The early release of WordPress 2.5 has been delayed until March 17. Administration WordPress Plugins may break with WordPress 2.5. Lots of Plugins updated to be ready for WordPress 2.5. Did you know you will be able to change the colors of the Administration Panels? Want Plugins to add more buttons to the Rich Text Editor button toolbar? WordCamp Dallas is two weeks away. WordCamp Milan is announced. Can you spot a WordPress blog when you see one?
WordPress 2.5 Back on Track: The WordPress Trac has been updated for March 17 release of WordPress 2.5 and reports that it is 59% completed with 566 closed tickets and 396 active tickets, though some may be pushed to the next release. Originally the release date for WordPress 2.5 was the end of March. Determined to beat that, Ryan Boren and his team announced an earlier date of March 10. Unfortunately, illness stepped in the way, so WordPress 2.5 has a new release date of March 17, though it could be later since it hasn’t gone into beta testing yet.
The news from the WordPress Development Updates includes mention that Matt T cleaned up the color scheme picker which allows you to change the colors of the new Administration Panels interface, direct editing of media attachments from within the new Media Library, and news that part of the slowdown in development was due to Ryan Boren’s recent illness. Hope you are recovered and back on track, Ryan!
For more information on WordPress 2.5, read:
- Are You Ready for WordPress 2.5
- WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist
- Codex: Migrating Plugins and Themes
- Codex: WordPress 2.5
- Prepare For WP 2.5
- WordPress 2.5 Plugin Settings Pages Style Guide
- WordPress 2.5 Revealed and Compared to Version 2.3.x
Administration WordPress Plugins May Break in WordPress 2.5: planetOzh is working overtime to update his Plugins for WordPress 2.5 and warns that most WordPress Administration Panel WordPress Plugins, especially those which change the look and behavior of the Administration Panels (often misnamed the dashboard). He’s working on updating his popular Admin Drop Down Menu WordPress Plugin, but do check in with your favorite Administration Panel Plugin author to ensure they’ve updated their Plugin to work with the new WordPress 2.5 interface.
Is That a WordPress Blog? Many companies and individuals are using WordPress as a CMS, running their entire site on WordPress, even though you may never know it. The WordPress Publisher Blog regularly features sites running on WordPress that you might not recognize if you weren’t told. This week, Jeffro2pt0 asks, “Is It Or Is It Not WordPress” and answers with some interesting examples of non-WordPress looking WordPress-driven sites including: Ford Auto Shows, AlphaDogPR, Trade Secret Consultants, Ghanamusic.com, Kineda, Pregnancyloss, and BangBang.
WordPress Podcast: WordPress Podcast: Episode 37 with Charles Stricklin and Jonathan Bailey covered Jonathan’s upcoming presentation at the International Plagiarism Conference at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-tyne, UK, Charles’ presentation of WordPress for Podcasters at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas in August, more exciting news about the upcoming WordCamp Dallas event March 29-30, WordPress 2.5 news or the lack there of, Webware 100 and the inclusion of WordPress, review of WordPress Plugins, polls, and more.
WordPress Weekly with Jeffro2pt0: This week’s This week’s WordPress Weekly Podcast covered the Buddy Press acquisition, Gravatars with and without a plugin, Ebay decided to use WordPress, and more on WordPress 2.5.
Last Week’s WordPress Wednesday News: Last week’s WordPress Wednesday News report covered WordPress 2.5 Next Week, WordPress Goes Social, Cleaning Out Splogs, and More WordPress News, for those who just can’t get enough WordPress news.
WordPress Security News
Upgrade WordPress Now: WordPress 2.5 is due out soon, but reports continue to come in about WordPress blogs being hacked because they haven’t listened to the shouts of those warning them of security flaws nor have they upgraded to WordPress 2.3.3. Is the wait worth it?
WordPress Plugins Reveal Security Vulnerabilities and Flaws: If you are using a WordPress Plugin that is at risk, your blog may be at risk. Recent security announcements about WordPress Plugin security issues include:
- WP Photo Album – WPPA WordPress Plugin
- Search Unleashed WordPress Plugin
- Sniplets 1.1.2 (and possibly other versions)
- Simple Forum WordPress Plugin
- WP-Footnotes WordPress Plugin
- WordSpew AJAX Shoutbox WordPress Plugin
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordCamp Dallas:Dallas WordCamp is two weeks away! Start the drums beating to help publicize this exciting WordPress event in Frisco, Texas on March 29-30, 2008. If you haven’t registered by now, you might not get a t-shirt! Register now!
WordCamp Milan/WordPress Europe: European WordCamp, aka WordCamp Milan and WordCamp Italy, has been announced for May 10, 2008, though it is still in the planning stages. Matt Mullenweg has promised to attend, and there is a Barcamp Wiki with information in English (Italian). There has been a lot of confusion about this WordCamp. Announced as the “first” European WordCamp, this is not mean to disregard WordCamp Hamburg held recently in Germany. The goals of this WordCamp is to be “European” and embrace WordPress and blogging experts from around Europe, creating a “united” European conference rather than a country specific conference. Technology and people power to handle the many language translations of speakers and attendees could be very interesting, especially on such extremely short notice. Stay tuned for more news!
WordPress Meetup or WordCamp Near You? If you are putting together a WordPress event, please email me so I can publicize it here. If there is a WordCamp near you, go. If you are interested in setting up a WordCamp, stay tuned for news and information on to bring a WordCamp event near you.
- The New York City WordPress Meeting – March 15, 2008
- WordPress 2.5 Release – March 17, 2008
- The Nashville WordPress March Meeting – March 22, 2008
- WordCamp Dallas – March 29, 2008 (Registration Required)
- WordPress Denmark Meetup for WordPress 2.5 at Advice – April 6, 2008
- iBlog4: The Fourth Philippine Blogging Summit – April 26, 2008
- European WordCamp in Milan, Italy – May 10, 2008
- WordPress fans social gathering in Austin, Texas – May 13, 2008
- PodCamp Atlanta 2008 – May 17, 2008
- WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco – July or August 2008
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
Add Quicktag buttons to the Rich Text Editor Toolbar: There are a couple Plugins which allow you to add more buttons and/or customize the MCE Editor Toolbar that comes with WordPress as the Rich Text Editor. The Advanced TinyMCE Editor WordPress Plugin adds 60 new functions and features and TinyMCE Advanced WordPress Plugin incorporates 16 different WordPress Plugins into one, including Advanced hr, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Full Screen, IESpell, Layer, Media, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras, totally over 40 new buttons on the toolbar.
Other TinyMCE/WordPress related WordPress Plugins include:
- AWS Easy Page Link
- Fullscreen for WP Super Edit
- Monsters Editor for WP Super Edit
- Real WYSIWYG
- Remove Max Width
- Tiny Emotions
- Tiny Search Replace
- Tiny Style
- Tiny Table
- Tiny XHTML
- TinyMCE Excerpt
Theme Designers Are Asked About the Future of Premium WordPress Themes: Theme Shaper invited top WordPress Theme designers to discuss “The Future of WordPress Themes” and how Premium WordPress Themes (paid Themes) can work together with the open source community of WordPress while still using WordPress as a source of income.
When Spam Comments Flood the Subscribe to Comments WordPress Plugin: Perishable Press offers tips for removing spam registration the very popular Subscribe to Comments WordPress Plugin after finding dozens and dozens of spam entries in the subscription list.
YouTube API Improved – Expect More WordPress Plugins: WordPress Plugin authors who have or are working on YouTube specific WordPress Plugins have some new toys to play with according to the recent announcement on the YouTube blog of improves to the YouTube API. These include uploading videos and video responses, meta data adding and editing ability for video details, fetch localized standard feeds including most viewed and top rated for 18 international locales, custom queries for those international locales, and customization of the Player UI and control of video playback through software. Keep an eye out for some interesting WordPress Plugins that could jump upon these new improvements and integrate them within your WordPress blog.
Creating a Private Blog: Simply Basic offers “Making a Private Family Blog? 8 Essential WordPress Plugins You’ll Need”, a look at the Plugins you can use to create private blog for family or otherwise, allowing only members to view the blog. The list includes Members Only WordPress Plugin, Custom Login WordPress Plugin, Force User Field Registration WordPress Plugin, and WP User Moderation WordPress Plugin.
Organize Your WordPress Blog Article Series: Organize Series WordPress Plugin is being updated for WordPress 2.5. It’s an amazingly powerful Plugin that helps organize article series on your blog, helping feature all of the series you’ve written and how to find an article within that series easily. It uses the post categories and tags to group article series together, allows CSS styling and customization. I’m still a fan of the In Series WordPress Plugin, but Unfolding Neurons is pushing Organize Series to new levels of articles series writing and organizing.
Trackbacks and Pings in WordPress Themes: Weblog Tools Collection tackles “Managing Trackbacks and Pingbacks in Your WordPress Theme”, covering tips and techniques for separating trackbacks and pingbacks from regular comments, how to remove them, and other interesting tips for managing trackbacks and pingbacks.
Viper’s Video Quicktags Updated: The popular Viper’s Video Quicktags WordPress Plugin has been updated to work with WordPress 2.5.
Tracking WordPress Compatibility: It’s often difficult to track what Plugin and Theme is compatible with which WordPress version. In the WordPress Codex are two “master” pages that list all the various compatibilities: WordPress Theme Compatibilities and WordPress Plugin Compatibilities. No matter which version you are using, and in preparation for the next version of WordPress, add these to your WordPress resource list to check before you upgrade.
Plugin and Theme Compatibility Issues for Authors and Designers: If you have a WordPress Plugin or Theme, see Migrating Plugins and Themes for tips on updating your Plugin or Theme for the latest version of WordPress. Once updated, make sure to include it on the WordPress Compatibility lists so users will know which version is updated and ready to work with the latest WordPress.
Interesting WordPress Plugins: I’m constantly amazed at how many creative and useful WordPress Plugins are released each week. Aren’t you?
- Auto Tagger WordPress Plugin incorporates the Yahoo API for tag suggestions based upon the post content, adding a “suggest tags” button to the Write Post panel sidebar.
- EZ-FAQ WordPress Plugin helps to include and format a FAQ Page on your WordPress blog.
- BBCling WordPress Plugin is a WordPress Plugin for integrating BBClone Forums into a WordPress blog.
- Improved Include Page WordPress Plugin allows the ability to include content from a static page in a WordPress template file with customizable options.
WordPress Techniques and Tips
Import iWeb Blog to WordPress: Maciverse has instructions for “How To: Import your iWeb Blog to WordPress” for those migrating from iWeb to a WordPress blog.
WordPress Help: If you are looking for help on using WordPress, begin by visiting the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, then searching the WordPress Support Forums or WordPress.com Forums, depending upon your version.
WordPress Tips and Techniques: Here are some featured articles and videos from around the WordPress Community:
- Maria’s Guides – Video Blogging with Viddler and WordPress, Part I
- Pressing Pixels – Completing the CMS With WordPress
- Tubetorial Quick Tips – WordPress – Choosing Permalinks
Want to Write a WordPress Tip and See It Here? If you would like your WordPress tip and technique included in this list, see Tips For Writing Good WordPress Tips and Writing and Publishing Code In Your WordPress Blog Posts. When its ready, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WordPress.com Blogs Fixed Fast: According to Donncha O’Caoimh, master of WordPressMU which runs WordPress.com, the security vulnerability for WordPress.com blogs reported earlier this week was fixed in less than 10 minutes. Well done.
New To WordPress.com: If you are new to blogging on WordPress.com, check out this basic guide on What Do I Do With My New WordPress.com Blog?.
WordPress Community News
Vote for WordPress Ideas: There is still time to get your vote in for ideas on upcoming versions of WordPress in the The WordPress Ideas section. Why not take advantage of it and add your voice to the vote.
Using WordPress in Your Blog’s Name: It’s about respect. Please use WordPress names right because WordPress is a trademark and you are not allowed to use WordPress in your blog’s domain name or URL unless you have permission of Automattic and WordPress. Also, remember, it’s spelled “WordPress” not “WordPress”. Oh, and Plugin is Plugin, not plug-in (what you put into a wall electrical socket).
WordPress Installed For Free: Installing WordPress for Free (aka Install4Free WordPress) is a free, volunteer-driven service is limited to personal blogs only, and they help only with installations, not upgrades.
Even More WordPress News?
Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 Next Week, WordPress Goes Social, Cleaning Out Splogs, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 in Two Weeks, New Hot Media Library, Instant Upgrades, Theme Designers Lack Inspiration, More Plugin Vulnerabilities Found
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 News, Colleges and Schools Love WordPressMU, Viddler Meets WordPress, Theme Buyers Beware, Columns in Blog Posts, Feeds Without Plugins
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 Live Reports, WWW or Not to WWW, 16,000 Post Migration, MT Does WP, WP Does Kazakhstan, and Gets Mugged
WordPress News Sources
- WordPress Planet
- WordPress Development Blog
- WordPress.com Blog
- Weblog Tools Collection
- BloggingPro’s WordPress News and Tips
- The WordPress Podcast
- Lorelle on WordPress
- Planet WordPress from Planet Ozh
- WordPress Publisher Blog
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