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WordPress 4.4 Quick Look

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New Features Upcoming in 4.4 WordPress 4.4 Quick Look at the beta which is just is out the door and promising a number of new features beyond the requisite security and reliability fixes. Of particular interest to this WP user are the graphics oriented improvements with new responsive images and a 2016 Theme with added customize…

WordCamp Hamilton Best Practices

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WordCamp’s are distilled lessons in WordPress best practices and developing trends. For the WordCamp Hamilton organizers it is a challenging task to strike a delicate  balance between Beginner/Intermediate oriented tutorials versus Advanced State of  the WP Art Surveys and  bleeding edge developments. WordCamp Hamilton did very well in making these tough choices. Here is a breakout of what was available…

Controlling Revisions

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One of the advantages of WordPress is its Revisions capability which takes a snapshot of your database every time you or WordPress save a Page, Post or other post type. This allows you to backtrack one or several steps in correcting a Page/Post if a modification that has gone awry . You can go back and completely…

Facebook on WordPress

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Looking for a Facebook plugin for WordPress I found the following list of 15 best WordPress-Facebook apps. And right at the top was the official Facebook for WordPress plugin which appeared to fit the bill. So I downloaded the plugin immediately and installed it. Wrong move. Just the previous weekend, at a free lecture on…

Premium Theme + Visual Post/Page Builders

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WPMU’s Upfront Frontend Post/Page Builder confirms the trend to Visual Layout, Design and Maintenance of WordPress websites. In our coverage of the new Visual Post/Page Builders , the review argued all the premium themes would require an accompanying Visual Builder as part of the theme package. And as if on cue, Upfront as part of the Spirit…

Shortcodes Ultimate

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In the process of working with the very good free plugin, SiteOrigin’s Page Builder, I discovered another excellent  free plugin  Shortcodes Ultimate. Now some may well argue that shortcode plugins in WordPress are a dime a dozen – even JetPack has them. But  only a very few offer 55 very clever shortcode functions with superior documentation…