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It’s been another hectic week for me – I finished off the design for the new WPLift so I can start coding that up soon, I’m looking to launch before christmas but we have our first child due also in december so I may end up holding off till January – will see how many sleepless nights I have!

Hope all our American readers had a great Thanksgiving last week and snagged yourself some WordPress deals – there were certainly a lot on offer!

This is our 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 2300 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

WordPress Things to Be Thankful For in 2012

And so today I thought I’d look back to the beginning of the year and see what has transpired in the world of WordPress to give thanks for.

WordPress Theme Review Guidelines are being, well, reviewed

The WordPress Theme Review Guidelines, in line with the upcoming release of WordPress 3.5, are under review and discussion by the Theme Review Team.

WPin.me One Year In How Does It Fair? Stats & Figures

WPin is still a young blog, so it’s been around for a couple of years but November 2011 is when I started to invest more time in it. From situations that arose in my personal life I threw myself into blogging as a way to keep my mind occupied and not on other things. I thought I might share my personal thoughts on blogging, the history and stats for WPin.

What I Would Do to Improve WordPress

I often ponder on what I would like WordPress to do, and I tend to voice my thoughts sporadically (and often at random) in various posts around the web. It’s about time I brought them all together.

What’s New in WordPress 3.5: The Developer’s Perspective

The final version of WordPress 3.5 is coming closer – the first release candidate has already been presented to the public. It means that we should have our hands dirty with testing. Today we are going to see what new things are under the hood of new WordPress release and what it means for developers.

Distributing Your WordPress Theme

You’ve created an amazing theme and now you want to share it with the rest of the WordPress community. In this lesson, we’ll walk through the best practices to follow when preparing your theme for distribution.

Automattic goes head-to-head with happytables

We’ve all noticed Automattic launch its recent sites targeted at verticals such as cities, weddings and music, so it’s no surprise to anyone that they just launched WordPress.com Restaurants. This puts them in direct competition with happytables.

Tutorials and How-Tos

Custom Database Tables: Creating the Table

In this series we’ll be looking at using custom database tables. We’ll cover how to create, maintain and remove the table, as well as how to safely, and efficiently, add, remove and query data.

How to Find a Backdoor in a Hacked WordPress Site and Fix It

Time and time again, we have helped users fix their hacked WordPress sites. Most of the time when they reach out to us, they have already cleaned up the site, and the hacker was able to get back in. This happens if you did not clean it up properly, or you did not know what you were looking for.

How to embed your Instagram feed and images into WordPress

Here we show you how to get your Instagram feed and individual images displayed inside WordPress.

Registering Custom Post Types

Registering Custom Post Types is a breeze, really. You just need to set all the variables that are going to govern how your custom post type should function, and put that code in either a plugin, or your theme.

Quick Tip: Customising and Simplifying the WordPress Admin for Your Clients

When you’re building a website for your client, sometimes there are parts of the WordPress admin that you don’t need them to be able to access. In fact, if they don’t need to access them, why not get them out of the way and simplify the admin for your client. Here’s how…

How to Put WordPress in Safe Mode For Quick Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting WordPress themes and plugins can be a frustrating experience if you don’t have any tools at your disposal. It’s especially difficult if you’re already locked out of your WordPress site. Don’t panic. You’ve still got some options.

How to use Open Graph to make your content easily recognizable by social networks

Created by Facebook, Open Graph is a protocol which allow your blog or website to “talk” to social networks. Here is a super useful code snippet to add to your WordPress site to make it fully Open Graph compliant.

Two Ways to Develop WordPress Plugins: Functional Programming

This part two of a series looking at two different programming styles (sometimes called programming paradigms) that you can use when writing WordPress plug-ins. In part one Tom McFarlin covered object-oriented programming. In this part we’ll be looking at functional programming.

Resources & Freebies

How To: Integrate WordPress with eBay – Free & Commercial Plugins

This set me on the search for plugins that I could use to integrate an eBay shop into a WordPress site – that’s what we will be looking at today.

4 Quality Etsy Plugins for WordPress

Etsy is a pretty special community to be a part of. It is a site that lets you sell your own work and earn money from your efforts. You can find all kinds of gems on this site. If you are involved on Etsy or would like to show Etsy related content on your site, these 4 WordPress plugins are worth checking out.

Be Google+ Visible: 5 WordPress Plugins that Help

For those who want to increase visibility of their personal or business WordPress blog on Google+, several WordPress plugins can be particularly useful. WordPress is a popular program that allows anyone to create and update a blog; a few tweaks allow you to integrate it seamlessly with Google+.

300 Free Icons For Web And User Interface Design

Adam Whitcroft has released a 300 icon kit for web and user interface design called Batch. Each icon is a single Photoshop layer making blend modes and scaling a breeze.

16 Cool Responsive WordPress Plugins for Images and Videos

Sometimes media stubbornly refuses to resize itself properly to fit those smaller screens. If media on your site is not resizing properly when viewing on smaller screens, you’re gonna love these responsive WordPress plugins.

Plugins & Tools for WordPress Developers

I recently spent some time updating my growing collection of WordPress plugins, and during the process discovered some great resources for my WP “developer toolbox


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. Thanks for the mention Oli, great round up as ever, good luck with your nipper by the way!! Sleepless nights aplenty methinks!

  2. I got a nice article post. Want more.

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