WP News: Big and Small

Tribute

A whole lotta tears have been shed for Kim Parsell this week after news of her death. Tributes have flowed and a memorial website has been created to remember the Docs team member. WebDevStudios designer Suzette Franck, who launched the site yesterday, said she wanted to “pay tribute to an awesome lady.”

On this week’s episode of WPWeekly WP Tavern’s Jeff Chandler shares his memories of Kim Parsell and discusses the outpouring of support from the WordPress community.

Yesterday, we featured the Je Suis Charlie plugin, which allows WordPress users to show their solidarity after the Paris Charlie Hedbo attack. The plugin has now been downloaded more than 1100 times.

WebDevStudios have ushered in the New Year with a new website and a look back at how the web development company has grown.

“It’s been a fun ride and I’m looking forward to the next 100.” The Matt Report’s Matt Medeiros reflects on the growing and competitive WordPress podcasting space in his 100th episode.

Soon we may never have to deal with ugly permalinks ever again. There are plans to automatically enable pretty permalinks in WordPress 4.2.

Big and Small

All kinds of WordPress initiatives, big and small, are being launched all the time, but not all stick around for the long haul. Jeff Chandler takes a look at some websites, like WPKindness and Netropolitan, that have fizzled out.

Since Google Panda was unleashed on the web, it’s been a scramble to figure out just what the search engine wants. (Just tell us already!). Elegant Themes attempts to read Google’s mind in their latest post about SEO best practices.

And for even more SEO goodness, ProBlogger offers a list of “must-dos,” like keyword research and proactive outreach.

Buzz

It’s easy to default to searching the WordPress Plugin Repository for free plugins. WP Mayor offers up some alternatives, including a few you may not have come across before.

MailChimp (Mail… kimp?), IFTTT and BuzzSumo are just some of the sites featured in Torque’s collection of 42 blogging tools for, well, bloggers.

Motive is a new theme for creative types by the guys at Themezilla. It comes with eye-catching animation and multiple layouts for your portfolio and blog.

WP Garage reviews blogVault, an online backup service that “actually works.”

WP Explorer looks at how to create stunning, responsive tables in WordPress with the wpDataTables plugin.

And how to set up OptinMonster to encourage visitors to subscribe to your site, over at Webloggerz.

Slacker

How to Engage Readers with Post Reactions in WordPress (WP Beginner).

How Custom Fields Can Help Make Updating WordPress Easier for Your Clients (Envato Market Blog).

Understanding Bounce Rate (And How to Keep it Down) (WooThemes).

How to Integrate Slack With WordPress (WP Beginner).

Developing Plugins for Your WordPress Theme Framework (tuts+).

Plugin Authors: How to Avoid Download Prompts Associated with Screenshots on the WordPress Plugin Directory (WP Tavern).

Winter is Coming

What would you be prepared to do to get a cheap MacBook Air? These Japanese camped out overnight outside an Apple store in the snow. And in 17 degree fahrenheit snow.

“The commute to work is dark. The trip home, also dark. It’s freezing, and everyone around you is sneezing and coughing.” While we’re on the subject of snow, if you’re wishing it was spring already, here are are tips at Fast Company on how to stay productive during the winter months.

All the best for a productive Friday and a lovely weekend.

 

Courtesy: The WhiP 

Lead at Fruitfulujah Project. I consult, teach and help people build fruitful Internet projects. Every post I write, site I build, and podcast I make has 1# simple rule: “make it simple for everyday users”. Also, a regular guest on Radio Benue FM95 ICT WORLD Show.

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