GoDaddy is highlighting the top trending plugins and themes installed on their servers

Well, data is awesome and this is pretty good data. GoDaddy announced what they are calling the Hot 100 that highlights the top 100 trending themes and plugins. The list updates net gains in active installs, so it’s a trend measurement, versus total active installs or downloads. That’s what accounts for some of the large variations between…

Genesis for strangers

As we mentioned at the outset, this isn’t a Genesis tutorial. Rather it’s an introduction to Genesis for strangers. The basic thing a stranger needs to understand about Genesis is this: know Genesis’s action and filter hooks, and everything is yours to control. David Hayes has a great post on WPShout that explains Genesis, by StudioPress,…

Better local development with Airplane Mode
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Better local development with Airplane Mode

Websites are complicated these days. Even when we work locally, we typically still need to make a bunch of calls to external, online applications, on any given page load. If you’re ever without an internet connection, but still attempt to work (novel concept, right?), then you have experienced this frustration. Andrew Norcross recently created a…

Interview with Drew Strojny, Founder of The Theme Foundry
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Interview with Drew Strojny, Founder of The Theme Foundry

I had the pleasure to interview Drew Strojny, founder of The Theme Foundry, about their work at The Theme Foundry, their philosophies about themes, and their latest theme release, Oxford. Direct Download Drew is a former Duke football player that spent a few years in the NFL before he started a small business doing general…

Learn WordPress from Bob Dunn

Bob Dunn has released his latest project, many months in the making. BobWPTutorials is a tutorial and course website powered by WooCommerce, and offers tutorials on general WordPress usage, as well as Genesis and WooThemes products. He already boasts 48 published videos with many more listed as “coming soon.” Bob is an excellent communicator, especially to…

StudioPress releases Genesis 2.0 with HTML5 and microdata goodness
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StudioPress releases Genesis 2.0 with HTML5 and microdata goodness

The StudioPress team has announced the launch of Genesis 2.0. This is a huge update for them, and they’ve been working on it for months. Genesis 2.0 is responsive, and all child theme updates and future child themes will also be responsive. They’ve also done some really deep integrations for Schema.org microdata, which makes it…

CobaltApps shuttering popular Catalyst theme to focus on Genesis-based products

CobaltApps shuttering popular Catalyst theme to focus on Genesis-based products

This is pretty big news in theme land. CobaltApps has had a popular following for their options-centric Catalyst theme for some time. But they also have a Genesis-based theme that does everything visually that Catalyst does, plus, well, it’s got everything in StudioPress’ Genesis theme. The Dynamik theme has gained so much popularity, and they’ve…

Grandchild themes – solving a problem to a bad architecture

Little bit of an opinionated title, I know. Mark Barnes does a nice job describing how to create grandchild themes by way of a plugin, in order to alter child theme functionality in themes like Genesis. The problem is Genesis is a parent theme, and their child themes do too much. A framework should be…

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