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Siobhan McKeown is a big fan of words, and of WordPress, which works out pretty well since she runs Words for WP, the only copywriting service dedicated to WordPress service providers. You can find her on her personal blog, twitter and occasionally hanging out on G+.

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How To Contribute To WordPress

WordPress is built by volunteers. People from all over the world collaborate to create the core software, to write the documentation, to provide support, to translate WordPress, to organise events, and to generally keep the project running. Individuals work on WordPress in their free time and companies ask their employees to get involved.

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A bunch of WordPress contributors.

Part of WordPress's success is that it is not simply a development community. There are designers, user experience experts, support volunteers, writers, users, accessibility experts, and enthusiasts. This diverse input strengthens the project. It also means that there is space for you to get involved. Whatever your skill set, there is room for you in the WordPress community.

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Practical Tips From Top WordPress Pros

Recently I shared with you some advice from the WordPress community to beginners. But what about if starting out is already a dim and distant memory? What if you're already so immersed in the world of WordPress that you dream of trac and bore your partner with talk of the latest thing you've achieved with custom post types?

Practical Tips From Top WordPress Pros

Below are some tips from WordPress Pros from across the community. Many of them cover development, but there's also advice for business, for running your website, and, of course, for getting involved with the community.

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How To Improve And Refine Your WordPress Theme Development Process

There is so much to learn about WordPress theme development. The Internet is home to hundreds of articles about building WordPress themes, to countless theme frameworks that will help you get started, and to endless WordPress themes, some of which are beautiful and professional but not a few of which are (to be honest) a bit crappy.

Improving And Refining Your WordPress Theme Development Process

Rather than write another article on building a WordPress theme (which would be silly, really, since any theme I build would fall into the “crappy” category), I’ve asked some of the top theme designers and developers to share some tips and techniques to help you improve and refine your theme development and design process.

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The WordPress Community Offers Advice To Beginners

We've all been total newbies. In fact, I spend most of my time still feeling like one. So researching this article was a great opportunity for me to do some more learning, and to share all of that good stuff with you. I reached out to people from across the WordPress community to ask what advice they would give to people just starting their WordPress journey.

The WordPress Community Offers Advice To Beginners

I talked with developers, designers, support reps, security experts, hosting companies, theme shops, plugin developers and just about everything in between. This article is a result of their insight, and I hope that it provides some encouragement and guidance to newbies - whether you're a user or a developer - as well as some tips for advanced WordPress users who continue to learn throughout their lives.

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How To Become A Top WordPress Professional

“First, let’s set a few things straight: becoming a top WordPress [developer professional] is hard work — very hard work. It’s going to take a lot of time, energy and determination. If you’re looking for an easy checklist or some “fast pass” to the top, you’re going to waste your time. Being one of the best is hard, and statistically speaking, the odds are stacked against you.”

How To Become A Top WordPress Professional

If you're a regular reader of Smashing Magazine, that will no doubt sound familiar to you. A few weeks back Jonathan Wold wrote a post on how to be a top WordPress developer. But development isn't the only way to get ahead in WordPress, because one of the great things about it is that you don't need to be a developer to be an expert; you just need a passion for WordPress, for open source software, and for being part of a community.

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SecurityCommon WordPress Malware Infections

WordPress security is serious business. Exploits of vulnerabilities in WordPress’ architecture have led to mass compromises of servers through cross-site contamination. WordPress’ extensibility increases its vulnerability; plugins and themes house flawed logic, loopholes, Easter eggs, backdoors and a slew of other issues. Firing up your computer to find that you’re supporting a random cause or selling Viagra can be devastating.

WordPress Security

In WordPress’ core, all security issues are quickly addressed; the WordPress team is focused on strictly maintaining the integrity of the application. The same, however, cannot be said for all plugins and themes.

The focus of this post is not to add to the overwhelming number of WordPress security or WordPress hardening posts that you see floating around the Web. Rather, we’ll provide more context about the things you need to protect yourself from. What hacks are WordPress users particularly vulnerable to? How do they get in? What do they do to a WordPress website? In this lengthy article, we'll cover backdoors, drive-by downloads, pharma hack and malicious redirects.

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Social NetworkingBuddyPress: One Plugin, Five Communities

BuddyPress is social networking in a box, the loveable plugin that has people around the world getting social. But using BuddyPress isn’t all about waking up one morning and being struck by the amazing idea of creating the next Facebook. BuddyPress is a tool for creating communities. In fact, if you look at successful implementations of BuddyPress, you’ll see they aren’t Facebook clones, but rather niche groups that have put BuddyPress to work in growing their community.

BuddyPress: One Plugin, Five Communities

The 1.7 release should make BuddyPress compatible with any WordPress theme, making it even more accessible to potential community builders. In this article I'm going to look at some of them; five communities that are using BuddyPress, some big, some small, some established, some emerging, some successful and some unsuccessful.

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