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8 min read Leif Quitevis
WordPress engineer Ben May provides reason and example for those cases where WordPress isn't deployed as a web solution. Notable quote, "A mantra of mine is, the best tool for the job. That is really what it comes down to. I don’t want to build an application in WordPress just because we are good at…

When is WordPress NOT the answer? - Ben May

Editorials | benmay.org | 6 hours ago

As of late, we’ve had a couple of large web application projects where the deliverables did not include any CMS functionality. That is, they were purely a functionality based web application. I’ve been reflecting on both of these projects, and how we approached each one for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, did we make the right choice with the underlying framework?
Secondly, further to the first point, could we have done it faster/better/smarter if we did it another way.
Thirdly, what is our business, should we be building non WordPress projects, and if we do non WordPress, do we end up doing 100 different frameworks so-so, rather than doing one really well?
I’m going to write about one of these projects in the future, so I won’t go into too much about the projects – just the approaches and thought processes. I also won’t go into the other frameworks too much here, I’m more interested in exploring how you base your decision purely from WordPress’ offerings. So you know, the other frameworks we use are CodeIgniter and Laravel.
When is WordPress the right framework?
Well first of all, WordPress has a bit of an identity crisis going on. The argument that WordPress is a framework has been...

WordPress engineer Ben May provides reason and example for those cases where WordPress isn't deployed as a web solution. Notable quote, "A mantra of mine is, the best tool for the job. That is really what it comes down to. I don’t want to build an application in WordPress just because we are good at…
4 min read Lisa League
Nobody knows membership plugins better than Chris. Here he gives the run down so you can choose.

The Best WordPress Membership Plugin in 2014

Plugins | chrislema.com | 21 hour ago

Is there a way to know the best WordPress membership plugin? I know it’s crazy to think that you could figure out the best WordPress membership plugin without knowing a specific site’s agenda. It’s why I always tell people that while I can create a map, the route you take is based on your own destination.
That said, I have spent the last couple of years working with small, medium and very large engagements on membership projects and I’ve refined the criteria to six core features and two additional dynamics (ease of use, speed to learn).
I spoke about the six core features on WP Sessions, and you can still check it out.
Understanding the 8 Criteria
If you don’t get a chance to see the hour-long presentation I created on WP Sessions, here’s a five minute version of what the criteria is.
Comparing the top 8 membership plugins
While I have created an infographic, I also put the comparison into a PowerPoint presentation to make it easier for you to take with you. After all, infographics can get really big and hard to leverage on your own sites (hint: you can re-post my infographic or this deck anywhere you want).
The Infographic
Here’s the entire comparison in my infographic form. Clicking...

Nobody knows membership plugins better than Chris. Here he gives the run down so you can choose.
Sparkling is a new free theme that landed in the WordPress Themes Directory last week. It’s based on Bootstrap 3, which makes it responsive and mobile friendly. The theme features an optional full-screen featured slider, which works well for customizing business or creative websites.

Sparkling: A Free Flat Design WordPress Theme Based on Bootstrap

Themes | colorlib.com | 14 hours ago

Sparkling is a clean, modern flat design theme developed using Bootstrap 3. This frontend framework makes this theme optimized for smartphones, tablets, desktops and any other device. With pixel perfect design, awesome widgets and full-screen slider it makes it to stand out between other free WordPress themes. The theme has this premium look and feel that you can’t confuse with anything in the market. The theme is SEO friendly with Schema compatible structure that will make Google to love your website. Theme supports most if not all free and premium plugins such as Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, SEO by Yoast, W3 Total Cache and much more. This is an ideal theme for personal and corporate website in health, fitness, education, finance, business, travel, web design, marketing or any other niche.
We are open for suggestions on how to make Sparkling theme to become the next big thing. If you feel that you know how this theme can become even better, please let us know on support forum or via twitter...

Sparkling is a new free theme that landed in the WordPress Themes Directory last week. It’s based on Bootstrap 3, which makes it responsive and mobile friendly. The theme features an optional full-screen featured slider, which works well for customizing business or creative websites.
Do You Want A Blogging Success, Supercharge Your Blog With These WordPress Plugins

11 Must Have WordPress Plugins That Will Supercharge Your Company’s Blog

If you haven’t figured it out yet, blogging is a big deal when it comes to building a community around your startup, or even just improving SEO and getting more traffic to your site. Blogging is the best way to get traffic, market and establish thought leadership. As I see it, every new post you write is like getting another chance to invite your customers to your website without spamming them with boring links to your product or About page, educate them about what you do and the market you are in or just simply provide amazing value. And giving real value is what blogging and building a community are all about. This is why I believe blogging is the most important tool for a startup, growth hacker, or online marketer.
Unfortunately, creating amazing content alone won’t be enough to conquer the world. You’ll need to help your content spread through social media, make it easier for people to share, improve your blog’s SEO and optimize it so people will stay longer on your site to discover your great product or content you created.
In this post, I’ll introduce you to 11 must-have WordPress Plugins (+3 bonuses) that will supercharge you to blogging success.
11 WordPress plugins you need...

Do You Want A Blogging Success, Supercharge Your Blog With These WordPress Plugins
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 | 3 days 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 | 4 days 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.
10 min read Ben
In-depth review of AffiliateWP from the guys who brought you EDD. Find out why if you run a theme store or business selling this affiliate plugin is invaluable.

AffiliateWP Review The Best WordPress Affiliate Plugin Going?

Plugins | wpin.me | 20 hours ago

AffiliateWP Plugin Review Your In-depth Guide AffiliateWP has arrived. Those looking for a viable alternative to other affiliate solutions or indeed looking to harness more sales from the power of affiliate marketing look no further. AffiliateWP is a full affiliate solution built specifically for WordPress.
It’s brought to you by two individuals who’s names are etched in the annals of WordPress lore. Namely Pippin Williamson & Andrew Munro. Those familiar with WordPress will know of both of this individuals but those who do not know. Let me explain.
Pippin is best known for his plugins and indeed the uber awesome EDD or Easy Digital Downloads solution for WordPress. EDD turns your WordPress install into a fully fledged digital sales platform perfect for selling images, scripts and more.
AffiliateWP From The Guys Behind Easy Digital Downloads
AffiliateWP is brought to you by the same team who developed easy digital downloads. So you can imagine my excitement at reviewing the AffiliateWP solution. Easy digital downloads has a solid reputation for the sale of digital goods in fact many WordPress theme stores are using it as a way to sell their themes and indeed plugins.
With his pedigree...

In-depth review of AffiliateWP from the guys who brought you EDD. Find out why if you run a theme store or business selling this affiliate plugin is invaluable.
How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website By Using W3 Total Cache

Ultimate Guide on Best W3 Total Cache Settings- With Screenshots

Plugins | wpseotricks.com | 2 days ago

Hello Folks, In this article I will be discussing about W3 Total Cache and how you can increase your website speed by configuring W3 Total Cache properly. W3TC is an awesome plugin but most of the WordPress bloggers (both professional as well as beginners) find it little complicated and tricky to setup as compared to other speed optimization plugins. If configured properly this can supercharge your blog speed but if configured incorrectly then this can even break your blog completely. So to help you I have decided to write this “How to Guide on W3TC” . I will also share screenshots so that you can configure W3TC easily. But before starting the tutorial let me tell you in brief about W3 Total Cache and why it is the better than other speed optimization plugin in the market?
What Is W3 Total Cache?
There are many WordPress Plugins for speed optimization likeSuper Cache, Hyper Cache, Quick Cache, Fastest Cache and so on but no one can come close to W3 Total cache. W3 Total Cache is a powerful speed optimization plugin which not only improves your website speed but also saves your bandwidth to a large extent. Increase in website speed leads to higher rankings in Search engines, higher conversion...

How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website By Using W3 Total Cache

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

Community | 5 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

via Dmytro Lazarchuk

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

via Indexwp

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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WordPress 3.9 Master List (from wordpress.org)

Community | wordpress.org | 4 days 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.
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 | 5 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.

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

Community | 4 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
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 | 6 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.
3 min read Andy Forsberg
A list of seemingly difficult WordPress adjustments, that are actually incredibly simply tasks. You just need to know where to look.

7 Simple WordPress Tasks That Seem Difficult

WordPress is capable of an insane amount of functionality even just in its core. Sometimes you need to make changes on your WordPress website that seem like they’re going to be difficult to do. This can sometimes lead to you looking for a complex solution, when a very simple one already exists. The following are seven examples of seemingly difficult WordPress adjustments, that are actually incredibly simple tasks. You just have to know where to look. ‘ #1
Change the number of posts shown per page on Blog index
In the WordPress admin dashboard go to Settings > Reading and enter the number of posts you want shown per page where it says Blog pages show at most and then save your changes.
‘ #2
Disable automatic comments & pingbacks for everything
In the WordPress admin dashboard go to Settings > Discussion and in the Default article settings area uncheck Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) & Allow people to post comments on new articles and then save your changes. Now all of your newly created pages & posts will not have these enabled by default.
‘ #5
In the WordPress admin dashboard go to Comments and click on “Screen Options” in the top right, then change...

A list of seemingly difficult WordPress adjustments, that are actually incredibly simply tasks. You just need to know where to look.
14 min read Thomas Höfter
Interesting experience of what it is like starting a job with Automattic.

My experience on Trial at Automattic

Community | davidclements.me | 7 days ago

Last week, I finished my Trial at Automattic. While I wasn’t successful in my bid to work for a company that I hugely admire, I appreciate the experience and insight that I was able to gain from my few weeks working with them. How it all began I’ve been toying with the idea of giving up engineering as my career and moving into web development full-time, as I’m enjoying it a lot more. My plan had been to do freelancing full-time, but to give up a steady professional salary and benefits for the uncertainty of freelancing is daunting. If someone could pay my salary for 6 months while I build up my workload and client list, I could easily earn well in excess of what I make as a professional engineer. However, I haven’t had any applications for someone willing to do that for me. So when I read that my friend Dustin Hartzler had recently landed himself a job at Automattic, it turned on a light bulb in my head. I started considering whether I wanted to work for Automattic, and the more I read, the more I wanted to jump right in (I’ll explore the benefits of working for Automattic later). With that, I looked over the available positions and decided that a Happiness Engineer would be a good...

Interesting experience of what it is like starting a job with Automattic.
40 Awesome WordPress Tutorials That Can Turn A Novice To Pro

40 Great WordPress Tutorials

Plugins | wpexplorer.com | 2 days ago

Whether you’re a seasoned web developer or just a curious onlooker seeking to learn more about the auspicious project that is WordPress, tutorials will help you to sharpen your skills not to mention transform you from a WordPress novice to Sensei in no time. If your desire is to increase your knowledge of WordPress, this post will shine light on forty (40) amazing tutorials on WordPress. While there are thousands of WordPress tutorials out there, we’ve done our level best to bring you forty (40) of the best. All the tutorials in today’s post are way above the fold; they’re bursting with WordPress tips and were created by respectable authors and developers.
So grab yourself a mug of coffee (or whatever floats your boat) and get ready to learn and have some fun!
WordPress Tutorial – Getting Started
This video tutorial by Jesse Boyer of Udemy will introduce you to the basics of WordPress. The tutorial will help you to install, configure and use WordPress on your website easily and quickly. You could also checkout our own beginner’s guide to WordPress videos right here on WPExplorer.
How to Learn WordPress in A Week (For Free!)
How would you like to learn WordPress and start an online business...

40 Awesome WordPress Tutorials That Can Turn A Novice To Pro
Great article about why theme developers are moving functionality out of their themes and into plugins

Why WordPress Theme Developers Are Moving Functionality Into Plugins

Themes | wptavern.com | 6 days ago

Jonathan Atkinson has been selling WordPress themes on Themeforest for the past five years. Through hard work and customer support, he’s learned how to make a living on Themeforest without having to pack hundreds of options into his products. Over the past year, Atkinson and his team at Cr3ativ.com have made an effort to convert all of their theme functionality into free plugins, eschewing the theme bloat that prevails in this market. Cr3ativ now has a plugins page where you can find functionality that enables carousels, careers, portfolios, shortcodes, and staff profiles. They plan to add events, discography and photostreams in the coming weeks. The Benefits of Keeping Plugin and Theme Functionality Separate Atkinson said they initially created the plugins to be used with their themes and to better serve their buyers. “I took the decision to make them as generic as possible to ensure they could be just as easily used within any theme – free or premium,” he said. “I also decided to offer them 100% free and full GPL 2.0 so people can hopefully use, learn and extend if they wish.” Keeping plugin functionality separate from themes is part of WordPress theme development best practices but...

Great article about why theme developers are moving functionality out of their themes and into plugins
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 | 4 days 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.

Who the heck can tell me what the managewp.org logo is?

Community | 6 days ago

Is it just a curvy version of the .com logo? Is it some sort of stylized wave? Cut out letters of some kind? If you rotate the whole thing 90° counter-clockwise it really looks like the silhouette of some big-nosed dude? Somebody tell me please! : )...

i think it's a bat. because batman = cool? (not really sure)

via david chandra

Keep guessing :)

via Vladimir Prelovac

I think it's a rhino.

via Donna Fontenot

Ascending sales graph? (assuming it's based loosely on the .com logo)?

via Jacob Perl

Definitely a cat.

via FastLine Media

Isn't it the top (two pointy ears in the middle etc) of the head of the wonderful, magical, some-might-say-mythical ManageWP bird?

via Brin Wilson
7 min read Mark Gavalda
It's going to be awesome: getting all PHP applications, WordPress included, to levels seen only from Node.js and other modern engine based applications!

PHP Revolution: HHVM and WordPress 3.9

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 6 days ago

HipHop Virtual Machine, or HHVM for short, is taking the PHP world – you know, the programming language WordPress is written in – by storm. It is an open source PHP execution engine created by the good folks at Facebook and version 3 of it was recently released. It’s a big deal and you should care even if you’re not a developer or a system administrator. What is HHVM? There’s this small(ish) site that a couple of people visit every single day and spend hours there, you might have heard about it: it’s called Facebook. It is written in PHP and about four years ago when it really took off, the computational power that was needed to serve all requests was just too much because of the inefficiencies of PHP execution engines’ that were available at that time. So they came up with the idea that instead of keep buying more server boxes, maybe they could solve the problem on a software level and created a PHP to C++ compiler named HPHPc. The original PHP code was compiled into executable binaries (sometimes file sizes reaching as much as a gigabyte!) and it was run instead of being compiled to opcodes and interpreted. This gave about six times the performance which, to this day, is still a huge...

It's going to be awesome: getting all PHP applications, WordPress included, to levels seen only from Node.js and other modern engine based applications!
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 | 4 days 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
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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 | 5 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.