February 2016 WordPress News – This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP

WordPress evolves… slowly but certainly. And we – the people in the community – evolve with it. Each month, we witness awesome new things going on with our favorite platform. And last month wasn’t any different!

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of This Month in WordPress w/ CodeinWP. Yet again, we bring you the latest goings-on from around the world of WordPress, along with our short commentary.

By the way, did you know that WordPress is apparently the most trusted tech company among small business owners? And we’re not just talking website building platforms… See more below:

February 2016 in WordPress

Introducing Components: A Toolbox for WordPress Theme Development

Building your own theme based on Underscores can sure be fun. But wouldn’t it be great to just generate some common site elements that you need, ditch the other ones, and begin your work with a massive head start?

This is what Components gives you. As the creators say:

Components is a library of shareable, reusable patterns for WordPress themes.

As part of Components, you get theme structures for magazine sites, modern blogs, portfolio sites, business sites, classic blogs, and a basic blank site. Each of those structures is different. For instance, if you choose the magazine theme, it will provide you with the elements useful on a magazine site.

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translation day
WordPress Global Translation Day

Global translation day for WortdPress? Why not!

Here are the details if you want to take part:

  • April 24th, 2016.
  • More than 130 responses from 30 countries willing to participate.
  • 24 hours sprint of WordPress related talks.

Click the link for more info.


BuddyPress 2.5.0 Released, Features Customizable Emails and Support for Emoji

BuddyPress 2.5.0 “Medici” is here! The main change is the new BP Email API, which allows users to quickly customize the emails sent through BuddyPress right from the admin panel. You don’t need to know any code, by the way.

There are also other cool additions:

  • post type comments tracking,
  • Twenty Twelve companion stylesheet,
  • autolink settings for profile fields.
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To trust or not to trust: Small business survey hails WordPress, dings Yelp

As it turns out, WordPress is the most trusted company for small business owners. That’s what a survey conducted by Alignable says.

6000 small business owners took part in that survey. They had to point out the companies that they trust the most vs. the least.

In short, WordPress beat everyone! Did you see that coming?


WordCamp Europe Assembles 130-Person Volunteer Team

The call for WordCamp Europe volunteers has come to an end. The organizers “picked up” 130 people that will help them make the event as amazing as possible.

We have 33 countries represented in the team of volunteers. Most of them coming from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Romania.

This year’s WordCamp will be held in Vienna at the end of June. There are almost twice as many volunteers compared to 2015!

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 The first WordPress REST API conference, in review

So the first conference devoted entirely to WordPress REST API is behind us. In this post, Brian shares his initial review, and some pictures from the event.

Just to remind you, “A Day of REST” was held in London on January 28th and 29th. Missed it? See what was going on in Brian’s review. He also links to the presentation slides by each of the speakers.

Great Articles From Around The Web

How to Find and Install Hundreds of Free WordPress Plugins from GitHub

Did you know that you can download and install various WordPress plugins right from GitHub? See how.

6 steps to take when removing a product

When you no longer need a certain product in your WooCommerce store, you can’t just remove it like that… Here’s what to do to save yourself from any trouble.

The Best WordPress Maintenance Services On The Web

When you have a business, you might want to focus on your goals and not on your website maintenance. Let someone else take care of that for you.

WordPress is not easy

WordPress is a piece of cake for people who work with it every day. But what about those who are just starting out? As it turns out, WordPress is not so beginner friendly after all.

Publishing a Plugin to the WordPress Plugin Directory

So you’ve built a WordPress plugin and want to submit it to the official directory? Here’s how to do that.

All The Best Places To Find WordPress Jobs

Here is a list of the best sites where you can easily find a cool new job or gig that will allow you to work with your favorite platform.

How to Set up File Downloads for Your Site

Want to allow users to download files from your site? Here’s a quick way to add download buttons and links in your pages and posts.

How to find the most important metrics for your store

Google Analytics offers a sea of information and stats, but only a few will be important when it comes to your WooCommerce site. Here’s what to pay attention to.

A Guide to the Best Ways to Install WordPress

Struggling with WordPress installation? They say it’s easy … just not every time. Here’s a nice how-to.

A Beginner’s Guide To Creating A WordPress Website

From start to finish, here’s Daniel’s awesome guide on how to create a brand new WordPress site. Domains, setup, design, it’s all there.

That’s it for this edition. Anything we missed?