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Crop Image Size Changes Coming in 3.9 Release While at WordCamp Dayton this weekend I overheard some talk about image cropping coming in WordPress 3.9. After finding the trac ticket and reading through, it looks like some cool features are in the works. The new cropping functionality will surely win over those that are heavy into photo dropping in WordPress. Only 90s Developers I was lucky enough to start developing toward the end of 2009,… Read more »

Stock Photos That Don’t Suck I believe that you can never have enough free options when it comes to stock imagery. No more “Man Wearing Tunic Playing Poker” photos, just hi-res photos that are free for personal or commercial use. One of my new favorites is SplitShire because, along with hi-res photos, it also has HD Video. Pretty cool and totally free. Media Uploader Support for Video Playlists A changeset that had a few people… Read more »

WordPress Plugin Support eBook WordPress plugin development is tough enough but add supporting that plugin and we’ve got ourselves a difficult piece of software. I haven’t read the full thing, but Mika Epstein looks to have put out a gem with this new eBook. While the book does not go over the ins and outs of developing the actual plugin, it lends insight into the world of what happens after a plugin is released including… Read more »

40 Experts Share Their Favorite WordPress Plugins WPKube put together a great resource with this list. Some of the top names in the WordPress game were asked what plugins they use the most/are their favorites and the list has a few gems. The top 7 responses were not surprising featuring Yoast SEO, Gravity Forms and Akismet, but there were some I’d never even heard of, like Rublon (two-factor authentication) and RB Internal Links (helps with… Read more »

WordPress Contact Form Tips That Will Save Your Life – WP Bacon Everyone could use a little help when it comes to doing contact forms well and WP Bacon has a few helpful tips. One that I hadn’t really thought of is “Record Your Form Submissions” in case your email goes down or some synapse in the middle gets snapped. This will give you a record on the database that you can refer to if… Read more »

Progeny MMXIV: Free WordPress Theme Perfect For Audio WPTavern put out a great review of a Twenty Fourteen child theme this week that is audio focused. With a look that definitely rivals other free audio themes, Progeny MMXIV comes equipped with a great Gigs Custom Post Type and easy to use albums type, perfect for the audiofile client trying to build their own iTunes. The Beginner’s Guide To WordPress SEO by Yoast The two major… Read more »

30 Beautiful Brewery Sites Built With WordPress The craft beer wave is sweeping over America and with it come brand new brewery websites. WPTavern fittingly goes through 30 of the best brewery websites built on top of WordPress. For those of you arguing with folks who say WordPress is only for blogs, here are 30 examples of non-blog sites. 7 WordPress Plugins to Make Your Site Responsive I’ve been asked many times if there are… Read more »

When Plugins Collide: Plugin Best Practices As plugin developers we try to navigate hundreds to thousands of sites with surgeon-like precision, making sure we don’t interfere with anything on your site, but sometimes things happen. WPExplorer takes a look at best practices to use to avoid many of the plugin pitfalls that are lurking in the shadows. WordPress Podcasts From A-Z Driving in the car I sometimes find myself listening to Podcasts from around the… Read more »

PressCastle – The Tidy Repo of Themes Last week we linked to the top links from 2013, two of which were quality collections of plugins. This last week we heard from the guys over at PressCastle that they are now in beta for a quality collection of WordPress themes. With all sorts of themes (numbering over 13,000!) that are curated and reviewed, PressCastle looks to be a great resource. The search system is pretty nice,… Read more »

WP Caregiver: 30+ WordPress Tweaks in 1 Convenient Plugin Sarah Gooding of WPTavern shared this plugin last week and while I’ve not used all of its features, the ability to add Open Graph Meta and clean the Theme Head makes Caregiver a great plugin for any WordPress installation. You can find a lot of tools to accomplish what Caregiver takes care of, but let’s think about which is easier to maintain: one plugin or many…. Read more »