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I haven’t posted a weekly news roundup for a while ( since January specifically!) and I’d like to start it up again so here we go …

Please let me know in the comments if you enjoy these posts and they are worth doing every week ?

This is our (sort of ) weekly WordPress news roundup post, you can view previous news roundups: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 – 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 2200 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

Ghost; John O’ Nolan’s idea for a WordPress Fork

“Ghost is my idealistic and fictional concept for a WordPress-Lite fork”

WordPress.org Plugin & Theme Reviews

Announced on the Make WordPress.org blog is a new feature which allows you to leave review for plugins and themes.

Automattic releases Jetpack 2.0

This morning Automattic released version 2.0 of their Jetpack plugin. This, the tenth release of the plugin, includes four new features: publicize, post by email, infinite scroll, and photon.

Pressnomics Kicks Off

PressNomics aims to be a once year gathering of global WordPress professionals to learn, foster collaboration, and build new strategies for commercial success in the growing WordPress ecosystem.

Photos taken at the 2012 WordPress Community Summit

Last weekend was the WordPress Community Summit in Tybee Island, Georgia – check Ryan’s snaps out.

Then & Now: How WordPress Companies Have Looked Over the Years

In this post I will take a look at a random selection of WordPress related companies and see how they started life …

Why Use WordPress?

WordPress is free, and that is awesome. But is it the best solution?

You are valuable

WordPress is exploding in popularity. This is an obvious statement if you look at statistics for sites that use WordPress, but have you thought of what that means to you if you know how to work with the platform?

Tutorials and How-Tos

A Guide to WordPress Custom Post Types: Taxonomies, Admin Columns, Filters and Archives

This tutorial covers how to create custom taxonomies, admin columns, taxonomy filters and an archive page for your CPT. So let’s begin.

Extending the Default WordPress RSS Feed

Sometimes you may need to enhance your online presence and reach a wider audience through submitting your content outside your web site. For example you may want to make your posts available on most popular social network aggregators, or make them available on mobile devices, or publish your audio/video podcasts on digital stores.

Adding a Responsive jQuery Slider to Your WordPress Theme

Today I’m going to take you through integrating a responsive jQuery slider into your WordPress theme or site. It’s not a groundbreaking tutorial but it’s one that’s rarely done right, so I’d like to try and fix that.

WordPress and SQL: baby steps

I’d like to briefly walk through an introduction to working directly with the WordPress database, because as long as you know how to respect it, working directly in the database can be quicker and easier than other methods.

How To: Add Responsive Photo & Video Galleries to WordPress

Up till now if you wanted to add an image gallery to your WordPress site, one of the best plugins to use was NextGen - check out our guide to using it here. Launched just the other day is a new plugin from the folks at Max Foundry, called Max Galleria.

How to Automatically Link Twitter Usernames in WordPress

Two years ago, Twitter launched Twitter Anywhere API which made it really easy for us to mention twitter usernames and have them be automatically linked to the right profile.

Block Bad Requests to your Server with Bad Behavior

Bad Behavior is a WordPress plugin which effectively stops spam, by analyzing not just the content of the spam, but also the way it is delivered (for example, by blacklisting requests made directly to wp-comments-post.php).

Resources & Freebies

Resources for WordPress Theme Designers: 20 Free Icon Fonts

One development in web design in the last year that I have found really handy is fonts which are made up of icons which you can include your WordPress themes.

5 WordPress Watermark Plugins: Protect Images or Get Free Advertising

We’ve collected the five best free WordPress watermarking plugins we could find.

Workality: A Free Responsive Portfolio Theme for WordPress

Workality is a new free WordPress theme that was designed for creative people and agencies. The layout responds well to desktops, phones and tablets alike.

6 Free WordPress Review Plugins that Will Make You Look Like a Pro


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. Brian Krogsgard

    Hey Oli, I hope you’ll keep doing these. I love them. I consider myself to be pretty “in the know” on what’s going on in WordPress, and I always find things I missed in posts like this.

    Also, thanks for the link love ;)

  2. KZoeT

    Oli, thanks for doing this roundup. I would’ve missed John O’ Nolan’s idea for the WordPress Fork which is one of the best WP ideas I’ve read in a long, long time.

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