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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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  • Break Free From SEO: Integrating the News_Keywords Meta Tag into WordPress

    Writers and editors, rejoice! SEO deadened titles are no longer required for news articles now that the news keywords meta tag is available, sort of. Okay, so only those who write articles for Google News can truly do a happy dance and even then are still not completely free from SEO in titles, but this new release is still a big step for online content. One of the big problems that the News team has been facing in the last few years has been that writers were forced to make awkward titles for their news articles so that the articles were optimized for both Google Search and News. In many cases, the titles were written by technical staff to make sure that the article was search engine optimized, often at the protest of the writers and editors. Because Search and News worked nearly the same, even though they are actually completely different systems, the approach to ranking well in both of those services meant keyword loading of the title. To combat this problem, just last September the Google News team rolled out the nifty news_keywords meta tag that Google News will now support.



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  • Best Of 2012: 50 Free WordPress Themes

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    We have come to the end of 2012, and a new year is knocking or has already arrived in some areas of the world. High time for this article. Each year, hundreds of amazing free WordPress themes are released: the good, the bad and the ugly. Naturally, 2012 wasn’t an exception. WordPress lovers received numerous free themes for their blogs and websites. In this round-up, we enlist 50 awesome free themes for self-hosted WordPress sites.



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  • Fresh and Free WordPress Themes Released In December 2012

    We have come to the end of another fine month. For WordPress users, December 2012 marked the release of WordPress 3.5 Beyond that, many new themes were also released in December, and in this round-up, we shall be taking a look at them.



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  • I Love You, WordPress! But…

    …There are certain things that I hate about you, sadly. Yes, I know, many WordPress users will disagree (some will already have started cursing me, even without reading this article). On the other hand, many non-WP users might be passing those *I-knew-it* smiles while reading this text. Perhaps you are one of them? In any case, my point behind this article is not to trash-talk WordPress. Trust me: I love WordPress! As a matter of fact, I use WP on many of my websites. Plus, I’m currently writing this article for Noupe, an awesome website that uses WordPress. So read, what annoys me, what troubles me, what is inacceptable and then let’s start a discussion…



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  • WordPress 3.5 First Look: Yay or Nay?

    WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” has just been released, and it comes with a good number of changes, upgrades and updates. In this article, we take a look at the new offerings that WP 3.5 has brought to the table. For someone who has been working with WordPress ever since the 2.x days, each new release brings many expectations and hopes. Naturally, hopes were high ever since the new version of WP was in the testing phase. I had been taking a look at the changes by test driving the release candidates on a dummy site. Oh yes, I was *that* impatient to wait for the final stable version to be released.



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  • 16 Free WordPress Themes Released In The Month of November 2012

    You’re right folks, it is the end of another awesome month, and I’m back with a collection of WordPress themes released during November 2012. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday… and what not! The month of November was full of activity, and in terms of free themes as well, WordPress users received many treats! To begin with, Web2Feel released four free themes, followed by WPExplorer’s three awesome themes, along with many others by various developers and theme providers. So let’s delve right into the WP themes released during the month of November 2012.



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  • Is Managed WordPress Hosting The Best Solution For Your Website?

    Quality web hosting has always been in popular demand. No matter how good your website is, at the end of the day, awesome content and wonderful design will have little effect on your visitors if they are having a hard time reaching your website! Let’s be straight: If you want your website to be a success, you must consider a proper web host. Speaking of successful websites, a growing number of them are powered by WordPress. As a result, web hosting companies begin specializing on WordPress. So, what exactly is managed WP hosting all about, and who are the major players? Read on as we attempt to answer this question in the following lines.



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  • Thesis 2.0: WordPress Theme Framework Rewritten, A Turn For The Better?

    Last month, the popular premium WordPress theme framework Thesis underwent a significant update, and the WordPress community saw the advent of Thesis 2.0 Unlike other theme updates, Thesis 2.0 marks a noticeable difference from its predecessor: there have been many changes and additions, and to quote the team behind the framework, the entire engine has been rewritten. In this article, we shall be taking a look at Thesis 2.0 and what it brings to the table.



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  • The WordPress Editor: Taking Content Creation To The Next Level

    WordPress is famous for a lot of things, not the least are the multiple features and components it has to offer. The ease with which you can change the themes, the vast majority of plugins, a wide user base — you name it! If it is a feature or component related to WordPress, it gets its share of discussion spotlight. Ironically, one of the least talked-about components of WordPress is the visual HTML editor. This is strange, especially because WP itself, as a blogger’s CMS, focuses on content creation before anything else and for the purpose of content creation, the editor is the most used entity. In this article we take a look at its positives and negatives. You will also find some worthwhile alternatives.



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