Will the GPL Kill WordPress Development?

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There has been a lot of debate in the last few days about licensing and WordPress. The license WordPress is under controls what can be done with it, so it has a massive impact on the community and creating add-ons for WordPress.

In this post, I want to sum up all the debate so far for you, talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the current license, and then a thought on the end about premium themes and the absence of premium plugins.

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Design Review: Real Estate Theme

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Real Estate is a premium theme from DaThemes. It’s a plain design allowing the images to take focus and it packs in a fair amount of functionality.

In this post we are going to look at the theme and see what we can learn from it and what we could change. To start with, load up the demo in a new tab then carry on!

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30 WordPress Development Tutorials

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WordPress can be very simple to work with, but it can also be very complicated. The system can be used to do just about anything you like.

In this post we have collected together a range of tutorials that span from the very first things you need to know, like working with the loop, to much more complicated tricks, like setting up post thumbnails on your home page.

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Design Review: iProduct Theme

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iProduct is a premium WordPress theme from PremiumThemes.Net. It is aimed at site’s selling a digital product, though it does include a full blog design as well.

In this post we are going to take a look at the ups and downs of the theme to see what we can learn from it. To start, open up the demo page in a new tab to have a look at it for yourself.

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26 Complete WordPress Blog Design Tutorials

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Web design is complicated. There’s a heck of a lot to learn. Typography, usability, color theory, the list goes on…

When you’re starting out, it can all seem overwhelming and even when you’ve been round the block a time or two, there’s still lots to learn.

We have collected together 26 full tutorials from the web that take you through the process of designing a blog, from scratch.

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The State of WordPress “Theme Options” Pages

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A “Theme Options” page is designed to give control over how a theme looks and functions, solely by setting options in the WordPress dashboard. The user then has no need to edit the core theme files.

Theme Options have become a standard feature in premium WordPress themes (And some free ones too!), and aren’t that complicated to set up.

This post is a roundup of how Theme Options have progressed so far showing you what the advantages are, some resources for creating your own, and a collection of premium themes offering options pages so you can see what’s out there.

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10 Ways to Install Accordion Menus in Your WordPress Theme

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Today you will learn 10 ways to install accordion menus in your Worpress theme!

This will help to organize your blog, make your site look more professional, and possibly save you some precious real estate in your layout. Real estate on a blog is as important as it is in the real world (especially in congested areas), you need to make the most out of your space as you can.

accordion-handsAccordion menus get their name from the instrument of the same name. Much like the bellows going in and out as someone plays music on an accordion, an accordion menu expands and contracts from user interaction, one section at a time.

This way top level names are listed at all times, but sub-categories and child items are only exposed as each section is expanded. Your visitors only see what they need to at any given time.

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