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This week has been another hectic one for me, after last week’s news I came up with the idea for “A Better Planet” which was my attempt at creating a new and more up to date WordPress news feed. I then built out a website for it and the plugin is now in the repository for you to download free. The project has had quite a few mentions from sites like WPMU, WPDaily & WPTavern and Do it with WP – so many thanks to those kind folks.

I added a new section to the news for competitions – the WP community love these so I thought they deserved special coverage also.

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

A Better Planet: Website Live & Plugin in the Repository

A Better Planet is a feed of fresh and interesting WordPress news, tutorials and resources. Updated every 30 minutes it brings you the latest about our favourite CMS.


The Tavern Wizard Revealed: It’s Matt Mullenweg

I asked the question publiclyWho really is the man behind the curtain over at WP Tavern? It’s been revealed: Matt Mullenweg is the one who bought, and now owns, WP Tavern. It was also revealed that he’s also who’s financed the future of WeblogToolsCollection as well as Mark Ghosh took his leave.


Secrets Revealed: WLTC and WPTavern

There has been a lot of speculation on the “shady mystery buyer” of Weblogs Tools Collection and WPTavern (here), which has been funny to watch. It’s me.


WordPress Nostalgia

As we inch closer towards the 10 year anniversary of WordPress, I’ve been browsing through a few different time capsule posts.


Everyone Has a Price, Everyone.

There’s a lot of talk around the recent acquisition of Tumblr via Yahoo! and the varying perspectives are as varied as you might imagine, from those that have foretold the death of the tumblogging service to those that say this is the best thing that could happen to David Karp and his team.


Should a WordPress Plugin Change Post Content?

Yesterday, I released Markdown Code For WordPress – an extremely simple plugin that makes it easy to replace Markdown backticks (`) with inline code comments. As mentioned in the post, it scratches an itch of my own that I’ve opted to share just in case anyone else shares the same, y’know, itch.


Rob La Gatta Interview

Meet Rob La Gatta, who leads the Quality team at Modern Tribe, where he is responsible for support and the quality assurance process. He has been earning a living using WordPress since 2010 and currently resides in Oakland, California.


Google Wants Your WordPress Site

The biggest web company in the world has finally announced its support for the most widely used programming language. At its I/O developer event last week, Google announced PHP is now supported in its platform-as-a-service offering, Google App Engine.


WordPress Plugin Prices Are Too Low

I’m the one arguing for higher prices and the folks behind some amazing plugins, themes, and services have under-priced. But they’re not under-pricing for the normal reasons like insecurity and lack of self-worth.


Storytelling With WordPress: 3 Unique and Innovative Ideas

So buckle up because this post is going to be all about exploring the unknown potential of WordPress as a unique storytelling platform.


Something is Rotten in the State of WordPress

WordPress itself is owned by ‘the community’, but let’s not kid ourselves, this is no utopia, let’s see what happens if you try to fork WordPress, it won’t work, it’s not a realistic option and to suggest otherwise is ingenuous, the real power resides in WordPress.org, The WordPress Foundation and Automattic.


Competitions & Giveaways

Tokokoo Competition: Win 3 Club Memberships 20+ eCommerce Themes

Today we have another great competition for you, we have teamed up with Tokokoo to offer you the chance to win one of three club memberships.


Giveaway: Feel the Infinite Power of InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP is fast approaching 100,000 WP sites being managed and to celebrate they are doing some significant discounts and are giving away 5 copies of any of their amazing addons.


Win a Ticket to Our New Tuts+ Live Workshop

We have 5 tickets to give away for our newest Tuts+ Live Workshop, all you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter.


Tutorials and How-Tos

How to automatically insert a list of related articles below the post

When a reader finished reading one of your blog posts, why not suggesting him other article he might like as well? Here’s a quick tip to automatically display related posts (based on category) below the current post.


WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 4/4: Settings Page

Today we are going to complete the basic structure of a plugin by learning how to create a WordPress plugin settings page for our slider. Stay tuned as settings are an important part in customizing the functionality of a Plugin.


Defining a Custom WordPress Menu Hook

When it comes to defining custom option pages, theme pages, menu pages, and submenu pages, the provided API makes this trivially easy; however, one of the less used aspects of these functions is the ability to define a custom WordPress menu hook.


How to Add Multiple Post Thumbnails / Featured Images in WordPress

In this article we will show you how to add multiple post thumbnails / featured images in WordPress.


The WPLift Guide to WordPress Multisite: Everything You Need to Know

Did you know you can run multiple WordPress websites from just one WordPress installation? If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing then WordPress Multisite is a feature of WordPress you should take a closer look at.


The WPLift Complete Guide to WordPress Password Recovery

In today’s post, I’m going to show you four simple steps each of which will help you recover your WordPress password for the superuser better known as the default user ‘admin’.


Resources & Freebies

WordPress 404 Page Plugins

A 404 page is the error page that users see when the page they’re looking for is not at the URL they’ve landed on. Some 404 pages are creative, some are useless, and some don’t even exist at all.


Soliloquy add-ons

There are a number of add-ons available for Soliloquy that extend its capabilities beyond those included in the core. So in no particular order, here they are:


Testimonials Widget for WordPress

Adding testimonials to your WordPress site is very simple. Plugins such as Testimonials Widget make the process easy.



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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