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This is everything we publish that’s fit for a WordPress-focused RSS feed.

The most popular WordPress plugins

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Brian Krogsgard
WordPress plugin popularity has always been pretty tough to figure out. We only had download counts or independent, third party website scrapers to tell us anything. Now, WordPress.org itself has more data that's being tested and launched to give us real insight into the popularity of WordPress plugins.

The problem of link rot and data loss

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Brian Krogsgard
Link rot is a serious issue on the web, as many links of the past are going away. We lose that data for good if we don't back it up somewhere. It may seem insignificant now, but we simply don't know what is being published today that we'll wish we'd kept in the future. But we can solve this issue.

Layers, by Obox, introduces a beautiful page building interface

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Brian Krogsgard
Layers is the latest WordPress theme with page building as the core feature. Obox has made a heck of an effort to ship 1.0, and while I have some issues, I'm incredibly impressed with the overall user experience. I think Obox has created something that's worth checking out, though I think this market has plenty of maturing to do yet.

The WordPress REST API

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Brian Krogsgard
The WordPress REST API is a huge initiative and feature plugin being developed for the core WordPress project. But it can be a bit confusing if you don't know much about it yet. Let's discuss what this project is, why it's important, and how to get involved.

WordPress lead developer changes

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Brian Krogsgard
Yesterday and today there has been some significant news for the WordPress project. We now have two new lead developers, and two long-time leads are stepping down after outstanding tenures assisting with steering the ship.

New journalism

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Brian Krogsgard
Bloggers and journalists are experimenting with new models of monetization and independent publishing. One of the pioneers of subscription-based independent blog-based journalism just called it quits, but we should still laud his pioneering effort, not call blogging dead (again).

WooCommerce is going after photography

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Brian Krogsgard
WooThemes announced a new product today, aimed at selling photography with WooCommerce. This is a good first step, and I'm excited to see an eCommerce product target the photography super-niche. That said, there is a ton of room in this market, and WordPress isn't really solving photographers' problems yet.

A small Medium experiment

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Brian Krogsgard
I wrote my first post on Medium today. I wanted to see what the hype is about (late to the party, I know), and compare it to what I know and love about publishing with WordPress.

WordPress and the new European Union VAT (Value-Added Tax) rules

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Brian Krogsgard
The new European VAT rules rolled out at the beginning of January, and they really complicate selling digital goods to Europeans. I have done a ton of research and reading, and this is the most straightforward post I could make from it to try and wrap up the state of the EU VAT rules for WordPress business owners and eCommerce shops.

The ABCs of the web

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Brian Krogsgard
We like to say it's easy to build a website, and to build it on top of WordPress. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But for just about anyone, it can be intimidating when you're just digging in. You've got to learn your ABCs before you can tell a great story. On the web -- especially as it gets more complicated -- there's a lot to learn to build and maintain a modern website.
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