WordPress 3.8 RC1

Hands-on with WordPress 3.8 Release Candidate 1

I had put it off long enough. The other day, as I logged in to another WordPress website to write a guest post, I discovered a slick looking login interface. After logging in, a clean, streamlined WordPress dashboard. “Duh,” I said. I was using WordPress 3.8 Beta to do my editing. After finishing the article, it was time to install release candidate 1 (just released at time of posting) and take a hands-on look and screencast of my experiences with the new visual and design changes.

Free WordPress SEO Plugins

3 Free WordPress SEO Plugins

In a recent article, we looked at must have plugins when you have a fresh install of WordPress. One of the honorable mentions in the list should have been SEO plugins. WordPress SEO plugins are great because they automate SOME of the more troubling processes when setting up a new website. A lot of the metadata that would otherwise have to be taken care of manually is done for you with a plugin. Better yet, the plugins in this article are all free to download and they all tackle different markets, from a new small business all the way to …

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Plugins for WordPress install

Our 5 favorite plugins for a new WordPress install

In the world of marketing and web design, a lot of preemptive thought should go into every project. There would ideally be a wireframe concept, whether it be physical or mental. Upon careful consideration of all the available options, you would create the best website or sales pitch imaginable (MAYBE BOTH AT THE SAME TIME). With a WordPress website, once you have selected the theme you want to use and have installed the website, there is one more step to take; you have to pick the plugins. Any good WordPress install will bring with it a collection of plugins. The …

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How to setup a landing page in WordPress

The first step to increasing your conversions and lead generation is to setup a specific landing page. The concept is simple: Remove the distraction and focus the visitor of the page on your product and value proposition. However, there’s all of that distraction surrounding your content. This is going to hurt our chances to convert because of distractions or too many links to bounce visitors off the page. You have your header which contains the logo and navigation which is essential when someone is visiting for the broader scope of your site. Then there’s the sidebar that might include secondary …

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Sensei vs WP Courseware vs Train-Up

Sensei vs WP Courseware vs Train-up for WordPress

It is no secret that WordPress has become a platform capable of just about anything. While it initially started as a writing tool for website creators and bloggers, it has quickly expanded to encompass just about any web purpose. The sky is the limit. Whether the solution be a full e-Commerce system, a community based forum, or even a landing page for realtors and lawyers, WordPress has it all. There is a new trend in WordPress that benefits teachers, schools, and students. WordPress calls them Learning Management Systems. This post looks at Sensei from WooThemes, WP Courseware from Fly Plugins, …

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Responsive MailChimp Signup Gravity Form

The Slocum team is happy to announce a new feature across our latest set of premium WordPress themes. One of our favorite contact form plugins is Gravity Forms and leveraging it’s easy to use MailChimp add-on. Since MailChimp is our favorite e-mail newsletter publishing platform we decided to bake in support for both in our themes. It’s important that your call to actions are clear, concise, and not lost in the mix of things. Keep reading to see how we style responsive MailChimp Signup Gravity forms!

3 Uptime Monitor services for WordPress

Houston we have lift off! Jetpack 2.6 was released and it’s packed with a ton of new enhancements. If you want the full scoop, read the changelog. There’s a new feature in there that I’m particularly interested to see roll out and that’s the monitor feature. As of the launch, Monitor does what it promises, monitors your site’s u time every 5 minutes. But how does it stack up to other services?

Enabling Yoast Breadcrumbs

One of the very first plugins we enable when installing a new WordPress website is Yoast SEO. Because of that, we are baking in support for Yoast Breadcrumbs right into our themes. Why is that important? Well first off, not every theme is ready for the world’s most popular WordPress SEO plugin. We’re proud to say our premium themes are.

It’s time to party, SlocumThemes.com launches

Just over a year ago my team and I set out to offer our WordPress themes for sale through our parent site Slocum Studio. Today, I’m happy to announce we’re separating the two properties to better serve our client base. As we looked to build more WordPress products while offering the best premium service of an agency, it only made sense to let the two live on their own respective platforms. What does this mean for you? First and foremost it’s a sign that we’re committed to serving both markets with the attention they both deserve. As we launch more …

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