing WordPress Security Attacks, The Details and Solutions

There is a very real, very large ongoing attack against WordPress sites. It has been going on for a while now, but it severely escalated last week.

http://ithemes.com/2013/04/15/ongoing-wordpress-attacks-details-and-solutions/

WordPress is 10 Years Old

What’s on May 27, you ask? May 27, 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the first WordPress release.

http://wordpress.org/news/2013/04/save-the-date-may-27/

Why we moved to all email support

When we started doing premium WordPress plugins, we also added a support forum to yoast.com. Many people liked this but I was, to be honest, skeptic. My experience with the WordPress.org forums are … Poor, at best.

http://yoast.com/all-email-support/

Boone Gorges Interview

Boone Gorges (@boone) is an independent software developer and consultant, specializing in WordPress plugins. He is a Lead Developer for BuddyPress, and oversees development on such projects as Commons In A Box, Anthologize, and Participad.

http://build.codepoet.com/2013/04/18/boone-gorges-interview/

Kim Gjerstad Interview

Meet Kim Gjerstad (@kgjerstad). Kim has been working online since 1999 as a designer, developer and consultant in Montreal, Paris, Congo, and San Francisco. Although specialized in media and the web, he recently made the jump to working full time on Wysija, a WordPress-powered newsletter plugin.

http://build.codepoet.com/2013/04/11/kimgjerstad/

Behind the Design of the Ryu Theme

Much like I did for the Further theme, I’d like to share my thoughts behind Ryu — the free theme I released recently.

http://themeshaper.com/2013/04/09/behind-the-design-of-the-ryu-theme/

Are You An Open Source Pragmatist, Really?

As far as I’m convinced, one of the things that will forever exist within the WordPress development community is the various degrees to which we align ourselves with the principles of open source software.

http://tommcfarlin.com/open-source-pragmatist/

Tutorials and How-Tos

How to Properly Comment Your Themes and Plugins

One of the marks of a truly great WordPress developer, is his ability to include excellent commenting in his code. Go ahead, take a look at some of the plugins/themes by the best developers, and see how easy it is to read through their code.

http://www.wpmayor.com/code/wordpress-commenting/

How To Improve The Deployment Of WordPress Websites

As WordPress matures into a full-fledged CMS and more and more large online publishers come to rely on the platform, the practice of developing and deploying websites becomes increasingly important.

http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/15/wordpress-deployment-survey/

What can you Embed in a WordPress Post with oEmbed?

oEmbed is a way of easily embedding media from other websites without having to do anything particularly complex. All it requires that you do is enter the URL of the page where the media appears on its own line within your post content and it will display the media.

http://www.doitwithwp.com/what-can-you-embed-in-a-wordpress-post-with-oembed/

How to Build a Web Hosting or Design Business with WordPress Multisite

This post hopes to help you with that “how to go about it” part — more specifically about how to run a business providing others with WordPress sites by using WordPress Multisite as your base.

http://wpmu.org/web-hosting-design-business-wordpress-multisite/

Beautifully Customize Your WordPress Admin Area with DP Dashboard

I was thrilled to test and review DP Dashboard by DevPress. It’s a simple little plugin for the backend of your WordPress site. It comes with two “skins” and allows for custom CSS if you want to completely overhaul the look of your admin screen yourself.

http://wplift.com/customize-your-wordpress-admin

How To: Completely Hide the Fact You Use WordPress for Your Website

WordPress users love this platform because it’s free, has a huge community, it’s powerful, flexible, and meets the needs of most people building websites today. But with those pro’s comes one big con: security.

http://wplift.com/hide-wordpress

How to Add Custom Fields to Attachments

You should be familiar with custom fields in WordPress. We use them on a post or a page to add extra data. In WordPress attachments are also saved as posts, so custom fields are available for them too. Today we’ll see how we can add some custom fields so that attachments can carry more information than just the default data.

http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/creative-coding/how-to-add-custom-fields-to-attachments

Replace BuddyPress Friends Functionality With Followers

Every BuddyPress site has different requirements for how users should be able to connect. The built-in friendship functionality of BuddyPress is not appropriate for every social network. This is especially true for professional networks. In many instances you may want to replace the friendship component with followers instead. Luckily, there’s a plugin that does that for you.

http://wpmu.org/replace-buddypress-friends-functionality-with-followers/

How to protect WordPress from hackers and botnets

Running a self-hosted WordPress site and concerned about security? With the intelligent use of plugins and password management, this short guide will show you how to protect WordPress from hackers and botnets.

http://wptribe.net/protect-wordpress-from-hackers/

Developing Plugins With a Distributed Team

I know – the title of this post sounds all too familiar especially given the global economy in which we all live today. After all, many of us work from our home offices, coffee shops, or wherever else while the home base of our company is located elsewhere.

http://wp.tutsplus.com/articles/general/developing-plugins-with-a-distributed-team/

Resources & Freebies

30 Exceptional Portfolio Style WordPress Themes for Freelancers 2013

This collection of 30 exceptional WordPress themes for freelancers in 2013.

http://wplift.com/themes-for-freelancers

24 Useful WooCommerce Plugins to Add Functionality to Your Store

We have looked at WooCommerce themes in the past so we decided to take a look at what third party plugins are available to add functionality.

http://wplift.com/woocommerce-plugins

30 Modern & Fresh WordPress Themes for Portfolio Websites

That is why this week I’ve decided to collect 30 recently released WordPress portfolio themes for 2013

http://wplift.com/wordpress-portfolio-themes

30 WordPress Themes for Personal Bloggers Created in 2013

It’s been a great year for WordPress themes so far. We’re not yet half-way through 2013 and we’ve already seen a ton of awesome themes hit marketplaces across the web. One of my favorite categories, WordPress themes for the Personal Blogger, is no exception

http://wplift.com/wordpress-themes-for-personal-bloggers

Best WordPress Drag and Drop Theme Builders

This great challenge has not deterred a number of developers to attempt to bring to market the perfect theme builder that could help users create their own WordPress theme with no coding skills.

http://www.wpmayor.com/themes/best-wordpress-drag-and-drop-theme-builders/

15 Spring WordPress Themes

Spring is in the air, and so are some amazing new WordPress themes.  Although it’s not advisable to switch your WordPress theme with the seasons, it is nice to modify it to reflect the changing weather.

http://www.pingable.org/15spring-wordpress-themes/

5 Caching Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

And, it is common knowledge that caching can help you speed up your website’s load times. So, which is the best caching plugin for WordPress? Yes, we shall attempt to answer this question in this article by taking a look at five of the top caching plugins.

http://wpmu.org/speed-up-wordpress-caching-plugins/


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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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  1. Wow Oliver, what a cracker of a post – thanks for this roundup, there’s so much good stuff in here. I especially liked the tuts and how-to’s – just what I was looking for.

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