To celebrate the season, Elegant Themes is giving away three free memberships to their entire theme library — an impressive collection of 78 awesome WordPress themes yours for free!
Author: Jeff Starr
Printed books in the house! The new version-3.4 printed books are now available and better than ever, updated for WordPress 3.4 with new content, refreshed graphics, and new features galore. Each book is printed in full-color, with new extra-thick covers and slick spiral binding for laying it flat while reading. These features make the print edition feel solid and durable, like you know you’re reading a well-crafted, quality book. Here are some photos of the new v3.4 books:
Congratulations to ThatGuyKC for winning an all-expense paid print-edition of Digging into WordPress version 3.4! And to show our appreciation to all who left a comment on the announcement post, we're also giving away a free copy of the PDF/eBook to three lucky winners: Peter Shackelford, Shea, and Amy Eileen Koester. Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated!
WordPress feeds enable your visitors to subscribe to your content for use in their favorite feed-reader. For example, subscribing to the main-posts feed and/or the comments feed is a great way for your readers to stay current with all the latest from your site.
With WordPress, you can deliver a wide variety of "Full-text" or "Summary" (partial) feeds in numerous formats, including Atom, RDF, and RSS2. This variety extends the reach of your content by enabling your feeds to be read in more apps, readers, and devices.
New plugin! Simple Feed Stats (SFS) makes it easy to track your WordPress feeds, add custom content, display your feed stats, and much more. Provides a wealth of tools and options to customize and manage your feed statistics.
Digging into WordPress version 3.4 is here! The DiW v3.4 update covers WordPress 3.4, with new and revised content throughout the book. This is the book's 10th Edition, making version 3.4 more fluid, focused and current than ever. It's also a free update to everyone who owns either version of the book.
Just a heads up! Chris' awesome All AJAX theme is now updated to version 2.0, featuring a whole slew of improvements:
Just a quick note: we're currently updating the book to version 3.4, and will be ordering a fresh batch of printed books soon. In the meantime, we're setting up a notification list for people who want to know when the new books are back in stock.
As discussed, it's important to protect your site by setting proper file permissions on the server. This can be tricky for certain directories such as
/backups/, which need to be writable by the server in order for things like uploads, upgrades, and backups to work.
New book about .htaccess! Covers all the basics then goes into configuration, optimization, redirects, SEO, usability, security, and just about everything else. Includes a chapter on .htaccess techniques for WordPress to make it all good.
Awesome new plugin for displaying your posts in sidebars! Organize and display posts by category, author, tags and more. Includes many options for stuff like featured images, excerpt-length, and post-tags to help dial it in just right.
To better understand how the WordPress community currently deploy their sites, the fine folks at 88MPH have devised a short survey to gather some data about who is using WordPress and how they are deploying it. Please take a few moments to participate and share your experience!
WordPress makes it easy to add custom stuff to the Toolbar. This is a great way to personalize the look and feel of the WP Admin with custom menus, links, or whatever makes sense. To further streamline workflow, you can create keyboard-shortcuts to open your Toolbar links with a single keystroke.
Some interesting data on how themes are used in the top million WordPress sites. For example, 51% of the leading WordPress sites are running premium or commercial themes. Must-read for theme designers!