by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

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Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our five lucky contest winners! Mike, Shea Bunge, Konstantinos Kouratoras, Stephanie Stiavetti, and Gretchen Louise will each receive a free copy of Digging Into WordPress plus all bonus material, exclusive themes, and lifetime updates. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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 (404 link removed 2015/02/15) 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.


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 :)

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!

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.

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!

Update 2014/02/04: Link removed due to 404 Not Found @ http://www.wptemplate.com/plugins/wordpress-most-popular-plugins.html/

Fresh Code Snippets at WP-Mix

I'm excited to announce my new code snippets site, WP-Mix! It's where I'll be posting all of my code snippets as mini-tuts and straight-up tips aimed at WordPress developers and web designers in general. The site itself is built with WordPress and xy.css. Check it don't wreck it holmes!

Printed Books on Sale

Save $15 on printed copies of Digging into WordPress thru the first week of January. Use coupon code “DigWP2012HoHoHo” during checkout for instant savings. Happy Holidays!

Elegant Theme Winners!

We're happy to announce the three lucky winners of our recent Elegant Themes contest! Congratulations go to Filipe Carvalho, Joel Schilling, and Sallie Goetsch. You'll each receive a free membership to Elegant Themes. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Top 100 WordPress Resources

Jimmy Atkinson from the WHdb Blog posted an incredible round-up of the top 100 WordPress resources, and DigWP.com is on the list! If you're looking for a way to dive into the world of WordPress, definitely check out Jimmy's post - so many awesome WordPress resources all in one place -- it's an honor to be included!

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