Weekly WordPress News: New WPLift Free Themes Site & a Free Theme Launch
This week I released a Free Theme on WPLift named “MediaPhase“, its the full commercial version of the theme we launched on ThemeFurnace. It’s a multi-purpose theme which you can use for Business sites, Blogging and eCommerce but that doesn’t mean it’s bloated with a million options to configure and plugins to install – it’s built simply using the Customizer and Widgets to create the layout. It’s also easy to configure – when you activate it, it places the correct content for you to edit in the Customizer, all you have to do is create a page using the homepage template and set that to display in your reading settings.
The theme has been received well and we have over 1500 downloads since launch – If you use it on a project, let me know and I will list your site as an example.
Yesterday I also launched a new section on WPLift to house all of our free themes, visit the themes section where you can currently download 6 free themes created by myself. I have more free themes planned to release here over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for announcements when they go live.
If you are a WordPress theme developer and would like to release a theme on WPLift, get in touch – to be considered your theme must be 100% GPL compatible and use the Customizer for options – no additional options panels.
On with this week’s news, the best WordPress content from the last 7 days.
WordPress News and Articles
- The First Half of the REST API Is Officially Added to WordPress Core – Complete REST API should be in version 4.5.
- No Comments Allowed on Reddit’s New News Site Upvoted – Reddit is launching a new site built with WordPress.
- Five things we learned from getting our theme reviewed – ThemeFoundry had their theme reviewed, here are some tips they found.
- Are Developers Doing Enough to Market Their Products? – Tips for promoting WP products.
- 5 Ways To Transform An Angry Customer Into A Happy Camper – Customer support tips.
- Habits, Skills, And Tools Of 10 World-Class WordPress Developers – Tips from WP developers.
- Tom Nowell on How Automattic Keeps Workers Healthy and Happy – Behind the scenes at Automattic.
- The Top 100 Active WordPress Themes and Plugins on GoDaddy’s Hosting Network – No real surprises in the list.
- New Guidelines For Naming Plugins Announced By WordPress.org – Interesting change to the directory naming requirements to help prevent confusion.
Tutorials and How-Tos
- 4 Things You Can Learn from 3 Wildly Successful Premium Plugins – Tips from Pippin, Joost & Eric Danzer.
- WordPress Migration: A Complete Checklist of The Processes Involved – Changing between CMS’s.
- Introduction to WordPress unit testing – Detailed tutorial on unit testing.
- Common WordPress Theme Issues (And How To Fix Them) – Tips for common theme issues.
- 4 Ridiculously Obvious Mistakes I Made Building WordPress Sites for Clients – Tips for working with clients.
- Create WordPress Demo Site with Multisite – How to setup demo sites.
- How we use PhpStorm for WordPress Development – Great tutorial on PHPStorm.
- How to Dramatically Boost Comments on Your WordPress Blog With Postmatic – Postmatic allows users to subscribe to comments via email.
Resources & Freebies
- Free Theme Release from WPLift – MediaPhase Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme – Download my new free theme.
- CaptainForm: A Brand New Free WordPress Form Builder Plugin – I reviewed a brand new form building plugin, download the beta for free.
- WooCommerce Plugin to Add Order Delivery Dates & Times to Your Online Store – Check out this plugin if you need to add delivery dates to WooCommerce.
- Divi Builder Plugin Launches – You can now use the Divi Builder on any theme.
- 10 Mobile Testing Tools For Your WordPress Website – Mobile testing tools.
- The 9 Web Development Resources I Can’t Work Without in 2015 – Handy development tools.