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WordPress Hosting Review

Alex Denning of WPShout has put together a comprehensive, independent review of the best hosts for WordPress-powered sites. An excellent resource for those looking for awesome WordPress hosting.

Smashing WordPress

Hey I'm sure everyone's heard by now, but I wanted to post about Smashing Magazine's new exclusive WordPress section! We're aiming for quality, in-depth articles, tutorials, and reviews on all things WordPress, and we've got some great stuff already in the works. Drop by and check it out! :)

WordPress Infographic

Nice little infographic showing the usage of WordPress among the worlds top 100,000 sites. Amazing to see that people out there are still running WordPress as old as version 1.5!

Get DiW for FREE at Designer Themes

It's TRUE!!! :) We've partnered with Designer Themes, where you can get a free DiW PDF/eBook with purchase of any of their awesome Pro themes (all GPL!). Editor's note: 404 link removed.

HTML5 Reset WordPress Theme

Based on the BLANK theme, the HTML5 Reset theme is a "style-free theme designed to help get your custom WordPress project off the ground." Features tons of goodness such as semantic HTML5 markup, starter WP styles, widget-ready sidebar, and includes jQuery, Modernizr and Analytics all built into the mix.

AnythingSlider Plugin

Jacob Dubail turned my AnythingSlider jQuery plugin (now maintained by a number of folks) into a WordPress plugin. It's pretty neat. You create slides like you create posts, insert them with shortcodes, group them with categories, and control behavior and layout with simple backend user interface (rather than code).

New Book Winner!

Congratulations to Kristin Currier for winning a free printed copy of Digging into WordPress. The giveaway question this time was "what's the most interesting thing you've done with WordPress?" Kristin replies:

I haven't done a damned interesting thing
with WordPress at all.

So honest! You can read about what other interesting and unusual things people are (and aren't) doing with WordPress in the comments of the announcement post. Again, congrats to Kristin for winning – your new book is on the way! :)

Quick News and Links

Just a few news items and resources worth sharing:

  • Awesome new WP theme by CyberChimps.com called iFeature is now available as a free download from the WP Theme Directory. iFeature is packed with features and really looks sharp. Check out the demo!
  • Grid of Posts! Michael Clark adapted Chris' randomized grid of posts for his site's Recent Posts page. As Mike says, "it's very Flipboard-esque."
  • Last but not least, Digging into WordPress is now listed on the WordPress Book Page!1 Special thanks to @photomatt, @nacin, @otto42, & @CoenJacobs for making it happen :)

1 For some reason, the WP books page has been taken down, so 404 link removed: https://wordpress.org/about/books/

Create Your Own Functionality Plugin

You have two choices when adding custom functionality to your WordPress site: your theme's functions.php file, or a plugin. Ryan Imel reminds us that theme-specific functionality belongs in your functions.php file (like registering a sidebar) whereas site-specific functionality belongs in a plugin (like registering custom taxonomies), as well as teaches us how.

Over 100 of the Best WordPress Blogs

Great to see DigWP.com included in this incredible list of the Best WordPress Blogs over at ThemeShock, where you can find awesome freebies, resources, tips & tricks. They're also giving away a free retro/vintage WordPress theme that looks pretty interesting. Check it out!

HTML5 Reset Theme

Version 2 of the HTML5 Reset by Tim Murtaugh and Michael Pick is out. This time it features a WordPress theme, which is based of Digging Into WordPress’ own BLANK theme. I think we'll retire BLANK and point to this more up-to-date theme.

The AWESOME Button

Matt Richardson from MAKE magazine makes a USB device button, which when pressed, inserts an alternative word to "awesome". He demonstrates its use inside the WordPress post editor =)

WordPress Hosting Review

Alex Denning is putting together an unbiased and unaffiliated resource compiling the best hosts for WordPress. To get the most accurate results, Alex put up a questionnaire for (self-hosted) WordPress users to share their real-life experiences. This is a great opportunity to share your hosting insights and as a bonus enter to win a six-month membership to the WooThemes Theme Club!

DigWP Book Winner!

Congratulations to Helen Hou-Sandi for winning a free printed copy of Digging into WordPress. Here's what she likes most about the WP 3.1 update:

Love the admin bar – makes managing one of thousands of pages/posts on a multisite install a breeze. With some custom adding and subtracting of items and things like the Snack Bar, almost everything I need to do while logged in is one click away.

You can read what other people are saying about WordPress 3.1 in the comments of the announcement post. Again, congrats to Helen for winning – your new book is on the way!

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