ISSUE 538
The Whip

Raining Stats and Dogs

WordPress News

FiveThirtyEight’s political coverage has earned the stats-focused news site four spots in ChartBeat’s top 25 most engaging stories of 2016 [ChartBeat], including #1 for its 2016 election forecast. Why am I tell you this? FiveThirtyEight is a client of WordPress agency 10up [10up].

"Who knows, I could be helping the next Matt Mullenweg who’s just starting out!” WP Buffs's Joe Howard talks WordPress and helping the next generation of people learning how to use the CMS [Cloudways].

Some of the best WordCamps around the world worth checking out this year [Cloudways].

Once in a Woo Moon

Reviews and Opinion

WooCommerce shares its email marketing secrets after years of experimentation [WooCommerce], including how to write great subject lines, choose imagery, and how long emails should be.

For He's a Jolly Good Yellow (Pencil)

Themes, Plugins, and Resources

ICYMI: 35 Time-Saving Productivity Apps for Busy WordPress People [WPMU DEV].

No-fail tips for creating awesome landing pages with WordPress [WPMU DEV].

A January round-up of 50 nice-looking WordPress themes [Envato].

Here’s how to customize WordPress theme designs with Yellow Pencil [WP Explorer], a WYSIWYG CSS editor.

Jetpack 4.5 introduces Content Options [ThemeShaper], which lets you make small visual changes, like showing or hiding the author, date, and featured images.

A great list of WordPress FAQ plugins [WinningWP].

The Da Vinci Load

Tutorials, Tips, and Tricks

How to Reduce TTFB to Improve WordPress Page Load Times [Kinsta].

How to Turn Your WordPress Blog Into a Business [WP Explorer].

Finding the Best WordPress Hosting [Pagely].

Modify WordPress REST Endpoint Response [Paul Underwood].

CSS Typing Indicator [Paul Underwood].

Silicon Valley and the Temple of Doom

Off-Topic, Random Stuff

"If the world ends – and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble – getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass… Without them, I’m f!@#$%.” How Silicon Valley’s super-rich are preparing for Dooms Day [New Yorker].

Everything you need to know about shoelaces [Fieggen].


Being a four eyes and all, seems like I'm totally unprepared for Dooms Day! I'd better get on that. See you on Wednesday for more links.

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