Archive for October, 2012

WordPress Theme Releases for 10/16

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Haunted House is a Halloween theme for your blog. Mystic has a simple, moody, ethereal quality to its look using subtle transparencies and neutral metallics such as gold and silver as font colors. Uridimmu has several widget areas and allows per-post layouts.

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Less Spam Since Jetpack Comments

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October 15th, 2012
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A week ago, we made a few minor changes here, most notably a switch to Jetpack Comments. Since then, spam has dropped dramatically. Prior to the change, we received an average of 10,000 spam comments a day. After Jetpack Comments, we have received a grand total of 429 spam comments for the entire week. So, that’s a drop from an average of 10,000 per day to an average of 61 per day, 9,939 less spam comments per day. Jetpack Comments makes use of javascript and iframes, which are both a bit too complicated for most spam bots, and that does line up with the almost complete lack of obvious bot-generated spam in our spam queue. Besides the comforting bot-breaking ability of Jetpack Comments, I have a feeling that our change from a basic form element comment form to the comment_form tag finally enabled our other anti-spam plugins to work properly. […]

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WordPress Plugin Releases for 10/14

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October 14th, 2012
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New plugins HTML5 Video Player with Playlist allows you to easily use the HTML5 video element to enable native video playback within the browser. WP-antiProxy will fetch and auto-correct the client’s IP address in the event that he is hidden behind a proxy or load balancer. Updated plugins Automatic Updater will automatically download and install plugin, theme, and core updates as soon as they become available. Bad Behavior complements other link spam solutions by acting as a gatekeeper, preventing spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place. Twitter Tools creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

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WordPress 3.5 Beta 2 Released

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October 13th, 2012
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WordPress 3.5 Beta 2 has been released. Since the first beta, this beta has added new interfaces for image galleries and front page settings, as well as a new image editing API. As before, this is not yet meant for live sites, but please do try it on a test installation, especially if you are a plugin or theme developer. If you run into any bugs, please check the known and fixed issues first, report them if they have not already been reported or fixed, and visit the support forums if you need any help.

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WordPress Theme Releases for 10/12

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Cascade is an all-purpose, responsive (mobile friendly) theme with 12 optional layouts, per post layouts, multiple drop down menus, 12 widget areas, support for all 10 post formats, and mobile compatible menus. Gommero is simple, elegant, and easily customizable.

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WordPress Plugin Releases for 10/10

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October 10th, 2012
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New plugins Follow and Subscribe is a siderbar widget that shows links to a variety of social networks. Mobile CSS allows you to define different CSS styles that get loaded for specific mobile devices. Tweet Tweet polls Twitter and archives your tweets and the tweets of those you follow so those insightful conversations you have at 1am are never lost. Updated plugins Automatic Post Tagger automatically adds user-specified tags to posts. Pushover Notifications allows your WordPress blog to send push notifications for events happening on your blog straight to your iOS/Android device. WordPress SEO is an all in one solution to search engine optimize your WordPress blog: SEO titles, meta descriptions, XML sitemaps and much more.

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WordPress Theme Releases for 10/8

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Minimalizine is a simple and responsive theme. Reflection is an attractive, clean, professional, and neutral theme. Something Fishy is an illustrated landscape theme with parallax scrolling effects, a responsive, mobile-friendly layout, featured images, multiple widget areas, custom menu support, and a whole lotta cute.

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WordPress Plugin Releases for 10/6

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October 6th, 2012
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New plugins Custom Javascript Editor allows you to add custom Javascript to your site from an editor in the WordPress admin. Twitter2Posts imports tweets from your Twitter account as posts within a special category. WP Social Stats is a powerful social analytics tool that tracks the performance of your blog posts and pages at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Stumbleupon. Updated plugins CampTix Event Ticketing is an easy to use and flexible event ticketing plugin. Jetpack allows you to supercharge your WordPress site with powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users. Tinypass is a simple, powerful plugin that allows any online publisher to easily sell access to any type of content, whether it’s a blog post, a site subscription, a digital download, or even a pay-per-view video. WP Super Cache is a very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

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Slight Under-the-Hood Improvements plus Jetpack Comments

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October 5th, 2012
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You may not notice offhand, but we made some rather significant under-the-hood changes over the weekend. Despite often drooling like fan boys over the latest and greatest WordPress features, much of this theme has been hard-coded. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what “hard-coded” is, it means that the sidebar was just HTML in the theme’s sidebar template, not widgets, and the navigation menu was just HTML in the theme’s header template, not a custom menu. Why did we do this? Because it was easy, fast, and we didn’t need to change anything. Well, as WordPress continues to mature, more features are implemented as widgets. As we began desiring some of these, it became clear that the sidebar needed to be widgetized, and the existing modules (or non-widgets) needed to be switched over to widgets. Are you stuck with a theme that isn’t widgetized? If so, don’t worry, […]

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