I haven’t had time to spend much lately on the WordPress Support Forums and WordPress.com Forums, so I set aside an hour to help out, then found myself spending two. The support forums are addictive. Helping people is addictive. And fun.
WordPress.com have rolled out the sticky post feature, said to debut in WordPress 2.7 due in November. This new features let you check a “Stick this post to the front page” box on a per post basis, which will keep the post up top, even if you publish something else after it. Screenshots and more in the announcement post, but you could give it a go yourself if you’ve got a WordPress.com blog, of course.
WordPress.com, Automattic’s hosted version of WordPress, just recently passed a whopping 4 million blogs, as the screenshot above shows. That is some impressive number! I do wonder how many of these are active, and how many are spam? Perhaps the folks over at WordPress.com will touch that in the inevitable blog post announcing breaking 4M, we’ll see.
The time has come for help without delay. We hereby announce 24-7 support on WordPress.com.
We’ll try our best to reply to every request within 24 hours — usually much less. How fast can we really go? Send us a request to find out (but please only if you have a question, or want to tell us what a fabulous job we’re doing).
“Help without delay” and “reply to every request within 24 hours” might be a bit dubious when put together like this, but it is definitely a good thing that there’s a support team available 24/7 on WordPress.com.
WordPress iPhone has already been updated. Over 201,000 blogs using WordPress 2.6. More than 300 WordPress Themes uploaded to the new WordPress Theme Directory. Simon Dickson rocked WordCamp UK with great info on WordPress as a CMS for businesses. WordCamp San Francisco opens registration. Need help tracking changes in WordPress versions? There is now a Plugin that will help your WordPress Themes and Plugins make the transition. WordPress 2.5 is dead. WordPressMU 2.6 is alive. And Mark Jaquith writes a one line WordPress Plugin.
WordPress MU is out in 2.6, finally syncing their version history with WordPress, who recently launched 2.6 as well. Donncha O Caoimh’s got the full story as usual, so if you’re even remotely interested in using the WordPress version that powers WordPress.com, his post is for you.
WordPress iPhone mania sweeps the WordPress Community. WordPress will now rule an entire nation. WordCamp UK a resounding hit. WordPress 2.6 appears to be a stable release. The new WordPress Themes Directory is now an extend. WordPress working hard on improving localization and international translations. Go VOTE for your favorite new WordPress Plugin.
WordPress.com have added a Turbo button in the admin area. This is to enable Google Gears, if your browser supports it, and speed up things using it. For instance, Google Gears is used for offline access to web apps like Google Docs, but how can it benefit WordPress.com?
On WordPress.com it is used to store all images and other web page components from the admin area to the user’s PC, speeding up access and reducing unnecessary web traffic.