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1. How To Change The Theme Of WordPress Blog – YouTube

“TechSpot – How To Change The Theme Of WordPress Blog”


BucketPress

2. Adding Custom Styles Dropdown in WordPress TinyMCE Editor | Bucket Press

"I have been trying out a WordPress plugin called WP Code Prettify to make code snippets on this website look more presentable. Previously, I was simply using

 or  tags without any styling and it was difficult to read.

Well, WP Code Prettify will automatically style all

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pre> or tags specified with the prettyprint CSS class.

Everything’s pretty cool except that I had to manually type in class=’prettyprint’ in the WordPress text editor, which is going to be somewhat of a hassle in the long run.

Prior to WordPress 3.9, there was a ‘Formats’ dropdown, in which we could add custom styles which the user could then simply select to apply specific CSS classes to elements."

4.6 ✫s Last update 2014–7–2 Downloads 7,100 - I’m in.


Lifehacker

3. Why Creative Side Projects Are Good For You | Lifehacker Australia

"PRODUCTIVITY - Why Creative Side Projects Are Good For You

At any given time, I have a side project running. It’s often a new blog or a book or a newsletter. Sometimes I try to design WordPress themes. Other times I try photography. And there’s good news: side projects improve other areas of your life.

This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.

This ethos of new projects and new improvements runs throughout our team. We love to find ways to grow, excel, and improve through side projects and hobbies. Although I have yet to create the next Uber or Gmail — million-dollar and million-user enterprises that began as side projects — the good news is that you don’t have to create a million-dollar company to get your time’s worth from a side project or creative hobby.

Spending your time in this way can make you happier, healthier, and more productive."


WP Mayor

4. Beautiful WordPress Themes for Startups : WP Mayor

"Once again, we are presenting a new selection of fresh WordPress themes for a new edition of our monthly series. The themes presented are designed and thought specially for startups of all types. Improving the appearance of your website has never been so easy!

Zero: Modern Looking Blog Theme

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Misc: WooCommerce ready
USP: SEO optimized
Type: Free + commercial

Kwilli: Colorful Blog Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Shortcodes ready
USP: Slider ready
Type: Free + Commercial

Baskerville: Minimal Theme for Galleries

Genre: Portfolio
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom page templates
USP: Masonry grid
Type: Free

Tracks: Flat Full-width Blog Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Sticky posts
USP: Editor style
Type: Free

Verbo: Minimal Magazine WordPress Theme

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom layouts
USP: Custom Logo and Favicon
Type: Free

Wpboot: Clean Bootstrap Theme for Bloggers

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Threaded comments
USP: Featured images
Type: Free

Accelerate: Green Multipurpose Theme

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom CSS and layouts
USP: Awesome slider
Type: Free

Editor: Typograhphy Driven WordPress Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Jetpack enabled
USP: Clean and crisp typography
Type: Free

Seobit: Flat Modern Theme for Blogs

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Logo and favicon options
USP: 600+ Google fonts
Type: Free + commercial

Radar: Modern Flat Style WordPress Theme

Genre: Portfolio
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom sidebar and footer
USP: Featured content slider
Type: Free

Daisy Blue: Bootstrap Theme for Magazines

Genre: Magazines
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Flexible header
USP: Built with Bootstrap
Type: Free

Coeur: Fresh and Simple Blog Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom menu and background
USP: Featured images
Type: Free

Flatbox: Flat and Sober WordPress Theme

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom background and widgets
USP: Customize: Logo, favicon, archive posts, single post
Type: Free

Pasione: 3 Columns Theme for Girly Magazines

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Social buttons
USP: Featured content slider
Type: Free + commercial

Touringg: Tourism WordPress Theme

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom post types
USP: Featured content slider
Type: Free + commercial

Minamaze: Light and Stunning WordPress Theme

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Misc: 600+ Google fonts
USP: SEO optimized
Type: free

Solon: Flat Responsive Theme for Blogs

Genre: Blog
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Google fonts
USP: Free support
Type: Free

Avenue: Lightweight and Modern Theme for Businesses

Genre: Corporate
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Full width slider
USP: Font Awesome icons
Type: Free

Litesite: WordPress Theme for Company Websites

Genre: Portfolio
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Custom post formats
USP: Sticky posts
Type: Free

Curvine: Strong Looking Theme for Magazines

Genre: Magazine
Responsive: Yes
Misc: Featured category widget
USP: Featured content slider
Type: Free + commercial


5. Take User Engagement to the Next Level with Visual Navigation WordPress Plugin : WP Mayor

"Take user engagement to the next level with Visual Navigation WordPress plugin: visual website navigation and maximum touchscreen usability.

  • Fact #1: by the end of 2013, 6% of the world population owned a tablet, 20% a computer and 22% a smartphone (businessinsider.com)
  • Fact #2: touch screen market is growing 10 times faster than other displays (crystal-display.com)
  • Fact #3: 52% of users said that a bad mobile experience made them less likely to engage with a company (google.ca)

So what does this tell you? Think of it, the beauty of smart devices is the power of “touch”. People don’t want to type anymore! It’s time to catch up with the trend, and this goes beyond adopting a responsive website design…

Indeed, what is the point of providing mobile-friendly designs if the navigation remains painful? Currently, visitors using their smartphone or tablet find related content using the inconvenient search bar, experiencing the “fat fingers syndrome” that makes typos their worst nightmare or having to exit to go back to search engines (from which they will most likely never return).

Our plugin is the 1st “no-type” search solution designed exclusively for WordPress websites that focuses on engaging your readers and providing them with painless navigation. It makes websites highly navigable, more visual and doesn’t require any typing AT ALL on visitors’ part."

I edited this piece a tiny bit, mainly because the spell checker didn’t know what infocc is - The name of the company. DEMO Better head over to the website - 1st hundred get a free/limited taste. This is an SEO on your site tracker


Net Tuts

6. From Beginner To Advanced in OpenCart: Products and Categories - Tuts+ Code Article

"Welcome to the next article in our OpenCart series. In our previous articles, we’ve discussed the administration panel and its controls; however, we haven’t actually discussed entering products, categories, and so on.

In this article, we’ll begin doing exactly that.

Adding Products is essential and a basic feature in the OpenCart System; however, it’s also sensitive primarily because our products are the core part of the systems. To that end, products should have rich keywords, descriptions, and details. If you understand search engine optimization, then you likely already understand these things. 

For now, we are not going to learn SEO as our main focus is to understand the OpenCart system. If you have interest learning more about keywords, and more, you can find a large number of articles regarding Search Engine Optimization over the internet."


7. Final Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development - Tuts+ Code Article

"Welcome to the last part of this series. If you just arrived, please check our two previous articles. We covered so far the following topics:

Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development

  • WordPress Coding standards
  • Avoiding Global namespaces collisions (prefix and use of classes)
  • Code commenting
  • Security

More Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development

  • Correct way to add Scripts and styles (register, enqueue and localize)
  • Ajax calls
  • Filters and actions

In this final article, I’m going to talk about three important things that although they don’t affect the plugin operation, they are essential if you want to deliver a quality plugin."


8. A Launch Check List for Professional WordPress Websites - Tuts+ Code Article

"Getting to the ‘launch’ stage of a project can feel like a huge relief. You’ve finally done your development work, creating a site according to your client’s brief or your own requirements, and now you can press that metaphorical button and launch the site for the world to see.

But wait.

Before you launch, you need to run some checks to make sure it’s robust and future-proof. By running these checks before you launch each new site, you can avoid running into problems later on. In particular you can avoid the headaches, embarrassment, and damage to your reputation caused by having clients or users spotting problems once the site has gone live.

In this article, I’ll share the checklist I use before migrating a site to live. I’m not claiming that this is the holy grail of lists - you will have some things you don’t do, that you do differently, or that you do in addition to this."


WPTavern

9. WPCore Plugin Manager Adds Update Notifications, Plans to Implement Pro Subscription

"WPCore launched less than a month ago and has already gone through several rounds of improvement. The app allows WordPress users to create plugin collections and install them in one click. Most recently, WPCore added favoriting and the ability to include custom plugins hosted outside of WordPress.org.

Today, WPCore creator Stuart Starr announced a new update notifications feature which allows users to receive email notices when one of their collections has a plugin with an update."


10. WordPress 3.9.2 Fixes Security Vulnerabilities, Users Strongly Encouraged To Update

"WordPress users are strongly encouraged to update their sites to 3.9.2 as it’s a security focused release. According to the announcement, 3.9.2 fixes a possible denial of service issue in PHP’s XML processing. The bug was first reported by Nir Goldshlager of the Salesforce.com Product Security Team and was fixed by Michael Adams and Andrew Nacin of the WordPress security team. The release was also coordinated with the Drupal security team.

WordPress Versions in Use

18.8% Of WordPress Sites Are Running On Version 3.5

Since the vulnerability is present in WordPress 3.5 to 3.9.1, there are several sites that need to be manually updated in order to be protected. Automatic updates for security releases was introduced in WordPress 3.7, leaving users of 3.6 and 3.5 especially vulnerable. According to stats on WordPress.org, 26.8% of all WordPress sites will not be auto updated. Among those sites, 18.8% are still using WordPress 3.5."

I wonder what the stats are for pre 3.0 WordPress sites?