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What’s coming in WordPress 4.8? And what does it mean for the future of WordPress?

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WordPress 4.8 is the first major release (or, “update to WordPress”) of 2017 and the first since WordPress co-founder and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg announced a new direction for releases: the previous directive of three major releases per year is out, and a new feature-focussed release schedule is in, with no goal for the number of releases per year and instead releases going out whenever they’re ready.

Yet, WordPress 4.8 isn’t a big feature-focussed release. Instead, it’s comparatively minor update which introduces a handful of new features and paves the way for future features.

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Ten years of WordPress magazine themes: rapidly evolution and continued improvement, but what’s next?

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We recently updated our WordPress magazine theme Domino Magazine, adding in a new layout, new colour schemes and some of the most-requested features from our customers.

The updated theme now reflects the latest trends in WordPress magazine themes, which begs the question: how have trends in magazine themes changed since they first appeared roughly a decade ago? Continue Reading

Talking casual gaming, passions and themes with Scott Jon Siegel

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This week’s case study is a real treat: we talked with game designer Scott Jon Siegel. Scott has worked in casual gaming since the industry really came to the forefront and is now working as a freelance consultant and contractor.

Scott’s website rocks our Vimes theme and looks amazing, so we had to sit down with Scott to find out more. Enjoy!

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Talking food blogs, pudding and photography with Livelymess

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Our much-loved Foodica theme has put WPZOOM on many incredible food blogs and today’s case study is no exception. We’re very excited to be joined by Hilary from Livelymess, a food blog which aims to help you mess up your kitchen – but produce some lovely food at the same time.
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Should Premium Themes Automatically Renew Licenses? Data from Thousands of Theme Sales

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When we first started selling WordPress themes in 2009 it was industry best-practice to offer “lifetime” support and updates. At the time everyone selling WordPress themes was offering unlimited support requests and updates and we were happy to do the same.

All was well for a couple of years, but eventually questions about sustainability started: if you purchased a WordPress theme once for $60, is it a fair deal to both parties to offer unlimited support requests and significant updates for years to come? As popular themes started receiving huge updates years after their original release, questions about sustainability started arising.

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