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Easy-to-Follow Checklist for Buying a WordPress Premium Theme

Written by Joe Foley on in Resources 3 comments
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Sometimes it seems that buying a WordPress theme can be more complicated than buying a car. There are so many choices and so many different things to consider. Do you need Feature X or does this theme come with Feature Y? Will you have control over A, B, and C, and can you move that thing there over to this section here?
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15 Best Places to Find Free Stock Photos

Written by Pavel Ciorici on in Resources 14 comments
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With the increasing number of websites offering stock photos for free, it is no longer a problem to find quality photos for your website or blog. One of the first website that started this trend was Unsplash.com, and after that several other websites launched doing the same thing.

Today we’ll present you a list of 15 websites where you can find best free stock photos.
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What to actually expect in WordPress 3.6

Written by Alex Denning on in Resources 6 comments

WordPress 3.6 has been a long time coming. Whilst the three 3.6 betas have more or less made it out on schedule, the decision a couple of weeks ago to remove the all-new Post Formats UI from core and (for the moment) move it to a plugin has put the release back a long way.

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Furthermore, the removal of Post Formats has meant virtually all of the “Here’s What’s In WordPress 3.6” posts which do the rounds in the blogosphere before every WordPress update are out of date. Worry not, though! Here’s what you can actually expect to see in WordPress 3.6.

Stuff you’ve always wanted, you just didn’t know it

That’s pretty much the best way I can sum-up the new features going into 3.6: the features you’ve always wanted, you just hadn’t quite realised it yet. Much like Apple’s new Mavericks version of OS X, WordPress 3.6 makes a bunch of changes and improvements which will go a long way to improving the general user experience.

They’re not particularly revolutionary features, they’re just really handy ones.

Here’s a summary of some of those new features:

  • Vastly improved autosaving.
  • Improved handling of multi-author posts through “post locking”.
  • More intuitive comparison of post revisions.
  • Much cleaner custom menu creation.
  • Improved handling of video and audio embeds.

There’s also a bold new default theme, Twenty Thirteen, which once you get to grips with the fact it’s a default WordPress theme with lots of colour, leaves you with an excellent starting point theme  — as any default theme should.

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5 Ways To Give Your Site A Boost With Jetpack

Written by Alex Denning on in Resources 3 comments

Automattic’s free Jetpack plugin can be a little confusing to new users, but it offers some incredibly helpful features and by taking a little bit of time to set it up, you can vastly improve the experience visitors have when visiting your site — as well as making your life easier.

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In this post I’ll run down five of the ways you can use Jetpack to boost your WordPress-powered site.

0. Installation

Before we get to that, though, I’ll walk you through Jetpack’s slightly confusing installation process. Whilst Jetpack largely acts just like any other WordPress plugin, in that you can install it straight from the plugin repository, it also acts unlike any WordPress plugin in that it insists you hook it up to a WordPress.com account and moans at you loudly until you let it.

Whether this is a acceptable behaviour for a plugin has come up for debate in the WordPress community a lot — with the general consensus being it’s not — but if you can get past the annoyances of intrusive banners, once you’ve installed the plugin you just need to hook it up to a WordPress.com account so that Jetpack can connect to WordPress.com’s servers in order to power some of its features.

If you’ve not already got a WordPress.com account, the huge banners will walk you through that process. With all that set up, we’re ready to look at some of Jetpack’s features. Continue Reading

What is the ZOOM Framework?

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When you’re browsing through WPZOOM’s themes, you may notice that our themes all mention they’re “powered by” the “ZOOM Framework”.

You may have consequently wondered what that actually means.

Seasons is powered by the ZOOM Framework!

In this post I’m going to answer all of those questions for you and explain everything you need to know about the ZOOM Framework, and how it should inform your decision to purchase one of our WordPress themes.


What does it do?

The ZOOM Framework is essentially the “base” all of our themes are built on. As the foundation for all of our WordPress themes, this means it’s built into the theme and you don’t have to worry about it being there, you don’t have to worry about purchasing or installing it separately and you don’t have to worry about whether updates to the framework will break your theme.

The ZOOM Framework is built in to all our WordPress themes.
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