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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.

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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: Spectacular5
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: Spectacular6

Suburbia 1.1 WordPress Theme7
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 Theme8

Portfolium 1.1 WordPress Theme9
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 Theme10

Roots WordPress Theme11
Roots is a starting WordPress theme made for developers that is based on HTML5 Boilerplate, Starkers, and the most popular CSS frameworks.

Roots WordPress Theme12

NeueGrafik: A Free Modern WordPress Theme13
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 Theme14

Free Minimal Swiss Design WordPress Themes (4 Themes)15
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)16

Modernist: Free WordPress theme with focus on typography17
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 Typography18

Free E-Commerce WordPress Theme: Balita: Smashing Magazine19
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 Magazine20

Ari WordPress Theme21
A free WordPress theme for WordPress 3.0+ and translation-ready.

Ari WordPress Theme22

WordPress Anniversary Theme23
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 Theme24

Academica: Free WordPress 3.0 Theme For Educational Websites — Smashing Magazine25
A free WordPress theme designed specifically for educational websites such as universities, schools, etc.

Academica: Free WordPress 3.0 Theme For Educational Websites — Smashing Magazine26

Landing pages, squeeze pages, sales pages, and A/B testing made easy for WordPress27
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 WordPress28

Bubblog Theme29
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 Theme30
Beautiful minimal and modern WordPress themes. Design for illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. The focus should be on your work, not the theme.

Foghorn Theme31
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 Theme32
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)33
A new freebie: a beautiful theme, designed by Vlad and Elena Scanteie which was developed exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Free HTML 5 Responsive WordPress Theme for Photographers34
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 Switching35
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 Switching36

Event Organizer37
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.

Ninja Forms: A New Free Plugin for Creating Forms in WordPress38
Every website needs forms – it’s an integral part of visitor/customer communication. However, custom forms can be a downright pain to code.

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

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


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 Queries

Michael Fields » Post Format Queries

WP Document Revisions — Document Management for WordPress61
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 WordPress62

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 Dashboard63
ManageWP helps you manage all your WordPress sites from one location, keeping them updated and secure.

WordPress Mobile Pack64
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 Pack65

HTML5 Boilerplate for WordPress66
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.


Default WordPress Generated CSS Cheat Sheet for Beginners68
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 Beginners69

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

Web Design WordPress Function List

WordPress TextMate Bundle70
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 Bundle71

WordPress Initialization72
A very comprehensive reference on the WordPress initialization process.

WordPress Initialization73

Wonderflux — a free, open source theme framework for WordPress74
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.

WordPress Widget Boilerplate75
The WordPress Widget Boilerplate features file organization, documented code, and is built with the WordPress API for best practices.

WordPress Widget Boilerplate76

Instant WordPress
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 WordPress

Reverie: Versatile HTML5 WordPress Framework77
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 Framework78

WordPress Command Line79
A set of tools for controlling WordPress installations from the command line.

andreascreten/wp-cli — GitHub80

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 Cleanup81
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 Cleanup82

Force Reload of Scripts and Stylesheets in your Plugin or Theme83
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 Engineer84

WordPress Internals: How WordPress Boots Up — Theme.fm85
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.fm86

Importing WordPress Users via CSV Files87
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 Files88

How to Redirect Logged-In Users89
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 Users90

How to Build a Shortened URL Service with WordPress Custom Post Type91
The point of this tutorial is to push the limits of WordPress, and that’s going to take some real thought!

Ajax-Powered Error Logs for WordPress92
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-Traffic93
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-Traffic94

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 Optimization95
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 — DreamHost96

WordPress HTTP API — easily GET or POST in WordPress97
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 Tricks98
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 htaccess99
The topic of this post is how to use htaccess to optimize WordPress permalinks.

Optimizing WordPress Permalinks with htaccess100

Writing Unit Tests For WordPress Plugins101
This article shows you how to integrate unit tests into your WordPress plugin, where to write unit tests, and how they can help you.

How to Setup Your Own Nginx Powered WordPress Server102
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 Server103

Group WordPress Project: A Purpose & A Name104
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 Name105

How To Create Custom Post Meta Boxes In WordPress106
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 WordPress107

How to use Ajax in WordPress108
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 Blog109
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 Blog110

WordPress Multisite: Practical Functions And Methods111
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 WordPress112

The Definitive Check List for Publishing Your WordPress Plugin113
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 Plugin114

Last Click Link

40 Keyboard Shortcuts to Use in the WordPress Editor115
A detailed overview of keyboard shortcuts that you can use when writing your posts with WordPress.

WordPress functions.php Snippets116
This quick reference lets you quickly build various functions that you might need for your next WordPress project.

WordPress Snippets117
A growing repository of code snippets for WordPress developers.

WordPress Snippets118

Huge Collection of Code Snippets: .htaccess, PHP, WordPress, jQuery, HTML, CSS119
Another huge repository of useful WordPress snippets.

Huge Collection of Code Snippets: HTAccess, PHP, WordPress, jQuery, HTML, CSS120

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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!

    • 3

      so true!!! really disapointing experience…

    • 4

      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!

  2. 5

    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.

  6. 13

    Pedro Costa Neves

    March 23, 2012 6:49 am

    Don’t forget

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    Julien Maury

    March 23, 2012 6:57 am

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

  8. 15

    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!

  13. 22

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

  14. 23

    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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    I’m still looking for a good newsletter plugin tool. Any suggestions?

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    Nice posts, Like the front end uploader!

    More fields should really be replaced by Advanced custom fields (ACF), look it up, it’s way more powerfull then More fields!

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    Total Bounty

    March 25, 2012 5:33 am

    This is quite a comprehensive list. Thanks for coming up with a great resource like this for wordpress dev like us.

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    One of the most thorough posts on basically everything for WordPress. Great job guys.

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    Pankaj Parashar

    March 25, 2012 6:47 am

    What i great compilation !! Thanks.

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    Eduardo Alfaro

    March 25, 2012 9:52 am

    Nice! thanks so mucho as always its really a good collection!

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    Guys! I’m booked for next 4 weeks. Thank you smashing magazine.

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    Great work thanks for sharing these :)

  29. 38

    Wow, what a terrific list of resources
    I’m trying to get one project in particular more mobile friendly, so this will be a great place for me to stop by and check the Mobile Tools

    Definitely bookmarked

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    This is indeed a great ressource article… It’s a keeper…

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    How come no backup solutions are listed in the list ???

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    This is a bunch of copy & paste from other sites. Instead of screenshots you’ve included random photos from other pages. There may be some useful information in this post, but it is very low quality by Smashing standards.

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      When i was green in jugement and was looking for dumb lists I usually went on other sites than Smashing Magazine.

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    Great list. Any recommendations on good back-up plug-ins? Thanks again.

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    Nice Collection .. Thanks

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    Amazing list of resources! You covered a lot of ground. I’ve got 12 tabs open here! Thank you.

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    Great article and lists. And Mike E., check out WP-DBManager for back ups… has worked well for me.

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    Andy Feliciotti

    March 26, 2012 11:36 am

    Sweet collectIon, thanks for the tools!

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    A small correction to the Roots WordPress Theme: It no longer uses “your favorite css frameworks” in the latest releases. Now it only comes with support for Bootstrap from Twitter.

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    Good list.

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    Hey thanks for nice list… I need some code or plugin which can crop custom featured image… which will give full resolution on click event.. just featured image will be cropped.

    Thanks in Advance!!!!

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    Great comprensive list of resources. We all have our favorites, but this is the most well rounded and relevant list I’ve seen in a while. The only think I might add is a few more of the free themes/frameworks like _s, Bones, WPBS, Skeleton and Roots.

    Definitely bookmark worthy!

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    Another huge advocate for Advanced Custom Fields! Use it almost on a daily basis and every new build that contains customization at my job. Also love WP Help for when I make a bunch of those customizations and forget how they work. It is nice to create a bit of a personal reference for clients as well as myself. Love the site guys and it is one of my top 5 go to’s for all the information that I need in design, web, UX, UI, etc. Thanks!

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    Julien Desrosiers

    March 29, 2012 1:21 pm

    Awesome list.

    You might also like The Daily WordPress Reference, which sends you one WordPress function documentation (taken straight from the Codex) by email, every day.

    Full disclosure: I’m the author of this newsletter

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    Oh and btw. how can I follow the comments of this page? There is no way to subscribe to comments and neither can I find a feed for comments to this page :-(

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    April 7, 2012 6:37 pm

    I’m surprised Blogic is as under the radar as it is. It’s a phenomenal service. Blogic creates a WordPress theme that matches your website perfectly, in seconds, and it’s free.

    I am in no way affiliated with Blogic, but I have several blogs there and I think the service is terrific
    So Smashing… give it some love one of these days.

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    No love for theme options framework? Look up for the Slightly Modified Options Framework –

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      I liked the old one the best too. I designed that one, or at least moeidifd it to suit my needs. I spent a lot of time finding it and adjusting it. I don’t believe I can get it back now. As for this theme it is pre-made. We’ll see I guess. The writing/reading area needs to be wider if you ask me. I don’t know if I can fix that or not. Thanks for your vote, it helps.

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    More fields is great, but I think that Advanced Custom Fields by Elliot Condon kicks it’s ass! :)

    ACFs allows a lot more control over where each field is placed within each post or page – allowing you to limit the meta box to a single page if you need too. It is fantastic.

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    I came across this site, Theme Hybrid.
    It’s a development framework for building custom themes.
    (I am not the author.)

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    Very informative page! I gained alot from it. I am probably going to be building a wp site soon where users will need to be able to add data (eg: name/address/email/notes type fields) to create kind of a “community grown” database that is also easily searchable.

    I envision the end user being able to go to this membership site and after logging in, they can complete a form to add data (if they have any to add), and/or they can search the database looking for specific information like a name, phone number, address, etc.

    What plugins or themes should I be using to most easily accomplish this task?


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    Hayley Carrison

    September 7, 2012 1:37 am

    I’m developing a blog site and I was thinking of changing the template.Yours looks pretty decent! You could visit my website and tell me your viewpoint!

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    any suggestion for adsense wordpress plugin for guest authors for my site I also want to use that plugin to add two adsense ads on my posts and one in the top leaderboard area. The leader board area’s ad should be mine (admin’s) where as the other two ads in the post should be the authors. Please reply. Thanks in advance

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    Dear Sir,

    which plugin Forced to reload the other website in my wordpress theme it should not got out of my them page.

    Thank you
    Waiting for quick reply.

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    Robert Silverthorne

    October 8, 2012 2:56 am

    Hi .
    Some great looking themes and useful tools
    I have my theme but a few plugins don’t work
    and one thats too techi for me that is from the one’s
    available from the wp admin all I want is to get a splash page set up
    had my site six weeks and it is still useless

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    Emily Williams

    April 4, 2013 6:30 am

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve already use some of them. Now waiting for the realease of the new one

    It helps to simplify work with WordPress websites, adds drag and drop functionality to the site and enables to structure the content right in the visual editor.

    Hope it helps and supplement your showcase with useful data!

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    Another must-have (pasting images from clipboard):

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    I’m a new WordPress user..I have a WordPress 3.9 site set up and am trying to find a way to add links to off site urls to my pages.

    I can’t find a way to do this in my dashboard…
    Apparently, according to forums, after 3.5 the links function that was on the dashboard has been eliminated…

    I would like to be able to add links to offsite urls similar to adsence links so that hovering over a word would show the link and clicking on the link would take you to that url…

    OR, I would like to have a menu of the orgs in the sidebar that users could click on to take them to the urls…

    I have a page that deals with Veterans issue and would like to be able to direct readers from my page to the websites of organizations the deal with the issues…

    Page to page links are one thing, but to be able to take a reader from my page to an offsite news story or organization is greatly needed. I don’t know why they took it off. Without offsite links, the site is almost useless to me…

    I’m on a fixed income and a very tight budget. If you know of a free or open source widget or plugin that would do this, I would be grateful…

    There do seem to be solutions using HTML, but I don’t know how to use them…I’m having trouble even figuring out how to open and run a zipped file so that should tell how much I DON’T know…

    Any help you could will be GREATLY appreciated…




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