This morning I read an article on WPTavern about the Theme Review team cracking down on themes which include custom widgets for displaying things like team members, testimonials and other content for custom homepages. Custom Post types are banned in the directory but some popular themes are skirting around this by using custom widgets to display the info. Apparently there is some discussion about to handle this, with the likely outcome being that the widgets will need to be moved to an external plugin which can be recommended to the user on activation.
The trend of revealing income statistics continues with CodeinWP revealing they made $67k last month, The creator of GravityView posted income stats of $100k in revenue for the last year. WPTavern commented on this recent trend here.
Lastly, I found this post which was a little worrying considering I also use Stripe for payment processing. UltimateMember were suspended from using Stripe with the message "Unfortunately, we will need to stop offering service for ultimatemember.com. Stripe can only support users with a low risk of customer disputes–after reviewing your submitted information and website, it does seem like your site presents a higher level of risk than we can currently support."
WordPress News and Articles
- Transparency in WordPress: Public Income Reports Roundup May 2015 - Latest roundup of income reports.
- Growing the Company Culture and … Spending Money – Transparency Report #3 from CodeinWP
- WordPress Theme Review - Team is Cracking Down on Violations of the Presentation vs. Functionality Guideline
- Inmotion Hosting Review - I reviewed Inmotion Hosting's offering.
- Thinking of using Stripe for your startup? Think again. - UltimateMember were just booted off Stripe, read this if you are using it for a WP product.
- Jealousy Is Sabotaging Your Prosperity - Are you jealous of other people's success ?
- Struggles Developing a Commercial WordPress Plugin - Some tips for commercial plugin devs.
- GravityView has passed $100k in sales - $100k in 298 days for this Gravity forms add-on plugin.
- How WordPress Business Owners are Benefiting from Publicly Sharing Revenue Stats - More about the trend of sharing income stats.
- Is the WordPress Community Supportive? - My Journey into the Heart of WP
Tutorials and How-Tos
- Create a Free Custom WordPress site without any Coding - Cool service lets you create WordPress themes in the cloud.
- The Complete Guide to Mastering Image Optimization for WordPress - Good tips for optimizing images.
- Tracking eCommerce in WordPress - How to setup Analytics to track eCommerce sales.
- Deal of the month: 100+ Premium WordPress themes for just $29
- 10 Professionally Designed WordPress Landing Page Themes - only $17!
- ThemesKingdom - Lifetime access to 46+ amazing WordPress themes - only $49!
Resources & Freebies
- Alice Theme Review – A Beautiful WordPress Portfolio Theme for Agencies & Freelancers.
- Best WordPress Resume / CV Themes, Plugins & HTML Templates - Updated roundup of the best CV themes.
- MotoPress Enters the Slider Market - Responsive Animated Layer WordPress Slider Plugin
- 30 Places to Find Free Images for Your WordPress Posts - Grab some free images
- 9 Essential WordPress Multisite Plugins for Every Network Admin - Handy plugins for those running Multisite installs.