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It’s Friday again …

This week has flown past for me – personally I’ve been busy finishing off the website for a re-launch of one of my plugins, a few months of work is coming together nicely so Im excited to announce that soon. Ive also finished off my latest theme which I handed off to my programmer for some final tweaks to be added. I’ve also started again on the new WPLift design – I had been working on one but I didnt feel it was strong enough, the new direction Im going in is a lot better and I’m so excited for when this launches!

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 2200 members now so please “Like” us on Facebook. Finally, I’m also on Pinterest so you can add me there as well.

Without further ado, here are your links for the week  …

WordPress News and Articles

Life Beyond WordPress

“WordPress has become what used to be that “tiny cubicle” back in 2007. I feel trapped by something that is heading in a direction that I’m finding harder and harder to align my ideas of what a website solution should be.”

What’s Coming in WordPress 3.5 (Features & Screenshots)

WordPress 3.5 is less than a month away. This will be the second major release for 2012.

A Tale of Two WordPresses: WPCS & Pressnomics

Siobhan has been traveling a lot lately; in this post she reports from the two latest events she attended and presents what she thinks they might mean for the future of WordPress.

Jetpack 2.0

Publicize to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr; Post by Email; Photon; Infinite Scroll.

Why & how we sell premium WordPress plugins

About 2 months ago I released my first premium plugin for WordPress, my Video SEO plugin. A lot of people have asked me about the how and why of the selling and I thought it’d be a good idea to outline that in a post.

WordPress Plugin Commercialization

Of the various presentations given there was one that was of particular interest, the interview with Matt Mulleneweg. There was one topic in particular that appeared to catch most people’s attention – commercialization of plugins.

WordPress Donations: Is There Shame in Asking?

As I mentioned yesterday, I personally think that we have a personal obligation to provide a level of support for free software that we released; however, at one point is it socially acceptable to ask for a donation.

Tutorials and How-Tos

Using PHP Closures in WordPress

There has been little discussion on the use of PHP Closures with WordPress code, how they can be used and when not to use them (< PHP 5.3 for example).

How to Automate WordPress and Social Media with IFTTT

We get questions like how can I update facebook from my WordPress blog. Or how can I automatically tweet every time I publish a new blog post. There are tons of plugins for that, but we are about to show you a method that doesn’t require any plugins.

How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes – Part 3

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some style rules that you can use “risk free” when customizing responsive WordPress themes, as well as some that should maybe be avoided, and what you can do instead.

Tips and Plugins to Make a Multi-Author Blog More Manageable

Running a multi-author blog is no mean feat. Managing content, ensuring timely publishing, maintaining schedules, ensuring proper communication with your authors, ensuring that the posts stick to some predefined guidelines and tracking changes to a post are just some of the tasks that you have to take care of while running a blog.

How To: Track RSS Subscribers & Display Feed Count in WordPress

With FeedBurner looking like its going to be closing down, I took a look at some free or cheap alternatives to Google’s service but none of them really grabbed me. Dave from DoItWithWordPress recommended that I take a look at a free plugin called Simple Feed Stats, which can track your feed usage, add custom content to your feeds and display statistics for your subscriber count.

Two Ways to Develop WordPress Plugins: Object-Oriented Progamming

When it comes to writing WordPress plugins, there are generally two ways to go about doing so: Object-Oriented Programming and Functional Programming (with Widgets being the exception – we’ll cover that later in the article).

How To Reset & Rebuild WordPress Theme CSS & Define Your Layouts

CSS can be tricky. It can also be incredibly easy. I had a lot of help getting my head wrapped around CSS when I was first starting out and I take great pleasure in helping others the same way I was first helped: with solid code examples to learn from.

Visually Test Your WordPress Rewrite URL Rules

With functions like add_rewrite_rule(), WordPress allows you to create your own URL rewrite rules via the WP Rewrite API, of the WP_Rewrite Class. If you’re not sick of the word “rewrite” yet and that gobbley-gook sentence interests you, read on… :-)

Resources & Freebies

20 Free CSS3 Tools & Generators

This time I am going to be looking at tools to help with your CSS development. With the introduction of CSS3 things got a little more complicated and much more powerfull for web designers.

Add Windows Metro Style Social Sharing Buttons to WordPress

Don’t we have enough social sharing plugins for WordPress? I would have thought so, but I came across a nice new free plugin called Juiz Social Post Sharer the other day and while it not being ground breaking in its idea I did like its execution – its nice and clean and one of the display options is a Windows Metro style so I thought Id “share it” with you on WPLift.

7 Solid Plugins For Creating Custom Forms With WordPress

A forms plugin with an easy-to-use interface can make the creation of custom forms virtually painless. Whereas form creation used to require HTML coding experience, now just about anybody can set up even the most complex, multi-part forms.

Best Invoicing Plugins for WordPress

If you’re a freelancer working with WordPress, sooner or later you will need a good invoicing application to generate estimates and bill your clients.

New HTML5 Responsive WordPress Gallery Plugin Improves Default Gallery



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. 87studios

    That’s a lot of stuff worth reading this night :) Thanks Oli!

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