The Best WordPress Posts Across the Blogosphere in March 2014 - ManageWP

The Best WordPress Posts Across the Blogosphere in March 2014

March 2014 Links Mashup

Welcome to the March 2014 links mashup post!

This month’s selection consists of in-depth tutorials, quick advice and opinion pieces that shine a light on the world of WordPress development. There’s more than a couple of lists of plugins and themes to browse, too, that span subjects like writing, magazines, sliders, and business. Enjoy!

The Articles

5 Quick CSS Customizations to Make Your Blog Standout – this tutorial offers five CSS customizations that are suitable for code newbies. Change things like how links look, readability, and more.

Where in the World is WordPress? – this quick read offers a look at the appeal of WordPress all over the world, as evidenced by the increase in WordCamps abroad.

WordPress Performance Improvements That Can Go Wrong – it’s good to be focused on how your site performs but getting overzealous can sometimes cause more issues. This article looks at a few potential problems and offers simple solutions.

WordPress 3.9 Beta 2 is now available – we’re inching closer to the release of WordPress 3.9 so if you want to get a sneak peek at all it offers (and help the dev team iron out any kinks) Beta 2 is now available for download.

Should There Be Developer Documentation for WordPress Themes? – The short answer? Yes. Though McFarlin goes into more detail than that, describing several arguments against and why he’s ultimately in favor.

How to Split WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages – this short and to-the-point tutorial acts as a nice quickie project for improving site functionality.

WordPress Author Sites – this article has a narrow focus but it’s comprehensive in its coverage of the dos and don’ts for writer/author websites.

An Intro to Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress – though the series of posts isn’t done yet, it shows promise in outlining all the must-know details for beginners.

8 WordPress Plugins to Increase Your Productivity – anything that saves me some time while blogging is good in my book. These 8 plugins are worth a look for improving your productivity and increasing output, all in less time.

A Good Pick-up Line and a Good CTA Are Pretty Much the Same Thing – it’s a sales topic that’s been talked about to death but I like the angle here. And the article contains several points well worth considering for WordPress site owners.

Contributing to WordPress in Your Native Language – a call for action from non-native English speakers to contribute to the WordPress community in different languages. Includes links to resources and how-to information for translating and more.

40 Must-Have WordPress Plugins – I love a good list and this set of 40 plugins you need for 2014 definitely fits the bill. Includes premium and free themes that cover features like sliders, live chat, forms, backgrounds, e-commerce, and more.

How to Reduce the Bounce Rate of Your WordPress Website – this article features quick, actionable tips for reducing site bounce rate and keeping visitors on your site for longer.

Best WordPress Sliders in 2014 – since sliders are still all the rage, WP Mayor has put together a nice list of the best slider plugins currently available.

How to Rewrite URLs in WordPress – this tutorial shows you how to use the WordPress rewriting API to change links on your site.

Building a Magazine Style Homepage for a Multisite Network – instead of sticking with the default multisite homepage look, this tutorial shows you how to create a magazine style homepage that attracts the right kind of attention.

The Best Completely Free WordPress Business Themes 2014 – just as its title suggests, WPLift offers a solid list of business themes professionals may want to check out.

Do You Make These 5 Mistakes When Building a WordPress Theme? – this article highlights common mistakes and how to avoid them like not developing locally and failing to browser test as you go.

Are Blog Comments Worth the Effort? – one of my posts over at WooThemes. In it, I discuss the importance of blog comments and how to better manage them.

The Shift to a Front-End Editing Experience – another one of mine, this time at WPExplorer. I delve into some of the latest front-end editor news coming out of WordPress Core dev and how this might affect future development.

The Infographics

I have just one infographic for you this month. If you’ve come across any I haven’t featured here, please let me know in the comments! Though this find is more info than graphic, it does offer some solid advice on dealing with blog comment spam:



Tom Ewer

Tom Ewer is the founder of He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!

1 Comment

  1. Zulhilmi Zainudin

    The infographic is ‘content heavy’ infographic.

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