Can you spot a WordPress blog? Are you sure? WordPress 2.7.1 released. Improvements on the WordPress Plugin Directory search functions. Help for those transferring from LiveJournal to WordPress.com, and WordPress in the future. WordPress 2.8 development on track. WordPress iPhone app in testing for next release. WordPress.com gets a new data center. More WordPress Tattoo news. WordCamps in Miami and India this weekend, Denver next. Singapore starts its first blogger meetup, including WordPress fans. WordPress jobs, and tips for WordPress Plugin and Theme authors.
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.
Improvements in the WordPress Plugin Directory: At long last, the WordPress Plugin Directory now has a new and improved search function using Sphinx open source SQL full-text search engine to help you find the Plugins you need in the directory from the site as well as the WordPress Plugins panel.
Improved LiveJournal Migration: For those looking to migrate from LiveJournal to WordPress.com, there is now an even easier LiveJournal migration process that the WordPress.com team has come up with to help the ever increasing number of people moving to WordPress.com from one of the oldest blogging platforms in the world. The new technique is a step by step approach that improves the importing from importing by the month without comments to now include comments, handle “friends only” posts, private posts, improvements in tagging, link back to LiveJournal blogs, and connection to the LiveJournal API to download all posts and comments in one pass. One LiveJournal users helped test the importer which handled over 3,700 posts and nearly 200,000 comments. The new importer will be included in the next major release of the full version of WordPress.
The WordPress Tattoo News: Ed Morita of Baker’s Hours, the first recipient of a permanent WordPress logo tattoo, was just featured on the BBC Radio Podcast episode: “Pods: Pods and blogs 17 Feb 2009.” Other news agencies have contacted him and interviewed him about his tattoo, but have yet to be released.
WordPress 2.8 News: Ryan Boren reports that development for WordPress 2.8 is underway. A lot of the work is focused on the script loading and improving database performance, as well as the WordPress Theme installer and WordPress Widgets Administration Panel. Custom tag taxonomies now have a built in Administation Panel, and support for PHP5 to permit proper timezone and Daylight Savings Time support.
Can You Spot a WordPress Blog? In “How To Identify a WordPress Theme,” W-Shadow gives you a list of things to investigate to determine whether or not that cool looking site is run on WordPress or not. Sometimes it takes some serious detective work. How do you know if it’s a WordPress blog?
iPhone WordPress App in Testing Mode: The latest version of the WordPress iPhone app is underway and they are looking for hardware testers for the next version. The changes in the iPhones operating system delayed this new update, but now they are nearly ready for the release to the Apple store. The upcoming version includes landscape mode with the extra wide keyboard, link creation help, editing and creating Pages, comment moderation, asynchronous publishing, photo resizing, and a few more goodies.
bbPress On Fire: Matt Mullenweg has announced that this is going to be a very active year for development of bbPress, the open source forum software that drives the WordPress forums. It begins the year with some new announcements and activities including two new bbPress releases. One is a security fix to prevent XSS attacks on login pages for Internet Explorer 6, which is highly recommend, and the second includes code improvements that increase the speed at which bbPress interacts with MySQL and integration with WordPress.
Help The WordPress Support Forum, Please: Long time WordPress Support Forums volunteer, MichaelH, has taken on the task of remind WordPress that there is always room for improvement in “Wish list for the WordPress Support Forums software.” Run on bbPress with a ton of customizations, there are a lot of limitations and problems on the Forums that could easily be fixed, and MichaelH joins a growing voice requesting the Forum be upgraded for increased functionality both by the users and the volunteers and staff who spend a lot of time helping others fix and use WordPress.
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.
Considering Hiring a WordPresss Consultant? WPHacks had a guest post called “Using WordPress Consultants – What You Need To Know!” with good tips for hiring a WordPress consultant.
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: WordPress 2.7.1, WordPress Tattoo, BuddyPress, WordPressMU Gets Plugins, Plugin Book, and More.
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordCamp News: WordCamp India and WordCamp Miami is this weekend. Denver is next weekend and sold out. Singapore is putting together their first blogger meetup for WordPress, MovableType, TypePad, and other blogging platform fans. 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.
- Delhi – WordCamp India – February 21-22, 2009
- Miami, Florida – WordCamp Miami 2009 – February 22, 2009
- San Francisco – WordPress Surf and Turf – February 24, 2009
- Austin WordPress Meetup Group – Almost Everyone is a WordPress Expert – February 24, 2009
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – February 26, 2009
- Singapore Blogger Meetup Froup – February 27, 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
- The Southern California WordPress March Meetup – Long Beach, California – March 15, 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
- Las Vegas WordPress Meetup – March 19, 2009
- Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta WordPress Users Group – March 24, 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
WordCamp Denver News: WordCamp Denver is this weekend. According to Alex King, it is sold out and they are now offering “overflow tickets” to fit in some extra people. They are also looking for volunteers to record the sessions in HD.
WordCamp Toronto News: WordCamp Toronto is having the WCT 2009 Awards and is asking for nominations. The deadline is April 1, 2009. The student contest to design a logo for WordCamp Toronto is over and announcements will be made soon.
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:
- A Belated Welcome to the New Weblog Tools Collection
- Plugin Review: Yawasp
- WordPress Plugin Releases for 02/16
- WordPress Theme Releases for 02/17
- WordPress Plugin Releases for 02/18
- Plugin Authors, Are you making the best of Readme.txt?
- WordPress Plugin Releases for 02/20
- WordCamp India is On!
- Plugin Review: Post Avatar
- Wish list for the WordPress Support Forums software
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 trivia. 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. Recent podcasts include:
- Plugins 005 – Google XML Sitemaps
- Classic Image Button plugin Now Available
- Plugins 006 – All In One SEO Pack Plugin
- Plugins 007 – Special Guest Peter Keung author of Peter’s Custom Anti-SPAM plugin
- Plugins 008 – WP-DB-Backup plugin
WP Engineer: WP Engineer has tips and techniques for using WordPress, including this week’s batch:
- Secure Your Mail With WordPress Antispambot Function
- WordCamp in Germany and WordCamp in Dallas – What’s different?
WPRecipes: The WPRecipes site offers a daily batch of tips and techniques for using WordPress, and recent posts include:
- How to: Automatically provide tinyurls for your WordPress blog posts
- How to: Display allowed tags in comments
- How to: Display post based on custom fields with a custom query
- How to: Display your average comments per posts
- How to: get rid of links in your comments
- How to: Integrate your Twitter signature on your WordPress blog
- How to: Manually reset your WordPress password
- How to: Suggest your visitors to leave comments in your rss feed
WPTavern: The recent news from the WPTavern blog and forum includes:
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
Localizing WordPress Plugins: In “echo __(’I Hate Localizing My Plugins. How About Something Different?’);,” Ozh makes light and then gets serious about how time consuming the process of localizing WordPress Plugins for translation and makes some recommendations on creating and updating .pot template files. Localization applies to Themes as well, so if you are WordPress Plugin or Theme author, you might want in on the conversation.
Getting WordPress Widgets Out of the Sidebar: New Name: Justin Tadlock is talking to the WordPress development community about breaking WordPress Widgets out of the sidebar by either renaming the
sidebar.php or coming up with a new name for labeling WordPress Widgets based upon usage and location.
WordPress Video Solution Framework for WordPressMU: Last year, Automattic released the WordPress Video Solution Framework, a Plugin only for WordPressMU blogs for handling and transcoding uploaded videos. For more information and feedback on how this is working for those using it, see the Paste Bin to store your code for free and just link to it. It’s a must resource for the WordPresss support forums, so why not try it with social media?
- Westi – PHPdocumenter – Documentation Links
- W-Shadow – Make Your Plugin Faster With Conditional Tags
- 30 Most Wanted WordPress Comments Page Hacks
Interesting WordPress Plugins:
- Subscribe To Comments allows readers to get email notification of comments from a specific post.
- Shadowbox JS is a media viewer similar to Lightbox and Thickbox and supports multimedia.
- Highlight Author Comments styles blog post author’s comments differently from the rest of the comments.
- Comment Quicktags Reloaded adds a quicktag button toolbar for WordPress blog comments.
- Pods is a CMS for WordPress
- YARPP Yet Another Related Posts Plugin displays a list of related blog posts based upon an algorithm that includes titles, post content, tags, and categories, and includes feed support.
- Manga+Press is for web comics to help manage posts, Pages, and categories to track comic posts.
WordPress Jobs: WordPress Jobs is a WordPress Job service hosted by Weblog Tools Collection. I thought I’d highlight some of the WordPress work and job requests that come into their service. If you are looking for a WordPress-related job to hire or for hire, check out the Automattic WordPress Consultants List, WordPress Jobs, and the WP-Pro mailing list.
- Migrate blog from Typepad
- Redesign site and convert to WordPress
- WordPress Template/Integration
- Need to code entire website already designed (WP & Ruby)
- Site upgrade from 2.0.x to 2.7.1
- WordPressMU 2.7 Photoblog Theme Development
- WordPressTheme based on Thesis
- Database help needed
- Interesting new WordPress project & plugin
- WordPress Plugin customizations and site design
- WordPress Blogger
- WP + CSS wiz wanted for 2 gigs
New Theme on WordPress.com: WordPress.com announced the Vigilance WordPress Theme has been added to the collection which includes customizable colors, alert boxes that appear at the top of the page for announcements, hidden pages from the main menu, custom image header, and special sidebar WordPress Widget functions.
Comment Threading on WordPress.com: WordPress.com announced comment threading and other cool comment features for their free blog hosting service. All WordPress Themes are now set up to enable threaded comments (Settings > Discussion > Other Comment Settings), breaking comments into pages, and changing the comment order from the oldest comments on top to the newest comments at the top and the oldest ones at the bottom of the list. Comment threads are allowed up to ten levels.
WordPress.com Gets New Data Center: Barry Abrahamson reports that WordPress.com brought a new data center online at the end of 2008 to serve the more than 5.5 million blogs hosted by WordPress.com. They now have data centers in three locations in the United States and have decommissioned their Dallas, Texas, facility. He offers a video of a WordPress data center installation and provides some information on the hardware that runs WordPress.com.
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.
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 NY 2008: Aaron Brazell – Making it Into the Big League Part Two
- WordCamp NY 2008: Jeremy Clarke – Running a Blog Network – Part One
- WordCamp SF 2008: Alan Levine – The Future of WordPress & Education
- WordPress.com New Dashboard Preview
- Editing your existing list of links
WordPress Tips and Techniques: Here are a few more WordPress tips from around the WordPress Community:
- Validating WordPress
- Designing for WordPress: Complete Series & Downloads
- Building a Control Panel for Your WordPress Theme
- StylizedWeb.com: Amaizing WordPress hacks part 2
- Nerdaphernalia: On Attribution and Plugin Priorities in WordPress
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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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.