Weekly WordPress News: Total Theme Review, MediaPhase in the Repo, Transparency Reports
My MediaPhase theme was added to the WordPress directory this week, its clocked up 1500 downloads so far there so thats a good start! If you are using the theme I would appreciate it if you could leave a review for it there. The version hosted there is a “lite” version, but you can grab the complete commercial release here from our new Free WordPress Themes section on WPLift.
This week I also reviewed the Total Theme by AJ Clark at WPExplorer, if you are in the market for a Multi-Purpose theme / Framework for building websites you should definitely check it out. This is my favourite theme of this type I have reviewed so far, its really well coded, easy to use and non-bloated from a code stand point.
On with the news!
WordPress News and Articles
- Pippin Williamson AMA – I’m a fan of Pippin’s work so this was an interesting read on the ManageWP site.
- How We Lost $30,000 Over the Last 6 Months Due to a Single Line of CSS – Transparency report from the CodeinWP guys.
- 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Offer Lifetime Licences – Transparency report from WP Rocket.
- WordPress Update Could Make Life Easier for 20 Percent of the Internet – The Observer reports on the REST API.
- Becoming a WordPress Contributor: What You Must Know – WPExplorer on Contributing to WordPress.
- Akismet 3.1.5: Security Release – Make sure you update your Akismet plugin, this is a serious security issue.
- WordPress WP REST API: What It Means For You – Solid article about the REST API.
- Starting and Running a Company are Completely Different – Collis, founder of Envato, talks business.
- Introducing WooExperts, our new verified developer program – WooThemes have launched a developer program.
- Why GPL Is Important For You and Your Clients – GPL love over at Torque Mag.
- How Many WordPress Plugins Is Too Many Plugins…? – Do the number of plugins negatively affect a website.
Tutorials and How-Tos
- How to add HTTPS and SSL to WordPress – WPKube guide to WP and SSL.
- How We Grew Our Email List – Everything From Open Rates to CTRs – Tips for your mailing list.
- 10 Tips to Help You SEO a WordPress Post – SEO Check list for your posts.
- Periscope and WordPress: How to Add Live Streaming to Your Site – How to use Periscope within WordPress.
- Custom Database API – Creating the Tables – Database tutorial series by Pippin’s Plugins.
- Mastering WP_Query: 10 Useful Examples – How to use WP_Query.
Resources & Freebies
- Embedly: How to Embed Content From Over 300 Sources into Your WordPress Site for Free – Plugin review of Embedly
- InstaShow WordPress Instagram Plugin – Create Galleries of Your Instagram Shots.
- WP Table Manager Plugin: Create Tables & Charts With WordPress – Cool plugin for creating tables in WordPress.
- Total Theme Review: The Best WordPress Multi-Purpose Theme? – I review the hugely successful Total Theme.