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  • Improving the Default Search Experience in WordPress

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    No matter what the genre or niche of your website is, the search functionality forms an integral part of your site. In fact, it is almost impossible to think of the internet without the search function. A search bar helps your visitors to easily locate content on your website and as a result, plays a crucial role in converting casual visitors to regular subscribers. Sadly, the default search functionality in WordPress leaves a lot to be desired. Agreed, WordPress offers out of the box search function and you can easily add a search bar to your sidebar using widgets, but the overall performance of the WP search mechanism is below par, to say the least.



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  • Envato Moves to 100% GPL, and WooThemes Joins ThemeForest — What’s Next?

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    It all started in late 2012 and the early part of 2013 — WordPress Foundation requested that developers who are selling their WP-related works via Envato marketplaces should not speak at, volunteer for, sponsor or organize WordCamps. Obviously, things got heated (and personal) — you don’t tell one of the biggest communities of WP developers to stay away from WordCamps and expect no reaction at all, do you? After a lot of furore and debates, Envato eventually announced a GPL-friendly policy for their marketplaces.



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  • 14 Free WordPress Themes, Fresh from March 2013

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    Each month, I bring to you a roundup of some of the best free themes released for self-hosted WordPress websites. Now that March has ended, here is this month’s edition!



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  • Free WordPress Themes Fresh From January and February 2013

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    Our goal is to round up the new theme releases for self-hosted WordPress installations monthly. With January being a rather weak month in terms of numbers we decided to accumulate the themes from the first two months. From experience we can assume that now, after the cold months pass developer’s enthusiasm comes back and more themes will be conceived. Generally we can conclude that WordPress theme developers focus on responsive layouts more often than not. Mobile clients have their impact here. In this roundup we have two themes that are based on Twitter’s fantastic framework Bootstrap, Hybrid Core also has its share again. See for yourself…



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  • Integrating Social Media into WordPress: Plugins You Cannot Live Without

    If you are running a website on WordPress or any other way, chances are that you already know that after search engines, social networking websites are the primary referrers of traffic. However, earning visitors from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter depends heavily on how easy the social sharing mechanism on your website is. After all, in order to attract new visitors via Facebook, you need to ensure that existing ones share your content there. Look at other social networks, you will not find exceptions to that rule. In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the best social sharing plugins for WordPress websites.



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  • Mastering WordPress Configuration – wp-config.php

    One of the best aspects of WordPress is the fact that it does not require much code-level tweaking to work. All you need to do is install the CMS, and off you go! All in all, for a general-purpose website, there is not much tweaking or customization that needs to be done. In fact, in most cases, you should steer away from messing with the code and WP files. However, there is one particular file which you actually can tweak and its name is wp-config.php. In this article, we shall be discussing the wp-config.php file as well as taking a look at certain tweaks that we can apply to it in order to get the most out of its possibilities.



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  • WordPress vs. Concrete5 — A Comparative Review

    Some time ago we published a review of Concrete5, wherein we evaluated the usability prospects of the CMS as a stand-alone software to power your website. Carrying on from the review, in this article, we will compare Concrete5 to the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress. Wanna know how the two CMSs fare in comparison to each other? Read on!



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  • Making the Best of WordPress Categories: Tips and Tools

    Back in October of last year, I wrote an article about using tags in WordPress. Today, we shall be turning our attention towards the usage of categories in WordPress. Once again, before we proceed, allow me to disclaim: this is not a how-do-I-add-categories learning guide. For that purpose, however, I strongly suggest you check out the WordPress Codex. In this article, we will be focusing on using WordPress categories for SEO, discovering good and bad practices as well as taking a look at some nifty plugins that can make our lives easier.



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  • Worth a Thousand Words: Creative and Informative WordPress Infographics

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    2012 saw two major releases of Wordpress.  The latest update by the name of Elvin brought improvements and enhancements including features both for web developers and writers. Still the indivual skill level is dominated by the need to understand older functions and components that have been around eversince. It is only then that you will be able to become a real professional and develop abilities to use the full power of this framework. Generally, acquaintance with Wordpress starts with a thorough study of the documentation, but, you are sure to agree, this information is dry as a desert and really hard to be taken in. As a consequence you will soon turn to other educational material, such as tutorials or articles recommended by others. Nevertheless, tutorials are more preferable to those who have a lot of time and can fully enjoy the benefits of them, but if you want to quickly indulge and satisfy the need for knowledge you should definitely stock up yourself with a bunch of infographics that represent at least part of the needed information in a friendly, easily understandable manner.



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  • WP Recycle: Fresh Perspectives for Starving WordPress Plugins

    If you are a WordPress developer, you will very likely have coded a WP plugin at some point of time. Maybe you still write plugins for WordPress? In any case, one trend remains unchanged: plugins tend to get obsolete and fall out of favor. Maybe the developer loses interest or runs short of time, maybe the plugin fails to gain the required amount of popularity, or, more commonly, WordPress updates itself, and the newer version offers a particular functionality natively, thereby eliminating the need for plugins that offer the same or similar functionality. Thus, one thing can be assumed as certain: WordPress plugins in general tend to have a short shelf life. Ever wondered how awesome it would be if such plugins came back to life? Allow us to introduce you to WP Recycle by PluginChief.



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