Our “News” category has remained empty up till now, I have been trying to focus on providing usefull content in the form of tutorials, reviews and roundup posts but now our readership has grown I think it’s time to start linking out to other news regularly. This is the first news roundup post where I will be covering noteworthy news from the past week. For up to date, daily news I recommend WPCandy, the best source for WordPress news.
WordPress News and Articles
The Future of WordPress Themes in 2011
It’s inevitable, really. At the beginning of each year thoughts turn to the coming months and what they will bring. For many of us, that means WordPress: specifically WordPress themes. To assist with your own prognostications, we’ve brought together the thoughts from some of the biggest and most influential minds in WordPress
Should Clients Update Their Own Sites?
A common question for WordPress designers/developers is how to handle plugin upgrades and upgrades of WordPress itself. I recently logged into a client site for maintenance to find that someone had “attempted” an upgrade of WordPress, but that it had failed.
Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes
A few months ago I wrote about WordPress Security. Now, armed only with the words “free WordPress themes,” builtBackwards’ Theme Authenticity Checker Plugin and Donncha O Caoimh’s Exploit Scanner, I’m going to take a look through the first page of Google to see just how safe pages ranking for “Free WordPress Themes” are.
Giving Back to WordPress
At iThemes, we use and love WordPress. In fact, we’ve built an entire business on this beautiful free software. Although we have given back to the WordPress community in numerous ways, from free themes, plugins and training to core patches and sponsoring WordCamps around the world, we want to encourage others to give back by donating to the recently established WordPress Foundation.
Do we do enough to support WordPress Plugin Developers?
Although the golden years are now happening for the makers of WordPress (Automattic), the makers of the plugins and to a lesser extent themes are really the un-sung hero’s of the situation. These guys and girls have spent in some occasions many months and lots of their own money on creating a theme or plugin that will really, really help you.
Selling a Theme by the Thousands: What Thesis Teaches Us
About two years ago, Chris Pearson’s WordPress theme, Thesis, passed the $2 million mark in total sales. It’s a remarkable achievement for a design-based product, particularly given the industry. Here is a theme-not a platform, but a theme-beating many of the world’s leading independent design firms in revenue, all through passive sales.
Tutorials and How-Tos
How to show the “home” link on wp_nav_menu default fallback function
WordPress wp_nav_menu function is really helpful to display a custom navigation menu in your theme. Today’s hack will automatically add a “home” link to your menu.
How to Style WordPress Navigation Menus
In this article, we will discuss different classes that are added by default within the WordPress menus that we can use to style each individual menu.
Resources & Freebies
The anatomy of a WordPress theme
With all the WordPress theme frameworks that arose over the past few years, you’d almost forget what a normal WordPress theme looks like. Almost, because Yoast has got your back and we’re about to remind you!
Free HTML 4.01/HTML5 WordPress Theme: Spectacular
Free WordPress theme that aims to provide a warm and pleasurable atmosphere for personal musings and ramblings. The theme comes in two flavors: HTML 4.01 and HTML5.
The world’s best (and only) WordPress podcasts
WordPress blogs are all over the place, but WordPress-focused podcasts aren’t nearly as common. There are a few, though, and those that are out there are by and large well produced, entertaining shows. We’ve gathered a list, which will continue to be updated, with all of the WordPress podcasts you (probably) should be listening to. Each show is detailed, with a few reasons why each is worth your time, just after the jump.
Sample Data to Test WordPress Themes
This data will provide you all the un-ordered lists, the blockquotes, the ordered lists, the small fonts, the bigger fonts, your h1, h2, h3, h4, images, and everything in between that.
It will help you thoroughly test out your theme so it’s ready and compatible for production, or to be distributed if you’re planning on selling it or giving it away for free.
20 Quality Free & Premium WordPress Themes for 2011
In this selection of new hand-picked themes for 2011 I only chose a small selection of 20. It’s a case of quality rather than quantity. I could have easily have chosen over 100 but I tried to pick a quality bunch that look and feel great and with I’m sure it’s going to be a great year ahead for new and exciting themes. There is a mixture of free and premium so I hope you can find a theme that takes your fancy.
30 Free WordPress Themes With Brilliant Image Sliders
Content sliders are getting popular day by day in wordpress themes. Especially if you want to attract your blog’s vistiors more.Showcasing your best content by using images may be a great way and also give your blog a beautiful look.
6 WordPress Plugins that Protect Your Blog from Hackers
Ever since my own WordPress site’s were hacked last year, I’ve researched into various ways to protect WordPress Blogs. I’m by no means an expert on the matter, but after much research and experimentation, here are my top WordPress Plugin recommendations (that I have installed and use)