Welcome to the second edition of WPMU’s new Best in WordPress, a weekly series showcasing the best posts from around the web on anything and everything WordPress.

This week we’ve got a developer friendly Best in WordPress; we’re highlighting articles that cover WordPress frameworks, editing and styling the WordPress Dashboard, and best practices for plugin settings pages and theme options pages.

1. Popularity of WordPress Infographic: WPLifeguard

If you have any doubt just how popular WordPress is a web platform this infographic should put that to rest. Used on more than 20% of the top websites in the world, and with almost 40 million monthly searches globally – WordPress is the single most popular web development platform. Period.

2. Guest Post Management with MyBlogGuest Plugin: ManageWP

Everyone knows content is king. The only problem is coming up with all that great content for your site every day. Enter the guest post – and the MyBlogGuest plugin, which connects you to a repository of writers offering guest posts for your blog.

3. User Roles in WordPress: Smashing Magazine

If you plan to user or create a site that requires multiple people to login or administer the site you’ll need to understand the user roles capability inside WordPress. This post walks you through WP user roles and shows you how to create new roles for your clients to manage their sites.

4. Translating BuddyPress in Other Languages: Byotos.com

BuddyPress is an amazingly popular framework for creating social networks inside of WordPress; and this post discusses how you can add translation functionality to make your BuddyPress installation more user-friendly for people of many languages.

5. Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Actions and Filters: TutsPlus

Two of things that make WordPress the most popular web design platform in the world are actions and filters. Knowing how to use them opens up a new world of customization options for the design and development professional.

6. Using Chrome Developer Tools to Edit a WordPress Theme: WPTheming

For years Firebug was the go-to editor for WordPress designers. But, earlier this year Chrome overtook Firefox as the world’s most used web browser, and developers are now using Chrome’s inspector to quickly edit WordPress Theme. This post shows you how.

7. Using the WordPress Settings API: Kovshenin.com

Tap into the WordPress settings API to build beautiful (and functional) plugin and theme options settings pages. A slide show and text tutorial from the recent WordCamp Sofia 2012.

8. Comprehensive WP Framework Review – Round 2: WPMU.org

The follow-up to our very popular post about WordPress premium theme frameworks. This one discusses overall framework value, customization options, and overall user experience. If you’re considering purchasing a premium theme framework – this post is a must read.

That’s it for this week. Make sure to visit us again next week for the a new batch in the Best in WordPress!

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