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Matt Cohen
Matthew Cohen is a web developer, WordPress enthusiast, avid musician, music lover and blogger. He enjoys coding WordPress plugins and themes, custom web-based applications and playing guitar to a good beat.
  • Onswipe is leading mobile-friendly content with new offerings

    In today's market of mobile-friendly websites, mobi-sites and mobile device apps, it can often be difficult to choose the best medium to showcase a website's content on a mobile device. Enter the concept of responsive design, where a website can be restyled and adjusted to suit varying screen sizes, from large cinema displays down to the smallest of mobile device screens. While responsive design is not always desired by a website owner or by a client, what are the other options? Creating a dedicated mobile device app across myriad mobile devices, all developed on various platforms? Enter Onswipe, a tool...

  • Why PressTrends is one of the most exciting things to happen to WordPress

    Recent news around WordPress has, primarily, been focussed around the release of WordPress version 3.3 and the launch of WordAds. Those of us interested in the business of WordPress, however, have also been keeping an eye on a new player in the arena – PressTrends. The industry surrounding WordPress theme shops is an ever-growing and ever-evolving landscape. With new theme shops opening on a daily basis worldwide, one aspect of the industry that is making its way to the front line is that of trends and statistics. How can a theme shop better serve its customers? By gathering...

  • Four ways to improve security on your WordPress site

    In recent months, the web world was hit with a code exploit that affected many users across various web development platforms, from custom systems to Drupal and WordPress.org. This hack exploited a security vulnerability in the popular TimThumb image resizing PHP script, which allowed the hacker full access to any website running the older version of this script. An exploit of this nature, of course, didn't go unnoticed. Within hours of the exploit being publicised, developers and website owners alike were rushing to their computers to make sure that all was safe on their online real estate. Having assisted...

  • State of the word: What to look forward to in WordPress 3.3

    With more than 3.5-million downloads since release, WordPress version 3.2 has been received by users worldwide with open arms. A fresh coat of paint applied to the admin interface, as well as noticable performance enhancements and a host of new features demonstrate that WordPress is showing no signs of slowing down. As has come to be expected from the WordPress development team, the proposed specifications for version 3.3 were drafted just days after the release of 3.2. With distraction-free writing (a "zen mode", if you will) and a new default theme among the many features of version 3.2, what could...

  • Ways to enhance your WordPress blog

    WordPress has, for many, become the platform of choice for powering business websites, both general content-managed and blog websites alike. Let us not forget the platform's roots, which lie in the realm of personal blogging and "what I did on my weekend"-style blog posts, shared with friends and bloggers the world over. WordPress, when used to its fullest as a blogging platform, has an immense amount of functionality built in to truly enhance and ease the blogging experience. There are, of course, a few extras that can be added to enhance your blog and really make it work for you,...

  • Multiple DDOS attacks threaten WordPress and int’l governments

    In a day of multiple cyber-attacks across the web, WordPress, the government of South Korea and 29 international government agencies were threatened by DDOS attacks. South Korea issued a cyber security alert as the websites of 29 government and other agencies came under attack Friday, the Korea Communications Commission said. A commission spokesman said the DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks had initially been expected to hit 40 websites but only 29 were actually affected. They included those of the presidential Blue House, the US forces, the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, the ministries of foreign affairs, defence and unification, parliament...

  • Anticipation builds around the impressive, upcoming WordPress 3.1

    With three release candidates available at the time of writing, and a bleeding edge build of the software released nightly, WordPress version 3.1 is steadily gaining hype within the WordPress community. With the WordPress brand having shown a considerable increase in popularity during 2010, version 3.1 of the software is fast becoming one of the most anticipated software releases of early 2011. Several months ago, Memeburn explored the features users could expect from WordPress version 3.1. Today, we'll look back on this list, observe how each feature has developed and discuss some new features that made it into this release. Internal...

  • Obox Design unveils a WordPress mobile theme framework

    South African WordPress theme company, Obox Design, has recently made some significant developments in the area of theming for mobile devices. "Obox Mobile" is their new flagship offering, a mobile theme framework that "seamlessly converts your WordPress site into a mobile friendly experience when people visit it via their phones". I recently had the opportunity to work with Obox Mobile and put the framework through its paces. First off, it's important to note that the product is advertised as a "mobile theme framework" and not as a "mobile theme". This subtle difference embodies the true power and potential future of Obox...

  • Seven new features you can expect from WordPress 3.1

    There have been a number of recent developments at WordPress which have proven that the company is as dynamic and fluid as it has ever been. Firstly, Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress, announced the formal handing over of the WordPress trademark from Automattic (a for-profit company) to the WordPress Foundation, a non-profit organisation "dedicated to promoting and ensuring access to WordPress and related open source projects in perpetuity". This is in line with the ethos behind the WordPress brand of being an open and expressive community. The official WordPress blog announced that, "moving forward, the Foundation will be...

  • What everyone should know about premium WordPress plugins

    With virtually infinite scope for expandability, WordPress has become the platform of choice for many web developers and website owners. The development of sophisticated plugins has done wonders for enhancing bespoke functionality on the WordPress platform. Prior to WordPress version 1.2, users had to create "hacks" to extend WordPress, which involved modifying the core of WordPress itself. Since then, WordPress has introduced a plugin API that allows users to extend the system without directly editing core files. This addition has lead to the development of many third party plugins. Free plugins are hosted in the WordPress Extend Plugins Directory,...

  • Cred and the art of micropayments

    The topic of micropayments has struck a heated note amongst online paywall experts and content providers. There are many who denounce the system, marking it as a tried-and-failed experiment, while others proclaim it as the future of online transactions. A micropayment can be defined as a financial transaction of a small sum of money, usually in an online context. PayPal defines this sum at US$12.00 or less, in terms of its own micropayment system. For the average end-user, micropayments are extremely useful. For a minor fee, the user can gain access to their desired content, albeit only in bite-sized...

  • Thesis vs WordPress resolved: A new era of collaboration beckons

    The heated debate that has swirled around the WordPress community over the last few days appears to have been settled amicably with the news that the famous Wordpress theme or "search engine optimised framework" Thesis has agreed to a "split licence". By licensing their PHP code under the General Public License (GPL), Thesis can now more directly contribute to the growth of the WordPress code-base as a whole. It can also directly benefit from the many developers working with the framework (and WordPress), who are now able to fork or contribute to the project. The debate was sparked between WordPress...

  • 6 ways to turn your WordPress blog into a web socialite

    A blog is usually a place where individuals or groups publish thoughts and ideas on niche topics, current affairs or daily occurrences. But how do you make a WordPress blog more social and attractive to people wanting to interact and bring it to life? Can you turn your shy, introverted blog into a bubbling, web socialite? WordPress, the popular blogging platform, has a number of solutions that you can use. Here are six ideas that really work: 1. Enhance user commenting Start off by allowing users to login and comment with their Facebook or Twitter accounts. The Janrain Engage (formerly RPX) plug-in aims to...

  • It’s WordPress with a capital ‘P’, dangit!

    WordPress, wordpress, Wordpress or wordPress? Which is it and what does it matter anyway? There seem to be so many ways of spelling the exact same name. Does it even matter? According to the team at Automattic (developers of WordPress), yes it does. With the release of WordPress 3.0 (and possibly long before on wordpress.com blogs) a filter exists entitled "capital_P_dangit()". While this function has a rather humorous name, its purpose is rather straightforward and important to the developers. This function is applied to titles, content and comments in order to transform all instances of the word "WordPress" where the "P"...

  • WordPress 3.0 – unpacking the new features

    In recent years, WordPress has begun evolving into more than an extensive blogging platform. It is now robust enough to be used for non-blog centric websites consisting primarily of a series of pages or other non-blog post items. This year sees WordPress celebrate its seventh birthday with a new release -- version 3.0. The new version promises a vast array of updates as well as a few features to enhance WordPress in the generic content management vein, as well as enhance the user experience and functionality available to the 'Average Joe' installing the system. Let's take a look at a few...