Monday Morning Roundup – April 27, 2009

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News

Automattic now owns WP.com – it doesn’t really have any great significance yet, but Automattic announced this week that they now have the ownership of WP.com and are brainstorming ideas of what they could do with it. News release

Smashing Magazine Community WordPress Theme Voting – Smashing Magazine is holding an awesome contest with PSD2WordPress to create a WordPress theme, in which the community gets to decide what kind of theme the team at SM will create. Voting is open now for another day, I think, so make sure to let them know what kind of theme you want to see! [Link]

WooThemes releases free Meta-Morphosis theme – WooThemes has a reputation for great themes with lots of features. Most of those themes are licensed, but luckily there’s a few on their site with great features that don’t cost a cent. Their latest, Meta-Morphosis, is one of those. Features include a widget slider, JavaScript font replacement, and an awesome backend packed with blog options including 8 different color schemes. Theme Info

Collections

13 Great WordPress Speed Tips & Tricks for MAX Performance – learn some handy tricks on how to speed up your WordPress blog, such as database optimization, caching plugins, compression, and more. [Link]

15 “PSDtuts like” WordPress Themes – if you’ve ever taken a look at ThemeForest, you’ll notice that a lot of themes are heavily influenced by PSDTUTS and its sister sites. Here’s a neat list of 15 themes that share similar design characteristics. [Link]

Tutorials

Tweet shortened URL of current page to Twitter – Derek Punsalan of 5THIRTYONE explains how to shorten your own blog’s URLs using .htaccess to leave more room for text in Twitter. [Link]

How to exclude specific tag from query_posts – as I’ve noticed from working on numerous themes at WPCoder, having “featured” posts is really a popular feature these days. The easiest way to do this is probably to tag posts with “featured” instead of having a dedicated category, so here’s how to exclude those posts from the rest of the loops on your site. [Link]

How to Integrate Twitter to WordPress Blog Comments – everyone likes a link back to their Twitter profile, right? (mine is @danphilibin) In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to let your blog commentators share a link to their Twitter profile if they enter that in the website URL field when commentating. Awesome! [Link]

Add a Widgetized Footer to Your WordPress Theme – who says widgets are just for sidebars? I’ve seen them used in plenty of other places, including footers, which is exactly what you’ll learn to do in this tutorial. [Link]

2 thoughts on “Monday Morning Roundup – April 27, 2009

  1. I’ve been wondering how to integrate Twitter into comments ever since I saw it done on TwiTip…

    Anyway, thanks for mentioning my widgetized footer tutorial. Another great roundup, as usual.

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