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Welcome to our weekly news roundup. Looks like Envato have finally seen sense and are going to allow their authors to release themes under a full GPL license after the results of a recent poll of their authors. That can only be good news and will help keep our community more united – well done Envato. This follows another theme marketplace; Creative Market also adopting a full GPL – I’ve just signed up there as an author so will be releasing some themes on there soon.

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 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

Envato – Survey Results about GPL Opt-in Choice

After getting this community feedback, we are now putting into the works an optional 100% GPL license which authors in GPL-based categories (such as WordPress or Drupal) can make use of. It will be completely up to authors whether they use this option.


Lindsay Watt Interview

Meet Lindsay Watt, WordPress developer extraordinaire and co-founder of Placeling — a plugin that allows bloggers to add location-based data to their sites.


An Economist’s Look: Competition in the WordPress Theme Marketplace

As a former Economics student, I got thinking about how the Premium Theme marketplace has built up from those early days of Revolution Themes over the last couple of years; how the market is structured and what that market structure means for consumers.


The Genericons Icon Font Story

Genericons began as indicators inside the notifications feature on WordPress.com. Word got out about the font-based icons, and soon there were requests to use them for post formats in WordPress themes, support tools, and various other projects. And so, they were wrapped up into a 100% free, GPL-licensed font.


One-on-One with ThemeFuse Co-Founder Dimi Baitanciuc: Part 4

We’ve really enjoyed getting to meet ThemeFuse Co-Founder Dimi Baitanciuc. For our last hurrah, we’ll talk about ThemeFuse’s pricing strategy.


Hello, Post Status

Just over a month ago, I launched Post Status. Post Status is essentially a WordPress news and information link blog, with a little extra flavor. The first month has been full of excitement, surprise, some disappointment, and a lot of fun. I like to be as open as possible, so I’m going to tell you everything on my mind about my little side project.


Tutorials and How-Tos

The Complete Guide to Increasing Email Subscribers on your WordPress site

In this post I will talk a little bit about tactics to increase your subscribers and then go into some more technical details and look at some services and plugins that I recommend.


Show Yourself Off With a Custom Author Box

On most multi-author sites, you will find a nice little author information box somewhere on the page. Today I’m going to show you how you can create one for your very own site.


WordPress function to show a total share counter (FB, Twitter, G+)

Sharedcount.com is a useful website which allow you to get the total likes, shares, tweets, etc for a specific web page. Here’s a super handy function to display how many times a page has been liked/shared/tweeted on your blog.


The Ultimate Guide to Photoblogging With WordPress

In this article, I shall be taking a look at certain key points that one must bear in mind when creating a photoblog using WordPress.


How to Create a Custom Login Page for WordPress

When creating a membership site with WordPress, people often change the WordPress login logo and replace it with their own brand. This adds a layer of branding and keeps their visitors from being confused.


Build an App With WordPress – The compulsory todo list

Matt Mullenweg’s State Of The Word was very insightful into what was to come of WordPress in 2012. One thing he mentioned would be big, is be WordPress powering apps.


Incorporating the jQuery Date Picker Into the Post Editor: Save the Date

In this series, we are working on a plugin for the simple purpose of introducing a jQuery date picker into the post editor using a post meta box and then displaying it on the site front end.


Resources & Freebies

The Big WPLift Guide to Managed WordPress Hosting

You look puzzled from all that WordPress host hunting. A, B and C have great features, but C, D and E are cheaper? Can’t decide which host to pick? Well, we’ve got the antidote right here ..


20 of the Highest Quality & Free WordPress Themes February 2013

This is our monthly roundup of all the highest quality free WordPress themes that have been released. We have a mixed lot this month …


The WordPress Handbook – 53 Resources For First Time WordPress Users

There are still a lot of people who don’t much about WordPress. So I thought, it might a good idea to assemble my favorite WordPress resources into a WordPress Handbook list that has everything all in one place for folks who are new in the WordPress land.


30 WordPress Themes with Sidebar Navigation

After admiring the updated WPLift theme design I was inspired this week to put together a roundup of 30 WordPress themes with sidebar navigation…


30 Clean & Modern WordPress Themes for Creatives & Agencies

One of my favorite types of WordPress themes are themes designed for creative agencies. I love the combination of business and creative portfolio that many of them accomplish.


20 Quality WordPress Plugins for WooCommerce

We have been covering WooCommerce themes and plugins a lot in the past. It is a powerful e-commerce solution that turns your WordPress site into an online store. Thanks to these plugins, you can further enhance your WooCommerce site’s capabilities.



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. Great collection of resources, Oli. Thanks for including my article.

  2. Thanks for sharing the list of 30 WORDPRESS THEMES WITH SIDEBAR NAVIGATION. Currently I’m looking for inspiration to design this kind of theme, I’m pretty sure this will be very helpful.

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