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1. Animating Without jQuery | Smashing Magazine

"There’s a false belief in the web development community that CSS animation is the only performant way to animate on the web. This myth has coerced many developers to abandon JavaScript-based animation altogether, thereby (1) forcing themselves to manage complex UI interaction within style sheets, (2) locking themselves out of supporting Internet Explorer 8 and 9, and (3) forgoing the beautiful motion design physics that are possible only with JavaScript.

Reality check: JavaScript-based animation is often as fast as CSS-based animation — sometimes even faster. CSS animation only appears to have a leg up because it’s typically compared to jQuery’s $.animate(), which is, in fact, very slow. However, JavaScript animation libraries that bypass jQuery deliver incredible performance by avoiding DOM manipulation as much as possible. These libraries can be up to 20 times faster than jQuery.

So, let’s smash some myths, dive into some real-world animation examples and improve our design skills in the process. If you love designing practical UI animations for your projects, this article is for you."

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2. Critical Security Vulnerability Found in WordPress Slider Revolution Plugin, Immediate Update Advised

"The security team at Sucuri publicized a critical vulnerability found in the WordPress Slider Revolution plugin recently. The bug has since been patched, but the development team for Slider Revolution kept silent about it and did not notify their users of the importance of updating.

The popular commercial slider plugin is hosted on Codecanyon, an offshoot of EnvatoMarket. The slider is bundled in theme packages, such as Avada, Themeforest’s top-selling theme. It’s also packaged with other themes and used independently on thousands of websites."

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3. Gitium Provides Automatic Git Version Control and Deployment for WordPress Plugins and Themes

"One important trend surfacing this year is WordPress developers’ growing desire to add git-based version control to their sites. It adds an extra layer of safety in case you need to revert changes. Version control also helps multi-person teams work together more efficiently on the same website.

Several plugin options are in the works in varying stages of development. While VersionPress missed its crowdfunding goal by $14.5K and struggles to put out a working prototype, the Revisr plugin is open source and already available on WordPress.org.

Gitium is a new plugin in beta, targeted specifically at adding version control for plugins and themes. It enables continuous deployment for WordPress and integrates with Github, Bitbucket, or Travis-CI.The plugin provides automatic git version control and deployment for WordPress extensions and also tracks code edits that originate in the plugin and theme editors."

It would be great if the mothership (WordPress.org) got on the bandwagon as well. Both the theme and plugin repository use Subversion, not Git.

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4. Saga: A Free WordPress Theme for Writers from Theme Hybrid

"When Theme Hybrid launched its Stargazer theme, the idea of a design-specific parent theme that would provide limitations landed in stark contrast to the super generic, all-encompassing themes that permeate the market. You’ve probably seen themes marketed as ‘the last WordPress theme you’ll ever need.’ They kinds of themes purport to have so much flexibility that they can be suitable for any kind of website. Stargazer was launched as the exact opposite.

Justin Tadlock is aiming to restore the original design for the relationship between parent and child themes. His post on Designing in a Box further explains the philosophy behind child themes with limitations where the parent theme houses the majority of the design. The Stargazer experiment inspired a flurry of child themes. It represented a shift in how Theme Hybrid themes are built and its overwhelming success prompted Tadlock to create another.

http://themehybrid.com/weblog/saga-wordpress-theme is the next parent theme in Theme Hybrid’s revolution. It was designed specifically for writers and has been stripped of anything that would distract from the content."

Saga theme

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5. WordPress Plugin Boilerplate 3.0 Released with New Community Website


“Version 3.0 of the WordPress Plugin Boilerplate was released today. The open source project was started in 2011 by Tom McFarlin as a GitHub repository for storing code while he learned plugin development. Over the past three years, the boilerplate has matured beyond his expectations with the help of 39 contributors. It now has more than 1800 stars on GitHub and a brand new logo and website.”

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6. Luke Woodward: wp.awesome! WordPress JS helpers | WordPress.tv

"Backbone.js and Underscore.js are exciting additions that allow more scalable Javascript creation, both on the front and back end of the system. Along with these great tools came some other, smaller utilities and helpers that make the life of a WordPress Javascript developer just a bit easier.

So let’s explore just some of the hidden wonders in the wp object: wp.ajax, wp.template, wp.shortcode, and wp.html.

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EVENT WordCamp Vancouver 2014"

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7. 15 of The Best WooCommerce Themes – WP Mayor

“So many people shop online these days. It’s no longer necessary to make a trip to your neighborhood store if you need something. With just a few clicks, you can get anything to be delivered right at your doorstep. When someone is trying to decide which product to buy, a website’s apparel can make the difference between a simple visit, and a closed deal. Designers know this, and understand that choosing a good theme is imperative. Below, you will find a list containing 15 outstanding WooCommerce themes.”


8. A Guide to WordPress 4.0 – Tuts+ Code Article

"Slated to be released on September 4th, WordPress 4.0 is almost here! While it’s a major release, some will argue that there aren’t any groundbreaking changes like when WordPress 3.0 was released. 

In this article, we’re going to see what’s new in version 4.0 and the reactions among the WordPress community.

What’s New in WordPress 4.0

There are a number of notable enhancements in WordPress 4.0. Rather than list them out, let’s take a look at some of the major additions and improvements in details so we’re ready to use them as soon as we install the application."

  • Media Library Improvements
  • Plugin Install Enhancement
  • Visual Editor – fixed-following toolbar
  • New language selection options
  • Customizer – widgets – api


9. Problems and Challenges of WordPress eCommerce Solutions – Tuts+ Code Article

"WordPress is an amazing CMS when it comes to setting up a website for a personal blog, corporate website, or even an eCommerce site.  Building an eCommerce website using WordPress is really easy, with a variety of plugins and development options available, but there are a number of  challenges that you have to face before launching your online shop.

In this two-part series, I intend to cover in detail some of the problems and challenges that you will most likely face and some of the solutions that are available to help you overcome the hurdles."


10. Getting Started with the WordPress Media Uploader – Tuts+ Code Tutorial

"The WordPress Media Uploader

The new WordPress Media Uploader has a number of advantages over the previous iteration:

  • Drag and drop support
  • Cleaner interface
  • Easer management of galleries
  • …and more

It’s important to note, though, that the most recent version of the uploader is built using a set of completely different technologies than those prior. This means that the code that you once wrote to implement custom media management may still work (until the core Thickbox code is deprecated), but that it’s going to look and feel dated in comparison to what users are now experiencing whenever they manage their media within WordPress."