bbPress 2.3 Release Candidate 1

At long last, forum-specific search functionality is coming to bbPress. Onward and upward, the new release candidate hopes to address former forum concerns and help you focus more on getting you away from other forum tools and into bbPress.

BuddyPress 1.7 Release Candidate 1

Unsurprisingly, the same day bbPress release candidate was announced, BuddyPress announced its new release candidate as well. Like the bbPress update, BuddyPress hopes to address some major grievances that have been filed including “smoothing out the installation and update experiences.” Thorough testing has been done to make updating from previous versions easy on your buns, but there are always kinks, which will hopefully be fixed up before the final release.

Plugins in WordPress Multisite

If you’ve ever tried activating a theme or plugin in WordPress Multisite, you know that it can be a bit tricky. Everyone’s first time seems to be rough and Chris Lema takes you through how to find, activate and use your multisite plugins quickly and easily. Very helpful for those who have never ventured into the multisite world.

Designing for High Resolution Retina Displays

Retina displays have become pretty big in resolution and popularity. So how do we keep up with designing for all screens when we range from pixels in the 320s to pixels in the 2000s? Lee Munroe takes you through his experience with high resolution devices and some things to keep in mind when designing for big. Image size, in pixels and bytes are discussed in depth along with some caveats.

Simple Social Icons

Speaking of retina displays, Simple Social Icons, a pack of icons we’ve discussed before, is now available for high-res devices. Simple Social Icons is a plugin with the standard social media icons that allow you to easily plug in your social media to any WordPress site. New social media icons are available as well, so give Simple Social Icons a gander if you’ve yet to do so.

Sysinfo Plugin

From the minds of Dave Donaldson here at Max Foundry and Tom McFarlin of 8BIT comes a plugin to help plugin developers and supporters all over. The sysinfo plugin takes a look at your WordPress installation and identifies activated plugins, WordPress version, the current theme, memory limit, and much more. This is definitely something to check out if you’ve ever tried to troubleshoot a plugin issue, but didn’t know the users WordPress system information. A great tool made by some great guys. It’s only got 24 downloads, so show some love and try it out.

April Fools CSS

A bit too late to actually pull any pranks, but Wes Bos put together a nice list of CSS (mainly CSS3) things you can do to “prank” site visitors. From turning your website completely upside down to flipping images and blurring the screen every 30 seconds, there was something in the CSS file for everyone. Past the prank side of it, it’s a pretty nice collection of little things that can be done to sites that you might now have thought of otherwise.

Featured Image from: WP Wallpapers

April 1, 2013
Written by: John Hartley