WordPress local development tips by Mark Jaquith

Mark Jaquith is a lead developer of the WordPress team, and always comes up with great advices for theme developers. Here is a new one, for all of you working with a local instance on your machine for development.

If you want to avoid the numerous small issues you face with your different configurations between local and your prod environment, check his article, and try the plugin proposed at the end of the post.
WordPress local dev tips: DB & plugins « Mark on WordPress.

Xtreme One, a new WordPress theme framework

Starting today, the guys behind WPengineer blog are launching their own WordPress framework, Xtreme one.

Yet another theme framework, will you say. And this one will cost you $79,95. That’s enough to make me wonder if this is worth it. This video answers a few questions:

The framework seems to include powerful features, and be usable by any user. Other theme frameworks have been oriented to developers, this one seems to target end users directly. A different choice, one that may actually turn many developers away.

But you can go have a look for yourselves right now, and make your own opinions. To celebrate the launch, you can get a 10% discount by using the coupon LAUNCH.


AskIt, another way to use your favourite CMS

For those of you who still doubted that WordPress was a true CMS, and not just a blogging platform, here is another proof: Elegant themes, the now weel-known cheap WordPress theme marketplace, released a new theme based on a simple idea: you ask questions, your readers can reply.

Yahoo Answers on your own website

This Yahoo answers-like theme allows users to reply, but also to vote for their favourite answer, and their favourite commenter. As usual with the themes from Nich Roach, AskIt comes in different flavours with seven unique color schemes.

Demo / Buy the theme ($39 for this theme plus the 48 others available to all club members)

Turn WordPress Into a Ticketing System

Leland introduces us with a new WordPress theme, taking advantage of the custom post types introduced with WordPress 3.0, in order to turn your install into a fully functionning ticketing system.

I am personnally really curious to try this out. Combine it with a plugin like Subscribe2 to send out email for every ticket update, and you’ve got yet another original use of your favourite blogging software!

Quality Control Theme – Turn WordPress Into a Ticketing System | Theme Lab.

Geolocalisation WordPress themes emerge

We have seen more and more new kinds of WordPress themes lately, as original as the imagination of the developers was. But for a few months, and with the development of services like Foursquare and Facebook places, teams like Woothemes and now Templatic have starting working on geolocation-based WordPress themes.

And today comes a new theme from Templatic, grouping lots of geographic location features: Geo Places

Map features into a WordPress theme

Geoplaces allows you to integrate maps, user reviews, contact info for places, and nearby locations. In my opinion, we have got another proof of how powerful WordPress can be if used properly!