What stood out to me this week is an announcement from iThemes that they are launching Stash which is a live backup solution for their BackupBuddy plugin. It aims to take the burdon of running backups off your hosting company and use their infrastructure to do so. This is great news for people on shared hosting, I've run into this problem over and over while running WPLift Support, some backup plugins will just not run as they require cpu and memory resources which the host denies them due to overcrowding the servers and limiting what each person can use.
Something else I noticed this week, is that Justin Tadlock has released his first commercial plugin, named ThemeDesigner, it makes providing WordPress themes for download and sale easy for theme shops by creating some custom post types to handle information about the theme and also pulls data from the WordPress directory related to your theme, like star ratings, download count etc.
WordPress News and Articles
- Jupiter WordPress Drag & Drop Multi-Purpose Theme Review - Also includes a competition to win free copies of this blockbuster theme.
- Our Next WordPress Game Changer is Coming - iThemes launching a real-time backup solution that takes the burden off your hosting.
- Transparency Report #11 - Expanding the CodeinWP Family, “Yay!” for New Products, “Boo!” for Lost Revenue.
- WP Valet Rebrands - Multimillion Dollar WordPress Support Business.
- Theme Hybrid Releases Its First Commercial Plugin: Theme Designer - Plugin for managing theme portfolio sites.
- Research on WordPress Plugin Pricing Models: Which Takes the Cake? - Some incite into pricing models.
Tutorials and How-Tos
- What we use on WPLift for Social Sharing - How to Install and setup Easy Social Share Buttons Plugin.
- How to Move Your Site Correctly from WordPress.com to a Self Hosted Installation - Thinking of making the move? Then read our guide.
- How to Segment Your Email List to Increase Open and Click Rates - Make better use of your mailing list with this guide.
- The Pros And Cons Of WordPress Page Builder Plugins - Overview of Page Builders.
- WordPress Development for Beginners: Learning PHP - Intro to PHP for WP developers.
- How to do Background Processing in WordPress Plugins and Themes - Run background tasks for your plugins and themes with this library.
- WordPress Developers: How to Beta Test a New Plugin to Ensure a Successful Release - Tips for beta testing.
Resources & Freebies
- SendinBlue WordPress Plugin - A Complete Email Marketing Solution for WooCommerce Sites.
- The Best Free & Paid Social Sharing WordPress Plugins of 2016 - Our collection of the best social share plugins.
- Pojo Themes Review: Drag & Drop WordPress Themes for Every Occasion - Joe reviews the theme offering from Pojo Themes.
- 60 Best Responsive & Modern Free WordPress Business Themes 2016 - Roundup of the best Free Business themes.
- 60 Best Free WordPress Photography Themes 2016 - All the best Free themes for Photographers.
- 50+ Best WordPress Wedding Themes 2016 - Wedding themes roundup for 2016.
- 50+ Best WordPress Restaurant Themes 2016 - All the best themes for restaurants, cafes and eateries.
- 30 Free Tools & Resources for Creating Infographics 2016 - All you need for creating infographics.
- 624 Hours Of Gratitude: FREE WordPress Theme For The Community - New free theme from the guys at Magazine3.