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WordPress Theme Preview: Lucent

Hey folks. Today I wanted to share a theme that we are working on releasing very shortly for purchase at ThemeForest. We are currently going through the final phases of testing it to make sure it works well in different set-ups and once that’s done, it will be on its way to ThemeForest.

In the meantime, here’s a screenshot of the frontpage. Let us know in the comments what you think about it.

Lucent WordPress Theme

WordPress 3.3.2 Available For Download

Last night the WordPress team released WordPress 3.3.2 which is available for download and update in the built-in updater. The release is a bug fix and maintenance release and includes security updates for the following libraries (taken from the WordPress blog post):

  • Plupload (version 1.5.4), which WordPress uses for uploading media.
  • SWFUpload, which WordPress previously used for uploading media, and may still be in use by plugins.
  • SWFObject, which WordPress previously used to embed Flash content, and may still be in use by plugins and themes.

The release also addresses the following bugs (taken from the official blog post):

  • Limited privilege escalation where a site administrator could deactivate network-wide plugins when running a WordPress network under particular circumstances, disclosed by Jon Cave of our WordPress core security team, and Adam Backstrom.
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerability when making URLs clickable, by Jon Cave.
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in redirects after posting comments in older browsers, and when filtering URLs. Thanks to Mauro Gentile for responsibly disclosing these issues to the security team.

As always we recommend that you update right away in order to keep your WordPress installation secure and prevent breaches. If you are on our maintenance plan, your site has already been upgraded.

Auto-Generating a Select Menu in WordPress With a Custom Menu Walker

While working on the new website for BestAppSite, I wanted to have the functional <select> drop-down menu for smaller screen sizes, such as for the iPhone. These menus behave nicely and save valuable real-estate when you have many items to present.

Creating the menu itself isn’t very hard in plain HTML. The theory is to add the code for the drop-down underneath the default unordered list menu and then display/hide it using the media queries in the CSS. Couple that with the simple javascript snippet to open a URL from a drop-down selection, the menu itself is no problem. Read More…

Hey Photographers, Do This Now To Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Working directly on a photographer’s website, I always want to spend quite some time on the performance side of things, especially since you could argue that the website is so vital to the photographer getting any business.

Unfortunately, many photographers neglect performance when building their own sites in WordPress, so this post is for you guys. Simple instructions on what you should do to speed up your site (if you are running WordPress that is…).

How long will this take you? Probably under 15 minutes! Read More…

Generate Placeholder Images On The Fly

A few days ago I found a new favorite resource when doing mockups. Often enough you need a placeholder image just to occupy some space while positioning elements and not necessarily when showing clients (don’t use these placeholders for that).

Placehold.it is a service that generates nice and tidy placeholder images on the fly (which can be formatted too if you like). By just using the format and their domain as your image URL, you get a nice-looking placeholder, much better than a blank image tag.

<img src="http://placehold.it/350x150">

Launching A New Website For FocusOnNature

I’m very pleased to share the latest website that we are launching with you. During December and January we have been working with Einar Erlendsson to create a new and professional web experience for FocusOnNature, his company that runs photography workshops in beautiful Iceland.

Einar approached us in November when he had realized that building a site himself would have been too time consuming. His requests were clear. A clean and professional design that highlighted the gorgeous photography that frankly speaks for itself.

[blockquote align="center" cite="Einar Erlendsson, FocusOnNature"]I could not have imagined how professionally Erik worked and how great our co-operation would be making the new FocusOnNature in Iceland website.[/blockquote]

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Upgrade Your WordPress Installations to 3.3.1

Just yesterday a new version of WordPress was released. WordPress 3.3.1 is a security update that comes with 15 nice bug and security patches. Since this update doesn’t alter the database in any way it is a very straight forward one that should be foolproof.

As always we recommend backing up your files and database before doing any update on your site. All of our clients on our WordPress Updating Plan have already been upgraded safely to WordPress 3.3.1.

How To Add a Banner To Your WordPres Plugin Page

Last week, Matt Mullenweg noted in a post over on the official WordPress Development Blog that they are experimenting with a new feature on the plugin pages of the official plugin directory. You may already have noted a grey field above all plugins which has the title and a short description of it.

New now however is the ability to add a banner to your plugin page just above this. For now this is just an experiment which as Matt notes means that the size of the banner and the look can change at any time. Since it is being very well received, I would assume that the idea is not going away. Read on to learn how you can add a banner of your own and see some examples. Read More…