WordPress has become a tool used by millions of designers for much more than creating blogs. Each week we take a look at what’s new with WordPress.

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Plugins

Monster widget

The Monster widget consolidates all 13 core widgets into a single widget enabling theme developers to create multiple instances with ease.

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New WordPress.com smilies

If you frequently use emoticons within WordPress, adding this plugin will instantly give all your old smilies a face lift. There’s no need to wait for modern smilies to arrive in the WordPress core. Download the New WordPress.com Smileys plugin from github to get them now.

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Themes

Marketify

In combination with Easy Digital Downloads (a free plugin), the Marketplace extension bundle (Plugin bundle sold separately), and Marketify is all you need to create a variety of digital marketplaces.

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Underscores for EDD

This theme is a styleless combination of the Underscores (_s) starter theme by Automattic and Easy Digital Downloads. Check out how it works here.

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News

Why you shouldn’t install WordPress plugins from shady sources

An in-depth look at how installing pirated premium WordPress plugins can compromise your website.

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Tips & Tutorials

How to Pass PHP Data and Strings to JavaScript in WordPress

Something you will have to know sooner or later if you are a WordPress plugin developer.

Pantheon for WordPress: a website hosting and management platform

Pantheon is a website development, deployment, and hosting platform. But they aren’t just any host. They like to think of their product as a hosting killer, because in their mind, they do much more than just hosting.

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