AppThemes Announces the Launch of Payments

AppThemes announced this morning the launch of a new product for their themes called Payments. While it’s a generic product name, it could have long and great lasting effects for its customers. Payments – Make Money Easier Payments is a set of tools that will allow developers to customize the payment process in many different…

WooCommerce Subscription Billing Extension

WooCommerce is a great free e-Commerce platform for WordPress. It offers a lot of functionality out of the box and makes it easy to get started running your own e-Commerce website. Today marks the announcement of WooCommerce Subscription Billing. Here are just a few things you could sell using this subscription billing: Selling magazines —…

Login to WordPress via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

Logging in to WordPress would normally require an actual WordPress account. However, Samuel Wood (aka @Otto42), developed a few WordPress plugins to integrate the social service of your choice and login to WordPress with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account. Login to WordPress with Facebook Beyond just logging in with Facebook, Simple Facebook Connect offers…

CodeGuard: WordPress Backup and Threat Protection

CodeGuard is a new WordPress backup and security service that feels like a user-focused VaultPress+Sucuri mashup. The backup aspect of it lets you manage a complete backup, all the nuts and bolts of an entire site. All the core WordPress files, the database — including the users, posts, tags, categories, and even custom post types.…

Simple Social Icons by StudioPress

Brian, over at the StudioPress blog, just announced the release of Simple Social Icons. After quickly installing it to test it out, this plugin is a breeze to add social media icons to your sidebar. Nathan Rice, who is part of the StudioPress team, built this plugin. It uses beautiful CSS and rounded corners to…

3 Plugins to Help You During Maintenance Mode

Sites sometimes need to go into maintenance mode, for one reason or another. For example, this site, WP Force, will go into maintenance mode in the next couple of weeks, as I roll out the new design I’ve been working on. Instead of leaving your site half-baked for everyone to see, go into maintenance mode…

Pinterest for WordPress

Pinterest is a pretty sweet tool/app/website/service, whatever you want to call it. The Pinterest RSS Widget will let you easily hook up your pins to your WordPress site and share your pins with your visitors. You can add pins as thumbnails to posts or as a widget in the sidebar. [wpfplugin link=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pinterest-rss-widget/” download=”http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/pinterest-rss-widget.zip”] If you’re…

Enhance your Genesis-powered theme with Featured Widget Amplified

The Genesis framework, which powers WP Force, is a great framework and I highly recommend it to anyone. The default widgets that come with the framework are powerful, but I found this plugin that helped make the Featured Widget even more powerful. [wpfplugin link=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-featured-widget-amplified/” download=”http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/genesis-featured-widget-amplified.zip”]

Gravity Forms Toolbar Plugin

Gravity Forms is a powerful plugin by Rocket Genius. But just like any plugin, there’s always something that someone will want to add, that isn’t in the core of the plugin. Gravity Forms Toolbar will give you access to any of the Gravity Forms actions that you need to perform on the site. Everything form…

5 Plugins to Enhance Your WordPress Admin Bar

The admin bar was a great introduction into WordPress with the WordPress 3.3 release. It can be an extremely useful tool while using the WordPress dashboard as it provides some shortcuts to commonly used actions/links. But as with any piece of software, there is never a one-size-fits-all. One person may want this link or that…

Add Some Snow to Your WordPress Site

WordPress.com is sporting some snow on almost all of their blogs during the Christmas season, so why not add some to your self-hosted WordPress site? Here’s how. Download the wp-snow-effect plugin from wordpress.org, install it to your site, activate it, and you’re done! Here’s what it looks like:

WordPress Syntax Mode for Coda

I’m a big fan of Coda by Panic. I’m also a huge fan of WordPress. Together, Thorsten brings us this add-on for Coda, WordPress Syntax Mode for WordPress. One thing to note is that these do not get updated automatically, so when a new function comes out in a newer version of WordPress, the author…