iPhone for WordPress is in the iTunes store. WordPress Widgets will use new Widgets API as of WordPress 2.8. Security authentication will improve with OAuth in future versions. WordPress 2.8 delayed. WordCamps in Hong Kong and China coming up. International languages embraced on WordPress.tv. And more WordPress news, tips, resources, and help.
WordPress News Changing: Your input is needed to help the Blog Herald WordPress News evolve. See “Changing the Blog Herald WordPress News: Your Help Needed” to share your thoughts on the shape of this weekly report.
WordPress.tv News: WordPress.tv has now launched the Making WordPress.tv development blog run on the new P2 WordPress Theme for those who want to keep up with what is going on with the new video service for the WordPress Community. The first goal for improving the new WordPress.tv is to improve the localization, the ability to understand the videos in your language. Michael Pick is working on adding language filtering to help with the translation of videos into other languages. You can now filter the videos by language preference, too.
Review WordPress Plugins:. Recently, Weblog Tools Collection started their “User Reviews” project where anyone can add their reviews of WordPress Plugins. The first set of Plugin Reviews from their readers is out. If you would like to join their reader review team, go get involved. It’s a great way of helping WordPress Plugin authors by supporting your favorite WordPress Plugins, and a great way to give back to the community by helping point out the coolest and most helpful WordPress Plugins.
Help WordPress Development: Jane Well is asking for help from the WordPress Community and you are invited to join. At WordCamp Denver, she presented a program on community involvement, opening the door to more non-developers to help WordPress develop, helping with quality control, documentation, ideas and opinions, user experience, graphic design, accessibility, usability testing, community organization, and WordPress.tv.
WordPress Release: The most recent version of WordPress is WordPress 2.7.1, a maintenance release. If you are using WordPress 2.7, take advantage of the automatic built-in upgrade.
Last Week’s WordPress Wednesday News: Are you just catching up now to our Blog Herald WordPress News? Check out the past news in last week’s WordPress News: Plugins Reach Milestone, New WordPress Community Project, Help to Search for WordPress Help.
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordCamp News: Jeff Chandler recently published “What I Learned From WordCamp Denver,” his experience of watching WordCamp Denver through the eyes of the BitWireLive live streaming from the lobby of the event as well as watching the Twitter tweets and live blogging. It’s an interesting look at a WordCamp event through the eyes of a “non-participant” – showing us how far and wide a WordCamp goes to make an impact. You can watch the live interviews by BitWireLive on Ustream.
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.
Here are some WordPress-related dates and events to put on your calendar.
- Utah WordPress Meetup – March 18, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – March 19, 2009
- Ferndale, Michigan – March WordPress Meetup – March 23, 2009
- Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta WordPress Users Group – March 24, 2009
- New York City WordPress Meetup – The Wonderful World of Widgets – March 24, 2009
- Seattle WordPress Meetup – March 24, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – Thursday, March 26, 2009
- The Dallas/Ft. Worth Area WordPress March Meetup – March 28, 2009
- The Chicago WordPress March Meetup – WordPress Plugins – March 28, 2009
- Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta WordPress Users Group Meetup – March 28, 2009
- North Carolina – Greater Charlotte Area WordPress Group March Meetup – March 28, 2009
- Alameda, California – The East Bay WordPress March Mash-up – March 29, 2009
- The New Jersey WordPress April Meetup – April 1, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – April 1, 2009
- New Jersey WordPress Meetup – April 1, 2009
- Gulf Coast WordPress/Blogger April Meetup – April 2, 2009
- WordCamp China – April 4, 2009
- WordCamp Hong Kong – April 5, 2009
- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – South Florida WordPress April Meetup – April 8, 2009
- New Orleans, Louisiana – WordCamp NOLA – April 10-11, 2008 (Twitter)
- Long Beach, California – Southern California WordPress Group – April 18, 2009
- Chicago – Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) – May 1-5, 2009
- WordCamp Toronto – May 8-10, 2009
- Richmond, Virginia – WordCamp RVA – May 9, 2009
- Ohio – WordCamp Columbus – May 16, 2009
- Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia – WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – May 16, 2009
- Milan, Italy – WordCamp Milan 2009 – May 22-23, 2009
- WordCamp San Francisco 2009 – May 30, 2009
Upcoming WordCamps not scheduled or confirmed:
- WordCamp Indy (Indianapolis)
- WordCamp Augusta
- WordCamp Seattle (WordCamp Seattle Twitter)
- WordCamp Portland
- WordCamp Argentina
- WordCamp Perú
- WordCamp New Zealand
- WordCamp Iowa
Upcoming WordCamp and WordPress Event News
WordCamp Toronto News: WordCamp Toronto volunteers are working overtime to publicize and prepare for their May 8-10, 2009, event. They have found the event venue at OASI in Toronto’s West End, are looking for local artists to display their work during the event, are having a FREE WordCamp Toronto Tickets Giveaway, and invite everyone to help promote the event by downloading a WordCamp Toronto Banner and displaying it on their blogs. Registration is filling fast for this amazing event, so sign up now to get a seat.
WordCamp Dallas News: WordCamp Dallas is June 27-28, 2009, at the University of Dallas in Dallas, Texas. The ticket price is $30 and covers meals and t-shirts and other goodies over the two day event.
WordCamp RVA News: WordCamp RVA is May 9, 2009, in Richmond, Virginia, at Hirschler Fleischer. Admission is free but registration is required. You can also track the event’s news on their Twitter at @wordcamprva.
WordCamp Chicago News: WordCamp Chicago now has a venue. It will be at the UBS Tower Conference Center in downtown Chicago. It has a maximum capacity for 200 attendees, which means seating will extremely limited. Register now.
WordCamp San Francisco 2009 News: WordCamp San Francisco 2009 is open for registration. Some hot speakers are already lined up for the May 30, 2009, event at the Mission Bay Conference Center, including Matt Cutts, Tim Ferris, Philip Greenspun, Douglas Hanna, Tara Hunt, Andy Peatling, and Steve Sounders. This often sells out so get your ticket and arrangements to attend the parent WordCamp event of the year now.
WordCamps and WordPress Meetups Everywhere
- WordPress Meetup: A WordPress Meetup is a frequent meeting of WordPress fans. If you would like to start a WordPress Meetup group, find a meeting place and announce it among your friends, and add a listing to the Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress and WordPress Meetups Upcoming Events and tag them “WordPress Events” and “WordPress”, as many track WordPress event announcements there.
- WordCamp: A WordCamp is a day or two long event with sponsors and dozens if not hundreds of WordPress fans gathering annually. If you would like to sponsor or host a WordCamp, check out the new official site for tracking WordCamps is WordCamp Central, which includes instructions and guidelines for running a WordCamp. Get a Twitter account and add a listing to the Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress and WordPress Meetups Upcoming Events and tag them “WordPress Events” and “WordCamp.
- WordPress and WordCamp Event News: In addition to our weekly Blog Herald WordPress News, you can learn more about the various WordPress and WordCamp Events on the official WordCamp Central site, The WordCamp Report, Yahoo Upcoming events for WordPress, WordPress Meetups Upcoming Events, and Upcoming: Public events tagged with “WordCamp”.
WordPress Fan Blogs and Podcasts
Weblog Tools Collection: Recent news, Plugin and Theme reviews, and helpful posts on Weblog Tools Collection include:
Recent posts by Weblog Tools Collection include:
- WordPress Plugin Releases for 03/18, 03/14, and 03/10
- WordPress Theme Releases for 03/17 and 03/13
- Postie Has New Life
- Plugin Review: WP Mollom
- How to Track RSS Subscribers in a Blog Contest
WordCast Podcast: WordCast 47: Sneeze for us! saw Kym come back to the show after too long away, and WordCast 48: Leave Twitter alone! covered Twitter and WordPress, the inside scoop on the new version of Woopra, and more WordPress tips and news.
WordPress Weekly Podcast: WPWeekly Episode 45 – Unlucky Stream covers lookup functions in Flash, WordPress 2.7 Plugins milestone, revamping the WordPress Support Forums, BuddyPress framework Theme released, previews of WordPress 2.8, and more WordPress tips and news.
WordPress Podcast: The latest episode is “Episode 50: WordPress 2.7.1 released, WordPress.tv, How much do YOU love WordPress?” and covered WordPress Plugin writing, WordPress 2.7.1, WordPress.tv, the first WordPress permanent tattoo, the WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin, and more WordPress Theme and Plugin information and tips.
WP Engineer: WP Engineer has tips and techniques for using WordPress, including:
WPCandy: WPCandy offers tips and information on WordPress Themes, Plugins, and code.
- A new term to describe widgets?
- WordCamp Miami Presentation: WP Framework
- WPInspiration Launched!
- Contest Alert: Best WordPress Design Awards
- Showcasing the Showcase
WPRecipes: The WPRecipes site offers tips and techniques for using WordPress, and recent posts include:
- How to: Insert special characters between menus items
- How to: Display the number of results in WordPress search
- How to: Remove widget areas on your blog homepage without editing template files
- How to: Remove the […] from the excerpt
- How to: Add a “Share on facebook” link to your WordPress blog
WPTavern: The recent news from the WPTavern blog and forum includes:
- Back To Back WordCamps In China
- Prologue 2 Sees The Light Of Day
- Matt Living Up To His Job Title
- Interesting Question Posed By Andrew
- Custom Widgets 2.0 Released
- Want To Work For Crowd Favorite?
- The912Project Using WordPress
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
New WordPress Widgets API: A new WordPress Widgets API in in development for WordPress 2.8. Based upon MultiWidget Class, it will handle all the multi-widget functions and hooks to implement a multi-widget Plugin, giving developers an easier process to extend their WordPress Plugins with Widget functionality. The WordPress Development team has announced that they are converting all default WordPress Widgets to work with the new Widgets API. If you are a WordPress Plugin author with a Widget-enabled Plugin, or you want to expand the flexibility of your Plugin for WordPress 2.8, check this out.
Lester Chan covers the new WP_Widget Class in WordPress 2.8 in greater detail to help Plugin authors understand how it works and how it can help them.
OAuth in WordPress Coming Soon: Will Norris wrote about “Authentication in WordPress 2.8” as part of his ongoing project for the OpenID WordPress Plugin. Working with Peter Westwood, WordPress 2.8 now includes a new filter for authentication that passes through three paramters, along with the username and password. According to Matt Mullenweg, right now, the OAuth for WordPress will be a WordPress Plugin, with hopes of integrating it into the core in the future.
The libxml2 Saga Continues: There is now a new WordPress and libxml2 Plugin to deal with the release of PHP 5.2.9 and libxml2 2.7.3 that solve the ongoing issues Joseph Scott has had with how the XML-RPC requests work. This fix resolves the issues of stripped brackets for XML-RPC requests and a few other related issues. If you cannot upgrade to the latest PHP and libxml2 versions, then this Plugin will help.
Are Your WordPress Plugins in the WordPress Plugins Directory? Justin Tadlock is doing it, are you? Most of the most popular WordPress Plugins are now hosted on the WordPress Plugin Directory, the official resource for WordPress Plugins. It ties directly into the automatic Plugin installation and upgrading feature in WordPress 2.7. If you want your Plugin found, why don’t you join others and have it hosted on the WordPress Plugin Directory.
Are You Ignoring the Potential of Pages? Justin Tadlock wrote “Page templates: The untapped potential of WordPress,” a look at WordPress Plugins and how to customize them to work differently from the rest of your blog. Some WordPress Themes offer a few sample Pages but there is so much more you can do. Why not experiment?
WordPress Plugin Development Beginner’s Guide: The “WordPress Plugin Development Beginner’s Guide by Vladimir Prelovac has been published and is available for sale.
WordPress Plugin and Theme Development Tips: The following are tips and techniques for WordPress Theme and Plugin authors and developers.
- What’s in store for WordPress Themes in 2009?
- What You Must Know About jQuery UI 1.7
- 7 Free Tools to Identify A Font
- 10 Reasons Why Your Code Won’t Validate (and How to Fix it)
WordPress 2.8 News and Development: Articles worth noting on WordPress 2.8 development include:
- Optimizing Script Loading
- Optimizing script loading part 2
- Optimizing script loading, implementation
- Change your WordPress Theme on …
- WordPress 2.8 body_class, automatic_feed_links
- What a body!
Interesting WordPress Plugins:
- Get My Tweets integrates a specific number of Twitter tweets into your WordPress blog.
- Insights speeds access and embedding links, images, videos, maps, and more into your blog posts.
- WP Columnize creates multiple columns within posts for a newspaper/magazine layout.
- Thumbnail Viewer shows larger thumbnail images than the WordPress default.
Blog Design Contest on WordPress.com: The first blogging design contest has been announced for WordPress.com called “I <3 Blogging Design Contest” is ending in a very few weeks. Co-produced by Infectious, this isn’t a blog web design or WordPress Theme contest. It is a graphic design contest. Design a “why I love blogging and WordPress” graphic design and if yours wins, it could be printed and sold on laptop and iPhone skins around the world through the Infectious store. Let your creative self loose and show the world how you would design what blogging and WordPress mean to you.
WordPress Techniques and Tips
Videos from WordPress.tv: WordPress.tv WordPress tips and WordCamp videos include:
- The Search Box widget – making your content easier to find
- The Tag Cloud widget – your obsessions made text
- The VodPod video widget – videos in your WordPress.com sidebar
- Using Quick Edit and Bulk Edit to manage your posts in half the time
- WordCamp Toronto 2008 – Charles Hodgson on WordPress and podcasting
WordPress Tips and Techniques: Here are a few more WordPress tips from around the WordPress Community:
- 10 Useful RSS-Tricks and Hacks For WordPress
- No More CSS Hacks
- See How Easy It Is To Widgetize WordPress Themes
- Top 50 WordPress Tutorials
WordPress Tips on Twitter: I’ve started sharing WordPress Tips and Plugin suggestions I’ve collected over the past couple years on Twitter at @lorelleonwp. I’ll be posting one WordPress tip and one WordPress Plugin link every morning (PST) covering recent versions of WordPress and WordPress usages and features.
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WordPress Community News
Things You Need to Know in the WordPress Community:
- Help Installing WordPress: Installing WordPress for Free
- Finding WordPress Plugins: WordPress Plugin Directory
- Finding WordPress Themes: WordPress Themes Directory
- WordPress Logos: The official WordPress logos are available for use on your blogs or WordPress event promotions. Please start with the official logos even if you wish to redesign them.
- WordPress Experts Found: Automattic WordPress Consultants List, WordPress Jobs, and the WP-Pro mailing list
- WordPress Facebook Community: WordPress on Facebook
- WordPress Bugs: Reporting Bugs in WordPress
- Online WordPress Manual: WordPress Codex
- Have Your Say: WordPress Ideas
- WordPress is Trademarked: You are not allowed to use WordPress in your domain name.
- WordPress is WordPress: It’s spelled “WordPress” not “Wordpress” and Plugin is Plugin, not plug-in (what you put into a wall electrical socket).
- WordPress Schwag for Sale: WordPress Shop
Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- WordPress News: Plugins Reach Milestone, New WordPress Community Project, Help to Search for WordPress Help
- WordPress News: WordPress Wins at Irish Blogger Awards, WordPress Events Everywhere, WordPress for PowerPoint, Flash Security Issue, Feedburner Deadline
- WordPress News: Can You Spot a WordPress Blog? WordPress 2.8 News, Plugin Directory Searcable, iPhone App Tested, and More
- WordPress News: Release Week News, WordPress 2.7.1, BuddyPress, WordPress MU, and More Releases
- WordPress News: Logogate, WordCamps Everywhere, WordPress.tv, BuddyPress, WordPressMU, WordPress Plugin Podcast, and More
- WordPress News: WordPress.tv, WordCamp Whistler, WordPress Logo, City Saves Money, and More
WordPress News Sources
- WordPress Planet
- WordPress Development Blog
- WordPress.com Blog
- Weblog Tools Collection
- The WordPress Podcast
- Lorelle on WordPress
- Planet WordPress from Planet Ozh
- WordPress Publisher Blog
- Planet WordPress Canada
- The WordCamp Report
- WordPress Jobs
- Weblog Tools Collection General WordPress News
- Weblog Tools Collection Videos
- WordPress Weekly Podcast
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