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Community | cloudways.com | 1 day ago

Story of a US Marine Who is Now an Accomplished WordPress Developer

Michael Bastos is one of the finest people in the WordPress community. Founder of the Advanced WordPress Group on Facebook (10,000 members including Matt Mullenweg). An inspiring story of a US Marine who is now a WordPress developer.

Story of a US Marine Who is Now an Accomplished WordPress Developer

Community | cloudways.com | 1 day ago

An individual can become the master of his own destiny. People with big dreams always find their way. This is the universal truth and nothing but truth. There are a very few individuals, who dream big and most importantly achieve them. He defines himself with this rightful statement. “I always believe in setting goals and having an aim in life”. He is the man for whom, the whole process starts from a positive thought and a community where one can survive with it. He is none other than Michael Cabral Poubel Bastos, Founder of Advanced WordPress Facebook group and Pricels.com.
Continuing with the series of interviews, today I had a chance to interact with him. Bastos is a former US Marine and now an experienced WordPress and Ruby on Rails developer. In this interview, he shared his life experiences and much more about WordPress. Enjoy the read.
Cloudways: Software Engineering, then the US Marine, and then back to development. So much stress, so many decisions, and risks. Also, you are married and have children. How do you feel about the ups and downs of life? And, then how did WordPress came in?
Michael Bastos: I was lucky enough to do what I loved early in life, but during high school

6 min read Mickey Kay
Community | tommcfarlin.com | 16 hours ago

Your Work Works, Mine Doesn't

An interesting look at how we talk about what sucks in WordPress.

Your Work Works, Mine Doesn't

Community | tommcfarlin.com | 16 hours ago

There’s this perspective in the WordPress development community that results in a bit of divide among those who are involved. Granted, this is not the only perspective – it’s one of many – but it’s one that prevalent enough that most anyone who spends any amount of time chatting with peers online is likely to stumble across: Bad: Themes with a lot of options and features.
Good: Themes without many options or features.
I’m oversimplifying this a little bit because the truth is not everyone thinks a theme without many options is a good thing (though we do love to get behind the “Decisions, Not Options” philosophy). Instead, it’s more like:
Bad: Themes with a lot of options
Good: Themes with a few options
Weird: Themes with no options
Maybe “weird” isn’t the right word, maybe it is, but it’s a lot more concise than saying “something that doesn’t really fit between these two,” isn’t it?
To be clear, I’m not defending the idea that it’s okay for themes to have a lot of features and a lot of options and and a lot of proverbial knobs to turn, but I do question is it really productive continually talk about it?
Your Work Sucks
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a discussion about

6 min read Mark Gavalda
Tutorials | cozmoslabs.com | 14 hours ago

WordPress Passwordless Login

A simple solution for two step authentication for all WordPress users.

WordPress Passwordless Login

Tutorials | cozmoslabs.com | 14 hours ago

WordPress Passwordless Login is a plugin that allows your users to login without a password. It’s as simple as installing it and adding a shortcode in a page or widget. These past months have been filled with security reports, articles and 0-day exploits. It’s fair to say they had little to do with WordPress, but that’s besides the point. What’s certain is that we’re now living in an increasingly technologically complex world and it’s getting harder and harder to keep everything safe and secure.
This article draws it’s inspiration from the Passwordless authentication: Secure, simple, and fast to deploy, an article published something like two weeks ago. It explains how to get passwordless login for node.js but more importantly, why you want passwordless login.
Username + passwords will probably not be replaced anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean we can’t come up with alternatives.
Everybody has a “friend” that uses the same password or some variation: the pass with numbers in it, the pass with capital letters, the pass with special characters in it, the pass with the year at the end in it, etc.
Lately there have been great solutions involving one time passwords like Persona from Mozilla.

7 min read Olaf Lederer
Plugins | psdtowp.net | 2 days ago

The best WordPress plugins revealed by 39 WordPress enthusiasts

Are you wondering which WordPress plugins are the best? We've asked 39 WordPress enthusiasts which WordPress plugins they use most. The results are impressive!

The best WordPress plugins revealed by 39 WordPress enthusiasts

Plugins | psdtowp.net | 2 days ago

All insights are chronologically ordered Lorelle Van Fossen
The emphasis put on WordPress Plugins for web design, development, and functionality is often overrated. While I'm the first and biggest fan girl of WordPress Plugins, I'm also the one fixing broken sites because of too many or conflicting WordPress Plugins. How many contact form WordPress Plugins do you need to create a single contact form on a site? One client had 6. I wish I was kidding.
WordPress comes with plenty of power under the hood, if the right developer knows how to hook into it. Jetpack WordPress Plugin adds a tremendous amount of functionality including forms, galleries, site monitoring, and social media integration. Do you need more?
You need more only if the feature you are adding requires the additional programming code. Add WordPress Plugins like spice to food. Too much or too little and you've spoiled the dish.
As for favorites, I owe a few lifetimes of gratitude to Akismet and Bad Behavior WordPress Plugins. They give me back life that would be spent cleaning out comment spam. Before them, I'd spent 10-60 minutes a day clearing spam. Akismet blocks thousands - I mean THOUSANDS - of comment spams on just

22 min read Peter Nilsson
Community | wpexplorer.com | 1 day ago

History of WordPress: WordPress UI Evolution + Other Improvements

Do you remember how the WordPress UI (user interface) looked a few years ago? Or maybe all the way back to 2003 - WordPress 0.7 "Gold"? This a great summary of the WordPress UI evolution from 2003 - 2014.

History of WordPress: WordPress UI Evolution + Other Improvements

Community | wpexplorer.com | 1 day ago

WordPress has been growing steadily over the last couple of years. It looks like nothing it was about ten (10) years ago. The platform is still growing and to catch a glimpse of how it all started, I would like to draw your attention to the History of WordPress: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In today’s post, we will look at how much the WordPress UI (user interface) has evolved since May 27, 2003 when Matt Mullenweg released WordPress 0.7 “Gold”. Before we serve the juice though, let’s backtrack to April 6, 2003, the day he (Matt) invited the entire world in on the fun.
Here is an excerpt from the WordPress blog:
Welcome to the WordPress development blog. Run by WordPress itself, it will catalog what’s happening with the development. Think of it like a changelog with comments, permalinks, archive… – Matt Mullenweg
That was posted in April the 6th and Matt kept updating the blog through May 27th (the official launch date of WordPress 0.7) to this date.
Between April 6, 2003 and May 27 the same year, Matt made updates to various features including comments, styles as well as resolved some validation errors among other things. Everything was going on well, or according to plan. On May

3 min read Mickey Kay

The Art of N00b

I recently spoke at WordCamp San Francisco. Here is the site that accompanied my talk, thanks to feedback from so many of you.

The Art of N00b

Services Design
Developement
Strategy
Extras
Design
The web is a visual medium, and we're all about good looks. Layout, color, aesthetics - these are the factors that separate the bold from the boring in the world of websites. Mixing style with function is one of our premier specialties, and we love fashioning jaw-dropping websites that get the job done.
Development
This is where our inner nerd really kicks in. By combining super-powered code with industrial-grade HTML markup and a dash of spicy CMS special sauce, we craft websites whose back-end is as durable as the front-end is pretty. Not hip to all the techno garble? Here's the translation: we do code the right way, meaning your website is rock-solid, standards-compliant, and secure as a Swiss bank.
Strategy
We spend a lot of time on the internet. A LOT. Which means we've pretty much seen it all when it comes to websites. Now we'd like to use our internet expertise to help you create the most succesful site possible. We know what works, what looks good, and what trends are "in." We know how to maximize your search ranking, how to turn visititors into customers, and how to craft a visual experience that conveys your organization's

6 min read Matt Cromwell
Tutorials | wordimpress.com | 2 days ago

Image URLs and Forcing SSL in WordPress

There's a bug in WordPress Core that makes forcing SSL a little difficult. This article walks you through some of the basic methods for forcing SSL throughout your site like we have at WordImpress.com

Image URLs and Forcing SSL in WordPress

Tutorials | wordimpress.com | 2 days ago

Forcing SSL in your WordPress site is “all the rage” lately. And for good reason. Security is a serious issue and SSL isn’t a silver bullet by any means, but it helps. But the biggest reason why web owners want to move to SSL is this source right here: We hope to see more websites using HTTPS in the future. Let’s all make the web more secure!
Now, if you or I said that it’d be interesting and fun, but when the source is “Mother Google” herself, then everyone sits up and pays attention. So making the switch is beneficial for all the right reasons. But there are a few caveats to keep in mind.
Caveats:
PAGE SPEED
Forcing SSL on your site will slow the server response time down just a tad. That’s why we love our WPEngine hosting. It handles it so well that we hardly notice the difference at all.
NO REALLY… PAGE SPEED
So, if it’s slower, why should I do it? Well, if you’re on a cheap shared host then you might want to consider NOT doing it. Page speed is another “ranking factor” in the Google page rank machine. While they don’t share their secret sauce with anyone, I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say that Page Speed is probably a more significant rank factor than SSL. But, as I mentioned,

Community | wpmayor.com | 3 hours ago

A Quick Overview of WordCamp SF 2014 - WP Mayor

WordCamp SF 2014 - We followed it through their great Live Stream service this year. Here' a taste of some of the best bits we put together for you.

A Quick Overview of WordCamp SF 2014 - WP Mayor

Community | wpmayor.com | 3 hours ago

Although I only attended WordCamp San Francisco via the Live Stream it was the first that I have followed. I’d followed a couple before through videos and Twitter but I never actually followed all (or most) of the talks LIVE. I have to say it was a great experience listening to all the great minds that spoke about everything WordPress and beyond. That’s why I’d like to share some of the best parts from WCSF with you right here, right now.
Below I’ve put together some of the best bits from throughout the weekend. So here you go…
Fire Alarm! Wait… what?
That’s right. The WordPress guys were too hot for the venue! One of the fire alarms went off forcing everyone to leave the building for a short period of time. Some attendees even took this opportunity to “bump into” some of their WordPress heroes.
This was just a tiny setback though as the WCSF organisers quickly got things going again and all the scheduled talks were still presented as expected. Great work guys.
We're pretty sure this is a First for #wcsf pic.twitter.com/6GGbfy5qzA
— WordCamp SF (@WordCampSF) October 25, 2014
Catch up on some awesome talks with these slideshares
I managed to put together a list of some of my favourite

3 min read Leif Quitevis
Plugins | blog.sucuri.net | 3 hours ago

Sucuri Blog: Vulnerability with WP eCommerce Plugin

Sucuri announces vulnerability found and patched in the popular WP eCommerce plugin. The security hole is similar to the MailPoet risk discovered recently. Users of this plugin are highly advised to update asap. (Side note: I have no idea why Homer Simpson showed up as an image choice - but hey, why not)

Sucuri Blog: Vulnerability with WP eCommerce Plugin

Plugins | blog.sucuri.net | 3 hours ago

Advisory for: WordPress WP eCommerce Plugin Security Risk: Medium (DREAD score : 6/10)
Exploitation level: Easy/Remote
Vulnerability: Information leak and access control bypass.
Patched Version: 3.8.14.4
If you’re using the popular WP eCommerce WordPress plugin (2,900,000 downloads), you should update it right away. During a routine audit for our Website Firewall (WAF), we found a dangerous vulnerability that could be used by a malicious user to easily get access and modify private information in the site.
The vulnerability allows an attacker to export all user names, addresses and other confidential information of any one that ever made a purchase through the plugin. It also allows an attacker to modify someone’s orders (e.g., non-paid to paid and vice versa). It was discovered and disclosed this week, the development team immediately patched by the WP eCommerce team. They also released the update 3.8.14.4 to fix this issue.
What are the risks?
Any WordPress based website running the WP eCommerce version 3.8.14.3 (or lower) are at risk. An attacker could perform administrative-related tasks without actually being authenticated as an administrator on the target website. Using this vulnerability,

5 min read Leif Quitevis
Community | garage.godaddy.com | 3 hours ago

GoDaddy Garage Blog: The power of community: WCSF14

I for one was glad to see GoDaddy as a major sponsor this year and their overall desire to get more involved with the WordPress community. Here's their take on the experience along with a few pictures to boot.

GoDaddy Garage Blog: The power of community: WCSF14

Community | garage.godaddy.com | 3 hours ago

I for one was glad to see GoDaddy as a major sponsor this year and their overall desire to get more involved with the WordPress community. Here's their take on the experience along with a few pictures to boot.

3 min read Tom Harrigan
Plugins | wptavern.com | 11 hours ago

Jetpack 3.2 Released, Introduces New Site Logo Feature for Theme Developers

Site Logo feature, new Testimonials custom post type, and other smaller incremental improvements. Removal of Google+ module,.

Jetpack 3.2 Released, Introduces New Site Logo Feature for Theme Developers

Plugins | wptavern.com | 11 hours ago

Jetpack 3.2 was quietly released yesterday with a host of new enhancements for self-hosted WordPress sites. Following up on 3.1’s total re-branding of the plugin, 3.2 comes with speed improvements and better caching for related posts. This release introduces the new ‘Site Logo’ feature that was added to WordPress.com themes in late July. The goal is to increase data portability across themes and standardize the way themes present logo upload.
The Site Logo feature has been added to Jetpack’s theme tools for any theme that opts to support it. It allows themes to optionally display the site’s title and tagline along with the logo and brings a new way for self-hosted WordPress sites to enjoy logo portability.
You’ll also find a new Site Icon feature in this release, which lets you create an icon for your site that will be displayed as a favicon. If you don’t already have a favicon in place, this is an easy way to add one.
The previous release introduced the Portfolio Custom Post Type as the first of many planned custom content types. According to the changelog, Jetpack 3.2 adds a new Testimonials content type. In order to turn it on, one might expect to navigate to ‘Settings’ → ‘Writing’

7 min read Eric Karkovack
Tutorials | premium.wpmudev.org | 13 hours ago

Creating Custom Page Templates in WordPress

Nice rundown on how to create your own custom page templates. They can be so useful when you want to set up a special page that your client won't be able to mess up.

Creating Custom Page Templates in WordPress

Tutorials | premium.wpmudev.org | 13 hours ago

Page templates in WordPress are a great way to add structural variations or highly customized functionality to your website. They are easy to create so newcomers can get started, but they offer enough potential to keep even seasoned professionals busy. You can get started by copying page templates from popular themes like the default WordPress theme Twenty Fourteen and tweaking, but you can also add your own styles and Javascript with ease.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what page templates are and how you can use them to make your website better.
What Is A Page Template?
As I mentioned in the introduction, a page template gives you the ability to deviate from your site’s existing structure in addition to adding new features. Twenty Fourteen includes two great examples: a contributor page and a fullwidth page.
The contributor page introduces new functionality: the ability to list the authors who have contributed to your website. The full width template alters the structure of the page by removing the sidebar, focusing more on content.
Twenty Eleven also provides two page templates: the showcase template and the sidebar template. The sidebar template gives you the good old sidebar

2 min read Michael Beil
Community | make.wordpress.org | 2 days ago

Modernising our real-time communication

With the switch from IRC to Slack being so successful, this week's dev chat will be hosted in the WordPress #core channel on Slack.

Modernising our real-time communication

Community | make.wordpress.org | 2 days ago

The WordPress project is testing out Slack as our main real-time communication platform, replacing IRC and ad hoc Skype chats. chat.wordpress.org is our new information hub for Slack. All wordpress.org users will be able to access WordPress Slack with immediate effect.
There will be volunteers hanging out in #wordpress-dev to inform users that the dev chat has moved to Slack. For those of you who don’t want to leave IRC just yet, you can connect to WordPress Slack using the IRC gateway.
The #core and #announcements channels on Slack have just surpassed 1,000 users, which is five times as many as we’ve ever had in the channels on IRC. Join us at chat.wordpress.org!

10 min read Tom Harrigan
Community | poststat.us | 4 days ago

Matt Mullenweg’s 2014 State of the Word

The past has been awesome, the future is bright. WP continues to grow, communication moves to Slack, i18n is good, mobile and the JSON REST API will be super important to continued greatness, and more..

Matt Mullenweg’s 2014 State of the Word

Community | poststat.us | 4 days ago

2 “Oh, my name is Matt Mullenweg by the way. Nice to meet you.” After the WordPress co-founder welcomed the largest WordCamp San Francisco audience ever, he introduced himself and began this year’s State of the Word — the annual talk where Matt provides insight of the last year of WordPress and inspiration for the future.
The last WCSF as we know it
WordCamp San Francisco has been here in Mission Bay for 7 years, and it’s the last year here. Next year, things are going to change; there will be a WordCamp US (Matt notes it’s a working title) that will be modeled similarly to WordCamp Europe; name, location and date to be determined.
The annual WordPress survey
This year there were over 33,000 responses to the annual WordPress survey.
Only 23% of the survey respondents were from the United States; a 6% increase of international respondents. And for the first time ever, non-English downloads surpassed English downloads; a change much due to the new internationalization tools in WordPress core itself.
A quarter of the respondents now make their living fully off of WordPress; 7,539 people from the survey pool. Matt estimates those people alone make up for more than a billion dollars of economic

4 min read Leif Quitevis
Plugins | yoast.com | 15 hours ago

Google Analytics by Yoast

Yoast releases a feature rich premium version of their Google Analytics plugin. The blog post link is here https://yoast.com/google-analytics-premium/

Google Analytics by Yoast

Plugins | yoast.com | 15 hours ago

Do you want to track how many visitors you have? Do want to know where they come from and what they do on your site? Google Analytics is the de-facto standard for measuring this, and much more. Adding Google Analytics to your website is as easy as pie with the Google Analytics by Yoast WordPress plugin. Google Analytics by Yoast Premium
Start tracking with just a few clicks
Easily switch to Google’s Universal tracking
Track your 404 error pages and search results like a pro!
Option to track views per author
Option to track views per post type
Other specific dimensions
Possibly even more important, buying Google Analytics by Yoast Premium gives you access to our support team.
Google Analytics by Yoast
Start tracking with just a few clicks
Easily switch to Google’s Universal tracking
Track your 404 error pages and search results like a pro!
So What does this Google Analytics plugin do?
First of all, this plugin makes sure you’re using the latest tracking code. This way you’ll benefit from all Google Analytics offers and use the fastest method of embedding it on your site. Adding the tracking is very easy; once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, you can click on the authenticate

7 min read Michael Beil
Editorials | source.purpo.se | 2 days ago

WordPress is not software

WordPress can drive a scalable and sustainable business to new heights with the exciting new technologies that are coming out.

WordPress is not software

Editorials | source.purpo.se | 2 days ago

My business requirements were simple. I needed a platform with a low marginal cost per site, that was horizontally scalable, maintainable, and extensible yet resilient. Functionally, I needed to be able to allow users to spin up sites in real time, and I needed to be able to augment and extend the related interfaces and transactions. So I started to get a lay of the land – researching potential platforms and their respective ecosystems. More recently, I’d been spoiled by mature, opinionated frameworks like Rails that made development a joy, but more importantly, imposed a regime of best practices resolved by Those-That-Are-Smarter-Than-Me (TTASTM). WordPress was the 800 pound gorilla in the room, but for a whole multitude of reasons, I wanted to find an alternative. For every reason I could find to use WordPress, I could think of two reasons not to.
Let’s face it: there’s a lot of acrimony against WordPress and even PHP in general; and yes, much of it is well-deserved. The core architecture of WordPress reflects the period of its inception, its provenance as a blog engine, and the unquestionably brilliant although sometimes intransigent, Mullenweg. The man who has acted as a spiritual

7 min read Peter Nilsson

Creating Beautiful and Effective Landing Pages With WordPress

Learn how you quite easily can create beautiful and attractive landing pages with WordPress themes and plugins.

Editorials | wordpress.tv | 4 days ago

Matt Mullenweg: The State of the Word 2014

Durin the WordCamp San Francisco, Matt Mullenweg delivered his annual State of the Word address.

Matt Mullenweg: The State of the Word 2014

Editorials | wordpress.tv | 4 days ago

Continue the discussion

Community | spinpress.com | 1 day ago

The SpinPress Magazine Is Now Available

SpinPress is a digital magazine all about the WordPress community and ecosystem. A free preview issue was released this week and it’s available for Android and on the web. There are great articles in it about WordPress 4.0, WordCamp Europe, Automattic, a new magical front-end editor called FrontKit, and many other things.

The SpinPress Magazine Is Now Available

Community | spinpress.com | 1 day ago

Today I’m very happy to announce the release of the SpinPress Magazine. The first publication is a free preview issue of SpinPress and it’s available for Android on the web. This free issue demonstrates the functionality and content you can expect from SpinPress in the future. You can download it in the Google Play Store or read it using the dedicated Web Reader. The SpinPress preview issue showcases all the various features you can expect from the magazine in the future, beginning with the first paid issue in January. The iOS version is following in the next days and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s approved by Apple.
Highlights are the WordPress 4.0 summary, a detailed look at Automattic and an in-depth comparison of TablePress and wpDataTables. Of course there’s even more content so be sure to check out the table of contents.
If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to write a comment, send an email or tweet @SpinPress! Since this is the first release and more or less a public beta, there may be some smaller bugs left. For example, SpinPress for Android is still lacking the night mode feature, but I’m going to implement it as soon as possible.
Thanks to everyone for their help

8 min read mattmedeiros
Plugins | torquemag.io | 3 days ago

Conductor: A Modular Layout Builder for WordPress

Jay Hoffman shares his point of view of The Conductor Plugin. Using Conductor as a modular layout builder.

Conductor: A Modular Layout Builder for WordPress

Plugins | torquemag.io | 3 days ago

In the wide, wide world of WordPress page builders, Conductor sure sticks out. It doesn’t integrate with your post editor or offer you limitless layout options. Instead, it focuses on helping you create excellent layouts for your pages and archives in (and I mean this) a matter of minutes, using a few clever tools. Matt Medieros of Slocum Studio, the creator of Conductor, sat down with me and walked me through Conductor’s functionality. Then he let me play with it on my own site. The tl;dr, Conductor is a keeper.
What’s Conductor?
Conductor is a layout builder plugin that integrates with your existing themes. You can choose to use Conductor on any of the pages or archive pages on your site. Doing so will pull up the theme customizer with a whole lot of options for you . You start by selecting your layout, full-width, left sidebar, two sidebars, etc. Then, for each section of your layout, you can add in either an existing widget, or add a Conductor widget.
The Conductor widget is really where the plugin’s strength lies. Without leaving the theme customizer window, you can pull in individual posts, or a list of posts, from any category on your site. Then, you can customize what part of

11 min read PSD to Wordpress
Community | wplift.com | 2 days ago

SendinBlue: SMS & Email Marketing that Integrates with Your WordPress Dashboard

I work with SendinBlue team and I can confirm that they are doing a great job!

SendinBlue: SMS & Email Marketing that Integrates with Your WordPress Dashboard

Community | wplift.com | 2 days ago

Today we are looking at a relatively new email and SMS marketing service called SendinBlue. This service was launched in 2012 and aims to compete with the other marketing newsletter services by being easier to use and more accessible. The service also integrates well with WordPress, making it easy to manage your account from within your site’s dashboard by using the free official plugin. With a free pricing plan that allows you to send 300 emails per day (9,000 emails per month), SendinBlue could be just the tool you are looking for if you are yet to start your email subscriber mailing list. Thanks to its easy to use interface and feature set, it could also be a great option for those thinking about changing mailing list providers.
To find out if this service is the right choice for you and your website read on for our SendinBlue review.
About SendinBlue
SendinBlue is a service that allows you to send email and SMS to your list of contacts or subscribers. The service has been created to appeal to both beginners and advanced users.
Just like WordPress aims to democratize publishing, SendinBlue hopes to democratize email marketing by providing a service that anyone can use, while still

Plugins | rarst.net | 3 days ago

Leaving WordPress plugin repository

Rarst (Andrey Savchenko) explains why he is moving his plugins away from the official wordpress plugin website.

Leaving WordPress plugin repository

Plugins | rarst.net | 3 days ago

I have been saying for a while (considerably long while) that I had decided to remove my plugins from official WordPress plugin repository. As things go — the more you talk about intentions the less action happens. So I had mostly shut up about it for a while longer, until it was all too obvious that now is as good time as any.
Since I plan to blog more about WordPress things — the perfect opportunity to explain my reasons in a post it is.
Technicalities
The repository
It is ironic how we spell out “official” plugin repository, because WordPress never intended to have any other repositories.
Its core code is written in line with that assumption, interacting only with WordPress.org API. Notably API with infrastructure (code and logic both) that is private and undisclosed to public.
While implementing alternate repositories is technically possible, it is not supported (or even reasonably conventionalized) and such implementations are disallowed to be hosted in official one for distribution.
Development
WordPress uses Subversion (SVN) version control as storage and interface for plugins’ code. While SVN is usable it is hardly pleasant or popular for modern development, lacking in newer

Plugins | robcubbon.com | 2 days ago

Essential WordPress Plug-ins and Website Tasks

Rob's lists of essential WordPress Plugins that is really up to the tasks

Essential WordPress Plug-ins and Website Tasks

Plugins | robcubbon.com | 2 days ago

WordPress works pretty well “out of the box” when you install it. However, in order to ensure a properly working WordPress website, here are some plug-ins and essential extras. WordPress plugins are bits of software that can expand the functionality of a WordPress site. This is by no means a definitive to-do list but it’s what I do on many of sites I create.
The following article is taken from my new Kindle book, provisionally entitled Building a Branded Website with WordPress. Be sure to tell me what you think about the article and the idea for the book.
Put keywords in URLs
The first thing I do with a new WordPress install is create custom permalinks. Go Settings > Permalinks and click the radio button next to “Post name”. Good for SEO. Good for users. Do it.
Contact Form
For me, the single most frustrating thing about websites is an inability to contact anyone at the site. This is why I think every website should have a Contact Me/Us page.
Instead of typing out your email address, it’s much more professional to provide a form. I use Contact Form 7 to do this. You could use Gravity Forms and offer the person filling out the contact form to join your mailing list.
Responsive Video

17 min read Leif Quitevis
Community | eff.org | 2 days ago

Who Has Your Back? WordPress Tops List Of Free Speech Champions

Automattic/WordPress has been pretty outspoken about dealing with DMCA/takedown requests and fighting for the free speech rights of WordPress users. This Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report proves that they are living up to their word.

Who Has Your Back? WordPress Tops List Of Free Speech Champions

Community | eff.org | 2 days ago

Download Report Download the complete report as a PDF.
Executive Summary
When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. For many years, EFF has worked with people whose lawful speech has been unfairly targeted by these sorts of complaints. We've observed that some approaches tend to work better than others in preventing that sort of deliberate abuse, as well as the casual censorship that comes from haphazard and dragnet approaches to policing online infringement.
In the copyright context, the contours of service provider policies are generally set by the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Those provisions outline the practices to which online service providers must adhere in order to avoid copyright liability for the actions of their users. But services have some flexibility in how they implement those requirements, and can make decisions that optimize for defending user speech—or instead for minimizing their own legal costs, reducing engineering requirements, or building relationships with rightsholder groups,