Next week myself and Alyona will be at the Pressnomics conference in Phoenix. We’re really looking forward to making the most of this awesome conference. For those of you who are hearing about it for the first time, Pressnomics is the conference for those that power the WordPress Economy. It’s organised by the Strebel family, founders of Pagely. In attendance there will be many successful WordPress entrepreneurs like Pippin Williamson, Tony Perez, Cory Miller, Carl Hancock and of course my podcast co-host James Laws.
The beta version of WordPress 4.5 was released last week. We followed the development closely, and we are excited to report that WordPress 4.5 is expected to be released during the second week of April, 2016. In this article, we will highlight what’s coming in WordPress 4.5 with features and screenshots.
In February 2015, the WordPress Theme Directory launched a new design. Konstantin Obenland worked with Samuel “Otto” Wood and the WordPress meta team to update the design and move the directory off of bbPress. Today Obenland announced that the Plugin Directory will be getting a similar treatment.
Over time, WordPress Maintenance services have become more and more popular. Even though WordPress is ‘designer friendly’ and that almost anyone can create a website through its platform, there is a need that has to be filled. Did you know the popularity of WordPress has grown so much that according to WordPress, “Over 409 million people view more than 22.8 billion pages each month.”? Even big name companies such as Ford, CNN, UPS, TED and more use WordPress. However, as with any widely used software, there is a weakness. (stats from wordpress.com)
Here are the rest of this week’s top news
This Week in WordPress
WordPress.org: WordPress 4.5 Beta 1
Blogging Wizard: 3 Big Reasons You Should Be Blogging With WordPress
Elegant Themes: 15 Amazing WordPress Multisite Examples in the Wild
Easy Digital Downloads: The New Recurring Payments Extension
Other Posts Worth a Mention
Elegant Themes: 14 Web Design Tools to Familiarize Yourself with in 2016
Level Up Your WordPress Knowledge
Blogging Wizard: How To Get Your First 500 Blog Comments [INFOGRAPHIC]
WP Dev Shed: What WordPress Theme is That?
Tom McFarlin: The Right Hook To Initialize WordPress Plugins
Ideas & Tips for Your WordPress Business
Chris Lema: This is Hard: Raising Your Prices
Chris Lema: Are You Collecting Video Testimonials?
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