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7 min read Tom Ewer
Some awesome new plugins that you've probably not heard of!

Top 10 Free WordPress Plugins of the Month – April 2014

Plugins | managewp.com | 6 hours ago

It’s the middle of April so that means it’s time for our April 2014 plugin roundup! I’ve put together an interesting list of plugins for you this month that emphasize specificity. You won’t find any broad plugins here that perform platform-encompassing functions. But you will find plugins that pick a task and execute it well. Whether you need to better protect your site from comment spam, or you’re looking for a way to better showcase product reviews, there’s something here to suit your needs.
Make your site more mobile friendly, add photo galleries and contact forms or streamline the dashboard if you wish – we’ve got you covered. Enjoy!
10. WP Product Review
The WP Product Review plugin offers a quick and easy way to add greater comment functionality to your individual posts and pages. Instead of writing up static product reviews, you can offer dynamic reviews with pros and cons listings and the ability to insert affiliate links.
You can easily change the colors of the various elements displayed through your theme options. And you can insert a wrap up widget at the bottom of your posts with a prominent download link to make getting those affiliate sales easier.
If you don’t have a...

Some awesome new plugins that you've probably not heard of!
I did a roundtable with six WordPress core contributors, including 3.9 Lead Andrew Nacin and Co-lead Mike Schroder.

WordPress 3.9 roundtable with core contributors - Post Status

Community | poststat.us | 1 day ago

I was privileged to be joined by six core contributors to WordPress 3.9 for a Google Hangout where we talked about the new release, contributing to WordPress, and more. To learn more about WordPress 3.9, check out our summary.
You can watch the full video right here:
I was joined by an all-star cast. Of course, keep in mind, these six people are amazing, but a whopping 267 people made WordPress 3.9 happen. That said, here was our panel:
Andrew Nacin
Favorite feature of WordPress 3.9: No more “Paste from Word” in TinyMCE
Least favorite feature of WordPress: Settings screens and Mulitsite
Mike Schroder
Photo Credit
Favorite feature of WordPress 3.9: WP Views / Customizer enhancements
Least favorite feature of WordPress: The plugin editor
Gregory Cornelius
Favorite feature of WordPress 3.9: Widget Customizer
Least favorite feature of WordPress: Managing page hierarchy
Helen Hou-Sandí
Favorite feature of WordPress 3.9: Widget Customizer
Least favorite feature of WordPress: Admin Menus
Scott Taylor
Photo Credit
Favorite feature of WordPress 3.9: Customizer improvements
Least favorite feature of WordPress: List Tables
Weston Ruter
Favorite feature of WordPress 3.9: Media improvements
Least...

I did a roundtable with six WordPress core contributors, including 3.9 Lead Andrew Nacin and Co-lead Mike Schroder.
Brad, Dre, and Nacin get together to chat WordPress 3.9, Jetpack 2.9.3, and BuddyPress 2.0.

DradCast Episode 041: Chasing Nacin

Community | torquemag.io | 40 mins ago

Show Notes Host
Andrew Nacin is a core developer of WordPress. As a member of the core team, he wrangles contributions, develops new features, and tries to fix more bugs than he creates. He lives in Washington, D.C., and works as a Tech Ninja at Audrey Capital, where he works on WordPress.org and other projects. He prefers decisions over options.
You can contact him on twitter @nacin, or on his website.
Sippin’ On
Brad-Tonic Water
Dre-Diet Canada Dry
Andrew-Snake Dog IPA
Pressing Topics
WordPress 3.9
Version 3.9 of WordPress has been released. It’s been named “Smith,” after legendary jazz musician Jimmy Smith. There are loads of new features including: an improved visual editor, live widget/header previews, and a new theme browser.
BuddyPress 2.0
BuddyPress 2.0 code named “Juliana” has just been released. It has some great new features like new admin tools, performance enhancements, and activity stream enhancements.
Jetpack 2.9.3
The Jetpack 2.9.3 update is a critical security update that fixes problems with allowing an attacker to bypass a site’s access controls and publish posts.
Billion Dollar Club
Matt Mullenweg is seeking funding which would put the value of WordPress at $1 billion....

Brad, Dre, and Nacin get together to chat WordPress 3.9, Jetpack 2.9.3, and BuddyPress 2.0.

WordPress 3.9 Master List (from wordpress.org)

Community | wordpress.org | 1 day ago

Hooray! Smith is here. But OMGWTFBBQ!? WordPress 3.9 broke everything? Don't Panic!
This thread contains the known issues with plugins and themes found in 3.9. Please read this WHOLE topic and come back and check again later, as it will be updated.
Remember to be calm, be patient and be respectful. Volunteers are out here to try and help you, but we need your help too. All of the normal forum rules still apply. Remember, you are just as important as everyone else.
If your post doesn't show up right away, please be patient. With the higher than normal post volume, more posts get flagged as spam by our auto-spam tool. We're working hard to keep the queue clear, but making multiple posts slows us down, as we have to go back and check if you already posted. Post once.
use proper capitalization in post titles and body. Punctuate your sentence properly and humanely, it helps us read.
use descriptive subject lines. "All permalinks broken since 3.9" is much better than "Augh! Help ASAP! This version is terrible!"
describe the problem clearly. Explain what you're seeing, include error messages and link to screenshots if needed. Linking to your site, if the problem is on the front-end, also helps....

Smith is here. But, what if everything is broke on your site now? Check the known issues here.

What is the ManageWP ranking algorithm? It doesn't make sense to me.

Community | 2 days ago

Can anyone give some insight into how the managewp.org ranking system works. I've long wondered how it all works, and then today I saw this on the "hottest" page: http://imgur.com/EeOAbiz As you can see, there are two articles: 1. Left (higher ranked) - 2 votes in 8 hours 2. Right (lower ranked) - 3 votes in 7 hours This doesn't make any sense to me. According to my (super-simple) calculations, the articles have the following vote/hr ratios: 1. 0.25 votes/hr (2/8) 2. 0.43 votes/hr (3/7) Which means article #2 should be ranked higher based solely on votes/hr, right? Is there some other criteria at play here? What are the other factors/variables? Any insights would be much appreciated....

Not sure if Vladimir will want to chip in, he may wish to preserve some of the dark secrets to prevent abuse, but I suspect the differences between the posters Karma has had an effect, also the time of day and what other posts it's competing with to get hot. As you can see a few hours later the second article has floated above the first. On a side note the Yoast post was really good, and it's depressing to see it buried so quickly, unfortunately WP3.9 came out, but you should really give it a read and give it a vote so it floats back up.

via Tim Nash

There is an (attempt of :) explanation of the algorithm on http://managewp.org/about Basically, each vote is not equal (unlike digg, or reddit). Every user has their own vote strength based on his Karma and activity. A new user has vote strength of 1. Vote strength is not on the profile yet but it will be. You can see top 25 users and their vote strength here: http://managewp.org/statistics For example Tim currently has vote strength of 1.78. This means that his vote on an article is 78% stronger then if a new member upvoted it. So articles are first sorted by sum of all vote points (2 votes doesn't necessarily mean 2 points). And then the time decay function kicks in that make articles lose some points with each hour. It is exponential so the older the article the quicker you go down. This makes sure home page has fresh stuff and best articles (20+ votes currently) can stay up to three-four days.

via Vladimir Prelovac

@Mickey: Just voted you up though reading Vladimir comment, it´s clear my vote won´t have a major impact on your post :-)

via Nelio

I think "If articles you submit/upvote do not get further upvotes, you basically dilute the strength of your future votes (so do not submit poor content)." should be really emphasised :) maybe on the submit content page, slightly reworded as it's a great idea. Unfortunately in practice it means people like myself could be seen to game the system, as ultimately I share a large percentage from sites I know people will vote up regardless of story wptavern for example, though I am still selective about which posts to keep it interesting. I then dilute my karma by promoting smaller sites, which have great content but the herd won't always vote up because they simply don't know the site, or they read the article and forgot to vote. I also do a tiny bit of self promotion, but I try to restrict that to a minimum and so far I think every self promotion has had several votes so I don't feel to bad about it. Unfortunately someone can easily do exactly the same as me over a few weeks, but their self promote rubbish that's not quite spam but close and do quite well. You could argue that's ok because they have helped the community, or you could argue that they gamed the system. Thankfully not my judgement call, though I would probably lean towards the later, I may have even gone a bit to aggressive and given a warning to myself.

via Tim Nash

Ha ha, thanks anyways :) I'm curious if anyone knows: have y'all done any comparison against algorithms for popular sites like Digg, Reddit, etc.? For some reason this sites ranking system has always just seemed a little funky to me, and I'm wondering if there any major differences. And thanks for all the awesome explanation/feedback!

via Mickey Kay

Diggs, Old ranking system, was purely first past the post with a bit of moderation so more votes meant higher ranking, though they had a huge amount of moderation (back when it was a popular site) and a large mod team to try and spot cheating which happened so regularly it was laughable. Reddit is open sourced, so you can take a look at the code to see how it works though a good explanation can be found http://amix.dk/blog/post/19588 (Hew also covers hacker news) ManageWP way is much more like Stumbleupon which uses a second voter karma, so it almost doesn't matter who the submitter is, other then spreading the story potentially to a small pool of similar users (determined by stumble not friends) but the second person to thumb up has the greater effect. This causes some fun gaming, as you basically get the friend with the lowest presence on stumbleupon to submit then, get the person with the highest to vote for it. It's an interesting balance mechanic. I use to teach a uni course (Back when Stumble and Digg were major players) which incorporated looking at some aspects of big social media site design so it's something of a pet hobby. While funky the ManageWP.org use of karma is a clever one, though the lack of negative voting (which discussed before) means it's easy for the top 25 to totally dominate, and historically some of the worse offenders for posting rubbish rather then pure spam are in the top50

via Tim Nash

Suggest the ManageWP.org tagline and win a special contributor T-Shirt!

Community | 2 days ago

We have a great community here at ManageWP.org, but a lot of newcomers still struggle to understand what the site is about given that the name itself reveals nothing. So... We need a tagline! Tagline should be short and descriptive, and communicate what the site is about immediately and without any doubt. Post your suggestions here and the winner (chosen by me and two more community members TBA) will receive a special ManageWP.org contributor T-Shirt! Check it out here http://www.printfection.com/managewp/ManageWPorg-Contributor--T-Shirt/_p_8115302 Fire away!...

Simply WordPress

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Managing The WordPress Info Stream

via Donna Fontenot

WordPress Community Matters We Reflect WordPress WordPress on The Go! The WordPress Timeline Voice of WordPress Community Extended WordPress Reach Awesome WordPress Community WordPress Matters Simplified WordPress Community Simplified

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Community-Driven WordPress News Portal

via Charlie Livingston

All Things WordPress WordPress at Your Fingertips Make. Share. Learn. The Ultimate WordPress Resource WordPress Questions, WordPress Answers And if you're looking for something more Reddit-worthy: WordPress Karma Whores Battle Zone

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Curated WordPress news and resources

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7 min read FastLine Media
In this tutorial, Justin goes over the steps he takes to setup a solid WordPress site.

Tips For Setting Up A Solid WordPress Website

So you installed a fresh copy of WordPress and are ready to build your website. Great! Now what? When I setup a new WordPress site, I like to follow a simple set of guidelines to ensure that I’m covering all of my bases. Doing so helps to prevent future issues that may arise from ignoring this kind of stuff. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to how you should setup a fresh WordPress install, this is mine.
NOTE: This article assumes that you already know how to install a new WordPress site. If you don’t, check out this tutorial on how to install WordPress before continuing.
Set Your Settings
The first thing you should do is configure the settings located under the aptly named Settings tab in the admin menu. I recommend that you look at each option in-depth so you only have to do this once. Most of them are self explanatory, but there are a few that I think are important enough to point out. Check out the WordPress Codex if you’re looking for an in-depth explanation of every option.
General > Site Title
The site title should be set to either your business name or the name of your site. For most themes, this will show in the title that is visible on search engines for your website....

In this tutorial, Justin goes over the steps he takes to setup a solid WordPress site.
5 min read Tim Nash
WordPress 3.9 released has been released rejoice all for WordPress comes with yet another update.

WordPress 3.9 “Smith” (official wp.org announcement)

Community | wordpress.org | 2 days ago

Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love. A smoother media editing experience Improved visual editing The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.) Edit images easily With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier to edit your images while editing posts. You can also scale images directly in the editor to find just the right fit. Drag and drop your images Uploading your images is easier than ever. Just grab them from your desktop and drop them in the editor. Gallery previews Galleries display a beautiful grid of images right in the editor, just like they do in your published post. Do more with audio and video Images have galleries; now we’ve added simple audio and video playlists, so you can showcase your music and clips. Live widget and header previews Add, edit, and rearrange your site’s widgets right...

WordPress 3.9 released has been released rejoice all for WordPress comes with yet another update.
Have you updated to WordPress 3.9 and have experienced any problems? WP Tavern writing about common issues in WordPress 3.9.

Common Issues and Troubleshooting WordPress 3.9

Community | wptavern.com | 15 hours ago

After the release of WordPress 3.9, I decided to help out in the support forums since they usually become busy soon after a release. Providing support in the WordPress.org forums gives you a clear indication on how well a release is being received and whether or not anything major broke. After spending five hours in the support forum, here are some common issues being reported by users. Visual Editor Disappeared Or Is Broken
A lot of users are reporting that the visual editor has either disappeared or is broken. Considering the number of changes that took place with TinyMCE in 3.9, this is not surprising. In most cases, having users go through the following process solved the problem.
Deactivate ALL plugins.
Switch to default TwentyFourteen theme.
Manually empty browser cache.
If the visual editor doesn’t work after disabling all plugins and switching to the default theme, there could be a JavaScript issue. Follow these instructions to diagnose JavaScript errors in your browser. Then, open up a new support forum thread and make sure to add the following information:
the browsers that you are experiencing the problem in
whether SCRIPT_DEBUG fixed the error or not
the JavaScript error...

Have you updated to WordPress 3.9 and have experienced any problems? WP Tavern writing about common issues in WordPress 3.9.
3 min read mattmedeiros
I interview Carrie Dils to chat about her journey as a WordPress freelancer

Carrie Dils: From greeting cards to WordPress

Business | mattreport.com | 1 day ago

Fan favorite joins the show today to talk about GiggleSnort — I mean WordPress freelancing. Carrie brings us through some amazing stories, from bootstrapping a greeting card service to working at StarBucks and how both experiences impacted her career. If you’re just starting out or working a day to day that you’re trying to get out of, this episode is for you!
Carrie Dils Genesis Developer
Listen to the audio
Lessons from GiggleSnort
I love stories about people beating the street to earn a living.
I’m a solid believer in learning the “cold call” before launching yourself into the entrepreneurial journey. Carrie ran a greeting card company called GiggleSnort that quickly exposed her to the hard lessons of small business. Failure is great. You learn from it, get thicker skin, and find new opportunities.
Fail fast, if you can.
Finding Genesis
Once Carrie found StudioPress & Genesis there was no looking back.
She has leveraged the product to build custom solutions for her clients, while continuing to elevate her expertise over the years. You can find her as one of the recommended Genesis developers and recently launched two commercial themes. Utility can be found in her store and Winning...

I interview Carrie Dils to chat about her journey as a WordPress freelancer
7 min read Adam W. Warner
We released a free version of our premium plugin on the WordPress plugin repository. Read how and why we did it, and how it is making financial sense for our business.

Measuring the Financial Success of a Free WordPress Plugin

Community | adamwwarner.com | 1 day ago

We recently released a free version of FooBox on the WordPress plugin repository. The purpose of doing this was two-fold:
To give back to the WordPress community
To capitalize on the Freemium business model
Why Releasing Free Code is Good for Business
Let’s talk about those two things a bit more in depth.
After that, I’ll share some initial statistical proof to back up my claim of the benefits of releasing code for free below.
Building Relationships
Giving back to the community by releasing a free plugin is a form of relationship building.
In our community, it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s an integral part of a good software business marketing plan.
When I talk about relationships I’m specifically referring to relationships with members of the software community that our products are made for. In the case of FooBox Free and our other free plugins, it’s the WordPress community.
All of our plugins, both free and paid, are Open Source and released under the GPLv3 license.
In short, this license gives users the freedom to be able to view, modify, and redistribute the source code of our software. Even the source code of our paid versions.
Why Open Source?
Even though we charge a...

We released a free version of our premium plugin on the WordPress plugin repository. Read how and why we did it, and how it is making financial sense for our business.
2 min read Mickey Kay

Ultimate WordPress Coding Standards: CSS, HTML, JS, and PHP

Pages The purpose of the WordPress Coding Standards is to create a baseline for collaboration and review within various aspects of the WordPress open source project and community, from core code to themes to plugins.
The WordPress community developed the standards contained in this section of the handbook, and those standards are part of the best practices that developers and core contributors are recommended to follow.
Why have coding standards? #
Coding standards help avoid common coding errors, improve the readability of code, and simplify modification. They ensure that files within the project appear as if they were created by a single person.
Following the standards means anyone will be able to understand a section of code and modify it, if needed, without regard to when it was written or by whom.
If you are planning to contribute to WordPress core, you need to familiarize yourself with these standards, as any code you submit will need to comply with them.
Under ‘Self-closing elements’, there’s a tag wrapped around a tag - the tag is showing up, but the is being interpreted as a linebreak. Does it need to be wrapped in tags, instead?...

Wondering how best to format/structure your CSS, HTML, JavaScript, or PHP? The WordPress Core Handbook has the answers.
4 min read Ben
Press75 is up for sale! Find out how much it is and whether it could be right for you as an acquisition.

Press75 Up For Sale On Flippa Who Want's it?

Business | wpin.me | 13 hours ago

Browsing through the web as I do I came across this article on post Post Status (an awesome site BTW) entitled ‘Press75, one of the oldest WordPress theme shops, is for sale’intrigued by this I decided to take look at the listing on Flippa to see what was happening. First The History
Press75 is one of the older theme providers on the premium WordPress theme store front. Set up in 2008 by Jason Schuller. Offering quality self hosted WordPress themes and WordPress.com themes Press75 is one of the more respected theme shops around. With a strong reputation in the WordPress theme space and WordPress in general Jason built up Press75 to be one the top theme providers out there.
It is quite sad to see Press75 up for sale on Flippa, however with any business when the focus is shifted to new areas or platforms in this case namely Cinematico a content management system for video, it is understandable.
How Much Will Press75 Cost To Buy?
Well taking a look at the listing on Flippa the site currently has 11 bids (as of 18/04/2014) and has reached $31,000 with 10 days left to go. What do you get for your money? Well a good question, despite some earlier comments in the listing and request of proof...

Press75 is up for sale! Find out how much it is and whether it could be right for you as an acquisition.
Using these Plugins will help increase your WordPress Security and Minimize your vulnerabilities

Strengthen Your Security with These 5 WordPress Plugins

Plugins | torquemag.io | 8 hours ago

WordPress is the most user-friendly Content Management System (CMS). With its well-crafted software and intuitive nature it now dominates over 20% of the web. Despite the success of WordPress, its pervasive use makes it a growing target for hackers. WordPress, as a platform, is secure, but there are still vulnerabilities that can leave your site exposed. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize vulnerabilities and ensure site security. WordPress security plugins are an effective option when it comes to securing your site.
In this article, I’m going to outline 5 security plugins that will help increase your WordPress security, and decrease your vulnerabilities.
iThemes Security
iThemes Security—formerly known as Better WP Security—detects, protects, and secures your site in over 30 different ways. This leading security plugin provides a range of features that will secure your site, and protect you from advanced and common security attacks.
One notable feature lies in its ability to effectively conceal security vulnerabilities, protecting your site from potential attacks.
WordFence
WordFence offers a suite of security features to give your WordPress site optimum security. This plugin arms...

Using these Plugins will help increase your WordPress Security and Minimize your vulnerabilities
7 min read Ben
A small selection of killer WordPress Real Estate themes. Take a look at my roundup for 2014!

Best WordPress Real Estate Themes For 2014

Community | wpin.me | 14 hours ago

Well there is money in real estate that’s for sure, as well as money in developing WordPress themes for realtors! Maybe you can sell property however you have no real way for showcasing your current allocation? Perhaps you are an independent realtor and need a way to show off your brand new signups to your service? Either way I have carefully put together a list of WordPress themes that are ideal for running your very own real estate website. Here Is Your Selection Of WordPress Real Estate Themes (in no discernible order ;-))
This theme is one of the more popular WordPress real estate themes available on Themeforest with a whopping 3020 (so far) purchases and an average 4 star rating. So things are looking good for the Realia WordPress theme. Packed with loads of features it’s a bit of a monster. Compatible with the dsIDXpress WordPress plugin this WordPress theme could see you getting some decent search engine results when coupled with dsIDXpress.
Other features include, front end submission, PayPal integration, retina ready, unlimited color combinations and much more. It’s on Themeforest for $45.00, check it out!
Real Property Responsive Real Estate WordPress Theme
Another good looking...

A small selection of killer WordPress Real Estate themes. Take a look at my roundup for 2014!
We are lucky to have AlexMoss sharing his thoughts about cooperating with WordPress -very useful tips for anyone who’s going to get started with WordPress

“WordPress is My Living” - an Inspirational Interview with Alex Moss

Editorials | cms2cms.com | 1 day ago

Editor’s note: In our blog interview series we have so far done interview with many of world-class experts and developers. In today’s interview we have Alex Moss – one of the UK best-known experts in the field of WordPress development. Alex has been designing sites since he was a teenager, creating fan sites for popular TV shows. Today, he focuses on WordPress development and SEO. So, without any delay let’s meet him in our post and get inspired by his incredible life experience.
1. I’m sure there’s a really great story behind your cooperating with WordPress. How did you get into WordPress? What is WordPress for you these days?
I got into WordPress after other CMS’s weren’t doing what I wanted it to in terms of flexibility. Also, WordPress offered the biggest amount of community support and had the best minds working not only on core but with some great plugins too. Today, WordPress is my living.
2. What were your mistakes when you started working with WordPress? What piece of advice would you give to WordPress newbies?
Using themes without enough research into the code. Ensure that you trust the code being given to you and the developer who made it. I wrote a post about some things...

We are lucky to have AlexMoss sharing his thoughts about cooperating with WordPress -very useful tips for anyone who’s going to get started with WordPress
11 min read Lisa League
More form plugins than you can shake a stick at - from free to paid, every possible combo is here.

Exploring The Best WordPress Form Plugins

Plugins | elegantthemes.com | 2 hours ago

The contact page is one of the most important pages on a website. It is how advertisers get in touch with you and how customers ask questions about your product or service. Displaying contact email addresses to visitors is rare today due to the spambots that crawl the web for email addresses. Most website owners display contact forms instead.
Contact forms allow you to dictate what information is sent to you. For example, in your contact form you could ask for a person’s URL, the department they want to contact, and the reason they are contacting you or your company. This ensures that the emails that are sent to you consistently show the same information.
WordPress does not come packaged with a contact form, however there are no shortage of great contact form solutions available online. I touched upon two of these the other day in my article ““.
Today I would like to share with you all a collection of free and premium WordPress plugins that allow you to integrate a contact form into your WordPress website. I hope you enjoy the list
Contact Form 7 (Free)
This list of contact form plugins is not in any particular order, however I thought it would be best to speak about Contact Form 7...

More form plugins than you can shake a stick at - from free to paid, every possible combo is here.
Sad to see another theme shop going up for sale, but this one isn't too surprising. Should be a hot auction.

Press75, one of the oldest WordPress theme shops, is for sale - Post Status

Business | poststat.us | 3 days ago

Started in 2008, Press75 is one of the oldest WordPress theme shops. Jason Schuller has run the site for years, and according to the listing, it was once a half a million dollar per year business. Now it’s for sale. Jason has been moving away from the theme business for some time. He’s created a couple of different CMS platforms, and his latest project is Cinematico, a CMS specifically for displaying Youtube and Vimeo videos. Jason reports on the Flippa listing that the current monthly revenue is around $5,268 / month, with very little cost associated. However, sales have apparently dwindled significantly as his focus has gone to other projects. What’s incredibly valuable to my mind in this auction are the following: The domain and brand value value of Press75 (PR6 still getting over 13,000 uniques per month) The email list of nearly 15,000 subscribers The existing partnership with WordPress.com It’s sad to see another fairly prominent theme shop going up for sale, especially one with this much history and previous success. However, it’s understandable that Jason is looking for new projects with new excitement for him, and I wish him the best of luck in that. Again, just like I felt...

Sad to see another theme shop going up for sale, but this one isn't too surprising. Should be a hot auction.

5 Reasons Why WooCommerce Is the World's Fastest Growing Shopping Cart

Probably it is not a secret that is the fastest growing shopping cart in the world. July’s article at WooThemes blog stated (referring to BuiltWith) there are over 50 000 of web stores built with their platform. For now this number skyrocketed to shops. Moreover, we took a short look at our stats and were surprised to find out the number of migrations to WooCommerce has increased up to 10% of all switches in this year. So we decided to find out what were the reasons that pushed a brand new solution from nowhere to a market leader in less than two years. According to BuiltWith, as to October 21st, there are currently 155 000+ websites that use WooCommerce worldwide.1. WordPress Plugin
Here comes a simple fact: WordPress is the most used CMS in the world. According to different sources from 12 to 60 million of websites are built with WordPress. Huge number of site owners who use WP sooner or later reach a moment when they want to sell something to their audience. In this case there are basically two options:
Use an independent shopping cart like Magento, PrestaShop, OpenCart etc. It means spending time on learning how everything works which honestly may become a serious issue. Merchants...

Check out the article about one of the greatest eCommerce plugins for WordPress.
"Smith" Newly Updated WordPress 3.9 Has A Built In Support For Microsoft Word Pasting

WordPress 3.9 Has Built-in Support for Pasting from Microsoft Word

Community | wptavern.com | 3 hours ago

A common support question that’s been popping up on the web after WordPress users update to 3.9: What happened to the “Paste from Word” button in the visual editor? If you find that the button is missing, don’t worry – it’s not a bug. Prior to this update, the button was located in the kitchen sink of the visual editor: WordPress 3.9, however, removes the “paste from word” button entirely. It includes TinyMCE 4.0 and has better built-in support for pasting in blocks of text for Microsoft Word. The better your software gets, the more the magic happens behind the scenes. WordPress now detects if the pasted text is coming from MS Word and makes the appropriate changes.
Until I saw the question on Reddit, indicating that the button had gone missing, I had no idea that anyone still used this feature. The missing button is actually an enhancement, not a bug. Hopefully this information has reached you before you started deactivating all your plugins.
Unless you had been closely following the posts at make.wordpress.org, this improvement might have been easy to miss. Check out our summary of everything that’s new in WordPress 3.9. If you’re having any problems with the update, you may want...

"Smith" Newly Updated WordPress 3.9 Has A Built In Support For Microsoft Word Pasting
6 min read FastLine Media
Justin Busa of FastLine Media shows you the 5 steps he takes when building a landing page on WordPress.

5 Steps To Easily Create Successful WordPress Landing Pages

Community | bloggingpro.com | 2 days ago

A successful landing page can make or break a product. Poorly crafted landing pages will drive visitors away, while well done landing pages will entice them to learn more and hopefully become a paying customer! In this post I’m going to show you how to use the new FastLine Page Builder plugin to easily bring your landing page ideas to reality within your WordPress powered website. Before you get your hands dirty, you’ll need to do some homework. After all, it’s not about the tools you use, but the content and message you are trying to convey. With that said, let’s get inspired. 1. Getting Inspired Throughout the years, I’ve found that it’s a heck of a lot easier to come up with ideas by looking at what others have done than staring at a blank page. The internet is a vast landscape that offers many different avenues for finding inspiration, with the most ubiquitous being a Google search. Just pop in some terms that are relevant to what you’re trying to create and have a look at what others have been up to. No matter where you like to look on the internet (or in print if you fancy that) for inspiration, get out there and start throwing some ideas around in your head. Once you feel confident...

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Greg Winiarski, the developer behind WPHelpDesk runs through the support options available if you are selling WordPress products.

The Developer's Guide to Providing Support for WordPress Software

Business | wplift.com | 3 days ago

For most WordPress developers, creating your next plugin or theme and exercising your creative coding ability is a delightful pleasure, something you can do on hours on end (or at least, it should be if it isn’t, you might be in the wrong business). However, there’s also another notsofun part of developing and selling WordPress themes and plugins: providing support to the customers. For most developers, customer support is the very opposite of delightful pleasure. It’s monotonous boredom virtual manual labor, even. In short, it’s a troublesome task that most of us like to avoid. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Although the chance that providing support for your WordPress product will become a chore you look forward to doing is essentially nonexistent, there are a few strategies you can implement that will help you to at least get the job done quicker, smoother, and easier. Define Customer Support Channels If you offer a free WordPress plugin listed in the WordPress.org directory, providing support is simple you operate via the provided forum. For paid/premium plugins and themes sold outside of WordPress.org, though, customer support is a bit more complex. Your first priority...

Greg Winiarski, the developer behind WPHelpDesk runs through the support options available if you are selling WordPress products.