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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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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How To: AJAX Post Pagination in MooTools

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Ever wanted to browse through the older post archives only to be staring at the screen for ages in frustration while the content slowly loads up? A quick fix would be to make use of AJAX to load the post archives. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do that using the ever popular JavaScript framework; MooTools on a typical 2 column WordPress theme.

The code is quite easily digestible and with a little CSS tweaking, you could get it to work for your theme.

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Does Google Custom Search Get More Searches than Regular WordPress Search?

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Back in December I swapped from using the regular WordPress search to using Google Custom Search. The change was very easy to make and Diogo Iglésias wrote up an easy tutorial for it here.

The reason for the change was simple; Google is a great search engine. I realized that every time I wanted to search my own site, I was going to Google and typing in “site:problogdesign.com” and then searching there. If I don’t want to use my own site search, who does?

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10 Ways to Speed up Your WordPress Blog

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If your site takes an age to load, in the words of Jeremy Clarkson, that’s not good. You don’t want to wear on your reader’s patience before they’ve even started reading.

In this post we’ll explore ten ways to speed up your site, with tricks ranging from easy to even easier; none of the stuff in this post is difficult, so there’s no excuse for a slow-loading blog after reading this!

1. Delete Any Unwanted Plugins

If your site is loading slowly, look at how many plugins you’re using. If the answer is more than ten, look at the plugins you’re using and ask yourself whether you can integrate them directly into your theme.

While you’re at it, also ask yourself whether you really need the plugin. If you can do without it, do.

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The Ultimate Guide to Setting up WordPress after an Install

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There are a few essential steps that need to be taken with any new wordpress install. Obviously not every wordpress blog will be the same but there are some basics that I feel should be done regardless of what kind of blog you’re creating.

Here we’ll go through 10 steps that are essential to preform after any wordpress install including a list of 10 plug-ins that are a must for blogs of any type.

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Don’t DoFollow. Get More Comments With CommentLuv

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Comments are one of the most rewarding aspects of being a blogger. They’re also a great indicator of the success of your blog, and good comments will help it a long way!

While the quality of your content is the main thrust for causing people to engage with it, we can still do some things to encourage it even more. By thanking our commenters with some well chosen plugins, hopefully they will keep joining in. And as we’ve seen before, there are a lot of options.

I have used DoFollow for 2 years on this blog, but now changed to CommentLuv and trackbacks instead. In this article I will discuss what I see as the problems with DoFollow, and why I think the new setup is much better (for this blog at least).

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