WordPress Weekly News and Tips: June 23rd – 29th

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Welcome to the third post of WordPress News Weekly. In these weekly posts, we gather news articles from WordPress-related resources so that you can keep up-to-date on all of the news. If you have anything else to add, please leave a comment below. Enjoy!

How to Show Only One Category on Your WordPress Homepage


URL: http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/one-category-wordpress-homepage/

Joe Foley gives a quick tutorial on how to show only one category on your WordPress page. This includes finding the category ID and placing it into your functions file. If you want to include another category, all you have to do is add that ID to the function/call.

What Naming Convention Do You Use For WordPress Media?


URL: http://wptavern.com/what-naming-convention-do-you-use-for-wordpress-media

If you are a blogger and have written over a thousand posts, or even a hundred, finding a previous image may be difficult. Chandler makes an important point about creating a naming convention for images in your media library.

WordPress JSON REST API Version 1.1 Released with New Authentication Documentation


URL: http://wptavern.com/wordpress-json-rest-api-version-1-1-released-with-new-authentication-documentation

Sarah Gooding worked with the JSON REST API team to make sure that the new authentication documentation is organized and ready for release for WordPress 4.1. You can find the new authentication documentation here. Otherwise, all of the documentation can be found on wp-api.org.

OptinLinks Review: Add Two Step Optin Forms for Increased Conversions

Author: Joe Fylan

URL: http://wplift.com/optinlinks-increase-conversions

Would you like to use a plugin that might turn your readers into subscribers? Joe Fylan reviews OptinLinks which, as he describes, requires the users permission (by clicking a link or button) to subscribe to your blog. Unlike popup forms which annoy readers, the window will only pop up if you have a call-to-action button. Think Inbound Marketing.’

How to Switch from JetPack Subscription to MailChimp, AWeber, etc


URL: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-switch-from-jetpack-subscription-to-mailchimp-aweber-etc/

According to the Editorial Staff, studies have shown that email is the most powerful marketing tool on the Internet. For that reason, you might want to use a powerful email subscription tool like MailChimp. This tutorial guides you on how you can import your subscribers from JetPack to MailChimp.

WordPress Theme Framworks: A Detailed Guide With Pros & Cons

Author: Guest Blogger

URL: http://wplift.com/theme-framework-pros-cons

A guest blogger on WPLift writes about the advantages and disadvantages that come with using WordPress theme frameworks. Some of the advantages include: written by expert developers and the fact that it loads faster. Disadvantages: theme frameworks take time to learn and many are not free. Read the full article to find out more.

How a Reliable Web host Can Help You Gain More Visitors to Your Website

Author: Jared Carter

URL: http://www.wpmayor.com/reliable-web-host-can-help-gain-visitors-website/

As Carter details in this blog post, finding a trustworthy web host is very important for your website. Security, bandwidth, uptime reliability and customer service is extremely important.

Free Revisr Plugin Offers Git Management for WordPress


URL: http://wptavern.com/free-revisr-plugin-offers-git-management-for-wordpress

Although VersionPress still hasn’t met it’s funding goals, another contender has entered the ring: Revisr. Sarah Gooding walks you through the plugin that can link with your Bitbucket or Github repository. You can find out all of the details in the article here. In short, this plugin is perfect if you would like to keep track of your WordPress files and databases; you can use it as a backup solution just in case.

5 Simple .htaccess Tips to Tighten Your Site’s Security


URL: http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/5-simple-htaccess-tips-to-tighten-your-sites-security/

This article, by , introduces different ways to configure your .htaccess file to protect your WordPress site. For example, you can add this line of code to protect your wp-config.php file:

<files wp-config.php>
order allow,deny
deny from all

You can only run the following commands on an Apache server. However, you can use this site to convert Apache rules into NGINX ones.

15 Must Have Mobile Apps for WordPress Users and Bloggers


URL: http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/15-must-have-mobile-apps-for-wordpress-users-and-bloggers/

Recently, we published an article about mobile apps and desktop programs that you can use for your WordPress site. WP-Beginner’s  expands on that by focusing completely on mobile apps that can improve your WordPress blogging experience. Most of these apps do not directly tie into WordPress but can be useful for staying in the know. In fact, I might just install some of these myself. 

Add Sexy, Secure Password Visualization To Your WordPress Site

Author: Chris Knowles

URL: http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/add-sexy-secure-password-visualization-to-your-wordpress-site/

If you are like me, and love to create complex password but always forget them, then this plugin is for you. This jQuery plugin adds a Chromahash which is a series of colored bars that you can use to check if you have typed your password in correctly. In addition to writing the article, Chris Knowles added a link to the demo which you can find here. As mentioned in the article, you can use this jQuery script to help your users remember their passwords (that is, if they can recognize the Chromahash).