Issue #4 - June 1, 2011[newsletter archive]
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Two new members join the iThemes team!

Learn how to use EmailBuddy

Three new child themes!

Loopbuddy Progress

Learn how to use the new Builder Style Manager

Designing for the Social Web

Enhance your WordPress navigation menu

Customise your WordPress login page

Builder Basics Tutorials and Videos

The very near future of WordPress

Free PluginBuddy Plugins

Upcoming WebDesign events

Latest Theme Releases/Updates

Latest Plugin Releases/Updates

No Comments Link List


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Two new members join the iThemes team!
logo As we continue with our rapid, carefully designed expansion, we are pleased to announce the addition of Jesse Clark and Brandon Irby to the iThemes team. Jesse Clark is a software developer from Texas with a degree in Computer Science from Texas Tech, Brandon Irby is our Video Intern and he'll focus on video production to promote, inform, education, and entertain the iThemes customer community. Get to know them better »

Learn how to use EmailBuddy
logo With email marketing being such a huge player in the online marketing world, it's important that you know what tools are available, and which make the most sense to you. EmailBuddy is one of the most simple email listbuilding tools to use, where you have complete control over the content, email sending rates, and how to manage your lists. WebDesign.com recently did a webinar on EmailBuddy. watch the video replay »

Three new child themes!
logo In the past week, three new child themes have been added to the collection of Builder Child themes. Cube and Drafted came right out of the designers box, and Encased light is a variation of our popular Encased theme.

Loopbuddy Progress
logo Ronald Huereca, now the leading developer on LoopBuddy keeps you up to date with a demonstration of how to use LoopBuddy to create a 404 page. Read on and watch the video »
If you want to take part in Beta testing LoopBuddy, send Ronald an e-mail, subject "LoopBuddy Beta", and he will get back in touch asap.


Learn how to use the new Builder Style Manager
logo We have published a video (a 73 minute Webinar by WebDesign.com) explaining all the ins and outs of the new improved Builder StyleManager. Tons of new features and enhancements, to make it even easier for you to create great websites without touching any code. Watch it here »


Designing for the Social Web
logo Justin Seeley, the new trainer at WebDesign.com did a presentation at Wordcamp Raleigh on "Designing for the Social Web". Key message "As a designer you should be aware of the various social spaces that are available to you and your clients and try to learn as much as you can about them. You need to be able to integrate their various customization schemes into your (or your client's) brand strategy ...". Read on and view the slides ».

Enhance your WordPress navigation menu
logo Instructions on how to add a search field, a login/logout link, and a "Home" link automatically to your WordPress 3 navigation menu's. Read more »

Customise your WordPress login page
logo PluginBuddy has released a new premium plugin that allows you to easily create a customized tailored version of your WordPress login page in minutes using a built-in style manager. Upload your own header graphic and even add widget areas to your login page. The plugin features a Style Manager, custom header and background images, custom fonts and colours, and it even brings widgets to the WordPress login screen! Read more »

Builder Basics Tutorials and Videos
logo Be sure to check out the Builder Basics Tutorials and Videos, these will be updated regularly as new material becomes available, and can be found here

The very near future of WordPress
logo This has been mentioned briefly in an earlier newsletter, but I thought it would be good the re-emphasise the fact that the next WordPress release (3.2) will require PHP 5.2(+) installed on your server. If you are unsure, do not upgrade, but better, get in touch with your hosting provider NOW, and ask to be upgraded. You will be one step ahead of all those that will request such an update once WordPress 3.2 is actually released! Read what WordPress has to say and what iThemes has to say!

Free PluginBuddy Plugins
logo Did you know we have several excellent Free Plugins to make your life easier? Check these out:
ServerBuddy - Diagnose server/hosting problems, general security, view general server settings, and determine compatibility of BackupBuddy and other plugins.
ContactBuddy - Add a contact form to your pages, posts or widgets with ease.
Easy Theme and Plugin updater - Update your themes and plugins without overwriting the current versions.


Upcoming WebDesign events
logo At the time of writing this, we can only confirm that there will be a 2-session training on Cart66 later this month. I hope to be able to present more details in the next issue of iTips

Latest Theme Releases/Updates
logo New: Cubed - Demo
New: Drafted - Demo
New: Encased Light - Demo


Latest Plugin Releases/Updates
logo New: Tailored Login


No Comments Link List
logo Here are a couple of potentially interesting recent articles on WordPress and related. We do not take responsibility for these, but you may find something useful.
7 Undocumented WordPress functions - WPcodesnippets
Free book explaining the basics of xHTML and CSS - MakeUseOf


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