WordPress News Digest for Thursday, July 17, 2014

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10 Reasons To Switch Your Website Or Blog To WordPress.org

By / — With over 21 comments being posted per second and 14 billion page views per month, WordPress has emerged to become… The post 10 Reasons To Switch Your Website Or Blog To WordPress.org appeared first on Best Premium & Free WordPress… More →

A Developer’s Guide to Learning SASS in Twenty Minutes or Less

By / — Like it or not, if you’re a WordPress developer CSS is part of your life. One of the reasons that CSS bothers me so much is that writing it involves a constant violation of the […] The post A Developer’s… More →

Achieving Zen With Auto Layout – The Book

By / — Also check out his follow-up post. You can purchase Achieving Zen With Auto Layout today and get access to a PDF of the current state of the book, as well as a private GitHub repository where I am writing and… More →

Add Avatar Upload to BuddyPress Registration

By / — Getting users to upload avatars can be a challenge for BuddyPress communities. Avatars aren’t like profile fields where you can require users to complete them. The problem is that a community without many real-user avatars can be somewhat uninviting. Member… More →

An Overview on Improving the Visibility of Your Website with SEO

By / — Over at the WP Business Tips blog we have just started a series of posts on SEO and how you can optimize your WordPress site to improve its visibility in the search engines and get more visitors. The first post in the… More →

Best 5 Free WordPress Themes of the Month – July 2014 Edition

By / — I’m really pleased with this month’s select of themes. Truly. Each brings something a little bit different to the table. But I did notice a trend: images. Photography – and high-quality photography, at that – is really dominating the best… More →

Case Study: How ALEF Bookstores Scaled For 34000+ Products

By / — Galal Aly from Robustastudio explains how WooCommerce enabled ALEF Bookstores, one of Egypt’s fastest growing bookstores, to scale in order to solve tracking challenges and take their blooming business to even greater heights. ALEF Bookstores had embraced e-commerce for expansion but faced problems with scalability that threatened to… More →

DradCast Episode 051: Captial_Pippin_Dangit

By / — Show Notes Host Pippin Williamson is the developer and founder of some great WordPress plugins like Restrict Content Pro and Easy Digital Downloads. He is known for his ninja-like ability to produce amazing plugins at the drop […] The post DradCast Episode… More →

Drive Traffic to Older Blog Content for Free with the Revive Old Post Plugin

By / — Social Media is great for driving targeted traffic to your site for free. If you have a good Twitter or Facebook following then you are not so reliant on search engine traffic so if any problems arise, like the recent… More →

Easily Add Google Maps to Your WordPress Site

By / — Google Maps is no doubt one of great applications developed by Google. It’s one of the apps that I frequently use and it’s totally free of charge. Many business sites also choose to embed Google Maps to display location of… More →

Exploring The Idea Of An Internet Archive Specifically For WordPress Content

By / — It seems like each time a WordPress podcast disappears, there is one or more to take its place. A few weeks ago, the WP Bacon podcast announced the end of their show to concentrate on other projects. However, a recent… More →

Express yourself with Zephyr

By / — We felt we understood the trains more than the Transit Authority. Teenagers were running the system. We decided when, where, how much we wrote. Graffiti showed that the Transit Authority was not in control. Andrew “Zephyr” Witten Here at Woo,… More →

How To Create A WordPress Plugin

By / — WordPress Plugins allow users to easily modify, customize, and enhance any WordPress website. Instead of changing the core software WordPress is built on you can rather create a plugin to extend it. Using plugins allows you to have the most… More →

How to Make Your WordPress Blog Completely Private

By / — Do you want to make your WordPress blog completely private? Often we get requests from parents who want to use WordPress to share baby photos with friends and family. In this article, we will show you how to make your… More →

Of Salaries and Software Development With WordPress

By / — Over the last couple of posts, I’ve been talking about the various things that contribute to WordPress developers having lower salaries than other traditional software developers. Specifically, I’ve talked about: Three reasons I think salaries are lower, And how the… More →


By / — I bought the in-app purchase for Overcast and I’m linking to Marco’s post to support him because I enjoy the ATP podcast he runs along with Casey Liss and John Siracusa. However, Overcast wasn’t a fit for me. I found… More →

PHP NG within 10-25% of HHVM performance

By / — Zeev Suraski (CTO of Zend and therefore an extremely qualified authority on PHP NG) has written a fascinating article comparing the performance of PHPNG against the current HHVM versions. A must read. Perhaps even more importantly, he has written about… More →

Purpose driven podcasts

By / — I listen to a lot of podcasts. My categories of choice for my broad-reach podcasts are web / WordPress, media / journalism, startup / tech, politics, and more web. I’m subscribed to over 30 podcast feeds right now, so I… More →

Roadmap, Features, to Keep WordPress Awesome

By / — WordPress is awesome. But does it need a visionary roadmap with these kinds of features to keep its mantle as the publishing "people's champion"? More →

The WhiP Newsletter #44

By / — Our take on WordPress 4.0 and what it should feature, and number crunching the cost of site development. Check out The Whip for more daily lashings of WordPress goodness. More →

WP University: A Learning Resource for New WordPress Users

By / — If you want to know more about using WordPress and get access to a library of easy to follow guides and tutorials, then the WP University website could be just what you are looking for. While the online learning materials… More →

WPcast.fm Billed As The Professional WordPress Podcast

By / — Billed as The Professional WordPress Podcast, WPcast.fm is the latest entrant into the WordPress podcasting scene. Produced by Doug Yuen and David Hehenberger, the show focuses on the professional aspects of WordPress such as how to be a better business… More →

WordPress Tip: New Plugin Automatically Gets Featured Images from Videos

By / — When you post a video or include it in your content, chances are that you don’t want to have to hunt around for a featured image to accompany it. However, many WordPress themes look their best with featured images in… More →