300 resources to help you master in WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms available today. And for good reason.

It’s powerful enough to be a complete CMS, has every feature or function a blogger could dream of (either built in or available via plugins or custom functions), and it’s free and open source.

While WordPress is incredibly powerful and easy to use on its most basic levels, it can also get pretty complicated, pretty quickly.

Below are more than 300 resources to help you master WordPress no matter what your skill level is.

Everything from premium and free themes to plugins to WP hacks and everything in between is included. If it’s possible with WordPress, it’s likely you’ll find it below.

WordPress Theme Generator – An online theme generator that doesn’t require any coding knowledge.

Easier Theme Development with Sample WordPress Content – A downloadable bundle of sample WP content that includes posts, tags, categories, and pages to make theme development easier.

Blank WordPress Themes Ready for 2.7 Up for Grabs – Offers up a couple of free, empty themes you can download.

Blank WordPress Themes – A collection of two- and three-column blank themes from Refueled.

Thematic – One of the most advanced theme frameworks available.

Carrington – A free WP CMS theme framework that includes two browser versions and a mobile version.

Free HTML 5 WordPress Theme – A free theme template that takes advantage of HTML 5 features and functions.

The Buffet Framework – A theme framework aimed to be easy-to-use for both developers and end users.

Thesis Theme for WordPress – Another basic theme framework.

OnePress Community – A WP and bb Press theme framework.

Whiteboard – A basic framework for WP theme development.

WP Framework – A blank theme framework with minimal formatting.

WordPress Theme Frameworks—A Comprehensive Overview – A great rundown of what theme frameworks are and why they’re useful.

WordPress Theme Development Frameworks – An in-depth review of some of the most popular WP theme frameworks.

WP Contact Manager – A theme that basically transforms your WP installation into a full-featured contact manager.

41 Great Looking Free WordPress Themes – A roundup of beautiful free themes.

16 Free Premium WordPress Themes That Don’t Suck – An awesome roundup of free premium-style themes.

11 Tips for Speeding Up WordPress Theme Development – A great list of ways to speed up your theme development process.

13 Helpful Cheat Sheets for Building WordPress Themes – A great roundup of cheat sheets helpful to WP theme designers.

140+ Brilliant Free WordPress Themes Around – A roundup of some excellent free WP themes.

10 of the Best WordPress 2.7 Compatible Themes – An overview of ten excellent WP themes compiled by Mashable.

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How to Convert a WordPress Blog into WordPress MU

WordPress is one of the best and very popular blogging platforms which is not only free but also released as a open source project.
On the other hand, WPMU (wordpress mu or multi-user) is another version of wordpress which uses the core wp with some modifications and convert any single user wordpress blog into a multi user blogging platform.

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Tipsy- Facebook-style tooltip plugin for jQuery

Overview

Tipsy is a jQuery plugin for creating a Facebook-like tooltips effect based on an anchor tag’s title attribute.

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jqFancyTransitions: JQuery Slideshow Plugin

jqFancyTransitions is an Slideshow jQuery plugin with strip effects offers Wave, Curtain and Zipper effects has been fully tested with Safari 2+, Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 2+, Google Chrome 3+, Opera 9+.

Features

* Three predefined effects:  Wave, Curtain and Zipper.
* You can make custom effects by setting your own speed, number of strips, direction, type of effect, etc.
* Supports multiple slideshows in a single page.
* Can work without any additional CSS, and can be easily styled via CSS.

Demo: http://workshop.rs/projects/jqfancytransitions/

Divine: Convert Photoshop(PSD) to WordPress theme with divine

DIVINE is a new project made by designers for designers. It’s a free tool for converting your Photoshop design layout to a fully working WordPress theme, that generates a div-based cross browser code.

You simply assign all the WordPress elements to it in Photoshop, set your FTP parameters for an automatic upload and check your blog in a web browser. It really is that simple.

Since it’s still in beta phase right now they are giving away free editions with a limited number of functions.

No longer do we have to do it manually or pay others to do the work for us. Be sure to check it out – DIVINE

Top 20 Most Needed WordPress Plugins

Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog.

All in One SEO Pack
Automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization). This plugin also helps you avoid duplicate content found in blogs. With this pack, you can easily modify and tweak everything.

WordPress Database Backup
WordPress database backup creates backups of your core WordPress tables as well as other tables of your choice in the same database. setups your backups to occur at almost any imaginable frequency.

Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Google Analytics for WordPress
The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin automatically tracks and segments all outbound links from within posts, comment author links, links within comments, blogroll links and downloads. It also allows you to track AdSense clicks, add extra search engines, track image search queries and it will even work together with Urchin.

PXS Mail Form
Creates a mail form with multipart verification, various messages and an auto redirect on successful send. It is much more easy to contact with website author.
The current download is a new version that has some neat new features and better compatibility. It has a CC Sender option and no longer requires a seperate admin options file.

WP e-Commerce
The WP e-Commerce shopping cart plugin for WordPress is an elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online.
WP e-Commerce is a Web 2.0 application designed with usability, aesthetics, and presentation in mind.

ShareThis
The ShareThis WordPress plugin provides a simple way for users to add your post to many social bookmarking sites, or to send a link to your post via email, AIM, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Redirection
Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
bad SEO is caused by broken links and indexing problems. Redirection enables you to prevent Google Bots and Yahoo Spiders locking themselves in a loop. This plugin improves your site indexing and navigation by allowing you to create simple 301 redirects in order to avoid those pesky indexing problems.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.

Sidebar Widgets
It’s called Sidebar Widgets because it allows you to move things (widgets) around, in and out of your sidebar. A widget is something that you might want on your sidebar, such as a category list or the most recent comments or a link to your admin pages. There is even a widget that lets you type whatever you want in the sidebar, such as some HTML or Javascript code.

Get Recent Comments
This plugin displays excerpts of the most recent comments and/or trackbacks that have been posted to the articles in your blog.

Akismet
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

WP lightbox 2
Overlay images on the current page for WordPress. You can turn it on and all images are now working with it.

My Page Order
My Page Order allows you to set the order of pages through a drag and drop interface. The default method of setting the order page by page is extremely clumsy, especially with a large number of pages.

Search Regex Plugin
Search Regex adds a powerful set of search and replace functions to WordPress. These go beyond the standard searching capabilities, and allow you to search and replace almost any data stored on your site. In addition to simple searches you have the full power of PHP’s regular expressions at your disposal.

Tweetmeme
The TweetMeme button plugin allows you to easily integrate the TweetMeme button into your WordPress blog. The plugin will put the button into both your content and your feed.

WP-SpamFree Anti-Spam
An extremely powerful WordPress anti-spam plugin that eliminates blog comment spam, including trackback and pingback spam. Finally, you can enjoy a spam-free WordPress blog!

WP Paginate
Create pagination for pages. It is the best plugin for that makes navigation easy with many static pages.WordPress Related Posts Plugin It will generate a related posts via WordPress tags, and add the related posts to feed.

Related Posts – Link to related posts on your blog, which is based on the content of the post.

Create a Custom WordPress Plugin From Scratch

This tutorial will describe the implementation of a WordPress plugin starting from scratch. The plugin will connect to an external OSCommerce database and display random products on your WordPress site. It also implements a configuration page for the WordPress admin panel.

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