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The Latest Buzz from iThemes, PluginBuddy, and WebDesign.Com

In case you haven’t noticed, there are some exciting things going on around the iThemes / PluginBuddy / WebDesign office.  And since we didn’t want anyone to miss out on anything, we wanted to post some of the latest and greatest news here.

One of the exciting things coming from iThemes is the introduction of Builder Blocks. Currently, we have released the first Block, which is focused on restaurants. The Restaurant Block also comes with a new child theme that has some awesome custom design for the restaurant post-types. Find out more about Builder Blocks by reading our release post here.

Also new from iThemes, a news/magazine oriented theme called Syndicate News. This theme introduces a new featured content section that we are soon to release as a standalone plugin. It also takes advantage of some of the cool new WordPress features like Post Featured Images. You can check out the full release post here.

We are very excited about the newest plugin from PluginBuddy: EmailBuddy. EmailBuddy is an email newsletter solution for WordPress. Building email lists around your blog, or your products and services, is a vital function. Despite the popularity of social media like Twitter and Facebook, email marketing is not dead. You can’t rely on people coming back to your site or knowing about your new launches. Simple text-based group emails are extremely effective at getting your message out to the right audiences. With EmailBuddy, you can do that and more! EmailBuddy was released in beta last week, and is currently available to to all PluginBuddy Developer Suite customers. Find out more, and check out a quick video overview here.

Last, but most certainly not least, WebDesign.com has a huge premium WordPress Developer Course coming up.  The WordPress Developer Course is a premium 3-day course that covers many topics necessary for anyone wanting to take full advantage of WordPress as a development platform.  Topics include: advanced installation techniques, security issues, important plugins, how to use the iThemes Builder theme to is fullest, WordPress loop issues, how to build your own plugin, custom functions and many more best practices and examples will be covered in this live training event.  You can reserve your space in this 3-day event for only $297. (Link: http://training.ithemes.com/developer/summer2010) This advanced premium training is included in the annual WebDesign.com membership.  (Link: http://training.ithemes.com/training) So this is the perfect time to upgrade your account to a full WebDesign.com membership and take advantage of this WordPress Developer Course.

There are two free preview webinars, so that everyone can get a taste of the type of training that will happen during the full WordPress Developer Course.  The preview dates are:

– Friday, August 13th from 11am-Noon (CDT) – Reserve your spot today

– Wednesday, August 18th from 11am-Noon (CDT) – Reserve your spot today

The full class will take place over three day

– Wednesday, August 25th from 6-8pm (CDT)?Friday, August 27th from 6-8pm (CDT)?Saturday, August 28th from 8am-Noon (CDT)
Reserve your spot

Remember that if you are a WebDesign.com member you can attend this premium class for free and can register for the class after you login to your account.

We hope you guys will be a part of all the great things that are going on with us.

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