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New Book! The Tao of WordPress

New Book! The Tao of WordPress

I'm excited to announce the launch of my 3rd book, The Tao of WordPress! Every page of The Tao of WordPress is carefully distilled, refined, and focused on WordPress. I wrote this book for beginners, students, designers, admins, enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to rock their own WordPress-powered site.

Comparing Blog Platforms

Ever wonder how WP compares against the competition? Check out this infographic/chart comparing eight of the top blogging platforms, including details about features such as plugins, themes, hosting, user-friendliness and more. Spoiler alert: WordPress wins :)

Sweet WP Infographic: Premium Themes

I found this infographic from WPtemplate.com very useful while writing my latest book. The infographic rounds up a collection of popular premium themes along with their various features and informations. Very interesting to see what's popular in the premium WP theme market.

GenerateWP.com

Quick link: Check out GenerateWP.com to automatically generate code for custom taxonomies, post types, the config file, and other useful bits of WordPress functionality. Very user-friendly interface with squeaky clean code output :)

Post Format Archives Widget

Post Format Archives Widget

Custom Post Formats enable you to customize your asides, images, and other types of posts. Doing so is a great way to bring character and definition to an otherwise amorphous collection of regular posts. Then, as your custom-formatted posts grow in number, your site will feature uniquely styled archives for each of your Custom Post Formats.

Spring SALE!

To celebrate the Spring season, we're holding a Spring Sale on Print & PDF copies of Digging into WordPress! Save $15 on the Print version (includes free PDF) and $7 on the PDF version. Both versions include all extras, exclusive themes, and lifetime updates. Sweet bundled deals also available for Digging into WordPress and .htaccess made easy when purchased together. Contact us for details!

55 Resources for WordPress Beginners

Thanks to Devesh over at WPKube for putting together this super-useful list of resources for those first getting into WordPress. From books to blogs and blogs to themes and plugins, you'll find plenty of awesome WP resources. Check it out!

WebHostingBuzz Winners!

Congratulations to the three lucky winners of our recent WebHostingBuzz Giveaway! John David Hunt, Rodney Weis, and Ji each will receive an entire year of free hosting at WebHostingBuzz. Thank you to everyone who participated!

WebHostingBuzz Giveaway

WebHostingBuzz Giveaway

We've teamed up with WebHostingBuzz to present you with a superb hosting giveaway for 2013.

WebHostingBuzz is providing the following great prizes: three lucky winners will pick up an entire year of FREE hosting that includes 750 GB Disk Space, 15,000 GB monthly Bandwidth, a free domain name and more.

Browser Detection WordPress Plugin

There are two main routes for detecting browser identity: client-side or server-side. You can do feature-detection for client-side detection, or use PHP and the user-agent server-variable for server-side detection. That said, if you're using WordPress, this plugin makes server-side detection SO easy.

Display Blog Posts on any Page (with navigation)

Display Blog Posts on any Page (with navigation)

By default, your latest WordPress posts are displayed on the home page, with older posts available via post navigation on /page/2/, /page/3/, and so on. In this DigWP post, we'll explain how to display your blog posts on any static page using a custom WP_Query loop that works beautifully with post navigation.

BitNami Stack for WordPress

If you're looking for an alternative to MAMP/LAMP/WAMP/etc., check out BitNami's WordPress Stack. It's basically a free, pre-configured version of WordPress that includes all of the required software (Apache, MySQL, PHP, etc.). WordPress is just one of the many BitNami Stacks that make it easier to deploy your favorite open source software. Also available in the Mac App Store.

Most Popular WordPress Plugins

Interesting and useful infographic showing the top 30 WordPress plugins available from the WP Plugin Directory, which amazingly contains over 22,000 plugins! (Probably over 30,000 by the time you read this)

Best of DigWP.com

Best of DigWP.com

Chris and I launched DigWP.com back in 2009, and since that time have posted many WordPress tips, tricks, and techniques (well over 300 posts!).

So as 2013 fast approaches, it's a great time to look back at the best of DigWP for each year, 2009 through 2012 — 4 years and counting!

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