Welcome to another weekly digest of the most relevant news that took place in the WordPressphere.
General WordPress News & Tips
BloggingPro published a very interesting article on 5 blog killers. Make sure you don't make these mistakes when starting or running your blog!
On a similar topic, WP Mayor published an article including the Ultimate Checklist for publishing a new WP site.
Sucuri released an advisory about a serious vulnerability that affects the Pagelines and Platform themes, that could allow remote code execution. There are upgrades for both themes that solve the vulnerability already, so if you're using them apply these upgrades as soon as possible!
Before diving into the useful plugins list of this week, a very personal and relatable post by Hugh Lashbrooke on how to give back some goodwill to develpers that have published plugins for free that you can download from the WordPress repository, like we have. Here's the Hugh's post, if you want to help us.
If you are looking forward to adding a community to your blog, WP Kube analyzes the best 12 WordPress forum plugins.
T-shirt stores are the rage lately, especially anything related to TeeSpring. In tutsplus.com they have released a tutorial explaining how to create a t-shirt store using the Spreadshirt plugin.
And you are an avid Instagram user and want to show your pictures in your site, use the instagramy plugin, as WP Solver details here.
Design, themes & usability
In some cases, for instance if you've published a list of useful plugins for whatever, a checklist, a process a user can follow to perform a certain task, your visitor's may want to print the page for convenience, instead of hopping between tabs. WP Explorer published a post with several techniques you can use to make your posts print-ready.
InstantShift posted a very inspiring article with 50 new single page website designs. Single page sites are on the rage now, so take a look at this one!
Drop Caps have been an important styling element in print for centuries. Why not apply them to your WordPress site? WPBeginner explains how in this tutorial.
And, among all the plugins that were released in the WordPress repository this week, the following ones semt newsworthy to us: editnpublish.com easy English editing, that helps non-native English writers avoid gramatical mistakes, WP Different Navigation in Each Page and Post (quite self-explanatory name), and BaseCamp feed, that displays BaseCamp tasks in the WordPress dashboard (obviously useful if you are using BaseCamp to coordinate the efforts of your team).
Not specifically WordPress related, but useful or cool anyway
Some bloggers just do it for fun, in order to express themselves and share their interests. But many of us run blogs for profit, as part of an e-commerce site. In tha case, analyzing your competition is a very important factor for the success of your blog. Mattreport published a tutorial on how to reverse-engineer your competition in 10 minutes, with lots of useful tips.
And last but not least, two useful articles we found in Torquemag: the key marketing metrics you should measure for your site, and 12 useful Google Chrome extensions for WordPress users.
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