What’s Coming in WordPress 4.7

wordpressOur friends at WPBeginner.com has uploaded the new features that will be available in the new WP 4.7 update, tentatively scheduled for release on December 6th, 2016, it is currently available in the Beta version. It’s adding a LOT of useful features that I am sure the WP community has been screaming for, so let’s get to it.

We’ve got:

Video Header support, they have improved the Theme setup, making it a more “polished” view of you installed Themes, language controls are now available in the Users Section of the Dashboard, Viewable PDF thumbnails, the Advanced Editor (which I’ve especially been waiting for and has been a long time in coming), along with much more. Start here to get an overview of what’s coming from WordPress.

 

 

 

Images for Public Domain and Where to Find Them…

FantasticImagesYes, the title is a play on the Fantastic Beasts… I’m a NERD, wadda you want from me??


One of the biggest obstacles about creating websites is finding the appropriate images (license-free, quality, content) for your website. And, unless you’re a photog and have the ability to locate and snap beautiful photos, then you’re like me… Searching the internet…

Well, our friends at the WP Tavern have taken the time to locate 13 sites with loads of Public Domain [PD] Licensed images for your perusal. Now when I went thru the list, not all seemed specific to my needs but they may be exactly what you are looking for… I remind everyone to be extremely diligent and verify the images being used on your site are PD licensed images. Now read on to find what you’re looking for.

21 Invaluable Chrome Apps for WordPress Users and Web Designers

LearningAs always, Elegant Themes does a lot of the homework for WordPress users and web designers. And, luckily, they share. The following as the title would indicate, is a list of Chrome apps that make our jobs a little easier…

Whether you’re creating a logo, planning a website’s design, or just sharing a file, the right tools can save you both time and money.  One exciting but often overlooked group of tools are Chrome Apps. Unlike extensions, which only extend your browser’s functionality, Chrome Apps are fully fledged applications that run within Google Chrome, and also on Chrome OS.

Read and learn more here.

50 Most-Wanted WordPress Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Hongkiat has again published its list of the “Most Wanted” tips and tricks for WordPress. The link below is a complete list, but keep scrolling and I’ve added the “hacks” I love [or will love just as soon as I get to play with them] to use on my clients sites that add that little extra “Oomph” where you need it.

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/wordpress-tips-tricks-2015/

 

MY CURRENT FAVORITES:

Embed Before and After Image Comparison

Have you ever experienced image comparison where you can slide to the right to see the before and to the left for the after? If you want to display something like that on your website, you can install TwentyTwenty. This plugin is based on Zurb TwentyTwenty. The plugin introduces a new shortcode, [twentytwenty], where you can add two images to compare.

Compatibility: WordPress 3.5.1 or higher

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Revert Plugins or Themes to Previous Version (Easily)

As with any other system update, there is a chance that a new plugin or theme update may accidentally screw up your website. WordPress does not allow us to revert to the previous version but you can install this plugin WP-Rollback to get that functionality. Once it is activated it will add a link “Rollback” on any installed plugin.

Compatibility: WordPress 3.8 or higher

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Text Editor SyntaxHighlighter

The WordPress text-mode editor is pretty plain. You can make it more user-friendly by installing HTML Editor SyntaxHighlighter, a plugin that adds syntax coloring like in a code editor. It will make editing a lot easier, especially if you use Text-mode editor more often than the Visual (WYSIWYG) counterpart.

Compatibility: WordPress 3.3 or higher

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Adding Icon in Menu

Follow this tip to add icon beside your website menu items giving your menu navigation more visual appeal.

Compatibility: WordPress 4.1 or higher

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Advanced Image Styles

We used to able to set margins and borders when we insert images to the content. From WordPress 3.9 onwards, these options were removed. If you missed them, you can install this plugin to bring these options back.

Compatibility: WordPress 3.9 or higher

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Facelift Image Replacement (FLIR) for WordPress
FLIR allows you to convert text and title into images (better display quality) on the fly without hassle. Now this FLIR WordPress plugin make things even easier for bloggers.

Compatibility: WordPress 2.9.2

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Contact Form by BestWebSoft
Contact form plugin for WordPress website is the best solution to receive messages from customers right to your email address(-es). Allow your customers to reach you in seconds! Loaded w/free features.

Compatibility: up to 4.6

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Drop Shadow Boxes
Drop Shadow Boxes highlight important content on your posts, pages and widget areas. Personalise the box with drop shadow effects like raised, lifted and perspective and choose whether the box has an inside shadow, outside shadow and rounded corners.

Compatibility: up to 4.5.3

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Loginizer
Loginizer is a WordPress plugin which helps you fight against bruteforce attack by blocking login for the IP after it reaches maximum retries allowed. You can blacklist or whitelist IPs for login using Loginizer. You can use various other features like Two Factor Auth, reCAPTCHA, PasswordLess Login, etc. to improve security of your website.

Compatibility: up to 4.5.3