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Useful WordPress Tools, Themes And Plugins

If you’re looking for some great ways to improve your WordPress workflow, read on for a massive collection of free themes, plugins, tools and tutorials. These resources were all linked via the Smashing Magazine Twitter stream, Facebook stream, and other social-media streams around the Web.

These resources have now been organized and consolidated for easy reference to help you get the most out of the world’s most popular publishing platform. We hope that you’ll find these resources helpful and valuable.

Free WordPress Themes Link

There are probably a billion WordPress themes available these days. But not all of them are worth using or even looking at. Fortunately our readers send in some amazing and beautifully designed themes for us to check out and share. So without further ado, here are some of the best WordPress themes we’ve discovered along the way, neatly summarized and linked for your surfing pleasure.

Free HTML 4.01/HTML5 WordPress Theme: Spectacular1
A free WordPress theme that aims to provide a warm and pleasurable atmosphere for personal musings and ramblings.

Free HTML 4.01/HTML5 WordPress Theme: Spectacular2

Suburbia 1.1 WordPress Theme3
Suburbia is a free premium WordPress theme for magazines. The layout is very clean and flexible and designed in a modest and minimalistic style.

Suburbia 1.1 WordPress Theme4

Portfolium 1.1 WordPress Theme5
Portfolium can be used on portfolio websites or blogs and has a minimalistic design that is perfect as is or as a foundation for your custom design.

Portfolium 1.1 WordPress Theme6

Typominima: A gorgeous typography-based minimal WordPress theme
Neat and flexible grid-based theme for WordPress CMS and Portfolium that can be used on portfolio websites or blogs. If you are designer, artist, photographer, or other creative specialist, you can take a full advantage of Portfolium’s fresh minimalistic design — perfect as is, or as a foundation for your custom design.

Typominima — a gorgeous typography-based minimal WordPress theme

Roots WordPress Theme7
Roots is a starting WordPress theme made for developers that is based on HTML5 Boilerplate, Starkers, and the most popular CSS frameworks.

Roots WordPress Theme8

NeueGrafik: A Free Modern WordPress Theme9
This theme is totally unique and simple, it’s great for any graphic designer, illustrator or photographer to showcase their portfolio.

NeueGrafik: A Free Modern WordPress Theme10

Free Minimal Swiss Design WordPress Themes (4 Themes)11
In this post the authors release yet another freebie: an original set of four exclusive minimal, clean WordPress themes designed by Marios Lublinski and released for the Web design community.

Free Minimal, Swiss Design WordPress Themes (4 Themes)12

Modernist: Free WordPress theme with focus on typography13
Yet another freebie: a beautiful Modernist WordPress theme, designed by Rodrigo Galindez, and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. This theme is based on the design ideas of Jan Tschichold, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Dieter Rams, and other modernists.

Modernist: Free WordPress Theme with Focus on Typography14

Renova WordPress Theme
Renova, a new single column theme for WordPress. The main design of Renova concentrates on a minimal style dedicated to those writers who need a simple layout, without the useless stuff. Just words… your words.

Renova WordPress Theme

Free E-Commerce WordPress Theme: Balita: Smashing Magazine15
In this post the authors release yet another freebie: the Balita WordPress theme, a theme dedicated to shops that sell products for children.

Free E-Commerce WordPress Theme: Balita — Smashing Magazine16

Ari WordPress Theme17
A free WordPress theme for WordPress 3.0+ and translation-ready.

Ari WordPress Theme18

WordPress Anniversary Theme19
On January 25, 2003, a seemingly one-off comment by “Mike” on Matt Mullenweg’s blog started a chain reaction that resulted in the creation of WordPress. Today, WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites, making it incredibly easy to build a website!

WordPress Anniversary Theme20

Free WordPress 3.0 Theme for Portfolios and Magazines: JournalCrunch21
In this post the authors release yet another freebie: JournalCrunch WordPress 3.0+ theme, a theme for either portfolios or magazines with an integrated journal.

Free WordPress 3.0 Theme for Portfolios and Magazines: JournalCrunch22

Academica: Free WordPress 3.0 Theme For Educational Websites — Smashing Magazine23
A free WordPress theme designed specifically for educational websites such as universities, schools, etc.

Academica: Free WordPress 3.0 Theme For Educational Websites — Smashing Magazine24

Landing pages, squeeze pages, sales pages, and A/B testing made easy for WordPress25
The authors deliver high-quality premium WordPress themes and plugins that make it easy to take your website to the next level.

Landing pages, squeeze pages, sales pages, and A/B testing made easy for WordPress26

Bubblog Theme27
A modern, clean WordPress theme. It has a management console, is widget ready, advertisement ready, and is an easily customizable theme to use.

Grid Portfolio Theme28
Beautiful minimal and modern WordPress themes. Design for illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. The focus should be on your work, not the theme.

Foghorn Theme29
Foghorn is a minimalist WordPress theme built off of the foundation of Twenty Eleven. It has a custom options panel for switching layouts, removing sidebars, uploading a logo, and changing footer text.

Free Designer Theme30
Beautiful minimal and modern WordPress themes. Designs for illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. The focus should be on your work, not the theme.

Free WordPress 3.1 Theme: Splendio (With PSD Sources)31
A new freebie: a beautiful theme, designed by Vlad and Elena Scanteie which was developed exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Free Theme: Quality Control, a Simple Ticket or Bug Tracker
This theme allows for the easy creation of a ticket / support system right within WordPress, and for free.

Free HTML 5 Responsive WordPress Theme for Photographers32
Photum is a theme to use with WordPress that will turn your site into a clean portfolio that you can use to show off your photos.

WordPress Plugins Link

Besides themes, plugins are another way to customize your WordPress website with advanced functionality and interactivity. As with themes, there are plugins for just about everything you can possibly imagine. But also like themes, it can be difficult to sift through the fluff, and find those gems that truly improve your website.

When you do find a WordPress plugin that’s great, you just have to share it with others in the community. So put on your plugin-checking goggles, because it’s about to get interesting!

The Sweet Plugin: User Switching33
Today’s Sweet Plugin is User Switching, which has quickly become one of my all-time favorite plugins. It allows admins to easily switch to another user, skipping the log-in / log-out process, which can become quite time-consuming for testing the websites of different users. This is one plugin that is seriously worth checking out.

The Sweet Plugin: User Switching34

Event Organizer35
Event Organiser adds event management that integrates well with your WordPress site. By using WordPress’ in-built ‘custom post type’, this plug-in allows you to create events that have the same functionality as posts, while adding further features that allow you to manage your events.

WordPress › Event Organizer « WordPress plugins36

Ninja Forms: A New Free Plugin for Creating Forms in WordPress37
Every website needs forms – it’s an integral part of visitor/customer communication. However, custom forms can be a downright pain to code.

Ninja Forms: A New Free Plugin for Creating Forms in WordPress38

Bookings WordPress plugin39
Bookings is a WordPress plugin allowing you to provide online booking services for your website.

Bookings — Zingiri40

Bcrypt WordPress Plugin: Store A Password Safely41
bcrypt uses a variant of the Blowfish encryption algorithm’s keying schedule, and introduces a work factor, which allows you to determine how expensive the hash function will be. Because of this, bcrypt can keep up with Moore’s law. As computers get faster, you can increase the work factor and the hash will get slower.

How To Safely Store A Password42

Pricing Table WordPress Plugin43
WordPress Pricing Table plugin will help the admin to publish a pricing table on your WordPress page, or even to post content to it. WordPress Pricing Table plugin has a full-featured (but easy to use) administration option to create a pricing table.

WordPress › Pricing Table « WordPress Plugins44

Anti-Splog WordPress Plugins45
The ultimate plugin and service to stop and kill splogs in WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress, from WPMU DEV.

WordPress › Anti-Splog « WordPress Plugins46

Email Address Encoder WordPress Plugin47
A lightweight plugin to protect email addresses from email-harvesting robots by encoding them into decimal and hexadecimal entities.

WordPress › Email Address Encoder « WordPress Plugins48

Wordless Speed Optimization WordPress plugin49
Wordless is an opinionated WordPress plugin that dramatically speeds up and enhances your custom themes creation.

welaika/wordless - GitHub50

Leaflet Maps Marker WordPress Plugin51
The WordPress plugin “Leaflet Maps Marker” allows you to pin, organize and show your favorite places through OpenStreetMap on your blog and via different APIs on external websites or apps

Pin, organize & show your favorite places through OpenStreetMap/WMTS, Google Maps/Earth (KML), GeoJSON or Augmented-Reality browsers » Leaflet Maps Marker WordPress Plugin52

Front End Upload WordPress Plugin53
A WordPress plugin that facilitates adding a client upload form to your site with the least friction possible, something you can literally activate, implement with a shortcode, and leave it at that if you wanted. Enter Front End Upload.

Announcing Front End Upload, a New WordPress Plugin — Monday By Noon54

Simple:Press55
A feature-rich, completely integrated and scalable forum plugin for WordPress.

Simple:Press56

More Fields WordPress Plugins
More Fields is a WordPress plugin that adds boxes to the Write / Edit page. These boxes contains input fields, so that additional (more) fields can be added to a post. For example, if you write about books, you can add a box where you can enter the title and the author, etc. The boxes can be placed either to the right or to the left of the Write / Edit page.

More Fields « More Plugins

Usernoise Modal Feedback: A WordPress Contact Form57
WordPress websites are always in need of a good contact form. Are you looking for a feedback / contact form that works right out of the box? Should it have an attractive aesthetic, with a simple yet full-featured form? Look no further than the free Usernoise Modal Feedback Contact Form plugin.

Usernoise Modal Feedback: A Free WordPress Contact Form That Just Works58

WordPress SEO by Yoast, version 1.059
The SEO plugin by Yoast helps all our editors add SEO juice to their post fast and easy. Editors should focus on writing content, not gaming results. But they are the ones most suitable to write descriptions and titles for their own stories. This plug-in allows them to do just that without needing an SEO expert to walk them through the process. An invaluable tool for any professional blog.

WordPress SEO by Yoast, version 1.0 — Yoast60

Michael Fields » Post Format Queries61

Michael Fields » Post Format Queries62

WP Document Revisions — Document Management for WordPress63
WP Document Revisions is a document management and version control plugin for the popular content management system, WordPress. Built for time-sensitive and mission-critical projects, teams can collaboratively edit files in any format — text documents, spreadsheets, images, sheet music… anything, while seamlessly tracking the document’s progress as it moves through your organization’s existing workflow.

WP Document Revisions — Document Management for WordPress64

WordPress Tools Link

Beyond themes and plugins, there are tools and resources to further help with improving the presentation, organization, and functionality of your WordPress-powered website. Here is our growing collection of WordPress tools that we’ve collected from around the Web:

ManageWP: Manage WordPress Websites From One Dashboard65
ManageWP helps you manage all your WordPress sites from one location, keeping them updated and secure.

Manage WordPress Websites from One Dashboard — ManageWP.com66

WordPress Mobile Pack67
The WordPress Mobile Pack is a complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress website and blog. It includes a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the website, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation, and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit their website, or write new posts when they are out and about.

WordPress Mobile Pack68

HTML5 Boilerplate for WordPress69
This theme is built on the HTML5 Boilerplate by Paul Irish and Divya Manian. The sole purpose of this theme is to save developers the time it takes to apply the HTML5 Boilerplate to WordPress. The “HTML5 Boilerplate” name is used with permission from Paul Irish.

zencoder/html5-boilerplate-for-wordpress70

Default WordPress Generated CSS Cheat Sheet for Beginners71
The goal of this cheat sheet is to assist beginners who are looking to get into WordPress theme styling.

Default WordPress Generated CSS Cheat Sheet for Beginners72

Web Design WordPress Function List
A very detailed WordPress 4.0+ Template Tag Reference Guide

Web Design WordPress Function List

WordPress TextMate Bundle73
The WordPress TextMate Bundle is a TextMate bundle that is built with the sole purpose of reducing the amount of time spent digging around the WordPress core to look up those little things that we work with every day.

WordPress TextMate Bundle74

WordPress Initialization75
A very comprehensive reference on the WordPress initialization process.

WordPress Initialization76

Wonderflux — a free, open source theme framework for WordPress77
The framework contains over 100 hooks, including a unique set of dynamic location aware hooks. This allows you to insert pretty much any content or code in a variety of different views and situations anywhere in your theme output easily. There are also countless filters and parameters within the display functions available in Wonderflux.

Wonderflux — WordPress free, open source theme framework78

WordPress Widget Boilerplate79
The WordPress Widget Boilerplate features file organization, documented code, and is built with the WordPress API for best practices.

WordPress Widget Boilerplate80

Instant WordPress81
Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. It can even run from a USB key.

Instant WordPress82

Reverie: Versatile HTML5 WordPress Framework83
Reverie Framework is an extremely versatile HTML5 WordPress framework based on ZURB’s Foundation, a powerful tool for building prototypes on any kind of device. Reverie follows HTML5 Boilerplate standards, and is hNews microformat ready. It is optimized for search engines, while at the same time improves readability.

Reverie: Versatile HTML5 WordPress Framework84

WordPress Command Line85
A set of tools for controlling WordPress installations from the command line.

andreascreten/wp-cli — GitHub86

WordPress Tutorials Link

Wrapping up these super-useful themes, plugins, and tutorials, here is a hand-picked collection of some great WordPress tutorials:

Using TextMate for WordPress Code Cleanup87
In this post, the author will show you how to add two useful commands to TextMate, then move through the steps taken for theme code cleanup, finally putting the commands into practice.

Using TextMate for WordPress Code Cleanup88

Force Reload of Scripts and Stylesheets in your Plugin or Theme89
If you’re developing a WordPress theme or plugin you may have had the problem that scripts or stylesheets are not reloaded from the source when you refresh the page because they are cached somewhere on the way from the server to the browser. This quick tutorial explains how to force reload of scripts and stylesheets in your plugin or theme.

Force Reload of Scripts and Stylesheets in your Plugin or Theme — tutorial plugin theme — WP Engineer90

WordPress Internals: How WordPress Boots Up — Theme.fm91
The authors have written their own Twitter (or other service feed plugins / widgets), to those who are simply interested in PHP and software architecture. They invite you to join us on a journey deep into WordPress core code.

WordPress Internals: How WordPress Boots Up — Theme.fm92

Importing WordPress Users via CSV Files93
Conceptually, the idea is simple: import the data to create actual users for a WordPress-powered website. The trick is to clean up the data as much as possible to ensure valid username and password information. Once the data is good, importing it is easy, using a plugin.

Importing WordPress Users via CSV Files94

How to Redirect Logged-In Users95
WordPress provides a variety of ways to redirect logged-in users. In this DiW post, we explain each of these methods along with some useful tips and tricks along the way. These techniques enable you to redirect logged-in users to internal pages, external pages, and even return them to the current page.

How to Redirect Logged-In Users96

How to Build a Shortened URL Service with WordPress Custom Post Type97
The point of this tutorial is to push the limits of WordPress, and that’s going to take some real thought!

How to Build a Shortened URL Service with WordPress Custom Post Type98

Ajax-Powered Error Logs for WordPress99
This tutorial shows you how to set up dynamic error monitoring on any typical website. But the script will require some tweaking to get it to work with WordPress.

Scaling WordPress for High-Traffic100
This talk (presented by Envato’s very own developer extraordinaire, Ryan Allen), will detail some of the potential pitfalls and solutions when maintaining massive WordPress blogs, such as “Tuts+”.

Scaling WordPress for High-Traffic101

How to optimize plugin loading
This tutorial is primarily for plugin developers, but it can also be useful reading for anyone working with WordPress, to help them better understand how plugins load, and what can be done to improve them.

How to optimize plugin loading — Practical

WordPress Optimization102
There are many reasons why you may want to optimize your WordPress blog — primarily, you want your website to load quickly. That of course encompasses a number of other things such as wanting to make sure your website can handle large volumes of traffic without choking, and making sure your website’s processes aren’t being killed due to using too many server resources.

WordPress Optimization — DreamHost103

WordPress HTTP API — easily GET or POST in WordPress104
The WordPress HTTP API makes fetching from (or posting to) remote servers a breeze. It does this by allowing you to be transport agnostic when you either fetch or post something. The HTTP API will choose the fastest and most reliable method out of the five different transports available in PHP. It will take care of discovering what transports are allowed on that server at that time.

Admin Bar Tricks105
In this DigWP post, the authors round up a ton of tips, tricks, and plugins for ultimately mastering the WordPress admin bar.

Optimizing WordPress Permalinks with htaccess106
The topic of this post is how to use htaccess to optimize WordPress permalinks.

Optimizing WordPress Permalinks with htaccess107

Writing Unit Tests For WordPress Plugins108
This article shows you how to integrate unit tests into your WordPress plugin, where to write unit tests, and how they can help you.

Writing Unit Tests For WordPress Plugins109

How to Setup Your Own Nginx Powered WordPress Server110
Nginx is a Web server software that allows your server to serve files. Nginx is fairly new to Web server work, relative to other popular Web servers. If you look at the graph below, you can see Apache as the “top dog” (going all the way back to before 1995), while Nginx just started showing up in March, 2007.

How to Setup Your Own Nginx Powered WordPress Server111

Group WordPress Project: A Purpose & A Name112
This time, the author is looking to narrow things down a bit, and needs your help to determine the overall purpose of the theme, and to start thinking about a possible name.

Group WordPress Project: A Purpose & A Name113

How To Create Custom Post Meta Boxes In WordPress114
Creating custom meta boxes is extremely simple — at least it is once you’ve created your first one using the tools baked into WordPress’ core code. In this tutorial, the author will walk you through everything you need to know about meta boxes.

How To Create Custom Post Meta Boxes In WordPress115

How to use Ajax in WordPress116
AJAX is the technology that lets you update the contents of a page without actually having to reload that page in the browser.

How to Sync A Local And Remote WordPress Blog117
If you prefer to work on your WordPress projects locally, but have to get them to sync remotely, then this tutorial is for you.

How to Sync A Local And Remote WordPress Blog118

WordPress Multisite: Practical Functions And Methods119
Multisite is a powerful new feature that arrived with the release of WordPress 3.0. It allows website managers to host multiple independent websites with a single installation of WordPress.

WordPress Multisite: Practical Functions And Methods — Smashing WordPress120

The Definitive Check List for Publishing Your WordPress Plugin121
This tutorial will guide you through publishing your plugin in the WordPress plugin directory. It works as a check list to help you make sure the plugin will be ready for the prime time by the time you hit publish.

The Definitive Check List for Publishing Your WordPress Plugin122

Last Click Link

40 Keyboard Shortcuts to Use in the WordPress Editor123
A detailed overview of keyboard shortcuts that you can use when writing your posts with WordPress.

WordPress functions.php Snippets124
This quick reference lets you quickly build various functions that you might need for your next WordPress project.

WordPress functions.php Snippets125

WordPress Snippets126
A growing repository of code snippets for WordPress developers.

WordPress Snippets127

Huge Collection of Code Snippets: .htaccess, PHP, WordPress, jQuery, HTML, CSS128
Another huge repository of useful WordPress snippets.

Huge Collection of Code Snippets: HTAccess, PHP, WordPress, jQuery, HTML, CSS129

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Footnotes Link

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  23. 23 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/29/academica-free-wordpress-theme-for-educational-websites/
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    I don’t want to be harsh, but I really have to. Using images (in this SM-post as a preview of the theme) that are used in the original demo is a big fail. Totally irrelevant, like writing about trees and using images of elephants to illustrate the leaves of a tree.

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      Agreed. Was thinking exactly the same thing. Also it would be helpful to always have a direct link to the demo. Otherwise, useful and interesting article!

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      so true!!! really disapointing experience…

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      I have to agree. When it’s a list of great themes, I just want to see if the theme may fit my needs. But after complaining, this is a really great list of themes and plugins, some I’ve seen and a bunch I hadn’t, so a big thank you!

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    Very helpful throughout for me. Just getting in to WordPress, but this page has given me a lot of resources to work from. THX!

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    Oli Salisbury

    March 23, 2012 6:18 am

    don’t forget Advanced Custom Fields plugin by Elliot Condon!

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    Simply awesome! Thank you.

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    Robin Bloomfield

    March 23, 2012 6:44 am

    How about the _s theme for starting a theme from scratch?

    I’m skeptical of using the Word Press Mobile Pack. I’m wary of using a plugin that has not been updated since 2010.

    Surely a better approach would be to use media queries for a simple mobile solution?

    I’d also suggest WP Super Cache as a useful tool for speeding up sites.

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    Pedro Costa Neves

    March 23, 2012 6:49 am

    Don’t forget WPInstaller.me

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    Julien Maury

    March 23, 2012 6:57 am

    What a nice friday ! This article is to be shared…

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    Really liking Jigoshop as an e-commerce plugin.

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    Julian Gaviria

    March 23, 2012 8:47 am

    Isn’t the html5 boilerplate a bit outdated? It seems like the last time the template was updated was two years ago. There have been several new releases since. Or am I missing something?

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      Johan Benjaminsson

      March 28, 2012 3:41 am

      Yeah, seems not being developed anymore :(. Someone forked it and updated it to H5BP 3.0 here. Haven’t tried it out yet though.

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    I don’t understand the link to CodeHale’s article on BCrypt. There is no WordPress plugin on that page, and in fact WordPress uses PHPPass which already uses BCrypt if it’s available.

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    Joseph Mainwaring

    March 23, 2012 9:49 am

    WOW! I’ll certainly be revisiting this post for quite some time!

    Thanks for taking the time and compiling such a great list of resources!

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    Winfield Little

    March 23, 2012 9:59 am

    Great Post! Can’t wait to share this with my WordPress San Antonio MeetUp Group!

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    This is really great. Definitely the reason I check this blog more often than any other :)

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    Very useful post!

    Does anyone know of any free themes that do some kind of employee/project/time tracker? Basically we have employees in our office that email the boss daily reports of what they did. I was wondering if there was a better way to do this. Thanks!

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    More Fields is a great plugin but don’t expect any support. The developers launched a new site for their plugins a couple of years ago which got me excited (oh those heady days…) but since then they seem to have moved on to other things.

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    You forgot one of the most downloaded, feature rich fully configurable themes in your list and that is Suffusion. I am nothing to do with the development just a very happy user of it.

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    Thank you so much for all these awesome resources.

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    Vidit Kothari

    March 24, 2012 4:24 am

    Thank You so much for this huge, interesting and so helpful list of resources/post.

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    a little tool to generate a sql find and replace for when moving from dev to live or other situations.

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    Thanks for the resources and links.
    Didn’t see a section for WordPress Security resources and links though :)

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