WordPress deals are falling like snowflakes for Christmas and New Years

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Know what happens around the holidays within the WordPress community? Deals. Crazy deals across the board. And Christmas and New Years 2010 are no exception to the rule.

We’ve collected all of the WordPress deals we can get our hands on, and put them here just for you. We’ll also be updating it until the snow and ice begin to thaw, so don’t be afraid to bookmark it and come back later to see what’s new.

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Vote on the WordPress finalists at WPHonors

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WPHonors is the site running WordPress awards—think the Oscars for WordPress—for 2010 and has now reached the finalists stage. With the first round of voting and judging complete, it’s now up to you to have the final say. The final stage has come up a bit later than expected, as organizer Jared Williams explains:

It has taken a little longer than expected due to a few factors, but you can now vote on the final nominees for each of the 12 categories for the 2010 WordPress Honors.

Please share this with everyone so we can get as many votes as possible since this started later than planned. I was very busy working on an ecommerce site that had to go live by last week, and was not able to finish making the custom post type and page template for the finalists until that was finished. Plus the judges hadn’t completed all of their votes so I had to do some magic with that.

WPCandy didn’t make it into the finals unfortunately, but I (Ryan Imel) am in the running the blog authors category.

Did your favorites make it into the finalists round? Who do you think will win now?

Build WordPress themes smarter: 23 theme frameworks compared

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WordPress theme frameworks are all the rage. There is no question that developing themes using a framework is the most efficient way to develop with WordPress. So the question is: which theme do you choose?

Assuming you haven’t created your own theme framework, your next option is to rely on another developer who has. There are a number of options, both free and paid, with varying levels of complexity and support. How do you even begin to choose?

We have compared every major theme framework, provided background information on each, and provided a poll that you can use to weigh in on which is the best.

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Big Thanksgiving and Black Friday WordPress deals

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It’s Thanksgiving in the United States, which typically means family gatherings and lots and lots of eating. Whether you realized it or not, this is also the season of gratuitous WordPress product discounts. WordPress themes and books are all on sale this week, and we’ve got a roundup of everything you should take a look at.

So before the weekend’s over, take a break from that turkey leg for a sec and take a tryptophan-fueled dive into some WordPress deals.

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How to map domains to sites within WordPress multisite

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One of the coolest (if not the coolest) parts of running a WordPress Multisite installation is mapping domains to turn network sites into unique domains that can carry their own identity. I’ve been using, and enjoying, this technique for some time now. WPCandy is a mapped domain, in fact, on top of the GooRoo primary domain.

If you are yet to get your feet wet with domain mapping and WordPress, this is the tutorial for you. We’re going to walk through what we need to get started and the best way to map the domains to our multisite installations.

Let’s get started!

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Multisite isn’t simple enough for users. And it shouldn’t be.

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A weekly editorial, from Ryan Imel the editor of WPCandy

This may sound funny coming from someone who has written tutorials on setting up multisite and presented on the topic too, but: WordPress Multisite is not simple enough for users. Just anyone can’t enable it and run it, as well as administer it correctly. For those users who gravitate toward WordPress’ simplicity, multisite doesn’t really follow suit.

And that’s a good thing.

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11 themes and plugins that create mobile friendly WordPress sites

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The mobile web is becoming more and more important. It’s important now more than ever to have a mobile version of our websites for visitors coming to our sites on smart phones. Thankfully, a number of WordPress designers and developers have spent a lot of time on this problem already. Through the creation of a number of mobile-ready WordPress theme and plugin options, it’s possible to have a mobile friendly site ready in only a few short minutes.

Below we have ten plugins and themes that will help transform your WordPress site for mobile visitors. Let’s get to it!

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Review: Headway 2.0, the only WordPress theme I’ll ever need

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Earlier this year when I first encountered Headway, I was so impressed by it that it became the first WordPress theme I ever bought. Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to the release of version 2.0 all year and now it’s finally here.

Before reviewing it, I assumed that I’d find one or two features to be particularly happy about, but that I’d remain mostly indifferent towards the update. After having used Headway, Genesis and Platform Pro, I adopted the belief that there was no such thing as the “best” premium WordPress theme. Jumping from one to the other was a lateral move. They were all of the highest quality and they all attempted to solve the same problems, the only difference was their preferred method of solving them.

Using Headway today has started to erode that belief. Headway 2.0 completely exceeded my expectations. Not only was I reminded of why I bought Headway in the first place, I ended up wondering how I had been able to tolerate versions 1.5 and 1.6 all these months.

Here are some of the most notable features.

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How to enable Multisite on your WordPress 3.0+ installation

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One could say I’m a fan of WordPress Multisite. I have done my best to convince people to start using multisite at WordCamp Detroit, WordCamp MSP, and of course on this blog. I’ve focused to convincing WordPressers to take the dive in and get rolling with it, due to how it can speed up development time and overall make your time spent with WordPress more efficient. In short, you should be using WordPress Multisite.

But I’ve never written up a guide to setting up multisite. Today we change that. We’re going to look at how to turn multisite on, what to consider regarding the initial configuration, and then what to do once you’ve finished.

Let’s get started!

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Where WordPress themes end and plugins begin

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A weekly editorial, from Ryan Imel the editor of WPCandy

One of the highlights of my WordCamp MSP 2010 experience was meeting and chatting with Ptah Dunbar a bit. Ptah is a consultant and WordPress developer at DevPress and contributed a good deal to the menu system in WordPress 3.0. He was at MSP to talk about theme frameworks—specifically his, WP Framework.

While we chatted, I asked his thoughts on a number of things, but one in particular stuck out. My question was: where should themes end and plugins begin? How much can a theme do before it is considered too much? Theme developers and plugin developers seem to give differing opinions at times. I was interested in Ptah’s thoughts because he has developed a number of themes and plugins.

His answer was pretty straightforward: if it’s something central to the functionality of a site, something that will need to remain when the theme is changed, it should be in a plugin.

And that answer resonated with me.

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