Archive for March, 2012

Get Involved in WordPress Support

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March 5th, 2012
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WordPress is a nonprofit open source blogging platform, which means that absolutely no one is paid to offer support (unless you actually hire a contractor, of course), so all help is offered through the Support Forums by volunteers and all documentation is provided through the Codex by volunteers. If you know what you’re doing, why not stop by to help out a bit? In fact, even if you’re just starting with WordPress, I bet there are a few folks that you could help. After all, that’s how I got my start. Helping out is easy to do, and there are some handy guides for new Support Forum volunteers and new Codex editors. Don’t worry about getting your answer wrong the first couple of times, someone will correct you and help you out, it’s all part of learning. In fact, helping someone else is often the best way to learn yourself.

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Themes that can Handle Photos

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I’m still out traveling, and one thing that comes with traveling are a lot of photos. Maybe you have a thousand-dollar camera, or you’re just using a mobile app to post a quick photo. Either way, here are four free WordPress themes that handle blogging just fine, but know how to get out of the way when you want to feature your photos. Adventure Journal is a powerful, feature-rich theme that lets you customize a wide variety of features from the comfort of your Dashboard. Matala is a colorful textured theme. Modularity Lite is a minimally styled photo theme with a homepage slideshow. Twenty Eleven is sophisticated, lightweight, and adaptable.

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Follow WordPress Development

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March 1st, 2012
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WordPress is an open source blogging platform, which (amongst other things) means that everything is built out in the open. You can freely follow along or even participate in development. If you’re curious about what’s going on under the hood, the best thing to follow is the WordPress Trac. This is where all of the magic happens, bugs and features are submitted, discussed, and acted upon all through this one site. Of course, if that’s a bit too much code and you’re looking for a more toned down highlight-oriented news and discussion blog, check out the official WordPress Development Updates. Here, you can follow along on major issues or changes. Think of it a sneak peak to the future of WordPress. Follow along and learn what makes your favorite blogging platform so great. Before you know it, you might be filing your first bug report, or even your first patch.

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