Yup, this is the first edition of our new series – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP.
What’s inside? News from the WordPress world, new plugin and theme releases, interviews, tutorials … basically, everything that’s been going on with WordPress recently.
Let’s start with February, and there are a lot of interesting stories around. Our favorite CMS doesn’t stop to amaze us every week. Or every day, I’d say.
February 2015 in WordPress
WordPress 4.1 is a big success, and at the time of writing it’s been downloaded more than 23 million times. That being said, in with the new … WordPress 4.1.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 21 bugs in version 4.1.
One of the bugs fixed is an issue with tag and category names. If you had a tag and a category of the same name, things could get muddled. This is solved in the new 4.1.1.
If your site is configured to receive automatic updates, you should already have the new release installed. Otherwise, visit your Dashboard and the Updates section.
The WPMU DEV team created a completely customizable WordPress theme, which makes editing your site’s appearance even easier than it used to be. What’s new here is a unique approach at customizing and running the site. You can perform all operations from the front-end, rather than from the Dashboard. Hence the name “Upfront.”
Upfront comes with text, image, gallery, code and widget elements, that you can easily experiment with until you find the nicest combination for your site. You can use any kind of background, create your own website structure and menu sections. You can mix almost everything with this theme.
Also, the text can be edited right on the front-end too. You just have to click on it and an editing box will appear. On top of that, you can manage your pages and media files too.
Let’s talk a little bit about WordPress 4.2, which is scheduled to come out later this year. Nick Halsey officially proposed the Customizer Theme Switcher plugin to merge into WordPress 4.2.
WooCommerce 2.3, aka Handsome Hippo, is out too! What’s new?
- a renovated user interface (front-end and back-end),
- WooCommerce usage tracking,
- a user interface for web hooks,
- geo-location features,
- switching from LESS to Sass,
- unit tests, and more.
If you are already curious about this release, check this review for a more detailed presentation of the new WooCommerce features and for some advice on how to upgrade to it safely.
The WordCamp Europe organization team has announced that this year’s WordCamp Europe will be held in Seville, Spain, from 26 – 28 June. Last year, the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia – was the host and the event was a tremendous success.
Siobhan McKeown will be leading a team of 18 organizers for the 2015 event. The team includes experienced local organizers and a global team from all over Europe.
The tickets have gone on sale at the beginning of Feb, and the organizers already started to look for speakers and sponsors.
After 9 years of existence, on February 25th Twitter releases an official WordPress plugin. There are lots of Twitter plugins for WordPress around, but this month we finally have the official version. What’s new?
- it lets you add a one-click sharing button, so visitors can tweet out your stuff,
- automatically builds Twitter Cards when you share stuff to Twitter,
- lets you embed tweets more easily and customize the color scheme of your embedded tweets to match the site’s design,
- helps you add a follow button,
- tracks ad conversions if you’re running a Twitter Ad campaign on your WordPress blog.
Some Great Articles From Around The Web
- Interview with Matt Mullenweg
This is a Matt Medeiros’ podcast episode where he interviews Matt Mullenweg. In it, you’ll find out about Mullenweg’s day-to-day routine, what it’s like being the CEO of Automattic, his vision for WordPress in the future and more.
- A Better Planet Updated: Fresh WordPress News in Your Dashboard
Oliver Dale from WPLift had the idea to update the Planet WordPress concept and transform it into A Better Planet. This is a free plugin/feed which will bring you the latest WordPress news, tutorials and resources from around the web.
- WordPress Is Taking Over The Web. Check Out These Live WordPress Stats
Want to know what’s going on with WordPress right now? This is an awesome in-motion infographic presenting live numbers in the WordPress space.
- What Happens When I Change My WordPress Theme?
When switching themes, there are always some risks that you have to put on the list. You may lose some of your options or other settings. See this video of Bob’s to make sure you’re taking all the precautions needed to avoid some unpleasant surprises.
- How To Send Out Client Invoices Through WordPress
If you need to send out invoices with ease, right from the WordPress dashboard, there are a few plugins that can help you with it. This article offers you some plugin solutions and the steps for using them in order to send out client invoices.
- Best Free WordPress Themes February 2015
February came with a bunch of awesome new free themes that can’t wait to be tested! You should check them out!
- Exploring the Possibilities of WordPress Admin Themes
When we talk about WordPress themes, we primarily think about those beautifully designed interfaces that make our front-end look attractive for the visitors. But why not trying to use some nice admin themes for our WordPress dashboard as well?
- The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Multisite
Here’s a great tutorial about managing more than one website through WordPress Multisite. Also, if you want to move Multisite to a new domain, read this first!
- How to Backup Your WordPress Site With blogVault
A great article offering advice on how to protect your website against hacks or other threats. You really should take all the precautions you can to save yourself from some stressful experiences, and blogVault offers some good features in this field.