News – ThemeLab http://www.themelab.com We build High Quality, Good Looking Premium WordPress Themes that are Easy to Use and ready for just about anything. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:16:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 How to Create a Facebook Custom URL http://www.themelab.com/create-facebook-custom-url/ http://www.themelab.com/create-facebook-custom-url/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:05:31 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=80168 Creating social profiles for your business has become an important factor in social proof marketing where you show new visitors that you are known, liked, and trusted by clients. Facebook is an important social profile to set up for your business. With over 1 billion users on Facebook, your ability to connect with others is great. But

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Creating social profiles for your business has become an important factor in social proof marketing where you show new visitors that you are known, liked, and trusted by clients.

Facebook is an important social profile to set up for your business. With over 1 billion users on Facebook, your ability to connect with others is great. But many small business owners forget to do this one step: create a Facebook custom URL.

If you don’t create the Facebook vanity URL, then your Facebook page can look something like this:

facebook.com/pages/yourbusiness/123456789

That makes adding the link to your website difficult and adding it to your business card almost impossible. Plus, who’ll remember that link?

How to Create a Facebook Page Vanity URL

Once you have your Facebook page setup:

1. Go to facebook.com/username. From here you first need to create a username for your personal profile first.

After creating your personal username, then you can move to personalize your Facebook page username.

There are guidelines to follow when choosing a name:

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you create a custom username:

  • You can’t claim a username someone else is already using.
  • Choose a username you’ll be happy with for the long term. Usernames are not transferable, and you can only change your username once.
  • Usernames can only contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”).
  • Periods (“.”) and capitalization don’t count as a part of a username. For example, johnsmith55, John.Smith55 and john.smith.55 are all considered the same username.
  • Usernames must be at least 5 characters long and can’t contain generic terms or extensions (ex: .com, .net).
  • You must be an admin to choose a username for a Page.
  • Your username must adhere to the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

 

2. Type in what you’d like to use and check availability. You want to make it easy to remember and make it about your business if you can.

If Facebook shows that the name you typed in is available, congratulations, you can use this for your Facebook Page. Click confirm to use it for your page.

Once you have changed your page to your vanity url you can use this shorter link for all your communications with potential clients.

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Turf – Best WordPress Landscape and Garden Theme http://www.themelab.com/turf-best-wordpress-landscape-garden-theme/ http://www.themelab.com/turf-best-wordpress-landscape-garden-theme/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:43:37 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=6070 We are happy to announce the availability of Turf, a WordPress theme for landscaping and gardening businesses. Turf has a modern and professional look, designed specifically with landscaping and gardening service providers in mind. It comes packed with features you would need to easily build your business website. Here are some of its amazing features.

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We are happy to announce the availability of Turf, a WordPress theme for landscaping and gardening businesses.

Turf has a modern and professional look, designed specifically with landscaping and gardening service providers in mind. It comes packed with features you would need to easily build your business website. Here are some of its amazing features.

Fully Mobile Responsive

Like all ThemeLab themes, Turf has a fully responsive design. It automatically adjusts itself to user’s device and screen size without any compromise on the aesthetics. We recommend you to try the demo by resizing your browser screen.

Mobile Responsive WordPress Gardening Theme

Services Module

Turf comes with a built-services module, which allows you to easily add your services. Turf also makes it super easy to beautifully showcase your services on the homepage of your website.

Display your gardening services on homepage

Testimonials Module

We understand the importance of social proof, that’s why Turf comes with a built-in testimonials module. It allows you to easily add client testimonials to your site and displays those testimonials beautifully on your website.

Easily add testimonials to your site

Custom Widgets

Turf comes equipped with powerful custom widgets designed for Landscaping and gardening service providers. These widgets allow you to quickly add your business hours, contact form, social icons, subscription box, etc. All these widgets are designed to help you effortlessly create a professional website.

SEO Friendly

We understand the importance of SEO for small businesses. With its semantically structured markup and fast load time, Turf is the most SEO friendly WordPress theme for gardening and landscaping services providers.

Turf is SEO friendly WordPress theme for gardening services

Color Variations

There are three color schemes packed inside Turf. You can easily change your site’s color schemes from theme customizer without writing a single line of code or modifying template files.

Choose a color scheme for your website

Other Features

Some other cool features of Turf are custom menus, custom page templates, cross browser compatibility, etc. Like all ThemeLab themes, Turf is bloat free and works out of the box. We made sure that it is easy to use and quick to setup.

Turf is built upon the WordPress coding standards and best practices. We made sure that sites built with Turf are secure and fast.

We hope you will find Turf to be the best WordPress Landscape and Garden theme.

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Charter – The Best WordPress Lawyer Theme http://www.themelab.com/charter-best-wordpress-lawyer-theme/ http://www.themelab.com/charter-best-wordpress-lawyer-theme/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:42:59 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5976 We are pleased to announce the availability of Charter, our new WordPress theme for lawyers and legal firms. With its professional look and clear appearance, Charter is designed with law firms and lawyers in mind. It has all the features that you would need to effortlessly build your business website. Here are some of its

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We are pleased to announce the availability of Charter, our new WordPress theme for lawyers and legal firms.

With its professional look and clear appearance, Charter is designed with law firms and lawyers in mind. It has all the features that you would need to effortlessly build your business website. Here are some of its amazing features:

Fully Responsive Design

Just like all ThemeLab themes, Charter is fully mobile responsive. It adjusts itself to adapt any device and screen size, and looks equally beautiful.

Charter responsive WordPress lawyer theme

Featured Slider

Need a slider on your home page? Charter has a built-in featured slider, which allows you to add multiple images and descriptions to showcase your services. This featured slider is mobile friendly and looks impressive across different devices.

Featured slider in Charter

Testimonials Module

Charter makes it easy for you to display client testimonials on your site. It comes with a built in module that allows you to quickly add client information and their feedback. These testimonials are then displayed beautifully on your homepage.

Testimonials on Charter homepage

Services Module

Charter comes with a built-in services module which allows you to easily add and display your areas of practice. Adding an item in services section is as simple as adding a post. Charter takes care of showcasing your practice areas beautiful on the front page.

Services module in Charter

ThemeLab Custom Widgets

Charter is equipped with powerful custom widgets designed for law firms and lawyers. These widgets allow you to quickly add your business hours, contact form, social icons, subscription box, etc. All these widgets are designed to help you create a professional business site with minimum effort.

Color Variations

There are three color schemes packed inside Charter. You can easily switch color style from the Theme Customizer without writing a single line of code or editing a template file.

Color schemes in Charter

SEO Friendly

Charter is built on a semantically structured markup and optimized for blazing fast speeds. This makes Charter the most SEO friendly lawyer theme for WordPress.

Charter - SEO friendly WordPress lawyer theme

Other Features

Some other cool features packed inside Charter are custom menus, page templates, cross browser compatibility, etc. It is bloat free so there are no complex configuration panels to set up the theme. Like all our themes, Charter works out of the box with no hassle.

Charter adheres to WordPress coding standards and best practices. We have worked hard to make sure that sites built with Charter are fast and secure.

We hope that you will find Charter to be the best WordPress lawyer theme.

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Accountancy – The Best WordPress Theme for Accountants http://www.themelab.com/accountancy-the-best-wordpress-theme-for-accountants/ http://www.themelab.com/accountancy-the-best-wordpress-theme-for-accountants/#respond Mon, 26 May 2014 10:29:16 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5240 We are proud to announce the release of Accountancy, our new WordPress theme for CPA and accountants. Accountancy is designed with the need of professional accountants and accounting agencies in mind. It features a clean-cut look with all the features you would need to build a professional business website. Here are some of its features:

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We are proud to announce the release of Accountancy, our new WordPress theme for CPA and accountants.

Accountancy is designed with the need of professional accountants and accounting agencies in mind. It features a clean-cut look with all the features you would need to build a professional business website. Here are some of its features:

Fully Responsive

Like all our WordPress themes, Accountancy is a fully responsive and mobile friendly WordPress theme. It gracefully adjusts itself to the user’s screen size, and looks beautiful on all devices. Go on, test the demo on your mobile phone.

Accountancy responsive theme

Featured Slider

Accountancy comes with a featured slider, which allows you to add multiple images and descriptions to showcase your product and services. The featured slider is optimized for speed and responsiveness regardless of user’s device or screen-size.

Featured slider in Accountancy WordPress theme for accountants

Testimonials Module

Show off featured testimonials from your satisfied customers with the built-in testimonials module that comes with the theme. Accountancy makes it easy for you to add testimonials, and takes care of displaying them elegantly on your site.

Built-in testimonials module

Custom Widgets

Accountancy comes with custom widgets, designed with accountant firms and professionals in mind. Easily add a contact form in your sidebar, display location map, or office hours. Accountancy makes it super easy to set up your professional website quickly and with no pain.

Custom widgets in Accountancy theme

Color Schemes

Accountancy comes with three different color schemes, which can be easily switched from Theme Customizer without ever writing a single line of CSS or HTML.

Accountancy comes with built in color schemes

SEO Friendly WordPress Theme for Accountants

We understand the role of SEO in growth of any business. Accountancy’s semantically structured markup, and blazing fast speed make it the most SEO friendly WordPress theme for accountants.

Most SEO friendly WordPress Theme for Accountants

Other Features

Among other cool features, Accountancy comes with custom menus, cross browser compatibility, and custom page templates. It is bloat free and designed to work out of the box.

Like all other ThemeLab themes, Accountancy has a rock solid code base that adheres to WordPress development best practices and standards. We also worked hard to make sure that sites built with Accountancy load faster and are secure.

We are confident that you will find Accountancy to be the best WordPress theme for Accountants.

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New Beginning – Say Hello to the New ThemeLab http://www.themelab.com/announcing-themelab/ http://www.themelab.com/announcing-themelab/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:29:14 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=4649 Hello and Welcome to the new ThemeLab. ThemeLab was started in 2007 by Leland Fiegel with the aim to make it an authoritative source of WordPress themes. However due to time constraints and other personal obligations, Leland was unable to focus on the project. In late 2013, my team acquired ThemeLab. Over the last 6

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Hello and Welcome to the new ThemeLab.

ThemeLab was started in 2007 by Leland Fiegel with the aim to make it an authoritative source of WordPress themes. However due to time constraints and other personal obligations, Leland was unable to focus on the project.

In late 2013, my team acquired ThemeLab. Over the last 6 months, we have worked on revamping the site and strategy, so we can restore it’s position at the top like it deserves.

My name is Syed Balkhi, and I’m the founder of WPBeginner, List25, OptinMonster, and several other websites. Above all, I’m an avid WordPress fan.

As a WordPress user watching from the sidelines, I’ve noticed that themes have become extremely complex over the last several years. The race to add more features, more options, more shortcodes, and more of everything has led developers to lose sight of what’s more important: usability.

Beginners who are just starting out no longer find WordPress to be easy. A lot of this has to do with themes because that’s their first encounter. Having to go through 600 options just to get the theme to look like the demo is beyond silly.

Our mission is to solve this problem by creating WordPress themes that simply work. It’s a big task, but our team is ready for the challenge.

What’s happening to the Old Free Themes?

In the past, Leland released hundreds of free WordPress themes. In order to have this fresh start, we’ve retired all those themes. You will no longer be able to download them.

However, we certainly plan on releasing new free WordPress themes. Slipstream is just the beginning.

WordPress Tutorials

Aside from releasing free themes, Leland did a great job on sharing useful WordPress tutorials. We plan on updating the old ones and continue to add new useful tutorials. We’ll do our best to update as fast as we can, but we apologize for any outdated tutorials in advance.

I’m really excited for this new journey, and I welcome your support and feedback. I want to thank Leland for all his hard work and wish him all the best on his future endeavors.

Photo credits: Jason Carpenter

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TimThumb Security Vulnerability – Common in WordPress Themes http://www.themelab.com/timthumb-security-exploit/ http://www.themelab.com/timthumb-security-exploit/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=2760 TimThumb, an image resizing script commonly used in WordPress themes, is being exploited.

If you think your WordPress theme may use the TimThumb script, please read this.

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TimThumb, an image resizing script commonly used in WordPress themes (especially paid ones), is being exploited through a zero day vulnerability. If you think your WordPress theme may use the TimThumb script, please pay attention.

Quick Fix

The easiest way to fix it would be to delete any instance of timthumb.php on your sites. It is also commonly named thumb.php (this is what WooThemes uses). I’d imagine this also applies to inactive themes.

As outlined in the previously linked post on Mark Maunder’s blog, the next best quick fix would be to remove all the “Allowed Sites” in the array.

Before:

$allowedSites = array (
	'flickr.com',
	'picasa.com',
	'img.youtube.com',
	'upload.wikimedia.org',
);

Change to:

$allowedSites = array();

Also make sure the following constant is set to false, otherwise removing the “allowed sites” won’t really matter, since every site would be allowed if it wasn’t:

define( 'ALLOW_EXTERNAL', false );

What’s the big deal?

You might be thinking, “lolz, Flickr or Wikipedia is gonna hack my site? Yeah right!” Wrong.

The problem is flickr.com.lamehackersite.info would be just as “allowed” as flickr.com, which is where the real vulnerability lies.

Theme Providers that Use TimThumb

Some WordPress theme providers that bundle TimThumb in their themes to resize images include WooThemes and ElegantThemes, two very popular commercial theme vendors that have tons of sites using themes with the vulnerable TimThumb script.

As far as WooThemes goes, it appears they’re aware of the issue according to the following tweet:

To address the timthumb issue, we have a post and fixes coming very soon. 🙂 ^RRless than a minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet Reply

Let’s not forget theme marketplaces (*cough* ThemeForest *cough*) where countless authors have produced countless themes used on countless sites, a lot of which probably use the TimThumb script. I’d imagine this would be a much messier situation than with a single vendor.

Theme Lab Themes

In the name of transparency, there are three themes on Theme Lab that use the TimThumb script. They have been updated to the latest version (with allowed sites removed).

If you use any of these themes, please update the /scripts/timthumb.php file ASAP. This advice can also apply to any other theme that uses the timthumb script, obviously.

Why only three? Because I discovered a better way to include thumbnail functionality in WordPress themes.

Use add_image_size Please!

WordPress has a great, built-in API for resizing images that can effectively replace the need for timthumb on WordPress sites. It’s called add_image_size.

For some live examples on how to use this in your own themes, check out the Green Tea, Cool Blue, or SongSpace themes here at Theme Lab.

This feature has been built into WordPress since version 2.9, which was released on December 19, 2009 (well over a year and a half ago).

Mark Jaquith posted a great tutorial on including this feature in your themes, so I can’t think of many other excuses for not including this in new themes.

A Note on the TimThumb Developer

I noticed that the TimThumb developer, Ben Gillbanks, was getting directly and indirectly “bashed” pretty hard in the comments of the original vulnerability post.

Yes, it turns out the TimThumb script isn’t the most secure script in the world, but at least the developer is sticking around and supporting it for free.

I believe the script was released with nothing but the best intentions, and to see this “bashing” take place against someone who is doing all he can to help the situation is a bit bewildering, to say the least.

Over the years I’ve seen him respond to lots of TimThumb support requests on Twitter, something he’s certainly not obligated to do for a free script, but he does it anyway.

After all the profit that’s been made from the script (like commercial themes using it to make sure their fancy Jquery slider images are resized nicely) you’d think you’d see a little gratitude, but what else is new?

Conclusion

Obviously this is a pretty messy situation, a lot of users probably won’t have any idea they’re vulnerable until they’re hacked. It’s important to understand how widely used this script has been bundled with WordPress themes over the years.

Jayvie has also posted his thoughts on the issue in his post titled Timthumb zero day vulnerability: time to get back to basics.

What do you have to say about it? Let me know in the comments.

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Theme Lab is 4 Years Old Today http://www.themelab.com/fourth-birthday/ http://www.themelab.com/fourth-birthday/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=2697 As the title says. Yes, it’s really been that long. This year has been relatively quiet compared to previous years.

In the past year, four free WordPress themes were released along with two free CSS templates.

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As the title says. Yes, it’s really been that long. This year has been relatively quiet compared to previous years. In the past year, four free WordPress themes were released along with two free CSS templates. There was also one “donation” theme.

Like I outlined in my Thank You theme post, I’ve been a bit busy the past year off at school, hence the lack of posts. In the rest of the post, I’ll outline some future plans for the site.

The Future

First of all, a new site design is in the works. In fact, it’s already been designed. You can probably spot a few teasers on James McDonald’s Dribbble page, who was also the designer of the current theme you see here.

There are a few more theme releases in the works, which may or may not be commercial.

Conclusion

I hope to have some new themes and tutorials published in the coming weeks. Thanks for sticking with me so long, even through the times of not so much activity (like the past few months).

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Thank You Theme for Relay For Life – Looking for Donations http://www.themelab.com/relay-for-life-theme/ http://www.themelab.com/relay-for-life-theme/#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=2664 It’s been a while. Two months and 15 days to be exact. What have I been up to? I don’t really go much into my personal life here, but starting at a new college this past year has consumed a lot of my time. I’m participating in my school’s Relay for Life program. For those

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It’s been a while. Two months and 15 days to be exact. What have I been up to? I don’t really go much into my personal life here, but starting at a new college this past year has consumed a lot of my time.

I’m participating in my school’s Relay for Life program. For those who don’t know, it’s a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, culminating in a 12-hour event throughout the night. There are 5 days until the event.

I don’t ask for much here, but I wanted to make a quick solicitation here for donations. In return, I’ve developed a pretty simple Twenty Ten child theme that I’ve entitled, Thank You.

Thank You Theme

More About the Theme

  • Coded in almost entirely CSS, the only image is for the sidebar list item backgrounds
  • Makes use of WordPress 3.0 menus, supports descriptions too
  • Widgetized sidebar
  • Check out the demo

Being coded in almost all CSS makes it really easy to customize the colors. Also make sure to utilize the WordPress 3.0 menus with descriptions, otherwise the menus will look weird.

How To Donate

It’s pretty simple, just go to my personal Relay for Life page and click the “Donate” button. You’ll be taken to a page which will let you donate by credit card, directly to the American Cancer Society. There is a minimum donation of $5 (set by them, not me).

There is also an option to mail in your donation but credit card would probably be more convenient. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

P.S. To any Jersey Shore fans, the “DTF?” on my shirt stands for “Down to fight?” and not what you’re probably thinking.

How To Get the Thank You Theme

After you’ve donated, simply e-mail me directly at lelandf@gmail.com or my contact form with the full name you donated under. I get a notification of all new donations so I’ll know who donated what.

I’ll respond with the child theme as an attachment. I’ll be trying my best to monitor my email box throughout the day.

Support Policy

You should think of this theme as a simple token of my appreciation for donating, not like you’re purchasing a premium theme with support expected.

I have tested this theme pretty thoroughly with theme unit tests and such. And keep it mind it’s a Twenty Ten child theme, so the core theme should always be up-to-date with the latest WordPress standards.

Of course, if there’s some grievous error within the theme, just let me know via comment or email and I’ll look into it. Anything customization related, however, I really can’t offer support for it.

License

GPL. Once you have hold of the theme, you can do pretty much whatever you want with it.

Conclusion

I’m not a big fan of apology posts, and only like to post if I have something actually worth posting. All I have to say is, expect some more activity this summer when I have more time.

And keep following me on Twitter, as I still do check it every day, despite my evident lack of regular tweets.

Most importantly, thanks so much for supporting this cause. If you have any questions or comments feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

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WordPress 3.0 Released http://www.themelab.com/wordpress-3-0-released/ http://www.themelab.com/wordpress-3-0-released/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=2187 It was just announced today that WordPress 3.0 has been released and you can get it here. This is considered a pretty big release with many new features and bug fixes, I’ll list some notable ones below: A merge of WordPress MU and WordPress, making it possible to run multiple sites from one installation. New

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It was just announced today that WordPress 3.0 has been released and you can get it here. This is considered a pretty big release with many new features and bug fixes, I’ll list some notable ones below:

  • A merge of WordPress MU and WordPress, making it possible to run multiple sites from one installation.
  • New features for theme developers including new APIs to have custom backgrounds, headers, menus, and more.
  • New custom post type and taxonomy features for posting new and different kinds of content (besides posts, pages, etc.).
  • A new default theme called Twenty Ten, which shows off all this new functionality. Say bye bye to Kubrick!

Watch the video below for more information:

If you’re upgrading, remember to backup your site. Also remember your themes probably won’t break but if they do, you can at least revert back to your backup and figure out what the problem is.

Have you upgraded to WordPress 3.0? I’d be interested in hearing your experience in the comments.

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Dirty WordPress Hack Going Around, Cloaked to Search Engines http://www.themelab.com/dirty-wordpress-hack-going-around-cloaked-to-search-engines/ http://www.themelab.com/dirty-wordpress-hack-going-around-cloaked-to-search-engines/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=1636 Recently there’s been a WordPress hack going around which has been using cloaking to target Google IP addresses. That means, the spammers/hackers are somehow getting into your WordPress blog, and generating a bunch of spam content and links that only Google can see. This particular hack uses some particularly dirty methods which include inserting spam

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Recently there’s been a WordPress hack going around which has been using cloaking to target Google IP addresses. That means, the spammers/hackers are somehow getting into your WordPress blog, and generating a bunch of spam content and links that only Google can see.

This particular hack uses some particularly dirty methods which include inserting spam keywords into your own content, which is probably to control your keyword density.

Also they don’t seem to place more than a couple spam links on the page, which is probably because they don’t want you to get banned (so you can still pass link juice to them). Kind of like a parasite not trying to kill it’s host.

I’ve made a quick screencast to go over what the hack does and how to see if it’s happened to your site.

What We Know So Far

  • Altered content is only visible to search engines like Google and Yahoo, regular visitors won’t notice.
  • There are probably “rogue” files on somewhere on your WordPress install that need to be deleted.
  • Existing WordPress files may be altered with encrypted code added.
  • There might be duped admin accounts on your WordPress install as well that need to be removed.
  • Update: There is a discussion going on about this hack at the WP Tavern forums.

If you have any other information, please leave a comment below. I’ll update this post with new information periodically.

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