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WPBeginners List Of Their Best Tutorials For 2010

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December 27th, 2010
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WPBeginners has published their list of the best tutorials they have written in 2010. Over the course of the year, WPBeginner has covered everything from how to install a plugin to useful configuration tricks you may not have noticed. They end the list by linking to some other cool tutorials they have discovered on other sites. Looks like WPBeginner had a great year. Stay tuned to WeblogToolsCollection.com as I publish a two part series of our own showcasing WordPress news in review, WLTC style.

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A Word On Commercial Themes

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December 24th, 2010
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James Dalman gave his prediction for the future of the premium theme business on WPCandy yesterday and although he makes a couple of valid points, there are some others I’d like to expand upon as well as add my own thoughts. First, a little history on the semantics of the market. The word Premium was a term used about two years ago to define a theme that carried a price tag and contained some additional features and enhancements you wouldn’t normally find in a free theme. This lead to the question, What Is A Premium Theme? Premium was and always has been a marketing term. It’s funny because in the commercial theme market today, the rage is centered around theme frameworks. While theme developers in the WordPress community grabbed a hold of this term and gave it their own definition, we once again found ourselves wondering what a theme framework […]

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BuddyPress 1.2.7 Out The Door

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December 23rd, 2010
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BuddyPress 1.2.7 has been released to the public. This release is a maintenance version that fixes several problems and is considered an important upgrade for all BuddyPress users. Take note of the following before upgrading: Before upgrading your BuddyPress installation, make sure to back up your data and files, and deactivate BuddyPress-dependent plugins. Congrats to Boone Gorges and the rest of the contributors for continuing to develop and support the BuddyPress project.

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WordPress For iPhone 2.6.3 Released

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December 21st, 2010
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Chris Boyd has announced that version 2.6.3 of the WordPress for iPhone app is now available in the App store. This version includes a bunch of bug fixes and improvements. Some of them include: Fix for multisite login issue. Fix for crash when deleting media items. Fix for occasional “Communication Error” for WordPress.org sites. Fix for crash when selecting Pages tab after deleting a draft. Fix for crash when entering settings during blog setup. If you upgrade to 2.6.3 and notice any recurring or new issues, please report them in the support forums or link to them via Twitter. I’ve been having an issue where after I successfully add a new website, it does not show up in the list. I’m hoping 2.6.3 solves this problem.

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Is Hello Dolly A Copyright Infringing Plug-in?

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December 20th, 2010
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Over the years, I’ve read and participated in numerous discussions around the topic of removing Hello Dolly, one of the default plug-ins that ships with WordPress and is used for learning purposes. Despite all of the talk surrounding the plug-in, I’ve never seen anyone mention the issue of copyright. According to ticket 15769 on Trac, Hello Dolly is infringing on the copyrights of Jerry Herman, the creator of the musical. No one knows for sure if Matt or the WordPress Foundation has the permission of Jerry to use the lyrics in the plug-in or if he even needs it since the use may fall under fair use. There is also the discussion that if the plug-in is indeed violating the copyright of Jerry Herman that this infringement terminates the license of WordPress, that being GPL. None of the people involved in the discussion is a lawyer so keep that in […]

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Adding Menus To The Admin Bar

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December 17th, 2010
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As part of their ongoing series, WPEngineer has published a cool post that explains how to add new menus to the admin bar coming in WordPress 3.1. In the example, Frank adds a Codex Search button to the admin bar which is pretty convenient! He covers the function add_menu() and it’s various parameters as well. In the comments of that post however, Latz brings up an interesting point. Oh great, now every plugin will put a menu in the admin bar, Next stop: a plugin preventing others from cluttering the admin bar. While it’s pretty funny to think about the admin bar containing menus for all sorts of different plugins, it’s a potential problem that users may have to deal with in the future. Hopefully, plugin authors are diligent with not adding a menu to their options page as part of the default package of a plugin. For certain plugins, […]

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WordPress Now Available On Windows Phone 7

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December 15th, 2010
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There is some good news for all of the Windows Phone 7 / WordPress users out there, Windows Phone 7 now has a WordPress application available. In the first version of the application, you can edit posts and pages, upload photos, check stats, and last but not least, moderate comments. At some point in the future, the ability to upload videos will be added to the application. The new website WindowsPhone.wordpress.org is where you’ll find all the latest news on development along with user forums for support. The front page of the website also has a slider on the right hand side that provides a visual indication of what it’s like to use the app. Based on the slider presentation, everything regarding the app appears to be about simplicity, like the phone platform itself. The application is open-source meaning you can contribute to the code to help improve the product. […]

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Drupal, Joomla, WordPress Lead The Way

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December 14th, 2010
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While WeblogToolsCollection.com focuses on all things WordPress, it’s healthy to get out of the house every once in awhile to see what else is going on in the world. In this instance, the world is Open-Source Content Management Systems. Water and Stone which is a digital agency has released their annual open source CMS market share survey for 2010. This survey was comprised of 5,000 participants with more than 2,800 completing the full questionnaire. The report contains a look at various metrics and trends for 20 different content management systems. While the results of the survey are not definitive, there are some interesting trends specifically with WordPress that I wanted to share. Water and Stone used Amazon.com to determine who has the largest number of books in print, which systems have been the subject of publishing activity in the last 12 months, and which systems are currently the subject of […]

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Another Part Of Blogging Dies – Pinging

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December 13th, 2010
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Paul Maloney of WPZine.com has a pretty good question: Is there a point anymore to using the WordPress ping lists? Paul’s experience mirrors my own in that I’ve not been able to calculate a decrease or increase in site traffic thanks to using sites such as Ping-O-Matic. At one point, I removed all of the sites I used to Ping because I was told that if you ping a website too much, it would ban the domain. At the time, I was also told that each time you update a post after it’s been published, a new ping is sent to the ping list. Without knowing it, I could have been sending way too many pings than what was needed but after I removed the ping list, I didn’t notice any decline in traffic. There was a time when pinging specific websites after new content had been published would allow […]

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