The WhiP: WordCamp US Cities Revealed, WordPress 4.3 Beta Out

The WhiP: WordCamp US Cities Revealed, WordPress 4.3 Beta Out

This week’s round-up of WordPress news, views and reviews summarized in our daily email newsletter, The WhiP.

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WordPress and Other Drugs – Newsletter #252

Make Hay While the Spanish Sun Shines

(WordPress News)

Help improve bbPress! Take the 2015 User Survey and be a champ.

Say hello to the WPMU DEV team at WordCamp Europe, which started today in sunny Seville, Spain. We don’t bite, promise! We’re easy to spot in our blue tees. You might even score a free membership.

Kayosey is the first AAA, fully accessible and fully responsive theme/framework for WordPress. Well, it could be. The project just needs €6,000 to get off the ground. If you can spare a few bucks, check out the project’s Kickstarter page.

Leaders Are Readers


Are you worth less than a cup of Starbucks coffee? Stop underselling yourself! Here are some tips.

Pagely is better than other web hosts, so says Crowd Favorite’s Chris Lema, because it runs on Amazon, as in, “the Amazon you know – huge, big, always available.”

WooThemes used customer data to guide its new site design, which was launched this week. The data breakdown is worth checking out.

Here’s CodeInWP’s latest transparency report, along with some insight into how the team grew their blog.

Leaders are readers and don’t forget that people are still discovering WordPress for the first time! Here are 8 other enlightening takeaways from WordCamp Denver.

Sick of WordPress? Here are 14 alternatives, you traitor.

Let the Good Times Rollback

(Themes and Plugins)

Title Capitalization for WordPress is a brilliant, free plugin available on GitHub that makes it easy to properly capitalize words in post titles and headings.

Rollback themes and plugins with the WP Rollback plugin.

Here’s a quick walkthrough on how to use the WP-Optimize plugin to clean-up and optimize your database.

WP TogetherJS is a cool plugin that adds easy, real-time collaboration to WordPress.

Bubble and Squeaky Clean

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

10 Tips for Keeping a Squeaky Clean WordPress (and Multisite!) Database(WPMU DEV).

Adding Custom Routes to the WordPress REST API (Torque).

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

How to Display Recent Posts in WordPress (WPMU DEV).

WordPress and Other Drugs

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Convert words into colors without having to, you know, consume drugs.

Here’s why your website continues to disappoint. Sorry to be a downer.

And for something completely random, Ringo Starr is selling computer art he created in Windows Paint for a heap of money.

That’s all our links for today. We’ll be back tomorrow assuming we survive our first day at WordCamp Europe and stop drinking too much sangria. Olé!

Hot Damn! – Newsletter #253

Hot Damn!

(WordPress News)

WordCamp Europe is over for another year. Host city Seville turned up the heat in more ways than one: People from all over the world pressed the flesh, exchanged business cards and upped their Twitter followings. Many people took advantage of the pool – it was 104+ degrees every day in Seville, after all. And, of course, there were great presentations, too. Cloudways has published a great roundup of the event. If you missed out on going along this year, there’s always WordCamp Europe in Vienna next year.

Automattic turned 10 last week and to celebrate has put out a little video showing off what the company has achieved.

Nikolay Bachiyski has been appointed the first Security Czar for the WordPress project. Nikolay has been part of the WordPress comment for more than 10 years. His new role will involve focusing on communication and triaging security reports.

On the latest episode of the KitchensinkWP podcast, talks in detail about the five default post types in WordPress.

Big Boy Now


Here’s a look back at how WordPress has grown up over the past 12 years.

Elegant Themes has been making a lot of noise about its Divi theme over the past two weeks. But is it actually a game-changer in the premium WordPress marketplace?

CNN, eBay, The New York Times… there are lots of famous brands using WordPress. Here’s 50 you might not know about.

If you’re looking for a backup plugin, here’s what 21 WordPress pros recommend.

Do we even need CSS anymore?

Jet Lag

(Themes and Plugins)

Have you checked out Jetpack Manage? Here’s a look at the pros and cons.

Get WordPress notifications as a daily or even weekly digest with the new Digest Notifications plugin.

Page Switcher is a handy little plugin that lets you quickly switch pages you’re working on. No more searching for pages you want to edit.

Tower of Babble

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Rapid Front-End Prototyping With WordPress (Smashing Magazine)

How to Design for Multiple Languages (

The Beginners Guide to WooCommerce Taxes, Part 2 (tuts+).

How to Create Manageable Web Project Cost Estimates (Envato Market Blog).


(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Steve Wozniak thinks we’re all probably going to become robots’ pets. Is that so bad?

And here’s why you should go on a tech-free vacation. (If you want to go on a vacation IRL, I hear Seville is nice…)

That’s all for today. We’ll be back tomorrow right after we go for a walk. Woof!

Mind Over Matt-er – Newsletter #254

Talk Show Web Host

(WordPress News)

Here’s some news that’s been a looong time coming: the recommended hosting page on is finally being updated. But first, it needs some web hosting companies to recommend and that’s where you come in. The team is running a survey on web hosting experiences, so if you have a favorite (or even one you don’t like so much) have your say and help inform the updated hosting page.

VaultPress is the bomb, according to 21 WordPress professionals asked about their favorite backup tool.

Theme club Theme Hybrid is experimenting with free signups to see if people will actually pay for premium support.

In case you missed it, Vienna in Austria will Host WordCamp Europe 2016.

And here’s a round-up of the best 4th of July In Independence Day WordPress deals.

With a Little Help From My Friends


Hundreds of people helped out at Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe. But what does it mean to contribute? From trying to find the time to volunteer to dealing with people with “royal family” status, DevriX founder Mario Peshev says what a lot of people are thinking.

“I think it’s important to remember that not everyone who chimes in on a debate or an argument is representative of the community at large.” Developer and WordCamp conscience Tom McFarlin has his say on debates in the WordPress community.

Here’s what Pere Hospital learned at WordCamp Europe: Open your mind and let things happen, don’t stand around with a croissant in hand waiting for people to come to you. Check out some of his other takeaways.

Meet Freddy Muriuki who says he has a “beautiful WordPress life.”

Totally Down For It

(Themes, Plugins and Other Cool Tools)

Not sure how to make sure your site is accessible? tota11y offers a fun and interactive way to visualize how your site performs with assistive technologies. Very cool.

Page builders: should you use one? And which one?

Psyched Up

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Here’s some simple psychology that will increase your WordPress site conversions by 110%.

Mind Over Matt-er

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

This is how fast America changes its mind.

Coloring books aren’t just for kids, you know. Why not get in on the action?

4Lang is a completely emoji-based programming language. It was going to happen sooner or later.

If spoiling movies for others isn’t enough, now you can do it with this hipster collection of posters.

That’s another edition of The WhiP done and dusted. We’ll be back tomorrow with more right after we switch web hosts. I hear Bluehost is good…? At least that’s what has been saying for years. Time for a change!

If You Like it Then You Shoulda Put WordPress On It – Newsletter #255

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Developer Scorned

(WordPress News)

After five years of selling themes and support, UpThemes is branching out into the managed WordPress hosting business. Here’s how they’re going to do it.

WordPress for iOS 5.3 features refreshed stats and a new layout for posts and pages. Cool stuff.

Is the WordPress customizer really “hell in the agency world”? A recent trac ticket requesting a filter to disable the customizer has been shot down. The simmering frustration among developers continues…

Congrats to the final winner in our four weeks of giveaways. So many amazing people entered our contest. Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

If You Like it Then You Shoulda Put WordPress On It


Here are 25 celebrity websites that are powered by WordPress, including Beyonce, of course.

In its latest transparency report, WP Rocket reveals how it plans to improve customer acquisition. Definitely worth bookmarking.

Every day in July, blogger Chris Lema is going to review a different membership plugin. Every. Single. Day. Who knew there were so many membership plugins around?

This is why WordPress should be the CMS of choice, according to WP Engine who were at WordCamp Europe last weekend.

Easy Digital Downloads 2.4 was released yesterday. Check out SellWithWP’s review for a rundown of what’s new.

Digital Love

(Themes, Plugins and Other Cool Tools)

Looking for the right plugin to sell digital downloads. Here are 11 awesome solutions.

Torque has put together a great up-to-date list of the best SEO plugins. (Look out for number 8!)

Automattic’s Takashi Irie, who designed the Twenty Fifteen default theme is the brains behind Resonar, a stunning new theme that’s perfect for fashion, food, or design blogs.

The Redirection plugin solves all your WordPress 301 and 404 errors.

Not All It’s Hacked Up to Be

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Toolbox of the Smart WordPress Developer: Series Introduction (tuts+).

Hacking the WordPress Template Hierarchy (WPShout).

The Beginners Guide to WooCommerce: Checkout Options, Part 2 (tuts+).

Horror Story Right There At My Startup

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

31 flavors of [email protected]#: funny but sad horror stories of working at a startup.

Mark Zuckerberg says we’ll soon be able to send emotions to each other. (This is going to take breakups via text to another level)

That’s all our links for today. See you back here tomorrow for more WordPress goodness. If you have a link you would like to submit to The WhiP, send any news, reviews, smiley faces and startup stories to[email protected]

How to Win Friends and Influence WordPress – Newsletter #256

How to Win Friends and Influence WordPress

(WordPress News)

WordPress 4.3 Beta 1 is out. It adds a new sites icons feature and a text editor to Press This.

San Francisco is out, and either Chattanooga, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, Philadelphia, or Phoenix is in. These cities have all applied to host WordCamp US, but which one should win? WP Tavern is running a popularity poll. has announced a complete overhaul of VideoPress, a service that powers more than 3 billion video plays on the site’s blogs and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites. The makeover includes major speed enhancements and a new look.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Code


No more cowboy coding! Here are 10 tips for improving the quality of your themes and plugins.

WP Engine has some easy tips for keeping your WordPress install secure.

Chris Lema has kicked off his membership plugin review series with a post about our very own Membership 2 plugin. (And in case you’re wondering, our M2 developer is already sorting through Chris’ suggestions :)

Is modular code the future of WordPress?

Ship to Shore

(Themes, Plugins and Other Cool Tools)

Ship is a shiny new app for shipping plugins from GitHub to without having to touch SVN.

Elegant Themes users will love this one: the theme shop is releasing a Divi Builder plugin, which you can use with any theme, and it will also make it easy to migrate posts and pages built with any theme powered by the Divi Builder.

Looking for a photo gallery plugin? Here’s what you need to know.

Easily integrate Google Maps with WordPress using the Intergeo Maps plugin and CodeInWP’s review.

All the World’s a Stage

(Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks)

Staging Sites with Flywheel (Carrie Dils).

Confessions of a WordPress Drama Queen

(Off-Topic, Random Stuff)

Wouldn’t it be cool if crowdfunding could save a country’s economy? Let’s get Greece sorted out.

The #wpdrama can pack its bags and go home. (The rest of us aren’t interested in egos and just want to get on with building cool stuff)

Researchers in Japan have created super-fast laser holograms you can touch.

That’s it for today! We’ll be back tomorrow with more cool links, minus the #wpdrama. How about laser holograms as swag at the next WordCamp Europe? What do you say, folks?