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.
iPhone for WordPress: It’s the talk of the web. The WordPress for iPhone brings your WordPress blog to your iPhone. It is Open Source and compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone, and iPod Touch and works with full-versions of WordPress (2.5.1 or higher) and WordPress.com. You can download it for free from the iTunes App Store. There is a WordPress iPhone frequently asked questions page to help, and a place to report iPhone WordPress problems. A walk-through video on WordPress for iPhone is on the Automattic Publisher blog. CNet Webware gives a positive review of the iPhone WordPress app, including pros and cons such as uploading photos from your Media Library or from your phone’s camera, and a good post preview. The downside is not being able to copy and paste links and text. It’s all hand HTML coding, too. There are a lot of WordPress mobile options for blogging and keeping up with your WordPress blog via your cell phone.
WordPress Now Rules a Nation: Simon Dickson announced at WordCamp UK that Number 10 Downing new site will be on WordPress.
WordPress 2.6 Released: WordPress 2.6 was released last week and appears to be a fairly stable release. It is a mandatory release with security patches and you should Download WordPress 2.6 now. Over 194 bugs were fixed, too. I’ve included a lot of the new features in past issues of the WordPress Wednesday News.
WordPress 2.6 Image Placement Changes: Hack WordPress reports on how WordPress 2.6 changes images image handling and WP Lover covers how to float an image in a post in the latest version of WordPres. The new class set up,
alignleft, alignleft, and
aligncentered do not come setup on many blogs. You have to add the float CSS to make it work right. Hopefully this will be fixed in future versions so the floats do not have to rely upon the Theme designer.
Upgrade with the Automatic Upgrade WordPress Plugin: WordPress Automatic Upgrade WordPress Plugin, which makes upgrading easier, has been updated to work with WordPress 2.6.
WordPress 2.5 Branch No Longer Supported: The announcement of the release of WordPresss 2.6 came with the news that WordPress 2.5 will no longer be supported. It is nearly identical to the new version and has little impact on Themes and Plugins.
News on the Next Versions of WordPress: Jacob Santos takes a guess that WordPress 2.8 will be released before the end of the year with WordPress 2.9 and 2.10 might be coming next year. WordPress has skipped a version number a few times in the past, so this is a far projection with a lot of assumptions for those looking into the future. He also says that WordPress 3.0 will have an emphasis on using BackPress being developed by Michael Adams, which is really exciting as that should make WordPress even more efficient and fast.
New WordPress Theme Directory in Extends: After a lot of
debate and questions concerning the WordPress Theme site, especially over continued problems with security and hidden scripts and ads, WordPress has announced the new WordPress Theme Directory within their Extend WordPress area, calling it the official WordPress Themes Directory. Following the lessons learned in the Plugins Directory, they hope that submissions and updates to WordPress Themes for authors will be simple. A Theme will be automatically checked for some of the Theme requirements and errors, providing authors with error reports if there is a problem. For users, there are still some interface issues, especially with the “drilling down” to find the Theme you want, but with so few Themes to check currently, this will clearly improve with time and usage.
WordPressMU Beta Release: WordPressMU 2.6 beta 1 has been released to work with WordPress 2.6 features and includes a change in the version number from 1.6 to 2.6 to match WordPress, improved spam proofing on the sign up page, object cache changes to improve efficiency and speed, and many more bug and security fixes. WordPressMU is the WordPress version that runs multi-user blogs like WordPress.com.
Do You Blog By Email? Ozh brings up blogging by email and asks readers if they are using this long time core feature of WordPress. Are you? Would you like to see it improved? Join the conversation.
WordPress Plugin Competition: The final listing of the Weblog Tools Collection WordPress Plugin Competition Finalists and Prize List is out. The list of 51 entries was published in last week’s WordPress Wednesday and now the voting is on. Go have your say on which WordPress Plugin you can’t live without.
Having Trouble Publishing Code in Posts and Comment? If you publish code in your WordPress posts and comments, WordPress may think it is code. To prevent code acting like code, WordPress automatically filters it out of the posts and comments, as does many other blogging and CMS programs. To publish code as content, see Writing Code in Your WordPress Posts and Writing and Publishing Code in Your WordPress Blog Posts.
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: WordCamps in Africa and China, WordPress 2.6, WordPress Plugin Contest Ready for Votes, WordCamp UK, and More WordPress News.
WordPress Podcast: The WordPress Podcast: Episode 43: Out Of Date Blogs Hacked, All-In-One SEO Gets Dropped, Then Picked Up covered those topics and the development of the Crazy Horse new WordPress Administration Panels interface, Batcache, HyperDB, WordPress Plugins, WordPress 2.6, and security issues.
WordCast Podcast: WordCast is having a WordCast Mugshot Contest with winners winning WordPress mugs and other prizes. To enter, you must share a picture of your favorite mug. The latest episode of WordCast 22: Rawk On! features issues with WordPress 2.6, PodPress, the WordPress Theme Directory, Weblog Tools Collection’s Plugin Competition, legal blogging issues, and some hot WordPress Plugins.
WordPress on Your Calendar
WordCamp UK: The reports of the weekend’s successful WordCamp UK are still coming in, including summaries, slides, and video of the speakers. They are also holding a competition looking for the best write-up of WordCamp UK with prizes on offer. Here are a few highlights.
- Speaker Kulpreet Singh on WordPress Security (upto WordPress 2.6) (video)
- Speaker Peter Westwoord – Get Involved with WordPress (slides)
- WordPress Is Not A Blog from WordCamp UK 2008 by Jonnya Freelance Creative (slides)
- WordCamp UK 2008 Washup Summary
- WordCamp UK 2008 Day 1 presentation notes
- Wordcampuk Tag — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress.com
- SlideShare Presentations about wordcampuk
- Dave Briggs – Reflections on WordCampUK | DavePress
- Flickr Pictures – WordCamp UK 2008 (Set)
- Chris Garrett – That was the Wordcamp that was…
- Twitter Search for WordCamp UK
- Dave Briggs – Simon Dickson at WordCampUK
Record Breaking WordCamps: We’ve got some record breakers coming up for WordCamp events. There are 5 WordCamps set for this September, and three will all be on September 27: WordCamp Utah in Salt Lake City, WordCamp Birmingham in Alabama, and WordCamp Portland in Oregon. Three WordCamps are scheduled so far for October. It’s going to be an autumn stuffed with WordCamp and WordPress fun.
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.
- Boston WordPress July Meetup – July 24, 2008
- The Dallas/Ft. Worth Area WordPress July Meetup – July 26, 2008
- WordCamp San Francisco 2008 at Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF – August 16, 2008
- The New York City WordPress August Meetup – August 16, 2008
- WordCamp South Africa – Cape Town – August 23, 2008
- WordCamp Philippines – September 6, 2008
- Blog World Expo, Vegas – September 20-21, 2008
- WordCamp China – Beijing – September 20-21, 2008
- WordCamp Utah – Salt Lake City – September 27, 2008
- WordCamp Birmingham – Alabama – September 27, 2008
- WordCamp Portland, Oregon – September 27, 2008
- WordCamp New York – New York – October 4, 2008
- WordCamp Toronto – October 4-5, 2008
- Podcamp and WordCamp Hawaii – Oct 24, 2008
- MinneWordCamp – Minneapolis – November 15, 2008
- WordCamp Australia – Sydney – December 6-7, 2008
WordCamp San Francisco August 16: August 16, 2008 is the next WordCamp San Francisco, considered by many to be the premier WordCamp event. This year, it appears it will be only one day instead of two, but details are still coming. It will be at the Mission Bay Conference Center this year.
WordCamps and WordPress Meetups Everywhere: A WordPress Meetup is a frequent meeting of WordPress fans. 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. 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, as many track WordPress event announcements there.
WordPress Plugins and Themes News
WordPress Plugin Translation Aids: Jacob Santos announced improved translation for WordPress Plugin headers in WordPress 2.7. These will help Plugin authors to play better with the new Automattic i18n Tools and the Plugin Extend Administration IU online translation tool, making your Plugins play nice internationally. This is all part of the overall internationalization project of WordPress.
Announcing WordPress Themes and Plugins on Weblog Tools Collection: “How to Get Featured in Our Daily Releases on Weblog Tools Collection” describes the steps to help you promote your WordPress Plugin or Theme to the world on one of the most popular news and information sites on WordPress.
PodPress Fix Due Soon: PodPress will not currently work under WordPress 2.6 but a fix is promised soon. Blogging Pro has a temporary solution to keep PodPress running until the fix is ready.
Windows WordPress Toolbox: Peter Westwood has written two posts, Windows WordPress toolbox and My WordPress Toolbox, containing the frequent code and tips he uses for the work he does with the development of WordPress. These are real time savers that will work on Windows, Linux, and other operating systems.
Interesting WordPress Plugins: Here are some interesting and unusual Plugins I found recently:
- Comment Redirect WordPress Plugin sends first time commenters to a page of your choosing after they comment to help direct them to more information on your blog or tell them a little more about your blog.
- Blog Metrics WordPress Plugin calculates average author contributions, author word counts, and conversion rates based upon the average number of comments per post and number of words used in comments to posts for an interesting metric for your blog.
- Microkid’s Related Posts WordPress Plugin allows manual selection of related posts with AJAX to add to your blog post.
- Semi-manual Breadcrumb Navigation WordPress Plugin adds a manually controlled breadcrumb navigation structure to your WordPress blog.
WordPress Techniques and Tips
Here are some more interesting WordPress tips I’ve uncovered:
- Managing Trackbacks and Pingbacks in Your WordPress Theme
- Installing a WordPress theme
- How to import Blogger to WordPress
- WordPress Tutorial – Make Menus of Links With the Blogroll 2
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.
iPhone updated for WordPress Themes: The new iPhone WordPress application has been updated to work with the Prologue and Mdot WordPress Themes on WordPress.com. The mobile interface has been updated, which can be reached at
m.wordpress.com. They are working on improving the look, but for now, you can post to your blog, check stats, add a bookmark, and other goodies to your WordPress blog from your iPhone.
WordPress Community News
Looking Back Into the History of WordPress: Keith Dsouza of Weblog Tools Collection shares “Evolution of WordPress: B2/Cafelog to WordPress 1.0”, a history lesson on how WordPress grew out of B2/Cafelog in the early days.
Get Your WordPress Mug: I love my new WordPress mug. Go get yours at the WordPress Shop along with t-shirts and hoodies. Don’t want to buy one? Enter the WordCast Mugshot Contest and you could win one, alone with some other fun schwag. A lot of blogs are offering WordPress mugs for prizes. Why not you?
Give Something Back to WordPress: Jeff Chandler of Weblog Tools Collection has written “24 Ways To Contribute To WordPress” with suggestions on how to get involved in helping WordPress development. If you would like to help with the WordPress Codex, the official online user manual for WordPress users, we need you. If you would like to contribute to WordPress as a volunteer in the WordPress Support Forums, testing, coding, and more, see Contributing to WordPress. If you would like to help improve WordPress by reporting bugs, please report them via the WordPress Bug Report form. Your help is needed to ensure WordPress works.
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.
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.
Don’t Use 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).
Past WordPress Wednesday News Reports
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps in Africa and China, WordPress 2.6, WordPress Plugin Contest Ready for Votes, WordCamp UK, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps in Australia and Hawaii, Security Check Plugin, Google Gears, Lots of Plugin News and Tips, WordPress 2.6 News, and If Not WordPress, What?
- WordPress Wednesday News: Your Own Song in the Plugin Competition, WordPress 2.6 Beta and First Looks, WordCamp UK New Location, Batcache, Naked Themes, and More
- WordPress Wednesday New: Planet WordPress Canada, WordPress Plugins Contest, Crazyhorse, BuddyPress Default Theme, Blog Hacked, Sitemaps, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress Blogs Hacked, Plugin Competition is Hot, BuddyPress, WordPress Sayings, and Lots of WordPress Plugin News
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
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