Weekly WordPress Roundup #33

We are getting closer to WordPress 4.4, a new major release with the addition of the Twenty Sixteen theme. Last week, the core team posted the Release Candidate (RC) and says to hope for the final release on Tuesday, 8 December 2015.

WordPress core team have closed all the previous tickets so there are no issues left. Those who are testing the release candidate and find any bug, don’t hesitate to report it to Alpha/Beta Support Forum. It will help the core to solve the issue before the final release. We together making this platform strong. 

After this RC release, developers all around the world started testing their plugins and themes to update to the new version. All the active plugins and themes owners release the new updated versions of their products (if any changes are made), right after the final WordPress release.

Let’s look into WP Daily Themes Weekly WordPress Roundup #33.

Calypso Hoarded

In the last weekly WordPress roundup #32, Peter discussed the new WordPress.com and open source Mac app named Calypso. The news is still roaring in the WordPress community. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic, joining multiple podcasts and giving interviews to explain the methodology of new Calypso.

Matt joined Gillmor Gang to offer accustomed knowledge about the new dashboard. During the conversation, when asked about the competition of WordPress with Medium, Matt said:

“In some ways we compete with every place that people publish online, even Twitter or Facebook, but in day to day, that competition doesn’t really drive product decisions and for most people what we provide is pretty distinct from what these other platforms have.”

The desktop and browser version is developed parallel to the Calypso app so the WordPress.com can work in its full swing. This new app is determined to set new targets for WordPress clientele.

For the full interview, check it out on TechCrunch under Gillmor Gang: More Gravy.

Use WordPress Differently

Countless active plugins and themes making WordPress unbeatable in the competition of best content management system. WordPress is used to build websites in all categories. It is flexible and easy to use. Those who can code or those cannot code, WordPress is for everyone.

Weekly WordPress Roundup #33

Sophia Phillips shared the 6 brilliant ways to use WordPress you might overlooked. In this article at WP Daily Themes, Sophia tells us how can we make our WordPress website secure, making a website that works like an app on mobile devices, running multiple WordPress websites with one dashboard, power of shortcodes, building job portals with WordPress and selling your products using the WordPress e-commerce solution.

Sophia added, “With plenty of customization options that WordPress provide, you can do almost anything using this CMS. However, you’ve probably overlooked a few things that WordPress can do.”

Waiting for Star Wars

We all know every WordPress installation comes with the two plugins, Akismet and Hello Dolly. Hello, Dolly is the famous song sung by Louis Armstrong and upon activation, the plugin adds a lyric of this song as a quote at the upright corner of the admin panel. 

We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is planned to release on December 18, 2015 in America. The whole world is waiting for it (me too). I read the book in 7th grade. I am looking forward to a great movie.

A new plugin The Force is introduced by Rohit Motwani who lives in India. The plugin is available to download for free in the WordPress directory. It changes all the quotes from Hello Dolly to the dialogues from Star Wars movie characters. Isn’t it fun?

Some of the famous quotes of Star Wars characters are shared by Jeff Chandler at WP Tavern. Jeff’s favorite one is from Chewbacca, “AAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhh AAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

Which is your best character from Star Wars?

WordCamp US

Another biggest event of WordPress community WordCamp US is planned this weekend in Philadelphia. Mark your calendars for the great speaker sessions from different companies. This weekend is going to be amazing. If you are not in Philadelphia, don’t worry, you can still follow each session on Twitter using hashtag #wcus.

We will cover the event in detail on next Wednesday in our weekly roundup. Let us know what you liked and which session is your favorite one.

Useful Tutorials:

  • Does your WordPress Website Load in a Flash? (How I Got Mine to Under 1 Second)
  • How to Add Amazon-Like Faceted Search to Your WordPress Site
  • How to Display Instagram Feeds on Your WordPress Website
  • How to Show User Registration Date in WordPress
  • How to Set Up Your WordPress Gravatar Image
  • How to Rollback WordPress Plugins (Version Control for Beginners)
  • How to Use English WordPress Admin on a Multilingual Site
  • How to Show User Registration Date in WordPress

WordPress Resources:

Product Reviews:

  • Review of the SlideDeck 3 Plugin for WordPress
  • Event Calendar WD Free Plugin: The Flexible Event Management Tool for WordPress
  • Best WordPress Hosting for Startups
  • InstaShow – WordPress Instagram Feed Plugin Review
  • Smart Slider Review: A Beautiful WordPress Animated Slider Plugin You can Download for Free

WordPress Giveaways:

  • Giveaway: 6 Premium WordPress Themes (Single-Domain License) (Worth $294)


  • Interview with Automattic CEO, Matt Mullenweg, on Calypso and more
  • Chris Lema on WordPress in the Enterprise, Market Share, and Calypso
  • EP164 – The New WordPress.com – Nov 30 2015

Ending Notes:

We hope you like this Weekly WordPress Roundup #33. Send us your favorite articles and news from WordPress community and we will continue adding the resources here in our upcoming roundups.

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