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November 3, 2016 in Web Design News, Wordpress News

WordPress 4.7 default theme is for business

WordPress 4.7 is slated to be available early December but details of the release include quite a significant change, a first for WordPress; a business based default theme.

The new Twenty Seventeen WordPress theme is photo heavy and utilizes a cool featured image system, making the default theme Parallax -like out-the-box.  The theme also ships with a floating primary navigation and social icons, about time! There’s also the ability to use video headers, it’s certainly the most immersive default theme to date.

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October 20, 2016 in Web Design News, Wordpress News

WordPress stats shock and awe

Whilst reading a round-up of current WordPress stats it really makes you appreciate just how far our beloved little blogging platform has come.

What is rather worrying is that WordPress powers 27% of the internet, but only 40% of WordPress sites are up-to-date.

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March 23, 2015 in Blog Design Inspiration


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March 20, 2015 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News, WordPress 4.1.1, Fancy Terrorists, Doorway Pages, Chrome Autocomplete

WordPress 4.1.1 is released – This maintenance release fixes 21 bugs and will auto update. WordPress 4.2 Beta 2 is available for devs.

Jetpack 3.4 is now available and includes BruteProtect – Automatic acquired Parka LLS, makers of BruteProtect a security tool which is now integrated into the Jetpack plugin.

Fancybox plugin hacked, injecting sites with ISIS propaganda – The plugin is currently active on more than 100,000 sites, many are probably not running the latest version, and so if you haven’t taken the message seriously before; keeping your website up-to-date  (including plugins) will stop terrorists, kind-of.

Google update to stop Doorway Pages – Google will soon launch a ranking adjustment to better address these type of pages, websites with large and well-established doorway campaigns might see a broad impact from this change. Google is sending a clear message, don’t create doorway pages that are not unique and useful.

Chrome Fully supports Autocomplete – Now, Chrome fully supports the “autocomplete” attribute for form fields according to the current WHATWG HTML Standard. This allows web developers to label input element fields with common data types, such as ‘name’ or ‘street-address’. Google says Webmasters have increased the rate of form completions on their sites by marking up their forms for auto-completion.

 


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February 25, 2015 in Blog Design Inspiration


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February 4, 2015 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News, Spartan, WordPress Dilemma, WordCamp Spain, SVG Animation

“We bow down before no man” – was the Spartans reply to the Persian King’s guards when ordered to fall down in homage. Microsofts new browser allows you to draw on the web page directly and comment anywhere, will these features take on the might of the Google Chrome.

“Worried we have become too much of an inward facing community and afraid to make a painful leap forward to make the next WordPress.” – Matt Mullenweg at PressNomics. WP Tavern ponders on WordPress sufferering the Innovator’s Dilemma.

WordCamp Spain 2015 – The WordCamp Europe organization announced that the 2015 event will be held in Seville, Spain from June 26 – 28 at the Barceló Gran Hotel Renacimiento.

Weighing up SVG Animation – Sarah Drasner has a great post of CSS Tricks that explores the pro’s and cons of different SVG Animation techniques.