The news is back! After a short hiatus where I have been considering the usefulness of these posts to our readers and whether they might be harming the site in the search engines I decided to bring the news back. My reasoning was that google might see my weekly news posts as thin content so I decided to tweak the format a little - I have started adding a short summary of each link that I choose. I believe these weekly news posts do bring value to the site but just posting a list of links is not much good to visitors who might find them via search engines so I have been toying with the idea of no-indexing the news category - I would be interested to hear anyone's views on this ?
Have a good weekend everyon, here is the news ...
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WordPress News and Articles
- Does Your Blog Repel Your Viewers? These 3 Tips May Be An Eye Opener - 3 simple tips to improve your blog for readers.
- Practical Tips for Learning and Experimenting with WordPress - Covers the key technologies used in WordPress.
- WordPress Conferences Are On The Rise, Why You Should Attend - The benefits of attending WP-specific conferences and a list of what to attend.
- Interview With Siobhan McKeown On The Future Of The WordPress Codex - What is the future of the Codex?
- Theme Shop Directory (2014) - Devin Price put together a really comprehensive list of the premium WordPress theme shops, sorted by Alexa ranking.
- Underscores WordPress Starter Theme Adds Support for Sass - Use the advanced options when generating a starter theme at Underscores and you can now use SASS with it.
- Trademarks in the WordPress ecosystem: An interview with Carl Hancock - Carl Hancock from Gravity forms talks to Chris Lema about protecting your brand with trademarks.
- Audit WP to become part of WP Site Care with acquihire of Rob Neu - Read about this latest WP acquisition at Poststat.us
Tutorials and How-Tos
- Responsive Design Essentials For WordPress - A basic guide to making your theme responsive.
- Exploring WordPress Custom Fields and Why They're Important - An intro to using custom fields.
- Understanding and Working with Content Types in WordPress - An explanation of the basic content types within WordPress.
- A Launch Check List for Professional WordPress Websites - Pretty good list of things to look out for before putting your new site live.
- Adding More Fields to the WordPress Media Uploader - Tom McFarlin posted some code to add extra fields to use the media uploader in your theme or plugin.
- Schema.org Simplified: An Introduction to Schema Markup - Using schema markup is a great way to get your content to stand out in the search results.
Resources & Freebies
- The WPlift Roundup of the Best Free WordPress Themes August 2014 - My monthly roundup of the best free theme releases.
- How To: Add a Like Button to WordPress for Free with LikeBtn Plugin - A review of a very comprehensive plugin to add like functionality to WordPress.
- How To: Create an Auction Website with WordPress & the WP Auction Software Plugin - Take a look at this plugin if you need to create an auction site with WordPress.
- Best Mobile Apps and Tools for Blogging with WordPress on the Road - Some handy tools for blogging away from your desk.
- A Hand-Picked Collection of Free & Paid WordPress Business Plugins to Enhance Your Site - An indepth list of plugins to use on business websites.
- Theme Checklist Helps Prepare Developers To Submit A Theme To The WordPress Theme Directory - A plugin to help you prepare your theme for the WordPress directory.