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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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June 8, 2015 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News, Akismet, WP Super Cache, WPTouch

The popular Akismet WordPress plug-in reaches 3.1.2.  Akismet is a WordPress plug-in which checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.  This version is mainly a quick security fix, but also brings about some minor UI and performance updates.

WP Super Cache is a cool must-have WordPress plug-in for all WordPress Designers.  It’s the go-to plug-in for improving the speed and performance of your WordPress Blog.  With over 1 million downloads this plug-in is well maintained receiving regular updates, the latest version 1.4.4 fixes a couple of minors errors.  WP Super Cache is compatible up to the very latest WordPress 4.2.2.

WPTouch Mobile is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically adds a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors to your WordPress website. Recommended by Google, it will instantly enable a mobile-friendly version of your website that passes the Google Mobile test, and ensure your SEO rankings do not drop due to not having a mobile-friendly website.  In WPTouch Mobile 3.7.9.1 released on 4th June, 2015 there has been a significant update to the developer’s user guide.  Receiving regular updates and with over 400,000 downloads this WordPress plug-in continues to be popular with many WordPress Designers.


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May 30, 2015 in Blog Design Inspiration

Blog Design Inspiration – Greg Wilson

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This weeks blog design inspiration from Greg Wilson. A blog written by  a DJ who lives in Merseyside and performs at festivals across the UK.  On his site he talks about the music he hears, the places he sees and the people he meets.

The look of the design is minimalistic in approach, the off-black Georgia font really makes the text easy to read set against the white background.  Links are presented throughout the site in Strawberry red which brings them neatly off the page.

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January 26, 2015 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News – WPS Matt, Thank A Developer, Spam in Forms, Nutella

120 Word Per Minute Matt – Matt Muellenweg on Kitchen Sink WP Podcast uncovers how WordPress started, it’e evolution and that he can type 120 word per minute.

Thank a plugin Developer day – January 28th is officially “Thank a Plugin Developer” day. To celebrate take a look at the plugins you use and love, visit the author’s site and drop them a note thanking them.

WordPress 4.1 recommends plugins – WordPress 4.1 Dinah release bring s anew feature that reccomends new plugins.

WordPress Theme vulnerability – The PageLines and Platform drag-and-drop themes for WordPress have recently been patched for a privilege vulnerability and a remote code execution issue. Best update if you use these themes.

Spam in forms turns out to be a Caching problem – WP Fastest Cache, one of my favourite plugins had issues on two of my websites, some spam bot filled in the contact forms with spam and then got cached, so a new user would see the spam in the form input. De-activate and re-activate to fix.

French court stops child from being named Nutella – The judge ordered that the child be called Ella instead. Our Midwife told us they once had some Portugese parents who intended to call their little baby girl Clamidia.


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January 12, 2015 in WordPress Designer News