The WhiP: Menu Customizer Mess and Theme Review Cleanup

The WhiP: Menu Customizer Mess and Theme Review Cleanup

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Optimus Primer – Newsletter #241

Eton Mess

(WordPress News)

What a mess. Just a week out from whether a decision in made on whether to include the menu customizer feature-as-a plugin in WordPress 4.3, core contributors are asking for help to test it. To refresh your memory, a growing number of people aren’t too thrilled about the new feature. Sarah Gooding at WP Tavern sums it up nicely: “Until the Menu Customizer can adequately provide a UI that fully adapts to all screen sizes, resistance to the feature is likely to continue.”

“We were not doing a good enough job.” WooThemes has introduced a new support system.

The latest Q&A in Pagely’s 8 Questions series features WP Site Care’s Ryan Sullivan and how building a band site for a friend introduced him to WordPress.

Did Lyon just host the first WordCamp aboard a houseboat?

The WordPress Theme Review team sure has copped a lot of negative feedback lately. It’s now looking to users and theme authors to help shape its roadmap for the future – and offer some constructive criticism – through surveys on the review process, themes and the directory.

Brighton in the UK will host Europe’s very first BuddyCamp.

WooThemes users are urged to update to the latest version after a security vulnerability was found in products using the prettyPhoto Library.

WordPress support star Mika Epstein has moved to clarify WordPress’s “policy” on PHP version.

WP Tavern now has its own Wapuu.

The Price is Right


Here are the web design trends dominating 2015 and how WordPress fares against the competition.

And here are the best places to find WordPress jobs.

What can the WordPress community learn from Drupal? A lot, it turns out.

How do you price your products and/or services? Elegant Themes has published an interesting pricing guide.

Here’s how to help your clients understand calls to action.

And for those of you out there who are trying to work out the best way to market your plugins or themes, here’s some advice on how to launch a product.

Accidentally Kelly Street

(Themes and Plugins)

Meet Membership 2, the successor to our hugely popular membership plugin. We’ve worked hard to create an experience that makes building a membership site simple. We reckon it’s the most intuitive and powerful membership plugin for WordPress. Period.

It’s been a week since from BuddyPress 2.3’s release and a maintenance version is out. It fixes two new accidental features that were causing problems in some installations.

The BuddyDrive plugin allows members of a BuddyPress site to share a file or a list of files with the community and includes various settings for restricting access.

Klein is a new blog focused builder theme by the folks at iThemes.

WP Lift reviews the WP Rocket caching plugin and gives it the thumbs up.

All official Easy Digital Downloads themes are now 100% free. Why? It all comes down to money, of course.

We all know Avada is the top selling theme on ThemeForest but is it actually any good? WP Rocket puts the theme through its paces and offers some pros and cons.

Optimus Primer

(Tutorials, Tips and Tricks)

How to Upload a File With WordPress’ Secret Native Functions (WPMU DEV).

Style Different Categories in Your WordPress Site Differently Using CSS(tuts+).

Using The Google Maps API and WordPress (Tom McFarlin).

WordPress, Responsive Images, and Dynamic Image Sizes (Mor10).

Customizer typography project (Justin Tadlock).

The Tuts+ Guide to Template Tags: Introduction (tuts+).

How to Add a Default Image to Jetpack’s Related Posts Module (WP Tavern).

A Primer on Writing Good Documentation (WP Tavern).

Launching WordPress at Digital Ocean With ServerPilot (tuts+).

WordPress Generated Classes and Why You Need Them (RachieVee).

Three Ways to Learn the WordPress Transients API (With Pippin Williamson) (WPShout).

/giphy Mindblown

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Did you know you can search for help in StackOverflow without leaving Slack?!

Here’s a tip from one of our developers: offers WordPress development in the cloud. Handy!

“An outside may look at the WordPress community and say we are all a little like Shia LaBeouf, crazy yet full of passion.” Shia LaBeouf made a cameo at WordCamp Orange Country.

Those are all our links for today. Sorry to those of you who missed The WhiP during its brief break! It’s put together each and every day by a human, and that human needs a holiday every now and again. We’ll give you a bit more notice next time.