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1. What 22 Billion Newsletters Tell Us About Designing For Mobile Email | Smashing Magazine

"Do you know which platforms and email clients to focus on when creating an email newsletter for yourself or a client? Using the data from over 22 billion email subscribers, we determined what designers should prioritize, both this year and beyond.

In this article, we’ll interpret the numbers from our ‘Email Marketing Trends’ report to help designers like you make informed decisions about what works and what doesn’t in email newsletters. Here are some of the things we’ll cover:

  • Which email clients and platforms should we be supporting now?
  • Does responsive design matter for email (even though we’re still coding with tables)?
  • Should we learn all of the email workarounds or just use existing builders and frameworks?
  • ‘Beyond the click’ matters. Are your landing pages letting you down?
  • What should we prioritize in an email newsletter project?"

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2. 3 Quick Ways to Create bbPress Test Data

Bbpress test data

"bbPress 2.5 introduced a host of new importers for AEF, Drupal, FluxBB, Kunena Forums (Joomla), MyBB, Phorum, PHPFox, PHPWind, PunBB, SMF, Xenforo and XMB, making it easier than ever to bring forums into WordPress. bbPress 2.5 also improved existing importers to include better support for importing stickies, topic tags, and forum categories.

If you’re thinking about importing forums into bbPress or starting with a fresh installation, you may want to set up a test site first to see how different themes and plugins will work with your content. There’s nothing more tedious than trying to create a bunch of forums, topics, and replies manually, so you’ll need an automatic way to generate a bunch of demo data.

In searching for bbPress demo data, I found that there’s no standard way to generate it. Several developers have created and shared their own tools. Depending on your development workflow, one method may prove easier than another, so we’ll check out all three."

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3. Editorial Access Manager Adds Granular Editing Control for all WordPress Post Types

Editorial Access Manager

"Editorial access is a capability granted only to Administrator and Editor user roles in WordPress. This access is not easily shared to other roles without changing a user’s role or adding extra capabilities. There are several complex plugins out there that will allow you to create custom roles and manage capabilities. But what if you only need to change editorial access for a few posts or pages?

Editorial Access Manager is a simple plugin that lets you control who has access to which posts. It was created by 10up engineer Taylor Lovett, who found that the default roles were inadequate for certain one-off situations. The plugin lets you assign which users or roles have access to specific posts. It adds a meta box to the post editor where you can set editorial access"

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4. BuddyPress 2.1 Beta 1 Now Available for Testing

BuddyPress splash screen

"BuddyPress 2.1 is right around the corner with Beta 1 landing in the hands of eager testers today. The upcoming release includes several improvements that make BuddyPress easier to use, more secure, and faster than ever.

BP 2.1 is set to introduce a totally revamped @mentions interface with built-in auto-suggestion and beta testers will want to put it through the paces."

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5. Helen Hou-Sandí Previews WordPress 4.0 at NYC Meetup

“WordPress 4.0 release lead Helen Hou-Sandí recently gave an in-depth preview of the upcoming release at the WordPress NYC Meetup. Her presentation gives a complete overview of the new features that you will see in the official release next week.”


6. One Step Ahead: Improving Performance with Prebrowsing · An A List Apart Article

"We all want our websites to be fast. We optimize images, create CSS sprites, use CDNs, cache aggressively, and gzip and minimize static content. We use every trick in the book.

But we can still do more. If we want faster outcomes, we have to think differently. What if, instead of leaving our users to stare at a spinning wheel, waiting for content to be delivered, we could predict where they wanted to go next? What if we could have that content ready for them before they even ask for it?

We tend to see the web as a reactive model, where every action causes a reaction. Users click, then we take them to a new page. They click again, and we open another page. But we can do better. We can be proactive with prebrowsing."


7. Measure Twice, Cut Once ∙ An A List Apart Blog Post

"Not too long ago, I had a few rough days in support of a client project. The client had a big content release, complete with a media embargo and the like. I woke up on the day of the launch, and things were bad. I was staring straight into a wall of red.

Thanks to the intrinsic complexity of software engineering, these situations happen—I’ve been through them before, and I’ll certainly be through them again. While the particulars change, there are two guiding principles I rely on when I find myself looking up that hopelessly tall cliff of red."

Remember the good old days in shop class?


8. Issue #125 | CSS Weekly

"Issue #125 – August 25th, 2014 – Main Topics

  • Play Nice with CSS Tools and Methodologies – Brad Westfall
  • CSS vs JavaScript Animations – Paul Lewis

Articles & Tutorials

  • Favicons, Touch Icons, Tile Icons, etc. What All Do You Need? – Philippe Bernard
  • Native Responsive Images – Yoav Weiss
  • Making SVGs Responsive with CSS – Sara Soueidan
  • Jordan Moore on Mobile-First Type & Layout
  • Starting CSS Animations Mid-Way – Chris Coyier

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9. A Quick Tour Of WordPress 4.0 | Smashing Magazine

“Today, WordPress has released the first release candidate (RC) for the upcoming 4.0 version. According to the official version numbering, WordPress 4.0 is no more or less significant than 3.9 was or 4.1 will be. That being said, a new major release is always a cause for excitement! Let’s take a look at the new features the team at WordPress has been working on for us.”

Not quite on the Apple scale, but anticipation is building for WordPress 4.0.


10. 10 Years Ago in ALA: Pocket Sized Design ∙ An A List Apart Blog Post

"The web doesn’t do ‘age’ especially well. Any blog post or design article more than a few years old gets a raised eyebrow—heck, most people I meet haven’t read John Allsopp’s ‘A Dao of Web Design’ or Jeffrey Zeldman’s ‘To Hell With Bad Browsers,’ both as relevant to the web today as when they were first written. Meanwhile, I’ve got books on my shelves older than I am; most of my favorite films came out before I was born; and my iTunes library is riddled with music that’s decades, if not centuries, old.

(No, I don’t get invited to many parties. Why do you ask oh I get it)

So! It’s probably easy to look at ‘Pocket-Sized Design,’ a lovely article by Jorunn Newth and Elika Etemad that just turned 10 years old, and immediately notice where it’s beginning to show its age. Written at a time when few sites were standards-compliant, and even fewer still were mobile-friendly, Newth and Etemad were urging us to think about life beyond the desktop. And when I first re-read it, it’s easy to chuckle at the points that feel like they’re from another age: there’s plenty of talk of screens that are ‘only 120-pixels wide’; of inputs driven by stylus, rather than touch; and of using the now-basically-defunct handheld media type for your CSS. Seems a bit quaint, right?"

Aladdin’s lamps anyone?