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Syed Balkhi knows how to scale and market websites. It'll be interesting to see how he takes the content-driven and free-theme site, ThemeLab, and makes it into a commercial shop.

Syed Balkhi, of WP Beginner, enters the commercial theme market with ThemeLab

Themes | poststat.us | 2 hours ago

ThemeLab has been around since 2007, started by Leland Fiegel. Leland released dozens of themes on ThemeLab, most of which were free. He also wrote a consistent blog and was generally an active member of the WordPress community. Over time though, as has so often been true, his activity slowed and the site lost focus. Today, Syed Balkhi officially announced that he has purchased ThemeLab and is moving into the commercial theme space. After talks with a couple of other potential sellers, Syed moved forward on a deal in late 2013 to buy ThemeLab from Leland.
Syed tells me that his reasoning for entering the theme market via a separate site, versus WP Beginner, was multi-faceted but primarily due to mission:
The purpose of WP Beginner was never to sell themes. It was always to help the community.
And he wants to keep his endeavor into themes a separate entity from WP Beginner.
Syed has a team of 14, but ThemeLab is its own company. Currently, six members of the team are working on building and maintaining the new ThemeLab.
Like some others in the market I’ve profiled, such as The Theme Foundry and Array, Syed wants to go back to simpler themes that work out of the box. That’s the aim with...

Syed Balkhi knows how to scale and market websites. It'll be interesting to see how he takes the content-driven and free-theme site, ThemeLab, and makes it into a commercial shop.
5 min read Tim Nash
Are you fed up with Lite plugins, or do you aim for Fremium products.

The power of WordPress.org on freemium products - Post Status

Community | poststat.us | 8 hours ago

There’s a ton of discussion going on around the WordPress.org theme review incentive program right now. The incentive program was structured around a concept of rewarding reviewers for their work by allowing them to choose which themes get featured on the WordPress theme showcase, based on how many themes they review and approve in a given month. As you may expect, the program has had some issues, mostly because it essentially encourages pay-for-play. Review themes? You can feature your own. With the size of the WordPress.org audience (not to mention the in-dashboard audience), that’s a huge incentive.
With the popularity of the freemium model and the power of the WordPress.org theme directory’s traffic, the program appears to have been gamed, to the point that the program has been temporarily suspended.
The discussion around Jen Mylo’s post announcing the suspension and future of the program is mostly positive and very educational, if you have a while to check it out. It’s fascinating to read the various motivations and concerns of different folks.
However, to me, the impact of WordPress.org on freemium business models is more interesting than this particular debate.
WordPress.org...

Are you fed up with Lite plugins, or do you aim for Fremium products.
8 min read Joe Can Write
Some info on starter themes and how they can help you speed up the development process and get better results.

Why use a starter theme for your next WordPress development project

Themes | designwall.com | 6 hours ago

If you want to design and build your own WordPress theme, perhaps for your own projects, or to release as a commercial product, then a starter theme can save you a lot of time and effort, while also helping to ensure your creation is built on solid foundations. Today we will take a look at this type of theme, what they can be used for, and why you should consider using one. When developing a custom WordPress theme, a popular shortcut and time saving option in the past has been to start with a well-designed but fairly plain looking theme, such as those that come with WordPress, and then remove any unwanted elements before adding your own code to create the design and layout.
The other option of course is to start from scratch and create all the necessary files yourself and code the theme from the ground up. While this option gives you total control over how your theme is built, it can be a very time consuming process, especially for anyone developing themes on a regular basis, such as those working as a freelance WordPress consultant.
However, there is another way and that is to make use of a starter theme. Although slightly similar in concept, these starter themes are different from...

Some info on starter themes and how they can help you speed up the development process and get better results.

Tips for getting your plugin approved on WordPress.org - Pippins Plugins

Plugins | pippinsplugins.com | 1 day ago

There are a lot of plugins on WordPress.org (more than 30,000) and there are a huge number of new plugins submitted to the repository every single week. What you may not know is that there are only two people that review the vast majority of the plugin submissions each week: myself and Mika Ipstenu (she does far more than me). That means the review queue gets really back logged anytime one or both of us is traveling, busy with work, or simply unable to make it through the review queue for one reason or another. Mika and I see a lot of plugins come through the review queue, so naturally we see a lot of trends with plugins that get approved, rejected, or held back. Tonight, for example, I reviewed a list of about 30 plugins. Of those 30, 15 or so got approved, 2 got rejected, and the rest got “soft” rejected (meaning there was a small modification or improvement needed). Of the 13 that were soft rejected, 10 were given the exact same reason.
Tonight’s review queue was very typical, in terms of the number that were approved, rejected, and soft rejected, and also the reasons for each plugin’s review status.
While it is purely an estimation, I’d speculate that 9 out of every 10 plugins that...

Pippin shares six helpful tips for those who may want to get a plugin approved in the repo.
6 min read Leif Quitevis
Nice, concise explanation of frameworks, parent, and child themes. Watch the episode after reading. Notable quote, "This approach separates the functionality (in the framework) and the design (in the child theme)..."

What Is a WordPress Theme Framework?

Themes | bourncreative.com | 6 hours ago

Recently, I joined WP Watercooler for an Episode on WordPress Theme Frameworks. If you’ve ever walked away from your desk for a break and visited the WP Watercooler, you know the experience is like being at a big family holiday — everyone is loud, there is laughter and joking, great conversations, golden nuggets of wisdom, silly banter, and arguing — but all in all, you love them all just the way they are.
While we discussed frameworks, I don’t know if we really had a real, useful discussion about WordPress theme frameworks, why they are popular, how they can accelerate the development process, and whether they are a good fit for you — especially if you’re new to WordPress and frameworks.
There was a lot of banter, different perspectives were shared, some disagreements were had, some knowledge was dropped — and there was a lot of focus on the WordPress Genesis Framework from StudioPress.
DISCLAIMER: Bourn Creative is a Genesis Recommended Developer and an advocate/affiliate for the Genesis framework, as were other guests on the show.
Trust me, you just have to watch it for yourself, and at the very least, I promise this episode should be pretty entertaining!
Now let’s get to the nitty...

Nice, concise explanation of frameworks, parent, and child themes. Watch the episode after reading. Notable quote, "This approach separates the functionality (in the framework) and the design (in the child theme)..."
9 min read Tom Ewer
We'll be covering learning management system plugins for WordPress over the next few weeks with three in-depth reviews of the best offerings currently available. This is our first!

Learning Management System Plugin for WordPress - WP Courseware

Plugins | managewp.com | 4 hours ago

With WordPress being used in education environments more and more, the need for a comprehensive learning management system (LMS) is coming into demand. The successes of the few plugins that do this already are demonstrating their need. People want to offer courses online. Why? Reasons abound: for educational institutions, for staff training, for non-profit outreach, and as a business model – a way to make mullah.
This will be a multi-part article covering just three popular options to chose a learning management system plugin for WordPress, and will attempt to review their capabilities in depth.
Today we’re starting with WP Courseware by Fly Plugins. We’ve tested the plugin and interviewed its co-founder, Nate Johnson. Here is our in-depth review.
Biggest marketplace advantage: This plugin has the most integration options for conjoining with third-party membership plugins. It traditionally has also had strength in its quiz capabilities.
Summary: This is a plugin that garnered the attention of many universities and ‘big name’ brands. You can see why when reading what it can do or when watching its demo video. It has a lot of capabilities for course management and is able to fit into...

We'll be covering learning management system plugins for WordPress over the next few weeks with three in-depth reviews of the best offerings currently available. This is our first!
6 min read Iain Poulson

Will WordPress be a Plugin Business Killer?

Plugins | polevaultweb.com | 2 days ago

WordPress core development has recently adopted a features-as-plugins model for incorporating large changes into major releases. This has come about largely in response to the WordPress 3.6 release, which saw its Post Format UI changes backed out late in the day. As a plugin developer wanting to keep up with changes that might affect my plugins I signed up for the core email updates. I followed closely as numerous feature plugins were initiated to address improvements needed in core. As soon as I heard about the , it suddenly became clear how precarious a position running a commercial plugin business based on WordPress really is. When I talk about Post Meta here, I’m talking about the Post Meta developer’s experience from the back-end – creating input elements for meta fields in a programatic method. There have been a slew of libraries/frameworks/plugins (CMB, SCB, WPAlchemy, ACF, Pods), which have filled this role for the moment. We’ll look to these as spiritual prequels to a new core-worthy plugin
Post Meta Team Introductory Meeting
Nothing New
Of course plugin businesses built around WordPress have always been at risk, as is any business that relies on another. This is nothing new....

A thoughtful post about the relationship between commercial WordPress plugins and WordPress core development.
Now this is an interesting little thing.. It opens a sea of possibility not just the functionality itself but the underlying APIs

Schedule photos in bulk with Postbot, but why stop there?

Community | poststat.us | 9 hours ago

Automattic has released an interesting new tool, called Postbot. Postbot is a webapp, at Postbot.co, which allows WordPress.com authenticated users to upload photos in bulk and schedule them as posts. There is, of course, a fun little gif.
Once I used the WordPress.com connect tool, it instantly let me choose which WordPress.com or Jetpack connected blog I wanted to schedule posts on. Indeed, it’s very interesting to me that I can use a WordPress.org Jetpack connected site with this web app.
Once I connected, I was presented with a super simple interface, and I uploaded some sample photos to see what it looks like, sans gif.
It’s simple, and elegant. It is built with the WordPress.com / Jetpack JSON API. What’s striking to me is how wonderfully simple the interface is.
I instantly thought: why isn’t all publishing on WordPress this simple?
I think this little concept is cool for publishing photos. I wouldn’t be surprised if this idea came from Matt Mullenweg wanting it on his personal photo blog.
But why stop at bulk scheduling photos?
This project just highlights why I think the WordPress JSON API (potentially) hitting core is going to be game changing. People can then create the publishing...

Now this is an interesting little thing.. It opens a sea of possibility not just the functionality itself but the underlying APIs
Spam comments and automated bot user registrations have become a nuisance for WordPress sites. Learn how to effectively stop spam comments and user registrations.

How to Stop Spam Comments & Fake Users Registrations in WordPress

Tutorials | cloudways.com | 5 hours ago

The annoying, same-old problem of spam comments and bot user registrations has lead bloggers and webmasters to a point that they are shutting down manual user registrations and comment sections. They are also paying more to companies and hosting service providers to protect their websites against DDoS and Brute Force attacks and to cleanup the databases. The problem with spam comments and fake user registrations has exploded to a point that many top websites have decided to shut down comment sections. AntiSocialMedia announced in a furious way that they are taking down the comments section. In their announcement, they said:
We had a good run, but comments no longer add value to this site.
Similar move was made by TwistImage.com recently, and a long discussion started at Mark Schaefer’s status update on which Mitch Joel stated:
I get worried when they start flowing like [the other day] that the blog [was] on the verge of being hacked. We’re looking [into] third party commenting tools and I’m hopeful it will be back online soon. We’re super busy with client work, so that doesn’t help the integration of this, but we’ll get there. That being said, it has become unmanageable.
Mark Schaefer...

Spam comments and automated bot user registrations have become a nuisance for WordPress sites. Learn how to effectively stop spam comments and user registrations.
3 min read Lisa League
Highlights include how to build rapid prototypes and why you should not write proposals.

WP Elevation interviews Brent Shepherd from Woo Subscriptions

Business | wpelevation.com | 9 hours ago

Welcome to the WP Elevation Podcast, Episode 28. Our featured guest this week is Brent Shepherd, a fellow Australian living in San Francisco, who is the developer of the Woo Subscriptions extension which allows you to have customers subscribe to a recurring monthly product using WooCommerce. It is a premium extension and he has built a nice company out of building this extension for WooCommerce. In this episode, you’re going to learn how Brent made the transition from a freelance web dev into a WP product company. Watch the Video
We're giving away a copy of Woo Subscriptions, valued at $109, which allows customers to subscribe to a product and pay you monthly. To enter the competition, leave a comment under this video and tell us either what you're currently using the Woo Subscriptions for or what kind of business you would like to use it for.
Show Highlights
This week’s highlights include:
WP Elevation Tip of the Week: Don’t write prototypes. Why not just build a rapid prototype in WordPress or use the Canvas Theme on Woo Themes to build a rapid prototype to show the client what we’re building instead of trying to explain it in words
I asked Brent about writing proposals and he said...

Highlights include how to build rapid prototypes and why you should not write proposals.
3 min read Julien
Have you ever wanted to communicate to your users after you released a theme or plugin? This plugin will help you do just that.

Get user feedback on your themes or plugins

Plugins | themeavenue.net | 1 day ago

Have you ever wanted to communicate to your users after you released a theme or plugin? This is something we’ve been thinking about for quite a while. Once you’ve published a product, things don’t just stop. It’s actually more of a beginning from multiple standpoints. What begins is the relationship with your users. This relationship can be developed at various levels. The most obvious one being the product support. However, there are other reasons why you might want to communicate with the users. For instance:
Support,
Feedback (ask the user to evaluate the product),
Marketing (promote a related product or service),
Sales (offer special deals to the user)
There is no easy way to establish communication with the users in a non intrusive way. Except if you sell / distribute your products on your own site, you won’t get the users’s e-mail. That’s why we developed Remote Dashboard Notifications.
It is a simple plugin made for WordPress developers. This plugin will offer you an easy way to talk to your users by pushing short messages to their dashboard.
The plugin will have to be installed on a “server” site. It can be your own site, your support site… Then, you will need to load one extra...

Have you ever wanted to communicate to your users after you released a theme or plugin? This plugin will help you do just that.
An excellent idea. This is not strictly WordPress but thought would be useful for the design community

UsePanda - Keeping designers inspired and informed every day

Themes | usepanda.com | 4 hours ago

Keeping designers inspired and informed every day. The must have app for designers. Comfortably browse Designer News, Dribbble, Behance, Hacker News and others all in one place. Never miss anything, again....

An excellent idea. This is not strictly WordPress but thought would be useful for the design community
There are so many questions that can go unanswered when shipping a product. Chris shares how to wrap surprise, trust, and uniqueness into your product.

Are you considering all your product dimensions?

Business | chrislema.com | 16 hours ago

How do you define your product? If you’re a software engineer, there’s a good chance you define the product as the code you write. But if you’ve spent time on this blog, you’ll know that I define it differently.
At the core, I define products as the benefit a customer derives from something I offer. Sometimes it’s a feature. Sometimes it’s a result. Sometimes it’s insurance (as in the protection from something otherwise happening).
You might wonder about that definition because it’s not how you think about it, but ponder the reality of buying car insurance. You don’t get anything except a potential benefit. And that’s still a product you pay for (yearly, or even monthly).
Moving beyond benefits
When you think about the idea of car insurance, you already know the difference between the product you purchase (which is a potential benefit, if needed) and the experience you have.
The experience is all the interactions you have when buying the product. What’s amazing is that most of us evaluate the product we buy (when it comes to car insurance) based on the experience we have – long before needing the insurance.
That experience is something most software developers don’t spend a lot of time...

There are so many questions that can go unanswered when shipping a product. Chris shares how to wrap surprise, trust, and uniqueness into your product.
New Release WordPress 3.9 Is Packed With 30 New Vector Based Icon Fonts

WordPress 3.9 Adds 30 New Dashicons

Community | wptavern.com | 23 hours ago

Dashicons are what’s known as an icon font and were added to the core of WordPress with the release of 3.8. The icons are vector based so they can be as large or small as you want without losing quality. Plugin authors can use CSS, HTML, or a Glyph for use within Photoshop to display an icon. While 3.8 had 167 icons, WordPress 3.9 shipped with 30 new Dashicons bringing the total to 197. The icons cover Media, TinyMCE, WordPress.org, Sorting, Widgets, Alerts, and Miscellaneous. Some plugin authors have already opted out of using a bitmap image and are using a Dashicon to represent their plugin within the WordPress admin menu. If none of the Dashicons match your use case, try Genericons instead. Genereicons is also an icon font but has icons that are not focused on WordPress....

New Release WordPress 3.9 Is Packed With 30 New Vector Based Icon Fonts
7 min read FastLine Media
In this post, Billy discusses WordPress themes that we like to use for our small business clients.

Our Favorite Themes For Small Businesses

The theme marketplace is a vast landscape, often discouraging for a user from the sheer amount of themes available. Googling something like ‘Small Business WordPress Themes’ yields over 13 million results which is daunting to say the least! We’ve had the slight displeasure of weeding through these results in search for the best themes for several considerations: overall look & feel, functionality, ease of use, performance, responsiveness and of course price. Today, we’ll be looking at several great themes we’ve personally used for our client websites that can be used by any small business. One point to cover initially is that there are great resources that generally contain really nice themes fitting the criteria mentioned above, all in one spot. To mention a few, we have FastLine Themes, StudioPress, WooThemes, Elegant Themes and Theme Forest (huge marketplace). Read on for specifics on our favorite WordPress themes!
FastLine Themes – The Automator Theme
What a surprise! We love the Automator theme, not just because it’s our baby, but that we developed it keeping in mind everything we didn’t necessarily like about themes available. We wanted a theme that was modern, simple yet robust...

In this post, Billy discusses WordPress themes that we like to use for our small business clients.
10 min read Brian Krogsgard
I interviewed Mike McAlister, an early author on ThemeForest, about his transition from that marketplace to his own theme shop.

From ThemeForest to Array, the story of a theme business - Post Status

Themes | poststat.us | 1 day ago

Mike McAlister has been an active member of the commercial WordPress theme space since 2009. He started by selling themes on ThemeForest. He transitioned to the Okay Themes brand in December of 2011. And at the end of March of this year, Mike transitioned yet again to Array. While these transitions may seem like arbitrary branding, to me they represent broader shifts both in Mike’s style and the direction of the commercial WordPress space in general. He’s never really attempted to fit anyone else’s mold, but I believe he’s done quite well at predicting the market and staying ahead of the pack; and that’s why I love following his work.
Mike consistently challenges himself to succeed in a saturated space by attacking the market in a different way than the rest of the crowd.
Selling WordPress themes on ThemeForest
In 2009, Mike discovered WordPress and saw the opportunities of the commercial WordPress space. He quickly got his first ThemeForest theme put together, which he admits was probably sub-par code; but it got him started on his journey to consistently sell themes at a fairly early stage of the market.
ThemeForest has always been a controversial space. From a consumer side, with...

I interviewed Mike McAlister, an early author on ThemeForest, about his transition from that marketplace to his own theme shop.
6 min read Tim Nash
As more and more developers turn to Vagrant this article looks at some of the more interesting.

13 Vagrant Resources for WordPress Development

Community | wptavern.com | 2 days ago

Vagrant is an open source tool that makes it easy to configure and distribute virtual development environments. The project was started in 2010 by Mitchell Hashimoto and John Bender who wanted to create a way to standardize development environments for teams. Vagrant was designed to put an end to the “works on my machine” frustration that often surfaces when teams develop on different environments. Because it’s so lightweight and portable, many WordPress developers have adopted Vagrant for development, which has resulted in different tools and configurations for various project needs. We’ve collected a few WordPress-related Vagrant resources here that will help you get started.
Varying Vagrant Vagrants
Varying Vagrant Vagrants is one of the most widely used and best-supported Vagrant configurations for WordPress development. Originally created by the folks at 10up, the open source VVV project became a community organization earlier this year. The company still contributes to its development and maintenance, helping to make it one of the most stable options for setting up a Vagrant-based WordPress development environment. VVV provides a comprehensive configuration for developing themes...

As more and more developers turn to Vagrant this article looks at some of the more interesting.
8 min read Lisa League
Is all that talk about "the loop" driving you "loopy"? Here's your chance to finally understand it!

The WordPress Loop Explained For Beginners

The WordPress Loop is the code that WordPress uses to display content on your website. Take your index.php template, for example. In a basic blogging theme, this template is generally used to display several posts or post excerpts on your home page. The index.php template uses the WordPress Loop in order to do this.
A basic understanding of the WordPress loop is necessary if you want to modify your WordPress design. Even if you do not have experience with PHP or HTML, you should be able to understand how the WordPress Loop is constructed after reading this tutorial.
Understanding the WordPress Loop
The best way to learn about the WordPress Loop is to look at a basic example of how it is used in a WordPress theme. Therefore, let us look at some simple code initially and then I can break down each line to give you a better understanding of what each line does.
Below is an example of a simple WordPress Loop. The code in your own WordPress theme for the loop may be much longer, however it follows the same structure as this.

If you have some experience using...

Is all that talk about "the loop" driving you "loopy"? Here's your chance to finally understand it!
Just discovered this podcast. Roundtable discussion sometimes involving WordPress. This is their story.

WPwatercooler: The origin story

Community | wpwatercooler.com | 3 hours ago

Back in October of 2012 I wrote this blog post when I was deciding to start WPwatercooler and I thought I'd share it's origin story here. It's crazy how far we've come with the show at the bottom I've recapped how things have changed and what the process is currently. http://www.jasontucker.us/3109
WPwatercooler - back in the day
So I’ve been thinking about self promotion a bit lately. As a developer it’s hard to showcase what you know and how well you know it. Showing someone a portfolio of code isn’t going to do much for you and showing a website design doesn’t help with conveying you are a developer on that pretty website. In thinking about this I came to the realization that unless you know the developer already or you’ve had a conversation with them you really don’t know them or how well they know their craft. What better way to see how much a person knows then just listening to them speak with others about a given subject.
I’ve been jonesin’ to doing a new podcast, it’s been a while since I did GeekFit with my buddy Steve and TuckerTales with my wife Jen and I wanted to do something that REALLY interests me and is something I have some deep knowledge about. As much as I loved...

Just discovered this podcast. Roundtable discussion sometimes involving WordPress. This is their story.
4 min read Indexwp
If you want to allow your users to download your files from your WordPress site, the process to place a download link on WordPress is real quick and easy. Also, there are a few amazing plugins to make this process easy for you.

How to Add Files for Download in WordPress

Tutorials | indexwp.com | 1 day ago

Want to add files for download in WordPress? Do you run a site on WordPress where you want to allow your users to download your files. Well, in this post we will find out how to allow WordPress users to download your files from your site.
Allowing users to download files from WordPress site is a very small requirement with really easy solution, however it can be tricky for a newbie WordPress user, so this post is for all newbies who want to allow their users to download PDF file or any other kind of files.
Adding Files for Download in WordPress
If you are running a training related website on WordPress where you need to provide your users documents to read be it PDF or other version, you can easily create a download link for the document in WordPress.
Adding a document in WordPress is as simple as adding an image to your post, yes that’s right. Follow the process below to add your file on your WordPress site using the media uploader.
Step 1. Go to the page or post where you want your download link to show, then highlight the text where you want the download link. If you want to insert new text something like “DOWNLOAD”, write your text and click on media uploader
Step 2. Once you are...

If you want to allow your users to download your files from your WordPress site, the process to place a download link on WordPress is real quick and easy. Also, there are a few amazing plugins to make this process easy for you.
7 min read Mark Gavalda
Adding a bit of customization to your good old WP admin interface can go a long way with clients!

How to Customize The WordPress Admin User Interface

Tutorials | kinsta.com | 23 hours ago

Bored of your default, WordPress-centric back end user interface? With the WP Admin UI Customize plugin, it’s easy to tailor the UI to your specifications. Here’s how. WordPress is fantastic.
But it has a few shortfalls — especially with it’s back end UI. For one, you can’t personalize it without the use of an external plugin. Secondly, the UI centers itself around the WordPress.org website, which can become a bit of a drag if you develop WordPress websites for clients.
Consequently, you might be getting a little frustrated with the unremarkable WordPress admin UI. Here’s how to customize it.
NOTE: We’re going to be customizing with the use of this plugin, so don’t worry if you’re not a coder (I’m not one either). If you can click a mouse and type on a keyboard, you can customize your WP admin.
Installing & Activating WP Admin UI Customize
WP Admin UI Customize is the most popular back end customization plugin, thanks to its intuitive UI and straightforward directions.
Download and install the plugin.
After installing the plugin, click on the new tab WP Admin UI Customize on your side menu and select whichever user role you want to customize first — you can tailor separate UIs for separates...

Adding a bit of customization to your good old WP admin interface can go a long way with clients!
Pippin Williamson review on FacetWP an advanced WordPress filtering and search plugin

Review: FacetWP - Pippins Plugins

Plugins | pippinsplugins.com | 1 day ago

FacetWP is an advanced filtering and search plugin that allows you to create faceted search and filter options. The plugin is written by Matt Gibbs and is down right stellar. I gave it a quick run for this review and was very pleased with what I found. In Matt’s own words:
Facets are interactive elements for filtering lists of content. You’ve seen facets on sites like Amazon and eBay. Use FacetWP to improve eCommerce sites, staff directories, resource libraries, search pages and a whole lot more!
To get a real idea of just how powerful FacetWP is, take a look at Matt’s live demo.
You can see a live example of how I and some co-developers implemented FacetWP very effectively on CGCookie.com.
My video walk-through and review:...

Pippin Williamson review on FacetWP an advanced WordPress filtering and search plugin
AffiliateWP, The New Affiliate Marketing With WordPress Introduced to WP Community by Pippin Williamson and Andrew Munro

AffiliateWP: The New Kid on the Block for Affiliate Marketing with WordPress

Business | torquemag.io | 2 days ago

In today’s WordPress community there’s no shortage of entrepreneurial developers—many of whom are working on new ideas, new products, or new WordPress related services. And they all have one thing in common: constantly trying to come up with the next big thing! In 2014, innovation may seem increasingly more difficult. This is due to the fact that many “new” ideas have already been executed, and many needs are already being met. But sometimes taking a fresh look at a seemingly “solved” problem can result in great breakthroughs . . . particularly when you have a vision that provides a better or simplified solution.
You don’t always have to invent something new. Apple wasn’t the first company to make a smartphone, but they did successfully reinvent the idea with the introduction of the iPhone. In the realm of affiliate marketing, AffiliateWP has also reinvented an idea, so to speak.
AffiliateWP and Affiliate Marketing
I first heard about AffiliateWP when Pippin Williamson mentioned it in the Apply Filters podcast. As I understand it, the goal was to come up with an affiliate platform for WordPress that was simple to use, easy to install, and flexible enough to have a good shot at being...

AffiliateWP, The New Affiliate Marketing With WordPress Introduced to WP Community by Pippin Williamson and Andrew Munro
WordPress 3.9 released with rich media editing experience but at the expense of users favourite by removing advance image features that was added to 3.8

How The Advanced Image Editing Properties Contributed To WordPress Theme Lock

Community | wptavern.com | 20 hours ago

Although WordPress 3.9 has refined the media editing experience, it did so at the cost of removing a feature users appreciated. In WordPress 3.8, users could easily add a border, vertical, and horizontal padding to images. WordPress 3.9 removed this from the advanced image settings screen. It’s not just those who use the self-hosted version of WordPress that are upset with the change. A WordPress.com support forum thread with over 430 posts is filled with users asking why the feature was removed. In some cases, WordPress.com staff are explaining how to use HTML code to add or remove borders to images.
Thankfully, there’s a new plugin available that not only restores the original advanced image settings but has expanded upon them. The plugin is called Advanced Image Styles and is maintained by Gregory Cornelius. As you can see, users can now apply padding in all four directions instead of two. You can also apply a border color instead of just the border width.
Early reviews indicate users are happy to see these options return despite having to use a plugin. Unfortunately, those on WordPress.com are still out of luck. A member of the WordPress.com staff says it’s possible the plugin will...

WordPress 3.9 released with rich media editing experience but at the expense of users favourite by removing advance image features that was added to 3.8