October 25, 2013 — By Duane Storey

Temporary Service Outage

Our primary DNS provider went down approximately 90 minutes ago, which essentially disabled this website as well as our support centre. We received almost instant notification via a service we use to monitor our website uptime, and quickly determined that our main DNS provider was experiencing a large issue. As such, we’ve transferred our domains to a new provider, one that will hopefully provide additional redundancy in the future.

DNS is still propagating, but services are already online again in most of North America. While the support centre was offline during this period of time, no aspect of typical WPtouch Pro usage depends on access to our servers, so customer sites would have been unaffected.

We apologize for the disruption in service, and will hopefully have everything restored shortly.

March 20, 2013 — By Dale Mugford

Earth Hour WordPress Plugin, 2013 Version Now Available!

Earth Hour 2013 is almost here! This year, Earth Hour will be held on March 23rd from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The yearly event, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), encourages households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

For the past few years we’ve maintained a WordPress plugin that allows you to show your support for the Earth Hour event and “turn off” your website’s lights. During Earth Hour, your website will display an Earth Hour logo and a small customizable message. The message displays on a black background because, according to researchers at the University of California, black uses less energy to display.

The plugin also shows a small customizable fixed bar on your website leading up to the event, which lets visitors know about your participation, and links to the Earth Hour website.

We created the WordPress Earth Hour plugin to show our solidarity with the environmental community in marking the event. Any worthwhile positive change takes concerted efforts by all of us. The Earth Hour plugin symbolizes that belief with a uniform message across many participating WordPress sites leading up to and during the event.

Find out more about Earth Hour for WordPress on the plugin’s official WordPress.org page. Have a happy Earth Hour, everyone!


Taking care of the environment has always been important to us at BraveNewCode. That’s why we do things like offset our company travel with gold standard carbon credits and work to raise awareness for environmental issues whenever possible. Find out more about our environmental initiatives at BraveNewCode.

February 8, 2013 — By Dale Mugford

The Periodic Table of WordPress Plugins


periodic-table-of-wordpress-plugins

Here’s an easy way to browse WordPress’ most popular plugins. Swiss WordPress site, WordPress Magazin has arranged the top 108 plugins in an interactive Periodic Table of WordPress Plugins. The handy table lists each plugin’s current version and includes links to plugin pages in the WordPress directory, as well as developer contact info.

Plugins are ranked by number of downloads (WPtouch is currently in position 9 with 3,879,293 downloads and an element symbol of ‘To’). There’s even a poster available in case you’re looking for something to hang on your wall that will remove all doubt that you are, in fact, the geekiest person in the office.

10 most downloaded WordPress plugins

  1. Askimet
  2. All in One SEO Pack
  3. Contact Form 7
  4. Google XML Sitemaps
  5. NextGEN Gallery
  6. WP Super Cache
  7. Google Analytics for WordPress
  8. Jetpack
  9. WPtouch
  10. WordPress Importer

View the interactive version of the Periodic Table of WordPress Plugins.

You can find out more about WPtouch on our product page.

January 16, 2013 — By Dale Mugford

WordCamp Victoria 2013 Recap

WordCamp Victoria 2013

 

I consider myself lucky to be able to kick-off my WordCamp agenda each year in Victoria, my current home town. Of the various WordCamp events I attend annually, it’s always the one I look forward to the most.

As with past years’ events, WordCamp Victoria 2013 didn’t disappoint. WordPress leader, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, entertained and engaged the audience with his 50 minute keynote address titled, ‘Why WordPress’. Rand-Hendricksen’s recipe for making this simple and familiar topic work? Take the obligatory statistics and insights into the history of WordPress and mix with lessons in Norwegian culture, personal anecdotes and humour. Good times!

Other sessions I enjoyed included blogger Rebecca Bollwitt’s Picking Perfect Pics session and Al DavisDeconstructing the Loop presentation–which somehow managed to provide what I felt was the best learning experience of the event even though it took place during the its-almost-time-for-the-after-party 4pm time slot.

WordCamp Victoria 2013 organizers are obviously an experienced bunch who know how to pull off a well run event. Registration went smoothly and the lineups were short, access to wi-fi didn’t appear to be an issue, lunch was on time and nobody’s special dietary concerns were overlooked. Kudos to the WordCamp Victoria organizing team on a job well done!

See you at WordCamp Victoria 2014!

January 3, 2013 — By Dale Mugford

Tips from Our 2012 Top Affiliate Award Winner

Congratulations to our Top Affiliate Award winner, Ameet Thete! Ameet has won a new 16GB iPad Retina for achieving the best sales performance in our Affiliate Program in 2012!

Ameet is the owner of wpwidgets.net a WordPress resource blog that focuses on providing helpful tips for both new and experienced web professionals. We asked Ameet to share some of the secrets of his success with other Affiliate Program members in a recent interview.

How long have you been a member of our Affiliate Program?
I have been a member since August 2012.

How do to promote your affiliate products to your audience?
We promote affiliate products in our blog posts.

How often do you publish content to promote WPtouch Pro to your audience ?
We publish content twice a month to promote WPtouch Pro.

In your experience, which communications channels are most effective for generating a response from you audience?
In my experience, blogging is most effective as it results in targeted search engine visitors.

What advice would you pass on to new affiliates who are just starting out?
My advice would be to write unique and honest blog posts about your affiliate products and pay attention to search engine visibility.

“A WPtouch Pro – Easily Making a Mobile Interface for Your Site” by Ameet Thete

Congratulations again to Ameet and a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our Affiliate Program in 2012! Wishing you all the best in 2013!

Looking for more info about our Affiliate Program? Visit our Affiliate Program pages here.

December 20, 2012 — By Dale Mugford

Happy Holidays from the Team at BraveNewCode!

Happy Holidays

Warm wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from all of us at BraveNewCode!

A big thank you to everyone who joined in on the journey in 2012! New plugin updates, the three millionth download of WPtouch, and the unveiling of our new logo were just a few of the stories we were proud to share with you over the past year.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2013!

 

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