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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day October 28, 2014 3:00 pm
    On Monday, November 3, WordPress.com's Blogging U. launches a free month-long photo-a-day course. Sign up today!
    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote! October 27, 2014 5:15 pm
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that …
    Peter Slutsky
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming! October 24, 2014 3:00 pm
    November is a big month for bloggers and writers, with thousands of folks taking part in NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo. Wondering, "NaMo what?" Read on!
    Michelle W.
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols October 23, 2014 3:00 pm
    Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center, while Cols is a novel theme that lets you tell your stories without the layout getting in the way.
    Tammie Lister
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7 October 22, 2014 5:08 pm
    10 of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress.
    Mark Armstrong
  • A New My Sites Section October 21, 2014 5:10 am
    Managing your sites just became faster and easier.
    Andy Peatling
  • New Theme: Penscratch October 16, 2014 5:00 pm
    Penscratch is a fresh, stylish design for sharing your writing.
    Caroline Moore
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201 October 15, 2014 3:00 pm
    The next (free) Blogging U. course focuses on growing your audience and building your site's brand.
    Ben Huberman
  • Around the World in Nine Photos October 14, 2014 3:00 pm
    Each of these nine photographs can tell a million stories. What do they say to you?
    Krista
  • Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site October 13, 2014 6:00 pm
    WordPress.com is joining the Google for Work Partner Program to bring the power of Google Apps right into your dashboard.
    Min Wei

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WP Recipes

  • Enter for your chance to win a WordPress theme from TemplateMonster October 16, 2014 2:25 pm
    The good folks at TemplateMonster have reached out to yours truly with an exciting giveaway: three of you will get great prizes just for leaving a comment right here, right now.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • SKEW: One Page & Multipage WordPress Theme – only $17! September 30, 2014 11:18 am
    If you could sum up WordPress in one word, it'd be "flexibility." The powerful software lets you easily build your own website with a bunch of nice options. Now, imagine a robust theme built to integrate seamlessly with the WP framework, and you've got unlimited potential! You've also got the amazingly awesome Skew WordPress Theme!
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • Get Your Free Copy of X Theme Now September 25, 2014 10:45 am
    X Theme... What a joy to behold! If you’ve been around this past year, then you know that this theme gives you everything you could wish for, when it comes to creating WordPress websites. Stacks are awesome and versatile designs that will help you achieve unique websites.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • WordPress tip: Modify any role name to fit your needs September 15, 2014 11:38 am
    Have you ever wanted to change the default role names (Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, Subscriber) within WordPress? Here is a super useful snippet to do so.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • Win Membership to CrocoBlock WordPress Theme Club September 7, 2014 5:23 pm
    I believe you've missed giveaways and if so, here is the one you might like. The giveaway is aimed at all WordPress fans reading WpRecipes.com because it gives a chance to win access to beautiful WordPress themes.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • 11 Professional Email Templates from ChocoTemplates – only $12 July 28, 2014 12:01 pm
    Having a nice, professional-looking email template can certainly increase your chances of member engagement. So jump on this Mighty Deal from ChocoTemplates now and you can get yourself 11 high-quality email templates to work with.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • 24 Premium WordPress Tesla Themes (+ optional HTML Themes) – only $25 July 14, 2014 3:14 pm
    Sometimes we get deals that are so crazy popular, we just have to bring them back. That's happened with our Tesla Themes bundles in the past. Well, guess what. Not only are we bringing back this unbelievable premium WordPress Theme deal, but we're making it even bigger and even better than ever before.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • Simplify WordPress With MotoPressContent Editor – only $9 June 23, 2014 12:48 pm
    How great is WordPress? The popular open-source CMS just has so many options available from different themes, templates, and plugins. The best part of all that is that everyone's working to improve the core product and make it even easier to use. If you find yourself often frustrated with the default editor that comes with WordPress, it could be time for a change. It could be time for MotoPress.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • WPZOOM giveaway: 5 ZOOM Builder plugins to win!! May 15, 2014 2:31 pm
    Released last month, ZOOM Builder is an amazing plugin by WPZOOM. It allows you to build a layout by using only drag and drops. Today, I'm glad to announce our new giveaway where 5 winners will get a copy of this amazing plugin.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung
  • How to remove login shake effect when error occurs April 3, 2014 2:53 pm
    Don't like the "shake" effect which occurs each time a login error occurs? Here is a super easy snippet to remove it for good.
    Jean-Baptiste Jung

WebLog Tools Collection

  • I am taking my leave of Weblog Tools Collection, and thanks for everything! March 31, 2013 1:41 pm
    Not many of the present readers might know me very well, and that in part, is the reason that I have made the decision to transfer WLTC to more willing and presently capable hands. I am a stranger on my blog and the time has come for me to make sure that this blog, its contents and its knowledge are archived and preserved and maybe rejuvenated at a later time. I delved into blogging tools back in 2004 when I started my Masters degree in CS. I wanted some code to mess around with in my free time and everyone was talking about blogging. I looked into a variety of tools, built a small Linux server for myself at home, and installed a few of the tools that were freely available at that time. I had a heck of a time getting a hold of MT (Moveable Type, the most well-known name) and […]
    Mark Ghosh
  • Where to Find WordPress News March 31, 2013 12:05 am
    The landscape of news has changed so much over the last few years that news about a particular topic or platform is readily available to anyone within an instant. With WordPress, I imagine that could be one of the perks of powering over 16% of the web, but it’s true that news is becoming incredibly accessible. In short, news is everywhere. Speaking of WordPress in general, you can of course acquire official direct news from WordPress News, but you can also take a peak behind the curtain and follow news in the making at Make WordPress.org. Though it’s only specific to the WordPress.com blogging platform, WordPress.com News is also worth watching for WordPress development news, as WordPress.com users often get access to new WordPress features before they’re released, so you’ll be able to try new features rather than just read about them. There’s more news than just direct official news, like I […]
    James
  • WordPress Plugin Releases for 3/30 March 30, 2013 2:00 pm
    New plugins GC Message Box allows you to highlight your key message(s) in smart ways within articles and blog posts. Simple Social Icons allows you to insert social icons in any widget area. Stick It allows you to stick the navigation menu in any theme to the top of browser window. Updated plugins Jetpack allows you to supercharge your WordPress site with powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users. Nav Menu Images enables uploading of images for nav menu items on the menu edit screen.
    James
  • WordPress Theme Releases for 3/28 March 28, 2013 2:00 pm
    AirTime is a subtle and simple theme. FirmaSite is a responsive theme with BuddyPress and bbPress support. Stark Lite is a minimalist and simple theme.
    James
  • WordPress Plugin Releases for 3/25 March 25, 2013 6:03 pm
    New plugins Easy Watermark automatically adds watermark to images when they are uploaded. Internet Defense League Cat Signal automatically loads either the modal or the banner Cat Signal when there is an active campaign from the Internet Defense League. Updated plugins BFT Autoresponder allows scheduling of automated autoresponder messages and managing a mailing list. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP will display Google Analytics data and statistics inside your Dashboard. WordPress MU Domain Mapping allows users of a WordPress MU site or WordPress 3.0 network to map their blog/site to another domain.
    James
  • WordPress Theme Releases for 3/23 March 23, 2013 2:00 pm
    Memori Jingga is a responsive, clean, and simple theme. Rockers is a responsive theme with a clean design. Satu is an elegant single-column responsive theme.
    James
  • WordCamp San Francisco 2013 Dates Announced March 22, 2013 10:24 pm
    The dates have been announced for WordCamp San Francisco 2013, an event which is often heralded as the annual WordPress conference. WordCamp San Francisco 2013 will be held on July 26 and 27 at the Mission Bay Conference Center with a Developer Hack Day on July 28. A list of speakers is not yet available, but they would like you to nominate your favorite past WordCamp speakers. Will you be attending WordCamp San Francisco this year?
    James
  • WordPress Plugin Releases for 3/21 March 21, 2013 2:00 pm
    New plugins Google Adsense Dashboard for WP will display your Google Adsense earnings and related reports inside your Dashboard. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP will display Google Analytics data and statistics inside your Dashboard. Updated plugins Ad Code Manager allows you to manage your ad codes through the WordPress admin in a safe and easy way. BFT Autoresponder allows scheduling of automated autoresponder messages and managing a mailing list. CampTix Event Ticketing is an easy to use and flexible event ticketing plugin.
    James
  • WordPress Theme Releases for 3/19 March 19, 2013 2:00 pm
    Cazuela is a neutral colored theme. Ilisa is a clean and minimal theme that can be easily used as a personal portfolio or a business website. Partition has a light, lively, colorful, yet professional and classic appearance.
    James
  • WordPress Plugin Releases for 3/17 March 17, 2013 2:00 pm
    New plugins Barc Chat provides a simple yet feature rich chat room for your whole community to interact in real-time directly on your site. Get Directions is a flexible and responsive map plugin. Namaste! LMS is a learning management system for WordPress. Pinterest Verify Meta Tag simply inserts the Pinterest meta tag verification code to the correct section of your site. Updated plugins BackWPup allows you to backup your WordPress database, files, and more. Ooyala Video allows you to easily embed videos from the Ooyala Video Platform.
    James
  • WordPress Theme Releases for 3/15 March 15, 2013 5:40 pm
    Ease is a simple red and white theme. Nomad is an attractive professional, business or blog theme with an unusual, very narrow orientation and design. Sensitive is fully responsive theme using Twitter Bootstrap and a Metro-styled accent. Visual is a dark minimalist theme for displaying photos and images.
    James
  • WordPress 3.6 Release Delayed March 14, 2013 2:00 pm
    The impending release of WordPress 3.6 has been pushed back one more week to April 29. At this time, WordPress 3.6 is not yet feature complete (meaning that all intended new features have not been entirely finished), so the decision was made to push the first beta release back two weeks to March 27 and the final release back one week to April 29. This will allow the team time to focus on finalizing the in-progress new features so that they (and the brave folks who enjoy running beta software) can simply focus on testing and bug fixing rather than polishing up partial features.
    James
  • WordPress Plugin Releases for 3/13 March 13, 2013 4:51 pm
    New plugins Easy Media Gallery is designed to display portfolios and various media types including gallery sets, single images, google maps, video, audio, and links with ease and elegance. ytlink provides a preview image for embedded YouTube videos. Updated plugins BackWPup allows you to backup your WordPress database, files, and more. Genericon’d enables easy use of the Genericons icon font set from within WordPress. Icons can be inserted using either HTML or a shortcode. Keyring provides a very hookable, completely customizable framework for connecting your WordPress site to an external service. WP All Import makes it easy to import any XML or CSV file into your WordPress site.
    James
  • Do You Work From Home? March 12, 2013 2:00 pm
    There has been a lot of talk lately about working from home and maintaining a distributed workforce. Web-based software, like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, are taking over the publishing industry and allow you to work from anywhere with an internet connection. Though, even though they can be managed  from home, working from home and maintaining a distributed workforce is not yet broadly acknowledged in society as a successful and efficient alternative to working in an office. Despite working with software that doesn’t need to be tied to one specific workstation, you could still find yourself tied to a desk in cubicle. I work full-time for Automattic and have the pleasure of both working from home and setting my own hours. After all, I only need a browser, an email client, and IRC client, and Skype to do my job. A desk is nice, but there’s no one saying that said desk has to be […]
    James
  • WordPress Theme Releases for 3/11 March 11, 2013 2:00 pm
    Attitude is a simple, clean, and responsive retina-ready theme. Catch Everest is a simple, clean, and responsive theme. Liberus is an ideal business related theme that is relatively simple and would suit any blog or website. Stitch is an elegant, modern theme with optional fixed header.
    James

WordPress TV

  • Daniel Espinoza: Running a Business While Traveling the World October 29, 2014 11:16 pm
    How do you coordinate with clients when you are 10 time zones away? What do you do when a client needs you but you’re flying over an ocean? How do you get work done when living in a new place every week? Daniel Espinoza shares what he’s learned about running a sustainable WordPress business while traveling the world with his family. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Corey Ellis: Anatomy of a WordPress Theme October 29, 2014 7:56 am
    The theme of your site at minimum controls how your site looks and many times may offer a multitude of the functionality. The basics of understanding how WordPress themes work is understanding patterns in the 3–5 core files that are required for a theme. This sessions walks you through a cursory overview of each of these files so you understand how they all work together to create a WordPress theme. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Bill Sullivan: Beginning WordPress Plugin Development with the Simplest Possible Plugin October 29, 2014 7:50 am
    Making the leap to writing your own WordPress plugin can seem impossible, but you can make it easy! In this talk, I’ll show you how to write the simplest possible WordPress plugin. The plugin won’t be able do much, but after writing it you will. You’ll learn how to add your own javascript, css, and php while making sure that all the code you write works correctly with WordPress and any other plugins you run. The truth is that working with WordPress plugins opens up a new universe of creativity and it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by it. Some of the best plugins can have thousands of lines of code and might even interact with several web services. If that’s what a plugin needs to be, how could anyone ever get started? The solution is to figure out a Minimum Viable Plugin and start learning by creating the smallest plugin we can get away with. You’ll be surprised how far you can go just by writing simple plugins, too. Sometimes, you just want to slightly tweak the functionality of WordPress, or even another plugin, and a simple plugin will get the job done. We’ll look at a few other small plugins I’ve written that make the WordPress sites they run on a little friendlier or just work better. And, after you’ve built the simplest possible plugin, you can try developing the second simplest possible plugin on your own. We’ll talk about a few ideas you might like to try next. And once you’ve made a few simple plugins, you’ll find yourself making plugins that might have seemed to hard to even begin before. There’s a while lot of plugin development to do after you make the simplest possible plugin, but it’s an excellent way to get started. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Thomas Scholz: In Objekten denken – Workshop OOP October 29, 2014 7:39 am
    Hast du schon einmal ein Bündel Funktionen in eine Klasse gesteckt, um weniger Präfixe verwenden zu müssen oder eine Variable in mehreren Funktionen zu verwenden? So steigen viele Entwickler in die objekt-orientierte Programmierung ein. Aber wie geht es von hier aus weiter? Welche Funktionen gehören tatsächlich in ein gemeinsames Objekt, welche nicht? Wie kommunizieren Objekte miteinander? In diesem Workshop möchte ich die Grundlagen objekt-orientierten Codes vorstellen, wie man prozeduralen Code erkennt und umschreibt (Refactoring) und welche Probleme man speziell in WordPress zu lösen oder hinzunehmen hat. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Paul Clark: Find Your Dream Job – Freelancer, Founder, or Agency? October 28, 2014 11:11 pm
    Get a head start on the next step in your WordPress career by considering advantages, challenges, and tips from three job types in the WordPress economy. Paul will share stories of the good, bad, and ugly from 7 years as a freelancer, 3 years as an agency co-founder, and 1 year as the Director of Recruiting at 10up.com, the largest WordPress agency in the world. Want to step into freelancing? Take your business to the next level? Grow your team, or score the perfect agency job? This is the talk for you. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Cory Miller: Keynote – What It Means To Click Publish October 28, 2014 10:21 pm
    Cory Miller is a former newspaper journalist turned full-time entrepreneur. In 2008, he started iThemes, which builds web design software and offers cutting-edge web design training for thousands of customers around the globe. Named the 7th fastest growing company in Oklahoma City in 2011 by the Metro 50, iThemes employs over 20 people around the globe with headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Susan Ramsey: Working with Themes and Plugins October 28, 2014 6:59 pm
    I this presentation Susan Ramsey discusses best practices for choosing and understanding how best to extend the functionality and design of your WordPress site using themes and plugins. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Brandon Dove: Development Environments in Distributed Teams Using Vagrant October 28, 2014 4:16 pm
    In a distributed working environment with employees spanning multiple countries, it’s very important to get everyone using the same tools for stable development and deployment. In this presentation, Brando Dove walks through the vagrant provisioning process, 3rd party services, and home grown tools that are successful with enterprise clients.
    WordPress.tv
  • Marc Gratch: Your First WordPress Site October 28, 2014 10:52 am
    When many of us take the dive to set up our first WordPress site, whether it’s for yourself or a client it’s easy to lose enormous amounts of time. For many veteran WordPress developers it is very easy to forget that first experience of stumbling through the dashboard, or sifting through countless plugins. Marc walks through the process of getting a domain to launching a basic site. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
  • Trisha Salas: People First – Accessibility Considerations for WordPress Theme Developers October 28, 2014 10:07 am
    Accessibility is a growing concern in the WordPress community at large. Accessibility in web design means creating a site that everyone can use. The U.S. Census Bureau says that over 47 million Americans have a disability of some kind. The UN and the World Bank say this adds up to 650 million people worldwide. That’s around 10% of everyone in the world. At some point in our lives, disability will affect most of us, no matter who you are. Every decision you make as a developer affects hundreds of thousands of people (or more!). The mission statement of WordPress is to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. WordPress ‘out of the box’ is already a great way to make a website accessible. As theme developers we can do more. People who can’t see or hear, others that can’t use a mouse, people who use special assistive devices to access the web — these people need to access websites. As theme developers, we need to know about accessibility. Accessibility Statement: “Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible.” Cynthia Waddell There are 2,655 themes in the WordPress.org theme repository. Only 12 of those themes have the tag ‘accessibility-ready’. We can meet those accessibility guidelines with just a few extras steps. We will start with basic things like creating readable headlines and adding alt text to images. From there we will cover some of the information in the Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines. Trisha will provide real world examples from the perspective of her visually impaired son. We are all responsible for making our part of a project accessible. You will need to shake things and change your processes a bit in order to achieve accessibility. Presentation Slides »
    WordPress.tv
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