Theme.fm Weekly Roundup

Yes, Friday is here, and as always we are ready to bring together a list of most of the week’s happenings in the world of WordPress; stuff that you may have missed and can’t afford not knowing and thinking about, stuff that will hopefully make you a better WordPress developer this week.

The much-anticipated WordPress 3.3 Beta 1 has been announced, and with all the attention it’s been getting lately, a list of terrific features like media uploader, improved admin bar, fly out admin menus (pointers), language packs and haiku (see the post), if you haven’t downloaded and installed it yet make sure you do so. Updating over a previous version is simple and appeared to be flawless, but remember, it’s highly recommended not to run the beta version in production, you really don’t want something to break or not work all of a sudden.

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…and speaking of something breaking in WordPress, if you’ve ever wondered how custom 404 Not Found pages work in WordPress themes, Dan Davies has made a great contribution over at wptuts+ on How To Create A Simple 404 Error Page For WordPress Themes. The aim of a custom 404 page is to keep visitors from freaking out, away from discouragement, close to a quick solution. WordPress comes with 404 request handling out of the box and customizing the looks is, as the tutorial shows, quick and simple.

Adding a custom 404 page to your WordPress theme is simple. All you need to do is have a file named 404.php in your theme directory…

That’s 3 seconds of the tutorial, the other parts go over the more important points of how to make it look great, function well, and offers some great advise that can be applied to 404 Page Not Found pages in general.

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And if you have another 30 minutes to spare, Abid Omar explains How to Sync A Local & Remote WordPress Blog Using Version Control at wptuts+, too. The tutorial explains his development-production chaining methodology for WordPress, starting from the very basics of setting up a version control repository (Mercurial in Abid’s case), setting up the configuration with some conditionals, synchronizing databases, and other useful tips. There are, as in any methodology, points to disagree with (one wp-config.php for both development and production), things that are perhaps overlooked (changing only siteurl and home after synchronizing databases), as well as points that are sound and quite helpful, especially for the beginner. Make sure you read some of the highly insightful comments to the tutorial, too.

That’s Not Spam: False Positives and Ham, says Jeff Starr. The article skims over the different comment statuses in WordPress, and looks into Askimet and its false positives graphs, after which Jeff offers some great tips on how to quickly go through the WordPress spam bin in search of ham and bacon.

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Orman Clark breaks all time Theme Forest monthly sales record and expands team. Orman Clarks is the founder of PremiumPixels.com and has apparently broken the ThemeForest sales record with $47,000 in WordPress theme purchases. Congratulations Clark!

Apart from WordPress.org DNS troubles tonight most of this week’s developments in the world of WordPress appear to have been covered, but if we did miss something make sure to let us know via twitter or the comments below. We also appreciate you keeping in tune with all our latest publications.