This Week in WordPress: JJJ Set to Work Full-Time on BuddyPress, and LoopConf Controversy

This Week in WordPress: JJJ Set to Work Full-Time on BuddyPress, and LoopConf Controversy

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

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The WhiP Newsletter #122 – Monday, November 10

Hello dear reader,


Did you know a quarter of WordPress users make a full-time living off the open source software? Torque has published 13 WordPress statistics you may or may not find surprising.

We shouldn’t be striving for work/life balance. Instead, we should be working towards alignment, and not the chiropractic kind. Crowd Favorite’s Chris Lema says we’re all amazing in his latest post.

iThemes Training will be running their 12th WordPress Developer Course from December 1-5. The course covers everything from installing WordPress on a localhost to working with the WordPress loop, managing clients and launching your site.

Theme Hybrid’s Justin Tadlock writes about the misconceptions around the Hybrid Core framework in a follow up post to our guide to WordPress frameworks on the WPMU DEV Blog.

WordPress or Blogger? Elegant Themes compares the two (Does anyone even use Blogger anymore?).

Death and Taxes

Beautiful Taxonomy Filters is a new plugin that adds filtering to your custom post type archives, based terms, categories and tags.

WP Tavern takes a look at iThemes’ new Sync Pro Client Dashboard, which allows users to manage multiple WordPress sites from one place.

Chris Lema is in love with Zippy Courses, a course management plugin, but still says it’s a selfish plugin.

On the WPMU DEV Blog, we look at free plugins for retouching images, and how to keep your WordPress clients out of trouble.

And if you’re looking for a new theme, WP Mayor checks out 10 free themes added to the WordPress repository in October.


Creating A Customizable Post List Template in WordPress With Advanced Custom Fields (WPMU DEV).

Combat Blackhat SEO Infections with SEO Insights (Sucuri).

Using The Jetpack Plugin To Supercharge Your WordPress Website (Elegant Themes).

Best Practices For Using Categories And Tags In WordPress (Elegant Themes).

Understanding The WordPress Template Hierarchy (Elegant Themes).

Persistent Object Caching (WP Tavern).

50 Filters of WordPress: The First 10 Filters (Tuts+).

Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth

One of Audrey Capital’s companies, OnBeep, has launched their first product,Onyx, and it’s a lot like the communicator from Star Trek. In case you didn’t know, Audrey Capital is Matt Mullenweg’s angel investment and research company.

“Language barriers in globalization are hardly a new issue. So why the sudden drive for polyglotism? It’s simple: As mobile operators and web giants try to expand their markets by bringing more people online, we have reached a tipping point where the imbalance of content on the internet has become too stark to avoid.” As English speakers, Quartz reckons we probably won’t understand the web of the future because we won’t speak its language.

If you haven’t yet come across Too Many Cooks, put aside 11 minutes and watch it, or don’t watch it. It’s like all the family dramedies you used to watch (think Full House, Brady Bunch, Family Matters, etc) mashed into a twisted and bloody nightmare.

All the best for a productive and purposeful Monday.

The WhiP Newsletter #123 – Tuesday, November 11

Hello dear reader,


“Our number one goal is that everyone leaves feeling like it was a great investment, and if it ends up we risk a portion of our profits to make that a reality, then we’re fine with that.” How much are you willing to pay for a WordPress conference? With tickets at $800, LoopConf will surely put a hole in the pockets of those who attend. For those complaining? Just watch the presentations online afterward for free.

“If you’re interested in blogging and have yet to experience Ghost you’re missing out. This has to be one of the most powerful and best-engineered blogging platforms ever.” NetworkWorld’s Mark Gibbs reckons Ghost may one day scare off WordPress. (Ghost? More like Casper the Friendly Ghost). is offering 30% off their WordPress SEO crash course.

Cool Story, Bro

Shore is a lovely, clean multipurpose theme. WP Lift walks you through the details.

Over at Hongkiat, 12 plugins for managing front-end content – front-end uploading, front-end guest posting, front-end theme switching, front-end pizza delivery, etc.

Easy Reading Mode is a new plugin that lets your users read your website content in a distraction-free reading mode. Cool stuff.

If you’re interested in building WordPress themes using Bootstrap, BootstrapWP offers online courses for doing just that.

Work Your Mojo

Zephyr is a gorgeous WordPress blog theme that’s doing well over at MOJO Marketplace.

WP Core is a relatively new plugin that allows users to create plugin collections and install them in one click.

Widget Menuizer is a new plugin that allows sidebar regions to be placed into WordPress menus.

Similarly, sort of, Menubar Widgets helps you add multiple widgets to navigation menu items. has some really cool CSS, like a 3D Facebook button and a jQuery slide form.

Save the Date

How to Automatically Change the Date After Editing Your WordPress Posts (WPMU DEV).

How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting For Your New Website (WP Kube).

Write For Readers or Search Engines? Here’s How to do Both (Torque).

How To Create A Private WordPress Blog And Good Reasons For Doing It (Elegant Themes).

10 Design Elements to Avoid for a Professional-Looking Site (WooThemes).

50 Filters of WordPress: Filters 11-20 (Tuts+).

How to Write a Blog Post That Converts: The Definitive Guide (InMarketingClub).

The Internet of Things

“‘Net neutrality’ has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.” US President Barack Obama has pitched his case for a free and open internet. He has called on ISPs to follow four basic rules: no blocking, no throttling, increased transparency and no paid prioritization, aka no slow lane. Let me hear you say, yeah!

And in less important, frivolous news, bananas don’t grow trees, they grow on massive herbs that look like trees. That’s just one of 52 widespread myths and misconceptions that have been debunked.

All the best for a truly awesome Tuesday.

The WhiP Newsletter #124 – Wednesday, November 12

Hello dear reader,

JJJust Doing What You Can

John James Jacoby wants to work full-time on BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress. The longtime WordPress developer/contributor and project lead on BuddyPress and bbPress has started an Indiegogo campaign with the goal of raising $50,000 so he can work on the projects for six months. Twenty-four hours into the campaign and he’s already raised more than 25 percent of his goal. (So if he raises $1 million, does that mean JJJ will work on BuddyPress for 10 years? Let’s lock him in!)

Have you checked out Focus? It’s a rethink on the distraction-free writing experience in WordPress and it’s beautiful and awesome. Core developer Mark Jaquith has posted a video at Make WordPress Core that demonstrates why it should be integrated into WordPress 4.1.

Who do you follow on Twitter? Writer Tom Ewer has put together a list of 12 people you may want to follow, like core contributor Helen Hou Sandi and developer Tom McFarlin.

WP Lift compares three eCommerce solutions – Magento, OpenCart and WooCommerce – and picks a favorite. Guess which one.

As this year edges closer and closer to the end, Web Design Ledger has predicted the “crucial” design trends of 2015. Things like more flat design, flexible typography and the decline of web coding.

Strawberry Shortcake

Shortcake is a new UI project by the folks at Fusion designed to make shortcodes a piece of cake for users.

Speaking of UI, Torque checks out some “style-enhancing” plugins for WordPress that includes everything from Aesop Story Engine to Canva Design Button.

Note is a new widget plugin by Slocum Studio that lets you edits text – live – in your WordPress front-end Customizer.

Prove your social worth with our list of free plugins for ratings, testimonials and subscriber counts on the WPMU DEV Blog.

If you’ve got a terrible memory (like me), check out the awesome WordPress cheat sheets at Web Resources Depot. Definitely a post to bookmark.

Kinsta reviews the nTopic Content Relevancy SEO plugin and its potential to help improve your search rankings.

You’re a Poet and You Didn’t Know It

The Beginner’s Guide to Installing Social Media Plugins on a WordPress Site (Torque).

Helpful Google Chrome Extensions for WordPress Users (WPMU DEV).

How To Send Newsletters with MailPoet WordPress Plugin (WP Kube).

How To Integrate Facebook Login And Facebook Comments With WordPress (Elegant Themes).

Configuring W3 Total Cache: Advance Database Cache (Tuts+).

Hide a Taxonomy Metabox in the Post Editor (Do It With WP).

99 Problems

“The Internet, that throbbing, fractious hydra of whirring, blinking hard drives, which serves as the collective sum of all human thought, knowledge, and testicle pictures, was founded on one principle: all information must be treated equally.” When it comes to net neutrality, the Oatmeal tells it like it is.

The 99 things you should have seen on the internet by now, otherwise you’re a loser, apparently.

And here are some cats bouncing. Just because.

All the best for a bodacious Wednesday.

The WhiP Newsletter #125 – Thursday, November 13

Hello dear reader,

Ready, Get Set, Indiegogo

John James Jacoby is on track to reach his $50,000 goal sooner rather than later, having reached more than 70% of his target. The longtime WordPress developer wants to work full-time on BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress. Head over to Indiegogo to donate to his campaign.

There’s been a lot of hoo-ha over the high cost of attending LoopConf, the upcoming WordPress developer conference. Torque talks to organizer Ryan Sullivan about why you should fork out $800 for the Las Vegas event.

“Personally, WordPress has allowed me as a veteran to launch very successful businesses in the marketplace, in addition to helping other veterans do the same. I am not the most tech-savvy person in the world, but WordPress has provided me with the ability to make a great living, doing work I love to do.” Happy Joe is a non-profit group using WordPress to train and help veterans find careers in web technology.

bbPress now has Slack integration, thanks to Josh Pollock, the Pods Framework community manager.

The psychology behind why you are getting hacked is because you aren’t worried. In their latest post, Sucuri says you lock your doors at night even when you haven’t been burgled, so why not secure your site in case you get hacked?

It’s official: Focus, the beautiful new distraction-free writing experience for WordPress, is being merged into core. WordPress 4.1 will also feature Session UI, a button that displays when a user has more than one active session. When clicked, the button will log the user out of all other sessions.

Get On With It

The WordPress post editor doesn’t suck, we’re just lazy and should get on with working out how to fix it, so says developer Tom McFarlin.

If you dabble in WordPress and want to make the leap into full-time work, Torque has whipped up a helpful post on how to score your first job.

Weebly or WordPress? Elegant Themes compares the two in an interesting match up of customization versus drag and drop.

Are you a designer and don’t code? Envato offers some tips on how designers can best work with developers.


If you use GitHub in your development, here are 10 useful features you may find handy.

Type Genesis is a neat tool that helps you find perfect font combos for your website projects.

You can now view Gravity Forms forms from within the iThemes Sync dashboard after the most recent update.

WooThemes have released a content drip extension for their online learning plugin Sensei, allowing you to offer students a “little-by-little” approach to courses.

Coming to You Live

Create a Multilingual WordPress Website With WPML (WPMU DEV).

How To: Live Edit WordPress Themes CSS with the CSSHero Plugin (WP Lift).

How to Disable Password Reset For Selected WordPress Users (WPMU DEV).

Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: Refactoring (Tuts+).

The Awful Truth

“Trust me when I say that you don’t know how truly awful things are in the U.S. when it comes to broadband and wireless until you leave.” VentureBeat’s Chris O’Brien reckons Americans are a bunch of suckers when it comes to broadband.

All the best for a winning Thursday.

The WhiP Newsletter #126 – Friday, November 14

Hello dear reader,


With four weeks still go in his crowdfunding campaign to work full-time on BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress, John James Jacoby’s has raised more than $40,000. The biggest public donations so far have come from Envato’s Collis Ta’eed ($10,000), Pippin Williamson ($5000) and Copyblogger Media ($5000).

Speaking of Envato, the company’s former WordPress evangelist Japh Thomson features on this week’s episode of DradCast. Japh now works at UK-based web development agency Human Made.

A week on from WooConf, a conference all about WooCommerce, the folks at WooThemes look back on the event’s success and the possibility of holding two conferences next year (including one in the US).

Theme shop Theme Foundry is looking to hire a community manager.


Cloud hosting is quickly becoming a popular option for large websites. But what’s suitable for WordPress? We round up the best options available on the WPMU DEV Blog.

How much does a WordPress website cost? WP Kube has calculated it at $298.

How do you determine something’s value? In a post about window squeegees and World Book Encyclopedia, Crowd Favorite’s Chris Lema wants you to support John James Jacoby’s Indiegogo campaign.

Do you prefer to say premium or commercial themes? For developer Tom McFarlin it’s a no-brainer.

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

“A pen, some paper, and my brain.” Over at, 126 designers talk about their favorite web design and graphic design software. Well, not all of it is software.

Dyslexie is a font designed especially for dyslexics, making text easier to, faster and more enjoyable to read.

Taxonomy Filter is a new plugin that allows you to filter taxonomies in the WordPress admin.

The JP Markdown plugin lets you use Jetpack’s Markdown module without actually using Jetpack. WP Tavern’s Sarah Gooding looks at other Jetpack extensions created by developer Anas H. Sulaiman.

If you’re a WooCommerce fan, here are 40 WordPress themes designed for the eCommerce platform at WP Lift.

iThemes Sync is celebrating its first birthday.


Automate WordPress with IFTTT (Sitepoint).

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The WordPress Lightbox (Elegant Themes).

How to Stop Google From Indexing Your WordPress Site (WPMU DEV).

Integrating Zendesk With WordPress (Tuts+).

Debugging with Xdebug, VVV, and Sublime Text (WebDevStudios).

Building the Front-End for the JSON REST API-Powered Single Page Web App (Torque).

Why Choose WordPress to Power (Part Of) Your SASS (Torque).

Gunning for Survival

Cosmonauts used to carry machete guns for “survival” when returning to Earth. I guess you never know what you’re going to find in space…

All the best for a fantastic Friday and a lovely and relaxing weekend.