WordPress News Digest for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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3.7 Million Comments Later, Here’s Where Net Neutrality Stands

By / — If you used the internet at all last week, chances are you noticed pop-ups on some of your favorite websites (WordPress, Netflix, etc…) asking you to sign a petition to protect internet freedom and defend net neutrality. Net neutrality is… More →

A Dilemma of the WordPress Customizer

By / — In the past, I’ve talked quite a bit about the WordPress Customizer. I think it’s one of the best features for both developers, designers, and users because of how quickly it shows the user the result of changes s/he is… More →

After 10 years of living here I’m finally able to …

By / — After 10 years of living here I’m finally able to get cable internet access to the house (non-Comcast too!). Installation on Monday! More →

Edit WordPress Posts and Postmeta in the Customizer

By / — WordPress users were thrilled when widgets were added to the customizer in the 3.9 release. A better UI and real-time previews revived widgets and once again made them a joy to use. The experience was so beneficial to users that… More →

Fast Company Profile

By / — Every second, somewhere in the world four babies and two WordPress blogs are born. That great line comes from Shane Snow’s profile of myself, Automattic, and WordPress called “How Matt’s Machine Works.” If you’re interested in the latest on how… More →

Getting DRY with Starter Plugins for WordPress

By / — If you’ve ever built a plugin for WordPress, the chances are that you took a while to get the initial code base setup with the necessary plugin headers, class structure and basic instantiations. If you have built more than one… More →

Giveaway: 10 WordPress Bundles from Deal Fuel

By / — Giveaways are fun! Especially when they come in bundle. We have partnered with folks from DeaFuel for all WordPress junkies out there! The winners will get an exclusive access to one these WordPress bundles: Learn Complete WordPress Security Ultimate Social… More →

Google Maps & WordPress – Free & Paid Plugins to Add Maps to Your Website

By / — When Google maps was first introduced back in 2005, I remember thinking at the time it was quite strange – I saw Google as a search engine so wondered why they would add a maps application when there were other… More →

How to A/B Split Test WordPress Post Titles to Get More Clicks

By / — Have you ever found yourself stuck choosing which title to use for your post? Having a good title is important for getting more clicks and shares. However often people just publish their posts without ever knowing how their other title… More →

Integrating Social Media With WordPress: The Ultimate Plugin Guide

By / — Social media transformed the way that people share information online. For website owners, services such as Twitter and Facebook present an opportunity for their articles to reach hundreds or even thousands of people instantly. Behind search engine traffic, I have… More →


By / — Merchbar is an iPhone app that makes it easy to buy merchandise from your favorite artists. It also was the first investment I made through my Angellist Syndicate, and I’m excited for the team on its launch. (Although it’s good… More →

PhpStorm 8 Released With Full WordPress Support

By / — PhpStorm from JetBrains is far and and away the most favored IDE for PHP developers. In March, PhpStorm announced that the upcoming version 8 would add official support for WordPress. The official release is finally here and delivers on that… More →

Pricing WordPress Products – WPCAST015

By / — In this episode, we talk about pricing models for premium themes and plugins, and what you should be considering, whether you're the seller or the consumer. More →

Release the Bats – The WhiP #87

By / — Finding theme inspiration, Automattic is hip, and more BuddyPress. Check out The Whip for more daily lashings of WordPress goodness. More →

Self-Update Your Plugins

By / — Keeping up with your own Joneses isn't always easy, but it can be, More →

The Versatility of WooCommerce: The Business Models They Support

By / — If you’re looking for an accessible approach to starting your own business, eCommerce is one of the most viable business opportunities around. Because everything is done online, you won’t have to find and lease a […] The post The Versatility… More →

The future of Post Status

By / — I’m tired. Really, really tired. I’ve been tired for weeks. Those of you who follow this blog closely know that it’s been slow around here. I’ve only published ten blog posts since the beginning of August. For me, that’s three… More →

Web Design Trends To Look Out For In 2015

By / — It’s September! Which means fall is here, the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and the end of 2014 is in sight. We can now begin to look at the web design trends of 2014 (so far) and make some predictions… More →

WordPress Accessibility Ticket priorities for 4.1 early

By / — WordPress 4.1 development is just started. From an accessibility perspective, this means that we know almost nothing about what new features and UI changes will be taking place, but it gives us a great opportunity to work on resolving older… More →

Working with Meta Data Using the JSON REST API

By / — In my previous articles on the JSON REST API, I focused primarily on retrieving and editing posts — both from the current site and from a remote site. In this article, I’m going to branch out a […] The post Working with… More →