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When working on a web project, many of us usually keep a scratch document open to copy/cut/paste code snippets without losing them.

Capsule is a free WordPress theme that is specifically built to replace that scratch document.

It comes with a built-in code editor and supports Markdown Extra syntax + GitHub-style fenced code blocks.

Capsule

The code editor has support for syntax highlighting of many languages, tags can be added quickly with metadata and they can be filtered.

Any number of entries can be added, they are listed with their creation dates and quick links exist for locating them faster (tags or adding to favorites).

Also, there is Capsule Server which makes “team collaboration” possible by replicating selecting entries with other Capsule installs.

If you prefer creating websites using WordPress and make use of ready-to-use themes, MightyDeals has an offer that you may like.

MightyDeals, the creative deals website, is offering a pack of 17 high-quality WordPress themes by DX Themes for a very good price ($17 rather than $289).

Inspired WordPress Theme

The themes in the bundle include ones for creatives, businesses, parents/kids, hotels and much more.

All of them work cross-browser and most are responsive down-to-mobile.

Designmeo WordPress theme

It is possible to find features like portfolio management, responsive image sliders, AJAX contact forms, custom sidebars, testimonial widgets, price tables, SEO control, etc.

To sum up, even if only a single item in the bundle, will be a fit for a project of yours, it is still a good deal.

WPMU DEV LogoFew months ago, WPMU DEV had ran a giveaway at WRD and readers had liked what they offered very much.

I thought this is now a good time for a full review of the service in case you missed them.

Many of us build websites using WordPress, create or customize themes of it, make use of the plugins and Google any issues we face regarding the application.

WPMU DEV Themes

WPMU DEV is a premium club which offers all parts of this ecosystem in a professional way.

They are mostly popular with their huge list of plugins (140+) that includes ones like:

  • MarketPress (adds e-commerce capabilities),
  • Chat (live chat for visitors),
  • Snapshot (for backing up all the data),
  • e-Newsletter (sending newsletter from WP-Admin),
  • Events+ (think of EventBrite),
  • and much more..
All these plugins are updated regularly so that they work with the latest WordPress releases. And, a professional support team exists to help with any issues.
WPMU DEV Plugins

The look and feel of the website, yes, themes. There are 160+ themes to choose from. Items exist for creating a portfolio website, a magazine, blog or and e-commerce site with the MarketPress plugin. Read the rest of this entry »

Content sliders are one of the most used elements of today’s web design. They help us a lot when we have limited space but more things to display.

jQuery Slider Shock is a very impressive (probably the most-customizable and feature-rich) jQuery slider plugin (with WordPress support) that comes with both free and paid versions.

jQuery Slider Shock

The plugin is capable of presenting both images and videos that are hosted locally or from external sources like RSS, YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, Flickr, Twitter and Instagram.

It has 30+ transition effects which include very original, creative ones and they can be customized as well (like the number of slices, delay or speed).

Items featured can be browsed with thumbnails that can be placed on any side of the slider, prev-next buttons (multiple designs exist) or keyboard.

Captions can be added to each slide and HTML can be used in them. Also, captions can be improved with background images as well.

jQuery Slider Shock

Like mentioned, the plugin has WordPress support. Actually, it integrates with WordPress deeply.

It can use WordPress posts, custom post types and taxonomies as the source for the slider or captions can include author and date info.

And, there are ~40 ready-to-use skins for changing the layout instantly.

jQuery Slider Shock is very well-documented (both the jQuery and WordPress versions).

How to join the giveaway?

In order to get a chance to win one of the 10 Combo WP+jQuery licenses being given away, you can do one or both of the stuff mentioned below:

That’s all.

The winners will be selected randomly on 15 Nov 2012 (1 week later) randomly and good luck to all.

Winners

Here they are:

  • @Smartik89
  • SamChan (comment #827509)
  • Hani (comment #825308)
  • Rin Chan (comment #825733)
  • @venced0r
  • @hasentopf
  • zahid (comment #833130)
  • Carlos (comment #824784)
  • der_robert (comment #825025)
  • Jeff (comment #825268)

Congratulations to everyone and thanks to everyone for joining.

WordPress is so flexible and customizable in many ways, thanks to its tagging, categories and mostly the custom fields features.

Pods Framework, a free WordPress plugin, takes things to the next level and enables us to create customized content types and fields.

As an example, just like the "Posts" menu, you can have a "Products" menu in the WP-Admin and you can manage the products from a customized "Create/Edit Post" interface.

Pods Framework

And, only the fields you want will appear on these pages which is so useful for creating completely customized WP-backends.

The framework has its own API so that you can make use of it even more with a little coding.

Also, Pods can be extended with the lots of packages that are created with its community.

If you are a WordPress fan just like millions of others, you are already aware that every WordPress website requires a hand from a WordPress developer in some way.

This may be a theme or a plugin created by others. Or, the explanation of a WordPress feature/function you have Googled for.

WPMU DEV, a premium club for WordPress users, brings all of these as a simple package and offers high-quality themes, plugins and support to its members.

WPMU DEV

The club has 140+ premium WordPress themes that target any web user including bloggers, corporate sites, photographers and more.

And, if you are using WordPress as a social network (or multiple sites CMS), WPMU DEV probably has the biggest collection of resources for MultiSite and BuddyPress users.

Every theme is updated regularly so that they are compatible with the latest WP version and you can always contact an expert to get help about them.

WPMU DEV Themes

When it comes to adding features to your WordPress installation with plugins, WPMU DEV has again lots to offer.

There are 140+ premium plugins that are guaranteed to work as expected (which is great so that you don't have to try many plugins) and it is possible to find a one for every need.

As an example, some of the plugins offered are: MarketPress (e-commerce), Events+ (creating/managing events), Google Maps integration, SnapShot (for backups) and much more.

WPMU DEV Plugins

Just like themes, the plugins are updated and supported professionally.WPMU DEV has club memberships that allows downloading any item you want or it is possible to get only the items you want.

Also, the same team of developers are running a great website to hunt for WordPress tutorials.

How to join the giveaway?

In order to get a chance to win one of the 3 annual WPMU DEV accounts, you can choose to do one or any of the below to increase the odds:

  • comment to this post
  • tweet with #wrd-wpmudev hashtag by linking to this giveaway
  • like WPMU DEV on Facebook (that's actually for good karma)

Winners will be selected 1 week later (01 October 2012) randomly and announced as an update to this post.

Good luck to all.

The winners

Here they are:

  • @dotcompals
  • Paulo Oliveira (comment #747443)
  • Nix Dexter (comment #)

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for joining the giveaway.

MightyDeals, a daily deals website focused on creative resources (which was featured before at WRD), has recently launched 3 cool deals that you may want to check out:

WOW Slider

WOW Slider

A jQuery-powered responsive image slider that has many unique transitions like blast, fly, blinds, squares, slices, basic, fade, ken burns and even more.

The slideshow is built with a desktop app (for Win + Mac) and items featured can be browsed with bullet navigation, prev/next controls, touch swipe support and there are fancy templates in case you don't prefer to customize the look.

It can also fetch images from Flickr + PhotoBucket and has a WordPress plugin (normally priced $99, offered for $37).

WordPress Shortcodes Plugin + 3 Premium WP Themes

Lizatom Shortcodes

WordPress already has shortcodes which simply do complicated stuff with few lines of code. Lizatom Shortcodes, a plugin, extends this further and brings much more power to WP users.

It allows users to add buttons, tooltips, pricing tables, alert boxes, accordion menus and more so easily. There is also a bonus of 3 premium themes (normally priced $137, offered for $19).

Online Training for WordPress, Joomla, & Drupal!

OStraining

In case you have never used one of these popular CMS apps and want to get your hands dirty, OStraining is offering online training packages for each of them.

There are training sessions for any level and it is possible to get e-mail support from experts. (6 months subscription – normally priced: $99, offered for: $37).

Looking for a new theme for your WordPress-powered website? This may be your lucky day.

Our good friends at ThemeFuse are giving away 3 WordPress themes to WRD readers (details on joining the giveaway are mentioned at the end of this post).

ThemeFuse is one of the most popular providers within the premium WordPress theme industry. They have high quality builds, lots of original designs and providing a very good customer support.

ThemeFuse Giveaway

For anyone hunting for an authentic premium theme that will set your site apart from the others, they should definitely be checked.

There are themes for almost any type of site you are planning and each theme is professionally developed with robust, reliable source code too.

All themes have a simple configuration interface which offers some very useful capabilities like:

  • setting up different sidebars on your site
  • easily add your own logo
  • change the Favicon
  • include your internal analytics code
  • get access to a massive number of shortcodes to use (adding tables, graphs, video clips and custom containers without coding).

Whenever you need help, you’ll experience that ThemeFuse is good at that. They’ve got a full support forum, a detailed FAQ and online documentation available.

Here are several examples of WordPress templates created by ThemeFuse to better see what can be created with ease:

PhotoArtist – Photography WordPress Theme

Looking for a way to showcase your photography skills? Here is a full-featured portfolio website.

Photography WordPress Theme

MobilityApp – Mobile WordPress Theme

Need to promote an iPad, iPhone or iPad app? This WordPress theme is ideally suited for your specific needs.

Mobile WordPress Theme

Coffee Lounge – Bar WordPress Theme

Own a cafe, coffee bar or bistro and want to make a real impression with your website? This is the theme for you!

Read the rest of this entry »

WordPress is an amazing CMS and can be customized completely in means of design and functionality with the flexibility it offers.

In order to create a new theme for WordPress, you should know how it works, the logic of its loop and functions.

However, if you want to build a theme without touching any code, WPThemeGenerator reaches to help.

WPThemeGenerator is a professional web app (with a free and paid version) for designing WordPress themes without any coding, all web-based.

WPThemeGenerator

There are 1000+ pre-designed objects including menus, backgrounds, shades, dividers, icons, buttons, boxes, fonts, sliders, frames, colors, shines, and patterns or textures that can be used.

Multiple options exist for each element (for ex: you can choose from different popular image sliders) and all other stuff like fonts (there are 50+) or colors can be customized too.

With the provided framework, it is possible to mix 7 different combinations of positions to get countless layouts with the dynamic sidebars generator (use images, text, menus, galleries, contact forms, etc.).

Although new elements are added to the this WordPress theme generator daily, you are not limited with them and can upload your own designs too.

WPThemeGenerator

Once a design is completed, it is available both as a HTML/CSS template and a WordPress theme.

The themes created are automatically updated with the added new features and they will be compatible with the latest WP version.

WPThemeGenerator is created by the talented team of Iconshock + WordPress Theme Shock and a gallery of themes created with the application present the flexibility offered.

Read the rest of this entry »

ManageWP LogoIf you have (or somehow controlling) multiple websites built with WordPress, than you know the difficulty of managing all of them.

WordPress releases a new version regularly and websites built with it needs to be up-to-date to stay secure, the same goes with the plugins and the need to remember all passwords.

ManageWP is a hosted service that offers a platform for managing any number of WordPress blogs under the same admin interface.

About the giveaway: They are giving away 2 annual Business accounts to WRD readers and details can be found at the bottom of the post.

Besides the ability to switch between websites with a click, the service can bulk update the sites with the new WordPress versions, plugins and themes.

ManageWP

Also, it is possible to install new plugins or themes to multiple websites at the same time.

There is a good chance that each website gets a hosting switch every few years which is a time-consuming process. What if we need to move many WordPress blogs to this new account? Ouch! But, as you guess, ManageWP can also handle this; it can clone a website from one domain to another.

One of the best features is its integrated backup. You can schedule backups to make sure that all your websites have recent copies when needed. It also monitors the uptime of your websites via the integration with the free uptime monitoring service: Uptime Robot.

The service brings a similar beauty for the publishing part: you can post an entry to multiple sites, manage the blogroll links or add users, all in bulk.

ManageWP has a free plan that allow controlling up to 3 websites and bigger packages exist (which would be a good fit for anyone/web agency with many WP websites).

How to join the giveaway?

2 annual Business accounts are being given away and, in order to get a chance to win one:

  • suggest a new feature for ManageWP in the comments

and winners will be selected by ManageWP from the 2 best entries on 17 Feb 2012 (8 days later).

Good luck to all.

The winners

ManageWP has selected the winners and here they are:

  • Alejandro Carrillo – for "a custom dashboard widget in all the sites within my ManageWP account,
    which I can update with whatever html content that I want" (comment #514381)
  • Erika – for "pdf to download to help with getting started" (comment #513396)

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for joining.

Uptime Robot
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