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WordPress News and Articles
WordPress Theme Review Launches
WordPress Theme Preview is a simple way to test Premium WordPress Themes, and their control panels, without having to spend any money. Pick the right theme for you – it’s a no risk, and totally free, premium theme admin testing space.
5 More WordCamp Sessions You Should Have Watched
A few weeks have now passed since WordCamp San Francisco 2011 and the videos from the sessions are rolling out over at WordPress.tv almost every day.
WPCandy Launches Pressed Ads Network
Today I’m excited to introduce Pressed Ads, our new invite-only WordPress ad network. Pressed Ads is taking inspiration from industry leaders like the Deck Network, Carbon Ads, and others and combining it with the unique qualities of the WordPress community.
5 Lessons Learned From Premium Plugin Development
Early last month I released my first premium WordPress plugin. As with most projects, it was not without some learning. Here are five lessons I’ve learned in the first month of developing, releasing, and maintaining a premium WordPress plugin.
On Designing Generic Themes
Creating a generic theme is easy, but making sure it works with all kind of contents people use it with is mighty hard. Design, after all, is problem solving. If the problem itself can’t be well defined, as is the case with designing a generic theme, how are we going to find a solution that fits all?
Tutorials and How-Tos
How to protect your WordPress site as hackers exploit TimThumb security hole
A month ago we told you about a serious security whole in popular image manipulation script, TimThumb. Used by hundreds of WordPress themes this was a particularly far-reaching exploit that opened up many sites to hackers who could gain entry and do pretty much what they wanted.
Using Less CSS, BluePrint and WP for a Faster Workflow
Less.CSS is becoming a popular tool for making stylesheets “dynamic”. I’ve been working with integrating Less.CSS with WordPress for a while now, so today we’re going to be looking at a short tutorial on how to get started with using it and the BluePrint CSS framework for a faster workflow in WordPress.
How to automatically obfuscate email adresses on your WordPress blog
As most of you know, spam bots are constantly scanning the internet in order to find emails to spam. Of course, you don’t want to receive spam, but what if you need to display your email (or someone else) on your blog? Here is a quick tip to obfuscate email adresses on your blog.
Awesome Up Your WordPress Theme With Post Formats
This August I had the pleasure of speaking at WordCamp San Francisco on awesome-ing up WordPress themes with Post Formats. If you wanted to check out my presentation but weren’t there, or missed the livestream, have no fear! You too can check it out, right now, right here, thanks to the magic of WordPress.tv
Create A Review Or Testimonial Page With WP Customer Reviews
WP Customer Reviews is a useful free plugin that lets you add a customer review or testimonial page to your website.
Resources & Freebies
10 New Free WordPress Themes
With the large number of premium theme stores and theme marketplaces around today, we are seeing quality WordPress themes released every single day. Thankfully, we are still seeing themes released to the WordPress community. I still believe that the quality of free designs is falling behind the standard that premium themes are setting, however I hope this improves in the future.
Free WPLift iPhone App
I am pleased to announce the launch of the new WPLift iPhone app – View the details here. The app is an easy way to read our latest posts on the go. You can read through the whole site, add comments and add posts as favourites. The best part is the app is 100% free!