WordPress Plugin Team Revamps Guidelines, Invites Feedback on GitHub

Two months ago the WordPress Plugin Directory guidelines became a heated topic of debate after the plugin team began cracking down on incentivized reviews. The most recent publicized incident involved the Sprout Invoices plugin, which was temporarily removed from the directory and all of its 5-star reviews erased after it was discovered that the author was offering a discount on the commercial version in exchange for a review.

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The Official Doctor Who Cookbook, A Collection of Fun Recipes Inspired by the Popular BBC Series

British food writer Joanna Farrow has partnered with BBC One to release Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook which features a collection “40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipes” that were inspired by the colorful characters who appeared on the long-running television series.

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Jetpack 4.3 Now in Beta, Admin Interface Rebuilt Using React.js

Automattic is doubling down on its commitment to using JavaScript in its products. In November 2015, the company debuted Calypso, its first React.js-based product powered by the WordPress.com REST API. Shortly after Calypso’s unveiling, Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg declared that “JavaScript and API-driven interfaces are the future of not just WordPress but the web.”

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The Business of Food Blogging: Is it Lucrative?

On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Shay Bocks of Feast Design Company. Shay started hustlin’ in 2008 to connect her creative gifts and ravenous curiosity with the ambition of creative entrepreneurs. Nowadays, that dream has manifested into a full-time operation serving other dreamers just like herself.

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A Set of Theme User Experience Requirements

This year, we’ve focused heavily on improving people’s experience using themes on WordPress.com. We’ve dug into defining the most common and tricky issues for people using themes through research, user testing, and iteration. We still have a long way to go toward substantially improving people’s WordPress theme experience.

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Two ‘Unprecedented’ Hurricanes Are Churning Toward Hawaii

In what’s being hailed a meteorological first, two back-to-back hurricanes are marching toward Hawaii, both of them threatening torrential rains and rip-roaring winds this week. The closer of the two, hurricane Madeline, could break a second meteorological record as the first hurricane to strike the Big Island since bookkeeping began in 1949.

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Introducing Content Options: An Easy New Way to Make Visual Changes to Your Site

We’re excited to announce a newly launched Customizer panel called Content Options. The Content Options section gives you an easy way to make small visual modifications across your site-like hiding the post date or displaying an excerpt instead of a full post, with no custom CSS needed!

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Free land and a job available to those seeking a simpler life in Cape Breton

A family-run business is trying a unique approach to recruit people to live and work year-round in rural Cape Breton. Farmer’s Daughter is a general store and bakery in Whycocomagh, N.S. (pop. 800). Sisters Sandee MacLean and Heather Coulombe took over the business earlier this year from their dairy farmer parents, who started it nearly 25 years ago.

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WordCamp Manchester – 2nd Batch of Tickets Now Available!

Thank you to the 50 or so of you who bought tickets as part of the first batch released. Now that we’ve allocated speakers, volunteers and sponsors tickets, we’re able to release a second batch of tickets. This is going to be the second big batch, with probably a lot smaller one a week or two before the event.

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Last Chance to Get 30% Off Everything at StudioPress – Copyblogger –

Prices go back to normal tonight! Just a friendly reminder that our big blowout sale ends today (8/30/16) at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Until then, you can get anything we sell at StudioPress – including the Pro Plus All-Theme Package – for 30 percent off. To activate your discount, click this link.

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How to Show Total Number of Registered Users in WordPress

Last updated on by Editorial Staff Have you ever wanted to show the total number of registered users on your WordPress site? Social proof like showing the number of registered users on your site, encourages others to register as well. In this article, we will show you how to show total number of registered users in WordPress.

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WordCamp Manchester – 2nd Batch of Tickets Now Available!

Thank you to the 50 or so of you who bought tickets as part of the first batch released. Now that we’ve allocated speakers, volunteers and sponsors tickets, we’re able to release a second batch of tickets. This is going to be the second big batch, with probably a lot smaller one a week or two before the event.

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50 Essential Cheatsheets, Guides & Docs for Web Designers

We have collected an avalanche of useful cheatsheets, references, guides, checklists and docs, covering almost all aspects of web design. It doesn’t matter how many years of experience you have of a programming language, framework or CMS, you will always need to refer to the official documentation or, and more than likely, a handy quick reference cheatsheet, as it’s literally impossible to remember and know absolutely everything.

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Dennis Cooper Booted from Blogger, Relaunches on WordPress

Nearly two months after Google removed Dennis Cooper’s 14-year-old Blogger site and Gmail account without explanation, the novelist and performance artist has been officially ejected from the platform. According to Cooper, a post he wrote 10 years ago, which he had placed behind an adult content warning due to pornographic material, was flagged by a recent visitor and reported to Google.

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WordPress Plugin Directory – Make WordPress Plugins

The WordPress Plugin Repository is rebranding as the WordPress Plugin _Directory_. As “directory” refers to the entire plugin hosting service (the site, VCS, etc) and “repository” conventionally refers more specifically to just a VCS (such as GitHub, SVN, etc), we feel this will be less confusing and more in-line with the other aspects of WordPress.org.

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Data for Breakfast

Intro to Search: Initial Considerations This post is the first in a series about what we learned from developing search products for WordPress.com. In this post, I’ll give you a brief tour of some learnings from deploying search in the WordPress.com Reader. Improving this search tool to help our users find engaging articles they really like is…

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Baton: A Free WordPress Business Theme with a Homepage Layout Builder in the Customizer

Baton is a modern business theme that offers a unique approach to building the homepage. The theme features a clean top menu with elegant drop downs, a submenu, customizable heros, and multiple layouts for feature sections. While many business themes offer similar design features, Baton’s differentiating factor is that users can live edit any of these sections with the help of the Note plugin.

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Introducing: Data for Breakfast !

The Data Team at Automattic is pleased to announce a new blog for everyone who loves data! Data for Breakfast will feature posts about our data stack, trends in WordPress.com usage, and whatever currently tickles our data fancy. We’re data scientists and engineers with a passion for our craft, and we’re starting this blog to share that passion with you!

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Alien Hunters Spot Freaky Radio Signal Coming From Nearby Star

Astronomers using the RATAN-600 radio Telescope in the Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia have detected an unusual signal emanating from a star located about 94 light-years from Earth. It’s not clear if the signal is being transmitted by aliens, but the researchers say we should keep a close watch on this intriguing new extraterrestrial candidate.

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Best food at this year’s State Fair of Texas? Fried JELL-O and cookie fries, judges say | GuideLive

In a food contest that has defied science with oddities such as fried beer, the State Fair of Texas’ annual Big Tex Choice Awards is taking a step back in time. Fried JELL-O, a simple dish of cherry JELL-O battered and dipped in the fryer and topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and a cherry, was named Best Taste at an awards ceremony Sunday at Dallas’ Fair Park.

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Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery

Before a preseason game on Friday, San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. When he explained why, he only spoke about the present: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.

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