WordCamp is only a few weeks away! WordPress 2.2.1 update is available and a mandatory upgrade. Something exciting has happened on the WordPress Theme Viewer. Hot new WordPress Plugins are coming out of the Weblog Tools Collection Plugin Competition that you need to know about. There are some things you need to know about flaws and security issues regarding WordPress Plugins and WordPress in general. WordPress is getting more recognition as a CMS replacement. There’s now a short history of WordPressMU. I explore the international blogging fun on WordPress.com and challenge all WordPress bloggers to vote and have their say on upcoming WordPress features. And did you know that some WordPress nerds like to blog naked? Oh, my!
WordPress 2.2.1 is a mandatory update. WordCamp is going to be a sell-out weekend conference with the best of the best in the blogging and WordPress world. There are a ton of new and updated WordPress Plugins to try. A WordPress Meetup in Japan along with a book about WordPress in Japanese is on the schedule. And more WordPress news you can use.
The WordCamp Schedule includes:
- Podcasting – Dan Kuykendall, author of PodPress
- Blogs vs. Journalism – John Dvorak and Om Malik
- Content Connections and Blogging Tips – Lorelle VanFossen
- Blog Monetization – Jeremy Wright
- Getting Involved with WordPress – Lloyd Budd and Mark Jaquith
- Designing the Obvious – Robert Hoekman, Jr.
- Whitehat SEO tips for Bloggers – Matt Cutts
- High Performance WordPress – Barry Abrahamson and Matt Mullenweg
- Interative Design in Agile Environments – Rashmi Sinha
- Musical Interlude – Andy Skelton
- Past, Present, and Future of Web Publishing – Dave Winer
- Usability Analysis of WP – Liz Danzico
- State of the Word – Matt Mullenweg
- Developer Duke-out – Michael Adams, Ryan Boren, Mark Jaquith, Andy Skelton, et al
This is an amazing schedule of whose who in WordPress and blogging. Are you going to be there?
WordPress wins the Webware 100 Competition. The WordPress Plugins and Sandbox WordPress Theme Competitions are rocking. The count down to WordCamp is on and we’re planning on tracking Andy Skelton as he rides his motorcycle on a 7,000 mile trip to the weekend conference. WordPress 2.2.1 Release Candidate has been released. And a wild GPS, hiking adventure for WordPress goodies turns into a great outdoor adventure for many! The summer fun with WordPress silliness has just begun!
Each month, Performancing releases an über-cool free wordpress theme intended for bloggers who wish to make a statement. This June, you can make an even stronger statement with the latest PhotoPress theme for WordPress. As they say: a picture paints a thousand words.
Have you ever wanted to display your pictures in a photoblog without sidebar uglification? Well, that was the motivation behind Photopress; a one column WordPress theme specifically designed for photoblogs. With Photopress you can display large 640px width images without any clutter; perfect for the 640×480 landscape standard.
If you want your photos to be front and center on your photo blog, with little interference from your WordPress theme, then Photopress is the theme for you.
PhotoPress is another project done in cooperation with Brian Gardner. You can see a live preview on the Performancing themes blog. Performancing also hosts the official support forum for PhotoPress here.
Have you ever read an online article that was so long that it was split into several pages so you didn’t have to load one long page, and instead, you had several smaller pages, making it easier to digest? If you’re using WordPress as your blogging platform, this very same effect can be easily achieved!
This is a feature of WordPress that is not very well known, probably because blog posts are generally not meant to be as long as a New York Times article. Keep in mind that WordPress is not only used as a blogging platform, but it can also be used as a complete CMS for your website, so there may be times when you DO have articles that are long enough to require the use of pagination (pagination simply means “the numbering of the pages.”)
Other people may prefer to split up their one, long blog post into multiple posts instead. Whatever you choose to do, it’s entirely up to you; what I’m offering to you here is simply another option that you can use in the future.
In order to paginate your blog post, in the Write panel in your WordPress admin, switch to the Code view (if you are using the Visual view) and then enter the following code to wherever you want to break the post up into a new page. An example is also offered along with it:
...so John went to sleep.
The next day, he...
This will create a list of pages that make up that post, shown like this:
Page 1, 2, 3
And you’re all done!
Gary King is a professional freelance web developer, primarily using Ruby on Rails and PHP to create cool new websites. When he’s not trying to take over the world one blog at a time, you can find him mulling over his thoughts at King Gary.
Two exciting competitions are the hot topic around the WordPress community this week. One if for WordPress Plugins and the other for designing around the innovative Sandbox WordPress Theme. More top notch bloggers and blogs are switching to WordPress and the VIP Hosting WordPress.com service, thrilled with the state-of-the-art development of WordPress. Lester Chan of GaMerZ has updated a dozen of his popular WordPress Plugins. There are a lot of new news about WordPress Plugins you need to know. And Andy Skelton is riding his motorcycle on a 7,000 mile trip to WordCamp 2007 in San Fransisco! How are you going to get there?
Hot WordPress Contests! There are two new competitions, one for WordPress Plugins and one for designing the Sandbox WordPress Theme. Get your creativity in gear, folks! Dreamhost was hacked, but WordPress was blamed. There’s a lot of talk about Akismet and the never ending task of battling comment spam. Semiologic releases a ton of WordPress Plugin updates. There is continued disappointment in the lack of the Post Preview but a new Plugin to help put it back where it belongs. And Matt is seeking developers for the new WordPress HyperDatabase.
The latest release of WordPress is mandatory, though sadly, it also brings the loss of several valuable WordPress Plugins which have not been updated by their authors. Besides the typical moans and groans of upgrading, there is exciting WordPress news. There is a new WordPress Plugin Competition, WordPress.com blogs crosses the 1 million mark, we get a sneak peak at WordPress 2.3, fans of the popular Vistered Little WordPress Theme need to know a mandatory upgrade has been released, some great improvements to WordPress.com blogs have been announced, and WordPress developer, Mark Jaquith, takes a real job. Shock and worry shakes the WordPress Community.
The latest release of WordPress is out and a mandatory upgrade. Before you get too excited at the awesome new features, alerts are coming in around the web that WordPress 2.2 may break some WordPress Plugins and I have the news you need to know on this. Any minute, WordPress.com will break 1 million blogs. You can now blog to your WordPress blog from WordPerfect and many other sources. WordPress now beats Blogger on Google. WordPress.com offers email for domain mapped blogs. More tips and techniques via videos and podcasts for WordPress users. And there is even more WordPress news you can use this week.
WordPress 2.2 is now a Mandatory Upgrade: If you are using WordPress 2.1.3, WordPress 2.2 is now a mandatory upgrade, according to WordPress developer, Mark Jaquith. He explains:
WordPress 2.2 is a mandatory security upgrade for WordPress 2.1.3 users. There will be no further releases in the 2.1.x branch. 2.2 includes security fixes that 2.1.3 lacks, so your only upgrade path is to 2.2.
WordPress 2.2 Released: WordPress 2.2 is now available for Download. You can find a list of version changes including many bug fixes and improvements such as the TinyMCE (Rich Text Editor) now works with Safari, instant update of comments after deleting comment spam, full Atom support, it’s faster, elimination of duplicate code bugs, fixing problems with PHP 5 not flushing output buffers, the Widget Plugin now included the core programming (the Plugin is not needed), and more among many other improvements and fixes. Tags have been pulled and should be in the next version of WordPress. See the WordPress Version 2.2 Features list for more information on what’s new in WordPress 2.2.
Things to Know About WordPress 2.2: Some older WordPress Plugins that may have kept on working without updates through previous versions of WordPress may break with WordPress 2.2. These include Plugins with rely upon old table structures and global functions. For example, the Ultimate Tag Warrior, Customizable Post Listings, More Smilies, and other Plugins which modify
the_content() template tag and rely on deprecated structures and functions.