‘Blogging News’ Category

Six Apart Acquired by VideoEgg

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September 22nd, 2010
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Six Apart has been acquired by advertising network VideoEgg and merged into the company’s rebrand as SAY Media. Six Apart is perhaps best known for their self-hosted blogging platform Movable Type and their hosted blogging service TypePad. Though SAY Media will not discontinue these products, it remains to be seen how the advertising network will influence their future. A former power-house in the blogging industry, Movable Type’s popularity began to falter when Six Apart released version 3 in 2004 with more restrictive licensing. In fact, the Google Trends graphs for Movable Type and WordPress are almost inverse of each other, showing a steady decrease in Movable Type popularity and a steady increase in WordPress popularity beginning at roughly the same time as Movable Type 3′s release. If you’re unsure about the future of your Movable Type or TypePad blog, now is as good a time as any to move to […]

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Protect Yourself from Parasite Spam with Akismet

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If you run a social network or any kind of online publishing service, you will be hit by spam, if you haven’t been hit already, and Akismet wants to help. When most people hear about Akismet, they often think about WordPress, but Akismet is actually available for over twenty additional systems and platforms, including Movable Type, Drupal, phpBB, PunBB, and libraries for PHP, Python, and .NET. If you’re running, or planning to run, a social network or online publishing service, the Akismet team wants you to know that they can not only protect you from direct spam, but from parasite spam as well, as long as you can give them a way to contact you. Akismet’s pattern and volume monitoring abilities make direct spam easy to filter, but ever since the dawn of forums, spammers have opened accounts for the sole purpose hosting their spam on your site. Thanks to […]

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Doomed Vox blogger? WordPress to the Rescue!

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September 5th, 2010
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If you know of someone, or are yourself a blogger on Vox, you should know already that Six Apart has announced plans for closing the service. Users have until the 30th of September to get their data our of Vox and into other blogging and/or CMS platforms if they so choose. Mark Jaquith has a great suggestion on how to Import a Vox blog into WordPress or almost anything else. In short, he suggests that you import your Vox blog into a vanilla WordPress.com blog and then export it out as a WordPress export file. Then you actually have a bunch of choices of what to do with your blog. PS: Be sure to mark your WordPress.com blog as private before importing if you do not intend to make that your final destination.

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Vote for Blog Action Day 2010′s Topic

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August 21st, 2010
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October 15th is less than two months away and Change.org wants you to vote on this year’s Blog Action Day topic. Currently, the selection includes the following topics, but they will continue to take suggestions until the poll closes. Water: The UN recently declared water to be a human right, but millions around the world still lack even the most basic access, causing widespread disease and the possibility of military conflict over access to clean water. Human Trafficking: From prostitution to forced labor, more than 27 million people are modern-day slaves, making human trafficking one of the most overlooked man-made tragedies in the world. Women: The most discriminated against group in the world isn’t a minority: it’s women. From inequality in schooling to reduced economic opportunities, women face a disproportionate degree of adversity all over the world. Sustainable Food: Industrial agriculture has overtaken the world’s food supply – creating obesity […]

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WordPress Mobile App Teams on Twitter

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Are you gripping the edge of your seat in anticipation of the upcoming WordPress mobile app releases? Do you have an insatiable desire to follow the development teams’ every move? Well, you’re in luck! The WordPress mobile app teams will be sharing the latest news, status updates, beta team instructions, and random quips in 140 characters or less via Twitter. Follow the Android team, the BlackBerry team, the iOS team, all three, or maybe just two. Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can use Twitter’s new Fast Follow feature to have the latest news from the mobile app teams sent straight to your phone (standard text messaging rates apply).

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WordPress Mobile App Teams Seek Feedback

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The development teams behind the WordPress apps for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS are seeking feedback for their upcoming releases. The blog posts linked to above include instructions on how to contribute to each mobile app. All three mobile app teams are looking for feedback on the current release and beta testers for future releases. As a user of the WordPress app on my iPhone, I can attest that the app has grown tremendously in its usefulness since it premiered, mostly due to comments from users like us. Let’s do whatever we can to help the mobile app teams make these upcoming releases the best yet!

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Thesis Adopts a Split GPL License

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Thesis has officially adopted a split GPL license, putting an end to the explosive debate between WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg and Thesis developer Chris Pearson which launched a community-wide discussion on the GPL and WordPress themes. To clarify the split GPL license, Chris Pearson adds, “the PHP is GPLv2 and the CSS, JS, and images are proprietary.” Specifically, this means that Thesis no longer violates the GPL of WordPress and the several plugins that Thesis was based on. Matt Mullenweg was thrilled to hear the news, replying with, “Now, back to work. This has taken a lot of my time over the past few days and was going to consume more if it went forward.” It is unknown if this will have any affect on Mr. Pearson’s business.  While the split GPL license now allows the core of Thesis be redistributed by a third-party either free or for a fee, the […]

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One Click Multisite in WordPress 3.0

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July 9th, 2010
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[EDIT] Peter Westwood, one of the lead devs, in a comment below suggests against the use of this plugin because of the complexities of the setup process that might be ignored if users install and enable this plugin without following the steps. He points users to the Codex article that explains the setup. If the preliminary setup is that complex, code could be written to understand, walk people through and then validate those setup steps in the future. I am pretty sure the core is going to get more mature about this. So this is just the first step. Enable Multisite in WordPress 3.0 With One Click!: Sarah Gooding from WPMU.org notifies us of a plugin (which can be downloaded from the WordPress Repository) that will enable MultiSite functionality on your WordPress blog with just one click. Installation for the Enable MultiSite plugin seems relatively simple and the process to […]

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Phone Your Blog to Make a Post on WordPress.com

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July 2nd, 2010
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Phone Your Blog — WordPress.com: Matt wrote a post yesterday about a new feature WordPress.com is testing using which a blogger on WordPress.com could get it set up, receive a special number and code and then call in to make a post. Interesting concept indeed. This is made possible by Twilio. Not yet available for self hosted WordPress blogs.

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