Weekly WordPress News: 80 Free Themes of The Year, WPLift Hiring & More.

I hope everyone had a good Holiday and New Year celebration, this was my first week back in work properly after some nice time off, you might have noticed I didn’t post much on WPLift for the last 2 weeks of the year as I took some time off with my family. I love the Christmas holidays as its the only time throughout the year I can have some real time off ( I even work each day when I take a holiday), traffic is down as everyone is gearing up for Christmas and not worrying too much about their WordPress projects.

This week has been about easing back into the daily routine and planning out some projects for the coming year – I’m still in the process of planning my business for the next 12 months and setting goals etc. One thing definitely on my list is a new design for WPLift, this current version has served the site well since I created it in 2013 and this version brought quite a few changes from the previous version so Im just thinking about how I can really push the site forward with the next one.

2015 was a good year for the business but I’ve realised that to drive things further in 2016 I’m going to have to start hiring more people to work with, I’m currently looking for people who can help with writing content around design and WordPress and also for a theme developer who can create themes from supplied designs – these will be for free releases here on WPLift and also for my commercial theme shop ThemeFurnace. If you are interested in either position, give me a shout and we can have a chat.

If you are looking for a new theme, don’t forget to check out our roundup of 80 of the best free themes from 2015. I hand-picked my favourite themes and split them up into categories, the quality of themes in this post is really high and rivals the output from most premium theme shops.

Let’s get on with the first WordPress news of 2016!

WordPress News and Articles

  • Bontact Customer Contact Service Competition – Win x3 Business Accounts in our latest competition.
  • 10 Successful Free WordPress Plugins That Use the Add-on Model for Monetisation – The addon model is very lucrative if done correctly.
  • The WPLift Guide to Freemium Plugins – Strategies & Tips for Promoting your Product
  • Flywheel 2015 Year in Review – Flywheel have put together this cool page showing off their year in review.
  • WordPress 4.4.1 Security and Maintenance Release – Time to update your WPs.
  • Automattic’s WordAds Network is Now Open to Self-Hosted WordPress Sites – You can now show ads using the Jetpack plugin.
  • What’s Your Limit of Advertising and Upselling in Free WordPress Plugins? – Discussion on advertising in plugins.
  • Don’t Over-Engineer Your Project – Tom’s using pre-built solutions for his WordPress course website.
  • The Awkward Addon Pricing Model For WordPress Plugins – Discussion of the addon model.
  • Lessons Learned Coding A Big, New WordPress Plugin – Josh Pollock talks about his experience coding Ingot, an A/B testing plugin.

Tutorials and How-Tos

  • How to Choose a Developer to Build your WordPress eCommerce Website – Tips for working with a developer for your WordPress eCommerce site.
  • Tracking File Downloads With Google Analytics and WordPress – Using events in Analytics to track file downloads.
  • 5 things to do before updating WordPress Core, Themes and Plugins – Planning for updating WordPress core.
  • How to Install Facebook Remarketing/Retargeting Pixel in WordPress – Great tutorial, if you plan to advertise your site – do this right away.
  • How To Use Asynchronous PHP In WordPress – Sample code for Asynchronous PHP in WP.
  • Creating Child Themes and When You Should Use Them – Child theme tutorial.
  • Creating A JavaScript Single Page App In The WordPress Dashboard – Great tutorial with sample code.

Resources & Freebies

  • 2015 in Review: 80 of The Best Free WordPress Theme Releases by Category – Our big roundup of last year’s best themes.
  • 50 Free UI Kits & Templates for Photoshop & Sketch 2016 – Give your designs a head start with these UI kits for free.
  • Best WordPress Crowd Funding Themes: Themes for Raising Funds 2016 – All the best themes for raising funds by crowd funding.
  • 60+ Best WordPress Church Themes: Themes for Churches & Religious Websites 2016 – Modern themes for Churches.
  • 60+ Best WordPress Fitness Themes: Themes for Fitness, Gyms & Personal Trainers 2016 – Themes for Gyms and Personal trainers.

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