WordPress News: WordPress 2.7 Awesome, WordPress.com 5 Million, Plugins Updated, and WordCamp News

Filed as Features on December 18, 2008 10:06 pm

There was a lot of WordPress news this week, including the release last week of WordPress 2.7, which has been heralded by many as one of the easiest upgrades and enthusiasm for the new interface. Applause for the whole WordPress development team and community that worked so hard to make WordPress 2.7 so awesome. A lot of WordPress Plugins have been updated, and some thought discontinued by incorporation of their features into WordPress 2.7 are back and better than ever. Lots of WordPress.com news, including crossing the 5 million blog mark. WordCamps and WordPress Meetups are starting to fill up the schedule for 2009. And a lot more WordPress news is crammed into this issue, so hang on.

WordPress News

Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.7: Last week’s issue, WordPress News: WordPress 2.7 Released, covered a ton of information you needed to know about the latest version of WordPress.

Ryan Boren announced that there have been 100,000 downloads in the first 20 hours of release, followed by a hint that WordPress 2.7.1 work in progress and will be out soon with many of the fixes found during the first week of the release.

Other WordPress 2.7 news and tips include:

  • Accessibility and Speed Comes to the WordPress 2.7 Comment Panel: Mark Jaquith presented a great demo screencast of the WordPress 2.7: Comment Moderation Keyboard Shortcuts which shows the various keyboard shortcuts you can use with the new version of WordPress to speed up the processing of comments. To turn it on, visit your Profile Page (click your name in the upper right corner) and check the box to enable keyboard shortcuts. From there, it’s just a few keystrokes to fast management of your comments.
  • Customize the WordPress Login Panel: WordPress 2.7 now features an easily customizable WordPress login screen and WPEngineer offers a tutorial on how to customize the WordPress login screen to your own design needs.
  • Admin Drop Down Menu Upgraded: With the major changes and easy-to-use interface of WordPress 2.7, many thought that Ozh of Planet Oz would discontinue support of his popular WordPress Plugin, Admin Drop Down Menu. Fortunately, the requests to continue and support an upgraded version were too much for him to resist, so it has been upgraded with some new features to better work with WordPress 2.7. It includes a horizontal menu to replace the left sidebar navigation, giving it a more “desktop application” feel. See below in the Plugins and Theme News for more WordPress Plugins making a comeback.
  • WordPress 2.7 Administration Panel Skin: While many are thrilled with the new look and feel of WordPress 2.7, some still like having the option to change and control it. The Fluency Admin WordPress Plugin has been updated with a total rewrite to cover the new underlying structure of WordPress 2.7 while allowing a lot of customization. This version features custom flyout menus, navigation click reduction, hot key access shortcuts, screen options, and some other color variations. Expect more Plugins to change the look of the new Administration Panels soon.
  • hCards in WordPress 2.7? Did you know that microformats are now a part of WordPress? Joost de Valk of Yoast was impressed with the new hCards feature of WordPress, so he’s written a WordPress Plugin to work with the new microformats feature to add name, website, email, and photo to your blog. He offers a a video to show how the Plugin works.

Haven’t You Upgraded to WordPress 2.7 Yet? For information on upgrading to WordPress 2.7, see WordPress 2.7 Release News and Links. If you are worried about whether or not WordPress 2.7 will work with your server, Themes or Plugins, see:

WordPress 2.7 Browser Support: In the announcement of WordPress 2.7 on WordPress.com is a note regarding web browsers compatible with WordPress 2.7. It states that WordPress 2.7 uses JavaScript extensively, thus you are encouraged to use the most recent browsers, specifically FireFox 3, Google Chrome, and Safari 3. The developers continue to work on making the new interface compatible with Internet Explorer and other browsers, but you are recommended to upgrade your browsers. Many are reporting problems in the forum associated with Internet Explorer and older versions of Safari. If you have the latest version of your browser, close the program and possibly restart your computer to clean your browser’s cache if you are experiencing browser-related problems with the new interface or your blog before heading to the for help as this appears to be resolving many problems.

The Ghosts of WordPress Past: Ozh released “A Journey Through Five Years of WordPress Interface” and Peter Westwood brought back memories with “Useless graphs (What went before),” each showing us their view on the history of WordPress.

Fake WordPress Malicious Site: I’ve heard that some people aren’t getting the news, so spread it. Look out for a fake WordPress site. Wordpresz.org looks like the site but isn’t. The version of WordPress you download has malicious code in the download that opens a backdoor to your blog. If you upgraded WordPress to 2.6.4, you are running a fake version. There is no WordPress 2.6.4. The latest version is WordPress 2.7, and in the 2.6 line, it is 2.6.5, skipping 2.6.4 due to this threat.

WordPress and Polldaddy Polls and Surveys: One Cool Site offers “Blogging Polls and Surveys for WordPress.com blogs” and “PollDaddy ShortCode for WordPress Blogs” to help you learn more about how to use Polldaddy in your WordPress and WordPress.com blogs. See also How to Add Polldaddy Polls on WordPRess Blogs by the ThemeLab.

Feeds and Hacks for WordPress: Smashing Magazine published “10 Useful RSS-Tricks and Hacks For WordPress” with some great feed tricks and tips.

Don’t Let WordPress in Your Domain Name: A number of WordPress fan and “get-rich-quick-with-WordPress” sites have been starting up lately using “WordPress” in their domain name. This is in violation of the WordPress trademark. Before you do the same, reconsider. If you find a site using WordPress in their domain name, remind them of the trademark rules so they won’t be asked later to remove it.

The WordPress Podcast: Episode 48: WordPress 2.6.5 released, Mark Jaquith on 2.7, WordPress Direct controversy is the latest episode by Charles Stricklin and Jonathan Bailey and features those topics and interview, as well as security issues, Project Icon, and more.

WordCast Podcast: The last two episodes of the year are WordCast 39: Longer than a list of Madonna’s ex-boyfriends and WordCast 40: And a happy new year!. In the first episode, Jonathan Bailey joins the crew to talk about WordPress 2.7, global Gravatars integrated into WordPress.com, and more WordPress news.

WordPress Weekly Podcast: WPWeekly In The Doghouse included Kenn Bell of TheDogFiles.com and Jason Schuller, co-developer of the Revolution 2 project, to talk WordPress Themes, code, and development. The WordPress Weekly Bailout Edition covered bailouts for WordPress fans including WordPress 2.7 news, WordPress Plugins, and what’s hot in the WordPress Community.

Browser and Web Security Concerns: Microsoft announced this past week security issues with their Internet Explorer web browser and the dangers of visiting websites that could exploit that security vulnerability. Many warned to not use Internet Explorer until it was patched and updated. It was also announced that Google has created the Browser Security Handbook to help people and developers understand the security issues facing web browsers and the steps to take to protect individuals and web applications. WordPress is a web application at its core, and we depend upon web browsers for our blogs and online activity. Stay informed and educated to protect yourself and your WordPress blog, Theme, and Plugin.

Last Week’s WordPress Wednesday News: Can’t get enough WordPress news and tips? There is so much news coming out about the latest version, so you can catch up with the past news in last week’s WordPress News: WordPress 2.7 Released.

WordPress on Your Calendar

WordPress Events CalendarWordPress 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.

Here are some WordPress-related dates and events to put on your calendar.

Upcoming WordCamps not scheduled or confirmed:

Upcoming WordCamp and WordPress Event News

WordCamp Las Vegas: WordCamp Las Vegas is the first WordCamp of the new year and the line up of speakers is out and awesome. They’ve just added another speaker, Micah Baldwin, to the roster. There is a WordCamp Las Vegas Live Stream you can register for to watch the event live. WordCamp Las Vegas now has banners and badges available to help promote the event. Will you be there?

WordCamp Las Vegas

WordCamp Whistler: WordCamp Whistler January 24, 2009, will be announcing that they’ve sealed a deal with a hotel and facility with a great discount rate. Register now to ensure you get the discount. They are also seeking sponsors for this incredible WordCamp, a mix of skiing, photography, and WordPress. It is set in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world. There is now a Facebook event set for those wanting to sign up, as well as a WordCamp Whistler Barcamp Page or their new official site, WordCamp Whistler.

WordCamp Whistler

WordCamp Chicago: WordCamp Chicago is now set for June 6-7, 2009, in the windy city. The Chicago WordPress December Meetup is scheduled for December 23, 2008. There is also a WordCamp Chicago Facebook page.

Attention WordPress Lovers in New Jersey: The new The New Jersey WordPress Meetup Group will be meeting January 7, 2009, in Belmar, New Jersey, at 7PM at the WebDevStudios.com office. Get help with WordPress, upgrading to WordPress 2.7, and learn about exciting WordPress Plugins and what’s going on in Jersey with WordPress.

WordCamp San Francisco 2009 Announced: Matt Mullenweg has announced the date for WordCamp San Francisco 2009 for May 30, 2009, at the Mission Bay Conference Center. There is also a Upcoming Event page set up.

WordCamp Dallas: WordCamp Dallas 2009 is set for June 27-28, 2009, at University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas.

WordCamps and WordPress Meetups Everywhere

WordPress Plugins and Themes News

WordPress Plugins DatabaseWordPress Plugin Authors Upgrading Their Plugins to WordPress 2.7: While many WordPress Plugin developers and authors upgraded their Plugins to handle WordPress 2.7, a few are still upgrading them, or making changes after the final version was released. Along with the popular Admin Drop Down Menu and Fluency Admin 2 WordPress Plugins, Lester Chan has updated his WordPress Plugins and included a new one. To work with the new WordPress 2.7 comments, he created WP-CommentNavi WordPress Plugin to deal with comment pagination. He had also decided to retire the popular WP-Sticky WordPress Plugin because WordPress 2.7 now features front page stickies, but the demand was so high, he’s upgraded the Plugin.

Joost de Valk of Yoast has also upgraded his WordPress Plugins to work with WordPress 2.7. They include Google Analytics for WordPress, Sociable, Meta Robots WordPress Plugin, Blog Metrics, and Breadcrumbs.

Check WordPress Theme and Plugin Compatibility with WordPress 2.7: If you are a WordPress Plugin or Theme author, and your Theme or Plugin will work with the new version, check to see if it is listed in the on WordPress 2.7 Plugin Compatibility and WordPress 2.7 Theme Compatibility. Users will check there before upgrading, so make sure you are on the list.

Human Translation WordPress Plugin: ICanLocalize has released to WordPress Plugins that integrates human translation services into your WordPress blog. One is for content and the other is for comments: ICanLocalize Translator and ICanLocalize Comment Translator. Currently, they are offering a 5,000 word limit on free human translation services with these Plugins to test their service.

Installing WordPress EBook: Andrea Rennick of WPMU Tutorials has just published Installing WordPressMU – The E-Book, a guide to helping you install the popular multi-blog version of WordPress called . The book is available in PDF form for free download.

Multiple Contributors on Your Blog? One of the problems working with multiple authors and collaborators on your WordPress blog is keeping track of who is working on what, when, and what they have to say about what they are working on, and what you are working on. Peter Westwood’s Peter’s Post Notes for WordPress works alone or in combination with Peter’s Collaboration E-mails to ease multi-author collaboration. It is my understanding that it adds a text area to the sidebar to add and edit posts and pages with notes. An extra panel in the sidebar helps keep track of the notes along with a summary of notes made by others on relevant posts. With the email Plugin, when the contributor submits a post for review, a new text area is added with a note to let the administrator know, in addition to the email, that the post is pending review. If you run a multiple contributor blog or multiple blogger blog, give this a try.

WordPress Functions Implementation History: Along with other looks back at history, Ozh offers the WordPress Functions Implementation History Tool for a look at the changes and options for WordPress functions for coders. It’s important to know when a function is deprecated and introduced so you can maintain Plugins and Themes through the various WordPress versions and also include some backwards compatibility, if available. This has been updated now to include WordPress 2.7.

Paged Comments in WordPress 2.7: There has been some concern about SEO dealing with the new paged comments features of WordPress 2.7. PressedWords talks about the issue and offers a WordPress Plugin to help resolve the issue for those concerned.

Best Practice for JavaScript in WordPress Plugins: Validimir Prelovac offers some best practices for adding JavaScript to WordPress Plugins, especially for WordPress 2.7 versions which rely heavily on JavaScripts.

Interested in Learning to Code WordPress, WordPress Plugins, or Themes? While not a tutorial or guide on using WordPress, 10 Steps to Learn a New Coding Language Fast by Glen Stansberry is a good list of the best practices all programmers and coders should use to quickly learn how to program in a new language. It is also recommended that you review WordPress Coding Standards for the standards and practices associated with writing code for WordPress.

Interesting WordPress Plugins:

Plugin Compatibility Notes WordPress Plugin is an interesting and helpful Plugin as it extracts information from a WordPress Plugin installed on your blog and tells you if it will support the current version of WordPress or not. It’s a tough task, so it will be interesting to see how the Plugin works across a variety of WordPress setups and Plugins.

JavaScript Logic WordPress Plugin developed by Justin Tadlock is designed to help those of you writing WordPress Plugins deal with how JavaScript is handled in the new versions of WordPress. It allows the conditional loading of JavaScripts with full instructions to help you develop your WordPress Plugins.

ScrnshotsRSS WordPress Plugin has been updated to work with current versions of WordPress and allows you to display screenshots in your sidebar with a Widget without interaction with the WordPress Theme template files.

Entries on Page X WordPress Plugin creates a link to the archive page the current post is currently within, such as the archives for May 2009 if the post was published then. For those who rely upon the chronology of their blogs, this could be a helpful Plugin.

Finding WordPress Plugins: For more WordPress Plugins see the official WordPress Plugin Directory, the WordPress Plugins Database, and Weblog Tools Collection Plugin and Theme announcements.

WordPress.com News

WordPress.com W logoWordPress.com Passes 5 Million: Joseph Scott was the first to announce that WordPress.com has passed the 5 Million blog mark, and I’ve done my best to contribute to those millions. To find out the statistics for WordPress.com, check their WordPress.com Stats page. It’s pretty impressive.

WordPress.com News and New Features: With the release of WordPress 2.7 a week before it was released to the rest of the world, there has been a lot of news from the WordPress.com team. Here is a quick summary:

  • Media Uploader Overview features screenshots and information how to use the Media Upload options, including improvements like uploading to the new Media Library directly and bypassing the post image uploading.
  • Learning to Love Comment Moderation is an introduction to the new keyboard shortcuts for handling comments in the Comment panel, new comment filters, and some other great new features that make responding and managing comments on WordPress better than ever.
  • QuickPress and Other Handy Post Options describes the new Dashboard Panel features that include the ability to make fast posts to your blog.
  • New Dashboard Design and The Many Ways to Configure Your New Dashboard showcased the fun things you can do to customize the Dashboard panel of your WordPress.com blog including dragging and dropping the modules and resizing them.
  • WordPress.com Goes Gravatar Crazy is now totally integrated into WordPress, so your WordPress.com avatar will now “follow you around the web” and appear on any Gravatar enabled website.
  • 43 Degrees, but It’s Snowing is an annual celebration of Winter and the holidays in the northern hemisphere of the planet. In Appearance > Extras, you can turn on “Show falling snow on this blog” to “let it snow” on your WordPress.com blog. It ends the first week of January.

WordPress Techniques and Tips

Tutorial for Custom Fields in WordPress Themes: Perishable Press has started a series dealing with the basics of using WordPress Custom Fields in WordPress Themes. Custom Fields add functionality to a blog, but many underestimate what custom fields can do. Now is your chance to learn more.

The Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin by Dissection: Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin by Nettuts is a step-by-step dissection of a WordPress Plugin, helping you learn how a WordPress Plugin works and how to write your own.

WordPress Tips on Twitter: I’ve started sharing WordPress Tips I’ve collected over the past couple years on Twitter at @lorelleonwp. I’ll be posting one WordPress tip link every morning (PST) covering recent versions of WordPress and WordPress usages and features.

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 lorelleonwordpress@gmail.com.

WordPress Community News

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  1. By Cedrick Reese posted on December 19, 2008 at 1:23 am
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    You can do an update with the Automatic Update Plug-In. You can find it at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/. My only problem is whenever I try to update a post the post editor will not function properly, so I have been having to delete them and make a new post. Also some of my plugins are no longer working.

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    • By Lorelle VanFossen posted on December 19, 2008 at 10:05 am
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      I wonder why? :D Yes, many have had successful updates from the very latest version of WordPress to WordPress 2.7 using one of the auto update Plugins, but some are reporting similar errors. For most people, moving up to WordPress 2.7 could be the last manual upgrade you do. Looks like it should have been for you. This is probably why you are having problems.

      Check the compatibility lists in the article to find out if your Plugins are compatible with WordPress 2.7 and/or if an update is available.

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    I set up a wordpress blog recently for my dental lab and it’s great! The dentists love it. Even a few patients visited looking for dentists.

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  3. By wayzee posted on December 20, 2008 at 11:05 pm
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    i am using wordpress for health and fitness blog it has really nice features and provide ease to bloggers. i recommend it to all.

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    Thanks for the e-book mention. :)

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