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Andrew Nacin Explains Post Formats In Detail

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While I’m pretty excited about the Post Formats feature slated for WordPress 3.1, developers have been taken aback by the lack of flexibility or customization that can be performed with them. Many developers have been wondering how these post formats can be extended or how they can add some of their own. Although WordPress has always had hooks and filters to customize features added into the core, Post Formats strays from that routine by strongly discouraging straying from the standardized post formats. Andrew Nacin, a WordPress core developer outlines why Post Formats work the way they do. It’s important to note that Post Formats won’t be for everyone. With term names and such, we went through great lengths to ensure formats were as portable as possible. The idea behind the feature is this standardization and portability for a segment of bloggers. Many designers of themes used for microblogging wanted this […]

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WordPress HelpCenter Shuts Down

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January 26th, 2011
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Alex King has announced that his company WP HelpCenter will be shutting down on February 28th. The WordPress HelpCenter was a company aimed at providing support for plug-ins and themes to offload the support burden from developers. As Alex points out, the company was not able to gain traction with developers. But the nail in the coffin for something like WP HelpCenter is that commercial support for free plug-ins and themes was not something people were willing to pay for. Alex believes that the service WP HelpCenter provided is still needed in the WordPress community and for anyone else willing to dive into the market, he shares the following tips: I would recommend getting funding in place so that you can hire and do internal training, then come to market with a 5-6 person team (with dedicated sales and project management roles) in place from the start. Then it’s just […]

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Questions To Ask Before Purchasing A Plugin

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January 25th, 2011
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Darnell Clayton of BloggingPro has published his list of questions you should have answered before you spend your hard earned cash on a plugin. While most of his questions are good ones, I’d say one of the most important is the aspect of support after you pay. Some commercial plugin providers have switched from unlimited support for the lifetime of the product to yearly subscriptions. For example, a plugin may cost $50.00 for the initial purchase which includes a year of support and upgrades but after the first year, you can opt to pay $25.00 for support or only the upgrades. So far, I’ve had great success with the money I’ve spent on commercial plugins but thoroughly do your research before you spend anything.

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Themes In 2011

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Ian Stewart who is now a theme wrangler for Automattic started a tradition a few years ago. Each year, he would round up a collection of thoughts and predictions from notable people within the WordPress community to discuss what the future of themes were for that year. I’ve had the privilege to participate in the discussion for 2008 as well as 2009. Unfortunately, the tradition was broken in 2010 but in 2011, Ryan Imel of WPCandy.com has taken over the reigns. This year, my prediction was very simple. Custom Taxonomies, Custom Post Types, and Post Formats. While developers will go crazy with the first two, I expect the most exciting development for this year to center around Post Formats along with their look and feel for themes. Definitely give the post a read as Ryan manage to get a handful of people I’ve never heard of to provide their two […]

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Professional WP Plugin Development Book Now Available For Pre-Order

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January 21st, 2011
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The highly anticipated, multi-authored book entitled Professional WordPress Plugin Development is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The book which is written by Brad Williams, Justin Tadlock and Ozh Richard covers everything you’d need to know to build an awesome plugin. Here is just a sampling as to what is covered: Plugin Foundation: Starting off on the right foot. Hooks: The backbone of the plugin system. WP Integration: Widgets, meta boxes, etc. Internationalization: Readying your plugin for translation. Security: Lock down your plugin from attacks and hacks. Settings: How to create and use plugin settings. Users: Working with users, roles, and capabilities. HTTP API: Doing cool stuff like Google Maps integration. Shortcodes: Making users’ lives easier with simple-to-use shortcodes. Rewrite API: Bending rewrite rules to your will. Debugging: How to debug and optimize your code. The book weighs in at over 500 pages with over 80 example plugins to learn […]

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Akismet Is That Much Prettier

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January 19th, 2011
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When Akismet 2.5.2 was released, Joseph Scott mentioned that the team was working on something special that had not been changed since 2008. Yesterday, the Akismet team announced that the previous method of using Flash to generate the charts has disappeared. Instead, the graphs are now generated by something called flot.js which is an open source chart library built on jQuery. Using Flot.js gives the team more flexibility in determining how stats are displayed. The stats page also loads faster but the biggest improvement this new approach has is that any device that supports Javascript will be able to view the graphs.

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Decreasing WP Auto Save Time

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January 18th, 2011
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How many times has the auto save feature in WordPress saved your butt? By default, WordPress auto saves posts every 60 seconds. Paul Maloney of WPZine.com has a snippet of code that you can add to your WPConfig file to decrease that time to increase peace of mind. If you don’t want to use the auto save feature, think about increasing the time to a week instead of disabling it completely. While reading about this tip by Paul, I started to wonder if Post Revisions were tied to auto saves because if they were, decreasing the auto save time would substantially increase the number of post revisions which in turn, would substantially increase the size of the database over time. After performing some simple tests, I discovered that auto saves are NOT tied to Post Revisions. Unlike Post Revisions, there is only one auto save that is continuously over written. […]

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Installing WordPress Without A Domain Name

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January 17th, 2011
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Miriam Schwab of WPGarage.com has a neat little tip that explains how to install WordPress without using a domain name. The trick involves editing the Hosts file on a Windows machine to specify a domain name for the server address the site is hosted on. Mike Little who published a comment on the article made note that it’s not a Windows only trick but can also be performed on Linux/Unix and Mac OSX. This trick enables the previous site to stay online until the last minute where a simple DNS change will switch to the new site.

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Resource For Brand New WordPress.com Users

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January 14th, 2011
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If you’re thinking about signing up to WordPress.com or are a brand new user, head on over to LearnWordPress.com. Announced by Erica Johnson on the WordPress.com blog today, LearnWordPress provides a step-by-step tutorial that includes lessons to start a blog, customizing your site, and connecting with other bloggers on the WordPress.com network. The tutorials that I browsed through were media rich with images and videos outlining exactly where to go and what do to. If you know someone that recently signed up to WordPress.com or is having trouble using the service, definitely pass this link on to them.

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