WordPress News Digest for Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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7 Things to Do When Blogging Is Seriously Hard – BobWP

By / — Figuring out the reason is the first step in getting back in the groove. It may be totally out of our control, but just recognizing that it’s probably temporary makes it not quite so scary. The post 7 Things to… More →

A Quarter of the Top 10 Million Sites Ranked by Alexa Use WordPress

By / — According to Matthias Gelbmann of W3Techs, 25% of the sites it surveys are using WordPress. The milestone comes two years after reaching the 20% mark. The following image shows WordPress’ rapid growth from 13.1% in January 2011 to 25% today.… More →

An open letter on side projects

By / — I love side projects. They are what wake me up at night with excitement; they are what causes light bulbs to flash on inside my brain while walking my dog; they are what motivate me when all other motivation is… More →

Arthur C. Clarke on Distributed Work

By / — I saw the new Steve Jobs movie a few days ago, which I enjoyed as a movie even though the main elements were fiction and it should have been titled something else. But they had an awesome video interview with the… More →

Creating smart discounts for holiday shoppers

By / — With the holiday season almost upon us, finding ways to appeal to shoppers is likely at the top of your to-do list. This probably means creating a discount or two, or sending out a coupon code to your email subscribers.… More →

Full circle: or getting back into coding

By / — After a couple of years being mostly a manager, I’ve been looking to be a bit more hands on than I’ve been in quite some time. How did I get here? In my previous job, I did so much coding that… More →

How to Add an External Link Icon on Your WordPress Site

By / — Have you seen the tiny upward arrow icon next to links on sites like Wikipedia? The purpose of this icon is to indicate an external site. This is particularly useful on government and educational site because it improves user experience… More →

Meet Blask and Colinear

By / — We’d like to introduce another pair of free themes now available in the WordPress.org directory: Blask and Colinear. Putting the … Continue reading → More →

Monstroid WordPress Theme Competition: Win x5 Lifetime Licenses Worth $79 Each

By / — Today we have teamed up with TemplateMonster to bring you a competition to win one of 5 free copies of their Monstroid WordPress theme. Monstroid is a large multi-purpose theme framework which we reviewed previously on WPLift here. The theme… More →

More Than 250 Tickets Still Available for WordCamp US

By / — In a little less than a month, the first annual WordCamp US will be underway in Philadelphia, PA. There’s still 251 tickets available to attend the event in person. The schedule and sessions are published and it looks like an… More →

New EDD Checkout Message Extension Released

By / — Have you ever seen an appreciate "Thank you" message when making a high-value purchase? Or have you ever seen a conditional message appear when you try to purchase multiple items together that aren't compatible with each other? Would you like… More →

On WP Engine, Support, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

By / — Liberty Alliance is a network of websites dedicated to advancing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Seeing 504 errors doesn’t make our visitors happy, and when your network drives more than 3.5 million page views per day (or 111… More →

Premium WordPress Plugins of the Month: November 2015

By / — There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins available on the CodeCanyon marketplace, making it difficult to pick out the really… The post Premium WordPress Plugins of the Month: November 2015 appeared first on Best Premium & Free WordPress Themes. More →

Responsive Images in WordPress 4.4

By / — WordPress 4.4 will add native responsive image support by including srcset and sizes attributes to the image markup it generates. For background on this feature, read the merge proposal. How it works WordPress automatically creates several sizes of each image uploaded to the media library.… More →

Speeding Up WordPress With the Free WP Smush Image Compression Plugin

By / — If you want your site to be lightning fast, you can’t ignore image compression. With our WP Smush plugin – available to download from WordPress.org – you can quickly reduce your image file sizes, improve the performance of your website… More →

The Divi Nation Podcast, Episode 12 – Developing Systems to Work Smarter, Save Money & Live Better with Sarah Oates

By / — In this episode of Divi Nation I sat down with Sarah Oates, our very first guest from Australia! Sarah is a web designer who over the years has had to develop certain systems, habits, rituals, and the like to optimize… More →

The Spectrum of Open Source Philosophy

By / — To me, one of the most interesting aspects of open source culture is the variations in open source philosophy we all have. By that, I mean though many of us appreciate what open source has done, we have varying degrees… More →

Video Recap: Sheryle Gillihan on Finely Tuned Consultant

By / — This week on “Finely Tuned Consultant,” we spoke with Sheryle Gillian of CauseLabs. Gillihan recently gave a talk at WP BootCamp in Austin, TX called, “The Art of Negotiation.” On this episode, Gillihan shared her thoughts on breaking into tech… More →

WordPress Caching: The Six Different Things People May Mean

By / — “Caching” is, generally, the solution you hear offered for most performance problems a WordPress site has. For things other than WordPress sites, too, caching is one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase performance of software without investing… More →