Weekly WordPress Goodies 02-15-2015

Welcome to the second installment of our Weekly WordPress Goodies for February.

This week we bring you an assortment of articles and plugins that will definitely help you build better, more secure and more usable WordPress Sites.

Let’s dive into it.

General WordPress News & Tips

Have you ever switched your Theme in WordPress and found your customizations, widgets or sidebars completely disappear or look aweful? WP Explorer teaches you how to not find yourself in that situation in this article.

Joost de Valk wrote a very interesting article about the importance of the rel=canonical header tag for your on-site SEO, the most common mistakes people make when setting this up, and how to avoid them.

The guys from CodeInWP.com published a nice infographic including some interesting and some shocking stats about WordPress:

Mesmerizing WordPress Stats 2015


This week has been quieter on the vulnerability front. So, we'll take this chance to share three useful articles about WordPress security in general:

WordPress Plugins

If you are selling your own products or services online, you may find creating and sending invoices from within WP very useful. WP Explorer published a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it using a plugin.

Among the many WordPress plugins released this week, we'd highlight the following ones:

  • Career builder job search plugin allows you to add a widget that grabs job offerings from the career buider site and displays them on your site. Very useful if you have a site in the job-seeking / career / CV niches.
  • Scale it up! is a plugin that lets you scale images up in the media editor, something WP doesn't do on its own.
  • If you are interested in supporting any cause through your website, Speak Out! email petitions can help you ask your user to sign any petition and send it to any e-mail address you so wish.
  • I definitely will be installing and testing this one in our sites: Tooltip WP lets you add CSS3-styled responsive tooltips to your WP content. Very useful for displayng tips, hints or explanations to your users.

Design, themes & usability

Another take on a topic we talked about last week: Tesla Themes published an article about the top 10 Web Design Trends for 2015.

And Smashing Magazine published a quite in-depth analysis on designing following a human-centered process. It may seem applicable only to plugin / theme development, but most of the concepts are valid for a usable website design process. And we all want our sites to be as intuitive to use as possible, don't we?

Not specifically WordPress related, but useful or cool anyway

Spend a few minutes reading this article about how to engage and grow your audience using surveys, written by CopyBlogger.

And I found a very interesting site mentioned in a thread in WP Chat, a WP Related forum, where a user called Leland Fiegel shared a link to WP and Legal stuff, a website covering all legal aspects related (but not limited to) WordPress and its usage (like, for instace, the legal implications of continuing to mail users who have unsubscribed from your list).

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About The Author

Mikel Perez

I love Wordpress. I really do. And the main reason for that is the great community of users, and the extensibility options provided by plugins. There are lots of plugins I love and use, but sometimes I need a functionality that is not offered by any plugin available in the free repository, or even in the market as a paid plugin. So I had one developed for myself, and I thought... "what the heck, I'm sure many Wordpress admins need the same features I do!" That was the starting point of this personal adventure, and here's the result of that idea, a site where you can find plugins that offer you exclusive functionalities, with the maximum convenience.

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