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Poedit Pro Adds Direct Support for WordPress Themes and Plugins

We’ve previously shown how to properly translate WordPress themes and plugins using Poedit. One of the steps is setting up the project with the right keywords and paths which can (due to the fast amount of keywords in WordPress) take a little time, especially if you do it often.

Now, Poedit has released a Pro version, that, in addition to supporting the development, comes with a quick WordPress theme/plugin mode that inserts all of these by default when you create a new project for a theme/plugin through the app.

Personally, I think the $19.99 is worth it just for this time saving feature and for supporting the Poedit development, seeing as it is an app that I personally use quite a bit.

To get it, just update the Poedit app to the latest version and you’ll be prompted to sign up, or visit their Pro page.

WordPress Themes

5 Bad Practices to Watch Out for When Buying a WordPress Theme

Buying a WordPress theme can be a difficult business. After all, you want something that looks good and finding the perfect looks sure isn’t always that easy. Sadly, once you have found the most gorgeous theme you could ever have hoped for, it may still let you know.

In this post, I want to touch on 5 bad practices that exist the WordPress theme community and that you really need to watch out for when buying a WordPress theme.

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WooCommerce 2.0 hits the shelves

When it comes to eCommerce for WordPress, there is arguably no better plugin available than WooCommerce from WooThemes. The plugin just got a major update, WooCommerce 2.0 with lots of new features available.

As you would expect from a major update, the new version has some sought after features for store managers, developers and customers, who all benefit greatly from an upgrade, which isn’t all too hard to do either. Compatibility with previous themes and modifications (if done rightly) is a breeze.

You can read more about what’s new over on the WooThemes blog.

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WordPress 3.5.1 Fixes Bugs and Tightens Security

It’s that time again if you have a WordPress site to get the updater running. The latest update is a maintenance and security release, WordPress 3.5.1, to fix some important bugs and security vulnerabilities. It is as always a simple update from the admin panel but may we just remind you to make sure you have a backup of your site just in case something goes wrong.

An overview of what is new and what they have fixed in this version, head over to the official blog post on WordPress.org where they outline a few of the most important ones and link to the trac for the full changelog.

If you don’t want to worry about the updates yourself, just contact us and we will happy to update your site for you to save some time, or invite you to sign up for our service plan where we make sure your site is safely backed up and updated at all times.

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Video Tutorial: How To Configure W3 Total Cache

One of the best plugins to enable caching and speed up your WordPress site is W3 Total Cache. It can however be a bit tricky to configure properly. In this video tutorial, I walk you through how to configure it for maximum performance on your WordPress site.

While some settings will need to be set specifically for your goals and site specifics, the tutorial gives you a good set  of defaults and in it, I point out if there are settings you can experiment with on your own to tweak the performance.

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Slides and More from #wpbar Gothenburg!

Today truly was WordPress day here in Sweden with a three #wpbar events across Sweden (Gothenburg, Stockholm and Helsingborg) where we gather to talk about WordPress over snacks and beer. This time, the good people at Rabash, another design studio here in Gothenburg were kind enough to host the event.

I was asked to give a short talk on the same subject as at WordCamp Stockholm, namely good admin user interfaces in WordPress, and why this is so very important for us as developers (if you missed it, there is a recording available here, in swedish). Catch the slides and good links after the fold.
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Save The Date for #wpbar in Gothenburg!

Previously, #wpbar has been an event in Stockholm where a group of people interested in WordPress join together over drinks to talk WordPress. At WordCamp Stockholm plans were made for a new #wpbar, this time not only in Stockholm.

On November 22nd, we will be having a #wpbar event here in Gothenburg too. I have been asked to speak on the same topic as I did at WordCamp Stockholm (it is a topic that I am very passionate about) and I hope we will have a great turnout. Whilst the venue is yet to be selected, if you are going to be in or near Gothenburg on November 22, save the date and join us for some relaxed and fun WordPress discussions over drinks.

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Recording from WordCamp Stockholm Presentation

This Monday I was up in Stockholm speaking at WordCamp Stockholm about admin user interfaces and why we as developers really must pay attention to making good interfaces for our clients.

For everyone’s benefit, I recorded the slides and the audio of my MacBook Air so that you can listed to it even if you didn’t have a chance to attend. The presentation is in Swedish and available on YouTube. Sorry for the poor audio quality.

(post photo by Daniel Carlbom)