WordPress Roundup — October 30th Edition


November is nearly here, but the past couple weeks have been filled with a lot of great things in the WP community. From Halloween sales to new beta releases, it’s been an eventful few days. Let’s dive right in!

Our October 30th WordPress Roundup

WordPress 4.4 Beta 1

The beta test for the latest WP core update was released on back on the 22nd of the month. This update comes with some nice fixes to make WordPress much more user and viewer friendly.

  • Responsive Images | One of the main updates that are in this beta test is the automatic resizing of the images in posts and pages. With this feature, WordPress will deliver the best image size based on things like screen size and resolution.
  • Embeds made easy | WordPress will now make automatically embed rich content from sites that support the oEbed standard feature. This will now also include all WordPress sites that update to this feature.

The 2016 theme was also released and is one of the better minimalistic looking ones that I think we’ve seen thus far.

Speaking of minimalistic, here is a great roundup of 13 WP themes that favor that minimal design that is trending these days.

Orion is Launched

If you’re a ManageWP user, then the update to the user interface (called Orion) was likely one that you were happy to see. The features as far as what ManageWP can offer is the same, but the interface has seen a vast improvement.

The focus has turned to making sure the Orion dashboard is very workflow friendly. There is now the ability to add tags and clients to help keep everything very organized.


If you haven’t tried this plugin out before, then this would be a great time to test it out. I have used ManageWP for years and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a way to manage client sites or multiple ones of your own.

Speaking of ManageWP, did you know that they run a rather amazing post syndication syndication community called ManageWP.org?

This is a wonderful place to find a ton of topics about WordPress from all over the web and where you can connect with the WordPress community as a whole.

As far as big happenings, that about covers it, but there were plenty of amazing posts that were worth sharing:

As a side note, I managed to get through speaking at the WordCamp conference without dying. The video has yet to be posted on WordPress.tv, but keep an eye out for it. It was great fun and you’ll learn some really funny things about me and what I do.

‘Til next time!

WordPress Round-Up (October 16th Edition)

WordPress round-up

Can you believe that we’re nearly done with the month of October?

Where I’m located, Fall is in full swing and the cold and flu season is making appearances in every other house in the neighborhood.

It’s not a fun time for many, including our very own Onur, who is sick in bed today. (Get better soon, Onur!)

Bootstrap 4 IS Coming!

Bootstrap 4 is coming

With the imminent release of the second alpha for Bootstrap 4 by the Bootstrap team, it still seems like only yesterday that the two founding team members, Mark Otto (@mdo) and Jacob Thornton (@fat) released the Twitter Bootstrap framework. In fact, it was four years ago. Much has changed, and much more is about to. (more…)

PHP 7: Evolution or Revolution?

PHP 7 is coming

PHP 7 is coming, soon. The current planned release date is November 12 2015 and so we are counting the days. Next week will see the release of Release Candidate #5 and the end of October will see the final Release Candidate, #6. For those readers who know their server setups, you will be using one of the PHP5 series, hopefully 5.5 or 5.6, as 5.4 and earlier are all End of Life, meaning no support or security fixes. (more…)