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WordPress News and Articles
WPCandy Launches The Daily Plugin
This is a new show that will, as you might have guessed, feature a new WordPress plugin every single day.
21 Examples of Responsive WordPress Websites that Look Beautiful on Any Device
Showcase of some beautiful, stylish WordPress websites that look fantastic on different devices.
Why WordPress Shortcodes Blow Me Away!
Shortcodes are basically little snippets of text in brackets that tell WordPress to do certain things when that shortcode is present within a page or post.
Google begins to alert WordPress users with outdated versions
In a new push for security, Google has begun notifying users that are running outdated versions of WordPress to update their installs.
Don’t use just /%postname%/ as your permalink structure
Here’s the really short version: I used /%postname%/ as my permalink structure on CSS-Tricks for a long time. I have lots of Pages. My site went down. I changed my permalink structure to begin with a number. Now it’s fine.
Tutorials and How-Tos
Tutorial: Creating a Twitter Widget for WordPress
How to create a Twitter widget for WordPress.. Well not that there aren’t any plugins around, that already do that. Actually there are quite a few but wouldn’t it be nice to learn how to create one from scratch?
How To: Style Your WordPress Gallery
Galleries and images are not new to WordPress. Gallery plugins existed long before WordPress had enhanced media functionality of it’s own. The [ gallery ] shortcode was introduced in version 2.5 and the Gallery Post Format came around in 3.1. This post will walk you through the process of working with and styling the native WordPress galleries and the gallery post format.
Secure uploads, upgrade and other directories with .htaccess
It sucks, but a lot of plugins require certain directories to be set at CHMOD 777 for its file permissions.
How to Embed PDF, Spreadsheet, and others in WordPress Blog Posts
In this article, we will show you how you can embed PDFs, Microsoft Word Documents, PowerPoint slides, Excel Spreadsheets, and other elements in your WordPress blog.
Display Your Instagram Photos as a Gallery with WordPress
Instagram fans will love the new Instagram Gallery Widget for WordPress. It gives you the ability to display your Instagr.am pictures in a simple and elegant gallery, as pictured here.
Backup WordPress Files and Database Automatically to Avoid Catastrophe
It’s a piece of advice that you’ll get told over and over again as a WordPress site owner, but there is a very good reason – BACKUP YOUR DATA.
Your Complete Guide to Troubleshooting WordPress
Before you start tearing your hair out, before you start posting frantically on support forums, you can follow this guide to get a handle on what’s gone wrong and how you can fix it.
Publish Your Posts Later On Your Website
I explained quite a while ago about publishing a feed with a certain delay. Of course you can do this also for your frontend. Thus, the content will be published to the reader only after a certain period of time. A little script as an example will show you how.
How to Make WordPress Easier By Removing Widgets, Meta Boxes and Options
Resources & Freebies
The WPLift WordPress Mega Bundle Competition
In case you missed it, we’re holding a competition here on WPLift to win loads of WordPress goodies from top theme and plugin companies.
The Ultimate Functions.php Resource
The functions.php file is one of the most useful files in your theme. If you’re developing lots of themes, the chances are you’ve got some sort of framework either that you use yourself or is published by a third party. This is a collection of snippets you can put in your functions.php file and they’ll perform a number of handy functions which makes your life running WordPress just that bit easier.
Trending WordPress Theme
Trending is the latest theme I’ve had baking in the Theme Hybrid oven for the past few months. As with the previous theme, Retro-fitted, I wanted to step a little bit outside of my design comfort zone again and just have some fun with theme design.