If you are a theme author looking to release your theme on the official directory, some themes are taking up to 2 months to get the initial review done. Sadly this was the case with out last theme release on there, there are some good comments and ideas in that post's comments so check that out. If you have been put off uploading your first theme to the directory, I highly recommend you give it a try. Your first theme will likely take a little work to get approved but after you have been through the process you will have a better idea of what to look out for and you can use the feedback from your first review to improve your next one which will speed up the approval process. I remember out first theme there took quite a bit of back and forth but we can now get our themes approved quite quickly.
WordPress 4.4 is coming, check out this post which highlights the main changes coming so you can make sure your themes and plugins will compatible with it.
Finally, our Black Friday deals post is coming on Monday - This year is looking like the biggest so far, my emails this week have been overloaded with theme and plugin authors letting me know about their deals this year so if you are looking for a specific product, I would hold off till then as you can be sure of a good deal next week.
Here is the week in WordPress...
WordPress News and Articles
- A2 Hosting Review: Solid Web Hosting with Some WordPress Specific Features - I reviewed the A2hosting service.
- A Field Guide to Major Features in WordPress 4.4 - Covers all the new features coming soon.
- 25% market share for WordPress won’t buy the credibility we want - WordPress and Enterprise.
- Why Some Theme Authors Are Waiting Two Months or More for Their First Review - Getting your theme in the directory can be a slow process.
- WordPress Importer Redux - The Importer has been updated, uses a lot less memory so that should people on shared hosts.
- WooMattic - How the "No Side-Projects" policy is affecting WooCommerce employees.
- Chargebacks: The Dangers of Accepting Credit Cards and Being Too Trusting - A warning about accepting credit card payments from clients.
- Why You Misuse Bootstrap and Why You Should Stop Doing This - Should you use Bootstrap for every project?
- Jumpstarter closes down - "we did not succeed in finding a product market fit"
Tutorials and How-Tos
- 9 Awesome and Obscure WordPress Features You Didn’t Know Existed - Some little-known features you can use.
- How to Turn Your Buggy Plugin Release into a 5-Star Reviews Machine - How to improve your plugins.
- How To Do An SEO Audit For Your WordPress Site - Get your SEO up to speed with this guide.
- DRY WordPress Theme Development - Avoid code repetition.
- Improved Ajax Techniques for WordPress: Object-Oriented Programming - Working with Ajax in WordPress.
- Add an Automatic 'Featured Image' to Blog Posts Based on Category - How to setup default featured images.
- A Beginner's Guide to Titan Framework: Introduction - Titan is a WordPress options framework.
Resources & Freebies
- The WPLift Roundup of the Best Free WordPress Themes November 2015 - This month's pick of the best free theme releases.
- Create Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme Review & Interview With Creator Henry Jones - A great multi-purpose theme and interview with the creator.
- ‘An Untechnical Guide To The WP REST API,’ - A Free White Paper For Non-Developers.
- OptinMonster vs LeadPages vs SumoMe vs Thrive Leads - Optin plugin comparisons.
- Four Of The Best eLearning Plugins For WordPress - Plugins for teaching people in WordPress.
- The how-to guide to start with WordPress outsourcing - Free download guide for working with freelancers.