WordPress News Digest for Thursday, August 21, 2014

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9 Useful Google Chrome Extensions for WordPress

By / — Google chrome is the most widely used web browser in the world. Apart from speed, the other most likable feature is the extensions. Chrome Extensions add extra functionality to your browser to make it interact with other apps including WordPress.… More →

Back To School Rap

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Beware Chrome Extensions

By / — Awesome Screenshot URL tracking and niki-bot, some pretty sketchy things going on in the Chrome extension world. Hope Google starts cleaning these up soon. BTW if you want a better screenshot tool my Automattic colleague Davide makes Blipshot which contains… More →

Bill Belew: Market Your Business with the Traffic Professor

By / — Bill Belew is professional blogger, content marketer, experienced educator, and renowned speaker who has presented at PressNomics and has a WordCamp talk scheduled for October 2014, not to mention being a regular cruise ship speaker. His various online projects have… More →

Cookies for privacy, not eating (unfortunately) – The WhiP #68

By / — Working full-time with WordPress, creating a mobile-friendly version of your site and implementing the EU Cookie Law. Check out The Whip for more daily lashings of WordPress goodness. More →

Demystifying Object-Oriented PHP for WordPress Developers

By / — If you’re just starting out as a developer, and you’re learning PHP through WordPress, you might be intimidated by the idea of object-oriented programming (OOP), but the reality is you’ve probably already seen it in […] The post Demystifying Object-Oriented… More →

Design Patterns for Refactoring: The Facade Pattern

By / — For some time now, one of the things that I’ve been considering writing about is the idea of refactoring. Not necessarily in an incredibly specific sense – because each project is different – but in the sense of using some strategies… More →

DradCast Episode 056: Tonga Tonga Tonga Room

By / — Show Notes Host Steve Zehngut founded Zeek Interactive in 1995 and he has been the creative technologist behind the Huntington Beach based company since its inception. Under his direction, Zeek has grown from an apartment […] The post DradCast Episode… More →

Finely Tuned Consultant – Troy Dean

By / — Today I talk with Troy Dean, WordPress consultant and author at WP Elevation. In the interview below we discuss “The Land Down Under,” the current state of WordPress, and his eBook, 5 Things Every Small Business Can Fix on Their Website… More →

Free WordPress Superuser Training Course from WordPress.com VIP

By / — The folks at WordPress.com VIP are continuing to add to Documattic, a repository dedicated to sharing presentations and resources with the WordPress community. While the repository already contains some solid resources for WordPress in enterprise and government, today’s addition may… More →

Full Width Landing Pages in Genesis

By / — A lot of sites I’ve developed recently use a full width approach for their homepages and landing pages. Examples: OutboundEngine, Bloomfire, Informal Cowboy, and WebAssign. On pages like this, Genesis outputs a lot of markup you don’t need, like divs… More →

How To Write A Blog Post That Converts: 5 Tips for Success

By / — Conversion is a concept that all website owners love, and yet, it alludes many. Creating content on your blog is an important part to boosting conversion, however, the reason why so many are struggling with converting traffic into customers or… More →

How to Increase Your Cart Recovery Rate

By / — 7 out of 10 customers abandon their shopping carts. This is obviously a problem. Rusting carts litter the urban landscape, fuel the illegal scrapping industry, and…wait, wrong kind of carts. I’m actually talking about the online variety, the abandonment of… More →

How to clean up your site structure

By / — We all know that moment where your website has grown to this monstrous collection of pages. That moment when you realize that you have too many pages in your menu and the coherence of your website is nowhere to be… More →

Introducing plugin icons in the plugin installer

By / — WordPress 4.0 comes with a redesigned plugin installer. Just now we’ve added one of the finishing touches to this project — plugin icons. Plugin authors, If your plugin is compatible with WordPress 4.0, it only takes a few moments to change… More →

Just saw http translate wordpress org languages I…

By / — Just saw http://translate.wordpress.org/languages. I really love it, this is what I really want. More →

Plugin Icons

By / — In December 2011, we added header images to the top of plugin screens. In 2012 we made even more changes to the plugin directory and started supporting HiDPI images for those plugin headers as well. Then we let you put… More →

Sanitize Special Word Characters With PHP

By / — Anybody who has worked with user content on a website will know the problem you get when a user writes the content in Word and copy and pastes this content into a textarea so that you can store it in… More →

Simple Ways to Boost WordPress Site Engagement Through Comments

By / — It doesn’t matter what kind of website you have—if you have a blog, you want comments. Comments make all the difference. Truly. I mean think about it. A blog can be feel like you’re just talking to yourself until you… More →

Support Team Update for August 21st

By / — Another small agenda makes for another small meetup. Items discussed at this week’s #wordpress-sfd support meetup: WordPress 4.0 Beta ongoing The beta appears to be coming along smoothly, and we are of course eagerly awaiting the RC. No new earth-shattering… More →

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins and Why Testing Them is So Important

By / — Reducing the page loading time of your website pages improves your visitor’s user experience and reduces the chance of them hitting the back button on their browser. Search engines such as Google have also confirmed the speed of a website… More →

The Problem With Image Attachments In WordPress

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There are no strings for default themes in…

By / — There are no strings for default themes in 3.9 branch? http://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp/3.9.x/twentyfourteen I wanted to release localized version (sorry for delay) and it will not work… More →

Updates to VaultPress Result In 25%-90% Faster Restore Builds

By / — VaultPress has announced that a recent update to their backup systems have reduced the time required to build restore files by anywhere from 25%-90%. Before the change, VaultPress stored each SQL row in a separate file in its replicated file… More →

Use Nginx Reverse Proxy to Mirror GitHub API

By / — Everyone knows that GitHub is awesome and so is their API. However, there are limits to the amount of unauthenticated request you can make to the API from a single IP address. I am using their API for automatic updates for… More →

WordPress 4.0 Adds Custom Icons to the Plugin Installer

By / — The WordPress plugin installer page is about to get more colorful. The upcoming 4.0 release completely revamps the plugin search and installation process with plugin cards arranged in a new grid view. Andrew Nacin announced today that plugins will also… More →

WordPress Multisite Tip: Add a Search Bar to the “My Sites” Menu

By / — If you’re managing a multisite network where you’ve created a long list of sites, the “My Sites” menu in the admin bar can get so lengthy that it becomes difficult to navigate. 10up engineer Kailey Lampert designed an elegant solution… More →

You Decide: WordPress Plugins and Solutions You Can’t Live Without

By / — Cornucopia. That’s what WordPress is – a platform overflowing with plugins and themes and new ways to do neat things with your site. Plugin developers find boring ways to do cool things, cool ways to do boring things, and, best… More →

about.me Backstory

By / — I pitched nearly the same idea to some friends a few months ago, but with a focus on storytelling and accomplishments rather than just having links. I think something like this has the potential to be much more compelling and… More →