WordPress 2.7.1 is out. The first ever permanent tattoo of the WordPress logo is embedded. BuddyPress helps change how WordPressMU handles Plugins. New WordPress Plugin development book due soon. WordCamp Germany this weekend, with Miami and Denver coming up. New insights into WordPress 2.8 under the hood. And more from WordPress.tv and WordPress fan blogs.
WordPress 2.7.1 Released: WordPress 2.7.1, a maintenance release, is out. If you are using WordPress 2.7, take advantage of the automatic built-in upgrade. If you are not, then consider upgrading to WordPress 2.7. Sixty-five files were modified with 68 bug and feature fixes and improvements, and I covered more details about the release on my blog.
Permanent WordPress Tattoo: Ed Morita of Baker’s Hours in Hawaii is the first to put a permanent tattoo of the WordPress logo on his body. In January, he invited readers and WordPress fans to tell him where to place the tattoo and the wrist was the most popular response. I covered the event live on my blog, on the WordCast podcast, on Twitter (@lorelleonwp and @NctrnlBst), and it was picked up by many, including Mashable. In Ed’s story about the tattoo, he explains that it is meant to represent what it would look like if his skin was torn off to reveal a circuit board underneath with the WordPress logo. There has been much debate over whether or not the logo is the “right” one, and Matt Mullenweg confirms that it is the correct logo. The news has prompted another person on Twitter to hold an auction to get a tattoo, and several news agencies have contacted Ed Morita to cover the story.
Why WordPress? Vladimir Prelovac asks why developers should pick WordPress? It’s a good question and he has the right answers for web developers, including examples of who is using WordPress and why developing sites with WordPress makes sense.
WordPressMU Gets Improved Plugin Functionality in Time for BuddyPress: BuddyPress is just about to be released out of beta development with 300 commits and 200 bug fixes and the announcement comes with news that all release candidate versions of the BuddyPress Plugins will be available for download and that WordPressMU support will be limited. Over the next few weeks, site-wide WordPress Plugin support will be added to WordPressMU to improve functionality, hook into the automatic upgrade features, making life easier for BuddyPress and other WordPress Plugins in WordPressMU. The WordPress Publisher Blog also announced the BuddyPress Video.
New Book to be Published in Writing WordPress Plugins: Vladimir Prelovac is asking fans to choose a cover for his new WordPress development book on writing WordPress Plugins.
Take Care When Adding Gadgets and Whizbangs: Blog Security reports on 3 tips to avoid dangerous Themes and Plugins for WordPress and other blogging platforms that are worth considering, as you never know when some evil will peek out from what appears to be a safe Theme, Plugin, Widget, or script.
Changes to XML-RPC and AutomPub: Joseph Scott talked about the XML-RPC and AtomPub changes in WordPress 2.7.1 and mentions that if you are interested in helping out with these features in WordPress, join the wp-xmlrpc email list.
Don’t Let WordPress in Your Domain Name: Do you use “wordpress” in your blog’s domain name? This is in violation of the WordPress trademark. 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. And WordPress is spelled with a capital P.
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: Release Week News, WordPress 2.7.1, BuddyPress, WordPress MU, and More Releases.
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordCamp News: WordCamp Germany is this weekend. Miami and Denver are quickly approaching and almost sold out. WordCamp NOLA changes its dates from March to April. WordCamp Columbus is open for registration. WordCamp New York set for October. WordPress Meetups are forming all around the world to bring together WordPress fans, such as the weekly WordPress Meetups/Beer and Blogs in Las Vegas.
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.
- Germany – WordCamp Jena Germany – February 14, 2009
- The Boston WordPress Meetup Group – Blogging @ The Brewery – February 16, 2009
- New York City WordPress Meetup – February 17, 2009
- The Scottsdale WordPress Meetup – Scottsdate, Arizona – February 18, 2009
- Vancouver, BC – WordCamp Education Vancouver 2009 – February 19, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – February 19, 2009
- UK – WordPress UK North Northern Bloggers Get-Together Type Thing – Leeds Met – February 20, 2009
- Vancouver, BC – 2009 Northern Voice – February 20-21, 2009
- Delhi – WordCamp India – February 21-22, 2009
- Miami, Florida – WordCamp Miami 2009 – February 22, 2009
- San Francisco – WordPress Surf and Turf – February 24, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – February 26, 2009
- WordCamp Denver 2009 – February 28, 2009 (Facebook)
- Dallas/Fort Worth WordPress Meetup – Dallas, Texas – February 28, 2009
- Atlanta WordPress Users Group Meetup – Learning WordPress 2.7 – Atlanta, Georgia – February 28, 2009
- The Chicago WordPress February Meetup – February 28, 2009
- New Jersey – The New Jersey WordPress March Meetup – March 4, 2009
- Mobile, Alabama – Gulf Coast WordPress/Blogger WordPress Meetup – March 5, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – March 5, 2009
- Los Angeles WordPress Users Group – March 8, 2009
- Ft Lauderdale – South Florida WordPress March Meetup User Group – March 11, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – March 12, 2009
- Austin, Texas – SXSW 2009 – March 13-22, 2009
- Chicago – Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) – May 1-5, 2009
- WordCamp Toronto – MAy 8-10, 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
- WordCamp Chicago – June 6-7, 2009
- WordCamp Dallas 2009 – Dallas, Texas – June 27-28, 2009
Upcoming WordCamps not scheduled or confirmed:
- WordCamp Indy (Indianapolis)
- WordCamp Augusta
- WordCamp Seattle (WordCamp Seattle Twitter)
- WordCamp Argentina
- WordCamp Perú
- WordCamp New Zealand
- WordCamp Iowa
Upcoming WordCamp and WordPress Event News
Buy WordCamp T-shirts: The recent WordCamp Las Vegas is selling their surplus WordCamp shirts if anyone would like to add to their WordCamp t-shirt collection. Actually, many are creating a WordCamp t-shirt collection, whether or not they attend the event.
WordCampED: WordCamp Education Vancouver 2009 in British Columbia on February 19, 2009, wants your input on the type of sessions do you want at this educational based WordPress event. They have some interesting ideas for topics and want your input. They also have set up the official WordCampEd: Vancouver site.
Las Vegas WordPress Meetups Now Weekly: The Las Vegas WordPress Meetups are now following in the footsteps of the Beer and Blog social gatherings with weekly meetings to talk WordPress, blogging, and whatever else comes up.
WordCamp Toronto News: WordCamp Toronto is having the WCT 2009 Awards and is asking for nominations. The deadline is April 1, 2009 with the following core categories:
- Best Theme Design
- Best Plug-in
- Best Student Blog/WP Site
- Best Professional/Corporate Blog/WP Site
- Best Education/Instructional Blog/WP Site
- Best Creative use WordPress (outside of a standard blog)
- Best Blog from any Category
They are also hosting a student contest to design a logo for WordCamp Toronto, open to all college and university students in Toronto. Check out WordCamp Toronto’s site or Twitter @WordCampTO.
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 Has New Look: Weblog Tools Collection has a new look and it’s well done. A combination magazine, blog, and aggregate style, Mark Ghosh and his team have done an amazing job incorporating all the different WTC forums, blogs, news, reports, reviews, and diverse content that makes up most of Weblog Tools Collection online properties into an easy-to-use and access design.
Recent posts by Weblog Tools Collection include:
- WordPress 2.7.1 Released
- WordPress Plugin Releases for 02/10
- Mastering WordPress Shortcodes
- WordPress Theme Releases for 02/11
- FeedBurner is Dead, Long Live Feedburner
- WordPress Plugin Releases for 02/13
WordCast Podcast: In the last podcast with Lorelle on WordPress with Dave Moyer, WordCast 45: Is that WordPress on your wrist? reported live as the permanent WordPress logo tattoo was created on Ed Morita, talked about WordPress 2.7.1, interesting WordPress Plugins, new ideas for WordPress Widgets, Andy Skelton getting married, BuddyPres, choosing a WordPress consultant, Valdimir’s new WordPress Plugin book, celebrity WordPressers, Twestivals, and more WordPress news and tips.
WordPress Weekly Podcast: Episode 42 – How Could WordPress Die? covered a look at the future, and demise, of WordPress, WordPress Tips, Themes, and triva. Next week the WordPress Weekly podcast team will be off and it will resume February 27th. WordPress Weekly covered David Peralty is joining as co-host of the WordPress Weekly podcast with Jeff Chandler. The WordPress Weekly is sponsored by Weblog Tools Collection and hosted on TalkShoe.
Talking WordPress Plugins: The WordPress Plugins Podcast is a new podcast covering WordPress Plugins with Angelo Mandato. Each week, he aims to bring you a variety of interesting WordPress Plugins and interviews with Plugin authors and developers.
WP Engineer: WP Engineer has tips and techniques for using WordPress, including this week’s batch:
- Change your WordPress Theme on …
- Plugin Review: Codestyling Localization
- WordPress 2.8 body_class, automatic_feed_links
WPRecipes: The WPRecipes site offers a daily batch of tips and techniques for using WordPress, and recent posts include:
- How to: Display allowed tags in comments
- How to: Display your average comments per posts
- How to: Display your Feedburner count in full text
- How to: get rid of links in your comments
- How to: Manually reset your WordPress password
- How to: Separate each post with an image
WPTavern: The recent news from the WPTavern blog and forum includes:
- 100 Forum Members, New Design And More
- Episode 42 – How Could WordPress Die?
- Six Ways In Which WordPress Could Die
- WordPress 2.7.1 Available To The Public
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
Top Niche WordPress Plugins: Top WordPress Plugin Niches by W-Shadow is a list based upon the top 100 most downloaded WordPress Plugins to determine their “niche” categories. It’s an interesting look at the types of Plugins most WordPress users desire and use.
How Much Control Should Users Have Over a WordPress Theme? “The slippery slope dilemma: How much control should users have?” is a post by Justin Tadlock about some of the things you should consider when designing a WordPress Theme, such as how easy you want the Theme’s various features, and how much of the Theme elements you want the user to control. As WordPress Themes improve, allowing more customization through the Administration Panels, this question will become even more important.
Installing WordPress with Subversion: A Variation: Installing WordPress As A Subversion Checkout ( Or External ) In A Subdirectory by Joseph Scott is an interesting method for installing WordPress outside of the WordPress directory.
- Joseph Scott – I Don’t Like PHP’s extract() Function
- Custom WordPress Login Screen
- Better WordPress Archives via Dynamic Triple Column Layout
- Category Hacks for WordPress Theme Designers
- is_subpage() – Custom Conditional Function
- WordPress Development: Database Calls
Interesting WordPress Plugins:
- In the Loop WordPress Plugin works with the WordPress Loop to generate content before and after a blog post. It is customizable to control whether or not the content is displayed on teasers, single post pageviews, multi-post pageviews, Pages, or feeds.
- Category Mapping Plugin for WordPressMU allows the administrator to create sub-blog category mappings to display network wide blog posts under top-level blog category pages.
- Cross References WordPress Plugin makes it easy to insert cross-references between posts and pages on your WordPress blog.
WordPress.com Undergoes Maintenance: WordPress.com warns that the free blog hosting service will be down for maintenance starting Sunday, February 15, 2009, at 20:00 GMT (noon PST, 3PM EST) for maintenance and upgrade improvements, lasting only a few minutes, hopefully. They warn that unsaved work with be lost and you may have to log in again once the system is restored. I cover some tips and more information in WordPress.com Maintenance Downtime on Sunday, February 15, 2009.
Blog Design Contest on WordPress.com: The first blogging design contest has been announced for WordPress.com called “I <3 Blogging Design Contest” 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
WordPress Shortcodes: Mashble covers Mastering WordPress Shortcodes with tips on various things you can do with WordPress shortcodes, bracketed shortcut pieces of code, and includes tips on customizing and creating your own.
Protecting Your WordPress Administration Panels: In “10 Steps To Protect The Admin Area In WordPress” by Smashing Magazine, Sergej Müller and Alex Frison discuss tips and techniques for protecting the Administration Panels in a WordPress blog, a frequent target for access and control by hackers. In general, with a strong password, your blog is protected, but there are a few extra steps you can take to make it even more secure.
Videos from WordPress.tv: WordPress.tv has screencasting tips and resources to help you create WordPress screencasts for possible inclusion on the new WordPress resource site. Some recent WordPress tips and WordCamp videos include:
- WordCamp Toronto 2008 – WordPress Security with Mark Jaquith
- WordCamp Toronto 2008: Brendan Sera-Shriar on Making the Most of Plug-ins
- WordCamp Toronto 2008 – Video Blogging with Mark McKay
- How to Prevent, Detect and Stop Content Theft – Slides
- Mashups, Portals & Catalogs – Slides
- Secure Coding with WordPress – Slides
WordPress Tips and Techniques: Here are a few more WordPress tips from around the WordPress Community:
- WordPress Conditional Tags
- Ultimate Guide to Transferring Your Blogger Blog to Your WordPress Blog
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How To Create Italic Text In WordPress 2.0
- How To: Moving WordPress to Another Server
- Justin Tadlock – Making your theme’s comments compatible with WordPress 2.7 and earlier versions
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.
Want Your WordPress Tip Shared Here? The WordPress Community generates some of the best WordPress tips, techniques, and resources. 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 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: 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: Buddy Press Almost Ready, WordCamp Las Vegas Success, Plugin Author Tips, WordPress Tattoo
- WordPress News: One Million WordPress 2.7 Downloads Coming, Matt Mullenweg Resolutions, bbPress Releases, WordCamp Las Vegas, 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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Author: Lorelle VanFossen
The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.