WordPress News Digest for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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5 Best Forum Plugins for WordPress

By / — Building online forums requires a lot of patience and sometimes more than average technical knowledge. For beginners this usually means learning a new software system from the ground up. What if we told you that you can build a robust… More →

5 Free Creative Commons Image Plugins for WordPress Compared

By / — Easily insert Creative Commons images with one of these quality plugins. More →

Add Masonry, Grid Layouts To Your WordPress Site With Just CSS

By / — Display your WordPress post lists using the masonry (Pinterest) approach or maybe a grid layout, all just by adding a snippet of CSS. No plugins, shortcodes, template changes, assigning pages as the home page. Just pure CSS. More →

Charter – The Best WordPress Lawyer Theme

By / — We are pleased to announce the availability of Charter, our new WordPress theme for lawyers and legal firms. With its professional look and clear appearance, Charter is designed with law firms and lawyers in mind. It has all the features… More →

Create Your Own Custom Pointers in the WordPress Admin

By / — Admin pointers were first added in WordPress 3.3 for the purpose of helping users discover and navigate new features in major releases. For example, when widgets were added to the customizer, an admin pointer displayed to highlight live widget previews… More →

Custom Taxonomy as “Post Meta”

By / — I found this post while sorting through my old drafts and decided to go ahead and publish it rather than trashing it. Hopefully the code samples don’t break too badly in WordPress 3.9. I’ve talked a bit about when to… More →

DNS Basics

By / — This post is part of a new series designed to help developers who are just starting out understand some basics and how they relate to WordPress. This first post is about DNS, including what it is and why you need… More →

Does WordPress Encourage Poor Programming?

By / — If you hang around any group of programmers long enough, you’re bound to get into a discussion as to which language is currently the best language and why that’s the case. Well. Then again. Maybe not. I’d say this is true… More →

First Look At The New Plugin Details Screen Coming To WordPress 4.0

By / — In the past two weeks, a lot of work has been done to improve the various plugin installer modals in the backend of WordPress. A modal is a fancy way of saying a dialog or popup box. One of the… More →

Gravity Forms not sending email notifications? Here’s the Super Notification Sauce for Google Apps and Gmail with SMTP

By / — Well, here’s some Awesome Gravity Forms Notification Sauce (we’ll have to see if this usage will pass the Urban Dictionary critics). It’s been years now since we’ve been using Gravity Forms, and we’re still very much in love. All that dragging and… More →

How To: Create a Magazine Style Website with the OldPaper WordPress Theme

By / — OldPaper is a new theme from ThunderThemes and is designed to be used as a Newspaper or Magazine style theme for content-heavy blogs or websites. It is built around the Twitter Bootstrap framework so its is responsive and light-weight and… More →

Introducing Interactive Tutorials Within the User Portal

By / — Providing an exceptional customer experience has always been the top priority for us here at WP Engine. In our ongoing efforts to deliver that promise, we are excited to announce we have released a new suite of tools that enables… More →

Kinsta Publishes Guide On The History Of WordPress, Its Ecosystem, and Community

By / — Mark Gavalda, CEO of Kinsta WordPress Hosting, has published an in-depth guide covering the history of WordPress, its vast ecosystem, and the community surrounding it. Gavalda does a great job explaining the impact WordPress has had on so many individuals… More →

Making Tweedy’s “Summer Noon” video (or how I went from designing apps to directing a music video)

By / — Awesome project retrospective. And I’m always pleased to read something like this on someone’s own site rather than on Medium, etc.# More →

Pitchforks for Plutocrats

By / — Nick Hanauer advocates for $15 minimum wage in The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats. He was the first non-family investor in Amazon.com, and as he puts it, a “zillionaire.” More →

Proposed agenda for today’s dev chat We’re targeting…

By / — Proposed agenda for today’s dev chat. We’re targeting the late evening Eastern US time for beta 1. What should people be testing in beta 1? Customizer tickets: #27666, #27993, #28605 Need to clear enhancements and feature requests before beta 1. More →

Speaking up every. F*cking. Time

By / — Fascinating read. (thanks Justin)# More →

Syed Balkhi and Thomas Griffin are joining forces

By / — Syed Balkhi and Thomas Griffin first partnered together when they created Floating Social Bar, a free WordPress social sharing plugin. They decided to collaborate after meeting and getting along at WordCamp Raleigh. From there, their relationship blossomed, and they decided… More →

The Modern Programmer: The Philosopher, the Architect, and the Artist

By / — Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law, found in his work, Hazards of Prophecy, states “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I suppose this makes the modern-day programmer something of a wizard. The things programmers […] The post The Modern… More →

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

By / — The only way to slash government for real is to go back to basic economic principles: You have to reduce the demand for government. If people are getting $15 an hour or more, they don’t need food stamps. They don’t… More →

The Ultimate Guide To Setting Up and Integrating MailChimp In Your WordPress Site

By / — What’s more important? Creating great content on your website, marketing your content, or converting visitors in to paying customers? Can’t come up with the answer? That’s okay because it was kind of a trick question. To build a successful website,… More →

The WhiP Newsletter #38

By / — Ditching PHP for Javascript, shake up behind the scenes at WP Beginner and Hofstadter’s law. Check out The Whip for more daily lashings of WordPress goodness. More →

Using IF Statements In Sass

By / — In preview tutorials we were investigating some of the features and benefits you get with using Sass to generate your CSS files. If you haven't tried Sass then I advise you look into using it in your next project, to… More →

Using MailChimp On Your WordPress Website To Increase Readership

By / — When you speak to Internet marketers many will tell you, “the money is in the list.” What they’re saying is that your blogging and business efforts should be focused on building your e-mail newsletter list. While you may think that… More →

Using Sane Defaults in Themes

By / — With the release of WordPress 3.9, one of the changes to the Theme Review Guidelines is that Themes must use sane defaults. That means that Themes must not write default setting values to the database. For many Themes, this may… More →

We are six

By / —   Today is our birthday. Our sixth birthday. Simply to survive is an accomplishment for tech companies of today and we’re grateful and proud that over the last 2191 days we’ve managed to grow and mature within this wonderful ecosystem… More →

When Sites Go Down

By / — I lost a day of being able to work, but not my faith in my host. More →

WooThemes is 6 and giving back to WordPress

By / — Today, WooThemes turns 6 years old! To me, it feels like Woo has been around forever. I’ve followed every step of the journey since the company was founded in 2008 and since joining in 2011 the time has flown by.… More →

WordPress 4.0: What’s Coming and How to Get Involved

By / — The launch date for WordPress 4.0 is still over a month away, but its exciting new features are starting to take shape. The major changes in 4.0 are improvements for embedded media, internationalization, and improving the user experience […] The post WordPress 4.0:… More →

WordPress.tv Adds Its First German Presentation: Konstantin Obenland on Underscores

By / — WordPress.tv added its first German language video today. Konstantin Obenland’s “Underscores: Ein Startertheme Für Alle” presentation from WordCamp Hamburg is, surprisingly, the only German video to make it to WordPress.tv so far. Obenland is a code wrangler at Automattic and… More →