Archive for August, 2012

WordPress Plugin Releases for 8/17

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New plugins Author Post Ratings allows a post author to assign a simple 1-5 star rating to a post, page, or custom post type, which will then be displayed on the post. Run External Crons enables using WordPress as a cron system that would hit external URLs (ie. any URL) on a scheduled basis. Save iGoogle Ribbon places a “Save iGoogle” ribbon on your WordPress site or network that links to the Save iGoogle campaign. SideOffer is a sliding side tab designed to generate leads & increase conversions by displaying a highly visible call to action for your users. Updated plugins BackWPup allows you to backup your WordPress database, files, and more. Bad Behavior complements other link spam solutions by acting as a gatekeeper, preventing spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place.

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Start Your Own Theme with _s and Underscores.me

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Back in February, the folks at Automattic released a fresh new starter theme for the WordPress community, lovingly titled _s. _s was designed to pave the way forward for some great new themes, but getting started was a bit of pain. Enter the new site for the _s starter theme, Underscores.me. Underscores.me not only tells you why you should consider using _s to build you next great theme, it also provides a super-simple way to download your own copy, complete with your new theme’s name, slug, author, author URL, and description already set! So, if you’re itching to get your name out there by launching your first theme, there has never been a better time to give _s a try!

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WordPress Theme Releases for 8/15

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Mocha Latte is a total redesign and remake of an old theme by the same name, taking advantage of new design features and elements including using Google web fonts to ensure a consistent look regardless of what fonts the viewer has installed on their computer. NewsLine has a custom homepage and elegant look. Project AR2 is the re-release of Arras WordPress Theme, with up-to-date standards and new features. Theron Lite is an all in one wordpress theme with 3 awesome fonts, slider, background image and easy to use theme option panel.

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WordPress for iOS Redesigned

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August 14th, 2012
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As mentioned during the State of the Word, the WordPress for iOS app has received a major redesign with the release of version 3.1. Among several bug fixes, this new release includes an entirely redesigned look with sliding panels, a new sidebar navigation panel, post format support, improved stats, and quick photo and post preview support for the iPad. If you have an iOS device and haven’t tried the app yet, now’s the time to give it a shot, and feel free to lend a hand in its development. It is open source after all!

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WordPress Plugin Releases for 8/13

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August 13th, 2012
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New plugins Design Approval System will help streamline the process of getting designs (or photos) approved by clients. Web Testimonials allows you to manage testimonials placed on your site. Updated plugins BackWPup allows you to backup your WordPress database, files, and more. bbPress Digest enables sending of a digests with a list of topics active on a bbPress-powered forum in the last 24 hours or 7 days. Simple:Press Forum is a feature-rich forum plugin. Socialize gives publishers the ability to selectively add actionable social media/social bookmarking buttons to their posts without having to edit the meta keys/values like most other plugins require. Top 10 allows you to track daily and total visits on your blog posts and display the count as well as popular posts. WP Glossary allows you to create your own glossary of hot-linked terms. WP Marketplace will convert your WordPress site into a marketplace in just a […]

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WordPress Theme Releases for 8/11

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Crucial is a friendly purple design for your blog. D5 Business Line is a theme for small businesses. Gleam is a warm, natural feeling two column theme that would suit any site or blog. Gridiculous is a lightweight HTML5 responsive theme based on the grid layout boilerplate of the same name. Surface is a simple and clean theme.

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WordPress Plugin Releases for 8/9

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August 9th, 2012
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New plugins FavParser parses posts for external links and puts their favicon next to them. Spotlight allows you to offer deals to your audience. WP RSS Validator runs your RSS feed against the W3 RSS Validator and alerts you of any errors or warnings in a convenient dashboard widget. Updated plugins Fast Secure Contact Form lets your visitors send you a quick e-mail message and blocks all common spammer tactics. Additionally, the plugin has a multi-form feature, optional extra fields, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

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The State of the Word in 2012

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August 8th, 2012
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One of the major draws for WordCamp San Francisco is the State of the Word, an address to the entire WordPress community from Matt Mullenweg, who shares some favorite moments from WordPress’s past and some looks into its future. Not surprisingly, this year’s State of the Word did not disappoint. Fortunately, the video was released only a few days after the WordCamp, so those of you who missed it can enjoy it now. Here are some highlights in no particular order: Double the number of WordCamp attendees since last year. 44 million download of WordPress this year, out of 145 million downloads of WordPress since it launched. WordPress 3.5 will feature full support for Apple’s retina displays. Grab Jetpack if you want this now. WordPress 3.5 will be available on December 5 with a new commitment to meet release dates without compromise to stability. There is a new official handbook […]

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WordPress Theme Releases for 8/7

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Cakifo is a nice, responsive theme built from the rock-solid Hybrid Core theme framework. Krusei turns your blog fully featured online presence. Mon Cahier is a simple, clean, and elegant theme. Pupul has a custom menu, custom logo, sidebar widgets, footer widgets, advertisement spaces, and analytics with theme options. Vert is a fresh, crisp, and bright theme.

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