WordPress Digest for Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Boost time-on-site by auto-loading new posts like qz.com and Medium

By / — Your site's bounce rate and time-on-site stubbornly refuse to improve despite your best efforts. We'll show you how to get proactive and auto-load the next post for them just like qz.com and Medium. More →

CSS Loading Spinners

By / — We all know that CSS3 brings a lot of features which allows you to do a lot of cool stuff that we used to need Javascript for. One of the features that we're going to look at today is creating… More →

Chat Updates Make WP a Fully-Functional Live Platform

By / — Our developers are always working hard to improve our plugins, and today we're super excited to announce HUGE updates to our Chat plugin. Since we last updated you on Chat's features, the plugin now includes the ability to control where… More →

Cory Miller, Founder & CEO of iThemes

By / — I had the opportunity recently to talk to Cory Miller, the founder of iThemes. Cory started iThemes in January 2008, so they are currently celebrating their 6th anniversary. Cory is a really thoughtful businessman and leader, and I really enjoyed… More →

Creating a Compelling Directory with Business Directory Plugin – Part 1

By / — In the simplest of terms, a business directory is a list of businesses in a certain industry, niche, area, etc. It’s used by people who are interested in one of those fields to find potential businesses that can help meet… More →

Crowd Favorite Golf Outing

By / — This post is part of the thread: Crowd Favorite – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post. More →

Customer Service As A Foundation For Webhosting Companies

By / — Oli Dale of WPLift.com has published a great article that goes behind the scenes of SiteGround. SiteGround CEO, Tenko Nikolov, answered questions that provide insight into how the company operates on a day to day basis. I was surprised to… More →

How We Work: A Look Behind The Scenes at Siteground

By / — This is the second part of our “How We Work” series, check part one here, where I interviewed TeslaThemes. This time we are looking at Bulgarian-based hosting company, Siteground who have started making a splash lately in the world of… More →

How to Add Sticky Posts for Categories in WordPress

By / — Sticky posts allow you to add featured posts in WordPress and display them differently on your site’s homepage. Recently one of our users asked us how they can add sticky posts in category pages. By adding sticky posts on category… More →

How to Setup the W3 Total Cache Plugin

By / — W3 Total Cache is one of the leading caching plugins available for WordPress, along with WP Super Cache, with both receiving downloads in the millions. These plugins enable you to speed up the time it takes for your site to… More →

Link building, SEO & branding

By / — If you want to rank a site for a keyword that’s even remotely competitive in search engines like Bing and Google, you need links. Link building has thus been one of the important pillars of most SEO campaigns over the… More →

Optimize Your WordPress Website Using These Simple Tips

By / — The time it takes your website to load influences how successful it will be. If your website is slow, visitors will turn away in droves. They might even click the back button before your website loads. Website performance will also… More →

Social Menus in WordPress Themes

By / — I’ve seen tens, maybe hundreds of different plugins, all with different approaches at creating social profile links in WordPress themes via widgets, menus, shortcodes, and “insert this piece of PHP code in footer.php” and whatnot. A few days ago I… More →

Social media comparisons: Facebook, Twitter, Google+

By / — Recently, I’ve been noticing a few trends in the way I use social media. Although I use email a lot for work, I hardly use it at all for personal messages. Instead, Facebook has almost completely replaced email for me.… More →

Startup Competition

By / — Part 2 of The Art of the WordPress Startup This post is part 2 of a series on how to launch your startup on WordPress. Last time I answered some common questions first-time founders have, and this week we’ll focus… More →

The publish_post hook

By / — The publish_post hook is one I've seen a lot in tutorials and such. Even has its own page in the codex. But surprise! That hook doesn't actually exist, at least not if you search for do_action(s?.publish_post. When I was learning… More →

Why You Should Never, Ever Check “Discourage Search Engines”

By / — In my work as a WordPress consultant, only once have I actually damaged a site I worked on. I left “Discourage search engines” checked on a live site, suppressing the site’s page rank over the weeks until I noticed the… More →

WordCamp Phoenix 2014 Wrap-Up

By / — Last weekend (January 17-19), several members of the WP Engine team made the trip to Arizona, for WordCamp Phoenix 2014. The schedule was jam-packed, with a Friday Foundations day, 3 tracks of presentations on Saturday, and a more informal day on… More →

WordPress Front-end Editor Plugin Gets Major Updates

By / — This week the WordPress Front-end Editor team posted its progress on the Make WordPress UI development blog. Front-end editing capabilities are being developed as a feature plugin and will hopefully be considered for inclusion in the core sometime this year.… More →

WordPress Security Essentials : Four Points Of Vulnerability

By / — Part 2 of our WordPress Security Essentials video series in which we walk you through the four points of vulnerability and offer plenty of suggestions for what you can do to minimize potential issues. More →

tinyCoffee: A Simple, Elegant Donation Plugin for WordPress

By / — The WordPress plugin repository hosts dozens of extensions for accepting donations and includes everything from plugins for creating donation forms to plugins that implement full-on CRM solutions for non-profits. But what if you just want to make it easy for… More →