Due out by the end of the week, we hope, everyone is talking about WordPress 2.5, the hottest release in a ages. WordCamp Dallas is this weekend, bringing together the best in blogging and WordCamp. There is talk of a WordCamp in the UK! Work continues on WordCamp Milan, a European WordCamp united languages and crossing borders with blogging and WordPress. A lot of WordPress Plugins are being updated in time for WordPress 2.5. And more WordPress news.
WordCamp Dallas NOW! WordCamp Dallas is March 29-30, 2008, this weekend. If you are attending and covering the event on your blog, be sure and use the
wordcampdallas2008 tag on your blog, Flickr, and other social media sites so we can all track the events and activities. I’ve written some reasons on why you should attend this innovative conference on WordPress – it’s the amazing speakers covering video blogging, SEO, podcasting, marketing, and lots of WordPress. WordPress 2.5 should have just been released and Matt Mullenweg will be there to discuss the latest version of WordPress and where WordPress is going to go. Charles Stricklin offers a WordCamp Dallas Attendee Breakdown based upon registration information to encourage you even more to attend. Be there!
WordPress 2.5 News: WordPress 2.5 Release Candidate 2 is out, with screencasts and video showing off the new Administration Panels.
The development team is working hard to get it ready for release by this weekend. According to the WordPress Development Blog, the custom fields AJAX forms have been improved, a bug in TinyMCE is being worked on, feedback is going into fixing the interface and improving it, improvements to the features in the Write Post panel continue with contributors no longer shown things they can’t use based upon user permission levels, and more fixes and upgrades coming in all the time.
Other articles about WordPress 2.5 include:
- Neosmart covers WordPress 2.5 and the Object Cache in WordPress 2.5.
- While there are actually few changes in the WordPress database for WordPress 2.5 that will impact most users, MichaelH has released WordPress 2.3 to 2.5 database changes on Weblog Tools Collection.
- WordPress Development Blog – Sneak Peak of WordPress 2.5 Redesign
- Weblog Tools Collections – Colorful Future For WordPress 2.5 Administration Panels
- PlanetOzh – Per User Custom Stylesheet in WordPress 2.5
- WordPress 2.5+: How To Add Gravatar to Your WordPress Theme and Adding Avatars and Gravatars to Your WordPress and WordPress.com Blog will help you learn more about the new Gravatar system now included in WordPress 2.5.
- WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist
- Are You Ready for WordPress 2.5?
- WordPress 2.5 Due March 17, Administration Plugins May Break, Tons of Plugins Updated, Add Buttons to Toolbar, WordPress Dallas and Now Milan!
- Codex: WordPress 2.5
- Prepare For WP 2.5
- PlanetOzh – Five New Things In WordPress 2.5
- Aaron Brazell – 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.5
- WordPress 2.5 Plugins Beware: Automatic Plugin Upgrade Problems
- WordPress 2.5 Plugin Settings Pages Style Guide
- WordPress 2.5 Revealed and Compared to Version 2.3.x
- Mashable – WordPress 2.5 Preview
- Dougal Gunters – WordPress 2.5 RC1
- WordPress 2.5 – Get a Sneak Peek Before Launch
- Weblog Tools Collection – WordPress 2.5 Release Candidate Released
Do You Need Help with WordPress? I’m finding a lot of people still asking for help with their WordPress and WordPress.com blog by blogging their request. This is really dumb, folks. You don’t know who is reading or how qualified they may be to help you. Or you might never get the help you need. Please, go to the WordPress Support Forums for help with the full version of WordPress and the WordPress.com Forums for help with WordPress.com blogs. Get the help you need directly from those who can help you.
Attacking the WordPress Comments Panel: Mark Jaquith is tackling the WordPress Comment “inbox” in an attempt to make it more Gmail-friendly. In other words, adding features that tell you which comments you seen or not seen and making it easier to use. He’s even come up with a Comment Inbox WordPress Plugin to put his ideas into action. I still want a fast reply directly from the Comment Panel, which this doesn’t include. You can find that in WordPress Comment Ninja Greasemonkey Script works for any WordPress blog including WordPress.com blogs, Admin Panel Comment Reply Plugin, and Better Comments Manager Plugin.
WordPress Podcast: The WordPress Podcast Episode 38 is out and covers WordPress 2.5 delayed release, the future of WordPress Theme design, WPThemeKit, Google Summer of Code, WordPress.com statistics, and more WordPress news, Themes, and Plugins.
WordPress Weekly with Jeffro2pt0: WordPress Weekly Episode 11 features an hour interview with Small Potato, formerly of WPDesigner.com discussing WordPress Themes.
Summer of Code with WordPress and Google: Lloyd Budd announces the Summer of Code with Google and WordPress has started. Student applications for participation are being accepted and the list of code studies and more information is in the WordPress Codex page on WordPress Summer of Code 2008.
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 Wednesday News report which covered Sneak Peeks of WordPress 2.5, Beta Released, WordCamp Dallas Next Week, and More WordPress News.
WordPress Security News
Wonder Why There are So Many Security Announcements and Issues? Each week, I’m stunned by the number of security vulnerabilities and flaws found in WordPress and WordPress Plugins and Themes, a number which keeps growing. While most people report such flaws immediately to WordPress for action, quietly working to protect the WordPress Community, events such as the recently announced $20,000 Hacking Contest creates a growing incentive to specialize in finding and violating those security vulnerabilities. Sad.
Get Inside a Hacker’s Head: While not the indepth interview I would have really enjoyed, this brief interview of a hacker by Blog Security gives us some insights into how someone digs into the code of WordPress to find security vulnerabilities and flaws. While many see such hobbies as shameful, many programs, including WordPress, are improved by those obsessed with finding out what will break it and reporting it rather than exploiting it.
Upgrade WordPress Now: WordPress 2.5 is due out soon, but reports continue to come in about WordPress blogs being hacked because they haven’t listened to the shouts of those warning them of security flaws nor have they upgraded to WordPress 2.3.3. Is the wait worth it?
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordCamp Dallas: Dallas WordCamp is this weekend! There is still room to join us at this exciting WordPress event in Frisco, Texas on March 29-30, 2008, the second United States WordCamp event ever! The t-shirt could become a collector’s item! Register now while there is still space available!
California: Los Angeles WordPress Users Group: The Los Angeles WordPress Users Group is forming and will have their first meetup April 6 at the Farmers Market. If you live in the LA area, get signed now!
WordCamp UK? There is a WordCamp UK proposal on the table on Tony Scott’s blog. I’d love to be there, wouldn’t you? Go get involved and help make WordCamp UK a reality.
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.
- WordPress 2.5 Release – tentative March 17-28, 2008
- WordCamp Dallas – March 29, 2008 (Registration Required)
- WordPress Denmark Meetup for WordPress 2.5 at Advice – April 6, 2008
- Los Angeles WordPress Users Group – April 6, 2008
- The New York City WordPress April Meeting – April 19, 2008
- Nashville WordPress Meetup – April 26, 2008
- iBlog4: The Fourth Philippine Blogging Summit – April 26, 2008
- European WordCamp in Milan, Italy – May 10, 2008
- WordPress fans social gathering in Austin, Texas – May 13, 2008
- PodCamp Atlanta 2008 – May 17, 2008
- WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco – July or August 2008
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
WordPress Plugins Updated Furiously: Any WordPress Plugin that features an Administration Panel subpanel or interaction requires updating to work with the new interface. WordPress Plugins are being updated all over the place, so I can’t include all of them here. Please check in with your favorite WordPress Plugin’s author’s blog for the latest news on whether or not your favorite will continue to work or requires updating before you upgrade your blog to WordPress 2.5.
Customizable Post Listings WordPress Plugins Updated: The long awaited and popular Customizable Post Listings WordPress Plugin has been updated to work with WordPress 2.5. More news to follow!
Admin Drop Down Menu Plugin Updated: The popular Admin Drop Down Menu WordPress Plugin has been updated for WordPress 2.5 only. The Plugin creates a much more interactive menu for fast moving around within the Administration Panels. Check out the new demo page to see it in action.
Gamerz WordPress Plugins Updated: Lester Chan of Gamerz has updated all his Plugins to be compatible with WordPress 2.5. He has an awesome collection of some of the most popular WordPress Plugins around, including WP-Ban, WP-DB Manager, WP-Polls, WP-Post Ratings, WP-Post Views, WP-Print, WP-Relative Date,and WP-Sticky.
Super Cache Updated: Donncha O’Caoimh has updated WP Super Cache WordPress Plugin which allows a WordPress blog to be displayed from static HTML files for faster access. It’s been sped up even more and some bug fixes applied. It’s revolutionizing the bandwidth and database access and speed issues many large traffic blogs have battled with over the past few years.
Comment Plugins and Tools Compared: Webware offers a comparison of comment add-ons for WordPress and Movable Type.
Tracking WordPress Compatibility: It’s often difficult to track what Plugin and Theme is compatible with which WordPress version. In the WordPress Codex are two “master” pages that list all the various compatibilities: WordPress Theme Compatibilities and WordPress Plugin Compatibilities. No matter which version you are using, and in preparation for the next version of WordPress, add these to your WordPress resource list to check before you upgrade.
Plugin and Theme Compatibility Issues for Authors and Designers: If you have a WordPress Plugin or Theme, see Migrating Plugins and Themes for tips on updating your Plugin or Theme for the latest version of WordPress. Once updated, make sure to include it on the WordPress Compatibility lists so users will know which version is updated and ready to work with the latest WordPress.
Interesting WordPress Plugins: I’m constantly amazed at how many creative and useful WordPress Plugins are released each week. Aren’t you?
- Stats Helper Functions And Widgets retrieves data from WordPress.com statistics and allows you to display it on your blog.
- Add Post Footer WordPress Plugin adds a custom paragraph, HTML code, advertising code or script, tags, or related links list to the end of blog posts.
WordPress Techniques and Tips
- Building Web Directories in WordPress
- Lone Wolfe Online – Custom Fields in WordPress
- PodPress Plugin Tour
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How to Insert An Image With WordPress 2.0 From The Main Editor
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 email@example.com.
WordPress Help: If you are looking for help on using WordPress, begin by visiting the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, then searching the WordPress Support Forums or WordPress.com Forums, depending upon your version.
WordPress Community News
Vote for WordPress Ideas: There is still time to get your vote in for ideas on upcoming versions of WordPress in the The WordPress Ideas section. Why not take advantage of it and add your voice to the vote.
Using WordPress in Your Blog’s Name: It’s about respect. Please use WordPress names right because WordPress is a trademark and you are not allowed to use WordPress in your blog’s domain name or URL unless you have permission of Automattic and WordPress. Also, remember, it’s spelled “WordPress” not “WordPress”. Oh, and Plugin is Plugin, not plug-in (what you put into a wall electrical socket).
WordPress Installed For Free: Installing WordPress for Free (aka Install4Free WordPress) is a free, volunteer-driven service is limited to personal blogs only, and they help only with installations, not upgrades.
Even More WordPress News?
Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- WordPress Wednesday News: Sneak Peeks of WordPress 2.5, Beta Released, WordCamp Dallas Next Week, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 Due March 17, Administration Plugins May Break, Tons of Plugins Updated, Add Buttons to Toolbar, WordPress Dallas and Now Milan!
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 Next Week, WordPress Goes Social, Cleaning Out Splogs, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 in Two Weeks, New Hot Media Library, Instant Upgrades, Theme Designers Lack Inspiration, More Plugin Vulnerabilities Found
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.5 News, Colleges and Schools Love WordPressMU, Viddler Meets WordPress, Theme Buyers Beware, Columns in Blog Posts, Feeds Without Plugins
WordPress News Sources
- WordPress Planet
- WordPress Development Blog
- WordPress.com Blog
- Weblog Tools Collection
- BloggingPro’s WordPress News and Tips
- The WordPress Podcast
- Lorelle on WordPress
- Planet WordPress from Planet Ozh
- WordPress Publisher Blog
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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.